Friday, August 31, 2018
President Trump Is Doing All the Right Things to Make America Great Again, and His 63 Million Deplorables Are Sticking with Him
DEAR SARAH PALIN, we love you, we respect your efforts to defend an America under seige, and we want you to know that you are welcome at our birthdays, baptisms, weddings, and funerals -- in fact, if you're in the nighborhood, just drop by any time for an iced tea and a chat about America, because what you have to say is infinitely more insightful, gracious and inspiring than anything your former running mate or his family could possibly offer. • • • EXCLUDING SARAH PAILN. It may seem odd that I have reacted so negatively to everything surrounding the death of John McCain, including the man himself. The exclusion from his funeral of the one Republican who has never uttered an unkind word about the Senator hit me in a way that surprised even me. I had complaints about Governor Palin's presence on the 2008 GOP ticket. Most of them were about her inexperience and the fact that her state, Alaska, brought so few delegate votes to the convention that she was not a plus for McCain in the way that vice president running mates are expected to be. I thought at the time -- because I have never trusted John McCain's politics -- that he may have selected her, knowing she could cause him to lose the election, to get even with the conservative Reagan Republicans who preferred traditional American values to his own brand of liberal ones. She said silly things in 2008. She paid dearly in the Progressive media, with her name becoming almost a token for what the Progs called ignorant Republican politics. • But, how wrong the Progressives were. Sarah Palin bore up under the constant barrage of a cynical media to become the very essence of a gracious woman whose conservative values define her. When McCain wrote in his last book that selecting her was "a mistake," she labeled it a "gut punch." In that same book, the Senator said he should have chosen his friend Senator Joe Lieberman -- a Democrat turned Independent. That should tell every conservative all they need to know about where John McCain's political agenda lay. Joe Lieberman is a lovely man, but in no way a conservative who would have represented the values Ronald Reagan fought so hard for as President. Lieberman, while supporting the war in Iran, something that fit McCain's military agenda perfectly, also was vehemently pro-abortion and had been Al Gore’s running mate in 2000, and he still tended to caucus with the Democrats on most issues. Even John McCain knew his advisors were right when they told him that kind of baggage in a running mate would almost certainly kill any chances the Republican ticket would have. • But, how graciously Sarah Palin showed her true Christian colors when she was excluded from Senator McCain's funeral. Her public comment is an example for anyone in politics to admire and try to emulate. Her Facebook statement read : "Today we lost an American original. Senator John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life -- and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self.John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family.” • If that statement doesn't pull at your heartstrings, I suggest you see a cardiologist to find out if you actually have a heart. • • • WHY ARE CONSERVATIVES SO HATED? Could it be because Republican Presidents have usually presided over good economic times. They tend to be elected when the tax-and-spend policies of Democrat Presidents have so drained the nation's and its citizens' coffers that the pain is too severe to support for another four years. Everybody likes freebies -- and that is what Democrats have always promised. But, need we say again that there is no such thing as a freebie. And, eventually, Americans figure that out. That they keep having to "figure it out' over and over again is an indication of the greed inherent in the human soul -- or psyche, if you don't believe in souls. • And, right now, we are watching the almost magical touch of a Republican President whose economic policies are turning America around faster -- I bet -- than even Donald Trump believed possible. Add to that the fact that Trump early in the campaign began to collect an adoring following of Americans that Hillary would so foolishly call 'Deplorables." Those 63 million or so American citizen-voters are still following their hero, and it means that almost any Democrat has to do double duty in campaign spending and promising freebies to get elected to any office. Citizen-voters being hard to come by, Democrats have turned to noncitizen-voters. That's why they love open borders and march to the hate-music in George Soros' message that the only thing wrong with the world is that it is led by America. How can a party that hates its own citizens and wants to debase their constitutional system and their votes by choking it with illegals ever hope to win the White House? That party -- the Democrat Party -- hopes to do it by buying the media -- literally. Soros and Silicon Valley have used their billions to buy up the entirety or large chunks of the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube,and Google. That is why these ProgDems are now screaming out against any regulation of online social media -- it will cut out the channel they are using to stuff their socialist message down America's throat. • And, President Trump's economc miracle just keeps on keeping on. Consumer confidence rose in August to its highest level since October 2000. The Conference Board's index rose to 133.4 in August, despite expectations from a survey of Reuters' economists that it would fall to 126.7. Consumers -- these are the Deplorables, the 63 million, and even a growing number in the Democrat-base, whose current economic conditions and prospects are better than they have been since 2000. What Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi likes to call "crumbs" are pay raises, jobs for everyone who wants one, and lower taxes as a reward for their work in Making America Great Again. Never mind NY Governor Cuomo -- America WAS great and President Trump IS making it Great Again. The latest NBC/WSJ poll gave Republicans a 14% lead on the economy, including an advantage over Democrats on the specific issue of taxes. How can Democrats expect voters to support their candidates when the Democrat Party wants to take away job-creating tax cuts and spend-spend-spend America back into massive tax bills to fund their government-by-economy-squelching-regulations and healthcare scheme, and other ProgDem policies -- like the latest, open border health care for the illegals who pour in. The economy grew at a staggering 4.2% annualized rate in the second quarter. It was delivered by Republican President Trump and his congressional supporters. • • • THE PROGDEM TRADE ANDTARIFF ATTACK HAS FAILED. Remember when, on election night 2016, Paul Krugman -- someone who is called an expert -- predicted economic disaster and called Trump and the businessmen he surrounded himself with as ignorant. Krugman supported Obama who gave us the slowest economic recovery in seventy years. On election night he showed just how much he is NOT an expert : "The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear. Still, I guess people want an answer: If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never. Under any circumstances, putting an irresponsible, ignorant man who takes his advice from all the wrong people in charge of the nation with the world’s most important economy would be very bad news. What makes it especially bad right now, however, is the fundamentally fragile state much of the world is still in, eight years after the great financial crisis. So we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight. I suppose we could get lucky somehow. But on economics, as on everything else, a terrible thing has just happened." Such chutzpah ranks right up there with Chamberlain at Munich promising he had secured "peace in our time." • The "ignorant" President Trump and his "wrong" advisors have now sealed a trade deal with Mexico. US and Mexican trade negotiators proved the naysayers wrong by striking a new deal replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso said Monday night on Fox News : “A lot of people thought that NAFTA would be over last year -- early last year -- and that there was no way to fix this relationship in a way that would be constructive to both sides,” Videgaray Caso said. “We proved them wrong through very disciplined, tenacious work and with a vision.” Canada, the third party in NAFTA, is now negotiating to join the USMTA. "Ignorant" Trump? Not so you'd notice. And, USMTA has caused China problems. It "strengthens the US position to play hardball with China," experts say. "There is, right now, no visible interest from the US administration in pursuing talks with China over trade, and there will likely not be either unless China proposes some far-reaching changes to issues such as intellectual property protection and forced technology transfer," the economists wrote. BUT, once again proving the Progressives and their media wrong, the deal with Mexico also showed that the US "is willing to concede" if the terms are right, which is a "good signal" to countries trying to negotiate with the Trump administration. Those countries could also learn from Mexico how to move from "a very complicated negotiation where no progress was being attained" to what "seems to be a good resolution for both parties." • Winning on deals like the USMTA requires confidence in your plan and ability to see the negotiation through. ProgDems and elite GOPers don't have that confidence because they have never been in a real-world negotiation of any kind. Trump knows what he is doing and he is an expert at delivering results. That is the unvarnished truth. • American Thinker's Veronika Kyrylenko explains it in terms of Globalization : "The pace of globalization is slowing down as it reaches its natural limits, and the central goal of the Trump administration now is to secure America’s global leadership. The core value of foreign and domestic policies has once again become American national interests. Globalization, once considered a vital part of American global leadership, is now damages its interests and, thus, strengthens the positions of its competitors. As the Trump administration tries to counteract this negative trend, it implements a new economic plan...Trumponomics. The fundamental points of the plan are protectionism, America-centric foreign policy, repatriation of the national capital and manufacturing to the US, and acceleration of GDP growth through a new budget policy and investments into infrastructure. Naturally, this policy has its side effects, such as trade wars and growing frustration among the American allies." Kyrylenko says that "protectionism and repatriation of manufacturing jobs will negatively affect world trade and hurt American trade partners but, most importantly, will benefit the US in the long run as it is time to reestablish a healthy pragmatism in our policies. America will gradually expand its presence on the global market, but the expenses will rise, too, primarily on a national defense that is crucial for securing a military dominance. Naturally, part of these expenses will be transferred on NATO allies and satellite countries, which is exactly what is already happening." • • • TRUMP ALSO HAS TO NEGOTIATE WITH HIS OWN GOP. Senator David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that President Trump has clearly stated he will never sign a “last-minute, massive omnibus spending bill again” and charged that the US needs to build his proposed border wall. Senaor Perdue said : "When it comes to fully funding the federal government, the goal is to get the entire job done. President Trump was clear when he said he will never sign another last-minute, massive omnibus spending bill again. We pushed the US Senate to work through August to avoid another spending battle, and while we’re making progress, there’s a lot more to do. We need to enforce our laws. We need to stop sanctuary cities. We need to build the wall.” • President Trump's threat to shut down the government before or after the 2018 midterm elections has scared vulnerable red-state Senate Democrats face increasing pressure to support partially funding President Trump’s proposed border wall in the September spending bill. Democrat Senators Joe Donnelly (Indiana), Joe Manchin (West Virginia), and Heidi Heitkamp (Norht Dakota) all say they will be open to increased border security and wall funding in the September spending bill. Other Senate Democrats facing difficult re-election races continue to face increasing pressure to back Trump’s partial wall funding next month. Montana Republicna state auditor Matt Rosendale now leads against Democrat Senator Jon Tester. Florida GOP Governor Rick Scott now beats Democrat Senator Bill Nelson in a recent poll, and multiple polls have Missouri's GOP Attorney General Josh Hawley beating