• Pragerisms

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    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

With Lefty Loony Biden Now A Fascist, Will Energy In America Also Become A Disaster?

 AUGUST 9, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at Power Line:

EUROPE’S ENERGY DISASTER WORSENS

This is from today’s Telegraph:

In the end, it could be even worse than had been feared. Today saw the release of a new forecast for the energy price cap – and it does not make for comfortable reading. Experts predict that the figure will hit more than £4,200 in January [$5,082 for a single month]. In a new dire outlook for households, Cornwall Insight said bills are set to soar to around £3,582 in October – from £1,971 today – before rising even further in the new year. Ofgem is set to put the price cap at £4,266 for the average household in the three months from the beginning of January. The energy consultancy said this is around £650 more than its previous forecast. Consumer expert Martin Lewis described the latest forecasts as “tragic”, saying they will leave many households “destitute”.

As Britain rushes to wean itself off Russian energy, British Gas owner Centrica today inked a £7 billion deal to import liquefied natural gas from the US. The company signed an agreement with Delfin Midstream to buy LNG from America’s first floating export facility off Louisiana. While deliveries are not expected to start until 2026, James Warrington reports that it highlights how suppliers are securing extra imports after Vladimir Putin’s gas cuts sparked fears of energy shortages this winter.

In a crisis, no one is desperately trying to buy solar panels. That is the situation in the U.K. Then there is France:

France’s Emmanuel Macron has smothered his country’s cost-of-living problem by capping electricity bills at 4pc by state dictate, while gas prices have been frozen at the October 2021 level until the end of this year under a “tariff shield”.

That’ll work! Tragically, the U.S., with the greatest reserves of energy in the world, is going down the failed German path. This is the worst mistake of a catastrophically bad administration.

Dem Fascists Raid The President Trump House In Florida…..A Crime Against Tradition And Civility!

AUGUST 10, 2022 BY SCOTT JOHNSON at Power Line:

NOTES ON THE TRUMP RAID

What do we know? Law enforcement leaks and confirmation from the Trump side indicate that the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence indicate that the search was focused on presidential records and the possible violation of the Presidential Records Act. In her inside account of the raid, Miranda Devine puts it this way: “The Post has learned that the search warrant used by the FBI to enter the palatial Palm Beach property focused solely on presidential records and evidence of classified information being stored there.”

The scope of the seized documents, however, may have extended well beyond the terms of the warrant. It appears that the FBI scooped up just about every document at the residence. I take it that the authorities are out to get Trump.

Based on his own prosecutorial experience, Andrew McCarthy emphasizes that the raid was a pretext for seizing documents that may bear on the interest of the Biden Department of Justice in prosecuting Trump for events related to Jan. 6. The pretext is all.

The Trump people are talking. See Devine’s New York Post story linked above. However, their knowledge is limited and their purposes are self-interested.

The Attorney General and the FBI are not talking in public. You see, they are involved in an ongoing investigation. Confidentiality is sacred.

“[M]ultiple people familiar with the investigation” nevertheless spoke with the three New York Times reporters who wrote up the raid. Funny how that works.

Someone at the White House leaked to New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin that “senior White House officials” (presumably including Biden) had no notice of the raid. Martin takes it as the gospel truth. When it comes to Democrats, Martin adopts the willing suspension of disbelief. How does he know? A White House operative told him so. You have to be stupid to take this at face value.

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I think readers would be well advised at this point not to believe anyone or anything you don’t see with their (your) own eyes. I don’t.

We saw the FBI agents holding the fort down outside Mar-a-Lago with big weapons. It was sickening. Christopher Wray should be sent packing and the FBI should be dissolved and reconstituted. It has become an unaccountable and politically corrupt organization.

McCarthy’s cynicism is required. Lending support to McCarthy’s observation about the pretextual nature of the Trump raid yesterday was the seizure of Rep. Scott Perry’s cell phone yesterday. FOX News reported the story here.

