Not holding our breath

Monday is the ‘big day” for release of  IG Horowitz report on FISA abuses regarding investigations of then candidate Trump. Presumed knowledgeable sources have signaled not to expect much and even that it might be a whitewash protecting deep-state actors

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(it depends o the forthcoming nature of the deep state). Maybe it will point to a fall guy with fingerprints on a smoking gun that folks may understand as more of a peashooter.  Democrats will portray any critiques as mere technical violations in the exuberance of good people doing their job to protect the integrity of the election process.

From the Washington Examiner:

The report on possible abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will be released Monday, setting up a possible conflict between Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Attorney General William Barr.

Reports suggest Horowitz, who headed the investigation, and Barr diverge on whether the FBI was justified in launching its 2016 counterintelligence inquiry into possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, later wrapped into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mueller concluded Russia interfered but did not establish a criminal conspiracy between President Trump and Russia.

Barr disagrees with Horowitz’s supposed conclusion that the FBI had sufficient information to justify launching its Trump-Russia investigation, according to the Washington Post, and Barr isn’t persuaded by Horowitz’s findings and believes agencies outside of the DOJ, such as the CIA, might be able to reveal details that could change Horowitz’s mind. The investigation conducted by Barr’s right-hand man, U.S. Attorney John Durham, uncovered information that could buttress Barr’s doubts, according to a lawyer associated with Durham’s team.

Dropping it tomorrow will be before an actual House Judiciary Committee impeachment vote by House Democrats (who else?) but based on the above we do not expect that it will cool their jets, and maybe it will make them more insane.

The process the House Democrats have used and are intent on furthering for the final vote to impeach is so unfair that it is unlikely to cost Trump any Republican support.  It is more about the House Democrats  own insulated insanity and that of their base who they feel are itching for this. They do not see a downside as partisan as they have been.

Their operatives are so dirty it is felt necessary to throw as much dirt as they can. Their machine politics need this to fuel their rabid base or risk loosing some of that “energy” to the extent of loosing “bluish” seats (not to mention toss-up seats and all those who are running in seats Trump won). There is no downside in their view only necessity. They may see themselves loosing some no-party folks, but they don’t pay the bills, and they may be doing this eyes wide open that Trump will now win reelection.

They are trying to protect their base congressional district  support.  There is also no downside because the dominant liberal media will work overtime to protect them, change the subject, etc..  They of course have a big part in this. They will not report the implications of the Horowitz findings if significantly damaging, they will energize any spin of it as an exoneration ( how they say we spun the Mueller report)  and they will continue to cover the impeachment Nadler show  hoping to do as much damage as they can produce (they are the producers of this theater).   More from the Washington Examiner article:

Barr and Durham have not said when they will release their conclusions, but Trump weighed in Tuesday when asked if he’d heard about the disagreement between Horowitz and Barr.

“If what I read is correct, that would be a little disappointing, but it was just one aspect of the report, so we’ll see what happens,” Trump said.

Trump said he heard from the news that Horowitz’s report would be “very powerful” and “devastating” and also raised expectations for what Barr and Durham might uncover.

“I do think the big report to wait for is the Durham report,” Trump said. “That’s the one that people are really waiting for. And he’s highly respected, and he’s worked very hard and he’s worked long hours, I can tell you, and gone all over the world. So we’ll see.”

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Durham’s portfolio of powers is much more than Horowitz and there are reports that he has uncovered criminal behavior and is pursuing it.   Not holding our breath on that one either given the depth of the deep state.

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Hallmark’s crowning insight

Not enough gay and alternative lifestyle shows on TV? They come and go and if they go it is because they are stupid and nobody watches them.

I have been very, very concerned for some time now about the paucity (or is it a ‘dearth’?) of gay characters, themes, and plots in movies, TV Shows, and Comic books.

Hallmark is heroically coming to the rescue to address this national scandal. Thank the Lord this great country has done a better job in insuring that our elementary school children have been better served, learning about the gay life style and encouraging them to carefully consider if the’ve been assigned the correct gender.      dlh

Hats off to Hallmark!
Hallmark Execs Say Channel Working To Fix Lack of Gay Christmas Movies

News that the Hallmark Channel is looking to add LGBT-friendly movies to its lineup is yet another stab in the back for conservative Christians, many of whom are still reeling from Chick-fil-A’s recent betrayal of traditional family values.

According to The Wrap, executives at Hallmark’s parent company, Crown Media Family Networks, admitted the network is seeking to air more stories focused on LGBT characters.

