Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

SHE’S IN!

Only HILLARY!™ can save us.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Hillary Clinton has announced that after much debate she will seek reelection as president of the United States.

Pundits on MSNBC, CNN, and ABC News have long pondered whether Clinton would seek reelection or allow someone else to step in, and now she’s made a definitive declaration.

“After much deliberation, consultation, and prayer to Moloch, I have decided that I will seek a second term,” she said to a crowd gathered at a local Wendy’s restaurant. “I feel I haven’t accomplished everything I wanted to in my first term, and I really need a full eight years to implement my final solution to all of America’s problems.”

Aides then gently ushered her back onto the bus to take her back to Bright Sunrise Home For Seniors.

Looks like deranged old Granny Grifter has been into her “tonic” again. On a very, very slightly more serious note:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is about a “much more serious set of charges” than anything related to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

And that “serious set of charges” would be…WHAT, exactly? Making a phone call to a foreign leader in which investigation of the Democrat-Socialist attempt to rig the 2016 election was glancingly mentioned? Not being guilty of “collusion,” as directly and clearly stated by the failed Mueller witch-hunt’s report? Putting American interests first abroad, instead of selling them down the river as you did? Refusing to cooperate with a ginned-up, illegitimate “impeachment” fraud unconstitutionally launched as a purely partisan coup plot? Fighting back against the treasonous, anti-American Democrat-Socialist criminal organization and its myriad depredations?

Did I leave anything out of that list of spurious, contrived, fraudulent “crimes” there, Madame Secretary?

“And, as a former secretary of state, I just want Americans to stop and think, why are we allowing this president to, in effect, undermine our sovereignty, turning over foreign policy to foreign governments, what he just did with the Kurds, empowering Turkey and Russia against our staunchest allies in the Middle East?” she added.

Umm…Turkey is an actual American ally, Hills. Y’know, as guaranteed by their membership in NATO, the archaic, outdated alliance established by a seventy-year old treaty drawn up to defend Western Europe in the event of an invasion led by a nation that, y’know, no longer exists? The one you all were shrieking blue murder about Trump’s having suggested leaving or modifying it?

The Kurds, our “staunch allies”? Really? That ain’t what your side was saying back when you were demanding that we hightail it out of Bush’s “blood for oil” war in Iraq, as I recollect. No, according to y’all, we couldn’t abandon the Kurds fast enough in those days. But it gets even worse for you, I’m afraid: those Kurds you’re boo-hooing yourselves sick over Trump “abandoning”? Should Turkey cross into Syria and attack them, the NATO agreement arguably requires us not just to “abandon” them, but to actively assist Turkey in making war on them, should the request be made of us.

“This is the goal of the Trump strategy. It is to raise questions.”

Well, in fairness, I can easily see why somebody like you might have a real problem with that.

“There is no evidence that either one of them did anything wrong. Could there be a question of judgment about his son? Well, that’s fair game but there is absolutely no evidence, and there will not be any evidence, that Joe Biden did anything wrong,” she said.

Heh. You so funny. Once again, Democrat-Socialist projection comes into play.

“Enough with these wild, unfounded conspiracy theories, using the help of foreign governments to interfere in our elections and to undermine people who have been in the public eye for a long time and I hope that the American public rejects this, as they should,” she added.

Run again and find out what the American public rejects, you loathsome carbuncle.

Update! Birds of a feather.

One of the many news-making revelations in Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book, Catch and Kill, is that he received pressure from Hillary Clinton to back off his reporting on Harvey Weinstein.

But even without this reporting, what we also know is that Weinstein’s alleged misconduct and abuse were no secret in Hollywood and Washington, DC. Report after report after report confirm that “everyone knew,” but no one did anything because 1) Weinstein had the power to make or break your Hollywood career and 2) Weinstein raised a ton of money for Democrats — most especially, the Clintons; most especially, Hillary Clinton.

Anyway, this Hillary Clinton bombshell could not come at a worse time for the two-time presidential loser, a time when she appears to be seriously flirting with the idea of a 2020 rematch with President Trump. She might want to remember that during their 2016 battle, Trump was not afraid to remind voters that Hillary played a leading role to personally destroy the women who claimed to have been raped, abused, molested, and mistreated by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Gee, corrupt much there, Cankles?

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Jumping the impeachment gun shark

Have the Dimocrats gotten ahead of themselves?

Right now, the Dems are thrilled because they’re finally free of the tyranny of fairness and honesty and coherence, and they can indulge their deepest fantasies of frog-marching The Donald out of the Oval Office, to be replaced with Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit – wait, that’s not right. Why, that’s not right at all. They would replace Donald Trump with…Mike Pence, who will probably do the same things that have made Trump so successful without all the tweeting.

They have not thought this through. The Democrats are basically the proverbial dog that chases the car and finally catches it, then thinks, in fluent Terrier, “Okay, what the hell do I do now?” Only this analogy breaks down because dogs are cool. So are cars, except Priuses packing “COEXIST” or faded “I’m With Her” bumper stickers. In contrast, all Democrats are lame.

The Democrats are experiencing the giddy delight of having finally summoned up the stones to push the big red “IMPEACHMENT!” button. Their tawdry joy will pass. It’s a dumb idea, and they will soon regret it. This sorry scenario brings to mind Napoleon’s apocryphal advice to never interrupt your enemy when he, she or xe is making a mistake, and if the cheesy performance art piece that is this bogus scandal wasn’t so poisonous to our body politic, it would be hilarious.

It’s Kurt Schlichter, so of course it’s a fun read. And yes, in general I do share the overall sense of optimism out there that the abominable Democrat-Socialists have shot themselves in the foot badly with this impeachment “inquiry” dumbshow.

Nonetheless, there is a weak but persistent voice in the back of my head warning that, given the treachery of a too-large number of Senate Vichy GOP slimewads like Mitt “Severely Conservative, when I’m not Ferociously Liberal” Romney, Stretch Pelosi’s contra-Constitutional farce could well turn out not to be the slam dunk self-beclownment we’re all assuming. How certain can we really be that there aren’t enough turncoat GOPe NeverTrumpTards in the Senate to “reach across the aisle” to their seditious colleagues and vote to convict? How much faith should we place in the supposed integrity of people we already know have none?

In any event, this remains the bottom-line truth about this reckless, feckless farce:

It should by now be obvious to the meanest intelligence that the Democrats are the Democrats are determined to impeach President Trump with or without credible evidence that he has committed any act resembling “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The “whistleblower complaint” that Nancy Pelosi used as the pretext for launching her ersatz impeachment inquiry contains little but hearsay and fabrication, while her claim that it proves Trump has “violated the Constitution” fails the laugh test. In the end, however, impeachment is less about offenses committed by the president than the desire of the Washington establishment to put down what they see as a peasants’ revolt.

Impeachment is, in other words, an attempt to restore the old order that the voters overturned in 2016. It seeks to annul that election and return us to the nascent totalitarianism of the Obama era, an incipient autocracy the Democrats expected to be nurtured during the presidency of Hillary Clinton. Thus, when the hoi polloi got above themselves and put Donald Trump in the White House, his removal from office became the primary objective of Washington’s self-appointed Optimates. They began planning Trump’s impeachment before he was inaugurated because he is the leader of the insurrection, and they know full well that it can’t be put down until he is gone.

Trump’s supporters aren’t as dumb as their “betters” clearly believe them to be. They know the Washington establishment is out to get the president in order to disfranchise the 63 million “deplorables” who voted him into office for the purpose of effecting genuine change in the way things are done inside the Beltway. Trump’s supporters know the Democrats hate him because, despite the incessant harassment to which he and his administration have been subjected, he has fulfilled most of his campaign promises. They know Trump’s impeachment is really an attempt to suppress what Beltway insiders regard as a peasants’ revolt against the proper order of things.

The Democrat-Socialist/Deep State/Enemedia coup plotters continue to ignore their dire peril in ignoring the growing rage of Real Americans over this preposterous, baseless “impeachment” indecency. Also, they seem to be suffering a bit of a memory lapse when it comes to their own response to an earlier impeachment:

More than 20 years ago, when President Bill Clinton was being impeached for lying to a grand jury – then as now a documented fact that no one can credibly dispute – some Democrats who today want to impeach and have the Senate remove President Donald Trump from office ASAP, were whistling a very different tune.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
“We are here today because the Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President Clinton. And until the Republicans free themselves of this hatred, our country will suffer.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden (then a U.S. senator):
“It would have been wrong for Richard Nixon to have been removed from office based upon a purely partisan vote. No president should be removed from office merely because one party enjoys a commanding lead in either house of the Congress …

“It is our constitutional duty to give the president the benefit of the doubt on the facts …

“To remove a president is to decapitate another branch and to undermine the independence necessary for it to fulfill its constitutional role … To remove a duly-elected president clashes with democratic principles in a way that simply has no constitutional parallel …

“It is clear from the debates and from the commentaries on the Constitutional Convention that the Framers were concerned that anything less than bipartisanship could, and would, do great damage to our form of government. They knew that to contemplate an action as profound as undoing a popular election requires at a minimum that members of both parties find that the alleged wrong is grave enough to overturn the will of the majority of the American people.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York:
“Benjamin Franklin called impeachment, ‘a substitute for assassination’ …

“The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters as expressed in a national election. We must not overturn an election and remove a president from office except to defend our very system of government or our constitutional liberties against a dire threat. And we must not do so without an overwhelming consensus of the American people and of their representatives in Congress of the absolute necessity …

“There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other. Such an impeachment would lack legitimacy, would produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come. And will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions … We have no right to overturn the considered judgment of the American people …

How quickly they forget when it’s politically expedient for them to do so, eh? Much, much more at the link, all of it completely damning for the Koup Kucks Klown gang. Again: may they all burn in Hell for a thousand years. At least.

