Here Goes…

In just about 24 hours the impeachment trial kicks off. As I relayed last week, count me on the side not looking forward to the noise, hype, spin and partisanship.

How long will it go? I think longer than originally thought. The Democrats have been united and forceful in making the nation think that they must have witnesses. Their strategic release of “new information” tied to walking the impeachment across to the chambers has provided them the media edge.
There has not been a single Democratic senator deviate from their argument, and you have seen five Republicans waiver. (Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Garner and Alexander). It only takes four to vote yes and witnesses are called.
Then the fight will be over who. The Democrats want Bolton first, then Pompeo, then the Chief of Staff and more. The Republicans keep saying they want Biden and his son. Don’t bet that they win the vote to get them. You might be surprised at how that goes.
Yesterday Jerrold Nadler said he is “100%” against the Bidens being called.
Doesn’t it seem like the House Dems are still in control here?

The one chance for a short trial is the argument from Alan Dershowitz:
“I’m making what could be the most important argument on the floor of the Senate: namely, that even if everything that is alleged by the House managers is proven or taken as true, they would not rise to the level of an impeachable offense.”

In any case, here we go. Wall to wall coverage to start. Late night trips to Iowa by the four Dem Senators running for President and back for the morning hearing. Watch how the MSM treats them as heroic in their efforts.

OTHER NEWS

The NYT surprised everyone today by endorsing two Democrats in the primary. They wanted to support both factions of the party “center and progressive.” They endorsed Senators Warren and Klobuchar.
Remember, the last time they endorsed a Republican was in 1956.

The Supreme Court  announced it will take up two legal battles affecting President Trump and his administration. Now look at the issues:
One involves the legality of defections by Electoral College members who don’t cast their votes for the presidential candidates and their running mates who won the party vote in their states. Remember after the last election people were pushing electoral college voters to vote for Hillary? Maybe that was impeachment try number one.
The other case involves the Trump administration’s decision to expand the exemption for religious organizations, excluding them from providing contraceptives, under the Affordable Care Act. This is another reversal of an Obama era policy.

Speaking of reversals the administration last week reversed the mandated school lunch program (food content). Since it went into place there has been much controversy, as kids have rejected the lunches. The cheering you heard was from the kids, the noise you heard was from the MSM saying the administration didn’t care about health. For the record the kids I spoke to were united in their glee.

Remember all the “Trump doesn’t care” after the Puerto Rico hurricane and his argument that we shipped more there than we did Houston? Did you see this story over the weekend?
Puerto Rico fired its emergency director after residents discovered warehouses full of Hurricane Maria supplies. Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island’s emergency manage hours after a warehouse filled with supplies was discovered. The emergency aid is believed to be from when Hurricane Maria hit the island two years ago, the governor said.
“Carlos Acevedo, director of Puerto Rico’s Office of Emergency Management, was dismissed Saturday. The governor appointed Maj. Gen. José J. Reyes, the adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard, to replace him. Earlier on Saturday, numerous pallets of water and other boxes with emergency supplies were found at a warehouse in the earthquake ravaged city of Ponce.”

Put this in the column of – It’s okay until it happens to you:
“Bernie Sanders runs into resistance as he looks beyond Warren dispute.” When the head of New Hampshire’s leading foundation for women arrived at a local Women’s March to find she would be sharing the stage with Sen. Bernie Sanders, she backed out.
At the same event, a prominent former state senator turned her back when he spoke. After a week-long flare-up with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sanders sought to bolster his support among women on Saturday. But for a number of New Hampshire activists, he only made it worse.
Imagine that. Hear this on the MSM?

Here’s an update on a NYC Story we shared last week on “no bail”
Left high and dry by the state’s new bail-reform law, the NYPD was forced to ask the feds to help them rein in the Big Apple’s alleged six-time serial bank bandit for good, sources told The Post on Saturday.
When prime suspect Gerod Woodberry was arrested in connection to four bank robberies Jan. 9 and then let go, free to allegedly knock over two more — frustrated cops realized they had to call in the cavalry.
“We didn’t want him to walk out again and go rob another bank,” one law-enforcement source said. “It’s too bad the politicians don’t feel the same way.”
So they asked the federal government to charge him, which they did.

Finally today a number I bet you didn’t hear. Food Stamp participation last year fell 13%. Might be the single biggest drop ever. People are working and not collecting food stamps. Why report good news right?

HAVE A GREAR DAY

Show Time…

As we move forward with the impeachment trial we will try and limit redundant information and stick to our thoughts. So here goes:

The slow made for TV walk across the chambers to open the trial will be remembered for one of two things:
Step one in the removal of the President. Or
step one in his reelection.
You will decide this as we proceed.
For me, the somber looks on the faces on the seven walking across, a majority who had voted and supported impeachment long before the Ukraine news, was a reminder on how you can fool some of the people all the time.

Here’s the question I want to ask today. What was the crime? People go to jail for crimes right? (Well maybe not in NY anymore as I shared yesterday.)
The money for the Ukraine had to be delivered by September 30th. It was delivered on the 12th. How is that a crime?
The administration wanted the Bidens investigated right? They weren’t. It was never done. How is that a crime?
To be a crime the impacted person or country should know you did it, right? They never knew.
So the issue here is not the crime that wasn’t committed, it was they delayed delivering the money because they wanted to do something that didn’t happen. The left (see NYC) doesn’t want to lock people up for real crimes, yet here they are rabid right wing lock them up zealots.
I know where I stand, (a censure maybe). You decide where you do.

Thank goodness for investors

The stock market continues to react to the incredible news of the China phase one agreement and the senate passing the USMCA. Luckily for us all they are not relying on the MSM for their news. You see, the USMCA passed the senate yesterday 89-10. The networks news did not cover it at all last night. Can you believe that? The day before the impeachment news led and dwarfed the China agreement coverage.
Thank goodness the investment community is paying attention and driving the economy forward.

well orchestrated

Give those leading the impeachment and their supporters in the media credit though for a well managed and orchestrated plan.
On the day they walk the walk to deliver the charges they have the GAO release a report that the money was held. How many know who GAO is? Here’s the official designation:
” The Government Accountability Office is a legislative branch government agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for the United States Congress.”
Do you see what that says? Congress. Their leaders orchestrated that report to be released on the day they walked the report over.
Then they get this sleazy character, Lev Parnas, who is under indictment to go on Rachel Maddow and CNN and say the President was involved, the AG was involved …… This man’s credibility is zero, just check his past and ask yourself this. He was a friend of Rudy Guilani supposedly. What would they do to him if he were to appear as a pro administration witness? What would they do to his character? Now though, they knew they could put him out on selected shows, get the right questions and get those who can be fooled to be fooled.
What didn’t they play over and over as they did the President and Barr “knew” comments? This one: he said he never met or spoke to either one. You see it was his judgement, and those of us paying attention already know about his judgement.

that’s why

I think that’s one reason that Fox News continues to dominate in the ratings. Here’s the latest:
“Fox News reigned over the entire cable realm last week in prime-time and throughput the day, besting such non-news competition as TLC, the Hallmark Channel and A& E Network.
Fox News continues to dominate its news rivals, as it has done for 18 consecutive years, with a 3.3 million-member audience during the prime-time hours. MSNBC drew 1.7 million and CNN 1.1 million.
The Fox Business Network, meanwhile, bested CNBC in rating throughout the day, and also aired the top three programs on business television, according to Nielsen”

It just continues to amaze me that in a TV world where people copy any successful show concept or idea, no other network has moved their coverage to a more balanced approach to gain ratings.

One more rating you might be interested in.
CNN’s Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night brought in 7.1 million viewers, a drop from the previous debate in October, which drew 8.3
The all-time record for a cable network debate was the Republican primary debate of Aug. 6, 2015 on Fox when Megyn Kelly famously asked Donald Trump about woman. 24 million viewers.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

Day of contrasts…

Yesterday proved to be a day of contrasts. Nancy Pelosi holding a press conference to announce her chosen impeachment team to the senate trial. Across the avenue at that very hour, there was President Trump signing the phase one China agreement surrounded by congressional members and business leaders.
The contrast was clear. One more example of why in 2020 you decide what country we will have going forward.
There is not much to add today to what we outlined yesterday except this. Pelosi had called the hearings “somber and prayerful.” At that document signing last evening, as she handed out signing pens, and people laughed and joked, then held the pens up to the cameras, it was anything but.

Then last night Lev Parnas, the businessman who was friends with Rudy Guiliani said the “President was fully aware of the effort.” Again we think he was, but in the end they (The Ukraine) did not know it, they got the funds and didn’t do what was being asked. That is not impeachable as I see it. There are actually people committing crimes that are getting away with it (See stories below on NY’s new bail policy) that we should worry about. By the way, when asked if he ever spoke to the President he said “no,” so another “he said” for the hearing.

We need to get this behind us. The country is on a roll and if people want change, the ballot box in November is the place to make it happen.

If congress concentrated on

With all this time consuming impeachment noise I suggest congress concentrate on their job. Like immigration, where we are working with Mexico and others better than Republicans and Democrats. Yes the issue has quieted down but here’s two examples of the time and effort ongoing in today’s WSJ. Imagine if congress did its job instead:

1. A federal judge in Maryland blocked Mr. Trump’s executive order giving state and local governments veto power over refugees. The judge said the order “flies in the face of clear congressional intent.” 

2. The administration’s “safe third country” agreement with Guatemala is facing a court challenge. The ACLU argues that the U.S. asylum pacts with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras violate federal law. The lead plaitiff is a gay man who says Guatamala turned him away after he was sent there by the U.S.

some news you may have missed

Michael Flynn, the former NSC Advisor, announced he now wants to withdraw his guilty plea. Flynn was the only Trump administration official to face criminal prosecution in special counsel Mueller’s investigation. He had plead guilty to a single charge of making a false statement to the FBI.
This comes two weeks before he is supposed to face sentencing and doesn’t come as a surprise to many. He switched attorneys about half a year ago and many felt he was set up by Comey and the FBI.
This will be an interesting watch.

