Tweet of the Day:
Speaking of Twitter, President Trump’s critics must’ve been desperate for him to tweet something outrageous to take the focus off their own abject humiliation over the Mueller report. For once, he did not take the bait. And that made them even crazier.
For those just waking or sobering up from spring break, here’s what happened last week: the left in America imploded as elite college admissions were revealed to be a scam manipulated by Hollywood liberals and other rich hypocrites; ISIS’ last stronghold was liberated; and on Sunday, the hopes and dreams of millions of Democratic politicians, rabid anti-Trumpers and fact-challenged media figures crashed and burned like the Hindenburg. In fact, many of them seem to think that learning that the President is not a Russian spy is actually a worse tragedy than the Hindenburg.
It’s been fascinating to watch the people in politics and media who have been telling us for two years that there was irrefutable proof of Russian collusion (they forgot to show it to Mueller’s team), and that the death blow to the Trump Presidency was coming any second now, trying to spin their way out of the fact that whatever molecules of credibility they still possessed had just been flushed down a gas station toilet. The entire world now knows that at best they were self-deluded and at worst, they were cynical liars spreading false information that divided the nation and undermined confidence in the American electoral system and the US President. We didn’t need “Russian collusion;” they did Putin’s job for him for free.
This is a long read, but well worth it: Matt Taibbi...yes, THAT Matt Taibbi, the liberal reporter for Rolling Stone!…offers a detailed account of how anti-Trump animosity led journalists and politicians alike to throw out long-held standards and destroy their reputations pursuing and promoting a false narrative:
In a great Twitter thread, Glenn Greenwald ripped his fellow journalists a new…bellybutton. Instapundit compiled it here:
Greenwald notes that it was the conservative news outlets, looked down on by “super-smart liberals” as “primitive and propagandistic,” that were doing really great digging and reporting. And here’s the real death blow, except it's delivered to the disgraced news media instead of Trump:
“Check every MSNBC personality, CNN law 'expert,' liberal-centrist outlets and #Resistance scam artist and see if you see even an iota of self-reflection, humility or admission of massive error.”
Spoiler alert: No, you won’t. Blogger and law professor Ann Althouse spotted the formula that’s already been settled on to try to dodge responsibility for being humiliatingly WRONG and continue to spin their own mistakes into negatives for Trump. It’s the “Far from over” strategy.
She points out that the New York Times was forced to cover two stories in one day that were both very positive for Trump and devastating for their own positions and predictions, and they handled them the exact same way. Instead of saying “Trump Exonerated” or “No Russian Collusion,” the Times’ headline was: “As Mueller Report Lands, Prosecutorial Focus Moves to New York.” They couldn’t even admit they were wrong about one witch hunt without pivoting directly to another one. Then, on the story of the final ISIS stronghold being liberated, here’s the Times’ headline: “Its Territory May Be Gone, but the U.S. Fight Against ISIS Is Far From Over.”
Prof. Althouse concludes that the new rule is “When something good for Trump happens, find the nearest bad thing and make that the focus of the news report.”
Sorry, but let me just assure the Times, CNN, MSNBC, “Beto,” Schiff, Clapper and all the rest who assured us there was a ton of evidence of Russian collusion that their credibility may be gone, but my efforts at ridiculing them and pointing out their pompous, partisan dishonesty are far from over.
We also now know how the Democrats will react to being caught in public with their pants down (and I’m not referring to Bill Clinton for once.) Like the Incredible Shrinking Man, they’ll keep shouting louder and louder, trying to be heard even as they dwindle away before our eyes. They insist this isn’t over, and the investigation will go on, despite the fact that giving a team of rabid Trump haters an unlimited budget and two years yielded nothing. Their Congressional leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, issued a joint statement questioning the Attorney General’s objectivity (Really? HE’S the one who’s not being objective?)
They say, “Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers” (Questions like, “Why would anyone vote to give you power over anything ever again”?) They go on:
“Most obviously, for the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mr. Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility.”
I assume this was released in written form because if either of them had said the word “credibility” out loud in public, listeners would have dissolved into a fit of helpless laughter. And then this:
“Congress requires the full report and the underlying documents so that the Committees can proceed with their independent work, including oversight and legislating to address any issues the Mueller report may raise. The American people have a right to know.”
For once, I actually agree with Chuck and Nancy. Now that “Russian collusion” has been revealed as an illusion and come to an ignominious conclusion, it’s time to end the confusion about who was really behind this mass delusion.
As I mentioned elsewhere, President Trump needs to kick keister and take names, and the first step to exposing those names is declassifying documents that have been hidden from the public for no good reason other than they would reveal things that the people behind this scandalous fraud don’t want the public to know. The feeble excuse was that releasing them might interfere with the ongoing Mueller investigation. Well, it’s not ongoing anymore.
