Pass the aspirin already!

“EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT” . . . “BREAKING NEWS”

All these headlines occur every night on our major news networks. EVERY NIGHT! And every morning those pronouncements end up on page eight below the fold. What do we read above the fold on the front page? Lately it was the Royal wedding. This world is in utter turmoil and we are bombarded with the dysfunction in Harry’s in-laws family.

Every night we are given a grain of hope that finally the Deep State is uncovered and heads will roll. People will finally be charged for their misdeeds. Every morning I head to the medicine cabinet once again to find relief for the continuous headache resulting from non action on the breaking news from the night before. It’s no wonder there is a drug problem in this country. Just look at Congress.

I will try to remain optimistic. That’s who I am. However, the only thing that breaking news is breaking is my spirit. And that frustrates me to no end. Please pass the aspirin.   DG

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‘You needn’t attend, Jeff, Roddy will fill in for you’

Consternation

Is this a joke?

WASHINGTON – White House Chief of Staff John Kelly plans to convene a meeting between top law enforcement and intelligence officials and GOP congressional leaders to “review highly classified and other information” the lawmakers have requested about the FBI’s use of a confidential source to aid an investigation of the Trump campaign, a White House spokeswoman said Monday.

President Donald Trump met for about an hour Monday with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats. The meeting came a day after the Justice Department asked its inspector general to investigate Trump’s claim that his campaign may have been infiltrated by the FBI source for political purposes, and amid continued demands from GOP lawmakers that the department produce materials on the person.
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With Jeff sessions in Firm Control of the Justice Department, Ham Sandwiches Everywhere Can Feel Secure … Safe From Indictment For Anything!
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Rowdy Roddy Rosenstein has once again, proven himself to be in charge.
You want an “investigation” that is certain to last until after mid-term elections, and possibly way beyond? Give it to the Inspector General!

With no power other than to make “criminal referrals” the IG can go through all the motions of an “investigation” without endangering the livelihood of any of “Rowdy’s” Deep State buds.

Remember how long us rubes have been waiting for the ‘explosive’ IG report on all the DOJ, FBI, et al’s misdeeds?

You know the one. It’s gonna be so devastating for the anti-Trump, anti-American voters that every Obama miscreant will be wearing prison stripes before the year is out! Kamala Harris will go into a nunnery, Nancy Pelosi will not be seen again until she emerges on a Frisco street corner babbling about what a ‘master legislator” she used to be.

To raise money for his defense fund, and until sentencing, Jim Comey will have to wear a sandwich board on Times Square inviting passersby to ‘kick the weasel…25 cents’ !

Great fun will be had by all good Americans!

The IG report, despite outsize expectations, is likely to be another “nothingburger”, as reported by the leftist media.

Oh, and incidentally, that big sit-down at the White House, where Roddy allegedly gave in and agreed to let Devin Nunes and the boys take a peek at the controversial “FBI/Mueller papers”.

We felt good about that until we heard that Christopher Wray had ordered another 1200 barrels of “redaction ink”. Verifies our apprehensions about a Trump nominee who could get all but 5 Democrat confirmation votes.

And…where was ‘what’s his name’…Jeff Sessions? Get caught in traffic and missed the meeting? Maybe he was wearing one of Comey’s suits that blend in with the carpeting and drapes in White House meeting rooms so he wouldn’t be noticed hobnobbing with, ugh, Trump.

By the way, anybody wonder what happened to John Huber, named by Sessions to “get to the bottom of…well, everything. Remember this from way back in March?:

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions designated U.S. attorney John Huber as the prosecutor tasked with looking into allegations of abuse of power at the FBI.

“In a Thursday letter to Congress, Sessions said this appointment was made in response to requests for a special counsel investigation of the claims. The attorney general said, however, that Huber will be the one determining “whether any matters merit the appointment of a special counsel.”

“Sessions cited Justice Department regulations which stipulate that a special counsel appointment should be reserved for only the most “extraordinary circumstances.”
“If the situation doesn’t “justify such a departure ‘from the normal processes of the Department,'” Sessions said the guidelines allow the attorney general to make alternative arrangements that would sufficiently “mitigate any conflicts of interest.”

