Wasn’t it just last week that the MSM and the left insisted that Woodward’s book was Gospel?

“So let’s set aside the Comey firing, which as a Constitutional law professor, no one will ever persuade me can be obstruction. And Rod Rosenstein has laid out reasons why even if those weren’t the president’s reasons. Set aside the Comey firing. Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research in your interviews that sounded like espionage or collusion?” Hugh Hewitt asked Woodward.

“I did not, and of course, I looked for it, looked for it hard,” Woodward answered. “And so you know, there we are. We’re going to see what Mueller has, and Dowd may be right. He has something that Dowd and the president don’t know about, a secret witness or somebody who has changed their testimony. As you know, that often happens, and that can break open or turn a case.”

“But you’ve seen no collusion?” Hewitt asked again to confirm.

“I have not,” Woodward affirmed.

Emphasis mine

So let me get this straight, the sainted Bob Woodward, the man who revealed the turncoat in the Trump White House, the man who the media has put on a pedestal as the supreme source of truth about the inner working of Trump administration, one of the most famous reporters in the history of the country if not the world, using all the resources that a half century of experience provides, looked hard for evidence of Trump administration collusion with Russia not for two weeks, not for Two Months but for TWO FREAKING YEARS and found none.

Glenn Reynolds noted something about this too:

And this was all in Shattered, a book that everyone supposedly read.

Now I’m sure that not mentioning this was an oversight by all those media types who obsessed over this book because it couldn’t be that the lack of said collusion was a big disappointment but not to worry, it appears that there might just be actual evidence presented in court of a convicted felon who was once involved in the Trump campaign whose efforts to collude with the administration went up to the very highest levels of government even to this president and vise president themselves…just not the current one.

Paul Manafort’s pro-Ukraine campaign reached the top of the White House, with one of the members of his lobbying effort meeting President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in 2013, according to new court documents released Friday.

A member of the so-called Hapsburg Group, which comprised former European politicians Manafort convened as part of his lobbying effort in support of Ukraine’s then-President Viktor Yanukovych, came with a foreign prime minister on May 16, 2013, to meet with Obama and Biden, “as well as senior United States officials in the executive and legislative branches,” according to the court documents.

I’m sure that the left in general and the media in particular which has insisted that collusion was not a paranoid fantasy of their will be delighted with this development and will use the full strength of their powerful voices to insist that these efforts going all the way up to a president deserve the highest level of scrutiny from both the special counsel and the FBI and that said officials be compelled to tell all they know about their connection to a man they met with who was involved in illegal activities at that time.

If there is one thing we can take from the media’s hagiography of John McCain in media throughout the entire week.  The importance of bucking your party.

Commentator after commentator, article after article, pundit after pundit all have all bragged about McCain’s “Maverick” status and have stated his willingness to buck his own party proves that he was a fine honorable man worth all the praise he is getting.

Well Democrats I guess that’s your cue.

Do you want to be respected, honored and considered in the same class as John McCain?  Well now you can be!

When the bill to make the tax cuts permanent comes up, put the economy of the country ahead of your party and vote to pass it.

When de-funding Planned Parenthood is again brought up for a vote, put the lives of thousands of children ahead of party and vote to pass it.

When funding for the wall comes forward put the lives of Americans and the rule of law first and vote for the funds.

And When well qualified judges come up for a vote, ignore the anger of the left and vote for and endorse them.

All of these things will make you a “Maverick” and thus ensure that the media will celebrate you as a person who is above party who is to be honored just like John McCain.

After all, it’s not as if the entire MSM celebration of Senator McCain in death is their final chance for him to serve as a useful idiot for the sake of advancing their narrative, is it?

Slightly related, the best advice the MSM/Left will get this week is here 

Yesterday I wrote that silence wasn’t an option for Pope Francis given the very public written charges by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, that ope Francis not only knew about what Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s had done, but actually repealed the sanctions on him by Pope Benedict and elevated him to a position of power and influence over the US church within the Vatican until the general public found out what had been going on.

Boy was I wrong:

 

“Read the statement carefully yourselves and make your own judgment.”

“I am not going to say a word about this.”

“I believe that the statement speaks for itself, and you all have sufficient journalistic ability to draw conclusions.”

“It is an act of trust. When a little time goes by, and you have drawn conclusions, perhaps I will speak about it, but I would like your professional maturity to do this work. It will do you all good, really.“

 

I forget that this is the same Pope who has ignored the Cardinals Dubia on Amoris Laetitia for over 700 days and counting.

