Dead Cats: WazUp!, 03/21/18, (30)01 James Brody

Watts – Grand solar minimum; Mosher – The equinox; Weather – Nor’Easter #4.

LEADS: NRO – Stand up to  Putin; Shapiro – Vlad’s cult; Hanson – Confederate minds; French – Political clowns; Investors – Obama’s Facebook adventures.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber site.

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19-18; Best Actor – Churchill show times.

Anthony Watts, WUWT: “Approaching ‘grand solar minimum’ could cause global cooling”

America has fuel to sell, so does Vlad Putin . . .

There’s a lot of evidence mounting that solar cycle 25 will usher in a new grand solar minimum. Since about October 2005, when the sun’s magnetic activity went into a sharp fall, solar activity has been markedly lower, with solar cycle 24 being the lowest in over 100 years.

Cycle 24 is part of a weakening progression of solar cycles since 1980.

Meteorologist Paul Dorian at Vencore weather writes:

All indications are that the upcoming solar minimum which is expected to begin in 2019 may be even quieter than the last one which was the deepest in nearly a century.

Some scientists are even saying that we are on the cusp of a new grand solar minimum, and the upcoming cycle 25 may have even lower cycles after it.

This empirical modeling of solar recurrent patterns has also provided a consequent multi-millennial-scale experimental forecast, suggesting a solar decreasing trend toward Grand (Super) Minimum conditions for the upcoming period, AD2050–2250 (AD 3750–4450). . .”

Dave Mosher, Business Insider: “The 2018 spring equinox has arrived — here’s what it is and how it works”

“The year’s spring equinox, also called the March or vernal equinox, falls on Tuesday at precisely 12:25 p.m. EDT.

To people who live in Earth’s northern hemisphere, this astronomical event signals the arrival of spring, winter’s end, and the increasingly warm and brighter days that come with the pending arrival of summer.

For those in the southern hemisphere, though, it’s now the fall: The days are growing shorter, the weather is cooling off, and sunlight is growing dimmer as winter approaches.

Nor’easter #4:

Spring officially begins on Tuesday and the weather will be anything but spring-like in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Strong, cold high pressure from southeastern Canada will build into the Northeast US over the next 24 hours and this will be a key player and an important cold air source for the Mid-Atlantic region during the upcoming long-lasting and significant weather event.  This upcoming event will, in fact, be kind of a “two-parter” with the first system likely to bring a mixed bag of sleet, snow and/or rain on Tuesday and this could include an extended period of icing. The second and very likely stronger system comes Tuesday night and Wednesday and this could develop into an all-out snowstorm for the DC-to-Philly-to-NYC-to-Boston corridor with significant snow on the order of a foot or more possible in much of that region.  In addition, there will be increasing NE winds adding to the threat of power outages and perhaps even possible isolated “thunder snow”.


NRO: “Stand Up to Putin”

“President Putin’s landslide victory in Russia’s presidential election was achieved against the lackluster competition of a group of mediocre candidates from which the sole serious opponent had been excluded; amid plausible allegations that his security services had tried to poison two Russians in England by the use of a chemical nerve agent banned under international law; and with the overwhelming support of Russian news media that reported the attempted murders as a Western plot to weaken and embarrass Russia. It ought to be possible to win a landslide victory in such circumstances without resorting to ballot-stuffing. “But according to several reports, that was done too. And, of course, Putin fought the election as a tough patriotic czar who had reintegrated Crimea into Russia, reestablished a strong Russian presence in the Middle East, prevented the European Union from swallowing Ukraine whole, and made Russia feared again, rather than despised, with a massive and technically advanced military buildup. Certain parallels spring to mind.

“Is the Russian president sitting pretty, therefore? Too many Western commentators are inclined to treat Putin with a kind of admiring hostility, denouncing him as a lawless despot while grudgingly admitting that the West has no effective way of responding to his ruthless tactics in Ukraine, in the Middle East, in legally sanctioning Russian state murders abroad. It is not the case, of course, that the West has no means of responding to these things. We could selectively murder FSB agents in retaliation for their murders in Western countries, for instance, or quietly transfer large sums of money to the bank accounts of jihadists operating in Russia’s northern Caucasus. We don’t do such things because we want to uphold the international rules that make us all safer in the long run, because we hope to draw Russia back into working within those rules, and because we don’t feel sufficiently threatened as yet. . .”

Ben Shapiro, NRO: “Putin and the Cult of Leadership”

“On Sunday, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin won an unsurprising reelection-campaign victory against Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, by a margin of 76.7 percent to 11.8 percent. The results were unsurprising because Putin is a tyrant who murders or imprisons political rivals, and who isn’t afraid to use electoral manipulation in order to achieve Kim-family–like results.

“Here’s what is surprising: Young Russians are Putin’s most supportive demographic group. They approve of Putin’s approach by an 86 percent to 13 percent margin. That’s for three reasons. First, young Russians don’t remember life before Putin, let alone life under the Soviet Union; second, young Russians experienced significant economic growth from 2000 to 2014, before the fall-off in oil prices undercut Russia’s economy; third, young Russians are invested in a return to global greatness.

“The first rationale – forgetfulness of the impact of Soviet centralization – is understandable. Despite left-wing propaganda to the contrary, young people aren’t the best equipped to make policy decisions without historical reference; all too often, their enthusiasm leads them to support dynamic leaders who become monstrosities. The most obvious example comes from the Nazi party: high youth unemployment, anger at the older generation’s supposed surrender in the face of alleged international aggression, and belief in a charismatic leader led to disproportionate youth support. But virtually every radical movement begins as a youth movement.

“The second rationale – economic growth – is a function of short timeline as well. High growth rates in Russia over the past decade and a half were largely a result of oil production. But Putin is smart enough to ensure that his government doesn’t run massive deficits or allow runaway inflation. At some point, Putin will have to grow the economy rather than engaging in state-sponsored oligarchy. But that time hasn’t come quite yet.

“The third rationale is the most dangerous: romantic nationalism. . .”

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Confederate Mind”

“Progressives such as Elizabeth Warren resurrect the race-based thinking of the antebellum South: ‘One drop’ and you’re a bona fide minority.

“In her past incarnations, she probably used that yarn in hopes of helping her win a law professorship at Harvard, which touted her as the law school’s first indigenous-American professor (and others apparently referenced her as Harvard Law’s “first woman of color”). She has refused to back down (and also refused to take a DNA test), even after Native American genealogists disputed her claim.

“But what if indeed the pink and blond Warren were found to have 1/32nd or even 1/16th Native American “blood”? Why would that artifact magically make her “Indian,” much less a victim of something or someone, or at least outfitted with a minority cachet?

“Does she have an idea of the absurdity of current progressive race obsessions and their creepy pedigrees? In wartime Western Europe, one of the justifications for making Jews wear yellow stars was that it was otherwise impossible to determine whether they were Jews at all, which of course made the entire Nazi edifice of supposed overt racial inferiority a nightmarish joke.

“The Fascist and anti-Semitic French novelist Lucien Rebatet explained why the stars were needed for hard-to-identify Jewish citizens: “The yellow star rectifies this strange situation in which one human group that is radically opposed to the people of white blood, and which for eternity is unassimilable to this blood, cannot be identified at first glance.”

“What is the moral of this sad reversion to the failed racist systems of the past? Warren is harkening back to the old South’s “one drop rule” of “invisible blackness.” Supposedly any proof of sub-Saharan ancestry, even one drop of “black blood,” made one black and therefore subject to second-class citizenship. . .”

David French, NRO: “McCabe Is Fired, and Our Political Class Beclowns Itself, Once Again”

“. . . Ahh yes, there’s nothing like a Trump tweet to reassure America that the process of terminating one of America’s most senior law-enforcement officers was completely fair, nonpartisan, and professional.

“Oh, and keep in mind that all this sanctimony — all this fury — was unleashed online without the public, politicians, or pundits having seen the testimony that allegedly caused McCabe’s termination. No one knew the actual evidence, yet their rage and certainty were undiminished.

“But that’s pretty much par for the course. Remember, we’ve just exited a news cycle where the public, pundits, and politicians opined authoritatively about the legality and credibility of FISA applications they hadn’t read.  Instead of waiting for comprehensive reports or reviewing source documents, they sallied forth into online battle relying mainly on two shoddily written, hopelessly partisan memos from a terribly compromised House committee.

“At this point American political hypocrisy is boundless. The same people who would parse an condemn Barack Obama’s public statements about ongoing investigations now urge us to ignore Trump’s tweets. Meaningless venting, they say. Conversely, the same people who told us that Obama’s public pronouncements had no impact on the good professionals at the FBI and IRS now tell us that Trump’s tirades are proof positive of political influence on the DOJ.

“And Friday-night news dumps? Well, they’re suspicious only if we don’t like the news. . .”

Investors: “Funny, When Obama Harvested Facebook Data on Millions of Users to Win In 2012, Everyone Cheered”

“According to various news accounts, a professor at Cambridge University built a Facebook app around 2014 that involved a personality quiz. About 270,000 users of the app agreed to share some of their Facebook information, as well as data from people on their friends list. As a result, tens of millions ended up part of this data-mining operation.

“Consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which paid for the research, later worked with the Trump campaign to help them target advertising campaigns on Facebook, using the data they’d gathered on users.

“But while the Trump campaign used Cambridge Analytica during the primaries, it didn’t use the information during the general election campaign, relying instead on voter data provided by the Republican National Committee, according to CBS News. It reports that  “the Trump campaign had tested the RNC data, and it proved to be vastly more accurate than Cambridge Analytica’s.”

“Since this involves the Trump campaign, the news accounts have been suffused with dark conspiratorial tones. . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Site

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

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


Judicial Watch Petition: Prosecute Hillary

“Hillary Clinton has a demonstrated record of showing contempt for the rule of law.

“She refused to tell the truth about the deadly Benghazi terrorist attack that took place on her watch as Secretary of State

“She violated the law and avoided accountability by using secret email accounts as Secretary of State

“She abused her public office to funnel money to personal accounts – much of which is now sloshing around her vanity “charity” that could be renamed “The Clinton Corruption Foundation.”

“This is all unacceptable.

“In this country our leaders are bound by the rule of law. She must be held accountable for her actions.

“Sign the petition now to demand that Hillary Clinton answer for her corruption!”

Mark Levin, 03-19-18

“ On Monday’s Mark Levin show, Andrew McCabe and James Comey were the equivalent of dirty cops. The FBI is trying to cleanse itself and fight against these dirty cops but the dirty politicians and media won’t allow it. So corrupt were they, they were both keeping notes on President Trump – to try and blackmail him. McCabe’s actions were so over the top that it was recommended he be fired before the taxpayers contribute to his retirement. Comey and McCabe tried to interfere with our election and were more effective than the Russians were. They should be brought before a federal grand jury and questioned with their liberty on the line.

“Also, Congress wants to pass a law to protect Robert Mueller from being fired from Trump. In order to pass a law, the President has to sign it. If Trump wanted to fire Mueller why would he sign the law? In addition there’s a separation of powers problem, Congress can’t pass a law and tell the President he can’t fire someone.

“Finally, Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self-Governance, calls in to discuss Iowa being on the verge of becoming state #13 to pass a convention of states. But it’s getting push back from an alleged conservative group – the Iowa faith and freedom coalition.

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Dead Cats: Vlad, 03/19/18, (29)36 James Brody

McCarthy – Mueller’s standards; Moran – Fire him.”

