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On Wings of Eagles – A Tribute to Ross Perot

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On Wings of Eagles – A Tribute to Ross Perot

Billionaire H. Ross Perot died yesterday at the age of 89 after an ultimately unsuccessful fight with leukemia. Perot, is mostly known for his two failed presidential campaigns. There are some who blame him for President H.W. Bush’s loss to Bill Clinton. I am not among them. But that’s not the subject of today’s offering. Ross Perot was much more than an “eccentric” billionaire turned politician.

Perot is also a legend in American Military circles. We’ve all heard the old adage: There are 3 types of people; Those Who Make Things Happen, Those Who Watch Things Happen, and Those Who Wonder What Happened. Perot wasn’t someone who things happened to, or who continually wondered, “What happened?” He made things happen.

Today during his morning show, David Webb and I had a conversation about Operation Hotfoot, Ross Perot’s private, personally funded operation to rescue two of his executives from an Iranian prison, just days before the return of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Iranian revolution—a revolution that resulted in the imprisonment of 52 American hostages by the revolutionary “government.”

When Perot learned that two of his executives had been jailed on trumped up charges, he immediately began exploring all avenues to gain their release, both inside government channels and out. Ultimately, he ended up hiring a U.S. Army Special Forces legend, retired Colonel Arthur “Bull” Simons, to train some of his employees who had volunteered to help break the two prisoners out.

Simons put the team through a rigorous training regimen at Perot’s weekend place near Dallas, Texas. The training and rehearsals paid off during the operation, when unforeseen circumstances required decisions and changes on the fly.

Without going into egregious detail, Operation Hotfoot was a resounding success. Perot’s team, led by Colonel Simons, was able to rescue the two jailed employees and get them across the border into Turkey and ultimately back to the United States…without firing a shot. You can find what I consider the best account of this operation in Ken Follett’s book, “On Wings of Eagles.”

Mr. Webb wrapped up the segment declaring Ross Perot as “larger than life.” He’s right. H. Ross Perot, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, understood what any military commander knows; Your subordinates/employees are more than just that, they are your personal responsibility.

During a post rescue, Associated Press Interview, Paul Chiapparone, one of the two Perot employees held by the Iranians said, “Ross came to the prison one day and said, ‘We’re going to get you out.’” Chiapparone then pointedly asked the reporter, “How many CEOs would do that today?”

Indeed.

You can find the David Webb Show on Sirius XM, Channel 125, M-F 9:00-12:00AM EST.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

Follow him on Twitter: @MikeFor10394583

You can find his other Red State work here.

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Totally Woke Joe Manchin Joins the Stampede To Pay Women Soccer Players More Than Their Economic Value

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It seems like every four years we go through this. The US Women’s National Team will participate in the Women’s World Cup. Then there will be days or weeks of bitching and moaning about how the male players get paid so much more than the women players. You’ll hear commentators talk about Abby Wambach’s 184 goals making her the highest scoring player in international competition, male or female, as though the sport Wambach plays is the same as men’s soccer. Don’t fool yourself. It isn’t. If it was the the same, then Wambach and the rest of the sisterhood wold be suiting up for Arsenal or Real Madrid or Juventus or Bayern FC and they would be getting paid the same as the men.

The fact is, that US women soccer players get paid just about the same as the US men players. The difference comes during World Cup where players get a share of the revenue and, quite honestly, outside a handful of Western countries absolutely no one cares about women’s soccer. (See this for the revenue disparity explanation..) One might even say the US men get paid less than the women because there is zero chance of a US men’s team getting withing sniffing distance of a World Cup championship.

But none of this has stopped politicians from tripping over themselves in an effort to ingratiate themselves to the economic illiterates who fancy that this pay gap is a function of misogyny and not of market forces.

Perhaps the best response came from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin:

West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin announced a bill Tuesday to withhold federal dollars for the men’s World Cup unless the U.S. women’s national soccer team receives pay equity.

Manchin’s proposed bill would deny federal funding for the men’s 2026 FIFA tournament, which the U.S. will co-host along with Canada and Mexico, unless there’s equal pay between both the men’s and women’s soccer teams.

“The clear unequitable pay between the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams is unacceptable and I’m glad the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team latest victory is causing public outcry,” Senator Manchin said. “They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly.”

While this proposal is counterfactual and stupid, there is at least one good reason to get behind it. There is no way the US Soccer governing body can fork over this kind of cash for a sport that has very little commercial appeal, so, inadvertently, it could very well end up doing to men’s soccer what Title IX did to wrestling, swimming, and track and field.

