Saturday, December 7, 2019

And Now For Something Completely Different


When I was in junior high, so very long ago, our school system arranged to have students take day trips to hear performances of classical music by the symphony orchestra in our area.  I was one of the kids who appreciated the chance to hear the extraordinary music of the masters.

A lot of classical pieces written in the romantic era influenced movie scores such as John Williams’ Star Wars and Indiana Jones or Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Beethoven is widely considered one of the greatest composers of all time.  His work stands with William Shakespeare’s plays at the outer limits of human brilliance considering most of his music was composed while going deaf.

I found this thoroughly unique and entertaining video via the inimitable Gerard Van der Leun and I thank him.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Jerry Nadler’s Zipper Vs. The Horowitz Report

As this decade draws to a close, the political calendar for Monday will feature the Heavyweight Fight Card of Fat Jerry Nadler’s Zipper versus The Horowitz Report.

At 9:00 AM from the Longworth House Office Building, the House Judiciary Committee will hold its second impeachment hearing entitled “The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump:  Presentations from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and House Judiciary Committee.”

Sometime Monday morning DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report into the FBI’s intrusive wiretapping powers will be made public.  Release of the IG’s report follows revelations in October that a related—and equally politically charged—examination of the origins of the Russia investigation has shifted to a criminal probe.

Horowitz, during the more than a year-and-a-half investigation, has not commented on his investigation into FISA court abuses to issue secret warrants by “dirty cops” to monitor persons within the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.  Warrants were renewed several times by judges based on uncorroborated information obtained by disgraced British spy Christopher Steele and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Thus far, four Inspector General reports and internal Justice Department documents have found senior FBI officers guilty of lying, insubordination, security violations, mishandling confidential material and personal biases against President Trump.

Media outlets whose implicit agenda has been to damage this president have deliberately downplayed the significance of Horowitz’s report.

If you believe, as many do, the Democrats are governed by the clock and the calendar in moving forward with Articles of Impeachment the facts are these:

Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Horowitz on November 18th inviting him to testify before the committee on his findings.  Horowitz agreed to the date authorized by Graham which he set for December 11, 2019.

Horowitz Cc’d his letter to Dianne Feinstein who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and to Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  In addition, copies were sent to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

Horowitz gave assurances the “lengthy” report would be published with few redactions and without a need to prepare or issue “separate classified and public versions of the report.”

When asked if Chairman Nadler would hold a hearing on the FISA report once it is released, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said, "No chance. Jerry Nadler is going to run, not walk, away from any opportunity to bring the Inspector General in to talk about these issues."

The ranking member on the Committee, Georgia Republican Doug Collins, has asked Nadler to schedule a hearing. "FISA oversight falls squarely within the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction. We must act swiftly to address concerns outlined in the Inspector General’s report," he wrote in a letter to Nadler.

“I’m not aware of any terrible problem with the FISA court and specifically not with the Carter Page application,” Nadler said.

More than two months later, a hearing focused on Horowitz's report has not been scheduled by the committee. A representative for Nadler did not respond to a request for comment.

Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows also pressed House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (she replaced Rep. Elijah Cummings who died recently) to hold a FISA report hearing, making the request in a letter. A representative for Maloney did not respond to a request for comment about whether such a hearing might be scheduled.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Breaking: Easter Island Head Guy Endorses “Sleepy” Joe Biden

The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer’s Secretary of State, John Kerry, threw his support behind Joe Biden’s presidential campaign saying the former vice president is “uniquely the person running for president who can beat Donald Trump” in 2020.

“I believe Joe Biden is the president our country desperately needs right now, not because I’ve known Joe so long, but because I know Joe so well,” said the Democrat Party’s 2004 failed presidential nominee.

“I’ve never before seen the world more in need of someone who on day one can begin the incredibly hard work of putting back together the world Donald Trump has smashed apart.”

