Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Unforced errors

How to un-rig the game.

Now for the sake of argument, let’s say every last political appointee with authority to implement the president’s vision is simpatico with him and, moreover, is a political rockstar. That is not only not true but impossible to imagine, especially with the Trump White House. When you have a deeply moderate establishment Republican like Johnny DeStefano running the Office of Presidential Personnel for more than two years inside the Trump White House, perhaps you’re hoping that some America First types get appointments to places of authority, but you cannot expect that such people would fill the majority of the positions.

And, of course, they have not.

In his second term, Trump needs to be far more serious about personnel and make sure PPO is staffed with America First types who then fill his executive branch and administration with people who are working on his behalf every day. He should clean house at the Republican National Committee while he’s at it and truly make the party into his own.

But before any of that can matter he needs to work on shutting down a department or two—the Department of Energy would be a good place to start—and then devise a plan on how to migrate the 800,000 nonessential federal employees out of government and back into the private sector. Working with and championing a plan by Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to send several departments out of D.C. and into the various states, Trump could drain the swamp by breaking apart the administrative state.

Fact is, there really is no way you can win such a rigged game if you continue to play it by the rules laid out by the Left, which is precisely what conservatives have been doing for decades—really since the beginning of the 20th century. Some have done that willingly because they believe in big government so long as they’re the ones controlling the levers of power.

We’re never going to win if we continue down this path. We need to make new rules for the game, and change the dynamic.

Lots of us have been puzzled, to say the least, about Trump’s damaging hiring choices to date. These ideas, unlikely as we are to see them implemented, would be a great start at reversing that disastrous trend. Then, too, there’s the importance of narrative control.

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.”

James C. Humes made that keen observation reflecting upon his decades of speechwriting for Republican presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan. In politics, being merely right on the merits isn’t enough. The messaging must also hit the mark. As someone who has made the case for President Trump and the American nationalist agenda for the past three years, often in incredibly hostile settings, I see three themes to message through — and beyond — impeachment.

His first two are fine and dandy, but it’s the last that matters most.

Unmask the Media
As I have catalogued extensively, a crisis of journalism afflicts our Fourth Estate. Far too many media operators assume the role of hardened partisan activists posing as reporters. Most legacy media platforms now function as wholesale public relations arms of the Democratic Party. Consider, for example, that per a Media Research Center study of network newscasts in recent weeks, fully 96% of impeachment-related coverage was hostile to the president. During this same period, despite a literal torrent of incredible economic news in America, those same CBS, NBC, and ABC broadcasts dedicated less than 1% of total news coverage to the booming economy.

Regarding ABC, that network has still not sufficiently addressed the scandalous suppression of a damning Jeffrey Epstein story that was revealed by Project Veritas’s tape of “Good Morning America” broadcaster Amy Robach. I formerly recoiled at Trump’s use of the phrase “enemy of the people” to describe the mainstream media. With this ABC revelation, showing a network apparently covering up for a powerful and prolific pedophile, seemingly to protect powerful interests including the Clintons, our press deserves that harsh appellation. We MAGA media figures must unmask the press for its connivance with the impeachment instigators.

If we correctly master the art of communication – the language of leadership – we can transform this unfortunate diversion into a propellant. With the right messaging, Donald J. Trump will not just persist through impeachment, but prevail over it, and vault the America First movement to another victory next November.

Trump has already made great strides with the media unmasking, right enough, with Enemedia themselves inadvertently providing a huge assist. But as long as there’s even one naive soul out there in Real America still fool enough to believe a word out of their lying yaps, the job can’t truly be called done.

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Put up

Or just shut up. At this point, I can’t say I much care which.

I, for one, have grown weary of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), appearing on every other talk show bloviating about spygate, Ukrainegate, collusiongate, and all the wrongs committed against the Trump presidency and then doing nothing to fight back other than getting his face in front of the camera. Lindsey, do your job or get off the pot — call some hearings, as you promised, and go for the Democrat’s jugular. Show that passion you showed during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when you went on an epic rant against that bevy of Democratic presidential wannabes who were raising the politics of personal destruction as they shredded the presumption of innocence all Americas are supposed to enjoy.

Now you are head of the Senate Judiciary Committee and we might as well have Mr. Rogers sitting in the chairman’s seat. This time the Democrats are not merely trying to take the Senate and keep the Supreme Court from returning to an originalist interpretation of the Constitution, this time they are trying to take out a duly elected President of the United States and all you can do is bleat about why you can’t hold hearings you promised to hold.

Lindsey Graham lied to the American people. He talks now about how he is waiting for the Horowitz report and for U.S. Attorney John Durham to complete his investigation. The Senate is its own boss, Sen. Graham, and does not report to the Department of Justice. The deep-state coup continues past the collusion delusion and into the Ukraine fable of Rep. Adam Schiff, and all Graham is doing is trying to break Susan Rice’s talk show record.

Thereby revealing what it is that’s REALLY important to him. Honestly, folks, with confirmed Vichy GOPe/Deep State boll weevils like McConnell, Graham, and other oleaginous backstabbers pontificating about how “SERIOUSLY” they take the Schittshow “impeachment” farce—how they absolutely positively MUST have a Senate trial because it’s all just so blasted SERIOUS, being absolutely awash to the very scuppers and gunwales in gravitas and SERIOUSNESS themselves—when what they ought to be doing instead is horselaughing the Democrat-Socialist Kommissariat entire right out of Kongressional Kangaroo Kourt without further discussion, my confidence in seeing the Senate blowhards acquit Trump as justice so obviously demands is at this point no better than about 60-40, and falling.

Nonetheless, though, there are a couple of bright spots amid the gathering gloom. Exhibit A:

Breaking News -Senator Ron Johnson Says He WILL Subpoena the Bidens, Schiff and Whistleblower!!!

Exhibit B:

DEVIN NUNES DESTROYS SCHIFF in Opening Statement – “How Is It Possible for Chairman to Block Questions on a Person He Claims Not to Know?”

Exhibit C:

DEVASTATING! Rep. Stefanik Gets Democrats’ Top Witness to Admit That Obama Admin Knew Hunter Biden’s Corruption Was a Problem

Exhibit D:

Rep. Turner Gets Yovanovitch to Admit Giuliani Meeting with U.S., Ukrainian Officials Isn’t Unusual

Encouraging right enough, I suppose, but…ehh, I dunno. The sad fact remains that this disgusting spectacle—a raw attempt at a putsch launched expressly and exclusively to thwart the will of the electorate—should never, ever have gotten off the ground at allbut it has. That says nothing good about the health of the Republic, the likelihood of its continued survival, or the chances of ever truly reining in the Deep State usurpers of whatever’s left of government of, by, and for the people.

Update! I am SO down with this idea.

Trump Requests Impeachment Trial By Combat
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congress’s impeachment inquiry got off to a slow start, with a bunch of people just droning on about “quid pro quo” or something, but things soon got exciting when President Trump marched into the hearing wiedling a broadsword and announced, “I demand trial by combat!”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi then explained to the president that they hadn’t actually determined whether there would be a trial yet, but Trump was undeterred, once again bellowing, “Trial by combat!”

An argument ensued over whether such a thing was allowed, but Trump insisted, “It’s right there in the Constitution. I can have a trial by combat.” Everyone at the hearing admitted they had never actually read the Constitution so they couldn’t verify what Trump had said, but many agreed that it “sounds like something that would be in the Constitution” since the Constitution is “very old.”

“My weapon of choice will be a shotgun,” Trump said, tossing his ceremonial broadsword to the side. “And I will face your strongest.” He looked around the room and settled on Representative Adam Schiff. “That guy. His weapon will be a paddle ball.”

Okay, I admit I just came in my pants a little at that beautiful, beautiful thought.

Updated update! Bill shares his thoughts.

It doesn’t matter whether something “rises to the level of an impeachable offense.” There is no such thing. An impeachable offence is whatever fifty percent plus one congressmen in attendance at the time of the vote say it is.

I believe the House is going to impeach President Donald Trump. I consider the conclusion foregone, in fact, for a number of reasons.

His reasons are solid ones, at which you should go take a look. Conclusions?

So. Trump will be impeached. Sooner rather than later. Much sooner if RBG finally croaks.

Not much point in debating the details, since they don’t actually matter in the larger picture.

At which point Trump becomes at least partly at the mercy of the GOPe embedded in the Senate. Which is a whole different kettle of stinking, rotten fish.

Yep. And if that doesn’t give you serious pause, you haven’t thought things through enough yet.

Updated to the updated update! I hadn’t quite been able to put my finger on it, but a likely source of my heretofore vague unease is this right here.

They don’t necessarily believe they’re going to impeach the president. They just want us talking about it nonstop because that means they’re controlling the narrative. Even if we’re “winning” the conversation, it’s still the conversation they want us having. This conversation is a disruptive cloud over Trump world and can slowly chip away at the stamina of any Independents or Democrats who might have been leaning toward working with or supporting him.

As usual given the complete absence of a true and effective opposition party, even when they lose, they win.

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“Has the Coup Already Happened?”

Yep—a long, long time ago.

Democrats in Congress, Democratic operatives in the deep state, and co-conspirators in the corporate leftist propaganda conglomerate are attempting to drive Trump from office. This hyperpartisan process rightly has been called an attempted coup. It is also a brazen fraud. In the immortal words of Woody Allen’s Fielding Melish, “it is a travesty…a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.”

