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Wait, WHAT?

The irony, it burns like FIRE.

Can Republicans relearn how to accept political outcomes they don’t like?

Note: this is NOT the Bee. Incredible as it seems, the guy appears to be serious.

One occasionally hears liberals muse that even if Trump were to lose next year, he might simply refuse to vacate the White House. This seems a highly unlikely scenario, especially since there may be nothing Trump fears more than public humiliation. Instead, what is far more likely is that Trump would not have to be physically removed from the Oval Office, but would — starting immediately after Election Day and continuing into his post-presidential life — undertake a campaign to discredit the results.

He might claim, as he did after the 2016 election, that millions of people voted illegally against him.

Which is, y’know, true.

He might allege that a foreign country hacked the voting machines (not Russia, of course — Vladimir Putin would never do such a thing).

And it only took you three years, millions of dollars, and the whole Mueller fraudulent waste of time to admit it.

He’ll certainly object that the media were biased against him.

Which is, y’know, true.

All of it would be, in Trumpian style, unburdened by facts but nevertheless convincing to his devoted supporters.

Every last one of whom are a damned sight more knowledgeable, well-informed, and just plain honest than you are, apparently. A lot more loony logorrhea follows this stinking pile of puerile projection, ending thusly:

If those Republicans send a message that the election’s outcome was unfortunate but not cause for a revolution, things could calm down quickly. But I fear they may not have it in them, that the way they tried to delegitimize Barack Obama will be not half as bad as what they have in store for the next Democratic president.

We can only hope.

Trump might not have the attention span to lead a revolution, but Republicans know how to spend years sabotaging a president. As depressing as it is to say, that might be the best outcome we can hope for.

After the outrageous gyrations we’ve all spent the past three years witnessing from these gibbering, delusional maniacs, one can only stand back and admire the sheer balls on this guy for attempting to fob his own side’s refusal to accept defeat onto us, however hamhandedly he does it. This, mind, after we stoically endured eight years of His Most Puissant Majesty, Barry Soetero, without trying to launch a revolution. Hell, we didn’t even bring up doing away with the Electoral College—not even once. Matt Margolis puts the cherry on top:

Has Waldman not been paying attention for the last two-and-a-half years? Heck, the last ten? You can’t criticize Barack Obama’s policies without being accused of racism. No barrage of facts is enough to sully their perception of Obama’s messianic status. Meanwhile, after eight years of deluding themselves into believing Obama’s infallibility, they’ve convinced themselves that Trump is the exact opposite, the embodiment of pure evil, who only got elected because Putin hacked our elections. To this day, despite all evidence to the contrary, the left still thinks Russia elected Trump, and have been obsessed with impeaching him from the start. Need I remind him that on January 20, 2017, the Washington Post, the same paper he wrote his piece for, published an article titled, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”

Waldman says that Trump’s potential defeat, and the refusal to accept it, leaves a “genuine potential for violence.” Has he heard of Antifa? This goes to show you how true it is when the left accuses the right of doing something, it’s the left that is actually guilty of it.

Mike’s Iron Law of Liberalism holds true across the board—at all times, in all ways, each and EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

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So much for the “non-political” American military

Hadn’t considered this aspect, I must admit.

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

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

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

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

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

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“Our Elites Don’t See What’s Coming”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Troll level: King Of The Entire Fucking Universe

As the man says, this video of a man bidding a heart-rending farewell to his loved ones as his doomed plane goes down is tough to watch.

Until, suddenly, it isn’t.


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Warm welcome

Visit World Series game in Mordor On The Potomac: get booed. Visit Real Americans at a football game deep in the heart of Dixie, and…

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, were greeted by cheers and chants of “USA!” on Saturday at the Alabama-LSU Game.

Because of COURSE they were; that’s just how we roll, folks. Y’all come on back now, heah?

Update! It’s a Southern thing. You wouldn’t understand.

To say there’s a lack of enthusiasm for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates would be a grand understatement.

And in South Carolina, apparently, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not so popular.

The Massachusetts Democrat hawking the $52 trillion Medicare-for-all program spoke Friday evening at an “Environmental Justice” forum in the state. From photos of the event, it looks like dozens came, maybe 100 tops. Shots from the back of the auditorium show a sea of empty seats.

It wasn’t just Lieawatha stinking up the joint, mind; Severe Heterosexual Cory Booker and a gaggle of other Demo-commie also-rans couldn’t draw flies either. Meanwhile, back in Ol’ Bammy:

Alabama Democrats Protest President Trump’s Stop at Alabama-LSU Game – 10 People Show Up

Regrettably, as Hoft notes, nobody bothered to beat ’em even more senseless than they already are. Maybe next time. I saved my personal favorite for last:

The “Baby Trump” balloon which has made an appearance across the pond, made its way to the LSU-Alabama football game on Saturday. 

Liberals wanted to troll Trump with the balloon which depicts President Trump as a crying baby wearing a diaper.
 
On Saturday, a man popped the “Baby Trump” balloon and police came in and arrested him.

32-year-old Hoyt Hutchinson was arrested and charged with felony first-degree criminal mischief for stabbing the “Baby Trump” balloon.

“I’m going down here to make a scene, so y’all watch the news,” Hutchinson said in a Facebook live video. “This is pathetic. I’m fixing to get rowdy.”

So he did, and good on him. I’ll just pass right on by the infuriating fact that he gets arrested, while in Progtard urban-shithole bastions PantiFa thugs savagely gang-stomp people with total impunity—for now, anyway—to get to the best part.

The balloon is “beyond repair” said a witness.

Good show there, Hoyt. Laila notes that there’s a GoFundMe set up to go his bail, but doesn’t provide a link. Myself, I’d dearly love to see Trump himself put it up. But that’s probably a bridge too politically far, I suppose.

Okay, okay, one more then. Seeing as how it’s a case of Fake News CNN getting an unexpected case of Teh Sadz and all.

CNN asked a black football fan attending the game if Trump has been treated fairly — and his answer stunned CNN.

“No. No, I don’t, I don’t because when the man tried to help the country and you’re still trying to find a situation to throw out his character…ain’t no perfect president…but I think he’s been treated unfairly,” he said.

A woman attending the LSU-Alabama game told CNN the Soviet-style impeachment process is “ridiculous and unfair.”

“I wish they would focus on getting stuff done instead of harassing the President,” a woman said.

