Saturday, July 29, 2017

op ed review 7/30

3 Republicans including Sen. McCain vote ‘no’, defeating effort to repeal Obamacare.
“Senator John McCain waited two years to get his revenge against Donald Trump for saying that McCain is not a war hero.”
Earlier in the week, seven Republican senators joined Democrats to defeat a proposal that would have repealed major portions of Obamacare.
Republicans are in full control of government — but losing control of their party
The seven senators, all of whom voted for “clean repeal” when Obama’s inevitable veto made it safe and politically expedient to do so, voted against a virtually identical bill today…”

The quest to prove Russia collusion is crumbling
Media doesn’t seem interested in this new story:  FBI Seizes Smashed Hard Drives From Pakistani aide to former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Then the aide was arrested while trying to flee the country.  He had $12,000 cash on him and had just wired $300,000 to Pakistan.
The aide and his brothers linked to the Muslim Brotherhood?
“When U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI, and Customs and Border Protection teamed up to arrest Imran Awan, an IT staffer for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and other congressional Democrats, Americans began to realize just how broken and corrupt the Democratic Party has become. Indeed, such scandals beg the question of whether the Trump-Russia hype has not been a desperate attempt to distract the country from a long train of scandals on the Left.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz “Absolute Wreck–Barely Able to Function” Since Imran Awan Arrest  Rumors fly that he was more than "just a friend."

“The Rift Between President Trump and AG Sessions is Very Real and Very Valid…”

President Trump spoke to the Boy Scout National Jamboree in West Virginia. The massive crowd of tens of thousands of boy scouts cheered the president, chanting “we love Trump”.
That was too much for liberals who likened the Boy Scout event to a “Hitler Youth rally”.

America great again:  Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn to build $10B plant in Wisconsin employing 13,000
Stuart Varney added the amount of money the Trump Bump added to the value of stocks in America and came up with a cool $4 trillion gain since 62 million Americans shocked the world and elected Donald John Trump president. Compare that to how the market tanked once voters elected Barack Hussein Obama on November 4, 2008. Stocks fell 9 percent by July 20, 2009 -- the same point that they rose 21 percent under The Donald.

President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail”.
Liberals are predictably outraged.
Refuted:  6 Ridiculous Arguments In Favor Of Transgender Soldiers
Rep. Vicky Hartzler: “By recruiting and allowing transgender individuals to serve in our military we are subjecting taxpayers to high medical costs including up to $130,000 per transition surgery, lifetime hormone treatments, and additional surgeries to address the high percentage of individuals who experience complications,”  She noted surgeries alone could cost $1.35 billion over the next 10 years. “This policy is costly and a threat to our readiness. The deployability of individuals going through the sex transition process is highly problematic, requiring 210 to 238 work days where a soldier is non-deployable after surgery. This recovery time equates to 1.4 million manpower days where transgender personnel cannot deploy and fight our nation’s wars, therefore relying on an already stressed force to pick up the burden. It makes no sense to purposely recruit individuals who cannot serve.”

Nearly a million undocumented drivers could be licensed in California by the end of the year.

Socialized medicine in crisis:  Doctors in the UK have warned that plans for "brutal " National Health Service cuts are shrouded in secrecy and will cause uproar once revealed.

The IRS doled out more than $24 billion in potentially bogus refunds claimed under several controversial tax credits in 2016, according to a new audit that said $118 million was even paid to people who weren’t authorized to work in the U.S. in the first place.

As the debate over President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission intensifies, a new study has found 8,471 instances of double voting during the 2016 elections occurring in 21 states.

Rockstar Kid Rock set off a political firestorm after teasing his Twitter followers about a potential Senate run in Michigan. News broke this weekend that Kid Rock is LEADING challenger, Democrat Debbie Stabenow in a new poll 30% to 26%.

A 92-year-old World War II veteran who was assaulted while trying to protect his American and Marine Corps flags outside his Texas home was surprised Sunday with an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Investors Business Daily

If recent reports are true, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has veered sharply off course to investigate matters that have nothing to do with Russia's tampering with our 2016 election. He either has to be reeled in to do the job he was hired to do, or fired.

This isn't supposed to happen under American law, where a person can be given the task of an open investigation on someone with the end-goal of finding something, anything, that he or she has ever done that is illegal. That's the kind of thing that was routinely done in places like the Soviet Union, in which laws meant nothing and ideology and politics everything. America has always been different. We have defined our nation as a nation guided by the rule of law — "a nation of laws and not men," as our Founders liked to say.

