• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    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

“Donald Trump and the Future of the Republican Party”

AUGUST 10, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at Power Line:


The Elephant In the Room, subtitled “Donald Trump and the Future of the Republican Party,” is a collection of essays on that subject edited by Andrew Busch and William Mayer, professors at Claremont McKenna and Northeastern University, respectively. There are nine essays in total. In addition to Busch and Mayer, contributors include Glenn Reynolds and Charles Kesler, among others. I contributed the least substantial essay to the collection, titled by the editors “Expanding the Republican Coalition: Four Lessons from the Trump Presidency.”

I got my copy in the mail on Monday and am still working my way through it, but the essays are excellent and timely. If you are interested, you can order The Elephant In the Room from Barnes & Noble, available September 1.

Whatever Happened To The Political Agreement, Dems and Reps WOULD NOT INVADE A PRESIDENT’S HOME?

Breaking: DOJ source calls raid a ‘spectacular backfire,’ claims AG Garland didn’t approve it

by JOHN SEXTON Aug 10, 2022 at HotAir:

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

It seems the DOJ has decided to leak an explanation of their decision to use a search warrant in this case. Newsweek just published an exclusive report based on anonymous DOJ sources which claims the FBI had a confidential source at Mar-a-Lago, one who informed them that Trump was hiding documents and even specified where they could be found.

The raid on Mar-a-Lago was based largely on information from an FBI confidential human source, one who was able to identify what classified documents former President Trump was still hiding and even the location of those documents, two senior government officials told Newsweek.

Before we go any further, remember that the FBI apparently brought along a safe-cracker who opened Trump’s safe. Presumably that suggests they were told by their confidential source that there were documents hidden in the safe. But by all accounts there was nothing in the safe and the FBI didn’t take anything from it. Does that mean the confidential source got it wrong?

The story also says the raid was intentionally timed to occur when Trump would not be there. Apparently the FBI thought this would lower the profile of the raid. But the DOJ source admits this didn’t work as planned. His explanation here is basically we’re not politically corrupt just dumb.

FBI decision-makers in Washington and Miami thought that denying the former president a photo opportunity or a platform from which to grandstand (or to attempt to thwart the raid) would lower the profile of the event, says one of the sources, a senior Justice Department official who is a 30-year veteran of the FBI.

The effort to keep the raid low-key failed: instead, it prompted a furious response from GOP leaders and Trump supporters. “What a spectacular backfire,” says the Justice official.

“I know that there is much speculation out there that this is political persecution, but it is really the best and the worst of the bureaucracy in action,” the official says. “They wanted to punctuate the fact that this was a routine law enforcement action, stripped of any political overtones, and yet [they] got exactly the opposite.”

The story also appears to settle some speculation that has been circulating since Monday. According to Newsweek’s sources, this was purely about documents sought by the National Archives and “had nothing to do with the January 6 investigation.” In other words, this wasn’t a 9-dimensional-chess attempt to gather documents about Jan. 6 which could be used for future prosecution. It wasn’t about the specific contents of the documents at all. The story also describes a grand jury which concluded several months ago that there was evidence Trump had violated the Presidential Records Act.

In late April, the source says, a federal grand jury began deliberating whether there was a violation of the Presidential Records Act or whether President Trump unlawfully possessed national security information. Through the grand jury process, the National Archives provided federal prosecutors with copies of the documents received from former President Trump in January 2022. The grand jury concluded that there had been a violation of the law, according to the Justice Department source.

But it was only a week or so ago that a US attorney decided to go to a Florida judge to seek a search warrant. The judge agreed and the FBI began planning the search for a time when Trump would not be there. The story points to the FBI’s focus on a few specific areas as proof they knew where to look. But curiously this story doesn’t mention the June meeting between investigators and Trump’s lawyers when they looked through some of the documents kept in a basement storage room. In other words, the DOJ didn’t need a secret source to know the documents were kept in that particular room because they’d seen them there themselves and, at the time, not taken them.

The story concludes with another big revelation. It claims that AG Merrick Garland was being updated on the National Archives investigation and knew about the grand jury but did not approve the search Monday. Newsweek’s source claims Garland had “no prior knowledge” of the time of the raid. Instead it was FBI Director Christopher Wray who approved the search. Finally, the source adds, “It really is a case of the Bureau misreading the impact.”

