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Scott Adams jumps several steps ahead of the Screaming Media Harpies and draws the logical lesson and conclusion by re-framing this hair on fire moment into a hypothetical question for everyone watching the spectacle from home:

If you can sit passively while watching the Opposition Media turn “hope” into “asked Comey to end the investigation,” you are part of the slow assassination of President Trump. And you are also part of the slow assassination of the next president, and the next. If Trump goes down from leaks, Mutually Assured Destruction kicks in automatically.

On the plus side, the public has the power and the moral authority to strip the Opposition Media of its power and take control of the government via the weight of public opinion. But that probably won’t happen because of our old friend confirmation bias. Confirmation bias makes the innocent word “hope” look like “Asked him to end the investigation.” Trump’s critics will see it that way. And if they do, your next president might be Elizabeth Warren.

She should last about two years.

Please pass the breath mints. I’m sure they’re not tainted.

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  1. Profile photo of RightAngles Member

    Good grief, has the Robert Spencer story been on the news at all? I haven’t watched all day because it’s too infuriating.

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    • May 18, 2017 at 4:56 pm
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    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Robert Spencer

    …of Jihad Watch?…What’s happening?

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    • May 18, 2017 at 5:02 pm
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    I have to admit, Adams has been pretty good at predicting. At least up until now. His forecast was Trump going from Hitler to incompetent and it seems we’ve skipped ahead to crook.

    I’m not much for conspiracies, but it’s starting to look like a community of interests between corrupt bureaucrats, Democrats, conservative smart guys and Never Trump Republicans. Not that Trump isn’t helping out.

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    • May 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm
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    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Good grief, has the Robert Spencer story been on the news at all? I haven’t watched all day because it’s too infuriating.

    Mark Steyn and PJ Media are the only places I’ve seen it.

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    • May 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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  5. Profile photo of drlorentz Member

    Do you feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?

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    • May 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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    Percival (View Comment):
    Mark Steyn and PJ Media are the only places I’ve seen it.

    Thank you, Sir Percy, for an answer to my query, above.

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    • May 18, 2017 at 5:10 pm
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    Nanda Panjandrum (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Mark Steyn and PJ Media are the only places I’ve seen it.

    Thank you, Sir Percy, for an answer to my query, above.

    Took me a few minutes to track down the second reference, Nanda. I didn’t see your request, but I figured someone would ask. 🙂

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    • May 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm
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    Percival (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Good grief, has the Robert Spencer story been on the news at all? I haven’t watched all day because it’s too infuriating.

    Mark Steyn and PJ Media are the only places I’ve seen it.

    It was on Powerline first thing this morning.

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    • May 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm
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    Percival (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Good grief, has the Robert Spencer story been on the news at all? I haven’t watched all day because it’s too infuriating.

    Mark Steyn and PJ Media are the only places I’ve seen it.

    That’s horrible. Wow.

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    • May 18, 2017 at 6:01 pm
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    She (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Good grief, has the Robert Spencer story been on the news at all? I haven’t watched all day because it’s too infuriating.

    Mark Steyn and PJ Media are the only places I’ve seen it.

    It was on Powerline first thing this morning.

    Well, well. Multiculturalists literally poisoning their critics.

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    • May 18, 2017 at 6:03 pm
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    I’m not at all sure about what Adams says about us evolving into a Twitter democracy.

    Boy is he ever right about the confirmation bias.

    Would leaks kill a Dem. President the way the Dems. want leaks to kill Trump? I dunno. Aren’t the leakers all Democrats?

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    • May 18, 2017 at 6:05 pm
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    I See Russia From My Mouse: If Trump goes down from leaks, Mutually Assured Destruction kicks in automatically.

    Except when it doesn’t. There just is not a real opposing side of the beltway when one of the Ruling Party is in the White House. The Iron Heel patrols a one way street.

    I See Russia From My Mouse: …the public has the power…to…take control of the government…

    Which bring to mind this exchange from Mr. London back in the days of Theodore Rex:

    “… Power. It is what we of the working class preach. We know, and well we know by bitter experience, that no appeal for the right, for justice, for humanity, can ever touch you. Your hearts are hard as your heels with which you tread upon the faces of the poor. So we have preached power. By the power of our ballots on election day will we take your government away from you—“

    “What if you do get a majority, a sweeping majority, on election day?” Mr. [ClintonObamaSchumer] broke in to demand. “Suppose we refuse to turn the government over to you after you have captured it at the ballot box.

