Dead Cats: Ruskies?, 02/19/18; (29)25, James Brody

FBI/GUNS:  Brody – Lethal minds; Fabian – Trump’s anger; York – Russian indictment; Fund – FBI a rolling stone; White – Indictments from Buzzfeed.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Dougherty – Mitt a misfit; Schoffstall – Soros Junior; Zito – Faith & virtue; Snyder – Debt cancer.

PA: Wagner – Soros alert.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-16-18; Eastwood 15:17 to Paris; Churchill show times.

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James Brody, Lethal Minds

Youngsters still have superstitious minds – blame the loudest noise, the most recent change, the flight of a bird into a window, for whatever happens next. And human minds do not mature into cause-effect thinking until they are 23 years old. Before age 23, you are dealing with a mob, not a voter. Terrorists, however, have taught us the weapons value of airplanes, knives, taxis and busses, and even pressure cookers. The AR15 gets blame when it conveniently suits the purposes of an adolescent . . . the FBI knew of the high school shooter since January 5th and the police made 39 house-calls on him. The kid had plenty of time to skip his medications and make lethal, grandiose, achievable plans that used a slingshot if necessary. . .

Jordan Fabian, The Hill: “Trump’s anger boils over with Russia probe”

“In a remarkable burst of tweets sent from his Mar-a-Lago resort, the president blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to deter Russia and claimed he never denied the meddling took place — all while undercutting his own national security adviser who said Saturday that the interference is now “beyond dispute.”

“If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams,” Trump tweeted just after 8 a.m. “They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!”

“The tweets revealed the depth of Trump’s frustration following special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of more than a dozen Russians accused of meddling in the 2016 election in an effort to boost Trump’s campaign.

“Trump has long bristled at the notion that he received help in defeating his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and has resisted calls from members of both political parties to do more to disrupt the Kremlin’s plans to meddle in future U.S. elections.

“The president has not criticized Russia for its election-meddling scheme, opting to focus on the ways he believes Mueller’s indictment exonerates his campaign from colluding with the Kremlin. . .”

Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment”

“There’s been no shortage of breathless reaction to Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for their efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. “An attack that — but for the loss of life — is as bad as Pearl Harbor,” tweeted veteran journalist Jonathan Alter.

“That’s one way to look at it. Another is that, combining the 37-page indictment with testimony from social media executives before congressional intelligence committees — and there isn’t much in the indictment that the intel committees didn’t already know — the Russian operation, while warranting serious U.S. punishment, emerges as a small, poorly funded operation with a level of effectiveness that is impossible to measure but could be near zero. . .”

John Fund, NRO: “End the 9/11 Syndrome at the FBI: Terrible Things Happen, and There’s Little Accountability”

“Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender whose office is representing Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., puts it bluntly:

‘This kid exhibited every single known red flag, from killing animals to having a cache of weapons to disruptive behavior to saying he wanted to be a school shooter. If this isn’t a person who should have gotten someone’s attention, I don’t know who is. This was a multi-system failure.’

“Specifically, the FBI admits that it received two separate tips about Cruz. Last fall, a frequent YouTube vlogger noticed an alarming comment left on one of his videos. “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” said a user named Nikolas Cruz. The vlogger alerted the FBI and was interviewed. But the agency subsequently claimed its investigators couldn’t locate Cruz, despite the highly unusual spelling of his first name.

“Then, just six weeks ago, a person close to Cruz warned a call taker on the FBI’s tip line that the expelled student had a desire to kill and might attack a school. The bureau said that the information was not passed to agents in the Miami office. Florida governor Rick Scott has called for FBI director Christopher Wray to be fired. So has NRO’s Kevin Williamson in a powerful piece: “Fire the FBI Chief.” Other officials are calling for FBI heads to roll, but at a level below Wray’s. Florida attorney general Pam Bondi told Fox News, ‘The people who had that information and did not do anything with it, they are the ones that need to go.’

“For his part, Director Wray is promising that his agency will conduct a full probe. Congressional oversight committees are skeptical about how complete that will be given the recent evidence of the FBI’s politicized role in the probes of Russia and the Trump campaign, along with the infamous anti-Trump ‘Steele dossier,’ which the FBI relied on without verifying,

‘The fact that the FBI is investigating this failure is not enough,’ Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) said in a statement. ‘Law enforcement personnel constantly remind the public that ‘if you see something, say something.’ In this tragic case, people close to the shooter said something, and our system utterly failed the families of seventeen innocent souls.’

“Nor is the Parkland shooting the first time the FBI has fallen down on its most basic job: assessing threats and acting on them. Look at what has happened just in Florida in the last two years. FBI agents investigated as a suspect the man who gunned down 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, but concluded the agency couldn’t act against him. The FBI also had an unexpected visit from the mentally ill man charged with killing five people at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport last year. He had walked into an FBI field office and made bizarre, though not threatening, statements.

“Of course there should be a housecleaning at the FBI. But there is a larger issue. I call it America’s 9/11 Syndrome. I was across the street from the World Trade Center the day the terrorists flew two planes into it. I will never forget what I saw that day, including people holding hands jumping from the burning towers before they collapsed and killed 2,606 people.

“I retain a mixture of feelings about that day, ranging from deep sadness to pride that my fellow New Yorkers played against stereotypes and helped each other so much that day and afterwards. But what also sticks in my mind is a simple fact: Not one person in the federal government was fired on account of 9/11.

“I’m not the only one who feels that way. During his presidential campaign, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) noted that the FBI had caught the ‘20th hijacker’ a month before his comrades launched their deadly carnage on 9/11. ‘The FBI agent who caught him wrote 70 letters to FBI headquarters saying we should look at this guy’s computer — get a warrant — and they never did.’ Senator Paul told CNN’s Jake Tapper in 2015. ‘That was a huge failure, and I never quite understood why no one was fired over 9/11. . . . And there were some mistakes. We also had a report out of Arizona of people trying to fly planes but not learning how to land them.’

“As bad as those mistakes were, the Bush administration made them worse. . .”


“Russian troll group activities reported by liberal media since 2013

“. . . According to the indictment, the 13 Russians worked for several companies, including a “troll farm” based in St. Petersburg called the Internet Research Agency, which operated both pro- and anti-Trump social media accounts, as well as accounts favorable to Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders.

“The indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft,” special counsel spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.

“However, a 2014 report from Buzzfeed shows that not only was this troll group’s activities known, they were also fairly transparent about what they were doing. . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


Michael Brendan Dougherty, NRO: “Romney Is a Misfit for America”

“. . .Conservatives have also been on and off again when it comes to Romney. Back in 2006, a man wearing a dolphin suit would stalk Romney around CPAC. Flipper was popular with conservatives then. But two years later at the same convention, Laura Ingraham and other conservatives despaired at the capitulation to John McCain when Romney announced his exit from the race.

“Some political observers are hoping that Romney will save the Republican party from Trumpism. He was the man who tried to torpedo Trump’s 2016 campaign, calling Trump ‘a con man’ and a ‘fake.’ Romney has a real fortune and real grace in his deportment. Others point out that it was Romney who helped to legitimate Trump by dropping everything but his wife to receive Trump’s endorsement in 2012.

“What is constant about Romney is his civic-minded desire to serve in office and his confidence that he can do a good job. He is probably right that he would do well in office. He is wholesome, efficient, industrious, and faithful. But he combines all this with a barely concealed panic; he has no idea how to make a majority of voters choose him for the job. And so each new persona seems like a new attempt to condescend to us. . .”

Joe Schoffstall, Washington Free Beacon: “George Soros’s Son Donated $650,000 to Democratic Committees and Campaigns Last Year”

“. . . The son of liberal billionaire financier George Soros donated $650,000 to Democratic campaigns and committees last year, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Alexander Soros, Soros’s son and managing partner of Soros Brothers Investments, has quietly stepped up as a major liberal donor but has remained relatively obscure due to his father garnering much of the media attention in the family.

“Alex’s generous contributions spanned across a number of liberal party committees and campaigns, including two donations totaling $203,400 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) recount and building funds, while providing an additional $33,900 to the committee during the primary period.

“Alex also gave large amounts to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Like his contributions to the DCCC, Soros gave the DSCC $203,400 for its recount and headquarters account, with another $33,900 going towards the primaries.

“The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) building account additionally received six figures from Soros. Alex poured $101,700 into the DNC’s headquarters account and $33,900 was provided to the committee for the general election.

“Soros also gave thousands to the campaigns of Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Jon Tester (Mont.), and Chris Murphy (Conn.), among others. . .”

Salena Zito, NY Post: “Faith is no longer a virtue in America

“. . . McGregor said most Christian denominations believe in the same thing Pence does — that Jesus can speak directly to members of his flock. ‘If anyone knows anything about the Christian faith, the gift of the Holy Spirit is God speaking to us and through us,’ he said, adding, ‘It’s not like [Pence] thinks he’s Moses or something. You know what I’m saying?’

“McGregor finds this intolerance and lack of empathy from celebrities and the media both startling and predictable. ‘It is as though in popular culture being a person of faith has gone from being a virtue to a liability,’ he said.

“Behar’s jeering of Pence follows 18 months of public scorn thrown at the vice president. It began with the audience booing him at a Broadway production of ‘Hamilton’ and recently sparked again at the Olympics, where the vice president sat steely-faced alongside Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea’s brutal dictator, during the opening ceremonies. USA Today’s David Meeks blasted Pence for not standing for the united Korean team, calling him ‘an embarrassment.’

“Meanwhile, The Washington Post likened Kim Yo-jong to Ivanka Trump, noting her “high cheekbones and fine ears.”

“Never mind that she is the director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea and is part of a regime that publicly executes its people.

“For McGregor and millions of other Christians, it is unnerving to live in a world where the sister of a despot is normalized and glamorized but a man of faith is considered ‘mentally ill.’ . . .”

Michael Snyder, Economic Collapse: “Debt Cancer: More Than 80 Percent of American Adults Owe Somebody Else Money”

Hat Tip – InfoWars . . .

“How long can our debt levels keep growing much, much faster than the overall economy?  We haven’t had a year of 3 percent growth for the U.S. economy since the middle of the Bush administration, but we keep borrowing money as if there is no tomorrow.  Much of the focus has been on the exploding debt of the federal government, and that is definitely something I plan to address once I get to Washington.  But on an individual level, U.S. consumers have been extremely irresponsible as well.  In fact, one new survey has found that more than 80 percent of all American adults are currently in debt

“For most of us, it starts very early.  We were told that going into debt to get a college education would not be a problem because we would be able to pay those loans off with the good jobs we would get after graduation.

Unfortunately, those good jobs never really materialized for many of us, and now millions of former college students are absolutely drowning in debt

In addition to owing more than a trillion dollars on student loans, Americans are also now carrying more than a trillion dollars of auto loan debt and more than a trillion dollars of credit card debt.

“Corporations have been incredibly irresponsible as well.  Corporate debt has doubled since the last financial crisis, and corporate bankruptcies have been rising steadily in recent years.  All it would take for the dominoes to really start falling is some sort of a major economic downturn.

“Local, state and federal government debt levels are all at record highs as well.  It is now being projected that our national debt will hit 30 trillion dollars by 2028, and those projections are probably too optimistic. . .”


Scott Wagner: Soros Alert

“I warned you about Governor Wolf working with George Soros to “install permanent progressive power in the states,” and now we’re seeing just how they plan to do it.

“Governor Wolf is promising he’ll send his own version of the new congressional district maps to the Supreme court.

“He says that they’ll be impartial… but you know what that means. He and George Soros are making sure they are drawn in such a way that they serve as a permanent source of advantage and power for progressive liberal causes.

“No wonder liberals like Eric Holder and President Obama are investing in Pennsylvania to protect Tom Wolf.  He’s faithfully returning the favor by tampering with OUR maps under the guise of “leadership.”

“Make no mistake. We are under attack. And if we don’t do something now, we won’t be able to stop them.

“I’ve started a petition to tell both Soros AND Wolf to keep their hands off our district maps.Will you join me by signing today?


Mark Levin, 2-16-18

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Twice, people saw something, said something, and the FBI blew it! How in the world could the FBI miss 2 leads on Nikolas Cruz? We have been pummeled by the gun control activists and others like Jimmy Kimmel who blame President Trump for this. None of that matters because the FBI had Cruz’s name and had more than enough reason to pursue him. The FBI could have alerted all law enforcement in the state of Florida to keep an eye on Cruz and alerted all gun stores in Florida to contact them if he purchased a weapon. They could have contacted school districts in Florida too. This is not just a screw up but a big deal.

