Dead Cats: LockEmUp!, 03/05/18, (29)30, James Brody

YAHOO!: Arm the teachers.

PA: Tamari – Game up-ended.

FBI: Ross – Verification.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber site

LEADS: Martel – China predicts dissenters; Lee – SF mayor welcomes jail; Durden – Bigger than Watergate; Spiering – Tariffs & NAFTA; Malloy – Oscar politics; Manchester – Trump’s Gridiron dinner; Root – Coming Trump landslide.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 03-02-18; Churchill show times.


YAHOO!, Reuters: “Florida Senate rejects ban on assault weapons, votes to arm teachers”

“FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) – The Florida Senate rejected a proposal to ban assault weapons, and voted for a measure to arm some teachers, weeks after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history.

An amendment that would have banned assault weapons attached to a wider bill failed on Saturday in a largely party-line vote, in response to the Feb. 14 killing of 14 students and three faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland.

The vote was 20-17 against the assault weapon ban, with two Republicans joining all of the senate’s 15 Democrats in support of the proposal, the Miami Herald reported.

The full bill, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, is expected to pass the state Senate on Monday, then go to the Florida House. . .”


Jonathan Tamari, “With new congressional map and legal battles, Pa. politics is like an upended game board”

Life has always managed its on-off switches, called phase transitions . . . PA  politics is no exception . . .

“In politics, big changes sometimes build over a long time — and then arrive all at once.

“Pennsylvania Republicans have dominated the state’s congressional delegation for nearly a decade, aided by favorable district boundaries drawn by legislators in their party.

“But that grip was thrown into serious doubt this past week when the state Supreme Court imposed a new congressional map that has scrambled politics in the state, increased the odds of a national political shift, and left insiders’ heads spinning.

“And the dust hasn’t settled. Challenging the legitimacy of the state high court’s rewrite, Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal district court in Harrisburg in separate complaints to block the new map from use, even as congressional candidates are preparing to get on the ballot for the May primaries. The short term outlook: uncertainty. . .”


Chuck Ross, Daily Caller: “Did The Dossier Have To Be ‘Verified’ For FBI To Use It For Carter Page FISA?”

“. . . The FBI’s internal guidelines for obtaining secret surveillance warrants against Americans say that “only documented and verified information” may be used in warrant applications.

“That would seem to pose a problem for the FBI, since the bureau relied on the infamous and unverified Steele dossier to obtain a FISA warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

“California Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, pointed out the inconsistency between the FBI’s guidelines and its reliance on the dossier last week in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“Nunes noted a passage in the FBI’s Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide which states that “the accuracy of information contained within FISA applications is of utmost importance.”

“‘Only documented and verified information may be used to support FBI applications [FISA] to the court [FISC],’ reads an unredacted version of the guide, dated Oct. 15, 2011.

“But national security experts and former FBI officials say that verification of each and every fact mentioned in FISA applications is not necessarily required . . .”


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.


Frances Martel, Breitbart: “NGO: China Using ‘Predictive Policing’ to Put Thousands in Communist ‘Education’ Camps”

“The NGO Human Rights Watch revealed this week that China is using data compilation technology to enact “predictive policing” measures resulting in the arrest and disappearance of Chinese citizens to “political education camps” based on the potential that they may someday defy the government.

“The individuals in question do not face any criminal charges; instead, HRW states, their government profiles indicate that they are likely to engage in anti-communist activity in the future. . .”

Tony Lee, Breitbart: “Mayor Willing to Go to Jail to Ensure SF Remains Sanctuary City Forever”

“Interim San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell is reportedly willing to go to jail to ensure his city always remains a ‘sanctuary city.’

“Farrell assured hundreds of amnesty activists last week who were blocking and protesting in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building that San Francisco will forever be a ‘sanctuary city.’ He also, according to ABC7, ‘said he is willing to get arrested if that’s what it takes to defend sanctuary city policies,’ echoing comments that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf recently made.

“The activists gathered to protest after ICE detained more than 200 illegal immigrants, nearly half of whom had criminal records, last week in various Bay Area raids. After Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tipped off illegal immigrants that ICE would be conducting sweeps, Thomas Homan, the agency’s acting director, said on last week that more than 800 illegal immigrants remained at large in the community because of Schaaf’s ‘irresponsible decision.’

According to KTVU, the ‘Power, not Panic Emergency Response Committee’ organized the emergency rally. The group is composed of entities like: the “ACLU, the Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership, Full Rights Equality & Empowerment SF, Contra Costa East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition, the Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network, Centro Legal de la Raza, the California Immigrant Policy Center.”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “‘Bigger Than Watergate’ – Trump Slams Obama Admin’s ‘Unprecedented’ Actions”

“. . . The Hill points out that Trump has previously claimed the Obama administration “did nothing” to stop Russian election interference, particularly after special counsel Robert Mueller filed charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for their role in the meddling. Obama issued sanctions against Russia for the meddling after U.S. intelligence officials said they had found evidence that the country had hacked U.S. groups and leaked emails in an effort to influence the 2016 vote.

“Trump is not alone in his perspective, as The Hill reports that even some Democrats have acknowledged the Obama administration could have taken a more forceful stance to oppose Russian meddling. Ex-Obama administration officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, have said they did not want to take action that would make it appear they favored one candidate over the other. . .”

Charlie Spiering, Big Govt: “Donald Trump Refuses to Back Down on Tariffs Until NAFTA Renegotiation”

“President Donald Trump continued to talk tough on trade on Monday, defending his announced steel and aluminum tariffs.

“‘NAFTA, which is under renegotiation right now, has been a bad deal for U.S.A.,’ Trump wrote. ‘Massive relocation of companies & jobs. Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum will only come off if new & fair NAFTA agreement is signed.’

“Reuters reports that representatives from Canada and Mexico will meet on Monday to discuss NAFTA as both countries seek a waiver from Trump’s proposed tariffs.

Trump specifically called out Mexico and Canada for their failures to address problems for the United States. . .”

Tim Malloy, The Wrap: “Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel Says Penis-Free Oscar Statue Is Hollywood’s Ideal Man”

“Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel went all in on the #MeToo movement in his opening monologue, saying that if Hollywood can stop harassing women, they “will only have to deal with harassment all the time in every other place they go.”

Kimmel also pointed to a massive Oscar statuette on the stage and said he was Hollywood’s perfect man.

“Keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and, most importantly, no penis at all. He is literally a statue of limitations,” the host joked.

“Here’s how clueless Hollywood is about women: We made a movie called ‘What Women Want’ and it starred Mel Gibson,” Kimmel added.

He pointed to Best Picture nominee “The Shape of Water,” saying it represented “the year men screwed up so baldly women starting dating fish.”

Kimmel also noted that the only person besides Harvey Weinstein to be kicked out of the Academy was someone who shared for-your-consideration screeners of films that circulate among Oscar voters

Julia Manchester, The Hill: “Read Trump’s remarks at Gridiron dinner”

“Well, thank you very much. It’s an honor to be here and, I must tell you, that Melania and I are really thrilled. We really looked forward to this. … I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s really quality people … quality people. So, thank you very much.

It’s been really another calm week at the White House. We finally have it running like a fine-tuned machine. It’s fine-tuned. It’s a beautiful piece of work. … But before I get started, I wanted to apologize for arriving a little bit late. You know, we were late tonight because Jared could not get through security. … Ivanka, you’ve got to do something, … Jared—but I will tell you, he’s a good guy. He has—he has suffered. He is a great guy he really is.

I know the Gridiron is really an old tradition in Washington, been around a long time, and one that’s important to many of you in the media. So, I was very excited to receive this invitation and come here and ruin your evening in person. … My staff was concerned heading into this dinner that I couldn’t do self-deprecating humor. They were worried about it. They said, ‘Can you do this?’ And I told them not to worry. Nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do. …  In fact, Orrin Hatch, Orrin said that ‘Donald Trump is the best at self-deprecating in the history of America, better than Washington and better than Lincoln.’ … Thank you, Orrin.

They told me my remarks tonight should be something like a late night routine. … Late night—are they the worst, by the way? We’re finally going to get one that’s going to come to our side. They will get very big ratings if they do that. … With all the television talent here, I think … you’d have figured that out. But I have to tell you, in preparation, I did what any good late night comic would do these days. I called Chuck Schumer and I asked him for some talking points.  Can you believe this? I also spoke to some of the funniest people around the White House starting with my number two, Mike Pence. … Love you Mike. … Some of you may think that Mike is not a comedian, but he is one of the best straight men you’re ever going to meet. … He is straight! …

I saw him the other day. We’re in line shaking hands with men and women. A woman came over to shake his hand and he said, ‘I’m sorry. I can’t do that. My wife is not here.’ I never saw anything like it. He’s … years ahead of his time. … Mike is doing a fantastic job as our vice president. He really is. He’s doing a fantastic job. Could not have asked for better. I really am very proud to call him, ‘The Apprentice.’

But lately what bothers me, I have to tell you, he’s showing a particularly keen interest in the news these days. He starts out each morning asking everybody, ‘Has he been impeached yet?’ ….

Wayne Allen Root, Las Vegas Review: “COMMENTARY: The coming Trump landslide”

“. . . I lost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and millions of future dollars because of liberal bigotry and delusion. Deutsch spoke Zucker’s liberal language. So he got the job, and I didn’t. But his show bombed. Donny was a dud. Boring. Not to mention too liberal for the viewers of CNBC.

