October 31, 2017
Yesterday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally produced some results after what seems like eons of dithering. You'll remember he was supposed to be delving into the alleged "collusion" between the Trump For President campaign and (gasp) Russia. Specifically,
in his order appointing Mueller as special counsel (Order No. 3915-2017), Rosenstein directed him to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”However, there's a problem here, because
the law (28 CFR 600) grants legal authority to appoint a special counsel to investigate crimes. Only crimes. He has limited jurisdiction. . . . To put it plainly, Mueller is tasked with finding a crime that does not exist in the law. It is a legal impossibility. He is being asked to do something that is manifestly unattainable.This is because "collusion," as has previously been pointed out by no less a legal authority than Alan Dershowitz, is not a crime.
Mueller knew he had to produce something for all his effort, and to satisfy the vultures in Washington it needed to be somebody who had a connection to the President, no matter how tenuous, so he nabbed Paul Manafort, who had worked briefly for the campaign.
(T)he indictments of Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, were unsealed Monday morning. It turns out the charges are, basically, a tax fraud case. The two men stand accused of hiding their income from their lobbying work for Ukraine in order to avoid paying taxes, then lying about it. That’s it.However, the fun part of this is that, potentially, Hillary Clinton (remember her?) could find herself roped and tied to Russia by Mueller's investigation, as it is she and her husband, not Trump, who played footsie with Putin and Co.
The 31-page indictment makes no mention of Trump or Russia or "collusion.” The media seemed as dejected as a kid who wakes up on Christmas morning, only to find there are no presents under the tree. Gee whiz.
The truth is, it should have come as no surprise to anyone, much less the media, that Manafort was in legal jeopardy for his business dealings. The FBI raided his home over the summer. It was later learned that the FBI wiretapped his conversations as far back as 2014. And it was widely reported that Manafort had been told by Mueller’s team that he would be criminally charged.
Wouldn't we all love to see Hillary exchange her pantsuit for an orange jumpsuit?
It is against the law for the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to funnel millions of dollars to a British spy and to Russian sources in order to obtain the infamous and discredited Trump "dossier.” The Federal Election Campaign Act (52 USC 30101) prohibits foreign nationals and governments from giving or receiving money in U.S. campaigns. It also prohibits the filing of false or misleading campaign reports to hide the true purpose of the money (52 USC 30121). This is what Clinton and the DNC appear to have done.
Most often the penalty for violating this law is a fine, but in egregious cases, like this one, criminal prosecutions have been sought and convictions obtained. In this sense, it could be said that Hillary Clinton is the one who was conspiring with the Russians by breaking campaign finance laws with impunity.
But that’s not all. Damning new evidence appears to show that Clinton used her office as Secretary of State to confer benefits to Russia in exchange for millions of dollars in donations to her foundation and cash to her husband. Secret recordings, intercepted emails, financial records, and eyewitness accounts allegedly show that Russian nuclear officials enriched the Clintons at the very time Hillary presided over a governing body which unanimously approved the sale of one-fifth of America’s uranium supply to Russia.
If this proves to be a corrupt "pay-to-play” scheme, it would constitute a myriad of crimes, including bribery (18 USC 201-b), mail fraud (18 USC 1341), and wire fraud (18 USC 1343). It might also qualify for racketeering charges (18 USC 1961-1968), if her foundation is determined to have been used as a criminal enterprise.
Despite all the incriminating evidence, Clinton has managed to avoid being pursued by a special counsel. Trump, on the other hand, is being chased by Robert Mueller and his team, notwithstanding a dearth of evidence.
The entire article is found here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/10/30/gregg-jarrett-still-no-evidence-trump-russia-collusion-but-hillary-is-different-matter.html
As far as I'm concerned, this one falls under the heading of "so stupid, only a college professor could believe it." Or, in this case, have said/written it.
From Fox News:
Wow! I'm rarely left speechless by anything, but that last paragraph leaves me dumbfounded. I can only conclude that this professor is (1) childless and (2) does not own her own home.
