I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 5 of the series

It’s only August, over a year before the next election, and the buzz is already ramping up. Stuff is coming at me faster than I can file it, and the best thing is I don’t have to make any of it up. It comes free of charge from an employee of the United States government. Recently:

Donald J. Trump <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Aug 1 at 3:06 AMJohn,

The 2020 Democratic Primary has turned into a complete SOCIALIST CIRCUS.

Democrats are infuriated by all of OUR incredible accomplishments over the last few years.

They’ve resorted to supporting big government SOCIALIST policies like open borders and raising taxes on working-class Americans just to try to pander to their radical left-wing base.

Last night made it clear that America NEEDS another Trump victory in 2020. With YOUR help, I know that we will win BIG in 2020 and continue our fight to Keep America Great.

Your guess is as good as mine what is meant by “incredible accomplishments.” Maybe we should examine some of them.

  • Worked with the Republican Congress to pass tax legislation that guaranteed to increase the deficit and to deepen the national debt.
  • Worked mightily at disassembling the Affordable Care Act.
  • Hired multiple political cronies and sycophants with no aptitude for the job and who subsequently to be fired or else resigned in disgrace.
  • Wrecked trade relations with stable trading partners, devastating areas of business that depend on foreign customers and suppliers.
  • Cozied up to foreign tyrants in private conversations not recorded for subsequent review and analysis.
  • Reversed years of accomplishments at improving the nation’s environmental quality.

Mr. President, in the future if you have plans for any more “incredible accomplishments,” will you please run them by a junior high school civics teacher for analysis first? I will be most grateful.

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 4 of the series

And I may not need to remind you that I do not need to make this stuff up. There is a highly paid government employee who makes this stuff up for me. Here is something recent:

Donald Trump Jr. <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com

Jul 30 at 4:28 PMJohn,

The Democrats have become the party that:

  • Hates the American Flag and praises Antifa
  • Prioritizes illegal immigrants, at the expense of American people
  • Hates Israel and promotes terrorism
  • Chooses BIG GOVERNMENT socialism over American prosperity
  • And would rather see America Fail, than my father succeed

Their dangerous agenda would be a DISASTER for America if they were ever given the power to implement it. It’s up to YOU to make sure that doesn’t happen.We can’t sit by and let our country be overrun by big-government Socialists like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden or members of the America-last caucus like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.

That is an impressive load the First Child is dumping on the political opposition. I’m guessing he was in a hurry and he forgot how much we want to erect a statue honoring Charles Manson. But let’s take one of his salient points and expand on it. “Hates the American flag and praises Antifa.” Who is it who hates the American flag and praises anti-American factions?

Don Jr., please send me another one of these. But wait until I finish laughing.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 16 of a continuing series

This series is getting to be more fun than the law allows. Catch me if you can, but here comes some more. From my in-box:

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
May 23 at 12:38 PM

John,

While President Trump continues working day and night to Make America Great Again, Democrats continue to do the only thing they know how, OBSTRUCT.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have made it clear that ordering more bogus taxpayer-funded WITCH HUNTS is much more important to them than working on behalf of the American people.

Even after the Mueller Report totally EXONERATED President Trump, Nancy Pelosi said just this week that, “We believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.” She simply can’t accept the facts and is fishing in empty waters.

We have one quick question for you, John. Do you think Democrats should quit obstructing President Trump’s progress and end the Witch Hunt? President Trump wants to hear from you.

I love it when my president addresses me by my first name. He has not yet offered to pay me $130,000, but I’m patient.

There’s a lot in there, but I will leave it for readers to unpack. Here’s my favorite part: “Even after the Mueller Report totally EXONERATED President Trump…” By that definition I hope I never get so exonerated.

Manafort recalled that Trump responded that Manafort should keep Trump updated. Deputy campaign manager Rick Gates said that Manafort was getting pressure about[+ + + + +]information and that Manafort instructed Gates[+ + + + +]status updates on upcoming releases. Around the same time, Gates was with Trump on a trip to an airport [+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +]. and shortly after the call ended, Trump told Gates that more releases of damaging information would be coming. [+ + + + + + + + +] were discussed within the Campaign, and in the summer of, the Campaign was planning a communications strategy based on the possible release of Clinton emails by WikiLeaks.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

Trump called White House Lawyer Don McGahn in June 2017 and told him to tell the acting attorney general that Mueller had to be removed.

“McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre,” Mueller’s team wrote, referring to the night when President Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire a special prosecutor, triggering a cascade of resignations.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

After Michael Cohen, his former lawyer and self-described fixer, pleaded guilty and implicated the president in a scheme to break campaign finance laws, Trump deemed him a “rat” and called for Cohen’s father-in-law to be investigated for unnamed crimes.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

Yes, Bob Mueller, please do not exonerate me.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 15 of a continuing series

I receive these almost daily. They are among the things that get me out of bed in the morning. Let’s start with the first of two.

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
May 25 at 3:06 PM

John,

The FAKE NEWS media efforts to lie about all of President Trump’s incredible accomplishments aren’t fooling the American people.

A new poll just released shows President Trump’s approval rating is the highest it’s been in over two years.

The Trump Presidency has led to rampant economic growth, millions of new jobs, and a foreign policy that puts America First. No wonder he’s so popular!

Golly! That is wonderful news, Mr. President. Who knows. Someday your popularity will approach 50%. But stop right there. If you would like to be popular with more than half of the population, then there is a way. It involves tar and feathers, but it would draw large crowds. Give it a thought.

Here’s number two.

Eric Trump <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
May 25 at 10:08 AM

John,

If there’s one thing we can always count on from the Democrats and the FAKE NEWS media, it’s that they will ALWAYS lie to try and get ahead.

You’ve seen it. Every day, they spout lies about my father, my family, his administration, and the nation.

Remember when they attack President Trump, they’re really attacking YOU, John.

Eric Trump. Notice, Eric Trump. It’s not the president contacting me, it’s Eric Trump, second son of the president, and, as Wikipedia notes, head of the Trump criminal enterprise:

A fourth generation businessman (following his great-grandmother Elizabeth, grandfather Fred, and father), he currently serves as a trustee and executive vice president of The Trump Organization, running the company alongside his older brother Donald Jr. He also served as a boardroom judge on his father’s TV show The Apprentice.

Eric Trump is under United States Attorney for the District of Columbia‘s investigation along with Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump in their role their father’s inauguration.

Breathtaking!

Yes. Yes! The Eric Trump who will in the future appear before us in an orange jump suit has contacted me to warn about people spreading lies and FAKE NEWS and soon to be attacking me personally.

This site is, if nothing else, fair. To that end I present some of the FAKE NEWS the second son has advised about.

All right. That’s enough of the FAKE NEWS for today. Eric, let me know when they schedule your sentencing date. I will be there for you.

Codswallop 201

Number 7 in a series

Maybe I should change the title of this series. By now the codswallop has reached postgraduate level. For continuity I will stick with 201. Here is something about Hillsdale College from Wikipedia:

Hillsdale College is a private college in Hillsdale, Michigan. Founded in 1844 by devout abolitionists known as Free Will Baptists, it has a liberal arts curriculum that is based on the Western heritage as a product of both the Greco-Roman culture and the Judeo-Christian tradition. Hillsdale requires every student, regardless of major, to complete a core curriculum that includes courses on the Great Books, U.S. Constitution, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Since the late 20th century, the college has been one of several in the U.S. that declines to accept federal financial support, instead depending entirely on private donations.

That sounds fair enough as far as it goes. Most recently under the leadership of Larry P. Arnn the public face of the college has come to embrace the seamiest side of American politics, going the full monty for right wing American ideology and particularly for the Donald Trump. This is apparent from the selection of speakers the college hosts and from the editorial content of their newsletter Imprimis. Here is a recent presentation:

Russian Collusion?

Mollie Hemingway
Senior Editor, The Federalist

Mollie Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist and a Fox News contributor. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has been a Philips Foundation Journalism Fellow, a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, and a Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Journalism at Hillsdale College. She has written for numerous publications, including The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, and Christianity Today, and is the author of Trump vs. the Media.

he following is adapted from a speech delivered on September 7, 2017, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

We keep being told that President Trump is not normal. This much has been blindingly obvious. He had never run for office or otherwise served in a public capacity. He has been accused, not without reason, of breaking all manner of political norms. America’s most nontraditional president was never going to conduct business as usual from the West Wing. Less than a year into his first term, he has already caused much anguish in Washington. This should be no surprise—while running for office Trump repeatedly promised to “drain the swamp” and shake things up. Americans knew who they were voting for, and history will judge the results.

