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Trump #Resistance Desperate to Turn Coronavirus into an American Tragedy

The Coronavirus, like everything these days, has turned into a political football. It’s so predictable but very unfortunate because pandemics are serious business.

Statue Liberty Corona Virus

We had clucking from Pelosi and Schumer because President Trump didn’t ask for enough money, he asked for $2.5B and they said the amount should be $8.5B. Why not have a call and discuss what the proper amount is and what we need to do to prepare “just in case?” Why aren’t our elected officials working together for the public interest? Those politicians who would use this potential crisis for political advantage are disgusting, hateful human beings. The Democrats don’t want Trump to handle the virus problem successfully or smoothly because they don’t want the president to look good. But that also means they don’t care if you or your family get sick and die. Full Story American Greatness - Liz Sheld


Disgusting: Democrats Politicizing Coronavirus ‘Outbreak’ In The Latest Attempt To Undermine And Attack President Trump - By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) In November 2008, Rahm Emmanuel, incoming chief of staff to President-elect Obama, told The Wall Street Journal editorial board, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

If the Democrats are good at anything, it is taking advantage of, and playing on, Americans’ fears, and they are doing it again.

Democrats have seized upon the coronavirus as a new line of attack against President Donald Trump, as the party gets closer to picking a nominee. The narrative is already taking shape.


WHO Advises Countries Not To Politicize Coronavirus Outbreak as U.S. Awaits Invite to China US News and World Report - Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder


THE WORLD HEALTH Organization on Friday advised countries like the U.S. and China to put aside politics as they respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

"This is very obviously a tense political environment because of the economic issues and because of everything else," said Mike Ryan, the executive director of WHO's health emergencies program. "Please, let our scientists get on. Let our public health professionals get on. Let them work together, and we find answers to this."


Trump tears into Pelosi, Schumer for politicizing coronavirus - NY Post - Bob Fredericks

President Trump on Wednesday ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over their criticism of his response to the coronavirus threat — charging that they were playing politics while he was trying to protect the American people.




The megatrends that will shape the 21st century

An enormous amount of change has been crammed into the first two decades of the 21st century — but what’s coming next will break every speed record.

Mega Trends Axios

The big picture: The world is being buffeted by rapid yet uneven advances in technology that will revamp work and what it means to be human. At the same time, fundamental demographic changes will alter democracies and autocracies alike while the effects of climate change accumulate, physically redrawing our globe.

In his forthcoming book, "The Precipice" Toby Ord of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute gives 1 in 6 odds that humanity will suffer an existential catastrophe during the next 100 years — almost certainly due to our own actions.

It’s little wonder then that a Pew Research survey last year found Americans “broadly pessimistic” about the state of the country in 2050. Full Story Axios Bryan Walsh




Comrade Sanders Declares War on the Whole U.S. Economy

Bernie Sanders Cartoon

Democrat front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders has responded to his disastrous 60 Minutes interview by releasing a plan for how he would raise the estimated $60 to $94 trillion necessary (he doesn't know exactly how much it all costs, and don't ask him) to pay for his massive socialist social programs. These programs include abolishing private health insurance to replace it with a government-run universal Medicare, pushing the so-called “Green New Deal” to force the economy onto expensive and as yet unreliable energy sources, and even a $1.5 trillion government-funded child care program that he nevertheless dubs “free.” He claims he would pay for that by taxing “extreme wealth.” Sanders would also drastically weaken the military, abolish ICE, and effectively open our borders while expanding the welfare state to cover illegal immigrants. Full Story PJ Media Bryan Preston




Behind Bernie Sanders, a passionate grassroots army – with a sting

Bernie Sanders Puppet

Senator Sanders’ grassroots army has made him the Democratic front-runner. But the party faces a conundrum over his most ardent foot soldiers, whom the senator so far has failed to rein in.

The supporters who have propelled Bernie Sanders to the front of the Democratic field range from septuagenarian social justice warriors to millennials saddled with student debt. But they share this: The iconoclastic senator from Vermont has awakened in them a sense of empowerment, at a time when liberals have been feeling particularly demoralized. Many put it in Kennedyesque terms, saying it isn’t just about what he can do for them – it’s about what they can do for their democracy.

While the senator has repeatedly condemned any harassment or violence in his name, his campaign – like the Trump campaign in 2016 – faces a particular challenge as it’s bringing in people who feel disenfranchised and tend to distrust the system, says Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.... Other Sanders supporters wield four-letter words far more frequently against his critics, sometimes with threatening undertones.

David Klion, a journalist in Brooklyn with nearly 60,000 Twitter followers, created a firestorm when he tweeted on Feb. 13: “Libs who are flirting with Bloomberg now should be aware that they are going on lists.... After the Culinary Workers Union of Nevada warned its 60,000 members in a flyer that they could lose their hard-won health care insurance under Sanders’ “Medicare for All” policy, self-proclaimed Bernie supporters unleashed a barrage of attacks against two union leaders, both minority women.

“This is your chance to fix your mistake before the millions and millions of Bernie Sanders supporters will find you and end your ability to earn a living,” said one email obtained by the Nevada Independent, calling the women “corrupt [expletive]s” and “fascist imbeciles.” “There’s a lot of slander of Bernie supporters by people who seem outraged by our passion,” writes Lizzy Vivino in another #MyBernieStory thread. “Do they ever stop to ask ‘Why are these people so energized?’” Full Story Christian Science Monitor




Grizzly Bear Shatters All Pro Wrestling Records After Identifying As Human

Grizzly Bear Wresting Satire

The pro wrestling world was rocked last week when a new challenger arrived on the WWE circuit weighing in at 890 pounds, possessing 10-inch claws, and the strength to crush bones into gelatin. “He calls himself ‘the Grizzly’ and he is unlike any other wrestler anyone in the WWE has ever come up against,” said wrestler Seth Rollins from his hospital bed after a brief run-in with the massive opponent. What makes the Grizzly so unique? He is a trans-grizzly bear; the man recently decided to identify as human after being born an Alaskan grizzly bear. Along with his new identity, he has embraced his dream of becoming a champion human pro wrestler. Full Story Satire by Babylon Bee

💥 Girls sue to block participation of transgender athletes

The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports.

Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School are represented by the conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom. They argue that allowing athletes with male anatomy to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities. Full Story AP News - PAT EATON-ROBB




Trump's reshaping of ‘Ninth Circus’ appeals court has stopped a lot of 'liberal judicial activism'

President Trump has reshaped the “notoriously liberal” U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, according to Carrie Severino, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network's chief counsel and policy director, who noted it was often referred to as the “Ninth Circus.”

The former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made the comments Monday on “Fox & Friends” in response to a Los Angeles Times article titled “Trump has flipped the 9th Circuit — and some new judges are causing a ‘shock wave.’”

The article said that when President Trump talks about his accomplishments in office, “he frequently mentions his aggressive makeover of a key sector of the federal judiciary — the circuit courts of appeal, where he has appointed 51 judges to lifetime jobs in three years.”

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which encompasses California, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, Guam, Oregon and Washington, was a liberal bastion that has been aggressively reshaped into a more moderate court by the Trump administration. Full Story Talia Kaplan - Fox News

"Veteran" Ninth Circuit Judges Complain to L.A. Times About New Ninth Circuit Judges

Trump has flipped the 9th Circuit — and some new judges are causing a ‘shock wave’




The Left Dumps NeverTrump?

After working in tandem for four years to try to destroy Donald Trump and everyone in his orbit, NeverTrump and the Left are breaking up in a very public and a very ugly way. And for those of us who’ve been close observers of this twisted political romance, watching their divorce play out is deeply gratifying.

The split couldn’t be happening to a more deserving couple—or dare I say, in honor of former Representative Katie Hill (D-Calif.), a more deserving throuple since it also included a willing canoodler in the corporate media.

But, for now, it looks like they are done brushing each other’s hair and sending late-night boozy texts confessing their mutual lust and loyalty.

NeverTrump is getting the boot for breaching the boundaries of this toxic relationship by daring to opine about the seemingly unstoppable candidacy of Bernie Sanders. Trouble in paradise began when NeverTrump changed the mood music from Orange Man Bad to Crazy Bernie Bad as the commie senator from Vermont began to dominate early Democratic presidential primary contests. Full Story American Greatness - Julie Kelly




Never forget the media’s blind eye to Obama’s corruption

Obama Caricature

The media is outraged that former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich only had to serve eight years out of a fourteen-year sentence for corruption. They say it sends a bad message that political corruption is OK. But what is outrageous and sends a message that political corruption is OK is when the Justice Department, most of the media, and other Democrats didn’t care about the massive political corruption of Barrack Obama throughout his political life and supported him no matter what he did.