Perry gave FOX News this statement: “This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone. They made no attempt to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish. I’m outraged — though not surprised — that the FBI under the direction of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, would seize the phone of a sitting Member of Congress. My phone contains info about my legislative and political activities, and personal/private discussions with my wife, family, constituents, and friends. None of this is the government’s business.”

America Needs Trump Victory In Georgia TO BEAT THE DEM FASCISTS!

Anti-Trump GOP group comes for Herschel Walker with ad using his ex-wife

KAREN TOWNSEND Aug 09, 2022 at HotAir:  

AP Photo/Ben Gray

The Republican Accountability Project (RAP) is out with a 30-second ad against Hershel Walker. RAP is an anti-Trump Republican group led by Bill Kristol, editor at large of the Bulwark, and Sarah Longwell, Publisher of the Bulwark, according to its website. Walker is endorsed by Trump so he is on their radar.

The ad is somewhat odd, given how out of date it is. It features Walker’s ex-wife, Cindy DeAngelis Grossman, as she describes threats Walker made to her. At the time of the interview from which her remarks are taken, Walker’s 2008 book, ”Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder”, had been published.

It’s cringey. It’s not acceptable for anyone to threaten another person like that, especially a spouse. In a normal world, that kind of exposure would derail a political campaign. But, we don’t live in a normal world and Walker’s supporters likely already know about her statements against him and have drawn their own conclusions. That clip was from 2008. Today Walker says he considers himself and Cindy as “best friends.” If that is true and she’s willing, Walker’s campaign should get on it and respond with their own video ad using Cindy describing her relationship with Walker today.

The reason for the ad is because Trump endorsed Walker. Trump takes credit for the fact that Walker is running in the first place. Walker lived in Texas for over twenty years and moved back to Georgia to run for office. He’s a football legend, so that likely was behind Trump’s reasoning. Trump is partial to celebrity candidates. The truth is, though, Trump has known Walker for many years. In 1984, then-New Jersey Generals owner Donald Trump signed Herschel Walker to play for the team.

The ad smacks of desperation by the anti-Trumpers. Most of them threw in with Democrats a long time ago so they don’t carry much weight among Republican voters anyway. This ad just stands out because of the use of the old interview footage. According to HuffPo (I know), Cindy’s sister is also on the record with a statement about the threat of violence from Walker. Walker takes responsibility for his actions and blames it on mental health problems. In a 2008 interview with ABC News’ Bob Woodruff, he didn’t deny Cindy’s allegations against him. He said he “probably did it,” but did not remember.

Grossman filed for divorce in December 2001, and returned to court in 2005 for a protective order after Walker repeatedly said he wanted to kill her and her boyfriend.

Walker “stated unequivocally that he was going to shoot my sister Cindy and her boyfriend in the head,” her sister said, according to court records.

In December, 2021, Walker told Axios that he was “accountable” for past violent behavior toward his ex-wife and said people shouldn’t feel “ashamed” about confronting mental health issues.

It’s troubling, to be sure. The Georgia Senate race shows the importance of vetting candidates. Walker’s Democrat opponent is incumbent Raphael Warnock. He, too, has domestic violence baggage. There is even video of him allegedly running over his ex-wife’s foot that was released during his 2020 campaign. He won anyway.

The ad against Walker begins with, “Do you think you know Herschel Walker? Well, think again.” The Georgia primary voters do know him. This ad is to move Independent voters or more conservative Democrat voters who are fed up with the Biden administration and Warnock’s progressive votes. In 2020, Trump was on the ballot. In November he is not. Walker is currently behind Warnock but it’s a closeable gap. According to Real Clear Politics, Walker is behind by 4.4 points. This is one of the crucial races for Republicans to flip the Senate. Let’s hope that happens, despite the lame anti-Trump ads by Republicans who vote for Democrats anyway. Let’s hope the red wave works in Georgia in November.

