.@IlhanMN, Suggesting that a Jewish organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic. American politicians are pro-Israel because Americans are (https://t.co/QMr1oCcnHX). Apologize. pic.twitter.com/VdJh0W8sx1— AJC (@AJCGlobal) February 11, 2019
Thanks to all who wrote in response to the description by Mrs. Roger Stone (and the shocking home security video) detailing how the FBI handled its raid on their home. Most of you shared my horror at this.
While trying to determine who signed off on this raid --- and unless I find out differently, I have to assume it was FBI Director Chris Wray --- I came across some commentary by James Gagliano, a 25-year veteran of the FBI and now a law enforcement analyst for CNN, that raised my hackles. In trying to explain why the raid on Stone’s house was “by the book” –- yes, that is what he says –- he paints a disturbing picture of how the FBI operates. If this raid was by the book, they need a new book.
He attempts to defend the indefensible by daring to dismiss any questioning as “Monday morning quarterbacking” and says we should save it “for the day after the Super Bowl.”
In his words: “To those pearl-clutchers raising alarms about ‘armed FBI agents,’ you must be made aware that FBI agents were granted arrest powers and authority to carry firearms back when Congress passed a series of anti-crime legislation back in the summer of 1934, precipitated by an agent’s murder during the Kansas City Massacre of 1933.”
Well, isn’t that special. Because of a massacre that took place in 1933, it was perfectly appropriate to conduct a massive, heavily-armed raid on the home of a non-violent man without so much as a parking ticket on his record. For crying out loud, we know FBI agents are going to be armed. But Gagliano feels the need to explain to us rubes that the term “armed FBI agent” is “a foolish redundancy.” Does that mean we’re foolish if we ever question the amount of firepower they’re toting along?
Gagliano says he’s been involved in both the planning and execution of hundreds of these early morning arrests and that nothing about this seems “irregular.” And instead of a “no-knock” warrant, which I guess is just breaking down the door, this was a “knock and announce” warrant, meaning they would use mechanical breaching tools only if the occupant took what they considered to be too long opening the door. Gee, wasn’t that considerate of them?
He tries to justify this approach by claiming that Stone was a flight risk. He was no such thing The judge in the case obviously realized that he wasn't, as he was released right away on a recognizance bond.
Gagliano doesn’t address the treatment of Stone’s wife at all.
But one sentence in particular, towards the end of the lecture, gives us the full picture of what is going on with this former agent. “Yes," he says, "we can add Roger Stone to the sordid rogue’s gallery of grifters, liars and justice obstructionists who once operated inside the President’s orbit.” Well, now we know why he cares so little for how the FBI treated this individual. Stone was associated with Trump and does not deserve the presumption of innocence. Gagliano is thinking not just as an FBI agent, but as the judge and the jury, too. Maybe someone needs to sit him down and lecture HIM on how the FBI is supposed to operate.
And now, offered as a welcome palate-cleanser, here is a letter I received from another former federal agent (in Florida, yet) who is shocked that this happened, offering us the reassurance that we are not crazy, or simpletons. Hope Mr. Gagliano sees it. He obviously thinks that anyone who has a problem with this raid is just an ignoramus –- well, of course we are; we support Trump! –- who doesn’t understand how these things are done. Wrong.
From Shannon D:
Gov Huckabee, As a Federal Agent (ret) with DOJ for 22 years, (in Florida), I would have been raked over the coals by our Federal Magistrates had I pulled that kind of stunt. As Mr. Stone was clearly represented, his lawyer should have been asked to turn his client in at a scheduled initial appearance. It is overwhelming proof that DOJ/FBI has way over stepped their legal authority. Once again producing false information to the Judge who signed off on the Search & arrest warrants. Additionally violated protocols having allowed CNN to be there video-taping. DISGUSTING and a real black eye to Federal Law Enforcement.
And an interesting point from Jason S:
Obama apologized to the world for our aggressive atrocities of past wars and military actions as he embarrassed us all. Now Trump has to apologize to Americans for our own justice departments’ actions toward its own citizens. It's a sad state of affairs. Wish I didn't live in such a jacked up time in American history. But I do and we all do. Sad times for the red white and blue.
When they're right, let's thank them. Kudos to @SpeakerPelosi and @HouseDemocrats for calling out the reprehensible anti-Semitic remarks by @IlhanMN & I sincerely applaud Dem leadership for not excusing her bigoted and hateful comments toward @Israel— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 11, 2019
Another weekend, and another Senator with no executive experience and a platform to the left of Lenin jumps into the Presidential race. As expected, Elizabeth Warren made it official. She gave a speech to some cheering supporters that got very good reviews for her speech-making ability, less so for content. What was largely remarked upon was how surprisingly populist it was, and all the rhetoric about making life fairer for struggling, working class Americans. Some analysts were stunned by how Trumpian her rhetoric sounded as she simultaneously assailed Trump.