Kerry is expected to join Biden on his bus tour in Iowa on Friday before traveling to New Hampshire on Sunday.  No word yet whether James Taylor will serenade voters on the campaign trail with a stirring rendition of “You’ve Got A Friend” as he did in Paris when he had to fill in for Barack Obama when he couldn’t make time to join mourning world leaders in that city following the radical Islamic terror attacks at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store.

Kerry thought he could sing his way out of the controversy.

UPDATE:  Welcome readers of Whatfinger News.

Wagging Her Boney Finger, “Cafeteria Catholic” Snaps At Reporter

At 9:00 AM this morning, Nancy Pelosi announced she had directed the House Judiciary Committee to move forward in drafting Articled of Impeachment which, by the way, amount to little more than Democrats’ creative redefinitions of crimes.

Jonathan Turley, constitutional scholar at George Washington University Law School noted the House hasn’t come close to proving corrupt intent, or any kind of quid pro quo, or anything remotely resembling bribery—except that it has “advanced a capacious and novel view of bribery to fit the limited facts.”

Speaking directly to the American people Pelosi said, “Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and our heart full of love for America, today, I am asking our chairmen to proceed with Articles of Impeachment.  The President’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution.  Our democracy is at stake.  The President leaves us no choice but to act.”

A little later the Speaker returned to a lectern in the U.S. House briefing room for her regularly scheduled weekly press conference when Washington correspondent for Sinclair Broadcasting Group, James Rosen, had the audacity to ask "Do you hate the President, Madame Speaker?"

"I don't hate anybody," she said sternly, pointing at Rosen.

"Rep. Collins suggested yesterday that the Democrats are doing this simply because they don't like the guy; I think it's an important point," Rosen said.

"As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the President. And I still pray for the President all the time. So don't mess with me when it comes to words like that," Pelosi said, before storming off.
Later, Rosen showed up at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s weekly press conference.

“I gather you were watching just now when the Speaker, in rather effusive terms, denied that there is any personal animus on her part that is motivating the impeachment drive.   You probably also heard her invoke her Catholicism,” Rosen told him.

“Do you take the Speaker at her word? Do you believe her? Do you believe she’s telling the truth when she says she does not hate the President and that’s not what this is about?”

McCarthy diplomatically answered saying, “I’ll take the Speaker at her word, but if she paused for a moment, she would not have made that determination.”

“So, you don’t accept what she said yesterday?” Rosen pressed.

“I think I have a hard time believing her,” McCarthy answered. 

Question:  Why was the Botox-infused ninny so irritated that she lost her shit with Rosen?

Answer:  One hour before she even made her totally predictable announcement, the President challenged er, warned House Democrats via Twitter:
“The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House. They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy. Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to “Clean the Swamp,” and that’s what I am doing!”

I am giddy with anticipation. The fireworks are going to be resplendent.

UPDATE:  Welcome readers of Whatfinger News.

We Heard You Mocked The President’s Kid

Yesterday the Democrats hauled in four constitutional scholars to outline the basis for impeaching President Trump.  Their hope was the testimony given would “pull along persuadable voters”.

Idiots like The Five’s Juan Williams believe polling suggests vast swaths of the electorate want the President impeached and removed from office.  Even CNN’s polls suggest otherwise.

During questioning from Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Stanford University law professor Pamela S. Karlan was asked to describe the differences between a U. S. president and a king.

It was around the 3 o’clock hour as the ivory tower dweller noted the Constitution bars titles of nobility and the Founding Fathers wanted to avoid the absolute rights of monarchs she declared, “While the President can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”  This drew applause from the audience in the hearing room.

About two hours later, while still in the air aboard Air Force One as she was returning with her husband from the NATO Summit in London, First Lady Melania Trump defended her son tweeting:
Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), later read the First Lady’s tweet aloud and entered it into the Congressional Record of the hearing.