But in a deeper sense, isn’t it clear that the coup has already happened? By trying to overthrow the results of a presidential election, the political elite is merely showing its hand; America has an elite that believes it now rules in America. We have an elite that does not accept the American idea of government—government by, for, and of the people.

According to our self-selected rulers, the election of Hillary Clinton was the whole point of 2016.  They had designated Hillary to succeed Obama. She was to continue the project of fundamentally transforming America that was the focus of the Obama Administration. The voters were supposed to ratify the elite’s selection of Clinton.

It’s short and sweet, so that’s all I could in Fair Useness persuade myself to excerpt. But you shouldn’t let its brevity stop you from reading all of it.

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So much for the “non-political” American military

Hadn’t considered this aspect, I must admit.

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official, testified before congressional committees conducting an impeachment inquiry on October 29, wearing a full military uniform.

To date there has been no visible comment from U.S. military sanctioning Lt. Col. Vindman for his decision; or correcting the impression represented by Vindman’s military appearance. The willful blindness is concerning, but it gets much worse.

Beyond the debate about the optics of the “coup“, within the testimony of Lt. Col Vindman, the witness readily admits to understanding the officially established policy of the President of The United States (an agreement between President Trump and President Zelensky), and stunningly admits that two weeks later he was giving instructions to his Ukrainian counterpart to ignore those instructions and policies.

The coup against President Donald Trump went from soft, to hard.

So it would seem. But it was probably inevitable; the plotters fomenting the reversal of the 2016 election results by entirely illegitimate methods seem to lack even the concept of a brake on their actions; they recognize no limit or constraint on how far they’re willing to push this raw power-grab, so long as their seditious, anti-democratic skullduggery achieves the desired result. As Sundance says, the top brass bestowing tacit approval on the traitorous worm Vindman’s prefab “testimony” wearing the uniform he’s spent his entire career disgracing is disturbing indeed.

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“Our Elites Don’t See What’s Coming”

That’s a good thing, actually; they’ll never know what hit ’em.

What a world we live in. A confidential asset of a hyper-political CIA director, likely handpicked by the director to spy on the Trump White House, is now called a “whistleblower.” The son of a former vice-president and a current Democrat nominee was apparently eyeball-deep in corruption in Ukraine, and the Left screams that the president—for daring to broach the issue with Ukraine—should be impeached. Political pygmies, otherwise known as the Democrat 2020 field, prance about the country offering up program ideas tallying up to over $200 trillion in the first ten years of operation (against the roughly $44 trillion the government would bring in over the same time). Such programs would cost us millions of jobs, among other bad consequences. Yet we are expected to believe these are serious people.

All the while the mainstream propagandists gaslight us by shrieking that Trump is the corrupt one, that Trump’s ideas are destructive as the economy soars and unemployment remains at 50 year lows. When the Washington Post intones that “Democracy dies in darkness” they evince no apparent awareness of irony. They’re knifing democracy to death every single day.

In the meantime, as our constitutional republic faces the wrecking balls of the Left and is asked to endure as they smash away at every norm that has made this country great, many Republicans find themselves conveniently absent from the action. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), for example, sure does love himself a TV hit—and I have to tell you, his super-duper “enthusiasms” while on TV almost make me want to believe him when he says he is serious about being effective. But then another day goes by and it’s clear he lacks the stones actually to hold hearings and subpoena the corrupt cabal that has massively abused our surveillance state and law enforcement regime.

Richard Burr (R-N.C.)? Well, he’s been off in “la-la land” for quite some time. At some point, for decency’s sake, he should just give the title of chairman of Senate Intel to Mark Warner (D-Va.) so as actually to reflect reality. One would think confronting injustice and illegal behavior should be pretty standard, common sense sort of stuff. But then again, Swamp Creatures are hardly paragons of truth and justice. So let’s assume until things change that Graham and Burr have zero problem with what has happened over the last few years; heck, they might be implicated in what could be uncovered.

As Graham stalls and futzes around, talking a tough game but doing absolutely nothing, it becomes harder and harder not to wonder about that.

A push by President Trump and conservatives to dig into Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine is running into stumbling blocks from an unusual corner: congressional Republicans.

Some Republicans believe Trump’s impeachment trial or a separate Senate committee inquiry could lay the groundwork for investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, who have both emerged as a fixation for Trump and his top allies as they look for a foothold in the impeachment battle.

“His lawyers, I presume, can ask for any witnesses they want. But I think we ought to keep focus on the articles of impeachment and not go down any rabbit trails,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told The Hill.

Asked about Trump floating that the Bidens should testify, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he didn’t understand it as a “defense to the president.”

“We’ll make that decision, not the president,” Graham added.

Gee, wonder which way THAT door will end up swinging? Meanwhile, as the useless Vichy GOPe traitors yank their doodles, Schiff & Pals keep on playing hardball.

House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) informed Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) he will not allow the whistleblower to testify for a public hearing in the impeachment inquiry on Saturday.

Schiff said because of concern for the whistleblower’s safety and because other witnesses have confirmed what they raised the alarm over, having them testify would be “redundant and unneccessary.” He further signaled Hunter Biden would also not appear.

“As we move to open hearings, it is important to underscore that the impeachment inquiry, and the Committee, will not serve as vehicles for any Member to carry out the same sham investigations into the Bidens or debunked conspiracies about 2016 U.S. election interference that President Trump pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit,” Schiff wrote.

Adding since the whistleblower “has a right under laws championed by this Committee to remain anonymous and be protected from harm,” Schiff said because the evidence gathered so far “far exceeds” the initial complaint, the whistleblower will not need to testify.

Three groans for Nunes for a nice try, I guess, but anybody hoping to win against shameless, pestilential sewer slime like Schitt is going to have to play as down and dirty a game as he does. No amount of carefully-worded letters or written requests politely asking them for a fair shake will do it.

As Rep. Adam Schiff’s “sentence first, trial later” show trial of President Donald J. Trump reaches a so-called public hearing phase, we find the weaver of fables dictating what witnesses the GOP will be permitted to call based on a set of three qualifying question they must answer in advance. These questions ask, essentially, if the witnesses believe President Trump is guilty of pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens in exchange for military aid. The GOP, it seems, will not be allowed to call witnesses who have testimony or evidence to the contrary, that there was no pressure and no quid pro quo. Nor will the GOP be allowed to present witnesses or evidence that confirms that the “dirt” is accurate, that the crime of threatening to withhold aid for a personal and political favor, a crime Biden has already confessed to, was committed by Biden, not Trump, on behalf of Biden’s son Hunter. Nor will the GOP be allowed to make the case that any Trump inquiry of the Ukrainians was mandated by a treaty signed by President Bill Clinton. This is, dare I use the term Democrats used during the impeachment of Bill Clinton for a real crime, a phrase used by Joe Biden himself, a political lynching.

It is not obstruction of Congress, justice, or anything else for a President to exercise his legal and constitutional authority. The facts and the lack of an actual crime will not stop Schiff, just as it did not stop former Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Schiff, like Mueller, is following in the proud tradition of Stalin’s chief of the secret police, Lavrentiy Beria. Just show him the man, and he will show you the crime.

We may be thankful to Alan Dershowitz for reminding us of the delicious irony of Schiff and his investigations and so-called impeachment inquiries, one which began with a whistleblower who is not a whistleblower and another which started with fake “reports” of collusion with the Russians by Team Trump and charges of Russian hacking of our elections, now reverting to the tactics of Russia’s most murderous tyrant, Josef Stalin.

We need a team of Pattons, but we’re currently saddled with a mostly-Montgomery squad.

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Subpoena their asses

To quote Wilford Brimley from Absence Of Malice: wonderful thing, subpeeny.

If the Democrats want to be fair about this, two witnesses must be called and sworn in under oath to testify and be questioned by Democrats and Republicans so that Americans, now focused, can also begin at the beginning.

The first witness should be the so-called “whistleblower,” the government employee who brought the complaint to Schiff about that phone call to Ukraine.

And the second witness should be Schiff himself.

There is no way, really, around this. To do otherwise is to admit that all this is about, really, is overturning Trump’s 2016 election, which caused the bipartisan Washington establishment to break out into hives and TV news anchors to cry on air.

Politicians and media play a role, but there’s more to it. The American people play a role too. This is their country. They voted. And Trump was elected.

The impeachment of a president a year out from a presidential election, with all the animosity and chaos that would bring, is serious business.

The worry for Democrats is that if it is just a partisan exercise, Trump Impeachment Theater will be seen as a lame addendum to the Mueller Russia Collusion investigation, which failed to find evidence that Trump or anyone else colluded with Russia over the 2016 election.

Think so? Well, they sure don’t seemed at all “worried” to me—about anything, except finding themselves forced to try winning a national election via legitimate means, and then being forced to abide by the results when they lose. That quibble aside, I fully support Kass’s fine idea here, and fully expect to see it come to pass on the day all the pigs ice-skating in Hell sprout wings.

Bring on Assistant Attorney General James J Wells; without him, we are surely lost.



You got thirty days. Ahem.

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Tyranny, sophistry, and projection

As always: the things they denounce their opposition loudest over are precisely the things they themselves are doing.

Once again, we are being subjected to progressive double standards and “projection” of their own sins onto others. But something more ancient and dangerous is going on: The links between tyranny and sophistry.

How do we explain this shameless behavior of the Dems? A lot of smart people are characterizing the Democrats’ behavior as “projection” which according to Psychology Today, “is most commonly used to describe defensive projection—attributing one’s own unacceptable urges to another. The concept emerged from Sigmund Freud’s work in the 1890s.” In other words, a subconscious defense mechanism for people who can’t consciously acknowledge their own bad behavior.

