Another day…

On Impeachment

After watching again yesterday I come back to this. If the House Democrats continue down the path they are on we will have created a division in this nation that will take decades to heal.

When you consider we have had only three impeachment proceedings in history you understand the severity of the act. Then, when you consider this would be the first time in any proceeding that we would have a partisan vote to impeach, you have to stop and think.

We elect a person to office and have the ability to remove them for only what section 4, article two of the Constitution calls: High crimes and misdemeanors. The article says this:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

It was put there to protect the elected office holders from being overthrown from those who disagree with them. Thus, a partisan vote to impeach was unheard of and I dare to say never thought possible — until now.
Does Nancy Pelosi and her team really want to go down this path? Do they really believe in their hearts that this President committed “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” of such a magnitude he should be removed from office?
I just can’t believe they will allow a partisan vote in which some Democrats will vote with all the Republicans against, and send the charges to the senate. We have an election by the people in eleven months!

In the senate, Mitch O’Connell may well drag out the trial to the frustration of the Democratic primary candidates and make the case look weak. Which Senators on the Democratic side want to fall on their swords there? Is it Chuck Schumer? Maybe Kamala Harris in a bid to save her presidential run? Warren? It will only be those in safe Democratic states, that’s for sure.

When the senate votes to kill the impeachment, then what? Will the people realize we wasted three years on collusion, then more time on the Ukraine and got nothing but a bill from it?
When the President says he was working to drive the economy, fix world problems and put America First, what will the House Democrats say?

I think without a smoking gun they are walking a dangerous path right now. Their personal desires and drive may have gotten ahead of the available facts, and that is a bad place to be – for their sake and the country.

Now It Gets Interesting…

Here goes

Okay buckle up for the next three weeks as the mess in Washington will get interesting.

First, of course, the House will continue its “inquiry” and have to then take the “findings” to the full house for an impeachment vote.
Most analysts say that is a done deal and going to happen. We still wonder if they will take the off ramp and say we will allow the citizens to make their own judgement.

Second, they are still looking for the smoking gun. Today we hear they are investigating whether the President lied in his written statements to Robert Mueller. This is off the Roger Stone conviction and knowledge of the DNC hacking and wikileaks releases.
For congress, finding something to impeach the President is a full time job. Passing USMCA or funding the government is all secondary.

Someone is wrong on this too. Nancy Pelosi said yesterday the President realizes he is way over his head and that’s why he acts as he does. There are millions who say, if he can drive the economy, jobs, markets and reduce conflicts overseas like he has, we want a congress over their heads too.

Third, here comes the other side. The I.G. report from Michael Horowitz we have heard about for years is finally coming. We know that because Senator Lindsey Graham has scheduled a session with him for December 11th. So expect the report the week before.
Now what it will say is the thing we all await. The President’s team, FoxNews and the right have long said there was questionable activity by many in government to kick off the whole collusion thing. The left and MSM have completely dismissed that as a distraction. We are about to find out.
I always thought it was somewhere in the middle, but yesterday when I heard what AG Barr (a person I respect immensely) said what he did, I wondered. He gave the impression there was a lot here.

Now remember both the left and right had great respect and words for Horowitz when he was given this assignment. It will be hard for either side to turn on him and call him a partisan. At the same time Horowitz was limited to talking to only those in government so I wonder how deep he could go. The Durham investigation, which has now moved to a criminal one, will tell the rest of the story.

Finally it will be interesting to see how the MSM covers this. For the past three years they have dismissed any claims of a crime to launch this mess as so unfounded they have not covered it.

other news

Did you see the story that it appears the two guards who were responsible for watching Epstein are about to be charged for failure to do their job and falsifying documents? Let’s see where that goes and if they face jail time. Sometimes that leads a person to make a deal. In the meantime count me as a skeptic that we will ever know the whole story. We won’t get it from Prince Andrew from what I saw this weekend!

Here’s something that didn’t get much coverage. It involves Iran and its internal strife because of the sanctions.

Protests broke out throughout Iran after the government moved to effectively hike the price of gasoline by 50 percent overnight.
“Angry protesters parked cars in the streets to block traffic in more than a dozen cities and crowds numbering in the thousands marched throughout the country, many chanting, “Down with the dictator” and other anti-government slogans. Some shouted, “The enemy is here!” a reference to the government’s continued vilification of the US.”

An Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad tweeted a video of protesters setting fire to a statue of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic”.

Don’t you think this should have gotten some coverage?

Yesterday I commented on how the MSM was calling the reelected Governor of Louisiana “a moderate” (John Bel Edwards). Well consider this action taken by the Democratic Attorney General committee:
The Democratic Attorneys General Association, which supports Democratic candidates for state attorneys general positions, announced its new position Monday. They “will only support candidates who publicly announce their support for abortion rights”.
Edwards is anti abortion. Yup, he was a moderate in the party all right.
Again I ask if this were reversed would the MSM have told you about it?

Have a great day.

Onto Week Two…

Onto to impeachment week two, just not today though. Congress doesn’t work on Mondays. Eight witnesses are planned beginning tomorrow.

The Sunday news, as expected, focused on the sensationalism. I keep coming back to this. Where’s the high crime for impeachment? Even if he did the worst thing they say he did, which was to ask Ukraine to investigate what happened in 2016 and what the Bidens did, is that impeachable to you? Again, this call was just after the three year “collusion” charge and the Mueller hearing. What person who was now cleared would not want to know how it got started?

Friday’s hearing was so interesting. The fired ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, came across as competent, smart and nice. That’s great. We had a congressman crying because she was fired. It became a sympathy hearing, not one that found crimes of an impeachable nature.
Now I feel sorry for her too; but I also feel sorry for the thousands I know who were fired from jobs for no fault of their own. I saw it happen to someone close just last month. This person loved their job, was rewarded for performance and impacting the company. In came new management and guess what? They wanted their own people and out he was. It’s a shame but it happens all the time. The difference here is she was reassigned, lost no benefits, time of service or pay. That doesn’t happen to the thousands every week who face the same fate. So I feel bad, but I feel even worse for those who have no job to go to.
For the congress person who cried, you should visit Detroit and the car factories when your policies stall the economy, and the assembly line workers, through no fault of their own get laid off because car sales slow.

Anyway, on to week two with the support of the MSM.

Political updates

Did you see the latest poll out of Iowa? Mayor Pete is in the lead. Remember when Elizabeth Warren was the one? As soon as she was challenged on how to pay she dropped. Let’s see how the others go after Mayor Pete in the debate this week. Ten candidates qualified.

Mike Bloomberg just changed positions for the Democratic primaries. He apologized for Stop N Frisk in NY. He said he did it to save lives and now realizes it was racist in the manner the police applied it and he made a mistake.
What’s interesting about this is before he entered he criticized the others like Biden and Beto for apologizing. He said you can’t apologize and lead.
But when you need minority and far left voters you apologize. Mike save your money you’re done.

The Louisiana race went as expected. The Democrat was a popular one and he is an anti abortion and cut taxes governor. The media will say that Trump lost and portray the Governor as a “moderate Democrat”. Can you name some others who have his positions?

Finally did you hear about the plane in LaGuardia that people had to get off because of smoke and a possible engine fire? You know who was on it in first class? Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin.

Have a great day.

What I See…

Just Thinking

As day two of the impeachment hearings get set to dominate the day, here’s some short thoughts to take you into the weekend:

  • If day two and subsequent witnesses are as effective as day one I know the date that the President will be forced to leave office.
    It’s Jan 20, 2025 when he completes his second term.
  • Day one was all about “I heard from …” and “he heard from…”. It didn’t go over as planned. By next week they may have to revert to “I had this dream that Donald Trump…” It will line up with their dream to impeach and Disney said “dreams can come true”. Of course they also have Mickey Mouse.
  • Todays witness is the poor ambassador to the Ukraine who Trump replaced. Imagine a President replacing ambassadors with people who support his policy. Treason.
    Oh yea, what does she have to do with the call? See above about the dream. You see she was recalled in April. The call was in July. Maybe she’s psychic.
  • Yesterday we told you of the path to impeachment was:
    Collusion – Mueller Report- Obstruction- Quid pro quo to Extortion.
    Well darn they moved post again yesterday. Now it’s bribery. You have to pay close attention. Don’t miss a day.
  • Poor Nancy Pelosi. If you remember she didn’t want to do this, but got dragged in eventually. I guess for her it was: No way – Maybe – Just Maybe We Will – Okay We’ll Do it — Oh Oh –Why Did I Do this?
    Nancy, try this quickly — USMCA.
  • Now think about bribery and poor Hunter Biden in all this. He’s discharged from the Navy after a month (after receiving an age-related waiver and a second waiver due to a past drug-related incident). Poor kid, lands on his feet with a $50K a month no show job and has to be dragged into this. Poor Hunter.
  • Adam Schiff if you still don’t know who the whistle blower is I can help. I know him. You don’t have to call me, try Googling it. As head of impeachment you should know he worked for Obama and Joe Biden. I know you can do this Adam.
  • Hillary I heard you again yesterday about all the calls you are getting to run. Check those numbers, make sure they’re not BFF’s of Bill.
  • Speaking of Bill, yesterday he sincerely offered advice and counsel to President Trump on how to be President while getting impeached. I don’t know exactly what it was, but it wasn’t:
    Lie to the Grand Jury. Demand the definition of “is”. Quiver your lip as if you’re sorry. Tell them you are going to work. Do what I did, except this. Don’t drag Melania out there. She’s not Hillary, if you know what I mean.
  • Sometimes I think this impeachment is congress impeaching its own credibility.

