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Lindsey Graham Previews a “Damning” Upcoming IG Report But Skepticism Is Warranted

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FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was officially sworn in at the Justice Department in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said it is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

We’ve been hearing for the better part of a year now that the DOJ’s Inspector General is on the verge of releasing a damning report detailing corruption in the Trump-Russia investigation. This supposedly centers on abuse of the FISA system, where the FBI and DOJ presented documents they knew weren’t verified or credible as evidence. The biggest example of that is of course the Steele dossier, which we know formed the majority of the basis for the warrant despite the FBI already being made aware it’s chief source was a liar.

There were also other questions, specifically involving why the FBI targeted Trump associates in what now appears to be a pretty clear case of entrapment. George Papadopoulos was famously approached by Joseph Mifsud and told the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Despite lying to the FBI three times in the years following, Mifsud has escaped all persecution, which strongly points to him being some kind of intel asset that requires protection. Steven Halper, a known government agent, and “Azra Turk” (we know that was an alias) also played starring roles in the drama.

To say the web is tangled is an understatement. The depth of whatever operation was being run against the Trump campaign went all the way to the top, with political appointees like James Comey, James Clapper, John Brennan, and Loretta Lynch being aware and involved.

Heading into the fall, we are once again being assured that IG Horowitz’s report is right around the corner and that it’s going to be devastating. Sen. Lindsey Graham echoed this promise on Sunday.

Hotair.com provides a transcript.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: Well, you’ve got three lanes here. You have what the committee will do, my committee, you’ve got Mr. Durham who’s looking at criminality — he’s the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut — And you’ve got the DOJ Inspector General report. I think it will be coming out in weeks, not days, not months. The Horowitz report will probably be ugly and damning regarding the Department of Justice handling of the Russia probe.

MARIA BARTIROMO: Tell me about that, we know that the DOJ is not prosecuting James Comey. Learned that about a month ago. We know we just got the so-called 302 out of Bruce Ohr, that’s the investigation and interviews of Ohr with the FBI. And the IG report, we were supposed to get it months ago. How come it is so late?

GRAHAM: Every time you turn around you find something new. Mr. Horowitz is doing a very in-depth dive about the FISA warrant application. The behavior regarding the counterintelligence operation. He will send his report over to the Department of Justice, they will look at for classified information. I am going to meet with the Attorney General next week, I want to declassify as much as possible. On the American public to hear the story, I want all of this information to come out, I didn’t want people to believe what I said I want them to read for themselves how bad it was.

The warrant application to the FISA court, I think quite frankly was a fraud. I want all the committee cases out, where they will notice Christopher Steele hated Trump and that he was an unreliable informant. I want this information coming out that the Steele dossier with information coming from Russia is unverified information, I want the transcripts surrounding interviews with Papadopoulos to be released where it was clear he was not working with the Russians.

I want it all out. I want people to see how this investigation got so off the rails and I want people to be held accountable and I am patient, and not in a hurry, I want to do it right.

Color me skeptical.

Perhaps it’s the past three years of seeing absolutely no one held accountable for anything regarding corruption at our major institutions, but the idea that any of this will matter seems far less than a certainty at this point. We’ve known for a very long time that the FISA application was largely fraudulent and broke protocol. You’d be hard pressed to find any mainstream media reporting at all on the subject. They can’t even bring themselves to admit the Steele dossier was mostly garbage. We’ve already seen figures like James Comey, Peter Strzok, and Andrew McCabe be referred for prosecution, only to have the DOJ decline to move forward. Even in the case of Papadopoulos, information essentially proving he was setup has exclusively become the domain of right-wing media.

In other words, there are two major questions at play here. One, will the report actually be “damning” and two, if it is, will it be broadcast any further than conservative media? My suspicion, knowing what we know, is that the report will include information that is embarrassing to the Obama administration at large. But I also know it’s going to be quickly buried and spun otherwise no matter what it actually says. The ground work for the excuses has already been laid, with numerous editorials making the case that they were just trying to protect the country. That narrative isn’t going to change.

Lastly, let’s say the IG does uncover criminal activity and recommends yet more prosecutions. Will the DOJ act? Or will they ultimately decide protecting themselves is more important,? That has clearly been the path FBI Director Wray has chosen as he’s stonewalled investigations the past few years.

