Friday News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

CARTER PAGE FALLOUT: DOJ rules scumbag-Comey FBI had “insufficient predication to establish probable cause” in FISA scandal (The Daily Wire)

A TALE OF TWO WHISTLEBLOWERS: Whistleblower who reported government waste, fraud, and abuse gets none of the protections the anti-Trump whistleblower received (RealClearPolitics)

Government & Politics

BLAINE AMENDMENT IN TROUBLE: A promising day for religious liberty at the High Court (National Review)

VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW: Trump administration plans action against California over abortion-coverage requirement (The Wall Street Journal)

Culture & Heartland

VILLAGE ACADEMICS: Democrat professors outnumber Republicans 9:1 at top colleges (Washington Examiner)

VILLAGE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM: LGBTQ education is now mandatory in New Jersey schools (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

THE UGLINESS OF IDENTITY POLITICS: Miami PD suspends white officer who begins identifying as “black” (The American Mirror)

RIGHT TO LIFE: Tennessee governor announces fetal heartbeat bill, other abortion restrictions (National Review)FOR THE RECORD: Toxic “forever chemicals” found in drinking water throughout the U.S. (USA Today)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: State Department is right to tackle “birth tourism” (The Heritage Foundation)

POLICY: Google is posing a serious threat to innovation (Issues & Insights)

HUMOR: Democrats warn that American people may tamper with next election (The Babylon Bee) ~The Patriot Post   

Second Session – Day Three – Senate Impeachment Trial 

by sundance{ } ~ There will be 24 hours of presentation by House Impeachment Managers (over 3 days); 24 hours of presentation by Defense team (over 3 days); 16 hours of Senate questioning… 4 hours of closing arguments, equally divided; and then a Senate debate/vote on further motions to include witnesses. If there are going to be witnesses, they will first be deposed prior to testimony. No witness testimony will be permitted without first being deposed. The Senate Trial continues with the second session today at 7:15pm EST. McConnell announced the evening session will last until approximately 10:30pm.  






Lee Zeldin Challenges Media and Debunks scumbag/liar-Schiff’s Claim that Ukraine 2016 Interference is “Conspiracy Theory”

by sundance{ } ~ Lee Zeldin, Mike Johnson, Mark Meadows and Elise Stefanik appear for a quick presser during the impeachment hearings… Zeldin notes that scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff has claimed Ukraine interference in the 2016 U.S. election is “conspiracy theory“; then Zeldin cites specific examples of Ukraine activity the media are well aware of. After calling out the media examples, Mr. Zeldin challenges them to debunk him….. the media are silent.  


Senate blocks Democrats’ pretrial demand for Trump documents

by Susan Ferrechio{ } ~ President Trump’s impeachment trial opened with a vote to block a subpoena for White House documents related to Democratic allegations the president abused the power of his office by withholding security aid from Ukraine… The Senate Republican majority defeated a measure 47-53 offered by Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer demanding the White House turn over a trove of documents stemming from Trump’s conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Republicans stayed unified in opposition to the move by scumbag-Schumer, a New York Democrat. Republicans instead backed a resolution setting the terms of the impeachment trial that would postpone consideration of additional evidence until after House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense lawyers have presented their cases. The vote followed arguments by Democratic impeachment managers and the defense lawyers, providing a glimpse of the cases each side will present in the coming days. The Senate rules allow impeachment managers and the defense lawyers three days each to present arguments. “The Senate should act on this subpoena now, at the outset of the trial,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, argued. “Documents that are directly relevant to evaluating the president’s scheme. If it won’t even ask for this evidence, this trial, and your judgment, will be questioned.” Trump’s legal team, led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, argued the House impeachment investigation was partisan, lacked due process, and took shortcuts to speed up the inquiry. The Senate should not be forced to fix the shortcomings of the House impeachment proceedings, Trump’s lawyers argued. “Never before in the history of our country has a president been confronted with this kind of impeachment proceeding in the House,” Cipollone argued before the Senate. The House impeachment team, led by Intelligence Committee Chairman scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff, said the Senate trial, like any trial, should have evidence and witnesses… You had your chance at the House and you didn’t.  

scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler left every Democrat seeing red with this huge impeachment mistake

by ~ House Judiciary Committee Chairman scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler was a controversial addition to the House Impeachment Manager team… scumbag liar-Nadler is an obnoxious partisan who can’t help himself when the camera light turns on. And now scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler left every Democrat seeing red with this huge impeachment mistake. Democrats knew scumbag liar-Nadler is a liability. That’s why on day one of the Senate impeachment trial, Democrats stashed scumbag liar-Nadler until the wee hours of the morning. Democrats finally let scumbag liar-Nadler speak after midnight hoping everyone would be too exhausted to notice any blunders. But that was not the case. scumbag liar-Nadler infuriated Republicans by accusing GOP Senators of engaging in a cover up to block subpoenaing new witnesses until after oral arguments and a period for Senators to ask written questions. “I see a lot of senators voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses. An absolutely indefensible vote, obviously a treacherous vote,” scumbag liar-Nadler ranted. Democrats’ goal of persuading four GOP Senators to break ranks and vote for new witness testimony suffered a blow after scumbag liar-Nadler’s false and partisan attack. “If the Democrats are smart, they won’t put scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler on the field again,” Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson told reporters. “He was so out of line. It’s offensive accusing us of a cover-up.” “To my Democratic colleagues, you can say what you want about me, but I’m covering up nothing,” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham added. “I’m exposing your hatred of the president.” scumbag liar-Nadler also caused a blow-up when he baselessly accused the President’s lawyers of “lying.” That led to White House counsel Pat Cippollone demanding scumbag liar-Nadler apologize to the President of the United States and his family. Chief Justice John Roberts sensed matters were getting out of hand and reprimanded both sides – even though the Democrats were the ones that crossed the line – for uncivil conduct. scumbag liar-Nadler’s disastrous performance turned the atmosphere in the Senate chamber toxic and may have extinguished Democrats’ hopes to persuade RINO Republicans to turn on Trump and vote for new witness testimony.  

Lindsey Graham promises evidence against loose lips liar-Bidens on Friday

by ~ Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is pushing back on the repeated claims of House impeachment managers that President Trump had no reason to believe that loose lips liar-Joe and Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine warranted investigation… Speaking to reporters ahead of the third day of the Senate impeachment trial, he noted the managers “must have said 50 times” that “the loose lips liar-Biden conflict of interest allegations have been debunked and there is no scintilla of evidence in terms of conflict of interest and wrongdoing.” However, directing his remarks to the reporters, he said “nobody, particularly in your business, has done much looking at when happened with Hunter Biden.” “You’re going to hear much more about that, and I’ll tell you tomorrow,” he said. Graham gave a preview, nevertheless, ticking off a series of events that culminated in loose lips liar-Joe Biden — as loose lips liar-Biden himself boasted at a public event — pressuring then-Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko to fire the prosecutor investigating his son’s corrupt Ukrainian firm by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, said Thursday he will begin releasing documents related to alleged corruption by the loose lips liar-Bidens in Ukraine and around the world. “Everything I tried to tell the press last March is now coming out, and more,” the former New York City mayor wrote on Twitter. “I will now start to reveal the evidence directly to you, the People. The loose lips liar-Biden Family Enterprise made millions by selling public office. Then when loose lips liar-Joe was scumbag/liar-nObama’s Point Man, they ALL made millions.”Graham noted to reporters Thursday he supported Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation of the Trump campaign, and “two years later, I’m good to go.”But “nobody has looked at what’s happened in the Ukraine,” he said. In November, Graham sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting documents of loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s phone calls with former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko in February and March 2016. Among Graham’s concerns was whether there was any mention of Ukraine’s investigation of the business activities of Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky. Graham pointed out that in 2014, loose lips liar-Joe Biden was “given the Ukraine portfolio by scumbag/liar-nObama.” “It’s a notoriously corrupt place,” he said of the country. “Within a month of being given the Ukraine portfolio, the vice president’s son is hired by Burisma, one of the most corrupt companies in the Ukraine…  

