Make “Independence Day” Great Again

A world of Chinese supremacy, or Muslim world order, or Russian controlled, would be a horrible place. Say good-bye to freedom, liberty, the rights of mankind, if the United States is ever replaced as the most powerful country in the world. The United States was born on the fourth of July and the entire world has benefited by that birth.

On July 4, Independence Day, we celebrate in the way that John Adams suggested to Abigail Adams:

“It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews [Shows], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more,” he wrote.

These days the “Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations” are plentiful. There are frankfurter eating contests, shows, fireworks displays, musical extravaganzas of all kinds in plentiful supply. Increasingly however it is all becoming “fun” not a celebration of what was born in those days when the colonies bowed to a crowned monarch.

The force behind the writing of the great Declaration and the writer of the great Declaration both died on July 4 in 1826. John Adams pushed Thomas Jefferson to write the great words of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

A lot of blood was shed to birth the new nation. A lot of blood has been shed and continues to flow to bring life to the words in the great Declaration of Independence. This past June we all lost someone we owe a great deal to. David Johnathan Thatcher. Lieutenant Colonel Richard ‘Dick’ Cole gave Thatcher the last salute:

The final salute: Last surviving member of historic 1942 Doolittle bombing raid on Japan that avenged Pearl Harbor bids farewell to his comrade-at-arms

Staff Sergeant David Johnathan Thatcher, 94, died in hospital last week
His funeral in Montana was attended by Lieutenant Colonel ‘Dick’ Cole
Cole is the last of the 80 Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan in April 1942
Thatcher was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry following the raid

The final Doolittle Raider, who was one of 80 fliers to take off on the first bombing attack of mainland Japan following Pearl Harbor, attended the funeral of his last remaining comrade-in-arms.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Richard ‘Dick’ Cole, from Comfort, Texas, is now the last of the brave airmen who took off from the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942.

He stood beside his comrade, and friend retired Staff Sergeant David Johnathan Thatcher, who died in Missoula hospital in Montana last week.

We wrote about the Doolittle raiders who did so much on Veterans’ Day 2014.


Doolittle's Raiders



Today is not Veterans’ Day nor Memorial Day. But in a sense every Independence Day is a Veterans’ Day and a Memorial Day – only with fireworks.

If you see Lieutenant Colonel ‘Dick’ Cole, who was the co-pilot for Lt Col James ‘Jimmy’ Doolittle say “thank you” to him. If you don’t see him, think of him in gratitude for his courage. Thank all of those who have fought or will fight to preserve freedom and liberty and the United States of America as you set off that firecracker or eat that hamburger. That’s how we can start to make Independence Day great again.

Happy Independence Day!

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72 thoughts on “Make “Independence Day” Great Again

  1. Happy birthday, America!

    Wow – 40 years ago we were celebrating the 200th birthday. It was a big deal in our town and our high school, and I thought how cool it was for the seniors who could always say they graduated in 1976.

    We celebrated 200 years of independence, and now only 40 years later, our youth can’t read cursive and hence our founding documents, we have so many citizens and immigrants who apparently know/care nothing about our history or our uniqueness, we have college students who don’t know who Washington DC was named after, and we’re fighting off politicians’ measures which would take away our sovereignty.

  2. NYT is operating in some kind of time warp. They claim that Obama will sell globalism through the vast power of his spell binding Periclean oratory.

    Now there is a crock of shit.

    His talents, such as they are, begin and end with unseen speech writers and a functional teleprompter.

    Remove either one and he is lost in space—uh uh uh.

    The other thing though is the credulity of his audience.

    In 2008 he was a blank slate, whereas now there is a massive record which tells you certain things about him.

    First and foremost that he is a pathological liar. This has been proven time and again.

    Second, he talks theory and avoids impacts.

    Third, he is a friend of globalists and an enemy of the American People.

    Fourth, he hates this country and all it stands for.

    Fifth, he is a passive aggressive race baiter.