The memory of my CNBC debacle came pouring back to mind last week because I saw Donny made news as a guest on MSNBC. Donny was asked about Donald Trump’s re-election chances. For once, I agree with Donny.

Deutsch said Trump will be re-elected in 2020 by a landslide because the economy is booming and Americans have more money in their pockets. Most Americans vote on pocketbook issues, he explained.

Then Donny spoke more raw truth. He said, “That’s why Trump must be removed from office now.”

My old pal Donny revealed what liberals are all thinking, deep down. Trump is a lock for re-election by a wide margin. As Deutsch admitted, that’s why he must be stopped now.

Crazed liberals scream for his removal … impeachment … even assassination. Because they know Trump is succeeding. He is effective, he is erasing Barack Obama and he is fundamentally changing America back to a conservative, capitalist nation. . .”


Mark Levin, 03-02-18

“On Friday’s Mark Levin Show, Robert Mueller has President Trump’s family in his crosshairs and they’ve done nothing to deserve this treatment. It’s not a crime for Trump to be president, for Ivanka and Jared Kushner to be in the White House, for Melania to get a green card, or to do business in Russia, yet Trump’s family is attacked day in and day out. The things said about Trump and his family are unparalleled in history and has been a setup since day 1.

“Also, tariffs are a tax on the American people and they’re the least conservative thing imaginable. The United States produces 70% of the steel used in the country and China ranks 11th in steel importation; there’s no defense needs to impose tariffs to control the steel industry. We have a history of steel tariffs and they’ve all been counterproductive, resulting in Americans losing jobs and paying more for automobiles, cans of soup, and anything that uses steel. In addition, tariffs push away our closes trade partners like Canada and Mexico and force them to trade elsewhere, like with China. Tariffs won’t make America great again; they will just make America weak.

“Later, Chuck Schumer is voting against a judge nomination because he’s white. The Democrat party is obsessed with race and always has been. There’s something truly sick about Schumer’s progressive ideology and he should be expelled from the Senate.”

Best  Actor – Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”

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Dead Cats: Vlad’sNukes, 03/02/18, (29)29, James Brody

Hanson – Trump’s Generals

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber site

FBI: Strassel – Probe the FBI; Pollock – FBI Trust.

LEADS: Senator Savage? Smith – SPLC Scam; French – Public sector unions; Durden – Trump’s tariffs; Dinan – Trump vs. CA; Stableford – Trump rips Sessions; Resnick-Renault – US crude; Akbar – Vlad’s nukes; Nolte – Hannity on top; Talev & Jacobs – Hicks to resign.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 03-01-18; Churchill show times.

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Trump’s Generals Are Too Valuable to Be Dismissed”

“Near-daily gossip surrounds Donald Trump’s three marquee generals.

“The media sometimes blare out rumors that General John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, is proving to be a loose cannon and might soon be fired.

“Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, Trump’s national-security adviser, is occasionally rumored to be a robotic PowerPoint wonk and hawkish interventionist who soon might be terminated.

“Secretary of Defense General James Mattis is purportedly too much the centrist Democrat, and embarrassed by Trump’s antics and therefore might be leaving.

“Of course, few cabinet or White House appointees ever serve throughout an entire administration. Burnout is natural. Lucrative private-sector job offers multiply monthly. “Normal people do not enjoy living inside the Beltway.

“Barack Obama had four defense secretaries, three national-security advisers, and five chiefs of staff. That is about par for a presidential tenure covering eight years.

“But the problem with all these rumors of departing generals is not just that they are likely false and shopworn. They also make no sense because the three generals have been radically successful. In just a year, they have markedly enhanced U.S. national security as well as the image of the Trump administration itself.

“The media, which are mostly anti-Trump, have always been schizophrenic in the coverage of the three generals. Some media outlets initially echoed old worries about too many Pentagon tentacles or the militarization of the executive branch. They forgot that generals, both active and retired, have long held administration jobs. General Colin Powell, for instance, served four different presidents, starting with his tenure as national-security adviser under Ronald Reagan.

“Others in the media had hoped that the mostly apolitical generals would nudge the wild-card Trump left of center and embed him within the Washington foreign-policy establishment.

“But now, most journalists seem baffled that the generals are either proving too conservative or not standing up to Trump enough — as if playing the role of the loud maverick to a president had been in the job description of any cabinet secretary or White House official of the past. . .”



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.

Richard Pollock, Daily Caller: “EXCLUSIVE: FBI Denies Secret Comey-Obama Meeting Raises Integrity and Public Trust Issues”

“. . . TheDCNF, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), requested records of all meetings between Comey and Obama and sought an “expedited process” as provided under the act when issues are of great interest to the media and the records address issues pertaining to government integrity. TheDCNF FOIA request was filed Feb. 16, 2018.

The issue prompting the FOIA request was the disclosure Comey held a secret Oval Office meeting with Obama on Jan. 5, 2017. Comey never divulged the meeting to Congress. (RELATED: Comey Held Secret Obama White House Meeting Before Inauguration)

Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and former Vice President Joe Biden also attended the meeting.



Kimberly Strassel, WSJ: “How to Probe the FBI”

“Trump is wrong. Inspector General Michael Horowitz is the man for the job.

“Donald Trump is rightly frustrated that so many in Washington and the media refuse to take seriously the evidence that the government abused its surveillance powers during the 2016 election. Still, let’s remember who the bad guys are in this story. Hint: not Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

“Mr. Trump’s Wednesday tweetstorm included a blast at both men after news that Mr. Sessions had asked Mr. Horowitz to look into whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation went rogue when it asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a warrant against ex- Trump aide Carter Page. The president complained that Mr. Horowitz will “take forever, has no prosecutorial power and [is] already late with reports on [James] Comey, etc.” He berated the inspector general as “an Obama guy” and asked why Mr. Sessions won’t use “Justice Department lawyers” to investigate “massive FISA abuse.” And then, of course: “DISGRACEFUL!”

“Hardly. The Sessions request is the best—arguably the only—way to get an honest assessment of 2016 out to the public. Congressional Republicans are doing excellent work, but they face Democratic sabotage and a biased media. The Justice Department has no business investigating itself, and any finding from the Trump Justice Department would be cast as tainted. The last thing anyone should want is another special counsel, who would bring still more controversy and really would “take forever.”

“No one should underestimate the power of the inspector general. Congress created these watchdogs in 1978 after the nightmare of trying to pry information out of a crooked Nixon administration. Inspectors general were deliberately placed within the executive branch and empowered to seek out information in ways that Congress can’t, even with subpoenas—including by demanding quick and comprehensive access to documents and promptly interviewing relevant officials. But inspectors general are still accountable; They go through extensive vetting before appointment and have a statutory duty to report to Congress. Most take their duty of neutrality seriously.

“And no one should underestimate Mr. Horowitz’s ability to plumb the FISA case. . .”


Senator Michael Savage?:

“BORDERS, LANGUAGE, CULTURE: Three seminal words that have been the core of my credo for many years as a talk show host. I have earned a unique platform to communicate with people nationwide and the philosophies and solutions I proposed have always resonated with voters, most notably the populist election of our current President Donald Trump. I have been the voice of the forgotten in California as radical Leftists have devastated my home state. After being approached by a number of people, I am now openly considering the race for the U.S. Senate.

“After questioning my radio audience on The Savage Nation this past Friday, I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback, not only on my radio program and social media, but by most conservative news outlets. . .”


Kyle Smith, NRO: “Hate, Inc.: The SPLC Is a Hyper-Partisan Scam”

“There was a time when the Southern Poverty Law Center did useful work reporting on actual hate groups such as the KKK. These days, though, the SPLC is simply a MoveOn or Media Matters–style outfit. Its core mission now is trying to marginalize and shut up even mildly right-of-center voices by calling them instruments of hate, making increasingly strained attempts to tie conservative commentators, authors, political figures, and professors to the alt-right or neo-Nazism. At the same time it elevates absurd bloggers to the level of potential leaders of lynch mobs.

“The equivalent of a Drudge-siren moment for SPLC is when it rolls out yet another faux-neutral report on hate, which is always getting worse and threatening to engulf the republic. The SPLC’s report on ‘Male supremacy,’ which it calls ‘a hateful ideology for the subjugation of women’ and ties to the men’s-rights activists lurking on 4Chan and Reddit who boast about their supposed dominance of women, lists as pernicious allies the psychologist, author, and PJ Media columnist Helen Smith and the American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, calling them ‘anti-feminist female voices’ who ‘give the men’s rights movement a veneer of even-handedness’ and lend a “mainstream and respectable face to some MRA concerns.” . . .”

David French, NRO: “End the First Amendment Exception for Public-Sector Unions”

With Janus, the Supreme Court has a chance to right a 40-year-old wrong.

“Bad law doesn’t get better just because it’s old. That’s especially true when that bad law violates a core principle of the First Amendment — that the government cannot, must not, compel the speech of free citizens. It can’t compel citizens to say the Pledge of Allegiance in time of war. It can’t compel citizens to drive cars with license plates that say “Live free or die.” And, “except perhaps in the rarest of circumstances, no person in this country may be compelled to subsidize speech by a third party that he or she does not wish to support.”