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Trump calls their bluff

There is NO low to which the Democrat-Socialists will not stoop to quench their ravening, insatiable lust for power and undo the 2016 election—up to and including the willful, reckless instigation of a truly dangerous Constitutional crisis.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Lawfare allies can change House rules (they did). Pelosi and Lawfare can also change House impeachment rules (they did). Pelosi/Lawfare can change committee rules (they did); and in doing so they can remove House republicans from the entire process… Which They Did. However, what Lawfare and Pelosi cannot change is The U.S. Constitution, which they are desperate to confront.

Speaker Pelosi’s ‘Lawfare House rules‘ and/or ‘Lawfare impeachment rules‘ cannot supersede the constitutional separation of powers.

Nancy Pelosi cannot decree an “official impeachment inquiry”, and as a consequence nullify a constitutional firewall between the Legislative Branch and Executive Branch.

This “impeachment” is a full-on fraud, a phony, ginned-up parody of the legitimate impeachment process. The “subpoenas” Trump has rightly instructed his administration to ignore are likewise fraudulent:

In the last week you’ve probably heard the media sell a narrative that Speaker Pelosi’s House Committee teams are sending out subpoenas to the State Department and White House. However, has anyone actually looked for those “subpoenas”, or read the language of the written communication from those committees’?

As you read this, remember: these carefully chosen words come from the Lawfare Alliance…

Notice the phrase “sent a letter conveying a subpoena“?

That statement is not the same as ‘sent a subpoena’; actually, it’s not even close – it is pure parseltongue. You can call any car a Ferrari, but that doesn’t make it so.

The House has no independent enforcement mechanism, so each time the House of Representative wants to send a subpoena with an enforcement bite – they need to go to the judicial branch (court system) for an enforceable order. However, notice in these letters the enforcement mechanism is internal. It is a self-fulfilling ‘obstruction‘ scheme.

Speaker Pelosi does not want to engage the judicial branch, nor does she want to give the target (President Trump) the opportunity to engage the judicial branch, ie. court.

So: a fake impeachment, buttressed by fake subpoenas, a fake “whistleblower,” and a fake Russia/Ukraine “scandal,” then. Trump, correctly, has formally refused to dance to the Democrat-Socialists’ tune.

The White House on Tuesday formally told Speaker Pelosi and three other committee chairs to pound sand, calling their impeachment efforts “illegitimate” and “dangerous,” prompting a standoff with Congress.

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote an 8-page letter to Speaker Pelosi and Dem chairs on three key committees, Schiff, Cummings and Engel, letting them know their impeachment inquiry “lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation,” and violates Trump’s due process rights.
 
Cipollone also called the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry a partisan effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election” of President Donald Trump.

More:

The President has done nothing wrong, and the Democrats know it. For purely political reasons, the Democrats have decided their desire to overturn the outcome of the 2016 election allows them to conduct a so-called impeachment inquiry that ignores the fundamental rights guaranteed to every American.

These partisan proceedings are an affront to the Constitution—as they are being held behind closed doors and deny the President the right to call witnesses, to cross-examine witnesses, to have access to evidence, and many other basic rights.

Today, on behalf of President Donald J. Trump, Pat Cipollone, Counsel to the President, sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Chairmen Engel, Schiff, and Cummings. The letter demonstrates that the Democrats’ inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, and even the most elementary due process protections.

Democrats are pursuing purely partisan goals, including influencing the upcoming 2020 election. In the process, they are violating civil liberties and the separation of powers, threatening Executive Branch officials with punishment simply for exercising their constitutional rights and prerogatives.

All of this violates the Constitution, the rule of law, and every past precedent. For these reasons, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to, and will not participate in, this exercise of partisan political theater.

Nailed it, and every word’s a gem. But don’t think this is anything new from the sleazy, slimy worms of the Democrat-Socialist Party. They relentlessly hounded Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes in similar fashion. The difference is one of degree and not kind; they’ve escalated from harrassing previous Republican presidents, to persecuting Trump.

Pelosi and her coup co-conspirators have now breached the line separating political chicanery from outright sedition and attempted revolution. In so doing, they have gone from amusing if annoying buffoons to rabid, traitorous curs who need to be—MUST be—put down like the dogs they are. They are the self-proclaimed enemies of absolutely every principle this country was founded on, and of every American who still gives a damn about those principles.

In their insane quest for absolute, unquestioned power, the Pelosicrat scum have wantonly created the conditions for a bloody conflagration that will quickly flare up to scorch every last one of us. The arrogant fools are flicking matches at a powder keg, not caring a whit about the damage and misery the inevitable explosion will bring.

So be it. May they have joy of their choice. And may God damn every last one of them to Hell.

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How can we miss you if you won’t go away?

Such a nasty woman.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat at a replica Resolute Desk to read her old emails for an hour as part of an Italian art exhibit.

Clinton traveled to the Venetian Teatro Italia in Venice on Tuesday to become a part of the exhibit created by artist Kenneth Goldsmith. Titled “HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails,” the exhibit featured a mock Oval Office Resolute Desk with more than 60,000 pages of Clinton’s leaked emails printed, bound, and set out for anyone to leaf through.

“This exhibition is further proof that nothing wrong or controversial can be found on these emails. It makes them accessible to everyone and allows everyone to read them,” Clinton said in a statement. “They are just so boring.”

No word on whether Her Herness recited from memory any of the 30,000 emails (not “pages”) the old soak illegally deleted to cover her sickly, sodden ass.

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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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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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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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Less talk, more action

Julie Kelly loses patience.

While Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s name quickly has vanished from the front pages following his disastrous testimony before Congress last month, the investigation into “Russiagate”—how top officials in the Obama Administration fabricated the phony Russian collusion hoax and weaponized the country’s most powerful law enforcement tools against an American political campaign—appears to be moving at a snail’s pace. 

The results of a long-awaited probe by the Justice Department’s inspector general into potential abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by Comey’s FBI has been delayed again until at least early fall. In a separate inquiry, Inspector General Michael Horowitz reportedly concluded that Comey illegally leaked classified information and referred the former FBI director to the Justice Department for possible prosecution, but Attorney General William Barr reportedly rejected that advice: “Prosecutors found the IG’s findings compelling but decided not to bring charges because they did not believe they had enough evidence of Comey’s intent to violate the law, according to multiple sources,” reported John Solomon at The Hill earlier this month. 

Umm, forgive my ignorance in bringing it up and all, but wasn’t Comey’s transparently corrupt use of the spurious “lack of intent” standard to paint over Hillary!™‘s crimes something we were all making sport of not too long ago? And now BARR is resorting to it?

Sorry, y’all excuse me for a moment.

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Okay, onwards.

The House Intelligence Committee last year asked the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to declassify and publish depositions by dozens of people the committee interviewed about the Trump-Russia collusion hoax. That request remains unfulfilled. 

In May, the White House empowered Barr to declassify all materials needed to expedite his office’s investigation into Russiagate.

“Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions,” announced former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Nearly three months later, the public has not seen one document.

In January 2018, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) referred Steele to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation for lying to federal officials. Steele has not been charged. In April 2018, 11 House Republicans sent a letter to the DOJ asking for criminal investigations into Comey, McCabe, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and others for various offenses. Comey continues to rant on Twitter and write anti-Trump columns for the New York Times; McCabe is a regular on MSNBC and now is suing his former employer for wrongful dismissal based on—get this—political reasons. McCabe also has been under grand jury investigation for at least a year.

The Mueller report concluded that Joseph Mifsud, the man who allegedly triggered the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign in July 2016 after he met with George Papadopoulos, lied three times to investigators. Unlike several other Trump associates, including Papadopoulos, Mifsud has not been charged with perjury.

Alas, Kelly presents plenty more support for the depressing idea that the Deep State fix is well and truly in. Even my own hope of seeing justice done for the dastardly crimes against American self-government committed by the coup conspirators is beginning to fade. It all makes Sanders’ statement about “restoring confidence” in our tainted, toxic institutions sound like either pathetically naive blather or some kind of sick, sick joke. Lends considerable weight to that last post about the importance of resisting the gun-grabbers, now don’t it?

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Call to arms

As the Left’s desperation grows, their unhinged refusal to abide by the results of any election they don’t win becomes more frenzied; their resolve to overthrow the duly-elected President by any means at all becomes more mulish; and their calls to revolution, disorder, and violence become less subtle, more open, and more dangerous.

