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Today's Commentary --- Wow, didn't know that: Trump already has Sessions' resignation letter -- UPDATE: What we're learning about Bruce Ohr's testimony -- Did Trump just get Mexico to pay for the border wall? -- "What would Jesus do?" -- NBC woes -- UN diplomacy -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse

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While listening to bestselling author and FOX News analyst Gregg Jarrett host the Hannity radio show Thursday afternoon, I happened to hear him say something stunning about Jeff Sessions.

Of course, we’ve all been wondering how big a crowbar it was going to take to get Sessions out of the Attorney General’s office and if Trump’s lawyers were going to try to use physical restraint to keep him from using it, but, according to Jarrett, Sessions gave Trump a signed resignation letter in May of last year, with the understanding that Trump might or might not accept it at some point. There was no time limit on it. If I understood Jarrett correctly, this is something Trump has kept on hand –- perhaps it’s in his top desk drawer in the Oval Office at this very moment –- and he can pull it out whenever he thinks it’s a good time and simply accept.

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UPDATE: What we're learning about Bruce Ohr's testimony

By Mike Huckabee

Because Bruce Ohr’s testimony on Tuesday before the House Oversight and Judiciary committees was behind closed doors and we reportedly won’t see a transcript until sometime after Labor Day (and then, it’ll no doubt be covered with those thick black bars), we’re learning what was said in dribs and drabs.

California Rep. Darrell Issa, in an interview with FOX News, said that although they haven’t learned much so far about Bruce Ohr’s personal political leanings, his wife Nellie was definitely working on the “find dirt on Trump” project at Fusion GPS, and had been since 2015. She was reportedly a specialist on Russia and spoke fluent Russian. We still don’t know how extensive her role was in creating the “dossier” itself; if members of the committees have heard the details from her husband, they haven’t shared that information yet.

Ohr told the committees that people at the FBI knew about his connection with Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS (“And he named names,” Issa said) but that his colleagues at the Justice Department did not. Was this indirect collaboration with the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee deliberately kept under wraps from them, perhaps to give them “plausible deniability”? Ohr was fourth in command at the DOJ; no doubt he communicated frequently, in person and by email, with those at the very top and probably had an office close by. The assertion that his boss and co-workers didn’t know he was involved in such a monumental effort to bring down Trump, if true, is stunning and confounding.

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Did Trump just get Mexico to pay for the border wall?

By Mike Huckabee

Prepare for a lot of Trump haters’ heads to explode when they hear this argument from talk show host Wayne Allyn Root:

1. President Trump just forced Mexico to agree to renegotiate NAFTA.

2. The new trade agreement will potentially save America hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.

3. Trump’s border wall is estimated to cost just $25 billion.

Conclusion: Trump just got Mexico to pay for the border wall.

BOOM!

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"What would Jesus do?"

By Mike Huckabee

Granted, I’m not a “social ethics professor of religious studies.”  But I did get a degree in religioun from Ouachita Baptist University, spent a year at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served for 12 years as a church pastor.  And during all that time, I never once heard that the answer to the question, “What would Jesus do?” is that He would counsel women to get abortions because “limiting our cultural approval of women’s reproductive decisions about the size, shape, and timing of their families… flies in the face of Jesus’ teaching that He came to bring abundant life.”  

Got that?  Jesus would advise women to kill their babies in the womb to fulfill His promise that He came to bring abundant life.  I think we’ve definitely found another example of what George Orwell called “ideas so absurd, only intellectuals could believe them.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/religious-studies-professor-murdering-babies-actually-christian-thing/

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NBC woes

By Mike Huckabee

According to separate exposes in the New York Times and the Daily Beast, NBC didn’t merely decline to air Ronan Farrow’s explosive expose of Hollywood mogul/Democratic fundraising kingpin Harvey Weinstein.  The network allegedly engaged in “a massive breach of journalistic integrity” by ordering Farrow and former NBC producer Rich McHugh not to interview a woman who claimed Weinstein sexually abused her, ordering them to stand down on the story altogether, and having the network’s legal counsel threaten to smear Farrow if he continued to report on Weinstein. 

NBC denies the claims, but they’ve sparked speculation that the network suits may have tried to kill the Weinstein story because they knew they’d been protecting Matt Lauer from similar charges. 

Or maybe they just protect powerful Democrats from force of habit, since Juanita Broaddrick is still waiting for a believable explanation for why NBC taped an interview with her about her rape accusation against Bill Clinton back in the '90s, then held it until after his impeachment hearing was over.  If the Weinstein exposes are accurate, it's hardly the first time for NBC. 

