Santoliquito – Eagles 9 straight; Hanson – Trump’s fate; Hanson – Who watches the watchers?
SLEEZE: Stelter – Lauer canned; Drudge Links 11-29-17; Examiner – Sex & politics
BUDGET: Eight senators?
PA: Governor Ellsworth?
LEADS: Thalen – NKor missile; Durden – NKor missile; O’Keefe – WaPo; Lowry – Albatross Conyers; Shaer – Hannity; Breitbart – Naval Iron Dome.
RECOMMENDED: Hannity – Theater lists; Convention of States; Mark Levin (11-28-17)
Joseph Santoliquito, CBS Philly: “The Eagles Win 9 Straight For Third Time in Franchise History”
“The Eagles did what they’re supposed to do against a three-win team like the Bears: They led from start to finish, coasting to a 31-3 victory.
“The NFL-leading Eagles are now 10-1 and remain atop the NFC and have all but clinched the NFC East title.
“It was the ninth-straight victory for the Eagles, who equaled a franchise record for consecutive wins that was done in the 2003 and 1960 NFL championship season. The Eagles are 10-1 for the first time since 2004, when they reached the Super Bowl.
“Carson Wentz was 23 for 36 for 227 yards and three touchdowns. With 11:37 left to play and the Eagles in firm command, the defense had held the inept Chicago offense to 56 yards of total offense and three first downs. The Eagles have gone eight quarters without giving up a touchdown. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Trump’s Fate”
“Plenty of people in ‘flyover’ country like not only Trump’s message — and actions — but also Trump, the loudmouth messenger.
“The political verdict seems out on Trump’s current political future.
“His supporters have won four special congressional elections. Yet, more recently, Republicans lost more local and state offices. Pundits argue about the degree to which these surrogate campaigns are referenda on Trump’s future.
“Trump still polls between 39 percent and 42 percent approval, occasionally higher in supposed outlier surveys. Yet most concede that such polls did not in the past, and do not in the present, fully account for the “Trump Embarrassment Factor.” That is the strange phenomenon of a sizable minority of Trump voters — including Democrats and independents — proving reluctant to express support even to anonymous pollsters. Ask independent or moderate Republican voters whether they really voted for Trump: If they hesitate for more than three seconds before they answer, they probably did. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Who Watches the Watchmen?”
“History shows that special counsels almost inevitably overstep their mandates.
“Former FBI director Robert Mueller was supposed to run a narrow investigation into accusations of collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government. But so far, Mueller’s work has been plagued by almost daily improper leaks (e.g., “sources report,” “it emerged,” “some say”) about investigations that seem to have little to do with his original mandate.
“Now, there are leaks claiming that Mueller is going after former national-security adviser Michael Flynn for his business practices before he entered the Trump administration. Specifically, Mueller is reportedly investigating Flynn’s security assessment and intelligence work for the Turkish government and other Turkish interests. Yet possible unethical lobbying on behalf of a NATO ally was not the reason Mueller was appointed. . .”
Brian Stelter, CNN: “NBC fires Matt Lauer after complaint about ‘inappropriate sexual behavior’”
“The Today show is one of the most popular and most profitable franchises on American television. Lauer was the cornerstone of the program for two decades.
“So his sudden ouster came as a shock to viewers — but not as a complete surprise to his “Today” show colleagues. They knew that multiple news outlets were investigating Lauer’s off-camera conduct.
“NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in an early morning memo to staff that the complaint was filed on Monday night. Lack said it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network. But he also said ‘we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.’ . . .”
The evolutionists (Matt Ridley, 1993; David Buss, 1994) tell us that “food for sex” is the fundamental, first contract between men – the hunters/farmers/soldiers – and women – the egg carriers. Thus, Congress did the biologically appropriate thing when it set up a committee to hear private complaints and issue cash. Suggestion – make Al Franken and John Conyers pay! And encourage women to turn dirtball approaches into cash!
