Eric Florack on February 16th, 2019

Ann Coulter is often right. Ann Coulter is often wrong. I have never been afraid of supporting her when she’s right, I’ve never been afraid of pointing the flamethrower at her when she’s wrong, as in this case.

Accusing the president of total capitulation on border security seems a little overheated to say the very least, given the current situation, with the president taking somewhat extraordinary steps secure the border.

She seems to have fallen into the same trap that the left has found themselves in all too frequently, under -estimating the tenacity of Donald Trump. Like him, or hate him, the one thing that you have to say about Trump is that he will not give up if there are still options on the table…and over the last two years has demonstrated that repeatedly. Interesting how Ann didn’t get the message.

Ann Coulter

Now of course, given her support of Mitt Romney for example, I can understand her emotional need here. She’s a creature all too enamored with the establishment GOP. Any chance she gets, she’s going to water those roots so to speak. But it’s not doing her credibility much good.

It would help if we could see her correcting her mistake here, but I doubt we will.

Let’s establish the playing field first…

Having done this, let’s move the discussion about Rod Rosenstein to the hypothetical for a few moments.

Just for the sake of argument, let’s say he was, as I believe, involved in a coup against the Trump Administration.

Do you really think that he’d admit such under these circumstances?

If anybody deserves firing is Rod Rosenstein, and for more than just this. The guy has demonstrated himself to be a slimy weasel of the grade that the Clintons would employ. I’ve said so on previous occasions.

Further, Rosenstein is demonstrably up to his eyeballs in this business, being the one that signed off on the falsely obtained FISA warrants to spy on Trump and his campaign and on the White House. Not just once, but repeatedly. His protests of Innocence are thereby expected, incredible, and dismissed out of hand. there is but one answer for the man’s treachery. Rosenstein should not only be dismissed from his position, but jailed.

Andrew McCabe, meantime is trying to transmit the message to the powers-that-be in the deep State, “Hey look I took one for the side”. The problem being of course it in the doing he’s exposed to the deep state and has confirmed conservatives’ worst fears.

He’s also exposed himself as actively working against the duly elected President of the United States. And there again, there is but one answer. Jail.

Eric Florack on February 15th, 2019

Why yes, I think a nation without borders is a National emergency. If you don’t have borders you don’t have a nation.

But, let’s examine the reaction of the leftover this one, and over time.

The fact of the matter is the Trump’s action here is not unprecedented by any stretch of the imagination. No matter who’s making the claim, the Cato institute, the DNC, anybody.

davidl on February 15th, 2019

Boston Herald:

Former Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld is launching a presidential exploratory committee to challenge President Trump in the Republican primaries, saying the country is “in grave peril” and he “cannot sit quietly on the sidelines any longer.”

[…]

Weld becomes the first Republican to officially announce he is exploring a run against Trump, and sets up a potential match-up in the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire presidential primary and in other states.

In prepared remarks at the “Politics & Eggs” breakfast in Bedford, N. H., Weld delivered a blistering critique of Trump, saying “we have a president whose priorities are skewed toward promotion of himself rather than toward the good of the country.”

Massachusetts sure has a ring to it, Presidents Dukakis, and Romney.  Come on Bill. Will it be tanks or binders?

davidl on February 15th, 2019

City Journal:

What has “truth to power” won? It’s not as though Amazon was preventing the rise of sustainable, green, unionized, and well-paying manufacturing jobs in Long Island City, or stopping the construction of affordable low-income housing, along with schools and parkland. The area where the company planned to build its secondary headquarters has been the focus of economic development plans for decades. It is presently the site of parking lots, storage units, and empty, city-owned land. Now it will stay that way. Amazon was planning to rent 1 million square feet in the Citigroup Tower in Long Island City, which is largely vacant of tenants, and will now remain so.

Reax, AOC:

Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations?
Yes, they can.

