Dead Cats: Comey2, 04/20/18, (30)14 James Brody

COMEY: Rushbo – Comey confronted; Costa & Dawsey – Giuliani recruited; Durden – Nunes, Gowdy, & Goodlatte explode; Jalonick et al., Comey memos; Scarborough – Mueller warns about fake news.

OIL: Melloy – Trump blasts OPEC; DiChristopher – Oil stockpiles.

LEADS: Wilhelm – Feminism; Washington Times – China trade; Nolte – Californians (59%) want them deported; Savransky – Gingrich; Smith – *Bucks insanity.

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“Socialism is the theory that the desire of one man to get something he hasn’t got is more pleasing to a just God than the desire of some other man to keep what he has got.”

A Little Book in C Major, New York, NY, John Lane Company (1916) p. 51.  H.L Mencken

COMEY:

Rushbo: “Conservative Journalist Confronts Comey”

“RUSH: Grab sound bite number 23 and play it again. This is Laura Loomer. She comes from the James O’Keefe shop, Project Veritas. She’s now acting independently. She showed up at Comey’s book signing event at Barnes & Noble in New York last night.

“LOOMER:  How is it ethical to brief the president of the United States on an unverifiable and salacious dossier, and how is it ethical leadership to not tell him that his political opposition, Hillary Clinton, paid for that?  You are not an ethical leader!

MAN:  Ma’am, you’re gonna have to leave.

RUSH: All right. Now, she’s got a little bit of a tweet storm, modified tweet storm going on right now. And she says people have told her all her life she’s not good enough, never gonna amount to anything, and yet she woke up today to two links on Drudge from this event. And so she’s telling anybody and everybody, be what you want to be, be the best you can be and do it. Don’t listen to people who tell you you can’t do it.

“That’s ever so true, folks. Do not seek out people who failed at anything and take their advice. They’re just gonna try to get you to join them in the failure. Do not waste time, especially if it’s something you know you want to do. Talk to the people who have succeeded in it. Talk to people who are successes in it and get advice or help from them, but don’t waste your time with people who failed at it. They have nothing for you, unless they know why they failed and can give you some positive advice in that way.

“But this is one of the tweets in her storm. ‘Every single reporter who attended Comey’s book launch at Barnes & Noble last night and is attacking me should have their journalist card revoked for bending over and not blinking an eye when Comey and his staff said they will prescreen the questions people can ask.’ So at these book signings, which Comey’s charging money to attend, they’re prescreening all the questions, and people got mad at her for asking.

“She’s also saying that people are accusing her of acting like a liberal. And her reaction, her answer to that was, ‘No, no, no, I’m not acting like a liberal. Liberals don’t ask tough questions.’ . . .”

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2018/04/19/conservative-journalist-confronts-comey/

Robert Costa & Josh Dawsey, WaPo: “Giuliani says he is joining Trump’s legal team to ‘negotiate an end’ to Mueller probe”

“Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a combative former prosecutor and longtime ally of President Trump, told The Washington Post on Thursday that he has joined the president’s legal team dealing with the ongoing special counsel probe.

“‘I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller,’ Giuliani said in an interview.

“Trump counsel Jay Sekulow said Thursday in a statement that Giuliani is joining the team along with two former federal prosecutors, Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, a couple who jointly run a Florida-based law firm.

“‘Rudy is great,’ Trump said in the statement issued by Sekulow. ‘He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.’ . . .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/giuliani-says-he-is-joining-trumps-legal-team-to-negotiate-an-end-to-mueller-probe/2018/04/19/

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Nunes, Gowdy And Goodlatte Go Nuclear After Comey Memos Released”

“Facing an imminent Congressional subpoena, the Department of Justice finally turned over James Comey’s now-infamous memos Thursday night – which were promptly leaked and published by AP.

We already know that Comey’s leak to the press was illegal – as the FBI’s chief FOIA officer, David Hardy, gave a sworn declaration to Judicial Watch in which he says that all seven of Comey’s memos were classified at the time they were written, and they remain classified.

“Perhaps most disturbing is that James Comey’s memos do not make a compelling case for obstruction whatsoever – which Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein (who Comey said “I didn’t have confidence” in), used to launch the special counsel investigation headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

“In response to the Comey memos, Congressional Committee chairs Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) fired off a scathing rebuke, in which they made it abundantly clear that the Mueller investigation is a farce based on yet another example of the FBI using a flimsy document to launch a politically motivated investigation. . .”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-20/nunes-gowdy-and-goodlatte-go-nuclear-after-comey-memos-released

Mary Jalonick, Eric Tucker, & Chad Day, AP: “In Comey memos, Trump fixates on ‘hookers,’ frets over Flynn”

“. . . The 15 pages of documents contain new details about a series of interactions with Trump that Comey found so unnerving that he chose to document them in writing. Those seven encounters in the weeks and months before Comey’s May 2017 firing include a Trump Tower discussion about allegations involving Trump and prostitutes in Moscow; a White House dinner at which Comey says Trump asked him for his loyalty; and a private Oval Office discussion where the ex-FBI head says the president asked him to end an investigation into Michael Flynn, the former White House national security adviser.

“The documents had been eagerly anticipated since their existence was first revealed last year, especially since Comey’s interactions with Trump are a critical part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice. Late Thursday night, Trump tweeted that the memos ‘show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION.’

“The president also accused Comey of leaking classified information. The memos obtained by the AP were unclassified, though some portions were blacked out as classified. Details from Comey’s memos reported in news stories last year appear to come from the unclassified portions. . .”

https://apnews.com/e29d5563fc0c45caa4faa6b3749405a6/Comey-memo:-Trump-complained-about-Flynn’s-‘judgment-issues

Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times: “Robert Mueller’s warning: ‘Many’ news stories on Trump-Russia probe are wrong”

“What I have been telling all reporters is that many stories about our investigation have been inaccurate,” the Mueller spokesperson said. “Be very cautious about any source that claims to have knowledge about our investigation and dig deep into what they claim before reporting on it. If another outlet reports something, don’t run with it unless you have your own sourcing to back it up.”

“The statement was reported by the Daily Caller and confirmed by The Washington Times.

“The McClatchy story on Friday lit up liberal media outlets since, if true, it would confirm a major charge by the British ex-spy. Mr. Steele wrote that Mr. Cohen traveled secretly to Prague in August 2016 to meet Vladimir Putin aides to conspire to cover up Russian hacking of Democratic Party computers. In other words: Trump-Russia collusion.

There has been no official or press confirmation of Mr. Steele’s Prague allegation nor of a number of other Steele collusion charges. His work was financed by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.”

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/16/robert-mueller-many-news-stories-trump-russia-prob/

OIL:

John Melloy, CNBC: “Trump blasts OPEC, says cartel is keeping oil prices ‘artificially very high’ and that ‘will not be accepted’”

Gas – $2.96 Regular . . .

“Looks like OPEC is at it again,” Trump tweets. “Oil prices are artificially Very High!

WTI oil prices hit a three-year high above $69 a barrel this week.

“Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih responds that “Markets should determine price.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/20/trump-says-opec-is-keeping-oil-prices-artificially-very-high-and-that-will-not-be-accepted.html

Tom DiChristopher, CNBC: Oil soars 2.9% to 3-year high, settling at $68.47, as US crude stockpiles drop”

  • Oil prices rose to more than three year highs on Wednesday, with U.S. crude topping $68 a barrel for the first time since December 2014.
  • Futures extended gains after weekly government data showed U.S. crude stockpiles fell by 1.1 million barrels.
  • The oil market has been supported by concerns about geopolitical tension and supply disruptions in crude-producing nations.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/18/us-crude-tops-68-for-the-first-time-in-more-than-three-years.html

LEADS:

Heather Wilhelm, NRO: “Today’s Sad Feminism — and Two Breaths of Fresh Air”

“. . .This week, two impressive women dominated American headlines. The first was Southwest Airlines pilot Tammie Jo Shults, hailed for her “nerves of steel” after guiding a crippled plane to safety when an engine exploded midair, sending shrapnel into the plane’s cabin and tragically killing a passenger. The second was widely loved former first lady Barbara Bush, who passed away at the age of 92.

“At first glance, the two women might seem wildly different. The examples set by both, however, could serve as a master class in what today’s often-wacky brand of feminism should strive to be.

“The 56-year-old Captain Shults, the New York Times reports, “learned to fly as one of the first female fighter pilots in the Navy three decades ago, piloting the F/A Hornet in an era when women were barred from combat missions.” She was a trailblazer, following her dream in an age when the idea of women flying fighter jets often earned dismissive scoffs. Growing up close to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, she watched jets in action and fell in love. . .

“ . . . In 1990, when Wellesley College invited Mrs. Bush to speak at its commencement — Wellesley, of course, is the prestigious college for women that counts Hillary Clinton among its alumnae — a protest riled the campus. “Wellesley teaches that we will be rewarded on the basis of our own merit, not on that of a spouse,” students noted in a petition. Bush, undaunted, came to speak.

“She spoke, interestingly enough, on the topic of diversity, and on the importance of pursuing your own dream, ‘not society’s dream.’ Moreover, she argued, despite our culture’s relentless focus on career achievement, ‘human connections — with spouses, with children, with friends — are the most important investments you’ll ever make. . . . At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent.’

One of Bush’s biggest applause lines came from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it.’ . . .”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/tammie-jo-shults-barbara-bush-rose-above-todays-feminism/

Washington Times: “Good news from the front”

“. . . Expanded trade with China over the past few decades has accomplished some good things, to be sure. Tens of millions of Chinese have been lifted out of extreme poverty, moving from field to factory, and a surfeit of inexpensive (and sometimes cheap) goods into the United States. The bounty available at Walmart, Target and on the virtual shelves of Amazon is largely there because of Chinese manufacture. It’s the tribute, you might say, that Communists have paid to capitalism.

“But the collateral damage to many Americans has been significant. Economists David Autor, David Dorn and Gordon Hanson tallied up the economic impact in the areas of the country most exposed to Chinese imports. They found significant declines in job growth. The economists looked at U.S. manufacturing and determined that Chinese competition has led to lower wages. No wonder the deplorables were upset, and expressed their anger at the polls.

“Trade between China and the United States has hardly been free. For years,  Beijing artificially weakened its currency to make its exports more attractive, which is to say, cheap. China has subsidized its domestic industries in ways that shut out foreign competition. When foreign companies invest in China, they’re often forced to hand over prized intellectual property rights and set up joint ventures with Chinese companies. The result of this unbalanced relationship is a yawning trade deficit. Last year, the Chinese bought $130 billion worth of American exports. The United States bought $500 billion worth of Chinese goods. As the president might put it, ‘not good.’ . . .”

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/19/editorial-china-blinks-in-the-tempest-over-tariffs/

John Nolte, Breitbart: “Shock Poll: 59 Percent of Californians Want Increased Deportations of Illegals”

“. . . California, which advertises itself as a progressive sanctuary state for illegal aliens, has been on the front-lines fighting against President Donald Trump’s push to finally enforce America’s immigration laws. From all of the reporting coming from our disgraced media, you would be led to believe that not only is all of California opposed to enforcing immigration law, but a majority of the American people.  Hidden in this survey, however, is a truth our media never tells, as well as a number of other interesting finds.

‘While 59 percent of Californians believe it is very (24 percent) or somewhat (35 percent) important to increase deportations of illegals, in the bluer than blue Bay Area, that number holds at 60 percent. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/19/shock-poll-59-californians-want-increased-deportations-illegals/

Rebecca Savransky, The Hill: “Gingrich compares FBI raid of Trump lawyer to Nazi secret police”

“. . . Gingrich said during an interview on Fox News that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has “not done his job” and has not supervised special counsel Robert Mueller.

“This whole thing is an absurdity. We’ve now had Paul Manafort and his wife in their pajamas at 3 in the morning having the FBI break down the door,” he said on Wednesday, referring to an FBI raid last year at the home of Trump’s former campaign manager.

“Cohen, the lawyer, had the door taken off of the hinges at 6 in the morning.”

He also tore into the Justice Department and said the country is supposed to have the “rule of law.”

“It ain’t the rule of law when they kick in your door at 3 in the morning and you’re faced with armed men. And you have had no reason to be told you’re going to have that kind of treatment,” he continued.

“That’s Stalin. That’s the Gestapo in Germany. That shouldn’t be the American FBI.”

