January 12, 2016

Temporary Backup Overnight Open Thread (Pixy Misa)
— Ace

So, how about them Cowboys?


(Did I do that right?)

Here's a little light entertainment for you.

Moses Supposes



Mirror Mirror



La Seine

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December 21, 2008

This Site is Not the Ace of Spades Site
— Ace

This is actually just a work-in-progress site.  It's half-done.  Right now it's not used, except as an emergency back-up when the main site goes down.

The actual site is at http://www.ace.mu.nu, or aceofspadeshq.com, which will redirect there.

If you're not seeing pictures on this site, it's because it's not really working yet.

If you've posted comments and no one seems to respond -- that's because most users can't see them.  Comments from the real site get posted here, but comments from here don't show up on the real site.

Basically, you should come to the real site.  It looks a little crappy right now and it breaks down a lot, but this one isn't quite ready yet.

Sorry.. should have put up this notice long ago.

Note from Pixy: Posts and comments automatically sync from the old site to this new site within 60 seconds, but some authors aren't set up on the new site, and will show up as Open Blogger.  We'll get those sorted out soon.

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May 23, 2018

Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

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Inspecting New Arrivals
Giulio Rosati

Sorry about the delay. The power and internet service was down and my cell service is intermittent at best. I blame James Comey

[Hat Tip: OregonMuse]

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The Morning Report 5/23/18
— Open Blogger

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Good morning kids. Midweek and as I was aggravating the links for you all, a theme emerged, and that is "the best of times, the worst of times," which all things considered could be construed as "interesting times" per the old Chinese proverb. We are seeing the truly evil machinations of the Deep State revealed day by day as the details of the plot to take out the President, spawned from the plot to install Hillary president come out. We are seeing the Democrat-Leftist-Media-Academia complex become more strident, vocal and even violent as their thousand-year reichhhhhhh-uh is dismantled bit by bit in front of their eyes. And despite the feckless backstabbing and betrayal by the GOP, the process and even machinery of "fundamental transformation" of America as founded has slowed and perhaps even ground to a halt (we haven't quite got to the point of throwing it in reverse - yet).

So while the Constitution still hangs in the balance courtesy of the bureaucracy, the courts and the politicians of the Uniparty, there are some very encouraging headlines that should give you a bit of a boost. And all of this because of Donald Trump and more crucially, because a significant portion of the citizenry, despite the propaganda and indoctrination were still able to understand that the trajectory of the nation punctuated and underscored by life in America from 2009-2016 was terribly wrong.

Let's take a gander, shall we? First up, we now have e-mails confirming the conspiracy between the FBI, CIA and the media (in this case CNN) to lay the groundwork for releasing the fictional dossier to smear and bring down PDT. In the mix are a number of links laying it all out as well as a more sanguine piece about our nation, now imperiled.

To immigration where a fine, upstanding guy who happened to be an illegal alien, happened to be in MS-13 and happened to be nicknamed "Animal" just got 40 years for stabbing a teenager to death. Meanwhile, the crackdown on border jumping is a net win for women seeking construction jobs, the ICE Director totally pwn3d a Congressfool and yet another California municipality has said "no mas" to the state's sanctuary edict.

Yesterday was primary day in several states and while the GOP-e seemed to take it on the chin in a few key races, the Dems are going to be fielding hard left candidates such as this Stacey Abrams woman from Georgia. Meanwhile, as has been reported, the Democrat double digit generic advantage of six months ago is gone and the GOP is now up +6 IIRC, for what it's worth.

Meanwhile, PDT is taking an axe to Dodd-Frank, a veteran's choice healthcare bill was signed, household income hits an all-time high and people are crediting PDT for the economic boom. And yet, the Marxist in Seattle is calling for a boycott of businesses who are opposing the insane employee head tax. And to top it off, we had a big pro business/pro freedom win at SCOTUS courtesy of Justice Gorsuch. Elections matter.

Some sobering links in the Islam department via Pam Geller on the not-so-stealth Islamization of West Virginia's schools, the fifth anniversary of Lee Rigby's horrific murder in Englandistan, and the rise of the bollards (no, that one is still down for the count although she refuses to believe it).