    Sixth, that all he has delivered during his benighted term is office is chaos throughout the world, a winner take all economy, and an authoritarian dictatorship.

    So spare me this bullshit that he has the rhetorical powers to turn shit into apple butter.

    Maybe for the traitors who still wear his bumper stickers, but not to the sentient portion of the population.

  3. I just volunteered for Donald J. Trump. NH only has 4 electoral votes, but I figure Trump needs all he can get. With the polls showing us neck and neck with Hillary, it should be a fight to the finish.

    Nine years ago this summer I was pounding on doors and helping with events for Hillary. I would have done anything for her then. Now, I will do anything to stop her.

    Happy 4th of July, USA!

  4. An old traditional mainstay on the 4th of July when I was a kid, hearing Kate Smith sing,

    ‘GOD BLESS AMERICA’

    “God Bless America is an American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. The later version was recorded by Kate Smith, and became her signature song.”

    Gonzo, my reply to your post is the last post on the previous thread. Will repost it here later, as I agree with admin. There are so many American traditions that are the fabric of our country it is relevant to US as a free and sovereign nation celebrating what has made our country GREAT!

    MAKE OUR COUNTRY GREAT AGAIN! TRUMP 2016

    HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY 2016

  5. gonzotx
    July 3, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    The article below was published in 2012.. literally a marvelous rebuke to our government’s defining “who WE are”.. a phrase that sickens me when used by politicians. (We the People are NOT YOU the politician)

    Australia and Switzerland’s immigration policies are in similar vein to our own US policy on immigration. After hearing a reelection speech by FDR in a PBS episode of ‘The Roosevelts’ US policy for immigration to America in the 40’s reaffirms the system was working. (and would not be changed if he were elected) Immigrants knew and agreed before admission to assimilate into America’s culture and value system and understood and agreed to the major requirement of learning to speak English. ( which I understand this week Congress (in tandem w/WH approval) dropped that application requirement for citizenship )

    Unlike the Obama government’s reinterpretation of our grandfathered immigration policies supporting the PC crowd, insisting our country cater to immigrants demanding modifications and/or exemptions from US Immigration Laws.

    ……

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard(Australia)’s speech on immigrants…

    Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

    Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques.

    Quote: ‘IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It.

    “I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. ‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom’ We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society .
    ‘Learn the language!’

    ‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture. ‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.’

    ‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE‘.’

    ‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.’

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/monpyi-thar-banyar/prime-minister-julia-gillardaustralias-speech-on-immigrants/10151057541786441/

  6. wbboei

    July 4, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    NYT is operating in some kind of time warp. They claim that Obama will sell globalism through the vast power of his spell binding Periclean oratory.
    ________________________________________________________________________

    LOLOLll….. Yeah, they definitely live in a bubble.

  7. It’s very hard to read the polls as they change literally day to day…I also am convinced that my prediction that Hillary will ultimately not be the nominee is still quite possible.

