Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Cheney Crushed, FBI Fesses Up to Stealing Passports, Affidavit in Play

As Stacy McCain notes, R.I.P., Republican Establishment "Cause of death? Trump Derangement Syndrome." Yesterday was primary day in Wyoming, where anti-Trump Liz Cheney was facing MAGA follower Harriet Hagemen, and Alaska, where Sarah Palin was in jungle primary for governor, (best three runoff), so the actual news isn't very significant. AP, What to watch: Cheney in trouble while Palin eyes comeback. Sundance at CTH, Wyoming and Alaska Primary Elections Tomorrow – Liz Cheney and Lisa Murkowski Face MAGA Challengers. At Fox, Liz Cheney calls on Democratic voters to switch parties, give her boost in GOP primary. The Onion quiped Dick Cheney Launches Last-Minute Invasion Of Wyoming To Bolster Daughter’s Reelection. Ben Whedon at JTN claims 'National' figure Cheney 'feels bigger' than 'small' Wyoming election, says ally of lawmaker, "Down 28 points in a University of Wyoming poll released last week that included likely Democrat crossover voters, Rep. Liz Cheney is fighting to retain her House seat in GOP primary Tuesday." Jonathon Tobin at Da Fed,  Liz Cheney’s Wyoming Fiasco Is The Prelude To Her Gadfly GOP Presidential Run. "Fueled by adoring media, Democrat money, and her own ego, Liz Cheney will forge ahead through the 2024 primaries." All poor AllahPundit at Haut Hair had left to question was What will the margin of defeat be in Cheney's primary tomorrow night? "So maybe … 65/35? Hageman +30?"

At Da Blaze, as expected, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney loses to Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman in Wyoming GOP primary. At the Decision desk, the actual results were 66/29. Allah was close enough for government work. At da Wire, Rep. Liz Cheney Learns Her Fate As Her Primary Election Is Called Ace, sardonically, REALITY DEFEATS CHENEY. "BREAKING: CHENEY ALLEGES "RAMPANT VOTER IRREGULARITIES, VOWS "I WILL BURN CHEYENNE TO THE GROUND BEFORE I ALLOW THIS REPUGNANCY TO STAND" . . . Just kidding, she's whining like she always does. She says she conceded to Harriet Hageman and allows "This primary is ended" but threatens, "Now the real work begins."" Sundance is jubilant, Tonight, We Dance, The Insufferable Liz Cheney Has Been Crushed and Cast into The Trash Heap of History. WaPoo whines that For never-Trump conservatives, it's never-ending misery

Capt. Ed at Haut Hair listens to Cheney's concession: I'm like Lincoln and Grant. Gone? "Cheney lost because she didn’t listen to her constituents, who clearly saw her choice to serve on the committee differently than she did." Althouse, as is her wont, read NYT Liz Cheney "could easily have" won in Wyoming again, she said, acknowledging the landslide against her. ""The path was clear. But it would have required that I go along with President Trump’s lie about the 2020 election. It would have required that I enable his ongoing efforts to unravel our democratic system and attack the foundations of our republic. That was a path I could not and would not take."" Her conclusion? "Self-dramatizing and self-aggrandizing. Ironically, by contrast, Trump seems modest and self-effacing." Zing! Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media thinks Liz Cheney's Concession Speech Was a Mentally Ill Cry for Help.

Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 08.16.22, the Weasel Zippers, ‘Wrong Ballots’ Being Sent Out To Republicans Voting In Wyomin. My girlfriend bet me they would cheat in Wyoming to keep Cheney there. I laughed. I said “But MAGA people control the state and the voting apparatus …there’s no way they can cheat”. Christ, I’m stupid.  

JH News Guide: "A Democratic candidate for Wyoming House District 23 announced in a Sunday press release that he had received the wrong absentee ballot in the mail last week. Ryan Sedgeley said that he and his wife have “always been registered as Democrats in Wyoming” but received ballots in the mail Aug. 9 for the Republican primary."

Well, it could be a mistake. There's no point in cheating if there's no chance of overcoming the lead.

The story of the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago continues, particularly the confiscation of Trump's three passport, two expired personal, and one his government issued diplomatic one. Initially, when he reported them confiscated, the MSM quickly found FBI/DOJ leakers to alleged it wasn't true. Afterall, they weren't not the inventory of items taken from Mar-a-Lago. AllahPundit doubted Trump Why did the FBI seize Trump's passports?  "Did they seize Trump’s passports? He claims they did, but he also claims he was the victim of a massive vote-rigging conspiracy in 2020 that no one can prove." Breitbart, Alleged Passport Seizure at Mar-a-Lago Could Undermine Trump’s Civil Rights, But then, Trump Team Drops Email Proving FBI Wrongly Seized Passports After Media, DOJ Attempted to Mislead Public with Spin. Capt. Ed says Hmmm: FBI returns Trump passports that never appeared on search inventory, which leads one to wonder what else they may have taken that wasn't on the official inventory.

That’s not exactly a sterling level of accountability. It took Trump a week to notice that the passports were missing, or at least a week to go public with it. His social-media post announcing the “theft” appeared yesterday at 12:22 ET; the raid took place on the morning of Monday, August 8. The FBI left with a dozen or so boxes of material, which sounds like a lot but is actually rather paltry in legal cases, as Andrew McCarthy noted in an earlier column at National Review. If this search was as acutely necessary as the DoJ claims, shouldn’t the FBI have realized they had his passports almost immediately — and returned them days ago?

How can an FBI agent not know what a passport looks like. Did they just shovel the contents of safes into boxes without looking? Not exactly in the spirit of a limited search. It's really a bad look for the FBI/DOJ. If I were Jim Jordan, I'd have some pointed questions for Merrick Garland and Chris Wray the next time they appeared before me.