This silence is perplexing to some faithful Catholics like old friend Elizabeth Scalia:

Others like Father Z think what the Pope is doing is pretty obvious:

 

In my cynicism – please forgive me for being a little cynical right now? – what the Pope said is along the lines of:

“You, the press, have been on my side till now. If you think about it for a while, you should still be on my side. If you weigh the alternatives you will remember that I am your guy.”

This is not a happy man. But that’s not much of a conclusion. Listen to, however, what he is trying to say.

Here is what I think he said, without saying it.

The Pope is calling on the press to do the necessary work to make this go away.

If you think this is complicated for Francis’ liberal allies in the Church Just Imagine what all of this is like for the MSM & the left.

Granted the MSM was lucky in terms of timing.  Last weekend they could focus on the Death of Senator John McCain and the Cohen deal are huge stories in the US so it gives them time to figure out what to do before they report on the absolutely biggest story everywhere else in the world.

Now normally for the MSM this is a no brainer, any scandal within the Catholic Church is a cause for celebration to them. The chance to go after the Catholic Church that dares still speak against Abortion, Gay Marriage, Transgenderism et/al, the sacraments of the left has always been welcome. Furthermore given the media’s previous success completely excluding the fact that the church scandals have overwhelmingly involved Gay Clergy preying on young boys, one would think that there would be no hesitancy to jump right in

But Francis involvement and the charges against him directly complicates the matter. He is THEIR Pope, the Pope who they were counting on to change church doctrine on all of these issues, to take the focus off of abortion, to suggest that some mortal sins like Sodomy, aren’t all that mortal, and to remake the church in their image through his pronouncements, his encyclicals and most of all through appointments of Bishops and Cardinals in line with those goals.

To report on this all puts all that in jeopardy and now even worse with the Pope asking them to report on it while not denying the revelation that McCarrick had a big hand in Francis’ appointment of key Cardinals in the US,  who by an odd coincidence are all are seemingly sympathetic with the media’s goals and agenda, makes touching this incredibility dangerous for a press that has been lionizing Francis from day one.  If this goes the wrong way for them it could lead to the replacement of liberal Cardinals and Bishops with fellows who might think something like this:

“It is time to be honest that the problems are both and they are more. To fall into the trap of parsing problems according to what society might find acceptable or unacceptable is ignoring the fact that the Church has never held any of it to be acceptable — neither the abuse of children, nor any use of one’s sexuality outside of the marital relationship, nor the sin of sodomy, nor the entering of clerics into intimate sexual relationships at all, nor the abuse and coercion by those with authority,” he wrote.

Bishop Morlino said that McCarrick was guilty of abusing power “for the sake of homosexual gratification.”

“It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord. The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest,” he added.

He wrote to seminarians of his diocese that they should immediately notify him of any sexual abuse, coercion or sexual immorality they might experience or witness in their seminaries.

“I will address it swiftly and vigorously. I will not stand for this in my diocese or anywhere I send men for formation,” he wrote, adding that he expects seminaries to address sexual immorality directly.

To the priests of Madison, the bishop explained his expectation that each one “live out your priesthood as a holy priest, a hardworking priest, and a pure and happy priest — as Christ himself is calling you to do. And by extension, live a chaste and celibate life so that you can completely give your life to Christ, the Church and the people whom he has called you to serve. God will give you the graces to do so.”

He likewise called priests to notify him of abuse or sexual immorality they might become aware of.

That’s Bishop Moreno of Madison Wisconsin and the last thing that the media want to do is empower someone like him, a Bishop faithful to the doctrines of the church as they are vs how they want them to be.

How with the MSM react?  Well if it looked for one moment like Pope Francis was going to clean house  the left/media would have turned on him faster than the liberal black community turned on Ben Carson but now that he’s basically thrown the story out there while at the same time refusing to deny it is like asking them to pass a camel thorough the eye of a needle.

Bottom line the MSM/Left will do all they can to preserve their goal of a changed liberal church that redefines sin to their specifications and will even work with those in the church seeking that goal.  I don’t see how they reach that goal by reporting on this story so I suspect they will do all they can to ignore it in the hopes of preserving Francis as their agent of change.  If however it becomes clear that Francis is no longer capable of delivering then I suspect they will pivot and come full bore on Francis and the Church as if he was Benedict or St. John Paul II.

