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Time doesn’t permit me to finish my longer post on the subject so in the interest of brevity let me give a reminder to the corporate sheep who are being played by the media and twitter activists concerning the NRA.

Georgia is far from the only state where candidates will increase their likelihood of winning election or re-election to the majority by retaliating or promising to retaliate against companies that target the NRA.

So feel free to kowtow to the MSM/Democrat/Harvey Weinstein left  and take punitive action against the NRA on the basis of tweets if you wish, but before you do make sure the decision makers at your corporate HQ look at this map showing party control of the lower houses of state legislatures

Then this map showing party control of the upper house of state legislatures.

And the map at the top of this post showing states where one party controls all three houses and be well aware that you will not only pay a price with customers for targeting the NRA and gun owners but you will provide an electoral incentive for majority pols in these states who regulate your business activities and potential candidates in those states to proactively take punitive action against your company at little or no cost to them politically.

You have been warned.


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It takes:

Ignoring the warning signs of a potential school shooter despite them being presented to you multiple times.

Having your department’s deputies fail to engage an active school shooter, resulting in many deaths.

Still maintaining you have shown leadership after the fact of your failure are made public

Question to United Airlines, Omaha Bank, Enterprise Car Rental et/all As you are ending discounts for ALL NRA members when neither they nor the NRA itself had anything to do with the mass shooting in Florida, should we expect to see you ending discounts for law enforcement or government folks nationwide or as the Broward County Sheriff and the FBI are government officials whose inaction before and during the mass shooting in Florida as the cause of those deaths?

Or do you agree with the Sheriff the he showed leadership?



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Nothing to see here

Sir Humphrey Appleby: How are things at the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, by the way?

Sir Arnold Robinson: Sorry, I can’t talk about that.

Yes Minister Party Games 1984

Frank Drebin:  Nothing to see here move along

The Naked Gun 1988

Well it looks like the long anticipated, heavily dreaded memo is about to be released today and there doesn’t seem to be any other topic in the world, not the Superbowl, not the train crash, not North Korea or the Olympics.

I find it a tad odd to have it released on a Friday, particularly a Friday before a Superbowl but I suspect that’s a preview of what is coming.

I have no idea what’s in the Memo, neither do most of you, the fact that none of it has leaked is a great illustration of the difference between when the GOP handles classified data and the left but I have one prediction concerning it that I’d like to make and it’s this:

As you’ve noticed the Democrats , FBI and the left have spent the last two weeks in an all out assault on this memo, claiming that if anyone in the public it will undermine institutions of great value (apparently of great value to Democrats).  I suspect this is because like Harvey Weinstein business everybody on the left knew this stuff was going on but doesn’t want you to know it was.  So I predict that they will fight the release of this memo to the very last second…

…and then the moment it is made public you will see the entire Washington/Media/Hollywood complex decide that it’s not newsworthy, that it’s a big nothing burger and it not worth your time, pundits who swore that the entire fabric of western civilization was about to collapse will turn on a dime faster than US communists went from being isolationists after the Nazi-Soviet Pact to becoming interventionists the day Hitler invaded Russia.

Cue Frank Drebin

At least that’s what I think.  Well see if I do better on this than I did yesterday.

Closing thought: You think Hollywood might be regretting spending months hyping a movie all about how heroic it is to release classified info to inform the public? I wait with breathless anticipation of the anouncement of the sequel to The Post where Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep decide they don’t want to let their readers see classified stuff after all.

Update: Ezra Klein on the memo after release: So What?

The spin on CNN: The president has defied the FBI and Justice department.

Update 2: from the Hill: Comey: That’s it?

I’m old enough to remember when Comey thought the release of this document was a serious security breech and a crisis.

In what has become the media norm we have been treated to yet another day when we’ve had the MSM report that Trump has said something (Haiti is a shithole) only to have that noted Trump Apologist Jake Tapper report that the report wasn’t quite accurate, and then a week of people talking about it.