I sincerely hope that everything before this point has simply been leading up to the hammer dropping. That the DOJ is finally going to grow a spine and start prosecuting people. That letting James Comey off the hook was just a prologue to going after him on more serious charges. If our institutions ever want to start earning back trust, those things would be prudent.

Will any of this end up mattering though? I’ll believe it when I see it.

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Reminder: These Same “Journalists” Covering 2020 Were Coordinating With Hillary Clinton In 2016

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As the race for 2020 begins to heat up a little bit more every day, it’s worth remembering just who the people are that are shaping the coverage of our upcoming election.

Who can forget the picture of Andrea Mitchell and company smiling in delight at the mere sight of Hillary Clinton on her campaign plane? Whether they realized it at the time or not, that shot was destined to become a microcosm of just how biased the media had become. Things went far beyond just fawning photos though. As we’d later find out, a laundry list of “journalists” were directly coordinating with the Hillary Clinton campaign in an effort to beat Donald Trump.

James Hasson provides a great reminder in a recent thread of just how pervasive these relationships were between the press and Clinton.

Let’s also note that Thrush got caught up in a #metoo scandal as well. But because no one in media is every allowed to actually fail on their merits, Thrush is now back at The New York Times. Being a liberal forgives all sins in the world of the mainstream media.

What you’ll note about all of these people is that they were never punished. At no point did their publications apologize for their unethical behavior. In fact, many of them ended up with promotions in the coming years. Maggie Haberman still spouts off as if she’s a moral authority and principled journalist. John Harwood is as dishonest as ever. Glenn Thrush was temporarily sidelined over sexual harassment claims, but he’s already back in the club less than a year later.

Here’s the other thing though. While the media and the Democrats were never going to hold themselves accountable, you’d have thought the Republican party would react differently to preserve their own self interests. Instead, we’ve seen no real change in the dynamics at play. The networks and papers these people worked for still enjoy access as if nothing ever happened. The GOP still gives them interviews, invites them to conventions, and Donald Trump is still giving Maggie Haberman quotes. Notice the contrast between that and how the DNC reacted the moment they saw an opportunity to shun Fox News and ban them from hosting debates.

There’s no accountability within the halls of American journalism. There’s only narratives and if you are willing to push said narrative, you can get away with just about anything. Right now, Don Lemon is currently being sued for assault and there’s even an eye witness corroborating the accusation. Has CNN pulled him off the air, even as they’ve previously pushed far less credible allegations against Republicans? Of course not. Rules for thee but not for me might as well be their motto.

In the end, the same people who betrayed their journalist integrity in 2016 and beyond are shaping coverage of 2020. These people deserve no assumption of credibility. On the contrary, you should expect their bias and underhanded behavior to escalate to a far higher level than the previous presidential election. Getting rid of Donald Trump has become a religious tenant to the left in this country and their stenographers in the press aren’t going to play anything straight.

Republicans are going to have to get much smarter in how they combat this stuff because things are going to get much worse over the next year.

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Journo Who Pressed Charges Against April Ryan’s Bodyguard Hints He’s Exploring Legal Options Against Her, Too

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FILE – In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, April Ryan, a veteran WH correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, appears at a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the WH in Washington. Ryan has been hired as a political contributor for CNN. Her CNN hiring was announced on 4/3/17. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Last week, Red State‘s Bonchie wrote about a disturbing incident from August 3rd involving New Brunswick Today journalist Charlie Kratovil, CNN political contributor April Ryan, and Ryan’s bodyguard Joel Morris. Kratovil alleges that Morris assaulted him. Not long after the incident, Kratovil pressed charges against Morris .

NJ.com reports on the criminal complaint that was filed against Morris today:

A criminal complaint dated August 19 charges 30-year-old Joel Morris of Country Club Hills, Illinois, with harassment, assault and theft. It alleges Morris took Kratovil’s arm and shoved it behind his back, injuring his forearm and shoulder. The harassment and theft charges stem from Morris taking the camera, according to the complaint.

Kratovil said a public relations firm had alerted him to Ryan’s appearance and invited him to attend the NJ Parent Summit. He said he received permission and arrived at the hotel, checked in and recorded other speakers for two hours without issue.

But shortly before Ryan took the stage, a man began to question his camera and his presence, he said.