That said, Trump’s nascent presidency has coincided with perhaps the greatest violation of political norms this country has ever seen—a violation that has nothing to do with Trump’s behavior. Since the election last November, there has been a sustained, coordinated attack on Trump’s legitimacy as president following his victory in a free and fair election. This has the potential to cause far more lasting damage to America than Trump’s controversial style.

Democratic operatives and their media allies attempted to explain Trump’s victory with a claim they had failed to make stick during the general election: Trump had nefarious ties to Russia. This was a fertile area for allegations, if for no other reason than that Trump had been reluctant to express criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin. By contrast, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly condemned Russia’s 2011 elections, saying they were “neither free nor fair” and expressing “serious concerns” about them. She publicly called for a full investigation while meeting with top Russian officials. This made Putin livid. “Mr. Putin said that hundreds of millions of dollars in ‘foreign money’ was being used to influence Russian politics, and that Mrs. Clinton had personally spurred protesters to action,” The New York Times reported.

You wanna embrace the golden calf?
Ankle, and thigh, and upper half?
Here it is!
I mean, here it is!

We can only guess Millie Hemingway was awash in the Kool-Aid at the time. To be fair, the speech was presented in September 2017, barely seven months into the Trump presidency. However, this was long after the crimes of the Trump administration had become manifest, including the revelation President Trump’s national security advisor had been working back deals with the Russian government and had lied about it when questioned by the FBI. This was also months after President Trump fired FBI director James Comey when the Director refused to back off on the investigation of fired Director Michael Flynn. In the intervening months much additional has emerged, detailing the corruption of Donald Trump and also his administration. You might think Hillsdale, and by association Larry Arnn, would have moderated its support in light of the knowledge. You would be wrong. I was alerted to this Imprimis item by the following sponsored post on my Facebook feed.

What is impossible to escape is the once-reputable Hillsdale College has become a sounding board for the most corrupt administration in our history. We can wonder how future studies at Hillsdale will treat this period of the school’s history.

Breitbart Mentality

Number 9

No surprise—I subscribe to Breitbart News. Stuff drops into my in-box almost daily, some of it most interesting—such as the above. Their RINO Watch feature details Republicans who don’t tow the line, hence RINO—Republican In Name Only.

I need to pause for a moment. Who is to say who is a Republican and who is not? Apparently Breitbart has taken on the task. Here they conclude Republican Congressman Justin Amash, representing Michigan’s 3rd District is not a real Republican. How does Breitbart reach this conclusion? I’m guessing from the headline the Congressman is not a true Republican because he sees real crime in what the president is doing. Here’s an excerpt from the story:

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), the first congressional Republican to accuse President Donald Trump of engaging in “impeachment” acts, doubled down Monday, claiming those who assert the president did not commit any crimes are relying on “several falsehoods.”

In a series of tweets, Amash claimed special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on now-debunked collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russa did, in fact, reveal the president acted illegally, arguing that “obstruction of justice does not require the prosecution of an underlying crime.”

That is a most surprising conclusion, considering the Twitter post they quote:

People who say there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation—and therefore cannot be impeached—are resting their argument on several falsehoods:

As our president is fond of saying, “No confusion, no collusion.” Congressman Amash does not mention collusion in his post. So where does Breitbart pull “collusion” out of all this? Don’t ask me to go there. This is not the real world. This is Breitbart Mentality at work.

The Golden Shower

Number 37 of a Series

A couple kisses in front of graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, on the walls of a bar in the old town in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

The salacious accounts of Donald Trump’s activities in a Moscow hotel room are not directly related to this story, but the uproar surrounding the Steele Dossier adds some background:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Apparently, this research, developed as part of an endeavor to dig up dirt on prospective candidate Trump, rippled forward from that time like a row of falling dominoes, culminating in the assignment of a special counsel to investigate Russian activities related to the 2016 election and ultimately to a report from that investigation released in March:

Cohen recalled speaking with Trump after the press conference about Trump’s denial of any business dealings in Russia, which Cohen regarded as untrue.1326 Trump told Cohen that Trump Tower Moscow was not a deal yet and said, “Why mention it if it is not a deal?”1327 According to Cohen, at around this time, in response to Trump’s disavowal of connections to Russia, campaign advisors had developed a “party line” that Trump had no business with Russia and no connections to Russia.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

If you can imagine this you can imagine Donald Trump paying prostitutes to pee on a bed. My imagination is vivid.