  8. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/07/05/abc8-virginia-poll-82-say-hillary-clinton-should-be-criminally-prosecuted/
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    We lived there during the Korean War. At that time there were many military personnel, including my dad who worked in the Department of the Navy during that war. Today, there are many more. They understand leadership. They know that freezing up in the middle of a crisis, and thinking only of political survival is neither the hallmark of leadership, courage or honesty. And for her to lie about the cause to the parents of the victims and to ask rhetorically what difference does it make tells you everything you need to know about her character–or lack thereof. Still, single women will vote for her in droves because she is a symbol, and because of the feminized culture which exists today, which manifests itself in the microaggression rape culture seen on campus. And beta males have become prevalent as well. The alpha male has been driven out of the marketplace. It is sexist to acknowledge his existence except as a boob, or a virus to be eliminated. It is against that backdrop that a man like Trump emerges, in a time of crisis, and what he is fighting, more than anything is this feminized culture which is impotent, and I mean exactly that, to resist the onslaught of radical Islam. Married women, who have a living and working relationship with men are a different specie from single women–those who remain single all their lives and want a sugar daddy, a metrosexual like Obama, to speak to them in soothing tones, and subsidize their stupidities. And Obama, a beta male in spades if you set him along side his wife who is clearly the alpha member of that unit, is just the dancing panda that single women, gays and gender confuseds gravitate toward. Meanwhile they promote Merkle and in so doing conflate stubbornness with courage, intransigence with strategy, and denial with conviction. Do I worry about this societal trend. I am too old to worry about that and I know there’s nothing I can do about it. Instead, I worry about the dark movers who use puppets like him, and that puss pocket of evil sometimes referred to as Radical Islam. Those people are bent on destroying this civilization, so they can construct their new world order. I also worry about the CIA, for the same reasons Truman did when he wrote the article critical of that agency which appeared for one edition of WashPo and was then scrubbed. It cautioned that the agency was morphing from its original mission which was the collection of information, into an operational agency accountable to no one, who not only sought to control the thinking of presidents, but was capable of eliminating them if they failed to follow its directives, as was the case with Kennedy, and much later Nixon. With respect to WashPo they have been partners in this CIA takeover, insofar as Katherine Graham was a close friend and confident of the sociopath who led that organization after Wild Bill Ohara, and Alan Dulles, James Jesus Langdell a one time Harvard trained poet. If you cull through the entrails, you find that several of our last presidents have had ties to the CIA–Bill worked for them during his Oxford days, spying on radicals in England. Poppy Bush was one of their agents, and later became the head of that organization, thanks to the intervention of Prescott Bush with Nixon. Obama’s mother worked for the CIA in Indonesia. And even though Carter was not infected, his national security advisor Brzneski was one of them. More than anyone, the Polish Prince, who because of his family background harbored hatred of the Soviet Union unleashed radical Islam, and today, forty years later, it has become obvious that the cure is worse than the disease.

  9. Even today, you can see the CIA playing with fire. This promotion of ISIS as a counterweight to Assad, etc. is yet another example where their frankenstein has broken out of the laboratory. The pusspocket of evil reference, was meant to describe big media, whose incestuous relationship with the CIA, and multinational business interests is a known fact.

  10. I find it interesting that today big media is run largely by women and the administration is run by blacks and the democrat party is run by old white men, for now.

  11. foxyladi14
    July 5, 2016 at 11:02 am
    And one white woman. 😆
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    Forgive me.

    I forgot to remember.

    What I remember is Hillary 2008.

    Hillary 2016 is Obama redux.

    Easy to forget.

  12. CNN doing cartwheels to spin the FBI’s characterization of Hillary’s extreme recklessness and flip that into dissecting the words in Donald Trump’s tweet

    what a scam…

    I don’t understand how Hillary is allowed to keep a private server and that it is ok…that she deleted top secret emails and it is ok…

    what about the connection between the State Dept and Clinton Foundation??

    nada???

    and Hillary and O sail on Air Force One…how conveniently interesting…

  13. 1. Big Media

    a. Benghazi proves it was just the fog of war

    b. Email scandal was a partisan stunt

    c. Globalism uber allees, we will lie through our teeth to help her

    2. Reality

    a. Benghazi proves she cannot handle a crisis

    b. Email scandal proves she cannot protect American security

    c. Sadly, in a feminist culture, none of that matters

  14. I don’t understand how Hillary is allowed to keep a private server and that it is ok…that she deleted top secret emails and it is ok…
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    Simple: she will preserve the culture of corruption in Washington and the power of Goldman Sachs. Patereas could not, plus he is a white male.

  15. In days of yore, I would have focused on the facts, nuiances and offered a dissenting opinion. But now that we know who the string pullers are and what their game is that is a waste of time. The rule of law no longer exists. Its ALL political now. And it is a matter of survival. The question is whether an alpha male who wants to protect the nation has a chance in a feminized culture controlled by globalists who seek to bring down this country. Are there enough perceptive people in this society to see what the stakes are here. Or are they all just zombies? If the pollsters are to be believed we now live in a nation of zombies who think Obama is doing a splendid job.

