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The Mueller Probe Is Not What You Think It Is! by The Elephant's Child

Apparently the Mueller probe has never been about Russian collusion at all, and is entirely focused on trying desperately to find something for which to impeach President Trump. General Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to “lying” to the FBI in order to stop the harassment of his family, the depletion of his savings in attorney fees, and is being forced to sell his house to meet the financial drain. The Mueller team was apparently trying to implicate Flynn’s son, though I have seen no information on that at all.

Michael Ledeen has written on the case, and says that he interviewed former colleagues of Flynn thoroughly when he worked with him on The Field of Flight, to understand his co-author. Flynn was unanimously described as a man who was a compulsive truth-teller. Confessing to making false statements makes no sense, and would be totally out of character,. Ledeen says he has pled guilty to doing foreign policy, which was his job, at the behest of the president-elect, and then misleading the FBI and the vice-president elect. I always listen to Michael Ledeen.

The FBI agent who interviewed General Flynn was Peter Strzok, who was removed from the Russia Probe over anti-Trump bias expressed publicly on Twitter and elsewhere. Michael Ledeen:

So the Flynn story, which is also the Mueller story, is about national politics, as it has been since the beginning. We have just learned that Mueller removed two investigators from his staff after they had played key roles in investigating Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the so-called “collusion” matter. Mueller has been actively blocking congressional access to documents about the case.

Attorney General Sessions  issued an interesting statement:

The allegations that the inspector general has confirmed are part of his ongoing investigation, if proven to be true, would raise serious questions of public trust. I look forward to receiving the inspector general’s report. We will ensure that anyone who works on any investigation in the Department of Justice does so objectively and free from bias or favoritism.

The inspector general has been working diligently to complete his investigation for months, and I have requested he complete it as soon as possible. The American people deserve answers.

At the Wall Street Journal, Holman Jenkins noted that:

Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to lying about a non-crime. Even Adam Schiff, the House Democrat most determined to ride the Russia collusion story to bigger and better things, acknowledged that conferring with a representative of Russia about the incoming administration’s Russia policy is not illegal or improper.

The best source for the legal part of this complicated mess is Andy McCarthy at National Review. Read the whole thing, and Andy’s other pieces as well.  We all need to be well informed on this Leftist attempt at a coup. They want to bring down this administration. It has nothing really to do with Hillary’s loss. They wish she would just go away. It is entirely about power.

The Obama administration made some great progress towards the globalism or socialism  that is their goal, and they were looking forward to getting rid of the annoying Constitution, all that free speech crap, all the guns—they could envision the promised wonderfulness nearly in reach, and then—Trump! He is not only decimating all of Obama’s accomplishments one by one, he keeps getting on Twitter and rubbing it in.

I don’t think the average run of the mill Democrat has any grasp of what the hard core of the party is all about. They are Democrats because Republicans are nasty Racist, Sexist, Homophobes who cut taxes for the Rich, and don’t give the poor people anything at all. Or something like that.

The Trump accomplishments to this point are not particularly Republican, but centrist. Trump has his eye clearly on fixing the controls and regulations imposed by the Obama administration and getting overbearing government out of the way of the people.Which is really what he promised, isn’t it?

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Another Criminal Illegal Immigrant, 20 Times Deported, This Time He’s Going to Prison Instead. by The Elephant's Child

A 31 year-old Mexican man convicted of kidnapping and sexually abusing two Oregon women was just sentenced to 35 years in prison in a Portland, Oregon courthouse. The first attack occurred early on the morning of July 24, when Sergio Jose Martinez entered the home through a window left open to cool the house. He bound and blindfolded the 65 year old woman, sexually assaulted her, stole her purse and car. She called police from a neighbor’s home. Police located the car and put it under surveillance.

While police were watching the car, Martinez was stalking his second victim in a parking garage. He approached her with a knife, made her get into her car, after she attempted to escape he grabbed her and slammed her head repeatedly into the pavement. The woman called for help, Martinez tried to steal her car and fled when it failed to start. Police caught him minutes later.

He had been freed from jail a week before the attacks in spite of an ICE request to hold him so the agency could take him into custody. Oregon became America’s first sanctuary state when it adopted a law in 1987 preventing law enforcement from detaining people who are in the United States illegally but have not broken other laws. Sergio Jose Martinez had previously been deported 20 times.

Here’s a map of the current sanctuary cities/counties/states, which gives you an idea at least. Reminds us of the electoral map, doesn’t it? There is probably no subject that arouses so much passion, so much misinformation, and so many myths.

