Eric Florack on February 4th, 2020

Devastating news, certainly, and our prayers are with him.Of course the left, on hearing the news, concentrated on heading directly for the sewer… they can always be counted upon to show their quality. Twitter in particular was bad and remains so on the subject… and frankly I’m not seeing any effort on the part of Twitter to limit these kind of vile attacks…. A not unexpected double standard.It’s a little awkward but I would be remiss if I didn’t say that we need his voice now more than ever.

Eric Florack on February 4th, 2020

Well this is developing about how I expected it to. The reports from NBC were typical. And amazing, given the recent history of bias in their reporting:

The Iowa presidential caucuses were thrown into chaos late Monday after the state Democratic Party said it found “inconsistencies,” delaying results and causing widespread confusion across the state.

The Iowa Democratic Party said early Tuesday that it would release the results of the Iowa caucuses later Tuesday after “manually verifying all precinct results.”

Uh huh.

“This is simply a reporting issue. The app did not go down, and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results,” McClure added.

Well if it’s not a hack, then what is it? It certainly has all the earmarks of it, particularly given reports I’m seeing that the application used for the reporting was designed by a former Hillary Clinton operative.

(Shrug)

Then again, a Democrat-run government couldn’t create a healthcare website with four billion dollars and an entire army of turkeys programming it…. Much less a viable healthcare plan underneath it… So perhaps the protestations of Innocence are true, I don’t know.

Oh and by the way, I see where the Republicans had a record turnout despite the fact that Trump is running unopposed.

As for the Democrats, I suppose there’s a certain amount of Truth to what I’ve seen being passed around…”you can’t lose to Trump if you can’t nominate a candidate.”

This has all the trimmings of a fun election cycle.

davidl on February 3rd, 2020

I come not to defend Johnny Depp, but he will serve asa convenient segway.  Unlike Hollywood mytb, domestic violence is not a one way problem.  Just ask President 42.  There are both baterred women and battered men.  It jsut that we have created this legal fiction that batter men do not exist, from PJ Media:

A leaked audio conversation between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard is blowing up Hollywood. The audio reveals Heard confessing to committing physical violence against Depp. After BuzzFeed published photos of Heard with bruises and accusations of abuse against Depp, his life fell apart. Depp was implicated in the #MeToo movement and branded as a wife-abuser. He was dropped from “Pirates of the Caribbean” in 2018 and many speculate it was because of the allegations.

On Sunday, a taped conversation between Depp and Heard was posted online. In it, Heard admits to “slapping,” “hitting,” and throwing objects at him. Her biggest frustration with Depp appears to be that he tries to get away from her when she turns violent. Depp is heard saying, “There can be no physical violence,” and Heard replies, “I can’t promise I won’t get physical again.”

Folk legend has it that the term Rule of Thumb refers to the English common law idea that a husband was allowed to beat his wife provided he did so with a stick less than an inch.  Then there is the interview Sean Connery had with Barbara Walters asserting that it was sometimes necessary to slap your wife.

The problem is that when a man batters his wife, she has the presumption of innocence and a myriad of options, legal and otherwise.  Whereas when a man is battered by his wife, he has neither the presumption of innocence or any legal options.  An interesting discussion between Doctors Jordan Peterson and Camille Paglia, video:

Maybe President Warren will have a program for that as well.

davidl on February 3rd, 2020

Unlike the feckless Obama regime which deliberately imported the Ebola virus, President Donald J. Trump has restricted the importation of a deadly virus, from Conservative Tree House:

In response to an escalating spread of the Coronavirus President Trump initiated a suspension of entry visa’s for persons traveling from China:  “The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is hereby suspended and limited” [link].

While waiting for some lame brain Ninth Circuit Court judge to issue a nation wide injunction against protecting the American public, Slow Joe Biden has shown that he rather pander to his Chinese puppet masters, than protect the country:

[…] “We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus,” Biden said in Iowa Friday. “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.” .

Mrs. Pelosi and her gang either have to denounce Slow Joe or own the Corona Virus.

Eric Florack on February 2nd, 2020

Adam Schiff in the Washington Times this morning:

“Look, there’s nothing that I can see that we could have done differently, because as the senators have already admitted, we’ve proved our case.

We proved our case,” Mr. Schiff, California Democrat, said on CBS “Face the Nation.”

The obvious question at this point is, if he really feels that the case was proven, why did he feel the need for more witnesses?

Eric Florack on February 2nd, 2020

Eric Florack on February 1st, 2020

Joe Brenneman asks a very interesting question that I admit I hadn’t thought of…

Given Pelosi’s delay in delivering the articles of impeachment, I think we should be asking a couple of questions:
– When did she become aware of Bolton’s upcoming book, and who told her?
– How long was she prepared to actually wait for its writing/proofing to bolster the democrats’ rushed case?

If the implication here is true, it would explain a great deal about the Democrats and their activities these last couple of weeks.

