Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

If you want blood

More from the fount of all balls-out douchebaggery.

In his final New Rule of the season, Bill Maher calls on Americans to put aside their political differences.

And does so smarmily, sanctimoniously, and insincerely, as one would expect. In fact, he gets busy right away with a pluperfect illustration of exactly why rapprochement is neither possible nor desirable. To wit:

“Lately we’ve been hearing more and more about a second civil war which sounds impossible in this modern, affluent country. It is not,” Maher said. “We talk about Trump as an existential threat, but his side sees Democratic control of government the exact same way. When both sides believe the other guy taking over means the end of the world, yes, you can have a civil war.”

“Yes, I have said things like that but I’m going to try to stop because I have learned that the anti-intellectualism on the right doesn’t come primarily through stupidity it comes from hate. Telling people that you think they’re irredeemable is what makes them say ‘You know what, I’d rather side with Russia than you.'”

Okay, he’s right about the part I boldfaced; I admit, I DO hate his arrogant, egotistical ass.

Stand back in slack-jawed wonder, folks: the man claims he’s “going to try to stop…” and in the SAME FUCKING SENTENCE, insultingly dismisses us as “anti-intellectual,” “stupid,” and driven by irrational, unreasoning “hate.” Why? Because we voted for someone he doesn’t like…and we won. No other reason.

Stupefying, isn’t it? Can it really be possible that Maher has his head stuffed so far up his own ass that he can’t see a problem with such slanderous insults? Can he really be unaware that such derogation can only inspire the very hatred he claims to be concerned about? That it would take an insensate clod indeed not to react quite negatively to such taunting? That if this country does descend into civil war and chaos, HE—along with his fellow self-proclaimed “elite” Leftists and their flat refusal to abide by the results of the 2016 election—will be to blame for striking the spark that ignites the conflagration? Is it even remotely possible that ANYBODY is that stupid? That bereft of the slightest trace of self-awareness, of empathy, of tolerance, of a sense of proportion and human decency?

No; I can’t buy it, I just can’t. Seems more likely to me that this sorry excuse for a man isn’t worried that “there will be blood.” He’s worried that there WON’T be. Because from where I’m sitting, it sure looks like he’s actively trying to instigate it.

But wait, it gets even better yet:

“We are going to have to learn to live with each other or else there will be blood,” Maher said. “So don’t freak out if Ellen [DeGeneres] sits next to George Bush at a football game. Bush was not my idea of a good president but I never worried that he was going to lock up his political opponents or reporters or me.”

If you can’t see the difference between that and Donald Trump then Democrats are doomed,” he added.

Izzat so, Stable Genius? Tell ya what: get back to me when Trump actually, y’know, LOCKS SOME OF YOU PRICKS UP, whydon’tcha. Locks you up, that is, NOT for violent protest/riots, gang-assaulting elderly Trump supporters, driving them public spaces, or conspiring to spy on and overthrow the duly-elected President illegally. Because I have to tell you, you simpering pantywaists look mighty foolish bleating and weeping about Nazis and Hitler and such from OUTSIDE the walls of a concentration camp or gulag—especially after so vilely attacking him, his wife, his children, and his supporters non-stop, since before he even took office.

No, if Trump is actually a Nazi, a fascist, the second coming of Der Fuhrer his own self, he sure is a feeble and lousy one. Every day you mentally-deficient juveniles spend free, above ground, and physically whole is a stronger rebuke to your unhinged venom and exaggerated paranoia than any I can think of right offhand. You folks really need to dial it back a bit; you’re making abject fools of yourselves, and that’s the very least of the problems your asinine play-acting presents.

Which is NOT to say that, should you twerps carry on as you have been, things will never change. It is only the forebearance of the decent people you so hatefully defame that has spared you miserable tapeworms till now. Your ability to riot, destroy, and thuggishly assault without consequence is NOT irrevocable, nor is it permanent. Word from Bon Scott:



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The best offense

Is NOT a lousy defense.

I give credit where credit is due. I don’t admire much about the Democrat Party but I do admire their ability to fight. They never quit—they never stop advancing, and even when they are on defense like they were for two years after the 2016 election with no power in Washington D.C., they kept the pressure on the GOP.

Take the following to the bank, folks. When the Democrats win back the Senate, they will get rid of the filibuster rule and run roughshod over Republicans. When Democrats wield power, it’s not halfheartedly or with shame. When you have control, you have to use it. It doesn’t last forever. The Democrats did that with Obamacare. They shoved it down the throats of the GOP and the American people and at a political cost. We’re still trying to get out from underneath it thanks to the late John McCain.

The GOP now is currently playing defense by asking the Democrats to play fair on impeachment. What? When have Democrats ever played fair? Since the beginning, this whole impeachment process has been nothing more than a hyper-partisan invented scam. I am glad that Trump refused to have his office honor Adam Schiff subpoenas. I am a rule of law guy, but if the Democrats are not going to honor the rule of law, why should we, why should Trump? I refuse to let someone tie one of my arms behind my back before going into a fight.

Trump realizes that the wolf in the form of Democrats is at the door—in fact, the wolf is chewing through the door. Trump’s choices are to kill the wolf or be eaten alive. We need to hear less from guys like the GOP weasels. Trump doesn’t need advice from them. He should keep hitting harder and hitting first.

If any GOPer wants to help Trump, leave the white gloves at home. This is not a white linen tablecloth affair. This fight is going to be messy. Democrats made politics a blood sport. Come with bare knuckles, hell bring brass knuckles if you want. If you insist on boxing gloves, put a horseshoe inside. Whatever you do, keep punching like President Trump is. If you go down, it’s better to go down swinging by sending a clear message to Democrats: Welcome to hell. You asked for it, and we will oblige.

It’s time the GOP in Congress either puts up or shuts up. 

A. Friggin’. MEN. Word to the Vichy GOPe: if you won’t do it, we’ll damned sure find somebody who will.

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“Democracy dies in darkness” is supposed to be a motto, not an agenda

They don’t call it a “shadow government” for nothing.

The president does not need to be accused of violating a specific law; evidence is whatever the House of Representatives wants it to be. The credibility of any witness, especially one wearing the uniform of the United States military, cannot be questioned. Ditto for the motives of any witness. Hearsay is Exhibit A; New York Times articles, Exhibit B.

But what truly animates the current impeachment crusade is the same ploy that’s been used against Donald Trump since 2016—a drumbeat of attacks from nameless, faceless partisans tasked with destroying Trump first as a candidate, now as the president. Anonymity gives cover to their political agenda under the guise of courage and “speaking truth to power.” Democratic lawmakers, the news media, and NeverTrump Republicans—unable to make a compelling case for Trump’s removal aside from Orange Man Bad—wield the incognito heroes’ charges as incontestable fact.

It is, for the most part, an anonymous coup.

For more than three years, anonymous accounts of wrongdoing by Trump and his associates have been weaponized by the same news media now desperate to conceal the identity of the latest covert agent working to oust Trump. (The attorney for the “whistleblower” declared in January 2017, the “coup has started.”)

I gotta say, I absolutely LOVE Julie Kelly for refusing to bestow undeserved dignity or credence on the Deep State’s leaker, instead putting sneer quotes around every instance of the word “whistleblower.” A woman after my own heart, that one. Follows, a long if only partial litany of leakers, traitors, and manipulators granted anonymity by the self-same Enemedia apparatchiks who joyously revel in outing, doxxing, hounding, and otherwise persecuting truth-tellers of a dissenting political stripe, be they elected officials, bureaucrats, or even private citizens. Exhibit A:

Well, hey, whatever helps them to advance Teh Narrative and protect their Democrat-Socialist leash-holders, don’tchaknow. Back to Kelly’s closer:

History is littered with bloodless coup attempts. But in the Trump era, enemy combatants not only are spared bloodshed, they don’t even have to give their names. That’s not courage or “speaking truth to power”—it’s calculated cowardice that would be out-of-bounds in any criminal trial, job setting, or personal relationship. Impeachment rules aside, most Americans will, and should, view this as patently unfair and a legitimate danger to our system of government now and in the future.

Personally, I’m not at all confident that “most Americans” do, or will. But hopefully enough of us will so that the illegitimate overthrow of the government and the nullification of millions of votes via skullduggery and deceit can be forestalled. Because Kelly is correct: the now-and-future danger to our system of government, already badly warped and abused, IS real, and imminent. We’ll find out in due course, I suppose.

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“A Great Awakening to the Fight is Upon Us”

That’s the title for this great Mark Beurlein piece; the subhead, though, is better still:

No more compromise, no more calls for bipartisanship.

Fuckin’ A. Let’s get to the meat of it, shall we?

Last week in a dinner speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., Princeton professor Robert George had some advice for social and religious conservatives: “You must fight.”

It was an exhortation that does him no good in the academic world. A distinguished Ivy League scholar and teacher isn’t supposed to talk about the “culture war.” George has strong connections with the established conservative world, too, which balks at the confrontational style. In my year at the James Madison Program at Princeton, which George directs, visitors included George Will, Steve Forbes, and Andrew Napolitano. But the other night was a firm declaration of resistance.

It was fantastic.

I wonder if these figures realize how extraordinarily satisfying and innervating their statements are to people who have experienced progressivism in America as a steamroller leveling their workplaces, schools, and shopping zones for a good half-century. Did Lindsey Graham suspect that social conservative households would erupt in cheers when he finally had enough of the Kavanaugh hearings and thundered his objections? Did Donald Trump suspect in 2015 that a simple insistence on national borders would resound so loudly among Americans who regard the United States as their home, not their accidental place of residence?

Ehh, Lindsey, probably not. But I believe that it is at once Trump’s great weakness and also his great strength that he still retains such faith in America—its institutions, and above all its people—that he not only expected the powerful, soul-deep response he got from mainstream Americans, he would’ve been shocked if he hadn’t gotten it.