DRUDGE LINKS – 11-29-17
Washington Examiner: “Al Franken, Bill Clinton, Roy Moore, and Donald Trump: Sex and cynical politics”
“Political partisans on both sides have demonstrated recently that they believe accusations of sexual misconduct, but only when it’s politically expedient and doesn’t hurt their own interests.
“Worse, selective support for victims creates the perception that accusations of sexual misconduct are nothing more than political weapons. This enables harassers to prey on women.
“Political partisans on both sides have demonstrated recently that they believe accusations of sexual misconduct, but only when it’s politically expedient and doesn’t hurt their own interests.
“Worse, selective support for victims creates the perception that accusations of sexual misconduct are nothing more than political weapons. This enables harassers to prey on women. . .”
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.
Sahil Kapur, Bloomberg: “These Eight Senators Can Make or Break the GOP Tax Plan”
Concerns center on partnerships, deficits and health care
Senate’s top tax writer foresees ‘tough, tough time’
“Last-minute threats to the tax cuts that Trump has promised since early in his long-shot presidential campaign are looming among Senate Republicans. Concerns center on the taxation of partnerships, limited liabilities and other companies; on the overall cost of the tax bill itself; and on a familiar GOP stumbling block — Obamacare.
“It’s not going to be easy,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah said Monday. “This is going to be a tough, tough time.”
Senate Republican leaders aren’t counting on any Democrats for a floor vote that could come Thursday or Friday — but that means they can afford to lose only two members of their own party. Here are the eight GOP senators most likely to decide the tax bill’s fate.
Corker, the retiring Tennessee Republican has staked a hard line against letting tax legislation add to federal deficits — saying that a single penny of new deficits would lose his vote. It turns out the Senate bill would add $1.4 trillion to the deficit over 10 years — at least before accounting for any economic growth — according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Sunday.
“The bill’s supporters say it’ll boost economic growth enough to cover that shortfall, but Corker says he’s not satisfied. He wants a backstop mechanism — essentially a tax-increase trigger that would raise revenue in case the promised growth doesn’t result. Arizona’s Flake and Oklahoma’s Lankford also support that kind of trigger. . .
“(Ron) Johnson became the first Republican senator to come out against the bill, and his vote remains up in the air. His concern? The legislation gives an advantage to large corporations at the expense of “pass-through” businesses, like the plastics company he used to run before his election to the Senate in 2010.
“(Steve) Daines, a Montana Republican, joined Johnson Monday in opposing the bill as written, and for the same reason. An aide said Daines remains optimistic the legislation will change enough to win his vote.
“(Susan Collins) The moderate from Maine is the only Republican senator from a reliably Democratic-leaning state, and as such she’s always a difficult vote for party leaders. While Collins was initially warm to the tax bill, she has turned sour after party leaders opted to add repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate to help limit deficits.
“Collins said it’s a mistake to ax the mandate in tax legislation, fearing that it’ll cause healthy people to drop their coverage and drive premiums higher for others — the same reason she cast a pivotal vote to block an Obamacare repeal bill in July. “I hope that will be dropped,” she said recently.
“But eliminating the mandate is estimated to save the federal government more than $300 billion over 10 years — savings that would result from less demand for federal health-coverage subsidies. Some GOP leaders dispute that estimate, even though their tax bill depends on it to stay within budget rules.
“John McCain –“. . .McCain has a mixed record on tax cuts, voting against measures in 2001 and 2003. The top legislative priority of the Arizona Republican, who is 81 and fighting brain cancer, is to boost military spending. His vote on the tax bill could be in peril if he believes the $1.4 trillion in new deficits would put downward pressure on Pentagon funding. . .
Jerry Moran “, , , “The issue of tax cuts would be easier if you actually had faith that Congress would hold the line on spending. It’s two components. It’s how much revenue you take in and how much money you continue to spend.”
“Overall, Moran remained circumspect about the legislation, saying the goal must be to find tax cuts that grow the economy without raising the debt. . .”
PA GOVERNOR: LAURA ELLSWORTH?