This is your president speaking.

Number 209 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

OK, so after two years of hard work and each party trying their best to make the other party look as bad as possible, it’s time to get back to business. The Mueller Report strongly stated that there was No Collusion with Russia (of course) and, in fact, they were rebuffed…..

…at every turn in attempts to gain access. But now Republicans and Democrats must come together for the good of the American people. No more costly & time consuming investigations. Lets do Immigration (Border), Infrastructure, much lower drug prices & much more – and do it now!

Come together?

We will come together when we see you in an orange jump suit. And don’t drop the soap.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 12 of a continuing series

This is what the American government has come to. Attorney General William Barr, nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate under control of the Republican Party, has closed down the Justice Department into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and attempts by the Trump administration and others to suppress the investigation. This with the delivery of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Before making the Mueller report available for public (and congressional) consumption, General Barr delivered a public brief that sought mightily to exonerate Mr. Trump and others. Once the Mueller Report became public it was apparent that General Barr vastly overstepped the facts in his assessment of the report. On 1 May General Barr testified before a Senate committee, which includes a number of Democratic senators, one of them being Senator Maize Hirono of Hawaii. Senator Hirono was not withholding in her assessment of General Barr’s actions and his character. This from CNS News:

Mr. Barr, now the American people know that you are no different from Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne Conway or any of the other people who sacrificed their once-decent reputation for the grifter and liar who sits in the oval office.

You once turned down a job offer from Donald Trump to represent him as his private attorney. at your confirmation hearing, you told Sen. Feinstein that, quote, the job of attorney general is not the same as representing, end quote, the president.

So you know the difference but you’ve chosen to be the president’s lawyer and side with him over the interest of the American people.

To start with, you should never have been involved in supervising the Robert Mueller investigation. You wrote a 19-page, unsolicited memo, which you admit was not based on any facts, attacking the premise of half the investigation and you also should have insisted that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recuse himself. He wasn’t just a witness to some of the president’s obstructive behavior. We now know he was in frequent, personal contact with the president, a subject of the investigation. you should have left it to career officials.

Then once the report was delivered by the special counsel, you delayed its release for more than two weeks. You let the president’s personal lawyers look at it before you even deemed to let congress or the public see it. During the time you substituted your special counsel’s legal conclusion in a four-page letter to congress. And now we know, thanks to a free press, that Mr. Mueller wrote you a letter, objecting to your so-called summary.

When you called Mueller to discuss his letter, the reports are that he thought your summary was giving the press, Congress, and the public a misleading impression of his work. He asked you to release the report summaries to correct the misimpression you created, but you refused.

When you finally did decide to release the report over a congressional recess and on the eve of two major religious holidays, you called a press conference to once again try to clear Donald Trump before anyone had a chance to read the special counsel’s report and come to their own conclusions. But when we read the report, we knew Robert Mueller’s concerns were valid and that your version of events was false.

You used every advantage of your office to create the impression that the president was cleared of misconduct. You selectively quoted fragments from the special counsel’s report, taking some fo the most important statements out of context and ignoring the rest.

You put the power and authority of the office of the attorney general and the Department of Justice behind a public relations effort to help Donald Trump protect himself.

Finally, you lied to Congress. You told Rep. Charlie Crist that you didn’t know what objections Mueller’s team might have to your march 24th so-called summary. You told Sen. Chris Van Hollen that you didn’t know if Bob Mueller supported your conclusions, but you knew. You lied. And now we know.

A lot of respected nonpartisan legal experts and elected officials were surprised by your efforts to protect the president. But I wasn’t surprised. You did exactly what I thought you’d do. That’s why I voted against your confirmation. I suspected protect the president and, indeed, you did.