It was at precisely 5:55 PM (I know this because I was watching this farce from gavel to gavel) the over-educated, highly biased, easily triggered moron lamented, “I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the President’s son.  I wish the President would apologize, obviously, for the things he’s done that’s wrong, but I do regret having said that.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admonished Karlan saying, “Let me also suggest that when you invoke the President’s son’s name here, when you try to make a little joke out of referencing Barron Trump, that does not lend credibility to your argument, it makes you look mean.  It makes you look like you’re attacking someone’s family—the minor child of the President of the United States’ family.”
UPDATED TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Grinched Impeachment Inquiry

The House Judiciary Committee’s July hearing featuring Special Counsel Robert Mueller was a circus under the chairmanship of tubby Jerry Nadler.  The is-it-or-isn’t-it-impeachment debacle forced Speaker of the House Pelosi to change horses midstream and hand the reins over to smarmy Adam Schiff where he tortured the investigation.
While President Trump is in London for a NATO summit dealing with crucial national security issues, Schiff insists he’s doing “potentially irrevocable” damage to the system of checks and balances and is an existential threat to the Constitution.
From the House Republicans Report of Evidence in the Democrats’ Impeachment Inquiry:
The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system. The Democrats are trying to impeach a duly elected President based on the accusations and assumptions of unelected bureaucrats who disagreed with President Trump’s policy initiatives and processes. They are trying to impeach President Trump because some unelected bureaucrats were discomforted by an elected President’s telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. They are trying to impeach President Trump because some unelected bureaucrats chafed at an elected President’s “outside the beltway” approach to diplomacy. 
The sum and substance of the Democrats’ case for impeachment is that President Trump abused his authority to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, President Trump’s potential political rival, for President Trump’s benefit in the 2020 election. Democrats say this pressure campaign encompassed leveraging a White House meeting and the release of U.S. security assistance to force the Ukrainian President to succumb to President Trump’s political wishes. Democrats say that Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney, and a “shadow” group of U.S. officials conspired to benefit the President politically. 
The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor. 
[SKIP] 
The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, is merely the outgrowth of their obsession with re-litigating the results of the 2016 presidential election. Despite their best efforts, the evidence gathered during the Democrats’ partisan and one-sided impeachment inquiry does not support that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rival to benefit the President in the 2020 presidential election. The evidence does not establish any impeachable offense. 
But that is not for Democrats’ want of trying. 
[SKIP] 
Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schiff, and House Democrats seek to impeach President Trump—not because they have proof of a high crime or misdemeanor, but because they disagreed with the President’s actions and his policies. But in our system of government, the President is accountable to the American people. The accountability to the American people comes at the ballot box, not in the House Democrats’ star chamber.
Starting today, Nadler gets a second chance to be the leader of the would-be hanging party and has scheduled four lawyers who are constitutional scholars, three of whom already support impeachment.  Jonathan Turley will appear as a witness on behalf of Republicans.

Unless you are hoping to get continuing law education credits, your decision to watch this sham, requires a pillow and woobie.  This will most assuredly be a coma-inducing snooze fest.

UPDATE:  Welcome readers of Whatfinger News.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Breaking News: Invisible Campaign Goes "Poof"

Kamala Harris has announced the end of her Democratic presidential campaign, according to a campaign official.

UPDATE:  Harris sent an email to her staff and supporters.  The link is here.

Journalism Drowns In Designer Coffee

A Kiefer, OK police officer went into a Starbucks to pick up five drinks as a show of thanks for 911 dispatchers who were working over the Thanksgiving holiday.  When the officer got his order, he saw the word “Pig” printed on the cups’ labels.

The officer uploaded an image of one of the cups on Facebook prompting a response from the company.  According to ABC affiliate KTUL-TV, the intemperate barista called to apologize saying the stunt was meant as a joke.

When news of the incident reached Starbucks HQ, they fired the employee and issued the following statement:

"This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe."

Early this morning the laughingstock of all laughingstocks tweeted a link to an entire article on their website shilling for the coffee company.
I sincerely hope Princess Acosta doesn’t mind my using his likeness for the new and improved ad for Starbucks’ new designer drink.  After all, didn’t “Dear Diary Guy” emphatically declare to President Trump that CNN is real news?  Why yes, I think he did. 

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