Its a Criminal Investigation Open Thread

This is a bit important:

U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing probe into potential FBI and Justice Department misconduct has transitioned into a full-fledged criminal investigation, two sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News on Thursday night.

One source added that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s upcoming report on FBI surveillance abuses will shed light on why Durham’s probe has become a criminal inquiry.

Now, we’ll see how it comes out – but I’m just pleased that there’s likely to be a grand jury empaneled and these Deep State creeps will be dragged through it. Maybe we can’t send them to jail…but we can do a bit of the Left’s “the process is the punishment” on them. Let them have to hire attorneys and bankrupt themselves doing it. Enough is really enough.

The Left is, of course, having fits tonight about this – but that made me point out on Twitter that they are simply not used to a Republican President who fights back. They are used to investigating us and dragging our names through the mud and never a bit of pushback. Even when a Democrat’s corruption is so flagrant that they do have to go to jail, they are used to the GOP taking no advantage of it. Part of this is because a lot of our guys are neck deep in it, as well: and know they can expect no mercy from the Left. But, come on! As Matt and I carefully recorded in our 2007 book, The Caucus of Corruption, the Democrats/Left/Establishment/What Have You are corrupt to the bone. And they’ve simply gotten away with it – and for so long that they really do think the laws don’t apply to them. Well, they are about to find out that the only man with the federal power of indictment and trial is President Trump…and he’s not only uninterested in going along to get along, he’s got a lot of scores to settle. The good news is that his opponents are so dirty that Trump merely has to find a guy who will investigate and prosecute and just let things roll along.

You might have forgot the Israeli elections a little while back – but, they are still going on, because there was no clear winner:

President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday tasked Benny Gantz, the Blue and White party leader, with forming Israel’s next government, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced earlier this week that he had failed to do so.

Gantz, like Netanyahu before him, now has 28 days to try and form a government, though the prime minister-designate is seen as being no more likely to manage the task.

So, Bibi is at least temporarily out: but it does seem difficult for Gantz to put a government together. Though, without knowing all the ins and outs of Israeli politics, I wonder if Bibi would be willing to throw his support to Gantz in return for a dropping of the ongoing criminal investigation Bibi faces? Guess we’ll find out – but from what I can tell, the likely outcome is that the Israelis will have to go to the polls a third time to see if they can sort it out. This is why I do like our Presidential system of government, by the way: it is clear, concise and only one person can possibly win.

We might finally get the 54’40” that President Polk promised us so long ago:

Following the reelection of Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister with a Liberal minority, #Wexit, or Western exit (a play on Brexit), immediately began trending on Twitter, with separatist accounts gaining thousands of new followers.

One of the most important takeaways from the election is the blue sweep throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Both provinces have expressed growing indignation over the other provinces’ dependence on the oil industry, while simultaneously trying to stifle Alberta’s business prospects and economic growth by opposing pipelines.

“Blue” in Canadian terms is like “Red” here in the States: basically, Canada has the same sort of divide we do – coastal vs interior and urban vs rural. And if you want to talk about a loused up system: Trudeau barely crested 33% of the vote – a smaller total than his Conservative rival – and yet secured another four years as Prime Minister. I naturally doubt that Canada will break up – but, I’m pretty sure we could get Republican Senators out of the new States of Alberta, Saskatchewan and East British Columbia. So, let’s talk!

Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA) who probably won via a flurry of ballot-box stuffing in 2018, is quite the saucy tart. What makes it really funny is that this bong-hitting, tramp-stamped boozer who likes to go nude was fussing about Kavanaugh’s moral fitness. If it wasn’t for double standards, they’ve have no standards at all.

81 thoughts on “Its a Criminal Investigation Open Thread

  1. Cluster October 25, 2019 / 8:23 am

    And laughably, MSNBC is framing the Durham investigation as a partisan witch hunt …. LOL. “Trump is weaponizing the DOJ”!!! I love the smell Democrat panic in the morning. And they are definitely panicked. They are trying to destroy the character of Barr, and can’t understand why Trump is continuing to look into the 2016 election “when all the facts are already known”. “This is simply a personal vendetta on behalf of Trump”!!

    The tables are turning and I hope some of these media people are also called into the grand jury and asked “what did you know and when did you know it”. They are just as culpable.

    Meanwhile, since school is now back in session, time for teacher strikes. Why don’t teachers ever go on strike in the summer?

    School children in Chicago are missing their seventh day of class today, with teachers demanding a 15% raise over three years, well above the official rate of inflation. Chicago teachers already are among the highest paid among large urban districts.

    So many of these poor kids are not only not getting an education, many of them are probably sitting at home with little supervision in dangerous neighborhoods while their Democrat teachers are complaining about their pay and their elected Democrat representatives are fretting over illegal immigrant children. I hope Trump campaigns in large inner cities and points out the dystopian world Democrat governance leads to.

    • Amazona October 25, 2019 / 7:14 pm

      How do Chicago children test on skill levels and knowledge compared to children in other parts of the country?

    • R. Murphy October 26, 2019 / 8:53 am

      They are likely better with no classes than the indoctrination they get in class.

  2. Cluster October 25, 2019 / 8:40 am

    I don’t think I am alone with this sentiment but I hope to 100% destroy the professional lives of many of these media, Democrats, and deep state people. They have proven themselves to be wholly unworthy of any position of power or prominence. Richard Haas was just attacking the personal integrity of Mike Pompeo, and was completely unchallenged. Democrats are allowed to mischaracterize and malign any Republican/Conservative they choose and it is never challenged and they are never held to account. This must stop. Look what they did to Brett Kavanaugh … I will never forget how they tried to destroy that man and his family purely for partisan reasons and with no shame and no accountability. The first question any reporter should ask of that complete bitch Kamala Harris is “why are you allowing a serial rapist to remain the supreme court”?? She needs to answer that question, and she needs to be held to account for what she did to Brett Kavanaugh. As do Booker, Klobuchar, Feinstein, etc.

