Friday, August 31, 2018

These are the real scandals plaguing our country

By Michael Goodwin | New York Post 

Not so long ago, editors and reporters dreaded the dog days of August because news took a vacation. Now the news never stops.

The challenge today is to make sense of the gusher of apocalyptic-sounding eruptions, claims and predictions. Here’s my view of what’s happening to our country.

America is being scandalized by four enormous events that are happening simultaneously. By scandalized, I mean that people are shocked and outraged at what they regard as breaches of acceptable behavior or morality.

That wouldn’t be a problem if the vast majority were scandalized by the same things. That’s not the America we have. The vicious polarization stems from the fact that the country is split almost exactly in half over what people are outraged about.

The first scandalizing event is Donald Trump — his candidacy, his election and his presidency. And, on some days to some people, his existence.

They have a point — up to a point. Trump is unlike any president in history, taking the Oval Office after a notorious business career and personal life. And it’s not as if he folded into the mold once he got elected, though his policies are more conventional that his personality.

Hardly a day goes by when he does not say or do or tweet something that breaks new ground, and not always for the better.

Trump won the election fairly and the economy is booming, yet too many Americans can’t accept those truths. Their attempts to bring him down define the three other scandalizing events.

First is the conduct of the mainstream media, which has abandoned all standards of fairness and continues to embarrass itself with overt bias against the president.

For the latest example, look at how CNN is supporting one of its anti-Trump stories even though its source, lawyer Lanny Davis, says he gave the network wrong information. So the world knows the story is wrong, but CNN won’t admit it.

Instead of making Trump look good, CNN would rather make itself look bad and confirm Trump’s assertion that it promotes fake news. How crazy is that?

Another scandalizing event is the behavior of some federal agencies. The Justice Department, the FBI and the CIA took liberties that were morally offensive, and possibly illegal, because they didn’t want Trump to be president. 

Some individuals, like former top FBI agent Peter Strzok, were dumb enough to put it in writing — on government computers!

Although Strzok and leaders of the FBI were fired or demoted based on misconduct, the current director, Christopher Wray, continues to act as if the events of 2016 and 2017 are mere reputational dents.

That, in turn, outrages Trump supporters and others, with the result that among half the country, the FBI remains untrustworthy. Wray either doesn’t get it or doesn’t care.

The fourth scandalizing event is the reaction of Democrats to Trump.

Led by Hillary Clinton, the party has thrashed about like wounded animals caught in a steel trap. The grief does not seem limited to three, five, seven or 10 stages. It’s endless.

Dems’ answers to his presidency can be divided into two: political assassination and political suicide.

The assassination group is putting all its chips on special counsel Robert Mueller. Their hope, their dream, their fantasy — their everything — is that Mueller will find collusion, obstruction or anything that will lead to impeachment and removal.

But with no evidence so far, many are betting that Stormy Daniels is the path to Trump’s destruction. Not likely, but it’s a free country.

Political suicide is the path other Dems are taking, as shown by their embrace of any shiny new thing, including socialism.

The leftward lurch got a jolt last June, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old former bartender, defeated incumbent Joe Crowley in a primary for a House seat in Queens.

In a flash, Ocasio-Cortez was the darling of the party, and some insiders declared she was its future. The movement toward things that not even Bernie Sanders endorsed surged when she called for abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement police, known as ICE.

Briefly, the idea felt unstoppable until cooler heads realized that 1, abolishing the agency would lead to border chaos and 2, border chaos would lead to a GOP rout in the midterms.

Besides, Ocasio-Cortez turned out to know next to nothing about many things. Her claim that unemployment was low “because everyone has two jobs” was a gift to comedians and Republicans.

So where to from here? In Sunday’s column, I predicted the coming months will be nasty but hoped that “people of good will on both sides remember that, in the end, we’re all still Americans.”

Some readers called me a Pollyanna, with Carole Campolo’s letter the most poignant. She writes: “We have always been taught, and many of us believed until now, that our frustrations with government can be adjudicated at the ballot box. 

This Mueller investigation and the actions by the deep state and media prove that to be a lie.

“With a nullification of our vote, some of ‘we the people’ know we have lost not only our voice, but our constitutional rights and probably our country.”

