Here are my observations on the news of the day.
THE OBAMA LIES – Most of us recall President Obama’s lies about ObamaCare, but I suspect few of you remember these responses he gave Fox’s Chris Wallace on April 10, 2016 when pressed on whether he directed Attorney General Loretta Lynch to protect Hillary Clinton:
“I do not talk the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line, and always maintained it as president.
“I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case.
“Nobody gets treated differently when it come to the Justice Department because nobody is above the law.”?
THAT SOUNDS GOOD, but new evidence has come to light from the latest release of text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that question Obama’s supposed arms-length, or “strict line” operating procedure. If that were so, why would Page send this text to Strzok on September 2, 2016, two months before the conclusion of the Clinton and Trump presidential campaigns:
“POTUS (president of the United States) want to know everything we’re doing.”
I have often written that President Obama would never sign his name to a directive that could later be considered to be a “smoking gun” … a “there there” … to tie him to saving Hillary from being indicted.
However, I don’t imagine he expected two FBI lovers to name him in a text that would reveal his interest in Hillary being elected, recognizing that there would be no investigations involving the Obama administration by a Clinton Justice Department.
READING ABOUT ROB PORTER the secretary to President Trump, who resigned following the revelation that he abused his two previous wives, is quite disturbing, but after reading how the Daily Mail broke the story, I began to wonder if this was another lead made possible by an FBI leak. Could this be the FBI’s way of responding to the anti-FBI information in the Nunes Memo? We know there are a number of holdover deep state anti-Trump people in the FBI. We know they were aware of the wives’ charges against Porter for the better part of year as evidenced by the purposeful delay in approving his security clearance.
In essence, could this have been the FBI sending Trump a message – “Okay, you want to air our dirty laundry in public … we can play that game too, and you will wind up getting burned,” suggests The Future of Capialism.com. Just a theory.
“UM, OKAY” – Those were the words of Brandon Morse when he heard about and wrote that two Venezuelans, Alex and Daniela Velez, will leave America if Congress does not reach a deal on DACA to protect them. “I want to leave on my terms,” says Alex, “I’m not going to be waiting for anyone to come for me.” UM. Okay. So long.
FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS we have been told by those intellectuals at MSNBC, the New York Times and, of course, The Washington Post that daring to question the FBI’s actions was unpatriotic and a national security risk. These are the same people who thought investigating Watergate and printing the Pentagon Papers was the patriotic thing to do as I pointed out in my February 4, 2018 piece on The Post.
Or, as Charles Glasser recently wrote, “These are the same hypocrites who are wetting themselves over Meryl Streep’s performance in The Post, when such questions were unheard of.” We are in the news business. We are entitled to know.
THIS COULD BE GOOD NEWS – If the Senate confirms President Trump’s nomination of Charles Rettig, a California attorney, to run the Internal Revenue Service. Rettig’s law firm has focused on tax controversies, defending taxpayers in conflicts with the IRS, including conservative organizations that were targeted by previous IRS bureaucrats.
ANOTHER LIBERAL PROF REVEALED – Speaking at a public event on “The Rule of Law in a Time of Polarization” at Northeastern University, Barry Bluestone, a professor of political economy in the university’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, provided more evidence of the liberal bent of our university and college faculties.
“This president that we have is really out of control … sometimes I want to just see him impeached,” Bluestone remarked, “Other times, quite honestly – I hope there are no FBI agents here – I wouldn’t mind seeing him dead.”
While Bluestone said he was not advocating acts of violence, he wants people to “rise up and oppose” Trump, who he referred to as a “plutocratic fascist.”
The university released the usual “Professor Bluestone’s comments do not reflect the views of Northeastern University” statement, and announced that it had removed the video of the two-hour forum from the school website.
POOR GEORGE – I recall when the late Ann Richards, Governor of Texas, while speaking at the DNC National Convention in 1988, jokingly said, “Poor George … he can’t help it … he was born with a silver foot in his mouth,” If she were alive today, you can imagine the media seeking her out to comment on George W. Bush’s latest gaffe.
While speaking at a summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, was in the process of criticizing President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program, Bush stooped to the tired old saying – “There are people willing to do jobs that Americans won’t do. – when he added, “Americans don’t want to pick cotton at 105 degrees.”
Surely, Bush knows that Texas is the leading cotton-producing state, producing about 25 percent of the entire U.S. crop. Cotton contributes over $1 billion to the Texas economy, ranking just behind beef production.
Apparently he doesn’t know that modern cotton-picking machines, operated by a farmer who rides in an air-conditioned cab with stereo music, can do the work of hundreds of migrant workers.