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COMEY UNDER OATH: I Have Never Been Pressured to Close an Investigation

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 23:38
By Tyler Durden

Next week's James Comey hearing is certainly setting up as a 'grab yr popcorn' moment with Democrats lining up for their 5 minutes of fame to ask the question that 'proves' Trump deserves impeachment. However, it appears there is no need for the hearing as Mr. Comey already confirmed - under oath - that "he has not been pressured to close an investigation for political purposes."

Testifying under oath in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3rd, Comey states that he has not been pressured to close an investigation for political purposes, "not in my experience."

COMEY: Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something like that -- without an appropriate purpose.

I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that we don't see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I'm talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal.

It's not happened in my experience.


Caught on tape:

Some have pointed out that Comey is responding specifically to a question whether someone at the Department of Justice or the Attorney General had ever asked him to halt an investigation.

That is true, however, his response is not specific. His response is general...

" it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something like that -- without an appropriate purpose... I'm talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal... It's not happened in my experience."

It seems like any "pressure" to stop an investigation is a "big deal" and that's "not happened."

Read more at Zero Hedge.
 

DEMOCRACKPOTS: Impeachment Propaganda Started Before Trump was Even Nominated

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 23:05
By William Teach

Really, the Democrats plans regarding Trump are going the way they wanted from a year ago. Certainly, Trump is helping them with their talking points by being a loose cannon and not staying on message, but, this was the Democrats playbook from the get-go.

Trump Impeachment Talk Started Before He Was Even Nominated

Months before Donald Trump was even nominated for president at the Republican National Convention, the possibility of impeaching President Trump was already being floated in political circles.

“‘Impeachment’ is already on the lips of pundits, newspaper editorials, constitutional scholars, and even a few members of Congress,” read an April 2016 Politico piece, titled, “Could Trump Be Impeached Shortly After He Takes Office?”

“They’ll be talking impeachment on day two, after the first Trump executive order,” conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh predicted a month before the Politico piece. “You might finally get to see unified opposition to the guy.” (snip)

A day before the election, researchers with the University of Utah made the legal case for impeaching Trump if he won the election. The researchers claimed Trump could be charged with fraud or racketeering, both of which are felonies.

Let’s be honest, it wasn’t just Democrats, there were a few of the hardcore Never Trumpers who were discussing this, but, it was primarily Democrats and their compliant media, along with their crazy comrades, like those at Slate and Salon and Vox.

Days before Trump’s inauguration, California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was already making the case for his impeachment.

And Crazy Maxine hasn’t stopped since.

Impeachment talks heated up after Trump’s inauguration in January.

“Here’s how President Trump may have already set himself up for impeachment,” read an Inauguration Day headline in the New York Daily News. That same day, GQ Magazine published an explainer piece on how to impeach a president, while The Washington Post and Time magazine ran stories on the campaign to impeach a president who had yet to take his oath of office.

On the flip side, every Republican knows that Democrats and the media are going to be gunning for them. They know that they won’t be treated fairly. They know that minor issues will be magnified into Mt Everest. They know that the news media will be investigating everything in a way they won’t do with Democrats. Trump and his team should have seen this coming. The media broadcasted their intentions about waking up to do their “jobs” after 8 years of sleep, along with Democrats stating their intention to impeach (which would leave us with President Pence, but, the wackadoodles even have plans to get rid of enough Republicans to end up with a Dem in office. Yeah, it’s nuts and fantasy). Team Trump, and President Trump himself, should not be making this easier for Dems and the media.


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BUT SINGLE-PAYER WILL WORK OUT GREAT: VA employee convicted of third DUI returns to work

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 22:06
By Jonah Bennett

An employee at the Memphis, Tenn. Veteran’s Affairs (VA) medical center who was convicted of driving under the influence three times has returned to work as of Monday.

Brittney Lowe, a senior interior designer at the Memphis VA was convicted in 2009, 2013 and most recently in 2017 of driving under the influence and is now back working at the medical center, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

Her most recent conviction took place on March 9, 2017, after which point she served a 60-day sentence.

In March, Memphis VA whistleblower Sean Higgins told Communities Digital News that Lowe was on paid leave during her sentence under the category of “donated leave,” which is usually made available to employees experiencing sickness.

But now that she’s served her 60 days in Jail, Lowe has been spotted back at work.

Under the Obama administration, numerous cases came to light of employees with criminal convictions returning to work without consequences, but VA officials ignored those examples and many others involving high-level management and front-line employees who engaged in theft or terrible work.

However, since the entrance of the Trump administration and the appointment of David Shulkin to the position of secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, accountability has become much more of a focus. For example, when news broke that an employee had watched pornography in front of a veteran patient, the VA moved to bar that employee from working with any patients, despite the fact that the department couldn’t immediately fire the employee due to regulations. Shulkin has since strongly advocated reforms through Congress to grant him more authority to fire poorly performing employees and senior officials at will.

Additionally, after a rush inspector general report highlighted dangerous conditions at the D.C. VA medical center, the VA removed the facility director Brian Hawkins from his position immediately and placed him on administrative duties.

The VA refused to answer any questions about Lowe’s status at the facility from TheDCNF, citing privacy laws.

“Privacy laws prohibit our speaking to any personal, employee-specific issue; however as a Federal agency, we comply with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidelines related to issues involving the work status of employees, as well as Federal Vehicle Fleet Management guidelines for operators of government vehicles,” Willie Logan, spokeswoman for the Memphis medical center, told TheDCNF.

“While we value our employees and work with them to provide any needed assistance to ensure their success in their job, employees are held accountable to perform the duties of their job,” Logan said. “In cases where additional assistance is needed, we offer an Employee Assistance Program available to all employees. In any case where circumstances indicate that an employee is no longer capable of satisfactorily performing the duties of their job, appropriate action is taken.”


Read more at Daily Caller.
 

Larwyn's Linx: Bush AG On Comey’s Prior Scandals: ‘Jim’s Loyalty Was... To Chuck Schumer’

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:42
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Nation

Bush AG On Comey’s Prior Scandals: ‘Jim’s Loyalty Was... To Chuck Schumer’: Sean Davis
Under the Obama Precedent, No Trump Obstruction of Justice : Andrew C. McCarthy
The media hypocrisy over Trump’s intelligence leak: Marc A. Thiessen

Ex-FBI Head Mueller Named Special Counsel for Russia Probe: Charles Fain Lehman
Our Constitutional Crisis Has Nothing to Do with James Comey: William Sullivan
Worried about fallout, Dems poised to poll-test impeachment: Alex Roarty

A Desperation Play is the Democrats’ Strategy Against the Trump Mandate: Conrad Black
Massive LA Raids Take Down MS-13 Gang Members, Murderers: Jack Heretik
Trump to Grads: Never, Never Give Up: TruNews

Cruz and Paul: Don’t let this Senate employee destroy health care: Daniel Horowitz
Three Times Barack Obama Attempted to Obstruct Justice: Keith Koffler
Sheriff David Clarke says he's accepted DHS job: RWN

Economy

Oops, There Goes A Feminist Talking Point: Coyote Blog
Who Has Absolute Health-Care Moral Authority? : Michelle Malkin
Social-Justice Math Class: ‘Math Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool’ : Katherine Timpf

Scandal Central

Let’s Connect the Dots: Robert Gore
All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome: Nick Gillespie
Racial Segregation Promoted at American University: MB

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Sen. Rand Paul's REINS Act Clears Senate Hurdle: Jon Meadows

