Steve Scalise “serious” but not “critical;” HANSON – DJT’s way out; RUSHBO – Trump stars; RUSHBO – Boos at the game.
LEADS: GLICK – RIP; DARWISH – Muslim women; BOLTON & ELIS – Cancel August?; CARNEY – Lynch’s turn; MARK LEVIN 6-16-17.
RECOMMENDED: WILLIAMSON – A century of brutality; WALTER E. WILLIAMS – Erase the past; TYLER DURDEN – ZeroHedge.
Steve Scalise: Morning Joe 6/19/17
“Steve Scalise’s condition upgraded to serious. The condition of Rep. Steve Scalise is now listed as serious but not critical. He spent the weekend watching college sports.”
Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness: Trump’s Way Out of the Progressive Labyrinth”
“In every single week of the Trump presidency, the investigators and attorneys of FBI Director James Comey or, subsequently, of special counsel Robert Mueller, have leaked information that President Donald Trump was under investigation for either colluding with the Russians or obstructing justice—allegations so far without any substantiating evidence.
“In the case of Comey, we now know that his office or sympathetic third-parties leaked to the press false stories that Trump was under FBI investigation at precisely the time that the careerist Comey was privately reassuring the president himself that he was in fact not being investigated.
“The appointment of Mueller was a concession to opposition demands that Trump appoint a Lawrence Walsh-type Special Prosecutor. The Comey-Mueller investigations and leaks occur simultaneously with House Intelligence member Adam Schiff’s passive-aggressive and often pompous announcements of evidence of Russian collusion—including raising the specter of a Grand Jury investigation—that are never followed by any evidence.
“Since January 2017, the Congress ceased being a legislative body. It is now a Star-chamber court determined to decapitate the presidency. . .”
“Never in the history of the republic have there been so many legislative and political simultaneous efforts to 1) sabotage the Electoral College, 2) sue to overturn the presidential vote in key swing states, 3) boycott the Inauguration, 4) systematically block presidential appointments, 5) surveille, unmask, and leak classified or privileged information about the elected president, 6) nullify federal law at the state and local level, 7) sue to remove the president by invoking the Emoluments Clause, 8) declare Trump unfit under the 25th Amendments, 9) demand recusals from his top aides, 10) cherry-pick sympathetic judges to block presidential executive orders, 11) have a prior administration’s residual appointees subvert their successor, and 12) promise impending impeachment.
“And that is only the political effort to remove the president. . .”
Rushbo: Trump Stars
“. . . People are reacting to the media. People are reacting to the independent counsel and all of the congressional investigations, the never-ending, oppressive, try-to-destroy-him coverage of Trump. Then we have the mainstream liberal Democrat shooting up the Republican congressional baseball team at practice earlier this week. And I understand the sentiment.
“People ask me every day, ‘Rush, how long can this go on? Rush, come on. When are the Republicans gonna fight back? Rush, come on. This just can’t keep happening like this. Never seen anything like this.’ I understand the sentiment, folks, but I have a different take.
“Here we are on June the 16th, 2017. This is an anniversary. Do you know what it is the anniversary of? I’m getting blank stares from the other side of the glass. I’ll give you a hint. It’s a two-year anniversary. That’s right. This is the two-year anniversary that Donald Trump and Melania took the escalator down at Trump Tower and Trump made his famous ‘I’m running for the presidency’ announcement, for which learned appellate courts are still using in their rulings on his executive orders.
“Now, let’s look at something, just put it in a little bit of perspective here. For two years, the past two years, not just since Trump was elected and not just since Trump got the nomination, for the past two years the entire media-Democrat complex, and for a period of this you have to include the Republicans in it — in fact, you might still say the Republicans are part of this complex that has spent millions of dollars and countless hours to investigate Donald Trump.
“They have turned over every rock. They have dug as deep as they can. They have used anonymous sources from the deep state. They have made things up. They have even gone so far as to destroy the credibility of their own industries by creating fake news in their effort to get rid of Donald Trump, to produce some information. Some damning evidence of a crime that would have enabled them, A, to deny him the nomination. And after that failed, then to deny him the election. And then after that failed, then to deny him being inaugurated. And then after that failed, now to try to force him out of office.
“To the media-political complex, which we would have to say includes Hollywood and publishing, and of course the media and much of entertainment pop culture, Donald Trump is a nightmare who has come to life. He is a Frankenstein. He is a monster. He is, in their minds, everything they say they detest about human beings.
