THE RIGHT CROSS

Rudy Giuliani was on fire tonight during an interview with Laura Ingraham. This was so far over the top that he is either insane, senile or he was telling the truth. If he was telling the truth, the entire DNC leadership has fallen into a major trap from which there is no escape.

We may never know all the facts but consider the following. It is well documented that Trump was extremely angry about people in his administration leaking sensitive information to the press. He even fired his personal assistant for that. Now suppose that the loyal members of the administration discovered who was spying on them and leaking information. What would they do? They could confront this person and fire him or her. That would be fun, but what if they used this person to set a trap? What if they leaked details of a conversation between Trump and the President of the Ukraine? Only this person did not get a transcript of that call and did not actually listen to that call. He or she was relying on other people telling them about it. They wanted this person to leak this information, so they made it too juicy to ignore. The whistleblower thought he or she had the information needed to destroy Trump.

When, predictably, this person leaked his story to the MSM they swallowed it hook, line and sinker.  Nancy Pelosi literally made a public call to impeach Trump and almost every candidate for the DNC nomination immediately stood up to salute. They should have smelled a trap. This fell into the category of too good to be true. They failed to see the warning signs, such the whistleblower admitting he or she had not actually heard the conversation and had not seen a transcript of the conversation. But the Trump haters were too overjoyed to take a pause. They went all in, based on a whistleblower they don’ know, regarding a story they have not seen, about  a conversation he or she did not hear. It was insane. There were other warning flags that were ignored. The fact that the foreign minister of the Ukraine immediately discredited the report. That fact that Trump said he would consider releasing a full unredacted transcript. Then the biggest red flag of all, Republicans in the Senate voted to demand release of the whistleblower report. Unlike Democrats, at least some of them know exactly what is in that report. Some of them have also seen the transcript of the conversation. The liberal left stupidly assumed that the senators had turned on Trump. What if they got that backwards.

Then two things happened today. One is that there is a report that the IG has information that this person was a supporter of one of the DNC candidates and was prejudiced against Trump. That has the potential to totally discredit this report. What if the report contains material allegations, that are totally unsupported by the actual transcript. The Trump administration did this before with the allegations about Donald Trump, Jr. and the WikiLeaks release. Information was leaked with the wrong date. No one bothered to verify the date and it quickly turned out that the correspondence by Donald Trump Jr was after public release of those e-mails by WikiLeaks.

Now enter Rudy. He is on the Ingraham angle and he says the Democrats have fallen into a trap. He says he has documented evidence proving criminal acts by both Hunter Biden and Joe Biden.  He says he was asked by the state department to go to the Ukraine and get the documents. He even held up his phone and told Laura he could show the text messages verifying this.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/09/they-have-walked-into-a-trap-rudy-giuliani-destroys-democrat-party-fbi-and-biden-crime-family-must-see-video/

We already know things that make this beyond credible. One is that there is literally a video of Joe Biden bragging about how he intimidated the Ukraine to fire their prosecutor.  The other is, well, Hunter Biden. He enlisted in the Navy when he was 44 years old. Two years later he was discharged when he tested positive for cocaine. When his brother Beau Biden died, Hunter divorced his wife and started an affair with his brother’s widow. He even admitted buying crack from homeless people. He cheated on his brother’s widow and married a South American model he only knew for a short time. Oh, he was also allegedly caught with drug paraphernalia in his car. He signed on the board of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest gas production and was paid $600 k a year. He recommended his own law firm, Boies, Schiller and Flexner to represent Burisma to protect against corruption. Right! Hunter has no experience in the energy field. He does not speak Russian and does not know the Ukraine. The least likely explaination for this appointment is that Hunter was a valuable asset.  It seems more likely that his sole value lay in his ability to ask his father for help.

The MSM made a token investigation and said there was no evidence to pursue. How convenient. But, if Rudy is telling the truth, he has that evidence. There have been numerous reports that people in the Ukraine were desperately trying to get this in the right hands. They did not trust the FBI. Who can blame them? The U.S. Ambassador delayed getting them visas. Trump fired the Ambassador and Giuliani was dispatched by the State Department to travel personally to the Ukraine to get his hands on the documentation. Last night he told Laura Ingraham he has this in spades.

If Rudy is right and he has undeniable evidence of blatant corruption by Hunter Biden and Joe Biden, that will go off like a bomb. What makes this worse is he says he has more information on the entire Obama administration, including Hillary Clinton.

With the decision by Nancy Pelosi and others to accuse Trump of a crime worthy of impeachment, Democrats now have to put up or shut up. That is bad enough, but all they may have done is make it impossible for the MSM to continue to ignore the Biden chronicles.

