Trump Demands

Back around August of 2016, I was talking over the election with the Mrs and, at that time, was figuring that Trump had a real chance of winning. But I was also thinking that the Establishment would pull out all the stops to prevent this. Not, by the way, because of the policies Trump proposed, nor even because of their false claims that he was a racist or any such thing. No, they were afraid of him winning simply because he would be the first President we’ve ever had who owed nothing to the Establishment. That is the key to understanding the amazing level of hatred directed Trump’s way. He doesn’t care what happens to the Establishment.

And the Establishment is corrupt to the bone – and gets away with it simply because no one does anything about it. They can’t – either they are personally compromised, or fearful that their closest allies will be caught up in an anti-corruption sweep. So, everyone just pretends its all good…with only the odd, egregious violator sent up the river, and even then only if such an action won’t harm the Masters of the Establishment, the Democrats. Trump comes rolling in and, being on the right side of the law, himself, sees no reason to worry about investigations…regardless of where they lead.

I don’t know why, exactly, Trump has allowed the Mueller fiasco to continue as long as it has – I can only assume he’s got his own plan, on his own timeline, and has made the calculation that it isn’t the right time to shut Mueller down. But his demand over the weekend that the DOJ look into Obama Administration spying is clearly a shot across the bow. We don’t know what Trump knows – what he has been able to obtain on his authority as President detailing just what happened. We can count on it that many bureaucrats would do all they can to thwart Trump in getting information…but at least some percentage of them still hold to the old, non-partisan ethic of the bureaucracy and so will obey Presidential orders. Trump likely knows a lot about who was doing what and under who’s orders.

But he can’t act precipitously on such information. It is going to be a lot harder to get convictions than most suspect. First off, Justice is riddled with people who will do all they can to blow cases. Secondly, any trials in the DC area would have a juries packed full of anti-Trump people who could easily be lead to saying “not guilty” no matter what. Also, when it all comes out, it has to come in a way very easy for the broad mass of the American people to understand. The MSM will just flat lie about it, of course…but if it is very obvious, even the most blatant lies won’t keep people from understanding the truth.

Big things are about to happen, I think – and what I think they’ll amount to is a full attack on a corrupt Ruling Class. Stay tuned.

67 thoughts on “Trump Demands

  1. Cluster May 21, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Wow….. Mark Penn agrees with you Mark, and Penn is definitely not a conservative:

    The “deep state” is in a deep state of desperation. With little time left before the Justice Department inspector general’s report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mueller having failed to bring down Donald Trump after a year of trying, they know a reckoning is coming.

    • M. Noonan May 21, 2018 / 10:21 pm

      That is rather huge – but probably a gambit by Team Clinton to get everyone to shut this down before it goes too far. Rely on it, if the Dems/MSM start to perceive that this will wreck Democrats, there will be calls to bring the Mueller investigation to a close “in the name of national unity”…with, of course, the DNC/MSM then going on and on about how it was just about to show Trump/Russia collusion, but then that nasty, old Trump shut it down.

      • Frank Lee (@trumpcowboy) May 21, 2018 / 11:34 pm

        Yeah, I think we have to be careful getting our hopes up too high that Trump is going to put all the bad guys in jail. He’s too pragmatic. Expect some behind the scenes deal before it rises up to Obama or Hillary. Trump said himself said many times he knew better than anyone “how the system works.” I think his primary goal is to make the country better and that might not be salting the farms of his enemies after he burns down their castles. It might be enough to burn down the castles.

        I do think the timing of the whole Eric Schneiderman scandal was arranged by Trump as a warning to Mueller and his team after they raided Trumps personal lawyer. What are the chances Mueller has some really ugly dirt in his history that Trump also knows about. What about everyone else on Mueller’s team? No history of womanizing? Using power to pressure women into sex? Or worse?

        Much as I’d love to see Hillary go to jail, if Trump is willing to make a deal and shake hands with the bloody dictator of North Korea, I can’t see how he won’t make a deal with the Democrats in exchange for him being left alone to do his job.

        But at least a bunch of lower level Democratic operatives will be crushed under foot along the way. And maybe that will make people think twice in the future about trusting the Democrats on anything.

      • Amazona May 22, 2018 / 8:23 am

        I saw the end of the DOJ as head of an actual judicial system when openly racist Eric Holder was appointed AG and proceeded to use it as a weapon in a newly nurtured race war. Its evolution into a different kind of political weapon with an expanded scope of targets comes as no surprise. Undoubtedly it had been riddled with partisan hacks for decades, as is every federal agency, but under Holder it stopped having much of a relationship with an actual judicial system and became an arm of the newly radicalized American Left.

        While corruption in any federal agency is a real concern, having corrupt law enforcement and judicial agencies is a serious threat to the republic, and I think Trump is focusing on this. They played into his hands by rallying these two agencies to go after him, which has not really hurt him but has exposed the level of corruption to which they had sunk under Obama. It’s not going to be that hard to clean up some of the other agencies, like the EPA and BLM—we’re already seeing a lot of those who were appointed to enact radical Leftist agendas jumping ship as they realize they aren’t going to have the power promised to them in the Obama administration, and these agencies don;t have the ominous powers of law enforcement and the judiciary.

        But—-and this is the really cool part—-the most corrupt and dangerous agencies are also under the control of the Executive Branch. The same Constitutional assignment of authority that let Obama turn them into private armies of the Left also allow Trump to clean them out, but he is being canny enough to let them undermine themselves and prove their corruption to the nation first, so the Left can’t claim he acted wrongly. I have a feeling those at the top are starting to recognize the trap he set for them, but don’t know how to get out of it. It’s kind of fun watching them getting closer and closer to chewing off their own legs to try to escape.

      • M. Noonan May 22, 2018 / 10:59 pm

        Yep – and I love how our Progs and Never Trumpers are trying to claim that Justice is “independent” of the President! Nothing more absurd can be imagined – the President is the chief law enforcement officer of the government, not the Attorney General or FBI Director; they merely derive their power from that which the Constitution grants the President. To me, the most important thing this week was Trump calling in the heads of Justice and FBI and essentially ordering them to get on board. I expect some firings will come soon – hopefully of Rosenstien, to begin with.