Take that, CNN!

Yes indeedy. Plenty more where that came from, liars.

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Subpoena their asses

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

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

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

And the second witness should be Schiff himself.

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

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

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

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

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

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



You got thirty days. Ahem.

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“I am the anonymous whistleblower…”

Coo coo ca choo.

I am the anonymous whistleblower who blew the whistle on the Hillary Clinton corruption. Travelgate. Cattle futures. Whitewater, and the missing records of the Rose Law Firm. The Uranium One transfer of American uranium to Russian interests while Bill scandalously was getting paid huge speaking fees. How she joked and giggled about successfully defending a monster who had raped a child. How she sent the deceitful Susan Rice on four television talk shows in one day to lie to the American people about the real cause of the Benghazi massacre that saw our ambassador murdered, with Rice attributing the catastrophe to a stupid and unwatchable short YouTube video that almost no one ever viewed, even as Hillary secretly was emailing her daughter about the real and true cause of the disaster: an Arab Islamist jihad attack timed to coincide with September 11. How Hillary was using her email account illegally, endangering the foreign policy of the United States by emailing confidential and highly classified documents in channels that exposed them to being hacked and intercepted by our enemies, even as she maintained a private server in her home bathroom. How, when she was called upon to produce those emails, she destroyed 33,000 of them — an outright spoliation felony that would have landed any other American in prison long-term. How she lied to us, as though we all are idiots, telling us that those spoliated emails dealt with things like her yoga classes and buying Chelsea a wedding dress — 33,000 emails for yoga and a dress. We know she cannot contort herself into a lotus position — and we did not let her contort herself into the POTUS position. How she lied when she claimed to have braved bullets in Bosnia in 1996, when she in fact landed in a safe area where children gathered with flowers. How she even lied about being named for someone who in fact was not famously known yet at the time of her birth. And of course how she maneuvered campaign money through a Seattle law firm to subvert Trump with lies — as her campaign paid $5.6 million to Perkins Coie, and Perkins Coie retained Fusion GPS, which then hired Christopher Steele to compile the infamous fake dossier. And how, despite herself trying in every way to ingratiate herself with the Russians, she shamelessly declares one after another opponent — ranging across the spectrum from Donald Trump to Tulsi Gabbard to Jill Stein — as “Russian assets.”

I am the anonymous whistleblower who blew the whistle on the corruption of the Obamas. How Barack obtained a beautiful big house for himself on a nice piece of land through his corrupt relationship with convicted felon Tony Rezko. How Michelle Obama suddenly got a job as Vice President of Community Relations at the University of Chicago Hospital, at a $121,910 salary, after Barack was elected an Illinois state legislator … then got a salary hike to $$316,962 for the same job after Barack was elected to the U.S. Senate … and how one of Senator Obama’s first acts in office was to advance an earmark of more than one million dollars to that hospital … and how that job quietly was eliminated as the Obamas then moved on. How Barack secretly sent 400 million dollars in cash by plane to Iran. How Obama lied that his Obamacare would not force anyone to lose their doctors or health plans. How Obama lied on Fast and Furious … and on Lois Lerner weaponizing the IRS to persecute political opponents … and on his role in trying to subvert the Trump Presidency … and on his “stimulus” going to “shovel-ready jobs” … and half a billion wasted on Solyndra … and on the permanent limits of a “new normal” in the economy that never could boom again without a magic wand.

That’s the good rabbi Fischer ‘fessing up to these high crimes and misdemeanors; there’s lots more of it, and it’s lighthearted and even funny in a more or less bitter kind of way. But Dov tucks some very sober stuff in there along with it. To wit:

There is so much corruption in our politics. So much more and worse than candidate Donald Trump ever imagined when he campaigned on a promise to “drain the swamp.” The corruption is so pervasive and runs so deep that perhaps it cannot be drained. Today’s Democrats fight with whatever they have at their disposal; they cheat, lie, leverage their Corrupt Journalist Corps to advance their propaganda. They hold closed-door hearings and then selectively leak out of context. They have no fear of being exposed because the Corrupt Journalist Corps are in on the fix. The only exposure that ever comes at all is when they all run against each other for a Presidential nomination, so of necessity attack and expose each other publicly. By contrast, the vast majority of Republicans do not know how to fight. They are limp-wristed wimps, Girlie Men, best epitomized by a Mitt Romney who agrees to allow a CNN Democrat Leftist to conduct a crucial Presidential debate unilaterally, then gets himself interrupted by her repeatedly in the middle of that debate when she joins his opponent, Obama, in a lie … and then stands like a deer in headlights incapable of or unwilling to defend himself like a man and fight back because “that is not nice.”

A long ‘un indeed, as I said, but trust me when I say you want to read every word. It’s one of Fischer’s best ever, which is saying something.

Update! More “whistleblower” DB
seriousness.

Despite the broad knowledge of Ciaramella’s identity as the leaker – that’s really all he is – the fake news media has been so intimately complicit in the impeachment scam that literally every major outlet has played along with the pretense that he somehow deserves protection under a “whistleblower” law that doesn’t even apply to accusations made against any sitting president. As an arm of RealClearPolitics, a news aggregation site whose average of polls is regularly cited by every major news organization on a daily basis, RealClearInvestigations is in fact a part of the mainstream media and thus became the first to break through that solid wall of conspiratorial media silence Wednesday night.

“Everyone knows who he is. CNN knows. The Washington Post knows. The New York Times knows. Congress knows. The White House knows. Even the president knows who he is,” said Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst.

While conservative websites like The Gateway Pundit and The Conservative Treehouse revealed the leaker’s likely identity weeks ago, it was important for a mainstream media outlet to break through that conspiratorial wall in order to deny the ability of Democrat activist outlets to claim Ciaramella’s identity was somehow “confidential.” That excuse is now gone, although most of those outlets – including the increasingly swampy Fox News – continue to refuse to report the story this morning.

Make no mistake about it, that wall of conspiratorial silence constituted a direct assault not just on President Donald Trump, whose presidency is threatened by the false accusations made by this deep state functionary, but on the American people and their right to know who and what is behind all of this. The thought that the 2016 presidential election could be overturned based on accusations made by an accuser who would never be confronted by the accused or even identified to the public is the most un-American concept ever devised by political minds.