How can other Republican leaders and conservative commentators remain unaware of how much social, religious, and national conservatives want them and need them to assume a fighting stance? Those of us who work in professional spaces—academia, big business, medicine, mainstream media, public schools—retreated into foxholes years ago, and we await backup.

Two years ago, after speaking to a small religious group in Atlanta, my host drove me home but not before asking how I got along with my colleagues.

“Just fine,” I answered, ”Emory is a good place, with mostly good people. Sure, they can’t understand how anyone could have supported Trump, but they never mistreat me.”

“Wait,” he interrupted, ”they don’t get it?”

“About Trump—no,” I said, “but that goes for just about any college campus you can name.”

He didn’t hesitate: “Then it’s war.”

He wasn’t excited, he wasn’t angry, just matter-of-fact. His logic was pat. If a political opponent won’t listen to you, if he considers your politics inexplicable, it isn’t so big a leap to judging you indecent, repugnant, deplorable. From there, yes, it’s war. Unless, of course, you give up before the fighting even starts, or you’ve become so accustomed to losing that you don’t even imagine that the winners despise you no matter how many times they beat you down.

Or unless losing in a dignifed manner was your plan all along—or feigning opposition and resistance while assisting the enemy was.

This summer at a conference at a well-known university, I sat down with the head of a new institute on campus who was just as blunt. For some reason, the 2012 ticket came up, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. He offered a summary remark: “At this point, if you can’t answer yes to a basic question, nothing else counts. Doesn’t matter where you stand on taxes, foreign policy, regulations…” He then shook his head.

“What’s the question?” I asked.

“Are you ready to fight?”

“That’s it?”

“Yeah,” he replied with a shrug, “that’s it.”

That’s it indeed. One of our, and Trump’s, biggest handicaps is having to fight a two-front war to reclaim our stolen rights from the Left: against the obvious enemy, and also against those who for so long deceptively claimed to be our allies. But as the Great Awakening broadens and we edge ever closer to actual combat, the GOPe is going to feel mounting pressure to either lead, follow, get out of the way…or be run over.

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Friendly-fire fantasy-fisking

GVDL caught Fran’s attention with a link to this wishful bleat; Fran demurred, albeit briefly. I first thought to append my own objections to Francis’s post as an update, then realized that was gonna run a bit long. So I thought I’d just do a separate post here instead.

Anyone who thinks President Trump’s victory is inevitable in 2020 is not paying attention. The entire weight of America’s profiteering elites is arrayed against him.

But what if he wins anyway? What if enough voters realize they’re being conned by the Democrats? What if enough voters decide they don’t want to feel like unwanted usurpers in their own nation? What if men and women of all ethnicities realize that despite the unrelenting avalanche of lies coming from the Left, America is a welcoming and inclusive nation and that the only way a society can stay healthy is by rewarding personal initiative?

What if a critical mass of independent voters were to conclude that, despite his pugnacity, President Trump cares about all Americans, and actually holds moderate, compassionate, common-sense positions? If these things happen, and they very well might, not only will President Trump get reelected, but control of the House of Representatives will return once again to the GOP. And if these sentiments sweep across the land, then politicians of both parties will realize it is time to stop fighting and get back to serving the American people.

Ahh, but what eye-opening event would be required to cause this awakening to occur? How many of us can there possibly BE out there by now who don’t know all that already? And how likely is it that those who believe otherwise will change their minds this late in the game?

In the process of prioritizing America’s interests, Trump’s policies demolish two pieties currently deployed by the Left to sabotage virtually everything that might advance those interests. Those are identity politics and climate change alarmism. In both cases, Trump has reopened vigorous debate as to the legitimacy of these pieties. Identity politics, at the core, has a corrosive impact on character, by providing excuses for personal failure. Climate alarm, at its core, hands the instruments of progress and wealth creation over to a clerisy of self-serving profiteers and misguided fanatics.

True. Anybody want to try arguing that so-called “independents,” most of whom tend to lean Left and vote Democrat-Socialist, are prepared to abandon either of those pieties at Trump’s urging? Ring wanders off into explicit fantasy from there:

So how might we envision the next few decades in an America shaped by the vision and courage pioneered in this century by Donald Trump?

Trump’s Reelection Ushered in a Long Economic Boom
When Trump took office for another four years, presiding over a Republican-controlled Congress, sweeping, transformative legislation was passed, often with significant support from Democrats.

Follows, a long list of speculative achievements—not a single one of which any present-day Democrat-Socialist would ever actually support, “significantly” or otherwise, if only because it was Trump who proposed them. Alas, Ring then veers completely off the rails, from wistful daydream into daylight barking madness:

As the United States contained despotic, aspiring superpowers—China in particular—the nations of the world fitfully emulated America’s example. While America’s success and America’s culture was irresistible to most people around the world, tribalism and religious fanaticism did not disappear overnight. But America’s example emboldened moderates everywhere, most particularly in the reformations, often led by women, that swept the Islamic world in the late 2020s and 2030s.

So: the Islamic world, inspired by America’s success and irresistible culture, will abandon Islam, then. And only a mere decade or so hence, too. I dunno, seems like a pretty sudden about-face from over a thousand years of jihad to me. Just as they had thoroughly infiltrated the West and cowed our ruling “elites” into meekly acceeding to their every demand, too, and had us pretty much licked. The conclusion offers one last sad, desperate pitch for futility and starry-eyed tail-chasing:

One can hope Trump’s supporters will assert not only their allegiance to him as a political leader, and not only challenge the premises that Trump has dared to challenge. Here’s hoping, too, they will evangelize to all the skeptics and undecideds the wonderful future that could be had if the policies pursuant to patriotism, energy freedom, and individual initiative are given full expression.

Uh huh. Because decades of attempting to debate things rationally with them worked out so well for us before they became wild-eyed, gibbering, violent lunatics, right? Yes, I realize he’s referring specifically to the “skeptics and undecideds” here, but as I said before: how many of them can there possibly be by now? As for Democrat-Socialist officeholders or aspirants to same, next time somebody spots a true “moderate” amongst that sorry lot, be sure to send up a flare, willya? As Porretto pithily puts it:

I find it more likely that those at the tiller of the Democrat Party would “push the big red button.” That is, they would exclaim Alea iacta est and strive to gain by violence what they could not win through politics. They’re already partially mobilized, as the “AntiFa” and “Black Bloc” disturbances should have demonstrated to all. Moreover, those forces have succeeded in silencing and scattering their opponents as often as not. Combined with “deplatforming,” “doxxing,” and a campaign of slanders and libels promulgated through their media handmaidens, they might have an even chance of prevailing.

It’s important to win at the ballot box, but don’t neglect to keep the cartridge box full – and don’t let your skills lapse through desuetude.

The likelihood of people so fanatically determined to retain power—and so completely bereft of concern for propriety, legality, and public opinion—that they would go to the extremes they already have trying to overthrow the legitimately-elected President being at all amenable to “evangelizing” is so small as to be imperceptible without the aid of an electron microscope. The notion is patently absurd; giving it further serious consideration, after so many years of bootless attempts at honest discussion, is a waste of time.

You don’t “dialogue” or debate with a rabid dog. You put him down. Sorry, it’s too bad and all, but that’s the way it is.

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Not adding up

Send the word.

Can you count, suckers? I say, the future is ours…if you can count. Because if you can count, you can see where this entire impeachment kangaroo court is hopping to. You can see how this will all end. You can see that we are going to mop the floor with these petty fascist cretins.

Can you dig it?

Actually, I didn’t come up with the counting line – Walter Hill put those words in the mouth of gang overlord Cyrus in the amazing film The Warriors. It’s a movie that resonates today for a number of reasons, especially how it depicts a bunch of New York tough guys being framed and persecuted for a crime they did not commit. Everyone is against them – everyone. But they ruthlessly fight back against the entire establishment, which has turned all its power against them, and they eventually prevail. Sounds a little familiar, huh?

My money is on Donald Trump, the warrior. Not just because he knows the enemy better than anyone else, and because for nearly five years he has beaten the enemy every single time, but because I can count.

And what I count to is a number that is less than 67. That’s the number of traitors to the Constitution you would need in the Senate to convict. 67. But right now, the count is about 50, maybe 49, or even 47 or 48. That’s the number of unAmerican creeps in the Senate who would vote to convict when the garbage Democrats in the house pass their garbage articles of garbage impeachment.

So, liberal elite, until you can count to 67, eat Schiff and die.

Been a long time since I watched The Warriors, which I have considered since it came out to be one of the greatest movies of all time. Go ahead, try to argue. I dare ya.



See what I mean? The movie is just crammed end-to-end with great scenes like that. Walter Hill’s masterpiece, truly one for the ages.

Anyways, it would seem that somebody did the math, and the Pelosi-Schiff “impeachment” charade doesn’t square.

House Democratic leaders are walking back a planned vote Thursday that would officially endorse impeachment proceedings and say that the resolution would merely address the process of holding public hearings on the matter.

“This is not an impeachment resolution,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday morning. “I don’t know what an impeachment resolution is.”

Earlier in the day, Pelosi announced the House would vote on a resolution that “affirms the ongoing, existing investigation” and “establishes the procedure for hearings that are open to the American people, authorizes the disclosure of deposition transcripts, outlines procedures to transfer evidence to the Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and sets forth due process rights for the president and his Counsel.”

Pelosi characterized the vote as one that would put to rest accusations by President Trump and the GOP that the impeachment proceedings are not legitimate because they were not sanctioned by an official House vote.

“We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump Administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said Monday.

But Democrats are suddenly wary of calling it an official vote to open an impeachment hearing and aren’t even promising a vote on Thursday.

