I found the Rucker’s piece intellectually dishonest because he never identified the main argument being advanced by those who advocate firing Mueller — namely a possible conflict of interest due to Mueller’s close relationship with James Comey, who likely would be the key witness in any case of “obstruction of justice” and might even become a target of the investigation due to his leaking.
This is how Trump Derangement Syndrome looks. But, sadly, such talk is not at all unusual on the left. It's what happens when a political movement eschews honest debate and instead begins violently fantasizing in public about the demise of its opposition in the starkest, most eliminationist terms possible. And begins talking openly of "resistance" and of impeachment from the very day he enters office.
In recent weeks, we've seen Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" staged in Central Park, with a Trump lookalike getting assassinated by dagger; Kathy Griffin's sickening ISIS-inspired shot of her holding Trump's bloody head in her hand; and the continuing verbal and physical assaults across the country by "Antifa" activists on campuses and city streets of Trump supporters, Republican politicians, and anyone daring to declare themselves as outside the progressive consensus.
Meanwhile, various Hollywood celebrities have routinely called for violence against Trump or Republicans — ranging from Robert DeNiro to Madonna to any number of rappers, including Snoop Dogg. We can't list them all; it would take up too much space.
Congress approved long-sought legislation Tuesday to make firing employees easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs, part of an effort urged by President Donald Trump to fix a struggling agency serving millions of veterans.
The House cleared the bill, 368-55, replacing an earlier version that Democrats had criticized as overly unfair to workers. The Senate passed the bipartisan legislation by voice vote last week. It will go to Trump later this week for his signature.
The measure comes after a 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where some veterans died while waiting months for appointments. During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to fire VA employees “who let our veterans down,” describing the government’s second-largest agency and its more than 350,000 employees as “the most corrupt” and “incompetent.”
The bill’s passage “is GREAT news for veterans!” Trump tweeted Tuesday night. “I look forward to signing it!”
If you ask a social justice jihadi, everyone besides straight white males is oppressed, period. But Leftist groups that don't fit one of those descriptors are lately engaged in a battle for oppression supremacy, which PhD sociologists with no other marketable skills refer to as "intersectionality."
For those of us who prefer fact- and evidence-based reasoning, it's hysterical to watch these Oppression Olympics take place -- such as when Black Lives Matter halted the Toronto gay pride parade to air their grievances:
On Sunday, Black Lives Matter activists pulled off the sort of victory that right-wing hooligans could only hope to achieve: They stopped a gay pride parade.
“We are calling you out!” Alexandria Williams, co-founder of the group’s Toronto chapter, shouted through a megaphone as the Black Lives Matter float came to a halt and marchers sat down. Amid rainbow-colored smoke bombs, she accused event organizers of harboring “a historical and current culture of anti-blackness” -- a curious claim considering how the festival welcomed Black Lives Matter as “guests of honor.”
Black Lives Matter refused to budge unless pride organizers acquiesced to a list of demands, which included increased funding for black-related pride events, “prioritizing black trans women” in hiring, and “a commitment to more black deaf & hearing ASL interpreters.” Surely, these issues -- which are always “demands,” never “requests” -- could have been taken up in a constructive manner before the parade. But dialogue has never been the preferred mode of communication for Black Lives Matter, not even, apparently, in uber-polite Canada.
Children of 21 Martyred Fathers Showed What It Means to Die for Christ
The children of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State terror group in Libya back in February 2015 have said that they are “proud” of the courage their fathers showed the world by refusing to renounce their faith. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, which has been assisting the families of the murdered men in Egypt, said in an update at the end of last week that the children of the victims have been emboldened by their fathers’ sacrifice. “The great news about the families of the martyrs of Libya is that even after more than two years they still live in the condolences of the Holy Spirit and they stick to their faith that their martyrs showed to the whole world; how the real Christian should live and die for the glory of Christ,” the Focus on the Family Middle East team
Four members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team on the Russia probe have donated to Democratic presidential campaigns and organizations, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
Michael Dreeben, who serves as the Justice Department’s deputy solicitor general, is working on a part-time basis for Mueller, The Washington Post reported Friday.
Dreeben donated $1,000 dollars to Hillary Clinton’s Senate political action committee (PAC), Friends of Hillary, while she ran for public office in New York. Dreeben did so while he served as the deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department.
“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Ronald Reagan said those words near Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate 30 years ago today. And they were written by Ricochet co-founder Peter Robinson. To commemorate the occasion, Tunku Varadarajan interviewed our fearless leader for Politico. Below is an excerpt, but read the whole thing:
[T]he Berlin Wall speech was unprecedented; a departure from the cautious diplomacy the State Department preferred in its dealings with Moscow.
What instructions was he given? None, Robinson says. He was simply thrown in at the deep end. “My guidance from senior staff on the speech was, ‘Audience of about 10,000. Length: 20 to 25 minutes. Subject: foreign policy. Period.’ It was up to me to figure out what Reagan ought to say beyond that.”
Robinson, 30 at the time, had graduated from Oxford not that long ago with a second B.A. in “PPE” — Politics, Philosophy and Economics — the portmanteau degree of the aspirational gentleman.
The callow speechwriter “flew to Berlin to do research and got nowhere with the ranking American diplomat, who was full of things Reagan shouldn’t say.” The embassy was clear it didn’t want any “commie-bashing.”