PARIS—From Algeria to Hong Kong, Sudan to Puerto Rico, people all over the world have been turning out in the streets this year to confront policies and regimes that previously seemed all but invulnerable. And through relentless, largely peaceful protests they’ve had amazing success.

“Largely peaceful.” Uh huh. You’ll squeal like stuck little piggies when Real Americans finally get themselves a bellyfull, and some of that same mostly-peacefulness that far too many of us have already experienced from your side gets unleashed upside your heads for a change.

There is a lesson here. Americans disgusted by Donald J. Trump, disheartened by his control over the Senate and Supreme Court, demoralized by the consistent support he enjoys from two-fifths of the population, and appalled by his incitement of gun-toting racists, might want to take note.

The examples of mass demonstrations that have taken on, and in some cases taken down, terrible leaders show there are formulas that can be applied in many places, including the mainland of the United States of America. There’s even an illustrative equation.

Why have we not seen this kind of concerted, continuous combination of mass and velocity in the United States?

Maybe the American opposition to the Trump regime really isn’t as impassioned as many rants on Twitter might suggest. Or maybe those are just onanistic ends in themselves. There’s been a lot of obvious passivity: waiting for Robert Mueller to take care of everything, or pretending that the symbolic act of impeachment will squeeze the sleaze out of office.

Certainly, by comparison with the demonstrators in other parts of the world there’s a hint of sloth and even of cowardice.

When I broached some of these ideas on Twitter (where else?) one tweep complained impotently that “we” couldn’t even get Twitter to take down the president’s account, as if that would solve anything.

More than one suggested fear of Trump supporters with guns acts as a deterrent.

Glad to hear it; that means the Second Amendment, against all odds, is still working as intended. It also suggests there might actually remain some small hope, however miniscule, of you frothing fascists coming to your senses and stepping back from the brink before it’s too late. People like you are precisely whom the Founders warned us about; the 2A was written not to protect anybody’s right to hunt but to act as a deterrent to your kind, a last line of defense should you fail to heed its warning at last.

Your fear is wise and proper. May God grant that you never lose or dismiss it—for ALL our sakes.

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No consent from losers

While we’re re-running oldies but goodies from 2016 and all, have another. Might want to find some really dark goggles, even a welder’s mask, to read it with though; the irony is so blazingly, piercingly incandescent it could easily blind somebody.

Donald Trump likes to sort the world into winners and losers, which isn’t a bad way of thinking about democracy. Winners and losers of elections have essential responsibilities in functioning democracies. Winners do not exact revenge on their opponent by, say, abusing the powers of their office and jailing that opponent, as the Republican candidate threatened to do at the second presidential debate. Losers do not refuse to accept the results of a vote judged free and fair by a country’s governing institutions.

Yet the Republican candidate has spent the past week—really, much of the general election—strongly suggesting that he will not accept a loss to Hillary Clinton. He has repeatedly claimed that “Crooked Hillary” is “rigging” the election with help from the media and a global network of power brokers. The rigging, he says with certainty but no compelling evidence, consists of the coordinated assassination of Trump’s character, as well as looming voter fraud. And the rigging will, in Trump’s telling, produce nothing less than the dissolution of the republic; the United States will be overrun by immigrants and ISIS. Trump’s message is that the election will be stolen from his supporters, as will the country. Many Trump supporters expect this outcome; roughly half aren’t confident that ballots will be accurately counted on Election Day.

Donald Trump’s loose talk of imprisoning Clinton and his preemptive rejection of the election’s outcome pose one of the most serious challenges to U.S. democracy in recent memory. They endanger the “democratic bargain,” to quote the authors of Losers’ Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy. That study examines how losing works in democracies around the globe, and the bargain at issue “calls for winners who are willing to ensure that losers are not too unhappy and for losers, in exchange, to extend their consent to the winners’ right to rule.” This bargain is also one of the core components of democracy.

Of course, now we know that the conspiracy to rig the election went far, far beyond Her Herness, the media and “inaccurately” counted votes. Its tentacles extended deep into the Obama junta, the DoJ, the CIA, and elsewhere in the darkest recesses of the Deep State labyrinth. The investigation into the corrupt, seditious plot is only beginning, with no guarantee that we’ll ever see justice done. And that doesn’t even touch the subsequent soft-coup attempt by those same players, a desperate ploy to not only conceal their seditious crimes but to hinder and ultimately remove a duly-elected President under false pretenses.

All of this—ALL of it, mind you—because the Democrat-Socialist Party, NOT Trump, flatly and traitorously refuses to abide by the results of any election it can’t swindle its way into “winning.”

This is why the democratic bargain is so important: Winners do not suppress losers, which means losers can hope to be winners in the future. As a result, the losers’ doubts about the legitimacy of the political system gradually recede as they prepare for the next election.

But if the losing candidate doesn’t uphold his or her side of the bargain by recognizing the winner’s right to rule, that acute loss of faith in democracy among the candidate’s supporters can become chronic, potentially devolving into civil disobedience, political violence, and a crisis of democratic legitimacy. How the loser responds is especially critical because losers naturally have the most grievances about the election.

“[I]n the aftermath of a loss, there is plenty of kindling for irresponsible politicians to set fire to,” Bowler notes. “Most politicians who lose elections recognize this potential for mischief, and so they ordinarily make a creditable run at helping to keep matters calm.”

Ahh, but in this case it’s not just the losing politician acting “irresponsibly.” It is the entire party—along with its Praetorian Media allies; the overwhelming majority of its supporters; its already-elected officeholders in positions both high and low across the entire country; and the unelected officials seeded throughout the federal bureacracy who are either party members or sympathizers.

Then we come to a yearningly winsome recap of Honest Al AlGore and his forced “concession” after his loss in 2000. Yes, it’s every bit as full of shit as you would expect.

In December 2000, for example, Al Gore conceded defeat to George W. Bush after one of the country’s closest and most divisive elections. The Supreme Court halted the recount of votes in Florida and effectively handed the presidency to Bush, even though Gore won the national popular vote and had good reason to argue that the court’s decision was politically motivated.

The SC “halted the recount” after, what, six or seven previous ones had failed to gin up enough fraudulent ballots to convincingly hand the swine Gore the election. Inevitably, the Atlantic also trots out the good old “popular vote” hobbyhorse for another good flogging, the problem being that THERE IS NO RELEVANT “POPULAR VOTE” IN A US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION—as is explicitly mandated by the US Constitution for some very excellent reasons. The Electoral College, God willing and in defiance of the most devious efforts of those Constitution-loving Democrat-Socialists, will be with us for a while longer, for which everyone not interested in being governed according to the whim of the residents of the nation’s blighted urban areas should be deeply thankful. Yet more twaddlelicious bullshit then ensues:

By the time Clinton’s statement was delivered, all those bitter complaints had been removed from the text, save for brief mentions of disagreement with the court’s ruling and the need for bipartisan election reforms. Clinton’s team clearly recognized that it was time to put out fires, not to leave kindling lying around. “President-elect Bush and Vice President Gore showed what is best about America,” Clinton said. “In this election, the American people were closely divided. The outcome was decided by a Supreme Court that was closely divided. But the essential unity of our Nation was reflected in the words and values of those who fought this great contest.”

The SC, “closely divided,” yeah. As I recall, the vote that decided things ended up being 7-2. That, after our noble Albert “Arnold The Pig” AlGore had duly made his election-stealing preparations beforehand, by flying teams of lawyers out to certain places ready to contest the results by any grubby means necessary. Why, how very big of this noble Knight-Protector Of America Democracy to graciously concede after EVERY SINGLE LAST AVENUE likely to enable him to hoodoo his way into the Oval Office had been thoroughly exhausted, and not one moment before! Gee, what a guy!

Here’s the fact of the matter: Gore, his army of legal-beagle rumpswabs, and his criminal conspiracy masquerading as a legitimate political party happily dragged the country through every fetid puddle of lawyerized sewage they could find FOR MONTHS before finally backing down and slinking away. The Atlantic’s zealous attempt at turd-polishing aside, Al Gore remains exactly what he always was and always will be: a sleazy, slimy, duplicitous, dimwitted, professional-politician hack. Nothing less. And damned sure nothing more.

As for that “essential unity” bushwa, I suppose we must in fairness recognize a distinction betwixt Gore’s eventual if reluctant submission to defeat and the unhinged, delusional rejection of American electoral reality we’re being subjected to now. Bad as Gore and the rest of the Demonrat den of iniquity all were in 2000, their successors are unquestionably much, much worse. The distinction is one not of kind but of degree, yes. But at this point AlGore should at least have developed sense enough to take what he can get.

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The more things change…

Then again, some things NEVER do.

