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As some of you know, I often write letters to politicians. I do it in the hope that for once they will heed the counsel of someone other than their major donors and their campaign managers, someone who sincerely has the best interests of America at heart. The only time I have ever heard back from one was when I sent a $5 check to President Trump to kick-start the building of his border wall, and he returned the check with his thanks.
But hope springs eternal, even in this cynical heart, so I recently wrote the following to the minority leader of the U.S. Senate:
“Dear Sen. clown-Schumer: For the sake of transparency, I confess that I’m a registered Republican. That’s not because I hold the GOP in particularly high esteem. But these days, it’s enough that they’re not dummycrats-Democrats.
“I didn’t always feel this way. For a long time, I was adummycrats-Democrat. But as Ronald Reagan famously said, ‘I didn’t leave the Party; the Party left me.’
“Frankly, I can’t imagine what your professional life must be like. As a TV writer, I have had to go to work in offices where it took only one person to turn it into a toxic atmosphere. You, on the other hand, go to work and have to spend most of your time with mean-spirited ignoramuses. It’s even worse for Nancy Pulosi. At least as a senator, you don’t have to hold conferences with the likes of scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters, scumbag-Adam Schiff and, in a few months, the commie-Bernie Sanders disciple who will be representing New York’s 14th congressional district.
"Or at least it would be worse if Ms. Pulosi wasn’t every bit as nasty and feebleminded as her associates.
“I could be mistaken, but you seem brighter than most of your Senate colleagues. As such, doesn’t it trouble you when you have to react automatically and negatively to everything that President Trump says and does?
“Surely, as an American, you had to be hoping that the Singapore Summit would lead to Kim Jong-un’s denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. But no sooner had it ended than you were on TV insisting it had been a waste of time. You know you would not have said that if it had been Barack liar-nObama at the meeting. You even had the audacity to claim that the agreement that sent $150 billion in cash to Iran, the number one sponsor of terrorism and the number one enemy of Israel, was in our best interest. Aren’t you the least bit ashamed of that?
“You can’t possibly believe that open borders are a good thing for America. Understand, I’m not saying that there aren’t major Republican donors who want an endless supply of cheap labor, but how do the rest of us benefit from having a constant stream of unskilled illiterates streaming into our country?
“Even in terms of purely political strategy, adopting the Never-Trump resistance makes no sense. When you insist that everything this administration does is bad, you turn yourself into the very stupid boy who cried ‘Wolf!’ on an hourly basis. Why not at least appear to put partisanship aside and build the wall? At least, if it was constructed by union workers, you’d gain favor in that quarter. Those really are ‘shovel-ready’ jobs, unlike the fantasies liar-nObama kept referring to when he blew a billion dollars on outfits like Solyndra.
“Politically, it would be a windfall for your side. It would look like statesmanship, even if it were merely a ploy to helpdummycrats-Democrats get elected in November. Polls show that even those Latinos who are American citizens don’t want the invasion to continue. Why would they? After all, it’s their wages that are being undercut, their schools and health clinics that are being overwhelmed and their kids who are being victimized by MS-13 and their equally vicious sidekicks.
“You’re not a young man, Senator clown-Schumer. You are, like me, on the downhill side of your life. When the rabbi sends you off to the great unknown, would you prefer that he be able to say with a straight face: ‘Today, we are putting to rest a man of principle who did everything in his power to leave America a better place than he found it’ or ‘Today, we’re burying just another cheap political hack. Now let’s eat’?
“p.s. When you’re addressing the media, I would suggest you ditch the stiffs who always insist on huddling behind you. I know those other senators want to be seen on camera, but they just look dumb and, worse yet from your perspective, they make you look like a mob boss who can’t go anywhere without a bunch of goofy-looking bodyguards. Feel free to share this bit of free advice with Sen. McConnell.
“p.p.s. While I have your attention, could you please do something about this lunacy called dual-citizenship? Citizenship either means what we were both brought up to think it means, which is whole-hearted fidelity to a single nation, or it means nothing at all. Sort of like a nation that lacks the will to protect its own borders from foreign invaders. Dual-citizenship, when you get right down to it, is the equivalent of bigamy. Regards, Burt Prelutsky”
I’ll be sure to keep you posted if he gets back to me.
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Newt Says What The Rest Of Us Are Thinking: It’s Time To Throw Peter Strzok In Jail
Disgraced FBI special agent Peter Strzok, a senior member of the bureau who gained notoriety in recent months over his anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, was grilled for nearly 10 hours during a joint congressional committee hearing on Thursday.
At issue was Strzok’s anti-Trump texts to former FBI lawyer and lover Lisa Page that coincided with his leading of the investigations into both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal and the alleged Trump/Russia 2016 election collusion, as well as his involvement in the subsequent Robert Mueller special counsel probe.
The hearing proved to be a heated battle, as Strzok displayed an arrogant smugness in defiance of pointed questions from Republicans that he largely danced around, while Democrats sought to upend and undermine the entire hearing with a plethora of interruptions, parliamentary maneuvers and outright praise for the man who helped let Clinton off the hook while ferociously targeting Trump.
Former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was less than impressed with Strzok’s performance and cooperation in the hearing and suggested during an appearance on Fox Business that the FBI agent should be held in contempt of Congress.
“I think they have to move to hold him in contempt and throw him in jail,” Gingrich said of Congress and Strzok.
“This is a person who is willfully standing up and refusing to appear as a congressional witness and he was a government employee at the time,” he continued.