It is simple, if Trump was demanding that Ukraine investigate Hunter Biden for corruption, because he had hard evidence that Hunter Biden was corrupt then Democrats are about to experience the ultimate public humiliation.

We will know more tomorrow when that transcript is released. It sure looks like Democrats thought they had Trump on the ropes, and he countered with a vicious right cross.  Who knows, but we do know this. So far Democrats seem to have no facts supporting any of their theories while Trump just may have a mountain of evidence.  A lot of people, who should be smarter than this, just may have fallen into a trap from which there is no exit.

NOTE.  The transcript has been released.  CNN has already parsed this and views this as smoking gun evidence. But, the full transcript has been released and a lot of people will read it.  Certainly during an impeachment trial, the entire transcript will be introduced as evidence.  The president of Ukraine is the one who brought up corruption and said, like Trump, he was going to drain the swamp. Trump did ask him to investigate Biden, but his reason for this was Biden’s public admission that he got the Ukraine prosecutor fired.  Watch CNN try, but fail to ignore that. Trump also said that some of the inference in our 2016 election appeared to have come from Ukraine and he mentioned CrowdStrike.  CrowdStrike famously made a false report about Russia hacking Ukraine artillery.  To an objective reader, Trump wasn’t asking the Ukraine to interfere in our election, he was asking them to investigate whether or not it did that in 2016.  The MSM will spin like mad, but this is actually easy to understand for most people. That is going to be a huge problem for the liberal left.  This transcript actually does speak for itself and that will soon drown out the noise generated by the MSM. Trump’s opponents keep making the same mistake.  They are too obsessed by hatred to actually listen to him.

 

TDM

THE IMPEACHMENT GAME

The most astonishing thing for me to understand is the incredible stupidity of the liberal left. So, let’s imagine for a second that the House really does vote to impeach Donald Trump for asking the Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden.

The opening argument for Trump might go something like this:

The United States gave billions in foreign aid to the Ukraine. There have been numerous reports that at least some of that money was illegally diverted, some of it to U.S. citizens. One of the potential recipients was Hunter Biden. We do not know if those reports are accurate. That is not the question before you today. The only question is what a President of the United States should do under such circumstances.  Should he just ignore this and continue to approve giving massive amounts of aid with no attempt to verify that those funds are used appropriately? How, exactly, would that benefit the United States of America? Even if the alleged recipient of the funds is a relative of someone who may or may not be a political opponent, would that be grounds to just ignore this? That would seem to be the worst possible decision. Wouldn’t the fairest decision be to request a fair and impartial investigation based on evidence. That is exactly what the President requested.

Perhaps a better question is why would anyone think such an investigation is a bad idea? How could this possibly be a threat to our democracy? How could this possibly harm national security? Should the relative of a candidate for President be immune from any investigation of possible criminal acts? Would you have the same answer if that person was Donald Trump, Jr.?

Opponents of this President have conducted continual investigations regarding Donald Trump and his family before, during and after the 2016 election. Ironically, those who never hesitated to launch an investigation, based on zero evidence, for purely political purposes, now want to impeach a President and remove him from office for requesting an investigation of alleged serious criminal activity where there actually is evidence.

Democrats in the House of Representatives should be ashamed of this petition to impeach. It is nothing more or less than a flagrant abuse of power, perhaps influenced in part as an attempt to cover-up real misdeeds by their own candidate.

The point is that if Democrats did decide to impeach, based on this narrative, it would be a huge political blunder. Smart Democrats know this, which is why they will huff and puff, but will desperately try to avoid blowing their own house down. However the problem is that there may not be enough smart Democrats to stop those who are hell-bent on rushing full-speed ahead on the path to self-destruction.

One thing is certain. Democrats have shown little or no concern over the permanent damage to the United States caused by their irresponsible behavior. This is just further evidence regarding why they can never be trusted with absolute power. I am not sure, at this point, that they can be trusted with any power at all.

TDM

HAMLET

William Shakespeare warned about this in Hamlet. Hamlet had discovered a plot on his life by Claudius and resolved to let the plotter be “hoist with his own petard.

For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard; and ’t shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon. O, ’tis most sweet
When in one line two crafts directly meet.

The petard was an early version of a mine, which had to be lit with a fuse. If the fuse was set too short, the person placing the mine was blown up themselves. Since Hamlet was written around 1603, this is hardly a new concept.

The Democratic Party and its supporters in the liberal left are repeating this mistake. Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. From day one Democrats have relentlessly attacked Donald Trump. They have accused him of lying, of colluding with Russia, of abuse of power etc. None of the accusations were based on anything resembling evidence. None of the previous assaults worked, which is why they quickly jumped on the whistle blower allegation. At last, they thought, we have the scoundrel where we want him. We have him colluding with the Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election.

