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Navy Brass at the Pentagon is Openly Defying the President

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

There only one solution to this, and that is the firings of these men. – The New York Times reported on Saturday that both the Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, and the Admiral serving as Commander of the Navy Seals, Collin Green, are in open defiance of their Commander-in-Chief, whose name is Donald J. Trump. If the story is true – which, of course, is always a pure crap shoot when it comes from the news fakers at the New York Times – then there really is only one possible proper outcome here, and that is for both men to be fired as soon as possible.

According to the Times report:

The secretary of the Navy and the admiral who leads the SEALs have threatened to resign or be fired if plans to expel a commando from the elite unit in a war crimes case are halted by President Trump, administration officials said Saturday.

The Navy is proceeding with the disciplinary plans against the commando, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, who counts Mr. Trump as one of his most vocal supporters. After reversing a demotion in recent days, the president suggested on Thursday that he would intervene again in the case, saying that the sailor should remain in the unit.

The threats by the Navy secretary, Richard V. Spencer, and the commander, Rear Adm. Collin Green, are a rare instance of pushback against Mr. Trump from members of the Defense Department. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, scrambled to come up with a face-saving compromise this past week in the hope that Mr. Trump could be persuaded to change his mind.

A “face-saving compromise,” huh? That’s what the top command at the Pentagon is all about now – saving face when their plans to railroad a man whose 1-rank demotion had been recently restored by their President?

Gallagher, for those not familiar with his case, had been accused of committing war crimes while serving in Iraq, and put through a long and very costly court-martial. The jury ultimately acquitted him of the alleged crimes, but cited him for – I kid you not – posing for a photo with the body of a dead terrorist fighter, and issued a demotion as punishment.

After the President restored his rank, the Navy brass announced early this past week that they were convening a review board to evaluate Gallagher’s fitness for remaining in the Seals. The President tweeted in response to that news:

“The Navy will NOT be taking away warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to work!”

Based on leaks coming from disloyal jackasses at the Pentagon, the toadies at the Times characterize the Navy’s response to that tweet as follows:

One argument that officials said may be relied on is the assumption that a tweet does not constitute a formal presidential order. Mr. Esper and General Milley conveyed to the president that if he followed up that tweet with a direct order, there would be huge consequences: Mr. Trump would lose Mr. Spencer and Admiral Green, further infuriate his top military leadership and do untold damage to decades of military justice doctrine, according to administration officials.

Oh, so, by exercising his clear Constitutional authority to intervene in this ridiculous persecution of a Navy Seal by the Navy brass, the Commander-in-Chief would “infuriate his top military leadership” and “do untold damage to decades of military justice doctrine,” eh? What about when the leadership engages in open defiance of their chain of command because it is angry? Wouldn’t that be doing untold damage to the system?

That part about infuriating the military leadership, given that it no doubt comes from someone in that military leadership, sure sounds like an open threat, doesn’t it? Since when do the leaders in our military get to openly threaten the Commander-in-Chief?

If – and again, it is a big “IF” considering the corrupt source – this story is true, then it becomes just one more reason to be very concerned about the loyalties of the current leadership at the Pentagon. When added to the refusal by military leaders to properly deal with Alexander Vindman and his leaking activities at the National Security Council, it paints a very disturbing picture.

Appearing at a public event late Saturday, Secretary Spencer denied having threatened to resign, but not the other aspects of this very disturbing story.

Here’s a link to that video:

Spencer also noted that “I work at the pleasure of the President.” He sure doesn’t act like he believes that to be true. Perhaps the President should exercise his pleasure.

That is all.

[Edit: As I was compiling this piece, President Trump issued the tweet below.]

 

 

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Libel Suits Targeting Corrupt News Outlets Are Piling Up

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

One of the most pressing issues facing America today is finding some way to hold corrupt and out of control media outlets accountable for their intentional reporting of blatantly false information as part of their tireless efforts to support the agenda of the Democrat Party. Accomplishing this is very difficult given the state of U.S. law and the protections afforded the press under the first amendment.

As things stand today, seeking to punish these corrupt organizations via the libel laws is essentially the only route available to those they have abused, and it is a very tough road indeed. Regardless, some hardy souls and creative lawyers are making the effort.

On Friday evening, GOP congressman Devin Nunes announced he would soon be filing libel suits against both CNN and The Daily Beast, two of the most corrupt purveyors of fake news on the planet. The Daily Beast filed a report earlier this week alleging that Ukrainian operative Lev Parnas, who has been indicted in the U.S. on campaign finance technicalities,  claims that he helped Nunes set up meetings in which he obtained information about Ukraine during a European trip last November.

Nunes says the stories are blatantly and demonstrably false:

“These demonstrably false and scandalous stories published by the Daily Beast and CNN are the perfect example of defamation and reckless disregard for the truth,” Nunes told Breitbart News late Friday night. “Some political operative offered these fake stories to at least five different media outlets before finding someone irresponsible enough to publish them. I look forward to prosecuting these cases, including the media outlets, as well as the sources of their fake stories, to the fullest extent of the law. I intend to hold the Daily Beast and CNN accountable for their actions. They will find themselves in court soon after Thanksgiving.”

Because he has spent the past three years as a leader in the effort to expose the deep state coup cabal within the DOJ and FBI and also led the defense of President Trump during the past two weeks’ impeachment circus, Nunes has been the target of all manner of false reporting by these and other corrupt media organizations. It would be a great blessing for the nation if he could prove his case and win monstrous judgments against both CNN and The Daily Beast.

On Thursday, Covington Catholic High School student Nicolas Sandmann won a crucial judgment in his $275 million libel case against NBC Universal. The judge in that case, U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman, ruled that if NBC’s allegations that Sandmann “blocked” well-known leftist activist Nathan Phillips or “did not allow him to retreat” during their confrontation on the National Mall last year are false, then they are libelous.

As reported by Fox Business on Friday:

Video widely shared online showed Sandmann and Phillips standing close to each other, with Sandmann staring and at times smiling at Phillips as the man continued to beat on a drum. Both Phillips and Sandmann have said they were trying to defuse tensions rising among three groups on a day when Washington hosted both the anti-abortion March for Life, attended by Sandmann and his Covington Catholic High School classmates, and the Indigenous Peoples March.

You will remember that every corrupt fake news organization in America participated in a feeding frenzy following that confrontation in an effort to portray Sandmann and his classmates as a pack of rabid, privileged white kids who bullied a poor “native American” who was just minding his own business when they supposedly descended upon him. We quickly learned – and the video of the incident proved beyond all doubt – that it was in fact the kids who were minding their own business waiting for a bus to arrive to pick them up when Phillips, a notorious leftist agitator with a long history of aggressive behavior, descended on them.

Notably, Judge Bertelsman is also the presiding judge in Sandmann’s similar cases against CNN and the Washington Post, and has also ruled in Sandmann’s favor on these issues in those cases. With any luck, Sandmann will ultmately prevail in all three cases.

Who knows, given that CNN is already a money-losing proposition, maybe a couple of judgments totaling half a billion dollars or so would give its owners at AT&T cause to consider whether their ongoing support for CNN’s Goebbels-like fake news operation is worth bearing the cost and reputational damage.

We can always hope. For America to survive in its current form, we must find some means of enforcing accountability in our intentionally-fake news media establishment. If the libel laws can’t be made to work, some other, probably uglier, alternatives will have to be found.

That is all.

 

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How the Coup Plotters Have Ensnared Themselves in a Trap of Their Own Making

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

I’m old enough to remember when MSNBC’s fake on-air talent was condemning others for spreading conspiracy theories. – There really are no depths to which MNSBC and CNN will not plumb in order to give Deep State enemies of the people a paid microphone on their fake news programs.

The latest hired contributor at MSNBC is the sleazy ex-U.S. attorney Andrew Weissman, otherwise known as the guy who really ran the Mueller Witch Hunt and wrote the Mueller Report. Appearing with fake host and former George W. Bush adviser, the truly demented Nicolle Wallace on Friday, Weissman made it clear that, once the current Democrat/media Ukraine narrative has crashed and burned in spectacularly failed fashion, the Deep State coup plotters plan to go right back to pushing their spectacularly failed Russia Collusion conspiracy theory.

Asked by Wallace about the alleged call between Ambassador Gordon Sondland and President Trump, which supposedly was placed on Sondland’s unsecured cell phone in a Kiev restaurant, Weissman speculated that it’s all part of a grand conspiracy by Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to fix the 2020 election!

I swear I do not make this stuff up:

“You know that call is going to be monitored by the Russians… Do you care about the Russians having it?”

“Why weren’t the president and Ambassador Sondland worried about the fact that the Russians would undoubtedly in Ukraine be able to hear this conversation?” he then asked.

“If your thinking is ‘I don’t care because the Russians will be siding with me in the 2020 election,’ then you’re all on the same team,” the former Mueller prosecutor hypothesized.

So, there you have it, folks: The Democrats and their willing media co-conspirators signaling their plans for the next chapter in their never-ending coup d’etat efforts. No doubt they already have folks at Fusion GPS, Crowdstrike and Christopher Steele – along with some high-powered law firm through which they can launder all the money – signed to contracts to assist in the next effort to frame a President of the United States.

This latest revelation by one of the leading figures in the endless series of coup plots goes back to the question posed here at the Campaign Update on November 10: How Does the Never-ending Coup d’etat End?

Of course, the better question to ask is, does this never-ending coup d’etat effort ever end? The answer to that is obviously a resounding “NO.” It will just continue, morphing into the next false narrative even as the previous narrative crashes and burns, becoming increasingly shrill, careless and violent as time goes on and the plotters’ frustrations mount.

This is a game the Democrats can play with America’s very existence since they control 95% of the corrupt national news media, and it is a game they feel they must play since Donald Trump’s very presence in the office of the presidency threatens to expose and destroy the continued ability of the DC Swamp denizens to fleece the nation – and other nations, as Quid Pro Joe and his ne’er-do-well son Hunter blatantly did in Ukraine and China.

Make no mistake about this: Donald Trump is going to be re-elected next year in what is shaping up to become an epic electoral college landslide. He is going to be President of the United States of America for five more years, and the never-ending coup d’etat will continue for the duration, and even after he has left office.

The simple fact of the matter is that the coup plotters and their media co-conspirators have no choice now. They’ve come this far and completely exposed themselves to anyone who is paying attention. Even if the Democrats wanted to chuck it all and try to focus on actually doing real government stuff, they are completely bankrupt of any policy ideas that are not already proven failures.

Add that to this new reality: The Republicans are suddenly, finally starting to strike back. We now know the Horowitz Report, as timid and white-washing as it no doubt will be in its findings, will be released on December 9. We know that Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham continue to expand the scope of their own investigation into the origins of the never-ending coup. And we know that Senate Republicans are gearing up to mount a long and aggressive Senate trial effort once the House sends over its inevitable baseless articles of impeachment, with even Lindsey Graham suddenly sending out letters and demanding all sorts of information from the State Department.

Thus, even if the Democrats wanted to bring the coup plot to a screeching halt, the inertia they’ve created with their Russia Collusion and Ukraine hoaxes now makes that impossible to achieve.

How does the never-ending coup end? It doesn’t, because the Democrats and their willing, corrupt media co-conspirators have ensnared themselves in a trap of their own making.

That is all.

 

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Larry Schweikart: The Horrible History of Howard Zinn . . . and What to Do About It

Today’s Campaign Update

Guest Piece from America’s History Teacher, Larry Schweikart

[NOTE: This is the introductory lesson from Larry Schweikart’s ‘The Horrible History of Howard Zinn (and What to Do About it)’. For the other lessons in the series, visit www.wildworldofhistory.com‘s VIP side.]

Almost any educator teaching history has encountered Howard Zinn. His 1980 book, A People’s History of the United States, became a legend with the left, which soon via school boards and university adoptions, catapulted it into widespread circulation in high schools, colleges and universities. It is the textbook Marx and Lenin wished they’d written.

In 1995, an updated and expanded version was released. Zinn later claimed in the first decade since the release of People’s History the book went through 24 printings and sold over 300,000 copies. (For a point of reference, in the first decade after the appearance of A Patriot’s History of the United States, which Michael Allen and I published in 2004, it has gone through 27 printings and sold over 320,000 copies).

The dynamics of book selling were admittedly different in the 1980s. Amazon.com was not founded by Jeff Bezos until 1994. That was both good and bad for sales: obviously Amazon made it much easier for a non-reader to “click-and-buy,” but there were far more booksellers in 1980, including those that were fixtures in malls such as B. Dalton and Borders, as well as the only remaining bricks and mortar bookseller, Barnes and Noble.

In the 1980s, however, there were also thousands of independent bookstores, usually one in every town of any size. In terms of comparison with Zinn’s book, A Patriot’s History appeared long after Amazon had set up its network of used books online. This meant, at the very least, that Zinn’s numbers were greatly expanded by new sales, while those of A Patriot’s History were reduced by people buying used copies.

Nevertheless, Zinn quickly became a star, with his book the single most used non-traditional textbook in existence. By 2018, it is estimated People’s History has sold more than 2.6 million copies. The head of the American Textbook Council claimed Zinn’s book was “the best-known work of American history” and the “best-selling survey of American history.”

This, of course, is sad and troubling on so many levels. Zinn got a boost in the popular 1997 movie “Good Will Hunting” when Matt Damon’s genius gets into an argument with a Harvard student over the development of the southern colonies before the Revolution. He then tells the student that if he wants to read real history, he needs to read Zinn’s book.

The most amazing thing is, of course, Zinn’s book is as much history as a duck is a rhinoceros. It doesn’t contain a single footnote, endnote, or source, nor was it intended to. It is purely a diatribe against the United States—a revolutionary document—written in the style of history. Sources are irrelevant to Zinn. As we will see, he frequently regurgitates other Marxist or far-left writers (often nearly verbatim) whose own diatribes have been seriously challenged by real historians with, yes, real sources.

In the coming weeks, we will uncover in this series who Howard Zinn really is, what his objectives were, and why his history (allowing for a minute we can call it that) is so horrible. We will look at how it came to be canon among leftists and have such sway with students. And we will examine the real history of each topic Zinn addresses. A recent study of Zinn is most useful for our discussion, Mary Grabar’s Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History that Turned a Generation Against America.

So far, Zinn, now deceased, has avoided the humiliation that has been heaped on a number of other historians, including Joseph Ellis (a good “pop” historian who nevertheless lied about his military service and about his work in the Civil Rights movement); Michael Bellesiles, who lied about sources in his book Arming America to the point that Emory University investigated him, found “evidence of falsification” and “serious deviations from accepted practice” in conducting research. Bellesiles’ work was so bad that his Bancroft Prize was rescinded. (The real question is why the Bancroft Prize committee ever awarded him the prize in the first place). One can go even further back to find a Princeton historian, David Abraham, had falsified documents in his book The Collapse of the Weimar Republic (1981), which was sliced and diced by Yale historian Henry Ashby Turner.

Of course, the fraud and deceit in academics wasn’t relegated just to bad history. In 2012, fraudulent research by anaesthesiologist Yshitaka Fujii in over 200 papers had made it into a variety of scientific journals and had to be purged. A year earlier, Dutch psychologist Diederik Stapel confessed to falsifying research on several occasions. A study in 2013 (which now we must also question, based on the track record of studies) found that up to 40% of researchers were aware of misconduct among their peers but did not report it.

In medical and scientific studies, the definition of “fraud” is key. While official bodies can shape a definition that provides a crude estimate of fraud in only .01%, other measures show fraud and misconduct in scientific studies is as high as 26%—but even that fails to define the larger problem. One group of researchers, conducting surveys of medical researchers and investigators, found “rather high levels of misconduct or knowledge of misconduct.”

For example, one survey of NIH scientists admitted that 33% of them had engaged in one or more of a list of “top 10″ questionable behaviors, including changing methodology of ongoing studies in response to pressure from a funding source. (This is apparently a key element in so-called “global warming/climate change” studies). Between 1987 and 2008, 2% of respondents admitted to outright data fabrication, while 34% more said they engaged in “less serious” data manipulation.

But these percentages shot through the roof when asking about the behavior of other scientists, reaching 14% in the former question and a whopping 72% in the latter!

In historical writing, fraud is dangerous over the long haul. But in many of these incidents of scientific fraud, it can have immediate and fatal results. One of the most shocking came from the head of global cancer research at Amgen, who identified 53 “landmark” papers that his team tried to reproduce: 47 of the 53 could not be replicated!

A similar study of five “landmark” cancer studies found that only two could be confirmed, one completely failed to be replicated, and two others were inconclusive. Given that drug companies would be pursuing research and that doctors would be prescribing medicine and making diagnoses on the basis of research from such studies, this was a profound and shocking revelation.

South Korean stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk fabricated data on cloning human embryonic stem cells; while other fraudsters have been working on conditions from depression to Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer. Numerous cancer researchers have been found to have fabricated studies. In 2016, Inside Higher Ed, a publication by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, found 15 cases of academic fraud just in the previous decade dating back to 2006. Another 2015 study, looking at 21 experiments published in Science or Nature, found that only 13 could be reproduced. A 2015 review of 100 studies found that more than half could not be reproduced using the same method.

Economists were not exempt either: a 2015 survey by Federal Reserve economists Andrew Chang and Phillip Li, looking at 67 papers in 13 reputable academic journals, discovered that only 1/3 of the results could be independently replicated by researchers on their own, and that even with help, only 49% of the studies could be replicated. They therefore concluded that “economics research is usually not replicable.”

With history, however, inaccuracies are harder to track and prove, unless, like the New Left researchers or Howard Zinn, you make it easy by using ellipses that leave out entire days of discussion. It reminds me of what I once heard about being able to prove anything quoting the Bible: “Judas went out and hanged himself.” “Go ye therefore and do likewise.” “Whatever ye do, do quickly.”

That doesn’t make it impossible to prove Hoax History exists and that it’s wrong, only that it takes a little more time and evidence. That is what I intend to provide you over the next several weeks.

[NOTE: This is the introductory lesson from Larry Schweikart’s ‘The Horrible History of Howard Zinn (and What to Do About it)’. For the other lessons in the series, visit www.wildworldofhistory.com‘s VIP side.]

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Pelosi and Schiff are About to Walk Into a Senate Trial Trap

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Here’s why it might now be advantageous for the Republicans to hold a long, full Senate trail if the Democrats, as expected, send over articles of impeachment:
 
In a Senate trial, the Republicans will control the process. They will control which witnesses get called, how the hearings are conducted, what will be considered relevant to the proceedings. They will be able to compel the fake whistleblower to testify, Hunter Biden to testify, and myriad others who Adam Schiff refused to allow into his circus process.

If they chose to, Republicans would even be able to call Schiff himself, along with his staff, to testify as fact witnesses about their pre-coordination with Eric Ciaramella, and how they and their Lawfare lawyers actually participated in the drafting of the complaint that kicked off this whole clown show.

A long Senate trail would disrupt the Democrat primary season. Republicans would be able to force Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet to sit in the Senate chamber, day after day, six days a week for as long as they want to keep them there, off the campaign trail. It would be a major disruption to the Democrat nomination battle, and would pretty much ensure that their nominee would either be a 77 year-old buffoon who doesn’t know what state he’s in most days or a 37 year-old neophyte who would be easy pickings next Fall.

A long Senate trial would allow the Republicans to publicly litigate the whole DNC server fraud. Maybe most damaging for the Democrats, Republicans would be able to compel testimony from Christopher Steele and witnesses from Crowdstrike and get them on the record on national television, testifying under oath about their activities during the 2016 election campaign and who paid for it all. They could even compel testimony under oath from John Podesta and Donna Brazile and Debbie Wasserman Schulz (remember, Schulz and Brazile were heads of the DNC during that time) and even Hillary Clinton if they want to. If it turned out to be politically advantageous, they could also compel testimony from James Comey and Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe and John Brennan and James Clapper and all the other Obama-era coup plotters who are now employed by MSNBC and CNN.

Remember, when this impeachment scam first started, how President Trump and Giuliani and others said that Pelosi and Schiff had walked into a trap? Well, there it is.

That is all.

 

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The Horowitz FISA Investigation May Have Found its Scapegoat

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Details of the Horowitz FISA report are leaking, and it all smacks of a whitewash. – Not that that outcome wasn’t completely predictable, since I warned you to fully expect that in yesterday’s Campaign Update.

Last night, CNN ran with a story – based on leaks no doubt obtained from one of the many ex-FBI snakes now employed by the fakest news channel on earth – proclaiming that Horowitz’s report will make claims of criminal activity by a single FBI lawyer, whose identity is not revealed in the story. Might it be James Baker, the former FBI general counsel now working for CNN as a contributor? Might it be Lisa Page, the paramour and co-conspirator to super-duper FBI stud Peter Strzok? We didn’t know, and CNN wasn’t telling.

What CNN did say about the nature of the potential charges against this lawyer is this:

A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN.

A little later in the evening, the Deep State mouthpieces at the Washington Post came in with a story of their own, and it revealed more about this lawyer’s identity. According to the Post:

The person under scrutiny is a low-level FBI lawyer who has since been forced out of the agency, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss material that has not yet been made public.

Hilariously, after Wolf Blitzer carried a report on this CNN “breaking news,” the fake news channel’s own on-air fake talent studiously ignored it for the rest of the evening. Only in America’s dead profession of journalism would a news outlet work so hard to bury a major scoop that its own people were the first to report.

But the bottom line here is that Horowitz, true to his nature as a career creature of the DC Swamp, has apparently found the perfect scapegoat, a low-level lawyer who has already been forced out of his job and who can now become the sacrificial lamb, the offering to the public in a report that otherwise whitewashes the utter defrauding of the FISA process that we all know was led by Strzok, James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein, among others. We know a whitewash is very likely because the Post piece also contains this very disturbing passage:

That conduct did not alter Horowitz’s finding that the surveillance application of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page had a proper legal and factual basis, the officials said.

Ugh.

The lone bit of potentially good news in all of this actually appears in the CNN report:

Horowitz turned over evidence on the allegedly altered document to John Durham, the federal prosecutor appointed early this year by Attorney General William Barr to conduct a broad investigation of intelligence gathered for the Russia probe by the CIA and other agencies, including the FBI. The altered document is also at least one focus of Durham’s criminal probe.

So, again, if you were expecting gang-buster, myriad criminal referrals to be contained in the report from career apparatchik Michael Horowitz, you would be well advised to cool your jets. While reports from CNN and the WaPo are highly suspect at best and far from definitive accounts of the totality of the Horowitz’s findings, they provide good initial foundation to believe the report will be a classic DC Swamp whitewash.

After all, if the report contained criminal referrals targeting the true major players in all of this, those major players would be working with their toadies at CNN, WaPo, the NYTimes and the networks to plant stories that smear Horowitz and contain more-preferred narratives.

If you want real justice to be levied at the coup cabal plotters, it will either come from John Durham and his investigation, or it will never come at all.

That is all.

 

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Impeachment Public Testimony: The Worst 8 Days in Democrat Party History

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

As the public impeachment circus hearings come to a close, America asks, what in the hell was that all about? – Having worked in the communications field for a long, long time, one of the first things I learned was that if you cannot make your case to the average American in 25 words or less – 50 at the outside – you don’t have a case.

The average American has the attention span of the average house cat. If you aren’t giving them some food or scratching them at just the right spot behind the ears, they’re going to move onto focusing on the next thing that moves. That is why this impeachment circus is going to go down as one of the most epic fails in our nation’s history.

Over the last 8 days, Bug-eyes Schiff has paraded a series of non-witnesses across the nation’s television screens who not only could not make their case in 25 to 50 words, they couldn’t do it in 25 to 50 minutes. By the time people like Bill Taylor or this David what’s-his-name who testified on Thursday with Fiona Hill finished their interminable, confusing opening statements, most Americans had either tuned out or committed suicide just to make the bad men stop.

It has been hilarious watching during the breaks as DC Swamp skunks like Chris Wallace have classified a Marie Yovanovitch or a Gordan Sondland as a “compelling witness,” knowing that these insufferable gossips were compelling only to their fellow denizens of the Swamp. No one in the rest of America gave a damn what these people had to say, and that is already starting to show up in the public opinion polls.

Think about it: Everyone in America knew what Watergate was all about. There was a burglary and the President lied and obstructed justice to try to cover it all up. That’s 18 words.

Everyone in America knew what the Clinton impeachment was all about. The President was having sex with a plump intern in the Oval Office and he lied and obstructed justice to try to cover it all up. That’s 26 words. Easy.

In this Ukraine deal, the Democrats have simply failed to make any cogent case describing succinctly what it is all about. Anyone who managed to listen to this parade of offended bureaucrats came away more confused than anything else, and frankly pissed off to see first-hand the sort of petty jealousies and turf-protection activities that appear to dominate in America’s diplomatic corps.

This whole process is a stunning, amazing failure by a Democrat Party armed with the support of 95% of the nation’s corrupt news media. In order for it to succeed, Schiff and his band of circus clowns would have had to move public opinion in favor of impeachment to such an extent that a bunch of Republican members of the house and senate came over to their side. Instead, the first raft of polling data shows they have only succeeded in moving it in the President’s favor.

Republicans, in fact, are so fired up that a group of GOP senators – including Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins and Mitt Romney (!) – got together at the White House with President Trump today and agreed that it would be to their advantage to hold a full-fledged trial in the Senate should the Democrats ultimately approve articles of impeachment.

Rather than try to make this thing go away quickly, the GOP is now ready to prolong it right into the presidential primary season.

These past 8 days are the worst 8 days in the Democrat Party’s history. They will ultimately ensure that Bug-eyes Schiff’s place in U.S. history will be as one of the greatest failures ever to walk the halls of congress. Awesome.

That is all.

 

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Tick-Tock: Hannity and Graham Break Wind, er, News on the Horowitz FISA Report

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

The Tick-Tock News Hour finally gives us something other than gas. – All-hat and No-cattle Senator Lindsey Graham appeared on Sean Hannity’s Tick-Tock News Hour Wednesday evening. That’s nothing new. What is new is that the Senator from South Carolina had actually managed to round up some cattle for a change, informing Hannity’s loyal audience of something that they hadn’t already heard 600 times before on Tick-Tock News.

That item of actual new stuff is that the long-delayed report on abuse of the FISA process from plodding, obfuscating DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his staff of thousands of do-nothing bureaucrats will definitely, no question, you betcha be issued on December 9. Not December 9 of 2020, not of 2024, but…wait for it…THIS ACTUAL YEAR. I swear I’m not making this up. Here’s the clip:

For those Baby Boomers who still like to read stuff, here’s the transcript:

Mr. Tick-Tock – You’re gonna have, on December 11 [he actually said September 11, but I’m trying to be nice here], the Inspector General will be before your committee. I’m hoping we’ll get…

Sen. Graham – …December 11…

Mr. Tick-Tock – …a number of days, and not on a Friday, a dump…

Sen. Graham – …it’ll be December the 9th…

Mr. Tick-Tock – …derp…

Sen. Graham – …you’ll get the report.

Mr. Tick-Tock – [Shocked] December the 9th. That’s locked.

Sen. Graham – That’s locked.

[2 seconds of dead air as a shocked Hannity suddenly realizes he’s going to have to actually run a different show than he’s run the last 550 straight days come December 9.]

Mr. Tick-Tock – Ok. That’s a Monday. You’ll be in your chambers on Wednesday.

[End]

Ok, so, all of you who have been asking me for the last 10 months or so, “where’s the FISA report?” and “when’s the FISA report coming out?” – now you have it straight from the mouths of two of the most unreliable people on the face of the earth.

My only pieces of advice to you here are:

Don’t get your hopes up. Horowitz is a career DC Swamp creature. He is not in his job to actually find real, true wrongdoing that would create a major scandal within the department of government that pays his salary. As we have seen in the previous reports he has issued following his interminable investigations, his modus operandi is to do everything he can to create excuses to minimize and excuse wrongdoing by department employees.

While this report will likely contain criminal referrals, don’t expect them to be any sort of blockbusters involving people like James Comey.  Horowitz will bend over backwards to ascribe real criminal wrongdoing by these people to simple violations of departmental policy. Remember: Horowitz is a bureaucrat at heart, and it is never in the self-interest of any career bureaucrat to do real damage to the department in which he is employed. The permanent driving incentive of the career federal bureaucrat is always to preserve and grow the bureaucracy. This is the fundamental problem with allowing the DOJ to investigate itself, regardless of who the Attorney General happens to be.

Don’t be surprised if these dates end up being delayed again. Everything Graham says about any of this is highly suspect. The man has already almost succeeded in getting through his entire first year as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee without calling a single hearing or issuing a single subpoena over any of this stuff. It seems odd that he’s suddenly now going to break that record of non-achievement with just three weeks remaining in the year and the Christmas holiday season coming up.

Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger. And hey, maybe this will be the one time Sean Hannity’s Tick-Tock News Hour and his favorite guest actually deliver something real.

That is all.

 

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Dear Gordon Sondland: “Assume” Makes an “ASS” out of “U” and “ME”

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Ok, so now we’re supposed to impeach a sitting President of the United States based not just on hearsay and rank gossip, but on what Gordon Sondland assumed. And thus, the dumbest impeachment effort in the history of the known universe continues apace.

Ambassador Sondland gave us a 45 minute opening statement this morning, longer even than the mind-numbing long and winding road of hearsay and gossip delivered by Bill Taylor a week ago. During that opening statement, the self-serving Sondland threw literally everyone involved in this entire Ukrainian fake controversy under the bus. He did his best to leave behind a trail of dead bodies including Rudy Giuliani, Kurt Volker, Taylor, the dapper dandy George Kent, Alexander Vindman, Marie Yovanovitch, Jennifer Williams, Tim Morrison, the garbage man, the mail carrier, the pest control guy, the plumber, the White House chef, Ivanka Trump’s seamstress and, of course, his main target, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

Sondland wove a tail in which he assumed that, whenever anyone mentioned the word “Burisma” – the corrupt Ukrainian gas company that has been the central player in so much graft, bribery and influence peddling with various U.S. players – they actually were saying “Joe and Hunter Biden.” This latest Deep State fantasy play included the theme that everyone involved “knew” there was a “quid pro quo” in which the Ukrainian government either had to open investigations into the rank influence peddling engaged in by Joe and Hunter Biden during the Obama years or they would never get congressionally-authorized U.S. economic and military aid.

It was a wonderful tale, a tale whose plot almost made Adam Schiff’s bug-eyes plop right out onto the hearing room carpet at various points, a plot so stupendous and seemingly evil that, after his 45-minute questioning of Sondland, Schiff could no longer contain himself and called a “bathroom break” so he could rush out into the hall and hold a press conference. Alas, it was all for naught at the end of the day.

See, Sondland’s tall, self-serving tale had one inconvenient plot twist, and it turned out to be the part that he left out of it. That plot twist, as coaxed out of the dissembling Ambassador to the EU (what a perfect job for this quisling fool to be in, hobnobbing and partying with the quisling fools of Europe) by Ohio congressman Michael Turner, is that, in the only conversation Sondland actually had with President Trump on this whole “quid pro quo” nonsense, the President told Sondland not once, but twice, “I want nothing! I want no Quid Pro Quo!”

Oh. Schiff’s bugeyes sank deeply into his tiny cerebral cortex when Sondland had to admit to that. Here’s the clip:

Turner: Answer the question – no one on this planet told you that Trump was tying this aid to the investigations. Because if your answer is yes, then the chairman is wrong and the headline on CNN is wrong. No one on this planet  told you that President Trump was tying aid to investigations, yes or no.

Sondland: Yes.

Oh.

Early in my professional career I had a very smart boss who taught me a very important lesson. When I had failed to carry out a task and he asked me why that had happened, I told him that I had assumed another person on our team was going to do it.

He smiled and asked, you know what “assume” does, don’t you? When I said no, he said, “assume” makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me.” Don’t assume anything – if you aren’t sure, ask.

Obviously, Gordon Sondland never had a smart and kind boss who was willing to teach him that very important life lesson. Even more disturbing, Sondland decided to cling to his assumption even after his current boss, the President of the United States of America, personally informed him that his assumption was wrong.

This is the kind of self-serving fool who permeates our diplomatic corps and the rest of our federal bureaucracy, the sort of jackass President Trump was elected to get rid of. Sadly, Mr. Trump has no one to blame for Sondland but himself, since he appointed the slug to his ambassadorship.

No time like the present to correct that enormous judgment error.

Some clips from the hearing for those who missed it.

Jim Jordan’s latest tour de force:

John Ratcliffe:

Rising star Elise Stefanik:

Devin Nunes:

That is all.

 

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