Let Trump Be Trump: The New Book On Trump

Update: Ladies and Gentlemen, a leader:

President Donald J. Trump is demonstrating to friends and foes alike that he will keep his word. Those who hate President Trump such as certain leaders in the Middle East should both fear and rejoice in the fact that President Trump keeps his word. Fear President Trump because he says and does what he means. Rejoice in President Trump because he keeps his word and therefore is someone you can make a deal with and be sure he will keep his word.

Liars like Diane Feinstein today attack President Trump for keeping his word. But as the Washington Free Beacon notes, it was Senator Feinstein that negotiated years ago to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Feinstein lobbied and voted for the legislation which passed the congress in an overwhelming vote. Feinstein and Obama Dimocrats lied about moving the embassy for decades. President Trump keeps his word.

President Trump understands that change is required from failed policies of the past. President Trump keeps his word.


There are massive Trump earthquakes, Trumpquakes. There are TrumpNados. There is the Trump vortex. There are Trump storms. All these political weather phenomena were easy to predict, as we did, and future ones even easier to forecast as we exit the first ten months of the Trump presidency.

Think about it. It’s not been an entire year yet. It’s only a little over ten months ago that President Trump was inaugurated. Yet every day, in between Trumpquakes, TrumpNados, and vortex, there are the Trump storms. All can be better understood by reading a new insider account about the Donald J. Trump campaign written by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. We’ll discuss the book below and the implications of what can be learned by reading it. First some TrumpStorms.

The Trump storms? We define these as less than quakes and nados but still significant events. In other words, for every Hurricane Irma there are snow storms or rain storms that can flood cities or bring avalanches of either mud or snow. President Trump is constantly churning storms. Some Trump storms are missed because of the little attention paid to them by Big Media or quickly cast aside due to the massive Trumpquakes or TrumpNados that gather all the attention.

TrumpStorms? Consider, President Trump today overturned Obama’s collusion with the United Nations as President Trump pulled the United States out of a global migration and refugee pact that was to lead to a bigger and uglier “Global Compact for Migration“. This will be little noticed but obviously will have a great many implications for “America First”.

TrumpStorms? Consider, this morning President Trump traveled to Utah to overturn Obama’s massive overreach in declaring millions of acres (3.6 million acres, larger than Connecticut) as “national monuments”. Citizens of Utah hated Obama’s grab so President Trump will reduce the size of the “monuments” (as 18 previous Presidents have reduced such sites) to a more rational size. President Trump told Utah Senator Hatch, “I’m approving the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase recommendation for you, Orrin.” Trump is so nice, isn’t he?

But hold on there pardner. If you think that President Trump travels across the country to just shrink some national monuments you have another thing to think about. President Trump in this trip also seeks to shrink that varmint Mitt Romney.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney wants to replace Senator Hatch as the carpetbagger who returns to carpetbag Utah so Romney wants Hatch to retire. President Trump is squashing Romney the varmint. Senator Hatch will accompany President Trump in the round trip flight. President Trump will sweet talk Senator Hatch into staying. Sidewinder Romney knows this Utah trip is designed to roll over him so varmint Romney says he is too busy elsewhere to attend the rally with President Trump and Senator Hatch. Trump is so smart, isn’t he?

TrumpStorms? Before President Trump left for Utah, he slapped the F.B.I. and Special Persecutor Mueller by implication. This TrumpStorm has sired other TrumpStorms. First there was the revelation that the F.B.I. agent in the Hillary Clinton email investigation hates Trump. We now know this because Agent Peter Strzok was having an affair with an F.B.I. lawyer and the I.G. at the D.O.J. got wind of the relationship and the whole story blew up so fast and furious that Mueller had to get rid of Strzok in order to try to hide the damage to the F.B.I. and the Mueller persecution. These revelations perhaps explain why the DOJ and the FBI did not respond to letters from the House and Senate investigation committees sent months ago which touched on this Strzok creep.

President Trump left for Utah but he first slapped at the F.B.I. which is in “tatters” because of all the Comey corruption. It didn’t take long for Comey and Eric Holder, who was the AG held to be in contempt of congress, to attack President Trump for his attack against the swamp monsters at the F.B.I. and D.O.J. It’s a laughable spectacle. The Mueller investigation has been trumped and in need of investigation.

Byron York surmises that the entirety of the Mueller persecution is reduced like burned soup to the unconstitutional Logan Act and that the Logan Act was the pretext used by Obama henchmen to try to undermine President Trump. At USAToday James Robbins thinks it is all about Obama’s plans to destroy Israel and how President-Elect Donald J. Trump wisely blocked Obama. Classic Liberal Alan Dershowitz agrees it is about Israel and mocks the notion from that idiot Feinstein that President Trump is in any way involved in “obstruction of justice”.

Very smart former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy however warns about why the “collusion” investigation is entirely over and that Mueller’s investigation is an impeachment attempt. Yup, Mueller is betting on the “obstruction of justice” mishmash that Alan Dershowitz mocks. McCarthy thinks the obstruction of justice angle is fatally flawed as a legal theory. McCarthy warns though that this is all about Mueller wanting to set up a case for impeachment. We don’t doubt McCarthy is correct. Therefore, our kudos to J.J. Sefton for coining the moniker “Flynn-flam Men”.

McCarthy does say one thing we consider dumb. Just plain dumb. But that is because McCarthy is a lawyer. We hear this argument repeated repeatedly, mainly by lawyers and people who have never been involved inside a political campaign. The argument is that President Trump does himself harm with his tweeting and commenting on this legal case. We entirely disagree.

Why is President Trump smart and the smart Andrew McCarthy dumb (along with all the others who say the same thing)? Because from our personal experience when it comes to governmental scandals we can say one thing beyond doubt: THE POLITICAL TRUMPS THE LEGAL.

Any politician under investigation or involved in a scandal should worry first and foremost about the political base. As long as your political base remains on your side it does not matter what happens in the legal realm. Bill Clinton was impeached and had all sorts of legal troubles but his political base remained firm and the impeachment failed and Bill Clinton left office with super high approval ratings. Remember Senator Vitter? He had sex with prostitutes and diapers were involved and his wife had attacked Hillary Clinton for staying with Bill and Vitter’s wife said she would get rid of her husband if he ever engaged in sexual hijinks. When it was discovered diaper boy Vitter paid prostitutes the wife still stayed with him and Vitter fought on to election victory. Remember Judge Roy Moore who was left for dead a short while ago? President Trump endorsed Moore today and Moore is likely headed to the senate. The political always trumps the legal. Keep your base and you keep your job.

Which brings us to the book about the campaign to make Donald J. Trump President Donald J. Trump.

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The new book on the Trump presidential campaign “Let Trump Be Trump” is written by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. Big Media will excerpt all the bits they presume to be ugly and ignore all the lessons of what a brilliant campaign Donald J. Trump waged.

Big Media’s Washington Post breathlessly reports that the billionaire candidate loves McDonald’s. Bill Clinton loved McDonald’s too. But we are supposed to be shocked that the everyday billionaire devours “two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted” for dinner on his big fabulous plane Trump Force One.

The Washington Post is likewise shocked that the music of Elton John blares loudly on the plane so that staffers “can’t hear themselves think.” Great shock erupts from the Post as it is discovered that time miser Trump likes his clothes steamed while he is still wearing them. The Post calls these “surreal examples” instead of the routine time management and typical crazy of a campaign.

The Washington Post is apoplectic by what we find most wonderful. It seems that Trump screams a lot. “Trump screams at his top aides, who are subjected to expletive-filled tirades in which they get their “face ripped off.’”

It somehow does not register with the Post that Trump won the election. Trump won because he and only he was in charge of his campaign. Compare and contrast that method of operation to the losing campaign and figure out “what happened” and why Trump deserved to win and why Hillary deserved to lose.

Trump won because he did not make decisions by committee. Trump led. Trump decided. Trump managed. Trump did it all. All the aides that worked for Donald J. Trump knew without any doubt who was in charge:

“Sooner or later, everybody who works for Donald Trump will see a side of him that makes you wonder why you took a job with him in the first place,” the authors wrote. “His wrath is never intended as any personal offense, but sometimes it can be hard not to take it that way. The mode that he switches into when things aren’t going his way can feel like an all-out assault; it’d break most hardened men and women into little pieces.”

The authors “both had moments where they wanted to parachute off Trump Force One,” but they said they got used to it. [snip]

In a section of the book written by Lewandowski, Trump is described as flying on his helicopter when he learns that Manafort has said “Trump shouldn’t be on television anymore, that he shouldn’t be on the Sunday shows” and that Manafort should appear instead. Trump was angrier than Lewandowski had ever seen him, ordering the pilot to lower the altitude so he could make a cellphone call.

“Did you say I shouldn’t be on TV on Sunday? I’ll go on TV anytime I g–dam f—ing want and you won’t say another f—ing word about me!” Trump yelled at Manafort, according to Lewandowski. “Tone it down? I wanna turn it up! . . . You’re a political pro? Let me tell you something. I’m a pro at life. I’ve been around a time or two. I know guys like you, with your hair and skin . . .”

Lewandowski called it “one of the greatest takedowns in the history of the world.”

Tone it down? I wanna turn it up! . . . You work for Trump, chumps. It’s not the other way around like with other candidates. Trump is in charge. Trump prevailed because of this attitude to get the job done. If you are sick, what matters is the mission, so if you have to, get off the plane. If you are not ready to rock when Trump climbs on board the plane then you get left behind because what matters is the mission. The mission was to get elected. Trump told The Swamp he could not and would not be stopped:

The authors wrote that as panic ensued among some Republicans, the party’s national chairman, Reince Priebus, decided not to show up at a New York City meeting. Bannon called Priebus, asking, “Where the hell are you?”

“I got off the train in Newark,” Priebus responded, according to the book. “I’m going to turn around.” The book notes that Priebus has said he always intended to come to the meeting.

As Bannon tried to convince him that everything was all right, Priebus said that Republicans were abandoning the candidate. “It’s horrible . . . people are dropping like flies,” Priebus said, according to the book. Once he arrived at the meeting, Priebus said that Trump would either “lose the biggest electoral landslide in American history” or should drop out of the race.

“First of all,” Trump responded, according to the book, “I’m going to win. And second, if the Republican Party is going to run away from me, then I will take you all down with me. But I’m not going to lose.”

Trump was not going to lose. Why? Because TRUMP was not going to lose. It wasn’t the aides, it wasn’t the organization, it wasn’t the money, it wasn’t the plane. It was Trump. Trump was not going to lose.

Trump won. Why? Because we let Trump be Trump. Not a committee. Let Trump be Trump.


120 thoughts on “Let Trump Be Trump: The New Book On Trump

  1. Disgusting!


    Puerto Rico gives out $100 million in bonuses after pleading for $94 billion in hurricane relief

    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello Nevares last month asked federal taxpayers to shell out $94 billion to pay for the territory’s recovery from Hurricane Maria — then turned around and paid out about $100 million in Christmas bonuses to island government employees.

    The governor’s aides say the bonuses are a longstanding tradition and part of the law, and were planned for in the budget approved last summer.

    But that budget came well before Hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, leaving much of the territory in ruin and leaving the government begging for federal assistance.

    The island’s financial oversight board, created by Congress as part of a deal to bail the government out of a potential debt default last year, called the payments “imprudent” and said the hurricanes should have forced the governor to rethink his decisions.

    And the payments could dent Mr. Rossello Nevares’ efforts to get Capitol Hill to pony up for the recovery, where the $94 billion price tag the island has set is already meeting with shock.

