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Real progress now evident on resolving the greatest political scandal in American history, the Russia election meddling hoax perpetrated in the 2016 national election

“Russia Hoax will be fully aired and miscreants brought to justice”


Following the disclosure that U.S. attorney John Durham has been tasked with investigating and prosecuting potential crimes in the origin of the Russia Hoax, we learned some very encouraging facts that suggest that the Russia Hoax will be fully aired and miscreants brought to justice.  Like Howie Carr, who had a front-row seat when John Durham went after corruption in the FBI Boston office, I am “cautiously optimistic” (Howie’s term) that Durham and his boss A.G. Barr want to get to the bottom of the hoax and put those who may have committed crimes in prison.

In Boston, Durham faced a gigantic scandal that was very damaging to the FBI and did not blink.  He got John Connelly, Whitey Bulger’s protector, sentenced to 40 years in prison.  This does not sound like a prosecutor who can be persuaded to lay off getting to the truth in order to protect the reputations of important people and institutions.

But we must concede that there are plenty of reasons to worry that that the biggest political scandal in American history — the political weaponization of both the federal intelligence and law enforcement communities to spy on political opponents of the sitting president and remove a duly elected president from office — will be swept under the rug.  Even a sober-minded man of integrity like William Barr might be persuaded that the harm to public trust in our system would be too profound and that our allies and foes overseas might see us as so weakened that they would take actions inimical to our interests.

Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh provided a fascinating insight into the level of distrust the conservative base has in the ability of our institutions and their leaders to right themselves.  After reviewing what Durham could accomplish, he came back after a commercial break and said:

Holy cow. Some of you people are on fire out there today. I checked the email during the break, and I got a bunch of people sending me notes. “I don’t care about this guy’s resume. I’m fed up with hearing about people’s resume!” They’re talking about the guy that Barr has appointed. “I’m gonna wait see results. I don’t care what this guy’s done. You know, that’s all we get. We get resumes, we get past history, we get performance, we get our hopes raised, we get our expectations raised, and then nothing ever happens.”So you can stuff this guy’s resume, Mr. Limbaugh, as far as I’m concerned. I’m waiting to see if anybody delivers on this.” I understand the sentiment, folks. I understand the sentiment. I can count as easily as you can the number of times over whatever length of time in the past you want, 30 years, 10 years, 15, five, it doesn’t matter. The number of times we’ve been led to believe that heads are gonna roll, things are gonna happen, the bad guys are gonna get caught. I mean, for two years we’ve heard, “Breaking news! Breaking news! “The bottom’s gonna fall out tomorrow,” and it never does. “Breaking news! Breaking news! Heads are gonna roll tomorrow,” and they never do. “Breaking news! Breaking news! Full operation exposed, details tomorrow morning,” whatever. Never happens. I understand that.

Keeping in mind the need to understand how fiercely the permanent bureaucracy and globalist faction in both parties want to frustrate President Trump’s agenda, and how damaging a thorough housecleaning would be for them, let’s review the reasons to hope that there will be a serious follow-through by Barr, Durham, and John Huber (the U.S. attorney for Utah who was tasked by A.G. Sessions with investigating the Clinton Foundation and surveillance abuses), especially after the I.G. Horowitz report is released, as is expected within the next 2 or 3 weeks.

Eric Felten noticed something already on the public record last October: that Durham already was investigating leaks to the media from the FBI.  This means that at least seven months before his role was revealed, and months before William Barr took office, Durham was on the case.  The revelation came not from a leak, but from testimony by James A. Baker, the FBI’s general counsel under James Comey.

The testimony is excerpted by Felten in RealClearInvestigations.   Jim Jordan of Ohio was quizzing Baker:

“So did you talk to Mr. Corn about anything that the FBI was working on,” Jordan asked, “specifically the now infamous Steele dossier?”

Suddenly, Baker’s lawyer, Dan Levin, jumped in: “One second,” he said before he and his client had a conversation off the record.

When the microphones were back on, Levin declared he would “not let [Baker] answer these questions right now. You may or may not know, he’s been the subject of a leak investigation which is still — a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department.” And so Levin concluded, “I’m sorry. I’m cutting off any discussion about conversations with reporters.”

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows wanted to make clear what Baker’s lawyer was claiming: “You’re saying he’s under criminal investigation? That’s why you’re not letting him answer?”


Levin and the lawmakers sparred a bit over whether Baker was invoking his Fifth Amendment rights, and the congressmen finally got around to asking who was leading this criminal probe:

“There is an ongoing investigation by whom?” Jordan said.