Perfectly true. Bad as that is, though, the real measure of the depths to which we have descended may be how unsurprising it is that they’d attempt it.

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On your feet or on your knees

Rand Paul shows the GOPe what r’airing up on one’s hind legs looks like, as we say around these parts.

I was right in the middle of a riff on it’s not hard to defend Donald Trump. I was explaining to everybody in the sold-out ballroom at The Breakers hotel and resort here in Palm Beach that it isn’t hard. Defending Donald Trump is nothing more than defending ourselves, defending the people that voted for him.

But it’s not hard to do. And Rand Paul’s getting fed up that nobody’s doing it, either. Here is what he said from the stage at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, last night.

PAUL: President Trump has great courage. He faces down the fake media every day. (cheers) But Congress needs to step up and have equal courage to defend the president. (cheers) The whistleblower needs to come before Congress as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs. I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name!

More follows, and it’s good, but I’m gonna fast-forward to the real meat and potatoes.

And, by the way, I have to tell you that over the course of the years — Snerdley, you’d agree — Rand Paul’s not been a prominent Trump supporter. He has been, but he was not on the early list. He had to be persuaded to come over, but he’s all-in now. But this, to me, is as simple as two and two is four. Defending Donald Trump is not hard because defending Donald Trump is defending us, defending ourselves, the people who voted for him.

Donald Trump, when he’s attacked, it’s us being attacked, folks. He’s the vessel for the hatred they have for us who elected him. As I’ve said over and over, Trump is transient. All presidents are. They serve four years or eight and then they move on. The people that elect these presidents, you and me, we are forever! Well, in the political sense.

And this movement of Trumps, another point that I made to the august gathering of elites at the National Review Institute, that this Trump voter group out there is not going anywhere. This movement existed before Donald Trump came along. He had the brilliance to tap into it. And it’s not the Tea Party. The Tea Party may have some foundational aspect to it. But defending Trump is easy. Attacking the left is required. It is a must.

Bingo. As for those on the Eunuch Right who are just too highbrow and effete to bite back hard at the Left, let alone ever being so gauche and uncouth as to stoop to defending *shudder* Trump, I can only say: with “conservatives” like these, who needs liberals?

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Are they ALL sick, child-molesting degenerates?

Sure is some mighty pretty company these true-blue Democrat-Socialist paragons of virtue keep, ain’t it?

Whistleblower’s lawyer Mark Zaid’s YouTube channel liked young Disney girl videos
The Internet has a long memory. In fact, it’s eight years too long for the Ukraine whistleblower’s lawyer Mark Zaid. That was the last time he had activity on his YouTube page, and the three videos he liked at the time are pretty creepy. It seems the lawyer really enjoyed watching videos about the “prettiest” Disney Channel stars, including a video that tracks Selena Gomez from childhood.

Ace has more—all too much more.

The videos he has chosen to leave a Like on are about… the prettiest — or “hottest” — Disney channel stars.

And Selena Gomez’s transformation from an infant into a woman.

I believe this is the first video linked. Note the title in the video says the top ten “hottest” Disney channel stars, not “prettiest.”

I imagine he’ll say “Oh, my daughter and/or niece were using my phone, obviously that wasn’t me liking those videos, I don’t even like Disney, I’m an old man.”

Well…

The disgusting perv also posted all manner of Tweets declaring how much he just LURRRVS him some Disney.

Mark Zaid also likes to visit Disneyland and Universal Studios….A LOT….and alone.

One does not need kids to be all the Disney one needs and wants to be pic.twitter.com/3Fymj86zKG
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) February 11, 2018

Take the test. How many Disney films have you seen @sam_vinograd, @AshaRangappa_?
You can’t beat me. I’ve seen them all. Multiple times. 😁 pic.twitter.com/aP6GGoBas4
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) February 11, 2018

Zaid also once tweeted, “I would have joined the FBI just for the free Disney passes.”

Okay, so at best he’s a fucking obssessive weirdo with a bizarre fixation on Disney films, characters, and other related things, then. At worst? The Schitt-Pelosi coup is being promoted, steered, masterminded, and prodded along by a lying, despicable, treacherous Deep State stooge who keeps an abominable, kiddie-diddling monster as his attorney.

Tell me again all about how Trump is the one with poor character and ethics, whydon’tcha.

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Tyranny, sophistry, and projection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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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Police your damned selves

I’ve been advocating for this since Ferguson.

State Police to pull out of Oregon State after being attacked over arrest: “You’re on your own now”
In an announcement this past week, the Oregon State Police has stated that they will be ending its policing relationship with Oregon State University after more than 30 years of working directly with the school.

The agency made the announcement Wednesday, just two days after state police officials released the arresting officer’s body cam video footage showing an Oregon State Police campus officer’s arrest of a black, female student.

The video itself was in excess of 30 minutes and showcases everything from the cited traffic related infraction and subsequent arrest for failure to comply with a lawful order.

Of course, the self-proclaimed “victim” of this “abusive” police behavior is exactly of the type you’d expect:

Police say she stated that she didn’t believe she had to provide her information and that she contested that she had committed any traffic infraction worthy of a citation.

Unfortunately, you don’t get to be the judge of that, brainiac.

The officer’s patience was clearly wearing thin at around the 18-minute mark of the video after hearing Hansen proclaiming she’s a victim of targeting due to her being a “woman of color”; even earlier during the interaction between Hansen and the officer, he had mentioned that he was originally considering giving a warning for the alleged traffic infraction.

Whereupon the already-belligerent bitch got even mouthier and more agitated, whereupon she got her ass cuffed, booked, and hauled off to the clink instead. Ahh, but there’s more, and mo’ bettah, to the tale:

The city of Portland is largely patrolled by the Portland Police Bureau and receives support from neighboring counties like Clackamas Sheriff’s Department. With this decision, remaining officers in the area will no doubt feel the stress of being understaffed.

The decision to stop responding to routine calls was made following a statement released by the Portland Police Association.

Due to the overwhelming ‘anti-police’ attitudes in the city of Portland, some officials are stepping in to say ‘no more.’ Enter – Sheriff Craig Roberts. 

“The reason the Police Bureau is experiencing catastrophic staffing shortages, drastically declining recruiting success, and the inability to retain officers is due to one core issue: the intense anti-police sentiment in our City that City Council seems to share,” the post from the PPA read.

