Returns: President Trump From Asia; AG Jeff Sessions From The Big Sleep?!?!

Did President Trump kiss Jeff Sessions??? We ask because we feel like we are in a Disney movie with a Prince that kisses someone long thought dead or comatose and a miracle awakening occurs.


As the good old lady says, “That evil die and good endure.” And just like that Jeff Sessions wakes up. After months in a coma, without a discernible pulse, Jeff Sessions might be awake. Those of us who liked Jeff Sessions before he devoured the poison apple of recusal might have a happy forever after ending after all:

Sessions says probe into Russian uranium deal possible

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he’s considering appointing a special counsel to look at whether the FBI properly handled the investigation into Russia’s purchase of uranium rights and donations to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton led the State Department.

In a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, Mr. Sessions said he wouldn’t confirm or deny whether there was an investigation but that he has asked senior prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” raised by Mr. Goodlatte.

He said that review will help him and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decide “whether any matters merit the appointment of a special counsel.”

Mr. Sessions also said the Justice Department’s inspector general is looking into whether then-FBI Director James B. Comey botched procedures in his handling of the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s secret emails.

The letter came a day before Mr. Sessions is to testify to the House committee.

The sleeping princess might be closer to granting our long ago, very early this year, wish for special prosecutors and appointment of a special prosecutor than previously thought:

However, just before the letter leaked to media outlets, Circa reported that the Department is already investigating the Uranium One deal and allegations involving the Clinton Foundation, as well as the improper unmaskings of Americans.

The revelations come just a day ahead of Sessions’ appearance in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Committee member Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told Circa he was not surprised to hear that the Justice Department was investigating the Uranium One deal, whereby the Obama administration allowed a Canadian company to sell a fifth of the U.S.’s uranium assets to Russia in 2010.

During review of the sale, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow from a Russian bank that was promoting the deal, and the Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars from investors in the Canadian company, Uranium One, that sold the U.S. assets to the Russian firm.

At the same time, the FBI was investigating a Russian nuclear energy bribery and kickback scheme in the U.S., but barred an FBI witness from speaking to lawmakers about what he knew.

“This country has seen the most powerful and intrusive parts of the mammoth federal government misused and abused as a virtual, political racketeer influenced and corrupt organization,” Gohmert told Circa. “If the current Department of Justice does not investigate the abuses, then self-government as it was once known is gone. We’re finally getting glimpses of the investigations they’ve been doing.”

According to Circa, the Justice Department is also looking into the issue of improper “unmaskings” — or whether Obama officials with access to intelligence requested to reveal the identities of Americans swept up in surveillance.

At the beginning of November there were rumors and reports that AG Jeff Sessions might be involved in the investigations of Uranium One. This week, just before Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify before congress, the investigations which indeed have been going on for a while, have been revealed. Sean Hannity and Sara Carter have even more explosive information (starting at 35 minutes into the video).

Sara Carter knows who the secret informer on Uranium One is. Sara Carter has some knowledge, not all, of what it is that the secret informer will testify to. Sara Carter believes the information from the secret informer will be of such significance the entire trajectory of the “Russia” story will shift against those involved in the Uranium One and related scandals.


A reawakened Jeff Sessions will break into an impish smile as President Trump returns from Asia covered in laurel wreaths of triumph and defense of America:

President Trump pledged to foreign leaders that he will “always put America first” in all future trade negotiations, telling a global summit in Asia that previous President’s refused to address the US trade imbalance, but he will.

The President delivered his address to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Danang, Vietnam on Friday, vowing to strike trade deals with other nations that are “mutually beneficial” to both nations.

“I expressed our strong desire to work with China to achieve a trading relationship that is conducted on a truly fair and equal basis. The current trade imbalance is not acceptable. I do not blame China or any other country -of which there are many- for taking advantage of the United States on trade,” said Trump.

“I wish previous administrations in my country saw what was happening and did something about it. They did not, but I will,” he added. “From this day forward we will compete on a fair and equal basis. We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore.”

“I am always going to put America first the same way I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first,” said the President. “That is the message I am here to deliver.”

President Trump’s defense of America on trade was spectacular. But nothing compares to his speech before the South Korean National Assembly. President Trump’s defense of freedom and American commitment to freedom and liberty in his address to the National Assembly, at the one year anniversary of his election victory, is at a par with his stunning speech to Europe while in Poland several months earlier.

Whether in the West or in the East, President Trump proves he is a leader of Western values and the traditions of the West. In South Korea President Trump demonstrated American resolve for Western values of democracy and freedom:

Big Media has mostly ignored President Trump’s very successful and long trip to Asia. Big Media understands that if President Trump in Asia was witnessed by the American people the apparent truth of President Trump as a strong leader of the West and America in particular could no longer be denied.

Big Media understands that if President Trump’s reception at the airport in China, orchestra and troops included, were to be compared with Barack Obama’s humiliation wherein China did not even bother to provide a gantry ladder for Obama to disembark from the plane, the clumsy Obama would suffer being revealed as the boob he was and is.

President Donald J. Trump is a respected and strong world leader because he is the President of the most powerful country on earth and because he is indeed a strong leader, not a simpering oaf like Barack Obama.

In the West, in the East, in the Middle East, President Trump is admired and respected. In the West, in the East, in the Middle East, Barack Obama was and is a boob:

You can’t lead if you are a boob.

President Trump returns this week to the United States and will no doubt immediately get to work on domestic issues such as tax cuts. President Trump returns home after a long trip punctuated with many successes and a strong projection of American power. While in Asia President Trump focused on North Korea and the coming attack against that threat to world peace as three American aircraft carrier groups prowled near North Korea’s dictatorship.

President Donald J. Trump knows how to lead.


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    Trump plans ‘major announcement’ after Asia trip, raising speculation about North Korea, trade

    President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he plans to make a “major statement” following his 12-day trip in Asia, raising speculation of a breakthrough on trade or a new approach to North Korea.

    “I will be making a major statement from the White House upon my return to D.C. Time and date to be set,” he tweeted early Wednesday.

    Over the last 12 days, Trump visited key allies in the region amid the North Korean threat and attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in the Philippines, where he focused on trade and the rogue communist regime.

    Following the meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese leader Shinzo Abe on Monday, Trump said progress has been made in trade talks. “We’ve made some very big steps in respect to trade” as a result of meetings during his Asian trip, he told the reporters.

  2. Let’s hope Sessions doesn’t say it’s a nothing burger

    I still have my doubts about “Sleepy” from the seven dwarfs…

    We shall see, been disappointed before

    Wish really Trump had secretly encouraged China to keep the 3 UCLA punks there for at least 90 days… the usual sentence is 10 years in China. One was a Ball, whose 2 other brothers besides himself have been ordained the next coming in basketball… 3 Black punks playing and representing an elite University UCLA and the USA and this is how the overindulge punks behave… I am sure they will get a slap on the wrist and at some point make a BLM BS comment and diss the President. They should be kicked off the team, and the one with the less talent will be, cause you all know how this works…

  3. Their , meaning the ghetto punk basketball players is nothing to Woot about…they needed more than a slap on the wrist Foxy

  4. (Sessions) “has asked senior prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” raised by Mr. Goodlatte”.


    Appointed by whom?


    Selected by who?

    Rosenstein–who was party to the conspiracy?

    Lets hear from Victorian Toensing’s witness.

    Thanks for the hearts and flowers Jeff

    Bless your heart.

    Go back to sleep

    Rudi Guilani can take it from here.

  5. From commenter at legalinsurrection
    Nobody’s happy with sleepy the AG swamp thing
    Was anything productive accomplished? I caught the last few minutes on livestream and Rep. Collins GA. was asking Sessions based on his years of experience would he agree that some kind of convict job training and early release program to decrease recidivism would be a good idea. That was not what I thought Sessions was called to testify. I really thought he was called there to explain why he has been sitting on his hands so long.

    How the hell does a joke document funded by the Clintons & the DNC claiming Trump hired two Russian hookers to piss on a hotel bed once slept on by Obama rise to the level of evidence needed for a special prosecutor and all we know about Hillary and her henchmen not quite to the level required for a special prosecutor?

    All of this rises to the level of an AG, I think it is about time Trump finds one.

  6. Admin,

    So enjoyed another great post. The first year of Trump has been full of activities I would never have been able to appreciate without your insight.

  7. Found this and love it!

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  8. admin

    i wish i could share your optimism regarding Sessions. he has been such a disappointment. such a wuss.
    please prove me wrong.

  9. I am underwhelmed by Session’s appearance yesterday…

    He showed his most passionate moments when he was defending himself…


    when he was suppose to be answering the direct questions made by Jim Jeffords…
    Jeffords stated a multiple of things that need to be investigated then he asked Sessions “what is it going to take/” to get a Special Counsel

    Jeffords & other Repubs said that as a Congressional group many of them had signed & submitted a letter to Session & his DOJ 3 months ago asking the same thing & calling for a SC and had not gotten a response

    maybe Sessions is doing a lot behind the scenes that we do not know about…however on the surface he is the AG who turned his job over to his deputy who then immediately called for a Special Counsel, Mueller, his former boss & the man who has a multitude of conflicts of interest…Mueller then brought in an assortment of anti-Trumpers & has been investigating PDT for almost a year, at the expense of the American taxpayer by the way…

    …that all is a reflection on the actions of AG Sessions…and he has done nothing to reign it in…

    the same AG, supposed head of the DOJ, now coyly tries to dodge questions and retorts that “appearances” may not be sufficient for a SC or further investigation…and shows indignation at being questioned…

    Sessions needs to do the honorable thing…and the fair thing for the President of the USA & American citizens…and resign…Sessions himself now has too many conflicts & simply is unable to do his job

    I can’t understand how he isn’t embarrassed (& riddled with guilt) over the mess he oversees

    The plight in front of him is to appoint a SC to investigate HIllary, Comey, Mueller, Rothstein, re: Uranium One, Clinton Foundation…possible money laundering & bribery, etc… virtually the same people who are now leading the investigation of PDT (on behalf of the DOJ)

    Sessions seems to cringe under aggressive challenging questions…and he does not seem sufficiently versed in the law & the DOJ procedures as he needs to be…

    I could be absolutely wrong but I just do not see the “fight”, the drive and/or ‘cahunas’ in Sessions, a nice man, but the wrong man to follow through…

    bottom line…Is PDT expected to have his DOJ in this turmoil, with these blatant conflicts of interest, castrating recusals & stagnation for the next 4 years…because the current AG, Sessions, cannot fully do his job???