Media

Dershowitz: Come on, no one’s going to indict Trump for obstruction: Ed Morrissey
CNN’s Unhealthy Obsession With Trump: Kemberlee Kaye
Gorka: It's no longer fake news, it's now dishonest news: Fox

Editor Destroyed for Advocating Writing About People From Other Cultures: Dave Blount
Levin: The Trump Administration Is Within Steps Of Being ‘Destroyed’: Daily Rushbo
Hannity: The swamp wants to stop Trump and stay in power: Fox

World

Erdogan’s Goons Bring Turkish Violence to American Soil: AmInt
Mark Levin: Trump has betrayed Israel: Ed Straker
Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants: Gatestone

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The Fundamental Flaw in TCP/IP: Connecting Everything: Jeff Hussey
Cryptocurrency-mining malware has been using WannaCry's NSA exploit for weeks: David Bisson
From Virtual Nurses To Drug Discovery: 106 Artificial Intelligence Startups In Healthcare: CB Insights

Cornucopia

A Leak a Day Keeps the Plumbers at Bay: MOTUS
Curtains for Comey: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
Pentagon Awards Contract To United Airlines To Forcibly Remove Assad: Paul Sharpe

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QOTD: "Had President Donald Trump’s mistake remained a secret known only to our national security establishment (and of course the Russians ), the Islamic State group would probably never have learned of it. (Russia and the Islamic State are not exactly on speaking terms.) The Islamic State group learned about it only because current and former U.S. intelligence agents leaked it to the media, which published it...

...There can be little doubt, therefore, that the leak and publication of the Trump disclosures to the Russians may have caused more damage to our national security than the Trump disclosures alone had they remained secret. This reality raises fundamental questions about the costs and benefits of leaking and publishing leaks." --Alan Dershowitz

REMEMBERING EXTORTION 17: When the Media Ignored the Obama Leaks That Doomed SEAL Team Six

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 00:22
By Daniel John Sobieski

In reacting to accusations that President Trump leaked classified information to the Russians in a White House meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lazrov, former defense secretary Leon Panetta suggested Trump needed some adults around him to reign him in. As Yahoo News reported:

Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta branded President Trump a “loose cannon” Tuesday and slammed the “yes people” surrounding him, saying, “This president needs to have some grownups around him.”…

Panetta praised the White House national security team, but said Trump’s unpredictable nature requires them to “make very clear to the president what he can and cannot do.”

“He’s got to have some lines here,” Panetta said. “He’s got to have some guardrails. The president of the United States cannot just do or say or speak whatever the hell he wants.”

As National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster pointed out Tuesday, nothing President Trump told Lazrov was classifies or endangered sources and methods. Of course, this matters not to those who thinks it wrong to share information with the Russians but okay to share that same information to the Washington Post.

It was the kind of general information and concerns that the Russians tried to share with President Obama about the Tsarnaev brothers before the Boston Marathon bombings. If President Obama had “colluded” with the Russians the way Trump is said to have done, the Boston Marathon bombing would never have happened.  As Investor’s Business Daily editorialized:

It boggles the mind that we didn't listen to the Russians when they warned about the Tsarnaev brothers in part because, well, they're the Russians. But we want to preserve the records of every housewife in Des Moines because data mining that arguably invades the privacy rights of innocent Americans might reveal something.

One person whose privacy was not invaded by U.S. intelligence was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as he repeatedly visited the al-Qaida online magazine Inspire for its recipe "Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom."

The NSA's blanket surveillance did not detect Tsarnaev's interest in building the pressure cooker bombs he would use to devastating effect at the Boston Marathon. The massive databases that we are building a massive facility in Utah to store also failed to uncover the online communications that Tsarnaev had with a known Muslim extremist in Dagestan.

Collusion with the Russians in this case would have saved American lives, but Obama refused Russian assistance in fighting these terrorists. Is Trump “colluding” with the Russians to save lives from ISIS terrorists a bad thing? Did we forget that the Russians had a plane blown out of the sky over the Sinai by terrorists?

Panetta himself, it would seem, is the one who needs to be surrounded by adults to keep his loose lips in check, having put the lives of those who took out Osama bin Laden at risk. As Breitbart reported:

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta, for example, told CNN on Tuesday that Trump “cannot just say whatever the hell he wants and expect it doesn’t carry consequences.”

Panetta should know, because it was his loose talk after the Osama bin Laden raid that exposed a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, who helped locate the Al Qaeda leader.  As a result, Afridi was imprisoned on fabricated charges and will live under fear of assassination for the rest of his life.

As Breitbart News noted in 2013, a Pakistani report on Dr. Afridi reportedly concluded “Dr. Afridi was implicated by a ‘statement by the U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who was the CIA Director when May 2 happened, confirming the role of Dr. Afridi in making the U.S. assassination mission a success.'”

Panetta did not reveal that critical intelligence in a private meeting with a foreign emissary, but to the entire world, on CBS News’ 60 Minutes.

Then there is Joe Biden, whose loose lips got members of Seal Team 6 targeted for revenger and killed in an Afghan mission known as Extortion 17: As Investor’s Business Daily recounted on May 28, 2013:

Extortion 17 was the call sign of a special operations mission in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011, that responded to an Army Ranger unit engaged in a firefight with the Taliban and in need of backup.

The Chinook helicopter carrying the rescue team was shot down by a Taliban-owned rocket-propelled grenade over the Wardak Province on Aug. 6, 2011, killing 38, including 30 Americans and 15 members of Navy SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden just three months prior.

The shoot-down was described at the time as a "lucky shot," but the families of the dead SEALs believe that, like Benghazi, it was a pre-planned operation of revenge facilitated by a government that put them in harm's way without adequate support and with a bull's-eye painted on their backs.

At a Pentagon briefing on Monday, May 2, 2011, a senior defense official was asked if it was a Navy SEAL team that found and killed the world's most wanted man. The terse and proper response was: "Not going to comment on units or numbers."

Then on May 3, Vice President Joe Biden got up to speak at a dinner at Washington's Ritz Carlton Hotel marking the 50th anniversary of the Atlantic Council to spill the beans about Adm. James Stavridis and "the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALs and what they did last Sunday."

From that moment, the families believe, the Taliban looked for an opportunity for revenge, and a government more concerned with politically correct rules of engagement than victory helped them get it.

Biden  skated on the leak that got SEAL Team 6 targeted for revenge. Those who now condemn Trump for trying to save American and, yes, Russia lives, were silent, especially Leon “loose lips” Panetta. Panetta and Biden, like Hillary Clinton at Benghazi, put lives in jeopardy and got men killed.

Daniel John Sobieski is a free lance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications. Read more at BadBlue Real-Time News.


MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE REAL WORLD: Immigration Arrests Jump Nearly 40 Percent Under Trump

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 23:56
By Will Racke

Immigration arrests climbed yet again in April as federal agents continued to track down both criminal and non-criminal aliens in far greater numbers over the first 100 days of the Trump administration than they did under former President Obama a year ago.

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers administratively arrested 41,318 illegal aliens on civil immigration charges between Jan. 22 and April 29, according to agency data released Wednesday. That was a 38 percent jump over the 30,028 arrests made in the same time period in 2016, the final year of the Obama administration.

ICE says it has averaged about 400 arrests per day since President Trump in January signed executive orders authorizing stepped up immigration enforcement.

“Agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens,” ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said in a statement. “However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law.”

