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It Didn’t Have to Be this Way

Posted by V the K at 10:35 pm - June 8, 2017.
Filed under: Religion Of Peace

This photo was taken in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1972.

Isn’t it great that the poor, oppressed women of Afghanistan have been liberated from the tyranny of Western patriarchal colonialist domination?

Hat Tip: Oregon Muse in for Ace

Talk of National Divorce Goes Mainstream

Posted by V the K at 9:14 pm - June 8, 2017.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends

Never Trumper David French sees the United States drifting toward National Divorce.

I’d argue that we face “something else,” and that something else is more akin to the beginning stages of a national divorce than it is to a civil war. This contention rests fundamentally in two trends, one political and the other far beyond politics. The combination of negative polarization and a phenomenon that economist Tyler Cowen calls “matching” is leading to a national separation so profound that Americans may not have the desire to fight to stay together. Unless trends are reversed, red and blue may ultimately bid each other adieu.

I’ve been saying it since 2012.  French does not see the inevitability of dissolution as clearly as I do. I don’t think we can ever go back to being a Federal Republic again. The left controls too much, and the Government is too big and too powerful. The only alternatives are a dissolution into multiple countries with different levels of freedom, or Totalitarian one party California-on-a-national-level tyranny.

California has already decided that federal laws on immigration don’t apply to them, and that the 1st and 2nd Amendments of the Constitution are not valid within their state.  California, Washington, and New York have decided to unilaterally implementing the Paris Climate Accords within their states. The cracks are readily apparent.

I’m not rooting for it, I just see it as a cultural and political inevitability.

I cannot help thinking of how the Soviet Union supported and financed the radical left movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s with the goal of tearing the USA apart. It took a while, but they ultimately succeeded.

Anyway, here’s some break-up music. The first three lines sum up my feelings toward the Democrat left concisely. And the rest of the song is pretty much my whole attitude toward this thing.

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Bat-wielding vigilante mobs punish dissenters

At a U.S. college, mobs of neo-Nazi alt-Right fascist thugs have been roaming the campus, smashing windows and bashing people they disagree with. Kristallnacht!

Except that it’s Evergreen College and actually, it’s mobs of leftie fascist thugs roaming the campus, smashing windows and bashing people they disagree with.

Weinstein, the professor at the center of the sh*t storm, is claiming some students were even hit, but says they won’t report it to the police.

Why is this not national news? One guess…

A few other items for you that touch upon the theme of immoral left-wingers and/or watching left-wingers’ heads explode, while the media focus strangely on other things.

Bonus item: France says no trace of Russia hacking Macron.

The head of the French government’s cyber security agency, which investigated leaks from President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign, says they found no trace of a notorious Russian hacking group behind the attack.

About a month ago, I had noted the eagerness (and absurdity) of U.S. media in accusing Russia.

Much ado, part II

I wanted to capture some details for future reference.

  • Comey affirms that NYT has been publishing false stories of Trumprussia collusion.
  • Comey admits to maliciously leaking his own memos.

    Hmm – does this put Comey in legal jeopardy? (UPDATE: Seems more and more like it should. Comey’s formal memos of what happened on his job are government property. Could they be privileged information? Even classified? Then who was Comey to take them out of the office when he was fired; much less, to leak them?)

  • Senator Jim Risch dismantles any ‘obstruction’ case against Trump:

    Risch: ‘I hope’, this is [Comey’s version of] the President speaking, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go…I hope you can let this go.’

    […]

    Comey: “Correct.”

    […]

    Risch: “Thank you for that. He did not direct you to let it go.”

    Comey: “Not in his words, no.”

    Risch: “He did not order you to let it go.”

    Comey: “Again, those words are not an order.”

    Risch: “He said ‘I hope’. Now, like me you probably did hundreds of cases, maybe thousands of cases charging people with criminal offenses…Do you know of any case where a person has been charged for obstruction of justice, for that matter of any other criminal offense, where they said or thought they hoped for an outcome?”

    […]

    Comey: “I don’t as I sit here.”

