January 23, 2019

I Think There's A Pattern Here

Dana Mathewson

Power Line's John Hinderaker reports on Nathan Phillips' latest, er, activity in Washington. He wonders if Phillips is, in fact, an anti-Catholic bigot. I wonder if, instead, he's just opposed to everybody except Native Americans. Either way, he is one pushy dude!
It turns out that the day after the March For Life, Phillips and a gang of followers tried to disrupt a service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington:

While chanting and playing ceremonial drums, a group of Native American rights activists reportedly led by Nathan Phillips attempted Jan. 19 to enter Washington, D.C.’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a Saturday evening Mass.

The group of 20 demonstrators was stopped by shrine security as it tried to enter the church during its 5:15 pm Vigil Mass, according to a shrine security guard on duty during the Mass.

"It was really upsetting,” the guard told CNA.

"There were about twenty people trying to get in, we had to lock the doors and everything.”

The guard said the incident was a disappointment during a busy and joyful weekend for the shrine.

"We had hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the country come here to celebrate life, to celebrate each other together. That a protest tried to come inside during Mass was really the worst.”

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There you have it. Bigotry was indeed on display at the March For Life, and after. It came from the blacks who harassed the Covington Catholic kids for over an hour, calling them "faggots” and worse, and from Nathan Phillips, who attacked Catholics wherever he found them. Against this background of bigotry, the Covington Catholic kids are to be commended for keeping their cool and smiling through it all.

The Power Line article is here: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/01/a-pattern-emerges.php


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Covington Kids' Race, Religion, Politics Made For Perfect Storm

Dana Mathewson

Michael Goodwin is a great observer of the current scene. Writing in the New York Post, he analyzes the Covington "issue."

Covington kids’ race, religion and politics made moment dry tinder for social media bonfire


"Open another can of outrage” is a phrase I first heard years ago. The speaker attributed the words to a New York politician and accused him of keeping manufactured outrage on the shelf and releasing it only for political gain.

Young and naive, I was scandalized by the possibility. Now I long for the days when outrage was rationed and dispensed only with cynical purpose.

These days, outrage is everywhere, is genuine and spontaneous — and far more dangerous.

Technology gives it the power to erupt instantly over the slightest provocation — or no provocation at all. But technology, for all its magic, can’t turn outrage into hate.

Only people can do that, and the most hateful people in America today are leftists.

Exhibit A is the confrontation involving a group of Catholic high school kids from Kentucky and a Native American activist last Friday in Washington, after the right-to-life march. A partial video set the internet on fire because it claimed to show the students mocking and harassing the older Native American man, who was banging a small drum.

Regardless, at almost any other time in any other place, the confrontation would have been deemed unremarkable — because it was. Sure, there was disdain, but no violence or even pushing and shoving. And you can see more menacing looks than that on a rush-hour subway any day of the week.

Technology gives it the power to erupt instantly over the slightest provocation — or no provocation at all. But technology, for all its magic, can’t turn outrage into hate.

Only people can do that, and the most hateful people in America today are leftists.

Exhibit A is the confrontation involving a group of Catholic high school kids from Kentucky and a Native American activist last Friday in Washington, after the right-to-life march. A partial video set the internet on fire because it claimed to show the students mocking and harassing the older Native American man, who was banging a small drum.

Regardless, at almost any other time in any other place, the confrontation would have been deemed unremarkable — because it was. Sure, there was disdain, but no violence or even pushing and shoving. And you can see more menacing looks than that on a rush-hour subway any day of the week.

But the Washington incident, near the Lincoln Memorial, had a unique element: the Catholic kids were predominantly white and pro-life, and some wore pro-Trump Make America Great Again hats.

 We used to say that George W. Bush was the most powerful president ever; he was still messing things up after Obama became president. Now, Trump is all powerful -- even his caps can cause a situation to explode. Wow!

Videos and accounts continue to emerge, and some who initially criticized the students, including prominent Catholics, have apologized or deleted their nasty comments. But it’s impossible to erase the knowledge that something must be very rotten in America for such an insignificant incident to spark such dangerous reactions.

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As others have noted, the Friday incident might not have happened had the Catholic kids been wearing school hats instead of pro-Trump hats.

But it’s a delusion to believe that, if Trump disappeared, America would be healed. The chasm opened in our society is not his fault, nor will it automatically close once he’s gone.

Those who oppose the coercively liberal culture found their voice in him, just as those who feel left out are bucking the ruling parties in Great Britain, France and across Europe.