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/382809-gingrich-compares-fbi-raid-of-trump-lawyer-to-nazi-secret-police

Kyle Smith, NRO: “People Are Losing Their Minds over Starbucks”

Disclosure – I’ve written and published Dead Cats, 3-7 days per week, for about seven years – I am a conservative and every issue was created and distributed in a Starbucks coffee shop . . .

“…Only via frazzled, race-drunk thinking can a (possibly) racist act on the part of one out of 238,000 Starbucks employees somehow become the fault of the whole company. Starbucks as a corporation is comparable to a midsize city: larger than Richmond, Va. Would you boycott Richmond because one person there had committed murder, much less because one person there was shown to be a racist? Unless it turns out that Starbucks’s training materials include the admonition, “Call the cops on any black people in your store who don’t buy anything,” I doubt the company as a whole is to blame.

“That this particular corporation has been at pains to publicize its concern with race tensions — at one point in 2015 even encouraging employees to write ‘race together’ on customers’ cups while sponsoring a series of anti-racism articles in USA Today — has caused some chortling among conservatives. The lesson there is that no matter how loudly you declare yourself one of the good guys, it’ll be forgotten when the mob assembles. Any money spent buying indulgences in the church of racial enlightenment buys you no insurance against cries of racism.

“When that cry goes up, everyone wants in on the action. So, on Monday, a mob of protesters shut down the Philadelphia Starbucks in question for more than three hours. Any nonracists in the mood for a cup of Starbucks java had to go elsewhere. Why punish them? Why harass all the good people at that location for the actions of someone who doesn’t even work there anymore? And if it’s the arrest that’s the most bothersome part of the story, why train your fury mostly on baristas rather than cops?

“Local politicians rushed to join the fray: ‘Starbucks has issued an apology, but that is not enough,’ Philly mayor Jim Kenney said, adding that he had ordered the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to investigate. Starbucks was open to dialogue with the demonstrators — Camille Hymes, a regional vice president for the company, offered to talk to them on Monday at the Philly store — but they refused. “We know that you don’t have the power to change everything. You’re just a figurehead, but we’re going to get to those in power, and we’re going to make sure that we shut you down,” a demonstrator replied in a moment captured on a video.

“Then the leadership of Starbucks unwisely granted the mob’s premise — that the entire company is tied to the action of the Philadelphia employee — when it announced it would close every store in the chain (that’s 8,000 stores) on May 29 to train 175,000 employees in how to avoid racial bias. This centralized the manager’s action instead of distancing the corporation from it. It’s as though the entire city of Richmond vowed to undertake a reeducation program every time one of its citizens commits a crime. The move guaranteed that ‘Starbucks’ and ‘race’ will continue to be linked in the public imagination for weeks to come. . .”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/starbucks-anti-racism-protests-race-frenzy/

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Mark Levin, 04-20-18

On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The Department of Justice’s Inspector general sent a criminal referral regarding Andrew McCabe to the U.S. attorney office. This means that James Comey will now be a witness if charges are brought because McCabe has said that he leaked and Comey knew about it.

“Also, the DOJ’s internal watchdog put out a report on leaks from the Clinton email investigation. Comey’s friend is hinting that this report could be damning for Loretta Lynch. So, McCabe is a liar and was caught; his defense in part is that Comey made me do it. Comey says Lynch made me do it. Meanwhile we have a special councel investigating President Trump, not Comey, McCabe or Lynch. So far this inspector general is getting more information about who did what than Robert Mueller is because Mueller has no interest in Lynch, Comey, McCabe, Hillary or the DNC.

“Later, the long-held official policy of the Department of Justice is that a sitting president of the United States cannot be indicted, according to official DOJ memoranda. So, if a sitting president can’t be indicted how can he be a target of an investigation?

“Finally, Rep Ron DeSantis calls in to discuss attacks ads against him during his run for Governor.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2018/04/19/april-19-2018/

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Dead Cats: Words Collude, 04/18/18, (30)13 James Brody

Jalonick – McConnell blocks; Hanson – Loose colluders.

COMEY BOOK: Durden – Jackass; DC Examiner – It’s flat.

LEADS: Gorsuch re Dreamers; Persons – Mueller polls; Watson – Paul warns of war; Binder – Kochs protect dreamers; Whitten – *Bucks closes for a day.

HEALTH  CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber Site.

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“Progress: The process whereby the human race has got rid of whiskers, the vermiform appendix and God.” A Book of Burlesques (1916), Henry Louis Mencken

Mary Clare Jalonick, AP: “As GOP balks, McConnell shuts down bill to protect Mueller”

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“McConnell said the bill is unnecessary because President Donald Trump will not fire Mueller.

“‘We’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate,’ McConnell said on Fox News.

“His comments came amid widespread opposition to the bill among members of his caucus, with several GOP senators saying the bill is unconstitutional. Others said it’s simply not good politics to try and tell Trump what to do, likening the legislation to ‘poking the bear.’

“The bipartisan legislation was introduced last week as Trump publicly criticized Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president. Trump, fuming about a raid of his personal lawyer’s office by a different division of the FBI, said last week that the Mueller investigation is ‘an attack on our country’ and is ‘corrupt.’

“Trump has also privately pondered firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller’s investigation. . .”

https://apnews.com/bfb5ad674cec4f90b75b5f790d30eb89/As-GOP-balks,-McConnell-shuts-down-bill-to-protect-Mueller

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Colluders on the Loose”

“Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch, Andrew Weissmann, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Harry Reid, Samantha Power, Clinton attorney Jeannie Rhee . . .

“If collusion is the twin of conspiracy, then there are lots of colluders running around Washington.

“Robert Mueller was tasked to find evidence of Trump and Russia collusion that might have warped the 2016 campaign and thrown the election to Trump. After a year, his investigation has found no concrete evidence of collusion. So it has often turned to other purported Trump misadventures. Ironically, collusion of all sorts — illegal, barely legal, and simply unethical — has been the sea that Washington fish always swim in.

“Christopher Steele, hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign through a series of firewall intermediaries, probably paid Russian sources for gossip and smears. If there is a crime of collusion, then Clinton-campaign contractors should be under investigation for seeking Russian help to find dirt on Trump, to spread smears around throughout the DOJ, FBI, and CIA, and to make sure that the dirt was leaked to the press in the final weeks of the campaign — for the sole ‘insurance’ purposes of losing Trump the election.

“Some sort of collusion likely occurred when the Obama DOJ and FBI sought FISA-court requests to surveille Carter Page and, indirectly, possibly many other members of the Trump campaign. On repeated occasions, they all made sure the FISA-court judges were not apprised that the Steele dossier, the chief basis for these requests, was paid for by the Clinton campaign, that the dossier was not verified by the FBI, that the dossier was the source of media stories that in circular fashion were used to convince the FISA judges to grant the surveillance requests, and that the FBI had severed relations with Steele on the basis of his unreliability. Such a collusion of silence was similar to James Comey’s admission that he apprised President Trump of every iota of lurid sexual gossip about him — except that his source was a dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton and written by a campaign operative hired to find dirt on Trump and who had been working with Comey’s FBI to get FISA approval to spy on Trump’s own aides.

“Apparently, a number of government officials must have been in cahoots to get all their stories and agendas straight ahead of time. They certainly agreed on talking points to keep embarrassing facts from FISA judges, and they did so on a number of occasions. Does that behavior fall under the definition of some sort of colluding obstruction? . . .

“James Comey himself was quite a colluder. Somehow, he managed to mislead Congress by assuring them that he had not written his assessment of Hillary Clinton before he interviewed her and supposedly had not been the source of or approved leaks to the media. He has contradicted what both Loretta Lynch and Andrew McCabe have said. He has deliberately misled a FISA court by withholding information from it, vital to any evaluation of the veracity of his writ. He probably lied when he was messaging the media that Trump was under investigation while simultaneously assuring Trump in person that he was not. He has admitted that he warped an FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server because he assumed she’d win the presidency — an admission of politicized interference into a criminal investigation, if not a blatant confession that the FBI in felonious fashion was manipulating investigatory evidence to affect the outcome of a U.S. election. For Comey to escape legal exposure from all that required some sort of colluding help in high places. . .”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/colluders-washington-clinton-obama-loaylists/

COMEY BOOK:

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “‘Self-Centered, Self-Serving Jackass’: FBI Insiders Furious After Comey Interview”

Hat Tip – InfoWars . . .

“Current and former FBI agents are furious after former Director James Comey gave his first interview since President Trump fired him last year to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday night, reports the Daily Beast – which was privy to a play-by-play flurry of text messages and other communications detailing their reactions.

Seven current or former FBI agents and officials spoke throughout and immediately after the broadcast. There was a lot of anger, frustration, and even more emojis—featuring the thumbs-down, frowny face, middle finger, and a whole lot of green vomit faces.

One former FBI official sent a bourbon emoji as it began; another sent the beers cheers-ing emoji. The responses became increasingly angry and despondent as the hourlong interview played out. Daily Beast

“‘Hoover is spinning in his grave,’ said a former FBI official. ‘Making money from total failure,’ in reference to Comey plugging his book, A Higher Loyalty.

Jana Winter of The Beast adds that when a promo aired between segments advertising Comey’s upcoming appearance with The View, the official “grew angrier.”

Good lord, what a self-serving self-centered jackass,” the official said. “True to form he thinks he’s the smartest guy around.”
A current official with the FBI said it was strange how Comey seemed so pleased with how things played out. “It’s how happy he looked on TV while cashing in on the biggest mistake in history. His mistake,” they said. “Jim Comey made that mistake. We all just wonder what could have been and what we could’ve done to change it. . .”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-16/self-centered-self-serving-jackass-fbi-insiders-furious-after-comey-interview

Washington Examiner: “James Comey’s book falls as flat as its cover”

“The new memoir by James Comey, former FBI director, is light on new information but heavy on petty insults. It is being marketed by a typical rage-fest on President Trump’s Twitter feed. A bestseller is guaranteed.

“But Comey’s name-calling makes for an unpersuasive condemnation of this presidency. It won’t convince Trump supporters, or wavering conservatives, or Democrats (perhaps especially those who previously voted for President Barack Obama) to change their minds

“Comey’s observations about Trump’s orange-ness, his hand size, and the length of his tie, aren’t even original, let alone amusing except to that corps of haters who giggle at any show of disrespect to the chief executive. Perhaps the only impact they will have is to engender among disaffected conservatives a certain sympathy for a president whose substantive policies have been a pleasant surprise. . .”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/james-comeys-book-falls-as-flat-as-its-cover

LEADS:

AP: “The Supreme Court just handed the Trump administration a loss on immigration — and Gorsuch was the tiebreaking vote”

  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants convicted of crimes is too vague.
  • The 5-4 ruling handed the Trump administration a loss on a signature issue.
  • Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, joined the court’s more liberal justices to cast the deciding vote.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/gorsuch-supreme-court-votes-immigration-case-2018-4

Sally Persons, Washington Times: “Americans have increasingly unfavorable view of Robert Mueller, poll finds”

“A new poll out Tuesday shows attitudes towards special counsel Robert Mueller changing in a negative direction.

“In the Marist poll, 30 percent of Americans now say they have an unfavorable view of Mr. Mueller, up 10 points from 20 percent at the end of March. Little has changed on the favorable side, with 32 percent saying they have a positive view of him compared to 33 percent in March.

“The change seems to be due to a more informed opinion of Mr. Mueller. In March, 47 percent of people had never heard of him or were unsure how to feel about him, compared to 38 percent who now say they’ve never heard of him.

“The shift is along partisan lines, with 49 percent of Republicans saying they have a negative opinion of him, compared to 30 percent in March. Over half of Republicans also say the investigation into Mr. Trump’s campaign has been unfair, compared to 46 percent of Republicans who felt that way in March. But the majority of Republicans, and Americans overall, say Mr. Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation.. .”

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/17/poll-americans-have-increasingly-unfavorable-view-/

 

Steve Watson, InfoWars: “RAND PAUL WARNS NEW US WAR POWERS ACT WILL RUBBER STAMP GLOBAL CONFLICT

“POTUS won’t even have to consult Congress to wage war

Senator Rand Paul warned Tuesday that a new war powers act currently making its way through the Senate will expand the President’s authority to declare war without the backing of Congress, essentially allowing the ‘Commander In Chief’ to wage war any where at any time.