LEADS: Fund – Time to attack Russian purse; Zito – midterm lessons; Gunlock – School demos; Superville – Trump vs. Mueller; Higgins & Michael – Vlad’s all; DeVos – School safety; Kasperowicz – National debt; Shelbourne – Deep State.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber site.

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Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Mueller’s Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards”

“These columns have many times observed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s failure to set limits on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. To trigger the appointment of a special counsel, federal regulations require the Justice Department to identify the crimes that warrant investigation and prosecution — crimes that the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate in the normal course; crimes that become the parameters of the special counsel’s jurisdiction.

“Rosenstein, instead, put the cart before the horse: Mueller was invited to conduct a fishing expedition, a boundless quest to hunt for undiscovered crimes, rather than an investigation and prosecution of known crimes.

“That deviation, it turns out, is not the half of it. With Rosenstein’s passive approval, Mueller is shredding Justice Department charging policy by alleging earth-shattering crimes, then cutting a sweetheart deal that shields the defendant from liability for those crimes and from the penalties prescribed by Congress. The special counsel, moreover, has become a legislature unto himself, promulgating the new, grandiose crime of “conspiracy against the United States” by distorting the concept of “fraud.”

Why does the special counsel need to invent an offense to get a guilty plea? Why doesn’t he demand a plea to one of the several truly egregious statutory crimes he claims have been committed?

“Good questions. . .”

Rick Moran, PJM: “Is Trump Preparing to Fire Robert Mueller?”

“. . .The firestorm that would erupt if Trump fired Mueller would not end the Trump presidency. He may be impeached if the Democrats gain control of the House in November. But, with 66 votes needed for conviction, there would have to be a massive defection of Republicans in the Senate for Trump to be thrown out of office. . .”


John Fund, NRO: “It’s Time to Attack Putin’s Soft Underbelly”

“The assets his cronies have piled up in the West demand more scrutiny.

“Vladimir Putin was reelected president of Russia today in an event as predictable as the sun’s rising. But his biggest asset hasn’t been his iron grip on Russian politics, it’s been the fecklessness and passivity of his Western counterparts in the face of his outrageous actions. Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion who has lived in exile in the West since 2013, wrote on Facebook that Putin, like most dictators, prefers playing poker to chess. “You can win at poker with a weak hand if your opponents play foolishly and keep folding their cards.”

“It was to plan a better series of future moves against Putin that Kasparov and Thor Halvorssen, the leaders of the Human Rights Foundation, assembled a collection of 30 anti-Putin experts in New York last Friday. Called PutinCon, the event featured everyone from former intelligence officials to a former Red Army veteran to former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara to Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption crusader who was blocked from the presidential ballot in Sunday’s presidential election in Russia.

“All of them agreed that the West should confront Putin and take serious measures to counter his increasingly brazen behavior. According to British foreign secretary Boris Johnson, this behavior now includes the stockpiling of the deadly nerve agent Novichok, recently used against Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy granted asylum in Britain, and his daughter Yulia.

“Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an opponent of Putin’s who is exiled and now lives in Switzerland, says that Russia has become a gangster-run state. Speaking of the attack on the Skripals, he told the BBC, “Either Putin has given his consent to this operation, or he doesn’t control the secret service to such an extent they can do it without his approval.” The FSB, the successor to the Soviet Union’s old KGB secret police, has seized complete control over Russia’s security apparatus. The FSB is now more powerful than the KGB was at the time of Stalin — and much more independent from the Kremlin.

“According to Khodorkovsky, a group of up to 100 people in Putin’s orbit have “learned to manipulate” Putin “quite effectively.” He said the only way to hurt Putin and his gang is to “undermine his reputation” in the eyes of the Russian public and to focus efforts on attacking the overseas wealth of Putin cronies. In 2015, French economist Thomas Piketty and a group of his colleagues estimated total Russian wealth overseas at $800 billion.

“Ian Birrell, writing for Britain’s Mail on Sunday yesterday, noted the irony of Putin cronies trashing Western values yet trusting the rule of law in their own country so little that they send billions of dollars abroad. ‘They stash their cash in our banks, buy our properties, fight legal battles in our courts and send their children to be educated in our schools.’ . . .”

Salena Zito, DC Examiner: “Dear Abby: A lesson for the midterms”

MT. LEBANON, Pa. — One of the biggest advantages Conor Lamb had in his victory last week in the special election for Western Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District was that his campaign manager lived in his district.

Abby Nassif Murphy did not have an office at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; she did not hold daily meetings with fellow Democrats in the Beltway who, on average, are fairly progressive both culturally and politically. She understood the heartbeat of the district not because of polls and data, but because she spends the bulk of her time carting her sons to and from their activities.

Untethered from the pressures of Washington consultants, agenda items, and resistance talking points, she was able to respond to what she saw the community wanted.

This was no cookie-cutter operation. The ads were fresh, the message was safe, and there was no evidence of any Beltway residue on anything they did.

It was the exact opposite of what the Republicans did.

Julie Gunlock, Independent Women’s Forum: “Parents Are Being Fed Misinformation about the National Gun Control Walkout”

“Parents across the country are being urged to let their children participate in the National School Walkout on March 14. Yet, few parents (and kids!) understand the walkout’s true mission. At my children’s elementary school in Northern Virginia, school officials are telling parents the walkout is meant to memorialize the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“Yet, according to the National School Walkout website, the real mission of the walkout is to demand Congress pass more restrictive gun laws. The website specifically states: “Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation … Congress must take meaningful action … and pass federal gun reform legislation.”

“So, the children walking out of the classroom on March 14th won’t be spending the time in quiet prayer or reflection. Instead, school kids (even those in elementary school) are going to be used as props by professional anti-gun activists to push for specific legislation.

Some schools are even aiding in the effort by coordinating with the walkout organizers, providing “safe spaces” for kids who participate in the walkout, promoting the event on school Facebook and Twitter accounts, and allowing school buses to transport kids to and from gun control rallies.

“Considering that many public schools are helping to rally more kids to the cause and are even supplying school resources and personnel time to the effort, tax payers should ask: Is this an acceptable use of school funds? More importantly, why is a publicly funded school supporting one side of a very contentious and complex constitutional matter?

“Some might even wonder: What other political causes can I expect my public school to promote? Should conservatives in politically red areas of the country expect schools to help transport kids to next year’s March for Life? Or how about for the inauguration on the Mall when Trump is reelected in 2020?

“Educators should also be concerned that the politicization of this issue avoids the nuance of what went wrong in Parkland that allowed the terrible shooting to occur, and what policies might actually help prevent the next one. . .”

Darlene Superville, AP: “A frustrated Trump lashes out at special counsel Mueller”

“. . . In a series of weekend tweets naming Mueller for the first time, Trump criticized the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and raised fresh concerns about the objectivity and political leanings of the members of Mueller’s team.

Trump also challenged the honesty of Andrew McCabe, the newly fired FBI deputy director, and James Comey, the bureau’s former director whom Trump fired last year over the Russia probe.

“The president’s aggressive stance followed a call Saturday by his personal lawyer for Rod Rosenstein, whom Trump appointed as deputy attorney general and who now oversees Mueller’s inquiry, to “bring an end” to that investigation.

“Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, which spent the past year conducting a parallel investigation, recently said they had drafted a report concluding no collusion or coordination between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. Committee Democrats vehemently disagreed. . .”

Erica Doyle Higgins & Tom Michael, UK Sun: “Vlad’s All Folks”

“. . .Putin comfortably extended his rule of Russia for another six years last night, winning 76.67 per cent of the vote – his highest score ever.

“The Central Election Commission said communist Pavel Grudinin came in a distant second with 11.78 per cent.

“Third was ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 5.66 per cent.

“The only candidate to openly criticise Putin during the campaign, liberal TV star Ksenia Sobchak, won just 1.68 per cent.

“Putin’s most serious rival, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race.

“Another term will take the Russian president to nearly a quarter century in power – second only to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

“The win gives Putin a strong mandate to pursue his conservative nationalist policies at home and abroad.

“In the wake of his victory, Putin will seek retribution as his nation was made to ‘grovel in the dirt’ after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, British defence chief Admiral Lord West told Daily Star Online. . .”

Betsy DeVos, CNN: “DeVos: On school safety, inaction is not an option”

“. . . the President has proposed real actions.

“First, we all must acknowledge and address the growing alienation experienced by too many students who feel disconnected from adults and peers around them. Many educators and community leaders have developed innovative ways to foster the social and emotional well-being of their students — the administration will highlight these approaches and every community should expand them dramatically.

“Second, existing mental health programs must be reformed and expanded, including those that help individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others. The President has proposed such changes for mental health programs as well as support for programs that utilize court-ordered treatment. In addition, the President has called on Congress to review statutory and regulatory privacy protections to determine if any changes or clarifications are needed to improve coordination between mental health and other health care professionals, school officials and law enforcement personnel.

“Third, our background check system must be strengthened in tandem with implementing evidence-based violence prevention programs. The administration is encouraging every state to adopt Extreme Risk Protection Orders, which allow law enforcement and family members, with approval from a court, to remove firearms from individuals who are a demonstrated threat to themselves or others and to prevent those individuals temporarily from purchasing new firearms.

“The President has called for strengthening the National Instant Criminal Background Check System based on the legislative framework introduced by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, that will help improve the system’s accuracy and effectiveness.

“Fourth, every community must look at how they can improve the security of our schools. This includes assisting states in training specially qualified school personnel to use firearms on a voluntary basis. Programs such as this currently exist in states including Florida, Texas and Ohio, allowing staff to go through highly specialized courses to be prepared to respond to an incident. Additionally, the administration will develop programs to support the recruitment of military veterans and retired law enforcement — folks who know how to respond to a dangerous situation — into new careers in education.

“Finally, I will chair a Federal Commission on School Safety, which will provide additional recommendations on school violence prevention. . .”

Pete Kasperowicz, DC Examiner: “National debt hits $21 trillion”

“. . . The national debt was $21.031 trillion on Thursday. The government releases total debt figures each business day, but it lags by one day.

“Federal borrowing has been on the rise again since February, when Congress passed legislation to suspend the debt ceiling. That move allowed the government to borrow as much as it needs to fund the activities approved by Congress.

Under the law passed in February, the government will not face any borrowing limit until March 1, 2019. At its current pace, the government is on track to add at least $1 trillion to the national debt by then.

“For example, the debt grew by more than half a trillion dollars in the six weeks since the debt ceiling was lifted on Feb. 9.

“A large part of the national debt reflects the federal budget deficit, or the amount of spending above the revenues collected by the government. But the debt is rising faster than the amount of the budget deficit, as it also reflects things like federal lending for student loans and mortgage programs. . .”

Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill: “Majority in new poll: ‘Deep state’ manipulating policy”

“A majority of Americans believes a faction of unelected officials is orchestrating policy in Washington, D.C., according to a new poll.

“The Monmouth University Polling Institute found that 74 percent believe in a ‘deep state’ when it is described as a collection of unelected officials running policy. Twenty-one percent said they do not believe this kind of group exists.

“The poll notes that more than 7 out of 10 Americans polled in each political group, Republican, Democrat and independent, believe in a deep state. Thirty-one percent of Republicans and 33 percent of independents say they believe a deep state ‘definitely exists,’ while 19 percent of Democrats believe this. . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Site

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

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


Judicial Watch Petition: Prosecute Hillary

“Hillary Clinton has a demonstrated record of showing contempt for the rule of law.

