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Nancy Pelosi Reveals the Democrat Game Plan. (Not a Winner). by The Elephant's Child

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If you listen carefully to the Democrats (you don’t have to listen a lot—just pay attention when you do) you will learn what they are up to. Listen to Nancy Pelosi, for example. Appearing on MSNBC, host Johnathan Capeheart said “There are a lot of people out there who are saying the Democrats have no message…the Democrats don’t know what they’re for, they’re against President Trump but they don’t know what they’re for.”

“Democrats are for the people. Democrats are for the people” she responded. Yes, we were told a few weeks back that would be the Democrats’ new slogan. Pelosi clearly got the message. “It means we are for the people having lower medicare costs, reducing the costs of prescription drugs. Democrats are for bigger paychecks by building the infrastructure of America, creating good paying jobs.” Unfortunately, Democrats simply do not understand the free market. Lowering medicare costs means either raising taxes,(which Pelosi has already said would be one of the first things Democrats would do when they get back in charge) or reducing benefits. The Baby Boomers are retiring and simply in their huge numbers, raising the cost of medicare. Black employment and Hispanic employment are the highest in history, so I don’t know why she would think that “infrastructure” (magic word for Dems) would improve on that.

She added that “Trump’s whole thing is ‘Make America White Again’.

“We’re going backward, and the president with all of his statements is the master of the dog whistle. Everything he has done, whether it’s taking babies out of the arms of their moms, whether it’s issues that relate to health care in our country, access to services and the rest is — his whole thing is ‘Make America White Again.’ That’s his thing. He can say a nice thing today in a tweet, but the fact is his actions speak louder than his words.”

There is pretty flimsy evidence. “Taking babies out of the arms of their mothers” has been the law in the Bush administration, in the Obama administration, and the president has sworn to uphold the law. You remember that all the cases of children in cages were taken during the Obama administration. Wanting to build a wall, the Democrats think, can be portrayed as trying to keep brown people out, rather than what it is: welcoming legal immigrants, and keeping illegals who have sneaked across the border with drugs, MS-13 killers, and people who will commit vicious crimes—out. Too many Americans have been killed by illegal immigrants. Then Dems try to add the travel ban on countries with high terrorist rates, to pretend it’s a ban on race or religion, assuming that Americans don’t know that the terrorism of ISIS and others is the result of an interpretation of radical Islam that demands that all either submit to Islam or be killed.

It is quite clear to any sane observer that there is not a racist bone in the Trump body. Unemployment for Blacks and Hispanics is the lowest in U.S. history, and well paying employment the highest in history. I have no idea where they are trying to dredge up make America white from. Some of that comes out of the black-studies college courses, the SPLC tried to promote the idea to encourage rioters at Middlebury College, it was reported. You have probably noticed that shrieks of “white supremacy”  seems to have become a fad among the illiterate. Whenever they can find a so-called “white supremacist” they make a very big deal of it.

The Lefties at Facebook and Twitter have banned Alex (Alec?) Jones, who is some kind of a kook ,for “hate speech,” but let’s say he is not exactly a Republican in good standing. I don’t know who he is.

Nancy Pelosi also accused Mitch McConnell of being “racist.”

Let me remind you that when the Republicans took power when President Obama was president of the United States, what Mitch McConnell said is the most important thing we can do is to make sure he does not succeed. If that wasn’t a racist statement — that is unthinkable. We worked with President Bush although we had our differences. You don’t make a statement to make sure the president doesn’t succeed. Why did he say that? Why did he say that?

Possibly because we were learning that President Obama clearly was a leftist whose first act was to pull the troops out of Iraq, which ruined the painful progress made there, because the war was unpopular. And it was soon made clear that President Obama’s aims were very far left indeed and opposed to everything Republicans believe in.

Clearly that is the ordained Democrat propaganda effort. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to say that President Donald Trump had made a “concerted effort” to use race to divide people.

What I think I’m most concerned about with this president is his penchant to divide us, to attack people because they’re immigrants, to attack people because of their religion, to attack minorities, to use vulgar language to describe countries where people come who might be Latino or African. There is a concerted effort that he is been engaged in to divide people including dividing based on race. Nowhere was that more obvious, nowhere, than in the aftermath of Charlottesville.

A majority of our own Hispanic citizens do not want the DACA “kids” to get amnesty. Left-wing media outlets Vox and ProPublica are defending MS-13 gangs as regular kids who are “working after-school jobs, living with their parents. They get around Long Island on bicycles because they can’t afford cars.” That’s a frightening pretense.

