The National Review´s call for Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama race because "there is no such thing as a statute of limitations on standards" reminds us of an uncomfortable statistical fact, once widely accepted and prosaically expressed as ´all men are sinners´. Moore may or may not be guilty of sexual indiscretion, but the possibility is not excluded in principle. An earlier generation could probably quote 1 John 1:8 "if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" to remind themselves of this. Alternatively they might cite James Madison. what
Not only does human frailty make the dictatorship of the party untenable, it makes even lesser forms of coercion such as virtue signalling and nudging ineffective. God may speak down to us, but not Kevin. The scandals rocking Hollywood, the political elite and the media are qualitatively different from any scandal that could embroil a conservative because latter was always just a man while the former were special men who stood as judges of all mankind able to nudge or signal virtue as the arc of history bade them do.
Regarding Moore and Democrat tactics... "There is a story in politics, commonly attributed to Lyndon B. Johnson, about how LBJ wanted to circulate a rumor attacking his opponent in a Texas election. Johnson, it´s said, wanted to spread the story that his opponent liked to have sex with barnyard animals. One of LBJ´s aides said, "We can´t prove that...."
"I know that," replied Johnson. "I just want to hear him deny it."
FTA: Whatever happens now the progressives have lost decades of "gains" not to the alt-right, which is nothing special, but to the realization of their own human frailty. They will find equality intolerable. [Emphasis added.]
Do you think Hillary and Obama believe themselves to be equal in any way to the pathetic peons who placed them in political power, and who now howl like the helpless whipped whelps that they are? Our political opposites believe themselves to be morally superior to us, more evolved, more tolerant. (They´re not.) But tolerant of what?
The Communist Manifesto formalized collectivization of the masses into this amorphous concept called "the people." In this world the individual doesn´t exist except at the very top of the pecking order, where he is usually identified as a dictator; each person is a replaceable cog in a machine.
Ideas such as those set forth in the Declaration and the Constitution with its Bill of Rights are alien to the Left. Not just alien, but dangerous to the collective; disallowed thought. The socialism in which the Democrats have immersed themselves is merely a function of their impulse to steal from their enemies and reward their ignorant minions, in whom they have no faith to become independent and productive. (The howlers don´t appear to have much faith in themselves, either.) That way lies capitalism and high living standards, things that are unacceptable to the Left. They don´t want a forest of beautiful trees; they want a large expanse of stumps, neatly sawn off at five feet high.
This charge is entirely fake, made up of lies. Time dims memories, and cash helps one "remember" whatever is needed. If nothing was said or done about it 40 years ago, it must have been acceptable, by definition - it was accepted. No claims at the time - it didn´t happen.
The Swamp Creatures despise those who may not join them feeding at the trough and heading for the glorious globalist future, especially if they say they will smash the trough. Absolutely any means will be used against these ´interlopers´ by the Uniparty thugs, they see it as self defense.
Moore is an existential threat, and Trump´s surprise win has frightened them into vicious action to protect their corrupt power. The Washington power structure is angry at threats to it´s power, and is clawing back.
The FBI used the unverified anti-Trump dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians to obtain the warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court (FISA), investigative journalist Sara Carter reported Wednesday. Representatives of four committees — the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, House Judiciary Committee, and Senate Judiciary Committee -- have been able to examine FISA documents in a secure room at the Justice Department, according to the Washington Examiner´s Byron York. "They were not allowed to take the documents out of the room or to copy them, but they could make notes. They thus know the answer
CLEARWATER — The Baptist preacher stepped to the stage, his image projected on two mega screens behind him, and looked out at nearly 2,000 parishioners filling his worship center. "Scientology is a cult," Calvary Church Pastor Willy Rice said into his microphone Wednesday evening. "Scientology is dangerous. It is dangerous to those within and without, and Scientology should be exposed and opposed, not only by committed Christians but by moral, law abiding citizens who care about human rights and human justice everywhere." Since Scientology settled in Clearwater in 1975 under a false name, then later declared the city its international spiritual headquarters, there
On Wednesday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof published a column promoting an upcoming book by Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt arguing that President Trump shows the “four warning signs” of being a “dangerous authoritarian.” The piece opened by outlining their four criteria: 1. The leader shows only a weak commitment to democratic rules. 2. He or she denies the legitimacy of opponents. 3. He or she tolerates violence. 4. He or she shows some willingness to curb civil liberties or the media. According to Kristof, Levitsky and Ziblatt believe that adhering to “even one of these criteria is cause for concern” and a
Having read the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee interview of GPS Fusion principal Glenn Simpson by Senate Judiciary Committee staff, I want to post a few notes and observations on the transcript. The partially redacted transcript was posted online yesterday by Senator Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein posted the transcript here. The transcript runs 312 pages. All we have is the transcript itself. Feinstein omitted exhibits and other matter related to the transcript. Mollie Hemingway provides her 10 takeaways in a good column at The Federalist. Here are my own, several of which overlap with Hemingway’s (and John’s in the adjacent post). 1.
