I still think KW is an ass, but I enjoy watching the meltdown.
The father of a dead lesbian is claiming that Roy Moore caused her suicide because of his “homophobic comments.” (Warning, stupid obnoxious autoplay).
I don’t really believe anyone commits suicide because some politician holds a negative opinion of them. If they do, that’s sort of on them.
If Roy Moore wins, I don’t think it’s because voters like him. I think, frankly, it’s a reflection of how much people really hate Democrats and the Democrat Media. Frankly, Democrats and the media elite have sneered so often at middle America, and especially the southeastern quadrant, that they have earned the enmity. Roy Moore may be a taint on southern values, but Doug Jones will wage unrelenting on them.
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.’
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
- Comey affirms above that he knew it wasn’t a direction, AND
- 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.
- 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?
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? 🙂
- 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.
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.
There’s this Narrative, y’see. The Narrative is that “Donald Trump’s presidency is encouraging racist, alt-right, white nationalists to commit hate crimes against Muslims and people of color.”
So when a story comes along that fits The Narrative, it’s immediately published/broadcast. (“Too good to check.”) Like this one.
On Monday, news outlets across Wisconsin – and the nation – posted the story that “two Beloit students in residence halls were targets of hate crimes.”
Beloit College officials first reported that an anti-Semitic note was placed under a student’s door last Friday. Early Monday morning, an anti-Muslim threat was found spray-painted on another student’s residence hall door, and a swastika on a nearby wall.
Beloit security reportedly discovered the words, “Die,” “Sand nigger go home,” and #Muslimban in red paint on the student’s door on the second floor of the college’s Bushnell Hall.
And then it turns out to be fake. There’s a brief “correction” and then they go on to publicize the next fake hate crime that fits The Narrative.
“A Beloit College student admitted fabricating an incident in which a swastika, anti-Muslim and ethnic and racial slurs were spray-painted on a dorm room door and a nearby wall.”
The only violent hate crimes are happening on the left, e.g. Berkeley, CA
So, President Obama gave the anti-American, terror-sponsoring Government of Iran over $10 Billion in the last four years and I’m supposed to be bothered because Donald Trump wants peaceful relations with Russia?
Senior Iranian officials late last week confirmed reports that the total amount of money paid to Iran over the past four years is in excess of $10 billion, a figure that runs counter to official estimates provided by the White House.
No wonder Obama desperately wants us distracted by that “Russian Hacking” story.
Part of the reason so many angry Hillary voters are violently protesting is because in order to keep gays and women on the plantation, Democrats have engaged in blatant scaremongering tactics using surrogate groups like the Human Rights Campaign (a group that still exists only because perpetuating the illusion of victimhood is easier than getting a real job). And naturally, because these groups have been perpetuating the scare tactics, a lot of gullible Hillary voters now claim to be frightened.
Jay Brown, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights organization, said its office had received calls throughout the day on Wednesday from frightened people who wanted to know what the election results might mean for them.
Some callers wondered if they should speed up wedding plans so they could be married before the inauguration, in case a President Trump tries to overturn gay marriage, he said. Others worried that the military would reinstate “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the ban on openly gay and lesbian service members that ended in 2011.
(Oddly enough, this apocryphal story of gays rescheduling same-sex weddings is being echoed by virtue-signaling liberals) in other parts of the country.
For months, I’ve been looking forward to a same-sex wedding taking place this winter, where I would be working as the couple’s photographer. Now that Trump is our President-Elect, they’ve moved up their wedding date in case they won’t be able to get married once he takes office. Another young woman who recently came to her family asked me, “Will it even be safe to be openly gay here anymore?” Another woman in her 30s that I know was emboldened to come out to her family yesterday. “It was hard, but important to be heard and seen.” She said that as scared she is, she feels that this is a way for her to be brave and take action after the election.
The idea that Trump is going to unilaterally overturn gay marriage within a month of taking office is stupid. And if that’s what you’re afraid of, yes, you are also stupid. The Democrat Party keeps you stupid and scared because it’s the best way to keep you voting for them. Even if Trump wanted to… which I doubt he does… it would take years to overturn the Obergefell decision (even if it is a decision that’s unsupportable by any objective reading of the Constitution). And I don’t believe he has any intention of doing so. The Democrat Party every election scares women into thinking birth control and abortion will be outlawed by Republican presidents; none of whom have ever even made any attempt to outlaw either.
The willingness of people willing to go through life ignorant and frightened for the benefit of a corrupt political party is both baffling and offensive.
When Mohammedan Democrat Omar Marteen committed mass murder at a gay disco in Orlando, Florida, the Obama Administration professed to have no clue about his motives. The media were fed a line that he literally had nothing to do with ISIS, and only declared himself a jihadist when he was on the phone to police. He had no prior links to ISIS, and they even floated the idea that he was an oppressed gay man who for some reason decided to shoot up a gay disco for reasons having nothing to do with Islam or terror.
And those who have believed every other lie the Obama Administration and its media surrogates have told them embraced this lie too.
Months after the fact, it comes out, in the form of one those Friday night document drops the regime uses when they wasnt to bury a story, that Omar Mateen had been heavily invested in ISIS propaganda for a long time.
