GUN SMOKE

Who would have thunk?  During an interview on MSNBC, Dr. Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense literally admitted that the Obama administration was using the intelligence services to spy on the Trump campaign:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVGp2FZmVA4

The transcript speaks for itself:

I was urging my former colleagues, and, and frankly speaking the people on the Hill [Democrat politicians], it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can – get as much intelligence as you can – before President Obama leaves the administration.

Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left; so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, um, that the Trump folks – if they found out HOW we knew what we knew about their, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods; meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.

So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more.  We have very good intelligence on Russia; so then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew that they were also trying to help get information to [Democrat politicians

It will be interesting to see how the liberal left handles this.  Odds are they will focus on the evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and ignore the massive abuse of power by the Obama administration.  But the problem is that if there is so much material, why haven’t they been able to produce a shred of evidence?  The obvious answer is they don’t have such evidence or we would all know about it.

We now know why former Obama intelligence officials were publicly stating there was no evidence of collusion.  They knew that the real story was the surveillance itself and they were trying to head off an investigation into that.  Thanks to the brilliant Ms. Farkas, we do have a smoking gun, just not the one they wanted or expected.

Incredibly she not only admits that intelligence was being gathered, she admits it was done deliberately, she admits it involved classified information and it was being preserved and distributed to Democratic politicians.  It was also being deliberately withheld from Republicans.  It does not get any worse than this.

The main stream media will try to down play this but Fox is about to go nuclear. This story is so juicy and so significant that within hours at least some in the main stream media will jump on the bandwagon.  While they are liberal and they hate Trump they simply cannot ignore a story this explosive.  It is hard to imagine someone supposedly so smart being so incredibly stupid.  But then, liberals are not necessarily known for common sense and logic.

TDM

TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

If the following article is true, there was foreign interference in our election, but not by Russia and not for Donald Trump. It turns out that the real interference may have been by Estonia who gave John Brenna, Director of the CIA, a false tape recording alleging money from the Kremlin was going into the U.S. Presidential campaign.

https://spectator.org/health-care-and-we-the-people/

It appears as those Brennan, who hates Trump, went on a mission to investigate Trump and defeat him. Perhaps Brennan even believed the story and thought he was doing the right thing. Democrats are often willing to believe incredible myths about Donald Trump, so this is more than consistent.

There is so much misinformation out there that one has to be skeptical about everything. However, this at least makes sense. This is very typical of Democrats, who consistently botch foreign policy, being terrified at putting a Neocon Republican in charge of national security. Perhaps the most fascinating part of this is Joe Biden visiting the Baltic States and saying that Barack Obama had their back and would defend them. It would be the ultimate irony if this whole mess was started by people stupid enough to believe that Barack Obama would ever have stood up to Russia.

TDM

DODGE CITY

Penny Chenery inherited a coin flip negotiated by her father. Odgen Phillips the owner of Bold Ruler was the other participant. Bold Ruler would be bred each of two years to a set of mares. The winner of a coin flip would get first choice of the foals in 1969. The second would get first choice in 1970. In addition, the loser, as a consolation prize, would get the last remailing foal. In effect the loser ended up with two horses. Phillips won the toss, but the first horse never did much. Neither did the second choice taken by Penny Chenery. But the consolation prize, the third horse, turned out to be Secretariat, arguably the best race horse ever.  Sometimes you win by losing.

Republicans botched it and were unable to come up with a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. They look like squabbling fools. They are pathetic. However I have been following this bill closely and I personally think they dodged a bullet. The problem is that any bill acceptable to moderates would still look a lot like ObamaCare. That is why critics call it ObamaCare Lite. On the other hand any bill that met the requirements of groups like the Freedom Caucus would have been equally bad, on the other extreme. This bill would have fixed nothing, except the blame and that would have fallen solely on Republicans.

So while Democrats are rejoicing, keep one thing in mind. ObamaCare is coming apart at the seams and Donald Trump is right, Democrats “own it.” Not a single Democrat voted for the bill and not a single Democrat made any recommended changes to the bill. They are focused solely on obstructing Republicans and then rejoicing because nothing gets done.

Republicans dodged a bullet by failing to replace ObamaCare with a fiasco. Even if they had passed a great bill, the media and the Democrats would have presented it as a train wreck. All the downsides would have been magnified and the good sides ignored. On the other hand, if (when) ObamaCare implodes the result will be loud demands for somebody to do something about it. While those of us familiar with ObamaCare understand the problems, many people remain oblivious. The pain has been painted over with major funding by the federal government. Trump many not have been able to repeal and replace ObamaCare but he isn’t going to fund it either. Neither are Republicans in congress. Major pain is on the way.  The only reason a lot of people like ObamaCare now is that they don’t have to pay for it.  That is about to change.