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Project Veritas Uncovers Google Documents that Show Staff Tried to Remove Breitbart from AdSense

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As the Project Veritas investigation continues its investigation into it Google, it continues to uncover some pretty striking things going on within the company that completely blow its claims that it’s politically neutral out of the water.

A recent video shows James O’Keefe talking with a former employee of Google under complete anonymity. The employee is asked about an email from March 23, 2017, uncovered by O’Keefe’s team with the header “Please join us in asking Google to remove ads from Breitbart.com.”

Within the email is a request from readers to join a co-signed letter to leadership that had already accrued 1,186 employees with the intention of convincing Google’s brass to “end Google’s business relationship with Breitbart.”

“I’m sure most of you are aware of the extreme sexism that articles and comments on Breitbart disseminates,” the email states. “And for this and many other reasons, my colleagues and I have drafted an internal letter to leadership asking them to end Google’s business relationship with Breitbart.”

The anonymous Google insider said that the internal email was meant to convince leadership to cut Breitbart off from being able to take part in Google’s AdSense program, which allows Google to run ads automatically on various websites based on what the user is into. This would damage Breitbart’s ability to generate revenue through clicks.

“What you’re looking at here is Google intolerance, and what’s really ironic here is that Google prides itself on inclusion and diversity,” said the insider. “But what you see right here is actually an intolerance to inclusion and intolerance to diversity.”

As O’Keefe points out, this display of intolerance is important due to Google’s claims of protection under section 230 under the communications decency act. The act states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

This is just one more drop in the bucket of Google attempting to damage President Donald Trump’s chances of winning reelection in 2020. Before this, leaked emails between Google employees showed them trying to find a way to silence people like Ben Shapiro and Dennis Prager, who they referred both to as “Nazis.”

 

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Project Veritas Uncovers Google Documents that Show Staff Tried to Remove Breitbart from AdSense

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As the Project Veritas investigation continues its investigation into it Google, it continues to uncover some pretty striking things going on within the company that completely blow its claims that it’s politically neutral out of the water.

A recent video shows James O’Keefe talking with a former employee of Google under complete anonymity. The employee is asked about an email from March 23, 2017, uncovered by O’Keefe’s team with the header “Please join us in asking Google to remove ads from Breitbart.com.”

Within the email is a request from readers to join a co-signed letter to leadership that had already accrued 1,186 employees with the intention of convincing Google’s brass to “end Google’s business relationship with Breitbart.”

“I’m sure most of you are aware of the extreme sexism that articles and comments on Breitbart disseminates,” the email states. “And for this and many other reasons, my colleagues and I have drafted an internal letter to leadership asking them to end Google’s business relationship with Breitbart.”

The anonymous Google insider said that the internal email was meant to convince leadership to cut Breitbart off from being able to take part in Google’s AdSense program, which allows Google to run ads automatically on various websites based on what the user is into. This would damage Breitbart’s ability to generate revenue through clicks.

“What you’re looking at here is Google intolerance, and what’s really ironic here is that Google prides itself on inclusion and diversity,” said the insider. “But what you see right here is actually an intolerance to inclusion and intolerance to diversity.”

As O’Keefe points out, this display of intolerance is important due to Google’s claims of protection under section 230 under the communications decency act. The act states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

This is just one more drop in the bucket of Google attempting to damage President Donald Trump’s chances of winning reelection in 2020. Before this, leaked emails between Google employees showed them trying to find a way to silence people like Ben Shapiro and Dennis Prager, who they referred both to as “Nazis.”

 

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After Appeals Court Rules Trump Can’t Block Tweeters, NY Democrat Files Lawsuit Against AOC on the Same Grounds

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After a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday on First Amendment grounds that President Trump could not block Twitter users, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) found herself on the receiving end of a couple of lawsuits on the same grounds.

One is from a New York Democrat.

The Hill reports:

One former Democratic state lawmaker and one Republican congressional hopeful announced this week that they are suing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) over being blocked from her personal Twitter account.

Former state assemblyman Dov Hikind (D) and congressional candidate Joseph Saladino, who is running in a Republican primary for the chance to battle Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), announced lawsuits this week against the freshman Democratic congresswoman, seeking injunctive relief in the form of a court order demanding they be unblocked.

