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THE BEST LEMONADE IS TRUMP LEMONADE

lt-gen-mcmasterIn a snarky tweet Sunday (2/19), Bill Kristol asked of conservatives who are “rationalizing” Donald Trump’s presidency: “In your heart, don’t you know you’re wrong?”

“Actually, Bill, some of us think there is more to the man than his outlandish comments, e.g. his cabinet, his regulatory moves, legislative agenda,” responded Brit Hume, the best news anchor in my lifetime.

Amen, Brit.  I’ve been blown away by what he’s done since winning the election.

Trump has accomplished more in the first month of his presidency than any president since Ronald Reagan. John Hawkins lists here his most significant achievements. They are all the more impressive because of the unprecedented obstruction he’s had to overcome.

Trump’s latest McMaster stroke came Monday (2/20), when he chose Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to be his National Security Adviser.

McMaster will have the right to choose his own staff, proof The Donald can learn from his mistakes, grow in office. I love lemonade. There’s no better lemonade than Trump lemonade.

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GUT THEM LIKE A FISH

fish-guttingThe day after Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote to confirm the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education, Rep. Tom Massie, R-KY, introduced a bill to abolish the Department of Education: HR899 -- To terminate the Department of Education.

There shouldn’t be a Department of Education.  But it would be a mistake to try to abolish it right now.

The Second Civil War figures to be chiefly a propaganda war.  The Lying Swine will spin, twist and distort everything we say and do, lie outright when they think they can get away with it.

Roughly two thirds of Americans don’t trust what the “mainstream” media tell them.  But because so few Americans know enough civics, history or economics to spot the BS, the Lying Swine still exert enormous influence.

So, if we try to abolish the Department of Education, the Lying Swine will bray to the moon that we want to abolish public education.  If we try to abolish the EPA, the Lying Swine will howl we want to hurt the environment.

Of course they will.  Here’s the problem: the public relations battle will be driven by their lies rather than by the substance of our arguments.  The solution?  We shouldn’t try to abolish useless government agencies.  We should gut them like a fish. 

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A SECOND CIVIL WAR HAS BEGUN

sanfo-sanctuary-cityHistory was made, in a bad way, this week (02/07) when Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote to confirm Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education.

From the founding of our republic until now, both parties agreed a president should be able to choose for his Cabinet whomever he wants, unless a nominee was clearly unqualified, or there were serious character issues.  The campaign against Ms. DeVos for a minor Cabinet post was strictly for ideological or partisan reasons.

This was the most dramatic effort (so far) by Democrats and a “mainstream” news media that has shed all pretense of objectivity and fairness to try to strangle the Trump administration in its crib.  Nearly all Mr. Trump’s nominees have been opposed for no other reason than that they are Mr. Trump’s nominees.

For the first time since the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the “Loyal Opposition” isn’t loyal.  A Second Civil War has begun.

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FROM THE WORST PRESIDENT TO THE WORST EX-PRESIDENT

the-biggest-loserIt must be a bummer to be smugly confident you are “on the right side of history,” only to have history dump you by the side of the road in the middle of nowhere and drive off with Donald Trump.

History is a record of things that happened, and how people responded to them. It’s important to study history, because if you don’t know where you’ve been, you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going.

“Progressives” obsess about making history, but put little effort into studying it. If they had, they’d realize there is precious little new ground to break. In fact, if “progressives” studied history, they wouldn’t be “progressives” at all.

Soon to be former President Barack Hussein Obama is about to learn how ephemeral his “transformational” presidency has been. He will be remembered, but not nearly as fondly as he imagines, nor for as long as he expects.

Having surpassed Jimmy Carter as the worst president in American history, Mr. Obama evidently intends to eclipse him as the worst ex-president as well.

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THE PARTY OF CHILDREN

party-of-the-childrenOne of Jack Wheeler’s classics is Infantilizomania from September 2005.

Democrats and indeed all those on the Left, he said, are afflicted with a neurotically obsessive compulsion to treat adult human beings as children. 

Ever since Donald Trump’s electoral victory six weeks ago, we have seen the devastating consequences of their compulsion. Democrats have succeeded in fully infantilizing themselves.

After thousands of unhinged leftists browbeat electors from states Donald Trump won to vote for someone else, he expanded his lead over Hillary Clinton.

“Most of the pleas to reject Trump are coordinated, automated, professionally generated, and, for those reasons, none too persuasive,” noted the Associated Press.

“We got a stack of letters from idiots,” said Arizona elector Edward Robson.

“They don’t seek to understand or persuade – just to insist,” said Kansas elector Ashley McMillan Hutchinson. “As a mother of two small children, I know how to handle that.”

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THE STRONG HORSE

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, perpetrator of 9/11

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, perpetrator of 9/11

“When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse.”

This was the justification of Osama bin Laden’s 9/11 attack on America, thinking it would demonstrate Al Qaeda was the horse for the world to follow, not that of a weak America.