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The National Black Republican Association Endorses Congressman Ron DeSantis for Florida Governor

By Frances Rice

Announcing: The National Black Republican Association endorses Congressman Ron DeSantis for Governor.

On  their Facebook pagethe Black Republican Caucus of Florida endorsed Congressman Ron DeSantis for Governor.


Chairman Sean P. Jackson urges you to vote Congressman Ron DeSantis for Governor!

FLASHBACK: Here's a Long List of Top Democrats Saying "Monkeying Around"

By Katie Pavlich |Townhall

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Yesterday a firestorm erupted when Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis said during an interview on Fox News, "The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state."

His Democrat opponent Andrew Gillum and his friends in the leftist media immediately pounced, saying the use of the term was a "racist bullhorn." 

DeSantis has fired back, saying his use of the term had nothing to do with race.

“It has zero to do with race”

FL gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis responds to outrage over his ‘monkey this up’ comment.

But despite their outrage, Democrats haven't had any trouble regularly using a similar term: "monkeying around." This includes Democrats working directly for President Barack Obama.

Rich Weinstein has compiled a long list.

Are these Democrats also using racist bullhorns? Or are they just politically opportunistic hypocrites?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mainstream media to Ron DeSantis: OMG, you said “monkey it up”

By Paul Mirengoff | POWERLINE

Former President Barack Obama was a master player of the race card.

The mainstream media is going wild because Florida Republican Ron DeSantis, just nominated to run for governor against African-American Andrew Gillum, said he hopes voters don’t “monkey this up” by electing his far-left opponent.

Here is what DeSantis said:

Florida elections are always competitive, and this is a guy who, although he’s much too liberal for Florida, I think he’s got huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee, he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views, and he’s a charismatic candidate.

I watched those Democrat debates, and none of that is my cup of tea, but he performed better than those other people there. So we’ve got to work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction, let’s build off the success we’ve had on Governor Scott, the last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state. That’s not going to work.

“Monkey it up” means to play carelessly with something. 

DeSantis clearly was saying that voters shouldn’t mess with the success Florida is experiencing under Gov. Scott, a conservative, by electing a candidate with a socialist agenda. 

His meaning could not have been plainer.

However, as Ben Shapiro documents, media outlets are portraying DeSantis’ comment as a “dog whistle” — a way of telling Florida voters to reject his opponent because he is black. 

The Hill for example, tweeted:

DeSantis: Florida voters shouldn’t “monkey this up” by voting for black candidate.

This is a dishonest rendering of what DeSantis said. 

He said voters shouldn’t “monkey this up” by electing a guy with a socialist agenda. 

He did not say they shouldn’t monkey it up by electing a black candidate.

The notion that DeSantis would appeal to voters to reject a candidate on the basis of race is absurd. 

Florida voters know the race of DeSantis’ opponent. 

Those inclined to vote against the guy because of his race don’t need prompting. 

And any prompting would only hurt DeSantis by making him vulnerable to charges of racism — valid ones instead of the kind of BS we’re seeing now.

How, if at all, will DeSantis’ statement affect the election? 

I assume that Gillum has the African-American vote in his pocket and that, with the chance to elect an African-American governor and with a hot Senate race to vote in, Black turnout will be substantial with or without the outrage being feigned over DeSantis’ comment.

I can imagine DeSantis profiting with the rest of the electorate. 

The 2016 presidential election was, among other things, a defeat for mindless political correctness. 

Many white voters are sick of having the race card played against people without justification. They understand that they, too, can find themselves in jeopardy, e.g., at work, for an innocent comment.

It’s possible, then, that the media’s reaction against DeSantis will generate a backlash that will help his candidacy. 

More likely, though, this ridiculous incident will blow over and the media will have to find some other “gotcha” with which to try and bring down DeSantis.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

US consumer confidence rises to 18-year high


WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ consumer confidence rose in August to the highest level in nearly 18 years as their assessment of current conditions improved further and their expectations about the future rebounded.

The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 133.4 in August, up from a reading 127.9 in July. It was the highest reading since confidence stood at 135.8 in October 2000.

Consumers’ confidence in their ability to get a job and the overall economy are seen as important indicators of how freely they will spend, especially on big-ticket items such as cars, in coming months. Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity.