This was quickly followed by the MSM reporting that the US Ambassador to Panama resigned over those non remarks only to find out that said resignation was turned in weeks before and was only announced the same day.

Now we also have the Donald Trump fake news list which came out yesterday highlighting things the MSM got wrong last year.

Given what we’ve been seeing for the last year the pattern of:

Initial report
MSM moral outrage and or self righteous certainty that the Trump Presidency is over
Correction/Retraction

…has become so common that a person who hasn’t been paying attention might assume this has been the case for decades rather than a new phenomenon in response to the election of Donald Trump.

However this does lead to the problem for people who actually want to deal with facts rather than memes.

Therefore in the interest of people like our readers who like dealing with reality I propose the following rule:

Any News report by the MSM concerning Donald Trump should be considered false on its face and ignored for at least 48 hours unless said report contains:

Actual video or audio confirming said report

OR

At least two on the record sources willing to confirm it

Work from this rule and you’ll be fine. Of course we’ve reached the point where most of the people reading this rule likely have already applied it.

Lionel: Yeah man just once I’d like for you to talk to me like I’m Lionel Jefferson and not a representative of the whole black race.
Mike: Oh C’mon Lionel I don’t do that.
Lionel: Sure man what’s the first thing you say whenever I see you, something about the “black” problem right?
Mike: C’mon Lionel, What do you want me to talk about the weather?
Lionel: Sometimes yeah. Black people have weather too. We get rained on and everything.

All in the Family The Games Bunkers Play 1973

On Sunday Jake Tapper had GOP Congreswoman Mia Love on and the topic was (as Hotair predicted it would be) how bad is trump for his comments on Haiti.  Here is the interview in full:

Now as I listened to this interview I was impressed by Mia Love (as I have been for years) that she kept trying to bring to the conversation to the issues and refused to play the “I’m a victim” card but take a look at the questions that were asked by Mr. Tapper:

How does it feel to hear these comments from the president?

You’re calling for president Trump to apologize he obviously hasn’t done so on twitter has he done so at all?

I want to get to DACA and the Dreamers in a second, but I do want to ask you because I remember talking to you during the 2016 campaign when President Trump was making a direct appeal to Haitian American voters, there’s a sizable community in Florida.  He really was going after their vote, how do those Haitian American’s feel today?

This weekend marked the anniversary of that devastating earthquake that struck Haiti eight year ago.  The Trump administration announced in November that by July 2019 it wants want to end the protected status designations for Haitians in the US granted after the earthquake  that of course protects individuals from deportation and authorizes them to work in the United States.  I know you want to change his mind, because Haiti is still reeling from that earthquake, do you think you can, do you think it’s possible to change his mind on this?

Speaking of leadership I have to observe Republican leaders have been pretty quiet about these comments which I know a lot of people consider empirically racist and offensive, are you disappointed?

I’m going to ask you about the Dreamers and DACA after this last question on the president’s comments:  What do you say to the Haitian American who comes to you and says:  ‘Congresswoman, I think the presidents racist.”?

The president’s comments come of course as lawmakers are trying to make a deal done on DACA and the dreamers as you’ve noted.  You’ve said you want legislative solutions for the dreamers.  On Friday the President threw out a deal brought to him saying didn’t properly fund the wall an it made what he calls ‘chain migration’ and ‘the diversity lottery’ worse Do you think there should be just a clean bill on dreamers just on dreamers with no border wall funding or anything else?

And it’s obviously tough for people to put emotions aside when such horrific expressions are…[Congresswoman love answers before the question is finished]

Where the comments racist do you think?

Now this hits one of my pet peeves ,whereby a person of color brought on a show is only asked about “person of color” questions or a Hispanic reporter is on a panel and only asks “Hispanic” questions as if North Korea, or Taxes or the economy are not issues that Hispanics or blacks care about. Furthermore Mia Love represents Utah’s 4th District, not Haiti yet all of Jake’s questions concerned either the president’s remarks or Haiti.