He expected the U.S. to treat 9/11 as a law enforcement matter, as President Clinton had al Qaeda’s attacks on our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the USS Cole.  And indeed, that’s exactly what would have happened if his vice-president had been president in September 2001.

Thus Osama and his henchmen got the greatest shock of their lives when the American president turned out to be the opposite of a pussy like Algore.  As Osama’s 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, told his CIA interrogator James Mitchell:

“How was I supposed to know that cowboy George Bush would announce he wanted us ‘dead or alive’ and then invade Afghanistan to hunt us down?”

For the last eight years, we’ve had a weak horse in the White House.  America will now have a president who understands, as Niccolo Machiavelli counseled a half millennium ago (in 1513), that “It is better for the prince to be feared than loved.”

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LOVING HIM FOR THE ENEMIES HE HAS MADE

trump-for-me“We love him for the enemies he has made,” said Edward Bragg, seconding the nomination of Grover Cleveland for president at the Democratic National Convention in 1884.

Progressives (leftie liberals with a new name disguise) breathlessly tweet updates of Hillary Clinton’s lead in the national popular vote, as if it mattered. It doesn’t.

For ProgLibs, the only legitimate elections are those they win. They show reverence for democracy by threatening with death electors who won’t vote for the loser in their states. Nothing says “LoveTrumpsHate” like mobs beating up people who supported Mr. Trump.

The abominable behavior of ProgLib Hillary supporters is one reason why Donald Trump may forge a coalition that could dominate national politics for a decade or more.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 12/02/16

Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis

Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis

Jack Wheeler is off again to another remote and exotic place, and has asked me to fill in on the HFR.  And what a week it’s been!

After multiple credible sources reported yesterday (12/1) Donald Trump asked retired Marine General James Mattis to be his secretary of defense, and “Mad Dog” had accepted, Mr. Trump acknowledged in Cincinnati today it was true – though the formal announcement won’t be made until Monday.

Hot ziggety! This news alone is enough to fill the glass to overflowing this week.  But it’s merely the icing on the cake – the best news in a week filled with good news.

There is more good news than bad chiefly because Democrats and the Lying Swine adamantly refuse to learn lessons from Nov. 8. 

So without further ado, we bring you this week's HFR!

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WE NEED CARRY ON CAMPUS

Carry on CampusAs classes were changing on the north campus of Ohio State University Monday morning (11/28), Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, drove his silver Honda into a crowd of students on the sidewalk, then jumped from his car and stabbed people with a butcher knife. Eleven were injured.

More would have been if Alan Horujko, a campus police officer who was in the area to check on a gas leak, hadn’t shot Mr. Artan dead about a minute after he began his attack.

“Once Artan jumped from the vehicle, witnesses say he lacked any focus, and ran from one person to the next attacking them, but not (thankfully) with any degree of skill,” said firearms expert Bob Owens. “Officer Horujko…saw the attack take place, and closed the distance to Artan within seconds. He ordered Artan to drop the knife, and when Artan failed to do so, he dropped him.”

We may never know why Mr. Artan attacked his fellow students, said Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The Politically Correct can’t find a clue when it spits in their face.

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MAD DOG IN THE PENTAGON?

James Mad Dog MattisI’m amused by gossip breathlessly reported as news about who is being considered for key posts. As Lao Tzu said: “Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know.” We’ll find out when Mr. Trump makes an offer, and it is accepted. But there is one prospective nominee who, if he’s asked and accepts, would assuage most of my concerns about national security policy in the Trump administration.

The president-elect met last Sunday (11/20) with retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who is being considered for secretary of defense.

“He is the real deal,” Mr. Trump said afterward. “He’s just a brilliant, wonderful man. What a career…A true general’s general.”

Affectionately known as “Mad Dog” by his troops, Marines think Gen. Mattis is the greatest Marine general ever. No other has possessed to the same degree his intelligence, knowledge of military and world history, courage, inspirational leadership, tactical skill and strategic vision.

And no other has been as willing to speak his mind. Here are some things “Mad Dog” has said that make us love him so:

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THE BIGGEST LOSERS OF NOV 8 – THE ENEMEDIA

Honest JournalismRemember the redneck riots after the election in 2012? Me neither. Democrats and the “mainstream” media warn us constantly about the threat of violence from the Right. But nearly all violence that actually materializes is from the Left.

Colleges cancelled exams for students “traumatized” by the election. The University of Michigan planned to help them “cope” by providing coloring books, play doh and bubbles. Administrators at Cornell provided blankets and hot chocolate to special snowflakes holding a “cry-in.”

CBS News highlighted comments on social media that 11/9, the day it became clear Donald Trump will be the next president, is “the new 9/11.” Prominent celebrities, pundits and politicians liken Mr. Trump to Hitler. Death threats abound on social media.

Democrats and “mainstream” journalists (I repeat myself) have settled on their narrative for this election.  It has yet to dawn on the latter that they lost worse than the former on November 8.

