Eric Florack on November 29th, 2019

Over at PJM, Matt Margolis says:

Three women have come forth accusing U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland of sexual harassment.

Sondland, a star witness in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Trump, reportedly made sexual advances on the three women and then “he retaliated against them professionally after they rejected his advances.”

Admittedly, I didn’t see this one coming but frankly it doesn’t surprise me at all. The reason is simple enough of course… his testimony instead of being the star witness for the Democrats ended up destroying their wet dreams of impeachment:

Even somebody that hasn’t been watching politics as closely as Bloggers and so on do, understands that this is a standard play of the Democrats against anyone who has dared cross them, or whose activities were inconvenient for them.

A few examples:

Bill Cosby.

Clarence Thomas.

Brett Kavanaugh

Donald Trump

Jim Trafficant.

And of course, Jeff Epstein.

Understand what history has shown us clearly… These are precisely the tactics the Democrats will always employ under these circumstances.

Margolis seems to be on the same track:

However, according to the story, “friends, family members or colleagues of the women recall being told about the encounters at the time.” Reporting on the story also began in October, which, ProPublica/Portland Monthly notes, was “around the time of Sondland’s initial impeachment testimony, in which he backed the president’s assertion that there was no quid pro quo involving Ukraine.”

The Democrats have broken out this weapon often enough that it’s become cliche. At what point do the American people stop taking these idiots seriously?

davidl on November 29th, 2019

The picture was mocked by the lame stream media, and yet turned in symbol of the pro-democracy rebellion in Hong Kong, from NY Post:

President Trump is Hong Kong’s sudden hero.

Hours after he signed two bills to support human rights in Hong Kong, angering Chinese government officials, pro-democracy protesters in the beleaguered city held a “Thanksgiving Rally” Thursday night to commend him for taking the action.

And front and center at the rally were printouts of the president’s Wednesday tweet showing his head on Rocky Balboa’s chiseled body.

Mrs. Clinton must be devastated that the demonstrations in Hong Kong are for more democracy and not for higher Clinton Foundation speaking fees.  Adam Schiff for Brain, and CNN’s Brian Stetler must be heartbroken that the Hong Kong protesters did not use their likenesses.

Eric Florack on November 27th, 2019

Eric Florack on November 27th, 2019

Margot Cleveland at The Federalist:

Former Wall Street Journal reporters who co-founded Fusion GPS, Simpson and Fritsch appeared Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The bit was intended as a PR push to increase sales for their new book on Steele. Whether the media blitz that began in stride over the weekend will prove successful is unclear. But one thing the interview made clear is that a serious investigation into Russia’s interference in our elections would have focused on the Steele dossier.

This point became evident when host Chuck Todd confronted the Fusion founders with a video of the impeachment testimony of Fiona Hill. Hill, an expert on Europe and Russia and a former member of Trump’s National Security Council, testified that the Steele dossier was a “rabbit hole” and “very likely” contained Russian disinformation. Hill also testified that she “thought he got played.”

Simpson responded that Hill is entitled to her opinion and that while Hill is a Russia expert, she is not a disinformation specialist, like Steele. The Fusion GPS founders sought to further bolster Steele’s work during the interview by stressing that he ran the Russian desk for MI6. “This is one of the most capable and one of the most knowledgeable experts on Russia in the world today,” Fritsch said, adding that Steele “spent a lot of time going through the dossier to separate information from disinformation, credible facts from non-credible facts.”

The problem, of course, with Hill’s read on the subject is that it doesn’t mesh with the “Orange Man Bad” syndrome very well… But as we are increasingly finding out, the facts seldom do.

Robert Mueller

One suspects, based on the way this is going, that Attorney General Barr, unlike Robert Mueller, has actually investigated the dossier and its use in the FISA court.

Which brings us to the conclusion that for all that Robert Mueller was acting like an incompetent at the hearing, he was a political hack, intentionally playing stupid so as not to damage the narrative.

I further suggest that any serious investigation of these matters will result in prosecution of Robert Mueller… And of his underlings on the so-called dream team.

davidl on November 26th, 2019

Not that I would expect Richard Blumenthal(D – Vietman) to know but as Eric opined, you know you are over take, if you are taking flack, from Breitbart:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said his colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) would end up regretting investigating 2020 presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden.

Blumenthal said, “I really regret that he has launched on this course. I think he’ll regret it too, because not only is it completely spurious, he knows it’s been debunked, it’s also, in fact, relying on this, insane as you have correctly called it, conspiracy theory involving Ukraine. It endangers our national security. This Ukrainian theory is one of the central tenets and tropes of Russian propaganda and disinformation.”