Mar-a-Lago Raid IS THE MOST FASCIST ACTION AN ADMINISTRATION HAS EVER ENTERTAINED AGAINST AN OPPONENT!

Dershowitz on Mar-a-Lago raid: Whatever happened to a subpoena?

ED MORRISSEY Aug 09, 2022 at HotAir:

Mary Altaffer

A good question, and from an always-provocative source. Alan Dershowitz lost his friends by defending Donald Trump, both formally in an impeachment trial and more routinely as a pundit. That removes any “statement against political interests” cachet this argument might otherwise have, but it does point out that Merrick Garland had more choices as Attorney General than to raid the home of a former president and likely presidential candidate to be or to ignore Trump altogether

Why not first subpoena the documents in question — if indeed that was the real purpose of this raid?

The decision by the Justice Department to conduct a full-scale morning raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Largo home does not seem justified, based on what we know as of now. If it is true that the basis of the raid was the former president’s alleged removal of classified material from the White House, that would constitute a double standard of justice.

There were no raids, for example, on the homes of Hillary Clinton or former Clinton administration national security adviser Sandy Berger for comparable allegations of mishandling official records in the recent past. Previous violations of the Presidential Records Act typically have been punished by administrative fines, not criminal prosecution. Perhaps there are legitimate reasons for applying a different standard to Trump’s conduct, but those are not readily obvious at this stage.

The more appropriate action would have been for a grand jury to issue a subpoena for any boxes of material that were seized and for Trump’s private safe that was opened. That would have given Trump’s lawyers the opportunity to challenge the subpoena on various grounds — that some of the material was not classified; that previous classified material was declassified by Trump; that other documents may be covered by various privileges, such as executive or lawyer-client.

One reason to conduct a raid would be to ensure the preservation of the records. A few days before the raid, reports swirled (so to speak) about Trump clogging White House toilets by flushing documents rather than retaining them under the PRA. Axios even has pictures about what Maggie Haberman claims are photographic records of Trump’s efforts to use the “telltale toilet.”

Trump denies it, which one can take or leave. In this case, though, no one was alleging that Trump was destroying the records — and he had been at least negotiating over their status for the past several months. Plus, Dershowitz notes, Trump was a thousand miles away at the time the FBI served the warrant and conducted the raid:

Searches and seizures should only be used when subpoenas are inappropriate because of the risk of evidence destruction. It is important to note that Trump himself was 1,000 miles away when the FBI’s search and seizure occurred. It would have been impossible, therefore, for him to destroy subpoenaed evidence, especially if the subpoena demanded immediate production. If he or anyone else destroyed evidence that was subject to a subpoena, that would be a far more serious crime than what the search warrant seems to have alleged. It is unlikely that there is a basis for believing that the search warrant was sought because of a legitimate fear that subpoenaed evidence would be destroyed.

That doesn’t sound as though the DoJ was concerned about document destruction. That is one reason, Dershowitz argues, that this raid appears to be overly aggressive and potentially “unjust”:

Neutral, objective justice must not only be done: it must be seen to be done.

For zealous Trump haters, anything done to Trump is justified. For zealous Trump lovers, nothing done to him is ever justified. For the majority of moderate, thoughtful Americans, however, the Justice Department’s raid likely seems — at least at this point in time — to be unjust or needlessly confrontational.

That seems especially true when — as Dershowitz points out — Merrick Garland and Christopher Wray had a potentially effective and far less confrontational option available. Why not try the subpoena first, with enough specificity to ensure that serious charges could develop if Trump attempted to destroy the documents?

Dershowitz agrees with those cheering the raid that presidents should not be above the law, but notes the risks about putting them below it:

It is true that a president or former president is not above the law — but neither should he or she be below the law. Precedents established in relation to Democrats must be equally applied to Republicans. On the face of it, this standard has not been met here.