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WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN FOR THE LEFT

It would have been fitting if the band at Hillary Clinton’s “victory” party had played: “The World Turned Upside Down.”

But Hillary is into making history, not learning from it. She’s the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party; the first to be nominated while being investigated by the FBI for multiple felonies, and the first senior government official to skate after gross negligence in handling the nation’s secrets.

Donald Trump won because he promised to take a sledgehammer to the smug, selfish, corrupt and inept political establishment Hillary Clinton epitomizes.

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THE FBI SURPRISE

FBI SurpriseWho’da thunk the FBI would spring the Mother of all October Surprises?

The Bureau is reopening its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails, because thousands more have been discovered on the laptop computer of Anthony Weiner, soon to be ex-husband of Hillary aide and confidante Huma Abedin, Director James Comey said in a letter to Congress Oct. 28.

In early October, agents investigating whether Mr. Weiner sent lewd texts to an underage girl found 650,000 emails on his computer, thousands to or from Ms. Abedin, according to the must read story by Wall Street Journal investigative reporter Devlin Barrett.

Republicans bashed Mr. Comey for giving Hillary a pass after acknowledging she was negligent in handling classified information and destroyed evidence.  Now Democrats hammer the FBI director for making the new probe public 12 days before the election.

Director Comey may have felt he had no choice.  Here’s why.

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YES IT’S RIGGED

[Note by Jack Wheeler:  My perspective is different from my dear friend Jack Kelly.  It is that Trump has already performed a public service worthy of a Congressional Medal of Freedom:  he has shined a glaring spotlight on Dem Voter Fraud.  It is Democrat Voter Fraud that is the threat to free and fair electoral democracy, not the exposure of it.  Trump should be praised, not condemned, for wanting an honest election – which Hillary doesn’t.]

Voting MachineThe election’s been rigged, he may not accept the result, Donald Trump said. He expects to lose, is making excuses for defeat in advance.

Not for the first time, a self-serving overstatement by The Donald has tainted an important issue.

Mr. Trump should accept the results of the election, said 68 percent of respondents to a Morning Consult poll Oct. 21. But 46 percent said it is at least “somewhat likely” vote fraud will be widespread.

The viability of democracy depends on the confidence people have in the integrity of the electoral process. If nearly half the electorate fears fraud will determine the outcome of this election, we totter on the brink of chaos.

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CLINTON CORRUPTION AND THE END OF THE RULE OF LAW IN AMERICA

Comey the LackyIf all that mattered in this election is which candidate is the most vulgar, Donald Trump would get fewer votes.

But thoughtful people who despise him will vote for Trump because the rule of law is on the ballot too.

The most dismaying – and underreported – news dribbling out of Washington in recent weeks is that under Director James Comey, the FBI is now as corrupt as the IRS and the VA.

The investigation of Hillary Clinton was a sham, the FBI’s data drops late Friday afternoons make clear. The fix was in all along.

The evidence that FBI Director James Comey is willing to destroy the legitimacy of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency to protect Mrs. Clinton from prosecution is becoming overwhelming.

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AMERICA’S GREATEST ENEMY IS THE ENEMEDIA

EnemediaWho is Alicia Machado?

If you don’t know, don’t feel bad. She’s the most recent example of the “mainstream” media’s determination to talk about anything other than what you want them to report on.

News coverage should focus on “candidates’ policy positions,” say 63 percent in a Huffington Post poll.

You care most about the economy and terrorism, multiple polls indicate. Also “very important to their vote” are foreign policy, health care, gun policy and immigration, say 70 percent or more in a Pew Poll.

Yet we heard more about someone named Alicia Machado than any of these issues in the “reporting” on the first presidential debate.

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THE GREATEST POLITICAL SCANDAL IN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

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As a young reporter for the Dallas Times Herald, I covered the trials of two of the smaller fry in Watergate. What’s going on now makes me wonder what all the fuss was about back then.

The Clinton Foundation and associated email scandals dwarf Watergate – and every other political scandal in American history.

Besides Watergate (1973-74), the other biggies are Iran-Contra (1985-87), Teapot Dome (1921-22), the Whiskey Ring (1875), and Credit Mobilier (1872-73).

These five combined together don’t come remotely close to the massiveness of the Crooked Clinton Foundation.  Why then was all we heard about it in the debate last night was… crickets?

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UTTERLY UNFIT

Unfit PresidentDonald Trump is utterly unfit to be president, the New York Times and the Washington Post said in editorials on the eve of the first presidential debate.

Trump “dwells in bigotry, bluster and false promises,” said the Times. He’s “amply demonstrated his unworthiness,” said the Post.

Though of course neither the Times nor the Post mentioned it, Hillary Clinton also has amply demonstrated her unfitness to be president – and far more so than Mr. Trump..

