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The Art of The Shutdown Deal

Maybe they were afraid they’d be served leftover fast food?

FOX News: Democrats boycott White House border security meeting

Offerings from reader and contributor BK:

AT: Trump’s shutdown trap?

TBC: “A reduction in force is a thoughtful and systematic elimination of positions. For all practical purposes, a government RIF is the same thing as a layoff.”

Another alleged anonymous open letter from inside the Trump White House…

DC: I’m A Senior Trump Official, And I Hope A Long Shutdown Smokes Out The Resistance

Roger L Simon: May the Shutdown Go On Forever

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As the Senate Committee Grills Trump’s DOJ AG Nominee Bill Barr…

I keep hearing the democrats on the Judicial Committee holding the hearing pressuring nominee Bill Barr into recusing himself from the Russia investigation for (un)problematic opinions he has had prior to his nomination to AG. I am also hearing them pressing Barr as to “do you promise the department will abide by the law?” To which he has answered yes … but I believe he should, if possible, inject his determination to returning the DOJ to abiding by the law…

IBD: Deep State: Did Justice, CIA And FBI Commit Crimes To Get Rid Of Trump?

Twitchy: Byron York explains FBI blowback could be SEVERE after NYT reports Trump investigation was retaliation for firing Comey

FOX News: Did FBI retaliate against Trump for firing James Comey? – Former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker reacts to report that the FBI opened an inquiry into whether President Trump was a Russian agent. (VIDEO)

Catherine Herridge: Former top FBI lawyer James Baker subject of criminal media leak probe, transcript reveals

Judge Nap: ‘Historic abuses’ of FISA law used by FBI to interfere with Trump presidency

The Lid: The Real Deal With Steele, An Actual BOMBSHELL From House Testimony Of Lisa Page

It is extraordinary to discover this next passage in Lisa Page’s testimony from 13 July 2018, when she was asked about the events of August 2016, and pressed as to whether she knew Steele was talking to Fusion GPS or others outside the FBI:

Rep.: “Were you aware that Christopher Steele had conversations or multiple conversations with Fusion GPS and others outside of just working special intel for you?”

Page: “As of August of 2016, I don’t know who Christopher Steele is. I don’t know that he’s an FBI source. I don’t know what he does. I have never heard of him in all of my life. So let me just sort of be clear. When the FBI first receives the reports that are known as the dossier from an FBI agent who is Christopher Steele’s handler in September of 2016 at that time, we do not know who—we don’t know why these reports have been generated. We don’t know for what purpose.”

With this response, Lisa Page seems to put in question the basic narrative about Steele’s longstanding value to the FBI.

It may undoubtedly be the case that in-house attorneys for the investigative branches of the DOJ and FBI don’t know the actual identities of all of the agencies’ confidential sources. But Steele was supposed to have been a particularly valuable source, on whom the U.S. agencies placed particular reliance. His expertise was in Russian government, business, organized crime affairs, and the nexus between them – the nexus, in other words, of the suspicions in both the UK (where Steele was hired as an investigator by the football association) and the U.S. that the World Cup venues for 2018 and 2022 had been selected through a bribery operation.

The FIFA case has explained throughout the Russiagate narrative Steele’s prominent role in the “Russia-Trump” investigation and the personal links and trust he had with the DOJ and FBI. The connections Steele provided insight on in working FIFA were ones with which Bruce Ohr’s office was familiar. And Lisa Page would have had at least some expert knowledge of them, given the background outlined for her in the Wired blurb, even if she didn’t perform dedicated work on the FIFA case during her time with Ohr.

So it seems quite curious that she had “never heard of Steele in all her life” before the cognizant CI officials at the FBI became aware of the Steele dossier in September 2016.

Meanwhile, at the Barr hearing…

Twitchy: Katie Pavlich notices that Sen. Cory Booker doesn’t want to talk about violence in Chicago

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George Parry: The FBI Prostituted Itself – A national disgrace of unprecedented historic proportions.

