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The Big Lie That Barr Lied

By Andrew C. McCarthy May 3, 2019 2:37 PM

Oh, my.

"The attorney general’s testimony was clearly accurate.

I originally thought this was too stupid to write about. But stupid is like the plague inside the Beltway — one person catches it and next thing you know there’s an outbreak at MSNBC and the speaker of the House is showing symptoms while her delirious minions tote ceramic chickens around Capitol Hill.

So I give you: the Bill Barr perjury allegation.

We are all entitled to our own opinions. But are we entitled to our own facts? Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s bon mot says no, but Washington makes you wonder. Like when spleen-venting about the supposedly outrageous, unbelievable, disgraceful invocation of the word “spy” to describe episodes of government spying is instantly followed by a New York Times story about how the spying — er, I mean, court-authorized electronic surveillance — coupled with the tasking of spies — er, undercover agents — green-lighted by a foreign spy — er, intelligence service — was more widespread than previously known.

If I were a cynic, I’d think people were trying to get out in front of some embarrassing revelations on the horizon. I might even be tempted to speculate that progressives were trotting out their “Destroy Ken Starr” template for Barr deployment (which, I suppose, means that 20 years from now we’ll be reading about what a straight-arrow Barr was compared to whomever Democrats are savaging at that point).

The claim that Barr gave false testimony is frivolous. That is why, at least initially, Democrats and their media echo chamber soft-pedaled it — with such dishonorable exceptions as Mazie Horono, the Hawaii Democrat who, somehow, is a United States senator. It’s tough to make the perjury argument without any false or even inaccurate statements — though my Fox News colleague Andrew Napolitano did give it the old college try. As recounted by The Hill, he twisted himself into a pretzel, observing — try to follow this — that the attorney general “probably misled” Congress and thus “he’s got a problem” . . . although this purported dissembling didn’t really seem to be, you know, an actual “lie” so . . . maybe it’s not a problem after all. Or something."

Balance of article at the link: https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/05/the-big-lie-that-barr-lied/
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat May 4, 2019, 07:51 AM (75 replies)

Mark Penn: Trump is not a dictator, Nadler is.

Our political system is being weaponized against itself

"In the old days, New York Democrat Rep. Jerrold Nadler was a much-admired progressive congressman — smart, able and representing an important district with strong values and beliefs.

He represented his views with honor and dignity whether in the majority or the minority. He called the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998 “a partisan railroad job.”

Today he has become the conductor of his own “railroad job” that is over the top and embarrassing us all. Congress has about a 20 percent approval rating and Nadler is doing his part to keep it that low.

After Attorney General Bill Barr did not show up for his hearing on Thursday because Nadler wanted to question the A.G. in a manner reserved for inquests and investigations, Nadler then called the president a “dictator.”

Balance of article at the link: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/mark-penn-trump-nadler-dictator-barr-house-hearing
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat May 4, 2019, 07:43 AM (4 replies)

Explosions kill at least 140 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

No one has claimed responsibility for Sunday's blasts.

Nothing to see here, citizens. Just more "Man Caused Disasters" to quote a former Community Organizer.

"At least 140 people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a security official told The Associated Press, in the biggest violence in the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago.

Two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak with reporters. Worshippers and hotel guests were among the dead, the official said.

The magnitude of the bloodshed recalled Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war, when separatist Tamil Tigers and other rebel groups targeted the Central Bank, a shopping mall, a Buddhist temple and hotels popular with tourists.

No one has claimed responsibility for Sunday's blasts."

Balance of article at the link: https://www.wbir.com/article/news/nation-world/explosions-kill-at-least-140-in-sri-lanka-on-easter-sunday/507-49a2aa8f-3b64-42dd-a8d2-e99c70c2b9ba
Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Apr 21, 2019, 08:41 AM (0 replies)

"George Mason University to angry students: Kavanaughs teaching a course for us whether you like

it or not"

About time someone told the cry-bullies on America's college campuses to stick it.

"First Camille Paglia’s university stands up to students on her behalf, now this. Since when do universities resist the whims of the woke brigades?

If you find it gross that college students would support blackballing someone on the basis of a bare allegation, remember that that’s how students themselves are treated on campus under Title IX. Guilty until proven innocent is academia’s version of due process when it comes to sexual misconduct. If you can destroy a young adult’s future on someone’s say-so in the name of zero tolerance for rape, surely you can deny a Supreme Court justice his summer side hustle for the same reason.

And before you ask: Yes, of course Bill Clinton has spoken at GMU before. In 2008, at a campaign event for Hillary, in fact.

Here’s HuffPost reporting on a campus town hall held on Tuesday night by the university’s president and other officials to let students vent about their decision to hire Kavanaugh for a part-time teaching gig. Students won’t even have to interact with him on campus: His summer class will be taught in England during July and August, when the Court — and school — aren’t in session. Even so, 10,000 people have signed a petition cancel his gig. The crowd on Tuesday night was aghast that administrators seemingly didn’t share their disgust that GMU was about to employ someone accused of something terrible:


Provost S. David Wu said it was the law school’s choice to hire Kavanaugh, and he saw “no reason for university administrators to override” their decision. Cabrera agreed, emphasizing the need to protect the law school’s ability to hire who it wants. Alison Price, senior associate dean of GMU’s Antonin Scalia School of Law, said she would ensure going forward that faculty would thoughtfully consider a hire’s “implications to all students.”

Students were somewhere between baffled and outraged that none of their school’s leaders saw a problem with giving Kavanaugh a job.