The arrest data show a continuation of a trend that became apparent in the first two months of Trump’s presidency. ICE arrested 21,362 illegal aliens from Inauguration Day through March 13, about 33 percent more than number of immigration arrests made in same period in 2016.

The growing number of arrests is partly due to the fact that ICE has been authorized to arrest all removable aliens, not just those convicted of serious crimes. The agency has recorded more than 10,800 arrests of non-criminal aliens so far in 2017, compared with about 4,200 in the first four months of 2016.

“While these data clearly reflect the fact that convicted criminals are an immigration enforcement priority, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has made it clear that ICE will no longer exempt any class of individuals from removal proceedings if they are found to be in the country illegally,” ICE said in its report.

Despite the wider enforcement focus, immigration authorities are still prioritizing criminal aliens, according to ICE data. About 75 percent of those arrested during the period were convicted criminals, with offenses including homicide, sexual abuse and drug-related charges. ICE has arrested 30,473 criminal aliens this year — 20 percent more than the 25,786 arrested over the same period a year ago.

Illegal aliens convicted of violent crimes such as homicide, rape, and kidnapping and accounted for more than 2,700 arrests, ICE said.


Read more at Daily Caller.
 

Larwyn's Linx: The Sabotaging of the President

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:33
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Nation

The Sabotaging of the President: Jeffrey Lord
McMaster: Info Trump shared was “wholly appropriate … for common action”: Ed Morrissey
McMaster: POTUS Didn't Compromise Sources or Methods, Dumbass Media: Katie Pavlich

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go": Althouse
Wait... Didn’t the FBI clear Flynn on Jan 24?: FAM
Comey's revenge is a gun without powder: Greg Jarrett

House GOP threatens to subpoena Comey memo: Susan Ferrechio
Severed Heads: Victor Davis Hanson
Maxine Waters Gets Brutal Karma In Front Of Her $4.5 Million House: MadWorld

Article V Convention of States' Naysayers Make For Strange Bedfellows : Jen Kuznicki
Justice Anthony Kennedy – More Powerful than Any President: Brent Smith
Libtard Tuesday: Woodsterman

When Panetta Blurted Out Intel on Bin Laden Raid... and People Died: RWN
Guests Remind NBC, CNN: Obama Gave Classified Intel to Russia: Kyle Drennen
Traitor Manning to Remain on Active Duty, Receive Healthcare Benefits: Dave Blount

Economy

The Reality of H-1B: Defiant Thinking

Scandal Central

Report: 44,000+ Emails and Attachments Sent To Wikileaks by DNC Staffer Seth Rich: Treehouse
A Hot Month for Clinton’s Body Count: Gavin McInnes (August 15, 2016)
Napolitano Reveals Possible Extent Of Surveillance Under Obama: Jack Davis

“Sharia Feminist” Linda Sarsour’s Financial Fraud: Christopher Holton
Eight Facts on the “Russian Hacks”: Attkisson
Arrest Uresti: BattleSwarm

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Meet the leftist billionaire who outspends Soros on politics: Rob Eno

Media

Media Black Out Coverage of Class-Action Sanders-Related Suit Against the DNC: Kathryn Blackhurst
WaPo reporters cheer Trump ‘Russia-leak’ story — just like they did Obama ’09 visit: Kyle Olson
Wikileaks Makes Bombshell Announcement About Stephen Colbert: Redice

Tucker: Media "Degrading" Themselves Over Trump; "Stumbling Around In Sightless Rage, Screaming": RCP
New York Times: Western Wall Became A Holy Site To Jews Only After 1967: IraellyCool
Disgraced David Gregory still peddling this ‘blatant lie’ about the election: Twitchy

World

Poisoning Robert Spencer: Robert Spencer
This Is What A Defenceless Border Looks Like: Faith Goldy
The Majority Feel the U.S. is Losing its Culture and Identity: Eren Moreno

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

'The Machine' is a newfangled computer that's unlike any other in the world: Julie Bort
Man Credits Tesla Model X with Saving His Life After Stolen Car Crashes Into It: Rob Stumpf
Galaxy Note 8 to add 3x zoom on top of dual cameras: JC Torres

Cornucopia

Gov. Jerry Brown Calls California Taxpayers “Freeloaders”: Kira Davis
The War of Two Americas: Daniel Greenfield
Senile, Sellout Buffoon: Trump scandals have reached 'Watergate size and scale': Exam

Image: Right pushes Trump to make staff, press changes
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QOTD:

And right on cue here come the leaks from #NYT with "Trump to Comey" memos. https://t.co/CWLGz3WvMx

— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) May 16, 2017

BEST BELEEDAT: U.S. Industrial Production Posts Largest Gain in Three Years

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 01:54
Comey-media hardest hit:

U.S. industrial output rose sharply in April, the latest evidence that economic growth is picking up following a lackluster start to the year.

Industrial production—a measure of output at factories, mines and utilities—jumped 1.0% from a month earlier, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. That was the largest gain in more than three years.


The strong showing follows a string of upbeat April indicators, including the unemployment rate falling to its lowest level since 2007, solid consumer spending gains at online sellers, restaurants and other retailers, and existing-home sales climbing at their fastest pace in a decade. The broad-based growth across key sectors of the economy suggests healthy demand from consumers and businesses, reversing some gloomier readings from earlier in the year.
But I'm sure this is all the fruit of Barack Obama's eight years of exceptional leadership.

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LAST MAN STANDING: Hollywood Leftists move from burning books to burning TV scripts

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 00:28
By Daniel John Sobieski

The cancellation by ABC of Tim Allen’s hit comedy “Last Man Standing” comes on the heels of CBS’ Stephen Colbert’s obscenity laced rant against Donald Trump and underscores how far the media thought police have gone in their war on conservatives, conservative thought, and even conservative comedy.

Allen’s show, in which he play the manager of a sporting goods chain, features Allen’s biting and genuinely fumnny witticisms poking fun at all things liberal. It’s humor is balanced, with the show featuring a Canadian liberal son-in-law who gets his points across. But it is a rarity among sitcoms, in that any conservative viewpoints are represented at all. In its sixth season, Last Man Standing is doing quite well in the ratings. As the entertainment website Deadline noted:

ABC has opted not to renew the longtime Friday 8 PM anchor for Season 7 despite the fact that the blue-collar sitcom was ABC’s second most watched comedy this season with 8.1 million viewers in Live +7, only behind flagship Modern Family (8,7 million). It was the third most watched ABC scripted series overall behind Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family….

With a central character who is a political conservative and devout Christian adhering to traditional American values, the blue-collar comedy appeals to viewers in the Heartland, a constituency that helped elect Donald Trump as president and has been energized post-election as evidenced by the ratings success of new USA drama Shooter...

In its sixth and final season, Last Man Standing averaged a very respectable for any night and especially Friday, 1.2 Live+same day rating in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers, regularly winning its 8-8:30 PM time slot.

So why the cancellation and why now? One might suggest that as long as Obama was president and Hillary Clinton his likely successor, this island of conservative humor in a sea of liberal vitriol could be tolerated. But now that Trump is President, Trump Derangement Syndrome is in full swing and Tim Allen’s conservative humor cannot be tolerated any more. As John Nolte from the Daily Wire notes, cancellation of Last Man Standing had ideological roots:

Through his character, the politically conservative Allen has poked fun at Hillary Clinton, political correctness, and the Left at large. Worse still, he has created a popular, sympathetic and likable television personality who holds the beliefs and values our entertainment and media elites want to tell us can only belong to Nazis.