“She refused to tell the truth about the deadly Benghazi terrorist attack that took place on her watch as Secretary of State

“She violated the law and avoided accountability by using secret email accounts as Secretary of State

“She abused her public office to funnel money to personal accounts – much of which is now sloshing around her vanity “charity” that could be renamed “The Clinton Corruption Foundation.”

“This is all unacceptable.

“In this country our leaders are bound by the rule of law. She must be held accountable for her actions.

“Sign the petition now to demand that Hillary Clinton answer for her corruption!”

Mark Levin, 03-16-18

On Friday’s Mark Levin show, you are now living through the greatest scandal in American history. The effort by President Obama, his administration, Hillary’s campaign, and the DNC to influence our elections is even more than the Russians. There are now more text messages between Peter Strzok and Susan Page which Rod Rosenstein sought to cover up. The texts showed that Strzok had a personal relationship with the FISA court judge in the Mike Flynn case. These FISA court judges have a lot to answer for and they must explain why they approved their applications. Also, Dr. Peter Pry, EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security executive director, calls in to discuss the Russians attacking our energy grid, which is an act of war. If the power grid goes down there will be widespread death in this country. Later, our Republican congress is scheming to put in place a massive internet sales tax scheme. They are preparing to fully fund planned parenthood, extend Obama’s executive amnesty and preparing, under Obamacare, to bailout insurance companies. This is why the Republicans will get hurt in November’s election. Finally, Marc Morano calls in to discuss his new book, the politically incorrect guide to climate change.


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Strzok-Page texts reveal personal relationship between FBI official and judge recused from Flynn case

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Dead Cats: GinaHaspel, 03/16/18, (29)35 James Brody

LEADS: Lowry – Don’t Bork Haspel; Hyden – Haspel; Glick – Tillerson gone; Volz & Gardner – Russian cyber attacks; Swaim – Conformist rebellion; Cox, Gye, & Evans – Russian gas; Timiraos – Kudlow; Pruden – California secedes?; Trump – Death to dealers.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber site.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 03-15-18; Best Actor – Churchill show times.


Rich Lowry, NRO: “Don’t Bork Gina Haspel”

“President Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director is about to experience a good Borking.

“No one doubts her professionalism, and she’s been endorsed by Obama intelligence officials. Yet Gina Haspel’s long career at the agency, including extensive work undercover in the field, is getting blotted out by her reported involvement in the CIA’s black-site interrogation program, which has become a warrant to say anything about her.

“Her critics assert she should be in jail, and the New York Times editorial page wrote about her nomination under the headline ‘Having a Torturer Lead the C.I.A.’

“Not to be outdone in demagogic attacks on anyone associated with our national-security apparatus, Senator Rand Paul calls Haspel ‘the head cheerleader for waterboarding,’ and claims she mocked a detainee for his drooling. The only problem is that this anecdote comes from a book by a contractor who worked with the CIA, James Mitchell, and it describes a man, not a woman, making the comment.

“Their factual accuracy aside, the attacks on Haspel are ahistorical in that they ignore the context of the CIA program, and unfair insofar as they portray her as a remorselessly cruel prime mover behind it. . .”

Michael Hayden, The Hill: “Michael Hayden: Why Gina Haspel is the person America needs at the CIA”

“. . . Pompeo will be replaced at the CIA by Gina Haspel, a highly-regarded, three-decade agency professional, but the long knives are already out because of her role in CIA’s counterterrorism program. The agency director’s position must be confirmed by the Senate, and confirmation looks like it will be contentious. It shouldn’t be.

“Haspel did nothing more and nothing less than what the nation and the agency asked her to do, and she did it well. No one should read anything into her current nomination other than, as they say in the NFL, she is the “best athlete available in the draft,” an assessment supported by CIA veterans of the past two decades. When she was selected to be deputy director last year, I wrote that her choice signaled that the agency intended to neither repeat nor repudiate its past. That still holds.

“The president has already indicated that he is not yet done with his personnel changes. There are near-daily rumors that National Security Adviser McMaster will soon leave, and many are handicapping John Bolton as the odds-on choice to succeed him. Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, would be another Trump-like voice for the administration choir.

“So to my newfound friends to the left of the American political centerline, think twice before you oppose Haspel as director for her imagined past sins. She loves the agency, and she will work to preserve it. No matter what happens in the short term, can we not all agree that we will need it for the long term? And with regard to that truth-to-power thing in a White House expecting Navarro-like loyalty, Haspel is someone you want to be in the room when big decisions are made.”

Caroline Glick, Breitbart: “Caroline Glick: Firing Rex Tillerson Removed an Obstacle to Middle East Peace”

“. . . Under the leadership of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, along with Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s senior negotiator, Israeli officials sat in the White House for the first time with Arab officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar. Representatives from Egypt and Jordan, with which Israel enjoys open diplomatic relations, were also in attendance. Canadian and European officials participated as well.

“Although they were invited, the Palestinians chose to boycott the conference. Their boycott was telling. The PA claimed it was boycotting the conference in retaliation for America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and President Trump’s plan to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Israel’s 70th Independence Day in May.

“But anger over Jerusalem doesn’t justify the snub. The purpose of the summit wasn’t to reach “the ultimate deal.” The summit was called to to formulate the means to contend with the humanitarian crises emanating from Hamas-controlled Gaza. The Palestinians boycotted a summit whose sole purpose was to help them.

“As Palestinian commentator Bassam Tawil noted, the PA’s boycott while appalling, was unsurprising. . .”

Dustin Volz & Timothy Gardner, Reuters: “In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid”

“Beginning in March 2016, or possibly earlier, Russian government hackers sought to penetrate multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and manufacturing, according to a U.S. security alert published Thursday.

“The Department of Homeland Security and FBI said in the alert that a ‘multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian government cyber actors’ had targeted the networks of small commercial facilities ‘where they staged malware, conducted spear phishing, and gained remote access into energy sector networks.’ The alert did not name facilities or companies targeted.

“The direct condemnation of Moscow represented an escalation in the Trump administration’s attempts to deter Russia’s aggression in cyberspace, after senior U.S. intelligence officials said in recent weeks the Kremlin believes it can launch hacking operations against the West with impunity. . .”

Barton Swaim, Weekly Standard: “The School Walkout: A Conformist Rebellion”

“The school walkout—or to speak correctly, the Enough! National School Walkout—took place on March 14. The point of the event was to call attention to the need for gun-control legislation. Students were to walk out of their classrooms at 10:00 a.m. for 17 minutes to remember the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Thousands of students took part in the nationwide event, which was duly pronounced a success by the enthusiastic news media. The Enough! walkout was planned by the organizers of the 2017 Women’s March, and like that event it was hard to know what the aim was or what constituted success. The spectacle of kids standing around in school parking lots instead of sitting in classrooms seems unlikely to pressure state and federal lawmakers to alter their views on gun legislation.

The most passionate among the protester-students—my teenaged daughter holds this view even more firmly than I do—feel strongly about the issue of gun-control precisely because they know hardly anything about it. Which is why, as anybody with a touch of common sense might have predicted, a huge proportion of the walkout participants had no interest in addressing gun violence and mainly enjoyed the chance to get out of class and crack jokes with friends and, for a few, smoke a furtive cigarette or two. . .”

James Cox, Hugo Gye, & Tara Evans, UK Sun: “Vlad Sign: Cold snap could trigger gas supply emergency in UK if Putin orders Russian gas giants turn off taps due to spy scandal”

“While Russia does not supply much gas directly the UK, the EU relies on the former soviet union for a third of its supply.

The terrifying prospect means Vladimir Putin could gain control over the UK’s gas supply just days after Theresa May announced a crackdown on the Russian regime. Demand for gas is expected to soar this weekend with plunging temperatures and snow expected.

This morning energy analysts warned that it could cause a “spike” in household gas bills.

Trevor Sikorski from Energy Aspects, said: “If anything was to happen to that supply, particularly now at the end of a reasonably cold winter that has left European gas storage levels low, then Europe would have a gas supply emergency.

Nick  Timiraos, WSJ: “Lawrence Kudlow to Become Trump’s White House Economic Adviser”

“Economic commentator, an informal adviser on presidential campaign, has differed with the president on trade issues

“Mr. Kudlow, who served as an informal Trump campaign adviser, has spoken out against the tariffs on steel and aluminum that Mr. Trump announced last week. A White House dispute over those tariffs played a role in the decision to step down by Gary Cohn, the previous NEC director.

“Mr. Trump called Mr. Kudlow on Sunday while the commentator, an avid tennis player, was on the court. ‘I thought he was calling to bawl me out because I was so critical,’ he said. Instead, he said the president walked through his reasons for implementing tariffs.

“Mr. Kudlow said he spoke by phone again with Mr. Trump on Monday and again on Tuesday night, when he said the president offered him the position.

“‘I immediately accepted,’ he said. . .”

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times: “Can California do what the Confederacy couldn’t?”

“California has no cannon guarding San Francisco Bay, and it’s not likely that anybody at City Hall would know how to use one if there were, but Jeff Sessions, the U.S. attorney general, nevertheless has some wise words along with his lawsuit against California’s sanctuary cities seeking to nullify federal immigration law.

“‘I understand that we have a wide variety of political opinions out here on immigration,’ he told the California Peace Officers Association the other day in Sacramento, ‘but the law is on the books, and its purposes are clear and just.’

“‘There is no nullification. There is no secession. Federal law is the supreme law of the land. I would invite any doubters to go to Gettysburg, or to the tombstones of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln. This matter has been settled.’

And more’s the pity, as many a loyal Southerner might be tempted to say. California is the land that once upon a time, before political correctness imposed good manners on us all, was called ‘the land of fruits and nuts.’ We can’t be surprised by all the nutty things that emerge from the orange groves.

“Mr. Sessions, as all Southerners are, is entitled to look upon California secession talk with bemused irony. Nevertheless, the spirit of “secessh,” as it was derided more than a century ago, lives, and the 21st century ‘secessh’ have filed papers to start the process to give California voters an opportunity in 2021 to say whether they want to leave the union. . .”

Saagar Enjeti, Daily Caller: “Trump to Push Death Penalty for Major Drug Dealers in Opioid Plan”

“. . . Trump publicly revealed his deeply held belief that drug dealers should be executed before the White House opioid summit saying “they kill hundreds and hundreds of people, and most of them don’t even go to jail. If you shoot one person, they give you life. They give you the death penalty.”

“These people can kill 2,000, 3,000 people and nothing happens to them. And we need strength with respect to the pushers and to the drug dealers,” he continued. “And if we don’t do that, you will never solve the problem.”

“The answer is you have to have strength and toughness. The drug dealers and the pushers are — they are doing damage. They are really doing damage. Some countries have a very, very tough penalty. The ultimate penalty.”

“Trump’s plan will also crack down on government funds being used to subsidize opioid prescriptions and increasing the ease of access to addiction facilities for medicare users. . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Site

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

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


Mark Levin, 03-16-18

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show, Robert Mueller doesn’t have the temperament or objectivity to be a federal prosecutor. There is no special counsel to investigate Russian collusion, only a rogue prosecutor acting as an inquisitor and executioner with a single mission; remove Trump from office. Mueller should be investigating actual Russian collusion between Hillary Clinton, her campaign, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Donna Brazile, and the entire Democratic National Committee, yet he only focuses on President Trump, his family, and his campaign staff. The only Russian collusion that took place occurred in the shadows of the Clinton campaign.

“Also, there is a big difference between how a leftist is treated by the media and historians than the rest of us. Ruth Bader Ginsberg is turning 85 and she is celebrated in a way that Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Antonin Scalia were never celebrated. We shouldn’t have liberal or conservative wings in the Supreme Court, only justices faithful to the constitution. Ginsberg is just a politician wearing a black robe.