Enjoy your weekend.

Underway …

underway

You will get all the analysis you need on day one of the hearing from print and media. What that analysis will be depends on what you read and watch. The reason is the bottom line on yesterday was this.
If you came in believing the President is an evil man and should be impeached, you found what you wanted in the hearing.
If you came in believing this whole thing is just another attempt by his foes to get the President, you got what you wanted.
So, no minds were changed, no wave created and we are where we began.

What do I think?
I think we should all ask ourselves if the President were Kennedy, Clinton or Obama would those who want to impeach feel the same?
Now on the other hand, if it were, would those who are saying this is a witch hunt say the same?
I think our politicians in their pursuit of power have divided us and created a dangerous situation in the country.

I also think one of the last people I would put as the face of impeachment is Adam Schiff. His latest yesterday that he didn’t know who the whistleblower was laughable. He can call me and I will tell him if he wants to know. Also, Adam, since the whistleblower started all this, on second hand and third hand knowledge, don’t you think it would have been a good idea to understand what he knew and what his motives were?

Oh yea, I think the charge changed again, at least as I understood it. The ever changing charge now appears to be “extortion” as opposed to quid pro quo. The ground keeps moving beginning with collusion to obstruction to quid pro quo and now extortion. How about just winning an election?

Onto day two tomorrow, but behind closed doors for the most part.

Political updates

Saturday is the Louisiana run off election. Though Louisiana is a strong red state, the current Governor John Bel Edwards is a Democrat and favored for reelection. Edwards is as close to a Republican as you can get and still call yourself a Democrat. As an example, on June 1 of this year he signed a strong anti abortion bill. (The bill outlaws abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detected — about six weeks into a pregnancy).
The President has tried and will again try and defeat him anyway. He will be back there tonight. The latest numbers show a tight race with Edwards up by about 2%.

The President will be beaten up in the MSM if Edwards prevails as he was with the Kentucky governorship. But remember this, most Presidents would not venture into races that appear as sure losses and try to win them. They would stay safely in the White House, so give Trump credit for trying.

The latest poll in New Hampshire shows Joe Biden leading, Elizabeth Warren second and Pete Buttigieg up to third. He has passed (narrowly) Bernie Sanders in a neighboring state.
Now a key date here is tomorrow at five o’clock. That’s the deadline to file for the primary.

That’s why Gov. Patrick is announcing today that he is running. Tough to get in so late but he has a shot. Far better than Mike Bloomberg. He will run as a moderate and that further hurts Joe Biden. It will also be interesting to see how New Hampshire reacts with him and fellow Massachusetts citizen running against each other. It could shake up that primary and the race itself.
Patrick will file in NH today then head to California, Nevada, Iowa, and South Carolina to file for their primaries. So he’s all in.

Hillary yesterday said she is getting so many calls to run and she has not ruled it out. If I get the number to call her I will let you know.

As predicted Tulsi Gabbard has qualified for the November 20th debate. She can thank Hillary Clinton for the free publicity.
That makes ten qualifiers for the stage. They are:
Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.
Missing and soon to depart the race is Julian Castro.

Bet you didn’t hear this about the Republican Primary:
Mark Sanford has dropped his bid. Remember you saw the coverage when he declared, well no one covered he dropped out.

Oh yea, remember the coverage for former Congressman Joe Walsh when he announced? Well it was announced he failed to qualify for the Alabama and Arkansas primaries.

Other headlines

The courts again ruled that Donald Trump must turn over eight years of his tax returns to New York. (So it can be leaked of course). The fascination with his taxes is beyond me. I don’t care, especially if the government was doing its job of monitoring before he ran for office.
The President would like to get past November 2020 before being forced into releasing. The get Trump crowd is fighting to get it out now.
A reader sent this to us this week and it is my sentiments exactly.
“America does not need to see the tax returns of a billionaire who became a public servant. America needs to see the tax returns of public servants who became millionaires while being public servants”          —   Jaeson Lubell

The WSJ has this story today on the US China deal and some issues:
U.S.-China Trade Talks Hit Snag Over Farm Purchases,
Trade talks between the U.S. and China have hit a snag over farm purchases, as officials seek to lock down the limited trade deal President Trump outlined last month.
“Mr. Trump has said that China has agreed to buy up to $50 billion of soybeans, pork and other agricultural products from the U.S. annually. But China is leery of putting a numerical commitment in the text of an agreement, according to people familiar with the matter. Beijing wants to avoid cutting a deal that looks more favorable to the U.S. than to China, some of the people said, and also wants to have flexibility within the agreement should trade tensions escalate again. ‘We can always stop the purchases if things get worse again,'” said one Chinese official.

The President touted this big time and any pullback will hurt him.

The Roger Stone case has gone to the jury. If convicted it will get big play as the MSM will tie him back to the President.

Have a great day.

Here We Go…

The impeachment “inquiry” Begins

Here we go with this circus, so buckle up for weeks of more noise. Remember this hearing will go into mid December. They want to get it done by then or it gets into the 2020 season. But, this is the “inquiry” only. Just crazy, and about half the people are already saying it’s a waste and let’s get on with business.
My thoughts are these:
History will write that the Democrats started out to impeach Donald Trump and they shot Joe Biden.
In the end this whole Ukraine mess will hurt Biden’s run and reputation. When you read the books on election 2020 this will be center stage.

I called it a circus, why?
Well ask yourself this. If a Republican congressman had said and done all Adam Schiff has to try and impeach Obama or Clinton, how would the media be acting?
Now consider this, the latest review from media watch is that we are up to 96% of the coverage of President Trump is negative. If this were reversed parties what would that number be?
Think about how hard it would be to have 96% negative coverage when:
You consider the state of the economy.
Unemployment rate across groups at historic lows.
Think about that with the new trade deals negotiated and being negotiated.
It is hard to have 96% negative coverage and tells you why so many have turned off to the MSM.
Now we always must add that the President’s ego and words allow for much negative coverage, but 96% is ridiculous.

As this hearing begins today consider how this started and the changing ground of charges. Now the Democrats, led by Rep. Jim Himes suggested they stop calling it a quid pro quo. Why? Because he says “the Latin phrase was hard to understand.” Um, maybe you simply can’t prove another charge you have made since they got the aid, and the government of Ukraine had no idea?

Finally consider this.
We all have a pretty good idea how this is going to end.
A near party-line vote, with most every Democrat voting to impeach the president, and nearly all Republicans voting against it.

Oh yea, Rudy Guilani has an op ed in the WSJ today. Here’s what he said:
“Mr. Trump requested that Ukraine root out corruption; he didn’t demand it. His words were cordial, agreeable and free of any element of threat or coercion. Mr. Trump offered nothing in return to Ukraine for cleaning up corruption. If you doubt me, read the transcript. Allegations of Burisma-Biden corruption weren’t even a major part of the conversation. The focus was on Ukrainian corruption broadly speaking, and out of a five-page transcript Mr. Trump spent only six lines on Joe Biden.” 

The democratic primary

You see the polls moving and more candidates considering getting in. Do you think this is because they see a winner among the current bunch? Of course not, they see where this is going.
Now they are saying Mayor Pete is the hot candidate. Warren has cooled following the revelations of what her “free” costs. Biden is failing in Iowa, and Harris who bet it all on Iowa is disappearing.
So here comes Mike Bloomberg, and now Deval Patrick is saying he is reconsidering. This from Politico today:
“Both men have concluded in recent weeks that Mr. Biden, the former vice president, is not the imposing adversary they had expected him to be,” interviews with aides and allies show. Both also believe there is room in the race for a more dynamic candidate who is closer to the political middle than Mr. Biden’s two most prominent challengers, Ms. Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders.

