If you’re a conservative, there are times when things seem bleak and hopeless. What chance have we when the Democrats can count on the mass media to not only defend them against charges of malfeasance, but to attack those who make the charges. It’s been decades since football players were expected to play all 60 minutes of a game, playing both offense and defense, but left-wing pundits do it all the time.
Moreover, Democrats can count on the votes of those who have no legal right to cast a vote, which is why they fight so hard against electoral safeguards such as photo IDs.
Still, the Republicans managed to capture the majority in the House and Senate and, against all odds, to defeat liar-Hillary Clinton with a candidate who was allegedly as unpopular as broccoli.
You could credit divine intervention, but I doubt if even God, with all the other stuff He has to take care of, could pull off these miracles, even with the collusion of Russia. I believe that credit should go where it belongs, and that’s to the Democrats. I’m not saying they’ve thrown these elections. What I am saying is that for Republicans, their secret weapon is that the Democrats are stupid. And for that, I suppose we should thank God.
I mean, whether it was stupidity, sloth or over-confidence, that preventedliar-Hillary Clinton from campaigning in the Rust Belt, we may never know. What we do know is that the tortoise out-worked the sleepy hare and maybe that was enough.
Mrs.liar-Clinton has blamed everyone in the world for her defeat, but it’s just possible that watching her collapse on the way to her SUV was enough to plant a doubt about her health and stamina in a few thousand minds in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, enough to tilt the election. So, perhaps the election turned on those two extra gin-and-tonics at lunch.
But even withliar-Hillary now no more than an irrelevant footnote in history, look at what passes for a major political party. Leadership consists of Chuck clown-Schumer, a man who has probably not been more than 40 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean in his entire life; and Nancy Pulosi, who seems to constantly be rehearsing for her role as mad Miss Havisham in “Great Expectations,” at least as the part would be played by Zasu Pitts, with the fluttery hands and eyes that have lost the ability to focus on stationary objects.
Perhaps we have reached the point of no return in America. But if we have, I think the Democrats have painted themselves into a corner. I mean, when Trump delivers a speech in which he proposes family leave, a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens and brags about a supercharged economy that’s resulted in more jobs for blacks and Hispanics, and can’t get a single “Hallelujah” from the liberal side of the aisle, I can’t believe there’s a single Independent voter at home watching clown-Schumer, Pulosi and their martinets, sitting stony-faced, and thinking: “I admire that sort of obstinacy. I can’t wait to vote for those people in November.”
* One of the oddities of the scandal swirling around the FBI is the way that those on the Left feel they have to circle the wagons and defend the underlings, even though nobody has attacked them. I mean, I don’t recall anybody assuring us in the wake of the Lois Lerner scandal that the rank-and-file at the IRS were all super patriots. It was generally accepted that Ms. Lerner had given the order to target conservative groups and individuals, and the lowly bureaucrats simply followed orders like the good little toadies they were.
However, now that the unsavory activities by McCabe, Comey, Strzok, Page and the Ohrs have come to light, the leftists and the lap dog media can’t stop carrying on, pretending that thousands of anonymous bureaucrats are being slandered.
* Sometimes, the goofs by Washington bureaucrats are so outrageous that you have to wonder who helps them put on their shoes in the morning.
Brenda Fitzgerald, who was recently appointed Director of the Center for Disease Control, lost her job when it was discovered that shortly after being named to head up the CDC, she invested in tobacco stocks. Easy come, easy go.
One can only hope that the new director will refrain from opening a recreational marijuana shop, at least for the first six months.
* I understand that it was a judge named Rudolph Contreras, appointed to the federal bench by Presidentliar-nObama, who issued the first FISA warrant, allowing the FBI to use the phony Russian dossier to surveil Carter Page.
Considering what Trump had said about judges with Hispanic surnames, which was that Gonzalo Curiel, to name one, couldn't be trusted, I’m guessing Senor Contreras couldn't wait to issue the warrant, even if the dossier was bought and paid for by the DNC,liar-Hillary Clinton and, rumor has it, the FBI.
* In a recent article, which some may have construed as nostalgia for vigilante law, I tried to explain why I basically distrust the American legal system.
Something I neglected to mention is the immoral nature of plea-bargaining. I know that judges and prosecutors claim that without it, our courts would be backed up for years, if not decades. To which I say, as I do whenever people complain that our prisons are over-crowded, build more damn prisons.
