Saturday, October 28, 2017

op ed review 10/29

Clinton campaign and DNC helped pay for work on dossier about Russia and Trump
The resulting Trump dossier then became a factor in Obama administration decisions to launch an FBI counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign, and after the election to trumpet suspicions of Trump collusion with Russia.
We now know Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid as much as $9 million for the discredited dossier on Trump.
Now it’s Democrats’ turn in the barrel.

It’s about time:  The Republican chairmen of two House committees announced Tuesday they’re opening an investigation into actions the Obama administration Justice Department took during last year’s presidential election.

Trump Presidency Is Shifting Finally Into High Gear As Scandal Engulfs Clintons

????? University of Wisconsin-Madison Students Protest Abraham Lincoln Statue Because ‘He Owned Slaves’

President Trump´s tax reform framework could raise GDP by as much as 5 percent and wages by as much as 7 percent, according to a new study from Boston University economists.

A protester managed to breach security at the Capitol Building Tuesday as President Donald Trump arrived for a lunch with Republican Senators to talk tax reform. “….one of the most secure places in Washington….”

The National Park Service told the Washington Free Beacon it is no longer providing funding for a controversial project "honoring the legacy" of the Black Panther Party after outrage that the agency would spend taxpayer dollars to memorialize a group that murdered a park ranger in the 1970s.

Some Democrats are reaching out to renegade mental health experts, some of whom are getting into political organizing and campaign fundraising with the aim of removing Trump from office.

An MSNBC reporter recently received a real world lesson in why President Trump’s promised border wall is crucially important to stop illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border. A reporter covering prototypes of the wall when the interview was interrupted by a group of “migrants” hopping over the existing fence. “This is the reality of every day border enforcement.

Not good for national unity:  44.6% in California Don’t Speak English at Home; 35.6% in Texas; 34.5% in NM; 31.7% in NJ; 31.0% in NY

Encouraging, if true: “Saudi Arabia will return to moderate, open Islam and 'will destroy extremist ideas', says new crown prince.”

No, this is not breaking news from 1945. “The Associated Press reports all German submarines are out of commission. All six of them.”   Question:  Should Germany pay more for its own defense?

The government spends billions to help send low- income students to college. Only half are graduating



Investors Business Daily

The question swirled for months around Washington, D.C., like a dirty whirlwind: Who paid for the now infamous, largely spurious campaign "dossier" of background innuendo, half-truths and rumors about Donald Trump that made its way into the hands of the media and served as a basis for U.S. intelligence agencies' surveillance of the Trump campaign?

We now know, and the answer should surprise no one: The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, according to a report in the Washington Post. The newspaper said that, starting in April of 2016, Clinton attorney Mark Elias paid a "research firm," Fusion GPS, for opposition research on Trump. Fusion subsequently hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy with known ties to the U.S. intelligence community and to the Russians, to dig up dirt on the billionaire candidate for the dossier.

As the Post reported, Elias and his firm, Seattle-based Perkins Cole, got paid $5.6 million in legal fees from the Clinton campaign from June 2015 to December 2016. It was a highly lucrative legal gig, and a vital part of the Clinton campaign. In comments to the media, the Democrats, the Clinton campaign and Elias denied categorically and repeatedly any involvement by the Clinton campaign or DNC in the Fusion GPS anti-Trump dossier. He lied. And so did Hillary Clinton.

Further confusing the matter is that Fusion GPS worked with the Russian government starting in 2012 to reverse the Magnitsky Act, bipartisan sanctions put in place against a number of Russian officials in response to the imprisonment and subsequent brutal beating death of Sergei Magnitsky. And it hired Steele, who was as they say "connected" to Russian officials. So, unlike Trump, Hillary's opposition research firm literally was colluding with the Russians.

The tainted Clinton-Fusion dossier containing alleged scandalous behavior that came from questionable Russian sources was widely circulated, becoming the basis for much of the media's salacious reporting on Trump during the 2016 campaign. But it wasn't just the media that used it. Of far greater importance is how the FBI and other spy agencies used the dossier for their own investigations. More specifically, as Washington Examiner columnist Byron York wondered, "Did the FBI or other agencies use any information from the dossier as a basis for warrant requests before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court?"

