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Andy McCarthy Speaks on the Problem of Collusion by The Elephant's Child

Andy McCarthy was the Federal Prosecutor who successfully tried the Blind Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and his co-conspirators who were responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. He is the author of Willful Blindness and other important books on jihadism and Islamist fanaticism.

This is his talk, “Ball of Collusion”, on the current search by Robert Mueller for some crime, any crime, with which to attack the President of the United States for what must be a crime for defeating Hillary Clinton in the last election. Andy knows his way around the courts and collusion and crime. The speech was given at the recent Restoration Weekend presented by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. A massive scam? Andy’s the one to ask. But the Russians have almost always sought to interfere in our elections, it’s nothing new.

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There Are Real Problems With “True Believers” by The Elephant's Child

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Back in early August, Katy Grimes wrote in the Sacramento Citizen “Last year, as all Hell was breaking loose in California as residents were burned out of their homes, neighborhoods and businesses, Gov. Jerry Brown was jetting around the world spouting climate change propaganda. He’s been calling this California’s ‘new normal.’ Gov. Brown was in Paris to commiserate with other true believers about President Trump’s leaving the Paris Climate Accords.”

Grimes and Megan Barth reported that:

Supporting Obama-era regulations have resulted in the new normal: an endless and devastating fire season. Obama-era regulations introduced excessive layers of bureaucracy that blocked proper forest management and increased environmentalist litigation and costs– a result of far too many radical environmentalists, bureaucrats, Leftist politicians and judicial activists who would rather let forests burn, than let anyone thin out overgrown trees or let professional loggers harvest usable timber left from beetle infestation, or selectively cut timber.

Mismanaged, overcrowded forests provide fuel to historic California wildfires, experts say. The 129 million dead trees throughout California’s forests are serving as matchsticks and kindling.

On November 13, Jerry Brown said “Leaders are Equally as Blind on Climate Change as Those who Started Similar Horrors of World War I.” On November 18, he was on CBS’s “Face the Nation”said that the increasing frequency of wildfires in California meant that “in less than five years” the “worst skeptics” were going to be believers in climate change.
President Trump remarked that it was due to poor forest management. The President was backed up by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. who said that “even photos of the devastation don’t do justice to what it was like to see it in person. Pointing to years of neglect and dead and dying timber, he observed that it was a flamethrower of embers shooting through the fires.
He added that “radical environmentalists have filed lawsuits to let nature take its course, and that these fires are the consequence of allowing nature to do so. I will lay this at the foot of those environmental radicals that have prevented us from managing the forests for years and this is on them.”

And in this campaign season, we have had billionaire Tom Steyer roaming around the country in his “need to impeach tour” wafting million dollar bills around to get states to sign up for unworkable renewable energy.” Most voters turned him down decisively.

They are “True Believers” – I don’t know what convinces them that the earth is going to die shortly from the perils of global warming, but they certainly don’t read the science, which says with the current lack of sunspots on the sun, we’re in for a colder period. Islands in the Pacific report that the ocean is not rising around their islands. The polar bears are multiplying. I suppose that they just automatically reject any scientist that does not agree with the conventional warmist theme.

But if you pay attention to what the Democrats say, a significant amount of their political belief system seems to fall in the “True Believer” category. And that seems to be what our colleges and universities are turning out—young true believers, and that is downright scary.



CNN Sues To Get Jim Acosta’s Press Pass Back by The Elephant's Child

CNN is suing President Trump or the White House or something because they took away poor Jim Acosta’s press pass. The grounds seem to be the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The First Ten Amendments were ratified on December 15, 1791. I would suggest that when they spoke of “the press” in 1791, they were talking about the printing press and what could be printed. There was, at that time, no gaggle of reporters shouting questions at the President of the United States. More likely there was a town crier who disseminated the news, such as it was. But then I am not a lawyer.

At the Federalist, Mollie Hemingway takes on Mr. Acosta, suggesting that the conventional story is wrong, and under the headline “Jim Acosta Bears Most of the Blame” says:

Precisely no one actually thinks that Acosta is a good news journalist. He might be good entertainment, for some, but he doesn’t break news or accurately report it. He’s a pundit who loves to offer his opinions all day, every day.

Even among his colleagues he’s known as a preener rather than a reporter. He doesn’t break stories or dig into facts. He preens on camera and does it in a way that makes it harder for legitimate press corps members to hold the administration accountable .

Every second that Acosta uses to preen and whine at a press conference is a second that a real journalist can’t use to ask questions or elicit information the American people need to know about. His behavior doesn’t just damage his own reputation, it hurts CNN’s and the entire journalism profession.

His behavior last week crossed a line when he physically refused a young female intern attempting to provide the White House microphone to another reporter. He then doubled down and falsely claimed without evidence that he didn’t touch her. In fact, video evidence showing he did touch her is incontrovertible.

Ouch! Then at Commentary, John Steele Gordon takes on another Acosta display of ignorance. Jim Acosta did not approve of the President’s new immigration proposal.



They’re Not “Invaders” Quite Yet, But It’s What They Intend by The Elephant's Child

Jim Acosta tried to tell the President of the United States that he was wrong – to call the three massive caravans moving towards our Southwest Border aiming to take it by force – “Invaders” instead of the softer term “Caravans.”

About those Caravans and just what they are. On June 24, 2016, in the last year of President Obama’s administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sent a 3-page memorandum to ten top  law enforcement chiefs responsible for border security. The subject line indicated the concern was about a terrorism threat at the country’s borders.

