Big govt, Courts, Politics

Democrats Admit They Can’t Block Kavanaugh

Liberals on Capitol Hill are feeling the crunch to deliver on those promises to block Trump SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And now they’re already admitting that there really isn’t much they can actually do beyond those sweet nothings inciting protests en masse. According to a report from The Hill, “Senate Democratic leaders this week appeared to try to tamp down expectations of the party’s progressive base, with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) saying the procedural options for Democrats ‘are not that large.'” We’re reminded of Obama’s finger-wagging, “I won.” Now the shoe’s on the other foot.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

Consider this a follow up to a post I wrote yesterday about the collapsing opposition to the Kavanaugh nomination. Today, the Hill notes that Senate Democratic leaders are sounding a bit frustrated with the wild expectations coming from of their own base. Senators Schumer and Durbin and are doing their best to prepare the left for imminent failure.

Back when Justice Kennedy first announced he was resigning there was some immediate speculation about ways in which Democrats could prevent the GOP from replacing him. A University of Miami political scientist named Gregory Koger proposed to Vox and other news sites that Democrats could prevent a vote by denying a quorum. Simply put, Democrats would refuse to show up for work and thereby prevent the GOP, which needs a simple majority present to hold a vote on anything, from acting.

I wrote about this here and suggested that, as dumb as it sounded, the left would probably push leadership to consider it. There is some precedent for something like this, at least at the state level. Remember when Democrats fled the state of Wisconsin to prevent Republicans led by Governor Walker from passing ACT 10? That worked for a few days though ACT 10 was eventually passed. Sure enough, it sounds as if people have been recommending something similar to Sen. Chuck Schumer who is stuck having to his excited base it won’t work:

Senate Democratic leaders this week appeared to try to tamp down expectations of the party’s progressive base, with Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) saying the procedural options for Democrats “are not that large.”

“There is no way we can prevent the Senate from meeting. There’s been some discussion about that, but it just wouldn’t happen,” Schumer told reporters during a weekly press conference when asked about the possibility of actions like boycotting a confirmation hearing.




Big govt, Courts, Politics

Let No Fundraising Opportunity Go to Waste

Waste not, want not. In this case, the left is certainly not considering President Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh on his merits. In usual fashion, they’re resorting to baseless fear-mongering in order to exploit the high profile political event to fundraise for Democrats. Just how little do they care about the nominee’s credentials? Case in point: the Women’s March released this presser Monday night: “In response to Donald Trump’s nomination of XX to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Women’s March released the following statement … ” Meanwhile, the MSM prepared to tout the pick as “controversial” before a name was even released. Typical leftist tactics.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

It wouldn’t have mattered: President Trump could’ve nominated Mahatma Gandhi and the Left still would have screeched.

Who Trump picked mattered so little to the Left that they literally started without him. Long before Trump strode into the White House East Room on Monday night to name Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee, the Women’s March put out this release: “In response to Donald Trump’s nomination of XX to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Women’s March released the following statement … ” That’s right: They just put a couple of Xs in there as placeholders.

At noon on Monday — nine hours before Trump’s announcement — Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) put out a statement announcing he would oppose the nomination. No, Casey would not carefully weigh the selection, as voters had elected him to do. He wouldn’t hear Kavanaugh out, ask probing questions, then make a considered judgment. Quoting Lincoln, Casey said he “was not elected to genuflect to the hard Right, who are funded by corporate America.” Ah, corporate America, that evil entity that employs 90% of Americans. What scum.

Leftists and liberals everywhere had already written their press releases, accusing the nominee — it didn’t matter who it was — of hating women and minorities, immigrants and gays. They’d already declared Trump’s nominee would set back the course of human history with Neanderthal thinking, would be in the back pocket of those evil corporations. He’d strip health care from millions, kill the unions, and run roughshod over civil rights.


Big govt, Courts, Politics

Giuliani Wants More Text Messages

President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani made it clear during an interview with Fox & Friends that he isn’t satisfied with Strzok’s text messages. “I want to see all their texts. I want to see if they’re texting the same thing.” “I’m willing to bet a dinner that they are. You’ve got two or three of them that are texting horrible things about Trump.”
In one instance, an FBI lawyer even texted “Viva le [sic] resistance” in response to a question of whether or not he would support Trump after the election. It’s a smart play to the keep the spotlight right where it should be…on the REAL election collusion investigation.

Here’s more from The Daily Caller… 

Rudy Giuliani wants to see all Mueller team members’ text messages to check for anti-Trump bias, the Trump attorney said Monday.

Three FBI officials who worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation have been found to have sent text messages criticizing President Donald Trump.

Peter Strzok, the former deputy chief of counterintelligence, sent messages to his mistress, FBI attorney Lisa Page, calling Trump an “idiot.” In one Aug. 8, 2016 text, Strzok told Page that “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president.

Page, who resigned from the FBI on May 4, also sent messages blasting Trump.

Strzok and Page joined the Mueller team shortly after the special counsel investigation was started on May 17, 2017. Strzok was removed from the investigation after the Department of Justice’s inspector general discovered the text messages in July 2017. Page left Mueller’s team before the discovery of the messages.

