June 16, 2018
Bottom line? Obama single-handedly ruined the FBI and the DOJ
Naturally, the political-media left that crowds out saner voices on television was quick as jackrabbits to announce that the FBI was vindicated by the I.G. report that was released on Thursday. “Nothing to see here, move along” was their mantra. But one only has to scroll through the list of columns posted at RealClearPolitics on Friday to grasp the abyss between the left and right re: the report.
The report contained an executive summary that said, “We found no documentary evidence of political bias.” That means they did not find written confessions by all those Trump-hating higher-ups at the once-great law enforcement agency. But the five-hundred-page body of the report is chock-full of extreme political anti-Trump mendacity. Why the hundreds of texts between several like-minded agents that reek of profound bias against Trump are not documentary evidence is a mystery.
Nevertheless, it is an indisputable fact that a cabal of conspirators on the seventh floor of the FBI building, led by Comey and McCabe, along with John Brennan (CIA), James Clapper (DNI), Sally Yates, and Rod Rosenstein at Justice coordinated their attempts to prevent Trump from winning the election by all manner of illegal means. Most likely, much of this was at the bidding and with permission of Barack Obama.
Once Trump won, their focus switched to taking him out before he could be inaugurated. They hope still to see him impeached, despite the thriving economy, low unemployment, and possible rapprochement with North Korea.
The New York Times continues to attack Trump, to accuse him of numerous crimes for which the paper’s reporters have no evidence. Leftist voices of rage continue to defend Hillary, to claim she was not treated with sufficient deference, even as her many crimes were overlooked. Paul Manafort was sent to jail on Friday while Hillary and this bunch of crooks at the FBI and DOJ are walking free, complaining all the while that Trump should never have been elected.
They’ve not learned a thing. They hate Trump and every person who voted for him with the “white-hot heat of a thousand suns.” Like deluded Marxists in every nation they inhabit, this bunch feels entitled to reign over the rest of us. Their contempt for American voters and the law as written oozes off every page of that I.G. report. Their excuses for their criminal behavior are pathetic.
Hollywood is on the same page as the media. Look no farther than Robert De Niro, that empty suit who used to be an actor. Even Piers Morgan recognizes the insanity of the celebrity left. So isolated in their bubbles of wealth and privilege, they do not seem to realize their public, profane tantrums are insuring GOP success in November and Trump’s re-election in 2020.
This I.G. report is only half, or maybe only a third of the whole story. Next will be Horowitz’s report on the FISA warrants, the justification of which was invented out of whole cloth by the selfsame overlords who gave Hillary a pass. These are police state operatives, reminiscent of the Soviet Union, East Germany before the wall fell, and North Korea. They freely abused their power to surveil and spy on countless private citizens who had any connection, however flimsy, to Trump and his family.
Mueller and his team of hired guns have nearly bankrupted many of the people they have targeted. There is a special place in Hell for this swarm of rats. Mueller’s past record of horrific ethical lapses should have seen him disbarred years ago; his mistakes have cost the taxpayers millions of dollars. The same is true of several others on his hand-picked team of hit men.
While the devious machinations of the Deep State are not new, it was the Obama administration, most likely Obama himself, who brought us to this low point, the wholesale corruption of the FBI and the DOJ leadership. Obama surrounded himself with like-minded globalist elites who thought no laws applied to them: Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Valerie Jarrett, the Podestas, Ben Rhodes, Jonathan Gruber, and more. Eric Holder was the most unprincipled attorney general, more even than John Mitchell, who served time in federal prison.
We learned from the I.G. report that Obama lied when he said he learned of HRC’s private server from the media. He knew because he, too, corresponded with her from a private email, just as Comey used a non-FBI email account. None of these people, not one, respected our Constitution or the laws meant to govern their agencies.
This is what Obama did to America. He virtually destroyed the FBI, the CIA, and the DOJ by turning them into weapons with which to destroy his opponents. They learned their Stasi lessons well. President Trump’s outsider ways are like blessed sunlight on these institutions that had been allowed to deteriorate and decay over the eight years of Obama rule.
By Mollie Hemingway.15, 2018
On Thursday, the Justice Department’s inspector general released a long-anticipated report on the FBI’s handling of the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server that handled classified information. Here are some quick takeaways from the report.
1. Learn How To Interpret An IG Report
The best way to understand an inspector general (IG) report is less as a fiercely independent investigation that seeks justice and more like what you’d expect from a company’s human resources department. Employees frequently think that a company’s human resources department exists to serve employees. There’s some truth in that, but it’s more true that the human resources department exists to serve the corporation.