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS.org) has reported on the Trump administration’s war on MS-13, the Salvadorian gang, reviewing more than 500 cases of MS-13 arrested nationwide, as a very serious threat to public safety. Their resurgence is directly connected to the illegal arrival and resettlement of more than 300,000 Central American youths and families that has continued unabated for six years, and to a de-prioritization of immigration enforcement in the interior of the country by the Obama administration. Do read the whole thing. There’s a map showing where Mara Salvatrucha operates. Over 207  MS-13 members have been charged with murder. Beyond that, 100 with conspiracy/racketeering, sex trafficking, sexual assaults, drug trafficking and extortion. Machetes are a favorite weapon, for chopping people up.

This is the Democrat program attacking Trump that they intend to run on.  Just watch, you will see Democrats repeating the prescribed talking points, “dog whistles” and all. Sick.

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The Scandal Unfolds. Where Do We Go From Here? by The Elephant's Child

Well, well, well. Representative Trey Gowdy R-SC said that in 18 months, he has not seen “one scintilla” of evidence that Donald Trump colluded with Russia. He added that if such evidence existed that Adam Schiff would have leaked it by now.

Over the weekend the FBI finally released its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications for warrants against former Trump aide Carter Page. Now we know why the bureau resisted disclosing them. Even in heavily redacted form the applications confirm that the FBI relied on very dubious partisan evidence to justify the warrant and withheld relevant information from the court.

The applications also vindicate the criticism of the FBI’s surveillance requests that were laid out last February by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. On the basis of an uncorroborated document that was commissioned by he Hillary campaign, the FBI accused a U.S. citizen of being “an agent of a foreign power” who should be wiretapped.

Mr. Nunes also reported that the FBI did not inform the FISA court that the dossier and “trusted source” (Christopher Steele) were paid by the Clinton campaign. The applications for the FISA court do not mention the words Clinton, Democratic National Committee, Fusion GPS (the Clinton-financed oppo research firm that hired Mr. Steele) or Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson.

The FBI cited a Sept. 23,2016 story in Yahoo News to back up its Steele dossier information with the court — noting that the story said “intelligence reports” and a “well-paced Western intelligence source”  had made claims like those in the dossier. But the “reports” were the dossier, and the “Western intelligence source” was Mr. Steele. Some evidence! The media claims that Mr. Page’s history of personal Russian dealings justified the surveillance, but no one has produced evidence that Mr. Page was anything beyond an innocent abroad. There is no justification for the FBI’s use of uncorroborated partisan smears to back up the application. They appear to have played fast and loose with the facts, and the ethical boundaries of the FISA statute to unleash a counterintelligence campaign against a presidential candidate.

Investigative journalist Daniel Greenfield explains the whole thing very clearly at Front Page Magazine, the players and the role of the media.

On Saturday, the former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper admitted in a CNN interview that former President Obama instigated the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump, his campaign and his associates. In the interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Clapper said:

If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place.

I guess if you’re all into beheadings and flag-burning and claims that the country is on the verge of Auschwitz, comparing the President of the United States to Hitler—the previous president’s spying on the campaign of the candidate who opposes his own preferred successor doesn’t seem especially notable. But it is. This is an enormous scandal. And it would not have been possible without the cooperation of a partisan media. It is a direct assault on the rule of law and our free Republic for partisan political purposes.



Can Someone Please Produce Some Straightforward Facts? by The Elephant's Child

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The problem is Russian Collusion, we are told. The Russians interfered in the 2016 election. They hacked into the DNC computers, and into John Podesta’s computer because John Podesta stupidly chose “password” as his password. Then they supposedly read everything on Hillary’s servers because she had no security at all. But then her servers were supposed to be wide open to anybody who wanted to look. So what damaging information did who get and how did that change the election?

And then there were former DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s aides from Pakistan who reportedly stole information from Congressional computers, or Democrat computers and high-tailed it back to Pakistan but that whole episode and those people disappeared from the news entirely., and vanished down the memory hole.

The hacking or intrusion, or whatever you want to call it, was really old news, yet it still seems to be what we are talking about. But all we know is that they are said to have hacked these computers, but how did that profit them, and what did they do with the information that affected the election?

If, as we are told, they interfered in the election, what was the interference? Whose vote did they change? What precisely did they do that influenced the election and how? There are a remarkable number of dramatic charges out there with any supporting information totally missing. Were election numbers of votes changed? Voting machines hacked? Is there some evidence of that? Is there some evidence of anything whatsoever?  So the Russians interfered in our election, by doing what? And why is no one asking this?