It may be that the best book that will ever be written about today’s progressive mind-set was published in 1941. That in The Red Decade author Eugene Lyons was, in fact, describing the Communist-dominated American Left of the Depression-wracked 1930s and 1940s makes his observations even more meaningful, for it is sobering to be confronted with how little has been gained by hard experience. The celebration of feelings over reason? The certainty of moral virtue? The disdain for tradition and the revising of history for ideological ends? The embrace of the latest definition of correct thought? Lyons was one of the most gifted reporters of his time, and among the bravest, and his story of the spell cast by Stalinist-tinged social-justice activism over that day’s purported best and brightest—literary titans, Hollywood celebrities, leading academics, religious leaders, media heavies—would be jaw-dropping if it weren’t so eerily familiar.

Indeed, looking backward from a time when, according to surveys, more millennials would rather live under socialism than capitalism, it’s apparent that Lyons was documenting not just a historical moment but also a species of historical illiteracy as unchanging as it is poisonous, its utopianism able to flourish only at the expense of independent thought. On a range of issues, alternative views were defined as not merely mistaken but morally reprehensible; and among the elites who dominated the cultural sphere, deviants from approved opinion were subject to special abuse. Of course, having lived and worked in Soviet Russia, Lyons made distinctions about relative abuses of power. Under Stalinism, dissidents were liquidated, or vanished into the gulag; the American Left could only liquidate careers and disappear reputations.

Well, not as hideous as being gulag-ed or Holodomor-ed, admittedly. But ask any one of the many who have had their ability to make a living destroyed, their home violated and damaged, themselves and their spouses/children hounded and stalked everywhere they went by gangs of violent commie thugs about it sometime, and just let them tell you all about how much fun it was. You’re sure to get an earful about those wonderful, compassionate humanitarians.

He acknowledges that most who followed the leftist line meant no evil—he calls them the Innocents Club, “high minded, idealistic, eager to be useful…Not their hearts, but the organs located in their skulls, were at fault.” Still, he gives no one a pass. Decades before Tom Wolfe wrote Radical Chic, Lyons showed a special disdain for the wealthy who embraced radicalism to salve their guilty consciences. Perhaps the most prominent of these was Corliss Lamont, son of the chairman of J. P. Morgan & Company, who, as head of the Friends of the Soviet Union, emerged as the chief public apologist for Stalin’s crimes. As Lyons wrote, Lamont spared “neither his money nor his energy in defending the mass slaughter in Russia, and in damning those who dared examine that horror.” Affronted, the multimillionaire sued. The suit went nowhere, but Lamont’s grandson is today governor of Connecticut.

Given his intimate acquaintance with the Left, Lyons well knew what calumnies the publication of The Red Decade would bring down on his head. At the time, especially in elite circles, the charge of “red baiting” was akin to that of racism, sexism, or homophobia today; whether made in anger or with premeditated intent, it was enough to halt any challenge to the Left’s worldview. It was a weapon deployed, he wrote, by “literary critics, book reviewers and political commentators…a neatly contrived device for heading off free and uninhibited discussion of little things such as man-made famines, horrifying blood purges, forced labor on a gigantic scale.” In fact, in almost every meaningful arena of American life, those who “ran afoul of the revolution were made to feel the full weight of their crimes; they were ostracized socially, handicapped professionally and not infrequently stripped of their jobs as well as their reputations for ordinary decency.”

Lyons’s own world of book and magazine publishing was so dominated by leftists that former adherents who turned against the Party, deemed “moral monsters and turncoats,” could be made essentially to evaporate from mainstream view. He lists no fewer than 30 writers who suffered that fate during “the intellectual red terror,” including (as if to underscore the point for contemporary readers) such now largely forgotten former luminaries as Max Eastman, John Dos Passos, and James T. Farrell. He includes himself on that list. “The part I cannot induce the uninitiated to believe is how effective the terror could be,” he writes. “When you first met a particularly far-fetched libel on your character, it merely seemed funny in its absurdity.” But continually repeated, he adds, the lies take their toll, for wherever one tried to make one’s way professionally, “there were manuscript readers, casting directors, book reviewers who—consciously or by a sort of pack instinct—took their prejudices ready-made from the Popular Front comrades.”

For all the Left’s capacity to shape opinion in Lyons’s time, the power wielded by today’s progressives is even more malign, for its heavy hand is all but unconstrained by countervailing forces. For one thing, 70 or 80 years ago, organized religion held such sway in America that even committed leftists understood that it could be derided only behind closed doors; and while there were some prominent clergymen who fell hard for the progressive line, they usually made sure to do so only as private citizens. Even they would have dismissed as lunacy the possibility that one day not only their congregants, but entire religious orders, might be widely characterized as dangerous zealots for adhering to traditional beliefs, or that agencies of government would compel them to violate their most deeply held spiritual convictions.

At least rhetorically, the Communists of the late 1930s were, in fact, far less hostile to the American idea than are today’s run-of-the-mill progressives. In an age where Americans were raised to revere their country’s singular history, they all but wrapped themselves in the flag. “Communism Is Twentieth-Century Americanism” went the party’s famous Popular Front slogan, and they did not hesitate to name their Spanish battalions for Lincoln and Washington or the Party school for Marxist instruction after Jefferson. The contrast with today’s Left, which sees American history as a cavalcade of oppression, could not be more striking. Little wonder that today’s Democrats, seeking to stay abreast of their fervent base, are as publicly invested in identity politics and collectivist economics as the denizens of any faculty lounge.

Indeed, this speaks to the most striking difference between the world that Lyons described and the one we contend with today: it’s no longer a tiny, if disproportionately influential, political entity waving the Left’s banner; it’s one of the two major parties.

This article is both chilling and infuriating simultaneously. Communism’s enduring appeal for dopes and dupes across the globe is way beyond baffling. It’s a zombie ideology that never seems to die—no matter how abject its failure, how cruel and demeaning the life-circumstances and conditions it invariably creates—nor does it ever want for fools advocating the imposition of its misery on everyone else. It just keeps staggering blindly on, to blight everything it touches along the road to ruin.

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Keeping hope alive

Jabba the Nadler just can’t let go.

Democratic New York Rep. Jerry Nadler argued Sunday that the impeachment of President Donald Trump was still a strong possibility, claiming during a segment of CNN’s “State of the Union” that the president had “violated the law six ways from Sunday.”

“I want to clear this up here. You’re investigating possible impeachment but you haven’t formally opened an impeachment inquiry. Are you trying to have it both ways here?” Tapper asked.

“No, we’re not trying to have it both ways,” Nadler responded. “We said exactly what we’re doing. We’re investigating the question of — we’re investigating the corruptions of the administration, the abuses of power, what Mueller showed, the possible violations of the emoluments clause, that might recommend articles of impeachment and it has been recommended to the committee and we’re investigating to determine whether we should report those to the house and we’re going to court to get more evidence.”

Tapper turned the question to Nadler personally, asking whether he would support impeachment.

“My personal view is that he richly deserves impeachment,” Nadler said. “He has done many impeachable — he’s violated the law six ways from Sunday. But that is not the question. The question is can we develop enough evidence to put before the American people who — we’ve broken the log jam.”

“The president and the attorney general were lying to the American people saying that the Mueller report found no obstruction or collusion and exonerated the president,” the chairman continued. “I think the hearing the other day was an inflection point because it showed quite clearly that the report did not exonerate the president.”

Ahem *cough cough* harrumph: The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities. Direct quote, you pathetic loser. But by all means, you go right ahead on with your bad self. You, and the rest of your treacherous, treasonous co-conspirators. Let’s all just see what your seditious, anti-American skullduggery gets you in the end.

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Crime and (no) punishment

Good ol’ Tucker lays it all out clean and tight for us.

The Russia hoax ended on Wednesday — we can say that. It ended not with a bang, but with the muddled half-memories of a fading old man slipping in and out of focus.

America sat transfixed by Robert Mueller’s halting testimony before Congress. No honest person could have come away at the end believing that the president of the United States colluded with the Russian government to steal an election. That was the allegation, you’ll remember.

And then, after the most extensive investigation in modern American history, we found the truth. And so, we can say conclusively, once again, what we told you the day this all started, the whole thing is a crock. It never happened. They were lying to you. That’s clear now. The debate is over.

What should happen to these people now? Congressman Adam Schiff, for example. Schiff claimed he possessed actual evidence of Russian collusion. And he didn’t just say that one time, he said it repeatedly.

In the end, you know what happened — or didn’t. Schiff did not produce the evidence. He didn’t have it because it doesn’t exist. Schiff was bluffing, which is to say he was lying. He still is, actually. As of Wednesday, Schiff was continuing to claim that the Trump campaign “embraced foreign help, made use of it and covered it up.” In other words, collusion. Schiff still believes the collusion hoax.

Or does he? On Thursday, Adam Schiff went on CNN to carry water for his boss, Nancy Pelosi. “Impeachment might not be a great idea,” he told CNN’s viewers.

But wait, that doesn’t seem to make sense. If Donald Trump is working for a hostile foreign power, as Adam Schiff has told us countless times that he is, how can we not impeach him? No one on CNN asked Adam Schiff to explain that contradiction, unfortunately. Not that it matters. Think about it for a second, and you’ll see exactly what’s going on.