  • In other comments, Comey said that he interpreted Trump’s words as a direction, but that is, of course, B.S. Because
    1. Comey affirms above that he knew it wasn’t a direction, AND
    2. If Trump had given Comey a direction that Comey felt to be unethical or illegal, then Comey is in legal jeopardy for not having reported it sooner.
    3. Furthermore, per HotAir, Tom Cotton got Comey to acknowledge that he never threatened to resign over Trump’s behavior, as Comey did in a famous 2004 confrontation in John Ashcroft’s hospital room. Instead, and by his own admission, Comey told Trump “that I would see what we could do.”

    This exchange is stunning…ly bad for Comey:

    Rubio: Did you object to or inform the WH counsel about Trump’s “I hope” statement?
    Comey: “No.”
    Rubio: “Why not?”
    Comey: “I don’t know.”

  • We also have Comey and Trump both calling each other liars on certain points, which makes it he-said-he-said.

    Ever read Trump’s book? He has been dealing with lawyers day-in, day-out for DECADES. Figuring out how to influence people, without actually committing legal or ethical violations. His sister was a big-time Federal judge. The notion that President Trump would make inappropriate remarks to the likes of Comey, was always shaky.

  • Comey reveals that the Obama administration pressured him to downplay Hillary’s scandal. Call it a “matter”, not an “investigation”:

    LANKFORD: …the previous attorney general [Loretta Lynch] asking you about the investigation on the Clinton e-mails saying you were asked to not call it an investigation anymore. But call it a matter. You said that confused you. You can give us additional details on that?

    COMEY: Well, it concerned me because…the campaigns were talking about interacting with the FBI in the course of our work. The Clinton campaign at the time was using all kinds of euphemisms, security matters, things like that for what was going on.

    We were getting to a place where the attorney general and I were both going to testify and talk publicly about it I wanted to know was she going to authorize us to confirm we have an investigation. She said yes, don’t call it that, call it a matter. I said why would I do that? She said, just call it a matter…that concerned me because that language tracked the way the [Clinton] campaign was talking about the FBI’s work and that’s concerning…the attorney general was looking to align the way we talked about our work with the way [the Clinton campaign] was describing that. It was inaccurate. We had an investigation open for the federal bureau of investigation, we had an investigation open at the time. That gave me a queasy feeling.

    Where’s the outcry on that? Or, might it be coming? 🙂

UPDATE:

  • Alan Dershowitz – hardly a conservative – makes the interesting point that, if Trump ever had ordered Comey to stop an investigation, his actions would be totally constitutional. Worth viewing.

    Here’s what I got from it. A President can’t interfere with a judicial process. For example, he can’t tamper with juries or witnesses, end a prosecution (short of doing a presidential pardon), defy a subpoena or destroy evidence. But an FBI investigation is NOT a judicial process. Constitutionally, the FBI Director takes orders from the President. Past presidents have ended investigations they didn’t like. If Congress smells a rat, Congress can impeach the President; but that, too, is a non-judicial process (separate and political).

  • These exchanges settle a lot. Flaming skull time!

    Senator Burr: Are you confident that no votes cast in the 2016 presidential election were altered?
    Comey: I’m confident. By the time I left, I had seen no indication of that whatsoever.

    Senator Burr: Did the President, at any time, ask you to stop the FBI investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections?
    Comey: Not to my understanding, no.

    Senator Burr: Did you ever have access to the actual [DNC e-mail] hardware that was hacked? Or did you have to rely on a third party to provide you the data that they had collected?
    Comey: In the case of the DNC…we did not have access to the devices themselves. [ed: which means, and as I’ve stated before, the FBI relied on a report by CrowdStrike, a discredited DNC-paid company]

    Senator Risch: While you were director, the POTUS was not under investigation [at any time], is that a fair statement?
    Comey: That’s correct.

    Senator Collins: I’m trying to understand whether there was any kind of investigation of the President under way.
    Comey: No.

    Senator Rubio: …the president agreed with your statement that it would be great if we could have an investigation…
    Comey: Yes, sir. He actually went farther than that. He — he said, “And if some of my satellites did something wrong, it’d be good to find that out.”

    Lefties: You are not living in reality, if you think Trump is in trouble on this set of issues.

