Hanson – Mueller Paradoxes
SECOND AMENDMENT: Starr – Cruz @ CPAC; Hasson – Govt fails; Durden – Scripted Townhall; Coulter – Breakthrough; Durden – Trump denies; Drudge Links 02-23-18
HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.
LEADS: Corsi – Mueller’s end; New wall starts; Boylan – New Russian fighter.
PA: GOP to SCOTUS; Costello – Impeach them.
RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-22-18; 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
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Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Paradoxes of the Mueller Investigation”
“They are numerous, and none of them are good news for President Trump’s opponents.
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals for allegedly conspiring to sow confusion in the 2016 presidential election. The chance of extraditing any of the accused from Vladimir Putin’s Russia is zero.
“Some of the Russians’ Keystone Cops efforts to disrupt the election favored Donald Trump (as well as Bernie Sanders). Yet Mueller’s team made it clear that the Russians neither colluded with any U.S. citizens nor had any material effect on the election’s outcome.
“But from here on out, there will be ironies, paradoxes, and unintended consequences with just about everything Mueller does.
“Is it now time to prosecute foreigners for attempting to interfere with a U.S. election? If so, then surely Christopher Steele, the author of the Fusion GPS dossier, is far more culpable and vulnerable than the 13 bumbling Russians.
“Steele is not a U.S. citizen. Steele colluded with Russian interests in compiling his lurid dossier about Donald Trump. Steele did not register as a foreign agent. And Steele was paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to find dirt on political rival Trump and his campaign.
In other words, Steele’s position is far worse than that of the Russians for a variety of reasons. One, he is easily extraditable while the Russians are not. Two, his efforts really did affect the race, given that the dossier was systematically leaked to major media and served as a basis for the U.S. government to spy on American citizens. Three, unlike with the Russians, no one disputes that American citizens — Hillary Clinton, members of the Democratic National Committee, and anti-Trump partisan Glenn Simpson and his Fusion GPS team — colluded by paying for Steele’s work. . .”
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Penny Starr, Breitbart: “Ted Cruz at CPAC: ‘If You Want to See Crime Take Off, Disarm the Law-Abiding Citizens’”
On stage, Ted will have a conversation with founder and publisher of The Federalist, Ben Domenech.
Even if you can’t attend in person, you’ll be able to watch live here. So, mark your calendars and make sure you tune in!
“Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington, D.C., on Thursday that the left’s ultimate goal for its gun control agenda is to get rid of the Constitution’s Second Amendment and disarm the American people.
“Cruz was asked about the renewed debate about gun rights and gun control following the attack last week at a high school in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were shot and killed by a former student with a history of mental illness and run-ins with law enforcement.
“‘It is an amazing thing, and it’s tiresome,’ Cruz said. ‘Every time you see a horrific crime, people in the media and Democratic politicians immediately try to leap on it to advance their agenda, and their agenda is stripping Second Amendment rights away from law-abiding citizens.’
“‘That’s where they want to end up,’ Cruz said.
“‘It is profoundly unconstitutional, but also it doesn’t work,’ Cruz said, noting that the loudest applause at the CNN televised town hall with parents and students from Florida on Wednesday was a call for gun confiscation.
“Cruz also noted that American cities with the strictest gun laws have some of the highest crime rates.
“‘If you want to see crime take off, disarm the law-abiding citizens,’ Cruz said.
“Cruz also said teachers who have concealed weapons permits and want to have a gun on campus to protect themselves and students should be allowed to do so. . .”
Peter Hasson, Daily Caller: “The Government Repeatedly Failed to Stop the Parkland Shooter”
- “A Broward County Sheriff’s deputy was at Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting, but did not enter the school.
- State and local authorities were made aware multiple times the Parkland shooter was a threat to public safety.
- The FBI was notified of the shooter’s dangerous behavior, but did not follow-up.
“Federal, state and local government agencies repeatedly missed opportunities to prevent school shooter Nikolas Cruz from killing 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last week.
“The repeated failures of government officials to do their job are a crucial point of context as liberals and media members clamor for further gun laws in the wake of last week’s horrific shooting.
“Sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson, who was on duty at the school when Cruz started shooting, “never went in” to confront the shooter, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said on Thursday. Peterson, who resigned on Thursday, could hear gunfire from coming inside the building but stayed outside the building, even as heroic students and faculty members died saving students from the hail of bullets.
“Peterson’s failure is just the latest instance of government employees failing to stop the shooter from carrying out his deadly rampage.
“The sheriff’s office failed in other ways as well. “In November, a tipster called BSO to say Cruz ‘could be a school shooter in the making’ but deputies did not write up a report on that warning. It came just weeks after a relative called urging BSO to seize his weapons,” the Miami Herald reported on Thursday.