Saladino posted an announcement about his lawsuit on Twitter:

Fox News reports that Dov Hikind said in a statement announcing his lawsuit that Ocasio-Cortez had blocked him earlier this week:

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has blocked me on Twitter yesterday apparently because my critique of her tweets and policies have been too stinging,” Hikind said in a statement announcing the suit, which was filed in the Eastern District of New York and obtained by Fox News.

“Just today the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling that elected officials cannot block individuals from their Twitter accounts, thereby setting a precedent that Ocasio-Cortez must follow,” he added. “Twitter is a public space, and all should have access to the government officials on it.”

The First Amendment prohibits discrimination by government actors against a person’s free speech based on his or her viewpoints.

Hikind continued: “It’s unclear if Ocasio-Cortez is aware of this ruling or not, but either way, I have decided, after speaking with my legal counsel, to initiate a lawsuit against her for blocking me and a host of other public figures. Ocasio-Cortez is acting cowardly and should be ashamed of her attempts to silence me. I’ve done nothing but address her ignorance and disregard for the truth. She constantly brags about the millions of followers she has but is afraid of my speech. She is a hypocrite.

Hikind posted a screenshot Tuesday showing that Ocasio-Cortez had blocked him:

Today, he blasted other Democrats who have swooped in to defend AOC:

While legal eagles have commenced penning pieces on why the federal appeals court ruling was right or wrong, my personal opinion on the matter is the same as it was when I was asked about the issue by the Raleigh News and Observer back in January:

Stacey Matthews, a conservative blogger from Charlotte who tweets from the account @sistertoldjah, said she was blocked by several Democratic state legislators who are no longer in office, as well as by some former candidates. She doesn’t have an issue with politicians deploying the block button online.

“Social media has become a pretty vile, cut-throat style place, and if you’re a woman, that’s especially true,” she said in a Twitter message. “Female politicians shouldn’t have to be subjected to the vulgar things people will sometimes tweet to them.

“And just because a person may be blocked by a politician on social media, it doesn’t mean the lines of communication are cut off. They still have the standard options of email, phone, and mail which, I think, are more productive means of connecting with your elected officials anyway.”

That being said, if Trump has to play by the rules set by the courts on this, then it only makes sense that other politicians – including AOC – would have to as well.

Though the block option appears to be off limits for now for Trump, the mute option is still on the table.

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Project Veritas Uncovers Google Documents that Show Staff Tried to Remove Breitbart from AdSense

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As the Project Veritas investigation continues its investigation into it Google, it continues to uncover some pretty striking things going on within the company that completely blow its claims that it’s politically neutral out of the water.

A recent video shows James O’Keefe talking with a former employee of Google under complete anonymity. The employee is asked about an email from March 23, 2017, uncovered by O’Keefe’s team with the header “Please join us in asking Google to remove ads from Breitbart.com.”

Within the email is a request from readers to join a co-signed letter to leadership that had already accrued 1,186 employees with the intention of convincing Google’s brass to “end Google’s business relationship with Breitbart.”

“I’m sure most of you are aware of the extreme sexism that articles and comments on Breitbart disseminates,” the email states. “And for this and many other reasons, my colleagues and I have drafted an internal letter to leadership asking them to end Google’s business relationship with Breitbart.”

The anonymous Google insider said that the internal email was meant to convince leadership to cut Breitbart off from being able to take part in Google’s AdSense program, which allows Google to run ads automatically on various websites based on what the user is into. This would damage Breitbart’s ability to generate revenue through clicks.

“What you’re looking at here is Google intolerance, and what’s really ironic here is that Google prides itself on inclusion and diversity,” said the insider. “But what you see right here is actually an intolerance to inclusion and intolerance to diversity.”

As O’Keefe points out, this display of intolerance is important due to Google’s claims of protection under section 230 under the communications decency act. The act states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

This is just one more drop in the bucket of Google attempting to damage President Donald Trump’s chances of winning reelection in 2020. Before this, leaked emails between Google employees showed them trying to find a way to silence people like Ben Shapiro and Dennis Prager, who they referred both to as “Nazis.”

 

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President Trump Scores Major Win As Fourth Circuit Tosses Progressive Lawfare Out of Court

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After Donald Trump’s election, he and his administration have been the target of unrelenting lawfare. While the administration is winning a large number of these cases, winning takes time and effort and slows down other things. What makes these attacks different is that not only is the Trump administration targeted, but President Trump, himself, is often the target. For instance, the lawsuits to force release of his income tax returns, a lawsuit (decided yesterday) that declared he could not block people on Twitter (the First Amendment apparently now includes the right to be heard), and, the favorite, a lawsuit by Maryland and the District of Columbia claiming that President Trump is in violation of the Emoluments Clause to the Constitution,

Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the US Constitution reads:

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

How does this apply to Trump?

