READING AND RIGHTING!

One can learn a lot by listening to what people say and sometimes what they don’t say.  Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein briefed the Senate.  All of the Senators who commented said the briefing was serious.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/334162-senators-told-of-broadening-russia-investigation

Democrats were not exactly singing Rosenstein’s praises after this briefing.  All he told them is that Trump is not personally under investigation, he has no evidence of any interference with the Russian involvement in the election and by the way, this is now a criminal investigation.

Don’t assume that Mueller will spend much if any time investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  The only justification for investigating this is as a counter intelligence operation.  No one has even alleged anything even hinted at remotely resembles a crime.  CNN make think it’s a crime that Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, but causing indigestion on the part of liberals is not the legal definition of a crime.  Alan Dershowitz figured this out and he is very frightened:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/05/18/dershowitz-dont-glorify-special-counsel.html

“It would not be criminal, even if it happened, for the Trump campaign to have collaborated with the Russians in an effort to get their candidate elected. It would have been wrong but not criminal.”

Dershowitz goes on to admit that NOTHING Trump has done is even potentially a crime.  Then he writes the following:

“A special counsel has a very different goal: deciding whether to prosecute particular individuals. At this point in our history, learning the truth may be more important than prosecuting questionable cases” 

In other words, Mueller was hired to prosecute people suspected of a crime.  The only crime we know of right now is the leaking of the phone call between Michael Flynn and the Russian Ambassador.  I doubt that Mueller was brought in to prosecute Michael Flynn for anything.  The FBI could have done that and no one in either party would have said a word.  So, odds are that Mueller was brought in to investigate someone or something so toxic that Rosenstein felt a Special Counsel was required.

Mueller can and will tell congressional hearings to back off because they are interfering with a criminal investigation.  That is how Eric Holder got congress to back off on investigating Fast & Furious.  He is not going to be holding press conferences; he is going to be empaneling secret grand juries and conducting a criminal investigation.  People who have been illegally leaking classified information to the press should be very afraid.  People who leaked the names of U.S. citizens illegally unmasked because of counter-intelligence surveillance programs would be wise to lawyer up.  There are a lot of people who should be very afraid.  I doubt that very many of them had any connection to the Trump campaign.

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MUELLERING IT OVER

I don’t know who made the decision to appoint Robert Mueller to be special counsel, but this may be the best thing that could have happened.  It is clear that Democrats were determined to destroy Trump with the help of leaks from people within the administration.  This was never going to end.  The Russia investigation was never going to end.  The appointment of Robert Mueller has put this on a very different path.  He has strong bi-partisan support and a deserved reputation as a straight shooter

While Democrats and the main stream media will vocalize loud dreams of impeachment, in reality this appointment makes it nearly impossible to impeach Trump.  You can’t impeach a President before the special counsel completes his investigation.

Once again, Trump nailed it on twitter.  Of course the main stream media totally missed the point.

“With all the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed.”

 “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.”

Democrats and the main stream media will shriek about these tweets, but they weren’t aimed at the biased main stream media.  They were aimed at the American people and I think they will understand.

Everything Trump wrote is completely accurate and appropriate.

If nothing else, this should buy Trump time.  He clearly needs to clear house and get rid of everyone in his administration who feels it is his or her patriotic duty to leak information that is damaging to this President.

The Republican talking points just became very easy. “You wanted a special counsel and you got one, so shut up. Robert Mueller is an excellent choice for the position. Now is the time to let him do his job without interference from either side.”

We all better hope that Mueller gets this right. A thorough honest investigation by a special counsel may be exactly what is required to drain the DC swamp.

TDM

GUM SMOKE

The main stream media thinks they have Trump cornered.  They certainly have a lot of RINOs terrified.  Don’t they have a smoking gun that will remove Trump from office?  Isn’t the email from Jim Comey proof that Trump tried to obstruct justice?  To the main stream media, this is obvious.  But keep in mind that the main stream media is ALWAYS wrong.

Trump is not a man who takes these things lightly.  He has a long history of responding to lawsuits with countersuits by better lawyers.  Trump knows the law and he knows what to do.  The law is totally on his side.

Greg Jarrett lays out the case very well:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/05/16/gregg-jarrett-comeys-revenge-is-gun-without-powder.html

If Comey testifies that he interpreted Trump’s actions as obstruction of justice, then he broke the law.  The only thing he can say is that, now, in retrospect he views that conversation more seriously.  In other words, obstruction only matters if he is fired.  He has no chance of surviving that line of questioning and there are Republicans on those panels that are more than capable of doing the job.

But there’s more.  If Comey is painted as overlooking obstruction of justice, then Republicans should subpoena all his e-mails regarding conversations with Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch and Barrack Obama.  My hunch is that there are a lot more smoking guns there.