The idea of such contemptible, traitorous poltroons being in charge of so much as a trip to Wal Mart for smokes—much less a significant chunk of the federal government—is absolutely horrifying. Although it does go a long way towards explaining the sorry state FedGovCo is in.

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Storming the Bastille

It’s about damned time.

About two dozen frustrated House Republicans on Wednesday stormed the secret room where House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been running the closed-door impeachment inquiry.

Led by House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), the Republican lawmakers attempted to enter the room where Schiff  has been bringing in current and former State Department officials to testify on whether President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine in exchange for alleged help with the 2020 election.

“Behind those doors they intend to overturn the results of an American presidential election. We want to know what is going on,” Gaetz said during a press conference beforehand.

“We are going to try and go in there, and we’re going to try to figure out what is going on behalf of the millions of Americans that we represent, who want to see Congress working for them, and not obsessed with attacking a president who we believe has not done anything to deserve impeachment.”

Gaetz attempted to attend the impeachment hearings last week, but was forced to leave. Schiff is not sharing transcripts of the interviews with members of Congress yet either. He recently compared his secret proceedings to a grand jury, despite there being no crime involved.

Schiff expressed concern with witnesses being able to compare stories, and Republicans being able to defend the president more effectively if the hearings are open and transparent to the public.

All too much cavilling and kvetching from the usual effete GOPe Swamp royalty about just how terribly, terribly inappropriate and indecorous and troubling this move was, but so what? As Limbaugh is fond of saying: this is what fighting back looks like. This headline says it all for me:

Trump Effect: GOP learns to stand on its hind legs against the Left
What they didn’t calculate for is Republicans using the Democrats’ own tactics against them this time. Democrats set the rules; now Republicans are using them. Storming the joint, after all, is so Code Pink, so leftist, yet these guys did it. So long as rules or fairness no longer matter anymore, why not blow into the joint without an invitation? What are they going to do — start yelling about manners? As if manners had ever mattered to them in the past, given the monsters they’ve evolved into.

Gaetz and Co. recognized this, and that’s why what he’s done is so praiseworthy.

To what can we attribute this newfound gutsiness from the Republicans? Probably President Trump himself, actually. He’s the ultimate disruptor. He’s rude, he’s boorish, he’s bombastic, everything that makes the lefty establishment scream. But that’s precisely why he was elected. As one well known pundit (name escapes me) has observed: if he were presidential, he wouldn’t be president. In 2016, voters elected him to be the junkyard dog to dig out all the corruption of the utterly comfortable monopoly leftist establishment. More specifically, he fights. The fact that Trump is a fighter is why voters broke for him, even against a talented GOP field of competition in 2016. He sees the rigging, he calls it out, and he busts through.

Now we’re seeing a whole field of mini-Trumps emerging, doing like Trump, being like Trump, doing the things that made Trump such a turning point for American history. Democrats need this, because they’ve been ensconced in power for so long. Doing this opens the door for comity again, because if Democrats don’t recognize this, Republicans will just give them more of it.

We can but hope. Mollie Hemingway takes it on from there, with another great headline to lead things off:

GOP Has A Choice: Fight Anti-Trump Coup Effort Or Surrender Government To Democrats
Republicans have two choices for how to handle the Resistance’s latest attempt to undo the 2016 election through dramatic means. They can sit there and take it, or they can fight it.

Some Republicans can be counted on to sit there and take it. This approach entails allowing Democrats to hold secret hearings where they handpick snippets to leak to a compliant media in service of setting a narrative. After the leaks are published by the compliant corporate press, these Republicans can impotently push back on some of it.

The other approach is to learn something from the previous few years. Trump’s surprising election was followed by attempts to delegitimize the Republican victory in 2016 by claiming it was due to “fake news,” desperate efforts to overturn the Electoral College, anti-Trump riots in Portland and D.C., the Clinton-directed claims that Russia “hacked” the election, the Russia collusion conspiracy theory, the release of the completely ridiculous dossier alleging that Trump was a Russian agent, the whisper campaign that the truth of Trump’s collusion was so bad that he might not be inaugurated. Yes, all this was before the inauguration.

Within minutes of the inauguration, the Washington Post published that the “campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.” The primary impeachment effort was the Russia collusion hoax, in which the Resistance embraced — or pretended to believe — a patently absurd theory that Trump is a secret Russian agent who stole the 2016 election in a brazen act of sedition.

Corporate media outlets published and broadcast story after story supporting this theory, which was later shown to have been invented and secretly funded as a Clinton campaign operation alongside the Democratic National Committee. Foreign policy was put on hold, key administration advisors were fired and sidelined, investigations into whether former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was a Russian spy were launched. Following the firing of the mendacious and corrupt James Comey as FBI director, the Resistance forced the launch of an intrusive and unstoppable special counsel probe, ostensibly headed by Robert Mueller.

Years later — after the special counsel had stymied the Trump administration, fed the collusion conspiracy theory, rung up Trump associates for process crimes, and destroyed the lives and bank accounts of many Trump associates — the probe ended with not a single American, much less a single American tied to the Trump campaign, much less Trump himself, found to have colluded with Russia.

So then the goalposts moved once again.

As they always do. Next time the new breed of Trump Republicans is inspired to throw some light on a cluster of seditious cockroaches plotting counterrevolution in secret behind locked doors, maybe they should consider bringing pitchforks and torches to the party with them, instead of just cell phones.

Update! The right move. And not a moment too soon, I’d say.

Democrats still can’t get over the fact that the American people elected Trump instead of Hillary Clinton. Their unprecedented bitterness marks them as sore losers who reject the fact that elections have consequences.

For over 1,000 days, Democratic elected officials and their media allies have waged an unrelenting campaign of extraordinary presidential harassment – doing everything possible to stop President Trump from carrying out his agenda to Make America Great Again and to improve the lives of the American people.

Now Gaetz and his colleagues are finally saying that enough is enough. They deserve the thanks of all Americans for their brave stand.

Never before in American history has a duly elected president been treated so horribly by a deranged resistance – with the mainstream media willing accomplices.

In the end, it all comes back to the same thing: a refusal to accept and abide by the results of an election they didn’t win.

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The System chooses its side

Remember that great David Thompson quote I posted last night?

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

Yeah, about that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grim prognostication

I pray he’s wrong, but fear he’s right.

A victory by Donald Trump next November will result in widespread rioting, property damage, people injured, and many communities irreparably damaged. Some innocent people may even lose their lives.

The left has demonstrated time and again that they believe there is too much at stake to accept the limitations of our Constitution. They feel exactly the same about elections; if the three-plus years of national tantrum since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 has shown America anything, it is that.

Antifa is the paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party. Both fancy themselves as speaking truth to power, on the side of all that is right and just in the world. This is not a supposition, it is a tenet. Confidence in righteousness justifies all manner of depravity.

The pushback will come as a total surprise. Many Antifa didn’t even put up their hands before getting knocked out. It’s as if it never occurred to any of them that some people might punch back instead of taking their beatings like good little deplorables.

Of course, the Democrats and the media will do all they can to foment riot — beginning the morning after the election. Expect talking heads and politicos to flood the airwaves 24/7 with a message to the world that refusing to seat Trump for a second term is not only bravery in motion, but democracy in action because it’s the “Will of the People.”

They are delusional now — after losing they will be even more so.

The past is prologue; they clearly believe that screaming loud enough and stamping their feet hard enough will give them the power to negate the election. They also believe they will accomplish this without any opposition. When it doesn’t happen as they envision, they will quickly transition from beating the weak to spilling blood.

People will notice, and as they start to see others fighting back, many are going to come out to meet them, normal people who disagree with the left’s vision of America and are willing to do battle for the nation they love.

The left is itching for a fight and the country is at a moment in time when regular people, citizens who go to work, pay mortgages, and raise kids, will decide it is long past time to give it to them.

Many will believe it is better to fight than accept the left’s control over every aspect of their lives. Most Americans understand that should they allow the left to force the yoke upon them, civil war will be inevitable when they decide to throw off the yoke.

Well, you know what they say: you can vote your way into socialism, but you have to shoot your way out. Whether the conflagration comes to pass in the manner the above predicts, there can be no question that Normals are fed up with the outrages of the Goosesteppin’ Left, and not just in this country either. Ace, for one, has a happy video compendium of the Victim No More Coalition pushing back against their Progtard tormentors both here and abroad.

Ill as it all bodes for the domestic tranquillity, I can only view this sudden unwillingness to continue on as meek, passive doormats and punching bags for the violent Left as a good thing in the long run, whatever the short-term costs. David Thompson puts the thing bluntly:

If you choose to block the roads, determined to needlessly frustrate hundreds, even thousands, of people, just so you can indulge in some in-group preening, while ordering drivers to walk, then you should expect some physical push-back from the people on whose freedoms and imperatives you’ve chosen to piss. Because, hey, sabotaging attempts to get to jobs, airports and doctor’s appointments, while impeding emergency vehicles and thereby endangering lives, is such a lark, baby.

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

They not only should, they must be. As long as that impunity holds we will see neither pause nor surcease from them, only escalation. We have reached an inflection point, a point where difficult choices have now been forced upon us. To abstain is to tacitly accept defeat—to resign ourselves to life under Leftist tyranny.

Here in the US, the question before us is simple: do we still consider our Founding principles of liberty and self-determination, battered and forlorn as they’ve become, to be worth fighting for? The recent Fed Up-rising (ahem) would seem to indicate that there’s still a bit of fight left in at least some of us.

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Kettle, a-boiling

You really, really want to watch this. Trust me.


After enjoying that most satisfying vid, I’ll let Ace say it for me: “I need a cigarette.” He goes on from there to link this utter twaddle from NYT True Conservative nitwit David Brooks.

