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Beyond The Frontpage News

Just some distraction news away from the frontpage fare.
Been collecting and saving these recent little stories for ya…

Smucker’s Announces $1000 Employee Bonuses, $20M Added to Employee Pensions … Some jam to go with those ‘crumbs’, eh, Nancy?

We can build a great near term future in space … The next giant leap in bigger steps.

Humans will actually react pretty well to news of alien life … And democrats will hurry to give them welfare entitlements and register them to vote.

Hollywood gets gigantic terrifying aliens all wrong … To be accurate, “ALIEN”, if you go to the now existing 2 ‘Prometheus’ prequels, shows the gigantic alien monsters of the original “ALIEN” movie and sequels are indeed based in a DNA altering microbe of sorts. That said, the recent movie “Life” involves a sample of extraterrestrial microbial lifeform collected from the surface of Mars and brought aboard the space station to study it … resulting in the anticipated “Oh shit! THAT was a real bad idea!” ‘gigantic terrifying alien’ results for the crew, and humans back on Earth.

NASA finds possible evidence of water on Mars … You mean “water”-water? Because I thought we’d already established there’s water in them-thar Martian frozen polar regions.

(This USGS graphic shows how a ‘super eruption’ of the molten lava under Yellowstone National Park would spread ash across the United States)

Is the Yellowstone supervolcano close to erupting? Scientists detect more than 200 earthquakes in just 10 DAYS after warning that magma below the surface is showing signs of strain … I dunno `bout that but I do know my house phone landline got over 1/2 dozen ‘robo-bot’ calls in an hour yesterday, and four already today. About to blow my house phone the f**k up.

L.A. County’s homeless problem is worsening despite billions from tax measures

13K public aid recipients become homeless in LA County every month– report

San Francisco Spends $30 Million Cleaning Feces, Needles … Not such a ‘golden state’ anymore, eh? And this is one of the two most densely populated areas of the nation the liberals, democrats, and MSM insist we base our election results on, i.e., the “popular vote”, as opposed to the far more sane and representative Electoral College.

Farty passenger forces flight to make emergency landing … Aside from the obvious “we’re gonna crash!” or terrorist hijacking fear, this is probably my second fear … being seated near someone like this.

Paris Rat Population Swarms to 6 Million—Three for Every Man, Woman and Child … Looking at that picture it looks like they’re organizing. It’s France. Not out of the question for one or more of them to demand rights and run for government office.

Because all the guy fashion models are getting all the good dresses these days…

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Sorry, Nancy, but the Serfs Approve of the “Crumbs”

Go ahead, dems, run you mid-term campaigns on repealing crumby GOP tax cuts not-a-one of you voted for, and Russia! Russia! Russia!!!

NYT: Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans

There Is Gold In The Crumbs

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Mueller Fodder: Searching for Fleas On A Dead Dog

‘Why does a dog lick himself? Because he can…’

Hillary Clinton, her sycophants, the DNC, the democrats in general, and the MSM all believed she would be POTUS. ALL of them.

Here is a question that not only demands being seriously asked after over a year of failed proof of a Trump-Russia collusion but has continued to expose the Clinton and Obama administration collusion during the 2016 election…

Glenn Reynolds @ Instapundit:

SO THIS PIECE RAISES A QUESTION: Convinced of a Hillary victory, they thought nobody would ever know.

But if they thought Hillary was sure to win, why bother spying on Trump? A sinister reason: To prosecute him — for something, anything they could discover — after he lost, so as to properly cow Hillary’s opposition. That might be true, but on the other hand, LBJ spied on Goldwater when his win was assured, and Nixon did the same vs. McGovern. Why would unthreatened incumbents spy on opponents they expect to lose? Maybe they do it for the same reason a dog licks himself: Because he can.

Flashback: “Hypothesis: The spying-on-Trump thing is worse than we even imagine, and once it was clear Hillary had lost and it would inevitably come out, the Trump/Russia collusion talking point was created as a distraction.”

After over a year of Mueller’s costly investigation with his team of Clinton operatives and donors on the payroll there has yet to be one glaring piece of evidence that Donald Trump and/or his campaign had any even remote likeness of “collusion” with Russia in the 2016 election. Instead Mueller has, what amounts to, done nothing but throw weak and unrelated chum into the water for the MSM and the rest of the anti-Trump mob to pounce on as “SEE! SEE! SEE! WE KNEW IT!!!” breathless bullshit narrative.