While Trump is hardly an angel, the hatred for him is out of proportion to anything he says or does. Indeed, his accomplishments, instead of healing the haters, seem to be fueling ever greater outrage.

Haven’t these people ever heard of sedatives, psychiatrists or religion? Whatever their problem, the contempt for everything Trump, including his supporters, must stop before innocent people die.

As the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan once warned, a bullet has no friend once it leaves the gun.

The entire article is here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/their-race-their-religion-and-their-politics-made-the-moment-dry-tinder-for-a-social-media-bonfire

 

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January 22, 2019

Shameful Behavior By The Covington Diocese

Dana Mathewson

It is normally not my practice to comment on comments made by a diocese of the Catholic (or any other) Church. But in the wake of the kerfuffle that I'm sure everyone's heard about, where a clean-cut group of Catholic students was wrongly accused of racist (oh, how that word is being misused these days) behavior recently by a bunch of race hustlers (and a professional activist) while merely waiting for their bus, and then shamefully being thrown UNDER a bus by their own diocese, which decided it had to debase itself by virtue-signalling, I just must post this.

True, the Diocese is half-heartedly "walking back" its earlier condemnation of the students. But it really should have kept quiet until it determined where the blame really lay. This was not Christian behavior. And one of the priests still has not "done the right thing" as/of this time. (I was referring to Fr. Edward Beck -- turns out he may not be connected to the Covington diocese after all.)

The Diocese of Covington walked back its earlier harsh condemnation of Covington High School Students accused of racism. On its website today there is only one message and all pages are shut down except the following.

On Monday afternoon the Covington Police alerted us that they had intelligence concerning a planned protest, Jan. 22, at Covington Catholic High School and a vigil at the Diocesan Curia. Due to threats of violence and the possibility of large crowds the Diocese was advised to close Covington Catholic High School, the Diocesan Curia and neighboring Covington Latin School. We thank law enforcement officers for their protection and will reopen when they say it is safe to do so.

Concerning the incident in Washington, D.C., between Covington Catholic students, Elder Nathan Phillips and Black Hebrew Israelites the independent, third-party investigation is planned to begin this week. This is a very serious matter that has already permanently altered the lives of many people. It is important for us to gather the facts that will allow us to determine what corrective actions, if any, are appropriate.

We pray that we may come to the truth and that this unfortunate situation may be resolved peacefully and amicably and ask others to join us in this prayer.

We will have no further statements until the investigation is complete.

This call for a thorough investigation would have been welcome news to the parents of the students when the event occurred. Instead, the diocese issued a harsh condemnation of the students without having all the facts just moments after the viral video was widely misreported in the news. The original statement,which is no longer available on the website, even threatened expulsion.

We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general.

The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement.

After more video surfaced that showed that Nathan Phillips was the aggressor and had lied about several facts, there was a loud cry from the public for journalists and the diocese to withdraw their false statements and apologize. The Diocese of Covington left its condemnation up for several days, only changing it today after the cries of injustice grew to a deafening roar. [emphasis mine]

Disclaimer: I am not a Catholic, but my wife is a musician at a local Catholic Church and I have many very close friends there; some of the dearest friends I have. Also, Timothy, the proprietor of this site, is Catholic, and he also is one of my greatest friends. None of the people I just mentioned would have behaved the way these Covington officials have! Christians are, in a nutshell, not supposed to act like this -- they are supposed to examine the situation and find out what happened, to determine the truth, and not to judge their brother Christians until all the facts are in. I greatly fear that Satan has penetrated the ranks of the diocesan leadership.

However, I also believe the teenagers from Covington have been very well brought up, by their parents and their church mentors, and reacted to the situation as well as they possibly could have. If anyone cares to disagree with me, that's why we have comments on this site.

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Perjury Laws only Apply to Trump, Republicans

Timothy Birdnow

About that Buzz(ard)feed fake news article about Trump directing Michael Cohen to lie to Congress and how this is a serious offense that will bring Trump down, I ask a simple question; what of the others who either lied or ordered people to lie under oath?

First we have John Brennan, who clearly perjured himself before the U.S. Senate. According to Real Clear Investigations:

several Capitol Hill sources say Brennan, a fiercely loyal Obama appointee, talked up the dossier to Democratic leaders, as well as the press, during the campaign. They say he also fed allegations about Trump-Russia contacts directly to the FBI, while pressuring the bureau to conduct an investigation of several Trump campaign figures starting in the summer of 2016.”