“But don’t tell that to public-sector labor unions and their allies in state governments. For more than 40 years it has actually been legal, thanks to a dreadful Supreme Court ruling, to force state employees to pay substantial fees to public-sector unions to enable those unions to make substantial and consequential public-policy arguments about public-sector employment. That dreadful case is Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, it’s the cornerstone of the coercive power of public-sector unions, and on Monday it came under withering attack from Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“It’s about time. . .”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “n 2002, President Bush Imposed 30% Steel Tariffs; This Is What Happened Next”

“In an eerie analogue of what is about to take place, on March 5, 2002 President George W. Bush imposed tariffs as high as 30% on global steel imports.

“The temporary tariffs of 8–30% were originally scheduled to remain in effect until 2005. “They were imposed to give U.S. steel makers protection from what a U.S. probe determined was a detrimental surge in steel imports, as more than 30 steel makers had recently declared bankruptcy. Canada and Mexico were exempt from the tariffs because of penalties the United States would face under NAFTA. Additionally, some developing countries such as Argentina, Thailand, and Turkey were also exempt.

“The response was immediate.

“Domestically, some of the president’s political opponents, such as Democratic House Representative Dick Gephardt, criticized the plan for not going far enough. For some of the president’s conservative allies, imposing the tariff was a step away from Bush’s commitment to free trade. Critics also contended that the tariffs would harm consumers and U.S. businesses that relied on steel imports, and would cut more jobs than it would save in the steel industry.

“The international response – like now – was more vocal.

“Immediately after the announcement, the European Union announced that it would impose retaliatory tariffs on the United States, risking the start of a major trade war. To decide whether or not the steel tariffs were fair, a case was filed at the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Switzerland, Brazil and others joined with similar cases.. .”

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: Trump vs. California feud escalates to all-out warfare”

“The Trump administration’s simmering feud with California has turned into all-out warfare over immigration after Oakland’s mayor warned illegal immigrants this week of looming sweeps — leading Homeland Security’s deportation chief to accuse her of endangering her city and his officers.

“Analysts said there was no comparison in recent memory for the sort of bad blood that’s developed between President Trump and California’s leaders, who have legislated, sued, tweeted and used just about every other tool at their disposal to try to stymie the administration.

“Things grew particularly tense this week with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s warning to her city’s illegal immigrants that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was conducting a major operation in the Bay Area.

“ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan compared her to a gang snitch on the lookout for police, and said more than 800 criminal migrants escaped the sweep — some of them almost certainly alerted by Ms. Schaaf’s warning.

“This is beyond the pale,” Mr. Homan said on Fox News.

“California is just one of the states vying for title of chief of the anti-Trump resistance. New York is also in the running . . .”

Dylan Stableford, YAHOO!: “Trump rips Sessions’s ‘DISGRACEFUL’ decision on probe of alleged FISA abuses:”

President Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, accusing the nation’s top law enforcement officer of not being aggressive enough in investigating allegations of misconduct in the handling of surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page during the 2016 campaign.

“Sessions said on Tuesday he would ask the Justice Department’s inspector general to look into claims that the FBI and other Obama administration officials misled a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge when they applied for the warrant to wiretap Page. . .”

Jessica Resnick-Renault, Reuters: “U.S. crude oil production hit record high in November: EIA”

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. crude oil production shattered a 47-year output record in November and retreated slightly in December, the U.S. Energy Department said on Wednesday, as oil production from shale continued to upend global supply patterns.

Oil output rose to 10.057 million barrels per day (bpd) in November, a revision from earlier estimates, the EIA said. December production fell 108,000 bpd to 9.949 million bpd, it said.

November’s figure exceeded the 10.044 million barrels produced daily in November 1970. Output has surged in the last several years due to the shale boom, pushing the United States past Saudi Arabia among top producers. Only Russia now has greater daily oil output.

The new record probably will not last. The U.S. government forecasts production will hit 11 million barrels per day later this year. . .”

Jay Akbar, UK Sun: “THE UNSTOPPABLE BOMB – Putin boasts Russia has developed an intercontinental nuclear missile that can’t be stopped or shot down by any country’s defence system”

Russian elections – sounds like Vlad might be worried about Navalny . . . or about US oil production . . .

“The newly developed intercontinental ballistic rocket with ‘unlimited range’ was one of several unveiled by the Russian leader in his state of the nation address in Moscow.

Vladimir Putin has raised fears of a nuclear arms race in the 21st century

“He unveiled new, hypersonic nuclear weapons which have no equal

“The most frightening weapon he alluded to was a nuclear-powered cruise missile

Putin said it can travel 20 times the speed of sound and strike “like a meteorite”

He said the Avangard also has “unlimited range” and “cannot be intercepted”

Putin also announced a nuclear-powered underwater drone and cruise missile

The Russian leader emphasised the weapons have no equivalent in the West

Putin vowed to wage nuclear war on the United States if Trump attacked first

‘We aren’t threatening anyone… we aren’t going to take anything from anyone,’ he said”

John Nolte, Big Journalism: “February Ratings: Fox News and Sean Hannity on Top — CNN and Chris Cuomo in Freefall”

“With an average of 3.3 million viewers, Fox News anchor Sean Hannity extends his status as the King of Cable News to five months, reports Forbes.

In second place is Fox’s Tucker Carlson, who averaged 3.144 million viewers.

Next up is the now-deposed Rachel Maddow, whose MSNBC show was number one in 2017. She is now in third place with 2.874 million average viewers.

Of every basic cable channel, including ESPN, USA, TNT, etc., Fox News is the most-watched and has been for 20 straight months.

Margaret Talev & Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg: “Hope Hicks to Resign as White House Communications Director”

“Hicks is telling friends that she has been mulling her future for months and began discussing her post-White House options with some confidantes as early as November, well before the Porter news broke, two people said.

“While some inside the White House have been concerned about the emotional toll that the Porter revelations had taken on Hicks, two people said that situation wasn’t pivotal in shaping her decision to leave.

“Hicks had told friends she was frustrated with the constant barrage of unattributed rumors and negative news stories that she said makes it hard for officials to concentrate on long-term projects.

“She privately prepared some White House aides in recent days for the news of her departure, but wanted to wait until Wednesday after her testimony to the House Intelligence Committee to make it public.

“Hicks told Trump of her plans this week. Trump told her he didn’t want her to leave, but accepted her decision, according to the people. . .”



Mark Levin, 03-01-18

On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show, President Trump wants to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, which increase prices on the American people. How is it that the market works in every field except for about six where we are told we have to have a fair system? Tariffs are un-American and are something that Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders support. Tariffs hurt American workers and will be a detriment to American businesses. People are going to lose their jobs. Our government is set to place a tax on us after giving us a tax cut. It’s time to stop subsidizing industries because the vast majority of us are not subsidized; this is food stamps for industries.

“Later, Trump says that government should ‘take the guns first, go through due process second’. How do you have due process after the fact? It seems that Trump wants to violate the 2nd and now the 5th amendment. Also, day after day, the president slams the NRA, telling politicians not to be afraid of the group. How about mentioning the Bill of Rights, individual liberty, and stick to the real solutions such as trained professionals armed in our schools? The NRA is not the enemy. Beating it down every day is outrageous.”

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Dead Cats: Guns&???, 02/28/18, (29)28, James Brody

Hanson – Russian Disaster; McCarthy – FISA Error.

SECOND AMENDMENT: David French – Real Talk; Jamie White – Ban on guns?

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Paul – TEA dead?; Durden – Comey’s FBI & sex; Yahoo! – # of Xi terms elicits complaints; Dawsey & Miroff – Trump to visit San Diego wall; Hantler – Soros invades Missouri; Aleaziz – ICE arrests in California; Kass – SCOTUS vs. unions.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-27-18; Churchill show times.

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Real Russian Disaster”

“Donald Trump has said a lot of silly stuff about Russia, from joking about Vladimir Putin helping to find Hillary’s deleted emails, to naïve musings about the extent of Russian interference into Western democratic elections. But far more important than what he has said is what Trump has done. That same caveat applies to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

“Start with two givens: Vladimir Putin is neither stupid nor content to watch an aging, shrinking, corrupt, and dysfunctional — but still large and nuclear — Russia recede to second- or third-power status. From 2009 to 2015, in one of the most remarkable and Machiavellian efforts in recent strategic history, Putin almost single-handedly parlayed a deserved losing hand into a winning one. He pulled this off by flattering, manipulating, threatening, and outsmarting an inept and politically obsessed Obama administration.

“Under the Obama presidency and the tenures of Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Russia made astounding strategic gains — given its intrinsic economic, social, and military weaknesses. The Obama reaction was usually incoherent (Putin was caricatured as a “bored kid in the back of the classroom” or as captive of a macho shtick). After each aggressive Russian act, the administration lectured that “it is not in Russia’s interest to . . . ” — as if Obama knew better than a thuggish Putin what was best for autocratic Russia.

“A review of Russian inroads, presented in no particular order, is one of the more depressing chapters in post-war U.S. diplomatic history. . .”