What has Mueller really produced? Well, a couple hits on former campaign members who allegedly “lied” to the FBI (which might whittle down to forgetfulness or misstatements, Flynn’s alleged foul in his questioning by the now filthy stained FBI guy poli-sexting his FBI lovebird… well, you know what they said and planned, etc.) and shit that some of the indicted did long before (years) being on Trump’s 2016 campaign! But with the liberals/democrats, guilt by association is a crime only the republicans can be fully guilty of…

Mueller threatening new charges against Paul Manafort in bid to deplete ‘resources,’ attorney says

Special counsel Robert Mueller is threatening to file more criminal charges in new jurisdictions against Paul Manafort, his attorney said in a court filing that suggests prosecutors are deliberately trying to deplete his client’s “resources.”

The Manafort investigation is headed by career prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who is known for rough investigative tactics to squeeze targets and gain guilty pleas. Mr. Weissmann said in a court filing that Mr. Manafort has expressed doubts that he can “maintain the payments on all his mortgages.” His Trump Tower condominium is at risk of foreclosure, he said.

Mr. Manafort’s attorney, Kevin M. Downing, filed his argument Feb. 16 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to support his lawsuit against the Justice Department. He is asking District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to end the special counsel’s investigation of Mr. Manafort.

Mr. Downing charges that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein violated the Justice Department’s regulation for special counsels in May when he granted Mr. Mueller an open-ended mandate to investigate matters outside his appointed task: Russia election meddling and any Trump involvement.

So, now it is the unelected “Special Council’s” purpose, whose duty is to the federal government, to ruin private American citizens?

The overreach in this long and empty investigation is ridiculous and quickly entering horrendous (if not already there), to say the least, but the Hillary Clinton connections keep revealing themselves:

Mueller’s top gun in Russia probe known for hardball tactics, overturned rulings – Has history of intimidating low-level Mafiosos and corporate figures to force them to snitch

Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann has a reputation for hard-charging tactics — and sometimes going too far

And a timely reminder from Breitbart’s archives: ‘Shattered’ Revelation: Clinton Campaign Hatched Russian Hacking Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary’s Loss

The authors detail how Clinton went out of her way to pass blame for her stunning loss on “Comey and Russia.”

“She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,” a longtime Clinton confidant is quoted as saying.

The book further highlights how Clinton’s Russia-blame-game was a plan hatched by senior campaign staffers John Podesta and Robby Mook, less than “within twenty-four hours” after she conceded:

That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.

The Clinton camp settled on a two-pronged plan — pushing the press to cover how “Russian hacking was the major unreported story of the campaign, overshadowed by the contents of stolen e-mails and Hillary’s own private-server imbroglio,” while “hammering the media for focusing so intently on the investigation into her e-mail, which had created a cloud over her candidacy,” the authors wrote.

The blinding facts remain that the real empirical evidence of “collusion” with Russia (and with another foreign entity in that of dossier dude Christopher Steele) is Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and the damn DNC…

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska faces questions over links to British ex-spy behind Trump ‘dirty’ dossier

Chair of Senate Judiciary Committee has written to Deripaska’s lawyer

Chuck Grassley demanded to know if the Christopher Steele works with him

Ex-MI6 spy wrote 35 page dossier containing lurid allegations about Trump

Dossier claims Russians collected material to blackmail the President

House Republicans launch ‘Phase 2’ of Trump dossier probe

Sara Carter: Nunes Demands Answers from Senior Obama Officials on Steele Dossier: How much did Obama know about the dossier before Jan. 5th 2017?

Meanwhile: Is A Former Feinstein Staffer Running Fusion GPS’s Post-Election Steele Dossier Operation? – New evidence indicates a controversial former Feinstein staffer targeted by the CIA is directing Fusion GPS’s post-election dossier operation.

Ace:

Sean Davis wants to know if Jones had any contact with Feinstein about Fusion’s work through the past year and a half and, if so, if she disclosed that to the committee as a possible conflict of interest.

And remember: It was Feinstein who unilaterally leaked a transcript of Simpson’s testimony in the Senate, which, for some reason I couldn’t possibly guess at, had the names of Fusion employees all redacted even though that information is easily discoverable by public searches.

These people are nothing if not incestuous.

Friday’s weekend docu-dump from the Muller investigation indicting over a dozen Russian bots and a couple Russian companies for using false identity on social media, etc.-etc.-etc., charges they will never extradite any of them to the U.S. for trial…

Byron York: A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment

Andrew C. McCarthy: Russia Launches ‘Information’ War, U.S. Responds with Lawsuit and Self-Destruction

That is certainly a fair assessment of what the indictment alleges. The account is disturbing, but its form leaves many of us underwhelmed. Our government says Russia is levying war. It is attacking a foundational institution — the electoral system of our democratic society and, more basically, our society’s cohesion as such. Our response should not be, nor appear to be, the filing of a lawsuit. That is provocatively weak.

