Don’t give up on GOP … Flynn case not closed yet … Porter is gone, but … the Rice CYA e-mail … the bias Associated Press … sickening Olympic coverage … Holder still wrong … and surprising coverage from CNBC

Here are my observations on some of the news of the day.

I’VE ABOUT HAD IT with all of the negative commentary on big-spending Republicans and what it will do to the nation’s debt. The media cites voters who might ask – ‘They’re the party of fiscal responsibility … we didn’t give them the majority to spend us into oblivion.’ They follow with criticism of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for caving to the demands of Sen. Chuck Schumer.

But the bias media knows that the majority in the Senate goes only so far. Sixty votes were required to provide needed funds to restore the strength of our military, suffering from an eight-year deterioration the Obama administration, and the GOP has just 51. The importance of that funding made it necessary to negotiate with the opposition, which unfortunately resulted in spending beyond the needs of the military.

I would advise voters, who are concerned with what may appear to be a party that has abandoned its long-held position of fiscal responsibility, ensure that all Republican Senators be re-elected in November. And recognize the opportunity to give the GOP a 60-vote majority by denying re-election to the 10 Democrat Senators.

Columnist Byron York (zimbio.com)

BYRON YORK, columnist for the Washington Examiner and frequent guest on Fox News Channel, has written a very interesting timeline on the Michael Flynn case. Why is it that former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers that his agents did not believe that Flynn lied, but nine months later – with Comey gone – was Flynn charged with one count of making a false statement?

“… to outside observers, mystery still surrounds the case,” writes York, “and there is still a lot to learn about it.”

I wouldn’t ignore the role disgraced deputy attorney general Sally Yates (an Obama holdover) played in bringing the focus back on Flynn. If interested, I highly recommend you read York’s column in its entirety by clicking here.

ROB PORTER, former secretary to President Trump, resigned after it was disclosed that he had abused two previous wives. He’s gone, and no longer on the taxpayers’ payroll. But that’s not enough for the media. They have to know who knew what, and when. I ask, why?

Democrats in Congress, too, aren’t satisfied that Porter is no longer in the White House. They questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray today on the investigation and reporting timeline on Porter to the White House, obviously desiring to embarrass the Trump administration.

Where were these determined media people when we wanted answers to the Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS and Clinton e-mail and Foundation scandals? Crickets.

HOW MANY OF THOSE LIBERAL MEDIA INQUISITORS do you think will be as vigorous in their pursuit of answers to the thinking behind the recent revelation that former national security advisor Susan Rice sent an e-mail to herself? Why did she feel the need to produce an e-mail detailing a meeting of Obama, Rice, Yates and others as a reminder that the on-going investigation of Russian influence be done “by the book?”

MEDIA BIAS AT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS was revealed by Fox contributor Stephen Miller, noting the AP’s reporting that Trump’s $4.4 trillion spending plan “features soaring deficits.”   In 2015, however, the AP didn’t offer the same deficit criticism while seemingly praising Obama for his budget “pledging help for the middle class,” while noting in 2016 that Obama funding was aimed to “combat terror threats and global warming.”

AND IN ITS COVERAGE AT THE OLYMPICS in South Korea, the media is doing its best to deny that North Korea is perhaps the most brutal regime in the world today with headlines like these of Kim Jung Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, who is representing North Korea at the games:

The Washington Post: “The Ivanka Trump of North Korea captivates people in the South.”

CNN: Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics”

YAHOO: “Kim Yo Jong, N. Korea’s political princess”

BBC: “Kim Jong Un’s sister, Sweet but with a tomboy streak”

All this while criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for meeting with North Korean defectors and hosting Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto, who died as a result of torture at the hands of the North Koreans.

“It’d be nice to say that the American media doesn’t hate this country,” writes Ben Domenech in The Federalist, “It’d be nice to claim that the American press, while maintaining objectivity and balancing against bias, is still inherently American – that they are patriots who love this country even as they report on its defects.”

FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL Eric Holder says the Trump administration was wrong to have apologized to the conservative organizations caught-up in the IRS targeting scandal. Best known for being held in contempt of Congress for failing to answer questions regarding the Obama administration’s Fast and Furious gun-running scheme, Holder claimed the IRS people were cleared of wrongdoing.

His probe cleared the IRS, saying there was bungling, there was no ill intent, and Lois Lerner was actually a hero in that she reported the bad practices when she spotted them.

Wrong. She was involved in a major CYA, and skated with her pension.

While the DOJ has officially apologized to the mistreated organizations and provided a settlement, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) wants Lerner prosecuted.

CNBC ONLINE commentary by Jake Novak indicates that “voters are starting to become more positive about the economy and more willing to give Trump credit for it.” Despite that revelation, the networks are still hesitant to give the president credit for anything.

Courtesy imgkid.com

The business network reviewed polls by Quinnipiac, which showed an upward trend in Trump’s approval rating, but considered a statement by pollster/statistician Nate Silver as “major news.”

“This seems important … it’s not just that voters increasingly know how Trump is handling the economy,” said Silver, “but also that they’re giving him more credit for it instead of treating it as having been inherited from Obama.”