In 1989 — this isn’t something you hadn’t done before — in 1989 when you refused to show Congress an OLC opinion that led to the arrest of Manuel Noriega. In 1992 when you recommended pardons for the subjects of the Iran-contra scandal. And last year, when you wrote the 19-page memo telling Donald Trump a president can’t be guilty of obstruction of justice and then didn’t recuse yourself from the matter.

From the beginning, you are addressing an audience of one. That person being Donald Trump. That’s why before the bombshell news of yesterday evening, 11 of my Senate colleagues and I called on the Department of Justice inspector general and office of professional responsibility to investigate the way you have handled the Mueller report. I wanted them to determine whether your actions then complied with the department’s practices and policies and whether you had demonstrated sufficient impartiality to continue to oversee the 14 other criminal matters that the special counsel referred to in other parts — to other parts of the department of justice.

But now we know more about your deep involvement in trying to cover up for Donald Trump. Being attorney general of the United States is a sacred trust. You have betrayed that trust. America deserves better. You should resign.

If you read much of this blog, you will know CNS News is a conservative mouthpiece that seeks to protect us from liberal bias in the mainstream media. To wit, “The liberal media are terrified of the truth, especially when it leads to uncomfortable questions about their own leftist worldview. CNSNews covers the stories that the liberal media are afraid to touch. It drives the national debate through real, honest journalism — not by misrepresenting or ignoring the facts.” Which leads one to wonder exactly what service CNS provides, since all of the above is available from the “liberal media.” What CNS did not show us was what followed the above remarks. Senator Hirono continued with:

I have some questions for you.

See? They left out the fun part. Senator Hirono stripped AG Barr down to his shorts, and then she announced she had some question she wanted him to answer. The woman has balls.

It was Federal Judge John E. Jones III who introduced me to the phrase “breathtaking inanity.” In 2005 he presided over a case involving some creationists who sought to promote religious dogma in a public school. As the trial progressed it became apparent to the judge and to all who observed that two creationists involved in the defense had made glaring misrepresentations under oath. His 139-page verdict contains the following language:

Those who disagree with our holding will likely mark it as the product of an
activist judge. If so, they will have erred as this is manifestly not an activist Court.
Rather, this case came to us as the result of the activism of an ill-informed faction
on a school board, aided by a national public interest law firm eager to find a
constitutional test case on ID, who in combination drove the Board to adopt an imprudent and ultimately unconstitutional policy. The breathtaking inanity of the
Board’s decision is evident when considered against the factual backdrop which
has now been fully revealed through this trial. The students, parents, and teachers
of the Dover Area School District deserved better than to be dragged into this legal
maelstrom, with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources.

You want breathtaking inanity? I will give you breathtaking inanity. Here is breathtaking inanity. From South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham:

After her time ran out, Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said, “You have slandered this man from top to bottom. If you want more of this you’re not going to get it.”

Yes, you spotted it. Slander must, by definition, be dishonest. But Senator Graham apparently has no sense for the dishonest. Positively breathtaking.

The Awful Truth

Number 7 in a Series

From the Mueller Report, page 13:

The Russian contacts consisted of business connections, offers of assistance to the Campaign, invitations for candidate Trump and Putin to meet in person, invitations for Campaign officials and representatives of the Russian government to meet, and policy positions seeking improved U.S.-Russian relations. Section IV of this Report details the contacts between Russia and the Trump Campaign during the campaign and transition periods, the most salient of which are summarized below in chronological order.

Make America Great Again.

People Unclear

This is number 79 of a series

I’m beginning to love these. I get one almost every day. Here’s the most recent:

Donald J. Trump <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Apr 19 at 6:08 PM
John,Every year, the Corrupt Media holds a total snoozefest White House Correspondents dinner where they thrive off their negativity and hatred towards me and my Administration.

On April 27th, while the Liberal Elites mingle with the Corrupt Media, I’ll be holding an EPIC rally in Wisconsin with REAL AMERICAN PATRIOTS.

I would truly love to join the president’s EPIC rally in Wisconsin, and I would make the trip if I could be assured I would have a chance to meet REAL AMERICAN PATRIOT patriot Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The Apple and the Tree

The distance is measured in millimeters. This is number 3.

I have commented previously on former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee:

Thus spake Mike Huckabee’s interpretation of American history. I presume this sprang from one of his more lucid moments. In other parts of his life Mike Huckabee, former candidate for United States president, has expressed a belief in the supernatural:

He has claimed that angels guide his bullets when he hunts. Seriously.

