32 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-12-18

  1. The violence from the left is escalating.


    “The political left needs to do a better job of policing its members who are “inciting” violence, according to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who narrowly survived a politically-motivated mass assassination attempt in July 2017.

    Noting recent instances of violence against Republicans, Scalise said that “some on the left are inciting this violence and frankly they should be called out on it.” He added that some Democrats are “almost encouraging” political violence.

    The Louisiana Republican made the comments on an episode of Republican Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy’s podcast, Plaidcast, which aired on Friday.

    “You’ve got some people on the Left, that just want this idea of resist and ignore the fact that [Trump] is president, they want to interrupt the ability of congress to do its job and of course you’ve got death threats and literal attacks on lives and frankly I want to see the Left stand up to this,” Scalise said.”

    And he’s correct…..


    “A Republican Party office in Wyoming was set on fire just two days after opening, and police believe it was intentional.

    Local police are working with federal authorities in their investigation.

    Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney said in response that “the future of our nation depends upon our ability to exchange ideas and viewpoints, to argue and debate, free from violence and intimidation.”


  2. Further proof….


    “A man was arrested on suspicion of felony assault and other charges after allegedly attempting to stab a Republican congressional candidate with a switchblade over the weekend at in Castro Valley, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

    On Sunday, September 9, at approximately 3:45 p.m., deputies working at the Castro Valley Fall Festival were alerted to a possible knife attack at one of the vendor booths.

    Deputies arrived at the booth and made contact with the victim, Republican candidate Rudy Peters, who is running against incumbent Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) for the 15th congressional district seat

    The Castro Valley News first reported on the attack.

    According to witnesses, 35-year-old Castro Valley resident Farzad Fazeli approached Peters at his booth in an aggressive manner and made disparaging, profanity-laced remarks about the Republican party and President Donald Trump.”


    “A Castro Valley man shouting profanities about President Trump attacked a Republican congressional candidate who was working an election booth at a town festival, threatening him and trying to stab him with a switchblade, authorities and the candidate said Tuesday.

    Farzad Vincent Fazeli, 35, was jailed after the alleged Sunday attack on Rudy Peters at the Castro Valley Fall Festival. Alameda County prosecutors charged Fazeli on Tuesday with a felony count of making criminal threats and misdemeanor counts of exhibiting a deadly weapon and possessing a switchblade.

    No one was seriously injured. In an interview, Peters said he had never been concerned about his safety prior to Sunday, though his wife has often warned him to be careful.

    “It’s a shame,” he said. “People are just polarized right now, and this country’s divided and it’s just a mess. It shouldn’t be that way.””

    Blame Maxine Waters and her cohorts.


  3. And more……


    “Last week, PJ Media contributor and Fox News guest Denise McAllister sent out a powerful tweet denouncing the abortion movement. Little did she know, days later she would be in hiding, scared for her life. When she went public about receiving death and rape threats, pro-abortion Twitter users championed the threats against her.

    “At the root of [abortion] hysteria is women’s unhinged desire for irresponsible sex. Sex is their god. Abortion is their sacrament,” McAllister tweeted. “It’s abhorrent as women have flung themselves from the heights of being the world’s civilizing force to the muck and mire of dehumanizing depravity.”

    “As if to prove McAllister’s point about depravity, abortion activists jumped on her case, calling her everything from crazy to misogynist to a supporter of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

    But the real danger came from elsewhere. McAllister told PJ Media that she received death and rape threats, over multiple forms of private communication.

    “They are threats outside of Twitter, stating they know where I live,” McAllister said. “Threats of rape and strangling. I spoke to the police. I am on home watch.”

    “My children are very frightened,” she added.”


  4. The first judge dropped the ball. They picked it up.


    “A federal grand jury sitting in Albuquerque, N.M., has indicted Jany Leveille, 35, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, and Lucas Morton, 40, on firearms and conspiracy charges.

