McCarthy – Mueller Step One?; Guelzo – College a trade school; Guelzo – The South won?; Davidson – Progressivism; Levin – Liberal elite.
HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.
TRUMP: Drudge Links 8-7-17.
LEADS: Ledeen – McMaster; Edelman – Sanctuaries; Phillips – Crocodiles; Devlin – Revenge & NKor; Heller- Bibi charged; DailyMail – Trump to drop Paris climate agreement; Durden – Lynch use of alias; Durden – McMaster’s “preventive war”; Kredo – Sam Power revelations.
RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (08-04-17);
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Is Mueller’s Grand Jury Impeachment Step One?
“It’s a long way from here to there, but don’t be surprised if that’s where we’re headed.
“The principal function of a federal grand jury is to investigate a suspected crime with an eye toward returning an indictment — a formal accusation of felony misconduct. In the alternative, a grand jury may file a “no true bill,” a formal finding that the prosecutor failed to show probable cause that the subject of the investigation committed a crime.
“Sometimes, however, to vote yea or nay on a proposed indictment is not the grand jury’s only option. In certain situations, federal law authorizes a grand jury to file a report detailing its findings, even if criminal charges are not forthcoming. One such situation involves investigations of public officials. Instead of returning an indictment, a grand jury may issue a report that recommends an official’s removal from office.
“These columns have lamented the Justice Department’s assignment of a prosecutor to investigate the president without specifying a crime or the factual basis for a criminal investigation. We’ve also observed that no indictable crime is required to trigger impeachment proceedings. Neither, we now note, is a provable crime a prerequisite for the issuance of a grand-jury report.
“Thus, the question arises: Is Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s impaneling of a new grand jury in Washington step one in the impeachment of President Donald Trump?
Allen Guelzo, WSJ: “College Is Trade School for the Elite”
“Even education in the humanities has become vocationalized, though the transformation is subtle
“Donald J. Trump has a degree from an Ivy League university—my alma mater, in fact—but he is not one of the Ivies’ admirers. “We must embrace new and effective job-training approaches, including online courses, high school curricula, and private-sector investment that prepare people for trade, manufacturing, technology and other really well-paying jobs and careers,” the president declared in March. “These kinds of options can be a positive alternative to a four-year degree.”
“If ever an issue seemed assured of bipartisan support, you’d think it would be an initiative that helps connect workers with work. But up went the howls of injury anyway. ‘I’m worried that the idea of vocational education has become so popular,’ wrote David Leonhardt of the New York Times . ‘We shouldn’t be promoting vocational education at the expense of general education.’ Instead, ‘expanding the number of four-year college graduates also deserves to be a national priority.’
“Maybe. . . .”
Allen Guelzo, USA Today: “What if the South had won the Civil War? Four sci-fi scenarios for HBO’s ‘Confederate’”
“. . . The general image of the Confederacy in most textbooks is a backwards, agricultural South that really didn’t stand a chance against the industrialized North. But it simply isn’t true that the Confederate South was merely a carpet of cotton plantations, and the North a smoke-blackened vista of factories. Both North and South in 1861 were largely agricultural regions (72% of the congressional districts in the Northern states on the eve of the Civil War were farm-dominated); the real difference was between the Southern plantation and the Northern family farm. Nor did the South lag all that seriously behind the North in industrial capacity. And far from being a Lost Cause, the Confederacy frequently came within an ace of winning its war.
“So, if Benioff and Weiss want to steer their fantasy as close as they can to probable realities, they should consider a few of these scenarios as the possible worlds of Confederate:
Also John Davidson, “The Confederacy Still Lingers Within the Progressivism That Birthed It”
Mark Levin, Daily Signal: “The Liberal Elite Wants to Manage Our Lives. They Must Be Stopped.”
“The civil society predates the constitutional order.
“Its subjugation and transformation by a voracious and an unappeasable administrative state is the true object of the progressive ideologue.
But the purpose of a constitution, or at least the American Constitution, is to secure politically the human harmony within the civil society so that individual liberty, equal justice, and the civil order may be nurtured and maintained.
‘But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.’
In the Declaration of Independence, the Founders proclaimed “[t]hat to secure these [unalienable] rights [to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness], Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
They went on to say what was intolerable.
‘That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.. .”
Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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.
Drudge Links 8/7/17
ORDER COMES TO WEST WING…
Kelly tells staff: Country first!