The word I get is that immediately after Huber was named he admitted himself into the Witness Protection program under the name “J Buffet’ and was last seen wasting away somewhere, searching for evidence of abuse of power, and, his last jigger of salt.

DLH

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The furry of the denizens loosing grip

From the remarkable article by former Clinton pollster Mark Penn, writing in The Hill which we referenced in the previous article:

Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all

“Time and time again, investigators came up empty. Even several sting operations with an FBI spy we just learned about failed to produce a Delorean-like video with cash on the table. But rather than close the probe, the deep state just expanded it. All they had were a few isolated contacts with Russians and absolutely nothing related to Trump himself, yet they pressed forward. Egged on by Steele, they simply believed Trump and his team must be dirty. They just needed to dig deep enough.”
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THE TRUTH AT LAST !?!?

“they simply believed Trump and his team must be dirty.”

Anybody buying this? I don’t think “they believed Trump and his team were ‘dirty’.” He just represented an enormous threat to their power and to the way it has been achieved and preserved. Trump had to be stopped before all their criminal corruption was exposed!

Yes, this piece is a surprisingly explosive attack on the Mueller investigation, and indirectly, the Obama “team” by Mr. Penn.

Reflecting on this column, many of us conservatives, and hopefully most ordinary Americans, are on the verge of giddiness over the prospect of the ‘Mueller Inquisition’ falling apart and, at last, for all to see, the spectacular exposure of the incredibly illegal, treasonous, dishonest deeds by the dirtiest, most dangerous presidential administration in American history…Obama’s!

Further sober reflection, however, produces a depressingly more realistic and likely, outcome.

I believe it is a fair question, buttressed by many disappointing outcomes in the recent past, to ask, “are we being played again?”

Are the hopes of millions of Americans…not just Trump voters, but newly aware people of good will who are seeing at last what an evil regime has governed America from 2008 through 2016… are we all just being set up?

We have been inundated, for months, from both sides of the media spectrum to expect unparalleled revelations coming from the DOJ’s Inspector General report, and from Congressional investigations into the seemingly undeniable corruption of the previous administration, our legal and law enforcement structure and our government in general. From  the left, the media seems to tell us that, well, yeah, there’s going to be some very sensational claims of deep and broad corruption in our most revered government agencies, but, when understood in the proper context, they are simply highly partisan, wildly misleading presentations of fact and speculation.

From the right, we are led to believe that THIS IS IT ! We have been waiting for the truth of how widespread the political corruption and illegality of the 8 years of Obama to finally come out!

How many times in the recent past has the same accounting appeared to be imminent and ultimately decisive?

We’ll see…                  DLH

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The Provocateurs a.k.a. “Lying Scumbags”

Travellers Club, London

Regarding recent revelations about the Mueller witch hunt , the articles we recommended yesterday confirm “Russiagate” as a get Trump conspiracy of the Deep State comprised in significant part of the usual suspects in the GOPe extending back to G H W Bush years.

That is said with due acknowledgement to  “Sundance” at the “Conservative Tree House”…a blog that we have mixed feelings about and cannot admit to trusting its reporting in any and all instances. Their reports often deal with intricate “conspiracies”, real or imagined, in our opinion, but always appearing to be exhaustively researched and well-documented.

Their piece is worth reading by serious political ‘junkies’. It suggests…nay! asserts that that Stephen Halper, the newly uncovered “Deep State” spy actually developed his estimable skills in the Reagan and Bush administrations, actually spying on the Carter administration, for one. We regard these revelations as unsurprising in the case of the Bushes but disturbing in the case of Reagan.

In hindsight, to us, it is easy to see how such methods and tactics Halper is said to have used on behalf of the G H W Bush presidency could easily morph into Obama administration weapons. It seems not ‘above’ the principles of the Washington Establishment to share methods and tactics against political opponents freely. We’re seeing the Bushes applauding, if not facilitating, the ‘war’ on Trump by, first, the Obama administration and, now, the Deep State/”Resistance”.