“The left is not crazy about human beings to begin with. And I don’t say that to try to be funny, or I’m not even exaggerating. They think that many of the problems that exist on planet Earth would not exist if human beings were extinct. So their starting point is to be angry and enraged constantly and to blame human beings. And in the process they create all these negative characteristics about human beings that they blame and detest. Donald Trump has them all.
“In their mind, Donald Trump epitomizes, he encompasses every horrible, rotten, despicable characteristic of human beings. And he beat them. He won the most powerful office in the land. As such, not only did Donald Trump become the president, Donald Trump became the biggest star in the United States. He’s also a star, folks. Do not think that he’s just the president. He is a star. He’s the biggest star. Stars are not always universally loved.
“Trump loves being a star, by the way. It’s one of his earliest objectives, and he has accomplished reaching the pinnacle of stardom. The pinnacle of stardom would be name recognition and everybody in addition to knowing who you are, having an opinion of you. To be obsessed with you, to be consumed by you, Donald Trump has achieved all of this and more by defeating a large group of professionals who hate him, who despise him, who have used every weapon in their arsenal to destroy him. And they have failed.
“To date, they have failed. Trump has become bigger than they ever imagined. . .”
Rushbo: “Civility? Democrat Congressional Staffers Boo Trump Video at Baseball Game”
“RUSH: So you know I got some snarky comments in the email. “You said there was no unity at the baseball game. There was. There was unity. I saw it, and you shouldn’t mislead people like that.” Washington Times: “Dozens of Congressional Staffers Erupted Into Boos, Jeers, and Even Vulgar Gesticulations.” You know what that means, in Rio Linda? Gesticulations — well, vulgar — yeah, okay. That all happened when President Trump appeared in a video at the congressional baseball game.
“(laughing) It was working. They were succeeding in putting together this phony kumbaya unity situation, and then they had to ruin it by putting a video of Trump on the scoreboard, and Democrat congressional staffers couldn’t stop themselves. They started booing, they started hissing, and they started making obscene gestures, obscene, vulgar gesticulations, blowing the cover of the attempted unity.
“And Trump was delivering a message of unity. Even some fans in the stands were not having it. One of the fans shouted an expletive at the video screen as Trump was telling the fans, “We are showing the world we will not be intimidated by threats.” He’s driving them all crazy.
“I don’t know about you, folks, I kind of love liberals going crazy every day. I love it. I know some of you get mad at it, and I do too at times. And you wish that somebody call ’em out on it, they wouldn’t get away with it or whatever. But I love it when they lose their minds.
I love it when they make fools of themselves. And make no mistake, that is happening. They do not represent the majority of voters in this country by a mile. They are in the minority, these people, and I think it’s something that they may not be consciously aware of, but they know it, and that bothers them too.”
Caroline Glick, RCP: “Burying Obama’s Legacy”
“It may very well be that this week was the week that Israel and the US put to rest former president Barack Obama’s policies and positions on Israel and the Palestinians.
“If so, the move was made despite the best efforts of Obama’s team to convince the Trump administration to maintain them.
“. . . The article series is predicated on the assumption that Kerry and his team were on the precipice of a historic breakthrough between PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. But a close reading of the documents shows that the opposite was the case.
“There are two reasons that Kerry had no prospects for reaching a deal.
“First, he, Obama and their advisers were too hostile to Israel and its citizens to ever convince Netanyahu that Israel’s interests would be secured.
“A February 2014 draft framework agreement, which was based on conversations Kerry and his team held with Netanyahu and his advisers, makes this clear. The draft includes Netanyahu’s demand that Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria not annexed to Israel would remain “in place” after the implementation of a peace deal, and presumably, become towns in the future Palestinian state.
“In other words, Netanyahu demanded that the Israelis in Judea and Samaria whose towns would be located in the territory of “Palestine” would enjoy the same rights and protections as Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy.
“Kerry and his team would have none of it. The February draft agreement notes, “[US] negotiators need to check with PM [Netanyahu] on whether he wants to [maintain this position]… They believe that if so, he will push strongly for ‘in place.’ ‘In place’ is inconsistent with US policy and therefore unacceptable to us as well as the Palestinians.”
“In other words, the position of the Obama administration was that all Israelis living in areas that would become part of the Palestinian state must be forcibly removed from their homes and communities. . .”
