Friday, January 24, 2020

A Closer Look At The Iraqi Immigrant Woman Challenging Rep. Ilhan Omar

A Closer Look At The Iraqi Immigrant Woman Challenging Rep. Ilhan Omar
Excerpt: In 2004, the Chicago Tribune referred to her as “the most watched TV reporter nobody in America has seen,” and this turn-of-phrase seemed stunningly apt. Baghdad-born Dalia al-Aqidi was 36, and a fixture of Middle East media. In sharp contrast to programming on Qatar’s popular Al-Jazeera, Dalia was a leading voice on Alhurra, an American-sponsored television channel broadcasting in the Middle East and delivering a strongly pro-America message. Al-Aqidi was the only Iraqi covering the 2004 presidential campaign within the traveling White House press corps, providing news on Washington to millions in the Arabic-speaking world. Fifteen years later, the famed Iraqi reporter is running for Congress against the darling of the left, also an immigrant from a Muslim-majority country, a woman named Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn

CNN Analyst Joe Lockhart Admits He Fabricated Conversation Between GOP Senators

CNN Analyst Joe Lockhart Admits He Fabricated Conversation Between GOP Senators

Trump Impeachment Theater a Farce to Protect the Federal Administrative State by John Kass

Trump Impeachment Theater a Farce to Protect the Federal Administrative State by John Kass
EXCERPT: It is this administrative state that Trump, through his appointment of scores of federal judges and two Supreme Court justices, is waging war against. His attack on the administrative state is his great sin, as far as Democrats are concerned. And for this, the Democrats must stop him.

FISA Court Confirms Two Carter Page Surveillance Applications ‘Not Valid’

FISA Court Confirms Two Carter Page Surveillance Applications ‘Not Valid’
Excerpt: DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz revealed “at least 17 significant errors or omissions” committed by the FBI in his report on the Bureau’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign, but did not come up with any “documentary evidence” that the probe was predicated by political bias. Among the more egregious violations detailed in the report was the revelation that a top FBI national security lawyer doctored an email for Page’s fourth application to conceal that Page served as a source for the CIA. [The court is still awaiting FBI response on the other two applications. Ron P.]


It's Official: FISA Court Says Warrants Issued Against Carter Page Were Not Valid

It's Official: FISA Court Says Warrants Issued Against Carter Page Were Not Valid
Excerpt: he FISA court officially acknowledged Thursday that the FBI submitted false information when obtaining warrants to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Therefore, the FISA warrants that were issued are invalid.

School District Pays Teen $800,000 For Refusing To Let Her Sleep, Micturate With Boys.

School District Pays Teen $800,000 For Refusing To Let Her Sleep, Micturate With Boys. A Wisconsin school district will pay a transgender student $800,000 to settle a lawsuit she filed in a successful attempt to share bathrooms and overnight sleeping quarters with male high school students.

Goodman on health insurance

Goodman on health insurance
Excerpt: The central impetus of Obamacare was not to insure more people. ...About 95% of those who vote already have insurance, Schumer noted. So Obamacare was promising to spend a great deal of money on people who don’t vote. Instead, their message focused on protecting sick people from abuses by insurance companies. More often than not, that meant protecting people who migrated from an employer plan to the individual market with a preexisting condition. Virtually every Republican proposal to reform Obamacare has been attacked by opponents as weakening protections for those with preexisting conditions. And Republicans from the President on down have, so far and in public, committed that they will continue to address this problem with the sledgehammer of forcing insurance companies to charge the same premium to everyone who shows up, sick or not. From this Adam and Eve apple the rest of the mess follows. For now insurance is outrageously expensive for healthy people. And both the government and insurance companies work hard to ration and limit how well they serve sick people.