We think Patrick is better positioned to make some noise. Bloomberg’s wealth and support for stop and frisk will doom him in the party. Patrick has two advantages in the early primaries. First he is well known in next-door New Hampshire. Name recognition is not an issue there. Then in South Carolina, where minority voters may decide the primary, can help him.
So maybe he can jump start his campaign.

Some short takes

Get ready for next week and the coverage of the release of the anti Trump book by Anonymous. Pre orders are big and the coverage will be even bigger.

We hear all the time, all are these people leaking and giving information out on the inner workings of the administration. Here’s an interesting article in the Washington Times this morning on that:

WASHINGTON TIMES ARTICLE TODAY:

“Trump backers say the president has strong opposition from his National Security Council because he chose foreign policy experts instead of his loyalists as top advisers in the beginning and the staff was full of Obama supporters.
Most Obama-era NSC “detailees” — the term for temporary agency transfers — remained as the new White House was rocked by destabilizing anti-Trump leaks to the liberal media”.
Obama clearly left the White House booby-trapped,” Michael Caputo, a campaign adviser, told The Washington Times.
The NSC workforce’s size and loyalties have come into sharp focus now that a former staffer has filed a nine-page whistleblower complaint against President Trump. The person accuses Mr. Trump of withholding military aid to force Kyiv to investigate the roles of then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his son Hunter in a Ukrainian gas firm run by a corrupt oligarch.
The complaint emboldened Democrats to open an impeachment probe led by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Witness transcripts have revealed how the NSC staff worked against Trump political appointees. One former NSC analyst made claims of Ukrainian meddling against a Republican colleague, who flatly denies the accusation”.

The whistleblower is a CIA analyst and Democrat who worked closely with Vice President Joseph R. Biden from 2015 to 2016 and returned to the agency in June 2017.

As Mr. Trump won the election, a National Defense University scholar wrote a paper advising the next administration on how to mold an NSC bureaucracy.

“The NSC staff is a place for grownups, committed to serve the Nation and the President,” the paper read. “Only careful vetting and objective criteria will ensure an NSC staff that is up to the task.”

The NSC staff ballooned under President Barack Obama from 100 to 236 today. About 80% came as detailees from other agencies such as the CIA, the State Department and the Pentagon.

“His stacking and expansion of the NSC should have been the first warning,” Mr. Caputo said. “If there is any honor left in our republic, whoever told the president and the Trump family it was just fine to keep Obama holdovers at the NSC should be tarred, feathered and paraded for all the world to see.”

Out of the loop

Then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in 2017 became convinced that NSC detailees were leaking, sometimes inaccurately, details of Mr. Trump’s meetings and phone calls with foreign leaders. But he could never find the culprits, a former aide said.

The aide said some of the NSC detailees who arrived that year had bashed the president on social media.

J.D. Gordon, the Trump campaign’s director of national security and a former Pentagon spokesman, is one of those who were shunned by the new administration. He got caught up in the Trump-Russia probe but was never accused of wrongdoing.

Trump set his own whistleblower and investigation traps by allowing his campaign staff and surrogates to be near-universally kept out of [the] administration while letting Obama holdovers stay and hiring people who didn’t support him or MAGA policies in general,” Mr. Gordon told The Times.

Mr. Trump did pick a loyalist, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, as his first national security adviser.

Little did he know that the Obama Justice Department already had targeted Flynn. Obama holdovers in January 2017 used a never-prosecuted 1799 law, the Logan Act, as justification to send two FBI agents, including Trump critic Peter Strzok, to interview him.

The topic was an intercepted phone call with the Russian ambassador. Someone leaked the call contents to The Washington Post. Flynn abruptly resigned and subsequently pleaded guilty to lying to the agents.

Mr. Gordon said Flynn worked outside the campaign and mostly ignored its people during the transition.

Trump supporters watched with disappointment as Flynn recruited as his top Russia adviser Fiona Hill. She didn’t come from Republican circles but from the Brookings Institution, one of Mr. Trump’s constant critics on domestic and foreign policy.

Released House impeachment transcripts show that Ms. Hill didn’t like the style of Gordon Sondland, Mr. Trump’s personal pick for ambassador to the European Union. She also criticized acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

Ms. Hill also cited iffy hearsay to testify against NSC staffer Kashyap “Kash” Patel, a former intelligence committee investigator for Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican.

Mr. Nunes’ Republican majority on the House intelligence committee in 2018 exonerated Mr. Trump in the Russia election conspiracy probe. In the process, he upset Democrats by finding out that their party had funded the discredited dossier that Democratic operatives spread within the Obama Justice Department.

Mr. Patel, a lawyer who played a significant role in both findings, became a liberal press target.

Special counsel Robert Mueller came to the same conclusion as Mr. Nunes. Mr. Mueller’s report released in March said his 22-month probe didn’t establish a Trump-Russia conspiracy.

Ms. Hill depicted Mr. Patel as going outside his assigned NSC portfolio and creating a backdoor channel to the president on Ukraine.

“Let’s just say it’s a red flag when somebody who you barely know is involved on one of your policy issues and is clearly providing, you know, materials outside of the line that we don’t even know what those materials are,” she said, adding that she removed Mr. Patel from her email distribution list.

Ms. Hill said she had no firsthand knowledge to support her accusation.

Mr. Patel categorically denied Ms. Hill’s allegations. He said he has never communicated anything about Ukraine to the president.

“Any reporting to the contrary, and any testimony provided to Congress, is simply false, and any current or former staff who suggest I have raised or discussed Ukraine matters with President Trump, are similarly misinformed or spreading outright falsehoods,” Mr. Patel said in a statement to Axios news site.

The holdovers

Leaving Obama holdovers in place became somewhat of a theme administrationwide as senior Trump officials passed over campaign loyalists.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis wanted Hillary Clinton supporters, such as Michele Flournoy and Anne Patterson, as top defense officials, but he was rebuffed by the White House.

Mr. Mattis was not part of the Republican national security framework. Even more remote was Mr. Trump’s pick for the other plum Cabinet post: former oilman Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state.

The post-Flynn national security adviser was retired Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a renowned military strategist and Iraq War commander but not a Trump loyalist. Another retired officer, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, fit the same modus operandi as the White House chief of staff.

Mr. Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, a former Republican governor, writes in her new memoir that Mr. Tillerson and Mr. Kelly were not loyal to the Trump agenda, The Washington Post reported.

In contrast, Mr. Obama made sure his chiefs of staff — Rahm Emanuel, William Daley, Jack Lew and Denis McDonough — came from pure Democratic Party stock. Mr. McDonough, his longest-serving and final chief, had worked for Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle and for the liberal Center for American Progress founded by Clinton ally John Podesta.

Another Trump critic on the NSC staff is Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who arrived from the Joint Chiefs of Staff planning apparatus in 2018.

Col. Vindman immediately filed a complaint against his commander in chief with the NSC counsel after listening in on Mr. Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

He also testified that he resented two U.S. European ambassadors’ injections into his interagency discussions on Ukraine policy.

Created by federal law in 1947, the NSC has expanded its staff and influence. President Eisenhower relied on a staff of fewer than 20. Today, it numbers 236.
Those NSC salad days may be coming to an end.

National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien, who replaced John R. Bolton, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he is streamlining a “bloated” organization.

“So everyone who’s detailed at the NSC, people are going to start going back to their own departments, and we’ll bring in new folks,” Mr. O’Brien said. “But we’re going to get that number down to around 100 people. … We don’t need to re-create the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security over at the White House. We’ve got great diplomats and soldiers and folks that can … do that work for us in the departments.”

After Mr. Trump won the election, National Defense University’s R.D. Hooker Jr. wrote some advice about what kind of NSC workforce the president should assemble.

“In general, the President is best served when NSC staff members are carefully screened for their intelligence, academic and professional qualifications, experience, and willingness to serve out of the limelight,” wrote Mr. Hooker, an NSC alum. “Excessive ambition, personal agendas, and divided loyalties can only distract and disrupt complex and highly sensitive NSC machinery. The NSC staff is a place for grownups, committed to serve the Nation and the President. Only careful vetting and objective criteria will ensure an NSC staff that is up to the task.”

Moving Past Veterans Day…

Yesterday was a wonderful day to honor those who served our nation and I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a few events. Thank you to all who took the time to say thanks to a Veteran, and we shall always remember.

