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Evening Edition - July 25

5 minute read

July 25, 2019

“Democratic” socialists like Bernie Sanders love to promise “Medicare for All,” but they never describe what it would be like sharing a waiting room with 350 other Americans, all trying to get in to see whatever doctors are still in business.  As an example, leftists extol the wonderful free health care in Cuba, but they don’t tell you that in addition to shortages, rationing and long lines for basic foods, Cubans are also in dangerously short supply of 47 medications, some of them life-saving meds, including anti-seizure, high blood pressure, diabetes and anti-psychotic drugs.  I’m tempted to ask whether the people who think we need socialism here are using up the world’s supply of anti-psychotic drugs.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/wont-hear-bernie-talking-deadly-medicine-shortage-socialist-cuba/

Meanwhile, back here in America, land of the inferior medical system run by coldhearted capitalists, President Trump is reportedly planning a sweeping executive order that would cut prices on virtually all branded drugs sold to Medicare and other government programs. 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-drugpricing-exclusive/exclusive-white-house-preparing-order-that-would-cut-drug-prices-for-medicare-sources-idUSKCN1UJ354

Of course, the Bernie Bots will still complain that the drugs aren’t free.  Which would you rather have: prescription drugs that cost money and are available, or drugs that are free but you can’t find any of them?   

 

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It turns out that suggesting that people who disagree with your politics be deported back where they came from is not a current invention of the evil racist Trump, nor even a revival of some long-dead practice of the 1940s Nazi era.  In fact, other politicians have said quite similar things very recently.  For instance, like when Rep. Ilhan Omar said it about several of her opponents in 2012, and when Rep. Rashida Tlaib said it in 2015 about…Donald Trump.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/07/24/rashida-tlaib-deport-trump-ilhan-omar/

 

And in another embarrassing moment from the Permanent Record: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just defended Rep. Ilhan Omar, blasting President Trump over charges that Omar is un-American.  Now watch video from just a few months ago of Pelosi addressing the Jewish organization AIPAC, where she says that the BDS movement against Israel that Omar supports is anti-Semitism, and “I simply declare to be anti-Semitic is to be anti-American. It has no place in our country.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pelosis-definition-anti-american-resurfaces-ilhan-omar-fits-perfectly/

I had no idea that being anti-Semitic, which is also anti-American, can be canceled out just by being anti-Trump enough. 

 

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Yet another comedian (a woman, it should be noted) had to take down her social media pages and apologize in the face of death threats for making a joke that the online outrage mob didn’t like.  Granted, it was a joke involving the murder of a rapper, so it wasn’t in the best of taste.  But seriously, threatening people with DEATH for making a joke you don’t like? 

I shouldn’t be surprised that leftists would do it to a woman, even though they tell us on one hand that women are as strong as any man, then tell us that they are so delicate that using the wrong word around them causes them unbearable pain, then on the third hand, make death threats if a woman tells a joke that they don’t like. But then, they made death threats against an 8-year-old girl just for parodying AOC, so why should adult women comics be off-limits from their violent nastiness?

Fox News commentator Katherine Timpf isn’t surprised, since the same thing happened to her -- and over a “Star Wars” joke!  If you’re threatening a woman with death over the Internet for joking about “Star Wars,” you have reached the very bottom level of a mom’s basement dweller. 

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/07/reaction-to-dina-hashems-joke-was-horrific-and-proves-people-dont-understand-comedy/

At the link is Kat’s defense of this comic and of comedy in general. She’s braver than any of the “progressive” Taliban making anonymous death threats against women and children for “blaspheming” their sacred cows with humor.  She makes the point that if comedians aren’t allowed to try out jokes and see if they work (and many won't), then comedy is dead. And it might as well be when attacks like this latest one are greeted with capitulation, groveling apologies, self-censorship and a refusal by outlets such as Comedy Central to back the comedians against the keyboard thugs.  All comedians and everyone who cares about humor and free speech should join Kat Timpf in standing up to these joke junior jihadists.  

 

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Our prayers today for comic actress Valerie Harper, star of the classic “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and her own hit spin-off, “Rhoda.”  After fighting off lung cancer, Harper was diagnosed with brain cancer and given only months to live. That was in 2013. But she refused to give up on life and continued working, supporting charities and inspiring others for years, even while battling terminal cancer.  She told People, “I don’t think of dying, I think of being here now.