In addition, Trump is now likely to get the rest of his agenda passed quickly, including tax reform. Republicans will not be enthusiastic about another embarrassing defeat. In the meantime, Dodge City is a good place to be.

TDM

GIVE THANKS

Republicans are the most inept political party in the history of this nation, with one exception. Democrats are proving to be even dumber. The Democratic Party is totally controlled by the wacky liberal left. This makes democrats incapable to acting rationally.

Chuck Schumer has announced that Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/23/schumer-says-dems-will-filibuster-gorsuch/

This is good news, for Republicans, because this is really stupid. This is proof that Democrats will never consider supporting anyone nominated by Donald Trump. Gorsuch will be approved in spite of Schumer’s efforts. The only question is whether any Democrats will cross party lines and vote for him. Odds are that at least some Democrats, up to re-election next year, will seriously consider doing that. If Democrats cross party lines and vote for Gorsuch, in spite of a filibuster led by Schumer, he will have lost control of his caucus. If they don’t cross party lines, Republicans will just vote him in with 52 votes setting precedence for the next nominee. Either way it is a big win for Republicans.

The smart move by Democrats would have been to allow some of their caucus members to vote for Gorsuch. He would be voted in with more than 60 votes and Democrats would preserve the right to insist on 60 votes. If they filibuster, it will prove that no nominee appointed by President Trump will ever be acceptable to Democrats. What difference does it make if Democrats will always vote no? Republicans will be justified in approving this and all future Supreme Court nominees with 51 votes.

The only thing that could save Democrats now would be if Republicans snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Democrats are proposing that they will not filibuster if Republicans agree that 60 votes will be required on all future nominees. There is no reason for Republicans to accept that deal. They would gain nothing but a guaranteed fight with the next nominee. There certainly are several RINOs like Graham and McCain who will think this is a splendid idea, but fortunately they no longer control things.

We should all give thanks that Republicans have been blessed with such stupid opposition.

TDM

THE WAR OF THE SUBROSAS

The testimony by James Comey yesterday was a bombshell; it’s too bad most of the pundits in the main stream media missed it.  They were so thrilled when Comey said he had seen no evidence of a wiretap in Trump Tower and that there was an ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the election that they missed the lead.

Donald Trump did not miss it.  He sent out the following tweet:

FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia.

CNN interpreted this as: “Rebuffed by Comey’s testimony, Trump tweet teases new theory”

CNN missed the point.  At the same time Comey was testifying that he had no evidence of anyone wiretapping Trump Tower, his testimony was providing the proof. Michael Flynn called the Russian Ambassador from Trump Tower. We know that someone intercepted this conversation and recorded it.This is so simple that even Democrats should be able to grasp the concept. If you call someone and their phone is tapped and your phone call is being recorded, are you being wiretapped? Democrats and James Comey would say no.  The rest of us would say hell yes!

Comey admitted that he has been investigating the Trump campaign since July 2016, that the investigation was ongoing and that he did not brief either the House or the Senate Intelligence Committees until just recently.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-in-trumpworld-probe-comey-decision-to-keep-everyone-in-dark-could-have-far-reaching-repercussions/article/2617960

“he apparently kept the existence of the investigation a secret from the chairman and ranking member of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.” 

Comey’s justification for failure to inform congress was: “I think our decision was a matter of such sensitivity that we wouldn’t include it in the quarterly briefings.”

He “thinks?” If he made the decision, wouldn’t he “know?” Did he make the decision at all?  He says it was “our” decision.  Who else, besides Comey, participated in the decision to not inform congress?  “What did the President know and when did he know it?”

Comey obviously briefed senior members of the Obama administration, because they are on record about it.  At a minimum they knew there was an investigation being conducted.  Remember the only evidence of collusion was the investigation itself.

Trump pointed out, correctly, that Comey did not deny briefing President Obama about the Flynn conversation.  Comey knew that Flynn’s phone call was tapped.  There is no other plausible explanation for the FBI having a transcript of that call. If Comey did brief Obama, this may be smoking gun evidence that Obama personally knew Trump Tower was being wiretapped.

Neither Donald Trump, the ranking members of the House Intelligence Committee or the Senate Intelligence Committee can afford to ignore this. The Director of the FBI admitted under oath that he deliberately withheld critical information from them.  If they ignore that they will be abdicating power to the Director of the FBI.