  16. Comey’s notes that Hillary and her aides were “extremely careless” and “there is evidence of potential violations” will undoubtably serve as talking points for ads against Hillary till the elections.

  17. This decision by the FBI will only further increase in the public’s mind that the whole system is rigged as Trump keeps saying and may further cloud her chances in November in the minds of the superdelegates in Philadelphia.

  18. He just tweeted:
    FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem

  19. It is suicidal to try to manage your way through a crisis with beta males in charge.

    The question is whether a feminized (not feminine, feminized by the likes of Steinhem and her ilk) will allow an alpha male to take charge, or will he be shouted down.

    Kristol and will are beta males.

    Hillary, McCaskill and Merkel are alpha females.

    From Bengazi to the Muslim migration to deranged diatribes telling males to shut up speaks for itself.

    At times like this, we need to put down our partisan positions and go to the record. That is where the empirical evidence will be found.

  20. Comey basically listed reasons why she should be indicted then tossed the hot potato to Lynch and essentially said that he doesn’t want that responsibility.

  21. Comey’s notes that Hillary and her aides were “extremely careless” and “there is evidence of potential violations” will undoubtably serve as talking points for ads against Hillary till the elections.
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    I think that is mush. I doubt it will change anyone’s mind. Those who get it got it already, and those who did not, are impervious to logic and common sense.

    Still, I am fine with this outcome. For those who believe the corruption cannot continue, this is a favorable outcome, not because it will change minds, but because it prevents the people behind Obama from installing someone more likable than Hillary, for as we have seen, in the minds of the undecided likability is sine qua non. With Bush it was the guy you would like to have a beer with, and with Obama is was the guy you would like to have a joint with, or in some cases shoot up with. Now if we can just get Hillary to select Lizzie Borden ad vp.

  22. Any other decision would have been shocking.

    Bill meets Lynch on the tarmac and America gets tarred and feathered.

    People are in prison for much less…Teflon hillary

    God save us all…

  23. Comey basically listed reasons why she should be indicted then tossed the hot potato to Lynch and essentially said that he doesn’t want that responsibility.
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    That is a charitable reading of what occurred.

    In fact, he gave her a cold potato.

    “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

    Lynch can simply accept that conclusion.

    Lynch, the pedophile and the gay man in the closet are safe.

    But the nation is not.

  24. The FBI and IRS now serve the same purpose…intimidation of the common American citizen…

    Would you like some refreshing White Water with your Grey Poupon…

    Well, at least they let us celebrate Independence Day this year…next year, huh, not too much…If hill wins, it will be globalist day…

  25. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/05/hillary-clintons-email-problems-might-be-even-worse-than-we-thought/

    Hillary Clinton’s email problems might be even worse than we thought

    Here’s the good news for Hillary Clinton: The FBI has recommended no charges be brought followings its investigation of the former secretary of state’s private email server.

    Here’s the bad news: Just about everything else.

    FBI Director James Comey dismantled large portions of Clinton’s long-told story about her private server and what she sent or received on it during a stirring 15-minute news conference following which he took no questions. While Comey exonerated Clinton legally speaking, he provided huge amounts of fodder that could badly hamstring her in the court of public opinion.

    Most importantly, Comey said the FBI found 110 emails on Clinton’s server that were classified at the time they were sent or received. That stands in direct contradiction to Clinton’s repeated insistence she never sent or received any classified emails. And, it even stands in contrast to her amended statement that she never knowingly sent or received any classified information.

    Comey condemned Clinton and her top aides as “extremely careless” in how they handled classified information during her time as the head of the State Department, adding: “Any reasonable person … should have known that an unclassified system was no place” for that sort of information.