At the end of the day, the HR department wants what’s best for the company. The FBI’s IG Michael Horowitz has a good reputation for good reason. But his report is in support of the FBI and its policies and procedures. As such, the findings will be focused on helping the FBI improve its adherence to those policies and procedures. Those who expected demands for justice in the face of widespread evidence of political bias and poor judgment by immature agents and executives were people unfamiliar with the purpose of IG reports.
The IG is also a government bureaucrat producing government products that are supposed to be calm and boring. In the previous report that led to Andrew McCabe’s firing as deputy director of the FBI and referral for criminal prosecution, his serial lying under oath was dryly phrased as “lack of candor.” In this report detailing widespread problems riddled throughout the Clinton email probe, the language is similarly downplayed. That’s particularly true in the executive summary, which attempts to downplay the actual details that fill the report with evidence of poor decision-making, extreme political bias, and problematic patterns of behavior.
2. FBI Agent Who Led Both The Clinton and Trump Probes Promised He’d Prevent Trump’s Election
Such as this one! On page 420, the IG says that the conduct of five FBI employees who were caught talking about their extreme political bias in the context of their duties “has brought discredit to themselves, sowed doubt about the FBI’s handling of the Midyear investigation, and impacted the reputation of the FBI.” The Midyear investigation was the code for the Clinton probe. Or note this blistering passage:
June 15, 2018
Taste the Despair: Democrats Losing It over Trump
It seems the Republican National Committee (RNC)’s cash advantage over the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is even more pronounced than the numbers – $43.8 million to $3.4 million – indicate. As long as Democrats like Nancy Pelosi vainly ignore, downplay, or even badmouth good to excellent to record-breaking (in more ways than one) economic numbers – and in the process beclown themselves – the RNC will have to spend next to nothing when it comes to creating ads for the midterm elections.
Pelosi, in particular, is the gift that keeps on giving to the GOP. Cementing herself as one of our nation’s most morally and economically ignorant citizens, just prior to the GOP passing – and President Trump signing – sweeping tax reform legislation in December of last year, Mrs. Pelosi went on a historically foolish rant.
Awash in hyperbole and hypocrisy – remember, she leads the party that stands for, among other immoral outrageousness, the “right” to kill the most helpless and innocent among us, the “right” for boys to take trophies from girls, and the legal redefinition of the oldest institution in the history of humanity – she accused Republicans of embracing “moral obscenity and unrepentant greed.” …
June 14, 2018
Understanding the Left
Before I was old enough to understand the political difference between the right and left, I knew that certain things didn’t add up. I recall pondering how Democrats could ever win elections with the stated goal of raising taxes. Who would willingly sign up to hand over more of his money to the government? What a ridiculous sales pitch. Do they think people are idiots? Um…yep. The joke was clearly on me.
I don’t consider the individuals on the left my enemies. I think of many of them as causalities of our Democrat media complex. The real enemy of the USA is the malignant ideology of the progressive left, which has been the enemy of our form of government since day one.
The first thing that must be clarified is that liberalism no longer describes today’s left in our country. At the core of liberalism is the embrace of the rights of the individual above all else, which is the purpose of the Bill of Rights and the foundation of our country’s law structure. The left has abandoned liberalism, so it is oxymoronic for the left to describe its members as liberals. They are actively attacking liberalism and abandoning all the classic Democrat champions of liberalism, such as Alan Dershowitz.
A more accurate term for the modern left is “progressive.” The term conjures notions like “new and fresh ideas” and “continuous improvement” and “fixing what is broken.” Like many of the obfuscations of the left, the reality of progressivism is quite different from the notion. To summarize the progressive movement in one sentence: Delegitimize and deconstruct the existing societal order with the intent of creating a new order in which progressives are the authors and can bequeath themselves permanent control. Think about the Bolsheviks. Think about Chairman Mao. They too wanted a “fundamental transformation” of their respective societies.
Among the things that stand in the way of the left are the Constitution, the Bill of Rights – both of which are under unprecedented attack – and those pesky little formalities called elections. We see leftists actively undermining elections on two major fronts today. One is through illegal immigration to bring in a new underclass of loyal voters. The other is through the Russian collusion narrative to undermine the results of the latest presidential election.
The left has made it commonplace to label groups and divide them into their respective tribes, so in the spirit of the left and the old adage, “know your enemy,” I will attempt break down our modern left into categories so that when you encounter a lefty in the wild, you will be able to quickly file him into one of the following groups of misguided humanoids.