Moreover, the ABC television network is owned by Disney, a rabidly left-wing company run by Bob Iger, who, for years, has been a huge supporter of both Bill and Hillary Clinton. In order to protect the Clintons, Iger has gone so far as to eat $40 million. The Path to 9/11 was a popular 2006 miniseries that offered only light criticism of Bill Clinton's handling of Osama bin Laden. Although the original idea was to rerun the program every September 11, Iger has not only refused to rerun it even once (losing all that advertising revenue), he won’t even release it on home video.

That kind of corporate fascism, Iger's willingness to shove a $40 million investment into a ditch, only helps us to make sense of ABC's strangling of a proven golden goose like Last Man Standing.

Allen, one conservative whose star status seemed to inoculate him from being ostracized in a Hollywood that worships success and money as much as anything else, may have predicted his own doom on an appearance on leftist loon Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show. As Fox News Entertainment reported:

Tim Allen says that living in Hollywood right now is akin to Nazi Germany... The comedian made the claim while appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

"You gotta be real careful around here," Allen noted. "You get beat up if you don't believe what everybody else believes. This is like '30s Germany."

Allen, 63, plays an outspoken conservative on the sitcom "Last Man Standing" and is one of the few actors in Hollywood to profess having right-wing leanings.

That Allen’s character Mike Baxter works for a sporting goods company, Outdoor Man, has a gun collection in the character’s den, and posys on the Outdoor Man blog stirring defense’s of things like the Second Amendment, does not sit well with Hollywood liberals who thought Hillary Clinton would now be completing the fundamental transformation of America, had not those wascally Russians kept Hillary from campaigning in Wisconsin. As Breitbart noted:

A sixth-season episode found Baxter blasting politically correct “microaggressions” and drawing up a speech for his daughter’s graduation: “To quote future Nobel Prize winner Lee Greenwood, ‘I’m proud to be an American.’ Not just because I have the right to speak my mind or carry an awesome gun, but because it’s the land of opportunity. Some whiny babies might not think so, but in America, if you work hard, anyone can be successful.”

Can’t have sentiments such as those expressed on national television these days As at Berkeley and other college campuses, conservative thought, commentary, and even comedy must be silenced. The goosestepping left used to burn books. Now they burn TV scripts.


Related: The People of the Bubbles.
 

SHOCK REPORT: Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich Had Sent 44,000 Emails to Wikileaks

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 00:04
By James Simpson

Seth Rich, the Democrat National Committee staffer murdered last summer on Capitol Hill, was speaking with WikiLeaks before he died, according to new reports.

Not satisfied with the pace or direction of the D.C. police investigation, the Rich family hired private detective Rod Wheeler to seek answers. That Rich was in touch with WikiLeaks is just one of the explosive claims Detective Wheeler has made.

The as-yet unsolved murder has been characterized as a botched robbery by D.C. police, even though evidence doesn’t actually point to a robbery. Rich was shot on July 10, 2016 after an apparent struggle, but his wallet, credit cards, cellphone and wristwatch were not taken.

Rich’s mother said, “There had been a struggle. His hands were bruised, his knees are bruised, his face is bruised, and yet he had two shots to his back, and yet they never took anything.”

She questions the claim that her son was working with WikiLeaks. “They took his life for literally no reason. They didn’t finish robbing him, they just took his life,” Rich said. “They hurt the community, and they hurt the long-term possibility of what he could have done.”

But Wheeler is standing by his story and he is getting backed up by the feds.

A “federal source” told Fox News Channel that the FBI generated a forensic report regarding Rich’s computer within 96 hours of his death. The report indicated Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks through the late Gavin MacFadyen, an American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and WikiLeaks official who had been living in London at the time.

The Fox report continues:

“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” the federal investigator told Fox News, confirming the MacFadyen connection. He said the emails are in possession of the FBI, while the stalled case is in the hands of the Washington Police Department.

The revelation is consistent with the findings of Wheeler, whose private investigation firm was hired by a third party on behalf of Rich’s family to probe the case.

“My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” Wheeler said. “I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sits on his computer on a shelf at the D.C. police or FBI headquarters.”

The federal investigator, who requested anonymity, said 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, spanning from January 2015 through late May 2016, were transferred from Rich to MacFadyen before May 21.

On July 22, just 12 days after Rich was killed, WikiLeaks published internal DNC emails that appeared to show top party officials conspired to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont from becoming the party’s presidential nominee. That controversy resulted in Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning as DNC chairperson.

Meanwhile, police have not revealed if the victim was able to identify his attackers or provide any information before he died in a hospital. A surveillance video shows Rich being followed by two men, but police have not made that video public.

After the shooting, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed he had been working with Rich and implied he was murdered because he was the source of the hacked DNC emails. Assange has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killers. D.C. police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Rich’s murderer. Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman is offered a separate $130,000 reward.

Assange’s claims and allegations of a DNC cover-up were widely dismissed as “conspiracy theories.” But Wheeler says FBI sources tell him that Rich was working with WikiLeaks, “absolutely, and that’s been confirmed.” Wheeler’s clear implication is that the DNC or some other political organization or individual could be involved.

“I want to find out who caused that man’s death, so we can put them behind bars. But if there’s somebody in politics, somebody in government – whether it’s the mayor’s office or anywhere else in this city that’s involved, you better believe they’re gonna be dragged in and questioned.”

Wheeler claims something is being deliberately hidden. Local police and the FBI “haven’t been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on [Rich’s laptop] computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI. I have been told both… I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can’t share any information with you.’” Wheeler says.

“I don’t think it comes from the Chief’s [of police] office, but I do believe there is a correlation between the mayor’s office and the DNC, and that’s the information that’s gonna come out tomorrow [i.e. Tuesday],” Wheeler said yesterday.


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Larwyn's Linx: No, Trump didn’t spill classified info to the Russians (and other lies debunked)

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:24
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Nation

No, Trump didn’t spill classified info to the Russians (and other lies debunked): Unyielding
Pansy America's New Bill of 'Rights': Justin O. Smith
Tillerson, McMaster deny report Trump shared classified information with Russia: Exam

American Vendée: Z Man
Liberals Are An Inferno Of Flaming Crazy, Let's Pour Gas On The Fire: Kurt Schlichter
California Government Run By Democratic Party Has A Pay Gap Issue: RWN

Push for Convention of the States to rein in government gains steam: Fox
There is Little Risk in an Article V Convention of States: Brent Smith
Is this what WaPo’s ‘bombshell’ Trump report is all about?: Twitchy

Trump Drops Bunker Buster on Comey and the Deep State: Geoffrey P. Hunt
Hillary Begs For Money With New PAC ‘Onward Together’, Calls For ‘Racial Justice’: GWP
Investigator: Murdered DNC Staffer Was Communicating with WikiLeaks: Debra Heine

Economy

Nearly half of Illinois education spending goes to pensions: Marathon
Virginia Dems Promise to Support Unions: Bill McMorris
American University Installs Racial Segregation Area: College Fix

Scandal Central

IRS Officials Claim Lives in Danger if They Testify About Tea Party Bias Case: Jack Heretik
Report: Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich Was in Contact With Wikileaks: Treehouse
Investigator: Evidence DNC staffer Seth Rich had contact with WikiLeaks prior to death: Fox 5 DC

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Dilbert Disses Climate Change: Liberal Heads Explode: James Delingpole