It turns out the whistle blower didn’t actually have a whistle. CNN admitted the whistle blower didn’t even listen to the actual conversation. None of the people who actually did listen thought Trump did anything wrong. The Foreign Minister for the Ukraine says that they didn’t think Trump was applying pressure to them. I wouldn’t be surprised if the President of the Ukraine releases a statement saying they were the ones to bring up the subject because they were already investigating Hunter Biden.

This story will produce bombshell results; the explosion will impact Democrats more than Donald Trump. He may not be impacted at all. For the first time at least some members of the MSM are actually investigating actions taken by Hunter and Joe Biden in the Ukraine. Ultimately this will lead to asking some serious questions about actions taken by the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton.

The facts are out there, they have just been ignored. Hillary tried to go there in 2016 and perhaps intimidated Biden into not entering that race. Others have been reporting on this for over a year, but the MSM did not care. Some have suggested that the MSM would eventually report on this anyway. I personally think the MSM would have continued to ignore this. They would have just yawned, said there is no evidence and moved on without bothering to investigate.

That all changed with the decision by the usual suspects to go all in on the whistle blower story. The problem is that they can’t investigate Trump without investigating why he did this. This time the fuse was way too short and the people who planted this fake news story only blew up themselves. They should have paid more attention to Hamlet.

TDM

NONE SO BLIND!

I thought that the liberal left was making a huge mistake by running wild with this whistleblower story. To my surprise, it is even worse than predicted. At this point, I even wonder if Trump might not have leaked this story himself. This may have been the only way to get the MSM to actually investigate the abuse of power by the Obama administration.

The true story is rapidly emerging. The Ambassador to the Ukraine was an Obama appointee.  She was recalled by the Trump administration in May. The Washington Post blamed this on:

“Trump family members and conservative media that have accused U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, without firm evidence, of being part of a conspiracy that involves anti-corruption probes in Ukraine and efforts by the Trump team to investigate ties between Ukrainian officials and the Hillary Clinton campaign.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/07/us-ambassador-ukraine-is-recalled-after-becoming-political-target/

Of course , there is never any evidence, if no one looks and any attempt to investigate is blocked. It turns out that the Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. was reaching out to the Trump administration.

https://patriotsnews.com/ukraine-embassy-says-dnc-operative-reached-out-for-dirt-on-trump-in-2016/

“Ambassador Valeriy Chaly said DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa pushed for Ukraine’s then-President Petro Poroshenko to mention Paul Manafort’s ties to Ukraine publicly during a visit to the U.S. and sought detailed financial information on his dealings in the country.”

“Last month, Ukraine Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko opened a probe into the so-called “black ledger” files that led to Manafort’s abrupt departure from the Trump campaign. The investigation commenced after an unearthed audio recording showed that a senior Ukrainian anticorruption official apparently admitted to leaking Manafort’s financial information in 2016 — including his ties to pro-Russian actors in Ukraine — to benefit Clinton.

Ukrainian law enforcement officials said earlier this month they had a slew of evidence of collusion and wrongdoing by Democrats and were trying to share the information with U.S. officials in the Justice Department.

A Ukrainian court recently ruled that the Manafort document leak amounted to illegal interference in the U.S. election by parliamentarian Serhiy Leshchenko and Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU).”

Newsweek actually had the facts, they just ignored them. It reported in May of 2019 that Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko claimed in March that:

U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch had given him a list of individuals who should not be prosecuted.”

https://www.newsweek.com/rudy-giuliani-trump-ukraine-ambassador-1420074

Newsweek was too busy trashing Trump and Giuliani to notice that this was actually a bombshell accusation that DEMANDED immediate investigation.

If they had done any investigation at all, they would have discovered something important. They would have learned that Ambassador Yovanovitch denied visas to Ukrainian officials who wanted to travel to the U.S. allegedly to deliver evidence against Obama administration misconduct.

John Solomon was reporting this in the Hill, but the MSM just ignored it.

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/437719-ukrainian-to-us-prosecutors-why-dont-you-want-our-evidence-on-democrats

“Kostiantyn Kulyk, deputy head of the Prosecutor General’s international Legal Cooperation Department, told me he and other senior law enforcement officials tried unsuccessfully since last year to get visas from the U.S. Embassy in Kiev to deliver their evidence to Washington. ‘We were supposed to share this information during a working trip to the United States,’ Kulyk told me in a wide-ranging interview. ‘However, the [U.S.} ambassador blocked us from obtaining a visa. She didn’t explicitly deny our visa, but also didn’t give it to us.’”

