🔍 Things I Found Interesting 🔎- Open Thread

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Derek Hunter: The Circular Firing Squad

Republicans have reverted to their old ways and reformed into their default position – the circular firing squad.

A Republican’s critical aim is never more true than when directed toward another Republican. That’s why even when they win, they lose.

Adults don’t assign blame; they take responsibility. Since the failure of “repeal and replace,” finger pointing has become the name of the game.

Who is to blame for what truly was an embarrassing snafu? Everyone.

Moderate Republicans. Don’t get me started… OK, I’m started. The reason for the “replace” part of “repeal and replace” is moderate Republicans, from the speaker on down. Rather than stand up for constitutionally limited government, moderates ceded the concept of government manipulation of the health insurance market.

Obamacare is a failure not of construction, but of concept. A slightly more conservative version of a progressive idea is still a progressive idea.

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2017/04/02/the-circular-firing-squad-n2307447


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Ted Koppel, and People Like Him, Are Why We All Can’t Get Along

The unspoken premise of Koppel’s analysis is that one side of the political spectrum has the “facts” while the other does not. Judging by where Koppel chooses to focus his attention, he clearly has a strong opinion as to which side is which. The segment includes a smattering of clips from lefties like Stephen Colbert and John Oliver in an attempt to feign balance. But the focus of criticism rests on conservative media.

They don’t get it. You know why they don’t get it? For the same reason that a little boy who tries to keep a pet frog doesn’t understand when the frog either escapes or dies. The frog doesn’t need the little boy to take care of him, and so it is with us. We don’t need to be protected and cared for by the media elite, or the academic elite, or the political class.

We don’t need to be kept like pets. We need to be free. That’s it. That is the totality of our need in so far as government and other institutions are concerned. Preserve our liberty, and otherwise leave us alone. That’s what Koppel doesn’t understand. It’s what none of these stuffed shirts understand. They have more in common with the Capitol dwellers in The Hunger Games than they have with you or me and they stand wholly incapable of understanding why we rebel.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/03/31/ted-koppel-and-people-like-him-are-why-we-all-cant-get-along/’

Don’t you love how Ornstein is so nostalgic for the “good old days” when Mr. and Mrs. America sat in front of their television sets and swallowed what ever pap the liberal media was feeding them. No other voices allowed.

Now when there are many other voices, some good, many bad, and people have a choice the liberals return to their totalitarian mindset. And their undying hatred of free speech.


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At this point, anti-Trump Russia hysteria smells like Ben Rhodes-style echo chamber

The entirety of the evidence made public so far proving that Donald Trump did something illegal or improper in collusion with the Russians with regard to the presidential election looks something like this:

[to be determined, maybe, at some point in the future, as of this moment, nada, ziltch]

or more precisely

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Oh, there is a lot of speculation. There has been a mountain of articles written about “contacts,” but nothing showing improper or illegal conduct related to the campaign.

I can’t prove that the speculation is wrong, because there have been no facts disclosed that would allow me to prove it wrong. I also can’t prove that the speculation is right, because there have been no facts disclosed that would allow me to prove it right.

Like the proverbial broken clock, some of that speculation may end up being correct, even if most of it proves incorrect.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/04/at-this-point-anti-trump-russia-hysteria-smells-like-ben-rhodes-style-echo-chamber/

Like Professor Jacobson I have no opinion about Trump’s guilt or innocence because I simply don’t have enough facts. Fanning the “smoke” as the media is doing and has been doing is dishonest and unproductive. They are a lynch mob in search of a rope. Do I believe it is possible that Donald Trump did something that he shouldn’t have done? I have no problem believing that for one moment. But that’s just my “opinion” not a fact.

Until such time as there is proof, I refuse to join the lynch mob. If and when there is proof I still won’t join the lynch mob. My integrity simply doesn’t allow for that kind of behavior. If and when there is proof of anything that is subject to legal action I will support and applaud that.


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 Kurt Schlichter:The Russiagate Scam Will Blow Up In The Democrats’ Smug Faces 

If you’re stressed out about this whole Russian nonsense, relax – Donald Trump didn’t do anything wrong, and he’s not going be impeached, arrested, or ritually disemboweled. When the truth comes out and it explodes in the Democrats’ soft, girlish hands, we’ll all be laughing and toasting their humiliation with Stoli shots.

How do I know this with utter certainty? Because it’s all so glaringly obvious, and it’s the only scenario that fits the facts. As Hugh Hewitt says, this scandal has three silos. The first silo is the question of whether the Russians somehow “hacked our election.” The second silo is whether any Trump people “colluded” with the Russians. The third silo, the one patriots care most about since it’s the one that isn’t a ridiculous fantasy, is whether anyone in Obama’s administration used our intelligence apparatus to spy on his and Hillary’s political opponents. The answers are “No,” “No,” and “Yes.” The end results are going to be a stronger Trump, weaker Democrats, and various Obama minions exploring new career opportunities in the exciting fields of license plate-making, large-to-small rock transformation, and artisanal pruno distilling.