There were reasons to oppose the Amazon power play, many of them valid.  That said, for a congress critter to openly gloat over the loss of twenty-five thousand local jobs is unseemly.  As of now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is gainfully employed.  Will she be singing the same tune in less than two years when she is again unemployed?

davidl on February 14th, 2019

Yahoo:

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says that after President Trump fired his boss, FBI Director James Comey, there were discussions within the Department of Justice about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
Last year, the New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment.

United States Constitution, Amendment 25, Article 4:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

McCabe describes his objective, to oust the duly elected President from office. However no mention was made of his evidence, if any.  Article 25 does not allow for removal of the President based on policy disagreements.  Rather the amendment allows for removal of the President for the inability to discharge the powers and duties of the office.

The 25th is intended to allow the permanent or temporary removal of the President for medical reasons. The medical condition of the President is matter for his physician and the Cabinet and not for the lawyers of the Department of Justice.  So Andy McCabe, what were you smoking?

Eric Florack on February 14th, 2019

We’ve been hearing for months now, from those surrounding the Mueller investigation, that no report will be filed.

At the same time we’ve been hearing leaks upon leaks upon leaks stating flatly that nobody’s been able to find any Russian collusion with the Trump Administration or for that matter the Trump campaign.

But, now here comes Andy McCabe pushing a “tell all” book, at what is probably the worst possible time for the Democrats, essentially bragging to the heavens about the actions he took to negate the 2016 election. Or, as Victory Girls puts it

FORMER Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe really wants his book “The Threat” to sell. While talking with “60 Minutes’” Scott Pelley, McCabe admits there was ACTIVE discussion at DOJ about removing Trump from office using the 25th Amendment! By golly, that Deep State is something else. Can we say “coup”?

Actually, that’s the only thing that it might be called. Other than, perhaps, “criminal”.

Andrew McCabe

Of course the DOJ is now saying that McCabe’s version of events is pure hogwash, and who can blame them? The amount of light that would be shown on the DOJ’s activities even amongst those who weren’t involved with the coup, would be embarrassing to say the least.

Let’s consider what’s happened here. The Department of Justice has just called Andy McCabe a liar. Think that’s not going to play large, going forward?

And why in the world does Rod Rosenstein still have a job? Why is he not in irons somewhere?

In any event as regards to the Mueller report, I say this;

With all of the smoke being deployed over the facts surrounding this case by all the players involved, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the reason no public report is going to be filed, the reason why the usual suspects are spending all of their time trying to reduce expectations about that report, is that if the report were ever to be made public, it would expose the idea that the only criminal activity with regards all of this… For the last 2 years and more, now… was within the FBI and the Obama Justice Department.

Thing is, I am willing to bet that that’s the only thing that Mueller found. And we can’t have that information leaking out to the public.

Such information would surely land Hillary Clinton in a vertical bar hotel for the remainder of her existence on this planet, along with Rod Rosenstein and a number of the other players… including, interestingly, Andy McCabe.

And of course now the Democrats in Congress led by Adam Schiff are desperately trying to keep the smoke screen going. This is a play right out of Alinsky, and Marx… Paraphrased…

Accuse others of of what you are doing. You’re doing it to create confusion.

I’d say that selling uranium to the Russians for a hundred and forty million dollars worth of donation to The Clinton foundation, is at the least, Russian collusion, wouldn’t you?

davidl on February 14th, 2019

From Bearing Arms

A year ago, no one had never heard of David Hogg. Then a geographical fluke put him in front of the cameras and now he’s a name almost everyone knows.

It’s too bad for both him and everyone else that the only thing he really knows is how to find himself in front of a camera

Mr. Hogg

After telling viewers that Americans need to find unity in addressing gun violence, Hogg was asked about his recent efforts to ban certain kinds of semiautomatic firearms at the state level. He said he and other March for Our Lives activists had introduced a ballot initiative to ban so-called assault weapons in Florida. He said those who own an AR-15, the most popular rifle in the United States, want to hunt other people.