Video at the link.
Come on Dick, tell Slow Joe to take it like a man. Unlike the phony three year investigation into the President, this investigation will not take three years. Remember we already have Slow Joe’s confession on video.

davidl on November 26th, 2019

Two polls show that President Trump’s support is growing among likely black voters. Clinton News Network commentator Ana Navarro is upset about it:

CNN political commentator Ana Navarro-Cárdenas mocked polls that showed significant black support for President Donald Trump, tweeting Monday that the polls “have only been conducted in the homes of Ben Carson, Kanye, that sheriff guy with the hat and those two Cubic Zirconia Polyester-Spandex ladies.”

Democrats can not win the White House without ninety percent support of black voters.

Eric Florack on November 26th, 2019

Some interesting thoughts from Thom Lifson as regards the humiliation at the ballot box the Chinese Communists took from the people of Hong Kong the other day:

Xi faces multiple crises, and while he has purged many potential rivals under the guise of an “anti-corruption campaign,” members of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party — which controls the entire country — are already suffering thanks to President Trump’s trade war, which is costing the many newly minted billionaires financially. These elites also rely on Hong Kong as a means of getting some of their money out of China. The hard-line treatment (as in concentration camps on a vast scale) of China’s Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang is also weakening China’s international stature ad appeal. An emerging spy scandal in Australia is not helping matters, either.

Things could heat up under Xi in Beijing, with him getting blamed for badly handling multiple challenges. The inner workings of China’s real power structure in the Communist Party are not visible to outsiders, but even with the lifetime tenure he had himself granted, Xi Jinping’s hold on power is far from assured. While this could strengthen President Trump’s hand in extracting concessions from Chine on trade, if Xi gets tossed out, his replacement could be even more hard-line. That would be a setback not just for the U.S., but for China’s attempt to further integrate itself into the world order via its Belt and Road initiative.

My own sense has been that Xi is a narcissist in the extreme, and that if this lambasting makes any change in the vectoring of all this, at all, it’ll be that he won’t be taking this slap-in-the-face lightly.

Put another way, he’s got two choices. He could either get all Gorbachev or he could get all Stalin on us.

Thing is, with either of those two choices his power disappears. So, I suspect he’s going to try for a third path, one which allows him to retain power, which as I said the night of the elections in Hong Kong, wasn’t going to work either.

And all that assumes that he survives to make those attempts. That’s the thing about being president for life. You’re only president for life.

Xi has been taking a somewhat lower profile since August or so, mostly because he couldn’t shift the blame to somebody else for the economic failures that China has been experiencing lately.

I won’t be the least bit surprised if it’s reported in the international press that he suddenly has health concerns which prevent his maintaining his duties as leader of the party and so on… Possibly involving his sudden death.

I said back in August that the signs are that the Chinese government is not all that stable,.. that something large was about to go down.

For the reasons that both Lifson and I, and for that matter Gordon Chang suggest, there is no reason to withdraw that prediction.

Eric Florack on November 25th, 2019

Oh, pullllleeeese.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper dismissed Navy Secretary Richard Spencer for talking to the White House about a deal in which Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher retired with his full rank and without losing his cherished Trident pin.

Esper requested Spencer’s resignation on Sunday after learning that the Navy secretary had privately proposed to White House officials that he would ensure that Gallagher, who was accused of war crimes, was able to retire as a Navy SEAL with his Trident insignia if they did not interfere with proceedings against him.

Spencer was openly insubordinate. At the end of the day, that’s why he got fired. he forgot the first rule of military service… that being that the president is the CIC.

Remember, Obama came in and purged everyone who didn’t agree with his politics. It was politics above competence… As an example, does anybody recall McChrystal being fired by Obama for that Rolling Stone piece?

In defending that firing, Obama said he needed “unity of effort” among his leadership. in other words you do as you’re told or you’re gone.

It’s amusing to watch the Democrats claim that Trump is getting political with the military after all that. even more so when you realize who it was that Obama did pardon…

Thus endeth the lesson.

Addendum, by way of Don Morgan:

While I responded to the post regarding “Why no one here questions Trump’s judgement” regarding the firing of SECNAV, I think this is a good time to remind everyone to wait 3-5 days before making snap judgements about anything.

It is worth making a separate post regarding this because SECDEF Esper has released the following details regarding the reasons for recent personnel actions:

“In announcing Sunday that he had dismissed Spencer, Esper said he acted after learning of Spencer’s secret plan to guarantee the outcome of the Navy SEAL peer-review board that was scheduled to convene Dec. 2 with the goal of recommending whether Gallagher should be allowed to retain his Trident.”

“Esper said he had been “flabbergasted” when he learned at the White House on Friday that Spencer had gone behind his back to propose a secret deal.”