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/04/03/the-russiagate-scam-will-blow-up-in-the-democrats-smug-faces-n2307707

The Trump campaign never colluded with the Russians. This is true even though the definition of “colluding” has been expanded to include pretty much any interaction with anyone or anything Russian. If they found out Reince Preibus had an old DVD of Rush Hour, Adam Schiff would be in front of a mic with CNN cutting in live. The whole stupid collusion thing has become a weird, Beautiful Mind-esque conspiracy theory with scores of Trumpaphobic loonies out there sharing their bizarre spider webs of intrigue via Twitter memes. Does Gorky Park have a grassy knoll?


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Watch Bill Maher Eviscerate Hillary Clinton

Maher’s rant about the former Secretary of State came in response to her declaration this week that she is “Ready to come out of the woods.”

“Hillary, stay in the woods,” said Maher. “You had your shot, you f–k’d it up. You’re Bill Buckner. We had the World Series and you let the grounder go through your legs. Let someone else have the chance. This to me, the fact that she’s coming back, it just verifies every bad thing anyone’s ever thought about the Clintons – that it’s all about them. Let some of the shorter trees get a little sunlight.”

http://www.dailywire.com/news/15004/watch-bill-maher-eviscerate-hillary-clinton-chase-stephens


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 TKO! Dana Loesch knocks OUT Democrats (especially Little Dicky Durbin) over Gorsuch with just 2 words 

Durbin on Gorsuch: “This has been building up for years. All I can say is what goes around comes around.”

Dana responded: “Playground Politics.”

http://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2017/04/03/tko-dana-loesch-knocks-out-democrats-especially-little-dicky-durbin-over-gorsuch-with-just-2-words/?utm_source=twtydaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl


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BOMBSHELL REPORT: Obama National Security Advisor SUSAN RICE Behind Unmasking Of Trump Transition Team

By Ben Shapiro

In a massive scoop, on Monday morning Eli Lake of Bloomberg reported that Barack Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, repeatedly requested information from the intelligence community on members of the Trump transition team and campaign, unmasking them to an audience beyond the intelligence community in the process. Normally, raw intelligence masks the identity of American citizens caught up in legal surveillance of other targets.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/15036/bombshell-bloomberg-columnist-reports-obama-ben-shapiro


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‘Make a legal argument’: Mike Lee dispels liberals talking points against Trump’s SCOTUS pick
“Judges aren’t there to decide cases on the basis of the identity of the parties,” Lee explained in response to claims like Harris’. “Now, if you think [some of his cases were] wrongly decided or if you think judge Gorsuch’s separate opinion on TransAm trucking was wrong, then make a legal argument. let’s talk about how the statutory text in that case was interpreted.”

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And that’s about it for right now. I’m sure there are many more interesting things that I  didn’t have the time or energy to find. There will doubtless be many more throughout the day. There will also be much rehashing to old rumors, innuendo by the liberal activists posing as “news” people. There will also be much squelching of “news” that doesn’t fit their agenda.

And ordinary American citizens will continue to hate each other and the choices that others made inside the voting booth. It isn’t a world I am familiar with and quite frankly, I don’t like it.

Was this country always this negative? Was the media? I know the old “media” mantra is that “if it bleeds it leads” but hasn’t this been taken too far?

I don’t know. Maybe because it’s another rainy, gloomy day and I’m just aching for sunshine.

In any case…

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6 Responses to “🔍 Things I Found Interesting 🔎- Open Thread”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Sen. Chuck Grassley: The truth about Schumer, Democrats and Gorsuch

    It was just a year ago when we first began hearing chants of “we need nine,” from former President Obama and Vice President Biden, Senate Democrats and their special interest groups.

    To many of us, it appeared to be a simple case of amnesia. They obviously had simply forgotten that both Senator Reid and Senator Schumer had declared that George W. Bush would get no Supreme Court nominees through the Democratic Senate more than 18 months before the end of his term.

    Or, even in 1992 when then-Senator Biden made clear his intentions in a long, detailed speech on the Senate floor outlining the reasons why the Senate wouldn’t consider a Supreme Court nominee of George H.W. Bush in his final year.

    Despite this precedent, Senate Democrats and their special interest groups continued to demand—even after the election—that “we need nine.”

    To the surprise of many Senate Democrats, in November the American people elected Donald Trump. Suddenly we need nine became a hypocritical eight is enough, just like it was in 1992 and 2007.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/04/03/sen-chuck-grassley-truth-about-schumer-democrats-and-gorsuch.htm

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Susan Rice, Obama’s Hatchet Woman, Proves Lord Acton Right Again

    Forget G. Gordon Liddy and the White House plumbers of Watergate days. If you’re looking for a my-president-right-or-wrong apparatchik in the grand tradition of the Soviet Union, willing to do anything for her leader, look no further than former national security adviser Susan Elizabeth Rice.

    https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2017/04/03/susan-rice-obamas-hatchet-woman-proves-lord-acton-right-again/

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  5. Cindyindie Says:

    Great post as always, Marge.
    Thanks!

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