    The indictment, which was filed this afternoon, charges the five residents of a compound in Amalia, in Taos County, N.M., with conspiring knowingly to provide an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States, possession of firearms and ammunition. The indictment also charges Leveille, a Haitian national illegally and unlawfully in the United States, with possession of firearms and ammunition.

    The conspiracy charge alleges that the defendants conspired to provide Leveille, an alien unlawfully in the United States, with firearms and ammunition from at least Nov. 2017 through Aug. 2018. The indictment alleges that, as part of the conspiracy, the defendants transported firearms and ammunition from Georgia to New Mexico in Dec. 2017. The indictment further alleges that, between Dec. 2017 and Aug. 2018, the defendants established a training camp and firing range in Taos County, where they stored firearms and ammunition and engaged in firearms and tactical training as part of their common plan to prepare for violent attacks on government, military, educational, and financial institutions.

    The FBI arrested the defendants on Aug. 31, 2018, on a federal criminal complaint that charged Leveille with being an alien unlawfully in possession of firearms and ammunition. The complaint also charged Leveille’s four co-defendants with aiding and abetting her in committing the offense, and with conspiring with her to commit the offense.

    The defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court in Albuquerque at 1:00 pm, tomorrow, Sept. 12, 2018, to be arraigned on the indictment and for detention hearings.”


  5. Investigative journalism is alive and well…..

    In some places anyway…….

    The video is in Arabic, but you can’t get a translation from the Twitchy link.


    “Journalist Jenan Moussa of Arabic Al Aan TV uncovered new video from the Benghazi terror attack 6 years ago and was able to identify a number of the extremists “seen in/near the consulate during the attack,” one of whom she reports lives in Berlin and another who “might be in Sweden”:


  6. This one is serious, and he’s not trying to be funny!

    So stop laughing. 🙂

    But first grab your pearls, you’ll need them for clutching. 🙂


    “I cannot be the only person for whom this is true. The degree to which Trump has saturated American media is unprecedented. Only some of this can be said to be the result of technology and parallel developments in journalism; we had a 24/7 news cycle and Twitter during the Obama administration, but days and even weeks could go by when the president was very far from the major stories of the day. No public figure in the history of this or any country has ever figured so prominently in the lives of its citizens, not even in the great authoritarian regimes of the 20th century, as President Trump. The cult of personality established by the Kim dynasty in North Korea is, at least in terms of its sheer reach, a jacket blurb in comparison with what cable news and our major newspapers have created, ostensibly in the spirit of independent reporting and criticism, for the former host of The Apprentice.

    What would a return to “normal” look like? Will our next president be expected to use Twitter to address his critics directly? Will he begin his re-election campaign a few weeks after taking office with rallies around the country? Will Congress, which has been unpopular for almost my entire lifetime and has all but openly embraced its moribund status as welfare for aging lawyers, ever be relevant again? Or will the institution of the presidency, with its undreamed powers and numberless prerogatives, and the man in whom it is vested achieve a kind of total monopoly over law-making, first by fiat, then by custom, and eventually as a matter of settled law? I think the answer is yes.

    I agree with critics of so-called “originalism” that America has a living Constitution, and that the fundamental structures according to which this country has been organized have been upended at various points in our history — under James Madison and again under Andrew Jackson, after the Civil War, during the Great Depression, at some point in Jimmy Carter’s presidency when the undoing of the Roosevelt-era consensus about the partially planned economy began the neoliberal revolution that continued apace under Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, and now, once again, in the strange globalized war-making succession of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Trump. America is now a kind of elective monarchy in which Congress clings, like the Roman Senate, to its antique ceremony as its formal powers — such as that of the purse — become increasingly irrelevant. Meanwhile the Supreme Court is headed in the direction of an almost limitless deference toward administrative autonomy.

    I don’t think it’s reasonable to dismiss the possibility of a third term for this president as idle speculation. The 22nd Amendment can be repealed like any other, and both geography and math favor Republican attempts at amendment. The end of presidential term limits would not necessarily be, in the long term, a one-sided partisan affair. It is perfectly reasonable to imagine a future in which a popular young Democratic president is elected to third and even fourth terms, perhaps non-contiguously, with a four-year interlude from a lucky but ultimately ill-fated Republican challenger.”