“After that, the people in Florida and around the country have a good reason to demand an answer as to why this school was not secured. They fight like hell on the left for the school lunch program and for union contracts. However, we have an absolute right to expect a whole lot more when it comes to protecting our kids and grandkids. Until Congress has a debate on security in schools, then we know they are not serious about it, but school districts can act now before Congress. Israel passed a law mandating greater security in schools and training teachers in gun use. The last two school shootings there ended in teachers taking out the terrorist.

“Later, Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russians for interfering in our elections. How they were able to track down specific name of Russians but could track down the killer Cruz? They indicted 13 trolls who operate out of Russia, and live in Russia, so how are they going to get jurisdiction there. We will never get our hands on them as they are in Russia and this is just a press release, that’s all.”

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Dead Cats: Shots&Shots: 02/16/18; (29)24, James Brody

FBI/THE MEMO:  McCarthy – What did Comey say?; York – Why the secrets?; Jackson – Bannon met with Mueller.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Hanson – Winners in Korea?; Washington Times – Pretense at budgets; Paul – Mismatched military.

GUNS: French – Conservative gun rights; Sacks – FBI was warned; Durden – Shock, anger; Savage – MH?.

PA: USO Radiothon, Spinelli – Shapiro & injection site; Olson – PA districts.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-15-18; Eastwood 15:17 to Paris; Churchill show times.


Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “What Did Comey Tell President Trump about the Steele Dossier?”

“The Rice email outlines Obama’s strategy to withhold key details of the Russia investigation.

“On her way out the White House door and out of her job as national-security adviser, Susan Rice writes an email-to-self. Except it’s not really an email-to-self. It is quite consciously an email for the record.

“Her term having ended 15 minutes before, Rice was technically back in private life, where private people have private email accounts — even notepads if they want to scratch out a reminder the old-fashioned way. Yet, for at least a few more minutes, Rice still had access to her government email account. She could still generate an official record. That’s what she wanted her brief email to be: the dispositive memorialization of a meeting she was worried about — a meeting that had happened over two weeks earlier, at which, of course, President Obama insisted that everything be done ‘by the book.’
“Funny, though: The ‘by the book’ thing about contemporaneous memos is that they are, well, contemporaneous — made at or immediately after the event they undertake to memorialize. They’re written while things are as fresh as they will ever be in one’s mind, before subsequent events motivate the writer to spin a decision, rather than faithfully record it.
“An email written on January 21 to record decisions made on January 5 is not written to memorialize what was decided. It is written to revise the memory of what was decided in order to rationalize what was then done. . . “

Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: Why are the Comey memos secret?”

“If there is an obstruction of justice case to be made against the president in the Trump-Russia affair, James Comey is in the middle of it. President Trump’s decision to fire the FBI director is often cited as Exhibit A for obstruction, and the foundation for that case is a set of seven memos Comey wrote describing conversations he had with the president between Jan. 6 and April 11, 2017.

“The memos are critically important. Portions of them have been leaked to the press, given to a Comey friend, discussed in congressional testimony, and read by a few Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff. Sometimes it seems the only people who have never had a chance to see the Comey memos are the millions of Americans who are trying to make sense of the daily firehose of Trump-Russia news.

“They’re not likely to see the memos anytime soon. The FBI and the office of Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller have imposed tight restrictions on access to the memos, holding them even more closely than some documents that are classified at a far higher level. Now, with speculation about obstruction ever present in the media, some lawmakers are calling for the memos to be released. It’s time for Americans to know what’s going on, they say. . .”

Hallie Jackson, NBC: “Steve Bannon met with Mueller multiple times over the past week”

“WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon, who served as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller over multiple days this week, NBC News has learned from two sources familiar with the proceedings.

“Bannon spent a total of some 20 hours in conversations with the team led by Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia as well as other issues that have arisen around the probe.

“Bannon left his job as a senior White House adviser in August and returned to a leadership role at Breitbart, the right-wing news site based out of Washington. But he fell out of favor with the site’s financial backers, the Mercer family, after criticizing the president and his family in “Fire and Fury,” a book about the Trump administration published earlier this year by author Michael Wolff.

“After a more than four-week stalemate, Bannon also returned to Capitol Hill Thursday to resume his interview with the House Intelligence Committee, which was halted when he earlier refused to answer key questions in the Russia probe.

He left today after four hours, answering little more than the two dozen questions that the White House had negotiated with the House’s lead counsel. . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Who’s Really Winning the North Korea Standoff?

“Kim Jong-un may seem to have the upper hand, but the U.S. is quietly proving otherwise.

“There have been wild reports that the United States is considering a “bloody nose” preemptive attack of some sort on North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. Such rumors are unlikely to prove true. Preemptive attacks usually are based on the idea that things will so worsen that hitting first is the only chance to decapitate a regime before it can do greater damage.

“But in the struggle between Pyongyang and Washington, who really has gotten the upper hand?
“With its false happy face in the current Winter Olympics, North Korea thinks it is winning the war of nerves. Yet its new nuclear-missile strategy is pretty transparent. It wants to separate South Korea’s strategic interests from those of the United States, with boasts — backed by occasional nuclear-missile tests — that it can take out West Coast cities.
“Pyongyang could then warn its new frenemy, Seoul, that the United States would never risk its own homeland to keep protecting South Korea. So it would supposedly be wiser for Koreans themselves, in the spirit of Olympic brotherhood, to settle their own differences. A failed but nuclear North Korea ultimately would dictate the terms of the relationship to a successful but non-nuclear South Korea. . .”

Washington Times: “The pretense of budget control”

“The Trump budget looks a lot like the budgets Barack Obama drew up. There’s no way an economist with his head on straight would defend the indefensible maneuvering of Congress and the president over the past several days.

“We first got a two-year budget that drove through the Budget Control Act caps like a runaway 18-wheeler, to the tune of $300 billion. The hard-won sequester and budget caps negotiated between the Republicans and Mr. Obama on the edge of a cliff in 2011 are gone with the wind. Everyone has split for the Wild West.

“President Trump’s budget, presented Monday, is no kin to his first budget that set out to get rid of fat, gas and bloat, to terminate scores of unneeded programs, introduce overdue reforms in how Congress spends money, and to show a credible path to a balanced budget within 10 years.

“This year’s budget celebrates new multi-billion spending priorities, with a little half-hearted lip service to fiscal discipline, all with the faked sincerity of Barack Obama. The executive summary of the Trump budget boasts of additions, not subtractions, promoting more spending for infrastructure, cyber security, opium addiction, strengthening Medicare, veterans’ health care, disaster relief and other things. Where do we get relief from the budget disaster relief?

“Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky warns of a return to $1 trillion deficits, with a reminder that this is ‘the kind of behavior we as Republicans denounced in the Obama years.’ The New York Times exults that ‘the Tea Party party is over,’ and The Wall Street Journal groans that Trumponomics is a return to the belief ‘that budget deficits don’t matter.’

“Liberals, who turn out to be not so progressive after all, mock conservatives that the price of the $1.5 trillion Trumptax cut demonstrates that the Grand Old Party is now the grand old deficit party.. .”


Rand Paul, Breitbart: “EXCLUSIVE–Rand Paul: Is Our Military Budget too Small, or Is Our Mission too Large?”

“. . . Most conservatives believe welfare should be temporary, and that ultimately the able-bodied must stand on their own.  Foreign assistance is no different.  If the U.S. coddles and comforts and does all the fighting, the Afghanis will never become self-sufficient.  People argue that the Taliban will take over Afghanistan.  Not if the Afghanis stand and fight.  We’ve given them 15 years of training and billions of dollars of the most sophisticated weapons known to man.  Surely, the time for them to step up and fight is now. . .”


David French, NRO: “No, It’s Not Cowardly to Be Conservative on Gun Rights”

“Defending the Second Amendment takes courage, gun-control advocates’ claims to the contrary notwithstanding.
“. . . Angry voices take an extraordinarily complex social, cultural, and political phenomenon, boil it down to preferred progressive policy provisions, and then declare everyone who opposes their ideas a craven weakling in thrall to the NRA. Yesterday was no exception. . .
“One of the worst aspects of the modern gun debate is the presumption that Republican politicians vote the way they do not out of conviction but out of craven compliance — that they care less about school shootings than they care about NRA campaign dollars or NRA votes. It’s a sentiment that plays very well on Twitter (note the retweets and likes), but it’s detached from reality.
“In fact, those making the argument either don’t know or don’t care about the extent to which courage is a cornerstone of gun culture. After all, what good is a firearm if a law-abiding citizen doesn’t have the courage and self-discipline to use it in self-defense or in the defense of his family and neighbors? Countless permit holders don’t just take the time to get carry licenses, they spend hours at the range. They take classes. They aspire to be brave.
“Moreover, these insults ignore the fact that conservative politicians consistently advocate government action that they sincerely believe will make a positive difference. Leftist pundits mock the notion that we should arm teachers, yet time and again armed civilians have stopped mass shooters in their tracks. It’s not cowardice to argue that more civilians should be given the chance to arm themselves.
“Nor is it cowardice to argue that we should better enforce existing laws. This is a problem that transcends mass shootings and impacts “regular” gun violence. Prosecutors are notoriously reluctant to prosecute purchasers who lie on background checks, including straw purchasers. We’ve also seen background-check systems fail and multiple instances where law-enforcement officials failed to effectively follow up on leads provided by private citizens that could have prevented an attack.
“Conservatives are keenly aware of these failings, and rightfully wonder why there is such confidence that the next legal reform will be more effective than the last — especially when the practical effect is often to inconvenience the law-abiding without offering any meaningful corresponding public-safety benefit.
“Finally, it’s not cowardice to note in response to calls for increased gun control that America has seen a sharp decrease in gun violence even as gun laws have liberalized from coast to coast. Given that mass shootings are often the most premeditated of crimes, they may well be the least susceptible to a gun-control solution. A person can easily plan around assault-weapons bans (as the San Bernardino shooters did) and circumvent magazine restrictions. Mass shootings are sometimes planned months and years in advance. “Moreover, one shooter inspires the next, creating a contagion that’s hard to control. The terrible reality is that we don’t have good solutions to this problem . . .”

Brianna Sacks, Buzzfeed: “The FBI Was Warned about a School Shooting Threat from a YouTube User Named Nikolas Cruz in September”

“Last fall, a Mississippi bail bondsman and frequent YouTube vlogger noticed an alarming comment left on one of his videos. “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” said a user named Nikolas Cruz.

“The YouTuber, 36-year-old Ben Bennight, alerted the FBI, emailing a screenshot of the comment to the bureau’s tips account. He also flagged the comment to YouTube, which removed it from the video.

“Agents with the bureau’s Mississippi field office got back to him “immediately,” Bennight said, and conducted an in-person interview the following day, on Sept. 25.

“‘They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person,’ Bennight told BuzzFeed News. ‘I didn’t. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them.’

“FBI agents contacted Bennight again Wednesday, after a 19-year-old named Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, killing at least 17 people. . .”

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Shock, Anger after Florida Teen Charged with 17 Counts of Murder; FBI Was Warned”

“Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old orphan with a troubled past, a fascination with weapons and resistance groups, and an AR-15 rifle, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years.

“Fourteen wounded survivors were hospitalized as bodies were recovered from inside and around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the AP reports.

Nikolas Cruz, still wearing a hospital gown after being treated for labored breathing, and weighing in at 5-foot-7 and 131 pounds, was ordered held without bond and booked into jail.

“Cruz’s former classmates thought they were having another drill Wednesday afternoon when a fire alarm sounded, requiring them to file out of their classrooms. That’s when Cruz, equipped with a gas mask, smoke grenades and multiple magazines of ammunition, opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon, killing 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets.

“It was the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, more than five years ago. . .”


Mr. Weiner-Savage had a brother die in Willowbrook, an institution shuttered by public reactions to Geraldo Rivera’s investigations. Savage wants MH hospitals reopened and medications reexamined. . .


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Dan Spinelli, Inquirer: “Shapiro announces drug bust, bashes Philly safe injection sites again”

“State Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office announced Tuesday the seizure of 250,000 bags of fentanyl-laced heroin worth $2.6 million and again criticized Philadelphia’s approval of so-called safe injection sites.

“I want people to understand what it’s like to use heroin and fentanyl: It’s like playing Russian roulette,” Shapiro said at a news conference at his regional office in Tinicum Township, Delaware County. “You shoot this poison in your veins and you have no idea whether you’re going to live or whether you’re going to die.”