But there’s nothing subconscious about what the progressives are doing, and telescopic psychologizing is notoriously unreliable, not to mention it lets offenders off the hook for what they say. If speech is conscious, it’s not projection, it’s lying. The more likely explanation is that Dems are following the ancient roadmap for reducing a democracy to tyranny: using sophistical rhetoric to gull the masses into giving an elite power outside the normal political protocols.

Take their complaints, for example, about Trump’s alleged “quid pro quo” that he imposed on the Ukrainians. Yet Dems are silent about Joe Biden’s bragging  on video about an actual quid pro quo: His threat to withhold foreign aid until a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the company that was paying Biden’s son $50-80 grand a month was fired. This hypocrisy exposes perfectly the essence of sophistry, which is “the big lie,” one people believe despite its transparent falsity. And of course, the whole “Russia collusion” and “interference in our election” crimes were in fact perpetrated not by Trump and the RNC, but by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, with ample help from allegedly non-partisan federal agencies.

Meanwhile, the House’s ongoing procedures for impeachment reek of Soviet-era show-trials, in which the accused cannot confront his accusers and cross-examined them––a model pioneered during the Obama era in our colleges and universities with their star chambers that tried accused sexual assaulter(s). This injustice was corrected by Trump and his Secretary of Education Betsy De Voss. Does anyone think a President Warren or President Biden will not turn back the clock to that ancient judicial instrument of tyranny?

For true believers like the bipartisan NeverTrumpers, such blatant falsehoods and unjust procedures are irrelevant as long as they serve to overthrow Trump’s administration, either by a successful impeachment, or by damaging the president enough that he is defeated in 2020. In other words, regime change, the overthrow of a legally elected president, and the disenfranchising of his 63 million supporters. The more long-term cost, of course, will be a quantum leap in the century-long progressive aim of changing our Constitutional republic into a tyrannical technocracy.

If that sounds extreme, just listen to the Democrat’s proclaimed policy goals: socialized medicine, gutting the First and Second Amendments, ceding more national sovereignty to the global technocratic elite, and appropriating through ruinous taxation more of the country’s wealth to finance more redistributionist schemes for their clients. Meanwhile, they shrug off the violence and verbal attacks on Republicans by Antifa and other goons, or, like Representative Maxine Waters, they even encourage them.

If we allow this coup to happen, we will have proved de Tocqueville a prophet by creating a tyranny “more extensive and more mild [than ancient tyranny],” one that “would degrade men without tormenting him.”

You probably shouldn’t disregard the “tormenting” part either, bub. Not until you’ve tried dissenting or resisting them once they’ve glommed absolute power and seen what happens to you, that is.

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IC termites

Call the exterminator.

The real ground of the unending attacks on Trump is the ruling class’s decision to resist the 2016 election’s outcome. It is a revolution from which the Republic is unlikely ever to recover.

The role of the intelligence agencies in that resistance is one of that revolution’s principal parts. Indeed, only the vestiges of these agencies’ mystique, plus their legal claims to secrecy, have enabled the Democrats and the media to pretend the American people should regard partisan bureaucrats as wise and expert stewards of national security. They are no such thing.

The bureaucrats who have launched their attacks on Trump from behind the intelligence agencies’ shield of secrecy, and through the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee’s hearings are part and parcel of the Democrat-led ruling class. We are asked to believe that the nation is being saved. In fact, some very dirty dogs are biting American voters.

The spectacle of a CIA official who bundled together the anti Trump resentments of some of his friends in the agency, in the White House, and in Congress and then got a friend at the agency to shield them all from cross-examination by changing its regulations regarding “whistleblowers”—all that and more—is possible only because President Trump has appointed to positions of power in the national security agencies lots of people committed to his destruction and has been prevailed upon to fire the good ones.

Boldface above just to indicate material that you will be seeing again shortly. Meantime, let’s have a look at that too-convenient and timely change to those “whistleblower” regs:

The post-Mueller Russian collusion collapse plotters began with a surreptitious rule change. It was made in August 2019 — the complainant’s letter to House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff is dated August 12 — but only disclosed publicly on September 24, 2019. This was thus made public after Trump’s July 25 call to Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky — and just days before the pre-vote impeachment sessions began. The rule works as follows: the ICIG is alerted by a whistleblower, who submits a Disclosure of Urgent Concern form detailing the complaint. The previous form, adopted May 24, 2018, read in pertinent part as follows:

First-Hand Information Required
In order to find an urgent concern “credible,” the IC IG must be in possession of reliable, first-hand information. The IC IG cannot transmit information via the ICWPA based on an employee’s second-hand knowledge of wrongdoing. This includes information received from another person, such as when a fellow employee informs you that he/she witnessed some type of wrongdoing. (Anyone with first-hand knowledge of the allegations may file a disclosure in writing directly with the IC IG.) Similarly, speculation about the existence of wrongdoing does not provide a sufficient legal basis to meet the statutory requirements of the ICWPA. If you think that wrongdoing took place, but can provide nothing more than second-hand or unsubstantiated assertions, IC IG will not be able to process the complaint or information for submission as an ICWPA.

The August 2019 version simply offers two check boxes: (a) I have direct and personal knowledge; (b) I heard about it from others. Among the secondhand information offered by the accuser are articles from the ever-helpful fake-news press.

Schiff and his partners in sedition have been quietly beavering right away at their little coup attempt, haven’t they? Back to Codevilla for the closer.

For example, Trump has never stepped off the fateful path on which he set himself when he let the bureaucratic pack scare him into firing his first national security advisor, General Michael Flynn. That too is a major story unto itself. Trump rails loudly against what is being done to him. But he does not use his absolute authority over classified information to remove the shield behind which it is being done.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Trump badly, badly needs to clean house, top to bottom. By leaving so many traitorous Obama stay-behinds in place to work their schemes unmolested—or, inexplicably, appointing them himself—he’s contributed mightily to his own prospective undoing.

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Door, revolving

High crimes and…wrist slaps.

Federal Judge Thomas F. Hogan sentenced a former Democratic Senate aide to probation Monday for her role in what prosecutors called the “largest data theft in Senate history.”

Samantha G. DeForest Davis sold her office key to fired IT aide Jackson Cosko, who used it to repeatedly break in to the office and install spy devices on computers, prosecutors said. After another staffer caught Cosko in the act in October 2018, DeForest Davis wiped down his fingerprints.

“Hey So I was able to wipe down the keys and mouse but [witness] was coming so I could [not] do the other thing…sorry I couldn’t do everything,” she texted him, according to court documents.

Cosko pleaded guilty on April 5 to masterminding what prosecutors said was “an extraordinarily extensive data-theft scheme, copying entire network drives, sorting and organizing sensitive data, and exploring ways to use that data to his benefit.” He admitted to stealing tens of thousands of documents and emails from Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan’s office, in addition to credit card information and Social Security numbers belonging to Senate employees.

The data also included senators’ private information that Cosko posted to Wikipedia out of “anger” at Republicans during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, prosecutors said. The senators included Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Mike Lee of Utah, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and — after he called for finding and punishing the suspect — Rand Paul of Kentucky.

DeForest Davis allegedly “provided [Cosko] the keys knowing that [he] intended to unlawfully enter the Senator’s office,” court papers say.

The happy ending:

DeForest Davis is now a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher through Teach For America, which did not respond to a question about whether it did any reference checks, and if so, who gave her a reference.

Guilty as hell, free as a bird, with a new career getting paid to poison young American minds with Leftist dogma. Which brings us, in turn, to this:

Trump may squeak by another electoral college victory in 2020. Yet even if he does, there is little actual hope that he will fundamentally change the trajectory of the country. Conservatives thought that they might take their nation back in 2016; that hope is now gone. Electing more Republicans means at best getting a few-years-long reprieve until the next time Democrats control Washington. At which point we will see universal healthcare, the release of violent criminals, open borders, the stamping out of religious liberty, and a government that sees its citizens less as the American founders did, and more as communist leaders who divided the population into classes of oppressors and oppressed for purposes of implementing policy.

In other words, in the Flight 93 election, the passengers seized control of the plane and it crashed anyway. Why are things so hopeless? If the mistakes of the past are not to be repeated, we need a clear-eyed understanding of the American conservative movement of the last several decades.

There are two major cultural institutions which have generally been used to shape public opinion: the education system, and the media. In America, both have been wholly dominated by the Left.

Public education never was, and can never be, a neutral space. Indeed, it was largely created for state propaganda purposes. A desire to install nationalism in the “undifferentiated masses” upon defeat by Napoleon was what motivated the leadership of Prussia in the nineteenth century to expand the system of compulsory education started by Frederick the Great. European rivals came to realize that they needed to similarly prioritize indoctrinating their populations in order to mobilize effective mass armies. Since that time, no regime, whether democratic or authoritarian, has neglected to at least try to pass on the ideology that it believes in and that justifies its existence. The fact that neither modern Republican presidents nor officials at the state level have reformed the education system—the fact that they have barely even tried—is a clear sign of the movement’s failure.

Besides education, the media is the other dominant force in the hands of the Left. Readers of The American Mind will not need examples of media bias, and statistics on the matter are likely superfluous. Nonetheless, the effect of the media is such that many political scientists basically see public opinion as little more than a fabrication by media elites, a view that is so well established that it has been called the Almond-Lippman consensus.

