Hurricane Trump

You think you’ve seen everything and then a headline like this comes along:

This is not from some tiny Leftist rag, but a huge Leftist rag, The Washington Post.

It is labeled “editorial” but so what? It has the same impact as a news story.

Besides, when has the news media separated fact from fiction in the past 50 years? If they report that Obama can stop the oceans from rising, they can report anything. An editorial anymore, as we saw with the New York Times anonymous White House aide screed, is considered God’s truth.

“It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change,” the Post says despite their own headline, “But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth’s systems to produce disasters . . . Florence is feasting on warm Atlantic Ocean water.”
Sent from a ****hole African country probably.

And it’s Trump’s fault! Even though he’s not been in office two years, his attention to the Paris Climate Accord would have prevented this. Wonder why they didn’t think of this last year in Houston? It’s no less ridiculous.

It’s amazing anyone even considers the WaPo or Slimes news sources.

Raised Eyebrow Dept.

Today there are a few items raising eyebrows.

First, Bob Woodward’s book against Trump, “Fear,” debuts officially today. We’ve already been told pieces of it – probably the ones most damaging to the president.

Not everyone buys Woodward’s story, including someone who had previous experience with him.

A former CIA officer, Kevin Shipp, disputed Woodward’s account he tells of CIA Director William Casey.
Shipp reminds us. “This is the Bob Woodward who lied about a deathbed confession by CIA Director William Casey. It never happened. We were there 24/7 right outside Casey’s hospital room. Woodward tried and we threw him out. He lied about the encounter in his book ‘Veil.'”

From Truepundit, “But Shipp has taken the fight against Woodward a step further, calling the heralded journalist a CIA plant. Shipp alleges Woodward had top secret clearance during Watergate and was the CIA’s mouthpiece and Deep State liaison who made sure Richard Nixon was removed from the White House.”
I don’t find this hard to believe.

More stunning news, this time from Joe diGenova concerning the Russia Mueller investigation. He says that James Baker, is cooperating with investigators looking at James Comey:

Here’s Baker in context:

If he’s smart, Baker will sing. But will we know about it?

Trump Group Meets

Yesterday I attended my first meeting of the TN Task Force 45.

Elaine Ervin
Elaine Ervin

If you’re not familiar with it, it is a pro Trump Republican group led by Elaine Ervin. It was held at Owen Brennan’s and the guest speaker was State Senator Brian Kelsey, with about 28 people in attendance.

State Senator Brian Kelsey
State Senator Brian Kelsey

Ms. Ervin opened the meeting by emphasizing that their immediate purpose was to get Kelsey re-elected in his distrct, which embraces parts of East Memphis, Collierville and Germantown. She suggested we need to start building at the county level and make sure that Tennessee is in line with President Trump’s agenda. That means we do not become a sanctuary state and that we focus on improving the education for Tennesseans.

“We can’t have the current divisiveness,” she said. “We need to build on what was left us by President Reagan.”

The buzz of the day was the ridiculous confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, with Senator Corey Booker upset about documents the committee had not seen – only they had. “Senator Booker is not respecting any law of the U.S. or of the U.S. Senate,” Kelsey said. “To oust him would require 2/3 of the vote in the Senate, which is unlikely, but they should at least censure him. He admitted he was violating rules.”

Senator Kelsey knows Judge Kavanagh personally. Kavanaugh had called Kelsey to work with him in the Bush White House in the office of the White House Counsel. In addition, Kelsey’s wife works on Capitol Hill. A native of Kentucky, she has worked in the office of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell.
“Trump has done a fantastic job with the judiciary,” Kelsey said, “particularly with Kavanaugh,” for whom he has great praise.

“I think the Democrats are hurting themselves by jumping up and being so extreme,” Kelsey added.

On his own State Senate election, Kelsey said, “I’m not taking this race lightly.” Although his opponent, Gabriela Salinas, is just 30, a graduate student without any job experience, Kelsey noted that “the Democrats have flipped 20 legislatures, so voters can’t stay home.”
Salinas often retweets what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez writes, Kelsey added. She’s definitely in the Socialist mode.
“But she’s got a compelling personal story,” Kelsey warned, referring to her recovery from childhood cancer, injuries in a car accident and loss of her father.

Also, “the Democrats have said their No. 1 target is me and also Jim Coley. Steve McCormick in District 96 in Cordova also needs help.”

Kelsey said he is emphasizing something that Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee found were the most important issues he sees in the state: safe communities, education and jobs.

Kelsey also can boast of his successful effort to amend the state constitution to prevent an income tax from happening.