One question I would ask James Comey is why he didn’t inform congress, as required, that he considered Loretta Lynch to be obstructing justice.  If he did not believe that, then he has no grounds for his press conference regarding Hillary Clinton.  He if knew about that meeting, how did he know.  Even if he only learned this from the press, he definitely considered this to be a signal event.  Either way, Comey has some explaining to do.

This strategy by liberal Democrats worked with Richard Nixon, because he really didn’t fight back.  Trump is not Richard Nixon.  He will fight back.  He will fight back even if it destroys himself in the process.

In the meantime, once again, Democrats are willing to do major damage to the country to get rid of a President they despise.  Last time it cost us the Vietnam War, international humiliation, double digit inflation and double digit unemployment and double digit interest rates.  Democrats were rewarded with the Presidency of Jimmy Carter who lowered the national speed limit to 55, boycotted the Moscow Olympics and told America its best days were behind us.

The bottom line is that if Democrats win this one, we all lose.  The problem is that this time a Ronald Reagan may not be enough to repair the damage.

TDM

WHERE’S THE BEEF?

Do you remember the last time Donald Trump had to walk back a tweet because it contained inaccurate information?   Having a hard time remembering? Trump is famous for sending out tweets that other people ridicule for being mean, insulting and irrational. While Democrats routinely accuse him of lying, just for expressing an opinion, I can’t recall a single instance where a tweet was actually “corrected.” We know that Trump doesn’t actually write all his tweets, he has a small handful of people who are “authorized” to tweet on his behalf. They aren’t paid to make factual errors.

CNN viewed the following tweet as a thinly veiled threat to Comey. Actually it is a promise, to both CNN and the ranting mainstream media and there is nothing thin about it.

“James Comey better hope there are no “tapes” of our conversations to the press before he starts leaking to the press.

“When James Clapper himself and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end.”

 Oliver Wendell Homes

If you’re weak on the facts and strong on the law, pound the law. If you’re weak on the law and strong on the facts, pound the facts. If you’re weak on both, pound the table.

Trump has the facts. He fired Comey. The liberal left has no facts and they also don’t have the law. They are just pounding. What Oliver Wendell Holmes left out of his quote is that while it feels good to pound, you almost never win the case.

I think sooner rather than later, the American people are going to get sick of the pounding and start to ask: “where’s the beef.” The more obvious it becomes that there is no beef, the more damage liberals will be doing to the Democratic Party.

TDM

TRUE VALUE

I was VP of Insurance for a major corporation and was responsible for purchasing the health insurance for thousands of employees.  One of the most important components of this responsibility is to have a firm sense of values.

Our first priority was to protect our employees.  However, it was also important to control costs, for both the employee and the company.  There are always important value decisions that informed our decisions.  We decided that the most important standard was to make health insurance affordable so that it was available to as many employees as possible. But we also wanted to be sure that those who needed the most help got that help.   If there was a choice between a small increase in premium and a small increase in co-pay for routine procedures and a reduction in coverage in the event of a catatrophic illness or injury we would always opt for the plan that protected those with the greatest need.  We would rather see all employees pay a little extra for real protection if they needed it than to see someone with a catastrophic injury or illness stuck with inadequate coverage.

I soon learned that union programs and government programs have opposite values. If you doubt this, just look at Medicare.  Medicare Part A covers lower cost but frequently used benefits.  Medicare Part B costs you more money, but it still does not provide real protection in the event of a catastrophic injury or illness.  If you want full coverage you need to purchase a Medicare Supplement policy from an independent insurance company

There is a reason for this design.  Medicare is designed to provide a lot of people with low cost insurance that covers most, but not all things.  We call them voters.  Those people who find Medicare inadequate are often very ill and they conveniently tend to die.  That means they typically stop voting, unless they live in a place like Chicago.  Medicare was not designed to take care of the truly needy, it was designed to appeal to the most voters.

This is why Jimmy Kimmel’s rant on national TV was 100% wrong.  I am glad his son got the surgery he needed, but he didn’t get that because of ObamaCare, he got that in spite of ObamaCare.  Kimmel’s son was fortunate enough to have a rich Dad able to pay the cost of the procedure.  This had absolutely nothing to do with any pre-existing conditions clause.  However, if Jimmy Kimmel’s son had been born to one of the millions of people enrolled in an ObamaCare HMO the odds of that child getting expensive surgery at Cedars Sinai would be close to zero. Instead his family would be getting a small benefit to help them plan the funeral.

Jimmy Kimmel also is ignorant of something really important.  There was a President who did want to see people with Catatrophic illness able to obtain treatment at the best hospitals whether they had insurance or not.  That was Ronald Reagan and he signed the Emergency Medical Labor Treatment Act (EMTALA) into law in 1986.  That law made it illegal for prestigous institutes to dump Medicaid, uninsured or otherwise unprofitable patients on local community hospitals.  This was actually the law that would have offer the best chance for a poor child to receive the same treatment as Jimmy Kimmel’s son.

