30 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-31-18

  1. Meanwhile, The Cult has begun the heresy trial of Trey Gowdy.


  2. Ricky, I couldn’t open the link about French.
    And I notice Kristen Powers thinks evangelicals should not support Trump.
    Who should we support? Trump is duly elected president.
    Who else is out there?

    Surely evangelicals aren’t supposed to support Bill’s wife.


  3. Chas, Support Ben Sasse. Support your local conservative Republicans who do not endorse Trump’s lies and dishonesty. However, do not expect any more electoral victories at the national level. Trump’s profound dishonesty, maliciousness and incompetence have ruined things for Republicans for a long, long time.


  4. Sure Ricky, and the traitorous actions of you and your Never-Trump cohorts aren’t at all responsible for “ruining” the party, right?

    Your just as pure and clean as the driven snow……..

    But you’re right, it’ll be a tough road to hoe, especially after us millions of Trumpkins abandon the R party en masse. There won’t enough of you traitors left to win anything. That right there is all the win I need.

    Don’t worry though, I’m sure your Democrat overlords will be kind to you and reward your backstabbing of the R party voters once they take over. At least at first…..

    So enjoy your 30 pieces while you can Judas.


  5. After Trump, Marco Rubio seems to be a better bet at this point; we’ll have to wait and see.
    But if you want to support truth and honor, do not support people like those in the Reagan cult who think the great Invisible Hand of the Market will work everything out for the best. Unfortunately, Sasse may have bought into this false ideology which has the fervor of a religious cult for its adherents.


  6. AJ, You are welcome to support Ivanka, Uday or Qusay in the future instead of Republicans. It is what we would expect.


  7. Chas,

    Exactly. In the end, it was never gonna be Hillary with many of us. The answer Ricky and Powers give leaves you with no choice but to not vote, thereby disenfranchising you and your vote. And the Democrat wins because evangelicals didn’t vote. Ricky and Powers know this, but they’re OK with that, it’s why they jumped in bed with Dems. They’d rather have Hillary than Trump. They finally at least are being honest and admitting that, now that they’ve been exposed as traitors.

    So ignore the shill, just vote the way you want. There’s 2 choices, you take the best option. I know you get that, but some are a little slower at accepting that reality, or are OK with voting for the anti-God, baby killing party candidate……

    And sorry, but I’m not taking morality lessons from someone who would do that Ricky……


  8. So will Bee be Barred, like Roseanne?

    Matt Walsh thinks so, but I doubt it.


    “Samantha Bee, who has the comedic wit of a paper towel, launched into a vile and insane rant against Ivanka Trump last night. She called the president’s daughter a “feckless @#$%” and told her to put on something “tight and low cut” and flaunt herself in front of her father. And this was not an off-the-cuff tweetstorm, we should note. This was a written, planned, and produced monologue on Bee’s TBS show.

    She should be fired immediately. And we should demand that she be fired.

    I was highly critical of Roseanne’s comments about Valerie Jarrett. I supported ABC’s decision to terminate her. Now TBS and Samantha Bee must be held to the same standard. It is not a difficult or stringent standard. It is merely a standard of basic decency. Those who cannot be basically decent, or even minimally decent, or even “don’t call the president’s daughter a @#$% on national TV” decent, should not be given highly visible and highly profitable platforms.”

    But this is Hollywood, where she’ll be celebrated for her “art”.


  9. Conservatives have had fun teasing Brit Hume who has been acting a little Culty as of late. However, he had to condemn one of this morning’s Presidential lies. Like Gowdy, Hume tries to maintain a measure of intellectual honesty and self-respect.


  10. Back on this topic again…

    God determines outcomes of elections. It’s not accurate to depict *not voting* as an act of throwing in the towel, sitting on the sidelines, or aiding the other side. It’s an act of *faith.* Imagine the dialog:

    Christian: I didn’t vote because neither candidate seemed to embody the kind of character You commend in leaders.

    God: You should have voted for the less evil guy.

    Christian: Which one? I couldn’t tell who was more or less evil between them.

    God: Wasn’t it obvious? You should have supported the Mormon guy who denies my Son and blasphemously expects to become divine, like Me, someday. The next round, you should have cast your vote for the p&$$^ grabber.

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  11. I have to think that God gave us free will because he is interested in watching us grow, make mistakes and learn from them as we mature. I doubt God expects us to know who is more or less righteous, but takes delight as we learn and grow. If He were just interested in correct answers I don’t think He would have bothered with free will. Maybe He likes farces too every once in a while.

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  12. I like Gowdy, but I have to call BS.

    How can he make statements about evidence he’s not even seen?