“The Justice Department,” Levin responded.

“I mean, is the inspector general looking at this or is this—”

“No,” said Levin, “it’s Mr. John Durham, a prosecutor.”

The specter of Durham haunts the rest of the interview. Baker can’t talk about what he told his old friend David Corn in their conversations about the dossier because it would put Baker in legal jeopardy.

The fact that this was kept secret so long, even in the face of this admission slipping  out and remaining unnoticed, suggests that the Durham investigation — and maybe Huber’s too — is doing exactly what effective prosecutors do: keeping grand jury proceedings secret, applying pressure to witnesses to sing, maybe offering deals for lighter prosecution and sentence recommendations if they implicate higher-ups, and going for convictions by trial juries, not in the court of public opinion.

The very same James A. Baker, interestingly enough, is anticipating release of the Horowitz report, and conceding that the IG will find “mistakes.”

Baker, who admitted last week the inspector general makes him “nervous,” said the government watchdog will probably find some errors.

“The inspector general is looking at everything we did,” Baker said on CNN. “If the IG usually finds mistakes that we made, so I expect him to find mistakes this time.”

Baker said last week at an event in Washington, D.C., that he took a leading role in overseeing the FISA warrant applications to obtain the authority to spy on Page. Baker said on Monday he does not believe there was any intent from the people he worked with to do “anything wrong or illegal,” including politically motivated spying.

A second serious implication of all of this is that when Barr was recruited to become AG for the second time, he knew that Durham already was at work on busting open at a minimum the collusion between FBI senior officials and media figures to perpetrate the Russia hoax on the public and lead to the appointment of a special counsel via the resulting public pressure.

I have long believed that the only reason a man like Barr, who was earning millions of dollars a year as a DC lawyer at the very top of his profession, could be lured back into the snake pit of DC politics under Trump would be his devotion to the integrity of our legal/judicial system.  If he were a cynic just interested in preserving the establishment that let him succeed so mightily, why not just stay where he was? He had to know that taking on the task of rescuing the system from its abusers would lead to the sort of vilification he now is enduring.

I think that the same logic can be applied to another revelation we learned yesterday: that Durham has enlisted the CIA‘s head Gina Haspell to aid in his probe. Is this a danger sign or an indication that someone highly knowledgeable is on the case?

My friend Mike Nadler observes in an email: “As a career bureaucrat, Haspell seems to love her agency and may not tolerate its misuse for partisan political purposes.” I would add to that historically the CIA was very much a boys’ club. Haspell’s reputation was as a devoted career official, who no doubt endured a lot as a woman coming up the ranks. She may not be part of the club, but rather a harbinger of a new order at the CIA.

However, it must be considered that she could be implicated, in which case she could be obfuscating and trying to torpedo the investigation (which seems unlikely if Barr and Durham are as serious as I suspect they are) or alternatively that she is spilling what she knows. Sundance asks:

Who was the CIA Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action over Europe, while John Brennan and Peter Strzok were running their European 2016 counterintelligence operations?….

And Sundance says that it was Haspell. So she probably knows a lot.


[From an article by Thomas Lifson, published by AMERICAN THINKER]




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The “Great Wall of America” will break the Democrats

Democrats know that the wall is imminent.  Democrats know that the wall is what will finally break them, and no amount of Democrat and Democrat Media Industrial Complex (DMIC) agitprop will ever tear down the wall.  It will be the chasm between the old guard and the burgeoning of Leninism within the party.

The wall is deserving of proper name capitalization.

The Democrats know that The Wall will achieve its intent of deterring and preventing mass illegal immigration, which has resulted in an illegal alien population that the federal government has no true and accurate count for.

The Wall will even get Queen Hillary to finally go home and stay there. We know that President Trump has described The Wall as “beautiful,” but we don’t care if it’s the ugly Christmas sweater of American architecture.  The Wall is Mount Rushmore and AR-15s and Confederate statues and the Electoral College and the Gadsden flag all in one. It is a watchtower, a monument to sovereignty, an homage to our citizens, our law enforcement officers, all the Americans who have to worry about not only American criminals attacking them, but those here illegally as well.  Are we afraid of crimes being committed against us by those who shouldn’t be here?  You bet we are…and if most of the spineless politicians in Washington acted a bit more truthful and fearful, Kate Steinle, Mollie Tibbetts, and Ronil Singh would likely still be alive.  Singh, a California police officer killed by an illegal alien in the line of duty last week, emigrated from Fiji, a country I bet is way safer than our illustrious Hollywood Holy State.