Brennan lied when he denied knowing anything about the "Golden Shower" dossier compiled by a British ex-spy and financed by the Clinton campaign. He knowingly lied about it to Congress under oath. All that happened to Brennan, who was out of office anyway was a loss of his security clearance. Brennan had been director of the CIA.

What about James Clapper? He also committed perjury before Congress over government surveillance of private citizens. The former Director of National Intelligence stated unequivocally that the NSA was not spying on American citizens when he knew they were. He was never prosecuted for his perjury.

Clapper then lied about lying about it.

Debbie Wasserman Schulze and John Podesta both lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee about the funding of the Steele Dossier by the Clinton Campaign, according to Democrat Leon Panetta.

James Comey
lied to Congress when he was forced to testify under oath.

Of course, we must not forget former President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton, who was convicted of lying in court and obstructing justice. Clinton not only told Monica Lewinsky to lie, but he was on tape years before telling Jennifer Flowers to do likewise.

And what of Hillary? She willfully lied about the Benghazi attacks, blaming a film when she knew it was not true. And she tampered with evidence by wiping her server clean.

And what of the Savior, Barack Hussein Obama? He failed to disclose side deals he had made with Iran to Congress, essentially lying to them by omission. He willfully misled Congress to get the deal past. He wound up giving millions to Iran without Congressional approval. He also lied to the American People when he told everyone his Obamacare would allow them to keep their doctors. He knew better. and he lied about not knowing Hillary Clinton used a private server.

Strange how unimportant those cases were, while if Trump directed his personal attorney to lie he should be not just impeached but taken out and shot.

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Fake Hate Crimes Accusations and Covington

Timothy Birdnow

For those of you who don't believe that the high school kids from Covington were set up I ask you, how many fake hate crimes have we witnessed in recent years?

Here are a few chronicled by Fox News.

"Hate crime hoaxes have a similar divisive effect on communities that genuine hate crimes have and therefore -- absent an extenuating circumstance -- they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said Brian Levin, director of The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino.

On Monday, a Kansas man whose car was allegedly vandalized with racist threats admitted he was responsible for the graffiti, law enforcement officials said. The hateful messages found on a car in Manhattan, Kan., shocked the community of nearby Kansas State University, prompting several public events focused on race relations and diversity and assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in finding the perpetrator.

The Kansas incident follows other reported hate crime hoaxes within the last year.

Sometimes we see people who do this because they want sympathy and publicity as well as to make a pointed political statement.
— Brian Levin, California State University at San Bernardino

In June, Brian K. Telfair, a former Petersburg City Attorney, asked a city employee to buy a prepaid cellphone that he later used to make a phone call to himself, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, citing court records. Telfair, who is black, told authorities that the call was made by an unknown "redneck" who spewed racist threats to the city's mayor and other officials, the paper reported.

In December, a Muslim teenager from Long Island by the name of Yasmin Seweid told authorities that she was harassed on the subway by men who yelled "Donald Trump!" while trying to remove her hijab. The police said within two weeks that she admitted she was lying because she broke her curfew. She was arrested for filing a false report and later accepted a plea deal.

In November 2016, a hateful note on a white board at Elon Univeristy in North Carolina that read "Bye Bye Latinos Hasta La Vista" was actually satire written by a Latino student at the school, according to the Elon News Network.

In fact Here is a database of fake hate crimes. This is a common dirty trick by liberals to frame conservatives, white people, men, and anyone they don't like.

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Dems Prepare to Impeach Justice Kavanaugh

Timothy Birdnow

We all knew it was coming; the Democrats are preparing to impeach Brett kavanaugh.

Grom Gateway Pundit:

34-year-old Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) was speaking with his constituents on Friday when a man asked him about impeaching Justice Kavanaugh and perhaps using his ‘perjury against him.’

"There’s no question [Kavanaugh] committed perjury during the confirmation hearings and so forth,” Rep. Neguse said. "I think the Judiciary Committee is likely to take that up.”

No question he committed perjury? What evidence is there to support that claim?

These people are no longer even trying to appear they are following the most basic rules of civilized conduct.

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Occluded Cortex Drools Again!

Timothy Birdnow

If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is worse than Lex Luthor. The brain half empty (or is it half-full?) demigod of the New Left has now boldly gone where only real crackpots have gone before; she has proclaimed the immanent demise of Zekind in twelve years due to, you guessed it, Global Warming!

Al Gore, eat your heart out!

From the Daily Caller:

"I think that the part of it that is generational is that millennials and people, in Gen Z, and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we’re like, the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change. And your biggest issue is, your biggest issue is how are we going to pay for it? — and like this is the war, this is our World War II,” Ocasio-Cortez began.