The list of allegations published by John Solomon in April of 2019 is astonishing. Yet the only one to give Solomon the chance to tell his story was Sean Hannity. In retrospect, the entire country may owe Sean Hannity as massive public apology and a standing ovation for standing up for the truth when no one else would.

  • Sworn statements from two Ukrainian officials admitting that their agency tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favor of Hillary Clinton. The effort included leaking an alleged ledger showing payments to then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort;

  • Contacts between Democratic figures in Washington and Ukrainian officials that involved passing along dirt on Donald Trump;

  • Financial records showing a Ukrainian natural gas company routed more than $3 million to American accounts tied to Hunter Biden, younger son of then-Vice President Joe Biden who managed U.S.-Ukraine relations for the Obama administration. Biden’s son served on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma Holdings;

  • Records that Vice President Biden pressured Ukrainian officials in March 2016 to fire the prosecutor who oversaw an investigation of Burisma Holdings and who planned to interview Hunter Biden about the financial transfers;

  • Correspondence showing members of the State Department and U.S. Embassy in Kiev interfered or applied pressure in criminal cases on Ukrainian soil;

  • Disbursements of as much as $7 billion in Ukrainian funds that prosecutors believe may have been misappropriated or taken out of the country, including to the United States.

To make this worse, Ukrainian official said they didn’t want to give the evidence to the FBI because they don’t trust the FBI.

There is actually video of Joe Biden bragging about pressuring the Ukraine to fire that prosecutor.

Of course, this pales in comparison to the abuse of power demonstrated by Donald Trump when he discussed firing Robert Mueller, who refused to investigate any of this and was instead spending millions investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. An investigation which found no evidence at all. If Trump actually had obstructed that investigation, he would have doing the country a favor.

The problem for the liberal left is that ANY investigation of Trump asking the Ukraine to investigate this will expose the real cover-up conducted by the Obama administration with the fawning support of the MSM.

This is so bad that some ambitious member of the MSM is likely to seize the day with the potential to becoming the re-incarnation of Edward R. Murrow. Someone with the guts and the skill to just report the obvious facts just may become a national hero.

In spite of their best efforts, the cover-up has been permanently shredded.  The MSM has absolutely refused to even consider the possibility of wrongdoing by the Obama administration because they were too obsessed with destroying Donald Trump.

There is none so blind as those who refuse to see. Soon and very soon the truth will be obvious to almost everyone. Facts, are after all, stubborn things.

TDM

THE DEADLIEST CATCH

Few things in life are certain, but some things are easy to predict. One is that Adam Schiff is always loud, obnoxious and wrong on almost every subject. Incredibly, no matter how often he is exposed as a complete fraud, like the Energizer Bunny, he keeps coming back and CNN keeps dreaming the impossible dream.

His latest stunt ranks among one of the dumbest political ploys in American History. The MSM is hyperventilating over the alleged whistle blower who caught Donald Trump making irresponsible deals with a foreign government. Apparently they thought everyone would gasp at the horror of this and rush to join the impeachment chorus. But in their haste to do the job, they missed a couple of things that really matter.

One is that the President of the United States actually has the authority to make deals with foreign leaders. The person leaking details of such a deal is coming perilously close to committing treason.

Another is that if you point the finger at someone, you need to do some research to make sure you are not guilty of the same or worse. Just ask Justin Trudeau how that works. In this case the allegation is apparently with regard to the Ukraine. That would be the same Ukraine where Hillary Clinton went to seek dirt on Donald Trump.

They also failed to realize that if you report on Trump requesting something, you have to report what Trump was requesting and why. Oops. If you do that it soon becomes obvious that the real story is about corruption involving Joe Biden’s son and includes the very real possibility that Joe Biden accepted a bribe.

Finally, and you can’t make this up. It turns out that it wasn’t just Joe Biden’s son; it was also John Kerry’s stepson and their BFF James Bulger. James Bulger is the son of Massachusetts state senator Billy Bulger who named his son after his beloved brother, James “Whitey” Bulger. That would be infamous Boston gangster; “Whitey Bulger.” Has anyone ever heard the expression: “Like father like son?” In this case it may be a struggle to determine who is more corrupt, the sons (nephews) or the fathers(uncles)?

This was guaranteed to blow up in the MSM’s face. That has already started with the interview of Rudy Giuliani by Chris Cuomo. The MSM was too thrilled to learn that Giuliani admitted he asked the Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden to consider why he asked them to investigate Hunter Biden. It was because there is evidence Hunter Biden committed a major crime, duh. Giuliani quickly threw this back at Chris Cuomo asking why he didn’t investigate this. Does CNN only investigate corruption if it is allegedly done by Republicans? Rhetorical question.