“Sheriff Israel’s department has faced scrutiny for never committing Cruz to a mental health facility under the Baker Act, which allows the state to involuntarily commit individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others. People committed under the Baker Act are legally barred from obtaining firearms.
“The sheriff’s department declined to commit Cruz under the Baker Act, even after Cruz repeatedly assaulted family members and classmates, the police were repeatedly called to Cruz’s house and the teen’s guardian told police that the Cruz had “bought tons of ammo,” “used a gun against (people) before” and “put the gun to others’ heads in the past.”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Florida Shooting Survivor Doubles Down: CNN’s Entire Townhall Was Scripted”
“The latest embarrassing blow to CNN’s (already tattered) credibility emerged last night when Colton Haab, the student who first exposed CNN for pushing him to ask a scripted question during Wednesday night’s town hall appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to offer even more shocking details about CNN’s conduct.
“Yesterday, we noted that Haab, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and shooting survivor, had come forward to say he decided not to attend Wednesday night’s CNN town hall after CNN producers gave him a pre-scripted question for him to ask.
“But Haab told Carlson that the producers didn’t just want him to ask one scripted question: They essentially rewrote a list of questions and political points that he wanted to make at the town hall, prompting him to back away from the town hall. Haab told Carlson he shared with CNN what he wanted to say, but a producer named Carrie Stevenson ultimately rejected it, and instead after several conversations “scripted” a question for him.
“‘CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,’ Haab said to a local news outlet Wednesday night, according to RealClearPolitics.
Haab told Carlson he wanted to go ‘speak [his] part’ and ‘open eyes’ to a few things he thought could make the situation better. Haab said the network was dishonest and that is why he decided not to attend. He also said he was directed to ‘stick to the script.’ . . .”
Ann Coulter, “AMAZING NEW BREAKTHROUGH TO REDUCE MASS SHOOTINGS!”
Hat Tip InfoWars . . .
“As fun as it is to ridicule the FBI for devoting massive resources to chasing down Hillary Clinton’s oppo research while blowing off repeated, specific warnings about school shooter Nikolas Cruz, we’ve put a lot on the agency’s plate.
“We’re hauling in nearly 2 million manifestly unvetted Third World immigrants every year, leading to a slew of FBI “Watch Lists” with a million names apiece. In 2015, Director James Comey said that there were ISIS investigations in all 50 states — even Idaho and Alaska! And that’s just one terrorist organization.
“Maybe the FBI brass would still be a bunch of incompetent, PC nincompoops if we weren’t dumping millions of psychotic and terrorist foreigners on the country. But even the most efficient organization would have trouble keeping track of the Nikolas Cruzes when our immigration policies require approximately one-third of the country to be constantly watching another third of the country.
“Thanks to our Second Amendment, the United States has fewer mass shootings per capita than many other developed countries, including Norway, France, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. (And 98 percent of our mass shootings occur in ‘gun-free zones.’)
“But imagine if we could cut our mass shootings in half? . . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: ‘Trump: “I Never Said Give Teachers Guns’”
“Left-wing media exploded with fury Wednesday afternoon following reports that, during a meeting with survivors of last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., President Trump had suggested that the most effective method of preventing school shootings would be arming teachers.
‘If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly,and the good thing about a suggestion like that — and we’re going to be looking at it very strongly, and I think a lot of people are going to be opposed to it. I think a lot of people are going to like it. But the good thing is you’re going to have a lot of [armed] people with that’” Trump said during the meeting, which was broadcast live.
“But apparently displeased with the tenor of the coverage that his remarks elicited, Trump tweeted this morning that he never said he’d like to “give teachers guns”…what he said was to “looked at the possibility” of giving concealed weapons to teachers with a military background or who are “gun adept” – a group that would include, at max, 20% of teachers…
…Before adding that ‘gun-adept’ teachers would, in fact, be an effective deterrent to ‘sicko’ school shooters who would ‘NEVER attack that school’ knowing that they might face return fire from a host of educators…
Drudge Links 02-23-18
NRA boycott movement gains steam; Companies sever ties…
LaPierre warns of ‘socialist state’…
Gun Seizures from People Deemed Dangerous?
Church To Hold Blessing For AR-15s…
Texas to build police substation at school…
TRUMP: Maybe Video Games, Movies Too Violent…
CHINA TELLS USA: BE LIKE US, RESTRICT FIREARMS…
Russian trolls on TWITTER ‘rile’ Americans on gun violence…
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Jerome Corsi, InfoWars: “FLYNN RULING COULD MARK END FOR MUELLER AS SPECIAL PROSECUTOR”
“Judge invokes ‘Brady Rule,’ suggesting reversal of guilty plea
“WASHINGTON, D.C. – Justice Emmet G. Sullivan, the new judge assigned to the case of Gen. Michael Flynn, has required Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to hand over “exculpatory evidence” to Flynn’s defense team, in a sua sponte motion at the judge’s sole discretion that suggests Sullivan is considering seriously whether Flynn’s guilty plea should be reversed.