Inspiration struck one evening at a dinner party among Berliners, where a woman told him, with a passion he can still recall: “If this man Gorbachev is serious about glasnost and perestroika, he can prove it by coming here and getting rid of this wall.”
“Boom. I put that in my notebook. I knew immediately that I had something. Because I knew Reagan would have responded to that woman’s message. I had Reagan in my head. He would have loved that. Simple, dignified, but very powerful.”
The S&P 500 is up more than 12 percent since Election Day, unemployment has reached a 16-year low and economic growth in the coming year is expected to reach 2.3 percent, more robust growth than the 1.6 percent it grew in 2016.
None of these informed leaders spoke out! They allowed a make-believe tale intended to harm the legitimacy and therefore political power of President Trump to dominate mindshare in the nation’s collective political conversation
The opioid epidemic that has ravaged life expectancy among economically stressed white Americans is taking a rising toll among blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, driving up the overall rate of death among Americans in the prime of their lives.
A number of theologians as well as a number of secular philosophers have noted, correctly, that hate is not the opposite of love. Indifference is.
Which is why the statement about the terrorist attack on London by Mayor Sadiq Khan telling citizens “there is no reason to be alarmed” was so appalling. It did not show concern for the victims. It merely demonstrated an indifference to human life and a blasé, callous view of possible future terrorist attacks. It was, also, a lie. There is every reason to be alarmed when children are slaughtered in the streets.
However, the mainstream media basically supported the mayor and condemned President Trump who criticized mayor’s statement.
An earlier statement by the Mayor Khan was just as appalling. He said accepting such lethal attacks were basically part and parcel of living in a big city in today’s world. This was accepted with a shrug by the media but the statement is truly horrendous in its complications. It means citizens must accept children being blown apart while listening to concerts because there is nothing the government can, or will, do about it.
At times President Trump has been a bit bombastic in person and in writing tweets but his response was moral and appropriate – righteous anger and outrage at the killing of innocents. Mayor Khan is not the only politician or the only man or woman in the public arena who basically said society must “tolerate” such atrocities. What may, at first, sound like a realistic statement is simply coldly and callously indifferent to human life.
ISIS took credit, if that is the word, for the atrocities in England. President Trump’s reaction was not “toleration” but action. In the American South, lawmen sometimes say they will make sure a murderous outlaw “gets to the cemetery on time.” Which is basically what President Trump said.
He called for ISIS to be wiped out from the face of the Earth. He backed up that statement by asking his military leaders for a plan to do just that – annihilate ISIS.
The danger President Trump faces from the various investigations into the Trump-Russia matter has changed dramatically in recent weeks. If you're a Republican and you still believe the critical question is whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russians to influence the 2016 election -- if you still think that, you're behind the times. So now, a few notes on where the Trump affair is today:
1. It's not about collusion anymore
Fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee marked the full shift of the Trump-Russia investigation from a probe dedicated to discovering collusion to a probe dedicated to proving the president obstructed justice. (See "At this rate, it won't matter if Trump colluded with Russia.") Democrats at the Comey hearing barely touched on collusion, which appears to have turned out to be a dry hole. When it did come up in Comey's appearance, it was during questioning from Republicans, who wanted to highlight their point that collusion -- the core of the case and the reason everybody got so excited in the first place -- has so far turned out to be nothing.
The Trump administration needs to significantly rebuild and expand law enforcement agencies' ability to target and take down terrorist financing networks after President Obama systematically disbanded the work in an attempt to ease relations with Iran for the nuclear deal, according to former senior U.S. officials with decades of experience in the field.
The president of Romania, the former Soviet-era puppet enslaved by Stalin’s troops, came to the White House, and stood up during Rose Garden press conference with President Trump, and stated that his country will start paying up its share of the burden for NATO. (And said some nice things about Trump.)
Other revelations from the Moscow archives revealed that the Soviets had already created schemes that were indeed stranger than fiction. These included a plan to move saboteurs from Nicaragua across the Mexican border and into the U.S. disguised as illegal aliens. Radar stations, pipelines and power towers were all targeted in great detail as were port facilities in places like New York City. Other archive documents, available to researchers for a few years in the early 1990s (when a fistful of hundred dollar bills could work wonders) delivered all manner of disturbing and now well documented proofs. The Rosenbergs were indeed Russian spies, Alger Hiss was mixed up in Russian espionage efforts and the American Communist Party was in the pay of the Soviet Union and served as a tool for espionage, subversion and propaganda. Many left wing writers and politicians were either on the Soviet payroll, or eager to assist Soviet espionage activities.
With all this information it became possible to more accurately assess the nature, extent and effectiveness of communist era espionage. The Soviets didn't really invent anything new but they energetically improved upon ancient techniques and thus made the 20th century a golden age for spying. Basically, the Russians realized that successful spying was all about developing a lot of personal relationships, and then exploiting as many as possible. Early on, in the 1920s and 30s, the Soviets had a lot of capable and eager agents. And there were many communist sympathizers worldwide. Thousands of these pro-Communists were turned into valuable Soviet agents. Those that got caught were declared "martyrs" or, if possible, persecuted patriots of their home countries. Nothing was wasted.