Ellsworth is a Republican who voted for Kasich but “At the time of her entrance into the 2018 election, Ellsworth was a partner at Jones Day, where she was the firm’s first-ever partner-in-charge of global community service initiatives. Before accepting that position in 2015, Ellsworth spent 12 years running Jones Day’s Pittsburgh office. Ellsworth’s other professional experience includes time spent leading the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. In 2013 and 2014, Ellsworth served on the local rules advisory committee and co-chaired the federal judicial selection committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
B.A. – Princeton University (1980)
J.D. – University of Pittsburgh (1983)”
Lots more at http://www.jonesday.com/leellsworth/
Chris Stigall recently interviewed her on WPHT: She challenged the premise that PA must live off of gambling, booze, and butts. She is an advocate for energy development and mentioned that PA is richer in fuel than Saudi Arabia. The shale that puts ruts in Royersford streets hints that you could drop a vertical pipe anywhere in town and make money.
I was impressed . . .
Mikael Thalen, InfoWars: “MATTIS: NORTH KOREA’S NEW ICBM CAN HIT TARGETS NEARLY ‘ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD’”
“Hwasong-15 missile ‘went higher, frankly, than any previous shots,’ U.S. Defense Secretary warns.
“The new ICBM, launched after a more than two month missile test hiatus, reached an altitude of roughly 4,475 km (2,780 miles) and traveled 950 km (590 miles) during its 53-minute flight.
An official statement released by Pyongyang indicated that the missile, capable of delivering a “super large heavy-warhead,” brings North Korea to its goal “of the completion of the rocket weaponry system development set by the DPRK.”
“After watching the successful launch of the new type ICBM Hwasong-15, Kim Jong Un declared with pride that now we have finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power,” the statement, read on state-run broadcaster KCTV, said. . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile”
“Well, US experts did warn that North Korea could conduct another missile test “within days”, and for once, US experts were right, because moments ago Yonhap reported citing South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, that after a two and a half month hiatus, North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, the first such launch since September 15.
“According to the report, the missile flew eastward and the South Korean military is analyzing details with the U.S., it said. Japan’s coast guard confirmed in an email that North Korea fired a missile, which fell in the sea near Japan. The Japanese cabinet office said that the N. Korea missile could land in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, and thus be seen as an act of aggression.
“The missile has not been identified, though the US government has confirmed the launch.
“The launch marks the first time North Korean has provoked the US and regional nations since US President Donald Trump labelled Pyongyang a state sponsor of terrorism.
“Seoul’s military has been “closely monitoring” and “tracking possible North Korean provocations” with US partners, a spokesman for the army said Tuesday.
“As a reminder, yesterday Japanese officials noticed an increase in radioactivity data suggesting another missile test might be imminent. “North Korea might launch a missile within the next few days,” a Japanese government official told local media.
“This may be just the first of several launches: The US and South Korean militaries are slated to hold large scale military drills from December 4 through December 8. a move which will further infuriate Pyongyang. . The drills will feature more than 230 allied aircraft swarming around the Korean peninsula. . .”
James O’Keefe, Veritas: WaPo
“The Washington Post’s motto is ‘democracy dies in darkness.’
“But, from our team’s investigation, it’s clear that “democracy dies” at places like the Washington Post–when the mainstream media abandons its commitment to the truth.
“In this latest video, Project Veritas exposes the lengths that The Post, their billionaire owner, and their team of editorial staff will go to push their own radical point-of-view. And why it’s more important than ever that we hold them accountable.
Watch the latest chapter in Project Veritas’s investigation into the mainstream media now — you’ll be stunned with what’s going on! . .
Rich Lowry, NRO: “John Conyers Is the Albatross that Democrats Deserve”
“Nancy Pelosi wasn’t able to summon any dudgeon, let alone high dudgeon, about Conyers. There are sexual harassers, and then there is John Conyers, the Democrat from Detroit who made his congressional office an adjunct of his libido.
“The evidence suggests that Conyers believed that as a 27-term congressman, he was entitled to the Washington, D.C., equivalent of the Ottoman imperial harem.