“The Joys of Muslim Women”: Nonie Darwish
Another possibility: men and women choose mates with similar traits. That is, smart people tend to marry other smart people. The average IQ in Israel is more than 110; in Palestine – 65-80. She will be less of a scholar and have more problems with planning and impulse control. A Muslim woman may benefit from the protection, food, and supervision that she gets from males and consider herself of less value if she doesn’t get it. . .
“In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old
and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by 9.
“The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave)
and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.
“Even though a woman is abused she cannot obtain a divorce.
“To prove rape, the woman must have four (4) male witnesses.
“Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family
must return the dowry. The family then has the right to execute her (an “honor” killing)
to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives ‘at will’
and do not have to say why he has beaten her.
“The husband is permitted to have four wives plus a temporary wife
for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.
“The Sharia Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.
In the Western World (Canada, Australia, Britain and the United States) Muslim men are starting to demand Sharia Law so the wife cannot obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American, Canadian and British Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Sharia law. . . “
Alexander Bolton & Niv Elis, The Hill: “GOP considers cancelling August recess to salvage agenda”
“Alarmed by the stalemate on healthcare reform, lack of progress on tax reform and appropriations bills that are far behind schedule, Republican lawmakers across Congress are increasingly willing to consider cancelling the month-long August recess.
“Senate Republican negotiators reported that they are not close to a deal on healthcare reform and that scheduling a vote by July 4, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has pushed, is likely unrealistic.
“That impasse has held up work on a budget resolution, which is necessary to move tax reform and the annual appropriations bills.
“Once Republicans vote on a budget resolution for 2018, it will wipe out the special vehicle they plan to use to pass healthcare reform with a simple majority vote — a vehicle that was set up by the budget resolution for 2017.
“Lawmakers calculate there are only 45 legislative days until the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. . .”
Jordain Carney, The Hill: “Senate GOP shifts focus to Lynch”
“. . . Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are seizing on Comey’s testimony earlier this month that he was concerned over the former attorney general telling the FBI to refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter,” which resembled the Clinton campaign line.
“The move could allow Republicans to attempt to pivot away from the investigation into Russia’s election meddling — which top GOP lawmakers have signaled belongs to the Intelligence Committee — and focus on Lynch, who has long been a target of Republicans.
“Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican who is a member of both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, said it ‘would be very helpful’ for Lynch to testify before the Judiciary panel, which oversees the Justice Department.
“Frankly a lot of what Hillary Clinton was exposed to by Director Comey’s misconduct and the way he handled that was apparently in response to his lack of confidence in the attorney general, and I think there is a lot we could learn from that,” Cornyn said.
“Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also wants to hear from Lynch and is pushing for the Judiciary Committee to ‘get more involved.’
“The accusations now that … the current and former attorney general were political – that has nothing to do with Russia as much as it has to do with how the Department of Justice is being run,” he said. ‘I want to find out all about that.’ . . .”
Mark Levin (06-16- 17)
“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Robert Mueller should step down as special prosecutor because of his conflicts of interest. The Deputy Attorney General has already demonstrated poor judgement in selecting Mueller, a friend of James Comey. Comey who was unethical in releasing a memo on a meeting with President Trump, said his goal was to have a Special Counsel appointed. Comey and Mueller have worked together in the Bush administration and are also close personal friends. Their families have had picnics, and had vacations together. Mueller cannot possibly be partial here and is anything but independent. In addition, Mueller has brought in attorneys to help investigate and some have donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other Democrat campaigns.
“Also, thanks to Comey, the Russian investigation went from a counter intelligence investigation to a criminal investigation. Yet Comey, nicely and neatly closed the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information.
In addition how is Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill Clinton on the tarmac not obstruction of justice? How come Comey never kept any notes on Loretta Lynch, yet he kept notes on Trump?Lynch should be the one who should have a special prosecutor investigate her, not Trump.
“Later, if Trump doesn’t defend himself, what other Republican in Congress will? The left is not used to a Republican fighting back. The idea is that if you will only shut up after being attacked, somehow you won’t feed the Iron Triangle. The Iron triangle doesn’t need to be fed but is out for the throat of the President. From the Courts to Congress, to the media and now the Justice Department, Trump has no choice to defend himself.
“After that, Trump has dropped some parts of the agreement with Cuba that Barack Obama made with Raul Castro. Trump put a ban on commercial dealings with Cuba’s military, but Obama’s established diplomatic ties, American embassy in Cuban and other policies will remain in place. Why is our embassy in Cuba’s capital yet not in Israel’s Capital of Jerusalem?