“While the legislation has been presented as a plan to “reassert” Congressional power to “authorize where, when and with who we are at war,” the proposal for a new AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) actually allows the president to declare anyone an ‘associated force’ of terrorists, without even disclosing the details to Congress or the public.

“The legislation is an update to the 2001 and 2002 AUMF for the war in Afghanistan, following the 9/11 attacks.

“Unfortunately, the authorization they’re putting forward will expand the president’s authority to involve us in war,” Senator Paul wanned during an appearance on Fox News. . .”

https://www.infowars.com/rand-paul-warns-new-us-war-powers-act-will-rubber-stamp-global-conflict/

John Binder, Breitbart: “‘DREAMers Are Among Our Best and Brightest:’ Koch Brothers to Push Amnesty with Seven-Figure Ad Campaign”

“Pro-mass immigration GOP megadonor billionaires the Koch brothers are set to release a seven-figure ad campaign to push amnesty for millions of illegal aliens in the United States, just months ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

“Statements by spokesmen for the Koch brothers and their network of organizations reveal that the billionaires are lobbying President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress to back a plan that would open the door for amnesty for millions of illegal aliens who are eligible and enrolled in the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/17/dreamers-are-among-our-best-and-brightest-koch-brothers-to-push-amnesty-with-seven-figure-ad-campaign/

Sara Whitten, CNBC: “Starbucks to close all company-owned stores on the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias education day”

It only takes the Pope seven days to train an exorcist . . .

  • Starbucks will close 8,000 of the company’s U.S.-based locations to train 175,000 employees and address implicit bias, promote inclusion and help prevent discrimination.
  • Once the company has completed this training at its company-owned locations it will make the it available to its licensed partners.
  • The company is working with the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Equal Justice Initiative, among others to create the program.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/17/starbucks-to-close-all-stores-on-may-29-for-racial-bias-education-day.html

HEALTH CARE:

Hannity:  Josh Umber Site

“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.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

RECOMMENDED:

Mark Levin, 04-17-18

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, Former first lady Barbara Bush passed away at 92. She was the wife of a President, the mother of a President and a Governor, which is remarkable. The former First Lady and former President George H.W. Bush had the longest-lasting marriage in presidential history at 73 years.

“Later, the Stormy Daniels obsessed media is betraying the American people in failing to talk about the big issues of the day. Instead, they’re targeting Sean Hannity for destruction. The big moral issue with the media is that Hannity talked to Michael Cohen. The media is saying Hannity should have disclosed that he had a relationship with Cohen. If that’s the case the media should do as they say and reveal any and all of their potential conflicts of interest. “Finally, former FBI special agent, Terry Albury, pled guilty to leaking classified national defense information. How come James Comey is on a book tour for leaking but Albury is going to prison?”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2018/04/17/april-17-2018/

Laura Ellsworth for Guv’

http://ellsworth2018.com/

Chappaquiddick Show Times – Regal Oaks Stadium 24 – Map

11:40am, 1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:25pm, 10:10pm

Best  Actor – Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

Regal show times at https://www.regmovies.com/movies/darkest-hour/B00472806”867

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Dead Cats: Kali-Forn-Ya, 04/16/18, (30)12 James Brody

French – California divorce; Goldberg – Paul Ryan.

COMEY BOOK: Watson – A pathetic human; NY Post – Comey ruins his reputation.

LEADS: Bandow – GOP race to debt; Bowden – Gingrich vs. Mueller; Drudge Links – Syria; Durden – Putin warnings; McCarthy – The real investigation; Moons – White House vs. Zuckerberg.

HEALTH  CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber Site.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 04-13-18; EllworthforGovernor – Ellsworth2018.com; Best Actor – Churchill show times. Chappaquiddick times –

David French, NRO:  “California Is the Model for National Divorce, Not Democratic Domination”

“ . . . Republican triumphs since Teixeira’s book have been so deep and wide that the Democratic party is at its lowest ebb in almost a century. It lost the Oval Office, the House, the Senate, most governorships, and most state houses. Only eight states are under unified Democratic control. By contrast, Republicans completely control 26 states. Republicans enjoy 17 veto-proof majorities, the Democrats only four.

“Ironically enough, if you’re wondering why the Democratic majority hasn’t emerged — why the party’s coalition hasn’t ascended — you can blame, in part, California.

First, while demographic change is very real, it’s not happening everywhere at the same rate. In fact, a meaningful part of that change is hyper-concentrated in the Golden State. The numbers are amazing. It’s the most populous state in the nation and also one of the least white. America is 61 percent white, 18 percent Hispanic, and 12 percent black. California, by contrast, is 39 percent white, 38 percent Hispanic, 15 percent Asian, and 5 percent black. Moreover, one-fourth of the nation’s immigrant population lives in California. More than a quarter of California residents are immigrants, a number that almost doubles the national average.

“Demographics undoubtedly affect politics, and in California the demographics are wildly different than they are in most of the country — with no realistic prospect that the rest of the country will grow to mirror California, not for generations (if ever). Interestingly, Texas’s demographics mirror California’s perhaps more than any other state. It’s 43 percent white, 38 percent Hispanic, 12 percent black, and 5 percent Asian — and it’s still the cornerstone of national GOP power.

“Second, it turns out that California politics and policies are repellent to millions of Californians. Between 2007 and 2016 roughly 6 million California residents left the state. Only 5 million people moved to California from other American states. And where did a plurality of former Californians go?

“Texas.

“When you break down the migration numbers even further, the results are fascinating. While California loses residents to most states, it enjoys net positive migration mainly from other blue states, most notably New York, Illinois, and New Jersey. This means that California’s population churn — immigration combined with domestic migration — pushes it farther down the progressive path.

“Third, while Teixeira and Leyden point to California as a model for combatting inequality, it’s one of the most unequal states in the nation. The most prosperous parts of the state are not only undeniably beautiful, they’re also populated by a creative and entrepreneurial class that gives each place a distinctive intellectual energy. If you’re rich enough, parts of California are very, very nice places to live. If you’re not, housing prices will keep you out more effectively than the guards at any gated community.

“The end result is inequality so great that the nation’s tech titans happen to live in the poverty capital of America. According to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, nearly one out of five state residents is poor.

“Finally, California’s progressive supermajority has led to a spate of petty authoritarianism that most Americans reject. I’ve written extensively about how California is seceding from the Constitution. The state has taken direct aim at the First Amendment rights of its pro-life citizens, implemented confiscatory gun-control policies, regulated pronoun usage, and repeatedly attempted to restrict religious liberty. All too often California progressives have demonstrated that “California values” are incompatible with the Bill of Rights. . .”

“ . . . But there’s a different option: We could be destined to go our separate ways.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/california-model-national-divorce-not-democratic-domination/

Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Cincinnatus Lays Down the PowerPoint

“The fact that Paul Ryan was a man out of place in his own party says far more about the state of the GOP than it does about the man. Consider this week alone:

  • A president who cheated on his first wife with his second and “allegedly” cheated on his third with a porn star is tweeting that Jim Comey is a “slimeball.”
  • The president’s personal PR team over at Hannity HQ is calling Robert Mueller the head of a crime family.
  • The CBO just announced that we’re in store for trillion-dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see.
  • The president is tweeting taunts about how his missiles are shinier toys than Putin’s.
  • The president’s nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, a once passionate and thoughtful defender of Congress’s sole right to authorize war, is now invoking law-review articles as justification for a president’s right to wage war on a whim.
  • The president’s lawyer’s office was raided by the FBI (not Bob Mueller’s team, by the way) after getting a warrant from a judge and following all of the onerous protocols of the Justice Department, and the former speaker of the House — and avowed historian — is insisting that the Cohen and Manafort raids are morally equivalent to the tactics of Stalin and Hitler. I’m pretty sure the Gestapo didn’t have “clean teams” to protect attorney-client privilege (particularly of dudes named “Cohen”), and last I checked the KGB wasn’t big on warrants.
  • On Monday evening, the president convened a televised war council and spent the first ten minutes sputtering about how outraged he was by an inquiry into a pay-off of his porn-star paramour.

And people are shocked that Paul Ryan isn’t comfortable in Washington?

Steve Hayes is right that Ryan was “always more a creature of the conservative movement than of GOP politics. His departure punctuates the eclipse of that movement within the party.”

The GOP will never be the same. We’ve known this instinctively for a while. But Ryan’s departure removes all doubt. He was too good for the job — and the party.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/paul-ryan-retirement-republican-party-future/

COMEY BOOK:

Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars: ““A TRULY PATHETIC HUMAN BEING”: COMEY SLAMMED AFTER ABC INTERVIEW”

“Conservatives went on a Twitter rampage following James Comey’s interview with ABC News last night, with former White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka calling the former FBI director “a truly pathetic human being”.

“During last night’s interview with George Stephanopoulos, Comey asserted that Trump was “morally unfit” to be president and that he “lies constantly”.

“The backlash was immediate and ferocious, with former Trump assistant Sebastian Gorka leading the charge.

“Fox News host Sean Hannity focused his anger on former Clinton operative Stephanopoulos for giving Comey a series of softball questions.

“He concluded by tweeting ‘journalism is dead’ while remarking, ‘that was the worst interview I have ever watched in my life.’

“Others savaged Comey’s claim that he didn’t let political persuasions affect his judgment, despite reports that the former FBI director’s entire family supported Hillary Clinton and his wife cried on election day. . .”

https://www.infowars.com/a-truly-pathetic-human-being-comey-slammed-after-abc-interview/

NY Post: “Jim Comey’s bid for vengeance is ruining his reputation

“. . . First, it has almost nothing in the way of real news. No bombshells, almost no dramatic factual revelations. The book, for all intents and purposes, simply repeats his past congressional testimony.

“Second, all the headline-grabbing details are either Comey’s petty criticism of President Trump’s tan, height and hand size; unpleasant and deeply personal denigrations of his character; or dishonest or salacious (and unprovable) speculation about the state of his marriage and his sex habits.

“The latter, of course, is how you sell books — especially to Trump-haters.

“But it’s also — surprisingly, for someone who makes clear he despises the president — a very Trump-like reaction: Someone mistreated you? Start name-calling.

“Trump, predictably, reacted in kind, blasting Comey on Twitter (and not entirely without justification) as “a weak and untruthful slime ball.” Which is probably the reaction Comey and his publishers hoped for.

“So what’s really going on here? For one thing, Comey is determined to get revenge against Trump for firing him, and by any means necessary. And he wants “redemption” from all the Democrats who believe he cost Hillary Clinton the election by his mishandling of her email probe (even though, he claims, Barack Obama “forgave” him).

“But while Comey’s speculation that it’s ‘possible’ a lurid ‘pee tape’ with Russian prostitutes exists will have Trump-haters whinnying with delight, it undermines his own credibility and his cloying pose as a heroic “above-it-all” rock of integrity. . .”

https://nypost.com/2018/04/13/jim-comeys-bid-for-vengeance-is-ruining-his-reputation/

LEADS:

Doug Bandow, NRO: “Republicans Accelerate America’s Rush toward Bankruptcy”

“Last year the Congressional Budget Office warned that Uncle Sam was racing toward fiscal insolvency. Although the CBO expected the deficit to fall to “only” $487 billion this year, it would start growing again next year. By 2022 the flood of red ink would near $1 trillion. By 2027 it would reach $1.4 trillion. The cumulative deficit over the following decade would be more than $9.4 trillion and 4 percent of GDP, as outlays grew ever higher. Expenditures currently are about 21 percent of GDP, above the 50-year average of 20.3 percent. By 2027, CBO projected spending would hit 23.4 percent of GDP.

“Over the long term, ‘entitlement’ outlays in particular would accelerate. “The aging of the population and growth in per capita spending on health care would almost certainly boost federal spending significantly relative to GDP,” the CBO explained. The national debt (excluding Social Security transfers) would go from $15 trillion and 77 percent of GDP to $25 billion and 89 percent of GDP by 2027. Moreover, as deficits rose and the Federal Reserve abandoned its essentially zero-interest policy, interest rates on federal debt inevitably would rise, resulting in much higher interest payments.

“These numbers were daunting, but worse was still to come. It turns out that the CBO’s spending, deficit, and debt predictions were low, ridiculously so. They didn’t take into account Republicans’ determination to bankrupt America, and quickly. Now, a year later, the U.S. has moved dramatically down the path to insolvency. . .”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/cbo-report-debt-american-bankruptcy-republican-congress/

John Bowden, The Hill: Gingrich calls Mueller investigation ‘breakdown’ of constitutional law”

Hat Tip – InfoWars . . .

