Mueller - A Noble Public Servant or A Sleaze Job Report-Maker?

Posted by Keeley on April 19, 2019 at 2:35 PM

As legal experts like Andrew McCarthy at National Review and former law clerk and professor Margo Cleveland at The Federalist have pointed out over the last year or two, there is a special procedure with rules and regulations governing a special counsel like Mueller and key to those rules and regulations is this:

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Notre Dame and a Faith We Once Shared

Posted by Keeley on April 17, 2019 at 5:47 PM

As I watched in shock the images of Notre Dame's roof and spire collapsing in flames on what must have been until then a lovely spring evening in Paris, I found myself thinking of France and its role in our history. And my history as well.

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Assange Detained Just as Mueller Report to be Released

Posted by Keeley on April 12, 2019 at 4:40 PM

One wonders if Hillary Clinton had been elected president what Julian Assange's status would have been among left-wing journalists who are now denouncing him as a criminal who's getting his due in court as soon as he's extradited to America. Yes, Wikileaks was no friend of the Clinton campaign since at least the summer of 2016, but would he have been prosecuted anyway?

Yes, he likely would have.

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Iran is Getting Nuclear Waivers From the State Department

Posted by Keeley on April 9, 2019 at 5:45 PM

The constitution gives the president of America responsibility for and control over key parts of foreign policy. That is, it gives the power to negotiate treaties with other foreign states to the executive and its chief executive officer, the president. While Congress - both in terms of declaring war and advice and consent - has a key role in foreign policy, treaties themselves are clearly the prerogative of the executive power in America.

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Why the Saudis Bear Watching - Hint: 16 Nuclear Power Plants in the Desert

Posted by Keeley on April 8, 2019 at 3:48 PM

Apparently, Saudi Arabia needs nuclear power plants, and Rick Perry is happy to authorize a few of them. In secret, or at least attempt to do so. Here's Reuters last week:

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has approved six secret authorizations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, according to a copy of a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
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What Jerry & the Democrats Care About

Posted by Keeley on April 5, 2019 at 3:12 PM

Here's what you need to know about the Democrats subpoena threat with regard to AG Barr's release of the Mueller Report in mid-April. It's entirely partisan. Here's Morgan Chalfant and Olivia Beavers writing in The Hill (hardly a pro-Trump media outfit):

Democrats are desperate to get the report, particularly after the White House touted Barr's principal findings of the 22-month probe as an exoneration of President Trump.
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Yes America - There is a Border Crisis

Posted by Keeley on April 3, 2019 at 12:55 PM

It would seem there is indeed a crisis at the Southern Border. And it has to do with two things: a surge in illegals trying to cross; and as most are realizing, a change in who is crossing or trying to cross the border. Here's Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council in an interview with WMAL's Vince Coglianese:

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Could Healthcare Kill Russia Probe Compulsive Disorder?

Posted by Keeley on March 29, 2019 at 12:09 PM

The Fifth Circuit - an apparently conservative and fairly daring circuit if legal commentators are to be believed - has resumed hearing Texas v. Azar. This is the case which produced Fort Worth Texas Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling that Congress's removal of the penalty (or mandate) of the ACA left the act with no leg to stand on, because of Chief Justice Roberts' reasoning back in 2012, where he described the mandate as a tax and therefore concluded the ACA was constitutional.

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Avenatti versus Smollett - Two Cases of Justice

Posted by Keeley on March 28, 2019 at 6:53 PM

Michael Avenatti is accused - among other things like evading taxes and financial fraud in obtaining a multi-million-dollar loan - of trying to extort a cool $20 million from Nike. It seems to be based on the threat of exposing some sort of inverted, pay-to-play scheme where high school basketball stars would get paid by the multinational, presumably under the table as it would make them pro's and therefore disqualify them.

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Mueller Report - Are We in a Pre-Pulitzer Age of Journalism Again?

Posted by Keeley on March 26, 2019 at 2:42 PM

While Carl Bernstein says the Russiagate story is alive and well because there's lots of investigations and stories still going on - most of which have zero to do with Russia and the Trump campaign - the real Woodward/Bernstein of the collapsing Russia narrative is, in fact, Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi.

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Beto Stop Apologizing - Privacy is Dead

Posted by Keeley on March 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Axios Codebook, (Axios' other newsletter that features a more tech perspective rather than Mike Allen's more traditionally political newsletter), has an interesting take on Beto O'Rourke's apparent past as a member of a Texas-based hacking group in the late 80's and early 90's.

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The Banishment of Peterson by Cambridge Divinity

Posted by Keeley on March 21, 2019 at 5:55 PM

Cambridge School of Divinity has cancelled Professor Jordan Peterson's visiting fellowship because his view doesn't accord with theirs. Because Peterson laments the loss of religious meaning in the West - especially that of Christianity - and its replacement by precisely the creed that will not share an academic space with a non-believer of that creed.

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Senator Anning Meet Leen Dweik

Posted by Keeley on March 19, 2019 at 9:03 PM

Apparently, Queensland's Senator Fraser Anning is not a pacifist liberal. At some sort of a public event (hardly a very crowded one from the viral video - there seemed to be more cameramen than public) he was egged by some kid protesting his comments on how Muslim immigration was a cause of events like the New Zealand shooting. The Senator from Queensland whose motto is about fighting for rural voters swung round and took a punch at the kid who's half his size and then took another when the kid half-heartedly tried to defend himself. The kid ended up on the floor in a headlock by either security or supporters of Senator Anning.

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Beto Should Drive Through Baltimore

Posted by Keeley on March 15, 2019 at 5:13 PM

Beto is in the race and for the Man from El Paso, it's all about immigration. One suspects he coveted the presidential race from the moment he realized he had a Texas-sized fundraising machine fairly early during the race for the Senate seat held by Ted Cruz. But he insists that his most recent awakening was due to the protest rally (is it ok to call it an alt-rally?) on the border at El Paso while President Trump was speaking nearby. The people need me to fight for open borders, or something like that, seems to be his raison d'etre.

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Shining a Harsh Light in the Valley of the Vile Cartoons

Posted by Keeley on March 11, 2019 at 1:30 PM

There is a recent cartoon penned by the radical and raging Eli Valley which drips with the sort of hatred that Nazi propagandists fed on when creating their horrifying caricatures of Jewish people back in the 30's. Clearly, this form of extreme anti-Semitism has roots that run deeper in Western culture and go much further back in history than mid-20th century Germany. And clearly Eli Valley is perfectly aware of the acidic irony involved in his vile attack on Meghan McCain. He's the son of a conservative rabbi, (which does not mean his dad necessarily voted GOP, to be pedantic about the use of the word "conservative" in this context). But he is an extremist who is fighting his own crusade against that part of American and Western thought that disagrees with him, which happens to be a rather large part, thank God.

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