“I decided that one way or another, this hunt is about to be over, because I can’t stand any more of this cold. And somehow by the grace of God, when I squeezed the trigger, my Weatherby .300 Mag., which has got to be the greatest gun, I think, ever made in the form of a rifle — for my sake in hunting, I’ve never squeezed the trigger and not gotten something — did its work and somehow the angels took that bullet and went right to the antelope, and my hunt was over in a wonderful way.”

Yeah, Governor Huckabee has a loose association with the truth. All of which brings me to the topic of today, namely that the fruit does not fall very far from the tree. White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, offspring of the governor, seems to have inherited the notion that truth is a sometime thing.

The screen shot from CBS News at the top shows Sanders being questioned by reporter Steve Portnoy. The president, Sanders’ boss, has recently fired FBI Director James Comey, apparently due to the director’s persistence in investigating nefarious activities of the president and his staff. The president at one point observed the cause for dismissal was this “Russia thing,” but when that notion crashed and burned he shifted to another narrative. James Comey was ruinous to morale at the Bureau, and his dismissal was necessary for the good of all.

Portnoy and most others observed otherwise. Comey was a popular director, recognized for his genuine support of the rank and file agents and staff. Portnoy quoted an FBI agent as saying, “The vast majority of the Bureau is in favor of Directory Comey, [his firing] is a total shock, this is not supposed to happen ….” Sanders’ response is surprising. From page 72 of “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election,” produced by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, we have Sanders responding:

Look, we’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that say very different things.

The Mueller Report expanded on that—again on page 72:

Following the press conference, Sanders spoke to the President, who told her she did a good job and did not point out any inaccuracies in her comments. Sanders told this Office that her reference to hearing from “countless members of the FBI” was a “slip of the tongue .” She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Corney was a comment she made “in the heat of the moment” that was not founded on anything.

First off, I am glad there is no need for us to accept a new definition of “countless.” Personally, I have too many already. So, the fruit of Huckabee was flustered and misspoke. That’s understandable. We have all done something like that. I mean, I have on occasion. A mere slip of the tongue.

Actually more like a slip of the yoke of morality. From a news item in The Washington Post:

The claim from Sanders about a groundswell of FBI types applauding the firing of Comey sounded implausible enough that reporters kept badgering the deputy press secretary on the matter. The day after her assertion about “countless” employees, Sanders was asked to square her own assessment with that of McCabe before Congress. Her answer:

MS. SANDERS: Well, I can speak to my own personal experience. I’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the President’s decision. And I think that we may have to agree to disagree. I’m sure that there are some people that are disappointed, but I certainly heard from a large number of individuals — and that’s just myself — and I don’t even know that many people in the FBI.

Another round:

Q And one last question, just to follow up on the FBI thing. And I’m not trying to be overly combative here, but you said now today, and I think you said again yesterday, that you personally have talked to countless FBI officials, employees, since this happened.

MS. SANDERS: Correct.

Q I mean, really? So are we talking —

MS. SANDERS: Between like email, text messages — absolutely.

Q Like 50?

MS. SANDERS: Yes.

Q Sixty, seventy?

MS. SANDERS: Look, we’re not going to get into a numbers game. I mean, I have heard from a large number of individuals that work at the FBI that said that they’re very happy with the President’s decision. I mean, I don’t know what I else I can say.

Yes, Mrs. Sanders. What can you say about that? I know what I can say about that. You are a lying twit of the first order and possessing the morals of a street corner pimp. What kind of family environment produces such a person? What kind of president hires such a person to speak for him? What kind of electorate underwrites such a presidency? Have we come this low? Apparently we have.

This is your president speaking.

Number 207 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

The Mueller Report, which was written by 18 Angry Democrats who also happen to be Trump Haters (and Clinton Supporters), should have focused on the people who SPIED on my 2016 Campaign, and others who fabricated the whole Russia Hoax. That is, never forget, the crime…..

….Since there was no Collusion, why was there an Investigation in the first place! Answer – Dirty Cops, Dems and Crooked Hillary!

Why is it the President of the United States keeps talking like a mobster who’s about to be indicted? Maybe we should look at some history.