While rising partisanship and the availability of conservative options have led scholars to temper this view a bit—those inclined to dislike the media for whatever reason can now easily find alternative sources­—as a first sketch and for a substantial portion of the population this view still generally holds. Zach Goldberg, the young scholar who documented the “Great Awokening,” finds an almost perfect correlation over time between discussion of racial issues in the New York Times and Democratic attitudes towards race.

Social science confirms what practically every political leader and thinker in history who is not an Anglo-American conservative has known. On moral, cultural, and spiritual issues, the masses will follow those with disproportionate status and control. The question of why conservatives lose thus becomes a very simple one. Liberals have the megaphone and conservatives do not.

Lots more to unpack and ponder with this one, but in the end it comes down to what I’ve long insisted: there is no real hope of stopping the Left and undoing the destruction they’ve wrought without taking back the schools, and the culture itself. Pedantic quibbling over policy minutiae and chin-pulling, lofty philosophical debate will never cut it; the real battle begins and ends elsewhere. As long as toxic weevils like DeForest Davis are still allowed anywhere near a classroom, we’re losing, plain and simple.

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Deep State is forever

Like that other Mafia, once you’re in, you’re never really out.

On Thursday October 31, Halloween, a few hours after Nancy Pelosi’s sham House impeachment inquiry vote, I was able to interview retired CIA Chief of Station Bradley Johnson for the Alex Jones Show on Infowars. Here are some transcribed Johnson quotes of special importance, but I think the entire 20 minute interview should be watched.

On John Brennan’s continuing influence at the CIA:
“I was going to say, I heard you talking about John Brennan still having influence in the CIA, and I’ve got to reiterate that, and there is no question whatsoever about it, I can say as absolute fact that he’s got tremendous pull still in the CIA. Let’s not forget that the current director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, was a close associate of John Brennan. John Brennan’s clearance is still intact, that has not been pulled, that’s an oversight that should be taken care of, so he’s got access to them basically whenever he wants. And the three top lieutenants that are within the CIA operations end of things, running it, not like the HR or personnel sorts of people, those three individuals were also closely working for and associated with John Brennan. So the number one, number two, number three and number four people at the CIA right now, are close friends and associates that have worked closely in the past with John Brennan. So to suggest even for a moment that he isn’t pulling strings whenever he desires to in the CIA is just poorly informed. He absolutely is connected.”

Do you think the top floors of CIA still have a “protect the Deep State” agenda?
“All of the agencies are that way, the FBI, the CIA, NSA, the State Department, they are all that way. The pipeline to leadership in all of the federal agencies that are in the intelligence community have been controlled by the left for a long time. The only people who make their way up through that pipeline and get into positions of leadership are the “resist” Deep State types of people. So they’re all that way, there’s no exceptions to that. It’s not what talking heads say, ‘Oh, there’s good people there, purely professional there…’ That used to be that way, but that’s no longer that way. That was all consolidated under Obama, and that’s the way it stays, and unfortunately Trump hasn’t had the chance to fix that yet.”

On reforming the CIA and the other Intel agencies that have been co-opted by globalists and leftists:
“It’s a tough problem, and I would say that anyone I’ve talked to that are retired ‘agency’ and people like that, that I know, we’ve all concluded that essentially it cannot be fixed with what’s there, and I think that’s the bottom line.”

That’s from a Matt Bracken video interview which, although it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, is chilling nonetheless. Hey, anybody remember when the “Deep State” was nothing more than silly, overwrought conservative paranoia? Nah, me neither.

(Via WRSA)

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How much does it cost if it’s free?

Government health care involves neither “health” nor “care.” Discuss.

The woman from Canada continued, “The people in your country are incredibly foolish thinking that Big Government is the way to go with health care or just about anything else in life.”

I told my brother, a doctor here in America for 35 years, about what this woman said. He responded with the following. “That woman is absolutely right. It’s tragic that Canadians now have to teach Americans about the greatness of liberty and free-market capitalism. At the bottom of all this Medicare for All business is the weakness it shows that resides to varying degrees in all of us. It is the weakness of ignorance about liberty, history, and economics. It is also the weakness of not wanting to grow up. And that combination of ignorance, foolishness, and childishness only wrecks the adult world in which we live. Socialism in medicine or anything else is not kind, not compassionate, and not progressive. What it produces is mean, nasty, dark, destructive, and regressive.”

When you give into all this weakness and hand your freedom and money over to these politicians, of course you’ll get some good from it. Who wouldn’t get something after spending several hundred billion or a few trillion dollars a year on health care? But that’s not the question mature, intelligent, free American adults should be asking. They should be asking the question, at what cost do I get such stuff, and could I get as much or more of it at much lower costs and higher quality?

The answer is clear. If you pick the Big Government control way, the way that removes freedom and profit, what you get is destruction of our American liberty, our medical system, and our wealth. You get in medicine massive costs and waste of money, low quality, the end of customer service, rationing, shortages, withering of innovation, and lack of excellence. It’s plain and simple. That’s the way of the adult real world. Such paths have been chosen in many places and at many times in history. The experiment has been run over and over, and it’s always the same. It doesn’t matter if it’s England, Canada, Cuba, India and China.

This is also why with government now controlling most of American medicine, it costs a family $20,000 for an insurance policy that should cost $5,000. It’s why an MRI scan routinely costs $2,000 when it should cost about $500. It’s why a heart surgery that costs $100,000 should, with government out of the way, maybe cost a fraction of that.

So yes, indeed, the Canadian lady at Costco had it spot on. America should flat-out reject this Medicare for All business and, in fact, demand we get the tangled massive web of government control already in place out of our lives, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. But humans are flawed creatures. Childishness and ignorance inhabit all of us to varying degrees — always do, always will. Our founders understood that. It’s why they made it illegal in the Constitution for government to grab the power to control health care. But the men and women of the Left don’t care about the law, especially one written by white, Christian, cis-gendered males 250 years ago. They care about their ideology of power and control. Giving into this never works out well…ever. 

It certainly doesn’t, as has been demonstrated over and over again—not least because, once you’ve voted your way into it, you have to shoot your way out.

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The System chooses its side

Remember that great David Thompson quote I posted last night?

Acts of planned and gratuitous aggression, including narcissistic aggression…should be treated accordingly. It’s important that these cossetted pinheads, so gorged on their own sense of entitlement, learn to fear those on whom they recreationally impose themselves. Their expectations of impunity should be shattered.

Yeah, about that.

Two members of the Proud Boys have been sentenced for four years in prison for fighting back against Antifa by a Manhattan judge.

Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 40, had got into a fight with members of Antifa that were protesting a speech at the Metropolitan Republican Club by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes.

“Both defendants faced as much as 15 years. They were convicted last August at trial of attempted gang assault, attempted assault and riot stemming from the Oct. 12, 2018, melee,” the New York Post reports.

Judge Mark Dwyer compared the fight to political brawls in “1930s Europe” as his reason for such a harsh sentence. During sentencing, he said “I know enough about history to know what happened in Europe in the ’30s when political street brawls were allowed to go ahead, we don’t want that to happen in New York.”
 
“The judge basically called me Hitler,” McInnes told the Gateway Pundit.

“This was a nothing burger on the night of Oct. 12th. The next morning, de Blasio and Cuomo saw it as an opportunity to paint Trump supporters as violent hate gangs. They took it and everyone jumped on board because they hate Trump too,” McInnes said. “The AG, the media, even the top brass of the NYPD. They all saw this opportunity to portray Trump suporters as brownshirts.”

Precisely so. The judge’s lame reference to Europe in the 30’s as a rationalization for slamming the Proud Boys—for the atrocious crime of defending themselves against violent PantiFa goons who showed up to incite trouble, and wound up getting some of their own shit thrown back at them for once—just doesn’t hold water, especially in light of this:

In contrast, earlier this month, also in New York City, a member of Antifa named David Campbell, 32, was sentenced to just 18 months in jail after nearly killing a Trump supporter outside an event hosted by author and political commentator Mike Cernovich last year.

“Campbell was arrested near the venue, a nightclub at West 50th Street and 12th Avenue on Jan. 20 2018, after he punched and choked a 56-year-old man he had followed out of the event, police said. He was one of about 80 Antifa agitators protesting the gathering,” the New York Post reported.

Disgusting. Looks like some “street brawlers” can expect to receive more “justice” than others. One thing at least is clear: with the courts, liberal mayors, and at least some percentage of the cops shielding them, the violent Left’s sense of impunity is entirely justified.

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Corncobbed

I’ve mentioned it before, I believe, but my biggest disappointment with Trump during the 2016 primaries came when, after Ted Cruz admirably declared in a speech to Iowa farmers that, should he be elected Prez-o-dent, he’d be doing away with subsidizing the sugary, watery swill currently ruining engines across the fruited plain by government decree. A few days later and to my dismay, Trump went to Iowa to declare solid support for this wasteful, harmful, and costly collusion between Big Government and Big Agra, and any return to fossil-fuel sanity be damned. Although it doesn’t seem to have hurt him any, I still consider it a huge mistake, for all sorts of reasons.

So imagine my delight at seeing this:

EVANSVILLE, Ind., Oct. 18 (UPI) — Farming and renewable fuel groups are angry over an Environmental Protection Agency proposal that they say will reduce the amount of biofuels that oil refiners are required to use next year — and they are fighting to have it overturned.