Shapiro, a Democrat, has made fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic a major tenet of the first year of his term as Pennsylvania’s top law enforcement officer.

Laura Olson, Morning Call: “Wake-up Call: Plenty of maps to parse on Pa. districts; Trump postpones next week’s western Pa. rally”

There are lots of maps from those involved in Pennsylvania’s redistricting fight — here’s a handy Twitter thread with the color-coded versions. The attempt from Gov. Tom Wolf includes a separate list describing why the districts were drawn to incorporate the locations they include.

“But none of these are (sic!) the final version.

“That map is set to be available from the state Supreme Court by Monday, according to the justices’ timeline. They have a Stanford law professor assisting them, and now can review proposals from each side of the court case. So it might have some familiar portions in it.

“Need more maps? FiveThirtyEight did a rundown of how all sorts of different criteria would affect the shapes and boundaries of Pennsylvania’s districts, showing just how tricky it is to define what is ‘fair.’

“Stay tuned to see how the next chapter in the saga unfolds. It also isn’t the final chapter — Republicans are expected to sue over a court-drawn map, saying the justices have no constitutional right to draw a map. . .”


Mark Levin, 2-15-18

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, We need to ignore the usual hysteria from the leftist politicians. They do not have the experience or knowledge to provide solutions. Evil killers do not represent America. Instead, we should look to the heroism of Aaron Feis, the high school football coach who sacrificed his life to save his students. The answers to this mass shooting in Florida is not in Washington but are local.

“We can’t control all the evil in the world, but we can do some things. How about protecting our babies in the womb and protecting our babies who go to these government schools? How about we get into the safety, health, and protection business? If we want to protect our children in these public schools, we need to put people in these public schools who can protect our children.

“Later, the Democrats are all out special pleaders for foreign countries and their citizens. Now they are demanding amnesty for people here illegally and for people who may come here in future.”

Eastwood: Roger Friedman, REVIEW Clint Eastwood’s “15:17 to Paris” Is An Eclectic Mix of Patriotic, Christian, and Cutting Edge — And Will Resonate in the Heartland

“. . . You know, I’m Jewish and liberal, so “patriotic” and “Christian” aren’t two of the things I warm to in movies necessarily. But Eastwood’s take on these real life heroes is not simplistic. The real life people playing themselves as heroes on the train from Amsterdam to Paris– I was braced for a bad movie. And I will say, it starts slowly and it’s totally not what you expect. Nevertheless, if you’re patient with it, you quickly realize several things.

“First of, the real guys are not bad. I’ve seen worse. Compared to Louis CK’s unreleased “I Love You, Daddy,” the acting and writing here is Shakespearean.

“Second, Eastwood– as he did in ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Sully’– lays out their stories and backgrounds objectively. I’m already seeing in some reviews some idea that Eastwood is pushing a religious agenda or whatever. Nonsense. He’s accurately depicting these people. The mothers of the guys are religious– this is what they believe, it’s their right. No one is mocking them or judging them. This is who they are. And kudos to Jenna Fischer and Judy Greer for finding the mothers’ dimensions.

“If there’s a problem with “15:17” it’s that it’s almost filmed like cinema verite, certainly as the story unfolds. There’s a lot of exposition and it seems slow. Again, a little patience wouldn’t hurt anyone. Because when the kids’ backstories switch to the main guys, Eastwood finds a groove. Forgive him if the entry seems clunky. . .”

Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

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Dead Cats: Hearts and Ashes, 02/14/18; (29)23, James Brody

FBI/THE MEMO: Hanson – Scandal but so what?; York – Flynn didn’t lie; Cohen – Rice’s email;  

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Kranz – The Chinese threat; Dinan – DACA restored.

PA: Kamisar – Dems fight for votes; WTAE – Gerrymandering.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-13-18; Eastwood 15:17 to Paris; Churchill show times.


Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?”

“The FISA-gate, Clinton emails, and Uranium One scandals are sort of reaching a consensus. Many things quite wrong and illegal were done by both Hillary Clinton and her entourage and members of the Obama agencies and administration — both the acts themselves and the cover-ups and omissions that ensued.

“Remember, in the FISA-gate scandal such likely widespread criminal behavior was predicated on two premises: 1) certainty of an easy Clinton victory, after which the miscreants would be not only excused but probably rewarded for their zeal; 2) progressive hubris in which our supposedly moral betters felt it their right, indeed their duty, to use unethical and even unlawful means for the “greater good” — to achieve their self-described moral ends of stopping the crude and reactionary Trump.
“The wrongdoing probably includes attempting to warp a U.S. election, Russian collusion, repeatedly misleading and lying before the FISA courts, improperly surveilling American citizens, unmasking the names of citizens swept up in unlawful surveillance and then illegally leaking them to the press, disseminating and authenticating opposition smears during a political campaign, lying under oath to Congress, obstructing ongoing investigations, using federal funds to purchase ad hominem gossip against a presidential candidate, blatant conflicts of interests, weaponizing federal investigations, trafficking in and leaking classified information . . . The list goes on and on.
“The State Department is now involved. Apparently anyone who was a former Clinton smear artist can pass fantasies to a sympathetic or known political appointee at State. And if the “dossier” fits the proper narrative and shared agenda, it gains credence enough to ensure that it is passed up to senior State officials and on to the FBI. Perhaps a private citizen with a grudge against a rival should try that as well.

“These scandals will grow even greater before various congressional investigations expire.. . .”

Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: Comey told Congress FBI agents didn’t think Michael Flynn lied”

“. . . There were widespread reports that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about telephone conversations that he, Flynn, had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition in late December 2016. On Jan. 24, 2017, two of Comey’s FBI agents went to the White House to question Flynn, and there was a lot of speculation later that Flynn lied in that interview, which would be a serious crime.

“The Jan. 24 interview potentially puts Flynn in legal jeopardy,” the Washington Post reportedin February. “Lying to the FBI is a felony offense.”

“There was also a lot of concern in Congress, at least among Republicans, about the leak of the wiretapped Flynn-Kislyak conversation. Such intelligence is classified at the highest level of secrecy, yet someone — Republicans suspected Obama appointees in the Justice Department and intelligence community — revealed it to the press.

“So in March, lawmakers wanted Comey to tell them what was up. And what they heard from the director did not match what they were hearing in the media . . .”

Kelly Cohen, Washington Examiner: “Senate Republicans examining the curious email Susan Rice sent to herself”

“Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are calling on former national security adviser Susan Rice to explain an email she wrote to herself on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration that insisted Obama wanted to make sure the probe into Russia’s election meddling was done ‘by the book.’

“On Jan. 20, 2017 — moments before Trump took the oath of office to become president — Rice emailed herself about a briefing that took place that month with the intelligence community about Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election.

“Then-President Barack Obama had a meeting on Jan. 5, 2017 with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Rice and then-Vice President Joe Biden were also present at the Oval Office meeting.

“At the end of her email describing the meeting, Rice wrote that from a national security perspective, Obama ‘said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.’

“The email, Grassley and Graham say, is ‘unusual’ and want answers on a variety of questions. . .”

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Curious Michael Flynn Guilty Plea”

“. . . Here’s how I recounted what actually happened in the December column: Strzok did not decide on his own to interview Flynn. We know the matter was being monitored at the highest level of the Justice Department, by then–acting attorney general Sally Yates and then–FBI director James Comey. Strzok and a colleague were assigned to interview Flynn. More importantly, Strzok apparently reported that he believed Flynn had been truthful. Shortly after the interview occurred, it was reported that the FBI had decided no action would be taken against Flynn. On March 2, Comey testified to a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee that, while Flynn may have had some honest failures of recollection during the interview, the agents who questioned him concluded that he did not lie. Far from setting Flynn up, it seems that Strzok would exculpate him. Flynn was prosecuted not because Strzok is an anti-Trump zealot, but apparently because Strzok’s finding that Flynn was truthful was negated by Mueller’s very aggressive prosecutors. Did they decide they knew better than the experienced investigators who were in the room observing Flynn’s demeanor as he answered their questions? Of course, the point is moot now because Flynn has admitted his guilt. Still, I wonder whether Mueller’s team informed Flynn and his counsel, prior to Flynn’s guilty plea to lying to the FBI, that the interviewing agents believed he had not lied to the FBI.
“I still wonder what Mueller’s team told Flynn before the guilty plea. There are good reasons to do so.
“Flynn’s case is back in the news thanks to Byron York’s important Washington Examiner report yesterday. He retraces the history: Because Flynn was a Trump transition official and incoming national-security adviser, there was nothing at all inappropriate about his discussing Obama-imposed sanctions against Russia with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Nevertheless, then–acting attorney general and Obama partisan Sally Yates seriously considered prosecuting Flynn under the absurd, never-invoked Logan Act. This misconception that Flynn had done something wrong led Yates and Comey to have Flynn interviewed as if he were a criminal suspect. Apparently unconcerned, Flynn agreed to be interviewed without counsel. Strzok came away from the session believing that Flynn had told the truth. Comey, Byron York reports, ‘told lawmakers that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe that Flynn had lied to them, or that any inaccuracies in his answers were intentional.’ Yet, ten months later, with Yates, Comey, and Strzok now out of the picture, Mueller decided to charge Flynn with lying to the FBI anyway. . .”  


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


Michael Kranz, Business Insider: “The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US — and Americans must step up as a society to defend themselves”

“FBI director Christopher Wray issued a dire warning against China’s growing influence during a Senate intelligence hearing on Tuesday.

“He cited the variety of ways that China is implementing its plan to replace the US as the foremost global power, including infiltrating American academia.

“China’s Confucius Institutes are ostensibly language learning centers, but often serve as vehicles for Chinese propaganda at universities around the world, including the US.

“Intelligence experts also cited Chinese cybersecurity threats as a major concern in 2018.. . .”

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Court orders restoration of DACA program”

“Judge uses Trump’s Twitter post to undercut DHS phaseout

“. . . A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the government must restart the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty, adding more weight to the legal case against President Trump’s phaseout of the program just as Congress is debating the fate of “Dreamers” on Capitol Hill.

“Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis said the administration does have the power to revoke DACA, but it must give a sound reason for doing so — and the Homeland Security Department’s September 2017 rationale fell far short of what is required in that regard.

“He even used Mr. Trump’s own tweets as evidence that the DACA program was ended precipitously, pointing to President Trump’s claims that he could “revisit this issue” as proof the program could have been continued.

“Judge Garaufis is the second federal judge to rule Mr. Trump’s aides bungled the phaseout, following a case in a federal court in California. . .”


WTAE: “Gov. Tom Wolf rejects Republicans’ proposal for new Pennsylvania congressional map, saying it’s gerrymandered like the old one was”

“. . . Wolf’s announcement came late Tuesday morning, six days before the state Supreme Court’s deadline to draw new boundaries for the state’s 18 congressional districts.

“As non-partisan analysts have already said, their map maintains a similar partisan advantage by employing many of the same unconstitutional tactics present in their 2011 map,” Wolf said in a statement. “The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander. Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional.”

Ben Kamisar, The Hill: “Dems vie to win back blue-collar voters in pivotal Pa. race”

“Pennsylvania’s pivotal House special election will give Democrats an early chance to see if they can win back the white, blue-collar voters who have drifted away from the party.

President Trump carried the Pittsburgh-area 18th District by 20 percentage points in 2016, suggesting a tough fight for Democrats. But now Democrat Conor Lamb has an outside chance at winning the seat, thanks to growing energy on the left and a lack of GOP enthusiasm for Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone. . .”


Mark Levin, 2-13-18

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show, Susan Rice’s email about the Russian probe on President Trump’s inauguration day further exposed Barack Obama’s involvement in the FISA abuse against the Trump campaign. Rice wrote multiple times that the investigation was being done by the book; you don’t keep writing that unless you’re not doing something by the book. The biggest part of Rice’s email was the revelation that Obama asked Jim Comey to inform him if anything changed that should affect how they shared classified information with the incoming Trump administration.

“This is the marquee part of the email because the incoming team was under investigation because of supposed ties to Russia because of the Steele dossier. This is damning because it further proves that Obama knew exactly what was going on. There was a massive cover-up by the resistance to protect not only Hillary Clinton but also Obama, and he was the maestro behind it and knew what was taking place.

“Also, there is a movement going on in Israel led by the radical left to have Benjamin Netanyahu removed as Prime Minister. Even after Israel’s recent event with Iran and a war brewing, the deep state in Israel is focused on taking out one of the greatest leaders Israel has ever had. Just as the media in America are in a silent coup against President Trump, the Israeli media is doing the same to Netanyahu.

“Later, Mark speaks with author and journalist David Brody about his book, The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography.”

North Korean Eggs/God: James Brody

Respected evolutionist Matt Ridley argues that the most important contract between a man and woman is “food for sex.” If so, the beauty of the North’s cheering squad, daughters of affluent North Korean families, is an advertisement that eggs are for sale. Enjoy looking at these sugarbabies and if you have lots of cash, shop carefully!

Meanwhile, this is also the first day of Lent . . .

“Lent (LatinQuadragesimaFortieth) is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penancemortifying the fleshrepentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial.[1] This event is observed in the AnglicanEastern OrthodoxOriental OrthodoxLutheranMethodist, and Catholic Churches . . .”

Ridley M (1993) The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature. NY:Penguin.

Eastwood: Roger Friedman, REVIEW Clint Eastwood’s “15:17 to Paris” Is An Eclectic Mix of Patriotic, Christian, and Cutting Edge — And Will Resonate in the Heartland

“. . . You know, I’m Jewish and liberal, so “patriotic” and “Christian” aren’t two of the things I warm to in movies necessarily. But Eastwood’s take on these real life heroes is not simplistic. The real life people playing themselves as heroes on the train from Amsterdam to Paris– I was braced for a bad movie. And I will say, it starts slowly and it’s totally not what you expect. Nevertheless, if you’re patient with it, you quickly realize several things.

“First of, the real guys are not bad. I’ve seen worse. Compared to Louis CK’s unreleased “I Love You, Daddy,” the acting and writing here is Shakespearean.

“Second, Eastwood– as he did in ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Sully’– lays out their stories and backgrounds objectively. I’m already seeing in some reviews some idea that Eastwood is pushing a religious agenda or whatever. Nonsense. He’s accurately depicting these people. The mothers of the guys are religious– this is what they believe, it’s their right. No one is mocking them or judging them. This is who they are. And kudos to Jenna Fischer and Judy Greer for finding the mothers’ dimensions.

“If there’s a problem with “15:17” it’s that it’s almost filmed like cinema verite, certainly as the story unfolds. There’s a lot of exposition and it seems slow. Again, a little patience wouldn’t hurt anyone. Because when the kids’ backstories switch to the main guys, Eastwood finds a groove. Forgive him if the entry seems clunky. . .”

Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

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Dead Cats: Bamster, 02/12/18; (29)22, James Brody

Hanson – Republican Embarrassments

FBI/THE MEMO: Gorka – FISA Watergate? Schwartz – BO spied.

BUDGET: Williamson – The Crash; Clark & Murphy – Conservatives spend; Martosko – Infrastructure; Durden – Redacted salaries; Moran – $300Bn in 18 hours; Moran – No repeal.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Glick – Syrian war; Smith – ISR warns Iran; Huang – China’s J20.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-09-18; Eastwood 15:17 to Paris; Churchill show times.

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness: “Republican Embarrassments”

“Free-marketers are right that tax cuts stimulate economic growth that in turn lead to expanding production and eventually more federal tax revenue.

“But the problem traditionally has been that to obtain tax reductions, Republicans also have had to sign on reluctantly to larger expenditures. Or, worse, they willingly believed they could spend more, simply because more money poured into the federal treasuries.

“George W. Bush doubled the national debt. After running against Bush profligacy (remember the Chinese credit card trope), Barack Obama doubled it again by doubling Bush’s levels of borrowing. Conservatives blasted Obama for his even greater lack of thrift. The Tea Party movement emerged in reaction to reckless expenditures and borrowing to fund Obamacare.

“Now Donald Trump is caught in the same old matrix. His deregulation, tax cuts, and energy expansion will likely increase federal revenue. But his various budget concessions and his own proposed increases in defense spending and infrastructure would likely bleed the budget at a far greater rate than the growing federal revenue.

“Once again, new spending will discredit conservative vows of budget prudence and supply-side economics. (Budget-wise, what good does it do to expand the economy if the political price is acquiescence to ever greater and costlier government?). . .”


“A clear majority of 55 percent believe it is ‘likely’ that the Obama administration ‘improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.’ That includes 31 percent of Democrats, 87 percent of Republicans, and 55 percent of Independents.

“A clear majority of 54 percent want a special counsel to investigate ‘whether the FBI and the Department of Justice improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.’ Only 44 percent said no. The partisan breakdown shows that 74 percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Independents want a special counsel — as do a full 44 percent of Democrats.” John Nolte, Breitbart


Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Grassley-Graham Memo Affirms Nunes Memo — Media Yawns”
“We need a full-blown investigation of how the FISA court came to grant warrants to spy on Carter Page.

“In a word, the Grassley-Graham memo is shocking. Yet, the press barely notices.
“Rest assured: If a Republican administration had used unverifiable hearsay from a patently suspect agent of the Republican presidential candidate to gull the FISA court into granting a warrant to spy on an associate of the Democratic nominee’s campaign, it would be covered as the greatest political scandal in a half-century.
“Instead, it was the other way around. The Grassley-Graham memo corroborates the claims in the Nunes memo: The Obama Justice Department and FBI used anonymously sourced, Clinton-campaign generated innuendo to convince the FISA court to issue surveillance warrants against Carter Page, and in doing so, they concealed the Clinton campaign’s role. Though the Trump campaign had cut ties with Page shortly before the first warrant was issued in October 2016, the warrant application was based on wild allegations of a corrupt conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Moreover, the warrant meant the FBI could seize not only Page’s forward-going communications but any past emails and texts he may have stored — i.e., his Trump campaign communications.
“With its verification by the Grassley-Graham memo, the Nunes memo now has about a thousand times more corroboration than the Steele dossier, the basis of the heinous allegations used by the Justice Department and FBI to get the FISA warrants.

“What the Grassley-Graham memo tells us is that the Nunes memo, for all the hysteria about it, was tame. The Grassley-Graham memo tells us that we need not only a full-blown investigation of what possessed the Obama administration to submit such shoddy applications to the FISA court, but of how a judge — or perhaps as many as four judges — rationalized signing the warrants. . .”

Sebastian Gorka, The Hill: “Will the FISA memo turn into Obama’s Watergate?”

“. . .Despite the months it has taken for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate the matters before them and declassify their initial findings, we are still just at the beginning of knowing how broad and deep a scandal we face. Nevertheless, the facts already laid out by the memos are shocking enough by themselves and, specifically, in the consequences they may have for all Americans.

“We already know that during the 2016 presidential election, the FBI and Justice Department acquired a secret warrant to spy on U.S. citizen Carter Page, a volunteer adviser to the Trump campaign. The warrant application was based on an “opposition research” file paid for by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton through her lawyer. This fact, that the file was paid for by the candidate and party running against Donald Trump, was not disclosed by the FBI or Justice Department to the secret FISA court judge to whom that warrant application was made.

“It was also never disclosed that the author of the file was a former British intelligence officer with close ties to Moscow, who had been deemed by the FBI to be “unreliable” and who was known — at the highest levels of the Justice Department — to be “desperate” to ensure that Trump never became president. In other words, the FBI and Justice Department knowingly hid exculpatory evidence from the surveillance court in order to be able to start spying on a member of the Trump team.

“Add to this what we now know about the contents of the file compiled by Christopher Steele, that its salacious accusations came from Russian officials and, in part, as Trey Gowdy has intimated, from none other than Sidney Blumenthal, the closest of Clinton’s confidantes, and the full scenario appears undeniable. One candidate for president managed to leverage elements of the federal law enforcement and intelligence communities to illegally spy on the campaign running against her.

“If we add to this the countless anti-Trump text messages that have been released between key members of the FBI team investigating both the Clinton ‘servergate’ case and the accusations of ‘Russia collusion’ by Trump associates, and it is easy to understand why half a dozen senior FBI agents and Justice Department officials have been ‘relieved’ or reassigned in recent weeks.

“There is a special reason why America never created a domestic spying agency, even after Sept. 11, 2001, when the calls for such a body were loudest. There is something in the genesis of our republic that rejects the idea of permanent ‘political police’ surveilling our fellow countrymen. That is why, ironically, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was originally created in 1978 in response to the abuses of the Nixon years.

“Spying on Americans was to be sporadic and done on a case by case basis, with each target’s approval having to be justified in front of a special FISA judge. When political motivations lie behind such approval and that fact is hidden from the authority which grants it, all Americans are endangered. Working for a mainstream political candidate must never be the metric for whether the state can spy on you, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat.

“That way lies tyranny. . .”

Ian Schwartz, RCP: “Tucker Carlson: The Obama Administration Spied on a Rival Political Campaign”

“TUCKER CARLSON: A remarkable new New York Times story just published about 40 minutes ago. That story alleges just within the last year American intelligence agencies paid a spy — apparently a spy working for the Russian government — $100,000 in American tax dollars in exchange for unverified and possibly fabricated information about President “Now, why would our intelligence agencies use our money to do something like that? Why would they do anything like that under any circumstances and by the way what was the information they gathered used for? None of that is clear at this hour.
“Here’s what is clear right now. The bottom line in what we learned this whole week, the one thing worth taking away from a dramatic week in Washington is this: The Obama administration spied on a rival political campaign. There had better be a legitimate reason for doing that but increasingly it looks like there wasn’t.”


Kevin Williamson, NRO:  “The Crash”

“. . . If politics is just a game, then it’s the most boring and pointless game ever there was. If it’s a career, it’s not that great of one: There are easier ways for a bunch of guys with law degrees and MBAs and great moral flexibility to earn $173,000 a year. There are high-school principals who make more than that. Having one’s ass kissed by Washington flunkies could not possibly be that pleasurable. Why do they do it? To fill the time? Why bother with going to Washington if not to try to do the needful things? “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interrèd with their bones.” So must it be with Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Steve Bannon, Sean Hannity, Rachel Maddow, and the lot of them, all the courtiers and jesters and sycophants. They will pass. But the debt is a memento without mori — it is immortal. Like so much else in Washington, it is speeding out of control with no working brakes and no one apparently at the wheel. As Herb Stein famously put it, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

“The crash is coming.”

Lesley Clark & Brian Murphy, McClatchy: “When will it stop? Conservatives who vowed to cut spending keep spending”

“WASHINGTON “Tea party Republicans arrived in Washington seven years ago with a clear, loud message from angry voters: Slash spending. But once again, spending is going way up.

“‘Part of our job right now (is) that we keep pounding that Republicans still stand for fiscal responsibility,’ said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who chairs the House Republican Study Committee, a coalition of conservatives.

“But he was on the losing side as the House early Friday cleared a massive two-year spending package that President Donald Trump quickly signed into law. Sixty-seven Republicans voted against the two-year budget plan that became law Friday, but 167 voted yes.

“The bill could add as much as $320 billion to the debt over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and push the fiscal 2019 deficit past $1.2 trillion, according to the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a research group. The deal included about $100 billion in offsets, not enough to assuage many conservatives. . .”

David Martosko, UK Daily Mail: “Trump’s $1.5 TRILLION infrastructure plan will hit Washington on Monday as president says America needs to spend money ‘in our country’ instead of the Middle East”

“      –  Massive infrastructure push will target roads, bridges, tunnels, rail, seaports and airports 

  • Trump is banking on states and other smaller governments to spend most of the money
  • ‘This will be a big week for Infrastructure,’ Trump tweeted Monday morning
  • ‘After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in OUR Country!’”

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge:  “$20 Billion Hidden In the Swamp: Feds Redact 255,000 Salaries”

Submitted by Adam Andrzejewski

“The only thing the bureaucratic resistance hates more than President Trump is the disclosure of their own salaries. It’s a classic case of the bureaucracy protecting the bureaucracy, underscoring the resistance faced by the new administration.

“Recently, Open the Books filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (pictured) for all federal employee names, titles, agencies, salaries, and bonus information.

“We’ve captured and posted online this data for the past 11 years. For the first time, we found missing information throughout the federal payroll disclosures. Here’s a sample of what we discovered from the FY2017 records:

  • 254,839 federal salaries were redacted in the federal civil service payroll (just 3,416 salaries were redacted in FY2016).
  • 68 federal departments redacted salaries. Even small agencies like the National Transportation Services Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation redacted millions of dollars in salaries.
  • $20 billionin estimated payroll now lacks transparency.
  • A 7,360 percent increase in opacityhides one out of every five federal salaries.