We remain, however, skeptical of “Sundance’s” allegations regarding the Reagan presidency. But maybe that’s because we’ve always held Reagan in high regard as Reagan had similar problems as Trump – holdovers from the G HW Bush years at the CIA and his, and his element’s general influence.     Sundance’s resume build of Halper’s career and associations is telling.          DLH

Stefan Halper Agent Provocateur – In His Own Words…

Clarice Feldman lays out the whole stinking  “Deep State” mess. Read carefully, there can be no question that this, as Trump suggested, the most explosive political scandal in American history!

H.A.L.P.E.R. Spells Game Up for Obama’s Spies

But try discussing this case with a liberal “friend” or a Hillary voter, or an Obama fan. You will find they are blithely ignorant of any of the damning details and will repeat only what NPR, the NY Times, et al, has furnished the ignorant media (that’s spelled “Q.C.T.I.M.E.S.).

Sadly, and alarmingly, it is not likely the true story will never be widely disseminated nor fully absorbed by a large segment of the American people.    DLH

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Planted innuendo, perfidy, misinformation, press stooges, CYA gambits, all things Mueller is part of — but real Russian collusion with Hillary — Mueller is not investigating

I appreciate former FBI agent Wauk’s analysis.  Sundance paints a picture but I think Strassel and especially Clarice are more reliable.  Sundance picture was good for giving Halper “resume” as more than an “academic” He was a hard core operative of the seedy manipulator “we are in charge/ we know best” class.  That is nothing all that revealing about political operatives.   That he was primarily operating with and for the deep state as regards internal US elective politics is damnable.

Related reading appearing today at Daily Caller – by Chuck Ross:

An Email Referring To ‘Collusion’ Sheds Light On Cambridge Prof’s Interactions With Trump Aide

And this stunning admission from a former Clinton pollster

Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all


R Mall

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Reading assignment — latest on Deep State perfidy

Clarice is the priority as she references these other reports adequately and pulls them and other revelations together.  Next would be Kimberly Strassel at the WSJ and then Sundance at Conservative Tree House.

Some comments from your humble servants here at Veritas to follow.  We will assume you have read at least Clarice.

V’pac

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Francis for Fed Chairman…?

Perhaps Pope Francis’s nose is out of joint because he wasn’t chosen to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Perhaps this “humble” man isn’t busy enough with his Vatican stuff…and his ‘crusades’ against climate change, “unfettered’ capitalism,  and income inequality… and his efforts on behalf of ‘social justice’…and…and…

Pope says financial derivatives are a ‘ticking time bomb’…

  • The Vatican called for more regulation of markets and financial systems.
  • Two Holy See departments drafted a document saying economic crises showed markets were not able to govern themselves and needed a strong injection of morality and ethics.
  • The Vatican’s pronouncement is considered official teachings of the Catholic Church and could affect the attitude of the church’s 1.2 billion members.

…but hasn’t commented on President Trump’s strong pro-life actions

Trump administration to bar abortions at facilities receiving federal family funds.    DLH

May 18, 2018,CNN

“This proposal does not necessarily defund Planned Parenthood, as long as they’re willing to disentangle taxpayer funds from abortion as a method of family planning, which is required by the Title X law,” said a Trump administration official. “Any grantees that perform, support, or refer for abortion have a choice — disentangle themselves from abortion or fund their activities with privately raised funds.”

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Pithtures — Society, Russiagate, 2nd Amendment

Thanks especially to HP for several of the forwards in this group. The rest chalk up to that guy Mitch Ellaneous

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Beck joins basket of deplorables

Image result for hillary gif deplorables

Proves no one is irredeemable

Virginia Kruta at the Daily Caller reports:

Glenn Beck Blames Media For Complete 180: ‘I’ll Vote For Trump’
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck announced during his Friday show that despite his opposition in the past, he would vote for President Donald Trump in 2020.

Beck began by predicting that Trump would win re-election, and then he explained why.

“Here’s why I’m predicting a 2020 win. When I saw yesterday how the press was all reporting the same damn story — that Donald Trump was calling MS-13 gang members (they left that out of the story) ‘animals’ — they were spinning it as if he was saying that about all immigrants. I had enough. I’ve had enough.”