As for the U.S. Senate race, Kelsey has experience working with former Governor Phil Bredesen. Although he’s trying to appear as impartial, Bredesen “is the most partisan official I’ve ever worked with,” said Kelsey. “He would never have voted for the tax cut.”

He also mentioned Bredesen’s solar company, something that he got into after, according to the Chattanooga Free Press, “Bredesen pushed the recruitment of clean-energy industries as governor, put his personal financial muscle behind a private solar energy venture spearheaded by his former revenue commissioner and chief business recruiter, according to a published report.”

November 6 is our opportunity to see that he doesn’t join the Senate and that local Republicans get elected, particularly after our big losses on August 2.

Why Anonymous? Why Now?

Yesterday’s revelation of an op ed piece in the New York Times by an anonymous “senior White House aide” was headlined: “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” The second line explained, “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

It was another hit piece, following the 300 plus newspapers editorializing against him; Omarosa’s book; and the Bob Woodward book, excerpted in the Washington Post.

They’ve been slamming Trump continually. Their rage has been unleashed. The Deep State has married the Deep Media in a way we haven’t seen before.

Keep in mind that all of this is not news. It’s manufactured stuff. We haven’t learned any facts. We haven’t been given names of accusers. It’s all hearsay that is masquerading as news. This is one of their favorite tactics, because people have forgotten what facts are after decades of opinion being passed off as news.

The person who did it doesn’t really care about honor as he says he does. If he did, he wouldn’t have broken the laws concerning disclosure. He would openly make accusations, if he could back them up. I was struck in reading the piece how completely it lacked examples of Trump’s “worst inclinations,” “misguided impulses,” “whims,” “rants,” etc. Tell us what they are, coward. What didn’t he know? What errors has Trump made? I’m just supposed to take his word on it, eh?

Even Leftist Glenn Greenwald has objected to this. He tweeted, “The irony in the op-ed from the NYT’s anonymous WH coward is glaring and massive: s/he accuses Trump of being ‘anti-democratic’ while boasting of membership in an unelected cabal that covertly imposes their own ideology with zero democratic accountability, mandate or transparency.”

Exactly.

Why all this now, aside from the nearness of the midterm elections?

Someone at the Conservative Treehouse suggested, “Also consider the possible New York Times timing. It sounds like release of the full, unredacted Carter Page FISA application is imminent. This is the same document James Wolfe leaked to Ali Watkins at the New York Times. As themarketswork laid out so well, it’s pretty clear Watkins got a full unredacted copy. So we may see things the New York Times sat on … just after they run this hit piece, which could be like a torpedo to the bow of the complicit media. It all depends on that FISA getting released the public (unredacted) and what’s in it of course. But with so many who have seen it pushing Trump to release it you have to believe there’s something there.”

I think he’s nailed it.

But there are probably other reasons, too.

Today some $200 billion tariffs get put on China. There are people in the Swamp who have China’s and their own interests above their country’s. They don’t want to see this happen. China already pays them and lobbyists, and probably people in the media to look after their interests. I found it noteworthy that anonymous tipped his hand on this issue in his screed.

He says early in the article, “Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people…President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.”

Actually, President Trump has signaled that he’d like to get away from tariffs completely. What could be more free trade than that?

Then there’s the fact that he’s winning in most areas. He’s boosted the economy, strengthened our hand in foreign policy, got business going.

He’s gotten an excellent Supreme Court Justice appointed and another one about to be confirmed shortly.

He’s gotten a record high in black approval.

We’re finding out every day, via the Russia collusion hoax, that the unelected Deep State is trying to rule the nation.

And maybe the poll numbers for the Democrats are worse than we’re being told.

This attempt is meant to demoralize the Republican base, too.

Keep in mind, though, that this fight has to happen. It was always going to be brutal and ugly. For decades we didn’t even know the Deep State existed. They won’t give up without a big fight. At least we’re fighting now. That’s half the battle.

The Deep State/Democrats/Liberal media is cornered. Like a wolverine, they’re going to be ferocious.

They haven’t finished with their coordinated plan. But hang on, we’ll get there in the end.

Woodward’s Greatest Hits

Joining the Trump attack mob – this time on the literary side – is journalism’s most hallowed saint, Bob Woodward.

He follows Michael Wolfe who penned Fire & Fury. That tome only caused fire and fury in media minds and passed from most people’s consciousness. Then Omarosa brought her brand of hysteria with Unhinged. It described her more than Trump.

But with Woodward’s book, timed to be released on 9/11 (do you get the reference, you redneck/flyover/conservative/everything-phobe who voted for Trump?) we are expected to believe is heavy on the gravitas. After all, he broke Watergate, didn’t he and took down a president?