Media

Scenes From The Continuing Liberal Freakout: BattleSwarm
Precious Snowflakes by Tim Allen: AmDigest
I will not watch Supergirl any longer after tonight’s episode…: Scoop

NPR Suddenly Upset Over People Being Charged For Not Getting Health Insurance: RWN
Prominent Democratic Feminist Camille Paglia Says Hillary Clinton ‘Exploits Feminism’: Sam Dorman
"I Don't Wanna Be Mean To You!" Tucker Tries to Teach Socialist Student Activist: LibertyHound

World

North Korea Tested Warhead Reentry in Latest Missile Launch: Bill Gertz
Steve Sailer’s “World’s Most Important Graph”: AmDigest
Veteran reporter Javier Valdez is 6th journalist murdered in Mexico since early March: Trib

Rotherham Child Rape Victim: 'Authorities Did Nothing', Told Don't Mention Ethnicity of Attackers: Victoria Friedman
Leaders of Britain First arrested over Muslim teen rape campaign: Christine Williams
Sweden: 70yo Woman Prosecuted For Complaining About Migrants Defecating In The Streets: InfLib

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

North Korean hacking group is thought to be behind cyber attack which wreaked havoc across the globe: DailyMail
Climate model suggests Proxima B is likely to have perfect conditions to host alien life: DailyMail
Trump ordered emergency meetings to deal with massive global computer ransomware attack: DailyMail

Cornucopia

Physics!: Sondrakistan
Precious Snowflake: C&S
The Underpants Bombers Strike Again: MOTUS

Image: Liberals Are An Inferno Of Flaming Crazy And We Should Pour Gasoline On The Fire
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QOTD: "The history of humanity is that humans have migrated from place to place since the first humans left Africa. When a group of humans encountered another group, they would at first be on good terms with the people they encountered, maybe conduct trade and adapt to local customs. But, when the numbers of the new arrivals reached a certain level, they went from migrants to invaders and then to conquerors. The progression has always been traders, raiders and then conquerors.

That’s why when our ruling lunatics howl about being nations of immigrants, what they are really saying, even though they are too fevered to know it, is that we are nations of conquerors. The tribes in place today, at some point pushed out or wiped out the tribes that were there yesterday. It’s not always the case. Some times the natives muster the will to thwart the raiders and discourage further incursion. Sometimes, like the Late Bronze Age Egyptians, they just the will to resit the conquerors and maintain their culture.

But first you have to want it." --The Z Man

YES, THAT JUST HAPPENED: Dilbert Slams Climate Profiteers

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 02:29
Say, is that Michael Mann, the emininent climate *cough* scientist?


Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.
 

The People of the Bubbles

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 01:36
Imagine you are flying over an American suburb in Middle America, say in Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, or Pennsylvania.

You hover over a cul de sac, where kids ride tricycles and Moms share a glass of wine after work and chauffering their charges around to soccer practice.

In fact, you can see that most of the homes are inhabited by two-parent families. If you asked the parents' primary motivation for living in suburbia, most would tell you they've moved for the K-12 education the local school district affords.

These families have also moved for a certain quality of life, mobility and access to grocery stores and malls. Life for many is relatively easy. Certainly there are worries: how to pay for college 10 years hence or how to fund the roofing contractor who says he can fix the worsening leak in the family room.

For good or bad, these families are living in a bubble of our society's creation. Problems in this bubble are those of the First World.

Now imagine you are soaring over an inner city, the south side of Chicago, for example, or downtown Newark, or the east thirties in Indianapolis.

Life is harder in this bubble, where homicide is an everyday occurrence and gangs of both domestic and illegal alien lineage dominate black market commerce. Grocery stores are few and far between; liquor stores, payday loans, and bail bonds are the growth industries.

For the depressed neighborhood over which we are poised, single-parent families make up the majority of households. The single-parent route is an easy choice to make for many, incentivized as it is by government child care payments, food stamps, and WIC vouchers.

Inhabitants of the first bubble, those of suburbia, seldom cross over the perimeter of the second.

And the ability of those residing in the second bubble to permeate the membrane into the first is hampered by a lack of family support, a restricted ability to choose schools best suited for a particular student, and a societal fabric rooted in the life style of criminal gangs, drug abuse and violent crime.

With that said, residents of the second bubble can also be said to be extraordinarily wealthy compared to most.

Because if the second bubble can be thought of as an outer concentric ring to the first, it's worth imagining that there is a third bubble outside the second.

The third circle consists of the vast majority of the world's population. Water, basic sanitation, food and shelter are constant concerns. Disease and tribal violence have reduced the lifespan of the average third-bubble resident by a decade or two or three.

The third bubble consists of billions of people, and their plight is largely invisible to residents of the first and second circles.

Poorly educated in civics, first- and second-circle residents take for granted the magnificent compact and civil society that surrounds them with life's every convenience. The most difficult decision some first- and second-circle residents will make on a daily basis is which of the 1800 television channels to watch at 8pm.

Our complex legal system, rooted in thousands of years of human experience, manifested itself in two magnificent legal documents that charted the course for the most successful republic in human history.

And yet there is little -- and for many, no -- appreciation by residents of the first and second bubbles for the masterful work of art that our nation's highest law represents.

Demagogues of all political persuasions, men and women lacking in virtue, have placed the priorities of their party, their ethnic group, or their ahistorical social constructs, over country and principle.

Which brings me to the fourth bubble, a circle within the first. Call it the zeroth bubble.

In it are the self-proclaimed elites of government and media. The residents of the zeroth bubble reside in coastal enclaves and surrounded by elaborate systems that protect them from those who live in the first, second and third bubbles.

The residents of the zeroth bubble often secure permanent employment in the form of government sinecure or job-hopping between government, media, academia, lobbying, and public relations.

Their personal security is assured by heavily-armed forces that offer many of them around-the-clock protection.

There is little crossover from the zeroth bubble to the first. And certainly less still between the zeroth and the second.

It's also safe to say that the device has yet to be invented that can measure the empathy that the elites feel for the residents of the third bubble.

Which helps explain why illegal immigration -- from human- and drug-smuggling to MS-13 -- is of no concern to the Chamber of Commerce, or your typical Senator, or Thomas Friedman of The New York Times.

The zeroth bubble people wouldn't ever see the results of the open borders policies they espouse and support, nor can they even countenance them.

In fact, they're sufficiently disconnected from the residents of the first bubble that they missed the entire Trump phenomenon.

The eponymous Z Man has popularized a simple dichotomy of two worlds in which the coast elites ("the cloud people") rule over the largely invisible rabble ("the dirt people") in flyover country.

But this view is insufficient, in my opinion.

One way to explain our country's polarization, its angst, and its current squabbles is by imagining a set of four concentric circles, or bubbles.

Residents of each bubble lack a sufficient understanding that the other bubbles exist, and are thereby blinkered, unsympathetic, and -- most of all -- ungrateful.

The zeroth bubble -- that of the elites -- is apoplectic over its increasing and irreversible irrelevance, which explains the daily attacks on the President intertwined with its unflagging support for flatly illegal or extra-constitutional activities when the President is a Democrat.

As each bubble has become less porous and more opaque, empathy and apprecation for our society's blessings are in very short supply.

Recognizing that the four bubbles exist is, perhaps, a step in the right direction.


Hat tip: Mark Levin.
 