If it comes to Trump vs. Warren in a general election, the only plausible choice is to support Warren. Over the past month Donald Trump has given us fresh reminders of the unique and exceptional ways he corrupts American life. You’re either part of removing that corruption or you are not. When your nation’s political system is in danger, staying home and not voting is not a responsible option.

Politics is downstream from morality and culture. Warren represents a policy wrong turn, in my view, but policies can be argued about and reversed. Trump represents a much more important and fundamental threat — to the norms, values, standards and soul of this country.

Good LORD, what shivery tripe. Can this lily-livered fraud really himself believe any of what he just said? Or does he truly feel that Trump’s “unique and exceptional ways” of corrupting the country are worse than Drag Queen Story Hour, abortion as birth control, and the Democrat-Socialists’ secretive, fraudulent attempt at removing a duly-elected President from office without any enumerated just cause via a process kept entirely hidden from the voters whose ballots will be thus nullified?

Does the milksop Brooks actually understand “the norms, values, standards and soul of this country” to include violent suppression of freedom of speech by officially-approved and -protected “antiFa” goon squads? Or the death-by-fiat of the 2A by Blotto O’NotHispanic’s flat threats of gun confiscation? Where does Irish Blotto’s declaration of intent to punish churches for Badthink by removing the tax-exempt status of those who don’t “support” gay marriage, in direct contradiction of their faith, fit in with those traditional all-American “norms, values, and etc,” eh?

Might the oleaginous twerp likewise be referring to the rogue, out-of-control Deep State monolith—particularly the IC, DoJ, and Lois Lerner’s IRS—and its wide-ranging skullduggery, to include A) election-tampering; B) illegally spying on American citizens without warrant or cause; C) persecuting the sitting President without either just cause or due process; and D) collusion with nefarious foreign agents like Chris Steele and others in support of a nakedly partisan agenda as more of those “norms, values, and standards” he’s so fretful over? And what might the very existence of the Deep State as an unaccountable, unelected, and all-powerful shadow-government, in direct contradiction and defiance of our Constitution, have already done to “the soul of this country”?

Does the three-year long ordeal of Democrat-Socialist/Deep State refusal to accept and abide by the results of the 2016 election, and the ongoing coup attempt resulting from same, not pretty much define a far more real and grave “danger” to our “nation’s political system” than anything Trump has ever done or might yet do?

Meh, I suppose the NYT hired Brooks as their house “conservative” for a reason. They’re definitely getting their money’s worth out of him.

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And the beat goes on

How they operate.

Left-wing rioters attacked supporters of President Donald Trump leaving a rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday evening — assaulting them in groups, setting fire to pro-Trump hats, and attacking the police.

Riot police stood by as members of Antifa were seen dragging steel fences away from the Target Center. They were filmed by Elijah Schaffer, a correspondent for The Blaze, a conservative news site — who was maced as he filmed.

I confess to being a bit confused about something here. See if you can guess what it is.

Local Minneapolis Star-Tribune reporter Liz Sawyer noted there were several hundred rioters, and that some were singling out Trump supporters and surrounding them in groups before attacking them. Some also attacked police.

The Target Center had attempted to charge the Trump campaign hundreds of thousands of dollars for additional security. The rally itself — with a capacity crowd inside and tens of thousands outside — passed without serious incident, but local police seemed unprepared for the violence by anti-Trump rioters after the event was over.

My emphasis above should give it away: with a reported 20,000 Trump supporters inside and another 25k lined up outside, how the hell is it that “several hundred” PantiFa pussies can get away with attacking and stampeding the Trump people? Seems to me that every last punk-ass Pinko thug should have found himself surrounded by a horde of angry Real Americans ready, willing, and eager to stomp his ass into red goo, to the very last half-a-man of them, no?

But no, what we always end up seeing instead is weak tea like this:

Okay—we all know the Left hates Trump, but they may hate his supporters even more. The president’s rally in Minneapolis was dotted with left-wing thugs who harassed and assaulted Trump supporters because having a view that isn’t to the left of Lenin is intolerable to these clowns. We’re all Nazis in the eyes of these people. They’ve become totally unhinged by the 2016 election and this incident last night toward one Trump supporter, who was being interviewed by Vice News, perfectly captures how extreme liberals have become: he was spat on.

The supporter, Dave Carlson, wasn’t angry. He took it in stride. The host was visibly shocked by the action. Another man is seen apologizing for the incident. Another individual, while not a supporter of the president, also came up to Carlson to say what happened to him was not appropriate, but added that his MAGA hat was also “disrespectful as f**k.”

And people look at me sideways when I tell them I’m a Republican. This right here is why. We don’t spit on people. We win elections.

He unwittingly explains what continuing passivity in the face of violent assault will get us in a line preceding that one:

We should expect more unhinged liberals assaulting and attacking those with whom they disagree because that’s the Left in 2020.

As long as we’re willing to go on congratulating ourselves for meekly refusing to vigorously defend ourselves, to give as good and better than we get, we most certainly should. I’ll say it again: they will not stop. They will have to BE stopped. Sorry, but patting ourselves on the back for being “better than them” will never get that done. I hate it and all, but that’s the way it is.

Update! Sensing sees it—and did so as far back as November 2016.

What these harassments and the post-election riots are about is control of the central government – and the insurrectionists are using violence to achieve their goals. Don’t think that just because the electoral college will vote and Trump’s inauguration will take place that all this will suddenly fade away like magic.

Everywhere in history, any time the Left has lost, it has turned more violent. Violence always underlies their means. 

Precisely so. “That’s the Left in 2020”? That’s ALWAYS been the Left. Donald sees that too; hence, his present-day warning:

Do not think that the Left is not already preparing for another Trump electoral victory. As Clausewitz said, “War is an extension of politics by other means.” And Antifa is arming itself quite effectively.

We the People abandoned Constitutional government over many years, nay, decades. It has accelerated this millennium. Next year, no matter the outcome of the election, it will go to full speed. The balkanization of the American people, deliberately under way for at least 60 years, will come to fruition. There is already no such thing any more as a national consensus on any kind of social or political topic.

There is no longer any cement (national ideals, polity, values, and aspirations) holding the bricks (the states) together. At best, the United States will abandon the “United” part of that and a loose federation will form among groups of states joined in tighter federations. At worst? Sorry, I do not want to go there.

No sane person does. Which, unfortunately, does not include the violent, fascist Left. I gots plenty more on both the riots and the broader topic of where the Left is determined to drag us, but I believe I’ll break all that out into a new post.

To the streets update! Okay, changed my mind; got several other things I want to get to tonight, so I’m just gonna append this report from Hinderaker and move on.

They spat on peaceful Trump supporters. They assaulted an uncounted number of normal citizens leaving the Target Center. They struck a woman across the head with a piece of lumber. They waved a sign that said, “Blue Lives Don’t F@$king Matter.” The Minneapolis Chief of Police reported, “Objects containing liquid believed to be urine were hurled at some of my officers along with bottles and rocks. Police horses were also assaulted by protesters striking them with sticks.”

These leftists are identical to the Nazi Brownshirts of the 1930s. But make no mistake–they represent today’s Democratic Party. A sitting Democratic State Representative, Aisha Gomez (DFL-Minneapolis), was seen among the fascists, dressed in black like an Antifa hoodlum. And Minneapolis’s boy Mayor, Jacob Frey, who expressed regret that he could not legally prevent President Trump from visiting Minneapolis, and then tried to do it anyway, issued an order to the Minneapolis Police Department not to use chemical irritants on the mob of criminal Democrats. [UPDATE: We have a disagreement between Boy Mayor Frey and the mob: Frey denies issuing such an order, putting him at odds with fellow Democrat Gomez.] And not a single local Democrat has condemned the violence and disorder that took place last night.

Why on earth would anyone expect them to? They’re FOR it, and are instigating it.

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End game

The only surprise here is that there’s been so few attempts on his life already.

Emoluments, Stormy Daniels, Russia collusion, the Mueller report, impeachment…The Left has played damn near every card in the deck against Donald Trump to no result whatsoever. Leftists are getting down to the bottom of the deck, and the final card: assassination.

This is not to say that the Democrats or even the denizens of the Deep State would directly involve themselves in an assassination attempt against the president. (Though I would go so far as to say that they would welcome it.) But let’s consider the landscape…

Follows, a brief recap of violent-Left assassination beat-off fantasies, threats, actual assaults against noncomfortists, mass-murder attempts, and so on, a familiar litany that I won’t transcribe here. Then:

There are, of course, many other incidents, but those will suffice: the opposition is no longer loyal or respectable. It has gone functionally insane. The Democrats have been transformed into the party of the fanatic, the messianic, the depraved, and the demented. The Left is obsessed with stopping Donald Trump at all costs and, as its slogan goes, “by any means necessary.” If these people can’t do it by legal or even the borderline means of the past three years, it is likely they will try to kill him.

Likely? It’s an all-but-certainty, seems to me. After all, “these people” are completely bereft of morals, perspective, or shame, and acknowledge no restraint or limitation whatever on their Divine Right to rule. After Trump wins 49 states next year, expect the number of assassination attempts against him to blow away all records as the Left reprobates are faced to confront the scale of their rejection by Real Americans, then pulls out all the stops to go full-on fascist in their neverending quest for power.

Trump would probably be shocked by this—as I’ve said, his greatest weakness is that he still believes in and loves this country, and has great faith in the essential decency of its people even those with whom no decency is not in evidence—but the rest of us shouldn’t be. We should also bear in mind that it isn’t really Trump they hate; it’s us. And if you think they wouldn’t be eager to widen the scope of any post-election campaign of assassination should they meet with any success in eliminating or incapacitating Trump, you’re just kidding yourself.

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The Great Unmasking

I keep saying the exposure of the true nature and intentions of the Democrat-Socialist Party, Enemedia, and the Deep State is the greatest service Trump has done for his country, or could ever have done.