Here’s one that got much coverage when the charge was made, but not so much now:
The government’s top border official emphatically refuted the claim that women were told to drink water out of toilets during the summer migrant surge, telling reporters on Tuesday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s misleading assertion was the result of a language barrier.
“It’s absolutely false. It didn’t happen,” said Mark Morgan, acting commissioner at Customs and Border Protection. “There was broken Spanish being spoken.”
The claim by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was one of the more explosive of the summer immigration debate. She and other members of Congress had visited some of the border facilities in early June. As you recall there was over crowding as the President fought with congress to act.
The congress woman had said detainees insisted they were ordered by agents to drink from toilets. She called it “psychological warfare” against migrants, and it got much coverage.
Mr. Morgan said the lawmaker misunderstood the migrant women in the conversation. They were pointing not at the toilet specifically, but at an integrated toilet and drinking fountain system. Both facilities are combined into one unit, though the water is not shared.
“So when they were asked where do you get your water, they pointed over to where the combined toilet-water fountain was. They’re integrated in one modular unit but completely separate,” Mr. Morgan said. “Hence the narrative got out there we were forcing them to drink from toilets. Absolutely 100% false.”

You heard the charge back in June, but did you hear the result of the investigation?

Put this one in the absurd column. Not sure what is going on in Virginia but yesterday they voted, in both houses, to pass the Equal Rights Act (ERA). Now follow this:
They became the 38th state to ratify the measure, which in theory would be enough support to make the ERA the 28th amendment to the Constitution. Sounds like we have a new amendment right?
Well, The Justice Department says the ERA expired decades ago. When Congress first proposed it to the states in 1972, it set a seven-year deadline for ratification.
So the deadline passed forty-one years ago.
Now Virginia says that doesn’t matter. Okay, how about this:
Five states that ratified it in the 1970s have voted to revoke their approval. Does that count?
What is going on in Virginia? Forty-one years ago the Governor and House leader had just barely appeared in black face, and the Lt. Governor wasn’t accused of rape yet.

Speaking of 41 years ago, today marks that anniversary for another occasion that we are still paying the price for. The Shan of Iran fled Iran on this day in 1979 and Ayatollah Khomeini came into power. The world has been far less stable since.

what some polls are saying

Here’s some results from a Gallup Poll on self identification:

37% of Americans say they are conservative: 73% of Republicans, 30% of independents, 14% of Democrats, 41% of men and 33% of women.
35% of Americans say they are moderate: 21% of Republicans, 45% of independents, 36% of Democrats, 36% of men and 35% of women.
24% of Americans overall say they are liberal: 4% of Republicans, 21% of independents, 49% of Democrats, 20% of men and 28% of women.

What do you think a poll of the MSM would look like?

Here’s a look at some state data you may find interesting. It’s from Kristin Tate, a policy analyst for The Hill:

“The top 10 most popular governors in the country were Republicans, while eight of the 10 least popular were Democrats. Generally speaking, voters trust Republicans more than they trust Democrats to lead their states,” she said.
As to why, she said:
“The bottom line is that electing a Republican often means increased growth and lower unemployment. An even stronger rule bears out the opposite when Democrats control the governor’s mansion.”
She backs that up with this:
“The 23 states with the lowest unemployment, 17 had GOP governors at the helm. Among the 10 states with the strongest GDP growth, 8 had Republican governors. Democratic governors, Ms. Tate writes, were in charge of 8 out of the 10 states with the slowest growth.”

here’s a policy from one state

New York is a sanctuary state and then this year instituted a new no bail policy. Here are some stories in today’s newspaper on these policies:

1. Federal officials blamed Mayor de Blasio for a fatal sex attack on a 92-year-old Queens woman — saying his “sanctuary city” policy kept the accused killer from being held for deportation last year. ICE said it lodged a detainer request with the NYPD for Reeaz Khan, an illegal immigrant from Guyana, on Nov. 27 — the same day he was busted for allegedly attacking his dad during a fight in their South Richmond Hill home. They were denied.

“It was a deadly choice to release a man on an active ICE detainer back onto the streets after his first arrest included assault and weapon charges, and he now faces new charges, including murder,” said Thomas Decker, New York field-office director of enforcement and removal operations for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

2. A Brooklyn judge freed a man without bail following his arrest in a shooting that sparked a reprisal, which ended up wounding three innocent bystanders.

A Criminal Court Judge released Roberto Rivera after his arraignment — even though prosecutors wanted him held on $100,000 bail. Rivera, 26, had allegedly fired two rounds at a vehicle after a conversation with a man and a woman inside it. One of the bullets struck the woman.
A short time later, an unidentified man went to the scene of the shooting and opened fire, wounding three.
A law-enforcement source familiar with the investigation expressed outrage that Rivera was cut loose with no bail. The suspect is charged with attempted murder, attempted assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

3. A John Dillinger wannabe is on the loose thanks to lax bail laws that set him free despite his arrest for allegedly robbing four Chase branches in Manhattan.
Sprung on no bail, Gerod Woodberry promptly robbed a fifth Chase branch, law-enforcement sources reported.

Finally, in the talk about differences between the states. Here’s a study released yesterday on a New York and Florida comparison:
“New York’s state and local governments spend nearly twice as much to provide services as Florida — particularly on education and welfare — even though their populations are roughly the same, a new study claims.
New York governments spent $348 billion in 2017 compared with $177 billion for their government counterparts in Florida, the report by the libertarian Cato Institute found.
New York has about 20 million citizens. Florida has 21 million, having surpassed the Empire State in population several years ago.
The analysis, based on census data, said the two states spend roughly the same on services including transportation, police, fire, parks, sewers and trash management.
But New York spent $69 billion on K-12 schools in 2017, compared with Florida’s $28 billion. The states have about the same number of kids enrolled — 2.7 million in New York and 2.8 million in Florida, the report said.
New York also spent $71 billion on public welfare programs for the needy, compared with Florida’s $28 billion.
.Some of the numbers from the study have been disputed. A rep for Gov. Cuomo slammed the report as a ‘ginned-up study’.”

  • Have a great day.

Just Another Wednesday…

It’s just another Wednesday. Let’s see.
– The House is voting to send the impeachment articles over to the senate and may walk them across to the senate today.
– The senate is closing in on a final approval for USMCA.
– Across Pennsylvania Ave. the President is going to sign phase one of the China agreement.
– The Democratic candidates are coming a debate in Iowa, less than three weeks before the caucus.
– The President returned to the White House off a rally in Milwaukee, the very city the Democratic convention is to be held.
– Baseball is mired in a scandal and managers of the last two (before this year) world series winners were fired this week.
So where to begin?

Let’s start with the debate last night. I saw nothing that breaks out one candidate over another. I think a comment Joe Biden made puts the election of 2020 in the right perspective. He said:
We can’t afford four more years of Donald Trump, I don’t think our nation can stand eight. It would fundamentally change our nation.

That my friends is the election question of 2020. You will decide what our country is going forward. More of the track we are on or back to where we were?
Examples:
The candidates last night decried the taking out of Soleimani and wanted to put the Iran nuclear agreement back in place.
Do you like the economy and where the nation is, or do you want to take the tariffs off China and go back?
Do you think the USMCA was a good idea to replace NAFTA and done well, or could (actually would) they have changed it?
Should we rescind the tax cuts?
Should we raise the corporate tax back to where it was? Would jobs leave again?

That was the debate I heard. You are the decider.

Though watching Warren and Sanders battle on whether he said a woman could be elected was most entertaining. Did he say it or did she make it up?

On impeachment

Put me down as tired and bored of this. Enough already. Get this over with and let’s move on. We have to put up with three more weeks at least. The MSM will have hysterical headlines. The Schumers of the Democratic Party will cry they have new evidence. The likely roster of impeachment managers will likely include Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler. The Republicans will downplay it all. Noise and more noise.
Me? I think the President withheld the funds to pressure them to investigate, but I don’t think that’s close to an impeachable offense. Let’s get this behind us and move on already.

china and the usmca

Two major agreements and potential large impacts on our nation are coming to fruition today. Both were results of this President. Neither would be happening without his raising them and leading the charge. You can make your own judgement on whether these are good or not, because in 2020 you own the future.

baseball

Amazing that the managers of the 2017 and 2018 World Series Champions were fired this week because of a scandal. It goes back to their time with Houston in 2017. No player was named in the report, but they did name the new manager of the Mets. (Since he is retired and in management now.) Wouldn’t it be the Mets luck to have to fire him and they didn’t even win!

other news

How bad do you feel for Michael Avenatti who was arrested again last night? He allegedly violated the conditions of his pretrial release. Me neither.

Not much (if any coverage), but the U.S. trade deficit fell to the lowest level in three years. Tariffs against China triggered a slide in imports in November, helping narrow the gap.

The latest release of coverage of the President is that it remains at 93% negative.

Did you see that Iran’s only (in history) Olympic medal winner defected? Kimia Alizadeh is her name. She is 21 and announced her decision in an Instagram post featuring a photo from the 2016 Summer Games, where she won a bronze medal in taekwondo.
She decried the treatment of women in Iran.

Think Mike Bloomberg is the savior of the Democrat Party? He is spending like he is. But do you think taking away the Big Gulp is going to fly across the country? I thought that was an issue for him, then I read this where he said:
“I think that California can serve as a great example for the rest of the country. You have led the way on climate change, on fighting gun violence and on criminal justice. And you have, as importantly, welcomed immigrants with open arms because, unlike our president, you understand immigration doesn’t threaten America. Immigration strengthens America.”

If you think California, a state people are leaving, is the example you have your candidate.