“. . . In an interview with AM 970 in New York, the staunch supporter of President Trump pointed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s email investigation as evidence of a double standard that Gingrich said Americans are sick of seeing.

“‘What’s really striking to me is, you have Hillary Clinton erase 33,000 emails. You have her staff deeply involved. Do any of them get visited at 3 in the morning? Do any of them lose their lawyer-client privilege? No. It is so one-sided,’ Gingrich said, referring to the FBI’s recent raid on the offices of Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who is the subject of a criminal probe.

“‘This is why we have a Bill of Rights,’ Gingrich added. ‘I think what we’re watching is a breakdown of the whole concept of constitutional rule of law. I think it’s really very sobering, and a real threat to every American.’ . . .“

http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/383195-gingrich-calls-mueller-investigation-breakdown-of-constitutional

DRUDGE LINKS: SYRIA

Allies praise Syria strikes as Moscow seethes… 
Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits again…
Russian warships laden with tanks, military trucks sail towards Middle East…
Claims of demolishing chem weapons may be ‘pure PR’…
China: USA Has Record Of Launching Wars On Deceptive Grounds…
AMERICAN AIRLINES warns pilots some flights could be rerouted…
Macron says he persuaded Trump to keep troops in Syria…
Bolton’s Big U-turn..

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Putin Warns Of Global “Chaos” If West Hits Syria Again”

“Shortly after US Ambassador Nikki Haley revealed that Russia would be slapped with a third round of sanctions on Monday for ‘enabling the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in civil war,’ Russian President Vladimir Putin said that further attacks on Syria by Western forces, ‘in violation of the U.N. Charter,’ would send international relations into ‘chaos.’
“The US-led strike was denounced by Putin as an ‘act of aggression,’ and a ‘war crime’ by Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

‘‘Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the U.N. Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations,’ the Kremlin statement said.’

“The United States, France and Britain launched over 103 missiles on Saturday night at three Syrian facilities in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in the city of Douma seven days prior. While the West has conclusively blamed the Assad government for the attack, serious questions have arisen over everything from Assad’s motive, the type of nerve agent used, to the credibility of the first responders – an NGO known as the White Helmets who have a reputation for staging evidence.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-16/putin-warns-global-chaos-if-west-hits-syria-again

 

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Real Investigation”

“. . .President Trump now has real legal peril. The potential jeopardy stems from the investigation that came to light this week when the FBI conducted raids on the office and residences of his lawyer and self-professed “fixer,” Michael Cohen.

“I’ve never thought “collusion with Russia” posed jeopardy. If there had been anything criminal to that storyline, the politicized anti-Trump factions in the intelligence and law-enforcement agencies would have leaked it. And, notwithstanding Trump’s nauseating nods to Putin, the administration has taken enough aggressive steps against Russia that it is past time for the Kremlin to broadcast the big kompromat file if it exists.

“I’ve also never thought Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s other known angle, obstruction, posed a great risk. There is a line between foolishness and crime. For important policy reasons, a president should not weigh in with the FBI director on the merits of investigating a friend and political ally; and it would be better if he did not make personnel moves that could be perceived as efforts to influence witnesses or affect the course of an investigation. But as long as a president’s actions — e.g., firing the FBI director, discussing the possibility of pardons — are on their face legal and within his legitimate constitutional authority, I do not believe they can validly predicate an obstruction prosecution. (In theory, they could be grist for impeachment, which involves a political inquiry into abuse of power, not a legal proceeding to establish the essential elements of a statutory crime.)

“The matter now under investigation by the FBI and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), however, is a very live criminal investigation. Anyone potentially connected to it should be worried.

“Much of the commentary about the SDNY investigation puts the cart before the horse. When Cohen’s law office, hotel residence, and home were searched pursuant to court-approved warrants this week, there were howls about a purportedly unconscionable violation of the attorney–client privilege. As I pointed out in the aftermath, however, whether this was an egregious constitutional affront or textbook investigative rigor depends on (a) exactly what was under investigation and (b) whether the materials sought from Cohen were, in fact, privileged attorney–client communications.

“We did not know that at the time, and we are still not fully informed. Still, as an alum who spent nearly 20 years as an SDNY prosecutor, I’m always inclined to assume my old office is up to serious business. I also know well the ostentatiously careful steps the SDNY typically takes to avoid unconstitutional interference in the right to counsel — meaning to distinguish real legal assistance from schemes masquerading as attorney–client relationships. . .”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/michael-cohen-investigation-serious-peril-for-trump/

Michelle Moons, Breitbart: “White House Supports Everyone’s Constitutional Right to Speak Freely on Facebook, Other Platforms”

“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced House and Senate lawmakers in hearings on Capitol Hill Tuesday and Wednesday. One area of questioning pertained specifically to Facebook censoring of conservatives on the social media platform.

“During Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Rep. Marsha Blackburn asked Zuckerberg, “Do you subjectively manipulate your algorithms to prioritize or censor speech?” Zuckerberg replied that he doesn’t think what they are doing is ‘censoring speech’ and that they do censor ‘types of content like terrorism.’ Blackburn shot back, ‘et me tell you something right now, Diamond and Silk is not terrorism.’

“Diamond and Silk are fervent supporters of President Donald Trump who publish their commentary on YouTube and other internet platforms. Their Facebook page has over 1.4 million ‘likes.’ Though Zuckerberg claimed in the congressional hearing that Facebook made an error in censoring their page and that the company had been in touch with them, the women posted Wednesday night that Facebook had not contacted them since an April 5 communication in which Facebook called the two ‘Unsafe to the Community.’ . . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/11/white-house-supports-everyones-constitutional-right-to-speak-freely-on-facebook-other-platforms/

HEALTH CARE:

Hannity:  Josh Umber Site

“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.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

RECOMMENDED:

Mark Levin, 04-13-18

“On Friday’s Mark Levin Show, Every liberal news outlet is bending over backwards to hype the James Comey interview in the same way they hyped up the fictional Michael Wolff book. Comey, like Wolff, is just another disgruntled former employee, and the politics of his book, which is full of innuendo and gossip couldn’t be more obvious. Comey has been sleazy his entire career, and is a leaker and a slimeball like President Trump said.

“Also, the media and democrats who were quick to come to Andrew McCabe’s defense after his removal are quiet today. The Inspector General’s report proved that McCabe lied under oath.

“Comey and McCabe were the two heads of the FBI, two flawed men in positions of power trying to take down Trump. The fact that people applaud leakers like Comey and McCabe is appalling.

“In addition to Trump, Scooter Libby was another innocent man wrongly charged and pursued by Comey and his gang. Trump pardoned Libby and erased all criminal charges against him for leaking.

“Later, Russia keeps denying having a role in the chemical attacks in Syria, yet they keep vetoing resolutions about it at the United Nations. Vladimir Putin is claiming that England used chemical weapons in Syria to set up Russia.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2018/04/13/april-13-2018/

Laura Ellsworth for Guv’

http://ellsworth2018.com/

Chappaquiddick Show Times – Regal Oaks Stadium 24 – Map

11:40am, 1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:25pm, 10:10pm

Best  Actor – Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

Regal show times at https://www.regmovies.com/movies/darkest-hour/B00472806”867

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Dead Cats: REMEMBER. . . , 04/13/18, (30)11 James Brody

Holocaust – CBS: 4 in 10 millennials ignorant.

COMEY BOOK: UK Daily Mail – Trump’s demands?; Durden – Slimeball; Hannity challenge.

LEADS: Hanson – Mueller at crossroads; Chang – China blinked; Lowry – Last special counsel; Ross – DOJ relents; RT – Russia less cooperative.

HEALTH  CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber Site.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 04-20-18; EllworthforGovernor – Ellsworth2018.com; Best Actor – Churchill show times. Chappaquiddick times –

Holocaust Remembrance

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby ask the people of the United States to observe the Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, April 12 through April 19, 2018, and the solemn anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps, with appropriate study, prayers and commemoration, and to honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution by internalizing the lessons of this atrocity so that it is never repeated.

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/READ-The-full-US-statement-for-Holocaust-Remembrance-Day-549590

CBS: “4 in 10 millennials don’t know 6 million Jews were killed in Holocaust, study shows”

NEW YORK — More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. — 22 percent — haven’t heard of, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday, on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. The study, which was commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and conducted by Schoen Consulting, also found that 11 percent of U.S. adults overall haven’t heard of the Holocaust or aren’t sure if they did.

“Additionally, 41 percent of millennials believe two million Jews or fewer were killed during the Holocaust, the study found. Six million Jews were killed in World War II by Nazi Germany and its accomplices.

“Two-thirds of millennials could not identify in the survey what Auschwitz was. . .”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/holocaust-study-millennials/

COMEY BOOK:

UK Daily Mail: “Comey reveals Trump wanted him to DISPROVE ‘golden showers’ claim in case there was ‘even a one per cent chance’ Melania believed it – and calls president ‘untethered to truth’ in bombshell book”

–  James Comey, the fired FBI director, is using his book – published Tuesday- to make bombshell claims about the president 

–  He says Trump urged him to investigate the notorious dirty dossier which claimed he ordered Russian prostitutes to perform ‘golden showers’

–  Comey says he wanted it shown to be untrue in case there was ‘even a one per cent chance’ Melania thought it was true 

–  ‘There’s no way I would let people pee on each other around me. No way,’ he told Comey in a phone call days before his inauguration 

–  Trump asked him at least three times about the golden showers tape and claimed he had not slept in the Moscow hotel room concerned 

–  6’8″ Comey says the president was shorter than he expected and had half-moon marks under his eyes, probably from tanning goggles

–  Calls the president ‘egotistical’ and compares him to mafia boss Sammy ‘the Bull’ Grazano – but not as strong as Comey

–  Also reveals secrets of the Clinton email probe and says attorney general Loretta Lynch’s independence was questioned by ‘unverified classified material’

–  Reveals that Obama said he did the right thing with the Clinton probe – a revelation which will cause fury in her camp.”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5609915/In-new-book-Comey-says-Trump-untethered-truth.html

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “’He’s an Untruthful Slime Ball’ – Trump Lashes Out At ‘Proven Liar’ Comey”

“As former FBI Director James Comey’s book excerpts leak, showing his feelings towards the President to be exactly what many had assumed, President Trump has struck back… blasting that ‘James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR.’  and adding that ‘Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired.’

“Trump then laid out the reality of what the supposedly honorable Comey did ‘He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and…..’

and given the ellipsis, we suspect more abuse is coming…

“And sure enough, Trump lashed out at Comey for being an ‘untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI.’

“He then jabbed at what Comey even admitted in his book was a mistake ‘His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst ‘botch jobs’ of history.’

“Finally Trump concluded, “It was my great honor to fire James Comey!”

“But seriously though Mr. President, how do you really feel about Comey? “

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-13/trump-lashes-out-proven-leaker-and-liar-comey

Sean Hannity, Fox: “SEAN HANNITY: Comey wouldn’t know a real mob boss if he investigated one for an illegal server”

Hat Tip – InfoWars . . .

“. . . Since Comey can’t distinguish between homicidal criminals and a politician he disagrees with, it is worth reminding him what an actual mob boss looks like. Al Capone plagued society with illicit gambling, prostitution, tax evasion and an untold number of murders. Lucky Luciano was responsible for widespread extortion, prostitution rings, bootlegging and murder. John Gotti was convicted of 13 murders, and also profited from racketeering, tax evasion and gambling.

“What does Donald Trump have to do with any of them? If Comey is really looking for mobsters at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., he missed one – the Clinton crime family.

Bill Clinton was accused of severe sexual misconduct, harassment and even rape by Juanita Broaddrick. We know he lied under oath and we know he paid Paula Jones. We know he was impeached. Hillary Clinton surely committed crimes, and would have been charged if we had equal justice under the law. She mishandled national secrets on that illicit private server, obstructed justice and destroyed evidence.

“The Clinton crime family included numerous associates – Cheryl Mills, the Hillary consigliere to whom Comey granted immunity in exchange for nothing. Huma Abedin, her underboss, who also mishandled national secrets, even handing them over to her pervert husband, former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner.