Obama was above the law. Full Story Jack Hellner -American Thinker




Sonia Sotomayor Falsely Accused GOP-Appointed Justices of Doing What Democrat-Appointed Judges Do

Supreme Court Caricature

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor projected when she accused her Republican-appointed peers of acquiescence to the Trump administration, said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) in an interview on Breitbart News Sunday with special guest host Joel Pollak.

Sotomayor dissented in the Supreme court’s 5-4 decision in Wolf v. Cook County, upholding the federal government’s authority to restrict immigration from foreigners who would become financial burdens on taxpayers as “public charges.” Full Story Robert Kravchik - Breitbart

President Trump Calls on Sotomayor and Ginsburg to Recuse Themselves From His Supreme Court Cases

President Trump responded from India via Twitter on Tuesday local time to a scathing dissent by Justice Sonia Sotomayor released Friday that accused the conservative majority justices on the Supreme Court of being biased in favor of the Trump administration. Trump called on Sotomayor and her fellow Trump-hating Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse themselves from cases involving or relating to him. Full Story Kristinn Taylor Gateway Pundit

Sotomayor Can’t Handle Trump Winning - Rush Limbaugh




They said Vince Foster Killed Himself, They say Epstein and 48 other people connected to the Clintons and Obama killed themselves. Now they're telling us that DHS whistleblower and patriot, Philip Haney killed himself Good-Bye, Amigo, and Rest in Peace, Patriot William Marshal - Townhall.com

DHS Whistleblower against Obama Found Murdered
Exposed Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration in USA

Philip Haney was a scientist who also studied Arabic culture and language. He has specialized in Islamic theology and the strategy and tactics of the global Islamic movement. He was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security and worked as a Customs & Border Protection officer. He won numerous awards and commendations for producing actionable reports that helped identify hundreds of terrorists.

Haney told Sean Hannity in 2016 that he was ordered during the Obama administration to scrub the record of Muslims in the US with terrorist ties.

Other than Law Enforcement Today and the Gateway Pundit - his death remains scrubbed from news media and /or un-reported. Full Article Enigmose - Rick Gordon

Whistleblower Philip Haney’s Close Friend: “He Warned Something Could Happen to Him… It Will Be Falsely Called a Suicide”

💥 Official Statement From Amador County Officials: Obama Whistleblower Philip Haney’s Death Appears to Be by “Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound”







Trump allies assembled lists of officials considered disloyal to president

Allies of President Trump have reportedly been assembling lists of government officials deemed to be disloyal to the president and have worked to find pro-Trump replacements for them.

Steve Sack Cartoon drain swamp

Axios reported Sunday that the lists, which have become more important since Trump's acquittal in the Senate's impeachment trial, have been assembled by allies of the president outside the White House, including Ginni Thomas, wife to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

The lists and memos of targeted officials have been compiled since 2018, according to the news outlet. One list reportedly compiled by conservative activists of Groundswell, an organization with which Ginni Thomas is affiliated, contained a list of State Department employees who should be fired, including John Sullivan, the current U.S. ambassador to Russia. Full Story The Hill John Bowden


The Next Coup Against Trump Has Begun

As the intelligence agencies for all intents renew Operation Crossfire, it’ll take more than Richard Grenell to ward them off.

It was inevitable. After the Democrats failed to evict Donald Trump from office through the Mueller investigation and then the ridiculous impeachment over the Zelensky telephone call, they would have to try something else to ruin him before the November election. Rush Limbaugh was the first to predict that they’d go back to the “Russia collusion” narrative, and they have. Full Stroy American Spectator - Jed Babbin




Never Sanders?

Taylor Jones Cartoon

In 2020 if Sanders is the Democratic nominee, the NeverSanders movement will be far larger, far wealthier, far more influential—even as it is likely far quieter—than were the vociferous but anemic NeverTrumpers of 2016.

Almost everything the Democratic Left said about Donald Trump causing a Republican Party implosion proved untrue—and yet is proving true this year of the Democrats.

Trump’s agenda, for the most part, was Reaganesque, with a few important exceptions—closing the border and enforcing immigration law, getting tough with China’s unfair trade policies, restoring assembly and manufacturing jobs to the hollowed-out interior, avoiding optional wars abroad, and trying to drain the proverbial federal swamp of its careerist bureaucrats and revolving-door apparatchiks.

Even before Trump’s governance, the NeverTrump Right was emasculated, largely because its pundits and politicians could offer no alternative party agenda superior to Trump’s. Moreover, they had spent much of their lives advocating most of the very policies Trump was advancing, and increasingly was getting results.

2020 Sanders is their presumed 2016 Trump, at least as mainstream Democrats see it. Bernie is a supposed destructive outsider who loathes the party establishment and has a fervent base that is oblivious to their candidate’s inconsistencies and prior embarrassing associations and rhetoric—and doesn’t give a damn whether he takes down the party in the 2020 election on his singular, narcissistic crusade to become president. Full Story American Greatness - Victor Davis Hanson

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MSM takes abrupt break from anti-Trump frenzy for a ‘never Bernie’ moment on the eve of Nevada caucus

Sanders sends Democratic establishment into panic mode

'Never Sanders' needs to step up its game

Has Bernie Sanders ever lavished the kind of praise on the United States that he has heaped on the old regime of the Soviet Union, the dictators of Venezuela, or the Communist masters of Cuba? Has he ever praised the United States, period? When it comes to the United States versus its enemies, the guy is on the other side. It’s probably past time to take Sanders seriously and take a look at the kind of foreign policy he is most likely to pursue. It is certainly past time to get a clue about the deep meaning of Bernie Sanders. Stalin's Last Laugh Power Line - Scott Johnson


Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders likes to market himself as a wise old man who just happens to have clown hair but is right about everything, such as the War in Iraq. Yet his opposition to the Iraq War was dictated not by cool-headed geopolitical calculations, but the lifelong habit of romancing American enemies — as is typical for communism-lovers.

The recently surfaced press conference Sanders gave following his return from his honeymoon in Yaroslavl, USSR, is a great example of leftist naïveté about totalitarian regimes. For Bernie to fawn over Soviet culture the way he did indicates a staggering degree of incuriosity. I was only 15 and growing up in Kharkiv, now Ukraine, when the couple visited the USSR, and I’m not impressed when I watch Sanders sing Moscow’s praises - I Lived In Soviet Russia When Bernie Sanders Visited, And He’s A Communist Dupe




No Bernie, Denmark is Not a Socialist Utopia

Socialist/communist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders loves to sing the praises of a small Scandinavian country, Denmark. It seems he has fallen out of love with his previous favorite countries, the Soviet Union and Cuba, which he “warmly praised” in the late 1980s.

Lars Loekke Rasmussen Quote Denmark Not Socialist

After spurning the USSR, the country he spent his honeymoon in, shirtless, singing along drunkenly with his fellow communist comrades, he has moved on to northern Europe as representing his idea of utopia.

"I think we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway," Sanders said, "and learn what they have accomplished for their working people."

Danes may indeed be happy, but they bristle at being called socialists.

"I would like to make one thing clear," Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said recently in a speech at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. "Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy." Full Story American Thinker Brian C. Joondeph




MSNBC Suggests FBI Should Track Young White Men Online, Radicalize Them, Provide Resources for Creating Explosives, Then Arrest Them

In a shocking segment, MSNBC’s Katy Tur suggested that the FBI should be tracking young white men online to radicalize them, provide resources for creating explosives, and then arrest them. Tur was comparing young white men to ISIS terrorists in an interview with Frank Figliuzzi, the former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI.

.......... New Jersey’s annual Terrorism Threat Assessment report, released Friday, raised the threat of “white supremacists” higher than ISIS or al Qaeda. Full Story Gateway Pundit Cassandra Fairbanks




School launches secret program to turn kids 'trans' without telling parents

Trangender Manipulation

'This is a life-altering decision that educators have no business making'

A Wisconsin school district's policy of allowing students of any age to transition to a different gender and use a different name while at school without parental notice or consent has drawn a lawsuit from angry parents.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and the Alliance Defending Freedom are representing 14 individual parents from eight families who contend the policy violates constitutionally protected parental rights.