  10. Your right S.. I feel the same way.

    From ACE

    People’s Sexiest Men in Media: George Snuffalupagus, David Muir, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, Van Jones and Charles Blow.

    Shep Smith must be beside himself.

    Maddow hardest hit.

  11. Alcina, listen to what Sean Hannity says about Sessions in last night’s show:

    Hannity says that Sessions has “not recused himself” from the Uranium One issue. Hannity says he has sources that tell him Sessions is on the job as regards certain investigations he (both Sessions and Hannity) cannot discuss at this time.

    On the other hand Lou Dobbs is fuming against Sessions.

    So take your pick. Our “Sleeping Beauty” awake possibility which jibes with Hannity’s sources. Or Lou Dobbs and the “wicked witch” stepmother idea. Or a combination of both. At this point just the fact that there are 27 investigations on leaks to us appears to be a clue that something is up.

  12. Lou Dobbs:

    What a treat we had today on Capitol Hill Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the House Judiciary Committee – the attorney general harshly criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, Democrats over their apparent failure to remember much on anything at all.

    Honestly Sessions, I think you’re a nice fellow, a good man, but you are not carrying out your duties as attorney general. It’s clear each time you testify, you have forgotten too much, too much of your distinguished career. You are obviously not leading or managing the Justice Department, your deputies are all too obviously leading you or more accurately perhaps, misleading you.

    And in your few public appearances, you do not look like a man who has found either joy or fulfillment in being the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

    A new AG is needed, one with lots of energy. Sessions might be getting things done behind the scenes but the AG position requires someone with lots of energy who pushes the DOJ to get things done as well as a person who after a full day of working hard and pushing the bureaucrats to get things done then goes on TV to push forward in the public discussion.

  13. I have been a strong supporter of Sessions but not any more. I watched his performance on the Hill and reached the same conclusion as Lou Dobbs. Sessions is a nice man, a boy scout and altar boy perhaps, but the AG job seems just too big for him. Sessions seems out of his depth. Almost a year has gone by and he is relying on people like Rosenstein for advice….that’s very troubling. Rosenstein, Mueller and McCabe need to go. To my mind Sessions has not even started to clean house.
    I believe our government is at a critical point in our history. Whether one supports the dims or repugs. true Americans must be working towards the return of some sort of ethics in our justice dept. and intelligence organizations.

    on another note Admin, I’m still unable to log onto the site except on my old browser where my sign in has been remembered. Please help!!! I can’t log in on any other device or even on my desktop on Firefox.

  14. Many years ago we had a major age discrimination suit in Connecticut which we went on to lose big time. Our human resources department selected a lawyer to handle that case who had a stellar reputation with the defense bar in that state, but as when he entered the courtroom it became obvious that something was wrong. Like Sessions he had a hard time remembering key facts, and the rules of evidence which are essential in a court room. In addition his wife date behind him through the trial with a worried look. The judge was the same imperious asshole who desegregated the Boston School District and he beat our attorney over the head mercilessly. Garrity was the the name of that judicial tyrant and he was infamous. Most likely he too had mental problems, and it is a well known fact that the most dangerous person in the country is an out of control judge, and when you have that, if you are the attorney, and if you do your job, you may find yourself behind bars. I was not there, but I heard about it. I wonder whether Sessions is not suffering from the same kind of mental decline as that attorney of ours.

  15. Trump should have appointed Sheriff David Clarke instead of Sessions as AG. Clarke at least enjoys putting bad guys away.

  16. I wonder if we would have a President Donald Trump if it had not been for Jeff Sessions. I do not think that staying out of the ugly Dimocratic inquisition is such a bad idea. Uranium One is another matter and he has a chance to do something really beneficial to the nation if he can do something to kibosh that dirty deal. I sure hope he goes for it.

  17. NEW

    Sexual Predators in Congress! Reveal their Names!

    Dick tells a scary story about Clinton that will give you chills.
    Shows you how far that devious, amoral, hypocrite would go to conceal his rapes.

  18. Does the fact that Sessions has not recused himself from the Uranium One issue, as Hannity’s sources say, mean that he’s actually doing something about it? In his congressional quizzing yesterday, he seemed unable to give an answer to why the FBI’s investigation into Russian corruption in that deal wasn’t reported to Congress before the sale, as required by law. He also seemed to be confused by several other facts about the issue when questioned.

    It’s always been a possibility that Sessions has ordered investigations that he is not permitted to speak about publicly, so that potential prosecutions are not tainted. However, both Rep. Ron DeSantis and former Rep. Jason Chafetz have both stated publicly that, on separate occasions, they were told personally by Sessions that he was not going to pursue any investigations that involved the previous administration.

    According to Judicial Watch, Sessions still has not replaced a large number of Obama Administration appointments who are in key positions. Are any of these the “career prosecutors” that he trusts and from whom he is seeking advice on recusals and potential investigations?

    Equally troubling is the often-mentioned fact that he still refuses to order the DOJ and FBI to respond to FOIA and other lawful info requests in a timely manner, as Tillerson has finally done at the State Dept after nine months. Sessions didn’t seem to have a coherent answer to Jim Jordan’s question as to why it took 3-1/2 months to get a reply from the FBI. He needs to do better than that, to say the least.

  19. in an ideal world & with a push from “divine intervention” the best solution would be for Jeff Sessions do the honorable thing and ride to the rescue of his own seat and preserve that Alabama Senate seat for the GOP…

    at the same time he could allow PDT to have a fair shake at appointing an AG who does not need to recuse himself & could be an aggressive advocate for cleaning up the ‘political’ mess in DOJ & FBI

    …and this would alleviate all the moans & groans from the likes of Sen Lindsay Graham & others that protested if PDT removed Sessions…this would actually be a win win for everyone (although JS would have to give up his AG dream; only fair because he wasn’t honest with PDT & sort of sucker punched him)

    even Jeff Sessions’ critics, for the most part, agree that he is a good man & has good intentions…he simply is the wrong man at the wrong time for the AG job…

    bottom line…it is not about Jeff Sessions really, it isn’t fair to PDT…Jeff Sessions is trying to do his job with at least one arm tied behind his back & imo…the deep state is too much for him…he almost sounded like a Dem the other day in his defiance & indignation towards the questions of fellow repubs…

    not working, time to nip this debacle in the bud…

  20. Maybe this is why Sessions is moving forward. The secret witness revealed:

    Senate Republicans say their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s role in approving a deal to sell U.S. uranium mines to a Russian company hinges in part on the testimony of a secret informant in a bribery and extortion scheme inside the same company.

    The Senate committee searching for Clinton’s alleged wrongdoing is keeping their witness’s name cloaked. However, William D. Campbell, a lobbyist, confirmed to Reuters he is the informant who will testify and provide documents to Congress about the Obama Administration’s 2010 approval of the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian company with uranium mines in the United States, to Russia’s Rosatom.

    At the time of the sale, Campbell was a confidential source for the FBI in a Maryland bribery and kickback investigation of the head of a U.S. unit of Rosatom, the Russian state-owned nuclear power company. [snip]

    Campbell’s lawyer, Victoria Toensing, who has not previously identified her client, said despite Campbell telling the government “how corrupt the company was,” Rosatom still got permission to buy Uranium One. She did not say what Campbell would reveal regarding any alleged wrongdoing by Clinton. [snip]

    Some people who know Campbell are skeptical that he can shed much light on Uranium One. Two law enforcement officials with direct involvement in the Rosatom bribery case in which Campbell was an informant said they had no recollection or record of him mentioning the deal during their repeated interviews with him.

    Also, although both Uranium One and the bribery cases involved Rosatom, the two cases involved different business units, executives and allegations, with little other apparent overlap, Reuters found in a review of the court records of the bribery case.

    Campbell countered those who dismiss his knowledge of the Uranium One deal. “I have worked with the Justice Department undercover for several years, and documentation relating to Uranium One and political influence does exist and I have it,” Campbell said. He declined to give details of those documents. [snip]

    Campbell potentially now has a larger starring role in the Washington drama after the Justice Department said in a letter to Congress on Monday that it was considering appointing a special prosecutor to launch an investigation into Republican allegations of wrongdoing by Clinton, Trump’s former political rival, in the deal. [snip]

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said in a letter to Toensing, Campbell’s lawyer, that her client appears to have information “critical to the Committee’s oversight of the Justice Department and its ongoing inquiry into the manner in which” the Uranium One sale was approved.


    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Los Angeles radio news anchor and model is accusing Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of kissing her without consent and touching her breasts while she was asleep.

    In an article on Thursday, news anchor Leeann Tweeden says that Franken sexually harassed her in 2006 while the two were on a tour in the Middle East to entertain troops.

