davidl on July 29th, 2018

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is sixty today.
from Wikipedia:

The President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA in 1958[10] with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science. The National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed on July 29, 1958, disestablishing NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The new agency became operational on October 1, 1958

Happy birthday!  Now rollover and die.  NASA has accomplished her mission.  She got to the Moon and back.  There is no where else in the Solar System worthwhile for manned exploration, and no means to go beyond the Solar System.

Hat Tip: Instapundit.

davidl on July 28th, 2018

If you can’t find any evidence, just find a bigger soapbox and scream even louder. Michael Mann is long on hysteria, but short on evidence. Even his cited evidence does not support his loudly proclaimed conclusion, from Guardian(UK):

Extreme weather has struck across Europe, from the Arctic Circle to Greece, and across the world, from North America to Japan. “This is the face of climate change,” said Prof Michael Mann, at Penn State University, and one the world’s most eminent climate scientists. “We literally would not have seen these extremes in the absence of climate change.”

[…]

Mann points out that the link between smoking tobacco and lung cancer is a statistical one, which does not prove every cancer was caused by smoking, but epidemiologists know that smoking greatly increases the risk. “That is enough to say that, for all practical purposes, there is a causal connection between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer and it is the same with climate change,” Mann said.

Hat tip: Watts Up with That.

What a scientist does to adapt his theory to explain the evidence.   What Mann does is alter his evidence to explain his theory.   Call what you will.  It is not science.

Eric Florack on July 28th, 2018

I see that scientists have reportedly discovered an underground Lake on Mars.
I’m taking bets as to how long it’s going to be before the EPA declares jurisdiction over it.

Eric Florack on July 28th, 2018

From Ed Driscoll

TWITTER CEO APOLOGIZES FOR ALLOWING CONSERVATIVES ON PLATFORM IN FIRST PLACE.

It’s a parody headline. But is it, really?, to coin an Insta-phrase

I’ve been saying for a couple of decades now the comedy doesn’t work unless there’s a grain of Truth at the center of it. In this case The Comedy Works like crazy.

davidl on July 27th, 2018

Bless his little heart, Rand Paul (R – KY) is not totally useless. Paul exposed the communist posing a security advisor, John Brennan’s effort to sabotage US foreign policy, from Daily Caller:

The Kentucky Senator claimed that Brennan, then Obama’s top White House adviser on counter-terrorism, gave classified information to a group of former Obama advisers turned TV commentators about a Yemen terror plot that Washington had “inside control” of through a double-agent.

After Brennan’s briefing, one of the call’s participants, Richard Clarke, went on ABC and broadcast the government implying that there was a Western spy inside the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula bomb-making group.

Points:

  • The media does not employ ‘rats as expert commentators, but rather only as operatives with by-lines.
  • Former government officials had absolutely to need to know the fact that we employed a double agent, and even a communist like Brennan is smart enough to know this.
  • What kind of “briefing” only includes members of one party. This was not a brief. It was the issuance of marching orders.
  • This was no leak, as in an accident. Brennan, the good communist that his is, was out to subvert United States government policy, even at the cost of human lives.

President Trump can not remove Brennan’s security clearance fast enough.

Eric Florack on July 26th, 2018

Hmm.

I have to say, this is nice to see, but maybe we should be pondering the idea that if the IRS wasn’t so powerful, the scam wouldn’t have been nearly as effective.

Put another way, the scam was effective because the Americans that they were harassing wouldn’t put it past the IRS to act like that.

Perhaps part of the answer going forward is reining in the IRS both in terms of power and in attitude?

And maybe we should be examining why it took them so long to accomplish this. I wonder if it has anything to do with the change in the White House…

Eric Florack on July 26th, 2018

Yesterday I made mention of the New York Daily News and it’s imminent collapse. I suggested that the left-leaning it’s been doing for decades now is finally taking its toll.

This morning comes news that Mark Zuckerberg lost 16 billion dollars yesterday.

You know, eventually somebody’s going to figure out that there’s a trend to all of this.