I know the news will be all about the “impeachment inquiry hearings” this week and next, but as promised last week, we are going to try and stay away from it. This process is divided on belief lines and a far cry from past inquiries. You can make your own decision on it.

some other news headlines

This whole China negotiation is so fraught with news and not so real news. It appears to me China keeps saying we are close to this and that is to try and drive the U.S. market up. Why? They know how conscious the President is on the market, and know the hearings are on. They want to drive the market up to pressure the President into a deal they want.
For his part the President said this yesterday “I haven’t agreed to anything,” referring the the report he will take off tariffs. Thus the market declined.
So keep an eye on what both sides say and how much pushback there is.

Meanwhile the President has until tomorrow to decide whether to impose those tariffs on European and Asian auto imports. It’s a big decision.
Business groups and some Republicans are warning that the levies couldn’t come at a worse time.
Tough job being President.

Remember the candidate running for San Francisco DA that we told you was the son of Weather Underground terrorists? Well he won.
Here’s a column by Michelle Malkin you might want to read to learn more:

Radical Spawn Chesa Boudin: Nation’s Most Toxic DA Candidate

A Commentary By Michelle Malkin

Socialist Bernie Sanders just endorsed the bleeding-heart candidate for San Francisco District Attorney who makes President Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, look like Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Meet Chesa Boudin. He’s the Bay Area public defender and former shill/translator for the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez who plans to turn the craphole of San Francisco into an even bigger sanctuary for the homeless, drug abusers, illegal immigrants, gangsters, vandals, thieves, recidivist criminals and cop-haters than it is already. Boudin leads a spooky field of left-lefter-leftists running for DA on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The cornerstone of Boudin’s campaign is sabotaging immigration enforcement. He has called for prosecution and imprisonment of ICE and police officers for doing their jobs and vowed to create an “immigrant defense unit” within the DA’s office to “stand up to Trump on immigration.”

While American veterans beg for money on San Francisco’s feces-clogged street corners, Boudin will instead subsidize “universal legal representation” for illegal immigrants facing deportation.

While American angel families are denied standing in American courts to sue the sanctuary outlaws whose policies enabled criminals in this country illegally to injure, rape or murder their loved ones, Boudin will “help every single immigrant victim of every crime obtain a U-Visa.”

Boudin’s campaign tagline claims he wants to build a criminal justice system “for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.” The chutzpah. It burns.

Well-connected? Boudin has been endorsed by a who’s who of far-left celebrities, from Sanders to Hamas-linked “Women’s March” co-founder Linda Sarsour to Black Lives Matter hate crime hoax propagandist Shaun King to radical Chicago DA and Jussie Smollett fixer Kim Foxx to Black Panther Party commie revolutionary Angela Davis.

Wealthy? Boudin is the top fundraiser in the San Francisco DA’s race, raking in more than $623,000 in donations this year — a significant chunk from out-of-state academics, entertainment industry executives, and East Coast lawyers in New York and D.C. I discovered from Boudin’s most recent campaign finance disclosures that one of his top donors is Chloe Cockburn. She is a prominent partner of globalist billionaire George Soros’ Democracy Alliance. Cockburn moderated a crucial 2017 summit with Soros and other deep-pocketed liberal philanthropists to strategize on taking over local and state offices to reclaim “our progressive future.” Other bigwig Boudin donors hail from the Soros-allied Tides Foundation and Soros-funded Brennan Center for Justice.

What makes Boudin especially toxic is his family tree. Boudin is the militant offspring of spoiled-rich radicals Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, members of the violent Weather Underground terrorist group, which bombed government buildings and corporate headquarters, aided convicted felons in jailbreaks and participated in a 1981 Brink’s armored car holdup in Nyack, New York, with the Black Liberation Army. That crime took the lives of three innocent Americans — police officers Edward O’Grady and Waverly Brown and private security guard Peter Paige.

Kathy Boudin was an 11-year fugitive from justice after an accidental homemade bomb explosion at her New York City townhouse resulted in three other deaths. At the time of her arrest in Nyack, Boudin gave police one of many false identities she had used to evade the law. She was paroled in 2003 after convincing parole board members that she acted nobly out of “white guilt” to protest racism against blacks. (Reality check: Officer Waverly Brown was a black, working-class military veteran.) Gilbert remains in prison. Their story was glorified and romanticized by Robert Redford in the 2013 movie, “The Company You Keep.”

After Kathy Boudin dropped off toddler Chesa at a babysitter’s house so she could help perpetrate the bloody $1.6 million Brink’s heist, this privileged elitist was adopted by another pair of America-hating domestic agitators, unrepentant Weathermen colleagues Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Ayers celebrated bombing the Pentagon in his radical memoir, “Fugitive Days,” taught at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and mentored Barack Obama. Dohrn declared war on “AmeriKKKa,” helped stage the “Days of Rage” in Chicago, when Weathermen blew up a memorial statue to police officers and rioted violently, leaving 75 policemen wounded and one permanently injured in a wheelchair, and then spent years as a fugitive from justice before settling into a comfy post as former director of the Legal Clinic’s Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University.

Steeped in Marxist ideology and self-pity, Boudin moaned to The New York Times that he was “sad that my parents have to suffer what they have to suffer on a daily basis” because they were “dedicated to fighting U.S. imperialism around the world.” No compassion for the families of the officers his parents helped murder, but the Yale grad and Rhodes Scholar did earn praise for his crusades against “urban misery in Bolivia, homelessness in Santiago and illiteracy in Guatemala.”

Now Boudin wants to avenge his cop-killing parents by imposing “restorative justice” and “decarceration” policies that will incentivize violent crime and endanger lives in San Francisco and beyond. If you think California is on fire now, just wait until this red diaper baby takes control of the prosecutorial wheel.

Done…

impeachment

I for one am tired of turning on the news and hearing about impeachment over and over. I am tired of seeing Adam Schiff on my screen. I am tired of the sensational headlines that later turn out differently. I am done with it.
I have broken it down to this. Even if the President did what the Democrats and MSM say he did, it is not an impeachable offense. It’s just not there, and they are taking all the time of congress, making all this noise, selling newspapers and trying to drive ratings on junk.
If the economy were tanking, if we were being abused overseas or there were domestic issues the President created, this would be nothing. It’s only there because none of that exists. They need an anti issue. Therefore I am done with it. I am taking my time back and asking congress to do something productive, like fund the government, try to figure out how to cut debt and pass the USMCA. Enough of the rest already.

Some other issues and thoughts

The Democratic race for the nomination is getting interesting. As the field narrows and we await the announcement from Julian Castro that he is out, we get Mike Bloomberg putting his toes in.
I think Mike is keeping his options open by registering today in Alabama. He is 77 years old and would be a few weeks from 79 upon inauguration. So he has nothing to lose using some of his money to test things. Heck if Warren or Sanders win they will take it anyway!

The party is worried about Warren and the progress she is making. She may well be so far left that the country would actually give Trump a landslide. Biden was their best hope to be close to the middle (though a few years back he was considered a major liberal). Think about this question. Who do you think this Ukrainian controversy has hurt more, Trump or Biden? I think history will say it hurt Biden more. It’s just possible in their desire to get Trump so badly, the MSM got Biden.
For his part, Biden did rise up this week and begin to attack Warren. The race will heat up from here as we are now under three months to the primaries.

Jeff Sessions announces he is running for his old seat in Alabama. Until I saw him interviewed I wondered if he had a shot. After seeing how deftly he handled questions on his time as A.G., I now think he is the favorite.
For its part, the GOP needs to win that seat to hold on to its majority. They have issues in Colorado, Maine and Arizona for sure.

I have long said how much I like and respect A.G. Barr. He was unfairly attacked for clearing the President on collusion and obstruction, and the left and MSM attacked him viscously as a partisan.
Well this week they are quietly doing the opposite based upon the story that the President wanted him (Barr) to publicly clear him on the Ukraine matter and the A.G. refused.
Maybe the A.G. is a fair person and follows the law?

Here’s something you won’t hear on the MSM because they were too busy telling you how much prices were going to go up with “Trump’s Tariffs”. The U.S. collected a record $7 billion in import tariffs in September. The revenue is a bounty for the U.S. Treasury.
Remember that as you hear China wants a deal and the tariffs lifted.

The President is speaking today at minority event (“Black Voices for Trump”). This group goes under the name Blexit, which represents the “black exit from the Democratic party”. They don’t get much coverage but their leaders like Candace Owens are vocal and making progress. If they drive up the President’s minority vote the Democrats will feel it.

Have a great weekend.

Election Day…

Today is election day, but one year from today is ELECTION DAY. What a donnybrook kind of year this is going to be. America’s future and what our children and grandchildren inherit will be on the line in the next 365 days. If Trump survives as this impeachment, as we expect, and the Democrats go far left, buckle up for the election ride of a lifetime.