    Seek and destroy.
    Trump 2020
    No More Bullshit

    • Retired Spook October 25, 2019 / 9:35 am

      WOW – tell us how you REALLY feel, Cluster. BTW, I’m with you 100%. I think it’s long past time for payback, and I hope no quarter is given. At the very least I want the Leftists who have put the country through hell for the last 3 years to be so embarrassed that they’re afraid to show their faces in public. For the ones (and I believe there are dozens) who have actually committed sedition, jail is not only appropriate but necessary and justified.

      I’m not a believer in dreams having significant real world meaning. I don’t have dreams very often, at least not ones that I remember, and I can’t recall ever having a dream that was tied into actual events, but I had a dream last night that caused me to wake up in a cold sweat. It was like I was looking down on this scene unfolding where a group of men in combat gear stormed the Capitol and breached the door to the SCIF where Schiff is holding his secret hearings. The leader marched up to the podium and said, “this charade is over, Congressman. Gavel the hearing closed.” Shiff refused, and the guy shot him in the head — and then I woke up. Spooky doesn’t begin to describe it, but I didn’t realize the significance until I turned on the TV this morning.

      • Amazona October 25, 2019 / 7:02 pm

        That is a wild dream, Spook, and I find myself hoping it is predictive. Not the shooting part—-I’d much rather see the Schiffhole drummed out of the Senate and then prosecuted for perjury——but the rest of it sound like a wish list.

      • Amazona October 25, 2019 / 7:13 pm

        As for Cluster’s “…hope to 100% destroy the professional lives of many of these media, Democrats, and deep state people…” I agree.

        I don’t like your proposed question to Kammy, though, as to many it sounds like you are agreeing that Kavanaugh is a serial rapist. I might ask how many men she prosecuted in her career who had never actually raped anyone, or how many men she accused were denied due process and simply declared guilty.

  3. Retired Spook October 25, 2019 / 9:43 am

    Color me shocked!

    • Amazona October 25, 2019 / 6:59 pm

      If only I could draw, I could do a great cartoon of CNN being a trash can where conservative rejects are dumped.

  4. Retired Spook October 25, 2019 / 10:10 am
    • Cluster October 25, 2019 / 12:34 pm

      Yup. I heard on our local radio this morning that the RNC in New Mexico grew their donation rolls by 40% and 31% of those new registrants were Democrats. The numbers are on our side.

      • Retired Spook October 25, 2019 / 12:43 pm

        Yeah, my sense is that the entire house of cards erected by Democrats over the last 3+ years is about to come tumbling down. I would bet prominent defense attorneys phones are ringing off the hook this morning.

        31% of those new registrants were Democrats.

        It somewhat renews my faith in humanity that there are still some honest Democrats out there.

      • JeremiahTMM October 25, 2019 / 9:35 pm

        it’ll restore my faith in humanity when hillary is in an orange jumpsuit waiting trial for treason. It shows no matter how rich ya are, how poor ya are, if you do crime, you pay dear. N I wanna see the law on treason stiffened up to like it was. So we can take care of it and they won’t be a danger to America. anymore.

      • Cluster October 25, 2019 / 5:05 pm

        It somewhat renews my faith in humanity that there are still some honest Democrats out there.

        LOL oh they are out there and the Democrats will realize how many people they have turned off in November 2020. I’t’s not going to be pretty for them.

        Re: the Durham criminal probe … couldn’t happen to a nicer group of folks, right?

  5. Retired Spook October 25, 2019 / 11:18 am

    From the Georgetown poll I linked above, this paragraph that seems to contradict itself:

    More than eight in 10 voters believe “compromise and common ground should be the goal for political leaders” (87% agree, including 64% strongly agree) and that they are “tired of leaders compromising their values and ideals and want leaders who will stand up to the other side” (84% agree, including 63% strongly agree). This sentiment is more pronounced among Republicans and rural voters than it is among Democrats and independents, as well as suburban and urban voters.

    • Amazona October 25, 2019 / 2:16 pm

      That was my reaction, too—-two contradictory results, or an explanation of a result that contradicts what it says.

  6. Amazona October 25, 2019 / 6:55 pm

    I used to work with people from Alberta and had some business trips up there and made some good friends, and their attitude toward their coasts was much like mine about our coasts. That is, scorn and contempt. Way back then, a couple of decades ago, they were saying that if they were to withdraw from Canada the country would collapse—the heartland provides the oil, gas, beef diary and wheat that keep the rest of the country going.

    • Cluster October 26, 2019 / 11:06 am

      I too have quite a few friends/clients from Alberta and Saskatchewan and you are right, they are as conservative/traditional as we are and not happy with their coastal elites either.

      Meanwhile, as Democrats are looking to bankrupt the country via universal healthcare, Rep. Ilhan Omar has found another social program that she can spend other peoples money on … free housing!

      Ilhan Omar replied that when she first came to America she was shocked to see homeless people. “It is a moral stain on our country that we have half-a-million or more people facing homelessness,” Omar said. She added, “In a few weeks, we are going to introduce our Homes For All legislation, which will, hopefully, guarantee a home for everyone by investing federal dollars in the creation of millions of homes.”

      Ok so let’s recap the Democrats policies … Open borders and free healthcare and housing for any one who shows up.