It sure looks that way. And if the answer is "yes," it will have major ramifications. After all, by law U.S. intelligence agencies aren't allowed to meddle in our elections. The dossier seems to be the centerpiece of both former FBI chief James Comey's and current special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations into Russian ties to the Trump campaign. But other intelligence agencies apparently viewed it, too. So did President Obama.

Were they operating together to get Hillary Clinton elected over the suddenly threatening maverick candidacy of Donald Trump? More to the point, was this a massive deep-state operation to undercut and perhaps take down Donald Trump? Was special counsel Robert Mueller, tasked earlier this year to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to the Russians, hired not to find the truth but to deliver a legal coup de grace to Trump's still-young presidency?

The Washington Post reported last February that the British ex-spy Steele, the former head of British MI-6's Russia desk and a former field agent in Moscow, had "reached an agreement with the FBI a few weeks before the election for the bureau to pay him to continue his work." Did the FBI become, in essence, an adjunct to the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign, by picking up where its opposition research left off?

And how much did Russian officials contribute to the dossier? Were the FBI and the DNC knowingly operating in cahoots with Russian officials? The answers matter. It's flat-out illegal for a U.S. intelligence agency to act on behalf of one candidate against another in a U.S. election. That's real meddling, the criminal kind.

The possible involvement of intelligence agencies in our election on behalf of one candidate is uncharted territory, the stuff of bad spy fiction. If it's true, and current investigations in the Senate and House should get to the bottom of all this, then someone ought to go to prison for a spell.

The questions are many. Unfortunately, the possibility that crimes were committed by our own government means that both former FBI chief James Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller have irreconcilable conflicts of interest. Mueller should be removed, and both men's future in this sordid scandal should be limited to one, and only one, role: Witness.

It's time to push the real "reset button" on this whole bogus Russian investigation and look at the real collusion that seems to have existed between the Democrats, the Clinton campaign, the FBI and the Russians.


“If we found out that Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee had paid a firm working for the Russians to create a file of fabricated attacks on Hillary Clinton during the election, would the media treat it as an impeachable offense?”
                      -David Harsanyi

 “What goes unappreciated is just why America’s leftists’ movement attacks the Founders. If they can delegitimize the Founders themselves, it goes a long way toward their agenda of delegitimizing the founding principles of our nation. If the leftists can convince the nation that men such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were good-for-nothing slave-owning racists, then their ideas can be more easily trashed. We find the greatest assaults on our founding documents on the nation’s college campuses.”
                    -Walter Williams

DNC Chair Tom Perez tells fellow Democrats that President Donald Trump is an "existential threat" to the nation. "We have the most dangerous president in American history and one of the most reactionary Congresses in American history,"
MSNBC anchor: Members of Trump Admin “Do Not Appear to Be Human Beings”

Anguished Liberals Plan to 'Scream Helplessly at the Sky' on Anniversary of Trump Election

A University of Illinois math professor believes that algebra and geometry perpetuate “white privilege” because Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject. But that isn’t the professor’s only complaint. She also believes that evaluations for math proficiency perpetuates discrimination against minority students, if they do worse than their white counterparts.

What the Left Hopes to Achieve by Attacking the Founders

The U.K. government blasted the United Nations for using the term "pregnant women" in a new version of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, claiming the term excludes transgender people who have given birth, and is therefore disrespectful.

A practice known as "sue and settle" used by the Environmental Protection Agency to enact controversial regulations cost taxpayers $68 billion since 2005 and has an annual cost of $26 billion, according to a new report. The American Action Forum found that "sue and settle," killed this month by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, also dumped millions of hours of red tape on industries. Pruitt ended the practice last week.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says the death threats against him have extended to his family.

Former NPR president leaves the blue bubble and is shocked by what he learns about non-elite Americans

It was another week of hunting for witches to burn in Washington. Even Gen. John Kelly, a man who has served our nation with honor and sacrifice, was nearly consumed by the flames. Kelly’s sin is his willingness to be chief of staff to President Trump, and to try to stop the madness that appears determined to destroy Trump, no matter the cost to America. Last week’s episode was instructive about the state of our disunion. That the deaths of four soldiers, ambushed in Niger, would be reduced to political fodder for the bonfire reveals the depths of depravity. The first false charge

Clarice Feldman:  Secrets and Lies: Three Russian Stories
Let’s put the Uranium One scandal in perspective: The cool half-million bucks the Putin regime funneled to Bill Clinton was five times the amount it spent on those Facebook ads — the ones the media-Democrat complex ludicrously suggests swung the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. The Facebook-ad buy, which started in June 2015 — before Donald Trump entered the race — was more left-wing agitprop (ads pushing hysteria on racism, immigration, guns, etc.) than electioneering. The Clintons’ own long-time political strategist Mark Penn estimates that just $6,500 went to actual electioneering. (You read that right: 65 hundred dollars.)