This will come as a great shock to this Pope who like the late Senator John McCain assumed the left and media loved him, but the truth is both cases is their love was conditional on either of them being useful to destroy their enemies and in the end a Catholic Church with the moral authority to confront the culture of death and degradation that the media/left promotes is the biggest enemy they have and if Francis can’t co-op that enemy then his usefulness is at an end so attacking the church , which frankly they’re more comfortable doing anyways will be a pretty good 2nd best for them.

These days it’s really reached a point where there isn’t really a whole lot of point reading what the MSM will write about the president as one can predict it with unerring accuracy, but this Yahoo story Trump warnings grow from forgotten Republicans   by Steve People is so hysteric in nature and so nonsensical in it’s conclusions that it deserves a good old fashioned blogger fisking.

It starts with the very first paragraph My fisking in red italic

Some were forced out, such as Tim Pawlenty, a former two-term Minnesota governor who lost this week’s bid for a political comeback IHe wasn’t “forced out” he lost an election.  By that definition Hillary Clinton was “forced out” of the White House” . Some, such as the retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chose to leave on their own. What he means to say is that he knew he would lose a primary election so he decided to retire rather than face the wrath of voters  Others still serve, but with a muted voice.  Oh there are a bunch of people in congress who think like this, trust me 

Whether members of Congress, governors or state party leaders, they are struggling to fit into President Donald Trump’s Republican Party.  There’s no bigger struggle for a GOP office holder than dealing with fitting in to a party that has brought the country unprecedented growth. 

The expanding list of marginalized GOP leaders underscores how thoroughly Trump has dominated — and changed — the Republican Party in the nearly two years since he seized the presidency.  Seized?  He won a crowded primary field winning the vast majority of states and then won in the electoral college winning in states that other GOP candidates have only dreamed of winning for decades.  When Barack Obama won an overwhelming victory in 2008 did the AP say he “seized the presidency”?    The overwhelming majority of elected officials, candidates and rank-and-file voters now follow the president with extraordinary loyalty,   If he commands extraordinary loyalty from the overwhelming majority of elected officials and voters that suggests he’s doing something right even if he strays far from the values and traditions many know and love.   Showing deference to the Democrats and not fighting back against a media that hate the GOP and their voters is a cherished tradition of the GOP ruling class

The Republicans left behind are warning their party with increasing urgency, though it’s unclear whether anyone’s listening.  Warning them about what winning is bad for you?

“I hope this is a very temporary place for the Republican Party,”  Yes victory brings responsibility and we can’t have that said Corker. “I hope that very soon we will return to our roots as a party that’s very different, especially in tone, from what we’ve seen coming out of the White House.”  Our roots as a party where leaders are fetters and accepted at all the right parties but rejects the concerns of the voters 

The forgotten Republicans — people like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford and Ohio Gov. John Kasich  They’ve not been forgotten by the MSM — have been unwilling to sit quietly as Trump steers the GOP away from free trade, fiscal responsibility, consistent foreign policy and civility.  You mean from unfair trade, a  stagnant economy, a foreign policy of retreat and meekly accepting the barbs of the media and left.

Isolation and political exile have been their rewards.  And praise from the MSM which always celebrates any Republican willing to attack any GOP president particularly when he advances conservative causes.

Their diminished roles leave fewer Republican leaders willing to challenge Trump under any circumstances, even in his darkest moments.  Yeah how dare more GOP pols fail to complain about American success

Fact checkers have recorded an extraordinary level of false and misleading statements flowing out of the White House.  These would be the same fact checkers who never challenged “If you like your health plan you can keep your health plan and if you like your doctor who can keep your doctor.  And beyond dishonesty, some of the forgotten have decried a disturbing pattern of racially charged rhetoric on issues like immigration, Obeying the law is now “racially charged” NFL anthem protests Standing for the National anthem is now “racially charged” and Confederate monuments.  Put up by a lot of democrat pols (including Nancy Pelosi’s father with the blessing of the Democrat Party.

“White nationalism isn’t something I’m ever going to be comfortable with. But it is embraced by, or simply doesn’t bother, a lot of Republicans,” said former Ohio Republican Party chairman Matt Borges, once a Trump confidant who was forced from his leadership post after criticizing Trump in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.  Nothing guarantees you a quote in a AP story like calling Trump voters “white nationalists” even when many of those same voters pulled the lever for Obama twice.

After Trump’s victory, Borges returned to practicing law, while he continues to play a modest role in local politics.  He has to work for a living these days.

