CPAC: Starts today!
FBI/GUNS: Brody – Mr. Nick; O’Connor – Gun control; Durden – FBI protects Comey?; McCarthy – Obstruction confusion; French – Governmental excellence?; Starr – Shooting & MH?
HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.
LEADS: Mudde – Dems beware; Grossman – Billy Graham died; Durden – BLS unicorns.
PA: Trende – Redrawn districts; Zito – Politics VIP.
RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-20-18; Churchill show times.
CPAC: Feb 21-24, 2018
Hannity Live (9 PM Thursday); DJT (Friday morning, 10:05 AM)
Speakers, Agenda, Reservations
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745
James Brody, Death & Mr. Nick
The latest school-shooter will plead “guilty” if the death penalty is removed from the list of his possible outcomes. 1) He did not give that choice to his targets, 2) He takes some glory for achieving his ambition to be a “school shooter” and probably expects that fame to escort him into prison ad elevate his standing with the other prisoners, and 3) even to protect him from the amorous needs of his cellmate.
Give him the death penalty . . .
A second issue – how do thousands of high school students afford fleets of busses? I smell a Soros . . . and an Oprah, a Spielberg, two Clooneys, and a pair of Katzenbergs . . .
Meredith O’Connor, The Federalist: “6 Reasons Your Right-Wing Friend Isn’t Coming To Your Side On Gun Control”
“I’ve seen my friends and colleagues on the Left side of the gun control debate dumbfounded at why Second Amendment advocates don’t seem to budge on their views after mass shootings. So I thought I would try my hand at explaining this phenomenon in the hopes that maybe more will be inclined to have a better conversation about guns and the Second Amendment in America. There are several reasons 2A advocates aren’t running to your side of the argument, and it might not be the ones you think. . .
“. . . 6. We Really Do Consider Owning Firearms a Right
I view the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as declaring the intrinsic and inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I believe the framers knew that liberty is only achieved when the citizenry is known to keep tyrannical government, and those who would do me harm, at bay. My favorite explainer on citizens and their relation with tyrannical government is James Otis’ ‘Rights of the British Colonies’ essay, but many like to use Hamilton’s Federalist Paper No. 29.
Beyond that, part of having liberty is personal safety from harm. Outside of the grace of God, I am the one primarily responsible for my safety, because I am able to be responsible for my safety. While I view the government’s primary responsibility the safety of its citizens, I am first responsible for my safety. Further, because I am able to be responsible for my safety, I have a duty as a good citizen to be prepared to protect others who cannot protect themselves. This is part of liberty. And the primary way I can ensure my liberty is by owning a firearm (and voting for those in favor of limited government—but that’s another debate). . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Judicial Watch Asks “What Is The FBI Hiding In Its War To Protect Comey?”
As the James Comey saga continues to unfold, the James Comey legend continues to unravel. The more we learn about his involvement in the deep state’s illicit targeting of President Trump, the more reason the American people have to question both his motives and his management as director of the FBI, the now-disgraced agency he headed before Trump fired him on May 16, 2017. Comey has left a trail of suspicious activities in his wake.
Comey now looms large over a burgeoning constitutional crisis that could soon overshadow Watergate at its worst. To deepen the crisis even further, it now appears some of Comey’s former FBI and Justice Department colleagues continue to protect him from accountability.
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Obstruction Confusions”
“In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is mutual. But his work has become a one-note #NeverTrump tune since spring 2016, when it became inevitable that Donald Trump would be the Republican presidential nominee.
“Most of us who opposed that outcome have made an uneasy peace with it. After all, to wallow about a person of Trump’s character flaws being president would not change the realities that he is president, and that how the country is governed matters more than who is doing the governing. But, alas, Gabe is forever rabid, such that if the president helped an elderly woman cross the street, we would find him seething that Trump had caused the dangerous traffic conditions — and probably just wanted to steal her purse.
“Most recently, Gabe tweets that because I am “sometimes quite partisan,” my work must be “checked.” Well, in this business, everyone’s work gets checked, so fair enough. But I am a conservative, which is not the same thing as a partisan, let alone a Trump partisan. I voted for the president because the alternative was Hillary Clinton. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how conservatively he has governed; but never having been a Trump fan, I’m detached: I support him when I think he’s right, oppose him when I think he’s wrong, and assess him not in a vacuum but in the context of his political opposition — which is usually my political opposition. You can disagree with how I work all that out issue by issue, but it is where I’m coming from. . .”
David French, NRO: “Our Government Is Not Constructed for Competence”
“Amid all the news reports of red flags raised before the Parkland, Fla., school shooting — of the dozens of police calls to the shooter’s home, his expulsion from school, the widespread belief among students that he was exactly the kind of person who’d go on a killing spree — few things are more haunting than the key passage of the FBI’s admission that it failed. It failed to follow up on a detailed, credible report that the Florida shooter was armed and dangerous:
‘On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him. The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.’