  2. Wbboei, thanks for the legal analysis from Simon and McCarthy. It’s spot on.

    Here’s more:


    Anti-Trump Text Messages Show Pattern Of Bias On Mueller’s Team

    For nearly four months, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, the Justice Department and the FBI have kept secret the fact that the FBI agent who oversaw the Russia investigation exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages with an FBI attorney who was also his mistress.

    Those messages, the existence of which were revealed in bombshell reports published over the weekend, highlight a pattern of the Mueller team.

    Many of Mueller’s prosecutors — it has been extensively reported — have made campaign contributions to Clinton and other Democratic political candidates. And a review by The Daily Caller shows that Mueller lawyers involved in the cases against four Trump associates are Democratic donors.

    But Peter Strzok’s text messages — which he exchanged with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who worked briefly on the Russia investigation — are perhaps the most significant evidence of anti-Trump bias uncovered so far on the Mueller team.

    The discovery could also undermine the integrity of Mueller’s expansive investigation. That’s because Strzok is the FBI agent picked in July 2016 to supervise the then-fledgling investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

    Strzok’s central role in the probe is already raising questions about how and why the collusion investigation was opened in the first place.

    Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser targeted in the early stages of the investigation, told TheDC on Sunday that he is “curious…whether [Strzok’s] fingerprints” are on a secret surveillance warrant taken out against him in Sept. 2016, just after he left the Trump team. [snip]

    Strzok’s departure from Mueller’s squad, reported in August, puzzled reporters covering the Russia investigation beat.

    Mueller’s press shop refused to provide an explanation for the move, characterizing it only as a personnel move. Congress was also kept in the dark. Requests for interviews with Strzok pushed by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes were rejected by DOJ and FBI officials for months.

    Saturday’s report of Strzok’s text messages caught Nunes by surprise. The Republican issued a statement blasting the FBI and DOJ for “hiding” information and “stonewalling” congressional inquiries.

    Nunes also questioned whether Strzok handled the dossier.

    This is part of a months-long pattern by the DOJ and FBI of stonewalling and obstructing this Committee’s oversight work, particularly oversight of their use of the Steele dossier,” Nunes said in a statement on Saturday.

    Strzok’s text messages with Page, his mistress, were first discovered by the Justice Department’s inspector general as part of an investigation that has been conducting into the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.

    Strzok, a former Army officer, was the lead FBI investigator on that inquiry, too. He conducted the July 2, 2016, interview with Clinton herself. He was attended by David Laufman, a Justice Department lawyer and Obama donor.

    Strzok was also one of a handful of top FBI officials who was asked to review a rough draft of remarks that Comey planned to make in the Clinton case. Comey circulated the rough draft in May 2016.

    Republican lawmakers have seized on the draft of the so-called “exoneration” statement because it suggests that Comey had already reached a decision about the Clinton investigation before all witnesses — including Clinton — had been interviewed.

    Comey cleared Clinton of any charges in a public statement given on July 5, 2016.

    According to The New York Times and Washington Post, Strzok and Page, the FBI lawyer, exchanged their anti-Trump and pro-Clinton texts in the context of news events during the presidential campaign.

    It’s still unclear what exactly was discussed, but the messages are not the only evidence of Strzok’s link to politically-charged rhetoric. The demoted agent’s wife also appears to have deep pro-Clinton sentiments.

    A Facebook account that appears to be operated by Melissa Hodgman, a top lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission who married Strzok in 1994, shows membership in several pro-Clinton and pro-Obama Facebook groups.

    “Democrats for a Blue America” and “Thank You Obama” are two of the groups Hodgman supports. She is also a follower of a page called “We Voted for Hillary.”

    Hodgman did not respond to emails from The Daily Caller seeking comment about her involvement with the groups.

    Another unanswered mystery in the text message scandal is why Strzok’s politically-biased comments would be so problematic for Mueller given that many of the lawyers working under him have showed their political leanings in other ways.

    At least nine of Mueller’s prosecutors have donated to Democratic political candidates. And all of the legal actions taken so far in Mueller’s investigation have involved pro-Democrat prosecutors.

    The lawyers working the money laundering case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate, Rick Gates, have donated to Obama’s presidential campaigns.

    Andrew Weissmann, a veteran Justice Department prosecutor, gave $2,300 to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He donated $2,000 to the DNC in 2006. Andrew Goldstein, who is working the case with Weissmann, contributed $3,300 to Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012.

    One of the attorneys handling the case against former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos has also contributed heavily to Democrats.

    Jeannie Rhee, who served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama administration, contributed $5,400 to Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 cycle. She also contributed $7,300 to Obama’s presidential campaigns. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about contacts he had with Russians during the campaign.

    A former partner at Mueller’s old law firm, Wilmer Hale, Rhee has also represented Clinton and her family charity the Clinton Foundation in a 2015 lawsuit seeking access to the former secretary of state’s personal emails.

    Brandon Van Grack, one of the lawyers who secured a guilty plea against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, has also donated to Obama. A national security prosecutor with the DOJ, Van Grack contributed around $300 to Obama’s 2008 campaign.

  3. Winning! 7-2 vote. Supreme Court lets Trump be Trump on his travel ban.


    Supreme Court allows President Trump’s travel ban to go fully into effect

    The Supreme Court is allowing President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations to go into effect.
    Two of the nine justices — Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor — dissented.
    The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

    The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.

    The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September.

    The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded.

    Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would have left the lower court orders in place.

    The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, will be holding arguments on the legality of the ban this week.
    Both courts are dealing with the issue on an accelerated basis, and the Supreme Court noted it expects those courts to reach decisions “with appropriate dispatch.”

    Quick resolution by appellate courts would allow the Supreme Court to hear and decide the issue this term, by the end of June.

  4. Admin, this post feels nearly as good as ElectionNight 2016 did!, so magnanimous regards are in order for Big Pink.

  5. He got tax reform and travel ban….good week except Nasdaq tanked today….next stop North Korea? Iran? Fire Mueller?

  6. Football too:


    Ravens, NFL scramble as fans stay home

    It seems paradoxical: The Ravens, who have sold out every home game since they arrived in Baltimore in 1996, are advertising tickets for Sunday’s contest at M&T Bank Stadium.

    But this is where the Ravens find themselves in 2017: Contemplating the prospect of empty seats, and appealing to fans to “Win Together. Purchase your tickets today!” even as the team is contending for what would be its first playoff berth since 2014.

    Thousands of fans are trying to resell their tickets to the sold-out game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at 71,000-seat M&T Bank Stadium via Ticketmaster, the team’s official resale outlet, or StubHub. Seats were available this week in almost every section; an $80 ticket for an upper end zone seat could be had for as little as $29.

    Every week, some ticket holders must miss the game. But the NFL is laboring across the board this season to maintain its fan base and minimize no-shows. It’s not just the Ravens. Television ratings are down league-wide and empty seats can be seen at many games.


    Weak 13: Empty Seats Greatly Outnumber Spectators As NFL Attendance Crisis Continues

    Week 13 doesn’t appear to be the National Football League’s lucky number as photos of stadiums across the league still show an awful lot of empty seats. Meanwhile, the sad in-person attendance mirrors the continually plummeting TV ratings.

    With last week’s Thursday Night Football and Monday Night Football broadcasts closing out Week 12 with new lows in metered markets, and despite the nearly $90 million in social justice spending for players to end their constant, anti-American protests during the national anthem, Week 13 began with tens of thousands of empty seats in stadiums everywhere.

    Pictures at second link.

  7. Great post, I bet it’s a trip to work for Trump
    But at least you know where you stand, and what an education…

  8. Israel. Dershowitz and James Robbins of USAToday think the entire Mueller investigation began when Obama got angry that his anti-Israel plots at the UN got blown up by President Elect Trump.

    Now Politico is bemoaning the latest news about Israel from Trump:


    And the ambassador, Ron Dermer, one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest confidants, confirmed in a rare on-the-record conversation that Trump this week is likely to take a controversial step by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—a move that Palestinians have threatened will blow up any talks even before they start.

    Not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “farce,” Dermer said, characterizing Trump’s likely decision to change that as sending a message to the Palestinians of: “Hey, wake up. Understand that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. You have to deal with that reality.” But Arab leaders have braced for public protest, and several Middle East officials with whom I have spoken in recent days said they had not been formally consulted by Kushner and Trump on the move and worried it would backfire. “It sure would make things a lot harder,” one key administration supporter from the Arab world told me.

    If anything, Dermer seemed more adamant about the prospect for a new round of military conflict between Israel and the Iranian-backed militia Hezbollah than about the outlook for Kushner’s peace process. “The chances of military confrontation are growing,” he said when I asked about a possible fight in neighboring Syria or Lebanon, and in fact Israeli jets reportedly hit targets inside Syria last week. “I don’t want to tell you by the year or by the month. I’d say even by the week. Because the more they push, we have to enforce our red lines … So in taking action to defend ourselves, you don’t know what could happen. But I think it’s higher than people think.”

    Dermer made news on a variety of subjects, emphasizing how closely the Israelis are now aligned with the Trump administration as it works to craft a Middle East strategy almost a year into the Trump presidency. On the Iran nuclear deal that Trump recently threatened to blow up, for example, Dermer said he believes the president now has a “six to nine months” timetable for seeing if he can get key European allies to press for further Iranian concessions before following through on his threat. “They have to understand is that the president is actually prepared to walk away. So the only choice right now is not to save the deal or to kill the deal. It’s actually to fix it with some package of measures, or the president’s going to walk away,” Dermer said. “And if you ask me, if these fixes are not done in a certain amount of time, that’s what he needs Congress and the Europeans for, to actually fix it—if they decide not to move, not to do anything, then I believe the president will walk away from the deal.”

    And he offered his first public comments on a story that underscored the close alliance between the Trump team and the Netanyahu government: The guilty plea of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. In that plea, Flynn admitted, among other things, that he lied about speaking with the Russian ambassador on Israel’s behalf to try to quash a late Obama administration move at the United Nations. Dermer confirmed to me that he personally had consulted with the Trump team in the effort to head off the U.N. Security Council resolution rebuking Israel for its West Bank settlements—and urged it to lobby other foreign governments to kill the measure. Dermer said he was “not sure” whether he had spoken directly with Flynn, but acknowledged, “I definitely spoke to officials” in what would become Trump’s administration.

    “We reached out to them in the hope that they would help us avert what would be bad for Israel and bad for the United States,” Dermer said.

    Big speech on Wednesday by President Trump.

  9. Not to drop names, but I went to school with Mr. Derners brother. Hopefully Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital. Obama was and is a hater of the Jewish state and destroyed many Jewish families who chose the democratic party over our homeland.

  10. And where in Gods sake is Jeff Sessions !!!!

    Agent Who Mueller Removed for Anti-Trump Messages Softened Comey’s Clinton Description
    Mary Chastain | 12/4/2017 – 7:30pm
    “Gross negligence” to “extremely careless.”

    This past summer, Special Counsel Robert Mueller removed an FBI agent from his investigation into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign due to anti-Trump messages he sent. The news was only made public over the weekend.

    This agent, Peter Strzok, is also the man who changed former FBI Head James Comey’s description of Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information on her private server when she served as secretary of state.

    Strzok also served as the No. 2 official in the counterintelligence division and LED the investigation into her server.

    From CNN:

    The shift from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” which may appear pedestrian at first glance, reflected a decision by the FBI that could have had potentially significant legal implications, as the federal law governing the mishandling of classified material establishes criminal penalties for “gross negligence.”