    – Pages 69-70 [with one minor edit to modernize the fictionalization]

    I will leave it to you to go find the (not so hard to imagine) response to that. Nevertheless, here we are, treading dutifully through the first hundred-plus days of the world necessitated by just that struggle.***

    *** With, of course, minor changes to the players and organizations to fit the modern times.

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    • May 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm
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    BD1

    Mollie Hemingway today on Twitter – “You learn everything about people by where they choose to aim their fire.”

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    • May 18, 2017 at 6:29 pm
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    BD1 (View Comment):
    Mollie Hemingway today on Twitter – “You learn everything about people by where they choose to aim their fire.”

    Beautifully stated. And true. And depressing.

    My whole life I’ve seen “us and them” horizontally – right and left. Not anymore. Reading the tweets of @claire and Max Booth and others – people I’ve read with enthusiasm over the years – convinces me it’s now more vertical.

    These are people who are trying to undo the will of the people. And where they are choosing to aim their fire proves they have never had much respect for those same people, regardless of their claims.

    And they can all go to hell. This is a great country, full of great people. Who did their best with the choices they had. Scott Adams is right: we are watching a slow motion assassination of President Trump. I am beyond disgusted.

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    • May 19, 2017 at 1:31 am
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  15. Profile photo of Annefy Member

    double post

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    • May 19, 2017 at 1:32 am
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  16. Profile photo of Crusade A Day Keeps Jihad Away Member

    The end goal of this hysteria is Hairmageddon.

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    • May 19, 2017 at 5:21 am
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    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    I See Russia From My Mouse: If Trump goes down from leaks, Mutually Assured Destruction kicks in automatically.

    Except when it doesn’t. There just is not a real opposing side of the beltway when one of the Ruling Party is in the White House. The Iron Heel patrols a one way street.

    Exactly so. The Republicans will hold their fire, as they’ve done in the past, “for the good of the country.” It’s a cinch the media will hide, cover up, and spin in defense of a Democrat, as they have in the past “for the good of the liberal agenda.”

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    • May 19, 2017 at 6:55 am
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    BD1 (View Comment):
    Mollie Hemingway today on Twitter – “You learn everything about people by where they choose to aim their fire.”

    Beautifully stated. And true. And depressing.

    My whole life I’ve seen “us and them” horizontally – right and left. Not anymore. Reading the tweets of @claire and Max Booth and others – people I’ve read with enthusiasm over the years – convinces me it’s now more vertical.

    These are people who are trying to undo the will of the people. And where they are choosing to aim their fire proves they have never had much respect for those same people, regardless of their claims.

    And they can all go to hell. This is a great country, full of great people. Who did their best with the choices they had. Scott Adams is right: we are watching a slow a slow assassination of President Trump. I am beyond disgusted.

    So well said. And you cannot get through to the people who are supposedly on “our side,” if we even still have one, any more than you can get through to a brainwashed millennial SJW. If I hear one more of these turncoats say, “I can’t voice an opinion?” or “My principles blah blah” I will scream.

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    Steve C. (View Comment):
    I have to admit, Adams has been pretty good at predicting. At least up until now. His forecast was Trump going from Hitler to incompetent and it seems we’ve skipped ahead to crook.

    I’m not much for conspiracies, but it’s starting to look like a community of interests between corrupt bureaucrats, Democrats, conservative smart guys and Never Trump Republicans. Not that Trump isn’t helping out.

    You just described the swamp.

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    • May 19, 2017 at 11:39 am
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    I’ll just leave this breaking news here ( Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation ):

    WASHINGTON — President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.

    “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

    Of course, “fake news”, no doubt…….

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    Annefy (View Comment):
    My whole life I’ve seen “us and them” horizontally – right and left. Not anymore. Reading the tweets of @claire and Max Booth and others – people I’ve read with enthusiasm over the years – convinces me it’s now more vertical.