When Mueller was first named to look into allegations that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to tilt the election, we thought it was a bad idea driven by the Democrats' rage, not by any real concerns about Russian collusion. After all, when the book on U.S.-Russian/Soviet diplomacy is finally written, it will show collusion was basically a pillar of Democratic foreign policy from the 1970s on — from Teddy Kennedy and Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Now, with his investigation linking the Trump campaign to any kind of actual collusion with the Russian government apparently going nowhere, Mueller has decided to broaden the investigation, according to news reports. If so, it's beyond his brief as a Special Counsel and he should be told to stick to what he's supposed to do. This isn't a political talking point; it's a legal necessity.

As Bloomberg reports, "The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year's election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump's businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe."  If this is true, it marks a significant departure from the agreed-upon limits of the original investigation. One of the things Mueller's apparently looking at is Russian purchases of Trump apartments, Trump's involvement in a New York development with Russian partners, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and the sale of Trump's Florida mansion to a Russian billionaire all the way back in 2008.

Again, Bloomberg: "Agents are also interested in dealings with the Bank of Cyprus, where Wilbur Ross served as vice chairman before he became commerce secretary. In addition, they are examining the efforts of Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior aide, to secure financing for some of his family's real-estate properties."

Bloomberg notes that "The roots of Mueller's follow-the-money investigation lie partly in a wide-ranging money laundering probe launched by then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara last year," according to a source. (Note: Trump fired Bharara this year after he refused the Justice Department's entirely legal, and politically routine, order to request resignations from 46 Obama-era lawyers in Bharara's office.)

Mueller's limited investigation has now turned into a free-for-all investigation in which he is looking to find a crime, any crime, that he can even remotely attach to Donald Trump's past activities — whether related to the Russia-collusion scandal or not. That will give the Democrats what they wanted all along: An all-purpose reason to pursue impeachment charges against Trump. We see it as little more than an attempt at a legal coup, an attempt to overturn the results of a lawful election………Mueller isn't empowered to do this extraordinarily wide-ranging investigation into all things Trump. Predictably, Democrats are in a feeding frenzy over this, with Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut warning on "Morning Joe" that if Trump fires Mueller, it will set off an "absolute firestorm."

That may be true. But the firestorm could burn both ways, especially after people discover that at least seven of Mueller's hires for his investigative team have contributed a total of $60,787.77 to Democratic candidates for office, including Hillary Clinton. What started out as a limited investigation into fairly restricted set of allegations has now morphed into a wide-ranging inquisition, with the president as its ultimate target — and both justice and the sanctity of our electoral system the victims.

There are remedies for Mueller's overreach. "The special counsel may be disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the attorney general," according to the Code of Federal Regulation. "The attorney general may remove a special counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of departmental policies. The attorney general shall inform the special counsel in writing of the specific reason for his or her removal."

Since Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the case, the job falls to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to officially admonish Mueller that he is now operating out of bounds. If Mueller doesn't contain his investigation to its legally defined bounds, Rosenstein has not only the clear authority to fire him, he has the duty to do so.

Note: Some have speculated that with Gen Kelley moving to Chief of Staff, Jeff Sessions may be moved to head of Homeland Security, opening up AG position.


“Even if Republicans find a way to give Obamacare a haircut … it will more closely resemble past free-market corrections of liberalism’s excesses than a serious constitutional conservative challenge to liberalism. That doesn’t bode well for the Tea Party project of rolling back major liberal initiatives. The point of voting Republican will remain to make the inexorable growth of the welfare state as slow and painful as possible, a political posture that may be attractive to neither libertarian-leaning conservatives nor the populists drawn to Trump in the last presidential election. The Tea Party came to repeal and replace Obamacare. They ended up getting repealed and replaced themselves.”
           -W. James Antle III

Former CIA Director Calls For Coup against Trump  If Mueller Fired...
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) denounced President Trump as a “major criminal” who must be peacefully “eliminated” and brought to his knees after Democrats take back the House of Representatives and begin the impeachment process.

Evergreen State College may soon face a $3.8-million lawsuit in connection with its handling of the the 2017 “Day of Absence” protests against biology professor Bret Weinstein. Students at the Olympia, Washington institution who wanted a day without white people on Evergreen State College’s campus in May went wild over Mr. Weinstein’s refusal to take part.

Princeton’s new ‘men’s engagement manager’ will combat “aggressive masculinity” on campus….The program also fights “toxic masculinity,” according to numerous Facebook posts, and subscribes to the feminist theory of “fragile masculinity,” which denigrates men for subscribing to traditional gender norms.

