Prepare to be enraged
There’s an old saying: “Just because you’re paranoid, that doesn’t mean they aren’t really out to get you.” Remember that when liberals mock President Trump as paranoid when he complains that a Deep State hive of entrenched leftist termites are working to undermine his Administration. Between the rapidly unraveling FBI/FISA court witch hunt and the latest from James O’Keefe’s undercover video sting operation, Project Veritas, we not only know it’s true, but we can now put names and faces on the insurrectionists.
This is a link to the first in a promised series of undercover videos. Meet State Department employee Stuart Karaffa, who is also coincidentally a proud member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America and a diligent Trump Resister. Judging from the video, he thinks we taxpayers are giving him a salary to spend his work hours on political organizing and blocking his duly-elected boss’s agenda while mocking the very idea that he might ever be fired or held accountable for violating ethics laws.
Watch the video and prepare to be enraged. And remember, this is only the first installment.
And the Emmy for "Lowest-Rated Emmy Show of All Time" goes to…Last night’s leftwing pep rally for self-congratulatory limousine socialists, which sank 10% lower in the ratings than even the previous year’s record-setting ratings catastrophe. (I’ll admit, I’m one of the hundreds of millions who found something better to do last night, like watching their freezers defrost or counting all the cat hairs on their sofas; but I did read the reviews. They weren’t pretty.)
In between all the Trump-bashing, virtue-signaling and condescending lecturing to Americans about our many shortcomings, the industry that gave us Matt Lauer and Les Mooves occasionally poked fun at its own hypocrisy, but not nearly enough. I expected Republicans to ignore it, but the show was so bad that even liberal outlets like the Daily Beast wrote, “Worst awards show in years…A cringe-worthy, tonedeaf embarrassment!” Their writer had to admit that the best part was seeing Betty White knock a few jokes out of the park at 96. But ultimately, she just served as a reminder of a time when the shows nominated were watched by more Americans than you could fit into a VW microbus.
Of course, part of the criticism by liberal critics was that it just wasn’t “woke” enough, but it’s hard to be woke when you’re struggling to stay awake. The Daily Beast’s critic carped that the Emmy telecast was “a disappointment given the opportunity there is now, as other recent award show moments and telecasts have proven, to galvanize, provoke, inspire, and lead the way to change with these shows. It’s not just about a trophy and a speech at a mic stand. It’s about a platform, a message, and representation.” That’s funny, I thought it was about handing a trophy to the best shows on television. That should mean, for example, "comedies" that are actually funny. Maybe it’s just impossible to select any “best” shows when most of them have been ruined by the mentality that every show much be a “platform” for leftist messages to “galvanize, provoke, inspire, and lead the way to change.” That’s done nothing but lead us all to change the channel to a “Golden Girls” rerun.
Not to toot my own horn, but I think the show we do out of Hendersonville, Tennessee, on TBN every week is better than the boring, predictable leftist tripe that got all the talk/variety nominations. Our political discussions are more intelligent (and far more “diverse,” although diversity of viewpoint is the one type of diversity that Hollywood doesn’t celebrate) and we have actual variety, with music, comedians, magicians, authors and other talents. News flash, Hollywood: you may think it’s great that there are so many shows that all feature snarky liberals sitting behind desks and railing about Trump, but that’s not how the rest of us define “variety.”
IT BEGINS: Trump declassifies the unredacted FBI material
Hallelujah! Can I hear an amen!!
I think the President must have heard us. Trump has ordered the declassification of some of the key documents relating to the so-called Trump/Russia investigation, including portions of the surveillance warrant application and the renewals to spy on one-time Trump campaign associate Carter Page, FBI reports of interviews (“302s”) related to the application, additional interviews of senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, and all text messages from Ohr, former FBI Director James Comey, former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that are related to the Russia investigation --- WITHOUT REDACTIONS.
It won’t be just the newly unredacted material that is interesting, but also the apparent rationale the FBI had for making the redactions in the first place. At this point, most of us aren’t naive enough to assume the redactions were done in the name of national security as claimed. When we see the “what,” we’ll probably be able to figure out the “why.”
We’ve had a good idea of what was going on for quite some time, and now these documents should offer confirmation for what we’ve long suspected: corruption and “collusion” at the highest levels of our intelligence and law enforcement bureaucracy, in perhaps the biggest political scandal of our time. These people became what John Solomon of The Hill calls “a political attack machine.” The oddest thing about Trump’s decision to declassify is that there are actually “journalists” (I have to use quotation marks here) expressing their disapproval of it.
Since when do reporters not want newsworthy documents declassified? I guess that only happens when the results are going to politically harm their friends. In a better, less politicized environment, everyone –- on both the left and the right –- would be concerned about this stunning abuse of power.