    There was more — much more. Comey said Clinton had used not one but multiple private email servers during her time at State. He said Clinton used multiple email devices during that time. (She had offered her desire to use a single device for “convenience” as the main reason she set up the private server.) He noted that the lawyers tasked by Clinton with sorting her private emails from her professional ones never actually read all of the emails (as the FBI did in the course of its investigation). Comey said that while the FBI found no evidence that Clinton’s private server was hacked by foreign governments, it was possible that it had been. He argued that the Clinton lawyers had deleted emails they marked as personal that contained professional content, and that while the FBI found some of those emails in its investigation, it was certainly possible more existed that they were unable to track down.

    It’s worth remembering at this point that Clinton and her team deleted more emails than they turned over to the State Department.

    It’s hard to read Comey’s statement as anything other than a wholesale rebuke of the story Clinton and her campaign team have been telling ever since the existence of her private email server came to light in spring 2015. She did send and receive classified emails. The setup did leave her — and the classified information on the server — subject to a possible foreign hack. She and her team did delete emails as personal that contained professional information.

    Those are facts, facts delivered by the Justice Department of a Democratic administration. And those facts run absolutely counter to the narrative put forth by the Clinton operation: that this whole thing was a Republican witch-hunt pushed by a bored and adversarial media.

    Now for the key question: How much do the FBI findings hurt her campaign?

    Clinton did avoid indictment, a ruling that would have effectively ended her campaign or left it so badly weakened that there would have been a major move within Democratic circles to replace her as the nominee.

    That said, campaigns aren’t governed by the ultimate legality of what Clinton did or didn’t do. So, while dodging an indictment is a good thing — she isn’t under criminal investigation and remains a candidate — it’s a far different thing from being cleared (or even close to it) in the court of public opinion.

    For a candidate already badly struggling on questions of whether she is honest and trustworthy enough to hold the office to which she aspires, Comey’s comments are devastating. Watching them, I could close my eyes and imagine them spliced into a bevy of 30-second ads — all of which end with the FBI director rebuking Clinton as “extremely careless.”

    The best thing Clinton may have going for her at this point is that Republicans are two weeks away from formally picking Donald Trump as their party’s presidential nominee. Trump has shown a unique ability to hog the national spotlight and make comments that make people wonder whether he is fit to be president. While Clinton’s image numbers are bad, Trump’s are worse.

    Here’s how Trump responded to the Comey press conference:

    FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2016

    **************************************************************

    Now if Donald can just be smart and not step on Hillary’s bad story and give the press any excuse to instead focus on some silly thing he does…

    Donald…do not become this story and get in the way of Hillary’s bad press

  26. Judicial Watch says they will continue to pursue this, even if the FBI and the DOJ won’t.

    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the decision by Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James B. Comey that the Department of Justice not indict former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the disclosure of classified information on her non-state.gov email:

    FBI Director James Comey detailed Hillary Clinton’s massive destruction of government records and grossly negligent handling of classified information. Frankly, there’s a disconnect between Comey’s devastating findings and his weak recommendation not to prosecute Hillary Clinton. Federal prosecutors, independent of politics, need to consider whether to pursue the potential violations of law confirmed by the FBI.

    Judicial Watch helped break open the Clinton email scandal and, in the meantime, will independently continue its groundbreaking litigation and investigation.

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-statement-decision-fbi-director-james-comey-not-recommend-indictment-hillary-clinton/

  27. I find it interesting that today big media is run largely by women and the administration is run by blacks and the democrat party is run by old white men, for now.

    Wow – you gotta show the stats for this. It sounds like biased hyperbole, and if so, should be prefaced with “IMO”.

    wbboei – with all due respect – this constant refrain that there are no more alpha males. wbboei, do you not get out in the real world? Do you not watch tv or movies? There are plenty of macho males around! And Obama’s problem isn’t that you’ve deigned him “metrosexual” – his problem is that he is alpha in his persistent determination to destroy this country.