Internationally, the NorK summit is now in doubt, SoS Pompeo seems to be hinting at regime change as the goal in Iran via tightening the economic screws and two interesting pieces about the threat from the Chi-Coms, both in their alliance with the Farsis an Pakis as well as the potential for actual war with them inside of two years. Hmm.

From hither and yon, the wonderful, famous tolerance of liberals was on full display as Tomi Lahren got a drink as well as vulgarities hurled at her and her mother as the two sat down for a brunch, Bernardo Sandersnista is a lying hypocrite (BIRM-BIRM), the real Russian infiltration is a classic one (the environmentalist movement to sabotage our fossil fuel production) and finally we have Mike Rowe trying to revive the American work ethic contrasted with parents who had to sue to evict their 30-year-old layabout son from their house. Isn't this really the story of Average Joe et al?

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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May 22, 2018

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (5/22/18 )
— Open Blogger

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*****

The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. Frederic Bastiat


Quote II

Always love your country - but never trust your government! Robert Novak


Quote III

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Robert A. Heinlein
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Some House Republicans Call for Second Special Counsel, to Investigate How Hillary Was Exonerated, How Mueller Got Appointed, and How the FISA Warrants Were Handled
— Open Blogger

Good.

According to Fox News, the 12-page resolution is backed by Rep. Mark Meadows(R-NC), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, as well as two of the group's co-founders -- Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Rep. Ron DeSantis ( R-FL). It will ask for a second special counsel to investigate matters related to three topics:



The ending of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's personal email server, the progress of the Trump-Russia investigation from its origins through the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, and abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the warrant application process.

The resolution is expected to say that a second special counsel would have greater autonomy to investigate those issues than the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General.

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Besieged Former Trump Aide Michael Caputo: Stefan Halper Wasn't the Only Spy Trying to Insinuate Himself Into the Trump Campaign
— Open Blogger

Yes, this is what I was figuring.

"Let me tell you something that I know for a fact," Caputo said on “The Ingraham Angle” with host Laura Ingraham. "This informant, this person [who] they tried to plant into the campaign... he's not the only person who came at the campaign. And the FBI is not the only Obama agency who came at the campaign."

"I know because they came at me. And I'm looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public. This is just the beginning."

Chuck Ross also seems to ID the other Trump aide targeted by Halper:


Halper also contacted and had coffee with Sam Clovis, the campaign's national co-chairman. They met once several days before Halper reached out to Papadopoulos.

That jibes with what I've heard.

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Reuters Poll: GOP +6
— Ace

Hard to believe but there you go.

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Washington Post, May 8: Revealing the Name of the Spy Could Put Lives in Danger
Washington Post, Today: Let's Talk About This Stefan Halper Fellow In Detail

— Open Blogger



Flashback to the Washington Post's report of May 8th, which shrieks about the danger posed by revealing this unknown, completely-anonymous deep-embed NOC's name.

Last Wednesday, senior FBI and national intelligence officials relayed an Murgent message to the White House: Information being sought by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes could endanger a top-secret intelligence source.

Top White House officials, with the assent of President Trump, agreed to back the decision to withhold the information. They were persuaded that turning over Justice Department documents could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI, according to multiple people familiar with the discussion and the person's role.

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The debate over the risk to the source is now at the center of a pitched battle between House Republicans and the Justice Department.

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For the intelligence agencies, Nunes's request threatened to cross a red line of compromising sources and methods of U.S. intelligence-gathering, according to people familiar with their views. Intelligence officials fear that providing even a redacted version of the information Nunes seeks could expose that person and damage relationships with other countries that serve as U.S. intelligence partners.

Note that a week after they ran this scarifying report, the Washington Post itself released a "redacted version" of the information Nunes sought -- giving a full biographical sketch of the spy, which just happened to match Chuck Ross' details about Stefan Halper.

And of course they got that from their friends at the DOJ.

So: Is this a grave threat to national security or not?

National Security Clown Nose On,

National Security Clown Nose Off.