An FBI lawyer named Kevin Clinesmith has also been identified as sending anti-Trump messages. Clinesmith was the FBI’s top attorney on the Russia investigation starting in early 2017. He joined the Mueller team and lasted through this February, when his text messages were recovered during the inspector general’s investigation.


Big govt, Courts, Politics

Redo: Merrick Garland for SCOTUS?

Lib-Dems in the Senate aren’t finished beating the latest dead horse. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is attempting to cajole President Trump into re-nominating Obama’s former SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland to fill Justice Kennedy’s soon-to-be-vacant seat at the Supreme Court. And not only do they think they can talk him into it, they’re gleefully looking forward to the left-media flogging Republicans over the issue. Not gonna happen. One of the top promises Trump made during the campaign was the appointment of conservative judges. If he wasn’t going back down on Gorsuch, there’s no chance he backs down now.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

I don’t understand this even as a stunt. Which rank-and-file liberals, knowing there’s no chance of it happening, are going to read this story and say, “Thank you for trying, Senator Schumer! You’re a true warrior for our cause!”? He might as well have asked Trump to appoint Obama or Hillary Clinton to the seat. Imagine the angst on the right and the damage to Trump’s credibility among Republicans if he nominated someone who’s “only” as conservative as John Roberts. Naming Garland to the seat would have conservatives more eager to impeach him than a finding of collusion by Bob Mueller would.

Because American politics now resides in the Twilight Zone, though, I suppose there’s technically some minute chance that this would happen and that Garland would be confirmed. And then the patented shocking Serling twist: Garland provides the fifth vote to overturn Roe. Picture Schumer crying like Burgess Meredith in the rubble, abortion clinics shuttering all around him. “Submitted for your approval: One Charles Schumer, a man who fought to revive an aborted nomination — and got more than he bargained for. A lesson in being careful what you wish for from … the Twilight Zone.”


Big govt, Politics

Maxine Waters Slams Own Party for Its Criticism of Her

Ol’ race-baiting, agitating Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) doesn’t know how to take the least bit of criticism, even from her own party’s leadership.
On Sunday, Waters accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of reaching ‘into the other house’ (aka colluding with Republicans) in his criticism of her call for the harassment of Trump administration officials.
Waters’ wing of the Democrat Party isn’t all that far removed from the Black Panther movement whose approach to civil rights for the last half century is a far cry from the peaceful civil disobedience promoted by MLK.
Instead, she appears to be perfectly happy with the end-justifies-the-means assent to social-justice-warrior violence.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) took a shot at the Democratic leadership in Washington on Sunday after they criticized her for calling for the harassment of Trump administration officials, saying that they “will do anything” to protect their power.

Speaking on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s decision to criticize her, Waters told MSNBC’s Joy Reid, “You know, I was surprised that Chuck Schumer, you know, reached into the other house to do that.”

Waters then took a shot at the Democratic leadership, suggesting that the only reason that they criticized her was that they wanted to protect their leadership positions.



Big govt, States

University Settles Lawsuit After Discriminating Against Republicans

More news from the Left Coast Ivory Tower this week after a Republican campus group will receive a windfall settlement of well over six figures from the University of Washington.

Not wanting to risk a clearly losing battle in court, the U of W is writing a check to the local student Republican group to cover legal fees and return the dubious charges imposed on them by the administration as ‘security fees’.

It seems the new strategy by wayward lefties on campus is to impose exorbitant fees as a bludgeon to keep conservative groups from organizing.

Nice try. Better luck next time.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

A Washington university is shelling out big bucks to settle a dispute with a Republican student group that filed a lawsuit alleging the school discriminated against it by charging exorbitant security fees for speaker events.

The University of Washington settled with the university’s College Republicans Monday, agreeing to pay $122,500 to make the lawsuit go away. The settlement comes after the campus group filed a lawsuit claiming that UW’s speaker policies “unconstitutionally infringed upon the [University of Washington College Republicans’] First Amendment freedom of speech by making it unaffordable and therefore impractical to host events likely to invite violent protests,” Campus Reform reported.


Big govt, Politics

IG Report: Comey Was ‘Insubordinate’ In Hillary Investigation

FBI Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a bombshell report on Thursday in which he slammed James Comey for ‘insubordination’ during the investigation into Hillary’s email server scandal.

Of course, that much we already knew when it was revealed he didn’t interview her under oath and the reports referring the investigation to the DOJ had been doctored.

What’s more politically damning is that the IG has referred five FBI officials for investigation and potential prosecution.

Among them are Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who we should recall served on Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation of the Trump campaign.

So now the whole charade is unraveling quickly, and all of it points back to a corrupt Obama administration.

In other words, precisely what we expected. Get ready for fireworks, folks.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Former FBI Director James Comey was “insubordinate” and “affirmatively concealed” his intentions from Justice Department leadership during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, according to a Thursday report from the department’s inspector general.