Satire: Democrats Warn That American People May Tamper With Next Election

Satire: Democrats Warn That American People May Tamper With Next Election

Thursday, January 23, 2020

To See America’s Democrat Future, Look At California Now

To See America’s Democrat Future, Look At California Now
I keep thinking the revolt has to come someday from the CA voters, but so far the big cities with their automatic Democrat voters and the big unions keep dominating elections. It can't go on forever, but hey, it can drag on into deeper and deeper mess and misery for some time to come. Maybe another ten years, maybe longer, although I don't see how. I'm just glad not to be there, and sorry for the good people who are stuck there. Del

The Virginia Model for a Constitutional Confederation of States

The Virginia Model for a Constitutional Confederation of States
Excerpt: If we’re to fully restore Liberty and the integrity of our Constitution, we must do so from the bottom up — a groundswell from grassroots Americans if it is to be enduring. We must start at our foundation, speaking with one disciplined, determined, and unified voice toward one primary objective: the reestablishment of Rule of Law. “Constitutional Confederation” is a more complicated sanctuary concept than those alliances being formed to defend the Second Amendment, but a good starting place would be with those organizational alliances because their mission is, ultimately, the same — protection of the Constitution. An initial objective could be to obtain resolutions from the 27 Republicans governors now in office and county resolutions in the remaining 23 states, such as Virginia, with statist Democrat governors. The initial purpose would be to educate our fellow citizens on the point that our Constitution established a Republic and is intended to reflect the consent of the governed — a nation of laws as opposed to the rule of men. [Patriot Post’s Mark Alexander makes an interesting proposal. It’s worth reading. Ron P.]

Video: Who Decides What Is an Abuse of Power?

Video: Who Decides What Is an Abuse of Power?
Excerpt: The articles of impeachment being tried before the U.S. Senate this week are purely partisan. [This video from Allen West (former Congressman from Fl) is exactly on target. Who gets to decide what an “Abuse of Power” is? He provides some interesting contrasts between what has happened–and been accepted with cheers–in the past and what has happened now and how it’s being portrayed. Video runs less than 10 minutes. Ron P.]

Ami Horowitz: How white liberals really view black voters

Ami Horowitz: How white liberals really view black voters

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON

Government in the Shadows. By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
Excerpt: The frenetic opposition to Donald Trump by the Washington establishment, the new progressive, hard-left Democratic party, and in particular the veterans of the Obama administration has led to the ruination of a number of hallowed protocols and customs. Impeachment has been redefined as a mere vote of no confidence and will become a rank political ploy for years to come once an opposition party gains a majority in the House. It is taking on the flavor of a preemptory device, a vaccination, rather than a medicine, as if to prevent future hypothetical crimes in the absence of current impeachable offenses. Whistleblowers are now mere political operatives, who work with the opposition party to disseminate second- and third-hand rumor to prompt impeachment frenzies. The FISA court has been disgraced. It was revealed to be either incompetent or actively partisan in its failure to question the Steele dossier’s legitimacy, in ignoring the warnings of Devin Nunes’s memo, and in the court’s selection of hard-core anti-Trump partisan David Kris to monitor FBI compliance with the recommendations of the Horowitz report. At this point, the existing FISA courts should probably be dismissed and the laws authorizing their creation rewritten.

Virginia Democrats Push Legislation to Make Criticism of Government Officials a Criminal Offense

Virginia Democrats Push Legislation to Make Criticism of Government Officials a Criminal Offense

Iran MP offers reward for killing Trump, U.S. calls it 'ridiculous'

Iran MP offers reward for killing Trump, U.S. calls it 'ridiculous'
You'd think with the billionaires and millionaires in the democrat party they could top this. ~Bob

Satire: Media Offers Thoughts And Prayers That Someone Would Start Some Violence At Gun Rights Rally

Satire: Media Offers Thoughts And Prayers That Someone Would Start Some Violence At Gun Rights Rally

VA pro gun rally

The pro-2nd Amendment rally in Virginia was going to be a racist mess, there was going to be violence, there were going to be White Supremacists all over it, etc, etc. The reality was about 22K people showed up, including Blacks, Gays, Trans, and women, to protest peacefully, there were tens of thousands of people openly carrying guns, not a shot was fired, there was no violence, and the crowd cleaned up as they dispersed. Did we see a lot of this covered nationally? Not exactly.... but if one shot had been fired, if one fight broke out, if one swastika had been displayed.... guess what kind of coverage would have occurred then? But there's no media bias.... Del