The Program created by the Obama administration in 2012 granted work permits, identity documents, and relief from deportation to approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants. It granted lawless work permits to adult illegal aliens who claim to have come before age 16 to get Social Security numbers, drivers licenses, EITC eligibility and more.

The Entire illegal DACA program: (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is spoken of in language designed to elicit an emotional response.  They are “Dreamers.” “Brought here against their will,” ” little children,” “can’t be deported because they have no home in their country of origin,” and more. The cutoff age for the little children to get on the list was 31. A roundup of DACA ‘children’ turned up many members of MS13, the criminal Columbian gang. A survey of legal Mexican immigrants was opposed to any DACA amnesty.

The DACA program was designed to be a permanent attack on our nation, our laws and our freedom. Greater numbers of illegal immigrants will affect the census, which will give those states greater influence in the electoral college, will likely be Democrat voters, and give more power to the Democrats. Obama redefined deportation so that anyone refused at the border counted as being deported, even though they never actually got in. When you hear positive numbers on how many people were deported during the Obama administration, take it with a grain of salt.

We now have the “Diversity Visa Lottery.” You will notice the magic word “diversity.”  The Lottery enabled the Uzbek terror suspect’s attack in New York City. Sayfullo Sailpov is the fifth Diversity Visa Lottery recipient to be involved in terrorist acts in the United States. What about the wall? Here’s an interview with Jessica Vaughn on that very subject. It will be built. It is not only needed, but will essentially pay for itself in the reduced costs of illegal immigration.

The Center for Immigration Studies is a think tank centered on the immigration problem. They are pro-immigrant, anti-illegal immigrant, and an excellent source for information on any and all immigration controversies.

There are approximately 4.4 million people who have applied to immigrate to America the legal way. They are on a wait-list. I do not understand what the open borders people want, but it has become increasingly obvious that everything the Progressives do is about power and control. Free people, free markets, free choice, and free speech are just the beginning of the long list of what they oppose. They are annoyed by human nature, and quite sure if we just let them run things everything would be better. They believe in one-world government, I guess, as long as they are in control. Since they are the “elites,” their money and celebrity guarantee them the benefits of freedom, and they don’t care anything about ordinary people.

The people of Venezuela are slowly starving. Nicholas Maduro has been reduced to using food as a weapon to maintain his power. The protests have died down because if you don’t seem to be supportive of his rule, you don’t get any food, and the government controls the food, all of it.



Foreign Policy At Work, Improving the World by The Elephant's Child

Russia has ample supplies of natural gas and oil, and has used that abundance as a political weapon. Poland wants to reduce its reliance on Russian energy and last week the Polish state-owned oil and gas company PGNIG, signed its first five-year deal to buy American liquefied natural gas. Our energy boom from the fracking revolution is serving American national interests and deterring the grasp of dictators abroad.

Gasprom. the Kremlin-owned energy company currently provides more than two-thirds of Poland’s gas, and other European nations also rely heavily on Russian energy. Putin has used that dependence as a weapon, and threatened to cut off supplies, and on some occasions he has cut them off.

In 2015, Moscow cut off gas supplies to the Ukraine. That year the United States surpassed Russia as the world’s top natural-gas producer and by February 2016, shipments of LNG from the US hit the export market. Poland announced that it did not intend to renew its long-term agreement with Gazprom.

Under the deal announced, Poland will receive as many as nine cargoes of LNG or roughly 30 billion cubic feet for their citizens consumption. It’s not a huge delivery, but is likely the first in a series of contracts. It will increase energy security in the region, and cuts back a little on Russian domination.

Sounds like a very good deal, that will benefit all concerned. It will even be good for Russia. Free market competition is good for everyone.



If Trump Didn’t Tweet It, It Isn’t News for Today’s Media by The Elephant's Child

Salena Zito has become one of the more interesting reporters on matters Trump, because she actually goes out and talks to the Trump supporters who voted for him. In her column at the New York Post on Saturday, she wrote from Glen Dale, West Virginia, that “Bad news travels fast, Good news, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to travel at all.

Last weekend in Beijing, as part of his 12-day trip to Asia, President Trump announced that the US and China had signed an $83.7 billion memorandum of understanding to create a number of petrochemical projects in West Virginia over the next 20 years.

If the agreement holds tight, it is an economic game changer for the state.  And yet, speaking to the locals here, you wouldn’t even know it had happened.