Larwyn's Linx: Democrats stack up ways to torpedo Trump's nominations

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:48
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Nation

Democrats stack up ways to torpedo Trump's nominations: Daniel Chaitin
The Blinkered Class: Z Man
California Governor Goes Resistance On ‘Climate Change’, Illegal Aliens: William Teach

Schumer’s Threat To Block New FBI Director Shows Democrat Incompetence: Jay Caruso
Bummer: No sign of an impending 'wave' election: Salena Zito
Never, ever allow these deranged opportunists near power again: Obiter Dictum

By What Right Do We Bear Arms?: Herschel Smith
Orks and Beakers: Z Man
Trump Calls For Better Women’s Healthcare On Mother’s Day: William Teach

Minnesota needs $5 million to fight infectious diseases in immigrant population: RRW
Sick illegals spread norovirus to 32 schools --- Yolo County CA: FAM
Halper: Tapping Cornyn for FBI Head Would Make Situation Even More Political: WFB

Economy

Trump, GOP prepare for tax code bonfire: Joseph Lawler
Chicago Jail on lockdown because over 200 guards called off on Mother's Day: Marathon
Brown’s New Budget To Include Millions To Defend Illegal Aliens From Deportation: RWN

Scandal Central

JW: Clinton Still Faces Legal Jeopardy Over Gross Mishandling of Classified Data: Katie Pavlich
What Crime Would a ‘Special Prosecutor’ Prosecute?: Andrew C. McCarthy

Media

ABC faces boycott after cancelling Tim Allen’s fan favorite hit TV show: RWN
CNN Devotes Entire Segment to “2 Scoops of Ice Cream” Attack: TruthFeed
Bernstein: Comey Firing ‘More Dangerous Situation’ Than Watergate: Nicholas Fondacaro

World

NorKs Latest ICBM Can Carry Nuke Warhead, Test Shot Lands Within 60 Miles of Russia: WSJ
The Genetic Dead Ends Who Rule Europe: Jim Goad
The globalization debate is just beginning: Joel Kotkin

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

'Like Having Tomahawk Missiles Stolen': Microsoft Blasts NSA Over Ransomware Attack: InfLib
Don’t Click Anything Day: Mati Greenspan
Cyber chaos may grow as workweek begins: Times of Israel

Cornucopia

How Did This Happen?: MOTUS
Herding Cats: dbd
Colorado man to be arraigned for 1994 cold case murder in Huntington Beach: OCR

Image: What you need to know about North Korea's missile test
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QOTD: "Democrats, you want to know why you lost to Donald Trump? Because people who are looking to survive tend not to rely on people that act insane. But, by all means, keep it up if it means the country doesn’t have to suffer under your policies that seek to grow a sector of the economy that doesn’t actually produce anything but keeps you in fat paychecks and mansions.

Just, for the love of God, don’t hurt anyone." --Sarah Lee

WAPO GOES FULL MOONBAT: Says Trump Deserves to be Impeached or Something

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 03:28
By William Teach

It’s the height of irresponsibility for the Washington Post. But then, rather than being a news organization, they’ve finalized their switch to being part of The Resistance. They would never have allowed an op-ed stating that Barack Obama should be impeached (I intentionally picked an over-the-top article), and typically shot down those few people who overtly called for Obama’s impeachment. But, now, they have a moonbat Resistance movement to pander to, as written by Laurence H. Tribe, a Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Extra-constitutional Law at Harvard Law.

Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.

The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice.

The remedy of impeachment was designed to create a last-resort mechanism for preserving our constitutional system. It operates by removing executive-branch officials who have so abused power through what the framers called “high crimes and misdemeanors” that they cannot be trusted to continue in office.

Now the country is faced with a president whose conduct strongly suggests that he poses a danger to our system of government.

Except, most citizens couldn’t care less about the firing of James Comey, which, by the way, was completely legal. It’s only in Liberal World that anyone cares, and it’s strictly on a “let’s make anything up because Trump won the election and we’re off our meds” rationale. None of them care when Obama and his administration were thwarting justice.

There’s actually nothing in this unhinged screed by a supposed Constitutional scholar that fits Article II section 4 “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” There are no high Crimes nor Misdemeanors. No treason. No bribery. The GOP controls the House, which is where impeachment originates. The Senate adjudicates impeachment. Controlled by the GOP. So, it’s not happening. So, what is this really all about?

But whether it is devotion to principle or hunger for political survival that puts the prospect of impeachment and removal on the table, the crucial thing is that the prospect now be taken seriously, that the machinery of removal be reactivated, and that the need to use it become the focus of political discourse going into 2018.

That’s right, it’s strictly about politics, as a way to whip people up in order to attempt to regain the House and Senate in 2018. There may be some Democrats who are serious, such as Nutty Maxine Waters, but, most of this impeachment schtick is simply a cynical, and dangerous, ploy to win an election. They might find that the more they ramp up the crazy, the more people back away from the crazy, and support Trump and the Republicans. It could very well backfire.

Seriously, even Erick Erickson, who was an original member of the Never Trump movement, and hasn’t really changed his attitude since, says this impeachment stuff is a fantasy.


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ABOUT TIME: Trump Goes on Offense

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 02:29
By Matthew Vadum

President Trump went on the offensive this week against critics and conspiracy theorists who have been attacking him over his decision earlier this week to fire long-embattled FBI Director James Comey.

Trump fired Comey on Tuesday without warning, three-and-a-half years into his 10-year term, explaining in a letter that his employment was being terminated based on the recommendation of the Department of Justice. Both Republicans and Democrats have been furious with Comey in recent years because the unelected official inappropriately injected himself and the FBI into political matters.

As the firing of Comey sucked up all the media oxygen in America, Lester Holt of NBC News asked Trump in an interview about a meeting he had Monday with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein who wrote a memo recommending Comey be retired from his post.

“What I did is, I was going to fire Comey, my decision,” Trump said as he was interrupted by Holt. “I was going to fire Comey.”

Rosenstein “made a recommendation,” Trump said. “He’s highly respected, very good guy, very smart guy, the Democrats like him, the Republicans like him. He made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey.”

"He's a showboat, he's grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil," the president said of Comey. "You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that. You take a look at the FBI a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil, less than a year ago. It hasn't recovered from that."

Asked if he was "angry with Mr. Comey because of his Russia investigation," Trump replied, "I just want somebody that's competent. I am a big fan of the FBI. I love the FBI."

Trump said he didn’t attempt to strong-arm Comey into dropping the FBI probe of the Trump campaign. "I want to find out if there was a problem in the election having to do with Russia."

"I actually asked him" if I was under investigation, Trump said, explaining that he spoke with Comey once over dinner and twice by telephone. "I said, if it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation? He said, 'You are not under investigation.'"

"I know I'm not under investigation," Trump said, adding he supports a probe into possible Russian interference in last year’s election. He said he wants the investigation to be done "absolutely properly" even though there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians" and “the Russians did not affect the vote."

Leftists and Democrats were outraged, as is their wont.

There would have been outrage no matter when Trump dropped the hammer on Comey. There would have been outrage if Trump kept Comey on as FBI chief. Leftist and Democrat outrage is a constant no matter what.

“The timing of Director Comey's dismissal to me and many committee members on both sides of the aisle is especially troubling," Sen. Mark Warner, (D-Va.) said at the outset of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing yesterday.

"He was leading an active counterintelligence investigation into any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government or its representatives, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere in our election," he said.

Warner himself has (or had) investments in Russia. The Christian Science Monitor reported in 2012 that he held “stock in the Russian search engine Yandex worth at least $6.75 million.”