“There’s sketchy Terry McAuliffe, the former governor of Virginia. He directed his political action committee to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to the state senate campaign of Jill McCabe, the wife of, then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Fortunately for Americans, McCabe is now off the federal payroll. But when McAuliffe was bankrolling his wife’s failed campaign, he was supposed to be investigating Hillary.

Loretta Lynch qualifies as a made member of the Clinton Crime Family, too. The former attorney general had a secret meeting on an airport tarmac with Bill Clinton in Phoenix just days before Comey cleared Clinton. One wonders what kind of order Bill issued as Lynch kissed his ring.

“The Clinton Crime Family includes enforcers, like Sid ‘Vicious’ Blumenthal, who shopped the bogus anti-Trump dossier around to spark a phony investigation. And Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who helped rig the primary for Hillary Clinton while she ran the Democratic National Committee.

“Comey, who was at best oblivious to the Clinton Crime Family as it ran wild in Washington, has operated a bit like a gangland don himself, if we’re allowed to use the same license he does. During his tenure at the FBI, he agreed to Lynch’s order to soft-pedal the Clinton email investigation by calling it a “matter.” He and Trump-hating FBI agent Peter Strzok wrote an exoneration of Clinton in May, months before they even interviewed her or other witnesses for their investigation. In the parlance of La Cosa Nostra, they fixed the case.

“We also know Comey signed off on multiple FISA warrants to spy on a Trump campaign associate. To do that, he worked with loyal soldiers Rod Rosenstein, Sally Yates and others. . .”

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/12/sean-hannity-comey-wouldnt-know-real-mob-boss-if-investigated-one-for-illegal-server.html

LEADS:

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Mueller at the Crossroads”

“. . . Mueller is reaching the crossroads of his investigation and faces at least four critical decisions.

“One, Mueller can wind up his investigations now. He can write a report affirming that he has found no evidence while conducting his originally assigned inquiry: Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians to throw the election his way.

“Two, Mueller might pause and await Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report concerning possible Department of Justice and FBI abuses pertaining to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. If Horowitz finds credible evidence of lawbreaking, then Mueller might seek indictments based on the IG’s likely actionable evidence.

“Three, Mueller could continue to investigate anyone close to the Trump campaign for another year. If he did that, he would confirm that his inquiry has descended into a political cause. If Mueller calibrates the release of his findings to the fall midterm elections, he will be hailed by Trump opponents as a crusading prosecutor — despite finding nothing related to collusion. A Democratic takeover of Congress would shut down congressional investigations of FBI and DOJ wrongdoing and further empower Mueller.

“Four, Mueller could more evenly apply his investigations of lying, obstruction of justice, and collusion during the 2016 campaign. That way, he would reassure the country of equal treatment of all under the law.

“For example, in his search for instances of lying, Mueller might also re-examine the false testimonies given to investigators by McCabe and by Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin.

“In his search for Russian collusion, Mueller might also investigate Steele, Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, and the Clinton campaign. All used Russian sources to leak unproven gossip and smears to the press in an effort to warp the 2016 election.

“In his search for obstruction of justice, Mueller might also investigate whether top DOJ and FBI officials deliberately misled the FISA court by withholding evidence that the Steele dossier was flawed. Did Justice Department officials inform the FISA court that Steele’s dossier was hired research paid for by the Clinton campaign? Did they tell the court that the FBI had stopped using Steele as a source because he purportedly leaked information to the media? Did they tell the court that Comey was on record as saying the Steele dossier might not have been credible?

“In his search for felonious behavior concerning the leaking of classified documents, Mueller might determine:

“1) Whether Comey’s memos regarding presidential conversations, which Comey leaked to the press, were classified;

“2) Whether former top national-security and intelligence officials — among them John Brennan, James Clapper, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes, and Susan Rice — requested that the redacted names of surveilled Americans be unmasked, and whether officials then illegally leaked those names to the media;

“3) Whether FBI officials such as Comey and McCabe leaked confidential findings from their investigations to the press during the 2016 campaign and lied to investigators about it.

“If the special counsel’s investigation has turned into a political cause, Mueller will no doubt prefer the third option. . .”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/robert-mueller-trump-russia-investigation-crossroads/

Gordon Chang, National Interest: China Trade: Donald Trump Stares, Xi Jinping Blinks”

On Thursday, China’s Commerce Ministry denied that President Xi Jinping’s promise to “significantly lower” tariffs on imported vehicles this year was made in response to complaints from President Donald Trump.

Tuesday, at the Boao Forum for Asia, known as “China Davos,” Xi also made other market-opening pledges in his keynote address. In the automobile area, Xi said, in addition to the tariff reduction on cars, Beijing would permit more foreign investment in domestic auto companies.

Xi’s car-tariff reduction, despite what the Commerce Ministry maintained, looked to be in response to Trump’s demands. Monday morning, the American leader pointed out in a tweet that cars imported into the United States from China were tariffed at 2.5 percent while American cars entering the Chinese market attracted a 25 percent duty. That, Trump tweeted, “sounds like STUPID TRADE.”

Later Monday, the American president said he did not blame the Chinese for the American trade deficit. “They have really done a number on this country,” he said at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting, referring to China’s officials. “And I don’t blame China. I blame the people running our country. I blame presidents, I blame representatives, I blame negotiators. We should have been able to do what they did. We didn’t do it. They did. And it’s the most lopsided set of trade rules, regulations that anybody has ever seen.”

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/china-trade-donald-trump-stares-xi-jinping-blinks-25337

Rich Lowry, NRO: “The Last Special Counsel”

“The gravitational pull of special counsel investigations is toward expansion. They should not continue after Mueller.

“Donald Trump shouldn’t fire Robert Mueller, but Mueller should be the last special counsel.

“The Mueller probe just took a Ken Starr turn with its lurch, via the Southern District of New York, into the Stormy Daniels affair.

“After the Starr investigation in the 1990s, there was a consensus that we weren’t doing that again, certainly not through the independent counsel statute, which lapsed. The law put investigations on a hair trigger and carved out independent counsels, executive branch officials, from control of the chief executive in a constitutionally impermissible way. Endless politically fraught investigations ensued that often exhibited a zeal disproportionate to the alleged crime. It’s too early to render a verdict on Mueller’s work, but he certainly appears to have become a kind of free-floating legal ombudsman.

In response to Trump’s blustery attacks on Mueller, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling for legal protections against Mueller’s removal that would be an ill-advised step back toward the independent counsel statute. Instead, we should be thinking of whether this is the best way to hold presidents accountable in the future. As a practical matter, it’s hard to imagine any administration ever permitting such an investigation to get unloosed again.

“Even if Trump is fully vindicated, the probe has exacted a significant price, and much of the left considers the Mueller probe a resistance march with subpoena power. . .”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/robert-mueller-special-counsel-investigation-should-be-last/

Chuck Ross, Daily Caller: “DOJ Relents, Provides House Intel with Crucial Russia Probe Document”

“Facing threats of legal action, the Justice Department on Wednesday provided the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence with a two-page document showing the FBI’s basis for opening the Russia counterintelligence investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“The agency provided the document, known as an Electronic Communication, or EC, after California Rep. Devin Nunes and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“Nunes sent a letter to Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray April 4, demanding an un-redacted copy of the EC, as well as access to applications for surveillance warrants against President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser, Carter Page. Nunes set April 11 as the deadline for the document production.

“In an interview on Tuesday, Nunes threatened to potentially impeach Rosenstein and Wray if they refused to turn over the EC. . . .”

http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/11/justice-department-devin-nunes-russia-probe-document/

RT: “Russia to suspend nuclear, rocket cooperation with America, ban US tobacco & alcohol – draft law”

Hat Tip – Info Wars . . .

Russian lawmakers have drafted a bill suspending cooperation with US companies in the nuclear, missile and aircraft-building spheres, as well as introducing restrictions on imports of alcohol and tobacco produced in the US.

The bill is about alcohol and tobacco products and about ceasing or suspending international cooperation in the nuclear sphere, rocket engine building and aircraft building between Russian companies and organizations under US jurisdiction,” one of the bill’s sponsors, MP Ivan Melnikov (Communist Party), was quoted as saying in the State Duma’s Twitter message.

The bill charges the government and top officials in Russian regions with the task of developing mechanisms to replace US goods and services on the Russian market. We expect this to become a push for the development of the Russian economy,” Melnikov said. . .”

https://www.rt.com/politics/424010-russia-sanctions-nuclear-us/

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Mark Levin, 04-12-18

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, If we don’t understand history we won’t survive and the left wants nothing more than for us to forget history. A survey published on Holocaust Remembrance Day showed one-fifth of millennials haven’t heard of the Holocaust and two-thirds could not identify what Auschwitz was. The reason is because it’s not taught in our schools anymore. What better way to educate then with Ronald Reagan’s 1983 speech to Holocaust survivors in which he paints a vivid picture of the horrors Americans must never forget.

“Also, Lindsey Graham and the Democrats are leading the charge to protect Robert Mueller from being fired from President Trump. These fools in congress want to pass laws to protect Mueller, but not to protect the constitution or attorney client privilege. Mueller wouldn’t be able to pursue most of these investigations without the approval of Rod Rosenstein, who is taking Jeff Sessions’ role as Attorney General. It’s the responsibility of Sessions to take back his power when the investigation isn’t focused on Russia.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2018/04/12/april-12-2018/

Laura Ellsworth for Guv’

http://ellsworth2018.com/

Chappaquiddick Show Times – Regal Oaks Stadium 24 – Map

11:40am, 1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:25pm, 10:10pm

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Dead Cats: Distraction?, Dead Cats: Distraction?

Hodge- Get ready Russia; Ballhaus – Power to fire; Daily Mail – Cohen’s rights; InfoWars – Curz scorched Zuckerberg.

LEADS: Hanson – Illegal immigration; Swain & Allen – Ryan quits; Durden – The Cohen Raid; Slavo – Soros beaten.

HEALTH  CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber Site.

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“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it is also more nourishing.”

HL Mencken, “A Few Pages of Notes,” The Smart Set (January 1915); later published in A Little Book in C Major (1916)

Mark Hodge, UK Sun: ‘GET READY RUSSIA!’ Donald Trump warns Putin his missiles are coming ‘fast and smart’ after Russia vowed to bomb US sites if it strikes Assad”

What we know so far…

“A chemical attack, using ‘poisonous chlorine gas’ unfolded in the besieged town of Douma on Saturday

“Dozens of people were reportedly killed, with those caught up in the sickening attack suffering “oral foaming, cyanosis, and corneal burns”

“The UN slammed the reported use of chemical weapons, saying it would be an “abhorrent” violation of the law

“The World Health Organisation has confirmed that 500 people showed symptoms of being exposed to “toxic chemicals”

“US President Donald Trump declared on Monday that a forceful response would be made within 24 to 48 hours

“Senior Russian officials warned that Moscow would shoot down US rockets if Washington launched strikes

“Trump tweeted Wednesday that Russia should “get ready” for “smart” missiles

“US warplanes have been spotted on the border.

Theresa May has also vowed to end Syria’s use of chemical weapons

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6022894/donald-trump-twitter-russia-syria-airstrike/

Rebecca Ballhaus et al., WSJ: “White House Says Trump Has Power to Fire Mueller”

And Rothstein & Sessions . . .

“Experts outside the administration have said the president can’t directly dismiss the special counsel

“WASHINGTON—The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump believes he has the authority to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, as lawmakers from both parties warned against doing so one day after the FBI raided properties tied to the president’s longtime lawyer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said that Mr. Mueller “should be allowed to finish his job,” though he rebuffed calls for legislation to protect the special counsel. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said on CNN that it would be “suicide” for Mr. Trump to fire the special counsel.

Mr. Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said the president “certainly believes he has the power” to fire Mr. Mueller directly. The special prosecutor is examining Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign and whether associates of Mr. Trump colluded with Moscow. Mr. Trump and Russian officials have denied the allegations.

