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HALF-FULL REPORT 12/22/17

merry-christmas-2017Welcome to the Merry Christmas HFR!  Christmas 2017 is the Merriest that America has had in a very long time.  Certainly the Merriest for all conservatives, patriots, and those who love America.  That’s because…

we-are-winning For the Losers who want America to fail, it’s a Forrest Gump Christmas, because as Forrest so wisely observed, “Stupid is as stupid does.”  Or as the POTUS puts it…

make-schumer-cry-again Welcome to the merriest, winningest, and funnest HFR in modern memory.

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“YOU’RE MEN, AIN’T YA?”

This is an epic scene in the great western, Open Range (2003), starring Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall.  They are “free grazers,” hated by the crooked sheriff and kingpin land baron who tyrannize the town the grazers are passing through and have killed one of their cowboys.

At the bar, a townsman says, “Shame what this town’s come to.”  Costner responds, “You can do something about it.”

The townsman is frightened at the prospect, objecting, “We’re freighters, Ralph here’s a shopkeeper.”

Costner looks at him with disgust: “You’re men, ain’t ya?”

The townsman, defensively: “I didn’t raise my boys just to see ‘em killed.”

Costner: “Well, you may not know this, but there are things that gnaw on a man worse than dying.”

At the end of Open Range, Costner and Duvall alone face the kingpin and all his henchmen.  Their courage in the ensuing gunfight inspires the townspeople to join the two grazers in gunning down the evil that had plagued them.

That is what Trump is doing for America.  Politics is downstream of culture, so they say.  Not for Trump.  As uniquely befits him, Trump is going in reverse – changing our politics will change our culture.

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THE TROUT IN THE MILK

clinton-criminal-cartelThere is strong circumstantial evidence that an insidious plot unprecedented in American history was hatched within the FBI and the Obama Justice Department to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

And when this apparent effort to improperly influence the election did not succeed, the suspected conspirators appear to have employed a fraudulent investigation of President Trump in an attempt to undo the election results and remove him as president.

Such a plot would show that partisans within the FBI and the Justice Department, driven by personal animus and a sense of political righteousness, surreptitiously conspired to subvert electoral democracy itself in our country.

As of now, we have no proof beyond a reasonable doubt of such a plot. But we have very strong circumstantial evidence.

And as the philosopher and writer Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal in 1850: “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.”

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NOW, THIS IS PRESIDENTIAL OBSTRUCTION

finance-terrorWhat if a president used his power to interfere with a federal investigation involving foreign powers committing serious crimes in the United States as well as elsewhere?

Such a thing would be considered a terrible scandal and, no doubt, lead to a federal probe by a special counsel who would be expected to get to the bottom of such a mess.

But if you think this is a reference to the investigation led by Robert Mueller into possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign and obstruction of justice once President Trump took office, you’re wrong.

While proof that the Trump campaign actually plotted with Russia still has yet to be presented, evidence of another scandal involving President Barack Obama and Hezbollah, Iran and the Russians has just been uncovered in an investigative story by Politico yesterday (12/18).

The tale involves an administration decision to spike Project Cassandra, a federal probe into international drug smuggling, money laundering and terrorism by Hezbollah.  The conclusion is inescapable: the President of the United States willfully on purpose aided and abetted terrorists and drug-smuggling.

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MIDNIGHT AT THE DEMOCRACY DIES IN DARKESS CAFÉ

darkness-cafeThe Democracy Dies in Darkness Café is located conveniently near the Capitol, the Hill and the FBI headquarters. It’s open all night and I stopped in for a late-night coffee with my friend, a fiction novelist who was depressed.

“I spent a year writing about a coup attempt against an outsider who by strategic brilliance defeated the handpicked candidate of a cabal of establishment powerhouses” he explained. “It involved the highest officials of the FBI and Department of Justice. They manipulated a FISA Court into letting them electronically surveil the candidate and all who worked with him, unmasked their names, leaked what they found, and they still couldn’t beat him.”