"This is a life-altering decision that educators have no business making," said ADF Senior Counsel Roger Brooks. Full Story WND




Public Charge' Immigration Rule Upheld by Supreme Court

President Trump on Public Charge Immigration Law

Donald Trump's rule changes the so-called "public charge" rule that withholds green cards from immigrants dependent on government services. Federal immigration law says that immigrants desiring permanent legal status can be denied if they are likely to become a "public charge."

Previously the government defined "public charge" as anyone receiving cash benefits. Those getting food stamps or housing assistance were exempt. The rule change means that green cards will only go to those who are free of dependency on government.

New York and Illinois sued the administration over the change and federal judges issued injunctions preventing the rule from being enacted. In January, the Supreme Court lifted the New York injunction and on Friday, the court lifted the Illinois order. Full Story PJ Media - Rick Moran

Supreme Court allows 'public charge' rule to take effect nationwide - The Hill - Edward Moreno

Leftists Have a Meltdown After Justice Sotomayor Claims Her Colleagues Are Biased

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a 5-4 ruling upholding the Trump administration's public charge rule, which withholds green cards from immigrants that are dependant on government welfare programs. Typically, the government looks at cash assistance programs but the Trump administration recently expanded that rule to include non-cash assistance programs, like food stamps TownHall - Beth Baumann

Supreme Court Lifts Last Bar To Trump Immigration Rule, Over Furious Sotomayor Dissent - Washington Free Beacon - Kevin Daley




Immigrant Welfare Statistics and Scams - Funding the Plunder

immigrant vs native welfare

Liberal media claims that undocumented / illegal aliens are ineligible for most major federally funded entitlement programs and contrary to Trumpet calls, can not therefore be abusing the welfare system. Many people naively believe this muddled trivia and think that immigrants are ineligible for public asisstance. A few years back, Congress attempted to make immigrants ineligible for most forms of welfare. However persistent pressure from immigrant advocacy groups led to cloaked Congressional backpedaling. Coupled with the Obama regime agenda most of the 1996 welfare reforms were rendered impotent. Immigrant welfare use and abuse has remained at the same per capita level.

The CIS [Center for Immigration Studies] published a study of immigration and welfare use that clearly demonstrates that more than half of immigrant households enrich themselves with at least one government welfare program compared to 30 percent of American households. Full Story - Rick Gordon Enigmose




A Zone of Free Stuff, Forever

Free Stuff Immigrants

Democrats have all but endorsed open borders this year. Law-abiding American taxpayers might have second thoughts.

Democratic presidential candidates want to make the U.S. border an existential problem. If anybody has doubts about that, check out Joe Biden’s recent interview with Mexican government mouthpiece Jorge Ramos, who thinks he has a right to set U.S. policy.

When Biden was vice president, the United States deported millions of people, probably the only positive action of the 44th president formerly known as Barry Soetoro. Barack Obama’s vice president now thinks all of those deportations were a “mistake,” because legal as well as “undocumented immigrants” are key contributors to the U.S. economy. So accepting all comers, Biden says, “is not a burden. It’s a gift.”

Ramos loved it, for good reason. According to the Bank of Mexico, Mexicans abroad sent back $33.48 billion in 2018. Without that money, Mexico might collapse, so one can understand what Ramos is on about.

The vast majority of the Mexican remitters reside in the United States illegally. Americans have been told for years that 11 million illegals occupy the country, but according to MIT and Yale experts, it turns out to be closer to 22 million. Full Story American Greatness - Lloyd Billingsley







Why They Hate Trump

Get Trump

Nearly 50% of the American political world hate President Trump. Truly hate him. This is no mild disregard like it was for President Bush 43 “Dubbya,” he of the cowboy foreign policy. This is not the “He’s a total lightweight but he’s pretty harmless so we can sandbag him,” disrespect they had for George HW Bush. This is even deeper than the outright derision and scorn in which they held for Ronald Reagan.

No, this goes farther. This is hatred on a deep, visceral level. A we’d-revert-to-violence-if-we-could-get-away-with-it hatred. They really, really hate him -- personally, politically, any way you can slice it. Here's Why Full Story American Thinker - Steve Feinstein


Media Serves Up Comedy in Effort to Get Trump

I don’t believe that Donald Trump has ever deployed the Twitteresque acronym “ROFLMAO” (rolling on the floor, laughing my ass off). But I know that he appreciates the sentiment because of something he said way back in February 2018.

At that time, at the apex of Robert Mueller’s Excellent Adventure, President Trump observed that people were “laughing their asses off in Moscow” at the malevolent Keystone Cops antics of the Get Trump Brigade. “If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S.,” the president observed, “then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.”

That was—and is—exactly right, as was his follow-on observation: “I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.’ The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia—it never did!”

Period. Full stop. End of story.

But not, of course, the end of the comedy. Full Story Epoch Times Roger Kimball




Sexualization, Pornography, and Grooming in the Schools

sexualizing kids

Here's what one girl described:

In 6th grade our school started the FLASH curriculum. I will never forget the day our MALE teacher taught us what intercourse was. That was mortifying. We had to sit and hear very personal things with boys constantly joking about it. It made me feel violated, like I was just an object. Since the sex ed curriculum started, those kinds of things go on all year long. Sexual comments are common. Boys will even grab girls' butts at school, including mine. When addressed, they simply move on to someone else. I want it to stop but if you say anything you are made fun of and no one takes you seriously. This is wrong but everyone seems to just accept it and girls suffer in silence. Sexual harassment is being tolerated and actually encouraged by the culture that has been fueled by sex being in every day at school.

Girls already have a hard time being respected and having sex discussed every day just makes it hard. I, and many others, prefer to have these sensitive discussions at home with those we trust, not in front of our peers and teachers. And by the way, opting out is not really an option. Anyone who does that gets teased and bullied even more. This really should be an elective class that you CHOOSE to take. Why can't it be that way? We should have a choice.

In my other class we are learning about our first amendment rights. I am supposed to have the right to exercise my religious freedom yet every day I am being forced to go against it in order to pass a class. I am a pastor's daughter. Where are my rights? Where is my right to have safe boundaries? I don't want this mandated on me and I certainly can't imagine making younger kids go through this.

Today I ask you to guarantee that ALL kids' voices are heard. Please vote no and give us a real choice, a choice to keep our honor. Full Article - American Thinker Amy Contrada




Ineffective, Immoral, Politically Convenient: America’s Overreliance on Economic Sanctions and What to Do about It

Cato Institute

American sanctions target around two dozen countries, with some states experiencing what amounts to near total economic embargoes. Why are these policies in place, what effects do they have, and how successful are they in achieving their geopolitical objectives? Sanctions have massive humanitarian costs and are not only ineffective but likely counterproductive. On these points, there is overwhelming agreement in the academic literature. Such policies can reduce the economic performance of the targeted state, degrade public health, and cause tens of thousands of deaths per year under the most crushing sanctions regimes. Moreover, they almost always fail to achieve their goals

The popularity of sanctions owes more to the domestic interests of politicians than their ability to achieve geopolitical goals. American policymakers show little interest in the empirical research on sanctions and they often do not supplement trade restrictions with diplomatic efforts that can help achieve a bargain.

The history of American sanctions can be traced to the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917. Through statutory interpretation and legislative amendments, that law has, in the words of Benjamin Coates, “transformed over the decades into a broad writ of executive authority to wage economic warfare against loosely defined enemies virtually anywhere and at any time.” Full Article Cato Institute




Virgil: Trump Drains the Deep State, Finally!

Ben Garrison Swamp Cartoon

BEN GARRISON Cartoon

Interesting new headline from Axios: "New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers.” The article details the efforts of John McEntee, just chosen by President Trump to be the new chief of presidential personnel, to target disloyal people within the administration.

As the article put it, Trump’s injunction to McEntee is, “Purge the ‘bad people’ and ‘Deep State.’” Full Article Breitbart - 'Virgil'




The Cruel Reality Of Life As One Of The Media’s Never-Trump Waterboys -

Media bias is an old constant. It has never and will never go away. A reporter or host can use all the proper, sanitized words he wants, but behind the scenes lie the decisions that went into which stories to pursue and which to drop; where to pull back and where to push forward; who to interview, who to skip; what is most important versus what can be buried or even cut.