“Finally, James Hodgkinson, the shooter who attempted the assassination of Steve Scalise and other Republicans had a list of Republican names found on his body. Some of the members were members of the Freedom Caucus, a conservative caucus which is despised and often attacked.”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Planned Parenthood’s Century of Brutality”
“It is functioning today as its eugenics-obsessed founders intended. Infanticide did not go out of fashion with the advance from savagery to barbarism and civilization. Rather, it became, as in Greece and Rome, a recognized custom with advocates among leaders of thought and action. — Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race
“. . . The birth-control movement of the Progressive era is where crude racism met its genteel intellectual cousin: Birth Control Review, the in-house journal of Planned Parenthood’s predecessor organization, published a review, by the socialist intellectual Havelock Ellis, of Lothrop Stoddard’s The Rising Tide of Color against White World Supremacy. Ellis was an important figure in Sanger’s intellectual development and wrote the introduction to her Woman and the New Race; Stoddard was a popular birth-control advocate whose intellectual contributions included lending to the Nazi racial theorists the term ‘untermensch’ as well as developing a great deal of their theoretical framework: He fretted about ‘imperfectly Nordicized Alpines’ and such. Like the other eugenics-minded progressives of his time, he saw birth control and immigration as inescapably linked issues.
Stoddard’s views were so ordinary a part of the mainstream of American intellectual discourse at the time that F. Scott Fitzgerald could refer to his work in The Great Gatsby without fearing that general readers would be mystified by the reference. What did Stoddard want? “We want above all things,” he wrote,
‘to preserve America. But “America,” as we have already seen, is not a mere geographical expression; it is a nation, whose foundations were laid over three hundred years ago by Anglo-Saxon Nordics, and whose nationhood is due almost exclusively to people of North European stock — not only the old colonists and their descendants but also many millions of North Europeans who have entered the country since colonial times and who have for the most part been thoroughly assimilated. Despite the recent influx of alien elements, therefore, the American people is still predominantly a blend of closely related North European strains, and the fabric of American life is fundamentally their creation.’
“Yesterday’s scientific progressives are today’s romantic reactionaries. . .”
Replay: Walter E. Williams, Creators: “Rewriting American History”
HT: Red Eye
“George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history. Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and execution.
“Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee monument removed last month. Former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton wanted the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, removed from the city park. In Richmond, Virginia, there have been calls for the removal of the Monument Avenue statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. It’s not only Confederate statues that have come under attack. Just by having the name of a Confederate, such as J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia, brings up calls for a name change. These history rewriters have enjoyed nearly total success in getting the Confederate flag removed from state capitol grounds and other public places.
“Slavery is an undeniable fact of our history. The costly war fought to end it is also a part of the nation’s history. Neither will go away through cultural cleansing. Removing statues of Confederates and renaming buildings are just a small part of the true agenda of America’s leftists. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and there’s a monument that bears his name — the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. George Washington also owned slaves, and there’s a monument to him, as well — the Washington Monument in Washington. Will the people who call for removal of statues in New Orleans and Richmond also call for the removal of the Washington, D.C., monuments honoring slaveholders Jefferson and Washington? Will the people demanding a change in the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School also demand that the name of the nation’s capital be changed?
“These leftists might demand that the name of my place of work — George Mason University — be changed. Even though Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a part of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, he owned slaves. Not too far from my university is James Madison University. Will its name be changed? Even though Madison is hailed as the ‘Father of the Constitution,’ he did own slaves.
“Rewriting American history is going to be challenging. Just imagine the task of purifying the nation’s currency. Slave owner George Washington’s picture graces the $1 bill. Slave owner Thomas Jefferson’s picture is on the $2 bill. Slave-owning Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s picture is on our $50 bill. Benjamin Franklin’s picture is on the $100 bill.
“The challenges of rewriting American history are endless, going beyond relatively trivial challenges such as finding new pictures for our currency. At least half of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were slave owners. Also consider that roughly half of the 55 delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia were slave owners. Do those facts invalidate the U.S. Constitution, and would the history rewriters want us to convene a new convention to purge and purify our Constitution?
“The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal, they move their agenda to something else. If we Americans give them an inch, they’ll take a yard. So I say, don’t give them an inch in the first place. The hate-America types use every tool at their disposal to achieve their agenda of discrediting and demeaning our history. Our history of slavery is simply a convenient tool to further their cause.”