Finally, today a message to Apple. Hey Apple, this terrorist killed people and we would like to know if he conspired with others to kill more of our citizens. Give the government access to his phone. I commend your protection of my password and all the others, but when you murder people you kind of lose some protections.

Have a great day.

What Difference Does …

what difference does it make?

Let’s start today by borrowing this now famous phrase.
Throughout the weekend, the Sunday Shows and this AM the media and those opposing the President are asking where’s the proof that Solemani was about to act? Where’s the evidence?
Well, here’s my question. What difference does it make?
The man was charged as a terrorist by the Obama, Bush and Trump administrations. He was charged as a terrorist by the U.N. and the EU.
He had the deaths of over six hundred and the maiming of thousands on his hands. He had just led the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He was back in Iraq to meet militants to visit and create more chaos.
Why do I need to know exactly what he planned in the next 24 or 48 hours? Why do I need to know who exactly who he was going to kill and injure this time? I know the track record and that is all I need to know. I don’t need to know what he is going to do because I know what he has done. My only question is why did it take so long?

On a second front the MSM asked this question about proof over and over. The anti President Democrats asked it too. There was one question they didn’t ask that I wanted to answer. It was this:
When the attack on Soleimani happened, you the media, and those quick to criticize the action called this WWIII. You were sure this was it and the President was off his rocker. Well, the Iranians certainly didn’t retaliate as you thought. In fact their people are in the streets protesting against them. Why were you wrong?
Not one show asked any single person why they were wrong. They only concentrated on where’s the proof he was going to act? What a sham.

The evidence, by the way, to use another now famous phrase is “in clear sight.” Six hundred dead bodies, thousand maimed and without limbs and a burning embassy. Unlike Schiff’s clear sight evidence this one is.

impeachment

So now we move on to more hysteria and weeks of impeachment coverage. The MSM will play it up big, but I have a feeling most Americans are tired of it. If the House decides to move the articles tomorrow then expect the trial to begin next week.
I watched the (almost) interview of Nancy Pelosi on This Week yesterday and it fell so short. First, she demanding witnesses and George never pushed back that she led this and rushed it through without the same witnesses she wants the senate to call. Hypocrisy at its finest.
The end of that interview was disturbing. With a smirk and smile she said this “President will be impeached forever.” It was clear she was proud of the stain on his presidency. It was actually disturbing and gave one the impression that this is what she is most proud of. If she put this country through all this for that she should be impeached.

Politics

The next democratic debate is tomorrow night. Tom Steyer, with a strong showing capturing 12% of the vote in a Nevada poll and 15% in a South Carolina. one, has now qualified. It was a result of his heavy media spending and he makes six that will be on stage tomorrow.

The Iowa Caucus is three weeks from tonight. What will happen with the senators sitting in for the impeachment trial will be interesting. With four front runners, two are senators (Sanders and Warren). If they can’t campaign like Joe Biden and Mayor Pete that could hurt them. Nancy’s timing is not ideal here.

President Trump got a double-dose of good news from the border late last week. First, the latest numbers showed illegal immigration continued to drop, as his efforts with Mexico are working. (Remember the tariffs he threatened there?)
Second, a federal appeals court ruling allowed him to divert $3.6 billion in Pentagon money toward building his wall. This 5th U.S. Circuit Court ruling reverses a lower judge’s injunction.

By now you know that Iran has accepted responsibility for shooting down that Ukraine airliner. They released this statement:
 “Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guard’s aerospace division, said his unit accepts ‘full responsibility’ for the shootdown. In an address broadcast by state TV, he said that when he learned about the downing of the plane, ‘I wished I was dead.’ “

Something tells me he might get his wish soon.

HAVE A GREAT DAY

The Week That Was…

In light of all that happened this week I thought that this Friday morning I would try to just take a stroll through some thoughts. 


Let’s start with a quote and question. 

Who do you think said this?
“In short, it is a paradoxical truth that the tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut rates now.” 

Pause now to think about that. Think person and party.

The answer is it was said by John F. Kennedy in 1962. I bet most of you reading this would have said a Republican name.
That’s how much the parties have changed over the years and why you hear so many older voters say I was a JFK Democrat who became a Ronald Reagan Republican. Things and ideas change and some go along with them, while others resist. 

      Now think about this.

After Osama Bin Laden masterminded the World Trade Center the questions were why didn’t Bill Clinton act when he had the opportunity? He could have prevented all those deaths and mayhem. Why didn’t he? People judged the inaction based upon the events that followed that they could measure that decision by. 

Now put that into perspective today and the issues we faced this week. A President acted against a proven and declared world terrorist to prevent future acts. The party out of office is saying the President was wrong to go after General Soleimani. How could he do that? He was wrong. He’s a war monger.

As I’ve outlined numerous times this week we will never know what additional acts Soleimani might have done, or whom the people are who get to live their lives; but you can be sure some would have said “why didn’t Trump take him out when he had the chance.” The problem is people don’t think of what might or would have been, only of what is.  

In my opinion the world, or at least the world of my fellow citizens is safer because Soleimani is no more.  

Pelosi and impeachment. Who is winning?


IT LOOKS LIKE PELOSI IS READY TO SEND THE IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES OVER FINALLY. SO THE QUESTION IS DID HER DELAY TACTICS FOR THESE WEEKS WORK IN HER FAVOR OR AGAINST? 

IN MY OPINION SHE HURT HER ARGUMENT. WHAT WENT FROM “URGENT AND COULDN’T WAIT” TO DELAY AND STALL. NOT GOOD.

NOW THE SENATE WILL FIGHT, BUT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC I THINK IS READY TO PUT THIS BEHIND US. UNLESS A SMOKING GUN ARRIVES ON THE SCENE, THIS IS OVER AND DONE. 

AND THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS TO BORROW A PHRASE. THE STOCK MARKET HAS LET IT ROLL OFF AND JUST MOVED FORWARD, WHICH TELLS YOU THE MONEY PEOPLE THINK ALL IS WELL. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. 




The Crisis Eases…

In a normal time the end of the crisis with Iran in such a positive manner with no military deaths, additional action planned and a deceased terrorist, the incumbent President would see wide spread support from all and a bump in his popularity. Yet that is not happening here. It just illustrates starkly once again the division of our nation.

We should rejoice here though, that despite all the claims this was the start of WWIII and the President ignited a fire that would engulf all, produced an end result that was far different. Iran believed his red line (don’t harm an American) to the point we were informed four hours in advance of their planned missile attack and where. (Through the Iraqis, who were informed by the Iranians). They announced this was their action and “no further steps” would be taken. They clearly backed down. Thus, in the end the world is rid of a terrorist and many of our fellow citizens will now be able to live their lives as opposed to being added to the 600+ Soleimani had killed already.

In my lifetime John F. Kennedy preached a strong foreign policy (“We will bear any burden…”), Ronald Reagan introduced “Peace through Strength” (“we don’t get into wars because we’re too strong”), and now Donald Trump’s “red line” can be added to those. Iran backed down the day Reagan raised his hand, and did so again this week. Something for all of us to study and understand when it comes to foreign policy.

Let’s hope we can stand as one and let the world know we are united in seeking peace, but are prepared to stand and protect our citizens, soldiers and values.
You can judge how the parties do on this and the media covers it.

Though it will be fun now to see what all those who called the attack on Soleimani a designated terrorist an act of war say. As if he was allowed to kill our fellow citizens but not us him. A great example was ex Obama advisor Ben Rhodes. He pushed the foreign policy of the Iran nuclear deal and returning of the billions of dollars. He said this right before Iran backed down: “Everything” about President Trump’s killing of Qassem Soleimani “suggests serious escalation to come.” 

In eleven months you get to decide if strength or appeasement is a better foreign policy.

some news updates

The Senate Finance Committee advanced the USMCA, moving it closer to ratification. The vote was a 25-3 vote to support and move this to the full Senate. It could happen in a week and be another accomplishment in this election year, though you may recall Nancy Pelosi claimed this for her team when the House passed it.

The political season and Democratic process to choose a candiate is closing in fast. Consider it is only:
26 days until the Iowa caucuses
34 days until the New Hampshire primary
45 days until the Nevada caucuses
52 days until the South Carolina primary
55 days until Super Tuesday
We’ll have a good handle on things by the end of Super Tuesday. I hold out this could be the first brokered convention in memory.

You keep hearing about the President is profiting from his time in the White House. Well here’s a story out yesterday that tells the true story:
“Mr. Trump’s personal wealth has declined, in fact, during his service as president. Trump has lost $1 billion in personal wealth since running for president. Some wealthy patrons are steering clear of Trump properties, saying the country club experience is now ruined ‘by metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs.’ “
Plus, remember his company has ceased any international development since the election and won’t do any until he leaves office.
So next time you hear someone say “investigate Hunter Biden, are you serious, its the Trump kids profiting”, you can say let’s investigate them all. Chelsea Clinton, too, and see who profited. I would like to know, wouldn’t you?

The Wall Street Journal had this solution to student debt:

HAVE A GREAT DAY.

Uncertainty Ruled Until…

As this message prepares to go we await word from President Trump on what and if any action will taken on last nights missile attacks. My gut is the President will back off and give Iran an out. He wants peace and wouldn’t a non action now make all those who called his action against Soleimani WWlll look bad. Wouldn’t a quieter Iran with another terrorist gone be good for the world. Let’s see what he plans.

Yesterday, you can feel the uncertainty all day as Iran made threats and the President promised action back. The media is covering it all with bated breath and the world is awaiting the next act. It’s like we were frozen to see what would happen and when. The stock market lingered in limbo and finally as evening arose we heard of Iran’s move.