To recap what was alleged: In a lengthy thread posted to Twitter on August 5th, Kratovil alleged Morris stole but later returned his camera equipment at an August 3rd event in New Jersey, and that Morris also physically assaulted him. The event was the 4th annual New Jersey Parent Summit. Ryan was scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

Kratovil was able to record some of the incident, which you can watch below. Note that Morris first confers with Ryan to get the okay to act before proceeding to go after Kratovil:

Kratovil stated in tweets about the incident that while he was being forced out of the room, Ryan – who has been an extremely vocal critic of President Trump’s highly adversarial relationship with the media – explained why he was being kicked out:

Here’s another video that shows Morris aggressively intimidating the journalist and physically shoving him out of the hotel lobby as others looked on. One woman in a sequined dress (perhaps the event organizer?) is egging on Morris to force Kratovil to leave and shouts “how dare you?” at Kratovil. She has to be held back during the incident.

The hotel staff appear to be in shock:

The videos appear to back up Kratovil’s claims.

Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi posted an image of the New Jersey criminal summons, along with a statement from Kratovil who hints he is exploring legal options against Ryan, too:

Kratovil posted a video clip about the summons, and said he is still waiting for comment from Ryan:

As far as I know, no one at CNN has commented on this matter to date, including media firefighter Brian Stelter. We all know Stelter would be first in line to demand immediate suspensions and firings if this had been a Fox News journalist treating a member of the media as Kratovil was.

I guess to Ryan and Stelter it’s okay to treat others in the mainstream media contemptuously as long as you’re a Democrat – or a CNN employee (or both).

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Pompeo The Yes-Man? Not So Fast

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Susan B. Glasser in today’s New Yorker (aggregated over on Real Clear Politics) published a hit piece on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and an allegedly conservative magazine, The American Conservative, decided it needed to pile on. In a long and tortured article entitled “Mike Pompeo, The Secretary Of Trump,” Ms. Glasser while appearing to be balanced and give him credit where due, essentially likens Secretary Pompeo to a boot licking sycophant. Her greatest angst seems to be with the fact that Secretary Pompeo understands the chain-of-command. He knows he is but an advisor and it’s The President who gets to decide things. From Ms. Glasser’s article:

The word “mission” was the tell. Pompeo in public often refers to the “mission set” he’s been assigned by Trump, presenting himself as a mere executor of the President’s commands. “He’s very focussed on whatever the mission is. He’s a West Point guy: Trump wants a deal, so I’ll get a deal,” another of the former officials said. The official noted that Pompeo uses the language of “an Army captain, a guy who went to West Point and got out before he became a general.”

To the “former official,” and Ms. Glasser—Sorry. That IS the language of Commissioned Officers, from Second Lieutenant, all the way up to the Four Star General (or Admiral) asigned as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. You state your case and the “Old Man” decides. Unless it’s an illegal order, you salute, say “Yes Sir,” and execute. And one other thing you don’t do—You don’t “leak” your disappointment at decisions not decided your way.

Ms. Glasser goes on to further demonstrate that she’s spent too much time talking about other folks and not enough time actually being in the arena, emphasis mine.

This behavior is the reason that Pompeo has succeeded in becoming the lone survivor of Trump’s original national-security team. At the start of his Administration, the President had bragged about “my generals.” But, now that he has pushed out the actual generals who served as his chief of staff, his national-security adviser, and his Defense Secretary, it seems clear that Trump was uncomfortable with such leaders, and rejected their habits of command and independent thinking. He wanted a Mike Pompeo, not a Jim Mattis, a captain trained to follow orders, not a general used to giving them.

Again with the non-existent Captain-General dichotomy. Captains give plenty of orders. And for the edification of Ms. Glasser, Mr. Larison, below and others like them, most fights, especially in this particular conflict we are still embroiled in, are led by Sergeants, Lieutenants and Captains. They make the day-to-day, life or death decisions…and far more of them than Flag Officers do.

Daniel Larison over at the The American Conservative, piles on in his article, “Pompeo the Yes-Man.”

It is typical of the shoddiness of Trump’s hiring practices that he picked an unqualified Congressman to run the CIA without even knowing who he was, but the somewhat surprising thing about this episode is that Trump didn’t end up holding Pompeo’s previous criticism against him. Pompeo evidently proved to Trump that he could be just as much of a suck-up as a he was a critic, and that is what he has done. Unfortunately for the country, that has meant having a wholly unqualified man in charge of representing the U.S. to the world because he happens to know how to stroke the president’s ego.