      What could go wrong?

      https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2019/10/25/ilhan-omar-promises-squad-will-eliminate-homelessness-homes-legislation/

      • Amazona October 26, 2019 / 2:48 pm

        “…investing…”

  7. Cluster October 26, 2019 / 5:11 pm

    Andrea Mitchell NBC News just revealed a part of the Democrat playbook. Repeat something often enough and it becomes reality regardless if there are any actual facts supporting it:

    “But Kristen Welker, it has to be alarming to – certainly to the Democrats who are running this impeachment inquiry – that a whole other criminal investigation to some of the former officials who were front and center in the universally-accepted conclusions about the origins of the Russia probe…”

    THE UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED CONCLUSIONS

    They really are freaking out about the Durham criminal probe as they should. That probe could in reality be an existential threat to many of their careers and reputations.

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kyle-drennen/2019/10/26/andrea-mitchell-tars-doj-probe-widely-denounced-conspiracy-theory

    • Retired Spook October 26, 2019 / 5:21 pm

      It’s a shame that dozens in the media can’t be prosecuted as accessories after the fact. The narrative certainly wouldn’t have had the legs it did without their help.

      • Cluster October 26, 2019 / 5:40 pm

        I am with you 100% on that. They were simply the communications wing of the Democrat party and the Hillary campaign

      • Amazona October 26, 2019 / 9:24 pm

        They, like judges, seem to have immunity no matter how egregious their misdeeds. But they CAN be publicly exposed for the liars they are, if the Right can just get itself organized enough to archive, collate and present the incredibly complex litany of purposeful lies the Complicit Agenda Media have been inventing, promoting and presenting to the public as truth.

    • Amazona October 26, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      So Andrea is saying that facts are what “consensus” says they are?

      Or maybe she is saying that the Left constitutes the only valid “universe”.

      • Cluster October 26, 2019 / 10:38 pm

        I am going to lean towards the latter lol

      • Amazona October 27, 2019 / 1:00 am

        The smug narcissism of the Left is constantly astounding. Being confident of one’s superiority might be somewhat understandable if it were based on any kind or degree of success, but these people are stridently advocating for a system that has an unbroken history of not just failure but spectacular failure on a massive scale everywhere it has been tried.

      • Cluster October 27, 2019 / 9:17 am

        No shame. No accountability.

  8. Cluster October 26, 2019 / 5:24 pm

    LOL … is Joe Scarborough ever right? About anything?

    It was one year ago this October That Joe Scarborough boldly predicted Donald Trump would “cash out” and not run in 2020. Appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Morning Joe host the President would quit: “I don’t think Donald Trump is going to run for reelection. He didn’t want to be elected for president. He didn’t think he was going to be elected …… He didn’t even think he was going to get the Republican nomination. He’s going to cash out.”

    And of course it was three years ago that Joe boldly proclaimed that “Donald Trump will never be President of the United States”. What a great job he has. He can say anything he wants regardless if there is any basis of truth and he is never held accountable and still knocks down a seven figure salary. I wonder if MSNBC has any more of the jobs because I want one.

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/scott-whitlock/2019/10/26/flashback-time-scarborough-predicted-trump-would-not-run-2020

  9. Cluster October 27, 2019 / 9:27 am

    So it looks as though our fine men and women in the military killed ISIS leader al Bagdadi but don’t worry, MSNBC is assuring us that this will not help Trump lol.

    I think this validates the notion that we can contain ISIS with tactical strikes and do not need to have a permanent military presence. Congrats to our special ops forces !!!

  10. Cluster October 27, 2019 / 10:29 am

    It appears as though Trump colluded with Russia in the killing of al Baghdadi hahahahaha

    • Amazona October 28, 2019 / 4:19 pm

      It was also racist………..

  11. Cluster October 27, 2019 / 10:43 am

    ROCKY POINT, MEXICO — Volunteer searchers say they have found more than three dozen bodies over the past three days in the desert near the Mexican resort town of Puerto Penasco.

    Folks this is a popular destination point for Phoenicians and just 40 minutes from the AZ border. I love Mexico and it’s sad to see what is happening but that country is now more dangerous than Syria. I wonder how long it will take the Democrats to figure that out

    https://www.abc15.com/national/13-bodies-found-near-mexican-resort-of-puerto-penasco?fbclid=IwAR3torn0iI-ebQ0jMrLfRm6ZjFF5r8ymrbEMendUknmVnH5MFgcsBaca3JQ

    According to NBC Meet the dePressed, there is a “huge national security concern in Syria that we must stay and confront” …. but not in Mexico. According to Democrats, Mexico is simply a country full of people who just want a better life but have been oppressed by systemic white nationalism.

  12. Amazona October 27, 2019 / 11:03 am

    It’s easy to get discouraged when we look at the overwhelming power arrayed against us. We have the accumulated power and experience of the International Left and its increasing control over the minds of Americans as its vital ally, the press, has gone from simply running interference for it to playing an active role in creating and distributing its propaganda, its narrative, while suppressing facts and the truth. We have the cumulative effect of the Left’s decades-long invasion of our educational system, turning it into an indoctrination system simultaneously manipulating historical facts and implanting Leftist propaganda and dogma, and we have the cumulative effect of the incremental erosion of critical elements of Americanism such as respect for the Constitution and even respect for the nation itself.

    Sometimes it seems impossible to overcome this juggernaut of radical Leftism. It literally controls our institutions of what used to be “higher learning”, it nearly completely controls our various media ranging from news to entertainment to communication through social media.

    But we have to step back and look at what is really happening, behind the curtain of incessant messaging from the Left. There ARE members of the news media of television and radio on online print who ARE acting as true journalists, working to uncover and publish the truth so the American people can know what is really going on. There is the fact that Donald Trump is not only our president but is likely to remain our president for the next five years, and the conviction or at least fervent hope that he has been restrained so far by the awareness of the need to be reelected so has merely been assembling the various elements necessary for a massive attack on the Left following his inauguration in 2021. In the meantime his administration IS working to root out, expose and punish corruption at the highest levels of government.

