Cohen’s 5 Minutes of Lame

Our House representative, Steve Cohen, was one of the Democrats who got to question the pathetic Robert Mueller yesterday.

This time, he did not bring a bucket of fried chicken. (By the way, is that cultural appropriation on Cohen’s part?)

Cohen did bring his Democrat obsequiousness and slimy attitude. Take a look:

Mueller a mode of rectitude? Hardly. Ask the four men who were falsely imprisoned for ten years in the Whitey Bulger case or the anthrax accused who killed himself or the one who won $5 million from the government for Mueller’s botched handling of that case.

Notice Cohen asks Mueller questions that he can just get a “yes” from, ending the question with “correct?” It was like interviewing a kindergartner; he made it as easy as possible for the decrepit old man. There weren’t any questions that demanded an explanation. Too hard!
All Cohen did was regurgitate from Weissman’s report. He used it as a way to slime President Trump on an emotional, not legal level.
Cohen ended his five minutes of blather with the patriotic appeal: “In America no one is above the law.” Except Democrats, Clintons or Democrats in the DOJ, FBI, State Department, CIA, etc.
I noticed that this clip from PBS on YouTube did not have any comments. It read “comments disabled.” Can I take that as a negative response to Cohen?

Maybe Cohen should have brought his fried chicken.

Things That Make You Go Hmm

Jack Posobiec of One American News tweeted:
“BREAKING: Top FBI agent Salvatore Cincinelli, who investigated the finances of the Clinton Foundation, has reportedly committed suicide on a crowded nite-club dance floor

“Austin Police were instructed by the FBI to ‘not release any details of the death to the media’”

Another death by Arkancide?

Rush Mentions Memphis

Rush Limbaugh opened his show yesterday talking about the Betsy Ross flag. Surprisingly, there is a Memphis connection:

Folks, this Stand Up for Betsy Ross T-shirt is not slowing down. We had so many more sales over the weekend that we have upped the donation to Tunnel to Towers from $1.5 million to $2 million. I wanted to make sure I announced this today at the top of the program so that it doesn’t get lost in the rest of the program. We just had an over-the-top weekend. And we are now approaching 150,000 T-shirts.

This is $27 per unit that has generated enough of a profit — all the profits going to the charity. So we’re now prepared to announce that, as of today, the charitable donation to Tunnel to Towers will be two million. Two million in two weeks, folks. We’re talking about basically two weeks here.

And there’s this little story. “Rev. Bill Owens, a former Memphis pastor who heads the socially conservative Coalition of African-American Pastors is urging Nike to end its relationship with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick over his criticism of the Betsy Ross flag.

“Owens penned a petition directed at Nike CEO Mark Parker making it clear that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s views do not represent his organization’s views –”

Remember, he’s a former pastor in Memphis who heads the Coalition of African-American Pastors, and he’s saying this guy Kaepernick doesn’t represent us or anything that we believe in.

“We represent a variety of races, ethnicities, and creeds. And we agree that Mr. Kaepernick’s views on America and the flag are fringe opinions, not shared by any of us … especially the African Americans who marched against segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

So we have sent a box of Stand Up for Betsy Ross T-shirts to Reverend Bill Owens in Memphis. He should be receiving them this week. By the way, again, folks, we have ramped up part-time people. We’re paying ’em more than Bernie Sanders pays ’em to help us with the fulfillment here of all of these. We’ve gotta get 140,000 out. We’ve got a lot of them out so far, but just hang in there and be cool, be patient, because your order will get fulfilled, and it will get sent to you as quickly as we can make it happen.

I just want to once again offer a sincere heartfelt thanks. This is ordinary Americans doing an extraordinary thing here. This is not, per se, something that’s supposed to bring Nike to its knees. That’s not the objective here. The objective here is simply to stand up, stand up for America. Betsy Ross didn’t do anything to anybody.