    Or perhaps the problem simply is that it’s no longer binary – all men are macho, are women are submissive. Is *that* the problem? But strength, honor, bravery, integrity, etc – these are all HUMAN qualities. We now have a society where people can develop their own personalities rather than being told what qualities they are allowed to have based on gender.

    Perhaps your grievance is more rightly described as not the right people – “types” of people – have been elected to office, in your opinion….? Because implying that they should all be alpha males and we don’t have any alpha males left in our country, can easily have holes poked in it.

  28. It ain’t over yet for Hillary and her emails. This ruling should help Judicial Watch continue its investigations.

    On the same day that the FBI announced that the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server is likely to conclude without any charges, a federal appeals court issued a ruling that could complicate and prolong a slew of ongoing civil lawsuits over access to the messages Clinton and her top aides traded on personal accounts.
    In a decision Tuesday in a case not involving Clinton directly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that messages contained in a personal email account can sometimes be considered government records subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/private-email-freedom-of-information-225100

  29. Andrew McCarthy lets loose:

    There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services.

    Yet, Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States.

    In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require. The added intent element, moreover, makes no sense: The point of having a statute that criminalizes gross negligence is to underscore that government officials have a special obligation to safeguard national defense secrets; when they fail to carry out that obligation due to gross negligence, they are guilty of serious wrongdoing. The lack of intent to harm our country is irrelevant. People never intend the bad things that happen due to gross negligence.

    I would point out, moreover, that there are other statutes that criminalize unlawfully removing and transmitting highly classified information with intent to harm the United States. Being not guilty (and, indeed, not even accused) of Offense B does not absolve a person of guilt on Offense A, which she has committed.

    It is a common tactic of defense lawyers in criminal trials to set up a straw-man for the jury: a crime the defendant has not committed. The idea is that by knocking down a crime the prosecution does not allege and cannot prove, the defense may confuse the jury into believing the defendant is not guilty of the crime charged. Judges generally do not allow such sleight-of-hand because innocence on an uncharged crime is irrelevant to the consideration of the crimes that actually have been charged.

    It seems to me that this is what the FBI has done today. It has told the public that because Mrs. Clinton did not have intent to harm the United States we should not prosecute her on a felony that does not require proof of intent to harm the United States. Meanwhile, although there may have been profound harm to national security caused by her grossly negligent mishandling of classified information, we’ve decided she shouldn’t be prosecuted for grossly negligent mishandling of classified information.

    I think highly of Jim Comey personally and professionally, but this makes no sense to me.

    Finally, I was especially unpersuaded by Director Comey’s claim that no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case based on the evidence uncovered by the FBI. To my mind, a reasonable prosecutor would ask: Why did Congress criminalize the mishandling of classified information through gross negligence? The answer, obviously, is to prevent harm to national security. So then the reasonable prosecutor asks: Was the statute clearly violated, and if yes, is it likely that Mrs. Clinton’s conduct caused harm to national security? If those two questions are answered in the affirmative, I believe many, if not most, reasonable prosecutors would feel obliged to bring the case.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/437479/fbi-rewrites-federal-law-let-hillary-hook

  30. The final point on Alpha males.

    Question: do you need them running the show in times of crisis.

    Answer: yes.

    Question: do you want them running the show at all other times?

    Answer: no

    Civilizations that endure adhere to that distinction.

    Civilizations that cannot make that distinction perish or go off the rails.

    This dilemma his what Brutus obsessed over in deciding whether to kill Caesar.

    By then the danger from foreign enemies had passed and Caesar’s personal ambition was the problem. That is why in the annals of Shakespeare it is listed as a tragedy rather than a history.

    In today’s political culture a majority of voters would rather lose World War II than hire George Patton to win it. The reason? Patton is not likable, with patriarchal tendencies.

