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The Mueller Report: A Damning Indictment… of Something

 

As we wait more or less breathlessly for the release of the Mueller Report, the assumption appears to be growing that it will be, in the eloquent words of Secretary Clinton, a nothing-burger.

But it will not be a nothing-burger, even if it reports no evidence of collusion. Because we’ve spent more than two years obsessing over this, driven by a press that pronounced almost daily the beginning of the end for the Trump administration. If there was no there there, then someone has some explaining to do. Because many of us thought this was pretty obviously cooked up from the start, to hide either Clinton campaign embarrassment or, worse, Clinton/Obama collusion to undermine the 2016 Trump campaign.

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Quote of the Day: “Not Law but Fraud”

 

In Mark Helprin’s 2012 novel In Sunlight and in Shadow*, we meet a returning WWII veteran, Harry Copeland, who inherits the family business from his deceased father. When the business is threatened by a mafia boss, resulting in the death of one employee, and Harry himself nearly beaten to death, Harry learns that he will find no help from law enforcement or any other authority because all of them are being paid off. Harry must decide whether he will take matters into his own hands — eliminating the mafia boss himself.

“My enemy is not the law,” he found himself saying under his breath as he walked — talking to himself was not a good sign — “but the enemy of the law, against which the law is too weak to defend itself. If the law is complicit in crime, is it the law? If, when not complicit, it not only fails to protect but proscribes self-protection, then it is not law but fraud. Anarchy arises not from those who defend themselves by natural right, but from officials who fail in their calling, look the other way, succumb to threats and blackmail, or who are themselves criminal. If without defending me the law says I can’t defend myself, it is no longer the law, and I have to defy it.”

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America dissect the Mueller indictments of Trump ally Roger Stone and how the latest revelations should concern the president. They also comb through the indictment and marvel at Stone’s intimidation tactics, which David likens to a rejected script for a mobster film. And they slam the New York Times for trying to pile on Christian education by begging young people to #exposeChristianschools.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and naming two stellar judges to the Florida Supreme Court. They also discuss Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard joining the 2020 presidential race and how her defense of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad could impact the campaign. And as many breathlessly await the Mueller report on Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, ABC’s Jonathan Karl reports that the report will likely be anti-climactic.

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Andy McCarthy’s Latest

 

NR has posted Andy McCarthy’s latest column, Trump Keeps Giving Mueller Reasons to Pursue the ‘Collusion’ Probe.  It is, unfortunately, behind the NRPlus paywall but is well worth reading especially for those among us who believe the entire Russia collusion investigation was and remains nothing more than pretext to undermine the Trump presidency. Andy recounts his […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are back from celebrating Christmas with three more prestigious Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today they discuss the most significant scandals of 2018 and then sift through a ton of possibilities for the best and worst political theater of 2018. And maybe, just maybe, there will be a moment from the Kavanaugh hearings that fits one or more of these categories.

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#Spygate: The Cliff Notes

 

In case some of you have not (and I can’t see how that’s even remotely possible) been following what has been dubbed by Dan Bongino as the Spygate scandal, VDH gives a fairly comprehensive overview in NRO.   More

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John Batchelor interviews Jerry Corsi about the Mueller team

 

This is a powerful interview. It’s time to shut down this Star Chamber. https://audioboom.com/posts/7104235-inside-the-mueller-interrogation-chamber-with-kafka-camus-doestoyevsky-jerome-corsi-author-s More

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The Usual

 

As Sarah walked from the diner’s serving room to the kitchen, she knew two things: her blood pressure had already begun to rise, and that it was only a matter of time before her latest customer began screaming like a psychopath. Sadly, it was a routine that they had all become used to. She really […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number, OMG 201!!! It is the “Is Whitaker Fixing Mueller?” edition of the show with your fixed hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg on the east coast and AI guy Mike Stopa on the west coast. This week we bring you two stories – national and local – that are shaking things up in this ol’ U.S. of A. we got going here. First, Matt Whitaker, the new acting A.G. has been in the job for, oh, a week and he is already at the center of the storm. To be fair to him, it’s nothing Whitaker has done in the new job that has people in a tizzy – rather, it is what he might do which is put the kabosh on the Mueller investigation…or at least undermine it. But heck Mueller needs a little kick in the pants once in a while too, doesn’t he? Don’t we all?