Democrat hypocrisy and duplicitousness about Comey are everywhere.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) put on an impressive show of – depending on your point of view – either compartmentalization or cognitive dissonance during an NBC News interview with Peter Alexander. “I do not necessarily support the president's decision,” she said, but if Hillary Clinton had become president she should have fired Comey in Waters’s view.

Trump tried to put his most adamant critics in their place yesterday by tweeting a video montage showing prominent Democrats expressing their opinions about Comey before he was fired. In the clip, they can be seen denouncing Comey, and in some cases calling on him to resign or be fired. But now that he’s been fired they are defending him because as head of the FBI he might have been useful given that he was convinced Russia acted to help Trump and hurt Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton during the election cycle.

So Democrats were against Comey before they were for him.

According to the video, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Oct. 30, 2016, “I am appalled at what Director Comey did.” Three days later, the New York senator said, “I do not have confidence in him any longer.”

But on Tuesday Schumer was indignant about Comey’s termination. The canning of Comey was part of “a deeply troubling pattern” from the Trump administration. He demanded a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate the alleged ties between Trump’s associates and Russia.

In the video, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York urged then-President Obama to terminate Comey’s tenure. “The president ought to fire Comey immediately and he ought to initiate an investigation,” Nadler said Nov. 14, 2016.

But the day Comey was fired, Nadler was enraged:

The firing of FBI Director Comey by President Trump is a terrifying signal of this Administration’s continued abuse of power on so many levels.  The FBI Director was fired for one reason and one reason only – he appears to have been conducting a serious investigation into the Trump campaign’s connection with the Russians. Period. It is clear that the reasons given today for the firing of Director Comey are pretext, they are excuses, they are not true, they are lies. All other justifications offered by this Administration are a smokescreen.

Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia said Jan. 13 of Comey: “He should pack his things and go.” “I don’t have confidence in this man to lead the FBI,” he said.

But on Wednesday all was forgiven. Johnson attacked Trump for firing Comey, characterizing it as part of the president’s continuing “assault on our Republic.”

“The abrupt and unwarranted firing of James Comey appears to be another impulsive act; but a deeper view may reveal a cold, calculated and self-serving attempt to derail ongoing investigations.”

Former vice presidential candidate and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said May 5, “I think [Comey’s letter] will go down as probably the lowest moment in the history of the FBI, probably next to the decision of J. Edgar Hoover to wiretap Martin Luther King.”

Kaine was apparently referring to the Oct. 28, 2016 letter Comey sent congressional leaders about the email scandal of his running-mate, Hillary Clinton. In it he advised that new emails that “appear to be pertinent to the investigation” about whether Clinton or her staffers had mishandled classified information had surfaced.

After Comey was fired, Kaine said the firing was “outrageous.”

“I think this is a clear attempt by President Trump to thwart and block and undermine the investigation into collusion and ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, transition, and administration.”

Just last week, Clinton blamed Comey for her loss in the November election.

“I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off,” Clinton said.

The email investigation may soon be revisited. Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge said yesterday that a new FBI director may re-open the case. Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said the case needs to be “reevaluated” because the wrong legal standard was applied.

The letter Trump sent Comey on Tuesday saying his services were no longer required at the FBI, referenced a Justice Department memo savaging Comey’s conduct of July 5, 2016.

On that day Comey acknowledged evidence was accumulating against then-candidate Hillary Clinton and described it at some length during a press conference. He also acknowledged the former secretary of state probably broke the law when she used hacker-friendly homebrew private email servers to conduct official business.

But after airing Clinton’s dirty laundry, Comey refused to do anything about her misconduct. Comey said Clinton and her aides were “extremely careless” in their handling of classified documents but there was no evidence of criminal intent. He made this statement even though the relevant national security statute does not actually require intent: mishandling intelligence, even inadvertently, is enough to land people with less pull than Hillary has, in hot water.

The next day then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch confirmed no charges would be laid against Hillary. Lynch had met clandestinely with former President Bill Clinton at a Phoenix airport a week before.

Meanwhile, Georgetown Law professor Jonathan Turley, an honest leftist, attempted to inject reason into the ongoing witch hunt against Trump over alleged electoral collusion with Russia.

Trump may have created “a major credibility problem” by firing Comey, but with that said, the whole Trump-Russia saga is much ado about nothing.

First of all for many weeks, I've actually questioned the need for a special prosecutor because I'm not too sure what the crime is. No one has yet to explain to me what the core crime that would be investigated with regards to Russian influence. The crimes that have been mentioned are things like failure to disclose items with General [Mike] Flynn and that's hardly something that’s a major crime justifying a special counsel.

I think the way that the White House fired Comey and when more importantly does give greater justification for the appointment of a special counsel. There's a lot of people who were not convinced by what the Deputy Attorney General said were the reasons for Comey's termination.

I criticize many of those folks that are saying this had to be because the investigation's closing in on Trump. I don't see the crime, so I don't see how it's closing in on Trump.

Exactly.

There’s nothing there.

And the more that Democrats put all their eggs in the Russian scandal basket, the harder it will be for Americans to take them seriously after the hysteria subsides.


Read more at FrontpageMag.com.
 

Larwyn's Linx: The Comey Non-Crisis

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 12:55
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Nation

The Comey Non-Crisis: Bob Hager
Attention, liberals: Comey deserved to be fired, and the Constitution is just fine: Richard A. Epstein
The Left Might Be Literally Crazy: Sarah Lee

More states follow Trump's assault on 'sanctuary cities': Alan Gomez
Mexican National Living In GA Has Dreamer Status Revoked For Lying To Police: WZ
Michigan: High school has Sharia-complaint, girls-only prom: Creeping

Eight Lies the MSM Told About Comey Firing: Jeff Dunetz
The Genesis of the Russia Hoax: EIB
Trump: 'I can't talk about' tape recordings of conversations: Daniel Chaitin

Washington Post Goes Down The Moonbat Hole Of Impeachment: William Teach
Behold the Democrats’ Olympic-grade Flip-flops on James Comey: Deroy Murdock
Schumer Calls Senate Democrats To Meeting on Trump, Half Skip It: RWN

Economy

Citizenship for Sale: Nicole Gelinas

Scandal Central

Cloud Panopticon: Google, Cloud Computing and the Surveillance-Industrial-Complex: CounterPunch
Pro-life Fresno students sue professor over literal erasure of free speech: Jazz Shaw
Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump: George Neumayr (4/17)

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Trump shouldn’t give new life to the War on Drugs, That would be a terrible mistake: Nick Sorrentino
Enraged Californians Rebel Against Gov. Moonbeam’s Massive Tax Hike On Cars And Gasoline: WZ

Media

Loony Old Crone Maureen Dowd: Muslim Persecution In U.S. ‘Bigger Problem’ Than ISIS: Kristine Marsh
Question for Ben Rhodes: How many Oval Office conversations did Obama tape?: Twitchy
Heavy metal giants Megadeth cave to Muslim pressure in Malaysia: Creeping

Vox Voxplains Radical Islam As No Threat To Americans Or The West: Megan G. Oprea
Media Forgets Bill Clinton Fired FBI Director One Day Before Vince Foster’s Death: Aces
BBC Drama About Muslim Rape Gang Neglects to Mention Islam: Mark Tapson

World

Hamza bin Laden offers ‘advice for martyrdom seekers in the West’: LWJ
North Korea test launches ballistic missile, Seoul confirms: Times of Israel
Screwball Matthew Dowd: Muslim Persecution by Christians is a Giant Problem: RWN

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

An Alien-Hunting Submarine Is Being Tested in Antarctica: Daniel Oberhaus
Meet Emma, the wearable that helps people with Parkinson’s: David Curry
The Future of Africa through the Eyes of Two Blockchain Devs: Frisco d'Anconia

Cornucopia

MAGA: It’s Mother’s Day Not Nanny-State Day: MOTUS
Readers’ Picks For Why Hillary Lost The Election: Jeff Dunetz
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: Mark Steyn

Image: North Korea tests missile, raises new fears in Pacific
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QOTD:

James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017

FAUXCAHONTAS FLUBBER: Elizabeth Warren Stabs at Trump, Ends up Pounding Hillary Instead

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 22:15
By William Teach

Senator Fauxcahontas (interestingly, Google doesn’t like to autocomplete that word) made an interesting point while going completely off the reservation during a commencement speech:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took multiple swipes at the Trump administration Hillary Clinton during a commencement address Friday, days after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Warren pivoted to Trump Hillary during a speech at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, offering suggestions for specific causes graduates could get more involved in.

