Houston, we have a problem.

Number 13 of a series

In case you are wondering, the “Houston” reference is inspired by having a Texas senator, Ted Cruz, residing in Houston. Senator John Cornyn is actually from Houston, so the reference is well-suited. Now this:

Senator John Cornyn <info@johncornyn.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comNov 18 at 11:14 AM

I don’t know if you’ve heard yet, but I needed to bring you up to speed on this, John.

This past week, during the awful impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump, a new Republican star emerged – Rep. Elise Stefanik.

She acted as a staunch defender of the truth – stopping at nothing to expose the lunacy at the center of the Democrats’ case against our president…

But you know what happens to those you and I hail as heroes for truth, John… the left makes them public enemy number one.

It couldn’t be more true. Since Rep. Stefanik stepped up in defense of President Trump, liberal elites from coast to coast have turned all attention to her small district in New York, pouring in MILLIONS to fund her radical opponent’s campaign.

From Hollywood liberals to socialist-supporting mega-donors, the left is ALL-IN trying to destroy her… all because she had the audacity to stick up for a president we all know did nothing wrong!

Now, John, as freedom-loving conservatives, we must stand strong with Rep. Stefanik!

I regret to report, Senator, your gear seems to have slipped a cog. Elise Stefanik? We need to be sure we are talking about the same person. You said this: “She acted as a staunch defender of the truth – stopping at nothing to expose the lunacy at the center of the Democrats’ case against our president… ” Really! Which Elise Stefanik testimony did you watch, Senator? Likely not the segment I saw. A bit I did see has Stefanik using her five minutes to cite promises made by Democrats (especially committee chairman Adam Schiff) to have the infamous whistleblower come forward. Obviously no such appearance has been manifest, but a salient question is, “Significance?” The government employee who blew the whistle on malfeasance is not specifically a witness to any crime. The person in question merely reported suspicious activity reported to him by others. As it turns out, the concerns were justified, as evidenced by the testimony of multiple witnesses to date. So, Senator Cornyn, Congresswoman Stefanik, where’s the rub?

Perhaps the senator refers to additional statements by Stefanik. Following her reading of multiple quotes, she launches into a string of accusations. Apparently Chairman Schiff refused to allow here comments to be read into the record by unanimous consent. The pertinent text from the hearing transcript is posted on Snopes:

Nunes: I know Ms. Stefanik you had a few quick questions for the ambassador. I yield to you Ms. Stefanik.

Stefanik: Thank you, Mr. Nunes. Ambassador Yovanovitch …

Schiff: The gentlewoman will suspend. The gentlewoman will suspend.

Stefanik: What is the interruption for this time? It is our time.

Schiff: The gentlewoman will suspend, you’re not recognized. Mr. Nunes …

Nunes: I just recognized Ms. Stefanik.

Schiff: Under the House Res. 660 you are not allowed to yield time except to minority counsel.

Stefanik: The ranking member yielded time to another member of Congress.

Schiff: Nope, nope. That is not accurate.

Nunes: You’re gagging the gentlewoman from New York?

Stefanik: Ambassador Yovanovitch, I want to thank you for being here today …

Schiff: The gentlewoman will suspend, you’re not recognized.

Stefanik: This is the fifth time that you have interrupted elected members of Congress, duly-elected members of Congress …

Schiff: The gentlewoman will suspend.

Nunes: Mr. Chair, we control the time and customary to this committee, whoever controls the time can yield to whoever they wish. If we have members of Congress that have a few questions, it seems appropriate that we would be able to let Ms. Stefanik ask her questions.

Schiff: Mr. Nunes, you or minority counsel are recognized.

Senator Cornyn, is this the heart of your complaint? If so, then you have retreated to fabricating bases. Unfortunately, in the email sent out by your office, there is insufficient elaboration to determine how much is being fabricated here.

The senator may be close to the truth in the following: “From Hollywood liberals to socialist-supporting mega-donors, the left is ALL-IN trying to destroy her… all because she had the audacity to stick up for a president we all know did nothing wrong!” Well, not all that close. Liberals do see Stefanik as a lightning rod who attracts enough attention and makes herself a target, drawing in campaign contributions to defeat Republican candidates. One of those candidates would be Congresswoman Stefanik, herself.

Woefully, the senator is seriously clueless if he considers President Trump “we all know did nothing wrong.” The truth, if you desire to seek it, is coming to light at every fresh bit of testimony by people who observed the situation on the ground. Lest the senator think I am having a flight of fancy, he only needs to remind himself of all the ways President Trump has stymied attempts to compel witnesses to come forward. It daily becomes apparent who is doing this hiding of the truth.

And, yes, we definitely have a problem.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 27 of a continuing series

Yes, a lot of the stuff that comes my way will take your breath away. Here’s something new from Elise Stefanik, representing New York’s District 21:

Elise Stefanik <info@nrccred.org>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comNov 16 at 6:15 PM

Fellow Conservative,

If you have watched any of the impeachment hearings, seen President Trump’s twitter feed, or seen the far-Left talking heads melt down on television over the past few days – then you know who I am.I am Rep. Elise Stefanik and I am a 35-year-old Republican Congresswoman standing between the Democrats and our American Democracy.