Eighteen angry Democrats? Get a grip.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 158

By the count I have been posting these for three years. I don’t post them all. There are too many. Just ask Darryl Bynes of Atlanta:

Man killed after knocking on wrong door, Atlanta police say

CNN)An Atlanta man is under arrest after police say he shot and killed a man who knocked on the wrong door, mistaking it for his girlfriend’s apartment.

Darryl Bynes, 32, has been booked into Fulton County jail on a murder charge, according to Atlanta Police Sergeant John Chafee.

Shortly after midnight on Friday, police say the victim was knocking on a door that he believed was his girlfriend’s apartment. As the victim was walking away from the door, Bynes, who was the resident of the apartment, came to his balcony and the two began to exchange words. At some point, Bynes got a handgun and shot the victim, police said.

That’s how it’s supposed to work out, according to what I hear from the NRA. You get a ration of shit from somebody, you don’t have to take it, provided you have your handy sidearm, which the Second Amendment says is your right. Problem for Mr. Bynes is he’s going to have to give up his friend the handgun while he’s serving time. Only temporary, I’m sure.

People Unclear

This is number 76 of a series

As previously mentioned, I signed up for the newsletter, and I receive these on a daily basis. These two will give you a chuckle:

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Apr 1 at 2:07 PMJohn,

Adam Schiff is a national disgrace and must be held accountable.

[screen shot of Trump Twitter post omitted]

Even after The Mueller Report found NO COLLUSION and President Trump was completely EXONERATED, Adam Schiff doubled down on his lies saying there is still “significant evidence of collusion.”

Adam Schiff must be held accountable for his LIES, and the FAKE NEWS media must be held accountable for giving this liar a platform.

And one more:

Donald Trump Jr. <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Mar 27 at 2:20 PMJohn,

The FAKE NEWS media spent the last two years blatantly LYING to the American people.

Outlets like CNN, MSNBC, Buzzfeed, and the Washington Post ignored all facts and evidence and instead led us down this WITCH HUNT that turned out to be one giant lie.

They provided a platform for liars like Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters to make unfounded conspiracy theories against President Trump and his allies.

Even after the Mueller Report showed NO COLLUSION and completely vindicated President Trump, the unhinged left STILL won’t abandon the Witch Hunt.

The American people deserve better. We need to show the Fake News media that we won’t forget the way they spread lies and smears against our President.

All right! That says a lot. Now let me put it into perspective.

Turn the clock back. It’s 15 February, 1929, the day after gunmen rubbed out seven gang members in a garage on Water Street in Chicago. Newspaper reporters are interviewing local businessman Alphonse Gabriel Capone, who runs a used furniture business, to get his take. Here is what he has to say:

Any attempt to connect me with this disgraceful act (although the rats deserved what they got) is slander. The FBI is totally out of control. They falsely accuse me of running bootleg liquor, some even saying I’m promoting prostitution. I am here to tell you this is FAKE NEWS. I’m an honest businessman, the kind of person who will Make America Great Again.

An now they want to accuse me of tax evasion. TAX EVASION! Imagine that! The crooked feds can’t pin these phony crimes on me, so they resort to accusing me of TAX EVASION. My friend the state’s attorney has concluded his investigation and has exonerated me of COLLUSION. NO COLLUSION! It’s FAKE NEWS. Why would I engage in COLLUSION and TAX EVASION?

My methods are the best methods. I am a powerful genius, and I have the BEST METHODS. I have learned I can accomplish more with a kind word and a gun than I can with a kind word alone.

NO COLLUSION! NO COLLUSION! And NO TAX EVASION.

Yes, I think we have see this before. Matters are becoming more clear as time goes by.

The National Divide

Number 12 of a possibly infinite series

Something like 65 years ago I watch the McCarthy hearings on TV. Yes, and it was black and white. And it was something to see. Which brings me to ask, have you ever wondered what it would have been like if Joseph McCarthy had been elected president?

We don’t have to wonder.

Yes, some accountability. Catch it all:

“Many, many people were badly hurt by this scam,” Trump said of the Mueller probe. “But more importantly, our country was hurt. Our country was hurt. And they are on artificial respirators right now. They are getting mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.”