“We are continuing to expand our diversity,” Michelle Vicary, Crown Media’s executive vice president of programming, told TheWrap for a story published last week. “We are looking at pitches for LGBTQ movies

“Like the industry, there is a lot of work to be done to catch up.”
Vicary’s remarks echoed those made by Crown Media CEO Bill Abbot.
Abbot told The Hollywood Reporter last week he is “open” to movies that have a homosexual character in the lead role.

This holiday season, Hallmark is planning on releasing 40 original movies.
The channel’s reputation for airing wholesome, feel-good stories is widely known and greatly appreciated by millions of Americans who detest the radical nature of the LGBT movement’s demands.

A petition from LifeSiteNews, a pro-life, pro-family Christian website, warned Hallmark that it would “risk losing a big part of their market” if the network gives in “to the LGBT agen

“Hallmark would be offending Christian viewers and Christian parents BIG TIME, by experimenting with homosexual themes, and, or cooperating with the LGBT indoctrination agenda,” the petition reads.

“Hallmark should also know that if they give-in to the LGBT agenda, the LGBT activists will never be satisfied.”

The petition had garnered nearly 30,000 signatures as of Friday morning.

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Can we impeach Pope Francis?

Latest Outrage – Pope Francis Compares Trump to Herod, Who Tried to Kill Jesus

Walls make for a Herod  — seriously???

Vatican is largely surrounded by walls, gates, metal detectors, building perimeters. Building entrances are guarded. Access is at approved times or by appointment only. No one just walks in to take up residency.

Our charges:

1) Pope Francis is a living breathing careless wreck as a Christian logician, exegete and communicator, OR

2) a purposeful divisive accusatory fomenter of hate, envy, covetousness AND

3) a purveyor of the false gods of one-world-government, the state as such and gaia , AND

4) A huge CO2 hypocrite jetting around as he does, living in air-conditioned comfort and behind a guarded wall as he does, as corpulent as he is

Strong words? Indeed, but the Pope having just accused me (by implication) of being another Herod because I support efforts to control the border and protect our sovereignty,  two can play the game. He deserves it because he shows (personally or through his offices)  no compunction, no effort to specify who or what he is talking about, but rather for lack of it, to implicate and impune.  He is a careless, loud-mouth, appalling, hateful sore on the world stage given the responsibilities of his office, far more so than Donald Trump could ever be objectively accused.

Now it could be that there was more context to what the Pope said, ameliorating the import than what was reported in this Breibart article.  But we respect that they got the gist of it. However it is way too far into the game to not be clear on such matters of state, to be careful in utterances, not to paint with a brush so irresponsibly. So we don’t let someone like him off the hook out of charity when he offers none over policy differences. It is up to him to specify if borders are unBiblical, if nation-states are unBiblical, whether walls are good for any purpose including drug interdiction . . . rather than issue cheap shots

Pope Francis’ in showing no care as to lump believers in borders in with Harod and it is outrageous. Trump has accomplished more to save more babies than any modern living world leader including I do not hesitate to say His Holiness by virtue of highlighting the issue of baby killing that this Pope obfuscates with other issues.

Trump has reduced war while maintaining peace through strength. Trump has worked to make for a vibrant economy that can show the world the way — feeding more and more. He has held families together with those economic policies rather than making family members wards of the state.

It is not a leap for me to believe this Pope’s occasional words in opposition to abortion are anything more than window dressing. Which of the true modern-day baby -killers has he attacked, mänō ä ˈmänō – whose face has he been in   — the UN leadership? the Castros? the Pelosis?, Trudeau?, Xi Jinping? any communist dictator anywhere to decry their policies of state sanctioned if not mandated “Herodizing” of babies? They know he won’t do anything about it, not like make it an issue or anything. And they know they can use him for their mutual designs, validating the overwhelming power of the state.

I pray to God few actually listen to him in favor of more authentic balanced, responsible Catholic/Christian teachers.  This Pope’s world-view is that of a Marxist which is inextricable from totalitarianism.       Via Breitbart:

Pope Francis Compares Trump to Herod, Who Tried to Kill Jesus

ROME — Pope Francis has compared U.S. President Donald Trump to the murderous King Herod who massacred innocent children in ancient Palestine while trying to kill the baby Jesus, a Jesuit journal revealed Thursday.

Speaking with his brother Jesuits during his recent visit to Thailand, the Argentinian pope minced no words in his thinly veiled condemnation of the U.S. president and his administration, suggesting that like a modern-day Herod, Mr. Trump separates families at the border while allowing drugs to freely flow into the country.

“In other parts there are walls that even separate children from parents. Herod comes to mind,” Francis said. “Yet for drugs, there’s no wall to keep them out.”