    “Outgoing Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) caused quite a stir when he said on TV that he found no evidence that the FBI spied on President Donald Trump’s campaign after he received a briefing from the DOJ and FBI.

    Now reports have emerged that Gowdy and others at the meeting did not see any documents or subpoenas they requested.”

    “He also said that he believes the FBI “would tell you that Russia was the target and Russia’s intentions toward our country were the target.”

    Over at The Federalist, Mollie Hemingway wrote that a spokeswoman for Gowdy told the publication “that the congressman doesn’t even know what documents and records were subpoenaed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).”

    Hemingway said her publication asked the spokeswoman if Gowdy “had seen all the documents Congress requested,” but but she “repeatedly declined to say what, if any, subpoenaed records Gowdy had reviewed during the roughly hour-long briefing.”

    Other reports back up Hemingway’s article:

    (HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes, WH Chief of Staff John Kelly, Trump attorney Emmett Flood)”


  13. Ms Hemingway, who has not seen the relevant documents and who has no background in criminal law or law enforcement passed judgment on Mr. Gowdy who did see the relevant documents and has decades of experience as a prosecutor and years of experience overseeing the actions of the FBI.

    As noted above, Gowdy’s alledged crime is heresy against The Trump Cult and as usual it is the cult that is full of manure.


  14. Oh! I just noticed. Dairy farmer and midnight rider Devin Nunes backs Hemingway along with Trump’s top aide Kelly and his lawyer Flood, who supposedly left the briefing early. I bet Ivanka is on Trump’s side as well.

    Gowdy is a Republican, he is experienced in these matters, and he has no ax to grind. Unlike all the others, he is not being paid to defend Trump.


  15. Debra, I think God may like a farce and has used more than one farce to achieve his purpose. A talking donkey was sort of a farce. The behavior of Belshazzar in Daniel 5 is farcical. God definitely made a farce of the Philistine gods after the capture of the Ark of the Covenant. My concern is that it is America that has been weighed in the balance and found wanting.

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  16. We need more of the 3 R’s.

    Rod Rosenstein’s Recusal


    “Scott has already linked to the New York Times’ story on the Andrew McCabe memos. As he suggests these memos add to the evidence that Rosenstein should recuse himself from the Mueller investigation.

    Even without the McCabe memos, there seemed to be a solid case for recusal. By all accounts, Mueller is investigating the firing of his good friend James Comey to determine whether, somehow, it is obstruction of justice or evidence thereof. That’s why McCabe turned over his memos to Mueller. Reportedly they pertain to the firing of Comey.

    Rosenstein played what the Times calls “a key role in the dismissal” of Comey. In fact, Rosenstein wrote a memo saying Comey should be fired for the way he publicly discussed the FBI’s findings regarding the Hillary Clinton email scandal.

    Standing alone, Rosenstein’s memo would likely make him a fact witness in a proper investigation of the Comey firing. I’ve litigated dozens of discharge cases in which the issue was the motivation for the firing. I can’t recall a single such case in which someone who recommended the discharge (here Rosenstein) to the ultimate decisionmaker (here President Trump) was not listed as a fact witness and, if the case progressed far enough, deposed.

    But the McCabe memos take things further. Reportedly they claim that, in addition to writing the memo recommending Comey’s discharge, Rosenstein talked with McCabe about a conversation with Trump pertaining to the discharge. In that conversation, Trump allegedly asked Rosenstein to reference Russia in his recommendation memo.

    So now, Rosenstein isn’t just writing a recommendation to the decisionmaker. The decisionmaker is talking to Rosenstein about what he wants in the memo. And what he wants in the memo is a reference to Russia.

    Mueller, by all accounts, is investigating whether Trump fired Comey because of the Russia investigation. Rosenstein apparently has first-hand knowledge of how Trump viewed the discharge in relation to Comey’s handling of the Russia investigation. I don’t see how Rosenstein is not someone Mueller needs to examine.

    I do see why Mueller wants Rosenstein to remain his supervisor. From all that appears, Rosenstein has done little or nothing to rein Mueller in, as he drives far a afield from investigating alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 election.”


  17. Huh.

    Seems a bureaucrat run ” Deep State” is an actual thing, despite the claims of some. At least Ted Cruz thinks so.


    “Cruz Attempts to Stop Political Weaponization of Security Clearance Process

    Move comes after uptick in bureaucrats using access to secrets to sideline Trump political appointees

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) placed a provision in the National Defense Authorization bill that would require the department to report to Congress when security clearances are taken away outside the normal five-year window for re-evaluating them.

    In a press release, Cruz said the requirement is aimed at “boosting trust and transparency in our security clearance process.”