What a change to have Memphis mentioned in the news without it being about crime, racism or disaster.

Climate Chaos Indeed

The heat wave the East Coast experienced this weekend was like the power outage that hit New York City the Saturday before – it was all consuming to the residents there; shrugged off by the rest of the country.

Any time there is some extreme cold or heat we are subjected to the myth of global warming, aka climate change/climate chaos. The only chaos from climate comes from the mouths of the liberals who want to use it as a tool to control the citizenry.

Don’t fall for it.

This comment from a post at American Thinker nails it. “The believing ‘Global Warmist’ is a most odd curiosity, like a throwback to a very primitive dark age void of all reason and even equipped with Inquisitions. He thinks he is the Earth’s savior. He even believes the Earth can’t do without him; has a passion for his guidance; heats and cools in accordance with his laws and ideology and movements and predictions; yes, he thinks he will watch over the Earth and keep the Earth out of trouble. He scurries about all important like and pontificates and screeches dire warnings and legislates and taxes and thinks the Earth and the Sun care what he thinks or does, or even listen. Isn’t it a quaint idea, like an ant thinking he can steer an elephant? Or like Aesop’s fly on the chariot wheel bragging: ‘Oh what a dust I raise!’ This is the entertainment of an eternity.”

Climate change/chaos is just another topic to make social justice warriors feel important and to deflect them from any meaningful self analysis. So much easier to see the splinter in the other guy’s eye, right?
Jack Hellner at the American Thinker reminds us how much “chaos” has been going on since recorded history:

The Roman Warm Period, or Roman Climatic Optimum, is a proposed period of unusually warm weather in Europe and the North Atlantic that ran from approximately 250 BC to AD 400.

…and…

The Medieval Warm Period (MWP) also known as the Medieval Climate Optimum, or Medieval Climatic Anomaly was a time of warm climate in the North Atlantic region that may have been related to other warming events in other regions during that time, including China and other areas, lasting from c. 950 to c. 1250

…and…

The Little Ice Age (LIA) was a period of cooling that occurred after the Medieval Warm Period. Although it was not a true ice age, the term was introduced into scientific literature by François E. Matthes in 1939. It has been conventionally defined as a period extending from the 16th to the 19th centuries, but some experts prefer an alternative timespan from about 1300 to about 1850.

…and…

The 1911 Eastern North America heat wave was an 11-day severe heat wave that killed at least 380 people though estimates have put the death toll as high as 2,000 people. The heat wave began on July 4, 1911 and didn’t end until July 15. In Nashua, New Hampshire, the temperature peaked at 106 °F (41 °C).[3] In New York City alone, 158 people and 600 horses died.

…and…

2016

This week’s heat wave in New York, which brought the city five consecutive days of 90 degree+ temperatures from July 21-25, may have felt like it would never end.In fact, it didn’t even make the city’s top 30 longest heat waves. It fell a full week short of the record 12-day heat wave in 1953, and several days short of a string of record heat waves the city has suffered in its history.

…and…

The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930s; severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent the aeolian processes (wind erosion) caused the phenomenon. The drought came in three waves, 1934, 1936, and 1939–1940, but some regions of the high plains experienced drought conditions for as many as eight years.

…and…

The temperatures soared to record highs in July with the hottest weather occurring from July 12 to July 16. The high of 106 °F (41 °C) on July 13 was the second warmest July temperature (warmest being 110 °F (43 °C) set on July 23, 1934) since records began at Chicago Midway International Airport in 1928. Nighttime low temperatures were unusually high — in the upper 70s and lower 80s °F (about 26 °C).

We all with have to weather this storm of climate hysteria. Maybe a cool drink will help.

Candidate or Stalking Horse?

Wednesday night Republican Scherie Murray appeared on Hannity’s Fox show. He heralded her as the great new hope to dethrone AOC from her Congressional seat.

She is attractive, black Jamaican and is getting a lot of publicity.

