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One of the dopiest things President Trump ever said was that there were good people on both sides in Charlottesville. I expect that was his idea of trying to sound reasonable, maybe even presidential. But he was mistaken. On the side that the media pretended was totally composed of Ku Klux Klansmen, I’m sure there were a few decent people who simply resented having statues of Confederate generals, including Robert E. Lee, toppled from their pedestals.

But on the other side of the brouhaha, there were only fascists masquerading as anti-fascists. Masquerading is the appropriate word for the Antifa thugs because, like guests at a Halloween party, they always show up wearing masks. They also brought along baseball bats and crow bars.

⦿  Those on the Left not only hide their faces, they often conceal their core beliefs. For instance, they pretend not to be Jew-haters when they side with the so-called Palestinians against the Israelis by insisting it’s not Jews they despise, but, rather, the fascistic policies of the government. In order to carry off this contemptible charade, they ignore the facts and simply concoct a movie narrative in which the Arabs are portrayed as American blacks during Reconstruction, and the Jews as cross-burning white supremacists wearing bedsheets. 

So far as I know, this bit of subterfuge began with Vanessa Redgrave, a dyed-in-the-wool leftist anti-Semite who received an Academy Award more because of her politics than for her acting. 

Naturally, because her own offenses were even more despicable than Redgrave’s, Hollywood couldn’t wait to give hanoi-Jane Fonda two Oscars.

If you ever find yourself wondering if the Motion Picture Academy places more emphasis on politics than on actual achievements, very much like those who bestow Nobel Peace Prizes, wonder no longer. When people like Redgrave, hanoi-Fonda, Meryl Streep, Michael Moore, scumbag-Al Gore and Harvey Weinstein, consistently take home Oscars, the question isn’t even worth asking.

⦿  I have come to believe that the reason Mueller’s probe into Trump’s collusion with Russia is dragging on so long is because Trump’s enemies in the Deep State refuse to call it quits until they come up with something, anything, that ties Trump to the Russkies.

After all this time, they’d probably settle for his confessing to having a soft spot for blinis, borscht and caviar, but the stubborn son-of-a-gun is sticking to his claim that his heart belongs to all-American meatloaf.

⦿  I’m not sorry to see Scott Pruitt gone. I certainly approved of what he was doing at the EPA, but I gave the lion’s share of credit to President Trump. I assumed Pruitt was merely carrying out his boss’s orders, and I’m sure that the new guy will continue to rein in the agency.

What’s more, I’m willing to bet that he has already learned the lesson that never seemed to register with his predecessor; namely, that being handed a government job doesn’t grant you the combination to the federal piggy bank.

Although Pruitt had held the job for less than 18 months, he had run up 14 ethics violations, including lying about his private email server; spending $43,000 of our tax dollars on a soundproof telephone booth; $90,000 more on first-class airline flights and charters in a single week, making some of us wonder if he had flown to the moon; handed the taxpayers the bill to pay to fly his security detail on his personal trips; had EPA officials who questioned his spending sprees demoted; reimbursed himself $65,000 for his campaign expenses accrued while running for Attorney General of Oklahoma; another $1,500 for a dozen pens; used his security detail to run his personal errands; paid below-market rent to a lobbyist for his Washington condo; and tried to get the Chick-fil-a company to give his wife a franchise.

I suppose it’s called Potomac fever when schmucks of no particular accomplishment suddenly find their heads swelling to the size of the Goodyear blimp and decide they’re entitled to the same perks as Queen Elizabeth.

In conclusion, I would only like to say that when conservatives rushed to Pruitt's defense, claiming that it was only pressure from the left-wing media that cost him his job, it embarrassed me as a principled conservative. It was his greed and arrogance that cost the Pruitt his job. We do our cause no favors when we reflexively leap to the defense of scoundrels. I don't know anyone on our side of the aisle who wouldn't have been calling for Pruitt's scalp if a dummycrats-Democrat had appointed him.

⦿  I was recently astonished to learn the ground rules that applied when Abe Lincoln and Stephen Douglas conducted seven debates during the Senate campaign of 1858.

It seems that the first speaker would spend an hour making his opening statement. His opponent would then have an hour and a half to deliver his rebuttal. At which point, the first man would have 30 minutes to rebut the rebuttal.

Because in those days, it was the responsibility of state legislatures to choose their state’s two senators, Douglas wound up getting the nod. But, Lincoln, by arguing for the abolishment of slavery, an issue he had admitted just four years earlier was of little consequence to him, garnered him the national attention he desperately craved. Two years later, he would be elected president. Four years after that, 700,000 Americans would be moldering in their graves.

One of the surprises to me was learning that Lincoln did not have the voice we had been led to assume he possessed from hearing his words delivered by the likes of Henry Fonda, Walter Houston, Raymond Massey, Royal Dano and Daniel Day-Lewis.  It seems he had a rather high, squeaky voice.

Still, you can’t help being impressed that these two candidates could spend that much time arguing the issues, considering we have been raised on a diet of one and two-minute soundbites.

⦿  I am delighted to report that those on the Left are digging themselves a hole six feet deep in which I’m growing confident the voters will bury them in November.

As if it’s not bad enough that scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters is telling people to harass Republican officials in public or even in their homes; scumbag-Robert DeNiro and Peter Fonda are tossing around obscenities and even promoting pedophilia, so long as Trump’s 12-year-old son is the victim; dummy-Madonna is calling for the White House to be blown up; Chuck clown-Schumer and Nancy Pulosi are either demanding or at least accommodating those in their party who are demanding open borders and getting rid of ICE; 
dummycrats-Democrats are calling for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico to be granted statehood and for California to be split not into three parts, but seven, all so the dummycrats-Democrats can seat 16 additional left-wingers in the Senate.

As if that’s enough to turn off millions of voters, an immigrant from Congo is getting kudos from the Never-Trumpers for shutting down the Statue of Liberty on the 4th of July as a rebuke to the President’s immigration policy, which the Supreme Court just last week determined was constitutional.

Also, in case you missed it, Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook recently flagged the Declaration of Independence as hate speech.

In November, when the dummycrats-Democrats are handed their heads on a tray, I will be happy to contribute to a tombstone that reads: Here Lies the dummycrats-Democratic Party/ Home of Morons, Thugs and Traitors/ Dead by its own evil, treacherous hand/ Good riddance to Bullies, Liars and Race-baiters.

⦿  Recently, the House voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act. I don’t pretend to know whether that tongue-twister is good or bad for America, but it grabbed my attention because the final vote was 400 in favor and 2 against. The two were Republican congressmen I had never heard of: Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Justin Amash of Michigan. They are either two of the biggest rascals in the House of Representatives or two of the only House members who have the courage of their convictions.

⦿  Someone sent me a video put out by a group called #Walkaway. It consists of people who used to be registered   dummycrats-Democrats -- a group that in the distant past has included Ronald Reagan and me -- but have finally had enough. The group includes women, blacks, Latinos and even gays, many of whom admitted it was easier coming out as homosexuals to their families than coming out as conservatives to their erstwhile liberal friends. 

When even a notable left-winger like law professor Alan Dershowitz is treated as an apostate by his friends and relatives for merely suggesting that Donald Trump is not the monster he has been portrayed to be by the NY Times and the Washington Post, it can’t be easy for these regular folks to risk the scorn of their families and colleagues. More power to them.
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ALERT ALERT

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.

TEA PARTY TARGET

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.

Ammoland reports:

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.

NJ.com adds:

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.

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