“The phenomenon of migration is compounded by war, hunger and a ‘defensive mindset,’ which makes us in a state of fear believe that you can defend yourself only by strengthening borders. At the same time, there is exploitation.”

In this Q&A session, the pontiff also proposed that the rise of populism is at the root of migrants’ problems in Europe.

“I must admit that I am shocked by some of the narratives I hear in Europe about borders,” the pope said. “Populism is gaining strength.”

“The phenomenon of refugees has always existed, but today it is better known because of social differences, hunger, political tensions and especially war. For these reasons, migratory movements are intensifying,” he said.

“What is the answer the world gives? The policy of waste,” he continued. “Refugees are waste material. The Mediterranean has been turned into a cemetery. The notorious cruelty of some detention centers in Libya touches my heart.”

“The Christian tradition has a rich evangelical experience in dealing with the problem of refugees. We also remember the importance of welcoming the foreigner as the Old Testament teaches us,” he said.

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Cheerleader be all Kaepernick like

The “Fix” this nation is in…a travesty reported by “The College Fix ” but mostly ignored by general media:

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CHEERLEADER GETS $145,000 SETTLEMENT BECAUSE SHE WAS BRIEFLY KEPT OFF THE FIELD AFTER KNEELING FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

– A little over a year after suing Kennesaw State University and Georgia officials for “violation of civil rights,” former cheerleader Tommia Dean received a $145,000 settlement from the college…

– The agreement says it’s intended to “buy peace of mind from future controversy and forestall further attorney’s fees, costs, or other expenses of litigation,” while clarifying the university admits no responsibility for acting “contrary to the law or otherwise violated the rights of Dean.”

– College’s president resigns

– (Cheerleader claims the action was)…”racially motivated in their complaints to Olens about the cheerleaders’ public protest, and that she had since suffered emotional stress.”

Common sense obviously does not reside within the ‘ivied halls’ of ~~Higher ~~Learning. Do you think that agreeing to “settle” will “buy peace of mind from ‘future controversy’…?

dlh

The “College Fix’s Account of the Story:

Judge already tossed claims against lawmaker for ‘racial animus’

Want to make six figures in a year without doing anything? Just make yourself the center of attention at a football game, to the point where you’re removed from the field.

A little over a year after suing Kennesaw State University and Georgia officials for “violation of civil rights,” former cheerleader Tommia Dean received a $145,000 settlement from the Department of Administrative Services, the Marietta Daily Journal reported Wednesday. It obtained the Oct. 25 agreement through a public records request.

The agreement says it’s intended to “buy peace of mind from future controversy and forestall further attorney’s fees, costs, or other expenses of litigation,” while clarifying the university admits no responsibility for acting “contrary to the law or otherwise violated the rights of Dean.”

Dean’s claims against the university stem from its decision to keep her and four other cheerleaders off the field during the national anthem in two football games. They had taken a knee during the national anthem at a previous game.

She claims two other lawsuit targets who were not party to the settlement – Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren and former state Rep. Earl Ehrhart – persuaded then-President Sam Olens to keep the cheerleaders from taking the field. The kerfuffle is widely credited with convincing Olens to resign:

[Dean] claimed Warren and Ehrhart were racially motivated in their complaints to Olens about the cheerleaders’ public protest, and that she had since suffered emotional stress.

In February, a federal judge dismissed Ehrhart and Warren as defendants in the case, finding no evidence they acted with racial animus.

That judge’s order was then appealed by Dean’s lawyers in respect of Warren only, and the appeal regarding the sheriff is the only ongoing legal matter in the case.

MORE: Cheerleader says brief absence from field violates her civil rights
Dean is getting the bulk of the settlement directly in the form of a $93,000 check, while her attorneys are getting nearly $52,000 to cover their fees.

Ehrhart, the lawmaker dismissed from the lawsuit, crowed that his lawyer “crushed the political hack attorneys hired by the KSU cheerleader to perpetrate this fraud and character assassination.” Dean had claimed Ehrhart participated in a conspiracy with the sheriff “actionable under the Ku Klux Klan Act,” while the lawmaker said he was simply expressing his “personal feelings” about the kneeling.

Once feared by Georgia public universities as the chair of the subcommittee that allocates their funding, Ehrhart had used his perch to coerce them to protect the due process rightsof accused students.

He threatened Georgia Tech’s state funding in response to its suspension of a fraternity based on a single claim of racism contradicted by video evidence.

Nearly two years before the Trump administration rescinded the “Dear Colleague” letter on campus sexual assault issued by its predecessor, in an interview with The College Fix, Ehrhart shamed universities for “rolling over dead” in response to a directive with “no force of law.”