Adam Schiff never believed a word he was saying about Russian collusion. I suppose the good news is Schiff is not delusional. The bad news, though, is that Adam Schiff is a soulless liar. He is a man willing to say literally anything for political advantage, and that’s really the worst of all. Being a lunatic would be much more appealing than that.

For my money, Schiff is probably the lowest, most detestable piece of shit besmirching American politics today. To call him a dirty scumbag is to gratuitously slander dirty bags filled with scum. He is ten pounds of rancid sputum in a five pound sack. Apart from such damning traits as his nonexistent integrity or treacherous nature and speaking purely in physical terms, his bulbous, misshapen head and unpleasant face perfectly bespeak the noxious, calculating character festering within. The greasy, phony, off-kilter smile only adds to the broader nausea. Democrat-Socialist Rule Numero Uno applies tenfold to this asswart: when he’s smiling, it means capital-T Trouble for America.

“Soulless liar” is likely the most positive description a scrupulously honest person could ever offer of him. And even that is probably being overly generous to the abominable wretch. Of course, being the kind of (ulp!) “man” he is, Schiff would probably be quite pleased with the moniker, no doubt considering it flattery most ebullient. And he might just be right, considering; as condemnatory as it is, it doesn’t go far enough, is way too polite, and still far better than he deserves.

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Tables: turning

Make it so, Mr President. Hammer and fucking tongs.

During a surprise event on Friday President Trump invited the press into the oval office where Guatemalan Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart and acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan were signing a joint asylum agreement.  The President then held a press conference filled with lots of news.

The Guatemala agreement is certainly news, and Trump also works in a complimentary mention of the Mexican government’s sudden burst of cooperation on border security after he waved the threat of punitive tarriffs in its face. But this is the part I like best:

And we’re doing this all because the Democrats won’t give us what we need. So simple: Get rid of the loopholes; work on asylum. It would take a very short period of time. They won’t do it. All they want to do is impede. They want to investigate. They want to go fishing.

And I watch Bob Mueller, and they have nothing. There’s no collusion, there’s no obstruction. They have nothing. It’s a disgrace.

We want to find out what happened with the last Democrat President. Let’s look into Obama the way they’ve looked at me. From day one, they’ve looked into everything that we’ve done. They could look into the book deal that President Obama made. Let’s subpoena all of his records. Let’s subpoena all of the records having to do with Hillary Clinton and all of the nonsense that went on with Clinton and her foundation and everything else. We could do that all day long.

Damned skippy, Mr Prez. Let’s just do that thing. Subpoena it all, declassify it all, release it all. Bring everything out into the fresh, clear light of day; let’s all see what deep, dark Obama-Clinton skullduggery, manipulation, and treachery might be dragged from under its rock. Full disclosure, full exposure of the lies, the criminal and even treasonous acts, the collusion and conspiracy. The failed attempt to steal an election by fraudulent and illegal means, the subsequent attempt at overturning said election using nefarious methods. The spying, the lying, the mad, amoral drive to seize a power they only ever abused.

Unfortunately for Trump, though, he’s probably gonna have to go out and find himself an honest, non-partisan FBI head before any of that can happen.

Frankly, the Republicans were gentlemen and women. When we had the majority in the House, they didn’t do subpoenas all day long. They didn’t do what they — what these people have done.

What they’re doing is a disgrace. So destructive to our country. And I think that’s why we’re going to take back the House. That’s why we’re easily going to hold the presidency and we’re going to continue to hold the Senate.

Trump moved on to answer questions on Turkey, Guatemala and Mexico before lighting up the Democrat-Socialists again:

You know, the amazing thing about the Democrats: It was all fine, everything was great, four or five years ago, before I was President. And now they think we’re going to win, so they’re doing everything they can — with the impeachment nonsense, where you had no obstruction, you had no collusion.

You know, obstruction is sort of interesting. They’ve interviewed 500 people. They’ve interviewed lawyers. They’re interviewed everybody that they wanted to interview; people that have — I could have kept back by using presidential privilege. I could’ve kept back everybody. They didn’t have to interview anybody.

I gave them a total — and they say “obstruction.” These people are clowns. The Democrats are clowns. They’re being laughed at all over the world. And I watched this morning — I watched Nancy Pelosi trying to get through that, with the performance that Robert Mueller put on, where — I don’t think he ever read the agreement or the document. And the document said, “No collusion.” They don’t even talk about that. So there was no crime. They said, “Well, there was no crime but he obstructed.” How do you obstruct if there’s no crime? But, actually, it was worse than that because it was a phony crime that they put on. The crime was what they put on.

But I watched Mueller — for two and a half years, we’ve watched this. And that’s the best they have, and it’s a disgrace. And the world is laughing at them. And unfortunately, it’s so bad for our country. It’s bad in our relationships with other countries, including Russia. There’s no reason we shouldn’t get along with Russia. There’s no reason we shouldn’t get along with other countries.

Big Boss Man is sounding in fine fettle and feisty after this week’s resounding repudiaton of the coup cabal’s impeachment plot. He’s slipped the Mueller leash, and is now free to launch a vigorous counterattack against his tormenters, with fewer (but still some) political restrictions and repercussions hanging over his head. So get going, Mr Prez; your encouraging words are fine and all, but what we all need to see now is real no-holds-barred action taken against the vile, villainous curs who so scurrilously tried to pull the White House down around your ears.

Don’t hesitate, don’t waffle, don’t take counsel of your fears (or those of your more diffident advisors); don’t allow yourself to be talked into a “cautious” or “careful” approach. Go on the attack—a real Alpha Strike against the sleazy, conniving bastards who wantonly subjected you, your family, your team, and your legion of supporters to more than two years of misery, stress, and harrassment—all of it based entirely on nothing but utter bullshit.

It’s now time to make the bastards pay for the damage they’ve done, the destruction they’ve wrought, the discord they’ve sown—pay in FULL, cash money, right up front. The prize here isn’t mere vengeance; it’s justice—not just for yourself but for ALL of us, carrying along with it as it does a stark warning to any who would ever contemplate committing such profoundly heinous deeds again.

Do it. MAKE. THEM. PAY. Do it now.

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The Democrat-Socialists’ most spectacularly, awesomely awesome self-beclownment yet

One for the record books, people. Yes, it’s difficult to see how they’re going to top yesterday’s total fiasco. But we all know they will—and that right soon, likely enough.


Ahh, but before they all get their ducks in a row and start trying to claim they never really expected all that much from this “hearing” con-job, remember:


Next: is it parody? It just gets ever harder to tell, don’t it?

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Robert Mueller was being criticized for seemingly answering questions slowly, not recalling key details of his investigation, and appearing to be confused throughout his testimony Wednesday.

After a brief recess, Mueller insisted he was entirely lucid.

“I hear a few murmurs out there that I’ve lost it,” he said. “Well, I haven’t lost it. I’ve still got it. In fact, I’m still sharp as a tack.”

Before testimony could resume, however, Mueller interrupted the proceedings, appearing to reach for his cell phone. “I really have to take this,” he said apologetically as he reached into his pocket and pulled out a banana. “Yeah, go for Bob.”

Mueller proceeded to have what appeared to be a five-minute conversation on the fruit as bewildered congresspeople looked on. “Well, tell them I don’t want to be there this Friday. Matlock’s on, you know that. You know I don’t go out when Matlock is on.”
He shrugged apologetically at those in the room, mouthing “sorry.”

At publishing time, Mueller was seen giving clear, concise, lucid testimony to a soap dispenser in the restroom.

Heh. I do have a slight problem here, though. I admit I haven’t watched a single moment of Mueller’s “testimony,” and I don’t plan to either. But for whatever it’s worth, here’s my idea: Mr Integrity’s senile-old-fool act was just that: an act.

Since his bogus report came out, he’s been sliming around tossing out innuendo and insinuation right and left, broadly dropping hints about not being able to “exonerate” Trump—a legal standard accepted precisely NOWHERE in the entirety of American jurisprudence, as such the one and only thing truly NOT “in his purview” as special witch-hunter—and casting aspersions to anyone willing to listen about Trump’s guilt, particularly on the issue of “obstruction”—another non-issue irrelevance, since, as declared explicitly in his own fucking report, there was no underlying crime for Trump to have “obstructed” the investigation of.

No. Just…no. The Mueller “investigation” was from the beginning no more nor less than exactly what Trump said it was all along: a partisan witch-hunt whose goal was NOT to look into “Russian collusion,” but to: A) obfuscate the Obama admin’s and Hillary campaign’s multiple illegalities; B) smear Trump, shift attention away from their actual crimes to his nonexistent ones, also protecting dirty co-conspirators like Comey, Brennan, et al; and C) provide a pretext for removing Trump from office via impeachment, the 25th Amendment option, or whatever else they could somehow cobble together.

Notice how nobody, not one living soul, made any mention at all of Mueller’s putative mental difficulties back in May, when the report came out? Nor have they since then, when he was casting his slippery little aspersion hither and yon, going to such extremes with the campaign to “keep hope alive” that Barr felt it necessary to call ol’ Honest Bob directly, with recorders running and witnesses present? Barr doesn’t seem to have noticed Mueller being incoherent, confused, and out of touch during that conversation, did he? Odd, that.