The proposed rule, the groups say, reneges on a promise the Trump administration made two weeks ago to require large oil refineries to increase their ethanol use enough to compensate for the exemptions granted to small refineries.

“What they’re basically saying is forget the deal we told you about,” said Monte Shaw, the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. “It’s a draft rule at this point, so we’re raising holy hell. We’re trying to get the president’s attention. We had a deal.”

So what? Your cozy little “deal” amounted to no less than a buggering of the American people. Ethanol is pure crap; like so many other Superstate programs, it achieves the exact opposite of its claimed goals. It costs nearly twice as much to produce as gasoline; it creates more pollution; and, as already noted, it’s hell on engines: valve trains, combustion chambers, exhaust systems, and fuel system components, in small engines and older ones particularly.

Some of you old coots like me will no doubt remember the vicious old prank, often threatened but seldom executed, of dumping sugar in someone’s gas tank to screw up their car. Now FederalGovCo requires us to do what amounts to the same thing, since ethanol is quite high in sugar content; in fact, in some countries this weasel piss is made from sugar cane. And all this neatly sidesteps the question of whether the gummint ought to be allowed power enough to dictate what fuel Americans may or may not run in our personal conveyances in the first place.

Corn belongs on your dinner plate, not in your gas tank. I don’t expect any such thing, I’m sorry to say, but Trump really ought to tell those Iowa corn farmers anxious to protect their sweetheart scam to get bent, deal’s off. Ethanol is good for them all right, but very bad for the rest of us.

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Public, private

Just another government boondoggle.

From 2011 through 2018, the SLS program had expended funding totaling $13.999 billion in nominal dollars. This is equivalent to $15.109 billion in 2018 dollars using the NASA New Start Inflation Indice. This is basically the same Space Shuttle technology that the same companies were trying to adapt for the Ares and Constellation rockets. There has been only one test launch during the Constellation program. The first SLS launch has now slipped to about 2021.

The SLS program has been getting $2.1 billion per year without actual launches. A program of ten launches from now to 2035 will likely cost $4 billion per year. This will be $60 billion. The contract will be whatever costs are generated by Boeing and Lockheed and an additional ten percent.

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy has already launched three times. SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches cost less than $100 million normally. Some NASA missions would require two launches of a Falcon Heavy to replace SLS for a mission. The Falcon Heavy could be adapted to have four side boosters instead of two to get the payload capacity of a larger SLS.

We see a clearly technically and economically superior alternative cannot kill a $60 billion waste for an inferior and delayed project over the next two decades. We will also see if the US government will try to steal SpaceX’s intellectual property. The SpaceX Heavy cost $500 million to develop versus $18 billion already spent for no test flights for the Space Launch System. Space Launch System will need another $6-10 billion to get to a first mission. Two SpaceX Heavy’s could perform the first mission. SpaceX would be able to handle the various SLS missions with perhaps 10% of the funding of the SLS program.

Space Launch System will now be an embarrassing poster child for government waste and corruption.

There were 135 Space Shuttle launches. The cost of the Space shuttle was over $1.5 billion per launch. The Space Shuttle was initially pitched as a reusable $5 million per launch system that would refly every week. These promises are all the things that SpaceX is on the way to actually delivering.

Which is why we can expect that, sooner or later, government will get around to banning them on some pretext or other. Incredibly, there’s more at the link.

Slow-walking update! Big Government is why we can’t have nice things.

At least one carmaker that had planned to build turnkey replica vehicles under the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act has already thrown in the towel due to inaction from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and now the Specialty Equipment Market Association has made good on its threat to sue the federal agency to spur it into action.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal appellate court, asks the court to compel the NHTSA to issue replica car guidelines that, under the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act, were supposed to have been submitted in December 2016.

As outlined in the law, passed in December 2015 as part of a highway funding bill, replica cars – previously unable to be sold with complete drivetrains because they would thus fall under the same safety and emissions testing as brand-new vehicles – could be sold as turnkey vehicles, provided that the replica carmakers (companies that build less than 5,000 cars per year) use EPA- or CARB-certified current model year engines and limit their output to 325 cars per year. While those two agencies have submitted guidelines and regulations, as the legislation ordered, the NHTSA has failed to comply.

Earlier this year, Craig Corbell scuttled his plans to build a Cord replica and put the Cord trademark up for sale in part because of the NHTSA’s delay. “Until we get all the information from the government, I don’t want to get a long way toward getting stuff made and then have to do something different,” he said.

Former race team owner Charley Strickland hasn’t yet given up on his plans to build a replica Lamborghini Countach – one that’s already designed, prototyped, and ready for production – but said he has lost funding for the project entirely due to the NHTSA’s delays.

Somebody should tell the NHTSA goons that Trump is virulently opposed to clearing this bureaucratic logjam quickly. I bet that would get ’em moving toot sweet. Meanwhile:

The NHTSA, via a spokesperson, declined an interview request for this story.

Gee, quelle surprise, eh? Just as responsive, forthright, and transparent as you would expect.

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Take ’em down, take ’em down, take ’em ALL down

OHHH, pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease let this happen.

The DoJ’s rejection of a last-ditch appeal by the legal team representing fired FBI Director Andrew McCabe and the recommendation by federal prosecutorsthat charges actually be filed against the documented liar, leaker, and co-conspirator in the attempted coup against duly elected President Donald Trump puts the deep state in a face-to-face confrontation with a potential legal Armageddon. An indictment will leave McCabe with no excuse for not carrying out his threat to bring them all down with him.

Investigative journalist Sara Carter confirmed McCabe’s threat on the March 16, 2018 episode of “The Ingraham Angle”:

CARTER: He lied. Plain and simple he lied. A lot of former FBI agents that I spoke to say I hope he’s fired. Is he going to get fired today? That’s all I kept hearing all day because they realize if they had done this, they would have been fired too.

And there’s a lot of ongoing investigations right now. This is not just about Michael Horowitz at the DOJ right now. Remember, there’s a prosecutor looking into the unmasking, the FISA abuse that has been taking place with Carter Page in particular. So, we have a number of investigations and McCabe is worried. He’s said over and over again, if I go down, I’m taking everybody else with me.

McCabe was at the heart of all the criminal activity and knows where the bodies are buried. His silence until now may be traced to the fact that to date no one has actually been held accountable. 

Bold mine, and absolutely delicious. If there’s still any hope at all of seeing justice done in the Russiagate scandal, it would now seem to rest firmly on McCabe’s threat. Just one problem though—a BIG problem—and Bill knows what it is:

They’ll indict him just so they can get him into a jail where, after an amazing series of coincidences, “failures and lapses” malfunctioning equipment, etc., he will commit suicide by strangling himself with his bare hands.

Or else have a “heart attack.”  Followed by an immediate cremation of the body.

Naww, they wouldn’t ever DARE do that. Why, it would be unprecemadented! On the other other hand, this ain’t encouraging:

Andrew McCabe hasn’t been indicted for allegedly lying to federal investigators, according to an email from his attorney asking prosecutors to drop the probe, a sign that the government’s case against the FBI’s former No. 2 official may be in jeopardy.

A federal grand jury met this week, according to people familiar with its deliberations. The days of closed-door drama without any sign of charges could indicate that prosecutors have encountered an unexpected snafu.

Yeah, I just bet they have at that.

Ever wonder how a once-great nation devolves into just another banana republic? Just like this, that’s how.

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Rights to die for—or not

TL on one of the frequent subjects of my own musings and meanderings.

We are rapidly progressing toward the moment when each person will have to look deep into their heart and ask themselves whether they believe that there are principles worth giving their lives for, or not. Time will not stop and let us catch up or peek into the future to see if what we sacrifice will be worth it, or not. If we will stop anything or not.

I suggest that there are certain, key principles embedded in the Bill of Rights which are worth the ultimate sacrifice, not for us, but for our posterity. There are some hard lines that need to be drawn and I say this knowing that those lines are already being tested and that the time to act is bearing down on us. It could be tomorrow.

We are going to witness their attempts to do two things: take our guns and take our property. It is at this point that we either prove once and for all that those things are worth defending, or we will become willing victims of communism, globalism and enslavement. If that is a condition of existence that is better than death, it will be the condition upon which we live out our meager lives.

If we do accept it, we will destroy the world. Lost in the narrative that America is the source of all evil and injustice, is the fact that its economic power is derived directly from these concepts of individual rights defended by individuals with weapons equal to those of standing armies. Once removed, so is the economic engine that the whole world depends on. China would be nowhere near the economic power that it has become without being able to hijack the innovation and creativity of individuals seeking to gain individual wealth. Without the idea of making a better life, when that possibility has been made impossible, so is the energy to innovate and create. All of those entrepreneurs become mere workers, broken by the system, struggling to survive, denied the freedom to think, without the inspiration to innovate.

It truly is a choice between fighting to defend these fundamental rights as a part of America, but more importantly, as an ingredient of prosperity or the acceptance of a dark and dismal world of drudgery and enslavement, slowly grinding through the diminishing reserves of a capitalist past. If we choose that dark future, we will endure five or maybe ten years, before the whole world is Venezuela.

For them, that’s a feature and not a bug.

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The books he mentions include Shadow Soldier and its sequel, Home To Texas, both of which I have myself and heartily recommend. They might not be quite what you’d tend to expect from TL, maybe, but they grab you all the harder for that.

Update! Cross-posted over at Fran’s joint, with additions.

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On the other hand…

Maybe I spoke too soon when I said maybe I spoke too soon about my despairing cynicism below.