      • Amazona May 23, 2018 / 1:42 pm

        That’s no different than the guy snarling that the judge who said legislation is up to legislators doesn’t seem to understand the role of the judicial branch of government.

        Gee, do ya think maybe the Lefties knew what they were doing when they eliminated “Civics” classes from our schools?

      • M. Noonan May 23, 2018 / 10:11 pm

        And stopped teaching history, except a bastardized version which, by turns, emphasizes trivialities and magnifies transient sins as symbolic of America.

  2. Cluster May 22, 2018 / 8:04 am

    For the life of me, I can’t figure out who hacked the DNC emails. The most honorable man in Washington, Bobby Mueller III assures us it was the Russians in an effort to elect Donald Trump and has spent the last year and half looking into that. If only there was another possibility:

    Imran, Abid and Jamal Awan — along with Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi, and a friend — worked as IT administrators for 1 out of every 5 House Democrats and could read all their emails and files until police banned them from the network in February 2017 for “numerous violations of House security policies.”

    • Amazona May 22, 2018 / 8:47 am

      Yes, isn’t it funny how steadfastly the Dems and their partners, the Complicit Agenda Media, have ignored the Awan family and their access to pretty much everything the Dems said, did or recorded?

      The Dems have done a pretty good job of fouling the trail, so no one really knows what happened.

      We know that a real live person physically copied Dem records and met with, or had an associate meet with, another real live person to physically hand over those records, which ended up on Wikileaks. This is not hacking. It may be theft, but it is not hacking. Hacking is electronic invasion of digital records.

      We know that the DNC SAID they had been hacked, but we can’t really tell if they were or not because they refused to let the FBI investigate. They hired their own people to “investigate” and then gave the FBI the alleged conclusions reached by their own employees. I believe every claim that there was an electronic invasion of DNC files goes back to that alleged hacking, which has never been proved. By the time the FBI was allowed access to the DNC computers any actual evidence had been compromised by the DNC hired guns, and what the FBI did find was a collection of clumsy “clues” that pointed to Russia—-except the FBI noted that while former Russian hackers had been very sophisticated and hard to track, in the case of the DNC records there were very blatant and crude clues unlike prior Russian fingerprints on prior hacks. That is to say, the kinds of fake clues that might have been left by people intent on pointing fingers at Russia.

      This whole charade was complicated by the fact that so many Dems had welcomed into the bosom of the party a ragtag collection of foreign grifters and crooks and given them the keys to the records. I think this is the real goofiness of the whole thing——that so many Dem Congressmen did absolutely no vetting of the “IT” people they put in charge of their most confidential records, and then provided no oversight as these guys added unskilled family members to the payrolls and skimmed money, much less over what was done with those records—–and persisted in continuing this even after being warned of the dangers, and then told outright, that these people were crooks and possibly foreign agents.

      Think about it—-is there any reason for these Dems, and particularly DWS, to persist in keeping these people in positions of total access to Dem records, even after learning of their criminality, even after learning they had illegally copied Congressional records onto an unauthorized sever which was then “lost”, even after this was made public? The only thing I can think of is that the Awans had, in the course of their rampaging through Congressional records and Dem records, compiled enough dirt on some Dems to make them bulletproof, at least as far as getting fired was concerned.

      And with all this bumbling, incompetence, corruption and negligence going on on the Dem side of the aisle, we are worried that someone who knew Trump had lunch with someone from Russia?

      • Retired Spook May 22, 2018 / 9:05 am

        We know that a real live person physically copied Dem records and met with, or had an associate meet with, another real live person to physically hand over those records, which ended up on Wikileaks.

        You’ve mentioned this before. I’ve seen speculation that what you say happened, but I’ve never seen any concrete proof. Where did you get this information? Also, sorry for the duplication on my subsequent post. I was typing while you were posting.

        Does anyone know if any of the Awans are still in jail?

    • Retired Spook May 22, 2018 / 8:54 am

      Rush was talking about this yesterday. In spite of the fact that the “Russians hacked the DNC emails” meme has been repeated ad nauseam by people inside the Mueller investigation as well as Dem talking heads and their pals in the complicit agenda-driven media, there has never been any evidence presented to back up that allegation. It was revealed very early on that Podesta’s emails were compromised when he fell for a phishing scam, but that never gets mentioned any more. I still think it’s likely, as Amazona has suggested on numerous occasions, that someone within the Clinton campaign leaked the emails.

    • Amazona May 22, 2018 / 9:03 am

      Julian Assange has repeatedly insisted, including in appearances with Sean Hannity, that Wikileaks was physically handed the DNC records in a meeting in a DC park with the person who copied them, who was with the DNC, or an associate of his.

      Back to my comments about why so many Dem Congresscritters continued their relationships with the Awans: This article linked in Cluster’s linked article, is even more startling.

      Five Capitol Hill technology aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group that members of Congress have displayed an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them. The baffled aides wonder if the suspects are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, to which they had full access.

      “I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests, said Pat Sowers, who has managed IT for several House offices for 12 years. “Something is rotten in Denmark.

      • Amazona May 22, 2018 / 9:07 am

        Back to my incessant nagging about the incompetence of GOP campaigning—-how many opponents of the Dems who paid off the Awans at any time, and particularly after they were identified as crooks, will use this in their campaigns against them?

        To me, it’s a slam-dunk—-“why would you re-elect someone who…..?”

        Too easy? Too obvious?

      • M. Noonan May 22, 2018 / 10:56 pm

        We can hope they’ll get it together…trends are now in the GOP’s favor; and I understand McConnell will keep them working through the summer, so giving them less time to campaign, plus making them vote on things they’d rather not.

  3. Retired Spook May 22, 2018 / 10:51 am

    The Left is aghast at Trump’s referring to MS13 gang members as animals. Dennis Prager does an excellent job of putting the issue in perspective.

  4. Retired Spook May 22, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Retired Sheriff David Clark has the most concise description of how Leftists respond to an issue like mass school shootings that I’ve ever seen.

    The latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas brings out the same tired rhetoric from the left. They’re blaming guns, the NRA, and President Trump. What the left isn’t doing, however, is offering new and pragmatic solutions.

