Evening Edition - May 29

May 29, 2019

Journalism 2019:  NYU Professor and Time magazine columnist makes up fake quote from President Trump praising Kim Jong-Un and posts it on Twitter.  Backtracks after it’s retweeted over a thousand times and he gets blasted for making up fake news.  Claims he was demonstrating how fake news gets started and that his fake quote was “plausible.”  Trump complains about this fake news and says maybe we need to change the libel laws to discourage it.  Media organizations that can’t bother to fact-check their own anti-Trump stories immediately pile on Trump for making inaccurate statement about libel laws.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-seizes-on-nyu-professors-tweet-to-push-change-of-libel-laws

My question:  How can I be sure Trump really said that about libel laws?


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President Trump returns to Washington today after a weekend trip to Japan for trade talks and a stopover on the warship USS Wasp to deliver a Memorial Day message to troops.  Here’s a recap of his Japanese trip:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-celebrates-progress-in-trade-negotiations-during-eventful-japan-visit

And here is his Memorial Day message.  I’m linking to a video of it because just about every news story I could find was filled with snarky criticisms and negative comparisons of his message to Obama’s previous messages, etc.  Because constant Trump-bashing is what Memorial Day is all about.  I guess to some people, that’s what everything is about.

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/donald-trump-memorial-day-remarks-uss-wasp/

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Sleazy porn lawyer/alleged thief Michael Avenetti has a very bad Tuesday in store.  His indictments are stacking up so high, he’s facing two arraignments today in New York, just hours apart.  I wonder if he’ll use the same car service that used to rush him from CNN to MSNBC for his multiple TV appearances in the same day.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/michael-avenattis-bad-day-disgraced-lawyer-to-face-not-1-but-2-arraignments

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Chinese state TV is using “The Daily Show” as a source of anti-American propaganda.  That’s  pretty much what we use it for, too.

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/445656-china-state-tv-airs-daily-show-clip-of-trevor-noah-saying-us-banned-huawei


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 Very interesting essay by a longtime Democrat, California native and attorney on the decades-long descent of California into leftist madness and how it eventually forced the blinders off his eyes and turned him into a conservative.  Now, if the same thing could only happen to about 10 million of California’s 19 million registered voters, maybe the state could finally regain its sanity, and its sanitation.

http://www.bookwormroom.com/2019/05/26/california-turned-this-democrat-into-a-conservative/

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Robert Mueller apparently does not plan to agree to testify to Congress, but he made his first and possibly last public statement yesterday.  You can read about it at the link.

https://www.westernjournal.com/mueller-speaks-russia-investigation-first-time/

I’ll leave it up to trained attorneys and former prosecutors to argue over whether he should have said what he said, or made any such statement at all.  But it appears to me as a layman in law but a longtime observer of political chicanery that this statement served the same function as the second half of his report – the part that went into possible obstruction of justice and should never have been written at all (if a prosecutor can't find evidence to charge someone with a crime, then he doesn’t make a public statement smearing their reputation.) 

Mueller led an exhaustive, lengthy, expensive and openly hostile investigation, yet in the end was forced to admit that he could find no evidence that Trump, his staffers or any other American colluded with Russia to affect the 2016 election results.  Now, he tries to exit the scene with a statement claiming he never considered charging Trump with a crime because it would have been unconstitutional to charge a sitting President. 

If he found no evidence of a crime, then Trump’s status as President is entirely irrelevant.  Mueller has to know that bringing up that “Presidential immunity” issue now will do nothing but churn up more anti-Trump hysteria among Democrats and the media.  It’s the equivalent of throwing a bucket of chum into a shark tank. 

I can’t see any purpose for this needlessly provocative statement other than a desperate hope that if enough anti-Trump, pro-impeachment fury can be churned up over nothing, it will distract attention from, and possibly even derail, the investigations into the investigators. 

Personally, at this point, I think that Mr. Mueller, having had two years and over 440 pages to reveal any evidence he found (not to express his leanings, feelings or opinions, which is not his job), has more than said his piece.  It’s too late for any PS’s or take-backs.  He didn’t charge Trump with a crime because he admitted he found no evidence of any crimes.  It’s now time to move on to scrutinizing those people in government who did betray the public trust and provide us with evidence of real crimes. 