UPDATE: U.S. Attorney moving forward with charges against McCabe Based On IG Report Findings
District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official, a source familiar with the decision told SaraACarter.com.

Fox News first reported that McCabe’s legal team said they received an email from the Department of Justice which said, “The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office.”

A source familiar with the decision, told SaraACarter.com “that the line prosecution and Jessie Liu decided to move forward with the charges.”

“McCabe and his team appealed the decision to the Deputy Attorney General and the DAG rejected the appeal,” the source stated.

The charges will be based on DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s April, 2018 reportwhich stated on the allegations related to McCabe, “lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions in connection with describing his role in connection with a disclosure to the [Wall Street Journal]” in violation of FBI policy. Further, it stated that McCabe’s “disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in the manner described in this report violated the FBI’s and the Department’s media policy and constituted misconduct.”

Should the federal prosecutors indict McCabe, he would be the first senior law enforcement official involved in the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The first of many, one would hope and expect—if one retained any faith at all in the American federal justice system and its myriad bureaucracies. We’ll see.

(Via Larwyn)

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Indictments coming?

Is it possible that, in my despairing cynicism, I spoke too soon?

The leak to Fox News that the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie Liu, has recommended going ahead with prosecution of Andrew McCabe for lying to federal investigators appears to be solid. Inspector General Horowitz had made a criminal referral, and after 17 months of investigation, the case is no doubt solid.

(Legal eagle Andrew) McCarthy and others believe that even a D.C. jury could convict based on the facts already laid out by Horowitz. Some believe that the case against McCabe is so strong that he will be tempted to cop a plea and implicate higher-ups, such his boss James Comey and Comey’s boss, ex-president Barack Obama, in addition other FBI and DoJ colleagues like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

In my dreams.

I am dead certain that Andrew McCabe does not want to face prison. A former acting director of the FBI would be prey for violent offenders in a federal pen, though his high-priced lawyers no doubt would demand a “Club Fed” minimum-security prison for a nonviolent offender — the kind of crook that Joe Biden thinks shouldn’t be jailed at all. A trial of the nation’s former chief law enforcement official would be too compelling for the Trump-hating media to ignore. But they most likely would portray the case as McCabe presents it — as Trump’s vengeance, and even claim that Trump is clamping down on his media enemies, now that McCabe has taken on the role of CNN commentator.

I still don’t think for one second that it’s remotely likely we’ll see anything remotely like the wet-dream housecleaning Lifson speculates on above, mind. But there’s also this:

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Friday notified the attorney general that he has concluded his investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by the Justice Department and FBI during the 2016 election, and is finalizing his report.

Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, revealed the development in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Friday afternoon, calling on the Democrat to invite Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify before the panel once his report is released.  The IG report will be sent to the Judiciary Committee and made public after the DOJ and FBI have had a chance to review the  report and make any necessary redactions.

Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, claimed last month that all four FISA warrant extensions against Page had been found to be illegally obtained.

I can report categorically that the inspector general has found that all four FISA warrants were illegal. They were based on false information supplied to the FISA Court. And Michael Horowitz has concluded that all four FISA warrants were illegal,” he told WMAL.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said earlier this week that he expected Horowitz to report that all four FISA warrants were illegally obtained.

Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked Jordan for a “yes or no prediction” on the matter at the end of an interview Monday night. “I think he will. Michael Horowitz does good work,” Jordan said. Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett concurred, saying, “Absolutely.”

Of course, until the report is publicly released, such predictions should be viewed with a grain of salt. 

Regardless of my hopeful boldface above, that last line is the one to remember. Nonetheless, as Fox News’ Catherine Herridge says, we’re in the endgame now. Nut-cuttin’ time is almost upon us; we’ll soon see if any of the Deep State swine get any of theirs caught under the knife.

Uh-oh update! Trey Gowdy throws some cold water on things, reinforces that last excerpted line above, and rekindles my bleak cynicism.

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Role model

Freedom done right.

As I watch the fearless Hong Kong protesters risk life and limb, standing up to the Chinese juggernaut to protect freedom, I can’t help but wistfully wish we’re witnessing the beginning of a spreading popular movement. In my heart of hearts, it’s my fondest hope that these courageous, freedom-loving protesters succeed and that their message of hope catches fire in other countries in desperate need of the Hong Kong formula.

I’m not referring to a spread into mainland China, which would also be wonderful. No, here I’m hoping their thirst for freedom also spreads to the United States.

I’m not saying the United States isn’t free. But it’s a whole lot less free than the special experiment of Hong Kong. For one thing, the Heritage Foundation rates Hong Kong’s as the freest economy in the world, and the United States as the world’s 12th-freest. That’s embarrassing.

Hong Kong is a miracle economy. Its unemployment rate rarely rises above 4 percent. It recovered quickly from the financial crisis in contrast to the very lethargic U.S. recovery between 2008 and 2017. Hong Kong has avoided the curse of a large entitlement system due to its free market policies. It maintains a “simple and efficient” tax rate of 15 percent, from which it drives an astonishing budget surplus, averaging 3.4 percent. Its debt is equivalent to 0.1 percent of GDP.

Leftist orthodoxy would hold that the absence of a robust social safety net would result in widespread human suffering. But the opposite is true. Hong Kong, a city of comparable size to New York City, has a tiny homeless population of approximately 1,000, as opposed to New York, where nearly one of every 121 New Yorkers is currently homeless. Hong Kong’s poverty rate of 14.7 percent is among the lowest in the world.

In spite of a comparatively hands-off regulatory environment, market efficiencies make Hong Kong’s carbon footprint per citizen less than green-obsessed Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg, to name a few examples. Indeed, its carbon footprint per citizen is only two-thirds of Norway’s (6.4 metric tons per capita versus 9.3) and less than half of Canada’s (15.2 metric tons). If the left really cared about the environment, it shouldn’t abandon the profit motive’s efficient resource management that has proven to be a more effective pollution reducer than central control.

Is Hong Kong’s education system suffering under its heartless capitalism? On the contrary, its education system is rankedthird in the world, behind Finland and South Korea. The United States, with all of its massive “investments” in education, was ranked 17th on the list.

Imagine a choice of two buttons. Pressing the first button results in lower taxes, better education, less unemployment, poverty, and homelessness, and a more efficient management of resources leading to lower pollution emissions (including greenhouse gases). The second button results in higher taxes, more homelessness, huge budget deficits, and ineffectual environmental and education policy.

Viewed in this light, wouldn’t you fight for access to the first button?

One might think so, yeah. And yet here we all are, so apparently not.

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What is, and what will be

The rot is too deep to be easily excised.

When there has been an attempted coup and no one has gone to jail, much less executed for treason, the political will is not there to confront the truth or defend the republic.

The gutless Republicans have ceded the rule of law as far back as the Clinton Administration.

There are communists in the government openly and actively promoting revolution, protecting violent groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter as their soldiers and modern brown shirts.

These same communists encourage the myth of America “stealing” parts of Mexico to embolden Latinos, especially illegal aliens, toward the idea of reconquest. Why? It still achieves the communist goal of destruction of the current system.

The fluctuating gender issues do the same thing for the same reasons, to attack the ability to communicate with Americans who hold a traditional view of genders. It is intended to drive a wedge between families and institutions of religion.

Environmentalism is being used by the communists to encourage the younger generation to acquiesce to the concept of genocide, or more politely, population reduction, as a means of saving the planet, despite the fact that the planet is proven not to be in danger.

All of the things that give this society strength are under assault and for the same reasons, to destroy what is and make room for what will be. Nothing else. The communists need chaos. They have created and used chaos in every society before they took over. It is how it is done.

There are Chinese in Hong Kong flying the American flag and singing the national anthem in opposition to the tyranny of China, thinking that we still mean what we say about liberty and freedom. There are groups in India who recognize the tyranny of their leaders and protest against it. They struggle against the same tactics that we face here in America, the corruption of the news media, accusations of intolerance and a pending economic hardship that is the most effective means of creating chaos.

Do you think it is just happening here?

Of course not. They don’t call it world socialism for nothing, you know. And at the risk of sounding like a broken record: none of this is either accident, happenstance, or coincidence. Our statist/collectivist/authoritarian enemies are working a very old plan, and they’ve been quietly winning the war for at least 60 years, if not far longer.

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The chicanery, farce, and falsehood of Amerikan “justice”

People died. Barr lied.

After Randy Weaver, an outspoken white separatist living on a mountaintop in northern Idaho, was entrapped by an undercover federal agent, U.S. marshals trespassed on Weaver’s land and killed his 14-year-old son, Sammy. The following day, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi killed his wife, Vicki, as she was standing in the cabin doorway. Horiuchi had previously shot Randy Weaver in the back after he stepped out of the cabin. The suspects were never given a warning or a chance to surrender and had taken no action against FBI agents. Weaver survived.

After an Idaho jury found Weaver not guilty on almost all charges, federal judge Edward Lodge slammed the Justice Department and FBI for concealing evidence and showing “a callous disregard for the rights of the defendants and the interests of justice.” A Justice Department internal investigation compiled a 542-page reportdetailing federal misconduct and coverups in the case and suggested criminal charges against FBI officials involved in Ruby Ridge.

Barr told the New York Times in 1993 that he was not directly involved in the Ruby Ridge operation. Two years later, the Washington Post revealed that “top officials of the Bush Justice Department had at least 20 [phone] contacts concerning Ruby Ridge in the 24 hours before Vicki Weaver was shot,” including two calls involving Barr.
 