Much Ado

Posted by V the K at 12:12 pm - June 8, 2017.
Filed under: Dishonest Democrats

 

James Comey

 

James Comey’s Testimony

Can you believe Democrats are actually gathering in bars to watch this? Can you imagine being that pathetic?

Meet the New Ma’am, Same as the Old Ma’am

Posted by V the K at 8:26 am - June 8, 2017.
Filed under: Divas

Kamala Harris replaced Barbara Boxer as California’s junior senator. Aside from being a left-wing dingbat, Boxer will always be remembered for her rude and condescending treatment an Army General during a senate hearing.

Boxer immediately interrupted him before he could answer one of her questions. “You know, do me a favor,” a clearly agitated Boxer said. “Could you say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am?”

“Yes, ma’am,” Walsh replied.

“It’s just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I’d appreciate it, yes, thank you,” she said.

“Yes, senator,” he answered.

See you next Tuesday, senator.

Anyway, her successor is just a chip off the old entitled socialist block. After rudely interrupting a witness at a senate hearing and refusing to let him answer her question, the Republican chairing the hearing had to cut her off, while she rolled her eyes like a spoiled brat.

“The senator will suspend. The chair is going to exercise his right to allow the witness to answer the question,” Burr said to eye rolls from Harris. “The committee is on notice to provide the witnesses the courtesy, which has not been extended all the way across, extend the courtesy for questions to get answered.”

Blue States Gotta Blue State

Posted by V the K at 6:40 am - June 8, 2017.
Filed under: Pork-Barrel Politics

Spend and spend and elect and elect.

The “Free Health Care” California Democrats want to give away to all residents including those who have no legal right to be in the U.S. would require over $400 Billion, which is double the state’s annual budget for everything, including crappy roads and terrible schools.

That’s a low-ball estimate, when have Government welfare programs ever cost the same or less than original estimates? If people perceive something as being free, they inevitably demand more of it.

About half the bill would come from state and Federal (meaning, people in other states) funding, but California would have to raise the rest through tax increases, such as hiking the sales tax from 7.5% to 9.8 and taxing businesses 2.3% of all of their income; not profit, income. And/or a 15% payroll tax is also an option.

But having the state in charge will make it cost less right? I mean, look at higher education. That’s become cheap and affordable since the Federal Government started underwriting it. And as for socialized health care, look no further than the Veterans Administration for a sterling example of Government efficiency and high quality services.

Government-run health care is the holy grail of Democratic Socialist policy because it makes everybody dependent on the Government forever.

Illinois is determined to beat California to complete fiscal insolvency — (they just had their debt lowered to one step above junk bond status) — is proposing to tax financial management services at 20%. They’re calling it a “Privilege Tax.” They figure this will raise $473 million a year and there’s absolutely no way financial managers would relocate out of Chicago to other states to avoid the tax because Chicago has great pizza.

Trump Does Something Right

Posted by V the K at 5:00 am - June 8, 2017.
Filed under: Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

The flow of new regulations (Government micromanagement) under Donald Trump is running at a tiny fraction of the fearsome clip of Barack Obama.

President Trump is winning on one key campaign promise, cutting regulations and virtually eliminating the release of new ones.

In fact, he has cut the output of costly regulations so deeply that a group that charts the federal government’s output of rules has called the shift “historic.”

American Action Forum told Secrets that Trump has cut the output of regulations to just 8 percent of the averages under former President Obama and other recent administrations.

What’s more, the cost of the new regulations has dropped from an average of $26 billion to $33 million, or just 0.12 of the past average for the first five months of the year.

Nice start, but regulatory reform is desperately needed if the economy is to grow at its full potential. Regulatory reform is unsexy, and doesn’t make for good re-election ads, but the almost 100,000 pages of Federal Regulations and our absurd 70,000 page tax code force our industries to compete with the world with cinder blocks strapped to their feet.

And here’s something else Trump is doing right:

The Justice Department announced Wednesday it will no longer allow prosecutors to strike settlement agreements with big companies directing them to make payouts to outside groups, ending an Obama-era practice that Republicans decried as a “slush fund” that padded the accounts of liberal interest groups.

Under Obama, coerced settlements were used to force businesses to fund left-wing groups and created the professional protest industry to guarantee that there will be media-friendly protests any time any left-wing policy is in danger of being overturned.