“Finally, President Trump has put sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 election, which is more than Obama did when the Russians were actually in the process of interfering. Vladimir Putin is murdering people again, using mobster tactics and military-grade poisons to kill individuals. Now Russia is targeting our energy grid; these are acts of war by Putin and we need to be pushing back.”

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Dead Cats: NoCollusion, 03/14/18, (29)34, James Brody

Byron York – Collusion done; Victor Davis Hanson – Swamp critters; Victor Davis Hanson – The new left.

LEADS: Goldberg – Truths about NKorea; Rosenberg – CIA’s Gina Haspel; Baker & Shear – Lamb won; UK Sun – Vlad enough; Durden – Trump fired Tillerson.

HEALTH CARE: Shumway – STDs in Pgh; Hannity – Josh Umber site.

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Byron York, DC Examiner: “Byron York: House GOP delivers blow to Trump-Russia collusion story. Will others follow?”

“. . . ‘We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the ‘Trump campaign and the Russians, said Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee Monday as they released findings from a 14-month Trump-Russia investigation.

“GOP Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas, who formally oversaw the committee probe, said, “We found perhaps bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment in taking meetings.” But no collusion.

“Committee investigators looked at the events often cited as evidence of collusion. They looked at the June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Donald Trump Jr. and other top campaign officials talked to a group of Russians who promised, but did not deliver, damaging information on Hillary Clinton. They looked at the activities of peripheral Trump advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. They looked at the allegations in the Trump dossier. They looked at all that, and they could not find a thread connecting events into a narrative of collusion.

“‘Only Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn or someone else like that could take this series of inadvertent contacts with each other, or meetings, whatever, and weave that into a some sort of fictional page-turner spy thriller,’ Conaway said. ‘But we’re not dealing with fiction, we’re dealing with facts. And we found no evidence of any collusion, of anything that people were actually doing, other than taking a meeting they shouldn’t have taken or inadvertently being in the same building.’

“The collusion question is the most contentious of the Trump-Russia investigation.  . .”

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness: “Swamp Things in the Russia Investigation”

“The Swamp” usually refers to the vast federal bureaucratic machinery of mostly unelected top officials who exercise influence and power without worry about the appearance of conflicts of interest. They are often exempt from the consequences of the laws and regulations that affect others. The chief characteristics of the swamp are the interlocking friendships, business relationships, marriages and partnerships in Washington, and their immune response against anyone who challenges them.

“Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has proven the locus classicus of a dysfunctional and highly incestuous Washington culture—so much so that it borders on being a caricature of a Washington investigation.

“How did it come about? Mueller’s acquaintance, former FBI Director James Comey (Mueller and Comey were lauded dating back to the Bush Administration as “brothers in arms”), has testified that he was so exasperated with the president that he leaked his own confidential and likely classified memos of presidential meetings to the press via a friend in order that it “might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” It certainly did that. And mirabile dictu, the special counsel was soon none other than Robert Mueller with whom Comey had had a professional relationship in a variety of contexts for nearly 20 years. At some point, will one of Mueller’s staff have to depose him to ask whether he ever discussed the possibility of a special counsel appointment with Comey prior to Comey’s firing?

“Will Mueller need to investigate Comey for leaking what may have been a classified memo and thus a likely felonious act? If the investigation touches upon the strange exemptions granted Hillary Clinton in the Uranium One scandal, will Mueller investigate his own prior investigation—a Mueller v. Mueller special counsel probe? Is the U.S. legal community so impoverished in former federal attorneys that we cannot find special counsels without any prior relationships with those knee-deep in the proposed investigations? Is there one former prosecutor in Washington who is not somehow involved in these scandals? . . .”

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The New Left Trumps the Old Right”

“. . .“The Jewish question”?

“The ‘Jewish question,’ of course, refers to a 19th-century pan-European debate over whether Jews would ever assimilate into European countries. The debate quickly descended into abject anti-Semitism. And by the 20th century, in the German Third Reich, the phrase “Die Judenfrage” was to become the signature Nazi euphemism for the Final Solution. Davis is either ignorant or shameless or both.

“Even weirder was a recent revelation that in 2005, at a Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) event, a smiling Barack Obama, then a newly elected senator, had posed in the basement of the U.S. Capitol for a photo alongside a smiling Farrakhan.

“Photojournalist Askia Muhammad just recently released his picture — 13 years after he took it. Muhammad had held it back for years, complying with requests from the CBC and Obama’s staff, in order to protect the political viability of the then up-and-coming Obama, who was already eyeing the presidency.

“Nonetheless, in retrospect, the somewhat bewildered photographer now seems perplexed at the requests for secrecy and at his own acquiescence. “In fact [Obama] had people from the Nation of Islam working on his staff and in his office in the Chicago, his Senate staff,” Muhammad recently told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson in an interview. ‘The members of the Nation of Islam helped him in his Senate campaign and on the South Side of Chicago.’

“If Muhammad had released his picture of Obama and Farrakhan in 2005, and if he’d disclosed that Nation of Islam people were working on his U.S. Senate campaign, Obama’s political aspirations probably would not have survived the outrage. . .”


Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “North Korea’s Dark History Should Frame Any Negotiations”

“President Trump’s decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un elicited a wide range of responses from experts. But one thing you hear from everyone is that the president and administration need to prepare. The North Koreans may be technologically (and morally) backward and rhetorically juvenile, but they’re also incredibly adept and disciplined at international politics. They have eaten our lunch for more than 30 years.

“But before getting their facts and figures together about nuclear stockpiles and missile throw-weights, perhaps the administration should ponder a simple question that even the experts never seem very interested in.

“What is North Korea?

“It seems like a silly question. It’s a country, of course. But what kind of country? The labels we hear most often — dictatorship, totalitarian, communist, and “Stalinist” — have their merits descriptively or historically. But they’re all inadequate.

“Those are all relatively modern terms, and North Korea really isn’t a modern country. Oh, sure, it’s got some modern stuff — mostly its thriving nuclear program — but its social and political model is ancient.

“For starters, Kim Jong-un is a monarch. According to government propaganda (or really, the state religion), his father, Kim Jong-il, was a creature of divine birth, born under a double rainbow atop the holy Baekdu Mountain. When he was born, a new star appeared and winter turned to spring.

“Kim Jong-un is also a divine being, with a body so efficient that he has never needed to use a bathroom. According to official myth, Kim could drive at age 3. As a student at Kim Il Sung University (named after his grandfather), Kim reportedly wrote 1,500 books and six operas in three years. North Koreans are taught that their leader is revered worldwide as one of the greatest composers ever, and his operas are “better than any in the history of music.” The first time he picked up a golf club, he recorded 11 holes-in-one and shot 38 under par.

“It’s easy to laugh at this stuff — his father claimed to have invented the hamburger — but it isn’t a laughing matter, because the North Korean people believe it.

“The entire country has been raised in a mystical cult. The North Koreans shed any allegiance to Marxism-Leninism decades ago, replacing it with Juche, a philosophy that elevates a “Great Leader” as a monarch over society. They took the Divine Right of Kings and replaced it with the Divine Right of the Kims.

“North Korea mirrors ancient monarchies in another respect: It is a feudal society. . .”

Matthew Rosenberg, NYT: “Gina Haspel, C.I.A. Deputy Director, Had Leading Role in Torture”

“WASHINGTON — As a clandestine officer at the Central Intelligence Agency in 2002, Gina Haspel oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects and later took part in an order to destroy videotapes documenting their brutal interrogations at a secret prison in Thailand.

On Thursday, Ms. Haspel was named the deputy director of the C.I.A.

“The elevation of Ms. Haspel, a veteran widely respected among her colleagues, to the No. 2 job at the C.I.A. was a rare public signal of how, under the Trump administration, the agency is being led by officials who appear to take a far kinder view of one of its darker chapters than their immediate predecessors.

“Over the past eight years, C.I.A. leaders defended dozens of agency personnel who had taken part in the now-banned torture program, even as they vowed never to resume the same harsh interrogation methods. But President Trump has said repeatedly that he thinks torture works. And the new C.I.A. chief, Mike Pompeo, has said that waterboarding and other techniques do not even constitute torture, and praised as “patriots” those who used such methods in the early days of the fight against Al Qaeda.

“Ms. Haspel, who has spent most of her career undercover, would certainly fall within Mr. Pompeo’s description. She played a direct role in the C.I.A.’s ‘extraordinary rendition program,’ under which captured militants were handed to foreign governments and held at secret facilities, where they were tortured by agency personnel. . .”

Peter Baker & Michael Shear, NYT: “Strong Performance by Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania Shakes Trump and G.O.P.”

“While the president hobnobbed with wealthy donors in the exclusive enclave of Beverly Park, the voters in the suburbs south of Pittsburgh were in revolt, giving the Democratic candidate a narrow lead in a special election in Pennsylvania that was taking on outsize proportions.

Just as they did outside Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala., in December, and Richmond, Va., and Washington, D.C., in November, energized and angry suburban voters were swamping the Trump stalwarts in the more rural parts of those regions, sending a clear message to Republicans around the country.

While Republican turnout in a district that Mr. Trump won by 20 percentage points was healthy, Democrats showed once again that they could tap unions and other traditionally friendly groups to get their voters out in droves. The N.A.A.C.P. helped win Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Alabama Senate seat for Doug Jones in December. Organized labor, once seen as fractured and feckless in the Trump era, gave the Democrat Conor Lamb his lead in Pennsylvania overnight. . .”

“ . . . Whoever wins will have to decide soon which district to run in this year. The State Supreme Court threw out Pennsylvania’s current congressional map and recently issued a new map with redrawn boundaries. . .”


“Theresa May kicks out 23 Russian spies from the UK and blasts Putin’s ‘contempt’ for Salisbury poisoning

“The PM said Russia had shown “contempt and defiance” in the aftermath of an attempt to kill ex-spy Sergei Skripal and warned that the poisoning represented “the unlawful use of force by Russia against the United Kingdom”.

“She also confirmed that no ministers or members of the Royal Family will attend this summer’s World Cup in Russia – but stopped short of calling on the England team to pull out of the tournament.

“Mrs May also announced this afternoon:

“New laws to help Britain defend itself from all forms of hostile Russian activity

“Flights and goods from Russia will face extra checks to stop ill-gotten gains entering the UK

“All planned talks with Russian officials, including a visit from the foreign minister, are cancelled

“Assets belonging to Putin’s government will be frozen to stop them being used for wrongdoing

“Suspected spies could be detained at Britain’s borders like terrorists under new powers

“Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn faced criticism from his own MPs for refusing to back the PM

The expulsion of 23 Russian spies is the toughest act of its kind for 30 years – and will almost certainly spark a tit-for-tat diplomatic war, with British diplomats likely to be kicked out of Moscow. . .”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Trump Fires Rex Tillerson Over Iran Disagreement; Replaces Him With CIA Chief Mike Pompeo”

“Update 3:

President Trump tells reporters that he and Tillerson disagreed on Iran, that he made the North Korea decision himself and thinks Tillerson will be “much happier now.”

Meanwhile, according to Steve Goldstein, undersecretary for public diplomacy, said Rex Tillerson wanted to stay. “The Secretary had every intention of staying, because of critical progress made in national security,” Goldstein said. “He will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and the foreign ministers that he’s worked with throughout the world.”