“To me, it became a matter of how much of your soul are you willing to sell. I would be the wrong person to be leading this party right now,” Borges said.  If you think your voters are a bunch of racists and advancing the pro-life cause and a strong economy is selling your soul then yes you don’t belong leading any state GOP party.

Trump remains popular among rank-and-file Republicans. And the vast majority of Republican candidates across the country this midterm season are pledging unconditional loyalty — and being rewarded with primary victories.  In other words the president is appealing to the actual voters and candidates who do the same get elected, how horrible!

Gallup found that 82 percent of Republicans approved of the president’s job performance earlier this month. That’s compared to just 34 percent of independents and 7 percent of Democrats.  Amazing the GOP likes it leader more than Democrats and despite our constant attacks a solid third of independents like him too, which incidentally matches his support among African Americans.

Kasich, who has not ruled out a primary bid against Trump in 2020,  HA AHH HAH AH HAH HA HA I’m glad I wasn’t drinking when I read that   said the president’s approval is misleading because the universe of people identifying as Republican is shrinking.

“We’re dealing with a remnant of the Republican Party. The party is not what it was,” Kasich said in an interview.  Nothing says the GOP is shrinking like holding all three branches of government and a majority of the state houses and governorship.

The term-limited governor said he’s content to focus quietly on addressing issues like the opioid epidemic and urban violence on a bipartisan basis while the Trump-led GOP focuses on partisan squabbling.  Urban violence you mean like in the Democrat controlled cities like Cleveland?  Great job you’re doing there pal.

“Let those in the Republican Party who want to be ideological and partisan, let them wallow in their own failures,” said Kasich.  A strong economy, the stock markets booming, unemployment particularly among blacks Hispanics and youth and and successes from North Korea to Syria?  This must be some new definition of “failures” that I haven’t heard of.

Other GOP leaders aren’t feeling quite so emboldened.  Other GOP leaders still have to face voters.

Pawlenty’s quest for a third term collapsed after Republican primary voters determined his experience — and his years-old description of Trump as “unfit and unhinged” — weren’t welcome.  Amazing a person who hits a popular party leader isn’t’ embraced by the party voters, what is the world coming to? 

Pawlenty politely declined to be interviewed, but a former aide, Alex Conant, said this week’s result, like those of other primary elections this year, sent a clear message about the modern GOP.

“There’s not a lot of room for dissent in the Republican Party right now,” Conant said. “Moderates don’t feel welcome. And if you’re not loyal to Trump, there’s not necessarily room for you.”  Or, if you don’t support policies that GOP votes actually like you won’t win a GOP primary.  What a concept!

The details may be different, but Pawlenty’s unexpected exit is reminiscent of that of other public officials who have struggled to find their footing in the Trump era.  You mean business as usual of paying lip service to voters while enabling the deep state isn’t paying off anymore?

Bush, another Trump critic, declined to comment for this story. He has been forced into silence, Forced?  The Bushes have been a lot less shy about hitting Trump than they were Obama at least in part, for fear of hurting his son’s political career. In June, Donald Trump Jr. withdrew from a fundraiser for Texas land commissioner George P. Bush after Jeb Bush criticized the president’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border.  How DARE Trump Jr. not raise money for Bush’s son just because dad hit him for obeying a law signed by George W. Bush and not repealed by Obama!

Another periodic Trump critic, former House Speaker John Boehner, is in the midst of a 20-stop bus tour to help raise money for vulnerable House Republicans.  I’m sure president Trump approves of that.

Just don’t ask whom he’s raising money for.  What districts he stops at might be a clue.  If only a reporter bothered to ask

Spokesman David Schnittger said it was up to each of the campaigns involved to disclose Boehner’s help. “I’m not sure anyone has exercised that option to date,” he said.  You mean to say the endorsement of a speaker who didn’t manage to get things done might not sit well with some GOP primary voters?  Well who wouda thunk it?

Boehner’s successor, Paul Ryan, has seen his once sky-high career prospects flounder in the Trump era.  Somehow I think he will land on his feet. The 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee has occasionally criticized Trump, but he is retiring at the end of the year.  In fairness to Ryan he never wanted to be speaker anyways, he wanted to be…a LUMBERJACK

In South Carolina, Republican Rep. Mark Sanford narrowly lost his June primary hours after Trump tweeted he had been “very unhelpful” and highlighted the congressman’s extramarital affair.  You mean to say hitting Trump and running off with his mistress didn’t play well with votes?  Who wouda thunk it?