The challenge I have given here before was, what would you do if you were Iran?
You can throw all the threats you want, but you know now that if you harm innocent Americans this President will act.
You know you shot drones out of the sky, attacked ships, sent some rockets into Saudi Arabia oil fields and the U.S.President did nothing. He said he “wanted peace,” but did warn “don’t hurt an American.”
You began to think he was like past Presidents and didn’t want a fight. You thought maybe he couldn’t do anything now since he was promising to withdraw and this was an election year.
You thought maybe you could take actions that would drive him out quicker.
You attacked bases ten times killing others, but not Americans. Nothing happened back.
So you went ahead and attacked his embassy. Maybe remind the Americans about the 1979 embassy attack and hasten their departure.
Finally, you attacked an eleventh base, but this time you killed Americans. You were confident now you had America on the run.

You were wrong. He attacked with vengeance and killed your most valuable soldier and leader. He meant it about killing his citizens.

Now your dilemma was what to do to show your people and the world you will not cower? What do you do?
It was clear to you that you better not attack innocent Americans. What does that leave? That act guaranteed reaction, you knew that now.
You can attack military bases and present it as a similar act to killing Soleimani. The world might buy that.
You can attack a ship on the high seas in the area and call it a military response to a provocation. The danger is killing too many sailors.
They can attack Trump family holdings. Think of their hotels.

That last must have been an interesting option for them. They know half of America are not fans of the President and think (mistakenly) he is profiting big time from being in office. If they can attack his holdings they may have thought that’s their best option. After all, who will support the President starting a war over an attack on his hotel?
But, how do you do that without harming civilians and you need to avoid that here. The most inviting option, but not feasible.

Pat Buchanan outlined it clearly today. He wrote:
“Trump has a red line. It is not shooting at American drones but shooting at American soldiers, the drawing of American blood.
The message the rulers of Iran should have received?
If they retaliate for Soleimani by killing American soldiers, diplomats or civilians, using either Iranian troops or proxy militias, Trump will retaliate against Iran itself”.

That left the military option as the best and really only one.

As you listen to the media hype Iran and scare the American people, remember this. If you were them (Iran), your options were and are limited. You have to and better be careful. They know it, and they are not the behemoth the media is making them out to be.

They knew it as Politico reported this:
“But in private, even hardliners have said Tehran must strike back but avoid a full-blown conflict. ‘We cannot ignore this aggression easily and have to prevent the US from repeating its rogue behaviour,’ said Hamid-Reza Taraghi, a politician close to Iran’s hardline forces. ‘But our strategy is retaliation in such a way that we do not go to a war.’ …”

And finally on this issue, here’s what former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said this week:
“The Democratic leadership and 2020 presidential candidates are the only ones mourning the death of Iranian Gen. Soleimani. I’ll tell you this: You don’t see anyone standing up for Iran. You’re not hearing any of the Gulf members, you’re not hearing China, you’re not hearing Russia. The only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and our Democrat presidential candidates.”
I might add that some in the MSM are too, but she hit it right.

The Political corner

The next Democratic debate is next week (Jan. 14). Only five candidates have earned spots on the stage. They are:
Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Three others have an outside shot to get there, but are not likely. They are: Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang and Cory Booker. They need a big polling surge before Friday’s deadline to qualify. Which is why you have been seeing so many Steyer ads recently.

One thing to watch as the primaries begin to unfold. This could happen because of the rule changes and fractured field. It could be the first time in many of our lifetimes that there is no clear cut candidate when the convention convenes. The rules allow for proportional delegates, and there are no “Super Delegates” in round one.
Wouldn’t that be interesting?

John Bolton jolted Washington saying if subpoenaed he would testify. You know what it really means? Likely nothing. Why?
Even if McConnell loses control and enough Republicans vote with the Democrats to have witnesses, don’t you think the President will first try to block Bolton by asserting executive privilege? Especially if he thinks the testimony might hurt him?
So then we go to court and that could last a long time — much longer than the Senate trial.
The optics would be bad, but I doubt we hear from Bolton.

other news

There was a report out of Cincinnati last night that CNN agreed Tuesday to settle a $275 million lawsuit filed by Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann over the network’s coverage of his viral encounter with an elderly Native American activist. You remember how this was falsely reported and the young Sandmann was presented as a racist Trump supporter, when the encounter was created the opposite way.
According to The Washington Times, a CNN Spokesperson confirmed a settlement had been reached, but offered no details.
Stay tuned to this and remember Sandmann has suites against a number of others.

Have a great day.

The Impact ….

what is the impact and on whom after the action taken in Baghdad?

The Democratic primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire are a month away.
I think Joe Biden is the immediate winner of the instability. He brings the most experience and time on foreign affairs and it is logical to see the benefit to him.
Of course his opponents will open up on him if this begins to develop. Remember, he voted for the Iraq war. He was VP for eight years and the early withdrawal led to ISIS forming; and don’t forget former Secretary Gates’ statement (which he reaffirmed this past week) that Joe has been wrong on every major foreign policy issue for the last forty years.
But in the short term he should benefit.

Now yesterday Biden told the Des Moines Register this:
Iran, he said is now “in the driver’s seat” in the Middle East, pointing to an Iraqi Parliament vote to remove U.S. forces from the country.
Umm, I don’t think so Joe. We walk, they are done in months. Unless they want to be Iran East, then yes. Let’s see what they do when we threaten to leave.

He added this:
U.S. military leaders will lose sway in the region and Iran will speed up its efforts to build a nuclear weapon.” He added that Iranian leaders will become more popular in their own country as its citizens rally behind them following the attack. “This is a crisis totally of Donald Trump’s making,” Biden said.
Umm, maybe not Joe. I think President Trump inherited Iraq as you did from GW Bush. He has been looking for a way out. He didn’t create General Soleimani. Remember your administration (and Bush before you) labeled him a terrorist. You can’t say he created this, he took the action others wouldn’t.
Are you sure the people rioting in the streets will like their government better now? The sanctions are not getting lifted. Their lives won’t improve.
Are you sure the world is going to allow Iran to build nuclear weapons?
I have a feeling if they start to do that among the 52 sites the President said he has on his list may contain those sites as numbers 1, 2 and 3.

political news

A new CBS poll shows Bernie Sanders gaining ground in Iowa and NH.
The poll shows Sanders surging in Iowa and in a first-place tie with former Vice President Biden and Pete Buttigieg in Iowa. Each is at 23%.
Sen. Warren came in at 16% and Sen. Klobuchar at 7%.
It shows him with a slight edge in New Hampshire. Bernie had 27% and Biden 25% in the NH poll. Sen. Warren, who had led before, had dropped to 18%. Mayor Buttigieg was at 13% and Ms. Klobuchar again at 7%.
Here’s an example of the soft support VP Biden has:
The poll shows nearly half of his New Hampshire voters (47%) have definitely made up their minds, compared to just 15% of Biden backers.

Democrats are looking for their alternative and haven’t found it yet.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made clear yesterday that she isn’t thrilled to be sharing a political party with VP Biden.
New York magazine asked her what her role in Congress would be under a possible Biden administration. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez groaned,“Oh God.” she said, “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are.”
And therein lies the Democratic problem.

Remember Jeff Van Drew the former Democratic Congressman who voted no on impeachment and then changed parties? He has an opponent from the Dems this November. Her name is Amy Kennedy and yes she is a Kennedy. She is the wife of Patrick Kennedy, who represented Rhode Island in the House for 16 years and retired in 2011. In her announcement video, she says “too many of our leaders have lost their moral compass. Trump and Van Drew are symptoms of a bigger sickness infecting our country and our politics.”

By the way her cousin Joe Kennedy is running for the Senate, in a Democratic primary, against liberal incumbent Edward Markey. Why?
They are still trying to understand that, since Markey is as left as anyone. The most common thought is it’s just a generational thing since Markey is all of 73. Who wins? The polls say 50/50, because Kennedy’s are tough to beat in Massachusetts.

think about this

You hear of all the bad things that are going to happen because the President took out a killer terrorist. You know what no one ever talks about — what could have been. As an example:
Today we are energy independent, because we are doing so much to conserve and find new sources. Well without those new sources the immediate impact from the Baghdad action would have at gas$4.00 a gallon.
The rise in gas would impact spending and the economy overall. Think about that.. Being self sufficient helped us to go on as we were. Did everyone always support our finding new sources of supply? Of course not. Think about the conversations that would be going on now if the price had risen to $4 and above.

We also don’t know what would have happened if Soleimani had gone about his mission. After all, he wasn’t in Iraq for a vacation. He was coming following the embassy attack there and headed elsewhere. Who’s alive today because he isn’t? What future events did we prevent.
There are things that were impacted, but because they didn’t occur no one discusses them. Some only talk about how bad an action is and not what might have been.
Something to think about.

Have a great day.

Thoughts on Baghdad…

The news all weekend and on the Sunday shows was dominated by the actions of the administration against General Soleimani (with some impeachment talk thrown in). Some of the comments had me shaking my head. Here are some of what they said and my thoughts:

The U.S. is a threat to the world.
We’re a threat? Iran has been the leading sponsor of terrorism for 41 years. They began by doing the unthinkable, taking our embassy staff hostage 41 years ago. They have continued by sponsoring car bombings, beheadings and attacks. Recently they shot down our drone, took ships off the high sea, bombed facilities and attacked our embassy in Baghdad. Until the last incident we took no action, showing restraint and saying we wanted peace. Finally we take action and we’re the threat to the world?

Why are we the aggressors to some on the left and in the media?
Are we in these countries because we want to take them over? It’s Iran who is coming across to do that, not us.
I am reminded of the statement, that we in the U.S. have done more and gone more places to support freedom than any nation in history. We didn’t go to conquer, we went to free those conquered. Once done did we stay to control? No we only asked for ground to bury our dead. That is the only land we ever kept. Visit the grave sites in Europe and tell me we are conquerors.

