Here are some thoughts on the statement by former federal special counsel Robert Mueller today.
So nothing changes with Mueller statement today, but here are things to bear in mind.
It bears repeating that Barr testified he asked Mueller three times if the DOJ policy on not indicting a sitting president had anything to do with his failure, and I mean failure, to decide if there was an indictable offense on Trump. Mueller assured him that it did not. He had one job and couldn’t pull the trigger, so, when given the chance Mueller lateraled to Barr.
Mueller’s statement, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so” turns the Constitution on its ear. Prosecutors don’t “clear” anyone of anything. They either indict or decline to indict.
That Mueller said this certainly clarifies one thing: He wants to smear Trump and by extension the rule of law. You’re presumed innocent until proven guilty. You’re not guilty until the sanctimonious ‘state special counsel’ ‘clears’ you. It’s outrageous that he made this statement at this time to stir up the emotions and the tempest in the House.
“Personnel is policy,” as smart people, including Donald Rumsfeld, have said before. To that end, these “fair and independent” people Mueller hired shared his distaste with Trump. Andrew Weissmann, the disgraced former federal prosecutor, was the guy who did the hiring. Weissmann was last seen at Hillary’s election HQ election night weeping. As we found out recently from documents obtained by Judicial Watch, Weissman was the hiring manager for the Mueller team. He hired people with whom he was simpatico which explains why most, if not all, the lawyers working on the Trump investigation were Hillary Clinton partisans who had given thousands to her campaign. Mueller’s statement today clarified that he was right there with them. It’s why the ridiculously conflicted Andy McCabe made sure that Mueller got the job before he was fired for lying.
I cannot WAIT for the results of the latest Inspector General report, and the two other investigations (that we know of) going on to find the derivation of this “witch hunt.”
Trump’s an affront to official Washington. It’s why he won. Get over it.
I’ve been confused about calls on the Left for Joe Biden to apologize to Anita Hill. I remember the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings and thought that if Biden should apologize to anyone it was to the Supreme Court Justice. However, after reading this piece in The Federalist by Mollie Hemingway I’m reassessing. I’m not so sure he doesn’t owe her one.
Here’s what I mean: Last week on “The View,” the cast of magpies known as the hosts had the former Vice President on the ropes ‘hummana-hummana-ing’ over why he should apologize to Hill and for groping women and girls. This would be his proving ground for being taken seriously as a 2020 presidential candidate. Biden said he had spoken with Hill and offered an apology, his penance, in hopes it would mollify the hosts. He assured the women that, “I did everything in my power to defeat Clarence Thomas.” Remember now that Anita Hill’s dubious testimony of pubic hairs on Coke cans, x-rated videos and the like was such an obvious put-up job, so clearly and obviously orchestrated for maximum impact by Democrats that even a young, wet-behind-the-ears, liberal dummy like me could see it.
Hemingway cites Arlen Specter’s memoir for his recollections of Hill’s testimony at the hearing. Biden told Specter that it was obvious Hill was lying. Specter, at the time a Republican who later switched teams, was a former prosecutor and member of the Judiciary Committee: “[I]n 1998, Biden admitted to Specter that ‘It was clear to me from the way she was answering the questions, [Hill] was lying’ about a key part of her testimony. The exchange was published in Specter’s 2000 memoir, ‘Passion for Truth: From Finding JFK’s Single Bullet to Questioning Anita Hill to Impeaching Clinton.’” READ THE REST AT POLITICAL VANGUARD HERE:
Court papers show that Jeremy Christian, the man who is accused of stabbing three men on Portland’s light rail train, doesn’t have a history of mental illness, so what’s the genesis of his hatred?
Christian told authorities he’d never been treated for mental illness after they arrested him for murdering two men and stabbing a third on the light rail train on May 26th.
53-year-old Ricky John Best and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche died from stab wounds inflicted by Christian, according to police. A third man, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was wounded. Fletcher is a bit of a regular on the Portland protest scene.
Documents show that the 35-year-old North Portland resident was a regular and heavy user of pot and received treatment for that as part of his probation.
This information comes from court documents and rely upon his own declarations of mental health treatment (none).