The House Democrats are trying to cover up the truth about President Trump from the American people! During this week’s first public impeachment hearings after weeks of secret meetings and depositions, Chairman Adam Schiff continuously interrupted and tried to block Republican members from asking questions.

The Leftist Democrats don’t want us to ask questions because they don’t want the American people to hear the answers: They know that their entire impeachment inquiry is based on lies and secrecy!

Far-left Democrats are pouring money into my district to defeat me, you, and President Trump. Donate NOW to stand up with me for our President and our country. 

Adam Schiff’s abuse of power is vile and disgusting! He is hijacking the impeachment proceedings and trying to take down President Trump by preventing Republicans from revealing the truth about the Democrats’ failing impeachment inquiry.

The Leftist Democrats know that America wants another four years for President Trump, and now they’re trying to overturn the will of the American people by hiding the facts.

Click here to donate to tell the Leftist Democrats that we will stand with President Trump against their lies and deception>>>

I was the first Member to call out Adam Schiff for having secret access to the whistleblower without notifying the Intel Committee. He is the only Member whose staff coordinated directly with the whistleblower, whose lawyer has been calling for a “coup” against the President of the United States since President Trump’s first day in office. We will not allow the Leftist Democrats to subvert the will of the people and destroy our American values!

First notice Congresswoman Stefanik does not know my name. She addresses me as “Fellow Conservative.” Maybe it would have been better if she knew my name. But she does have my email address, and with good reason. I have given it out to any number of conservative outlets, including Republicans in office. They say what goes around comes around. Apparently that is a true statement, one of the few floating around.

There is much to unload here. Start with this. “If you have watched any of the impeachment hearings, seen President Trump’s twitter feed, or seen the far-Left talking heads melt down on television over the past few days – then you know who I am.” Actually, we have seen far-left talking heads melt down, particularly concerning this tweet from the President of the United States.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpEverywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.

9:01 AM · Nov 15, 2019Twitter for iPhone
Yes, that is President Donald Trump, the person you shill for, denigrating a witness while she is testifying before a congressional committee. This was a hearing where you participated, representing the Republican Party. Following the testimony of this witness, she departed the hearing to a standing ovation delivered by Democrats and Republicans. After lauding Ambassador Yovanovitch during your allotted time, you also stood and applauded her. Now I read your email, and I begin to wonder. What kind of double speak is going on here?

Also, this: “I am Rep. Elise Stefanik and I am a 35-year-old Republican Congresswoman standing between the Democrats and our American Democracy.” Correction; you are a 35-year-old Republican Congresswoman standing between a criminal president and any manner of justice—just to be clear on that matter.

Hey! The beat goes on: “The House Democrats are trying to cover up the truth about President Trump from the American people! During this week’s first public impeachment hearings after weeks of secret meetings and depositions, Chairman Adam Schiff continuously interrupted and tried to block Republican members from asking questions.” First of all, it appeared the Republican Party, during the two years it had control of both the House and the Senate, sat on the truth while the President of the United States engaged in a level of criminality unseen in that office for decades, if ever. The “secret meetings and depositions” were attended by Republican and Democratic members of the House.  I am hoping my private life is never that secret. Lady, you have been in Congress for how long? And you noticed during that time the practice in these hearings is that each speaker is allotted something like five minutes to ask questions (or to piss off their allocated time making speeches), and when that time is up the chairman (Adam Schiff) cuts them off. You noticed that? No? Where have you been?

Ugh on this: “The Leftist Democrats don’t want us to ask questions because they don’t want the American people to hear the answers: They know that their entire impeachment inquiry is based on lies and secrecy!” And when you had the opportunity to ask questions, you used that time to make statements and to complain:

When Stefanik was given time to question Yovanovitch, she instead accused Schiff of “duplicity and abuse of power” in his handling of the impeachment inquiry.

Stefanik accused Schiff of failing to keep a promise to allow the whistleblower who sparked the inquiry to testify before the committee. Schiff decided against it, saying he wants to protect the whistleblower’s personal safety.

“Based on lies and secrecy?”

That should do it for the “lies and secrecy” malarkey. We have a president who forbids witnesses to testify. When the President’s people, who have firsthand knowledge of what’s been going on, are allowed to come forward and testify, then we can talk about “lies and secrecy.”

Somewhere there must be a legal limit to how much fun I am allowed to have with comical conservatives, so I will shut this monologue down. Shut it down, that is, until something equally or more ridiculous comes my way.

Congresswoman Stefanik, we thank you for your service. Seldom has breathtaking inanity been so well illustrated.

Friday Funny

Number 189 of a series

So I’m binging a re-run TV series on Hulu. It’s Shark, featuring James Woods as a nearly ethical Los Angeles County prosecutor. In one episode his team is investigating the possibility a lecherous doctor has murdered one of his patients. So the team’s investigator (Henry Simmons) enters with a stack of paperwork he has pulled on the good doctor. He announces:

This guy’s got more holding companies than Donald Trump.

More holding companies than Donald Trump? Now that is funny.

People Unclear

This is number 89 of a series

Yes, there are many who have not gotten the message. One would be Margaret Smith of The Heritage Foundation. She sent me the following:

Maggy Smith <info@heritage.org>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comNov 14 at 3:34 AM

Hello John,

Your free eBooklet, “The Impeachment Process: The Constitution and Historical Practice,” has arrived!