They said the world is less safe today because of our action.
It may be less safe today because we took action yesterday, but it will be safer tomorrow because the man who was causing disruption in it is gone.
If we had taken him out over the past twenty years (when Presidents Bush and Obama decided not to) how many of our fellow citizens he caused the deaths of would still be alive? Are they saying we should wait twenty more years and that the hundreds additional to be killed don’t matter?
If you have a cancer you cut it out.

They said we have created an “endless contest now”.
Really? What do you call the last 41 years since Iran was taken over? It wasn’t a contest because they got away with their terrorism and murder.

They said “no one is saying he wasn’t a bad actor”, but worry about what “might happen”.
So your solution is to do nothing? Maybe it was doing nothing all these years that led to this. When would it be right then? Should we wait until your son or daughter is killed to act?
I don’t get the logic of letting a person committed and actively acting against you to continue to do so.

If there’s any question this guy was in charge, here’s a note he wrote to General Petraeus:
“Dear General Petraeus, you should know that I, Qassem Soleimani, control the policy for Iran with respect to Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza and Afghanistan. And indeed, the ambassador in Baghdad is a Quds Force member. The individual who’s going to replace him is a Quds Force member.” 

I heard from Staff Sergeant Robert Bartlett yesterday. He was one of several thousand US soldiers wounded by “explosively made penetrators,” a particularly deadly form of IED, in Iraq. They were designed to kill American troops, and were built and shipped to Iraqi terror groups by Soleimani.

Think about the Sergeant and thousands more wounded, as well as the deaths of our citizens in those countries and tell me if you are against the action taken. The man told you he was doing it. He was Iranian and doing this in Iraq.

Then add this. The man was deemed a terrorist by the Bush and Obama administrations as well as the UN.
If you’re not going to act then don’t waste time designating people. You’re just wasting time, money and resources.

Just my thoughts.


Baghdad Explosion…

The roots of the actions in the middle east with Iran, as we have written numerous times here, go back to 1978 and the change in regime.
Since that change there have been upheaval, deaths, bombings, hostages and threats to world stability.
Iran has been the world’s leading backer of terrorism and death. They have gotten away with it for forty years as we tried to appease, understand and look away. As with North Korea we have long said the day will come when the evil must be stopped.
Six Presidents have tried to find a way — and here we are.

The anti Trump faction will have three major criticisms of his action.
First, he did not seek congressional approval for the action he took.
Second, we assassinated a General who many saw as second in command of the Iranian Government. That is an escalation they will say.
Third, the farther left will say the President did this to divert attention from impeachment.

All sides will agree that General Soleimani was responsible for more American deaths than anyone in the world.
All sides will agree that attacks on the United States Baghdad consulate is not done in a civilized society. It reminds us of 1978.
All sides will agree that was a person dedicated to killing Americans.

Below I have copied an article I read just yesterday before he became a household name. It will tell you a lot about who he was and how much he was threatening America.

Over the past months the President has shown restraint with Iran. As you recall they shot down our drone, seizied ships on the high seas and killed individuals like our contractor last week. I think they began to think this President was like the others and would not act. They were wrong.

One last thought this AM. What will Iran do now? It would seem to me they have to do something. But if you were them what would that be? The sanctions the President has on your country is hurting. You have had riots in the street, and it is estimated over a thousand of your own citizens have been killed. You cannot do so much that the U.S. comes in and destroys your oil fields, the one remaining area of economic stability you have. Their options are limited too, and as you watch the MSM report this think if you were Iran what could/would you do?

article

Iran’s Quds Forces Commander Mocks Trump, Says Iran Will ‘Destroy All That You Possess’

The leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Forces, General Qassem Soleimani, mocked President Donald Trump on Thursday and warned that if the United States starts war with the Islamic Republic, it would “destroy all that you possess.”

“As a soldier, it is my duty to respond to your threats,” Soleimani said on Thursday,telling Trump that he should direct his threats at him and not President Hassan Rouhani. “If you want to use the language of threat … talk to me, not to the president (Hassan Rouhani). It is not in our president’s dignity to respond to you.”

Soleimani then reportedly mocked Trump as a man who uses “the language of night clubs and gambling halls.”

Tensions between  Trump and Iran’s leadership have increased after the commander in chief stood up to the regime’s rhetoric with strongly-worded and threatening tweets, a move that lies in stark contrast with previous administrations that would allow Iran to continue with its harsh rhetoric unchallenged.

“You know that this war will destroy all that you possess,” Soleimani was quoted as saying by Iran’s Arabic news network Al-Alam. “You will start this war but we will be the ones to impose its end. Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic.” He reportedly added, “You know our power in the region and our capabilities in asymmetric war. We will act and we will work.”

“This is a war of words,” an unnamed senior Iranian official told Reuters. “Neither side want a military confrontation. But of course, if America attacks Iran, our response will be crushing,” the official said, echoing his seniors.

This week Rouhani warned Trump that “war with Iran is the mother of all wars” and cautioned, “Mr. Trump! Do not play with the lion’s tail, (because) you’ll regret it. You are unable to provoke the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests.”

In response to this, Trump warned Rouhani to no longer threaten the United States.

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!318K10:24 PM – Jul 22, 2018Twitter Ads info and privacy216K people are talking about this

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also responded.

Javad Zarif@JZarif

COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them —albeit more civilized ones—for 40 yrs. We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!9,3822:04 PM – Jul 23, 2018Twitter Ads info and privacy4,629 people are talking about this

Also on Thursday, Soleimani reportedly threatened that he would start shipping oilacross the Red Sea – considered one of the world’s most important trade routes for oil tankers. He said the Red Sea “which was secure is no longer secure with the American presence … (U.S. President Donald) Trump should know that we are nation of martyrdom and that we await him.”

On Tuesday, Iran-backed Shi’ite Houthi rebels in Yemen attacked a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea causing “minor damage” to the ship, according to the Associated Press.

Happy New Year – And…

With wishes to all for good health, happiness and a safe new year we offer our first post of 2020. Though it was relatively quiet, for the Trump years, here are some stories you may have missed in your celebrations. 

Impeachment News:

Nancy Pelosi still hasn’t sent the articles of impeachment to the senate. We think she is holding it to assure the trial is on when the President does the State of The Union to try and embarrass him.

You heard, no doubt, that Senators Murkowski and Collins may be wavering in their support of the President. They will get much coverage. 

Did you hear that that Democrat candidate Tulsi Gabbard bucked the Democratic Party on impeachment? She said impeachment “has greatly increased the likelihood that Donald Trump will remain the president for the next five years.” She added that the impeachment increases the prospects not only for his reelection but a return to Washington with a Republican House and Senate. 

You may have seen Chuck Schumer yelling about Mitch O’Connell and others who have “made up their mind.”  Of course he was silent with the 104 House members who had already voted to impeach, and then there was this: in 1998 running for his senate seat he said during the campaign that a vote for him would be a vote to “not impeach Clinton.” My how time changes things.

O’Connell had this retort: “Do you think Chuck Schumer is impartial? Do you think Elizabeth Warren is impartial? Bernie Sanders is impartial? So let’s quit the charade. This is a political exercise. All I’m asking of Schumer is that we treat Trump the same way we treated Clinton.” 

The Front Page of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC had an interesting headline one day. It said: “Would McCain have voted to convict?  Interesting question isn’t it? 

While the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (In Swing State Wisconsin) had this headline: “‘Nakedly partisan … disrespectful’: Impeachment of Trump echoes that of Clinton”

How’s all the impeachment talk impacting fund raising?  In their latest releases the RNC raised $20.6 million and the DNC raised $8 million. … The DCCC raised $9 million, the NRCC raised $6.7 million. … The NRSC raised $6.2 million and the DSCC raised $5.7 million. In Cash On HandRNC – $63 million, DCCC – $47 million, NRCC – $29 million, NRSC – $18 million, DNC – $8.3 million.

Some Presidential Stories that you may have not seen (that may be positive):

In an area that has contributed mightily to the economy it was reported that the administration issued the fewest new regulations during 2019 than in any year since the government began keeping track more than four decades ago.
The Federal Register for Dec. 31 has published 2,964 final rules in its pages, the lowest number since records began in 1975. By the way three of the lowest-ever annual rule counts belong to the first three Trump years.

“Space Force came to be a reality, another win for President Trump. He signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that included the establishment of Space Force, the sixth military force.

The President signed an anti robo call law into place that should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls.The new law gives authorities more enforcement powers and could speed up measures the industry is already taking to identify robocalls. And when phone companies block robocalls, they must do so without charging consumers.

The President said that he will sign “phase one” of a trade deal with China on Jan. 15 at the White House and will travel to Beijing later in the year for talks on a larger agreement.

Political News:

Did you see Mike Bloomberg’s plan to turn the East Room of the White House into an open-office workspace filled with cubicles? He said “I’ll turn the East Room into an open office plan, where I’ll sit with our team.”  This was met with major disapproval in social media and is hurting him. 

Corey Lewandowski announced Tuesday he won’t run for a U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. We didn’t think he could win if he did.

New population numbers were released. Southern and western states will gain congressional seats at the expense of the Northeast. California will also lose a seat. Texas is poised to gain three seats, Florida two. Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon are expected to add one. Losing seats are expected to be Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Ohio Pennsylvania  and Rhode Island.

Did you see the Holiday Picture release by Joe Biden? He shared a greeting on Christmas. The picture showed Joe Biden flanked by his wife, Jill, their daughter, Ashley, and several of their grandchildren — including Hunter’s three daughters, Naomi, Finnegan and Maisy. Absent was Biden’s son Hunter and ­ his wife Melissa, who is pregnant with Hunter’s fifth child. Wonder why?
Later he released another post and paid homage to his German shepherds, sharing a 47-second video of his dogs, Champ and Major, chomping on Christmas toys. “When we say Merry Christmas from the entire Biden family, that means even the dogs.” Just not Hunter I guess. 