Leak Culture Protects the Powerful

Leak Culture Protects the Powerful
Excerpt: One recent story details the sufferings of Bryan Paarmann, whose name came out of a Freedom of Information Act request related to the investigation of FBI leaks. According to the Washington Examiner, “the deputy assistant director of the FBI’s international operations division from 2016 to 2017, ‘improperly disclosed court-sealed and law enforcement sensitive information to the media’ in violation of FBI rules.” Although Paarmann violated several laws, he was not prosecuted and simply resigned. In October 2018,  Natalie Edwards, a senior advisor at the Department of Treasury’s financial crimes unit, was arrested for leaking “suspicious activity reports” related to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. These reports, which are not generated with any due process, are treated with the highest degree of secrecy by banks and the government. Naturally, these formed the basis of a hit job in Buzzfeed. In October of last year, Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Henry Frese was arrested on federal charges that he leaked classified information, including details of a foreign country’s weapons systems. He apparently was involved romantically with one of the reporters he leaked to. (...) Far from being a means of “speaking truth to power,” the chief motive of many leakers—just as with many turncoat spies—consists of the small indignities of office politics, anger at being passed over for promotions, ideological fervor, and simple vanity. [Loose lips can still sink ships. Ron P.]

Tulsi Gabbard Sues Hillary Clinton for Defamation over ‘Russian Asset’ Comments

Tulsi Gabbard Sues Hillary Clinton for Defamation over ‘Russian Asset’ Comments

Holding his nose


Not that I love Trump, but my portfolio has me leaning towards holding my nose and voting for him.

1. How is this whole withholding aid different from, say, a signing statement, where the president signs a bill and then says not to execute it?

2. How many signing statements has Trump issued?  In the same period of time, Obama?  Bush II?

3. Do we really not need an investigation into Hunter Biden’s appointment and activities?  How was his father engaged in this?  Was it really legitimate?  Why are we not asking?

4. Why has Congress never investigated how the Iran treaty was instituted, without their ratification?  I think that’s a huge violation of the Constitution.

5. What investigation into Pence is being conducted?  Is this the April surprise?

6. I still don’t see how the Trump campaign conspired with the Russians in 2016.  What was Obama’s administration doing to prevent this?

7. Do you think the next Democrat president will be able to stand up to this level of scrutiny and hand-tying?

In other words, Congress has been emasculating itself for 40 years.  Now we see the fruits of that, except it seems to be ok if a democrat does it.

No...I don’t see him acting ‘presidential’, at least not in the way I’ve become accustomed...although I can see him getting things done.  Economy is great, inflation is low, unemployment is low.  I can see Democrats having a problem with putting their base to work...hence the anger.  And for Christ’s sake, quit tweeting...not a way to communicate, not a way to govern.  It’s just a huge bunch of noise.  I blame a whole lot of this on Obama’s divisiveness, and we’re seeing backlash from the folks who ‘did build that’.

Last, I said it in 2016, Republican Congress needed to at least give the appearance of reining him in.  That didn’t happen, so 201​8. -GS​

Monday, January 20, 2020

Arizona trooper shot in ambush attack; Good Samaritan kills gunman

Arizona trooper shot in ambush attack; Good Samaritan kills gunman
https://abc7.com/news/az-trooper-shot-in-ambush-attack;-good-samaritan-kills-gunman/1699112/?fbclid=IwAR1dZLx-p0aXrUdWnDU__eOZ9zv4Z2Jl4SRAeLv0x-iK2VMObQJ366kr3l8

How Trump Can Triple His Support Among Black Voters In 2020

How Trump Can Triple His Support Among Black Voters In 2020
Excerpt: In 2016, Donald Trump received a slightly higher share of the black vote than did Mitt Romney in 2012 or John McCain in 2008. But he still received just 8 percent. Now black support for Trump is in the mid-30s. While a 30 percent approval rating doesn’t necessarily translate into a 30 percent vote-share from black Americans in 2020, 30 percent approval is significant. Even if black support for Trump were in the mid-teens on election day, that could swing states like Michigan, Florida, and even Minnesota solidly into Trump’s camp. Some of this increased black support is due to a historically low unemployment rate for black Americans, along with hefty income gains for many black Americans, as working-class and blue-collar wages finally begin to outpace managerial wages. Another reason is surely Trump’s criminal justice reform efforts. Other issues include school choice, which blacks resoundingly support — and likely propelled Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to victory in 2018, because a group of black mothers swung in his favor.