“If Judge Sullivan decides to throw out Flynn’s guilty plea because of prosecutorial misconduct, this could be the beginning of the end for Mueller’s special counselor assignment
“Judge Sullivan’s order derives from the ‘Brady rule’ that requires prosecutors to turn over to defense attorneys all evidence in the prosecutors’ possession that may have a material effect on the defendant’s case. . .”
SanDiegoUnion: “Border wall work begins in downtown Calexico”
“The federal governmentt began work Wednesday to replace a section of border wall in California, the first wall contract awarded in the Trump administration outside of eight prototypes that were built last year in San Diego.
“Customs and Border Protection is replacing a little more than two miles in downtown Calexico, a sliver of the president’s plan for a “big, beautiful wall” with Mexico. A barrier built in the 1990s from recycled metal scraps and landing mat will be torn down for bollard-style posts that are 30 feet high, significantly taller than existing walls.
“The administration is seeking $18 billion to extend the wall. Efforts to pay for it as part of a broader immigration package that would include granting legal status for people who came to the county as young children failed in the Senate last week.
“In November, SWF Constructors of Omaha, Neb., won a contract for $18 million to replace the wall in Calexico, about 120 miles east of San Diego. It encompasses an area bisected by the New River, where smugglers are known to guide people through polluted waters. The project, which includes a bridge over the river, is expected to take 300 days.
“The administration cleared the way for construction in September by waiving dozens of environmental and other reviews in Calexico. A 2005 law exempted it from environmental reviews if the Homeland Security secretary deems a wall to be in national security interests. . .”
Dan Boylan, Washington Times: “Russia tests new stealth fighter over war-weary Syrian skies”
“. . . On Thursday, unverified video footage posted on social media by Syrian political activists showed a pair of new Su-57s being escorted by more conventional Su-35 fighter jets and four Su-25 strike aircraft.
The single-seat, twin-engine planes were allegedly filmed nearby Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base near the southeastern city of Latakia along the Mediterranean coastline and employ state-of-the-art stealth technology to avoid radar detection. They were developed to challenge the U.S. F-22 Raptor — and have been called the ‘F-22 killer’ . . .”
Brett Samuels, The Hill: “Pennsylvania GOP leaders ask Supreme Court to block district map”
“Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional map in the state that was drawn after the old one was deemed gerrymandered.
“The Republican leaders in the state House and Senate filed an emergency request that the high court stay the state Supreme Court’s redrawn congressional map released a day earlier, The Associated Press reported.
“The request argues that the state Supreme Court usurped the legislature’s power in issuing the new map, and “without intervention from [the Supreme Court], elections will not proceed under the lawfully enacted 2011 Plan.”
“The state Supreme Court ruled last month that the previous congressional map, drawn by Republicans in 2011, was unlawfully gerrymandered along partisan lines, and ordered a new map to be drawn and used beginning with this year’s midterm elections.
“Republicans in the state have vehemently opposed the decision. . .”
Michael Rellahan, The Mercury: “Rep. Costello calls for impeachment of Pa. justices for approving ‘corrupt’ map”
“U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., on Tuesday lashed out at Democratic officials in Harrisburg, charging that the state Supreme Court’s majority and Gov. Tom Wolf had colluded in redrawing the state’s congressional district map, targeting him in particular to turn his district in his opponent’s favor in the November election.
“‘I think that this was a politically corrupt process,’ Costello said from his office at the Historic Chester County Courthouse. He called on the state Legislature to begin impeachment proceedings against those on the high court who had voted in favor of the redistricting and redrew the map, “behind closed doors.”
“He said the court gave the state Legislature little time to act on its order to redraw the state’s political map, and that the governor refused to negotiate with the Republican majority leaders in the two chambers of the General Assembly. The two branches worked together in violation of the state constitution, which gives the Legislature the power to set election districts, he claimed. . .”
Mark Levin, 02-21-18
“On Wednesday’s Mark Levin show, Brian Mudd of WJNO fills in for Mark. We have a Second Amendment because it was a priority to the Founders of this country. We have the freedom of expression and the freedom to defend it, but this is no longer taught in schools today. Kids today have no basis to know why they are even free and don’t understand the Second Amendment.
“The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting, but protecting yourself and your liberty. If we are going to have a debate about gun control we need integrity, acknowledgement and open debate of the facts. If the debate is going to just state emotional arguments and non-facts, we will just get a bunch of falsehoods in return. Will more gun control reign this problem in? Even if you had total gun control, it is not going to stop criminals from breaking the law. Also, the police were called on Nikolas Cruz 39 times, and the FBI on 2 occasions had been brought into the fold through 2 tips on Cruz. The FBI had everything they needed before the Parkland and Pulse shootings and they happened anyway. There needs to be accountability.”
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