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The Non-Partisan Firing of James Comey

Fired_stampThe left-wing media are once again ablaze … this time with self-righteous indignation over President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Senator Chuck Schumer is already crying, “Why now?”

Come Chuck, is the timing truly all that suspect?  I mean … really!  Is this really a partisan act or just a president doing his job? I say Comey needed to go!

Maybe Chuck Schumer should ask AG Rod Rosenstein why he waited until he did to release his memo.  Maybe it was just because Rosenstein was only confirmed a little over two weeks ago.

In that memo, entitled “Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI”, Rosenstein detailed criticisms of Comey leveled by “former Attorneys General and Deputy Attorneys General from different eras and both political parties,” including both Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer and Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Those criticisms mostly involved Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, which Rosenstein indicated was the driving force behind the FBI director’s dismissal.

I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the near universal judgment that he was mistaken. Almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes, it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.

Is that really a partisan statement? AG Rosenstein went on to say:

The FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them. Having refused to admit his errors, the Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.

Again, why is that a Republican or Democrat idea? It makes perfect sense to me! Then there is also the fact that many others have called for Comey’s firing!

12/14/2016 William W. Keller wrote:

But in all events, this is not a job for the president-elect. The task falls to President Obama because it should be performed immediately, and as president, Obama is the only one in a position to do it now. He should dispatch Director Comey for his poor judgment and his attempts to tamper with the democratic process.

What about Harry Reid stating he thinks Comey may have broken the law:

Comey needs to be investigated on all fronts. “I think he should be investigated by the Senate. I think he should be investigated by other agencies in the government, including the security agencies,” Reid said, before adding, “if ever there was a matter of national security, it is this.”

The main stream media pundits are all busily pontificating about how it is obviously a part of Trump’s effort to block the “Russian Connection” investigation. This is, of course, despite an almost year-long investigation during which, time after time, we hear senior security officials from both parties (including Obama administration officials), state that there is no evidence anyone on the Trump team colluded with the Russians.

I am sure there will now be calls for investigations,into Trump’s firing of Comey. There will be calls for a special investigator, etc.  I even heard Trump’s actions called “a whiff of fascism” and “presidential abuse of power” during yesterday’s new broadcasts.

Now that really is a bunch of partisan nonsense.

The FBI Director is appointed by the president for a 10-year term. The president can unilaterally fire the FBI Director at any time for any reason and Congress can also move to impeach the FBI Director. No whiff of fascism or presidential abuse of power … that’s just the way it is.

Some people have such short memories!  Do you remember the many calls to investigate James Comey … or for President Obama to fire him … or for him to resign?

  • The Wall Street Journal called for Comey to resign.
  • The NY Daily News called for Comey’s ouster.
  • Hillary Clinton blamed her election defeat in a large part on Comey.
  • Occupy Democrats called for Comey to resign or be fired.
  • Pelosi blamed Comey for Hillary Clinton losing the election!
  • Al Franken stated Comey should face Senate Hearings
  • Both Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch were extremely critical of Comey.

The list goes on and on ad nauseam!

You would think the Democrats would be thrilled. Trump just fired the man who they claim cost them the 2016 election! They should actually thank Trump for doing what they wanted Obama to do!

Do any of you remember on November 2, 2016 … when Chuck Schumer told Bloomberg News that:

he’d lost confidence in Comey over his handling of the Hilary Clinton e-mail investigation?

Maybe President Trump should simply Tweet this earlier Schumer’s quote and then add something like “I too lost confidence in Comey and had to act!.”

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!

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.

 

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