 


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Former President Obama picked up a hefty $600,000 paycheck for making one speech to a marketing conference in Bogota, Colombia.  I don’t begrudge anyone a paycheck for making speeches, but as PJ Media’s Stephen Green reminds us, “At some point, you’ve made enough money.”

https://pjmedia.com/trending/obama-earning-almost-600k-for-speech-in-colombia/

In defense of Obama, $600,000 sounds like a lot for one speech, but it works out to only about $2 per “I.”

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Conservatives who were hoping that the addition of two Trump-nominated Justices had resulted in a conservative or at least constructionist Court were keenly disappointed on two cases yesterday.

In the first case, the Court rejected an appeal from students opposing the Boyertown, Pennsylvania, school district’s policy of letting transgender students use whichever bathrooms and locker rooms conform to their “gender identity.” 

In a statement, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the students, said, “Students struggling with their beliefs about gender need compassionate support, but sound reasons based on common sense have always existed for schools to separate male and female teenagers in showers, restrooms and locker rooms. No student's recognized right to bodily privacy should be made contingent on what other students believe about their own gender. Because the 3rd Circuit's decision made a mess of bodily privacy and Title IX principles, we believe the Supreme Court should have reviewed it.”

The ACLU called the court’s rejection of the case “an enormous victory for transgender students across the country.”  But one of the female plaintiffs in the case said, “My voice is the echo of so many girls who want their voices to be heard and to feel protected. I hope no other girl finds herself in a situation like mine, where I felt powerless and vulnerable in my own school. Every student's privacy should be protected.”

I fear that with common sense being trampled by the transgender rights movement, the feeling of safety and privacy girls once felt in bathrooms and locker rooms is only the first of many women’s rights that are heading for the scrap heap of history, along with girls’ sports.

 This case proves that Americans cannot rely on the Supreme Court, which is the appeal of last resort, to reinstate common sense in this area, even with an allegedly more conservative majority.  They’ve already proven that they are great at inventing new rights that rip the social fabric asunder, but extremely hesitant to deal with the chaos and confusion that their own rulings create.  If we want laws that reflect common sense, we have to start at ground zero by electing lawmakers with common sense, and that’s something we definitely do not have right now. 

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/supreme-court-rejects-appeal-over-transgender-bathrooms

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Finally, proof that everything we've been saying about the 2016 election since before it was held was correct.

https://babylonbee.com/news/mueller-report-concludes-hillary-clinton-was-just-a-terrible-candidate

Okay, it's the Babylon Bee, but the fact that it's a joke doesn't make it any less true.

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  • Joan Chambers

    05/30/2019 01:55 PM

    Can't they ask for Pelosi's and Schumer's tax returns?

  • Helen Sustachek

    05/30/2019 11:46 AM

    Even I, who is not brilliant can see how the Democrats just keep point their fingers "Look over there" to keep from admitting they are the ones who should be investigated. I pray justice will be done to those who really deserve to be exposed and punished. I worry it will all fizzle out. They are going to keep this "impeaching" up until the midterms hoping they can take over the Senate, it seems to me. Republicans need to move faster, I think. Keep up the good work.

  • Carmine Fea

    05/30/2019 10:53 AM

    I am appalled at the low level of intelligence of people given authority in the FBI, our investigatory agencies, and persons deciding justice revealed by the Russian interference. More, or better, intelligence testing must be done before someone is given a job. Robert Mueller says he cannot say Trump obstructed justice, and he produced no evidence Trump obstructed justice after two years of investigation. That is the end of it - Trump did not obstruct justice. In this country a person is not guilty because the investigator/prosecutor could not prove him innocent. Mueller indicates he wants the American people to believe Trump is guilty of obstruction because he could not prove him innocent. Mueller twists the law to encourage house democrats to impeach Trump out of political bias or he is simply a low intelligent person and should not have been in the job of special counsel.