Days later, Sanford described Trumpism as “a cancerous growth.”  If this economy and prosperity is a cancer may America be afflicted with it. As he prepares to leave Congress, he’s warning the GOP the cancer is spreading.   We can only hope this prosperity continues to spread

“We have a president that will tell numerous dis-truths in the course of a day, yet that’s not challenged,”  In fact we had 300+ newspapers standing united taking a day off from challenging Trump to say with one voice that Trump isn’t challenged Sanford said in an interview. “What’s cancerous here is in an open political system, there has to be some measure of objective truth.”  Alas the MSM has never been a fan of objective truth..

“I’m baffled by the way so many people have looked the other way,” he said.  People aren’t looking the other way, they’re seeing the results of Trump’s presidency and applauding.

Asked whether he feels like he fits in today’s GOP, Sanford said simply, “No.”  I agree, entrenched deep state pols looking out for their own wealth don’t fit in at all anymore.

Back in Ohio, Borges vowed that his departure from politics was only temporary. Rephrased, I want back on the gravy train!

“The Trump phenomenon is going to end at some point in time.  Now there’s a bold prediction. That might be six years, that might be two years, that might be sooner. No one knows,” Well Trump is in his 70’s and time does march on so that’s a pretty safe guess the former Ohio GOP chairman said. “When it does end, it’s the job of a lot of us … to make sure that the party is still populated by good, honest, decent candidates and officeholders who we can continue to be proud of.”  It’s up to us to make sure that once Trump is gone it’s business as usual for all us insiders returns because they’re not pride in serving voters by giving them what they want.

The real interesting point is this.  Even if a different GOP candidate had won the presidency then this article would still be written but the people complaining about said candidate would just be more obscure.  There is never a time when the MSM is not running a story about how some in the GOP are upset with the leadership.  It’s what they do.


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This is one of the reasons why Trump is so useful.

While Hotair has reported on the left’s attack on Police in Charlotteville:

The sights and sounds were gathered by both the press and the participants, quickly showing up on social media. This video has a lot of raw footage from the protests. If you skip forward to the 1:45 mark you’ll see the first of the banners which aren’t going after racists, but instead, the police. One group of young women carry a banner reading, “Behind Every Cop, A Klansman.” You can hear raucous chants of, “Civil servants, that’s a lie. You don’t care if people die,” along with, “Cops and Klan Go Hand in Hand.” (Who writes this stuff for them?) It only goes downhill from there. The largest banner reads, “Last Year They Came w/ Torches. This Year They Come w/ Badges.”

and while Twitchy talked about the assault on members of the press by the leftists

The Hill reported that ANTIFA was “peaceful”

Now two years ago this would just be the way of things, we would report on the culture of violence and anti-cop acts of the left and the media would whitewash and ignore it and it would disappear into the memory hole.

However all it takes is a single Donald Trump tweet on the subject to his 53 Million plus followers on his account or his 23 million on the POTUS account and suddenly there is no way for the MSM to ignore it.

Imagine if Donald Trump calls on every single Democrat running for congress to denounce the anti cop declarations of ANTIFA. While the MSM would do their best to spin it away, what does such a candidate do if a local member of the press or a person at a town hall or an opponent in the debate brings it up?

Donald Trump can do this, I can’t.

Yesterday my lead post talked about the Boston Globe big coordinated attack on Trump Aug 16th and noted that it’s not going to be much different than any other day:

Given that these outlets have spent the last two years in a relentless all out assault on Donald Trump and have spent every day since Jan 20th 2017 attacking this presidency in general and this President in particular what makes them think any person not already in the NeverTrump camp will notice any difference between their attacks on Thursday August 16th and their attacks of the previous 500+ days?

I closed the piece saying the following:

The proper response by those of us outside their bubble, point at them and laugh.

As I wrote that it occurred to me that average Americans pointing and laughing at the incompetent media together on a day would be a lot more newsworthy that a bunch of newspapers spending one more day attacking Trump like they always do.

So I propose that on August 16th, if you see a member of the MSM on TV or a reporter from any of the various papers involved in the Boston Globe’s event that day or pass by their buildings, point at them and laugh at the joke they have made of themselves over the last two years.

Now in fairness, a lot of these papers were a joke long before Trump came into office but as President Trump has caused them to expose this fact to the general public rather than those of us who have been paying attention I think it’s entirely fitting to take part in this exercise.