“Little pencil-neck Adam Schiff. He’s got the smallest, thinnest neck I’ve ever seen,” the president said. “He is not a long-ball hitter, but I saw him today, ‘Well we don’t really know, there still could have been some Russia collusion.'”

“Sick, sick,” Trump called him. “These are sick people and there has to be accountability because it is all lies and they know it’s lies.”

Time to choose up sides, people.

The National Divide

Number 11 of a possibly infinite series

The hard line that divides the nation is anchored in matters of personal integrity. This became apparent once more this week in a gruesome manner:

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff came face to face with calls for his resignation during an explosive House hearing on Thursday.

This comes as Schiff continues his assertions of collusion after the Mueller report found that the evidence “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” according to Attorney General William Barr’s summary.

Texas Republican Congressman Mike Conway blasted Schiff saying, “Your willingness to promote a demonstratively false narrative is alarming. The findings of the special counsel conclusively refute your past and present assertions that have exposed you as having abused your position to knowingly promote false information…As such we have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a manner consistent with your Constitutional responsibility and urge your immediate resignation as chairman of the committee.”

The Republican members of the committee, during the time it was controlled by that party, steadfastly resisted efforts to probe the dealings of a patently dishonest administration. Now that Congress is beginning to work in earnest to peel back the coverings that have for the past two years protected the Trump administration from a full accounting, the response of Republican members is unseemly to the core. They want the discovery to stop, and they will work any means to achieve that goal. We see them echoing the sentiments of their failed leader:

So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!

The congressman from California responded in a way that should alarm right-thinking citizens:

The typically soft-spoken Schiff responded angrily, accusing Republicans of ignoring voluminous evidence of the Trump campaign’s efforts to accept Russia’s help in the election. He noted that Donald Trump Jr. met secretly with a Russian lawyer who he hoped would provide dirt on Hillary Clinton and told an associate he would “love” the Russian government’s help.

He also noted that Trump helped dictate a false story about his son’s meeting, saying it was about adoption, and during the campaign, openly asked Russia to obtain Clinton’s emails — a comment Trump later construed as a joke.

Schiff said that Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort allegedly provided polling data to a Russian intelligence-linked associate and that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his post-campaign conversations with Russia’s ambassador.

“You might think that’s OK. I don’t,” bellowed Schiff. “I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. I think it’s corrupt and evidence of collusion.”

“I have always said that the question of whether this amounts to conspiracy is another matter,” he continued, adding, “But I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. And the day we do think that’s OK is the day we will look back and say that is the day America lost its way.”

I am thinking that America has not lost its way, but a political party that had, until now, a grand history has. Forgive me if I do not shed a tear.

This is your president speaking.

Number 204 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

The Mainstream Media is under fire and being scorned all over the World as being corrupt and FAKE. For two years they pushed the Russian Collusion Delusion when they always knew there was No Collusion. They truly are the Enemy of the People and the Real Opposition Party!

Imagine the mainstream news outlets taking cheap shots at the President of the United States! I mean, what has he done to deserve such critical review?

Of course, I don’t take this stuff seriously. That’s because I already speak Russian.

They are selling fast, people. Get yours while it’s still available.

The Golden Shower

Number 36 of a Series

I title this series “The Golden Shower” for a reason. The Golden Shower relates to a dossier prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele, a dossier that hints at a scandalous incident in a Moscow hotel. The allegations include private citizen Donald Trump paying prostitutes to pee on a bed:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Ever since that came to light the President of the United States has been pushing back vigorously, including in response to a reporters questions aired yesterday on ABC World News tonight with David Muir. See the image at the top. The president is being asked, “Mr. President, are you going to cooperate with Mr. Nadler?” Congressman Jerry Nadler represents the New York 10th District, and he heads up the House Committee on the Judiciary. It is Mr. Nadler’s committee that will determine if there is evidence to impeach the president. Here is the president’s response to the reporter’s question:

I cooperate all the time with everybody.

And you know the beautiful thing, no collusion.

It’s all a hoax.

I notice the reporter dis not mention collusion with the Russians in his question. It was the president who brought up the subject. I further notice, as days, weeks, months go by, the president continues to insist there was no collusion with the Russians during his election campaign and thereafter. And he is the only one in the conversation bringing up the subject. I am beginning to suspect he doth protest too much.