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “A Foreign Power’s Recruitment Effort Is Not a Basis for a FISA Court Warrant”

“My column that posted last night is an in-depth analysis of the Schiff memo, the response of House Intelligence Committee Democrats to the Nunes memo published by committee Republicans. I offer a variety of reasons why the response principally proffered by the committee’s ranking member, Representative Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), fails to defend the issuance of FISA court surveillance warrants against an American citizen tied to the Trump campaign, Carter Page, in a counterintelligence investigation seeking to probe suspected ties between Donald Trump and Russia. The warrant was issued based on uncorroborated hearsay allegations from unknown sources, compiled in the so-called Steele dossier. The FBI and Justice Department failed to disclose that these allegations were generated by an opposition-research project commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

“As I argue in the column, the Schiff memo leaves no doubt that the key allegation supporting issuance of the warrant is the Steele dossier’s claim that, while on a well-publicized trip to Moscow in July 2016, Page met with two top Putin regime operatives, Igor Sechin and Igor Divyekin. Page credibly denies the meetings; former British spy Christoper Steele’s claim that they happened is based on unidentified hearsay sources that he concedes he never confirmed; and all indications are that the FBI never corroborated them. In congressional testimony, Former FBI director James Comey described the dossier’s allegations about Donald Trump as “salacious and unverified.” Furthermore, according to a memo published by two senior Senate Judiciary Committee members — Chairman Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) — then-director Comey conceded that the Bureau did not corroborate Steele’s sources and relied on the fact that Steele had given the FBI reliable information in the past. (See Grassley-Graham memo, p.2.)

“At the Washington ExaminerByron York picks up on something I wish I had highlighted: The Schiff memo’s focus on past Russian intelligence efforts (in 2013) to recruit Page to become an agent for Russia. As Byron notes, the Schiff memo claims that ‘Steele’s information about Page was consistent with the FBI’s assessment of Russian intelligence efforts to recruit him and his connections to Russian persons of interest.’

“The fact that a foreign power is trying to recruit an American to become an agent for that foreign power is not a sufficient basis to issue a surveillance warrant against the American under FISA. It would, of course, be sufficient to issue a warrant against the foreign spies who are making the recruitment efforts, but it is not enough for a warrant against the American citizen who is the target of the recruitment effort. . .”


David French, NRO: “It’s Time for Real Talk about the Assault-Weapons ‘Ban’”

It’s not a ban, and it’s not the answer to mass shootings.

“It’s back. In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., school massacre, House Democrats are making another attempt at banning so-called assault weapons. A “supermajority” (156 of 193) of House Democrats have signed on, leaving no doubt as to the party’s move left on gun control. The bill, called the “Assault Weapons ban of 2018,” is a non-starter — at least so long as Republicans control the House — but it’s a mistake to simply write off any proposal backed so overwhelmingly by one side of the aisle. This debate isn’t going away.

“So let’s deal with the bill on the merits, beginning with taking on its inherently deceptive name. The bill calls for a ‘ban’ on both ‘semi-automatic assault weapons’ and ‘large capacity magazine feeding devices’ (magazines holding more than ten rounds). But then — in the very next paragraphs — it exempts every single weapon and magazine lawfully possessed before the enactment of the law.

“In other words, the assault-weapons ban isn’t a ban at all. It would leave tens of millions of guns and magazines on the streets. In fact, nobody actually knows the number. Rifle sales have skyrocketed. Counting rifles made and distributed in the U.S. only (in other words, not counting imports), the number has increased from 1.6 million in 2007 to 4.2 million in 2016. During that time, the AR-15 has been among the most popular rifles sold in the U.S.

“In other words, even if the proposed ‘ban’ were enacted, a person who wanted an AR-15 could find an AR-15. A person who wanted a large-capacity magazine could find a large-capacity magazine.

“Moreover, the phrase ‘assault weapons’ is also inherently deceptive. The drafters include within the definition not just the scary-looking, military-style rifles such as the AR-15 but also semi-automatic pistols that can ‘accept a detachable magazine’ and have at least one common additional feature such as a threaded barrel. The proposed ban also includes semi-automatic shotguns with, among other things, a pistol grip, a fixed magazine that accepts more than five rounds, or the ability to accept a detachable magazine of any size.

“This is the worst kind of gun control. Any measure that preserves the ability of criminals to access guns while restricting the access of law-abiding Americans is a measure that fundamentally impairs the very purpose of the Second Amendment. For the law-abiding, the existing stock of tens (hundreds?) of millions of weapons and magazines would instantly become more expensive. Yet with the slightest premeditation, a criminal could easily circumvent the ban . . .”


‘This bill would ban virtually every self-defense handgun sold in the U.S.,’ says NRA

“House Democrats have introduced a bill banning semi-automatic firearms in the wake of the Parkland shooting that left 17 dead two weeks ago.

“Rep. David Cicilline, (D-R.I.), announced Monday he is introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. Over 150 Democrats have signed on in support of the legislation, according to Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL).

“Today I joined @RepCicilline and 150+ of my colleagues to introduce the assault weapons ban. It’s time for Congress to listen to the will of a majority of Americans and pass sensible legislation to get these weapons of war off our streets. #NeverAgain #MSDStrong,” Deutch tweeted.

“The legislation would make it “unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.”

“The bill also lists over 205 different kinds of rifles and handguns that would be banned, including the AR-15 and AK-47.

“Given that semi-automatic rifles and handguns comprise the vast majority of firearms and are by far the most popular type, the legislation reveals the Democrats’ true goal — to virtually end the Second Amendment. . .”


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.


Ron Paul, InfoWars: “RON PAUL: IS THE (TEA) PARTY OVER?”

“The movement commonly referred to as the tea party arose in opposition to the 2008 bank bailouts. The tea party grew as its focus shifted to opposition to President Obama’s policies, particularly his stimulus spending bill, cap-and-trade legislation, and, of course, the health care plan tea party leaders successfully branded as Obamacare. In its early days, the tea party was equally opposed to big spenders in both parties. In fact, it was often harder on Republicans than on Democrats. Tea party groups even backed primary challengers to Republican incumbents.

“Unfortunately, the tea party was quickly coopted by the GOP. As a result, while tea party groups still opposed Republican policies, they began muting their opposition to all but the worst Republican politicians. “Now that Republicans control the White House and Congress, tea party groups have even muted their opposition to the policies. This reinforces the tendency of Republicans to support spending bills backed by Donald Trump or George W. Bush that they would have fought tooth and nail if they were proposed by Barack Obama or Bill Clinton.

“The tea party’s effectiveness as a force for fiscal conservatism was also crippled by the support of too many of its leaders and favorite politicians for a hyper-interventionist foreign policy. Support for foreign interventionism logically requires support for huge military budgets, which conflicts with a commitment to fiscal conservatism.

“Some tea party-backed politicians tried to reconcile support for militarism and fiscal conservatism by claiming to be “cheap hawks.” The problem with this formulation is that the so-called cheap hawks accept the neoconservative premise that American exceptionalism justifies US military intervention around the globe. This makes it impossible for them to resist the calls for increased military spending to ensure the United States has the ability to police the world in the name of “democracy.”

“Devotion to protecting the military-industrial complex from the budget ax leads defense hawks to cut deals with progressives to increase spending on both warfare and welfare. We saw this with the recent budget deal, where so-called fiscal conservatives defended a $65 billion increase in domestic spending because it was necessary to get progressive support for an $80 billion increase in military spending. One cannot be both a budget hawk and a defense hawk.

“Fortunately, while the tea party is dead or at least on life support, a related movement is alive and growing. This is the liberty movement that grew out of my 2008 presidential campaign. Ironically, one of the first events of that movement was called a ‘tea party.’ . . .”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Comey’s FBI Was a Hotbed of Sexual Misconduct: Official Report”

“The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog sanctioned at least 14 FBI agents and officials over the last five years – most of which occurred under Former FBI Director James Comey’s leadership, reports Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller – which has reviewed documents from the agency’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz.

“Prior to Comey’s tenure as Director which began in September 2013, no sexual misconduct charges had been filed by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Most recently, an extramarital relationship between FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page was revealed during Congressional investigations into the FBI, which had been uncovered by Horowitz through a search of text messages between the two agents.

“Perhaps the most shocking revelation, however, is that Comey attempted to thwart Horowitz’s investigation. 

‘‘As Horowitz explained in his March 2015 final report on how law enforcement agencies handle sexual-misconduct complaints, his office’s ability “to conduct this review was significantly impacted and delayed by the repeated difficulties we had in obtaining relevant information from both the FBI and DEA as we were initiating this review in mid-2013.”

“After pulling teeth to try and obtain records from the FBI, Horowitz was finally presented with unredacted information that satisfied his requests – however it was ‘still incomplete. . .’”

YAHOO!, AP: “Xi term limit proposal sparks rare public dissent in China”

BEIJING (AP) — In a rare public expression of dissent in China, a well-known political commentator and a prominent businesswoman have penned open letters urging lawmakers to reject a plan that would allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely.

Their impassioned statements on a popular messaging app were circulated widely after the ruling Communist Party announced a proposal Sunday to amend the constitution to scrap term limits on the president and vice president.

In a statement Monday on WeChat to Beijing’s members of China’s rubber-stamp parliament, Li Datong, a former editor for the state-run China Youth Daily, wrote that lifting term limits would “sow the seeds of chaos.”

“If there are no term limits on a country’s highest leader, then we are returning to an imperial regime,” Li told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “My generation has lived through Mao. That era is over. How can we possibly go back to it?”