Willamette Week reported that Christian has a history of incarceration, including doing time in federal prison:
As has been previously reported, Christian was convicted of kidnapping and the unlawful use of a dangerous weapon after a 2002 convenience story robbery in North Portland. After serving a 90-month sentence for those convictions, he was convicted in 2011 on a federal felon-in-possession of a gun charge. After violating the terms of that conviction, he served about seven months in federal prison and was released in May 2014.
VictoriaTaft.com received the screenshots of the documents including this one:
Christian had a hatred for several politicians, including Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He had a bromance with Bernie Sanders and liked Jill Stein.
As you may have seen by now his Facebook page was filled with his love of the left. Here are just two of the examples:
People who haven’t spent years talking to themselves and becoming numbed in prison may spot what we would consider mental illness going on here. We think a person who would do what he’s accused of is crazy.
But with Wednesday’s deliberate targeting of Republican lawmakers by another Bernie Sanders supporter, “antifa” violence, anger by Democrats over the fixing of the primary by the Hillary Clinton campaign, we’ve seen much more violence coming from the left.
The law fare crowd has filed a SLAPP lawsuit against undercover reporter James O’Keefe, of Project Veritas fame, to bleed him dry so he can’t continue to expose Democratic shenanigans.
Bob Creamer, the convicted felon, fixer and confidante to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and friend of President Obama, has filed a lawsuit against O’Keefe for “breach of fiduciary duty” and using a false social security number, allegations O’Keefe denies.
“Robert Creamer believes that by suing us, he can intimidate us. I will not be silenced – only over my dead body!
“We are on the right side of the law and will not stop exposing the truth. Right now, the Attorney General of Wisconsin is still investigating possible criminal charges against Scott Foval. This lawsuit further justifies the need to drain the swamp. Our army of guerrilla journalists, which grows daily, will continue to expose the malfeasance and corruption committed by these organizations.
“In fact, we will be deploying a new batch of freshly trained journalists next week to shine additional light on the cockroaches of the corrupt DC establishment.
“We will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced. We will find out who is funding this lawsuit. We will never stop exposing the truth. We will not back down.”
The $1 million complaint stems from O’Keefe’s devastating expose of voter fraud and “bird dogging” at Trump rallies to get his backers to be baited into yelling or worse at Democratic operatives.
O’Keefe denies all of Creamer’s complaints, but it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend the lawsuit.
Still, O’Keefe said he looks forward to deposing Creamer, the felon who’s married to Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.
See his interview with One America News Network host Liz Wheeler:
“‘… [T]he base’ isn’t the limited, clichéd thing it once was, it’s becoming a big, broad jumble that few understand.”
Political writer Peggy Noonan recently took stock of the Donald Trump phenomenon and declared, “America is so in play.” Her buddies in the GOP glitteratti noticed.
Noonan cited the latest polls, an old friend from Ross Perot’s ’92 presidential campaign, a democrat-turned-GOP/Trump fan girl and the guy at the local deli from the Dominican Republic to conclude the New York businessman embodies the kind of gruff gravitas voters crave.
Trump’s campaign appears to be, as he is himself, a political stem cell, morphing into whatever seems to jibe with what’s in the news and the latest intelligence of the day. He speaks fearlessly, sometimes foolishly. Like a ‘Trump the Insult Dog,’ Trump has no filter.
He’s learning to campaign as he goes. He’s getting good at it.
GOP elites and Jeb Bush backers, but I repeat myself, counter with Trump’s leftist positions on Planned Parenthood funding, taxes, single payer health care — hoping that will tamp down his support with the base and make their own moderate positions on the same seem conservative by comparison. Ordinarily that would persuade many, but instead, Trump’s poll numbers are increasing!
Noonan believes, after talking with the deli guy from the DR, that the base isn’t what it used to be:
“‘… [T]he base’ isn’t the limited, clichéd thing it once was, it’s becoming a big, broad jumble that few understand.”
Noonan opines the little people (that’s us) believe the game is rigged against them. But she claims we have company:
“…[D]eep down the elite themselves also think the game is rigged. They don’t disagree, and they don’t like what they see—corruption, shallowness and selfishness in the systems all around them. Their odd anguish is that they have no faith the American people can—or will—do anything to turn it around.”
Peggy’s old boss, Ronald Reagan, famously said,
“Don’t be afraid to see what you see.”