Unqualified? Please! Glasser and Larison are clearly demonstrating the ivory tower mentality so resented by the military and other professions that actually have personal responsibility attached to them. If Ms. Glasser or Mr. Larison had actually served in the military or some other profession requiring the leadership of others, they would know that the only difference between a Captain and a General in command, is the scope of responsibility. Captain level commanders take and give orders, lots of them. Secretary Pompeo served in an Armored Calvary Unit. As a Troop/Company Commander, he would have commanded 100-200 Soldiers (depending on attachments) and been personally responsible for over 100 million dollars worth of equipment while making life & death decisions every day.

I checked the work and education pedigrees of both Ms. Glasser and Mr. Larison. I find it odd that two folks with work experience such as theirs, bereft in actual leadership of others in life or death situations, believe they actually have the chops to denigrate a man with Secretary Pompeo’s real world experience in such matters. I understand the need in our Republic for a robust press. However, J-School grads might wish to consider the below, attributed to Teddy Roosevelt as they opine on issues not really in their wheelhouse.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

In short, Mike Pompeo is more qualified to be CIA Chief or Secretary of State than most of the members of Congress. He is far more qualified than Barrack Obama was for the Presidency, who when elected had never, ever at any time prior, held a “buck stops here” job—not one. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is certainly more qualified than these two critics who claim he isn’t.

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Maggie Haberman From The NYT Tweets About Luggage Aboard Air Force One.

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Credit: Mattie Haberman via https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1163212440059961344

Ahhh the good ole New York Times. All the news that is fit to print in luggage via a tweet.

We all know that Donald Trump and the New York Times kinda have a love/hate/reallyhate relationship that is just fun to watch. In fact, Trump tweeted this about the NYT just yesterday…

The New York Times will be out of business soon after I leave office, hopefully in 6 years. They have Zero credibility and are losing a fortune, even now, especially after their massive unfunded liability. I’m fairly certain they’ll endorse me just to keep it all going!

That last line about endorsing him to keep the paper going is what we call some high quality trolling via twitter. Now we can’t be sure if this was the cause of this next tweet but let’s just assume it was.

One of the Times reporters felt the need to report on…..luggage.

Louis Vitton luggage being removed from the baggage hold of AF1.

Now of course in defense of Maggie we don’t know if that is President Trump and his families bags. She doesn’t say either. However, the implication of it all is that a member of America’s military standing under the most protected plane in the world next to some fancy luggage HAS TO BE the guy who takes shots at her employer via twitter.

Honestly, this is not a bad troll job either by the Lois Lane wannabe. I’m not even going to poke fun at her for getting the name of the luggage wrong.  I looked all over for Louis Vitton luggage and I could not find one damn instance of it being made. This is just one of those situations that any young reporter tweeting about luggage would get mixed up when trying to break a story.

Tough business to be in yo.

So here is to you Maggie, for trying to be cute about tweeting about luggage in the hopes the unwashed masses would rise up against POTUS 45 and start a revolution that might gain you some of those SWEET Louis Vitton for when you need to flee the country.

Try next time about tweeting about President Trump’s sox.

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President Trump, Sen. Cruz Slam Dems for Mulling Punishment for Jewish Ambassadors Over Omar/Tlaib Decision

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On Saturday, I wrote about reports that House Democratic leaders were considering punishment options for the two Jewish ambassadors at the center of the controversy over Israel’s decision last Thursday to bar Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN) from their country on security grounds.

Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and U.S ambassador to Israel David Friedman were said to be in line for “statements of no confidence” and Inspector General investigations, according to McClatchy:

About a dozen lawmakers, including senior Jewish members, began discussions on Friday morning over ways to communicate a “deep lack of confidence and trust” in Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.

The group is weighing issuing a statement of no confidence in Dermer and opening an inspector general investigation into Friedman’s conduct, the sources said.

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“We are reviewing all of our options,” a senior congressional source told McClatchy. “With Dermer, the issue is that there already was a severe lack of trust. But now there is a severe lack of confidence. It is completely unclear that he represents his government given he has made promises that he has not kept and wasn’t clear if he ever had any chance of keeping.”

The Democratic lawmakers include Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel of New York and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey of New York.