“The truth of the matter is weapons like the AR-15 have an effective range of over 1,500 meters,” Hogg said. “If you’re using a weapon with an effective range of over 1,500 meters, you are not defending yourself. You are hunting a human being.”

from CNBC

Sales have been brisk for U.S. gun makers in the last decade. The number of total firearms made topped 10 million in 2013, the latest data available from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. That’s more than double the industry’s output in 2008.

In the past 10 years, assault-style rifles have been used in 14 public mass shootings, Reuters reported, Half of those shootings have occurred since last June, according to a data base maintained by Mother Jones magazine

Five to ten million AR-15 owners, all attempting murder, and what three death a year from all long guns.

Eric Florack on February 14th, 2019

Let’s start out with Bob Lonsberry today who says it well…

Mark this on your calendar: Valentine’s Day 2019 – the day Andy Cuomo lost the presidency.

Instead of exchanging chocolates, Amazon has decided to break up, and the Cuomo pretense of economic development has come tumbling down.

He can’t even get people to like him for $3 billion.

In a thundering repudiation, the biggest of the world’s big-money progressive titans told Andy Cuomo to go eff himself today. Jeff Bezos has picked up his toys and gone home.

Amazon will not be coming to Long Island City, HQ2 is AWOL and MIA and New York is FUBAR.

And the egg is on Andy Cuomo’s face. It was his project, it was his responsibility, and he fell flat.

Which, actually, is a good thing.

Bob Lonsberry

See, that’s the irony of this situation. Using the taxes of waitresses and welders to underwrite the expansion of the richest corporation in the world – for the profit of the richest man in the world – was always wrong.

Not just because Amazon kaiser Jeff Bezos is rich, but because private enterprise ought to be private enterprise. Businesses that want to move or expand should pay for such moves or expansions themselves. It is never right for the taxpayer to pick up the tab.

Okay let’s say right up front that I’m sympathetic to where he’s going with this. That said however, there’s something even more telling than what Bob is talking about here.

That being, if you need to cut businesses huge tax breaks so that they’ll come and do business in your state, your taxes and the spending requiring those taxes, are too damned high to begin with.

The ironic part is that Cuomo the Lesser and his Draconian tax policies as well as the over-regulation in New York is precisely why anyone with dime one, much less the Jeff Bezos type, is leaving New York, as fast as the traffic on the Cross Bronx will let them.

There’s this, too… why is it that such tax breaks are always given to the large businesses, and never to the small ones where the majority of people work? I’ve addressed this one before of course. Big business such as Amazon or GM, etc are easy to regulate unionize and basically control. Small business, not so much… Being akin to, well, herding cats.

This once again points out what I’ve been saying for years in these spaces, Democrats are not about actually helping people, they’re about controlling people.

There are other factors in Amazon’s decision of course. I’ve already spoken to a few of them.

But, Bob is quite correct when he says that Cuomo has lost his presidential bid before even announcing for it.

And yes, that is an extraordinary really good thing.

Eric Florack on February 14th, 2019

Amazing what happens when you get government out of the way:

Crude oil production in Texas has beaten a previous record set in the 1970s, a new report from the Texas Independent Producers Royalty Owners Association stated.

Texas oil wells produced more than 1.54 billion barrels of crude in 2018, beating the previous record of 1.28 billion barrels set in 1973, TIPRO reported in its annual “State of Energy Report” early Monday morning.

The report is here.

But it’s even better than that…

The United States expects domestic oil production to reach new heights this year and next, and that prices — for both crude and gasoline — will be lower than they were in 2018.
Government forecasters are sticking to their forecast that the United States — already the world’s biggest oil producer — will become a net exporter of crude and petroleum products in 2020.

Make no mistake, here.

There is no other conclusion to draw but that the illusion of oil shortages was in fact created by leftists with the power of government, to support their war on our energy Independence, in the guise of “saving the planet”… Which is as I have said repeatedly (and proven), the world’s biggest scam.