“Expectations, which had declined in June and July, bounced back in August and continue to suggest solid economic growth for the remainder of 2018,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “These historically high confidence levels should continue to support health consumer spending in the near term.”

The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a 4.1 percent rate in the April-June quarter, the best performance since 2014.


“Confidence is soaring to new heights which makes us bullish on growth and forecasts that this expansion may indeed shatter records for longevity next summer,” said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank in New York.

BREAKING: NAFTA is Out, a New Trade Deal With Mexico is Officially Here

By Katie Pavlich |Townhall 

Speaking from the White House Monday morning, President Trump announced a reboot of NAFTA after weeks of negotiations with Mexico.

"They used to call it NAFTA, we're going to call it the United States Mexico Trade Agreement," Trump said from the Oval Office, saying NAFTA has a negative connotation. "It’s a big day for trade. It’s a big day for our country. A lot of people felt we’d never get here.”

President Trump made the announcement and brought Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto onto a conference call. He then congratulated him on the new deal with the cameras rolling.

"It’s been an honor and you’ve been my friend,” Trump told Nieto. "Congratulations." 

President Trump was joined by Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Chief of Staff Kelly, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Mexican Economic Minister Ildefonso Guajardo.

President Trump signaled a deal was close at the end of last week and did so again before the announcement Monday morning.

The Trump administration will now work in partnership with Mexico to bring Canada to the table for a new and potentially separate deal.

"They want to negotiate very badly," Trump said. “One way or another we’ll have a deal with Canada. It’ll either be a tariff on cars or it’ll be a negotiated deal. Frankly, I tariff on cars is a much easier way to go. Perhaps, the other would be much better for Canada.”

Trump strongly campaigned on the issue of repealing or completely redoing NAFTA, a trade deal he argues was “terrible” for the United States and destroyed manufacturing in states across the country.


HAPPENING NOW: Stock Market Hits an ALL TIME HIGH Following Trump’s Successful NAFTA Deal

Patriot Beat | Staff

Stocks jumped on Monday as the United States and Mexico closed a new trade deal. Investors also digested reassuring comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on the central bank’s policy-tightening path.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 260 points as Caterpillar outperformed. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 1 percent to an all-time high, breaking above 8,000 for the first time, as Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet rose. The S&P 500 gained 0.8 percent to hit a record high with materials and financials as the best-performing sectors.

Market - Lot - Headwinds - One - Trade

“The market has been buffeted with a lot of headwinds lately, and the biggest one is trade,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley FBR. “If you were to take trade out of the picture, you would have a smoother ride higher in this market.”

President Donald Trump said the deal would be called The United States-Mexico Trade agreement, getting rid of the NAFTA name. “The name NAFTA has a bad connotation because the United States was hurt very badly by NAFTA,” he said. Trump added that the deal with Mexico is also very special for farmers and manufacturers.

Comment - Economy - Minister - Ildefonso - Guajardo

The comment comes after Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said Sunday both countries were close to resolving key differences on trade. This would pave the way for a new deal between the two longtime trade partners.


What You Need To Know | President Donald J. Trump Is Keeping His Promise to Renegotiate NAFTA

A PROMISE KEPT: President Donald J. Trump is delivering on his promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) so all American workers can benefit.

The United States has secured a preliminary US-Mexico Trade Agreement that modernizes and rebalances the trade relationship to reflect the realities of the 21st century.

This agreement will create more reciprocal trade that grows the economy, supports high-paying jobs for American workers, and protects American intellectual property.

The preliminary agreement is a mutually beneficial win for North American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.

President Trump is following through after years of promises by politicians to fix NAFTA.

This is the first time that a modern United States trade agreement has been renegotiated.

The preliminary agreement will benefit American workers, American manufacturing, and American agriculture, through provisions including:

- New “rules of origin” requirements to incentivize billions a year in vehicle and automobile parts production in the United States, supporting high-wage jobs.

- The strongest, fully enforceable labor standards of any trade agreement.

- New commitments to reduce trade-distorting policies for agricultural goods.

- Improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.

- Strong and effective intellectual property protections.

- The strongest disciplines on digital trade of any international agreement.

- The most robust transparency obligations of any United States trade agreement.