But a couple of days ago, Tony Cacciotti, her husband of 32 years, announced on Facebook that Valerie’s doctors say it’s time for her to move to hospice care.  He refused because he insists on staying by her side and taking care of her himself.  I hope she knows how much we appreciate all the laughs she gave us, and the inspiration she gave to so many by refusing to give up on life and give in to cancer.  Read the story at the link, and you’ll see what I mean.  And please remember to keep her husband in your prayers, too, along with all those who willingly take on the role of caregiver to loved ones in the most difficult of times.

https://www.westernjournal.com/l/kaylakunkel/husband-mary-tyler-moore-show-star-cant-wont-move-wife-hospice-care/

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Thank goodness for Snopes.com!  Without liberal “fact-checking” sites like that, who else would inform us dumb rubes that satirical stories from humorous websites that make fun of Democrats aren’t really true?

https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2019/07/25/doing-the-lords-work-snopes-cant-debunk-erica-thomas-hoax-but-theyre-all-over-the-babylon-bees-take-on-it/

 

 

Evening Edition - July 23

5 minute read

July 23, 2019

With Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees scheduled for Wednesday, I thought about bringing you another one of our “20 questions just for fun” commentaries, but so many friends in media have offered great questions (Gregg Jarrett says he’s got 37) that I thought we’d go another way. There are some new developments that Republicans need to bring up during the hearings. Perhaps they can word their questions so they somehow fall within the “four corners” of the report; perhaps not. Either way, the questions need to be on the record, whether Mueller answers them or not. Some of them involve the lead attorney on his special counsel team, Andrew Weissmann.

Mueller’s appointment of Andrew Weissmann as his right-hand man --- even tasking him with hiring the rest of the investigative team --- has always been suspect. Weissmann, we knew, was so “with her” that he even attended Hillary’s election night “victory” fiasco. The people he brought on board in 2017 to go after President Trump were Hillary supporters and donors as well.

One of them, Jeannie Rhee, was Ben Rhodes’ personal attorney and had also represented the Clinton Foundation and even Hillary herself –- in her email case! Really, how in anyone’s wildest imagination did a Hillary attorney end up on the special counsel team investigating Trump? If anything screamed “witch hunt,” it was this, but neither Mueller nor Weissmann cared about appearances. When you consider Mueller’s various conflicts of interest --- see yesterday’s commentary about Mueller and Comey --- and the people he hired, it’s beyond belief that this investigative team actually existed, yet it did, for almost two years, long after Mueller knew there was no evidence of “collusion.” We all got to see Lady Justice’s blindfold ripped from her eyes, and the people out to get Trump were actually happy about that.

It’s not just that Weissmann was pro-Hillary. He was what we all think of when we hear the term “sleazebag lawyer.” Whenever somebody tells you a lawyer joke, he’s the sort of lawyer you picture. His background, which we’ve examined in detail, was replete with atrocious tactics; he’s notorious for hiding exculpatory evidence. In her recent book LICENSED TO LIE, former DOJ official Sidney Powell, now representing Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, has written about Weissmann’s ruination of the accounting firm Arthur Andersen and its thousands of employees before the conviction was overturned 9-zip by the Supreme Court, which cited prosecutorial misconduct. Of course, by then the company had gone under.

In another case, thanks to Weissmann’s tactics, four former Merrill Lynch executives spent a year in prison until their convictions were overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court.

Sure enough, we’ve seen since then that the leopard doesn’t change his stripes, er, spots, as exculpatory evidence was hidden in the cases of Trump associates Carter Page (his FISA application), George Papadopoulos, Mike Flynn and even Paul Manafort. The FBI had already started down that path in its FISA applications, but it’s easy to imagine Andrew Weissmann taking it to the tenth power. It’s his specialty.

Well, that catches us up to today. On the eve of Mueller’s House testimony, investigative reporter John Solomon of THE HILL has uncovered something new about Mueller’s “pit bull” Weissmann. The story was confirmed to him by multiple sources with direct knowledge as well as contemporaneous defense memos that he personally read.

In early June of 2017, just two weeks into the special counsel probe –- while he presumably was still interviewing candidates for the team and moving boxes into his new office digs –- Weissmann quietly contacted a Ukrainian oligarch (translation: billionaire) named Dmitry Firtash, who had been criminally charged in the U.S. in 2014. He told Firtash that Mueller might make those charges go away if Firtash could give them “some dirt on Donald Trump in the Russia case.”