  • Amelia Little

    05/30/2019 10:52 AM

    So, no Trump/Russia or anything Trump campaign/Russia, nothing found for impeachment or obstruction--IN TWO YEARS by a democrat/liberal special counsel AND his panel of democrat/liberals, DNC/hilary donors, some with poor track records of following the law in the first place--you can bet your bottom dollar there is NOTHING to impeach President Trump on. They would have jumped on ANYTHING--if they thought they could get away with it. So the namby-pamby "one and only" public statement is, as noted, like the report--Nope, nothing there, but let's not move on, let's just spend millions of more tax payer money (congressmen rabidly focused on finding ANYTHING) in senseless "investigations" to impeach the President on. And, of course, all this to hopefully distract citizens from who actually committed crimes regarding the 2016 elections among other things. I always wonder at the intelligence of those who don't want to follow laws when it comes to the President and those who ever associated with him, but SCREAM about following laws when a democrat/socialist/liberal is being investigated. Lord help us all.

    I'm disappointed in the SCOTUS decision about school restrooms, locker rooms, etc. When did the "rights" (and I use that term loosely) of a few people outweigh the rights of the majority? Why should ANY girl have to put up with having a boy (and he IS a boy, no matter how emphatic he "identifies" as something else) being in the locker room/restroom? I suppose there are boys who "identify" as a girl just to get into the girls space (now, I am NOT saying ALL.) And, how many are "transgender" only because it's a freaking fad these days--most kids have NO IDEA what transgender means--and it is foisted upon them by parents, schools, and msm. Some years ago, it was a fad for girls in my area, at least, to claim to be lesbian. I don't know how many experimented with that (high school) but, in the end, ONE girl is a lesbian...nearly all the others are in heterosexual relationships, some married with children. Let them grow up before demanding they make a choice (and is it THEIR choice, or is it pressure from parents, teachers, etc) about their sexuality.

  • Jack macdonald

    05/30/2019 09:17 AM

    Why would the Russians want to help Trump's election? Makes no sense! Hillary had already been cutting deals with them. Had she been elected they could have gotten 100% of our uranium. Secondly she would have weakened our military rather than strengthen it. I feel that if Hillary had been offered enough money for her foundation she would have let Russia have the rest of the former USSR and maybe throw in Italy and Spain.

  • Kathy Wingate

    05/30/2019 12:49 AM

    Well, Mueller could have just picked up his paycheck and gone home. I wanted to tell him to KISS MY GRITS,to borrow an old familiar phrase. He literally handed Trump over to the drooling Dems, in hopes of an Impeachment. His report was over and done, why couldn't he just keep his mouth shut? He is as crooked as Comey, no wonder they were such good buddies. I never trusted him, or expected him to do the right thing. Another swamp dweller...good riddance!!

  • Kathy Wingate

    05/30/2019 12:47 AM

    Well, Mueller could have just picked up his paycheck and gone home. I wanted to tell him to KISS MY GRITS,to borrow an old familiar phrase. He literally handed Trump over to the drooling Dems, in hopes of an Impeachment. His report was over and done, why couldn't he just keep his mouth shut? He is as crooked as Comey, no wonder they were such good buddies. I never trusted him, or expected him to do the right thing. Another swamp dweller...good riddance!!

  • Rebecca Holstine

    05/30/2019 12:45 AM

    I watched Mueller today and as my grandfather would have said, "what a load of hogwash". I am no lawyer, but I have always heard it is a prosecutors job to charge a person with a crime, if there is evidence. If there is no evidence or not enough, they do not exonerate or find someone not guilty. They simply don't charge them. Well Mueller did not charge or even recommend he be charged, and today he comes on television and tries to deflect from what AG Barr is doing . As far as I am concerned, Mueller is not an honorable man, he has lost a lot of people's respect and needs to hid his head in shame. That is my opinion and it not likely to ever change.

  • Renata E. Melone

    05/29/2019 11:20 PM

    Mr. Mueller should have turned in his report and left it at that. No comment of any kind - he wanted to go back to his private life anyway; now he has just stirred the pot again! The left just doesn't quit! Transgender and LGB is totally against God who created a 'man' and a 'woman' and told them to procreate! Easy to see that the Left doesn't want anything to do with God and wants to live as they please and what pleases them! The consequences for them are astronomical! If it makes me sick, I can only imagine how God must feel! The difference between Him and me is - He can and will do something about it - that I am sure of!

  • Cindy Johnson

    05/29/2019 09:48 PM

    you said 'how could you know if trump really made that comment"? I couldn't find out how you would fact check that?