This irritated me and let to several passionate tweets on my part including this one:

It was this tweet that elicited the following responses from Mr. Tapper:

That actually seems an odd reply to that tweet, I presumed that Jake replied to the above tweet his response was actually directed to an earlier tweet saying the following:

Alas for me I had left for mass just after the tweet that Mr. Tapper replied, stayed late to talk with my Pastor and receive Confession, and then went to lunch with my wife so I didn’t see his response for hours later (I don’t do smart phones nor twitter away from my PC).   I thought it was rather sly for him to respond to the clearly incorrect point implying Congresswoman Love not having been on (I should have used the word rarely) rather than acknowledge the irony that the supposedly racist GOP not only elected the only senator of Haitian ancestry but did so in a majority white district.

Nevertheless given the link provided concerning last year’s March for Life Mr. Tapper and others is clearly correct that the other tweet was too broad a statement as he has in fact had congresswoman love on before discussing non-racial issues.  It’s actually odd that I’ve never seen her as I tend to watch Jake more than any other MSM person)

Rather than play musical tweets and rules lawyer,on which tweet was wrong and given both the error and the fact that several hours had passed by the time I had seen it I thought it best to simply admit the error at once and issue a mea culpa:

And since I’m not constantly at twitter I followed up with the following:

and that mea culpa tweet is my current pinned tweet and will be for another day.

But having made said Mea Culpa there is still a question on the floor and a point to be made

and a question to be asked

Why were there no questions outside of the context of Trump/Haiti (given that the supposed comments came at a meeting on DACA that would be within that context)?

It’s not like there weren’t a lot of good possible relevant questions, here are four possibilities:

We just spoke with Congresswoman Gabbard concerning the Ballistic Missile false alarm in Hawaii.  Have you been in contact with those who provide early warning either on the state or federal level concerning safeguards to prevent such a mistake?

Democrats are threatening a government shutdown this week over DACA.  This has been a scenario that has come up in the past with the GOP which took a lot of heat for it, do you anticipate a deal before them or does the party think it’s to their advantage to put the Democrats in that spot?

As you know longtime Utah Senator Hatch has announced he will not run for another term.  You’ve already stated you will not be running and former Massachusetts Senator & GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is generally thought to be in the running for the seat, have you been approached by the representatives of him or any other potential candidate for an endorsement?

The annual March for Life is coming up in a couple of weeks. Last year the Vice President spoke, do you anticipate this administration again having high level representation at this event or even the President himself being involved?

Why didn’t we see any questions like that?  I submit and suggest that the answer is the meme of the day for the MSM was “President shithole is a racist and so is the GOP is by association” and for reasons of both advancing said meme,  and drawing ratings by generating newsworthy quotes (which in fairness IS the first job of a person hosting a network show) the only goal was to get a soundbite to support that meme at all costs.

But to me the big story from that interview remains the ultimate irony that I’m sure was completely missed by the #nevertrump viewers dying for red meat:  that the person questioned to advance the “GOP/Trump Racist” meme  is a black republican woman elected in a 87% majority white distinct by those self same “racist” republicans.


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Donald Trump Immigration

Sir Humphery Appleby: He’s also against oppression and persecution in Africa.

Prime Minister Jim Hacker: So are we.

Sir Humphery Appleby: Yes but he’s against it when practiced by black governments as well as white ones.

Prime Minister Jim Hacker: You mean he’s a racist.

Yes Prime Minister The Bishops Gambit 1986

The latest attempt to generate Trump outrage by the left is one again putting them into a logical quandary.

We have loud objections from Democrats and from leaders all over the world concerning Trump’s supposed remarks concerning Haiti and El Salvador etc etc etc

Yet at the same time we have the left saying things like this:

You see it’s a lot like the situation in Cities like Chicago and Baltimore, everybody knows the crime there is driven by gang violence and drugs that are plaguing the black community, but if you actually say that aloud or suggest that policing the area religiously is the solution the race card comes out to play.