On that point, Jonathan Turley points out yet another precedent shattered in the raid:

While the Presidential Records Act requires the preservation of such documents (and the removal was likely in violation of that law), it is relatively weak on enforcement elements. As shown in prior administrations, presidents have long chaffed at both the limitations or disclosures imposed by the Act.

The 1978 law requires that any memos, letters, emails and other documents related to the president’s duties be preserved for retention by the National Archives and Records Administration at the end of an administration. That includes Section 2071 which states that anyone who “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates or destroys … any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited … in any public office” can be fined or face up to three years in prison if convicted.

Those laws have never be used against a former president.The allegation of the removal of classified material can trigger other laws beyond the PRA that bar the removal of such material without authorization and without proper protections. Those laws were raised with regard to former FBI Director James Comey removing FBI material and then leaking information to the press. Comey clearly violated federal law but was not prosecuted.

In the case of President Bill Clinton’s former national security adviser Sandy Berger, the violations involved stuffing classified material into his pants and socks to remove them from the archives and to retrieve them later. Berger was spared any jail time and allowed to plead to a misdemeanor. He did not even loss his security clearance permanently and was given a three-year suspension. Likewise,  General David Petraeus was accused of giving access to classified information to his alleged lover and was also given a generous plea.

Both Dershowitz and Turley warn against jumping to conclusions regarding the purposes of the raid. As Andy McCarthy wrote earlier today, it may very well be that the search warrant targeted the records as just a predicate for a completely different allegation of criminal conduct, likely tied to the January 6 riot. In the meantime, though, we can still point out how Garland needlessly escalated this — if indeed it’s about the classified material Trump may or may not still hold.

“Nancy Pelosi readies the so-called Inflation Reduction Act and its $80 billion to add 87,000 agents to the IRS!”

Priorities: House progressives torpedo police-funding bill while adding 87,000 IRS agents

Democrats’ pitch in the midterms: More IRS audits to target you, and fewer police to protect you. What could go wrong?

As Nancy Pelosi readies the so-called Inflation Reduction Act and its $80 billion to add 87,000 agents to the IRS, Punchbowl reports that progressive Democrats have succeeded in killing the police-funding bill:

The House is scheduled to return Friday to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, setting up a big win for President Joe Biden and the Democrats.

But Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders are unlikely to move ahead with a series of bills to boost police funding, according to lawmakers and aides.

While vulnerable Frontliners and Democratic moderates are pressing the leadership for a floor vote on these measures, opposition from progressives and the Congressional Black Caucus has derailed this effort.

Progressives and the CBC were concerned about the lack of accountability language in the bills before the House left for the August recess, so a floor vote was delayed. The hope among Democrats at that time was they could work out their differences and take up the measures when the House returned to take up a reconciliation.

But it’s not happening apparently. And it’s not at all clear it can happen in September either, despite Pelosi’s support for the effort.

Supposedly, House Democrats planned to pass the police funding along with the so-called “assault weapons” ban. That plan reportedly fell apart late last month, only to be revived momentarily and pushed off until after Labor Day. The House passed its AWB bill on July 29 while still promising to iron out the police funding.

Now, however, it appears that progressives have reneged on their pledge to moderates on police funding. Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Pramila Jayapal told Punchbowl that she didn’t want to step on the Democrats’ message of unity, or something:

“We have communicated to all of leadership exactly where we are. We communicated it last week … that there simply wasn’t the votes. It would be a very, very divisive thing to do. We need to be disciplined as Democrats and not step on our success, not snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. Let’s focus on this massive victory for the American people this week.”

This could be a little bit of payback. After months of holding the bipartisan infrastructure bill hostage to the $5 trillion Build Back Better plan, progressives finally allowed a vote on the former while being promised a vote on the latter by moderates. That didn’t work out for Jayapal at the time, and she’s likely looking for a chance to stick it to the moderates this time around.