In January 1995, FBI director Louis Freeh announced wrist slaps for the FBI officials involved, including his friend Larry Potts, who supervised the operation from headquarters and who approved the shoot-without-provocation orders that “contravened the constitution of the United States,” according to the Justice Department internal report. When Attorney General Janet Reno later nominated Potts for deputy director of the FBI, top newspapers and members of Congress protested but Barr told the New York Times that his friend Potts “was deliberate and careful, and I developed a great deal of confidence in his judgment… I can’t think of enough good things to say about him.”  A few months later, the FBI suspended Potts after suspected perjury regarding Ruby Ridge. (Potts was not charged and retired two years later.)

The Justice Department paid $3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit from the Weaver family. But when Boundary County, Idaho filed criminal charges against Horiuchi, Barr sprang to action seeking immunity for FBI snipers. He spearheaded efforts to sway the court to dismiss all charges because holding a sniper liable would “severely undermine, if not cripple, the ability of future attorneys general to rely on such specialized units in moments of crisis such as hostage taking and terrorist acts.”

One quibble: I met Randy Weaver at a Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot one year, and spent about an hour hanging out and casually conversing with him. At NO point did he strike me as an “outspoken white separatist”; white separatist he may have been, which is not a crime (yet). But he wasn’t an “outspoken” anything at all. He was instead very quiet and humble—almost diffident, really. The one thing that stood out most about him was how deeply he was still haunted by FBI scumwad Horiuchi’s wanton, vicious murder of his entire family. Weaver’s grief over their execution by federal death-squad was still as raw and agonizing as if it had been fresh, several years after his own despotic government inflicted it on him.

I hadn’t known of Barr’s sordid history before, but it does clearly establish one thing: the very idea of him ever ensuring justice against Deep State coup d’état plotters is no better than wholly ludicrous. That Barr would defend such an outrage against all decency and humanity as the FUSA government’s murder of unarmed and innocent civilians at Ruby Ridge—a youth shot in the back as he fled the monstrous agents of a monstrous tyranny; his dog killed for no purpose other than to terrorize him; his mother sniped from hiding as she committed the heinous crime of standing in the doorway of her own home with her infant child in her arms—puts paid to that nonsense.

FBI hitman Lon Horiuchi retired in 2006, with honors and the thanks of a grateful nation for his “service,” and went to work for gun-parts manufacturer HS Precision as their “FBI Program Manager,” prompting this bitterly humorous spoof ad from outraged 2A supporters:

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Like Lois Lerner and all other villainous Deep State scoundrels, Horiuchi will live out the rest of his days in peace, comfort, and security bought for him by taxpayer dollars. Justice? Ain’t no such thing in Amerika.

Update! Go ahead and hold your breath.

So far, the I.G. is batting zero on justice. The I.G. report on Hillary Clinton’s email investigation showed pervasive bias for Hillary, talk of an insurance policyshould she lose, that Hillary should win “100 million to 0.” Yet in the end, Horowitz pulled a Comey, said the investigators’ hatred for Donald Trump, their loyalty to Hillary Clinton, didn’t impact their findings in any way. Huh?

But the attempted coup has been exposed, and one by one, the Deep State cronies are going down: James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Jim Baker, Andrew McCabe, to name a few who have retired, been fired, or been demoted.

So our message to any future insurgents who stage a coup but fail in their efforts to illegally remove a sitting president and overthrow the United States government is, “Be forewarned: treason could cost you your job.” Oh, the humanity!

Well, at least former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe is paying a high price for lying and leaking. He collected over a half-million dollars on his GoFundMe site, ostensibly for his legal defense.  He’ll still get his government pension, has filed suit against the FBI and DOJ for firing him, wrote the ubiquitous politicalbook trashing Trump, and has now landed a consultant gig with CNN. By damn, that’ll teach him.

Sean Hannity tells us every night that Spygate will explode with declassification, with the I.G. report, or with Durham’s investigation. Sean’s Fox team of experts agree: the traitors are shaking in their boots because they know what’s coming. 

Really? Because I don’t see a single traitor twitching, much less shaking. In fact, they’ve stepped up their sedition, increased their efforts to usurp the president. If they’re scared, they’re doing a bang-up job of hiding it.

Today, treason and our two-tier justice system are casually discussed as inescapable facts of today’s political landscape. Heads up for those desperately trying to put the blindfold back on Lady Justice. If a layered legal system is what we have, it has nothing to do with justice — that’s anarchy.

No, it’s tyranny, actually.

Take for example when Hillary Clinton literally laughed out loud at a question about her email investigation — had to wipe her eyes, she laughed so hard. She laughed at us, at America, for being so clueless as to think she’d ever answer to our laws.
 
And she’s still laughing, because she’s right: she’s untouchable. The consensus is that even though we know that the first email investigation was rigged by the FBI to clear Hillary, no one will reopen the case.

“While she [Hillary] may never face justice in a court of law, perhaps losing the presidency is a more prescient and proper punishment.”

Well, of course, losing a presidential election is far more devastating than wasting away in a prison cell.

She has every right to laugh at us, because she was right, and was all along.

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Forget it, Jake, it’s liberals

Some useful historical perspective: the FBI was always corrupt, Democrat-Socialist politicians have always found this corruption useful for election-tampering, and Enemedia has always been complicit in the undermining the right of non-liberal Americans to have a say in their own governance.

More specifically: the earth-shattering Watergate mega-scandal was pretty small potatoes, and the self-proclaimed Heroes Who Saved The Republic…weren’t.

I look back now and the whole thing seems a sham, a self-congratulatory illusion created by leftists in both the news media and in Hollywood.

Recently, reading Mark Levin’s “Unfreedom of the Press”, I was reminded that, before reporters went on their great crusade against Richard Nixon, they had overlooked a whole lot of corruption in the Democrat presidents who preceded him.

Levin tells how John F. Kennedy, with the knowledge of his brother and Attorney General Robert, nudged the IRS into auditing conservative groups. With Kennedy’s approval, the FBI was also employed to investigate those the administration disliked, including Martin Luther King Jr. Lyndon Baines Johnson would later increase the politically motivated auditing and spying. None of this was uncovered until later on.

Ben Bradlee — the editor of the Washington Post, where Woodward and Bernstein broke the Watergate story — was well aware of his pal Kennedy’s misuse of the tax and investigative agencies. Not only did he not report it, he allowed himself and his paper to be manipulated by information JFK had wrongly obtained.

This totally changes the Watergate narrative. Nixon’s dirty tricks and enemy lists may have been creepy and wrong, but the press exposure of these misdemeanors came after years of ignoring similar and worse malfeasance by Democrat administrations.

That changes what Watergate means. That transforms it from a heroic crusade into a political hit job, Democrat hackery masquerading as nobility. The press turned a blind eye to the corruption of JFK and LBJ, then raced to overturn the election of a man they despised — despised in part because he battled the Communism many of them had espoused.

Like the Nixon takedown, the attacks on Trump come after years of turning a blind eye to the corruption of a Democrat. Obama’s IRS campaign against the Tea Party? His lies about Benghazi? His Fast and Furious fiasco? His shutdown of a massive drug investigation to appease Iran? No big deal. Obama was, as almost every mainstream outlet has declared, “scandal free.”

The crawly thing Obama was le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche, see. Meanwhile, Trump is Literally Hitler, which justifies using any means whatsoever to nullify the results of the 2016 election—or, to the Left’s way of thinking, “correct” them.

So what else is new? Nothing under the sun, as the saying goes.

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The Deep State wins!

Game over.

The Justice Department inspector general released a scathing report on former FBI Director James Comey’s notes memorializing his conversations with President Trump, finding that he disclosed them without authorization “to achieve a personally desired outcome.”

The 83-page report on Comey’s handling of “sensitive information,” released Thursday, said the investigation found “no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the Memos to members of the media.”

But Inspector General Michael Horowitz faulted Comey for his behavior, saying his actions “violated Department or FBI policy, or the terms of Comey’s FBI Employment Agreement. As described in this report, we conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement.”

Horowitz criminally referred Comey to the Justice Department for his conduct, but the agency declined to prosecute.

Because of course it did.

And that’s just about it for the sick joke some Americans have been pleased to refer to as “the rule of law,” folks. Now we know for sure that there is but one very simple Rule of Law, and it is this: everyday Americans are subject to them. Powerful liberal politicians and parasitic Deep State scumbuckets are not. Full stop, end of story.

For some, though, a sad, forlorn hope still remains. It’s kinda pitiful to see, in truth.

That might be expected from an OIG who accused FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe of “lacking candor,”and violating FBI policy. The OIG released the report just before the Labor Day weekend, when it was least likely to command attention. In similar style in 2016, FBI boss Comey released documents on Hillary Clinton’s emails on the afternoon of September 2, just before the holiday weekend. Comey took the August 29 OIG report as confirmation that, as he said of Hillary Clinton, no reasonable prosecutor would charge him with anything.

The former FBI boss went into his end-zone dance, tweeting that “a quick message with a ‘sorry we lied about you’ would be nice.” That celebration may be premature. OIG Michael Horowitz is also investigating abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and Comey signed off on three of the four FISA applications for Carter Page. In addition, Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham are investigating the origins of the Russia collusion probe.