Rotherham sex gang victim says police should face criminal charges for 'aiding and abetting' abuse of hundreds of children as report reveals force ignored crimes for fear of stoking racial tensions

Rotherham sex gang victim says police should face criminal charges for 'aiding and abetting' abuse of hundreds of children as report reveals force ignored crimes for fear of stoking racial tensions
Excerpt: The officer, who was unable to be identified, was also found to have said 'with it being Asians, we can't afford for this to be coming out' and commented that the abuse had happened for 30 years. ("Asian"is British pres code for Muslims. ~Bob)

ICE: (Muslim) Suspect In 92-Year-Old Queens Woman's Rape, Murder In Country Illegally

ICE: (Muslim) Suspect In 92-Year-Old Queens Woman's Rape, Murder In Country Illegally

2 GTA men indicted in U.S. for allegedly trafficking items for Pakistan nuclear program

2 GTA men indicted in U.S. for allegedly trafficking items for Pakistan nuclear program
I'm reading Illicit." The amount of trafficking in weapons, slaves, drugs, fake goods, etc. Is about two orders of magnitude worse than you think. ~Bob

New York Times Makes Odd Endorsement In Democratic Presidential Primary, Gets Mocked

New York Times Makes Odd Endorsement In Democratic Presidential Primary, Gets Mocked
Excerpt: The New York Times editorial board announced on Sunday that it was endorsing two Democratic presidential candidates for the party’s nomination – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – a decision that was quickly mocked online by critics. “In a break with convention, the editorial board has chosen to endorse two separate Democratic candidates for president,” the Times leftist editorial board wrote. “American voters must choose between three sharply divergent visions of the future.”

Progressive Petards

Progressive Petards
Excerpt: Joe Biden, despite his senior moments and his lifelong reckless speech, may be for now the Democrats only hope to carry the Midwest swing states that sent Donald Trump to the White House. Thus, the Democrats in the very fashion they have conducted themselves throughout this impeachment farce, may be insidiously destroying the candidate with the best chance of regaining the White House—even while likely enhancing Donald Trump’s polls. That the Democrats realized such risks and ignored them, either suggests the Left wants to finish off the Biden candidacy, or their obsessions with destroying Trump outweighs any practical considerations of replacing the president with one of their own. [Hanson really tears up CNN’s news coverage for its political bias, then moves into observation of the most recent developments in Washington. In case you were wondering, a “petard” is a small bomb; being “hoist on one’s own petard” is when a plan blows up in the planners own face. Ron P.]

The Democrats’ Sham Investigation

The Democrats’ Sham Investigation
Excerpt: The Judiciary Committee, traditionally the “impeachment committee,” didn’t call any fact witnesses. The first hearing consisted of three partisan Democrat activists and liberal law professor Jonathan Turley, who has criticized the current impeachment effort. The other Judiciary Committee hearing consisted of the majority and minority counsels answering questions about the Schiff report. Schiff wasn’t required by Nadler to testify about his own report. A simple question screams out for attention.  (...) Why didn’t Schiff testify about his own report? Why weren’t Republicans allowed to call a single witness in the House impeachment hearings? What have Democrats tried to hide? What exculpatory evidence are these Democrats trying to omit from the record? A prosecutor who omits potentially exculpatory information from the judge, jury, and defense team might face serious sanctions. There has been lots of talk about fairness and fulfilling the House’s constitutional responsibilities and the rule of law. How is preventing potentially important information from being presented to the jury living up to those important responsibilities? Democrats don’t want Schiff to testify because that might force him to explain whether the “whistleblower” worked with two of Schiff’s new hires at the National Security Council. [I’m not entirely sure Cross–the author–is 100% correct, but he makes a good case. Good enough? We’ll see. I suspect it will largely depend on the Senate rules and whether or not they allow continued Democrat fishing expeditions. If they require the vote to be solely based on the “evidence”–which is mostly allegations with no supporting facts–then the outcome will be a swift acquittal. Ron P.]

