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THE ROCKY OF AMERICAN POLITICS

President Trump's rally on Tuesday (6/18) in Orlando, Florida to officially launch his 2020 campaign for re-election was a tour-de-force.  The video above is his full speech, including Melania’s introduction, and is certainly worth your while to watch it entire.

The twenty thousand people in the arena, along with the thousands of people outside watching on jumbo screens were all on the same page:  He has been a great President these past two and a half years and they want more of the same.

The crowd was excited, happy, and phenomenally supportive of the President, much to the chagrin of the Angry Left.  And boy are they angry.

Their anger is why Trump's rally last night in Orlando, if they deigned to watch, will have left them quivering in their boots with shock.  Most probably did not watch, like the scene in Rocky when Apollo Creed is too busy to look at the video of Rocky in the meat locker when his trainer tries to get him to pay attention.

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YES, ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO BREAK OUR LAWS TWICE DESERVE DEPORTATION

illegal-aliens-outThe media outrage is itself outrageous.

President Trump’s renewed pledge to deport huge numbers of illegal aliens is inspiring anger, but it's hardly righteous.

If, as a Homeland Security adviser has explained, the targets of Trump’s deportation plans will be those illegal aliens who have failed to show for their assigned court hearings, then Trump is morally, ethically, and legally justified in deporting them.

The tut-tutting chorus might as well spare us their faux moral histrionics.

The aliens Trump is targeting are people who have broken American law not once but twice.

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WHEN NORMALITY BECAME ABNORMAL

trump-in-a-suitDonald Trump is many things. But one thing he is not is a defender of the 2009-2016 status quo and accepted progressive convention.

Since 2017, everything has been in flux. Lots of past conventional assumptions of the Obama-Clinton-Romney-Bush generation were as unquestioned as they were suspect. No longer.

Like it or not, now lines are drawn. Trump so unhinged the Left that it finally tore off its occasional veneer of moderation, and showed us what progressives had in store for America.

One way is to see this as a collision between Trump, the proverbial bull, and the administrative state as a targeted precious china shop—with all the inevitable nihilistic mix-up of horns, hooves, and flying porcelain shards.

But quite another is to conclude that what we recently used to think was abjectly abnormal twenty years ago had become not just “normal,” but so orthodoxly normal that even suggesting it was not was judged to be heretical and deserving of censure and worse.

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THE BIGGEST HOAX OF ALL TIME

socialism-to-destructionMankind’s penchant for hoaxes goes back at least as far as recorded history. Some hoaxes are harmless and funny, but others do great damage, including causing massive loss of life.

Among the harmless and funny was the “Naked Came the Stranger” hoax back in 1969. The book spent 13 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. The hoax was soon revealed. The nation got a good laugh, and no harm was done.

This is in contrast to the two-year “Russian collusion hoax,” which has been very costly to the country. This hoax was to get rid of the nation’s duly elected president, by whatever means necessary. The details of who did what will be revealed by prosecutors over the next few months.

Yet even that pales in comparison to the biggest hoax of all time.

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THE DOOR TO HELL

©2019 Jack Wheeler

©2019 Jack Wheeler

Welcome to the Door to Hell.  Otherwise known as the Darvaza Gas Crater in the Kara Kum Desert of Turkmenistan.

Possessing one of the world’s largest reserves of natural gas, when Turkmenistan was part of the Soviet Union in 1971, Soviet engineers discovered a massive gas pocket in the Kara Kum.  The drilling rig collapsed into a huge cavern 230 feet wide, releasing gas into the air.  The engineers ignited it, expecting the gas to burn off in a matter of days.

The gas in the crater is still burning to this day, 48 years later – as you can see.  I took the picture above earlier this month.

It’s a memorable experience, driving for hours across an empty desert wasteland after crossing the border from Uzbekistan, and suddenly there it is.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/14/18

The President is 73 today, June 14

The President is 73 today, June 14

Our POTUS started his birthday off right this morning on Fox and Friends, by applying the F word to Nervous Nancy Pelosi – the F word that she and the Democrat Party need to be described with at every opportunity:  Fascist.

Responding to Pelosi’s latest unhinged rant against him last night, accusing him of a “criminal cover-up” with no evidence whatever, the President said Pelosi “ought to be ashamed of herself – it’s a disgrace… it’s a fascist statement.”