But I predict that before that happens, Twitter will follow suit.

davidl on July 25th, 2018

Mrs. Clinton, former Secretary of State and formerly known as the Smartest Woman in the World, has neither the need for classified information, nor the mental aptitude necessary to even recognize it, from Daily Caller:

President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan; Comey; former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; former Director of National Security Michael Haden; former National Security Adviser Susan Rice; and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

[…]

“There is more than ample evidence that Hillary Clinton committed, whether its gross negligence, or, as [former FBI Director James] Comey would like to say, extreme carelessness,” Williamson told TheDCNF. “Just from the documented evidence, there was enough to prosecute. If there’s evidence to prosecute, then there’s certainly grounds to pull somebody’s clearance.”

Being shown to be grossly negligent, is ample reason to revoke Mrs. Clinton’s clearance.

Eric Florack on July 24th, 2018

So now we hear that Stormy Daniels husband is filing for divorce.

Wait…. She was married?

Okaaaaay. I have to confess I wasn’t aware of it. From what I can see the way she was acting she wasn’t aware of it, either.

Her husband is saying that he can’t believe that she would be cheating on him.

Personally I have difficulty believing that the guy can possibly be that stupid, so I am inclined to believe he is bald faced liar, and not a very good one. And of course we’ve already established that she is, as well.

She, meanwhile, is saying that we should all back off and give her privacy for the sake of her family.

Personally I plan to give her precisely the amount of privacy that she gave Donald Trump and his family.

Forgive me, folks, but I think Jeff Foxworthy’s commentary applies here. It’s kind of like buying a rental car. If you go into a situation where you know the car has been driven that hard by that many people maybe, just maybe you don’t want to put your key in it.

As to why these little tidbits are relevant on the national scene, I suggest that it’s always good to keep in mind the kind of people that we’re dealing with.

Eric Florack on July 24th, 2018

So General Wesley Clark shows up on Laura ingraham’s show today and states flatly that Condoleezza Rice caused 911 to happen.

My curiosity on this point is pretty much the same as someone watching a train wreck…. Apparently the general is struggling for relevance in a Post Obama world… But ultimately I only have one thing to say.

Eric Florack on July 24th, 2018

From Sarah Hoyt:

YES, INDEED, PEOPLE GET NOTORIOUSLY DEPRESSED IN BALMY WEATHER. THAT’S WHY EVERYONE IS MOVING TO NORTH DAKOTA FOR THE WINTER: Claim: Global warming to cause more suicides.

Well, let them. If nothing else it’ll resolve the question of the midterm elections. (Shrug)

The only people that are going to be worried about this enough to off themselves despite all evidence to the contrary, are people who’ve been buying the global warming scenario since it was global cooling.

Eric Florack on July 23rd, 2018

Longtime online friend Ed Driscoll notes via instapundit that the New York Daily News is in effect going belly-up.

The fact of the matter is that the place has been swinging to the extreme left for some time now. As such it’s been going the way of the supposed mainstream media who has also been swinging left, just, unbelievably, not quite as far as the Daily News has.

When you get too far to the left to attract the attention and devotion of New York City types who just got through electing a socialist are not so long ago and went headlong for Hillary Clinton… You are at the very least doubly removed from reality.

With the fast demise of left-wing “newsrooms” around the country and the unbridled success of outlets such as Fox News, you would think they would take the hint by now.

Eric Florack on July 23rd, 2018

Passed along by a reader…

A few days ago, Jack Minzey, sent what was to be the final chapter in the long line of books and treatises which he had written. Jack died on Sunday, 8 April 2018.

Professionally, Jack was head of the Department of Education at Eastern Michigan University as well as a prolific author of numerous books, most of which were on the topic of Education and the Government role therein. His interest in Conservative Politics was exceeded only by his intellectual ability. This is the last of his works.

Civil War

How do civil wars happen?

Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge. That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.

The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it’s not the first time they’ve done this. The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he didn’t really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election. There’s a pattern here.

What do sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win. It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.

That’s a civil war.

There’s no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.

This isn’t dissent. It’s not disagreement. You can hate the other party. You can think they’re the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don’t win, what you want is a dictatorship. Your very own dictatorship.