The other thing this brings into question is the remaining credibility of the media, who clearly parroted their 'sources' in the FBI/DOJ without any skepticism. Ace, The Fake News Crew Claims, Without Evidence, That the FBI Did Not Seize Trump's Passports, "More lies from the Truth Tellers." The Peacock reluctantly admits Trump’s passports returned after Mar-a-Lago search, DOJ official says. Sundance, CBS Caught Scripting Fake News, Narrative Engineer Norah O’Donnell. NYPo, Trump gets passports back after FBI raid following wrong report by CBS anchor O’Donnell. "“In executing search warrants, the FBI follows search and seizure procedures ordered by courts, then returns items that do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes,” the bureau said in a statement late Monday."  Cutie Pavlich at Town Hall, Media Takes a Hit After FBI Returns Trump's Passports. Now the media has a new take, from Twitchy, Pounce alert! Trump publicized FBI taking passports even ‘after DOJ offered them back’ He was supposed to just shut up and play nice. Wendell Husebø@WendellHusebo, "BREAKING: The passports were not itemized on the FBI’s property receipt of items seized. The warrant did not state the FBI could take Trump’s passport. Typically, the government needs a separate court order to seize someone’s passport, even temporarily."

The other bone of contention, at this point is the affidavit that the DOJ/FBI used to get the search warrant. While the warrant specifies what kind of items to look for, and the receipt supposedly details the materials seized, the affidavit should give the governments explanation for why they wanted these materials. We already know the judge, uh, er magistrate was predisposed to hate Trump, so it wouldn't be a shock if the affidavit was a little vague, or even stretched the truth a mite. Vicky taft at PJ Media, Trump to DOJ: Show Us What You Got, Release the Affidavit Behind FBI Raid on Mar-a-Lago. Clash Daily, Trump Demands Transparency, Pledges To Release CCTV Raid Footage. At Da Wire, DOJ To Unseal More Documents Related To Trump Raid, Refuses To Unseal Key Document. WaPoo, Justice Department opposes release of Mar-a-Lago affidavit. Michael Ginsberg at Da Caller, DOJ Urges Judge To Keep Trump Raid Affidavit Sealed From Public. Dan Chaitin at WaEx, Trump spy chief rejects DOJ argument on keeping Mar-a-Lago affidavit secret, ""It’s garbage to say that that information couldn’t be redacted so that the remainder of the affidavit that is so important to establishing probable cause is something that we can see," Ratcliffe told host Laura Ingraham."AllahPundit whines as Trump demands Release the search warrant affidavit!  18Hat793@Popehat "It would be extraordinary to unseal the search warrant affidavit in an ongoing investigation. It's theoretically possible but I don't think I've ever seen it happen. The notion that it's unusual or sinister for DoJ to oppose it is a lie." Maybe, but this is an extraordinary case, the winner of the last presidential election is trying to prosecute the loser of the last election for disputing the outcome, using the man who was turned down for the Supreme Court by said loser. We need to know that the underlying accusations are reasonable or specious. 

Rich Lowry at NYPo, Merrick Garland looks set to indict Trump — despite his glaring conflict of interest. Insty, Contrary to Rich Lowry, I don’t think that Trump is even morally responsible for January 6, which I also think has been wildly overblown, especially against the 2020 background of government-sanctioned riots in cities across the country.  At Am Great, the redoubtable Julie Kelly agrees, It’s Inevitable: Trump Will Be Indicted

At the NewNeo, This is the leading MAL-raid theory, shared by many

He believes that it wasn’t egregious overreaching. Instead, he argues that indications support his argument that Trump asked heads of Departments what documents they absolutely would not want to see declassified? (This has been mooted elsewhere.)

And then declassified them and secreted them away as insurance over the Deep State.

Thus, Barnes argues that the MAL raid was an aggressive attempt by the Deep State to regain possession of said documents from Trump and keep their wrongful heinous deeds hidden or simply destroyed outright.

A few more from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 08.16.22, Am Con,  ‘Ultra MAGA’ GOP Plots Revenge for Mar-A-Lago Raid, Am Great, The FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Panty Raid, Rand Paul Calls for Repealing Espionage Act After Mar-a-Lago Raid, and Why Merrick Garland Is Losing the People, Don Surber, Republicans grow a spine, The Geller Report, FBI raided Mar-a-Lago to seize documents that likely implicated the bureau’s own agents in Russia Hoax (which is why we need to see the affidavit), This Ain’t Hell: Legal scholar questions government/media narrative on Mar-a-Lago raid, and  Transterrestrial Musings, The Corruption Of The FBI.  

Margot Cleveland at Da Fed, Records Suggest A Backbench Bureaucrat’s Partisan Grievance Spurred The FBI’s Nakedly Political Raid On Trump. An anti-Trump hack at the archives saw a box being carried out and said "The walls are really closing in this time!" 

The retired archivist then explained how he remembered “watching the Trumps leave the White House and getting off in the helicopter that day, and someone carrying a white banker box, and saying to myself, ‘What the hell’s in that box?’” According to Ferriero, “that began a whole process of trying to determine whether any records had not been turned over to the Archives.”

Althouse, "The espionage act was abused from the beginning to jail dissenters of WWI. It is long past time to repeal this egregious affront to the 1st Amendment.", Said Rand Paul, quoted in "Sen. Rand Paul wants to repeal the Espionage Act amid the Mar-a-Lago investigation" (NPR), also, "Attorney General Merrick Garland deliberated for weeks over whether to approve the application for a warrant to search former President Donald Trump’s Florida home..." Which doesn't prove he was right, only that it was a very difficult case to make. Red State, Eric Trump Claims to Have a Silver Bullet From the Mar-a-Lago RaidThe Dirty Truth (Josh)@AKA_RealDirty, "@EricTrump: we will be releasing the video surveillance footage when the time is right." Remember, the FBI told staff to turn off the cameras but the lawyers made them turn them back on. I wonder what's on it? FBI sniffing Melania's undies? At Haut Hair, NYT wonders Did Mark Meadows drop the ball on returning Trump's classified material? Are they looking for an out? "According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Mr. Trump and his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, the man who oversaw presidential records in the chaotic closing days of the administration, failed to organize an effort to collect, box and deliver materials to the National Archives — as prior presidents, and Mr. Trump’s own vice president, Mike Pence, did." Politico admits Why Donald Trump’s declassification claim might not be that outlandish, "The Scooter Libby case under George W. Bush showed that presidents can declassify materials without a clear paper trail."