The cult of the Democrats’ gun confiscation sales pitch has always been “if it saves one life.”  If they really believe that, let’s all vote to fund The Wall and end the government shutdown.  If The Wall saves one life (it’ll save many more), and saves even a tiny percentage of the annual $116-billion illegal alien financial burden, then by all means let’s break ground today.  Not tomorrow, TODAY. Nothing would make more sense. Just keep reiterating this to all your Democrat friends and relatives: “but if it saves one life,” “but if it saves one life,” ” but if it saves one life.”

Both the Democrats and the Republicans know that The Wall will work spectacularly well.  The Beto knows it.  Fugaziahontas Elizabeth Warren knows it.  Kuckoo Kamala Harris knows it, and maybe even our dumbest new senator Ocasio-Cortez knows it.  The Wall will accelerate cannibalization within the Democratic Party, between establishment Dems who are mostly covert Leninists, and the new-school Dems who are unabashedly open about their collectivist fetish.  The Wall is the Bolsheviks overthrowing Tsar Nicholas II, and it will usher in the Democrats’ version of the Russian Revolution.  It will be a sight to behold.  Recommended viewing beverage is a Build That Wall cocktail.  Yes, such a drink exists.

Here’s one thing you can be sure of: The entrenched Washingtonian Democratic and Republican parties can’t stand the fact that a reality television star president will do more to curb illegal immigration and the ills it has begotten than all of their lousy efforts, combined.

How much will The Wall cost?  A lot of moola; $25 billion, maybe more.  Is it worth it?  Sure is.  Am I concerned that Mexico won’t pay for it?  Nope.

Admittedly, I’m not thrilled about all aspects of The Wall, such as the expected eminent domain, which could displace hundreds of landowners.  Since these property-owners will be an integral part of history, let’s compensate them with at least double their market value.

The Wall Makes or Breaks 2020

The Wall is a black and white, make-or-break policy issue for Trump.  He knows he can’t cave to the Democrats on this.  If he does, read my lips: Queen Hillary will be the 2020 Democrat nominee, and she will win.

But worry not.  The Wall is Fort Sumter; there’s no going back from it now.

The Wall isn’t anti-immigrant; in fact, it might be the most pro-immigrant expenditure in American history – a ubiquitous reminder that America is the most generous nation in the history of the world – which admits two legal immigrants every minute of every day and will welcome with open arms those who adhere to our rule of law.  Nationalism is the glue that holds this whole American experiment together.

Some presidents wants freeways, hospitals, and airports named after them.  Not our president.  The Donald J. Trump Great Wall of America is what he wants, and it’s what the majority of people in the majority of states want.  Time to get this “elections have consequences” party started.

Build that wall along all 2,000 miles of the southern border, Mr. President.  Build it high, build it wide, build it tall, as tall as the sky.  Build it big enough and tall enough to be visible from outer space.


[From an article by Rich Logis, published by AMERICAN THINKER]




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Because the left lost in 2016, they are furiously intent upon foiling Trump…but they have failed there also, which is why they are motivated by one emotion: hate – hate for Trump and hatred for those who elected him

As always, the left means to punish self-reliance and success…and reward sloth.  Their progressive plan for a hundred years has been to purposefully create dependence on a generous government that takes from those who produce and gives to those who produce nothing except votes for their benefactor.


Rush Limbaugh recently played a clip of political analyst Charles Cook of the Cook Report speaking to a group of actuaries.  He told the group that “truth be told, even if the unemployment rate was zero and the economy was growing at twice the rate it is now, his wife and daughter would still hate Trump and his supporters.”  Presumably Cook agrees with them.

That pretty much says it all about who the left is today.  These self-appointed leftist elites who hate Trump so much do not care one bit about the country.  They don’t care what Trump’s tax cuts, deregulation, and phenomenal success at bringing back jobs have meant to millions of Americans.  They could not care less about the relief Trump’s agenda has brought to millions of small businesses buried by Obama’s crushing economic dictates.  Cook markets himself as a nonpartisan analyst, but he is nothing of the sort.  Like the rest of the left, he sees himself as one of those who should be calling the shots, deciding who should and should not have power.  To such people, their power is in molding the minds and opinions of the rest of us.  Since they lost in 2016, they are furiously intent upon foiling Trump.  They have failed there as well, which is why they are motivated by one emotion: hate – hate for Trump and hatred for those of us who elected him.

