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The Bulwark Conserves Conservatism By Criticizing Dan Crenshaw and White Knighting for AOC

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., makes an objection to a Republican argument as the House Oversight and Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

So much conserving of conservatism. Where would we be without these people?

Bill Kristol’s outfit over at the The Bulwark is doing what it always does. Going after real Republicans while claiming to hold the mantle as the only true conservatives left.

Today’s target was Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a rising star within the GOP, war veteran, and committed conservative voice. If you missed it, he and AOC got into a rather stupid exchange (on her part) in which she suggested that he shouldn’t let his friends borrow firearms because they “have likely” abused their spouses.

It went on like that for a few more tweets with AOC doing her typical mean girls snark while not actually making a salient point.

While the media will no doubt take her side, you’d expect “conservative” media to recognize the vapidness of AOC’s argument and push back on it. Instead, The Bulwark ran with this hot take.

There are a number of problems with this scenario Crenshaw lays out. The first is giving a loaded weapon to somebody who may not be trained to or capable of wielding it. The second is knowing what the laws are. Giving a firearm to a stranger or acquaintance is a bad idea, no matter how noble the intent. Firearm makers and dealers enjoy some protection from civil liability because it makes sense; individuals don’t have federal protection, civil or criminal. And then there are the many issues involved with crossing state lines and different laws in different jurisdictions.

If I may generalize about Texas for a second, about 35 percent of people there are estimated to own firearms. Non-gun-owning Texans are probably more likely to have experience with guns than, say, a writer from Brooklyn. That does not make lending them a handgun for travel a good idea. Even if it is legal. (And, especially if you’re a member of Congress.)

If you know anything about The Bulwark, you can probably guess this is an article by Jim Swift.

Does he think Crenshaw is just going to hand his gun to random people? When I was a teenager, I used to borrow an uncle’s rifle to hunt with. He knew I was properly trained, having taken a hunter’s safety course and fulfilled the state’s requirements. There were never any issues and because I didn’t have a deer lease of my own, I only went a few times a year. It was simply easier to borrow the gun.

In self-defense situations, perhaps it is less common to loan a firearm. But that makes it no less worthy of a right to maintain. If I choose to give my gun to a family member while I’m at work, that’s my choice. As long as they are legal and capable, it’s really none of Jim Swift’s business. Crenshaw also does bring up the hunting example as well, which is probably the more frequent occurrence.

To be fair, the article does point out that AOC’s response is in bad faith, but the overarching issue here is greater than just this Twitter exchange.

Conservatives need allies they can trust on gun control. They don’t need a conservative “intellectual” class that is so in love with their own voice that they will talk their way out of their 2nd Amendment rights just to appear above the fray to the beltway. Whether Crenshaw’s example of self-defense is widespread or not is beside the point and not something that should earn him a snarky rebuttal. Does the right Crenshaw asserts exist or not? Swift doesn’t answer that question because of course he doesn’t. Better to snipe from the sidelines.

Swift ends with this typical line.

But these are all hypotheticals. And neither Crenshaw nor AOC are really adding much to the debate. Such is 2019.

This “let me make a false equivalency and criticize both sides to appear smart and fair” act is growing old from some of the supposed right. Take a stand already. Do you support the 2nd Amendment or not? Whether you do or don’t, at least lay out your position so we can judge how conservative it actually is. That’s asking a lot though. Conservatism has simply been a means to gain power for a lot of these people. It just so happens that a lot of them now write for The Bulwark.

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In Court Filing Jussie Smollett Declares Chicago Police are to Blame for Time Spent Investigating His Hoax

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In a pretrial court filing Smollett’s lawyers put the responsibility on Chicago PD for the time spent on his claim

You are almost tempted to say, “How does he have the gall to say that?!”, but in the saga of Windy City entertainer Jussie Smollett it is a mere continuation of the brash defiance to the truth he has exhibited this year. Smollett is currently facing a court case filed by the Chicago Police Department for compensation over time and resources wasted chasing down the fabricated aggressors.

The Chicago PD is seeking $130,000 in payments for police overtime, and related expenses, while looking into the claim that the singer/actor had been assaulted in a hate-crime occurring in the predawn hours in late January. After numerous weeks looking into the matter, which became an international news story, the CPD ultimately charged Smollett with perpetrating a hoax.

Lawyers for Smollett have both denied that the attack was wholly fabricated by their client, and have gone on to say that ultimately responsibility for the extensive investigation falls on the Department. They make this brazen claim, despite the fact that Smollett was the one who built this claim into a national news story. He freely pushed his myth to the press, and even at the stage that most deduced he had created the “attack” out of whole cloth he went on Good Morning America and gave bold testimony that all of it was true.

We contend the city is wrong,” says Smollet’s counsel, regarding the accusation the CPD would expend roughly 2,000 hours investigating his story. “The mere fact somebody filed a police report doesn’t presume the investigation will be done, and certainly not to the extent of what the city is claiming. Smollett has no control over that.”