Only we found out later that he and Carl Bernstein were basically handed the story by Mark Felt, a disgruntled FBI agent who thought Nixon should have made him head of that organization. It wasn’t any ground breaking journalism Woodward performed.

Neither will this be, nor have his other books.

He’s more of a hit man than a truthful writer. No less than the liberal darling Politico lists six times when Woodward’s claims strained credulity.

1. The potted plant to signal “Deep Throat

Adrian Havill, author of “Deep Truth: The Lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein,” wrote in the book that Woodward’s claim of signaling his “Deep Throat” source for meetings using a flowerpot on his balcony “does strain credulity,” since Woodward’s balcony faced an inner courtyard and isn’t visible from a nearby alleyway.”

2. CIA Director William Casey’s deathbed scene

Woodward claimed in his book “Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987” that Casey admitted on his deathbed that he had known about the diversion of Iran arms sale money to the Contras.

But Casey’s daughter, Bernadette Casey Smith, claimed that Woodward “never got the deathbed confession,” according to the Houston Chronicle. In addition, Kevin Shipp, a member of Casey’s security detail, asserted in a self-published memoir that none of the agents standing guard over the Casey allowed Woodward into his hospital room at Georgetown University Hospital, and that in any case the former CIA director was not able to talk at the time Woodward cited.

3. Tenet’s WMD “slam dunk” quote

In his 2004 book “Plan of Attack,” Woodward claims that CIA Director George Tenet said that there was a “slam dunk case” that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

However, Tenet claimed that his words were taken out of context and that he was being set up as a scapegoat for the failures of the Iraq War. In a “ 60 Minutes” interview, Tenet said that he had said “slam dunk” to suggest it would be easy to build a public case for the war.

4. Did Justice William J. Brennan Jr. vote against his judgment to win favor?

In Woodward’s 1979 book “The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court,” Justice William J. Brennan Jr. is alleged to have voted against his own personal judgment in the case Moore v. Illinois in order to avoid offending Justice Harry A. Blackmun. According to Woodward and co-author Scott Armstrong, Brennan had realized his initial vote was incorrect but declined to change it in order to avoid pushing Blackmun’s vote away on abortion and obscenity cases.

Anthony Lewis challenged this account in the New York Review of Books, saying that the charge was leveled “without serious evidence” and that the story “leaves doubts not only about the authors’ understanding but about their scrupulousness.”

Lewis said in a follow-up that he had reached all 30 law clerks that were at the Supreme Court in the 1971 term.

“Their verdict on the story told by Woodward and Armstrong was overwhelmingly negative. The prevailing tone of their comments was disbelief, verging on contempt. The clerks who had personally worked on the case or had any direct knowledge of it all flatly rejected the story,” Lewis claimed.

5. Reagan recovery scene

In “Veil,” Woodward also describes Ronald Reagan’s recovery from the 1981 attempt on his life as quite poor. He reports on a scene in which Reagan collapses into a chair. Woodward further writes that in the days after his release from the hospital, Reagan could “concentrate for only a few minutes at a time” and in the following days would only be able to “remain attentive only an hour or so a day.”

Reagan’s physician, Dr. Daniel Ruge, disputed this portrayal, telling the AP that “his recovery was superb … I never saw anything like that [description in the book] … it’s certainly news to me and I was there all the time.”

6. John Belushi portrayal in “Wired”

Close confidants of Belushi expressed outrage at the way the comedian was portrayed in Woodward’s biography “Wired,” alleging that some of the scenes were fabricated.

“There were certainly things that he just got patently wrong. He painted a portrait of John that was really inaccurate — certain stories in there that just weren’t true and never happened,” said Dan Akroyd, a fellow Blues Brother and close friend, in the book “Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live.”

Akroyd did not specify which incidents in particular were made up.

So now we’re supposed to believe that Trump is a chaotic, crazed mad man out of his element in the position of leader of the free world.

Sorry, no sale here and there won’t be among the majority of the American people either. Just another cocktail party topic for those in the DC and New York Deep state world.

Deep State Spied Without Warrants

What would we do without Judicial Watch?

That organization, headed by Tom Fitton, has been relentless in tracking down information concerning this phony Russian dossier.

They discovered something stunning:

Judicial Watch today announced that in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the Justice Department (DOJ) admitted in a court filing last night that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign part-time advisor who was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants.