To those liberals who don’t grasp the concept, this is actually simple. The MSM has been investigating Trump for things that are not actually crimes based on information that does not exist. There is a big difference between that and investigating someone for something that clearly is a crime and for which there actually is evidence. The cultured elite may not be able to grasp this concept, but most of the rest of us understand.

This couldn’t come at a worse time for Democrats. We have all these Hollywood Elites who got caught red-handed cheating to get their kids into college. The amounts spent are staggering. This is insane. Why on earth would why someone would pay $500,000 to get their kid, who doesn’t appear to even want to go to college, enrolled in USC. That is not just corrupt, it is stupid.

People are sick and tired of people buying their way into positions they have not earned. To heck with the non-existent white privilege, the real problem is green privilege. Other than the influence peddled by their fathers, it is hard to imagine why anyone would be interested in hiring Chris Heinz or Hunter Biden to do anything. What was so appealing about partnering with James Bulger, other than his personal experience with a notorious gangster who knows all about gaming the system.

This is so bad that the MSM may actually investigate this, if only to save face. They also might view this as the opportunity to get Biden, who they consider to be a big loser, out of the picture sooner rather than later. The least likely outcome is that this has any negative impact on the original target, Donald Trump. In his haste to take on Trump, Schiff may have instead landed the deadliest possible catch.

TDM

UNFORCED ERROR

Self-inflicted wounds are often the most painful. That has never been truer with regard to the New York Times decision to run the latest hit piece on Brett Kavanaugh. Virtually everyone, including a lot of liberals, was immediately skeptical. The story fell apart almost immediately. This is not even a new allegation; it is a previous allegation that had been thoroughly discredited. The only people who took this seriously are people like Kamala Harris trying to breathe life into her failing presidential campaign. That was a major mistake, because it just made them look even more desperate. Kamala Harris then doubled down on stupid when she said just because there is no evidence doesn’t mean it never happened.

The few people willing to even attempt to defend this are trying to blame the FBI for not doing a thorough investigation. They are too stupid to realize that this is actually an admission that there never was any evidence; they just wanted another never-ending investigation to run out the clock on the Kavanaugh nomination. Fortunately even the RINO republicans like Jeff Flake stood up to that nonsense.

This was so obvious that even the ladies on the View shredded the New York Times. Joe Scarborough, yes that Joe Scarborough, sent out a tweet criticizing the stunning omission of a central fact. Then, to make this perfect, the Washington Post said we knew about this, but the story was too weak to publish. Ouch!

The real problem here is that it has destroyed the last remaining shreds of credibility for the New York Times and the liberal left. When even the people who have blindly supported you in the past start booing, the end is near. In the ultimate irony, the authors of this article claim the New York Times Editors deleted the exculpatory information they included in their book. That is probably true, because it was in their book. They would have little incentive to discredit their own work.

When these reporters were interviewed by MSNBC, they debunked everything. With each interview, it got worse. During an interview on “Mornings on the Mall” they said the following:

felt like we were doing right by him and suggest the book details how good of a person Kavanaugh is.”

https://www.dailycaller.com/2019/09/17/nyt-reporter-kavanaugh-book/

Seldom do we see anyone go to such great lengths to destroy their own credibility. It reminds me of a story told to me by a friend who was a prosecutor. The defendant was the alleged driver of a get-a-way car used in an armed robbery. He claimed he did not even know the two people he drove to the bank, they were just strangers he gave a ride. The prosecutor showed him a picture of a woman, not the actual bank robber, and asked him if he recognized her. He said: no, Lilly is much prettier than that! The entire court room burst into laughter. The Jury was out only long enough to write down guilty on the jury form.

I believe that we will see drastic action by the New York Times. When you go from the Grey Lady to the only media source with less credibility than CNN, the end is near. The fact that this is a self-inflicted wound from an unforced error just makes it more painful. It really doesn’t get any worse than this and that is now obvious to everyone paying attention.

TDM

THE SAVAGE BEAST

It is impossible to overstate the significance of events in the Middle East. There are numerous reports that the Saudi Arabia oilfield was struck by numerous cruise missiles fired from Iran. There are also reports that drones from Iran participated in the attack. This is alleged to have damaged 5% of worldwide oil production. There is zero chance this will be ignored.

A wise person running for the DNC nomination would say something like this. “An attack on an oil field by a foreign power would be a very serious event. I encourage the President to verify the facts before making any decision with regard to military action.” I doubt that any of them are that bright.