The Russia probe has been a counterintelligence investigation, as it should be. That is why I’ve complained from the first that it was inappropriate to put a prosecutor in charge of it. This contention is reiterated in my weekend column. The main thrust of this complaint has been that a prosecutor should not be assigned unless there is first strong evidence of a crime. But that is not the half of it.

A government lawyer is a hammer who sees every problem as the nail of a lawsuit. As we saw in the Clinton and Obama years (and will tend to see in transnational-progressive governments that prize legal processes over the pursuit of national interests by the most effective means available), administrations dominated by government lawyers find even belligerent provocations by a foreign power to be fit for judicial resolution.

To the contrary, we use counterintelligence rather than criminal investigation to thwart foreign adversaries because prosecution is a woefully inadequate response. The point of counterintelligence is to gather information so we can stop our enemies, through meaningful retaliation and discouragement. Generally, that means diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and, in extreme cases, military means. It could mean deploying our own cyber capabilities. The idea is not to invade every rogue nation. It is to respond to provocations in a manner that hurts our rivals — conveying that the prohibitive cost we will exact makes attacking us against their interests.

That cannot be accomplished by a mere indictment on which no one will be tried.

[…]

Mueller’s allegations will never be tested in court. That makes his indictment more a political statement than a charging instrument. To the extent there are questions about whether Russia truly meddled in the election, the special counsel wants to end that discussion (although his indictment will not satisfy those skeptical about Russia’s responsibility for hacking Democratic accounts, or who wonder why the FBI and Justice Department never physically examined DNC servers). Otherwise, the indictment demonstrates that the special counsel has been hard at work. That is as it should be. Through all the months of public debate over whether there was criminal-collusion evidence against the president, we have stressed that the main focus of the counterintelligence investigation is the Kremlin, not the White House. It is good, then, that Russia has gotten so much of the special counsel’s attention.

What is not good is that he is a special counsel as opposed to, say, a high-ranking intelligence or defense official. It is only natural that a prosecutor sees his job as making a criminal case, but that is not really what is called for under the circumstances.

And Mueller and company continue to look for fleas on this dead dog named “Trump-Russia Collusion”…

Mueller team charges lawyer linked to ex-Trump adviser with lying to FBI

Judge Nap explains the twisted technique Mueller is using…

Media Start To Second-Guess Trump-Russia ‘Collusion’ Conspiracy Theory

That total lack of evidence has some establishment journalists finally wondering if there wasn’t any Trump-Russia collusion after all, despite Democratic conspiracy theories to the contrary.

CNN Host Frets Fox News Will Be Critical of Guest Comparing Russia Interference to Pearl Harbor

Ace @ AoSHQ: Politico Reporter: What If This RUSSIA Gate Story Is All Bullshit?

The article isn’t worth reading, to be honest — he desperately wants to keep his position within the Liberal Bubble and mostly just writes about reasons to cling to belief that there’s something there.

Maybe these MSM types scratching their pimple-covered heads should get a copy of “Shattered” and see how they were nothing but “useful idiot” tools to a Clinton machine operation to UNDERMINE OR DEMOCRACY!!! as they are so inclined to throw at Pres. Trump every step of their crooked way. The MSM did a YUGE part in forming and pushing this horrible false narrative that Trump and Russia colluded in the 2016 election, thereby keeping Hillary Clinton from taking the throne she, and only she, was entitled to. The fact is, for all the traction the MSM and libs think they can get out of Mueller’s Friday dumpage the fact remains the only people who were really influenced by that Russian “interference” by those indicted Russians were the MSM and the liberals, and not the voters…

Drudge Report:

CNNMSNBC PUSHED RUSSIA-SPONSORED RALLY…

Michael Moore Participated?

The liberals, democrats, and MSM (I repeat myself via the 21st Century Thesaurus) is growingly pissed Trump has yet to condemn Moscow for the tampering of Russian individuals, who as yet have no Russian government/Putin connection exposed. Yeah, that would be great leadership diplomacy, eh? The sitting U.S. POTUS condemning another government for something there is no proof they were involved in.

Crazy Adam Schiff Attacks POTUS Over Russian Trolls Interfering in 2016 Election – Twitter Responds

CNN Host Frets Fox News Will Be Critical of Guest Comparing Russia Interference to Pearl Harbor

Trump turns Obama quote on election-rigging against him in Russia debate

Trump asks why Obama didn’t ‘do something about Russian meddling’

Dr. Sebastian Gorka: Obama helped Russia more than any admin in history

MORE:

Twitchy: Getting nervous? Dem Sen. ‘warns’ Mueller not to release his findings near the election

AT: Chasing Windmills with Deadly Consequences

The priorities of the FBI include protecting the U.S. against foreign intelligence and espionage, against cyber-attacks, and combating public corruption and violent crimeat all levels.