    And then there are the odd little sparks of light that give me hope. I recently spent many hours talking with a young man from West Virginia who spent a week at my Wyoming ranch and we ended up having long and fascinating conversations about a wide range of things One thing that came out was the proliferation of small, independent actions of people to do good and make our world a better place. This awareness has been flowing over me for a while now. One of my Colorado neighbors just got back from visiting orphanages in Kenya, to educate her church on what it can do there. One of the churches I attend sponsors a mission in Uganda, and members have gone over to help drill water wells while the church supports building schools in Africa as well as a home in Colorado where pregnant young women can live, have their babies and stay for six months while they get on their feet and move out into the world. As we talked, things I have known but not connected in my mind as part of a coherent pattern popped to the surface of my brain—the woman I met who goes to Africa with dollars and pays poor women on the spot to make absolutely gorgeous woven baskets she then ships back to the United States to sell, the people I know who—on their own—-support small grass-roots outreach to veterans in need, the friend who runs a fundraiser every year to help out someone in dire need, the Peruvian man I met who knew that Peruvian weavers are the best in the world with the finest raw materials to work with but whose output was so ethnic it had little appeal so he started going into villages in the Andes with photos of fashionable clothing and now supports more than 100 families by marketing beautiful and fashionable clothes and accessories in the United States——the list kept growing as we started to compare notes just on the efforts we know of personally.

    And, in the most unlikely place I could imagine, there is another spark of light: Former hedonist and smut monger Kanye West has become a voice of faith and personal responsibility. One of his concerns is the prevalence of pornography and its corrosive effect on people. “My dad had a Playboy left out at age five and it’s affected almost every choice I made for the rest of my life from age five to now, having to kick the habit,” he told Lowe. “It just presents itself in the open like it’s okay. I stand up and say, ‘You know, it’s not okay.’”

    I think we need to remember that when we see tens of thousands of people flocking to Trump rallies they are not just representing support for the only man in recent history to take a stand against the invasion of the Left, many also represent small, personal commitments to making the world a better place.

    And it is my observation, which is admittedly anecdotal, that most if not all of these sparks of light are people who are politically conservative and people of faith. I just finished the autobiography of Gary Sinese, and though he did not make the link in his book I did in my mind—–he embraced Catholicism and later in his life became more and more involved in helping military personnel, and now heads the Gary Sinese Foundation which has a budget of something like $30 million and massive support around the country and has several branches which reach out to help veterans who have given so much to protect and defend our country.

    • Amazona October 27, 2019 / 11:24 am

      And here is an example of charitable efforts running into bureaucratic roadblocks:

      Washington Man Threatened With $70,000 A Month Fines After Chopping Firewood For Charity

      Shane McDaniel provides free firewood to people in need of free heat during winter. McDaniel, of Lake Stevens, Washington, has been profiled for his generosity by the “Today Show” and The Washington Post.

      But in an interview on “The Dori Monson Show” on KIRO Radio, McDaniel said he is being hassled by the city for having too much firewood on his property.

      Here’s the kicker – it was the city that provided him all that firewood. The city had removed some evergreen trees in order to erect a new building. The city, according to McDaniel, knew of his charity work and asked if he would accept the trees. He did.
      “They dropped off dump truck load after dump truck load [of full-sized logs] in my driveway until I couldn’t chop any more,” McDaniel told Monson.
      …..

      Several months after the city provided the logs, it threatened to fine McDaniel for the massive pile of firewood, which it referred to in its notices as “rubbish” and “debris.”
      ………….

      McDaniel told the radio station that the pile would be collected as winter rolls in and that he wouldn’t store such a large amount of firewood in the future.
      “I realize that we can’t have a giant firewood pile in the middle of town,” he told Monson. “The volunteer movement simply produced more, the goodwill that came in was simply more than anticipated, and the pile grew very large.”

      The radio station reported that the fines are growing as McDaniel waits to help those in need. He said he has received fines of $500 per violation per day, which have added up to about $70,000 per month. By the time McDaniel estimates the firewood would be delivered, the fines would add up to more than $250,000.

      https://www.dailywire.com/news/washington-man-threatened-with-70000-a-month-fines-after-chopping-firewood-for-charity

      McDaniel admits the pile of wood is a problem, but points out that the contributions of the city and citizens were more than he expected, and that the pile will diminish when cold weather hits. It seems to me that in this case the city could step in and offer trucks and labor to move the pile of free firewood off the property to a location where people can access it instead of just sitting in heated conference rooms and dumping massive fines on someone who is helpless to either pay the fines or move all the wood immediately.

      It is always interesting when the State, whether at the national or state of local level, fights the efforts of the individual. It’s just the inevitable movement of the State to the Left as it restrains individual initiative and effort to actively participate in government, even at the simple level of providing wood for people to heat their homes.

      • Cluster October 27, 2019 / 11:53 am

        ….the only man in recent history to take a stand against the invasion of the Left, many also represent small, personal commitments to making the world a better place.

        Well said and a great post. If you only listened to the liberal media, you would think this country is a dystopian white nationalist hell hole but in reality, there are many individuals making our country and our world a better place and collectively, they will have more positive impact than any of the talking hair hats on TV.

        We have two fronts to battle, continuing to live in Faith and show the world a better way while at the same time beating back the cancerous infection of Leftism and group think.

    • jdge1 October 27, 2019 / 10:45 pm

      For those who post more frequently, whether you know it or not, I believe there are a significant number of people who read your post with much appreciation. So please, continue to do so.