    Legislators can’t pass up opportunities to score political points in the aftermath of tragedies, especially mass shootings. They flaunt their sensitivity, a little thing called virtue signaling. The public already knows how terrible they feel about the tragedy – something we all share. Unfortunately, it’s become a ritual: demand action against guns, propose useless legislation, and create a media frenzy. The initial shock eventually wares off and everybody goes home feeling good about themselves. Despite no substantial changes, these leftists go to sleep feeling virtuous. (emphasis – mine)

    • Amazona May 22, 2018 / 12:21 pm

      And you know what is NEVER discussed? The increasing pampering of our young. When you are brought up as a princeling, given participation trophies and told how special you are, when you are never seriously or consistently disciplined, you are simply unprepared for the inevitable disappointments of life. So a girl refusing to go out with you takes on monumental proportions calling for a monumental response. So a coach telling you you need to practice better personal hygiene is such a profound insult to your very sense of being it must be addressed in a profound way.

      One thing that is never discussed is that in “The Old Days” when kids were spanked for really bad behavior, when they were disciplined in school in various ways or simply kicked out, when they were not allowed to use profanity in public or talk back to adults in positions of authority, when they more fully understood their roles as understudies in adulthood who hadn’t yet attained the benefits and authority of same, they were better able to cope with the kinds of disappointments and setbacks that now seem to send kids into tizzies. They now freak out online, their inane and juvenile utterances are treated as words of wisdom, they can easily gain the power that comes from being part of a mob, and they feel free to indulge in loud and profane spasms of outrage when their whims are not indulged.

      A baby is a fully self-involved little savage, focused solely on self-gratification. He wants to eat, have his diapers changed, be entertained and protected and coddled. And that is the way it should be—-up to a point. But it is the job of adults to start civilizing this little savage, to start introducing self control and and understanding of his role in society. It’s the biggest and most important job adults have—–and they are too often doing it very very badly. Starting with parking children in front of television sets instead of interacting with them and working with them as part of their day to day lives, adults go on to buying them violent video games to entertain and distract them instead of giving them jobs.

      As a horsewoman, I have always tried to educate new horse owners to the fact that every single time they interact with a horse, they are training that horse. They are training it to have good manners or bad manners, to be respectful of people or to see themselves as the dominant ones in the relationship, etc. Merely leading a horse to the barn is a training exercise. The same thing is true, in a much larger and more important sense, with children. Every single interaction of a child with an adult factors into what that child learns about how to act, how to treat people, and how he or she fits into the overall social structure—–and as a child, that position is supposed to be less powerful, more subservient. But it’s hard, and demanding, and easier to turn over responsibility to schools and television and peers.

      So we end up with children who are big in size but small in emotional maturity, who can’t handle stress, who can’ t handle disappointment, who can’t deal with not getting what they want when they want it. Their biggest influence has been the many fun and entertaining ways violence can be used for revenge and control, through movies and video games.

      And then we are surprised with the temper tantrums of spoiled frustrated big children when they are acted out in big ways, consistent with other influences in their lives.

  5. Mark Moser May 22, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    All these trials should be conducted in fly over country. I’d happily volunteer for jury duty!!!

    • Amazona May 23, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      This—having the trials in the middle of the country—is a great idea. Skip Boulder, Colorado and Lawrence Kansas and Jackson Hole, though—they are mid-country outposts of Leftist insanity.

      • Retired Spook May 23, 2018 / 4:41 pm

        or, as you have so often described them, bright red, malignant cysts.

      • Amazona May 23, 2018 / 6:29 pm

        blu cysts, darlin’—blue cysts in otherwise red states.

        Because I associate the word “red” with communism, I have to remind myself that on our electoral maps it stands for Repblican.

      • Retired Spook May 23, 2018 / 10:15 pm

        Boy, talk about a senior moment — yes blue cysts.

  6. Retired Spook May 23, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    And the Establishment is corrupt to the bone – and gets away with it simply because no one does anything about it.

    I get the sense that Trump is someone who WILL do something about it. As I said in a previous thread, I may just have read too many spy novels, but I have the feeling that there are some things going on behind the scenes that may result in the prosecution of a bunch of deep state bad actors.

    • M. Noonan May 23, 2018 / 10:09 pm

      Latest rumor I’ve heard is that the FBI agent who actually interviewed Flynn is willing to testify that Comey and McCabe set Flynn up…that would be the bomb]shell of all bombshells.

      Also heard that Rosenstein may be on his way out – not invited to an upcoming Big Wig meeting of Justice officials at the White House.

      • Retired Spook May 23, 2018 / 10:17 pm

        This could actually be a fun summer.

  7. Cluster May 24, 2018 / 8:31 am

    I received the following chain “email” this morning but it is spot on –

    The mayor of Livermore California explains Trump’s popularity and success. This is perhaps the best explanation for Trump’s popularity ….

    Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.. He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican. He is as conservative as they come. He wrote the following:

    Trump’s ‘lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship’ By Marshall Kamena, Mayor of Livermore, CA.

    My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

    Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

    We tried statesmanship.

    Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

    We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

    And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

    I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

    I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

    I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

    Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

    The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

    The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

    With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

    During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

    Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

    Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

    General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

    Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

    That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

    It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

    Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.

    Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”… Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. … They need to respond.

    This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

    Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

    Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

    So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.

    These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

    So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

    • Amazona May 24, 2018 / 10:01 am

      I thought this sounded familiar, and it is—because I read it on the Town Hall blog almost a year ago. I loved it,thought it spot on, and agreed with every word, and am glad it is being sent out to so many people because people need to read it, but………..

      Democratic Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena on Donald Trump-Incorrect Attribution!
      Summary of eRumor:

      A column attributed to Dr. Marshall Kamena, a registered Democrat and the elected mayor of Livermore, California, defends President Trump’s lack of decorum.

      The Truth:

      Conservative author Evan Sayet wrote this column on President Trump — not former Livermore Mayor Dr. Marshall Kamena.

      The column appeared at Town Hall in July 2017 under the headline, “He Fights.” In November 2017, the column was incorrectly attributed to Marshall Kamen in forwarded emails and social media posts.

      • Cluster May 24, 2018 / 4:52 pm

        There are always factual errors in chain emails and this one I guess is no exception, but the content of the email articulates extremely well all the frustrations we have been talking about for years re: the left.