In 24 years as a national public figure, Hillary’s most significant accomplishment was to orchestrate smears of women Bill molested. As First Lady, she botched the only big job Bill gave her (a health care “reform” that presaged Obamacare). The only bill she got enacted into law during eight years in the Senate was to rename a courthouse. She was the worst secretary of state ever.

A novice can get better with experience. Incompetence is incurable.  So is a complete lack of morality.

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THE DEPRAVED FRAUD OF THE CLINTON FOUNDATION

ClintonsCorruptIncOn a visit to Bombay (aka Mumbai) in April, 2013, Bill Clinton praised Indian generic drug companies Ranbaxy and Cipla for their “stellar contribution in the fight against the HIV/AIDS scourge.” Their cheap drugs saved millions of lives, the former president said.

Surely Mr. Clinton knew by then – if he hadn’t from the beginning – the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs Ranbaxy sold were cheap because they were frauds. Their useless medicines did little to help HIV/AIDs patients.

The beginning was in 2002, when Clinton aide Ira Magaziner approached Ranbaxy with a proposition.

“They could put the developing countries together to form a sort of ‘buying club’ that could ramp up economies of scale and lower cost,” said Profs. Ethan Kapstein and Joshua Busby in their 2013 book, “AIDS Drugs for All.”

The World Health Organization had suspicions about Ranbaxy in 2004. A whistleblower told the Food and Drug Administration in 2007 how the company fabricated data to win FDA approvals. The fraud was made public in a Justice Department filing in 2008.

In 2012, the Justice Department banned Ranbaxy from selling in the U.S. drugs manufactured at several Indian plants. A month after Mr. Clinton’s lavish praise for the firm in 2013, Ranbaxy pled guilty to criminal counts of selling adulterated drugs with intent to defraud.

“Who cares? It’s just blacks dying.” That’s how a senior Ranbaxy executive dismissed concerns expressed by other executives the company was manufacturing defective medicines, Fortune magazine reported in a lengthy expose that month (May, 2013).

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THE FBI COVERUP OF HILLARY CLINTON

If you left a little early for the Labor Day weekend, you may not have heard about the FBI’s data dump  Friday (9/02) about its interview with Hillary Clinton on her handling on classified information.

It was remarkable for the new information contained in it, for Hillary’s excuse for violating security rules, for what the FBI didn’t ask her – and for the timing of its release.

Politicians release bad news late on Friday afternoon, because it’s sure to receive less attention. But the FBI is supposed to be non-partisan.

“To release this on a Friday as if (FBI Director James Comey) is an arm of the Clinton campaign, I’m just stunned, because there’s a lot of information in here that’s of great public interest,” said Mark Halperin of Bloomberg News.

It gets worse.  James Comey is ruining the FBI.

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MORE CRIMINALLY CORRUPT THAN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW

clinton-CrimeFoundThe Clinton Foundation is “the largest unprosecuted charity fraud ever,” says the investigator who uncovered the financial discrepancies at General Electric before its stock crashed in 2008.

It “wasn’t organized lawfully and it isn’t operating lawfully. There’s never been an audit,” says Charles Ortel, described by the London Sunday Times as “one of the finest financial analysts on the planet.”

Mr. Ortel has examined every public filing by the Clinton Foundation and its donors. He’s found major discrepancies between what the Clinton Foundation reported receiving and what donors say they gave.

For instance, between Sept, 2006 and Dec. 2008, the UNITAID consortium reported giving $100 million more than the Clinton Foundation reported receiving, Mr. Ortel told me in an interview.

“The business model of the Clintons is to stand between misery and the donor community and allow millions – maybe billions – of dollars to get diverted,” Mr. Ortel says. “Where there’s misery, they figure out a way to profit from it.”

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JOURNALISTS SHOULD BE CALLED PRESSTITUTES

PresstitutesWhere can you go to get accurate, timely, unbiased information about what’s happening in America and the world? Where can you find news reported in depth and in context, without spin?

Except for TTP -- nowhere.

The two things essential for the preservation of a free society are an educated populace and a free press, Jefferson said.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was & never will be,” he said. "Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it."

Liberty is on life support chiefly because (most of) those responsible for the education of our children are not teaching them what they need to know to be good citizens, and because so many in the news media are lap dogs, not watchdogs.

The news media are intentionally biased, said 70 percent of respondents to a survey conducted last year by USA Today and the Newseum Institute, a 15 percent increase over the year before.

Many journalists abuse trust placed by pushing agendas. They strive to shape public opinion rather than simply to inform it. The vast majority of presstitutes shill for Democrats and left wing causes.

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IS THIS THE MAN WHO COULD PUT HILLARY IN JAIL?

Preet Bharara, five years into his tenure as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in New York.Hillary Clinton thinks she has little to fear from Donald Trump. But she may be casting nervous glances over her shoulder at Preet Bharara.