FISA Court Confirms Two Carter Page Surveillance Applications ‘Not Valid’

By TOBIAS HOONHOUT{ } ~ A FISA Court order declassified Thursday confirmed that the government had found two of the four FISA applications authorized for the FBI to surveil 2016 Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page to be “not valid,”… and will further investigate the validity of the other two. The order revealed that the government found two of the surveillance application renewals to be “not valid” based on “the material misstatements and omission” used by the FBI, which was found by the Justice Department to have “insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power.” Based on the ordering of the applications, it appears the review found the second and third renewal applications used against Page to be invalid, while the original application and the first renewal remain under investigation. The third renewal was personally signed by scumbag-James Comey, while the fourth was signed by Andrew McCabe. The court also said it was still waiting on the Bureau after it “agreed ‘to sequester all collection the FBI acquired pursuant to the Court’s authorizations’” against Page, but so far has not provided an update. DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz revealed “at least 17 significant errors or omissions” committed by the FBI in his report on the Bureau’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign, but did not come up with any “documentary evidence” that the probe was predicated by political bias. Among the more egregious violations detailed in the report was the revelation that a top FBI national security lawyer doctored an email for Page’s fourth application to conceal that Page served as a source for the CIA. In its order, the FISC also outlines five further steps for the government to complete by January 28, 2020, including a review of its “minimization procedures” with “a detailed description of the steps taken or to be taken to restrict access to such information in unminimized form.” The FISC slammed the FBI in a rare public statement last month following Horowitz’s report. “The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable,” the court wrote.  

Iran and the Nobel Peace Prize PresidentsBy Dennis L. Weisman

I. Introduction

{ } ~ For the second time in 40 years, a Republican President was forced to clean up the mess left by his Democrat predecessor’s failures in Iran. The first time was when a group of Muslim “college students” overran the U.S. embassy in 1979 and paralyzed the Carter administration for more than a year. The second time was when the scumbag/liar-nObama administration, in a move reminiscent of British PM Chamberlain’s futile attempt to appease Hitler, sent a plane-load of cash in the middle of the night to Tehran to induce the rogue nation to stand down on its nuclear program. The irony with Carter and scumbag/liar-nObama, both Nobel Peace Prize recipients, is that their policies precipitated “war” not peace.

Aesop’s fable of the scorpion and frog captures the essence of the problem:

“A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a babbling stream. It’s too treacherous to cross, so the scorpion nicely asks the frog to carry him across on its back. This makes the frog a little suspicious. It asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will die too.” That sound reasoning relaxes the frog’s nerves. So he allows the scorpion to climb aboard and they shove off across the flowing water. They get halfway across the stream and the scorpion stings the frog directly in the middle of his back. The frog feels the onset of the scorpion’s poison and starts to sink. He manages one dying breath: “Why?!” And the scorpion replies: “It’s my nature…”

II. James Earl Carter Jr.

Jimmy Carter would unquestionably rank ahead of Donald Trump and most other presidents in a contest for sainthood. Carter is a humanist, a philanthropist, teaches Sunday school and builds houses for the poor. He was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts.” Still, he was a below-average president and America lost stature in the world when he was at the helm. His presidency was an aberration that reflected the country’s need to restore order to an office rocked by the Watergate scandal and President Nixon’s resignation. The American people generally liked Jimmy Carter, but they could not trust him to keep them safe.    

After the Iranian Revolution, the U.S. embassy in Tehran was overrun and 52 American diplomats and citizens were taken hostage and held for 444 days. Eight U.S. servicemen would die in a failed rescue attempt when their helicopter crashed in the desert. The hostages were released before Ronald Reagan was even sworn into office, having defeated the hapless Jimmy Carter. There was a new sheriff in town and the Iranians feared Reagan in a way they never feared Carter.  