This would be the time to recall the racial firestorm that flared up following the initial news of the alleged attack. News reports, social figures, and even a number of Democrat Presidential candidates all jumped instantly into the discussion to declare this a hate-crime in need of justice. Smollett perpetuated this, and he fanned the conflagration. He certainly provoked the lengthy and thorough investigation. In fact, try to imagine had the police pulled back and not given all resources to find the attackers; the cries of racism would have gone up in volume.

More hilariously oblivious claims arrived in the reasons Smollett’s lawyers gave to dismiss the federal suit. Kim Foxx, the State Attorney who made herself a lightning rod by inserting herself into the case, became a controversy herself when she abruptly sealed the entire case records, seemingly on Smollett’s behalf. That move was ultimately overturned. Now Smollett’s lawyers are relying on Foxx’s name as cause to have the case tossed.

Foxx ultimately dropped the case entirely, something held up as proof of…something. “It’s going to be very difficult,” reads the motion, “for the city to prevail in making a case my client should pay for overtime for a case ultimately dismissed by the state’s attorney.”

Invoking Foxx’s name is not the way to build a stronger case. Nor is blaming the Police for undertaking an extensive investigation.

The filing of a police report, in and of itself, does not necessitate a sprawling investigation nor does it, as a practical matter, usually result in an investigation as extensive as the one the CPD chose to undertake in this case,” the motion reads. This is an attempt to pretend there was not a rabid national news cycle surrounding the story. It also wants the court to ignore Smollett himself doing everything to perpetuate that the attack took place.

The City has failed to allege,” writes his lawyers, “that Mr. Smollett was similarly ‘well aware’ that his statements to police would result in 1,836 hours of police overtime, or any other reasons why he should have known this would have been the case.”

Maybe they do not need to “allege” something that most of the public knows — that is that Smollett fabricated the racist/homophobic attack. The case is scheduled next month for a judge’s decision on whether it should move to trial.

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Obama Counsel Greg Craig Found Not Guilty of Lying to the DOJ

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Put this down for the least shocking thing of the day.

Former Barack Obama general counsel Greg Craig has been found not guilty by a Washington D.C. jury after he was accused of misleading the DOJ about his foreign lobbying activities. Craig was the only Democrat pursued by Robert Mueller, who would eventually hand the case off leading to prosecution.

This via Law.com.

The verdict from a jury of nine men and three women came after nearly five hours of deliberations and capped off a three-week trial that gripped the legal community and K Street lobbying groups. The trial served as an early test of the Justice Department’s stepped up enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a decades-old law requiring the disclosure of lobbying, public relations work and other influence efforts for overseas powers. Craig was not charged with failing to register under that law, commonly known as FARA.

Well, K Street can breathe easy. It seems things are back to the status quo now that Trump associates aren’t in the cross hairs. Why didn’t Mueller and the DOJ squeeze him to garner a guilty verdict as he did others, instead going incredibly easy on, not even charging him under FARA? I’ll let you speculate on that yourself.

What Craig did was fairly clear. We know he was working for the Ukrainian government and we know he didn’t register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. It’s the exact same thing Paul Manafort was nailed for (although he had other charges on top of the FARA violations). Instead of just admitting it, Craig covered up his role in preparing the report for the Ukrainians, thereby avoiding disclosure of the $4 million paid to his law firm.

The trial reexamined a legal project Craig led for the Russia-aligned government of Ukraine in 2012, when he was a prominent partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Craig was retained by the Ukrainian government to conduct a purportedly independent review of  the widely criticized prosecution of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a political rival of the country’s president at the time, Viktor Yanukovych.

In January, months after Craig retired under a cloud of legal scrutiny, Skadden agreed to pay $4.6 million as part of a settlement with the Justice Department resolving claims that the firm failed to register under FARA.

Craig, 74, was accused of concealing the extent of his role in the public release of the Tymoshenko report when the Justice Department inquired about whether he needed to register as a foreign agent. Prosecutors argued that, by avoiding FARA’s disclosure requirements, Craig was able to conceal the fact that the Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk had paid Skadden more than $4 million to prepare the Tymoshenko report.

As I said though, none of this is surprising. This is why all the talk of charging Comey or McCabe does nothing to excite me. You will never secure a conviction in Washington D.C. or New York in cases that involve such highly political figures with sympathies on the left. These people are unofficially above the law and they know it. You can expect the same, corrupt lobbying activities to continue. Well, unless you are connected to Donald Trump, then you better watch your back at all times.

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Perpetually Ungrateful Kuwait – Continues to Screw Our Company and Its Executive

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The Only Reason This Kuwaiti Flag
Isn’t an Iraqi Flag – Is US

 

Most of the world is neither a friendly nor appreciative place.

