Wednesday, February 22

Judging Freedom - The Rule of Law in the Age of Trump

FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano and talk show host Brian Wilson discuss the Deep State vs. the Police State, Michael Lynch resignantion and new Trump Immigration Executive Order.

Tuesday, February 21

Lemon Bombs

No need to wait for 4th of July for your fireworks fix! (Don) Lemon bombs have replaced the cherry variety over at CNN.

Looks like another symptom of the Trump effect.

Even before Inauguration Day, members of the established media have been struggling the very monster they helped create: the Trump presidency. Wallowing in their own hubris, they believed Trump’s run for the White House was an overblown publicity stunt by a billionaire egomaniac with too much time and money on his hands. Only HRC Inc. was more surprised and dismayed at the historic Trump victory. Now the same media folks who enjoyed the ratings and revenue generated by their breathless coverage of Trump’s highly unorthodox MAGA (Make America Great Again) campaign had to face covering the new and now odious President with the same balanced tenderness and deference previously reserved for two Obama terms and the embarrassingly defeated Hillary Clinton campaign.

Any credible denial of liberal media bias disappeared. Forever. Previously venerated major broadcast and cable media outlets along with their print counterparts tore off their masks of balance or fairness; anchors, reporters, editors, and pundits stripped themselves of any pretense of objective journalistic principles in vain attempts to restrain the Trump monster they helped create.

Ratings cellar-dweller CNN, some of whose reporters and contributors were caught red-handed playing dirt ball with the Clinton campaign, is now the big winner in the big loser dept. When tagged repeatedly and accurately with the newly minted Fake News label, hissy fits, mic cuts and ESW (Early Set Withdrawal) by self-assumed news stars Don Lemon, Jake Tapper and others became bigger news than the news itself. “Making yourself the story” is a big Journalism 101 No-No.

Except at CNN where All-Trump-Bashing-All-The Time replaced what was euphemistically referred to as Journalism, now sacrificed on the new altar of Fake News.

But don’t even whisper such things to Don Lemon or members of his CNN family. Unless a guest secretly wishes to be steamrollered, mic cut and pointedly disinvited from future (paid) appearances, the new 4 letter words Fake News must not be uttered much less suggested the subject at hand fits the description.

In a recent CNN discussion fretting about the security cost of protecting the new First family, guest Paris Dennard had the temerity to label the issue “fake news”.

That set off the Lemon Boom!

From the transcript:

Don Lemon: “Paris, what do you think?”

Paris Dennard: “I think this is fake news. This is not…this is not a news story.”

Don Lemon: “What about it is fake, Paris? Are we going down this road again?”

(Here, Lemon lectures the panel and audience on what constitutes fake news)

Paris Dennard: “Yeah we are! The President is not breaking any laws.”

Don Lemon: “…Please stop with that stupid talking point that this is a fake news story!…”

Paris Dennard: ”Don this is a fake news story in my opinion….”

Lemon’s complete melt-down may be endured here.

Reasonable people can reach accurate conclusions as to what specific ingredients may constitute real Fake News. But there may be something Machiavellian about the repeated on-air hissy fits of Lemon, Tapper and other CNN hosts and guests. It follows one of the oldest Journalism maxims:

Planes landing at airports is not news; planes crashing at airports is news.

In CNN’s case, enjoying healthy ratings with news credibility is not news; being ridiculed in last place with revenue-losing ratings is news.

Similarly, news anchors conducting objective interview segments is not news; angrily confronting guests expressing their solicited opinion, cutting them off and abruptly ending the show, is news but only of a sensational type. The predictable rattle and strum of manufactured on-air temper fits may generate an audience of voyeurs and even help ratings short term. It’s just not the credible news product CNN can brag about to advertisers.

Maybe the absence of credibility is the problem. Such is the fruit of the Lemon’s fake news.

Sunday, February 19

Deep State entry

Of interest: a compilation of news concerning Deep State activities. Dennis Kucinich comments most noteworthy.

Saturday, February 18

A Ruse By Any Other Name

One would have to be suffering advanced symptoms of terminal naivete to pass through any news cycle since Election Day and not witness the established bias of the media. That malignancy is so metastasized throughout the news business, statements like “liberal media” and “biased reporting” hardly spark the usually predictable debate.

What’s new to American awareness is the more recent outing of the Deep State, the permanent bureaucracy of government. Even while making bold headlines with the Michael Flynn affair, the fog of ignorance still prevents most of our fellow citizens from clearly seeing there are other bad hombres on the loose, running rampant through the offices of the CIA, NSA, FBI, IRS, and entire floors of the State and Justice Departments. 

No red, white and blue-blooded American wants to hear, much less believe, anti-American termites have infested the pillars of our Republic. Cognizant dissonance may soon achieve epidemic proportions.

Put bluntly: Gaslighting the American public has risen to an art form. (Gaslighting — a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity.)