Based on this, Spencer’s blatant disrespect of POTUS in public, and disrespect of the chain of command, I don’t see how any reasonable person could question the removal of Spencer from command.

AP story

Original FB thread

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Eric Florack on November 23rd, 2019

Keep in mind that if you walk like a duck and quack like a duck there is a very good chance you’re a duck!

Mike Gallagher is the 8th most recognized talk radio personality in the country, is heard by over 2.25 million listeners weekly. He compiled and wrote the following essay entitled, “Obama: It was You.”

> President Obama:
This is why you didn’t go to France to show solidarity against the Muslim terrorists:
• It was you who spoke these words at an Islamic dinner -“I am one of you.”
• It was you who on ABC News referenced -“My Muslim faith .”
• It was you who gave $100 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to re-build foreign mosques.
• It was you who wrote that in the event of a conflict-“I will stand with the Muslims .”
• It was you who assured the Egyptian Foreign Minister that -“I am a Muslim .”
• It was you who bowed in submission before the Saudi King.
• It was you who sat for 20 years in a Liberation Theology Church condemning Christianity and professing Marxism.
• It was you who exempted Muslims from penalties under Obamacare that the rest of us have to pay.
• It was you who purposefully omitted – “endowed by our Creator ” – from your recitation of The Declaration Of Independence.
• It was you who mocked the Bible and Jesus Christ’s Sermon On The Mount while repeatedly referring to the ‘HOLY’ Qur’an.
• It was you who traveled the Islamic world denigrating the United States Of America.
• It was you who instantly threw the support of your administration behind the building of the Ground Zero Victory mosque overlooking the hallowed crater of the World Trade Center .
• It was you who refused to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, but hastened to host an Islamic prayer breakfast at the White House.
• It was you who ordered Georgetown Univ. and Notre Dame to shroud all vestiges of Jesus Christ BEFORE you would agree to go there to speak, but in contrast, you have NEVER requested that the mosques you have visited to adjust their decor.
• It was you who appointed anti-Christian fanatics to your Czar Corps.
• It was you who appointed rabid Islamists to Homeland Security.
• It was you who said that NASA’s “foremost mission” was an outreach to Muslim communities.
• It was you who as an Illinois Senator was the ONLY individual who would speak in favor of infanticide.
• It was you who were the first President not to give a Christmas Greeting from the White House,and went so far as to hang photos of Chairman Mao on the WH tree.
• It was you who curtailed the military tribunals of all Islamic terrorists.
• It was you who refused to condemn the Ft. Hood killer as an Islamic terrorist.
• It is you who has refused to speak-out concerning the horrific executions of women throughout the Muslim culture, but yet, have submitted Arizona to the UN for investigation of hypothetical human-rights abuses.
• It was you who when queried in India refused to acknowledge the true extent of radical global Jihadists, and instead profusely praised Islam in a country that is 82% Hindu and the victim of numerous Islamic terrorists assaults.
• It was you who funneled $900 Million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Hamas.
• It was you who ordered the USPS to honor the MUSLIM holiday with a new commemorative stamp.
• It was you who directed our UK Embassy to conduct outreach to help “empower” the British Muslim community.
• It was you who funded mandatory Arabic language and culture studies in Grammar schools across our country.
• It is you who follows the Muslim custom of not wearing any form of jewelry during Ramadan.
• It is you who departs for Hawaii over the Christmas season so as to avoid past criticism for NOT participating in seasonal WH religious events.
• It was you who was uncharacteristically quick to join the chorus of the Muslim Brotherhood to depose Egypt ‘s Hosni Mubarak, formerly America ‘s strongest ally in North Africa ; but, remain muted in your non-response to the Brotherhood led slaughter of Egyptian Christians.
• It was you who appointed your chief adviser,Valerie Jarrett, an Iranian, who is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
• It was you whosaid this country is not a Christian nation.

davidl on November 22nd, 2019

Joseph Biden (moron – Delaware) thinks he can teach, what, a hundred million men of character, video:

Slow Joe wants to teach millions of men of character. Yet Biden utterly failed to teach his son Hunter character, first
from National File:

Robert Hunter Biden, son of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, is evading a new Motion to Enforce Settlement Agreement from his ex-wife Kathleen, who claims that Hunter Biden has violated terms of their agreement. National File obtained all of the Bidens’ divorce documents ahead of the next hearing in the case on December 18 in Washington. D.C. Will Hunter Biden appear?

[…]

Kathleen Biden’s lawyer Wendy Schwartz submitted a recent filing stating, “Please accept for filing the attached Affidavit of Service of Marshall E. Yaap stating under oath that the Motion to Enforce Settlement Agreement and October 9, 2019 Order entered by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia have been served on Defendant, Robert Hunter Biden (“Defendant”) by first-class mail, certified mail, Federal Express, email, and text message.”