No matter what we in the United States do to help the rest of the planet – no matter how much for how many countries – we only continue to be hated and reviled.

A lot of it is not our fault.  Because human nature.

Life is high school on steroids.

Most people in high school really didn’t like the varsity quarterback.  He was athletic.  And popular.  And dated multiple cheerleaders.  Most of the rest of the student body resented him much more than even those who liked him – liked him.

The United States – is the world’s high school quarterback.  Our economic and military prowess – is going to be resented.

The rest of it – is our fault.  Because human nature.

We do insist on sticking our enormous proboscis into all sorts of things and places – where neither it nor we belong.

We have a particular affection for armed invasions – for all the (publicly asserted) right reasons, of course.

We are now almost two decades into Afghanistan.  Which started righteously – we were attacked on 9/11/2001 by Islamist freaks based out of there.

But what should have been at most a six-month endeavor – has dragged on and on and….  With no end in sight.

The things we were told prevented us from leaving in Year Three and Year Eight, and Year Twelve, and… – are exactly the same things we are told prevent us from leaving now.  With no end in sight.

A sad, horrible, horrendous waste of blood, time and treasure – by any rational measure.

One of the many follies this Afghani folly’s proponents have incessantly put forward – since even before we invaded – is that our efforts would “win the hearts and minds of the Afghans.”

Ummm…they still have not.

Green on Blue Attacks:

“‘Green on blue attacks’ is the name given to a growing series of incidents where seemingly rogue Afghan security forces turn their guns on their NATO counterparts.”

Protestors Burn U.S. Flag in Pakistan and Afghanistan

In fact, we never will “win the hearts and minds.”  In Afghanistan – or anywhere else on Earth.  Most especially under arms.

As French politician Maximillian Robespierre knew:

“The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies.”

Even when we do do a country a real solid – in exactly the right way – it doesn’t help or matter.

In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait.  The United States led a 35-nation coalition that rapidly expelled Iraq.  After which we all got the heck out – and returned Kuwait to the Kuwaitis.

So we’re Kuwait’s eternal heroes, right?  They love US forever, yes?

Not so much:

“Kuwait votes against the United States 67% of the time (at the United Nations).”

Which brings us to today.

Much of Kuwait’s economy – is business centered on and around raising oil from beneath their feet and selling it.  A lot of help in so doing – comes from US.

One such US company – is KGL Investment Company:

“A Kuwaiti investment fund is calling on the Kuwaiti government to clarify its position over close to $500 million of the fund’s assets which are currently stuck in a Dubai bank, after growing concerned about possible efforts by some Kuwaiti individuals to seize the money.”

Kuwait and Dubai have frozen KGLs half a billion dollars – and then some:

“This is just one part of a wider dispute which includes allegations of corruption and embezzlement involving Russian businesswoman Marsha Lazareva, managing director of KGL Investment (KGLI), which sponsored The Port Fund.

“Lazareva was handed a 10-year jail sentence by a court in Kuwait in May. Her lawyers, Washington D.C.-based law firm Crowell & Moring, say she was subjected to a ‘show trial’ and have started proceedings to set up an international tribunal to examine the case.”

So Lazareva and her four-year-old son were held captive in Kuwait until she was released on bail.  On a ridiculous conviction and facing ridiculous fines.

A great and growing group of people are calling for action – including from the Donald Trump Administration:

Lawmakers From Both Parties Request Action from Treasury to Help Businesswoman Stuck in Kuwait

Both inside and outside government – and the US:

“Among those advocating for Lazareva’s release are Neil Bush, the son of the late President George H.W. Bush, Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, Jim Nicholson, former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, former U.S. Representative Ed Royce, Sergey Lavrov, foreign minister of Russia, British Barrister Lord Carlile and members of UK Parliament….”

Why all this Kuwaiti nonsense?  Besides innate ungratefulness?  Kuwaiti cronyism:

“Behold Agility Logistics.  A Kuwaiti company – with close ties to the Kuwaiti government.

“Agility’s CEO, Essa Anwar Al-Saleh – is a former Chairman of Kuwait’s Gulf Bank.  So he exercised significant power over Kuwaiti commerce and finance.

“And it appears Al-Saleh still does.  Agility is a KGL competitor – with the home nation advantage.  The Kuwaiti government appears to be (holding the Lazarevas and) freezing KGLs coin – to benefit Agility.”

In fact

“Agility, a Kuwait-based multi-billion dollar logistics company spawned by the U.S. invasion of Iraq….”

…we made Agility’s very existence possible.

Yet again – no appreciation.  Only antagonism.

Oh: Agility has a long history of screwing its clients.  Including US:

“The Defense Logistics Agency suspended Agility, which specializes in logistics, in November 2009 after its parent company Public Warehousing Company K.S.C. was indicted in Atlanta on $6 billion in fraud charges stemming from food services contracts for troops in Iraq, Kuwait and the Middle East region.”