One thing we’ve learned from Lisa Page’s testimony from July of this year before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees is that nine months into the FBI investigation, at the time Robert Mueller took over the case, no evidence of “collusion” with Russia on the part of Trump or his campaign had been found. “It still existed in the scope of possibility that there would be literally nothing,” she said in her closed-door hearing. Of course, that fact didn’t stop deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from appointing Mueller as special counsel and giving him free rein to venture into any and all “related matters.”
Mueller was appointed special counsel in May of 2017, taking over the Trump/Russia “investigation” just eight days after Comey was deservedly fired by President Trump. As FOX News investigative reporter Catherine Herridge points out, Strzok texted Lisa Page just two hours after Comey was fired, saying, “We need to open the case we’ve been waiting on now while Andy is acting.” That’s a reference to Andrew “Andy’s office” McCabe, who as deputy would have been acting in Comey’s place.
Page texted back, “We need to lock in (redacted), in a formal chargeable way. Soon.” I’m really looking forward to seeing that sentence, and all the others, without those thick black bars.
House Democrats reacted to Trump’s announcement in exactly the way we’ve come to expect. (They are so predictable.) California Rep. Adam Schiff called the move “an abuse of power, not about transparency” though it is clearly within the President’s power to do this and it is ALL about transparency. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “The President is potentially risking the lives of our patriots by compromising sources and methods, all so he can advance falsehoods and false narratives that distract from the truth of the Trump-Russia scandal.” Two things about that: First, “the truth of the Trump-Russia scandal” is that there is still no evidence of collusion between the campaign and Russia. Second, the “sources and methods” being compromised are sources like Hillary-financed political hack/ex-spy Christopher Steele and methods like the FBI leaking anti-Trump stories to the New York Times and Washington Post.
The declassified documents are expected to show that there was really no basis for the FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page and that important information –- exculpatory evidence concerning Carter Page (who has never been charged with anything despite being accused of being a Russian agent) and George Papadopoulos (who recently pleaded guilty to lying to investigators and was sentenced to 14 days in jail) –- was kept from the FISA court. The warrant applications will be shown to have relied heavily on the unverified Steele “dossier.” Our government had no business spying on an American citizen, but they did, apparently just because it was a “way in” to the Trump campaign.
The declassification is not immediate – it does take some time –- but the White House wants it done as soon as possible. It can’t happen soon enough. Herridge reports that the first documents could start appearing within days and that the first to be declassified will most likely be the FISA warrant application against Carter Page and the FBI interviews with Ohr.
Most major news organizations will dig out their 10-foot poles with which to NOT touch this story, but we’ll be all over it here. In the name of transparency.
Leftist virtue-signaling and antisemitism at the University of Michigan
Bill Maher likes to say that there’s only one prejudice that it’s still okay to practice, and that’s ageism. But that’s not exactly true. If you are a leftist, it’s okay to hate and denigrate all sorts of demographic groups as long as they don’t hew precisely to your own narrow-minded set of beliefs. If you’re a blue-collar Trump voter, it’s okay for them to call you a smelly deplorable or (in the words of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser’s lawyer) a “miscreant.” If you’re a black Trump supporter, it’s okay to call you a traitor to your race and smear you with the foulest racist stereotypes.
And of course, the one prejudice that’s perfectly acceptable on the left these days is antisemitism. The left seems to have adopted musical satirist Tom Lehrer’s sarcastic lyric, “Everybody hates the Jews,” as a personal creed, which is especially ironic coming from people who claim to hate Nazis and fight fascists, yet they support Middle Eastern factions whose beliefs are perfectly in line with those expressed by Adolf Hitler in “Mein Kampf.” (If you think I’m exaggerating, a survey in the late ‘90s found than an Arabic translation of that book was the sixth-biggest bestseller in Palestine.)
It’s disturbing but sadly not unusual to find leftist virtue-signaling and antisemitism rubbing shoulders in all sorts of allegedly high-minded places in the West. The latest example comes straight out of Heartland America, courtesy of a professor at the University of Michigan.
A student who wanted to study abroad at Tel Aviv University asked the professor for a letter of recommendation. At first he agreed, but later wrote to say he would have to rescind that after realizing that the student wanted to study in Israel. He explained, “As you may know, many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in support of Palestinians living in Palestine.” The BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) campaign against Israel seeks “to isolate Israel academically, culturally, economically and militarily” until it abides by key Palestinian demands. And it specifically forbids writing letters of recommendation for students to study in Israel.
Instead of doing what students are expected to do these days – shut up and kowtow to leftist idiocy – the student went public with his complaint about this “disturbing” imposition of the professor’s personal anti-Israel bias on his professional duties. The student said, “All I asked for was an academic recommendation regarding my work habits, diligence, and aptitude as a student,” and the rejection had nothing to do with any of that, just the professor’s animus against Israel.