      • Amazona May 25, 2018 / 9:35 am

        The only error was that of who wrote it. Otherwise it was spot on. I remember getting an email from several people that was “from a high school principal” and the message turned out to be something Dennis Prager wrote or said on his show, about what he would say to his students if he was a principal. But the message was still there, and it was a good one. I’ve gotten in the habit of checking up on chain emails because some of them are just plain nuts, and invented at that.

    • Retired Spook May 24, 2018 / 12:47 pm

      Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

      Actually they still are, just on a different kind of plantation — ie., public housing projects and failing inner-city schools.

  8. Cluster May 25, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I really don’t understand how this story is not the lead story on every news channel:

    House investigators concluded that Democratic IT aides made unauthorized access to congressional servers in 2016, allegedly accessing the data of members for whom they did not work, logging in as members of Congress themselves, and covering their tracks, according to a presentation summarizing the findings of a four-month internal probe.

    After House officials flagged allegedly fraudulent financial records and unauthorized server access, law enforcement began monitoring the Awans in late 2016. During that period, the following occurred, all without triggering arrests or searches of their homes:

    – A server containing evidence allegedly disappeared;
    – Awan and his wife both left the country without apprehension — his wife with $12,000 in cash and after refusing to speak to FBI agents at the gate;
    – Awan left a congressional laptop with the username RepDWS in a phone booth two months after he was banned from the House computer network, according to a Capitol Police report; and
    – The Awans’ stepmother called the police on the Awans and said in court documents that Imran had wiretapped her and was trying to use her to gain access to money overseas.

    This could be the second biggest scandal in American history. The current Democratic party is the biggest existential threat this country faces and they need to be treated as such.

    • Amazona May 25, 2018 / 9:53 am

      I’ve been wondering the same thing for months now, ever since the Awan story broke. It is so bizarre, if it had been a movie script no one would have made it because it is just too unrealistic. Unless you are talking about Dems, that is.

      Why bother to “monitor” activity if no action is taken? It’s not as if they didn’t find crime after crime after crime. ……accessing the data of members for whom they did not work, logging in as members of Congress themselves, and covering their tracks……fraudulent financial records…..unauthorized server access….. A server containing evidence allegedly disappeared….. Awan left a congressional laptop with the username RepDWS in a phone booth two months after he was banned from the House computer network…

      OK, I once had a cat sit there while a mole ran into it, backed off, tried to go around it and ran into it again, did this several times and then wandered off, without once trying to catch it—BUT IT WAS A CAT! It was not an allegedly professional House of Representatives investigator “investigating” really really important stuff going on in CONGRESS, it was not an allegedly professional House of Representatives investigator looking into a family of foreign criminals strolling through confidential Congressional records.

      This has to be investigated by real investigators, starting with whoever supposedly “investigated” this in the first place and did absolutely nothing, going into the Representatives who hired these people without having them vetting, going on to those who kept their relationships with them even after learning they were crooks, and of course focusing on DWS and her passionate commitment to them.

      In the meantime, could we please have some GOP candidates smart enough to use this in the next election? Please? Or are we (that is, Republicans) going to act like that cat and just watch an opportunity wander off? I am not aware of a single Congressional candidate since 2009 campaigning against a Dem who voted for Obamacare by pointing out that he or she did this without even reading the bill, meaning he or she shirked the most basic duty of the office. We got handed that on a silver platter, and let it slip off without using it. I have a sinking feeling we are going to do the same thing with this. I think Diana DeGette, hardcore Lib from a hardcore Liberal enclave in Denver, heir to the infamous Pat Schroeder of bunny suit on the Great Wall of China debacle, is one of those who hired and paid the Awans, and I will be surprised if her opponent manages to bring this up.

      • Cluster May 25, 2018 / 10:22 am

        In the meantime, could we please have some GOP candidates smart enough to use this in the next election?

        No kidding. Although honestly, running against nearly any incumbent particularly a Democrat would be a piece of cake – the campaign platform would write itself. Their allegiance to the elite class alone is enough to destroy them in the eyes of regular Americans.

      • Amazona May 25, 2018 / 1:15 pm

        A lot of the Dems who were personally involved in the Awan mess have resigned, but not all, and there were plenty more who didn’t actually pay them but had responsibility for keeping an eye on things.

        We need to tie the Awan mess in with the Clinton server mess and Huma Abedin forwarding and keeping those emails on her and her husband’s computers. We need to link basically the whole party in one giant web of incompetence and danger to national security.

        Surely there is someone like Mark Fuhrman, an experienced detective, the GOP could hire to research all this, dig into things that are still buried, and put it all together into a coherent narrative individual candidates around the country could use.

      • Cluster May 25, 2018 / 3:11 pm

        Good ideas. We should also clearly point out the double standard of justice and compare the treatment of Hillary aide Cheryl Mills as opposed to that of Michael Cohen.

        – Cheryl was given immunity, allowed to keep her laptop, and questioned under oath as to her involvement in deleting emails on an illegal off sire server.

        – Cohen is “thought to possess” incriminating documents about Trump. His office was raided in the early morning hours.

      • Amazona May 26, 2018 / 11:53 am

        Which leads us back to the big unanswered question—unanswered because it is seldom asked.

        Immunity for WHAT? Immunity from WHAT?

        You get immunity from prosecution for a crime if you participate in the prosecution of someone else, usually someone above you, for a crime. But several people in the Clinton email thing got —–immunity. That should tell us there was a crime. You don’t get immunity just…… because.

  9. Cluster May 25, 2018 / 8:21 am

    The list of names of “conservatives” I use to think were conservative grows by the day. Michael Steele is the latest to be exposed for his elitist progressive tendencies.

    • Amazona May 25, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      I started questioning Steele’s creds as soon as he took over the RNC. The problem is that there are too many Identity Republicans and too few Political Philosophy Republicans…ie; conservatives

    • Retired Spook May 25, 2018 / 10:14 am

      It IS refreshing to see Democrats shooting themselves in the foot for a change. Their double digit generic ballot lead they had as recently as December has completely disappeared. Hand them another shovel.

    • Amazona May 25, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      Actually, I think Dems are always scared AND angry. Outraged, actually.

  10. Cluster May 26, 2018 / 9:10 am

    Well it’s time to bitch slap, mock, and humiliate liberals once again for their childishly over emotional response to the NFL:

    ‘They own these young men in their minds,’ said Tamika Mallory, one of the organizers for the Women’s March, as quoted by NBC News.