Defense Contractor Resolves Criminal, Civil and Administrative Liability Related to Food Contracts:

“Agility Pays $95 Million and Gives Up $249 Million in Claims to (the US) DOD.”

So you have an ungrateful Kuwait – screwing a US company and its executive and thumbing its nose at US.

So as to benefit its crony, corrupt in-house company – that has already, repeatedly screwed US.

This cacophony of nonsense has dragged on, and on, and….

It is high time we bring it to an end.

Ingrate Kuwait has already held the advantage for far too long.

Please note: This piece has been updated.  We wrote Mrs. Lazareva and her son are being held captive in Kuwait.  They were – until she was finally released on bail.  Please forgive the error.

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A Guide for Providing Donations for Bahamian Hurricane Relief

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It is not hyperbolic to say the island nation was ravaged by hurricane Dorian, and here is how to help.

For much of the past week we here in Florida have been under an anxious cloud with a Category-5 Hurricane Dorian literally stationed just off of our coast. As we have been spared there has been a sinking feeling in watching the storm reports as the second-strongest hurricane to ever appear in the Atlantic made a direct hit on the Bahamas and practically stopped directly atop the small island nation.

This has been a storm that has stymied hurricane experts almost from its formation and it has behaved in ways few predicted. Case in point, on August 26 prognostications had this storm dissipating through the western Caribbean and reaching Florida as a tropical depression that would make for a wet weekend. Within two days Dorian was a Cat-3 hurricane with winds over 100 miles greater than predicted.

It is with amazement that most of this state has been spared from the effects of Dorian, but on the opposite side of the spectrum the Bahamas have possibly become transformed. Neighborhoods have been rendered, many are still missing, and recovery is going to be a lengthy process as the main islands absorbed 185 miles per hour winds for a lengthy stay of a slow-moving tempest. The heartbreak on the islands can be felt already.

There was no buffer for this nation as it was hit, with the country having merely a ten-foot elevation above sea level. The fact that Nassau is situated only 70 miles from my coastline and we experienced barely noticeable weather, while this beast savaged Grand Bahama and the northern islands, is a palpable paradox for us here. These are people in need of serious assistance and there are a number of relief charities that will be working directly on those islands. Please consider helping any of these verified groups to which you can donate in the hope of lending recovery.

HEAD KNOWLES
This is a Bahamian relief group based on the islands with complete transparency of its funding. It has worked to aid the nation following storms such as Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. This organization channels donations directly to aid efforts, and it offers complete reporting of funds.

Direct Donation: GoFundMe Page

HOPE FORCE INTERNATIONAL
HFI is another aid organization with experience in working in the Bahamas following prior hurricane events. They gather relief supplies and work directly with local agencies to direct the aid, goods, and services on the ground in the islands.

HFI Direct:  Bahamian Donation Page

LONG ISLAND BAHAMAS PAY IT FORWARD
Jacksonville-based travel writer Angie Orth recommends this relief outfit, operated by those on Long Island who were affected by Hurricane Juaquin. They are accepting both cash donations as well as being able to purchase relief goods through Amazon that will be shipped directly to the ravaged areas.

Direct Donation: GoFundMe Page

Amazon: Wishlist Items

LEND A HAND – BAHAMAS
A non-profit outfit registered in the U.S. collecting goods to be delivered into affected areas as directed by island partnering organizations.

LAH Direct: Bahamian Donation Page

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The Comey IG Report Takes Down Another Collusion Myth

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As we found out last week, the DOJ Inspector General released a stand alone report on the actions of disgraced FBI Director James Comey. This dealt with his mishandling of classified information and involved a criminal referral, which the DOJ decided not to pursue because that’s Washington D.C. for you.

Regardless, what the report did was paint a damning picture of Comey’s behavior, from illegal possession of classified material, to how he was using the bureau to chase after his own, mindless conspiracy theories. Through the report, we learned that the now infamous briefing with Trump about the Steele Dossier was actually a setup in hopes the President would incriminate himself.

Perhaps Trump would say something incriminating. The FBI officials made plans for Comey, immediately after leaving the meeting, to write down everything he could remember about whatever Trump said. Comey also wanted to discuss Trump’s reactions with top aides immediately. Comey told the inspector general it was “important for FBI executive managers to be ‘able to share in [Comey’s] recall of the salient details of those conversations.’” Bureau officials also wanted to be able to respond if Trump publicly “misrepresent[ed] what happened in the encounter.”

So, preparations were made. “Comey said he had a secure FBI laptop waiting for him in his FBI vehicle and that when he got into the vehicle, he was handed the laptop and ‘began typing as the vehicle moved,’” the report says. He worked on his account as the FBI car took him to the New York field office, where aides had set up a secure video teleconference with Rybicki, McCabe, Baker, and the “Crossfire Hurricane” supervisors. Comey continued to work on his memo after that and sent the group a final version the next day, Saturday, Jan. 7.