Exactly.  Inside “Democrat” Pelosi is a fascist screaming to get out.  Inside every Democrat mediocrity running for president in 2020 is a fascist screaming to get out.  It’s not hidden on the inside for ilk like Occasional-Cortex or Ilhan Omar – they’re full frontal fascist in open daylight.

While they claim to be “democratic socialists,” we need to demand ubiquitously they be labeled “democratic fascists” – while reminding everyone what that means:  you can vote your way into fascism, but you have to shoot your way out.

Okay, we’re off on another chock-full HFR.  We start with what’s called The Trump Curse, and it struck last night in Oakland, California, providing the President with an early birthday present.

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JUSTICE THOMAS AND THE DYNAMITE OF NATURAL RIGHTS

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

If it’s true that “natural right is dynamite,” as political philosopher Leo Strauss wrote, then Justice Clarence Thomas just went nuclear on the abortion debate.

While Thomas’s concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood (5/28)has received considerable commentary, his deepening of the judicial and, hence, the political debate over abortion demands further elaboration. His reply to the leading threat to the principles of the Declaration of Independence is his latest attempt in a career of restoring its authority.

The ugly nakedness of the eugenics dogma, with its attendant euphemisms, stands exposed in Thomas’s explanation of Roe. No longer can credible critics of the court turn away from the monstrosity and focus on federalism and substantive due process clause interpretation issues.

The new, politicized abortion goes to the core of American political principles and the abiding integrity of the Declaration of Independence. Here’s how deeply the Thomas charge cuts:

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ELITES ABOVE THE LAW – THE FBI TRAGEDY

Tarnished beyond repair?

Tarnished beyond repair?

One of the media and beltway orthodoxies we constantly hear is that just a few bad apples under James Comey at the FBI explain why so many FBI elites have been fired, resigned, reassigned, demoted, or retired — or just left for unexplained reasons.

In short, in about every growing scandal of the past two years — FISA, illegal leaking, spying on a presidential candidate, lying under oath, obstructing justice — someone in the FBI is involved.

In sum, why did so many top FBI officials, some with long experience in the FBI, exhibit such bad judgment and display such unethical behavior, characterized by arrogance, a sense of entitlement, and a belief that they were above both the law and the Constitution itself?

Were they really just rogue agents, lawyers, and administrators  --  or are they emblematic of an FBI culture sorely gone wrong?

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DEMOCRAT-RUN CALIFORNIA HAS BECOME A THIRD WORLD NATION

Homeless encampment on residential street in Orange County CA

Homeless encampment on residential street in Orange County CA

Mark Levin appeared at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California last Saturday night (6/08).

The event was a celebration of his new, bestselling book, Unfreedom of the Press.  It was a glorious evening.  The auditorium was packed with several thousand fans with an overflow crowd in another room.  Levin delivered not a speech but a conversation.

John Heubusch, the director of the Reagan Library introduced Levin then the two of them sat down.  Heubusch asked  questions and Levin answered in his usual inimitable fashion.  The crowd loved it.

But as we were all sitting in that spectacular library in California, the state of our state was the initial topic of discussion.  How did this state, once the envy of all others, become the pathetic, indebted Third World loser state it is today?  The answer is simple, single-party Democrat rule.

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CHINA’S SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM MADE BY GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK

Made in America

Made in America

With Mao's Great Leap Forward (1958-1962), it became increasingly clear China was a totalitarian police state willing to do almost anything to advance its aims.

That attempt to forcefully move from an agrarian to a socialist industrial society cost tens of millions of Chinese lives. One historian's estimate runs to a staggering 56 million deaths for that period alone, making Mao easily the greatest mass murderer of all time.

These days, however, the Chinese communists have become more subtle in the control of their populace. They are in the process of instituting a social credit system that allows the state to monitor technologically virtually every aspect of a person's life and reward or punish him or her accordingly.

And where did this ability to control such a giant country come from in the first place? As Pogo would say, I have seen the enemy and he is us! Namely, Google, Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Oracle, Intel, Cisco, and all those other American high-tech companies eager to get a piece of the fat Chinese pie.

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