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Saturday, June 23. 2018
‘Climate Change’ Made Lobsters Awesome, But Will Kill Them In The Future Or Something
Fun to eat but boring food, in my opinion. Stripers love to eat them, and Stripers taste good.
Opening Sentence of WaPo’s Obituary For Charles Krauthammer Blames Him For the Iraq War…
Supreme Court says warrant necessary for phone location data in win for privacy
Stunning Confirmation: Judicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Showing McCain Staff Urging IRS To Target Tea Party Groups…
That is sick
MOTHER OF CRYING CHILD WAS PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED IN 2013
OBAMA HELD MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN SHELTERS COMPARED TO TRUMP WHITE HOUSE
Obama administration 'knowingly allowed at least 16 members of notorious teen gang MS-13 into the US'
Michael Anton: Here's a Question No One Ever Asks-- Why Does a Nation of 320 Million Need Millions of More Immigrants?
TIME cover paints Trump as immigration ‘boogeyman,’ in striking contrast with Obama coverage
Illegal Aliens Fatally Separate American Parents and Children
Elizabeth Warren’s academic claim to fame may be no more legitimate than her claim to be Native American
Low-life Indian made millions flipping slum houses during the housing boom
Drain the swamp. Sessions is too "low energy"
This is the FBI agent who worked on Hillary Clinton probe, labeled Trump supporters 'retarded' and texted 'f**k Trump' to her colleague lover - seen for the first time since her identity was revealed after release of IG report
These FBI agents are pathetic
Comey And Lynch Will Be Subpoenaed By Senate Unless Feinstein Obstructs
Democrats in a lather over the good news
It's morning in America
Trump’s Immigration Policies Are Actually Pretty Popular
I am all in with legal immigration. But working our generous systems of all sorts, no.
For better or worse, Europe is no longer a world player. In visible decline, becoming a (nice, except for the immigrants) museum. Heck, we love southern France, the Cotswolds, and most of Italy.
THE DECREASING EFFECTIVENESS OF HAMAS TERRORISM
Israel then and now shows power of a good defense and a strong wall
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It was the elimination of the cod that made lobsters awesome.
I don't like them either.
I'll take yours if you don't want them. Here in middle America, the real middle America, they are so expensive we rarely get to eat them. As for boring, soak them in ice water and lemon juice to make the tails tender, cut up into chunks and dip them in tempura batter and fry quickly in oil. What a delicious treat-dipped in melted butter for sure.
I like them as an excuse to gorge on butter, which I avoid as a general rule.
Even that has paled on me now. Lobsters aren't all that interesting without drawn butter or a sauce, and I can find better uses for the butter.
Here in Maine we are considering a law to prevent the New York Times from ever sending another reporter up here... it never works out well. Re: the globalistic warmening theory- That which makes us stronger will kill us now? A progressive notion.
What I wanna do on McCains grave, won’t pass for flowers. That being said, I can understand why McCain would want to punish voters trying to remove him, and those like him, but what the f$&k is George Will’s problem?
For George Will, I think it's a social revulsion. Nothing more.
Social revulsion? Yeah, of course!
You can just tell that TRUMP loves to make fun of nasty little Nancy Boys like Will, who wear bow ties!
So Will, who couldn't hold TRUMP's jock strap (It would strain his arm muscles) is insanely jealous!
BD, my sense is that Trump upsets Will's (and those like him) carefully invested connections, leakers, insiders, which are the lifeblood of any so-called journalist-opinionator. This is true of all the leftist media also. It is a primitive ricebowl survival thing. They just lost 500 FBI agent leakers in the heart of DC . They are less secretly connected, therefor less valuable and less omniscient. George Will has gone from connected informed insider toward just the irrelevance of his own personal opinion. To paraphrase Melania, "who cares" what George Will thinks anymore, if he is just guessing and disconnected from actual reality? He is desperate to get all his own cronies back.
George might have to turn tricks or bring gifts like the other "journalists" are doing in order to get tips from the leakers.
Ha ! (but only socially conservative types of tricks)
B. Hammer: but what the f$&k is George Will’s problem?
Will says that Congress has abdicated its responsibility to act as a check on the Executive, such as by reigning in the President's unilateral imposition of tariffs under a dubious claim of national security.
That is true. Congresssdhould have held all justice department and FBI officials who refuse requested records and testimony in contempt a year ago. Then impeach them. The $70K price of a conference table is a secret so important that revealing it would be extortion and would cause death? The identity of Stephen Halper would would risk “potential loss of human lives, damage to relationships with valued international partners, compromise of ongoing criminal investigations, and interference with intelligence activities.”? Then the FBI leaks this info itself? So, if this is Will's position, he is absolutely correct.
One possibility is that the FBI currently (like J.Edgar cross-dressing Hoover's legacy), has dirt on most of the congresscritters
jaybird: Congresssdhould have held all justice department and FBI officials who refuse requested records and testimony in contempt a year ago.
You aren't being specific, but by law FBI officials have to redact classified information, as well as certain information concerning ongoing investigations. Representatives can generally review such documents by visiting the FBI, but can't make the information public.
I'm concerned that the soros foundation has significantly downgraded the zachbot assigned to this website. This one can't read, much less "think".
Hopefully this is a lack of funds issue caused by declining federal "connections", rather than a downgrading of the importance of BD's Maggie's website.