Donald Trump has to be seething about Comey’s show during the hearing but other than the tweet, he is not talking about this.  Has he given up and accepted defeat or is he preparing to do battle?

When Trump goes to war, he goes silent:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/07/trump-i-dont-give-a-specific-isis-plan-because-i-dont-want-enemies-to-know-it.html

“I have a substantial chance of winning. If I win, I don’t want to broadcast to the enemy exactly what my plan is,”

Democrats would be wise to prepare for incoming.

TDM

SILENCING THE CROWD!

Democrats are in serious trouble.  This is what happens to people who will not consider making a decision based solely on what is right.  Democrats know that Gorsuch is highly qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice.  But the Democratic Party is dominated by hard left liberals who will never consider just doing the right thing for the right reason.

If Gorsuch is approved with Democratic votes, the Democratic leadership will have lost control of the caucus.  On the other hand, if no Democrat votes for Gorsuch, Republicans will just change the rules and vote him in with 51 votes.  This decision will be based purely on politics and as a result it is likely to be the worst possible decision.

When someone tells you that they are only interested in obstructing you, there is no point in negotiating with them.  Your choices are to run them over, by pass them or run away.

This reminds me of a time I was invited to watch the San Francisco 49ers play the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia.  This was at a time when the 49ers were the class of the league and the Eagles were a second tier team trying to reach the next level.  (No, I was not stupid enough to wear my 49ers gear J).  Prior to the game and during the first few moments the fans were going nuts.  It was one of the loudest crowds I have ever experienced.  All the Eagles fans were shouting about how “the 49ers were going to learn who was really tough.”  By half time the 49ers had the game well in hand and they were dominating the Eagles in every way possible.  The stadium went from extremely loud to deathly quiet.  I heard a lot of the same fans quietly saying: ‘I knew we couldn’t beat these guys.”  By the start of the third quarter a lot of fans had gone home.  The stadium was virtually empty by the end of the game.

Democrats are really loud at the moment, but so far they haven’t won anything. Trump, on the other hand has already gotten a lot done.  Since Democrats are clearly unwilling to work with him on any issue, they are becoming increasingly irrelevant.  Trump is either going to run them over or just ignore them.  This is not a man likely to back down and run away. If all you are doing is screaming and your team is getting pushed all over the field, at some point the crowd will shut up and go home.

TDM

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

As soon as Donald Trump was elected President Liberal Democrats set about to destroy him.  They concocted a ridiculous theory that the Trump organization had colluded with Russia to steal the election.  (Democrats never can understand the reality that a lot of really smart people don’t want them).

There is, of course, no evidence of this because the Trump campaign didn’t need help from Russia or anyone else.  In addition, there is no evidence anything Russia did had an impact on the election.  So the Obama administration started dropping hints that they were investigating Russian interference with the election.  This was code word for investigating Trump.  Barack Obama even announced sanctions against Russia for interfering with the election, just before leaving office.  The New York Times wrote a scathing article about Trump making reference to obscure evidence gained from wiretaps on Trump officials.  Since there is no actual evidence, the existence of a major investigation was the evidence.  Why would all these people be investigating Trump if there was no probable cause?

Trump sends out a twitter saying Obama was wiretapping him and the main stream media goes crazy.  Trump is insane.  No one was investigating his campaign. Then, in the midst of their rage, a light bulb goes on.  Democrats have hoisted themselves on their own petard.  If there was an investigation of Trump, it was an abuse of power by the Obama administration.  If there was no investigation the main stream media has been lying to everyone.  At this point, I am not even sure which is worse: Having an investigation, with the obvious abuse of power, or not having an investigation, with the obvious irresponsible and indefensible rush to judgment.  There are no good answers here.

On the other hand, the worst allegation against Trump is that he falsely accused Obama of wiretapping him.  His answer to that is really easy: “I foolishly believed a story in the New York Times!”

Trump has stopped talking about this entirely, because he knows which ever way this turns out, he wins and his enemies lose.  The only way Democrats could pull this out of the fire would be to find solid evidence that the Trump campaign did collude with Russia.  That is very unlikely, because if this evidence exists it would have been leaked long ago.

Now what could make this worse?  Easy.  WikiLeaks just dumped 8,000 pages of CIA docs and among other things this appears to show how the CIA could hack people and make it look like the Russians did it.  Perfect. It is a sin to kill a Mocking Bird but it is an even bigger mistake to shoot at a Mocking Bird and miss.

EXACTLY!