Beck then took out a red Make America Great Again hat, saying, “Media, if you can get me, Glenn Beck, to do this … If you can drive me to the point where I say, ‘you know, I’ve had enough,’ I’ll vote for him in 2020. Gladly, I’ll vote for him in 2020. And not really even on his record, which we’ll talk about here in a second, is pretty damn amazing.”

.@glennbeck has heard ENOUGH from the mainstream media.
It’s time to acknowledge everything @realDonaldTrump has done for America. pic.twitter.com/eZZVH1URcL

— TheBlaze (@theblaze) May 18, 2018

Agreeing with the president’s opinion of MS-13, Beck posed a simple hypothetical: “If those animals took your daughter and did what they’ve done to other Americans’ daughters, you’d call them an animal. And if they’re not animals, I don’t know what is.”

Beck’s final assessment was that if the media had so offended him that even he — who once famously mocked President Trump by putting his face into a bowl of Cheeto dust — others had certainly been pushed to that same limit. “When you can get me to don a Make America Great Again hat, I think it’s permeated everywhere.”

DLH offers:

“Beck then took out a red Make America Great Again hat, saying, “Media, if you can get me, Glenn Beck, to do this … If you can drive me to the point where I say, ‘you know, I’ve had enough,’ I’ll vote for him in 2020.”

So what?! Glenn Beck lost his credibility over two years ago, if not before. Had Beck the ‘power’ to do so, Hillary Clinton would be president now. When Beck promoted Evan McMullin as a “presidential candidate” solely in an effort to destroy the Trump campaign…and thus put Hillary in the Oval Office…he officially became irrelevant in the extreme!

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Walsh tells it straight

A great column by Michael Walsh…a primer on political reality badly needed by the American electorate:       DLH

Great Men, Black Swans, and the End of the Mandarins   (excerpt)

“The result has been the sclerotic federal government of the past half-century and more, a bloated, ineffective, failure-proof collection of Ivy League credentialists who, obsessed with ritual, have forgotten why they ever went into government in the first place, except for their own personal self-enrichment. No matter which party was in power, nothing ever really got accomplished (except the process of “process”) and nothing ever really changed, either—except for the worse. From Nixon, who gave us OSHA and the EPA, through Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama, the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party and its auxiliaries in the media, tortured the country even as it bored us to death.

“Stability” was the key. Mediocrities like Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry could jet all over the world, busying themselves with activity and calling it action, but nothing ever changed—because nothing was ever supposed to change. North Korea, the Middle East, and other hot spots were to be preserved, not sorted out, as full employment for the mandarins.

Suddenly, all that changed with the election of Donald J. Trump. Heedless of protocol, contemptuous of niceties, and scornful of Washington business-as-usual, Trump has blown past one impossible task after another in what is already the most consequential presidency since FDR’s. Practically from the day he took office, the listless Obama economy vanished. American oil production boomed. He ended Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional DACA program, laughed off the Paris “climate change” foolishness, tore up the Iran “deal,” got Kim Jong-un’s attention in Korea, and moved the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to fulfill the combined campaign promises of at least the past three presidents.”

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All Senate Democrats and 3 Repubs vote for government control of the Internet*

  • If the House and White House were to go along, content regulation will ensue**

How “Net Neutrality” is portrayed — give it a nice bunny name and image

 

These IJR articles do not contain adequate references from a conservative perspective as regards what “Net Neutrality” portends — for that use our search window to apprise yourself of the issue through links in our commentaries. However they are adequate as foils for comments regarding the PR confusion/corruption the term Net Neutrality invokes.

Senate Votes to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules

The Senate voted on Wednesday to reinstate the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules after they were killed last year to repeal the Obama-era protections.

Democrats used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) — a law that allows Congress to repeal agency regulates by simple majority vote — to force a vote on a measure bringing back the repealed rules.

Forty-nine Democrats and three Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and John Kennedy (La.), voted in support of the measure. The bill passed 52-47.

The FCC first voted in December to repeal net neutrality rules, which prevent internet providers from giving special treatment to some online content over others.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) blasted FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for drafting the repeal when it was first proposed, saying he “really gets the job done for the titans of Big Cable.”

Pai hit back, saying that the U.S. was “not living in some digital dystopia.”