The Westchester ditz also complained about life in a place her parents chose to immigrate to before she was born:

"I think for younger people, we’re looking at this are more like, how are we saying ‘let’s take it easy’ when 3,000 Americans died last year, how are we saying ‘let’s take it easy’ when the nth person died from our cruel and unjust criminal justice system?” she asked.

"How are we saying take it easy, when the America that we’re living in today is dystopian with people sleeping in their cars so they can work a second job without healthcare and we’re told to settle down. It’s a fundamental separation between that fierce urgency of now, the why we can’t wait that King spoke of,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

If America is so dystopian why did your parents come, Lexi? Why do you want to keep the borders open now? If you were a decent person you would advocate closing the borders to protect the poor, miserable people wanting to come here from the real horrors of life in America.

Oh, I thought Barack Obama and YOUR party solved the healthcare crisis. Funny people are still having a hard time with that. And why do they have cars to sleep if America is so bad? You don't see Hondurans or others coming up in these caravans in their own personal vehicles, do you?

By the way, if we have such an unjust criminal system why weren't the rioters in Ferguson or Baltimore shot? Why didn't we shoot the people rushing the border? How is it Al Sharpton has stayed out of jail? You have no idea what a "cruel and unjust criminal system" really is. Try speaking with some older immigrants from the old Soviet Union, or Poland, or Romania, or a refugee from China, say, today. You don't even know what "cruel and unjust' really is, girl.

And, for the love of all things holy, learn something about climate and how it works. We have had NO warming in twenty some-odd years, despite a "consensus" of scientists who have been preaching this since the eighties. There is increasing amounts of polar ice. There is no hot spot in the atmosphere. The oceans haven't been warming. In other words, this is a loaded diaper.

Which, if you ask me, is what our dear Occluded Cortex wears under her capri pants.

I don't really worry about that insult getting back to her; I doubt she would understand what it meant.

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Minority Privilege and the Covington Smear

Timothy Birdnow

In the rush to condemn a group of Catholic high school boys, the Left became even more unhinged from reality than usual. The viral video that started the wolf attack showed the MAGA-hat wearing kids MAKING FACES at an Indian activist named with the culturally appropriated Caucasian Nathan Phillips.

James Fallows from the Atlantic wrote the following AFTER the video surfaced showing the Covington boys were not the aggressors in the recent viral hatefest:

Whatever happened just before or after the three or four minutes most widely circulated on yesterday’s videos, those three or four minutes convey a reality that seems impossible to deny. For a sustained period, a large group of young men, who had chosen by their apparel to identify themselves with a political movement (and a movement whose leader uses ‘Pocahontas’ as an epithet and recently made a ‘joking’ reference to the massacre at Wounded Knee), act mockingly to a man their grandfathers’ age, who by his apparel and activities represents a racial-minority, indigenous-American group.

Any such encounter has an implicit edge of menace, intended or not, which everyone understands when younger, bigger, stronger males come close to older, smaller, weaker people. …
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The French Luniara? Europe Plans a Moon Colony

Timothy Birdnow

The European Union wants to go to the Moon and mine it. According to the U.K. Daily Mail:

The European Space Agency revealed it has signed up rocket maker ArianeGroup to develop plans for a moon base that could be used to mine material from the lunar surface. The project will 'examine the possibility of going to the Moon before 2025 and starting to work there'. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster+Partners have already worked with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil to create moon bases.

The one-year contract aims to eventually mine regolith on the lunar surface.

'As ESA and other agencies prepare to send humans back to the Moon – this time to stay – technologies that make use of materials available in space (in-situ resource utilisation) are seen as key to sustainability, and a stepping stone in humankind's adventure to Mars and farther into the Solar System,' the space agency said.

I say - good luck with that!

The U.S. could do it (but probably won't because we are too interested in quasi-socialist schemes and not in actually making or doing anything tangible) and the Russians maybe and possibly the Chinese, but Europe is a decadent, moribund society incapable of taking any sort of initiative. This is a project that requires hard work, dedication, and fortitude as well as technical expertise. Europe is constitutionally incapable of most of that. Socialist dreams have turned Europe into a wine-sipping garden party without any grit or determination. They have never launched their own space station, nor done any of the real astronautical work. At best they can put up a few satellites and whatnot, but actually putting people in harm's way is another matter. Europe is too lazy and pleasure-minded to do such a thing. more...

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January 21, 2019

Why Does Our Side Keep Doing This?