That wasn’t the only political person left out of the family photo. Queen Elizabeth II delivered her annual Christmas speech on Wednesday with photos of the royals proudly displayed on the table. Prince Andrew (he of the Jeffrey Epstein mess) was missing.

Remember all the coverage on the magazine Christianity Today saying the President should be impeached? Did you hear this? Mark Galli the editor of it resigned. Not much coverage that I saw. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez out campagining for Bernie Sanders said that the U.S. is “not an advanced society” and is “evolving into fascism we need to fight to start this work, the establishment of an advanced society.”

Did you hear an allegedly regretful Trump voter in Pennsylvania, highlighted in videos by a Democratic political action committee and by The New York Times, never actually voted in 2016? After checking county voting records it was found the featured person did not vote in the presidential election three years ago. A Democratic PAC ran the ads as part of a $5 million advertising campaign in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Other News:


You heard about the attack on our embassy in Bagdad. Here’s a story you may have missed. ISIS terrorists beheaded 11 Christian hostages on Christmas Day in Nigeria. They released a video that the mass killing was in revenge for the deaths “of our leaders, including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi”.

The budget deficit will be an issue at some time. When you hear about it consider this:  The CBO says tax re­ceipts grew 4% last fis­cal year, (through Sep­tember) and 3% in the first two months this year. Eco­nomic growth is feed­ing the Trea­sury. But spend­ing is grow­ing much faster. Maybe the bud­get prob­lem isn’t a short­age of revenue but spending? 

There was a lot of talk about Baltimore this year. Well they broke their annual per capita homicide record this year. 

A conservative website had these listed as some media hoaxes in 2019 and gave their reason why:
Covington Catholic Students, Jussie Smollett, Russian Collusion, Ukraine Quid Pro Quo, Army/Navy “White Supremacy”
What do they all have in common? Every one was intended to take down Trump. And every single one was fake news.


Well we’re off and running in 2020. The year you decide what kind of America we will be the next decade. 

Wait. What?

Editors Note:
Congress has gone home for the year and as we enter the holiday period we will take a break too. We want to wish you and yours the best of the season and year ahead. We thank you for your readership and support, and know 2020 will be an exciting year.

wait. what?

Wait, after the absolute rush, cutting corners in any manner and getting a vote in the day before they break for the year, they don’t pass the articles to the senate? I thought the President’s action was so grievous that this couldn’t wait?
Wait, did you say the senate must call the witnesses you wouldn’t wait for? You think Mitch O’Connell and the senate are going to do what you refused? In what universe do you think they will do extra work in an act they think is ill served to start with? Don’t you understand it was your job to prove the case to a skeptical senate?

I can’t explain the logic behind holding this, and Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t talk about it yesterday in her press conference. After three months of constant daily chatter about why the President had to go, she refused to take any questions the day after the House passed the articles.

We can assume those so focused on the President being impeached will see no wrong here, but I have trouble seeing any right here. With Congress out for the year we’ll have to wait until January for the next chapter. So much for urgent.

The democratic debate last night

The first hour was kind of ho hum with softball questions like how come more people are not for impeachment. Then hour two came and the candidates opened up on each other. It got interesting. With only seven on the stage, there was more time. The moderators seemed to lose control at times as those attacked went after those attacking. So who won and lost?
I think Amy Klobuchar won the night with her reasoned answers and acting like the adult in the room.
Andrew Wang was smart, quick and even deviated from the party line on impeachment. His answer there was so pertinent to what the focus should be.
I thought Joe Biden had his best debate, but just held ground. His “middle class is getting killed” will bury him in the general election.
Mayor Pete got into it as he was attacked. He was great answering Elizabeth Warren on fund raising, but Klobucher buried him on his statewide run.
Bernie appealed to his base, but did not have any memorable moment.
I thought Elizabeth Warren had a bad night. She created what will be the most covered moment criticizing the “Wine Cave” fund raiser, to which Mayor Pete counter attacked her wealth.
Tom Steyer was there.

The next debate is in January. One more debate and then the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primary are set to go. If Nancy brings the articles to the senate in early January, then Warren, Sanders and Klobucher will be off the trail. Which makes the whole thing even more confusing.

some additional news bits

Edward Snowden, you remember him and the released secret documents to the media . Well he wrote a book on his actions to make some money and the federal government took him to court to deny him the funds. The judge ruled that he is not entitled to receive proceeds from the sale of his memoir. He said the U.S. government is entitled to collect any money he makes off his memoir and related public events, citing agreements Snowden, a former intelligence contractor, entered into with the CIA and National Security Agency.

You know how President Trump is either a Russian agent or beholden to Putin according to many of his detractors? Well look at this story and tell me how it fits:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday criticized a Trump administration move to impose sanctions related to a controversial new Russian-German gas pipeline, signaling that she wants discussions with Washington but declining to threaten retaliation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said that the U.S. government’s move violates international law and that the project will be completed regardless of the new American sanctions.
The U.S. has been an outspoken opponent of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will transport natural gas about 750 miles under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany. Along with Eastern European countries that also oppose the project, the U.S. government argues that it will increase Europe’s dependence on Russia for energy.

Think you’ll much about this in the media?

The House passed USMCA on its last day in session. The vote was 385-41. Isn’t it fair to ask what took it so long? Why did we have to wait until the last hour of this congressional session? Where is the outrage over holding this up for almost a year?
And now Nancy Pelosi, backed by some in her party say this is “her deal”. Really? How many times did you bring this up in the eight years of the Obama administration? Or, the Bush one? How many times did you meet with the Mexican and Canadian negotiation teams the past three years?
Let’s just call this a better deal for America and be happy for the jobs it will create.

Finally, the House and Senate approved a pair of spending packages Thursday, authorizing $1.4 trillion in spending and avoiding a government shutdown that had loomed Friday. Amazing what congress can do when all that separates them from vacation is a vote or two.

Our best wishes to you and yours as we head to the holiday week.

So last night…

So last night as the vote came in my phone rang. It was my 14 year old Grandson who had just watched the proceedings and wanted to talk about them. The first thing that ran through my mind was, how do you explain this to a fourteen year old? How do you present it fairly while assuring he maintains his belief in our nation and its values? How do you make him understand this is not normal and in this greatest nation on earth, this is abnormal? Can I even say that, because this may very well become the norm?
Think about that and what you would say. You don’t want to influence his thought, you want him making his own decision.

With that thought, I raise another question to you the reader. If the generation of our parents and grandparents was called “The Greatest Generation”, what would you call the generation that came of age in the 60’s? This is the generation running our nation now. How do they measure up?

I go back to Tom Brokow’s book that named them “The Greatest Generation”. In it he wrote that when asked what their greatest regret was, they gave an interesting answer. It was that because they had so little, they wanted to assure their children had everything, and along the way they forgot to teach them values. They called that their biggest mistake as they watched the 60’s develop.

So here we are. A straight partisan vote to impeach, something no generation before us would ever conceive. A party that says we do this with heavy hearts and prayerful thought, when they talked about it since election day three years ago. A party that brought a vote on impeachment four times before wants us to believe they didn’t want to do this. Now if you believe that, then the “Greatest Generation” also raised some naive individuals.
On the other side, a shoot from the lip President, certainly gives them the ammunition to call him unhinged. He doesn’t have that button that says “maybe I shouldn’t say or tweet this”. His lip and fingers work before that kicks in. The Greatest Generation had a war slogan that applies here. “Loose lips sink ships”.

Thus the mess we have. A booming economy, with unemployment rates at their lowest in fifty years. A stock market that has a Dow at 28,000 after all these years – up 10,000 since in the President’s election day. That’s 35% of the total Dow in three years. Trade deals that everyone complained about with Mexico, Canada, China and the Asia Pacific region, adjusted and made better. No one before him could do that. Manufacturing jobs that the past President said you would need a magic wand for coming back. We are self sufficient in energy and oil, and the prices are down. ISIS, which we thought was here to stay, is limited and on the run. Remember the threat they were? We are exiting other wars and telling the world to pay their fair share. Who could argue with that except those other countries? I guess his “America First” focus also angered them (and some of our representatives for some reason), but sits well with most Americans.

Yet we end up here with an impeachment. How do you explain to a young grandchild? How will history explain it? In your opinion, was the President really trying to buy the 2020 election in asking for an investigation? Was that call really impeachable? Well 48% of us in todays WSJ poll say yes, and 48% say no.
Does anyone think that maybe (since this call was the day after the Mueller report release) after three years the President wanted to know why and what caused this three year investigation that exonerated him?
While on the subject, does anyone care about why Hunter Biden got the money he did for years from the Ukraine and China, the two countries his father was in charge of?
I imagine 48% of us do and 48% don’t.

The answer to all this, in the end, will be determined by you and our fellow citizens in November 2020. We will decide what kind of country we have.

meanwhile

Yesterday  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified yesterday before a Senate panel. There was not much coverage that I saw. He made it clear that the FBI’s top brass has not been cleared of wrongdoing for the slew of errors in the agency’s collusion probe and serious questions remain. He said: “There are so many errors, we couldn’t reach a conclusion or make a determination on what motivated those failures…” He added this on the FISA applications. “How did all these failures in the FISA process — that is layered with all these controls — happen and why? At this stage, we didn’t get good explanations on that and that is something we would have liked to have had good explanations about.”
As we’ve stated before, the Durham report is the one to wait for.

That same poll in the WSJ cited above had these numbers for the Democratic Primary:
Joe Biden was the top choice at 28%. Senator Sanders had 21%, and Sen. Warren had 18%. No other candidate had double-digit support.

While tonight the Dems debate for the final time this year. Seven candidates made the stage. They’re complaining they have no diversity on the stage. Well they have two women, an Asian, and a gay man. I guess that doesn’t count.