“What is new is that the voters are showing more than ever that they don’t need to like a president or a political party to support their perceived success,” concludes Novak, “That means that the Democrats may be concentrating their fire on the wrong target. Trump has endured maximum character assassination for years.”

Knowing the players in the real collusion in the DOJ and FBI will help you understand the anti-Trump game

Remember how hawkers used to shout out – “Git your program here! … Ya can’t tell the players widout a program,” when you attended a sporting event? It’s getting that difficult with the players in the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Continue reading

PC madness … Susan Rice’s advice … Benghazi probe gets boost … Trump administration stonewalls … IRS targeting continues … and another tale of ‘the swamp’

Here are my observations on selected items in the news.

One of three schools in Portland, Oregon that will be renamed. (Thatcher Schmid for the LA Times)

YOU JUST CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP – The Centennial School District in Portland, Oregon voted last week to change the names of three of their elementary schools – Lynch View, Lynch Wood, and Lynch Meadows – in response to some parents and school officials who believed “lynch” is a bleak reminder of a time in America when blacks were publicly hanged – lynched – by white mobs and the KKK. One name change document stated that “the Lynch school names have proven to be a disruption in the learning environment for our increasingly diverse student population.”

Never mind that they were originally named after pioneering berry farmers Patrick and Catherine Lynch, Irish homesteaders, who initially donated land to build a one-room school house in 1900. Officials were so pleased with that donation and a subsequent bargain land sale by the Lynches that they named the whole district Lynch, which became Centennial in 1976 when it merged with another district.

Incidentally, a survey of Lynch school alums revealed that 360 were opposed to the name changes, while just 17 favored the changes. (Rick Anderson, LA Times.com)

SUSAN RICE OFFERS ADVICE ON NORTH KOREA – Who asked her? The leftist CNN, of course. “History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea,” Rice said, “the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War.”

Surely, she realizes that was a different time with a Soviet leader in Nikita Khrushchev, who was a far cry from Kim Jung Un. Under a strategy of mutually assured destruction, neither the U.S. and Soviet Union wanted to launch nuclear weapons.

Only a national security failure like Rice would come up with a silly comparison like that. Serving as ambassador to the UN and former President Obama’s top national security advisor, Rice admitted to the failure of the Obama administration to stop North Korea from building its nuclear weapons capability. Of course, she also blamed other administrations (those of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush) who were not able to stop it.

BEEN THERE DONE THAT – “Each administration,” she said, “tried a range of measures, from sanctions and pressure, cooperation with China, and other methods we shouldn’t speak about on television, to no avail.

“The fact of the matter is, that despite all of those efforts, the North Korean regime has been able to succeed in progressing with its program, both nuclear and missile,” Rice noted, “That’s a very unfortunate outcome. But we are where we are, and we now need to decide how to proceed.”

Why, despite all of her failures, including her Sunday news show lies about Benghazi, does Rice think the current administration is interested in her advice, but in a New York Times op-ed she offers that “President Trump should soften his rhetoric and accept a nuclear North Korea.”

SPEAKING OF BENGHAZI – The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s cover-up of the terrorist attack on our compound there that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including our ambassador, got a boost this week by Washington D.C. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta. The judge ordered the State Department to search the state.gov e-mail accounts of Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jacob Sullivan, former aides to Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state, in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act query.

While this may finally result in more answers about the Benghazi scandal and Clinton’s involvement, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton remarked that “It is remarkable that we had to battle both the Obama and Trump administrations to break through the State Department’s Benghazi stonewall. Why are Secretary Tillerson and Attorney General Sessions wasting taxpayer dollars protecting Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration?”

THAT MAKES FOUR STONEWALLS supported by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In earlier posts, I wrote about two – the Lynch-Clinton meeting document redacting, and the failure to reveal which Obama staffers did unmasking of whom – now he’s forcing Judicial Watch to fight for the Benghazi papers. The fourth involves the protection of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and Lois Lerner, who stonewalled searches for documents covering their treatment of conservative organizations seeking tax exempt status. You may recall that Lerner took the Fifth Amendment during Congressional testimony and is now enjoying her government pension. Unbelievably, Obama-appointee Koskinen still holds down the IRS position under President Trump.

THE IRS TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVE non-profit organizations continues under the Trump administration, according to Kimberly A. Strassel of The Wall Street Journal. She recently reported that Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Sound Government, told her that nothing has changed since Trump came into office. His organization has been funding a class action suit in Ohio federal court on behalf of groups targeted by the IRS, at a cost so far of $3 million. He’s now fighting the DOJ (Sessions) which has refused to turn over documents or make witnesses available for depositions. The Texas Patriots Tea Party continues to fight the IRS after five years of stonewalling.

ANOTHER TALE FROM THE WASHINGTON SWAMP – Most likely, you’ve never heard of Paige Herwig. She was a counsellor to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch (aka Elisabeth Carlisle) at the time Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton in her airplane, parked in Phoenix. Herwig’s name popped-up several times in the 417 pages of meeting documents recently obtained by Judicial Watch.

As often happens in “the Swamp,” bureaucrats resurface in another position. Herwig now serves as deputy general counsel for the minority (Democrats) on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she will have access to all investigative documents, including those with communications between her and her former boss, Lynch (Carlisle). Isn’t that just great?