    I do not know a single supporter of the president who opposes the idea, at least in theory, of Trump serving more than eight years. The man himself has entertained it openly, praising Xi Jinping for getting rid of term limits in China. Meanwhile, speculation about whether Obama would have beaten Trump if he had run for a third term is a liberal cottage industry. Obama, who agrees that he would have been elected again if he had run two years ago, is a young man. Perhaps he could be the one to beat Trump in 2024.

    If you think two more years of Trump in the White House sounds like a nightmare, imagine having to read about his late-night Oval Office tweets for another decade, or even longer. The “real book,” if it ever comes to be written, might well be a posthumous memoir.”



  7. If the Democrats take back the House in November, Trump should get most of the credit but his moronic accomplices like Nunes will have also played a major role.


  8. AJ @7:03 After comments by Waters and others, Congress has no excuse for not removing some of them as unfit for office. If our officials actually cared about the ‘rule of law’ they’d stop trying to annul the 2016 election and not allow those who are openly inciting political violence to be a part of the political body. But they have no guts, and everyone watching (left and right) knows it.

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  9. @ 7:32 That is funny. People on the right were speculating the same thing about Obama—that he would never leave office or would get a third term. The entertainment news genre is growing old and recycles their material shamelessly.

    @ 9:20 No, Ricky, Dems are not going to win (although they have a very good shot at the Senate in TN)…and I confess myself surprised that Cruz is having a hard time getting himself sent back to the Senate. Of course, I was also surprised that the Republican party allowed him to run for President since he was born in Canada. Maybe you never-Trumpers can run Xi against Trump on the next ballot. ;–)

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  10. Dear Leader says he has very good relationships with Xi and Kim. They would never turn “traitor” and run against him. I expect both to give nominating speeches for Dear Leader at the 2020 Trump Cult Convention.


  11. The problem was always with PR, not Trump or FEMA;

    Keep this in mind since the press is already gearing up to blame Trump for the response to the upcoming Hurricane Florence.



  12. The truth hurts, so it will be suppressed.


    ” Back in 2013, the Associated Press Style Guide proudly announced that it was no longer sanctioning the term “illegal immigrant” or the use of “illegal” to describe a person: “Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented.”

    And as far back as 2016, when she was running for Senate, Kamala Harris declared the term “illegal alien” offensive and that “we must stop treating undocumented workers as criminals in this country” — a pretty good sign of where her priorities stand when it comes to illegal immigrants vs. U.S. citizens.

    Now the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies is complaining that Twitter is not allowing it to promote any tweets which include the hate speech, “illegal alien.”


  13. MAGA.


    “GREAT AGAIN: USA Is Now The Largest Global Crude Oil Producer – Surpasses Russia and Saudi Arabia”

    “In February, U.S. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades. In June and August, the United States surpassed Russia in crude oil production for the first time since February 1999.”


  14. Reason number 23,560,976 to not send your kids to indoctrination camps. Revisionist history is not real history.


    “Conservatives have long complained about schools’ use of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. But, a popular AP U.S. History textbook, The American Pageant, written by Thomas Bailey, David Kennedy, and Lizabeth Cohen, is also riddled with inaccuracies. That’s according to Daniel Oliver, chairman of the board of the Education and Research Institute.

    “Almost every other page” has liberal bias, Oliver charged during an interview with Townhall on Tuesday.

    His “favorite” example, he said, is the book’s section on Alger Hiss. It’s well known that Hiss was a communist who was supplying information to the Soviet Union, Oliver relayed. He was convicted of perjury in 1948. Yet, in The American Pageant, the authors write that Hiss was being chased by Richard Nixon, a “red hunter,” and that he got caught in “embarrassing falsehoods.”

    Oliver calls the description “extraordinary” and “ridiculous.”