You may not have heard of Mr. Bharara. Sheldon Silver, former speaker of the New York State Assembly, a Democrat, and Dean Skelos, former Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, a Republican, wish they hadn’t. In May, they were sentenced to 12 years and 5 years in prison, respectively, for corruption.

Preet Bharara is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He’s a Democrat, but appears to be one of the few “public servants” these days who puts the responsibilities of his office ahead of partisan politics. Since his appointment in 2009, Bharara “has launched a one-man crusade against evil-doers, ranging from corrupt politicians to the Mafia,” said Prof. Alan Chartock.

Currently, Mr. Bharara is disturbing the sleep of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Will he have Hillary tossing and turning too?  Here’s how he could turn Hildebeast into an insomniac.

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THE TRAGEDY OF TRUMP

At a rally in Florida Monday (8/08), Seddique Mateen, father of Omar Mateen, who murdered 49 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, sat behind the podium where Hillary Clinton was speaking.

Seddique is not responsible for his son’s horrific crime. But he has some fishy associations. Evidently Hillary – or at least some on her staff – have difficulty distinguishing between Moslem patriots such as Army Capt. Humayan Khan, and Islamist terrorists such as Omar Mateen.

A top official at the Clinton Foundation told State Department aides to give special access to a Lebanese businessman who pled guilty to laundering funds for a Nigerian dictator, emails released Tuesday (8/09) revealed.

Why?  Because Gilbert Chagoury pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009.

Handed two big clubs with which to pound his opponent, Donald Trump chose instead to beat his own brains out.

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TRUMP’S ACE

Everything in America is pretty much hunky dory, President Barack Hussein Obama said in his speech at the Democrat National Convention, during which he mentioned the candidate he was endorsing 43 times, himself 119 times.

Most Americans don’t agree.

The people running the country don’t really care what happens to them, say 82 percent of respondents in a Harris poll. Most people in power are trying to take advantage of people like them, say 70 percent.

An alliance of politicians, media pundits, lobbyists and interest groups runs the country for their own gain, say 83 percent, according to pollster Pat Caddell.

“The old ways don’t work. It’s time for radical change,” agreed more than 70 percent in Quinnipiac swing state polls in July.

And who’s going to provide that – The Donald or the PIAPS?

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AN UNFATHOMABLE NOVEMBER

The Democrat National Committee collaborated with the Clinton campaign to sabotage Bernie Sanders, emails published by Wikileaks on the eve of the Dem convention indicated.

The news infuriated Sanders supporters, already grumpy because Hillary selected Sen. Tim Kaine, D-VA., who is what passes for a “moderate” among Democrats these days.

The firestorm swiftly consumed Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, D-FL, the DNC Chair, who was canned and blew town before the convention was gaveled in. Then in a stunning display of cluelessness, callousness, or both, Hillary made Debbie Dimwit honorary co-chair of her campaign.

Every mention of Hillary’s name Monday (7/25) was booed, beginning with the benediction (!). Some Sanders supporters chanted “lock her up,” as Republicans had in Cleveland.

Here’s a heads-up: Donald Trump will run as if he were in a Democrat primary. He’ll be to Hillary’s left on some economic issues, in sync with her on most social issues. He’ll aim his pitch at Sanders supporters, and the white working class Democrats abandoned.  Witness yesterday (7/26) his advocating raising the minimum wage in total ignorance of basic economics.

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WAS W THE LAST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT?

George W. Bush fears he’ll be the last Republican president. Ever. He has reason to worry, given the circus this week in Cleveland. Imagine the Marx brothers and the Keystone Kops running a convention of the National Socialist German Workers Party.

At a breakfast Monday (7/18), campaign chairman Paul Manafort took a shot at Ohio Gov. John Kasich, for skipping the convention. Kasich has a 60 percent approval rating – about 20 points higher than Trump in the Buckeye state. No Republican has been elected president without carrying Ohio.

The convention secretary actually went into hiding Monday afternoon so anti-Trump Republicans couldn’t present her with petitions from 11 delegations (7 were needed) to force a roll call vote on the Rules Committee report.

Once they found her, Obersturmgruppenführer Reince Priebus, armed now with the names of the rebels, sent bullies to browbeat them to recant. When not enough did, Priebus ignored the rules.

“This is a meeting of Brownshirts,” former Sen. Gordon Humphrey, R-NH, told MSNBC.

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ROGUE TRUCKS KILL

French police secure the area as the investigation continues at the scene near the heavy truck that ran into a crowd at high speed killing scores who were celebrating the Bastille Day July 14 national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, July 15, 2016.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard“Scores die in Nice, France as Truck Plows into Bastille Day Crowd,” said the headline in the New York Times.  “Tune in to MSNBC for continued live coverage of the deadly truck crash in Nice, France,” the network tweeted.

I hadn’t been aware trucks drove themselves, or any had gone rogue.