The results tonight in Kentucky mean nothing about the President. The Governor in Kentucky is the least popular one in the Republican party. His loss would have nothing to do with the President.
Now Mississippi would be a message. If Republicans lose Mississippi then you know something is happening.
If the Democrats take the Virginia houses (now Republican controlled) it will be clear that state is now dark blue. Strengthening the leadership of the Governor and Lt. Governor, who if they were Republican would have been forced to resign, would say it all.

The President today informed the United Nations that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the global climate agreement known as the Paris Accord.
Sure to be an issue in 2020 the left will say Trump doesn’t care about the environment. He will recite the details of what it costs and how much we are doing versus the rest of the world.
Ironically the process says it takes a year for the pullout to take effect. Think about that. It will be day after the 2020 election. Don’t you think the left will make it an issue next year? Your vote will decide.

The rumor on Wall Street is that the U.S. and China are looking for a new site to sign that “phase one” agreement . If you recall they had hoped to ink the deal during a November Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Chile, but the gathering was canceled amid widening protests.
Wall Street is betting this week that it will be signed.

On the heels of that, consider this. The President has until Nov. 13 to decide whether to impose tariffs (25%) on European and Asian auto imports. So here we go again. I don’t think it will happen, but if it did it would impact the price of import cars by about $6,875.

Happy Voting Today.

Just A Few…

Just a few words this Monday Morning

No need for us to go deep into the impeachment again, you are as informed as us. Just these thoughts to share:

We thought on Friday night the President was gaining momentum and the tide was turning toward ending this whole thing.
There was a general feeling that enough was enough and even if he was trying to get Ukraine to investigate it wasn’t impeachable.
However, the weekend news and MSM coverage was so pro impeachment they have the issue front and center again.
So we’ll leave you with this thought:
We think the 90+% negative coverage will keep this alive as most people are not as informed as you and get their coverage from that negativity.
Just ask yourself if you were around during the coverage of the Clinton impeachment. How was that? Then remember he was charged by a special prosector with eleven counts of lying and actually paid a female who charged him of sexual misconduct almost a million dollars.
By the way. over the weekend little was reported but Ronan Farrow who has broken all these stories on Harvey Weinstein and NBC had this to say about the rape charges by Juanita Broderick, that the MSM refused to cover:
He said the charge was a “credible” accusation of rape and that alleged victim Juanita Broadrick’s claim was “overdue for revisiting.”

Add that there are other things that will keep the “Impeach Trump” movement going. As an example, tomorrow begins the Roger Stone trial. Watch the sensationalism here. This will be top of the news headlines.

And the President will add to it. Yesterday the Democrats said they will release the transcripts of the depositions conducted so far.
What does the President say Sunday night?
That Democrats might manipulate these records for political purposes.
Really? Republicans in the room won’t know that?

So buckle up. You will decide this whole mess in 2020 with your vote.

on 2020

Good bye Beto. Over the weekend Beto dropped out. He ran a campaign to forget. Between coming to your home to take your guns, to threatening religious organizations for their beliefs, to taking down existing wall and broadcasting his teeth cleaning, he hurt himself.

The next to go will likely be his fellow Texan Julian Castro, with Kamala Harris not far behind as she is closing offices.

Impeachment Turning Point

Yesterday we reached a turning point in this whole “impeach 45” scenario that has gone on for the entire Trump Presidency. I have a few thoughts on what that turning point might mean, and how maybe the left has overplayed its hand.

First the one thing this had to appear not to be, was bipartisan. It just couldn’t look like one party trying to overturn an election.
Well the vote was bipartisan. The only two non bipartisan votes were actually Democrats voting with the Republicans.
That vote is not a positive for the pro impeachment crowd.
Further, it certainly appeared the vote riled up the Republican congress and for the first time they were out there, adamant in their words and passionate in their defense.
I have long believed that the President was without a party. It was because the Republican members didn’t trust him. They never knew when he would turn on them, ridicule them or put them down. It was safer to keep a distance.
The example is Senator Graham. Probably his most ardent supporter on the air, right? Well how many times when Lindsey disagreed did the President berate and put him down? He didn’t simply say “I disagree with Lindsey on this one.” No, he got personal and really attacked. That made the others weary.
This vote yesterday seemed to cut through that and the team was out in force.

Contrast the vote yesterday with the Nixon and Clinton votes on impeachment. In the former, over 400 voted to move forward. In the latter there were 31 Democrats voting with the Republicans.

Then you come to this. From day one of his Presidency you had people and the MSM talking impeachment. It is one thing to talk about, yesterday seemed to cross a line where it seemed real. So that raises the question of what is the “high crime and misdemeanor”?
It can’t be the transcript we read. I think if that’s all they have then they overplayed their hand.
Now let’s say the President did bring up and want Ukraine to look into the 2016 election and what the Biden’s did. Do you think most Americans think that is a high crime or misdemeanor? I don’t.
Especially when they find out the call came right after the President was cleared of the three year charge that he colluded with the Russians to win. This Ukraine call happened then, and since he was cleared there were many connections and rumors to Ukraine and the election. Asking to get to the bottom of that just might be something we would all do. If that’s a high crime, I am confused on the issue.

So I think the bipartisan nature of this and the manner in which Adam Schiff is coming across just might begin to tip public opinion. Giving the lead back to Jerry Nadler is not going to help. The best Pelosi can hope for is there is more to the story than we all know now and that MSM continues its 92% negative Trump coverage. Of course the President being who he is can be counted on to provide good fodder for negative stories. He speaks tonight in Mississippi and no doubt will provide the MSM fodder tomorrow to attack and mock.

Have a great weekend.

Oh this is news…

As the house votes on its inquiry

With thanks to a long time reader who kindly informed us of something we didn’t realize and want to share with you.

“There are some rules that apply for Senate behavior during an impeachment trial. Among those rules are these. No member of the Senate can engage in campaigning during a Senate trial. That means Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Amy Klobucher would be off the trail.”
We didn’t realize that and since an impeachment trial could drag on for a month does that mean they will be locked up that long? I assume they can get out for the weekend, but a long trial can’t make them happy.
Of course others like Mayor Pete, Beto and VP Biden could stay out there.

We did some research on this and Intelligencer wrote this:
“The standing Senate rules do require a fairly expeditious beginning for impeachment trials after the House has passed articles of impeachment, so it’s not like Mitch McConnell can deviously get it rolling the night of the Iowa Caucuses. But if the House really doesn’t get its part done until well into December, you could easily see a trial running through the critical pre-Iowa stretch of frenzied activity. The Clinton trial, which was about as cut-and-dried as any presidential impeachment trial could be, lasted from January 7 until February 12, 1999. Let’s say for the sake of argument a Trump trial begins and ends precisely on those dates in 2020. It would encompass both the Iowa Caucuses (February 3) and the New Hampshire primary (February 11). If it started later or ran longer, it could directly interfere with the Nevada Caucuses (February 22), the South Carolina primary (February 29), or — worst-case scenario — the 12 states (including California and Texas) holding primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday (March 3).

I wonder if the Democrats thought this through since the chances of the senate convicting is so slim.

one election update

This week Amy Klobuchar became the ninth candidate to make the November debate stage. She joins Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.
Of those at the last debate, Julian Castro still has zero qualifying polls, Tulsi Gabbard and Beto O’Rourke each have two. 
Candidates have until November 13th to qualify for the debate on the 20th in Atlanta, Georgia.

Impeach, Impeach, Impeach

impeach

You can’t turn on any news outlet without the headline being impeachment, impeachment, impeachment. It’s a frenzy and you can sense the excitement in many over it. So what’s the real story?

Well if you’re confused you’re not alone. Everyone is, I think even those leading the charge for and against it are. The facts as best as I can simplify are these:

After the failed Mueller probe on collusion the immediate movement was to the other facet of Mueller’s report that were obstruction discussions he did not address. You remember the Nadler hearings day after day? What happened to that? We were told that all those obstructions were impeachable after the no collusion.

While that was hot and heavy came this “whistleblower” saying that the President had committed an impeachable act in a call with the Ukraine President. They said he used “quid pro quo” to hold up payments for an investigation on his potential 2020 opponent. That was impeachable.

Well then the administration released the call transcript and you can read it for yourself. I did not see the “quid pro quo”. I think the accusers agree now because they are not talking “quid pro quo” in the call anymore. Now it’s in the request and actions taken.

They then begin hearings to get the evidence they need and the secrecy becomes an issue. You have defenders saying this is a kangaroo court and we can’t call witnesses.
Now we are moving to the next step. A vote tomorrow on Halloween. A vote on impeachment? No. It will be a vote to do the inquiry they are doing now. I think the media confused a lot of people with this vote.