This is a lot of new information but I think the big take-aways are that this had nothing to do with Jan. 6 and that these DOJ sources are now feeling a lot of pressure, enough that they are a) trying to explain themselves and b) blaming the “spectacular backfire” on the FBI and the US Attorney while trying to insulate AG Garland from the blowback.

(As I remember the reason for Dem and Rep Presidential Security Agreement TO NEVER INVADE A PRESIDENT’S PERSONAL HOME was based upon the criminal advantage any actual President could invade the home of a COMPETING CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENCY and falsely have announced to the voting world the false evils and horrors found there, or worse!)

Are Fascist Biden’s Followers Stupid, Evil, OR Both?

Hot streak: Biden job approval almost back to, uh, 40%

ALLAHPUNDIT Aug 10, 2022 at HotAir: 

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Imagine telling Democrats before Biden was sworn in that he’d have a string of successes shortly before the 2022 midterms that would cause his approval rating to surge to … 39.9 percent.

What would they have envisioned the first 16 months of his presidency to have been like to get him in a hole so deep that an uptick would still leave him short of the political Mendoza line?

Better yet, how modest would they have assumed his recent string of successes would be to not even push him over the 40 percent mark? In the span of a month or so, the White House passed a major climate-change package plus the CHIPS Act to boost America’s semiconductor trade, added Sweden and Finland to NATO to counter Russian expansionism, got a shockingly encouraging jobs report, and oh, right, even took out the leader of Al Qaeda. That’d be a solid first term by the standards of modern presidencies. For Democrats, it’s all happened in a matter of weeks.

And Sleepy Joe is still struggling to improve his numbers from atrocious to merely terrible, to give his party a fighting chance in November.

He’s almost there!

Ed cast a skeptical eye on Biden’s recent bounce in a post earlier, for understandable reasons. The gain in some polling is sufficiently modest that it can be dismissed as statistical noise. And despite having rebounded lately from a catastrophic sub-37 percent rating to a nearly 40 percent rating today, Biden’s disapproval numbers remain ugly at 56 percent. He didn’t reach that number for the first time until the end of June, but despite all of his good fortune lately, he’s still saddled with it.

There are a few things that give me pause before assuming that the Biden bounce isn’t real, though. For one, he’s notched 40 percent or better in the last three polls tracked by RCP, including 45 percent in Republican-leaning Rasmussen. The last time he did that in three consecutive polls tracked by RCP was mid-June. The other factor is that the Democrats’ generic ballot bounce really does seem legit:

Apart from a short run of good polling last month, the last time Democrats were consistently at 44.5 percent or better on the generic ballot was back in early October 2021, long before voters started giving serious thought to the midterms. For the nine months that followed, Republicans beat Team Blue like a drum. Then the so-called hot streak began. And now, suddenly, we have a ballgame again.

Two months ago, if you’d asked someone to construct a narrative for you about how Democrats might shock the experts in November and overperform, they would have given you the same quizzical tilted-head expression that a dog does when it’s confused. There was no hopeful Democratic narrative. Between inflation, gas prices, and the dearth of any recent legislative wins, the left was demoralized while the right was spoiling for change. Now, however, it’s easy to imagine how Dems might do better than expected on Election Day. Nate Silver is looking backward from an imagined future:



I don’t expect a backlash to Roe to stop a Republican wave in the House, for reasons articulated here. But Silver’s right that if the wave breaks before coming ashore, that outcome will seem elementary — almost predictable — in hindsight. The end of abortion rights plus declining gas prices plus cooling inflation (maybe?) plus continued job growth drained just enough juice from the GOP and added just enough to Democrats to confound expectations.

Abortion is also a handy explanation for why Democrats are seeing meaningful improvement on the generic ballot while Biden’s numbers remain awful. That’s an issue that lends itself to “decoupling.” Your feelings about the end of Roe needn’t influence your feelings about the president, a figure with little influence over abortion policy in the U.S. except at the margins. But they might reasonably influence your preference as to which party should control the House to a great extent. If Republicans win the House and Senate this fall, they’re well-positioned to enact federal abortion restrictions in 2025 if they can win back the presidency. As such, a pro-choicer with little regard for Biden might suddenly believe with some urgency that he or she needs to turn out for Biden’s party this fall.