“There it is. A perfect representation of see something, say something. It was a tip served up on a silver platter. It was from a credible source. It was specific. It was supported by evidence.
“And the FBI did nothing.
“This wasn’t the first time that the government failed to properly heed warning signs. It won’t be the last. Some of the most traumatic events in recent American history could have been avoided through simple competence. Mistakes foiled the background-check system before the Virginia Tech massacre, the Charleston church shooting, and the Sutherland Springs massacre. The Orlando nightclub killer had been on the FBI’s radar screen well before he committed the second-worst mass shooting in American history. The FBI even intercepted the Fort Hood shooters’ communications with al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and took no meaningful action. . .
Penny Starr, Breitbart: “Dem Rep Speier: School Shooting Focus on Mental Illness ‘Fundamentally Ignorant’”
Bullets, grenades, pipe bombs, knives, gases, autos, buses, and pressure cookers . . .
“. . . On National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday, Host Scott Simon interviewedRepublican Florida State Senator Dennis Baxley about legislation he sponsored to deal with school shootings like the one that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Simon asked Baxley why his legislation did not include a provision to make a mental health assessment.
Baxley explained that he is adding such a provision to the legislation.
“I’ve actually pulled this bill back because I want to look at every option,” Baxley said. “What we’re dealing with is the fact with a gun-free zone, we have inadvertently made these students a sterile target.”
“And they enter this campus knowing no one is prepared to stop them,” Baxley said. “And I’m very interested in what happens in that first five minutes so that we could prevent an incident from becoming a massacre.”
“The interview (w)as followed by one with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who was apparently scheduled to respond to the latest FBI revelation that 13 Russian nationals have been indicted for interference in the 2016 presidential election.
But Speier wanted to respond to Baxley’s interview, including blaming the National Rifle Association and gun ownership.
“I’m just furious that the NRA has so infiltrated every state legislature, the Congress of the United States that we can’t even have a sane conversation,” Speier said. “The reason why 17 kids are dead today, and their parents are screaming and crying on TV, and there are another 15 injured is because that young man had an assault weapon, and he was able to discharge as many bullets as he did.”
Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.
“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,). Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC. Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded! I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.
Cas Mudde, UK Guardian: “Democrats beware: the Trump-Russia inquiry isn’t the path to power”
“The investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 presidential elections is the talk of the town again. Since special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians last Friday, social and traditional media have exploded with speculations about the next step, because, in the end, the only question everyone really seems to care about is whether Donald Trump was involved – and can therefore be impeached for treason.
“Democratic party leaders once again reassured their followers that this was the next logical step in the inevitable downfall of Trump. And on Twitter Trump attacked everybody and everyone, from Hillary Clinton to Oprah Winfrey, to keep the topic on the agenda and spin it in his own favor.
“While Democrats believe that time is on their side, this is highly doubtful. The longer the investigation lasts, the bigger the charge will have to be to justify the time and money spent. Sure, the Republicans wasted massive amounts of time and money on the Benghazi investigation, which had even less evidence to support it, but they controlled Congress. With Trump shouting “witch-hunt” and Republicans talking “waste of resources”, Mueller will have to come up with a smoking gun soon, and I’m not talking fraud or golden showers.
“I seriously doubt he will. . .”
Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today: “Billy Graham, America’s pastor, has died”
“He was 99.
“From the gangly 16-year-old baseball-loving teen who found Christ at a tent revival, Graham went on to become an international media darling, a preacher to a dozen presidents and the voice of solace in times of national heartbreak. He was America’s pastor.
“Graham retired to his mountain home at Montreat, N.C., in 2005 after nearly six decades on the road calling people to Christ at 417 all-out preaching and musical events from Miami to Moscow. His final New York City crusade in 2005 was sponsored by 1,400 regional churches from 82 denominations.
“Presidents called on Graham in their dark hours, and uncounted millions say he showed them the light. He took his Bible to the ends of the Earth in preaching tours he called ‘crusades.’ Even now, anywhere a satellite, radio, TV, video or podcast can reach, his sonorous voice is probably still calling someone to Christ. . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Do You Believe In BLS Unicorns?”
The chart below says there has been 55.6% inflation over the last 20 years. That is just less than a 2.4% annual level of inflation.
“What a load of bullshit. Let’s look at a couple of categories listed below and do a smell test. Everyone knows the prices of TVs have fallen dramatically, but 99% – I don’t think so. I was able to find the price of a 28 inch Samsung TV in 1997 – $750. The same size Samsung TV costs $200 today. That’s a 73% decrease. The good old BLS says the decrease is really 99% because the new TV does so much more. They call this a hedonic adjustment.