A City University of New York sociology professor reportedly said in a tweetstorm last week that "the white-nuclear family” promotes racism, prompting a backlash on social media.
Jessie Daniels, described as an expert on "the Internet manifestations of racism” on her CUNY page, infuriated social media users after reportedly saying that white families promote racism by default.
The professor began her argument saying she learned that "the white-nuclear family is one of the most powerful forces supporting white supremacy,” adding that that families "reproducing white children” are "part of the problem” as they facilitate white supremacy in the country,Campus Reform reported.
She reportedly tweeted: "I mean, if you’re a white person who says they’re engaged in dismantling white supremacy but … you’re forming a white family (and) reproducing white children that ‘you want the best for’ – how is that helping [and] not part of the problem?"
She reportedly ended her arguement suggesting that "white people” should confront their racism and stop perpetuating inequality by leaving their homes for their children.
The entire article, which may just possibly make her position clearer, is found here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/31/having-white-nuclear-family-promotes-white-supremacy-says-new-york-professor-report-says.html
October 30, 2017
The American media is a degenerate, corrupt, vile institution and one cannot accept their word for it if they claim it is a sunny day outside. Everything the media does has an ulterior motive. So I am skeptical of the claims that we are in an opiod epidemic, as they so hysterically claim.
Oh, I dons't doubt that use of heroine and perhaps even prescription painkillers has risen. Why wouldn't it, when the Obama Administration has been all about restoring the '60's drug culture. Obama was a pothead and a coke snorter, and he had no problem with illegal drug use. It should be pointed out that while we see this rise in opioid use we have seen the legalization of marijuana in many states. Is that a coincidence? I rather doubt it. more...
When George Washington’s memory has been deemed "unacceptable” to Americans, will America still exist?
As an addendum to my recent article about the linguistic tyranny of political correctness (read it here), please indulge me in the following rant. more...
The Democrats simply refuse to accept reality. Georgia Congressman and former civil rights leader John Lewis has wished Hillary Clinton a happy birthday. But he didn't wish private citizen Hillary a happy birthday, but rather:]/link]
Happy Birthday, Madame President @HillaryClinton
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis)
Liberals are by nature reality challenged, but they have now lost all touch with the meaning of is. Like it or not Hillary LOST. America is not a nation that elects presidents based on popular vote (indeed, that is nigh unto impossible given the fog of electoral war) and the country works on a state by state basis, with the electoral college being the place where the votes are held. Trump would have campaigned differently had it been necessary to win the popular vote, and in fact we really don't know if Hillary actually won that vote anyway. As has wrongly been attributed to Joseph Stalin "it's not who wins the vote but who counts it" that matters.
Be that as it may, the liberals simply refuse to accept reality. If someone says he is Napoleon Bonapart we send the men in white coats to take him away. If Johb Lewis says that Hillary is president we elect him to Congress...
Do we have a runaway Special Counsel?
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Oct. 30, 2017
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Mueller’s charges even have anything to do with the 2016 election? If not, he should resign.
Obama’s zombie regulators
turn the omnibus into an amnesty bill
Dossier Is Not Opposition Research
Signal: Sessions Highlights 2 most Vital Liberties Justice Department Will Aim to Protect
Do Mueller’s charges even have anything to do with the 2016 election? If not, he should resign.
By Robert Romano
By now you’ve received the "news” that the first charges have been filed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s supposed of hacking the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta and, with the Trump campaign’s assistance, putting those emails on Wikileaks.
Oh wait. Those are not going to be the charges?
No, apparently, the charges might — emphasis on might since nobody knows — relate to financial transactions dating back to 2012 and 2013, to $17 million of loans dating back to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s time as a political consultant in Ukraine.
Again, we don’t know. We’re only speculating based on the breathless reporting from CNN, Buzzfeed and others. But if that’s true, one has to ask. What about the 2016 election? What about the emails? Wikileaks? Collusion? No?
