Eric Florack on February 1st, 2018

Glenn says:

ROGER KIMBALL: I wanted Ted Cruz to be President, but Donald Trump is working.Yeah, I was a Cruz fan, and before that a Walker and Paul fan, but I strongly doubt any of them would have done as well in their first year as Trump has done. And, you know, the press would have called them Hitler, too.

Mmmmmmm… While I agree that’s Trump is working, I still insist Ted Cruz would have done better.

No arguments that Donald Trump is doing better than Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, but as I’ve said many times before in these spaces, doing better than Obama and or Hillary Clinton really isn’t all that much of a challenge.

And I still wonder if conservatives wouldn’t have come out of the deal a bit stronger had Hillary Clinton actually managed to pull off cheating her way into the White House. I think that would have been the wake-up call in a very large way that the American people wanted conservatives and not the Democrat light version of the GOP.

All that said, I do have to say also that Trump has been something of a surprise with the amount of successes he’s had. He’s getting reasonably good guidance and that is a help.

I will continue to praise him when he’s right and I will continue to run him through the thresher when I think he deserves it. But I have to say that for the most part, he is better than I figured he would be.

And anyone that sets the left’s teeth on edge like this has got to be worth the price of admission..

Eric Florack on February 1st, 2018

Here we have John Kerry and Robert Muller in the same class together.


Gee I wonder why nobody’s mentioned this link before… Maybe now we have some idea of why John Kerry is making noises about running for president again.

Eric Florack on January 31st, 2018

So now the FBI is filling their diaper because they think there are some factual omissions in the Nunez memo.

Well the solution seems obvious to me. Release the information that you’re claiming that the memo doesn’t cover.

But let’s look at this from an institutional standpoint. Let’s say we have a local police department against which the number of charges of criminal activity have come up.

Do we trust the the Judgment of that reportedly polluted Department to investigate itself? No, we deal with it by way of other means.

The FBI it is clear became a political actor in the most recent election. Release the memo. Do it now.

Update..

According to at least a couple of sources the memo will probably be released in the morning.

Good. It’s about time.

Eric Florack on January 31st, 2018

Okay gang, was it Drool on his face or was it ChapStick as he claims?

Either way that goes, let’s face it… Joe Kennedy III was not the best choice for the Democrat party response to the SOTU..

I mean we’re talking about somebody who is richer and whiter than cheesecake, and certainly the proverbial picture of privileged.

Leaving aside that the man was absolutely balmy in the response, the rest of it should have been enough to win an Oscar for best comedy.

As John Hinderaker noted on Twitter, if this is the big hope for the Democrat Party, they’re are in worse trouble than we thought…

Eric Florack on January 31st, 2018

Over at Glenn’s Place, Mark Tapscott observes…

Brendan Kirby at LifeZette<>checked the clips and found some uncanny similarities between Trump’s statements on immigration issues and those made by Slick Willie to the first Republican Congress in 40 years.

Well, yeah..

So the Democrats were sitting on their hands last night for something that when Bill Clinton was in office they applauded wildly, and unreservedly.

It’s clear that the Democrat Party of today is beginning to understand that illegal aliens are willing to do the job that nobody else is willing to do. Which is of course to vote Democrat. They view it as their only salvation from Oblivion.

davidl on January 31st, 2018

SOTU, ‘Rats rebuttal, future of the party.    When asked why they picked Joseph Kennedy III to give the party’s response to the President’s State of the Union speech, the reply was that Kennedy:

The Democrats said they chose Joe Kennedy III to deliver their response because he represents the future of their party. If that is true, they are in deeper trouble than we thought

Hat tip: John Hinderaker, Power Line.

We know that Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, B.J. Clinton or Mrs. Clinton hardly represent anyone’s thpolitical future.  Yet the party that supports diversity and unlimited immigrants, calls a privileged, white, male, drunkard their party’s future.  Maybe Mrs. Pelosi knows something about Kennedy’s sexual preference?

Eric Florack on January 31st, 2018

For a long time now I’ve been wondering at what point would Democrats (and those further to the left, even) would run out of things to be offended about.