It seems to me they have failed bigly, especially as recent revelations show that the FBI and DOJ are in the midst of the biggest public corruption scandal of our time. Instead through dereliction of their statutory duties, they are responsible for numerous needless deaths.

The FBI, working with and under the DOJ, have pursued a political agenda, not one of the priorities listed on the FBI website. First, they turned a blind eye to true political corruption: Fast and Furious, Cliven Bundy, Lois Lerner and her weaponized IRS, Uranium One, Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play. Scandals all buried to protect the bosses, from Eric Holder to Barack Obama. And their anointed successor, Hillary Clinton.
Rather than “combating public corruption at all levels”, the FBI instead had a new priority. Meddling in a presidential election, attempting to destroy one candidate and elect another.
And after having failed, their new priority was to destroy the duly elected President, crippling his administration or better yet removing him from office. So much for the FBI mission of “upholding the Constitution.” More like undermining the Constitution.

While chasing windmills of Trump-Russia collusion, which after several years of investigation, is nothing but the Loch Ness monster. What has the FBI not been doing? With deadly consequences.

Just days ago, multiple tip and warnings given to the FBI concerning the Florida school shooter went unheeded, with predictable consequences.

[…]

It’s not just the recent Florida shooting either. The FBI was warned, by Russia no less, about the Tsarnaev brothers, the Boston Marathon Bombers. What other warnings went unheeded? Charleston, Pulse Nightclub, Fort Hood, Benghazi.

A politicized FBI, straying far from its mission, becoming a weaponized political arm of the ruling party, is leaving Americans in danger. Spending over a year investigating and discovering the obvious, that Russians meddle in American politics, distracted the FBI from its primary mission of “protecting the American people.”

Mueller’s indictments are truly a nothingburger. Russians, not the Russian government, meddled in the election. And after the election. Not for a particular candidate but to cause chaos and confusion.

The distractions worked, but most of these distractions are self-inflicted, the FBI playing politics rather than law enforcement. Not only failing to stop mass killers before they struck, but also crippling the President. A constant cloud over his head, impeding his ability to govern and fulfill his Constitutional duties…

Ken Cuccinelli: Trump is exonerated by Mueller indictment of Russians

How A Plea Reversal From Michael Flynn Could Uncover More Federal Corruption: Did Robert Mueller’s office withhold other evidence in Michael Flynn’s prosecution, either from the FISA court or from Flynn’s attorneys? There is reason to believe so.

Judge Orders Mueller to Provide Flynn’s Attorneys With ‘Any Exculpatory Evidence’

PROOF: Obama Actively Participated in Setup of Flynn

As The New York Post reported, Flynn was set up.

In dramatic testimony Monday, Obama holdover Attorney General Sally Yates testified that she warned the incoming White House its newly installed national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was “compromised” by a lie and therefore a potential “blackmail target” of the Russians. President Trump can be forgiven for ignoring her warning. It was Yates who was blackmailing him.

It’s clear from recent revelations that President Obama and his holdovers had a morbid fear of Lt. Gen. Flynn, an anti-Islamic terror hawk, and were gunning for him early in the transition, long before rumors he was involved in any alleged Russian conspiracy.

So we have a fired and disgraced National Security Adviser warning President Trump that Flynn had been “compromised”. Her proof came from a dossier created by Hillary Clinton’s minions. That dossier was then presented to the media as an FBI-authenticated document, with which the FBI used the media to present their faked information as gospel.

Editorial: Romney Was Right: Will the old gullibility return?

Mexican Nationals Meddled and Colluded in the 2016 Election

Most importantly, perhaps, the Mueller investigation has established that meddling by foreign nationals in a U.S. election is real and problematic. This being so, the DOJ and FBI might want to turn their attention to the role Mexican nationals played in the 2016 election. They will not have to dig deep to find evidence.

A good place to start searching would be the audio the journalists of Project Veritas recorded in their undercover stings of the Hillary Clinton campaign. To make the search easier, James O’Keefe has documented many of these conversations in his new book, American Pravda.

In the course of one sting, Democratic operative Scott Foval explained to Project Veritas’s “Steve Packard” how he paid people to incite violence at Trump rallies. “What I call it is ‘conflict engagement.’ Conflict engagement in the lines at Trump rallies,” Foval told Steve. “We’re starting anarchy here.”

“I’m saying we have mentally ill people that we pay to do [s—],” Foval continued. “Make no mistake. Over the last twenty years, I’ve paid off a few homeless guys to do some crazy stuff, and I’ve also taken them for dinner, and I’ve also made sure they had a hotel and a shower, and I put them in a program.” Foval had a particular affection for union supporters. “They’ll do whatever you want,” he added. “They’re rock ‘n’ roll.”

