Tapper raps on

Featured image What a snake is Senator Mark Warner, a man of false sincerity and partisan spin is Mark Warner. This certainly comes through in Jake Tapper’s interview with him this morning. I will say that much in its favor. Midway through the interview, Tapper persists in a few questions about evidence of Russian collusion that Warner artfully dodges in his smarmy style. Tapper then takes up the subject of the latest »

Analyze this

Featured imageHow to capture the miasma of the Trump/Russia investigation? Andrew McCarthy deserves a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in shedding light on dark corners. He has done it many times, but never more so than in his exercise in comparison and contrast: “In Politicized Justice, Desperate Times Call for Disparate Measures.” The New York Times has given us three or more origin stories fabricated by its friends and allies in the »

We’re from the FBI and we’re here to help you, Mr. Trump

Featured imageAsha Rangappa, a former FBI agent, argues that the FBI didn’t spy on the Trump campaign (or use an informant, as she delicately puts it) to go after Donald Trump. Rather, it did so to protect him. Rangappa argues that the FBI should have investigated alleged Russian infiltration of the Trump campaign aggressively and directly, given the gravity of this threat. However, she continues, it elected to investigate quietly through »

More Mueller madness

Featured imageToday’s big New York Times deep dive into Mueller mania reports on the latest wedge of the investigation. This one involves a meeting three months before the election of Donald Trump, Jr. with Joel Zamel, an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation, and George Nader, an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes, from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Times story by Mark Mazzetti, Ronen Bergman, and David »

Jazzing up the FBI spying-on-Trump scandal

Featured imageThe FBI and its friends in the mainstream media want to make the Bureau’s spying on the Trump campaign seem as dry, innocuous, and non-cloak-and-dagger as possible under the circumstances. An elderly professor contacted three Trump advisers — Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Sam Clovis. He met with Page at least several times and maintained an email correspondence with him. He met with Clovis once for coffee. He met several »

Chaos and Demagoguery in the Oval Office?

Featured imageThe constant refrain of Trump’s critics on the left and right is that he is a demagogue, and that he is shredding important democratic “norms.” Also, that his White House is a scene of complete and utter chaos. As it happens, I have come into possession of a forthcoming memoir, heretofore unseen by the public, by a close insider to Trump who has left the inner circle. It is sure »

The Week in Pictures: Animals Edition

Featured imageI don’t get it. Liberals worry all the time about “invasive species” that disrupt our natural ecosystems, but somehow get all warm and fuzzy about “The Animals” who disrupt our social ecosystems. If Trump had only said something about the “British invasion” instead of the MSNBC gang, he’d have been fine. It’s just such a Burdon keeping up with the latest porous border in liberal outrage. Calling Pink Floyd: we »

Why Trump Tweets

Featured imageWhen I talk to Trump-haters, invariably the first thing they cite against him is his tweets. And, in truth, they have sometimes been impolitic. But on the whole, I think Twitter has helped him. This Associated Press news story illustrates why. President Donald Trump’s attorney said Friday the special counsel in the Russia probe has narrowed the scope of potential questions for the president, even as Trump advanced an unverified »

Another deadly school shooting spree [With Comment By John]

Featured imageA student at Santa Fe High School in Texas killed ten people today and wounded ten more, according to reports. The attacker used two guns — a shotgun and a .38 revolver. Both were owned legally by his father, according to the same reports. One of the wounded was a retired police officer hired by the school as a “resources officer.” He confronted the killer, who shot him. Another resources »

An Appalling Act of Demagoguery

Featured imageWe are all hard to shock these days, but what Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota did yesterday was shocking. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton visited Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul Thursday as a backdrop for a rare public veto to block a GOP-backed tax overhaul from becoming law. With a group of second- and third-graders standing behind him, Dayton stamped the voluminous tax »

Analyze this

Featured imageMollie Hemingway meticulously documents the outing of the top secret informant on the Trump campaign by the friendly if anonymous sources of the New York Times and Washington Post. The sources decry the danger in which the informant has been placed by the effort of Rep. Nunes to obtain documents related to the source, although they are the ones supplying the identifying information. I think Rep. Nunes is still waiting, »

FBI blows source: Why?

Featured imageIn the annals of media stupidity in blind service of their political allies in the “intelligence community” and the political world, it would be hard to top today’s New York Times installment of the new authorized version. It comes with an unintentionally humorous headline. Indeed it may be an instant classic of the “fake but accurate” variety: “F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as »

Yanny, Laurel, or….

Featured imageAs the evening draws to a close and we look forward to commenting on the latest limited modified hangout from the Deep State–“FBI used informant to investigate Russia ties to campaign, not to spy, as Trump claims!” says the New York Times–let’s finish with a little entertainment. If you don’t already know about the Yanny vs. Laurel controversy that has gripped the internet over the last 36 hours, it probably »

The Watergate comparison now looks apt [UPDATED]

Featured imageWhy was the Watergate break-in more than just the “second rate” burglary Richard Nixon tried to pass it off as? Because it was directed by the president’s team at the Democratic National Committee. Thus, it was an offense against our two party system and our democracy. One political party is not supposed to steal information from the other party, and certainly not in the midst of a presidential campaign. It »

The Invincible Mendacity and Hypocrisy of the Liberal Media

Featured imageI know, “liberal media” is redundant, and pointing out the hypocrisy of the left is a tedious, never-ending chore, but the coverage of Trump’s comments about the MS-13 gang being “animals” is beyond even the most egregious examples of liberal mendacity. I’m pretty sure Americans understand by now that Trump is often clumsy in his statements, especially his off-the-cuff remarks. In the age of internet searches, it is a simple »

American Voters Aren’t Buying Hamas

Featured imageThe American press tried to sell the idea that Hamas’s suicide tactics were somehow related to the Trump administration’s shifting our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Why? Reporters and editors don’t much care about Gaza or Israel, but are determined to make every news story reflect badly on the president. If this Rasmussen survey is any guide, that attempt has failed. Rasmussen finds 51% of likely voters in favor »

A blast of truth

Featured imageThe worse than worthless United National Human Rights Council delivered its ritual condemnation of Israel today in a special session on Gaza. Before the vote was taken, Gatestone Institute Distinguished Senior Fellow Colonel Richard Kemp spoke on behalf United Nations Watch. In light of the recent NBC News hit piece on Gatestone, I should add that Colonel Kemp’s statement is more informative than everything NBC News has on offer today. »