A safe prediction, then: Whichever party wins the “narrative” on election night will overreach in its abortion policies next year. If the fundamentals end up propelling the GOP to a wave despite strong resistance from pro-choicers, state Republicans will conclude that bans aren’t a political loser and will press ahead. If instead Dems do better than expected, they’ll decide that abortion absolutism carries no penalty and will resist measures at compromise on gestational limits after the first trimester. Each party will have to lose some elections to force them to the middle. In three months we’ll know who’s forced to make the first move.

Fascist Dems Broke The Sacred Law Forbidding Invasions Of A PRESIDENT’S HOME

CNN Legal Analyst: DOJ is going to have to justify these ‘intrusive means’ to gather documents

JOHN SEXTON Aug 10, 2022 at HotAir:  

CNN’s senior legal analyst Elie Honig did an on-air segment today in which he attempted to lay out what we know about the search warrant served at Trump’s home on Monday. CNN is headlining the video in a way that emphasizes what Honig said about the search warrant application (he called it the “Rosetta Stone” of the case). However, no one outside the DOJ has the warrant application and we’re unlikely to find out what’s in it anytime soon. In other words, the Rosetta Stone isn’t telling us anything.

But something else that Honig said was interesting in the sense that it acknowledges something a lot of conservatives have been saying since Monday. DOJ investigators met with Trump’s lawyers at Mar-a-Lago back in June. At the time they were shown several boxes of documents that were kept in a basement storage area. But they left without the documents. Two months later, apparently without any warning, they showed up with a search warrant. And that raises and obvious question, “Why did DOJ use a search warrant instead of less intrusive means?”

Honig walks through the same timeline that I spelled out here last night. After the meetings in June at Mar-a-Lago, someone from the DOJ called Mar-a-Lago five days later and asked that a padlock be added to the storage space. Two months later, FBI agents showed up and cut that padlock off and took boxes of documents. But again, the question is why it was necessary to act in this way given that DOJ had already been talking to Trump’s lawyers about these same documents. Why couldn’t they issue a subpoena for the documents instead?

When the initial raid happened, Trump issued a long statement which said in part, “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”

So as I hear Honig’s remarks, he’s basically asking the same question a lot of conservatives (and President Trump himself) have been asking. Why was this “intrusive means” necessary? And his conclusion is that “ultimately DOJ’s going to have to justify it.”

I think a lot of people will breeze past this but notice the implication of what he’s saying: Nothing we’ve seen so far seems to justify this. Maybe there’s a good explanation but we haven’t seen it so far.

Is there a good explanation? If you read this NY Times story published last night it sounds like an ongoing spat between the National Archives and Trump. The Archives referred the matter to the DOJ and things seemed to be moving along until “in recent weeks” investigators decided someone might be lying to them. And that’s when they decided to take this dramatic step.

Whatever their reasoning was, it’s probably not going to be contained in the copy of the warrant left with Trump’s lawyers. As Honig said, someone from the DOJ is going to have to explain why it was necessary to do this. And if they don’t have a pretty convincing answer this decision is going to blow up in their faces.

Remember The Arrogant “Ice Cream” Fascist Lefties OF YESTERYEAR?



We have commented previously on the fad of “land acknowledgments” that are currently the rage on college campuses and at city council meetings in progressive outposts like Burlington, Madison, etc. I’ll repeat, for the record, why land acknowledgements are so unserious that they can hardly be dignified even as virtue-signaling:

I want to ask: “If the land the university sits on rightfully belongs to an Indian tribe, why don’t we give it back?” At the very least, justice demands that Indians be compensated for the wrongful expropriation of their land. Failing that, how about some back rent? Or current rent? We’re talking justice here. If nothing else, at least allow the local Indian tribe to open a casino in the middle of campus, and call it “ongoing reparations.”

A group of Israeli students has employed a variation of this argument to hit back at Ben and Jerry’s, the artery-clogging health hazard company that wanted to ban sales of its product in Israel because of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. In what could be our “feel good story of the day,” the New York Post reports:

Israeli students claim that ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s is “illegally” occupying land in Vermont that once belonged to a Abenaki native American tribe and should practice what it preaches and immediately evacuate the properties.

A cheeky letter sent to B&J — signed by more than 1,000 Israeli students and academics affiliated with Students for Justice in America — accuses B&J of of hypocrisy.

