Comey Agrees to PUBLIC Hearing – Of Course He Does

Let me say that I am no fan of Trump. I’m not an enemy or never-Trumper either. I’m agnostic. I hope the country succeeds as he is at the helm. I am however a huge fan of some of his campaign promises – the wall – deregulation – energy – immigration.

That being said, I believe Trump is being railroaded. This Russia investigation has been going on for quite some time already, and I see nothing thus far condemning the President. Nor does anyone else. Only hearsay from anonymous sources and unseen memos, without corroboration. People believe what they hear because they want to.

This “public” hearing, which is announced below, will be a farce. Comey should be made to testify, IN PRIVATE, to the Senate Intel committee, under oath, so he may not hedge or get away with the old – that’s classified crap, that happens in public hearings. But that’s not happening. Instead we will be witness to a televised circus, filled with grandstanding clown politicians, one of which is Comey, eager to just be on camera. It will be a complete waste of time and resources. It will be yet another stage for Comey to cement himself as the darling of the media. Nothing else.

from The Hill:

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to publicly testify as part of an investigation into Russia’s interference in the election, the Senate Intelligence Committee announced Friday evening.

Comey’s testimony in the open hearing, which the committee said it would schedule after Memorial Day later this month, comes amid continued fallout over President Trump’s abrupt firing of the FBI chief last week. read more

What Happened to Trump’s Undying Support of Israel

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Why is the Trump administration backing off of the President’s rather definitive campaign declaration to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to its rightful place in Jerusalem?

January 22, 2017

I’m trying my best not to condemn Trump and his people for not doing what he promised (and he did promise), right off of the bat, but I am beginning to wonder and worry on a growing number of campaign promises, just what has changed from campaign to White House.

Now, despite me writing a fair bit about Israel, I don’t have any particular love for, or peculiar fetish regarding the tiny nation. But as most of us are, maybe I’m just a big fan of underdogs.

Every movie ever made about the oppressed, singled-out, or otherwise unnecessarily put-upon underdog, finds those who view, cheering for the little guy.

And it’s always the same story. The underdog is just that. He or she is weaker, slower, smaller, disabled, not as intelligent, etc. – but somehow in the end, finds a way to prevail. It’s the story of David vs. Goliath told over and over again in hundreds of ways.

But not all underdogs are cheered. One in particular evokes the opposite emotional response from many. Of course this is the aforementioned Israel. The only nation hated by more of the Globe than the United States of America. read more

No Mr. President – Not Even You Can Create Peace

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Oh come on! Now you’re going to solve the Israeli/Palestinian dispute? Really?

I have to say that I’ve really tried my darndest to support the President. I’ve congratulated him on his accomplishments and have even held back (well mostly) at blasting him when he appears to fail. Mostly because a lot of his supposed failings come from having to compromise with the lazy, shiftless Republican cowards in Congress.

But foreign policy is a President’s purview. Unlike the domestic side, the President is to be the tip of the spear when dealing with other nations. So far Trump has done a pretty good job, refriending Israel, meeting with the Chinese leader and taking a much harder line on Syria, Russia and North Korea.

But then he goes and invites Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House. Like Abbas is some sort of real President. That’s a hot one. He’s simply the latest Palestinian head terror facilitator. In that respect, he’s no different than was Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who paid terrorists and their families.

In 2002, Fox News reported, “In Tulkarm, one of the poorest towns on the West Bank, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council handed out the checks [totaling $25,000 each] from Saddam. read more

Of Promises Broken – President Trump Signs Stop-Gap Spending Bill

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All you need to know about this stop-gap, $1.070 trillion non-budget budget that was passed over the weekend and signed by president Trump, is that Chuck Schumer likes it.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., praised the budget deal as a “good agreement for the American people,” that “takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table.”

“The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall, excludes poison pill riders, and increases investments in programs that the middle-class relies on, like medical research, education, and infrastructure,” Schumer said in a statement. “Early on in this debate, Democrats clearly laid out our principles. At the end of the day, this is an agreement that reflects those principles.”

Chuckie Schumer is scumbag and a weasel, but he isn’t wrong. Democrats did clearly lay out their principles, and the agreement did in fact reflect their principles. It also laid bare the Republicans crystal clear lack of principle, or at least what we thought were Republican principles. Turns out they have none. At least none worth fighting for.

Some say Schumer and the democrats are shrewd to have played Trump and the Republicans. I would disagree. The Democrat Party is the party of Sheila Jackson-Lee, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Al Franken and many others. None of these could be mistaken for shrewd. But they don’t have to be. They only have to be bullies. Minority or majority – it matters not to them as they continue to dictate the terms of Republican surrender. read more

New Sheriff at the FCC Will Undo Net Neutrality

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Free speech has been on the lips of many these days. In conservative circles, it has usurped most other news. To some extent it should, for without it, where would we be?

Of the many free speech issues, none has received more press than has the UC Berkeley vs. Anne Coulter flap. This issue goes to heart of free speech and the Constitution.

