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The Grassley-Graham Memo Is Thoroughly Shocking. Press Snoozes. by The Elephant's Child

The source many of us have turned to for information on the ongoing scandal supposed to involve alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign is National Review’s Andrew McCarthy. (McCarthy, you will recall, was the U.S. Attorney who tried the Blind Sheik for the first World Trade Center bombing.) Andy knows what he is talking about. He is not interested in removing Trump from office on some pretext. Just in getting to the bottom of things.

In a word, the Grassley-Graham memo is shocking. Yet, the press barely notices.

Rest assured: If a Republican administration had used unverifiable hearsay from a patently suspect agent of the Republican presidential candidate to gull the FISA court into granting a warrant to spy on an associate of the Democratic nominee’s campaign, it would be covered as the greatest political scandal in a half-century.

Instead, it was the other way around. The Grassley-Graham memo corroborates the claims in the Nunes memo: The Obama Justice Department and FBI used anonymously sourced, Clinton-campaign generated innuendo to convince the FISA court to issue surveillance warrants against Carter Page, and in doing so, they concealed the Clinton campaign’s role. Though the Trump campaign had cut ties with Page shortly before the first warrant was issued in October 2016, the warrant application was based on wild allegations of a corrupt conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Moreover, the warrant meant the FBI could seize not only Page’s forward-going communications but any past emails and texts he may have stored — i.e., his Trump campaign communications.

With its verification by the Grassley-Graham memo, the Nunes memo now has about a thousand times more corroboration than the Steele dossier, the basis of the heinous allegations used by the Justice Department and FBI to get the FISA warrants.

The press howled about the Nunes memo, but the Grassley-Graham memo tells us that we need  a full-blown investigation of whatever possessed the Obama administration to hand such shoddy applications to the FISA court, but how a judge managed to rationalize signing the warrants.

Andrew McCarthy adds “We need full disclosure—the warrants, the applications, the court proceedings. No more games.”

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Graham chairs a relevant subcommittee. They composed their memo in support of a criminal referral recommending that dossier author Christopher Steele be investigated for making false statements to the FBI (a felony). And they have increased their efforts to get more information unsealed, so the public can see it , even if the press does not cover it.

Here, again is the link to McCarthy’s post. Do read the whole thing. Andy explains the legal matters of the whole thing, and just why it is such a potential bombshell of a scandal. They thought that Hillary would win, and their efforts would never come to light. Obama’s name will go down in history—just not the way he planned.

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Jordan Peterson: A Speech for Every College Student by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a speech every college student should hear. I wish someone had made that speech when I was in college. It seems like much of the world has slipped a cog. Minds are in disarray. Obvious signs are ignored. The unimportant and minor takes center stage and important things rouse no interest.

I think Jordan Peterson is one of our most interesting intellectuals trying to get people to pay attention. He’s pushing basic common sense and that is so rare in today’s world that people don’t know what to do with it.



The Memo, The Memo, The Memo, And What it All Means. by The Elephant's Child

Here is the article on the publication and the White House approval:

—”Memo Released: FBI Officials Knew Political Origins of Dossier, but Used it Anyway.”

— Here is the article from Yahoo the FBI used to corroborate the Dossier, even though it’s just a repeat of the information in the Dossier.

The Spectator: “Media propaganda can’t erase the fact that the FBI used Hillary’s dossier to spy on Trumpworld.”

Heritage: Anti-Trump Politics in FBI Drove Russia Probe, Memo”

PJ Media: Spengler: “Trump Triumphs with Release of House Intel Memo”

Powerline: John Hinderraker: “What the House Intelligence Committee Memo Says:” (John Hinderraker is an attorney)

The Wall Street Journal: “Obama and the FISA Court” (pay barrier)

The Weekly Standard: Nunes: More Memos Are Coming

American Greatness: “Worse Than Watergate” by Chris Buskirk

Manhattan Contrarian:Comments on the House Intelligence Committee Memo” Francis Menton is also an attorney.

Frontpage Magazine: The Memo Reveals The Coup Against America
by Daniel Greenfield

The Diplomad 2.0: The Release of the MemWow” The  author is a long time American diplomat, now retired.

There, that gives you lots of varied opinions on the memo so far. The anguished Democrats are going to vote on releasing their version of the contents of the memo on Monday, insisting that the Republican version is a pack of lies and misleading and hating Trump and all that. The whole thing is very damning to the Democrat claims, and they’ve had a few days and the weekend to cook up a good story. Pathetic.



Once California Was an Island, Off The Coast of Nova Mexico by The Elephant's Child
February 1, 2018, 9:57 pm
Filed under: History, Latin America, Mexico | Tags: , ,


I thought you might be interested in these historic  maps showing California as an island, off the coast of Nova Mexico. I don’t know the year, but they are writing in Spanish, rather than Aztec symbols, You can see notations for Apaches, Zunis, and Navajos so some exploration had been done. I don’t see any prominent illustration of the Missions, but I can’t read the small print.