It’s a lot easier to be outraged over a truth being said aloud, such outrage costs, than it is to actually tackle a systemic problem that needs to be solved, that takes time and effort and more importantly diverts funds usually reserved for graft.

But the real purpose for all this faux outrage is for the left to sell the black community the “Donald Trump racist” idea, because they have to do something to counter realities like this (emphasis mine):

Unemployment among black workers is at its lowest since at least the early 1970s, when the government began tracking the data.

The black unemployment rate of 6.8 percent in December was the lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking it in 1972, a year in which the rate ranged from 11.2 percent to 9.4 percent. In the 45 years the data has been tracked, the unemployment rate for black or African-American workers aged 16 years and older has never fallen below 7 percent.

and this (via Glenn)hidden in a piece claiming Trump is losing his base (emphasis mine)

“The outlier here isn’t [black] men … it’s [black] women, where you have near-universal disapproval of Trump,” said Cornell Belcher, a Democratic pollster who studies African American voters. Still, black men are one of the few groups for which Trump’s 2017 average approval rating significantly exceeds his 2016 vote share.

Among Hispanics, men were also much more likely than women to express positive views about Trump. Among Hispanic men older than 50, Trump’s approval— strikingly—exceeded 40 percent. But at least three-fifths of Hispanic women in every age group (including both those with and without a college degree) disapproved. Trump’s 2017 approval rating slightly exceeded his 2016 vote share among Hispanic men, and was slightly below it among Hispanic women.

The lower the black and Hispanic unemployment numbers become the greater the greater the need for the left to play the “Trump/racist” card because the contrast between the rising fortunes of the black community under Trump and the falling fortunes of that same community under Barack Obama are a damning indeed.

So the race card MUST be employed and Trump MUST be condemned for supposedly saying something everybody knows because if black man and/or Hispanic men abandon the Democrat plantation, it’s over forever and the left and media know it.

That’s the real source of their outrage. Never forget that.


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There’s was piece at CNN concerning the compromising of the FBI in the attempt to take down that is so good that one is shocked that it appeared at the site:

McCabe remains a very important figure in the unfolding Mueller investigation; the latest reports arethat McCabe may be a key witness backing Comey’s claim that the President had improperly asked him to terminate the Flynn investigation. McCabe’s credibility, however, may now be compromised by the facts and circumstances regarding Strzok’s text messages, the meetings in “Andy’s Office” and the political contributions given to McCabe’s wife.
While I rarely agree with much of what the President does or says regarding legal issues, this time he’s got it right. The FBI’s reputation has been severely damaged not by the President’s criticism but by a systematic failure of the bureau’s leadership.
The story which lays out the evidence is something but the story behind the story as reported by the Conservative Treehouse is even more interesting:

Mr. Callen broke the cardinal rule, he actually did some investigating of the claims he was criticizing.  To CNN’s horror, Paul Callen came away from his research with an evolved and informed position that Trump was right, and his detractors were wrong.

Callen appeared on a CNN segment with Poppy Harlow to discuss his findings on Wednesday December 27th.  At the very end of the segment an obviously uncomfortable Ms. Harlow told viewers they could read Mr. Callen’s Op-Ed for themselves and decide.

Except, there was a problem.  CNN never published the Op-Ed.  However, two days after the interview, around 8:26pm tonight (Friday), the op-ed appears.

Now think about this.  You have CNN having an expert look at a matter, their expert writes an op ed on the subject and goes  on the air and discuses his findings, and it a full two days after the on air interview from one of their regular hosts before they put it up?

And people wonder why CNN gets called fake news.

Three cheers to the Conservative Treehouse for being on top of this, and all things Trump this year for that matter.  If only CNN did as well.

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The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality. Thus if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method…you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because, of course, five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask your whole stratagem.

