VICTOR DAVIS HANSON – America’s Friends
HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber Sites.
MOORE/BIDEN/FRANKEN/STALLONE: Rogers – Alabama GOP stands; Klein – Reporters meddled; Simon – Godfather Clinton; Fairbanks – Franken photo; Przybyla – Congress united?; Drudge Links 11-16-17.
TAXES: Durden – Virtue Signaling.
LEADS: NY Post – Duty to pursue Uranium One; Durden – ISR/Saudis?
RECOMMENDED: Hannity Film – Let There Be Light; Convention of States; Mark Levin (11-14-17).
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “America’s Indispensable Friends
“. . . Sometimes American power leads to costly, indecisive interventions like those in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya that were not able to translate superiority on the battlefield into lasting peace.
But amid the frustrations of American foreign policy, it is forgotten that the United States also plays a critical but more silent role in ensuring the survival of small, at-risk nations. The majority of them are democratic and pro-Western. But they all share the misfortune of living in dangerous neighborhoods full of bullies.
“These small nations are a far cry from rogue clients of China and Russia — theocratic Iran, autocratic North Korea, and totalitarian Venezuela — that oppress their own people and threaten their regions.
“In the Middle East, there are two places that consistently remain pro-American: the nation of Israel and the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Both show a spirit and tenacity that so far have ensured their survival against aggressive and far larger neighbors. Both have few friends other than the United States. And both are anomalies. Israel is surrounded by Islamic neighbors. The ethnic Kurds live in the heart of the Arab Middle East. Quite admirably, the U.S. continues to be a patron of both. . .”
Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.
“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,). Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC. Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded! I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.
Henry Rodgers, Daily Caller: “Report: Alabama State GOP Still Standing With Moore”
“. . . The Alabama GOP decided in a committee meeting Wednesday to maintain support for Moore, according to NBC, although over 8 women have accused him of dating them or making sexual advances on them as teenagers, and multiple Republican senators have withdrawn the endorsements of Moore.
“The Alabama GOP decided to support Moore even after a new poll released Wednesday, conducted by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and reviewed in part by Politico, shows Moore down 12 points to Democratic candidate Doug Jones. The poll represents a stunning drop for Moore, who was leading by 16 points in a similar NRSC poll conducted last month . .”
Aaron Klein, BigJournalism: “EXCLUSIVE – Mother of Roy Moore Accuser: Washington Post Reporters Convinced My Daughter to Go Public”
“Birmingham, ALABAMA — The mother of Leigh Corfman, who says that Alabama Senatorial Candidate Roy Moore tried to engage in a sexual encounter with her when she was 14, told Breitbart News that the Washington Post worked to convince her daughter to give an interview about the allegations against Moore.
“Speaking by phone to Breitbart News on Saturday, Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71, further stated that her daughter would not have come forward if it weren’t for The Post reporter’s alleged actions. . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Bill Clinton: Godfather of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore”
“. . . President Clinton established an atmosphere of permissiveness in this country that allowed many things to slip by — straight and gay — without criticism, essentially changing our culture.
“The Democratic Party — with the notable exception of Joe Lieberman — gave Clinton a pass for having sexual relations with a 22-year-old intern in the Oval Office and in so doing gave a subliminal message to America. If you had the right politics, if you were sufficiently “progressive” (whatever that means), everything was okay, especially if you were “cool,” played the sax, and wore shades.
“Well, you might lose the right to practice law in Arkansas, but who needs that? When it comes to separating the public from the private, we could out-French the French. How sophisticated could you get!
Not very, as we now know, unless you consider masturbating in a flower pot the height of sophistication. . .”
Cassandra Fairbanks, BigLeaguePolitics: “NYT reporter calls for Twitter to censor images of Biden inappropriately touching women, children”
“In the wake of new reports about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. having inappropriate contact with women and children, as well as a resurgence of videos and images of his conduct, Nicole Perlroth of The New York Times is calling on Twitter to “handle,” or censor, the content.
“Perlroth, a cyber security reporter, tweeted the plea to her nearly 24,000 followers on Tuesday — to a less-than-warm reception. The tweet was retweeted only 16 times, while it received nearly 700 comments — most of which condemned her desire for censorship. . .”