    ‘The slave owners have said that if the slaves get out of line, we will show them,’ she said, adding, ‘The question is: What will the rest of us do about them putting the slaves in line?’

    The NFL did not respond to a request for comment.

    Tamika honey, someone needs to explain to you the employer/employee relationship. When those NFL players agree to represent the team in exchange for millions of dollars, the team and their management have the right to establishment standards of conduct and it has NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR F***ING SKIN COLOR.

    • Amazona May 26, 2018 / 11:13 am

      Oh, come on, Cluster. Everyone knows that slaves chose their masters, got paid vastly more than anyone in the country including the people they worked for, only worked a few months a year, could leave for another job at will, and were celebrities enjoying all the perks of fame and fortune. You really need to study your history…

  11. Cluster May 26, 2018 / 9:25 am


    Appearing on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night – aired early Friday morning – left-wing comedian Samantha Bee revealed that her family in Canada has been so horrified by what they see in the news media about the United States that they fear for her safety. She even told Kimmel that her dad sent her a bullet-proof vest.

    Kimmel introduced Bee by telling his audience: “You know, sometimes it takes a Canadian to help us Americans make sense of what’s going on in this country. And our first guest tonight is one such canuck.” Later in the interview, he wondered: “Do you feel like Canadians pay more attention to what’s going on in their government than Americans are paying attention?”

    • Retired Spook May 26, 2018 / 10:07 am

      That might have been true at one time, but I think more and more Americans are beginning to pay attention to the workings of our government. How else do you explain the election of Donald Trump? It certainly wasn’t because the majority of Americans were HAPPY with the way things were going. and therein lies the rub — people like Jimmy Kimmel and Samantha Bee liked seeing the United States “fundamentally transformed” into something it was never meant to be.

    • Amazona May 26, 2018 / 11:44 am

      One of the first things I learned when I started traveling abroad was how limited the “knowledge” the United States really is. It is based almost exclusively on movies, with a little input from television, and now the Complicit Agenda Media.

      True story: I knew a woman who worked in HR for a major American airline that also flew internationally. They had a pilot shortage so she went to London to interview British Airlines pilots. Keep in mind, pilots for major airlines are well traveled, pretty well educated, and ought to be fairly sophisticated. Also keep in mind that this was about 40 years ago, before the current black gang problems in Chicago became an issue. She interviewed pilot after pilot who wanted to work for the airline but wouldn’t consider living in Chicago—–because they were afraid of being gunned down in the streets in gangland shootings. That is, their perceptions of Chicago were based on old OLD movies, about Al Capone, etc. You might say they were seeing the future, but they were actually convinced that Chicago in 1990 was the same as the movie version of the Chicago of 1920.

      I went through a period of hiring British interns to work on my ranch, and I always had to start by debunking their weird ideas about the United States. When I was in London friends we made there were concerned that we might be shot as we walked down the streets—–Brits are absolutely TERRIFIED of guns. Of the very existence of guns. I explained that almost all shootings are among people who know each other and are usually connected with criminal behavior. I pointed out that I had been closer to death in London, on two occasions, than I ever had been in any American city—–We had walked alongside the Horse Guards on their way from the stables to Buckingham Palace, and the next day a bomb went off right where we had been, killing several people and horses. I used to walk from the hotel where we usually stayed over to Hyde Park in the mornings to walk around the park, and a bomb was found in the doorway of a shop I passed every day I was there. Long before we started checking bags in public buildings, after 9/11, this was common in England, and all over the country were signs warning people to report unattended bags or packages. Brits were used to this hovering violence, but were freaked out by what they thought they knew about the US. I drove one intern through the middle class neighborhood of Columbine High School after he explained that the shooters were the victims of systemic poverty. BTW, this is a very nice neighborhood. A young man from South America once asked me why Americans were so upset about Bill Clinton’s escapades—-after all, all American husbands have mistresses, or at least fool around. When asked, it turned out that what he “knew” about the United States came from watching Dallas and Dynasty on TV. He went to Ohio for Thanksgiving with one of my employees and told me later “I didn’t know Americans did things like that”. “That” being getting together with families for holidays. His experience in Middle America absolutely amazed him.

      Hollywood creates vile, vicious, distorted images of life in the United States, exports them, and then uses the inevitable feedback from people who think these are accurate representations of our culture to attack the Right. Samantha Bee is in that little bubble, part of that feedback loop where the same lies get recirculated and reality never intrudes.

      There is an image from the classic book “Catch 22”. A man is in a hospital, lying fully encased head to toe in bandages. An IV line goes under the bandages at one end and another line goes from under the bandages at the other end into another bottle. Every few hours a nurse comes in and switches the bottles. I think of this image when I see the constant recirculation of Leftist lies in their infinite loop where no outside information comes in.

      Canadians don’t pay much attention to what is really going on in the United States, but what they do pay attention to is the version fed to them by the Complicit Agenda Media, which includes the medium of movies and the medium of television. They can be pretty smug about what they think they know, but would jeer at an American concept of all Canadians constantly saying “eh” and calling each other “hosers” and wearing mukluks and going everywhere behind dog sled teams. My personal experiences with Canada, and Canadians, has been focused on Alberta and Saskatchewan, and these areas are very scornful of the Liberal enclaves in the east and increasingly Vancouver.

      It all comes down to GIGO.

      • Amazona May 26, 2018 / 11:51 am

        I point to Cluster’s link, to a UK newspaper printing the “slavery” nonsense. This is what they are fed in the UK, so this is what they think.


      • Retired Spook May 26, 2018 / 12:28 pm

        That is, their perceptions of Chicago were based on old OLD movies, about Al Capone, etc. You might say they were seeing the future, but they were actually convinced that Chicago in 1990 was the same as the movie version of the Chicago of 1920.

        OR….. it could have been that Chicago in 1990 was exactly what it was.

      • Amazona May 26, 2018 / 12:55 pm

        Actually, the references they gave her were mob killings, not gang killings. They thought the Mafia roamed the streets shooting down mob opponents. She said it was surreal.

      • Amazona May 26, 2018 / 3:53 pm

        But your link shows that Chicago, in general, is a pretty violent place. Factor in the political corruption and you’ve got quite the Leftist Nirvana.