It is hard to fathom how completely the left ignores the Trump rallies that so many thousands of people attend.  Is it possible that these events are not a sign of massive support for the president?  They are meaningless to the left; they dismiss the people who attend as “toothless rednecks.”  They have clearly not been paying close attention.  These people are the heart and soul of America, the people Trump won over throughout the campaign by acknowledging them and their contributions to making this country function as it does, the people for whom the left feels nothing but disdain.  Are there enough of them to see that the Republicans keep the House?  We will not know until the votes are counted.  But the Democrats, having learned nothing from 2016, will hopefully again be faced with defeat.  They have no agenda but anti-Trumpism, no plans but to rescind the tax cuts that have helped so many, to further ruin health care for all, to re-impose all the regulations that hamstrung the economy for eight years.  As always, the left means to punish self-reliance and success…and reward sloth.  Their progressive plan for a hundred years has been to purposefully create dependence on a generous government that takes from those who produce and gives to those who produce nothing but votes for their benefactor.

One only has to look at the Democrats running to grasp who they are; far too many of them are openly anti-American, as was Obama.  Gillum (Fla.) is under investigation by the FBI for corruption as mayor of Tallahassee.  He wants to abolish ICE and restrict police enforcement of the law.  He is also virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.  Stacey Abrams (Ga.) has the gun-toting Black Panthers trolling for her while she has admitted to Jake Tapper her plan to strip Georgians of their Second Amendment rights.  Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) is thoroughly ignorant of the Constitution and the most obvious facts of American history.  McCaskill (Mo.) is corrupt; Maxine Waters (Calif.) is corrupt; Joe Donnelly (Ind.) has been paying for ads for his libertarian opponent’s Facebook page.  Beto O’Rourke (Texas) is funding some of the migrants making their way to our southern border.  Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) is a pro-Taliban moonbat who regularly insults her own state and constituents.  This is a short list of the ethically challenged Democratic candidates and the dirty tricks Democrats routinely employ to win.

As everyone knows, the polls were extraordinarily wrong in 2016.  Most polling outfits lean left, and their wishful thinking colors their analyses.  Their polls again favor the Democrats winning the House.  They have nearly all the Senate races as close but with a Democratic advantage.  Are these polls in the ballpark?  Who knows?  The Democrats’ venal treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October was a rallying cry for conservatives if there ever was one.  Those hearings demonstrated for all who watched what the American left has become.  They will do anything, stoop to all manner of corruption to win, no matter the cost to fellow Americans.  Those who consider that particular ploy acceptable do not deserve to be Americans.  They do not respect the Constitution and the values it espouses.  They do not revere the freedom on which this country was founded.

Obama made us all less free. Trump has gone a long way in two years to make us free again.  It is the left’s embrace of illegal immigration, open borders, higher taxes, the cold imposition of identity politics on us all, regulations on every aspect of our daily lives that strikes fear into the hearts of so many Americans.  Are enough of us aware of Democrats’ Orwellian agenda to keep the House and Senate?  We will know by Wednesday.


[From an article by Patricia McCarthy, published by AMERICAN THINKER]




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The F-35 Stealth Fighter vs Russia’s S-300 Anti-Aircraft System

The new F-35 Stealth Fighter


As an avid reader of Aviation Week, I became interested in the F-35, the newest Department of Defense fighter plane. The DOD had sold nine initial units to our ally Israel. I thought it was a wise decision for three reasons:

1. It provided actual testing for the new aircraft under realistic battle conditions. Aviation Week noted that Israel used several of its F-35s to attack more than 50 Iranian military installations in Syria. All these were presumably protected by the Russian-built Anti-Aircraft system S-300. Their latest design with more powerful radars, is being sold worldwide.  Israel had a chance to study an earlier version, sold to Cyprus.

The F-35 attack was completed in less than 90 minutes, a notable achievement in military intelligence, as well as in operational planning and coordination.

Aviation Week didn’t tell us how many F-35s took part in the operation, and whether they returned safely; presumably they all did. Nor did Aviation Week reveal the tricks Israeli pilots used to evade the S-300 AA system.

2. A [June 5, 2018] Report of the Government Accountability Office [GAO] is quite critical of the F-35 joint strike fighter-bomber. Many experts doubt the viability of the aircraft to meet the various requirements of all the DOD services. In particular, the Report criticizes the design of the helmet-mounted display that presents the necessary operational data to aid the pilot.

In other words, while the aircraft itself provides propulsion and carries the required air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles, the electronics, associated with the helmet, represent the “brain” of the F-35.