Well, it’s about time!

It started when the president tweeted about the deplorable conditions in some of our major urban areas. He began pin-pointing what we have all seen, namely, how Democrats have run these cities for decades, contributing to their degradation and decay, and causing severe harm to their inhabitants. The liberal “icons” that have controlled these municipalities for decades have allowed urban centers, through their enforced and sanctimonious liberalism, to devolve from once-great cities to districts akin to war zones and rubble. It’s not about the race of the leaders, but their left-liberal policies, as may be seen in parts of New York City under Bill de Blasio and in Chicago until recently under Rahm Emanuel.  

Once-untouchable liberal icons, such as U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), are a major part of the problem. Trump points this out. Grandstanding about conditions along the U.S. southern border, Cummings has stood idly by as his own West Baltimore district has fallen apart. His only purpose seems to be to demand more money for the district’s power brokers. 

Similarly, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continually shrieks about the southern border. She might pay more attention to the inferior conditions in large swaths of her Bronx and Queens district. President Trump is spotlighting these conditions as well as the actors involved.

Thankfully, President Trump is fighting back, calling them out, and not letting them get away with it. He is doing so not merely to defend himself, but to fight for us, something his predecessors and most Republican Senators are unwilling to do in our behalf.

What a difference from a few short years ago, when Barack Obama used his presidential perch to criticize and malign the United States, chide America as a racist society, weaken us around the world, diminish the importance of Christian religious freedom, and extol racialists like Al Sharpton and traitors like Bowe Bergdhal.

In contrast, President Trump, proud of being an American, is standing up for the dignity of the country. He, like so many others, is saying: It’s time to stop the baloney and farce of lionizing self-serving agitators simply because they call themselves civil rights leaders. He will not let phony charges of “racism” cow him into accepting the unacceptable and bowing to left-wing demagogues and liberal hypocrites. Neither should we.

People mischaracterize and belittle Trump’s tweets as unpresidential and unbecoming of his office. He can be crude, to be sure. In reality, the president is using the platform to deny and challenge the assertions of the people—media manipulators and rabble-rousing liberal politicians—who would disdain and debase this great country. 

Just so. Another thing I keep saying: much though the #NeverTrumpTard, phony “Right” and their Leftist leash-holders may quiver and kvetch over “gravitas,” “civility,” and Trump’s boorish, un-Presidential behavior, one of the primary reasons shabby Prole lowlifes like me still love him is the fact that he’s given us a voice at long last, using no more than the uncomplicated expedient of saying the forbidden things we’ve been quietly saying amongst ourselves for years, without hesitation, shame, or apology. As the title of the above article states, Trump is fighting the battles no one else was willing to fight.

“Neither should we,” you say? You’re damned right we shouldn’t. Let the lying Left continue screaming about our “racism,” our “bigotry,” all the usual flapdoodle until they’re blue in the face and gasping for breath. They aren’t looking for discussion; they’re looking to end it—to cow, to intimidate, to stifle, to suppress. No argument will ever persuade them, nor inspire them to regard us as decent, rational, or respectable opponents. Nothing short of our total capitulation will satisfy them. Hell, even that might not do the trick. Debating them is a waste of time, rounding them up and keeping them in pens or corrals is impractical, and killing them all is illegal.

And that leaves us with but one recourse, rhetorically anyway. The only proper response is, and ever shall be, two simple words of defiance, amounting to a blunt rejection of every one of their core premises: FUCK YOU. If one wished to elaborate, one could always go with, say, “Fuck you. Fuck your whole family, fuck your dog, fuck everybody you ever met, fuck your sister’s cat’s grandmother, and fuck the horse you rode in on too. Fuck you with a fire hydrant and sand in the Vaseline, until your fucking heart stops.”

Then just step back and enjoy watching the bastards choke on 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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Ask a silly question

Get an honest answer.

When did it become ­acceptable for politicians, and their media helpers, to target private citizens for their ­political opinions?

When those opinions diverged even slightly from Democrat-Socialist dogma, of course.

In the wake of the mass shooting in El Paso, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) released the names of a few dozen San Antonio residents who had donated to President Trump’s re-election campaign. (Castro is chairman of the presidential campaign of his twin brother, Julián.)

Castro was apparently unconcerned by the prospect that these people — retirees and small-business owners — would be inevitably targeted for ­harassment. They had voted the wrong way and donated to the wrong campaign, and they needed to be punished.

He wasn’t “unconcerned.” Harrassment and, ultimately, violent assault was the whole idea from the git-go. Unapproved beliefs, you see, must not only be punished—they must be suppressed.

Liberals view the election of President Trump as a monstrous anomaly, something that should never have happened. They view all Trump supporters, be they Acela Corridor denizens or car-dealership owners in suburban Texas, as complicit in this great evil and therefore fair game.

The media is only too happy to help. Everyone remembers what The Washington Post and The New York Times did to the Covington Catholic boys. Or recall the way CNN went after an anonymous tweeter after Trump retweeted an image he had created mocking the network.

The message to anyone who dares not march in lockstep with liberalism: You don’t matter, and we will target you for ruination whenever we feel like it.

NOW you’re getting it.

Liberals, in short, have ­resolved that anything goes as they seek to thwart and undermine democracy in the name of liberalism.

Sure, liberals always say they want more political participation from the masses, but it turns out the only participation they welcome is the kind that helps them win.

Hence, too, their efforts to use underhanded juridical means to undo the outcome of elections they lose, whether that’s the “collusion” probe in America or endless bureaucratic stalling aimed at preventing Brexit.

But the attacks on private citizens is a new low.

Perhaps. But rest assured: you ain’t seen nothin‘ yet. For the Left, the end of totalitarian tyranny justifies any and all means, and they’ll inflict casualties and stack bodies just as high as they think they need to so as to accomplish our subjugation irreversibly. When it comes to gaining, securing, and expanding power and control for themselves, the Left recognizes no limits whatsoever. That is the only rule they follow, the only morality they have, and the only rationalization they need.

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Storm clouds a-gathering

Codevilla on how to ignite a civil war.

In societies riven by mutual hate, the people who control the police and public communications make all the difference. When they maintain impartiality, as did Germany’s Weimar government while the Nazis and Communists struggled for primacy, partisan warfare tends to be resolved politically—though the results are harsh. When societal hatred or the partiality of authorities results in deaths, long-smoldering cold civil war can blaze into holocaust.

We Americans are now facing the danger of a civil war thus ignited. We do not think of civil war this way because our Civil War from 1861 to 1865 was less a conflict within society than it was a highly organized war between states. That war notwithstanding, personal friendships and mutual esteem persisted on both sides, such as that between Ulysses S. Grant and prominent Confederate General James Longstreet.

What we face now is worse.

Probably, yeah. What I’m even more confident of, though, is this: we have NO IDEA what it will actually be like. Not how it might begin, nor how it might play out, nor how long it might go on, nor how it might end, nor what shape its aftermath might take.

I’ve long been annoyed at how most politicians, pundits, and others—left, right, whatever—insist on viewing the Trumpian uprising exclusively through the lens of the past. They base their analyses on established rules that have been upended and made irrelevant. Vanishingly few of them seem able to grasp that maybe, just maybe, the societal tsunami represented by Trump and his supporters might not play out in precise accord with the old, established playbook they’re comfortable with. Even some of the writers I like and regularly excerpt here fall into this trap.

And I don’t get that, I really don’t, especially when it comes from the people who were most shocked and stunned by Trump’s 2016 victory. Seems to me that those most humiliated by the shattering of their predictions of a surefire Hillary!™ win would be a little more circumspect about their obviously misplaced faith in Ye Olde Ways now, and would be among the quickest to consider abandoning them. Guess sometimes hindsight ain’t 20-20 after all.

And the same principle applies to CW speculation. Any civil war we might wind up stumbling blindly into will likely share one, and only one, characteristic with any of its predecessors: it will be nothing like what any of us expects now. In any event, though, Codevilla knows who should be held accountable.

What should happen, what can happen, when the real, existing violent organizations of the Left—Antifa and the several radical black organizations—try to exclude or to punish? Several cities—Portland, Oregon and Charlottesville, Virginia among them—have had their streets taken over. What happens when these organizations organize mobs to harass their least favorite people? What happens when some of them wind up dead?

At a certain point, the other side shoots back. Here as elsewhere, the several police forces may be expected to split and take opposite sides. Then the army’s special forces become the arbiters, and the war rages.

We know that our ruling class having largely made government into a partisan thing, America has crossed the threshold of revolution. While we have no way of knowing what lies ahead, we know that the spiral of political violence has already taken its first fateful turns, and that the logic of our partisan ruling class is pushing for more.

Heaven help them should they get it.

Update! Call me a weirdo, maybe, but I find at least some reassurance among Bill’s words of despair:

What is there to say? It’s all so frickin’ predictable.

We’ve got a bunch of new judges, many of whom seem…oh…shaky, at best.

We replace swamp monsters with new swamp monsters. Everybody has lots of excuses and explanations for that, but the fact remains – one step forward, one step back.

It’s depressing. And starting to get, at least for me, profoundly uninteresting.

Is there going to be a hot civil war?

No, because there are not enough people in this country willing to point a gun at another person and pull the trigger over political differences. The vast majority of fatal gun violence is carried out over disputes over real things like drugs and familial hatreds. The percentage where somebody pulls the trigger because they hate conservatives, or hate immigrants, or hate leftists is tiny, little more than statistical noise.

That may change, but I’d be surprised if it happens any time soon.

I bolded the comforting part to distinguish it from the rest, which is all the more bleak because it’s, y’know, true.

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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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Trump doubles down, Omar rows it back

Even when she’s trying to “clarify” her America-hate, she can’t help but put her foot in her big mouth.

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar claimed Saturday that she “probably” loves America more than people born in the United States.