ADDEDENDUM: Democrats are going bonkers with claims that the Russians “interfered” in the 2016 election. Which strikes me as an attempt to subtly claim that it is clear that Russian efforts helped Trump to win and Hillary to lose. It has previously been stated by govt. officials (I don’t remember who) that there is no evidence that any voting machines were tampered with nor was the vote count tampered with. (This is in spite of voluminous evidence of vote fraud, illegals voting, people voting in more than once residential district, and the usual number of dead people voting).

In a hearing today before the House Judiciary Committee, “Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management, Monika Bickert, stated that ‘a few thousand’ of approximately two billion Facebook posts analyzed were found to be linked to Russian entities. Company representatives were unable to give a straight answer when asked if other foreign actors had attempted to use their platforms to influence the election.” YouTube executives revealed their only link was $5,000 in advertising sales and 1,000 YouTube videos to Russian entities.

What do you mean by “influence“? Democrats tried to influence the election with everything from a decapitated head, to incredibly foul language, and the usual comparison to Hitler, his minions and the Holocaust in general. They signed up illegal aliens and got them registered and urged them to vote. Russian “interference,” so far, seems to be limited to looking at the computers of the Democratic Campaign Committee, Hillary Clinton, and John Podesta. So if they looked at information not intended for them, what did they do with it? They hacked Republican computers too, but Mueller does not mention that.

The Democrats are dependent on their expertise in manipulating people with language and pictures. (It’s usually called “propaganda”) And they are good at it, although we have had enough examples of “talking points” where multiple Democrats make the same statement in exactly the same words, to know that to be a favorite technique. We’ve had months of screaming “Impeach” and “Russian Collusion” and “Influencing the election,” and with enough of that people are likely to start believing there is something to it. Now, when Trump was about to meet with the Russian president, suddenly numbers of Russians (who will never be brought before a court) are indicted by Mr. Mueller for what seems to be the same old news. Trump has betrayed the country by meeting with, surrendering to, colluding with the Russians and should be impeached, forced out of office, for meeting with Putin and not physically attacking him as any patriotic president should have.

I suspect this is another Democrat propaganda effort. The operative words are “influencing,” “colluding,” “unpatriotic”and “Russian.” There doesn’t seem to be any “there”—there.



Exploring the Depths of Democrat Depravity by The Elephant's Child

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Everything relates back to this map. Democrats were complacent about the 2016 election. Hillary had it in the bag, it was time for the first woman president, and even Obama claimed that she was the most qualified presidential nominee ever. When the Republicans nominated Donald Trump, it became even more of a sure thing. Control would pass comfortably from the first black president to the first woman president, and nobody had to worry. Trump was unthinkable. He was a rich businessman, the category usually blamed for most everything, and who needed to be parted from their money to give succor to the downtrodden, or something like that.  Besides that he had funny hair (surely a wig), an orange complexion (too much tanning cream) and talked (as Dan Bongino once described it ) “like someone in the construction business from Queens.” Democrats were in love with Obama, had been for 8 years, and they were ready to transfer that emotion to Hillary in the role of “first woman,” which got extra bonus points.

Essentially the unexpected loss of control explains all the wretched excess we have experienced. Loss of important Washington and Hamptons parties where it was important to be seen, loss of appointments to important committees and bureaus, loss of the attention of the media, because what was happening was with the new administration.

Republicans are more inclined to elect people who are charged with major tasks—fix the economy, create jobs, lower taxes, bring manufacturing back, stop wasting money on windmills, that sort of thing, and approval or disapproval depends on what gets accomplished.  This is a huge difference. Democrats act on emotion. It is essential for them to prove that the Trump presidency is illegitimate, a mistake, illegal, improper, and should never have happened. They want Republicans banned from all venues, disappeared, silenced permanently.

At The Federalist, David Harsanyi wrote:

This week The Washington Post published an op-ed headlined: “It’s not wrong to compare Trump’s America to the Holocaust.” As with similar examples of this genre, it’s a sickening display of moral relativism that belittles the suffering and murder of millions in the service of some short-sighted and crass partisan fearmongering.

This week Politico published an opinion piece headlined: “Putin’s Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor,” which demeaned the sacrifice of American soldiers by likening a military attack on American soil that brought us into the bloodiest war mankind has ever experienced to email phishing.

David is not wrong, he just doesn’t go far enough. Victor Davis Hanson comes closer with his piece at American Greatness. “Deport the Deplorables?”

Deport the Deplorables is a slogan of popular culture, found on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and internet postings. But now the mini-industry of deplorable/deportable sloganeering has made its way into more elite circles.