Senator Claire McCaskill. • President Trump said at an August rally in Pennsylvania that he wants border wall funding or he will shut down the government : “Whether it’s before or after, we’re either getting it, or we’re closing down the government. We need border security.” • • • CONSERVATIVE ANGST. There are conservatives who have despaired of saving America without a second civil war. American Thinker's Richard Jack Rail on Thursday called it "the price of political schizophrenia." Rail says : "To read the MSM, you get the feeling that the President is on the very edge of being impeached and thrown out of office in disgrace. All of America but a handful of toothless white Nazis despise the man. The rest of the country is ready to stand up and, with one voice, scream guilty to whatever the New York Times pronounces him guilty of. In the more respectable media you find Trump and America happy. The economy has never been better, Hispanics and blacks are looking at Trump with new respect. This President really does know what he’s doing. Gradually America is returning to the country of hope and good cheer that attracts people worldwide as the president makes America great again." Instead of being uplifted by his own analysis, Rail says : "I think we all know that we’re headed for an armed clash, not because Trump supporters want it, but because the left refuses to accept anything short of unconditional surrender in its war on America. The Love America side is willing to go halfway to keep the peace, but the Hate America side won’t have it. The tension of the political schizophrenia is almost palpable." • But, Rail does make one really important point : "The Love America side can’t compromise anymore and remain true to itself. Partly through negligence, partly through laziness, partly for other reasons good and bad, we have allowed our country to be jerked so far from our Judeo-Christian roots that the Founders wouldn’t recognize the system they bequeathed us. Their Constitution is in tatters, their high principles mocked. Mostly what has kept us from totalitarianism are our inherited liberal traditions. Certainly, America has not functioned according to the Constitution the last forty years, arguably the last 100 years. Another thing that has also kept the totalitarians at bay : concern that things might run out of control. They want to advance their agenda as far as possible out of sight, so that we (most of us, anyway) won’t know for sure what’s going on until there’s no chance of stopping their takeover. Our uncertainty, our unwillingness to move against them without absolute proof, works to their advantage. We are inhibited by our own morality and dedication to Constitutional principle. Hence the screaming and screeching on the Left. Russian totalitarians did this in 1917, Italians in 1922 and Germans in 1933, so history shows what lies ahead. It’s the price of political schizophrenia in this day and age." • Jack Hellner takes another tack : "Even before Donald Trump won the election, the media were attacking his economic policies and saying that he wasn’t qualified to be President. As the good news on the economy pours in and he is winning on trade deals and other things, the attacks continue. Instead of reporting the good news the complicit media trots out Lanny Davis with fake news stories, Stormy Daniels, Omarosa (whom they couldn’t stand before) and anyone else willing to trash Trump. That is the only agenda. Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and Apple are blocking opposing thought as fast as they can....Most of the media tried to chase out Jared Kushner early on and certainly will not list his accomplishments but the Washington Examiner has done just that : 'NAFTA another win for Jared Kushner. President Trump’s secret weapon and son-in-law has struck again. Insiders say that Jared Kushner was key to nailing down the revision to the North American Free Trade Agreement announced Monday, working with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the Canadians, and especially Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray. 'This is one of his most significant accomplishments,' said an administration official of Kushner....has been a top domestic and foreign policy advisor to the president since the 2016 election. He has been involved in several major agenda victories for the White House, among them the push for prison reform, bringing jobs to the US from overseas, working up a Middle East peace timeline, nailing down the 2028 Summer Olympics, and securing soccer’s World Cup in North America in 2026. 'He has a close relationship with Mexico. It is just natural that he was brought into the NAFTA and other talks,' said the official, who added that Kushner has been working with US officials on NAFTA reforms for a year and a half." • Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr are both apparently under special counsel Robert Mueller's Deep State microscope. Richard Jack Rail could be right if either of these yound men are attacked by the anti-Trump cabal led by Rosenstein and Mueller at the direction of their ProgDem overlords. I can hear President Trump saying 'Bring them on.' And 63 million Americans would agree and follow. That is neither a threat nor an ironclad prediction. It is simply the logical obvious. President Trump has yanked the ProgDem wolves away from the doors of normal Americans. Why would he let those same wolves eat his family?? • • • DEAR READERS, Sarah Palin again came to mind as I was reading about President Trump's latest rally. She used to hold rallies like this, and she may even be his rally model. • If Thursday night's rally in Evansville, Indiana, is any indication, the Deplorables are not intimidated. They're having too much fun loving America. And they know very well that President Trump is the reason their love-in with America has become a public event. Cheryl K. Chumley wrote a review of the rally in the Washington Times on Friday, saying : "President Donald Trump’s rally in Evansville, Indiana, opened with a resounding, triumphant, glorious rendition of the national anthem. And that’s all it took -- the crowd was in love. He had them at “Oh say can you see.” Here’s something the left will never, ever get, no matter how hard it squints : Americans love America for what makes America great. The left, the Democrats and Progressives and antifa-types and socialist-minded, on the other hand, only love America for what they can exploit. Trump understands the difference, the very crucial difference. And so do patriotic Americans with a true heart for America, the very type of whom poured into Indiana’s arenas to hear their President speak. Following chants of 'USA, USA,' Trump told the crowd : 'Evansville, you are very, very special people and thank you, Indiana. Thank you.' And this : 'I know you well. You love our country, you’re proud of our history, and you always respect our great American flag.' More chants of 'USA.' And then this : 'We have the best economy in the history of our country. Factories are reopening, jobs are pouring back into the United States, we are putting your great Indiana coal miners and steel workers back to work.' Let the Friday fact-checkers have at it. The thing is, though, Trump, like former President Ronald Reagan, has a knack for raising the spirits of those who support him. The left goes angry; Trump goes positive. The left vows impeachment; Trump goes a’campaignin.’ The left digs in on Russia and stories of fake collusion; Trump punches back and then makes his crowds cheer and remember why being an American is such a privileged, precious thing. Come election time, the left, with the help of the media, can scream all it wants about Trump this, Trump that, Russia this, impeach that. But thing is : Americans who are in the throes of loving their Americanism aren’t exactly cowed in a corner by the hit and hatchet jobs against this White House. They’re energized. They’re soaring on positive notes. They’re singing loudly and proudly the national anthem. And they’re not -- as the cheering throng of MAGA supporters in Indiana would indicate -- going to just stay home and listen in fright to the anti-Trump messages of the media and clever pollsters. They’re not taking knees and apologizing for the country. Trump hasn’t just tapped into election fever. He’s started a pro-America movement that’s shifted the mindset and hearts of scores of citizens. For the left, that’s going to be tough to beat at the ballot boxes." • When I feel beat up by events in Washington and the Deep State's cabal, I'm just going to pull out Cheryl's article and read it a couple times. There is nothing like some good old down-home truth. And, President Trump knows just how to share it with America.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Americans Begin to See the Rule of Law Working Only for the Elites -- The Day That Is True, the Republic is Finished
THERE ARE TIMES WHEN EVERYTHING COMES TO A HEAD. Like now. And, the message of the coalescing mass of news is that the American justice system is disfigured beyond recognition and the once-free-and-independent American media no longer exists. I have to admit that these truths are burning my insides like acid poured down your kitchen drain. • • • THE HILLARY SCANDAL PROVES THAT THE DEEP STATE HAS TAKEN CONTROL OF THE DOJ AND FBI. Rush Limbaugh said it : "“Has anybody seen Barack Hussein O or Hillary Clinton on TV denying the news story that the Chinese government had real-time hacked access to Hillary Clinton’s computer, her home-brew server and network when she was Secretary of State? I haven’t seen that. Has anybody seen Obama and Hillary indignant? Has anybody seen them on television flat-out refusing, denying, saying this is absurd? Anybody seen that? You haven’t.” • A Stunned America has watched for three years while Judicial Watch and Devin Nunes and his House Intellignece Committee have peeled back layer after layer, revealing the rotten onion that is the Hillary machine. BUT, nobody in a position to do something about it cares. The ProgDem propagandists who call themselves the "media" ignore the continuing flow of stories or cynically turn them against the innocent party -- President Trump. The DOJ is leaderless to stop the Deep State because Jeff Sessions took the job of Attorney General without bothering to tell Presudent Trump that he was set to recuse himself from the only AG caseload that mattered -- the Russia "collusion" scam. That left the pro-Hillary FBI Deep State free under the #NeverTrump Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to pursue their twin agendas -- save Hillary and destroy Trump. It didn't matter that Hillary paid for the smear Dossier that the Deep State FBI / DOJ used ot get FISA apsurveillance approval againast the Trump tea,. It didn't matter that the Democratic National Committee joined her. It didn't matter that finally the FBI has had to admit thatthey knwe the Dossier was full of lies. That didn't come from an active oversight by the DOJ but from the constant lawsuit pressure from JW and from reports made public byNunes and his House Committee. It also didn't matter that recent revelations make it clear that Hillary was the candidate "colluding" with Russia. Finally, it doesn't matter that her secret server deliberately used to hide from the public was hacked by a Chinese-owned company that made copies of nearly all of Hillary’s emails and forwarded them to the company in real time through a code embedded in the server as part of an intelligence operation. • The FBI failed to act when the Intelligence Community Inspector General warned of the problem or when President Trump tweeted about it on Tuesday : “Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China. Next move better be by the FBI & DOJ or, after all of their other missteps (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA, Dirty Dossier etc.), their credibility will be forever gone!” • AGAIN, Rush Limbaugh spoke out : “Do you realize what a hellacious charge this is? It’s real-time access to her computer. Not to mention the spy that was on Dianne Feinstein’s staff for 20 years. The ChiComs essentially had a screen-sharing app real time. They simply could watch Hillary Clinton do whatever she did on her computer. And if she got an email from Obama, they could read it as she opened it. Real-time screen sharing is essentially what the nature of the hack was. And they’re not denying it.” NEITHER is Hillary or her boss, Barack. None of it matters because they know that with the media not reporting about it, Americans will not hear about it and the revelation will fall into the Save-Hillary black hole that is the Deep State. • The disgusting self-serving lie that came from Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman, who dismissed the China hacking charge, tells us just how sure Hillary is that the Deep State will, in fact, save her. Merrill said :: “This is the most combed over subject in modern American political history. The FBI spent thousands of hours investigating, and found no