Evening Edition - December 10

December 10, 2019 |

Here are a few excellent comments on IG Michael Horowitz’s report. Much of the rest of the media might be spinning it as an exoneration of James Comey and the FBI, but the Wall Street Journal is having none of it (the full article is behind a paywall, but here’s a lengthy excerpt).

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/350959/

Reason.com, hardly a major Trump supporter, rejects the mainstream media’s touting of this as a rebuke of “anti-Trump conspiracy theories,” calling it instead a “chronicle of massive government wrongdoing.”

https://reason.com/2019/12/09/ig-report-fbi-fisa-carter-page-trump-media/#

Comment of the Day: Attorney Robert Barnes tweeted that the report “reminds us how spookily accurate John LeCarre is about the world of spooks: mediocre men w/ privileged pedigrees fantasizing they are James Bond patriotic heroes while acting like slimy, two-bit, comically inept saboteurs from an Elmore Leonard novel.”

https://twitter.com/Barnes_Law/status/1204168010438545408

Here are the extraordinary “now, wait a darn minute” statements from Attorney General Bill Barr and US Attorney John Durham on the IG’s “mistakes were made, but for no apparent reason” finding.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/agl-bill-barr-just-issued-a-translation-of-the-doj-ig-report-its-a-red-hot-rebuke-of-intrusive-trump-spying/

A number of people on social media astutely noted that many of the same talking heads who claimed that the Mueller Report's finding of no evidence that Trump colluded with Russia was not in any way an exoneration immediately declared that Horowitz's failure to establish political bias as a motivation for a deeply flawed investigation was a complete exoneration of James Comey and the FBI.  Hey, if it weren't for double standards...

As for me, other than the investigation finding that politics played no role in letting Hillary Clinton skate, I don’t think there’s been a government investigative report since the Warren Commission that will launch so much eye-rolling disbelief.  That had the “Magic Bullet Theory,” so maybe this will come to be known as the “Magic Bull-(BLEEP) Theory.”  It’s the theory that our top federal investigators could make dozens of “mistakes” in violating the most basic rules of their jobs, that all of those mistakes involving Hillary would be to her benefit and all of them involving Trump would be to his detriment, but bias played no factor whatsoever.  They just happened to zigzag that way by random chance. I find that about as plausible as flipping a coin 100 times and having it land on its edge standing up every time. 

In the meantime, while we await the real investigative reports, I’ve been looking into some new investments.  I was thinking of investing in a product called “I.G. Horowitz’s Professional Whitewash.”  It had been highly touted, but it turned out that it took ages to finish the job, and even then, it didn’t cover the stain. Most people could see right through it.    

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There seems to be no end to the number of instances that can be hauled out of history to illustrate Democrats doing the exact same things that they claim are outrageous, unprecedented and impeachable when Trump does them.

Latest example: Democratic Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden (you know, the guy who bragged on video about forcing a quid pro quo out of Ukraine or else he’d hold up their US aid?) claimed that Trump was clearly praising white supremacists when he said there were “very fine people” on both sides in the 2017 Charlottesville protests.  He even ripped into someone who tried to point out that Trump’s words were twisted out of context (in fact, even this article fails to clarify that Trump specifically said he was talking about both sides of the debate about removing Confederate monuments, and that the white nationalists “should be condemned totally.”)

https://www.westernjournal.com/hypocrisy-biden-video-surfaces-shows-calling-pro-confederate-flag-folks-fine-people/

So Joe is sticking by his story and condemning Trump totally as a defender of white nationalists, despite the fact that Trump made it abundantly clear, on video, that he was talking only about people who care about preserving Confederate history.  

Flash back to 1993: At the link above is a video of Joe Biden in the Senate, when there was a motion not to renew the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s federal charter.  While supporting the motion, Biden described the UDC as “an organization made up of many fine people who continue to display the Confederate flag.”

If the media applied equal standards (a laughable notion, I know), they would now be condemning Biden totally as a defender of white supremacists. But in reality, all that they, and Joe, will condemn is the permanent record.

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Excellent article by Julie Kelly at American Greatness on how Saturday was a terrible, awful, no-good, very bad day – not for Trump, but for Joe Biden and Barack Obama. Several stories converged in one day, and the sheer weight of them is starting to crack the media’s wall of protective silence that allowed them to promote the laughable idea that the Obama Administration was “scandal-free.”

https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/09/obama-and-biden-three-scandals-one-day/

 

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Response to Reader Comment:  Someone asked whatever happened to the revelation that under House rules, the minority has to be allowed a day in which they get to call and question witnesses.  Well, the Republicans haven’t forgotten or dropped it.

https://videos.whatfinger.com/2019/12/09/democrat-dictatorship-impeachment-hearing-gets-heated-as-republicans-demand-a-minority-hearing-day-per-rules-of-house/

 

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As we learn more about the Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting, let’s not overlook the names of some genuine heroes.  Like 23-year-old Joshua Watson, who was the “officer on deck” near the classroom when Mohammed Alshamrani began shooting. Despite being shot at least five times, Watson managed to get away and reach the arriving deputies, giving them information before he died that enabled them to find and stop Alshmrani.