“Sounds great,” I said, so why are you depressed?”

He sighed. “Every publisher I sent it to rejected it as being too implausible to sell to readers.”

It was hard to talk much as the place was rocking. There was a private room to the side, packed with white collar criminal defense counsels drinking champagne and downing tenderloin. Every single one of them had fat retainers to defend the accused, the top brass of the FBI and former Department of Justice officials.

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THE TRUMP DOCTRINE OF STRATEGIC REALISM

The President speaking at the Ronal Reagan Bldg. Dec. 18, 2017

The President speaking at the Ronald Reagan Bldg. Dec. 18, 2017

Presidential administrations by law must publish strategic manifestoes.

Indeed, the Goldwater–Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of October 4, 1986 required every subsequent government to issue periodic and formal national strategic strategy blueprints.

Most of these documents dating from the Reagan Administration are blah-blah boilerplate announcements of the obvious.

They offer platitudinous promises of a sober internationalist United States leading the world in promoting global institutions while using its preeminent strength to partner with allies to counter perceived rising threats, such as rogue nations or terrorism. And so on.

The Trump Administration has just released (12/18) its first National Security Strategy.  Here is the White House Summary.  Here is the Full NSS Text as a pdf download.

But to be frank, it is unlike most all prior manifestoes. The contrast with the 2015 Obama doctrine (his last, there was none in 2016) is stunning.  Let’s take a look at why it’s so stunning.

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TRUMP PARKS HIS TANKS ON THE SIERRA CLUB’S LAWN

arctic-strikeThere was a lot of good news in President Donald Trump’s new National Security Strategy (NSS) — the document which finally told the truth about climate change: that green activists pose a bigger threat to U.S. security than anything the climate can manage.

But nothing in the NSS is likely to provoke quite so much fury among environmentalists as one of the clauses buried among another of the Trump administration’s recent reform measures: the bit in the tax-reform package which permits part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to be opened to oil exploration.

Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has long been a Sacred Polar Bear for environmental campaigners. It’s their line in the snow: the ne plus ultra of pristine wilderness, majesty, and loveliness to be preserved at whatever cost. Democrats have been fighting to prevent it being developed for oil since the 1970s.

So Trump’s announcement that soon oil companies will be allowed to explore there is about as a big a provocation as if he’d turned up to the Sierra Club’s summer vegan barbecue, spit-roasted a baby manatee, and served it up with a snail darter reduction and spotted owl sauce.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 12/15/17

Introducing the best possible Christmas present you could give yourself or any real American friend for triggering snowflakes and leftards:  The To The Point IT’S OK T-shirt:

its-ok-to-be-white-shirt-front its-ok-to-be-white-shirt-back Setting lefties’ hair on fire by ridiculing their pathologies is such a fun sport, and so easy to do.  Just think of all the Schadenfreudelicious joy you or your friends will have wearing the TTP IT’S OK T-shirt – or sweatshirt or polo. Click on the link to order one for you and everyone you know – what gift could be more fun?

Ps:  Note that you don’t have to be white, or a man, or a straight to wear this shirt.  You’re simply saying all of that is OK no matter who you are.

So – this was a week of ups and downs, but in the end the ups are higher than the downs.  It’s a roller coaster, so here we go…

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THE SEVEN SISTERS

the-living-bridge We’re going to talk today about the most unique, remote, unknown and interesting part of India.

It’s natural, cultural, and historical diversity is immense – from Tibetan monasteries in the high Himalayas to headhunters in dense jungles, from secluded tribes embracing Christianity to people who have retained their 4,000 year-old religion older than Hinduism, from modern cities to lands teeming with tigers and one-horned rhinoceros.

Yet it is also India’s most critical strategic vulnerability.  We’ll start by seeing why.  Then we’ll take a photo tour of the whole place.  We’ll end with how you can soon explore this fascinating region with me.

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