I have resisted any snarky comments. You probably should too. :>)



The Left, Davos, Taxes, Energy, Global Warming and Schmoozing. by The Elephant's Child

Seeing through a glass darkly. (1 Corinthians/13-12, KJV, the Apostle Paul) At Davos, energy ministers and financial advisors were asked to comment on the Trump announcement that America is open for business. Here at home, Democrats are outraged at the tax cuts, which they do not understand.

In Leftist economics, the government needs more taxes, not less, so they can help those who are struggling and feel better about themselves.  Just another example of how the right is racist, sexist, homophobic and generally mean. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader votes emphatically against any tax cuts, but wants a $137,000 tax-cut for herself, and calls the $1,000 bonuses American companies are handing out to their employees “crumbs”, and is quite sure the tax cuts are only a “giveaway to billionaires.” But then they always think tax cuts are a scam. It’s a matter of faith for the left. (I told  you it’s a religion.)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s divestment action and lawsuit against five major oil companies demanding billions for the damage the oil companies have done with their oil in causing global warming. He wants do away with them, and keep the oil in the ground.

We’re also suing five of the biggest including Exxon Mobil for example who systematically poisoned the Earth, knew about it, covered it up, explained it away, tried to hook people more and more on their product.

Even some sympathetic Leftist media outfits pointed out that suing over global warming while driving around in a fleet of SUVs is silly. There’s an even sillier effort by the State of California, but then they’ve long since gone round the bend, in this case, based on research from a 9-year-old.

Steven Hayward has found a lovely example of just how much Liberals hate Constitutional Government. Someone named Ryan Cooper explains just why
“limited government is such an impediment to their endless dreams of ruling over us more completely so they can fix every human problem” in “America’s Constitution is terrible. Let’s throw it out and start over.”

Here’s the business coverage of the important stuff that happened at Davos. Do watch the whole thing, for all the differing opinions. There are doubters at Davos too, but you’ll appreciate the coverage of all those views. What does America’s fracking revolution mean? What do America’s tax cuts mean around the rest of the world? What’s going on in other countries?

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/23/news/economy/ceos-love-us-trump-tax-cut-davos/index.html</

I guess the Money department at CNN is a little more serious that the rest of that outfit. Very interesting. You’ll even get a chance to see how simultaneous translation works. Seeing through a glass darkly indeed.

Business is delighted with the removal of large quantities of unneeded regulation. Everybody loves infrastructure spending. (What the heck is infrastructure anyway? Are potholes in the nation’s roads slowing the economy? Trump was disturbed that our airports are not as efficient as others. They always talk about “crumbling” infrastructure, as Obama did, and he was foiled by “shovel readiness,”and sold off a big percentage of our auto industry instead.



The Immigration Debate Is Really Just Beginning by The Elephant's Child

I think that many of us who consider ourselves Republicans or Conservatives, have trouble understanding the Progressives, the current terminology since “Liberal” went away. If you think of Republicans as those who believe in a constitutional republic, it’s a little difficult to grasp what they are on about. No, they’re not all Commies. But if you think of Progressivism as a religion, you won’t be far wrong.

Their vocabulary is political and weaponized. The case of the “Dreamers” is an excellent example. There are those who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival  (DACA) who are somewhere around 800,000 strong, and there are “the Dreamers” who seem to be a group of around three million, including MS13, drug dealers and other undesirables along with those who are not “illegals” but “undocumented” as if not having papers was just an accident and they left them at home.

Victor Davis Hanson has an important column today about the “Mythologies of Illegal Immigration“. Do read the whole thing. His home is in the immigrant and illegal immigrant part of California’s Central Valley.

Most of the innocents are presumed to have graduated from college, served in the military and contributed to the nation, rather than the reverse. We are supposed to owe them something because they came here illegally with or without parents when they were little children. They owe us. They have received free schooling, though 8 times more have not graduated from high school than have graduated from college. Only one in a thousand has served in the military. The average age is 25, though many are much older. Here’s Professor Hanson:

“Diversity” is often associated with illegal immigration. In fact, the majority of illegal immigrants come from Latin American and Mexico. They are hardly diverse. Real diversity would be recalibrating immigration to be legal, meritocratic, and aimed at roughly equal representation from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe—and thus politically unpredictable.

The cargo of illiberal accusations is likewise constructed, given the United States is the most pro-Latino country in the world, Mexico included. Half of all immigrants, both legal and illegal, come either from Mexico or Latin America—a sort of inverse racism that assumes illegal Spanish-speaking immigrants are intrinsically more deserving of U.S. residence than legal immigration applicants from Uganda, South Korea, or Ukraine. …

Strange, too, are the outward theatrics and themes of illegal alien activism—the frequent waving of Mexican flags, the often loud criticism of a generous host country, the usual demands made upon a foreign nation—mysteriously coupled with the overwhelming desire of millions to enter or remain in the supposedly demonic United States. Waving a flag of a country that one does not wish to return to while shunning the flag of a country in which one very much wishes to reside is incoherent.

“More than 500 DACA recipients have been stripped of protections for engaging in criminal acts—including gang activity—and are running free in the United States, say experts.” CIS reports that they have not been deported, and only about 30 percent have been removed or in custody of ICE. There is no record of removal, detention or release for 940 of the Dreamers.