evidence of intrusion. That’s a fact. But in an age where facts are alternative and truth isn’t truth, it’s no surprise that an outlet like the Daily Caller would try to distract us from very real and very immediate threats to our democracy brought by the man occupying the White House.” HOW MANY TIMES do we have to say it -- of course, the Deep State FBI didn't find "intrusion" -- they weren't looking for it, and when they found evidence that could not be ignored, they passed it to the Deep Sate DOJ that then also ignored it. • And, again, Limbaugh was the lone voice : "A real media would be camped outside Hillary’s house and Obama’s house and demanding to know what the hell was going on with the Chinese government having real-time hacked her computer, her home brew server, while she was Secretary of State. A real media would be. And the fact that nobody is reacting to it and they’re not out there denying this, they’re not even breaking a sweat over it. But they will.” • The China hacking evidence makes the DOJ look like what it is -- a corrupt institution riddled with political partisans whose only goal is to Save Hillary and Destroy Trump. • • • THE CHINESE IN FEINSTEIN'S OFFICE IS ALSO IGNORED. There has been no media coverage of the report that a Chinese spy worked in the office of ProgDem Senator Dianne Feinstein, who represnets the outlaw state of California. Ben Weingarten, a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, wrote that the “silence over a potential Chinese spy in Feinstein’s office is deafening." Weingarten said the fact that the Chinese spy story “has seemingly died is simply stunning. From the start, this was a story the media had no interest in covering. Now it is apparent that our political class has no interest in probing it.” • Why? It doesn't matter. Feinstein, like Hillary, was protected by the Deep State FBI / DOJ. We have never heard from the media that, as WND put it : “Feinstein had cultivated a deep, longstanding, chummy relationship with China, including at the highest ranks of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), over a 40-year period. Or, perhaps, it was the other way around.” WND reported Feinstein had a 20-year employee spying for China while she chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee. She was doing favors for the communist regime that coincided with her China investments, which have made her one of the richest members in Congress. WND investigative reporter Paul Sperry noted Feinstein’s multi-millionaire investor husband, Richard C. Blum, has been able to take large stakes in Chinese state-run steel and food companies, brokering more than $100 million in deals since 1996, when China began aggressively currying favor with his wife. The couple, Sperry pointed out in a New York Post piece, live in a $17 million mansion in San Francisco and keep a $5 million vacation home in Hawaii. Feinstein says that when the FBI informed her of his activities, she immediately fired him and insisted he had “no access to sensitive information” and that he was never charged with espionage. BUT, Sperry noted in his 2001 report that in June 1996 -- after the staffer had begun working for Feinstein -- the FBI discovered the Chinese government was attempting to curry favor with the Senator. Weingarten notes that Feinstein “doggedly lobbied for integrating China into the global economic architecture and normalizing trade relations with the US, untethering these benefits from Chinese human rights improvements. Feinstein thereby served as an invaluable asset in enabling China’s economic rise.” Weingarten asked: “Did it concern anyone that the alleged spy himself, Russell Lowe -- a name you also will not find in the mainstream press, or see on television -- is seemingly gallivanting freely in California, working for a non-profit outfit dedicated to the issue of ‘comfort women?’ This would surely please the CCP, who have engaged in a concerted campaign to leverage this issue as part of its anti-Japanese propaganda effort for years.” Weingarten says the heart of the matter is the national security implications of a Chinese spy “with access to the most sensitive and highly classified information.” • It just doesn't matter, because Feinstein is a ProgDem and so protected by the Deep State -- because her Senate vote could help destroy President Trump. • • • NEW MEXICO FREES SUSPECTED TERRORISTS. District Judge Emilio Chavez dismissed all charges against three of the five "extremist Moslems" connected to the New Mexico compound on Wednesday, claiming that prosecutors did not move fast enough in the case according to the state's laws. Fox News reported : "Child abuse charges against Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj were dropped because prosecutors missed the 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause." Charges remain in place against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille, who are accused of a variety of crimes related to child abuse after 11 children were found starving in the filthy compound. Court filings in the case from early August revealed that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj allegedly conducted "weapons training with assault rifles" with the intent of having the kids commit school shootings. CNN reported this week that investigators had found a "handwritten document titled 'Phases of a Terrorist Attack,'" and that the "extremist Moslems" had allegedly planned to attack a hospital. Fox News noted that Judge Chavez reportedly struggled with the decision but said that he had no choice other than to follow the law, adding that prosecutors can still ask a grand jury to indict the three "extremist Moslems." • Judge Chavez said on Wednesday that authorities violated the state’s “10-day rule” that places a 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause. During a separate hearing, Judge Jeff McElroy separately dismissed some of the charges against fellow defendants, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille. • It was the prosecutors who were at fault here, not the judges. BUT, we can ask why Judge Sarah Backus had set bail at $20,000, thereby allowing the defendants to escape jail -- local media says Judge Backus has a history of setting low bail for violent offenders. Prosecutors can still pursue charges against the three by refiling the charges or asking a grand jury to indict them. But, what is puzzling is that the prosecutors had pressed to keep the defendants behind bars and planned to present new evidence of an anti-government plot and talk of jihad and martyrdom among some members of the extended Moslem family that settled at the compound last winter. Defense attorneys say their clients have no record of criminal convictions and pose no risk to the public. Authorities are pushing ahead with other charges against the dead boy’s father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, and his partner, Jany Leveille. • Judge Chavez lambasted the district attorneys office for their incompetence, and wondered out loud if the office is overworked. • This is a strange tale of a DA's office letting its most high profile case EVER slip away. It begs for investigation, because one more time it has made the US justice system seem incompetent or corrupt -- or both. • • • THE POPE AND SEX ABUSE ALLEGATIONS. We do not care what the Catholic Church decides to do or not do about the glaring crisis in the American Church brought about by years of cover-up and indifference concerning sexual abuse by priests. BUT, there is a role for the US justice system in this horrendous scandal. When the former Vatican Nuncio ambassador to the United States claimed that Pope Francis was aware of allegations of sexual abuse against former US archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for years but took no action and tried to cover it up -- that falls within the scope of US criminal justice. Former Apostolic Nuncio Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, wrote in a lengthy 11-page statement dated August 22 that he had personally told Pope Francis years ago about sanctions imposed on McCarrick by former Pope Benedict XVI. But he wrote that Pope Francis didn’t respond to the exchange and that McCarrick was allowed to continue in his role as a public figure for the Roman Catholic Church. Viganò added : “In any case, the Pope learned about it from me on June 23, 2013, and continued to cover for him [McCarrick]. He did not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on [Cardinal McCarrick] and made him his trusted counselor along with [Cardinal Rodriguez] Maradiaga." • Finally, in July Pope Francis in July accepted McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals, about five years after the original disclosure by Viganò. A month earlier, American Catholic Church officials said the allegations that McCarrick sexually abused a 16-year-old boy almost 50 years ago were credible and substantiated. McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington, has maintained his innocence. Viganò also accused several other senior church officials of complicity with regard to McCarrick. In the last page of his statement, he called for Pope Francis to resign, in order to set a good example within the Church. • On August 25, the Pope met with victims of sexual abuse by clergy in Ireland and faced a lukewarm reception and scattered protests on his trip that was originally meant to celebrate Catholic families. Since the 1990s, Ireland has been shaken with allegations of violence and humiliation against women and children, which were brought to light again by the recent, high-profile US incidents. The papal outdoor mass in Ireland was reported locally to be poorly attneded, unlike papal masses that usually draw a million or more Catholics. • The former Nuncio, in the statement, described how the face of Christianity has been “terribly disfigured” by the many crimes continuing to make headlines. Just this month, a state grand jury report, nearly 900 pages long and almost two years in the making accused more than 300 “predator priests” across Pennsylvania of sexual abuse -- and the Roman Catholic Church for its decades-long coverup of the alleged activity. Viganò wrote : “We must tear down the conspiracy of silence with which bishops and priests have protected themselves at the expense of their faithful, a conspiracy of silence that in the eyes of the world risks making the Church look like a sect, a conspiracy of silence not so dissimilar from the one that prevails in the mafia.” • The allegations against McCarrick, which first surfaced publicly last month, came with Francis facing an image crisis on a second front, in Chile, where a growing abuse scandal has enveloped the Catholic Church in the Latin American country. BUT, Francis simply ordered McCarrick to go into seclusion “for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.” The New York Times reported last week that two dioceses in New Jersey, where McCarrick served as bishop before being promoted to Washington in 2000, had reached financial settlements in 2005 and 2007 with men who said they were abused by McCarrick as adults decades ago. • Some US Catholics have said the Vatican should send an inspector to the United States to determine who in the US Catholic Church hierarchy knew of the alleged incidents and why McCarrick’s rise was not impeded. Last Tuesday, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said he was “deeply troubled” by the McCarrick case, saying it and others pointed to “a major gap” in Church policy on sexual conduct and sexual abuse by bishops or other top officials. • You can read Cardinal Nuncio Viganò's full wide-ranging letter at < https://s3.amazonaws.com/lifesite/TESTIMONYXCMVX-XENGLISH-CORRECTED-FINAL_VERSION_-_G-2.pdf >. • It Doesn't matter. Just like the Deep State FBI /DOJ Save-Hillary agenda, the Church seems to be in the midst of a Save-Francis agenda. National Review's Jim Geraghty wrote on Monday an article titled "Your Holiness, this is not the sort of accusation you can just ignore." Geraghty said : "Pope Francis refused to answer accusations that he knew about alleged sex abuse by a former cardinal, and allowed him to serve unpunished. While the pope was in Ireland and meeting sex abuse victims, a former Vatican official made the claims in a letter. This came less than two weeks after a scathing grand jury report in Pennsylvania detailed sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The 11-page letter by Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Vatican Ambassador to the US, claims that in 2013 he told Pope Francis of the allegations of sex abuse against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. But, he writes, the pontiff ignored that, and allowed McCarrick to continue to publicly serve the church for another five years. The explosive letter called on Pope Francis to resign. 'I will not say a word about this,' Pope Francis told reporters. 