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Can you hear me now?

warrantless-wiretap-190x300    Wonder of wonders, Rachel Maddow is now a Republican hero. The left-wing media will now have to rush to find some way to cover up for their embarrassing illegal release of Trump’s tax returns. It sort of backfired on them big league! It seems Donald Trump had a declared income of $150 million in 2005. He paid $38 million (or 25%) in taxes on that income. The national average for his income level was 22%.

In comparison, Barack Hussein Obama paid about 18% and the ultimate class warrior, Bernie Sanders, paid about 13%. Ain’t grievance politics great! This all kind of makes Hillary Clinton look like the hateful idiot she is … claiming, as she did during the campaign, that Donald Trump paid no income taxes at all. Obviously her informant’s information was wrong. She should have called the NSA … or maybe Julian Assange!

Now … to the MSM, I ask … what about the illegal nature of releasing a citizen’s tax return to the media without that citizen’s permission? What about the media releasing that information to the public …. I hear crickets chirping!

I just love this selective outrage and the ability to pick and choose which laws you will or will not obey! Now that is TRUE FREEDOM for you!

In other news, it seems the Senate Intelligence Committee can find no evidence that Donald Trump was wire-tapped … at least according to a testy Paul Ryan. Riddle me this then Paul … how did transcripts of private phone calls made by Donald Trump end up in the hands of the MSM? How are these leaks working? Donald Trump is not a spy … even I know he used the term “wire-tapping” in a very generic sense. In his mind I am sure it covered eavesdropping, cell phone hacking, NSA monitoring (and don’t even bother to argue that they don’t spy on American citizens), etc. Under the circumstances, it is not an outrageous claim. What is outrageous is how easily some folks parse words to dismiss it.

It is indeed a brave new world!

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What UMBRAGE?

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Interesting to find that in the documents released by Wikileaks, there is disturbing evidence that the CIA often mimics the Russians when it hacks its targets. It seems there is a program called UMBRAGE. This program consists of the CIA mimicking Russian hackers, meaning … the CIA has the ability to hack anybody they want and make it look like the Russians are doing it.

Interestingly enough, Julian Assange always claimed it was not the Russians who hacked the DNC and Podesta’s emails. Maybe it was and maybe it wasn’t. We certainly don’t know for sure. I, for one, am definitely not taking James Clapper’s word for anything.  But, it makes one wonder if the Obama administration thought, “maybe two could play that game.”

Could the Obama administration have orchestrated the whole thing to create a never-ending Trump investigation in order to discredit and sabotage his Presidency?  It certainly shines a possible new light on Trump’s accusation, the FISA Court warrants requests,and all the “leaks” the Democrats are using to try and bring down members of the Trump administration! What a scary new world! ,

The Russian’s Are Coming!

I really do get a kick out of all the hysteria by the Democrats and the Media over Trump’s claim that the Obama administration bugged his campaign team. I mean, is it really that far fetched?  Let’s look at the historical record:

  • Who illegally bugged our NATO partner Germany’s chancellor?
  • Who illegally bugged the AP, a Fox journalist and the Fox journalist’s family?
  • Who lied about illegally holding the phone data for every Verizon customer in the US?
  • Which party raided the homes and offices of their political opponents to seize phones and computers under a John Doe warrant in Wisconsin?
  • Who raided the Gibson Guitar Company because CEO Henry Juszkiewicz made campaign donations to Republicans?
  • Who used the IRS to target conservative political organizations?
  • Who covered up Fast and Furious and Benghazi?

Is it really hard to imagine that the political party and ideology that was okay with doing all these ILLEGAL things would suddenly not be okay with bugging the biggest political threat to their future? Is it also really so hard to believe that they might misrepresent and combine criminal and national security information in order to bring down their biggest political opponent? It is not too big a stretch for me to make! Especially since we do know warrant requests were made to the FISA court by the Obama DOJ!

Despite the tearful hand-wringing of MSNBC’S Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, we do have the evidence of such a bugging. And it comes directly from the January 20, 2017, Late Edition, front page of the … wait for it  … The NY Times!

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Another interesting point that some may have missed. Lost amidst the uproar over President Trump’s startling Saturday morning wire-tapping accusation, the ensuing battle of words over the whether the Obama administration would ever spy on the Trump campaign, and the Jeff Sessions recusal story, an elaborate narrative seems to have suddenly died.