“We have concluded that your company’s occupation of the Abenaki lands is illegal and we believe it is wholly inconsistent with the stated values that Ben & Jerry’s purports to maintain. Ironically, in July of the last year you announced that you would discontinue the sale of your products in Israel because you object to the Jewish State allegedly occupying Palestinian territories,” the letter to B&J’s chairperson, Anuradha Mittal said.

Best sentence in the story: “Ben and Jerry’s speak with a forked tongue.” And as one of our readers put it in a note: Revenge, like ice cream, is a dish best served cold.

That Fascist FBI Raid Of Trump’s Florida Home

Trump Releases “Nation In Decline” Campaign Video In Response To FBI Raid: America Has “Become A Joke”

Posted By Tim Hains at realclearpolitics:
August 9, 2022

Trump Releases “Nation In Decline” Campaign Video In Response To FBI Raid: America Has “Become A Joke”

Former President Trump posted this campaign-style video on “Truth Social” in response to the FBI raid last night at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida looking for potentially classified documents he may have taken from the White House:


DONALD TRUMP: We are a nation in decline. We are a failing nation.

We are a nation that has the highest inflation in over 40 years, where the stock market just finished the worst first half of a year in more than five decades. We’re a nation that has the highest energy costs in its history, and we are no longer energy independent or energy dominant, which we were just two short years ago.

We are a nation that is begging Venezuela and Saudi Arabia for oil. We are a nation that surrendered in Afghanistan, leaving behind dead soldiers, American citizens, and $85 billion in the finest military equipment in the world. We are a country that allowed Russia to devastate Ukraine, killing hundreds of thousands of people.

We are a nation that has weaponized law enforcement against the opposing political party like never before, I’ve never seen anything like this before.

We’re a nation that no longer has a free and fair press, fake news is about all you get. We are a nation where free speech is no longer allowed.

Crime is rampant like never before, the economy has been collapsing, and more people died of Covid in 2021 than in 2020.

We are a nation that is allowing Iran to build a massive nuclear weapon, and China to use the trillions and trillions of dollars it has taken from the U.S. to build a military to rival our own.

We are a nation that over the past two years is no longer respected or listened to all around the world. and we are a nation that is hostile to liberty, freedom, and faith.

We are a nation whose economy is floundering and whose shelves are not stocked, whose deliveries are not coming, and whose educatoon system is ranked at the bottom of every list.

We are a nation that in many ways has become a joke.

But soon we will have greatness again. It was hardworking patriots like you who built this country, and it is hardworking patriots like you who are going to save our country.

We will not bend, we will not break, we will not yield, ever, ever, ever.

We will never, ever back down, we will never let you down. As long as we are confident and united, the tyrants we are fighting do not stand even a little chance. Because we are Americans and Americans kneel to God and God alone, it is time to start talking about greatness for our country again.


August 10, 2022

Donald Trump Must Be The 2024 Republican Nominee

By Ted Noel at American Thinker:

I’ve written twice that Donald Trump should not be the next Republican nominee for President (here and here). I intended to write a counterpoint essay extolling Donald Trump as a devil’s advocate’s exercise. But with Inspector Javert Wray signing off on the raid at Trump’s Florida residence, no doubt enthusiastically approved by Grand Inquisitor Torquemada Garland, this has lost its academic flavor. Rather, I rise to praise Donald Trump as the necessary candidate for the Republican Party to oppose whatever infernal chimera Acheron will deliver up as The Donald’s hapless opponent.

In case you’re wondering, I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore. It’s time to bury the “Democrat” Party. And Donald Trump is the right undertaker. Let’s start with the justification (i.e., excuse) for the raid.

Supposedly, President Trump improperly took with him various documents that were classified or subject to the Federal Records Act. This would make him guilty of violating 18 U.S.C. § 2071. This would then make him ineligible to run in 2024. But that’s a pipe dream. 18 U.S.C. § 2071 does not apply to the Presidency. The paper I just cited was written to answer Republican vapors about disqualifying Hillary Clinton in the email scandal. But we’re not done.

President Trump, as the ultimate classification authority, has the unquestionable authority to declassify anything he wants to declassify. If he says it’s no longer a secret, nobody can question it. And, as the President, he doesn’t have to file any papers with anyone to do it.

Image: Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0.