    According to Tweeden, the former SNL comedian kissed her without consent while rehearsing a skit. Later, a photo was taken of Franken touching her chest while she slept on a plane.

    “I couldn’t believe it,” she wrote. “He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.”

    Tweeden says she is sharing her story now to encourage victims of sexual assault to speak out immediately and not keep their stories to themselves.

    About an hour after her article was posted, Franken apologized to Tweeden.

    In a statement, the Democratic senator said that while he remembers the rehearsals of the skit differently, he was wrong to touch Tweeden’s chest, even as a joke.

    “As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t,” Franken wrote. “I shouldn’t have done it.”

    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for the Ethics Committee to investigate.

    “I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this,” he said in a statement. “Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else.”

  22. Since the beginning of the year we said it would get worse. Even the leftist writers see what is happening:

    Liberals Are Becoming Knee-Jerk Anti-Trumpists

    The left should be encouraging the president’s moderation on foreign policy rather than distorting the truth about alleged gaffes. [snip]

    Liberals were quick to criticize Trump’s vulgar salesmanship. “What a waste,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told MSNBC. “Maybe he should have stuck with the business he was in before.” Albright’s derision was widely echoed on the left and even among some on the right: [snip]

    This response is understandable: Trump certainly presents a fat and easy target. But such attacks are also short-sighted.

    Trump’s main focus in the speech was North Korea, about which he spoke with a newsworthy shift in tone and language. Avoiding the insulting and incendiary language of prior months—such as referring to dictator Kim Jong-un as “Little Rocket Man,” and threatening to rain down “fire and fury” on North Korea—he lambasted the regime’s horrific human rights record in vivid, compassionate terms: [snip]

    But these powerful words, and other important moves Trump has made on his Asian trip, have received relatively little attention in America this week. Instead, we’ve been inundated with mocking tweets and snarky headlines about Trump’s golf tangent, his manner of feeding koi fish, and his knowledge of the Japanese auto industry. This quickness to pile on the president, at the expense of policy analysis, illustrates a growing problem on the left. Liberals and their media allies are becoming knee-jerk anti-Trumpists, always on the lookout for the president’s next embarrassing, meme-able gaffe—and sometimes pouncing without getting their facts straight.

    The most important act of Trump’s Asia trip thus far, judging merely by the sheer volume of media attention, was his visit to a koi pond with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The photograph atop this article went viral, as Trump was variously accused of disrespecting local customs, perpetrating a fatal overfeeding, and generally being graceless.

    Admitted liberals weren’t the only ones chiding Trump. “Trump feeds fish, winds up pouring entire box of food into koi pond,” CNN reported. “No diet for these carp as Trump goes all-in on fish food,” quipped the Associated Press. Never mind that Trump was merely imitating what Abe had just done, as this video proves: [snip]

    Also while in Japan, Trump was mocked for saying the following at a meeting with business leaders on Monday: “Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over. Is that possible to ask? That’s not rude. Is that rude? I don’t think so.” Japan, of course, already builds millions of cars in the United States every year. I’ll admit that I joined the pile-on, though I did so based on inaccurate information from a highly respected White House reporter: [snip]

    But as The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake pointed out, Trump’s quote was taken out of context. The full remarks, though rambling and incoherent, make clear that Trump knows that Japan already manufactures cars in the U.S.—he just wants more of them. [snip]

    Trump is now in China, and again we see the same impulse to paint with too broad a brush or to distort stories. Some liberals and mainstream media analysts have accused the president of being too deferential to Chinese President Xi Jinping. For instance, Trump reportedly agreed not to take any questions at a press conference. [snip]

    The facts are more complex. During his first trip to China in 2009, President Barack Obama also didn’t take any questions during a press conference with then-President Hu Jintao. [snip]

    Liberals should welcome such news rather than hunting for pseudo-gaffes. As Sean O’Neal of the A.V. Club argued earlier this week, the koi pond non-story “is exactly the sort of petty bullshit that fuels the ‘fake news’ narrative that Trump and his supporters so depend on to foster blanket mistrust of the media.”


    Do Trump’s liberal critics seem increasingly unhinged?

    Last week’s anniversary of Trump’s election sparked widespread teeth-gnashing by the nation’s pundits. Trump is supposedly the gravest threat to American democracy since the secession of the Confederacy. His presidency, probably, continues to be a boon for antidepressant sales across the land.

    New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, in a column last week headlined “Anniversary of the Apocalypse,” lamented the “terror-struck and vertiginous days” after Trump’s win and the ongoing “metaphysical whiplash” and “hideous interregnum,” which leaves her “poleaxed by grief at the destruction of our civic inheritance.” Professor Henry Giroux of McMaster University frothed that Trump’s “ascendancy in American politics has made visible a culture of cruelty, a contempt for civic literacy, a corrupt mode of governance and a disdain for informed judgment that has been decades in the making.”

    It is understandable that folks would be riled by Trump’s bluster about revoking the broadcast licenses of his critics or calling for the firing of protesting football players. His administration’s rhetoric on trade and the drug war threaten to revive moronic policies that should have been banished forever by perennial failures. But while Trump poses plenty of constitutional perils, many of his opponents are even more authoritarian.

    Anti-Trump fervor is making liberals far more illiberal. Commentators in The Washington Post and The New York Times have called for selective censorship of ideas and doctrines they abhor. A recent Washington Post article touted 38 fixes for democracy including mandating three years of compulsory labor for young people in the military of AmeriCorps-like programs, outlawing private education, punitively punishing gun owners and vastly increasing redistribution to end racial inequities.

    Thanks to Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, Democrats are exalting the FBI as if J. Edgar Hoover and COINTELPRO never existed. Political mob violence by antifa against conservatives was vindicated in The Washington Post and cheered by prominent Democrats as the moral equivalent of the American soldiers who stormed Normandy beaches in 1944.

    Some liberals believe the federal government should become domineering to vanquish the fascist tendencies of Trump supporters. But this is imprudent unless liberals irrevocably control all three branches of the federal government.

    Unfortunately, Trump’s biggest follies (thus far) have evoked the loudest cheers from his Washington critics. Trump’s finest hour, according to much of the media, was sending 59 cruise missiles to blast the Syrian government based on mere allegations that it had carried out a chemical weapons attack. Pulling the rug from under the Iran deal (one of Obama’s solid achievements) was cheered by much of the foreign policy elite as if destabilizing the Middle East was akin to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Trump’s threats to “totally destroy” North Korea spurred no effective resistance on Capitol Hill. But blundering into another war would do more harm to American democracy than 10,000 raving Oval Office tweets.

    Many Democrats sound ready to rush to impeachment regardless of what Trump has actually done. They seem inspired by the Soviet secret police chief who allegedly declared: “Show me the man and I will show you the crime.” Desperate assertions that $3,000 in Russian-linked Facebook ads swung the election results in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin are indicative of the pathetic logic of many Trump critics.

    Many Trump opponents are the same type of zealots who, in the late 1700s, proudly labeled themselves “Friends of Government.” In their eyes, Trump’s greatest sin is tarnishing the majesty of the presidency and the federal government. Trump is exposing the sham of a Leviathan Democracy which pretends that presidents will be philosopher kings — instead of merely talented vote catchers. However, Trump cannot be blamed for destroying Americans’ trust in Washington. This was already achieved by presidents such as George W. Bush and Obama who the media occasionally exalted to the skies.

    Trump’s critics are correct that the president has too much arbitrary power. But many people happy to believe the worst about Trump will heave all their skepticism overboard when the next political savior is anointed. Such naivete is being encouraged at the highest levels of the Democratic Party. Recall that Hillary Clinton’s recent book declared that the lesson of George Orwell’s “1984” is that people should trust their leaders and the media.

    Hysteria remains the 2017 political badge of honor. Last Wednesday, thousands of people gathered across the nation to shout at the sky to protest the anniversary of Trump’s victory. But righteous rage is no substitute for focusing on the real perils that Trump and any other president poses to our rights. The Friends of Freedom need to keep their intellectual ammo dry.

    James Bovard is a USA Today columnist and the author of 10 books, including “Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty” (St. Martin’s Press, 1994).

    This warning to the insane left comes from a Trump hating leftist. The DailyKooks are now the KookDimocrats.

  24. Admin…evidently Mr. Campbell has actual video of bribery transactions with the Clinton people (foundation ?)

    …if anything it seems the Congress is forcing the ball up the court…not the DOJ…that 84 year old Senator Grassley is a fighter and sharp…old enough to be my father but still have a ‘patriotic’ crush on him…

    …and we can’t ignore Congressmen Devin Nunes, & Ron DeSantis & Matt Gaetz, the last two both from Florida ( i’m always complaining about Florida…kudos to these two young smart brave guys)

    if they have information implicating the Clintons and/or FBI it is going to be very hard for Sessions to back off…it won’t be “appearances” anymore (he should quit while he can & go back to the Senate…before it gets too hot)

    …as for Mr. Campbell I hope he has extra protection around him & his home and any and all evidence is being highly protected & hidden….

  25. “Fish Lips” Franken, the erstwhile conscience of the senate, the hero who damned caused Gorsuch to suffer cardiac arrest when he tried to retain decorum and suppress gales of laughter at the sheer stupidity of the questions emanating from fish lips during the confirmation process. Now, as a result of this disclosure, corroborated by selfies–we will leave the french kiss that accompanied it to your imagination and the victim’s continuing nightmare, fishlips shows his true metal by asking, no, I am wrong, by demanding an investigation of his dalliances, and the only question left unanswered is who’s to do it. I have just the pervert for the job, he is now cooling his heels in federal prison, but if anyone could understand the depravity of fish lips, and put a happy face on it, well, it would have to be good old Andy Weiner, bless his heart, and other parts of his corpus delecti. So Andy, re. Fish Lips, how say ye? Does he deserve a life in politics? Answer: Only in Minnesota. There, all he has to say is I am not a Republican and I am sorrrrrrrrrrrrry.