The fact that Mueller had to go back into time to find something else vaguely related to Russia — well, Ukraine does share a border with Russia, right? — should tell the establishment in Washington, D.C. what the rest of the political world already knows. That after a year of an FBI investigation and apparent surveillance by the former Obama administration of the Trump campaign and transition, carried through into the administration, there never was anything to the story about the Trump campaign coordinating any hack of the Democrats by Russia.
You can see their alibi shaping up, too. You see, Manafort had an ongoing investigation into his dealings in Ukraine dating back a decade when Trump hired him—which apparently wasn’t going anywhere—and then suddenly in 2016 it heated up again. Based on what new evidence, we wonder, besides the fact that Manafort was hired by Trump and subsequently appeared in the now-discredited Christopher Steele dossier?
What you have instead is a runaway special counsel in Mueller, whose apparent job was never to investigate a crime, but to find a crime — any crime would do — that could be pinned on former Trump campaign officials including Manafort.
That alone violates the spirit of the special counsel statute, who is only supposed to be appointed to do with a crime. Instead, as the National Review’s Andrew McCarthy has repeatedly noted, Mueller’s job was to head up the counterintelligence investigation into Trump world after former FBI Director James Comey was fired.
Who knows what other types of charges Mueller might find? But to the extent that they generally have little to nothing to do with the original allegations outlined in DNC funded reports by bothCrowdstrike — outlining the supposed hack — and Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele— outlining the supposed collusion — it is time for the Justice Department, Congress and everyone else inside the Beltway to question what the heck we even have a special counsel for.
Such a case as outlined by Buzzfeed and others shaping up against Manafort, if it has any merit at all, could have been handled by a regular U.S. Attorney. Since it reportedly deals with financial transactions dating back to 2012 and 2013, it does not even fit into the scope of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ original recusal, which took him off looking into anything related to the 2016 campaign.
Which takes us back full circle. If there are no charges forthcoming to do with conduct in the election, hacks in the election, collusion in the election and other nonsense, that should be the end of Mueller’s investigation. This is just a witch hunt to hurt people in Trump’s orbit, and having been exposed as a Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC-funded fraud, is now going back in time to find something, anything to charge somebody.
We’ll know soon what these allegations being brought by Mueller have to do with. But to the extent they have nothing to do with Russia hacking or Trump collusion, the pressure will mount for Mueller to resign. There was never probable cause for the investigation in the first place, just a political hit job by Clinton and company.
Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government.
Video: Obama’s zombie regulators
Don’t turn the omnibus into an amnesty bill
By Printus LeBlanc
Republican leadership can’t help but be its own worst enemy. The Republican Party has everything going its way. The coup attempt by the Democrats hasbeen exposed as a fraud. The economy is improving in leaps andbounds, and the GOP is looking to pick up several Senate seats in the midterm elections. Enter "leadership.”
When the House passed the omnibus bill on September 14, it addressed many of the immigration points the President ran on. The same immigration points the President won the election on.
Division Mof the bill is titled "Department of Homeland Security Border Infrastructure Construction Appropriation Act.” In it, $1.53 billionis appropriatedfor three sections of border fencing along Texas and California. There is also another $38 million appropriated for planning more border wall construction. It is not the full amount for the wall, but it funds part of the wall and
Sanctuary cities are also defunded. Division C is titled "Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations.” Section 554 of Division C states, "None of the funds made available by this Act under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program may be used in contravention of section 642 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.”
Division H is titled "Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.” Section 427 of division H states, "None of the funds made available by this Act maybe used in contravention of section 642(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1373(a)).”
Thisis a great start, it builds the wall and goes after a major problem attracting illegal immigrants and havens for illegal drug smuggling, but why does it seem like theRepublican leadership is waiving the white flag? For some unknown reason, two Republicans inleadership hinted at caving to liberal demands on immigration issues last week, despite controlling the House, Senate, and Presidency.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) continued his push for amnesty. Recent reportsfrom a meeting with House conservatives revealed Ryan plans to include legislation legalizing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the upcoming spending deal. DACA is the program that allows illegal immigrants brought here as "children” to stay.