In a bombshell report on Fox News, an NBC insider, Kathy Arue said her source said this was all true.  She said the Obama administration was concerned about Trump so They were wiretapping him.  Incredibly, she was trying to explain why this was ok.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/obama-admin-source-confirms-wiretapping-conducted-video/

On Friday, March 3, 2017 Democratic Senator Chris Coons said the following during an interview with Andrea Mitchell:

“There are transcripts that provide very helpful, very critical insight into whether or not Russian Intelligence and senior Russian political leaders, including Vladimir Putin, um, were cooperating, were colluding with the Trump campaign at the highest levels to influence our election.”,  

Today, on Fox News Sunday, Coons was singing a very different tune.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/03/chris-coons-walkback-i-have-no-hard-evidence-of-collusion-between-trump-world-and-russians/

He admitted that he had seen no hard evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

It is increasingly clear that in their haste to destroy Trump liberal Democrats and the main stream media have made a huge error.  So far there is zero evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia about the election.  We can be certain that if there was such evidence it would have leaked long before now.  It is clear that Democrats just want an ongoing investigation that will distract the Trump administration from implementing its policy.  But in their haste they failed to realize that it would be a serious abuse of power for the Obama administration to use the FBI and U.S. Intelligence Agencies to investigate a political opponent during a political campaign.

Even the New York Times and the Washington Post realizes this, which is why they said Trump offered no proof of these allegations.  He didn’t need to.  A New York Times article released in January confirmed that there had been surveillance of the Trump campaign.  Senator Coons said that there were transcripts.  How could there be transcripts if there were no wiretaps?

We are going to see a desperate attempt by Democrats and the main stream media to stop this story by saying President Obama denied it.  But, Obama didn’t deny that the surveillance took place, he just denied ordering it to take place.  That is, in effect, an admission that he knew about.  Every expert agrees that no one in the Obama administration would have dared ordering surveillance of Trump during the campaign without Obama knowing about this.  Obama didn’t have to order it, he should have immediately issued an order to stop it.

Today White House Sean Spicer tweeted the following:

“President Trump is requesting that as a part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committee (3/4) exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch. Investigative powers were abused in 2016.  Neither the White House nor the president will comment further until such oversight in conducted.”

 

If you were a member of the Obama administration who participated in this abuse of power, it is time to become afraid, very afraid.  I would suggest lawyering up and don’t risk being last in line to play let’s make a deal.

If you are a senior Democratic Senator or Congressional Representative calling for an investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign you were too stupid to realize that using the FBI and Intelligence services to spy on a political opponent is a really big problem.

If you are the editor of the Washington Post and the New York Times and you have been ignoring one of the most explosive political stories in our nation’s history, while hysterically chasing rumors about a story that would not even be a crime, it is time to become very afraid.

If a President of the United States allowed the FBI and the intelligence agencies to conduct widespread surveillance on a political opponent during a presidential election that is close to the worst case example of abuse of power.  Asking Russia to hack the DNC e-mail servers would be highly unethical but it is not certain it would be a crime. In addition, even with the resources of the FBI and the intelligence community so far Democrats have ZERO evidence to support this allegation.

Now if they do come up with such evidence, the next question has to be:  How exactly did you get this?

This reminds me of an incident in Novato, California where we used to live.  Several people saw a man pull up in a pickup truck, cut the chain off a bike, throw it in the back of his truck and drive off.  Several people wrote down his license plate number and called the police.  The police showed up with a 12 year old boy and his parents.  The boy promptly identified the stolen bike. That is when the man in the pickup handed them his receipt for the bike, when he bought it new, and asked if there was any law against retrieving property that had been stolen from him.  Exactly!

TDM

THE PLOT SICKENS!

President Donald Trump accused the Obama White House of wiretapping Trump Tower during the election.  The main stream media, which assumes any Republican is guilty of all accusations regardless of facts, is quickly rising to the defense of Obama. The Washington Post responded by attacking Trump:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/04/trump-accuses-obama-of-nixonwatergate-plot-to-wire-tap-trump-tower/?utm_term=.696cae200370

This, of course, is the same Washington Post famous for making wild accusations about the Trump campaign based on “anonymous sources.” But there are problems with the rush to judgment by the main stream media.

The statement by an Obama spokesman is a classic non-denial denial:

“A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

Note:  He did not deny that Trump tower phones were wire tapped.

We know that the Obama administration tapped Mike Flynn’s phone.  His private conversation was illegally leaked to the main stream media.  That alone is clear evidence that the Obama White House was trying to sabotage the Trump administration before it even took office.