  26. gonzotx
    November 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm
    4th seat Democrats have won in Oklahoma since 2016, AND in an area Trump won by over 40 points over Hillary.


    This election doesn’t pass the sniff test-
    I hope the GOP is cking for voter fraud.

  27. Sessions may be waiting for a “consensus” of opinion before taking on the Clintons…Looks like this thinking belongs to Sessions profile. (wait until an army is at your back before YOU act..) If this is so… Trump had better think and act accordingly. Remove Sessions to another endeavor.



    by Daniel Greenfield
    Nov 16, 2017

    It’s not about his victims, it’s about money and power.

    In the winter of ’56, Khrushchev told the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union that Stalin may not have been a very nice guy. In the fall of ’17, the media began to concede that maybe Bill Clinton did abuse a whole bunch of women. And maybe those women weren’t really part of a vast right-wing conspiracy to make a bloated piggish progressive hero seem like he might not be a very nice guy.

    Why are Democrats turning on the Clintons? Same reason Khrushchev turned on Stalin. They’re purging the Clintons for the same reasons that they defended them. They’re calling out Bill Clinton for his sexual assaults for the same reasons that they covered them up. It’s about power and money.

    The Democrats smeared Bill Clinton’s accusers then. Now they’ll exploit them to throw the Clintons out.

    The #MeToo campaign provided an opening. But if you really want to understand why the left is disavowing Bill Clinton, ignore the hashtags and look at the bigger picture.

    Earlier this month, the rollout of Donna Brazile’s book raked Hillary Clinton and her campaign over the coals. The former interim DNC boss made the case that the Clinton campaign had rigged the primaries.
    Brazile’s outrage at the rigging is laughable. Not only was she caught passing a debate question to Hillary, but the only reason she was allowed to replace Debbie Wasserman Schultz is that she was a Clintonista who had served as a Clinton adviser and was promoted to head Gore’s campaign.

    After Hillary’s collapse, Brazile was left out in the cold. Like Schultz, she was one of Hillary’s fall girls. And unlike Schultz, she didn’t have a cozy congressional district to call her own. Her CNN contract was torn up after the debate question leak. (Though if you think CNN was actually surprised that a Clinton ally leaked it to the Clintons, you’re also shocked that there’s gambling going on at Rick’s Cafe Americain. CNN had disavow Donna who then had to disavow Hillary. Now the Dems are disavowing the Clintons.)

    Brazile’s book tour was Act 1 in purging the Clintons from the Dem establishment. Talking about Bill Clinton’s sexual harassment and abuses is Act 2. And the odds are very good that there’s an Act 3.

    Why get rid of the Clintons? Let’s look at what the First Grifters have been doing to the Dems.

    In May, Hillary rolled out Onward Together. The new SuperPAC was supposed to fundraise for lefty groups. But the groups don’t actually appear to be getting the cash.

    Understandable. The flat broke Clintons always have lots of bills to pay and private jets to book. And good chardonnay doesn’t come cheap. A 1787 vintage Chateau d’Yquem runs to $100K a bottle.

    Fresh from that success, a paid advisor to Hillary co-launched something being called Party Majority. This wonderful new organization would “act as a parallel structure to Democratic Party committees at the national and state levels”, vacuuming up a whole lot of cash while putting its boot on the DNC.

    The Clintons were once again trying to displace the DNC. And that would let them skim a lot of cash from the DNC to fund their political operation and lifestyle. And, even once again, rig the process.

    Who’s up for Hillary in 2020?

    Party Majority rolled out in early November. Since then the Clintons are suddenly being hit from all sides by their own.

    Funny how that works.

    If President Hillary Clinton were in the White House, the First Gentleman could work his way through an entire nunnery and every media outlet in the country would praise him as our greatest feminist.

    If the Clintons had done the decent thing (for the first time in their miserable grifter lives) and stepped away from politics, Bill could have been a bitter, bigoted and befuddled Democrat elder statesman. Just like Jimmy Carter.

    But the Clintons just wouldn’t stop. And so the circular firing squad has finally been convened. Its members are hypocritically pretending that they’re purging Bill because they suddenly care about the women he had sexually assaulted over the years.

    It only took the Dems an entire generation to figure out that rape is wrong.

    Hillary Clinton’s approval ratings are terrible. Every time she goes on television, more people are likely to vote Republican. Her entire existence is a reminder of why the Democrats lost so badly in ’16.
    Not only won’t Hillary Clinton retire to bake cookies and send anonymous threatening letters to her neighbors because their kids occasionally throw a ball over her mansion’s iron gates, but she insists on sabotaging the 2020 candidates who are her party’s best hope to succeed where she miserably failed.

    Hillary Clinton’s book, What Happened, took numerous shots at Bernie Sanders. And her entire book tour appeared designed to sabotage his book tour. Then she began attacking Joe Biden.

    Both Bernie and Joe, unlike her, are viable 2020 candidates. (Which says nothing good about the Dems.)

    The media doesn’t suddenly “believe Juanita”. Or rather it always knew that Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones and the other women were telling the truth. It didn’t silence them because it thought they were lying. It silenced them because they were telling the truth about its guy.

    Now Bill Clinton isn’t the media’s guy anymore. He’s a problem.

    And what the media does “believe” is that the Clintons will continue to be a liability that might cost them victories in 2018 and 2020. The DNC badly needs money. The Clintons are once again posing a threat to the DNC’s financial viability. And the Dems have become less willing to lose House and Senate seats to sate the insatiable greed of the grifters from Hope.

    Then there’s 2020. The Dems don’t want to risk their nominee facing passive aggressive attacks by Hillary Clinton. Nor do they even want to see Hillary Clinton on the air for the entire election.

    The Clintons could have had a nice retirement. Seats on boards and foundations. Occasional smaller scale speaking gigs. Bill would have been a featured speaker at the next DNC convention.

    And maybe even Hillary in a lesser role.

    But they wouldn’t go quietly. And now the left is making it a mandatory retirement.

    Act 1 blames Hillary for rigging the primaries. Act 2 calls out Bill’s abuse of women. Acts 3, 4 and 5 will delve into some other Clinton scandals that Democrats have been denying for over a generation. If the Clintons don’t get the message, the final act will plant a big red boot in their behinds.

    And this won’t even be the first time that the Dems tried to get rid of the Clintons.

    After Bill’s time was up, the Dems and the media tried to head off a Hillary political career at the pass. Let’s flip through the pages of the New York Times in 2001 that describes Hillary’s “calamitous Senate debut” and cautions that “talk about her presidential prospects has ground to a halt.”

    “The man is so thoroughly corrupt it’s frightening,” a Times column reads. “The Clintons may or may not be led away in handcuffs someday.”

    In AmSoc, history is constantly being rewritten. A few years later, no criticism of the Clintons could be allowed. And everyone forgot that Carter’s chief-of-staff had called them, “The First Grifters.”

    Or at least they pretended to forget.

    It’s not the first time that the Dems have tried to get rid of the Clintons. But it might be the last.

    Like Stalin’s Communist successors, Democrats should not be allowed to pretend that they knew nothing or that their purge of the Clintons is motivated by a sudden attack of integrity.

    They’re purging the Clintons for the same reason that they covered up for them.

    They’re calling out Bill Clinton for his sexual assaults for the same reason that they covered them up.

    They did it out of political self-interest then. And they’re doing it out of political self-interest now. There’s nothing clean or honest about what they’re doing. There’s no moral reckoning here. Only a political reckoning. It’s not about the women Bill abused. It’s about DNC cash and the 2020 election.

    That’s the dirty, ugly truth. And it’s as dirty and ugly as the Clintons and the Democrats.


    And so, the clarion call sounds: “RELEASE THE HOUNDS!!!

    Sessions waiting for consensus from both parties before acting? Leading Cowardly from WAY Behind!


    ‘Don’t spew that stuff on me!’: Shouting match erupts in Senate over GOP tax plan

    A shouting match erupted in the Senate Finance hearing over the Republican tax overhaul, with Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown and Utah Republican Orrin Hatch arguing Thursday night over who benefits from the GOP plan.

    At the heart of the argument is new analysis by congressional number crunchers that finds the plan cuts taxes at first but by 2027 actually raises taxes for anyone making less than $75,000.

    “When the Republicans are in power, the first thing they want to do is give tax cuts to the rich. That’s just what’s — it’s in their DNA,” Brown said.

    Brown’s attack got under the skin of Hatch.

    “I’ve been here working my whole stinking career for people who don’t have a chance. And I really resent anybody saying that I’m just doing this for the rich. Give me a break,” Hatch said. “I think you guys overplay that all the time and it gets old. And frankly you ought to quit it.”

    “Mr. Chairman, the public believes it,” Brown said.

    “I’m not through. I get kind of sick and tired of it,” Hatch said.

    The heated exchange came after Republicans successfully voted to move the bill to the Senate floor. Hatch took Brown’s charges personally.

    “What you said was not right! That’s all I’m saying,” Hatch said. “Now I come from the lower middle class originally. We didn’t have anything. So don’t spew that stuff on me! I get a little tired of that crap! … I like you personally very much. But I’m telling you this bullcrap that you guys throw out here really gets old after a while. And then to do it right at the end of this is just not right.”


    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday went to a place that few Democrats have dared or cared to go when it comes to allegations of sexual assault: Calling out Bill Clinton.