I no longer can honestly say I am clinging to any hope at all of seeing justice done via Barr or Horowitz. At this point, it would be more honest for the Barr/Horowitz dumbshow to simply fold the tents and shut down; nothing whatsoever is going to come of these “investigations,” and justice will never be served on any of the Ruling Class conspirators who plotted an actual coup d’ état, and very nearly pulled it off too. As the above piece goes on to say:

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told reporters that Comey’s investigation of Hillary Clinton was “a sellout, a fix from day one.” The DOJ and establishment media should have seen it all coming.

Comey became FBI director in 2013 under POTUS 44, formerly known as Barry Soetoro. He was in the process of transforming the USA into a country where the outgoing president appoints his successor and rigs the system in her favor. So no surprise that Comey would not recommend prosecution of an influence peddler who kept an illegal private server, destroyed more than 30,000 subpoenaed emails, smashed up electronic devices, and other violations that would have landed anyone else in prison.

Clinton crony Comey did his job and kept Hillary in the race. After she lost, Comey did his best to target the winner, Donald Trump, for which the DOJ Inspector General has now tapped him on the wrist. On the other hand, the investigation of Comey is hardly the only game in town.

So? The conspirators, just like HILLARY!™ and Obama, will remain, in the gloating words of murdering terrorist and Obama mentor Bill Ayers, “guilty as hell, free as a bird.” Tell me, does Her Herness—pictured in the posh Hamptons resort area on her way to another drunken binge, no doubt—look worried at all to you folks?

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Of course she doesn’t. Because she isn’t. Because she has no reason to be; as a card-carrying member of the Ruling Class, she enjoys complete immunity from consequences for absolutely any and all felonious, treasonous, seditious, or otherwise deplorable acts she may commit. She knows it; with this Comey whitewash, it has just been re-confirmed for all of us.

There’s been some discussion recently about a widespread and growing loss of faith and trust in America’s institutions. At this point, any even minimally-aware person who still retains the slightest shred of such is a damned fool. This country and its government is a disgrace, an abomination. ZMan brings it all home:

The reason that most people have been holding out hope that this seditious plot would be prosecuted is they don’t really believe everyone in the ruling class is a villainous gangster. Again, even the jaded on this side of the divide thought something would come from this caper, even if it was just the release of a documents showing there was a plot. Maybe a few low-level punks like Lisa Page and Peter Strzok would get a show trial and be sent off to Club Fed for a few years.

It is increasingly clear, that nothing will happen. Bill Barr is just the latest flim-flam man to bamboozle Donald Trump into trusting him. It is clear now that his assignment is to cover up the crimes of official Washington. It has been six months since he was authorized to start releasing the classified documents describing the actions of the FBI during this caper. So far, nothing has been released. In fact, Bill Barr is fighting public disclosure of documents a federal judge ordered released months ago.

As Bill Barr slowly and efficiently covers up the seditious plot and other crimes committed by the FBI and DOJ during the Obama years, it is not unreasonable to wonder how far down the scale this moves the political center. Twenty-five years ago, most dissidents would have thought this level of corruption was improbable, if not entirely impossible. The typical normie was still sure the next election would bring reformers, who would chase off the crooks and clean up the system.

…It is becoming increasingly difficult for the civic nationalist to operate in anything but a fantasy world. Whatever you may think of Trump, the result of the last three years is proof that elections don’t matter. This shameless refusal by public officials to apply the law to Washington insiders makes a mockery of the rule of law. Throw in the stunning dishonesty of the mass media and the metastasizing surveillance state and it is impossible for even the most gullible to remain a civic nationalist.

Indeed. As I’ve said many times: the fourth of July ought to be a day not of celebration, but of mourning.

Update! Bottom line:

If you have one set of laws for the members of the government and another set for everyone else, you are not being governed, you are being ruled.

Bingo.

Anything goes update! A clear message, sent and received.

How can the I.G. Report say Comey’s actions were a “dangerous example for over 35,000 current FBI employees — and the many thousands more former FBI employees” and the DOJ determine that those actions are not prosecutable? Is this not a clear message from the DOJ to those 35,000-plus FBI employees that there are no legal consequences if they ever decide to do what James Comey did?

This not only stinks to high heaven, but absolutely makes no sense — unless you believe in the existence of a “Deep State” that is in control of our government.

This is not a conspiracy theory; this is solid evidence that the entire justice system of our country is corrupt.

The DOJ has just let the world know that from this day forward, the FBI is unable to dispatch its law enforcement duties properly. How safe do you feel now?

Read the I.G. Report conclusion and ask yourself where you would be sitting tonight if you did what James Comey did.

I gotta wonder now if the “no criminal intent” wheeze Comey cooked up to exonerate Her Herness was something of a trial run to gauge its effectiveness should he ever need such a handy escape hatch himself.

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“All The People Who Think They Are Better Than You Are Much, Much Worse”

Ironic, innit?

Our elite is anything but. It’s a collection of pedestrian mediocrities who inherited our civilization from the people who actually created it and fought for it, and like every spoiled child who was handed free stuff by his doting mommy and daddy, our elite is resentful and obnoxious.

We’re ruled by a bunch of Veruca Salts.

Of course they don’t appreciate what it takes to build, feed, fuel and defend what we have – as a group, they didn’t do any of those things. No one appreciates what he didn’t work for and earn, and our alleged betters did not work for and earn the positions and prestige they hold at the heads of our institutions. They got where they are by just showing up, and by parroting hacky, politically correct dogma, not by actual achievement.

Look at the freaks our universities are pumping out – they can’t read, they can’t write, they think history started in 1996, and the only things they ever created are evermore tiresome and weird gender identities.

Hello, I am Teddy Roosevelt. I was born wealthy, won the Medal of Honor, busted the trusts like this Facebook atrocity of which you speak, and I literally punched out a bear once.

Yo, my name is Kaden. I’m an otherkin-identifying, non-binary gendered, two-spirit from Brooklyn with a degree in Climate Change Ventriloquism from Yale. I’m not ashamed to cry when I see a MAGA hat because my mom says my feelings are important. Bernie is too patriarchal for me, so Beto 2020!

Here’s a question, and it’s a fair one. What has the ruling class done right in the last 20 years? 

We are actually losing ground. Our light bulbs don’t light anymore, our front-loading washing machines don’t wash anymore and our straws don’t straw anymore. Even our Star Wars movies today are exponentially crappier than the ones from 40 years ago.

So, what’s just one great thing the magnificent, magical masterminds of our elite have pulled off since maybe 2000?

Just one.

One thing.

Go.

Let’s not any of us be holding our breath waiting, ‘kay? This next bit ends with one of my own personal pet peeves:

What have they ever solved? Hell, they created most of these problems in the first place. They whine about student loans, but who set up the college cash machine that is American academia? Our medical system is a wreck? Dudes, our medical system is Obamacare, and you’re the ones who stuffed it down our gullets!

I’ve griped here several times about the sudden onslaught of blah-blah about “fixing” Obamacare after Trump took office. Not to seem pedantic here or anything, but…ummmm…let’s see now…Obamacare WAS the fix, wasn’t it? That’s how they sold it to us, anyway. But remember Mike’s Iron Law regarding Progressivists: the only solution to the problems they themselves create is always and forever MORE OF THE SAME, STAT! The problem is never, ever that they did the wrong thing, that they screwed the pooch, that they don’t know what the hell they’re doing, that they’re in over their empty, pointed heads. No, the problem—each and every single time, on every issue—is that we just didn’t go far enough.

They’ll never admit either error or cluelessness. They’ll never admit the fundamental impossibility of micro-micromanaging a nation of 350 million souls, spread over an entire continent, from their well-insulated enclaves in Mordor On The Potomac. They’ll never acknowledge the simple wisdom behind the Founders’ insistence that keeping government as close as possible to the people it governs must inevitably maximize its efficiency, its flexibility, and its accountability. Hell, they’ll never even ‘fess up to their myriad failures being failures.

They can only keep on cramming all possible power into the hands of our DC “elite” masters—trying, and failing at everything except strictly that—and just never you serfs mind about all the failure, arrogance, and incompetence, thanksverymuch.

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The pseudo-science is SETTLED!

Climate Change (formerly Global Warming, formerly Global Cooling, formerly “the weather”): all bullshit, all the way down.

“Discussions on global warming often refer to ‘global temperature.’ Yet the concept is thermodynamically as well as mathematically an impossibility,” says Science Daily, paraphrasing Bjarne Andresen, a professor at the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute, one of three authors of a paper questioning the “validity of a ‘global temperature.’”

While it’s “possible to treat temperature statistically locally,” says Science Daily, “it is meaningless to talk about a global temperature for Earth. The globe consists of a huge number of components which one cannot just add up and average. That would correspond to calculating the average phone number in the phone book. That is meaningless.”

A few years after the University of Copenhagen report was published, University of Guelph economist Ross McKitrick, one of the report’s authors, noted in another paper that “number of weather stations providing data…plunged in 1990 and again in 2005. The sample size has fallen by over 75% from its peak in the early 1970s, and is now smaller than at any time since 1919.”

“There are serious quality problems in the surface temperature data sets that call into question whether the global temperature history, especially over land, can be considered both continuous and precise. Users should be aware of these limitations, especially in policy-sensitive applications.”

It’s all no more than arrant nonsense—a Progressivist subterfuge intended to establish and empower some form of global government with total control over First World capitalist economies with an eye towards redistributing their wealth to Third World ones—and has never been anything but. The entire history of the Climate Change (formerly Global Warming, formerly Global Cooling, formerly “the weather”) scam allows for no other conclusion.

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