Responding to a question during his recent press- conference-on-steroids, President Trump stated emphatically Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia.
In the context of the question from a hyperventilating Washington Press corp concerning Michael Flynn’s phone call with the Russian ambassador, Trump was spot-on. However, there remains a serious side to the issue as Howard Kunstler mentions:

The Russia paranoia frenzy is serious business because it indicates that a state-of-war exists between the permanent bureaucracy of government (a.k.a. the Deep State) and the new Trump administration. There are features of the struggle that ought to be much more disturbing than the dubious alleged monkey business about Russia hacking the election and the hoo-hah around a single intercepted phone call between Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador, made to open a line-of-communication between high-ranking officials, strictly routine business in any other administration.
Most disturbing are signs that the so-called intelligence community (IC) has gone rogue in collusion with forces aligned around Democratic Party functionaries up to and including former president Obama and Hillary Clinton, along with CNN, The Times, The Wash-Po, NBC News and a few other mouthpieces of the defeated establishment. Obama and Hillary remain conspicuously sequestered from this maelstrom, but they must be working their phones like nobody’s business. That War You Ordered

Some who were paying attention were wondering why then-president Obama was so intent on aggravating the Russian bear with just weeks left on his term. Sadly, none of the vaunted media stopped to ask as Mr. Kunstler:

These stories about Russia’s intentions seem insane on their face.

What about the quality of intelligence radiating dimly from inside the Washington beltway:

what would war with Russia look like if the wishes of ninnies like Senator McCain and Lindsey Graham come true? Where’s the battlefield? Do we dispatch a few divisions over to invade Russia proper? Napoleon and Hitler already tried that… didn’t work out so well. And what’s the strategic objective? To occupy Russia and school them in a democracy? That’s rich. Or do we go back to fighting proxy wars with Russia in various Third World backwaters as we did so earnestly in the 1960s? Another Vietnam would be grand, right? Just what we need. Or maybe a fifty-year-war like the one in the Congo. Or should we put aside all that penny-ante nonsense and just Drop the Big One, no a thousand Big Ones! Oh, wait a minute… they’ve got plenty of their own Big Ones.

If the Deep State permanently employed bureaucrats and neocons are determined to attempt a White House coup d’etat, one wonders if we aren’t better off with the duly elected President, no matter how Mad Hatter he may be. As Kunstler asks:

..what’s so great about a Deep State security matrix that refuses to be subordinate to anybody, that can do whatever it wants to whomever it wants?
There is that.

The incompetence and transparent buffoonery of this political theater could be knee-slapping funny if the consequences weren’t so damn serious.

Thursday, February 16

Judging Freedom with James Bovard

Author James Bovard (Freedom in Chains, Lost Rights, Attention Deficit Democracy) joins us for an overview of the good, bad and ugly early days of the Trump administration. A prolific author on issues affecting freedom, liberty, and individual rights, Jim’s works have covered the excesses of administrations back to Ronald Reagan. From the miscues of the campaign to the controversy surrounding the resignationof National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Jim adds his insights and historical perspective to what faces the new President and his team as well as some pointed suggestions on other options available that would serve citizen internests. (Jim Bovard blogs here)

Wednesday, February 15

Judging Freedom - The Deep State

I think it might go a little deeper than that, Brian. I think this is the deep state, that part of the government that never changes, no matter who is in the White House, no matter what party controls the Congress. It exists in law enforcement, intelligence, diplomatic, military, banking, parts of the government where there are laws it can guarantee it can spend money – again, no matter who’s running the government. In this case, the intelligence community feared that Donald Trump is a maverick who might expose their unlawful ways…and feared that General Flynn was a maverick as well and figured it was time to go so they could teach Donald    Trump a lesson…about the dangers of taking on the almighty intelligence community…

FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano discusses the real implications of the Michael Flynn debacle.

Friday, February 10

DeVos in the Rearview Mirror

Never before has a cabinet confirmation come down to a tie-breaker. The only reason this one did is because Betsy DeVos is a threat to the Democrats' stranglehold on the continued shaping of the worldview of the next generation of Americans. Not only was the vote historic, but the role Mrs. DeVos will play in America's future may well be, too. She stands ready to upend the Democrats' government school status quo; especially their urban poverty plantation schools. The situation is so crucial that republic policy protagonist Thomas Sowell temporarily came out of retirement to lobby on her behalf. He warned, "American education is at a crossroads. If the teachers' unions and their allies can defeat the nomination of Mrs. DeVos, and the Republicans substitute someone else more acceptable to the education establishment, a historic opportunity will be lost, and may never come again in this generation."

Today, public schools have become indoctrination centers for social justice issues, race matters, political correctness, parental authority, and anything else on the liberal education agenda. They are very, very good at this as we can plainly see from college-aged young adults. Their academic interests such as protests, beatdowns, destruction, obstructionism, trespassing, and assault make up the curriculum of left-wingnut lunacy. Tragically, their academic failures are in English, math, science, critical thinking, logical analysis, self-discipline and respect for a learning environment. While our kids get socially-engineered rather than soundly educated, students our kids are competing against from foreign nations and in the global marketplace are literally handing our asses to us in every one of the subjects that matter.

Those who live in poverty-stricken white or black school districts are so far behind the curve to begin with, the majority will likely remain shackled to their limited future for the rest of their life.

Now-Secretary DeVos has the authority and opportunity to substantially change these negatives to positives, despite the wailing and gnashing or cupids on the dark side of the aisle. There are reports the changes are already happening!