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Stuff Going On — 05/27/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2017 by cavalier973

Egyptian warplanes bomb terrorists sites in Libya in response to the terrorist attack on Egyptian Coptic Christians.

♣ The latest “Get Trump” story (and that’s turning out to be what they all are) is that Jared Kushner sought to establish a back-door channel between the Trump transition team and the Russians, using communication equipment in the Russian embassy.

Kinky.

So, this is a very, very serious story. Everyone agrees. I agree: it’s a serious story and is a serious problem for the Trump administration–if it is true. And that’s the problem I have with all the stories that have been reported over the past few weeks. As in nearly all other cases, this “Kushner-Russia story” relies on unnamed sources. Officials. Persons “in the know”. The Washington Post publishes this stuff, and people go ape-crazy for a while, then the story sort of goes away, because either 1. The WaPo’s sources are lying to them or 2. The WaPo is lying about having actual sources.

A good question about this story is: “If Jared Kushner really did this, why is he not in jail right now?” The answer: He didn’t really “do this”. That is, he never actually opened a secret, back-door communication link with the Russians through the Russian embassy. He may have posited the idea, but I’m not sure that suggesting a course of action that may be illegal is something that can get you arrested.

Besides all that, we only know this because of–again, unnamed–sources who claim that they listened to the tapes of the Russian ambassador as he conversed with his boss in Moscow. The Russian ambassador told his boss that Jared proposed a back-door channel. At this point, I want to throw my hands in the air. I think I will…

That feels a mite better. So, we are supposed to believe unnamed sources who claim that Jared Kushner did this horrible thing based on a conversation that the Russian ambassador had with his boss in Moscow? I guess there is no way that the ambassador was lying to his boss, or feeding false information because he knew that U.S. Intelligence agents were listening.

In addition to all that, I should point out (and John Podhoretz said something similar in a tweet storm) that the Intelligence Community (the “IC”, as they say) has proven itself unreliable as a keeper of secrets. Trump knew, or at least suspected, that holdovers from the Obama administration were monitoring his communications. He wanted to communicate with the Russians without having his conversation recorded and published to the WaPo. So, there was a meeting, where options were discussed. The Russian ambassador–reportedly; again, this is all hearsay until we have some actual names–declined Jared’s offer to establish a “back door” communications channel.

Here is an excellent article by Robert Wenzel about this story.

The WaPo and its groupies need to get a grip; they are slowly shedding any tiny bit of credibility they have due to this constant barrage of Trump-bashing that turns out to be nothing at all.

It’s like hunting for whale fossils and finding a lion fossil.

♦ If you want to argue against Trump, here is a more effective, and honest, method: the Trump “budget cuts” are not, actually cuts.

A couple of things…

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2017 by cavalier973

•  Robert Wenzel discusses what a President Pence might look like, in terms of his economic policies, were Trump to lose his job. In short, Pence is conventionally “pro-market”, which means a mixture of actual Free Market advocacy with a leavening of crony-capitalism.

In this opinion piece, Gregg Jarrett argues that, had Comey written a memo describing Pres. Trump trying to obstruct justice, then Comey himself is guilty of breaking the law. He’s supposed to report that stuff. Jonathan Turley makes some similar observations.

Stuff Going On — 05/10/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2017 by cavalier973

♠ The big news isn’t that President Trump fired FBI Director Comey; the big news is which narrative will be accepted by the public. Narrative One says that Pres. Trump, disgusted with the amateur and incompetent antics of James Comey in his handling of the Clinton email investigation, finally fired the guy. Narrative Two says that Pres. Trump, fearful of his ties to Russia being investigated, fired Comey to head off any such investigation before the Truth™ is discovered, with the result that Trump is impeached and removed from office (and probably VP Pence, as well) before the first year of his administration is finished.

The media’s problem is that, even if Narrative Two is spot on accurate, they have a credibility problem with the public. They’ve spent too much time telling the public how dumb, ignorant, and evil they are; this killed their capacity to gain the same public’s ear when they have a story that would be important to broadcast.

Note that, in the Politico article I linked, there are many bald assertions about what Trump felt and what he was doing and what his goals were with regard to Comey’s dismissal, all sourced to unnamed “advisors” and “Senior officials”. All pretty convincing, unless, of course, one is predisposed to think of news outlets like Politico to be subpar dispensers of Truth™.

Former President Obama has to break a few eggs to make an environmental omelet. This is part of the culture of people committed to socialism and communism–of which the “climate change” movement is now an integral part. The point of socialism/communism/climate changism isn’t to “make everyone equal” and “bring justice to the oppressed” and “share the wealth”; the point of it all is to make everyone poor, so that those at the top can enjoy luxuries. People like former President Obama just cannot enjoy a good wine, or a nice steak dinner, if they know that the “lesser” people of the world–thanks to the free market–can enjoy the same things. It tastes so much sweeter to people of his ilk if he knows he can enjoy something that is denied to millions and billions of others.

The greediest, most grasping businessman who makes his living in the marketplace has an incentive to make his customers better off–because then they can purchase more of the goods and services he has to offer. The Michael Milkens of the world are more noble by far than the FDRs.

President Trump decides not to move the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Shouldn’t be surprising; he’s not following through with several of his campaign promises (which is a good thing, in some cases).

President Trump promises to soak up all those pesky dollars available for loans. Now, businesses and investors don’t have to worry about finding the funds for their investments, because they won’t be there.

Stuff Going On — 05/05/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2017 by cavalier973

The former French Socialist Party member who created his own political party is in the lead in the race for President of France against his French Nationalist rival. He will win, of course, because the polls are never wrong, manipulated, misinterpreted, etc., etc., etc…

Man charges into a restaurant, shoots the manager, then is shot himself by a patron. The news report describes the second fellow as a “Good Samaritan”, but I think “Heroic Defender” is a more apt description. Who can say how many other lives he saved? Prayers for the family of the restaurant manager.

President Trump signed an executive order that had something to do with religious liberty, kinda sorta…

There were over 200,000 jobs created in the U.S. of A. in April. Cue Mr. Wenzel’s taunting of the “Austrian Lites”.

Trump’s Tax Reform

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , on April 26, 2017 by cavalier973

Discussion by Robert Wenzel, here.

Chicago violence

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2012 by cavalier973

Robert Wenzel nails it:
“The last desperate act of the defender of government is to claim that without government wild shootouts and robberies will be a regular occurrence.”