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The impeachment circus continues

Professor Karlan checks all the boxes to be the next Dem. SCOTUS nominee

Interestingly, Thursday’s report on the House Judiciary Committee impeachment “inquiry” in the Wall Street Journal made no mention whatever of what may be the most asinine performance of the impeachment process so far…and, with Adam Schitt and Jerome Nadler, and (ahem) “Nancy I” as Democrat House leaders, that’s sayin’ something.

The UK Daily Mail, however, has a lengthy story on the inquiry in Thursday’s edition   which is complete, relatively straightforward, mostly unbiased…and does treat fairly the “Professor Karlan gaffe”. (It should be noted that the Daily Mail is not a ‘conservative’ publication. It is in fact, a left of center newspaper.)

This from the NY Post:

“Contrary to what President Trump has said, Article 2 [of the Constitution] does not give him the power to do anything he wants,” testified Pamela Karlan, a professor at Stanford Law School. “The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”

“The wisecrack drew a strongly-worded clapback from Trump’s 2020 campaign.
“Only in the minds of crazed liberals is it funny to drag a 13-year-old child into the impeachment nonsense,” read a statement from campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany. “Pamela Karlan thought she was being clever and going for laughs, but she instead reinforced for all Americans that Democrats have no boundaries when it comes to their hatred of everything related to President Trump.”

That is an excerpt reporting on the questioning of one of Chairman Jerry Nadler’s carefully chosen “expert witnesses”, the ‘widely acclaimed’ Constitutional ‘authority’, Stanford Univ. Law Professor, Pamela Karlan.

Admittedly, it may not be pertinent to the essence of the “inquiry” and thus, not an essential part of a straightforward account of Thursday’s proceedings. But, if you should happen, during a conversation with your favorite liberal friend, to mention this ‘episode’ from the hearing, and maybe note how utterly stupid it was, the odds are your friend probably had never heard about it.

Incidentally, here is our quick “introduction to the “expert law professor witness” for your interest:

Stanford’s Pamela Karlan Lists Trump’s Impeachable Offenses At Trump Impeachment Hearing

“When we go low, we can get lower than anyone thought possible…Impeach Trump!”

PAMELA KARLAN, ‘Failed stand-up comic’, and, according to Wikipedia, in her own words, “an example of a “snarky, bisexual, Jewish women” (sic).[13] Her partner is writer Viola Canales.[14];Karlan told Politico in 2009, “It’s no secret at all that I’m counted among the LGBT crowd”.

Our thumbnail profile of “the professor”:

  • snarky- yes
  • ‘bi-sexual’- she says so
  • member of the ‘LGBTQ’ crowd- oh yeah
  • claimed ‘expert’ on Constitutional law- yes
  • real ‘expert on Constitutional law- on what Constitution…USSR’s?

Imagine…she came this close to a seat on the Supreme Court! And, if Trump loses…..

Melania didn’t take to kindly to ‘Dr. Karlan’:
We believe this lady is among the, if not tTHE most gracious, honest, fair-minded, stylish…and vivacious First Lady in American history!          dlh

“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.” Melania Trump

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Dems starting to show they are losing it

  • Fingers Joe
  • Sloshed Nancy
  • Shaky Amy

Our candidate Quid-Pro-Joe is requiring more and more diaper changes after each campaign appearance.  In Iowa yesterday a supposed Warren supporter (clearly not a Trumper givin the formation of his question)  asked him some pointed questions about his health and son Hunter.  Old Joe lost it.  Called him a damn liar about something the guy didn’t say but had referenced as an accusation in the media. That was one thing, but then let a subliminal thought come through.  His people denied it saying Old Joe was saying “facts” not calling the guy “fat”.  The best defense would have been: “Joe doesn’t do subliminal”.

Nevertheless look and listen closely at the minute plus 45 second mark on the linked “Damn Liar” video and judge for yourself.  Of course none of the dominant media will say Joe’s keepers are liars but they are. It was probably just a slip (a fun one like so many of Joe’s) but he did say it.

For a good measure of fun we also set forth a clip of Joe Bite Me (and he means it) chomping on his wife and along with that an older “butt buddy” remark (just to be mischievous and maybe draw Pete out to defend him).  And you know Six-Pack Joe is feeling a little desperate when he needs to bring in the old Nor’easter himself —   John Kerry. Joes peeps  are also working feverishly to get Jimmy Carter on board as Obama is still not budging (some would say waiting to anoint Michelle). Anyway their roster is shaping up to be very old, very white, plenty rich, and as far as sex determination,  well that is entirely fluid in there book so you shouldn’t notice.