Oh by the way: Bonus points for a "Republicans Seize."


The role of the intelligence source in the Mueller investigation may now be seized upon by conservative Republicans who have publicly accused the Justice Department and intelligence agencies of overreach and misuse of their surveillance powers.

Now compare their story of May 8th to their new story: Who is this jaunty fellow called Stefan Halper anyway?



Margaret Cleveland has been excellent on this case.

Her latest is about inconsistent claims about when the FBI began its "investigation" -- it clearly had a spy (or spies) attempting to entrap Trump officials before the claimed start of the investigation.

Does that mean they're lying? Well no... but also, yes.

Halper first sidled up to his target Page in mid-July 2016. But CROSSFIRE HURRICANE (a codename designed to draw media attention, I think) didn't begin until July 31st.

So what gives? They had a spy in Trump's camp before they started the investigation?

Well, yes.

The timing of the informant’s initial encounter with Page proves significant because that meeting occurred before the FBI launched Crossfire Hurricane. That detail proves the raison d'etre for the Washington Post's Friday article because, with reporters already cracking the identity of the informant from the Post's earlier articles, it would not be long before someone highlighted that early July meeting. For the last several weeks, the few members of the press bothering to report on the Obama administration's targeting of the Trump campaign have questioned the FBI's contention that it first launched its investigation into the Trump campaign in late July 2016.

The Washington Post gives cover to the revelation that the sting began earlier: "The FBI commonly uses sources and informants to gather evidence and its regulations allow for use of informants even before a formal investigation has been opened. In many law enforcement investigations, the use of sources and informants precedes more invasive techniques such as electronic surveillance."

So... you can start spying before an investigation is even opened?

Spying on a major party's nominee for President? Before you've even decided there's enough for an official investigation?

Well that's problematic.

But even putting that aside -- this means the FBI has been lying.

All true. But for the last two years the FBI maintained first that it did not spy on the Trump campaign and second that it only launched its "investigation" in late July 2016, after Australian officials informed the FBI that in May 2016 George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, blabbed to Alexander Downer, Australia's ambassador to Britain, that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The New York Times promoted this narrative based on the "direct knowledge of the Australian's role" by "four current and former American and foreign officials." The storyline went that Downer only realized the import of Papadopoulos' May revelation after WikiLeaks released emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee server in late July, precipitating the July 31, 2016, start of Crossfire Hurricane. Clearly, the insiders intended to create the impression that the FBI's interest in the Trump campaign stemmed from legitimate concerns its allies had relayed.

Sometimes the FBI Investigates Before Its Investigation

But now we know that the FBI used the term "investigation" in a technical sense, not a colloquial one. Rather than vindicate the FBI, this raises the specter that the FBI extensively targeted Trump campaign officials before its official launch of Crossfire Hurricane.

There are a lot of possibilities, because under the attorney general’s guidelines the FBI may use extensive "information gathering activities" before launching an official "investigation." Under the guidelines, the FBI may make an "assessment" "to obtain information about" a potential threat to national security.

So prior to the start of the official "investigation," the FBI was merely "assessing" the matter... with a spy.

But the FBI has repeatedly lied and claimed the investigation began later, after the Australian information.

Plainly Halper could not have been assigned to spy on Trump aides based on information received from Downer, which came months later.

And yet certain self-proclaimed Bad Boys of Conservatism continue to claim the FBI's claims are the unvarnished truth, whatever those claims turn out to be for this week, and spouting about authoritatively about a case they plainly haven't even done the most basic reading about.

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Honorary Members of the Media, Barack and Michelle Obama, Become Official Members of the Media with Netflix Production Deal
— Open Blogger

Netflix announced today that former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have struck a "storytelling partnership" with the video-on-demand service that will unfold in front of and behind the camera.

...

The agreement with the Obamas is a "multi-year" pact, the company said, "to produce films and series" with the company.

"The Obamas will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features," the company said.

Yeah I'm going to cancel Netflix this month.