      From Amazona’s comment above, I don’t always get to add a timely comment, but this issue has bugged me for some time. A large part of the expansion of the federal government, has been with the expressed purpose of acting like a charity. One of the problems with that is, unlike most real charities, the government run “charities” are usually run by highly paid political appointments, who often hold their position for extended periods. Secondly, these institutions almost always end up being poorly run, with all kinds of inefficiencies. Third, all too often these institutions end up becoming politically motivated shifting their resources to or from anyone who sides with or against them, regardless of whether that person’s situation fits the qualifications required to acquire the aid. Forth, government run charities often become nothing more than a way to confiscate votes from the citizens they’re supposed to be helping by threatening loss of benefits if they don’t vote a certain way.

      James Madison said it right; “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”

      Besides the problems mentioned above, by allowing the government to take charge acts of charity, even if well minded, they often by default remove the impetus people would have otherwise to take upon themselves to invest in the need of others. By removing or diminishing this motivation to involve themselves in acts of charity, we become even more self-centered. Add to that the wonderful invention of things like the cell phone and we become a world of people devoid of caring, true compassion & empathy, and gaining in the value of helping others. Hands on helping others in need is often where people find importance in their own lives.

      • Amazona October 27, 2019 / 11:38 pm

        jdge1, I am sure we all thank you for your comment.

        A couple of years ago I heard a minister say that the federal government should have nothing to do with virtue. I’ve thought about that often since then. At first it sounds rather harsh, but when you think about it, it makes sense, and echoes one of my favorite quotations, which you quoted here.

        If we could think of the role of the federal government not as an entity designed to solve the problems of the citizens but merely to provide an umbrella of protections of our rights, a national identity, an entity with which to engage other nations in diplomacy and the function of national security we would have a better idea of the structure the Founders envisioned and codified in the Constitution. The 10th Amendment, the belt-and-suspenders approach to making this clear, reinforces that limited role of the feds.

        If we allow the federal government to assume acts of charity, we are violating our own Constitution. The 10th Amendment says: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. As Madison pointed out, there is simply nothing in the Constitution which grants the federal government the power to engage in acts of charity.

        The Right is very bad at explaining this, as well as going on to explain that the Constitution is really a very libertarian document expressing a very libertarian concept of government. On one hand it severely restricts the size, scope and power of the federal government, which is to say its ability to control the people, and on the other hand it says that with few exceptions the states, or the People, can do pretty much whatever they decide by vote to do.

        And, as you point out, the act of participating in charity makes us better people. As you say, By removing or diminishing this motivation to involve themselves in acts of charity, we become even more self-centered. This ties in with my observation that one appeal of the Left is that it offers a short cut to the Higher Moral Ground—that is, by merely being FOR something—they can feel moral and even morally superior.

      • Amazona October 28, 2019 / 10:24 am

        emphasis mine:

        In 1995 the Court in United States v. Lopez struck down a statute prohibiting possession of a gun at or near a school, rejecting an argument that possession of firearms in school zones can be punished under the Commerce Clause because it impairs the functioning of the national economy. Acceptance of this rationale, the Court said, would eliminate “a[ny] distinction between what is truly national and what is truly local,” would convert Congress’s commerce power into “a general police power of the sort retained by the States,” and would undermine the “first principle” that the Federal Government is one of enumerated and limited powers.

        This kind of ruling is the job of the Supreme Court and the highlighted words show the application of the 10th Amendment where it is necessary.

        The Left wants an activist Court that will ignore the 10th Amendment and its restatement of the concept of enumerated and limited federal powers, and wants justices who will rule to advance Leftist agendas. We can see this when we look at the voting on the matter, which was a 5-4 vote:

        514 U.S. 549
        REHNQUIST, C. J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which O’CONNOR, SCALIA, KENNEDY, and THOMAS, JJ., joined. KENNEDY, J., filed a concurring opinion, in which O’CONNOR, J., joined, post, p. 568. THOMAS, J., filed a concurring opinion, post, p. 584. STEVENS, J., post, p. 602, and SOUTER, J., post, p. 603, filed dissenting opinions. BREYER, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which STEVENS, SOUTER, and GINSBURG, JJ., joined, post, p. 615.

        The Liberals on the Court voted to uphold the ability of the federal government to be involved in a state legal matter. A boy had taken a gun to school to sell to a friend, violating a state policy on guns near schools, and the effort was made to make this a federal offense by claiming that it somehow involved interstate commerce in some way. Only a Liberal could try to make that stretch, but the four on the Court did try. This is the kind of thing we have to be vigilant about—-authority creep, as the feds try to take over state and local powers.

  13. Amazona October 27, 2019 / 11:33 am

    When someone as religious and conservative as Dennis Prager gets a little graphic, you know he is seriously upset:

    Big-business leftism — like Citibank’s recent video featuring the hurt and angry reactions of young girls (around ages 10 to 13) when told women are “paid less than men” for the same work — can best be described as moral onanism.

  14. Amazona October 27, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    Sometimes you—or at least I—look at the risks created by the handling of the so-called “impeachment hearing” and the blatant lying by Schiff and wonder why these people are willing to be so exposed not just to ridicule but to possible legal penalties. The outer layer of that onion is “to smear Trump enough to hinder his reelection” and to some extent that is part of it. But the self-destructiveness of the effort has to be evident to someone other than Pelosi, who sees its dangers but seems so helpless to stop it she has to pay lip service to it.