While the IG report exposed ridiculous, partisan behavior like the above, it also killed yet another collusion myth. Recall one of the most talked about pieces of evidence against Trump, supposedly showing he wanted to squash the Russia investigation and was willing to obstruct justice to do so.

I’m talking about the now infamous conversation between Trump and James Comey over Michael Flynn’s phone call with the Russian ambassador.

This via Julie Kelly at American Greatness.

“He misled the Vice President but he didn’t do anything wrong in the call,” Comey claimed Trump said to him. “[Trump] said, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”

According to Russian collusion truthers, those alleged comments form the most convincing evidence that Team Trump not only conspired with the Russians and tried to cover it up, but that the president broke the law by asking his FBI director to halt an investigation into one of his top advisors.

If you’ve never seen that first line reported, you aren’t alone. It’s been omitted in nearly every mainstream media screed on this incident. What it shows is that Trump had absolutely no intent to hamper a real criminal investigation. In fact, he rightly pointed out that Flynn had done nothing wrong, something the FBI themselves would conclude in short order. There was nothing illegal about Flynn talking to the Russian ambassador about sanctions during the transition. It’s exactly the kind of conversation you’d expect an incoming administration to have.

But the media went wild. Trump had obstructed justice and Flynn had violated the Logan Act (which the media would eventually decide doesn’t matter the moment John Kerry blatantly violated it). Further, Trump’s actions showed that he was colluding with the Russians because he didn’t want his campaign investigated.

But if the generally accepted interpretation of the Flynn memo—that Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI’s investigation into Flynn for being in cahoots with the Russians—is true, it indeed contained what undoubtedly is classified information. According to federal guidelines, government material meets the classification threshold if it pertains to “foreign government information” and/or “intelligence activities (including covert action), intelligence sources or methods.”

Comey and the president would have been discussing a counterintelligence probe which by its very definition deals with threats from foreign governments. It would have pertained to information derived from an intercepted phone call with an agent of a foreign power. It would have disclosed law enforcement activity to uncover how a global foe disrupted a U.S. presidential election with the aid of traitorous American citizens.

But here is why the FBI didn’t mark the Flynn memo as classified: Trump wasn’t talking about the Russia investigation—and the corrupt chiefs at the FBI who analyzed the Flynn memo knew it.

I’ll take it a step further. Comey purposely didn’t mark it as classified because 1) he knew Trump wasn’t talking about the Russia investigation but also 2) he wanted to be able to leak it without legal repercussions. Both are corrupt.

In fact, in Comey’s memo, he admits Trump was talking specifically about Flynn and not a broader investigation into his associates.

Still, the media ran with the untrue assertion that Trump was wanting to shut everything down.

The resulting article, however, did not report that Trump asked Comey to drop an FBI inquiry into Flynn’s false statements. The Timesstory published May 16, “Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End the Flynn Investigation,” rocked the political world. Reporter Michael Schmidt wrote that “the documentation of Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Trump’s associates and Russia.”

News outlets piled on the bogus storyline: “[Comey] should come back to the Congress and share with us what he knows in terms of the president’s conversations with him on any of the Russian investigations,” Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told the Washington Post.

The next day, Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate so-called collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians to influence the 2016 election.

In other words, the special counsel was appointed on the false premise that Trump was attempting to obstruct the Russia investigation. In reality he didn’t even know it existed because the FBI were inconceivably hiding it from him. They wouldn’t admit to him that his campaign was under investigation until March of 2017, a month later.

We would spend the next 2 years arguing about something that didn’t even happen but would reach mythical proportions on the left and within mainstream media circles. Outlets like The New York Times would structure their entire newsrooms just to print negative story after negative story, almost always based on anonymous sources that would turn out to be wrong.

None of this had to happen. But it did because of corrupt officials in our government and a more than eager media ready to do their bidding. Now that things have cooled off, it’s easy to forget just how insane things got before Mueller’s public testimony poured cold water on everything. The fever pitch, the slander, the destroyed lives. All of it still matters and it’s about time the DOJ takes action to secure justice.

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Amazon’s Once Hard-Wired $10 Billion Crony Pentagon Deal – Keeps Fraying

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We less government types are perpetually chagrined by the very many failings of government.

We want government to do so very little – per the Constitution.  Yet government does so very much – in defiance of the Constitution.

We would like government to do things well.  But we know human nature renders that nigh impossible.

For oh-so-many-reasons – including, especially, our Wallet Rule:

If you go out on a Friday night with your wallet, and you go out the following Friday night with my wallet – on which Friday night are you going to have more fun?

Obviously, you’re going to have a whole lot more fun with my wallet – because you don’t care what my wallet looks like at the end of the evening.

Well, government is always on other peoples’ wallets – ours.  In gambling parlance – they’re playing with house money.

