Eric Florack on November 20th, 2019

From PJMs Rick Moran:

A story that claimed the Trump administration had the highest number of children in detention in the world was suddenly withdrawn by several media outlets because the study upon which the story was based used data from 2015.

Well now… let’s think about this:

Who was it that was President in 2005?

Eric Florack on November 20th, 2019

From Twitter:

not to get panglossian but I think these hearings are helping the Ds become the party of wholesomeness and patriotism and the Rs the party of grievance and pettiness. that would be a disaster watershed moment for the party of Reagan.

Response From Ann Althouse:

Who’s Litman? His Twitter profile says: “Washington Post columnist. Former US Attorney, DOJ official.Teach con law at UCSD and UCLA. Practice law @CCWhistleblower. Exec. prod. & host, @talkingfedspod.”

This tweet is such a perfect example of cocooned liberal self-love. If there is one thing that has given me energy from Day 1 of this blog, it is my aversion to cocooned liberal self-love.

If there is one word in that tweet that gets me, it’s “wholesomeness.” Imagine staring at Adam Schiff for hours thinking, oh, that is so reassuring, he’s so gosh-darn wholesome.

Go ahead. Tell me about how the MSM isn’t biased.

Eric Florack on November 19th, 2019

The Democrats tell us that it is out of bounds going to a foreign country trying to drag up dirt on your political opponent. And yet…

The Democrats also say that quid pro quo is wrong. And yet…

Now, in both of these cases, the Democrats are accusing Donald Trump of what we have them on tape doing. the Democrats have no proof of their accusations. We’ve got the Democrats on tape.

Just think about that for a minute…

With a hat tip to Billy Beck, comes a link to qz:

“For better or worse, some of the most defining, shocking, gruesome, and touching moments of Hong Kong’s protests will be watched, scrutinized, and relived over and over again. The reason: the ubiquitous and unceasing live-streaming of events as they play out on the ground, beamed to tens of thousands of watchers in real time, then archived to be replayed in perpetuity.”

My good friend Art Smith passed along Michael Yons address a couple of days ago and so I have been keeping track of what’s been going on over there.

Here’s Yon’s live FB feed where is is monitoring this plus a number of other sources

It does seem to me that the object lesson here is that this is the result of socialism, all of it… And I wonder if the Democrats just now aren’t reaping the benefits of their anti Trump Hysteria… At the very least, it’s distracting the Democrat Party base from drawing that conclusion, and learning that lesson about socialism and its results.

Remember, I’ve already suggested that the actions of the Democrats here in the states and the Chinese Communists are directly linked.

Xi has two choices in front of him, neither one of which he’s going to like. You can either go all Gorbachev on the situation or all Pol Pot… And if he tries to go in the middle, the rest of the world is going to label him another Pol Pot anyway, so for him there’s no splitting the difference.

It’s down now to which way he’s going to go.

Eric Florack on November 17th, 2019

Just some things that came up over the weekend while I was doing other things besides writing…

# With the way the Democrats have been going I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if when President Trump finally gets around to releasing his tax returns, the guy is owed a refund.

# If all those leftists supporting Greta Thunberg are so anti oil energy, why is it that so many of them work for Ukrainian gas and oil companies, particularly when they have no demonstrated talent for it? It perhaps this is why.

And why for that matter, is self acknowledged environmental expert Greta Thunberg cruising back to Spain on a petroleum powered yacht?

# It’s a measure of desperation to see the Long knives come out for Elaine Stefanik. I thought we were supposed to believe all women? If that’s true then why is CNN posting fake photographs of her?

# What’s this I hear about Jeremy Corbyn… yes, he of the party who is desperately trying to keep the British in the oneworldish EU… teaching his anti-semitic supporters how to beat charges of anti-semitism in a secret Facebook group? Hey Facebook, is this the kind of community standards you were talking about?

# Speaking of Facebook, there seems a commonality between them and Adam Schiff… They’ve learned well the lesson that teaches us when you want to promote a lie you must first silence the voices of Truth.

Eric Florack on November 16th, 2019

From The Federalist:

“Do you have any information regarding the President of the United States accepting any bribes?” Republican Congressman Chris Stewart of Utah asked point blank.

“No,” Yovanovitch said.

“Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the President of the United States has been involved with at all?”

“No.”

So, let’s recap. Two days of testimony, three witnesses, none of which can come up with anything that even closely resembles what the Democrats have been screaming about.

Game over.

Eric Florack on November 15th, 2019

Shot:

(CNN) – House Democrats are publicly holding out hope that historic impeachment hearings will persuade a vast majority of the American public that President Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors — but privately many acknowledge that it’s unlikely to happen.