Heidi M Przybyla, USA Today: “Analysis: When it comes to Al Franken assault allegations, Congress appears united”
“WASHINGTON – Congress may be gridlocked when it comes to policy battles – but the the condemnation from lawmakers after allegations Sen. Al Franken harassed a TV host and sportscaster was incredibly swift on both sides of the aisle. So was the Minnesota Democrat’s apology. An ethics investigation already appears to be in motion. And by the end of the day, the accuser already accepted his apology.
“Leeann Tweeden’s post that Franken kissed her against her will – and photograph of him groping her while she was sleeping on a cargo plane in a flak jacket during a Middle East trip to entertain U.S. troops in 2006 – sent shock waves through Washington on Thursday. But lawmakers’ unity, and quick reaction, was notable for Capitol Hill, which has struggled to get anything passed all year on taxes or health care. . .”
Alan Butterfield & Cheyenne Roundtree, UK Daily Mail: “EXCLUSIVE: How Sylvester Stallone was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old fan: Police report reveals girl claimed star made her give him and his bodyguard oral sex and threatened they would ‘beat her head in’ if she ever told”
16 is the age of consent in Nevada . . .
“– Sylvester Stallone was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old fan girl while he was filming Over the Top in Las Vegas in 1986, according to a police report obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com
– The actor, who was 40 years old at the time, met the teenager while he was filming at the former Las Vegas Hilton hotel and she was given keys to his room
– Stallone allegedly had sex with the girl, telling her she was ‘very tight’, before asking the minor if she had ever had sex with two men at the same time
– The girl claims Stallone’s bodyguard Michael ‘Mike’ De Luca, who was in the bathroom until Stallone brought him out, ‘forced’ her to give him oral sex
– After performing oral sex on De Luca for some time, the teen claims he penetrated her while she was made to perform oral sex on Stallone
– The teen told police she became ‘very uncomfortable’ when De Luca joined in on the sexual encounter but said she felt she had ‘no choice’ in the matter
– Afterwards, the teen claims Stallone said she couldn’t tell anyone because both men were married and if she said anything, ‘they would have to beat her head in’
– Police said she decided not to press charges against the men because she was scared and humiliated . . .”
Drudge Links 11-16-17
‘He Didn’t Pinch It; He Grabbed It’…
IVANKA: Special Place In Hell For Child Predators…
Alabama nightmare leaves Bannon ‘war’ bleeding…
POLL: DEM LEADING +12…
Six scenarios for disaster…
Republican leaders weigh drastic plan…
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Virtue Signaling On Tax Cuts”
As happens every time any sort of tax change that can be demonized as “tax cuts for the rich” is proposed, the Trump administration’s framework for tax reform has been met with “tax me more” virtue signaling.
‘As a billionaire, I would profit substantially from the tax cuts proposed…
But I am strongly oppose to even one more penny in cuts for rich people and corporations,’ because it would ‘defund the critical public programs on which American families depend.’
“Unfortunately, such a signal of virtue is actually a signal of vice. Higher income earners already pay a vastly disproportionate share of the taxes used to fund government programs. Since those far higher taxes aren’t paying for greater benefits, Steyer’s position is essentially once of coerced charity–higher income people should be forced to pay more so that the government can give more to others, who didn’t earn it—and if other rich people don’t volunteer for higher taxes like I do, it is only because they are selfish (though one wonders why those who want something for nothing aren’t considered more selfish).
Because individual rich tax volunteers would pay only a small fraction of the actual cost of the programs they favor, forcing others to pick up almost all the tab, they provide just one more example of how the immense payoffs to taking others’ property through government lead people to torture logic to justify why others deserve your money more than you do, with government merely the necessary mechanism to achieve the required charity.
“However, the coercive charity logic is faulty. Few have made that clearer than F.A. Harper. In Liberty: A Path to Its Recovery, over a half-century ago, he decimated the ‘charity’ excuse for violating liberty. . .”
“If crimes were committed to further Russia’s nuclear goals here, Americans need to know. And if Team Obama suspected that but still OK’d the Uranium One sale to a Russian firm, Americans deserve an explanation of that, too.
“Yet Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ orders to prosecutors merely to see if a probe — perhaps headed by a special counsel — is warranted has critics in a lather.