  12. Retired Spook May 26, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    You know how we’ve talked about creating some kind of accountability with respect to the oath of office? The following is an idea from one of my fellow Oath Keepers, and I think it has significant merit.

    Something I proposed about 3 years ago was a “Constitutionality Reaffirmation and Accountability Act.” It’s time to restrain our government once again, because they have declared their roles to be far more encompassing than originally envisioned. For instance, here in Washington State, they took a proposed bill over the 48 hour weekend, from introduction to passage for Legislation to be excluded from the Public Records Act we the people just passed. Get this, the judiciary in this state already disqualified themselves somehow. Point is, they don’t think the law applies to them. Time for some accountability!

    The “CRAA” would provide for any law or regulation proposed by State, Local, and Federal government, executive, legislative, and regulatory agencies subject to judicial review to determine Constitutionality. After they have affirmed their position, then it is handed to We the People for referendum to determine true Constitutionality. If by 2/3 vote by the people, we find that it’s Unconstitutional, then anyone along the chain that had voted in the affirmative should receive some jail time and fines, a little RICO and Civil Forfeiture, but most important they should lose their GUARANTEED RIGHTS, the way they do to we the people. Things would change virtually overnight.

    In my Internet travels I’m noticing increased interest in accountability of the people we hire (elect) to run our various levels of government. In spit of the fact that corruption is rampant, hardly anyone ever even loses his or her job, much less pays a fine or goes to jail. That has to change.

    • Amazona May 27, 2018 / 1:00 pm

      This seems overly complicated and unwieldy, and it puts the burden of proof on those who examine the laws, not on those who pass them. And I think the real problem lies with the individuals—-judges, governors, mayors, police chiefs—who do what they want no matter what the laws say.

      I think instead of focusing on legislation and then having such Draconian penalties for voting for laws that are unconstitutional, it would be easier and faster to just require every piece of legislation to be accompanied by certification by its sponsor(s) that it fully complies with Constitutional restrictions and delegated responsibilities and a signed statement by everyone who votes for it that he or she has studied it and agrees with the certification. That would address laws in passage. But we need to address the actions of those in power, actions which so often blatantly violate laws.

      Have every mayor thinking of establishing his town as a Sanctuary City realize that when he does this, in violation of federal laws, he will essentially be resigning and giving up his pension. Have every judge who commits judicial malfeasance by ignoring the law and imposing his own opinions and beliefs face the same consequences.

      I am a lot less worried about unconstitutional laws being passed than I am about individuals just doing whatever they feel like doing, laws or no laws.

      In a similar vein, accountability has to go all the way down the line. An IRS employee might not have taken an oath of office, but if he or she initiates audits without ample evidence indicating this is called for, or imposes penalties that can’t be justified, he or she should also lose the job and the pension, at least after a set number of such mistakes. Now an agent can call for dozens of audits, at will, and if they don’t pan out for the IRS there is no penalty, but the taxpayer had had to go through hell and pay out a lot of money to deal with the bogus audit.

      I’m glad others are seeing the same problems and also looking for answers, but I still think a simple legislative act making oaths of office both mandatory and binding would be the fastest and easiest approach. This would cover legislation as well as acts by individuals and agencies.

      • Retired Spook May 27, 2018 / 3:08 pm

        I do like the idea of a citizen referendum final decision, or citizen tribunals in each state with membership rotating on a regular basis and representatives from each state tribunal spending a predetermined term on a national tribunal — WITH law enforcement powers.

      • Amazona May 28, 2018 / 12:26 am

        The problem with a citizen tribunal is that Constitutional law can be a little complicated, and I am not comfortable with giving law enforcement powers to a citizen tribunal. Perhaps in conjunction with an expert……but there have to be qualifications for determining something so significant that it deprives a person of a job and accumulated benefits. There is no way the process can be bomb-proof but it can be a major speed bump for people who think the law doesn’t apply to them. I think having a law making the oath binding would be, in and of itself, a very real deterrent, and it wouldn’t take many hearings of those who went ahead as if they had the right to ignore the law for the message to get out.

        Right now a judge can think to himself “I don’t like this person so I am going to tilt the trial against him……” and he just goes ahead and violates his oath to be impartial because he knows that no one can do a thing about it. The person can appeal the decision of the jury, which entails a long and expensive process, and if the appeal is upheld the person is then going to have to go through another trial, so the person on trial is the one paying the penalty for the malfeasance of the judge. Shift that penalty to the judge, so he has a second stage in his thinking: “….but if the transcript shows bias, I can lose my job and my benefits”.

        The violations would probably not be subtle. A mayor says illegal aliens in his city will not be arrested and he will not comply with the law or cooperate with law enforcement—not too hard to figure out. A judge oversteps his boundaries of judicial powers, and right there in writing are those boundaries. In the example I gave of a judge arbitrarily entering into a formal court document that a party in a civil case had been threatening the judge, which is a felony, it required filing in federal court a charge of violation of civil rights, a case reviewed by other judges and not subject to review or likely to be made public—–knowing that a public explanation of why this was not considered a violation would be a deterrent, and the first judge would have a lot at stake calling for serious calculations before doing something like that. Under the current system, he could count on his fellow jurists to have his back, but with his job on the line it wouldn’t be so tempting to be a bully. There are whole web sites devoted to accounts of judges in custody cases giving custody to parents who are known and admitted criminals, child abusers and drug users, etc. in direct violation of existing regulations for determining the parental rights of disputing parties.

        I think fears of the new law being abused are far less realistic than the abuses we see now without a law. We know the system is rife with people in authority violating their oaths of office, day in and day out. We have their names, in most if not all cases—–sheriffs and governors and mayors and judges. Right now a judge can, and often does, countermand a legal action by the president because of a personal agenda, tying up the entire process and delaying actions that are important, knowing that even if his decision is later reversed it won’t cost him anything but he did manage to interfere with the process. Make him realize that instead of just being reversed he will be punished because the role of the Executive Branch is clearly laid out and the president clearly had the authority to do what he did. There would be no benefit in him trying to throw a wrench into the works and use his ruling to send a message the president was wrong.

