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President Trump is the most conservative president of my lifetime, including President Reagan. This is true, as a matter of fact, across all three of the legs of the old conservative coalition stool: economy, national defense, and social conservatism. With an impressive record of promises kept, despite the worst efforts of Democrats and Conservatism Inc., […]

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The impeachment hearings have been a sham. I won’t list all of the violations of historic protocols, procedures, and assumptions that have been made by the House of Representatives. In the last 50 years, we have seen the abuse of the term “presumption of innocence” in particular. Aside from the overwhelming partisan politics, the confusion has emerged from the government’s inability to determine whether the impeachment process is a political one or a legal one. Unfortunately, this ambiguity has benefited the actions of the Democrats and been damaging to the case of the Republicans and President in particular. There are also far-reaching implications of what I believe to be the Democrats ignoring the presumption of innocence for the country at-large. Let me explain.

First, you might want to decide for yourself whether the presumption of innocence is a legal term or a universal right. One source defines it this way:

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Leftists like to celebrate the idea that demographics will destroy the GOP and ensure an ascendant victory to Democrats. I’m here to counter this argument with a few data points that show demographics actually favor Conservatives and Liberals and harm extreme views like Socialists and Libertarians. More

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In what may be the Conservative’s last ad filmed before the election, BoJo parodies the carol singers scene from Love Actually to good effect. This just premiered a couple of hours ago on the UK and is already hugely popular. Brilliant! As my countrymen like to say. The Conservatives are polling at about 43%, Labor […]

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Today on the show details on the Pensacola terror attack, the war on porn, Georgia may do away with common core math standards, Biden is still stumbling his way down the campaign trail and a truly bombshell report about US involvement and progress in Afghanistan. More

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This is a very quick post about the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG’s) report released today. After much ado about the spying on Trump’s campaign, we now have a chance to read the IG’s report ourselves before “learning” it through the filter of whatever biased media we typically consume. More

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It’s a bleak search for good news on the Three Martini Lunch. Today, Jim and Greg cringe as reports show the federal government has been flailing unsuccessfully for a sound policy in Afghanistan, lying to the public about what’s been achieved, and wasting an obscene amount of taxpayer dollars. They also react to the mass […]

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Read the FISA Abuse report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz yourself here rather than relying on talking heads to tell you what’s in it. And remember, none of the pundits or so-called experts on TV currently confidently telling you what’s in the report have had time to read its 476 pages yet.

Update: U.S. Attorney John Durham rebased the following statement:

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Reportedly, Ukraine has been one of the most corrupt countries on the face of the Earth. This is likely not a matter of some sort of defective national character, but rather a consequence of their geography and the past century of politics. Today, Putin, Democrats, and the US Deep State leverage Ukraine’s vulnerability to their own ends.

Anne Applebaum has done the real research and written the hard truths to power about evil perpetrated by the Soviet Union, including in Ukraine. Consider this MacClean’s interview of Applebaum on publication of her latest book, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.

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Thursday evening, Papa Toad and I went to an event with Tony German, a retired two-star general (when he retired, Tony was Adjutant General of the New York National Guard, leading 20,000 airmen, sailors, soldiers, and civilian staff) who is seeking to unseat our one-term useless congressman, Antonio Delgado.

I first heard of Tony about a month ago when, out of the blue, I found a message from him on my home phone, telling me he was running for the nomination and hoped to speak to me to find out what issues were important to me. I was quite impressed, and, I admit, flattered. I called him back and left a message for Tony to the effect that I was heartened to hear his message, and that I hoped he would kick some [redacted] and that we would be praying for him. Tony called me back and we had a good long chat about the state of the state, and what could be done at the federal level to improve things.

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OK, we know that all conservatives are so defined….over much resentment by conservatives who know of nothing in their own personal history that would qualify as mistreatment of anybody based on race. So, that’s not enough and this has been lurking but it’s out in the open now…..there is a movement from the left that […]

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“Is the country more divided than ever,” asks a poll today (December 7th) on Laura Ingraham’s LifeZette website. During the House Judiciary Committee hearings on the impeachment of Donald Trump this week, the estimable law professor, Jonathan Turley, delivered one of the more notable if humorous lines of an otherwise forgettable event: “I get it. […]

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It’s worth noting that while the Democrats obsess over racial diversity they’re headed into an all white debate in the 6th debate. While Republicans, the party of “racist, xenophobic bigots” had 2 candidates of Cuban and Latino descent make it through all 12 debates. Not to mention Ben Carson and Bobby Jindal. Who were prominent […]

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The Democratic ticket for the 2020 Presidential campaign will be Warren-Clinton! Warren will get the Big Chief node and Everyday-Is-Chardonnay-Tuesday Hillary will get the second, highly useless V.P. seat. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the proverbial water, these phonies will be drenching the airwaves with hideous Girl-Power! campaign ads. […]

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Bobby Jindal, former governor of Louisiana, stops by to talk to the full crew about How Trump Wins the Populist Patriots and how that particular group has been ill served by Democrats and Republicans alike and what Republicans can do to win their support. The Jobs Report is out with “unexpectedly high” numbers: 266,000 new non-farm jobs. Remember when the reports were always “unexpectedly low” under Obama? Rob attempts to explain why Obama is responsible for Trump’s great economy even though he hedges his bets by saying presidents can’t control the economy. Then John Yoo, detainee at UC Berkeley, joins the podcast, again, to talk impeachment. John has the most beautiful suggestion for what Trump should do, should there be an impeachment trial in the Senate. You’ll want to hear this one because it’s a winner. Big league. And if you disagree, let us know in the comments.

Finally, congratulations to @garymcvey for winning the prestigious Lileks Post of the Week competition for his post, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: This Never Happened to the Other Fellow. We only hand out 52 of these per year, folks.

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We send you into the weekend with two good and martinis and a crazy one! Join Jim and Greg as they cheer another jobs report that beats expectations. They also get a kick out of reports that no minds have changed in the House after the impeachment hearings, and while impeachment is still very likely, […]

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Do all my Ricochet friends recall when I pointed out that eventually the big showdown would be between President Trump and Senate Majority Leader McConnell and the prize would be how America handles trade with China? The force behind the coming showdown with Majority Leader McConnell is Tom Donahue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Leader, Wall […]

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In all my many years of watching politics, I have never seen so many people so absolutely convinced of something where the facts support the exact opposite conclusion. The Democrats are literally screaming for Trump’s removal for a myriad of so-called high crimes and misdemeanors while the facts show none of their accusations are valid. The Ukraine aid was released, meetings were not denied and Zelinskyy never initiated any investigation nor promised to do so.

The actual transcript of the so-called incriminating conversation mentions no conditions on aid or assistance; in fact, it does not mention any assistance or aid at all. Zelisnkyy said he never felt pressured by Trump and did not know that the aid had been even delayed at the time of the call. There were five high-level meetings between US and Ukraine officials subsequent to the initial call and not once was any condition mentioned regarding the forthcoming aid.

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Most of us know the criteria for being declared a member of the Left: one must live in an altered state of one’s own making; one must see himself or herself as an elite and anyone who doesn’t meet his or her standards are deplorable; one must defame those who are different, calling them Nazis, […]

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There’s a lot of attention being paid to this impeachment theater, but why isn’t there more outrage about Adam Schiff’s subpoena of the phone records? I know Congress has the power of subpoena, but a conventional subpoena has to go through a court where probable cause must be demonstrated. Is there no restriction if Congress does it?

Schiff subpoenaed the records of a fellow member of Congress (Devin Nunes), a journalist (John Solomon), and the president’s personal lawyer (Rudi Giuliani).

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