Dana Mathewson

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke gives us this very frustrated view of some very frustrating behavior by politicians on the Right, who really ought to know better.


Why Do GOP Politicians Obligingly Eat Their Own?


A political scalping occurred in Washington D.C. last week. Once again the liberal media and Democrats played the predictable race politics to attack Iowa Rep. Steve King, while members of the GOP political class fell in line—obliging the left and piling on one of their own in the act of political cannibalism. It was too enticing a moment for the Republicans who felt the need to morally preen and cleanse themselves of racist perceptions by Democrats and their accomplices in the media.

Republicans should already know how this works. An agenda-driven liberal reporter will interview them about a topic wrought with opportunities to stumble over word choices, and then attack how the response words are arranged to infer what the interviewee allegedly meant. In our modern times, when interviewed by a journalist, the interviewee is at the mercy of the writer’s agenda, unless the interviewee is savvy enough to record it. For example, if a journalist is interviewing a liberal or a Democrat, the writer will smooth things out if they stumble and the outcome is a sparkling and favorable column. Conservatives and Republicans don’t get this swooning cheerleading reaction from the liberal media. Instead, they get sliced, diced, tattooed and fed to the lions.

The goal of the journalist is to draw blood and start a feeding frenzy that spreads like wildfire through the D.C. establishment. Others join in to get their pound of flesh. First, it’s Democrats trying to score some cheap political points and other liberal media outlets in their echo chambers. Then the liberal media reporters seek out Republicans and demand they condemn their colleague. If they don’t condemn in the strongest terms, the liberal media finds them racist by association. Once they get enough momentum from GOP politicians, they stand back and watch Republicans destroy their colleague so they no longer have to.

Knowing this reality, why do GOP politicians volunteer to be the firing squad? Democrats don’t do this. When former Michigan Congressmen John Conyers was discovered to be a serial sexual harasser, Party leader Nancy Pelosi went on the Sunday talk shows and called him an icon. When she was pressed to condemn his behavior, she simply avoided answering the question. When Barack Obama was discovered to have racist Reverend Jeremiah Wright as a spiritual advisor for nearly two decades, the Democrat establishment took the ‘hear no, see no, speak no evil,’ approach about their nominee. Recently Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver reminded colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who was attacking fellow Democrats that, "there’s an outstanding rule, don’t attack your own people. We just don’t need sniping in our Democrat caucus.”
If I remember correctly, Ronald Reagan used to say something very similar.

This is an excellent article. I'll cut to the end.

Here’s my advice about how to handle gotcha question from the liberal media when an ambush is afoot. I simply say, why do I have to comment? I wasn’t there, I didn’t say it and am not responsible for what that politician says. Go ask him or her about it. The media will write that Clarke refuses to condemn racist statements. So what, who cares? If asked if the politician should resign I would say, that is not for me to determine. It’s for the voters he or she represents in their districts. Go ask them. Goodbye. Then I hang up. Don’t allow further questions.

The biggest mistake by Rep. King was to grant an interview to the New York Times. They weren’t interested in his position on any current policy issue. It was a trap knowing that he sometimes says things that come out clumsy and they did what they do to other conservatives and GOP politicians who aren’t extremely careful with every word they say. They eviscerated him; most likely gave each other a high-five, smirked, and laughed at how easy it was to hoodwink him.

The article is here, and in my estimation it's a must-read. https://townhall.com/columnists/sheriffdavidclarke(ret)/2019/01/21/why-do-gop-politicians-obligingly-eat-their-own-n2539339

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AG Nominee Bill Barr a big supporter of "Red Flag" laws -- a.k.a. Gun Confiscation

Dana Mathewson

Frankly, I am NOT a supporter. Red Flag laws are a form of Gun Confiscation, and if the gummint can do it one way they can do it other ways.

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A list of anti-gun rights companies

Dana Mathewson

Not exhaustive, by any means. And some are less "rabid" than others. I'm glad that Walmart isn't all that nutsy, because we get a number of prescriptions from Sam's Club, and shop at Walmart in lieu of Target.

I know not all of you are "into" guns, but remember the "First they came for the Jews..." item. With Democrats holding an increasing number of seats in Washington, and in state governments, we are facing an unprecedented attack on many of our rights, not to mention our wallets!

https://www.gunpowdermagazine.com/avoid-supporting-these-companies-if-you-value-your-gun-r ights/?awt_l=5DZcm&awt_m=hjtg2pK0xHtbXZc

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Be Careful Who You Challenge

Dana Mathewson

Townhall.com knows what they are doing by having Kurt Schlichter pen a column on Monday. His slashing, bellicose style makes for feel-good reading for people on my side of the aisle, and I hope for you too.