Government will thus never spend money as wisely or well as the people who earned it – from whom government takes it.

Our Wallet Rule explains oh-so-much of they very many wrongs committed by government.

Especially cronyism.

Why would government engage in best practices – and do business with the best private providers offering the best performances at the best prices?

When they can instead do business with the private providers – who best bribe them?

After all, the major money wasted isn’t theirs – it’s ours.  So it’s no skin off of their noses – it’s our proboscises being peeled.

Throughout our nation’s history of ever-expanding government, the one regular exception to our ongoing, rolling, massive disappointment – is the military.

First: Because national defense is one of the few things the federal government is actually supposed to do – per the Constitution.

The Founding Fathers were pretty bright individuals.  Two-hundred-and-forty-plus years later – we have time and again found:

The further government strays from the Constitution – the worse it does and things get.  The closer government hews to the Constitution – the better it does and things get.

Second: Unlike…well, just about the entire rest of the government, the Defense Department (DoD) is not entirely populated by cubicle-d, lifeless, bureaucrat lifers given exorbitant salaries  and benefit packages – for doing nothing but harm to We the People.

The core and the face of the DoD – are the incredible, incredibly brave men and women in uniform.  Who VOLUNTEER to put their lives on the line for almost no money – in defense of We the People.

Most of the rest of government – is seriously unserious.

The DoD – is engaged in deadly serious business.

Because of this, cronyism is less likely to arise in the DoD.

Because of this, when it does it is orders-of-magnitude more dangerous – and orders-of-magnitude more important that we ensure it never actually comes to pass.

The Barack Obama Administration loved cronyism – any and everywhere it could get it.  And most unfortunately, it tried to set the all-time record for the biggest crony deal ever – with the DoD.

Uber-Crony Amazon – Is About to Get the Biggest Crony Deal in DC’s Awful History

Amazon Web Services (AWS) – the cloud computing wing of the massive Amazon (Market Cap: $891 billion) empire – was in Spring 2018 about to be handed a $10 billion, sole-source contract to provide ALL the cloud backup for the entirety of the DoD.

The government contract process – began as a search for multiple providers.  Because having only one – is titanically stupid.

But then the cronyism kicked in.

The Obama Administration created a new wing of the DoD – to oversee the contracting process for tech.  And hired as its head – a man by the name of Deap Ubhi.  Who was at the time working for…Amazon Web Services.

Can you guess what happened next?

The cloud contract suddenly transmogrified from multi-source – to sole source.  And the contractor description was rewritten – so that only Amazon met the specifications.

By then, the Donald Trump Administration had succeeded the Obama Administration (thank God).  So in Spring 2018 when it was announced that Amazon was on the verge of the largest crony deal in history – red flags flew and sirens wailed.

What was supposed to then be a two-to-three month process of bringing the cronyism in for a landing – became a quintessential “Drain the Swamp” moment.

Not just because there was a new sheriff in town.  Not just because the cronyism was historically huge.

But because awarding Amazon the sole backup for the entire DoD – would put our men and women in uniform in deadly serious jeopardy.

Because when Amazon goes offline – and every online company does…routinely – the entire DoD would go offline.

And then military personnel in dangerous places – counting on Amazon-backed-up data to get out – would be left deaf, dumb and blind.  And very prospectively – dead.

It is now September 2019.  The cloud contract remains – un-awarded.  Though it is still sole-source.

And beyond all sense and sensibility – Amazon remains in the running.  They should have already cheated their way out consideration.  And Microsoft – and only Microsoft – has been added as a contender.

Just last month, then-newly-sworn-in Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered a review of the contract process.

Swamp Creatures who spent more than a year defending the cronyism – have now done a 180 and are complaining the process has taken too long…and demanding that Amazon get its cronyism already.

With no self-awareness or sense of irony – the Swamp Creatures are doing so in the name of resisting political pressure.

As if the massive Amazon cronyism that got us to this point – wasn’t the very definition of political pressure applied.

And with no self-awareness or sense of irony – the Swamp Creatures are saying the delay is putting our military men and women in harms way.

No, Swamp Creatures.  Consigning the entire DoD to Amazon and only Amazon – is what will exponentially increase the danger for our military men and women.

They have two parachutes when they jump out of airplanes.  They should have more than one cloud backup upon which to rely.

Here’s hoping Secretary Esper’s review – ends entirely the existing, utterly corrupt DOD cloud contracting process.  And we begin anew – cronyism…and Amazon…free.

Measure twice – cut once” – is almost never government standard operating procedure.  But it should be.

Most especially when its life-or-death – as this eminently is.

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Boston Police Union Rips ‘Squad’ Member Ayanna Pressley For Her Support of Violent Antifa Activists

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is in hot water with the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association after she tweeted out a show of support for the Antifa thugs who were arrested on charges of violence against police officers at Saturday’s “Straight Pride” parade in Boston.