The official added that Tillerson didn’t get to speak with President Trump and doesn’t know why. “The Secretary did not speak to the President and is unaware of the reason,” he said. “He is grateful for the opportunity to serve and believes public service is a noble calling. He wishes secretary-designate Pompeo well.”

* * *

Update 2:

“Confirming the WaPo’s reporting, a senior administration official told CNN that President Trump asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday. ‘POTUS thought it was the right time for the transition with the upcoming North Korea talks and various trade negotiations. POTUS asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday.’

“CNN also notes that president Trump has wanted Mike Pompeo as his secretary of state for months now, and the White House began planning for him to take this job last fall.

“Trump’s anger at Tillerson after it leaked that he called him ‘a moron’ never subsided, and many in the White House saw their differences as irreconcilable.

“Tillerson had few, if any, allies left in the West Wing. Though Chief of Staff John Kelly was initially on his side when he took over, he eventually grew weary of defending him — especially after the ‘moron’ remark, which Kelly saw as insubordination on Tillerson’s part.

“Ultimately, according to sources close to the President ‘it was clear Tillerson didn’t support Trump.’ They say Tillerson wanted to handle foreign policy his own way, without the President. Trump didn’t feel that Tillerson backed him, source says. . .”


John Shumway, CBS: “Beaver County Sees Uptick In STD Numbers Among Young People”

“I think that the younger population is more promiscuous today than probably ever before,” says Dr. Frank DiCenco at AHN’s Premier Women’s Health in Sewickley.

“Dr. DiCenco says the numbers in a state health department alert about STD’s and HIV among 15-24 year olds in Beaver County are “quite concerning and we, in our practice, have seen an uptick in the number of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia cases.”

“The state alert says the cases of Gonorrhea among 15-24 year old men and women were up 34 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. HIV was up almost threefold.

“‘The HIV rate increasing 300 percent is very concerning,’ says Dr. DiCenco.

“There is equal concern in Allegheny County.

“‘Our incidence rates for Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HIV have and continue to exceed the state’s incidence rates,’ Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker said. . .”

Hannity: Josh Umber Site

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

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


Mark Levin, 03-13-18

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show, President Trump sounds like a man fully in charge by firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, not deranged or someone who should be removed under the 25th Amendment like the media says. Tillerson was fired not because of confusion within the Trump administration, but because Tillerson was undermining Trump’s position on the Iran deal. Trump firing Tillerson shows he is prepared to take action and do what he has to in order to advance his principles and implement his policies.

“Also, Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA director should be celebrated, but instead she will be criticized endlessly by leftists dressed up as journalists doing anything to prevent her confirmation. Haspel is an American patriot who did her job wonderfully, and if her nomination is blocked, Trump should recess appoint her to head the CIA. If Obama appointed the first woman to be CIA director, the media would be going bonkers and Haspel would be politically bulletproof; instead it’s the opposite because she’s Trump’s nominee.

“Later, the Barack Obama campaign hired Fusion GPS to investigate Mitt Romney during the 2012 election just as Hillary Clinton did to Trump in the 2016 election. Obama hid payments to Fusion GPS through the same law firm that Hillary used and reported the money paid as legal services. When it comes to collusion, all roads lead to Obama.

“Finally, Mark speaks with Andrew Pollack, father of one of the victims of the Parkland school shooting.”

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Dead Cats: NewBosses, 03/12/18, (29)33, James Brody

McCarthy – No new special counsel

SECOND AMENDMENT: Stewart – NRA sues; Morefield – Georgia city requires gun ownership.

LEADS: Menahan – Assange warns of CIA; Bloomberg – China scraps term limits; Charlton & Davlashlan – Putin resurgence; Durden – Trump entertains; Gorka – Global reset; Bailhaus & Nicholas – Mueller deal?; Durden – Ukraine’s fascists.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber site

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 03-09-18; Best Actor – Churchill show times.

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “No New Special Counsel”

“Sessions should appoint a Justice Department prosecutor to investigate the investigators.

“What’s good for the goose . . .” is more an understandable impulse than a useful rule of thumb in legal controversies, particularly legal controversies in which an error has been made.

“The White House and congressional Republicans have watched in ire as the Trump administration has been tied in knots by the no-boundaries Mueller investigation. “Okay,” they’re thinking, “now, it’s payback time.” There appear to have been highly irregular investigative tactics used in probing the Trump campaign — particularly, but not exclusively, by the Obama administration. Why not, then, appoint another special counsel to squeeze the squeezers? Why not turn the tables?

“It’s a bad idea.

“Original Sin: A Prosecutor but No Crime
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made a foundational error in appointing Robert Mueller to be special counsel to investigate . . . well . . . um . . . come to think of it, that was the error: The investigation has no parameters, and thus no limitations.

“Investigations conducted by prosecutors are supposed to be rooted in known crimes — or, at the very least, articulable suspicion that known crimes have occurred. Under the governing regulations, to justify the appointment of a special counsel, those crimes must form the basis for two salient findings: (1) that the Justice Department has a conflict of interest so severe that it cannot conduct the investigation in the normal manner, and (2) that it is necessary to appoint, from outside the Justice Department, a quasi-independent prosecutor. This special prosecutor is to be given a grant of investigative jurisdiction limited to the crimes that the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate — and no other crimes, unless the special counsel explicitly requests, and the Justice Department grants, an expansion of jurisdiction.

“(See here, where I address Paul Manafort’s claim that his indictment violates regulations limiting special-counsel jurisdiction.)

“As we have repeatedly observed (see, e.g., herehere, and here), Rosenstein failed to adhere to the regulations, appointing Mueller to conduct a counterintelligence investigation. Because counterintelligence is not lawyer work, and because the objective of counterintelligence is to gather information about a foreign power, not to build a criminal case against a suspect, prosecutors are not ordinarily assigned to counterintelligence investigations. In the Mueller appointment, then, counterintelligence is camouflage for something that should never happen: a special counsel unleashed to hunt for crimes to prosecute despite the absence of known crimes warranting appointment of a special prosecutor.

“So now, predictably, we have this absurdity: A special counsel, whose purported mandate is to probe Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible Trump-campaign “collusion” in it (whatever that means), is looking into whether Jared Kushner’s financial woes influenced Trump-administration policy towards Qatar.

“Collusion with Russia? That is so two tweets ago! . . .


Emily Stewart, Vox: “NRA sued to block Florida’s new gun law hours after it was passed”

“The group is arguing that young women really need their guns.

“On Friday, the National Rifle Association announced plans to sue the state of Florida just hours after Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation placing new restrictions on guns in response to the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The gun group says that one of the bill’s provisions — one that raises the age to buy firearms to 21 — “eviscerates” the gun rights of young adults.

The NRA on Friday filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Florida contending that the new Florida law violates the Second and 14th Amendments of the United States Constitution. The Second Amendment is the right to bear arms, and the 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection.

“Swift action is needed to prevent young adults in Florida from being treated as second-class citizens when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms,” said Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, in a statement. “We are confident that the courts will vindicate our view that Florida’s ban is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment.”

Scott Morefield, Daily Caller: “One of Georgia’s Safest Cities REQUIRES Its Citizens to Own a Gun, But CNN Doesn’t Know Why Crime Is So Low”

Hat tip – Tyler Durden . . .

“. . . The Kennesaw, Georgia, law states that “every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm,” according to CNN, and was reportedly passed as a deterrent to crime.

“‘It was meant to be kind of a crime deterrent,’ Kennesaw Police Lt. Craig Graydon, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, told CNN. ‘It was also more or less a political statement because the city of Morton Grove, Illinois, passed a city ordinance banning handguns from their city limits.’

“As for would-be criminals looking for an easy mark, judging by the crime statistics it seems most have bypassed the Georgia town and moved on to easier targets. Even CNN was forced to admit that Kennesaw, populated by 33,000 people, has only had ‘one murder in the last six years and a violent crime rate of below 2%.’ . . . “




“Deep State in league with Dems, says WikiLeaks founder

““An extraordinary number of former intelligence and military operatives from the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department are seeking nomination as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. The potential influx of military-intelligence personnel into the legislature has no precedent in US political history.

If the Democrats capture a majority in the House of Representatives on November 6, as widely predicted, candidates drawn from the military-intelligence apparatus will comprise as many as half of the new Democratic members of Congress. They will hold the balance of power in the lower chamber of Congress.

[…]A case in point is Elissa Slotkin, a former CIA operative with three tours in Iraq, who worked as Iraq director for the National Security Council in the Obama White House and as a top aide to John Negroponte, the first director of national intelligence. After her deep involvement in US war crimes in Iraq, Slotkin moved to the Pentagon, where, as a principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, her areas of responsibility included drone warfare, “homeland defense” and cyber warfare.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has designated Slotkin as one of its top candidates, part of the so-called “Red to Blue” program targeting the most vulnerable Republican-held seats–in this case, the Eighth Congressional District of Michigan, which includes Lansing and Brighton. The House seat for the district is now held by two-term Republican Representative Mike Bishop.

[…]One quarter of all the Democratic challengers in competitive House districts have military-intelligence, State Department or NSC backgrounds. This is by far the largest subcategory of Democratic candidates. National security operatives (57) outnumber state and local government officials (45), lawyers (35), corporate executives, businessmen and wealthy individuals (30) and other professionals (19) among the candidates for Democratic congressional nominations.

[…]The military-intelligence candidates are disproportionately favored by the party apparatus, encouraged to run in districts that are the most likely takeover targets. Military-intelligence candidates account for 10 of the 22 districts selected for the most high-profile attention as part of the “red-to-blue” program, or nearly half. In some cases, military-intelligence candidates have amassed huge campaign war chests that effectively shut out any potential rivals, an indication that the financial backers of the Democratic Party have lined up behind them. . .”

Bloomberg: ”China Scraps Presidential Term Limits”

“China’s parliament voted to repeal presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to keep power indefinitely in a formal break from succession rules set up after Mao Zedong’s turbulent rule.

“All but five of the almost 3,000 National People’s Congress deputies present Sunday supported the measure to strike a constitutional provision barring the president from serving more than two consecutive terms. The amendment — announced by the Communist Party two weeks ago — removes the only barrier keeping Xi, 64, from staying on after his expected second term ends in 2023.

“The vote — never in doubt — gives Xi more time to enact plans to centralize party control, increase global clout and curb financial and environmental risks. It also ties the world’s most populous country more closely to the fate of a single man than at any point since reformer Deng Xiaoping began establishing a system for peaceful power transitions in the aftermath of Mao’s death. . .”

Angela Charlton & Naira Davlashyan, YAHOO!: “Putin’s Russia: From basket case to resurgent superpower”

“MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin and his Russia look more invincible today than at any other time in his 18 years in power.

Since Putin last faced an election in 2012, Russians have invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, blanket-bombed Syria, been accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election and claimed to have a scary new nuclear arsenal.

“No one listened to us. You listen to us now,” he said earlier this month, boasting about those weapons.

Putin will overwhelmingly win re-election as president on March 18, again. So why bother holding a vote at all?

He disdains democracy as messy and dangerous — yet he craves the legitimacy conferred by an election. He needs tangible evidence that Russians need him and his great-power vision more than they worry about the freedoms he has muffled, the endemic corruption he has failed to eradicate, the sanctions he invited by his actions in Crimea and Ukraine.