“False narratives, knee jerk political reactions, along with personal and political agendas have created a hostile work environment and made it an impossible task to effectively police in the City of Portland. Our police officers are frustrated. They deserve better.

They deserve to work in an environment where they can perform their primary function — keeping our communities safe — with the support of City Hall. Similarly, our communities are frustrated. They deserve better. They deserve safe, clean streets. It’s that simple,” the PPA’s post read.

“Our elected officials need to prioritize basic city services, the most basic of which is public safety and livability. They can start by doing three things: improving the livability of our drastically deteriorating neighborhoods; supporting the incredible work our officers do to keep our communities safe; and having enough police officers to satisfy our communities’ public safety needs.”

Those things, yes, along with such other measures as: cleaning the piles of shit and refuse off the streets; rousting vagrants and tearing down their illegal, noisome, and dangerous encampments; and putting down PantiFa and other riots with a quickness. Not a comprehensive list to be sure, but a good enough start—assuming there’s anybody left in Portland who still prefers civilization to Proggie’s penchant for chaos, crime, and squalor, that is.

LET columnist James Lewis is a former LEO and served in the Air Force. He used to live in a suburb outside Portland, and is upset to see the way it has changed over the years. One of the biggest issues in the area?

The Police Commissioner also sits as the City Manager. Conflict of interest? Many say yes. The same individual that is supposed to be the head of local law enforcement is also making daily decisions about city works, budgets and more. Portland heads even consulted the head of Black Lives Matter when creating the 2019 contract for police. 

Incredible: these feckless lackwits are actually consulting the lawless on how they’d prefer to be policed. Y’all let us all know how THAT works out for ya, hear?

Nobody ought to be much surprised at the sudden reaping of Portland’s PC harvest, nor at the resultant anarchy sure to follow the police pullback. No cop-sucker I, but neither am I anti-police, and I don’t blame the cops one bit for looking out a bit more closely for their own interests after years of bilious disapprobation and contempt from the reprobates they’re sworn to serve and protect. So give Duh Peepul what they want, I say—good and hard, and make sure they have to live with the consequences.

The likely origins of this whole contretemps, though? Take a wild-ass guess.

Lewis says companies like Intel and Nike drew lots of families from California up to the city. Those families stayed, thus leading to a big change in culture.

Gee, imagine my surprise. Regrettably, the curse of swarms of urban-liberal locusts fleeing to once-decent and quite liveable areas, bringing their characteristic devastation and dysfunction right along with them, is one we’re all too familiar with around these parts too.

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“The country has a Rick Moran problem”

There’s along list of names we could attach to the phenomenon, but Moran’s will do well enough.

Rick Moran has a column in PJ Media, generally considered a right-leaning source. He recently wrote about Stephen Miller’s appearance with Chris Wallace. Moran called the interview “contentious” and accused Miller of seeking to “alter the media narrative” about the call President Trump made to Ukrainian President Zelenski. 

There is no question that Moran is right. Because the media narrative is a lie. And making a desire to correct the media narrative an accusation is to make the implicit assumption that the media narrative is the correct one. That’s the Rick Moran problem. 

Here’s the essential Moran problem, pre-emptive surrender. Putting up a white flag before a shot is fired; classic Cuckdom. It is emblematic of the losing Republican position. The media sets the narrative and Republicans bleat “I’m not …. whatever the Democrats accuse me of.” The classic loser posture of cowering in the face of the people who hate you and want you slinking away in fear.

This is why Washington DC is a hot mess of corruption. Why politicians of modest means arrive in this cesspool of corruption  and leave wealthy. It’s why Hillary knew she could get away with soliciting bribes to her foundation and erasing the evidence on her computer. It’s why the Bidens were able to get Ukrainians to pay millions and the Chinese to make billion-dollar deals with barely a fig leaf to cover up their play-for-pay scam. Republicans and their few “friends” in the media are really not interested in changing things. They want to get in on the action. Offer Rick Moran a column in the NY Times or the Washington Post and he will write column after column denouncing Trump and the people who voted him into office. If you doubt this you have only to read the “conservative” columnists like Max Boot or Jennifer Rubin in either paper.

I prefaced my remarks by referring to the Rick Moran problem. The problem is the fence-sitters. The problem is those who want to cut the baby in half. The problem is that there are too many people who are comfortable enough with the Deep State that they will echo their talking points. In every period in history the majority will always try their best to get on with their lives. They want no trouble. These are often referred to as the “good Germans.” It’s almost always safer to stay out of the line of fire, especially if you don’t know who’s going to win. And keep in mind the forces arrayed against Trump have a long, long record of winning.

It’s also the reason that there are so many Rick Morans.

And that, in turn, is why their long winning streak must be brought to a screeching, smoking halt, by any means that can be contrived to do it. The only alternatives—all-out civil war, or total capitulation—are too ruinous to contemplate. Thankfully, the likes of Jonah Goldberg, David French, Bill “Chumps AHOY” Krystol, and Moran are doing a bang-up job of rendering themselves irrelevant all on their own, whether they comprehend it or not.

After some quick scrolling around on the main page, bang, zoom! Into Ye Olde Blogrolle and bookmarks The Virginian goes. Welcome to the party, pal.

(Via Bill)

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Toxic masculinity

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the next President of the United States.

Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday defended his Twitter outing of the whistleblower who sparked the House impeachment probe against his father, while also calling the commander-in-chief “a counterpuncher” who has “got a pair.”

Appearing on ABC’s “The View,” the first son was grilled by the show’s co-hosts while hawking his new book in an interview that quickly degenerated into a heated shoutfest.

“I think the reality of the answer is the whistle-blower’s name was on a little website called the Drudge Report a couple of days ago. I literally quote tweeted an article that had the guy’s name in the title of the article,” Trump Jr. said.

Hell, according to this (via Bill), Schittforbrains himself outed the miserable worm:

Either Adam Schiff’s staff overlooked the name of alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella in the transcript of acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor before releasing it or Eric Ciaramella isn’t the whistleblower.

Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson reported that on page 236 of Taylor’s transcript, Taylor is asked if the name “Eric Ciaramella” rings a bell for him. This question is asked by the Oversight Committee Republicans’ chief investigative counsel, Steve Castor.

There have been rumors that once Schiff’s staff saw that Ciaramella’s name had not been redacted, they pulled the transcript. However, as of this morning, his name is still unredacted on page 236.