Click this secure link to download your copy here >>

Like you, I’m tired of the progressives in this country thinking that they can bully us into giving them what they want. I’m tired of watching them bend or ignore the rules altogether to try to ramrod their policies into law.

If you oppose them, they have proven that they will stop at nothing to destroy you completely.

But I’m not backing down—and I know you aren’t either.

I’m looking for conservatives that will stand with me to fight back against the radical agenda of the Left.

We’re going to show them how they’re breaking the rules. And we’re going to take the facts about the impeachment process to the rest of the American people, too.

But I can’t do it alone. I need people like you to help us get the job done.

If you want to take a stand against progressive bullies in America, this is the chance you’ve been looking for.

Take a moment to learn about our plan to shut them down by clicking here: https://secured.heritage.org/_2019/impeachment-ebook/

I’m excited to hear your thoughts about “The Impeachment Process: The Constitution and Historical Practice,” and I hope that you’ll stand with us today.

Best,

Maggy Smith
Membership Programs
The Heritage Foundation

First of all I appreciate being addressed by my first name. It makes the conversation seem so personal.

So I ordered the free booklet, and it is most informative. It told me everything I already know about the impeachment process. It is well-informed and precicesely truthful. Thanks for the memories.

But then this: “Like you, I’m tired of the progressives in this country thinking that they can bully us into giving them what they want. I’m tired of watching them bend or ignore the rules altogether to try to ramrod their policies into law.”

Whoa! Breaking the rules. Maggy, please refer to the booklet you just sent me. It outlines the rules for impeachment of the president, and the House of Representatives is doing exactly what the rules call for. Whence comes this invective? Is this sentence what it appears to be, a bald piece of propaganda? As Shakespeare famously wrote, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

Lady, the dirt bag president you are attempting to prop up has been whittling at the Constitution going on three years. The bit currently of concern to Democrats in Congress is a whiff of smoke from a smoldering dumpster fire. You are surely among the most of the unclear. Congratulations, you made the list barely breathing hard.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 26 of a continuing series

Paranoid that I am, I suspect somewhere in the American legal code that is a law against having as much fun as I am these days. So I’m guilty. Get over it. Here is something recent:

Official Trump Polling <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com

Nov 10 at 10:40 AM

John,

Let’s be clear: the 2020 Democrats are a total joke.

President Trump is constantly fighting off attacks from the corrupt Fake News, the Deep State, and the radical Democrats. While they’re trying to take him down, he’s busy KEEPING AMERICA GREAT for ALL AMERICANS.

Just take a look at some of his recent accomplishments:

  • 150 federal judges have been confirmed under President Trump
  • The US is now the #1 energy producer in the world
  • The Wall is being FINISHED
  • President Trump is bringing JOBS back from overseas
  • Our military is being REBUILT to be STRONGER than ever before

The President knows the Lamestream media will never report the FACTS on his unprecedented victories – they only want to spread LIES – but he doesn’t care what they think… he wants to know what YOU think.

First of, I just love it when the President of the United States addresses me by my first name. Then I notice. This is not actually from the president. It’s from a sender calling itself Official Trump Polling. My thought is the president is too busy doing the work of the country to personally send out each of these emails.

Anyhow, what’s to see? First of all the Democrats are total joke. But we already knew that. They are a total joke that is going to put your total joke in the hoosegow. Or maybe just slap you around a little. Anyhow, it’s going to be fun to watch. Of course I need to be careful to not have too much fun watching. The law, you know.

Next I learn President Trump is constantly fighting off attacks from the corrupt Fake News (capitalized) and the Deep State (also capitalized). We begin to wonder at all this capitalizing obsession. No matter. When you are doing great shit for the country you can capitalize all you want. I notice he capitalized “Democrats” but not “radical.” I will have to look into that. Anyhow, they’re trying to take him down. Who would have thought? Then I consider it should not be all that hard, considering they are getting a load of help from Trump, Inc. Keep it going, Sweet Cheeks. In the meantime Mr. Trump is busy KEEPING AMERICA GREAT for ALL AMERICANS.” Not only all caps, but bold type face, as well. Must be really important.

President Trump’s accomplishments are listed. Let me check them off.

  • Yes, 150 federal judges have been confirmed. It’s amazing what you can do with a majority in the Senate.
  • We are now the leading energy producer. I’m thinking Donald Trump drilled the wells, himself.
  • Oops! The wall is not being finished. Maybe that’s because Mexico has not written the check to pay for it.
  • And, yes, I watched as President Trump stood at the dock and watched those jobs come from across the water.
  • The amazing thing about President Trump’s rebuilding of the military is he is doing it while taking funds allocated for the military and using (or planning to use) them to build the wall. We are wondering why money is being siphoned from the military when Mexico is any day now about to deliver the check to pay for the wall. The mysteries of the Trump administration are the source of much of the associated humor.

To my great delight I watch as President Trump daily gets creative with the English language. He is so inventive. Not to say he is original, just inventive. “Lamestream” media? I wish I had thought of that. Imagine what Abraham Lincoln could have accomplished had he Donald Trumps facility with language.