    Here is another hint, buried in an article about something else: emphasis mine

    ”…..the idea that this investigation is politically timed is nonsense. Clapper makes that assertion and Cooper offers zero push back because of course he doesn’t. The reality is that the Durham investigation started long before impeachment fever 2019. And the escalation to a criminal investigation follows the finishing of a years in the making IG report, not the impeachment inquiry. If anything, the timing of the whistle-blower and Schiff’s circus seem far more politically timed than the investigations that predate it.”

    https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2019/10/26/watch-james-clapper-squirm-live-tv-realizes-hes-target-barr-durham-criminal-investigation

    That is, there is such panic and desperation at the prospect of the investigation showing what it has to show if it is properly mounted and executed that Schiff, et al, are expendable in any effort, no matter how drastic or short-term damaging, to divert attention away from it while operatives within the Deep State are trying to derail it and the Complicit Agenda Media are doing their job and trying to discredit it.

    It all comes back the origin and that includes the Obama White House. And herein lies the danger.

    Obama was clearly planted in the heart of American governance. No one could have RISEN to his level of power and influence without any history, any documentation, any credentials or any qualifications. He was planted, pushed and raised to his eventual level of power and influence, and his job was to then implant as many poison pills as possible deep in the heart of American government, with the goal of subverting it, corrupting it and making it not just vulnerable to a Leftist takeover but playing an active role in this.

    Donald Trump is systematically rooting out as many of these implants as possible, and this is the threat to the Left. The American Democrat Party is expendable—it can lose its top people to inquiries and even prosecution, it can lose an election or two, and it won’t matter because it is merely a marionette with the International Left pulling the strings. So it can be sacrificed to protect the carefully embedded Leftist elements now burrowed deep into the highest levels of our government. They were carefully placed over time, and are invaluable to the Leftist movement.

    This is a thought process sneeringly dismissed by the Left as mere “conspiracy theory” nonsense and tinfoil hat paranoia. To this I have only two words in response: Kim Philby.

    • Amazona October 27, 2019 / 12:37 pm

      I met the KGB officer who handled Philby and became a close friend after he fled to Russia. Philby was a hero in Russia and they are now planning a large memorial to him, after naming a street after him, etc. He had risen to a high level in Britain’s MI 5 and was deeply implanted in the government where he had access to state secrets of both the UK and the United States.

      The Cambridge Five was a group of five University of Cambridge students who were recruited as spies. They were recruited during World War II so they could give information to the Soviet Union. Anthony Blunt, one of the members, claimed that the Soviet Intelligence did not recruit the students as agents until they had graduated. The five communists were committed to their voluntary work and services. The Soviet Union recruited them from the most prestigious university because they knew that the recruits would one day become British rulers and would betray the nation’s secrets.

      A good introduction to the Cambridge Five story:

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2571079/Was-Kim-Philby-offered-escape-Moscow-MI6-agent-New-letter-suggests-Soviet-agent-encouraged-defect-uncovered-master-spy.html

    • Retired Spook October 27, 2019 / 2:46 pm

      I know the odds are probably against it, but I still have hopes that Comey, McCabe, Brennan and Clapper are going to be indicted for committing fraud against the FISA Court (among other things). I really do think we need to revise the statutes WRT sedition before this is all over.

      • Amazona October 27, 2019 / 3:14 pm

        Spook, I agree. One thing that has happened is that the First Amendment has been so drastically expanded to include every single aspect of any kind of speech it is no longer focused on the right of the people to discuss matters of politics, government and state. That was its intention. It was never intended to enable pornography, for example. The Left is trying to get it to exclude what they call “hate speech” but as most of what they say would be, in a sane world, construed as hate speech that is—I hope—a nonstarter.

        But when literally anything anyone says is considered to be “protected” then coming out in favor of overturning an election or unseating a president is going to be protected as well, making sedition a hard argument to make.

        There is a line. We all know there is a line, we can all see the line. We know there is difference between arguing against a candidate, or a president, or an administration, and plotting to undermine it or destroy it. But that is a difficult line to define or argue in a legal proceeding. It has to be done, though.

        From your link: Sedition usually involves actually conspiring to disrupt the legal operation of the government and is beyond expression of an opinion or protesting government policy. The part I bolded is, I think, the key part and in recent examples I think this level can be proved, but sedition starts at a level below this one.

        I think perhaps the place to start is with the press. Remove the protections now given to the press. Hold the press liable for libel and prosecute, forcefully, purposeful lies told in any of our media that are designed to undermine the authority of the government. A free press would still have the ability to say whatever it liked to undermine a corrupt government, but only as far as it can be proved to be accurate and truthful and not acting as an advocate for any side. So a fake NYT story would have penalties for the reporter, the editor and the paper itself.

        Sanctions for publishing falsehoods and statements that are technically true as far as they go but out of context to create the impression that they say what they really do not would be helpful. That is, fact checking with teeth.

        Stepping back into the 30s, if the NYT had to face severe sanctions and fines for publishing the proven lies of Duranty, history would probably have been a lot different. Today, the same thing holds true.

        Yes, panels to fact check would be cumbersome and at the beginning of the process overwhelmed by the sheer volume of lies. But a few months into it, once a publication like the NYT had its lies evaluated, the facts published in an independent publication designed for that purpose and had to spend millions of dollars while being publicly called out and humiliated, I think the instances of purposeful lying would decrease.

        Just imagine if we had a national publication that was dedicated to nothing but publishing lies told by the media and deconstructing those lies because a member of those media was proved to be publishing things that had been proved to be false. Basically, the kind of thing we see daily in online fact checking but in a publication like USA Today, a national publication that strips away the pretense of objective presentation of fact and shows the purposeful lying.

        An example would be the claim that the entire truth about “Russian collusion and involvement in the election has been conclusively proved”—the current effort to demean the investigation into the antics of the Deep State. It might take up a whole page, might call for charts and arrows to explain what happened, but it would be there in an ongoing publication, one that comes out weekly or twice a month, outlining the lies, explaining why they are lies, more to the point explaining that the publication had to KNOW they were lies and continued to publish them, naming names and citing offenses. The penalties would pay for the publication.