So what happened to Sen. Jeff Flake?  “Jeff Flake had a 100 percent lifetime Club for Growth record in the United States House of Representatives. He was a conservative’s conservative and stood up to the House GOP leadership. He used that reputation to catapult himself into the Senate with the backing of most every major conservative group. He towed a tough line on the budget, ObamaCare, immigration, etc. Then he got to the Senate and promptly caved on it all…...The smaller Senate with fewer conservatives unleashed Jeff Flake’s need to be liked. He went from being a reliable Club for Growth member to a reliable Mitch McConnell member….His war with President Trump..yesterday (was an) opportunistic attempt to gain sympathy from the city he once pledged to shrink and rewrite the truth.”

“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.”
           -Alexander Hamilton

Saturday, October 21, 2017

op ed review 10/22

Damning new evidence appears to show that Hillary 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. But there’s more. It seems it was all covered up for years by the same three people who are now involved in the investigation of President Donald Trump over so-called Russian “collusion.
The corruption is extensive: Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.
The new revelations have been utterly ignored by the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening or morning shows, since the story broke early Tuesday. In fact, the network evening shows have only spent only 3 minutes and 1 second on the Clinton Foundation scandal in more than two years.
Hey, mainstream media! We finally found it — a real Russia scandal involving the 2016 election. With actual evidence of criminal wrongdoing and everything! So come on, New York Times, CNN and MSNBC, let’s ...Hey, where’d everybody go?
This is what a Russian uranium executive told the Russian parliament after the deal:  '"I am pleased to inform you that today we control 20 percent of uranium in the United States. If we need that uranium, we shall be able to use it any time."
A key informant in the Russian bribery and extortion scheme wants to tell Congress what he knows — but is legally barred from doing so by the Justice Department. ??  What’s wrong with Jeff Sessions?

GWB now a hero with the media:  Christmas came early for the liberal Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) on Thursday when former President George W. Bush spoke out against the Donald Trump administration. In a disgusting display of sudden respect for a long time political foe, the networks championed Bush’s hammering of the current president.
Mc Cain denounces Make America Great Again as ‘Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism’  The media cheers.

Cruz Stomps Sanders in debate: Cruz:  ´What´s The Difference Between A Socialist And A Democrat?´  Bernie’s answer:  “Well, I don’t know the answer to that.”

America great again:  The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level in more than 44 years last week.
President Trump said Monday that he’s eyeing another major government reform — this time tackling welfare. He said some recipients are taking advantage of public assistance while others in need don’t get it.

Obama’s fundamental restructuring:  US immigrant population hits 60 million (one in 5 Americans).  How do you assimilate these numbers?
Illegal aliens who have received temporary amnesty from the Obama administration are reportedly working as interns and aides in local California government on immigration issues.

President Trump has not yet pulled America out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. But he just took a vital step toward doing so, in a landmark speech on Friday that in plain language dismantled the dangerous fictions on which the deal was built. Chief among these fictions is the notion that a nuclear program in the hands of Iran’s predatory, terror-sponsoring Islamist regime could ever be “exclusively peaceful.” This was a phrase repeated endlessly by President Obama’s diplomatic team during the negotiating of the Iran nuclear deal, and it is enshrined in the final text,

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch announced on Twitter that her family had been forced to move suddenly after she received multiple death threats from gun control advocates.

Harvey Weinstein Helped Pay for Bill Clinton’s Legal Fees During Monica Lewinsky Scandal

Another academic year, another fattening of campus diversity bureaucracies. Most worrisomely, the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields are now prime targets for administrative diversity encroachment, with the commercial tech sector rapidly following suit. At UCLA the engineering school just minted its first associate dean of diversity and inclusion.

Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty in desertion case.  Mainstream media forgets that Obama championed Bergdahl as a ‘Hero’ Coming Home’.

If the NFL thought Americans would ease the backlash against the league — they were sadly mistaken. Photos of empty stadiums from around the league show how dire a situation kneelers have spurred.