The Minnesota Department of Education advisory council voted to implement an LGBT “toolkit” for public and charter schools in the state. These guidelines are not just intended for older students. Instead, they were created for children as young as those entering kindergarten. The toolkit says the language surrounding gender identity issues is “evolving”.

Young Muslim woman reportedly kidnapped, raped and murdered in a suspected “honour killing” in London, “for being involved in a relationship with a man whom her parents did not approve of.”

FBI Probe Into Female Genital Mutilation Expands Beyond Michigan to New York, California and Illinois

California Islamic Center Under Fire Over Sermon Calling For Annihilation Of Jews...

“Global warming hoax, best documentary ever.”

Climate Change Hypocrisy Goes Mainstream

Not so hot: Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ meets with skepticism even from left

VDH:  Between 2008 and 2016, the media were unapologetic about their adoration of President Barack Obama. Now, they are energized by their thorough loathing of President Donald Trump. In tragic fashion, the hubris of deifying Obama has now come full circle to the nemesis of demonizing Trump. The common denominator of the two extremes is the abandonment of disinterested reporting.

“Mommy, What Does Congress Actually Do?”

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”
            -Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, July 22, 2017

op ed review 7/22

Border Patrol union chief praises 'miraculous' drop in illegal immigration under Trump
Morale among U.S. Border Patrol agents is at an all-time high …..”agents felt hamstrung for years under the Obama administration´s catch-and-release policies at the border. "
President Trump has cancelled the Obama covert CIA program giving weapons to ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria.
Food Stamp Use Falls to Lowest Level in Seven Years

President Trump´s top legislative priority was dealt a potentially fatal blow Monday night as two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the party´s health care overhaul. Trump quickly called on Republicans to simply repeal Obamacare and begin work on a new health care plan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would try to do so.
The Senate Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare is the victim of a seriously flawed report saying it would have cost 22 million people their health insurance.
Gloats the New York Times:  “Republicans relearned a lesson that has bedeviled them since the New Deal: An American entitlement, once established, can almost never be retracted.”
The Republican Party in Congress could be on the verge of losing the 2018 midterm elections…..The GOP crowd now looks like that little circus car disgorging clown after clown after clown, each one honking his horn and offering a personal version of Obamacare repeal.
Senior GOP officials spent much of Tuesday surveying the anger and frustration within their own party and taking calls from bitterly disappointed contributors, some of whom threatened to turn off the cash spigot.

Democrats have their own problems:  Under the leadership of former Obama official Tom Perez, a new FEC report reveals the DNC finished the month of June $3.3 million in debt. They’re broke.

Texas Republicans take aim at liberal cities

In a hard-hitting essay, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has joined the dozens of Christian leaders who have denounced the ignorant and insulting article published last week by the Vatican-vetted journal, La Civiltà Cattolica. The essay paints an offensive caricature of conservative Christians in the United States as politically ambitious racists who promote an “ecumenism of hate” and long to impose a theocratic state.
The Catholic Church is a boat “on the verge of capsizing,” said Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Sen. McCain diagnosed with brain tumor

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he did not plan to step down after a public rebuke by President Trump, saying he continued to carry out the president’s directives as the country’s top law enforcement officer.

The group behind last week´s protest against the National Rifle Association over rhetoric it claimed was a "direct endorsement of violence" wished a convicted cop killer and fugitive a happy birthday on Monday.

"Loretta Lynch Ordered Illegal Wiretap Against Trump Campaign." The irony of last week´s Big Leak on Don Jr. (likely by Robert Mueller) is that it is helping reveal that the real criminal activity was by the Democratic Party.

William Murchison  7/18

John McCain’s blood clot, which caused Republican Senate leadership to suspend formal consideration of Obamacare replacement, isn’t by far the Grand Old Party’s gravest malady. Nothing in the diagnostic manual of political afflictions compares with the near-complete disappearance of the party’s backbone.

If it’s not one thing causing GOP senators and governors to equivocate on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, it’s something else: Medicaid expansion vs. Medicaid contraction; cheaper vs. costlier insurance policies; eligibility for coverage of pre-existing conditions; contraception coverage; etc.

Meanwhile a united Democratic Senate bloc watches with ill-disguised amusement. This is how you get things done in an age of political acrimony — you just do ’em. Good things, bad things, it doesn’t matter. You do ’em and wait to see what happens. Such was Democratic strategy when Obamacare was enacted — everything rolled together in a package under Harry Reid’s and, especially, Nancy Pelosi’s tutelage. Collaboration with the Enemy — Republicans — was a hanging offense. No Democrat opted for the discipline of Nancy’s noose. Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote cast in its favor, or even one Democratic vote cast against it.