In the filing the Justice Department finally revealed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Page FISA spy warrants, first issued in 2016 and subsequently renewed three times:

[National Security Division] FOIA consulted [Office of Intelligence] … to identify and locate records responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA request…. [Office of Intelligence] determined … that there were no records, electronic or paper, responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA request with regard to Carter Page. [Office of Intelligence] further confirmed that the [Foreign Surveillance Court] considered the Page warrant applications based upon written submissions and did not hold any hearings.

In other words, our government took on the right to spy on ordinary citizens for no reasons.

How is this different from the Soviet Union?

Several comments on this topic were so good, I’ve included them:
“Our system is so FUBAR it’s impossible for me to guess what this headline even means.

“Does the tale of no judicial inquiry into the warrant applications mean that a FISA judge just routinely reaches into his belly pouch to pull out his rubber stamp, grasps it firmly between his oversized hind feet, and makes a giant kangaroo leap onto the document to emboss it with a big shiny ‘Approved’ label?

“Or does the tale of no judicial inquiry mean that inquiries were done, but the favored few don’t want the great unwashed deplorable masses to know what was said in those inquiries?

“Call it the “tail” theory, as in a marsupial’s tail, vs. the “tale” theory, as in a story from the 1,001 Nights, told to the ruler so that the storyteller can remain alive one more night.”

And

“Have a contractor do subject searches on people you want to look into. The contractor goes into the NSA database and does to, from, and about searches on them, which returns all the emails, text messages, and recordings of phone calls they sent, received, placed, answered, and participated in, as well as any of the above of anyone else who merely mentioned them. Then the contractor reads and listens to it all. Then, after all that, the contractor launders some of it through someone else so that FBI/DOJ can use the illegally obtained info to go get a FISA warrant on them to wiretap the subject in real time.

“That FISA warrant is a two hop warrant (only limited by Obama’s own internal rule, which he could rescind any time he wanted), which means they get everything to and from the subject (level one), everything to and from everyone who sends anything to or receives anything from the subject (hop one to level two) and everything to and from everyone who sends anything to or receives anything from anyone at level two (hop two to level three). And all this is real time intelligence gathering. Oh, but it gets even better. Once the FISA warrant is granted, the illegal contractor surveillance that already took place is folded in and legitimized, because the warrant allows them to go BACK in time as well.

“Remember six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon? Well, this is two degrees of separation from the FISA warrant subject.

“They didn’t invent this for the Trump surveillance. They’ve been doing this for a long time. NSA DOJ FBI abolished the Fourth Amendment a long time ago.”

Unfortunately, true.

“So, let’s see. Mueller didn’t need to go get recordings of Cohen’s telephone conversations from his office. Mueller already had them. All of them. He got them from the NSA. The search was just cover to legitimize it and hide that he already had it.”

Plus,

“In this case the best form of turnabout would be to declassify the abuse, get the public so whipped up in anger over the FISA process and NSA databases that they are forcibly destroyed by the very politicians who abused them.

“There is NO ONE trustworthy enough to use these tools. None. Not even Trump. They need to be abolished permanently.”

I agree with this one:

“The most important issue is to stop the abuse now and worry about prosecution later. If we allow the Boston Strangler to do his work for 5 minutes so we can get a solid case for prosecution, the victim will have to show his appreciation from his coffin.

“All this crap about taking our time so we can prosecute properly is nonsense; we need to stop these people and pry the levers of power from their corrupt hands immediately. I don’t care if we have to pay them full retirement benefits for their work in an antarctic foxhole because we don’t have the proof to prosecute. Stop them and stop them now.”

That the press isn’t up in arms over this shows you everything you need to know about them.

Will Chief Justice John Roberts rise to the occasion and assert his authority over the FISA court?

It will be interesting to see.

More McLame Coverage

I’m not sure FDR got as much coverage when he died as Senator John McCain is getting all week.

It was bad enough over the weekend when he died to hear the lauds and hosannas for a man who really accomplished little in his 30 years in the Senate. That’s really quite remarkable.

This weekend we’ve got another onslaught to endure as he will have a service at the National Cathedral before burial Sunday at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

In the meantime, he’s managed – in death – to get a few last strikes in against his opponents.

He made sure that his former Vice Presidential choice, Sarah Palin, was not going to attend his funeral. She has too much class to respond as vindictively as he did.

He also made it clear he didn’t want President Trump anywhere near his funeral events. I’m sure Trump can deal with that slight easily.

Then he participated in a film soon to be released in which he again knocks Trump.

The Daily Mail reports:

Senator John McCain appears in an upcoming documentary filmed before his death warning the United States about president Donald Trump and his ties to Russia.