        I think there is far more danger in trying to find a perfect solution than in moving ahead now with something that is straightforward and uncomplicated. A citizen can file a complaint that the oath has been violated—that the person in question has not upheld the law or has acted in contradiction to the Constitution. He details his reasoning and gives the example(s). This is a matter of public record, and others may come forward with similar experiences with the same official or judge, or with additional examples of additional violations. Within a specified period of time, not very long, a hearing is held and the accused can defend his actions, solely on the grounds of Constitutional compliance or following the law. Because his actions were public, taken in the role of his office, there is no question about whether or not he did it—–the “it” is merely held up to the law to see if it complies. Does the Constitution say you can declare someone guilty of a felony without due process? No. Does upholding the law mean cooperating with federal law enforcement officials in dealing with violators of federal law? Yes.

  13. Cluster May 27, 2018 / 9:10 am

    Amazona check this out:

    Beginning around November 10, the USS Princeton, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, made multiple radar contacts with what the report calls an Anomalous Aerial Vehicle (AAV).

    The senior chief fire controlman on the Princeton, which was equipped with ultra-advanced AN/SPY-1 multifunctional phased-array radar, reported that the AAV appeared from above 60,000 feet – the radar’s scan ceiling – and descended ‘very rapidly’ to about 50 feet above the surface of the ocean.

    They would hover for a short time and then depart at high velocities and turn rates demonstrating advanced capabilities, the senior chief said.

    Descending “very rapidly” from 60,000 feet to hovering 50 feet above the surface of the ocean – I am no aviation expert, but I am real sure that human beings do not possess any vehicle that can do that.

    • Amazona May 27, 2018 / 1:08 pm

      Funny—I just came in the house after a conversation with someone about aliens and UFOs. He knew a man who had been an Air Force officer involved with the Roswell incident who told him, after the man retired, that Roswell really did happen, that everyone there knew it had happened, and that some of the technological advances in the next few years were from reverse engineering some of the artifacts found at the crash site. In the past few years I have read articles by other retired personnel who had been silenced because of their military obligations, who then felt free to discuss things they had seen. There have been reports, including by some naval personnel, of large objects launching themselves out of the oceans into the air at incredible speeds, and there are hundreds of reports of high-altitude high-speed maneuvers beyond the capability of any technology we now have, many of them by professional pilots and military pilots. Even our astronauts have reported sightings, including being shadowed while in deep space by rapidly moving lights and light clusters.

      • Cluster May 27, 2018 / 3:22 pm

        I am a believer ……. these are highly credible accounts from highly credible people and the vastness of the universe is such that it would be harder to believe no one was out there ……

      • Amazona May 28, 2018 / 12:50 am

        I’ve just finished listening to an audio book on cosmology. Don’t get me wrong—-I’m not saying I UNDERSTOOD more than a small part of it, but it was still fascinating, and gave me some background about the way physicists and astronomers work. One of the themes was the fact that our awareness of the size of the universe is constantly changing, to accommodate the new knowledge we are acquiring. They are constantly expanding their estimates of the size and scope of the universe and the probable number of stars and planets. I’ll probably listen to it again one of these days, hoping that a little more will sink in through osmosis if not actual comprehension.

        One thing I found interesting was how these physicists bump up against the question of God. It makes many of them uncomfortable. But many think their theoretical work has taken them to the beginning of time—— what one has called The Day Without A Yesterday—–and then they hit a wall. Could there be a Big Bang without a time in which it could occur? It really only leaves them with…….God.

        And, of course, the immensity of the universe, or possibly universes, with so many billions of stars and planets and possibilities, is mind-boggling. My perception of the science of cosmology is that it is kind of like a pinball machine—–the scientists get to a place where they “know” something and then someone finds something that knocks that knowledge askew and they are suddenly bounced in a whole new direction. I was intrigued by their general willingness to accept new knowledge, or at least new ideas. Everyone “knew” nothing could escape from a black hole—and then someone found evidence that maybe something can. OK, they go off looking into that.

        The author used a term I liked, which reminded me of the pseudo-science of AGW—-Conviction Cosmology. That is, believing something to be a fact because, well, you are really sure it is, and then basing all future conclusions on this conviction and ignoring what doesn’t fit it. He made several references to true science, which is all about proving in independent experiments a repeatable and reliable outcome, and about how being focused on proving a theory is not science, because science is about seeing if a theory is valid, not being intent on proving that it is.

        All in all, pretty interesting, even if there were many minutes in which all I understood were the pronouns. And it reinforced my belief that there is very probably sentient life out there, given the vastness of the universe and the complexity of its different components. And our limited knowledge of it.

      • Cluster May 28, 2018 / 8:15 am

        I like the term “the day without a yesterday” and I think “limited knowledge” is an understatement. I don’t think man has even begun to understand the depth, breadth, and complexities of Space.

    • Amazona May 27, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      So many wrongs, so little time.

      The happy faces of people who gleefully admit they have no sense of dignity or self respect—“Look! I got money for having dark skin! ” Pathetic.

      The shrill squealing from some black witch screeching that she doesn’t want to be lumped in with all dark-skinned people—-“POC isn’t the same thing as black!”

      The complaint that a symbolic gesture isn’t enough, these people born in a nation offering them unlimited opportunities, free educations and government assistance are still claiming that they should be compensated for what a many-times-removed ancestor MIGHT have experienced.

      The inherent racism in only allowing people of color into the bar

      And it goes on an on, the insanity of Leftism never seems to run out ways to express itself.

      But—I just got a great idea for a movie, one about parallel universes. In one universe, ten black people are kidnapped by other black people and sold into slavery, and brought (in admittedly horrible conditions) to the New World, where they do not have freedom but do have shelter and food. Some are treated badly, some are not. At least a couple are bought by black slaveholders.
      Their descendants’ lives are followed for six generations, showing some taking advantage of living in America and some choosing to be criminals or welfare bums.

      In the other universe, those same ten black people are not kidnapped and sold into slavery, and their lives are followed as they fall prey to tribal warfare, famine, and disease. It follows the lives of their descendants, those who were born because their parents lived long enough to procreate.

      We see the parallel development of the original ten people and their descendants and get to make up our own minds about which descendants drew the better straw.