However, there was something about her that just didn’t click. Hannity overtalked her and didn’t give her much time to explain her positions. That’s nothing new. As much as Hannity tried, she never really aligned herself with President Trump’s viewpoints. She came off as enthusiastic a Republican as Jeff Flake or Justin Amash. Murray was lukewarm and it just didn’t seem sincere.

Then I ran across this article at the Conservative Treehouse:

The launch of a “republican” political challenger in NY-14 to challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sherie Murray, follows a very familiar political ploy…. A fake candidate intended to protect AOC in 2020. In June of 2018 Scherie Murray was an avid AOC supporter.

In the last 36 hours you may have seen “republican” candidate Scherie Murray promoted, seemingly out of nowhere, by a variety of media platforms (social media and traditional). However, when there is an obviously coordinated effort to push a rapid high visibility roll-out; and that effort is for a singular congressional district; it is always worth doing some background research.

BEWARE – Having watched this type of political scheme for several years; and accepting people for what they do, not what they claim to be; in my opinion Murray is likely in place to protect AOC in the 2020 race. This perspective is bolstered by how the launch/roll-out was also timed and scheduled by Fox News.

Tick-Tock Hannity is a favorite political deployment tool of the Murdoch interests. [It’s not cynicism, it’s an objective, albeit annoying-to-admit, aspect.] Hannity has strong support from viewers who are republican, conservative and politically engaged. If you want to elevate a faux candidate, and shield yourself in the process, Hannity is the place to go.

Remember, these interviews are pre-scheduled. Fox producers didn’t stumble upon Scherie Murray on the first day of her campaign launch and sign her up for an interview less than twelve hours later. This was a structured, pre-planned, coordinated effort.
Is it possible that Scherie Murray was a strong activist supporter of President Obama and candidate AOC in the primary of 2018 [key note: ‘the primary‘] and then suddenly had a change of heart in 2019 after seeing AOC’s political activism in action?….

Possible, yes.

Probable, no.

A person who is engaged in the outcome of a political primary is an engaged political person. Ms. Murray likely knew exactly what AOC was about (democrat-socialism) when she was congratulating her and looking forward to what AOC would deliver.

In addition to noting how Murray is not responding to any inquiry about her prior political support and ideology…. well, just, trust your gut instinct.

No further comment needed. Moving on…

Clearly this person should be checked out before anyone sends her a check. We’ll see in the coming year just how strongly her Republican views are expressed.

Dump Networks for YouTube

What does it say about today’s television choices that I would rather watch a homemade YouTube video of Malcolm the akita – in French, not my native language – as he travels in France than I would anything on the American TV schedule?

At least he doesn’t insult my intelligence with stupid storylines that press a Social Justice Warrior philosophy, nor does he denigrate patriotism.

No, I have left the alphabet networks and even the cable channels behind.

While I, like many, used to watch the Fox News Channel through a lot of the day and night, they have not proven to be as conservative as they pretend. Don’t get stuck watching Shepherd Smith, Neil Cavuto or any of their weekend anchors as their smarty/holier than thou attitudes will raise your blood pressure.
I switched to Fox Business, which is often better, but it, too, dwells on the same story show after show. Oh for a little bit of information on international goings-on or heartland developments! Evidently nothing exists except campaign events and politics.

I like One America News, but they tend to repeat stories throughout the hour. They have the right philosophy, but are limited by the small size of their operation. Unfortunately, many people can’t even get it as Comcast appears to have a vendetta against them appearing on their network choices.

What to do?

Last night for the President’s rally, I watched it on Right Side Broadcasting on YouTube. They cover the whole rally from speakers before the Prez, to crowd lines outside to crowds inside. You get the full picture from them without any annoying commentary that purports to know the outcome of the rally.

I also watch Dan Bongino during the day. He broadcasts on YouTube around 12:30 Central time. Again, you get his opinions without the network filter and very few ads. His is one of the more popular conservative shows. He does his homework and never lets the viewer down.