The Boston Herald reports:

The union sent Pressley a letter to “strongly protest” her support for people arrested for protesting the parade.

“My members have informed me that the individuals who were arrested Saturday were not peaceful protesters but were committing crimes of assault against Boston Police Officers,” the letter obtained by the Herald reads. “In fact at least four officers were injured by the actions of some protesters. The officers were screamed at, abused and fought by these so-called peaceful protesters.”

The letter adds, “Your actions in support of these individuals serves only to encourage criminal and disruptive behaviors such as those suffered by my members this weekend. This attitude also contributes to the growing we/they attitude against police officers in this country.”

An online fundraiser initiated by the Lucy Parsons Center, a Jamaica Plain anarchist bookstore, has raised more than $24,000 from 698 people for the legal costs of the 36 people arrested at the Straight Pride Parade. Pressley, who represents much of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, retweeted a link to the fund on Monday.

She later said, “I don’t think they should have been arrested, and that’s why I’ve been promoting a bail fund to support them. … They were protesting a racist, fascist, demonstration.”

Here’s the tweet Pressley sent out encouraging people to support the bail fund for the arrested Antifa agitators:

Per the Herald, several of those arrested have already appeared in court:

The 36 people arrested at the controversial parade on Saturday began appearing in court Tuesday. Nine are accused of assaulting police, injuring four officers. Those defendants and others were variously charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Independent journalist Andy Ngo tweeted out the arrest log, which shows what charges were filed:

Pressley is pushing back on the Boston police not by denying she supports the Antifa activists, but by insinuating the police might have asked for it:

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who boosted a protester bail fund over the weekend, called for an “independent investigation” into what happened between Boston Police and protesters at the Straight Pride Parade — which devolved into chaos and led to dozens of arrests.

Pressley, speaking in Roxbury Tuesday, also pushed for more police body cameras to show what happens in future incidents.

“A lot of the reason we don’t have a picture of what transpired is because there’s no documenting,” Pressley said, saying she believes body cameras would show if police used de-escalation techniques, and if people were provoked.

“The footage I have seen only leaves me with more questions,” Pressley said.

In response to the letter, Pressley also stated she does not approve of the use of violence and supports people’s right to protest.

She says that, but her actions speak louder than her words.

What she’s done here is two-fold: In responding to the letter, she hinted she believes officers may have “provoked” the attacks that allegedly happened (and in essence suggesting that the violent responses from Antifa were justified). And by posting the tweet, she’s more or less said that regardless of what the charges are and whether or not they hold up in a court of law, she stands behind Antifa against the “#LGBT hate march”, although it’s not clear what specific “hate” she’s referring to (to my knowledge, none of the straight pride marchers were arrested).

Though people disagree on whether or not marches like Straight Pride marches are a good idea, what is not disputable outside of the fever swamps of the activist left is the fact that Antifa is a violent movement. It has an established history of violence, and their violence is not solely visited upon white supremacists and racists but instead anyone who they decide deserves it on any given day (usually people who have the audacity to agree with Antifa and the far left).

In addition to committing violence against those who disagree, Antifa thugs are also proponents of private property destruction.

Ayanna Pressley isn’t stupid. She knows this. But she, like Squad leader Rep. AOC, has chosen to throw her lot behind these thugs because narratives and what not.

Read the full letter the BPPA sent to Pressley here.

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The Washington Post Just Straight Up Lies About a Trump Quote, Then Doubles Down

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But do tell me more about how we should trust our moral, unbiased betters in the mainstream media.

Yesterday, Donald Trump was asked if he had a message for Poland on the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion. Part of the answer he gave is that he wanted to “congratulate” Poland and this led to the snark being unleashed at The Washington Post, because they are really smart and stuff.

President Trump is known to make the odd comment here and there about foreign nations, often because he doesn’t seem particularly versed in what’s happening in them. But even by his standards, this was quite a weekend.

Trump was asked Sunday about the trip to Poland he canceled to monitor Hurricane Dorian. Asked if he had a message for that country, which was commemorating the anniversary of the start of World War II, Trump decided to … congratulate it?

So did this really happen? Did Donald Trump actually congratulate the Polish on being invaded by the Nazis as the headline and lead in state?

In a word, no, no he didn’t. Here’s the full quote with the full context, which is actually in the Post article, yet their editors still thought framing it the way they did was a honest portrayal.

I do have a great message for Poland. And we have Mike Pence, our vice president, is just about landing right now. And he is representing me. I look forward to being there soon.

But I just want to congratulate Poland. It’s a great country with great people. We also have many Polish people in our country; it could be 8 million. We love our Polish friends. And I will be there soon.

He was congratulating them on being a “great country with great people.” That’s the very next line, so there is no confusion about what he was saying.