With just three words, the phrase “deport the deplorables” sends two popular messages: one, get rid of undesirable American citizens who voted for Donald Trump and who were properly written off in 2016 as deplorables by Hillary Clinton. And, two, by implication, don’t deport the illegal aliens who broke U.S. immigration law. Or put more succinctly, foreign nationals who crash our borders are innately superior people to citizens of the working- and middle-classes who voted for Trump.

That’s what they want, and they are working hard at it. Facebook bans “hate speech” with their algorithms which usually turns out to be conservative opinions. Google manages to arrive at something from a Conservative website around the 15th or 20th posting. Twitter celebrates vicious anti-Trump inanities from celebrities who guarantee more followers, and bans anyone with a conservative opinion.

There are two large organizations working to get the public to refuse to patronize any business that does not fall in the Leftist Line. One is “Sleeping Giant“exposed as the work of one Matt Rivitz, a San Francisco advertising person who utilizes social media mobs to silence conservative voices. There is also “Grab Your Wallet” which reaches out to get people to boycott all companies who do not fall into the clear Lefty Line. Any store selling Trump products. Anyone who raised funds for Trump, Anyone religious like Chick-Fil-A, anyone connected in any way with the gun industry, any Trump hotels, branded or operated business. Anyone whose CEO donated to Trump. Gives contact phone numbers and tells banners what to say. It would be easy to draw historical comparisons that clearly show where this is headed, but you can figure that out for yourself. It is simply deeply wrong, and shows the extent of the ignorance out there. Humankind has explored the depths of depravity before. One would not expect it to be dragged up out of the sewers once more over the loss of an election.



Scott Adams Takes on the #Walk Away Movement With a Truth Bomb by The Elephant's Child

Scott Adams is the creator of the cartoon series “Dilbert” with his personal take on office life. His recognition of the reality of what most of us who spent much of our lives working in offices experienced, made him a person who offered more interesting opinions than the usual ones out there. He has developed an extensive following for the videos he posts on his blog for just that reason.

Here he considered the #Walk Away movement begun by Brandon Straka. Adams admits that he did not take it seriously at first, until he  listened to Straka’s reasoned account of why he is leaving the Democratic Party, and saw that Straka was not leaving because of policy differences. Here Adams explains the difference between the right and the left. and between Trump and the organizing efforts on the Left — Fear.

It’s a more serious take on what most of us have referred to as the “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and our bewilderment at its excesses, which are not only enormous, but more or less insane. Banning ICE? The agency that removes criminal illegals from our midst, tries to get them before they commit more murders and mayhem. Because you don’t like the pictures taken during the Obama administration of children actually in cages? That, by the way is not ICE, but the Border Patrol. ICE is after the criminals, and trying to protect you.

There was just a video circulating that showed a crowd of people out to protest when ICE raided a house in an Oakland neighborhood because they thought they were after an illegal alien. ICE was actually trying to apprehend a gang of child sex traffickers, the truly despicable among illegals. Do watch Scott Adams. He makes some pretty important points.

You might want to check in on You Tube to see all the responses to the #Walk Away movement.



Here’s What Real Fact-Checking Looks Like by The Elephant's Child

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It has become clear that a goodly percentage of the  news sources that Americans rely on have abandoned all pretense of non-partisanship. Many outlets have become so emphatically partisan that they cannot be relied on at all. For major networks and newspapers, that is a scandal, and a deep disservice to the American people. That, of course, is only partly true. Most have always been partisan to some degree. This time around, it is simply worse than usual. President Trump tweets about “fake news” and the left is outraged. How dare he!

President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale recently tweeted that “Over 90,000 kids were detained under Obama. And no one cared. Zero Hedge posted a Fact Check.

What followed was a barrage of angry tweets and an attempt by AP prove the claim false by conflating two narratives; the first being that Trump is putting separated migrant children in prison-like conditions – which the left quickly abandoned after it was revealed that viral photographs depicting the caged migrant children actually happened under Obama.

Zero Hedge takes us step by step through the charges and fact checking to expose exactly where the “90,000 kids detained” came from, and exactly what the reality is today in the face of AP’s flawed fact check. It’s really interesting to see the origins of claims and who is missing what, and how it all comes about, and gives the links to official figures, facts and numbers, so that you can see the information for yourself. Excellent job of real fact-checking and a demonstration of how to track stuff down. Worth your time.