But gone is mention of the wall and defunding sanctuary cities. Nor is there any mention of including the RAISE Act that would end chain migration and move to a merit-based system.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) took E-verify off the negotiating table in a recent interview according to Politico. E-verify is the tool used to verify if someone is legally eligible to work in the country when applying for a job. Naturally, Democrats don’t want that because it will reduce the incentive for illegal immigrants to come here. Reduce, not eliminate. Why would the Cornyn give away one of the best tools to fight illegal immigration?
By putting DACA into a spending deal without getting at least the RAISE Act, border wall, and defunding of sanctuary cities the GOP leadership is setting themselves up for failure. By not putting E-verify in a spending deal, leadership is encouraging more illegal immigration. They are turning the upcoming spending vote into a vote on Amnesty.
How does the Speaker think this is going to play out in the primaries? Amnesty was passed before Obamacare repeal, tax reform, and border security. The ads write themselves.
The continual pushfor amnesty policies while failing to do anything else is showing the Republican base where the loyalty of GOP leadership lies.
Americans for Limited Government Vice President of Policy Robert Romano stated, "By sticking DACA amnesty on the budget, it makes it even more difficult for House Republicans to vote for, limiting what can be leveraged off of DACA, which bare minimum, should include passing the RAISE Act eliminating chain migration, defunding sanctuary cities to are allowing heroin to pour onto America’s streets, building the wall and beefing up the Border Patrol. DACA is the leverage, not the deal.”
Many fiscal conservatives went out on a limb to pass the omnibus spending bill. Putting amnesty in there would betray their trust and force them to vote against it.
Republican leadership must quit reading the 2012 RNC autopsy that recommended an amnesty approach in GOP legislation. It is the most worthless, inaccurate document ever produced by the RNC. President Trump did everything contrary to the autopsy report and won states the GOP had given upon. The voters sent you a clear message by sending President Trump to the White House and not one of the other amnesty candidates. You should listen to them.
Printus LeBlanc is a contributing editor for Americans for Limited
Don Todd: The Dossier Is Not Opposition Research
Americans for Limited Government Foundation President Don Todd issued the following statement blasting the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC-fundedFusion GPS-Christopher Steele dossier:
"I have been doing opposition research since 1978. My resume includes four Presidential campaigns, nearly one hundred Senatecampaigns and a few Governor races. I was the oppo team leader in all of them. I can say with absolute certainty the so-called dossier is not opposition research it is raw political sewage for which the idiot Democratsmay have paid over one hundred sixty thousand dollars a page.To call it oppo research is an insult to me and the many I have worked with over the years.
"Real political research is about issues that people care about not made up stories about bed peeing. Had I ever come up with such a document I am sure I would have summarily and rightfully fired.”
ALG Editor’s Note:In the following article from the Daily Signal, Jarrett Stepman describes a speech Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave at the Heritage Foundation this past Thursday:
Sessions Highlights 2 most Vital Liberties Justice Department Will Aim to Protect
By Jarrett Stepman
Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke about the accomplishments of the Justice Department and its new direction in a speech at The Heritage Foundation on Thursday.
Sessions discussed the long tradition of the rule of law in America and how it has been so critical to our success as a nation. He called this tradition "unique and blessed,” and said if people don’t understand it, they are really missing something.
But there are challenges to the rule of law and our freedoms today that must be addressed, according to Sessions.
In particular, Sessions focused on two fundamental liberties—"religious liberty and the freedom of speech”—that need to be protected. He called these the "very first freedoms the Founders put in the Bill of Rights, not by accident.”
"They are first because our freedom to worship and speak our minds [is] at the core of what it means to be free,” Sessions said.
In quoting Founding Father James Madison, Sessions said, "the freedom of speech is the only effectual guardian of every other right.”
And though some people say that "certain speech is not deserving of protection,” according to Sessions, this idea is misguided.