Earth's Climate History: What the Doomsayers Don't Want Voters to Know

Earth's Climate History: What the Doomsayers Don't Want Voters to Know By John Eidson
Excerpt: Absent historical context, extreme weather can be overhyped in ways that lead uninformed voters to conclude that acts of God such as severe droughts and floods never happened before humans began using fossil fuels.  
In fact, extreme weather has occurred with monotonous regularity for millions of years.  Below is an infinitesimal sampling of the endless multitude of catastrophic weather events in Earth’s past, many of which occurred long before the Industrial Revolution. The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed 30,000 people in the Caribbean. Epic dust storms in the 1930s caused catastrophic ecological damage to the Central Plains of the U.S. and Canada. Massive flooding that hit Tokyo, Japan, in 1910 destroyed more than 400,000 homes. 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Flashback: Pelosi Said Obama Did Not Need Authorization to Attack Libya

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/01/09/flashback-pelosi-said-obama-did-not-need-authorization-to-attack-libya-n2559285?fbclid=IwAR0ZZlEDyMNZE0B5OXaV5u1coW5-S7NbwGYOj4WsH4YMCjIol4OPwNoQNBk
Flashback: Pelosi Said Obama Did Not Need Authorization to Attack Libya

Iran info

Candace Owens interviews an Iranian-American young woman who is very well informed and provides a lot of great information about Iran and the Middle East. --Del

Trump supporter


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Medal of Honor--a true American

160 years ago we had this kind of man fighting for this country. Even though he was not paid the same as White soldiers, and would be executed if ever taken prisoner, he still was there, as a volunteer, to give his all for his country. Now we have Colin Kaepernick..... I wonder what Mr. Carney would say to him. But Colin does not speak for every American of color, far from it. We still have plenty of non White Americans who see themselves as Americans more than anything else. They have sacrificed themselves for this country throughout its history, and still do every day. I thank heaven for them, for everyone who is my brother as an American who loves this country even with the blemishes of its past and present. --Del

Clinton's charity confirms Qatar's $1 million gift while she was at State Dept

Reuters: Clinton's charity confirms Qatar's $1 million gift while she was at State Dept

The New Post-Trump Constitution

The New Post-Trump Constitution
Excerpt: The Left sees Donald Trump’s comportment, rallies, and tweets as a new low in presidential behavior that justifies extraordinary countermeasures. But Trump’s personal characteristics are idiosyncratic and may or may not become institutionalized by subsequent presidents. And it is not as if liberal icons such as FDR, LBJ, JFK, and Bill Clinton suddenly became saintly in office. What is far scarier is the reaction to Trump, in both the constitutional and political sense. What follows are likely the new norms for the next generation of presidents, and they will probably be equally applied to Democrats who implemented them in the Trump era. (,,,) This is the new political climate. It is obvious that both George W. Bush and Barack Obama could easily have been impeached under such protocols after they lost their party’s majority in the House of Representative. From now on, their successors will likely enjoy no such exemptions. [Hanson paints a really scary picture of our future, laying out ten reasons why our “constitutional republic” has pretty much been superseded by events of the last three years. This is an “NR-Plus” article and may not be available to every possible reader; I recommend reading it, if you can. Ron P.]

Well, that's different!

Suspected Neo-Nazi Arrested Before VA Gun Rally Is Actually an Illegal Immigrant

U.S. housing starts at 13-year high, factory output gains

U.S. housing starts at 13-year high, factory output gains
Excerpt: U.S. homebuilding surged to a 13-year high in December as activity increased across the board, suggesting the housing market recovery was back on track amid low mortgage rates, and could help support the longest economic expansion on record. (Yeah, the Demonrats have to smear Trump with all the crap they can toss to prevent him being reelected. He's doing too good a job undoing Obama's "legacy" of making America a has-been, second-rate power and the country is thriving--or trying to despite the constant drumming of negative MSM press and DS operatives. Nothing like a business man who can cut deals, not afraid to pressure economically and gives better than what they toss at him. Pray protection for the President and his family.--Barb)