    CNN has also learned that Strzok was the FBI official who signed the document officially opening an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to sources familiar with the matter. As the No. 2 official in counterintelligence, Strzok was considered to be one of the bureau’s top experts on Russia.

    But the news of Strzok’s direct role in the statement that ultimately cleared the former Democratic presidential candidate of criminal wrongdoing, now combined with the fact that he was dismissed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team after exchanging private messages with an FBI lawyer that could be seen as favoring Clinton politically, may give ammunition to those seeking ways to discredit Mueller’s Russia investigation.

    YIKES! This is the definition of gross negligence:

    A lack of care that demonstrates reckless disregard for the safety or lives of others, which is so great it appears to be a conscious violation of other people’s rights to safety. It is more than simple inadvertence, and can affect the amount of damages.

    The changes to the statement came out in August when Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray to inform him that the committee found in unredacted parts in transcripts that Comey decided to write a statement to exonerate Hillary before the FBI finished its investigation. Grassley released this statement:

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is seeking more details on the formulation of former FBI director James Comey’s July 2016 remarks announcing that the FBI would not seek criminal charges following its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and mishandling of classified information while serving as Secretary of State. Early drafts of the remarks include phrases indicating a violation of federal statute. Those terms were later eliminated in revised drafts of the same statement.

    “Although Director Comey’s original version of his statement acknowledged that Secretary Clinton had violated the statute prohibiting gross negligence in the handling of classified information, he nonetheless exonerated her in that early, May 2nd draft statement anyway, arguing that this part of the statute should not be enforced,” Grassley said in a letter today to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

    The statute governing the mishandling of classified material establishes criminal penalties for “gross negligence.” Comey’s May 2, 2016, draft stated that Clinton had been grossly negligent in handling classified information. However, a later version of those remarks, dated June 10, 2016, deleted that legal language, and instead refers to Clinton and her associates as “extremely careless.”

    In November, a source close to the ultimate decision told CNN that Comey and his colleagues played “with language” during the process since they felt “they needed to condemn Clinton’s handling of classified information while asserting they would not bring charges.”

    CNN reported:

    A source familiar with the decision-making process at the FBI at the time tells CNN that “the Bureau and Jim were trying to see what a statement of declamation might look like — and they were playing with the language throughout. The one thing that’s a constant is that they thought what they had seen so far, subject to change, was that charges would not be appropriate but that the conduct was worthy of criticism. It was a matter of how to explain both.”

    “They wanted to get a sense of what this statement might look like,” the source said. “They hadn’t stopped investigating and they were continuing to seek access to all sorts of things from Hillary that she was fighting to have to turn over. But they also wanted internally to discuss what an end game might look like.”

    Comey used the word ‘negligent’ to describe Clinton during a House Oversight hearing.

  11. Admin: “the political always trumps the legal.”

    That is a truism.

    Look at Lincoln.

    Look at FDR.

    What each of them did in their tumultous times–denying habeaus corpus to a Maryland Magistrate, interring a large ethnic minority in prisoner of war camps, etc. was offensive to the constitution itself, but it was politically acceptable at the time, because they kept their respective bases intact. In both of those cases, the media of the day had their back, whereas today big media wants to destroy the president, his supporters and the nation itself for the sake of their globalist ambitions.. And what that means is just what you say: the way to keep that political base motivated, and ready to cut off the heads and shit down the necks of the people who deserve it, namely the paramours of the beltway is to tweet-provided he is the one doing it.

  12. Let me revise and extend the above comment. I believe that the tweeting is essential, and that without it he would be the victim of big media, as prior Republicans have been. I think it is wise for him to run it by a trusted attorney who is 100% in tune with his political goals and objectives not to write the tweet, but to review it and offer suggestions where appropriate, which he can consider or not consider as the sees fit. Teamwork is never a bad thing as long as the leader remains in charge. It is only when it degenerates into consensus decision making with no leader in charge that it degenerates into mush. That is why Obama was so ineffectual with his leading from behind nonsense. He was a Guiness Book fuck up, except where it came to destroying the nation, and on that subject, he was always a tool of Soros.

  13. He was a Guiness Book fuck up, except where it came to destroying the nation, and on that subject, he was always a tool of Soros.
    Conspiracy theory?

    If that’s all it is, then how does one explain Hillary sending emails to Obama conveying instructions by Soros and telling he he had better wake up and do what he was told.

    There was at least one such email, I recall it vividly, I do not recall what the exact subject was, but it had globalist overtones. You can be certain that if there was one such email, evincing a level of control such as that, then on the odds there were many more. And, the Soros lieutenant who planned the Obama campaign, from UBC Bank ( a Swiss bank) who would meet and play golf with Obama in Martha’s Vineyard provides further corroboration for what was and is going on. So it is not conspiracy theory that Obama was a Soros puppet, it is a proven fact.

  14. That saying coined by Iowa Hawk about big media is playing itself out once again as new revelations come forward that taint Moooooooler and his investigation, something to the effect that the pattern and practice of big media is to ignore important revelations which conflict with their narrative and to report them only when they must while simultaneously telling us that they do not matter.

  15. Judge Roy Moore was getting killed as far as money raised and spent on his behalf in Alabama. Now that has changed:


    MOBILE, Alabama — The Republican National Committee (RNC) is now again backing Judge Roy Moore, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama. The RNC’s decision to now publicly support Moore again comes in the wake of President Donald Trump’s wholehearted endorsement of Moore on Monday morning.

    “We stand with the president,” a senior RNC official told Breitbart News.

    The RNC notified the RNC members from Alabama on Monday afternoon that the national party would resume financial support to back the state party in its efforts to elect Moore to the U.S. Senate. At this time, since this development is fresh, it remains unclear exactly what that means, but sources close to RNC leadership told Breitbart News that it would become apparent in the coming days.

  16. Just for the record, Mooooler did not transfer that dickhead Peter Strzok from the point position in his investigation, hit job, political campaign–call it what you will to the outer Siberia of the FBI because he hated Trump. Mooler was in a position to know that, and it is reasonable to assume that was why he hired him, since they shared the same agenda. The reason Moooler transferred him quietly to a dead end position in a dead end department- human resources, was because he knew this information would come out thanks to the tweets he was sending out, and if he left him in place than it would give him and his team the scarlett letter they richly deserved. But there is no reason we cannot give them that scarlett letter anyway, because treason of this sort, which aims to invalidate and election on behalf of the deep state is not a matter of dates, and there is no statute of limitations. Pray for Hester to get another A, Tipacanoe and Moooler too.

  17. Another Dim masturbator:


    Democrat Matt Dababneh Accused of Masturbating in Front of Lobbyist

    California lobbyist Pamela Lopez said she was sexually harassed by Democrat Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, whom she alleges followed her into a restroom and masturbated in front of her at a friend’s wedding party is Las Vegas in January 2016. [snip]

    He had begun masturbating. I stared backing up and he moved toward me while he was masturbating and, in explicit terms, told me to touch his genitals while masturbating. And I thought, what do I do, what do I do? Make it explicitly clear that I do not want to be here and that there is no misunderstanding. So I said several times: No, I will not touch you. No, I will not touch you.

  18. Another big one gets his balls cut off in Hollywood:


    Bryan Singer has been fired from the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody after he took an unexpected leave of absence just a few weeks before filming was set to wrap on the project, leaving Twentieth Century Fox in the lurch.

    The decision to fire Singer came after the director reportedly feuded with multiple actors on the set according to The Hollywood Reporter, forcing Twentieth Century Fox to remove him from the project.

    Singer is also said to have thrown an object at star Rami Maleek at one point, who has earned a reputation as one of the most polite and affable actors in the industry.

    This also follows allegations of wild partying and hedonistic behavior that have left the 52-year-old director on edge – according to a source who spoke to Radar.

    The same source also alleges that the studio has dispensed with his services over fears sexual assault against him were about to resurface. [snip]

    ‘He’s in really bad shape and went on a crazy bender over Thanksgiving, basically telling the studio to go f**k itself,’ an insider told Radar. ‘He’s been on bad behavior this entire shoot, staying out until 2 or 3a.m. every night and showing up to set completely hungover or worse.’

    But according to the source, the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back,’ was when the studio asked Singer if there were ‘going to be any allegations dropping on him.’ [snip]

    In November, a group of students at the University of Southern California demanded that Bryan Singer’s name be removed from the film school.

    ‘We, the students of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, are formally requesting that Bryan Singer’s name be removed from our Division of Cinema and Media Studies,’ reads the Change.org petition started by seven students from the school.

    ‘It is completely unacceptable that this prestigious department within our school still carries the name of Bryan Singer, a man accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault, and pedophilia.’

    There were also new claims being made against Singer that began to emerge, including one young man who alleged that the director touched him inappropriately over a decade ago.

    The thread detailing that claim was taken off Twitter however and the user’s profile deleted, while a story on Yahoo about the allegation was taken offline.

    At the same time, a tweet by Evan Rachel Wood referencing past allegations against Singer was taken off the actress’ account, much like a comment from actor Noah Galvin was removed last year from an interview in New York.

    Galvin later issued an apology for his comment, stating: ‘My comments were false and unwarranted.’

    The only Hollywood celebrity who has refused to back down and not been silenced it would appear is actress Jessica Chastain, who just last week shared a link to a Daily Wire article about the new allegation against Singer.

    ‘Let us not forget,’ wrote Chastain.

    Singer deleted his own Twitter account around that time. [snip]

    In 1997, while shooting the film ‘Apt Pupil,’ a 14-year-old boy filed a lawsuit claiming that he and other minors were asked to strip naked while filming a shower scene in the picture, which was directed by Singer.

    Two more teens would come forward to support his claim, but the suit was ultimately dismissed for insufficient evidence.

    Michael Egan claimed in a 2014 lawsuit that he began being sexually abused when he was 14 or 15 after moving to Los Angeles with his family to start his acting career.

    It was in LA that he was introduced to Hollywood powerplayer Marc Collins-Rector and his lover Chad Shackley when he was invited to a party at Collins-Rector’s home.

    These parties allegedly ‘featured sexual contact between adult males and the many teenage boys,’ according to Egan, but he maintains he ‘never freely’ consented to the advances.

    It was two or three months after Collins-Rector began allegedly abusing Egan that he was introduced to Singer at one of the parties he claimed in his lawsuit.

    Egan said he was in the pool, and nude, when Collins-Rector approached him and ordered him out to hug Singer, who allegedly grabbed his bare buttocks.

    He claimed Singer later said he was ‘sexy’ and went on to masturbate the underage boy and perform oral sex on him. The director then told Egan to do the same to him, but he says he resisted.

    Singer denied these allegations, claiming they were ‘outrageous, vicious, and completely false.’

    Egan ultimately withdrew his lawsuit after turning down a $100,000 settlement from Singer with an option to re-file at any time.

    He also accused Gary Goddard of sexual assault in that lawsuit, the same man who actor Anthony Edwards accused of molesting him as a child just last month.

  19. It won’t stop:


    A journalist claims that the Rev. Jesse Jackson and director John Singleton made inappropriate comments and advances toward her while she was doing her job.

    Danielle Young, writing for The Root, says that while she was working for a media company, Jackson delivered the keynote speech at the end of a meeting. After discussing the responsibilities of black journalists in his speech, according to Young, she and her colleagues lined up to have their picture taken with Jackson.

    “I walked toward Jackson, smiling, and he smiled back at me,” Young wrote. “His eyes scanned my entire body. All of a sudden, I felt naked in my sweater and jeans. As I walked within arm’s reach of him, Jackson reached out a hand and grabbed my thigh, saying, ‘I like all of that right there!’ and gave my thigh a tight squeeze.”