'I believe the document speaks for itself.' " BUT, Geraghty said : "Your Holiness, it really doesn’t speak for itself. Ross Douthat calls it 'either an extraordinary and vicious slander or an act of revelation that should be the undoing of just about every figure mentioned in its pages.' ” • Earlier this year, the Pope admitted he had made “serious mistakes” regarding abuse allegations in Chile, accusing some victims of committing “slander.” Pope Francis loudly and passionately publicly defended a bishop who was accused of being complicit in a coverup. BUT, both the Vatican and the Chilean courts deemed the accusations credible. So it’s not like the Pope can plausibly claim he’s demonstrated solid judgment in addressing this issue. • Chicago's Cardinal Cupich says the news media needs to “go on, and press him for information”-- meaning Viganò -- adding that for Pope Francis to address Viganò’s allegations against him would be “in some way inappropriate. The Pope has a bigger agenda,” Cupich went on to say. “He’s got to get on with other things -- of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the Church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this.” The Chicago cardinal also levied accusations of racism against Catholics who are calling for answers from Pope Francis. “Quite frankly, they also don’t like him because he’s a Latino,” said Cupich. It should be noted that Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to parents of Italian descent. • My point is not to meddle in the Church's internal politics, nor is it to reduce the Church's desperately needed support for Christian morality. BUT, I ask, where is the US justice system in all of this. Some US dioceses already are considering asking for statewide investigations patterned on the Pennsylvania Attorney General's. Cardinal McCarrick is ensconced in the Vatican, but that should not prevent a US criminal investigation from proceeding. The Vatican controls the facts surrounding Pope Francis' actions regarding Cardinal McCarrick, and the Pope is probably diplomatically immune from prosecution as the head of a foreign state, but that should not prevent an informed opinion about his actions being included in the McCarrick investigation results. I am not attacking the CatholicChurch here, but the actions of those who have used their positions of power in the Church to hide criminal activities. • • • THE RULE OF LAW. Either it means everything, or it means nothing. In the United States, we are getting dangeriously close to its meaning nothing. Kurt Schlichter wrote in townhall on Thursday that "the rule of law is a sick joke." That hit me like a ton of bricks. And, it would do the same to all Americans who actually think about it. Schlichter wrote : "It’s adorable when people talk about the rule of law. OK, let’s assume that Donald Trump broke the law under some bizarrely convoluted interpretation of the hateful and unconstitutional (in a world where our Constitution was properly understood) thicket of campaign finance statutes that somehow makes the guy who is being extorted as a criminal for paying off the aging bimbos shaking him down. Why should we care? Because we don’t care. MSNBC can howl 'impeachment' 300 times an hour and we still won’t care. Even if this was an actual crime and Donald Trump was guilty of it, we don’t care....'Buh buh but, the rule of law!' howl the feckless Fredocon swabbies on the decks of the sinking S.S. Conservative, Inc. We’ve really disappointed them this time. Heck, we haven’t seen Mitt Romney so upset since Candy Crowley stuffed him into a vinyl gimp suit and led him around the debate stage on a leash. And their liberal masters are on a 'rule of law' kick too. 'Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator so the President can’t nominate Kavanaugh for some reason,' yip an endless line of Democrat Connecticut valor stealers, fake Indian illegal alien excusers, and mental defectives with ridiculous names like 'Mazie.' Except the 'rule of law' is a lie and a scam and we Normals are woke to the grift and we’re not falling for it. Not anymore." • That is a mouthful. But, Schlichter has a serious point to make : "Sure, the rule of law is terrific in concept, and it would sure be nice to give it another whirl here in America, but we aren’t blind or stupid. We see what the 'law' is and how it’s applied – there’s one law for the elite (that’s the one that never gets applied) and one for us Normals that’s designed to keep us in line with our mouths shut. Today, the 'law' is a weapon wielded by the establishment to cement its grip on its power and position....Sure, the law applies to everyone as written. The establishment, which is not even clever enough to hold onto power in an election against a reality TV show host, is at least clever enough to not speak aloud disclaimers like 'Except we elite folks can do this.' No, its application is where this comes into play. The rule of law is not just words on the page; it is how those words are applied, and if they are not applied equally to everyone then there is no rule of law. And because there is no equal application of the law today, there is no rule of law in the United States today....The elite tries to sell you on the idea that justice is blind, that before the law everyone is the same. But that’s a lie. It’s not, and that’s the way they want it." • Schlichter asks the question we all ask : "Do you think the FBI would give you a pass if you decided to respond to a subpoena by bleaching your hard drive? Come on. You’d be negotiating with Bubba for the top bunk’s primo cell block view. But the FBI brass gave her a pass, because she was their establishment pal. Then, when we dared to elect someone that the bureaucrats did not approve of, they picked a bunch of Hillary donors to 'investigate' our candidate until they found a 'crime'....among the liberals paying people to pay Russians for a Dossier as part of a campaign to undo the election. Yet, none of our law enforcement apparatus, under the wheezy command of Sleepy Jeff Sessions, seem interested in investigating that....Where there are two sets of laws, there are no laws. There’s just power being applied to try to keep the Normals in line." • And, Schlichter asks : "Where are the indictments of the Swamp dwellers pulling tax or foreign representation shenanigans with a (D) behind their name? How about one of the Podestas? Yeah, right. It’ll never happen. Normal-friendly General Flynn gets ambushed and pleads when he’s on the verge of bankruptcy and his family threatened; Clapper and Brennan lie away under oath to Congress then get juicy gigs on pinko networks. These selective prosecutions are a signal -- defy the elite at your peril. Favored groups like Illegal aliens get to flaunt our laws too. After all, Democrats want to replace us ornery Normals with more obedient voters, and the GOP squish caucus wants to help the Chamber of Commerce maintain an endless stream of submissive serfs to toil for the donor companies it represents. If a few more Americans die because we selectively enforce the law, eh, so what? How is a 'sanctuary city' consistent with the rule of law? It’s not, and they don’t even pretend it is. And what happened to the Wall Street bankers and hedge fund guys who wrecked our savings in 2008? Oh, right -- instead of jail time, they got a trillion of our dollars. When establishment hacks talk about the 'rule of law,' they mean that they should be able to use the law to rule you while they get to ignore the law when it’s inconvenient. So, is it any surprise that when the establishment now comes to us breathlessly announcing that they finally got the goods on Donald Trump breaking the law that we just shrug and laugh? As my upcoming book Militant Normals: How Regular Americans Are Rebelling Against the Elite to Reclaim Our Democracy explains, we Normals are no longer buying the lies. We see that the law as applied today is not a tool of justice but one of oppression....Our refusal to recognize the law as legitimate anymore is the real danger for the establishment. Because where there are no rules, there is only power. And at the end of the day, the militant, Second Amendment-loving mass of Normal Americans has a lot more real power than them." • That's a lot to chew on. • • • DEAR READERS, the point of all this is pretty clear. The United States is in a mess politically and its justice system is aiding and abetting that mess. You don't have to be a Catholic to demand that criminals who abused boys and young men be brought to justice. Just because they conned the Catholic Church into making them priests doesn't mean they are any the less criminals. And, you certainly have the right as an American to demand that the justice works fairly and honestly. Elect judges who are not beholden to the elites. Don't re-elect judges who have in any way trashed their constitutional oath to uphold the law. Support President Trump as he stands alone against the Deep State FBI / DOJ cabal determined to bring him down. Don't vote for anyone of either party who hedges on this issue. For example, why have we not had a million Americans rally in Washington to support the President? Ask Michele Bachmann to organize it. Or, do it yourself. That's what friends, your community, the internet and social media are for. Above all, press every elected official you know about the indecent refusal to indict Hillary Clinton for her misuse of classified materials. The Rule of Law is the underpinning of the Constitution. Of the Republic. Do not sit idly by while it is destroyed by the Deep State and their Progressive masters. Because beyond the Rule of Law lies Chaos.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Hillary : First the Deep State FBI / DOJ, Then Russia, and Now China -- Where is the US Justice System?
CNN IS THE TIP OF THE MELTING PROGDEM ICEBERG. For those of us who lived through the birth of CNN and Ted Turner's dream of a 24-hour cable news network, Turner's dream has long since become a nightmare, and the death of CNN is sad, but richly deserved. • • • CNN WILL NOT RETRACT A LIE. Breitbart and almost every other news outlet has hit CNN for refusing to retract a story about President Trump knowing in advance about the Trump Tower meeting. CNN's story imploded on the already-embattled network and is taking one of CNN’s biggest names, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, down with it. The Trump Tower story by CNN, it turns out, is not only Fake news, but Bernstein and his co-authors (including CNN anchor and former Obama official Jim Sciutto) have been caught lying about who their source was. The CNN story says that Lanny Davis refused to comment on the story, but Davis was a source for the story, a source who is now publicly recanting everything. Nevertheless, refusing to apologize for its disgraceful reporting, CNN is standing by its Fake news garbage heap, refusing to retract or even comment. • And, as Breitbart reports, the far-left CNN took a double-digit ratings dive in August, while Fox News and MSNBC grew parts of their respective audiences. Nielsen Media Research reports that perennial ratings loser CNN had a terrible August despite a banner news month in which Fox News notched its 200th consecutive month at number one in cable news and gained 4% in primetime viewers, compared to this same month last year. CNN lost 12% of its primetime viewers and a whopping 15% of total day viewers. Breitbart says : "After this latest fake news fiasco, the biggest of the year so far in all of the media, CNN’s problems are only going to get worse. No one has deceived the public more during the Trump era than CNN, which is saying a lot, and the last-place network continues to publish and broadcast deceptions in ways both small and consequential. There is just no question CNN made a play for MSNBC’s Trump-hating audience, but even Trump-haters resent being lied to." • • • SOROS BUYING FACEBOOK AND TWITTER STOCK. The Federalist Papers reported on Tuesday that : "After bashing tech companies as “menaces” left wing billionaire George Soros quietly but dramatically increases his shares in those same companies, especially Facebook and Twitter. Soros drastically increased his shares in a handful of tech companies while a coalition of Progressive groups he financially backs pushes a campaign that includes a goal of breaking up Facebook....Soros made the large stock purchases during the second quarter through Soros Fund Management, the financier’s New York City-based investment firm. The purchases include 159,200 shares in Facebook (valued at $31 million), 250,000 shares in Twitter (valued at $11 million), and 54,500 shares in Apple (valued at $10 million), Security and Exchange Commission filings show. Soros did not have holdings in any of those companies during the first quarter, according to the fund’s previous filings. Soros additionally reported 12,400 shares in Alphabet, Google’s parent company, valued at $14 million. However, the shares in Alphabet decreased by $12 million from the previous quarter." The Federalist Papers says Soros made the big bets on tech after lambasting such companies as being a “menace” and “monopolistic” earlier