Not Just Hunter: Joe Biden's Brothers Used the VP for Financial Gain

Not Just Hunter: Joe Biden's Brothers Used the VP for Financial Gain
Excerpt: The Democrats' impeachment against President Donald Trump has ironically highlighted the sleazy dealings of Hunter Biden, the youngest son of former Vice President Joe Biden. Hunter took a lucrative job at a Ukrainian gas firm while his dad was the Obama point man on Ukraine — and the VP pressured Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was investigating that firm. As it turns out, the influence-peddling was not limited to Hunter. A new NBC News expose revealed how Joe Biden's younger brother Frank seems to have used his brother's name to become the president and frontman for a charter school company. Frank Biden reportedly called his last name "a tremendous asset" and said it brought him "automatic acceptance" as he sought government approval for the company. Frank Biden did not respond to requests for comment from NBC News. The former vice president's other brother, James Biden, is fighting a lawsuit that claims he feigned interest in a medical device company as a ploy to steal the company's business model. Plaintiffs claim James Biden said during investment negotiations that the firm’s "psychiatric care model would be used by Joe Biden as part of his campaign for President of United States."

France: Police Arrest Man for Desecrating Church with Islamic Qur’an Verses

France: Police Arrest Man for Desecrating Church with Islamic Qur’an Verses

Jane Fonda Saves the Planet From Herself

Jane Fonda Saves the Planet From Herself by Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Last year, Jane Fonda sold her “eco-conscious” Beverly Hills mansion, with its 7,102 square feet on a 36,000 square foot lot enclosing a his and her master suite, a glass elevator, 5 bathrooms, glass walls, fireplaces, a fountain, a meditation garden, a fully stocked gym, a pavilion with heat lamps, and a huge pool for $8.5 million after she found no takers at its original $13 million sale price. “This was the first time in my 79 years,” Fonda enunciates with the deep pathos of an orphan finally getting a full meal as the camera zooms through the cavernous interior of a walk-in closet the size of some people’s homes , “that I have had a closet that you could walk in and see everything you have.” (Giving total stupidity, arrogance, hypocrisy, that is. I am SO TIRED of this woman, I just want her to move to Pyongyang or maybe Venezuela and never be heard from again. She's 79 and I keep wondering when her huge load of selfrighteousness will finally overload her heart and she can go join Tom Hayden and Ho Chi Minh in the warmer regions of the afterlife. --Del)

Mind-Blowing! 58% Of Attendees at Trump’s Wisconsin Rally Were NOT Republicans, Up from 43% in Ohio

Mind-Blowing! 58% Of Attendees at Trump’s Wisconsin Rally Were NOT Republicans, Up from 43% in Ohio
My belief is that the extremism of the Left has mounted up so high, so long, that it's forcing more and more people, who may not all love Trump deeply or even like him a lot, to face the fact that having the present crop of Democrats take over the country would be the death knell of the nation as we've known it. The disgusting circuses of the Mueller investigation and then the instant switch over to a phone call anyone can read that makes no clear demand and never mentions any person by name to be investigated, about aid the Ukraine that was in fact supplied later on, and crazy charges like "obstruction of Congress", have saturated people beyond tolerance. It's impossible for any rational, clear thinking person to not see all this as political viciousness pushing a witch hunt, wasting huge amounts of time, energy, and taxpayer money. Sadly, yes, there are both the total Leftist ideologues who push it and some fraction of others who have bought into it, and of course there's the media and Hollywood pushing it for all they're worth. But that's not everyone, not by a very long shot. The Senate trial will be other circus, but maybe McConnell will keep it under control, everyone can go through the motions, and get to a vote quickly to end it all. I sure hope so. I am sick to death of all this and I am very sure that many millions of others feel the same way. --Del

The Hole in the Impeachment Case

The Hole in the Impeachment Case
Excerpt: If collusion with Russia had been fact rather than farce, Trump would never have made it to an impeachment trial. He’d have had to resign, Prior to November 8, 2016, Republicans were not the ones in need of convincing that Russia was a dangerous geopolitical threat. If it had been real collusion that brought Democrats around to that conclusion, the votes to impeach and remove would have been overwhelming. And the timing would have been irrelevant. If Americans had been seized by a truly impeachable offense, it would not matter whether Election Day was two years, two months, or two weeks away. The public and the political class would not tolerate an agent of the Kremlin in the Oval Office. [It’s difficult to argue with common sense. Ron P.]