There was someone at the wheel of the truck, a “Tunisian born Frenchman” said the New York Daily News, a “Frenchman of Tunisian origin,” said the New York Times.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, ate pork, smoked, and drank alcohol, his relatives said. He couldn’t have been a Muslim.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 07/15/16

Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate. A former Congressman with national ambitions, Pence was once a conservative darling. But he lost a support in Indiana and a cred with conservatives last year when he first backed a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and then backtracked after pressure from gay activists and big business.

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The list of speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week was released yesterday.  There are six Trumps on it, four billionaires, four reality tv stars, two soap opera stars.

The prominent politicians on the list – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark – all expect Hillary to beat Trump, hope to use their convention speeches to jump start their campaigns for 2020.

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A “Tunisian born Frenchman,” Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, drove a heavy truck into a crowd in Nice, France celebrating Bastille day, then opened fire, killing at least 84, two of them Americans, and at least 10 children. It would have been worse were it not for this guy.

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Theresa May became Britain’s prime minister Wednesday (7/13). Ms. May, 59, Britain’s longest serving Home Secretary, is “unpredictable and moralistic,” said the Guardian, a left-wing British newspaper, “but in time of national crisis, her calm consistency and sense of moral duty may be just what is called for.”

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President Obama now wants to have the U.S. military work with the Russians in Syria. The Pentagon thinks it’s a bad idea.

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It’s starting to dawn on foreign policy “experts” that North Korea is building nuclear weapons because it plans to use them.

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In a breach of decorum so shocking the New York Times felt compelled to denounce it, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made a public attack on Donald Trump.

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According to Social Justice Warriors, the Obama administration and the Lying Swine, this couldn’t possibly have happened.

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BLUE LIVES MATTER

Dallas police“To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible,” said Black Lives Matter after five Dallas police officers were killed during a BLM protest.

Here’s who the Dallas Police Five were, murdered simply for the color of their skin.

Black Lives Matter doesn’t practice what it preaches. Neither do President Obama or most in the news media.  Jumping to conclusions before the facts are known also is dangerous and irresponsible.

Black Lives Matter was begun in 2013.  Participants in BLM’s often violent protests have called for the murder of police.

Was Micah Xavier Johnson, the cop-killer in Dallas, who said he “wanted to kill white people,” listening?

Was Lakeem Keon Scott in Bristol, Tennessee listening?  Last Thursday (7/07),  he shot four whites at random, murdering one, because he was angry about police violence against African-Americans. Since the shooting in Dallas, blacks have ambushed cops in Georgia, Missouri and Indiana.

Black Lives Matter “is a radical hate group,” said El Paso police chief Greg Allen, who is black. BLM is “a vile, vitriolic hateful movement,” said Milwaukee County (Wis) Sheriff David Clarke, who is black.

Yet at a memorial service yesterday (7/12) for the slain Dallas police officers, President Obama had the unconscionable gall to defend the BLM protests.

The president is trying “to calm racial tensions that his own behavior has done much to aggravate,” said former Fox News anchor Brit Hume. He “reminds me of a pyromaniac who sets a fire and then calls 911,” Sheriff Clarke said.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 07/08/16

Snipers killed five Dallas police officers, wounded seven others and two civilians last night (7/7). One suspect has been killed, three are in custody. Others may still be at large.

One suspect told police negotiators “he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” said police chief David Brown, who is black.

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In his statement today, Mr. Obama blamed the Dallas shootings in part on lack of gun control.

“When non-black cops shoot black suspects, the left insists – without a shred of evidence – that such killings are endemic among police officers, and that the entire system is racist,” Ben Shapiro noted. “But when obvious anti-white racists murder white cops (or when Islamists murder gay people) the left suggests that gun control is the issue.”

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FBI Director James Comey spent 12 minutes laying out in exhaustive detail how Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official business as secretary of state endangered national security, violated at least three criminal statutes. But then the FBI Director said he wasn’t recommending prosecution, because Hillary hadn't intended to harm the United States.

Some of the statements Hillary made under oath were “not true,” the FBI Director told the House Oversight Committee yesterday. That’s perjury, Republicans said.  Comey also said Hillary is “not sophisticated enough” to understand classified markings.  She was, however, sophisticated enough to order classified markings to be removed from documents she sent via her private server.

In must see TV, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC, a crackerjack prosecutor before being elected to Congress, leads Comey through the evidence Hillary intended to break the law.

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After Comey handed him a club with which he could have beaten Hillary all week, The Donald Tuesday retweeted from a neo-Nazi web site an anti-Semitic cartoon, and praised Saddam Hussein.

This was at least the fifth time Trump has diverted the news media’s attention from a breaking anti-Hillary story by saying something stupid or obnoxious. 

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Austria’s constitutional court has thrown out the results of the presidential election in May, narrowly won by the leftist candidate, due to massive voter “irregularities.” The court ordered a new election for September. If Norbert Hofer, who opposes massive Muslim immigration, wins the rerun, he would be "the first far-right head of state in the European Union," Reuters whined.