this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, saying : “[A]s Facebook and Google have grown into ever more powerful monopolies, they have become obstacles to innovation, and they have caused a variety of problems of which we are only now beginning to become aware. They claim they are merely distributing information. But the fact that they are near-monopoly distributors makes them public utilities and should subject them to more stringent regulations, aimed at preserving competition, innovation, and fair and open universal access.” • It is characteristic of Soros to fund left wing groups calling to break up Facebook, while on the other betting that Facebook will be even more successful in the future. Breitbart warns : "...he’s up to something and this bears watching as things unfold." • A graphic in the Breitbart article shows Soros interests in New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CNN, ACLU, Democratic Party, Media Fund, Huffington Post, AOL, Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood,America Votes, Media Matters for America, All of Us or None, National Immigration Forum, his flagship moveon.org, and many more. You can see the graphic at < https://thefederalistpapers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SorosWeb.jpg >. It's worth downloading and saving. • • • FBI DEEP STATE TRUMP WITCH HUNT COMING UNGLUED. The Federalist Papers also reported on Tuesday, as did many online outlets but almost none of the mainstream media, that : "Things are unraveling fast for the FBI and the bogus Trump / Russia investigation. First a Pentagon whistleblower comes forward to show that the investigation was a setup from the beginning." • James Woods called out the witch hunt earlier when he tweeted : "This question is so obvious. It's almost never posed nor certainly ever answered in any sober fashion : Why is Special Counsel Robert #Mueller not investigating any #Democrat malfeasance during the run up to the 2016 presidential election? 7:14 August 24, 2018." • Now we learn that the FBI leaked stories to the media, then used those same stories to justify FISA warrants, says the Federalist Papers : "A Republican congressman touched off a firestorm Tuesday after claiming on Twitter that his office had information suggesting the FBI leaked information to the press and used the resulting articles to help obtain surveillance warrants. 'We’ve learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA’s,' House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., tweeted overnight @RepMarkMeadows : " We've learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA's Unreal. Tomorrow's Bruce Ohr interview is even more critical. Did he ever do this? 4:20 AM - Aug 28, 2018." • The claim, according to the Federalist Papers : "stemmed in part from FBI intelligence analyst Jonathan Moffa’s Friday testimony behind closed doors before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees. A source with knowledge of the testimony backed up Meadows, telling Fox News that Moffa said FBI personnel would use media reports based on information they leaked to justify applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants. The source told Fox News that Moffa, who worked with controversial former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, acknowledged this 'had been a practice in the past.' " • Republicans have long questioned to what extent leaked information related to the unverified anti-Trump Dossier was used by the Comey-led FBI as a basis for surveillance warrants against former Trump advisor Carter Page in 2016. The source told Fox News that Moffa did not specifically confirm whether leaking was employed with regard to the Dossier, but said the FBI had done this in other cases. • The Federalist Papers says : "But it gets even worse : Meadows, though, largely stood by his claims -- but offered a clarification in a Tuesday afternoon statement to Fox News, drawing a distinction between what Moffa testified and what his office has learned from other materials. 'Jonathan Moffa made it clear to the committee the FBI routinely uses media reports to corroborate analytic work product. We have emails and texts plainly showing the FBI leaks to the media, raising major red flags. If FBI executives want the American people to believe they haven’t used leaks to their advantage, they are not being honest,' Meadows said in the statement, while saying this includes FISA materials. Meadows also told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” earlier Tuesday that the committee had evidence of the FBI’s practice that would be 'hard to refute.We know that some people at the Department of Justice and the FBI actually gave information to the media, then the stories were reported. Then they used those reports to justify further investigations,' Meadows said. 'You know, that’s like saying, we’re going to incriminate on one hand, and be the jury on the other. It just doesn’t work that way.' ” • • • PENTAGON WHISTLEBLOWER CALLS FBI RUSSIA PROBE A "SET-UP." Why have we not heard about this on mainstream media??? Because it deals in Fake news only. The real story was written by highly repsected investigative reporter Sara Carter of circa.com. Carter wroet on Tuesday : "Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst, never expected that what he stumbled on during his final months at the Pentagon would expose an integral player in the FBI’s handling of President....In the fall of 2016, Adam Lovinger, a former senior official of the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA), stumbled upon evidence that the Deep State wanted buried -- documents exposing Halper’s role in the frame-up job. He voiced his concerns about what he had found and paid dearly for it. Lovinger, a DoD analyst turned whistleblower, had his security clearance suspended on May 1, 2017, after he raised concerns about the roughly $1 million in tax-payer funded money Halper had received to write Defense Department foreign policy reports." • 'It was a topic of conversation within the office,' Lovinger’s attorney, Sean M. Bigley, told the Washington Times earlier this month. 'What is Halper doing, and why is he being paid astronomically more than others similarly situated?' According to Bigley, Lovinger was suspended shortly after he began asking questions about the suspicious DoD contracts with Halper, as well as a contract with a close friend of Chelsea Clinton and others. He was then relegated to a make-work desk job until April 3, 2018, when he was indefinitely suspended from duty and pay." Lovinger, a husband and father of three, was the primary breadwinner of his family, according to Carter." Bigley told Carter : "“When Mr. Lovinger raised concerns about DoD’s misuse of Stefan Halper in 2016, he did so without any political designs or knowledge of Mr. Halper’s spying activities,” Bigley told SaraACarter.com. “Instead, Mr. Lovinger simply did what all Americans should expect of our civil servants : he reported violations of law and a gross waste of public funds to his superiors.” • The Federalist Papers says : "Bigley told Carter that they had expected some degree of retaliation for the whistleblowing, but were taken aback by the 'ferocity' of it. 'We weren’t surprised when DoD bureaucrats moved shortly thereafter to strip Mr. Lovinger of both his security clearance and his detail to the National Security Council, where he had been senior director for strategy as a by-name request of the incoming Trump Administration,' said the attorney. 'Yet, we were puzzled by the unprecedented ferocity of efforts to discredit Mr. Lovinger, including leaks from DoD of false and defamatory information to the press,' he said. Bigley explained that at the time they assumed that the reason for the intense blowback was because Lovinger had raised concerns about a contract that went to a firm headed by Jacqueline Newmyer Deal, who is reportedly a close confidante of Chelsea Clinton. While they remain convinced that that connection “certainly may have played a role,” Bigley now suspects that it was his focus on Halper that made the Deep State panic because it was in the process of trying to frame Trump." • The idea that the Trump-Russia probe was a setup from the beginning doesn't us, but Sara Carter's report of these new documents goes a long way to spelling out the facts behind our suspicions. • • • HILLARY POLLSTER SAYS SHE BROKE THE LAW. Lifezette's report on August 22 stated that Mark Penn, a former Clinton pollster, told it that President Trump didn’t break any campaign finance laws if he directed former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to pay off two women alleging affairs with him -- but 2016 Democratic president nominee Hillary Clinton did break campaign finance laws. Penn argued : "Contrast what is going on here with the treatment of the millions of dollars paid to a Democratic law firm which, in turn, paid out money to political research firm Fusion GPS and British ex-spy Christopher Steele without listing them on any campaign expenditure form -- despite crystal-clear laws and regulations that the ultimate beneficiaries of the funds must be listed,” Penn, who worked for both Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, wrote in an Op-ed in The Hill. "There is no question that hiring spies to do opposition research in Russia is a campaign expenditure, and yet, no prosecutorial raids have been sprung on the law firm, Fusion GPS or Steele. Reason: It does not ‘get’ Trump,” Penn argued in his piece. The FBI used the anti-Trump Dossier alleging Russian collusion, which Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) funded, to renew surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page." Penn argued that Trump did not violate any federal election laws for reportedly reimbursing Cohen : “Donald Trump should do a better job of picking aides who pay their taxes -- but he’s not responsible for their financial problems and crimes,” Penn wrote. “Paying for nondisclosure agreements for perfectly legal activities is not a crime, not a campaign contribution as commonly understood or ruled upon by the FEC [Federal Election Commission] -- and squeezing guilty pleas out of vulnerable witnesses does not change those facts,” Penn added. • This is just another pro-Trump story being supressed by the aminstream media. Credit goes to TheHill for publishing it. • • • HILLARY WAS HACKED -- BY CHINA. WHO ELSE?? The Daily Caller reported on Monday that : "A Chinese-owned company penetrated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server, according to sources briefed on the matter. The company inserted code that forwarded copies of Clinton’s emails to the Chinese company in real time. The Intelligence Community Inspector General warned of the problem, but the FBI subsequently failed to act, Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert said during a July hearing. A Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, DC, area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as Secretary of State and obtained nearly all her emails, two sources briefed on the matter told The Daily Caller. The Chinese firm obtained Clinton’s emails in real time as she sent and received communications and documents through her personal server, according to the sources, who said the hacking was conducted as part of an intelligence operation. The Chinese wrote code that was embedded in the server, which was kept in Clinton’s residence in upstate New York. The code generated an instant 'courtesy copy' for nearly all of her emails and forwarded them to the Chinese company, according to the sources." • The Daily Caller states that the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found that virtually all of Clinton’s emails were sent to a “foreign entity,” Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said at a July 12 House Committee on the Judiciary hearing. He did not reveal the entity’s identity, but said it was unrelated to Russia. Two officials with the ICIG, investigator Frank Rucker and attorney Janette McMillan, met repeatedly with FBI officials to warn them of the Chinese intrusion, according to a former intelligence officer with expertise in cybersecurity issues, who was briefed on the matter; told the Daily Caller. He spoke anonymously, as he was not authorized to publicly address the Chinese’s role with Clinton’s server. Among the FBI officials ICIG officials met with and warned was Peter Strzok, who was then the bureau’s top counterintelligence official. Gohmert mentioned in the Judiciary Committee hearing that ICIG officials told Strzok and three other top FBI officials that they found an “anomaly” on Clinton’s server. The former intelligence officer whom the Daily Caller spoke with said the ICIG “discovered the anomaly pretty early in 2015. When [the ICIG] did a very deep dive, they found in the actual metadata -- the data which is at the header and footer of all the emails -- that a copy, a ‘courtesy copy,’ was being sent to a third party and that third party was a known Chinese