Omar made the comments at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia when asked why she often appears to be an opponent of American values, according to the Washington Examiner.

“There is something I get criticized for all the time,” she told the audience as she sat on a discussion panel.

“It is that I am anti-American because I criticize the United States. I believe, as an immigrant, I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born,” Omar said.

The congresswoman, who has often been accused of using anti-Semitic language because of her constant criticism of Israel, has claimed that the United States likes to talk about “American exceptionalism” abroad but it does not fulfill those values at home.

“So, that hypocrisy is one that I’m bothered by. I want America the great to be America the great,” she said.

It’ll improve by orders of magnitude the day you take the fuck off on back to Mogadishu, you slattern.

Days earlier she was jubilant about Somalia’s Independence Day.

No one should deny that she loves her country, I guess. It just ain’t this one.

Her comments Saturday come on the heels of a highly-publicized spat between her and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has said the congresswoman hates America.

“Omar isn’t disappointed in America. She’s enraged by it,” Carlson said Tuesday night. “Virtually every public statement she makes accuses Americans of bigotry and racism. This is an immoral country, she says. She has undisguised contempt for the United States and for its people.” (RELATED: Rep. Ilhan Omar Describes 9/11 Terror Attacks: ‘Some People Did Something)

Omar dismissed Carlson as  a “racist fool” over his comments.

Because OF COURSE she did. What else can she do now but fall back on that old-time, tried and true Democrat-Socialist blocking maneuver?

Carlson said Omar’s rebuttal was typical because “she learned young that crying racism pays.”

Not this time, I don’t think. We’ve already heard far too much of that tripe from other Democrat-Socialists, for decades now, to be in the market for more of the same from this miserable tapeworm.

As for Trump’s supposed faux pas, he remains cool, cocky, and crazy like a fox.

Omar, it turns out, is a massive liability for the Democrats. Making her the face of the Democrats is a pretty good way of triggering a GOP landslide, not just in the White House, but in the House of Representatives.

Among the working-class voters Democrats must win over to win the presidency, and, for that matter, both houses of Congress, Omar sports an abysmal 9% approval rating along with a 53% recognition rate. She’s the most unpopular of all of them. According to the Daily Wire:

A new internal Democrat poll in swing districts released on Sunday showed that socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are extremely unpopular and that they may cost the Democratic Party the presidency and the House in 2020.

“Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view,” Axios reported. “Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.”

This is deadly stuff, and clearly, Trump is targeting the weakest link among this far-left squad and seeking to get all of his Democratic opponents (blocking his border wall, refusing to pass any legislation both could agree on) personified as Omar. That’s important, because most voters who elect Democrats like their congressmen and don’t see the extremism of their votes. Omar, on the other hand, pretty well is identical in her voting patterns to them and why a GOP House majority is key for enacting his agenda.

Risk, sure. But great leaders always take risks. This is big-risk, big-reward politics. It’s the stuff from which political legends are made.

It is at that. And it’s a sheer pleasure to watch Trump so masterfully weaving it.

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Arming up

All that “we have all the guns” braggadocio? Gonna need to rethink that one, I’m afraid.

Well, unfortunately I’m here to tell you that isn’t true: the hard left knows full well the role guns play in the political process, and they’re currently arming up and training.

I’ve been keeping tabs on this trend, and the other day I ran across a rather alarming piece in the New Republic…

Alarming it most certainly is, and I suggest you go read all of it. Given the Left’s long history of violence and oppression, nobody should be assuming that they’ll all just roll over and give up at the first sign of resistance this time around. Some of them are soft, pampered, callow youths, sure. But make no mistake: some of them are hard-core, serious, dedicated revolutionaries, true modern-day Bolsheviks who fully and firmly intend to see each and every freedom-loving American either in a gulag, or dead. Bill offers a sobering reminder that all this is hardly anything new:

This is something I’ve worried about for a very long time.

Most people today are too young to have any working knowledge/memory of the hard left of the 1960s, especially if they didn’t participate in that movement.

I’m old enough, and I did participate.

Here’s what I remember:

Slogans: Up against the wall, motherfuckers! Shoot the liberals first! Mao: Power comes out of the barrel of a gun!
When the Black Panthers become revolutionary darlings, they didn’t equip themselves with pamphlets, bullhorns, and papier mache puppets. They carried rifles, shotguns, and pistols.

So, where are the guys in this article likely getting their knowledge, information, and training in the fine art of bearing arms?

From Uncle Sam, of course.

Clueless lefty pussies assume that if you join the military, you are a fascist conservative. But even a moment’s though will tell you that any large group – the US military is a very large group – will not be perfectly homogeneous. And if you are a budding revolutionary, why wouldn’t you spend a couple of years on Uncle’s dime learning to be an effective, dangerous revolutionary?

Don’t kid yourself. More than a few 18 year olds have done exactly that. (We all know that 18 year olds are all very, very conservative, right?)

A few years back, I remember reports that gangbangers were joining the military for exactly that purpose.  The reports were soft-pedaled and eventually faded away, but it seemed perfectly logical to me.  I mean, if you want go  be trained by experts in the fine art of armed urban warfare, get your training legally, and have it paid for by the military you expect to have to fight, how else would you do it?

Our side doesn’t have all of the guns, or all of the knowledge. The left is, I would suspect, still, relatively speaking, extremely weak in terms of all out armed civil war. But it is not helpless, and people who do make that assumption are both ignorant and stupid.

And when the bill comes due, the price tag on such assumptions is damned steep. Before our first Civil War, most people both North and South believed it would take but one hard skirmish to send the opposition packing, thereby securing an easy, relatively bloodless victory for themselves. Instead, they found themselves mired in a desperate, five-year-long calamity, one of the bloodiest, most destructive conflicts in history. Their blithe assumptions of a cakewalk are now generally derided as the purblind foolishness they always were.

But all too many of us today are inexplicably disregarding our own history to walk the primrose path all over again. It’s my belief that, as horrific a cataclysm as Civil War v1.0 was, Civil War v2.0 will be even more nightmarish, and will drag on for far longer, too. It is probably unavoidable by now; it might even be considered necessary, the only means left to us of resolving the otherwise irreconcilable conflict between totaliarian collectivism and those who just want to be left alone to live as freely as they possibly may.

Nonetheless, it remains a truly awful prospect—all of us will lose much, and probably most will lose absolutely everything. Entire regions could well be thrown back into a pre-Industrial Revolution type of lifestyle. The comfort and convenience every American has come to regard as his birthright, just the natural order of things, will be gone forever, replaced by a state of nature more akin to Hobbes’s brutal vision than, say, Hugh Hefner’s. It is a thing to be contemplated not with eagerness and anticipation, but with dread.

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It’s war all right

Liberalism is indeed dying. But they intend to take us to Hell with ’em if they can.

We are witnessing the death of the liberal political machine that the elite has operated since the end of World War II, and everything that it is doing to conservatives right now – the censorship, the threats, the intimidation, the violence – is proof that it is dying. These are not the acts of an ideology in ascendance but rather of a scurrilous political paradigm in precipitous decline. And it’s only going to get worse as those losing their grip on political and cultural power desperately try to hold onto it in the face of our populist revolt.

Be prepared. It’s going to get uglier. Our would-be masters see the stakes – their power, prestige and position – and that’s why there is nothing they won’t do, no alleged principle they won’t upend, no bogus value they won’t abandon, to put off the reckoning that their greed and incompetence have brought upon them.

Further on Kurt mentions a WaPo op-ed by the despicable fascist slag who ran Sarah Sanders out of the precious little yuppie dive she owns, for the HATE CRIME of daring to work for a man with views that differ from her own. I beg your indulgence as I skip over and address this one.

Thankfully, as a culture and by law, the United States continues to move toward increasing inclusivity in communal spaces. No one can deny you service because of your race, religion or national origin. (And in some places, sexual orientation, physical ability and age are also protected classes, while in the District, Seattle and a few other locales, it is illegal to refuse service based on a guest’s political affiliation or views.) At the same time, if you’re an unsavory individual — of whatever persuasion or affiliation — we have no legal or moral obligation to do business with you. And that, too, is right.

Because — and this is important and easily overlooked — at bottom this isn’t about politics. It’s about values, and accountability to values, in business. On a variety of levels, pressure is increasing on companies to articulate and stand by a code. Customers are demonstrating that they want to patronize companies that share their values. Our workforce also increasingly demands that employers establish a set of ethical standards. The once-ubiquitous idea that companies exist purely and solely to provide profit to shareholders is withering away like corn husks in the summer sun.

Pretentious twat.

The rules have shifted. It’s no longer okay to serve sea bass from overfished waters or to allow smoking at the table. It’s not okay to look away from the abusive chef in the kitchen or the handsy guest in the dining room. And it’s not okay to ask employees, partners or management to clock out of their consciences when they clock in to work.

Fine by me, if that’s how you want it. From here on out, the New Rule is that no conservative may ever again hire any liberal, for any position whatsoever, without so much as a bleat or whine about how “unfair” or “discriminatory” you Precious Pups think it might be. This rule will also apply to any business whose workforce leans conservative, even if only barely. Any employee whose political leanings are found to be Leftward to any degree whatever will be subject to immediate dismissal.

The high-profile clashes rarely involve one citizen fussing at another over the entrees. It’s more often a frustrated person (some of whom are restaurant employees) lashing out at the representatives of an administration that has made its name trashing norms and breaking backs. Not surprising, if you think about it: You can’t call people your enemies by day and expect hospitality from them in the evening.

If you assholes stopped acting as if you were our enemies and just left us alone, maybe we’d stop naming you as such—correctly. Otherwise, just keep right on; you want a war? You’re going to get one, sooner than you might think.