So I declare Aug 16th “Point at the MSM & Laugh” day.

Who’s with me?



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The Boston Globe as Called on the Press United as a whole to go After Trump on August 16th over daring to call them out:

The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a “dirty war against the free press.”

As of Friday, Pritchard said about 70 outlets had committed to editorials so far, with the list expected to grow. The publications ranged from large metropolitan dailies, such as the Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald and Denver Post, to small weekly papers with circulations as low as 4,000.

So as these thousands of Newspapers proudly commit to The Boston Globe’s call for a coordinated attack on President Donald Trump him next Thursday to assert their rights as a free press and the Cable news media cheers them for their bravery for daring to go after Mr. Trump I have one obvious point to make:

Given that these outlets have spent the last two years in a relentless all out assault on Donald Trump and have spent every day since Jan 20th 2017 attacking this presidency in general and this President in particular what makes them think any person not already in the NeverTrump camp will notice any difference between their attacks on Thursday August 16th and their attacks of the previous 500+ days?

This is so self-evident that only a group of people living in their own self-congratulatory bubble could possibly fail to see it, which is of course why the press will not only fail to see it but will convince themselves that hitting Trump Aug 16th, as they have daily since June of 2015,  is an act of bravery without parallel in the history of journalism.

The proper response by those of us outside their bubble, point at them and laugh!


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Officer Malone: [stopping at a post office] Well, here we are.
Elliot Ness: What are we doing here?
Officer Malone: Liquor raid.
Elliot Ness: [looking at the police station across the street] Here?
Officer Malone: Mr. Ness, everybody knows where the booze is. The problem isn’t finding it, the problem is who wants to cross Capone.

The Untouchables 1987

We hear “White privilege”  bandied about by the Democrat left as the source of all kinds of evil in the black community and we’ve equally heard the words “Black Lives Matter” used as a club against police, republicans, conservatives and any enemy of the left (and adopted as a name by anti-police radicals) as they argue that these “privileged” groups don’t care about the lives of black Americans and target them for violence.

Now if you want to make a case that Black Americans are targeted for violence, there is no better example than the reaction to what happened in Chicago last weekend.

A violent weekend in Chicago left 10 people dead and dozens more wounded, police said.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday.

However, CPD says it has seen a citywide reduction in shootings by 30 percent this year.

What’s really interesting in this story is the use of language in the embedded video, it’s “gun” violence not “gang” violence even though the driver of this violence are the gangs of Chicago.

The largest shooting, which injured eight people, happened in the South Side’s Gresham neighborhood as a group, including a 14-year-old girl, was standing in a courtyard just before 12:40 a.m.

The crowd had gathered after attending a funeral repass, said Fred Waller, Chicago police chief of patrol.

During a Sunday news conference, Waller voiced frustration at gang members whom he blamed for taking advantage of large summer crowds to use as cover to take revenge.

The gang members do not fear repercussions from the law, Waller said.

“They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit,” Waller said.

The press asked radical catholic priest Fr. Michael Pfleger to comment.  I’m not a big fan of Fr. Pfleger or his protest without a permit that John wrote about here Sunday but he has a real point here

“It’s absolutely outrageous. It’s a state of emergency in our city,” Pfleger said Sunday in response to the series of mass shootings earlier in the day. “Someplace else in the country, the whole country would be talking about that this morning. All world news and national news would be talking about that. Four types of mass shootings going on in Chicago with those numbers, and it’s a weekend in Chicago, a rough weekend. No it’s not a rough weekend! It’s absolutely ridiculous. It’s unacceptable.”

He is correct that the whole country should be talking about this, that the world news and the national news should be all over this and that the howls out outrage should not stop until this violence which is directed against Black Lives is stopped, but in once sense Fr. Pfleger is being disingenuous when he decries this earlier in the piece as”gun violence” because both he and I know the issue here isn’t guns, it’s gangs.

I also strongly suspect that Fr. Pfleger knows his cry for national media attention to the issue will go unanswered because these gang members and the Democrat pols who rule Chicago (the last GOP mayor left office in 1931) are the best of buddies:

Most alarming, both law enforcement and gang sources say, is that some politicians ignore the gangs’ criminal activities. Some go so far as to protect gangs from the police, tipping them off to impending raids or to surveillance activities—in effect, creating safe havens in their political districts. And often they chafe at backing tough measures to stem gang activities, advocating instead for superficial solutions that may garner good press but have little impact.