Once again: Ciaramella is NOT a “whistleblower”; he is a criminal leaker, a nefarious and dishonest Deep State saboteur, and a co-conspirator in the still-ongoing coup attempt against the duly-elected President. But back to the far more edifying topic of Trump Jr.

He also said that news organizations were pursuing a whistleblower who said that ABC had spiked an expose on the late perv Jeffrey Epstein.

“ABC is right now chasing down a whistleblower about all of the Epstein stuff because those stories were killed,” said Trump Jr., who appeared on the show with his gal pal Kimberly Guilfoyle to push his book, “Triggered: How The Left Thrives On Hate And Wants To Silence Us.”

“What’s the difference? I’m a private citizen putting this out there.”

Oh, we all know the difference well enough by now, thanks. Money quote:

“Part of being president is having a pair that can take whatever he comes towards you. My father’s got a pair. No sitting president has taken the heat that President Trump has,” he said.

“He was under constant attack by the same people. When he’s under attack by the establishment, but the reality is, he’s a counterpuncher, and as a conservative, I would hope you would appreciate that conservatives haven’t been known for fighting back for a very long time,” Trump Jr. asserted.

“We have ceded ground to the liberals and the liberal elite for decades by not actually fighting back. I understand we can keep going back to character. I think he has great character.”

As do I, the wailing of the Democrat-Socialists and their Enemedia yap-dogs notwithstanding. They’re simply unaccustomed to any but the most timid, feeble pushback from their partners in the Vichy GOPe, all of it just for show anyway. It enrages them no end to have to deal with a real President who puts America first, loves its people, and fully intends to do his utmost to make it great again. It’s quite a change for them, and for all of us.

I’ve said all along that I didn’t think even eight years of Trump would be enough to get that Sisyphean job done. But take those eight years and then add on eight more with Don Jr—who is even more pugnacious and unintimidated by the thuggish Left than his father is, bless them both—and we just might get something accomplished along those lines after all. Run Junior, run!

Update! Can’t get enough of that Don Jr stuff.

After stopping by “The View” on Thursday morning, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, joined conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and unloaded on the Left.

Asked about the constant attacks from Democrats and their allies and media, Don Jr. made clear that he sees no letting up anytime soon, telling Limbaugh, bluntly, “we’re at war.”

“We’re at war, and we’re at war for our freedoms,” Don Jr. said. “We’re at war for our culture. You know, this is the largest divide between the two political parties in the history of the country. You know, I write a lot in the book about socialism and communism, ’cause my mother escaped from it. You know, I grew up with grandparents that lived through that stuff. You know, I spent summers in what was then communist Czechoslovakia. I can tell you those bread lines that Bernie talks about are not nearly so wonderful.”

Zeroing-in on the mainstream media, Don Jr. said the “case” for impeaching his father was made 19 minutes after he was elected president.

The push for impeachment “began on November 9th when he did the unthinkable, which was to beat the establishment,” he told the iconic radio host. “The Washington Post dropped their first headline about it 19 minutes after the inauguration, ‘The Case for Impeaching Trump.’ Nineteen minutes, Rush, you know, that was about the amount of time that it took Obama to get nominated for the peace prize.”

Lots more—LOTS—in Limbaugh’s transcript, every word of it pure gold. And although the vitriol and frothing hate directed at Trump is certainly a new low, don’t go thinking that the Democrat-Socialist use of impeachment as a tactic for overturning elections they lose is anything new.

Snopes decided to fact check this claim based on a popular meme that shows a black and white photo of Gen. Eisenhower above a caption that reads “INTERESTING FACT!!! Did you know Democrats have tried to impeach every Republican President since Eisenhower???”

Looking to debunk this mostly true claim, Snopes accidentally confirms that Democrats have indeed tried to impeach every elected Republican president since Eisenhower [emphasis mine]:

The U.S. has had six republican presidents since Eisenhower left office in 1961: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump. The claim is wrong on its face because Democrats made no effort to impeach Ford. While a handful of Democratic lawmakers have introduced articles of impeachment against five of the last six Republican presidents, in most cases these efforts weren’t taken seriously by the party at large. Nixon and Trump have been the only Republican presidents since Ike who have faced a serious threat of impeachment.

So, Snopes has indeed confirmed that Democrats have “introduced articles of impeachment against five of the last six Republican presidents,” the sole exception being Gerald Ford, who was not elected.

Ford was not even elected to the vice presidency; he was appointed by Nixon after his original vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in disgrace over a matter that had nothing to do with Watergate.

What’s more, Ford was president for only a little more than two years.

Aww, fret not, John; they would surely have gotten around to it given a little more time. It all puts HILLARY’s™ and Enemedia’s demand that Trump promise in advance to “respect the results of the election,” no matter what, in proper perspective as nothing but pure projection, don’t it?

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IC termites

Call the exterminator.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Enemedia upset again

Stop telling the truth about them, dammit.

‘We Are Not The Enemy Of The People,’ Say Press Who Intentionally Deceive The People To Protect The Political Elite
NEW YORK, NY—Various news outlets reminded the American people Tuesday that they are not their enemy, despite intentionally deceiving the people in order to protect the political elite.

The media who literally allowed the people to be preyed upon by the rich and powerful rather than run information that might harm their elite buddies assured the people they are on our side.

“We are not the enemy of the people,” said a spokesperson for ABC News, waving his hands in the air as though trying to perform some kind of Jedi mind trick. “Yes, I know it may seem that way when we cover up damaging information to protect the rich and powerful, but trust us when we say we know better than you.”

It’s the Bee, so none dare call it Fake News.

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Just do it

Rand Paul throws the gauntlet down.

Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he may out the whistleblower at the center of House Democrats’ impeachment probe into President Donald Trump.

In fact, Paul told reporters that he “probably will” ultimately decide to publicize the identity of the still-anonymous whistleblower, according to Politico reporter Marianne LeVine.

“I’m more than willing to and I probably will at some point…There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name,” Paul said.

“The Sixth Amendment says very clearly that if you’re accused of a crime, you have a right to confront your accuser,” Paul said. “I think the Constitution’s very clear on this, and we shouldn’t completely just throw away the Constitution particularly because certain networks just don’t like the president.”