Josh Dawsey & Nick Miroff, San Diego Tribune: “Trump will visit San Diego, see border wall prototypes”

“. . . The president, who has rarely crossed the Mississippi River during his first 13 months in office, is scheduled to visit San Diego in mid-March to see prototypes for a potential border wall and learn more about the construction, according to administration officials involved in the planning.

“He will also visit Los Angeles to attend a Republican National Committee fundraiser, these people said, one of a number of fundraisers he is expected to headline in the next two months.

“The president’s trip to California has been floated several times and later scuttled. Trump prefers to sleep in his own bed at night, and some of his aides have been leery of a trip to the border because of likely protests amid debate over the president’s support for new immigration limits.

“Trump has criticized California officials in recent days, threatening to pull immigration enforcement out of the country’s largest state in retribution for what he deemed a “lousy management job.” He has also complained about “sanctuary cities” in California, where local municipalities do not cooperate with federal law enforcement officials.

“Trump is not exactly a favorite person in California . . .”

Steve Hantler, Breitbart: “Hantler: George Soros Declares War on the State of Missouri”

“It wasn’t enough that, years ago, George Soros fanned the flamesof anti-police protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Now he’s back to his old antics: bankrolling a prosecutor to go after a popular, conservative Republican Governor, Eric Greitens.

“Soros’ Washington-DC based super PAC gave St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardneralmost $200,000 to make sure she carried his water once elected. And she has: She’s softened enforcement of crimes and, worse, has used the powers of her office to recklessly pursue an investigation against the Governor.

“That investigation culminated in an indictment this past week—which means that Missouri taxpayers are, yet again, on the hook for spending taxpayer money for frivolous cases, thanks to George Soros.

“Missouri isn’t the only place Soros’s tentacles reach. He’s tried to weaken crime laws and attack law enforcement in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Texas. By spending millions to fund soft-on-crime local prosecutors—including $2 million to unseat Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona—Soros hopes that his far-left ideology on crime and violence can take hold in prosecutors officers around the United States. . .”

Hamed Aleaziz, SF Gate: “ICE confirms 150-plus arrests in California sweep, slams Schaaf’s early warning”

“Federal officials said Tuesday they arrested more than 150 undocumented immigrants in a Northern California sweep aimed at countering local sanctuary laws, while suggesting Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to alert the public to the secret operation may have allowed some targets to elude capture.

“Since Sunday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have fanned out from the Central Valley to the far northern reaches of the state, knocking on doors, detaining people and prompting alarm from community activists and some Democratic politicians who oppose President Trump’s immigration crackdown.

“Agency officials, who had remained silent about the operation for three days, said in a written statement that they arrested people in cities including San Francisco, Bay Point, Sacramento and Stockton, and that half of those arrested had criminal convictions, including for violent crimes.

“The operation was named Keep Safe. . .”

John Kass, Chicago Tribune: “Supreme Court case threatens Democratic bosses’ use of union muscle”

“. . . Politics is all about who gets what, when and how much. But it’s also about who pays for the generous public pension and health care plans for public workers in the 22 electoral vote-rich blue states, like Illinois and New Jersey.

“Politics is also about who gets tired of paying, like all those blue state economic refugees.

People like Mary and Joe Average taxpayer, holding onto shabby private retirement savings and diminished private health care.

Taxpayers are being squeezed on all sides to pay more to keep those political bosses in power, by funding the public sector unions that push the big votes in the blue states in exchange for retirement and other benefits that voters like Mary and Joe can only dream about.

A decision in Janus is expected in June. . .”


Mark Levin, 02-27-18

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, It’s more important than ever to discuss the foundational principles of American civil society — and we need to fight back against the Left’s constant attacks on constitutional government and individual liberty. Liberty, individualism, and the history of the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment are almost never discussed in the gun control debate. There are constant efforts under way to redefine this country and redefine what liberty means.The debate over guns isn’t a debate over guns. It’s the debate over liberty. Also, the socialist idea of Universal Basic Income is now supported by 48% of Americans. We now have more and more people who embrace socialism over capitalism. Can you imagine the economic impact of this? Can you imagine the control the government would have over the individual, who would rely almost one hundred percent for his or her sustenance from the government?

“Later, how is it that all great minds in history missed the fact of climate change? Only recently with the advent of the Bill Clinton and Al Gore administration that it suddenly became the case we had global warming. Over the last 40 years we have gone from global cooling to global warming to climate change and if you don’t buy into it you are a denier. The conceit of the left to believe that they have power to alter the Earth and universe is the same conceit they use to try control and alter characteristics of individual human beings.

“Finally, Rep Brian Mast is in a district in Florida which is Republican enough that he does not have to do what he is doing, which is trying to ban assault weapons. It is troubling but shows you what happens when people come to Washington. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota would never bring on a handicapped veteran who was in favor of the Second Amendment. The Mast interview with Camerota is disturbing because we now know there are other Republicans who are willing to defy their constituencies.>

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Dead Cats: FourWaited, 02/26/18, (29)27, James Brody

McCarthy – “Collusion” over?; McCarthy – Schiff memo.

SECOND AMENDMENT: Strassel – GOP gun temptation; Superville – Govs.  To meet; Steyn – State failure; French – Cowards; Durden – Four waited outside.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: York – The new memo; Seldon – Libby warns about ICE; Tolan – Skip DiFi; Curl – Trump sold them @ CPAC; Johnson – Chinese Prez wants a third term; China’s hypersonic jet.

PA: Zito – Our partisan courts; Economist – Middle East oil alliance.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-23-18; Churchill show times.

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Is ‘Collusion with Russia’ Over?”

“Mueller may be seeking to defend at least the investigative decisions made by the FBI and the Justice Department, institutions he served for many years.

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been a busy fellow for the past week. Rapid fire, his indictment of several Russian nationals for meddling in the 2016 election has been followed by a guilty plea, for lying to investigators, from a lawyer tied to Trump-campaign figures Paul Manafort and Richard Gates; a new indictment against Manafort and Gates that, as anticipated, added tax- and bank-fraud charges (in Virginia) to already existing money-laundering charges (in Washington); and finally, just breaking as this is written, a guilty plea from Gates on charges of defrauding the United States and lying to the FBI.

“As President Trump’s champions emphasize, what is most notable about this array of allegations is an omission: Nowhere has the special counsel charged any kind of criminal collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. . .”

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Schiff Memo Harms Democrats More than It Helps Them”

“It confirms that the FBI and the DOJ relied heavily on uncorroborated, third-hand, anonymous sources in their FISA application.

“Maybe Adam Schiff has more of a sense of humor than I’d have given him credit for. The House Intelligence Committee’s ranking Democrat begins his long-awaited memo — the minority response to the Nunes memo that was penned by staffers of the committee’s Republican majority — by slamming Chairman Devin Nunes’s unconscionable “risk of public exposure of sensitive sources and methods for no legitimate purpose.” The Schiff memo, which has been delayed for weeks because the FBI objected to its gratuitous effort to publicize highly classified intelligence, including methods and sources, then proceeds to tell its tale through what appear to be scores of blacked-out redactions of information Schiff pushed to expose. . .”


Kimberley Strassel, WSJ:  “The GOP’s Gun Temptation”

“In Parkland’s wake, Trump and Rubio flirt with feel-good but ineffective solutions

“Republicans have held the political high ground on gun rights for decades, and they’ve done it by sticking together and sticking to the facts. Nothing will lose them that credibility faster than if they jump on the false-hope bandwagon.

“The Parkland, Fla., school shooting is rightly causing a new national debate. With astounding cynicism, Democrats rushed to capitalize on dead teens, while ineffectually dragging out the same fatigued arguments they’ve been making since the Clinton era. They are back again with the “assault weapons” cry—calling for an arbitrary ban on a handful of scary-looking guns, when millions of other firearms can kill just as efficiently. (The 1994 assault-weapon ban was still in effect at the time of the 1999 Columbine massacre.) They are back again with confiscation, even though they know it’s a nonstarter with the Supreme Court and the public. The Parkland community deserves real policy proposals, not more empty posturing.

“The GOP has excelled in recent decades in pointing out the barrenness of this gun-control agenda with statistics and common sense. And they’ve pointed out the unifying thread behind these mass-shooting events: mental illness. Former Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy spent three years pushing legislation to overhaul and bring accountability to federal mental-health programs, and President Obama finally signed it in December 2016.

“The Murphy bill was the product of a methodical and thoughtful effort to reform a system that wasn’t working. Such deliberateness is in contrast with the half-baked proposals now emanating from President Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio. Both men have said they favor banning adults under 21 from buying rifles. Mr. Trump is also talking about training and arming schoolteachers, and Mr. Rubio is latching on to restrictions on the size of magazines.

“This is the politics of false-hope—Democrat-lite. Age limits may sound good, but most teenage violent criminals steal firearms from adults. An age limit wouldn’t have stopped Adam Lanza in Sandy Hook (who used his mother’s guns) or the Columbine killers (who obtained their guns from adult friends). It wouldn’t have stopped the Virginia Tech shooter or the Umpqua Community College shooter in Oregon, who were 23 and 26, respectively. An age limit is as empty a gesture as a ban on so-called assault weapons. As is a call for a large-capacity magazine ban, which is easily circumvented by reloading quickly. Arming teachers is an interesting idea, but it still doesn’t get to the root of the problem—stopping insane people from getting guns.