It so happens that Israeli engineers have much experience in this field, following the design of the IAF [Israel Air Force] Lavie fighter [that was never built.] Apparently, the DOD expects that some of the design experience for the display will be carried over to the F-35.

3.  Finally, allowing the F-35 to be sold now lowers the huge procurement cost for the DOD, about 400 billion dollars. The buy-decision is due in October 2019.

In the wake of the successful air strike, what will Russia do now?  Obviously, there will be some redesign and improvement of the Russian S-300 system to make it saleable to “non-captive” customers.

But beyond this, Russia is likely to not become involved further in the mess in Syria. This seems to be the outcome also of the recent Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin. The Pan-Arab paper Al-Hayat, published in London, even suggests that Russia may not object to Israel “clipping the wings” of the Iranian Eagle.

Writing in Ha’aretz, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens, himself chief designer of the Lavie fighter, believes that Russia will not want to tangle with Israel in view of its demonstrated technological superiority.

After all, Israel could easily destroy the Russian-built plutonium reactor at Arak, Iran, after getting permission to overfly Saudi Arabia. (Plutonium is the second way to build a nuclear weapon; Iran apparently has decided to go the route of the enriched Uranium-235. The U.S. used both methods in WW II.)

The Russian naval base at Latakia, Syria, is within easy range. The Russians have deployed a more advanced S-400 system to protect Latakia and other installations, which they claim can take down stealth fighters such as the F-35 at a range of over 150 miles. The S-400 failed to respond to the April 14, 2018 missile strikes by U.S., British, and French forces, leading some observers to conclude that the system was overrated.

I might add that Latakia and the main Russian naval base on the Crimean peninsula outflank Turkey and thus would discourage it from bottling up the Russian Black-Sea fleet.


[From an article by S. Fred Singer, published by AMERICAN THINKER]




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Could YOU survive what liberal, unthinking Americans are trying to do to Donald Trump?

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump is apparently not a figure many of us feel empathy for.  Nearly half the country hates him.  Hate may even be too mild a word.  They despise him and equate him with the worst of human history, Hitler and the Nazis.  They want him destroyed, literally and politically, along with his family.  This includes Democrats, the media, and many Republicans.

His resignation or impeachment wouldn’t be enough.  He needs to face treason charges and punishment at the end of a rope or in front of a firing squad, along with his family.  His supporters are guilty by association and must face similar justice.

But in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch told Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”  This is the essence of empathy.  You can’t understand someone until you’ve “walked a mile in his shoes.”

Let’s for a moment climb inside Donald Trump’s skin and walk around in it.

Trump was a successful businessman, a billionaire who owns properties, resorts, golf courses, and hotels around the world.  He owned a huge private jet, only a half-step down from the one he currently uses.  He has a beautiful wife and family; his children are smart and following in his business footsteps.  He hosted a wildly successful television show, was a household name and a darling of the media before he decided to run for president.

Yet he gave that up.  Why would he do that?  As a septuagenarian, did his ego demand one more even bigger prize?  Or, as some have speculated, was he approached by a group of patriots several years ago and told in no uncertain terms about the Deep State and America’s trajectory into the abyss?  Perhaps he was told that he was the only one who could run for president, have a chance of winning, then slow or stop America’s decline.

Did he, as a consummate patriot, take up the challenge?  Someday we may learn why he gave up a comfortable and successful life in exchange for endless scorn and derision.

In Hillary Clinton he fought a political opponent who was challenging, not personally, but for what and whom she represented: the establishments of both parties, the donor classes, the media, Hollywood, academia, and the Clinton machine that has been active since the Clintons’ days in Arkansas.

Donald Trump worked his butt off, campaigning around the clock.  From his tweets at 4 A.M. to his campaign rallies in multiple states in a single day, he worked harder than any candidate in recent memory.  His opponent did the opposite.  Sipping chardonnay and napping, she listened to her cheerleaders in the media as they fawned over her every utterance, telling her repeatedly that she would win the election easily.

Media coverage of Trump was and still is over 90 percent negative.  His own party worked against his election, the party he represented and brought victory to.  The big names in the GOP tried to undermine him – McCain, Romney, Bush, Ryan – all past presidents or candidates, the heavy hitters in the GOP, not to mention the Republican NeverTrump whiners and wimps.