Here’s what ‘the base’ sees after they gave the GOP elites victories in 2010 and 2012:
Failed to repeal, replace or defund ObamaCare out of fear of being blamed for a government shut down or media reaction.
Failed to call out Hillary Clinton’s Suzie Homemaker server when they discovered it out of fear Democrat and media backlash.
Forfeited their constitutional job of advising and consenting on treaties which led to Iran deal for fear of not looking bipartisan.
Failed to lead on border security and the “broken” immigration system for legal immigrants for fear of being portrayed as bigots.
Failed to demand action against sanctuary cities for fear of looking anti immigrant.
Failed to stand for the rule of law against President Obama’s illegal executive orders for fear of being depicted as quixotic.
Failed to call out bad cops and stand up for good ones for fear of being called bigoted.
Failed to call for independent investigations with subpoena power— not just hearings —-on Benghazi and IRS spying scandal, a scandal so cynical and tyrannical it goes to the very core of democracy for fear of media backlash or pushback from Main Justice.
“Don’t be afraid to see what you see.”
Instead of flooding the zone with legislative leadership, media messaging and “getting in peoples’ faces,” as candidate Obama once advised, the GOP has been playing hide and seek behind the velvet curtains in their offices and considering us suspiciously through the cut crystal lens of their Calleija brandy snifters. Instead of leading, they shiver in the dark with vain hopes the media will say nice things about them. Instead of fighting, they’ve provided nothing but excuses or mocked or shouted down members who did try to fight back.
The former (you’re welcome GOP elites) Senate leader Harry Reid once disdainfully said of the Americans who tour the Capitol:
“I can smell the tourists.”
Since giving them the gavel and the big chair in the House and Senate, the GOP reaction to the people who put them in leadership has been akin to finding something sticky on the bottom of their Santoni wingtips.
The people Noonan says experience “odd anguish is that they have no faith the American people can—or will—do anything to turn it around,” missed the Tea Party, apparently. The people in whom they have no faith —the liberty-loving black, Hispanic, white, gay, straight, Christian, atheists of the Tea Party— were at first embraced and then dismissed by the GOP elites out of fear of looking too scary. But these are some of the same people who have put the country “so in play.”
Here’s what I believe people find refreshing about Trump and what distinguishes him from the GOP elite. It’s not only that he’s not afraid to tell his opponents he thinks they’re wrong. No. It’s that he’s not afraid at all.
Hillary Clinton admitted she purged her Suzie Homemaker Server of thousands of emails she claimed had only to do with personal items, such as yoga moves and Chelsea’s wedding details.She says she turned over thousands of other emails to the State Department, which has been slow rolling the release of the emails. Now, with the Inspectors General having gone through only a sampling of 300 of her emails, it’s been discovered Clinton trafficked in secret information on her unsecured server, putting the national security at risk.
Now let’s take the full view of the former Secretary of State’s Tweet:
Purging 34,000+ voters from Kansas elections is no administrative rule—it's a targeted attack on voting rights. http://t.co/gz5VZPjMrB
The photograph — taken by the AP’s Charlie Neibergall — actually captured a background poster, with a large semi-blurred image of a handgun pointed at Cruz’s forehead, straight between the eyes.
Cruz was appearing Saturday at CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa. During his speech, Cruz, an outspoken proponent of Second Amendment rights, encouraged residents to adopt what he called a Texan approach to guns by simply “hitting what you aim at.”
A day earlier, the Republican presidential candidate accused Democrats of using Wednesday’s church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, as an excuse “to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”
Remember when Sarah Palin was blamed for the Arizona shooting of Gabby Giffords and the U.S. Federal Court Judge in Arizona for what she’d put on a website months before? Here’s what she did (first produced by the media, by the way):
Here’s one image that uses the GOP as ‘targets’ of the Democrats. Result? No outrage:
If not for double standards, the left would have no standards at all.
Bruce McCain’s sober civility was his hallmark in Oregon’s body politic. His memorial is set for May 30
Bruce McCain died Monday.
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon — indeed, the entire body politic — is the poorer.