Then, taking the local and blazoning its lessons onto the national: new Connecticut governor-elect Ned Lamont is, gasp, *for* putting tolls on CT highways in contradistinction to the things he said in the campaign (he would “focus” on the big, interstate trucks). We are shocked! Seriously, are Democrats a bunch of thirsty leeches or what? When do people realize that throwing money at social problems creates social-problem-bureaucracies and social-problem entrenched clients? TANSTAAFL.

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Truth, Justice, and the American Way (Part 1b Andy v. Robert)

 

(Continued from “Truth, Justice, and the American Way – Part 1a Andy v. Robert“)

If Republicans are not careful, Obama’s most enduring legacy may be a perversion of federal power to ensure that no GOP, present or future, can be assured safety from prosecution or persecution (see protests against Trump staff or the legal fees and testimony under oath many experienced). Democrats started using the law and federal power against Americans they considered opponents during the Obama administration…improperly surveilling specific reporters like Rosen and Attkisson, using IRS to target conservatives to name a couple of examples. As the Obama era wound to a close, things like having key members of the FBI/DOJ upper echelon go rogue, or changing the rules to allow several agencies to receive classified information must have been a piece of cake.

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Truth, Justice, and the American Way: Part 1a Andy v. Robert

 

Speculative comments on the future of the GOP post-Trump — being better with any POTUS other than Trump, moving forward in better condition after Trump exits (via the 25th Amendment, impeachment, voted out, or natural end of term, etc.), Mike Pence being a boy scout above reproach (and therefore not subject to actions similar to what’s happened to or been proposed for removing the president) — reminded me of an excellent article recently penned by Andrew McCarthy. I recommend for an excellent clear description of proper grounds to assign a Special Counsel. I’ll weave some of Andy’s points into some of my own thoughts on the subject.

What’s happened to Trump before, during, and after the election is not about the law; it’s not really about Trump. It’s about power; specifically in this case, the power to promote or halt the Leftist agenda. As Trump’s conservative successes multiply (and Leftists’ diminish), so does resistance against him. Any other individual replacing Trump, boy scout or not, who also slows the Leftist roll will experience resistance in proportion to their success. Other GOP may espouse similar basic goals as Trump, but will they be as successful achieving them? History indicates it’s been years since some of the Trump administration’s accomplishments have been repeated if ever, and not since Reagan (and many before him) has there been another US president as successful in impeding — even reversing some of — the Leftist agenda as Trump has done the last 20 months.

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Garden Scene: The Don’s Advice To Michael

 

It’s late in the Don’s second term. The Don and his recently elected successor, Michael “Whitey” Pence, sit in the Don’s private garden in Mar-a-Lago on a bright, sunny day in South Florida.

The Don is older and slower now, only able to work 18 hours a day. He’s still recovering from Bob “Ferris” Mueller’s seven-year vendetta to bring down Big D on the mean streets of D.C. on behalf of the ruthless government crime families controlling the nation’s capitol.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Political Podcast for August 21, 2018, (number 188!!!) it’s the Big Lies for the Straight Guys edition of the show with your (trust me) straight hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This week we talk about a horrific tweet (why wasn’t he banned for this?!?!) by Jonathan van Ness of Queer Eye fame where he said (can I even repeat this on Ricochet? what about the CoC?) that “not all Republicans are racist.” And as if that wasn’t enough, he said “we gotta remember we are all in this together.” My God! What was he thinking? What kind of DINO is he trying to be?

Naturally, the true brethren of the left gave him several earsful on twitter.

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Breaking: Manafort Found Guilty on 8 of 18 Counts, Cohen Pleads Guilty to 8 Counts

 

Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for candidate Donald Trump, was facing 18 criminal counts. The jury found him guilty on eight of the counts, which included five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to disclose a foreign bank account. The jury said that they could not reach consensus on 10 of the counts, so those were declared a mistrial.

At about the same time the Manafort verdict came in, Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight counts. He admitted that he paid a pornographic actress for her silence during the 2016 presidential campaign and pleaded guilty to multiple charges of bank and tax fraud.

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Trump: Disrupter-In-Chief

 

Well, just what exactly did you expect?

Trump the Candidate was a loud, braggadocious, outrageous, counterpunching, reality show celebrity/businessman who never let an attack go unanswered. To refresh your recollection, you should go do a search for “2016 Republican debate highlights.”

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