Since Pelosi and Schumer’s latest vocabulary word is “transparency,” I’m sure they would not object to letting the public see all those things, ranging from the redacted Peter Strzok-Lisa Page texts (they can still redact any pillow talk, as far as I’m concerned) to the exculpatory evidence hidden from the FISA court judges to the original memo outlining the scope of Mueller’s investigation (and why has that been kept hidden?) The Conservative Treehouse blog has a handy list of all the things Congressional Republicans asked for months ago:
Since Congressional Democrats are running to the cameras insisting that the entire Mueller report be made public, then let’s call their bluff and insist that everything that led to its creation be made public, too. If this leads to justifiable indictments and convictions, so be it. If it leads to the doorsteps of Hillary Clinton and the Obama White House, then that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
Nothing disinfects like sunlight, so let’s open the curtains and let the sun shine in. But don’t be surprised to see a lot of cockroaches trying to scatter when the light hits them.
A salute to the Georgia state Senate for bucking the current trend of devaluing the lives of babies in (and recently out of) the womb by passing a law banning abortion after a baby has developed a heartbeat. I often wonder why liberals never argue that life doesn’t end when the heart stops beating, but they will argue adamantly that life hasn’t begun when the heart starts beating.
Naturally, the law infuriated the pro-abortion crowd, including actress Alyssa Milano, who is calling for Hollywood to boycott filming in Georgia. I have a feeling that studios will look at the costs and taxes involved in shooting in California and decide that they can live with shooting in Georgia and casting someone other than Alyssa Milano.
I hate to see Democrats get their anti-Trump hopes up only to see them dashed again (okay, I enjoy seeing it, but I’m sick of the nation having to live through it). So for those who think the New York prosecutors will finally “get” that wascal Trump, here’s a link to an article by law professor Jonathan Turley on why that’s highly unlikely. And if they actually thought about it, they wouldn’t want them to.
For instance, the big PR splash they made by announcing charges against Paul Manafort is predicated on charging him with crimes he’s already pleaded guilty to on the federal level. So they’ve made it clear that they are willing to jettison every citizen’s protection against double jeopardy (being tried twice for the same crime) just to get one man because he once worked for Donald Trump. Does any thinking person think beating up on Manafort is worth giving up one of your basic constitutional protections for?
Besides, some of the crimes they want to charge Manafort with are the kind of “dodging the system” infractions that tens of thousands of New Yorkers engage in just to survive the impossible costs and regulations of living in Manhattan. For instance, remember on “Friends” how Monica and Rachel could afford that great place because they were illegally subletting a rent-controlled apartment from Monica’s grandmother? Well, under the standards being applied to Manafort, our Friends Monica and Rachel would be heading to prison for life. And they'd have a LOT of company there.
This is a pretty hilarious article by Larry Thornberry about how the Democratic Party has been taken over by “a scrum of foul balls, short rounds, wingnuts, has-beens, never have beens, crazy uncles, fake Indians, and real nutters looking to be the head donkey.” It also makes the seldom-mentioned point that if the “Green New Deal” were really initiated, the cost estimates would be irrelevant because without the cheap fossil fuel energy that only recently ended the longstanding norm of grinding poverty, “the economy shuts down. Poverty, disease, death, and civil war follow. Life once again becomes nasty, brutish, and short. Bye-bye fossil fuels. Hello 18thcentury.”
Apparently, even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now recognizes how disastrous her own bill is because she’s denouncing Mitch McConnell for scheduling a vote on it in the Senate. How dare he let people vote on the bill she proposed?!
Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is offering an alternative for those who accept the idea that human-caused climate change is a real issue but don’t think that mass suicide is the best solution. It’s called the “Green Real Deal,” and it encompasses market-based competition to improve green energy, increasing the efficiency of the power grid, and building more nuclear plants, which produce reliable energy in great amounts with no CO2. The left has never really explained why they oppose that, other than that everything they know about nuclear power, they learned by watching “The Simpsons.”
There’s more at the link. The best part is that even if you disagree with the premise that manmade climate change is real, the worst case scenario with this plan is that it wouldn’t affect the climate, but it would lead to cheaper, cleaner, more efficient energy and not the return of the Dark Ages.
Michael Goodwin in the New York Post has an excellent post-mortem on the “Russia! Russia! Russia!” hoax, reminding us of what it cost America, and not just in terms of dollars. Also, of who is really to blame, starting with Hillary Clinton, who pushed this “big lie” as an excuse for losing an election. Goodwin says she should apologize and publicly acknowledge the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency, which is unlikely. But “until she does, she should be shunned in public life. She has no credibility to speak on any issue or endorse any candidate.” Amen to that, but it could have easily been said long ago.
Well worth reading, and I especially love his term for the Democrats who are refusing to accept reality and continuing to rant and push conspiracy theories and waste the people’s time and money with endless partisan investigations. He calls them “the suicide caucus.”
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