Then there was the Deep State led by a treasonous ex-president and his no-ethics, no-honor Democrats — the unelected and unaccountable three-letter agencies, conspiring and working against Donald Trump not only as a candidate but also after he became president.  They spied on his campaign, creating fictional dossiers used to justify FBI surveillance of Trump, his family, and his entire campaign staff.  It was a concerted effort by the leadership of these agencies to prevent his election, and then to destroy his presidency as a Plan B.

Phony accusations of Russian collusion tainted his presidency and provided a cloud over his election, much like a successful athlete winning a championship fair and square and against all odds, then having his victory tainted with the accusation of rigging or cheating.  How would such a winner react to claims that he didn’t really win…especially when he had worked so hard for victory and had so little help in the process?

The Russian collusion story taints Trump’s successful campaign and election.  The Mueller investigation and drumbeat from the media share the common refrain that Trump is an illegitimate president, that he cheated to win, conspiring with an enemy country.  This is the same country, ironically, that so many of Trump’s critics were in love with only a few years ago.

Trump has been working hard as president, accomplishing more in his first 500 days than any of his predecessors – tax cuts, a roaring economy, record unemployment, a reversal of 50 years of failed policy toward North Korea, strong judicial picks, rebuilding the American relationship with Israel, and so on.  Does he get any credit from the media or his own party?  Hardly.  Instead, scorn and insults continue to rain down on him.  Wouldn’t you be frustrated and bitter standing in his shoes?  Absolutely you would.

Last is the Mueller indictment of 12 phantom Russians over supposedly hacking the DNC computers – computers the FBI did not even examine.  Indictments are simply accusations, not verdicts in a court of law, and were announced the last business day before Trump’s Russia summit.  What a coincidence of timing, putting Trump in a box where he had to either validate the Russian collusion narrative or question the veracity of the U.S. intelligence community.  Always the pragmatic contrarian, he chose the latter option during his press conference with Putin.

Does Trump fully trust the intelligence services, the same ones that conspired to spy on his campaign and undermine his election, then tried to overturn his presidency?  Would you trust these agencies if you were subjected to all the lies and the duplicity they have heaped upon our duly elected president? Of course you wouldn’t trust them. All this is based on the nonsensical assertion that Russia hacked the election, an absurd concept that even Obama said was impossible: “There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could ever rig America’s elections.”

This is the same intelligence community that exonerated Hillary Clinton for crimes proven but never investigated, yet indicted Donald Trump for crimes investigated ad nauseam but never proven.  The same Intelligence Community that told the world that Saddam had WMDs and then dragged the U.S. and other countries into a costly and counterproductive war.

Put yourself in Trump’s shoes: a highly successful businessman, in the latter years of his life, taking on the Herculean task of running for and winning the U.S. presidency.  In victory he finds nothing but abuse, scorn, and betrayal by friend and foe alike.  He is surrounded by landmines, and the US intelligence agencies do all they can to make sure he steps on one landmine after another.  This is a journey few mortals would undertake, much less survive.

Is it any wonder he is pushing back against those trying to destroy him and his presidency, including the FBI, DOJ, and CIA, all in the thick of seditious activity against our duly elected president?  He has few friends in Washington, D.C.; many who should have his back seem only eager to bury a knife in it instead.

Donald Trump is a man chosen by ordinary people, a man trying to make America great again despite only scorn and opposition coming back from those he wants to help.

[From an article by Brian C. Joondeph, a Denver-based physician and writer]


NORM ‘n’ AL Note: All those Americans who can never find anything good to say about Mr. Trump should try to reflect honestly on what this country might now be like had Horrible Hillary won the election…a woman who proved, just like Obama did, that the primary qualifications in a Democrat candidate for political office are a complete lack of honor, a lack of any sense of ethics, and a willingness to lie in any situation.  There are lots of countries around the world where you can find precisely this kind of person occupying the top office.  Thank God the USA isn’t one of them anymore.




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Looks like Democrats don’t even like Democracy any more…

It’s pretty clear that Democrats — the politicians, not all the people who vote for them — hate democracy.  Democrats don’t believe power is from the people; rather Democrats believe that the elites, which in the minds of Democrats is made up, of course, only of Democrats, should rule the rest of us.

We can see this in the Democrats refusing to accept the results of the 2016 election.

We can see it in the Democrats’ enthusiasm for the administrative state…where unelected, unaccountable, unfireable bureaucrats can create thousands of rules and regulations which the rest of us Americans have to follow.

But we see it most clearly in the panic that Democrats are experiencing over the idea that Trump will be nominating someone to the Supreme Court who will decide cases based on what the law says, rather than what they think the law should say.