Follow all that? First it was impeach (for three years) on collusion, then for a month and half on obstruction, followed immediately by a quid pro quo, that has become “based upon his words and actions”. You might get the impression from this that it is all about impeach for any reason.

Where are we ending up? Well the vote will be completely on party lines and the hearing will go forward albeit more in public. Other than that not much will change. You hear that Republicans can now call witnesses, and Adam Schiff will be one. That’s not true. You see, witnesses called must be voted upon by the committee. His fellow Democrats will not allow him to be called and they have the majority.

Bottom line then is where does it go? I can only guess:
I see the Democrats are determined to vote to impeach. They are passionate and focused on this.
I don’t see any way based upon the current evidence the Senate convicts.
So who wins and loses in that scenario?
The President gets the stain of impeachment on his record and that hurts him forever. His own mannerisms created this.
The house will look very prejudicial and will put some of them in jeopardy in 2020. A non senate conviction will make them look zealous and hurt many.
The MSM will decry the Republican Senate and blame them, unable to separate their personal feelings from what they see as the evidence.
Respect for our institutions will decline. Future generations suffer for this.

Is there a way out?
The only way I see is what we reported at the outset of this. The hearings lengthen and finally the house leaders say “with the 2020 election upon us let the American people decide”.
They can save face, and run on the position that the President is a loose cannon and not fit for the role.
If they go to a vote and get ridiculed in the senate they can be hurt.

some other quick news thoughts

Susan Rice, she of the Benghazi video tape lie, said yesterday that Donald Trump was wrong not to inform President Obama of the Baghdadi killing.
Haven’t the Democrats found every which way to Sunday to attack the President on the attack and success of it?

Joe Biden said this about the President and Syria: (Washington Post)
“Biden lamented that Trump’s own friends and officials have essentially tricked him into leaving some troops in Syria by telling him he could control the oil there and referred to a U.S. official telling The Post: “This is like feeding a baby its medicine in yogurt or applesauce. It’s like dealing not with a commander in chief, but a whiner in chief,” said Biden. “It’s bizarre.” 

Speaking of Biden. I know the NYT this AM said he and his son did nothing wrong in the Ukraine, but since the House is investigating that country why not include what happened with them? Oh, outside impeachment, we don’t want any other facts, I see.
As for the NYT they didn’t say why Hunter got paid hundreds of thousands and never had to attend a meeting, do anything or represent the company anywhere. I guess if he did nothing the NYT thinks there’s nothing to investigate or see. I wonder what Pelosi and Schiff think.

Finally…

baghdadi

The news of the weekend changed late Saturday night when the President tweeted that “something big just happened”. From that tweet to the sweet news that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been hunted down and sent on his way to meet his maker, it was the news of the day.

We applaud and salute those who planned the operation, the intelligence agencies that dedicated their lives to finding him, and the great military operators whose bravery, skill and coverage must be treasured by us all.
The world is a better place this morning with Baghdadi gone, and though he will be replaced, a message has been sent again, America will not forget and hunt you down.

reactions

The MSM was caught by surprise and had to revise their planned Sunday news show focus on impeachment. What made it worse for them is the President went on TV literally at the same time their Sunday news shows were to start. They were ready for impeachment and got Baghdadi.

Nancy Pelosi had this to say: “The House must be briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top Congressional Leadership were notified of in advance, and on the Administration’s overall strategy in the region.” 
Two things on this:
First the Russians were not informed about what we were doing. They were informed we were flying helicopters over their troops to avoid conflict and people getting killed. To tell people what you did is misleading and just shows your obsession with the President and Russia.
Second you know why the President didn’t tell you? For the same reasons you are doing things in secrecy right now to impeach him. Payback is tough isn’t it?

Next the headline in the Washington Post was incredibly ridiculous. If you didn’t see it, this is what it said:
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48″.
To call this brutal murderer an “austere religious scholar” is beyond words. This was a sick, depraved person who burned people in cages, had heads cut off and brutalized so many. Religious scholar?

The military operation was named for Kayla Mueller. She was a humanitarian aid worker who the terrorist leader captured and tortured in every way possible until her death in 2015.
Here’s what her Mom said “I still say Kayla should be here, and if Obama had been as decisive as President Trump, maybe she would have been.” Doubt you’ll see her on the MSM.

some additional News

Adam Schiff was on a morning news show yesterday and said that A.G. Barr is “weaponizing the investigation”. I had to stop and make sure I heard that right. Barr is being aggressive Adam? Let me ask a question:
We had three years and close to $50 million spent on a Russia Collusion investigation that said there was none. So now we have the A.G. appoint a Special Investigator to see how that rumor and charge came about .That’s weaponizing? Three years of chaos, division and false charges and we shouldn’t know how it began? I think you weaponized the false charges and we want to know how it started.

We keep asking why can’t we pass USMCA since it is a good deal for America and will create 180,000 jobs? Do you know that Mexico and Canada are our number two and three trading partners? Combined they are double China. Yet congress can’t pass this bill that the other two have already approved and is good for America? The Democratic law makers when questioned say this is a “priority” for Nancy Pelosi.
So I ask you this. You see impeachment and how that is moving? Which do you think is Nancy’s priority? The USMCA is languishing with her for a year. That’s priority?

Democratic Senator Katie Hill announced she is resigning yesterday. If you followed that story she was caught up in a sexual relationship story with a staffer, and someone (presumably her ex husband) released photo’s. She had won one of those Trump district seats last year. It will be up for grabs in 2020.
What’s most interesting about the story is this. It wasn’t until last year that the House changed its rules to prohibit relationships between members and their staffs. Think about that. They did it address male lawmakers. Isn’t it ironic the first one to fall afoul of the rule is a woman, and a bisexual woman, at that.

Long time Congressman John Conyers passed away over the weekend too. He co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969 and sponsored a bill to establish the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. He is one of only a handful of people to serve in Congress for at least 50 years. I watched MSM coverage and they lauded his work as a civil rights person and his long time service, as they should have. Know what I didn’t see? Why he left a few years ago. Sexual harassment charges. That’s part of the record folks.

Finally today the European Union extended yet again Britains exit from it to Jan. 31. It’s time for Parliament to move on. The people voted.


One Thing…

one thing today

Since the whole Russian collusion story broke there have been underlying questions about the origin of it. This was escalated when the Mueller report came back and said there was no collusion. The question then was, well wait how did it start?

Before and after the Mueller report the MSM and major newspapers like the NYT and Washington Post called charges that the whole investigation was a crime by others, “a hoax”. They said it was a “Fox News and Right Wing Conspiracy”. You no doubt have heard that many times.

Well last night the story breaks that the investigation by John Durham (who the left liked until now), was moving from investigation to a criminal inquiry with subpoena power. That means that after months of investigation and visits to foreign countries they found reason to move forward.

Thus like many believed, there may well be something to what went on with the Steele Dossier and FISA Court requests and that whole theory. (FISA by the way is Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court).

So what does the NYT and MSM do today? How will they present this? After all they never covered it, just called it a “conspiracy” if someone brought it up. What would they do?
Well here’s what this AM brought as the lead story in the NYT:

Justice Dept. Is Said to Open Criminal Inquiry Into Its Own Russia
Investigation
By KATIE BENNER and ADAM GOLDMAN
The move is likely to open the attorney general to accusations that he is
trying to deliver a political victory for President Trump.

In the story they write:
“The opening of a criminal investigation is likely to raise alarms that Mr. Trump is using the Justice Department to go after his perceived enemies. Mr. Trump fired James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director under whose watch
agents opened the Russia inquiry, and has long assailed other top former law enforcement and intelligence officials as partisans who sought to
block his election.” 

The Morning news shows on the MSM followed that lead and questioned the whole thing. They are convinced that A.G.Barr is doing this to divert attention and protect the President from all the bad news. This is not real, it is just coverup by the evil administration. John Durham the Prosector they loved and trusted? They never mentioned him, this was all Barr. (But his day is coming, stay tuned).

There you have it. Incredible. A story they refused to cover, denied it had any truth, called it a conspiracy and refused to believe anyone associated with the Obama and Clinton teams could possibly do anything wrong is coming home. How to cover it? Call it another Trump team conspiracy.

America has to decide in 2020 what kind of country we want.

Musings….

just some musings today

What impact is impeachment going to have on the 2020 election? No one knows today, but the risks for both sides is monumental.
The Democrats have bet it all on impeachment. They come out with no (or phony) charges and they are done.
For Republicans if they have vote to acquit against real charges they are cooked.
Right now, after rereading the transcript, I don’t see it, but they are trying.