“Any autocrat wants love,” said analyst Andrei Kolesnikov of the Carnegie Moscow Center, and Putin gets that love “from high support in elections.”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Trump: “You Would Be So Bored” If I Acted “Presidential”; Unveils 2020 Slogan”

“President Trump slammed critics, talked up tariffs, unveiled his 2020 slogan, brought up executing drug dealers (again) and noted how ‘bored’ people would be if he acted like a regular old president at a Saturday night rally for Republican Rick Saccone in Moon Township, PA.

“‘Remember I used to say how easy it is to be presidential?’ Trump reminded the audience. ‘But you would all be out of here right now. You would be so bored. I’m very presidential.’

“Trump then gave a mock-campaign speech where he robotically delivered ‘boring’ presidential remarks.

“‘See, that’s easy. That’s much easier than doing what I have to do,’ said Trump. ‘But this is much more effective. This got us elected. If I came like a stiff you guys wouldn’t be here tonight.’

“‘We have to defeat Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters, a low IQ individual,’ Trump then said – going back into another impression, this time of Waters:

“‘Do you ever see her? We will impeach him!’ President Trump said mockingly.

“Trump also rolled out his 2020 slogan during the rally; “Keep America Great!” 

“But we can only do that if we elect people who are going to back our agenda and fight for our values,” he added. . .”

Sebastian Gorka, The Hill: “President Trump hits global reset button from Paris to Pyongyang”

“President Obama sent Hillary Clinton to present a mislabeled “reset button” to the Kremlin. In reality, there was no reset. The Obama administration did not effectively address the expansionist and destabilizing behavior of former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin, not even after he invaded Ukraine. With regard to the Middle East, the Obama White House empowered the murderous regime in Iran by releasing $150 billion to Tehran, paying a cash ransom and agreeing to the Iran deal that wouldn’t, in fact, prevent a nuclear breakout by the mullahs.

“In Egypt, President Obama embraced the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohammed Morsi. In Iraq, he decided to prematurely withdraw before our work was done and Al Qaeda had been crushed, thus sowing the seeds for ISIS. With regard to Asia, the last administration refused to take any meaningful action as Beijing expanded its reach with military installations on illegal artificial atolls, all the while perpetuating its acquiescence to North Korea’s continued policy of nuclear blackmail of Washington and the West. Ironically, all this while in ownership of a Nobel Peace Prize.

“President Trump may not have been awarded a prize by anyone, let alone from the now increasingly irrelevant Nobel Committee. But he has effected a true reset, and a global one at that, from a revitalized NATO finally committed, after decades of sloth, to paying its fair share on defense, to the crushing of the physical caliphate of ISIS, to the restoration of our relations with nations we had turned our backs on, most importantly, Israel and Egypt. It is a reset that included tough talk with China and North Korea, talk followed up by actions that have led to a response on behalf of Pyongyang, which may take us to the cusp of bringing peace and stability to the region after 65 years of potential war.

“And we are only in the fourteenth month of the Trump presidency.”

Rebecca Ballhaus & Peter Nicholas, WSJ: “Trump Lawyers Seek Deal With Mueller to Speed End of Russia Probe”

“Legal team aims to use interview with president as leverage in negotiations

“The president’s legal team is considering telling Mr. Mueller that Mr. Trump would agree to a sit-down interview based on multiple considerations, including that the special counsel commit to a date for concluding at least the Trump-related portion of the investigation. One idea is to suggest a deadline of 60 days from the date of the interview, the person said.

Another consideration for the legal team is reaching an agreement with Mr. Mueller on the scope of his questioning of the president, which they expect to focus largely on his decision to fire former national security adviser Mike Flynn and former FBI director James Comey, according to people familiar with the matter.

“Mr. Flynn, who was forced out of the White House after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his Russian contacts, pleaded guilty in December to lying to investigators about his contacts. Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey as he was investigating whether Trump associates colluded with Russia in interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Mueller was appointed to carry on that probe after Mr. Comey’s dismissal. Mr. Mueller is also investigating whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice when he fired Mr. Comey.

The president denies any collusion with the Kremlin and denies obstructing the Russia investigation, which he has called a “witch hunt.” Moscow has said it didn’t meddle in the campaign. . .”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Why Canada Defends Ukrainian Fascism”

What would YOU believe if you lived 30 miles from Vlad Putin?

Authored by Michael Jabara Carley via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

“Canada has a reputation for being a relatively progressive state with universal, single-payer health care, various other social benefits, and strict gun laws, similar to many European countries but quite unlike the United States. It has managed to stay out of some American wars, for example, Vietnam and Iraq, portrayed itself as a neutral ‘peace keeper’, pursuing a so-called policy of ‘multilateralism’ and attempting from time to time to keep a little independent distance from the United States.

“Behind this veneer of respectability lies a not so attractive reality of elite inattention to the defence of Canadian independence from the United States and intolerance toward the political and syndicalist left. Police repression against communist and left-wing unionists and other dissidents after World War I was widespread.

Strong support for appeasement of Nazi Germany, overt or covert sympathy for fascism, especially in Québec, and hatred of the Soviet Union were widespread in Canada during the 1930s. The Liberal prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, hobnobbed with Nazi notables including Adolf Hitler, and thought that his British counterpart Neville Chamberlain had not gone far enough in appeasing Hitlerite Germany. “Mackenzie King and many others of the Canadian elite saw communism as a greater threat to Canada than fascism. As in Europe, the Canadian elite—Liberal or Conservative did not matter—was worried by the Spanish civil war (1936-1939). In Québec French public opinion under the influence of the Catholic Church hoped for fascist victory and the eradication of communism. In 1937 a Papal encyclical whipped up the Red Scare amongst French Canadian Catholics. Rejection of Soviet offers of collective security against Hitler was the obverse side of appeasement. The fear of victory over Nazi Germany in alliance with the USSR was greater than the fear of defeat against fascism. Such thoughts were either openly expressed over dinner at the local gentleman’s club or kept more discrete by people who did not want to reveal the extent of their sympathy for fascism.

“The Liberal prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, hobnobbed with Nazi notables including Adolf Hitler, and thought that his British counterpart Neville Chamberlain had not gone far enough in appeasing Hitlerite Germany

“Even after the Nazi invasion of the USSR in June 1941, and the formation of the Grand Alliance against the Axis, there was strong reticence amongst the governing elite in Canada toward the Soviet Union. It was a shotgun marriage, a momentary arrangement with an undesirable partner, necessitated by the over-riding threat of the Nazi Wehrmacht.

‘If Hitler invaded Hell,’ Winston Churchill famously remarked, ‘I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.’ . . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Site

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

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


Mark Levin, 03-09-18

“On Friday’s Mark Levin Show, Benjamin Netanyahu is dealing with the same type of ultra-left-wing media attacks in Israel as President Trump is in America. Now, the Israeli media is launching a pre-emptive attack on Netanyahu before his interview with Mark which airs on Sunday on Fox News. The media in Israel is full of leftist, pro-socialist appeasers.

“Also, we now know that the Obama administration affirmatively refused to stop the Russian cyberattacks during the 2016 election. Susan Rice told Michael Daniel, White House director of cybersecurity, to cease and desist efforts to fight back on Russian hacking. Rice told Daniel and his team to stand down so they didn’t box in Obama; if they gave him options he’d have to act. Obama didn’t want to do anything to stop the Russians because he was sure Hillary Clinton would be elected and didn’t want anyone to say the election was fraudulent. Obama let Russian cyberattacks slide because in the end he was all about power, not integrity, and is now at the center of this monumental scandal.

“Later, Trump deserves great credit for how he’s handled North Korea, not the vicious attacks he’s getting from the media. Through wise use of our military, economic sanctions, and the international community, Trump has put enough pressure on Kim Jong-un to bring him to the table.”


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Dead Cats: Smitienko, 03/09/18, (29)32, James Brody

PA: O’Connell – GOP loss?

LEADS: Investors – Investigation into FBI; Horwitz & Barrett – Mueller to Seychelles, Chambers – Trump to meet with Kim; Osipova -16 yo anti-Putin; Martosko – Trump vs. California; Durden – Payrolls; Durden – Global populism; Newmeyer – Stocks shrug @ tariffs; Ulloa & Dillon – California rebukes Sessions; French – Obama admin doomed California?

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“One might assume that, as the head of Koch Industries — a large company involved in many industries, including steel — I would applaud such import tariffs because they would be to our immediate and financial benefit. But corporate leaders must reject this type of short-term thinking, and we have. If we are to have a system in which businesses can succeed long term, policies must benefit everyone, not just the few. . .”  Charles Koch


Ford O’Connell, The Hill: “A GOP loss in Trump-country special election would be devastating”

“You may not have heard of Rick Saccone, but for the next week, he just might be the most important man in American politics.

‘Saccone, a Republican, faces Democrat Conor Lamb in a March 13 special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. The two are vying to replace Tim Murphy, a Republican who had to resign after scandals about mistreatment of staff and allegedly asking his mistress to get an abortion, even though he was one of the most strongly pro-life members of Congress.

“Under normal circumstances, this should not be a difficult race for Saccone. Yes, Democrats hold a 70,000-person edge in voter registration, but President Trump carried the district by 20 points, Murphy won unopposed his last two terms and Saccone is used to winning in districts where his party is in the minority.

“Moreover, it is estimated that Saccone has outspent his opponent 17-to-1, he will have received campaign visits by President Trump, Vice President Pence and first daughter Ivanka Trump by election day and is running in a district that has voted Republican by increasing margins in the last five presidential elections.

“But this is no ordinary year. . .”


Investors: “Why No Investigation into FBI, Justice Dept. Collusion with Democrats to Spy on Trump? Turns Out, There Is One”

“Russia Scandal: For weeks, official Washington and many voters have wondered: Why has there been no official investigation of the Justice Department and the FBI for their apparent misconduct in applying to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016? Now we know: Quietly, an investigation has already begun.

“The question has grown in importance in recent days as Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, released a letter they sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday urgently seeking an investigation.

“They cited a long list of possible abuses: ‘There is evidence of bias, trending toward animus, among those charged with investigating serious cases. There is evidence political opposition research was used in court filings. There is evidence this political opposition research was neither vetted before it was used nor fully revealed to the relevant tribunal.’

“Any of these allegations, if true, are enough to fatally taint the ongoing investigation, now spearheaded by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and possibly even lead to criminal charges.

“Perhaps even more important, Goodlatte and Gowdy wrote, is that the appearance of misconduct threatens to “impugn” and undermine our justice system and those who staff it in the eyes of both Congress and the public. It’s a question of public confidence.

“It’s not clear that Sessions responded to the two. But speaking with Fox News host Shannon Bream, Sessions said he has already appointed someone to investigate.

“‘I have appointed a person outside of Washington, many years in the Department of Justice, to look at all the allegations that the House Judiciary Committee members sent to us and we’re conducting that investigation,’ Sessions said in an interview Wednesday.

“What’s surprising is how quiet it’s been. Why is this investigation, which in our opinion is far more important than the ongoing marathon investigation of the Trump campaign for alleged “collusion” with Russia, being conducted on such a low-key level?

American Thinker founder and editor Thomas Lifson may be on to something when he says, “it is better for the DOJ to be quiet about its investigations.” Sessions is a careful man, someone who doesn’t like to make noise or make waves. Appointing a special counsel, with all the attendant political hoopla and debate, would have defeated that goal. . .”

Sari Horwitz & Devlin Barrett, WaPo/Greensboro: “Mueller gathers evidence that 2017 Seychelles meeting was effort to establish back channel to Kremlin”

“Special counsel Robert Mueller has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in the Seychelles just before the inauguration of Donald Trump was an effort to establish a back channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin – apparently contradicting statements made to lawmakers by one of its participants, according to people familiar with the matter.