We also shouldn’t refer to this dirty, conniving, Deep State leaker as a “whistleblower,” thereby implying that he’s deserving of the usual protections afforded to actual whistleblowers. This insidious coup co-conspirator should suffer the fate of all other cockroaches: be exposed to the light, so the people can see him for what he is…and stomp his ass. Naturally, his lawyer is already lashing out and bleating about Threats Most Dire:

Mark Zaid, attorney for the so-called ‘whistleblower’ in the Ukraine impeachment inquiry, warned Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) against publicizing the name of the ‘whistleblower’, saying he and President Trump would be responsible for any harm that befalls his client. Zaid then went on to mock Paul as acting like Eric Cartman in South Park before ending his criticism by saying Paul’s actions “undermine #whistleblower protection & may lead to physical harm/harassment of my client.”

Zaid uncorked an interminable, incoherent Tweetstorm lamenting the possible consequences to his scumbag client should he be dragged into the light of truth—an outburst of unhinged flak indicating Paul is over the target and should continue the bombing.

Of course, we all already know who he is anyway: another fully-paid-up, standard-issue, Mark-1 Mod-0 shitlib worm.

Federal documents reveal that the 33-year-old (Eric) Ciaramella, a registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

Further, Ciaramella (pronounced char-a-MEL-ah) left his National Security Council posting in the White House’s West Wing in mid-2017 amid concerns about negative leaks to the media. He has since returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

“He was accused of working against Trump and leaking against Trump,” said a former NSC official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

Also, Ciaramella huddled for “guidance” with the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, including former colleagues also held over from the Obama era whom Schiff’s office had recently recruited from the NSC. Schiff is the lead prosecutor in the impeachment inquiry.

And Ciaramella worked with a Democratic National Committee operative who dug up dirt on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, inviting her into the White House for meetings, former White House colleagues said. The operative, Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian-American who supported Hillary Clinton, led an effort to link the Republican campaign to the Russian government. “He knows her. He had her in the White House,” said one former co-worker, who requested anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter.

Much more at the link, if you haven’t seen it already. The part I boldfaced above is maybe the most revolting aspect of it: clearly, the Deep State revolving door is still vigorously a-spin, even at this late date.

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Bon soir, chumps

Badly flawed” is putting it mildly.

The Trump administration announced on Monday that it was officially withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, with the withdrawal officially set to be completed one year from now.

“President Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because of the unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses, and taxpayers by U.S. pledges made under the Agreement,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in a statement. “The United States has reduced all types of emissions, even as we grow our economy and ensure our citizens’ access to affordable energy.”

“Our results speak for themselves: U.S. emissions of criteria air pollutants that impact human health and the environment declined by 74% between 1970 and 2018,” Pompeo added. “U.S. net greenhouse gas emissions dropped 13% from 2005-2017, even as our economy grew over 19 percent.”

Several months after the Trump administration took power in Washington, D.C., the United States was rated as the top nation in the world for reducing CO2 emissions.

I’ve seen some kvetching here and there about what took Trump so long to fulfull this core campaign pledge. Well, this, as it turns out:

On Monday, the Trump Administration officially filed the paperwork to withdraw the United States from the widely unpopular Paris Climate Accord, Politico reports.

President Trump, fulfilling one of his major campaign promises, began the process of withdrawal in 2017; however, the Accord’s rules dictated that a nation could not formally withdraw until three years after the agreement first came into effect in 2016. The withdrawal process will be finalized and the United States will exit the deal in one year, on November 4, 2020.

So Da Prez is carefully dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s here rather than just walking away cold—which, actually, I would’ve been A-okay with myself. It ain’t as if he’ll get a second’s worth of credit from his enemies, foreign and domestic, for being scrupulously correct with the procedural details anyway. But what the hell, any rug he can yank out from under ’em can’t hurt, right? Either way, it’s another one in the Win column and will make the libtards cry, so I’ll take it.

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Kick the tires, light the fires, first one up’s the winner

Y’all already know I just love me some F16, which is the damned prettiest, sexiest jet fighter anybody ever made or ever will make. But it looks like the USAF found a way to put the ice cream on the pie.

F-16-Fighting-Falcon-Wraith.jpg

That badass color scheme is yclept the Wraith; it’s used on the OpFor aircraft of the 64th Aggressor Squadron—proving once again that the bad guys have all the fun, and always get the best toys.

(Via Austin Bay)

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Can it be a coincidence that the first three letters in “Conservative Inc” are C-O-N?

Faux Right fall down, go boom.

As Donald J. Trump emerged as a viable contender for the Republican nomination, I realized a man I had, on principle, cultivated a loathing for might actually win and serve as the spokesperson for my principles on the national stage. I’ll be honest: the thought of it made me a little sick.

But I wasn’t a Democrat for a reason, and ours was not the party of corruption. If he won the candidacy, my party had spoken, and that’s who I’d be casting my ballot for.

Sadly, my establishment heroes saw things differently. They began doing their best to copy the tactics and lies of the DNC. Of course, they couldn’t do it officially or on behalf of the Republican Party, but they didn’t have to. The loyalties they had cultivated in Americans like me gave them enough power to sabotage Donald Trump’s campaign.

Or so they thought.

The establishment conservative leadership began to openly lend their support to candidates like Evan McMullin, a clown with a penchant for retweeting far-left celebrities. Even worse, conservative stalwarts like Colin Powell pledged their support for Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, here was Donald Trump, who was not only not a member of the Washington conservative elite, he thumbed his nose at them. His campaign was a functional criticism of establishment conservatives—the same conservatives who had spent the past two decades advocating for disastrous policies such as the Iraq War.

Donald Trump would eventually win the presidency. And instead of accepting their defeat in humility and taking the opportunity to reflect on how they had failed their constituents, establishment conservatives launched an all-out insurgency.

Thereby demonstrating that their real constituency was never who they claimed it was. Lots more good stuff in this one, but these are the money ‘graphs:

No “conservative” in their right mind would cede one centimeter of power to the current Democratic Party. There is simply no moral comparison between them and the President—they’ve made it perfectly clear they have no intention of being civil. Perhaps the most extreme political entity in the history of the country, today’s left is proudly socialist, openly hostile to the freedoms granted by the Constitution, devoid of any respect for the miracle of life, and an open threat to our safety and stability.

If it takes a little coarse language and off-color jokes to secure the future of the Republic and stave off the threats posed by an increasingly radical American left—so be it.