“The main problem consumers have with the internet is not and has never been that their internet provider is blocking access to content. It’s been that they don’t have access at all,” he continued.

Other lawmakers also expressed concern over the repeal, as did a large portion of the American people.

It is considered unlikely that the bill to reinstate net neutrality will pass the House, where it would need the support of a minimum of 22 Republicans, even if every Democrat voted in support.

President Donald Trump would also have to sign off on bringing back the rules.

Just ahead of the vote on Monday, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said the vote would “get every member of the Senate on the record as either supporting or opposing net neutrality.”

“There is nowhere to hide, and there are no excuses. You are either for a free and open internet or you are not,” he said.

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This particular IJR is dumbfounding as it parrots confused tripe about the matter. A statistic about what people think they know about a totally propagandized confusing name ought not be referenced without one big disclaimer.

Ted Cruz Mocks ‘Chicken Little Hysteria’ Over Net Neutrality: ‘Has Anything Happened? Has Anyone Noticed Anything?

Following Wednesday’s successful Senate vote to reinstate net neutrality rules, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) downplayed the potential that the issue could be a black eye for Republicans heading into the midterm elections.

Cruz, who voted down the Congressional Review Act (CRA) forced to the floor by Democrats, told IJR that he’s not concerned over Democrats using his vote against him or other Republicans up for reelection in the fall.

“I don’t see any voters, any new voters, who will come to the polls on this issue,” Cruz said. “The Chicken Little hysteria is driven by cynical democratic politicians trying to scare people. But I don’t see any new voters coming to the polls over an issue that nobody can point to anything that has affected someone that has made them worse off.”

The Texas senator, who is gearing up to take on Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) in an already contentious midterm election, argued that there has been no harm done since the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) revoked the Obama-era rules back in December 2017.

“You’ll recall the wailing of the left-wing activists was that when the FCC repealed the Obama administration’s power grab that the internet would end,” Cruz told IJR.

“Has that happened? Has anything happened? Has anyone noticed anything different whatsoever? The answer is no,” he added.

While Cruz may be correct that internet service providers haven’t made any major sweeping changes lately, the new rules put in place FCC chairman Ajit Pai aren’t set to take effect until June 11.

However, Cruz maintained that net neutrality is predominantly only a big issue for “hardcore activists who hate the president,” and he credited much of its widespread popularity to having a “clever name that sounds positive and beneficial.”

“Net Neutrality is like naming something fuzzy bunny rabbit. My guess is 90 percent of Americans support fuzzy bunny rabbit,” Cruz said.

“Try polling, instead, should the federal government have the authority to regulate the internet and regulate terms of service and pricing. That doesn’t poll nearly as well,” he added.

Net neutrality supporters in the Senate, though, say this is a fight they’ll willingly take to the ballot box. “I would not want to campaign in any part of this country saying that I oppose net neutrality,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told IJR.

Wednesday’s vote also saw some of Cruz’s Republican colleagues side with the over 80 percent of Americans who want to see the Obama-era protections preserved, including Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and John Kennedy (La.).

Kennedy told IJR that his “yes” vote came down to whether or not people could trust the cable companies to keep a free and open internet. “I trust everybody but I still believe in verification,” Kennedy said.

“I just think there should be a free and open internet,” he added.

However, Kennedy was also skeptical of the prospects that net neutrality could cost Republicans in the fall elections.

“Every day somebody up here says that there’s going to be a new issue that’s going to be dispositive of how things will turn out in the midterms,” the Louisiana senator said.

“Let me tell you a secret: When it comes to politics, the experts are almost always wrong,” he added.

*Think big-government will not use its “influence” to control content?  Consider:

New York Pressured Banks to Sever Ties With NRA — Now the Organization Is Firing Back 

With additional power to regulate and assign and control costs comes the power to use that to “politically correct” government approved ends.  A mild suggestion perhaps to the regulated that whatever expansively constitutes “hate speech” is not sufficiently regulated in the “leveled” playing field.

** By the way, what is Mitch’s plan to rid the party of these outliers,  Snow and Murkowski?  He had a plan for the primaries in Alabama and elsewhere.

R Mall

Topic update: Friday article at Townhall

Net Neutrality is a Fancy Term for Internet Socialism 

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