In January 2017, Erik Prince, the founder of the private security company Blackwater, met with a Russian official close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and later described the meeting to congressional investigators as a chance encounter that was not a planned discussion of U.S.-Russia relations.

A witness cooperating with Mueller has told investigators the meeting was set up in advance so that a representative of the Trump transition could meet with an emissary from Moscow to discuss future relations between the countries, according to the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.

George Nader, a Lebanese American businessman who helped organize and attended the Seychelles meeting, has testified on the matter before a grand jury gathering evidence about discussions between the Trump transition team and emissaries of the Kremlin, as part of Mueller’s investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. . .”

Francesca Chambers, UK Daily Mail: “Washington in shock after Trump ACCEPTS stunning invitation to meet North Korean despot by May after rogue nation agrees to suspend nuclear and missile tests”

Trump accept Kim Jong-un’s invitation to meet in May says a South Korea official

–  White House confirmed that talks would take place but did not specify time 

–  Neither South Korea’s Chung nor the White House said where a meeting would take place

–  Trump tweeted after announcement that ‘great progress being made’ 

–  Kim has promised to freeze nuclear and ballistic missile tests until after talk 

–  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham warned Kim on Thursday that ‘it will be the end’ of him if he tried to take advantage of Trump 

– Announcement welcomed by leaders in Russia, China, UK and Australia

Natalia Osipova, WSJ: “The 16-Year-Old Russian Who Joined the Anti-Putin Movement”

“Russian high school student Vitaliy Smitienko is too young to vote, but he has vowed to oppose the upcoming elections

“Until last year, 16-year-old Vitaliy Smitienko, a high school student in Moscow, wasn’t interested in politics. But after watching one of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption videos on YouTube, he became an opposition activist.

Fear is the main weapon that the government uses against us. We must not show that it scares us.

“Vitaliy represents part of the new younger generation of activists in Russia who are changing the face of the opposition movement. Now that Mr. Navalny is barred from running in the presidential elections for a criminal conviction that he called politically motivated, these young Russian activists are boycotting the election, even though many of them are still too young to vote.

“This video tells Vitaliy’s story and how he became an activist in Russia, despite the crackdown on critical voices.

“‘Fear is the main weapon that the government uses against us,’ says Vitaliy, ‘we must not show that it scares us.’ . . .”

David Martosko, UK Daily Mail: Trump gets behind Jeff Sessions’ war on California over sanctuary cities as he flames Oakland mayor for tipping off illegal immigrants before ICE raids”

  • Donald Trump backed up the Justice Department’s immigration lawsuit against California on Thursday
  • Also blasted Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for warning illegal immigrants ahead of an ICE sweep last month, helping 85 per cent of targets escape custody
  • DOJ is challenging California laws that bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement
  • California is using ‘powers it doesn’t have to frustrate federal law enforcement’ so I will ‘use every power I have to stop them’ AG Jeff Sessions said Wednesday
  • California’s governor said Sessions was ‘going to war’ against America’s most productive state
  • Trump suggested grants to state and local governments should obligate them to cooperate with federal immigration authorities

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “‘Goldilocks’: February Payrolls Smash Expectations, Soar By 313K But Hourly Earnings Miss”

“There was good and bad news in the just released payrolls report: on one hand, February payrolls soared by a whopping 313K, smashing expectations of 205K, and well above last month’s upward revised 239K (from 200K). This was the biggest monthly increase since October 2015.

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for December was revised up from +160,000 to +175,000, and the change for January was revised up from +200,000 to +239,000. With these revisions, employment gains in December and January combined were 54,000 more than previously reported.

The unemployment rate failed to drop to 4.0% as expected, remaining unchanged at 4.1%.

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “‘The Liberal World Order Is in Jeopardy’: Global Populism Rises to Highest Level since World War II”

“Earlier this week, one of the Obama administration’s top diplomats, Samantha Power, suggested that Russia was responsible for the Italian election outcome, hinting that anyone who dares to highlight the social and economic plight of Europe’s backwaters, and certainly dare to discuss Europe’s “refugee problem”, is a Russian operative. In that case, Deutsche Bank must be the Frankfurt office of the KGB, because in an overnight note, the German lender reported something especially troubling for Europe’s future and viability: populism has risen to the highest level since World War II.

Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy: “Federal court will hold first-ever hearing on climate change science”

“WASHINGTON: A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered parties in a landmark global warming lawsuit to hold what could be the first-ever U.S. court hearing on the science of climate change.

“The proceeding, scheduled for March 21 by U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup, will feature lawyers for Exxon, BP, Chevron and other oil companies pitted against those for San Francisco and Oakland — California cities that have accused fossil fuel interests of covering up their role in contributing to global warming.

“This will be the closest that we have seen to a trial on climate science in the United States, to date,” said Michael Burger, a lawyer who heads the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.

Experts on both sides say Alsup’s call for a climate change “tutorial” is unlike anything they’ve heard of before.

“I don’t know of any judge who has asked for a tutorial like this,” said Steven E. Koonin, a physicist and former Energy Department undersecretary known for his contrarian views on global warming research. ‘I think it is a great idea. Anybody having to make a decision about climate science needs to understand the full spectrum of what we know and what we don’t know.’ . . .”

Tony Newmeyer, WaPo: “The Finance 202: Stocks most vulnerable to Trump tariffs shrug, so far”

President Trump is charging ahead with his proposed steel and aluminum tariffs as only he would: with a flair for the theatrical, an excess of bluster, a dust cloud of uncertainty about the details, and wiggle room to backtrack if necessary, as congressional Republicans wring their hands while showing little interest in mounting a serious challenge to him.

“‘The tariffs, set to take effect in 15 days, mark Trump’s broadest step yet to favor U.S. industries over their foreign competitors, but they stop short of his earlier plan to impose sweeping tariffs that would have hit U.S. allies and rivals alike,’ The Washington Post’s David J. Lynch, Philip Rucker and Erica Werner report‘The tariffs contain an initial exemption for Canada and Mexico, as the administration seeks broader trade concessions from both countries as it renegotiates the North American Free Trade AgreementAnd Trump is opening the door to exemptions for other countries as well, saying he will consider exemptions for other allies that change their trade policies with the United States.’ . . .”

Jazmine Ulloa and Liam Dillon, LATimes: California leaders rebuke Sessions as ‘going to war’ over state immigration policy”

“A long-simmering battle between the Trump administration and California over immigration boiled over Wednesday, with Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions deriding the state’s ‘irrational, unfair and unconstitutional policies’ and Gov. Jerry Brown accusing the federal government of launching ‘a reign of terror.’

“‘This is basically going to war against the state of California,’ Brown declared.

“As the Justice Department formally filed a legal challenge to state immigration laws, Sessions told a gathering of law enforcement officers in Sacramento that California was attempting to keep federal immigration officials from doing their jobs, and he charged Democrats with advancing the political agendas of ‘radical extremists.’. . .”

Read Jeff Sessions’ prepared remarks about California’s ‘sanctuary state’ laws

David French, NRO: “How an Obama-Administration Precedent May Doom California’s Effort to Make itself a ‘Sanctuary State’”

“American political parties have an enduring and deeply cynical love/hate relationship with federalism. When the opposing party occupies the White House, the Founders’ vision of sovereign states and a limited federal government suddenly has an alluring appeal. Retake the White House, and it becomes time for the states to fall into line.

“California progressives have been loving federalism lately. While they’ve pushed through a number of policies specifically designed to fight the Trump administration, few have garnered more headlines than the state’s comprehensive statutory scheme to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The statutes don’t block the federal government from enforcing federal law. They do, however, limit the extent to which federal authorities can depend on California citizens and state officials to affirmatively assist in executing the federal mission.

“So that’s federalism, right? While it’s clear that states can’t nullify federal laws, in the absence of conflicting federal statutes, can’t California enact immigration policies that advance its own, unique state interests?

“It appears not. Ironically enough, thanks to a determined litigation effort by Obama’s Department of Justice, progressives handed the Trump administration a legal club that will likely beat down California’s attempt to go its own way: A Supreme Court precedent. And yesterday, the Trump DOJ picked up that club, suing California to block its new statutes.

You see, way back in 2012 the two parties had very different views of federalism. The GOP wanted to dissent from Obama’s immigration policies, and the Obama administration very much wanted to impose its own version of uniform, national rule. The state of Arizona, facing multiple challenges from a swelling illegal-immigrant population, enacted a statute that essentially created enhanced penalties for illegal immigration and granted state officials new powers to enforce existing federal law.

“In other words, it was the mirror image of the California effort. Arizona’s statute didn’t conflict with federal law; it was just different from federal law, reflecting the state’s sovereign priorities. The Obama administration sued, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court. On June 25, 2012, the Court struck down the key provisions of the Arizona law. Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion, and it was sweeping in its language and scope.

Essentially, Kennedy ruled that Congress — through its comprehensive statutory scheme — had “occupied the field” of alien registration and thus ‘even complementary state regulation is impermissible.’ (Emphasis added.) This so-called ‘field preemption’ reflects ‘a congressional decision to foreclose any state regulation in the area [preempted], even if it is parallel to federal standards.’ After waxing eloquent about the importance of immigration in the American national story, Kennedy’s opinion goes on to conclude that “Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration . . . but the State may not pursue policies that undermine federal law. . .”


Hannity: Josh Umber Site

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

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


Mark Levin, 03-08-18

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The Democrats and the media want you to focus on Roberts Mueller’s investigation into a meeting that Erik Prince had with the Russians in January 2017, but that’s not the story. The story is that Prince, an American citizen, was spied on by the Obama administration 9 days before Trump’s inauguration for no reason and then leaked his name to the media. There is no justification for spying on people related to Trump’s campaign and it’s a disgrace that the media is protecting Obama’s spying.

“Do you realize how remarkable it is that Trump is President? FBI resources, the Obama White House, the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC all conspired to destroy Trump and the people around him. This is why there needs to be another special council appointed. “Later, people who previously were proud capitalists have decided that Bernie Sanders and Herbert Hoover were right on tariffs. How can they embrace tariffs under Trump but rejected them under Obama? These Republicans supporting this are not standing for the little guy anymore because these are taxes on us.

“Finally, South Korea had a major announcement that Kim Jong Un wants to meet with Trump and prepare to denuclearize. North Korea has spent decades perfecting their ICBM’s and nuclear warheads. Why all of a sudden does he want to talk to Trump? Do you think, with China’s assistance, that North Korea is trying to play this administration into one more deal? Right now we have to be skeptical about Kim Jong Un.”

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Dead Cats: Tariffs?, 03/07/18, (29)31, James Brody

Nor’Easter #2

Hanson – Trump Syndromes.

SECOND AMENDMENT: Cullen – 20 yo sues Dick’s & Walmart.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber site

LEADS: Pugh – More Soros mischief; Durden – NKor ready to talk; Trump approved to end DACA; Mason – Nunberg defies Mueller; Kraychik – Prager & Left Nazism; Hayward – Carrier visits Vietnam; Foreign Policy – She’s gotta be 15 in France.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 03-05-18; Churchill show times.

WEATHER: Winter Storm Quinn to Batter the Northeast with Heavy Snow; Winter Storm Warnings from Pennsylvania to Maine”

“For the second time in less than a week, a nor’easter will slam the East Coast.

This storm, however, will be much snowier along the I-95 corridor, including the Boston – New York City corridor.

“Poor commuting conditions are expected Wednesday in much of the Northeast, and once again Thursday in New England.