Second from NOQ report:

Former Vice President Joe Biden is having a hard time getting the right message out to the people. His poll numbers are fluctuating, falling when he has another of his famous gaffes then rising when Democratic voters realize the rest of the options are no better. He even gets snippy with journalists asking relevant questions sometimes, as he did yesterday when a reporter asked him about learning he was a grandfather.

News broke the day before that the paternity test administered at the request of an Arkansas woman confirmed Hunter Biden, 49, was the father of a baby’s whose identity is being protected. The mother seeks child support and is considering requesting Secret Service protection as a result of the baby’s relationship to the powerful Democratic candidate for president.

Slow Joe get off his pulpit and instead to kneel before the altar

Eric Florack on November 22nd, 2019

davidl on November 22nd, 2019

For those still wondering if Elizabeth Warren is a real indian, there is news.  She is a real blonde.  Warren, wanna be president, has a plan to gut the military. To wit less support, but more soldiers, from Washington Free Beacon:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) on Wednesday called for more Americans to serve in the military despite her support for military budget cuts.

[…]

Warren’s Medicare for All proposal calls for $800 billion in revenue from cuts in military spending and commits to pulling out of “endless wars” in the Middle East. According to national security expert Giselle Donnelly, Warren’s proposed spending cuts would be “crippling” for the nation’s military and would “immediately handicap military readiness.”

A bit of military 101, firepower trumps formations.  Less soldiers with more firepower is better than more soldiers with less firepower.  The name for large formations lacking in firepower is called cannon fodder.  Squaw’s plan to field more soldiers with less support, can only lead to more causualties. with more parents dreading receiving a letter from the President.

Eric Florack on November 22nd, 2019

Sharyl Atkinson notes that to a man, each of the testifiers before Adam Schiff’s little kangaroo court was a strong advocate for the Ukraine.

Well apparently, even Atkinson hasn’t noticed that claiming that Donald Trump was a Russian agent when Russia was in the process of invading the Ukraine, is also a ploy to strengthening the position of the Ukraine in world affairs… And if the activities of Mitt Romney, Quid Pro Quo Joe, (and let’s not forget his horrible slug of a kid) as well as the Obamas, the Clintons, and so on, are any indication, it comes down to the above-listed and many more in lining their pockets from those affairs as well.

Taking a step further it’s not hard to imagine why the Democrats are all over this business with Ukraine. Their corruption gravy train was about to be derailed. I notice once again that impeachment wasn’t on Nancy Pelosi’s calendar until such time as Donald Trump decided to look seriously at corruption in the Ukraine involving US Democrats.

Let’s also remember the financial condition of the Democrat Party which didn’t fare too well after the Hillary Clinton loss. Truth be told, the Democrats are broke, or at least they were following 2016. Can it be they found a new source of funding in the Ukraine?

We can take Pelosi’s reaction as solid indication that Trump was getting near to a uncomfortable Truth for the Democrats. Remember, please, that the flak is always heaviest over the target. That transition was created by the idea that the Democrats didn’t want the Ukraine investigated because it would reveal their corrupt dealings with them…. Including the Democrat manipulation of the 2016 election.

Granted, that there’s a good deal of speculation in this, but that fits the available facts and awful lot better than what Adam Schiff has been pushing… and I’m going to suggest this is going to come an awful lot closer to the truth than the Democrats would want.

Congratulations to Joe Biden his new grandson.

Eric Florack on November 21st, 2019

Just some things that crossed my mind yesterday:

* Always remember that the civil war was not fought to end slavery. The civil war was fought to put down an insurrection. Granted, that insurrection was started by people supporting slavery, but the federal government did not react with military action until such time as the federal government itself was threatened. This should give you a clue as to how the government will react to any threat… including where non-lethal forces used. Like for example electing somebody from outside the establishment of both parties. What we are seeing in this push for impeachment is exactly that…. The existing power protecting itself, nothing more, nothing less.

* I was so sorry to hear of Prince Andrew’s impending suicide.

* That clown show in Atlanta last night was completely unwatchable. The Democrats have nothing to run on and nobody to run with. (Which explains why they’re still pursuing the impeachment fiasco…) All they can do is promise you other people’s money and it’s come down to who steals more of other people’s money to supposedly put in your pocket. Game over.

* Speaking of the impeachment fiasco, did you see Sonderland yesterday?  Another Democrat operative, having absolutely no proof whatsoever of his original claims. He was even forced to admit as much in his testimony. I suspect it’s not the last time we will see the jackass party beating a dead horse.