So, go out and hire more judges and prosecutors. Perhaps if we didn’t waste so many tax dollars feeding, clothing, schooling and plea-bargaining, with illegal aliens, we would find ourselves with enough money to do the things that citizens have a right to expect of their lawmakers.
There are many problems with plea-bargaining. For one thing, the punishment never comes close to fitting the crime because the crime he’s sentenced for is never the one the perp actually committed. It may not even still be a felony.
The reduced sentence also means the perp will be out on the streets sooner rather than later. It also means there is less risk in committing crimes because the punishment isn’t as severe, meaning that for the public it’s a lose-lose situation.
While I’m at it, I would do away with parole boards. If a sentence is five years, that is how long the criminal should remain behind bars. If new evidence proves the prisoner wasn’t guilty of the crime, he should be pardoned. But removing years from a sentence because of good behavior is farcical. What are they saying? That he hasn’t robbed any banks, burgled any homes, raped any women or molested any children, while being kept in a cage and being watched by armed guards 24/7? If he’s dumb enough to misbehave in that situation, you simply add years to his total.
* Jan Hooper of San Mateo, CA, claims that a good friend of hers, after seven years of medical school and training, has been fired for one minor indiscretion. It seems he had sex with one of his patients and can no longer work in his chosen possession. He hadn’t even had time to pay off his student loans.
“It just goes to show,” Mrs. Hooper concluded, “how one little mistake can ruin a person’s life. It’s a shame. He’s a great guy and was, in most ways, an excellent veterinarian.”
Judge Orders Mueller To Prove Russia Meddled In Election
Judge Dabney L. Friedrich
A Washington federal judge on Thursday ordered special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to clarify election meddling claims lodged against a Russian company operated by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Bloomberg.
Concord Management and Consulting, LLC. – one of three businesses indicted by Mueller in February along with 13 individuals for election meddling, surprised the special counsel in April when they actually showed up in court to fight the charges. Mueller’s team tried to delay Concord from entering the case, arguing that thee Russian company not been properly served, however Judge Dabney Friedrich denied the request – effectively telling prosecutors ‘well, they’re here.’
Concord was accused in the indictment of supporting the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian ‘troll farm’ accused of trying to influence the 2016 US election.
On Thursday, Judge Freidrich asked Mueller’s prosecutors if she should assume they aren’t accusing Concord of violating US laws applicable to election expenditures and failure to register as a foreign agent.
Concord has asked Dabney to throw out the charges – claiming that Mueller’s office fabricated a crime, and that there is no law against interfering in elections.
According to the judge’s request for clarification, the Justice Department has argued that it doesn’t have to show that Concord had a legal duty to report its expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. Rather, the allegation is that the company knowingly engaged in deceptive acts that precluded the FEC, or the Justice Department, from ascertaining whether they had broken the law. -Bloomberg
On Monday, Friedrich raised questions over whether the special counsel’s office could prove a key element of their case – saying that it was “hard to see” how allegations of Russian influence were intended to interfere with US government operations vs. simply “confusing voters,” reports law.com.
During a 90-minute hearing, Friedrich questioned prosecutor Jonathan Kravis about how the government would be able to show the Russian defendants were aware of the Justice Department and FEC’s functions and then deliberately sought to skirt them.
“You still have to show knowledge of the agencies and what they do. How do you do that?” Friedrich asked.
Kravis, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, argued that the government needed only to show that Concord Management and the other defendants were generally aware that the U.S. government “regulates and monitors” foreign participation in American politics. That awareness, Kravis said, could be inferred from the Russians’ alleged creation of fake social media accounts that appeared to be run by U.S. citizens and “computer infrastructure” intended to mask the Russian origin of the influence operation.
“That is deception that is directed at a higher level,” Kravis said. Kravis appeared in court with Michael Dreeben, a top Justice Department appellate lawyer on detail to the special counsel’s office. -law.com
Concord pleaded not guilty in May. Their attorney, Eric Dubelier – a partner at Reed Smith, has described the election meddling charges as “make believe,” arguing on Monday that Mueller’s indictment against Concord “doesn’t charge a crime.”
“There is no statute of interfering with an election. There just isn’t,” said Dubelier, who added that Mueller’s office alleged a “made-up crime to fit the facts they have.”
Dubelier added that the case against Concord Management is the first in US history “where anyone has ever been charged with defrauding the Justice Department” through their failure to register under FARA.