And then, of course, there’s the cool kids’ club. True, it more strongly resembles grown and embittered theater kids who never quite made it, but it’s Washington, so things are not very real.

This club is a place anti-Trump conspiracies are treated with the upmost seriousness and obviously implausible pronouncements are called conventional wisdom; where Jim Acosta gets high-fives for reporting conspiracy theories and heckling Easter egg rolls; where people can be incorrect again and again to the point of irrelevance yet still maintain columns, airtime, and glowing profiles about their bravery in the face of wrong. Full Article - The Federalist Christopher Bedford




‘Historically Unpopular’ Trump? Look at the Real Numbers

Ignore the spin. It’s a combination of wishful thinking by Trump’s enemies with a relentless brainwashing campaign by the media.

It is easy to find plenty of stories from the usual suspects alleging Trump is unpopular—for example, in just the 24 hours prior to writing this, there were several. CNN offers “Trump is generally unpopular in California,” in a story that talks about Trump’s successful fundraising, successful campaigning, and high Republican primary turnout.

The Atlantic informs us, “The president’s treatment of immigrants at the border is inhumane and wildly unpopular with Latinos”—this in a story titled “Latino Support for Trump Is Real. And that’s a problem for Democrats.” (That embedded link in the quote from the Atlantic story, incidentally, goes to a summer 2018 story from Guardian, a British publication whose expertise on the subject of Latino politics is, at best, suspect.)

Reading Eagle tells us that “Buttigieg . . . warning that Trump ‘can absolutely win again, as unpopular as he may seem,’”—far be it for any reporter to not work Trump’s supposed “unpopularity” into his stories somehow, even when the stories appear to be about how he is . . . well, popular! - Full Article American Greatness George S. Bardmesser




Lady Justice Spurns Her Blinders For Trump Associates

Lady Justice Slain Cartoon

People like Justice Amy Berman Jackson, who claim to hold the greatest devotion to our institutions, who purport to cherish the rule of law above all else, are the ones responsible for systematically demolishing it all.

The claim sounded like something from Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) or Rachel Maddow or any number of Russian collusion propagandists: “He was not prosecuted for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president.”

Those words, however, were not uttered on MSNBC but rather in a federal courtroom by Amy Berman Jackson, a U.S. district court judge seated in the nation’s capital, whose job is to ensure the fair administration of justice based on the rule of law. The “he” Jackson was referring to is Roger Stone, a Trump confidant; the “president,” of course, is Donald Trump.

Now, Stone wasn’t charged with covering up for the president nor did the indictment against him suggest as much. There was nothing to “cover up” as election collusion is a fantasy concocted by the Democrats and the news media. But the Obama-appointee was on a roll; facts, at that point, didn’t matter to Jackson. (In a tweet Thursday morning, Schiff echoed Jackson’s evidence-free remark, claiming Stone “did it to cover up for Trump.”) Full Story American Greatness - Julie Ponzi




'Woke' Media Fail to Notice Historic Cabinet Appointment by Trump. Of Course They Did.

These days we're often regaled with news stories highlighting firsts – 'she's the first LGBTIQ++ Latinx to graduate from the Che Guevarra School of Global Warming who has devoted her life to petting same-sex kittens, tilling community gardens while simultaneously running Riverkeeper kayak trips for one-legged dogs found on the streets of Portland.'

You get it.

So it was rather surprising to discover that mainstream news stories of the first openly gay White House Cabinet member – ever, ever – were left on the newsroom floor. Full Article PJ Media - Victoria Taft




Hunter Biden was pretty useful for Burisma after all

Hunter - Joe Biden Cartoon

With a story like this, now we know what he had to sell - a pay-to-play game that guaranteed access for any corrupt company that would put him on the payroll, goosing their access and influence to the State department and its policymakers. Hillary Clinton ran the State department on a pay to play basis, up until her departure in 2013, and apparently her successors were little different.

Here's McCaughey's sequence of events as a reminder of just how this all worked:

April 15, 2014: Burisma sends Hunter Biden's business partner, Devon Archer, $112,000.

April 16, 2014: Archer visits Vice President Biden at the White House.

April 21, 2014: Vice President Biden arrives in Ukraine bearing millions in aid for the Ukraine energy industry.

May 12, 2014: Hunter Biden joins Burisma's board.

February 2015: Ukrainian authorities seize the property of Burisma's CEO and go after unpaid taxes.

March 2016: Biden demands that Ukraine's top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, be fired, and threatens to hold up $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees.

It signals that President Trump was right to withold aid to Ukraine until this kind of behavior could be sorted out.

Democrats impeached him for that. This new information now shows that what they were really doing was covering up for a massive pattern of Democrat corruption. Full Story American Thinker - Monica Showalter




Palestinians’ Factory of Israeli Atrocities

Palestinians’ Factory of Israeli Atrocities

Israelly Cool reported Tuesday that Palestinian “journalist” Mustafa Batnain tweeted a “heartbreaking photo from Gaza” depicting a baby inside a cardboard box, presumably the little one’s only shelter amid rampaging, savage, brutal IDF forces. There was just one catch: the photo was actually not from Gaza at all, but from Idomeni, Greece. It’s all in a day’s work for the Palestinian factory of Israeli atrocities.

The photo was just the latest of innumerable examples of the deception that is perpetrated on an industrial scale by Palestinian propagandists in order to make Israel seem to be an oppressive occupying power. Discover the breadth and sophistication of this deception, and its deleterious international effects, in The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process. Full Story Front Page Magazine - Robert Spencer




The Prisoner who escaped with her Guard

Girl Prisoner Asian

He has thought of everything.

He has cut the wires to the surveillance cameras.

He has volunteered for a longer night shift.

He has even laid out shoes for her by the back door. ...

He wasn’t taking any chances, and was also taking a gun. Kim tried to persuade him to leave it behind but Jeon was adamant.

Surviving capture wasn’t an option. A show trial in North Korea and execution would almost certainly be the punishment - particularly since the guard was absconding with a prisoner. “If they stopped me, I was going to shoot them and run. If I couldn’t run, I was going to shoot myself.”

It was an unlikely friendship - the prison guard and the prisoner. .........

Her Crime: she took a boy from her village into the mountains to take a call from his mother, who had defected to South Korea, they were followed by the secret police.

“I told them I would pay as much as they would want me to and I begged and begged. But [the official] said because the son already knew everything they could not hide my crime and cover for me.”

In North Korea, activities which involve or suggest a relationship with an “enemy state” - South Korea, Japan or the US - can earn a North Korean a stiffer sentence than killing someone ............. Full Story BBC - Hyung Eun Kim




Polarization Narrative Is a Triumph for Leftism

Polarization Cartoon

The sharp divide in our politics is not an unfortunate consequence of rising extremism or some other trans-ideological cause. It is exactly what the American Left has wanted all along.

When commentators regret the ferocious polarization in the United States following the election of President Donald Trump, conservatives must be wary. Polarization as a term to describe the political scene has strategic value for liberals. In calling what has happened to our country a problem of a disappearing middle, liberals obscure actions of the Left that have produced the antagonisms of the present. Here’s how it works. Full Article American Greatness - Mark Bauerlein




Postcard From Pre-Totalitarian America

Pre-Totalitarian Americal

Folks, Americans are extremely naive about what’s coming. We just cannot imagine that people who burst into tears in the face of gentle mockery of their political beliefs can ever come to power. They are already in power, in the sense that they have mesmerized leaders of American institutions. I’m telling you, that 2015 showdown on Yale’s campus between Prof. Nicholas Christakis and the shrieking students was profoundly symbolic. Christakis used the techniques of discursive reason to try to establish contact with these young people. None of it mattered. They yelled and cursed and sobbed. The fact that he disagreed with them, they took as an assault on their person. And Yale University caved to them!

This stuff is so outrageous that we can’t wrap our minds around how these people will ever come to rule us. Listen to what these people who grew up under communism are saying! Nadine Gordimer said: ... “All the young are candidates for the solutions of communism or fascism when there are no alternatives to despair or dissipation.”