Michael Walsh: For Real ‘Russian Collusion,’ Look to the Democrats

Joel Pollak: Time to Scrap the FBI and Start Over

Glenn Greenwald: The FBI’s Investigation of Trump as a “National Security Threat” is Itself a Serious Danger. But J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic

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The MSM has Terminal Rabies, and It’s Petty, Not Pretty

Basically MSNBC is insinuating, “Trump knows Lindsey Graham is gay so he’s blackmailing him into supporting him” or some related steaming bullshit…

Twitchy: Journos are fact checking Trump on the number of hamburgers he purchased for the Clemson football team

Powerline: Trump Triggers the Liberal Food Scolds – President Trump today hosted the Clemson Tigers NCAA football championship team, and served them fast food in the Oval Office

Instapundit: NY TIMES’ FRANK BRUNI WARNS MEDIA COLLEAGUES: DON’T LET TRUMP FOOL US AGAIN IN 2020

AoSHQ: CNN Now Triggered by Sexist Dog Whistle “Salads”

POTUS’s last word: “SNOWFLAKES”:

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Virtue-Signaling and SJW Insanity Running Amuck: Boys Will Be Boys is “Toxic”…

The left was bad enough. But now we have companies (many was wa-a-a-a-y overpriced products) joining the current anti-male campaign is simply despicable and disgusting…

Since I was a kid in the 1960s I have seen men (especially ‘white’ men) being depicted as buffoons, idiots, big babies, or overgrown kids in TV ads, especially when depicted as a woman’s husband or boyfriend. Or as shirtless sweaty 6-packed eye-candy for women lusting from office windows. Toxic? Even as a kid, a young female at that, I found (and still do) it “toxic”, especially when the feminists and now the virtue signalers carry out their campaign against the male of our species…

Dumbing down Dad: How media present husbands, fathers as useless

“Boys will be boys” does not mean being predatory and violent, bullies and rapists. There are just as many females being bullies and even committing unwanted sexual advances and/or ‘rape’ when they are in positions of power (see female teachers involved in sexual relationships with students, boys and/or girls as a matter of fact). You just want to conflate a small percentage of men/boys who act badly or even criminally to males as a whole in order to conform them to your new age box you want to shove them in as passive and subservient to feminist #MeToo and SJW bullshit and fascistic ideology. You virtue-signaling types can’t even definitively define what is/isn’t toxic, so, just step-the-fuck-off…

But the virtue-signaling assholes will insist these men are “toxic” as well, and are using their “privilege and micro aggressions”. Yes, they would, and they do.

Boys WILL be boys … And we had better thank God for that.

Ruh-roh-h-h-h: Twitchy: Dollar Shave Club is capitalizing on Gillette’s woke stupidity

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Jim Treacher: Gillette Tells Men They’re Repulsive Creeps. Now Give Them Your Money, You Piece of Garbage

FOX News: The war on men

NYPost: The war on young men at US colleges needs to end — now

WND: The real war is on men, not women: Discover ‘How Masculinity Is Under Attack in America’

IBD: War On Women? OK, But What About The War On Men?

AT: K-12: The War on Boys and Men

The fact is, while leftist ‘white’ women/feminists eagerly jump on this lynching bandwagon of a war on men/boys, they cannot see they are hacking off their noses to spite their own white faces…

Twitchy: Jezebel isn’t down with white women not shaving their armpits ’cause ‘Januhairy’ is racist and colonialist

I don’t know if writer Jesse Singal is liberal or conservative. Either way, his Twitter thread summation of the asinine Jezebel article is a must-read for its succinct summation of the insanity the damn PC ilk in our society has taken with their identity politics…

And so, if we can get to an era where we are so technologically advanced enough to actually live a daily life in ‘space’ we, umm, still won’t be technologically able to avoid unintended pregnancies? The feminist left is a hell of a lot like those blind witches in the desolate cave that Perseus has to deal with, the witches searching for the one eye they share in order to see the world around them …

Townhall: No, Jezebel, Abortion in Space Isn’t the ‘Final Frontier’

Kurt, what say you? …

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The New John McCain: The Anti-Trump Leftist MSM Kittens have Found Its Mittens

It really is hard to tell exactly who Mitt Romney was trying to court with his WaPo opinion piece earlier this month. Even if it was the establishment RINO/never-Trump population in the GOP he has got to be smart enough to be aware of and realize the actual republican/conservative voters in this nation are beyond sick and tired of them and their own “progressive” yellow stripe. He definitely went full politician with his anti-Trump op-ed stunt. And as Prager points out, made himself look very weak and petty. For me there is a serious lack of trust issue that we must ponder if he will side with the socialist-democrat ilk in the Senate than with, as Prager points out again, the well-being interests of this republic.