So when the day comes that the world feels returned to its normal axis,

Translation: when Leftist orthodoxy is mandatory and universal, and all dissent has been stamped out.

I expect we’ll see fewer highly charged encounters making headlines. In the meantime, the new rules apply. If you’re directly complicit in spreading hate or perpetuating suffering, maybe you should consider dining at home.

And maybe you should consider purchasing yourself some sturdy Kevlar clothing and accessories, against the day that the war you’re provoking suddenly explodes in your pinched, preachy face, bitch. The politics is personal, eh? It’s gonna seem a touch TOO personal when the lead starts flying back in your direction for a change.

Okay, back to Schlichter.

The point of it all is that it’s not argument but intimidation. They can’t win an argument. They can’t win the votes, not in Europe or Asia or South America or here. The liberal elite has failed to provide prosperity for anyone but themselves. The liberal elite has failed to provide peace for anyone but themselves – you don’t see a lot of them in uniform in Whocaresistan fighting the wars Bill Kristol advocated and Joe Biden voted for. The liberal elite provides only a system of interlocking and self-reinforcing grievances in which you, the Normals, are perpetually the oppressors, yet you’re the only ones being oppressed. No one wants that, except the SJWs who find meaning in fussy social media hate-mobs, so they try to jam their garbage ideology down your throat by threatening to kick you off Twitter, or by making it so you lose your job, or by preventing you from going out and eating tacos in peace, or by calling you all sorts of names ending with -ist and -phobe.

These are not the actions of winners. These are the actions of losers who see their power slipping away and will do anything to keep it.

Anything.

Get woke to what’s happening. It’s going to get worse and more intense as we run up the score restoring freedom. We can’t let them win. We can’t submit to their permanent SJW dictatorship. Demand your elected representatives regulate ruthlessly – when these leftist bastards decide you can’t knit anymore because you want to make America great again, that’s a stitch too far. Litigate. In many states (like my own, California), political discrimination is just as sue-worthy as racial discrimination. If your state isn’t on board, get your reps working on it. And buy guns and ammunition to create the armed citizenry that forms a deterrent to those who would attempt to impose tyranny. Let’s not let them talk themselves into starting (and losing) another civil war. Remember – anyone who wants you disarmed wants you defenseless, and no one who wants you defenseless wants it because it’s good for you.

Most importantly, stay woke and stay militant. This is your country. This is your future. And you have to make a choice – live as a free American citizen who can think, say and do whatever he damn well pleases, or become a serf who endures a perpetual nightmare of escalating intersectional oppression and eventually grows to love Big X-other.

We’ll know the choice has been made when Real Americans are fed up enough with Lefty’s shit to stop meekly enduring it and start taking the fight to them instead—blow for blow, in full measure, with extreme prejudice and deadly intent.

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“Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry?”

Because reasons.

What is going on with the unending Brexit drama, the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s election and the “yellow vests” protests in France? What drives the growing estrangement of southern and eastern Europe from the European Union establishment? What fuels the anti-EU themes of recent European elections and the stunning recent Australian re-election of conservatives?

Put simply, the middle classes are revolting against Western managerial elites. The latter group includes professional politicians, entrenched bureaucrats, condescending academics, corporate phonies and propagandistic journalists.

Elites masked their hypocrisy by virtue-signaling their disdain for the supposedly xenophobic, racist or nativist middle classes. Yet the non-elite have experienced firsthand the impact on social programs, schools and safety from sudden, massive and often illegal immigration from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia into their communities.

As for trade, few still believe in “free” trade when it remains so unfair. Why didn’t elites extend to China their same tough-love lectures about global warming, or about breaking the rules of trade, copyrights and patents?

The middle classes became nauseated by the constant elite trashing of their culture, history and traditions, including the tearing down of statues, the Trotskyizing of past heroes, the renaming of public buildings and streets, and, for some, the tired and empty whining about “white privilege.”

If Western nations were really so bad, and so flawed at their founding, why were millions of non-Westerners risking their lives to reach Western soil?

How was it that elites themselves had made so much money, had gained so much influence, and had enjoyed such material bounty and leisure from such a supposedly toxic system—benefits that they were unwilling to give up despite their tired moralizing about selfishness and privilege?

It’s long past time for folks to realize that it’s better to be pissed off than pissed on. And with the advent of Trump the Disrupter and his peeling back the lid on the can of greasy grubworms that have misruled us for lo, these many years, it’s finally beginning to happen. But if one wants to seriously delve into the reasons why anger has boosted Real Americans into apoplectic orbit, look no further than the outrageous hypocrisy of double-dealing blowflies like Adam Schitt.

Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff appears to have reversed his position on the ethics of using “stolen” information against political foes.

“It’s not OK to use materials they stole from your opponent, or to make it part of your campaign strategy,” Schiff tweeted on Sunday.

Schiff was responding to a Sunday morning interview during which Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani argued that, while he would have advised against it, “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians.”

But when “the Russians” contacted Schiff in 2017, offering him information that they promised would prove compromising to President Donald Trump, he had a very different reaction.

Two Russian comedians, known as Vocan and Lexus, placed a prank call to Schiff pretending to be Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament. They claimed to have recordings proving that Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an effort to force Trump to relax sanctions, was blackmailing the president with photographs of him and a model named Olga Buzova.

Schiff responded by asking, “What’s the nature of the kompromat?”

After being told that there were naked photos of Trump and the Russian model, Schiff instructed members of his staff to follow up — which they did, attempting to set up a meeting with Parubiy in order to move forward.

Because of course they did. After all, it’s diff’runt when Democrat-Socialists do it. Right, Schiff-for-brains?

Vocan and Lexus provided a copy of that email to The Daily Mail, at which point Schiff and his staffers claimed that they had known it was a hoax all along.

Uh huh. SURE you did, you suppurating pustule.

Y’know, I fret now and then over the horror that Civil War v2.0 will indubitably bring down on us. Then I read about some outlandish shit like the above, and suddenly a small, dark part of me just can’t wait for the ball to drop—when it will become open season, no bag limit on oxygen thieves like Schitt and his loathsome ilk.

New category, in honor of Schitt and pals: Kill ’em all, let God sort ’em out.

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Culture war?

More like total war, if not entirely conforming to the traditional conception of the thing.

Yet.

Of all the cultural changes that endanger the well-being and happiness of Americans and impair the governability of the nation, severing the present from the past and the rise of division and intolerance are probably the two greatest threats. In the last 25 years, division and intolerance have increasingly become defining characteristics of American politics and culture — attributes at odds with the vision of the founders and most successive presidents who understood that shared values and unity were the bedrock of American strength.

Ahh, there’s the rub: we no longer HAVE shared values. We are instead plagued by an unbending, intolerant, and fanatical opposition whose values are antipathetic to everything we think of as the traditional, enduring American ones.

As Orwell also noted, “the whole aim of Newspeak and Doublethink is to narrow the range of thought.” Political correctness has the same goal and that’s why its adherents are so intolerant — seeking to shut down and silence people with whom they disagree on college campuses across the country, clamoring for removal of historic statues and monuments, and demanding that people with differing views on such subjects as climate change and LGBT rights be silenced, fined or arrested.

Shocking as it might seem, a pattern has been emerging in the U.S. with similarities to the longstanding standard practices in Communist and Fascist totalitarian states — that is: to rewrite history and indoctrinate the youth so as to be able to manipulate and control the future cultural and political landscape.

“Shocking”? Oh, please. Who could be shocked to find that the allegiance of self-avowed socialists is to Marxist despotism instead of democratic, capitalist liberty?

In that sense the U.S. is closer to a future that is reminiscent of developments that led to persecution in 1930s Germany than anyone would like to contemplate or admit. The Nazi propaganda machine censored non-conforming views and sought to isolate and discriminate against Jews — a strategy intended to engender hatred and prejudice against them within the greater German population, thus setting the stage for the genocidal “final solution” of the Holocaust.

This is not to say that Christians are on the threshold of massive physical persecution in the U.S.

You quite sure of that? Sure enough to bet your very life on it? Because by mincing daintily away from forthright acknowledgement of the depth, breadth, and implacability of the true evil the Left represents, that’s exactly what you’re doing.

In every last incidence of their ascencion to power across the globe, Leftism has unfailingly put its millions of victims into mass graves, sometimes using almost fantastical-seeming methods. Every. Single. Time. The (anti)American Left, sooner or later, will be no different; their own escalating rhetoric, bloated with hatred and menace, attests well enough to that. We should take them at their word, and prepare ourselves accordingly. To flinch from historical reality, hideous as it is, is to de facto collaborate in your own destruction.

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Shadow government shenanigans

Dirty, through and through.

Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained 44 pages of records from the State Department through court-ordered discovery revealing that the Obama White House was tracking a December 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking records concerning then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecure, non-government email system. Months after the Obama White House involvement, the State Department responded to the requestor, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), falsely stating that no such records existed.

“Tracking” them? They were ignoring them. Actually, defying them. The long of it is here. The short of it?

The short of this is that Hillary kept all her official emails on her personal server. When outside parties would make requests, they would only search her unused official accounts and then respond back that no records existed. All the while, they knew Hillary was doing business outside of official channels in a way that clearly subverted FOIA laws.

What we are seeing here is a pattern of continual lying by the Obama administration and its officials about Clinton’s use of a private email server. Furthermore, they did so to directly avoid FOIA requests which were lawfully supposed to be fulfilled.

You are not allowed to simply say “whoops, that’s on my personal account so that’s not subject to FOIA” for obvious reasons. It would allow widespread corruption.

Clinton is bulletproof so nothing will come of this, but it’s just another in the long list of bad, possibly illegal behavior by her and the Obama administration. This entire thing deserves a real investigation and not the whitewashing it got under James Comey. Anyone that opposes that is only doing so for partisan reasons.