There were also politicians who tried to circumvent that law.  For example, Michelle Obama who was paid over $300,000 per year to “help” people who were uninsured or on Medicare get transportation away from the University of Chicago Medical Center to a community hospital or clinic.

Sean Hannity exposed this in 2009, but Democrats were too busy pushing through ObamaCare to notice:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2009/07/23/program-linked-to-first-lady-michelle-obama-accused-patient-dumping.html

ObamaCare was designed to offer low cost benefits to low income people from low cost providers.  It is just a coincidence that those also happened to be the people almost certain to vote for Democrats.  This is what happens with any “socialized medicine” program.  If the government gives you health care, the government feels entitled to decide who gets such care.  Since the goals is to give small but popular benefits to as many people as possible they are unconcerned over the small percentage of really sick people people who are so darned expensive to treat.  There were even studies by the Obama regime on how to reduce the enormous expense many people incurr during the last few months of life.  This is one reason why socialists love euthenasia programs.  It is the same reason they love funding abortions.  Treating dead people is a lot cheaper than keeping someone alive.

But for the filthy rich, like the Clinton’s, the Obama’s and the Kimmels, this does not apply.  They can afford the very best doctors and would never consider getting treatment at one of  those wonderful community hospitals so adored by Michelle Obama.  That is only for the basket of deplorables.

TDM

THE COLBERT FACTOR

The performance by Stephen Colbert trashing Donald Trump is so awful that I refuse to even post a link to the transcript.  We can be certain that if a Fox News personality did this they would be instantly banned for life.  But since Colbert was trashing Trump, who liberals hate, nothing will be done unless public outrage makes this impossible to ignore.  So far, CBS has not even bothered to address the issue.

Anyone with a shred of human decency who watched this performance would have fired Stephen Colbert on the spot.  No investigation is necessary.  He did this on live TV and it is impossible to spin these remarks away. 

What makes this worse is the self-righteous verbal assault launched by Stephen Colbert with regard to the leaked Donald Trump video from 2005.

http://www.cbs.com/shows/the-late-show-with-stephen-colbert/news/1005984/stephen-colbert-releases-scorching-video-response-to-trump-s-leaked-audio.

Mr. Colbert.  If you are looking for an arrogant, sexist, homophobe spouting hate speech, consider buying a mirror.   You set the standard for punishing people for irresponsible speech, how about applying that standard to yourself?  If you had a shred of character CBS wouldn’t have to fire you, you would have already resigned and made a public and heartfelt apology.  But there is zero chance of that because there is zero evidence that you have even the residual dreams of a conscience.  That was proven when Colbert said he would do it all again.

Sadly he is likely to continue spewing this garbage on national TV, because liberals not only do not care, they obviously enjoy this.  The good news is that they are losing election after election because fewer and fewer people are this naïve.  Even people who consider themselves liberal and who agree with liberal values are confronted with the reality that those people leading the liberal movement have no values at all, liberal or conservative.

TDM

THE FINAL FACTOR

Bill O’Reilly was fired by Fox News. The liberal left is celebrating. One can understand why he was fired, there just too many similar accusations. Advertisers were deserting the ship. But I predict we may look at this very differently in a couple of years. O’Reilly was on the air for 21 years and that is not an accident. He will not take on Fox News, because they are going to pay him a ton of money to prevent that. But that does not mean he will go down without a fight.

The first round goes to those people who shoved O’Reilly off the air. Don’t be so sure who wins round two. Round one was won in the court of public opinion. O’Reilly didn’t have a chance. Round two is likely to be fought in a court room where his accusers will have to come up with real evidence. That is a whole different ball of wax.

They say there are few things more dangerous than a cornered animal. But a person who feels he or she has nothing to lose is the most dangerous opponent of all. O’Reilly has lost his dream job and been publicly humiliated. He has to be seething with anger.

https://thinkprogress.org/oreilly-statement-mccarthyism-b03ca4e8f94d

His attorney, Marc E. Kasowitz has already written that O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination. That is clearly true. Kasowitz said that his firm “has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons.” “That evidence will be put forward shortly and it is irrefutable.”

Those should be chilling words to those who are celebrating a successful witch hunt. The liberal left, always short on the uptake, viewed this as a desperate effort by Bill O’Reilly to save his job at Fox News. In reality it just may be the first salvo in the real war that is coming. Marc Kasowitz is one of the top trial attorneys in the country. He will be a formidable opponent. If you are one of those people who trashed Bill O’Reilly and are rejoicing in your great victory, now is the time to be afraid, very afraid.