Mary Chastain at LI echoes Trump: America ‘is in a Very Dangerous Position’ and the ‘Temperature has to be Brought Down’, "The people of this country are not going to stand for another scam." Vodka Pundit at the PJ Media Insanity Wrap: A Constitutional Crisis Is Just What Merrick Garland Ordered. Miranda Devine at NYPo, opines Spokin’ Joe is wheely spiteful. From Front Page, Dan Rather Whoops for Joy Over FBI Raid, "How the fake news pioneer once served the totalitarian whims of a Stalinist dictator." From BIC, Jon Voight Weighs In On FBI Raiding Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Residence. Not a fan. CNS News cites Rep. Jamaal Bowman on Trump: 'He's Dangerous,' 'MAGA Supporters Are Dangerous, Many Republicans 'Are Dangerous'. You bet! Dave Marcus at NYPo, Media is back to anonymous, one-source stories on Trump that we can’t trust anymore. Did they ever leave? Jim Geraghty at NR wonders What if the law treated all politicians the same?. The sky is green in that world. Insty, WELL, THERE’S NO DEMOCRAT-MANUFACTURED “CRIME” THAT WOULD DO THAT, WHICH IS ALL WE’VE SEEN SO FAR: WaPo’s Catherine Rampell: Is there no crime Trump could commit that would lose him GOP support? "And they hate that they can’t manufacture stuff that will cause GOP voters to flinch anymore." Twitchy, Mega-thread shows that WaPo didn’t always have an aversion to Nazi comparisons and terms like ‘banana republic’

Mary Chastain at LI, Jim Jordan: 14 FBI Whistleblowers Came Forward Against DOJ After Mar-a-Lago Raid, "“It’s becoming a well-worn trail of agents who say this has got to stop, and thank goodness for them and that American people recognize it, and I believe they’re going to make a big change on November 8.” Kevin Downey at PJ Media, 14 FBI Whistleblowers (and Counting) Can't Be Wrong: There's a Problem at the Bureau. Leah Barkoukis at Town Hall, Over a Dozen FBI Whistleblowers Have Come to Jordan After Raid on Mar-a-Lago. At Front Page, Fatal Bureau of Investigation Marks a Milestone, "The struggle against FBI violence is the struggle of memory against forgetting." A pretty good recounting of the massacre at Ruby Ridge. Althouse, "There can't be one rule for Democrats and another for Republicans. So the question 'What about her emails?' is an appropriate one." 

"Mocking it is no answer. Neither is the cliche 'two wrongs do not make a right.' A second wrong doesn't justify or excuse the first, but unequal treatment of two comparable wrongs should raise concerns about fairness and equality. Unequal treatment of two equal wrongs is a third wrong. The 'whataboutism' argument applies as well to the manner in which Trump loyalists such as Peter Navarro, Roger Stone and Paul Manafort were arrested. In comparable cases involving similar charges, the defendants weren't handcuffed, shackled or subjected to restraints generally reserved for those who pose a risk of violence or flight....

Seth Tillman pens A Letter to Politifact

You stated in your August 9, 2022 report that:
Congress could act to bar Trump from running again under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which says that public officials cannot serve in any future federal, state, or military office if they engaged in “insurrection or rebellion.” The Senate hasn’t pursued that route. It could have banned Trump from running again during impeachment proceedings and did not. It’s unknown how the committee investigating Trump’s actions around the Jan. 6 attack may address the prospect of Trump’s candidacy.
Not one of your statements above is a fact. Each is a highly contestable legal claim, argument, or intuition.

Lou Aguilar at Am Spec calls Trump The Godfather Ex-President, "Is he ready to resume his position — or give way to Godfather II?" AllahPundit unhappy with a Reminder from Sean Hannity: Being a felon doesn't disqualify you from the presidency. "When he’s right, he’s right. And he’s right."

Paul Watson at Front Page, Watson Video: The Truth About the FBI Raid On Trump

Revolver identifies some weird things about the pipe bombs found at the RNC and DNC on Jan. 6, Jan 6 Pipe Bomber’s Mechanical Timer Detonates Fedsurrection Lie. Allegedly planted the night before with 1 or 2 hour mechanical timers which, conveniently, failed to work. Found just in time to provide a diversion from the riot. It's all very fishy.

Lloyd Billingsley at Front Page, Former Police Officer Gets 7 Years in Prison in Jan. 6 Case, "For carrying a “large wooden stick” on January 6 -- and for things the ex-officer said and believed." WaPoo, A Capitol rioter tried to bond with a Reagan judge, then got a lecture. NYT cited at Haut Hair, Pennsylvania man charged with threatening FBI after Mar-a-Lago search. WaPoo, Man accused of declaring ‘open season’ on FBI agents is arrested, "Adam Bies, 46, was arrested days after FBI agents searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club"

In the interests of getting out of here, some DIY Elections Coverage:

Trump speeches hint at extreme agenda in potential 2024 bid - The Washington Post
Mick Mulvaney says he hopes Trump loses GOP nomination for 2024 | Daily Mail Online
Mick Mulvaney, Laura Ingraham reach the same conclusion - Trump policies are good but drama is bad – HotAir
The Mar-a-Lago Wave - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Boom: New Florida poll puts DeSantis up 20 points among Hispanics – HotAir
Glenn Youngkin Is Making Moves
Election deniers march toward power in key 2024 battlegrounds - The Washington Post
Is the GOP canceling ad spending in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin? Or did the NYT get it wrong? – HotAir
A midterm bellwether from Washington state: Has the red wave receded? – HotAir
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy confidently says he’ll be the next House speaker | Fox News
New Georgia Poll Is Bad News for Stacey Abrams, Worse for Raphael Warnock – RedState
Democrat John Fetterman Struggles at First Campaign Stop Since Stroke
Pennsylvania’s Mastriano rewrites debate rules to thwart anti-GOP bias | Washington Examiner
How anti-Trump Sen. Murkowski's staffers pushed to change Alaska's primary to ranked-choice voting | Daily Mail Online
Trump-allied lawyers pursued voting machine data in multiple states, records reveal - The Washington Post
No, Conservatives Shouldn't Stop Talking About The 2020 Election
"Defund the FBI" could complicate GOP's midterm messaging
Ace of Spades HQ Kamala Harris' Super-Fans -- the "#KHive" -- Begin to Worry That No One Is Coming to Save Her and Position Her for Success

the Culture War:

And the Stupid Economy, Stupid

IRS Hiring Spree | FrontpageMag
Biden Administration’s Successful War on American Energy Industry
Two Thirds of Biden Voters Have a Dim View of U.S. Economy
Despite Biden Denials, Most Say We’re In A Recession And Gov’t Is To Blame — I&I/TIPP Poll – Issues & Insights
Biden Labor Department Seeks to Redefine Independent Contractors
‘Next Question’: Democrat Rep. Refuses To Say How ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Will Lower Inflation (VIDEO) | The Daily Wire
Rep. Jason Smith: Inflation Reduction Act Includes ‘$27 Billion for a Climate Slush Fund for the EPA’ – 3 Times Its Annual Funding | CNSNews
Is Anything Manchin Says About His ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ True? – Issues & Insights
Ace of Spades HQ - Biden Signs "Inflation Reduction Act" While Media Lies To Cover For Him
CNN to chief Biden econ adviser: You comfy with an inflation bill that does nothing on inflation? – HotAir
Ace of Spades HQ Biden Signs "Inflation Reduction Act" While Media Lies To Cover For Him
RNC Research on Twitter: ""What parts of the bill do you think will put to work on [lowering inflation] specifically?" Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin: "Next question."" / Twitter
The Democrats' 'Inflation Reduction Act' Betrays the People Progressives Claim to Care About | Opinion
WATCH: Andrea Mitchell thanks Biden econ adviser Brian Deese for ‘making sense’ of the Inflation Reduction Act, i.e. totally lying about it –

Some Wednesday Wetness

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Fusion, The Energy of the Future Forever

By which I mean, it always seems to recede into the future: Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair, Breakthrough: Ignition confirmed at California fusion reactor

Without bogging us down in too many technical details, suffice it to say that this is a big deal. Or at least it might be at some point. Scientists and engineers have been working on a way to build a workable fusion reactor for decades. A fusion reactor is quite different than the fission nuclear reactors you see around the world today. But there are enormous challenges involved in taking the fusion process from the hypothetical realm and creating a functional reactor capable of producing electricity for our energy grid. One problem is the fact that early experimental models required more energy to operate than they would be capable of producing. The other great challenge involved getting the tritium that fuels the fusion reaction to initially ignite and create a sustainable reaction. (Tritium or hydrogen-3 is a rare and radioactive isotope of hydrogen.) That latter hurdle has now officially been achieved. It actually happened a little more than a year ago, but it’s now been confirmed. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory National Ignition Facility in California successfully ignited the hydrogen fusion reaction last August. (Newsweek)
A major breakthrough in nuclear fusion has been confirmed a year after it was achieved at a laboratory in California.

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) National Ignition Facility (NIF) recorded the first case of ignition on August 8, 2021, the results of which have now been published in three peer-reviewed papers.

Nuclear fusion is the process that powers the Sun and other stars: heavy hydrogen atoms collide with enough force that they fuse together to form a helium atom, releasing large amounts of energy as a by-product. Once the hydrogen plasma “ignites”, the fusion reaction becomes self-sustaining, with the fusions themselves producing enough power to maintain the temperature without external heating.
If we can get this technology working on a large scale, most of the current debates over energy policy will go out the window in a generation.

It seems to me that we've been told that fusion power was 20 years away since I was in elementary school, (hint, a very long time ago). I'm glad to hear they made progress, but I've heard this (or something very much like it) several times before.

In a somewhat related story, John Sexton (also at Haut Hair) reports that, showing a lick of sense for a change, Gov. Newsom proposes keeping Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open until 2035.

Some DIY Politics

Because I went fishing yesterday, and didn't get through this, and because I've been avoiding the retail politics, the economy and the culture war for a couple of days, I just have to do it this way. Sorry, not sorry.