Having read the transcript of the interview that Fusion GPS head Glenn Simpson gave to investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have the following observations: 1) Simpson offered no meaningful support for the truth of the allegations in the Donald Trump dossier that he peddled to journalists. It was his subcontractor Christopher Steele who gathered the “human intelligence” in Russia that was the basis for the dossier. Simpson’s contributions consisted of searching public data sources in a manner that does not sound impressive. For example: "What we generally do at the beginning of a case if it’s possible is to order
Given Hollywood is a bastion of the Left, it is not surprising their “narratives” are oft recycled by Democrats into political fictions, fantasies and plots. The latest example is the Left’s clamoring to have President Trump declared “unfit to serve” and removed from office under a “novel” interpretation of the 25th amendment. I’ve seen this movie before. It’s called “Bananas.” In a famous scene from this Woody Allen classic, a victorious leftist guerilla leader named Esposito is issuing a series of dictates to his new subjects. In the audience, an American ex-pat who through happenstance joined the rebels, Fielding Mellish (Allen), takes
One reason Donald Trump is president is because of the Obama administration’s own goal in setting off a major murder wave in Ferguson in 2014, in an era when both technology and prosperity should have been lowering the death toll from crime. So how did the Trump administration do at fighting crime in 2017? I only pay attention to homicide numbers, because other crimes can be ignored. If the cops in your town have retreated to the doughnut shop to escape Justice Department oversight, you might not bother reporting a porch pirate stealing your Amazon delivery. But a body with a hole
WASHINGTON – There is no doubt that the Cuban government conducted or was aware of the 2017 sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats in Havana, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said today, a few days after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) defended the regime against blame. At least 24 American diplomats or their family members were injured in separate incidents earlier this year, and investigators have pointed to the use of sophisticated acoustic-attack gear. Injuries and symptoms included concussions, hearing loss and dizziness. Officials testified before Congress that some Americans were treated for traumatic brain injuries and concussions. Rubio, while chairing a Senate Foreign Relations
Like millions of people around the world, I was reassured to learn that Donald Trump is a "Very Stable Genius." You see, if he weren’t — if he were instead an erratic, vindictive, uninformed, lazy, would-be tyrant — we might be in real trouble. Let’s be honest: This great nation has often been led by mediocre men, some of whom had unpleasant personalities. But they generally haven’t done too much damage, for two reasons. First, second-rate presidents have often been surrounded by first-rate public servants. Look, for example, at a list of Treasury secretaries since the nation’s founding; while not everyone who
The class, according to its course description, will confront "white racism and white supremacy." It will examine "racist ideologies, laws, policies and practices" that "maintain white racial domination." Its title is short but provocative and, to some, problematic. As word spread that Florida Gulf Coast University will offer a course called "White Racism," controversy inevitably followed and homed in on the professor who designed the course and came up with the title. Messages such as "What about black racism?" "You´re the problem in this country," and "If this was a racist country, you wouldn´t have a job" bombarded his inbox and voice mail,
In choosing to exempt Florida from a proposed expansion of offshore oil drilling, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called the state "obviously unique," crediting Governor Rick Scott with voicing opposition to the plan in front of the Trump administration. Scott had said Florida’s coast is a cradle of tourism, an essential piece of the economy that would be harmed if oil rigs dotted the horizon. But leaders in several other coastal states had made similar arguments, and they were not happy with the announcement Tuesday. (Snip) Scott, a Republican, is an ally of Trump who is considering challenging U.S. Senator Bill Nelson,
I read as much of Michael Wolff’s "Fire and Fury" as my stomach lining could stand, and then I watched Donald Trump’s last rally of the 2016 presidential election. Groucho Marx’s old line came to mind — “Who are you going to believe; me, or your own eyes?” He spoke in Michigan, a swing state where Hillary Clinton didn’t bother to campaign, and he hammered on the issues that decided the vote: more jobs, no Obamacare, Washington corruption. Trump was focused, confident, and ruthless. “Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person ever to seek the office of the Presidency of the
The first community organizer to become president has managed to anger community groups so much with his planned personal monument, aka “presidential center,” that part of the plan was just scrapped. (snip) The original plan would have grabbed a treasured part of Chicago’s park system, the Midway (site of Chicago’s World’s Fair) for a two-story garage. The group Save the Midway sprang up to protect the historic public park land from a private developer (the Obama Foundation) appropriating the land for a private purpose (the Obama Center will not be part of the National Archives System) The embarrassment is palpable:
There is music that is clever, inventive and deliberate, full of the arched eyebrows of ingenuity and the sly smile of skill. And then there is music that unchills your heart, music that makes a direct connection with your hopes, dreams, joys, and fears. Reach my heart, then tell me how brilliant you are. This is why, I am quite certain, I prefer Elliot Smith to Paul Simon, Fred Neil to Duncan Sheik, Charles Ives to Leonard Bernstein, the Durutti Column to Dire Straits; these artists created sound and music out of those moments just before tears happen, each of these artists access