“In hiring Kavanaugh, to what extent did you consider the mental health of the survivors on campus and how that might affect them and their education?” asked one male student, as the room filled with the sound of students snapping their fingers in support…

HuffPost asked Cabrera after the event if he saw any possibility of revisiting the school’s contract with Kavanaugh if students continue to protest and say his association with the school feels inappropriate or makes them revisit their own sexual trauma.

“No,” he said. “It’s done.”

Balance of article at the link: https://hotair.com/archives/2019/04/19/george-mason-university-angry-students-kavanaughs-teaching-course-us-whether-like-not/
Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Apr 21, 2019, 07:50 AM (5 replies)

New York Times beclowns itself on 'Edelweiss' too

Once again, pre-emptive apologies to Shoe/Docbroke for posting from a blog site of which he does not personally approve.

More evidence that the New York Times is a former newspaper.


"The New York Times has made itself famous for its religious idiocy, but that's almost piddly compared to its malevolence-tinged cultural illiteracy.

Tyler O'Neil at Pajamas Media reports this new doozy:

The latest attempt to brand Trump a Nazi has two American artists rolling over in their graves.

On Thursday, a New York Post reporter tweeted that President Donald Trump played the song "Edelweiss" at the White House. The New York Times's White House correspondent, Maggie Haberman, suggested the song was a Nazi anthem, inspiring rightful backlash on Twitter. She seemed to stick with this false view, even after she was called out on it.

"'Edelweiss' was being played as we walked into the ," Nikki Schwab, the Post reporter, tweeted.

Haberman repeatedly doubled down on the Nazi suggestion, even when she was being corrected, according to the piece, citing multiple tweets. That is not surprising, given Haberman's boneheaded refusal to correct herself on her libelous Covington kids conclusions, something she's now getting sued for.

It shows a whole lot of arrogance rolling around at the Times among its "star" reporters. This incident is worse, because it signaled malevolence. The Left is always looking for ways to call Trump a Nazi, despite any facts. Over at the comparably elitist New Yorker, another journalist errantly claimed that an ICE agent's military service–linked tattoo was a Nazi thing, something that got her fired and the man an apology. And don't forget that the Left largely got away with smearing White House official Sebastian Gorka as a Nazi for his wearing a Hungarian resistance emblem to honor his father at a White House event, a lie from malevolent, ignorant boobs if there ever was one. Nazis, Nazis, everywhere, and Haberman's blooper is just the latest incident. "

Balance of article at the link: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/04/new_york_times_beclowns_itself_on_edelweiss_too.html
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:54 AM (19 replies)

"Exchange of the day: Mary Katharine Ham explains the difference between spying and surveillance

to CNN panel "

Interesting Twitter exchange regarding "surveillance" versus "spying".

"This exchange between Mary Katharine Ham and a CNN panel on the differences between spying and surveillance is a few days old, but as Mollie Hemingway says below, we’re still “chuckling” over it.

In summary, there is no difference between the two words “because they’re synonyms”:

https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2019/04/16/exchange-of-the-day-mary-katharine-ham-explains-the-difference-between-spying-and-surveillance-to-cnn-panel/
Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:35 PM (0 replies)

Spiders on drugs

LOL. Saw this in training today. It's a hoot.

Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:15 PM (2 replies)

What's for dinner?

I'd post this in Life, but this is where all the cool kids hang out!

We had sirloin steak, corn, mushrooms and grilled asparagus.

Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 07:16 PM (22 replies)

"More than a million high-capacity ammunition magazines flooded into California

during a week long window created when federal judge temporarily threw out the state's ban"

This story makes me smile.

"More than a million high-capacity ammunition magazines flooded into California during a one-week window created when a federal judge temporarily threw out the state's ban, gun owners' groups estimated on Thursday.

Reform groups said the projections are self-serving as gun rights organizations try to make the case that magazines holding more than 10 bullets are so common now that a ban is impractical.

The magazines aren't tracked. But there are plenty of anecdotal evidence that the floodgates briefly opened when US District Judge Roger Benitez overturned the state's nearly 20-year-old ban late last month.

The judge halted sales a week later, but ruled that those who bought the magazines can legally own them while the state appeals his ruling."

Balance of article at the link: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6913979/Gun-groups-Million-plus-extended-magazines-flood-California.html
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Apr 13, 2019, 07:12 PM (2 replies)

Protesters Claim Victory After Blocking Customers From Chick-Fil-A For Entire Sunday

Great news!

"BUFFALO, NY—Facebook Chick-fil-A protest group Boycott Chick-fil-A claimed victory last Sunday after managing to keep all customers and employees from coming onto the premises of a local Chick-fil-A restaurant for the entire day. "Not one customer all day," page administrator Byron Vega said in a Facebook post celebrating the victory. "The hate-peddlers are bleeding profits today thanks to your effort. Do you know what happens when giant corporations like Chick-fil-A don't get a single customer for an entire day? They burn to the ground."

Asked if the company had felt the loss, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy responded, "What happened now?"
Boycott Chick-fil-A had already called for another boycott for the following Sunday, this time hoping it will go nationwide. "We proved that when real-life, grassroots protesters gather, they can affect real change. Now we call upon LGBTQIA activists across the nation to join us in a devastating protest next Sunday."
"When we take away their Sunday profits, we have them right where we want them," the page admin added triumphantly."

https://babylonbee.com/news/protesters-claim-victory-after-blocking-customers-from-chic-fil-a-for-entire-sunday
Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Apr 8, 2019, 08:45 PM (1 replies)
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