“I’m trying to keep this apolitical but I can’t help myself … the principle that no one, no one in this country is above the law and we need a Justice Department, not an obstruction of justice department,” Warren said.

Huh. Of course she couldn’t help herself.

She’s bat guano insane, and, like so many with Trump Derangement Syndrome, unable to reign herself in without going TDS at all points. Can’t you see her stopping by a Starbucks and railing to the person handing her her coffee through the window about Trump?

If no one is above the law, then Hillary would have been charged with a variety of big crimes that would have seen any of the rest of us charged. Crimes that many lesser people have been charged, prosecuted, and convicted of. And that’s just in regards to the email server issue, not even getting into the lawlessness of the Clinton Foundation.

James Comey would have recommended charges. Attorney General Loretta Lynch would have, at a minimum, been forced to resign for her meeting on an airplane with the husband of a person under investigation by the FBI. Huma Abedin and many of Hillary’s compatriots would have likewise been charged with a variety of federal national security crimes.

Bill Clinton would have been charged for sexual assault and rape. Heck, Hillary herself stated that his accusers deserved to be believed, in an off-hand sort of way.

Oh, and Elizabeth Warren never would have not gotten those cushy jobs by lying about being part Native American.


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Larwyn's Linx: Oops: New York Times Accidentally Exposes 'Hillary Clinton-Russia Nexus'!

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 13:21
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Nation

Oops: New York Times Accidentally Exposes 'Hillary Clinton-Russia Nexus'!: John Merline
Shattered: Team Clinton Came Up With Russia Scandal Excuse: Jeff Dunetz
Rosenstein Letter Blows Away Schumer’s Desperate Comey Narrative: David Leeper

Making Courts Great Again: 10 More Conservative Judges Nominated: Timothy H. Lee
Sessions overturns Obama jailbreak agenda: Daniel Horowitz
White House Confirms Shortlist to Head FBI: Tammy Bruce

Student editor fired for reporting unapproved truth: J.E. Dyer
Trump did not obstruct justice in firing James Comey: Alan Dershowitz
Maxine Waters: 'Rome Is Burning'; Trump 'Needs to Be Impeached': Pam Key

The Liberal Lie So Big It May One Day Split the Country: John Hawkins
Trump Orders Preparation for Electric Grid Cyber Attacks: Bill Gertz
Senator Elizabeth Warren Takes Shots At Trump, Hits Hillary Instead: RWN

Economy

Medicaid Blows $109 Billion on Promotional “Demonstrations”: JW
Expensive, Unnecessary—and Irresistible: Sephen Eide
Michelle Obama Has Snit Fit Over Changes To School Lunch Program: RWN

Scandal Central

Man Responsible For “Operation Fast And Furious” Thinks Jeff Sessions Is Dumb: Joe Cunningham
The Deep State undermines itself: Fed ethics office appears to troll Trump on Twitter: Instapundit

Climate, Energy & Regulations

U.S. Should Exit Paris Climate Agreement: John Walker
Steinem Backs Abortion Because: “Forced Childbirth... Single Biggest Cause of Global Warming”: Sarah Stites
As swarm of quakes shakes Kitsap area, Emergency Management talks earthquake preps: Gabe Cohen

Media

The Fantasy of Impeachment: Erick Erickson
CNN’s Sweetest Trump Scandal: EIB
FBI Gives Hollywood Hacking Victims Surprising Advice: "Pay the Ransom": Tatiana Siegel

A Week of Pearl-Clutching: Fausta Wertz
Trump Can’t Win The Press: Eddie Scarry
The media have already impeached Trump: Eddie Scarry

World

Mexicans Quite Upset About Immigrants Bringing Crime To Their City: Alex Pfeiffer
North Korea says it has right to 'ruthlessly punish' captured American citizens: Independent
Russian jet flies within 20 feet of US Navy plane: Ryan Browne and Zachary Cohen

Intel Report: Iran Refining Nuke Delivery System in Flagrant Violation of Ban: Adam Kredo
Salvadoran Officials: Deportations by U.S. Will Increase Violence In Our Country: Alex Pfeiffer
The UN's Obsession against Israel: Pierre Rehov

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

"Worst-Ever Recorded" Ransomware Attack Strikes Over 57,000 Users Worldwide, Using NSA-Leaked Tools: ZH
'Accidental hero' finds kill switch to stop spread of ransomware cyber-attack: Olivia Solon
Israeli Company Demonstrates 300-Mile Electric Car Battery That Charges in 5 Minutes: Eric Brandt

Cornucopia

The Media Literally Lies: MOTUS
The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics: Heritage
After 500 years, Leonardo da Vinci’s music machine is brought to life: Aleteia

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QOTD: "People keep saying that Trump is unprofessional and paranoid, while all the “professional” types throw propriety out the window to go after him.

The big lesson of the Trump presidency so far is that our entire ruling class is narcissistic, undisciplined, and partisan. In a word, unfit." --Glenn Reynolds

IT’S OVER: Wikileaks Nukes the Trump-Russia Story From Orbit, Leaves Only Planetary Debris

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 23:50
#FakeNews media, quarterbacked by CNN, continue to market the "Russia hacked the election" meme, 24x7.

If I'm in an airport, it's certain that CNN is droning on, using the same comedians lightweights that completely missed the Trump phenomenon.

And all of this despite more than a dozen officials (of both party affiliations) who have publicly stated there was no Russia-Trump collusion.

Well, Wikileaks has just published an excerpt of the book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign. It's by a bunch of Democrat insiders. And it's stunning.

I'll cut to the chase: within 24 hours of their crushing election defeat, Hillary Clinton and her campaign aides created the "Russia hacked the election" meme from whole cloth. Yes, it's true:

New book by 'Shattered' by Clinton insiders reveals that "blame Russia" plan was hatched "within twenty-four hours" of election loss. pic.twitter.com/NDUk90Jp5q

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 11, 2017
So... the clownish dolt John ("What's your password?") Podesta and, presumably, the rocket scientist Chelsea Clinton concocted the entire myth from thin air.

The real story is not the sci-fi thriller these crapweasels invented. It's that they coordinated with their legacy media counterparts to sell it like a long-running infomercial.

And that Democrats were willing to risk an international conflict with Russia to paper over their political loss.

Fortunately, this bogus crap has overcooked so long, normal Americans have tuned completely out.

And, at this point, CNN's slogan shouldn't be "Fake News", it should be "Political Sci-Fi Done Right".

Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.
 

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