The right claims that Ms. Coulter has the right to speak and that her “speech” should be protected, just as any leftist speaker would be. Of course at Berkeley, a leftist speaker would more likely be canonized than protested and shut down.

While the issue of Anne Coulter’s right to speak at Berkeley and her guaranteed safety is an important one, a recent Trump appointment that may affect all our free speech should be getting a lot more press than the college speaking circuit. read more

The Wall is Worth Fighting For

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You’ll have to pardon my cynicism regarding the border wall, but we’ve seen this show before. Republicans talk tough, but at the first sign of push-back, they collapse like a house of cards.

But the President is supposed to be different – he’s supposed to be a fighter. He’s supposed to be fighting for us. The wall isn’t just what he wants – it’s what we want. So where’s the fight?

On Tuesday, Talking Points Memo reported on Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s White House briefing. “Yesterday, President Trump reportedly said that he’s going to delay pushing the wall through. Can you just clarify what the status is?” Associated Press reporter Vivian Salama asked Spicer at his daily briefing.

“I think he tweeted about this earlier,” Spicer replied. “His priorities have not changed. There will be a wall built. “Our priorities are clear going into FY17, the remainder of budgeting for that, and we’ll continue to ask for more in FY18,” he said, referring to fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

“So it’s delayed for now,” Salama pressed. “No, I didn’t — no, no, no, no. I never — no one said delayed. No, no,” Spicer said.

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Interesting Points About Sanctuary City Judge

from Heavy.com:

A United States district court judge has just blocked part of President Donald Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities.

Judge William Orrick on Tuesday granted a nationwide injunction, blocking the Trump administration from following through on its threat to take away federal funds from cities that do not comply with national immigration laws, according to CNN.

William Orrick is 63 years old, and he is from San Francisco, California. According to his Senate confirmation hearing, he is married, and he and his wife Carolina have three daughters: Sarah, Libby, and Catherine.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Judge William H. Orrick III.


1. He Was Nominated by President Barack Obama

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Obama during his final press conference as President. (Getty)

Judge William Orrick was appointed to his current position by President Barack Obama.

At the time of the appointment, Orrick was working at the law firm Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP. He has previously served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Obama nominated Orrick in June 2012, but Orrick was not approved until February 2013. This was mainly a party line vote, though Republican Jeff Flake broke with his party to vote to confirm Orrick.


2. He Donated Money to Barack Obama During the 2008 Campaign

President Obama Farewell Address, Obama Farewell Address, Obama Last SpeechPresident Barack Obama in January 2017. (Getty)

When Barack Obama was running for president, Judge William Orrick reportedly helped raise money for him and donated some of his own money as well.

According to Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, Orrick donated approximately $30,000 to committees supporting Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for president. In addition, he helped raise $200,000 in contributions to the Obama campaign.

This had not been Orrick’s first time raising money for a Democratic politician. During the 2004 election, he helped raise funds for John Kerry, according to Public Citizen.

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Trump Continues Gutting the Climate Church of the EPA

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As was promised, the Trump administration has begun the task of gutting the EPA. Trump is doing whatever he can to remove the jackboot of the agency from the throats of industry and frankly all Americans.

And it’s about time. Other than the IRS, I can think of no government agency or department which wields more power, and uses it almost exclusively to abuse the American private sector.

So when Trump announced that he would drastically cut back the authority of the EPA, many of cautiously cheered. I say cautiously, because experience tells us to be weary of campaign promises. Yet, at least as far as the EPA and the whole myth of man-caused climate change are concerned, he appears to be keeping his word.

In March, the Independent woefully reported that the word ‘Science’ disappeared from the “Environmental Protection Agency office’s mission statement. The EPA once proudly told visitors that a large part of its work was scientific research to help improve the climate and the environment. But those references have since been removed and replaced with a reference to things that are ‘economically and technologically achievable.’”

Well that is good news, for as we know, it has been quite some time, if ever, that the EPA had anything to do with science. Rather the government agency should have long ago been classified as a church, due to its almost singular focus on the religion of global warming. And wouldn’t that be the ultimate irony, considering the left’s irrational fear of the separation of Church and State. read more

Conservatives vs the Swamp

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One of the claims that President Trump hailed during the campaign was that he wanted to “Drain the Swamp” in D.C. We heard many times from him and his surrogates about going to Washington to drain the swamp. Those at his rallies could even be heard chanting, “Drain the Swamp.”

It played great to the masses, but is it really possible? If all things remain equal, is this possible?

Well no – no it is not. First, without getting into detail, some of Trump’s cabinet picks belie his promise – although he never actually stated that, “I promise to Drain the Swamp.”

His choices of Sessions as Attorney General, Scott Pruitt at EPA, Tom Price at HHS, and certainly (we hope) the new supreme Court justice Gorsuch appear at first blush to be swamp drainers. But Reince Preibus, Steve Mnuchin at Treasury and Secretary of State Tillerson seem at best to be status quo swampists.

But it of course can’t all be left to Trump. There is no president who is capable of doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to this monumental and possibly insurmountable task. He must get help from the legislative branch. read more