The romantic language of the discussion of the Dreamers, including the name “Dreamer” is confusing the issues, and it’s hard to get to the serious questions of needed legislation. The American people are much more concerned about illegal immigration, our immigration laws, and the reforms needed. Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon, was toying with the idea of offering college scholarships to all the Dreamers. Why would someone offer such a gift to illegal immigrants who may not even be college material while ignoring the needs of many of our own citizens? Virtue signalling? Caught up in the romance of immigration? How are cities and states getting away with Sanctuary designations in defiance of Federal law, and why?

It would be really helpful if we could do away with the romantic and misleading language, and demand straight talk and straight thought about a serious problem and a serious discussion.

Progressives are furious with Schumer for caving in and helping to pass a temporary funding bill for the government. This remains an ongoing problem. You’d probably better call your representatives and let them know what you think.



Senator Schumer’s Shutdown by The Elephant's Child

Well, of course, that was then, and this is now. So it’s different. The matter of “the Dreamers” is urgent, and we must get approval to let them all stay, but not so fast. From the Center for Immigration Studies:

There are an estimated 790,000 DACA recipients in the country. The open border crowd discusses an amnesty for  the “Dreamers” (as opposed to DACA recipients) in order to have an amnesty cover as many of the illegal population as possible. And yes, the “Dreamer” population is probably over 3 million. These numbers, if chain migration is not eliminated, will have huge repercussions for demographics for years, and every study I have ever seen shows this population votes for big government.

But it is not just illegal immigration, it is massive legal immigration and our emphasis on chain migration that is causing a shift in politics.

Did you get that? The open borders crowd is talking about an amnesty for the “Dreamers” a much larger group (over 3 million individuals) of illegal aliens.

Federal immigration policy has allowed about 30 million legal immigrants to settle permanently in the United States since 1980. This has affected all areas of American life, not the least being electoral politics.

Progressives openly debate the immigration issue in political terms. Labor-union official Eliseo Medina, for instance, has promoted amnesty and increased immigration as a means to “expand and solidify the progressive coalition for the future” in order to “create a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle.”

For the Left, it is all about compassion. It proves to Progressives just how nice they are because they care—and the rest of us don’t. By establishing their compassion for the downtrodden, they have fulfilled their niceness obligation, if any, and can get on with the goal of getting back in control.

Of course much of the government shuts down every weekend. Or do you recall Obama’s big shutdown when he shut down all the National Parks, and spent a bundle to make sure that visitors were unable to even see Mt. Rushmore, and the Honor Flights of Vietnam Veterans were unable to see the monument they had come to Washington D.C. specifically to see. So embarrassing.

So how many legal and illegal immigrants do we need to import? The world population clock says there are 7.8 billion people in the world, but of course we don’t know at all, it’s all guesswork. New immigrants are mostly potential Democrats. That’s because they are mostly Hispanic. Pew has found that 55 percent of Hispanics have a negative view of Capitalism. 75% prefer a bigger government that offers more services, while only 19% favor a smaller government that offers less services. Asians too, prefer bigger government and more services. This is from a 2012 study, but it does provide some fuel for thought.

Free enterprise and capitalism and a market economy are what has made America great. How odd that the Left should be so opposed to that, but of course that is why they are the left. I suspect that they simply do not understand the consequences of their actions, and their analysis stops at the goal of control.

There are four primary sponsors for the DREAM Act, including Democrats Durbin (IL) and Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Republicans Graham (SC) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.). All four sponsors are part of the “Gang of Eight” that introduced the overweening and intellectually dishonest amnesty legislation into the Senate in 2013 only to see it go down in flames in the House.

The projected deficit the legislation would create is huge, and poses serious questions about both Flake’s and Graham’s claims to being fiscal conservatives, as my colleague Art Arthur has already noted. This is from Graham’s official website:

Our immigration system is a mess. Every last bit of it is haywire and it badly needs to be reformed. Many people are seduced by the claims that swirl around the system — we are all immigrants, America is a nation of immigrants, immigrants have contributed so much to America, and so on and on. Some have, some have not. We get caught up in slogans all too easily.

According to the Congressional Budget Office with the Joint Committee on Taxation:

CBO and JCT estimate that changes in direct spending and revenues from enacting S. 1615 [the Senate’s bill number for the DREAM Act] would increase budget deficits by $25.9 billion over the 2018-2027 period, boosting on-budget deficits by $30.6 billion and decreasing off-budget deficits by $4.7 billion over that period.

One of the erroneous facts being reported by the media is that the DACA program expires entirely in March, “a date that Republican leaders have cast as the actual deadline for action.” Not true. There is no deadline, despite the urgency being dredged up by CNN and ABC. Any panic they can arouse will result in click bait for the leftist media.

Just ran out to get something at the Pet Store, and on the radio an announcer was intoning that “we are nearing the second day of the government shutdown” in dramatic fashion, completely unaware that the government essentially shuts down every Friday night, as workers take the weekend off.  The incompetence of the current media never ceases to amaze.




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