    The reporter said she was too shocked to react and giggled uncomfortably as he “pulled me closer,” while her co-worker took photos of them. She described herself as feeling “deflated” after she was finally able to pull away from the man she once admired who “marched alongside Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.”

    Young noted that she reached out to a woman there with her that day at her previous job who remembers the situation in the same way.

    “‘I remember him being inappropriate with all the women,'” Young said her former co-worker said. “‘And I also remember you telling me that he did something more with you. And then we brushed the s–t off and chalked it up to him just being a dirty old man.'”

    Young expressed feelings of guilt in her article, writing that her “silence gave Jackson permission to continue grabbing at the next pair of thick thighs he liked.” She hopes sharing her story will prevent such an exchange from happening between Jackson and another woman. [snip]

    More recently, Young attended the American Black Film Festival to interview Singleton — an Academy Award-nominated director — and the cast of his show “Snowfall.” At the end of her on-camera dialogue with Singleton, Young saidshe approached him to retrieve her microphone and that he grabbed her by the wrist, drawing her nearer, and said, “Bring that juiciness over here.”

    Young claims that the act of pulling her closer caused her to fall forward and brace her hands against his thighs. She wrote that he then kissed her on the cheek before she had a chance to stand back up. She then agreed to take a picture with him to not “make it awkward,” and said he clutched her around the waist and pulled her into him, saying, “Oooh, I’m gonna grab on tight to you.”

    Again, Young noted that a colleague corroborated her account of the incident. “Did you see that?” she said she asked another woman in the room.

    ” ‘Yeah, girl,’ she said the woman replied. ‘I heard he likes big girls.’ The woman was also ‘of size,’ and told me that when she went to take a selfie with him, he kissed her on the cheek and said, ‘I love your face! It’s so soft. I want to feel your cheek on my cheek.’ “

  20. So . . . . which is how the deep state officials summoned before congress to answer questions concerning their questionable conduct, before delivering a non responsive speech about the tedious procedures of their agency and how everything that went wrong is Trump’s fault. Pathetic.

    So . . . how do you suppose the little judge in Hawaii, and the vacuum cleaner judge from Nob Hill San Francisco–Oreck, or whatever the fuck his name is are reacting to the fact that the Supreme Court stuck their nationwide injunctions up the proverbial poop chute.

    Being arrogant left wing Harvard trained demagogues, are we to assume that they told themselves that they are still smarter than those political hacks on the Supreme Court–arrogance such as this is typical of the breed.

    Or, do they feel like they just flunked the bar exam, and their inability to interpret the plain meaning of the Constitution now stands exposed to the world. They cannot admit the truth which is that despite their Harvard credentials they can read, but are corrupted by crass political calculations.

    Hopefully they will struggle with that dilemma if only for a second. These kind of people should not become judges. Vaccum cleaner salesmen, pool cleaners, Bena Hani chefs wielding knives, yes. Judges? Nevah.

  21. Admin: the continuing cascade of sexual abuse allegations against the pillars of the liberal establishment is a wonderful thing to behold.

    And to think we owe all of it to St Harvey.

    By the way, is he still in therapy or is he on the lamb while he looks to buy his way into a country with no extradition treaty.

    The left has abolished Columbus Day, this indigenous people day nonsense has not caught on, so why not make that day a tribute to Harvey Weinstein.

    He has done more to expose the corruption in the system than the entire investigative team in Congress, and unlike others he led by example.

  22. Admin: the video below is fascinating on many levels. Jordan Peterson interviews Howard Bloom. I had heard of Bloom before–from Camile Paglia who worshiped at his feet. She cast him as a universal man, and in some respects he is. A neuroscientist of great renown who describes graduate school as an Auschwitz of the mind, and pushed further. He was a professor, a record industry executive, an author celebrated throughout the world, but not on the radar scope of big media because they have people like Andy Lack to worship, but most important of all someone who looks for correllations that explain mass movements that effect seismic change in society, like the populist movement which is now sweeping the world to the utter dismay and terror of the elites of he ancien regime here and elsewhere. See the 9 minute mark. One of his books confronts the godless capitalism that floats the boats of big data, Harvard grads, big media, and the Washington establishment, without sinking into the Auschwitz of socialism which nearly destroyed the world in the twentieth century and now holds a death grip over our colleges and universities. JB his success in the record business may interest you as well. This video features two world class intellects, openly despised by the left in this country, but admired throughout the rest of the world.


  23. How ironic that these gods of the civil rights movement would fall on their swords one right after another. Oh? Like whom? Oh, I don’t know, like maybe Conyers, Jackson, Lewis, Clyburn, and Young. Nevertheless, big media extols treats them like demigods, which is beyond ridiculous. The most endearing one was Conyers, who kind of let his district go to hell, while behaved like a playboy. He bragged at one time that he never bothered to read the legislation he voted on. But he did not beat the race card as hard as some did, he had better things to beat. But he did not beat the harrassment rap which is just as well, because if he decided to fight it, then he would plead heath concerns and roll into the court room in a hospital be to evoke juror sympathy and big media support. I want to thank him personally for sparing the rest of us that spectacle.

  24. More leaks–and fake news by Moooler.

    He needs to castrate Liceman. (Weisman)

    Let me say something in defense of Chelsie Handler.

    Nothing wrong with her that a good pre frontal lobotomy could’t cure.

  25. foxyladi14
    December 5, 2017 at 11:47 am
    Charlie Rose, Replacement.

    Now I know they have hit rock bottom.

  26. Terrible..a real Obama lover and I find her reporting on Israel very one sided and biased, yet I think she is married to a Jewish guy from the Clinton adm. ? I don’t like Rose, but she is 10x worse.

  27. Last week Prime Minister May of Great Britain attacked some Tweets sent by President Trump. President Trump responded that the problem was Islamic terrorism not himself. This week we found out how brilliant President Trump was and how stupid PM May is:


    Islamist suicide plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May foiled

    A terror plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled, Sky sources have confirmed.

    Sky’s Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: “It’s the latest in a number of terror plots that police and MI5 believe they’ve foiled this year.

    “I understand that the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, briefed Cabinet ministers today, such is the seriousness of what they believed they have uncovered.

    “It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street. Essentially police believe that the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos attack and kill Theresa May, the Prime Minister.”

    “This is something which has been pursued over several weeks at least by Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police. It came to a head last week with the arrest of two men, by armed police, who earlier today were charged with preparing acts of terrorism.”

    Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, from south-east Birmingham are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning.

  28. “Armed police”

    How ridiculous that all police in Britain are not armed…

    Amapoor is a terrible decision but it’s the Left

    Very anti Israel

  29. Admin: you will enjoy this—Victor Davis Hanson analysis on how Obama destroyed the Democrat Party, and crippled the nation, He was a failure in every sense of the word. In essence, the destroyed everything in his path, and only an idiot can put lipstick on that pig. The RINOs called President Trump a “wrecking ball” against the party. That was false. But if that same noun is applied to the big media beloved messiah, then it is spot on.The legacy he hopes to have in history, stands eviscerated in this video.


  30. The unravelling of Moooooler.–his deputy and chief investigator are left wing hacks and legal thugs, which he chose with meticulous care to support his mission which was and is to lay the groundwork for impeachment.

    The reason Moooooler hid the removal of Stz (sp) was the inspector general found the emails and was ready to expose it.

    Andrew Liceman is also eviscerated here by Mark Levin for the legal thug he is. There is a special place in hell for this bastard.


  31. The Levin video is fantastic.

    He gives Weisman a different name than I did.


    Weissman is, by all accounts, a prosecutorial thug of the lowest order.

    I stand corrected.

    The mere fact that he is covered from head to toe with lice is a nothing to the fact that he is guilty of vice which rises frankly to the level of treason.

    After big media gets done trying to turn the tables on people like Levin by accusing them of attacking the FBI as they are now doing by the way they will be forced to confront the fact that Moooler is a satanic character and continuing to refer to him as a man of integrity is a fools errand.

    At that point, they may be forced to get interested in Viceman and Strz and seek to protect their own tattered credibility. But when you realize that there are now 27 leak investigations in against justice and the FBI that attempt to isolate the problem will fall well short of the mark, while the economic success of Trump which they are loath to cover marginalizes them even further.

  32. jb: take a look at the Levin tape starting at the 51 minute mark. It deals with the fan dance prior administrations have done on Jerusalem vs what Trump will do today, as a precursor to moving our embassy. Also, note that the same forces who are determined to destroy Israel are equally committed to destroying Christianity. Finally, if Amapours husband is really a Jew then he is a self hating Jew who rejects unequivocally the history of the land, and the fact that the Jewish claim to Jerusalem precedes the very existence of the Muslim religion by hundreds of years, and nowhere in the Koran does mention Jerusalem. Old Europe is offended by this move because it disrupts the balance of power which gave the Harvard trained elites and bureacrats tyrannical power over the people involved. It is like the rebuttal which Victor Davis Hanson gives to the elitists in this country who say free trade is great, until someone does to them what they do to others, which is to say we are shipping YOUR editorial job to Bengladesh because we can hire ten people to do what you do more efficiently and at a cheaper cost. Or when they say affirmative action is not so bad until one of their childern with the credentials to get into Stanford get frozen out and their friends in the admissions department can no longer grease the skids. Short of cutting off their pampered heads ISIS style is to force the elites to live in the same world as the rest of us, because only then will they experience personally the pain they are inflicting on millions of their fellow citizens through their perverse virtue signalling, social engineering and naked attempts to protect and expand their feifdoms.

  33. Admin: the Moooler orchestrated transfer of Strzok to the human resources department, which is being dismissed as a ticket to Siberia should not be dismissed lightly. Knowing that all of this is tied to Mooler, and now we learn Ben Roades, there is reason to believe this transfer was not only defensive but offensive. For now that this uber corrupt individual who can be fairly likened to the AIDs virus he is in a position to further infect that organization, because there he has access to the personal records of all FBI agents who might oppose what Moooler is doing. When Robert Wray appears before Congress, he should be asked what steps if any he has taken to guard against that risk and perhaps whether he has liasons with women in that department that might also breach security. I attempted to reach the chairman’s office to suggest that question be asked, but there was no answer, either in Washington, or at any of his district offices either.

  34. It is peak Trump day.

    Jerusalem is probably the top story, maybe.

    The Franken and related sex scandals which now fully choke Hillary Clinton with evidence produced that as we have written Hillary knew all about Harvey Weinstein is probably the top story too, maybe.

    But there can only be one top story, maybe.

    In the age of Trump however, there are two big Trump related stories which involve politics and culture and world history.

    All in one day.

    And the Mueller corruption story is also the top story of the day, maybe.

    Three top stories of the day.


  35. Update: Ladies and Gentlemen, a leader:

    President Donald J. Trump is demonstrating to friends and foes alike that he will keep his word. Those who hate President Trump such as certain leaders in the Middle East should both fear and rejoice in the fact that President Trump keeps his word. Fear President Trump because he says and does what he means. Rejoice in President Trump because he keeps his word and therefore is someone you can make a deal with and be sure he will keep his word.

    Liars like Diane Feinstein today attack President Trump for keeping his word. But as the Washington Free Beacon notes, it was Senator Feinstein that negotiated years ago to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Feinstein lobbied and voted for the legislation which passed the congress in an overwhelming vote. Feinstein and Obama Dimocrats lied about moving the embassy for decades. President Trump keeps his word.

    President Trump understands that change is required from failed policies of the past. President Trump keeps his word.