Next, the Congressional Democrat-Socialist coup plotters spent the last two weeks coaching Mueller on his testimony, a breach of ethics so broad you could drive a Hummer through it. And guess what? Not one peep from anyone about Mueller’s sudden-onset Alzheimer’s. Not that I would have expected the conniving Demonrats to public acknowledge it were it true, mind. But given how important this was to their coup plot, don’t you think that maybe, just maybe, they would have tried to postpone the thing, or something else along those lines, in order to avert the looming disaster?

And make no mistake, folks, disaster it most certainly was. But you don’t have to take my word for it.


How bad was it? Even Hitler himself knows. A grief-stricken Chris Wallace, Fox News’s senior NeverTrumpTard, also acknowledged the catastrophe, however heartbrokenly:

Wallace said, “This has been a disaster for the Democrats and a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller. He has seemed very uncertain with his brief. He doesn’t seem to know what things are in the report.”

Bingo, and no accident. Mueller even made a completely spurious and risible claim to total ignorance about Fusion GPS—which, along with everything else I just mentioned, bolsters my belief that his “I’m old, I’m confused!” routine was nothing but subterfuge; there can’t be a single soul in the whole country who’s paid even cursory attention to the news these last two years who doesn’t know perfectly well who Fusion GPS is, and what their role was in this whole flea circus. Mueller was lying—full stop, end of story. His stated reluctance to testify at the Democrat-Socialists’ dumbshow, along with his testimony, can be put down to a last-ditch, desperate attempt to evade the perjury trap he had already laid for himself. Brandon Weichert says don’t be fooled:

What Americans saw Wednesday was an act by Mueller to deflect attention away from the fact that his investigation was never going to “prove” any “collusion.” The entire thing was a grotesque act of political theater designed to give the anti-Trump forces of the establishment the boost they needed going into 2020.

Mueller also wanted to protect critical intelligence sources from deeper public scrutiny, meaning that those responsible for initiating the absurd investigation into Trump will not be punished for their wrongdoing and, further, that these same people will be free to attempt similar shenanigans in the future. That’s right. The deep state will live to fight another day. Now that their attempt to defeat Trump through investigations and false accusations has faltered, Mueller would rather be viewed as a hapless hack than as the corrupt top cop he is.

Mueller, I believe, accepted the role as special counsel investigating claims of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence because his ego would not allow him to pass up the chance. Not only did Mueller personally and politically dislike Trump (being a “Republican,” as we know, does not preclude NeverTrumpism), but as a career federal prosecutor, Mueller could not help but to envision himself the man to take down this much-maligned president.

Pride goes before a fall, though, and Mueller has suffered through the greatest ego deflation of any public figure in recent memory. Touted as the purest of the pure; proclaimed to be the most respected man in Washington; portrayed as being too smart and tough for Trump to handle, Mueller has been stymied at every turn—and had minimal effect on Trump.

The world did not witness the public nervous breakdown of a once-powerful member of the elite in that hearing. Instead, we saw the shiftiest move an inside operator could make in these tough circumstances. Mueller played dumb; he allowed himself to be the center of a partisan feeding frenzy, while ominously insisting that the president was neither guilty nor innocent—a sort of legal purgatory, awaiting final judgement. 

Yep, that’s about it. Mueller squirmed, wriggled, and gyrated like a worm on a hot griddle, doing his level best to avoid speaking the truth, which remains exactly as was stated in the report which bears his now-blackened name: “The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Ultimately, the whole doomed farce was never about “Russian collusion” anyway, really. In the end, it all comes down to one, thing and one thing alone: the Democrat-Socialist Party, a criminal enterprise masquerading as a legitimate political party, flatly refuses to abide by the results of any election they lose. They sought to overturn Trump’s 2016 victory right out of the gate, as free and fair an election as any can be that has the Democrat-Socialists participating in it. So far, they’ve failed. But there’s a cautionary note to be sounded as well, and Francis does so:

The Left is desperate. Desperate people do desperate things. They stake it all on long odds. They grasp at their sole remaining chance to prevail, however slender, and refuse to look past it. And if possible, they shave the dice, tilt the pinball machine, bribe the refs.

This is the hour of maximum danger.

Recall how many Left-inclined commentators and spokesmen have worried publicly about the outbreak of a second civil war, fomented by us in the Right. Leftist mouthpieces have a history of “worrying” about what the Right will do, while (or just before) the Left does that exact thing. That is where the Republic stands as you read this.

There’s no need for me to wrap hundreds more words around this matter. The writing on the wall is large enough to be read from orbit.

He ain’t wrong about that. Powder dry, mags loaded, y’all. That said, though, I just can’t resist a little pointing and laughing, in the form of my own message to the shitlib Left; the Democrat-Socialist seditionist politicians; the NeverTrumpTard phony conservatives; despicable cucks of all stripes; Enemedia hacks; and every other huckster, Swamp rat, and general reprobate guilty of either foisting this pustulent parade of scoundrels on us or cheerleading the damned thing from the wings. STRONG message follows, on behalf of Da Prez and all of his loyal, much-put-upon supporters:

SUCK IT, you goddamned motherfucking cretinous reptiles. Suck it long, suck it deep, suck it hard, suck it good. And when you’re done lip-locking my schlong, don’t you even DREAM of spitting back any spunk. You’ll swallow every motherfucking drop, lest I clout you right upside your fucking head with a nail-studded Louisville Slugger and make you do it all over again. Then DROP DEAD. And I DO mean dead, dead, dead. You filthy pieces of shit. You bottom-feeding, loathsome scumsuckers. You treasonous, contemptible fuckwits. You cancerous polyps on a warthog’s asshole. Fuck every last one of you all to Hell and gone. EVERY. LAST. ONE.

There, I think that about covers it.

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Hook, line, sinker

Crazy. Like a fox.

While some continue to be distracted by style and skip substance with Trump, and others, like certain peacetime conservatives at legacy publications, become apologists for the anti-Semitic Ilhan Omar, many others still seem to be missing the entire point. However inartful Trump’s comments might be, it really does turn the questions around on them.

Why are they here? Of all the 195 countries in the world, why did you, Ilhan Omar, come here? And why are you proposing ideas that are deeply un-American, from coercive socialism to the loss of national sovereignty through open borders? Why are you and you gal pals proposing ideas that generations of Americans since our founding have rejected? What ideas on any level are you proposing that have anything to do with our constitutional republic or its perpetuation?

The answer, of course, is that none of Omar’s or her three colleagues’ ideas have anything to do with our traditions regarding the role of government. In fact, those who consistently propose ideas that are un-American, as they do, are rightly called un-American.

Every time Trump goads Democrats or the liberal media—but I repeat myself—they take the bait. Every. Single. Time. You would think at some point, after two-and-a-half years of this, Democrats would realize they’ve let Trump become their Pied Piper; he calls the tune and they dance to it.

But they don’t. What he has done this time is to put the four freshmen communists (let’s drop the “socialist” moniker and call them what they are) front and center. To “own Trump,” and because of intersectionality and the far left beliefs that have captured many of the Democratic activists and small-dollar donors, Democrats mindlessly have come to the defense of these women.

But to own Trump, Democrats also have to own everything these women stand for, including their refusal to disavow Antifa and al-Qaeda. What are the repercussions of this? Well, it allows Trump to do exactly what he’s wanted to: make 2020 a referendum on the competing worldviews of coercive socialism versus a free market, capitalistic approach, but also to show how un-American the Left truly is.

Most of the time, Ocasio-Cortez and Omar are walking in-kind contributions to the Trump re-election effort. Trump’s goal has been to make all of this the framework of the narrative, and then to harden the narrative. He threw out the hook and bait, the Democrats bit, and now he’s setting the hook.

He’s succeeding thanks to the mindlessness of Trump Derangement Syndrome but also because of the shallow, short term thinking and behavior of the Democrats. The Democrats have chosen or, perhaps one could argue, were actually compelled by the grassroots, to embrace the communist vipers. Problem is these movements, as history shows us with the Jacobins of the French Revolution, become all consuming fires, many times annihilating those who started the conflagration. Just ask Robspierre.

Only one way left for them to tamp down the blaze. Guess what it is.

Many prominent liberals have ripped into Democratic candidates for sponsoring ideas too far from mainstream America. Their advice? Stop being so honest and start lying.

START lying? You implying they ever STOPPED? On the other hand, it’s kinda dispositive, I suppose, when a sudden burst of honesty is so radically out of character for you that it very nearly destroys your entire criminal syndicate masquerading as a political party. Tells the whole story all by itself, that does.

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How to commit national suicide

None dare call it treason. Not anymore. It’s prospering too much nowadays.

To be coherent and enduring, a nation-state must possess certain characteristics:

  • Its government must be generally deemed legitimate (a.k.a. “consent of the governed”).
  • Its borders must be adequately maintained.
  • It must not permit the formation of exclaves.

Those requirements ought to “go without saying.” But there’s a factor that’s seldom been mentioned in this connection that’s so shriekingly obvious that it embarrasses me to have to mention it:

It must not tolerate traitors.