TDM

STICK SCHIFF

Democrats with the loud support of the main stream media routinely accuse Republicans of leaking classified information. This is frequently done in interviews where Democrats, like Adam Schiff and Jackie Spier are leaking classified information. It is long past time they got called on it.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-calls-upon-office-congressional-ethics-investigate-whether-rep-schiff-rep-speier-disclosed-classified-information/

Well Glory be…tee hee hee, Judicial Watch just hand delivered a letter to the Chairman and Co-Chair of the House Office of Congressional Investigations demanding an ethics investigation of Adam Schiff and Jackie Speier. It’s a beautiful thing.

I don’t see how the Office of Congressional Ethics can refuse to start an investigation in view of the fact they are already investigating Devin Nunes for less   We could even see Adam Schiff have to recluse himself, which would be a gift from heaven. Schiff is an arrogant intolerant jerk who tries to pretend he is the only honest man left in congress. Well more than a little mustard just rubbed off the hot dog and I think we could see Adam Schiff eat a significant amount of crow.

What could be better than to Stick Schiff!

TDM

THE INCOMPETENT DRIVER MANEUVER

My wife taught me the incompetent driver maneuver.  We were traveling on the freeway, she had her turn signal on, but the car next to her would not yield and let her move over.  She just jerked toward the lane anyway and then quickly jerked back.  She called it the incompetent driver maneuver.  The other vehicle honked its horn at her and backed way off.  She then calmly moved over.

I am not recommending this.  For one thing, my wife is very skilled at the incompetent driver maneuver.  A less skilled driver might make a serious mistake.  In addition, some recent road rage incidents are a reminder that people don’t always respond the way you expect.  That being said, the incompetent driver maneuver actually works.

I don’t know if the Trump attack on Syria is brilliant or stupid.  I do know that the entire world is looking at him differently than they did yesterday.  Trump has shown that he can and will take decisive action with little or no warning.  Some people will applaud this, some will scream to high heaven, but all will be well aware of the risk of Donald Trump merging into their lane.  Like I said, the incompetent driver maneuver, while not recommended, can be effective.

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SEE NO EVIL

Michael Savage used to famously say that liberalism is a mental disorder.  I used to laugh at that, but this is a pretty good explanation for the mass hysteria now on full display.  Liberals rely primarily on emotion and they often disregard inconvenient facts.  If one defines insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then one is also describing liberalism.  One of the sad consequences of insanity is that during times of stress it can border on suicidal.

Liberals are not upset that Hillary Clinton is not President.  They never actually liked her.  They are just devastated that Donald Trump is President.  They cannot bring themselves to endure the unendurable.  In their minds Donald Trump is a crude, ruthless lying xenophobic misogynist tragically and inexplicably inserted into the Presidency.  They simply cannot accept the fact of his Presidency.  They were desperately hoping that someone somewhere would find the longed for smoking gun that would remove this national nightmare.  Deep down they know that Russia did not steal the election and the Trump campaign didn’t want or need Russia’s help to beat Hillary Clinton but the alternative is to accept the legitimacy of the Trump Presidency and they cannot do that.

This is why they will not and cannot give up on the ridiculous nonsense that Russia, with the help of Trump, stole the election.  To give up on that would be to acknowledge that Donald Trump is the legitimate President of the United States and to liberals that is a fate worse than death itself.

This is why they can’t comprehend why anyone would be concerned about the Obama administration spying on the Trump campaign and his transition team.  In their delusional minds, this is not a crime; it is an actor of honor.  They would be far more upset if Obama wasn’t doing everything possible to resist the Trump Presidency.

This reminds me of the scene from “A Few Good Men.”  Colonel Nathan Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson, is outraged that a pipsqueak like Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise, would dare challenge him with regard to his duty to defend Guantanamo.  When Kaffee pushed him, Jessup responds by saying:

You can’t handle the truth…Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns.  Whose gonna do it?  You?  You, Lt. Weinburg?  I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom.  You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines.  You have that luxury.  You have the luxury of not knowing what I know.  That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives.  And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives.  You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall.  We use words like honor, code, loyalty.  We used these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something.  You use them as a punchline.  I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provided, and then questions the manner in which I provide it.  I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way.  Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post.  Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled too.

Liberals think they are Colonel Jessup defending the country from Donald Trump.  They are outraged that anyone would even care if they used extraordinary methods to achieve that goal.  But what liberals fail to grasp is that Donald Trump is the President of the United States, he was elected in a fair and honest election and he does not begin to resemble the monster they have created in their own delusional minds.  This is the consequence of liberals convincing their supporters and themselves that one must hate anyone who dares disagree with them.  They have deluded themselves into believing that those who disagree with them are not only wrong, they are by definition evil.  This blinds them to the real evil on full display by those they choose to admire solely because they appear to worship at the same altar of political correctness.  Those who cannot recognize evil, eventually embrace it ultimately leading them with no escape from the road to destruction.

TDM