Mar-a Lago Raid and Jan. 6 

Trump: FBI “Stole” My Passports During Mar-a-Lago Raid
Feds Oppose Unsealing Affidavit Used To Obtain Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant, To Protect Ongoing Investigation and “National Security”
Trump Accused of Lying Over FBI-Seized Passports, Then He Dropped the Receipts – RedState
FBI seizes privileged Trump records during raid; DOJ opposes request for independent review: sources | Fox News
BREAKING: Biden administration tells judge not to unseal affidavit for Mar-a-Lago search | The Post Millennial
BREAKING: Trump says FBI took his passport in Mar-a-Lago raid | The Post Millennial
CBS News claims the FBI does NOT have Trump’s passports, but they aren’t telling the whole story… – The Right Scoop
Trump calls for return of privileged documents reportedly seized at Mar-a-Lago | The Hill
They say they found some classified information in the papers they took from Mar-A-Lago… – The New Neo
Socialist Mop on Twitter: "With the FBI’s raid of Trump’s private residence, I wanted to repost a video that I did back in 2016 showing James Comey of the FBI letting Hillary off the hook for mishandling classified info. Insane hypocrisy! Check out “What Difference Does It Make?”" / Twitter
Sunday Talks, Adam Schiff Claims He Has Seen No Evidence That President Trump Declassified Documents, a Ridiculous Lie - The Last Refuge
Opinion | Espionage Isn’t the Strongest Case Against Trump. It’s Simpler Than That. - POLITICOAlthouse: High-level cogitation.
Using Familiar Leaks, the New York Times Frames the Case Against President Trump 4.0 - The Last Refuge
Trump's message to Garland: "The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?" – HotAir
WSJ: AG Garland deliberated over search warrant for weeks – HotAir
Six Days Later, President Biden Still Has Not Received A Briefing On FBI’s Raid On Trump | The Daily Caller
Armed Trump supporters protest outside FBI office in Phoenix following Mar-a-Lago raid: reports
Raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate questioned by some law professors | The College Fix
Victor Davis Hanson on Mar-a-Lago Raid: “I never thought I would say this… The FBI is beyond redemption”
Trump Critic, Maryland GOP Gov. Hogan Says FBI Raid 'A Win' For Former President | Off The Press
Barack Obama Has Missing Records. When Will the FBI Ransack His House?
Report: Surprising Private Message Trump Sent to Merrick Garland After Mar-a-Lago Raid Revealed – RedState
Ace of Spades HQ Joe Scarborough Brings On the Perfect Pitchman to Vouch for the Integrity of the FBI
THE COLUMN: 'Alea Iacta Est' | The Pipeline
14 FBI whistleblowers have come forward against DOJ following Mar-a-Lago raid, says Jim Jordan
Rep. Mike Turner, top intel panel Republican, says Donald Trump, Merrick Garland 'not above the law' - Washington Times
Republicans want answers on Wray flight ahead of Mar-a-Lago raid | Washington Examiner
BREAKING: DOJ Doesn't Want Americans to Know the Real Reason Why the FBI Raided Trump's Mar-a-Lago Home – PJ Media
Jonathan Turley 'deeply' concerned over Biden DOJ plan to 'circumvent' prior Trump clemency orderBREAKING: Giuliani named target of Georgia grand-jury criminal probe – HotAir
An Analogy Too Far? : The Other McCain
Cleaning house at the FBI and Justice Department - The Spectator World
AG Merrick Garland's raid of Trump's Mar-a-Lago is a farce of law
Victor Davis Hanson: We’re No Longer a Republic, We’re Transitioning to Radical Democracy :: Grabien News
House GOP demands Biden administration 'preserve' all documents related to Mar-a-Lago search | The Post Millennial
Trump Records Negotiator: Former President in ‘Bureaucratic Battle’ Over Classified Documents
Bill Maher: FBI Raid Might Have Saved ‘Martyr’ Trump From Losing To DeSantis In GOP Primary | The Daily Wire
There's no sainthood for Obama, National Archives in Trump FBI raid uproar

Election Relate Politics

Wait, Biden *really is* running for president again? – HotAir
When are Biden Voters Going to Get Angry? - American Thinker
Bolling vs. John Bolton: Why can't you see that we were safer under President Trump? – HotAirDon Surber: What you have to swallow to be a Never Trumper
2024 Election: Trump Hasn't Sealed Nomination | National Review
Trump hasn't clinched anything – HotAir
Is the "DeSantasy" over? – HotAir
The Managing of DeSantis, Five Days in the Bunker and a New Press Secretary - The Last Refuge
'Now, the Gloves Are Off': Christina Pushaw Resigns as DeSantis' Press Secretary – PJ Media
The Democrats’ 2022 death wish | The Hill
Republicans Better Not Wuss Out If They Win Big in November – PJ Media
Jump ball: Fox poll shows Dems tied on generic ballot as women shift left – HotAir
Bellwether? Dems overperformed in another special election this week – HotAir
DATA: Most Americans Support Election Audits Immediately After Polling Day.
So, That's Why Lisa Murkowski Was Reportedly Silent About the New Voting System in Alaska
Dems Boosted an Extreme Republican in a Key Race. Will It Backfire?
Stacey Abrams Commits a Disqualifying Self-Own in Desperate Attack on Brian Kemp – RedStateHispanic Voters Are Normie Voters - by Ruy Teixeira
Texas poll: Democrats' losses among Hispanics are only just beginning | Washington Examiner
Democrats Are Losing Their Edge With Hispanics
Poll: 60% Of Latino Voters Say The Country Is On The Wrong Track… | Weasel Zippers
Beto at rally: Stop laughing at me, "motherf****r" – HotAir
Althouse: NPR's prissy headline: "Weighing the pros and cons of Beto O'Rourke dropping an f-bomb on a heckler."
New Poll Shows Liz Cheney Getting Absolutely Crushed
Liz Cheney's net worth has ballooned by 600 percent while serving in Congress | The Post Millennial
Poll: Hageman up big ahead of Wyoming's GOP primary next week | Wyoming |
Two House Democrats Ask Their Voters to Support Liz Cheney in Primary - Tennessee Star
Associated Press: 'Liz Cheney of Wyoming Is Bracing for Defeat'
Report: Democratic Operatives Control Voter Rolls In 31 States
Althouse: "I really don’t think there’s any need to have a discussion. He did a good job last year, kind of got off the rails this year."
How To Tell If Glenn Youngkin Is On The Rise? He's Being Sued | Off The Press
Roy Moore wins defamation case against Democratic PAC, jury awards him $8.2M | Fox News
Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat rated a toss-up by election forecasters | Just The News
Latest Revelation About Liz Cheney Has to Be the Final Stake in Her Political Career
Liz Cheney Just Got the Endorsement She Needs (Try Not to Laugh Too Hard) – RedState
Fetterman 'grateful' as he returns to Pa. Senate race | Ap-top-news |
Pennsylvania Dem John Fetterman Hires Activist That Wants Transgender Surgeries For Children
White House Report Card: Was Biden’s ‘great week’ lousy for the rest of us? | Washington Examiner
Was Al Franken's endorsement of Liz Cheney a joke? – HotAir
Majority of Americans fed up with country's direction under Joe Biden: poll | The Post Millennial
Al Franken tweets Liz Cheney endorsement, jokes it will 'carry weight' with Wyoming Republicans | Fox News
Roy Moore awarded $8.2 million in PAC defamation case | Just The News
Ace of Spades HQ Kemp Up Big, Walker Up Slightly In Georgia, New Poll Finds
Ace of Spades HQ Democrat Candidate for Pennsylvania Senate Returns to Campaign Trail After Hiding For Months Post-Stroke -- And Shows Signs of Cognitive Impairment
Ace of Spades HQ The Morning Rant: About Those Georgia Elections Stacey Abrams – Election DenierDem rep on Biden: "Off the record, he's not running again" – HotAir