Instead, they are trying to push Trump into a corner where he cannot respond with military action. That of course, would be the most irresponsible course of action. If we do not handle this now, the cost of handling this in the future will be much higher. Tulsi Gabbard ended any hopes of being a viable candidate when she said Trump is acting like Saudi Arabia’s bitch.

The simple truth is that this is an attack on the world economy. Even Jimmy Carter understood that when he warned Iran that any attempt to interfere with shipping in the Persian Gulf would be considered an act of war.

The President of the United States is negotiating with the world from a position of strength. In the short time since he became President the United States became energy independent. Some of this happened during the Obama presidency, not because of him but in spite of him. He was opposed to fracking and it was fracking that turned this around. Trump not only encouraged fracking, he pushed through the long-delayed oil pipelines.

As a result, Trump can literally tell the world that this is “their” problem. We don’t need oil from Saudi Arabia or any place else. He has already told Saudi Arabia that this is their problem and they need to tell the world that it was Iran who attacked them before he will take any action. Based on his own words; the United States is “locked and loaded.” It is important to understand what this means. The United States has the ability to destroy Iran’s ability to wage war with anyone in a very short period of time. That would include destruction of any capacity to develop nuclear weapons, its oil industry infrastructure and its air defense system. It would not need to resort to nuclear weapons to pull this off. They only thing necessary is the decision to accept the inevitable collateral damage. It is not a question about what the United States military can do; only what it is willing to do.

To put this in perspective, prior to World War II both Churchill and Roosevelt were on record as saying that bombing of civilian populations would be a war crime. Yet, both authorized massive bombing of civilian populations in Germany and Japan. Perhaps Churchill explained this best when he said the most unethical thing he could do was let Hitler win the war. When one is dealing with a real existential threat then no action is considered too extreme. Even the global warming alarmist crowd understands this; they just can’t differentiate between a scientific hoax and a real imminent threat. Threats to destroy oil fields in the Middle East and to disrupt oil shipping in the Persian Gulf are an imminent threat. The impact on the international economy would be both immediate and devastating.

It is important to remember that one of the reasons Japan attacked the United States is that it was running out of oil because of the U.S. led Embargo. One of the reasons Germany lost the Battle of the Bulge was that its tanks ran out of fuel.

I believe the world will not only unite behind Trump, they will soon be demanding action. The only reason they tolerated Iran in the first place was fear and self-preservation. At some point, when it is clear the savage beast is in the process of attacking, you move on from soothing the savage beast to just killing it. No one is going to trust Iran after this. No one, other than candidates running for the DNC nomination, will even pretend that Iran is not a threat to all of us. Now, the only question is what to do about it. We may learn the answer to that sooner than you can imagine.

TDM

WINNERS AND WINERS

The Thursday night football game was pretty boring. So, I watched a few minutes of the DNC debate, just for giggles. Some of the things I saw were surprising. The moderators were a huge improvement over CNN’s cast of clowns. They included George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Jorge Ramos. All of them are very liberal and they all are all anti-Trump. But they aren’t idiots and they actually asked tough questions and pushed back on stupid answers. David Muir really pushed back on the plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan without regard to the consequences. I guess none of the candidates remembered that the 18th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack was September 11, 2019, the day before the debate. Just after we were all reminded of the high cost of ignoring Afghanistan prior to that attack, virtually every DNC candidate promised to repeat the mistake. They asked what possible threat Afghanistan was to us? Duh, did you watch TV this week?

Linsey Davis asked Kamala Harris why, if she was so dedicated to implementing change, she accomplished so little while Attorney General for California. It exposed Harris’s biggest weakness. Everything is and always has been only about her. No one is buying her carefully rehearsed act anymore. Kamala Harris has basically self-eliminated from the competition. That won’t be obvious to some people for a long time, but it is reality.

Drudge thinks that Amy Klobuchar was the big winner, but no one else has that opinion. Remember that according to Drudge Tulsi Gabbard won the first debate, but she didn’t even make the cut for the second debate. For the record, Klobuchar is polling at .9% and some were wondering why she was on that stage. I actually like the Drudge Report, but realize that most people reading it will automatically vote for the worst candidate in hopes the DNC would stupidly agree.

The big winner was Joe Biden, primarily because he was not the big loser. The other candidates had to push him off the stage and they didn’t come close to doing that. Julian Castro tried the hardest and just made himself look small in the process. Even the little box he was standing on didn’t help. The big loser was probably Elizabeth Warren, because she had the most to gain, consequently the most to lose. This was her chance to outshine Biden and she didn’t come close. Bernie Sanders was embarrassed; by of all people Jorge Ramos, who asked Bernie about the great things socialism has been done for Venezuela. Bernie literally got red in the race trying to explain this. What could be more appropriate than a red face on a politician who adores communism?