Trump retains an interest in the various Trump properties and the theory goes that because foreign leaders stay a some of these properties that this constitutes a payment by foreign governments to Trump. It is hard to read that train of logic without laughing out loud but, I fear, that the people who filed the lawsuit were actually deadly serious.

In March 2018, a Clinton appointed judge allowed the lawsuit to proceed because, you know, OrangeManBad. In December, the Fourth Circuit put the case on hold and heard arguments in March.

Today, that court delivered a resounding victory for President Trump:

A federal appeals court Wednesday sided with President Trump, dismissing a lawsuit claiming the president is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors at his luxury hotel in downtown Washington.

The unanimous ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is a victory for the president in a novel case brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia involving anti-corruption provisions in the emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

In its ruling, the three-judge panel said the attorneys general lacked legal standing to bring the lawsuit alleging the president is violating the Constitution when his business accepts payments from state and foreign governments. The decision — from Judges Paul V. Niemeyer, Dennis W. Shedd and A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr. — also stops dozens of subpoenas to federal government agencies and Trump’s private business entities for financial records related to the D.C. hotel.

“The District and Maryland’s interest in enforcing the Emoluments Clauses is so attenuated and abstract that their prosecution of this case readily provokes the question of whether this action against the President is an appropriate use of the courts, which were created to resolve real cases and controversies between the parties,” Niemeyer wrote in the 36-page opinion.

(Read the whole opinion)

President Trump was justifiably jubilant.

We might as well get used to this strategy of harassment by lawsuit as long as Trump is in the White House. And we probably should keep it foremost in our minds the next time a Democrat resides there.

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LGBT Site “Queerty” Tries to Create False Narrative About Right-Wing Homophobia With Zero Proof, Internet Responds

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If you were watching the US women’s soccer team celebrate their victory over the Netherlands, then you likely watched as Megan Rapinoe tossed the flag to the ground in order to pose during her celebrations.

FIFA seems to be killing any video of it, but Caleb Hull managed to put it back up. Watch it now, because there’s no telling how long it’ll be allowed to stay up before Twitter takes it down again.

As that happened, however, fellow player Kelley O’Hara ran up and snatched the flag off the ground, earning her the respect of Americans who found Rapinoe’s carelessness with the flag insulting and offensive.

At some point in the celebration, O’Hara, a lesbian, went up to her girlfriend and kissed her. The moment was captured on camera and displayed to the world. According to Queerty, an LGBT site apparently dedicated to being the victim of outrage whether it’s real or not, celebrated this moment by proclaiming that Republicans and Trump fans were all about O’Hara until that moment in an article titled “Trump fans adopted soccer star Kelley O’Hara as their hero. Then they watched this kiss”:

As the far right singled out O’Hara for praise, few pundits noticed that after picking up the flag, she rushed across the field to her girlfriend and locked lips. That makes her the 42nd identifiable LGBTQ player in the Women’s World Cup.

Who the “far right” is or which “pundits” noticed her kiss after rescuing the flag, Queerty author David Reddish doesn’t say. We’re just supposed to believe that they “watched the kiss” and infer that “far right” figures were outraged and now hate her.

Queerty tweeted the article out to Twitter in order to garner the outrage of its readers, but instead got slapped down by more or less everyone for its blatant attempt to create a narrative through dishonest and half-baked commentary.

At the time of this writing, Queerty is being ratio’d heartily with 4.5k in responses compared to its likes which currently sit at over 750.

And it’s right for this to happen. Narratives that say the right hates the LGBT community get created from little to nothing and are spread to the populace who, if they aren’t politically aware, tend to absorb the message and believe that the right truly has it out for gays and lesbians. While it’s impossible to deny that there are people out there who hate gays and lesbians, they make up a minuscule part of the population, and what’s more, they aren’t all on the right.

The problem doubles when they say it’s primarily trump who hates gays and lesbians. As Trump is the President, they believe that the United States in general is hostile to the LGBT community. The problem here is that Trump doesn’t hate the LGBT community. In fact, he’s technically the first President to embrace them from the get-go, and never had to “evolve” about it as Obama did.