Precisely so. Separate, but very much related:

The nature of the government’s surveillance on me and my family is forensically proven and not subject to legitimate question. Yet, unlike with the discoveries about James Rosen and AP, the government has yet to issue its mea culpa. And there’s a reason.

As bad as they were, the other known instances of journalists being spied upon happened under cover of court orders, albeit ones issued in secrecy. But the government spying on me was not done under the authority of a court warrant. That’s why my case is even more dangerous than the others. It implies that the scope of government improperly turning its intel tools on its own citizens, including journalists and political enemies, could be far more extensive than anyone realizes.

How do I know there was no warrant in my case? Not only did inside sources tell me this, but it was also confirmed to me by the Department of Justice inspector general. With no warrant, it means I was perhaps caught up in so-called “incidental” spying upon other figures. Intel sources have told me that when aggressive government agents want to listen in on somebody but know they cannot justify a warrant, they simply find a target around that person and capture their communications in the incidental spying.

Long before the 2016 presidential campaign, confidential sources had alerted me to longstanding misuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court system and the erosion of protections when it came obtaining permission for wiretaps and other surveillance methods. So, the election debacle came of no surprise. I saw it as an extension of years of improper manipulation. It now appears to me as though the effort to target those surrounding Donald Trump had more to do with intel officials’ concern that a President Trump  might dig into these longstanding surveillance abuses with the help of none other than Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

It was no secret in the intel community that Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Obama, was not only aware of long-standing intel agency surveillance excesses, but was also planning to clean house. In the end, Flynn was unable to do the job because he got wrapped up in the Trump-Russia allegations. Funny, that.

Ain’t it. Ain’t it just.

So since the DoJ won’t do its job, I’m left to self-fund my own pursuit of justice in civil court. As I have learned in the process, the fight is much bigger than my own. If the government isn’t held responsible for its unwarranted intrusions in my case, according to my lawyers and a dissenting appellate who just sided with us, the government will have a precedent that provides it with a free pass to spy on any U.S. citizen for any reason with no fear of punishment.

Sadly, the orcs roosting in Morder On The Potomac care not a whit for precedent, permission, or propriety. They do whatever they want, and worry about the flimsy rationalizations for their rampant illegalities when they must. Attkisson is by no means wrong in seeking justice for herself and her colleagues victimized by the rogue, tyrannical abomination now (mis)ruling us all. Nor is she wrong on both the law and the principles underpinning it, which have been flung down and danced upon. But her naivete concerning where all this is likely to go is touching at best. And her apparent belief that our conscienceless Deep State masters consider themselves constrained by legality, the Constitution, decency, or any other damned thing is beyond naive; it’s foolish, if not downright delusional.

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TINVOWOOT

And TINTOWOut, either.

It’s certainly wonderful to think that “all we need to do is find ways to constructively disagree with each other,” and think that this would solve most, if not all, of our problems. But there’s a tremendous difficulty with applying this to the modern ideological divide between Right and Left, the “reactionary” (true or otherwise) and the progressive. The difficulties lie in that this line of thinking implies that there are two sides which actually want rational discussion and a settling of differences rationally. Yet, there are not.

Indeed, what the Left wants is precisely the opposite of this. The progressive Left has not, does not, and never will seek some sort of accommodation with its ideological enemies. Instead, the Left seeks to acquire for itself the institutional and social power to silence its enemies. Ultimately, this proclivity stems from the very nature of what drives the “progressive idea,” which is that the “arc of history” is always bending towards the advancement of what the Left believes is “progress.” Since this trend is inexorable, there is no need, ultimately, to compromise with the Right, merely find various ways to outlast them and hasten their demise. This sort of thinking is responsible for everything from doxxing to the gulags and explains why progressivism is the single greatest evil that this world has ever seen.

At the risk of sounding like a progressive myself, one of the overarching problems with the modern world – which includes the worldview of the “classically liberal, libertarian” soft centre – is that it still holds onto essentially bourgeois attitudes about social and civic participation. These attitudes include notions of fair play, the “marketplace of ideas,” approaching consensus through reasonable discussion and the free and open exchange of ideas, and so forth. To the average American and Westerner, these all sound like pretty straightforward goals.

But they are not goals which the progressive Left shares. Indeed, the Left has absolutely no desire to see a “free and open exchange of ideas” because when that happens, they lose. When stacked against virtually any alternative, progressivism has a horrible track record, and deep down inside they know this. This is why they spend so much effort using institutional power to suppressed dissenters from their orthodoxy.  It’s why when they do appear to be engaging with ideological competitors, it nearly always takes the form of screaming about “fascism,” “racism,” or some other slur designed to signal to their fellows the presence of an enemy, much like the moaning of a brain-dead zombie in a horror movie.

From the progressive Left/SJW perspective, there is literally NO advantage to actually having open and honest dialogue with those on the Right about any topic, and especially not with the genuine-but-currently-dissident Right. They know that when they engage us in the “marketplace of ideas,” they lose. All that can happen for them is to see defections from their ranks and to lose their grip on institutional power. So why would they ever accede to an open exchange build about “rules of fairness,” if they don’t have to?

The short answer is, “they won’t.” So why would we ever expect them to?

The short answer is: we shouldn’t. The longer answer is: we MUSTN’T. Rather, we should concern ourselves exclusively and entirely with smiting them, crushing them, defeating them utterly. At each and every opportunity we can find or contrive. No quarter, no mercy, no remorse. Nothing less can suffice. What they intend for us is neither benign nor tolerable, and no stratagem or tactic is beyond them in the pursuit of their sinister goal. Full stop, end of story.

Via Gerard, who appends a Tweet that fleshes the whole thing out quite nicely.

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Pardons a-poppin’

Good on ya, Mr President.

President Donald Trump issued a full pardon Monday to former Army First Lieutenant Michael Behenna, who served five years in prison after being convicted of murdering a suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist.

In May 2008, Behenna was questioning Ali Mansur Mohamed, a suspected terrorist who had allegedly been involved in an IED attack that killed two U.S. soldiers. The interrogation ended when Behenna fired two rounds into the terrorist — which the 1st Lt. claimed was in self-defense after Mansur lunged for his pistol.

A military court convicted Behenna of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone in 2009. The prosecution said Behenna was not acting in self-defense, but in retaliation for the deaths of his fellow soldiers, and killed Mansur while returning him to his hometown.

Fine with me if that’s what happened, I don’t give a shit either way. A dead Muslim terrorist is a dead Muslim terrorist, and I’m all for that. Now do this one:

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) on Wednesday is planning to show interested members of Congress a video from a Navy SEAL’s helmet camera that he believes will help exonerate Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher on war crime charges he faces when his trial begins later this month.

“When other members of Congress see the video as he has seen it, that it’s going to shed light on the situation as a whole and the case that the Navy is presenting against Chief Gallagher,” Michael Harrison, a spokesman for Hunter, told Breitbart News on Sunday.

“When Congressman Hunter saw the video, his first response was that it exonerates Chief Gallagher. But his second was that as many members of Congress that can see this need to be able to see this,” he added.

Gallagher, 39, is accused of stabbing a wounded teenage Islamic State  in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighter to death during his most recent deployment to Iraq from 2017 to 2018, during the final major battle against ISIS in Mosul.

However, according to Gallagher’s wife Andrea Gallagher and his brother Sean Gallagher, the video shows that Gallagher gave medical aid to the wounded teenager, who admitted to being an ISIS fighter before he died.

Andrea and Sean have not seen the video themselves, since it is under protective order, but Parlatore has described its contents in court. According to his description in court, the roughly two-minute video shows the wounded male teenager being dragged off the hood of a humvee by Iraqi partner forces.

Chief Gallagher then is heard asking an Iraqi general about the fighter, “Is this ISIS?” The general affirms he is, and Gallagher says, “OK, I got him.” Gallagher then clears the crowd, gets out his medical kit, assesses the fighter’s wounds, and begins cutting the fighter’s pant leg to treat his most severe wounds.

“The video is 100 percent exculpatory,” Andrea said in an interview with Breitbart News on Friday.

Once again: I do not give a damp squishy fart about the means used by US soldiers to remove the enemy from this mortal coil and enroll him in the Choir Invisible. As far as I’m concerned, every ISIS or al Qaeda scumbag that assumes room temperature at the hands of one of ours is cause for applause, not prosecution, regardless of method employed. I wouldn’t dream of requiring our boys to provide the enemy with the slightest aid or comfort—a humane gesture Chief Gallagher unexpectedly found himself harrassed over—although I certainly do respect his decency and compassion.

The battlefield imposes ethics all its own, incomprehensible and sometimes even bizarre to those without experience of the scorching, all-consuming crucible of combat. Far be it from any cake-eating civilian like me to armchair-quarterback the Chief from the quiet comfort of a peaceful, secure home. That goes quintuple—at least—for pus-nutted Congresscritters looking to gain some notoriety via second-guessing men whose boots they are unfit to lick. Sans compelling evidence of real atrocity, we should all just sit the fuck down, shut the fuck up, and let these men get the fuck on with the job we sent them into harm’s way to do.

It’s a damnable disgrace how overlawyered our soldiers now are, with every goddamned REMF JAGoff and his sister’s cat’s grandmother peering over the shoulders of the warriors actually bearing the load in these far-flung hellholes, under ROEs that reduce American fighting men to easy targets, providing far more protection to the enemy than to our own.

Who knows, maybe Trump could grant a preemptive pardon to every ground-pounder and Marine upon graduation from boot camp, then start letting them carry loaded weapons on patrol. After that, allowing the men at the pointy end to plan those patrols without JAGoff and/or Congressional interference, with an eye towards aggressively seeking the enemy, denying him all refuge and resource, pursuing and harrying him to the very ends of the Earth, and then burying him in it.

I know, I know. Crazy talk. But still.

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