    From the New York Times:

    Asked directly if she believed Mr. Clinton should have stepped down (when he faced his own allegations as president), Ms. Gillibrand took a long pause and said, “Yes, I think that is the appropriate response.”

    That long pause suggests this was not something that the senator from New York said lightly, nor that she necessarily planned on saying. Yet here we are.

    It’s difficult to overstate the potential significance of Gillibrand’s response to the question about the former president. While the comments might have been somewhat buried in a day of multiple huge news stories — sexual assault allegations against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the Roy Moore saga, Robert Menendez’s mistrial and the passage of the House GOP tax bill — it could reverberate for years for Gillibrand and possibly for longer for the Clintons.

    In one respect, it’s not so surprising that Gillibrand would go there on Bill Clinton. She’s been perhaps the Senate’s most vocal member on sexual assault. But in another respect, it’s a highly unexpected and fraught move.

    Gillibrand just so happens to come from the state where Hillary Clinton served in the Senate, and she was appointed to Clinton’s old seat before winning it in her own right. She is also thought to have aspirations of running for president in 2020. This stance would seem to have the dual effect of distinguishing her on a very important issue in that race, but also of potentially alienating the many well-heeled and influential supporters and donors she has in common with the Clintons.

    At least one former top Hillary Clinton aide sent a warning shot Gillibrand’s way on Thursday night. Philippe Reines’s tweet downplayed the allegations against Bill Clinton and suggested that Gillibrand was a hypocritical ingrate. He also ominously pointed to the 2020 presidential race — a not-so-veiled warning that Gillibrand just alienated the wrong people.

    Over 20 yrs you took the Clintons’ endorsements, money, and seat. Hypocrite,” he wrote. “Interesting strategy for 2020 primaries. Best of luck.”

    Which brings us to what this means for Bill Clinton. Reines is not exactly known for understating things, but his guns-a-blazing response to Gillibrand’s comments is in one way completely understandable. Here we have a leading potential 2020 contender raising the issue of whether a popular former president should have resigned in the face of sexual misconduct allegations.

    That may seem like some revisionist history — a trivial bit of 20/20 hindsight on Gillibrand’s part — but it has massive implications for the Clintons’ legacy.

    Suddenly, other Democrats will be asked if they agree with Gillibrand’s comments that the former president should have resigned. If those Democrats are 2020 hopefuls, they’ll be wary of letting Gillibrand keep the spotlight on this issue. If they’re Democrats more broadly, they’ll be conscious of looking like they’re giving Bill Clinton a pass on the allegations against him even as they say that accusers should be believed.

    At this particular moment in time, giving life to a debate over Clinton’s alleged sexual misconduct alongside all the others could lead just about anywhere.

    If a reasonably large number of Democrats decide to rewrite their view of Clinton’s legacy as one that should have ended in disgrace, that turns Clinton from a statesman into something closer to what many Republicans have long alleged.

    It may never come to that, especially if other Democrats don’t join in Gillibrand’s statements about Clinton. But in one fell swoop, she put that debate squarely on the table. And you can bet the Clintons are apoplectic about that right now — especially considering the source.

  30. imo…frankly the ‘downfall’ of Bill Clinton belongs with Hillary…

    the moment she started going after DT as a ‘person in the WH that had committed sexual assaults’…the dye was cast against Bill

    Hillary just reminded everyone of Bill’s behavior…when he was actually the President in the WH and oval office and ‘entertaining’ various women..and all the other sex stories, past, present and future, attached to him…

    How Hillary could not understand that the first thing people thought of when she made those charges against DT was her own husband remains to me one of the big mysteries of Hillary’s total lack of self awareness…her bubble has kept her trapped in self denial…to this day she still thinks she can just brush aside any stories against them & say that has already been debunked (“in the press”) and that will be the end of it…sorry Hillary, it is not so…

    personally I agree with the notion that Hillary is succeeding in obliterating what is left of Bill’s legacy…

    He had evolved as an ‘elder stateman’ now the both of them are emerging as the greedy, insatiable grifters others have often suggested they are…and Hillary is cast as an untrustworthy liar…and maybe an actual criminal…that so far has gotten away with her crimes…with the help of the politically corrupt FBI & DOJ

    If Hillary had had the grace to lose with dignity and then even take the reins of not “resistence movement” but “cooperative opposition” … she could have led the charge for bringing compromises between both sides & still fought for what she ‘believed’ in & been seen as productive & able to get things done…emerged as a competent leader instead of the harping, whining, ‘unable to take responsibility for her own actions’ , self indulgent complainer she is now viewed as…

    Both Hillary & Bill now in and close to their 70’s could have entered their ‘Third Act’ as knowledgable, experienced and gracious elders…but no…Hillary cannot shut up…every time she utters more nonsense she diminshes herself…and is turning herself into a joke…

    …and now, in reality, the once powerful “Clinton Global Initiative” has been closed down for months and “The Clinton Foundation” is on life support due to sudden lack of once millions of dollars in foreign donations

    Hillary was never as smart as she fooled everyone into thinking she was…she appears to have an inclination towards self destruction…and taking Bill down with her…maybe it is her ultimate revenge…

  31. admin
    November 17, 2017 at 11:53 am

    The thing is- If Hillary had declined running in 16… She might have pulled off the scam of the century and no one would have been the wiser. Their Foundation would have been intact. All the scandals would have been buried. She could have enjoyed her grandchildren with her character intact. Even though she has never been well-liked. Hill and Bill could have salvaged a modicum of respect just being out of the spotlight for a year or two. To my knowledge, BC couldn’t go near Hillary’s campaign, per Hillary’s orders. She never wanted his advise when he knew her campaign was going sideways.

    I really don’t want to relive the whole impeachment thing again.. If they just went away.. until they are called upon to address the charges that will surely come down now that many of their scandals are out in the open and the indictments are adjudicated fairly and justly. I can live with that.

    I hope Gillibrand is aware of the Tax Payer slush fund available to all of Congress when they are accused and charges of sexual harassment are filed. And the taxpayers pay the settlements for the scumbag politicians.

    Since the fund was legislated in 1995, we have paid out $15.2M of our money to sexually harassed victims.
    (Per the Dick Morris videos above-)

  32. more bla, bla, bla from Hillary…more excuses…more Russia, Russia, Russia

    no hard questions to her about the CF receiving @$145 Million from Russian peeps or BC getting $500K for speech in Russia, etc, etc, etc…she just gets to blab on with her rationalizations in her head…

    when does HC book tour end? ever
    where is Donna Brazile? suddenly DB is MIA

    also what happened to all that preaching Hillary did about accepting the results of an election and how indignant she was when Trump questioned if things were rigged….she couldn’t even honor those statements…she reminds me of a hollow vessel…no core…will say anything but not stand behind it when needed to…no core

  33. FYI…

    the head of the Democratic Party in Florida had to resign for “creepiness”
    spokesperson said he didn’t even try to deny it, it was well known and also said it is just the beginning for making changes in the Florida Dem party

    ….also, evidently Al Franken was supposed to be the headliner to close the Miami Book Show either tonight or tomorrow and he has cancelled; too late for a replacement so they are refunding $ on tickets

  34. Here comes the smear of the undercover FBI witness…funny how AG Lynch & O admin threatened him to keep his mouth shut and would not allow him to speak with threats of taking his freedom … and now all of a sudden he was unreliable…

    very curious…since he is due to speak to congress next week…Justice Dept is leaking like a sieve…hope Mr Campbell has strong protection over the weekend…in some secluded place…

  35. foxyladi14
    November 17, 2017 at 4:16 pm
    Mrs. Smith it makes me Mad!!
    They Play we Pay!

    Yep, foxy. Same thing with their health insurance.
    Blue Cross for thee; but not for me!


    A former organizer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and a former volunteer for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) 2016 White House bid say they were the victims of sexual harassment while they were working for the candidates, according to a HuffPost report on Friday.

    The allegations come in the midst of a wave of sexual harassment charges in the political realm.

    Clinton did not comment to the Huffington Post on the story. Sanders’ office acknowledged that while interns and employees on his campaign would have been given a handbook on sexual harassment, volunteers were not, and that that policy would be changed going forward.

    Lilian Adams started as an intern for Clinton’s campaign, before moving to Colorado to work as a paid organizer for Clinton’s bid and the state Democratic Party, according to the report. For months, she told HuffPost, she experienced harassment, including remarks about her sexual orientation, from an unnamed man also working on the campaign.

    That alleged harassment only got worse over time, she said.

    “He made multiple comments about my body, told people we were dating, would constantly try to get me to drink (I was 19), try to force me into situations where we were alone, encouraged me not to wear bras, etc.,” Adams told HuffPost.

    Adams told her superiors about the matter, and eventually pressed them to take action. Her alleged harasser was fired shortly after that, but was eventually hired to work with a different state party.

    So he was technically fired but still ended up working for Hillary via the [other state] Democratic Party,” she said.

    Zoey Jordan Salsbury, who became the president of American University Students for Bernie in 2015, said that she experienced harassment from an unnamed intern on the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign, who was her main point of contact.

    That intern allegedly began making unwanted advances on Salsbury, but she found herself unsure of how to report the behavior, because the Sanders campaign did not have an internal infrastructure for volunteers to deal with such matters.

    Salsbury posted about the matter on social media this month, and said she was contacted first by a former digital media manager and then by a lawyer named Bernice Johnson Blessing, who had reached out on behalf of the campaign.

    “It firmly felt like the kind of call you make when you’re trying to feel out if someone has the interest and/or standing to bring a lawsuit,” Salsbury told HuffPost.