But the Lamestream media never report the FACTS (ALL CAPS, WOW!). It could be the Lamestream media are too busy reporting on the president’s litany of daily crimes and lies of his own.

They spread lies. No shit! Would they were as capable as the president. This calls for some exploration.

 

 

I need to stop now. The fun police are knocking on my door. Trust me.

Abusing Science

Number 44 of a series

Abuse of science comes in multiple ways, one being distortion of science education in public schools. Pennsylvania is in the process of overhauling the science standards for ts schools, and politicization of science is making its coming to the fore. From the Pennsylvania Capital-Star comes this:

The climate for change

Educators expect that climate change education will be a major sticking point in the overhaul of Pennsylvania’s science standards, which currently lack any mention of human-caused global warming.

The scientific community agrees that climate change will lead to catastrophic sea-level rise and ecological disruption if humans don’t drastically curb their carbon emissions. But since it’s not mentioned in Pennsylvania’s science standards, some students may never learn about it in school.

“Right now in the state, it is a total random act of teaching climate change,” Remington said. “There’s no consistency. There’s no formal training.”

Teachers know they’ll have a hard time passing climate change education standards through Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled General Assembly, where committees still hear testimony from researchers who reject mainstream climate science.

The same goes for topics related to evolution, which was a point of contention during the last revamp of science standards in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, according to Kathy Blouch, a professor at Lebanon Valley College who was on the committee that promulgated the current science standards.

“I think that’s why the state didn’t want to open the science standards again, because it was so contentious,” Blouch said. “But it’s been so long, and our current standards haven’t held up.”

In an attempt to avoid a political fight, educators like Remington are making workforce development a cornerstone in their campaign to adopt new science standards for the state. At a time when workers from across the world are vying for jobs and autonomous technology threatens to upend entire industries, Pennsylvania isn’t preparing its students to compete, they say.

The National Center for Science Education is the premier organization combating the anti-science attacks on public education. They are a rallying point for the protection of science education, frequently involved in critical issues. When the Dover [Pennsylvania] Area School District attempted to introduce a book advocating for Intelligent Design into the science curriculum, several parents sued. Research assisted by the NCSE revealed the book, Of Pandas and People, is in reality a revamped young-Earth creationism screed. Their quarterly journal, Reports of the NCSE, is available to supporters. One of their online bulletins pointed me to the Pennsylvania story above. The NCSE is a non-political, non-profit entity, and they depend on your donations. I give annually, and you should, as well.

People Unclear

This is number 88 of a series

This series is devoted to people who remain unclear concerning any number of realities. One such would be Star Parker, who writes for The Daily Signal, apparently a conservative on-line newsletter produced by The Heritage Foundation. Any resemblance of The Daily Signal to a legitimate news source is illusionary. This is a propaganda outlet for American conservatism, which for the moment is President Donald Trump. You should not expect to find any item here that finds fault with anything this president does. Which is why I am now reading this:

This Impeachment Effort About Ideology, Not Constitution

Star Parker  / 

After some introductory about Representative Rashida Tlaib, Parker continues:

At a reception following the event, Tlaib, speaking about the president of the United States, said: “We’re gonna impeach the [expletive].”

It had to be unprecedented that a newly elected representative publicly used that kind of language about the nation’s president and expressed an intent to impeach him, with no support from leadership of her own party.

Were there grounds for impeachment? No.

The alleged basis was the Mueller investigation, which subsequently found that allegations that President Donald Trump and his campaign conspired with Russia to interfere with the presidential election were false.

What happened to the sacred principle of innocent until proven guilty?

It will be interesting to break this down. First we need to review just what is “nice:”

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpCorrupt Congressman Adam Schiff is angry that Ambassadors that he thought would be good for his fraudulent Witch Hunt, are turning out to be good for me – some really good! He’s got all meetings locked down, no transparency, only his illegal leaks. A very dishonest sleazebag!

8:28 PM · Oct 18, 2019Twitter for iPhone

So much for niceties. Now let’s review some precedence:

Yes, that will about do it with the “unprecedented” bit.

How about “grounds for impeachment.” Tlaib was referring to the findings of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller, which did note numerous acts of obstruction of justice, likely grounds for impeachment. Still Parker posted this, not before but after a congressional panel interviewed a number of witnesses to impeachable offenses concerning the president’s efforts to use the power of the United States government for his personal, political benefit.

Following that, Parker echoes the popular refrain from Republicans in congress. “What happened to the sacred principle of innocent until proven guilty?”

Yes, whatever happened to that? At this juncture Parker is critically unclear on a major point. “Innocent until proven guilty” means you do not get your dish of punishment until a court has found you guilty. It does not mean we do not accuse and prosecute until a guilty verdict is handed down. If Parker’s logic were to prevail, then nobody would ever be brought to trial, much less convicted and punished.

There is a definite lack of clarity that is manifest here.

Parker is not finished. Recounting a charge by Tlaib that the Trump administration appears uninterested in people of her district, one of the nation’s poorest, Parker hauls up a favorite avenue of deflection.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just issued its October jobs report, which The Wall Street Journal called “impressive.”

“The current job market is attracting middle- and working-class workers who have been on the sidelines for years,” reported the Journal.