        This would only work if it were linked to revisions of laws making publications responsible for the accuracy of what they publish, with penalties for failing to do so.

        That, I think, would protect the right of Americans to disagree with the government, because the truth would be protected. What we want to do is restrain the lies.

      • Amazona October 27, 2019 / 9:36 pm

        When I said Hold the press liable for libel what I meant was, change the laws regarding the ability to sue the press. Now when someone sues for slander or libel, there has to be proof that the person was damaged by what was said. I would change the law to allow prosecution of the press for willfully publishing falsehoods, based on the assertion that lying to the public is in and of itself a crime, and no one has to prove he or she was personally damaged by it. And “libel” in this case would either have to be expanded to go beyond saying something about a PERSON, to include a falsehood that is of importance, or another term covering that would have to be added.

  15. Cluster October 28, 2019 / 8:35 am

    So I had been processing this comment yesterday and I have to agree:

    Obama was clearly planted in the heart of American governance. No one could have RISEN to his level of power and influence without any history, any documentation, any credentials or any qualifications. He was planted, pushed and raised to his eventual level of power and influence, and his job was to then implant as many poison pills as possible deep in the heart of American government, with the goal of subverting it, corrupting it and making it not just vulnerable to a Leftist takeover but playing an active role in this.

    Nothing about Obama felt genuine. His past was murky and his experience was lacking but he checked all the boxes – right skin color, well spoken, dubious education credentials, and completely malleable in terms of policies. Remember when Obama “evolved” on same sex marriage? The Obama’s craved the attention and limelight and would have said anything to be in it, and I do think there were others controlling the levers of his presidency, and possibly embedding partisan bureaucrats along the way.

    Yes, I think you’re right. Obama was groomed and they really did try and “fundamentally change this country”.

    • Amazona October 28, 2019 / 11:18 am

      While the Left is screeching about Trump tax returns, which would not have the slightest relevance to his presidency, they are remarkably silent about the inability of Americans to see the college transcripts of Barack Obama. They tell us to sit down and shut up, we are told he was a brilliant student with all these honors and degrees and we are supposed to just accept that without the slightest proof. We aren’t even supposed to ask how he, an admitted doper and slacker and head of the Choom Gang in high school, scolded by his mother for his laziness and lack of scholastic achievement, got into any college, much less prestigious universities like Columbia and Harvard And asking who paid his way is, you guessed it—-RACIST!!!

      Funny how the headlines today are about elites being punished for getting their kids into prestigious schools illegitimately, but there is silence about who paved the way for doper slacker Obama to stroll into places like Columbia and Harvard, much less stroll out a few years later with honors and degrees—while no one remembers being in class with him.

      And we know Trump paid his taxes, and we know he has been investigated by the IRS and cleared. Yet now Congress wants to second-guess the IRS and check its work, while steadfastly ignoring the vast voids in the history of Obama.

  16. Cluster October 28, 2019 / 8:57 am

    The Biden’s had Ukraine and China … the Clinton’s had Haiti:

    Where did it go? It did not escape the attention of the Haitians that Bill Clinton was the designated UN representative for aid to Haiti. Following the earthquake, Bill Clinton had with media fanfare established the Haiti Reconstruction Fund. Meanwhile, his wife Hillary was the United States secretary of state. She was in charge of U.S. aid allocated to Haiti. Together the Clintons were the two most powerful people who controlled the flow of funds to Haiti from around the world …..The Haitian protesters noticed an interesting pattern involving the Clintons and the designation of how aid funds were used. They observed that a number of companies that received contracts in Haiti happened to be entities that made large donations to the Clinton Foundation.

    This is one hell of a story and you’d think some young American “journalists” would be all over it. Not so much.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/07/hillarys-america-secret-history-democratic-party-dinesh-dsouza-clinton-foundation/?fbclid=IwAR0p9vFOfgMqA3C1HGmFYFUzmO5IjS7qZC3Yby3sz6KUgSGZ__QxdxRF4Dw&utm_source=nr&utm_medium=facebook&utm_content=dsouza%3Futm_campaign%3Dhaiti

  17. jdge1 October 28, 2019 / 9:15 am

    NYC Exports Homeless Across Country Without Telling Receiving Cities”. As one commenter said – Import illegal aliens, deport homeless US citizens. The Dems solution for America.

    • Amazona October 28, 2019 / 11:10 am

      What could be more inhumane than openly treating people, human beings, like livestock, arbitrarily sending them from one place to another with the message that they are not acceptable where they are? While I imagine they are given bus tickets, the image that came to mind was that of people being herded onto trains in 1939 Germany, undesirables purged and removed from society.

  18. Retired Spook October 28, 2019 / 9:42 am

    Quote of the day:

    “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods till wrong looks like right in their eyes.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    • Amazona October 28, 2019 / 11:07 am

      Spook, your quotation is eerily appropriate.

      • Retired Spook October 28, 2019 / 11:21 am

        Yeah, that wasn’t by accident.

  19. Amazona October 28, 2019 / 12:56 pm

    A new direction for rap: courtesy of Kanye West

    When you got daughters, always keep ’em safe
    Watch out for vipers, don’t let them indoctrinate
    Closed on Sunday, you my Chick-fil-A
    You’re my number one, with the lemonade
    Raise our sons, train them in the faith
    Through temptations, make sure they’re wide awake
    Follow Jesus, listen and obey
    No more livin’ for the culture, we nobody’s slave

    On the other side, poor Susan Rice is now fretting about the fact that Donald Trump didn’t have a little heart-to-heart with Barry about the killing of al Baghdadi. She claims there is “precedent” for presidents keeping former presidents up to date on what’s going on. Since Barry, when president, used to say he just learned things by reading the papers, I’d call THAT the precedent followed by Trump.