When the Iranians mined the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War, the USS Samuel Roberts was crippled and nearly sank while escorting Kuwaiti oil tankers. The Reagan administration responded with Operation Praying Mantis on 18 April 1988.  By the time the smoke had cleared, half of Iran’s Navy had been destroyed. Iran was forced into a ceasefire and hostilities in the Gulf ended shortly thereafter.

It turns out that the B actor who played a tough cowboy in Western movies brought that same grit to the Oval Office. The Russians would take notice when President Reagan abruptly fired the air-traffic controllers for an unlawful strike less than a year into his presidency. He was not a man to be trifled with.  

III. Barack Hussein scumbag/liar-nObama

Barack scumbag/liar-nObama was swept into office as a youthful, dynamic almost messiah-like figure after George W. Bush completed his second term. The American people had begun to question the Iraq War amidst the specter of human rights abuses. The WMD that were the lynchpin of the U.S. entry into Iraq were never found and the Bush administration lost credibility. The economy had fallen into a deep recession in 2008 and the government appeared flat-footed and ill-prepared for the severity of the crisis. The people were ready for the “hope and change” they were promised.  

Barack scumbag/liar-nObama was woke. As one journalist noted, he looked cool jogging down the stairs of Airforce One in his sharply creased slacks. He is a gifted, inspirational orator with the ability to rally the crowds. He was also the country’s First Black President. Opinions differ as to whether scumbag/liar-nObama had the “goods” for the job, or whether he simply emerged at the right time in our nation’s history. He went from Illinois state senator to U.S. President in a mere four years. Television had changed the presidency and scumbag/liar-nObama looked good on camera. The problem with TV is that viewers focus too much on how you look and sound, and too little on the substance of what you actually say.

scumbag/liar-nObama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international cooperation between people” and the “new climate” precipitated by his reaching out to the Muslim world. This prize was not without controversy, largely because he had been president for less than a year and his significant accomplishments were elusive if not illusory.    

 As part of a broader plan to induce Iran to stand down on its development of nuclear weapons, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the scumbag/liar-nObama administration released upwards of $150 billion in Iranian assets. Even Secretary of State hanoi-Kerry conceded that some of these funds would likely be used to finance acts of terrorism.

President Trump ended U.S. involvement in the JCPOA. He did not believe Iran’s leaders could be trusted to live up to the agreement—most scorpions can’t. The president’s adversaries and his own defense secretary argued this would reignite tensions with Iran.  

Following the Iran-initiated assault on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq on New Year’s Eve, which followed attacks on U.S. military personnel and the death of a civilian contractor, President Trump sanctioned striking Iran’s top military commander, General Qasem Soliemani. The general was responsible for the deaths of several hundred American military personnel and had orchestrated terrorist attacks throughout the Middle East. The drone that killed the general was fired over Iraq, but it was heard around the world in China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia. President Trump understood, just as President Reagan had before him, that you must sometimes do more than just “carry a big stick.”

The final scene in the Iran saga is not yet written. President Trump’s actions against Iran’s terror network were certainly bold; time will tell whether they were also wise.

IV. Conclusion

Four U.S. Presidents have been awarded Nobel Peace Prizes Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson,Jimmy Carter and Barack scumbag/liar-nObama. Yet President Reagan won the Cold War, a standoff that truly posed an existential threat, without firing a single shot. He prevailed with an unwavering belief in the power of free markets and “peace through strength.” Presidents Carter and scumbag/liar-nObama were good, peace-loving and well-intentioned men, but our enemies would question their resolve, and this put the country at risk.

Their detractors would say that Ronald Reagan was not “intellectually” equipped for the presidency and that Donald Trump lacked the experience and temperament for the office. Neither is as humanist as Jimmy Carter or as woke as Barack scumbag/liar-nObama, but none of that matters when the missiles are flying overhead, and tomorrow is no longer assured. By the way, that 3 AM phone call that Mrs. scumbag/liar-Clinton shamelessly hawked in her 2008 presidential campaign finally did come, and President Trump answered it.  


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