“No surprise there: The left fears a probe into Team Obama and the Clinton Foundation could taint Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, even if it turned up no damaging evidence. Worse, it could draw attention from the FBI investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by President Trump’s campaign.
“So critics predict doomsday, claiming a special-counsel probe “could spell the end of the DOJ as an independent institution,” as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted.
‘Well, yes, Trump did provide ammo for such a claim when he said prosecutors should be looking at Democrats and that he was “disappointed” in Justice for not doing so. That stirred speculation that Sessions may launch a probe to save his own job.
‘But if that’s the case, the AG just made it harder for himself. He told lawmakers Tuesday he’d set a high bar before tapping a special counsel: “It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel,” he said.
‘Sure, Trump’s comments on what prosecutors should probe were as foolish as, say, Obama’s 2016 claim that Clinton’s e-mail mess didn’t harm national security — even as the FBI was investigating that question.
“But Trump’s remarks shouldn’t keep Justice from looking into possible crimes merely because it would appear to be taking orders from the president. . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Israel Ready To Share Intel With Saudis “Against Iran” Ahead Of Possible War”
“This morning one of Israel’s largest international news broadcasters broke an explosive yet not entirely surprising story that Israel would take the unprecedented step of sharing intelligence with Saudi Arabia as both countries continue to ramp up efforts to curb what they perceive as Iranian expansion in the region.
Israel’s i24NEWS cited statements by the head of the Israeli army given to a prominent Saudia Arabian newspaper on Thursday:
‘In an unprecedented interview with Saudi Arabia’s Alaf newspaper on Thursday, Israel Defense Force (IDF) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot said that Israel is ready to share intelligence with Riyadh on their shared arch-foe Iran.
‘Eizenkot, who is the first senior Israeli military officer to be interviewed by a Saudi media outlet, called Iran the ‘biggest threat to the region’ and said that Israel and Riyadh – which he noted have never fought one another – are in complete agreement about Iran’s intentions to dominate the Middle East’
“The report continues, quoting the IDF chief:
‘The interview is a major public step forward in warming ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia – which do not share any diplomatic relations.
“Eizenkot said that Iran wants to take control of the Middle East by creating two Shi’ite crescent, ‘from Lebanon to Iran and then from the Gulf to the Red Sea.’
“‘We must prevent this from happening,’ he implored.
‘He said that Israel has no intention of initiating a conflict with Iran’s Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying that ‘we see Iranian attempts at bringing about an escalation, but I don’t see a high chance for this at the moment.’ . . .”
Sean Hannity: “Let There Be Light” Theater list at http://www.hannity.com/
Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com”
MARK LEVIN (11-16-17)
On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show, Sen Al Franken is being accused of kissing and groping Leeanne Tweeden. There is first hand evidence in a photograph of Franken sexually harassing her which is repulsive. Meanwhile, Roy Moore denies all allegations against him and disputes that a note alleged to be written by him in a yearbook was actually written by him. Gloria Allred is saying that a writing expert will not be allowed to look at the yearbook until there is a congressional hearing. Why doesn’t she just allow the yearbook to be analyzed by writing experts? In the case of Franken there is actually photographic evidence of assault. McConnell insisted that Moore is to be expelled from the Senate if he was to win. Why isn’t Franken being expelled from the U.S. Senate if this is the standard? The evidence is overwhelming that Franken assaulted Tweeden while she was asleep on a plane. Why the double standard from McConnell and the Senate? They are instituting really important sexual harassment training yet won’t expel Franken. The best the Senate and McConnell can do is refer this case to the Senate Ethics Committee. An allegation was made, evidence was obtained and an apology was offered. Franken should resign.
“Also, McConnell and Cory Gardner do not want the people of Alabama to make their own decision. The people of Alabama are intelligent and will decide who their representative will be.
“After that, the Republican tax bill was passed in the House. The problem is not with the corporate tax but with what is going to happen to individuals in this country. On the individual side it is an absolute mess with personal exemptions and certain deductions being eliminated. They should have just had cut taxes across the board. Later, Bret baStephens is engaging in character assassination by saying that Steve Bannon is bad for the Jews, which is false because Bannon is pro-Israel and pro-Jew.”