The Stupid Economy, Stupid

Backfire: Far more Americans believe Inflation Reduction Act will increase inflation than will reduce it – HotAir
No feuling: PPI inflation drops sharply in July to 9.8%, negative month-on-month – HotAir
WunderMap® | Interactive Weather Map and Radar | Weather Underground
WSJ and Lomborg show just how useless the “Inflation Reduction Act” is at tackling climate – Watts Up With That?
Biden Admin Keeps Contradicting Itself on Targets of the New IRS Audits
IRS Hiring Spree Is Biggest Police State Expansion In U.S. History
A slightly optimistic take on all those new IRS agents - American Thinker
Fact-Checking Team Biden on Who 87,000 New IRS Agents Would Audit
Dems ‘inflation reduction’ plan will have these 3 terrible economic consequences, new analysis finds - Based Politics
Biden Claims “Zero Inflation” Despite 8.5% Rate… | Weasel Zippers
Dem Sen. Ed Markey: No Reason To Pay For Gas — Just Buy An Electric Vehicle… | Weasel Zippers
'Inflation is a tax on all Americans': Latest Consumer Price Index shows increases in largest parts of median household budget | Washington D.C. Business Daily
CBO: Actually, the "Inflation Reduction Act" will cause more audits for working class – HotAir
Progressive pro-tip from Jayapal: Inflation's just a "theoretical word that economists use" – HotAirBiden Lied About IRS Audits | Off The Press
House Democrats Refuse to Support Second Part of Manchin-Schumer Deal for Increased Energy Development and Permitting - The Last Refuge
CBS reports breaking news about the Dems’ ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ (Shocker: ‘They waited to report this until after it passed’) –
ABC’s Jonathan Karl: Isn’t Name Of Inflation Reduction Act “Almost Orwellian” Since It’s “Not Gonna Bring Inflation Down?”
Ladies and gentlemen, your "Lie of the Year" frontrunner – HotAir
Jamie Dimon: Get it through your "thick skulls." We need natural gas – HotAir

The Culture War

GSA Clubs Smuggle Gender Ideology into K-12 Education
Don't Say 'Groomer' Because the MSM Will Call You a Bigot – PJ Media
Ace of Spades HQ Scientists Are Suing the Biden Administration for Censoring Them-- Using the Social Media Monopolies As Their Deputized Agents
Woke elites control the institutions meant to serve us
Crazy People Are Dangerous : The Other McCain
Alex Berenson Says He’s Going to Sue Biden Administration for Pressuring Twitter to Ban Him
Pediatricians who questioned 'gender affirmation' silenced by medical academy | The Post Millennial
FEC OKs Google plan to stop spamming GOP Gmail | Washington Examiner
Tennessee teacher accused of exposing himself at middle school | WTVC
FBI searched Trump’s home to look for nuclear documents and other items, sources say – Blazing Cat Fur
Florida’s crackdown on ‘woke’ professors instills fear | Miami Herald
Union Refuses To Aid Teacher Who Faced Termination for Criticism of Woke Training
Ace of Spades HQ Boston Children's Hospital Now Advertising "Gender-Affirming Hysterectomies" to Young Girls With a Cheerful-Looking Pitchwoman Who Looks Like She Could be a Mouseketeer
Does University of California undercut academic freedom? - CalMatters
Teachers union tells educators to ignore Florida law on not teaching gender identity in schools | The Post Millennial
UK university investigating after PhD student published paper about his own masturbation habits – HotAir
Minneapolis schools will lay off white teachers first, violating the Constitution and Title VII - Liberty Unyielding
It’s happening: “LGB drop the T” keeps trending on Twitter as gay activists turn on transgender activists | Not the Bee
The Atlantic Attacks the ‘Militaristic’ Rosary - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics

Tuesday Tanlines

Monday, August 15, 2022

I'm Back

We left Solomons in the dark at little after 5:30 AM. A muted sunrise over 'Mike's Rocks' on Hoopers Island. It was cloudy most of the day, with light rain threatened, but never materializing. We managed half of our boat limit of Striped Bass here, all on top water plugs. 
Fishing over a wreck off Bloodsworth Island. Nothing here.
A familiar sight. The drowned back end loader at Holland Island. Everything from the boat to the load was land within the time I have been visiting here with Pete. A few fish here, too.
The harbor mouth at Ewell, on Smith Island. I was hoping for a floating Smith Island cake store, but alas, no. We did, however, finish our 2 fish per angler (not counting Pete) here.
From there, we went in search of Speckled Trout, Redfish and Blues, starting at the Middle Grounds near Smith Island, where we did get some bluefish bites, and 1 fish. Reds and Specs continued to elude us as we went north again, stopping here at the Hoopers Island Light.