“Who’s the bureaucrat in charge? Not a Trump appointee – the president doesn’t even have a current nominee at OPM. So, the buck stops with new acting Director Kathleen McGettigan, a 25-year staffer who assumed the position because she was the next in line, not because the White House appointed her

“Trump has the power to replace her at any time. This lack of transparency is apparently a result of the president’s failure to appoint his people to executive positions. Trump knows controlling the human resource department is key to managing the federal bureaucracy. In fact, Trump forecast this type of institutional resistance in his inaugural address.

“The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories.… And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now.”

“The decision to redact 255,000 federal salaries for $20 billion in payroll harms oversight. The American people deserve to know who makes how much, in what position, employed by which agency. . .”

Sean Moran, Breitbart: “Schumer, McConnell Rammed Through Vote on $300 Billion, 652-Page Budget in 18 Hours”

“On the day of the latest government shutdown, Congress passed a two-year $300 billion, 652-page budget under 18 hours, much to the dismay of conservatives.

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) struck a deal on Wednesday to fund the government for two years, featuring substantial increases in domestic and defense spending. Both the House and Senate passed the $300 billion two-year budget on Friday morning, halting a temporary government shutdown. . .”

Sean Moran, Breitbart: “McConnell Bows to Schumer: Budget Contains No Reconciliation Instructions for Obamacare Repeal”

“. . . The two-year, $300 billion budget known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 contains no reconciliation instructions for Obamacare repeal. Budgetary reconciliation allows Republicans to pass legislation using only a simple majority in the Senate. . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


Caroline Glick, Breitbart: “Caroline Glick: Syria – The War Everyone Must Fight and No One Can Win”

“. . . There are a dozen or so actors fighting in Syria. The US is fighting in coalition with the Kurdish dominated Syrian Democratic Forces. The Kurdish YPG militia is part of the SDF. Political representatives tied to the YPG have denied it, but the YPG is widely considered to be allied with the Turkish PKK group, which is listed as a terrorist group by the State Department and the Turkish government.

Russia is fighting with Iran, the Syrian-regime forces, Hezbollah and Iranian-organized Shiite militias that include fighters from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

“Russia also sometimes acts indirectly with Israel against its coalition partners. On the basis of understandings that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian forces in Syria do not interfere with Israeli air strikes against Iranian, Hezbollah and Syrian-regime targets which directly threaten Israel’s strategic interests.

“The Turks are fighting largely independently. Sometimes they are supported by the U.S., sometimes they are supported by the Russians.

“Turkey belatedly joined the anti-ISIS coalition led by the U.S. But the Turks’ main target in Syria is the Kurdish forces. Three weeks ago, the Turks launched yet another campaign against the Kurds in Syria. Their current operation is focused on the Afrin province controlled by YPG. But Turkey is also threatening Manbij, where US special forces are deployed in support of the SDF.

“Non-ISIS rebel forces are being destroyed systematically by regime forces in Idlib province and in the Damascus suburban area known as Eastern Ghouta. According to a New York Times‘ summary of recent violence in Syria, regime forces have reportedly killed four hundred people, including a hundred children in Eastern Ghouta since December. Since the start of 2018, the Syrian regime reportedly carried out three chlorine gas attack against civilians in Ghouta.

“As the New York Times noted, Ghouta was the site of the regime’s 2013 sarin gas attack which killed 1,400 people including 400 children. Then-president Barack Obama had said a year earlier that such an attack would be a red line that would provoke US action against the regime. Obama’s refusal to attack regime forces after the sarin gas attack empowered Russia, which deployed forces to Syria for the first time since the end of the Cold War in 2015.

“Finally, there are ISIS forces. ISIS continues to control territory along the Syrian border with Iraq and pockets of territory in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor and Palmyra. . .”

Mike Smith, YAHOO!: “Israel warns over Iran’s presence in Syria after air strikes”

“Israel carried out major air raids in Syria on Saturday, including against what it described as Iranian targets — the first time it had publicly acknowledged doing so since the war began.

“The raids came after an Israeli F16 fighter was shot down by Syrian air defences. The pilots survived, but it was Israel’s first loss of a warplane in battle since 1982.

“We inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting.

“We made clear to everyone that our rules of engagement will not change in any way. We will continue to harm anyone who tries to harm us. This was our policy and this will remain our policy. . .”

Kristin Huang, South China Morning Post: “China’s J-20 stealth fighter jet lines up for combat duty, boosting firepower in the sky”

“Deployment comes as Beijing pushes ahead with patrols in the South China Sea

“. . . The fighter jet officially entered military service in September, and was put through its combat paces over nine days of drills with less-advanced J-16 and J-10C fighters last month, the air force said.

The J-20 was designed for stealth and manoeuvrability and is powered by two jet engines, giving it extra power as well as the ability to survive engine failure, according to the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

The US Naval Institute said the aircraft was likely to be a serious threat to US aircraft, ships and bases, because the PLA might be able to put more of them into the sky. . .”



Mark Levin, 2-09-18

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Dan Bongino, Contributing Editor at Conservative Review fills in for Mark. It’s astonishing how little people know about the Obamagate spying scandal. Why would the left wing media post articles helping us figure out that the Obama team spied on the Trump team? The leftist media has been trying to pitch the narrative that President Trump colluded with Russia, which is absolute nonsense and there is no evidence this happened. The media was trying to make the case that Trump was bad news and that FBI spying was evidence. Then the media had to actually walk back their own reporting. This was a setup against the Trump team the entire time and the proof is overwhelming. Just look at Alexander Downer and what happened after he met with George Papadopoulos. Downer is the one who is alleged to have called the FBI through his Australian counterparts.

“In addition, liberals were not as concerned about Mike Pence as they were about Trump. Their unique fear of Trump came from that he was such a renegade who did not operate by traditional political norms and that he would expose their activities. They did not fear the other guys running for President like Marco Rubio or John Kasich.

Later, Trump will not declassify the Democrat memo. Now the Democrat talking points will be that Trump is hiding something. This is what they do because Democrats can’t hide.”

Eastwood: Roger Friedman, REVIEW Clint Eastwood’s “15:17 to Paris” Is An Eclectic Mix of Patriotic, Christian, and Cutting Edge — And Will Resonate in the Heartland

“. . . You know, I’m Jewish and liberal, so “patriotic” and “Christian” aren’t two of the things I warm to in movies necessarily. But Eastwood’s take on these real life heroes is not simplistic. The real life people playing themselves as heroes on the train from Amsterdam to Paris– I was braced for a bad movie. And I will say, it starts slowly and it’s totally not what you expect. Nevertheless, if you’re patient with it, you quickly realize several things.

“First of, the real guys are not bad. I’ve seen worse. Compared to Louis CK’s unreleased “I Love You, Daddy,” the acting and writing here is Shakespearean.

“Second, Eastwood– as he did in ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Sully’– lays out their stories and backgrounds objectively. I’m already seeing in some reviews some idea that Eastwood is pushing a religious agenda or whatever. Nonsense. He’s accurately depicting these people. The mothers of the guys are religious– this is what they believe, it’s their right. No one is mocking them or judging them. This is who they are. And kudos to Jenna Fischer and Judy Greer for finding the mothers’ dimensions.

“If there’s a problem with “15:17” it’s that it’s almost filmed like cinema verite, certainly as the story unfolds. There’s a lot of exposition and it seems slow. Again, a little patience wouldn’t hurt anyone. Because when the kids’ backstories switch to the main guys, Eastwood finds a groove. Forgive him if the entry seems clunky. . .”

Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

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Dead Cats: Spent!, 02/09/18; (29)21, James Brody

FBI/THE MEMO: Hanson – FISA-Gate; McCarthy – Two kinds of case; Durden – Millions to Clinton.

BUDGET: Durden – No shutdown;  Ron Paul demurs; Cillizza – Paul was right; Hains – No conservative spenders.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Umber Sites

LEADS: Daniels – Where’s Obama?; Ponczek & Herron – Stocks down; Timothy et al., Soros plots; Ramirez – SF exits; Investors – Hillary’s dirty work.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-08-18; Eastwood 15:17 to Paris; Churchill show times.


Victor Davis Hanson, Real Clear Politics: “Why FISA-gate Is Scarier Than Watergate”

“The Watergate scandal of 1972-74 was uncovered largely because of outraged Democratic politicians and a bulldog media. They both claimed that they had saved American democracy from the Nixon administration’s attempt to warp the CIA and FBI to cover up an otherwise minor, though illegal, political break-in.

“In the Iran-Contra affair of 1985-87, the media and liberal activists uncovered wrongdoing by some rogue members of the Reagan government. They warned of government overreach and of using the ‘Deep State’ to subvert the law for political purposes.

We are now in the midst of a third great modern scandal. Members of the Obama administration’s Department of Justice sought court approval for the surveillance of Carter Page, allegedly for colluding with Russian interests, and extended the surveillance three times.

“But none of these government officials told the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the warrant requests were based on an unverified dossier that had originated as a hit piece funded in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign to smear Donald Trump during the current 2016 campaign.

“Nor did these officials reveal that the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, had already been dropped as a reliable source by the FBI for leaking to the press.

Nor did officials add that a Department of Justice official, Bruce Ohr, had met privately with Steele — or that Ohr’s wife, Nellie, had been hired to work on the dossier.

“Unfortunately, such disclosures may be only the beginning of the FISA-gate scandal. . .”

Also –

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Completely Missing the Point on Lisa Page’s Obama Text”

“ . . . I have been harping on the critical distinction between counterintelligence investigations and criminal investigations. It is often missed, even by lawyers if they are unacquainted with national-security law. You can’t blame people for being confused: Both kinds of inquiries are called “investigations,” just as apples and oranges are both “fruits,” but they are very different things.

Criminal investigations are about prosecuting people who violate the penal law. Political officials are generally supposed to stay out of them because we are a rule-of-law society — we want individual cases to be decided strictly by the law, not by political considerations.

“There is not, nor should there be, complete independence between politics and this law-enforcement mission: Law enforcement is an executive political responsibility; the president is accountable for it; he sets the government’s law-enforcement priorities; prosecutors and investigators exercise the president’s power, not their own; and the president has undeniable constitutional authority to wade into investigations — even to the point of pardoning law-breakers. Still, by and large, the president should not interfere in criminal cases. If the president does interfere, he should do so transparently: Issue a pardon or order the investigation closed, and take the political heat for it; don’t stage-manage a farce to make it look like your crony is being exonerated by a real investigation when everyone knows you will not permit charges to be filed (see, e.g., the Clinton emails case).
“Counterintelligence investigations, on the other hand, are not criminal investigations. They are not a rule-of-law issue or a judicial matter. The objective is not to prosecute someone who has violated the penal law, so we are not worried that political officials, rather than legal principles, control the outcome. That’s because counterintelligence is national security work, which is the principal duty of the political branches under the Constitution.   To be more succinct: “Counterintelligence is an information-gathering exercise undertaken for one purpose and one purpose alone: to inform the president, through his subordinate intelligence officials, of information about threats to, and opportunities to advance, American interests. . .”

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “FBI Informant Testifies: Moscow Routed Millions to Clinton Foundation in ‘Russian Uranium Dominance Strategy’… “

Undercover FBI informant William Campbell has given written testimony to Congressional investigators after an ‘iron clad’ gag order was lifted in October

  • Campbell was a highly valued CIA and FBI asset deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industrywhile Robert Mueller was the Director of the FBI
  • Campbell was required by the Russians, under threat, to launder large sums of money – which allowed the FBI to uncover a massive Russian “nuclear money laundering apparatus
  • He collected over 5,000 documents and briefs over a six year period, some of which detail efforts by Moscow to route money to the Clinton Foundation
  • Campbell claims to have video evidenceof bribe money related to the Uranium One deal being stuffed into suitcases.
  • The Obama FBI knew about the bribery scheme, yet the administration still approved the Uranium One deal.
  • To thank him for his service, Campbell was paid $51,000 by FBI officials at a 2016 celebration dinner in Chrystal City
  • When it emerged that Campbell had evidence against the Clinton Foundation, a Yahoo News articleby Michael Isikoff (of FISA warrant application fame) slammed Campbell as a “disaster” potential witness

An undercover FBI informant embedded in the Russian nuclear industry who was made to sign an ‘illegal NDA’ by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has finally given his testimony to three Congressional committees. . .”


Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: No Shutdown: Congress Passes Two-Year Budget Deal”

Hat Tip – InfoWars . . .

“Update: just before 6am ET on Friday, the House joined the Senate in passing the budget deal that would fund the government through March 23, sending legislation to President Trump that would end a brief shutdown of the government that began at midnight.