Meanwhile, HBO is running an absurdly fawning "documentary" about Obama's last year in office-- though I don't think they're going to highlight all the spying and lawbreaking.

Christian Toto quotes some of the cringiest wet-panties reviews, including this one:

The biggest knee slapper comes courtesy of New York Magazine via Vulture.com. Critic David Edelstein throws any pretense of objectivity to the wind in his final thoughts.

Who knew "The Final Year" demanded Kleenex?

It's hard to know how to read Barker's last scenes, which feature footage of Obama at the Parthenon along with an up-close interview with the president backstage after an event. Obama wants to allay fears and take the long view: This election is a mere blip in the positive arc of humankind, he says. At the White House, Power packs up her files, insisting, like her boss, that "we're in this for the long haul." A surprisingly melancholy gospel cover of "The Times They Are A-Changin' " plays her out. And at least one viewer wept all the way through the credits.

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Did the FBI Trump Squad Discuss The Dossier with CNN?
— Open Blogger

Sean Davis looks through the emails, and thinks FBI officials -- Andrew McCabe especially -- were very familiar with CNN's thinking.


These emails were sent shortly after the Dossier Briefing, which supposedly was for the purposes of informing Trump about the "salacious and unverified" allegations in the dossier but which had actually been engineered in order to give CNN the "news hook" CNN told Brennan, Clapper, or whoever they needed to run the story.

Two days after the briefing, on January 8, 2017, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who earlier this year was fired and then referred for criminal prosecution by the DOJ inspector general for repeatedly lying about media leaks, wrote an e-mail to top FBI officials with the subject, "Flood is coming."

"CNN is close to going forward with the sensitive story," McCabe wrote to Comey, Rybicki, and two others. "The trigger for them is they know the material was discussed in the brief and presented in an attachment." He did not detail how he came to know what CNN’s "trigger" was for publishing the dossier briefing story.

Although the January 10 story from CNN also claimed that Trump was presented with a two-page summary of the dossier, which was not part of the official intelligence community assessment given to Trump, Comey himself later claimed that he did not give the two-page document to Trump, raising questions about whether McCabe himself was a source for CNN’s assertion that Trump had been given the entire two-page document during the briefing.

John Sexton of Hot Air emphasizes the #FakeNews about Trump being given a two-page summary of the dossier even more.

Remember, Comey says he never gave Trump any summary. In fact, he barely even briefed him on the dossier at all -- he only mentioned the "salacious" parts about the prostitutes, not any of the other stuff. He didn't even tell Trump that there was a "dossier." Just that there were reports.

That background established:

The big takeaway here is that two days after the briefing took place, someone had leaked word of it to CNN. Not only that but Andrew McCabe knew word of the briefing had leaked and that CNN was about to publish. It doesn't appear from the description of his emails that he was a) surprised or b) concerned about the leak so soon after the briefing. So far as we know, no one at the FBI was pounding a desk demanding to know who gave CNN exactly what it was looking for.

CNN would publish a story two days later and that story would still contain the inaccurate claim that Trump was presented with a two-page summary of the dossier during the briefing. According to Comey, that never happened, but someone told CNN it had. It's probably not a coincidence that the claim that a summary was handed to the President-elect, though not true, seems designed to give CNN the news hook it needed.

Ron Johnson is on it:


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Job Market Optimism Now At Highest Level Ever Recorded
— Open Blogger

Cowbell.


The average American is more optimistic about their ability to find a job under the Trump administration than at any point previously recorded, according to a new poll.

Data released by Gallup on Monday showed 67 percent of Americans believe now is a "good time" to find a quality job. The results were buoyed across gender lines, with 71 percent of males and 59 percent of females decidedly optimistic about the job market.

The data stretched across all age, income, and education groups...

The numbers under President Trump stand in stark contrast to his predecessors. Prior to January of 2017, the number of respondents optimistic about the job market never inched above 50 percent. The poll also found that total optimism about the "availability of good jobs" has increased by 25 percentage points since November 2016.

Meanwhile, per PJMedia, a CBS poll says that 68% of the public gives Trump credit for the economy, with 35% saying he had a "great deal" of responsibility for the good economy, and another 33% saying he's "somewhat" responsible.