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2018/08/30/nyt-daily-beast-expose-how-nbc-news-tried-nix-bombshell

 

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UN diplomacy

By Mike Huckabee

If we’re going to remain in the UN, then President Trump has definitely found the perfect US Ambassador to that dubious organization in Nikki Haley. She’s shut off the flow of our tax money to countries that chant “Death to America.” And if you’ve noticed less Israel bashing from the UN lately, it’s reportedly because all the UN diplomats (i.e., traffic scofflaws with diplomatic immunity) are too afraid of her to open their big, dumb, anti-Semitic yaps and express it.

Now, that’s how to do UN diplomacy, American-style! Let’s hope the representatives of some nations that don’t protect the rights of women take some of that fear and respect for Ambassador Haley back home and apply it to their own female populations.

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Evening Edition - August 30

By Mike Huckabee

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!

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While the big social media giants are insisting they are completely innocent of leftwing bias with the same adamant certitude of a naked emperor showing off his invisible ermine cape, some disgruntled conservative Facebook employees are pointing out the obvious: these Silicon Valley socialist billionaires are naked!  Or at least, nakedly political.    

It all started with a post by Facebook senior engineer Brian Amerige, who dared state the obvious: “We Have A Problem With Political Diversity.”  He said Facebook employees who disagree with the prevailing office political “monoculture” are afraid to say so for fear of reprisals, bullying or losing their jobs.  He offered a long list of examples you can see at the link, including tearing down posters welcoming Trump supporters, making it a firing offense to say that “all lives matter,” attacking non-leftist colleagues as bigots and accusing them of having “offensive ideas,” and demanding HR investigations of anyone who criticizes Islam’s human rights record. 


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Since Amerige posted his manifesto, about 100 other employees have joined him in a group called “FB’ers for Political Diversity.”  They say the purpose is to create “a space where you can talk about these issues without fear of the mob” and to be a place to “talk about how we can fix this.”

Now, if you thought that the people they were rebelling against saw that and were struck with a bolt of self-realization – that they looked in the mirror and thought, “What have I become?  How did my opposition to narrow-minded, intolerant, censorious bigots become so inflamed that I didn’t realize I had turned into exactly what I hated?” – well, then you don’t know the modern left very well.  Instead of pausing to consider whether someone with a different point of view might be justified in holding it, they immediately acted like a mob and began attacking the FBer’s For Political Diversity, calling them bigots and claiming their posts were offensive to minorities.

Hey, Facebook leftists, let me clarify something for you.  When there are thousands of you who are all alike, and you’re attacking 100 people who are different, then THEY are the “minority,” and you’re the enemies of diversity.   

With these sites becoming the new version of public utilities, this kind of bias against conservatives or Christians is not going to stand much longer.  The tech titans had better realize that just because they supply the pipes, that doesn’t mean they get to decide who does and doesn’t receive water. I can see this ending in one of three ways:  Mediation (they work with their critics to fix the problem); litigation (they get sued for unfair business practices and violations of Constitutional rights); or regulation.  They really don’t want that last one, and usually, I don’t either.  But if you insist on acting like a corrupt monopoly, don’t be surprised when the government treats you like one.

https://www.westernjournal.com/facebook-employees-turn-tech-giant-call-tolerance-right/

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 While we’re all obsessing over serious threats to America like big-mouthed porn stars and Paul Manafort’s 2012 tax returns, here’s a blast from the deliberately-buried past: Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations reports that contrary to what we were assured by then FBI Director James Comey (surprise!), Anthony Weiner’s laptop did not contain mostly just duplicates of already-known Hillary Clinton emails, as determined by “night after night after night” of careful comparisons by FBI agents.

In fact, due to a technical glitch that prevented direct comparisons between old and new emails, the agents had only 12 hours to examine the laptop.  They were able to directly examine only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails.  They never saw the rest, even though they made up potentially ten times the evidence seen during the entire year-long Hillary email server investigation.  Even so, the relative handful they did examine uncovered more classified information sent by Hillary Clinton over her unsecured server, including highly sensitive communications involving Israel and Hamas.  (Again: on Anthony Weiner’s laptop – Ick!)



And even though the agents found unique classified material improperly stored and transmitted on an unsecured device, and federal law required that it be referred to US intelligence agencies for damage assessment, the FBI did not do that.  FBI sources told Sperry that Comey closed the case prematurely, and the FBI not only did not investigate and clear Weiner and his wife/Hillary top aide Huma Abedin, the FBI didn’t even interview them.  I’ll bet Trump’s associates wish they could get that kind of treatment!