The bill passed in a 240-186 vote despite opposition from most Democrats, who had sought a firmer commitment from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that he will bring immigration legislation to the floor for a vote that would protect immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation.  House Democrats just barely made up for the defections on the GOP side. A total of 73 Democrats voted for the legislation, while 67 Republicans voted against it.

As The Hill reports, Democrats tried to make GOP leaders sweat. They held out their votes until the final minutes, until it was clear that a majority of the GOP conference supported it. At first, Republicans were the only ones casting votes as Democrats sat largely in silence. Then the “no” votes ominously began piling up, only for enough Democrats to eventually neutralize the GOP defections. . .”

“The reason I’m here tonight is to put people on the spot,” Paul said. “I want people to feel uncomfortable. I want them to have to answer people at home who said, ‘How come you were against President Obama’s deficits, and then how come you’re for Republican deficits?’ ” Rand Paul

Chris Cillizza, CNN: “Rand Paul was right”

“When Rand Paul took control of the Senate floor just before 6 p.m. Eastern, virtually every one of his Republican colleagues grimaced. Five years ago, they would have cheered him.

Paul’s speech, which slowed attempts to pass a massive budget deal before the government shuts down at midnight, was a savaging of his party — a party that appears to have turned 180 degrees from the deficit hawks of the mid 2010s who insisted that government spending was ballooning out of control and was crippling the country.

“When the Democrats are in power, Republicans appear to be the conservative party,” Paul said at one point. “But when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party. The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty.”

He is 100% right. . .”

Tim Hains, RCP: “Rand Paul on Spending: “When Republicans Are In Power, There Is No Conservative Party”

“SEN. RAND PAUL: When the Democrats are in power, Republicans appear to be the conservative party. But when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party.
“You see, opposition seems to bring people together, and they know what they’re not for. But then they get in power and they decide, we’re just going to spend that money too. We’re going to send that money to our friends this time.

“The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty.
“The right cries out, ‘Our military is hollowed out!‘ Even though military spending more than doubled since 2001.
“The left is no better. Democrats don’t oppose military money as long as they can get some for themselves… for their pet causes.
“The dirty little secret is that, by and large, both parties don’t care about the debt.
“The spending bill is 700 pages, and there will be no amendments. . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.



“It’s revealing that the former president once accused of narcissism is suddenly so shy, especially as he’s currently making headlines over his Watergate-style activities in the White House.

“For one thing, the newly released texts between pro-Clinton FBI investigator Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page reveal that Obama demanded “to know everything” the FBI was doing during the investigation into Hillary Clinton.

“Publicly, however, he claimed he wanted no involvement.

“‘I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line,’ he said on April 10, 2016.

“‘I guarantee it. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case. Full stop. Period.’

“And there was, of course, the FISA memo that revealed the Obama administration’s involvement in the illegal surveillance of President Trump’s campaign during the latter stages of the 2016 election.

“‘Many questions remain, but Democrats, including Obama, are probably not going to look good when we get the answers,’ reported the National Review. . .”

Sarah Ponczek & Jeremy Herron, Bloomberg: “Stocks Enter Correction as Rate-Hike Fears Return: Markets Wrap”

“The dread that gripped equity markets earlier in the week re-emerged Thursday as U.S. stocks plunged into a correction on concern that rising interest rates will drag down economic growth.

Selling accelerated in the final hour of trading as major indexes breached round-number milestones they blew past just weeks ago. The S&P 500 tumbled through 2,600 and the Dow failed to hold 24,000. Both are headed toward their average price for the past 200 days, a level that technical analysts say may act as a magnet and a floor.

In the end, the S&P 500 sank 3.8 percent, taking its rout since a Jan. 26 record past 10 percent to meet the accepted definition of a correction. The negative superlatives are piling up quickly: the index erased its gain for the year to close at a two-month low and is on track for its worst week since the height of the financial crisis. The Dow plunged more than 1,000 points for the second time in four days. . .”

Nick Timothy, Kate McCann, Claire Newell,  & Luke Heighton, UK Telegraph: “George Soros, the man who ‘broke the Bank of England’, backing secret plot to thwart Brexit”

“George Soros, the billionaire known as the man who “broke the Bank of England”, is backing a campaign to overturn Brexit, the Telegraph can disclose.

“The investor is one of three senior figures linked to the Remain-supporting campaign group Best for Britain who plan to launch a nationwide advertising campaign this month, which they hope will lead to a second referendum to keep Britain in the EU.

The campaign is trying to recruit major Tory donors in an attempt to undermine Theresa May.

“It also plans to target MPs and convince them to vote against the final Brexit deal to trigger another referendum or general election, according to a strategy document leaked from a meeting of the group. . .”

Len Ramirez, CBS/SF: “San Francisco Bay Area Experiences Mass Exodus of Residents”

Of course people come and go from the Bay Area all the time, but for the first time in a long time, more people are leaving the Bay Area than are coming in. And the number one place in the country for out-migration is now, right here.

Russell Hancock with Joint Venture Silicon Valley said, “Silicon Valley has been this place that is growing. And it was mostly due to people relocating here and relocating from other parts of the world. That’s changing.”

Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s own study of the out-migration says workers are moving to Sacramento, Austin, and Portland due to a number of factors. But topping the list is the high cost of housing.

“You can’t even contemplate getting into the housing market here,” Hancock said. “And I don’t mean just service workers, but highly skilled professionals. The tech elite are having a hard time affording reasonable housing in Silicon Valley. That makes it difficult for employers to recruit.”

Operators of a San Jose U-Haul business say one of their biggest problems is getting its rental moving vans back because so many are on a one-way ticket out of town. . .”

Investors: “Russia-Trump Investigation: How Did Hillary Clinton Get FBI, FISA to Do Her Political Dirty Work?”

Russia Scandal: Bit by bit, piece by piece, the growing scandal of the FBI’s spying on the Trump campaign is being revealed for what it is: an effort to weaponize the federal intelligence bureaucracy for use by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party

Recent revelations point to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and a secretive group of supporters and hangers-on both inside and outside of the FBI and Justice Department as having a far deeper personal involvement in the investigation than first thought.

Fears of a politicized and manipulative “deep state” are looking less paranoid by the day.

The involvement of Hillary Clinton campaign aides in both the FBI’s and Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s supposed ties to the Trump campaign in 2016 now seems deeper, and more nefarious, than first thought.

The British left-wing newspaper the Guardian reported this week that the FBI has a second Trump dossier, in addition to the one compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. . .


Mark Levin, 2-08-18

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, the Republicans and Democrats are seeking to approve the biggest spending bill in American history. The military needs funds badly but this no excuse to massively expand domestic spending which happened under Barack Obama. The one person who has been consistently involved in this under Obama and now Trump is Mitch McConnell and it’s an absolute disgrace. Republicans are refusing to try and get government spending under control. This year’s budget deficit will be over $1 trillion and our elected officials’ failed leadership is robbing the wealth of future generations. Leadership is hard. Statesmanship is even harder. Apparently that doesn’t exist anymore. There are no real efforts to get this spending under control and it is not acceptable to throw around words like bipartisan.

“In addition, Jim Jordan of the Freedom Caucus calls in to talk about the spending bill which isn’t even close to what the American people elected Republicans to do. This money winds up in the hands of radical left groups and just grows the government. This is the most greedy, most selfish Congress and most greedy generation in American history.

“Also, Lindsey Graham thinks this deal is great and says this is the best news for the military since 2011. If this is the best they can do, then we need new politicians. The vast majority of Americans don’t benefit from this.

“Later, Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review calls in to talk about the budget deal. Republicans with control of all three branches are undoing the one accomplishment they had when they only had control of one branch. This budget alone is 313% larger than Obama’s final budget request in 2016. How much more can we grow the domestic and social engineering part of the budget without destroying the country?

“Finally, Mark Warner texted with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch in an effort to contact Christopher Steele. How many of these senators in Congress have contacts with Russia and why was Warner going around the committee to get access to Steele?”

Eastwood: Roger Friedman, REVIEW Clint Eastwood’s “15:17 to Paris” Is An Eclectic Mix of Patriotic, Christian, and Cutting Edge — And Will Resonate in the Heartland

“. . . You know, I’m Jewish and liberal, so “patriotic” and “Christian” aren’t two of the things I warm to in movies necessarily. But Eastwood’s take on these real life heroes is not simplistic. The real life people playing themselves as heroes on the train from Amsterdam to Paris– I was braced for a bad movie. And I will say, it starts slowly and it’s totally not what you expect. Nevertheless, if you’re patient with it, you quickly realize several things.

“First of, the real guys are not bad. I’ve seen worse. Compared to Louis CK’s unreleased “I Love You, Daddy,” the acting and writing here is Shakespearean.

“Second, Eastwood– as he did in ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Sully’– lays out their stories and backgrounds objectively. I’m already seeing in some reviews some idea that Eastwood is pushing a religious agenda or whatever. Nonsense. He’s accurately depicting these people. The mothers of the guys are religious– this is what they believe, it’s their right. No one is mocking them or judging them. This is who they are. And kudos to Jenna Fischer and Judy Greer for finding the mothers’ dimensions.

“If there’s a problem with “15:17” it’s that it’s almost filmed like cinema verite, certainly as the story unfolds. There’s a lot of exposition and it seems slow. Again, a little patience wouldn’t hurt anyone. Because when the kids’ backstories switch to the main guys, Eastwood finds a groove. Forgive him if the entry seems clunky. . .”

Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

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Dead Cats: Reagan, 02/07/18; (29)20, James Brody

Hanson – A Year of Achievement

FBI/THE MEMO: York – Links to Obama; Attkisson – Nunes memo; Hanson – FISA-Gate.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Umber Sites

LEADS: Hayward – Spratly Islands; Dinan – Shutdown?; Dinan – Illegal deported 45 times; Watson – Stock crash a plot?; Hanson – Russian narrative; Durden – Bamster wanted to know everything; Caruso – Google spies on you.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-06-18; Churchill show times.


Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Ronald W. Reagan, dob 2-6-1911

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “A Year of Achievement”
“The case for the Trump presidency

“As President Trump finished his first full year in office, he could look back at an impressive record of achievement of a kind rarely attained by an incoming president — much less by one who arrived in office as a private-sector billionaire without either prior political office or military service. As unintended proof of his accomplishments, Trump’s many liberal opponents have gone from initially declaring him an incompetent to warning that he has become effective — insanely so — in overturning the Obama progressive agenda.
“Never Trump Republicans acknowledge that Trump has realized much of what they once only dreamed of — from tax reform and deregulation to a government about-face on climate change, the ending of the Obamacare individual mandate, and expansion of energy production.

“Trump so far has not enacted the Never Trump nightmare agenda. The U.S. is not leaving NATO. It is not colluding with Vladimir Putin, but maintaining sanctions against Russia and arming Ukrainians. It is not starting a tariff war with China. The administration is not appointing either liberals or incompetents to the federal courts.
“A politicized FBI, DOJ, and IRS was Obama’s legacy, not Trump’s doing, as some of the Never Trump circle predicted. Indeed, the Never Trump movement is now mostly calcified, as even some of its formerly staunch adherents concede. It was done in by the Trump record and the monotony of having to redefine a once-welcomed conservative agenda as suddenly unpalatable due to Trump’s crude fingerprints on it. . . .


Byron York, DC Examiner: “Dossier author Steele wrote another anti-Trump memo; was fed info by Clinton-connected contact, Obama State Department”

“A newly released document from the Senate Judiciary Committee says Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the Trump dossier, wrote an additional memo on the subject of Donald Trump and Russia that was not among those published by BuzzFeed in January 2017.

“The newly released document is an unclassified and heavily redacted version of the criminal referral targeting Steele filed on Jan. 4 by Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. It appears to confirm some level of coordination between the extended Clinton circle and the Obama administration in the effort to seek tor

“According to the referral, Steele wrote the additional memo based on anti-Trump information that originated with a foreign source. In a convoluted scheme outlined in the referral, the foreign source gave the information to an unnamed associate of Hillary and Bill Clinton, who then gave the information to an unnamed official in the Obama State Department, who then gave the information to Steele. Steele wrote a report based on the information, but the redacted version of the referral does not say what Steele did with the report after that.

“Published accounts in the Guardian and the Washington Post have indicated that Clinton associate Cody Shearer was in contact with Steele about anti-Trump research, and Obama State Department official Jonathan Winer was a connection between Steele and the State Department during the 2016 campaign. . .”

Sharyl Attkisson, The Hill: “Nunes memo raises question: Did FBI violate Woods Procedures?”