The bulk of the evidence supporting the conclusion that Mateen was motivated by his support for ISIS wasn’t revealed until last week when Orlando authorities finally made Mateen’s phone conversations with police public in transcript form. From the Wall Street Journal:
Yo, the airstrike that killed Abu Wahid a few weeks ago—That’s what triggered it, okay?” he told the police negotiator, an apparent reference in the transcript to the Islamic State commander.
Abu Wahib, whose real name is Shaker Wahib al-Fahdawi, was known as one of the group’s more Internet-savvy leaders, often appearing in propaganda videos.
Only an “avid consumer” of Islamic State propaganda would know when Abu Wahib was killed, said Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.
“This isn’t somebody who decided that night he was going to wrap his personal grievances around ISIS,” Mr. Hughes said.
Obama and the Democrat-Media Complex put out what they wanted to be true (“Nothing to do with Islam or terror, it was all about teh gunnz”) and the people who wanted to believe the Narrative — though it defied all reason and common sense — lapped it up.
Every grownup knows what a temper tantrum looks like. The kid didn’t get his way. It’s time to make the grownups pay – by causing obstacles, by screeching about anything and everything, by hitting, and so forth. The kid might still not win on the immediate issue X. But who knows, the grownups might just try to mollify him on another issue Y. It’s part revenge, part blackmail. We can expect a lot of tantrums now over Brexit.
Brexit doesn’t change much, “in the now”. First, it hasn’t even happened. (It will be weeks or months before Britain invokes Article 50.) Second, if and when it happens, it need not affect the existing terms of European trade, finance or hardly anything other than British border control. All that it will take to keep the existing trade going is a few new pieces of paper with a few new signatures.
No, Brexit is more of a matter for the future. Assuming it happens, it will mean that the UK’s -future course- is to avoid a full-on political merger with the rest of Europe; avoid the destruction of its borders and sovereignty; etc.
And, to the various socialist cronies of Europe, that’s unforgivable. And for years, vast problems (unrelated to Brexit) have been piling up for them. And for years, they’ve tried to not admit the full extent of their problems. Problems which they have caused and/or failed to deal with.
Guess what? Now that they didn’t get their way on Brexit, they’re going to blame everything on Brexit. Even though Brexit is mostly unrelated.
It’s as if termites have eaten away at your home for years. Your home is ready to crash. You have failed to deal with it. Now your partner insists that you stay home on Saturday night and don’t go to that casino. Guess what? Your plan is to light a little fire to help your termite-eaten home crash faster; and when the cops arrive, you’ll blame your partner for everything. Now that’s a tantrum.
It’s already begun. Earlier we had the credit downgrades on the UK. It’s pure payback, of course. Nothing fundamental has changed about the UK’s finances. The ratings companies became political, some years ago. Governments can and will torture the ratings companies; therefore, they do the bidding of governments. The downgrades then add to market turmoil. In other words: Kid throws tantrum.
Another example is, crashing Italian banks that demand massive new bailouts. European banks’ finances have been rotten for years. Their stocks were inevitably going to crash at some point, when the world admitted the reality. But guess what? Brexit! So give us new bailouts!
It’s the new Climate Change, or maybe the new Salted Caramel. Everything this year is going to be Brexit. Decaying art? Brexit! Venezuelan collapse? Brexit! Fukushima radiation levels? Brexit! Solar flares? Brexit! U.S. recession? Personal negativity? Brexit!
Why not? The world – or at least, the media-socialist-crony world – hates UK Independence (and border control) that much. Everyone will agree to join the fun and not be honest about the longstanding, real causes of a great many problems.
UPDATE – it continues: The European Central Bank’s leader, Mario Draghi, predicts low economic growth and currency devaluations from Brexit. Let’s be clear.
- Europe was already going to be stuck in years of low growth.
- Currency devaluation is what Draghi has already been wanting and attempting, for years.
But guess what? The new scapegoat, Brexit!
Isn’t it interesting that the Obama Administration does absolutely nothing about ‘Sanctuary Cities’ that defy Federal Immigration laws, but they are coming down like a ton of bricks on North Carolina for requiring people to use biologically-appropriate bathrooms in state-owned buildings? (Contrary to the left’s dishonest propaganda, businesses may do as they please, under the law, which is as it should be).
Congratulations to the Obama Regime for deftly keeping the craptacular economy and word that the regime systematically lied about the Iranian Nuclear deal out of the news cycle for another day.
By the way, Target’s proud support of bathroom misappropriation isn’t working out too well for them; their stock is down and their public image has been damaged. They’re now reportedly going to meet with the American Family Association to discuss their concerns. (I bet it kills them to have to meet with “bigots.”) The AFA has offered the perfectly (to mentally well-adjusted normal people) reasonable suggestion that the stores simply add a unisex bathroom for people with vaginas who insist that they are men, and people with penises who insist that they are women. Perhaps they can add a litter box for people who think they are kitty cats, a fire hydrant for people who think they are dogs, and a sturdy tree branch over a freshly-washed car for people who think they are birdies.
On New Year’s Eve, yours truly made a couple of predictions.
The Republicans, having completely sold out and fully-funded the Obama Agenda through 2018 — will now go back to playing Pretend Opposition for the election year, perhaps even passing bills they know Obama will veto to try and fool the yokels into thinking they are a legitimate opposition party.
Obama will take “Executive Action” on gun control that will, naturally, target law abiding gun owners and not the gang bangers that killed 390 in Chicago and 343 in Baltimore this past year.