- The Ideologues: Like Karl Marx himself, a modern ideologue might include a college professor or philosopher who is mostly disconnected from reality and facts – a chalkboard hero, if you will. These are folks with seemingly good intentions who firmly believe in the historically debunked ideologies of socialism and communism despite the evidence. At the nucleus is a patent denial of the basic human instinct to pursue self-interest. Once you get past that, everything works nicely. Example: Doctors are more than happy to toil day and night for the same pay as the unemployed man. You will increasingly find ideologues in places of influence like executives in the tech industry and at social media giants. This should alarm us all. They believe that we are always one step away from singing kumbaya alongside the crew of the starship Enterprise. The ideologues are a sad bunch.
- The Dependents: There’s nothing like a sure thing. What better way of commanding loyalty than promising to hand out goodies? Just ask Bernie. We’ll have the “billionazz” pay for it. It’s all done under the guise of humanity, but the real effect is a class of dependents who live at the mercy of the state. They neither define their own future nor have the means to pursue any sort of American dream.
- The Snowflakes: Defined by their low-info status, these young people are the product of our abusively biased education system. They shouldn’t be blamed for the omissions of our corrupted educators, but they have proven to be effective carriers of the disease and should not be underestimated. The good news is that many of them will be rescued by the real world. They are misguided children. They deserve our guidance, and they deserve to hear about the actual history of our country. Eliminating this class is up to us.
- The Virtuous: Perhaps the largest and most pathetic group. We all know them and love them. Heck, most of us have family members in this group. These are the virtue-signaling elitist-wannabes who would define themselves as “10% left of center.” They want everyone to know how woke they are and how ready they are to pile on to the hate-Trump bandwagon at dinner parties. These are the folks who can afford to signal their virtue. Their economic insulation from real problems affords them the luxury of cheerleading for policies that won’t have an impact on them in their daily lives for now. But watch out: when crisis finally arrives or circumstances impact their property or their money, you can bet that their inner conservative will come out with guns blazing. The virtuous are the same wind socks that came out waving the flag after 9-11, and we were happy they joined us. But most of the time, they’re caught up in perpetual self-loathing and have bought into so many of the divisive narratives of the left. Most of the news media have stumbled into this disgraceful position.
- The Ruling Class: Those who wish to author a new deal. Those who wish to fundamentally transform our society. Those who wish to write new rules and control the narratives. They want to be the arbiters of what is considered hate speech. They want to disarm the population. They want to conduct raids on the suspected. To silence all voices against them. They will pursue their goals at any cost and in defiance of any laws of man that may stand in their way. They deal in misinformation and use all the historic tactics of the left. They include Democrats, Republicans, and especially unelected members of the Deep State bureaucracy. In the events of human history, never has there been a more destructive force than the ruling class and dictators alike.
To say the U.S. Constitution and its principles are outdated ideas of old racist white guys is a perfect example of the progressive propaganda of the left. Our founding principles are timeless civil gifts from the geniuses who founded our nation. We inherited the most advanced, fair, and enlightened form of government that has ever been attempted in human history. It has led to a hegemony of wealth and prosperity. It has lifted humanity and been a force for truth and liberty for 242 years. To their everlasting disgrace, the left and all of its useful idiots wish to see it burn. Wake up, America…and vote!
June 14, 2018
Hillary’s Intent: What James Comey Missed
James Mr. Magoo Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Magoo, while acknowledging that Hillary had put the country’s secrets on her home server – i.e., without their protective coding – could find no “intent” in her doing so. It just happened. Let’s unpack that.
|Bill and Hillary Adjusted Gross Income|
|Hillary’s total “intent”
as Secretary of State
While these numbers are not out of line with the Clintons’ AGI in the surrounding years, the question still arises…What was this money being paid for? It can’t all be for speeches by Bill on diarrhea in Africa (as characterized by the inimitable Mark Steyn).
Let’s put it this way…
- Rockefeller sold oil
- Ford sold cars
- Gates sold software
- What is Hillary selling? Well, as Secretary of State, breaking all precedent, protocol and the lessons of signals intelligence of the 20th century, she arranged for the top-secret communications of our country to be available to outside listeners at her discretion. The Federal Bureau of Magoo doesn’t see anything peculiar about it. Could happen to anybody. James Mr. Magoo Comey isn’t concerned, doubtless because he has “a higher loyalty,” although God knows what it is to. Certainly not the Constitution. Certainly not the destiny of United States of America. Probably it has to do with being a Clinton toady.