Oh, and for the sixth year in a row, the United States was the world's largest producer of fossil fuels.

It's important to remember that stored energy is a substitute for human labor. So the more energy we have, the more machines we can make run, and the more work we do as a species, resulting in more wealth for the human species to share and compete for.

Time is money. Energy is also money.


"Cowbell me, baby!"

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Dan Bongino: It Was Brennan
— Open Blogger

Lee Smith pointed the finger at Brennan in February as being the first mover of the Russia Hoax. That would have made a nice journalistic coup for the Weekly Standard, if they hadn't had fired him soon after he submitted a piece about Fusion GPS that might have been a journalistic coup for them.

Brennan has himself previously taken credit for initiating the inquiry. While on Meet the Press, Brennan suggested that the British sent their intelligence on to the FBI, in his May testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he indicated it came from him directly.

"I was aware," Brennan said in May, "of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether or not those individuals were cooperating with the Russians, either in a witting or unwitting fashion, and it served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion-cooperation occurred."

Brennan continued: "I wanted to make sure that every information and bit of intelligence that we had was shared with the bureau [FBI] so that they could take it. It was well beyond my mandate as director of CIA to follow on any of those leads that involved U.S. persons. But I made sure that anything that was involving U.S. persons, including anything involving the individuals involved in the Trump campaign, was shared with the bureau."

In other words, the FBI investigation didn't start when the Australians, according to the Times--or the Brits, according to Brennan’s most recent version of the story--contacted the FBI after the Papadopoulos-Downer meeting. No, it started when the director of the CIA decided to start an investigation, when Brennan passed on information and intelligence to the FBI, and signaled that the bureau better act on it.

It's cute that some Conservative Geniuses still believe the ever-shifting stories of when and why this investigation started. Hey, they've only changed the story three times already, but sure, go ahead believing their fourth version.

Now here's Dan Bongino:



Trump is quoting Bongino on Twitter. He adds this to the quotes:



As Richard Fernandez notes, America hasn't had to deal with the consequences of a failed coup before. (Perhaps with Aaron Burr, but he didn't have the power that Obama and Brennan do.)

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition
— Open Blogger

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Senator Feinstein has an inflated sense of her own intelligence and importance, and most of all her ability to sway public opinion. When she spouts "facts" that upon close examination disprove her point, it exposes the conceit that our politicians are in any way intellectually impressive. On the contrary, most of them are mendacious, grasping, gutter-dwelling scum.

One would assume that with so many guns we would have an astronomical murder rate, and that is what the senile old fool from California wants you to believe. But it isn't actually true! I know...shocking.
Map: Here are countries with the world's highest murder rates

...most of the top countries with the highest homicide rates are in Africa and Latin America. The homicide rates, defined as the number of deaths by homicide per 100,000 people, of the top 20 countries are showed in the chart below. The US was ranked 107 out of 218 countries, according to data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Mexico's murder rate is four times that of ours (and does anyone trust their numbers?), and Mexico has incredibly strict gun control laws. To be fair to Mexico, they use other weapons too. Which brings up an interesting question: is gun murder worse than knife murder or machete murder or club murder or fists-and-feet murder?

As for that "epidemic" she is spouting about? Really? Because gun violence has been decreasing for a generation in this country. And the number of school shootings is also suspect. They tend to count two gang-bangers killing each other on a school playground at 3:00am as a school shooting. So what did the harpy get right? Well, the United States does have about 4% of the world's population! more...

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

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The House Maid
William McGregor Paxton

[Hat Tip: Bluebell]

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The Morning Report 5/22/18
— Open Blogger

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Good morning kids. Top story is one that is continuing from last night, a group of masked gunmen brandishing AK-47s opened fire on a crowd of young people in Marseille. There are reports that a pitched gun battle occurred with gendarmes shortly afterwards and that there may be a hostage. Considering there is no right to bear arms in France, I would like to ask Camera Hogg, Shaved Guevara et al what law(s) are not on the books in France that would have prevented this from happening? I'm sure London Mayor Sadiq Khan will derogate us for missing the obvious - we need common sense mask control. Prayers for the victims, but I guess the Left is sick and tired of that as well.