And, black unemployment ticked down a notch to 5.4%, another new historic low.

But just as legal facts mean nothing to Tlaib, economic facts mean nothing.

Again exhibiting a woeful lack of clarity. the American economy, as of this writing, is showing signs of wear around the edges, but employment remains at historical levels, and there is no sign this year’s holiday spending will take a dive. American farmers seem to be on government life support due to inexplicable actions taken by the president.

However, all this has nothing to do with impeachment. Go back and read Parker’s headline. The impeachment drive is about ideology, not about the Constitution. Is she really that clueless? I’m thinking not. I’m thinking what is visible here is unvarnished soapbox rhetoric. We are not looking for the truth here.

The truth is this is all about the Constitution:

5: The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

7: Judgment in Cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

3: The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

The foregoing are excerpts from the Constitution that mention impeachment.

In total, the House of Representatives is doing what the Constitution mandates it should do. It should bring charges against the president in cases of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Testimony from credible witnesses before House committees has bolstered allegations the president used the power of his office in an act of bribery, an impeachable offense. To not pursue this matter would be dereliction of duty.

Yet Parker continues her efforts to convince us she is stone cold clueless:

Tlaib is a poster child for her party. Despite the Russia conspiracy charges discredited by the Mueller report, Democrats have not given up looking for an excuse to impeach a president they hate.

Now we have the ridiculous claims from a tainted whistleblower about a conversation Trump had with the president of Ukraine.

It’s not about Russia or Ukraine. It’s about Haley or Tlaib; loving our free country or hating it; citizenship or victimhood; rule of law or guilty until proven innocent.

“[T]ainted whistleblower.” Really? Let’s pretend the government employ who blew the whistle is a notorious bank robber, a drug dealer, a Nazi, a child rapist—all of that. What does it matter? If somebody like infamous bank robber Willy Sutton (now deceased) were to come into the police station and tell the desk sergeant about somebody attempting to set fire to the station house, they might arrest the unfortunate Mr. Sutton, but if they decided to investigate, and they found that somebody had been attempting to burn them out, they would launch an investigation. It’s a basic principle of logic. The truth of a statement is conditioned on the facts and not on the character of the person making the statement. Parker is way unclear on this point.

Extending her efforts, Parker speaks of “the Russia conspiracy charges discredited by the Mueller report.” No, the Mueller report did not discredit any charges of a Russia conspiracy. She needs to read the report:

But the anodyne description belied what would soon be released. Mueller’s report, despite redactions, offered a stunning account of how Russia worked to help the Trump campaign and how Trump’s associates were willing to accept Russian assistance, and it presented an explosive and detailed narrative of how Trump sought to shut down the investigation as he worried about its impact.

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

I would love, in my lifetime, to be so discredited.

You want to see lack of credibility, consider reading more from Star Parker. Consider reading The Daily Signal. Consider reading anything produced by The Heritage Foundation.

Regarding “looking for an excuse to impeach a president they hate,” how about the constitutional requisite the House of Representatives do their jobs and hold a criminal president accountable?

With that in mind, it’s worth evaluating the merits of the case against President Trump. Multiple government employees have come forward and given consistent accounts that demonstrate presidential malfeasance, and they have made their statements under oath—under penalty of perjury. Nobody, but no body, has come forward to testify under oath to repudiate these witnesses.

Whether Star Parker is sincere in her beliefs or merely pushing the party line, I cannot ascertain. If she is reflecting her personal convictions, then she is morbidly unclear on some basic facts.

This is your president speaking.

Number 232 in a series

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

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpI recommend that Nervous Nancy Pelosi (who backed up Schiff’s lie), Shifty Adam Schiff, Sleepy Joe Biden, the Whistleblower (who miraculously disappeared after I released the transcript of the call), the 2nd Whistleblower (who also disappeared), & the I.G., be part of the list!

12:52 PM · Nov 9, 2019Twitter for iPhone

Forget for a moment I don’t know what he is talking about. This is his defense, and I do not need to make this shit up. I am going to miss this president when he’s gone.

People Unclear

This is number 87 of a series

Here is something difficult for me to understand. American conservatives claim they are for minimal government, freedom, and all manner of good things. What, then, migrates this sentiment into despising people who are not like themselves? LGBT Nation posted the following story a few years back:

He thinks the woman is transsexual, and he is going to challenger her by taking out his dick and waving it at her? What kind of person does that?

To be clear, la Tour has denied the waving of the dick part. Apparently even conservatives claim to have limits. To be more clear, la Tour is what you would call hard right (pun intended), aligning himself with the oft-maligned Tea Party movement. The Arkansas Times reported additional fallout from the encounter.

Resignation urged over Fayetteville Alderman John La Tour’s gender challenge

It is not as though we have never had lewd and crude public officials before. There is the infamous Wilbur Mills episode from a previous century, and there is also a president getting a BJ from a subordinate a few feet from the Oval Office. Before this goes any further, I want to advise it is pure coincidence all three of these personalities are from Arkansas.

Anyhow, I would prefer to allow Mr. la Tour to remain in office. That way any time a hard right acquaintance of mine proceeds to get on his righteous high horse I will take the opportunity to point to a certain snowflake politician whose sense of self worth is so low that he must denigrate others to retain a sense of superiority.