You may know Bruce from his television appearances on local TV news casts, the voice of reason on my and Lars’s shows, his time as a Multnomah County Sheriff’s Captain, his professionalism as a Reynolds School Board Member, tireless legal advocate, political tactician, parishioner in the pew, the photographer on the sidelines, the doting grandfather and loving Dad. Husband.
He was a blogger on this website and his own. A colleague.
He was all of these things.
But Bruce was one more thing that I believe needs to be said:
Bruce was the civil voice in a very uncivil political place.
Columnist David Brooks says:
Politics exists on the surface, but conduct is at a deeper realm.
When I would engage in free-style verbal flame-throwing, Bruce would draw me back to reason. He did that for many people. His inner conduct — devotion to and love of God — was his deeper realm and informed everything he did.
At one point in his life, Bruce considered the ministry as a profession, but found his calling in different areas. Still, he was always guiding people. Always the teacher.
Greek philosopher Heraclitus said,
Character is Destiny.
In whatever he did, Bruce brought his best. There were never any halfway measures on his part. Whether it was in his writings, legal briefs, advocacy or even his photographs, he always strived for his best.
And he always strove to do more. The father of the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk, once said:
The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
Bruce’s work was never done. There was always a challenge to confront, a case to win, a wrong to be righted.
He was ambitious, but his ambition was never at the expense of others. There was room for everyone in his successes.
And he was trustworthy. As fellow Blogforce member (and Bruce’s good friend for many years), former Sheriff Bernie Giusto wrote:
From the earliest days at the Sheriff’s office Lt McCain was one of my closest and most trusted advisors. From there Bruce McCain became my closest confidant. When things were very tough during my second term, Bruce’s unwavering friendship was indescribably vital to my life at that time. The last time [I] talked with Bruce he called me friend. A great honor friend. I will never forget your strong character and honest friendship.
And he was generous. Generous with his time, his expertise and his spirit. On his daughter Kelly’s Facebook page I saw this photo:
In the age of self indulgent, beauty-shot selfies, the meticulous photographer gave his family this photograph of himself. He’s not at his best here. He’s dying. He may not have wished this to be his parting shot. But in his spirit of generosity and love, he gave his family this memory.
But they’ll always have this one too.
And so many more memories, little and big.
Salk once said,
Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.
Bruce McCain was a good man. A man of rare generosity. A man of good character. A servant leader.
He knows where he was going and to those he left behind –his descendants– this ancestor left a road map of how to do it right.
Elkhart 4 Teens Committed Home Invasion, One Was Killed. Should Survivors Be Serving 50 Years for Murder?
Any day now, the Indiana Supreme Court will make a decision that could give a reprieve to three teens who were convicted of murder – but who actually never killed anyone.
The teens, known as the “Elkhart 4,” were convicted for the October 2012 murder of their accomplice in a home robbery under Indiana’s Felony Murder law, because the killing occurred during the commission of a felony, which heightens the charges.
The homeowner actually pulled the trigger, but all four surviving robbers, Levi Sparks, Jose Quiroz Jr., Blake Layman, and Anthony Sharp Jr., were given 50-year sentences.
Artists Hit the HQ on North 24th Street in Phoenix After GOP Chair Shuts Doors to Precinct Committee Persons Who Call for a Closed GOP Primary. Effort is seen to help McCain.
John McCain’s battle with the GOP right flank is heating up over the issue of closing the Arizona primary to anyone but registered GOP voters. An executive meeting in Phoenix today has been closed to even GOP Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs).
McCain says he wants a ‘big tent’ in the primaries, but the conservatives in the party believe the long time senator is too liberal and want a choice in the primary election.
The Arizona Republic reports the group of McCain detractors believe the Senator wants the open primary to dilute the impact of conservatives:
The bad blood between McCain and many members of the Republican Party’s right wing is legendary. In January 2014, the state GOP formally censured him as too liberal on issues such as immigration reform. Many of McCain’s critics support the push to close the primary, with the suggestion being that the closer-to-center McCain benefits from the independents voting in the Republican primary.
How much a closed GOP primary would hurt McCain is unclear. In 2008, McCain, the eventual GOP White House nominee, was able to effortlessly win Arizona’s Republican-only presidential preference election, or primary.
A group called ‘End the Reign of John McCain’ is behind the effort to close the primary.
Odd, party leaders would close a meeting to discuss the open primary.