The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to Democrats, is its own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it’s inherently illegitimate. The Democrats lost Congress. They lost the White House. So what did they do? They began trying to run the country through Federal judges and bureaucrats. Every time that a Federal judge issues an order saying that the President of the United States can’t scratch his own back without his say so, that’s the civil war.

Our system of government is based on the constitution, but that’s not the system that runs this country. The Democrat’s system is that any part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the country.

If the Democrats are in the White House, then the president can do anything. And I mean anything. He can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens. He can fine you for not having health insurance. His power is unlimited. He’s a dictator

But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President can’t do anything. He isn’t even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented. A Democrat in the White House has ‘discretion’ to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy. A Republican doesn’t even have the ‘discretion’ to reverse him. That’s how the game is played That’s how our country is run. Sad but true, although the left hasn’t yet won that particular fight.

When a Democrat is in the White House, states aren’t even allowed to enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House, states can create their own immigration laws. Under Obama, a state wasn’t allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that California is an independent republic and sign treaties with other countries.

The Constitution has something to say about that.

Whether it’s Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country If it controls an institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the land. This is what I call a moving dictatorship.

Donald Trump has caused the Shadow Government to come out of hiding: Professional government is a guild. Like medieval guilds. You can’t serve in if you’re not a member. If you haven’t been indoctrinated into its arcane rituals. If you aren’t in the club. And Trump isn’t in the club. He brought in a bunch of people who aren’t in the club with him.

Now we’re seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them. They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail. They use the tools of power to bring them down.

That’s not a free country

It’s not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an ‘insurance policy’ against Trump winning the election. It’s not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition. It’s not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media. It’s not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn’t supposed to win did.

Have no doubt, we’re in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and a leftist Democrat professional government.

“One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors.” Plato

Eric Florack on July 23rd, 2018

Via PowerLine, I notice Andrew McCarthy:

“I’m really embarrassed because I told people for months that this could never, ever happen….It’s astonishing. It’s as if they took the dossier and slapped a caption on it to give it to the judge. They ought to be looking at the judges who signed this stuff.”

What’s he talking about? About the FISA court and Carter Page of course.

It it turns out Devon Nunes was absolutely correct, that the court had been weaponized and, even in that context, abused by the Obama Administration, for the purpose of gaining political power.

In fairness to Andy McCarthy he was working on the assumption that we had a white house that gives a damn about the law. What we ended up with, the Obama Administration, is a group of people who were actually more corrupt then the Clinton Administration which is certainly saying something.

Isn’t it interesting that the warnings the Democrats gave us about the Bush Administration as regards the possible abuses of the court and other post 9/11 actions of the Bush Administration, never came to fruition but those abuses did in fact happen when Democrats had power?

Look, is there anybody who is seriously willing to consider that the Bush Administration initiated such tactics much less followed through with them? is there anybody who is willing to suggest that the FISA court was politicized by the Republicans?

No.

The fact of the matter is that the Democrat Party warnings of post 9-11 were true, except that it was the Democrats themselves that couldn’t be trusted with those post 9/11 powers. We now have proof that it was the Democrats who politicized those powers and use them to gain and maintain their own political power.

The only question remaining at this point is why these people are not in jail.

I’ve been saying for many years now that the more power government has, the more important it is that we put people of conscience, of value, and of Integrity into those positions of power. Clearly the Democrats do not meet that criteria. (There’s a number of Republicans that don’t either but let’s take this one crisis at a time, shall we?)

Let’s start out by placing members of the Obama Administration behind bars for the remainder of their existence on this planet. Including Obama himself, and Felonia Von Pantsuit.

The FBI redacted application to spy on US citizen Carter Page has dropped and it amounts to dog poop, from John Hinderaker, Power Line:

[T]he [FISA] application relies to an astonishing degree on anti-Trump news stories published in the Democratic Party press. Does the FBI really get surveillance warrants on the basis of partisan press accounts? Apparently so.

The FBI and the DOJ, attested to a federal judge that Carter Page was a Russian agent. not once but four times.  Yet Fearless Leader, b/k/a Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has never charged Page with any such crime.

Rather what happened is that Dumbo, he of big ears and a small brain, b/k/a former President Barack Obama, weaponized the FBI to act as legal arm of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.