Foval led the Project Veritas team to a man named Bob Creamer, the head of a firm called Democracy Partners. “I’m the white hat,” Foval told Steve. “Democracy Partners is kind of a dark hat. I will probably end up being a partner there at some point because our philosophy is actually the same.”

For the record, Creamer is a big-time Democratic player. He is married to Chicago-area congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and is close to both the Obamas and the Clintons. According to visitor logs, Creamer made more than 340 trips to the White House during the Obama years, with 45 of those meetings including the president in attendance…

AT: Mueller Worked with Lerner to Target Tea Party

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School Teacher: “Parents, Step Up! Give A Crap!”

Perhaps one of the most righteous serious commentaries you’ll read regarding this recent and past school shootings. Kelly Guthrie Raley is a Florida school teacher and “Teacher of The Year”, and she gets it. Why? Because being a teacher she is a hub in the grinding machine of our society and culture. She herself can only do so much with the entrusted responsibility she faces with the children of other people. But she can clearly see and is fully aware of what is broken in our society/ culture around her as new ‘cogs’ (students) arrive into her classroom every new school year, and where the ‘thrown wrenches’ are as well.

Here is Kelly’s brave and frank Facebook status amid the heated debate after this most recent senseless and insane school shooting…

Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say. I’ll take all the criticism and attacks from everyone because you know what? I’m a TEACHER. I live this life daily. And I wouldn’t do anything else! But I also know daily I could end up in an active shooter situation.

Until we, as a country, are willing to get serious and talk about mental health issues, lack of available care for the mental health issues, lack of discipline in the home, horrendous lack of parental support when the schools are trying to control horrible behavior at school (oh no! Not MY KID. What did YOU do to cause my kid to react that way?), lack of moral values, and yes, I’ll say it-violent video games that take away all sensitivity to ANY compassion for others’ lives, as well as reality TV that makes it commonplace for people to constantly scream up in each others’ faces and not value any other person but themselves, we will have a gun problem in school. Our kids don’t understand the permanency of death anymore!!!

I grew up with guns. Everyone knows that. But you know what? My parents NEVER supported any bad behavior from me. I was terrified of doing something bad at school, as I would have not had a life until I corrected the problem and straightened my ass out. My parents invaded my life. They knew where I was ALL the time. They made me have a curfew. They made me wake them up when I got home. They made me respect their rules. They had full control of their house, and at any time could and would go through every inch of my bedroom, backpack, pockets, anything! Parents: it’s time to STEP UP! Be the parent that actually gives a crap! Be the annoying mom that pries and knows what your kid is doing. STOP being their friend. They have enough “friends” at school. Be their parent. Being the “cool mom” means not a damn thing when either your kid is dead or your kid kills other people because they were allowed to have their space and privacy in YOUR HOME. I’ll say it again. My home was filled with guns growing up.

For God’s sake, my daddy was an 82nd Airborne Ranger who lost half his face serving our country. But you know what? I never dreamed of shooting anyone with his guns. I never dreamed of taking one! I was taught respect for human life, compassion, rules, common decency, and most of all, I was taught that until I moved out, my life and bedroom wasn’t mine…it was theirs. And they were going to know what was happening because they loved me and wanted the best for me.

There. Say that I’m a horrible person. I didn’t bring up gun control, and I will refuse to debate it with anyone. This post wasn’t about gun control. This was me, loving the crap out of people and wanting the best for them. This was about my school babies and knowing that God created each one for greatness, and just wanting them to reach their futures. It’s about 20 years ago this year I started my teaching career. Violence was not this bad 20 years ago. Lack of compassion wasn’t this bad 20 years ago. And God knows 20 years ago that I wasn’t afraid daily to call a parent because I KNEW that 9 out of 10 would cuss me out, tell me to go to Hell, call the news on me, call the school board on me, or post all over FaceBook about me because I called to let them know what their child chose to do at school…because they are a NORMAL kid!!!!!

Those 17 lives mattered. When are we going to take our own responsibility seriously?

It is not the gun(s). It is not the NRA. It is our culture, and those who have twisted and torn it are now the ones blaming everyone else and inanimate objects…

Andrew Klavan @ PJM: The Left Is Reaping the Whirlwind of the Culture They Made

“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” Hosea 7:8

It was after a school shooting near Spokane last September that Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich addressed a clutch of reporters:

When I was in high school, every one of those rigs in the high school parking lot had a gun in the gun rack. Why? We went hunting on the way home. None of those guns ever walked into a school, none of those guns ever shot anybody… Did the gun change or did you as a society change? I’ll give you odds it was you as a society. Because you started glorifying cultures of violence. You glorified the gang culture, you glorified games that actually gave you points for raping and killing people. The gun didn’t change, we changed.