Ms. Sanders’s comment was a departure from the more measured responses that the administration has given to such questions in the past. . .”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-says-trump-has-power-to-fire-mueller-1523406965

UK Daily Mail: “Justice Department violated Michael Cohen’s constitutional rights just by seizing his records, Alan Dershowitz tells DailyMail.com – hours before Harvard law professor has dinner with Trump”

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz will have dinner Tuesday at the White House with President Donald Trump

He tells DailyMail.com that the Department of Justice violated Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s rights when it seized his documents on Monday

The government will set up a team of agents and lawyers to review the material to make sure prosecutors don’t see anything ‘privileged’

That could include documents covered by the sanctity of an attorney-client relationship, whose mere presence in prosecutors’ hands could ‘taint’ a case

But since those ‘taint teams’ are made up of government agents, Dershowitz says the DOJ already has them – which is unconstitutional

UCLA Law School professor Harry Litman says the system works well and there’s ‘absolutely no cheating’ because the stakes are so high

Dershowitz also claimed Monday that if Trump were a Democrat, the American Civil Liberties Union would be protesting the search of his lawyer’s office …”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5601007/Mueller-violated-Michael-Cohens-constitutional-rights-just-seizing-records-says-Dershowitz.html

InfoWars: “VIDEO: TED CRUZ SCORCHES MARK ZUCKERBERG ON CONSERVATIVE CENSORSHIP”

“Facebook accused of abusing user data and suppressing political content

https://www.infowars.com/video-ted-cruz-scorches-mark-zuckerberg-on-conservative-censorship/

LEADS:

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Ideology of Illegal Immigration”

“Illegal immigration has become so deeply embedded for so long within contemporary power politics, demography, and cultural change, so charged with accusations of racism, nativism, and xenophobia, that we have forgotten its intrinsic contradictions.

“We saw a glimpse of reality with the recent ‘caravan’ of Central Americans. With a strong wink and nod from their Mexican hosts, the travelers assumed an intrinsic right to march northward into the United States. Had they done so, they would have confirmed the impression, advanced during the last administration, that the border is porous and that a sovereign United States and its citizenry have scant legal right to secure it.

How did we get to such a point of absurdity?

“The ideology of illegal immigration rests on certain illogical assumptions that must not be questioned. Immigration exactly is one-way. But why exactly do we simply accept that without inquiry? What is it about a free-market, constitutional, transparent, and law-abiding America that draws in millions desperate to abandon their homes in otherwise naturally rich landscapes in Mexico and Central America?

“In the absence of intellectual honesty about the need for political and economic reform in Latin America, mythologies can abound. Millions are desperate to enter a country antithetical to the protocols of their own. They are even more desperate to stay here — even as many mask that paradox by expressing ethnic and cultural chauvinism, along with anger at their hosts. Witness the signs, flags, and symbols of many open-borders, anti-immigration-enforcement rallies. Apparently, nations that create conditions that drive out their own can be the objects of romance, but only at a safe distance.

“The ethos of the Mexican government has become surreal. Its racist and imperial classes welcome the flight of 10 percent of its indigenous population. It assumes that the United States cannot, must not, adopt immigration laws similar to its own. Driving out one’s own people apparently vents social tensions in lieu of reform, and the government is thereby exempted from accountability for its utter failures. About $30 billion arrive in return as remittances, many of these transferences subsidized by American social services and entitlements. . .”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/illegal-immigration-ideology-orwellian-virtue-signaling/

Jonathan Swain & Mike Allen, Axios, “Paul Ryan confidants say he’s not running for re-election”

“House Speaker Paul Ryan has told confidants that he will announce soon that he won’t run for re-election in November, according to sources with knowledge of the conversations.

“Why it matters: House Republicans were already in a very tough spot for the midterms, with many endangered members and the good chance that Democrats could win the majority.

“One of Washington’s best-wired Republicans said:

“‘This is a Titanic, tectonic shift. … This is going to make every Republican donor believe the House can’t be held.’ The announcement will help Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in his fundraising because ‘the Senate becomes the last bastion,’ the Republican said.”

https://www.axios.com/paul-ryan-not-running-reelection-retirement-8b5c598b-bcdf-46ca-a7d9-7206c2f3fdb5.html

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Here’s Why The Cohen Raid Will Keep The Trumps Up At Night”

“The FBI raid on the offices of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen – one of the president’s closest and longest-serving confidants – has rattled investors, political analysts and even the president himself as many have determined – correctly, it seems – that these raids represent nothing short of a major turning point in the long-running Mueller probe.

Since investigators must convince a judge that there’s a high possibility they will discover evidence of criminality before receiving approval for a search warrant, the criminal stakes for Cohen – who has been accused by a watchdog group of lying under oath and of violating campaign finance laws in connection with his $130,000 Stormy Daniels payoff – have never been higher

“And in a 13-part twitter thread published this morning, Adam Davidson (the New Yorker staff writer and host of popular podcast Planet Money) explained exactly why the raid on Cohen’s office is such a watershed moment in the probe.

“The upshot, is that, other than Don Jr. or Ivanka turning states’ witness against their father, Cohen is the former Trump Organization dealmaker who is most likely to provide investigators with evidence of criminality. . .”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-10/heres-why-cohen-raid-will-keep-trumps-night

Geoff Earle, UK Daily Mail: “Trump’s fury at Mueller as he brands FBI raid on his attorney Michael Cohen ‘an attack on our country’, after agents seize Stormy hush-money files in campaign finance and bank fraud probe ‘that could see lawyer jailed for up to 30 years’”
·  Trump voices fury after his personal attorney Michael Cohen has his hotel room and office raided calling it ‘an attack on our country’ 

  • At the White House he blames Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe and says: ‘I have this witch hunt constantly going on.’ 
  • He called raid ‘an attack on our country and what we also stand for’ and claimed the Mueller probe is ‘biased’ ‘conflicted’ and Hillary Clinton is escaping scrutiny 
  • FBI agents seized documents and emails relating to the payment Cohen made to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims she had sex with Trump 
  • Cohen is being probed for bank fraud and campaign finance violations and had his personal phone computer and bank records seized
  • Indicates he is being investigated for using a home equity line to borrow the $130,000 he used to pay Stormy Daniels for her silence 
  • If Cohen did in fact lie to obtain credit he could be imprisoned for 30 years   
  • Mueller took information about potential crime unrelated to his Russia probe to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein who asked New York feds to act on it 
  • Cohen’s own attorney called move ‘completely inappropriate and unnecessary’ but Stormy Daniels’s lawyer Michael Avenatti said: ‘This could end badly for DJT’
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5596263/FBI-raid-Trumps-attorneys-office-seize-Stormy-Daniels-payment-records.html

Marc Slavo, InfoWars: “SOROS DEFEATED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO RIG HUNGARIAN ELECTION AND SPENDING MILLIONS”

“Soros, who was born in Hungary and desperately wanted a hardened fascist to win the election, is now out millions of dollars

“George Soros has suffered a rather humiliating defeat after pumping millions of dollars into a Hungarian election he attempted to buy. Soros, who was born in Hungary and desperately wanted a hardened fascist to win the election, is now out millions of dollars as Viktor Orbán won with a whopping 70% of the vote.

“Viktor Orbán is known as an “anti-globalist” painted with the same broad brush as president Donald Trump. Prime minister Orbán has also successfully cut illegal immigration to Hungary by 99% after building his wall on the border.

“With the votes counted, Europe Elects is sharing stats which show Fidesz, the party founded by Prime Minister Orbán while he was a young anti-Communist dissident, has won not merely a decisive majority but an outright super-majority, along with minor allied parties. This will allow changes to the national constitution. Hopefully, those changes will be for more the better of the people, and not the expansion of liberty-trampling governments – something Soros has championed for decades. . .”

https://www.infowars.com/soros-defeated-after-attempting-to-rig-hungarian-election-and-spending-millions/

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“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.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

RECOMMENDED:

Mark Levin, 04-10-18

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, We’ve reached a point where President Trump can’t fire a rouge prosecutor who wants to fire him or the Democrats, media and some Republicans would call for his impeachment. Robert Mueller has a history of ethical red flags, including spying on and harassing innocent American citizens, which led one man to committing suicide. However Mueller did not apologize, instead he insisted the FBI made no mistakes. This is the same man that has significant overreach investigating Trump, digging into every aspect of his life instead of just looking into campaign finance violations and ties to Russian collusion. Mueller’s actions are enormously destructive to our legal and judicial systems, all while Democrats and the media are behind the whole thing. They’re all desperate to push Trump out of office because he has exposed them. Also, when you hire an attorney, the attorney-client privilege applies to the client. This privilege goes to Michael Cohen’s clients, which should have applied to Trump.

“Later, Syria is experiencing a humanitarian crisis, with almost 500,000 people slaughtered and hundreds of thousands of refugees scattered across the world. What message does it send to Russia, North Korea, and other despots is America turns the other cheek? Trump thinks what’s going on in Syria is our business because he knows right from wrong.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2018/04/10/april-10-2018/

Laura Ellsworth for Guv’

http://ellsworth2018.com/

Chappaquiddick Show Times – Regal Oaks Stadium 24 – Map

11:40am, 1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:25pm, 10:10pm

Best  Actor – Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

Regal show times at https://www.regmovies.com/movies/darkest-hour/B00472806”867

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Dead Cats: Appomattox, 04/09/18, (30)09 James Brody

Herridge – FBI redacts (still!); McCarthy – Avoid Mueller; Durden – Budget cuts.

LEADS: Lowry – Fake Deal with China; Daley – Judges vacancies; Durden – Trump threats to Putin; CBS – Trump threats to Putin; Hanson – Limited American patience; Cloud & Tanfani – 4000 to border; Kinnard- South Carolina secedes.

HEALTH  CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber Site.

RECOMMENDED: Zito – Americans unite; Mark Levin 04-06-18; EllworthforGovernor – Ellsworth2018.com; Best Actor – Churchill show times. Chappaquiddick times –

 

“If there is one mental vice, indeed, which sets off the American people from all other folks who walk the earth … it is that of assuming that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that ninety-nine percent of them are wrong.”

H. L. Mencken, “The American: His New Puritanism,”The Smart Set(February 1914)

Catherine Herridge, Fox: Nunes threatens to enforce subpoena over FBI memo that kick-started Russia investigation”

“. . . Nunes threatened enforcement of subpoenas that were issued last August if the FBI memo is not provided by April 11. With enforcement of those same subpoenas looming this past January, Nunes, Wray and Rosenstein met. According to the letter, Wray and Rosenstein “expressed a desire to restore a constructive relationship with the Committee, and specifically asked that we seek to proceed on a more informal basis.”

“Fox News asked the FBI and Justice Department for comment on the Nunes letter, why a clean copy of the FBI memo was not provided to Congress, and how those actions have been consistent with the stated commitment from Wray and Rosenstein to cooperate with Congress.

“The FBI received the referenced letter from Chairman Nunes, and we are reviewing it to determine next steps. As a general matter, before FBI records may be released outside the FBI, to include to Congressional committees, they must first undergo our standard review and redaction process to ensure that statutorily restricted information (such as grand jury material), classified material, sensitive law enforcement material, and other privileged material is not improperly disclosed,” an FBI spokesperson told Fox News.

The Justice Department did not respond. . .”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/04/nunes-threatens-to-enforce-subpoena-over-fbi-memo-that-kick-started-russia-investigation.html

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “It Would Still Be Foolish for Trump to Talk to Mueller”

“According to the Washington Post, Robert Mueller says President Trump is not ‘a criminal target at this point.’ The Post’s anonymous sources claim that the special counsel has conveyed that assurance to the president’s private attorneys.

“That is good news for Trump. After all, between Mueller’s Gang of 17 alpha-prosecutors and the sundry scores of Justice Department lawyers and federal agents who were at this long before Mueller was appointed, the Russia investigation has been going on for nearly two years. By now, you would think that the focus of that effort would have become the formal ‘target’ if there were any there there.

“The president shouldn’t get too giddy, though. It’s nice not to be designated a target, but then there are those three little words, at this point.

“Mueller is still investigating. . . “

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/it-would-still-be-foolish-for-trump-to-talk-to-mueller/

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Kudlow: White House Planning Cuts to $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill”

“Larry Kudlow has been making the media rounds this week, appearing on Fox and Bloomberg (though, tellingly, not his former employer, CNBC) to help soften President Trump’s aggressive trade rhetoric to make it more palatable to investors.

“But in what can only be interpreted as a show of defiance considering the Dow’s nearly 600 point drop on Friday, Kudlow took to Fox News Sunday to offer a stern warning to China: Stop stonewalling and instead make a good-faith effort to come to the table.

“And while Kudlow neglected to announce his ‘trade coalition of the willing’ like he had promised on Friday, he did try his hardest to burnish both the president’s and his own free-trade bona fides while trying to frame the US’s tariff tit-for-tat with China as an isolated issue within the framework of global trade – not a runup to the US implementing blanket tariffs, a policy Kudlow says he vehemently opposes. . .”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-08/kudlow-white-house-planning-trim-13-trillion-omnibus-spending-bill

LEADS:

Rich Lowry, NRO: “The Coming Fake Deal with China?”