Below these links about Crazy Joe are the Nancy and Amy shows along with everyone’s net-worth (in an earthly ontological sense the Democrats are all at zero).

You are a Damn Liar and Fat too!  – (first link)

Joe Biden Gets in Furious Argument With Man Challenging Him on Hunter, Ukraine: ‘You’re a Damn Liar!’  

Campaign Denies Joe Biden Called Iowa Voter ‘Fat’ in Viral Video

Joe Bites

Butt Buddy

Nancy Pelosie’s umbrage over a question which she falsely claimed was an accusation plays immediately after the You are a Damn Liar (and Fat too!) video above. Note her constantly slurred speech.

And what about Amy and the shakes?

The Dems have a money problem – their candidates have too much and would be hard pressed to make a claim to being of the people (as if that could hurt Trump at this point who has done so much for the people).

Breaking Down The Net Worth Of Each 2020 Presidential Candidate 
Here is how the candidates rank, according to OpenSecrets.org, from the “have lots” to the “have nots”

• Michael Bloomberg: $53.4B
• Tom Steyer: $1.9B
• President Donald Trump: $1.7B
Then, there’s a steep drop off the money cliff. The multi-millionaires include:
• John Delaney: $200M
• Michael Bennett: $25.6M
• Elizabeth Warren: $11M
• Joe Biden: $8M
• Kamala Harris: $6M
Klobuchar reports a net worth up to $2.3 million, followed by:
• Andrew Yang: $2.2M
• Bernie Sanders: $1.8M
• Marianne Williamson: $1.5M
• Cory Booker: $1M
The least wealthy candidates:
• Tulsi Gabbard: $580,000
• Julian Castro: $509,000
• Pete Buttigieg: Below $166,000
The fact that Buttigieg is the poorest candidate of all hasn’t stopped him from raising more money on his own than almost any other candidate — with $51 million in contributions so far.

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Pope expels CO2 on Japan trip*

POPE FRANCIS, SPIRITUAL LEADER OF 2 BILLION CATHOLICS WORLDWIDE,
LAST WEEK VISITED JAPAN ON HIS JET… THE “NO ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’ MALARKEY” SPECIAL (?) Our evaluations in red.

VISITS JAPAN, HITS FAMILIAR THEMES; DEPLORES U.S. FOR USE OF ATOMIC BOMBS TO END WWII

Fails to Mention Nanking, Pearl Harbor, Singapore, and the million lives saved with war’s end by invasion of Japan made unnecessary

Reminds Nations to be ‘welcoming’ to refugees and immigrants; Angers Many Japanese in Saying it Doesn’t take in Enough Immigrants!

Apparently Il Papa noticed that one can go throughout the nation of 127 million and not run into one Japanese citizen named Ahmed or Jose’…or Jorge

Francis indicates Japanese Need To “Change Their Attitude” Toward ‘Victims of Conflict’ Who’ve Experienced Hardships and Seek Refuge in Their Country .

Calls on All Nations To Get Rid of their Nuclear Weapons

We Think he would suggest that If Iran, Russia, No. Korea, China Refuse to, at least America should)

Reminded His Hosts that ‘Climate Change Bad!”; (Recall ‘Pachamama’ (Earth Mother) Was recently Honored at Vatican!)

Notable in our opinion is that Francis didn’t declare “Black Friday” a “Materialist’s Holy Day”…and ‘nothing but a crime..”

Pope Francis was at the ‘top of his game’ last week. He seemed to tear through Japan in his usual style, still believing he is a globally adored rock star, criticizing the US for its shortcomings in the Pontiff’s view, enraging many Japanese while flattering others who share his message.

Seems that Francis, as the first Pope to visit Japan in 38 years, was pretty free in his criticism of the country, having been invited to visit in 2014 by Prime Minister Abe.

At a youth Mass in Tokyo, Francis “appealed to” the Japanese people to “change their attitude toward”victims of conflict” and “be a more tolerant society showing respect for…(refugees)…who are coming looking for understanding and love.”

One media account noted that His Holiness has often clashed over immigration policy with US President Donald Trump and “populist anti-immigrant politicians in Europe”.

He also “scolded other countries” that “produce weapons for wars fought elsewhere and then refuse to take in refugees fleeing the very same conflicts”.

While Francis’s unsolicited ‘advice’ on immigration inspired some, some people criticized the Pope’s “pro-refugee” remarks on social media. One comment apparently gained a lot of traction, labelling his message “contradictory to Italy’s attitudes toward refugees”. Other reaction called a policy change on refugees “impossible”, saying Japan harbored a “negative image of refugees” and had no “adequate support system” for them. (A news account noted that Japan lacks “a strict refugee screening” needed to sort out the majority of “fake refugee” applicants.)