Dennis PRAGER: Mitt Romney Fails Again

The first public thing Mitt Romney did in the year 2019 — on Jan. 1 — was publish an attack on President Trump in the Washington Post, which, as we know, has not lacked for attacks on Trump.

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First the foolish part. What did Romney seek to achieve by publishing an attack on his own party’s president? Did he think he would persuade one supporter of the president to stop supporting him? If he did, he failed, not because none of us can be persuaded to change our minds but because the piece was so intellectually and morally shallow.

So, why did he write it? And why did he publish it in the Washington Post, a Trump-hating newspaper? …

Does he believe attacking Trump is more important than addressing whether the United States has borders secure enough to prevent millions of people from coming into America illegally?

Does he believe attacking Trump is more important than the left’s suppression of free speech at virtually every American university and the left’s suppression of free speech on the internet?

Does he believe attacking Trump is more important than the left’s ongoing attempt to abolish male and female identities among children?

Does he believe attacking Trump is more important than attacking the left’s goal of weakening the American military?

Does he believe attacking Trump is more important than attacking the gargantuan size of the federal government, which undermines the unique American ideal of limited government?

Does he believe attacking Trump is more important than attacking the left for essentially destroying the Boy Scouts, from which his own LDS church has now withdrawn support?

Does he believe attacking Trump is more important than the dramatic decline of religion in American life? He is, after all, a religious man.

Does he believe attacking Trump is more important than preventing the left from dominating the country’s federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court?

If he does, he may be more than a fool. And that something more may involve character defects…

Given his attack on the president, rather than on the nation- and civilization-destroying policies of the left and the Democratic Party, character issues may explain his Washington Post column…

One character issue is lack of courage. In today’s environment, it takes no courage to attack Donald Trump, especially in the Washington Post. Sen. Romney is now the darling of the elites of this country. He will be showered with praise by the elite newspapers and all the news networks (except Fox). He will be invited to give talks at universities throughout the country. He will be feted in Europe. And no one will scream obscenities at him when he dines in Washington, D.C., restaurants.

Another character issue is pettiness. It now seems very hard to deny that Romney resents Trump for doing what he failed to do: win the presidency.

A third character problem is a lack of conviction. Does anyone reading this column know what Mitt Romney stands for aside from winning elections? Can one reader name one strong conviction Mitt Romney holds? I can’t. He appears to be essentially conviction- and ideology-free. The New Republic wrote in 2012, the year Romney ran for president, “In his various incarnations as a candidate, he has campaigned as a progressive, a conservative, a technocrat, and a populist, suggesting his deepest attachment is to winning.” …

Read the whole thing.

I mean, really, all you need to do is see who recently crawled out from under their dusty rock to praise and encourage Romney to know exactly where this is going…

WaTimes: Harry Reid presses Mitt Romney to run in 2020, act as foil to Trump

Breitbart: Harry Reid Endorses Mitt Romney for 2020 Republican Nominee for President

And Mitt, like McCain before him, will fall for the democrat and media praise and fawning, only to discover they decided he was the weaker GOP link their democrat candidate (and themselves) could spend a year sliming, burning and demonizing when the general election came around. Romney has apparently inherited this from the late John McCain.

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Tucker Carlson: Mitt Romney supports the status quo. But for everyone else, it’s infuriating

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Take Smaller Bites and Take Time To Chew Good

Fork and knife in-hand, and DO NOT, under any circumstance, put ketchup on steak…

Catherine Herridge: Republican uncovered secret FBI probe of Trump after Comey firing during House questioning

Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal Obama State Department Urgently Provided Classified ‘Russiagate’ Documents to Multiple Senators Immediately Ahead of Trump Inauguration

RS: JUDICIAL WATCH: What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?