This is your president speaking.

Number 231 in a series

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

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
What I said on the phone call with the Ukrainian President is “perfectly” stated. There is no reason to call witnesses to analyze my words and meaning. This is just another Democrat Hoax that I have had to live with from the day I got elected (and before!). Disgraceful!6:06 AM · Nov 4, 2019Twitter for iPhone

Yes, Mr. President. You have the best words, and your words are falling back from whence you flung them.

This is a hoax? Do you mean this is a hoax in the same sense global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese? Give it a rest. Your shelf life is due to expire.

This is your president speaking.

Number 230 in a series

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

Donald J. Trump <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To :jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 14 at 4:33 PM

“FOX SHOCK: 51% WANT TRUMP REMOVED”

John,

The FAKE POLLS are at it again.

The same people who GUARANTEED that Crooked Hillary would win in 2016 are once again saying that the American people have turned against me.

By now we all know better than to believe the FAKE POLLS.

I’m much more interested in what John from Texas thinks, than what Fake News Outlets think.

Plus some more.

But Fox News. FOX NEWS! Pardon me while I step outside to check whether aliens from outer space have invaded.

And the President of the United States wants to know what I think. No, he does does not.

Abusing Science

Number 43 of a series

Here’s the way it works. The science is not breaking your way. Scientists doing research into the planet’s atmosphere are coming to ominous conclusions, and an apparent consequence is this. Unless corrective action is taken there are going to be bad consequences.

And that’s the problem. People will need to do something. In a democratic society that means the government will need to do something. Actually, in an authoritarian society it will still be required for the government to do something.

But having the government do something is what you do not want. There are two flavors of this:

  • You’re the kind of person who wants government to do as little as possible to satisfy your personal needs.
  • What the government will need to do has a detrimental impact on your personal fortunes.

You have two choices.

  • You can go along and take your lumps.
  • You can demonstrate the science is invalid, therefore it will not be necessary for the government to do anything.

I forgot. There is a third alternative.

  • You can invest heavily in persuading people the science is invalid, so nothing needs to be done, and you get back your investment multiple times over.

And that’s what’s being done. The Heritage Foundation is a politically conservative think tank mounting a vigorous challenge to the science behind global warming. I get one of their newsletters, titled The Daily Signal. Here is a recent offering:

The Daily Signal <morningbell@heritage.org>

To: Jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 10 at 4:01 PM

Instead of anti-science doomsday predictions, this is what children should know about the environment.

It comes with a video. Watch the video. It opens with Greta Thunberg making her impassioned plea for adults to take action. From there it launches into an impassioned plea against taking action. The video is short, and I watched it through, capturing screen shots of each scene carrying the Heritage message. Here is what you will see.

People taking action to mold public opinion are termed “activists,” and they are recruiting naive children to man the front lines. This is obviously done to elicit undue sympathy for their mistaken cause.

Greta is like so many other young people, innocent of the real world. She does not have her facts straight. Interestingly the video dwells very little on the facts related to global warming.

It is true. Many global warming activists make claims unsupported by the data, and that undermines the entire case for global warming.

No, it does not. What would undermine the case for global warming would be facts that demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere does not cause warming by absorbing infra red radiation.
  • The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not increasing, or else is not increasing dangerously.
  • The oceans and the atmosphere are not warming, or at least they are not warming sufficiently to produce harmful results.
  • Human activity is not increasing the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, or at least it is not a significant cause of the increase.

Disproving any one of these five points would refute the science behind global warming concerns. None of these has ever been successfully disputed, and by no means has the Heritage Foundation done so, nor has it made a serious effort to.

Heritage will like for us to examine some recent history, not any history of the science, but history of the controversy.

Gloriosky, Zero! They bring up predictions of global cooling. Flash news. There will be a new ice age. It’s coming, providing this planet repeats the cycle it has experience the past few million years. But the onset is at least 1000 years in the future, and the consequences of anthropogenic global warming will impact us well before then.

“That didn’t happen.” No shit, Sherlock. The next ice age is not due anytime soon. “Mass flooding?” The video depicts a raging river. The mass flooding, expected to be a consequence of global warming, will be due to a rise of several feet by the planet’s oceans. This rise will be principally due to the melting of land ice, and a consequential rise is already being charted. Increased melting of glacier ice and the Greenland and Antarctic ice is being observed.

Heritage is likely correct on this point. What is more probably true is the time has past for us to forestall onerous consequences of global warming. In the past decades the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has nearly doubled, and the rise in atmospheric temperature is being charted. There is no action we can take to prevent dire consequences coming 50 to 100 years from now.

Heritage is going to warn us the proposed solutions will not be to our liking.

Yes! Free enterprise is going in the toilet. In this case, the term “free enterprise” is not defined, but for sure it’s not going to be so easy in the future to make money selling fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels as a means for producing electric power will feel an enormous pinch.

Yes, that dreadful ogre, the government, is going to take over your life. Here is a point where Heritage goes completely off the deep end. These guys are going to need to explain what they mean by “Washington would control everything from energy to food production.”