“. . . There are strict rules requiring that each and every fact presented in an FBI request to electronically spy on a U.S. citizen be extreme-vetted for accuracy — and presented to the court only if verified.

“There’s no dispute that at least some, if not a great deal, of information in the anti-Trump “Steele dossier” was unverified or false. Former FBI director James Comey testified as much himself before a Senate committee in June 2017. Comey repeatedly referred to “salacious” and “unverified” material in the dossier, which turned out to be paid political opposition research against Donald Trump funded first by Republicans, then by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

“Presentation of any such unverified material to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to justify a wiretap would appear to violate crucial procedural rules, called ‘Woods Procedures,’ designed to protect U.S. citizens.

“Yet Comey allegedly signed three of the FISA applications on behalf of the FBI. Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reportedly signed one and former Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein each reportedly signed one or more.

Woods Procedures . . .

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The FISA-Gate Boomerangs”
“Many questions remain, but Democrats, including Obama, are probably not going to look good when we get the answers.

A Big Deal or a Nothing Deal?

1) Progressives and Democrats warned on the eve of the memo’s release that it would cause havoc throughout the intelligence agencies, by exposing classified means and processes. When no serious intelligence expert claimed that the released memo had done such damage, the official response to the memo was suddenly recalibrated by progressives. It went from being radioactive to a ‘nothingburger’ . . .”
“The Wrongdoer in Chief: Obama?
“. . . In this context, one of the final executive orders of the Obama administration takes on new significance. Shortly before leaving office, Obama abruptly issued yet another expansion of the Reagan-era Executive Order 12333, dramatically enlarging some 17 government agencies’ legal authority to surveille U.S. citizens — an order that had followed even earlier expansions of the number of officials privy to surveilled information. Why such a radical move in the last days in office? . . .

“. . .Both Watergate and Iran-Contra were multiyear affairs. FISA-gate may last longer, given that the media this time around are not a watchdog, but an enabler, of government misconduct. We are at the very beginning of the exposure of wronging by Obama-era DOJ and FBI officials — and their superiors — and have not begun to learn exactly why and how American citizens were improperly monitored, and by whom. In one of the strangest moments in the history of American journalism, Washington reporters and agencies, known for their loud interests in protecting civil liberties, are either silent or working to suppress news of these scandals, and they may well soon rue their own complacency.

“Nor have we learned the full nature of why and how Obama-era investigative agencies departed from normal protocol in exonerating Hillary Clinton from criminal liability during a number of 2015–16 controversies. Presumably there are records, official and otherwise, of these matters; they should come to light as soon as possible.
“What seems clear is that the present hysteria about the Trump administration was already deeply seeded in the federal government throughout the 2016 campaign and the 2016–17 transition. A number of powerful Obama officials thought they had both moral right and the administrative means to nullify Trump. And they were not shy in breaking the law to exercise them.


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


John Hayward, Breitbart: “Philippine Photos Show Chinese Militarization of South China Sea Nearly Complete”

“The Philippine Daily Inquirer on Monday published photos showing the breathtaking extent of Chinese military construction on disputed reefs in the Spratly Islands area of the South China Sea.

“The Inquirer presents the aerial photography as evidence that China is almost finished transforming the reefs into an ‘island fortress’ for the purpose of controlling the entire region.

“Most of the photos, taken between June and December 2017, were snapped from an altitude of 1,500 meters and they showed the reefs that had been transformed into artificial islands in the final stages of development as air and naval bases,” the Inquirer wrote, listing seven reefs that will soon have fully operational Chinese military bases. Airfields, radar domes, missile shelters, communications antennas, and hangars have been spotted on the artificially enhanced islands. . .”

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Trump: ‘I’d love to see a shutdown’ unless Dems fix immigration.’”

““If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don’t want safety … let’s shut it down,” the president said at a White House roundtable discussion on MS-13 gang violence and illegal immigration.

“The tough talk seemed to upend congressional Republicans’ carefully crafted strategy of avoiding shutdown threats, hoping to pin blame on Democrats if the government did tumble into another stoppage.

“Rep. Barbara Comstock, a Virginia Republican who represents a number of federal employees, told Mr. Trump that she thought lawmakers could reach an immigration deal without resorting to the worst-case scenario.

“‘We don’t need a government shutdown on this,’ she said.

Mr. Trump was insistent, however: “You can say what you want. We are not getting support of the Democrats.’ . . .”

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Illegal immigrant deported 44 times in 15 years tops feds’ list”

“He is the world’s most persistent illegal immigrant: One Mexican managed to get deported 44 times in 15 years — which means he also managed to sneak back across the border at least that many times.

“The runner-up was ousted 40 times from 2001 to 2015. No. 3, 4 and 5 on the list were deported 35, 34 and 31 times, respectively, according to data provided to The Washington Times by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“While those are the most extreme cases, repeat-illegal immigrants were back in the news this week after police said a twice-deported man was driving drunk in Indiana on Sunday morning when he plowed into pro football player Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, killing them both.

“President Trump tweeted about the ‘disgraceful’ death and called the killing ‘one of many such preventable tragedies’. . .”


“They are trying to hurt you”

“While most economists say the drop is a result of a correction brought on by trepidation about rising interest rates and high inflation, radio host Michael Savage sees darker forces at work.

“He said the Federal Reserve was deliberately running up interest rates as part of a scheme to sabotage Trump.

“‘Trump’s stirring SOTU speech last week was so great that even CBS admitted 75 percent of the people who watched it approved of it and loved it. So what happened right afterwards?’ asked the best selling author.

“‘The establishment, meaning the ‘Deep State,’ call it whatever you want, went into overdrive to destroy Trump, or try to destroy him, where he is strongest, because they couldn’t get him where they thought he was weakest.’

“‘So they are taking the market down. They are trying to hurt you. They are the enemies of the average American. Make no mistake about it, they are going for you! These people are so evil and so power-drunk that they’d burn the nation to the ground rather than let Donald Trump live another day in office. . .’ . . .”

Victor Davis Hanson/Ingraham: “Victor Davis Hanson: Russia Considered Good under Obama, Became Bad Because the Narrative Changed”

LAURA INGRAHAM: We talk a lot about this on the radio, but China is slowly amassing a huge band of influence across the globe, in academic institutions. Let’s just start there.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: China has got ten times the GDP of Russia, five times the population. It is a real threat. [China] is sort of doing what Japan did in the 1930s, with the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, so it goes to these neighbors, the Philippines, Japan, and it says, ‘The U.S. is in isolation, it is on the wane, so cut a deal with us.’

And we used to check that with a huge navy, that was what the American navy did during WW2 and the Cold War, and the navy is down below 300 ships. At the same time we would always triangulate with Russia and say we have issues, you have issues, but we have common ground against radical Islam and we’re worried about China, but we’ve given that card up over this crazy hysteria over Russia.
LAURA INGRAHAM: So we could be working with Russia on various fronts. We don’t agree with them on a bunch of things, but we could be working with them more, or at all, with fighting the jihad.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: They have a border with North Korea, they have a nuclear Pakistan, nuclear India, nuclear China, nuclear North Korea, they don’t need another nuclear Iran on their border. They’re losing population.
LAURA INGRAHAM: So talk about why the global elites have flocked to protect China, and now flocked to demonize Russia. [They say] China is good and deserving of our attention, Russia is the real threat. Russia’s economy is smalled than France’s?
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Remember, Russia wasn’t the real threat, after Bush clamped down on East Asia, Clinton and Obama said you’ve been too hard on Russia, we’re going to reset with the plastic red button from a jacuzzi in Geneva. Romney was the person who was hysterical about the hot mic exchange with Obama about missile defense, and being flexible after the election.
Russia was good, and then suddenly Russia was bad because the narrative changed, and China has always been the obstacle because 1/3 of the world’s trade happens with oil going through the South China Sea, and now they have a valve with the Spratly Islands, they can control it. . .”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: FBI ‘Lovers’ New Texts Expose Obama Complicity: He ‘Wants To Know Everything We’re Doing’”

“New text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have now been made public, and, as The Duran’s Alex Christoforou notes, the big reveal is that then-POTUS Barack Obama appears to be in the loop, on the whole ‘destroy Trump’ insurance plan hatched by upper management at the FBI.

“The messages include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing.”

Fox News reports:

Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016 about prepping Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” Senate investigators told Fox News this text raises questions about Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.

In texts previously revealed, Strzok and Page have shown their disdain for Republicans in general, as well as Trump, calling him a “f—ing idiot,” among other insults.

Among the newly disclosed texts, Strzok also calls Virginians who voted against then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s wife for a state Senate seat “ignorant hillbillys.” (sic)

That text came from Strzok to Page on Nov. 4, 2015, the day after Jill McCabe lost a hotly contested Virginia state Senate election. Strzok said of the result, “Disappointing, but look at the district map. Loudon is being gentrified, but it’s still largely ignorant hillbilliys. Good for her for running, but curious if she’s energized or never again.”

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., along with majority staff from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is releasing the texts, along with a report titled, “The Clinton Email Scandal and the FBI’s Investigation of it.”

The newly uncovered texts reveal a bit more about the timing of the discovery of “hundreds of thousands” of emails on former congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop, ultimately leading to Comey’s infamous letter to Congress just days before the 2016 presidential election. . .”

Lots more at

Justin Caruso, Daily Caller: “Tucker Exposes Insanely Creepy Google Patents To Spy On You And Parent Your Kids”

“Fox News’ Tucker Carlson reported Tuesday on patents filed by Google that purport to show a bizarre plan to spy on you and parent your children.

“In another patent application from September 2016, Google imagines how it could take control of your parenting, your relationship with your children,” Carlson explained. “Google’s smart home system could detect children near a liquor cabinet for example, or in their parents bedroom, infer that ‘mischief is occurring’ and deliver a verbal warning.”

The Daily Caller co-founder said, “In another example, Google imagines a hypothetical child called Benjamin. Google’s cameras would be watching Benjamin at all times, carefully. They could see if he’s playing outside or using electronics, presumably they’d also try to use that information to sell him things, at some point, because that’s the whole point of Google.”

“The same patent also discusses how the smart home could coach families on ‘areas of improvement.’ For example, if a family doesn’t spend enough time together, eating together, in Google’s estimation, Google might scold them and suggest that they set a goal of eating more often together. That is Google’s description, not ours.”


Charles Thompson, PennLive: “A surprising U.S. Supreme Court action lands Pa. Congressional districts back in legislature’s laps”

“The intrigue over the next Pennsylvania Congressional delegation has just gotten deeper.

With U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s refusal Monday to stay a state court order to redraw maps for this year’s elections for 18 U.S. House seats, leaders at the Capitol have a tight deadline to meet.

“It appeared, Monday night, as if there will at least be an effort this week to draft a new map and get it passed through the General Assembly, as prescribed by the state Constitution.

Meanwhile, dozens of candidates for what was already sizing up as a year with at least six open seats and even more contested races were left with at least three more weeks of an uncertain ‘electoral pre-season.’. . .”

Sailboats, lobsters and Donald Duck: Pennsylvania’s most gerrymandered districts


Mark Levin, 2-06-18

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, We are told that Robert Mueller is the Special Counsel America needs and if anyone can stay on course and not be deterred by the winds of politics, it is him. Mueller was appointed to investigate Trump, the man who fired a professional ally of his, James Comey. This sounds like a conflict of interest. Comey and Mueller botched the investigation of the anthrax case by focusing on an innocent man, Steven Hatfill for 5 years. Comey and Mueller ignored tips on the real killer and went after Hatfield. They destroyed Hatfill’s life and never apologized as they never had any evidence. These are men whose egos are beyond description and Mueller is investigating Trump. Then you have Mueller’s right hand man, Andrew Weismann. He went to the Hillary Clinton victory party and sent a text to Sally Yates in support of her decision to resist the Trump immigration order. Weismann, Mueller, and Comey, think they run the country and are all focused on destroying Trump and his administration. In addition, the Democrats and media use this the dossier to diminish President Trump. This has been a massive propaganda campaign by Democrats and the senior levels of the FBI.

“After that, the progressives and Herbert Croly’s idea is that we must reject our history and recognize and rally around the views of the elite. Croly tied historical progress with material egalitarianism and wanted to regulate the distribution of wealth. Progressivism emphasizes social engineering and centralized government. This is why you have a war on our culture, because there is no eternal moral order. Progressives use populism to promote fascism or communism.

“Later, now you can’t shut down the government. On and on the progressives create a scenario which is an apocalypse if the government shuts down. The administrative state is the fourth branch of government, and where is that in the Constitution? In order to fund the military, we also now need to give citizenship to illegal aliens. That is the choice the Democrats want us to make. To add, MS-13 is a brutal gang and they are difficult to stop. However, the Democrats say unless we get a certain amount of aliens to become citizens they will not support the wall.”