President Trump weighed in on the report on Sunday, asserting that the news equated to Democrats having “such disdain for Israel”:

The White House issued a more formal statement today on the reports, noting Democrats “cannot change the laws Israel has passed to protect itself”:

“Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have a well-documented history of anti-Semitic comments, anti-Semitic social media posts and anti-Semitic relationships,” said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. “Israel has the right to prevent people who want to destroy it from entering the country – and Democrats’ pointless congressional inquiries here in America cannot change the laws Israel has passed to protect itself.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) also spoke out against the plan over the weekend, calling it a “SERIOUS mistake”:

Cruz has been one of the more outspoken voices in the Senate speaking out against anti-Semitism. In June, he and Democratic Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) were successful in getting the Senate to unanimously pass a resolution expressly condemning anti-Semitism.

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“Italian Americans Are Not Mafia”: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Defends Brother Chris in “Fredo” Controversy

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This is quite possibly one of the most New York stories ever.

One week after CNN‘s Chris Cuomo went ballistic on an alleged right-wing provocateur who approached him and called him “Fredo”, his brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has come to his defense.

The New York Daily News reports:

Gov. Cuomo came out swinging in defense of his TV host brother Chris Cuomo who got embroiled in a nasty confrontation with a stranger who called him “Fredo.”

The governor insisted he’s never even watched The Godfather, where the supposed slur originates, from start to finish and said their famous dad refused to watch the film on principle.

“Italian Americans are not Mafia,” Andrew Cuomo told WAMC radio. “Don’t you dare liken my family to the family you saw in The Godfather or the The Sopranos.”

Andrew Cuomo said bigotry and slurs aimed at Italians [are] as dangerous as xenophobia and anti-Semitism, citing the mass shootings in El Paso and at a Pittsburgh synagogue last year.

“It’s all ugliness,” he said.

Along with “Fredo,” which refers to a thick-headed character in the famed mafia flick, Andrew Cuomo railed against the use of other anti-Italian insults, like “wop” and “dago.”

You can listen to the interview segment Gov. Cuomo did on WAMC here.

Here’s a recap of what happened during the tense exchange on Shelter Island last week between Cuomo and an unidentified man, courtesy of the New York Post:

“Punk-ass bitches from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo, I’m an anchor on CNN,” the newsman says in the video, which was shared on Twitter Monday evening.

“Fredo is from ‘The Godfather,’ he was a weak brother and the use of it to an Italian is disparaging,” he continues.

The 49-year-old anchor tells the man that the name “Fredo” is as offensive to Italian Americans as the N-word is to African Americans.

“Don’t f–king insult me like that,” the Queens native fumes. “You call me ‘Fredo,’ it’s like I call you punk bitch, you like that?”

The man in the video insists that he believed the anchor’s real name was Fredo.

But Cuomo, a dad of three, doesn’t buy it.

“You did not think that … stand up like a man,” he seethes. “Own what you said.”

The situation then escalates, with Cuomo telling the man: “I’ll f–king throw you down these stairs like a f–king punk … you’re gonna call me Fredo, take a f–king swing? I’ll f–king wreck your s–t.”

Because a mere recap doesn’t do the video itself justice of what went down, watch it below:

The “PrimeTime” anchor later expressed regret over his behavior but did not apologize:

Gov. Cuomo also stated during his Monday interview that his late father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, “would not watch” the “Godfather” movie. “My father wouldn’t watch the movie because it was anti-Italian.”

NBC News partially disputed Cuomo’s claim, saying the elder Cuomo did finally watch the movie at the age of 81.

Speaking of NBC News, they win the day with this clever take on the governor’s interview:

Heh.

Related –>> “Fredo” Is A Racist Term Unless The Left Uses It, Including Chris Cuomo’s Guests, Then It’s Fine

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‘America Is Awful’: The Left Wants More Government – Because It’s What’s Worst for US

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The average American understandably thinks political and policy debates are conducted – in the interest of America’s best interest.

“Surely everyone involved in government wants what’s best for the country.  They just disagree on what policies will get us there.”

Most unfortunately, this isn’t the case – for the Left.

Leftists – do not like America very much.  At all.  So they seek to tear it down and destroy it – in the name of “fixing” it.  We must burn down the village – in order to save it.

The Left’s last president, Barack Obama, spent two decades attending the services of Reverand Jeremiah Wright.  Obama referred to Wright as his “spiritual advisor” and “mentor.” Obama had Wright marry him and Michelle.  Obama had Wright baptize his two daughters.  Obama’s second autobiography’s title – The Audacity of Hope – is taken from a Wright sermon.