    Both claire and Max Boot are [redacted].

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    • May 19, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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    Two things Trump is guilty of are the imprecise use of language and braggadocio. I read The NY Times story, and I interpret it as Trump telling the Russians that “I have finally got that pain in the ass who was pursuing a ridiculously false story out of the way, and now you owe me”. I don’t read it that he thought Comey was onto something and therefore needed to be fired. The story does allude to Trump wanting to use this as a negotiating tactic.

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    • May 19, 2017 at 12:36 pm
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    BD1

    “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

    “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir….”

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    • May 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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    according to a document summarizing the meeting.

    Hmmm. A document summarizing the meeting. Would that be a transcript? Was it written in Times New Roman? I wish they would add in a few David Mamet dramatic flourishes such as:

    “Off stage, Caligula’s horse feels his oats.”

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    • May 19, 2017 at 12:54 pm
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    BD1 (View Comment):
    “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

    “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir….”

    I really can’t take that hot mike episode seriously unless you can produce a written document summarizing their discussion. Live dialogue is so 2016.

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    • May 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm
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    Wolverine (View Comment):
    I read The NY Times story, and I interpret it as Trump telling the Russians that “I have finally got that pain in the ass who was pursuing a ridiculously false story out of the way, and now you owe me”. I don’t read it that he thought Comey was onto something and therefore needed to be fired.

    I read it as exactly what is says, “I just fired the head of the FBI….I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off”.

    Whether or not Comey was onto something or whether Trump might think an investigation was the pursuit of a “ridiculously false story” has nothing to do with it. This is a statement that says, “I faced great pressure” from an ongoing investigation being conducted by the FBI, and now, “That’s taken off”, because, “I just fired the head of the FBI”.

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    • May 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm
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    Saint Augustine (View Comment):
    I’m not at all sure about what Adams says about us evolving into a Twitter democracy.

    Boy is he ever right about the confirmation bias.

    Would leaks kill a Dem. President the way the Dems. want leaks to kill Trump? I dunno. Aren’t the leakers all Democrats?

    Look at all the real scandals under Obama. IRS. Fast and Furious. VA. Bengazhi. Hillarys Server.

    does that answer your question?

    If the GOP had an ounce of brains they would take this and use it. Want a Special Prosecutor? Fine. Lets get one to look into the topic of “Foreign influence in recent Presidential elections”. Obama had illegal overseas money and votes in both elections. Hillary has the Clinton foundation and the Play for Pay scandals at State.

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    Poindexter (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    I See Russia From My Mouse: If Trump goes down from leaks, Mutually Assured Destruction kicks in automatically.

    Except when it doesn’t. There just is not a real opposing side of the beltway when one of the Ruling Party is in the White House. The Iron Heel patrols a one way street.

    Exactly so. The Republicans will hold their fire, as they’ve done in the past, “for the good of the country.” It’s a cinch the media will hide, cover up, and spin in defense of a Democrat, as they have in the past “for the good of the liberal agenda.”

    Or if there is a serious leak in a Democratic administration the MSM would suddenly be all up in a tizzy about the national security problems of the leaks. Some of this is blowing up in their faces – a friend of mine – a hardcore NeverTrumper – to the extent that I’ve been somewhat tuning him out – yesterday sent a post saying basically “you were right.” Former military, he is incensed at the media for the story about Trump sharing intel with the Russians. As he put it – He’s the {COC} national command authority, he gets the ultimate say on whether anything is declassified. Maybe the Russians would have leaked the info to ISIS, though it seems unlikely. But the {COC}{COC}{COC}{COC} leakers committed treason in leaking this information to the press, which told ISIS about it immediately. THAT’s the crime. But because they are shooting at Trump, the MSM are mum.

    How do you tell the difference between a MSM journalist and a hooker? A hooker has moral standards.

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    • May 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm
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    Kozak (View Comment):
    If the GOP had an ounce of brains

    Asked and answered.

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    Oh, fer heaven’s sake. It’s as if Comey’s record of malpractice and the Rosenstein memo never existed!

    Mollie’s right. I’m not looking for Republican shills. I’d just like the Right to honor a cease-(friendly)-fire.

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