Cory Booker was Cory Booker. He is entertaining but few would consider him to be a viable candidate for President of the United States. Saturday Night live, maybe, President of the United States: please! Mayor Pete looked small in comparison to all the other candidates, with the possible exception of Julian Castro. Beto O’Rourke crossed over into insanity and even the liberal moderators were appalled. He looks and smells of desperation. Andrew Yang wasn’t taken seriously by anyone.

So, after all the hot air, nothing changed. Biden is still way ahead, Bernie and Elizabeth are fighting for second place and everyone else is tied for last place on the train to nowhere invisible in the cloud of dust left by the leaders. Odds are someone like John Kerry is looking at this mess, seeing all the losers and wondering whether or not to take a shot at this. The Democrats need somebody to take on Trump and at least Kerry is somebody. But he is also 76 years old and is the epitome of white privilege. When you combine that this with his inability to speak without showing off his French level of arrogance and the lack of a human like personality he would quickly replace Biden as the target of choice by the liberal left. If there is a worse establishment candidate than Joe Biden, John Kerry is probably it.

To sum it up, they came, we saw, and they squandered. Hard to imagine why the Democrats aren’t making a better show at this, since they are competing against the most incompetence President in U.S. history. Never has an incumbent President been more vulnerable, in their minds and never have they been less capable of offering anything resembling an alternative. If Trump is “this bad” then the DNC is, well, no words will suffice.

By the way, the DNC was not the biggest loser last night. That would be the Carolina Panthers. Not because they stunk up the field, although they did. But rather because of the extremely weird post game press conference by Cam Newton. The attached picture of him at this press conference needs no explanation.

Imagine you are a Carolina Panther fan and this is the quarterback chosen to provide the leadership to win your team a Superbowl. Now imagine your are a Democrat and you realize Newton looks better than any of your candidates for President.

Go ahead and smile!

TDM

THE GOLDEN GOOSE

One of the problems with running a campaign for President promising to kill the Golden Goose is that in this case the goose can read. Elizabeth Warren is climbing up the polls in the race to be the DNC nominee by promising to stick it to big business. That would, of course, be the same big business that supported her during her run for the Senate. Big business is used to Democrats saying this; they just realize they have zero plans on actually doing this. But, in this case, Warren appears to plan on keeping these insane promises.

There are always private meetings between business executives and candidates for high office. I have actually been directly involved in some of these meetings. I will not mention names, to protect the non-innocent. A Democrat, running for the United States Senate from California, asked for a meeting with our company president. I was asked, by our president, to sit in on the meeting. This person was asking for contributions and was explaining the reasons we should provide support.

I did not say anything during the meeting. When it was over, the president asked me two questions. He asked me what I thought were the chances of this candidate succeeding. I said close to zero, because the opponent was very strong with much higher name recognition. He then said: if this candidate wins, how that will impact us. I said that I had personal interaction with this individual and felt that we would be treated fairly. Ultimately, we provided some support, but did not go all in on a candidate we didn’t expect to win. We were right by the way; the candidate did not win the DNC nomination.

The point is that virtually every CEO and/or Board of any major corporation will ask similar questions. What is the chance of this person winning? How will that impact us? In the case of Elizabeth Warren the answer to the first question is that she is very unlikely to beat Donald Trump. The answer to the second question is that if she wins and she keeps her campaign promises it will be a financial disaster for the entire American economy and that will affect everyone.

While Democrats like to pretend that big business supports Republicans and vice versa, the truth is that big business doesn’t care much about political parties. Regardless of which party wins, the people in power are going to be calling with their hand out and explaining how they can help. That is why major business owners, like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett support Democrats who make promises that would be devastating for their operations. They know this will never happen and that they will always have a seat at the table. But Elizabeth Warren is promising to deny big business a seat at the table and if they believe her the impact will be significant.

They will not make major expenditures on someone they believe is seriously out to hurt them. They may even spend a lot of money making sure that does not happen. The average person will not even know this is happening. Really big business has relationships with everyone that matters, including lobbyists and the main stream media. This would be subtle. A top executive at a network would be told that a story about the real impact of the proposals by Elizabeth Warren seems like a good topic. Since this would come from someone who spends millions in advertising, this advice would not be ignored.