‘Enemies List’ Drives McMaster-Bannon Feud…
Trump reunites with Sessions…
Justice Dept not looking to charge journalists for leaks…
Pence calls rumors he will run in 2020 ‘absurd’…
Michael Ledeen, PJM: “The McMaster Turmoil”
“H.R. McMaster, currently under attack from conservative critics, is best known for writing a book about the Vietnam War in which he put the blame primarily on the Johnson administration officials, but also excoriated military leaders for failing to challenge policies they knew, or should have known, were misguided. So no one should be surprised that the national security adviser is not inclined to salute and carry out instructions from the Oval Office, but challenges President Trump on matters ranging from personnel decisions to Iran policy.
“The two categories are closely linked, since personnel IS policy, and the ongoing purge of NSC officials clearly contains a political dimension, which has been extensively documented. McMaster has recently fired several senior NSC officials—Rich Higgins, Ezra Cohen and Derek Harvey—who reportedly favored a tougher line on Iran than McMaster does. Their replacements come from the CIA, which traditionally has taken a pessimistic view of chances for changing the nature of the Tehran regime.
“The political conflict extends well beyond the narrow issue of Iran policy. McMaster has instructed his staff to avoid using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” and tried to remove it from the president’s recent speech in Warsaw, Poland (Trump put it back in). According to a recent rumor, the NSC declined to schedule a talk on radical Islamic terrorism by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, one of the country’s most respected authorities, reportedly because one of McMaster’s appointees, Mustafa Javed Ali, accused her of “Islamophobia.” McMaster’s predecessor, General Mike Flynn, advocated waging ideological war against “radical Islamists,” supporting moderate Muslims, and putting the United States firmly behind Muslim governments, such as Indonesia and Egypt, that fought the jihadis. McMaster does not agree. . .”
Adam Edelman, NBC: “Spurred by Trump, States Battle Sanctuary Cities”
“At least 31 states are considering legislation this year that would ban sanctuary policies, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Many of those bills face fervent opposition from mayors and other officials of progressive cities.
“The battle unfolding between state and city lawmakers is largely the result of a broader national question that President Donald Trump has made front and center: How should the government deal with legal and illegal immigration?
“‘Our current immigration laws are outdated and dysfunctional’ and that has resulted in states and cities trying to address immigration issues in competing ways, said Avideh Moussavian, a senior policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center.
“‘Localities know these populations benefit them economically and want to protect them,’ she said, adding that ‘many states tend to think there is some clean and orderly fix, like a ‘ban,’ which is ridiculous.’ . . .”
Melanie Phillips: “THE MOST LETHAL CROCODILE IN THE SWAMP”
Most of them living in the five counties around DC . . . and none of them wanting to give up their kids’ soccer teams by moving back home . . .
“It is blindingly obvious that, ever since Donald J Trump was elected President of the United States, a sustained attempt has been made to delegitimise him and force him out of office. We have now witnessed six months of unremitting attack upon the President, principally centred around the claim that he formed improper relations with Russia in order to skew the election in his favour.
“Not only has no evidence whatsoever been produced of any such collusion, but there has been instead evidence of serial wrongdoing by unnamed actors in the so-called “dark state”, the anonymised infrastructure of officials from the intelligence and security world and permanent staffers in other government departments. These have been unlawfully leaking damaging rumour, innuendo and partial or misleading information into the all-too receptive ears of the mainstream media which, in concert with the Democratic party, are working flat out to get Trump removed from office.
“What we have been witnessing is, in other words, nothing less than a six month-long rolling coup. . .”
Amanda Devlin, UK Sun: “REVENGE WILL BE THOUSAND FOLD’”
“. . . Crackpot leader Kim Jong-un is demanding “justice” over Donald Trump’s attempts to “isolate and stifle” his country with ban on exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood.
“The tough new U.N. sanctions could slash North Korea’s $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.
State-controlled media carried a statement from the North that promised the move would never force the country to negotiate over its nuclear program – or to give up its nuclear drive.
It says it will take “action of justice” but didn’t elaborate.
It’s after US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to apply maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea in a telephone call on Monday.
Aron Heller, AP: “ISRAEL’S NETANYAHU LOOKS TO EXUDE CALM IN FACE OF CHARGES”
“JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s circle attempted to convey calm Sunday amid reports of a slew of corruptions charges against him that threatened to force him from office.
Netanyahu himself did not address the latest developments at his weekly Cabinet meeting, but a close ally said he was relaxed and confident despite reports that police were preparing to recommend he be indicted.