MODERNIZING NAFTA: The 24-year-old NAFTA was outdated and unbalanced, hurting American jobs and businesses.

Many Americans have been hurt by closed factories, exported jobs, and broken political promises resulting from the old NAFTA.

NAFTA has contributed to our ballooning annual goods trade deficit, which grew from $115 billion in 1993, the year before NAFTA’s implementation, to nearly $800 billion in 2017.

The United States went from a $1.6 billion goods trade surplus with Mexico to a $70 billion goods trade deficit during that same time period.

The old NAFTA includes many outdated provisions that have not been updated to reflect modern standards, new technologies, or the 21st century global economy.

NEGOTIATING FOR THE AMERICAN WORKER: President Trump has made it a priority of his Administration to replace unfair deals with free, fair, and reciprocal trade.

Since taking office, President Trump has undertaken multiple trade negotiations in addition to NAFTA that will benefit American workers.
President Trump reached an agreement with the European Commission to work toward zero tariffs, increase energy exports, reduce non-tariff barriers, and address unfair trade.

Keeping another campaign promise, the Trump Administration successfully secured key amendments to the trade agreement with South Korea to strengthen our manufacturing base.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Democratic Party Racism and Fascism Exposed: Death of a Nation 2018 - The Movie

Not since 1860 have the Democrats so fanatically refused to accept the result of a free election. 

That year, their target was Lincoln.

They smeared him.

They went to war to defeat him.

In the end, they assassinated him.

Now the target of the Democrats is President Trump and his supporters.

The Left calls them racists, white supremacists and fascists.

These charges are used to justify driving Trump from office and discrediting the right "by any means necessary."

But which is the party of the slave plantation?

Which is the party that invented white supremacy?

Which is the party that praised fascist dictators and shaped their genocidal policies and was in turn praised by them?

Moreover, which is the party of racism today?

Is fascism now institutionally embodied on the right or on the left?

Through stunning historical recreations and a searching examination of fascism and white supremacy, Death of a Nation cuts through progressive big lies to expose hidden history and explosive truths.

Lincoln united his party and saved America from the Democrats for the first time.

Can Trump-and we-come together and save America for the second time?

Friday, August 24, 2018

Trump Has Already Won on Impeachment

By Conrad Black | American Greatness

Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Only the final descent of the Trump assassination squads to the supreme self-humiliation of the Michael Cohen-Stormy Daniels nothingburger could drag me from my sublime writing holiday to inflict myself on whatever readers there may be in August. 

Amid the hydrogen bomb of decrials of moral turpitude and perceived high crimes, there is no one else audible who sees the Cohen rollover as the supreme victory for the president that it is.

The Mueller investigation that started out with such a trumpet-blast of portentous Wagnerian prophecy of impending revelations of treason, has fallen to the asininity of getting a sleazy lawyer who has pleaded guilty to a smorgasbord of criminal frauds to declare that candidate Trump told him to pay hush money to a woman he had allegedly had a sexual encounter with 10 years before the election, and that this was an illegal campaign contribution and attempt corruptly to influence the outcome of the presidential election.

There had never been any hint of impropriety by Trump in the matter—no coercion, no payment on the night, and the best that could be done for titillation was when Stormy, a generally engaging and peppy businesswoman, though she found nothing exceptionable in the future president’s conduct, or in “his junk,” claimed to have lightly spanked him with a copy of Time that had his picture on the cover. As S&M goes, this is pretty thin gruel.

Succumbing to the Madness

It has come to this. 

Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI, before it became the dirty tricks division of the Democratic National Committee, could have exonerated a lot of people who were defamed with imputations of treason in “colluding” with Russia. 

He could have had some members of his investigative team who were not rabid Democrats. 

He could have investigated all the Democratic Party’s skullduggery with Russia, starting with the infamous Steele dossier, the false FISA warrants, the lies under oath to Congress and the FBI. 

He could have adopted the view that he should find out if crimes were committed, and if not, to say so, as normal prosecutors do.

But he just kept spiraling down like a deep-diving sewer rat. 

He succumbed terminally to the Archibald Cox-Lawrence Walsh-Ken Starr madness that his duty was to destroy the chief target, no matter what level of professional degradation he reached trying to do so, the facts be damned.