“I am surprised I heard nothing about it on the national news, nor in my local paper and newscasts,” said Jerald Stephens, 67, a West Virginia native and union rep, who has been a keen observer of local politics for as long as he can remember.

The BBC and CNN covered the news in their business sections, while The New York Times picked up a short story by The Associated Press on the deal. The stories’ headlines were muted; their placement low-key.

Paul Scracic, political science professor at nearby Youngstown State University said that such an investment, three times the total annual budget for the department of energy would have been front-page news.

President Trump didn’t tweet about that, which is apparently the source for the media’s reports about the President. Easy, you don’t have to talk to anyone, just log on to twitter. Go out and talk the people? Nah.

So far the details are scant, but China Energy will invest nearly $84 billion in West Virginia, the biggest of the $250 billion deals Trump signed with China. The first efforts are scheduled to begin in six to eight months  with building two natural gas-fired power plants, likely in Brooke and Harrison counties which have major job and population losses over the past 30 years. West Virginia, understandably. is a solid red state. But voters in the areas of Pennsylvania and Ohio that also represent our coal and natural-gas areas matter as well.

The media usually mocks Trump’s promise of jobs to the Heartland as empty campaign rhetoric. Apparently to get their attention he has to shout about it on Twitter.

Tom Lifson of American Thinker also commented on the lack of media attention, and how much the deal tentatively offers”

Although the deal’s non-binding, it was welcomed in a state that’s borne the brunt of coal’s long-term decline. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, a coal and real estate mogul elected to office last year, has lobbied the Trump administration to prop up the state’s coal-mining sector.

“Expanding Appalachia’s energy infrastructure, including developing a regional storage hub and market for natural gas liquids, will have a transformative effect on our economy, our security and our future,” U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican, said in the statement.



Democrats Are So Predictable by The Elephant's Child

Leftists are so predictable. President Trump announced that he wanted to cut the corporate income tax, and the sky immediately started to fall. “Tax cuts for the Rich” Charles Schumer cried. And so the battle was formed. Republicans insisted that the tax cut would more than pay for itself by increased economic activity. Democrats countered with the claim that Republicans were just trying to give taxpayer money to their richest friends.

The Leftist Tax Policy Center which mainstream-media outlets refer to as “nonpartisan” is full of former Obama economists.

Kevin Hassett, newly appointed to head the Trump Administration’s Council of Economic Advisers was having none of it. In his first official speech he accused the Tax Policy Center’ of using false assumptions on tax details that have never been published and “manufacturing income-redistribution  and deficit numbers that don’t even exist.

Kevin Hassett is the new face at the highest economic level of the Trump administration. But he’s no neophyte. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has spent time on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington. He taught at Columbia Business School. He was a long-time economic-policy director at AEI.  …

“Economists who have studied the effects of taxes over time have discovered a consensus,” he said. “Lower marginal tax rates and a broader base increase the rate of economic growth and well-being.” …

During his TPC speech, Hassett noted that “for the median household in the U.S., the top corporate marginal rate cut from 35 percent to 20 percent would boost wage growth almost four-fold.

Democrats don’t like corporations, with the exception of those who donate to Democrats, and they don’t like corporate leaders, with the same exception. And they plan to continue permanently their particular need to claim that any tax cuts will benefit only the wealthy.

President Trump’s tax proposals are intended to end the Obama administration’s war on business, and get the economy back to work.It is clearly picking up steam, the stock market is way up, and Democrats are warning that a massive recession is imminent. Of course.

A tax on a business goes on the corporate ledger as a cost of doing business. If business taxes go up — so does the cost of the products they make. If the cost of doing business goes down, they can invest that money in new machinery, new products and new innovation. Those expenditures create more business, which is a direct benefit to the wage-earning middle class.



Where Did These Violent Protests Come From? by The Elephant's Child

How did we get here? Democrats have lost elections before, and engaged in some mild excess, but now they seem completely deranged. We had a brief hiatus from the dramatic evidence of the failure of our schools and universities to acquaint our students with the Constitution and the meaning of free speech, let alone manners and deportment. Faculty have exhibited themselves as instigators and the administrators have established that they are not only not the adults in the situation, but it didn’t occur to them to mete out punishment for wretched excess.

In my day, which admittedly was a while ago, miscreants were promptly sent home, and I do mean promptly. And good luck about returning.

So — How did we get here? Is this stuff contagious? In a way, it is.