On the topic of nuclear weapons, the Pope “branded the use of nuclear weapons as ‘unethical’, saying nuclear power is ‘nothing but a crime’!

The Pope said he would like Japan to lead the way in denuclearization, as “the only country to suffer from nuclear bomb attacks”.

Comment: As a spiritual leader, the Pope’s theme of ‘peace” and elimination of horrific weapons of war is appropriate. However, as in many of his comments since becoming Pope, his remarks: “..use of nuclear weapons (is) unethical..” and “..nuclear power used for war is ‘nothing but a crime..’, we believe is not only aimed against America, but unfairly ignores the terrible context in which the United States used this weaponry against Japan!

These weapons were employed solely to end a war which engulfed the entire world in a terrible conflict at a cost of millions of lives, which was started by the country which ultimately suffered much. Had these weapons not been used, that awful war would have continued with the loss of many more lives…or, other non-nuclear measures to end it would have cost at least a million more lives lost! “Nothing but a crime”…?? We respectfully disagree, Your Holiness.

Wrapping up his 4 day visit, Reuters reported that Pope Francis turned from his “anti-nuclear message…backbone of his visit…to the “other key campaigns” of his Papacy. Most notably, he urged students “to defend the earth and show greater compassion…”

as in all of Francis’s comments, the implication it seems is always, ‘show more”, ‘be more’… conveying the message that “you’re not doing much, or, not nearly enough to suit me…”; maybe it’s just in the translation.

The Holy Father told students at Sophia University, one of only a handful of Catholic universities in Japan, that “technology is worthless” unless it is used to bring about a more humane and “simpler” society:

“For all the efficiency and order that mark Japanese society, I have sensed a yearning, too, for something greater: a profound desire to create an ever more humane, compassionate and merciful society,” he said in his last event before departing for Rome.
Noting that Asian cultures are known for their love of nature, he urged them to ” fight for the future of the earth, echoing the major encyclical he issued in 2015 making environmental protection a moral imperative.”

No Malarkey!       dlh

*has about as much necessary context as the criticism the Pope levels at others

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The people’s business is what they say it is

Was watching the movie Company Business with Gene Hickman just the other day.  Early into this 1991, movie as the plot was being set up (at about 7’53”), we snapped on the comment from the CIA conspirator (character played by Kurtwood Smith).  The clip of that is setforth below and is less than 20 seconds.  We made note of it figuring it was apropos to so much that was going on in Washington (and bureaucracies in general).  Then this morning a commentary by Robert Romano at Americans for Limited Government appeared.  It ably brings the thought home. We have excerpted much of it.  Our brief critique of his points follow the excerpts.

Machiavelli and Hamilton both predicted the administrative state coup against President Trump

Machiavelli wrote at the time in 1517, “When one considers how much corruption there was in those kings, if two or three successive reigns had continued the same way, and that corruption which was in them had spread to members of the body politic, it would no longer have been possible to reform [Rome].”

Unlike in The Prince, in Discourses, readers will find Machiavelli’s clear preference for republican government, and the conditions for maintaining freedom: virtue, or a love of liberty.

Lacking this virtue, then, a people become ambivalent to the politics of their society, and of those in power, who have access and are the true participants of politics. Out of fear or ambivalence, the people’s role is cast to the side. They are on the outside looking in, and the people themselves become corrupted — in the sense that they are unable and unwilling to participate any longer in the civil society — and freedom is lost. The people will focus more on their private lives, having become disconnected from the process, and leave politics to the powerful.

At the time, in 2015, a great deal of my focus was on Congress, and how with the administrative state agencies who have assumed many of the lawmaking powers via regulatory rulemakings, that our elected representatives have largely delegated in the modern era via the Administrative Procedures Act. Other obstacles to reform include the Hatch Act, that insulate and makes it next to impossible to fire federal bureaucrats.

. . .

A part of Machiavelli’s warning said that a single person could implement reform but it might not be long-lasting. Machiavelli wrote, “If a city has begun to decline because of the corruption of its material, and if it ever happens to pull itself up again, this happens because of the ability of a single man living at the time and not because of the ability of the people supporting its good institutions; and as soon as that man is [gone] it returns to its former ways… unless the reformers, before passing on… have managed to bring about her rebirth.”

. . .

Little did Trump or the nation know at the time in 2015 (although Machiavelli and Hamilton might not have been surprised) that Trump was about to be elected President and that he would have to contend with unprecedented sabotage by the administrative, deep state — via intelligence agencies and the Justice Department — that sought to falsely frame he and his campaign as Russian agents even though it was not true with little to no oversight by the either the elected Congress or President.