The circumstances of Obamacare’s birth indicated both the strength of the opposition to repeal and the necessity of Republican unity in overcoming that opposition. Alas, Democrats have proved to love Obamacare more than Republicans, as a body, detest it.

The likelihood swells daily that the whole repeal-replace movement, once instrumental to the Republican political recovery of 2010-16, is a thing of hot air; an exercise in breast-beating and theoretical thinking. It becomes obvious, once again, that Republicans and Democrats are two parties — separate and distinct, with different drive wheels, different motives. They play different games.

Democrats are naturals when it comes to offense; they love to batter down doors and burn down barns to get done those things they have decided for one reason or another need doing, such as the creation of a program of federally subsidized health care.

Republicans by temperament play defense; they hold that line — or fail to hold it — and then fall back to work out terms that might make the situation a little less disagreeable than it was before. Republicans are never entirely unhappy with half a loaf. They think on how much less than half they could have gotten. The notion of wrestling away the whole loaf and digesting it happily in front of the Democrats inspires comparatively few Republicans. They’d rather deal — a preference that comes naturally to the business, front-office types who make the party their home.

Here’s the problem with that preference. Rather, I should say there are two problems. The first is short-term. The GOP swore in blood to get rid of Obamacare. It starts to look as if a number of the oath-takers had their fingers crossed behind their backs. They didn’t mean make the blasted thing vanish; they meant get rid of the bad parts and keep the good ones (assuming any can be found). Which isn’t what they, or most of them, said. They should have interesting explanations to make at election time to customers — i.e., voters — who feel double-crossed. We can henceforth trust the GOP to — do what? Make more promises? With what effects?

The second problem is that Obamacare is correctly understood as a Lamborghini ordered for a McDonald’s worker. The country can’t afford it; witness the retreat from the insurance marketplace of companies unable to make a profit by selling Obamacare policies. The remedy for which is, as always, more federal borrowing and higher federal taxes to subsidize these unaffordable policies: with the predictable result of helping Democrats whip up demand for a so-called “single payer” system, with all medical expenses — all — paid by the government.

Toward that gruesome, essentially un-American outcome we will start tilting just as soon as enough backboneless Republicans sabotage the unrecoverable chance to follow through with what they promised — the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Of course that was then, and this is now — right, ladies and gentlemen of the Republican Senate majority? And could you speak a little louder? It’s getting hard to hear.


“On the cusp of a historic failure, the [GOP] has begun the finger-pointing, and it’s hard to argue with any of it. The establishment is right that Trump is incapable of true legislative leadership. The Trumpists are right that the establishment is ineffectual. Conservatives are right that moderates don’t really want to repeal Obamacare, whatever they’ve said in the past. And pragmatists are right that a few conservatives are beholden to a self-defeating purity.”
                -Rich Lowry

It’s spelled out as clearly as can be. The decimation of the Western World via a global immigration plan.”

NAACP leader Rev. Barber says praying for President Trump 'borders on heresy'...

Imagine what this will do for race relations: HBO is planning a series “Confederate” which imagines slavery as a modern-day institution.

Sen. Kamala Harris, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, met with top Clinton donors in the Hamptons. Harris’ meetings with Clinton’s donors signal that they are rallying behind her as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.

A new paper analyzing government temperature data says the Global Average Surface Temperature (GAST) data published by NASA and NOAA are "not a valid representation of reality." In fact, the three respected scientists who published the paper hint strongly that the data may have been fudged.

Scaremongering is what Gore does best, and fear is the business model that has made him rich, though his every apocalyptic scenario has failed to materialise.

Republicans may be consolidating behind President Donald Trump—and against the legacy media—the more the establishment press sensationalize their Russia coverage. Despite the legacy media’s wall-to-wall coverage of various Russia-related “scandals” involving President Donald Trump’s associates since April, “the number of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who think that the Russians sought to influence the election, and that the Trump team intentionally helped them,” has plummeted from 18 percent in April to nine percent today.

The lawyers arguing for criminalizing Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a foreign national who wanted to volunteer information do not realize just who they would have criminalized — every exchange of information concerning a campaign involving any illegal immigrant in the country (“undocumented” immigrant in media-speak) or foreign national around the world. If these Trump bashing lawyers were right, they have just allowed the mass indictment and incarceration of most politically active Dreamers, as well as all the political groups that solicit their campaign involvement, even if merely for information.

“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”
                 -Thomas Jefferson