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Dead Cats: OldTom , 02/05/18; (29)19, James Brody

Brody- Tom Brady.

FBI/THE MEMO: WSJ – FBI reckoning?; Hanson – Ticking memo; Durden – More memos coming; Drudge Links – 02—3-18.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity Umber Sites

LEADS: Williamson – Philly game day; Durden – New Fed Chair; OCRegister – California payroll soars; Noonan – Leftist rage; Wilson – California’s elections; Dowd – Angry Uma Thurman.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-02-18; Churchill show times.


My first experience with Tom Brady and his crew: I sat on a stool in TGI Fridays and sipped a beer. It was near closing time and Boston was behind when Brady came into the game as quarterback. In 10 minutes, he marched the Patriots up the right side line to a touchdown. When he was midway, I shouted to the bartender, a former Marine, “Nobody leaves!” No one did!

Brady wants to play some more but I’m now 75 and Tom is 40, 40, 40. New England’s defense is ranked 29th.

Nick Foles is 29.

Brady played with a special glove on his cut hand, threw “wobbly passes,” and got “strip sacked” with two minutes to play. He threw for 500 yards – a record – but still lost the game when faced with Philadelphia’s younger, hungrier defense.

Old Tom doesn’t want to retire; Belichek needs to find a team; the team needs to find a coach . . .


WSJ: “A Reckoning for the FBI”

“The House memo reveals disturbing facts about the misuse of FISA.

“Now we know why the FBI tried so hard to block release of the House Intelligence Committee memo. And why Democrats and the media want to change the subject to Republican motivations. The four-page memo released Friday reports disturbing facts about how the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath.

“The White House declassified the memo Friday, and you don’t have to be a civil libertarian to be shocked by the details. The memo confirms that the FBI and Justice Department on Oct. 21, 2016 obtained a FISA order to surveil Carter Page, an American citizen who was a relatively minor volunteer adviser to the Trump presidential campaign.

“The memo says an ‘essential’ part of the FISA application was the ‘dossier’ assembled by former British spy Christopher Steele and the research firm Fusion GPS that was hired by a law firm attached to the Clinton campaign. The memo adds that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told the committee in December 2017 that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought” without the dossier.

“This is troubling enough, but the memo also discloses that the FBI failed to inform the FISA court that the Clinton campaign had funded the dossier. The memo says the FBI supported its FISA application by “extensively” citing a September 2016 article in Yahoo News that contained allegations against Mr. Page. But the FBI failed to tell the court that Mr. Steele and Fusion were the main sources for that Yahoo article. In essence the FBI was citing Mr. Steele to corroborate Mr. Steele.

“Unlike a normal court, FISA doesn’t have competing pleaders. The FBI and Justice appear ex parte as applicants, and thus the judges depend on candor from both. Yet the FBI never informed the court that Mr. Steele was in effect working for the Clinton campaign. The FBI retained Mr. Steele as a source, and in October 2016 he talked to Mother Jones magazine without authorization about the FBI investigation and his dossier alleging collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. The FBI then fired Mr. Steele, but it never told the FISA judges about that either. Nor did it tell the court any of this as it sought three subsequent renewals of the order on Mr. Page.

“We don’t know the political motives of the FBI and Justice officials, but the facts are damaging enough. The FBI in essence let itself and the FISA court be used to promote a major theme of the Clinton campaign. Mr. Steele and Fusion then leaked the fact of the investigation to friendly reporters to try to defeat Mr. Trump before the election. And afterward they continued to leak all this to the press to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s victory.

“No matter its motives, the FBI became a tool of anti-Trump political actors. This is unacceptable in a democracy and ought to alarm anyone who wants the FBI to be a nonpartisan enforcer of the law.

“We also know the FBI wasn’t straight with Congress . . .”

Also: Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Ticking Memo”


Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Nunes: FISA Memo Just ‘Phase One,’ Now Targeting State Department In ‘Phase Two’”

“Devin Nunes (R-CA) said that the investigation leading up to the four-page FISA memo released on Friday was only “phase one,” and that the House Intelligence Committee is currently in the middle of investigating the State Department over their involvement in surveillance abuses.

“We are in the middle of what I call phase two of our investigation, which involves other departments, specifically the State Department and some of the involvement that they had in this,” said Nunes.

“That investigation is ongoing and we continue work towards finding answers and asking the right questions to try to get to the bottom of what exactly the State Department was up to in terms of this Russia investigation.”

While it is unclear what role the State Department may have in surveillance abuses, the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York noted last month that former MI6 spy, Christopher ‘Steele, was ‘well-connected with the Obama State Department,” according to the book Collusion: Secret meetings, dirty money, and how Russia helped Donald Trump win” written by The Guardian correspondent Luke Harding and published last November. . .”

Drudge Links 02-03-18

Trump attacks integrity of FBI and Justice Dept…
‘Politicized’ probe in favor of Dems… 
‘Lot of people should be ashamed’… 
Spy Warrant Relied On Dossier…


Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.

“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.


Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Game Day in Philadelphia”

“. . . I spent the better part of a very happy decade in Philadelphia, but I have an unwelcome confession for my former neighbors: I do not think it much matters who wins the football game today. . .

“Philadelphia, like any big American city, has its problems, but if it isn’t as rich and glamorous as New York or Washington, it isn’t a basket-case like Detroit or Cleveland, either. Its municipal government is hilariously corrupt and impotent, but it is not entirely without effective civic institutions. For decades, the city’s population crashed even as the population of the five counties of southeastern Pennsylvania remained more or less stable: High taxes and terrible schools sent nearly a half million Philadelphians fleeing to the suburbs, but not much farther. The city’s population has been growing in recent years, but in the last census it still had fewer people than it did in 1990. Another Bissinger book, A Prayer for the City, tells the story of Ed Rendell’s efforts to reverse the city’s decline, efforts which were significantly if only partly successful. Even so, a visitor to the nation’s onetime capital could spend a fruitful week or two (yes, yes, the inevitable W. C. Fields joke) and see little if any of the blight, crime, and destitution associated in the popular mind with urban dysfunction. As with New York City or Chicago, it’s there — but you have to go looking for it. . .”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Jay Powell Sworn In As Fed Chair, Issues Statement”

Has anyone looked at the graph???

“With Jay Powell sworn in as the new Fed chairman at 9am on Monday  now that Janet Yellen has moved on to greener pastures over at the blogging department at Brookings, the former banker issued a video statement on the Fed’s website in which he reiterated that the Fed will support continued growth and price stability:

“Today, unemployment is low, the economy is growing, and inflation is low,” Powell said, adding that “Through our decisions on monetary policy, we will support continued economic growth, a healthy job market, and price stability.”

In an apparent reference to the recent market turbulence, Powell said that “my colleagues and I will remain vigilant, and we are prepared to respond to evolving risks” and assured Americans that “our financial system is now far stronger and more resilient than it was before the financial crisis that began about a decade ago. We intend to keep it that way.”

That assumption may very soon be tested.

The video of Powell’s statement can be found here, and the transcript is below . . .

OCRegister: “California payroll soars, pension hole deepens”

“California’s annual state payroll grew by 6 percent in 2017, an increase of $1 billion and twice the rate of growth of the previous year.

“The reason? Generous new labor contracts for 13 of the states 21 employee bargaining units, representing more than 60 percent of California’s state workers, excluding university employees.

“Employee compensation is one of the largest components of the General Fund budget. In 2015-16, salaries and benefits accounted for about 12 percent of expenditures from the General Fund, a total of over $13 billion.

“Then, in December 2016, right after the election, the Brown administration offered generous raises to the employees represented by Service Employees International Union Local 1000, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

“In a twisted bit of logic that can only happen in government, the raises were the result of a cost-cutting effort. . .”

Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “The Left’s Rage and Trump’s Peril”

“The Democratic base is even worse-tempered than the president. But Mueller could still harpoon him.

“. . . The Democrats in the chamber were slumped, glowery. They had chosen to act out unbroken disdain so as to please the rising left of their party, which was watching and would review their faces. Some of them were poorly lit and seemed not resolute but Draculaic. The women of the party mostly dressed in black, because nothing says moral seriousness like coordinating your outfits.

“Here it should be said of the rising left of the Democratic Party that they are numerous, committed, and have all the energy—it’s true. But they operate at a disadvantage they cannot see, and it is that they are loveless. The social justice warriors, the advancers of identity politics and gender politics, the young who’ve just discovered socialism—they run on rage.

“But rage is a poor fuel in politics. It produces a heavy, sulfurous exhaust and pollutes the air. It’s also gets few miles per gallon. It has many powers but not the power to persuade, and if anything does them in it will be that. Their temperament is no better than Mr. Trump’s . It’s worse. But yes, they are intimidating the Democratic establishment, which robs itself of its dignity trying to please them. It won’t succeed. . .”

Scott Wilson, WaPo: “Think California politics is on the far-left fringe? Just wait for the next elections”

“SACRAMENTO — For those who think California politics is on the far-left fringe of the national spectrum, stand by. The next election season, already well underway here, will showcase a younger generation of Democrats that is more liberal and personally invested in standing up to President Trump’s Washington than those leaving office.

“Here in the self-labeled ‘state of resistance,’ the political debate is being pushed further left without any sign of a Republican renaissance to serve as a check on spending and social policy ambitions. Even some Republicans are concerned about the departure of Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who proved to be fiscally cautious after inheriting a state seven years ago in deep recession.

“The race to succeed him, as well as contests for U.S. Senate and statewide offices, probably will feature a November ballot exclusively filled with Democrats. The top two primary finishers compete in the state’s general election regardless of party, setting up several races between the Democrats’ left and even-more-left wings in the nation’s most-populous state, races that could signal the direction of the party’s future. . .”

Maureen Dowd, NYT: “This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry

“The actress is finally ready to talk about Harvey Weinstein.

“Playing foxy Mia Wallace in 1994’s “Pulp Fiction” and ferocious Beatrix Kiddo in “Kill Bill,” Volumes 1 (2003) and 2 (2004), Thurman was the lissome goddess in the creation myth of Harvey Weinstein and Quentin Tarantino. The Miramax troika was the ultimate in indie cool. A spellbound Tarantino often described his auteur-muse relationship with Thurman — who helped him conceive the idea of the bloody bride — as an Alfred Hitchcock-Ingrid Bergman legend. (With a foot fetish thrown in.) But beneath the glistening Oscar gold, there was a dark undercurrent that twisted the triangle.

“‘Pulp Fiction’ made Weinstein rich and respected, and Thurman says he introduced her to President Barack Obama at a fund-raiser as the reason he had his house.

“‘The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I feel about all the women that were attacked after I was,’ she told me one recent night, looking anguished in her elegant apartment in River House on Manhattan’s East Side, as she vaped tobacco, sipped white wine and fed empty pizza boxes into the fireplace.

“‘I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone, the way I did. Quentin used Harvey as the executive producer of ‘Kill Bill,’ a movie that symbolizes female empowerment. And all these lambs walked into slaughter because they were convinced nobody rises to such a position who would do something illegal to you, but they do.’ . . .”


Mark Levin, 2-02-18

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Brian Mudd of WJNO fills in for Mark. Nancy Pelosi is saying President Trump has surrendered his responsibility as commander in chief for releasing this memo with highly classified information, however the President can declassify any information he wants. There are four pages of stone cold reality in this Nunes memo. The Democrats say you can’t trust the contents of the memo but we haven’t heard anyone dispute any specific facts.

“There are two sides to every story and one side to every fact, and if the premise of everything isn’t right then everything built on it is false. One claim in the memo is that both the DOJ and FBI petitioned the FISA court to do surveillance on Carter Page just two and a half weeks before the 2016 election. Another claim is that the FISA warrant had to be certified by DOJ and FBI high ranking officials. These facts are not in dispute as no one is denying that Rod Rosenstein signed at least one of the FISA warrants. We have former FBI directors, a former deputy FBI director, and a deputy attorney general that are all corrupt. “Also, Remember how Adam Schiff said this memo was bogus before it was released? Now his response is unintelligible and he can’t dispute the facts. If the claims of the memo are not going to be disputed, then people need to be put behind bars.

“Finally, Trump might be the only reason we don’t become a banana republic, but the ball is now in Jeff Session’s court. When it comes to bringing justice to what the FBI and DOJ have done, we are about to see what Sessions is made of.”

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