Democrats have lost power in a very big way, and seeking power is at their very essence. They’re old. Their ideas are not only stale, but they don’t work. Their former president, who did massive damage to the country, is not retiring graciously to let the next president have his turn, but actively and admittedly trying to destroy his successor.

Each loudmouth, and there are many in Hollywood and on TV, oddly enough many are “comics”— seeking the limelight and an audience — readily available in the form of our very partisan media, ready to celebrate every and any disturbing word. Surely you have noticed that if you removed the “he said”, and “she said” from the news, there wouldn’t be much of anything left.

Comics get brownie points for saying something rude, which gives permission to the next person at the microphone to top that, which in turn gives more permissions and so on, and so on. So you have Kathy Griffin holding up a bloody facsimile head of the President of the United States supposedly chopped off as ISIS might do, and the poor thing doesn’t even understand that she has committed an unforgivable faux pas that will be talked about and reviled for years to come. She’s back in today’s news congratulating Kaepernick for “his activism.” They never learn.

It’s Can You Top This time. Permission has been given. Black Lives Matter, a Marxist bunch, attempts to make The Racism, Sexism, theme the top priority, and Antifa goes for violence. Even speech that disagrees with you is not “hate speech.” Invited Conservative speakers are shouted down and attacked because it is too much for tender ears to hear “hate speech” which is defined as anything conservative, because Conservatives are known to be racist, sexist, homophobes etc, etc.

The media are demonstrating their partisanship or general ignorance, I’m not sure which. Remember Ben Rhodes description of his regular contacts with the media for the Obama administration:

“Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

It is catching. Each excess gives permission to do the same only better, bigger, more excessive. So now we have corporate CEOs talking their political views as the top official of their company. Not smart. Why a business would want to offend at least half of their customers is a mystery, Stock down. Sales down. CEOs gone.Half the American people no longer interested in the business or their products. Some business reporters could not understand why any CEO would be willing to serve on an advisory council with the hated President of the United States. (Probably because President Trump was interested in cutting taxes for business and removing troublesome regulations?)

Sports teams managed to offend a large percentage of the American people. Unnecessary if they had done their homework. Real damage to their sport. In fact most of these excesses arise because of the ignorance of the people committing the error.

The remedy? Courses in the United States Constitution. Nobody seems to be familiar with the document. A familiarity with the Declaration would be in order too, after Chuck Todd proved on Meet the Press, for all to see, that he was completely unfamiliar with the “all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator” line.

College administrators need to grow backbone, and administrate. That’s what the big salaries and honorifics and outrageous tuitions are all about. Sports millionaires will quickly learn about their mistakes, as many endorsements depart. Professors who are urging the miscreants on—just stop it. Try to prepare students to be decent citizens.



Turning to My Favorite Author for Guidance by The Elephant's Child

I frequently say that Leftists don’t understand the free market — that’s why they are Leftists.

Kathy Shaidle remarked a while back: “None of this should surprise anyone. Contrary to what they tell you (and tell you and tell you) Progressives don’t have principles. Rather they have faddish opinions that are highly unstable and often contradictory.”

Here’s John Steele Gordon from An Empire of Wealth:

The willingness to accept present discomfort and risk for the hope of future riches that so characterized these immigrants and the millions who would follow over the next two centuries has had a profound and immeasurable effect on the history of the American economy. Just as those who saw no conflict between worshiping God and seeking earthly success in the seventeenth century, those who sought economic independence in the eighteenth had a powerful impact on the emerging American culture.

And this:

People with an economic advantage, however “unfair” that advantage may be, will always fight politicians as hard as they can to maintain it. Whether the advantage is the right to another person’s labor, or an unneeded tariff protection, or an exemption from taxation makes no difference. And because the advantage for the few is specific and considerable while the cost to the disadvantaged many is often hidden and small, the few regularly prevail over the many in such political contests.

and one more:

Masterpieces created by a committee are notably few in number, but the United States Constitution is certainly one of them. Amended only twenty-seven times in 215 years, it came into being just as the world was about to undergo the most profound – and continuing– period of economic change the human race has known. The locus of power in the American economy had shifted from sector to sector as that economy has developed. Whole sections of the country have risen and fallen in economic importance. New methods of doing business and economic institutions undreamed of by the Founding Fathers have come into existence in that time, while others have vanished. Fortunes beyond the imagination of anyone living in the pre-industrial world have been built and destroyed. And yet the Constitution endures and the country continues to flourish under it.




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