(Shrug) I’m not sure it matters all that much.

Their problem of course is that even if they had managed to drag Bolton into this mix, it wouldn’t have availed them at all.

They did absolutely nothing for the American people, they got caught trying to execute a coup on the president of the United States, completely embarrassed themselves and all they got for their trouble was some lousy $125 a piece pens.

And by the way, in case anybody’s forgotten, we still don’t really know what’s in Bolton’s book.

Eric Florack on February 1st, 2020

Proof, you say?

People’s exhibit A, an article entitled:

Calm down. Trump won’t be President – and Britain won’t leave the EU

In truth, I’m amazed the article is still online.

Bbct: Kim Priestap

Eric Florack on January 30th, 2020

“We know a thoroughly unqualified cocaine addict, Hunter Biden, was appointed to the board of a leading Ukraine gas company and raked in millions of dollars. His father Joe threatened a prosecutor who wanted to investigate his son. Quid pro Joe!”

“Same with Romney’s son. Is that why the Utah senator has backstabbed the president after pleading for his support.”

“Pelosi’s son Paul has also benefited from Ukraine in a deal similar to Hunter’s. He has also brokered sports deals in Ukraine while being associated with corrupt con artists.”

“This corruption started with Farmer Obama, who ran the most scandalous administrations in history. Unfortunately he has sowed a bitter a bitter crop of corruption–not only with Ukraine, but also in our judicial system, security agencies, and of course, the mass media. Pigs who get too greedy usually get slaughtered. We’ll settle for some justice.”

Eric Florack on January 29th, 2020

So we see snowflake extraordinaire Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC on Twitter:

2 days after Bolton submitted his manuscript to the White House, Trump killed Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani.

Coincidence?

Or was Trump trying to influence Bolton not to testify to the Senate?

I understand that Trump derangement syndrome exists, particularly in the denizens of CNN NBC and the New York Times…

But this makes me believe that if O’Donnell spoke his mind, MSNBC would be sending out nothing but dead air… Silencio.

Over at PJM, Tyler O’Neill says it well:

While the entire rest of the world is fooled, he has figured out the secret truth behind Trump’s airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force leader Qasem Suleimani. You see, it had nothing to do with the Iran-backed militias storming the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. It had nothing to do with the hundreds of American troops Soleimani’s efforts had killed and the troops who may have been targeted in the future. It had nothing to do with the fact he was a terrorist mastermind ravaging the Middle East for decades.
No, it was all about appeasing John Bolton.

Look, I don’t know what’s in Bolton’s book, and neither do you. All that we have is a third-hand account of what’s in the book by somebody who wasn’t supposed to be leaking the transcript who just happens to be Colonel Vindman’s brother. (Some coincidence, huh?) But you know who else doesn’t know? That’s right, the Democrats.

Anyone … And I mean anyone who has done the slightest bit of homework, would have come up with what Matt did:

But the Democrats have already heard from John Bolton. On August 27, 2019, Bolton gave an interview with Radio Free Europe and spoke about both of Trump’s phone calls with President Zelensky.

Let’s be kind, and assume for the sake of that kindness that the Democrats knew about this interview and knew that it would be brought up in the Senate trial. it would of course crush their arguments completely.

So why are they playing this game with John Bolton?

They’re trying to drag the trial out as far as they can. They’re going to be playing this game with everything they have and every little nuance that comes along. they’re not going to let it go. They can’t afford to let it go. as I pointed out earlier today, there’s way too much at stake for the establishment of both parties.

As to what is motivating John Bolton, that’s a question I have no answer for as yet, though I do have to assume for the moment that there is a certain amount of loyalty on his mind for those still inhabiting the 7th floor at the State Department.

As for a Lawrence O’Donnell I suggest that he is off his medications again. He needs watching, and I don’t mean on TV.

davidl on January 29th, 2020

Chuckles, b/k/a Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, has taken to slandering children, from Victory Girls:

“Did the President have financial interests at stake when he was talking to Erdogan, Orban, Xi and others? Maybe his kids had some economic interests at stake?” How dare you slander the Trump children with absolutely no evidence, you walking, parasitic amoeba.

Remember when former Senator Harry Reid said on the floor of the Senate that he heard the Mittens Romney hadn’t paid taxes in ten years? Yes, a lie out of whole cloth. That is what Chuck Schumer just did to the Trump children.

Video:

Chuckles predecessor, Dirty Harry Reid, was at least man enough to slander adults.

davidl on January 29th, 2020

The ‘Rats of B.J. Clinton’s Senate impeachment trial, accurately predict the behavior of the 2020 ‘Rats, video:

Hat tip and more, Power Line:

Quotable quote (Chuck Schumer): “I expect history will show we’ve lowered the bar on impeachment…My fear is that when a Republican wins the White House, Democrats will demand payback.”

First note, B.J. was not removed from office by the Senate. So senator Chuckles was not making a prediction. He was making a projection.