“As I wrote recently, I believe that we need to do something about China’s trade cheating even if our actions don’t fit under the rubric of free trade. What I fear about the current effort, though, is that the administration believes that it can wave around headline-generating tariffs and get to an accommodation with China relatively quickly, perhaps without even imposing the tariffs. Any such deal would almost certainly be meaningless. The Chinese are deeply committed to their mercantilism and have proven that any promises they make to reform can’t be trusted. If we are really determined to make any progress here, it’s going to have to be a long-term campaign, which is why the administration would be better off with a more deft and/or strategic approach that would be more sustainable.

“I view China trade as a little like the North Korea crisis. 1) Despite the saber-rattling, it is more likely to end in a negotiation — and one without a great result — rather than full-blown hostilities. 2) Trump deserves credit for realizing that the approach of past administrations didn’t work, but forging something better is easier said than done.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/the-coming-fake-deal-with-china/

Kevin Daley, Daily Caller: “Trump to Replace Liberal Lion of the Ninth Circuit”

“His strident liberalism was of Warren Court vintage — powerful, but dissonant in the era of Chief Justice John Roberts. Whatever his influence on the Ninth Circuit and the dozens of budding scholars, lawyers and activists who competed for his coveted clerkships, his ideas had little purchase at the Supreme Court. The justices overturned 24 of the 25 Reinhardt rulings they reviewed. Those reversals included his opinion striking down the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and his opinion striking down a state law prohibiting doctors from prescribing terminal medications.

“Reinhardt is but the latest prominent appeals judge Trump will replace. Judges Richard Posner and Alex Kozinski, both leading lights of the federal judiciary, left active service late in 2017. Posner, who served on the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, retired in September 2017 to do charitable work for indigent plaintiffs. Kozinski, a Ninth Circuit judge, retired in December 2017 amid a deluge of sexual misconduct allegations. Both were considered conservatives, but each departed from conservative legal orthodoxy in different ways.

“Trump has named two nominees for the Ninth Circuit thus far: Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Bounds was nominated for a seat in Oregon and former Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett for a seat in Hawaii. Neither has yet been confirmed.

“The Senate confirmed 14 judges to federal circuit courts in 2017 — a record in the modern period.

“There are currently 152 vacancies on the federal courts, according to the U.S. Judicial Conference.”

http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/08/stephen-reinhardt-ninth-circuit-trump/ xx`

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Trump Threatens Putin, “Animal Assad” Over Syrian “Chemical Attack”; Russia Warns Of “Grave” Response If US Launches Strike”

“It’s deja vu all over again.

“Remember when the US admitted Syrian “Rebels” have used chemical weaponsOr when earlier this year, now former Secretary of State blamed Russia for an alleged Syrian chemical attack despite admitting he doesn’t know who actually did it? Or when the US finally admitted there was “no evidence” Assad used sarin gas? Or just last week, when Trump said that the US is finally pulling out of Syria as a result of the defeat of ISIS  (much to the Pantagon’s fury and open-ended timetable for extracting Syrian resources)?

“Well, maybe you do, but the neocons back in charge of US war preparations foreign policy – now that war hawk John Bolton is Trump’s National Security Advisor – are so stuck with the age-old narrative that Assad is desperate to be bombed at any cost, that none of this actually matters, and instead the big story overnight is once again that, lo and behold, Assad decided to gas some ‘rebels’ again, despite now overwhelmingly winning the war against US-backed insurgents, and despite knowing very well that exactly one year ago an alleged “chemical attack” prompted Trump to launch dozens of Tomahawks at Syria.

“This is what happened (if you’ve seen this script played out before, you are not alone).

“On Saturday night, an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta reportedly killed dozens of people, according to US-linked medical services with Washington immediately responding that the reports – if confirmed – would demand an immediate international response. Actually scratch the ‘if confirmed’ part – after all, the last time the US ‘intervened’ in Syria, on April 7, 2017, the US did not need confirmation; Trump just needed a geopolitical distraction.

“It seems that he needs another one again, and ideally one that shows just how angry he is with Putin now that an interview with Mueller is reportedly imminent. . .”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-08/trump-threatens-assad-putin-over-syrian-chemical-attack-russia-warns-gravest

CBS: “Trump threatens ‘Animal Assad,’ Putin over alleged chemical attack in Syria”

“Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said Sunday that a poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma near the capital of Damascus killed at least 40 people. The alleged attack has been denied by the Syrian and Russian governments. Russia is Syria’s closest ally and has a major military presence in the country.

“Reports of the latest attack, which appeared to target civilians and young children, could not be independently verified.

“Mr. Trump called out Putin along with the leadership in Iran for backing Assad, who he referred to as “Animal Assad.” Mr. Trump ordered missile strikes on a Syrian airbase in response to another chemical attack in 2017. . .”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/syria-chemical-attack-trump-threatens-bashar-animal-assad-putin-chemical-weapons-strike-2018-04-08/

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness: “The Limits of American Patience”

“Not being willing any longer to be manipulated is not succumbing to isolationism. Wondering whether the United States can afford another liability is not mindless nationalism. Questioning whether America can afford the status quo here and abroad is not heresy. Assuming we can borrow our way out of any inconvenience is largely over.

“What helped elect Trump was a collective weariness with demands put on a country $20 trillion in debt. America is currently running a $57 billion a month trade deficit.

“The poverty of inner-city Detroit, or rural Central California, or West Virginia does not suggest an endlessly opulent nation, at least as a visitor might conclude from visiting Manhattan, Chevy Chase, or Presidio Heights.

“NATO was designed to protect Western Europeans from Soviet expansionism and to allay fears of traditional Russian nationalism. It transmogrified into a vital Western alliance that might use collective deterrence and action to preserve shared democratic values.

“But if a distant United States is to continue anchoring such a key defensive league, then surely its front-line member states of a prosperous Europe must meet or exceed their own freely agreed upon levels of defense spending.

“Instead, until recently, most did not. . .”

https://amgreatness.com/2018/04/09/the-limits-of-american-patience/

David Cloud & Joseph Tanfani, LA Times: “Responding to Trump’s call, Mattis authorizes 4,000 National Guard troops for U.S.-Mexico border”

“Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has signed an order to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to to the U.S.-Mexico border but barred them from interacting with migrants detained by the Border Patrol in most circumstances.

The order, issued in response to President Trump‘s call for using troops to stem illegal immigration, specifies that National Guard troops will assist the Department of Homeland Security along the border but not perform law enforcement missions and will be armed only when necessary for self-defense.

Given the restrictions, it’s unclear if the Guard units will play a significant role in Trump administration efforts to lock down the border. The Border Patrol has more than 19,000 sworn agents, although not all are assigned in the Southwest, and illegal immigration is at its lowest level in decades.

Trump portrayed it as a victory, however. ‘We are sealing up our Southern Border,’ he said Saturday on Twitter. “The people of our great country want Safety and Security. The Dems have been a disaster on this very important issue!”

http://www.latimes.com/nation/ct-mattis-authorizes-national-guard-mexico-border-20180407-story.html

Meg Kinnard, Washington Times: “South Carolina lawmakers introduce bill to begin secession debate”

Hat Tip – Info Wars . . .

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina debated seceding from the Union more than 150 years ago, one of the opening salvos of the Civil War. Now, the topic has come up again, amid a national debate over firearms and gun rights.

“A trio of state House Republicans on Thursday quietly introduced a bill that would allow lawmakers to debate seceding from the U.S. ‘if the federal government confiscates legally purchased firearms in this State.’

“Rep. Mike Pitts, the measure’s chief sponsor, acknowledged Friday in an interview with The Associated Press that the bill has no chance of passage this year but pledged to continue to raise the issue based on what he described as a defense of the Bill of Rights.

“‘Without a Bill of Rights, our nation is not what it is,’ Pitts said. ‘I see a lot of stuff where people even talk about totally repealing the Second Amendment, which separates us from the entire rest of the world.’ . . .”

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/8/south-carolina-secession-bill-introduced-over-gun-/

HEALTH CARE:

Hannity:  Josh Umber Site

“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.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Salena Zito, NY Post: “History proves that Americans can unite even when torn in two

“APPOMATTOX, VA. — On April 9, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee strode onto the porch of a two-story brick home and stared out at a lawn filled with Union soldiers, his Confederate staff of two, and his horse Traveler.

“Still wearing full military dress, Lee raised his gloved hands and punched his left fist into his right palm. The sound of leather meeting leather echoed in the unsteady silence.

Then, as Lee mounted Traveler, Major Gen. Ulysses S. Grant emerged from the house onto the porch.

“Now facing each other, Grant raised his hat, as did Lee. It wasn’t a salute, but clearly an acknowledgment of the moment.

“As Lee turned towards the dirt road and headed east towards his troops, the 198th Pennsylvania Infantry played ‘Auld Lang Syne.’

“The Civil War was over.

“But by mid-morning, Lee knew the Confederate cause was finished. He sent a message to Grant to meet for the purpose of surrender, and the Appomattox home of grocer Wilmer McLean was chosen for the moment.

“When they met, Grant was poorly dressed, his uniform rumpled and covered in mud from the ride the night before. Years later in his memoirs, he admitted that he had no idea what he was going to ask from Lee in the surrender.

“Yet, once he sat down at a small spindle desk in McLean’s front parlor, words of reconciliation poured out.

“Grant knew that the Confederate soldiers from that moment on were going to be US citizens again,” said Price. ‘Instead of placing them in prisons in the North he sends them home. His reasoning is: The sooner the South’s economy rebounds, the sooner the country can reconcile, so he paroles them.’

“Grant also allowed Lee’s men to keep their personal sidearms and animals, knowing they would desperately need rations to survive.

“This week marks the 153rd anniversary of Appomattox . . .”

https://nypost.com/2018/04/07/history-proves-that-americans-can-unite-even-when-torn-in-two/

Mark Levin, 04-06-18

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, China is our enemy! They are committing acts of war against the U.S. and we have a President who is fighting back. China has as its purpose to defeat the U.S economically and geopolitically and its long overdue we confront them. They are stealing our technology and military designs and it’s not to help their people but to build up their military. The issue with China is being discussed in the context of trade but that’s not right. This isn’t about a trade war, it’s about our national security and defending trade and commerce.

“Also, the United States has issued more sanctions today on Russian oligarchs, proving once again that Trump is harder on Vladimir Putin and Russia more so than Barack Obama ever was.

“Later, Robert Mueller is a rogue prosecutor who is investigating nothing. There is no underlying crime. The official position of the Department of Justice is that a president cannot be indicted while he is in office. So, Trump can’t be a criminal target because he can’t be indicted.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2018/04/06/april-6-2018/

Laura Ellsworth for Guv’

http://ellsworth2018.com/

Chappaquiddick Show Times – Regal Oaks Stadium 24 – Map

11:40am, 1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:25pm, 10:10pm

Best  Actor – Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

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Dead Cats: ChappaQ, 04/06/18, (30)08 James Brody

Hanson – Old Gordian Knots.

LEADS: White – Chappaquiddick the right thing; Shapiro – Grisly history; Holland & Lawder – Trade dispute; Snow & Lucey – Border troops; Lima – Trump backs Pruitt; Crudele – Fire the lovebirds; Hayward – Coulter on speech control;  Moran – Secret Google algorhythms.

HEALTH  CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber Site.

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“It was morality that burned the books of the ancient sages, and morality that halted the free inquiry of the Golden Age and substituted for it the credulous imbecility of the Age of Faith. It was a fixed moral code and a fixed theology which robbed the human race of a thousand years by wasting them upon alchemy, heretic-burning, witchcraft and sacerdotalism.”

Henry Mencken The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1908/1913)

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Trump Is Cutting Old Gordian Knots”

“Donald Trump inherited an array of perennial crises when he was sworn in as president in 2017. He certainly did not possess the traditional diplomatic skills and temperament to deal with any of them.

“In the last year of the Barack Obama administration, a lunatic North Korean regime purportedly had gained the ability to send nuclear-tipped missiles to the U.S. west coast.

“China had not only been violating trade agreements, but forcing U.S. companies to hand over their technological expertise as the price of doing business in China.