If this is the opportunity progressives choose, though … yikes. Americans are facing generational-high crime rates, especially in the cities, while progressive efforts to defund police and roll back criminal prosecutions worsen their lived experience. Rather than take a moment for a slam-dunk way to protect at-risk incumbents in this cycle, House Democrats will instead spend an enormous amount of money to double the IRS and demand greater intrusion into the lives of ordinary Americans.

That’s quite the juxtaposition: funding tax audits rather than crime prevention. It should pay off handsomely, too … for Republicans, assuming they publicize this choice widely.

Nancy Pelosi….The House Evil Of Our Century!

Priorities: House progressives torpedo police-funding bill while adding 87,000 IRS agents

ED MORRISSEY Aug 09, 2022 at HotAir:

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Democrats’ pitch in the midterms: More IRS audits to target you, and fewer police to protect you. What could go wrong?

As Nancy Pelosi readies the so-called Inflation Reduction Act and its $80 billion to add 87,000 agents to the IRS, Punchbowl reports that progressive Democrats have succeeded in killing the police-funding bill:

The House is scheduled to return Friday to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, setting up a big win for President Joe Biden and the Democrats.

But Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders are unlikely to move ahead with a series of bills to boost police funding, according to lawmakers and aides.

While vulnerable Frontliners and Democratic moderates are pressing the leadership for a floor vote on these measures, opposition from progressives and the Congressional Black Caucus has derailed this effort.

Progressives and the CBC were concerned about the lack of accountability language in the bills before the House left for the August recess, so a floor vote was delayed. The hope among Democrats at that time was they could work out their differences and take up the measures when the House returned to take up a reconciliation.

But it’s not happening apparently. And it’s not at all clear it can happen in September either, despite Pelosi’s support for the effort.

Supposedly, House Democrats planned to pass the police funding along with the so-called “assault weapons” ban. That plan reportedly fell apart late last month, only to be revived momentarily and pushed off until after Labor Day. The House passed its AWB bill on July 29 while still promising to iron out the police funding.

Now, however, it appears that progressives have reneged on their pledge to moderates on police funding. Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Pramila Jayapal told Punchbowl that she didn’t want to step on the Democrats’ message of unity, or something:

“We have communicated to all of leadership exactly where we are. We communicated it last week … that there simply wasn’t the votes. It would be a very, very divisive thing to do. We need to be disciplined as Democrats and not step on our success, not snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. Let’s focus on this massive victory for the American people this week.”

This could be a little bit of payback. After months of holding the bipartisan infrastructure bill hostage to the $5 trillion Build Back Better plan, progressives finally allowed a vote on the former while being promised a vote on the latter by moderates. That didn’t work out for Jayapal at the time, and she’s likely looking for a chance to stick it to the moderates this time around.

If this is the opportunity progressives choose, though … yikes. Americans are facing generational-high crime rates, especially in the cities, while progressive efforts to defund police and roll back criminal prosecutions worsen their lived experience. Rather than take a moment for a slam-dunk way to protect at-risk incumbents in this cycle, House Democrats will instead spend an enormous amount of money to double the IRS and demand greater intrusion into the lives of ordinary Americans.

That’s quite the juxtaposition: funding tax audits rather than crime prevention. It should pay off handsomely, too … for Republicans, assuming they publicize this choice widely.

Dem Stench IN ACTION battling Our Trump!

August 8, 2022

Circling the bowl: NYT reporter Maggie Haberman publishes purported Trump toilet pictures

By Monica Showalter at American Thinker:

Is nothing too gross for Trump-hating Democrats?

The latest dump comes from Russian hoax–writing Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter, Maggie Haberman, according to Axios biggie Mike Allen:

Remember our toilet scoop in Axios AM earlier this year? Maggie Haberman’s forthcoming book about former President Trump will report that White House residence staff periodically found wads of paper clogging a toilet — and believed the former president, a notorious destroyer of Oval Office documents, was the flusher.

Why it matters: Destroying records that should be preserved is potentially illegal.