This is a very long article, but worth your time.  It should definitely leave you wondering why we need an endless, expensive investigation to determine whether President Trump was justified in firing James Comey.

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/08/22/despite_comey_assurance_vast_bulk_of_weiner_laptop_emails_never_examined.html

 

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Today's Commentary --- Make America's judicial system great again! -- Ross lands new gig after botched reporting -- The attempted take down of Brett Kavanaugh -- Media petitions Judge in Manafort case to unseal jurors names -- "Manhattan Madam" tells all -- Make Engineering Great Again -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- Peter Strzok struck out at FBI but struck gold on GoFundMe -- Sarah's birthday card -- Omarosa makes clear she needed to be fired -- Correction -- Gov. Cuomo unknowingly confesses to federal crime -- Another reason why we need the Fair Tax -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- Clearer every day: Bruce Ohr's notes show illegitimacy of "Russia" probe -- "Humanized mice" and aborted fetuses: a story worthy of Stephen King -- Education failure -- NYC regulations -- Israel retaliates -- How the government spends money -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse


Today's Commentary --- Clearer every day: Bruce Ohr's notes show illegitimacy of "Russia" probe -- "Humanized mice" and aborted fetuses: a story worthy of Stephen King -- Government spending in the 4th quarter -- Taking down Trump -- Catcalling?!? -- Key detail omitted -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse

Education Failure

August 10, 2018

The excuse for this shunning of the Pledge of Allegiance from other schools is that it makes students “uncomfortable,” and some of them have refused to stand for it after seeing the shining example of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.

Evening Edition - August 10

August 10, 2018

Education Failure

A charter school in Atlanta, Georgia, is the latest school to stop making students start the day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  They claim it’s being replaced with something “more inclusive”: the “Wolf Pack Chant” - because the school’s mascot is a wolf or something.  Officials say students and teachers will work together in the coming months to create their school chant, which “will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society.”  Well, it’s nice that they managed to throw “country” into the mix, at least.

 

The excuse for this shunning of the Pledge of Allegiance from other schools is that it makes students “uncomfortable,” and some of them have refused to stand for it after seeing the shining example of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. 

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/school-cancels-daily-pledge-of-allegiance-for-something-more-positive/

 

Apparently, these schools don’t even realize what an indictment these statements are of their own abject failure to educate these students properly.  If they were receiving a real education, then they would be overjoyed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day, because they would know how incredibly lucky and blessed they are to be “included” in the population of the United States of America. 


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While they’re learning about all those other cultures that are part of the “global society” and as good as or better than ours, how about taking a few minutes to teach them why so many people who are part of those cultures gladly risk their lives to come here, to the nation these students disrespect, to enjoy the rights and freedoms these students have been taught to take for granted?  How about focusing a few days’ study on such non-American paradises as Pakistan, Cuba, Sudan, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, North Korea, and the list goes on and on?  Maybe sending them for spring break in Venezuela instead of Fort Lauderdale would give those who make it home alive a little more appreciation for what previous generations fought and died to bequeath to them. 

 

I guess that’s too much to expect, for these schools actually to teach students the facts about America.  So if your kids go to a school like that, sit them down and make them listen to this, Red Skelton’s famous monologue explaining the Pledge of Allegiance, word by word.  I have a feeling that your kids will learn more about America from this beloved clown than they will from all the liberal clowns in charge of their school curriculum.

 

https://youtu.be/TZBTyTWOZCM

 

    

 Government spending up

 

Most people set as a goal in life trying to spend less money than they have.  Many don’t set aside nearly as much as they’d like, but rational people at least consider it a win if they get to the end of the month with more leftover paycheck than bills.  This is just one of many ways in which government is not like rational people. 

 

2018 is only two-thirds over, but federal government’s fiscal year ends on September 30.  That means government agencies that have yet to spend their budgets for the year are now going on steroid-injected spending sprees and handing out cash to contractors like there’s no tomorrow, just to try to get rid of all the money allocated to them.  The reason: if they spend less than they said they needed, Congress might give them less next year (fat chance, since in Washington, if you reduce an agency’s budget increase from 12% to only 10%, Democrats accuse you of making “draconian cuts.”)  They have to spend it all by the end of the fiscal year so they can tell Congress they ran out of money just in the nick of time and desperately need more next year. 