The supposedly confidential papers stolen from Trump’s safe are not subject to the Federal Records Act because they are copies of papers that exist in other places. And by definition, if the President removes them from the White House to another place, they are no longer classified. His action, taken before the new occupant was sworn in, was completely lawful. The act of removing them from a SCIF (Secure Compartmented Information Facility, e.g. the White House) by the only person lawfully empowered to do so, is not subject to prosecution. But the insane Left will use it as a way to declare him unfit.

We’ve already seen this movie, so let’s consider the facts. Maggie Haberman is claiming that Trump tore up and flushed notes down a toilet. She even has a photo in her upcoming book. The fact that every hit job like that has been proven false indicates how seriously (Not!) we should consider her allegations. But the more important issue is that even if that photo was somehow taken in the White House, we have no evidence that it’s not PhotoShopped or a document subject to the Federal Records Act. The White House has multiple shredders, so disposing of scratched notes would be via shredder, not the toilet. So Haberman is asking us to believe three impossible things before breakfast.

Ultimately, we must consider why the Left is so obsessed with Donald Trump. It’s certainly not because he violated any laws. Just for comparison, while a small sliver of the Right still actively pushes for Hillary Clinton to be prosecuted, here we’re seeing the entire Democrat party in full cry. These Baskervilles have only a single target, without whom they have nothing to distract a tortured public from the destruction they are wreaking. And that distraction is the only hope they have of winning this fall’s election. If they can stir enough fear, votes may swing their way.

The raid on Mar-a-Lago is the act of a set of political actors who have no regard for the law, and who serve the god of big government. They pray daily that they will be seated in positions of power where they can prove their self-importance to their deity. None of them have the slightest concern for real Americans who actually work to provide for their families after the demigods in DC have extracted their pound (or three) of flesh. Why else would doubling the size of the IRS be on their now-fulfilled short-term wish list?

Returning to the Donald, my greatest complaint against him has been that he didn’t choose the correct staff. But having been burned, he’s now prepared to deal with the Swamp. The much bandied-about Schedule F rule would likely be his first move. Roughly 50,000 federal employees with policy-making authority would be reclassified into Schedule F, making them “at-will” employees. Because they have actively opposed Trump at every turn, he might fire them en masse, draining the Swamp in a single blow.

This would certainly be met with lawsuits, but all those run up against the first sentence of Article II of the Constitution. “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” Put bluntly, that means he doesn’t even need Schedule F, but Schedule F would make things cleaner. And the Civil Service Act notwithstanding, all those procedures that make it almost impossible to fire anyone are unconstitutional. We don’t need Donald Trump to implement Schedule F. Ron DeSantis could do it just as easily. But there is one thing only Donald Trump can do.

Donald Trump’s re-election can restore faith in America. We’ve all seen how high-sounding words tossed off by the Left as if they mean something are simply sociopaths lying about their plans to create Gulag America. They have a two-tier justice system in which the privileged are given a pass for things that cause mere mortals to lose life and liberty. Many are rotting in solitary confinement without the benefit of trial for the simple act of walking into the Capitol building after police waved them in. The list of evil perversions of justice is too long for this missive.

Donald Trump’s re-election would say that the Left has lost in a way that no other candidate can say. Their litany of lies has been rejected by We the People. Our champion, warts and all, will not be defeated. And We the People will not allow the cult of the elite to destroy the American Dream. We still believe that we have the right to bust our butts to make a better life and not have it stolen by the government.

Has Today’s FBI Turned Biden Fascist Too?

August 9, 2022

Report: FBI thinks American flags are totems of ‘violent extremists’

By Eric Utter at American Thinker:

FBI director Christopher Wray was recently questioned by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) about a Project Veritas report regarding a document, provided by a whistleblower, which revealed FBI guidelines for identifying “Militia Violent Extremists.”

In the leaked document, the Betsy Ross Flag, the Gadsden Flag, the Gonzales Battle Flag, and other common American patriotic symbols, were portrayed as materials that could be used by or indicative of “domestic terrorists.”  Reference to the U.S. Constitution, in particular the Second Amendment — which the document abbreviated as “2A” — was also included on the list of items a crazed right-wing “extremist” might fancy.