    “He was a communist,” Oliver said. “But the left decided to take the position that he was not.””


  15. The more we know, the more we realize what a bogus bag of goods never-Trumpers, Deep Staters, and Democrats sold us.

    Lies, damn lies, and even more lies.


    “A trail of evidence appearing in major news outlets suggests a campaign to undermine President Trump from within the government through illegal leaks of classified information, and then to thwart congressional investigators probing the disclosures.

    On Monday the Justice Department released a handful of texts and other documents that included two former officials known for their anti-Trump bias – Peter Strzok and Lisa Page of the FBI – discussing the DOJ’s “media leak strategy.” Strzok now says, through his lawyer, that that strategy was aimed at preventing leaks. Nevertheless, days later he and Page approvingly mention forthcoming news articles critical of Trump associates.

    “The leaks that have been coming out of the FBI and DOJ since 2016 are unconscionable,” said retired FBI supervisory special agent James Gagliano. “There’s a difference between whistleblowing and leaking for self-serving or partisan purposes.”

    Past and present U.S. officials say the template for the leak campaign can be traced back to the Obama administration’s efforts to sell the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which made the press reliant on background conversations and favorable leaks from government officials. Obama adviser Ben Rhodes told the New York Times in 2016 that “we created an echo chamber” that “helped retail the administration’s narrative.”

    “That same configuration,” said Michael Doran, a senior official in the George W. Bush White House, “the press, political operatives, newly minted experts, social media validators—was repurposed to target Trump, his campaign, transition team, then presidency.” The echo chamber’s primary instrument in attacking the current White House, said Doran, “is the Russia collusion narrative.”

    RCI has found that the anti-Trump leaks fall into two broad categories, or phases. Initially the leaking was an offensive operation aimed at disrupting Trump’s agenda, especially through leaks alleging connections between his campaign and the Russians. Its early successes included leaks of highly classified material that led to the firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from overseeing that probe.

    The second phase – which began roughly a year into the Trump administration – has been more defensive, pushing back against congressional oversight committees that had uncovered irregularities in the FBI’s investigation of Trump. This phase has been marked by the willingness of press outlets to run stories backing off earlier reported leaks that proved to be deeply misleading – including the roots of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign and the relationship between Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and the opposition research firm that produced a central document of that probe, the largely discredited “Steele dossier.”

    This second phase has also included articles and opinion pieces – some written by journalists who have published classified information – dismissing suspicions of an orchestrated campaign against Trump as, to use the phrase invoked in a recent New Yorker article, a “conspiracy theory.”

    “Former Obama officials and their press allies can call it a ‘conspiracy theory’ or whatever they want,” a senior U.S. official — familiar with how Obama holdovers and the media jointly targeted Trump figures — told RCI. “But they can’t say it’s not true that former Obama officials were furiously leaking to keep people close to Trump out of the White House.”

    Read the whole thing.


  16. Here’s Exhibit A in the case made by RealClearInvestigations……

    Anatomy of a Fusion Smear, which was a multi-part series (all available at the link) from PowerLine exposing how they operated. Here’s the summary of that.

    More lies….. all parroted by the usual suspects (NTers, Dems, MSM)


    “On September 1 the Wall Street Journal published an editorial decrying the wrong done to Cleta Mitchell in connection with the Russia investigation(s). Cleta is the prominent Foley & Lardner partner and campaign finance expert. The Journal editorial is “Anatomy of a Fusion smear” (truncated but accessible here on Outline).

    The editorial addressed the the smearing of Cleta Mitchell by Peter Stone and Greg Gordon in their March 15 McClatchy News story “Lawyer who worked for NRA said to have had concerns about group’s Russia ties.” The smear was planted in his accustomed style by Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson with his friends at McClatchy. Chuck Ross’s August 13 Daily Caller story “Fusion GPS founder shared ‘false story’ about GOP lawyer in meeting with GOP’s Bruce Ohr” presented the final piece in the puzzle of the trail of the smear.