  36. I don’t know what happened to Feinstein…she was pro Israel at one time and now just another liberal Israel detractor.

  37. Beautiful!!! I have tears in my eyes!!!

    CNN now has Amanpour on …she is trying to to downplay speech!!!! Can’t stand her!!!

  38. And thank you to the Christians and evangelicals who support Israel more than most liberal American Jews!!! Pence also played a large role in this!!!

  39. Diane Feinstein is a treacherous pig:


    Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem would be in line with a law that Congress passed in 1995 requiring “the relocation of the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.” The measure, which also called for the U.S. to recognize the city as the undivided capital of Israel, passed the Senate by an overwhelming 93-5 margin.

    Among the senators who voted for the initial Jerusalem Embassy Act was one Dianne Feinstein.

    Feinstein actually played a key role in getting the bill passed by inserting a provision that would allow the president to issue a waiver to delay the embassy move six months at a time, if the president determined it was in the U.S. national security interest. Feinstein’s move led 10 additional Democratic members to support the bill, giving it a veto-proof majority.

  40. jbstonesfan

    December 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    And thank you to the Christians and evangelicals who support Israel more than most liberal American Jews!!! Pence also played a large role in this!!!

    You’re welcome.

  41. wbboei

    December 6, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Also, note that the same forces who are determined to destroy Israel are equally committed to destroying Christianity.

    THIS is the conflict underlying everything in the World. People may scoff, but I frankly don’t give a shit. The prideful human who wants to answer to no one, believing lies told by the great deceiver, grinds perpetually to destroy, debase, defame all that is good. That is why the US / Israel is the ultimate prize for the Godless minions of evil.

  42. Amanpour – a hideously ugly Hinds 57 hag who is celebrated for no reason other than the incongruity between her accent and her ethnicity. A complete fcuking America hating PoS and has always been one.

  43. Thank you Admin for posting Hatikvah…the Israeli National Anthem.
    And yes JB I’m also very moved. As they said on Fox, we were so afraid of Palestinians burning American Flags. Some things are worth fighting for such as civilized nations that deeply want peace.
    This was the right thing to do because it acknowledges the reality that exists today.
    We all need to start living in the real world.

  44. And thank you to the Christians and evangelicals who support Israel more than most liberal American Jews!!! Pence also played a large role in this!!!
    Yes again JB!

  45. For those who didn’t see it on Fox, The American flag and Israeli flag were projected side by side onto the Wall at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
    For those who are unaware of the history, the only time all religions have been protected in Jerusalem is under Jewish rule.

  46. admin
    December 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Last week Prime Minister May of Great Britain attacked some Tweets sent by President Trump. President Trump responded that the problem was Islamic terrorism not himself. This week we found out how brilliant President Trump was and how stupid PM May is:

    Isn’t is amazing how often Trump does this? He has been stating & “predicting” things so many times in the last year…and then BOOM!
    they happen…
    he’s either a bit psychic or a bit prophetic…whatever it is…his smarts…he is always ahead of the game…steps ahead of everyone else…
    our friend, Mormear (sp) would say “Lucky Trump”
    (right M?)

  47. So the strategy is Dems cleaning house to make way for all out assault on Moore and other republicans for midterms. Interesting strategy as Franken was popular but easily replaceable with another dem from Minn.

  48. jbstonesfan
    December 6, 2017 at 7:38 pm
    So the strategy is Dems cleaning house to make way for all out assault on Moore and other republicans for midterms. Interesting strategy as Franken was popular but easily replaceable with another dem from Minn.

    However, two reactions:

    First, the Republicans should get behind the DeSantis bill, one element of which calls for unmasking ALL the other culprits who used the slush fund to pay off victims of sexual harassment. That disclosure would fall heavier on the democrats, because as a group they have no values. That would blunt the attack on Moore. (By the way, this was Tammy Bruce’s point).

    Second, if Moore wins and McConnell refuses to seat him? I do not know. But I suspect the governor of Alabama who I believe is Republican will appoint another Republican, in which case the seat is safe for 6 years.

  49. From the Jeff Bezos Washington Post:


    Why Al Franken is done-for — and Roy Moore isn’t [snip]

    But the fact is, nobody is being especially courageous here. The writing has been on the wall for this one for quite some time, and it took Franken’s Democratic colleagues (and apparently Franken himself) longer than it should have to see it. [snip]

    The first reason is that the Democratic Party has simply staked out a much stricter position on these issues than Republicans have with Roy Moore and President Trump. A poll released Wednesday shortly after the senators called on Franken to resign showed why. Quinnipiac University asked Americans whether a lawmaker facing multiple sexual harassment accusations should resign. While just 51 percent of Republicans agreed, a full 77 percent of Democrats agreed. It also asked people how they thought each party was handling sexual harassment issues, and just 45 percent of Democrats approved of their own party. [snip]

    The second reason is that, while Franken probably handled this about as well as he could have politically, his approach was always more about buying time than actually mitigating his problems. Franken repeatedly and profusely apologized, and plenty of Democrats and reporters focused on those apologies rather than what specifically he was (and wasn’t) apologizing for.

    Franken’s comments painted these incidents as occurring within gray areas in which the women had perhaps gotten false impressions of his intentions or actions. He basically suggested that they were accidents and that he wouldn’t do such things on purpose. As The Fix’s AmberPhillips has written, that may have accounted for some of the accusations he faces, but it never really accounted for all of them. The first accuser, Leeann Tweeden, essentially described a pattern of predatory behavior by Franken, and the latest accuser, an anonymous former Democratic congressional aide who spoke to Politico, offered a similar account of a forcible kiss. The latter woman told Politico that Franken told her, “It’s my right as an entertainer.”

    Franken apologized to Tweeden and suggested that the photo that showed him with his hands over her breasts while she slept was a joke gone wrong. But he never explained how she might have come to the conclusion that he had forced himself upon her with that kiss. Tweeden compared his actions surrounding the kiss to none other than Harvey Weinstein. Franken tried to pretend this all existed in some kind of gray area, but that was never going to suffice as an explanation. Franken declined to elaborate much, which Democrats probably took as him not wanting to call Tweeden a liar, but this discrepancy was never really going away.

    When the latest accuser came forward, Franken shifted tactics and offered a blanket denial. “This allegation is categorically not true, and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous,” he said. “I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation.”

    That fuller, unmistakable denial was clearly a sign of the jeopardy in which he found himself. It also reinforced that his mealy-mouthed apologies were never really going to cut it in today’s Democratic Party.

  50. From November 28:


    Democrats Missed Their Opportunity

    We are reportedly at a “watershed” moment on the issue of sexual harassment. Women, emboldened by the Harvey Weinstein revelations, have come out of the shadows of shame and stigma to tell their own stories of harassment and assault. It’s also been a time of “reckoning” for Democrats who once excused or defended President Bill Clinton over accusations of abuse and harassment. From an electoral standpoint, this new focus on empowering and energizing women voters should be an opportunity for Democrats. In Alabama, Democrats have a chance to steal away a bright-red Senate seat thanks to assault accusations against Republican Roy Moore. It’s also an opportunity for them to prove to voters that the party demands the highest standards of conduct from its representatives in Congress. An opportunity to show that Democrats won’t put party over doing the right thing. Yet, I have been struck by the lack of “watershed-level” response to Democrats’ handling of allegations against Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers, two members of their own party. Instead of meeting the moment, Democrats have missed it.

    First, there was Leader Nancy Pelosi’s political face-plant on Meet the Press this weekend. When pressed by moderator Chuck Todd as to the fate of Conyers given her call for “zero tolerance” regarding sexual harassment, she gave this garbled — and wholly unsatisfying — reply:

    We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation? Is it two? I think there has to be — John Conyers is an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women — Violence Against Women Act, which the left — right-wing — is now quoting me as praising him for his work on that, and he did great work on that. But the fact is, as John reviews his case, which he knows, which I don’t, I believe he will do the right thing.

    A few hours after the taping, Conyers stepped down from his leadership post, while still denying the charges against him. On Monday, Pelosi released a statement saying that she had personally spoken with one of the accusers, Melanie Sloan, and said she “find[s] the behavior Ms. Sloan described unacceptable and disappointing…[And] believe[s] what Ms. Sloan has told [her].” Sloan had publicly accused Conyers with “berating her” while she worked for him in the 1990s. Sloan’s story was in the Washington Post on November 22 — four days before Pelosi’s Meet the Press interview. When asked if she “believed” the accusers by Todd on Sunday, Pelosi replied: “I don’t know who they are. Do you? They have not really come forward.”

    In an interview Monday morning on NPR , Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who serves with Conyers on the Judiciary Committee, defended Conyers’ right to due process, while also questioning the veracity of the source of the information. BuzzFeed, who broke the Conyers story, was given documents, including four signed affidavits, by Mike Cernovich, the conservative activist behind the “Pizzagate” conspiracy. Lofgren said:

    Well, I think we can wait until either more material comes forward, if that happens, or if the Ethics Committee finishes promptly, I would hope, their investigation. He’s served for more than 50 years. He contests the allegations. They were given to the BuzzFeed organization by a political operative. We want to make sure that they’re accurate. A little due process doesn’t hurt.

    Democrats and Republicans both agree that the Office of Compliance, the agency responsible for handling claims of harassment in Congress, must be overhauled. The process is opaque and confusing. The payouts are secret. The members are shielded from public scrutiny. Congress is set to vote on a resolution next week that requires staff and members to undergo sexual harassment training. Still, these are around the edges sorts of changes. Most workers in America have sexual harassment training requirements. More important, these actions fail to address the bigger and more pervasive trust deficit between the public and Congress. If you say you have a “zero tolerance” policy, the policy should reflect that pledge. As of late Tuesday afternoon, only two Democrats, Reps. Kathleen Rice (NY) and Pramila Jayapal (WA), have publicly called for Conyers’ resignation.

    While Pelosi and Lofgren are correct that every American, including a member of Congress, has a right to due process, they also fail to appreciate how tone-deaf their responses sound. After all, these aren’t just regular Americans in a regular job. They are public servants. They should want Americans to expect that a member of Congress will be held to a higher standard than a famous journalist or a Hollywood movie mogul.

    Kicking the investigations of Conyers and Franken to the ethics committee fails to clear that higher standard. First, this is the kind of solution to the problem of sexual harassment we would have gotten 20 years ago. Where’s the “watershed” in that? Moreover, with approval ratings of Congress at close to zero percent, why would any normal person trust the findings of a congressional committee investigating one of its peers?

    I’m not a constitutional scholar, nor a lawyer, but I’m sure that there have to be some smart, creative people up on the Hill who could come up with a more transparent, accountable and efficient way to assess sexual harassment claims than the clunky, opaque and over-extended ethics committee. Perhaps aware of these concerns, Pelosi sent a letter to the leaders of the ethics committee late Tuesday afternoon urging them to “swiftly pursue” these allegations. In the event that the committee need “additional resources to fairly and swiftly pursue these investigations,” she enocouraged the committee to “please make that need known.”

    Unlike Conyers, Franken has openly and publicly apologized for his behavior. Democrats also take pains to distinguish his actions from the far more serious allegations against Roy Moore. Moore is accused of molesting girls, while Franken grabbed the chest of (clothed) grown woman while she slept. Moreover, Franken has apologized for his behavior, while Moore continues to try and undermine the validity of the women who have come forward to tell their stories.