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HOW CAN ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND VOTE FOR HILLARY?

We used to expect more of our presidents than that they not have been indicted for major felonies.

There were no new “bombshells” in the Report of the Benghazi Committee.  But there were exhaustive, chilling new details about a foreign policy gone awry, about gross negligence and deliberate deceit.

Ousting Muammar Khadafy has turned Libya into a base from which ISIS infiltrates Europe and other countries in North Africa.

*Senior State Department officials were warned repeatedly about Islamist danger, but ignored or rejected pleas from Ambassador Chris Stevens on down for more security.  The Diplomatic Security Service staff in Libya was cut from 34 to 6 the month before the attack.

“This was a suicide mission,” a DSS officer assigned to the consulate told a superior in Washington. “There was a very good chance that everybody here was going to die.”

“Everybody back here in D.C. knows that people are going to die in Benghazi,” responded the DSS desk officer in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau. “Nobody cares, and nobody is going to care until somebody does die.”

Four somebodies did die – and Hillary still didn’t care.  She still doesn’t to this day.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 07/01/16

Three ISIS suicide bombers killed 43 and injured 239 at Turkey’s Ataturk International airport Tuesday (6/28). The three-part attack “was carried out in a way that suggests the kind of advance intelligence, careful study of a target, and cool execution that would normally be practiced by Western special forces.”

America isn’t on this list of countries where ISIS claims to have covert units in place.  But CIA Director John Brennan said he’d be “surprised if (ISIS) is not trying to carry out that kind of attack in the United States.”

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Gunmen have taken at least 20 hostages today in a café popular with diplomats in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh.  You’ll never guess what they were shouting.

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One of the guns used in the terrorist attack in Paris last November was purchased illegally from a gun owner in Phoenix. The seller committed at least two federal firearms violations, but hasn’t been prosecuted. Judicial Watch suspects the seller was participating in the infamous “Fast and Furious” operation in which ATF deliberately permitted “straw purchases” for Mexican drug cartels and let guns “walk” across the border.

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There were no new bombshells in the report of the Benghazi Committee Tuesday. But there were chilling new details confirming what those who were paying attention already knew. 

“Benghazi was a foreseeable disaster (the administration) failed to prevent,” summed up Richard Fernandez of PJ Media. “And in the aftermath it was a catastrophe whose lessons they were determined to ignore.”

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Donald Trump was in Pennsylvania Tuesday to deliver a speech on trade so profoundly economically illiterate it could have been given by Bernie Sanders.  It was also profoundly hypocritical, since the merchandise Trump sells – including those stupid hats -- is manufactured abroad.

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton met for half an hour Tuesday on her government airplane at the airport in Phoenix.  They didn’t discuss the FBI investigation of Hillary, Ms. Lynch said. Not even the Lying Swine believe that.

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TRUMP WINS THE DARWIN AWARD

If Donald Trump were a referendum, like Brexit, he’d win in a walk.

It came as a shock that Brits voted to leave the European Union because almost the entire ruling class/establishment/elite opposed Brexit.

“Levels of dissatisfaction with leadership have reached revolutionary levels,” wrote Gerard Baker in the Wall Street Journal.

“It’s a paradox of mass modern democracy that voters feel themselves governed by rulers who ‘neither see nor feel nor know,’ a political-business nexus that feeds on itself and promotes its own interests while mouthing platitudes at election time to keep the populace at bay.”

Three-fourths of the American people believe the government in Washington no longer operates with the consent of the governed, wrote Greg Orman and Pat Caddell in RealClear Politics June 5. Two-thirds think America is in decline.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/24/16

Britain’s vote yesterday (6/23) to leave the European Union is the most significant international political development this century, the first good news for lovers of liberty in a very long time.

What was revolted against was the attempt by globalist elites to impose an undemocratic and unworkable political union.  I think the turning point in Brexit’s upset victory were the efforts of EU honchos to force member countries to take in hordes of Muslim “immigrants,” and the rioting in Calais Monday and Tuesday by “immigrants” demanding to go to Britain.

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Democrats gave us a vivid illustration this week why here as well as in Britain, “levels of dissatisfaction with leadership have reached revolutionary levels.”

In support of President Obama’s efforts to conceal from the American people that the killer in the worst mass shooting in American history was a radical Islamist, a registered Democrat and a fan of Hillary Clinton, Democrats conducted a series of stunts to blame the murders on a rifle Omar Mateen didn’t use, Republicans, Christians, and the NRA.

Democrats are fighting for a “bad, stupid bill,” said Gawker.  “The use of error-prone and unfair watch lists is not the way to regulate guns in America,” said the ACLU.

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President Obama got smacked around by the Supreme Court, and by a U.S. District court judge, an Obama appointee.

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The political prosecutions of Baltimore police officers is backfiring on racist demagogue States Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

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Hillary Clinton is more unpopular than ever, but her lead over Donald Trump is growing.