Trump denied it and called Haberman, whose New York Times coverage he follows compulsively, a “maggot.”

  • Well, it turns out there are photos. And here they are, published for the first time.
Haberman — who obtained the photos recently — shared them with us ahead of the Oct. 4 publication of her book, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.”
A Trump White House source tells her the photo on the left shows a commode in the White House.
The photo on the right is from an overseas trip, according to the source.
Since the toilet pictures are right in our faces, what I see in this toilet picture are what look like a few doodled names, not official records.  Is a president no longer permitted to jot down doodles with names without their becoming official records?

All of this is assuming the pictures are genuine, and the scrawled notes in the toilet actually did come from Trump, who, clean freak that he is, somehow left a lot of unflushed toilets around for staff to photograph.

Here’s the question I have:

If the violation was so severe that official records were being destroyed and the staffer was so motivated by concern about the matter, despite working for Trump, why didn’t that poop-minded creature looking into other people’s toilets fish out the errant document and preserve it as evidence?  You know, for patriotism, the call of duty?  That would have made the notes a helluva lot more damning and persuasive as evidence than these gross photographs, which contain no proof that the scrawly doodles even contained any content, or that Trump wrote the scrawls, or that Trump flushed the notes, or that Trump was discarding official documents.  How do we know that this “official document” wasn’t tossed into a wastebasket, and then placed in a very generic-looking toilet outside the White House as some kind of flushed document in a supposedly republic-threatening cover-up?  There wasn’t exactly a chain of custody here.

Seriously, if you wanted to Get Trump, as a crummy little loyalty-challenged, plotting White House staffer — looking at you, Cassidy Hutchinson — why would you let the evidence be flushed away after going to the trouble of whipping out your cell phone camera and taking multiple photographs of the contents of the toilet bowl?

This is gross.

Naturally, Maggie Haberman asked no such questions, while Allen covered for her, claiming that she acquired the photographs “recently” but just in time for the publication of the new book she’s shilling.  Allen likely said that to shield Haberman from charges that she sat on information for more than a year in order to be able to include it in what will undoubtedly be a very profitable book, when it could have done the “most good” if it had been made public earlier.

If so, and that’s questionable, perhaps the newly disloyal Hutchinson could have been the source.  But if so, why would Trump allow a low-level female staffer into the same bathroom he used in order to inspect its unflushed contents?

The idea that someone could have taken these pictures and at long last finally come out of the woodwork with them, after sitting on them for a year and a half, even as all the January 6 hoopla was going on, and even as the left’s howlings about destroyed documents have already been through one or two news cycles already, is strange stuff.  Why didn’t the person brandish these toilet pictures earlier, and better still, come out in public with a face and name, if the toilet activity was so genuine that the republic could be threatened?

See the stupidity here?

It’s all dubious, same as Haberman’s other reportage, which included publishing the Russian collusion allegations, which saw her rewarded handsomely for it in the form of a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.  Former Timesman Tom Kuntz, now editor of RealClearInvestigations, has powerfully written about just how problematic that prize actually was.

With a record like that, we are now supposed to believe  Haberman and her latest toilet bowl poop scoop?

Call it circling the bowl.  This person is desperate to Get Trump, will stoop to even the toilet level, in order to sell a book.

Today’s Dems, Like Other Fascists, LIE BY HABIT AND DESIGN!

 AUGUST 9, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN FBIJOE BIDENMERRICK GARLAND

MOST TRANSPARENT LIE OF THE DAY

The White House leaked to its media adjunct that Biden and his aides didn’t know about the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago until they read about it on Twitter:

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This claim is laughable. There is no way that Merrick Garland authorized a raid on the home of a former president and likely 2024 candidate without the express approval, likely in writing, of his boss, Joe Biden. As so often happens, one is left asking: how dumb do they think we are?

STEVE adds—When you’ve lost . . . (check notes) . . . Andrew Cuomo!?!?:

Did Gangster Biden Arrange President Trump’s Home Invasion?