Meanwhile, the Mueller investigation continues searching for something, the House and Senate committees continue to investigate the investigation, and the “Derangement Syndrome” or “Resistance” continues to be deranged and resistant. You might want to watch the panel discussion in the video below to understand just how damaging the “resistance’s” behavior is to the country, and how little they understand their own ideas and actions. And scroll on down for the excellent cartoon at the bottom.

The Border Patrol just rescued a 6 year old little boy from the side of the road left by his “coyote” in 100° heat. One would assume that most, if not all, of the “unaccompanied children” coming to the border would be teenagers, but this is not the case. What are the circumstances that would allow or pay a human smuggler to get “unaccompanied” children across the border? Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen says the smuggling cartels make $500 million a year from bringing ‘migrants’ into the country. But a 6 year old? The fee can be as little as $150 or as much as $3,500.

 



EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Resignation Is Not What It Seems to Be by The Elephant's Child

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Scott Pruitt has resigned as Administrator of the EPA, and President Trump has accepted his resignation while praising his accomplishments. Pruitt has cut back or rescinded 22 unnecessary regulations at a savings of $1 billion. But the scandals, the scandals? What about all the scandals?

The EPA was an agency turned by the Obama administration into a weapon to put land use and our natural resources under administration control. The EPA agency had its origins in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, in 1962 she foresaw the death of wildlife in the use of pesticides, which she blamed for her cancer diagnosis. It was a passionate book and alarmed the world into the beginnings of an environmental movement. President Nixon proposed the establishment and it began in 1970, conducting environmental assessment, research and education and  has the responsibility of maintaining and enforcing a variety of national standards. It delegates some permitting, monitoring and enforcement.

An offshore oil rig in California fouled beaches with millions of gallons of spilled oil. The Cuyahoga River near Cleveland burst into flames (which it did regularly). There was, of course, vast agreement that we needed to care about our environment. That, again of course, turned into a huge invitation for all those folks whose familiarity with the environment was limited to the nearest city park, to believe that all was in danger. Governments at all levels found it necessary and politically rewarding to favor conservation, prevention of pollution, and doing something about clean air and water.

Activists soon found it useful to find an endangered species on the very site where a project, a factory, a bridge, a highway, might be built to bring it to a halt. Add in former NASA scientist James Hansen and his “climate event of cosmic significance,” some 30 years ago, when he singlehandedly elevated climate change into a worldwide panic.

Universities have established new departments, funded with vast grants to investigate global warming. The United Nations has vast organizations, Every country, county and city have environmental departments, and the problem of global warming has consumed many a passionate adherent (see Tom Steyer) in spite of admissions by Canadian Environment Minister Christine Stewart who said “No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral benefits…Climate change (provides) the greatest change to bring about justice and equality in the world.”  Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change admitted at a news conference in Brussels in early February of 2015 that the goal of environmental activists was not to save the world from ecological calamity—but to destroy capitalism,

This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.

That explains a good deal of the passion of climate activists, and there are true believers who call us “deniers” or worse. Obama’s EPA was an agency using environmentalism as a tool to bring the natural resources of the United States under more direct federal control. Congress, in its innocence, had long ago authorized the EPA to monitor the navigable waters of America to prevent them from becoming polluted. The Waters of America became a tool to control everything that flowed from the downspouts of your house to every ditch and stream into something that could actually be defined as a “navigable” water. Enormous fines were levied on ranchers with a small stock pond, people building a cabin on a lake view lot, $30,000 $50,000, ending in a Supreme Court case. Huge scandal of a massive EPA caused spill from the Gold King Mine desecrating pristine wilderness, turned the Colorado River into a yellow sludge.

Scott Pruitt was doing a terrific job of getting the agency back on its correct path. The Left, intent on getting rid of him, started digging, looking for anything that could be turned into a scandal. Democrats have noticed that Republicans in government who are involved in a scandal are quickly booted out. Democrats have no such compunctions about their own people. This is a open invitation. With a win in getting rid of Scott Pruitt, Democrats are already turning on his replacement, his former deputy, Andrew Wheeler, who is expected to carry on reforming the EPA. It also appears that they will be going for Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior. A New York State University professor has suggested that Zinke stands for white people, Christianity, and his corporate overlords, favoring Americans on their potential to increase fuel consumption?

In his resignation statement, Pruitt said the attacks on his family were too much, but what threats or attacks have not been reported. As far as I can tell, nothing he supposedly did in office is unforgivable or bad or even notable. He was a victim of a sustained well-funded leftist assault aimed specifically at removing him from office. Andrew Wheeler can expect more of the same, as can Ryan Zinke. This is not cutesy Trump Derangement Syndrome. It is something far darker and far more evil.




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