Once you start watching YouTube, which means when you want, what you want and sometimes without any ads, why go back to regular TV? I like, also, that the show is not confined to any time length. It can be as long or as short as the interview takes. So much better than the 3-4 minutes Fox hosts give their guests.

There is so much to choose from as well. I have just scratched the surface so far, but there is more to watch there than the networks. Here are a few shows I recommend:

Mr. Reagan – He delves into issues and people with intelligent commentary.
Real Coffee with Scott Adams – the Dilbert creator brings a different slant to the day’s story. And, he was one of the few correct about the 2016 election.
America First – Sebastian Gorka has a variety of guests on his radio show which can be listened to on YouTube.
Glenn Beck – He also has the most important clips from his daily radio show on hand, plus a few in depth interviews
Steven Crowder – See what makes him the anathema to liberal media types
Victor Davis Hanson – He has something to say everyday
Rebel Media – It’s from Canada, but with an eye to the U.S. Their squad interviewed The Squad and broadcast their refusal to condemn Al qaeda.
The Hill – The DC newspaper has an interview show, often hosted by John Solomon
Breitbart and the Blaze have YouTube shows and so do many other conservative outlets.

These are just a few to get you going.
Fox is attempting to fight back on the obvious wave of the future with Fox Nation. But you do have to pay for it and the shows are sporadic.

A Roku device allows you to watch on your television and even some TVs now include it. Otherwise you can watch online.

Trump Channels Alinsky

Evil genius Saul Alinsky has been the brains behind most of the Democrat strategy since the 60s. His methods have been – unfortunately – highly successful.

Now President Trump, in addition to following the guidelines of The Art of War, employs Alinsky’s tactics.

Nowhere is there a better example of his strategy than “the Squad.”

Trump has followed this rule for radicals: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. He early recognized that the Dems have to be painted in a way repugnant to most Americans. No group characterizes them better than the squad of AOC, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib. Target achieved.

He has frozen them for us as a group of out of touch, radicals who hate our country. They now cannot be separated from that image.

They have helped personalize it along the way. They take every occasion to knock him, and therefore the Americans who voted for him, in an ugly way. The loathsome foursome has spewed nothing but hate, a hate directed at patriots. It doesn’t get much more personal than to accuse us of being racists, -ists, etc. We take it personally. So we personally feel a dislike for them.

Fortunately for Trump they have polarized themselves. Take a look at this good example from the RNC:

Trump has turned the tables on the libs. And what’s even better is that they are turning on each other.

I laugh when I recall Nancy Pelosi’s daughter’s warning. She tweeted to Trump “She’ll cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding.”

Given the antics on the House floor yesterday, where Pelosi stomped off when the parliamentarian told her she was breaking the rules in attacking the president, she might want to retract that.

I might add that isn’t that the exact stereotype of the emotional woman acting unprofessionally and storming off that feminists deride? Take a look:

Hoist by their own petard?

Trumping the Democrats

I have never been one joining the chorus of lamentations concerning Trump’s tweeting.

It has not offended me. It has been a breath of fresh freedom of speech. Let the man express himself. He’s about the only conservative in the land who has the courage to do it in the face of social media’s prudishness about right leaning thought. (Reddit even shut down its popular America First! blog because it is supporters of The Donald, while blogger Carpe Donktum faces doxxing of himself and his whole family.)

So tweet on Mr. President.

This weekend’s uproar over his tweet concerning the Squad (AOC, Ilan Omar and socialist crew) was just annoying political correctness. Trump pointed out what we all think about the four women. When Mitt the RINO Romney objects to something Trump does, you know Trump is right, by the way.

Here’s a very good account of what Trump has actually done and, yes, it’s brilliant. Scott Mckay writes this pieceat the American Spectator. The only caveat is McKay fails to realize that Trump is also challenging Twitter and standing up for free speech. Can you imagine the uproar if Twitter condemned his tweet and didn’t allow him this platform? They’d love to, but don’t dare – yet.