Moving on to the Mueller Witch Hunt and the Deep State coup against the President and the citizenry who elected him, more and more evidence is stripping away the onion to reveal what we had all surmised, that John Brennan engineered the entire Russian collusion myth via the fabricated dossier and a spy - or spies as Michael Caputo is alleging - within the campaign to sabotage the campaign. But since Hillary's loss, which they gambled would never happen, the plan now is to attempt to destroy the Trump presidency in order to save their hides from being exposed. This too has failed and sooner or later, we will indeed learn that while Brennan engineered this whole thing, it was Obama who gave the order to do it. He needed Hillary in not just to cover up the crime but to preserve his eight years of poisonous ruin and seal the fate of the Republic.

This entire thing just boggles the mind on many levels. We are living through an historic and terrifying phase of our nation's history. But the thing to remember, as Ace alluded to yesterday evening in citing Richard Fernandez's piece at PJ Media, and Clinton Pollster Mark Penn's essay, all of this just didn't happen overnight. It took years, decades to corrupt an entire Federal Bureaucracy to such an extent as to make this possible. A couple of things that I think are worthy of keeping in mind; first on a granular level, as the Agitprop Media reveals names and details, they are doing this not out of journalistic integrity; they are doing this intentionally as a means to shield their political allies/fellow travelers.

The real criminals/masterminds will never be exposed, not by them anyway. And that means Obama and Clinton. Speaking of the Bollard that Ate the Pavement, see the links about Awan and Rush's take on all of this vis a vis her servers, but I digress. Along with Mark Levin openly calling for the vacating of everything that has come out of Mueller's "investigation," keeping in mind everything I have just noted, take a look at that link about the 1996 election. Forgetting Bob Dole as a candidate and his personality, how many candidates r even elections has the Deep State sabotaged if not thrown in the past 50 or more years? Richard Fernandez in his piece at PJ Media is spot on. We are at the phase of this where it's for all the marbles, baby. And even if the President does come out on top, will vermin like Comey, Clapper, Brennan and their deputies let alone Obama and Clinton actually face imprisonment let alone even be indicted?

Along with the complete polarization of the populace vis a vis cultural rot, demographic changes (natural and otherwise [mostly otherwise]), and the anti-American indoctrination that has poisoned the minds of at least two generations of children - and continuing - taking all of the above into consideration, I really don't see how we can continue as a group of united states. Without a set of common values and ideals, and now without the rule of law to punish the wicked and criminal no matter who they are, and especially those we elect to the highest offices in the land, it's over.

On that cheerful note, let us continue, shall we? In Amnesty news, Steve King has introduced a bill to punish elected officials who aid and abet illegal aliens avoid deportations; five years in jail. And that made the inspiration for this bill (and its namesake, heh!) Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff react in a generally not nice way. Meh. Considering the leadership in Congress, I doubt this has a chance. In any case the President is not backing down on his use of the mild and understated adjective of "animals" to describe MS-13 and has released a fact sheet that highlights the raison d'etre for that appellation.

On the political front, as Keith "X" Ellison prances about in a blonde wig (any imam Morons in the house can tell me if that's kosher?), the DNC coffers are sucking fumes and the great Bernardo Sandersnista, who will lead the youthful masses in raising the red banner above the White House once he has a lie-down and an Ensure, has an organizing arm that is falling to pieces. A Democrat wife-beater won't say if he's still beating his wife and won't step aside, and 114 conservatives in the House are backing Jim Jordan in a bid for Speaker of the House. And yet, the schmuck who lost the West Virginia GOP primary is going to go third party. Putz.

Internationally, speaking of stolen elections, Venezuela. More than just hintng at a goal of regime change, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is promising the toughest sanctions ever against Iran while the Euro-peons are promising to stab us in the back over them (a day ending in 'Y"). And while the Chi-Coms have seemingly flinched over tariffs, the US is negotiating with them about the Chinese telecom company EZE. In related news, while alarming reports of the PLA Navy being twice the size of the US Navy by 2030, we also see have a link to China's lifting of its "one child" policy, indicating it knows that it too is facing a crisis with low birth rates.