 

Unfortunately for these agencies, some have really been slacking off in the tax money squandering department this year.  As the linked article from NextGov.com reports, agencies were concerned about Congress’ failure to pass a budget agreement so they spent less than usual on contracts in the first half of the year.  While spending has ramped up recently, only two of the ten largest federal agencies have spent 70% of their discretionary budgets by the start of the fourth quarter. HHS has spent only 23% of its projected $65 billion budget, the DHS has spent 27% of its $44 billion budget, and the VA has spent only $15 billion of its projected $88 billion budget.  I would call that “winning,” except if the VA has money that needs to be spent on veterans, then spend it already.  And I have to quote this next part verbatim:

 

“That’s problematic because over the past five years, agencies have averaged about 32 percent of their spending in the fourth quarter, meaning the vast majority of agencies are way behind.”

 

Only in Washington would it be considered “problematic” to be spending less money than you expected.  But of course, only in Washington is all the money that’s spent other people’s money. 

 

https://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2018/08/get-ready-massive-government-spending-spree/150360/

 

I’m not calling for full zero baseline budgeting, where every budget starts at zero each year and all expenditures have to be justified.  That’s great in theory, but it creates a ton of paperwork and wasted time.  But we need some sort of reform to stop rewarding ever-rising federal spending. Ronald Reagan taught us that if you want more of something, subsidize it.  Right now, we’re subsidizing federal agencies spending as much money as humanly possible so they can ask for even more next year.  What we mostly have to show for it are trillion-dollar deficits and a $21 trillion-plus national debt. 

 

How about subsidizing thrift?  Maybe offer agency managers and employers bonuses based on a percentage of their budget that they didn’t spend by year’s end?  Perhaps that would bring down deficits and stop late summer in Washington from resembling a madcap game show for contractors called “Who Wants To Be A Billionaire?”   

 

Incidentally, if you’d like to see what all that frantic federal spending looks like when you put it in digital form, click on this link:

http://www.usdebtclock.org

 

 

 NYC regulations

If you’ve ever been to New York City, you know that one of the biggest problems (aside from finding a bathroom) is finding transportation.  There’s the subway, but visitors have a hard time figuring it out and many don’t want to go near it, for obvious reasons.  And cabs are expensive and often hard to flag down.  That’s why, for many New Yorkers and tourists, the creation of Uber and Lyft, the app-based ride-sharing services that come to you, was a godsend.  They also gave enterprising individuals with cars a way to make extra money with the freedom to set their own schedules. But as we’ve all learned, nothing that combines that much individual freedom, convenience, customer satisfaction and lack of burdensome regulation can survive long once liberals take over government. 

 

And so, on Wednesday, the New York City Council, as part of Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s ongoing campaign to ruin the revitalized city he inherited from Republicans Giuliani and Bloomberg, voted not to issue any more Uber or Lyft licenses for a year (most cities don’t even require licenses.)  DeBlasio has been trying to crack down on ride-app services since 2015, claiming they cause traffic congestion and are “driving New Yorkers into poverty.” 


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Unless “Poverty” is one of the five boroughs, I guess he’s talking about Uber and Lyft drivers, since the legislation allows the city to regulate their pay.  Or maybe he means cab drivers, since the entrenched taxi companies hate Uber and Lyft.  They could change their business model to keep up with the times, or they could get the government to crack down on their competition.  That’s capitalism of the crony variety.

 

It will be interesting to see if New York City traffic actually moves faster with fewer Uber and Lyft drivers on the streets.  But I’d be willing to bet that people who need to get somewhere won’t care much that the driving time is ten minutes shorter if they can’t find anyone to drive them there.   

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/nyc-mayor-uber-lyft-poverty-block-enacted/

 

Clearer every day: Bruce Ohr's notes show illegitimacy of "Russia" probe

If Trump’s lawyers seem to be taking a much tougher stand lately, it’s probably because almost every day, something new comes out about what we now know was a plot to prevent Trump from being elected, and, later, to stop him from functioning as President.  The real “Russia” news isn’t coming from Robert Mueller --- the worst crime of all may be his unbelievable skill in the art of selective prosecution --- but from intrepid reporters such as John Solomon and Sara A. Carter, undeterred watchdog groups such as Judicial Watch, determined Republicans on congressional committees, and attorneys such as Gregg Jarrett and Alan Dershowitz who aren’t afraid to speak out about what’s happening to justice in this country.

 

It seems everything has been turned on its head.  The institutions we’ve historically trusted to investigate and enforce the law equally have shown themselves to be unworthy of that trust.  This isn’t just the rant of someone blindly coming to the defense of the President –- it’s based on legal principles and hard evidence, more and more all the time.  The evidence has been painfully slow in coming because it concerns the very people who would normally be CONDUCTING such an investigation.