“He has every obligation to inform the legislative branch, and I don’t think they have any choice except to move a motion of contempt because he is fundamentally — and so is his girlfriend (Page) — they’re both fundamentally in violation of the entire constitutional process,” he added.
Page had been subpoenaed to appear before Congress on Wednesday but refused to appear, saying she’d been unable to review relevant documents prior to the scheduled hearing, a closed-door hearing that has since been rescheduled for Friday.
Gingrich was not the only one who thought Strzok deserved to be held in contempt of Congress, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte informed Strzok that he remained at risk of such during the hearing, according to The Daily Caller.
That warning from Goodlatte came after Strzok had refused to answer a straightforward question posed by House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, regarding how many people Strzok had personally interviewed between a specific set of dates in relation to the Clinton email investigation.
“Mr. Strzok, please be advised that you can either comply with the committee’s direction to answer the question or refuse to do so,” Goodlatte stated. “The latter of which will place you in risk of a contempt citation and potential criminal liability. Do you understand that? The question is directed to the witness.”
Strzok still refused to answer, citing instructions received from his counsel and the FBI to not answer certain questions on certain topics.
Goodlatte replied, “Mr. Strzok, in a moment we will continue with the hearing, but based on your refusal to answer the question, at the conclusion of the day we will be recessing the hearing and you will be subject to recall to allow the committee to consider proceeding with a contempt citation.”
It is unclear if Goodlatte and the committee ultimately did consider a contempt citation for Strzok following the contentious hearing, nor is it clear if Page will be held in contempt for blowing off her subpoenaed appearance on Wednesday.
Hopefully Congress will follow through on the threats of contempt followed by actual jail time against Strzok and Page in response to their uncooperative behavior and failure to appear when subpoenaed, if only to ensure that future witnesses called before Congress for sensitive or contentious hearings don’t think they can get away with the same sort of behavior.
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Cops Sent To Seize Veteran’s Guns Without A Warrant, He Refused To Turn Them Over
“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” says Leonard Cottrell, after successfully staving off law enforcement and the courts from confiscating his firearms. Cottrell, an Iraq War veteran, was at work when he received a phone call from his wife. The cops were there, busting in to take his guns away. It all started after a casual conversation his son had at school.
Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.’s 13-year-old son had had with another student at the school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax and what they would have to do to escape a school shooting at Millstone Middle School.
The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents, and his mother panicked. The mom then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.
The visit from the troopers came around 10 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Cottrell said, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun enforcement bills into law.
After several hours, Cottrell said police agreed not to take the guns but to allow him to move them to another location while the investigation continued.
“They had admitted several times that my son made no threat to himself or other students or the school or anything like that,” he said.
Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was “not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing.”
The troopers searched his son’s room and found nothing, Cottrell said.
“To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” he said. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”
“In the Garden State, the usual approach is to confiscate first and ask questions later, and victims of this approach often don’t know their rights. In this case, the victim pushed back and confiscation was avoided — but the circumstances surrounding the incident are outrageous. A student expressing concern over lack of security is not a reason to send police to the student’s home — but it might be a reason to send police to the school to keep students and teachers safe” said Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA board of directors.
Cottrell, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served three tours during “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” owns a shotgun and a pistol. He has all the correct permits to own the firearms, he said, and predominately uses the shotgun to hunt.
He said his wife allowed the officers to enter the home, and with her permission, they searched his son’s room — but they did not find any weapons, he said. The officers, he said, didn’t have a warrant but still wanted to take his guns. Cottrell wouldn’t let them.
“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” he said Thursday.
He said the attempted seizure resulted because of a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law that makes it easier for police to confiscate guns when someone in the state poses a threat to themselves or others. The law is part of a broader statewide effort to make New Jersey’s gun laws even tougher amid the national outcry for more gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Cottrell said the officers “danced around the issue” when he confronted them about the new law.
A New Jersey State Police spokesman declined to answer questions about whether this incident had anything to do with the new gun laws.
In an email, Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn said, “Troopers responded to Mr. Cottrell’s residence in reference to the report of a possible school threat. Based on their investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cottrell’s weapons did not need to be seized.”
David Codrea, writing for Ammoland, further added:
To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” New Jersey gun owner and Army veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr. told New Jersey 101.5 after a June 14 visit from State Police,. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”
Cottrell was recalling state troopers showing up at his door to confiscate firearms after his 13-year-old son was overheard discussing lax school safety with a friend.
Indoctrinated by a pervasive snitch culture — one that never seems to deter the blatantly obvious demonic nutjobs — the eavesdropping student told his parents, who told school administrators, who in turn called the cops. (Note “If you see something, say something” carries risks of its own – if you report the wrong person, you could end up smeared as a “hater.”)
“Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was ‘not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing,’” the report continued. Despite that, his home is now a “gun free zone” and that has been publicized by the media. He has, in fact, willingly ceded those rights, and by his own words in order to make authorities “happy.”
Before judging him for that, consider the environment that is New Jersey. Then consider the overwhelming force the state can bring to bear, and its predisposition to using it, especially if it’s to enforce citizen disarmament. It’s easy to anonymously declare “Molon Labe” on the internet. In meatspace, resistance is more effective when the aggressor doesn’t get to dictate the time and place, especially if that place is your home and you have family inside.
Appeasing gun-grabbers, generally couched as “compromise,” is impossible. It’s like throwing a scrap of flesh to a circling pack of jackals and expecting them to be sated and leave you alone — instead of sensing opportunity and fear, and moving in closer.