You see, great countries with great people often have a tendency to survive incredibly trying situations and oppressive horrors. The Polish people did that, from the Nazis to the Soviet occupation. This shouldn’t be difficult to understand, but the Post’s Aaron Blake (who fancies himself as a “fact-checker” of sorts) is either too much of a hack or too intellectually vapid to give an honest account here. Nowhere does the President congratulate them on being invaded or even suggest such. It’s not just an uncharitable reading of his comments, it’s so ludicrous as to show immense bias by any reporter who would present it as such.

Given the actual context, what’s the Post do? Why, they double down of course and up the snark to eleven.

Man, they are just so smart and so knowledgeable, aren’t they? I’m glad we have them here to set us straight. Also, want to know where the Post first got this story from?

I actually saw the original tweet by Rupar before the Post ran with it. Even then, it was obvious Trump hadn’t said what he was being accused of. Rupar’s entire shtick is to selectively edit clips of Trump and present them as accurate translations so he can snark and scoff. Amazingly, the media don’t go after him for it despite the fact I’ve been assured selectively edited videos are harmful. I guess that treatment is reserved for fork lift drivers in New York who make meme videos.

These outlets are just pure garbage at this point, only worthy of mention to critique and ridicule.

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Sen. Chris Murphy Butchers the 2nd Amendment, Gets Fact-Checked Hard

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In the wake of another mass shooting last week, we’ve once again seen a push to curtail the right of Americans to own firearms. The most common utterances are calling for the banning of “assault weapons” and for universal background checks. Both are terrible ideas, based mostly on emotional appeals that would do nothing to actually stop gun crime.

Enter Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who’s become one of the more annoying Democrats in the Senate. He decided to give an “explainer” on the 2nd amendment in a reply to Ted Cruz, who had previously laid out the case for why it exists and what it protects.

This is moronic and we are only two tweets in. The Bill of Rights are individual rights by their very definition. All of them, no exceptions. None of them are posited to only apply to certain groups of people. That’s antithetical to their very purpose for being written.

Secondly, militias are simply normal people who own personal firearms joining together of their own choice. Part of what the 2nd Amendment is protecting is the right for individual gun owners to gather, form militias, and remain well regulated (trained). They feared a federal government that would not allow such congregation, thereby negating the ability of the people to defend themselves from tyranny. The idea that personal defense is not included in that is ludicrous, as it’s the first step to even being able to form a militia. People without guns for self defense can’t then go form militias because they’d have no weapons. This is grade school level stuff and Sen. Murphy doesn’t even see the flaws in his argument.

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Murphy is apparently not aware that the 2nd Amendment is, and stick with me here, an amendment. That means it did not exist during the Constitutional Convention, therefore of course there were no notes on it taken by Madison.

Murphy finishes his rant by asserting that the Founders had no intention of the 2nd Amendment providing a right to self-defense.

I could sit here and continue to tear this apart, but I’m going to let someone with more expertise do it better. Enter Charles W. Cook, one of the most well read and knowledgeable people on the 2nd Amendment in the modern era.

Why is all this important?

Most notably because it was the states which came together to ratify the Constitution. It was not just supposed, but an absolute given that they supported a right to bear arms for self-defense, so much so that it was included in most of their state constitutions. To now claim that it’s simply a modern interpretation, when that same interpretation was made decades before ratification is incredibly illogical.

They codified that right to bear arms in Article I Section 9, which makes it an individual, not a communal right. Further, after the Union was formed, we can see by the actions of the government that they obviously respected a right to bear arms for self-defense. Forming militias from that right was not the government’s place, thereby they were given no far reaching regulatory power. It was intended to be the people’s choice and right, either in protection of their government or in defiance of its possible tyranny. The common thread is always the individual’s right in the matter.

There is no historical reading of the Founder’s intent, nor the words of the 2nd Amendment, which doesn’t protect a right to bear arms for self-defense. There’s a reason the 2nd Amendment specifically cites it as an individual right and it is placed among all the individual rights in the Constitution itself.

On a broader level, Murphy’s entire argument is still incredibly stupid. The Bill of Rights exists in order to protect individual rights from government interference. Even if Murphy’s silly interpretation about militias was true, the 2nd Amendment would still bar the federal government from enacting regulations against them that infringe on that right. Since individuals make up militias and provide their own weapons, that logically means the individual right is equally protected.

Some now cite regulations on fully automatic weapons as proof heavy regulation is acceptable. If anything, a true reading the 2nd Amendment shows even laws such as those are likely unconstitutional. We have, as a society, chosen to swallow them though. That does not mean that here unto eternity the government can now regulate against the 2nd Amendment as they see fit. The real test is what the citizens of this country are willing to stand up and say no to.

Murphy’s knowledge of this subject isn’t just sorely lacking, it’s ignorant beyond belief. The idea that anyone could gain such a high public office while having such a menial, vapid understanding of the Bill of Rights is mind blowing.

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