    “The amendment is meant to address concerns that our security-clearance process had been politicized and weaponized, which among other things erodes the public’s crucial faith in that system,” said a Cruz spokesman

    The move comes after at least two high-profile cases in which federal officials pulled the security clearances of two members of President Trump’s National Security Council, or NSC, at the beginning of the administration last year.

    Both NSC adviser Adam Lovinger, who was detailed to the NSC after serving 12 years in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, or ONA, with his security clearance intact, and NSC Africa specialist Robin Townley had their security clearances pulled at the beginning of the Trump administration. The Washington Free Beacon first reported on the politicization of the security clearance process.

    Advocates for Lovinger and Townley argue that the clearances were pulled to sideline them from the NSC because of their conservative political views, not for any real wrongdoing. Lovinger also alleges that he was retaliated against for whistleblowing on how the ONA doled out research projects worth millions of taxpayer dollars.

    Cruz’s legislative action also comes after Lovinger’s attorney, Sean Bigley, wrote a Wall Street Journal editorial in early May blaming “hostile career bureaucrats” of the so-called “deep state” for “weaponizing” the process to thwart the president’s agenda by holding or blocking appointees.”


  18. Trumpian conservatism:


  19. I agree Trump is a farce, but we just had a guy in office–our office of President, the most powerful position in the world, for whom a majority of the electorate voted–who advocates the right to kill half-born babies. He still has influence, and still has minions holding public offices. I don’t suspect Trump has provoked the Wrath-o-God any more than that those guys or Belshazzar or whoever.


  20. ” Mr. Gowdy who did see the relevant documents ”

    Clearly wrong Ricky..

    “Hemingway said her publication asked the spokeswoman if Gowdy “had seen all the documents Congress requested,” but but she “repeatedly declined to say what, if any, subpoenaed records Gowdy had reviewed during the roughly hour-long briefing.”

    Other reports back up Hemingway’s article:”

    And Gowdy’s office isn’t disputing their claim either.


  21. Solar……

    “He still has influence, and still has minions holding public offices. ”

    Yeah he does, and those minions are hard at work undermining our country and it’s duly elected president, and Ricky’s cool with that…….


    “Organizations and individuals entrenched in the Obama administration’s pro-Iran echo chamber are engaging in a new plot to defame top White House national security officials, a campaign that mirrors a successful effort by these same groups to oust former Trump administration National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to sources familiar with the new effort.

    After targeting Flynn, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former senior Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, organizations closely tied to the Obama administration are setting their sites on National Security Adviser John Bolton and his newly formed team.

    Recent attacks by groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, have centered on Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst who was recently tapped by Bolton to serve as his chief of staff on the White House National Security Council.

    Activists from CAIR, the SPLC, and the Anti-Defamation League, or ADL—a civil rights organization currently helmed by a former Obama administration official—are engaged in a coordinated campaign to smear Fleitz and force his ouster from the NSC. The smears have been picked up by sympathetic media outlets who worked closely with these groups while the Obama administration’s so-called “echo chamber” was running at full steam, sources said.

    Former senior Obama administration officials such as Ben Rhodes—architect of the pro-Iran echo-chamber that misled Congress and the American public about the nature of the landmark nuclear deal—have amplified these attacks on social media platforms such as Twitter.

    Senior Trump administration officials familiar with the situation called the attacks baseless and blamed organizations such as the SPLC for waging a smear campaign out of revenge for Fleitz’s past criticisms of the group, which has been known to attack prominent conservative thought leaders and label them bigots.

    “Most of the attacks on Fleitz originated from the far left Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that over the last few years raised money by putting out press releases falsely lumping conservative Americans with neo-Nazis and white supremacists,” said one senior administration official who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon on background about the attacks on Fleitz.

    “The media must call this attack on Fred Fleitz for what it is a—deliberate smear campaign from the left against the Trump administration,” the official said, referencing a slew of recent media reports repeating accusations by the SPLC, ADL, CAIR, and other liberal activists groups.”


  22. AJ,

    1. Who saw more documents? Gowdy or Hemingway?

    2. Who has more experience? Gowdy or Hemingway?

    3. Who is more independent? Who has an ax to grind?

    4. Who has more relevant knowledge? A prosecutor or a journalist? No offense intended, DJ.


  23. AJ, Why do you just make up crap about me like the second paragraph @ 8:15?

    Do you want me to say “AJ is cool with Trump grabbing women by their p%#&$”or “AJ is cool with Trump telling mistresses to get abortions”?


  24. Ricky,

    The only relevant question is #1, and the answer is neither saw them.

    From Rep. Meadows, who was actually there.


  25. Like

  26. And you’ve repeatedly said Trump supporters support his bad behavior. We’re loyal cultists, right? Ring a bell?……


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