 

It must take a lot of effort to ignore this evidence.  Of course, Hillary supporters were already used to turning their heads away to keep from looking at her unlawful conduct through the years.  She managed to get her party’s nomination –- never mind how she and the DNC worked to undermine her competition for that “honor” –- and would have become President if it weren’t for that pesky heartland of America that refused to ignore her gigantic ethical shortcomings.  America will thank us later.

 

There’s so much news breaking on the special counsel front that it’s hard to know where to start.  I encourage you to go to THE HILL and read up.  Along with Alan Dershowitz and Sharyl Attkisson, John Solomon has a new piece, with fresh evidence in the form of Bruce Ohr’s handwritten notes that show what Ohr, Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele and friends at the DOJ were up to a month after Trump was elected President.  Those notes are in the hands of congressional investigators now.

 

We already knew that Simpson and Ohr had gotten together after Trump’s election, because that was Simpson’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee last year, but we didn’t know what they talked about.   Now we have a pretty good idea.  Not content with the way things turned out, they were working to involve Christopher Steele –- who got fired from the FBI for leaking and lying and wasn’t supposed to be doing any more work on the “Russia” investigation –- in the continued funneling of Trump/Russia stories to Ohr at the Justice Department and, it appears, even to the special counsel.

 

One note about John Solomon:  His reports for THE HILL are now listed under “Opinion” rather than hard news (I assume because of his frequent appearances on an opinion show like "Hannity"), yet it seems to me that this is a plus.  I would think that Solomon finds it incredibly freeing to be able to help the overwhelmed reader make sense of the massive pile of hard evidence he’s turning up.  For example, in this piece, he speaks personally about having taken Ohr’s notes to career intelligence professionals with years of experience in “sorting the reliable from the garbage.”  All told him the information had “the lowest level of credibility.”

 

In particular, one of Ohr’s references to a “Hail Mary” leak to the media stood out to them as “an act of desperation that they would see as weighing against the motives of an intelligence source.”  (Well, of course it does; we already knew Steele himself was quoted by Ohr as saying he was desperate to keep Trump from being elected and passionate about him not being President.)  All the intelligence professionals wondered the same thing:  why Ohr, who wasn’t in the chain of command for the Russia counterintelligence probe –- and whose wife worked for Fusion GPS on the Trump “project” –- was talking with Glenn Simpson at all.  One highly decorated intelligence professional told Solomon that much of what we’re learning about the Russia “collusion” case is “breaking every protocol at the fundamental level of intelligence gathering.”

 

This is just one more reason for Trump NOT to sit for questioning by Mueller.  Why should he lend legitimacy to an “investigation” that is showing itself more and more every day to be illegitimate?

 

http://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/401185-the-handwritten-notes-exposing-what-fusion-gps-told-doj-about-trump

          

In response to “The West Hollywood Walk Of Lame,”I got a great reader comment from “Firewagon” suggesting that someone of Trump’s huge accomplishments likely doesn’t care one bit whether he has that star or not. And he used the word "synapse"! Here’s what he wrote:

“What would anyone think would be on this President’s list of priorities, or even niceties, for accomplishing in his lifetime? Let me suggest that having his name mixed among some mottled group of “thespians” for some honor, on a sidewalk, would not even spark a single synapse in that portion of his brain that controls thought! What people today are all but unaware of, since we who love our entertainment and hold people who entertain up as some ‘royalty’ to be admired, (is that) in early history, these people were considered to be low class and of the cheapest estate.”

Thanks to FIREWAGON for helping us all keep the entertainment industry in perspective. Though I know many people in entertainment who are decent, smart, hard-working and outrageously talented, many are not, and the idea that Hollywood celebrities should be worshiped as “royalty” has always irked me, too.



Israel retaliates

Early Thursday, Israel launched 150 airstrikes on Hama militant strongholds in Gaza.  It was in retaliation for a barrage of 180 missiles fired into the Israeli town of Sderot, which injured 11 people, including one woman who is in serious condition.  Others are being treated for shock trauma.

 

Incredibly, Hamas took credit for the missile attack on Israeli civilians, then promptly condemned Israel for “the barbaric shelling of Gaza and the deliberate targeting of civilians.”  The only thing more breathtaking than the naked hypocrisy of that statement will be the number of allegedly civilized people who will swallow and repeat it.  Israel does everything possible to avoid civilian casualties, which is why Hamas hides behind civilians, even children.  Meanwhile, Hamas deliberately targets innocent Israeli civilians. 

 

As usual, I wonder whether those who condemn Israel for retaliating for these attacks on innocent civilians would expect America to just sit and take it if MS-13 gangs in Mexico started firing missiles into the suburbs of San Diego.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/israel-unleashes-fury-hamas-rocket-barrage-numerous-casualties/

 

 

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