No one should underestimate this. One does not have to be a fan of big business to win the Presidency, but it is extremely dangerous to run as an enemy of big business. The last President to do that was Theodore Roosevelt, but he didn’t exactly win an election running against big business. That election was won by William McKinley, who was much more attractive to business tycoons. Roosevelt became President when McKinley was assassinated. Then and only then did he take on the “Trust Busters.” What happened is that in 1890 congress passed the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. No one took that serious and for the first 12 years U.S. courts routinely sided with business. That all changed when Roosevelt realized that he had a sympathetic Supreme Court so he took on the biggest of them all, J.Pierpont Morgan. Morgan was shocked and furious. He demanded a meeting with Roosevelt who told him the lawsuit would continue and the courts would decide. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Roosevelt in a 5-4 decision.

After he did this, Roosevelt became very popular and easily won re-election. But, it might have been a very different story if he had tried to run the first time on this type of platform. During the time of Roosevelt, tremendous power was held by a very few people. Today, there are many very powerful companies and none of them has close to the power of a J. Pierpont Morgan. But they do have the same mindset. They will support almost anything, as long as they realize these are false promises. But if they start believing someone is serious about taxing wealth and destroying what she calls the free ride for billionaires, they won’t risk seeing her get elected. This is one reason that the only person likely to lose to Donald Trump in a general election by a larger margin than Joe Biden is Elizabeth Warren.

Smart Democrats know this, but the current Democratic Party is not run by these people. The current leadership is coming from people like AOC, who can’t even spell economics and has no clue with regard to how the world really works. It looks more and more like Democrats have developed their own perfect storm destined to leave an unbelievable amount of damage before it moves out to sea. If they set sail for the election on the U.S.S. Elizabeth Warren the results are likely to be catastrophic.

A side note. I was once asked by our company president, to attend a luncheon meeting with a very powerful United States Senator. This is a name you would all recognize. This meeting was set up by a major Democratic donor. I was positioned at the table, right next to this Senator, so we could have a one on one private conversation. He was proposing a universal health care plan that we thought would be devastating for our company. I was asked to explain exactly how this would impact us and to encourage him to make changes. He was extremely arrogant and considered himself the ultimate expert on the subject. I was actually stunned to realize that he had no clue with regard to how this worked in the real world. I can’t pretend that he agreed with anything I said, but I can confirm that he did modify his proposal when he became aware of the strong opposition to it.

TDM

ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO SNIT

ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO SNIT

The definition of insanity is making the same mistake over and over again and expecting a different result. That has never been truer than the record of the MSM in dealing with Donald J. Trump. During the 2016 primary season they ran multiple stories about Trump, most of them negative. The result of this strategy was that none of the other Republican candidates could get a word in edgewise. The coverage of Trump sucked all the oxygen out of the room, resulting in him coasting to the nomination. They then doubled down on this strategy during the 2016 general election, which had the same effect. All of the coverage, mostly negative, centered on Trump with the result that few people even noticed what Hillary was doing. Ultimately, she lost, partly because few people really cared about her, one way or the other.

Since the 2016 election, the MSM has double, tripled, and quadrupled down on this strategy. By some estimates over 90% of the news coverage is directed at Trump and about 90% of that coverage is negative. Actually, based on my own observations, it is close to 100% negative. Last week Trump was literally slammed for daring to try and warn people about Hurricane Dorian by using NOAAs own forecast chart. The people in charge of the news in the MSM considered this to be the crime of the century. The rest of us just turned them off in disgust. Give me a break! How about those Miami Dolphins, oops, they suck too.

Tomorrow there is a special election in North Carolina. Trump is appearing at a Rally tonight and people have been lined up for about 48 hours to attend. This rally will be covered extensively by the MSM. Fox will probably show more of the actual rally, CNN will report sound bites followed by harsh criticism. In the meantime, no one really knows where any of the Democratic challengers are today. If they are smart they are as far away from North Carolina as they can get to avoid being lost in Trump’s enormous shadow. The media says this is a must win for Trump. They miss the point that if this is a must win for Trump, it is also a must win for his opponents. I haven’t followed any of the polls in North Carolina, but my gut says go with the guy who has people waiting 48 hours in line to hear him speak.

One of the problems for democrats this year is that Trump is getting 11 times the media attention of all of the DNC challengers combined. They are left to explaining why they are better than Trump. This reminds me of a Xerox commercial. The customer asks why this copy machine is better than a Xerox. The salesman just smiles and says: “it is a Xerox.”

Trump is the real thing. You may love him, you may hate him, or you may be somewhere in the middle, but you can’t possibly ignore him. Neither can the MSM, because they are incapable of learning. If this continues Trump will coast to re-election and people will have trouble remembering who, exactly, ran against him.

TDM