Sen. Cruz was masterful in his takedown of Wray, stating, “Now, that is fairly remarkable that the Betsy Ross flag, in the FBI’s indication, is indicative of Militia Violent Extremism because, among other people who have been publicly alongside the Betsy Ross flag, we have President Barack Obama, who was sworn in directly underneath the Betsy Ross flags.  But it’s not just President Obama; we also have President Biden, who was sworn in under Betsy Ross flags.  It’s not just the Betsy Ross flag.  Also on this list is the Gadsden flag as a symbol of violent extremism.  Now, the State of Virginia has a license plate for the Gadsden flag, as do many other states.  I think people would be astonished to find that having that license plate, the FBI indicates that you’re a violent extremist.”

Addressing the issue of the Gonzales Battle Flag being included on the list, Cruz noted: “Also included on this is the text that I was particularly struck, is the Gonzales Battle Flag, ‘Come and Take It’ … as indicative of being a violent extremist militia.”

He added, “Well, I will self-report right now, that every day in the Senate I wear my boots that have the Gonzales Battle Flag on the back of them”…as he simultaneously grabbed one of those boots and set it on the table in front of him, the aforementioned flag facing Wray so the FBI director could see that he wasn’t kidding.

How did we reach a point where some of our nation’s most revered historical symbols are thought to be totems of domestic terrorists?  How did we arrive at a time when our nation’s critical law enforcement agencies have been politicized and weaponized to such an extent that they themselves should be considered to be domestic terror groups, filled with violent extremists?  How did it happen that they have turned on the very citizens they were constitutionally mandated to protect and serve?

And how is it that LGBT flags proudly fly from American embassies around the world, and BLM and Antifa flags are seen as non-threatening — if not essential — while various iterations of “Old Glory” are now seen as “problematic” at best by the powers that be?  Some in the Democrat party today would appear to favor the Chinese Communist Party’s flag or the hammer and sickle of the erstwhile Soviet Union over, say, the Gadsden Flag.

So what are average, hardworking, patriotic American citizens in flyover country supposed to do in light of the attacks on them?

Well, it is abundantly clear that our elitist rulers want us to wave the white flag and surrender.

Personally, I would prefer that we don’t acquiesce to tyrants — and figuratively shove Gadsden Flags up the part of their bodies where the sun doesn’t shine.  

That Manchin Vote Will Kill West Virginia’s Economy…..what is left of it!

August 9, 2022

Joe Manchin May Have Just Cooked His Own Goose

By John Kudla at American Thinker:

Joe Manchin has finally agreed to a compromise with Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer on the latest Build Back Better compromise bill, known, laughingly, as the Inflation Reduction Act,.  The Act was just passed by the Senate.

West Virginia is the nation’s fifth-largest energy producer.  The energy is in the form of coal, natural gas, and electricity generated by burning fossil fuels.  According to a 2020 report from USenergyjobs.org, roughly 49,500 West Virginia jobs are directly tied to fossil fuels and power generation.

The number is much higher if you include the indirect jobs tied to energy.  A 2019 report by the Economic Policy Institute claims the number of indirect jobs created by energy activities is roughly 5.6 to 1.  If we accept a more conservative estimate of roughly 5 to 1, the number of indirect jobs could be as high as 250,000.  Add in the almost 50,000 direct energy jobs, and it is possible somewhere around 300,000 Mountain State jobs are tied to energy.  Out of total employment of about 750,000, this is approximately 40.0% of the active workforce.

So, if Manchin does anything to hurt energy jobs, his reelection prospects in 2024 are bleak. 

After months of refusing to go along with the multi-trillion dollar Build Back Better Unicorns and Fairies Act, it should surprise no one that Manchin caved.  Joe has supported much of the legislation proposed by Democrats since he was first elected to the Senate in 2010.  And he said he was still willing to vote for Schumer’s Reconciliation Bill if certain parts were removed.  So they were, and he did.

This is all part of Manchin’s shtick, something Republicans and right-leaning political commentators should have seen coming.  Manchin’s affable aw-shucks political persona includes a carefully crafted image as a man of reason.  His usual practice is to take a conservative position on some legislative topic and later backtrack on it.  Then, pretending he wants to understand the full impact of the legislation, he agonizes and dithers on the issue, sometimes bowing to the right and then lurching left, so it is difficult to predict where he will land. Finally, if there is no serious blowback from voters or overriding self-interest, Manchin usually sides with the Democrat party.