“The Trump-Rubio proposals stem from that fatal Washington compulsion: a need to be seen as doing something. What’s odd is that it is unnecessary. There’s plenty Republicans could do in Parkland’s wake that is far more sensible, and would do far more good.

“House and Senate committees could investigate the FBI’s failure to respond to warnings about the Parkland killer. This doesn’t need to be a bash-the-FBI episode, but law-enforcement failure has—along with mental health—become a defining feature of many mass shootings.

“Republicans can also quickly pass the Fix NICS Act, which would fill holes in the background-check system—holes that we know led directly to mass-shooter firearm purchases that should have been barred. Some House Republicans demand that Fix NICS be combined in a single bill with a measure compelling states to recognize one another’s concealed-carry permits. That’s an invitation to the left to portray them as obstructionist. Instead, the House should pass each bill separately and let red-state Senate Democrats face the consequences for killing a gun-rights priority. . .”

Darlene Superville, AP: “Trump: Florida shooting to dominate governors meeting

Hat tip – InfoWars . . .

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school is the top issue he wants to discuss with the nation’s governors.

Under pressure to act to stem gun violence on school grounds, Trump planned to solicit input from the state chief executives during meetings Monday at the White House. The governors are in Washington for their annual winter meeting.

Mark Steyn, “A Total Failure of the State”

“During Wednesday’s horrible fiasco of a “Town Hall”, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel spelled it out:

What I’m asking the law makers to give police all over this country is more power.

I was sufficiently struck by the above to write it down – because it was clear even then that Sheriff Israel is an incompetent deployer of the power he already has. The scale of his department’s appalling failure in the Parkland massacre gets worse almost hourly. I was on air with Tucker Carlson when I heard that Stoneman Douglas High’s on-site “school resource officer” – Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, uniformed, trained and armed – had declined to enter the building and had stayed safely outside until Nikolas Cruz had finished killing everybody.

After a day on supension without pay, Deputy Peterson has now “retired”, which assuredly comes with pay.

But, as I said, it gets worse. Three of his fellow deputies, from Sheriff Israel’s department, then showed up at the school and also decided not to enter the building but to remain crouched behind their vehicles until the shooting had stopped:

When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.

With direction from the Broward deputies who were outside, Coral Springs police soon entered the building where the shooter was. New Broward County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, and two of those deputies and an officer from Sunrise, Florida, joined the Coral Springs police as they went into the building.

By my arithmetic, that sounds like at least seven of Sheriff Israel’s deputies were at the school, but only two entered the building. Still, it seems to be a crackerjack police department in terms of response time: They’re first on the scene – and then they just sit back and watch at a safe distance. . .”

David French, NRO: “Excusing Cowardice Is Not the Path to Gun Control”

“In the entire horrible history of modern mass shootings, have government failures ever been so comprehensive and so heartbreaking as those that led up to school massacre in Parkland, Fla.? The FBI received a precise tip and failed to act. Local law enforcement was called to the shooter’s home dozens of times. Local law enforcement received a precise tip and failed to act. Many mass shooters wave red flags. The Parkland shooter did everything but call police and tell them the date and time of his attack. It would have been difficult for him to make his intentions more clear.

“Then, yesterday, the story got even more heartbreaking. When the news of the attack first broke, millions of Americans wondered if there was security on campus, and if so, what security did as the attack unfolded. Well, it turns out that there was a law-enforcement officer on campus. He ‘responded’ to the shooting, and did nothing. At the critical moment, he stayed outside. . .”

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “‘Shocked And Outraged’: Four Broward Deputies Waited Outside School As Children Were Massacred”

“Coral Springs police officers were “stunned and upset” to learn that four Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies were stationed outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and had not entered to face an active shooter, sources with the Coral Springs, FL police department told CNN.

“As the details behind the Police response to the Valentines Day massacre emerge, it appears that the Coral Springs Police department – which sent 130 officers to the scene – put their lives on the line while Broward County officers simply waited for backup as the scene unfolded, in what some Coral Springs officials perceived to be a derilection of duty.


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.


Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: Assessing the new Democratic intel memo”

“. . . Democrats say the Justice Department provided the court with four categories of information that together were “a multi-pronged rationale for surveilling Page.” The four categories are:

* contemporaneous evidence of Russia’s election interference;
* concerning Russian links and outreach to Trump campaign officials;
* Page’s history with Russian intelligence; and
* [redacted] Page’s suspicious activities in 2016, including in Moscow.

“Remember that the standard for winning a warrant to wiretap a U.S. citizen in the United States is quite high, and that the purpose of the warrant application was to convince the FISA judges that Page specifically, not the Trump campaign generally or any group of people, was a Russian agent and was likely violating the law.

“The first bullet point, about “Russia’s election interference” — a reference to, say, evidence of Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee or Russian internet trolling — doesn’t say anything about Carter Page.

“The second bullet point, an apparent reference to Russian contacts with George Papadapoulos, also doesn’t say anything about Page.

“The third category, referring to Page’s business history in Moscow in the 2000s, and more specifically a 2013 case in which Russian agents tried unsuccessfully to recruit him, does of course focus on Page. As I wrote this month, by several accounts, Page’s history was not a big part of the FISA application, but it was a part, and House Republicans should have included that fact in their memo. On the other hand, Page’s history was history; it was not new in October 2016, when the first warrant was granted, and it’s not clear why it would have triggered the DOJ to ask for, or the FISA court to approve, a wiretapping warrant.

“The Democrats’ fourth and last bullet point, referring to “Page’s suspicious activities in 2016, including in Moscow,” seems to be the category that would have given the warrant application its punch. Unlike the other bullets, it was both new and about Page specifically. And sure enough, it is the category in which Democrats concede that the Steele dossier was used.

“‘It is in this specific sub-section of the application that DOJ refers to Steele’s reporting on Page and his alleged coordination with Russian officials,’ the Democratic memo says. The FISA application, according to Democrats, ‘made only narrow use of information from Steele’s sources about Page’s specific activities in 2016, chiefly his suspected July 2016 meetings in Moscow with Russian officials.’

“In addition, Democrats claim, ‘Steele’s information about Page was consistent with the FBI’s assessment of Russian intelligence efforts to recruit him and his connections to Russian persons of interest.’

“Saying Steele’s information was ‘consistent’ with the FBI’s earlier assessment of Page is not the same as saying Steele’s information was accurate. . .”

Aja Seldon, KRON4: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warns residents of possible ICE raids”

“. . . According to Schaaf, she learned of the raids from credible sources who say the Immigration and Customs Enforcement is preparing to conduct a sweep in the Bay Area.

“Schaaf said she’s sharing the information not to incite panic, but to protect people.

“The city is encouraging residents to consult immigration resources. Oakland police officers are prohibited from participating in ICE activities. . .”

Casey Tolan, MercuryNews: “California Democratic Party declines to endorse Dianne Feinstein in re-election bid”

“SAN DIEGO — The California Democratic Party declined to make an endorsement in this year’s U.S. Senate race early Sunday morning, snubbing Sen. Dianne Feinstein in her bid for a fifth full term.

Her main challenger, State Senate leader Kevin de León, won the support of 54 percent of the delegates at the state party convention here this weekend, short of the 60 percent needed to secure the party endorsement. Feinstein received only 37 percent of the votes.

The rebuke of Feinstein by the party delegates comes even though the 25-year incumbent has led polls by wide margins and has received broad support from state party luminaries like Sen. Kamala Harris and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The results were a sign of discomfort among many liberals who believe Feinstein should do more to challenge President Trump — and of de León’s strong connections to the party’s activist left flank. The endorsement contest was a “test of the establishment’s authority and power,” de León chief of staff Dan Reeves said before the vote.

Joseph Curl, Fox: “Trump dumps ‘boring’ speech to talk ‘bald spot,’ read ‘The Snake’ – Oh, and tout his accomplishments”

“President Trump went off script – waaaay off script – Friday as he touted his achievements, cracked jokes and attacked his critics in a wide-ranging speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in convention center packed with hardcore supporters.

“The president was in rare form – joking about his ‘bald spot,’ reading a poem titled ‘The Snake’ and even calling his own prepared speech ‘boring’ – before vaulting off on a 75-minute stem-winder speech just outside Washington.

“‘CPAC has always been about big ideas and putting them into action,’ President Trump began, reading from a teleprompter. But as he read in a monotone, the president suddenly caught his own image on a giant video monitor.

“‘What a nice picture that is, look at that, I’d love to watch that guy speak, oh God,’ the president said as he looked at his larger-than-life image, while the audience began cheering. He then turned his back to the crowd – watching himself on the big screen – and pantomimed fixing his hair, primping and pressing the tops and sides.

“‘Ohhhhh, I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks, I work hard at it,’ he said after turning back to face the crowd. ‘Doesn’t look bad,’ he said, looking back at himself. ‘Hey, we’re hanging in, we’re hanging in, we’re hanging in there, right? Together we are hanging in!’

“From there it was all bets off. Trump the teleprompter reader had suddenly morphed into Trump the guy who will say anything that pops into his mind – and the crowd ate it up. . .”

Jesse Johnson, Japan Times: “China to scrap term limits for president, paving way for Xi to stay at helm”

“In a short release, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said that the Central Committee had proposed to remove from the country’s constitution the expression that the president and vice president ‘shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.’