public company that was involved in collecting intelligence for China. The [ICIG] believe that there was some level of phishing. But once they got into the server something was embedded. The Chinese are notorious for embedding little surprises like this.” The intelligence officer has declined to name of the Chinese company, but he says : “We do know the name of the company. There are indications there are other ‘cutouts’ that were involved. I would be in a lot of trouble if I gave you the name,” he told the Daily Caller. • The Daily Caller says a government staff official who’s been briefed on the ICIG’s findings told it that the Chinese state-owned firm linked to the hacking operates in Washington’s northern Virginia suburbs. The source was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. The company that penetrated Clinton’s server was not a technology firm and it served as a “front group” for the Chinese government, the source told the Daily Caller. The Fairfax and Loudoun county governments told the Daily Caller that 13 state-owned Chinese companies operate in the area. Of those, three were not technologically oriented. Fairfax County Economic Development Authority communications manager Seth Livingston told the Daily Caller that all the nine firms operating in his county were there in 2009 when Clinton began as Secretary of State : “Our Asian folks believe that all of the companies have been around and known to us since that time period,” he said in an email. • Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill told the Daily Caller : “This is the most combed over subject in modern American political history. The FBI spent thousands of hours investigating, and found no evidence of intrusion. That’s a fact. But in an age where facts are alternative and truth isn’t truth, it’s no surprise that an outlet like the Daily Caller would try to distract us from very real and very immediate threats to our democracy brought by the man occupying the White House.” • How true that self-serving statement is -- the Deep State FBI was in the business of covering up for Hillary, no matter what she did. And Hilalry's own State Department Inspector General Steven A. Linick and then-ICIG Charles McCullough III scrutinized Clinton’s server in 2015, before McCullough told Congress in July, 2015, that her emails contained classified material. The two IGs asked the Department of Justice to investigate whether the classified information was compromised, according to a July 23, 2015, New York Times report based on unnamed senior government officials. The FBI issued a referral to the Justice Department in July 2015. The bureau warned that classified information may have been disclosed to a foreign power or to one of its agents. A July 10, 2015, FBI memo is quoted by the Daily Caller : “FBIHQ, Counterespionage Section, is opening a full investigation based on specific articulated facts provided by an 811 referral from the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, dated July 6, 2015 regarding the potential compromise of classified information.” An 811 referral informs the FBI of classified information that was potentially released to a foreign power or agent of a foreign power. The FBI memo stated : “This investigation is also designated a Sensitive Investigative Matter (SIM) due to a connection to a current public official, political appointee or candidate." • The Daily Caller reports that : "Then-FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano sent a follow-up memo on July 21, 2015, to President Barack Obama’s deputy attorney general, Sally Yates, about two conversations he had with her about the criminal referral. 'On 13 July 2015 and 20 July 2015, I verbally advised you of a Section 811(c) referral from the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community received by the FBI on 06 July 2015. The referral addressed the mishandling of classified information on the personal e-mail account and electronic media of a former high-level us Government official,' according to the FBI memo, which was hand delivered to Yates." The Daily Caller says that Justice Department spokesman Devin M. O’Malley declined to comment on this story. • In his recent book, former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged that the FBI was conducting a criminal investigation into Clinton’s conduct. • London Center for Policy Research’s vice president of operations, retired Colonel Anthony Shaffer, told the Daily Caller that Clinton’s server was vulnerable to hacking : “Look, there’s evidence based on the complete lack of security hygiene on the server. Fourteen-year-old hackers from Canada could have probably hacked into her server and left very little trace. Any sophisticated organization is going to be able to essentially get in and then clean up their presence.” • And a former consultant to the US trade representative, Claude Barfield, told the Daily Caller : “The Chinese were in the process of really gaining technological competence in 2009 to 2010. This begins to really take off in the early years of the Obama administration. The Obama administration was kind of late and there was this slow reaction about how sophisticated the Chinese were.” • Romanian hacker “Guccifer” told FOX News reporter Catherine Herridge, in an exclusive interview in 2016, that he hacked Hillary Clinton’s server and that it was easy. Guccifer told Herridge that at least 10 other groups or individuals also breached Hillary’s private server. Guccifer also said “it was easy.” • Fox News' Laura Ingraham interviewed Peter Schweizer, who told her that Hillary Clinton’s emails, including “many” that were classified, were hacked by China. • President Trump tweeted early Wednesday, calling on the FBI and Department of Justice to make the “next move.” Trump did not go into specific details about the apparent hacking, but the tweet came on the heels of the Daily Caller report. The President tweeted : "Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China. Next move better be by the FBI & DOJ or, after all of their other missteps (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA, Dirty Dossier etc.), their credibility will be forever gone!" • • • HILLARY -- FIRST THE FBI / DOJ, THEN RUSSIA, NOW CHINA. The Washington Examiner reported in mid-August that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes declared on Fox News that Hillary Clinton's campaign "colluded" with nearly every top official in the Justice Department and FBI. Nunes blamed the media for largely ignoring the revelations surrounding the origins of the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and stressing that the American people "need to know it" called for the declassification of "an unprecedented amount of information." Trump has also warned that he "may have to get involved" if the FBI doesn't provide conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch and others with text messages of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whom he has accused of harboring a bias against him. McCabe’s wife, Jill, reportedly accepted approximately $700,000 in donations for a Virginia state Senate election in 2015 from a political action committee headed by former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is close to the Clinton family and chaired Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run. McCabe assisted overseeing the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails after Jill McCabe’s bid for the state Senate ended in failure. The FBI, led by then- Director James Comey, did not recommend that Clinton face criminal charges for how she managed classified information. Nunes and fellow GOP chairmen Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte have pressed the DOJ for months for documents related to the Russia and Hillary Clinton emails investigations, with some success. However, Nunes complained that the DOJ has been slow to comply. He also said there needs to be "an investigation into these top-level people as to how somebody concocted the idea that it's okay to take information from one political campaign and use it to open up an investigation on the other political -- on somebody else's opposing political party." Nunes, who heads Congress' investigation into the matter, said it was likely that information "was handed directly from Russian propaganda arms to the Clinton campaign, fed into the top levels of the FBI and Department of Justice to open up a counterintelligence investigation into a political campaign that has now colluded (with) nearly every top official at the DOJ and FBI over the course of the last couple years. Absolutely amazing." • Investor's Business Daily also reported in mid-August that : "It's beginning to look as if claims of monstrous collusion between Russian officials and US political operatives were true. But it wasn't Donald Trump who was guilty of Russian collusion. It was Hillary Clinton and US intelligence officials who worked with Russians and others to entrap Trump." IBD was quoting a RealClear Investigations report by Lee Smith, who looked in-depth at the controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between officials of then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign staff and a Russian lawyer known to have ties with high-level officials in Vladimir Putin's government. The media have spun a tale of Trump selling his soul to the Russians for campaign dirt to use against Hillary, beginning with the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting. But, IBD disagrees, quoting Smith : "A growing body of evidence...indicates that the meeting may have been a setup -- part of a broad effort to tarnish the Trump campaign involving Hillary Clinton operatives employed by Kremlin-linked figures and Department of Justice officials." Smith, says IBD, "painstakingly weaves together the evidence that's already out there but has been largely ignored by the mainstream media, which have become so seized with Trump-hatred that their reporting even on routine matters can no longer be trusted. But he adds in more evidence that the Justice Department only recently handed over to Congress. And It's damning. Memos, emails and texts now in Congress' possession show that the Justice Department and the FBI worked together both before and after the election with Fusion GPS and their main link to the scandal, former British spy and longtime FBI informant Chris Steele. As a former British spook in Moscow, Steele had extensive ties to Russia. That's why he was picked as the primary researcher to compile the 'unverified and salacious' Trump Dossier, as former FBI Director James Comey once described it. Steele's dossier, for which Fusion reportedly received $1 million, was largely based on interviews with Russian officials. And who paid that $1 million? As we and others have reported, it was Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee, then under Hillary's control. The media knew all this, of course, but largely ignored it. The great irony here is that, after more than two years of investigating, the only real evidence of collusion with Russians at all points to Hillary Clinton. It was she who hired Steele to dig up dirt on Trump using Russian sources." But, IBDsays the collusion is much deeper : "Events surrounding that now-famous June 2016 Trump meeting suggest it, too, was a concoction of Hillary Clinton and her Deep-State allies. And that meeting was the basis for much of the later Russian collusion 'investigation,' if it can even be called that. Bruce Ohr, the No. 4-ranking official at the Justice Department, 'coordinated before, during and after the election' with both Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and with Steele, notes Smith. This shouldn't come as a surprise, given that Ohr's wife Nellie, a sometime employee of the CIA, was also working for Fusion GPS. The FBI fired Steele in October 2016 after it discovered that he leaked information to the press. But that meant nothing. Bruce Ohr merely continued as the conduit from Fusion GPS for information related to Steele's bogus Trump Dossier. The FBI and Justice used information from that 35-page document as the pretense for the FISA wiretap on Trump aide Carter Page. Far from being limited in scope, those wiretaps in essence provided a backdoor key to the entire Trump campaign -- and the basis for the Russian investigation." BUT, the real kicker is reported by IBD : "An earlier investigation by RealClearPolitics showed that as early as March 2016, the FBI, other Western intelligence sources and Clinton campaign operatives contacted the Trump campaign about potentially damaging information about Clinton. They were in effect live-trolling the campaign. This is significant. Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Putin-connected lawyer who contacted the Trump campaign about having dirt on Hillary Clinton, was a client of Fusion GPS when she met with Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump campaign. And she was accompanied by a former Soviet military counterintelligence official, now working as a lobbyist, named Rinat Akhmetshin....What's especially curious is that GPS' Glenn Simpson admits he had dinner with Veselnitskaya both the night before and the night after the Trump Tower meeting. Any possibility there was no discussion of the meeting between the two? Seems highly unlikely. Veselnitskaya herself subsequently claimed that the talking points for her meeting with the Trump people were provided to her by Simpson....In short, they were baiting a trap for the Trump campaign to make it appear as if they were colluding with Russian officials." Investor Business Daily concludes : "Congress, using the documents it pried out of the Justice Department after repeated requests, is busy getting at what might turn out to be the scandal of the century. And Congress is now doing the work the Justice Department and FBI won't....As we said, the only real collusion appears to be on the part of the Clinton campaign -- aided by the Obama administration, CIA chief John Brennan and a handful of high-level officials at the Department of Justice and FBI. What's next? It's possible the collusion investigation soon will turn from Trump to Clinton. If so, it could lead to more resignations and possibly jail time for those involved. That includes perhaps even Hillary Clinton, who sits at the political epicenter of all this illegality." • • • DEAR READERS, Fox News Cal Thomas wrote on Tuesday : "The long knives have been drawn by those who want to reverse the results of the 2016 election and put themselves back in power. They will not be sheathed until blood is drawn, preferably the blood of the President, whose personality might not win him any good deportment citations on a grade school report card, but whose policies are making the nation stronger. President Trump needs to refocus and stop attacking his political enemies, and even his friends, and start worrying about his most pressing problem. Neither does it matter that no evidence of Russian 'collusion' by the Trump campaign has yet to be uncovered. That train seems to have long ago left the station, replaced by other strategies to bring down the President, none of which were part of the special counsel’s original mandate. Indeed, on July 13 when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russians for their alleged roles in hacking computers at the Democratic National Committee and other sites, he said : 'There’s no allegation in this document that any American citizen committed a crime. There’s no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result.' Rosenstein knows the indicted Russians will never be extradited and tried, so it looks to most conservatives like a public relations stunt designed to show that Robert Mueller was pursuing what he had been tasked with discovering. Having failed to achieve that objective, the tentacles of his office have spread out in other directions, now reaching the Trump organization where its CEO has been granted full federal immunity and will likely be required to divulge anything -- perhaps even those long-hidden Trump income tax returns, which Democrats have wanted made public since the 2016 campaign....The President should concern himself with what is being done on other fronts where he can credibly claim success." • HERE is President Trump's success -- NBC did back-to-back Trump approval polls after ‘skeptical’ results, and Chuck Todd was forced to report that, despite what the media throws at President Trump there are two words to describe his base. It is rock solid. After not seeing the results they wanted over at NBC, the network launched a second approval poll for President Trump immediately following the Manafort / Cohen bombshells only to discover the numbers barely moved. “What effect did Michael Cohen’s guilty plea and Paul Manafort’s convictions have on President Trump’s approval rating?” Chuck Todd rhetorically asked before delivering the answer. “The two stories had many asking if this was more than even President Trump supporters could bear,” he said. “And the answer so far seems to be -- no.” Todd said citing a second NBC/Wall St. Journal poll. Todd showed clips of the polls that were taken days apart, during and after the so-called “bombshells” were breaking. After the first poll taken from August 18 to August 22 came back with "record high" approval for Preisdent Trump -- 46% approval vs 51% disapproval -- Todd said they ran a second poll from last Wednesday through Saturday, “because we knew some of you might be skeptical of the results.” After reporting that the numbers hardly moved -- 44% approval vs 52% disapproval -- Todd described what’s glaringly obvious to real Americans with a growing bank account : “For the 2018 Democratic strategy, the Manafort and Cohen’s convictions represent a Fool’s Gold opportunity rather than a Silver Bullet solution,” he said. • These ProgDem media lapdog propagandists never learn, do they?? Neither did Hillary. It is becoming downright embarrassing that we have had no reaction from the US justice system -- at the very least for Hillary's documented misuse of classified materials -- while President Trump is having his entire life torn apart because the Deep State is determined to destroy him.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The Media Uses Senator McCain to Bludgeon President Trump, While Trump Had Kelly Call McCain's Family Right After His Death to Say "Whatever They Need, They Have"
TODAY, AND EVERY DAY THIS WEEK, WE ARE BEING BOMBARDED WITH PROGRESSIVE FAKE LAMENTING OVER SENATOR McCAIN'S DEATH. I thought I had said everything when I posted the Monday blog. but, the constant and vicious pounding of President Trump by the ProgDem media has made me think there's more to say. • • • THE NEW-FOUND LOVE OF THE LEFT FOR SENATOR McCAIN. It used to be a different story. American Thinker's Jack Hellner examined the Democrat leadership and mainstream media commentary about John McCain BEFORE he died. It explains why this week's parade of Fake tears is just one more despicably Progressive use of any opportunity to attack President Trump. • Hellner wrote : "The playbook is always the same. The Democrats, in collusion with the media, target Republicans, no matter who they are. They trashed Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Donald Trump. Then, when people die, such as Reagan or McCain, they act as though they had always loved them." Hellner has the evidence to back up his claim : "Here is the New York Times on McCain in 2008 : 'As tough as the times are, the selection of a new president is easy. After nearly two years of a grueling and ugly campaign, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has proved that he is the right choice to be the 44th president of the United States....In the same time, Senator John McCain of Arizona has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaign on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism. His policies and worldview are mired in the past. His choice of a running mate so evidently unfit for the office was a final act of opportunism and bad judgment that eclipsed the accomplishments of 26 years in Congress.' Here is the Washington Post on McCain in 2008 : 'The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain's disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president. It is made easy in larger part, though, because of our admiration for Mr. Obama and the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race. Yes, we have reservations and concerns, almost inevitably, given Mr. Obama's relatively brief experience in national politics. But we also have enormous hopes.' Here is Joe Biden on McCain in 2008 : 'The campaign a person runs says everything about the way they'll govern. The McCain-Palin campaign decided to bet the house -- decided to bet the house -- on the politics perfected by Karl Rove. Those tactics may be good at squeaking by in an election, but they are bad if you want to lead one nation, indivisible.' Here is John Lewis on McCain in 2008 : 'Civil rights icon and Georgia congressman John Lewis is accusing John McCain and Sarah Palin of stoking hate, likening the atmosphere at Republican campaign events to those featuring George Wallace, the segregationist former governor of Alabama and presidential candidate. McCain's campaign has responded with a statement in the candidate's name, urging Barack Obama to repudiate Lewis's comments. 'What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history,' Lewis said in a statement issued today for Politico's Arena forum. 'Senator McCain and Governor Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.' " • • • Lloyd Marcus wrote on American Thinker Tuesday : "Fake news media's sudden overwhelming fondness for Republican Senator John McCain is insidiously evil and disgusting. Coldly and calculatingly, the American left exploits and spins even death to further its mission to undermine President Trump, the Constitution, and traditional American principles and values. The same Democratic hacks and leftist media operatives now praising the late John McCain called him a racist for being white, being Republican, and opposing Obama in 2008. As the GOP presidential nominee, McCain's absurd strategy was to get into the presidential boxing ring with Obama and not lay a glove on him. McCain even instructed his team not to use Obama's middle name, 'Hussein.' " BUT, putting all that aside, Fake news media in 2008 mercilessly attacked McCain, even accusing him of "race-baiting." Marcus says : "These same leftist hypocrites are arrogantly attempting to dictate to Kelli Ward and President Trump how they should respond to McCain's death. I attended the final rally of Dr. Kelli Ward's bus tour in Yuma, Arizona. Ward offered a moment of silence and a prayer for John McCain and his family. I guarantee that Ward's classy gesture will not be reported by Fake news media....the American left shamefully sees McCain's death as its latest bludgeon to beat up on conservatives, Republicans, and President Trump." • It's hard to argue with Lloyd Marcus's conclusion : "The American left, which includes the Fake news media, does not give a rat's derrière about anyone or anything other than furthering its anti-American and anti-Christian agendas. The life of every American -- including yours and mine -- is deemed acceptable collateral damage in leftists' mission to transform America away from the divinely inspired vision of our Founders....Folks, I cannot state this truth often enough. American leftists are soulless vipers who deceptively portray themselves as championing victims. The reality is that leftists always view people as pawns, coldly using their pain, suffering, and lives to further their godless and anti-American agendas....The American left's over-the-top loving on John McCain is sheer hypocrisy, considering the way the left treated him whenever he leaned toward Republicanism. We have seen this movie played out numerous times, particularly since the election of President Trump. The American left expresses outrage over something insignificant -- in this case, Trump's response to the death of Senator McCain. Fake news media go into 24/7 attack, lie, and smear mode, launching 24/7 panel discussions expressing outrage and how this incident is the magic bullet to take down Trump. The American left's oh-how-we-love-John-McCain hoax will fail. Leftists will move on, eagerly awaiting the next death or tragic incident to exploit and scam We the People for their purposes." • • • A TON OF DRIVEL. Ed Straker calls the ProgDem media's continuous lament for Senator McCain a "ton of drivel." Writing in American Thinker, Straker said : "Right now the inert corpse of Senator McCain is being used like an ice pick wielded by an insane serial killer to stab at President Trump. Liberals'love of Senator McCain, and now, for the first time, the American flag, is never greater when they can use both to attack the President. Like all of you reading this, I felt deep emotion at the news of John McCain's passing. While an unreliably Republican Senator, one of the very worst, actually, we are always required to qualify his rotten record with the fact that he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, as if one career insulates the other from criticism. Perhaps John McCain's biggest legacy, though, is the avalanche of articles about John McCain. It feels as though we're living through the death of Mao in China, with non-stop, wall-to-wall coverage. Is the flag up? Is the flag down? When did it go up? When did it go down? What does Meghan McCain think? What does Cindy think? What is Melania wearing, and what does it secretly say about John McCain? What did President Trump say about John McCain? What didn't President Trump say about John McCain? What does President Trump's body language say about John McCain? What does a handwriting analyst have to say about President Trump's signature on the proclamation about John McCain?" • What is the MSM telling us about Senator John McCain? Here is Ed Straker's list : " 1. How he was the courageous deciding vote to defeat the partial repeal of Obamacare, in articles with titles like 'I'll never forget watching John McCain vote down Obamacare repeal.' 