“NATO may have been born to protect the European mainland, but a distant U.S. was paying an increasingly greater percentage of its budget to maintain NATO than were its direct beneficiaries.

“Mexico keeps sending its impoverished citizens to the U.S., and they usually enter illegally. That way, Mexico relieves its own social tensions, develops a pro-Mexico expatriate community in the U.S. and gains an estimated $30 billion a year from remittances that undocumented immigrants send back home, often on the premise that American social services can free up cash for them to do so.

“In the past, traditional and accepted methods failed to deal with all of these challenges. Bill Clinton’s “Agreed Framework,” George W. Bush’s “six-party talks,” and the “strategic patience” of the Obama administration essentially offered North Korea cash to denuclearize.

“American diplomats whined to China about its unfair trade practices. When rebuffed, they more or less shut up, convinced either that they could not do anything or that China’s growing economy would sooner or later westernize.

“Europeans were used to American nagging about delinquent NATO contributions. Diplomatic niceties usually meant that European leaders only talked nonstop about the idea that they should shoulder more of their own defense.

“Mexico ignored U.S. whining that our neighbor to the south was cynically undermining U.S. immigration law. If America protested too much, Mexico usually fell back on boilerplate charges of racism, xenophobia, and nativism, despite its own tough treatment of immigrants arriving into Mexico illegally from Central America.

“In other words, before Trump arrived, the niceties of American diplomacy and statecraft had untied none of these knots. But like Alexander, the outsider Trump was not invested in any of the accustomed protocols about untying them. Instead, he pulled out his proverbial sword and began slashing. . .”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/trump-cuts-gordian-knots-with-unconventional-methods/

LEADS:

Armond White, NRO: “Chappaquiddick Does the Right Thing”

“. . . John Curran’s less flamboyant, more realistic approach in Chappaquiddick is such a moving surprise. Curran modestly takes on the historical events of the evening in 1969 when political campaigner Mary Jo Kopechne died in a submerged car, after Ted Kennedy accidentally drove the vehicle into the ocean. De Palma reimagined those incidents (including the cultural aftershock) with a combination of dreamlike intensity and paranoia. But Curran goes directly for the morally complex legend of the Massachusetts scion, to show how this political figure compromised himself.

“In terms of both film and political history, Chappaquiddick is also a classic. Curran (and screenwriters Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan) break away from the Kennedy legacy so beloved by mainstream media. But these filmmakers also oppose the Millennial tendency toward demonization. Maybe every media consumer should see this film to appreciate the humanity that Curran and company display. They commemorate Kopechne (Kate Mara’s performance blends simple sweetness and cagey ambition) and sympathize with Kennedy — balancing the motives of both follower and icon. This is the rare occasion when partisan animus is ignored to facilitate an understanding of human culpability. The movie doesn’t exonerate Kennedy, but it challenges viewers to ease off their judgmental reflex.

The cynical smartness that has afflicted contemporary journalism and made much recent cinema insufferable is confronted by Curran’s conscientious dramatic rigor. . . .”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/movie-review-chappaquiddick-morality-human-culpability/

REPLAY – Ben Shapiro, RCP: “The Grisly History of Chappaquiddick”

Churchill made a deal that Joe Kennedy would have an exclusive license to import Irish whiskey . . . the Kennedy’s still trive on that deal . . .

“On April 6, a bombshell will hit America’s theaters.

“That bombshell comes in the form of an understated, well-made, well-acted film called ‘Chappaquiddick.’ (Full disclosure: They advertise with my podcast.) The film tells the story of Ted Kennedy’s 1969 killing of political aide Mary Jo Kopechne; the Massachusetts Democratic senator drove his car off a bridge and into the Poucha Pond, somehow escaped the overturned vehicle and left Kopechne to drown. She didn’t drown, though. Instead, she reportedly suffocated while waiting for help inside an air bubble while Kennedy waited 10 hours to call for help. The Kennedy family and its associated political allies then worked to cover up the incident. In the end, Teddy was sentenced to a two-month suspended jail sentence for leaving the scene of an accident. The incident prevented Kennedy from running for president in 1972 and 1976, though he attempted a run in 1980 against then-President Jimmy Carter, failing.
“So, why is the film important?

“It’s important because it doesn’t traffic in rumors and innuendo — there is no attempt to claim that Kopechne was having an affair with Kennedy, or that she was pregnant with his child. It’s important because it doesn’t paint Kennedy as a monster but as a deeply flawed and somewhat pathetic scion of a dark and manipulative family. But most of all, it’s important for two reasons: It’s the first movie to actually tackle a serious Democratic scandal in the history of modern film, and it reminds us that Americans have long been willing to overlook scandal for the sake of political convenience. . .”

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/04/04/the_grisly_history_of_chappaquiddick_136698.html

Steve Holland & David Lawder, Reuters: “Trade dispute escalates as Trump threatens $100 billion more in China tariffs”

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday directed U.S. trade officials to identify tariffs on $100 billion more Chinese imports, upping the ante in an already high-stakes trade confrontation between the world’s two largest economies.

“The further tariffs were being considered ‘in light of China’s unfair retaliation’ against earlier U.S. trade actions, which included a proposed $50 billion of tariffs on Chinese goods, Trump said in a White House statement.

“‘This is what a trade war looks like, and what we have warned against from the start,’ said National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay.

“‘We are on a dangerous downward spiral and American families will be on the losing end,’ Shay added in a statement, urging Trump ‘to stop playing a game of chicken with the U.S. economy.’

“Financial markets, roiled for days by the trade fight and Trump’s management of it, whipsawed again on the new threat. After a bullish regular trading day, U.S. equity futures sold off sharply in after-market-hours trading. . .”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china/trade-dispute-escalates-as-trump-threatens-100-billion-more-in-china-tariffs-idUSKCN1HC1RW

Anita Snow & Catherine Lucey, AP: Trump: 2,000-4,000 troops needed for Mexico border security”

“. . . Trump’s comments to reporters on Air Force One were his first estimate on guard levels he believes are needed for border protection. It is lower than the 6,400 National Guard members that former President George Bush sent to the border between 2006 and 2008.

“Trump said his administration is looking into the cost of sending the troops to the border and added w’e’ll probably keep them or a large portion of them until the wall is built.’

“Earlier Thursday, Ronald Vitiello, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s acting deputy commissioner, cautioned against a rushed deployment.

“‘We are going to do it as quickly as we can do it safely,’ Vitiello told Fox News Channel.

“He said that guard members would be placed in jobs that do not require law enforcement work, an apparent reference to undertaking patrols and making arrests.

“The Republican governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have backed the deployment but it was unclear Thursday how Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown would respond to Trump’s call. . .”

https://apnews.com/57dcd9b900bb474ab39bb9c9f136be9f

Christiano Lima, Politico: “Trump praises Pruitt for ‘fantastic job’ amid ethics scandals”

“President Donald Trump on Thursday praised the “fantastic job” done by Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, expressing support for Cabinet secretary mired in deepening ethics scandals.

“‘I think he’s done a fantastic job. I think he’s done an incredible job,’ the president told reporters aboard Air Force One, according to a press pool report. ‘He’s been very courageous. It hasn’t been easy, but I think he’s done a fantastic job.’

“Earlier in the day, when pressed by reporters on whether he still had confidence in Pruitt, Trump replied: “I do, I do.”

“The remarks came amid a series of damaging revelations about Pruitt’s expensive travel, security costs and ties to lobbyists during his tenure at the EPA, creating a controversy that has thrown his job security into question. Trump’s comments on Thursday marked the first time in recent weeks that he had directly vouched for Pruitt amid an escalating series of reports on his decisions at the agency. . .:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/05/scott-pruitt-future-503719

John  Crudele, NY Post: “Why haven’t cheating FBI lovebirds been fired yet?

“I find it amazing that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, those Trump-hating spouse-cheating FBI lovebirds, haven’t been fired yet — even though they greatly compromised the probe into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of her government e-mails.

“What’s even more astounding is that a source tells me that neither has lost security clearance despite being demoted. I’m told that clearances are routinely pulled even when someone is caught having an extramarital affair.

“The FBI didn’t return calls for comment.”

https://nypost.com/2018/04/04/why-havent-cheating-fbi-lovebirds-been-fired-yet/

John Hayward, Breitbart: “Ann Coulter on Masters of the Universe Controlling Speech: ‘It Is Actual Censorship and It Is Terrifying’”

“Coulter praised the Internet as ‘the greatest thing to happen to the Right,’ so naturally the Left is now desperately trying to assert control over it.

“‘I just think we’ll all wake up one day and I’ll try to go to Breitbart, and I won’t be able to get there,’ she said.’I’ll try to email you, and it won’t be able to get there. I won’t be able to find the Drudge Report.’

“‘The Internet has been a disaster for the Left,’ Coulter pronounced. ‘The Left already controls all the institutions. They have all the networks. They have all the newspapers. They have the schools. They have the universities. They’re teaching preschoolers ‘white privilege.’ They can’t possibly gain anything from the Internet.’

“She said this is why the Left views the Internet as a problem to be solved, a wild frontier to be tamed. It used to be a matter of playing “games” with conservative sites and users, “but now it’s just direct censorship, as is happening to Breitbart.’. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/04/05/ann-coulter-on-masters-of-the-universe-controlling-speech-it-is-actual-censorship-and-it-is-terrifying/

Sean Moran, Breitbart: “Masters of the Universe Town Hall: Peter Schweizer Says ‘Transparency Would Be a Good Solution’ for Secret Google Algorithm”

“. . . There are several proposals, one of the suggestions is that we should take Google’s algorithm make it a public utility, that’s one of the solutions. That is an interesting idea, I do not know if that is the best solution. The other one is to require some truth-in-advertising, or some transparency, so we know what is in the algorithm.

“The problem is that Google has been dishonest about their algorithm for a very long time. Years ago, there were complaints by companies like Yelp and others that said that Google was putting them down further in the search and favoring their own companies. Google flat out denied and said that was not true; they said that the algorithm was just math. We do not control that; it’s just math. Well, research shows that they were completely lying and that they were tilting the scales in favor of other companies.

“The bottom line is that they have lied about the algorithm and there should be some transparency to expose what are some of the elements of the algorithm and people that monitor these things can convey in layman’s terms to us precisely what the algorithm is designed to do. The algorithm is math, but it’s biased depending on what the people are creating the algorithm what they want it to bias.

“The Secret Empires author suggested that Google can suppress negative stories if they wish merely by adjusting their search algorithm. Schweizer said, “So if they say that they want to suppress negative stories about Hillary Clinton, the algorithm will do that. If they want to elevate negative stories about Bernie Sanders, they can do that. It’s all up to the operators. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/04/05/masters-of-the-universe-town-hall-peter-schweizer-says-transparency-would-be-a-good-solution-for-secret-google-algorithm/

HEALTH CARE:

Hannity:  Josh Umber Site

“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.

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Mark Levin, 04-05-18

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, Sen. Dick Durbin wrote a letter to the chairman of Sinclair Broadcasting, Group which is a private media organization, demanding information about its editorial policies. Can you imagine if a Republican wrote such a letter to CNN? It’s none of Durbin’s business what Sinclair does. The first amendment exists to stop tyrants like this. The only reason Durbin is going after Sinclair is because he can’t control it, like the Democrat Party control most of the media today. Also, it’s clear that Fox is out to get EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, who is one of the most effective officials in the Trump administration. Did we know what lease Obama officials had or what dinners they had? No, the media didn’t want to know about it.

“Later, since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein won’t come on the show, we have some questions for him. Why does Rosenstein believe in a soviet style of justice? Why did Rosenstein expanded Robert Mueller’s investigation which had nothing to do with his original case? Why did Rosenstein extended the FISA court warrant knowing that the fusion GPS memo was funded by the DNC?

“Finally, all signs are bleak for the Republicans in the mid-term elections. The Republicans are losing because of the Republican Party. The Democrats care and nurture their base. The Republican party is a progressive party and hates its conservative base, especially Mitch McConnell. Paul Ryan and McConnell have delivered for the left what Barack Obama could not deliver.(emph added, JB)

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2018/04/05/april-5-2018/

Laura Ellsworth for Guv’

http://ellsworth2018.com/

Chappaquiddick Show Times – Regal Oaks Stadium 24 – Map

11:40am, 1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:25pm, 10:10pm

Best  Actor – Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

Regal show times at https://www.regmovies.com/movies/darkest-hour/B00472806”867

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