Well, I have to tell you that I wonder no longer because we have officially reached the bottom of the pile.

Now that the Cleveland Indians have dropped their controversial “Chief Wahoo” logo, should Notre Dame’s athletic teams cease to be called the Fighting Irish and abandon the Leprechaun mascot?

“The answer,” ESPN host Max Kellerman said Tuesday, “is yes.”

Kellerman made the comments on ESPN’s morning debate show “First Take,” which he co-hosts with Stephen A. Smith.

So Kellerman gets paid millions of dollars a year to comment on the boxing world. And the only headline he’s managed to get so far is this one, which arguably isn’t even his venue?

You look across the plethora of sports teams…. I can’t think of a single one that somebody couldn’t claim they were offended by. At what point does this nonsense stop? Do we get Syracuse University to change its name because oranges are offended?

Do we next call for a ban on Lucky Charms cereal?

I will guarantee you that 99% of the people that are supposedly offended by the Fighting Irish logo and nickname are not Irish, 99% of the people that claim they are offended by Chief Wahoo of the Cleveland Indians and for that matter the Washington Redskins, are not Indians, and so on…. And I will guarantee you that 100% of the people who claimed to be offended by this stuff don’t go to the games, are not sports fans, and never will be.

So the question becomes then, what these people who claim to be offended are gaining by all of this.

Simply put, they’re stroking their own ego. That’s really what this is all about. It’s an insipid need to feel superior to others.

The trouble of course is that the ability to think of itself risks offending somebody. The two are inextricably linked. To offer any such thought aloud is a rock sure certainty to offend somebody.

So the ultimate effective all of this is to shut down independent thought. Thought Control in other words.

Is that really the direction we want to be going?

davidl on January 31st, 2018

Holy female bovine feces, the Schiff just his the fan, from the Washington Post, via Red State:

Within the FBI, some of Steele’s work was eventually incorporated into a 2016 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser, according to people familiar with the matter. Republican lawmakers have suggested that Steele provided bad information to the FBI, leading to a broader probe of Trump associates.

People familiar with the memo said it does not conclusively say whether Steele intentionally passed suspect information to the FBI or simply made a mistake.

Reax:

This is a huge revelation…if true. The FBI had to certify to a judge that the information they were submitting was validated. The admission that there is a question over whether the information provided by Steele was bad accidentally or on purpose is totally immaterial. If the information was bad, the FBI certified its validity to a FISA court judge. That, my friends, is a metaphor for the entire Russia collusion investigation.

Some stooge in the Federal Bureau of Investigation used a piece of fiction funded by Mrs. Clinton in an attempt to sabotage an election.

Eric Florack on January 31st, 2018

A great speech, but the real story was their reaction to it of course.

“Hillary Clinton wearing white is groundbreaking.”

Then..

“Melina wearing white is a dog whistle for white power.”

Or, if you like…

“Melina is wearing white to protest her husband”

That pretty much sums up the coverage of the State of the Union Address last night.

The real spectacle of the night was the Democrats, the Congressional Black Caucus included sitting on their hands while the president announced record low unemployment for black Americans. Rather telling, that.

I would say the Democrats and the press (but I repeat myself) are losing their bloody minds over this, but I think that was accomplished a long time ago.

So the other day we notice Victor Davis Hanson

Another, more helpful, exegesis, however, is to understand that if we’d seen a Hillary Clinton victory in November 2016, which was supposed to be a sure thing, there would now be no scandals at all.

That is, the current players probably broke laws and committed ethical violations not just because they were assured there would be no consequences but also because they thought they’d be rewarded for their laxity. . . .

If we consider the mentality of government elite careerists, we see that the election-cycle machinations and later indiscretions of Strzok and Page were not liabilities at all. They were good investments. They signaled their loyalty to the incoming administration and that they were worthy of commendation and reward.