Citing historic public debates, such as the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas over slavery before the Civil War, Sessions said protecting speech ultimately makes us better as a country.
"Speech led to better decisions in a more just society,” Sessions said. "Under President [Donald] Trump’s leadership, this department is doing its part to protect that right.”
Sessions pointed out that the Justice Department is working on a couple of cases involving free speech on college campuses and that more will come in upcoming months.
"One of those cases rose when a college student was prevented from proclaiming his Christian faith,” Sessions said. "This is doubly important because this impacts speech and free exercise of religion.”
The Justice Department recentlyfileda brief on behalf of a student at Georgia Gwinnett College who says the school won’t let him evangelize on campus. The student is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious liberty advocacy group, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
In anotherlawsuit, the Justice Department filed a statement of interest in a case where a Los Angeles Pierce College student was not allowed to distribute copies of the Constitution outside a "free speech area” on campus.
In addition to explaining the top priorities of the Justice Department, Sessions pointed to what he sees as the major accomplishments of the department so far.
First, it ended the practice of third-party settlements that had become a "bankroll to third-party, special-interest groups, or the political friends of whoever is in power.”
The second big issue was ending what Sessions called illegalsubsidiesto insurance companies under the Obamacare program that had not been appropriated by Congress.
Finally, Sessions mentioned that the Trump administration put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Sessions said regardless of its policy merit was a violation of our constitutional order. DACA was designed to give legal status to those who came to the country illegally as children.
"A Cabinet secretary is not allowed to effectively wipe off the books whole sections of immigration law duly passed by Congress, especially when Congress considered it and refused to change the law,” Sessions said.
Sessions also spoke about a settlement with tea party groups that were allegedly targeted by the IRS, which wasannounced on Thursday.
"It should also be without question that our First Amendment prohibits the federal government from treating taxpayers differently based solely on their viewpoint or ideology,” Sessions said. "There is no excuse for this conduct.”
He said the hundreds of organizations affected by these policies "deserve an apology” from the IRS.
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U.S. drinks company Constellation Brands has agreed to buy a near 10 percent stake in Canopy Growth Corporation, the world's largest publicly traded cannabis company.
Constellation, a beer distributor that owns Corona, is reportedly planning to work with the grower to develop, market and sell cannabis-infused beverages.
The agreement, confirmed in a press release Monday, is $245 million Canadian dollars ($191 million) in exchange for a 9.9 percent stake in the Canopy Growth Corporation.
Readd the rest.
HA! A Major Gun Advocacy Group Is More Popular Than The NFL
According to a new Fox News poll, the National Rifle Association is more popular than the National Football League. Shocker, right?
/read lhe rest at Townhall.
How do you get one of the followers of Colin Keapernick off of your front porch?
You pay for the pizza.
A WORD FROM dANA MATHEWSON:
Heh! Next time a would-be burglar breaks into your house, reach for your football instead of your pistol? And call your local quarterback instead of the cops? I don't think so. . .
October 29, 2017
Here's a nice story. Story continues below the photo.
This 7-Year-Old Girl Is Pitching at the World Series With a 3D Printed Hand
Hailey Dawson’s doctors told her a prosthetic hand didn’t make sense given she was a growing girl. But a 3D printed hand is making the impossible possible.
Dana Mathewson says:
All I can say is, "You go, girl!"
Remember a few years ago when John Kerry tried to throw out the first pitch in some MLB game or other, and bounced it in? Betcha this little tyke does better! Especially since she comes from a baseball-crazy family ("Not that there's anything wrong with that," as they'd have said on Seinfeld).
3D printing is especially good for situations like this, where a kid WOULD outgrow a prosthesis quickly, but a printed one costs so comparatively little, it's feasible to create one for a kid. That should be a slap in the face for people who denigrate the technology.
October 28, 2017
Execution has been and still is a tried and true method of silencing critics.