Washington state’s Democratic Governor Jay Inslee warned there was “just 59 days” to save future generations from “an endless cycle of crop-killing droughts one year, and rivers spilling their banks the next.” Inslee went on a lengthy Twitter rant in efforts to convince the state legislature to pass legislation to tax carbon dioxide emissions. Washington residents voted down Inslee’s last carbon tax plan by a wide margin in 2016. (Tweet) The state legislature’s session ends in 59 days, on March 8. Democrats have a slim majority in both state legislative chambers. Inslee wants lawmakers to pass a tax on carbon
Sometimes you just cant win. Former president Obama is finalizing plans for his Obama Presidential Center, which will be built in Chicago, Illinois and will be within a stone’s throw of the University of Chicago.(Snip) The library’s design and location has been a source of controversy itself within the Chicago community. In a recent letter, over 100 members of the University of Chicago faculty and dozens of community groups strongly condemn Obama’s plan. Why? Because, according to the professors, the Obama Presidential Center wastes millions of taxpayer dollars in an already broke state, destroys a public park and is “socially regressive” to
As many people across the country recognized Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Tuesday, convicted spy Chelsea Manning took to Twitter to blast the men and women in blue. “F–k the police,” Manning tweeted out on Tuesday, followed by “#DisarmThePolice #WeGotThis.” Manning doubled down on her position, sending out a series of tweets with seemingly unsourced stats. Manning, who was known as Bradley Manning before transitioning in prison after her arrest in 2010, was convicted in 2013 of 20 counts, including Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud. (Snip) In his final days in office, President Barack Obama granted Manning clemency,
The Yale University psychology professor who called President Trump “mentally impaired” appears to lack a valid license to practice psychiatry in her home state of Connecticut. The professor, Bandy Lee, made the headlines over the past few days when she made a diagnosis of the president as suffering from a “mental impairment” that would disqualify him from the highest office in the land. Following Lee’s comments, the American Psychiatric Association released a statement on Tuesday warning members of its profession to refrain from making public diagnoses of public figures like Trump without a proper medical exam. “We at the APA call for an
Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein suggested a “bad cold” may have impaired her mental faculties and caused her to release Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee without telling committee chairman Chuck Grassley. Feinstein published Simpson’s testimony on Tuesday, catching Republicans by surprise. Simpson’s testimony, taken during August of last year, covered his firm’s role in producing the infamous anti-Trump dossier for the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. Feinstein, 84, expressed regret on Wednesday for keeping Sen. Grassley in the dark, and suggested it was because of a “bad cold.” “The one regret I have is that I
You´ve heard of Benghazi and Uranium One. But more than a year after Hillary Clinton’s resounding loss to President Trump, she must now grapple with a new scandal: An ongoing Federal Election Commission investigation into an alleged $84 million money laundering scheme orchestrated by the Hillary Victory Fund — the $500 million joint fundraising committee between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and Democratic state parties. Based on former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile’s public comments, a memo by former Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook, and months of reviewing FEC reports, the Committee to Defend the President has filed an FEC
EILAT, Israel — The founders of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS admitted that they helped the researcher hired to compile the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump to share the document with Sen. John McCain. The goal of providing the dossier to McCain, the Fusion GPS founders explained, was to pass the information contained in the questionable document to the U.S. intelligence community under the Obama administration. The disclosure raises questions about whether McCain knew that the information he delivered to the intelligence community was actually an opposition document reportedly funded by the Hillary Clinton
A lawyer for the founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm behind a controversial dossier on Donald Trump, told Senate investigators that “somebody’s already been killed” after it was published, according to a transcript of the testimony released on Tuesday. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in August 2017, Glenn Simpson was questioned about whether he tried to “assess the credibility” of sources behind information uncovered by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent who compiled the dossier. “Yes, but I’m not going to get into sourcing information,” Simpson said. Asked again what “steps he took to verify their credibility,” Simpson declined to
Anti-Trump conservative Bill Kristol said Tuesday on MSNBC that it will be “amusing” if Trump voters get “betrayed” by the president on immigration. Washington Post writer Eugene Robinson, appearing on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” said, “What I’m seeing from immigration hardliners on Twitter is the line that, ‘the president who we elected to give us a wall and no amnesty, is going to give us amnesty and no wall.’ So that’s sort of the attack on…” Kristol said, “If you put your faith in demagogues–you’re going to be disappointed.” He added, “He didn’t believe any of it. Trade is the one
After her rousing speech at the Golden Globes about sexual harassment—she’s got to do something to atone for her years as one of Harvey Weinstein’s celebrity pals—we’ve been inundated with calls for Oprah Winfrey to run for president. The official NBC network account went so far as to post (and later delete) a tweet hailing her as “OUR future president.” Her long-time consort Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times, “She would absolutely do it.” Meryl Streep got so carried away she told The Hill, “Now she doesn’t have a choice” but to run. It continues to amaze me that there