Wright?  Not a fan of America.

Jeremiah Wright: ‘God D**n America’

In reference to the terrorist attacks on US on September 11th, 2001, Wright “preached”:

America’s Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost

Again, Obama was intrinsically involved with Wright – for more than twenty years.  It’s not a titanic leap to think Obama thinks similarly about America.

Why else would Obama want to “break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution?”  You know, that document he swore to “preserve, protect and defend” when he took his oaths of office.

Why else would Obama want to “fundamentally transform” America?

Is Obama an outlier.  Not even a little bit.

Beto O’Rourke is currently unemployed – and (barely) a Democrat presidential candidate.  Beto – not a fan of America.

O’Rourke: America Is A Country ‘Founded On Racism,’ ‘Is Still Racist Today’

Vermont Senator and Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – is at least slightly honest.  He cops to his Socialism.  He and his wife honeymooned in the Soviet Union.  Bernie – not a fan of America.

Bernie Sanders: U.S. Founded on ‘Racist Principles’

Leftists aplenty loathe America.

Elizabeth Warren: Our Justice System Is ‘Racist, All the Way, Front to Back.’

Julian Castro: ‘No Question’ America’s Criminal Justice System Is Racist

Seth Moulton: America Is Racist

You don’t have to run for President to hate America.

Erica Thomas Is Every Democrat Who’s Addicted to Playing the Race Card

Democratic Fundraiser Says America Is Racist and Sexist

In fact….

To Democrats, America is a Sinkhole of Racism

Democrats Declare Anyone That Loves America Is Racist

Leftists everywhere – enthusiastically burn the US flag.  While waving some highly problematic flags from other nations and movements.

Here’s Antifa taking a break from thumping the skulls of old people and children and waving Communist flagsburning a US flag.

In fact:

Antifa Brags About Being Anti-America, Burning US Flag

Here’s Antifa precursor Occupy Wall Street – burning a US flag.

Here are anti-President Donald Trump protestors waving Communist flags time and again – and burning a US flag.

Here are more anti-Trump protestors waving a Communist flag – and burning a US flag.

Here are anti-Republican protestors – burning a US flag.

Here are anti-borders protestors waving a Mexican flag – and burning a US flag.

Leftists burn the US flag in protest – and sometimes in celebration.

Protesters Burn US Flags as Obama Delivers Speech at DNC

This Leftist anti-America insanity – goes back decades and decades.

So when the Left insists on policy prescriptions for the US – one is more than reasonable to be dubious of their intentions.

Because: Why would any assemblage of people so opposed to the US – promote policies that would better the US?

One would very reasonably think the Left’s policy prescriptions – would in fact do damage to a country they do not very much like.

To wit: Obamacare.  Massive new government impositions – so as to make matters worse.  Which will then “justify” even more government impositions – which will make matters even worse.  Lather, rinse, repeat….

Obamacare killed health insurance for millions of Americans.  Obamacare, on average, doubled insurance premiums.  Obamacare, on average, tripled insurance deductibles.

Obamacare was an unmitigated disaster for America.

So of course Leftists defend it to the death.  And, in fact, look to EXPAND it.

Democrats Begin Their Defense of Obamacare

Joe Biden: We Must Protect And Build On Obamacare

Does Bernie Sanders Support Obamacare? Yes, But He Wants to Go One Step Further

Elizabeth Warren: Obamacare ‘Wasn’t Bold Enough

Pete Buttigieg: Obamacare Is Too Conservative

The Left’s rabid promotion of awful policy – is everywhere.

To wit: Network Neutrality.  Which is Obamacare for the Internet.  Massive new government impositions – so as to make matters worse.  Which will then “justify” even more government impositions – which will make matters even worse.  Lather, rinse, repeat….

Thankfully, we weren’t subjected to the awfulness of Net Neutrality for nearly as long as we were subjected to the awfulness of Obamacare.

(After almost a decade in place, Obamacare was mostly gutted when in 2019 the mandate to purchase a policy went away.)

Net Neutrality – and its crippling imposition of antiquated regulations – was only in place for about a year.

There was of course some damage done.  Investment in the Internet’s infrastructure was down precipitously during Net Neutrality.  As is nigh always the case in any private sector – when government massively imposes additional regulations.