“It said the proposal was made public Sunday, a day ahead of a scheduled meeting of the Central Committee. It was unclear why the announcement was made ahead of that meeting. . .”

Hugh Norris, UK Telegraph: “China unveils plans for hypersonic jet that can fly anywhere in the world in three hours”

“Anew hypersonic aircraft could ferry passengers anywhere in the world in under three hours.

“Travelling at up to 3,800 miles an hour, more than six times the speed of a typical commercial jet and twice as fast as a supersonic aircraft, it has been developed for the Chinese military, but could be used for passengers.

“Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences say they have tested a scaled-down model of the hypersonic jet in a wind tunnel, where it reached a top speed of 5,343mph. . .”


Salena Zito, NY Post: “Here’s proof our courts work as partisan forces

“. . . Since the midterm elections of 2010, Republicans have held the majority in the Pennsylvania House delegation. After five years of dominance, the GOP got complacent. The national party paid little money or attention to the urgency of filling the upcoming races for three empty judge seats on the state supreme court, despite the political implications.

Democrats, meanwhile, saw an opportunity to reverse the red tide through the courts, pumping money and support into their candidates. In 2015, they went on to win the majority on the court with five Dems to two Republicans.

Late last year, Democrats on the court began hearing arguments that would upend the state’s electoral map. Though both Republican-backed judges and one Dem-backed judge dissented, last week’s ruling stood — an egregious result that defies our traditional political process.

“The majority party of the legislatures [has] the right to draw the lines — not some judges years later . . . for the advantage of their party,” Brauer said. “Both parties know that and act accordingly. That has been part of American political culture for centuries.”

While Brauer is upset that a supposedly fair and neutral court engineered a ruling to favor their partisan team, he is also concerned about how much disruption the ruling has caused. “All of a sudden current members of Congress have to figure out where they run or if they run, with challengers facing the same issue,” he said. “This could have been held off for a couple of years when the Democrats stood a fairly good chance of drawing a more favorable map without having the courts involved.”

There is a chance the map change could be challenged. Last week, President Trump tweeted his wish to see that happen, stating: “Hope Republicans in the Great State of Pennsylvania challenge the new ‘pushed’ Congressional Map, all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary. Your Original was correct! Don’t let the Dems take elections away from you so that they can raise taxes & waste money!”

But first the Supreme Court has to agree to hear the case. In the meantime, we should ask ourselves whether the courts have any business fundamentally changing a system that has been in place since our country’s founding.. .”

Economist: “OPEC mulls a long-term alliance with Russia to keep oil prices stable”

“OIL bears beware. On February 20th Suhail al-Mazrouei, OPEC’s rotating president and energy minister of the United Arab Emirates, said the 14-member producers’ group is working on a plan for a formal alliance with ten other petrostates, including Russia, aimed at propping up oil prices for the foreseeable future. If it comes to anything, it could be OPEC’s most ambitious venture in decades.

The result will not be, he insists, a “supergroup”. The notion of Saudi Arabia and Russia joining forces as the Traveling Wilburys of the oil world may be a bit jarring. It remains an idea in “draft” form. But whatever its chances, it attempts to shift a belief widely held by participants in oil markets: that non-American oil producers are helpless against the shale revolution.”


Mark Levin, 02-23-18

On Friday’s Mark Levin show, We now have the very government the Founders were concerned about because of the erosion of American liberties that is coming as a result of a propaganda campaign against gun ownership by the Left and the media. The same Washington that undermines the US military is the same Washington that refuses to adhere to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We don’t look at the Bill of Rights and try to get the closest we can to its original meaning. Now it’s common talk among Republicans who want to prevent young men and women from purchasing a rifle. There are no studies that show young people are more likely to commit acts of mass murder than older people. Statistics don’t matter when you’re being railroaded and indoctrinated.

“The fact is, the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office failed to follow its own protocols when they were tipped off about the shooter. The FBI, blew it, the Sheriff’s office blew it and the deputy sheriff blew it. Every time the government entities screw up, a little bit of our freedom is lost. Also, the vast majority of people with mental health issues are wonderful and now they are all stereotyped. Just how far will some of these politicians go to eviscerate the 2nd Amendment? We have more gun control in this country than ever before in the history of this country.

“Later, Paul Manafort issued a statement maintaining his innocence. Robert Mueller and his team are trying to punish Manafort. The FBI charged into his home with guns drawn, which is something that should only be done to mobsters. This is an absolute abuse of power. Most of the men involved in this investigation have buckled and are looking for deals, but not Manafort. He should fight on.”

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Dead Cats: 2nd Amendment, 02/23/18; (29)26, James Brody


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

201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745

(202) 347-9388.

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.’ . . .”


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…
Russian trolls on TWITTER ‘rile’ Americans on gun violence… 


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.



“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.”

“The podcast for this show can be streamed or downloaded from the Audio Rewind page.

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Dead Cats: KillHim, 02/21/18; (29)25, James Brody

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

(202) 347-9388.


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?”

Authored by Tom Fitton, op-ed via,

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?”

Authored by Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform blog,

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?”

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Dead Cats: Ruskies?, 02/19/18; (29)25, James Brody

FBI/GUNS:  Brody – Lethal minds; Fabian – Trump’s anger; York – Russian indictment; Fund – FBI a rolling stone; White – Indictments from Buzzfeed.

HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.

LEADS: Dougherty – Mitt a misfit; Schoffstall – Soros Junior; Zito – Faith & virtue; Snyder – Debt cancer.

PA: Wagner – Soros alert.

RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-16-18; Eastwood 15:17 to Paris; Churchill show times.

WPHT’s Radiothon for the Philadelphia USO raised $125,000 in one day!


James Brody, Lethal Minds

Youngsters still have superstitious minds – blame the loudest noise, the most recent change, the flight of a bird into a window, for whatever happens next. And human minds do not mature into cause-effect thinking until they are 23 years old. Before age 23, you are dealing with a mob, not a voter. Terrorists, however, have taught us the weapons value of airplanes, knives, taxis and busses, and even pressure cookers. The AR15 gets blame when it conveniently suits the purposes of an adolescent . . . the FBI knew of the high school shooter since January 5th and the police made 39 house-calls on him. The kid had plenty of time to skip his medications and make lethal, grandiose, achievable plans that used a slingshot if necessary. . .

Jordan Fabian, The Hill: “Trump’s anger boils over with Russia probe”

“In a remarkable burst of tweets sent from his Mar-a-Lago resort, the president blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to deter Russia and claimed he never denied the meddling took place — all while undercutting his own national security adviser who said Saturday that the interference is now “beyond dispute.”

“If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams,” Trump tweeted just after 8 a.m. “They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!”

“The tweets revealed the depth of Trump’s frustration following special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of more than a dozen Russians accused of meddling in the 2016 election in an effort to boost Trump’s campaign.

“Trump has long bristled at the notion that he received help in defeating his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and has resisted calls from members of both political parties to do more to disrupt the Kremlin’s plans to meddle in future U.S. elections.

“The president has not criticized Russia for its election-meddling scheme, opting to focus on the ways he believes Mueller’s indictment exonerates his campaign from colluding with the Kremlin. . .”

Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment”

“There’s been no shortage of breathless reaction to Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for their efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. “An attack that — but for the loss of life — is as bad as Pearl Harbor,” tweeted veteran journalist Jonathan Alter.

“That’s one way to look at it. Another is that, combining the 37-page indictment with testimony from social media executives before congressional intelligence committees — and there isn’t much in the indictment that the intel committees didn’t already know — the Russian operation, while warranting serious U.S. punishment, emerges as a small, poorly funded operation with a level of effectiveness that is impossible to measure but could be near zero. . .”

John Fund, NRO: “End the 9/11 Syndrome at the FBI: Terrible Things Happen, and There’s Little Accountability”

“Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender whose office is representing Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., puts it bluntly:

‘This kid exhibited every single known red flag, from killing animals to having a cache of weapons to disruptive behavior to saying he wanted to be a school shooter. If this isn’t a person who should have gotten someone’s attention, I don’t know who is. This was a multi-system failure.’

“Specifically, the FBI admits that it received two separate tips about Cruz. Last fall, a frequent YouTube vlogger noticed an alarming comment left on one of his videos. “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” said a user named Nikolas Cruz. The vlogger alerted the FBI and was interviewed. But the agency subsequently claimed its investigators couldn’t locate Cruz, despite the highly unusual spelling of his first name.

“Then, just six weeks ago, a person close to Cruz warned a call taker on the FBI’s tip line that the expelled student had a desire to kill and might attack a school. The bureau said that the information was not passed to agents in the Miami office. Florida governor Rick Scott has called for FBI director Christopher Wray to be fired. So has NRO’s Kevin Williamson in a powerful piece: “Fire the FBI Chief.” Other officials are calling for FBI heads to roll, but at a level below Wray’s. Florida attorney general Pam Bondi told Fox News, ‘The people who had that information and did not do anything with it, they are the ones that need to go.’