Consider the case of Marcus Tullius Cicero, the gadfly of the Roman senate. A remarkably gifted rhetorician, his agile and biting tongue was silenced by an affronted Marc Anthony, who had the eloquent orator beheaded. As the Roman historian Appian later related:
For those of you who aren't NRA members (I'm assuming I know who you are), this is one of the best articles on the Bill of Rights I've ever read. It's in this month's issue of America's 1st Freedom, one of the NRA's membership magazines, and was written by a regular contributor, Charles C. W. Cooke, who just happens to the the editor of National Review Magazine. This is some excellent history. I hope you like it.
A lengthy read. more...
An NFL player in his mid 30s who took a knee before games is worried about his contract being up for renegotiation at the end of this season. After trying to get a return call from his agent and failing, in disgust, he goes to a fortune teller with his problems.
The fortune teller looks into her crystal ball and then says, "I have bad news and good news."
The footballer asks, "What's the bad news?"
"Because of your age and the loss of revenue to the team, your contract will not be renewed."
"Uggh. I thought that might happen. So what's the good news?"
"Your home town has just raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour."
This WaPo writer is smoking those funny cigarettes with no writing on them
I'm sure former President Adlai Stevenson could tell him he's wrong -- if he were still alive, that is.
Jack Kejmp interjects:
Hillary has about as much a chance of getting the Dem nomination, let alone winning the Presidency in 2020, as I have of managing the Houston Astros next season.
This professor is deranged. He hits all the liberal favorite talking points and fantasies but his opinion plus $2.75, will get him on the NY subway. (Yes, the regular price for anyone under 65 years of age is $2.75).
Y'know, gang, the more I read about the crazy Left's plan to host get-togethers next Election Day to shout helplessly at the sky (I read that the one in Boston has been canceled "due to circumstances beyond our control," make of that what you will), the more I think those of us on the Right who are either delighted that Mr. Trump won, or are at least happy that Hillary lost, should do something similar ourselves.
I'm aware that in our "circle" there are those who don't, or can't, drink, so we can't plan "drink-in's" at the local watering hole (although those of us who can and do hoist a glass on occasion can, of course, include this ritual as part of whatever we decide to do).
Perhaps we should gather under the sky (assuming it isn't raining), raise a triumphant fist and give a happy "Yes, we did," (as a parody of Hussein Obama's "Yes, we can") cheer as we smile at each other (no helplessness on OUR faces, surely!), followed by perhaps some hugging -- again of the "we won" type, adding strength to strength, as opposed to the way the Left celebrates its collective weakness.
And THEN go in and have a drink. And please, not Bud Light or Corona! Make it something of the "puts hair on your chest" variety, for these are times of strength, my friends; times to celebrate strength in whatever form it comes. For the wine drinkers, Cabernet, Malbec or Zinfandel, not Chardonnay (leave that for Hillary to drown her sorrows in, by all means!) -- and others of the genre. Leave the Beaujolais for the wimps, the Rose', the Pinot Grigiot. Port, maybe; sherry, no.
Head, you whisky drinkers, for the Bourbon, the Rye, the Irish, the Scotch (particularly the Laphroiag if you are a world champion; shun the Teacher's). Leave the Windsor Canadian for the losers.
We are the winners, after all! And if you can't drink, make sure your watering hole has great chips and salsa! (And jalapenos, David!)
Personally, I usually found Piers to be a self-absorbed clod (or "clot," as the Brits say), especially when he was a judge on "America's Got Talent," where he proved he didn't know all that much about talent (the fact that on the infrequent occasions when I watch the show, I find Howard Stern superior in the role to Piers says something).
But once he went back home to the obviously more congenial air of the U.K., Piers seems to have wised up. And this article shows him to be a pretty good judge of political character. He certainly skewers the liberals and their upcoming howl session!
October 27, 2017
At Point Lookout, MO, not that far from The Ozark Hilton. Right, Tim?
A commenter on Amer. Thinker, speculating about 2020 Democratic candidates said that he hoped Sen. Al Franken and Green Party candidate Jill Stein would run together on the FRANKEN/STEIN ticket!
Real men on the wall to protect people/
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