    In a statement to HuffPost, Sanders said that he does “not tolerate sexual harassment.”

    Several lawmakers have called for a crackdown on sexual misconduct in congressional offices, and have come forward with their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault in an effort to promote change.

    The great protectors of women.

  37. Reading this crap from HuffPo makes me cynical.

    By now we know enough about those left wing cocksuckers to know they do not give a tinkers damned about this woman. For them her only purpose is to serve the narrative they are peddling and to get ahead of the power curve which has discredited the left on this issue and femininazis who compromised their principles for the sake of power. Steiham–which is Jewish for Stalin.

    Was this guy a lecher. Sure. Was he obnoxious. Yuppers. Did he deserve to be canned if half of what she is saying was true. Of course. But let us not succumb to the logic of the judge in Alice in Wonderland, or through the looking glass darkly: first the verdict, then the facts. He is not named. If there was an investigation she does not mention it. What a hero she i$$$$$$$$$.

    Experience has shown that women who grow up with brothers do not take men too seriously. Experience has shown that women who grow up as an only child are ill equipped to handle these situations–they see themselves as princesses. Experience has shown that women who went to Harvard are particularly susceptible to this flaw. Experience has shown that women who are born to parents late in life are too pampered to deal with this. Experience has shown that women who do not marry are susceptible too.

    These observations are merely markers. No single one is dispositive. And even if there are several there is no guarantee. What is likely however is that is you have a woman who grew up with brothers, who did not go to Harvard, who was not pampered but had to do it on her own, and has a working class background, they would not take the role as victim, but would give this male jackal, this fish-lips Frankel the response he deserves, meaning a swift kick to the balls. How little finesse these victims have. They need to deal with the problem in the moment, rather than playing the role of victim, or seeking to improse speech codes.

  38. Trump did a good job overseas but I still see real problems in the midterms. This Alabama vote better be put off or ask Sessions to run . Also, the base is not going to support RHINOS who did not pass immigration reform, build the wall, and most importantly failed repealing ACA. I think Trump has settled into the realities of being POTUS and realizes he can’t, as he thought, “just do it”. When /if the dems regain control of the senate(probably more likely than the house) the chance for any of the foregoing which did not happen under GOP control of both houses is likely extinct.

  39. Speaking as someone who, at this point in life, seeing what I have seen from my insignificant perspective, I hope Fishlips does NOT resign, or get canned. I hope he gets a slap in the wrist censure, and he stays on to remind the country of what the of what the democrat party, is really all about–all verbiage, posturing to the contrary notwithstanding. At this point, I think we should hold candle light vigils with placards saying save Fishlips, and after all he is a funny man. However, the humor he peddles is not humor per se, but the kind of crap the late night jakals peddle now, which is disguised political attacks. This Colbert, for example, would look just fine with a fist in his face. Whether he should be allowed to remove his glasses, would be up to the justice seeker. Short of that, there is always the channel changer, which comes in handy in these dark days when cultural Marxism rules the roost. And the why of that is equally obvious. By ignoring the original premise which was economic, it attracts the wealthy, who would never sign on if the topic was class warfare. Instead, it has morphed into something which does not threaten them, but allows them to ride the diversity train and thereby divide an conquer. Also, it gives them the tools for social control which is the paradigm of oppressor and oppressed, which is now congenial to their interests, and the attacks on free speech which questions their motives, and the efficacy of their policies.

  40. GOP Ends 100 Year Senate Tradition to Confirm Trump
    Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
    has scheduled hearings for David Stras, a nominee to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Stras’ home-state senator, said earlier this year that he would not return the so-called blue slip for Stras because of his conservative ideology.

    No karma for Franken.

  41. Big Media won’t credit President Trump for what President Trump has created:

    Goldman Sachs says if you thought 2017 was surprisingly good, just wait for 2018

    •”2017 is shaping up to be the first year of the expansion in which growth surprises to the upside,” Goldman analyst Charles Himmelberg says.
    •”We expect 2018 to deliver more of the same,” Himmelberg adds.
    •Himmelberg and his team expect the global economy to grow 4 percent on a real gross-domestic-product basis because of several factors.

    This has been a good year for the global economy, and 2018 will follow that trend, analysts at Goldman Sachs said.

    Economic growth around the world has picked up steam this year. Germany — Europe’s largest economy — grew an unexpectedly strong 0.8 percent in the third quarter. In Japan, the economy has grown for seven straight quarters. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the economy grew 3 percent in the third quarter.

    “2017 is shaping up to be the first year of the expansion in which growth surprises to the upside,” Goldman analyst Charles Himmelberg said in a note to clients Thursday. “We expect 2018 to deliver more of the same.”

    Himmelberg and his team expect the global economy to grow 4 percent next year for several reasons, including strong growth momentum, easing financial conditions, global monetary policy remaining “highly accommodative by historical standards” and the likelihood of fiscal stimulus in the U.S.

    Stocks around the world have benefited from this year’s global economic growth. In the U.S., the S&P 500 has risen more than 14 percent in 2017. In Europe, the German Dax is up more than 13 percent year to date. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 has risen 17.2 percent this year.

  42. From 2012 article, stolen election Franken:

    In the eyes of the Obama administration, most Democratic lawmakers, and left-leaning editorial pages across the country, voter fraud is a problem that doesn’t exist. Allegations of fraud, they say, are little more than pretexts conjured up by Republicans to justify voter ID laws designed to suppress Democratic turnout.

    That argument becomes much harder to make after reading a discussion of the 2008 Minnesota Senate race in “Who’s Counting?”, a new book by conservative journalist John Fund and former Bush Justice Department official Hans von Spakovsky. Although the authors cover the whole range of voter fraud issues, their chapter on Minnesota is enough to convince any skeptic that there are times when voter fraud not only exists but can be critical to the outcome of a critical race.

    In the ’08 campaign, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman was running for re-election against Democrat Al Franken. It was impossibly close; on the morning after the election, after 2.9 million people had voted, Coleman led Franken by 725 votes.

    Franken and his Democratic allies dispatched an army of lawyers to challenge the results. After the first canvass, Coleman’s lead was down to 206 votes. That was followed by months of wrangling and litigation. In the end, Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes. He was sworn into office in July 2009, eight months after the election.

    During the controversy a conservative group called Minnesota Majority began to look into claims of voter fraud. Comparing criminal records with voting rolls, the group identified 1,099 felons — all ineligible to vote — who had voted in the Franken-Coleman race.

    Minnesota Majority took the information to prosecutors across the state, many of whom showed no interest in pursuing it. But Minnesota law requires authorities to investigate such leads. And so far, Fund and von Spakovsky report, 177 people have been convicted — not just accused, but convicted — of voting fraudulently in the Senate race. Another 66 are awaiting trial. “The numbers aren’t greater,” the authors say, “because the standard for convicting someone of voter fraud in Minnesota is that they must have been both ineligible, and ‘knowingly’ voted unlawfully.” The accused can get off by claiming not to have known they did anything wrong.

    Still, that’s a total of 243 people either convicted of voter fraud or awaiting trial in an election that was decided by 312 votes. With 1,099 examples identified by Minnesota Majority, and with evidence suggesting that felons, when they do vote, strongly favor Democrats, it doesn’t require a leap to suggest there might one day be proof that Al Franken was elected on the strength of voter fraud.

    And that’s just the question of voting by felons. Minnesota Majority also found all sorts of other irregularities that cast further doubt on the Senate results.

    The election was particularly important because Franken’s victory gave Senate Democrats a 60th vote in favor of President Obama’s national health care proposal — the deciding vote to overcome a Republican filibuster. If Coleman had kept his seat, there would have been no 60th vote, and no Obamacare.

    Voter fraud matters when contests are close. When an election is decided by a huge margin, no one can plausibly claim fraud made the difference. But the Minnesota race was excruciatingly close. And then, in the Obamacare debate, Democrats could not afford to lose even a single vote. So if there were any case that demonstrates that voter fraud both exists and has real consequences, it is Minnesota 2008.

    Yet Democrats across the country continue to downplay the importance of the issue. Last year, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, denounced “the gauzy accusation that voter fraud is somehow a problem, when over and over again it has been proven that you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than you are to [be] a victim of voter fraud.”

    Wasserman Shultz and her fellow Democrats are doing everything they can to stop reasonable anti-fraud measures, like removing ineligible voters from the rolls and voter ID. Through it all, they maintain they are simply defending our most fundamental right, the right to vote.

    But voter fraud involves that right, too. “When voters are disenfranchised by the counting of improperly cast ballots or outright fraud, their civil rights are violated just as surely as if they were prevented from voting,” write Fund and von Spakovsky. “The integrity of the ballot box is just as important to the credibility of elections as access to it.”

    Vote fraud Debbie defends groper Franken.

  43. Crimes such as election fraud, intimidation and actual violence committed by their followers against conservatives and those who disagree with them are rationalized by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her fellow leftists as acceptable because they serve to advance their goal of turning the US into a socialist state.

  44. This is how Billionaires suck more billions from the taxpayer:

    AMAZONOPOLY: Jeff Bezos May Be About To Control $53 Billion In Federal Government Spending

    Jeff Bezos spends a lot of time directing the newspaper he owns, The Washington Post, to criticize President Donald Trump in every way imaginable. But for some reason, the federal government cannot stop giving Amazon — the retail empire Bezos also owns — a slew of taxpayer-subsidized subsidies. Now, Congress is considering a new federal purchasing plan that could result in Amazon’s most lucrative government handout yet.