The Justice Department sought out top secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court ordered surveillance, which were granted beginning in Oct. 2016, to spy on the Trump campaign, the opposition party, in an election year. So far, as unbelievable as it is, nobody has produced any document showing that the Obama White House was aware of or approved of this spying until after it had started. And even then, Obama was ambivalent to the process that had spawned it.

A Jan. 20, 2017 email that former National Security Advisor Susan Rice sent to herself on the day Trump was inaugurated about a Jan. 5, 2017 meeting in the Oval Office, detailed the White House’s interaction with that assessment, in which Rice wrote, “On January 5, following a briefing by IC leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Jim Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present.”

According to Rice, former President Barack Obama wanted to make certain that the investigation, which was about to be carried over to the Trump administration, would be done “by the book.” Per Rice’s email to herself, “President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book’. The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book. From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.”

The email continued, “The President asked [then-FBI Director James] Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would.”

From this email, it sounds like Obama does not find out about the surveillance of Trump until months after it had already started. Else, why the warning about everything need to be done “by the book” and the CYA “not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective”? That makes it sound like Obama might have been out of the loop.

Meaning, the spygate fiasco could in all likelihood be a wholly owned and operated property of the administrative state with almost no oversight from the elected branches. I’ve called it an act of war against the Constitution and the American people.

Note that it was former FBI Director James Comey who would be the one brief then-President-Elect Donald Trump on the Russian interference. The version of the assessment that was given to former Obama and Trump on Jan. 5, 2017 also reportedly included some of the allegations leveled by former British spy Christopher Steele in his infamous dossier, paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, that Trump was a Russian agent.

Comey would then lie to Trump about the extent of the investigation, eventually leading to Comey’s firing in May 2017. Consider that, this was a secret investigation of the sitting President by an unaccountable administrative state led by the Justice Department and intelligence agencies, who was unable to rein it in.

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These officials believe it is they, and not the elected President, who lead executive branch policy and get to decide where the U.S. intervenes overseas, a complete betrayal of Article II’s vesting of executive power solely in the President. That is the problem President Trump, Attorney General William Barr and Congress frankly face today. Executive and legislative powers are being usurped by unaccountable bureaucrats who answer to no one if they do not answer to the elected branches. The question is what are they going to do about it?

This article properly gives credence to the cautions and predictions of Machiavelli and Hamilton and indeed to Mr. Romano. However if the view is that Rice ‘s memo exonerates Obama I don’t get that at all. Rice’s memo seems transparently a CYA effort. Obama is responsible for the freedom of operation given to the likes of Comey and the leadership of the CIA. Wisdom and humility is necessary to the leadership of such powerful agencies. That was not present in the appointor or appointees. They were not rogue they were operating within the existent culture after eight years of Obama.

As for Hamilton, the excerpt makes an important point but the context must be constraint in the Executive and adherence to the rule of law.       R Mall

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Jordon Peterson — Defender of Western Culture

Set forth below is the video of a Jordon Peterson lecture “Identity Politics & The Marxist Lie of White Privilege”

Sent with a recommendation by contributor HP

Think of the erudition available to us if we could sit in on a conversation between        Victor Davis Hanson and Jordon Peterson!

Sovereign Nations was honored to have Dr. Jordan B. Peterson to address the thesis “Identity Politics & The Marxist Lie of White Privilege” to guests gathered at the Sovereign Nations Conference at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. Dr. Peterson’s presentation served as a pillar to the overall theme of the conference: Understanding the Causes of Things.

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Lesson to Chick-fil-A: nothing leaves as bitter a taste as betrayal

 

  • Chick fil-A has decided to feature two knew sophisticated menu items —
  • “Spatchcock de franchisés” and “filet d’employés” (both come with a bitter customer sauce until supplies run out
  • It’s too bad most franchisees will “share” in the fallout from the PR fiasco  the company leadership brought down on them
  • We don’t say all as no doubt some franchisees don’t give a twink about gay marriage or Christianity — they just wanted a lucrative franchise
  • However, they will probably all “care” as their revenue drops
  • Nothing leaves as bitter a taste as betrayal
  • Latest: (James Dobson related organization)  Family Research Council Calls For Boycott of Chick-fil-A

If corporate change at Chick-fil-A is to happen rather than a process of collapse of its growth, it is primarily up to franchisees to promptly transmit any dissatisfaction from betrayed customers.  Those customers are under no obligation to continue to support them and won’t bother ‘messaging’ to corporate directly (although they will transmit a vibe to friends and family).  The growth corporate desired from their poorly analyzed move (see previous posts) will be adversely affected. The dependable customer base of any new store opening they might have expected will not happen. Those customers will be more inclined toward other fast-food vendors as Chick-fil-A is now tainted with a chicken-shit reputation.