The paradox is that Chicago’s struggle to combat street gangs is being undermined by its own elected officials. And the alliances between lawmakers and lawbreakers raise a troubling question: Who actually rules the neighborhoods—our public servants or the gangs?

That’s from a post I wrote on Martin Luther King day in 2014 so is this

The irony of course is the families of the slain know the gangs are the driving force behind the killings of their children, the problem is with the gangs the source of political power on both the local & state level (how many gang generated votes have helped keep Illinois blue?) there is no incentive for those enjoying the financial or political rewards to do a thing about it and as the gangs are largely of color, there is no reward for the professional demagogues nationally to do so either.

The media know what the source of the violence is but to report on it means acknowledging two things harmful to the Democrat party

  1.  That it’s black on black gang violence, not rogue cops or white radicals that has been preying on the black citizens of Chicago for decades
  2.  That Democrats have for decades protected these killers for the sake of keeping power not only on the city level but to provide votes on the state and federal level

If the gangs had been white or the pols in bed with these gangs had beenrepublicans, the media’s hue and cry would be never ending and the good folks of CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYT and Washington Post would not rest until national action was taken and a parade of pundits and activists from Black Lives Matter and other racial groups would be demanding action for the victims of this senseless slaughter and those who perpetuate it both behind the trigger by their actions and those in office protecting them to be brought to justice.

Alas for the black citizens of Chicago living in fear or dying in agony as it’s not 1931 and their plight can’t be blamed on rogue cops, or white man named Capone, or Trump supporters in MAGA hats or a corrupt GOP Mayor or pol, in fact their deaths don’t fit any of the media’s preferred narratives so said media and the liberal/radical activists like Black Lives Matter who they promote have decreed the dead of Chicago shall remain a local story to be briefly noted, regretted, and then ignored.

After all one can’t risk highlighting gang violence or corrupt Chicago pols when a story like that could strengthen President Trump’s hand nationally in an election year.

Call it “Democrat privilege”.


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For the first time in several weeks I’m not working overtime so I took advantage of this to relax in an Air conditioned room playing the DOS version of the old Avalon Hill 1830 (still a spectacular game) and look in on twitter when I saw this tweet from Joe Scarborough

The piece in question follows the headline, a snvipit

Like the multitude of mere mortals who faced voters before him, Trump may finally be feeling gravity’s unforgiving pull as one summer scandal bleeds into another. A recent Quinnipiac University poll put the president’s approval rating at 38 percent. More troubling for Trump’s quislings in Congress should be the political beating Midwest voters are dishing out on the politician they helped elect president. According to an NBC News-Marist poll, only 28 percent of registered voters in Michigan believe Trump deserves to be reelected, while only 30 percent of those surveyed in Minnesota and 31 percent in Wisconsin believe he deserves reelection. Republicans are also trailing badly in generic ballot tests, and Democrats’ prospects for taking over the House and Senate continue to rise.

Now I have a soft spot for Joe Scarborough because of an old tip jar hit and the way he and the whole Morning Joe crowd treats viewers at meet and greets bit his faith in these polls sound more like a liberal wet dream than reality, he continues:

The political news for Republicans is so bad that even Trump is blinking. Vladimir Putin will not be coming to the White House this year; the president has put major pieces of his trade war on hold and has shelved any plans to shut down the government this fall. But Republicans hoping to save themselves from the political storm that will soon wipe away their congressional majorities would be well served to speak out against Trump’s most destructive policies, which are anti-conservative, illiberal and sure to bring doom to the once-Grand Old Party.

Alas you have to go back to 9/11/2001 and the NYT fawning piece on terrorist bomber and future Obama enabler Bill Ayers to find a piece of writing with worse timing.

Gross domestic product grew at a solid 4.1 percent pace in the second quarter, its best pace since 2014, boosting hopes that the economy is ready to break out of its decade-long slumber.

The number matched expectations from economists [emphasis mine] surveyed by Reuters and was boosted by a surge in consumer spending and business investment. Stock market futures edged lower on the news while government bond yields moved lower.

I think the number is not only incredible, but that this number met economists expectations is a really big story considering what we were told by the media for months.

I’d like to know why the media didn’t report that economists were expecting these numbers? Of course Trump is looking to do even better

That’s the fastest rate of the growth since the 4.9 percent in the third quarter of 2014 and the third-best growth rate since the Great Recession. In addition to the strong second quarter, the Commerce Department revised its first-quarter reading up from 2 percent to 2.2 percent.