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OBAMA JUSTICE, THE KEYSTONE KOPS, AND ORWELLIAN EVIL

It was the Keystone Kops version of George Orwell’s dystopian novel of a dictatorship in which the past is rewritten to suit the political masters, words are robbed of their meaning.  “War is peace.” “Freedom is slavery.”  “Ignorance is strength.”

The Justice Department released Monday morning (6/20) a partial transcript of Omar Mateen’s 911 call from the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.  All references to ISIS and Islam were deleted.

“OM: ‘I pledge of allegiance to [omitted]. ‘I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].’”

This effort to drop the killer’s motive down the Memory Hole was hilarious. It wasn’t hard to figure out what was redacted.  Especially since it had been widely reported that Mateen had described himself as a “soldier of Allah” who declared his allegiance to ISIS.

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind,” Orwell said.

That the real reason for the redactions was to deceive Americans about the killer’s motive is made clear by the strenuous efforts of the president and his minions to blame the massacre on Christians, Republicans, the NRA -- everyone but radical Islamists.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/17/16

As we argue over whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would be a worse successor, we got a vivid reminder yesterday (6/16) that the worst president America has ever had is in the White House now.

Yesterday his CIA Director issued a chilling rebuttal to President Obama’s claim ISIS is on the run. ISIS is more “formidable” than ever, is planning more Paris, Orlando-style attacks, John Brennan told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Yet those in government who are responsible for our safety are unable, or unwilling, to protect us from Islamist terror.

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Britons will vote next Thursday (6/23) on a referendum on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union.  Current polls show Brexit (a conflation of the words “Britain” and “exit”) with a slight lead.  This is remarkable, because virtually every major British politician opposes Brexit.

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If Brexit wins, the EU may be doomed, because other countries – chiefly Sweden, Norway, Denmark and France – are likely to follow.

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The Taliban controls more of Afghanistan now than at any time since it was toppled from power in 2001, said our new commander there.

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Donald “Trump is building up hostility, shedding prospective supporters, and alienating – or worse, frightening – entire voter groups at a stunning rate, wrote GOP strategist Ed Rogers in the Washington Post Tuesday.

Trump is on track to get a smaller percentage of the popular vote than Goldwater in 1964, McGovern in 1972.

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IDIOT JOURNALISTS ARE MORE DANGEROUS THAN GUNS

Who is the biggest wuss in journalism today?

Gersh Kuntzman of the New York Daily News went to a firing range in Philadelphia to shoot the AR-15, the most popular semi-automatic rifle in America.  For him, it was a harrowing experience:

“It felt to me like a bazooka – and sounded like a cannon,” he said. “The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary form of PTSD.”

Mr. Kutzman bruises easily.  The AR-15 shoots a .223 caliber cartridge, just a smidgen bigger than the .22, the smallest caliber of ammunition sold.  Recoil is negligible.  If Mr. Kutzman thinks an AR-15 “sounds like a cannon,” he’s never heard a cannon fired.

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, many gun control advocates call for reinstatement of the “assault weapons ban” in effect from 1994 to 2004.  They are idiots, or think you are. 

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THE WORST TERROR ATTACK SINCE 9/11

When Omar Mateen killed 49 and wounded 53 at an Orlando nightclub last weekend, it was the worst terror attack in America since 9/11, the 86th instance of Islamic terror here since then.  

The FBI investigated Mateen in 2013 and 2014. But he wasn’t on a terror watch list; worked for a security firm that has contracts with the Department of Homeland Security.

“The most disturbing aspect of recent terror attacks is that the authorities were taken by surprise each time despite advance warning,” said Richard Fernandez of the Belmont Club. “This serial failure undercuts the administration's claim to competence.”

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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/10/16

President Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton, made plans to campaign with her in Wisconsin next week. He met yesterday with Bernie Sanders, who immediately afterward toned down his rhetoric. The more important meeting Obama held Thursday was with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  It’s safe to assume, now, that Hillary won’t be indicted, no matter how powerful the evidence the FBI has gathered.

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It was the Mother of All Corrections which, predictably, has gotten little attention from the “mainstream” media.

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A mob of about 400 attacked people as they were leaving a Donald Trump rally in San Jose June 2. Trump backers were “running for their lives,” some San Jose police officers said.  Police watched the attacks for about half an hour before moving in.

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Her Hillaryness granted the reporters covering her campaign an eight minute audience in California Monday in which they could ask her questions. If you thought the journalists might have had a question or two about scathingly critical report by the State Department’s inspector general on her use of a private email server, or about a new book by a former Secret Service agent who said she “lacks the integrity and temperament to serve as president,” you’d have been mistaken.

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Donald Trump is a shameless bigot…who ought to be our next president.  That’s the official position of GOP “leaders” in the wake of The Donald’s bizarre rant against Judge Alfonso Curiel, who will preside over the trials of two of the three class action suits accusing Trump University of fraud.

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