  14. Cluster May 28, 2018 / 8:34 am

    I saw the following this morning:

    Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, called for an end to white men on Sunday morning, saying that their “nature is not in harmony with the nature of God.” Farrakhan went on to claim that white men had squandered the time God gave them to rule, alleging that they had chosen not to rule with righteousness, truth, justice, or fairness.

    And I thought it was odd that I could’t find any media outlets covering this huge “call to action” by one of the Democrats primary supporters. Now let’s imagine the article read like this:

    Louis Farrakhan David Duke, leader of the Nation of Islam Alt Right, called for an end to white brown and black men on Sunday morning, saying that their “nature is not in harmony with the nature of God.” Farrakhan Duke went on to claim that white brown and black men had squandered the time God gave them to rule, alleging that they had chosen not to rule with righteousness, truth, justice, or fairness.

    Do you suppose that would get media coverage?

  15. Cluster May 28, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Kurt Schlicter has another outstanding article today, here’s an excerpt.

    Sometimes, you have to win. Sometimes, you have to stop yapping and start performing. Once in a while, you have to put points on the board. Otherwise, people stop listening to you. It’s possible to spend your whole career inside Conservative, Inc., drifting from cheesy think tank sinecure to lame magazine scribbling gig, never actually winning anything. But out here, in America, we want to, and need to, prevail. Our rights and our dignity are merely theoretical constructs to the Fredocons, and are of no significance to them. But our rights and dignity matter to us. And we are acting and voting accordingly.

    This is exactly what people like Jeff Flake, Jonah Goldberg, and Bill Kristol do not understand, and why they are all fading into oblivion.

    • Retired Spook May 28, 2018 / 10:08 am

      Schlichter has a talent for consolidating profound ideas down to one sentence:

      Remember, nothing in conservatism ever obligates you to accept an end-result where you must silently endure disrespect, where you are excluded from participation in your own governance, or where your rights are voided.

      Not only is he right, but more and more mainstream Conservative are beginning to realize it.

      • Amazona May 28, 2018 / 11:02 am

        Remember, nothing in conservatism ever obligates you to accept an end-result where you must silently endure disrespect, where you are excluded from participation in your own governance, or where your rights are voided.

        Remember the absolute melted-down hysteria back in 2000 when Republicans refused to be locked out of the room while ballots were being recounted in Florida? The Left had been mounting near-riot “protests” and been acting extremely hostile and belligerent, but when a handful of Republicans refused to be physically shoved out of the room and shouldered their way in the Left totally freaked out. Totally. To hear them squeal, they had been thrown to the floor and trampled under the jack boots of Nazis who proceeded to pummel them into bloody pulps.. The video showed about the same amount of physical contact experienced in a crowd trying to get on a subway car, but the very spectacle of Republicans refusing to back off and meekly apologize for getting in the way of their political superiors was so freakishly outrageous they simply could not handle it.

        I haven’t seen anything like that lately, but wish I had. We are seeing it verbally, on TV, as conservative pundits are not sitting back to be abused and lied to and lied about, and we are seeing it from the Oval Office as Trump calls the Left out on its lies and its Fake News.

        Maybe it’s time to remind the Left that the mindset that created the Constitution is the mindset that took on the British Empire—-and won.

    • Amazona May 28, 2018 / 10:53 am

      First, I don’t lump Jonah Goldberg in with Jeff Flake, though he does have some things in common with Bill Kristol. I see Flake as a McCain type. They have decided to call themselves Republicans, but have never had much in common with political conservatism.

      Goldberg has. He has written several very very good books, and has a good grasp of the true POLITICAL identity of the Left. He has stripped away the trappings applied to it by its pimps to try to make it look like something it is not, as they work to sell it to the masses, and gotten down to the bare bones of its structure and purpose. I think Kristol has that same innate understanding of the Left. At least his father did, and he grew up with it as part of his worldview.

      But they don’t seem to be focusing any more on conservatism as a blueprint for how best to govern the nation, and have allowed themselves to be shunted off into a twilight kind of territory where they are suddenly focused on WHAT KIND OF PERSON should govern the nation. And so they have fallen into the Identity Politics trap. All they can see is that, to them, Trump is THE WRONG KIND OF PERSON to be president.

      They need to be challenged about their true political identities, themselves. Are they Personality Conservatives or are they Philosophical Conservatives? Personality Conservatives love or hate Trump for what he is, or at least for how they see him, as a person. Philosophical Conservatives care much less about his persona, his personality, and focus on his approach to being President of the United States.

      There are times I want to lock Trump in a closet. There are times I want to shake him till his pants fray. There are times I want to duct-tape big fat mittens on his hands so he can’t type. There are times I wish his public appearances had a ten-second time delay so some of his utterances could be bleeped out. There are MANY times I wish his mind worked in a little more linear fashion, so when he said something like there being some good people in the crowd in Charlottesville he would add a sentence to tell us who they were so the Left couldn’t claim he was talking about Nazis.

      But he has been judicious in his use of Executive Orders, and directed matters requiring true legislation to Congress. Congress has dropped the ball, but Trump has not tried to legislate from the Oval Office. He seems to have a pretty good grasp of the demands and restrictions of the Constitution—and respect them.

      I think Goldberg and Kristol need to take a long hard look at their positions and realize that they are not objecting to the job Trump is doing, and are just outraged that we have THE WRONG KIND OF PERSON in the White House. They are political snobs. But I think once they get over that, they are truly conservative in the way they view the Constitution and the need for the nation to be governed according to it.

      Not so for Flake and McCain and their ilk.

  16. Cluster May 28, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    GREAT article on Obamacare:

    The Affordable Care Act kept profit margins in check by requiring companies to use at least 80 percent of the premiums for medical care. That’s good in theory, but it actually contributes to rising health care costs. If the insurance company has accurately built high costs into the premium, it can make more money. Here’s how: Let’s say administrative expenses eat up about 17 percent of each premium dollar and around 3 percent is profit. Making a 3 percent profit is better if the company spends more.

    It’s as if a mom told her son he could have 3 percent of a bowl of ice cream. A clever child would say, “Make it a bigger bowl.”

    Wonks call this a “perverse incentive.”

    “These insurers and providers have a symbiotic relationship,” said Wendell Potter, who left a career as a public relations executive in the insurance industry to become an author and patient advocate. “There’s not a great deal of incentive on the part of any players to bring the costs down.”

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