I assume that if the student had wanted to go to some oppressive nation like China, Russia, Saudi Arabia or Cuba, the prof would have had no objections, but he is completely intolerant of the only democracy in the Middle East, and the only one that truly protects human rights and freedom of religion for all believers. To add insult to injury, this guy is a professor in – wait for it – the Department of American Culture! Sorry, in my America, neither practicing nor supporting antisemitism is an acceptable part of American culture.
I have been to Israel dozens of times over many years, and never fail to learn something new and valuable on every trip. Might I suggest that this professor pull his smug butt out of his leftist academic cocoon and try visiting Israel himself. Let him experience the peaceful, advanced, multicultural democracy of Israel, then visit the parts of that area controlled by the Palestinian Authority (some advice from personal experience: you’d better go under cover of darkness with well-trained armed guards.) Maybe if he saw what Israel has to deal with on a daily basis as a matter of life or death, it would knock the antisemitic blinders off his eyes.
Tonight at 8 p.m. EST, the Western Journal is hosting a free online premiere of “Trump @ War,” the new movie from the makers of the Internet sensation, “Clinton Cash.” It chronicles the all-out media war against the Trump Administration (warning: there is graphic language, and not just in Google executive meetings.) Details on how to obtain your invite code to see the film are at the link, and you might want to share this with any friends who’d like ammunition to fire back when they are attacked by leftist acquaintances for not joining in the 24/7 Trump-bashing that popular culture seems to demand of everyone these days.
Latest Kavanaugh update
Latest update on the 11th-hour accusation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh: The confirmation vote has been postponed so that a hearing with both Kavanaugh and his accuser can be held next Monday. And it will be televised, so if you thought that the Democrats turned the previous SCOTUS hearing into the most histrionic episode ever of “WWE Raw,” you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Meanwhile, here’s a reminder that a vague accusation of sexual impropriety by a Republican judge that allegedly took place 36 years ago with no evidence or witnesses is grounds for destroying a career, while a specific accusation of serious domestic violence against a current Democratic political candidate isn’t worthy of being believed.
Time magazine purchased
Yet another failing dead-tree publication has been purchased by a deep pockets Internet tycoon. This time, it’s Time magazine. The venerable news weekly (Holy cow, remember when people got their news in weekly installments?! That now seems like waiting for dispatches to arrive by sailing ship from the New World!) was purchased for $190 million by Mark Benioff, co-founder of the cloud-based sales and marketing service Salesforce, and his wife.
If $190 million seems like a bargain basement price for a publication that’s been world famous for nearly a century, consider this: for that same amount, he could have bought Newsweek 190 million times over.
More about John Kerry violating the Logan Act
It looks as if my observation that John Kerry might have finally provided us with the first prosecutable violation of the Logan Act in over 200 years has caught some people’s fancy and sparked debate. Good! It’s been instructive to see how many Democrats who wanted to jail Trump officials for violating the Logan Act just for talking at cocktail parties to people from a country we aren’t at war with (Russia) see nothing wrong with Kerry secretly conducting diplomacy with Iran, a hostile foreign nation that supports terrorism (that thing we’re at war with), without official standing in a deliberate attempt to undermine the policies of the elected US government (i.e., “the Logan Act.”)
My comments were just an observation; I don’t really expect Kerry to be charged, because as we learned with Hillary Clinton, federal laws protecting national security don’t apply to failed Democratic presidential candidates. But I’d love to see the Justice Department take a (for once) serious look at whether he should be charged with violating federal laws. Oh, look: maybe they actually will!
Terrific editorial cartoon that not only jabs John Kerry for his “shadow diplomacy” to undermine the elected US government, it also reminds of what real collusion with hostile foreign governments looks like – and not just Kerry and Iran, but a President who was actually caught on camera colluding with Putin back when Democrats were A-okay with that.
Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee:
Nike is glorifying Colin Kaepernick as a martyr for free speech for “bravely” kneeling during the National Anthem and wearing socks depicting the police as pigs. We’re all supposed to admire his great “sacrifice” for his principles. But when one lone, peaceful, pro-police protester named Jimmie Cavin sat in the parking lot of a Nike store in West Little Rock – not being obnoxious or accosting anyone, just waving a “Blue Lives Matter” flag – the store manager called the cops on him.
It would be hypocritical enough for a brand that claims to be defending free speech to try to silence a critic’s free speech, but ladling on layers of irony like the toppings at a frozen yogurt bar, the store manager actually tried to squelch a protest of someone who attacks cops by calling the cops. Or as Cavin put it, “Nike called the police on the guy supporting the police for supporting the police.”
Luckily, the police quickly realized that Cavin was doing nothing wrong – just exercising his First Amendment rights! – and left him alone.
Incidentally, just to be clear and consistent: Cavin was doing this on his own time. If he had walked into his workplace and started waving a flag in customers’ faces when he was supposed to be doing his job, his boss would have been perfectly justified in telling him to put it away and get to work or he’d be fired.
See how free speech works? Obviously, Nike and Colin Kaepernick don’t.
Nike’s new slogan should be “Just blew it!”
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