C.S. Lewis Screwtape 13

In my post on New Years eve I talked about the MSM choosing to ally with the Iranian Mullahs by playing down the protests against the regime and playing up the staged counter protests to avoid any acknowledgement that this president was on the side of just and right by supporting those attempting to change the theocratic state of Iran. I suggested that the need to defeat Trump overrode all other considerations.

However that post, while correct, ignores the other, more powerful reason why the media has done its level best to ignore the protesters in Iran risking life and limb to bring down oppressors. It’s a very deep reason, rooted in a solid theological principle.

One of the things my Pastor constantly speaks about concerning confession, sin and God is the concept of looking at oneself in the light of truth. Seeing things as they actually are is one of the most difficult things that there is, particularly if the picture is not as pleasant as one might expect.  Theologically it is vital to do this while alive rather than waiting to be judged on those facts that we have thus avoided confronting.

And that something, seeing oneself in the light of truth, is enabled by these protests.

As any person who has paid attention knows, the left/media/deep state has gone all in with their opposition of President Trump.   There have been large well publicized protests.   They have predicted with great fear that his policies would cause havoc and death and have gone as far as to call themselves NOT the loyal opposition, which would perfectly acceptable for one opposing a president’s position but as the “Resistance” equating themselves to those who fought in the underground movement during World War 2 risking life and limb.

Now the idea of equating marching in DC wearing a hat shaped like a vagina or screaming obscenities and threatening people in a crowd in Boston who dared walk through the common wearing a Trump Banner and an Israeli flags to the brave defenders of the Warsaw Ghetto frankly always seemed obscene to me even as the media, entertainment and education industries they saw no difference between them.

But the Iranian protests change that equation completely.

Instead of privileged people lionized by elite risking nothing greater than Twitter critique (and in some cases able to get such critiques silenced) you have actual people who have been oppressed for two generation by a government willing to kill or imprison them if they dare speak against it or the totalitarian religion that it supports.

The media can NOT show those scenes of brave people standing up to riot police ready willing and able to open fire, to beat and to kill them without graphically illustrating how empty and how petty the cause of the so called “resistance” is in comparison. Moreover any member of said “resistance” who is in the least bit self aware seeing these people can not help but see themselves in the light of truth, and be ashamed.

For the sake of their own self respect, for the sake of their political cause but most fo all for the sake of the reality bubble that these folks live within, the Iranian protests and the protesters who are leading them, can not, and WILL not be showed, their cause SHALL not be acknowledged and the MSM/Entertainment/Deep State establishment will do all it can to make sure it is not.

The meme shall not be harmed, it MUST not be.

Closing thought, God help them if the protesters succeed, Iran is freed and those who led the fight take to the mics to thank those who stood by their side and President Trump is anywhere near the top of that list.

Update: This is how the Iranian resistance will be remembered in history.

This is how the anti-trump “resistance” shall be


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Judson: I’m agan it!

Mack: Agan What? You didn’t hear what Daniel said?

Judson: If Daniel said it I’m agan it!

Daniel Boone Ken-Tuck-E 1964

A few days ago Stacy McCain talked about making common cause with Radical Feminists in the battle against the Transgender cult:

This brings us back to Magdalen Berns, who holds a physics degree from the University of Edinburgh and describes herself as “a critic of religion, capitalism, identity politics, conservatism, neoliberalism and socially imposed gender norms.” She’s no right-winger, in other words, yet she is fighting the same “social justice warrior” (SJW) mentality that was exposed in 2014 by the #GamerGate activists. And what a pugnacious fighter she is! It would seem that SJWs have reached their Stalingrad, so to speak, and radical feminists like Magdalen Berns are the Red Army, ferociously defending the embattled city against the onslaught.

Give me such fighters as allies, I say, and I will not quibble with them over ideological differences, so long as the war continues.

Apparently the MSM has taken the same line when it comes to the Iranian Mullahs and Donald Trump.

Over the last few days protests have erupted in Iran and unlike 2009 when Barack Obama (back in the days when we didn’t know what side he was on in the war on terror). The Trump administration spoke up quickly.

as did the Trump state department:

Now given how the “resistance™” the professional left and the media have been crying about facism for the last year you would think the MSM whose customer base supposedly consists of anti-fascists who hate thoracic anti-gay clerics would be all over the protests, and they, at least the staged pro-government ones

You see it’s all about economics pay no attention to the “Death to Khamenei” and “Death to Rouhani.” and all that. As Ace puts it:

CNN and the New York Times (and the AP, and all the rest) are eager conspirators in Obama’s Echo Chamber, and they will not let our “Partner in Peace,” the rabid terrorist Ayatollahs of Iran, go down without giving their level best to prop them up.

And the Business Pac review is not much kinder:

It is time for journalists to rise above the shopworn fray and take up the mantle of another people’s freedom. There are lives on the line; not merely the corporeal heartbeats that drive these people ever on under brutally oppressive conditions, but the lives that may have been, should they have been afforded the basic human dignity to pursue their own dreams.

While standard bearers of the US media like the Washington Post arrogantly proclaim “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” an affront against the faux-dictatorship of President Trump that smacks even more risible in relief to the Iranian mullahs, here is the front page as of this early afternoon.

Why? Well the answer is very simple. The MSM is so completely invested in the defeat of Donald Trump that if he gives speeches against the evil Mullahs like this

and this

or even this from Mike Pence

It just can’t be allowed to stand. Can you imagine Donald Trump getting credit for the fall of the #1 non superpower enemy of the United States over the last 37 years not to mention the side effects of such a win:

Overseeing the fall of an oppressive, hardline Iranian regime that sponsors terror all around the globe – followed by the rise of a democratic Iran not interested in aggression against its neighbors – would be a foreign policy victory for President Trump, one of the biggest for a president since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

If the Iranian regime is ousted, the move would neuter Hezbollah’s primary source of funding. It would diminish Hamas at a time when the United States rightfully is moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in defiance of the United Nations.

Replacement of the Iranian government could signal that Assad’s days in Syria are finally coming to an end, without powerful bullies to back him up. A new Iranian government would also no doubt give Russia pause about meddling in Middle East affairs – a hesitancy it did not have when the Obama administration gave Russian President Vladimir Putin “flexibility.”

As far as the MSM is concerned Donald Trump is the focus of evil in the world, he simply can’t be allowed a success like this and like Stacy McCain making common cause with radical feminists if the MSM and the left has to throw in with a murderous theocrats terrorists well that’s a small price to pay to obtain allies in such a holy crusade.

Update: Once again Jake Tapper is the exception that proves the rule. I have mixed feelings on that. I’m very pleased that Jake is confirming my high opinion of him, but it would be nice SO nice for the MSM to do the same, just once!

Yesterday on Morning Joe with the world blowing up around Rep John Conyers Joe Scarborough reiterated the status of the congressman as an Icon and implied that his issues came from advanced age. Mika backed him up citing the need to tell her own father that it was time to leave the public stage.

It was a narrative that was used by others as well Jeffrey Toobin at CNN said the same thing implying that his actions were all about advanced age and declining mental facilities.

It was an argument that might have resonated with many American who deal with elderly parents, if Cokie Roberts hadn’t let the cat out of the bag that is.

“Don’t get in the elevator with him, you know, and the whole every female in the press corps knew that, right, don’t get in elevator with him,” said Roberts. She continued, “Now people are saying it out loud. And I think that does make a difference.”

Now Ms. Roberts statements means one of two things. Either Mr. Toobin, Mr. Scarborough and Ms. Brzezinski despite decades of experience on Capital Hill were somehow completely ignorant concerning Mr. Conyers proclivities and thus played the old age card for Conyers, or they were not and attempt to deceive the public to hide their knowledge and decades of silence.

Which is it?