Conservatives thought Manchin was helping them.  To a certain extent, they were right.  But they have to remember that almost everything Manchin does has to be viewed through a simple prism of a blue politician representing a very red state.  In effect, Joe is attempting to serve two masters, the Senate Democrat Caucus and the people of West Virginia.  If the goals of both of these groups were similar, he might pull it off.  They are not.

Manchin will argue that he did preserve the Senate filibuster.  But that move was to forestall the passage of some of the worst Democrat ideas, which were highly unpopular in West Virginia.  So far, he has resisted amnesty for illegal aliens for the same reason. 

The Inflation Reduction Act compromise is surprising in one way.  Most of the items Manchin wanted — a resumption of oil and gas leasing on federal land and completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline running through West Virginia — could have been had without spending $369 billion on green energy and climate change initiatives.  All he had to do was wait a few months until Republicans reclaimed control of the House and Senate.  But with time running out for Manchin to play the role of Dungeon Master in the 50-50 Senate, he and Schumer came up with a compromise.  Joe gets a few things he wants while Democrats get to raid the treasury for the third time since Biden became President.

Manchin thinks he can brag about all the goodies he has brought to the Mountain State to get himself reelected in 2024.  But there are problems with that strategy.

Problem one, the act will provide billions in subsidies for windmills, solar panels, and other alternative energy sources.  This will hasten the closure of coal-fired power plants, reduce the demand for coal, and put many coal and power plant workers on the unemployment line.

There are incentives in the bill to build wind and solar farms in areas of West Virginia where coal mines have closed thanks to Biden’s energy policies.  However, wind and solar farms do not require as many workers to run them as coal mines and power stations do.  But, hey, I hear McDonald’s is hiring.

Problem two, hardly any of the goodies in the bill will really help Manchin’s constituents.  For example, credits for purchasing an electric vehicle are unlikely to help many West Virginians, the vast majority of whom can’t afford an EV in the first place.  Likewise, a trust fund for miners with Black Lung Disease funded by an excise tax on coal may be reduced or eliminated if coal companies are driven out of business.  Also, allowing oil and gas leasing on federal land will not help West Virginia, which does not have much federal land.

Problem three, thanks to the act, taxes are going to rise. Supporters claim no one earning under $400,000 will see a tax increase, but the act has a tax on natural gas.  This tax would increase the average family gas bill by roughly 12%.  So, if you heat your home with gas or use natural gas for any other purpose, your taxes are going up.

Problem four, the bill does nothing to curb inflation.  The act raises taxes on businesses.  Roughly half of that will be borne by manufacturers, meaning their costs will likely get passed on to consumers.  In addition, federal oil and gas leases are set to get more expensive, raising the price of gasoline, jet fuel, and natural gas.  Not to mention that the direct tax on natural gas is inflationary.

Problem five, the act doubles the size of everyone’s friend, the Internal Revenue Service.  Supposedly, the 87,000 new agents will be used to find tax cheats among corporations and wealthy individuals.

Of course, this is absolute total and complete BS.  May I remind everyone that corporations and wealthy individuals have accountants and attorneys to manage their taxes and follow IRS directives.  They don’t depend on their kids or the guys in the mail room to load up the latest H&R Block software and wing it.  Unfortunately, all of the new agents will need something to do.  This means tax audits for everyone!  Trump voters first!

Problem six: Although Democrats said they would help Manchin get the Mountain Valley Pipeline completed and in operation, chances are they won’t live up to it.  Completion of the pipeline has been delayed since 2018 thanks to legal challenges from various environmental groups, civil rights activists, climate crazies, and lawmakers, almost all of whom are Democrats.  I cannot imagine Schumer or Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi deliberately annoying a key Democrat constituency from which campaign contributions flow.

Bottom line, in 2018, Manchin barely won reelection, receiving only 49.6% of the vote in a three-way race.  But, with 2024 not far away, Joe may be vulnerable.  The question is, will all the goodwill he built up being West Virginia’s shield against socialism get roasted in an oven of his own making?

Neither Party Has Ever Invaded A President’s Residence Before….FOR GOOD REASON!



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.


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.”


Note: America’s political parties have never invaded a President’s home residence before the Dem’s fascist invasion this past Monday in Florida. The main reason for the security from invasion of Presidents’ home is the current President could use his police in charge to invade the homes of challenging candidates on a regular basis.