The for-profit corporation and the related foundation directly or indirectly get their revenue by way of selling what is not unique — no meaningful patent applies.  It is an easily substitutable product and /or style in an industry where brand loyalty means money.  Any credible financial health department would have advised the corporate and foundation leadership to guard that very carefully.  Maybe they think their brand is the cows associated with their advertising but that means nothing to what was the loyal Christian base.

Babylon Bee graphic

Or maybe “corporate” thought they had such a great chicken sandwich that the only thing standing in the way of being number one in fast-food were the LGBTQ antagonists not buying their product or causing location problems. All of which could be alternatively substituted or gotten around if they applied themselves apart from the PC route.

The corporate hubris about their product and customer base is astounding.  Again, the sandwich isn’t that good, unique or a value leader – their growth was fueled more by brand loyalty, something they just stepped all over, than sandwich loyalty.  The brand loyalty was built on a wholesome cultural image now seriously obscured in a large field of fast-food and other restaurants where all the majors offer chicken sandwiches, where chicken-only places are a dime a dozen, and there is no barrier to any local mom-and-pop restaurant to exploit the problems Chick-fil-A caused for itself.  If people have no choice but to go to indifferent or bend-over for liberals sandwich suppliers, they can go anywhere, and will.

And the corporate leadership cannot blame the foundation – they both issued dense  and offensive statements. Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos  said to the publication Bisnow :

“As Chick-fil-A expands globally and into more liberal parts of the U.S., the chicken chain plans to change which charities it donates to after years of bad press and protests from the LGBT community,” . . . “Beginning next year, Chick-fil-A will move away from its current philanthropic structure, Bisnow has learned. After donating to more than 300 charitable organizations this year, the Atlanta-based fast-food chain will instead focus on three initiatives with one accompanying charity each: education, homelessness and hunger. ”

After much backlash from that statement and the direct result that they were cutting out the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes from their giving as those two organizations y maintain a  Christian view of marriage  they issued this statement:

“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” Tassopoulos told Bisnow. “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”

So both statements confirm they were caving to LGBTQ bluster even though their growth was spurred by cultural conservative / Christian loyalty.

Rodney Bullard, VP of ‘Corporate Responsibility’ and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, “explained” their funding decisions:

“We don’t want our intent and our work to be encumbered by someone else’s politics or cultural war. If something gets in the way of our mission, that is something that we are mindful of and cognizant of.”

And what does that translate to?  — the foundation giving to the likes of conservative Christian antagonist – the Southern Poverty Law Center (unbeknownst to their conservative Christian brand followers) while they were basking in the revenue from those same brand loyalists.

Bullard personally is also a Hillary Clinton and Obama donor.  Fine, its a free country, but it says something about his understanding of the cultural war and the chicken war interplay.  Zilch

There are many links available from conservative publications such as LifeSite News, Townhall, RedState and others documenting the Chick-fil-A matter.  Here are some of those.  Note that each contains other links as further reference. Note especially that several of the articles extend back before the most recent controversy and highlight how conservative interests supported Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A funded anti-Christian org that inspired shooter to target Family Research Council

Chick-fil-A sales have doubled since LGBT boycotts began: report

Texas governor signs ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ bill protecting religious businesses from discrimination

Chick-fil-A rises to third biggest restaurant chain in the United States

Texas sues San Antonio for documents pertaining to Chick-fil-A snub

Federal gov’t investigates two airports for ‘religious’ discrimination after banning Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A charity arm defends ‘higher calling’ of partnering with so-called ‘anti-LGBT’ groups 

The clock is ticking for the Christian-persecuting SPLC 

Trump serves football team Chick-fil-A at White House, liberals furious

Chick-fil-A funded anti-Christian org that inspired shooter to target Family Research Council 

Cowardice and capitulation: Some shocking things Chick-fil-A funds

Chick-fil-A was already moving left, but nobody noticed until it caved to LGBT lobby

Chick-fil-A betrays Christians, surrenders to LGBT forces 

Chick-fil-A pulls support from Christian groups branded by LGBT lobby ‘anti-gay’ 

Chick-fil-A caved in, gave the rainbow mafia the victory they wanted

Chick-fil-A has emboldened the LGBT mob. If you’re still defending them, watch this

Chick-fil-A Foundation

Chick-fil-A Foundation director is Hillary Clinton, Obama donor: Records  

Family Research Council Calls For Boycott of Chick-fil-A

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