2. How he stabbed Sarah Palin in the back after he lost the election to Obama. 3. McCain's great man-love for John Kerry. 4. McCain's brave stand against waterboarding terrorists. 5. People like Obama praising McCain for having 'classic integrity' (What kind of integrity did Obama have? The virtual kind?) 6. Articles that call McCain the 'last lion' of the Senate. The last Senator to be called a 'great lion' was the renowned U-boat captain from Massachusetts, Edward Kennedy. 7. The use of the word 'maverick' to refer not to an old James Garner TV show, but to John McCain voting with the Democrats. 8. Any articles with photos or quotes from Cindy and/or Meghan McCain. Sorry, your 15 minutes are over. Royalty went out with the Bushes and the Clintons! 9. Articles that cite McCain's 'global stature' or even call him a 'force of nature' (perhaps like a hurricane or a large forest fire). 10. Articles that claim that President Trump is insufficiently supplicant for sending the McCain family his sympathies. Like smoke from forest fires, the stories about John McCain stories will burn with great intensity and effluvium for a time. The media use his memory to the last drop and then find a new tool with which to attack the President." • • • American Thinker's Sally Zelikovsky wrote on Tuesday : "There is no denying that President Trump and Senator McCain were oil and vinegar, cobra and mongoose, with an unfiltered and palpable disdain for one another. It doesn't matter who lobbed the initiating insult. They equally exchanged nasty barbs and damaging criticisms. Trump had several choices : (1) say nothing about Senator McCain's passing, for which he would be endlessly bludgeoned by the press and punditry; (2) extol the virtues of the deceased in a manner clearly at odds with their relationship and invite endless bludgeoning from the press and punditry for being a hypocrite; or (3) pay polite and respectful condolences to the family, honor his death holding the flag at half-mast, and leave the praise-filled eulogies to those who could do so sincerely...and be bludgeoned in the punditry and press because he didn't deliver enough praise or keep the flag at half-mast long enough." • In fact, Senator McCain had been planning his funeral while battling brain cancer and specifically requested that Presidents Obama and Bush speak but did not request the same of President Trump. That is certainly the right of McCain and his family, and we should respect their wishes. And, it appears that President Trump has done just that. Zelikovsky says : "He didn't ignore the death of Senator McCain, but instead sent his condolences to the family with the proper meter and tone. Had he uncharacteristically praised McCain, that would have been more evidence that he was a hypocrite, flip-flopper, and liar. The press-pundit-pol response would have been swift and jarring. Maybe the press is just perturbed that President Trump actually handled himself quite presidentially this time, showing a modicum of respect due the family while being true to the nature of their relationship." • As Sally Zelikovsky reminds us : "I've noticed that media tributes to some people who pass away have gotten longer and more drawn out than in the past. These selected deaths dominate the news cycle as if they were a cataclysmic natural disaster....Death is part of life. Some people live more consequential lives than others, it's true. And those deaths and the lives led will be highlighted in the news cycle in ways most of us -- no matter how consequential our lives might be to our families and friends -- will never receive. Ours will be a one-paragraph obituary in a local newspaper; there will be a funeral or memorial; friends and families will mourn, sit shiva, or attend a wake; and then life goes on. Now, some will argue that John McCain deserves more coverage than other politicians, war heroes, ex-presidential candidates...because he was all three, because his life was so consequential. But I wonder if that is what is really going on here. Let's see what happens to Senator Bob Dole or President George H.W. Bush when they pass away. Maybe I'm wrong, and they'll be celebrated to the same extent as John McCain, and that is just how the 24-hour news cycle covers the deaths of political luminaries and celebrities. But with all due respect, I cannot help but wonder if part of this outpouring -- especially from the left-wingers and the Democrat-Media-Propaganda Complex -- is because McCain not only sided with the Democrats on issues like immigration and outwardly despised Trump, but gave Trump the finger on repealing Obamacare. Many believe that his thumbs-down vote was personal and emblematic of their mutual disdain -- I'm not going to do something you want so badly and need me to be the deciding vote on, even if I agree with it in principle and despite the fact I got re-elected to vote in favor of repeal. I'm going to stick it to you because of the nasty things you've said about me. Maybe then you will learn your lesson. If you want me to cooperate, you have to be nice. I can understand that. Trump hit McCain in his pithy core with his comments about his heroism and capture. That was too close for McCain to just brush off. McCain clearly wanted to make one last dig at Trump before he left this Earth, and he did, by asking non-sitting Presidents to eulogize him. That trumped anything Trump could say or do, and I think our President knows this. So far, he has given this shot to McCain. And so it should remain." • • • NEWT GINGRICH OFFERS HIS EULOGY. As you all know, I respect immensely the opinions and analyses of former GOP Speaker Newt Gingrich. He was one of the first to offer his memorial piece after the death of Senator McCain. If you want to read the best description of John McCain that will be published this week -- by either the left or right -- read this : "When Callista and I first heard the news that Senator John McCain had died, we were deeply saddened for his family. We are especially close to his daughter, Meghan, and had watched her devote endless hours in Arizona being with her dad as he fought the same terrible brain malignancy that had taken the life of Senator Ted Kennedy. McCain actually died on the ninth anniversary of Kennedy passing away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Meghan, her mother Cindy and their entire family. John McCain’s death is an appropriate time to think about this extraordinary man and his life. I had been shaped in my view of McCain by my good friend, retired Air Force General Chuck Boyd. Boyd had been a prisoner of war in Vietnam for nearly seven years (1966-1973) and is the only POW from the Vietnam War to achieve four-star rank. He respected John McCain from the bottom of his heart. He felt that McCain had shown courage and loyalty both to America and to his fellow POWs. By the time McCain won a House seat in 1982 he was already a significant figure. He had become a close friend to both President Ronald and Nancy Reagan. He had been a remarkably effective congressional liaison for the Navy, often pushing a buildup in opposition to the Carter administration for which he was supposedly working. When John came to the House he was well known, energetic, enthusiastic and very personable. Both Democrats and Republicans liked him. He was also opinionated, argumentative and enthusiastically prepared to stand up for his beliefs. One of my most personal encounters with John was in 1986 when I was in a very intense fight with the House Democratic leadership. Two physically large House Democrats came over and said they were sick and tired of what I was doing and I ought to know there would be a payback. One of them said 'we are coming for you.' I had not realized that McCain had calmly come over to stand next to me. When the Democrat sounded threatening, John instinctively stepped closer to me and said 'when you come for Newt, come for me too, the name’s McCain.' I almost had the feeling I was seeing the kind of instinctive protectiveness McCain had developed for fellow Americans in the North Vietnamese prison camp where he was imprisoned and tortured for five years. McCain’s greatest passion was for defending America. He spent endless hours trying to strengthen our military and to develop and implement effective strategies for national security. When McCain became chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee he asked me to join a small group that included retired General Jim Mattis to discuss strategic planning for defense. John was always pushing the margins, looking for new ideas and trying to find better ways to do things. The Arizona Senator was a maverick in the Republican Party, in his approach to being a Senator, and in his relationship with Presidents. This was good for America. We need a few more mavericks, not a few more conformists. McCain understood that the Constitution was designed to have a strong Senate that could stand up to the executive branch. In a series of policy fights he was prepared again and again to use his senatorial powers to take on the bureaucracy and the president. McCain’s independence was bipartisan. He was prepared to take on President Bush and he was prepared to take on President Obama. That is how our Constitution is supposed to work. For 81 years John McCain loved his country, lived his life as a patriot, and accepted hardships that few Americans have had to endure. The depth and intensity of McCain’s patriotism, his love for America, and his deep commitment to our nation remaining a free country are an inspiration to every American. His is a life worth studying and praising." • • • DEAR READERS, the Trump tweet that has been the source of so much anger on the part of the ProgDem media rises far above their animosity in its decorum : "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!" AND, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham revealed to Fox News' Sean Hannity on Monday that President Trump instructed White House chief of staff John Kelly to provide the McCain family with anything they need during their grieving. Senator Graham told Hannity : “John Kelly -- I don’t know if John’s listening -- he called right after John passed to the family. The President tells General Kelly ‘whatever they need they have,' ” Graham said. BUT, we who love the President know this also will not quieten the Democrats or their mainstream media, which is hysterical about Trump's response to John McCain's death. We who love President Trump know that, of course, he reached out to offer help to Senator McCain's family. Donald Trump helps anybody he can, whenever he can. The President was respectful when he refused to rise to the bait John McCain tossed at him in his dying moments. • But, I have to ask myself, why would a dying man think of attacking an old foe instead of forgiving him and asking for forgiveness for himself? It brings to mind the very different picture of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson -- old political foes but older friends -- who reconciled and surely found peace in knowing that their biographers would write of their reconciliation and not of some continuing jabbing animosity over old political differences of opinion. Yet, we know that if President Trump had tried to do that, he would have been rebuffed by the media and perhaps by John McCain, as well. • Let's try to get our heads around this. The Progressive Democrats and their media are using the dead John McCain to bludgeon Trump because they hate Trump, not because they love John McCain, whom they also beat up when he was alive AND before his vote against ending once and for all Obamacare put him 100% on their side. That is why the ProgDems -- who didn't care when Obamacare caused other cancer patients to lose their life-saving doctors because all they cared about was government using Obamacare to take over one sixth of the US economy, controlling every aspect of our lives, dictating our behavior, and deciding who lives or dies -- found in his last year of life a Progressive friend in McCain. John McCain voted against everyone in his Republican Senate to hold on to the catastrophic Obamacare -- out of spite for Trump, not because he was thinking about Americans or America. Get hold of that. • Senator McCain liked to say toward the end of his life that America needs full and open debate. But, where was he during the Obamacare Senate debate? In Arizona, planning to make a grand entrance to vote against the Republican bill that every other Republican Senator voted for. Bring in the Clowns. • I say once again, speak kindly of the dead. Pray for Senator McCain and his family and loved ones. Let the military validate John McCain's military record. Give him a long patriotic pass because of his 5-year POW suffering. But, do not fall into the grip of the national hysteria being drummed up by the ProgDem media over Senator's McCain's death. It is Fake News at its most cynical.