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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Briefly Noted: Two Terrific Reads

You've probably read about Chuck Grassley pressing DoD for more information on Stefan Halper and the Office of National Assessment (ONA). Halper is also being sued by Svetlana Lokhova for falsing smearing her as having an affair with Michael Flynn. Zerohedge has a terrific summary of it all, including this angle:

Russiagate Spy Paid $1 Million By Obama Was WaPo Deep Throat

Over at AmThinker this afternoon Monica Showalter asks Will an Arkansas stripper finally shut down the Schiff show? Showalter goes through the whole sordid story--not just the sex and drugs, but the Ukrainian and Chinese money, too. Funny, isn't it, how the MSM doesn't seem interested in how Joe Bidens relations get rich off foreign governments?

There's a lot in the article, but the part I enjoyed was this quote from Andrew McCarthy. Most observers have thought that part of the reason for the Impeachment Theater is to draw attention away from the Biden family, but as McCarthy points out, Adam Schiff has done just the opposite:

In sum, the House’s chief prosecutor represented to the American people that President Trump had asked his Ukrainian counterpart to fabricate a false case against Biden. In any court in America, that would open the door to the Trump defense team to show that this was not the president’s intention at all; he was simply asking Zelensky to look into a situation that cried out for an inquiry. 
In light of Schiff’s explicit allegation, the president is entitled to an opportunity to show that there was reason for him to believe that a notoriously corrupt Ukrainian energy company had retained Hunter Biden and paid him a fortune despite his lack of qualifications; and that later, despite the blatant conflict of interest, then–vice president Biden extorted Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, threatening to withhold $1 billion in desperately needed funds. 
Schiff insists that Trump’s claims in this regard are false. But his mere say-so does not prove falsity, no more than his mere say-so proves that Trump wanted Ukraine to “make up dirt” on Biden. Figuring out who has the better of a factual dispute is what a trial is about. If a litigant does not want to create a dispute, it’s up to the litigant to steer clear of the issue. 
Adam Schiff steered his case straight into the Bidens.

17 comments:

  1. Well, House Dems want to take down a president, apparently, at any cost--so what's a Biden or two...

    Since the central allegation directed at Trump is the two Bidens situation in Ukraine, the litigant Schiff isn't prepared to steer clear of the issue.

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    1. It seems suicidal, because the blowback won't be just against the Bidens--it'll tar all Dems.

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    2. If having slavery as on official party plank, starting a civil war over said plank, then, after losing the war, putting an entire race into 2nd class status with no constitutional rights by official oppression and terrorism, and later, embracing Marxism and communism that still is evident, then I assert that the Democrat party has no real long term ill effects from being tarred.

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    3. You somehow left out the entire Sexual Revolution, open borders, and totalitarianism through climate hysteria.

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    4. Well, already had a massive run on sentence, especially in online context, but yeah.

      Although, the sexual revolution is not necessarily a bad thing. I mean, from the no bra era to now women do not have to be passive in sex, well.

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  2. Are we sure Schiff isn't working secretly for Trump. He sure has been helpful to him.

    Rob S

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    1. You know you're becoming obsessive about "conspiracy theories" when:

      Just this morning I had this weird epiphany that this whole impeachment circus was a Clintonian "triangulation" maneuver to dirty Ol' Joe to the point he becomes non-viable as a candidate and, since none of the other seven intellectual dwarves have a hope in the general, the Dem's are compelled to draft Hillary at the convention. The difficulty is I having a hard time convincing myself of the irrationality of it.

      I gotta take a break for a few days. Schiff should come with a warning label. If I'm gonna destroy brain cells I think I'ld prefer tequila. At least I'ld have some fun doing it.
      Tom S.

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    2. The problem with that and other similar scenarios is that it involves taking out Bernie, too. I don't think Bernie's folks would come out for Hillary or Bloomberg.

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    3. At the risk of further damaging my mental stability I'll entertain this fantasy a bit longer.

      Keeping in mind the meaning of triangulation: three seemingly unrelated angles in play simultaneously which, if successfully maneuvered, collectively precipitate a desired outcome.

      True about Bernie, and where there's a will there's a way, except there is no way for Bernie to win the general (could be Obama is the Party poison pill for Bernie). On the other hand, it is still along way 'til July and Bernie is an old man on heart med's. If I were him I'd be very careful about who had access to the medicine cabinet (who knew Epstein was such an expert at knots).
      Tom S.

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  3. You know what else is a terrific read sometimes? C-SPAN transcripts. Trump finished his Davos news conference with this hint that repercussions are on the way for our FBI friends:

    “I don't see it. No, I don't see it. No, I'm - you know, a very excellent writer, Bob Woodward - I guess he's doing another book on Trump, but, this time, I'll actually give him an interview. He said, "You're enjoying this, aren't you?" I said, "No, I'm not enjoying it." He said, "No, you act like you're winning and you won. You're actually enjoying it." I said, "I'm not enjoying it. I'm doing it because it's very important, what I'm doing. “I consider what I've done here, with this whole witch hunt, from day one - with the insurance policy; with the horrible statements made between Strzok and Page; and McCabe; and Comey, who lied to Congress and did so many other bad things. He lied and he leaked. When I finish, I think that this is going to go down as one of the greatest things I've done for our country. These are bad, corrupt people. These are bad people, and very bad for our country. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. Thank you very much.”

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  4. I read a hilarious satire piece on RedState yesterday which does a nice job highlighting the dems approach to government backed by the usual suspects. They use the old story of the ant and the grasshopper and some discussion on satire using Jonathan Swift. It is so close to being factual…it is a bit depressing, but funny.

    https://www.redstate.com/stu-in-sd/2020/01/22/jonathan-swift-would-be-proud-of-the-babylon-bee/

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  5. The Democrats have a history of the Media not covering anything negative them and their allies (Memory Hole), unless forced too.

    My guess is the Democrats believe through this impeachment, they can throw enough dirt at Trump to dirty him up. And anything negative that comes out on the Democrats will be memory holed, and Biden will be protected the Democratic Senators. The Democrats believe the impeachment will motivate their base, swing independents, and demoralize the GOP. I paged through my parents LA Times Front Section yesterday, and I could see the attempts to build this narrative, I actually laughed at how biased a lot of the content was. The editorial that made my head spin was by a former NY Times Writer
    Column: Republicans wanted to impeach Trump from the start

    March for Life is a Prime Example. My parents, very well informed through newspapers and news magazines, had never heard of it. And attendance is in the hundreds of thousands. Compare this with coverage of this years Women's March.

    Other scandals that have been memory holed are the IRS / Tea Party Scandal, Fast and Furious Gun Running, and Benghazi.

    >mark wauck January 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM
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    >It seems suicidal, because the blowback won't be just
    > against the Bidens--it'll tar all Dems.

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    1. LOL! Where are all those knuckleheads now--the ones the LAT cites?

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  6. This is a really important point the Democrats and allies have not digested yet, and changed their behavior, instead they are doubling down.

    Trump has changed the GOP from acting like Charlie Brown to something else. Kurt Schlichter in his column about the Claremont Review Gala "BTW, you know that the right is embracing conservative wokeness when the loaded donor class boos as pictures of George Will and Paul Ryan flash on-screen"

    >mark wauck January 24, 2020 at 2:36 PM
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    >LOL! Where are all those knuckleheads now

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