Let’s see here. Peak oil, Obama telling us that those jobs weren’t coming back again, and so on. It’s almost like they had a vested interest in the destruction of our country and our well-being.

Why would that be true? I refer you to the story of Stalin and the chicken:

The Soviet novelist, Chingiz Aitmatov recounted a story in one of his articles written near the end of the failed Marxist movement in Soviet Union.

In 1935, Stalin invited his trusted senior advisors and some media henchmen to a meeting with intent to make a point using the most evocative of methods. When everyone was gathered at the barnyard, he called for a live chicken and vigorously clenched it in one hand. With the other hand, he then began to pluck out the chicken’s feathers in handfuls. The poor bird squawked under the torment but Stalin kept at denuding the chicken until it convulsed with agony. Remarkably unperturbed by the feeling of disgust obvious on the faces of the people too afraid to express their unease to the dictator, he continued until the chicken was completely unfeathered.

He then put the bird down by a small heap of grain and stood up to finish the last act while the people curiously observed the chicken move towards the grain. As the chicken started to peck, Stalin put his hand into his jacket pocket and pulled out another fistful of grain, putting it out in front of the wounded bird. To the utter surprise of the transfixed spectators, the chicken managed a weak-kneed stagger back to Stalin and started to peck the fresh grain right out of the hand that moments ago had inflicted unbearable pain on it. Stalin had made his point — loud and clear.

He turned to the people and said, “People are like this chicken. It doesn’t matter how much pain you inflict on them. The moment you offer them what they need, they will still follow you and turn to you for their survival.”

Democratic party policy, including social policy and economic policy , and in this case energy policy, only makes sense when you consider this story.

As with all things, get government out of the hands of those people and wonderful things happen.

Eric Florack on February 14th, 2019

Some things that occurred to me today…

# There’s no shortage of people out there who are annoyed at the number of spam phone calls they’ve been getting despite being on a “no call” list, who still insist that gun control works.

# The extremism that we’re seeing out of Democrats these last couple years, as with all extremism, is originating in desperation. They know very well what they’ve lost and are losing in terms of influence and power, so they lean more completely on their defining principles, which are best expressed in the “Green New Deal”, with a side of overt anti-semitism. It makes one mind full of a number of drunks in a car realizing they’re heading for a cliff and deciding that the way out of the problem is to hit the gas.

#Cory Booker calling for the resignation of Fairfax seems to be questionable, given his own sexual harassment problems.

#Speaking of Fairfax, I notice that he’s hired Brett Kavanaugh’s lawyers. If the mainstream press has noticed the irony, they’ve certainly not said anything about it. And whatever happened to all accusers need to be believed?

# I see Lyndon Larouche finally became a good communist. To be honest, I didn’t even know he was still wasting air. funny thing though, he always ran as a Democrat despite being a avowed communist… And the Democrats never tried to separate themselves from him. Hmm.

# I see North East Motor Freight is in the process of going belly-up. Actually, the smell of death has been about the place for a couple of years now. The bottom line, welcome to the world of union work rules, union pay structures, and government over-regulation. So long, North East, been nice knowing you.

The result of this of course is a tightening of capacity for a less than truck load movements in the Northeast, and a sudden glut on the used market of single screw tractors.

# I’ll get in the more of this later, but after two years and 25 million dollars the Senate comes up with the idea that takes can’t find any indication of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. The mainstream media of course, yawns. I am firmly convinced that the people behind this hoax should be prosecuted, and then since the whole thing was set up to cover their own crimes, prosecuted for those as well.

Eric Florack on February 9th, 2019

Let’s consider all the Democratic women wearing white at the State of the Union speech the other night. it seems clear to me that the people participating in that little escapade have no clue as to the history of the thing.

Suffragettes wearing white started with theit first meeting at the Park Avenue NYC apartment of Henrietta Wells Livermore, in 1910. That group later attached itself to the Republican Party becoming The National Women’s Republican Club.