The truth is that the vast majority of the right doesn’t care about O’Hara kissing her girlfriend. It’s not an issue. Whatever information the left is working off of to be able to claim the right is homophobic is outdated by years, and may have been overblown in the first place judging by how quickly left-leaning activists make every minor incident a moment of pure hatred and bigotry. You can ask Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Colorado about that.

But why use reasoning when you could easily create a boogie man out of the “far right” and get people to take sides out of outrage and get them to vote for your party?

 

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‘The Breakup’: A Never-Trumper Believes Their Romance With Democrats May Be Over

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An avowed Never-Trumper (NT), the Bulwark’s Sarah Longwell has written a piece entitled “The Breakup” which begins by telling us that their romance with Democrats may be coming to an end. After all, it was built upon a shaky foundation – that being “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

They’ve had disagreements before she admits, as they did over the Kavanaugh confirmation process, but they’d always been able to patch things up. This time it’s for real and “it’s playing out in front of everyone on social media.”

She cites a “condescending” op-ed from the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson:

Never-Trump Republicans and independents may be shocked to hear this, but the Democratic Party is likely to nominate a Democrat for president. That means they’re not going to nominate someone who thinks exactly like a Never-Trump Republican.

Break out the smelling salts. I think several refugees from the GOP, pontificating on Twitter and the nation’s leading op-ed pages, just fainted dead away.

Maybe, it’s just a “failure to communicate,” she says. “What Never Trumpers have been arguing, generally, isn’t that the Democrats should nominate someone who will make them (the Never Trumpers) happy, but that they should nominate someone who a majority of Americans in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, and Florida will be happy to vote for.”

Does such a candidate exist? What she is searching for is a moderate Democrat. Didn’t Eugene Robinson just tell her that’s not going to happen. None of the 2020 presidential candidates fit that description – not by a longshot.

Next, I suppose Longwell is telling us she’s willing to make some concessions: “Because if Never-Trump type Republicans want a candidate whose policies broadly align with their own preferences, they have one. His name is Donald J. Trump.”

What she is saying is that we’re happy with his results and if he weren’t so coarse or so common, we could vote for him. But we hate him so much because we are so moral that we can’t vote for him. She continues:

I would generally not prefer socialized medicine or intrusive government regulation. I would prefer a conservative-leaning Supreme Court. BUT, the larger costs and risks of Trump’s presidency vastly outweigh the real positive goods he has delivered to Republicans and conservatives.

There aren’t enough tax cuts and judges in the world to justify a president who stands on the stage with Vladimir Putin and sides against America’s intelligence community; who ignores, if not invites, foreign interference in our elections and normalizes unprecedented levels of corruption and incompetence; who abdicates moral leadership both at home and abroad; who lies and obstructs justice and then lies about obstructing justice.

As a result, we Never Trumpers, like Democrats, believe it would be better for the country if Trump were to lose the next election.

First, I find it hard to imagine that anyone would fault President Trump for siding against America’s intelligence community after the farce they have foisted upon the country. The intelligence community is responsible for the bogus Trump/Russia collusion story which has cast a shadow on Trump’s presidency for over two years. They are the problem.

As for corruption, please. The only corruption we’re seeing is from the non-elected, Obama-era government officials who could not abide a Trump presidency and tried everything in their power to bring him down.

Trump’s “abdication of moral leadership both at home and abroad?” Trump was not my first choice for the Republican nomination in 2016, nor even my second choice. But, I have been so pleased with his long list of accomplishments so far, his willingness to fight for America on trade and immigration issues and for his love of country that, in my eyes, he is right up there with Reagan.

I would ask Ms. Longwell to tell us how Trump has abdicated moral leadership at home and abroad. Specifically, is there a basis for this insult or is she simply parroting the left’s talking point.

“Donald Trump is unpopular compared to most first-term presidents.” Not especially. I looked up Obama’s poll numbers at the same point in his first term. According to Gallup’s Daily Tracking poll “from July 20-Oct. 19, 2011, Obama’s approval rating ranged narrowly between 38% and 43% for all but a few days of the quarter.”

“What we Never Trumpers can’t quite get our heads around strategically,” is why Democrats insist on nominating a candidate who supports such extreme positions including  “eliminating private health insurance, late-term abortions, the Green New Deal, open borders, and free health care for illegal immigrants.”