Another hero was 21-year-old Cameron Walters, who was standing security watch that day and who reportedly ran toward the shooter, despite being unarmed.  If Walters and Watson had been armed that day, the story might have been very different, with many fewer dead and wounded.  They certainly were qualified to carry arms (Watson was even a rifle team captain.)  But they were all sitting ducks because US military bases are “gun-free zones” – as always, for everyone except shooters.  As Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit put it, if you’re expected to secure a building but you’re not armed, you aren’t a guard, you’re a hall monitor.

https://www.wate.com/news/national-world/father-navy-victim-shot-standing-watch-fresh-from-boot-camp/

As a reminder, over a year ago, President Trump pushed for ending this ridiculous and deadly policy, but the Defense Department pushed back, ironically leaving our soldiers defenseless.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/02/23/trump-pushes-allow-troops-carry-personal-weapons-bases.html

Let’s hope that Trump doubles down on that push now, and if any smug Deep State know-it-alls try to undermine him, that he does what we sent him there to do and fires them.

 

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In a major victory for the pro-life movement, Monday, the Supreme Court rejected without comment an appeal by the ACLU of a ruling upholding Kentucky’s “display and describe” law.  It requires abortion doctors, before performing an abortion, to do an ultrasound, explain the procedure, show the mother the fetal image and let her hear the fetal heartbeat. 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/supreme-court-leaves-kentucky-ultrasound-law-in-place

Supporters say that such laws ensure women seeking abortions are fully informed of what’s actually happening.  The ACLU argued that forcing doctors to do that violates their free speech rights. That seems like an odd argument, since I’d think most people would want to know exactly what’s going to happen during any surgery rather than only hearing what the doctor wants to tell them to make it more likely they’ll go through with the surgery.  Apparently, it didn’t impress the SCOTUS, either.  (And why is it wrong to fully inform a patient if it might make her decide not to get an abortion, but okay not to fully inform her if it might encourage her to get an abortion?). 

Still, with no explanation from the SCOTUS on why they turned down the appeal, we might just have to chalk this one up as a win and move on.   

Pro-life forces also scored another court win Monday when a California judge threw out five criminal charges against David Daleiden of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, over his undercover expose videos of Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices.

The judge let multiple criminal charges stand, but Daleiden and his attorneys believe they’ll also be thrown out on appeal, once they get away from a judge they believe is strongly biased against them and refused to let the jury see all the evidence. 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/judge-dismisses-some-criminal-charges-daleiden

Daleiden said, "Former California Attorney General Kamala Harris concocted this bogus, biased prosecution with her Planned Parenthood backers against undercover video reporting, and now their case is falling apart as the facts about Planned Parenthood’s criminal organ trafficking are revealed in the courtroom.” He called the tapes "public conversations easily overheard by third parties" and said, "The real criminals are the Planned Parenthood leadership who sold fetal body parts from late-term abortions and weaponized the justice system to try to cover it up.”

This might be the first you’ve heard of this story.  The media have barely covered it, even though it’s a ham-handed attempt to criminalize undercover reporting.  The fact that the media have not defended Daleiden, and hardly raised a peep of protest about Adam Schiff accessing and exposing journalist John Solomon’s private phone records of his calls to sources, once again demonstrates that journalistic objectivity died long ago.  I can only assume that many media outlets would rather see their own Constitutional rights aborted than defend fellow journalists who don’t toe the leftist line. 

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  • Nancy Klus

    12/11/2019 06:52 PM

    Gov,
    Who was the genius that said our Military Bases could not carry weapons?
    HUH!

  • rodney burke

    12/11/2019 01:28 PM

    The FBI "made no mistakes" That is IG cowardice and Horowitz knows it. He knows why and how all this stuff was done. He knows who the instigators are and he knows WHY they did it. IMO he wasn't man enough to come out and say what it was; criminal activities to SPY! There is no other way to characterize what happened. NO bias? did he NOT know or did he excuse the STATED bias of Comey and company? Really, is the man that stupid or what? Apparently he doesn't watch TV news or read the NYT Now granted he had a limited scope to investigate but this is not real investigation It sounds more like "I know there was criminal activity but I am not about to admit it.". But the stuff coming later is what counts. They had the authority to ask, to gather facts and subpoena testimony. God is in charge. I ask him to recompense for their contempt for him and US law.