Kind of makes you wonder if they understand the history of the thing, huh?

So what we have here is the group of Democrats trying to falsely claim the mantle of women’s rights and the suffragette movement when historically, the Democrat Party is opposed to such things.

Bring that up to today… And let’s consider their success rates in operating on what they claim as their signature issue. Again, that turns out to be false as well.

Doesn’t it strike you as interesting, that the Democrats had the presidency for eight years, and an overwhelming majority of both houses of Congress for the majority of those years, and yet their tactics haven’t worked to their stated goals? In spite of all facts, the Democrats still claim discrimination.

It’s as I’ve been saying for a long time. The worst thing you can possibly do to a Democrat is actually solve a problem or prove to them that it doesn’t exist because you remove any chance for them to demagogue the thing, and thereby attain power.

In any event, why would they decide to go off in this direction? Because nothing else but they’ve been doing for the last 2 years and longer has aided them in their quest for power.

And that, dear reader, is what this has always been about.

Eric Florack on February 8th, 2019

So, now, after billions of dollars in concessions from New York City and a much ballyhooed entrance into that godforsaken place, it seems that Amazon is considering pulling back on its promised expansion into the big Apple.

One cannot help but wonder if it has anything to do with the recent sexting scandal involving Jeff Bezos.

Which in turn could very well be a parting shot from his ex wife, or Lauren Sanchez, who we are told was the cause of his divorce.

Eric Florack on February 8th, 2019

It’s been a seriously bad week for Democrats. But I suspect in the long-term it’s going to be good for America.

John Solomon over at The Hill:.

The new House Intelligence Committee chairman, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), has proven to be his party’s most effective antagonist toward President Trump. And now, with the new powers of being chairman, he is drawing both new weapons and new scrutiny.

Sometimes such scrutiny inevitably turns to questions of hypocrisy.

Which bring us to the issue of some photographs taken at the prestigious Aspen security conference last July.

They show Schiff meeting at the event with Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, one of the key and most controversial figures in the Russia collusion scandal. Both men insisted to me through spokesmen that they met only briefly last July.

At the time of the encounter, Simpson was an important witness in the House Intelligence Committee probe who had given sworn testimony about alleged, but still unproven, collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Simpson ran the firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party to find dirt on Trump in Moscow. He employed retired British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, whose infamous and unverified dossier became the main evidence for the FBI’s probe of the Trump campaign, particularly the surveillance warrant against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

And by the time of the meeting, the House Intelligence Committee had already received evidence from a senior Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, that called into question Simpson’s testimony to lawmakers.

Specifically, Simpson claimed he had not begun meeting with Ohr until after Thanksgiving 2016, well after the FBI had begun investigating Trump-Russia collusion and after the presidential election in which Simpson’s client, Clinton, lost to Trump.

But Ohr provided compelling evidence, including calendar notations, testimony and handwritten notes, showing that Simpson met with him in August 2016, well before the election and during a time when Steele was helping the FBI start an investigation into Trump.

When confronted with the Aspen conference photos of Schiff, in sport coat and open-neck dress shirt, and Simpson, wearing casual attire, representatives for both men tried to minimize their discussion, insisting nothing substantive about the Russia case was discussed.

They could have met on a runway, and then told everybody that they were discussing their grandkids.

Corruption, thy name be Democrat.

Added commentary by Ed Morrissey

Eric Florack on February 7th, 2019

Yep. Glenn was right.

State Sen. Tommy Norment oversaw the Virginia Military Institute’s “The Bomb” yearbook in 1968 — the same year the college first allowed black students to enroll, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

so says the only paper in New York City that’s worth a damn… The New York Post..

As we all know, when the Democrats break out the weapons of mass distraction, their situation is very dire.

Isas Glenn says, it doesn’t have to amount to anything. And from what I’m seeing this one most certainly does not.