Comey departed from FBI norms and “affirmatively concealed” his intentions from then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch in holding the July 5 and Oct. 28 press conferences about the investigation, the watchdog found.

The 568-page report also slammed former FBI investigator Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who were having an affair with each other, for anti-Trump tweets that suggested “a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.”


Big govt, Issues

Feds Fund Huge Study on Contraception for Lesbians

This week’s Non Compos Mentis Award goes jointly to the Department of Health & Human Services (where plenty of Obama holdovers still have jobs) and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin.

HHS is funding a new study at UW to the tune of 350 grand to study contraception for lesbians.

Yep, according to the Washington Free Beacon, professor Jenny Higgins (who claims 20% of women in the US are lesbians) is examining whether “lesbians and bisexuals have ‘barriers’ to ‘adequate contraceptive care’.”

Meanwhile, we’d like to announce that we’re applying for a federal grant to study why federal bureaucrats are statistically likely to waste taxpayer dollars on useless ‘studies’.

We’ll keep you posted on whether we’re approved.

Here’s more from Hotair…

In today’s Taxpayer News You Can Use segment, we bring you a new study coming from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which truly seems to be breaking new scientific ground. I ran across this information at the Free Beacon and at first thought it might be some sort of typo. But it wasn’t. The NIH is spending nearly $350K on a study to follow the habits of a number of women (in various categories) to find out what methods of contraception are “sexually acceptable” to them. That’s not really the startling part. Apparently, there are reports of significant numbers of women who are switching or even discontinuing the use of birth control because they find it to be unsatisfying in some fashion. If that’s the case you’d clearly want to correct that I suppose. Having birth control pills you don’t take seems to be on par with keeping an unloaded gun in your house.

The leading researcher on the project is Jenny Higgins, an associate professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Higgins specializes in “mixed-methods research on sexuality, gender, and reproductive health—especially people’s use of condoms and other contraceptive methods.”

Higgins is also currently involved with research into sexual minority women, or “people who identify as lesbian, bisexual and queer (among many other things).” She claims 20 percent of the female population in the United States are lesbians or bisexual.

“The overwhelming majority of SMW [sexual minority women] will engage penile-vaginal intercourse at least occasionally,” according to the researcher’s website. “New research suggests that SMW women have an increased risk of unintended pregnancy compared to their heterosexual peers.”

The study is examining “unique barriers” lesbians and bisexuals have to “adequate contraceptive care.”


Big govt, Politics

Andrew McCabe Requests Immunity Before Testifying

We’ve reported previously on how critical an impact Inspector General Horowitz’s report would be in the ongoing investigation into the FBI’s collusion in the presidential election.

And now we’re beginning to get a glimpse of how big that impact may be.

Responding to demands from Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Judiciary Committee concerning its own investigation, the ousted former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe has offered to testify on his role in leaking details of the Hillary investigation to the media.

But before he testifies, says a letter from his attorney, he wants immunity. Um…set aside the 5th Amendment for a second.

That’s pretty darn close to an admission of guilt.

What’s more, if he testifies, that could mean he’ll bring the hammer down on James Comey. This could get interesting.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is seeking immunity in exchange for his testimony related to the Hillary Clinton email probe, something Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said is “very, very unusual.”

An attorney representing McCabe on Tuesday sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) requesting that McCabe be granted immunity in exchange for testimony surrounding the inspector general’s report that he leaked information about the Clinton investigation to the press and lied about it to former FBI Director James Comey.

“I have to tell you, it’s unheard of for the number two person at the FBI saying, ‘You want me to testify? Give me immunity,'” Napolitano said on “Fox & Friends First” on Wednesday.


Big govt

Oops: FBI Agent Shoots Bar Patron While Dancing

These last twelve months have been a season of discontent for the nation’s top law enforcement agency.

After rolling revelations of obfuscation, obstruction, collusion and general incompetence at the highest levels of the bureau, this weekend demonstrated things aren’t any better at the bottom of the totem pole.

While ‘getting jiggy with it’ at a local bar in Denver over the weekend, a yet-to-be-named undercover FBI agent lost his weapon while performing a backflip.

That was bad enough. Then, whilst attempting to retrieve said weapon from the dance floor, Agent X managed to grab it by the trigger and discharge it.

Rookie mistake.

Luckily the bullet hit only one patron in the leg who was pronounced perfectly fine at the hospital.

Foreheads at agency headquarters are red from all the facepalming lately.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

An off-duty FBI agent allegedly discharged his firearm in a crowded Denver bar early Saturday, shortly after losing the weapon while crushing a solo routine on the dance floor.

Eyewitness video of the incident — obtained by local ABC affiliate Denver7 — shows a man alleged to be an FBI agent busting out a series of slick freestyle dance moves inside a circle of cheering bar patrons at Mile High Spirits in central Denver.

For a finale, the man crouches into a squat and launches into an awkward backflip, rotating about 180 degrees before landing on his hands and slamming his feet on to the floor. The force of his acrobatics jars loose the pistol tucked into his pants at the small of his back, and it tumbles harmlessly to the floor.

That’s when things go downhill in the blink of an eye.