    Even so, the apology wasn’t exactly the kind of ground-breaking moment we might expect in this new moment. The Minneapolis Star Tribune found Franken’s press conference this week to fall short. “Without saying he didn’t do it, he nevertheless has countered every allegation except the one that carries indisputable proof — the infamous photo of him appearing to grab at Tweeden while she slept,” wrote the Star Tribune editorial board. “Under such circumstances, Franken’s apology is less a statement of accountability and more akin to “I’m sorry for what you think I did.”

    Meanwhile, Democratic leadership in the Senate has not called on Franken to resign. Instead, they – and Franken – have asked the ethics committee to investigate these claims.

    Given the lack of immediate consequences for Conyers and Franken, it isn’t all that surprising that despite expectations of a flood of accusations, we’ve seen just a trickle. To be sure, some of that is due to the fact that women have signed non-disclosure agreements. Still, there have to be others who don’t fall under those restrictions, including those who are witnesses to the harassment, who might speak out if they believed doing so would get prompt results.

    Republicans, meanwhile, have had their own struggles on the issue. There’s already been a public split between Senate Republicans, President Trump and Alabama Republicans as to the fate of — and innocence of — Roy Moore. This will only be exacerbated should Roy Moore win. They will also have their own reckoning moment if one of their own members gets accused of harassment, especially by a staffer. But, Democrats had the first shot at breaking new ground. Privately trying to get Conyers to resign doesn’t cut it. Imagine if, instead, Democratic leaders stood up and said, “this is unacceptable, this is the line in the sand, and these are the consequences.” Maybe it would have been public call for resignation or expulsion. Or, a loss of committee assignments. Or, the loss of their pension. Yes, it would be messy. Yes, it might be challenged in court. And, yes it would have caused intra-party friction. But, it would be a shock to the system. It would say to voters that we are able to exceed the low expectations you have set for us. Instead, the system — and the status quo — continue to survive.

    As we have all asked before, where was Nancy Pelousy when all this took place. She used to be Speaker of the House. What about Harry Reid when he ran the senate? Obama? Where was that scumbag when all this was going on?

  51. The ONLY reason Franken apologized (in a fashion) and may resign tomorrow is because of the photograph. Without the photo, Franken would have gone the Bill Clinton route and denied, denied, denied until the cows came home and wouldn’t have been pressured by anyone. Clinton denied, denied, denied until the blue dress was produced.

    Conyers didn’t have to face an incriminating photo (thankfully, as the verbal description was nauseating enough) but he has a settlement from the congressional slush fund on the record, and that would have required an explanation. He might have tried the Clinton-Jones settlement rationale (“I just wanted to put the matter behind me so that I could laser-focus all of my energy on serving my constituents” or something like that). Or he might have other settlements from the fund on the record.

    Personal lawsuits against PDT will probably be coming up the pike soon, since hope for a Russian-Collusion impeachment seems to be fading fast. SCOTUS has ruled that sitting presidents can be sued, so that’s probably the next tactic.

    The power of the establishment, courts, media, and deep state agencies to go after a private citizen (or a President) in this country is frightening at this time in history. When Trump was elected, I think most of us thought some government corruption would be exposed in the process; however, probably very few of us were prepared for the EXTENT of the corruption, arrogance, and all manner of sleaze that’s being revealed little by little. I know I wasn’t.

  52. very few of us were prepared for the EXTENT of the corruption, arrogance, and all manner of sleaze that’s being revealed little by little. I know I wasn’t.
    Actually, it was entirely foreseeable for those with eyes to see.

    What surprised me was how blatant and ham handed they were.

    Not brilliant.

    Take for example, this douchebag Strozk.

    He was involved in this treason at all points in the compass.

    Ditto with Vice Mahn.

    For a special prosecutor this is a much easier case.

    Normally, the treachery is spread over dozens of criminals.

    And you have to show prove a conspiracy between all of them.

    You can flip them.

    But the law will not accept the testimony of an unindicted co- conspirator without corroboration, and a jury is skeptical as they should be of someone who is a criminal in is own right, but has made a plea bargain to escape prosecution.

    A good example of this in my world was Phil Lionetti who was the underboss of the Philadelphia mob, but because he witnessed a conversation between his boss, Nicodemo Scarfo and John Gotti about killing the then Gambino boss Paul Castellano he was given amnesty for 17 murders in exchange for that testimony, and the FBI agent went so far as to write out the affadavit for him to sign, so it was not even in his own words.

    Here you have two men—Viceman (a dirty prosecutor, who fancies himself to be the Duke of Torquemada, aka the Grand Inquisitor of Seville) who practices legal torture to extract confessions, and via email government email congratulates a colleague in her defiance of the President. and then good old Peter Strzok who is the key player in all points of the compass, from editing the Comey talking points to exonerate Hillary to authorizing the dirty diary to prosecuting Flynn to exonerating Hillary supporters vs indicting Trump supporter for the exact same crime to covering up Uranium 1.

    That is what I mean when I say “all points in the compass”.

    Just think what with an instinct for the jugglar–like Mike Mukasey (my choice) or Rudy could do with those facts vs what a co conspirator in the uranium 1 scheme himself Rod Rosenstein who is guilty of wilful blindness and much more, and the cheshire cat Sessions are not doing to enforce the law against these criminals, and are praising Mooler who is dirty as will.

    When deep state denizons like these seek to over turn an election, the argument of people like Judge Neopolitano and Dershowitz fall flat. The claim we must not criminalize what are essentially political actions. They claim the remedy is at the ballot box. But how can that be when the intent of these actions is to invalidate a decision made at the ballot box?

  53. Assuming Mooler is the man of integrity that Trey Gowdy believes he is, and not the corrupt individual that one time supporter of Mooler Newt Gingrich assures us he is, what we have is a man who innocently hired the likes of Viceman, Strox, Strox paramour, this Korean woman who is also the attorney for the corrupt Ben Rhodes, brother of the corrupt head of CBS, then the very best you can say about Mooler is this: hey Princeton Tiger listen up: when you lay down with dogs, you will end up with flees.

  54. When Rosenstein says he is “satisfied with the way the Mooler investigation is going” I believe he is telling the truth. But the reason he is satisfied is not that it is serving the interests of justice, but is serving his own self interest by steering the public narrative away from his own actions with respect to the Uranium One cover up, his incestuous relationship with left wing dimocrat congress people (notice I do not refer to them as lawmakers, because they do not make laws, they merely obstruct them) and his improvident decision to appoint the corrupt Mooler in the first place. Yes, I am sure he is satisfied, which is why we should not be and should be even more suspicious of him for the fifth column he is.

  55. From the link

    The Trump administration on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to overrule a 40-year-old precedent that allows compelling public employees to pay some fees to unions that represent them, an important tool for the U.S. labor movement.

  56. https://www.city-journal.org/html/sunday-morning-14883.html

    Seventy-five years later, the oil is still leaking from the Arizona; droplets come to the surface in ghostly rainbow patterns. “Black tears,” survivors called them. The Arizona is the most visible symbol of the American catastrophe of that day. Of the ship’s 1,511 crewmen, 1,177 perished—nearly half of the 2,403 lost at Pearl Harbor, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The ship was doomed by a 1,700-pound Japanese bomb that blasted through its storage area, which held 1 million pounds of ammunition and 180,000 gallons of gas. These incendiaries acted in the same way that aviation fuel did on 9/11, turning the battleship into an inferno. Sailors could barely stand on deck without hopping from one foot to the other because of the heat, and they could smell the burning oil spilling into Pearl Harbor. Some of those who survived the wreck had to brave swimming through the fiery waters.

    The Japanese had struck that morning shortly before 8 am, Hawaiian time—early afternoon in Washington, D.C. Their attack was long planned, even as diplomatic talks continued between Tokyo and Washington in an attempt to resolve disputes involving Japanese aggression in China and Southeast Asia and a resulting U.S. oil embargo. An armada of Japanese destroyers and aircraft carriers steamed across the Pacific toward Hawaii in complete radio silence, avoiding detection.

    On the morning of December 7, the Japanese launched 353 planes, in two waves. Their main targets were the American airfields—Hickam, Wheeler, Ford Island, Kaneohe Naval Air Station, and Ewa Marine Corps Air Station—and Battleship Row, where, along with the Arizona, a host of American battleships were sitting in port. These included the Nevada, West Virginia, California, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. As luck would have it, no U.S. aircraft carriers were at Pearl Harbor that day.

    It was Sunday morning, peacetime. Many American seamen were getting some extra sleep or making their way back to their ships after a Saturday evening out. Defenses were down. Radar was primitive in 1941, though it did pick up the Japanese squadron moving into Hawaiian airspace at 7 o’clock. An American commander dismissed the sighting, assuming that it was the expected arrival of American B-17s from San Francisco.

    When the bombs started dropping at about 7:55, many assumed that it was a drill. The Navy and Army ran frequent bombing tests. On board the Nevada, Oden McMillan was about to lead his band in morning colors, which started promptly at 8. As the band lined up, they saw planes dive-bombing Ford Island, but they thought nothing of it until low-flying Japanese planes dropped a torpedo, aimed at the Arizona, and then flew over the Nevada, strafing it with fire. The band knew now that the attack was real—but kept playing. It had never occurred to McMillan, Walter Lord wrote in his classic Day of Infamy, “that once he had begun playing the National Anthem, he could possibly stop.” The band made its way through “The Star Spangled Banner,” the ship’s deck wobbling and splintering below the musicians’ feet. “Not a man broke formation until the final note died,” Lord wrote. “Then everyone ran wildly for cover.”

    All told, in a two-hour attack, the Japanese sunk or damaged 18 American ships, including eight battleships, though most would be salvaged. Only the Arizona and the Oklahoma, which was capsized, suffered total loss. These repairs might have been much slower in coming had the Japanese not opted to abort a third phase of the attack, on Pearl Harbor’s fuel-oil storage and ship-rebuilding facilities. Admiral Chūichi Nagumo, seeing that the Americans were beginning to pick off more of his strike force with antiaircraft fire, decided to play it safe and terminate the mission.

    As it was, the devastation was immense. For days afterward, rescue crews worked to cut holes through the Oklahoma’s hull to rescue the men trapped inside. Some were saved; many others died of asphyxiation or drowning. But the grimmest fate was that of three young sailors—Clifford Olds, Ronald Endicott, and Louis “Buddy” Costin—on board the West Virginia, which had sunk to the bottom of Pearl Harbor, trapping the men inside the pump room. It was well-provisioned, with food rations and fresh water. But there was no feasible way to drill through the pressurized hull underwater to rescue the men without causing a blowout that would kill their rescuers. No rescue was attempted, though the seamen made themselves heard, banging away in the hope that someone above would save them. They survived for more than two weeks in these agonizing circumstances. “Pretty soon nobody wanted to do guard duty, especially at night when it was quiet,” said Marine Corps bugler Richard Fiske. “It didn’t stop until Christmas Eve.”

    The Japanese also destroyed 188 American aircraft and damaged another 159—many of them lined up at Hickam Field in neat rows, easy targets for Japanese bombers. Army lieutenant general Walter Short, worried about Japanese saboteurs on Oahu, thought that they would be better protected that way. Like naval admiral Husband E. Kimmel, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Short dismissed chances that the Japanese might attack Pearl Harbor. Kimmel believed that any Japanese attack would happen at sea. Short and Kimmel would both lose their commands after the attack and spend the rest of their lives defending their decisions. Still, Kimmel didn’t need to be told what the attack meant for his future. Watching the bombing from his office window, he ripped his four-star admiral shoulder boards off of his sleeve and replaced them with two-star shoulder boards. By one account, after a bullet whizzed through the window and narrowly missed the admiral, Kimmel said, “It would have been merciful had it killed me.”

    Not just its human losses, but also the images of a devastating military rout, with the mighty U.S. fleet in flames, coupled with the chilling success with which the Japanese had caught us unawares, ensured that Pearl Harbor would stay forever in the minds of Americans who lived through the events. Those up in arms about “fake news” today should have heard some of the fake news that proliferated after the attacks about Japanese saboteurs, who were seemingly everywhere. According to one rumor on Oahu, Japanese milk delivery drivers used radio transmitters to help guide in the enemy planes. “The stories spread faster than they could possibly be disproved or checked,” Lord wrote. Two months later, Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, mandating internment.

    Hindsight offers consolations, not only the advantage of knowing that we would win the war, but also that the heroism that would make that feat possible was present on December 7, too, almost everywhere one looked.

    John William Finn, a chief petty officer in the Navy, was stationed at Kaneohe Bay. The bombs woke him from a Sunday morning slumber; he drove over to the base, only about a mile from his home, and he saw the bombers in the air. By the time he arrived, many of the base’s seaplanes had already been destroyed. The base had no antiaircraft guns, so Finn detached the machine gun from one of the planes, mounted it on a stand in an exposed area, and started firing—and barely stopped for the next two hours, though he suffered 21 separate wounds from shrapnel, one of which caused him to lose feeling in his left arm. His Medal of Honor citation described his “complete disregard for his own personal safety.” He later shrugged: “It just wasn’t my day to die.” At 99, he stood next to President Obama at Arlington Cemetery on National Medal of Honor Day.

    It certainly seemed that it was 19-year-old Donald Stratton’s day to die. On board the Arizona, the seaman first class could see the Japanese pilots’ faces, they flew so low; some were smiling, even waving. Stratton suffered burns across 70 percent of his body and survived only when Joe George, a boatswain’s mate on board the USS Vestal, a repair ship docked alongside the Arizona, disobeyed orders and threw out a line to Stratton and other desperate Arizona crewmen. They climbed across, hand over hand, 70 feet to the Vestal. Stratton spent about a year in the hospital—at one point, doctors put maggots on his body to eat the masses of dead skin—before being discharged and sent home to Nebraska. He reenlisted, endured another boot camp, and fought at Okinawa, where he dodged death again.

    Many other Arizona survivors might not have made it without the heroics of Lieutenant Commander Samuel Fuqua, who was knocked unconscious by one of the first bombs, came to, and got busy fighting the ship’s fires. After the Arizona took its fatal blow, which killed many of its men in an instant, Fuqua became the ship’s senior surviving officer. Strafed constantly by enemy fire, he led the ship’s evacuation. “I can still see him standing there, ankle deep in water, stub of a cigar in his mouth, cool and efficient, oblivious to the danger around him,” said a crewman, Edward Wentzlaff. On his way in to shore on a boat, under heavy fire, Fuqua hauled survivors out of the water.

    Perhaps the most inspiring moment of the day on the American side was the sight of the USS Nevada, though damaged by bombs, pulling out of the harbor, the only ship from Battleship Row to get moving. The Nevada managed to shoot down a handful of Japanese planes, but, at risk of sinking, it was grounded off an area known as Hospital Point. Many, like Seaman Thomas Malmin, who was aboard, recalled seeing, through clouds of black smoke, the ship’s flag flying on the fantail. Malmin “recalled that ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ was written under similar conditions, and he felt the glow of living the same experience,” Lord wrote. “He understood better the words of Francis Scott Key.”

    Less dramatic gestures of resistance were also plentiful. “Praise the lord and pass the ammunition,” said the chaplain on board the New Orleans as its men attempted to fire back at the marauders. A boatswain’s mate on the Monaghan, waiting for ammunition to be brought up to the deck so that he could begin firing at the Japanese, threw wrenches at their planes in the meantime. At Ewa, the Marine air base, a lone Marine, armed only with a pistol, stood beside a ruined plane, firing away at the Japanese bombers, even as they swooped down on him. Japanese lieutenant Yoshio Shiga, one of those enemy pilots, called him the bravest American. The defiance extended to the infirmaries, too. A doctor refused a navy seaman’s request for orange juice, thinking that it might be fatal, since the seaman had a serious stomach wound. When he protested, the doctor told his nurse to get the juice; the patient would probably die anyway, he whispered. “I heard you, doctor,” the seaman called out, “and I still want orange juice.” He didn’t die.

    The hardiness extended as well to the nation’s political leaders. Roosevelt’s speech set the tone, with its stark opening sentence and its direct, euphemism-free admission of what had occurred: “The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost.”

    The president’s Republican adversaries in Congress, including isolationists who had accused him of trying to get the United States into war, now lined up behind him. “There is no politics here,” said Joseph W. Martin, the House minority leader. “There is only one party when it comes to the integrity and honor of the country.” He was echoed by the Senate minority leader, Charles L. McNary of Oregon. “The Republicans will all go along, in my opinion, with whatever is done.” And the isolationist congressman Hamilton Fish of New York, a World War I veteran and reservist, urged Americans to get behind the president. “And if there is a call for troops,” Fish added, “I expect to offer my services to a combat division.”

    Behind the unity was anger and a desire for putting things right. “I am an old-time Yankee,” said Congressman Charles A. Eaton of New Jersey, a Republican, “and when people start shoving us around I’m ready to shove back.” Senator Harry F. Byrd of Virginia agreed. “All American resources should be mobilized to wipe Japan off the map,” he said, in words that, if uttered today, would surely require a public retraction. “The only course open to America is to declare war on Japan and I hope this will be done tomorrow by unanimous vote of Congress.” Close enough: on December 8, the Senate voted 82-0 and the House 388-1 to declare war. (The holdout was Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a committed pacifist and the first woman to serve in Congress.)

    Perhaps the most marked contrast with our time can be found in the tones of the paper of record. In its editorial the morning after Pearl Harbor, the New York Times sounded a clarion for American unity and commitment to victory, not just of the nation but of its principles: “The time has come to forget pride of judgment, throw partisanship to the winds and rally to the flag of the United States. Let us close our ranks without a moment’s loss of time. . . . Let every patriot take his stand on the bastions of democracy. We go into battle in defense of our own land, of our present and our future, of all that we are and all that we still hope to be, of a way of life which we have made for ourselves on free and independent soil, the only way of life which we believe to be worth living.”

    No wonder we won.

    After 9/11, plans got underway nearly immediately for a memorial, and commemoration ceremonies have been held on every anniversary. By contrast, in the years immediately after Pearl Harbor, while the date was noted and some ceremonies conducted, winning the war took precedence. In 1943, FDR made this clear when he vetoed a bill declaring December 7 Armed Services Honor Day. In a message to Congress, he explained why: “Dec. 7, two years ago, is a day that is remembered in this country as one of infamy on the part of a treacherous enemy. The day itself requires no reminder, and its anniversary should rather serve to cause all the people of the nation to increase their efforts contributing to the successful prosecution of the war.”

    Once victory was accomplished, more expansive anniversary remembrances began. Books and films proliferated. The Arizona memorial opened in 1962; it sees more than 2 million visitors every year. In 1966, on the 25th anniversary, the island had a surprising visitor: 64-year-old Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese Navy commander who led the air attack. Now a Christian evangelist, Fuchida had published a book about his conversion, From Pearl Harbor to Calvary, and he spent much time in the United States in his later years. As the decades passed, some Japanese and American veterans of Pearl Harbor gathered together in reconciliation. Others, like Donald Stratton, preferred to stay away. He’d have to forgive the men, like Fuchida, who had killed so many of his friends in the next life, he said, when he would have a better heart.

    Fuchida’s saga tells an instructive story about American tolerance—but not the kind we normally hear. A generation commonly branded today as backward-thinking, prejudiced, and provincial welcomed a man who once led a deadly invasion that slaughtered its sons; it even let this former invader’s children live and work in the United States. A generation in its prime of life today, meanwhile, sparing no hosannas to itself for its tolerance and progressive values, needs pointers from the New York Times on how to talk to family members who voted the other way in a presidential election.

    “We were not extraordinary men, those of us who fought on that infamous date in December seventy five years ago,” Stratton writes in his magnificent new memoir, All the Gallant Men. “We were ordinary men. What was extraordinary was the country we loved. We loved who she was, what she stood for. We loved her for what she meant to us, and for what she had given to us, even in those meager times. It didn’t matter where you hailed from, whether you came from the mountains or the prairies, a sprawling city or a small coastal town: you loved her. We all did.” That love helped bring this country through the fire.

    Seventy-five years later, a small band of survivors, including the 94-year-old Stratton, who will attend with his wife of 66 years, gathers on Oahu. It will be, almost surely, the last milestone anniversary involving participants. From our distant perch, it seems impossible to understand and fully absorb the magnitude of Pearl Harbor: in that vanished world, young men did things that we cannot imagine, and the events themselves, while framed by formidable scholarship and many excellent narrative histories, are also shrouded in myth. We cannot stand where Americans stood then or feel what they felt, but we can remind ourselves that there is no hell on earth like war, no bravery or love of fellows more surpassing than that seen in the armed forces—and no hardship we face now that compares remotely with the darkness that that American generation confronted, across two oceans. It all started on that quiet Sunday morning, 75 years ago. On December 7, pause a moment if you can.

  57. Big concern is keeping both houses or they will try to impeach President Trump. Also concerned MO could run in 2020 with Hispanic and that would be hard to beat. Even Uncle Joe with Kamala as VP.

  58. Thank you, admin, for the Pearl Harbor post. We get so caught up in the “now” that sometimes it’s easy to not pay attention to these important milestones in our history. That horrific day must never be forgotten.

    PS – Appreciate all you do. Rarely post, but read every word!!!

  59. Chris Wray says Hillary’s freedom bell can be “unrung” being investigated by Inspector General now

    We could STILL charge Hillary over her secret server, FBI boss hints: Director says decision to clear Clinton could be reversed over ‘improper political considerations’


    ring my bell ! (having some fun)


  60. So… Trump trumps again:


    The Senate passed a two-week funding bill, staving off a government shutdown a day ahead of the deadline.

    Senators approved the measure on a 81-14 vote, soon after the House passed it. The move punts a tough political battle over spending and immigration until just before Christmas.

    The tax bill should be finished before then so let the government shut down as a Christmas gift to American voters.

  61. “Lindsey Vonn: I won’t be representing US President at Winter Olympics”

    fine with me, Lindsey, I won’t be watching any of your shit, either.

  62. This Contreas looks to me like a jolly good fellow, with only too concerns:

    1. In April 2016 Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Contreras to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a term starting May 19, 2016. Suspicion: this may have been the federal judge who got cuckolded into issuing an electronic surveillance warrant based on the dirty dossier concocted by the FBI, the CIA, the DNC–and the KGB. In the game of poker this is what is referred to as four of a kind.

    2. Appointed by Obama (aka Bar crack Banana). Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that he was not only a political supporter, but also a bundler, and when those facts came to light, he would be removed. In that case, this was anticipatory.

    In poker we call this four of a kind.

  63. I was underwhelmed by the performance of this new FBI director at the hearing yesterday. Just another bureaucrat who gives us this watermelon talk about how great this agency is, and no admission that they have any problem. When pressed on specific issues, he refuses to answer and defers to the Inspector General who works for him. I defer to Chris Farrell at Judicial Watch who says he has little faith in the inspector general. If he does come up with anything which is critical of the agency, and it is not discoverable through other sources–like Sara Carter, then I am 100% certain that this Robert Ray will redact it, in order to protect the FBI rather than the public. That appearance yesterday before congress had but one purpose: to reassure the rank and file of the FBI not to worry. As far as congress was concerned he was an uncooperative witness.

  64. The point of this grilling–and for once that term is apropos–the purpose was first to exercise oversight responsibility, second to tar the organization as a whole with the Strzok action so they no longer hide the ball—Mr. Super FBI agent, etc–you might even give him the FBI agent of the year to make the point, to demonstrate that he was being obstructionist by his refusal to show the oversight committed the FBI presented to the FISA committed to cuckold the federal judge who issued it in error, and to say yes or no whether the super agent in question who exonerated Hillary, cleared her people for lying, convicted Flynn, worked with the dossier and presented the dossier to the court, and swore to its legitimacy. His defense is it classified, which is the oldest lame excuse in the book. The real question Wray must answer is whether in the final analysis he wants to be part of the cover up or part of the solution. Unfortunately, his refusal to cooperate with oversight, his deference to an inspector general in whom judicial watch has no confidence, and ihis bogus legal argument that he cannot tell oversight presented to the court to cuckold the federal judge suggests that he is part of the swamp. If you or I were sitting there with the upper echelon in a conference room, the question of the blackboard would read: How do we contain this mess, and thus salvage our reputation which is now in tatters. How can we make this all go away.

  65. Holmes was a legal realist. That was a recognizable school of jurisprudence at one point. He said you must wash your fondest beliefs in an acid bath of cynicism. That should apply to the FBI. We must look beyond the watermellon talk we heard from Wray, to what really happened in this case. Mind you, this was not some rogue agents at the bottom of the organization. This corruption was endemic at the very top of the food chain. The reported virtues of the rank and file of the FBI is no defense. This problem affects the entire organization, and whether it has become a secret police. Remember, a fish rots from the head down, and at this point, every American citizen has reason to fear the FBI, even when they are innocent. Gingrich was very clear on this point when he was on Hannity. This is Watergate on steroids.

  66. This megapolitical scandal has Soros’s finger prints all over it–in every conceivable nook and cranny. Nearly a decade ago, three commentors on this blog spent a year researching this asshole, before he became a household name. One of the things I recall him saying was this: the things I stand for the American Public will never accept. The clear implication of this vile statement was that in order to implement this agenda, and he was in constant contact with Hillary, Obama and Jar head, was that in order to implement what he wanted he must collapse the border, corrupt government and institute a soft coup. That is what he and his Open Society have been working on for the past decade, and the corruption we see at the pinnacle of the FBI is but one manifestation. If Hillary had one the election, then the final stage of this coup against the American People, through the Democrat party and the RINOs would have been a silent sort of coup, whereas now it is a mess. Personally, at this point, the FBI has the moral credibility of Yuri Andropoff, and if they are left to their own devices the moral credibilty of Felix Derjinsky.

  67. The other thing Soros did very effectively was corrupt the media, and create the echo chamber we see today. He did this in the Ukraine and in Georgia and now here. Not surprisingly, Bill Moyers, Tom Brokaw, inter alia sit on his boards. The democrat party, and its turn away from bread and butter liberalism to progressivim which is warmed over Marxism was done by Soros.

  68. The author of Power blog picks up on the above video, he compliments the way Jim Jordan marshals the evidence against Stzrok and ultimately to FBI itself. But he neglects to mention the beauty of the rhetorical indictment, which is this: at the time MOOOOOOOOOOOOOler hired Stzrok he knew all about the steps he took to exonerate Hillary, to let her aids off the hook for the very thing he later indicted Flynn for, and the fact that he edited the talking points of Comey from gross negligence which is criminal to extremely careless which is not. It is a little big like saying I did not rob that bank, I was simply careless, forgot to leave my gun at home and when the teller handed over $100,000 to me I figured he liked me, and I did not want to show ingratitude by refusing his kind offer. ALL of that was factored into Stzoks’s stock price when Moooooooler hired him. Like a good cross examiner, a real good one, he laughs off the email text argument which shows an animus toward Trump tht he had absolutely no problem with, and was the very reason Mooooler hired this uber corrupt agent in the first place. There is something more here, something really big, the dog that did not bark to borrow an old Sherlock Holmes term. Yes, I too believe that sure as God made little green apples this super FBI agent who had managed to touch every other base to save Hillary and destroy Trump was the one who obtained the dirty dossier and cuckolded a naive federal judge to issue a surveillance warrant. That is the thing that Wray and the rest of the FBI are keen to cover up, hide, bury, because the blowback from that would reverberate for years to come. It is, or in the cautious lingo of Powerblog THE BIGGEST SCANDAL IN AMERICAN HISTORY, WITH THE FBI IN THE VERY CENTER OF IT. As Greg Jarrett says Mooooler, Comey, Strzok, Viceman,Rosenstein, and their minions–including the one who colluded with Fusion GPS four doors down from Rosenstein are all at legal risk, and it is reasonable to assume that by now they know it.


  69. I would sure like to know more about this inspector general.

    Is he honest, or is he in the bag for top management.

    Chris Farrell at Judicial Watch has no confidence in him.

    Time will tell.

  70. I think Wrays god mother and apple pie hear no evil see no evil speak no evil response to Congress will not be the final word on the subject.

  71. Well, something has dawned on me, finally. It MAY well be that Sessions is aware of the situation, and he may even be convinced of its sheer magnitude. This is not something you jump into immediately, until you know who and what you are dealing with. To jump in blind can blow everything. The groundwork here must be laid carefully, methodically, so some future defense lawyer cannot evicerate the case at when an indictment is handed down against all of these powerful corrupt individuals, and so the public has confidence that the poison has been bled out of the system. Even with Victoria Toensing, look at how long it has taken her to gather all the evidence, and to prepare her client to testify. The preparation here must be meticulous, and that may be the reason why Sessions is giving Rosenstein and others enough rope to hang themselves. I suspect some of them are in a panic mode now.

  72. from what I am hearing & what is being said…some big changes (shake ups) are due to be coming very soon at DOJ & FBI

    this has been out there for the last couple of days…this am, Varney had a Congressman on who said they are aware of much worse things to be exposed beyond what is already out there

    according to him, the Congress knows about these things and will be exposing them to the public soon…and he adds, the public will be shocked…

    also Meadows and the rest of the fearless repubs investigating Mueller & company are flatly saying out loud that if Sessions cannot follow thru and do his job…then he has to go to allow someone in there that can
    I hope that Sessions is really putting his ducks in order to pull his trigger…
    so far he has not instilled confidence in many…he appears ‘neutralizied’ …
    but let’s give him a little space as all the walls start closing in…on him & everyone else…

  73. A totally superficial observation on Wray. His purple tie. The same color Bill and Hill wore the day after the election. Coincidence, I’m sure.

  74. I should point out that someone I respect, Andrew McCarthy is not where I , Gingrich or Farrell are now. He is cautious, and patient. Coming from someone like Andrew that is understandable. He is a prosecutor, and as such he has to determine whether he can prove his case beyond reasonable doubt. But as admin points out politics is more important, and you must strike while the iron is hot. Prosecutors feel the heat of politics as well, but unlike Mooooler and Viceman who love to entrap the innocent along with the guilty, most of them are taught to respect the rights of the accused.

  75. this has been out there for the last couple of days…this am, Varney had a Congressman on who said they are aware of much worse things to be exposed beyond what is already out there
    Let the sunshine in . . . .

    (Right up Moolers ass)

    Last night on the Ingraham AngleI heard all the happy horseshit from a dim defender: why why why Mooler is a man of integrity, served in Viet Nam, ergo how dare you question what he is doing—to protect the dims and hurt Trump. I say, let the sunshine in, because sunshine is the best disinfectant and electric light is the best policeman when it comes to dirty cops.


  76. Emmett Sullivan is a wonderful judge. And he is the one who to whom the Michael Flynn. He is a black judge appointed by Bill Clinton, and is respected for his integrity and honest. But the best part is most federal judges are like Justice Stevens—they never question the bona fides of the prosecution. Judge Hanan is another one who is on the side of the angels. Judge Sullivan sensing a prosecutorial witch hunt against former Alaska Senator , ordered the adverse verdict set aside, and a special prosecutor appointed to investigate and go after the prosecutors for egregious abuse of power. The corrupt FBI leadership may end up in is courtroom, and he may turn out to be another John Sirica in cutting through the bullshit and holding the corrupt federal officials accountable. That may be the reason this case was reassigned to him. Morris agrees.


  77. John Paul Stevens was notorious for always siding with the government in criminal law cases. Civil liberties took a back seat or no seat in is judicial philosophy to the extend he had one.

  78. Richard Fernadez latest, as Obama vomits out bullshit like McCarthysim, Hitler and all his usual twisted marxist hyperbole:

    What Obama understandably neglected to mention was that a substantial percentage of American voters elected Trump precisely to undertake that teardown, an endeavor referred to as draining the swamp, aimed at nothing less than:

    1. shrinking the size of government and-

    2. breaking the perceived power of the elite.

    The commitment to that goal is reflected in the Deplorables’ willingness to ignore the media: “Nearly half of voters, 46 percent, believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll than 3/4 of Republican voters, 76 percent, think the news media invent stories about Trump and his administration.”

    Opposed to the Deplorables are “liberals turned radicals” called the “Resistance.” In the words of the New York Times, “Donald Trump’s election inspired such moral revulsion and political outrage that … parts of the American electorate had taken to calling themselves ‘the resistance,’ evoking the guerrillas who took to the hills and fought the Nazis during World War II … self-styled revolutionaries.

    After a period of sheer disbelief these liberal revolutionaries are now going head to head with the Deplorable rebels. The game’s afoot and nobody can easily call it off.

    Which will win has yet to be determined by history. All one can do is compare their present strengths and strategies. In the matter of strength there should be no contest. A survey of federal government employees has the liberals over the Deplorables by almost 19 to 1. Over 99% of Department of Education employees backed Hillary. Trump’s best showing was in the Department of Defense — and even there Hillary had 84% of contributions. Add to this the liberal dominance in the media (93%) and academe (92%) and in Big Silicon, and it should be a case of progressive Goliath walking over conservative David.

    Yet for a variety of reasons, the contest is much closer than the liberals could have imagined. Even the term “Resistance” implicitly accepts the status of equality if not actual inferiority. One possible explanation for the surprising competitiveness is the existence of some weakness which prevents liberals from generating their nominal power potential. In fact, the inability of the Resistance to generate net thrust is indirect confirmation that the toxic lying, wasteful spending, institutional incompetence, and ideological madness of which they have been accused are at least partially true.

    Though they won’t admit it, they’ve realized this. This quiet acceptance has driven their strategy. The Resistance’s need to rid itself of weakness explains the choice of rectification, also known as purge, as a major activity. Purges have traditionally been used by “progressive” movements to rid themselves of “undesirables.” In 2017 the purge took two forms. The first was directed against the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party, and the second became a vigorous, almost hysterical campaign against sexual predators in liberal ranks. The need to clear the decks was so great that even liberal politicians like Al Franken and John Conyers find themselves reclassified as expendable.

    In a wider context, the stakes in the conflict between the Deplorables and the Resistance are probably higher than either realize. Apart from who wins in their dispute against each other, both sides are also in contention with the challenges of the world. The dangers of war, runaway advanced technology, natural disaster, and economic downturn are never far away from either.

    The idea that politics was settling into some singleton framework supported by an historically inevitable permanent majority proved illusory. Obama may have been right in his Chicago speech to warn of danger, but not in the way that he meant. The danger grew in his time in office. The status quo ante over which he presided was complacent. It was already falling apart. He just never saw it, until this remarkable year.

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