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.

File under:   Second Amendment

Eric Florack on November 5th, 2019

Okay maybe it’s just me, but I tend to doubt it. A police conference in Chicago?

Eric Florack on November 5th, 2019

The White House “whistleblower” is Eric Ciaramella.

– Registered Democrat
– Worked for Obama
– Worked with Joe Biden
– Worked for CIA Director John Brennan
– Vocal critic of Trump
– Helped initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation hoax.

Much more at the Gateway Pundit

Eric Florack on November 2nd, 2019

First, comes news that the faux Hispanic, is dropping out of the race for the Democrat party nomination:

Tucker Carlson addressed this:

Even though he never polled well, he always had a group of diehard fans, like an indie rock band that wasn’t very good, but it was considered cool.

Many of those fans were crushed by Beto’s failure. According to CBS’ Ed O’Keefe, and his network was asked not to interview O’rourke’s crestfallen volunteers. They should stop and be ‘respectful’ because the volunteers are ‘very vulnerable right now.’ In the end, Beto’s campaign was exactly what you would expect it to be. It was a constellation of shallow fragile dumb people talking to themselves.”

Then we see Kamala Harris also on the edge of dropping out:


Harris’ excuses for her campaign’s collapse are particularly amusing. She claims that the reason she’s failing is because people aren’t ready for a ” woman of color” to be president. Thing is, though, since this is the primary, not the general, the voters she’s complaining about are, each and every one of them, DEMOCRATS. With the totality of the Democrats all trying to out-“woke” each other, and these two arguably being the more successful at it, and the result being the death of their campaigns, can the warning signs about what will happen at the ballot box, be any more clear?

Eric Florack on November 2nd, 2019

Tyler O’Neill over at PJM the other day:

On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) said that hurricanes, superstorms, and tornadoes did not occur before climate change. In the same breath, he said that anyone who questions the left’s climate-alarmist hysteria is “just delusional.” He may want to check in a mirror.

After he finished berating President Donald Trump in an interview with MSNBC, Cuomo turned to his latest attempt to enforce climate change orthodoxy.

“You know, anyone who questions extreme weather and climate change is just delusional at this point,” Cuomo said. “We have seen in the State of New York what everyone is seeing. We see these weather patterns that we never had before. We didn’t have hurricanes, we didn’t have superstorms, we didn’t have tornadoes.”

Tyler gets into a fairly detailed rebuttal of Cuomo on the matter and concludes:

Unless the Iroquois and their ancestors were secretly burning fossil fuels — and cleverly erased the evidence they did so — Cuomo’s statement about there having been no hurricanes and superstorms in New York prior to climate change is flat-out wrong. A simple Google search would have set him straight.

Ehhh… I doubt it.

He would simply discount the evidence in front of him, because it doesn’t match with his predetermined politically based wet dream.

An interesting parallel would be the Democrats and their claims of quid pro quo with the president of the Ukraine and Donald Trump. The entire world has free access to the contents of that conversation in the transcript. It was unedited. Yet, the Democrats continue to claim that there was something in that conversation that was totally illegal and moral and that Donald Trump deserves to be impeached because of it. We’re supposed to believe them and that the content of the actual conversation.

I submit that in much the same way, Mario Cuomo ignores the facts in front of him and sticks to the script, because he knows darn well that his power comes from the common misconception that the emperor has beautiful new clothes.

That may well work with the denizens of NBC and its various forms and their viewers. But the numbers of people that adhere to this climate change religion are falling rapidly which is why the left is in such a panic recently. (And why the viewership numbers for MSNBC have been in the toilet these last several years.)

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Eric Florack on November 1st, 2019

Eric Florack on November 1st, 2019

From the Strategy Page,

After Delta Force nailed al-Baghdadi, President Trump used Twitter and television to attack al-Baghdadi’s arrogance, swagger and narrative of invincibility. Trump said: “He died after running into a dead-end tunnel. … The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread.” The ghoul detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children.

Trump targeted potential recruits the fanatic might inspire: “(I)t’s something that should be brought out so that his followers and all of these young kids that want to leave various countries … see how he died. … He didn’t die a hero. He died a coward — crying, whimpering, screaming.”

Overblown language, a “yuge” exaggeration? Perhaps, but useful, strategic information warfare. Trump’s global damning damages al-Baghdadi as a terrorist icon.
In comparison, The Washington Post’s coddling in its now-changed headline “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48” was a depraved distortion of reality that undermines anti-terror efforts.

Well, no kidding. Indeed, were we to hold ourselves up to the same standards the Democrats have been holding Trump to, it would be clear that everyone that the Washington Post and the Democrats complaining about the death of this thug, are in fact ISIS assets.

Of course, the reality is somewhat different. The truth is I find very little in the way of evidence that all but a paltry few Democrats do not possess the intelligence to understand Trump’s strategy embodied in his announcement of the other day…. That this is rhetorical warfare as much as anything else, and in that realm, Trump’s message was a masterstroke… particularly as compared to the Obama strategy. Obama never understood that kissing backside is not a strategy, but capitulation.