But the Trump Administration un-imposed Net Neutrality – and things reverted to the quarter-century status quo of Net Neutrality-free Internet uber-success.

The parade of horribles Leftists promised without Net Neutrality – never, ever happened in twenty-plus years of the Net Neutrality-free Internet.

And the parade of horribles Leftists promised with Net Neutrality’s un-imposition – never, ever happened once it rightly, righteously went away.

Net Neutrality is a solution – running around desperately in search of a problem.

Net Neutrality is breasts on a bull.  It is sneakers for snakes.  It is totally and completely unnecessary.

Every alleged problem about which the Left shrieks that Net Neutrality would allegedly solve – is self-solved by the free market.

To wit: Leftists claim that without Net Neutrality, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will block you from places on the Web.

Except no ISP is going to block you – because they want you to keep hiring them to connect you to the Internet.  Because duh.

Since Net Neutrality’s repeal – the Left has been obsessed.  Just this past week:

FCC Forgets About, Then Dismisses, Complaint Detailing Verizon’s Long History Of Net Neutrality Violations:

“Verizon’s long history on this front is fairly indisputable, and the company has never been held seriously accountable for any of it.”

Actually, Verizon is held accountable each and every day – by 250+ million US customers and prospective customers.  How’s Verizon doing with them?:

“Verizon is the largest cell phone carrier in the U.S.”

It would appear Verizon’s customers – do not care about Net Neutrality.  In fact:

Voters Care Not About Net Neutrality

The only people that care at all about Net Neutrality – are Leftists.

The Left is STILL obsessed.  Leftist college professors JUST released a “study” on it.  And the Leftist media – are VERY worked up about it.

Study Shows Extent of Wireless Carriers Throttling Online Video

Study: Wireless Carriers Throttling Netflix, YouTube ‘All the Time’

Wireless Carrier Throttling of Online Video Is Pervasive

Carriers Throttle Online Video Regardless of Network Congestion

US Carriers Are Throttling Netflix ‘All the Time’

Net Neutrality: ISPs Are Throttling Netflix Traffic

What do these very many agitated Leftists not tell you?

Net Neutrality used to allow ISPs to engage in “reasonable network management.”

Meaning ISPs need to manage the traffic on their networks – so as to maintain maximum speed and quality for the maximum number of users.  Which is eminently reasonable.

Leftists have effectively ended the “reasonable network management” exemption – because they’re radical and crazy.

What else do these very many agitated Leftists not tell you?

Netflix, YouTube Gobble Up Half of Internet Traffic

NOTHING consumes Internet bandwidth like video.  Netflix and YouTube – consume half of America’s bandwidth.  So quite obviously – some reasonable network management is required.

These many articles point out that ISPs do nothing to Amazon Prime Video’s streaming service.  Why?  Because Amazon Prime Video’s streaming service isn’t nearly the massive imposition on the US network that Netflix and YouTube are.  Because duh.

The Internet has become a free speech-free market Xanadu – completely from any Net Neutrality regulations.

So…why the Leftist rabid, rigid insistence we be subjected to it?  Because the Internet has become a free speech-free market Xanadu without it.

Meet avowed Marxist, Media Marxist godfather and virulent Net Neutrality proponent Robert McChesney.

McChesney is the co-founder of the Left’s leading group on all things Internet and media – the uber-ironically mis-named Free Press.

Like any Leftist, McChesney is…not a huge fan of the US:

The United States is, I think, by any honest account, the leading terrorist institution in the world today.

How pleasant.

Like any Leftist, McChesney is…not a huge fan of the US’ capitalist economic system:

There is no real answer but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.

McChesney sees his Internet and media revolution – as a fundamental part of his Socialist revolution:

Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself.

And McChesney sees Net Neutrality – as a fundamental part of his Internet and media revolution.

At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.

Leftist McChesney wants Net Neutrality – precisely because wants to destroy the US.

And Leftist McChesney knows Net Neutrality – is a fundamental component of destroying the US.

Net Neutrality is designed to destroy the US.

Just as every Leftist policy is designed to destroy the US.

You don’t have to take my word for it.

Take theirs.

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The NRA Wipes the Floor With Beto O’Rourke After His Weekend Visit to an Arkansas Gun Show

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Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke is now on his second (or is it the third?) attempt at rebooting his failing presidential campaign, and two of his biggest priorities in his latest reboot are taking on what he calls President Trump’s “racism” and “the gun lobby.”