Gone Fishin'

 But not like this:


Back later with fresh lies, I hope.

The Monday Morning Stimulus


Sunday, August 14, 2022

A Hollywood Tragedy

A week ago, in Random Celebrity News, I mentioned the bizarre accident when actress Anne Heche plowed into a house and was sent to a hospital with burns. A few days later news came that she died of her injuries, but I let that one go, feeling no need to speak further ill of the dead. Stacy McCain has no such compunction:  The Tragedy of Anne Heche

Heche was something of a rising star when she hooked up with Ellen DeGeneres at a Vanity Fair Oscar party in 1997. Heche, then 28 and more than a decade younger than DeGeneres, claimed she had never before been involved with a woman before. Her relationship with DeGeneres lasted less than three years and, while it didn’t exactly end Heche’s career — she continued acting in movies and television up until her death — certainly it dimmed her star power in Hollywood:
“It changed my life forever,” Heche admitted to Page Six in 2020. “The stigma attached to that relationship was so bad … I didn’t do a studio picture for 10 years. I was fired from a $10 million picture deal.” 

Oh, it was the “stigma” that did the damage, was it? Never mind what the people who buy movie tickets think — “Damn those homophobes!” — and never mind, of course, that Heche’s status as “bisexual” seemed rather transient. She left DeGeneres for a man, and then left him for another man, and if she ever had any further involvement in what the media call “the LGBTQ community,” she never mentioned it publicly.

Toxicology reportedly found cocaine and fentanyl in her blood after she rammed her car into a home in L.A. in the middle of the afternoon last week, and she died after being removed from life support Friday.

Just for the record, I don’t approve of cocaine or fentanyl, either, and if any dopeheads feel stigmatized because of my disapproval, tough luck.

I find it hard to believe that her lesbian relationship with DeGeneris was a problem with the Hollywood crowd at all, where homosexuality has been common and accepted for years. More likely, her turning her back on it was a problem as it conflicted with the dogma that it is something you are born with and can't alter. 

She claimed to have been abused as a child, and led a rather tumultuous life. Craziness, drugs and driving do not mix. Yes, it is a tragedy.

But it will make a great movie!

Planning for Trump's Arrest

From John Solomon at JTN, New twist in FBI raid: Trump had 'standing order' to declassify documents taken to residence, "Former president's office describe previously undeclared process that led to sensitive documents landing in Mar-O-Lago." AllahPundit at Haut Hair, is, of course, skeptical, Trump: There was a standing order that any documents I removed were declassified "Oh yeah? Where is that order? Surely it must have been written down at some point. Let’s see it." At WaEx, Ryan King cites Trump spy chief on classified documents: 'Virtually impossible to prosecute'.  Matt Vespa at Town Hall wonders Did the Justice Department Already Know That No Classified Docs Were at Mar-a-Lago?, or at least that the classifications were disputable:

It’s also clear that no one read the critical memo issued on January 19, 2021, wherein all documents related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation were declassified by Trump in the waning days of his presidency.

Damning political documents that make the Obama administration look bad are declassified—and then, the feds knock down the door at Mar-a-Lago. And now, we have memos showing that certain documents were either declassified or that none were present at Trump’s home. It looks like this circus just added another tent.

But what if this isn't really about document classification. It's beginning to look suspiciously like the Biden/Garland DOJ is looking to hang him with the Presidential Records act. Tristan Justice at Da Fed, FBI Raid Warrant Demanded Seizure Of Literally Any Record Trump Ever Saw During 4-Year Presidential Term. Fox, FBI seizes privileged Trump records during raid; DOJ opposes request for independent review, "Some records seized at Trump's Mar-a-Lago home covered by attorney-client privilege, sources say." To the left, Trump has no attorney-client privilege, but Hillary is completely swaddled in it. Well, we're all pretty sure they were hoping to sweep in some J6 material too. WaPoo has a large, heavily slanted (but then, it's WaPoo) article on Trump’s secrets: How a records dispute led the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago. But let's get to the real meat of this argument, at Twitter thread at Twitchy by Margot Cleveland, Margot Cleveland examines why the DOJ selected the statues it did for raid on Mar-a-Lago Margot Cleveland@ProfMJCleveland "7/ And whether classified or not, the second statute cited, seems to make Trump taking anything that is considered "Presidential Papers" from White House, whether classified or not; whether the archivest (sp?) has a copy or not." 

Of course, my problem with this gets back to the historical practice of ex-Presidents keeping their personal papers for historical and personal reasons, a practice which seems to be codified by giving ex-presidents an office of the ex-presidency, staff, security clearances, and secure conditions:

So, even if they were removed from the White House, one can easily argue that they were not, in fact, removed from the governments possession. But as YaHoo! is anxious to point out, A Trump Indictment Over Mishandling Classified Documents Is Now a Very Real Possibility. Sundance at CTH opaquely warns Big Picture, Review all DC Activity from June 3rd with New Eyes "As noted by President Trump and numerous lawyers in/around his office, the U.S. Dept of Justice and FBI visited Mar-a-Lago on June 3, 2022, to review presidential documents kept in storage boxes there.  After that visit the next contact with DOJ and FBI officials was the raid on August 8th." Finally, Athena Thorne at PJ Media warns, Yes, They're Going to Arrest Donald Trump. Deal With It.
So, yes, sooner or later, someone will get a grand jury or a judge to indict Donald Trump for something or other. Remember — they impeached him twice. Impeachment is a Congressional indictment, so this isn’t exactly a new concept to the Left. Once Trump is indicted, why would they stop there? The next step is to swear out an arrest warrant. At the very least, the former president will need to turn himself in, which will produce the coveted mugshot. Or, if someone especially vindictive gets there first, expect a full-on perp walk arrest. There’s no reason to think the FBI’s needless public arrest of former Trump advisor Peter Navarro was a one-off exercise.