Second, in the B.J. trial, the ‘Rats were not arguing he was innocent. Rather, the argument was that Clinton assorted crimes were note serious enough to merit removal from office. Now flash ford, today the ‘Rats are arguing, well demanding, that President Donald John Trump be removed from office dispite not charging with any crimes. Go figure.

Eric Florack on January 28th, 2020

David beat me to the punch here with the presentation of Pam Bondi on the Senate floor. If you haven’t seen it yet, do so.

The case against the Democrats and their attempts to remove the president from office, is both solid and inarguable.

The thing is though, I think it goes deeper than just the question of whether or not Donald Trump should be impeached. I think Bondi’s argument exposes why the Democrats want him impeached.

The long list of links that she put forward leaves me thinking that there was a reason why the Obama Administration was pursuing energy starvation. For years, both David and I have addressed this as the “no drill policy”.

They claimed that it was to save the environment…. But I can’t help but wonder if the real plan was to force us to be dependent on foreign sources of oil and natural gas such as the Ukraine.

Why is that?

Simple… Given the well-known money laundering ability of Burisma, and its links with the Democrat Party here in the ‘States, it’s not hard to see how the Democrats have managed to dig themselves out of bankruptcy they found themselves in, less than 4 years ago. There was a serious gravy train to be had, and the establishment of both parties wanted in on it.

Yes, that’s right, I said both parties.

Not only is John Kerry’s kid involved, as well as of course Joe Biden’s kid, but Nancy Pelosi’s kid, and interestingly enough, Mitt Romney and John Bolton.

The inclusion of those last two should be an indication to you that this has not been just the Democrats, but the establishment of both parties. This has always been about the establishment versus the American people, precisely as Trump has portrayed it.

My sense is that the longer this goes on the more endangered the establishment of both parties are to having all of this revealed. We’re I a member of the establishment of either party, I would consider the move to force witnesses into the Senate hearing to be ill-advised at best.

As it is, however, it seems to me an appropriate venue to expose the corruption that caused what we’ve been dealing with for the last 3 years and longer.

davidl on January 28th, 2020

I think that Adam Schiff can bend over and kiss his impeachment case good bye, from Zero Hedge:

President Trump’s defense team cut straight to the heart of the impeachment on Monday, insisting that Democrats have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Bidens didn’t engage in textbook corruption in Ukraine – and that President Trump’s request to investigate it was out of line.

Video:

I find it amusing, the ‘rats and media found when dealing with President Donald Trump that a mere unsourced media report, likely leaked by bias source, was ample reason to investigate the President.  Yet when comes to the Biden’s, Joe and Hunter, multiple media and government reports are no reason to investigate the Hunters.

House impeachment manager Adam Schiff, argues that the President had no reason to investigate the Biden’s.  Therefore any attempt to investigate the Biden’s must be seen as an attempt to interfere with the 2020 election.

Well that maybe what Schiff says, maybe what he believes, however Pam Bondi just blew away Schiff’s yarn.

Eric Florack on January 27th, 2020

It seems to me that the death of Kobe Bryant is another case study in the cult of personality being the determining factor in the response to that death by the general populace.

Observe an article in the Daily Mail:

Felicia Sonmez, who covers national politics for the (Washington) Post, took to Twitter shortly after the world learned of Bryant’s death along with eight others aboard his private helicopter which crashed outside of Los Angeles.

She posted a link to an April 2016 story from the news site The Daily Beast which carried the headline: ‘Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession.’

The paper immediately suspended the reporter, and she’s been catching some serious heat on Twitter as well1, I am told.

Would folks be this sensitive to bringing up someone’s imperfections….would we be saying this kind of reaction, this kind of vehement defense, over, let’s say, a homeless man with similar events (in this case, rape) in their past?

We both know the answer is no.

And look… before we go any further, let’s make it clear this is not an attack on Kobe Bryant per se. I am reliably informed and have no doubt that he has done some good things in his personal life as well as being a hell of a basketball player, along with the bad.

The point here is questioning the double standards applied to those with star power. This business is yet another example of exactly that… And this has been discussed before in these spaces. It seems to me more than a little bit dishonest.

We observed the same post-mortem double standard being applied at the passing of Michael Jackson a few years ago. I wrote about that rather extensively here, in an article that I took some serious heat for at the time.

In that case, as in this, it seems to me that there’s a good deal of starpower mixed into the reactions… And while a lot of people will point to the differences between the jobless homeless man and Jackson and Bryant… And credibly so I think… I have my doubts that that’s why this double standard is being applied. Rather, I think it is success which drives this difference, of which money is only a part.

As Americans, we tend to prize success more than do several other cultures. As such, we hold the successful to a somewhat different standard, despite giving rather loud lip service to something called equality, which at least in this context, seems ill-defined at best.

I make no suggestions for the cure of this rather disturbing dichotomy because I doubt that a cure can never be achieved.

I simply note it.