[…]

It reminds me of some wisdom from another two sheriffs, the fictional sheriffs from the Coen Brothers movie of Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men discussing the mindless violence that has taken over society.

“Once you stop hearing ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am’ the rest is soon to follow,” says one.

“It’s the tide, the dismal tide,” says the other. “It’s not the one thing.”

The left wants to defend gangstas and “transgressive” art and antifa thugs — but when the shooting starts, they blame the guns.

The left wants to get rid of feminine modesty and masculine protectiveness and social restrictions on sex — but when the abuse and rape and harassment rise to the surface, they start whining about toxic manhood. Perhaps they should have listened to the Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton, who wrote about the difference between reforming society and deforming it — a passage that was neatly paraphrased by John F. Kennedy: “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.”

Now the left wants to legitimize disrespect for the flag and for Christianity. They want to ignore the rule of law at the border and silence protests against Islamic ideas that are antithetical to every good thing the west stands for. They should look to Europe where all that’s been accomplished. And now, when European women are molested in the public square, the gormless authorities advise them to behave more modestly lest immigrants get the wrong idea. When Islamic knives come out and Islamic bombs go off, the police rush to harass — who? Those who question the dictates of the Koran.

[…]

The left owns the dismal tide. They don’t like the results? They’re looking for someone or something to blame? Maybe they should start by hunting up a mirror.

Hollywood, the MSM, and the left love to hide behind the First Amendment when their debauchery and violence riddled products infiltrate and warp the psyche of the nation, all while they reach for our Second Amendment that was specifically designed and intended by its writers in our Founding Fathers to protect Hollywood’s products. We are wrongly tagged a ‘gun culture’, when, in fact, we have become (with Hollywood’s and the left’s hard work) an anti-common sense pop culture with no moral compass. Ask yourself why the liberals and everyone else blaming the gun do not want to talk about the core issue in just about every shooting like this most recent (with realization of the terrorist attack mass shooting in California a couple years ago and the yet unanswered reason for the recent Las Vegas massacre). The reason liberals don’t want to recognize and seriously address the mental health issue is because it would call into question some of the things they have been pushing for normalization in our society while deconstructing common sense. How insane is their own mental gymnastics?

Reporter Becky Griffin: Fewer Mass Shootings if More Babies Were Aborted

It is really very easy if it is not only what you want to believe is true but insist is still true when the truth smacks you in the face. The politicized MSM continues to be an enemy of the truth:

No, There Haven’t Been 18 School Shootings This Year — Not Even Close

The Florida School Shooting and Think Progress’ Vile Smear of JROTC (Also NY Daily News)

No, Trump Did Not Make It Easier for Mentally Ill People to Buy Guns: Shooting revives deliberately misleading talking points about a bad regulation both the NRA and the ACLU opposed.

How white nationalists fooled the media about Florida shooter: ABC, AP and others ran with false information on shooter’s ties to extremist groups.

Maybe if they weren’t so damn busy chasing Russian phantoms that didn’t ‘colluded’ with Donald Trump…

Glenn Reynolds @ Instapundit:

NICE JOB, FELLAS: WaPo: “The FBI said Friday that a month before the shooting rampage at a South Florida high school, the bureau received a warning that the 19-year-old charged in the massacre might carry out such an attack — but then investigators failed to act on it. . . . While this should have been investigated ‘as a potential threat to life … these protocols were not followed,’ the bureau said in a statement.”

MORE:

Since the MSM and the mouthy liberals are now trying to turn the recent school shooter’s exposure to guns and training during his very brief stint in the school’s Jr. ROTC program (that the reviled NRA donated to) as some sort of negative have a look at what some of the school’s active JROTC members did during that horrific assault…

Peter Wang, Florida school shooting victim: Brave teen seen holding door open for others during shooting

‘He’s earned a 21-gun salute’: Internet bands together to give heroic JROTC Cadet a funeral with full Military honors

Bethany Mandel: JROTC in Parkland: A Hero’s Tale

Hero JROTC Student Shielded Classmates With Kevlar During Florida School Shooting

After 17-year-old Douglas High student Colton Haab heard the first shots, he and his fellow JROTC members shepherded between 60 and 70 students into a JROTC classroom and shielded them with Kevlar sheets, normally used as backdrops for the military students’ civilian marksmanship training.

“We took those sheets and put them in front of everybody so they weren’t seen … behind a solid object, and the Kevlar would slow a bullet down,” Haab told CNN on Thursday. “I didn’t think it was going to stop it, but it would definitely [take] it from a catastrophic to a life-saving” incident.

What was he thinking about in those uncertain moments? “I’m thinking about how I’m going to make sure everyone goes home to their parents safely,” he added. “I was destined to get home.”