New York Times explains: “A healthy economy is bad for your health…..pumps out more air pollution…..(a recession is better because) people without jobs may have more time to sleep and exercise and may eat more healthfully.” ??

The U.S. national debt recently surpassed $20 trillion. “Everyone who refuses to examine this issue and come up with constructive ways to cut federal government spending so we can balance our budget and minimize our risk of insolvency and bankruptcy, everyone who refuses to do that is betraying their country and betraying the future of our kids and grandkids….”

Brian C Joondeph, M.D, 10/2
Enough Already with ´Pay Your Fair Share´

President Trump's tax plan, on the table for only a few days, is already under fire.  Of course, the media and their Democrat Party political arm are against anything and everything Trump.  But once again, it's the president's own party grousing about the tax plan.

The tax plan ends deductions for state and local income taxes.  This will significantly affect those states with high state income taxes, primarily blue, such as California at 13 percent; Oregon and Minnesota at 10 percent; and New York, New Jersey and D.C. at 9 percent.  Boo-hoo.  Aren't high taxes good and noble?  Aren't Democrats always moaning that the rich don't pay their fair share?  Blue states get what they ask for.

The "pay your fair share" canard is dragged out of the Democrat broom closet any time a Republican dares to propose tax cuts in any shape or form, much like a pull-string doll that has only a few phrases to utter each time the string is pulled.  This one can join other phrases such as "Trump is a white supremacist," "Russia hacked the election," and "Republicans are racists." Expect to October media narrative to focus on "pay your fair share" rather than "Russian collusion," which is fizzling out faster than NFL players kneeling for social justice.  What exactly is a "fair share"?

I once saw liberal pundit Juan Williams interviewed on this topic. The show host asked Juan what tax rate he proposes for the "rich" as a "fair share."  Forty percent?  Fifty percent?  Seventy percent?  Poor Juan got tongue-tied and couldn't come up with a number, proving that "fair share" is nothing more than a left-wing talking point.

Like asking a climate warrior what is "normal" for temperature, sea level, hurricane frequency, or any other aspect of climate that they insist is worsening.  If they don't know what normal is, how can they know it's worsening?  Maybe it's improving.

It's worth reviewing who actually pays income tax before making nonsensical claims about "fair share."  IRS data from calendar year 2014 was compiled by the Tax Foundation. In 2014, 140 million taxpayers earned $9.7 trillion in income and paid $1.4 trillion in taxes – about a 14-percent overall tax rate.  Seems fair.

What about the "rich," those in the top 1 percent?  They paid 40 percent of income taxes.  Is that fair?  The bottom 90 percent of earners paid only 29 percent of taxes.  Is that fair?

Let's leave the "rich" for a moment and look at the top 50 percent of all taxpayers.  They paid 97 percent of all income taxes, virtually everything.  The bottom 50 percent paid only 3 percent, virtually nothing.  How does "fair share" fit into those statistics?

Who are these top 50 percent fat cats paying almost all the taxes?  They have an income over $38,000 per year.  This translates to an hourly wage of about $19 per hour – only a few dollars more than the $15 minimum wage being implemented around the country.  Hardly rich.

Another way to look at is through average tax rates.  The top 1 percent must give 27 percent of their income to the federal government.  The top ten percent part with only 14 percent of their income.  The top 50 percent pay only 8 percent while the bottom 50 percent pay 4 percent. So again, what is a "fair share"?  Should the top 1 percent pay half of their income to the government?  Why stop at 50 percent?  Make the top 1 percent pay 80 or 90 percent of their income to Washington, D.C.  Leave everyone with about $40,000 a year to live on.  A living wage.

Why not the top 10 percent, too?  Leaving little money left to purchase goods and services which in turn provide income to many others.  Such as purchasing NFL tickets or merchandise so millionaire ball players can protest how unjust America is.

As predictable as sunrise and sunset, the left is playing the class warfare card.  How about a real debate over what is a fair share?  Or why only half of workers are paying almost all the income tax?

Will Republicans, afraid of their own shadows and what Chuck Todd or Jake Tapper will say about them, cave on tax reform?  Rearranging the deck chairs and calling it a tax cut?  Rather than looking at far fairer alternatives such as a flat tax or a consumption tax? Why aren't Republicans talking about historic tax cuts and the resulting economic growth?  Kennedy, Reagan, and Bush 43 all cut taxes and unleashed the economy.

