From the archives: a reminder of what happened the last time Gen. Flynn’s judge, Emmet Sullivan, was presented with a group of prosecutors who were plainly trying to railroad a defendant with a partisan charge and keep the court from seeing any evidence of their misconduct. Let us hope history repeats itself.
When Rep. Nancy Pelosi suddenly grew a sense of thriftiness with taxpayer money and declared it too expensive, immoral even, to spend $5 billion on a wall to secure our Southern border, President Trump responded that he could always order the military to build it. Cue the usual round of ridicule from the media about how Trump doesn’t understand how the government or the Constitution work.
That went on for about 24 hours before the Pentagon issued a statement. In short, it said: Yep, Trump is perfectly within his powers to order the Department of Defense to build the wall, as part of his duty as Commander-in-Chief to stop drug traffickers and act to protect the US in a national emergency (you probably assumed that was the job of federal judges.) That led Democratic Rep. Adam Smith of Washington to declare that he would press Congress to bar Trump from using the military to build a wall. Of course, he’d have to get that bill through the GOP Senate, and then overcome Trump’s veto, and then get the SCOTUS to uphold a bill that’s plainly unconstitutional.
Hey, wait: I thought it was Trump who didn’t understand how the government or the Constitution work?
At the link, Bradley A. Smith explains that what Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to isn’t even a crime, nor is what he claims President Trump did in using his own money to pay off an accuser to go away a campaign finance violation. In fact, if a businessman really wanted to be unscrupulous, he would’ve used campaign funds to pay off his accusers, then just dropped out of the race. Or, I might personally add, he would have set up a slush fund to pay off his accusers with taxpayer money, the way some Congress members who are now demanding Trump’s impeachment did.
Smith says that pressuring Cohen with threats of prison to get him to plead guilty to non-crimes, then trying to make his plea somehow binding on President Trump, is a “threat to our democracy and rule of law” that Trump should fight ferociously.
And what does Bradley A. Smith know about campaign finance laws, compared to the wisdom of all those cable news talking heads and late night comics/DNC house jesters? Nobody special; he's just the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.
For quite a while now, the media have paid no price for polluting the culture with “fake news,” other than lowering their credibility with the public to the level of banjo-playing patent medicine salesmen of the 1870s. But former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio just put a dollar amount on the cost of one fake story: $300 million!
Those are the damages for slander that Arpaio is seeking in lawsuits against CNN president Jeff Zucker, CNN host Chris Cuomo, the Huffington Post and Rolling Stone, which doesn’t have a great track record lately with defamation cases brought by people they falsely branded as rapists and rape enablers. Arpaio says he suffered public ridicule, loss of earnings and damage to his reputation and political aspirations because those media outlets falsely branded him as a felon or ex-felon, with HuffPo even writing that he had spent time in prison. Arpaio’s attorneys claim this was done with malice and reckless disregard for the truth. How reckless?
In fact, Arpaio’s never been to prison, nor has he been convicted of, charged with or even arrested for a felony. He was pardoned by President Trump for a misdemeanor charge which he claims was politically motivated and legally incorrect and that he expects to be thrown out on appeal. All of these facts could have been verified via the arduous journalistic task of doing a Google search.
Larry Klayman of the group Freedom Watch, which has taken on Arpaio’s case, said, “It’s time that someone stood up to the Left’s ‘Fake News’ media, which is bent on destroying anyone who is a supporter of the president and in particular Sheriff Arpaio,” and that he’s standing up to the media bullying not just for himself or Trump “but also all fair-minded and ethical Americans.”
I’m no lawyer (Google it, it’s true!), but my advice to those media outlets would be to take a lesson from Rolling Stone’s recent courtroom exploits and offer Arpaio a big fat settlement right now...before his attorneys start subpoenaing all the internal communications that led up to them slandering him as a felon and ex-con. Who knows what cockroaches that would expose to the light? And another word of advice: don’t try to put the settlement on a fake credit card.
From the “You’re Doing This All Wrong” Desk: Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg (who obviously has money to flush down the gutter) teamed up with some European environmentalist artists for a project called “Ice Watch London.” It’s to “raise awareness” of climate change on the third anniversary of the Paris Climate Accord (incidentally, how much CO2 has been released by all the burning from the riots in Paris lately?) And to quote Dave Barry, I swear, I am not making this up.
The project involves illustrating the desperate need to curb CO2 emissions by cutting 220,000 pounds of ice from glaciers in Greenland (which environmentalists claim they are trying to save) and transporting it 2,000 miles by smoke-spewing trucks, trains and ships to London, where it will sit in a park and people can watch it melt down the drains. Along with Mike Bloomberg’s money.
You’d think they’d be able to find some ice much closer by, considering that today’s temperatures in London are projected to range between 30 and 42 degrees F., whereas the historical average for this date is much warmer (38 to 45 degrees F.) Or maybe it’s just expected to be cooler because they shipped in all that ice from Greenland. On the bright side, maybe it will attract environmentalist tourists who’ll fly in from all over the world to watch the ice melt and say, “See? Everyone is now aware that ice melts!"
Coolest Photo of the Week: Sailors on board the USS George H.W. Bush honor the aircraft carrier's namesake by standing on deck in the dark and spelling out his initials and presidential number in hand-held points of light.