DeSantis: Trump raid demonstrates “weaponization of federal agencies”

ED MORRISSEY Aug 09, 2022 at HotAir:

AP Photo/John Raoux

Does it? It certainly seems that way, perhaps especially given the Department of Justice’s pattern of recent conduct. Still, this statement from Ron DeSantis about the raid on Donald Trump’s residence last night puts him ahead of potential developments that might leave him out over his skis, legally speaking.

Politically speaking, however, DeSantis’ instincts are spot-on:

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Legally speaking, this assumes facts not yet in evidence. We don’t know yet what purpose the raid has, or even what investigation it might be serving. Is it about the illegal retention of classified material? January 6? Trump’s business conduct or some form of tax issue? We don’t know yet, and we probably won’t for a while.

If this turns out to be nothing more than a trawl-back of documents, it’s going to stink to high heaven. But that’s still an if at this point until the DoJ and/or Trump himself publish the search warrant and the inventory seized at Mar-a-Lago.

Politically speaking, this is smart strategy for DeSantis, whose momentum may have gotten halted momentarily by the Department of Justice’s raid. Trump’s supporters are now fired up all over again over this unprecedented step, which may yet be justified but still represents a significant rupture in the norms around presidential relations. It certainly smells like a political move, either to kneecap Trump ahead of the 2024 cycle or to make him the center of the upcoming midterms as a way to alleviate political criticism of Joe Biden. In that sense, the timing on this is alone a point to question, especially if it turns out to be predicated on nothing more than the dispute with the National Archives.

By getting out in front of this with his accusations against “the Regime,” DeSantis puts himself on the front line of political attack. Trump is seen as the GOP’s biggest fighter, and now that the fight has turned personal, the MAGA caucus will surge back to Trump. DeSantis has to demonstrate that he’s as much a fighter as Trump against the “deep state,” and perhaps an even more effective one. That was DeSantis’ point in suspending State Attorney Andrew Warren last week, after all — to show that he could dismantle a “deep state” more effectively than anyone else, Trump included.

Even if it turns out that the DoJ can make a good case for raiding Trump’s home, the political risk to DeSantis is minimal. Having the DoJ raid the home of a former president who also happens to have a significant chance of running against the current president to which the Attorney General reports looks very banana-republic-esque, no matter how one cuts it. The political blowback here also serves a good purpose in making sure that future such actions carry heavy disincentives and are only deployed in the most unavoidable circumstances.

Biden’s Fascist Gangsters Raid A President’s Home!? A First In Presidential History!

Trump raid: What’s the Biden/Garland endgame?

ED MORRISSEY Aug 09, 2022 8:24 AM ET

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There has to be one, right? The FBI doesn’t just go to a federal judge for a search warrant for the home of a former president on its own — and presumably a federal judge doesn’t just casually sign off on such a request, either. NBC’s Ken Dilanian urges caution in jumping to conclusions at this point, but states the obvious when saying that this had to have gotten approved by Attorney General Merrick Garland prior to the raid on Mar-a-Lago:

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Dilanian’s correct that it’s no small matter to get a federal judge to sign off on a warrant, let alone one targeting a former president who might run for office next cycle. That would, or at least it should, set off all sorts of red flags for a judge. This point got made repeatedly on social media for a good reason — it’s true. Since we haven’t yet seen the warrant, we can’t assess what case the FBI and the Department of Justice put together to authorize this warrant. One has to presume as a starting point that the federal judge saw this warrant application and the proposed search of Donald Trump’s residence as a necessary and appropriate action.

Some of the early reporting doesn’t make a lot of sense in that context, however. As John noted last night, the early leaks to reporters said that this wasn’t about January 6 or any of Trump’s other woes, but about the illegal holding of classified material. The National Archives has been in conflict with Trump ever since he left office, accusing the former president of retaining records subject to the Presidential Records Act of 1978 (PRA). When they retrieved 15 boxes of material in February by mutual agreement, they discovered classified material and got the FBI and DoJ involved in the dispute, appropriately so given the statutes governing the handling of classified material.