“I am not worried at all. The prime minister is not worried either,” said Sports and Culture Minister Miri Regev, one of the few ministers to rush to Netanyahu’s defense. “As he has said repeatedly: ‘there will be nothing, since there is nothing.’ Part of the media and the opposition are doing everything they can to topple the right and topple Netanyahu
Daily Mail: “Trump administration officially notifies UN that the US intends to pull out of the Paris climate pact – but the earliest America can withdraw is 2019”
HT InfoWars. It can be rough dropping out of a church . . .
– UN received notification US intends to withdraw from Paris Agreement Friday
– But countries can’t withdraw from new international agreements until three years after they go into effect & Paris pact went into effect on November 4, 2016
– State Department said US can officially start withdrawing in November 2019
– But earliest US can be out is Nov 4, 2020 – day after next presidential election
– German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at G20 that US position is ‘regrettable’
– Paris pact aims to prevent Earth from heating up by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Loretta Lynch Communicated With DOJ Officials Using Grandmother’s Name as Alias”
“Loretta Lynch has been busted using an alias to communicate with DOJ officials, per a tweet by Kim Dotcom last night. The revelation comes after internet sleuths sifted through a new release of emails obtained via FOIA request by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) last week (link here to PDF) and found an email from “Elizabeth Carlisle” to colleagues, thanking ‘to all who worked on this.’
“This isn’t the first case of a high level Democrat using an alias. Contained within leaked emails released by Wikileaks during the 2016 election is an email from then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “Dianne Reynolds” – later identified as daughter Chelsea Clinton, from the night of the Benghazi attack. Of note, Hillary tells Chelsea that the attack was conducted by an ‘Al Queda-Like’ group, and not an ‘angry mob’ protesting over an anti-Islam YouTube video, as the Obama administration told the American Public.
“Not only was this top-secret information that Chelsea wasn’t cleared to know, it suggests that high level Democrats and/or their families employed aliases in order to covertly communicate. . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “McMaster: U.S. Preparing for “Preventive War” with North Korea”
“The United States is preparing for all options to counter the growing threat from North Korea, including launching a “preventive war,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster said in an interview that aired Saturday on MSNBC. The comments come after North Korea carried out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the past month and after the president said he has been clear he will not tolerate North Korea’s threats to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons.
“The key excerpts (full transcript) . . .
Washington Free Beacon: “Kredo to Hannity: With Power Revelations, Unmasking ‘Really Becomes a Flashpoint’”
“Washington Free Beacon Senior Writer Adam Kredo made an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show Friday, where he discussed his recent reporting on Samantha Power’s unmasking, as well as firings by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
“On Wednesday, Kredo reported that former Obama Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power “unmasked” — i.e. revealed the names of otherwise anonymous individuals in intelligence transcripts — hundreds of people in the final year of the Obama administration.
Power is not the only Obama administration official to come under scrutiny for unmasking: Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice reportedly also unmasked a number of affiliates of the Trump campaign. . .”
Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com”
Mark Levin (08-04-17)
“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, As special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in the Russia investigation, there is an ongoing coup against President Trump. CNN commentators were dismissive of this argument and labeled Mark a thought leader of the Trump wing of the Republican Party. That is exactly wrong. What’s taking place is coup activity, it’s not about arguing to or for the Trump base. It is the use of the law to destroy the law. It is the use of the law to destroy the constitutional system. This isn’t about Team Red and Team Blue. It’s about Team America. After that, Lindsey Graham doesn’t understand the basics of the Constitution. He has joined with leftists in the Senate to prevent the President from firing Robert Mueller. The President has plenary power over the executive branch and Congress can’t prevent him from firing a subordinate.
“In addition, the ACLU asked the FBI for any documents related to the Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton tarmac meeting in 2016. The FBI under James Comey said they didn’t have any documents at the time, but the current FBI has released some documents. Though they are heavily redacted, they show enough information to display that there is collusion between the media and the left.
“Also, in the first 6 months there have been more leaks than the last 3 years combined. The vast majority of them are obviously people who have a different agenda than Trump. They violate their oaths and federal law to leak national security information and conversations between Trump and foreign leaders. The leakers are at work against the Constitution and the voters. Is this what the framers meant by the first amendment?
Finally, Mike Lee calls in to talk about how the Constitution is being turned inside out. If the Senate was to continue at its current pace of filling Trump’s appointments, they would be completely filled in 11 years.”