“And the type of cars we can drive.” To be sure, that is already happening. To decrease reliance on fossil fuels the government has mandated better fuel efficiency for automobiles. First hand knowledge. I spent a few weeks this summer touring Europe, and gasoline prices there are out of sight. A quick check shows the lowest price for unleaded in Germany is 1.189 euros per liter, which I work out to be $4.24 a gallon. As a consequence I notice most everybody who drives, drives a small and fuel efficient car, for those who drive. Trains and other forms of public transportation are a big part of life in Europe.

“But even if we believed their catastrophic predictions… Would their proposals work?” I don’t think so either. We are decades too late to forestall some serious damage, but that has nothing to do with whether AGW is real. The science is the science, and the consequences be damned.

“Not according to climate scientists own models.” Likely true. Again, no attempt to refute the science.

“They predict that even if the United States cut its carbon dioxide emissions to zero it would stall global warming by less than a degree Celsius… Over 80 years.” True again. The United States alone cannot fix the problem. Besides, if carbon dioxide emissions due to human activity were to cease completely by the end of this day, the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will take in the order of 200 years to return to pre-industrial levels. The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will continue to keep temperatures high enough during that time to have catastrophic results.

“So does that men we’re doomed? Not according to experts.” Heritage is going to need more than a slick video to get this message out. Unfortunately, in their posting no explanation is provided.

“Their [the experts] research shows economic freedom strongly correlates with clean environments.” Again, no explanation given, but two points.

  • It is not clean environments we are talking back. Other than its warming effects, the rise in carbon dioxide levels we have seen so far are not a serious pollutant.
  • My own observation is that when industries operate without environmental controls they bolster their profits by caring less about releasing harmful byproducts of their industrial processes.

“And the best way to create sustainable environment policies is to increase economic growth.” I would dearly like to see Heritage’s number on this.

Heritage announces we are “leading the world in reducing CO2 emissions.” Again no numbers given.

“So while climate activists spread doomsday predictions the only meltdown on our hands appears to be an emotional one.”

That last statement from the video is soaked in irony. All through Heritage has made mostly emotional appeals. Washington will run everything. You will not be able to drive the car of your choice. Dismantle our free enterprise system.

Guys, give it a rest. Come back when you are ready to argue real science.

Houston, we have a problem.

Number 12 of a series

This series is devoted to matters related to Texas. “Houston” lands in the title due to a popular quote. Here’s the latest whopper.

John Cornyn <info@johncornyn.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 31 at 10:51 PM

John,

House Democrats voted on a resolution to start the impeachment process against President Trump today! While this is mainly a procedural vote, they will try to blow this way out of proportion to change public opinion in favor of impeachment.

Pelosi and Schiff have conducted their impeachment sham behind closed doors – IN SECRET! They’ve been doing it for months. Today’s vote is just another attempt by Dem leadership to legitimize a process that has gone off the rails.

We must stop the liberal witch hunt!

Yes, that’s John Cornyn, my senator from the great state of Texas. I should be so proud. If only he could get it right more often. Let’s take a look.

“House Democrats voted on a resolution to start the impeachment process against President Trump today!” Let me translate that for you. “House Democrats did their job today.” Would only the two Texas Senators start doing their job and correct a  bunch of mischief being done in the name of the presidency.

“Pelosi and Schiff have conducted their impeachment sham behind closed doors – IN SECRET!” Yes, dear readers, IN SECRET.” In secret, that is, if you redefine “secret” as meaning shouting something from the roof of your house. The panel conducting the inquiry includes a number of people from Senator Cornyn’s party. If this stuff is being kept secret, it’s because Republicans on the committee are not coming out of the room and telling John Cornyn what’s going on.

“We must stop the liberal witch hunt!” Liberal? Why not conservative? Why are conservatives in Congress suddenly not interested in reining in government malfeasance? Has judicial responsibility all of a sudden become a liberal concept?

Senator, I received another email from you since this one. It is a notice that you want my campaign contribution because Beto O’Roarke has dropped out of his run for the presidency and may consider running for your job. If O’Roarke runs for your job I have a big campaign check waiting for him. If a sentient carbon-based life form runs against you I have a similar check. It’s time to get off that high horse and start doing your job.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 25 of a continuing series

I get letters. And I love it. Here is a recent one.

Donald J. Trump <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com

Nov 1 at 2:26 AM

 

DEAR NANCY AND DEMS: NO MORE BS! READ THE TRANSCRIPT!

John,

Democrats know that I’ve done nothing wrong but they are trying to take us down, that’s why 231 Democrats voted to continue this Hoax and formalize the Impeachment Probe.

This Impeachment nonsense is just a continuation of the Witch Hunt Hoax, which has been going on since before I even got elected. They hate me, but most of all they hate YOU, John.

They hate the idea of you being in charge of our country. They want to ERASE your vote like it never existed, they want to ERASE your voice, and they want to ERASE your future.

But I know they will fail because in America:

THE PEOPLE RULE AGAIN!

What catches me on this one is, “but most of all they hate YOU, John.” The revelation is so intense—the President of the United States felt the need to put it in bold typeface. Of course, I’m heart-broken. Just as I was heart-broken when I discovered creationist Steve Rudd does not like me. Actually, not heart-broken, because I am sure Donald Trump has me confused with somebody else. To that end, let’s take a poll and see who has risen to the level of not-like.