“The combination of heavy snow and strong winds may lead to additional tree damage and power outages.

“Some minor coastal flooding is also possible along parts of the Eastern Seaboard.”

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Trump Syndromes”

“. . . First, Trump supposedly has no shame. The traditional leftist use of invectives such as ‘racist,’ ‘sexist,’ ‘homophobe,’ and ‘nativist’ appears to have had little effect on Trump — as it seems to have done on McCain (who in 2008 ruled out attacks on Obama’s personal pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright) and Romney (who passed on standing down debate moderator and rank partisan Candy Crowley).

“More likely, smearing Trump only energizes him to become even more combative and uncouth. In the past, when a progressive tagged a Republican politician as some sort of irredeemable or deplorable bigot, he often inched left in search of penance or to preempt further attacks.

“Trump seems to enjoy the tumult, on the strange principle that only fire can tamp down the bias and unprofessionalism of a mostly pampered and overrated media. Does he do so by diminishing the aura and grandeur of the presidency, at least as the office is traditionally defined? Maybe, but half the country is likely to think ‘How dare the media smear the president?’ rather than ‘How dare the president of these United States stoop to reply in kind to petty CNN reporters?’

“Second, of course, Trump is politically dangerous to progressivism. In military terms, he is a strategic B-52 on a deep mission. Trump targets the enemy’s homeland, even as his opponents’ far-flung and attenuated expeditionary armies bog down abroad.

“The Obama era gave us the conventional banality that ‘demography is destiny.’ A supposedly 67 percent so-called white population would inevitably shrink into electoral insignificance, gnashing its teeth in its ‘white privilege’ irrelevance.

“All who declared themselves nonwhite (to the extent that is still possible in a racially mixed, intermarried, often assimilated and integrated America) would grow in number. And they would purportedly vote in accordance with their perceived appearances and tribal affiliations. That calculus would inevitably mean that states such as Georgia and Arizona would soon follow the paradigm of California, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico: They’d flip blue.

“Democrats accordingly pushed open borders and identity politics to ensure such an electoral utopia. But Trump overflew them and start bombing Democratic strongholds to the rear in more important swing states: Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

“By emphasizing class more than race, Trumpism itself was a potentially more dynamic idea than proportional representation on the basis of superficial appearance. When a Latino landscaper, poor white machinist, or inner-city African-American clerk considers voting for Trump (if as much for cultural or protest reasons as from empathy for his person or approval of his message), he subverts some of the basis of the present progressive party — a pyramid of enlightened elites at the top adjudicating what is necessary for a broad foundation at the bottom, made up of nonwhites and the supposedly dependent poor. It does not take much of a defection of minority and poor voters to weaken the progressive project, when the percentages of white and working-class voters alienated from it are so large.

“Equally explosive is the syndrome in which middle-class moderates and independents are tired of being damned as privileged and biased, on the basis of their appearance — often by those who enjoy far more privilege and exhibit far more bias. . .”


Terence Cullen, NY Daily News: “Oregon man, 20, sues Dick’s and Walmart for raising the age on rifle sales”

“A 20-year-old Oregon man is suing Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart over the retailers’ new age policies for gun sales.

The legal action is believed to be the first since both stores decided to no longer sell firearms to anyone younger than 21 in the wake of the deadly Parkland high school shooting.

Tyler Watson claims he was discriminated against when going to buy a rifle in late February and early March.

He first tried to buy a .22-caliber Ruger rifle on Feb. 24 from a Field & Stream store, which is a Dick’s subsidiary.

Several days later, Dick’s announced it wouldn’t sell to anyone under 21, which appears to have hindered the sale.

“He was really just trying to buy a rifle,” attorney Max Whittington told the Oregonian. “He didn’t know about the policy when he went into” the store.

Dick’s and Walmart, which later announced the same policy, raised the age after gunman Nikolas Cruz reportedly stocked up a trove of guns in the year before he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.


Hannity: Josh Umber Site

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

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


Tony Pugh, McClatchy: “George Soros-backed ACLU investing in district attorney races as path to criminal justice reform”

WASHINGTON “The American Civil Liberties Union, backed by millions in funding from billionaire Democratic donor George Soros, is investing resources and applying organizational muscle in local district attorney races in 2018.

“The ACLU is among a variety of organizations working to elect prosecutors willing to jumpstart a laundry list of criminal justice reforms, including an overhaul of the pretrial bail bond system. It received a $50 million grant from Soros’ Open Society Foundations in 2014.

“Now, in this year’s elections, the organization is planning voter education and outreach campaigns in district attorney races in California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Vermont and possibly North Carolina and Missouri.

“The group hasn’t determined which local races will be targeted, but it will focus on contests in big cities with large jail populations that feed the state prison system, said Taylor Pendergrass, senior campaign strategist for the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice. More than 1,000 local prosecutors are up for election in November, according to the group . . .”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Breakthrough: North Korea Ready to Denuclearize ‘If Regime Safety Is Guaranteed’”

“Score another diplomatic victory for Trump, whose hard line negotiating tactic appears to have generated a dramatic – and favorable for market – outcome. Moments ago futures spiked, 10Y yields jumped and the USDJPY bounced about 106 on what the FT dubbed a ‘diplomatic breakthrough’ that North and South Korea have agreed to hold direct talks between their leaders with North Korea signalling it is willing to abandon its nuclear program “if regime security can be guaranteed.




“The headlines come from South Korean National Security Office special envoy Chung Eui-yong, who is speaking to reporters in Seoul after returning from Pyongyang. Remember he and another envoy, National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Monday. Chung confirms that North Korea is indeed ready to stop the jawboning and negotiate:

  • Kim Jong Un open to frank talks with U.S. for denuclearization: Chung
  • North Korea to suspend provocations during talks: Chung
  • Promises not to use any weapons against South Korea: Chung

“Next step: a summit in April between the two neighbors where details will be ironed out: ‘North Korea, South Korea agree to hold summit in April,’ Chung says. Pyongyang vowed not to test any ballistic missiles or make further provocations during talks, according Chung clarified. . .”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Federal Judge Says Trump Within His Authority To End DACA”

Moments ago, president Trump tweeted “Federal Judge in Maryland has just ruled that “President Trump has the right to end DACA.” President Obama had 8 years to fix this problem, and didn’t. I am waiting for the Dems, they are running for the hills!”

What he was referring to is that on Monday, a Maryland federal judge gave the Trump administration a win over a lawsuit challenging the DOJ’s ability to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Judge Roger W. Titus ruled that Trump had the legal authority to rescind the executive order former President Obama announced in 2012. The order – designed to protect illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors – was rescinded by Trump for a period of six months until Congress could find a more permanent solution.

“This decision took control of a pell-mell situation and provided Congress — the branch of government charged with determining immigration policy — an opportunity to remedy it. Given the reasonable belief that DACA was unlawful, the decision to wind down DACA in an orderly manner was rational,” wrote Judge Titus, adding “As disheartening or inappropriate as the president’s occasionally disparaging remarks may be, they are not relevant to the larger issues governing the DACA rescission. The DACA Rescission Memo is clear as to its purpose and reasoning, and its decision is rationally supported by the administrative record.”

Ian Mason, Breitbart: “The Full Nunberg: Ex-Trump Aide Defies Mueller in Media Tirade”

“Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg had a full day of media availability Monday after a grand jury working under Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoened him.

“Nunberg gave a series of interviews claiming he would refuse to cooperate – leaving some, like FOX Business’s Charlie Gasparino, asking if he was “of sound mind.”

“The Washington, DC, grand jury empaneled by Mueller sent Nunberg, one of President Donald Trump’s earliest enlisted – and earliest dismissed – campaign aides, a detailed subpoena over the weekend.

“It requested his complete communications with the president himself, ex-Breitbart News Executive Chairman and Trump campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon, one-time campaign chairman Corey Lewandowski, Roger Stone, Carter Page, recently resigned White House Communications director Hope Hicks, and several other close Trump campaign confidants – as well as Nunberg’s presence in Washington on Friday to answer questions before the grand jury.

“Rather than quietly comply – as is the typical reaction to receiving a federal grand jury’s legally-binding summons – Nunberg leaked the substantive part of his subpoena to the Washington Post and embarking on a whirlwind media tour, proclaiming that he will not cooperate.

“‘I think it would be funny if they arrested me,’ Nunberg told MSNBC’s Katy Tur when asked if he feared contempt charges or arrest, adding later, ‘I think my lawyer’s gonna dump me’ and ‘I’m not gonna go to jail.’”

Robert Kraychik, Breitbart: “Dennis Prager: ‘The Left Is the Most Racist Movement Since the Nazis’”

‘. . . Schumer further advocated for the implementation of racial and ethnic quotas within federal judicial nominations. Merit should be subverted in pursuit of “diversity,” he suggested, calling for the nomination of more female and “non-white” nominees on the basis of sex, race, and ethnicity. The federal judiciary should “[start] looking a lot more like the America it represents,” said Schumer during a Wednesday Senate session:

‘The nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum speaks to the overall lack of diversity in President Trump’s selection for the Federal judiciary. Mr. Quattlebaum replaces not one but two scuttled Obama nominees who were African American. As of February 14, 83 percent of President Trump’s confirmed nominees were male; 92 percent were White. That represents the lowest share of non-White candidates in three decades.

‘It is long past time that the judiciary starts looking a lot more like the America it represents. Having a diversity of views and experience on the Federal bench is necessary for the equal administration of justice. After years of improvement, the Trump administration, as in so many other areas, is taking a giant step backward–this time, when it comes to the diversity of their nominations. I will be voting no on the Quattlebaum nomination.

“Following Schumer’s quota-based logic, Prager asked if the share of Jews within the judiciary should be reduced in pursuit of proportionate ethnic representation . . .”

John Hayward, Breitbart: “U.S. Aircraft Carrier Visits Vietnam, Sends Message to China”

“The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson docked in Danang on Monday, marking the first visit by an American aircraft carrier to Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

The port call is seen as both a landmark in evolving U.S.-Vietnam relations and a strong message to China, which is taking aggressive action to seize control over the entire South China Sea.

“Our nations’ relationship has reached new heights in the past few years, and the USS Carl Vinson‘s port visit to Vietnam is a reflection of that,” said U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift.

“U.S. military and administration officials presented the visit as a ‘routine’ affair that would help build ‘people to people connections,’ as Lt. Commander Tim Hawkins told journalists visiting USS Carl Vinson. He stressed engagements with Vietnamese experts in engineering, medicine, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief, and looked forward to ‘cultural exchanges’ involving food and the local lifestyle. . .”

Foreign Policy, 3/6/18: “France Will Set 15 as Age of Sexual Consent”

A Soros project? . . . . or a favor to Polanski?

“Top News: Following two cases of sex involving 11-year-old girls, France’s equality minister, Marlène Schiappa, said the country will make 15 the age of sexual consent.

“Under current French law, a sexual act with a child under the age of 15 can be prosecuted as a sexual offense, but rape charges must include proof that sex was forced, even if the alleged victim is a pre-teen. Critics contend that French laws recently allowed two men to escape rape charges. In November, a 30-year-old man was acquitted of raping an 11-year-old girl; last month, a man in his late 20s went on trial not for rape, but for ‘sexual abuse of a minor under 15’ (she was also 11).

“Lawmakers and advocates have since argued that France should have a minimum age of consent. Recommended ages ranged from 13 to 15. . .” Schiappa said she was “very glad” the government had chosen 15. . .”


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