We have to accept the probability and be ready for it when it happens.

If and when Leftist goblins arrest former president Trump, here’s the first thing to which we must all commit: We will not erupt into violence. If the anti-American forces succeed in goading the United States into a civil war, we’re over and done. You may as well start brushing up on your Mandarin now, if you think a hot civil war will work out well for us. There are still ways to get out of this mess without breaking the emergency glass yet.

The Babylon Bee  'The FBI Raid On Melania's Closet Was Justified,' Says Merrick Garland Wearing Gorgeous New Evening Gown And Sun Hat, also AOC Says It's Dumb For Republicans To Call U.S. A Banana Republic Since It's More Like A Forever 21

From ET, ‘Witch Hunt’: Trump Criticizes Biden White House Over Mar-a-Lago Raid, but at the NYT Althouse finds "The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?" "That was the message Trump conveyed to Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, just before Garland made his public statement that he personally authorized the Mar-a-Lago raid and characterized it as a last resort." Jim Thompson at Red State notes DOJ Pokes Another Stick in Trump's Eye - It Will Retry a Man Donald Trump Granted Clemency To. 'Streif' at Red State examines the hypocrisy of President Trump and Breitbart Accused of "Doxxing" FBI Agents Who Signed a Public Document

A search warrant is a public document. The proof of that is that President Trump was given a copy and encouraged by the intellectual left to make it public. I don’t have any sympathy for anyone involved in this assault on our Republic. While I don’t wish them physical harm, I don’t have a problem with them being peacefully, if loudly, confronted at home or while shopping or dining out. That’s the standard.
Insty has a long citation from ROGER KIMBALL: A Token of the Managerial Age Bewails Trump’s Surge: David Brooks is very worried the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago helps Trump.
The reason, by the way, my friend’s words about Merrick Garland were “delighted” was because of the huge, if inadvertent, boost the attorney general has just given to Donald Trump’s political prospects.

Monday’s FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach residence, was probably the single biggest boon to his stature among voters since he left office in January 2021, bigger even than the partisan witch hunt over which future CNN hostess, Liz Cheney, has been presiding with such ostentatious zeal.

This is obviously a concern among the beautiful, well-pressed people with white collars and clean fingernails who hate Trump. Employing a ju-ju they recognize but do not understand, Trump has time and again demonstrated an uncanny ability to goad his would-be attackers into contortions of self-immolation.

Is that happening now? Maybe. My friend thinks so, hence his buoyant mood and affectionate feelings about the attorney general.

A lot of other people think so, too, though for many the apparently rising fortunes of Donald Trump are not something to celebrate but something to abominate. A good example of the latter was just provided by David Brooks, successfully housebroken faux-conservative columnist for our former paper of record, the New York Times.

Related: How David Brooks Created Donald Trump.

At Da Fed, Margot Cleveland hears  FBI Director Call Legit Criticism Of Corrupt FBI ‘Violence,’ But We Weren’t Born Yesterday, Jordan Boyd sees Christopher Wray Torched On Twitter For Scolding Those Who Dare Question FBI Credibility and Elle Reynolds watches Grassley To Wray: Why Is There One Law For Hunter Biden And Hillary, Another For Trump? and notes Feds Suddenly Remember To Decry Threats Of Violence After Ignoring Violent Dobbs Backlash. It's one thing to attack Supreme Court Justices (as long as they're anti-abortion) and burn pregnancy centers, it's a whole lot worse to say bad things about the FBI! Via Insty, HOWIE CARR KNOWS WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED: Howie Carr: FBI Mar-a-Lago raid an example of corruption pace long ago set by Boston division. At Althouse, "Normally I would believe the FBI, but I have lost all trust in them. I don't like Baldwin, but the FBI has no ethics anymore." "Can't trust anything they say. All local police departments have overseeing agencies, like Internal Affairs, Civilian Complaint Review Board, Inspector General etc, who do [you] call to make a complaint on an FBI agent?"" At ET, Congressman Perry Gets Phone Back From FBI, Unclear About Motives Behind Seizure. Pure intimidation.

On Aug. 9, a day after raiding former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, FBI agents had taken Perry’s phone as part of a separate investigation. At the time, Perry was traveling with his family. Speaking to “Capitol Report” on NTD News, the GOP member confirmed that he has received his phone.

He is still uninformed as to why the phone was confiscated by the FBI. However, Perry was informed by his attorneys that he was not a target of the FBI’s investigation.

Also at ET, a rather puzzling article about Ray Epps and his role on J5 and J6.  Ray Epps Told FBI He Expected a Bomb Attack Near the Capitol on January 6, Documents Show, "Epps admitted to trespassing, directing protesters to go into the Capitol. 'I wish I could take that back,' he told agents." So why wasn't he arrested and incarcerated like all the other trespassers? Why did he strike up friendships with Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger? 

The walls are closing in! Twitchy, Newly released government documents show Donald Trump scratched the floor of the Lincoln Memorial in 2020  "We’re suddenly supposed to care about this when the Left spent the entire Trump administration trying to tear down statues of historical American figures, including Abraham Lincoln in the form of the Emancipation Monument. Oh, and it was a Fox News event, which makes it even worse."

Nick Arama at Red State, Twitter Suspended Paul Sperry, but He's Still Reporting Some Troubling Things About FBI Raid

Ryan King at WaEx, Elaine Chao and other Trump Cabinet members cooperate with Jan. 6 committee. It's not like Mitch McConnel (Chao's husband) is actually Trumps' buddy. At HuffPo, Mary Papenfus (love that name!) claims Some Trump Allies Reportedly Are Trying To 'Go Dark' Amid Search Warrant Revelations