The religion of social justice is rushing in to fill the vacuum. Nice liberals, and nice conservatives, cannot allow themselves to think of where this might go. Solzhenitsyn knew better: Full Article American Conservative - Rod Dreher




The Myth of Bernie Sanders’s Honesty

Bernie Sanders Millionaire

Love him or hate him, and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders does evoke extremes in feeling, but even conservatives often credit him with being honest. They shouldn’t. Not only has the Vermont senator and presidential contender changed positions to capture today’s “woke” Democrat Party left flank, but there are three factors to be considered when assessing honesty, and Sanders fails in the most dangerous way possible.

Oh, he certainly possesses authentic passion. Sanders isn’t empty to the core, as an early Arkansas Democrat critic said of Bill Clinton; he’s not a full-fledged opportunist such as Queen of Mean Amy Klobuchar or Pistol Pete Buttigieg, whose Marxist father, unbelievably, was a founding member of the International Gramsci Society (you can’t make this stuff up!). Nonetheless, Sanders would certainly understand late comedian Lenny Bruce’s observation, “We’re all as honest as we can afford to be.” Full Story - American Thinker Selwyn Duke

Peter Schweizer: How Bernie Sanders has used his public service to enrich his family - According to Schweizer's investigations, Sanders' wife Jane Driscoll Sanders was appointed to several positions of influence when he was mayor of Burlington, Vt. After the pair were married in 1988, she received a big pay increase — ignoring objections from the city council.

"Bernie ignored them and that began this pattern of sort of steering money – taxpayer money and campaign money – to his family," the "Profiles in Corruption" author said.




Subverting the Irrational Narrative of America

Christopher Flannery’s podcast “The American Story” works to dispel the irrational leftist narrative about America, one true and beautiful story at a time.

Older generations probably remember a time when most Americans considered their country a genuinely great country. But the doubts and questions our inevitable imperfections once inspired have metastasized and now are weaponized by the Left in ways that few normal people in that older generation seem to grasp. They hear the stories of campus outrage and they witness the ever more shrill invective that seems to poison our politics. They forget that their own love of country, which steadies them in these storms, comes from something deeper than their experience of politics in our time—that it was inspired by something other than the ongoing back and forth debate over policy prescriptions.

Fortunately, Christopher Flannery of the Claremont Institute has not forgotten what inspired his own feeling for America and he isn’t shy about sharing his love letters to America inspired by this informed sentiment.

Flannery’s podcast, “The American Story,” offers short, well-produced, and cogent stories that hark back to an older way of talking about our country and to the people who made it great. Quite deliberately, it steps over rather than engages with what has become the authoritative, if blinkered, narrative of America. The assumption is that these stories can be understood by any reasonable person who has not already been anesthetized by progressive doctrines insisting America’s past is nothing but shameful and in need of hair-shirt repentance.

Full Article Julie Ponzi American Greatness




Group petitions to join this state, blaming Oregon's liberal Democrats

Greater Idaho Petition

“Rural counties have become increasingly outraged by laws coming out of the Oregon Legislature that threaten our livelihoods, our industries, our wallet, our gun rights, and our values. We tried voting those legislators out but rural Oregon is outnumbered and our voices are now ignored. This is our last resort.” — News release quoting petitioner Mike McCarter

Of Oregon's 36 counties, only 14 in the Willamette Valley area would remain if the group succeeds, the newspaper reported. Moving the border would require approval from the U.S. Congress as well as the Idaho and Oregon state legislatures, however. Full Story Fox News - Jack Durschlag




'Their hatred makes me stronger': Kent State 'gun girl' rips Ohio University students after 'riot' - Kaitlin Bennett, known as "gun girl" after she posed with an AR-10 for her Kent State University graduation photo, visited Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, on Monday to quiz students on their knowledge of presidents. She was met by throngs of students who hurled insults and drinks at her as she attempted to flee what she later described as a "riot."




Left-Wing Group Organized Barr Attack Letter

The headline sounded ominous: “Former Justice Dept. Lawyers Press for Barr to Step Down,” blared an article in Sunday’s New York Times. More than 1,100 former federal prosecutors signed a letter to condemn Attorney General William Barr and encourage Justice Department employees to tattle on the nation’s top lawman if they see anything naughty.

The lawyers were outraged at Barr’s decision to override “line prosecutors,” including two holdovers from the Robert Mueller investigation, who had recommended an excessive sentence against Roger Stone. “Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words,” they wrote. “Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign.”

Times reporter Katie Benner, trying to make the stunt look like a legitimate grassroots effort, attributed the letter to Protect Democracy, which she described as a “nonprofit legal group.” But Protect Democracy is not an organic activist group spontaneously created by high-minded legal experts alarmed by Trump’s alleged flouting of the rule of law. Protect Democracy was launched in early 2017 as part of an extensive anti-Trump operation managed by a leftwing tech billionaire: Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. This is who is behind Protect Democracy and a number of other nonprofits formed to destroy the president.

Full Story American Greatness- Julie Kelly




Alan Dershowitz: George Soros Asked Barack Obama to Investigate Undisclosed Person

Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz told Breitbart News Sunday this weekend that billionaire left-wing financier George Soros told then-President Barack Obama to investigate someone.

Dershowitz would not identify who, precisely, the target of the investigation was, but said that the name would soon emerge in in a lawsuit that had yet to be filed. Full Story Breitbart News Joel Pollak

Dershowitz: 'Obama personally asked the FBI to investigate somebody on behalf of George Soros'

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz said Sunday he has proof that former President Barack Obama "personally asked" the FBI to investigate someone "on behalf of George Soros," the liberal billionaire megadonor.

Dershowitz's claim came soon after Attorney General Bill Barr openly asked President Trump to stop tweeting about ongoing Justice Department matters, saying it made it "impossible" to do his job. Barr, who also maintained that Trump never personally intervened in a criminal matter, was hit last week by a letter from former DOJ officials organized by a leftwing group demanding his resignation.

"There was a lot of White House control of the Justice Department during the Kennedy administration and I don't think we saw very many liberal professors arguing against that," Dershowitz said in an interview with Breitbart News that aired Sunday on SiriusXM. "I have some information as well about the Obama administration – which will be disclosed in a lawsuit at some point, but I'm not prepared to disclose it now – about how President Obama personally asked the FBI to investigate somebody on behalf of George Soros, who was a close ally of his." He did not say specifically who the target might have been.




The Reason They Support Trump Isn’t About Trump

Tom Schaub, Ralph Petersheim, Donna Leum, Kris Amundson and Ben Klinkner are all sitting around a large conference table at the Westby Cooperative Creamery in this Vernon County town. There is a pot of coffee and an oversized box of doughnuts. The aroma that only bakery-fresh doughnuts can provide radiates throughout the room.

All four are dairy farmers. Schaub is president of the co-op. Petersheim has been recognized for his water and land conservation efforts by the county, earning him the Outstanding Conservation Farmer Award for his impeccable land efforts. Leum’s family owns a 53-cow dairy, and both of her adult children are in different aspects of the dairy agriculture industry. Amundson’s family produces 17,200 pounds of milk per cow each year for the cooperative. Klinkner is a sixth-generation farmer on his family’s organic dairy farm.

They are all board members of a co-op that was formed over 117 years ago by local dairy farm families searching for a way to develop a sustainable market for their milk and dairy products in their creamery.

Individually, they are superhumans. Not only do they work the dawn-to-dusk hours required to bring you cheese, yogurt, milk, sour cream and any other dairy delight that fills refrigerators (cows are milked twice a day every day of the year); they are devoted conservationists of the soil and water, and are tireless volunteers dedicating countless hours to the 4-H club, local schools, their churches and the co-op board.

They all said their vote for Trump wasn’t for him but rather for their communities.

It was an abstract and complicated decision that rarely makes sense to people who don’t walk in their shoes, live in their ZIP code or understand how long establishments within both parties have let them down, their parents down, their grandparents down and their children down.

“Well those 'dumb 'farmers, they’re an electrician. They’re a plumber. They are mechanics, scientists, conservationists..... Full Story Epoch Times - Salena Zito

In Contrast : East Coast Elitist Mike Bloomberg: “Anyone in This Room Can Be a Farmer” – You Need “Gray Matter” to be in Information Economy (VIDEO)




Tom Fitton Provides the Explanation for Why DOJ Refuses to Prosecute

Conservative frustration with DoJ’s inaction on high-profile criminal referral for James Comey and now Andrew McCabe continues to build while the Democrat-media complex is orchestrating a campaign to force the resignation of Attorney General Bill Barr. Some of the whys and wherefores about DoJ’s failure to proceed in the McCabe case were discussed in a Fox News interview with Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, and Bob Driscoll, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff, Civil Rights Division, US Dept of Justice, on Friday night.

Fitton: "In my view, past experience is an indication of what is going to happen. Comey was referred to the Justice Dept under AG Barr for prosecution for leaking the President’s FBI files, lying about it … including classified information. They refused to proceed. You have the significant criminal activity by the deputy FBI director referred by the IG to the Attorney General, and they refused to proceed. I’m hopeful that [Barr] tries to get control of the Justice Dept. Judicial Watch is facing opposition from the Justice Dept in getting accountability even through the simple FOIA process. It’s troubling, and the Attorney General has got to understand that it ain’t regular business at the Justice Dept. This week began with a slap at the Attorney General, and attack on the President through this abuse of Stone, and it ended with another slap and attack at the President and Attorney General. And if he thinks he’s being well-served by the careerists around him, he needs to take another look at who’s advising him because these folks pretend to be nonpartisan. The Justice Dept is full of Democrat activist lawyers pretending to be career civil servants who are pursuing an agenda. There are thousands of Vindmans, thousands of James Comeys, and they’re not working for the American people."

..... It is entirely clear that the Dept of Justice remains a Deep State sanctuary for Democrat lawyers {An organ of entrenched Bureaucrats and deep state operatives} Full Story RedState - Stu Cvrk

Related: 20-to-1 ratio: DOJ workers' contributions favored Clinton over Trump




Democrats' passionate love affair with lies

David Kupelian on what's really behind leftwing leaders' shocking disregard for truth.

Question: What do Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Peter Strzok, Rod Rosenstein, Andrew McCabe, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Adam Schiff all have in common?

It’s so painfully obvious, I don’t even need to say it.




In what can only be described as giving the middle finger to the United States of America and law and order, the mayor of Los Angeles and his equally law-breaking police chief recorded a public service announcement letting illegal aliens know they will not be held accountable to U.S. laws while living in .LA. LA Mayor and Police Chief Record PSA Assuring Illegals They Can Get Away With Breaking American Laws




The Absurd ‘Trump Is a Tyrant’ Trope

Democrats cling to their self-refuting caricature of the President.

A major reason the Democrats and their media allies have failed to bring down the president, or seriously impede his agenda, is their refusal to abandon the caricature of Trump they created during the 2016 election. The most absurd feature of that image involves the claim that he is some sort of autocrat. It is all but impossible to read a daily newspaper, watch a network newscast, or visit a social media site ... Full Article - American Spectator David Catron




New book reveals explosive details about Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton tarmac meeting

Affiliate Link Book Secret on the Tarmac

The author of “Secret on the Tarmac” revealed new details Monday about the secretly held 2016 meeting between former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

“We knew something had occurred that was a bit unusual. It was a planned meeting. It was not a coincidence,” journalist Christopher Sign told “Fox & Friends" about the explosive meeting that cast a negative light over the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

At the time, then-candidate Donald Trump criticized Bill Clinton via Twitter for potentially trying to interfere with the investigation. Full Article Fox News - Joshua Nelson




Prosecutorial Misconduct, Clinton Connection in Duncan Hunter Case

It looked like a classic Justice Department squeeze play: pile a boatload of corruption charges on then-Representative Duncan Hunter, Republican of California, drag in his family, and plead it down to a single count and a resignation. But Hunter fought back. And now Judicial Watch has uncovered new evidence supporting allegations of misconduct by prosecutors in the case allied with Hillary Clinton.

In a June 2017 motion to dismiss, Hunter’s attorneys noted that the two lead Justice Department lawyers on the case, Alana Robinson and Emily Allen, had attended a 2015 political fundraiser for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the La Jolla mansion of a wealthy supporter. Hunter was a vocal critic of Mrs. Clinton and an early supporter of Donald Trump.

The Justice Department responded with a mystifying claim. It told a San Diego court that Robinson and Allen were asked to attend the fundraiser “in the event of a protective security related incident where immediate prosecutorial guidance would be necessary.”

An earlier Justice Department letter said that the prosecutors were at the event “in their official capacity assisting law enforcement.”

New documents obtained by Judicial Watch support the conclusion that Robinson and Allen were at the Clinton fundraiser because they were Clinton supporters, not on standby for “prosecutorial guidance” while the monied class gathered on the glittering lawns of La Jolla. The documents raise serious questions about whether prosecutors misled the court. Lying to a judge of course is illegal. Violations of the Hatch Act may come into play here too, as well as violations of Justice Department guidelines.

Full Article - Judicial Watch Tom Fitton




Ex-DOJ Obama Era Officials Demand Barr Resign

Calls For Current DOJ Officials to Rise Up, Report Abuses, Withdraw From Cases That Involve ‘Misconduct’

Attorney General William Barr cartoon

The Deep State-Democrat-media complex has been attacking AG Bill Barr since he smacked down Mueller’s prosecutors for abusing Roger Stone by recommending a 7 to 9 year prison sentence for process crimes.

The shampeachment hoax blew up in the Democrats’ faces so they had to cook up a new scandal.

The new left-wing narrative being parroted by the media and other Deep State actors is that there is a “crisis at the Justice Department.”

.. Tom Fitton [Judicial Watch] referred to the DOJ as a “leftist fiefdom.”

Full Article - Gateway Pundit - Cristina Laila




Donald Trump is appointing federal judges at a blistering pace

ON ALMOST ANY measure, Donald Trump ranks himself among the most successful presidents in history. In one area—making appointments to America’s federal court system—he may actually be right. In a little over three years, Mr Trump has nominated and won Senate confirmation for 192 federal judges, including 137 district-court judges, 51 appellate judges and two Supreme Court justices. No president since at least Ronald Reagan has racked up judicial appointments so quickly (the closest was Bill Clinton with 189 at this point in his presidency: see chart). By the end of the year, on current trends, a quarter of federal judges will be Mr Trump’s appointees. They may prove his most enduring legacy. - Full Article The economist




The cost of going after Bloomberg

Bloomberg Money Boost

Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them. - Full Article Jim VandeHei, Margaret Talev




Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged?

Andrew McCabe

The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director, over his false statements to investigators probing an unauthorized leak that McCabe had orchestrated. McCabe was fired in March 2018, shortly after a blistering Justice Department inspector general (IG) report concluded that he repeatedly and blatantly lied — or, as the Bureau lexicon puts it, “lacked candor” — when questioned, including under oath.

Why not indict McCabe on felony false-statements charges? That is the question being pressed by incensed Trump supporters. After all, the constitutional guarantee of equal justice under the law is supposed to mean that McCabe gets the same quality of justice afforded to the sad sacks pursued with unseemly zeal by McCabe’s FBI and Robert Mueller’s prosecutors. George Papadopoulos was convicted of making a trivial false statement about the date of a meeting. Roger Stone was convicted of obstruction long after the special counsel knew there was no Trump–Russia conspiracy, even though his meanderings did not impede the investigation in any meaningful way -- Full Story - National Review - Andrew McCarthy


Two-Tiered Justice System on Full Display

-This was not a banner week for the idea that justice is alive and blind in America. Three separate stories converged to drive home the obvious truth that America has a two-tiered justice system: the Justice Department's decision to not indict the guilty-as-sin plotter Andrew McCabe, the attempt to give Roger Stone an outrageous jail sentence, and the Army's decision to shrug that one of its officers attempted to orchestrate the removal of his commander-in-chief.

Even in the unlikely scenario that the Barr-Durham investigations send the full stable of coup-plotters to jail for decades, it will not erase the obvious fact that it pays to be a Democrat if you are going to commit crimes, particularly if they are political... Full Story American Thinker - Fletch Daniels




DC Law

As part of the Mueller Russian collusion investigation -- which found none -- Stone, a minor figure with no real connection to the Trump campaign, puffed up his connections to Wikileaks, connections he did not have, and then lied about them in congressional testimony. He also was accused of threatening a witness, a threat the witness said he never took seriously. When after conviction the prosecutor made a sentencing recommendation of six to nine years, the attorney general found that was excessive and had that recommendation withdrawn.

Here is the indictment of Roger Stone. The back story is here: DC Law - Full Story - American Thinker Clarice Feldman

Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Tells Buttigieg: ‘Stop Playing War Hero’

Alfred E. Newman and Vermin Supreme

The former Navy SEAL responsible for killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden offered some harsh advice for Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who often touts his five months in Afghanistan on the presidential campaign trail.

“My advice for Pete Buttigieg… Stop playing war hero. You’re gonna get called out,” wrote Robert O’Neill on Twitter.

As U.S. Marines Greg Kelly and Katie Horgan write in the Wall Street Journal, however, veterans often “roll their eyes” when Buttigieg talks of his time in the Navy. Kelly and Horgan note Buttigieg jumped on the fast-track to becoming a military officer through a direct commission in the reserves, circumventing the years of intense training and preparation that most must go through to achieve such a status.

“Mr. Buttigieg skipped all that—no obstacle courses, no weapons training, no evaluation of his ability or willingness to lead,” the Marines write. “Paperwork, a health exam and a background check were all it took to make him a naval officer.”

The two Marines also reference Buttigieg’s book chronicling his time as a war tourist with time to relax and read. Full Story - Federalist - Tristan Justice

Pete Buttigieg’s Military Service Isn’t All That

When ex-mayor Pete Buttigieg talks about his military service, he can’t brag too much or he would be caught lying.

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Buttigieg Sunday if President Trump “deserves some credit” for the strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. “No,” the candidate replied, “not until we know whether this was a good decision and how this decision was made.”

He suggested it wasn’t a strategic move. People listen intently to him, giving him more credence than he deserves since he was in the military.

The reportedly-failed mayor of South Bend is the media’s Democrat go-to guy on questions of military strategy. That’s why all listened when he questioned the strike on terrorist Qasem Soleimani, who has killed over 600 U.S. soldiers.

Buttigieg entered the military through a little-used shortcut, a direct commission in the reserves. He didn’t go through intense training nor did he go to the naval academy. The son of a famous communist professor skipped all the work — “no obstacle courses, no weapons training, no evaluation of his ability or willingness to lead. Paperwork, a health exam and a background check were all it took to make him a naval officer,” writes Greg Kelly and Katie Horgan in an article in January for the WSJ.




New Film Shows How the War on Poverty Failed and the Real Hope for America’s 'Forgotten' Cities

Urban Decay

When Donald Trump won his historic upset victory in 2016, media outlets briefly turned to the "forgotten" men and women of rural America and those in once-great American cities now crumbling. The "Great Revolt," as Salena Zito explains it, describes a political realignment aimed at revitalizing broken communities. Yet according to a groundbreaking new film, the true answer to urban decay, broken families, and ballooning debt from dependence on social programs isn't more government but a return to the traditional sources of meaning: faith, family, work, and community.

Filmmaker Christopher Rufo traveled to three crumbling American cities — Youngstown, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; and Stockton, Calif. — and documented the deep human struggles of communities left behind

Full Story - PJ Media - Tyler Oneill




Trump Charges the Liberal Hacks’ Latest Ambush

You know, these Deep State dorks want to be thought of as cunning operators with savage skills, but most of them are more like Barney Fife stumbling on a loaded AK-47 while hopped up on Aunt Bea’s famous hash hush puppies. They tried yet another hack ploy with the Roger Stone sentencing, and found themselves outplayed yet again like Joe Biden going up against Bobby Fischer. All Trump did is follow a basic rule they taught me and every other infantry guy down at Fort Benning.

You charge into the ambush. Full bore, no hesitation.

When you find yourself in a kill zone, you don’t futz around trying to figure out a plan. You do that and you die.

You don’t run away, because then you get shot in the back and die tired.

You determine the direction of fire and charge into it.

You might get killed, but that’s a consequence of walking into an ambush. The simple fact is that the only way you have a chance of coming out of it unventilated is to charge the SOBs ambushing you. Which Trump did. Full Story Town Hall - Kurt Schlichter




Did Trump Really Call For an End To Student Loan Forgiveness Program ?

Trump does not propose to eliminate all student loan forgiveness. Rather, he proposes to end the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Trump believes that simplifying the number of student loan repayment plans will simply student loan repayment and help borrowers pay off student loans faster. Importantly, federal student loan repayment plans can help you lower your monthly payment (even though interest accrues on your balance), but don’t expect to get a lower interest rate on your student loans. Trump has proposed an income-based repayment plan that forgive federal student loans for undergraduate borrowers after 15 years of student loan payments. Currently, you can receive federal student loan forgiveness after 20 years (undergraduate) or 25 years (graduate school) under existing income-driven repayment plans. Like current income-driven repayment plans, borrowers under this proposed plan likely would be liable for income taxes on the amount of student loan forgiveness they receive. Full Article




Roger Stone - Persecution or Prosecution ?

4 Prosecutors Withdraw From Roger Stone Case After DOJ Disputes ‘Excessive’ Sentencing Guideline

Roger Stone

Four prosecutors from the Justice Department (DOJ) have withdrawn from their roles in the Roger Stone case, following the department’s decision to reduce the amount of prison time they are recommending for the Trump associate.

Zelinsky and Jed previously worked on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. “The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice,” the president wrote. - Full Story - Epoch Times - Janita Khan

Trump is on a Rampage – Turns His Ire Toward Tony Podesta, ‘Why Did Nothing Ever Happen to Him?’ - Shortly after President Trump TORCHED Demon Judge Amy Berman Jackson, he turned his ire toward Tony Podesta on Tuesday night.

TRUMP: Whatever happened to Hillary campaign manager Podesta’s BROTHER? Wasn’t he caught, forced to leave his firm, with BIG BAD things to happen? Why did nothing ever happen to him, only to the “other” side?

Roger Stone jury foreperson's anti-Trump views surface, raising new questions about his trial and conviction

How Is this Fair? Social Media Posts Prove Judge Amy Berman Jackson Rigged Roger Stone Trial with Far Left Loons and Activists

Swalwell: Impeaching Trump Over Roger Stone Is Not ‘Off the Table’




France Quietly Reintroducing The Crime Of Blasphemy

France had just come out of the fifth anniversary of the massacre at its satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo than it was plunged into a similar case. On January 18, Mila O., a 16-year-old French girl, made insulting comments about Islam during an Instagram livestream.

"During her livestream, a Muslim boy asked her out in the comments, but she turned him down because she is gay. He responded by accusing her of racism and calling her a 'dirty lesbian'. In an angry follow-up video, streamed immediately after she was insulted, Mila responded by saying that she 'hates religion'".

Mila continued, saying among other things:

"Are you familiar with freedom of expression? I didn't hesitate to say what I thought. I hate religion. The Koran is a religion of hatred; there is only hatred in it. That's what I think. I say what I think... Islam is sh*t... I'm not a racist at all. One cannot simply be racist against a religion... I say what I want, I say what I think. Your religion is sh*t. I'd stick a finger up your god's a**h*le..."

What she said might be considered a bit raw, but does she have the right to say it? After all, Jews are called the descendants of pigs and apes without the speech police having a stroke. Full Story - Zero Hedge - Tyler Durden

Also See: The Mila Affair and French Self-Doubt - Defense of freedom of expression wilts before Muslim rage.


French senator warns France is losing its freedoms because it refuses to fight jihad - “France is ‘losing its battle’ against Islamic extremism, a conservative senator has warned, as it ‘refuses to fight’ against jihadism.”

Globalists have adopted a lazy, simpleminded, appeasement approach to the jihad. This includes kowtowing to Islamic lobbies and embracing the “Islamophobia” brigade. In so doing, globalists mistakenly believe that jihadists will retreat and live in harmony with us. Such vacuousness has given jihadists valuable time to find ways to subvert free societies. Their mission is conquest through violent and stealthy means, as is documented through 1400 years of history. The only time when the Islamic expansion has been stymied historically is when confronted for what it is.

Germany: Catholic and Protestant leaders launch “attack” on export of “fundamentalist Islam”




Dean Koontz Book

Wuhan-400 Coronavirus: 1981 Novel Predicts Virus Origin

In a bizarre coincidence, a 1981 fictional novel The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz predicts a Coronavirus like outbreak and its origin. The book talks about how the virus called Wuhan-400, was developed in military labs around the Chinese city of Wuhan from where it got its name. The top secret information of the Biological weapons Program is later acquired by US intelligence from a Chinese defector. The American military is ultimately successful in creating a vaccine which the Chinese could not. - Full Story




The Facts About Trump That Are Deadly For Democrats

POTUS Donald Trump

Democrats didn’t like President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address because he highlighted data, such as the strong economy and record employment under his watch, they’d rather voters didn’t know. But those points were just a start. There’s much more about Trump that his opponents want to hide from the public.