It’s been said, and truly, that one traitor inside the gates can and will do more damage than a thousand outside them. The ability of a traitor inside the power structure to wreak havoc is limited only by the latitude others afford him: i.e., the degree to which they tolerate his presence in their ranks.

Today we don’t have a mere lone traitor embedded in the power structure. We have an entire political party whose aim is the destruction of these United States. Regard the Democrat Party’s demonstrated attitude toward the legitimacy of the current federal government, the security of America’s borders, and the tolerance of Islamic and Hispanic exclaves, and tell me how you could reach any other conclusion.

Yet a hefty fraction of the electorate continues to vote for these villains.

Yes, I said it and I meant it: Any officeholder or candidate who affiliates with the Democrat Party is a villain. (That logic applies to quite a lot of Republicans as well, but that’s a tirade for another time.) Regardless of their personal representations, they vote in lockstep. They never deviate from the Democrat position as dictated by the party’s leadership. And the party’s leadership is utterly determined to delegitimize the Trump Administration, to eliminate the nation’s borders, and to tolerate the emergence of zones in which American law is contemptuously ignored.

That a number of Democrats recently “came out of the closet” as America-haters shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Their party has given them a tacit nod for their behavior. This can only have one of two meanings:

  • Democrat Party leadership has decided that the time has come to vie for permanent and absolute power;
  • That leadership has become so weak that the party’s lunatics are comfortable in rebellion against it.

Yet at least forty percent of the electorate will vote for Democrats in 2020.

I pray he’s wrong, but fear he’s right about that. At this point, though, I’d say a country willing to countenance even a single Democrat-Socialist in national office deserves what it’s going to get.

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FBI: corrupt then, corrupt now, corrupt forever

Unworthy of trust.

These days only a total dimwit would unquestioningly trust the supposed “world’s greatest law enforcement agency.” The FBI is under a dark cloud.

Coulda stopped right there, Rog.

The litany of personages who have recently left or been expelled from that organization is long and getting longer. As is well known, it’s under investigation for its practices during and before the Mueller probe, via the inspector general and recently-appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is famed for prosecuting FBI agents with ties to the Boston mob. All this is being supervised by AG William Barr.

Significantly, Durham is also investigating the CIA and, it appears, the State Department. President Trump has given Barr (and therefore presumably Durham) the ability to compel the agencies to reveal their secret documents and to make their personnel cooperate with investigators.

FBI director Christopher Wray (yet another disastrous Trump appointee—M) doesn’t like this much and is doing a bit of stonewalling, not to mention phony parsing in failing to acknowledge that “surveillance” and “spying” are basically the same thing. Apparently Wray, also relatively new to his job, thinks he is being loyal to his organization and, one supposes, protecting the esprit de corps of the rank-and-file and the reputation of the FBI.

He’s doing the opposite. Only via a thorough and complete airing will the organization ever get its reputation back (or get a good one in the first place — the recent MLK revelations are not flattering to King or the FBI). Too much water is already under the proverbial bridge. This is, after all, an organization that claims to have “lost” — as in “the dog ate the homework” — Peter Strzok’s notes regarding the Chinese having hacked into Hillary Clinton’s email server.

Given their behavior, Wray and the others trying to damp down the investigation of the predicate of the Mueller probe are terrified the results will not be good for the FBI or for Mueller, not to mention Clapper, Brennan, etc., etc., and on upwards. We will hear and are hearing a great deal about “sources and methods” and “lives at risk.” They will do anything to hide the truth.

Nothing at all new there, either.

We live in a world where, due to the pervasiveness of Big Tech, many, if not most, of us feel that our privacy is dead.

It IS dead, and cannot be brought back.

Our children are growing up with that grim knowledge, unlike any generation in human history.

Far worse is the fact that one cannot miss something he never had in the first place.

It’s not an exaggeration to imagine that this will have a profound effect on the human species itself. Big Brother is already the fabric of our existence. We need an FBI that is a defender of the people, not of itself, that is totally clean and as transparent as possible, to fight for us against this behemoth and to preserve even a semblance of what the Founders wanted for the citizens of this country.

You aren’t going to get one. What on earth, given the FBI’s long, unsavory history as a rogue, out-of-control, near-omnipotent agency, would make you even dream you might?

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Dumpster fire

You win some, you lose some. Yes, even Trump.

This week’s big leak about a major Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation was orchestrated by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan in an effort to sabotage the raids before they were scheduled to take place, according to three current and two former senior administration officials.

In a move he said was to placate Democrats, President Trump announced on Saturday that the nationwide immigration enforcement operation planned to start Sunday — aimed at migrant families who illegally remain in the country despite being denied asylum — was called off to give lawmakers two weeks to work on a plan to fix legal “loopholes” he said have enticed migrants to come to the U.S.

However, all five officials who spoke with the Washington Examiner confirmed McAleenan’s decision to go rogue and stymie the operation was what prompted the White House to call off the 10-city operation.

“That’s law enforcement sensitive information. You just don’t reveal that,” the second official said. “It gets people hyped up. It gets the NGOs activated, and then anyone wearing a jacket with the ICE name on it is really chastised. Cities are coming out saying, ‘Here’s how you can protect yourself against it.’”

That same official said the “worst” consequence of the leak, especially if it was directed by the department’s leader, was how it endangered personnel.

Despicable? Of course. Seditious? Indubitably. An outright criminal demonstration of just how far the unaccountable minions of the Deep State are willing to go to protect their prerogatives and power? Without question.

Surprising? Hardly. And of all the people likely to find themselves blindsided by such a scummy, slimy maneuver, is it unreasonable to assume one Donald J Trump might be one of the last? Not on your life.

Houston, we have a problem. A BIG one.

What do you think of Donald Trump appointing Kevin McAleenan as acting Secretary of Homeland Security?
He seems qualified, though It’s unsure where his political loyalties are. I’m concerned because he is an “Obama Holdover” who was well regarded by Lord Obama himself and recent CNN reports about him are not hate filled which scares me. The man could be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I think Trump was not as brutal as he should have been coming in to completely toss out any Obama holdovers and the results are internal opposition, extraordinary leaking, and loyalty only until a book deal can be made.

Regardless, it appears these moves have been in the works with Trump for weeks and McAleenan after all of that time he was appointed as “Acting “ Secretary which suggests he is not likely the first choice in a permanent replacement.

Of all the reasons one might be disappointed or disillusioned with Trump, his evident failure to recognize the threat to his agenda posed by these Obama stay-behinds is Numero Uno with a bullet as far as I’m concerned. And this is only the latest example, of WAY too many. I’ll let Liz Shield say it for me:

When are these leakers going to be hunted down and punished? Anyone who is leaking information from the White House needs to be discovered and punished severely. It’s dangerous to have unelected bureaucrats deciding to influence policy by trying to embarrass the administration. It’s Trump’s fault that he hasn’t smoked out these activists and fired them or put them in an office with nothing other than a crossword puzzle and a pencil. You can’t fire these dirtbags because of the ridiculous union “job protection” rules, but you can add civil service reform to the top of the list of issues Trump should have addressed on day one.

Come on, man. Trump has picked the worst people to work in the administration and the clowns he hasn’t picked were picked by the establishment Republican industry who are not on board with his agenda. What a dumpster fire.

Out of all the campaign promises he hasn’t for various reasons—some his fault, some beyond his control—managed to make good on, who woulda ever thunk Trump’s failure to “hire the best people” would have turned out to be the most consequential?

Trump better get a handle on this and start stomping some cockroaches toot fucking sweet, lest he suddenly find his house completely overrun and beyond salvage.

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Under the bus with you!

No longer useful, no longer needed, no longer wanted. Sorry, HILLARY!™, but it would seem you’re past your sell-by date.

The U.S. State Department announced Monday that it found 23 “violations” and seven “infractions” in its review of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official business. The department also found several individuals culpable in “multiple security incidents,” associated with the scandal.

The department’s findings came in an official letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R–Iowa), who is in charge of congressional oversight in the department’s security review regarding the mishandling of classified information related to Clinton’s emails.

The revelations from the State Department follow a January inquiry from Grassley who sought information related to the security incidents and officials involved with Clinton’s private email server during her time as secretary of state.

That would be Her Herness’s wide-open, halfassed, and completely illegal private server.

The Federal Records Act requires that all communication in certain branches of government be recorded on government servers, and it forbids the use of a personal email account for government business, unless those emails are then copied and archived. However, there are a lot of technicalities involved, and there is evidence that other government officials had violated the act. As Alex Howard wrote for the Sunlight Foundation, there is also evidence that Clinton tried to control the discoverability of the emails under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which could set a precedent for limiting public access to government records. It is also believed that Clinton deleted 31,000 emails deemed personal in nature before turning the emails over to the State Department.

Y’know: the wide-open, halfassed, and completely illegal server Slimey Jim Comey conveniently gave her a pass on, using the unprecedented, made-up, and patently absurd “no intent” dodge.

Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States. In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require….The lack of intent to harm our country is irrelevant. People never intend the bad things that happen due to gross negligence.