The next Democratic debate (Nov 20) is less than a month away. Thus far these eight have qualified for it. The others have until Nov. 13th to do so.
Qualified:
Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.
Close:
Amy Klobuchar is one poll short of qualifying, Tulsi Gabbard is two short, Beto O’Rourke is 3 short. Julian Castro is four short.

Klobucher and Gabbard will make it. The later, thanks to Hillary.
Beto should make it but Castro may very well not.

NBC has the debate and named four women moderators for it. They are Andrea Mitchell and Kristen Welker from NBC. Rachel Maddow from MSNBC and Ashley Parker from the Washington Post.
Excited?

The latest CNN Poll has this for the Dems:
Joe Biden is widening his lead on the field. He is at 34 percent with Elizabeth Warren second at 19. A 15 point lead for Biden!
They are followed by:
Sen. Sanders at 16 percent. 
Mayor Buttigieg and Sen. Harris both at 6 percent.
Then a drop to 3 percent for Sen. Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke.
Andrew Yang pulled in 2 percent support.
All other candidates polled at 1 percent or less.

The lack of a belief that any (barring an impeachment) can beat the President is leading to an increased look at “who else” might run. Judge Judy today has an article out endorsing Michael Bloomberg, and don’t you hear more and more about Hillary?
The other names mentioned this week are: John Kerry, Senator Sherrod Brown, former A.G. Eric Holder and Gov. Deval Patrick.
Stay tuned to this, because the Democratic hierarchy is truly concerned about the 2020 election.

For his part Joe Biden returned to “his hometown” of Scranton Pa, to deliver a rebuke of Mr. Trump’s economic policies and values. Basically he appealed to the working class voters who helped propel the President to victory and told them the President failed them – the working American.
Well if you look at manufacturing jobs created in the Biden eight years (a negative) and the Presidents three years (a positive), that is a tough argument. Then add wages and job availability and it gets even tougher. (Thus impeachment).

A quiet issue, that in past was headlines is this:
The government is running out of funding, with the current stop gap spending (called a continuing resolution), set to expire Nov. 21.
Legislators on both sides don’t want this issue, or shutting down the government, with the election only a year away.
Watch for them to quietly pass a short term spending measure to keep the government open.

What happened to all that idealogical belief they all had?
Where did the fire go?
Imagine if some said how about we spend within means?

Finally today get ready for the next administration attack.
The author of that anonymous column in the New York Times in 2018, (who was identified as a senior Trump administration official acting as part of the “resistance” inside the government), has written a tell all book to be published next month.
Watch the sensational here and how the MSM runs with it.

The New Middle East…

The President will speak at 11 today on Syria and the Middle East. I am guessing he will claim victory, tout the cease fire and say everyone is happy.

Syria, Turkey, Iran and Russia might be, but someone should check with the Kurds. I don’t think they quite are. They have though, completed the withdrawal of the safe zone during the cease fire period.

Now here’s the new world order in the Middle East:

Russia and Turkey reached an agreement to take control of the territory once held by Kurdish forces. (Northeastern Syria).
Under this new pact, Russian and Syrian forces oversee the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters.
This agreement further strengthens Russia’s ties with Turkey (A NATO Member), and shows the shift in the areas balance of power.
After their departure, Turkey and Russia will join forces to patrol (and control) the area. (300 miles).
One more key point here.
The agreement bolsters Russia’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He can now regain control over more of his country’s territory. It was why Russia went into the area to start.

So we have a new power player in the area and it’s Russia.

We’re out of the Middle East right? Not quite.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper met this week with the king of Saudi Arabia as the U.S. does a troop buildup there. (This is part of the agreement the President touted as one Saudi Arabia is paying us for).

What’s the end result?

Well on day one Russia is the power player in the area. Turkey gets what it wants. Assad gets to survive and is beholden to Russia. The Kurds lose.
So, it looks like clear winners and losers right?
Except this is the middle east and the divisions are so great that the minute you think you have it under control bombs start exploding. So let’s see.

The main question for the U.S. now is do the other players in the area still trust us? Saudi Arabia is so scared they are paying us to stay. What about the others? Egypt? Iraq? Qatar?
Add this, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said he has reduced the number of American troops in the country in an effort to boost military efficiency. This on top of the failed talks with the Taliban.

The area remains violable and needs a steady, thoughtful approach as we proceed. What is not needed is another shoot first plan later move, by the President.

Some other news and thoughts

With close to 95% of the MSM coverage on the President and administration remaining negative it is difficult for the nation to calm and catch a breadth.

Yesterday there was major noise about the President using the word “lynching” referring to the probes of him. Major news all over the airwaves.

Yet did they tell you that Biden, Kerry and so many others used the same word (which they the MSM supported) in referring to the Clinton impeachment? They are shameless in their reporting just assuming the average viewer is too dense to see through it.

Meanwhile:

We get selective releases from the closed door “inquiry” on whether to impeach the President. Think about that. If this were reversed and the President a Democrat and congress Republican, would the media be doing what it is? I don’t think so, they would condemning every aspect of the “secrecy”.

The fact that congress slowed the timeline to bring this up tells you the story is not falling in place as they thought it would. You would never know this watching the MSM.

Another Monday…

We start the week after the President and administration took another bashing on the weekend news shows.
Just take notice of the interruptions, tone of questions and how the hosts go after guests and you can determine their leanings. Outside of Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Futures, it sure seems they all are anti administration.

Now the administration does not help as it continues to shoot itself.
Mick Mulvaney was on a number of shows and did little to recover from his remarks earlier in the week. He was attacked on them with his own words..
I think he compounded things by saying, the President is in the hospitably business in defending the Doral choice for the G7.
Really? He’s President now Mick.

The backing off Doral as the site illustrates again how impulsive the President is. In choosing Doral it was clear that it would lead the left and MSM to talk about personal profit. They would never cover what he has lost as President.
Just a dumb move that they have to back away from, but gives the public exactly the impression they didn’t want.

If politics and public opinion is based upon messaging: |
Then this administration is a failure. They continue focusing on the negatives, things people talk about when the economy is good, jobs are available and we are at peace. Not bread and butter issues.
Think about that.
So instead of a steady administrative message of growth, jobs, increased income and a bright future, the President is bogged down in mindless issues and ego connected defenses.
Politicians are masters at messaging.
This President and administration are not.

An Example. There are only 23 days left in this legislative session.
Shouldn’t the President and team be out there daily beating the drum for the USMCA? It should be an all day message that congress is failing to pass a bill that is good for the U.S. and will create 180,000 more jobs. Why the silence? And, why are they waiting for Nancy to pass it and take credit for doing it?
Does anyone in the administration know how to play the game? This is a winning message, winning program and America wants it. Where are they?

This is interesting.
Former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) has joined CNN as a contributor. It will interesting to see his role. He is a strong right leaning individual and it will interesting to see his air time and use.

Latest Democratic poll from Iowa:
It showed Mayor Pete Buttigieg moving into the top three. The poll was taken after Tuesday’s debate and had Joe Biden at 18%, Senator Warren at 17% and Buttigieg at 13%.
Probably a reflection of his debate performance, the attacks on Biden and his son, Bernie’s heart attack and the challenges to Warren.

Speaking of Senator Warren she said:
She is working on how to fund her medicare for all program. Wait, you proposed something, said the middle class would save money and now are figuring out what it cost?
Am I missing something here?
You better check that free college and other stuff too.

Did you see these reports today:
President Trump is weighing leaving a small number of troops in Syria. How can that be was my first thought. Then I remembered, this President is shoot first, then aim and consider. You would think after three years he would learn.

Finally today an example of liberal thought and action.
In NYC, Mayor de Blasio’s plan to shut the Rikers Island Prison by 2026 has been approved by the city council. Now the plan is to replace and it with four smaller, borough based jails. In the end the city plans to have 1,000 less cells.
It’s part of the plan supporting recently enacted criminal-justice reforms to shrink the city’s jail population (currently about 7,000 inmates) to 3,300 by 2026.
The Mayor said this:
“Today we made history! The era of mass incarceration is over. It’s over!” 
A Republican council member in voting against it said:
“Thus, it will require putting more potentially dangerous offenders back on the street, jeopardizing public safety”.

What do you think?

SHOOT, AIM – OH WAIT!

This administration continues to do damage to itself. Look at yesterday:

BOOM:
Chief of Staff Mike Mulvaney goes out to clear things up and he creates a mess. He tried clarifying and backtracking later, but he linked the decision to hold up aid to Ukraine to the desire for a probe into the DNC server and 2016 election.
Way to help. Just give the left and MSM more fodder.