Actually, these numbers numbers don’t exactly say people do not like President Trump. They just want him out of office and back to screwing up his own life as before.

Mr. Trump implores, “Read the transcript!” Thanks. We will. Show us the transcript. I understand people on your staff saw fit to secrete it inside a secure server. It would appear the only thing standing between our reading the transcript and not is your command that said transcript be made public. Your move, Baby Cakes.

“They hate the idea of you being in charge of our country.” Skipping past the minor lapse in English grammar, there is a point gone begging. I am not in charge of the country. If I were in charge of the country the Ukraine transcript would be out of the secure server and quickly chiseled into the concrete in that sidewalk in front of the White House. But that would only be if I were in charge. I await the opportunity.

“The hate me…” They hate you, Mr. President? Say it isn’t so! How could the American public be so short-sighted and cruel. Let me show you the ways.

I promise, Mr. President, I will get to the bottom of this plot to pull you down. Please hold your breath while I do.

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 14 of the series

No, none of this comes from me, and for that I am thankful.

The above showed up on my Facebook feed. It demands investigation. Here is the story from DeadState:

 

Megachurch pastor: The effort to impeach Trump is actually an effort to impeach Christian values

People who know me will tell you I have a low view of “Christian values.” This sets a new low. And I didn’t have to make it up.

People Unclear

This is number 86 of a series

As I previously noted, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham seems to be slow on the uptake. Nothing has improved since then.

White House: John Kelly ‘was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President’

(CNN)President Donald Trump is disputing that former White House chief of staff John Kelly warned the President before he left the White House last year not to hire a replacement who wouldn’t tell him the truth or that he would be impeached.

Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, made the comments during an interview at the Sea Island Summit political conference hosted by the Washington Examiner this weekend.
Kelly said if he had stayed on as chief of staff Trump wouldn’t be in the midst of the current impeachment inquiry, implying that White House advisers could have prevented it.

“I said, whatever you do — and we were still in the process of trying to find someone to take my place — I said whatever you do, don’t hire a ‘yes man,’ someone who won’t tell you the truth — don’t do that,” Kelly said. “Because if you do, I believe you will be impeached.”

Kelly’s comments come after his successor, now acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, brashly confirmed and then denied earlier this month that Trump froze nearly $400 million in US security aid to Ukraine in part to pressure that country into investigating Democrats.

Trump weighed in Saturday on Kelly’s interview with the Washington Examiner, saying in a statement to CNN, “John Kelly never said that, he never said anything like that. If he would have said that I would have thrown him out of the office. He just wants to come back into the action like everybody else does.”

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham added, “I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President.”

It was that last part that made me force you to read all the rest. “I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President.”

Yes, think about that for a minute. Time’s up. And you see it, too. Here is somebody, earning a high government salary, who possesses a vanishingly slim grip on reality. Or, it could be Grisham is merely earning her salary. She’s doing her job, which is to protect her boss from those notorious slings and arrows.

Hint, to Stephanie Grisham: you would do a better job protecting your boss if you did not make yourself an object of ridicule to match.

This is your president speaking.

Number 229 in a series

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

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 15 at 1:20 PM

John,Can you believe this? Adam Schiff is a TOTAL FRAUD!

He knew about the “whistleblower’s” report long before it was officially filed, and it’s obvious that he probably helped write it too. TREASON!This isn’t the first time that Adam Schiff has fabricated stories about YOUR President to try and take him down, and it won’t be the last.

The truth is, Adam Schiff is a lying disaster for our country. He should resign.President Trump has publicly called on Adam Schiff to resign, but the Democrats are choosing to IGNORE the FACTS to protect this lowlife.

First of all, it’s good to know Adam Schiff is a TOTAL FRAUD. We missed that point. And now we also know the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee knew about the President’s attempt at bribery before somebody in an American intelligence agency blew the whistle on him. That Chairman Schiff helped write the report is an amazing revelation, and for that we need to thank President Trump.

And now TREASON. TREASON! Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war. There’s treason in our fair land.

Found it!

This is your president speaking.

Number 228 in a series

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

Donald J. Trump <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 17 at 5:14 PM

John,

Nancy Pelosi needs help fast!

There is either something wrong with her “upstairs,” or she just plain doesn’t like our great Country.

She had a total meltdown during a very important meeting yesterday regarding our great troops. It was very sad to watch and totally uncalled for.

Nancy is unwilling to work with me and my administration to Keep America Great, and yesterday’s incident proves she cares more about politics and IMPEACHING ME than this Nation.

But, that’s why she’s a third-rate politician and the leader of the Do Nothing Democrats.

For the record; following the meeting Speaker Pelosi came out and explained what went on. She also noted a correction. She said President Trump called her a “third grade” politician, not a “third rate” politician. I hope everybody is clear on that now.

Anyhow, Donald Trump has carried the meme forward onto his Twitter offerings:

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump“I thought a very revealing poll was done by The New York Times. By about a 10 point margin, those in battleground states polled are against impeaching the President, and if Nancy Pelosi doesn’t take note of that, maybe she is the third rate politician.”@kilmeade @foxandfriends

6:21 AM · Oct 22, 2019Twitter for iPhone

Allow me to summarize.