You remember, the whole misleading claim that “Russians Hacked the Election” or that the “Trump Campaign Colluded with the Russians.” For some reason, the Democrats seem to be retreating from that narrative. I wonder why? Could it be that they are now suddenly afraid that, oopsies, the real truth will come out? Or have they again, just been outsmarted by Donald Trump?  Only time will tell ….

Progressive victims of “Until”

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The “Theory” of Progressivism is clearly attractive. Many people can be and are led into progressive activism due to the siren-call of its sound bytes.  However….

Eventually time and reality catches up with them. Pick a couple of their most heart-felt and enduring stances – gun control, and social accountability of the general US population for actions by criminals.

The big gun control push started in the 1970s, and the reaction to that push started in the late 1980’s and 1990’s.  Let’s look at the facts – Violence escalated during the period that progressives pushed for more control peaking around 1991. With the ongoing pushback (which is still going on) gun violence, and violence in general dropped by about 50% from 1991 to 2014.

The “theory” of improving society by attacking the right of the law-abiding to have access to guns (2nd amendment issues aside) had an effect, but it was the opposite of what was expected. The theory worked UNTIL time and reality had a chance to work.

This theory had new life breathed into it with the Obama administration, and progressive leadership in cities like Washington DC and Chicago. And what happened? Reverses of a decades long downward trend in gun crime and violence in those cities year on year.

Is the gun control approach solely the issue? Let’s look at the social assumption that criminals should not be held accountable for their actions, after all they are simply a result of an unfair society.  Where has that led us?

Chicago was forced to cease “stop and frisk” and take a softly softly approach to policing due to a series of factors. One of which was again, putting more emphasis on restricting law enforcement’s ability to do their jobs while repeatedly refusing to enforce federal gun laws and their own sentencing guidelines. Police reduced their active enforcement through stops by 87 percent, and homicides increased 57 percent.

In Washington DC a second-chance law has allowed young (under 22) offenders to avoid minimum sentencing guidelines. Leading to skyrocketing crime and recidivism rates among those eligible for the program.

These theories of putting more emphasis on officer limitations than criminal accountability sounded great, UNTIL the victims of violent crime and homicides started rolling in.

We have had an activist justice department under Holder, based on statistical review, police department after police department has been placed under review and accused of institutional racism. Under the Obama administration several federal law enforcement arms have been instructed to NOT do their jobs. And what has this social engineering led to? Have the criminals of various stripes understood the efforts to reach out to them and understand their challenges and pain?

16 of the top 20  largest police departments in the country have seen year-over-year increases in crime. In progressive-theory-led major cities we have seen the reversal of decades of improvement in crime statistics as reported by the FBI.

I believe that the progressive movement is doomed to failure. It is unfortunate that with the media banging their policy drum day in and day out that much of the illogic of their policy positions is hidden. However, in nearly every case that sneaky little word will step up and bite them – UNTIL.

 

Russia Hacks the Oscars

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Breaking News! It’s official! Russia hacked the Oscars! Putin switched the envelopes for the best picture award. There were loud cries of moral indignation and righteous outrage from the left-wing Hollywood Elites. Many tears of grief were shed resulting in elaborate Oscar gowns, some valued at many thousands of dollars, being totally ruined … stained with tears and running mascara!

An unnamed highly-placed source within the Oscar organization stated that spontaneous protests are currently being organized and will commence just as soon as they can get funding from George Soros and the signs they ordered back from the printers. #NOTOURLALALAND.

Hillary Clinton, just back from her latest staged “accidental” meet up with a loyal young female supporter in the woods, was quoted as stating she was ” 100% behind the downtrodden, disenfranchised and forgotten Hollywood Elites and would certainly be there for them in 2020!”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, upon hearing the news of this catastrophic occurrence, quickly went on the record, stating that, “This is simply additional evidence that President Trump should be impeached.  It should be illegal to traumatize the loyal supporters of so many undocumented illegal immigrants that cross our borders illegally! It is un-American and contrary to our unique American heritage,  After all, we are a nation of laws!”

President Trump, reacted to the news early this morning by tweeting, @POTUS Freaking Awesome!  The mainstream media outlets were outraged, then they were even more outraged, and finally, they were even more outraged! (Did I mention the mainstream media was outraged?)

The one bright shining light in this disastrous tragedy … Warren Beatty handled it calmly and brilliantly by doing exactly what actors do best. He read what was printed on the card even though it was dead wrong!