- So, what is Hillary selling? Us!
Would it make you feel better if you were a soldier if you knew that your mission or your route march had been decided in light of who been able to reach the Secretary of State with the appropriate fee?
Too much of this, and our Armed Forces would become as ineffective as those of any Third World kleptocracy. The American Republic has always been able to avoid corruption of this type in the past. That is, before Hillary. (One of the things about the Clintons is that their crimes are so colossal that the person who brings them up is the one who looks crazy.)
Ask yourself this…
- What was it worth to Iran in to know our policies in dealing with their nuclear program?
- What was it worth to Russia to know how we will react to their taking over Crimea and invading Eastern Ukraine?
- What was it worth to Germany to know how much we know about their selling high-value machinery to Iran?
- What was it worth to China to know how we are planning to react to their expansion in the South China Sea?
- What was it worth to Syria to know how serious we are at enforcing our red line?
- What was it worth to Cuba to know whether we’re going to insist that they dismantle their gulag?
The NSA grew out of our wartime experience with signals intelligence, particularly the massive success of the British Ultra project. Since then, the NSA has sent countless mathematicians gibbering to sanatoriums – metaphorically speaking, of course.
Not metaphorically speaking, one of the strangest phenomena in physics is quantum entanglement: that entangled subatomic particles change their state apparently simultaneously apparently regardless of distance. I.e., they appear to communicate non-relativistically. The NSA has looked into this phenomenon for communications but it has borne no fruit so far (as far as we know). This is the extent to which we go to protect our sensitive national communications. Not Hillary. She puts our national communications essentially on a toy. This not only puts them in condition to be purloined without fingerprints, but it also endangers our coding because it puts them in clear and thus provides a crib for those trying to break into our codes.
No to worry. The Federal Bureau of Magoo not only sees no intention on Hillary’s part to sell out the country – us – for her personal financial reward, they apparently see no danger to our national communications, although James Mr. Magoo Comey did not address this point in his exoneration of Hillary in July 2016.
“With a cloth?”
Must have slipped his mind. Because James Mr. Magoo Comey is an honorable man. In fact, all of them at the Federal Bureau of Magoo are all, all honorable men.
But what about intent? Oh, that. Well, in the words of a great American… “you betcha!”
Historic summit is a cause for celebration — not nitpicking
This is a glorious day for cynics, especially lazy ones. It doesn’t take much effort to find loopholes, inconsistencies and other deficiencies in the agreement signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Start with the fact that fulfilling the primary promise, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, would involve such a vast physical, logistical and scientific undertaking that it’s easy to bet it will never happen, at least not all of it.
There’s also the track record of deals North Korea broke before the ink was dry, and the lack of any evidence that this murderous Kim will prove more trustworthy than his murderous father or grandfather. Besides, why would China let him give up his greatest leverage when it could cost the Red puppet master a key buffer and major irritant against America?
Any or all of these could become deal killers. If so, that will become clear in time.
But today should be declared a holiday from nitpicking, a time to celebrate what has been accomplished instead of fixating on the possible pitfalls. It is an occasion to look forward with hope, instead of backward with suspicion.
Through that lens, the deal is a sensational triumph for much of the human race, one that could improve the security of hundreds of millions of people in America, both Koreas and Japan. It also lifts the spirits of anybody anywhere who believes in the possibility of peace on Earth.
Before our eyes, a promise is made to turn swords into ploughshares. As Joe Biden said on a far less significant occasion, this is truly “a big f–king deal.”
It is also a vindication of Trump’s approach to a problem that his three predecessors kicked down the road. Perhaps, if he had a choice, he also would have punted the problem to his successor.
But Trump didn’t have that option because over the last two decades, North Korea had been allowed to develop both nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles. The end of the road was in sight and there was no room left to kick the can.
All that remained was for Kim to solve the final piece of the weapons puzzle: putting nukes on his missiles and successfully delivering them to the city of his choice, be it Tokyo, Los Angeles or New York — or all of the above.
That was a risk Trump and his military and security teams did not take. They were determined to solve the problem while there still was time.
Admittedly, there were moments — horrifying moments — when nuclear war seemed a likely outcome. In the beginning, the weapons were insults like “little rocket man” and “dotard.”
Less than six months ago, Kim escalated the tensions by saying, “The entire mainland of the US is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office.”
Trump, his counterpunching skills fully intact, hit back harder, tweeting that “I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
Experts scurried to calculate the human toll of a nuclear war, starting with the possibility that the 10 million people who live in and near South Korea’s capital of Seoul would be wiped out.