She wonders why Democrats can’t just tone it down a little (to suit the NTers). Do they really have to “push those policies out to the edges?” If Democrats would only compromise on the degree of their extremity, maybe they don’t have to break up. Longwell writes:

First, you don’t need 10 million more voters in California, New York, and Massachusetts. No one is going to eliminate the Electoral College between now and November 2020. In order to beat Trump, Democrats need average voters in Midwestern swing states to either vote for their nominee, or be willing to stay home.

Second, Democrats just picked up those swing voters in 2018! They know they can do it! All they had to do was run a slate of reasonably moderate candidates who campaigned on protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions and providing a constitutional check on Trump. These same Trump-skeptical independents and previously Republican-leaning voters in midwestern states who ran into the arms of the Democrats in the midterms are likely to pick the next president, too…

If you’re a Democrat, do you view the possibility of electing a more progressive president as worth the risk of reelecting Trump?

After pleading with Democrats to shift to the right in order to win the presidency,  she laments that NTers are “politically homeless today, roaming around Reagan 35X like a pack of hobos. All because we weren’t willing to trade a political agenda we more-or-less agreed with for a morally, intellectually, and temperamentally unfit president.”

Again, she just just can’t bring herself to put agenda before principles because of her moral compass. And once more I ask, why do you consider him unfit? She never answers that question. None of them ever do.

Yet, she’s willing to support a candidate who supports late term abortion, open borders, and free health care for illegal immigrants because her hatred for Trump is so great?

She appeals once again to the Democrats to shift – just a little – to the right because:

Ultimately Never Trumpers and Democrats want the same thing. And like staying together for the kids, we should stay together for the country. We can fight over marginal tax rates later, after America has restored its basic political norms and no one has to wonder about what the commander-in-chief will do should he lose his reelection.”

Still unable separate her obsessive hatred for the President from the conservative views she has believed throughout her life, she falls back into the arms of the Democrats. They’ll change. It will be different this time.

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Mike Flynn’s Plea Deal Is Up For Grabs After Major Case Goes Chernobyl On Federal Prosecutors

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National Security Adviser-designate Michael Flynn arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, for the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Yesterday was a day of drama in the prosecution of former Mike Flynn business partner, Bijan Rafiekian, for a chickensh** violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. I posted on the decision by Flynn’s counsel, Sidney Powell, to tell the court that Flynn could not truthfully testify the way Justice wanted because Justice wanted him to lie. Justice, for its part, attempted to, without evidence, change Flynn’s status from cooperating witness to unindicted co-conspirator so they could still use the testimony he’s  now saying is untrue without having to call Flynn as a witness.

What followed was a series of decisions by the trial judge that calls into question the ability of the federal government to pursue its case and left a great deal of questions about whether Flynn had breached his plea agreement and even the value of the agreement itself.

Phase One. The Feds get their ass handed to them.

The court ruled that Flynn could not be a co-conspirator because there was no claim that a conspiracy exists:

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Part of that may be because when federal prosecutors said they were using Flynn, they also told the court that there was no conspiracy:

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There will also be no conspiracy charges made against Rafiekian:

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The court also said the government can’t argue that the contract at the center of the case was paid for by the Turkish government because there is no evidence that is the case.

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There is a decision outstanding on whether the government can even use  some of the information from partnership attorneys that Flynn provided to the government because Rafiekian shared the costs of the attorneys and it may violate his attorney-client privilege.

On the whole, this was ugly. Flynn will not be called by the government. There will be no conspiracy allegations. The government can’t argue as a fact that the contract was on behalf of the Turkish government, only that someone told Rafiekian that it was. That, alone, seems to torpedo the FARA charge. Some of the evidence the government is planning on using may be illegal.It is hard to see how this is even prosecutable unless your objective is to make the expense of the trial punishment for a guy you know you can’t convict.

Phase Two. Is Mike Flynn in deep do-do?

It is hard to tell.

There is a hearing today on this subject before Judge Emmett Sullivan who famously accused Flynn of treason in  a previous hearing.

While he’s probably interested in Flynn’s more nuanced approach to the guilty plea that has evolved with change of counsel:

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He is also going to be interested in how Mueller’s team protrayed Flynn’s involvment to the court and how the prosecutors in the Rafiekian case have described it.

Neither government nor Flynn is in for a pleasant day. Sullivan is not a government toady, like a lot of judges. He also doesn’t like to be f***ed with. Flynn, at least, can hide behind his counsel’s claim that previous counsel screwed the pooch in their plea negotiations. I’m not sure what the government plans on using as an excuse.

(h/t to the great work by TechnoFog and Margo Cleveland)
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