Moving around the horn, is Justice Kennedy staying or going, Kamala-Toe talks out the side of her mouth about the death penalty, the problem with schools is not lack of money, an interesting take on cronyism in Michigan and finally the nail in the coffin for Netflix.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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May 21, 2018

Monday Overnight Open Thread (5/21/18 )
— Open Blogger

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

Among the biggest obstacles to educating children in many ghetto schools are disruptive students whose antics, threats and violence can make education virtually impossible. If only 10 percent of the students are this way, that sacrifices the education of the other 90 percent.

The idea that Eric Holder, or anybody else, can sit in Washington and determine how many disciplinary actions against individual students are warranted or unwarranted in schools across the length and breadth of this country would be laughable if it were not so tragic. Thomas Sowell


Quote II

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Quote III

“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.” John Green
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Tater Tut: It's Offensive to Claim I'm an Anti-Trump Democrat
— Open Blogger

Via Ed Driscoll of Instapundit, CNN's Tater is claiming he's not on either side of the political aisle.

Does Brian Stelter even listen to himself talk? The same man who compared Donald Trump to "authoritarian" "strongmen" is now "offended by the idea that top White House aide Kellyanne Conway sees the CNN journalist as an anti-Trump Democrat. While talking about Russia on Sunday's Reliable Sources, Conway referred to "people on your side of the aisle."

Stelter huffed, "I'm not on a side of an aisle. That's an offensive remark." Conway pounced: "Well, tell America. Did you vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? How did your wife vote? Tell America."

The media wants to lie to your face about fundamental things and then demand that you believe everything they say.

Hello, they lied.

That's Our Tater! Tater's too stupid to be any good at lying.

Also, I heard that there might be some news broken on Tucker Carlson's show tonight.

Eh, it looks like he's just debating a Democrat who claims he has "proof" of collusion. Seems like theater, but not news.


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Derek Hunter: I Used to be Skeptical of the Existence of a "Deep State." I'm All Out of Skepticism Now.
— Open Blogger

Extraordinary claims require extraodinary proofs.

We now have extraordinary proofs.


The Deep State Is Real, And Much Bigger Than You Know

I used to be a doubter who would cringe, just a little, at any mention of "the deep state." I admit it, it all seemed a little far-fetched to me that there was this cabal of careerists conspiring from within the government to harm President Donald Trump when I first heard it. I never doubted there were individuals doing it, but a wide net of conspirators seemed like something out of a bad movie more than anything that could actually happen in the United States.

I was wrong, very wrong, the deep state is real. But there is much more than just this small group of powerful people working toward a common goal, there is an entire infrastructure created by the left not only to destroy Trump, but to indoctrinate unsuspecting Americans into their agenda.

As the curtain is pulled back on the Obama administration's unprecedented efforts to spy on the Trump campaign, there is a good possibility many of the perpetrators could face criminal charges, or at least should. But it's important to understand that liberals didn’t just create this out of the blue in 2016, it's the culmination of everything they've worked toward for decades.

The infrastructure they used to spy on the Trump campaign was something inherently governmental, simply planting a mole in the campaign couldn't tap phones or access emails. But the ability to cover up that fact requires a level of media complicity that takes time to create.

Getting the desired message out is only part of the battle, it has to be believed by a significant percentage of the public for it to really matter. Conditioning the public to be receptive to that message, without questioning how it came about or why they should care required subtle indoctrination over a lifetime.

As it stands, liberals have that infrastructure in place, they had that support system ready to go. And, not to get all Scooby-Doo on you, they would've gotten away with it were it not for the existence of conservative media.

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None of this is by accident, and it didn’t start on November 8, 2016, it just sprang into action. Nearly every aspect of life, to one degree or another, has been or is ready to be weaponized against anyone who dares to stand up to the liberal agenda. And none have stood up to it in a more threatening way than Donald Trump.