House Impeachment Day…

It has been a foregone conclusion that the House would vote to impeach in a partisan manner. Today they will.
It will be a part of the President’s historic record as he becomes the third President ever to be impeached.
But it will also be a part of Speaker Pelosi’s record because of the partisan manner in which it was done, and the lack of a crime identified.
I think history will treat this in a negative manner.
The question is what will the people do when they vote this November?
You have the vote (and the ability to register others) to impact that story. If Pelosi loses her speakership, the verdict will be in.

Here’s one other thought today on why I think the media is so prejudiced.
You know of the 90%+ negative coverage of the President despite the good news in our nation. Now consider this:
Yesterday the FISA judge made a statement condemning the FBI on its false representations to it over the whole Russian collusion story.
Pretty big news right? FISA judge speaks and condemns the FBI – wow.
You know who never covered it last night on their news shows? ABC, CBS and NBC.
Can you believe tha,t and doesn’t it tell you all you need to know about the media?
Here’s part of what the judge said:
“The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.”
People in their news divisions thought this was not news.

Hope you have a safe and good day.

They Think We’re Dumb….

If you’re like me you’ve had enough of the hypocrisy of Washington politics and this impeachment. They think we’re just plain dumb.

Today congress is going to pass a budget resolution bill to keep the government funded. No shut down blame this time.
Tomorrow they will vote on impeachment in the whole house. A partisan impeachment vote is exactly what this country doesn’t need.
Then on Thursday the full House will vote on the USMCA and pass it.
After that they go home for the holidays and relax.

So, the attempt by Pelosi and team is to say to the American people, see all we did? I told you we could impeach and legislate.

They think we’re all just dumb.
You can fool some of the people but not all of us.

The budget, you are proud of that? Proud to pass a resolution to keep the doors open this holiday season? Proud you took it to the last few days to do so? Proud you approved spending a trillion dollars more than we take in? Did you try and balance the budget? Did you actually bring it in balance by one dollar more? This you’re proud of?

Then you are voting on impeachment. You are proud you divided the country more? Proud you beat your party members to stay in line? (While trying to tell us you didn’t.) Proud that you convinced not one single opposition party member to join your vote? Proud you put the country through this? Proud that you started with “quid pro quo”, moved to “bribery” and ended up with two meaningless charges?

Finally on USMCA, you are proud? You took nine months to get this deal done. One that Mexico and Canada approved six months ago, and this is good for America. You do it on the last day you are in session for the year and the day after impeachment, and you expect people to applaud you?

This last week is a sham and I know the MSM will support you, but many of us will see right through this farce.

The other person who thinks American citizens are dumb is Chuck Schumer. Really Chuck, you are now demanding that the four witnesses who the House refused to go to the courts to force testimony, must now “testify at the senate trial or it isn’t fair?” You can go before the cameras and think we are that dense as to not see how silent you were during the whole House proceeding time, and two days before the vote you say this? Does that mean the House wasn’t fair?
What you just proved is what a sham this whole thing is and how you are playing for votes of those who can’t think.

Today, Chuck, you are meeting with Mitch O’Connell. I know after that you’ll run to a camera as you always do. Along the way take a look at what you said about the Clinton Impeachment. You see, then you said the Senate must work hand in hand with the White House on this trial. You know the same exact words Mitch used then you now say is so wrong. So Chuck, were you biased then or now? Or maybe both times?

In 2020, We The People get to choose our government going forward. Pay attention to what is going on with your representatives. We can’t change the media, except to pick what we watch and when we want too, but we can pick the leaders for our nation.

One more thing on Chuck Schumer. When not making a fool of himself on impeachment, he had a comment on the China deal. It was that President Trump “got played by the Chinese government”.
Think about that. Schumer was part of the government the entire time China was doing what it was and creating the mess. President Trump is the first one to take them on and Schumer said he was played and this is before he sees the deal!
Like I said, they think you and I are too dumb to figure it out.

some other notes

On Sunday, Chris Wallace buried James Comey on his statements he and team did everything right. If you didn’t see the interview, google it. It was embarrassing for Comey.
Now next he had Adam Schiff on, and Chris certainly backed off asking Adam the tough questions. Though he did ask why Schiff called Nunes a liar two years ago when Nunes said the FISA application was tampered with. Schiff took to the airwaves with MSM support and buried Nunes. Turns out now Nunes was 100% correct. Anyone see the MSM calling Schiff on this?
See, they think you’re too dumb to either understand it or figure it out.

You saw and heard that the single Democratic Congressman voting against the impeachment is looking to leave the party. Yesterday five of his senior aides resigned. They said they were “deeply saddened and disappointed by his decision”.

Mike Bloomberg taking some heat now. This story from ABC:
“Court records reviewed by ABC News indicate that at least 17 women have taken legal action against the company over the past three decades, with three of the cases specifically naming Bloomberg for his role in the company’s culture. None of the cases made it to trial – four were either dismissed or withdrawn, while five were settled out of court. Three cases remain active”.

One more thing that can impact 2020 is the President’s tax records. The NYC DA subpoenaed 10 years of the president’s tax records. The President and team refused to comply. The case reached the U.S. Supreme Court and it agreed to hear the case in March with a June decision expected.

Finally today is this information on the media:
The Pew Research Center collected data from 50 surveys and found that while Democrats continue to have faith in American media, Mr. Trump’s followers are quite done with it all.
The findings were released just days after the press received its latest black eye in the inspector general’s report looking at the FBI’s behavior during its investigation into Mr. Trump. The inspector general thoroughly punctured journalists who insisted that the Christopher Steele dossier had little to do with the FBI’s ability to obtain a secret warrant to spy on one of the candidate’s advisers.
Fueled by those sorts of media missteps, Mr. Trump’s followers are in full revolt against the press.
According to Pew, the stronger the support for the president, the harsher the attitude toward the Fourth Estate.
And the more knowledge about politics, the deeper the divide. A staggering 91% of politically woke Democrats say journalists are acting in the best interests of the public. Only 16% of politically astute Republicans say the same thing, Pew found.
Even Democrats, though, are skeptical of fairness in the press. Just 37% said news organizations deal fairly with all sides. Among Republicans, only 12% thought so.
The more Republicans support Mr. Trump, the less likely they are to see journalists as fair or credible.

It Was And Will Be A Week

On Friday the President in the Oval Office said: “This has been a wild week.”
It was, and guess what? This week will be another. So buckle up.

Think of what happened last week to impact your life.
USMCA was moved forward. An agreement on a step forward with China was reached, as tariffs scheduled for Sunday were eliminated and others reduced. An agreement on a budget to avoid a shutdown was quietly reached. Boris Johnson won in England and Brexit will happen, meaning another positive trade deal is coming. The signals from the economy all pointed up. The market hit new highs all week. The I.G. Report finally came out and we learned a lot about how the Russian Collusion thought began and then maintained momentum. There was plenty to argue from both sides.
That’s a ton of news and oh yea, the Judiciary committee voted to impeach the President.

Think about all that. It reminds me of that little kid’s game — which one of these doesn’t belong with the others.

In either case, quite a week don’t you agree?

Now welcome to this week which promises to be as wild.
The full House will be asked to vote on impeachment, and it appears for only the third time in our history move a recommendation to do so to the Senate.
The Republicans seem to be united in voting against it and the question is how many Democrats cross lines to vote “no”. It appears as of this morning one Democrat is switching parties. Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.
Drew had announced he was against impeachment and immediately he faced a Democratic primary challenge in which the polls showed he would be beaten badly. Remember this district voted for President Trump in 2016. Thus he is switching parties hoping to hold his seat.
He represents the dilemma that the 31 Democratic Reps in Trump voting districts face. They go against the party, they will face primaries and will likely be defeated. They vote to impeach and they face general election defeat. I guess that’s the old “between a rock and a hard place” problem.

The full House will vote on the agreed to USMCA. It should be moved to the Senate and the vote will be right after the impeachment one, as the Democrats try to show they can impeach and legislate.

Before that they will pass the continuing budget resolution and pass that to the Senate to avoid any government shut down.

Then the next Democratic debate is set for Thursday this week. It has seven qualifers, as they keep narrowing the field.
Now if you don’t qualify, what do you do? Well in Cory Bookers case you lead the charge to get the rules changed. See the rules are good until they aren’t for you. The others who didn’t qualify for the debates he did, well the rules were the rules then.

Plus the President makes news every day, sometimes every hour and with all that is happening this week you will hear from him a lot.

The NYT Editorial on Sunday:
Impeach Donald Trump
It’s time for the House of Representatives to do its constitutional duty.

Remember this publication last endorsed a Republican for President in 1956. That’s sixteen Presidential elections ago, and I guess if they want this President impeached it isn’t changing this year.

Have a great day and buckle up for a week of big news.

This n That…

A little this and that this Friday morning as the House Judiciary Committee has decided to move forward.

  • Now we’ll wait and see what the 31 House Members in districts the President won do. How many choose self preservation and vote no?
  • Will any Republicans fold and vote to impeach?
  • When it moves to the senate what do the senators up for reelection do?
    Does Romney vote against the President?
    Can Susan Collins win no matter how she votes in Maine?
    What about Martha McSally in Arizona?
    On the other side what does Doug Jones as a Democrat do in Alabama?
  • The drama of the Senate is not in the total vote, but in individual ones.

    Here’s some info/stats you might find interesting on this impeachment:
  • Democrats have based this impeachment entirely on President Trump’s July 25th phone call with the Ukrainian President right?
    Well:
  • Do you realize that that 104 current Democrats voted to impeach the President long before that call? Remember they had votes before this.
  • That’s 104 (out of 233 current Democrats) representing 44% of the entire caucus.
  • One of those 104 is — Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler.
    He of the “pained vote” this time had voted before. Anyone falling for his act should be embarrassed.
  • And add this — 16 other Democrats on the Judiciary had already voted for impeachment.