In a private meeting this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants were skeptical about the prospects of a dramatic shift in opinion even as public impeachment hearings began this week, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The upshot, the sources said: Democrats need to move forward with impeachment proceedings even if the politics are murky, noting that even during Richard Nixon’s presidency most of the public was divided until soon before he was forced to resign.

Counter shot:

Now, I’ve taken the unusual step of posting a link from CNN to demonstrate something to you.

We both know that CNN will put the shine on any apple that the Democrats produce, even if it’s mostly road apples… Therefore if CNN are suggesting that the situation is that dire for the Democrats and their efforts to impeach Trump, it’s a lock-sure bet it’s actually much, much worse.

I have long suspected that all this nonsense the Democrats are putting forward these days are only serving to annoy the electorate, even their own voters. Look for example, at Alan Dershowitz:

The plain truth is, the Democrats are creating their own electoral disaster.

Easier to blame Putin than admit the reality, I suppose. Watch for claims of Russian interference when the inevitable anti-Donkey party landslide happens.

More commentary from Matt Margolis

Eric Florack on November 15th, 2019

Just a few things that happen to cross my mind during today’s activities…

* Adam Schiff is on record as complaining that the so called whistleblower has received death threats. How can that be, if he is supposedly anonymous?

* I’m willing to bet that Adam Schiff will dig up Marvin Gaye to testify next, because he “heard it through the grapevine”.

* Number 36, how to identify a cult leader:

* It always amazes me. We just got the air conditioning working the way we want it to, and it’s 15 degrees outside. Happens every year. On the plus side, I haven’t seen a mosquito in about a day and a half.

* Devin Nunez deserves an awful lot of credit. And I suspect he should have an awful lot of security.

* California already has all the gun laws that activists say they want passed nationwide… and yet those laws failed to stop a kid from shooting up a school yesterday. at some point we’re going to have to admit that gun laws aren’t the answer to the problem we face. by the way, I’ve already addressed this issue at length… And again I point out that these shootings always seem to occur after the Democrats take one in the year like they did on the first day of these supposed impeachment testimony. Distraction, anyone?

Eric Florack on November 15th, 2019

Here’s a decent enough summary and commentary on what happened day before yesterday:

Let me give you the one take-away y’all need, and remember this comes from a former denizen of the Foggy Bottom Swamp, one who used to swim and crawl with all them swamp creatures.

What you saw were a couple of career dips–neither of whom I know personally–whining a familiar whine that one can hear echoing in the halls of Foggy Bottom and just about anywhere else where “PROFESSIONAL” civil servants congregate. What is it? Simple: THEY are not paying attention to us!

You saw Ambassador Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary Kent all in a knot because the President had an “irregular” channel he used to conduct foreign policy in Ukraine. Wow! I didn’t realize that we had elected Taylor and Kent!

Let me put it in nice simple terms so that the Swamp Beings will understand: The President sets and conducts foreign policy, not State, not the NSC, not the DOD, not any other alphabet agency. He does not have to go through State or NSC to conduct said policy; he does not have to consult with Kent or Taylor or anybody else on Ukraine or any other aspect of foreign policy.

Amen, and Amen.

For those still doubting the Deep State exists, what you saw was the reaction of the deep state to being replaced by a president willing to use the Constitution in the way it was written.

Understandably, the swamp creatures don’t like being put in their place.

And of course the Democrats… (in this case Adam Schiff, chiefly among them)… who are forever and always for anything that increases the size power and scope of government, and who has been benefiting hugely from the deep states’ existence, are going to bat for the swamp creatures… Twisting the meaning of laws, lying under oath, and doing everything they can legally, illegally, morally, immorally, what have you, to overturn the 2016 election.

Personally I will take great satisfaction to see Adam Schiff being frog marched off to the vertical bar hotel, a residence he richly deserves.

What is amazing to me at this point, is that the Democrats think this is helping their position come 2020. The amount of anger building out there at the Democrats is unlike anything I have ever seen in my 60 some-odd years on this planet. The backlash that’s going to be happening come November of 2020 is going to be epic.

And that will perhaps be the most satisfying thing of all of this.

Eric Florack on November 14th, 2019

Several things going on over the last couple of days. I’ll try to touch on them all here.

* This is probably the best summary of what the Democrats have been successful in doing so far as regards their attempted coup.

* Am I the only one who’s noticed? Every time the Democrats take it on the chin, as they did yesterday in the supposed impeachment hearing, we end up with another school shooting. It’s getting to be very predictable.

* Here’s another thing that the Democrats have been getting wrong for years. it’s almost knee-jerk, you hear them screaming every election cycle about how money in politics is the problem. Somebody with a lot of money can buy their way into politics, goes the fairy tale. Well, not so fast. Tom Steyer has been spending 67% of all TV ad buys in this race and is still polling at 1%. I mean, forgive me, but if I’m to take these figures seriously it would seem that money in politics isn’t the issue. Vodkapundit has the details.

* I’ve been making lots of comments lately about how China is in some serious financial hot water. my sources on this have been rather limited until now. frankly we can thank Mister Trump for tightening the noose.

* I want to take a moment to thank Art Smith for so diligently seeing to it that this site is well maintained.

* Parting shot:

davidl on November 14th, 2019

What is going in Washington City with the Nancy Pelosi – Adam Schiff[for Brains] dog and pony show, from Sharyl Attkinson, Hill,

There’s an important revelation from the first day of impeachment hearings that I haven’t heard discussed. It has to do with the witnesses’ strange notion of how foreign policy works.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and Acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor both accused President Trump
of interfering with U.S. foreign policy in Ukraine. They indicated they
differed with Trump’s skepticism of Ukraine’s newest leadership, and
they disagreed with Trump’s apparent decision to keep Ukraine at a
measured distance while he assessed the situation.

[…]

Trump’s enemies may cheer on the idea of diplomats and other officials choosing to oppose or undermine his wishes. But based on our Constitution, the dissenting diplomats are the ones who are at odds with “official foreign policy”— not the other way around. To the extent they are attempting to further policies that oppose or undermine the president’s wishes, they are the ones conducting the “shadow campaign.”

I wish to extend thanks to Schiff for Brains for bringing the deep state to the surface.

davidl on November 12th, 2019

Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman

Is a fish aware of the water? Arguably not. Should a field grade officer be aware of his environment? Hell yes! Yet we have Adam Schiff [for Brains] number one or two “whistleblower”, one Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman up to his neck in the swamp and seemingly unaware of the swamp. from Federalist:

“In the Spring of 2019, I became aware of outside influencers promoting a false narrative of Ukraine inconsistent with the consensus views of the interagency. This narrative was harmful to U.S. government policy.”

Analysis:

They began with a “whistleblower,” but it was quickly shown that this person was nowhere near any of the events in question and likely colluded with Democrats prior to even filing the complaint. They needed a better front man, and Vindman was perfect: a military officer with a Purple Heart and privy to all the requisite details as the Ukraine desk lead for the National Security Council. Who would dare impugn his honor?

But Vindman gave the game away with his prepared testimony. He believes the permanent bureaucracy should reign supreme, and if some elected politician gets crosswise with the solons of the state, then they must act. So he did, as he detailed in his prepared statement and testimony to Congress. From the statement: “In the Spring of 2019, I became aware of outside influencers promoting a false narrative of Ukraine inconsistent with the consensus views of the interagency. This narrative was harmful to U.S. government policy.”

News for the telephone colonel, it is the job of the National Security Council to implement the foreign policy of the President. It is(was?) LTC Vindman’s job follow, and not establish, the President’s foreign policy.

Note: I passed by last fitness test. Looking at Vindman’s photo, could the Lt. Colonel pass his?

Much more: Byron York, Washington Examiner.

I believe we have a new definition of Irony:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., rejected a request by Republicans to have the Ukraine phone call whistleblower testify at next week’s public impeachment inquiry hearings, saying that their testimony was “redundant and unnecessary.”

Translation: the Democrats are hiding something. There’s a word for that. It’s called “obstruction”.

“The impeachment inquiry, moreover, has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence — from witnesses and documents, including the president’s own words in his July 25 call record — that not only confirms but far exceeds the initial information in the whistleblower’s complaint … ” Schiff concluded his letter. “In light of the president’s threats, the individual’s appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk.”

That’s an interesting statement given that we’re still waiting for the evidence he claimed he had on the Russia gate thing.

And let’s not forget:

Schiff himself said in September the whistleblower would appear before Congress “very soon,” but in recent weeks has suggested that testimony is unnecessary.

The real body of evidence is that there’s nothing here… That the whole thing is a fabrication.

Everyone in America knows that Adam Schiff is a liar many times over, and that he’s betting from a busted flush.

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davidl on November 5th, 2019

After a home invasion a pregnant Florida woman and her family are alive and one of her would be attackers is dead, from Daily Caller:

A pregnant Florida mom used her AR-15 to fight off two home invaders last week, killing one of them.

The intruders entered the home, subduing the woman’s husband, and attacking her daughter, before the woman pulled out her AR-15 and fought the invaders off.

Somewhere in Texas Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke is heart broken. The wrong person died. Our heroine used a modern semi-automatic sporting rifle, AR-15 style. A gun the retard O’Rourke calls a military style assault weapon. A style of weapon protected by the Second Amendment and one which O’Rourke promised to send his jack-booted thugs to confiscate.

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