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DEVELOPING: Mueller Indicts … And None of Them are “Trump Collusion”

As I read this I fail to see exactly what they’re really ‘guilty’ of outside of taking full advantage of our First Amendment…

CNBC: Special counsel Mueller: Russians conducted ‘information warfare’ against US during election to help Donald Trump win

Special counsel Robert Mueller said a grand jury had indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The defendants allegedly conducted “information warfare” against the United States election process to help Donald Trump win.

The defendants used fake American personas, social media platforms, and other Internet media to advance their scheme, according to an indictment.

The indictment says that a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency sought to wage “information warfare” against the United States and to “sow discord” in the American political system by using fictitious American personas and social media platforms and other Internet-based media.

Internet Research Agency, a so-called “troll farm,” was allegedly controlled by a defendant named Yevgeny Progozhin, a wealthy associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The indictment details an extremely sophisticated conspiracy in which defendants traveled to the United States to conduct research, employed specialists to fine-tune social media posts to “ensure they appeared authentic,” and stole real people’s identities to purchase online ads.
While the effort to influence the 2016 election was launched in 2014, by early to mid-2016 the defendants were “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” the eight-count indictment charges.

“Some Defendants, posing at U.S. persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities,” the indictment claims.
Foreigners are barred from spending money to try to influence the outcome of a federal election…

OAN: Rosenstein: No Evidence Interference Altered Outcome of 2016 Election

The MSM and frothing at the assholes liberals will push this as strong damning proof STILL…

Cripes on a cracker.

To be sure, the real indictable stuff came between Hillary and her campaign, and the Obama administration and the FBI under him. I call bullshit on this. I think this is meant to give Mueller and the whole debacle an out in hopes of then shoving the Hillary/Obama/FBI collusion under the proverbial rug…

The Current Crisis: Following the Clintons’ Final Con

Hmm. Hmm-Hmm-Hmmmmmm….

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ted Kennedy Secretly Asked The Soviets To Intervene In The 1984 Elections

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DRUDGE REPORT:

Trump cleared? Indictment says Russians worked with ‘unwitting’ participants…

President Calls For Unity To Protect Democracy…

California Man in Investigation Pleads Guilty…

Ace @ AoSHQ: John Brennan: The Indictments Against 13 Twitter Trolls Proves The Vast Conspiracy I Peddled To a Gullible Media

Twitchy: RUH-ROH! Mueller’s latest investigation ‘find’ is a BAD LOOK for Hillary (cue Lefty FREAK OUT!)

Politico: Sanders silent on claim that Russians backed him in 2016

PJM: Sharyl Attkisson Explains the Origins of the 2016 ‘Fake News’ Narrative in TedX Talk

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“Trump-Russia Collusion” Not Aging Well

Well, if this doesn’t smell like a week old dead fish locked in the backseat of a car on a 102 degree July day … Doesn’t it?

DC: EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Hid Wife’s Fusion GPS Payments From Ethics Officials

Sara Carter: Mueller’s ‘Pit Bull’ Andrew Weissmann Busted for Withholding Evidence in Previous Case – “Reprehensible and subject, perhaps, to appropriate disciplinary measures”

Andrew C. McCarthy: What Did Comey Tell President Trump about the Steele Dossier?

AoSHQ: The Little Bureaucrat Who Could: Why Does Sally Yates’ Name Figure So Prominently in the RUSSIAGate Hoax?

AT: Dezinformatsiya: Russian Interference Is Real

The Federalist: The Media Stopped Reporting The Russia Collusion Story Because They Helped Create It: The press has played an active role in the Trump-Russia collusion story since its inception. It helped birth it.

WT: Cyprus businessman suing Buzzfeed for unproven Trump dossier

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Schiff: Hey, the DoJ and FBI are oversensitive about my memo

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Adam Schiff: There is ‘ample evidence’ of collusion between Trump campaign, Russians

White House reconstruction of days before Flynn firing turned over to Mueller: report

Judge calls for transparency, holds closed-door hearings in Manafort, Gates case

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This Deadly Problem Will Not Be Going Away…

Another mass school shooting, this time on Valentine’s Day/ Ash Wednesday. At least 17 innocent people were killed on this day of celebration of love and, joined by the calendar, the first day of the Christian season of reflection/ contemplation/ repentance of Lent. This shooter obviously knew at least the significance of the commercial holiday (which, oddly enough, is based in the horrific torturous death of St. Valentine). Yesterday’s mass murderer (whom this blogger will not use his name) in a peaceful Florida high school was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Make no mistake, the gunman in yesterday’s mass murder knew the high school’s red alert alarm lockdown procedure, which is why he set off the fire alarm to have the faculty and students negate the lockdown alarm and abide by the evacuate procedure for the fire alarm. As premeditation goes, this person was fully aware of where he was going and what he would have to bypass and the best time for his covertness. I venture he really believed he wouldn’t be alive today himself … but he is.

