NELLIE OHR UPDATE, and then, pardon my rant
News flash: Nellie Ohr is the legal spouse of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr. Yes, we already knew that –- in fact, it represents a huge conflict of interest for her husband if he was involved in any way in the Russia probe, which he (unofficially) was –- but why is it especially important today? Well, that “piece of paper” came in very handy for Nellie at her long-awaited appearance Friday before congressional committees looking into the origins of the Trump/Russia probe. She and her attorneys pulled a fast one and invoked spousal privilege to avoid answering any questions regarding communications between her and her husband.
So, in the words of Emily Litella from Saturday Night Live (back when it was funny), “Never mind.” The hearing turned out to be so limited in scope that some in attendance have called it a waste of time. Not having been in the room, I’d be hesitant to go that far, as there are many other questions that might have been asked, but it certainly presents a challenge to committee members.
A word to the wise for all those power couples who work in Washington, DC: If you suspect you might ever be called to testify about your significant other –- or vice versa –- and you’re not legally married, you might want to think about putting a ring on it. I’m being facetious, of course, but look at how it has helped Bruce and Nellie and their attorneys, who are managing in these choppy legal waters to keep both “Ohrs” pulling in the same direction.
Nellie Ohr is the researcher/Russia specialist who worked for Fusion GPS, presumably on the phony Christopher Steele “dossier” that was fraudulently used as actual evidence by top FBI officials to get a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. All this corruption goes back to the Hillary Clinton campaign (shock!) and the Democratic National Committee (double shock!), whose funds were funneled through law firm Perkins Coie to Fusion GPS, which paid British ex-spy Christopher Steele to do what he almost certainly would have done for free: come up with salacious rumors about Trump and dress them up like official intel. Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson recently pleaded the Fifth. It all stinks like a dead skunk in the road.
Can you even imagine the furor in the media and in Congress if these characters who were trying to prevent (and, later, nullify) the election of a Presidential candidate were Republicans? Assuming there is life on other planets, it would be deafened by the nonstop screaming. Here on Earth, though, with Democrats clearly implicated in a scheme to take down Trump, it’s mostly crickets.
I guess you can tell that I’m fed up and thoroughly disgusted right now. My one hope concerns all those who want to stand up for the American system of justice, which as constructed was the envy of the world. It’s for those who can smell the swamp and know it needs to be drained if America is to endure as a free and fair nation. That would include the so-called Republican “base,” which a New York Times editorial has just described as having a “collective lizard brain,” and anyone else who cares about the survival of this country and the principles on which it was founded. GET TO THE POLLS just a little over two weeks from now. No election has been more important than this one.
I’m starting to suspect that Arizona Senate candidate Krysten Sinema decided to run solely because she really believes Arizonans are “crazy” and figures crazy people need representation, too. It seems that every day, a new piece of leftist loopiness emerges from the “moderate” Democrat’s past.
Here’s the latest: an email she wrote in 2002 promoting an anti-George W. Bush rally in which she accused Bush of a litany of bizarre crimes, including “putting arsenic in our water” and “crowning himself King of the World for life.” Apparently, she had George W. Bush confused with Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic.”
Let’s hope Arizona voters don’t make a “Titanic” mistake on November 6th.
The perfectly-timed new sequel to the classic horror film “Halloween” is on track to set box offices. But audiences might be surprised at what they see. According to this review by Kyle Smith, it’s not a standard “woman in danger from slasher” movie. It’s more of a conservative “that slasher wouldn’t have a chance if the woman had a gun” movie.
In fact, it’s reportedly very clear in its messages that some people, like the remorseless killer Michael Myers, are just evil; that the justice system and media give more sympathy to criminals than victims; and that women who want to protect themselves should learn how to pack heat. So much so that liberal star Jamie Lee Curtis felt the need to justify her participation by declaring, “I fully support the Second Amendment.” That could kill her Hollywood career faster than Michael Myers.
Smith’s review is at the link. Don’t read it if you don’t want any of the movie's shocks revealed. But I think I’ve already revealed the biggest shock of all by telling you that Hollywood has made a movie with a conservative attitude about guns and self-defense. And you thought it was a law that in horror movies, would-be victims always had to act like helpless idiots!
McCaskill caught on undercover video
I told you that Democratic Sen. Clair McCaskill and her staffers had been caught on undercover video by James O’Keefe, admitting she was lying to Missouri voters about not wanting to ban guns or impeach Trump because she had to get reelected. I’ll bet you thought I was joking when I predicted Democrats would respond by claiming O’Keefe was a Russian bot. The Russians always seem to get blamed whenever Democrats inadvertently reveal what they really believe to voters.
Well, it’s impossible these days to make a joke that’s crazier than reality. McCaskill has responded to the revelations by demanding a special prosecutor investigate…the people who revealed the truth. She’s accusing O’Keefe of “fraud” for implanting an undercover reporter in her campaign (aka “journalism”) to reveal the fraud she’s perpetuating on Missouri voters. She’s also blaming her Republican opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has no known connection to O’Keefe’s organization Project Veritas. She said, “He’s supposed to be going after fraud, not applauding it.”
If I were her, I’d be careful about demanding that the Attorney General go after anyone who’s committing fraud in Missouri. I believe “false advertising” would fall under that category, like pasting a fake “Moderate” label on a bottle of Carter’s Little Liberal Pills.
If you vote Democrat next month, these are the type of people you’ll be putting in charge of government entities that have power over you and your family.
Oh, you say, that’s just a random violent nut on the street, not someone respected and responsible. You mean like this University of Mississippi “gender studies” professor who urged people not only to interrupt Republican Senators’ meals in restaurants, but to steal their food and “put your whole damn fingers in their salads” because “they don’t deserve your civility”?