DCNF: FBI Lawyer: ‘Not Typically Appropriate’ For Hillary’s Aides To Attend Her FBI Interview

GWP: Democrat Menendez Spotted Partying with Bikini Girls in Puerto Rico During Government Shutdown

FOX News: Dems fly to Puerto Rico on chartered jet, meet with lobbyists, see ‘Hamilton’ as shutdown drags on

We know how Bob Menendez loves him some pretty young things down there in PR, huh?

BPR: Biden’s family members voted for Trump because they felt slighted by Hillary. Brother reveals gossip as Joe prepares to run.

Salena Zito: Rick Scott chased the Hispanic vote and got it

WE: The Party of the Rich (Democrats) goes to bat for its constituents

George Korda: Illegal immigration, crime and laws: a case of ‘Let’s Pretend’

NYC’s Comrade Bill De Blasio: There’s plenty of money in NYC — it’s just in the wrong hands

Meanwhile…

USAToday: Half the 600,000 residents aided by NYC Care are undocumented immigrants

BPR: A Muslim US president and 30-35 Muslim reps could be in power by 2030, says a Muslim US congressman

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Cuba: 60 Years of Bloody, Impoverished, Oppressive “Revolution”

Jorge C. Carrasco: 60 Years On: Reflections on the Revolution in Cuba

The Cuban Revolution never disguised its contempt for the greatest symbol of the Republican era: Havana itself. The Havana Hilton hotel was renamed, and the city’s glorious buildings, beautiful parks, grand mansions, statues, theatres, and museums were all deemed too bourgeois and ostentatious by the revolutionaries, products as they were of the hated “capitalists and imperialists” they had just driven from power. All this too was now consigned to oblivion or simply neglected as if it had been complicit in some unimaginable evil. “Bourgeois Havana,” hitherto one of the world’s most socially and culturally rich cities, gradually collapsed. One by one, its buildings fell into ruin and disrepair, and in their place, nothing was built after 1959 that would return the city to its former splendor.

The bourgeois Republic’s glamour had masked its cruelty and inequality, but the Revolution ushered in a violent and grotesque cruelty of its own, as ugly as the Soviet brutalist architecture that now filled the Havana suburbs with hundreds of square housing complexes devoid of elegance and grace. Havana began to resemble a permanent war zone, in which a seemingly unending battle would be waged for the next 60 years and counting between the revolutionary tyrants and the ordinary people who populate the city, and who, generation after generation, give it life.

The New York Times, like most of the elitist American media, love them some communist Cuba, however…

Abe Greenwald @ NYT: Trolling for Communism: Provocation for its own sake.

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Alberto de la Cruz @ Babalu Blog: Majority of Cuban Americans support maintaining sanctions against Castro dictatorship in new FIU poll

FOX News: America’s progressives are so busy extolling virtues of socialism that they want you to ignore THIS

IBD: Socialist Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Accidentally Endorses Social Security Privatization, Minimum Wage Repeal, Corporate Tax Cuts

Socialism: Newly minted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she isn’t modeling her brand of socialism on socialist basket cases like Venezuela, but on successes like Sweden, Norway and Finland. Apparently, she hasn’t bothered to look at just what sorts of economic policies those “socialist” countries have been pursuing lately.

During an interview on “60 Minutes,” Anderson Cooper put this question to Ocasio-Cortez: “When people hear the word socialism, they think Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela. Is that what you have in mind?”

Her response: “Of course not. What we have in mind — and what of my — and my policies most closely resemble what we see in the U.K., in Norway, in Finland, in Sweden.”

If that were true, then Ocasio-Cortez would have to abandon almost her entire economic agenda and embrace free-market economic policies. Because that’s what those countries have been doing….

There’s going to be a Hell of a lot of socialists fighting over camera time on that growing 2020 DNC stage, and one named “Castro” as of today. His mom helped found La Raza.

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