  • Michael

    12/11/2019 01:09 PM

    Not worried about Russian, Ukraine or any other country interfering in our elections to the point of great concern, but am more than worried about the DEMOCRATS interfering, lying, cheating and doing whatever they can to interfere in the 2020 election. And they will have the lying completely non-trustworthy, irrelevant mainstream media helping them all the way.
    Some would argue that we need to political parties in our country, but starting to wonder about that. If the voters don't completely eliminate the Democrats (won't happen) at least hope that huge majorities will be voting to knock down their numbers so badly in the House and Senate, that they will become as irrelevant as they have proven themselves to be. But the Democrats are way beyond disgusting. They are dividers, haters, cheaters, liars, pursuers of scandalous activity and scheming and the list goes on and on. Why do we need the Democrats? WE DON'T. Send a message in November 2020, borrowing a line from our President - YOU'RE FIRED ! and vote as many Democrats out of office and never, never again vote for a Democrat. That is the only way we will get our country back !!!

  • Granny Anne

    12/11/2019 11:45 AM

    I only watch FOX news. I remember the 60s when the selfish and ignorant ruled our country. We made it past them...and we made it passed Obama and his transvestite companion. President Donald Trump is a good man and with the help of intelligent and sensible people we will make it through this. I started watching FOX this morning, but when Feinstein started talking I shut off the TV.

  • Pam Duffy

    12/11/2019 11:31 AM

    1. Why aren't SCOTUS John Roberts and his hand chosen FISA judges being called on the carpet to explain their "acceptance" of obvious bad FISA warrants?
    2. Why does Chris Wary remain as FBI Director when he makes it quite obvious his "bent" is not on the side of President Trump or We the People. A men who served as the Supervisor of Andrew Wiseman and allowed him to run rush-shod as a prosecutor over ENRON, etc. is not a FBI director who stands for an institution display INTEGRITY!
    3. Will not the Senate continuing to beat the impeachment drum with a hearing backfire on the Republicans. Majority of Americans want this to stop and get back to business for We the People.

  • Ruth Ferraro

    12/11/2019 09:14 AM

    Thank you for keeping us so up to date on important issues. With all these issues regarding "impeachment" and the liberal attitudes for "abortion on demand", may the Lord intercede.

  • Anne Turner

    12/10/2019 11:46 PM

    Dear Governor,

    The problem is that very few, if any of my progressive friends ,will listen to anything except CNN and ilk, and will only read WAPO. I can hear them say the AG found no political bias and thus exonerated the FBI , etal. Schiff and Nadler proved Trump tried to enlist a foreign country for his political gain. If questioned about Biden, they will say that was settled long ago. They profoundly believe that without illegal help Trump could not possibly have beaten Hilary. Nothing is going to change that.

    Durham can come out with criminal charges against all sorts of people and take them to trial but they will accuse him of being a Trump asset. Look how they defended Muller even after he did such a poor job in his speech. He obviously was just a mouthpiece and possibly in the early stages of dementia. That Is not a mean attack. He really did sound muddled. Wouldn’t it be lovely enough Dems vote against impeachment that it fails. Oh, well pipe dreams. I do not sense that most of their hearts are really into it but they will dutifully follow the party line. The .senate will not convict and will use the opportunity to bring out interesting witnesses who will make the Dems look like idiots.

    Does this exposing phone contacts by Schiff not disturb anyone? But I can hear my lib friends saying, oh I never heard about that. When I brought up the whole Clinton foundation stuff that is exactly what they said. There is simply no way to cope with ignorance. Hsiang education does not necessarily cure ignorance. I give as an example AOC with her degree in economics. Boy dis she get ripped off.

    Finally, I do believe that the absence of Judeo/Christian training and church attendance is behind most of the cultural decline. God’s rules were meant to help us live together in a peaceful and mutually respectful society. Three days of random shooting is pretty much over the top.

  • Jerry Korba

    12/10/2019 11:13 PM

    Another win for our president and our country with trade agreement finally passing the house. A person with three active brain cells as Americans would be very happy. Pelosi brought out about the saddest 20 people to stand with her as she announced the passing of the new deal with Canada and Mexico they looked as if they just lost an election maybe they are reading the writing of the polls oh writing on the wall mags it’s everywhere

  • Dusty

    12/10/2019 10:27 PM

    Loved Barnes and his comment on Bond and these Demos and what they are doing now to this President because they can and do not care. Sad time for this country and it has not been any Russian that has divided us but the hateful Demos in our Congress who need to go. Saw Maxine Watters standing by Schiff today with her big smirk of a smile and she is one nasty viscious woman . More is building up daily to support this President we see the lies and the control these people do not want to give up and the extremes they will go to get the total power. We who watched some of the Schiff debacle most I know are not even watching do not care know it is a scam. See now the Deep State and now Horowitz and his comment on the FBI and not political oh really. No, I did not just fall of the turnip truck. Using racism for the past 2 years to divide us , to use the Confederate flag as anti slaves and all my years of coming to the South to visit as a kid never ever saw or heard this was against any race. To me raised in Delaware coming to my home of W Va family and see this flag different places I always thought of it as to show the South. Now it is made into total racism and those who fought were totally wrong in what they believed so now take them down and act like they never existed. this is wrong. We are all of these people from the start of the Pilgrims that many say to get rid of? Why are they wanting to tear down all of what this country is all about? WHY? To make it into what a Socialist we tell you how to live country? NO! We are all of the World here all kinds of nationalities not just blacks or Hispanics but every one at Heinz 57 .