The Secretary ordered them to form a “multi-DHS Component SIA Joint Action Group to take on this new threat. The threat was SIAs or Special Interest Aliens. Migrants from Muslim-majority countries were being smuggled across our southern land border. Nothing  happened because of the election of Donald Trump, and most of the agency heads were being swept out of office by the change. There are three major Muslim majority areas considered “countries of interest.” Africa: Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Middle East: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank, Syria and Turkey.  South Asia: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines and North Korea. Media reports, failing to address homeland security implications, show that Syrians and Iraqis have been reaching the Southwest Border for years with the aid of smugglers, perhaps in the number of thousands. Democrats who rail about the horrors of ICE “ripping little children from the arms of their mothers” fail to understand that it is ICE that is working hard to identify and reject those who have been smuggled to our Southern Border, to hopefully protect us from another 9/11.



A Unified, Coordinated Attack Machine? by The Elephant's Child

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Have you noticed that the Left keeps changing the meaning of words?

“A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much. And you know what? We can’t have that. You know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, really, we’re not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, OK? I’m a nationalist. Nationalist. Use that word.”

…………………………………………….President Donald Trump
……………………………………………………October 22, 2018.

I had no trouble understanding his meaning, Of course I believe in the United States of America and put the country’s well being ahead of any goofy ideas of world government. I have always thought of myself as a nationalist. I love this country and celebrate the freedom that our constitution and our history promise. But apparently the meaning of the word “nationalism” has changed in the minds of the Left.

Chris Cillizza at CNN (of course it is CNN) wrote: “The roots of Adolph Hitler’s rise were built around his emphasis on extreme nationalism – the idea that the only way Germany could be great again was to seize onto the superiority of the German people and drive out those across Europe who refused to acknowledge that superiority.” Actually, Hitler had some other things n his mind than superiority, but the language has changed Nationalism = Nazism.

Clearly, we insulted the leftist media by suggesting that the unhinged mob of partisans screaming and pounding on the doors of the Supreme Court itself were an “unhinged mob.” The media made it clear that they sympathized with Christine Blasey Ford and any and all other accusers of Judge Kavanaugh, but using “mob” terminology for an actual mob was going too far.

The New York Times indulges itself with an assassination fantasy while blaming President Trump for the bombs mailed to members of the Left. They are quick to blame the president’s rhetoric for any increase in violence in our society.

What rhetoric? Why the President called the media “fake news”, and he said that they were “the enemy of the people.” That’s the thing that eats at the media. But continually misreporting the news isn’t exactly helpful. If the media can deliver only politicized news, they are failing in their most basic function which is to help their listeners or readers to understand what is going on in the world. Of course it is much harder to report in an disinterested voice, scrupulously avoiding one’s own partisan beliefs. But journalists seem to have no oath of office, no guardrails, they work only at the peril of instantly losing their job if they are politically incorrect.



Summing-Up, Fact Checking, Questioning, Digesting the News by The Elephant's Child

This seems to be a day of summing up. Trying to digest and make sense out of the past few weeks.Very much is about the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh, and the battle therein, from scenes of screaming protesters (female) having to be dragged out of a senate hearing room, to embarrassing revelations of the mindset of members of the media or protesters and commentators.

NBC reporter Ken Dilanian tweeted today that “States with varying population sizes should not get the same representation in the U.S. Senate.” Not fair! He was quoting a Washington Post article that said “Senators representing less than half the U.S. are about to confirm a nominee opposed by most Americans.” Um. Constitution. Senate has equal representation for all 50 states, directly because the states with large populations could overrule those with small populations. Basic. You’re fired.

—Is it possible there is hope for some small segment of the media? At American Thinker, Tom Lifson is astonished by a headline and a news story from, of all places, CNN.

—Why Republicans and sane people are celebrating the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh: Here’s a tweet from a writer on the Stephen Colbert show, who has nearly 40,000 followers on Twitter. (Apparently not blocked) One Ariel Dumas:
“Whatever happens, I’m just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life.”

—Heather MacDonald in a post at City Journal titled “Trauma and Truth” says the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court dealt the #Me Too and #Believe Survivors a major defeat. “Those feminist ideologies will continue wreaking havoc throughout American institutions—especially the claim that self-professed sexual assault victims deserve Unqualified belief.”

—A new well-funded Progressive group, linked to Democratic campaign organizations, is based on demonizing senior citizens. They have decided to attempt to turn younger voters against senior citizens. Identity group warfare is supposed to be another strategy for success at the polls. If they’ve got gray hair, attack them? The group in question is called ACRONYM according to CNN, Sept 24.

Acronym [is] a progressive nonprofit launched last year by veteran digital strategist Tara McGowan to help narrow the advantage Republicans had built in digital capacity.

A progressive group on Monday launched a $3 million voter registration campaign in the 36 states that allow online registration, with a focus on Arizona, Florida and Georgia, CNN reported.

Here’s their first campaign advertisement: Seems dumb to me, but they apparently have lots of financing.

—A 27 year-old congressional staffer has been arrested for posting on Wikipedia the private addresses of members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, what’s called “doxing” or releasing the private information of public  figures, witness tampering, threats, identity theft, and unlawful entry. For the media, he is a hapless overzealous intern, but it was a criminal act, particularly in the current climate when everybody who is anybody is getting death threats.

—And finally, retired reporter Don Surber listened to President Trump’s version of the Six O’Clock News in Topeka, Kansas. He found it “less biased, more factual and presented better.” but decided he’d better fact-check the man.



Joe Biden Explains FBI Investigations by The Elephant's Child

Here’s Joe Biden, a bit younger back in 1991, during the Clarence Thomas hearings, explaining that FBI investigations, such as the one demanded today of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, do not reach conclusions. That’s not their job, nor how they do things. Embarrassing to Democrats to have us dredge up ancient evidence, but there it is. The FBI investigates, but they do not reach conclusions.

Democrats really hate it when we do this. They have no concern about consistency, and hate it when we make fun of them.




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