“We’re on track to hit the highest annual growth rate in over 13 years,” President Donald Trump said in remarks an hour after the report hit. “And I will say this right now and I will say it strongly, as the deals come in one by one, we’re going to go a lot higher than these numbers, and these are great numbers.

How bad is it for the left and the NeverTrump George Will Max Boot “vote for Democrats in the fall” crowd? Jeb Bush is tweeting about how good the Trump economy is.

Given the Bush family’s dislike for Trump that must have been a hard tweet to send out but it speaks well of Jeb that he did, but don’t expect the beltway crowd to sing a different tune, after all that’s how they make their living.

Now all of this doesn’t answer the question: “Hey DaTechGuy, why does this post have a picture of you holding up a package of NECCO wafers, particularly when the company that makes them just closed the plant and you’re talking about how great the economy is?”

The answer is, that’s a tease for tomorrow’s post so you’ll have to wait for tomorrow for the answer to that question.


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We are in the 4th day of a complete media talking heads meltdown over the Trump Summit with Putin.

I had thought actually that it has produced one of the few errors of the Trump administration, not the original remarks mind you but the clarification.

It was my thought that there was no percentage in it, after all it’s quite apparent that while some of the conservatives who were upset at his remarks were pacified, the left’s continued unabated calling his remarks inadequate and trying to use it as club against him and his policies.

This proved once again that Trump is a better media guy that me, because it’s precisely that overreaction that is a Godsend to him.

Here’s a test. Leave DC or New York, drive a few hours out to America, find a random guy on the street and ask, “Hey, don’t you think it’s awful that Trump wants our allies to increase their contributions to their own defense to just about half of what the U.S. pays?” You can safely assume he’ll respond, “Wait, why only half?”

That’s Kurt Schlichter noting that Trump’s demands on Nato that completely freaked out the left sound pretty reasonable to normal people, in fact a lot more reasonable that what his foes are saying:

On MSNBC, where illiterate histrionic analogies litter coverage every day, a contributor compared Donald Trump’s meeting in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin to Pearl Harbor and Kristallnacht, just to be safe.

Social media is teeming with similar hyperbole — “treason,” “traitor,” etc . — and not just from anonymous trolls. It’s difficult to accept anyone with a working brain actually believes this rhetoric, and they certainly don’t act like it. But if well-heeled pundits keep telling everyone The Fourth Reich is imminent before retiring to their townhouses in Capitol Hill every night,

The problem of with this narrative of course is the last sentence when the people insisting that Trump is a Nazi and that the world is about to end are able to go home in complete safety unafraid of retaliation for taking on someone who is only worse than Hitler in that he’s really crappy at being Hitler who would have already executed and silenced his critics by now.

But that’s why Trump keeps winning, you can’t spend two years screaming that the world is going end at a time when the economy is booming and people are doing great. If you to that you get one or both of these results.

People think your crazy

People ignore you

The latter was illustrated during Tim Blair’s latest US trip

Anyone who has not visited the US since Trump’s hilarious 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton might be surprised by the utter absence there of Trump in daily life. Everyday Americans are mostly just getting on with things, as normal, non-obsessive people tend to do. The apparent civil war we keep hearing about just isn’t happening.

Of course, certain precautions must be taken to avoid being drawn into a vortex of anti-Trump mania. During my visit I carefully avoided tiny outposts of Trump fixation, including Hollywood celebrity households, the offices of any former Clinton staffers and newsrooms at the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post and MSNBC.

In fact he discovered that if you don’t go to places like college campuses at stick with areas where things are actually made and done, the president isn’t really a topic of conversation:

If people from either side of the alleged Trump divide wished to speak out, I was there to hear them.

Except that nobody wanted to talk about Trump, Clinton or politics in general. This wasn’t due to apathy or lack of engagement. It was because there are more interesting topics of conversation, such as, well, just about everything. Work. Family. Sport. Music. Weather. Cars. Food. The semi-trailer carrying a few tons of bourbon that crashed and caught fireon the interstate. You know, topics people care about outside of election years.

Or put simply people were more interested in reality than what the media cared about and the louder they shout the more they are ignored.

Put simply Trump has taken the left/college/media/entertainment bubble that they all live in and managed to reinforce it to the point where they not only can’t seem to get out of it but he’s managed to sound proof it to the point where you have a bunch of people essentially talking to themselves.

And while that might keep people in the beltway in wine, steaks and oysters I suspect it’s not going to win a lot of votes in November.