According to the editors of the New York Times,

“This call to arms may sound overly dramatic. It’s not. As hyperpartisanship, gridlock and a general abdication of responsibility have rendered Congress increasingly dysfunctional, the judiciary is taking an ever-greater hand in policy areas ranging from immigration to guns to ballot access to worker rights.”

This is a clear indisputable example of the elite Democrat establishment, of which the NYT is a card-carrying member, saying that the Supreme Court should be making policy rather than simply deciding what the laws passed by Congress or the Constitution say.

Essentially the Democrats who run the NYT are saying that because Congress won’t do what they want it to do — that’s what they mean by “gridlock” — a group of rich white lawyers on the Supreme Court should take over the job of running the country. This is nothing less than a call for revolution and a demand that America become a banana republic ruled not by the people but by a few rich lawyers.

While this openness about their beliefs is new for Democrats, they’ve been espousing their desire to turn America into an authoritarian state for decades.

Not a single significant Democrat initiative has been passed by Congress.

For example, legalizing pornography, coddling criminals, declaring abortion to be a fundamental right, redefining libel/slander, and redefining marriage have all been the result of the Supreme Court defining policy, not interpreting the Constitution and the law.

In most cases the Court went directly against the expressed will of the people and imposed laws on Americans that were only supported by the tiny elite who run the Democratic party.

The Court’s declaration that there was an unassailable right to kill one’s unborn child went directly against what the people of America wanted.  Even in the most liberal states, abortion was only legal for what would now be considered the hard cases.  There was clearly no mandate for abortion for any reason at any time during pregnancy.  Yet the Court imposed unrestricted abortion on the people.

55,000,000 Americans had voted against redefining marriage — even uberliberal California resoundingly passed Prop 8, which declared that marriage was between a man and a woman, but the Supreme Court decided that the people didn’t know what was best for them and imposed on the people what Democrats wanted.

But wait, you say, what about ObamaCare?  While ObamaCare was passed by Congress, it was passed because it contained no new taxes.  Democrats, led by Obama, told everyone who would listen that ObamaCare contained no new taxes.  It’s unlikely that even with the Democrats controlling everything, they could have gotten sufficient votes if they’d have said that they were voting for a massive tax increase.

Hence, when ObamaCare went to the Supreme Court, it should have been rejected, because in their ruling saying that the act was Constitutional, the justices asserted that Congress imposing fees on people who didn’t do what Congress wanted them to do is unconstitutional.

But instead of following what the law said and what all its supporters said when it was being debated, the Court decided to effectively rewrite the law, take a bigger role in defining policy, to use the NYT’s terminology, and change fees to taxes.

Precisely because it was clear that the American people did not support ObamaCare, the Supreme Court decided to ignore the Constitution’s definition of who has the power to make laws, i.e. the Congress, and create a law via judicial fiat.

Democrats knew what was best for America, and while the people didn’t agree with the Democrats, five Supreme Court judges did and that’s all that the Democrats cared about.

Because Democrats have used the Court to impose their will on the people, they know that if the Court returns to its constitutional role as an impartial interpreter of the Constitution, the entire Democrat edifice — ranging from ObamaCare to redefining marriage — is at risk of tumbling down.

Of course, the Democrats really never had a choice; their policies are toxic and rejected by most sane, thinking people so that those policies could never have been passed through the democratic process.

But their winning run is about to end, and they’re furious because they know that they are better, more caring, and smarter than the rest of us.  In their minds, denying them tyrannical powers is an affront to nature, and they’ve long since given up on the idea that there is a God who wants to help direct us in running our country.

That’s why they accept violence and incivility against people who simply stand for the Constitution; because Democrats can’t convince Americans, they must coerce them.

When you talk to your friends about Trump’s nominee, remind them that the judge’s philosophy is that their role will be to decide, to the best of their ability, what the Constitution says and what the people who wrote it meant it to say — that they view their role as being an impartial referee, not a tyrant who imposes their own personal views on the people.

Remind them that if Roe v. Wade is repealed, it will simply mean that each state will be able to define when abortion is legal, not that all abortions everywhere will be illegal.

Ask them if they want the rules we Americans live by to be defined by the people, through our elected representatives, or by a few 1%ers on the Supreme Court.

The NYT is correct in saying that the Supreme Court is the issue, but they refuse to admit that this will be the case only so long as the majority believe in legislating from the bench. Once Trump’s new nominee is on the Court, it will cease being the issue in all our elections because the Court will stop legislating and return to simply interpreting the laws passed by our representatives.