Herein he gives us one called

Everyone Who Takes on Trump Ends Up Crushed



I, for one, hope the President has time to read it; or at least that somebody near and dear to him does, and tells him that he has fans!

What is this eerie power Donald Trump has to select the perfect enemies, enemies whose own myriad failings often cause them to commit ritual suicide whenever they face him? He usually doesn’t even have to do anything – these goofs do it to themselves.

His latest victim is BuzzFraud, that listcicle-curating web site for millennial geeks that had the mainstream media in a 24-hour festival of onanism over a report so full of Schumer that even Mueller and his pack of Democrat activists had to shout, "Yo, chill.”

It’s not like BuzzFraud had a lot of journalistic credibility to start with, but props to them for managing to gather up every iota of once and future integrity, hauling it out in front of everyone, dousing it with 91 octane premium, and tossing in a match.

And in the White House, serene as the government shutdown continues, Trump smiles.

Nancy Pelosi made the mistake of buying her own hype and thinking she could go troll-to-troll against him. Big mistake. She thought she could high-hat him by kinda/sorta rescinding her State of the Union address invitation. "Take that!” sneered the mainstream media, pretending that her concern for security during the shutdown was the motivation and not her terror at the thought of the President having a huge audience hear him explain why the Democrat position of letting murderers, rapists, drug dealers and welfare cheats flood into our unprotected country is a bad idea.

So, Trump waits until she and the rest of her pals are on a bus ready to jet off to party in Europe with a fig leaf stopover in Afghanistan and then he pulls the plug. We get delightful footage of dejected ugly Americans filing off the bus, their boondoggle delayed until they do their damn job. Glorious.

[...]

See, Trump’s an equal opportunity brawler. It’s not just Democrats he smashes. It’s the Fredocons too. Take Mitt Romney, please, preferably to one of the Third World hellholes where he outsourced American jobs. He got crushed by Trump, and he’s still seething over how Trump publicly teased him with the Secretary of State job only to snatch it away at the last minute in front of everyone. Now, utilizing the keen instincts and street smarts that let him be publicly body-slammed by Candy Crowley, Mitt has decided to channel Jeff Flake and become the Voice of Neo-Conscience in the Senate. His Twitter feed could consist entirely of him tweeting "We’re better than that” and "Oh, well, I never!”

And no one cares. But you know that in the back of his well-coiffed head, he’s thinking "Mitt 2020? Maybe….” Hey Mitt, 2012 called, and it’s laughing at you.

Then there’s Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit. You know, the Most Brilliant Woman Ever who got beat by the guy the smart set called a "moron?” Now she’s been reduced to occasionally sobering up long enough to send out a trial balloon about how she’s totally coming back too in 2020.

"Yes, okay, that’ll totally be a thing, ma’am. Here’s your morning Chardonnay. There, drink it all. Yes, it makes the pain go away.”

[...]

And thank goodness that Trump not only likes to fight but knows how to win. The GOP softies would have folded long ago in the face of media finger-wagging and howling Democrats. But not Trump. He enjoys crushing his enemies, seeing them driven before him, and hearing the lamentations of those who identify as women, as well as woke males who use Gillette products.

It's all wonderful. And it's all here: https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2019/01/21/untitled-n2539336

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The Jeffe Class is the Real Problem

Timothy Birdnow

Here is a fine essay by Thomas Farnan in which he argues the Wall is not the real issue, but rather the Deep State. Until they are defeated no type of wall will stop the invasion of  migrating  vultures.

From the essay:

By the time of the last election, people where I am from—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—were noticing that everyone in Washington was droning the same monochrome politically correct Bush-Clintonism about everything. There really wasn’t much difference between Bush III and Clinton II.

Elected officials were not so much enacting and enforcing laws—which is the sole expression of their delegated authority—as they were defying laws to "do the right thing” so they would not be accused on CNN of starving children.

Immigration loomed large because it perfectly exemplified the problem: Washington was refusing to enforce immigration laws over ginned up moral qualms.

And, imagine that, the phony moral posing just happened to serve big money donors at the expense of workers who were having their wages driven down by abundant cheap labor.

It was not just immigration, though. The secretary of Health and Human Services was telling nuns to buy condom insurance and federal judges were intruding to order high schools to provide separate bathrooms, for boys, for girls, and for anyone who identified as something else.