There is no believable evidence that Trump authorized an illegal payment.

Cohen is just the latest example of the utter corruption of the plea bargain system: a light sentence for possibly real offenses in exchange for extorted, false, supposedly inculpatory evidence that Mueller can serve to the demented Adam Schiff-Eric Swalwell Democratic congressional school of preemptive Trump-lynching as grounds for impeachment.

Trump engaged Cohen to spare him Stormy’s threats of raw meat publicity for the impartial press, (where the New York Times formally had announced their partiality in news stories in the national interest), in the last week of the election campaign. 

Cohen did so, invoiced Trump, and the client paid the invoice.

It is not clear how specific Trump’s instructions were. 

Cohen leaked a recording of a conversation a few weeks ago to incite the fear that he might have taped some indiscretion of Trump, (totally unethical for a lawyer to do that with a client).

This cannot seriously be construed as a campaign contribution, as was found in the John Edwards case, where there had been an extensive affair and a child resulted while Edwards was running for vice president. 

And it certainly is nowhere near the “high crime or misdemeanor” the Constitution requires to remove someone from federal office.

The Democrats will achieve new depths of misplaced righteousness as they carry forward the icons of their past leaders in uxorial fidelity, the hall of fame of upholders of connubial values: Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and William Jefferson Clinton, like Infants of Prague (the city Michael Cohen never visited). 

This ghastly charade, which began as the vengeance of the Democrats on the impudence of the country for electing the Republican candidate, as well as Hillary Clinton’s excuse for her astounding loss of a won election, is finally entering its last chapter.

Give the People What They Need to Decide

The following events should now occur, and I believe most of them will. 

In this last gasp of Mueller’s warlock-hunt, the president in keeping with the energetic midterm campaign he promised, should finally order the release of all the material the Justice Department is withholding which congressional committees have demanded, and he should reduce at once by two years the sentences of all federal prisoners who are nonviolent first offenders.

This would assure the immediate release of tens of thousands of people.

American prisons are stuffed with innocent and grossly over-sentenced victims of the criminal sausage factory who were railroaded by the crooked prosecutorial system, of which fired FBI director James Comey, his egregious lawyer Patrick Fitzgerald, fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, and Mueller are shining exemplars. 

Apart from being a just measure, it would accelerate the tidal drift of African-American voters from the Democrats who have done nothing but strengthen their welfare dependency since Lyndon Johnson, to President Trump, who has shown his determination to reform the fascistic American criminal justice system with its North Korean conviction levels and stark racial imbalances.

Trump should campaign on these points: You, the people, are the jury. 

If you want to decriminalize policy differences and avoid impeachment trials for inoffensive acts such as authorizing a lawyer to facilitate discretion by someone over a decade-old uncontroversial one evening encounter, vote Republican. 

If you want to keep your tax cuts and relative regulatory liberty, vote Republican. 

If you do not want open borders where millions of unscreened people, a significant number of them violent and dangerous, will enter illegally, clog our welfare rolls, and be encouraged to vote (Democratic) regardless of their illegal status, vote Republican.

If the Democrats win control of the House of Representatives by more than a few members, they will probably try to impeach the president but will have no chance of removing him in a Senate trial on this nonsense. 

If the Republicans retain the House and add to their majority in the Senate, minus feckless members such as Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and even Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the president will put the rest of his program through, as the Democrats begin the agonizing reappraisal that awaits them.

That party has come to a dead end, as former intelligence chiefs James Clapper and John Brennan publicly fall out over Brennan’s charge against Trump of “treason.” 

They hung all their hopes on Mueller, who has shot his pathetic bolt. 

Their face is the cheery countenance of their 28-year old nitwit socialist Bronx congressional candidate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

Their voice is the Cuomo brothers: Andrew says America was never great and Chris says the country should support the Antifa thugs in their ninja suits. 

This is the inspiration of the Democrats: the wit of the Cuomos; a wit composed of the reflections of two halfwits.

Whatever the results on election night, the president should fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his deputy Rod Rosenstein, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller as soon as the polls have closed—there’s nothing impeachable about firing incompetent people, some of whom are behaving unconstitutionally.

You would never guess it from the fatuous ululations of triumph of his enemies, but Trump has won already.
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