  31. What this demonstrates, to me at least, is that what I was told, and posted here was the truth. This was a rigged situation. And Comey will be the fall guy for it, as I also said. Move over General Pickering you have a soul mate. Congress deemed the risk to the nation so great, that it sought to criminalize not only intentional acts, but those stemming from gross negligence. Comey has effective rewritten the statute, and thereby undermined its purpose. If I were Pateaus lawyer I would be moving for reconsideration of his settlement on the grounds that it was based on a misreading of the law, as clarified by Comey. He will be the fall guy, as I also predicted.

  32. The tell here is Comey’s overstatement–no reasonable prosecutor would bring an action.

    He knows that is not true.

    And if he does not, he did not consult McCarthy.

    He says it to give himself political cover.

  33. One thing this will do is rankle the Republican establishment and help Trump. Not only does it validate his charge that the game is rigged. It makes it harder for the pro Hillary never Trump brigade to move forward, even in the absence of an indictment. Joe DiGenowa and his wife, both federal prosecutors, as well as retired FBI agents were more certain that I was that recommendation to indict would be forthcoming, based on their inside sources. Again, Comey will be in the cross hairs of that debate.

  34. This ruling should help Judicial Watch continue its investigations.
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    Well past November at which point it will be moot.

    It is no longer a legal question, and I have little confidence in Judge Sullivan when it gets down to the final strokes. The question is not political, and the jury will be the electorate: is the system rigged or isn’t it? And, what difference does it make?

  35. The IRS would take a dim view of anyone using Comey’s excuse that she did not intend to commit gross negligence if you make an honest mistake in computing your taxes.

  36. Comey basically said Hillary is too stupid, thick-headed, reckless, and ignorant to be president. Her staff are ass-kissers who can’t keep her out of trouble so add in poor judge of character. Comey is a stooge and not of the “untouchable” variety, and fatso Lynch was probably the conduit of the “you blackmail me I will blackmail you” Mexican standoff between Bill and Obama. Comey’s recitation of her crimes and treason was his pathetic attempt to salvage his honor and reputation. No dice Comey. You resign dude. But the tape will make great political ads. Just another filthy day in DC. Lucky Trump.

  37. It is official. What little good will I had left for the Clintons has evaporated. In essence the FBI refuted every single claim her campaign has made about the server and how the emails were handled. They are liars. Both of them. And corrupt to boot. Not just low level shit. The Clinton Global Initiative can rival the biggest mob operations of all time. Even better for them, they can do it while mostly being out in the open. No problem. The media will run cover.

    Dona and Dona Corleone can go about their business. Sadly their business is hoping to rule the world.

    Is anyone left on this site that can defend them? Is anyone left in this country with a single ounce of moral fiber that has the cojones to say, “The Bushes did it too.” I didn’t think so.

    My monthly donation to Donald Trump just doubled.

  38. Comey basically said Hillary is too stupid, thick-headed, reckless, and ignorant to be president. Her staff are ass-kissers who can’t keep her out of trouble so add in poor judge of character. Comey is a stooge and not of the “untouchable” variety, and fatso Lynch was probably the conduit of the “you blackmail me I will blackmail you” Mexican standoff between Bill and Obama. Comey’s recitation of her crimes and treason was his pathetic attempt to salvage his honor and reputation. No dice Comey. You resign dude. But the tape will make great political ads. Just another filthy day in DC. Lucky Trump.
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    Correct.

    And thank you for agreeing with me about Comey, because until this he was the one public figure everyone trusted.

    I think McCarthy fired a torpedo that hit Comey–twice he calls him his friend– broadside and now his reputation is taking on water faster than the pumps can’t handle, and the ship is listing badly.

    He too was stupid here.

    He did not need to invent the additional element of intent, subverting to the will of congress, which was to sweep under the statue not only intentional violations but those stemming from gross negligence as well.

    He did not need to say no reasonable prosecutor would prosecute, obviously many would. Joe Di Genowa and his wife would have prosecuted–he was the US Attorney for Washington DC, Andy McCarthy would have–he was the assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, an old friend of mine who was US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania would have, and I believe Guliani would have, but he may not say so now for unrelated reasons.

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