Congress abdicated its authority long before Trump became president. Like most never trumps, it is far more personal. I’m mean really, as a so called conservative, you would rather see the Marxist Hillary, the woman that has gotten away with more crimes than Al Capone, in the White House, then a crude man like Trump? I’ve lost all respect for them.
B. Hammer: Congress abdicated its authority long before Trump became president.
Congress seemed to stymie virtually every Obama initiative, including the nomination of a Supreme Court justice. So there is that.
When Borking was all the rage and going back even further, when packing the court was all the rage, it should be no surprise that payback comes in the form of Garland. If going nuclear is good for Harry Reed then its good for everybody else. You are tasting the fruits of your past. Even Germans tasted the bitter fruit of Malmedy.
Not exactly the abdication of power I had in mind, but The Lightbringer, had a pen and a phone, he used a lot, and congress never said a peep. I’m talking about the hundreds of three letter, sometimes more, agencies that run roughshod over the Republic.
"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.“ Declaration of Independence. Just saying.
"Congress seemed to stymie virtually every Obama initiative"
Well, that would certainly explain the stimulus package, Obamacare, the Paris treaty, the Iran deal, the ....
jimg: Well, that would certainly explain the stimulus package, Obamacare
At the time, the Democrats had a majority in the Congress.
jimg: the Paris treaty, the Iran deal
Those were executive agreements. Since then, the U.S. has abrogated both agreements.
"Will says that Congress has abdicated its responsibility to act as a check on the Executive..."
It appears you - and George Will - deliberately slept through the Obama Administration.
There are apparently people who care more about how something is done (even if it is legal) than what is done. And more than that, they would prefer things being done that they don't agree with as long as it's done "properly."
These people are fools. The coarsening and debasement of our culture brought on by the left is not going to be reversed by "nice" people. As Obama instructed, the left is bringing guns to a knife fight. It's time we bring our own guns and Trump and his ilk are our guns.
George Will thought he defined/owned conservatism. He felt that at least to some extent lead conservatives and his voice and words were sacrosanct. He hated Trump and his popularism and when millions and millions of conservatives voted for Trump Will felt slighted and like a 9 year bratty girl vowed to get even. Not just get even with Trump but with all the "turncoat" voters who no longer hung on his every word. That is what Trump derangement syndrome is. And of course Trump makes it all the worse by not even acknowledging that Will even exists or ever had anything of value to say.
One wonders if George Will thinks we would be better off with HRC in the White House? I am of the opinion that he must think so.
"Michael Anton: Here's a Question No One Ever Asks-- Why Does a Nation of 320 Million Need Millions of More Immigrants?"
There is nothing wrong with immigrants.
Legal immigrants, that is.
But how many? I think we have over immigrated over the last 50 years and we need a 50 year moratorium to allow assimilation. No more legal immigration H1B's, refugees, etc. for 50 years. Then allow the people to vote on it not the elite.
I thought Jerryskids in the thread here entitled Why does America need more people? provided a good response.
re: the TIME cover, the story continues to get better. Apparently the mother has illegally entered the USA before, and was discovered and deported. Guess what? Doing it again for the TIME cover makes her a felon. Do felons get separated from their children?
It's all OK though - she's not looking for asylum, just a job.
"6 Revelations From 'The Swamp' Documentary that Show Just How Dirty DC Is" uncovers why your congresscritters don't give a darn about what you think and/or want. Matt Whitworth is interviewed about his series of short interviews released on Facebook ('cause no one else want to touch this stuff!) and his insights may surprise you while explaining why the House and Senate just don't aren't doing their job. Read it and weep.
Thanks for the link jma. A good read.
Though I am not surprised, I must say that is truly disheartening.
McCain staffer urging IRS to harass Tea Party. ......He is currently an ingrained member of the administrative state. The administrative state, whether state or local is killing the federal government, state government, and local government. Civil service protections and government unions need to be ended. There is a constant underlying conflict of interest in allowing politicians and government employees cutting deals that benefit politicians and government employees at the expense of taxpayers. That staffer is but one example of the corruption found in government as a result.
Zach, your battery needs charging.
So, the withholding from Congress on made-up "state Secret" grounds ofthe $70K price of a conference table, and the identity of Stephen Halper (the FBI spy plant on the Trump campaign) isn't specific enough for you? Especially when the FBI leaks it aa few days later to the NYT.
When Congress subpoenas something, if congress doesn't get it delivered on time, they should hold in contempt and impeach. Or they lose their oversight authority. What is so hard for you to understand about that?
Bring back the old zack, who at least was not dim-witted.
jaybird: and the identity of Stephen Halper (the FBI spy plant on the Trump campaign) isn't specific enough for you?
Concealing the identity of an informant is standard procedure.
jaybird: When Congress subpoenas something, if congress doesn't get it delivered on time, they should hold in contempt and impeach.
Sorry, but it doesn't work that way. The executive and legislature are separate branches of government. The Department of Justice is constrained by law and regulations. While the legislature has oversight, there is a natural tug-and-pull involved, especially with regards to ongoing investigations.
The example Will provided was tariffs. For generations, Republicans have claimed that free trade (not to mention reigning in deficits) was a fundamental economic issue. Per Will, they have abdicated their responsibility to reign in the executive on this (and other issues).
Will calls them Trump's poodles.
...(not to mention reigning in [sic] deficits)
...they have abdicated their responsibility to reign in [sic] in the executive on this (and other issues).