That would be just the beginning if Kim could deliver nukes to American cities.
The United States, of course, faced similarly awful scenarios during the Cold War, with the Soviet Union holding a huge arsenal and the ability to carry out massive strikes on American targets. But one essential difference was the assumption that Soviet leaders, whatever else they were, ultimately were rational people who knew they and their families would die, too, and so were unlikely to start a war they could not finish.
But this doctrine of “mutually assured destruction” is useless when the other side is not viewed as rational. Because North Korea became the Hermit Kingdom over the last 65 years and a virtual gulag for its citizens, strategists dared not assume Kim Jong Un was rational. Like the crazy man in the subway wielding a knife, he could not be counted on to make a logical assessment of the consequences if he struck first.
But Trump, in addition to the bellicose threats, also had another card up his sleeve. It was the China card, and he played it brilliantly.
His determination to make better trade deals for American workers led him to early and frequent engagements with President Xi Jinping. By all accounts, the two hit if off personally, but it probably mattered more that during Xi’s visit to Mar a Lago, Trump interrupted dessert to tell him that the US had just fired 59 cruise missiles at targets in Syria after Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons.
Oh, what delicious chocolate cake, Mr. President! ..
Sweden: The Chaos Spreads
by Svenne Tvaerskaegg
After decades of quietly growing like undiagnosed and untreated cancer tumors, Sweden’s immigrant ghettos have reached the bursting point, and crime is beginning to spill out into the ethnic Swedish areas of the country. Life is becoming dangerous in those once peaceful and culturally homogeneous areas. Ever-increasing numbers of ordinary Swedes are experiencing a grim awakening to the frightening reality of what has happened to their country.
The Stockholm subway was once a safe and efficient means of getting around Sweden’s capital, but it has now become a dangerous place and a conduit for the spread of crime and antisocial behavior around the city. Criminal gangs are taking over the subway and using it to commute between the ghettos and the inner city, where they fuel the ever-rising tide of muggings, assaults and rapes. Many subway stations have become open drug markets where dealers peddle their wares untroubled by the undermanned and overstretched police. According to police, 62% of all crime in Stockholm is now committed within a 500 meter radius of a subway station. The situation is becoming desperate, and the Stockholm Transport Authority recently upgraded the security rating of four subway stations to red, meaning they are now considered no-go zones and unsafe for staff to work without a police escort. A report last year showed that up to 30% of the capital’s inhabitants now avoid using the subway through fear of the escalating criminality. …
The Barbary Pirates: Islamic Terrorism and America’s First Military Victory
Editor’s note: The following account is partially excerpted from the author’s new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West (with a foreword by Victor Davis Hanson).
Many Americans erroneously trace the roots of Islamic terrorism against their nation to September 11, 2001. In reality, the United States’ very first conflict with Muslim terrorists was also its very first war as a nation — and it won that war 213 years ago, on June 10, 1805.
Centuries before that, the Barbary States of Muslim North Africa — specifically Tripoli, Algiers, Tunis — had been thriving on the slave trade of Europeans abducted from virtually every corner of coastal Europe, including Britain, Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland. These raids were so successful, “between 1530 and 1780 there were almost certainly a million and quite possibly as many as a million and a quarter white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast,” to quote American historian Robert Davis.
The treatment of these European slaves was exacerbated by the fact that they were “infidels” and their owners Muslims. As Robert Playfair (b. 1828), who served for years as a consul in Barbary, explained: “In almost every case they [European slaves] were hated on account of their religion.” Three centuries earlier, John Foxe (b. 1516) had written this in his Book of Martyrs: “In no part of the globe are Christians so hated, or treated with such severity, as at Algiers.”
If the generic treatment of European slaves was marked by contempt and cruelty, the punishments they received for real or imagined offenses beggared description (though should be familiar to anyone following the Muslim persecution of Christians in the modern era): “If they speak against Mahomet [blasphemy], they must become Mahometans, or be impaled alive. If they profess Christianity again, after having changed to the Mahometan persuasion, they are roasted alive [as apostates], or thrown from the city walls, and caught upon large sharp hooks, on which they hang till they expire.”
By the mid-Eighteenth Century, after Barbary’s ability to abduct coastal Europeans had waned, its energy was spent on raiding infidel merchant vessels. Instead of responding by collectively confronting and neutralizing Barbary, European powers, always busy quarrelling among themselves, opted to buy peace through tribute (or, according to Muslim rationale, jizya). …