“It gets better. The BLS shows the cost of housing up about 56% over the last 20 years. Here are a couple indisputable facts from the same government peddling this inflation drivel. The average new home cost $175,000 in 1997. The average new home in 2017 cost $380,000. For the math challenged, that is a 117% increase. The average monthly rent in 1997 was $576. In 2017 it was $1,021. That is a 77% increase. Housing is the biggest weighting in the CPI calculation. Since using actual cost increases would show at least a 90% increase in housing, the BLS drones created a fake calculation called owners equivalent rent which no one can question.
“That’s how you fake housing inflation.
“And now for the funniest bullshit of them all.
“According to these fake news aficionados, the cost of a new car has not gone up by one dime in the last 20 years. It seems there is some non-government data that says otherwise. The average price of a new car in 1997 was $19,214. The average price of a new car in 2017 was $33,560. Does that strike you as a 0% increase? The actual increase for the average schmuck living in the real world has been 75%. But those good old hedonic adjustments get you back to 0%. Those heated seats for your ass and those deluxe cupholders made your drive to work $14,000 cheaper, according to the BLS.
“The absurdity of this crap is almost beyond comprehension. The CPI is nothing but fake data disguised to make you think you haven’t been reamed up the ass for the last 20 years by the actual Federal Reserve created inflation exceeding 5% per year.
“The Deep State counts on a dumbed down, math illiterate populace to believe this crap because it comes from the government.
“Anyone who believes this bullshit is willfully ignorant or just a plain dumbass.”
Sean Trende, RCP: “How Much Will Redrawn Pa. Map Affect the Midterms?”
“The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently revealed its newly drawn maps for the commonwealth. If you’re interested in a down-in-the-weeds analysis of what the court’s 5-2 Democratic majority did with each congressional district, I recommend this explainer from the New York Times.
The bottom line is this: The court acted largely within the confines of its initial order, which demanded compactness, contiguity and minimal jurisdictional splits. Within those confines, however, it repeatedly made choices that increased the Democrats’ odds of winning districts. . .”
Salena Zito, RCP: “The Most Important Man in American Politics for the Moment”
“MT. LEBANON, Pa. — For the next three weeks, he’s the most important candidate for anything in American politics.
While pundits widely focus on his Democratic rival Conor Lamb (understandably, as Lamb is young and progressive, has a military background and comes from a pedigree political family), Rep. Rick Saccone may just be the one to watch.
Why? Because everything that is at stake for both political parties rests on his shoulders.
If Lamb wins, then every Democrat running in a swing district across the country will try to adapt the Lamb strategy: Avoid the press; take no strong stands on any issue; and just focus on saying over and over again that, as a candidate, you support new leadership on both sides of the aisle.
If Lamb loses, it’s back to the #Resistance.
Mark Levin, 02-20-18
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show: One of the greatest dangers to this country is the media. We can’t get the truth to our fellow citizens; they decide what to focus on and what to ignore. There are very few stories on sheriffs in counties doing what needs to be done, putting trained armed individuals in schools. Also, it’s easier just to talk about gun control. The solutions that Washington DC comes up with are pathetic. Everyone wants an answer from politicians, yet these are the same politicians who screwed up healthcare, immigration, the dollar, and the debt.
“Later, there’s a Trump administration proposal to raise the age limit for purchasing AR-15 rifles from 18 to 21. These easy answers that brutalize these young people are unacceptable. According to FBI statistics, the vast majority of murders are committed with handguns, not rifles. So if the Second Amendment is going to be restricted for young people, where does it end? They can outlaw these bump stocks, they can outlaw these AR-15s at a certain age level, and it’s not going to stop anything. We would like to see leadership out of this White House and Republican Party that is serious and doesn’t just play chorus to the radical-left progressives.
“John Lott, President of the Crime Prevention Research Center calls in to talk about how banning and limiting AR-15s makes no sense. The left keeps proposing laws that have nothing to do with the mass shooting attacks that take place.
“After that, Paul Kengor, Professor of Political Science at Grove City College calls in to talk about Ted Kennedy collaborating with the Soviet Union to defeat Ronald Reagan. Kennedy had specific ideas in 1984 to stop the election of Ronald Reagan and even recommended that Yuri Andropov directly appeal to the American people and convince them the Soviet Union had peaceful intentions.
“Finally, we have pretend historians in this country who rate Barack Obama as the # 8 greatest president in American history. What did Obama do to get this status?”
Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”
Regal show times at https://www.regmovies.com/movies/darkest-hour/B00472806”867