If there was a wiretap, it was probably done with a Federal Warrant. There will be a record of that.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/27/the-trump-russia-money-question-in-24-steps/?utm_term=.937a7e54456a

With this type of reporting by the Washington Post, why would anyone be surprised if some FBI Agent or other DOJ official, reporting to Loretta Lynch, asked to wiretap Trump’s phone because they were furious about the DNC hacks and they were so sure Trump was guilty. Would it really be a surprise if a federal judge issued such a warrant?

According to the following article in Politico, the New York Times ran a story on January 19th admitting that the Obama administration was using U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies to probe alleged links between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-obama-wire-tapping-trump-tower-phones-235679

A New York Times article published on Jan. 19 — just one day before Trump’s inauguration — reported that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies had intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a probe of links between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.

Hmmm INTERCEPTED COMMUNICATIONS? Sound like a wiretap to me.

We can be absolutely certain that if there was a shred of evidence leaking Trump to a Russian bank it would have been leaked to the main stream media long ago. It sure looks like the Obama administration was desperately seeking evidence to destroy Trump and that they continued this up until the day Trump was inaugurated.  Numerous people in the main stream media are reporting that Obama officials deliberately spread intelligence (bread crumbs) to other agencies so that people seeking to destroy Trump would find the data.

How serious is this?  Consider the following quote by Lindsey Graham, not exactly a Trump supporter:

“If the former president of the United States was able to obtain a warrant lawfully to monitor the Trump campaign for violating law, that would be the biggest scandal since Watergate,”

This is why the main stream media is desperately trying to scream down this story. Yes, it is exactly that bad and incredibly it is exactly that believable.

TDM

 

 

 

GOOD GRIEF

One of the problems with liberal Democrats is that they are often incapable of seeing reality.  We saw a perfect example of that last night.  Navy SEAL Ryan Owens was killed in Yemen on January 29, 2017.  Liberal Democrats, who never pass up an opportunity to trash Trump, without regard to the facts, pounced immediately.  These are the same people who ignored combat deaths while Obama was President.  Trump was accused of make a snap judgment to order a raid in Yemen that accomplished nothing.  They even exploited the death of this young man by goading his father into trashing Trump and demanding an investigation.  When Trump pointed out that the raid was planned during the Obama administration, it did not matter to the rabid left.  The Hill even reported that Trump tried to distance himself from this disaster by blaming his generals:

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/321614-trump-appears-to-place-blame-on-generals-for-seal-killed-in-yemen-raid

Actually, Trump was merely answering a question truthfully and honestly.

“This was a mission that was started before I got here, “  Trump said.  “This was something that was, you know, just – they wanted to do.  They came to me and they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected.  My generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I would – I believe.  And they lost Ryan.”

Last night, Trump brilliantly put this in perspective and in doing so he created one of the most emotional and captivating moments in the history of speeches by an American President.  His words were beyond eloquent:

We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero – battling against terrorism and securing our Nation.

I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, “Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.” Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom – we will never forget him.

The camera focused on Ryan Owens widow and the raw emotion she displayed touched all our souls.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/01/full-transcript-president-donald-trumps-first-speech-congress/

Then Trump went off script and the result was pure magic:

“Ryan is looking down right now, you know that, and I think he’s very happy because I think he just broke a record.  Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom.  And we will never forget Ryan.”

No one, who watched that moment, could fail to realize that Trump is truly a kind and compassionate man.  President Obama never had a moment like this during the entire eight years of his Presidency, because with Obama everything was always only about him.

In the blink of an eye the mythical monster called Donald Trump, created out of whole cloth by the main stream media, disappeared in a flash of brilliance.  Donald Trump became the President of the United States and that changes everything.

All those people who have been shoving each other aside to take the cheapest possible shots at this man now lay humiliated at his feet unworthy to even approach his shadow.  The Democrats, out of touch, appropriately on the left side of the chamber looked pathetic and out of touch.  The Nancy Pelosi squad, dressed in white and sitting on their hands, looked beyond foolish and irrelevant.  Those “A” list celebrities who trashed Trump at the Oscars merely exposed themselves as silly and self-absorbed fools.  It was a beautiful thing.

Even Van Jones, who was booted out of the Obama administration because of his communist background and who is one of Trump’s most vicious and vocal critics figured this out:

http://theweek.com/speedreads/683061/van-jones-during-address-congress-trump-became-president-united-states

“During his address to Congress, Trump ‘became President of the United States.’”

TDM