“He routinely hit on his female staffers, and his office was a den of sexual intrigue — allegedly featuring a jealous wife and a vindictive mistress — that properly belongs in a Bravo reality show if the network ever extends its franchise to Capitol Hill.
“A political party is rarely provided an easier test case for its bona fides. Conyers is an 88-year-old man who finds it increasingly difficult to carry out his duties. He holds an exceedingly safe seat that, should he resign, will be taken over by another reliably progressive Democrat. In this case, the political cost to the party of showing that it’s serious about “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment is almost nil. . .”
Matthew Shaer, NYT: “How Far Will Sean Hannity Go?
“The Fox News host is willing to defend Trump at all costs — and is reaching more than 13 million people a day
“. . . “I realized early on that there’s no other Sean Hannity than the one you see on television,” Rivera told me. “He’s a fire-breather who breathes fire all day and then sits down and has a drink.” Rivera recalled the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape last year, in which Trump bragged of grabbing women by their genitals. At the time, many political commentators on the right were treating the video as fatal to Trump’s presidential bid; a handful of party figures called on Trump to step aside and put his running mate, Mike Pence, on the top of the ticket. Hannity went in the opposite direction, allowing that what he called the “locker room” comments were wrong, but framing the tape as a politically motivated distraction. “King David had 500 concubines, for crying out loud!” he joked to one panelist. Later, he suggested on Twitter that it was Bill Clinton who should be investigated for sexual misconduct.
It was a pivotal moment for Hannity and for Trump, and it sealed the bond between the two men. “If you look back at those traumas,” Rivera told me, “you’ll see that Hannity steadied the whole of conservative politics during those crucial times. And I think he plays much the same role now. He’s firm in his support of the president, and woe unto you if you don’t see things the same way. He’s a shield.”
Breitbart Jerusalem: “Israeli Navy Ship-Based Iron Dome Ready to Destroy Enemy Missiles”
The Times of Israel reports: A year and a half after its first naval test, Israel’s Iron Dome system was declared fully operational for use on a gunship off Israel’s coasts Monday, in what the military described as a “significant milestone” in its efforts to counter the threat of ballistic missiles.
The maritime interception system, designed to protect Israel’s gas fields and shipping lanes from short-range missiles, “added another operational layer” to Israel’s multi-tiered air defenses, joining the long-range Arrow 3 system and mid-range David’s Sling, which were each made operational earlier this year, said Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, the head of the IAF’s Aerial Defense Command.
The so-called “Iron Dome of the Sea” was a multi-year joint collaboration between the Israeli Air Force and the Israeli Navy.
Read more here.
Sean Hannity: “Let There Be Light” Theater list at http://www.hannity.com/
Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com”
MARK LEVIN (11-28-17)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, we watch as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi do their act and decide not join a meeting with President Trump. The meeting was for them to come up with a temporary budget to prevent the government from shutting down. Democrats are saying either you heed our demands or else. We have massive debt that becomes bigger and bigger, yet all we hear from Republicans and Democrats is class warfare propaganda. We have an underlying problem with federal spending and you have people talking about new infrastructure programs, family leave and free college.
“These programs will destroy the civil society. There was a time when taxes were used to pay the political costs of government. Now the left uses taxes to pay for left wing experiments and redistribution. If the debt is left unchecked, eventually it will be unable to be controlled and will be much larger than the economy. The debt, federal expenditures on entitlements and student loans will consume the economy. This will doom America’s children and grandchildren if not dealt with. These fights over tax cuts and budgets are going to get worse and worse.
“It is not chiseled in stone that American society will be here forever, just look at Rome and Athens, which are no longer here. It is crucial that we understand our beliefs and values and that we defend our institutions.
“Finally, we need to take the same general actions that Ronald Reagan took to defeat the Soviet Union to contain and defeat North Korea. To contain North Korea, China must be contained as well. This is why we need to provide more funds for the military, give South Korea and Japan nukes and put a permanent carrier fleet in the South China Sea.”