  • Mark and Suzanne Lansing

    05/29/2019 09:08 PM

    Dear Mike, thanks for shedding light on Mueller and his report. It reminds me of the importance for people of faith to pray daily for President Trump and those people in government who are sincerely trying to do what is good and upright for our nation. I trust that the Lord is using you to encourage our leaders of integrity and expose the darkness and scheming of those who are anti-Christian, anti-traditional values and who will resort to any means to tear down others and puff themselves up. One request I have is that you articulate how private health insurance is a more beneficial and cost effective alternative to a single payer government plan. I really believe Republicans need to be able to articulate how and why private health insurance is superior to government mandated, government controlled health insurance to enhance their chances in 2020. Thanks.

  • Sheldon Larsen

    05/29/2019 09:04 PM

    Maybe it’s time to eliminate group bathrooms and showers. And while we’re at it, let’s get rid of urinals, no one has one at home. Let the school boards figure that out.

  • M. MacLeod

    05/29/2019 08:51 PM

    How many times can you beat a dead horse and still expect it to stand up? I am completely, totally, emotionally and physically sick to DEATH of all this. Just stop it! I no longer trust our government, been lied to for to long by to many. The only thing holding this country together is prayer, lots of it! Please, just STOP. The man did nothing wrong, Mueller wasted millions of dollars (and knew from the get go) that he had nothing on President Trump. His hate for him is palatable. The deck was stacked against him and he still came out a winner. The American public is not stupid, we know nothing happened. Now, my next question is this...why isn't Hillary, Obama, Comey, Clapper, Holder et all in jail yet? When THAT happens the FBI, DOJ and the rest just might get back some respect. But until then? Not from this woman.

  • William Schlumpf

    05/29/2019 08:46 PM

    Firstly, allow me to preface my remarks by stating am not a prosecutor nor do I play one, nor have I ever played one on TV. Furthermore, I am not a judge and don't play one of them guys on TV either. I'm not even a stink'n attorney. Therefore I will not and can not pronounce Robert Mueller innocent of any crime. I won't exonerate him neither.

    I will not take any further questions.
    Thank you.

    P.S. Yeah I know we used to presume one innocent until proven guilty in a court of law (and not by a prosecutor) plus we used to name the crime too - but this is the 21st century, man! Get used to it!

  • Lisa Ford

    05/29/2019 08:24 PM

    I feel so trampled by Washington & the Supreme Court. It's like is President Trump is the only one speaking up for us. And I had to work with a male transitioning to female. But still had all male equipment, we had to put up with him in our restroom & couldn't say anything about it. I hated it. We are the victims! We are getting trashed! They are setting up more rapes. We are not secure. Don't we have a voice in the process? Tired of being bullied. And that is exactly what the LGBTQ is doing to us. They don't want us to have a voice, it's all about them & not anything to do with us. I am a legal tax paying citizen that is being stiffled by LGBTQ. Is there anything we can do to have a voice at the Supreme Court or our Senators or Congress. They don't seem to care about us.

  • Darlene F. Donston

    05/29/2019 08:12 PM

    Personally, I think it is time we cut off the pensions of these former Presidents. They all make way too much money giving these worthless speeches overseas and even here in the U.S. Plus we also pay for their Security when they travel. When you add it all up including their whole pensions.......they receive too much from "We the People" and it is time to stop this. It is no wonder that 20+ Socialist/Communists are running for President this time around. THERE IS LOTS OF MONEY TO BE MADE FOR BEING A PRESIDENT IN OFFICE AND OUT. Of course, President Trump was already a Billionaire, so he is not to be counted, I don't think since he is losing money from not running his own business and doing ours for practically nothing. So time to cut off these other Former ones and any future ones as when they make millions giving speeches, they sure don't need the money that WE THE PEOPLE PAY FOR THEIR PENSIONS!

  • Stephen Russell

    05/29/2019 07:56 PM

    Mueller testimony:
    Who ordered the FBI raid on Manafort & Stone & why, Justify reasons why.
    Whose hiding who??
    Name names
    Have Mueller testify to Senate.
    Mueller just added fuel to Dems
    & follow Nadlers advice: No One is Above the Law
    Goes Both ways