    I wonder if Barry gave W a call to fill him in on taking out Bin Laden. Probably not, as it looks like even Barry wasn’t in the loop and was brought in off the golf course at the last minute for a photo op—where he looked bewildered and a little ticked off, as he’d had a good lie on the sixth green.

    • Cluster October 28, 2019 / 1:43 pm

      Kanye is helping change a generation and I give him much applause. For him to do what he is doing considering the circles he runs in … takes courage.

      • Amazona October 28, 2019 / 4:30 pm

        Kanye’s not the only one:

        “Liberalism requires oppressors and victims, that’s why I vehemently dislike Democrats. They run on forcing black people to buy these narratives,” rapper Zuby told interviewers earlier this year in a segment now gaining traction on social media in the wake of fellow performer Kanye West’s controversial views drawing more and more criticism from the left.

        https://www.bizpacreview.com/2019/10/27/not-just-kanye-message-catching-on-among-rappers-that-liberalism-requires-oppressors-victims

        We talk a lot about the Left but I think the sentence Liberalism requires oppressors and victims sums it up about as well as I have heard. Looks like another bumper sticker.

  20. Amazona October 28, 2019 / 2:01 pm

    Yet another entry into the “Bats**t Crazy and Toxic Insanity” category, from a NYT op-ed about some Indian (not Native American) boys mistreating some black girls, “explaining” that black skin can mask “whiteness”. Or something.

    One potent way of being American, no matter where you or your parents are from, is enacting anti-blackness.

    https://freebeacon.com/politics/nyt-op-ed-indian-boys-assault-of-black-girls-proves-that-whiteness-evolves

    I just can’t imagine the toxic bleakness of spirit that demands viewing everything through the lens of victimhood and hatred. And yes, it IS a choice, a self-defeating self-destructive choice that imposes rigid barriers creating mental, emotional and spiritual isolation.

  21. Amazona October 28, 2019 / 2:37 pm

    I LOVE it that Trump didn’t notify Pelosi or any of the Dem “leaders” of the raid on al Baghdadi and was blunt about why he made that decision—-they can’t be trusted.

    Kinda tweaks the old ego, eh, Nancy, being left out like that? It’s called “consequences”.

    I’d love to see him expand on this, and explain that Pelosi and Schiff and Nadler, et al, put politics above national security, and he believed they would happily put American lives at risk to hinder a Trump military operation and/or get more attention from the lapdog media.

    And what’s with this “LEGACY Media” crap? It almost makes the lapdog complicit agenda media sound dignified and deserving of respect.

    • Cluster October 28, 2019 / 2:49 pm

      Rush is talking about something that I thought of too over yesterday. I think the Syria withdrawal announcement caused al Baghdadi to relax, and to move and when he did, we saw it and acted. If that was by design, kudos to Trump and his military team.

      • Amazona October 28, 2019 / 4:32 pm

        I think Trump is a lot craftier than we give him credit for, though that would have been very speculative. It’s as important to recognize a weakness when it presents itself as it is to try to plan for or create one.

  22. Cluster October 28, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    I have an observation about the al Baghdadi killing. He detonated his suicide vest and killed himself and his three children, and the two other women found shot and killed in the compound were also wearing suicide vests. Now knowing that this was a clandestine invasion and it came upon them quickly, were they wearing their vests? Or did they have time to put them on? I am thinking that they didn’t have time to find them and put them on, meaning they were wearing them. Who the f**k wears a suicide vest during the normal course of the day???

    These people are messed up. And have you seen pictures from the Village? Those men, and their fore fathers must be real proud of the society they constructed for their women and children. Instead of making and wearing suicide vests, I wonder what would happen if they started building schools for their children? Just a thought

  23. Cluster October 28, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    Nancy Pelosi announced today of her intent to bring impeachment to a vote which is good news but I am sure it was designed just to get the military success Trump is currently enjoying off the front page.

    On another note, has everyone been reading about the worldwide protests going on? From Iraq to Brazil and all over. I think people are seeing what’s going on here and wanting to do the same. People want to be proud of their countries, want their countries and it’s people to be successful and have autonomy of their lives and culture, and it is a total rejection of the Left. I am happy to see it.

    • Amazona October 28, 2019 / 6:51 pm

      Good call on the diversion tactic of Pelosi—maybe Trump will tweet something to the effect that the Dem pattern is getting pretty worn out: he has a victory and they rush to try to grab headlines to distract from it. But at the end of the day, he still has his victory, and they just have some more complicit agenda media noise.

    • Amazona October 28, 2019 / 11:46 pm

      Actually, it turns out that the House is not going to vote on impeachment after all. They are merely taking a vote to continue what they are doing now without taking a vote to impeach. It’s just more theater, more frantic effort to keep the big word IMPEACHMENT in front of the public without ever taking the risk of having a vote and having it fail, and more effort (as you pointed out) to distract from the successes in Syria. We took out not just one bad guy but two, in two successful raids, and all the poor Dems can do is whine that they weren’t included.

      Trump ought to point out that when they don’t get what they want they whine about “precedent” but when it comes to precedent about how to impeach they suddenly find nothing compelling about the way things have always been done.

      • Cluster October 29, 2019 / 8:28 am

        What? No vote? Just more bluster? I pray that our fellow citizens see through this charade and vote the Democrats out.

      • Amazona October 29, 2019 / 9:56 am

        Well, it’s kind of a semi-vote, to allow members to kind of vote but not really so they don’t tick off the folks back home. Not that it is likely to work. I’m betting that even a tepid symbolic vote will hurt them. I sure hope so.

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