BOOM:
In his anger at the W.H. meeting with Pelosi and Schumer this week the President called General Mattis “overrated” as a military person. Really? The man you called “Mad Dog” you are attacking? The man who wrote a book and wouldn’t talk about you?
Mattis spoke last night at the Al Smith Dinner in NY. Here’s what he said:
“I’m not just an overrated general. I am the greatest, the world’s most overrated. I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trumpbecause he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress. So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals. And frankly, that sounds pretty good to me.” 
Then he took this shot at the President (and his deferment):
“I earned my spurs on the battlefield; Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor.” 

And this is why the President doesn’t have the loyalty back from people that other Presidents did. They all know he will turn on them in a second and bury them. Leaders simply do not do that.

BOOM:
The W.H. announced that Energy Secretary Rick Perry is going to step down. Why? Well his name has come up all the time in this Ukraine mess and he is under investigation. He has been called to testify.
Of course it happens as the President heads into Perry’s home state to campaign.

BOOM:
Then there was this story out of Italy, where AG Barr has been investigating the tie to the 2016 election and the infamous Joseph Mifsud.
“The Italian government has determined that its intelligence services had no connection to a Maltese professor who told a Trump campaign adviser in 2016 that the Russian government had thousands of stolen emails that could damage Hillary Clinton’s candidacy”. This according to two senior Italian intelligence sources with knowledge of the matter.
“In a series of meetings in Rome over the past two weeks, high-level Italian intelligence officials have repeatedly told cabinet members and a parliamentary oversight committee that the intelligence services did not have a relationship with Joseph Mifsud, a mysterious ex-diplomat who was a professor at a Rome university in 2016”.

BOOM:
The President announced the next G7 Summit would be held at his Doral Club. Now let me explain this. I have been to that club for meetings on many occasions, it is ideal. Yes he said he would do the meeting at cost, no profit. But, you had to know that the left and MSM would be all over it and add it to their charges of his “personal gain” in office. It just fed the beast to attack.

What you won’t hear on the MSM is this.
According to Forbes, “hotel revenues at the Trump National Doral, arguably the Donald’s golf flagship, have dropped like a stone since Trump became president. Revenues at the Trump Doral in 2017 fell an astounding 16 percent.  and the resort lost 100,000 booked-room nights”.
The resort has only 643 rooms and revenue has been plummeting at the property since Trump announced for President. A consultant for the Trump Organization told Miami-Dade County tax officials in late 2018 that the resort was “severely underperforming” when compared with comparable hotel properties in South Florida.

When you hear the President is profiting from the office it is wrong. His properties have lost revenue and value. The Trump Organization has stopped building outside the U.S. to avoid issues. The President hasn’t even taken a dime in salary as President. The press won’t tell you this and the left will hammer him for proftiting, which is a shame; but he fed them this opportunity by choosing Doral.

So the administration gave the MSM plenty of material yesterday, and that’s before the continued beatdown on the Syria pullout.

was there Other worthy news?

Yes, but it was drowned out by their shoot first then aim approach.

The President has taken this strong stand on China as we all know. He has continually said that China is being hurt far more than us. The MSM hasn’t exactly backed him up. Well yesterday there was this news:
China’s economic growth slowed even more. China’s economy grew 6% in the third quarter as business activity continued to deteriorate. 
Not much coverage of this as the MSM focused on the negative.

Today is Mark Allen’s funeral. He was the soldier gravely wounded in trying to find and “rescue” Bowe Bergdhal. He was so wounded that he was never able to talk and function again. Did you hear anything about it on the MSM or see them cover this?
Do you think if the President this happened under was Trump you would have seen a lot on it? Especially since there was a claim “no one” was killed in the operation and we traded terrorists to get back a traitor?

Have a great weekend.

A Major News Day…

major news breaks all day and night

There were major events over the past 24 hours that will have lasting impact.

First the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings was a surprise.
Cummings was a major voice who made an impact in the House. He was heading a committee in the impeachment inquiry. May he rest in peace. He was only 68 years old.

The possible Brexit deal is big.
If passed there will be a major U.S. and England trade deal announced. It will further the restructuring of trade under this administration. I can’t say what the exit will mean to England, but I can say it will be a boost for the U.S.
By the way, what should not be lost in this is the difference between this administration and the past one. President Trump supported the Brexit exit and wants a new trade deal on day one. President Obama warned England if they vote to leave they would go to “the bottom of the list”.
Let’s see if the MSM remembers this.

On Turkey it was quite a day.
The WH meeting certainly got news. According to whom you believe either Nancy Pelosi or President Trump were out of their mind. Maybe the whole situation in Washington is.
The American voters in 2020 have to fix this and decide what direction and kind of country we want.

The situation in Syria is dire and at a crossroad.
V.P. Pence and Secretary Pompeo are in Turkey as I write this to meet with Erdogan.
This is complicated but consider this:
Erdogan is tough and has long wanted to attack across the border.
It is clear to me he was going in now, whether we stayed or left.
President Trump did not want another Mideast conflict.
His problem is he pulled the troops and made the decision without consultation with anyone.
His tendency to act alone harms him with the military and congress.
His gut that this is not our fight and we don’t belong there is right.
The way he did it, leaves him open to criticism.
Now what are his opponents saying? He was wrong to pick up and leave?
What is there solution? Do you hear what they would have done?
We all accept we don’t want ISIS to reform, but what would they have done if Turkey came across the border?
When you hear the criticism, listen for what they would have done and would do now. They never say. Only that Trump was wrong.
Where were Nancy and Chuck when Obama called ISIS the JV? Right behind him then.
Where were they when the previous administration did not enforce the red line in Syria? Right behind them then.
Now they are hawks?
The President’s biggest mistake was acting alone after a call with Erdogan and not asking or seeing what congress and the military had to say.

Here’s an example of how quickly and surprisingly we left:
On Wednesday, the U.S. military said two F-15E jet fighters carried out an airstrike to destroy an ammunition-storage facility, latrines, tents and other parts of the Syria headquarters of the American campaign to destroy Islamic State after pulling its forces from the base.
Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition overseeing the fight against Islamic State, said the airstrikes were intended to ‘reduce the facility’s military usefulness.
Sounds more like a retreat than a withdrawal doesn’t it?

Did you see the President’s letter to Erdogan?
He was clear in his threat to him. The question now is what will Turkey do and how do we react? If they continue the assault we need the heaviest of sanctions and NATO needs to join us.
The same NATO that refused to guard the border with us when asked.

The Democratic debate on Tuesday:
Drew only 8.3 million viewers. This was down from last month’s debate and not good news for them.

I know the polls show Joe Biden is still at the top but:
I remain convinced he is in big trouble. You know the old “follow the money”, well check this out:
In the last quarter his campaign spent almost $2 million more than he raised. This was caused by sluggish fundraising coupled with the expenses of maintaining a big payroll and a nationwide operation.
His cash on hand sum of $8.9 million is so low that it’s almost four times lower than the $33.7 million banked by Sanders, nearly three times lower than Warren’s $25.7 million war chest and more than twice as small as Pete Buttigieg’s $23.3 million.
Joe is in trouble. At the bottom of this blog is a list of all quarterly reports.

Remember Bowe Bergdahl who deserted and became a campaign issue?
Well they kept saying no one died trying to save him to defend the past administrations moves at “rescue” and then pardon. Here’s what happened yesterday:
A retired soldier who was shot in the head while searching for US Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan a decade ago has died of complications from the injury, according to reports.
Master Sgt. Mark Allen, of Loganville, Ga., was severely wounded in 2009 when he and other troops looked for Bergdahl, an Army private who deserted his post and was captured by the Taliban.
Allen, who died Saturday at age 46, was shot during an insurgent ambush in 2009, when he was left paralyzed over much of his body after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
His wife, Shannon Allen, told WSB radio she did not learn about the circumstances surrounding her husband’s injuries until 2014, after former President Barack Obama negotiated Bergdahl’s release in a swap for five Taliban members held at Guantanamo Bay.

Allen’s funeral is Friday.

Third Quarter fundraising reports for the Democratic candiates:
Steyer: $49.6 (all but $2 million of that was from the candidate himself)
Sanders: $25.3 
Warren: $24.6 Buttigieg:
$19.1 Biden:
$15.2 Harris:
$11.6 Yang:
$10Booker:
$6 Klobuchar:
$4.8 O’Rourke:
$4.5 Williamson:
$3 Bullock:
$2.3 Bennet:
$2.1Delaney:
$870KRyan:
$430KSestak:
$370KMessam: