Here are a few excellent comments on IG Michael Horowitz’s report. Much of the rest of the media might be spinning it as an exoneration of James Comey and the FBI, but the Wall Street Journal is having none of it (the full article is behind a paywall, but here’s a lengthy excerpt).
Reason.com, hardly a major Trump supporter, rejects the mainstream media’s touting of this as a rebuke of “anti-Trump conspiracy theories,” calling it instead a “chronicle of massive government wrongdoing.”
Comment of the Day: Attorney Robert Barnes tweeted that the report “reminds us how spookily accurate John LeCarre is about the world of spooks: mediocre men w/ privileged pedigrees fantasizing they are James Bond patriotic heroes while acting like slimy, two-bit, comically inept saboteurs from an Elmore Leonard novel.”
Here are the extraordinary “now, wait a darn minute” statements from Attorney General Bill Barr and US Attorney John Durham on the IG’s “mistakes were made, but for no apparent reason” finding.
A number of people on social media astutely noted that many of the same talking heads who claimed that the Mueller Report's finding of no evidence that Trump colluded with Russia was not in any way an exoneration immediately declared that Horowitz's failure to establish political bias as a motivation for a deeply flawed investigation was a complete exoneration of James Comey and the FBI. Hey, if it weren't for double standards...
As for me, other than the investigation finding that politics played no role in letting Hillary Clinton skate, I don’t think there’s been a government investigative report since the Warren Commission that will launch so much eye-rolling disbelief. That had the “Magic Bullet Theory,” so maybe this will come to be known as the “Magic Bull-(BLEEP) Theory.” It’s the theory that our top federal investigators could make dozens of “mistakes” in violating the most basic rules of their jobs, that all of those mistakes involving Hillary would be to her benefit and all of them involving Trump would be to his detriment, but bias played no factor whatsoever. They just happened to zigzag that way by random chance. I find that about as plausible as flipping a coin 100 times and having it land on its edge standing up every time.
In the meantime, while we await the real investigative reports, I’ve been looking into some new investments. I was thinking of investing in a product called “I.G. Horowitz’s Professional Whitewash.” It had been highly touted, but it turned out that it took ages to finish the job, and even then, it didn’t cover the stain. Most people could see right through it.
There seems to be no end to the number of instances that can be hauled out of history to illustrate Democrats doing the exact same things that they claim are outrageous, unprecedented and impeachable when Trump does them.
Latest example: Democratic Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden (you know, the guy who bragged on video about forcing a quid pro quo out of Ukraine or else he’d hold up their US aid?) claimed that Trump was clearly praising white supremacists when he said there were “very fine people” on both sides in the 2017 Charlottesville protests. He even ripped into someone who tried to point out that Trump’s words were twisted out of context (in fact, even this article fails to clarify that Trump specifically said he was talking about both sides of the debate about removing Confederate monuments, and that the white nationalists “should be condemned totally.”)
So Joe is sticking by his story and condemning Trump totally as a defender of white nationalists, despite the fact that Trump made it abundantly clear, on video, that he was talking only about people who care about preserving Confederate history.
Flash back to 1993: At the link above is a video of Joe Biden in the Senate, when there was a motion not to renew the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s federal charter. While supporting the motion, Biden described the UDC as “an organization made up of many fine people who continue to display the Confederate flag.”
If the media applied equal standards (a laughable notion, I know), they would now be condemning Biden totally as a defender of white supremacists. But in reality, all that they, and Joe, will condemn is the permanent record.
Excellent article by Julie Kelly at American Greatness on how Saturday was a terrible, awful, no-good, very bad day – not for Trump, but for Joe Biden and Barack Obama. Several stories converged in one day, and the sheer weight of them is starting to crack the media’s wall of protective silence that allowed them to promote the laughable idea that the Obama Administration was “scandal-free.”
Response to Reader Comment: Someone asked whatever happened to the revelation that under House rules, the minority has to be allowed a day in which they get to call and question witnesses. Well, the Republicans haven’t forgotten or dropped it.
As we learn more about the Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting, let’s not overlook the names of some genuine heroes. Like 23-year-old Joshua Watson, who was the “officer on deck” near the classroom when Mohammed Alshamrani began shooting. Despite being shot at least five times, Watson managed to get away and reach the arriving deputies, giving them information before he died that enabled them to find and stop Alshmrani.
Another hero was 21-year-old Cameron Walters, who was standing security watch that day and who reportedly ran toward the shooter, despite being unarmed. If Walters and Watson had been armed that day, the story might have been very different, with many fewer dead and wounded. They certainly were qualified to carry arms (Watson was even a rifle team captain.) But they were all sitting ducks because US military bases are “gun-free zones” – as always, for everyone except shooters. As Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit put it, if you’re expected to secure a building but you’re not armed, you aren’t a guard, you’re a hall monitor.
As a reminder, over a year ago, President Trump pushed for ending this ridiculous and deadly policy, but the Defense Department pushed back, ironically leaving our soldiers defenseless.
Let’s hope that Trump doubles down on that push now, and if any smug Deep State know-it-alls try to undermine him, that he does what we sent him there to do and fires them.
In a major victory for the pro-life movement, Monday, the Supreme Court rejected without comment an appeal by the ACLU of a ruling upholding Kentucky’s “display and describe” law. It requires abortion doctors, before performing an abortion, to do an ultrasound, explain the procedure, show the mother the fetal image and let her hear the fetal heartbeat.
Supporters say that such laws ensure women seeking abortions are fully informed of what’s actually happening. The ACLU argued that forcing doctors to do that violates their free speech rights. That seems like an odd argument, since I’d think most people would want to know exactly what’s going to happen during any surgery rather than only hearing what the doctor wants to tell them to make it more likely they’ll go through with the surgery. Apparently, it didn’t impress the SCOTUS, either. (And why is it wrong to fully inform a patient if it might make her decide not to get an abortion, but okay not to fully inform her if it might encourage her to get an abortion?).
Still, with no explanation from the SCOTUS on why they turned down the appeal, we might just have to chalk this one up as a win and move on.
Pro-life forces also scored another court win Monday when a California judge threw out five criminal charges against David Daleiden of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, over his undercover expose videos of Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices.
The judge let multiple criminal charges stand, but Daleiden and his attorneys believe they’ll also be thrown out on appeal, once they get away from a judge they believe is strongly biased against them and refused to let the jury see all the evidence.
Daleiden said, "Former California Attorney General Kamala Harris concocted this bogus, biased prosecution with her Planned Parenthood backers against undercover video reporting, and now their case is falling apart as the facts about Planned Parenthood’s criminal organ trafficking are revealed in the courtroom.” He called the tapes "public conversations easily overheard by third parties" and said, "The real criminals are the Planned Parenthood leadership who sold fetal body parts from late-term abortions and weaponized the justice system to try to cover it up.”
This might be the first you’ve heard of this story. The media have barely covered it, even though it’s a ham-handed attempt to criminalize undercover reporting. The fact that the media have not defended Daleiden, and hardly raised a peep of protest about Adam Schiff accessing and exposing journalist John Solomon’s private phone records of his calls to sources, once again demonstrates that journalistic objectivity died long ago. I can only assume that many media outlets would rather see their own Constitutional rights aborted than defend fellow journalists who don’t toe the leftist line.