The Truth About Dodd-Frank

home_4_saleThe DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is essentially a collection of federal regulations aimed at financial institutions and their customers. It was supposedly implemented to prevent the recurrence of events that caused the 2008 financial crisis and was passed by the Obama administration in 2010.

The 2007-2008 recession resulted in a worldwide financial meltdown and a $700 billion taxpayer-funded bailout.  The need for some common-sense financial reforms seemed evident. However is that what Dodd-Frank really was?  What actually did cause the “Sub-Prime” mortgage bubble which led to this financial crisis?

That real facts are that President Clinton’s  HUD Secretary, Henry Cisneros, discovered that  a statistical difference existed between the granting of mortgages to black borrowers and white borrowers by banks. Ignoring differences in important contributing factors such as population numbers, income levels and the ability to repay these mortgage loans, Cisneros decreed that mortgage granting rates between black borrowers and white borrowers should be the same, meaning for every white home buyer granted a mortgage, they must also grant a black home buyer a mortgage. The fallacy of this decree is clear on its face. A truly non-discriminatory mortgage process would base mortgage approvals specifically on the borrower’s ability to repay the mortgage and not on race, creed, religion, sexual orientation or whatever.  That would be a true non-discriminatory process.  Banks resisted this idiotic decree, however Cisneros was backed up by Attorney General Reno who threatened nonconforming banks with FBI investigations. Banks were forced to approve “Sub-Prime” mortgages for borrowers who had no realistic means of repaying the mortgage. The result? Most of these mortgages became worthless paper. The result of these bad mortgages was recession world-wide. Henry Cisneros’ policy is a prime example of government over-reach and manipulation of economic policy for political gain … also know as Progressive justice.

Democrats badly needed a diversion to muddy the waters … to give their lap-dog media something to spin on their behalf! They needed to be seen to be doing something to “correct” the problem.  Enter Dodd-Frank!  But what Dodd-Frank actually did was act as a smoke screen to cover up the Democrat’s responsibility for the 2007-2008 recession.

The really sad thing is that the Obama administration did not learn from Henry Cisneros’ mistake and continued with the same kinds of policies that caused the 2007-2008 recession … expecting, of course, a different result! What Dodd-Frank really does is hamstring the banking industry with crushing regulations and help to perpetuate stagnate economic growth. I understand that regulation might be needed to help ensure fairness in lending practices, but Dodd-Frank is, by no means, that regulation.

Get Real … the Special Immigrant VISA program has always been broken!

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I am totally disgusted with all you disingenuous America haters … jumping on the bandwagon and protesting this temporary freeze on immigration from 7 countries with a rich history of hating and murdering Americans. Unfortunately, this list of disingenuous haters now seems to also include Glen Beck and The Blaze, and The Daily Beast!  Is there no journalistic integrity left in the American press at all?  There are a few real facts you need to consider before spreading your lies and spewing your hate!  Okay, maybe that is too harsh … but you could at least check your facts!!

First, the Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for Iraqi and Afghan Translators that left-wing ex-military groups are now screaming about. That process has always been broken.  It took the Iraqi translator who worked with U.S. Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, who know goes by the name Johnny Walker, five years to get through the process.  Do the math!  President Trump has been in office 11 days!  Pete Hegseth, a former executive director of Vets for Freedom and now Fox New contributor has fought for years to bring Iraqi and Afghan allies of his over under this program.  He has talked to and argued with the State Department and many Senators with no success.  Again, Trump has been in office 11 days!  Did you consider that a review of this process might actually include fixing this Special Immigrant Visa program which has been broken since it was put in place in 2009?  Of course not ….

The State Department stopped processing Iraqi refugees for six months while Barack Obama was President and Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.  This included Iraqis who had helped U.S. Forces as interpreters and intelligence assets.  This was reported by ABC News in 2013.  ABC News also reported that, as a result of Obama’s BAN ON MUSLIMS, an Iraqi who had aided American troops was murdered before his refugee application could be processed.  This was a direct result of the immigration delay!  Where was your indignant, moral outcry then?

One of the first Iraqi interpreters for the U.S. military detained under Trump’s executive order, Hameed Darweesh, has already been released under an exemption in the order! While certainly not identical, President Trump’s policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.  The seven countries listed in President Trump’s executive were previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.

If you had any intellectual integrity at all, you would back off and give the man a chance, and see how this plays out.  However, I do understand that expecting intellectual integrity from the kinds of people who march on Washington, D.C. dressed as giant pink vaginas … may be a bit of a stretch!