I’ll admit something I shouldn’t have to, as regular readers of this space already know it, but I’m sometimes a little slow to catch on to the ways of America’s 45th president.

After all, back in the 2016 GOP primary cycle I was a Ted Cruz guy. Cruz was the most aggressive conservative playing within the bounds of “acceptable” politics, and I figured that was the best chance to stop the nation’s cultural and political rot and correct the ship of state’s dangerous list to the left.

But along came Donald Trump, who chewed the cover off the political rulebook and proceeded to rip out its pages with which to wipe his rear end. It turned out that Trump’s methods, Kurtzian though they might be, ended up being more effective than anything on the political market.

Surely, there are still those who, like Capt. Benjamin L. Willard, see no evidence of method at all. I can sympathize, to a point.

For example, I didn’t initially buy into this business about how Trump’s often-unorthodox tweets and actions are part of a political 3D chess game he’s playing while the rest of the country is playing checkers.

But I do now.

I could go through a lengthy punchlist of examples of Trump statements and moves that prove the 3D chess theory, but that would dramatically overtake the space this column has to offer. Instead, let’s just talk about this weekend’s flare-up over the president’s Twitter outburst aimed at The Squad — the four idiot freshman Democrat congresswomen, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, who have spent their time as elected officials offering one inappropriate and stupid anti-American outburst after another.

Trump didn’t initially name any of the four. He didn’t talk about Omar or Ocasio-Cortez, and he didn’t talk about Ayana Pressley or Rashida Tlaib.

Instead he referred to “Progressive” Democratic congresswomen, and then noted that they “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

This was decried by all the Usual Suspects as an abjectly racist statement, a response that Trump certainly anticipated and couldn’t care less about. Even some weak-kneed Republicans thrashed about in paroxysms of self-righteousness about how Trump could possibly be so bigoted and insensitive in calling out The Squad. After all, three of the four were born in this country!

But Omar wasn’t.

Omar is from Somalia. Omar is quite possibly here in this country after having committed immigration fraud. There has been a quite credible, perhaps even convincing, case made that Ilhan Omar married her biological brother in furtherance of that immigration fraud. And Ilhan Omar has not stopped making incendiary anti-American and pro-Muslim Brotherhood statements since she entered public life.

Absolutely everything Trump said in his tweets applies perfectly and without stipulation to Ilhan Omar.

The fact that he didn’t use her name meant that our political betters immediately assumed he was also talking about Pressley, Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez.

Which bothered Trump not one bit.

And here is why. All last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was engaged in an aggressive campaign to shut The Squad up before they tore the Democrat caucus apart with their never-ending idiotic and vitriolic remarks. And why would Pelosi want to do that?

Paul Mirengoff at Power Line pointed out why. AOC and Omar, particularly, are becoming two of the best-known members of Pelosi’s caucus, and they are both becoming absolutely radioactive. To wit …

A May poll reportedly found that Ocasio-Cortez is profoundly unpopular in congressional districts throughout America. More than 74 percent of those surveyed recognized her name. Only 22 percent had a favorable view of her.

Ilhan Omar fared even worse. She was recognized by 53 percent, with only 9 percent holding a favorable view. Socialism was viewed favorably by 18 percent and unfavorably by 69 percent.

Chris White of the Daily Caller says Democratic leaders are concerned that with all the publicity Ocasio-Cortez and Omar generate, the party might lose the House. Ocasio-Cortez “is getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races,” one operative fretted.

Mirengoff wasn’t convinced that AOC and Omar would have that kind of effect on House races in swing districts. The guess here is that Trump and his brain trust shared that view. But on Sunday, an internal Democrat poll of swing districts leaked that shows Mirengoff, and perhaps Trump, might be wrong …

The poll showed that socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) are extremely unpopular and that they may cost the Democratic Party the presidency and the House in 2020.

“Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view,” Axios reported. “Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view. …

“Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%,” Axios added, whereas “capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.”

The firm that conducted the poll gave the results to Axios on the condition that it not be named because it works “with all parts of the party.”

A top Democrat involved in the 2020 congressional races told Axios, “If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk. [S]he’s getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races. Socialism is toxic to these voters.”

So what do you do if you want to ensure Omar and AOC poison those so-called moderate Democrats who won those swing House districts last year?

You force Pelosi into bed with them.

Which is precisely what Trump has done.

The Democrat leadership immediately, reflexively, lined up behind The Squad after an entire week of slapping them down. Al Green, a Democratic congressman from the slums of Houston, is now attempting to use Trump’s tweets as a fresh justification for impeachment, which is all Al Green does in Congress. There will be a House resolution condemning the president’s comments as racist, on which Pelosi has put her stamp of approval, and another seeking to formally censure Trump.

All of this is precisely what Trump wanted. And he proved it by doubling and then tripling down on his statements Monday, first unleashing a new set of tweets mostly quoting Lindsey Graham, who had partially rebuked the president for getting too personal about The Squad in his complaints, and then popping off in a Rose Garden press avail with comments directly eviscerating Omar in a way I can’t remember ever having seen a president do to a member of Congress. Which was glorious, by the way, and if you haven’t seen the video you owe it to yourself to watch it.

Don’t think for one second that Trump doesn’t absolutely love this fight. He is a pig in slop at this point. Trump will continue forcing Pelosi and her leadership team into bed with The Squad from here all the way to Election Day, and when he’s through he won’t just win reelection in a landslide but he’ll also take away every single one of those swing districts.

And Pelosi is either too reflexively anti-Trump or has too weak a hold on her caucus to counter him.

The smart play for Pelosi would have been to run for the hills and let Trump eviscerate Omar and AOC, knowing that neither of them would shut up amid his attacks. She could have acted like the sober adult in the room, letting the two sides bloody each other before riding in as an honest broker to seek peace. But Pelosi obviously was too afraid of The Squad not to show support for them, and now the public sees her in lock-step with people whom Lindsey Graham with good reason has called communists and who not just Trump has noticed are distinctly anti-American in their worldview.

And at what cost? That Trump was called racist?

Again? Hasn’t he been called a racist daily for four years?

One final thing about that. Omar is from Somalia, and people from Africa will tell you they tend to make fun of Somalis for the precise reason Trump has trashed Omar. There may be some competition for the prize, but Somalia is the most dysfunctional country in Africa, if not the world.

So by saying Trump is a racist for trashing Omar’s Somali roots, you’re functionally saying that all of Africa is a miserable, dysfunctional place on Somalia’s level. Because Omar is black, as are the rest of the (at least sub-Saharan) Africans.

And if you’re saying that, who’s the racist here? Is it Trump, who calls out Omar for being from the worst country on Earth, or you, for implying an entire continent is dysfunctional?

The bet here is most of the country, and not just the Republicans, are very, very tired of the race card being played ad nauseam — to such an extent that one is not allowed to call out demagogues for anti-American rhetoric simply because they might be people of color.

And the Democrats have cried wolf far too often where Trump the Supposed Racist is concerned. Trump actually has a higher approval rating among black voters than any Republican president in memory.

So here’s a parting question: how many of those black voters will be swayed by this latest round of Trump the Racist pleadings when the evidence for it is his treatment of Ilhan Omar? Put another way, how many black voters do you really think are itching to line up behind Omar as the avatar for black people in America?

Or, if you like, AOC as the avatar for Hispanic voters?

Because that’s what this Trump the Racist meme amounts to.

Again, none of this bothers the president in the least little bit. He is getting everything he wants out of this imbroglio — and paying absolutely nothing for it.

That, friends, is how political 3D chess is played.