Are Republicans as eager as Democrats for Trump to fail?  For another of his initiatives to fizzle out?  The donor class may be happy, but the voters won't be.  Republicans fear the former and loathe the latter.  But voters will win in the end, as they did last November 8. Will Republicans dither and argue as they did over Obamacare repeal and replace, passing nothing, leaving President Trump with another goose egg rather than letting him fulfill another of his campaign pledges?

Trump may be stymied by his own party, but the voters are not.  Trumpism is alive and well, hitting back against the Republican establishment.  Ask Luther Strange.  Or Bob Corker.
This is another golden opportunity for the GOP Congress – a slow pitch right down the middle.  Rather than swinging for the fences, they will likely watch the plate for a strike.  Again.  Three strikes, and you're out.

“It strains all credulity to think that Donald Trump wasn’t trying to be sympathetic and empathetic in that phone call. … The idea that he wasn’t somehow going into this in good faith just strikes me as bizarre and false on its face.”
               -Jonah Goldberg

“My son knew what he signed up for. He signed up to be a Green Beret. He had no illusions about what that meant……My son came from a military family with a tradition that dates back to 1812. He fully knew what it means to serve and the risk involved.”
 -Arnold Wright, whose son, Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, was one of the four killed in Niger

“Trump is a thin-skinned, unpolished guy, but we’d venture to say most military personnel and their families know they finally have a president who supports them. The rest of us should express our gratitude for the sacrifices made by military Patriots and their families, as well as offer our own prayers and support.”

Still smarting from Hillary Clinton´s unexpected election loss in 2016, the Soros crew at the Open Foundation Society has got to work looking for reasons to hammer it down and ensure it never happens again. A new study of 450 working class whites from five cities has come out, with the aim of finding out how these recalcitrants and deplorables can team up with other ethnic groups to elect Democrats.

Leftie comic George Lopez was booed off stage at a gala for juvenile diabetes in Denver last week, over an anti-Donald Trump routine that fell flat with the crowd.

“Are you weak if you make your man a sandwich? This is why real men don’t marry feminists”

Associated Press stylebook team re-jiggers their politically correct terminology again on transgender issues, in what they call  "the journalist´s bible."  Calling genital mutilation a "gender confirmation" is purely Orwellian language. Once again, AP is all about bowing to the "social identity" lobbyists. "Avoid references to being born a boy or girl.”

Lost in the uproar over the NFL sideline protests against police brutality are newly released statistics showing that the threat to black men is skyrocketing — not from trigger-happy or racist cops, but from crime. More than any other demographic group, black men are paying the price with their lives with a surging violent crime rate over the past two years, including a 20 percent jump in the overall homicide rate, even as the number of blacks killed by police declines.

“Some in the NFL realize they have a huge problem on their hands. Mark Lamping, president of the Jacksonville Jaguars, sent a letter to local military leaders in Jacksonville, Florida, which has a large military presence, apologizing for his team taking a knee overseas. Apparently they just didn’t realize how it would look to have players disrespecting our national anthem while standing for ‘God Save the Queen.’ I couldn’t help but think of the incredible irony. These players live in a country that has elected and re-elected a black president. We have had black attorneys general, black Supreme Court justices, black senators and representatives. We have revered black entertainers, business executives and academics. While I love history, I’m really not familiar with the first black prime minister of Great Britain. In fact, I’m not aware of any progressive European nation that has elected a black leader. Who was the first black president of France? Who was the first black German chancellor? America’s record looks good.”
          -Gary Bauer

President Donald Trump’s proposal for comprehensive tax reform was almost immediately dismissed as heartless and impractical by his political opponents.  When the same ideas are packaged under Bernie Sanders' name, however, liberal college students excitedly endorsed them.

On the Corruption of the Military Academies
Political correctness craziness: US Air Force edition. 

VDH: The Method to Trump’s Madness

VIDEOS, PHOTOS, CHARTS, ETC has obtained a drone´s view of the fully completed border wall prototypes that are vying to be part of President Trump´s new Mexican border wall.

“Liberty is not to be enjoyed, indeed it cannot exist, without the habits of just subordination; it consists, not so much in removing all restraint from the orderly, as in imposing it on the violent.”
         -Fisher Ames