People were fed up.
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"State of Emergency" nothing new

Timothy Birdnow

So, should the President declare a state of emergency and use that to justify building a border wall, we are supposed to be in a state of panic because nothing remotely like that has ever been done. Or so they say.

Over at Always on Watch we learn differently/

From the post:

But the United States is no stranger to national emergencies.
In fact, the US has been in a perpetual state of declared national emergency for four decades, and the country is currently under 31 concurrent states of emergency about a spectrum of international issues around the globe..."

Here is CNN's list of "active declared emergencies:"

1. Blocking Iranian Government Property (Nov. 14, 1979)
2. Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Nov. 14, 1994)
3. Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process (January 23, 1995)
4. Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources (March 15, 1995)
5. Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers (October 21, 1995)
6. Regulations of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels with Respect to Cuba (March 1, 1996)
7. Blocking Sudanese Government Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Sudan (November 3, 1997)
8. Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans (June 26, 2001)
9. Continuation of Export Control Regulations (August 17, 2001)
10. Declaration of National Emergency by Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks (September 14, 2001)
11. Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism (September 23, 2001)
12. Blocking Property of Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe (March 6, 2003)
13. Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Property in Which Iraq has an Interest (May 22, 2003)
14. Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Export of Certain Goods to Syria (May 11, 2004)
15. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus (June 16, 2006)
16. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (October 27, 2006)
17. Blocking Property of Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon or Its Democratic Processes and Institutions (August 1, 2007)
18. Continuing Certain Restrictions with Respect to North Korea and North Korean Nationals (June 26, 2008)
19. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia (April 12, 2010)
20. Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya (February 25, 2011)
21. Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations (July 25, 2011)
22. Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen (May 16, 2012)
23. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (March 6, 2014)
24. Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to South Sudan (April 3, 2014)
25. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic (May 12, 2014)
26. Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela (March 9, 2015)
27. Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities (April 1, 2015)
28. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi (November 23, 2015)
29. Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption (December 20, 2017)
30. Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election (September 12, 2018)
31. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua (November 27, 2018)

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These are all "state of emergency" actions taken. But this list does not even include the state of emergency declared during the Great Depression. On March 9, 1933 Franklyn Roosevelt declared a national emergency so he could implement controls over the national economy. That state of emergency has never been rescinded. With this state of emergency Roosevelt was able to implement much of his "New Deal" policy.

Trump should get Congress to fund this, but if he doesn't it would hardly be unprecedented. And in fact we DO have a state of emergency as America is being overrun by vultures seeking to pick our bones clean.

Until we stop thinking of these people as victims and start thinking of them as predators America will be at risk. The fact is, America as we know it will die, swallowed up as surely as the desert sands swallowed up the Edomites or Amalekites in ancient Palestine. nations die, and America is selling her own life quite cheaply these days.

AOW also has a list of things Congress has wasted money on in recent years.  Eye opening, if you ask me.

This can truly be called a Mexican Standoff between Trump and the House (and the Media).  A Mexican standoff can only end with outside intervention. That may be the coming new caravan, or the anger of laid-off government workers. Any way you slice it Trump can pull the trigger by making this declaration. At this point, he should.

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Climate hysterics skyrocket

Paul Driessen

Nancy Pelosi calls climate change the "existential threat of our time.” Jerry Brown says it’s as "devastating” as what the Nazis did in World War II. A doctoral candidate in the UK proclaims that the only thing that could save people and planet from cataclysmic climate change is cataclysmic nuclear war that "shuts down the global economy but stops short of human extinction.”

Let’s all take a deep breath. All this hysterical headline-grabbing gloom and doom is backed up by little more than computer models, obstinate assertions that the science is settled, and a steady litany of claims that temperatures, tornadoes, hurricanes and droughts are worse than ever before, and due to fossil fuels. There is no real-world evidence for any of this.

My article this week presents a number of inconvenient truths that obliterate claims that today’s weather and climate events are manmade and will be disastrous. It calls for an end to the politicized, money-driven kangaroo court process that has replaced honest, vigorous science – in a quest to end our fossil fuel use and roll back our living standards.

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January 20, 2019

Playing with Polls for Fun and Profit

Timothy Birdnow

Daren Jonescu, my good friend in South Korea, discusses the recent Washington Post/ABC News poll showing the public blames Trump and the Republicans for the government shutdown.

Daren makes the following points:

Here is the poll’s lead question, and the one being cited, misleadingly, for headlines all over the moronosphere:

Q: As you may know, the federal government has been partially shut down because Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress and Democrats in Congress cannot agree on laws about border security. Who do you think is mainly responsible for this situation?

The results of the poll, unsurprisingly, showed Trump and the Republicans as 53% responsible, the congressional Democrats as 29% responsible, both equally responsible at 13%, "neither” at 2%, and "no opinion” at 4%.

First of all, if you asked this exact question in a vacuum, without the respondents having been primed in any way, or provided any context, I guarantee the result would show "Donald Trump and the Republicans” as mainly responsible. Why? Because Donald Trump is the only individual person named in the question, and of course he is an extraordinarily famous person.

Furthermore, by lumping Trump together with "Republicans in Congress” as a single option, Trump’s name recognition, as well as his being the only actual person named, forces respondents to provide the optically convenient and obviously desired poll result: Trump and Republicans to blame; Democrats not to blame.

Notice, further, that the accompanying story from the Washington Post, along with the piggybacking stories all over the internet, phrase the result as I have just done, namely that Trump and the GOP are "to blame” for the shutdown. But that is not what the poll asked. The poll question asks, "Who is mainly responsible?” Responsibility and blame are two entirely different things. I am responsible for the dinner I just cooked. I can only said to be "to blame” for it if you have judged it to be a bad dinner. By framing the question as a matter of "responsibility,” the poll invites respondents who are supportive of the GOP’s position to accept their party’s responsibility, without equating this with blame, which therefore pads the results on the side of "Republicans to blame,” for the purposes of reportage, when that is not what the result actually shows.
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A Hen's Story

Timothy Birdnow

Chancy Nancy tried to fly
an airline ticket she wouldn't buy
but money for a wall not found
so Chancy Nancy stayed a-ground

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Bernie campaign & lib media covered up sexual harrassment

Jack Kemp

A little background on the world of socialist utopias such as Bernie imagines. Ms. Jeffries took her story of sexual harrassment to the Forward, a Jewish socialist publication on some intellectual merit. A few years back, the Forward sold its old headquarters building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a building that had bust sculptures of Marx and Engels on its upper facade. The Forward has also recently announced it will cease publication of its hard copy edition and will now only exist online.


The Press Manipulated the Bernie Sanders

Often these days people tell me how they don't trust what they are told by the press. I tell them they don't know half the story. I read many news stories that I find interesting and then I decide I should dig deeper. It is very often surprising how the story turns out quite a bit different than what the MSM has led us peasants to believe.

When the story broke that there was mistreatment of women during the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign, I initially had a moment of schadenfreude and then moved on to other matters. Then the complexion of the story changed for me and should for you.

Virginia Jeffries wrote her compelling story entitled "I Was Sexually Harassed on Bernie Sanders' Campaign. And No One Cared" in the Forward, a Jewish national publication. Her story brought up many questions that led to finding out how the press seems to be using this story for their own interests.

On April 19, 2016, the day of the New York Democrat primary, Ms. Jeffries was volunteering for the Sanders campaign at the South Bronx office. A voter came into the office and after requesting some t-shirts "he stepped toward me, grabbed me by the back of the neck and began stroking me up then down from the back of my head to just under my shirt collar" Jeffries decided this was a clear case of sexual harassment and decided to report it to the staff who she thought would want to prevent anyone else from experiencing the same thing.

Jeffries goes on to describe how she first reported it to a young staffer and identified the person who accosted her by name. The staffer replied "it was a voter who harassed you, then there's really nothing we can do"

Jeffries tells the tale of how she worked her way up the campaign chain, with equal disregard. Level after level of personnel ignored her as she rightfully persisted in a quest to get someone to focus on the fact that the man had sexually attacked her. She finally approached the campaign manager, Jeff Weaver. He had John Robinson, the campaign chief operating officer, contact her.

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Ocasio-Cortez Press Conference

Jack Kemp

Reporter: Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, where would we get the money for Medicare For All?

O-C: Simple, silly. We'll just have the government confiscate everyone's wedding bands and silver flatware and tea sets. And if that doesn't raise enough, we'll also confiscate all diamond wedding rings. They are symbols of oppressive patriarchy and women won't mind throwing off those symbols of oppression! Why I believe I got Nancy Pelosi to consider donating her wedding ring to the Movement. She said she would get back to me on that...but I haven't heard from her yet.

Reporter 2: Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a follow up question. What if all those measures aren't enough?

Ocasio-Cortez: Oh, and then we authorize the police and FBI to rip gold earrings right out of people's earlobes on the street. Any bleeding that occurs will be covered by Medicare for All!

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