Hillary Clinton’s sure victory certainly also explains the likely warping of the FISA courts by FBI careerists seeking to use a suspect dossier to surveille Trump associates — and the apparent requests by Samantha Power, Susan Rice, and others to read surveilled transcripts of Trump associates, unmask names, and leak them to pet reporters. Again, all these insiders were playing the careerist odds. What we view as reprehensible behavior, they at the time considered wise investments that would earn rewards with an ascendant President Hillary Clinton.

(Sigh)
Well, that’s certainly part of it …but only part.

Long time readers will remember that at the time of the 9-11 attacks, while recognizing the need for this kind of ability under the conditions that 9/11 presented, I warned that abuses of our ability to monitor various conversations documents and so on under the umbrella of National Security would certainly increase absent moral people in positions of power within this process including the White House. If nothing else, these events as they have so far been revealed, are examples of precisely that… And more such Revelations are certainly coming.

But this is not quite as simple as politically motivated or career-minded FBI agents putting their own values above those that they swore to uphold.

As J.D. Tuccille observes:

Leaked text messages shared by two romantically involved FBI employees who were involved in the probe into Russian meddling revealed their belief that Trump is “loathsome” and an “idiot.” At the same time, they had a soft spot for his major opponent, Hillary Clinton, noting that they should take it easy in investigating her conduct because “She might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear’”

So clearly, the absence of the morality, to say nothing of the laws that law enforcement are supposed to subscribe to, has us with these two acting as the Stazi, or perhaps a part of it since we know this corruption goes higher, and is probably wider then what we know of so far. Witness, for example, the Steele dossier and its history. Witness also the number of people resigning over this business. One gets the impression that we’re going to see these people dragged up in either a congressional investigation or a court of law, someplace.

(#ReleaseTheMemo)

Will releasing the information about these abuses damage our ability to collect information on this nation’s enemies?

Quite probably… But I submit that the damage has already been done by those seeking to bypass the Constitution and place Hillary Clinton in the White House for whatever reason.

I submit further that anything short of releasing all the information about who did what when and to whom is going to result in a rising call from everyone in the country to put a halt to monitoring our enemies because certain among us believe that American conservatives are the enemy. The way to put an end to those calls is to work quickly to reestablish the trust required.

Look…
Does anybody doubt that the gang of thugs that tried to falsely blame a YouTube video for the deaths of our ambassadors in Benghazi, the gang that quite certainly fixed their parties primary and probably tried to fix an election with the help of their longtime friends and uranium customers, the Russians, would be guilty also of polluting the nation’s top law enforcement agency?

At this stage I submit that the only way to reestablish Trust in our government, in our law enforcement, and in their processes is to drag those responsible, quite publicly, to the vertical bar Hotel. Let the American people know that the high-sounding words actually mean something.

The first step is to release the memo.

Eric Florack on January 29th, 2018

Kurt Schlichter at Town Hall;

It’s panic time as the liberals struggle to halt the winning streak of President Donald Trump (Yeah, President Donald Trump – get used to it!). It’s tacky, petty, and pathetic, and exactly what we’ve come to expect from the kind of people who shamelessly backed Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit while screeching “#MeToo!”

Yeah, pretty much.

Eric Florack on January 29th, 2018

I note with some interest, Nate Silver;

The Senate map is really tough for Democrats, with 26 Democratic seats in play next year (including a newly opened seat in Minnesota after Al Franken announced his intention to retire) as compared to just eight Republican ones. Moreover, five of the Democratic-held seats — the ones in West Virginia, North Dakota, Montana, Missouri and Indiana — are in states that President Trump won by 18 percentage points or more.

Add to those numbers the idea that the Democrats usually don’t do so well in off term elections… The S JW crowd, and the voters who tend to be recipients of governmental largesse (usually, one in the same) and so on generally don’t show up unless it’s a presidential election.

Add all this up, and I do believe we can easily write off the Democrat party’s chances of taking the senate in the midterms regardless of what happens between now and then.

The house, meanwhile seems a bit more difficult to predict. Silver seems to feel that the Democrats could conceivably take 35 seats. But that seems to me a stretch. Possibly 20 would be more likely and that assumes that the situation with the Democrat Party is a whole remains stable… Which is at best a pipe dream, particularly if that memo we’ve been hearing so much about becomes public.