According to Solomon, Weissmann laid out for Firtash just what he was looking for, sharing with him a detailed theory about Trump’s so-called collusion (hint: he hypothesized that it involved Manafort) in hope that the oligarch would give him something that would support it. This isn’t something prosecutors would typically do, according to legal experts Solomon consulted, because it can lead to witnesses crafting their testimony.

Firtash was fighting extradition to the U.S. from Austria on charges, which he denies, that he engaged in bribery and corruption in India involving an American aerospace deal. Much as he surely would’ve liked to see those charges dropped, the oligarch didn’t take the deal, as he simply didn’t have any information about a Trump/Russia conspiracy. I guess he could have made something up to please Weissmann, but he apparently had more integrity than our own top intel people.

According to Solomon, this brash move on Weissmann’s part was driven by his knowledge that the Russia case was already unraveling, thanks to the Steele “dossier” turning out to be, as Solomon puts it, “an uncorroborated mess.” The case against Firtash was apparently falling apart as well.

For those not familiar with legal negotiations, such an aggressive push for a deal so early in the process would seem quite premature and even desperate. In fact, Firtash’s defense team thought the claim that the special counsel could have the charges dismissed was an exaggeration, as such a move would have had to be approved by the attorney general.

Interestingly, as Firtash’s case drags on and his fight against extradition continues, his legal team has brought the Weissmann deal to the attention of an Austrian court, “as potential defense evidence that the DOJ’s prosecution is flawed by bogus investigations and political motivations.” Wow, our Department of Justice is getting quite an international reputation for sleaziness. The Firtash case reads like such a mess that it looks as though he might not face trial in the U.S. after all.

Muelller surely knew about Weissmann’s outrageous overture to this Ukrainian oligarch in the beginning days of their investigation. This is the kind of thing they were doing early on to try to find something, anything on President Trump to tie him to Russia. We know Mueller won’t have anything to say about it during Wednesday’s hearing, but it sure would be fun to ask the questions, anyway. Hope somebody brings it up.

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/454185-how-mueller-deputy-andrew-weissmanns-offer-to-an-oligarch-could-boomerang

 

 

Saturday, 70,000 New York City residents and tourists were plunged into darkness when a transformer fire caused a major power blackout.  And where was Mayor Bill DeBlasio when the lights went out?  In Iowa, campaigning for President. DeBlasio’s absence during the crisis while he was off chasing higher office was so egregious that even liberal Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized him.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/new-york-governor-criticizes-mayor-for-absence-during-nyc-blackout

To be fair, New York’s lights have been dimming ever since voters foolishly elected DeBlasio, and he started busily undoing the miracle turnaround wrought by Rudy Giuliani and maintained by Mike Bloomberg. Since he took over, socialist schemes, social engineering and shady dealing have taken precedence over basic mayoral duties, like making sure the garbage is picked up or snow plows are ready before the first blizzard. You can tell DeBlasio really did get his training under pre-Giuliani Mayor David Dinkins, who was also famous for being off in places like South Africa, making grand leftist speeches while his city was deteriorating.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the transformer fire was caused by a giant rat eating through the wiring.

The Instapundit blog likes to quote Victor Davis Hanson in situations like this: “Quite simply, the next time your elected local or state official holds a press conference about global warming, the Middle East, or the national political climate, expect to experience poor county law enforcement, bad municipal services, or regional insolvency.”

Agreed.  But I’ll also quote something I’ve said myself many times:  Political office holders who want to run for a higher office should first quit the offices they hold.  The taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to subsidize your hunt for a better job while you neglect your responsibilities to them. 

 

The Democrats’ Civil War

3 minute read

July 12, 2019

I wrote yesterday about the Democrats’ favorite smear tactic: accusing anyone who criticizes them or disagrees with their failed policies of being a “racist” (here’s the latest example of responding to detailed, substantive criticism by yelling “racism.”)

Evening Edition - July 1

Less than 4 minute read

July 1, 2019

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate having this exceptional nation and the freedoms it gives us, but we must always remember that we have those things because of all the soldiers who put their lives on the line to secure them for us, from Revolutionary times forward. There’s a story I love to tell that illustrates that for young people.