It couldn’t be more obvious by now that winning a bare-knuckles, dirty brawl requires a bare-knuckles, dirty brawler. The few well-meaning Righties still fretting over Trump’s supposedly abrasive, obnoxious, confrontational style don’t comprehend even now just what kind of fight we’re in, who it is we’re fighting, and what the stakes are. Whether that blissful ignorance is born of a misguided faith in the essential righteousness of the system or pure head-in-the-sand willful ignorance about the Left’s intentions and ruthlessness, they need to get over it and jump aboard the Trump Train toot friggin’ sweet.

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The AR15: long may it wave

This one opens with one of the most deeply satisfying lines you’ll ever read.

Beto O’Rourke will never get the chance to take away the AR-15 kept in the home of Jeremy King of Lithia, Florida.

Or anybody else’s. The piece continues to recount the story of the King family’s ordeal with a couple of home-invader goblins; thanks to the intrepid, gutsy Mrs King, the family was saved from disaster by her handiness with the family AR. Thankfully, all’s well that ends well:

Police later found one of the assailants dead in a nearby ditch. This is just one of the many cases that happen every day of armed citizens saving lives with firearms, unheralded by the media.

The response time for a bullet from an AR-15 fired in self-defense is a lot quicker than calling 911. Other non-scary weapons are just as lethal and the AR-15 has been chosen by popular demand as the defensive weapon of choice.

Critics of the Second Amendment say that they are not going after guns used for legitimate activities such as hunting. But when the Founders wrote the Second Amendment it was because the British were coming, not because it was the start of deer season.

Damned skippy. Read the rest for more heartwarming stories of ordinary people protecting themselves, their families, and their neighbors from vicious predators with The People’s Choice For Self Defense: the venerable AR15. As Sobieski flatly states: it’s what the Second Amendment is all about.

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Ask a silly question, Part the Umpty-leventh

Deroy Murdock wants to know: “What, exactly, is President Trump’s ‘high crime’ here?” Easy-peasy:

  • Being Trump
  • Being elected President
  • Being confident in his right to hold his office, proud of his achievements, and refusing to resign in shame
  • Attempting to keep his campaign promises and do what he was elected to do
  • Not being a deranged commie Leftist
  • Not sucking up to deranged commie Leftists, or at least acknowledge their right to rule as they see fit, without hindrance or demur
  • Trying to bring real change to Mordor On The Potomac, and make government more responsive and accountable to the governed
  • Revealing the nasty truth about them, Fake News Enemedia, the Deep State rats’ nest, and the outrageous abuse, graft, corruption, and boundless arrogance of DC establishment politicians and bureaucrats
  • Actually liking normal people, instead of disdaining them, slandering them, and advocating violent suppression of their views

That about covers it, I think. Basically, the conniving lackwits insist that “high crimes and misdeamors” means anything they choose it to mean, nothing more nor less—even if they have to make up something out of whole cloth that Trump didn’t actually ever, y’know, do. It’s just their hard luck that, as Murdock says:

The Constitution does not permit impeachment because the House finds the president loud, dislikes his policies or simply regards him with uncontrollable, pathological, stammer-inducing hatred. Nonetheless, Democrats despise Trump and are determined to impeach him, no matter what.

Yep. And they’ll never let a trivial irrelevancy like the US Constitution, formerly the highest law of the land, stop them. As Clarice says:

So here we are, an inquiry based on hearsay by a person who’s a longtime Democratic operative, who clearly was a Brennan stooge on the NSC and who confected this with buddies on Schiff’s staff. Two other people who worked in the White House’s NSC – Vindman and Morrison — were on the call. Both agree that the transcript released by the White house was accurate. The call transcript, of course, substantially undercuts the Schiff parody and Ciaramella’s creative version of it. One man’s view that it was improper — contrary to what surely had been the advice given the president by his better-informed legal counsel — contradicts Morrison’s view that there was nothing illegal or improper about it.

Of course there wasn’t. They have yet to come up with a single damned thing the man has done that is either illegal, unethical, or unreasonable. My list up there aside, it really all comes down to this: Trump’s “crime” is that he has successfully defied them, compounded by refusing to either fear them or give a tinker’s damn what they might think, say, or wish. And they will never, ever forgive him—or us—for it.

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Ahh, the country life!

Today, I took my ten-year-old daughter to my brother’s place out in the sticks for her first experience exercising her 2A rights. Since Jeff is in a rural area—no close neighbors, plenty of space, a big hill in his backyard woods for a backstop, completely legal for us to shoot all we like without disturbing anybody. Which, I admit, we have been known to do from time to time. He has quite the little arsenal available for blasting away at tree stumps and whatever other disposable flotsam we can dig up: a nice four-inch-barrel Taurus .357 Mag; a gorgeous 1911-style Kimber in 10mm, the envy of all who make its acquaintance; an Uberti Cattleman classic cowboy hogleg replica in .45 Long, the Hombre model; assorted other pistols including a cute little NAA .22 Short folder, which I figured might be perfect for Madeleine’s first shooting lesson; a Savage 7.62×51 bolt-action equipped with fancy Bushnell optics; and a Mossberg 12-gauge pump with pistol grip, a real wrist-breaker.

After sitting her down for The Speech (the Four Rules, the differences between revolvers and pistols and their mechanical basics, calibers, etc) we went out to start the plinking proper. We’d be shooting targets of varying types, as usual: some proper store-bought paper targets with pictures of assorted varmints printed on ’em, a few gallon milk jugs filled with water, several old plastic five-gallon paint buckets, a cinder block. We loaded some mags and cylinders, and I started off with the little .22 pocket rocket.

Which was louder than I expected it to be. Which caught poor little Madeleine unawares, and frightened her half out of her wits.

But after some tremulous clinging to Daddy’s waist, she recovered her composure quite nicely, settling down to really enjoy the day’s adventure—although not quite enough to actually fire any of the real guns herself, mind. She stuck to a vintage pellet rifle my brother had obtained from his wife’s grandma, who has had it for years and years and was happy to pass it along to Future Generations. Madeleine is grateful indeed, although it was a bit large and heavy for her, making it awkward to handle for now. Next year she’ll be fine with it…but by then she’ll have moved on up to the louder stuff. On the way home, she inquired about the chances of a .22 revolver from Santa this year, in fact.