    The technology giant is no stranger to sweetheart deals that line its pockets at taxpayer expense. The U.S. Postal Service, for instance — which has lost $60 billion since 2007 — handles last-mile shipping for two-thirds of Amazon’s deliveries. This means overtime for workers and a good incoming revenue number on the USPS’s balance sheet, but it’s a financial bonanza for Amazon.

    According to media reports, USPS delivers Amazon packages for $2 per package — even though it costs USPS $3.46 per package to make these deliveries. And that’s before you get into the $200 million three years ago for 270,000 handheld scanners to process the packages or the $5 billion or more to replace USPS vehicles with ones better suited to carry Amazon’s packages.

    But even this cozy arrangement pales in comparison to the deal Amazon is now trying to push through Congress.

    Buried deep in this year’s defense spending bill is a provision that would move Defense Department purchases of commercial off-the-shelf products to online marketplaces.

    A summary of the proposal, which was inserted into the legislation by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, argues it is needed to save money over the burdensome and expensive current system.

    It pointed to a report from the Inspector General of the Government Services Administration that found some IT equipment could be purchased more cheaply on the open market than through the GSA’s “schedules.”

    In response, the plan calls for developing an online marketplace platform through which federal agencies can buy products such as paper clips, bottled water, computers, office furniture and more — just as any business would do.

    But it also calls for this platform to be designed to “enable government-wide use of such marketplaces.” This means the government is looking only for a procurement and supply management firm big enough to offer multiple suppliers for the same product with constantly changing selection and prices and serve the entire U.S. government.

    That leaves just one likely possibility — Amazon Business — for basically monopoly control of $53 billion in federal purchasing, much of the supplies for which comes from no-bid contracts.

    Amazon provides a platform for e-companies to sell through to their own customers. It receives 15 percent to 20 percent of the proceeds from such sales, which means a huge revenue stream for Amazon for doing basically nothing while vendors are forced to cough up as much as half their margin.

    A government deal with Amazon sets up opportunities for abuse, not to mention control over suppliers. Amazon would get to collect an enormous amount of data on agencies, which could be used to identify top competitors and drive them out of the federal marketplace with increased fees or other rules changes.

    And it means any discounts that can be negotiated for the bulk rates of purchasing the federal government does would flow not to the government and taxpayers — but instead into Amazon’s pocket.

    Amazon Business, which only started in 2015, already has 1 million customers and $1 billion in sales, and its revenues grew 34 percent in the last year. Adding federal procurement would effectively drive out all competitors for its business service.

    It already is moving into position to do this at the local level. In January, Amazon signed a contract with U.S. Communities, a coalition of 90,000 local governments, to provide them with an online marketplace for office supplies and other goods.

    The fate of the proposal is unknown. It is in the House version of the defense spending bill but not that of the Senate. This will be resolved in a conference committee, and one solution is to try it as a pilot project before committing the entire government to it.

    There certainly ought to be a breathing period before yet another government agency signs yet another deal to use tax dollars to further enrich one of the richest men on the planet.

    It’s beginning to get suspicious.

  45. WTF

    Meanwhile, Trump’s nominee to lead DHS, Kirstjen Nielsen, has confirmed that she will proactively work with members of Congress to help push an amnesty for DACA illegal aliens, despite the potential 9.9 million to 19 million chain migration that could follow such a decision and the negative impact it would have on America’s working and middle classes.

  46. In reference to post November 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    The more I read the way Bezos is looting the nation and using that wealth to loot some more, the madder I get. He uses money he is looting to attack our POTUS and I sure hope Trump is paying attention to this as deals with him like he has been dealing with our trade agreements.

    Get Bezos off of corporate welfare.

  47. Aww- Shaddap!

    Talk to your wife… You were NOT her political model.
    Hillary wanted more Obama corru[tion also for the US to give up it’s sovereignty, double Obama’s immigration policies and called half the nation’s voters ‘deplorable’s’!

    We said:
    Who the Hell do you think YOU are?
    You are unfit for the US presidency…. goodbye!

    Hello President Trump… MAGA

  48. Franken refuses to step down

    Here’s the number to Franken’s St. Paul office: 651-221-1016. Call and let them know what you think of creepy Al.

  49. The issue is immigration. Lovin’ it:

    Merkel fourth term in doubt as German coalition talks fail

    BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday her efforts to form a three-way coalition government had failed, thrusting Germany into a political crisis and pushing Europe’s largest economy closer to a possible new election.

    The pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) unexpectedly pulled out of more than four weeks of negotiations with Merkel’s conservative bloc and the ecologist Greens, citing irreconcilable differences.

    The euro hit a two-month low against the yen soon after FDP leader Christian Lindner said on Sunday that his party was withdrawing from the talks as the three would-be partners could not find common ground on key issues.

    A tired looking Merkel said she would stay on as acting chancellor and would consult with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on how to move forward, adding that a deal had been within reach.

    “It is a day of deep reflection on how to go forward in Germany,” Merkel told reporters. “As chancellor, I will do everything to ensure that this country is well managed in the difficult weeks to come.”

    It was a sobering moment in the career of a woman who during 12 years in power became a symbol of stability, leading the euro zone during the debt crisis and seeking compromise within the European Union on a deal with Turkey to stem migrant arrivals.

    Merkel was weakened after a September election as voters angry with her decision in 2015 to open Germany’s borders to more than a million asylum seekers punished her conservatives by voting for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) far-right party.

    The break down of the talks leaves Germany with two unprecedented options in the post-World War Two era: Merkel forms a minority government, or the president calls a new election if no government is formed.

    The center-left Social Democrats (SPD), Merkel’s current coalition partners who were the second-biggest party in the election, have ruled out a repeat of an alliance with her conservatives, who won the vote but were left with fewer seats.

    There is little appetite for a new election, especially as the main parties fear that the AfD would win more than the almost 13 percent of votes it secured to enter parliament for the first time as the third-biggest party. [snip]

    Immigration was the main sticking point in the negotiations. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Christian Social Union (CSU) Bavarian allies had demanded a yearly cap on the number of asylum seeker that Germany accepts each year, a measure rejected by the Greens.

    There was also discord over conservative proposals to limit the right of some accepted asylum seekers to bring in immediate family members. Merkel said a compromise with the Greens on immigration had also been possible.

    Government spending, tax cuts and climate policy had also been sticking points.

    “Today there was no progress but rather there were setbacks because specific compromises were questioned,” the FDP’s Lindner said. “It is better not to rule than to rule the wrong way. Goodbye!

    Wunderbar! Ausgezeichnet!

  50. Et tu . . . THRUSH.

    Politico made you a super star

    NYT made you a saint.

    And now this?

    Your bitter partisanship, malignant gossip, and pork pie hat persona not shelter you from the coming storm.

    I have it on good authority that you purloined that hat from the estate of Clark Gable who epitomized the hard nosed blue color journalists who once decorated the environs of Herald Square, until over educated fools, spelled c-e-l-e-b-r-i-t-y pushed them out the door, because they did not go to Harvard.

    But speaking as someone not a fan let me offer this obituary.

    TRUSH . . we always knew ye . . for the low life cocksucker you are.

    Which makes you indistinguishable from the rest of big media.

    On that night five years ago, I joined Thrush and a handful of other reporters for a few rounds at the Continental, a Politico hangout in Rosslyn, Virginia. At first, nothing seemed strange, until the crowd had dwindled down to Thrush, me, and one other female colleague.

    Thrush tossed a $20 bill at her and told her to take a cab and leave us, “the grown-ups,” alone. He slid into my side of the booth, blocking me in. I was wearing a skirt, and he put his hand on my thigh. He started kissing me. I pulled myself together and got out of there, shoving him on my way out.

    In the morning, Thrush sent me an apologetic email. I didn’t save it, but I recall it as similar to the one he would later send to Padró Ocasio’s friend in June. He said he was sorry, but he didn’t say for what, exactly.

    A few hours later, I saw him in deep conversation with a number of men I worked with. My gut told me something was up. I worried he was covering his tracks by spreading a rosy version of the night. As many people told me in the course of reporting this story, Thrush is a talker — or, as many put it, “a bullshitter.” He likes to hear gossip, and he likes to spread it.

    Gradually, things in the office started to change for me. Certain men in the newsroom, I thought, started to look at me differently. Some of their comments seemed a bit too familiar or were outright offensive. I had a nagging sense that I just wasn’t as respected as I used to be.

  51. The above vignette did my heart good.

    Yes, these are bad people, I get that part.

    But the good news, gleaned from this article is this:

    As much as people of common sense hate these phonies.

    It turns out they hate each other even more.

    Its an ill wind that does not bring with it some good news.

    So fuck you Trush.

    Maybe you, Halperin, and the Fusion writers from WSJ who published the dirty dossier can go into business together.

    There is, after all, an insatiable appetite for bad fiction, in the deep state.

  52. Fortunately, not everyone succumbs to the group think and Trump hate that permeates big media. Some manage to rise above it. Who for instance? Why Andrea of course. She like a mini-pterodactyl she manages to fly from tree to tree and cocktail part with the green wennie, aka mr. irrational exuberance in tow. The only question is have is, is Andrea pulling him, or is she trying to get away. When Kim Jong Ill took a wife, so wag asked why are all the good ones taken. When I watch Andrea in action, I ask myself that same question.

  53. gonzotx – I don’t know. But in searching, I found these links that may not do much to quash your unease, or my surprise.