Seventeen promising young people are now gone, their families feeling the helplessness of such horrific and senseless loss for the rest of their lives. A community of the survivors has been shaken and traumatized, their psyches irrevocably scarred for the rest of their lives. One of the shooting victims, who survived, is the son of one of the local police officers.

This morning on FOX and Friends Sen. Bill Nelson (D) dutifully carried the lie that the AR-15 is an “automatic” military assault weapon. It is not. It is a semi-automatic. There is a difference. Even the reviled “bump-fire stock”, while allowing a quicker trigger finger, does not change the fact the rifle is a semi-automatic. And forgive me but “assault weapon” is a horribly ridiculous characterization given a weapon is used only in the manner and intent the person holding and firing it. A gun is an inanimate object with no mental capacity or intentions. Stop humanizing such things. We cannot even begin to deal with these issues if such basic facts are blatantly annihilated. And, Sen. Nelson, like a good little dried up talking-point liberal democrat does, threw in the old “If it saves just one child” trope showing just how weak his/ their approach is to this deadly problem. Instead of concentrating on the imagined ‘one child’ you aim to ‘save’ how about addressing the real and present danger of THE ONE person who in these bloody events is known to have major mental issues in order to prevent such actions and make everyone more safe. This school and its occupants knew the background and possible threat the gunman presented, but still did not do enough to guard against it.

This is Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School JV Football team’s coach Aaron Feis. You will note his other position at the school was as a security guard. He was unarmed because the school is a “gun free zone”. And so, all he was equipped with to defend the students was his own body and life. Eventually he ran out of ammo … and life…

Sen. Bill Nelson also said having armed guards in our schools is “just not practical”. These are government run public schools, and by that government buildings. The building he himself works in has armed guards. Most government buildings do. Why then don’t our children deserve such a deterrent and/or equalizer in the government building they spend most of their young lives in??? Hell, in most cases there aren’t even seatbelts on the damn school buses but we have strict seatbelt laws!

This is not a gun or gun law issue. It is indeed a mental health issue … and a 21st century a societal cultural issue. Nobody really wants to talk about that. Nobody wants to talk about how the liberal politically correct movement over the last several decades has weakened us. Nobody wants to talk about how, through any number of entertainment and social elements, our culture has not only been weakened but how it has devalued life, from womb to grave.

As J. Christian Adams (and others) point out: 30 Years: Guns Were in Schools … and Nothing Happened? That is the very first question that must be clearly and concisely answered before anymore drafting of ineffective gun laws in the Congress is even attempted.

A loaded gun can sit on a counter for years. Only when a person with whatever purpose or intent reaches out and picks it up and decides to use it does the gun fire with the shooter’s intent behind the trigger. Yesterday’s mass murderer was not only known (even by the FBI) for his unhinged proclivities, but was not taken as seriously in a preventative manner to avoid his eventual crimes. This is a fact the liberals in our government and the MSM refuse to recognize as the starting point of addressing crime and mass murder such as the one that violently unfolded on a high school campus yesterday, or a place of worship a few months ago, or a business office a couple years ago. The gun is not the problem, no more than a plane flown into a building, or a vehicle used to mow down pedestrians on a city bike/ walking path, or a knife on a crowded train. It is, and always will be, the person behind the ‘weapon’. We will not lessen these inhuman events until we fully recognize the humans perpetrating them are responsible, whether mentally ill or purveyors of evil. A simple test: Exactly what new gun law would prevent these mass murders? Tell us. Outside of complete confiscation and banning of guns there is no law, as we see in such high murder rate hotspots as Chicago. Why aren’t Chicago’s strict gun laws working? Because the bad guys do not follow the laws. The fact is, even if every gun was collected the bad guys would almost easily craft and make their own … as would citizens who hope to defend themselves from such people.

In the science fiction movie “THX 1138” people live under a completely controlling government that confines them to precisely what they are allowed to have, and when they are permitted to have it. This collective complete control is only achieved by the government not only dispensing daily doses of mind controlling pills, but making it a punishable crime not to take those pills. At what point do these strident gun control zealots turn to such ‘medical’ measures to control all individuals and their thoughts after they realize a million more gun laws will not stop humans from killing other humans?

As we insist on common sense debate and answers to these mass shootings the usual suspects on the left lead with their knee-jerking, refusing to approach it honestly and intelligently, but with deflecting attention and blame away from the perpetrator and onto political advisories as they insist punishing law-abiding citizens is the only way to solve a problem their own basic mind-set and policies have helped create inside our country. If you not only value nothing, but demean and ridicule those who do value life and ‘values’ this is what you get.

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