The Kimber shot like a gunsmith’s wet dream, with a smooth-as-silk action, an easy trigger break and a lot less felt recoil than any other 10mm I’ve ever shot; the cowboy gun was just a sheer delight. The Savage turned out to be my go-to for the afternoon, which kind of surprised me because I’m not usually all that much of a rifle guy. After I’d hit the cinder block dead center with it and blown it literally to smithereens, though, I found myself concerned only with how completely I could destroy the next target.

It was a beautiful fall afternoon all around; a good time was surely had by all, and I consider it a fine first step on my young ‘un’s journey to becoming a liberty-minded, confident, aware citizen instead of just another hapless, helpless serf. A few pics below the fold. Continue reading “Ahh, the country life!”

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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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High crimes and misdemeanors

The official Democrat-Socialist Articles of Impeachment.

Under Donald Trump, the United States has added 6.4 million jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs. Under Donald Trump, poverty is at its lowest level in 20 years. Median family income has risen $5,000 in less than three years.

Under Donald Trump, by rolling back taxes and regulations Trump engineered historically low unemployment with surging wages for all, including women and minorities. This is deeply embarrassing to Democrats who promised their constituencies these things 50 years ago and have yet to deliver.

Article two. Donald Trump has rebuilt the once depleted U.S. military into the most powerful fighting force in history. He is removing the United States from ancient tribal conflicts in the Middle East while supporting Israel. Again, things the Democrats have promised their voters they would do the last 50 years.

Article three of the Democrats’ articles of impeachment. Donald Trump has restructured unfair trade deals and global agreements. Trump has leveraged U.S. economic might to reset America’s relationship with the ChiComs so that we win and they lose. And when communists lose, it’s not helpful to the Democrat Party.

Donald Trump article of impeachment number four. Under Donald Trump America has become the world’s number one oil and natural gas producer. That’s like showing Dracula the cross. The Democrats have been promising to get rid of fossil fuels for the last 20 years on the basis they’re destroying the planet. Under Donald Trump America has become the world’s number one oil and gas producer. He must go.

Democrat article of impeachment number five. Donald Trump withdrew from the pocket-picking Paris accords and the lousy, stinking, rotten Iran deal of Barack Obama, daring to erase Obama’s signature agreement that allowed Iran to nuke up. That’s right. Under Barack Obama, the Democrat Party permitted the nation of Iran to advance with our assistance its entire nuclear grid to eventually include the product of nuclear weapons. Donald Trump took it back.

Democrat article of impeachment number seven. Donald Trump has doggedly increased control of the U.S. southern border thereby inflicting great challenges on Democrats’ plan to register illegal aliens in the millions as voters for upcoming elections.

Democrat article of impeachment number eight. Donald Trump is guilty of winning, guilty of surviving deep state schemes to take him out. Donald Trump is guilty of producing peace and prosperity. Donald Trump is guilty of working hard to fix the nation’s problems.

Democrat article of impeachment number nine. All of this makes the Democrat Party look utterly irrelevant and useless.

For them, that last one would be enough all by itself. Apparently, Pelosi has figured out that “fulfilling his Constitutional obligation to conduct foreign policy according to his clearly promised intentions during the election campaign” isn’t gonna be enough to get the job done:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday it’s possible that controversies beyond Ukraine could be part of the impeachment case against President Trump.

House Democrats have recently sought to narrow their impeachment inquiry to the allegations stemming from an intelligence community whistleblower complaint that said Trump tried to pressure Ukraine to initiate politically charged investigations in return for the release of congressionally approved security aid.

Trump’s dealings with Ukraine have united nearly all House Democrats around their impeachment probe, though many had previously pushed for impeachment over the president’s efforts to undermine former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election interference.

Well, that, and all these too:

Grounds asserted for impeachment have included possible violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign dignitaries; alleged collusion with Russia during the campaign for the 2016 United States presidential election; alleged obstruction of justice with respect to investigation of the collusion claim; and accusations of “Associating the Presidency with White Nationalism, Neo-Nazism and Hatred”, which formed the basis of a resolution for impeachment brought on December 6, 2017. Since the Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate during 2017 and 2018, the likelihood of impeachment during that period was considered by all to be low. A December 2017 resolution of impeachment failed in the House by a 58–364 margin. The Democrats gained control of the House in 2019 and launched multiple investigations into Trump’s actions and finances. Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially resisted calls for impeachment. In May 2019 she indicated that Trump’s continued actions, which she characterized as obstruction of justice and refusal to honor congressional subpoenas, might make an impeachment inquiry necessary. An increasing number of House Democrats and one Republican were requesting such an inquiry.

In December 2016, Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren, Dick Durbin, Chris Coons, Ben Cardin, and Jeff Merkley introduced a bill that would require the president of the United States to divest any assets that could raise a conflict of interest, including a statement that failure to divest such assets would constitute high crimes and misdemeanors “under the impeachment clause of the U.S. Constitution”. Vanity Fair characterized this as a preemptive effort to lay the groundwork for a future impeachment argument. Concerns had previously been expressed that Trump’s extensive business and real estate dealings, especially with respect to government agencies in other countries, may violate the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, sparking debate as to whether that is the case.

Immediately after his inauguration, The Independent and The Washington Post each reported on efforts already underway to impeach Trump, based on what the organizers regard as conflicts of interest arising from Trump’s ability to use his political position to promote the interests of “Trump”-branded businesses, and ongoing payments by foreign entities to businesses within the Trump business empire as a violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause.

So, just the same old sedition in a brand new wrapper of flimsy pretexts from the party that refuses to abide by the results of any election they can’t steal, then.

Pelosi on Friday emphasized that the decision on articles of impeachment will be up to the committees handling the inquiry. She did not rule out the possibility that the obstruction of justice allegations against Trump in Mueller’s report could come up.

“What we’re talking about now is taking us into a whole other class of objection to what the president has done. And there may be other — there were 11 obstruction of justice provisions in the Mueller report. Perhaps some of them will be part of this,” Pelosi said during an interview with Bloomberg Television. “But again, that will be part of the inquiry, to see where we go.”

So, an open-ended fishing expedition with no boundaries or limitations, then—in keeping with the famous words of the Democrat-Socialists’ spiritual guide and inspiration Lavrenti Beria: show the man and I’ll find you the crime. And, like Beria, if they can’t find one, they’re perfectly willing to make one up.

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