    The White House held a fancy party for its new DHS nominee, then sent the agency the bill
    The White House nominated a new head to the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that secures US borders and handles natural disasters, with unusual fanfare. “It’s hard to imagine a more qualified candidate for this critical position,” Donald Trump said about Kirstjen Nielsen during a glitzy ceremony in the East room the afternoon of Oct. 12.
    The room was packed, video of the event shows—members of Trump’s cabinet, high-ranking officials from the DHS, and lobbyists filled rows of chairs and lined the walls. After a brief speech by Trump and Nielsen, the crowd gave her a standing ovation, than gathered for cocktails as a band played under the room’s ornate chandeliers SNIP Nielsen’s nomination surprised top officials at the DHS, because she doesn’t have a loyal following within the over 200,000 strong organization, and no experience managing a large agency. The lobbyist-studded party, and the related bill, were seen as a further affront…..

    and transcript of PDT remarks

  54. Lois Lerner Wants Her IRS Testimony Permanently Sealed – Fears Public Outrage

    Lois Lerner never went to jail for the IRS targeting of Conservative groups. She even managed to retire and keep her pension. Now she wants her testimony on the case sealed too?

    The Washington Times reports:
    Lerner, Paz say they fear physical harm from enraged public, want IRS testimony sealed permanently

    Former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court last week that members of her family, including “young kids,” face death threats and a real risk of physical harm if her explanation of the tea party targeting scandal becomes public.

    Ms. Lerner and Holly Paz, her deputy at the IRS, filed documents in court Thursday saying tapes and transcripts of depositions they gave in a court case this year must remain sealed in perpetuity, or else they could spur an enraged public to retaliate.

    “Whenever Mss. Lerner and Paz have been in the media spotlight, they have faced death threats and harassment,” attorneys for the two women argued.

    Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz gave taped depositions in a class-action lawsuit brought by tea party groups demanding answers and compensation for having been subjected to illegal targeting for their political beliefs…

    “Four years of harassing innocent American citizens for their political beliefs, and she’s scared of a guy in a cowboy hat talking to a bunch of little old ladies at a tea party event?” he said, recounting the speech where he called IRS agents “thugs.”

    She’s lucky she’s not in jail!

  55. The liberal cover up and tepid apologies of the alleged offenders is repugnant. The libs demanded any conservative who even remotely was accused of sexual misconduct to resign, tarnished their reputation, and boycotted their sponsors, but give these guys a pass and say we are undergoing a “national learning experience”. Hypocrites and quite frankly very sick people in power on the left (and right).

  56. “what do you say when someone that you deeply care about, i.e. has done something that is so horrible? How do you wrap your brain around that? I’m really grappling with that.—a CBS who co-hosted that clap trap morning show, featuring that guilt ridden white boy and condescending liberal icon. To repeat: what-do-you-say?”
    1. I never knew—because if I did I am an enabler.

    2. There, but for the grace of the deep state, goeth I.

    3. Sorry Charley, like the old tuna commercial.

    4. Ichabod Crane Rose will soon be a headless horseman.

  57. Charlie Rose in the great altogether . . . that is a horror show, worthy a sequel featuring St. Harvey in the great altogether.

    Chaaaley, get a good lawyer and hunker down.

    Re-dedicate yourself to the legacy of Martin Luther King, which brought you to Washington in the first place.

    That and your sanctimonious nature.

    Your moral compass is spinning.

    Time to go into rehab, and rebox the compass.

    If you go into re hab then you will meet other interesting people like Harvey, CK, Halperin, and last but not least, that legendary reporter and all around schmuck– Thrush!

  58. Why (Saint) Harvey matters . . . .

    “In the unending exposes of financial, moral and sexual turpitude we are witnessing a similar humiliation of a ruling elite. The critical role played by prestige in upholding the current status quo was no less important for the Western elite than it was for the old District Commissioners (in the British Empire upon which the sun never set–my note).

    Not so very long ago the elites were accepted as woke, part of the mission civilisatrice;

    better educated (Harvard)

    better looking (Andrea Mitchell)

    better dressed (Rat boy Chuck Todd in a tux)

    destined to greater things . . .

    the smartest people in the room (Obama with his 130 IQ)

    ergo, feted to rule the world (my note, yet again)

    They (these demigods, again my note):

    could pronounce (pontificate, my note) on matters of morality, politics and even the climate.

    What a shock it was to find through the Internet and social media it was all a sham; and these gods of Washington and Hollywood and the media were deeply flawed and despicable people. . . . .”

  59. The too the manor borne arrogance of our ruling elites was captured as well in the speech that appears in Shakespeare’s play Richard II. Only it is not the nation state, but the davos mindset that infects our elites:

    This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
    This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
    This other Eden, demi-paradise,
    This fortress built by Nature for herself
    Against infection and the hand of war,
    This happy breed of men, this little world,
    This precious stone set in the silver sea,
    Which serves it in the office of a wall
    Or as a moat defensive to a house,
    Against the envy of less happier lands,
    This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. (Harvard)

  60. Quo vadis: where do we go from here?

    Apres St Harvey, le deluge???

    Not exactly . . .

    “Prestige as an instrument of governance is probably dead until we either resuscitate privacy or — as seems more likely — destroy it altogether. Then it can be awarded to some enterprising soul who like the fictional Truman Burbank of the Truman Show, consents to live out his life before thousands of hidden cameras, obeying every conceivable politically correct edict so as never to give offense. But prestige purchased at such a cost will not be worth the price.

    The alternative to prestige is to live under shorter-lived ruling classes and more rapidly changing narrative arcs. Ironically this concept enjoyed a vogue in the 18th and 19th century under such concepts as term limits, rotation in office and amateur democracy. Not until 150 years ago did the professionals start to take over. “The practice of nomination rotation for the House of Representatives began to decline after the Civil War. It took a generation or so before the direct primary system, civil service reforms, and the ethic of professionalism worked to eliminate rotation in office as a common political practice. By the turn of the 20th century the era of incumbency was coming into full swing.”

    Now with the decline of prestige leadership the time for amateur hour may be here again. As late as July, 2017 Vox could still write with confidence that “political amateurs are a threat to democracy. What we need is more expertise and experience, not less.” Today that advice seems doubtful. Now that we know the kind of experience our betters actually possess, maybe we can do with less.”


  61. Charlie Rose, a sainted figure of the left, is one sick puppy.

    However, he is not alone, and Roger Simon explains why this is:

    “What accounts for these decades of liberals and progressives systemically ignoring an epidemic of closet misogyny, ironically often abetted by their female “gal travelers,” including, of course, Hillary and her Girl Friday-Saturday-Sunday-and-Monday Huma Abedin (talk about enablers)?

    Heavy Metal World Braces for Next Round of Sex Scandal Revelations
    The answer may be simply this. Liberalism does not exist. Not in a real way, anyway. There’s no there there anymore. Or not much of a there. All that is left is identity politics.

    And the greatest identity group of all is, of course, women.

    But since women are defined as a group — not individual human beings subject to assaults from rape to groping — they only have to be addressed as a group. All that need to be made are “fervent” proclamations in favor of women’s rights. Then you — Ted Kennedy, Charlie Rose, etc. — can do what you wish privately. You are entitled.

    In essence, liberalism is a charade. Only the surface counts. The reality is immaterial. You are what you say you are, not what you do. Even if that reality turns out to be the reverse of what you said it would be, or even causes a catastrophe, personal or political, it doesn’t matter. You already said the “right thing.” You’re one of the good guys.

    Consequently, liberalism — as practiced in this country, not in the classical sense — is little more than a power grab. And that power grab has a subtle, and extremely dark, relationship to sexual assault. In almost all cases, what we’re seeing in this current round of revelations are not expressions of love but assertions of power. (Al Franken puts his hand on a woman’s buttocks in front of her husband. Kevin Spacey gropes Richard Dreyfuss’ son when Richard isn’t looking.) That this activity predominates in politics, Hollywood, and the media makes unfortunate sense.

    Further, that concept of saying you’re for women’s rights, even if it’s not reflected in your actions, is a form of self-hypnosis. It does strange things to the mind at the same time as it’s a lie to the public. The self becomes corrupted. You are unable to cope with criticism because those critiques are seen as an attack on who you are, on your very makeup. This psychopathology is reflected in the apologia posted today by Charlie Rose on Twitter immediately after the newsman’s outing as a predator by eight women. (As many of you know by now, CBS and PBS then immediately suspended and dropped Rose. Any bets on how long those networks actually knew about his proclivities? Years, I’d wager.) Anyway, read the apology, if you already haven’t.

    View image on Twitter
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    Charlie Rose

    My statement in full.
    6:06 PM – Nov 20, 2017
    3,703 3,703 Replies 2,973 2,973 Retweets 4,471 4,471 likes
    Twitter Ads info and privacy

    The egotistical entitlement inherent in the statement “I always thought that I was pursuing shared feelings…” is astonishing. (All eight women? See what I mean about self-hypnosis?) The last paragraph, in which he includes all of us in his problem (“All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of pain caused by conduct in the past…”), is an attempt to fob off the blame for what he did on the rest of us.

    What moral narcissism! Only a couple of weeks ago Rose was inveighing against the other newl -unmasked sexual predators, as was Al Franken. There’s a lesson in that. Beware most of all those who pompously tell us how to live. It’s usually a dead giveaway. Call it the Jimmy Swaggart-Elmer Gantry syndrome. Something’s up behind the scenes. Rose and Franken are guilty of that, in the secular sense, as is and was, to be honest, Judge Moore, in the religious sense. For that reason, among others, I have to say I suspect Moore’s accusers are truthful as well. I wish Trump had cut him loose.

    But most of all, I wish I were still writing my book on moral narcissism. What’s happening now is the material of a lifetime.

    Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His latest book is I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already.

  62. The Left can’t forgive these perverts fast enough and move on. Some will fall by the wayside, but not many, as they circle their wagons and protect their own I am afraid Wbb.

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