  • THOMAS GRAMLICK

    12/10/2019 10:18 PM

    OOPS, History just might repeat itself in November 2020. What history? Remember when the Democrats forced the American people to accept Obamacare? How many Democrats returned to Washington D.C. after that one passed and heaped another slush fund upon the American People. Impeach a President elected by the People and remember who was the House speaker then and now, so history just might repeat itself in 2020 with many Democrat party members gone.

  • William Schlumpf

    12/10/2019 09:55 PM

    Gun free zones at military bases are shooting galleries for terroristas. Since the Navy was unprepared for this incident are they similarly unprepared for a jihadi flying his trainer off the designated course for a rendezvous with the 72 Virginians? And what constitution infers 2nd amendment rights upon foreign nationals?

  • Barney FLint

    12/10/2019 09:30 PM

    I am getting happier with every day, that I will not likely live to see the carnage that will ensue if the demonrats succeed in their farce of the impeachment of the President. I truly hope that the predicted by some, of a landslide win in the 2020 election for President Trump comes to pass. It will be scary but fun to watch as the demonrats implode with more impeachment chatter. I will be getting much too old to really fight back even though I would really enjoy it I think. What I fear is a civil war that I fear may still come even before the election. If it appears that the civil war is going to come to pass before the next election, then I will join in the fight with all the energy I have.

  • Amelia Little

    12/10/2019 09:24 PM

    Am watching a speech (or conversation) with AG Barr--the segment is shown on Hannity. Anyway, as my mind races, the thought hit me--when are nancy, nadler, shiff, et al, going to scream--unfair!!! Illegal!!! WE DEMANDED William Barr recuse himself, he didn't, so nothing he has done should be considered. I'm guessing that they really did have Sessions under their thumb. He did have some fine moments during his tenure--but it's all pretty much cancelled out by his hiding from some of the most important issues he should have been dealing with.

    I am glad the AG Barr and US Att Durham also have their investigations. I understand that the IG was hamstrung a bit because his powers were limited. But, it was quite disappointing to hear/read that his report included--well, they were "MISTAKES," errors--but sounded somewhat like comey's sweeping hilary clinton's email/server/bleach bit, etc under the rug. Well, yeah, it was wrong, but gee---maybe a mistake. Or however it was worded.

  • Lawrence Foster

    12/10/2019 08:01 PM

    Unless there is a federal law declaring military bases a "gun free zone", President Trump should immediately rescind this ridiculous rule, and direct that all guards on a military base be armed and have live ammo.

  • Robert Crane

    12/10/2019 07:05 PM

    Mike, I'm a Christian Republican, and there is no more Democratic party, it's nothing but trash.

  • Jack macdonald

    12/10/2019 07:04 PM

    It crosses my mind that the Dem slate of candidates is replete with abject losers. Joe has already struck out twice . He lost once when it was exposed that he was a plagiarist and can't rely on his own original thoughts. If he had any, I think they would be scary. Secondly, he spent 8 yrs as VP watching his Muslim leader undermine the very foundations of this country. A real American and a patriot would not stand by silently while this was going on. He is a simple and thorough sycophant. The fact that he leads in the polls tells us what a cast of losers the Dems are. Too bad people who belong to this party still think that it exists. A wake up call is overdue and while we are at it someone should alert them that there is no real mainstream media. Relying on CNN for news can damage your intellect.

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    12/10/2019 06:48 PM

    Mr. Trump fired those Navy clowns - he should just issue a direct order allowing soldiers to get
    " certified " to carry guns on base - and commanders should be required to pack heat. The next thing you know, in a Democratic admin, they'll be calling combat areas " gun free zones " ;-}

  • Steven Swanson

    12/10/2019 06:23 PM

    I don't know how it's possible but, the left continues to astonish me with its blatant hypocrisy! You would think I'd be used to it by now....

  • Gary Novotny

    12/10/2019 06:20 PM

    If IG Horowitz is skewing facts in favor of Democrats and he is glossing over the truth in his report, then it ought to be called out loud and clear. Getting the truth told is very important. Don't let him skate.