But here’s the problem: Trump already covered that territory over two years ago, after Warren’s party spent eight years letting those Americans twist in the wind. Their 2016 Presidential candidate couldn't even be bothered to visit the Rust Belt states she took for granted. So those reliable Democratic voters took Trump’s advice (“What have you got to lose?”) and gave him a shot. In return, they’ve seen historic low unemployment, rising wages, and manufacturing jobs returning that the last Democratic President told us would require a magic wand to bring back.
It’s nice that Democrats are suddenly remembering that working class Middle Americans exist (maybe they finally read my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.”) But they’re a little too late. They had eight years to prove what miserable failures their policies were at creating jobs and raising wages (at least they succeeded at that.) Trump reversed their policies and ignited a jobs boom. Now, Sen. Warren and her liberal tribe are back, vowing to bring back jobs that are already back by imposing the same big government, heavy-regulation, top-down, tax-away-companies’-expansion-capital policies that drove jobs away in the first place.
She and all the other Democrats are actually promising blue collar workers to bring back the policies that made them jobless and miserable (for comparison, after just two years of Trump, the IBD/TIPP Quality of Life Index has increased 10% since Obama was in office):
Oh, and I guess she’s also promising to continue the Comey-Mueller-Democrat version of “justice,” since she tossed in the mandatory reference to impeaching and imprisoning Trump on unknown charges that will be filled in later.
Whichever Democrat emerges from the primary game show of “The Biggest Socialist Loser,” they’ve all earned the right to use this quote as a campaign slogan: “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”
Trump had his usual fun on Twitter with Warren’s entry onto the campaign trail, which allowed leftists and anti-Trumpers to have their predictable fun by twisting something he wrote out of context to make it sound racist, then jumping up and down on their keyboards while screaming about how offended they were. Blogger/law professor Ann Althouse did a good job of breaking down that tiresome cycle of ever-diminishing political returns:
From earlier today:
Attention, voters in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District: Have you ever heard the phrase, “recall petition”?
If that doesn’t make you Google it, then perhaps this will:
Those of you in Michigan’s 13th District might want to look it up, too.
From this day forward, any Democrat who tries to accuse President Trump – a man who has a Jewish daughter and grandchildren and is the strongest supporter of Israel ever to occupy the White House – of being an anti-Semite or “Nazi” should Google the phrase “glass house.” Or, thanks to these newly-elected Representatives, maybe that should be “glass House.”
Here’s something you don’t expect to see: a top Democratic Party power broker declared that what’s hurting America the most “is the dysfunctional and disgusting reporting of a cable channel called CNN.” He says that CNN’s pushing of fake news, politically-driven editorial decisions, “experts” who “don’t know what they’re talking about,” and misrepresenting one-sided opinion commentating as news is polarizing the nation. There’s more at the link, all worth hearing. And again, that wasn’t a typo: this is from a prominent Democrat:
I think I’ve figured out why so many big name Democratic politicians are embracing socialism: they don’t have the slightest clue what it is. Come to think of it, that’s about the only excuse anyone should have for embracing socialism.
California’s new Gov. Gavin Newsom (who is so far to the left of most Americans that he’s in danger of falling off into the Pacific) plans to join New Mexico’s new Democratic Governor in pulling National Guard troops away from the border, just as a thumb-in-the-eye to President Trump. In his upcoming State of the State Address on Tuesday, he will reportedly call the “border emergency” a “manufactured crisis,” and will say that “California will not be part of this political theater.”
Since they probably won’t get many facts out of Newsom’s speech, here are a few for Californians to keep in mind about their state's "imaginary" illegal problem while watching:
The most recent figures available suggest that there are as many as 2.6 million “undocumented immigrants” in California alone, although such counts are notoriously unreliable and likely underestimates. Nearly one-quarter of all the illegal immigrants in America are in California. A study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform found that providing education, health care and other services to illegal immigrants and their dependents costs California taxpayers $25.3 billion a year, which amounts to $2,370 a year for each California household headed by a U.S. citizen. That’s certain to skyrocket with Newsom vowing to provide Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants while simultaneously removing the National Guard from the border and continuing the "sanctuary state" and city policies that have made California a magnet for multiple deportees with violent criminal records.
And at this link are some facts about the “manufactured crisis” of the migrant caravans overwhelming Tijuana in hopes of getting into California. Incidentally, DHS is currently tracking three more caravans, one containing an estimated 12,000 people. That’s a lot of community "theater" volunteers.
Proponents of illegal immigration claim that it’s good for the economy. Then why does California have the worst income inequality in America? Why does it have 12% of the US population yet account for a third of all welfare checks? Why is it home to 22% of the entire nation’s homeless population, which has resulted in hygiene nightmares in San Francisco and Los Angeles (in L.A., city hall workers are contracting typhus from the filth and the fleas on rats; and parts of San Francisco have been compared unfavorably to slums in India.)
Come to think of it, if Californians really want to save the Golden State, it might be better to build a wall around Sacramento.