But there’s another problem. Comey says that Hillary did not evidence “intentional and willful mishandling of classified information” or “vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct” or “efforts to obstruct justice.”

All three were present here.

Y’know: the wide-open, halfassed, and completely illegal server Obama sent and received emails to and from using a fake name, only to deny all knowledge of its existence later.

As I explained in February, when it emerged that the White House was refusing to disclose at least 22 communications Obama had exchanged with then-secretary Clinton over the latter’s private e-mail account, we knew that Obama had knowingly engaged in the same misconduct that was the focus of the Clinton probe: the reckless mishandling of classified information.

To be sure, he did so on a smaller scale. Clinton’s recklessness was systematic: She intentionally set up a non-secure, non-government communications framework, making it inevitable that classified information would be mishandled, and that federal record-keeping laws would be flouted. Obama’s recklessness, at least as far as we know, was confined to communications with Clinton — although the revelation that the man presiding over the “most transparent administration in history” set up a pseudonym to conceal his communications obviously suggests that his recklessness may have been more widespread.

Still, the difference in scale is not a difference in kind. In terms of the federal laws that criminalize mishandling of classified information, Obama not only engaged in the same type of misconduct Clinton did; he engaged in it with Clinton. It would not have been possible for the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton for her offense without its becoming painfully apparent that 1) Obama, too, had done everything necessary to commit a violation of federal law, and 2) the communications between Obama and Clinton were highly relevant evidence.

YOU know, that server. “Not one single hint of scandal or a lie“? Riiiiight. Pull the other one, Gropey Joe. It has a bell on it.

No, HILLARY!™ still won’t be going to prison. Neither will Obama. But truth will out nonetheless; the walls are closing in on them, even if the satisfaction of seeing real justice done will be denied us. History will regard these bumbling, shambolic scoundrels unkindly at best: as the wholly corrupt, dishonest, incompetent hacks they are. Regrettably, that’s gonna have to be enough.

Well, that, and things like this:



Bottoms up, Hils. You’ll NEVER be president.

Update! WHO’S guilty of obstruction of justice again, now?

The subject again was raised during last week’s interview between the president and ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos. “She deleted 33,000 emails from—sent by the United States Congress,” Trump reminded the former Clinton confidante in the Oval Office. “They gave a subpoena to Hillary Clinton for 33,000 emails. After the subpoena was gotten, she deleted them. That’s called obstruction.” Stephanopoulos attempted to brush off the accusations against the wife of his one-time boss by insisting the matter already had “been investigated.”

Trump, however, is correct; Clinton’s missing emails were evidence at the time in both a congressional investigation into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack and several Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. Her family’s nonprofit, the Clinton Foundation, was under increasing scrutiny from both the FBI and Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group. The State Department’s inspector general in 2014 asked four previous secretaries of state—including Clinton—for any emails sent from a private account during their tenure in order to comply with the Federal Records Act.

But Clinton, claiming the emails were of a personal nature, including dish about yoga classes and her daughter’s wedding, authorized the permanent removal of tens of thousands of pages of potential evidence and federal records. To make sure that “even God can’t read them,” as former Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) mocked in August 2016, Clinton’s aides installed a special software program that blocked the retrieval of the documents. FBI investigators failed to locate Clinton’s 13 mobile devices and two iPads that might have contained the missing correspondence; her aides admitted to “breaking [her old BlackBerries] in half or hitting them with a hammer.”

While her mishandling of classified information remains the biggest injustice of the Clinton email scandal, the willful destruction of more than half of the 60,000 emails archived on her private, illicit server also remains an overlooked crime for which no one has been held accountable.

Anyone who “knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation,” is guilty of obstruction of justice, an offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Ain’t gonna happen, more’s the pity. But I’d settle for watching her sweat the possibility as she testifies before Congress, Barr, a jury, or all of the above.

To date, according to Judicial Watch—the only entity still interested in pursuing the deleted files—the FBI only has recovered about 5,000 of the 33,000 emails that Team Clinton obliterated from cyberspace.
And although Judicial Watch is scoring wins in court to slowly expose the corruption and, yes, obstruction of justice related to Clinton’s email server, news organizations continue to ignore the subject for the same reasons the media continue to ignore or, worse, justify FISA-gate: Both scandals ultimately lead to Barack Obama.

While Democrats and their accomplices in the media daily shriek that Trump is upending democratic norms and the rule of law, each day offers a new reminder of how the previous administration trashed every legal, political and administrative boundary that once guided fair play. Trump should keep raising this galling contradiction—and force his eventual Democratic presidential opponent to answer for it.

Say, Hils, maybe you should ask Obama if he’d like a tug off your bottle of Old Popskull. He could probably use a stiff belt right about now himself.

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The most dangerous game

A sneaky end-run aimed at shattering one of the last jagged shards of Constitutional governance.

While the Supreme Court might rule against allowing an interstate compact to go into effect without the prior Congressional consent that the Constitution’s Article I section 10 requires for states to enter into interstate compacts, it also might not. And since the National Popular Vote folks think they can change the Constitution while flouting the rules for changing the Constitution, they might feel equally free to ignore whatever the Supreme Court tells them the Constitution requires. And whatever can or cannot get through today’s Congress is no guarantee that some future Congress might not find the National Popular Vote acceptable while ignoring the pesky requirement of prior Congressional consent.

Yet the basic reason why the so-called National Popular Vote scheme threatens democracy is that it does not, and cannot, enact a national popular vote that is nationally regulated and supervised. The whole scheme rests on the constitutionally entrenched state control of the selection of presidential electors. What its backers call the “national popular vote” is, as they themselves acknowledge, the aggregate of votes in 51 separate jurisdictions with 51 separate sets of ballot access laws, voter identity checks, and voter eligibility requirements.

And if state officials can’t steal an election legally, they can always do so illegally. In states like Washington and Oregon, which have only mail-in balloting, or in states like California, which allow absentee voting without any demonstrated need, federal authorities cannot in practice keep officials from flooding or allowing activists to flood the “state popular vote” with out-of-state residents with fake addresses, who mail in ballots in every state for which they can download and send in a ballot, or outright ghost voters who are nothing more than a name and a fake registration. With the electoral college as it is, one-party states like California can allow as much fraud and force as they like, but they can only swing their own state’s electoral votes. With the National Popular Vote scheme, California officials can swing Maryland’s and New York’s electoral vote by stuffing ballot boxes without bothering to leave Sacramento.

Can—and most certainly will. The Electoral College remains the most obvious confirmation of the brilliance of the Founders, a means of averting mob rule, and guaranteeing the right of residents of smaller states to a say in their own governance rather than having the entire country ruled according to the arrogant caprice of NY, California, and other shambolic disaster areas.

I’ve long said that the tyrannical depredation most likely to spark Civil War v2.0 is an open, no-shit national attempt at gun confiscation. I still think that’s so, however unlikely it may actually be. But a strong case can be made that the disenfranchisement of great swathes of the country via a contra-Constitutional nullification of the Electoral College by rights ought to be at the very top of the list. Should such an abomination actually come to pass it cannot—it MUST not—be allowed to stand, lest our already-fading birthright be stolen from us entirely, and forever.

I’ve quoted this stark passage many times here already, but it can’t be repeated enough:

But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

Every word a gem, shining like the brightest of diamonds; how disgracefully far we’ve wandered from a proper dedication to our duty to live up to them.

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Gotta love it

I especially like the subhed here: “Barr’s bloodhounds are sniffing up Langley’s skirts.” His lips. God’s ears.

Last Wednesday the intelligence community launched its first attack on Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into its illegal acts and abuses of power during the 2016 election. In a New York Times article entitled “Justice Department Seeks to Question CIA in its Own Russia Investigation,” the IC makes clear its fear of the results of Barr’s investigation of their spy operation on candidate Trump in 2016 that continued through his early presidency.

John Durham, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, is running the investigation under Barr’s direction. From the Times report, we can easily deduce the fact that those who ran the spy op — including CIA Director Gina Haspel — are running scared from the Durham investigation.

The reason the CIA’s “analytical work” is being subjected to a federal prosecutor’s scrutiny is that there is a lot of evidence of criminal conduct by the CIA and FBI. That’s one of the fundamental differences between the Barr/Durham investigation and the Mueller investigation into the imaginary conspiracy between candidate Trump and his campaign and the Russians.

Mueller & Co. had no evidence that a crime had been committed before their investigation began. (Or after, for that matter.) The Mueller investigation was, as I’ve noted elsewhere, consistent with the method used by Stalin’s secret police chief Lavrenti Beria: show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.

In the Barr/Durham investigation, it’s pretty damned clear that in their abuse of power under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act the FBI, and possibly the CIA, made false statements to the FISA court, under oath, to justify surveillance warrants on Carter Page and others. Those false statements — sworn affidavits in support of the FISA warrants — are, at least, violations of 18 U.S. Code Section 1001 which bars such false statements. Those are real crimes, not imaginary ones. Whatever other crimes are discovered while investigating them will come out as well.

Yet another one you folks are going to want to savor every last word of.

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