Nothing else Trump will do is more important than returning the Supreme Court to its proper role and returning power to we the people.


[From an article written by Tom Trinko and published by AMERICAN THINKER]




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It’s a great day to thank God for our independence!

Something to be proud of!I believe it is a wonderful time to be American and celebrate the 4th of July in America.

But not everyone seems to think so. According to a USAToday poll, only 42% of Americans are proud to be Americans. This, despite the fact that a lot of people from around the world are trying to get in here, and very few of the people who threatened to leave the U.S. if President Trump got elected have kept their promise. Yet here we are. Here’s how USAToday reported it, starting with the mush-mouthed headline:

Poll: On the 4th, what symbolizes the best (and worst) of America? It depends whom you ask

A new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll about patriotism, pegged to this week’s celebration of the Fourth of July, finds an overwhelming majority of those surveyed say they are proud to be Americans. But they split almost down the middle, 42 percent to 39 percent, when asked whether they are proud of America right now.

I do get a kick out of the federal worker quoted in the article referring to Trump as a totalitarian after he sat through eight years of President Obama. Here’s what the discontented little fellow had to say:

“This is a very difficult time,” says Daniel Kugler, 66, a federal worker from Washington, D.C., who was among those polled. “There’s not the norms that used to hold; they are not holding anymore.” He worries about “a slide toward a totalitarian situation” in which Congress and others are afraid to speak up against President Trump.

As a federal worker, he was obviously extremely proud and happy that Obama was transferring power and money from the rest of the U.S. to the government as fast as he could, and that made the area around Washington D.C. very wealthy. It is sad that he and others don’t recognize how harmful that is to the rest of us, or else doesn’t care.

But here’s how I, and most of us in the heartland of America, sees it:

I am truly proud to be an American, as I always have been, especially since we now have a president who:

  • Has a goal to “Make America Great Again,” instead of a president who wants to remake America.
  • Is trying to give the power and purse back to the people through fewer regulations and lower taxes, instead of a president who does everything he can to make the government more powerful.
  • Has given us economic policies that have lowered unemployment rates for blacks and Hispanics to all-time lows, instead of a president whose policies encourage people to be more dependent on government.
  • Focuses on bringing back manufacturing jobs instead of constantly increasing regulations and declaring manufacturing jobs gone for good.
  • Understands that if goods production continually moves to other countries, then eventually the same will come to our service industries, destroying our economy.
  • Knows that capitalism is great and allowing corporations to keep more of the money they earn will help achieve economic growth and give people the opportunity to move up the economic ladder. That beats the confiscation seen in the previous administration.
  • Seeks to enforce immigration laws that Congress passed and who recognizes that a country without borders is a very dangerous country; instead of a president who picked and chose which laws to enforce.
  • Absolutely never considered ISIS the JV Team.
  • Has not left Americans to die while concocting a lie about a video to protect his political power.
  • Has helped Ukraine defend itself against the Russians as we promised to do instead of being “flexible” with the Russians.
  • Is pushing NATO countries to pay what they promised to pay, instead of having America bear the brunt of the cost.
  • Does not give hundreds of billions of dollars to Iran to spread terrorism around the world, let alone pledges death to Israel and America.
  • Keeps a promise to move our embassy to Jerusalem instead of previous presidents who made empty promises.
  • Gives people the freedom of choice of what type of health insurance to buy instead of a president who wants complete government control.
  • Does not illegally spy on thousands of Americans, including those who are political opponents.
  • Does not use the IRS to stifle the free speech of political opponents.
  • Does not have a gun-running operation to service Mexican smuggling cartels called ‘Fast and Furious.’
  • Believes that cities and states should follow laws that Congress passes, including immigration laws.
  • Understands that the climate has changed naturally through billions of years; instead of a president who is so arrogant he believes the government can control temperatures, sea levels and storm activity forever if people and businesses just fork over trillions of dollars.
  • Wants to produce more oil, instead of a president who does not care whether the price rises to unsustainable levels.

I am sure people can think of many more things they are currently proud of after eight years of a president who dictatorially bragged that he could rule with a pen and a phone.

Finally, I am extremely thankful and proud that we had Founding Fathers who knew that the power needed to reside in the hands of the people instead of the central government. They understood that if only the king and the government had guns, they would also have all the power. We would not be free if the people were unable to arm themselves in the many necessary wars we have had, as well as in other ways, to protect our freedom.


[An article by Jack Hellner, written for AMERICAN THINKER]




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