In the immediate aftermath of the horrific El Paso mass shooting earlier this month which left 22 dead and dozens more injured, O’Rourke stated a mandatory gun buyback program “absolutely has to be part of the conversation.” He noted he would be open to one in the event he was elected President:

“It absolutely has to be part of the conversation. And at the end of the day, if it’s going to save lives, if it’s going to prevent the kinds of tragedies that we saw in El Paso or Gilroy or Dayton or this weekend in Chicago or all over this country on a daily basis, then let’s move forward and do it,” O’Rourke said on the podcast “Pod Save America” when asked if he’d be open to mandatory gun buyback programs or gun licenses, referencing shootings in other cities in recent days.

On Friday, the O’Rourke campaign posted the candidate’s gun control plan at his website which included, among other things, a call for a mandatory buyback program for “weapons of war.”

Over the weekend, O’Rourke made an unannounced visit to a gun show in the red state of Arkansas to talk to gun owners on their thoughts about his ever-evolving gun control plan. Several media outlets including CBS News and The Hill described O’Rourke as being back on the campaign trail after a “12-day hiatus” in response the El Paso mass shooting.

In reality, O’Rourke never really stopped campaigning.

Beto talked about his visit to Arkansas on Twitter over the weekend. Here’s what he said:

The NRA took notice – and responded:

O’Rourke clapped back:

Not to be outdone, the NRA posted back:

The NRA makes an important point here that can’t be overstated. In debates about gun control and gun rights, what often gets lost in the heated rhetoric is the use of the correct terminology. For example, to some a “weapon of war” could be something as simple as a pistol.

Gun control activists often deliberately distort the meaning of certain words, terms (and laws) to confuse voters on the issue in an effort to bring them over to their side. It’s vitally important in these debates that everyone be on the same page when it comes to the meaning behind the words/terminology used so there is no confusion.

Honest and informed discussions are the best kind of discussions.

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Sen. John Cornyn Mic Drops Sen. Chuck Schumer On Twitter Over Climate Change.

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Both of the Senators from Texas seem to have a lot of fun on Twitter these days. When they get under the skin of people who get so upset over a joke, it makes reading a long thread all worthwhile.

The latest example of this comes from the Senior Senator from the great State of Texas, John Cornyn, who was having a bit of fun according to Hill Reporter

In recent years, the Democrats have become the party of combating climate change, while some Republicans willingly deny the effect. This includes Donald Trump. When the Midwest experienced a 60-degree day in January, the President tweeted, “What the hell is going on with Global Warming? Please come back fast, we need you!”

Democrats have continued to raise the alarm on climate change on Twitter and during the debates. John Cornyn recently mocked a call to climate action from New York Senator Chuck Schumer. The Texas senator was then blasted on Twitter for his blase attitude on the issue.

This is how the exchange went down on Donald Trumps fav social media app.

July 2019 was the hottest month ever, of any month, on record.

Climate change is the greatest threat facing our planet.

It’s about our kids. It’s about our health. It’s about the future.

We must act. https://noaa.gov/news/july-2019-was-hottest-month-on-record-for-planet

Sen. Cornyn simply responded back with this…

It’s summer, Chuck

BOOM. Did you hear that three word Mic Drop? You would think that was a harmless response.

You would be wrong because the feelings over facts crowd went BEZERK. Just read some of the hilarious comments below. My personal favorites are the people who yell that it is not SUMMER in the southern hemisphere. Glad they retained that bit of info from feelings humanitarian class.

After reading this link that Sen. Schumer posted from NOAA the Earth on avg has raised it’s temp by 1.71 degrees from historical averages. Yup. The whole globe.

So just playing along with the theory that the lefties toy with about car and factory emissions being a HUGE driver of this, why did the KYOTO agreement exclude China and India which are in the top five of the biggest polluters according to these standards? The United States was a participant but dropped out after Bush 43 took office. The United States was expected to once again abide by rules and pay fines while other countries skated free.

Where were these dedicated activists protesting for those countries to comply? I’m sure standing in line for the newest social media gadget to tweet out their disgust. How noble.

If the progressives in this country were not so busy calling everyone that disagrees with them a racist, homophobe, Russian colluder or climate change denier, they might actually want to take a page out of Sen. Cornyn’s book here and have some fun.

I challenge them to get such a hilarious response with just a three-word tweet.

I DARE YA!!

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