The Democrats have stayed true to their talking points, calling Trump a “monster,” a “white supremacist,” and a “dictator” at every opportunity. While campaigning in New Hampshire, Joe Biden said the president “doesn’t have a shred of decency in him.” Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg wants to convince voters “this election is a decency check on this president.” Tom Steyer, who apparently didn’t wish to strain his vocabulary’s limits, simply says Trump is “a bad man.”

None of those charges would stick, though, if the electorate knew .....Full Story - Issues and Insights




Valerie Plame Accepts More Campaign Donations From Prominent Holocaust Denier

Valerie Plame

Plame in 2017 blamed Jews for America's wars.

Democratic congressional candidate Valerie Plame, who faced criticism after sharing multiple anti-Semitic articles from a white supremacist media outlet, has accepted multiple campaign contributions from a prominent Holocaust denier, financial disclosures show. Full Article - Free Beacon - Colin Anderson




bookThe Manipulators by Peter Hasson

Review: ‘The Manipulators’ by Peter Hasson - If there is one word to describe The Manipulators, the excellent new book from Daily Caller editor Peter J. Hasson, it must be "outrageous." That is not to say that Hasson's work—staid and thoroughly researched—is outrageous, but that the story he tells should leave any sensible reader, conservative or otherwise, outraged. ...

The first half of the book focuses on Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Google subsidiary YouTube, with each chapter following the same basic schema. Hasson outlines the enormous power these companies have—7 in 10 Americans use Facebook, three in four use YouTube, etc. He then presents the evidence that their corporate cultures are overwhelmingly left-leaning—the infamous post-2016 "all hands" meeting at Google, e.g., or the hate directed at Facebook VP Joel Kaplan after he publicly supported Brett Kavanaugh. Lastly, he shows how these companies' implementation of ostensibly neutral speech restrictions have reliably resulted in bans for and silencing of conservatives while hard-left speech skates inexplicably by.




BUSTED: Mike Pompeo Says He Has List of American Governors Listed as 'Friendly' by Communist China


In a shocking speech in front of the National Governors Association, Secretary Mike Pompeo revealed that he is in possession of a list of American governors who have been listed as "friendly" by Chinese Communist infiltrators.

Pompeo said he received an invitation from a former governor to attend a networking event that promised great "deal-making" opportunities with the Chinese government. This networking event was run by "The Chinese People's Association for Friendship in Foreign Countries," said Pompeo. But what the participants might not have known is that "the group is the public face of the Chinese Communist party's official foreign influence agency, the United Front Work Department." Pompeo knew of this connection from his time at the CIA. Full Article PJ Media Megan Fox







Rush Limbaugh Cartoon

The Era of Limbaugh - Florida governor Ron DeSantis spoke to Rush Limbaugh last fall at a gala dinner for the National Review Institute. The radio host was there to receive the William F. Buckley Jr. award. "He actually gave me one of the greatest compliments I've ever had," Limbaugh told his audience the next day. "He listed five great conservatives and put me in the list." DeSantis's pantheon: William F. Buckley Jr., Ronald Reagan, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Limbaugh.


Creepy Uncle Joe Biden to Trump: Give Vindman, not Rush Limbaugh, a medal

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Bloody Teddy and assorted hate mail

INTERVIEW (Part I): Former CIA Officer Explains The Shocking Details And Dangers Of The ‘Deep State’

Over the last several years, the term “Deep State” has been used frequently by both President Trump, during speeches and on social media, as well as by some Trump-supporting pundits. President Trump and the commentators who support him often use the term to describe a group of bureaucratic insiders who want the president out of office.

These individuals represent a loosely-connected web of unelected bureaucrats, often left over from previous administrations, who allegedly utilize their intel and reach in order to disrupt the agenda of the president and his allies.

But what exactly is the Deep State? Who exactly are the Deep State players? What damage can they do? And what can be done to stop them?




Facebook's rising Democrat problem

Facebook Democrats

One of Facebook's biggest headaches leading up to 2020 isn't election interference or fake news — it's worrying about what a Democrat in the White House could mean for the business.

Why it matters: The Obama administration's warm embrace of Big Tech is no longer shared by many Democratic policymakers and presidential hopefuls. Many of them hold Facebook responsible for President Trump's 2016 victory, assail it for allowing misinformation to spread, and have vowed to regulate it or break it up.

Driving the news: Democratic contenders responded with visceral dislike to mentions of Facebook during The New York Times' recent on-camera endorsement process.

Joe Biden: "I’ve never been a fan of Facebook, as you probably know. I’ve never been a big Zuckerberg fan. I think he’s a real problem," Biden told The Times.

Bernie Sanders: "You have Facebook and Twitter, Google, enormous amount of the advertising that is done online. These are very, very serious problems."

Pete Buttigieg: "[T]hat’s the problem with Facebook. No one company and no one person should have the kind of power that they’ve accumulated."

Between the lines: Tech issues have driven more campaign debate during this Democratic primary season than in previous cycles.

Full Article From Axios

Hillary Clinton: Beware Mark Zuckerberg




The Communist Pope
Pope Francis Calls For Marxist Economic Summit

Communist Pope Francis

As if there needs to be further evidence that the current occupant of St. Peter’s Chair in Rome is a Marxist, the announcement of an upcoming conference at Assisi entitled the “Economy of Francesco” should convince any skeptic otherwise.

In his invitation letter to “young economists and entrepreneurs worldwide,” Bergoglio sets the agenda for the Leftist confab quite clearly which is virulently anti-market, a call for massive redistribution of wealth, and a reordering of the current economic systems of the world with a healthy dose of climate change nonesense:

While Bergoglio’s Marxist credentials have been firmly established, his blasphemous actions and words has a growing number outside of “sedevacantist circles” calling him a heretic. The legitimacy of “Pope Francis,” however, is more fundamental than him being a manifest heretic, but his standing as a legitimate pope is invalid since his ordination as a priest and his consecration as a bishop came under the new rites of Holy Orders instituted in the wake of the Second Vatican anti-Council (1962-1965). Full Article - Zero Hedge




Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite

How five members of Joe Biden’s family got rich through his connections

Political figures have long used their families to route power and benefits for their own self-enrichment. In my new book, “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite,” one particular politician — Joe Biden — emerges as the king of the sweetheart deal, with no less than five family members benefiting from his largesse, favorable access and powerful position for commercial gain. In Biden’s case, these deals include foreign partners and, in some cases, even U.S. taxpayer dollars.

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Judicial Watch Sues State Dept. for Records Tied to Alleged Monitoring of Trump Family and Journalists

Judicial Watch is going to court to uncover details of the alleged monitoring of President Trump’s family, lawyer and journalists, as ordered by the since-recalled U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

The two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the State Department for documents tied to the alleged monitoring of President Trump's intimate circle and journalists covering him is an extension of our Judicial Watch investigation, which began in October 2019, into the alleged monitoring, via CrowdTangle and other means. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is alleged to have ordered State Department entities to conduct the monitoring. The list of the alleged targets includes:

Jack Posobiec
Donald Trump Jr.
Laura Ingraham
Sean Hannity
Michael McFaul
Dan Bongino
Ryan Saavedra
Rudy Giuliani
Sebastian Gorka
John Solomon
Lou Dobbs
Pamella Geller
Sara Carter                                 

Marie Yovanovitch

Judicial Watch Sues State Dept. for Records Tied to Alleged Monitoring of Trump Family and Journalists by Amb. Marie Yovanovitch

Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch Sues CIA and DOJ for Communications of CIA Analyst - (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against both the DOJ and CIA for communications of CIA employee Eric Ciaramella aka the 'Whistle-blower', who reportedly worked on Ukraine issues while on detail to both the Obama and Trump White Houses.

The lawsuit against the DOJ was filed after it failed to respond to November 2019 FOIA requests seeking communications between Ciaramella and former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI Attorney Lisa Page, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and/or the Special Counsel’s Office (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-03809)).

Judicial Watch filed suit against the CIA after it failed to respond to November 2019 FOIA requests seeking all of Ciaramella’s emails from June 1, 2016, to November 12, 2019 (Judicial Watch v. Central Intelligence Agency (No. 1:19-cv-03807)).