In a clip of Jack Bryan’s Active Matters, McCain joins Hillary Clinton, Yahoo News chief investigative corespondent Michael Isikoff and others as they discuss Trump, the 2016 presidential election and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The documentary debuts in theaters on August 31, less than a week after McCain died from brain cancer.

‘The fact that there was an attack on the fundamental—the absolute fundamental—a free and fair election, should alarm all of us,’ McCain says in a clip obtained by The Daily Beast.

McCain is referring to numerous reports alleging that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election, something Putin denies. Special counsel Robert Mueller has spent the past few months investigating the alleged collusion.

Isikoff appears in the film saying that possible Russian involvement ‘spooked officials in the White House’.

‘And that’s the moment, I think, that the enormity of the Russian influence campaign really started to hit home,’ he added.

Clinton added: ‘People were seeing this dangerous, troubling activity coming from the Russians that was actually in our electoral system.’

This from a man who was polled as the third least liked member of the Senate, behind Mitch McConnell and Jeff Flake.

Slinging mud from the grave is not a good look. At least it will all by over by Monday.

Canada, Soros and Oligarchs

Isn’t it interesting that Canada’s main trade broker, Chrystia Freeland, has connections to billionaire progressive, U.S. hating crazy George Soros?

Apparently so does Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as seen in this picture of the three of them.

It’s interesting to know this in context of Canada’s insistence on the crummy NAFTA deal. While Mexico has struck a deal with us, Canada hasn’t and may not.

Here’s some interesting background on Ms. Freeland via John Helmer at the Russia Insider a year ago:

A Toronto newspaper has revealed that Canada’s leading Russia hater, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, had a deal with George Soros to write his biography after she had lost her journalist jobs at the Financial Times and Reuters, and before she started her run for election to the Canadian parliament.

On August 16 (2017) the Toronto Globe and Mail reported Soros is a “close friend” of Freeland, and that with her he has “very great hopes for Canada”. Before she decided to run for parliament, the newspaper says Freeland had a “deal” for “a sort of authorized biography of George Soros”. Soros’s spokesman in New York, Laura Silber, refused to answer repeated questions last week for clarification of the terms of this deal or the compensation Soros agreed with Freeland.

Freeland’s first filing to the Canadian parliament’s ethics watchdog was registered on May 1, 2014. There is no mention of Soros, but there is “income received under a book collaboration agreement with an individual”. Freeland refused last week to identify that individual by name.

In her parliamentary filing on income and assets Freeland also mentions “speaking fees and honoraria” she received for “10th Annual Yalta Meeting, Yalta, Ukraine”. That’s a roundabout way of reporting that Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk’s eponymous foundation paid Freeland for her participation in the annual conference of his Yalta European Strategy (YES), an expensive lobbying effort to drive Ukrainian membership of the European Union and combat the Russian alternatives. At the conference for which Pinchuk paid Freeland, others on the tab included Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair.

Funny how many roads lead back to Soros and how many on the Left are associated with oligarchs.

Newest Display of Virtue

You can’t walk in Midtown without running across signs. We’re pock marked with Karl Dean and Phil Bredesen ones aside from the Lee Harris ones that still hang on a month after the election.

Then there is the sign declaring how that house believes “love is love,” “science is real,” etc. There are lots of those. I particularly noticed the one that had a tree with a Trump dummy hanging from a noose as well as the sign.

It’s such a blatant virtue signal for the occupant that it is cringe worthy. Obviously the people are stating their superiority to the rest of us.

Now there’s another one:

This one was recently started by a Cornell University student. Here’s what the University said about it:

In Lucia Rodriguez’ Chicago neighborhood, when there is an injustice, a sign is created or a ribbon tied to a tree. Those signs and ribbons are distributed through local coffee shops and grocery stores, or people pick them up from a bucket in her parents’ backyard.

The newest sign that started in her neighborhood has made its way around the country and Rodriguez, a Class of 2020 economics major, hopes it soon becomes ubiquitous in dorm rooms and Collegetown businesses at Cornell.

The red, white and blue sign, “Hate Has No Home Here,” was devised by a Chicago family whose middle-schooler was trying to understand the nasty speech he was hearing after the presidential election, Rodriguez said. Neighborhood activists in Chicago worked with an artist to design the poster, which can be customized to include up to seven different languages.

In Chicago, Rodriguez said, neighborhoods have created various versions of the poster, based on the most popular languages spoken in their neighborhood.

Started in Chicago, huh? Now that’s a city known for peace.

Why do I have the feeling that the home owner would not consider Republicans worthy of their credo? The hate going on in this country now seems to come from one source: the Democrat/liberal/media cabal.

Talk about smug, intolerant and divisive!