Well, okay, maybe that guy teaches a course called “Social Problems” because he’s an expert, what with being a social problem himself. Still, he’s not an actual political professional working to promote Democratic campaigns. You mean, like this guy?...
All right, so random nuts, lefty professors and people working for Democratic PACs might be violent loons, but at least nobody that deranged actually holds a responsible position in the Democratic Party itself. You mean, like this guy?...
Okay, fine, but he’s only on the state level! There’s no way you’d hear endorsements of violence and incivility from major national Democratic political figures, like Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton or Eric Holder, the type that would encourage someone to actually assault a Republican candidate and fracture his eye socket...
I’ll stop now to let you go check to see if early voting has begun yet in your area so you can vote straight Republican as urgently as if you were putting out a fire before it can spread and burn down the whole house.
You’ve heard the argument that Christian bakers and florists should be forced to provide services for same-sex weddings in violation of their religious beliefs because they are just “tradespeople” who offer “products,” not artists making personal artistic creations. That implies that the government shouldn’t be allowed to force artists to create works that promote messages that violate their deeply-held beliefs. For instance, I’m sure liberals should find it abhorrent for liberal filmmakers to be forced by the government to make films opposing same-sex marriage.
Agreed! So then, why is this Christian couple who own a media company in Minnesota facing a ruinous federal lawsuit for declining to make films celebrating gay wedding ceremonies? Have liberals spent the past few decades turning Hollywood into a leftwing dreck factory purely so they could argue in court that films are no longer an art form?
Welcome to the club
I’d like to officially welcome Arizona Senate candidate Martha McSally into the growing club of Republicans who have been accused of saying something false by the “fact-checking” site Politifact after they said something that was absolutely, verifiably true. It just proves once again how badly we need nonpartisan fact checkers to fact check all the people who claim to be nonpartisan fact checkers.
Former FBI agent charged
A former FBI agent in Minnesota was just sentenced to four years in prison for leaking secret US defense documents to the media. Wait, you mean you can actually go to prison for not keeping secret government documents secret? There must be some mistake, as I was assured no reasonable prosecutor would ever bring such a case!
Oh, wait: turns out his name is Terry James Albury, not Hillary Clinton. Now it makes sense. Carry on.
Media still out of touch
A few years back, I wrote an entire book (“God, Guns, Grits and Gravy”) about how out of touch the media and both political party establishments were with the American people and how they needed to get out of their bubbles and go visit the country they claim to speak for. They never did, and they’re still reeling in shock from Trump’s “surprise” victory, which I predicted months in advance.
Now, here’s a video that shows why reporters are so reluctant to go out and ask Americans what they’re thinking: they’re afraid Americans will tell them.
Liberals who’ve been yammering at us recently about “cultural appropriation” (which is actually just sharing knowledge and traditions across different cultures, which used to be known as “advancing civilization”) seem awfully quiet about the most glaring example of real cultural appropriation in the news lately. That’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren's claim to be Cherokee and her appropriating of benefits reserved for “women of color” when a DNA test showed she’s as little as 1/1024th Native American. That’s like putting half a drop of medicine in a big glass of water and calling it a cold remedy. She’s a homeopathic Native American.
Anyway, now it turns out that not even her “Native American” family recipe is Native American. In 1984, a cousin of Warren’s published a Native American cookbook called “Pow Wow Chow” (and nobody’s complained about that name?) Warren contributed her family recipe for Cold Omelets with Crab Meat, which sounds about as Native American as she is. And with good reason, as it turns out. The recipe is virtually identical to one published years earlier by French chef Pierre Franey, which was said to have been the favorite dish of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Do you know what this means? The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were Native American! Well, not really. But I bet they were more Native American than Elizabeth Warren.
Huck's Hero alert
You might not think someone could earn the title of “Huck’s Hero” just for delivering a pizza. But wait until you hear this story, and you’ll understand.
Twenty-five years ago, Rich and Julie Morgan of Indianapolis lived in Battle Creek, Michigan. In those happy times just starting out in life together, they would eat at Steve’s Pizza, which Rich declared to be the best in the world. Sadly, those days are past now. Rich recently entered hospice care for cancer after being told by his doctors that the end was near. Julie knew she could never take him to Steve’s again, but she wrote and asked if they might just send him a card or text to remind him of those happier times.
That message ended up in the hands of Steve’s Pizza’s current manager, 18-year-old Dalton Shaffer. He was so moved by it that he had two extra special pizzas made and set out to deliver them himself. But it didn’t take 30 minutes or less. After a long shift, he got in his car and began driving...200 miles to Indianapolis. He arrived at the Morgans’ with the pies at 2:30 a.m. But they didn’t mind being awakened. Julie offered to put him up in a hotel for the night, but he said he had to work the next day, so he set off on the 200-mile drive back home.
Julie said, “Dalton brought our family so much joy - and the best pizza in the world - at a really difficult time. While ‘thank you’ hardly seems adequate - from the bottom of my heart, thank you, Dalton from Steve's Pizza in Battle Creek, MI, for making your epic middle of the night pizza delivery!"
Asked by MLive news about his midnight pizza ride, Dalton said, “Anybody that is watching this, keep them in mind and pray for them. I hope the best for them, and I hope the Lord gives them comfort. I just felt really sad for them,"
I hope you will do as this terrific young man requests and remember the Morgans in your prayers. Say thanks, too, for a Huck’s Hero like Dalton Shaffer, who gave us a shining example of kindness and decency toward others at a time when we sorely needed one. And needless to say, if you're ever in Battle Creek, give Steve's Pizza a try.