Getting a search warrant on the basis that Trump was still holding other classified material seems tricky after the first negotiated settlement, especially if intermediate steps weren’t taken first — like suing Trump and getting a civil order to force Trump to return those documents. Such a search-warrant request would require, as Dilanian says, a specific and detailed description of what the FBI wanted to find, followed by a post-search inventory of everything seized. The DoJ could have argued that such a step would have prompted the destruction of those documents, though, and a federal judge may have been sympathetic enough to that claim to authorize the raid yesterday to get the records back.

But if that’s all this is — a dispute over handling classified material — the DoJ had better prepare itself for major blowback. Garland’s predecessors rather infamously refused to prosecute former Secretary of State and then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the exact same crime while she ran against Trump, and perhaps on an even greater scale. Remember the infamous server that Clinton “wiped, with a cloth” before reluctantly handing it over to the FBI? That had thousands of classified documents in digital form, including a handful classified at Top Secret-Compartmented, the highest range of protection for the nation’s secrets. The decision not to pursue charges in that case blew up into a major scandal for the Barack Obama administration and especially Loretta Lynch and James Comey, who would go on to other failures.

Perhaps the DoJ doesn’t plan to prosecute Trump over this either, but just wanted the materials back. If Trump wasn’t cooperating with the DoJ on compliance with the PRA, that also might have given a federal judge good reason to sign off on this warrant. Former presidents are not above the law, after all.

However, that’s also a bit cute when it comes to real-world consequences. Raiding the home of a former president of the opposing party to the current administration is an unprecedented act. It is guaranteed to blow up the political equilibrium and create backfire in several different directions. Tossing that gasoline into the current political fire just to force the return of some documents and dropping the matter afterward would be very strange indeed.

Not to mention self-destructive. Republicans who might have felt a little complacent riding a red wave in November have suddenly gotten angry and energized all over again and are accusing Garland and Joe Biden of conducting a political vendetta, and of setting a precedent they will not enjoy living under:

One source said House Republicans would consider creating something like the Church Committee, which investigated a broad range of governmental misconduct by intelligence agencies during the mid 1970s. That select Senate panel, chaired by the late Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho), was tasked with looking into “illegal, improper or unethical activities” by any government agency.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee and another Trump ally, demanded during an appearance on Fox News that Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray meet with lawmakers to explain the reasons for the raid. The House will be in session on Friday to vote on the Democrats’ reconciliation bill.

Here’s Jordan:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) suggested President Joe Biden “is playing with fire by using a document dispute to get the @TheJusticeDept to persecute a likely future election opponent.”

“Because one day what goes around is going to come around,” Rubio added.

This kind of reaction is very predictable, given the unprecedented nature of this raid. Biden may not be strategic enough to see it, but Garland and FBI director Christopher Wray certainly are. They had to know that they were buying years of misery with this operation, which prompts the question of what they had in mind conducting it. It has to have value enough to outstrip the current blowback, not to mention re-fueling the fire of Trump’s presidential prospects, which had begun to fade in polling of late.

It can’t just be an attempt to prosecute Trump under the PRA or statutes involving handling of classified material, as news reports said last night. That’s a non-starter, especially with the multiple refusals to prosecute Hillary Clinton under similar conditions. There’s either something bigger at stake here … or Garland and Wray just made a volatile situation a lot worse than it needed to be.

Where does that leave us? Somewhere in the middle of Donald Rumsfeld’s famous “known unknowns and unknown unknowns.” Until we see the warrants and the inventory of materials produced, we won’t grasp exactly what the DoJ had in mind with this raid. At this point, it had better be something big enough to justify the seeming banana-republic tactics taken last night. Keep your powder dry until then, but stay tuned.