“For his part, Director Wray is promising that his agency will conduct a full probe. Congressional oversight committees are skeptical about how complete that will be given the recent evidence of the FBI’s politicized role in the probes of Russia and the Trump campaign, along with the infamous anti-Trump ‘Steele dossier,’ which the FBI relied on without verifying,

‘The fact that the FBI is investigating this failure is not enough,’ Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) said in a statement. ‘Law enforcement personnel constantly remind the public that ‘if you see something, say something.’ In this tragic case, people close to the shooter said something, and our system utterly failed the families of seventeen innocent souls.’

“Nor is the Parkland shooting the first time the FBI has fallen down on its most basic job: assessing threats and acting on them. Look at what has happened just in Florida in the last two years. FBI agents investigated as a suspect the man who gunned down 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, but concluded the agency couldn’t act against him. The FBI also had an unexpected visit from the mentally ill man charged with killing five people at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport last year. He had walked into an FBI field office and made bizarre, though not threatening, statements.

“Of course there should be a housecleaning at the FBI. But there is a larger issue. I call it America’s 9/11 Syndrome. I was across the street from the World Trade Center the day the terrorists flew two planes into it. I will never forget what I saw that day, including people holding hands jumping from the burning towers before they collapsed and killed 2,606 people.

“I retain a mixture of feelings about that day, ranging from deep sadness to pride that my fellow New Yorkers played against stereotypes and helped each other so much that day and afterwards. But what also sticks in my mind is a simple fact: Not one person in the federal government was fired on account of 9/11.

“I’m not the only one who feels that way. During his presidential campaign, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) noted that the FBI had caught the ‘20th hijacker’ a month before his comrades launched their deadly carnage on 9/11. ‘The FBI agent who caught him wrote 70 letters to FBI headquarters saying we should look at this guy’s computer — get a warrant — and they never did.’ Senator Paul told CNN’s Jake Tapper in 2015. ‘That was a huge failure, and I never quite understood why no one was fired over 9/11. . . . And there were some mistakes. We also had a report out of Arizona of people trying to fly planes but not learning how to land them.’

“As bad as those mistakes were, the Bush administration made them worse. . .”


“Russian troll group activities reported by liberal media since 2013

“. . . According to the indictment, the 13 Russians worked for several companies, including a “troll farm” based in St. Petersburg called the Internet Research Agency, which operated both pro- and anti-Trump social media accounts, as well as accounts favorable to Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders.

“The indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft,” special counsel spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.

“However, a 2014 report from Buzzfeed shows that not only was this troll group’s activities known, they were also fairly transparent about what they were doing. . .”


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.


Michael Brendan Dougherty, NRO: “Romney Is a Misfit for America”

“. . .Conservatives have also been on and off again when it comes to Romney. Back in 2006, a man wearing a dolphin suit would stalk Romney around CPAC. Flipper was popular with conservatives then. But two years later at the same convention, Laura Ingraham and other conservatives despaired at the capitulation to John McCain when Romney announced his exit from the race.

“Some political observers are hoping that Romney will save the Republican party from Trumpism. He was the man who tried to torpedo Trump’s 2016 campaign, calling Trump ‘a con man’ and a ‘fake.’ Romney has a real fortune and real grace in his deportment. Others point out that it was Romney who helped to legitimate Trump by dropping everything but his wife to receive Trump’s endorsement in 2012.

“What is constant about Romney is his civic-minded desire to serve in office and his confidence that he can do a good job. He is probably right that he would do well in office. He is wholesome, efficient, industrious, and faithful. But he combines all this with a barely concealed panic; he has no idea how to make a majority of voters choose him for the job. And so each new persona seems like a new attempt to condescend to us. . .”

Joe Schoffstall, Washington Free Beacon: “George Soros’s Son Donated $650,000 to Democratic Committees and Campaigns Last Year”

“. . . The son of liberal billionaire financier George Soros donated $650,000 to Democratic campaigns and committees last year, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Alexander Soros, Soros’s son and managing partner of Soros Brothers Investments, has quietly stepped up as a major liberal donor but has remained relatively obscure due to his father garnering much of the media attention in the family.

“Alex’s generous contributions spanned across a number of liberal party committees and campaigns, including two donations totaling $203,400 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) recount and building funds, while providing an additional $33,900 to the committee during the primary period.

“Alex also gave large amounts to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Like his contributions to the DCCC, Soros gave the DSCC $203,400 for its recount and headquarters account, with another $33,900 going towards the primaries.

“The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) building account additionally received six figures from Soros. Alex poured $101,700 into the DNC’s headquarters account and $33,900 was provided to the committee for the general election.

“Soros also gave thousands to the campaigns of Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Jon Tester (Mont.), and Chris Murphy (Conn.), among others. . .”

Salena Zito, NY Post: “Faith is no longer a virtue in America

“. . . McGregor said most Christian denominations believe in the same thing Pence does — that Jesus can speak directly to members of his flock. ‘If anyone knows anything about the Christian faith, the gift of the Holy Spirit is God speaking to us and through us,’ he said, adding, ‘It’s not like [Pence] thinks he’s Moses or something. You know what I’m saying?’

“McGregor finds this intolerance and lack of empathy from celebrities and the media both startling and predictable. ‘It is as though in popular culture being a person of faith has gone from being a virtue to a liability,’ he said.

“Behar’s jeering of Pence follows 18 months of public scorn thrown at the vice president. It began with the audience booing him at a Broadway production of ‘Hamilton’ and recently sparked again at the Olympics, where the vice president sat steely-faced alongside Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea’s brutal dictator, during the opening ceremonies. USA Today’s David Meeks blasted Pence for not standing for the united Korean team, calling him ‘an embarrassment.’

“Meanwhile, The Washington Post likened Kim Yo-jong to Ivanka Trump, noting her “high cheekbones and fine ears.”

“Never mind that she is the director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea and is part of a regime that publicly executes its people.

“For McGregor and millions of other Christians, it is unnerving to live in a world where the sister of a despot is normalized and glamorized but a man of faith is considered ‘mentally ill.’ . . .”

Michael Snyder, Economic Collapse: “Debt Cancer: More Than 80 Percent of American Adults Owe Somebody Else Money”

Hat Tip – InfoWars . . .

“How long can our debt levels keep growing much, much faster than the overall economy?  We haven’t had a year of 3 percent growth for the U.S. economy since the middle of the Bush administration, but we keep borrowing money as if there is no tomorrow.  Much of the focus has been on the exploding debt of the federal government, and that is definitely something I plan to address once I get to Washington.  But on an individual level, U.S. consumers have been extremely irresponsible as well.  In fact, one new survey has found that more than 80 percent of all American adults are currently in debt

“For most of us, it starts very early.  We were told that going into debt to get a college education would not be a problem because we would be able to pay those loans off with the good jobs we would get after graduation.

Unfortunately, those good jobs never really materialized for many of us, and now millions of former college students are absolutely drowning in debt

In addition to owing more than a trillion dollars on student loans, Americans are also now carrying more than a trillion dollars of auto loan debt and more than a trillion dollars of credit card debt.

“Corporations have been incredibly irresponsible as well.  Corporate debt has doubled since the last financial crisis, and corporate bankruptcies have been rising steadily in recent years.  All it would take for the dominoes to really start falling is some sort of a major economic downturn.

“Local, state and federal government debt levels are all at record highs as well.  It is now being projected that our national debt will hit 30 trillion dollars by 2028, and those projections are probably too optimistic. . .”


Scott Wagner: Soros Alert

“I warned you about Governor Wolf working with George Soros to “install permanent progressive power in the states,” and now we’re seeing just how they plan to do it.

“Governor Wolf is promising he’ll send his own version of the new congressional district maps to the Supreme court.

“He says that they’ll be impartial… but you know what that means. He and George Soros are making sure they are drawn in such a way that they serve as a permanent source of advantage and power for progressive liberal causes.

“No wonder liberals like Eric Holder and President Obama are investing in Pennsylvania to protect Tom Wolf.  He’s faithfully returning the favor by tampering with OUR maps under the guise of “leadership.”

“Make no mistake. We are under attack. And if we don’t do something now, we won’t be able to stop them.

“I’ve started a petition to tell both Soros AND Wolf to keep their hands off our district maps.Will you join me by signing today?


Mark Levin, 2-16-18

“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Twice, people saw something, said something, and the FBI blew it! How in the world could the FBI miss 2 leads on Nikolas Cruz? We have been pummeled by the gun control activists and others like Jimmy Kimmel who blame President Trump for this. None of that matters because the FBI had Cruz’s name and had more than enough reason to pursue him. The FBI could have alerted all law enforcement in the state of Florida to keep an eye on Cruz and alerted all gun stores in Florida to contact them if he purchased a weapon. They could have contacted school districts in Florida too. This is not just a screw up but a big deal.

“After that, the people in Florida and around the country have a good reason to demand an answer as to why this school was not secured. They fight like hell on the left for the school lunch program and for union contracts. However, we have an absolute right to expect a whole lot more when it comes to protecting our kids and grandkids. Until Congress has a debate on security in schools, then we know they are not serious about it, but school districts can act now before Congress. Israel passed a law mandating greater security in schools and training teachers in gun use. The last two school shootings there ended in teachers taking out the terrorist.

“Later, Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russians for interfering in our elections. How they were able to track down specific name of Russians but could track down the killer Cruz? They indicted 13 trolls who operate out of Russia, and live in Russia, so how are they going to get jurisdiction there. We will never get our hands on them as they are in Russia and this is just a press release, that’s all.”

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