And as regards to that, I am one of the people that have sent memoranda to the White House urging the President to read that document during his State of the Union Address.

Eric Florack on January 28th, 2018

Over at instapundit, Ed Driscoll passes along this…

RULES FOR RADICAL REPUBLICANS: Gonzo Street Artist Challenges Grammys Hypocrisy With Racy Posters.

Kurt Schlichter wrote last year, “[Shove] Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals Right Back in the Left’s Ugly Face.” Sabo, working in deepest blue Los Angeles is one of the very best at it.

indeed so but it’s not like I haven’t been saying this for quite a while. For example, I wrote back in 2012….

At what point do we stop going for the mythical center? At what point does the GOP leadership start actually BEING conservative? At what point do the rank and file GOP have a real say? It makes one really wonder just what the motivations of the GOP Establishment really are.

I suggest, as do rally attendance figures that Palin, Ryan and the other far more conservative candidates’ popularity far outstrips the GOP leadership’s chosen ones… and the treatment they receive at the hands of the GOP establishment outright proves that, as well. Conservative ideas and ideals will win the day every time they’re tried…. and the real issue is they’ve not been so tried in many decades because theGOP Establishment won’t allow it to happen. Of course the left knows it as well. They each know very well know someone with real conservative ideas and ideals will suck all the air out of the room.

Consider the question I asked last week; “Will Ryan get the Palin Treatment?” I said then:

Sarah Palin

As with Palin, what we have with Ryan is someone who understands what Reagan meant when he said government isn’t the solution, but the PROBLEM. As such, Ryan, clearly, has the ability to argue these points forcefully and convincingly. That can only be a plus, however, if the Romney campaign is willing to stand up and be counted as conservative.

The question seems to me open as to how seriously Romney and the remainder of the GOP leadership take that point, today.

As a measurement of that, watch with me to see if the GOP will make the same mistake with Ryan as they did with Palin; Muzzling him in an effort to appease the left, which is masquerading as “the center”. Again, speaking for myself in the suspicion that a Reagan-sized majority agrees with me, I will say my support for Romney/Ryan will be established if they do not muzzle Ryan, if they do not ignore the message the public support of Ryan shows.

Of course it was deeper than that then. We had a GOP establishment that was deathly afraid of confronting the left on their own ground. Using their own methods.

Alas we have progressed to the point now where it’s the only way we’re going to get the country back from both the GOP establishment and from the knee-jerk Democrats.

And what was the election of Donald Trump and the wild amount of support that Ted Cruz got over the establishment choice of Jeb Bush but a rejection of the establishment of both parties? A hunger for somebody that was willing to fight back?

davidl on January 28th, 2018

Voice of America:

Comic strip artist Mort Walker, a World War II veteran who satirized the Army and tickled millions of newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy private Beetle Bailey, died Saturday. He was 94.

Walker died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, said Greg Walker, his eldest son and a collaborator. His father’s advanced age was the cause of death, he said.

Mort Walker was reported to have based his characters of both Lt. Fuzz and Beetle Bailey on himself.   We would so a fly over, but Camp Swampy appears to be incapable of handling it.

Eric Florack on January 27th, 2018

Again, Reynolds:

PAUL KRUGMAN ON ELECTION NIGHT: “If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.”

CNN, today: Dow leaps 222 points to a record. Nasdaq, S&P 500 rally more than 1%. All three indexes rise about 2% on the week.

The first thing we get from this is a rather obvious confirmation of comments David and I have had about Paul Krugman in the past. His knee jerk regurgitation of the Democrat party line is nothing short of legend for its reliability. He can always be depended upon to support the left.

His problem is of course, that the facts don’t agree.

His observations and predictions are so infrequently correct that one wonders why anyone listens to him at all.

Perhaps the Press keeps dragging him out because of his left-leaning dependability in spite of the facts. Certainly, the Press will never point out that the man’s observations being glaringly wrong is as Dependable as the sun rise.