    IMPACTS AND OTHER THOUGHTS ON THIS IMPEACHMENT:

The President’s Campaign said this yesterday:
“They have ignited a flame underneath that, with 300-some days to go, actually makes our job easier in some ways. This lit up our base. I think it’s a huge miscalculation by [Democrats].”
They added, “not only is impeachment generating more campaign volunteers and cash donations, it’s swaying independent voters in swing states who want the election, instead of an impeachment investigation, to decide who is the next president.”

From the WSJ:
“Plans for a Democratic presidential debate in January have been complicated by the expected Senate impeachment trial. The Democratic National Committee is struggling to settle on a date, a decision also complicated by the NFL playoffs.”

Politico reports this on the impeachment vote:
”Democratic leaders are privately expecting no more than a half-dozen defections on next week’s vote to impeach President Donald Trump, even as many of their most endangered lawmakers remain publicly mum on their decision.

Alan Dershowitz, who has been critical of Democratic attempts to impeach the President, wrote this:
“The Democrats have now announced that they intend to propose only two grounds for impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of congress. Neither is specified as a ground for impeachment in the constitution. Neither is a high crime and misdemeanor. They have apparently dropped the only specified ground, namely bribery. A vote to impeach President Trump on grounds not specified in the constitution would be unconstitutional and void.”

SOME OTHER “THIS AND THAT’S” TODAY:

The Washington Post reports this:
“Former Attorney General Eric Holder writes that current Attorney General William Barr is doing “lasting damage” with his conduct in office.”
Really? Barr is doing that? Funny, so many think Holder’s complete support of President Obama did more damage.

The President continues to have an impact on the courts. He got his 50th pick through the senate this week. How significant is that for his his first three years? Well it’s only five short of President Obama’s record of 55 over an eight-year period.
With Mitch O’Connell he has filled virtually every vacancy in the powerful appellate court system.
Next they are going to try and fill 18 district level (lifetime) judges before Congress breaks next week.
Does it matter? See next story.

Joe Biden pledged to undo much of President Trump’s immigration policy in a new plan. So if you liked the past open door policy you have a choice.

Meanwhile a Clinton appointed judge yesterday ruled against the administration diverting billions of dollars earmarked for the Pentagon to build the border wall. Remember when they transferred funds?
The judge halted $3.6 billion that the President sought to move from the Defense Department for wall construction, based on his declaration of a border national emergency.
The administration of course is going to appeal to a higher court. Remember all those appointments they have made? It makes a difference.

This from the Washington Times:
 A high-level defector from Kim Jong-un’s regime has sent a letter to President Trump warning that he has been “tricked” into believing the North Korean leader will ever denuclearize and that Washington should instead ramp up a “psychological warfare campaign” aimed at inspiring North Korea’s elites to replace the young dictator from within.

This from the Washington Examiner on one of “The Squad”:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib deleted a tweet Thursday morning that blamed “white supremacy” on the mass shooting this week at a kosher supermarket in New Jersey. “This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills,” Ms. Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, wrote from her personal Twitter account.
You may remember her, she was one who on election night said “we are going to impeach the Mother F____”.

Have a great Friday and weekend.

The I.G. Speaks And …

Yesterday we wrote of the planned I.G. Congressional Session:
“I.G. Horowitz is on live today to review his report. The Democrats will keep reinforcing there was “no coup attempt, right”? the President lied, right?” Republicans will focus on the 17 mistakes and failed FISA control.

Well that is exactly what happened as both sides got their pound of flesh:

I think every Democratic senator went back to “there was a reason to open the investigation, right?” The answer over and over was “yes.” So they can say this was not a coup, the I.G. found every reason to investigate.

The Republicans will clearly have arguments on the FISA process being misused. In fact, a lawyer for the FBI actually changed an answer to the question on the application from “yes” to “no” on whether Carter Page worked for the CIA. You will hear a lot about that. It changed everything.

They sparred over whether the Trump Campaign was spied upon. Horowitz was clear that if the definition of spying was placing someone inside the campaign, that did not happen. However, he did agree that officials went to talk to campaign officials and were wired. So that’s a fine line as to whether spying took place or not. 

As we said yesterday, we have to wait for the Durham report. That will be as close to the definitive answer as we will get. 

On Impeachment

Even with the rumors that ten or so Democratic congressional members do not favor impeachment (but want censure instead), it is going forward.
The President is facing two charges as you know. Presidents Nixon and Clinton faced three and four charges respectively. Andrew Johnson had 11 back in 1868.

Many on the left think two is too little. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday that the articles of impeachment against President Trump do not go far enough. She and others think the President got off too easy. Her quote: “Of course, I am in the camp where I feel that there should have been more articles”.

Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat who introduced articles of impeachment against the president three times, feels the same. He said:
“We can wait to see if the Senate will convict and remove. But if they don’t, then there’s still work to be done.”

So even when this ends it won’t end until the President leaves office.

By the way, a new Quinnipiac University poll (not a friendly administration poll) released showed a switch in impeachment support.
It found 51% of registered voters surveyed said they don’t want to see the president ousted through impeachment. That’s the first time the number has been above 50% since before the impeachment inquiry.
45% do want to see the president impeached and forced out.

some other news

Andrew Yang has become the seventh candidate to hit the benchmarks to qualify for the Democratic presidential debate later this month.
He joins Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Warren and Steyer.  
Candidates who have been on the stage but not qualifying are Booker, Castro and Tulsi Gabbard. (For her part Gabbard said, “I have decided not to attend the December 19th ‘debate’ — regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls.”)
Others still running who will not be there are:
Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and author Marianne Williamson.

Does this poll on the Catholic vote from EWTN surprise you?
47% of Catholics said they will never or are unlikely to vote for Mr. Trump, and 44% said they are sure or likely to vote for him.

Have a great day.

And We’re Off…

So they really pulled the trigger and are going forward to impeach. Not a good political move in my opinion. Maybe good for you to remain in control of your party, but not the country.

We heard so many charges from the outset of this presidency. It began right after the election:
Remember the movement to get electoral electors to not vote as their states did and vote for Hillary anyway?
Remember the Russian connection and the President was a Russian operative?
Remember the three years of collusion?
Remember the “quid pro quo” that turned into “bribery”?
Well the two counts of impeachment charges are none of those. It’s
1. Abuse of Power.
2. Obstruction of Congress.

I wonder how many of us think Congress just abused its power? You can count me in on that.
The obstruction is interesting too. Is it from the Mueller report and the President obstructing a crime that wasn’t committed? Or is it for refusing to play ball on this Ukraine situation? I’m not sure, and I don’t know if anyone does. They may tell us today.
I assume it is from the Ukraine situation. Well you got the transcript of the call, that wasn’t enough?
And, like charge one, I think this applies to congress. Who is the whistleblower? Did he talk to Schiff and team? Was this charge a set up?

I think Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and Jerold Nadler may lead this impeachment, but in the end they may have set up the American people to impeach their party from control of the House.

In the first 200 years of our nation we had one impeachment trial. In my lifetime, and I am guessing many of you reading this, we will have had three major impeachment events. (Nixon, Clinton, Trump). That tells you a lot about who we are. I don’t think history is going to judge us well.

As predicted Nancy and the House immediately tried to show how they were getting things done. Here comes USMCA (only months late). The move is to provide cover. Give people the impression they are doing things despite this impeachable President. You know it will fool many (with the support of the MSM), but I don’t think the majority of us. I think they went too far this time.
The other reason for the action on the same day as the impeachment announcement is this. USMCA is a signature moment for the Trump presidency. They are hoping impeachment on the same day engulfs that message.

IG Horowitz is on live today to review his report. The Democrats will keep reinforcing that there was “no coup attempt, right? the President lied, right?” Republicans will focus on the 17 mistakes and failed FISA control.
More interesting is what Special Prosecutor Durham said about the IG report:
He’s reached a different conclusion.“Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” Mr. Durham said in a statement. Mr. Durham noted the inspector general’s authority was limited to information within the Justice Department, while his investigation culled evidence from “other persons and entities both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.”

Interesting. AG Barr said the same yesterday in a far reaching interview with the WSJ. The Durham report could be most interesting.

Remember the Democratic House members who were saying they were against impeachment? They have been silenced by Nancy Pelosi. They are refusing interviews, now saying they “are busy”. Let’s see how many desert the party on the vote.

By the way, in announcing the plan to impeach did you notice who was on stage? It was:
Committee chairs ADAM SCHIFF (Calif.), JERRY NADLER (N.Y.), ELIOT ENGEL (N.Y.), MAXINE WATERS (Calif.) and CAROLYN MALONEY (N.Y.)
Notice they are all from California and New York?

How’s this playing already? Look at this story out today:
As House Democrats continue to increase the pressure in their impeachment inquiry of President Trump, his numbers are rising in battleground states where he’s now ahead of the top Democrats in the 2020 field.
Mr. Trump saw a big boost in his numbers when compared to the Democratic front-runner former Vice President Joseph R. Biden in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, according to polling done last week by Firehouse Strategies.
In March, Mr. Trump was down 12 points to Mr. Biden in Wisconsin, seven points in Pennsylvania and nearly tied in Michigan. But with the impeachment inquiry ongoing, Mr. Trump now leads Mr. Biden by nine points in Wisconsin, five points in Michigan and four points in Pennsylvania.

some other news:

The Trump administration finalized a rule on Wednesday that would remove it’s estimated 700,000 from the federal food-stamp program. They will do this by strictly enforcing work requirements, arguing that assistance to unemployed, able-bodied adults was not necessary in a strong economy. The administration would press states to impose work requirements that governors had been allowed to waive.
The rule takes effective on April 1, and is expected to save nearly $5.5 billion over five years.

A second thing lost in all this news is:
Attorney General William Barr warned that communities must defer to the police or risk losing protection. “They have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves,” he said.

Let’s see how today’s IG hearing goes. Have a great day.