    Ross’s story elicited the Journal’s September 1 editorial. The editorial must have been written by editorial board member Kim Strassel. Strassel originally broached the smear in her invaluable March 22 Potomac Watch column “Russia, the NRA and fake news” (accessible here on Outline). Everything I have tried to elaborate in this series is implicit in Strassel’s March 22 column.

    The smearing of Cleta Mitchell by Glenn Simpson via McClatchy News replicates in small the techniques that Simpson used to conjure the Russia hoax and roil the United States over the past two years. My theme in this series is that it is Glenn Simpson’s world. We’re all just living in it.

    Cleta is an attorney whom I know and respect. Having read the Journal’s September 1 editorial, I wrote Cleta to ask if she had anything she wanted to add to it. Oh, yes. Indeed she did. This series followed. I invite readers to retrace my steps:”

    Their whole narrative is collapsing. The coming declassification of FISA documents will be the final nail. Then it’s time to end Mueller’s poisoned fruit witch hunt as well.


  17. And there’s our resident never-Trumper, right on cue with yet another distraction from the fact that he’s been wrong all along and the facts reveal this. So he’ll just keep ignoring them.

    And with the hurricane narrative I predicted above. 🙂

    So predictable.


  18. I read too. I’ve already read the Spectator piece. WaPo is behind a paywall and I’m not a sucker, so I ain’t payin.

    But I’m sure it’s just more of their latest blue wave, Trump bad, yada, yada, yada, lather, rinse, repeat.

    Got it.

    They don’t want to talk about their failing narratives either, just like you. 🙂


  19. Yeah, I’m sure the WaPo using a hurricane as a backdrop was just a coincidence…… 🙄

    C’mon, even you aren’t that gullible.


  20. Just like the WaPo’s Trump Re-appropriated Millions in FEMA Funds to ICE story from this AM isn’t just setting up their next failed narrative about the coming hurricane response. Hint, they’ll say it’s bad no matter what. Plus this let’s them try for double bonus because they think it makes ICE look bad too.

    And I love how they pretend as if re-appropriation of federal funds doesn’t happen all the time, and federal agencies don’t have budgetary discretion to do so. But Trump did it, so now it’s bad.

    Like I said. It’s become predictable.


  21. See,


    It’s Trump and Republicans fault no matter what.


    “On Tuesday night, as Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, The Washington Post issued an op-ed insisting that President Trump is “complicit” in the attacks powerful hurricanes mount against the United States.

    Noting that Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, will be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the East Coast so far north if it comes inland, the Post opined, “ … when it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks.”

    The Post then quoted a climate researcher who posited of Hurricane Harvey, “Harvey could not have produced so much rain without human-induced climate change.” The op-ed continued. “Now Florence is feasting on warm Atlantic Ocean water.”

    More supposed evidence: “Scientists also warn that climate change may be slowing the wind currents that guide hurricanes, making storms more sluggish and, therefore, apt to linger longer over disaster zones.”

    Then, a direct slam against the Trump administration: “With depressingly ironic timing, the Trump administration announced Tuesday a plan to roll back federal rules on methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is the main component in natural gas.” And a predictable comparison between Trump and environmentalist Barack Obama: “The Trump administration has now attacked all three pillars of President Barack Obama’s climate-change plan.”

    The Post concludes, “The president has cemented the GOP’s legacy as one of reaction and reality denial. Sadly, few in his party appear to care.””


  22. The leftist media, like their politicians, continues to encourage violence and to egg on the resistance.

    CONTENT WARNING!! for language.

    “It’s their passion” shining thru. 🙄


  23. From this morning:

    The dumbest and craziest Democrat in the country who also incites her ignorant and amoral followers to violence is an obscure California Congresswoman named Maxine Waters.

    Unfortunately, the dumbest and craziest Republican in the country who also incites his ignorant and amoral followers to violence is the President of the United States.


  24. Poor Rich Lowry has a tough job, but it sounds like his daughter wants him to stay and play with her.


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