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May 31, 2018

The Morning Report 5/31/18

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Good morning kids. Thursday and the top story is the succumbing of Trey Gowdy to a bad case of swamp fever. It had been a slow and agonizing illness. That is, slow and agonizing to the American people who once looked to him as a wicked-smart conservative legal eagle and defender of the Constitution. But after a series of bad haircuts and questionable sartorial decisions (not to mention being nothing more than a tough-talking blowhard when you get right down to it), he decided it would be better to be seated on a panel with Kaptain Kristol, the cruise director than serve the people. His defense of the FBI for its criminal spying on the Trump campaign was just the absolute last straw. Mark Levin, who at one point IIRC was an ally of the man, lit into him as did Rush Limbaugh, albeit mellower as is his wont.

Although we are still not privy to many of the details, the facts are undeniable: the top echelons of our Federal law enforcement and intelligence communities led an illegal, covert spying operation against an American presidential candidate with the intent of sabotaging the campaign. After that failed, the goal was to manufacture false evidence of a crime to oust and/or kneecap him as a means of covering up their crime. The only thing yet to be confirmed is was all of this at the behest or direct involvement of Barack Obama and/or Hillary Clinton.

For Trey Gowdy, who is a seasoned prosecutor as well as a veteran of Washington DC to not only not see this but to effectively parrot James Comey, James Clapper and John Brennan means he is either incredibly stupid or gallingly duplicitous. It's the latter, and considering who I had thought he was for the past few years makes his betrayal that much more bitter a pill to swallow. And now, those of us with TV will have to endure this two-faced Judas for a long time to come. Meh. It's Washington.

Still, the phony witch hunt grinds on. In stating he wants Mueller to wrap it up before the Midterms, Rudy Giuliani is either really dumb (and he ain't) or prepping the rhetorical battle space, there's a report that Deep State stooge Andrew McCabe wrote the memo about firing Comey, a 2012 Holder memo of guidelines about these kinds of investigations during election season may (or may not) loom large as November draws near and Daniel Greenfield has another good piece about conspiracy theories and it turns out the FBI violated its own rules in recruiting the spy. No comment from Gowdy on that one, I guess.

Meanwhile, noted horticulture enthusiast and woman abuser Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on rape (as in "rape-rape") charges and Ann Coulter ties him in nicely with his pals the Clinton Crime Family.

In immigration, it turns out those poor illegal alien kids kept in cages were actually paid $670 a week out of your tax dollars, and a dreamy twice-deported illegal alien is accused of killing a teen while driving drunk. Thou shalt have open borders, eh Tom Donahue? Segueing nicely into politics, the President has tagged Nancy Palsi as "MS-13 lover" which is going to definitely leave a mark considering the RNC ad I linked to yesterday. Brutal, baby. A GOP congressman from Virginia citing his alcoholism will not seek reelection, and Barack Obama really is a disturbed, narcissistic little titty-baby, isn't he?

Some good analysis of the frightening situation of Tommy Robinson, who is effectively a political prisoner inside the land that gave us Magna Carta and the Scottish Enlightenment. Also, discussion of the rank hypocrisy of the Media vis a vis the treatment of the President and the weaponization of Roseanne Barr's remarks on Valerie Jarrett's lineage.

On the international scene, Secretary of State Pompeo sat down for dinner with the NorK representative ahead of a full day of preparatory meetings for the upcoming summit between PDT and Whoa, Fat!, some analysis from IBD about the Italian electoral crisis and its effect on the markets and some takeaways about Israel's response to the latest round of Hamas attacks from Gaza. Unlinked but noteworthy was Nikki Haley's ripping of the UN for its silence about Hamas. And see the link about The Economist.

Related to the latter in the Islam section, our efforts in Afghanistan, a sad yet unsurprising report from the State Department and a related Mark Steyn essay from 2010 that I really recommend. Depressing as hell but a necessary read IMHO for a host of reasons.

Looking to home, we have a slew of good news. Scott Pruitt is bullish on oil production, SCOTUS gave a huge win for the pro-life movement, PDT has signed a bill giving broad access to experimental drugs for critically ill people, Justice Gorsuch may have signaled a huge decision in neutering the power of rogue Hawaiian judges and airline pilots have shocked the Teamsters and organized labor by voting to decertify their union.

From hither and yon, we have links about two new documentaries; one a Wim Wenders propaganda piece about Francis the Talking Pope and another dismantling a new cinematic fable about the Pentagon Papers. Finally, the great Shelby Steele rips the race hustlers preying upon and perpetuating white guilt for fun and profit.

On a personal note, I will be away tomorrow and Monday, so behave until I see you back here on Tuesday.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.


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