But the clock is ticking, the fuse is burning down low.

Derek's got a book coming out called Outrage, Inc.: How the Liberal Mob Ruined Science, Journalism, and Hollywood, available June 19th. I just got an advanced copy and will be reading it soon.

Andrew C. McCarthy has also seen the light on the Deep State. Months and months ago, he was largely taking the line that the Armed Wing of the Democratic Party was just a bunch of great ethical heroes who should be trusted in their judgment.

Since then, he has been a steadfast critic of Mueller and the Russia Narrative. He constantly points out that the special counsel law requires the factual statement of an actual crime to be investigated, which Rosenstein and Mueller have completely ignored, instead basing their authority -- lawlessly -- on the premise of a counterintelligence investigation.

But the Special Counsel law says that a crime must be named. You can't evade that requirement by just saying "It's a counterintelligence operation." A Special Counsel cannot be appointed to conduct such an investigation.

Chuck Grassley has picked up on that, and is now demanding that Wray and Rosenstein explain what part of what law they rely on for the proposition that a Special Counsel can be appointed in absence of a named crime:

he regulations authorizing the appointment of a special counsel state that the Attorney General (or Acting Attorney General) may appoint a special counsel "when he or she determinations that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted." The Appointment Order proscribes the Special Counsel's jurisdiction by citing specifically "the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017." In his March 20 testimony, former Director Comey referred to "the investigation" as a counterintelligence investigation -- not a criminal investigation.

Please explain which portion of which regulation authorizes the appointment of a Special Counsel to conduct a counterintelligence investigation.

That letter also has some other "bombshells" in it, btw:



McCarthy also wrote a good column recently comparing the kids-glove treatment of Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, who obviously lied to the FBI -- Hillary claiming she didn't know what (C) meant in a classified report (hint: It stands for "confidential"), and Cheryl Mills claiming she didn't know about Hillary's secret server, despite ample evidence that she did, compared to the Squeeze Their Family Members and Threaten Them With Jail pressure put on former Trump associates.

You can either read that, and/or read Hot Air's John Sexton's take on it.

More:



The reference to the "spy" seeking a job in the Trump campaign is from Axios.

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IG Report Expected to Fault FBI Leadership For Sitting on Email Investigation in 2016
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Apparently the AP has a "glimpse" of the report. I guess it leaked. This link is actually to FoxNews.

The report is said to criticize Comey and, get this, Andrew McCabe for sitting on information about the Hillary emails discovered on the pedophile Anthony Weiner's laptop, and waiting a month to get a warrant to examine them.

A highly anticipated report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog reportedly is expected to hit FBI leaders for moving too slowly to review a batch of Hillary Clinton emails discovered toward the end of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Offering a glimpse at the contents of the closely held inspector general review, The Associated Press cited people familiar with the findings in reporting Monday that the investigation would criticize the bureau for its handling of that incident.

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Some FBI officials, like then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, knew as early as September 2016 of the emails, but the bureau did not obtain a warrant to review them until the following month.

The IG report, which is examining a broad range of FBI actions during the email investigation, is expected to criticize officials, including Comey, for not moving fast enough to examine the email trove and for a weeks long delay in getting a warrant, sources told the AP.

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There are suspicions about whether there was an effort to delay pursuing those Clinton files. The Washington Post first reported in January that Horowitz was investigating whether McCabe wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the presidential election.

Ironically, given that Comey was just set to say that nothing new was in that trove of emails, despite finding them on the unsecure computer of a known sexter and pedophile who was, therefore, highly susceptible to kompromat himself, McCabe could have avoided any impact on the election had he acted promptly and whitewashed it sooner, when it first came to his attention.

I actually don't think it had a big impact on the election -- remember, Comey once again cleared her, as is his habit/as was his orders, almost immediately after announcing a brief re-opening of the case.

However, if it had any impact on the election, obviously there would have been less impact if McCabe and Comey had investigated the Sexter's Stash of Emails when they became known to them in September, instead of delaying it until October.

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