Archive for May, 2019

The Democrats have a subtle but major problem on their hands. It isn’t getting covered by the MSM, aka Agenda Media, because covering it might require work, intelligence and thoughtfulness. The MSM is just missing 3 of those qualities.

The Democrats’ subtle but major problem is that Democrats apparently think that some people should be presumed innocent, usually partisan Democrats like Hillary, while others (think Bill Barr or President Trump) shouldn’t be presumed innocent.

Democrats and Robert Mueller think that it’s a prosecutor’s job to state whether a prospective defendant has been “exonerated.” That’s false. Prospective defendants walk into court with the presumption of innocence. That’s a principle that Democrats like Sen. Mazie Hirono, (D-HI), can’t quite grasp. In an interview with MSNBC, Sen. Hirono said that “we aren’t in a court of law. We’re in a court of credibility at this point.” What the hell does that mean?

What’s at stake is the principles of fairness and evidence. Sen. Hirono and other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee did their best to railroad Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. They didn’t want him on the Supreme Court. The Democrats were perfectly willing to lie about Justice Kavanaugh’s history. That’s the definition of the opposite of fair play. Here’s Sen. Hirono doubling down against the principle of the presumption of innocence:

This article lays things out beautifully:

As Attorney General William Barr testified on May 1, the job of the Justice Department, and thus the job of the special counsel, is not to “exonerate.” The job of the Justice Department is to determine whether there is “sufficient evidence to establish an obstruction” and that this “determines whether or not there was a crime.”

Mueller’s job was to make this determination. He declined to make it. But having claimed that they could not make a determination, they did not stop at laying out the facts.

I suspect that Mueller was hoping that he wouldn’t have to testify to Congress. I suspect that’s a pipe dream at this point. I can’t blame Mueller for not wanting to testify. That’d mean having to answer non-softball questions from people like Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Representatives like John Ratcliffe, Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows.

That’s the last thing I’d want to spend a day doing.

This is a problem for Democrats because it tells the nation that they aren’t interested in principled liberalism nor are they interested in fundamental fairness. That’s wrong. Watch how Mike Huckabee and Alan Dershowitz debated:

If the United States can’t return to that debating style ASAP, then we deserve the terrible government we’d get. I can’t put it plainer than that.

Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Turley both wrote excoriating opinion pieces for The Hill Magazine. Turley’s article is, in my opinion, the harsher of the two. That isn’t to say that Dershowitz’s article pulled any punches.

The hardest hit in Professor Turley’s article came when he said “Last week, I wrote that it has become sacrilegious to question the motives or performance of Mueller. His press conference was the greatest test of such blind faith. Mueller announced that “the report is my testimony” and that he would not answer questions from Congress either, beyond what is already in his final report. From anyone else, such a statement would be denounced as arrogant, evasive, or both. However, many members of Congress and the media accepted it as the gospel according to Mueller.”

I would’ve tried pulling the same stunt if I’d been in Mueller’s position. That being said, I wouldn’t have put myself in that position because I respect the principle of the presumption of innocence. Apparently, so does Prof. Dershowitz:

Until today, I have defended Mueller against the accusations that he is a partisan. I did not believe that he personally favored either the Democrats or the Republicans, or had a point of view on whether President Trump should be impeached. But I have now changed my mind. By putting his thumb, indeed his elbow, on the scale of justice in favor of impeachment based on obstruction of justice, Mueller has revealed his partisan bias. He also has distorted the critical role of a prosecutor in our justice system.

Here’s Prof. Dershowitz’s interview with Shannon Bream, herself an attorney:

I’m not an attorney or a constitutional scholar. It doesn’t require one to notice that Mueller went too far with his ‘press conference’ (at which he took no questions). The presumption of innocence applies to everyone. Chairman Nadler, Speaker Pelosi and other Democrats repeatedly say that “President Trump isn’t above the law.” That’s true but, just like other Americans, he’s presumed innocent until the prosecutor proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.

Professor Dershowitz and Professor Turley are both Democrats. Both voted for Hillary Clinton. That being said, both put a higher priority on protecting civil rights than they put on political victories. I can’t say that about partisan Democrats like Pelosi, Nadler, Schiff, Swalwell, etc. That last bunch are just political hacks.

Gregg Jarrett’s opinion piece reached a stunning conclusion when Jarrett said “The special counsel publicly besmirched the president with tales of suspicious behavior instead of stated evidence that rose to the level of criminality. This is what prosecutors are never permitted to do. Justice Department rules forbid its lawyers from annunciating negative narratives about any person, absent an indictment.”

When Jim Comey announced that he wouldn’t indict Hillary Clinton, he first said that HRC had done some illegal things. Then he finished by saying that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges against HRC. Back then, there were howls from the legal community, saying that the DOJ speaks in indictments. They don’t list things that a person did that were shady but that, in the end, the person wasn’t a criminal. Here’s Comey’s press conference ‘exonerating’ HRC:

Today’s performance by Bob Mueller was Act II of Jim Comey’s disgraceful exoneration of HRC. Mueller included in his report 10 instances of President Trump obstructing justice. In each of those instances, Mueller didn’t make a decision. Notice that I didn’t say that he didn’t indict. I said that Mueller refused to even make a decision.

Instead, in each of these instances, Mueller made the case for and against indicting President Trump of obstruction of justice. Then he essentially said that it was up to Congress to make the final decision. By comparison, when Kenneth Starr issued his report, he noted that then-President Clinton had committed 11 crimes, 6 of which were obstruction of justice charges.

Starr didn’t indict Clinton. He merely told the House of Representatives that Clinton had committed those crimes. Jarrett continues:

How can that person properly defend himself without trial? This is why prosecutors like Mueller are prohibited from trying their cases in the court of public opinion. If they have probable cause to levy charges, they should do so. If not, they must refrain from openly disparaging someone that our justice system presumes is innocent. In this regard, Mueller shrewdly and improperly turned the law on its head. Consider the most inflammatory statement that he leveled at the president in his report.

Again, Mueller’s thinking is out-of-step with the Constitution. The Bill of Rights presumes that a person is innocent until proven guilty. According to Mueller’s thinking, Trump was guilty until he was exonerated. That’s bassackwards and then some.

Everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence. It is the bedrock on which justice is built. Prosecutors must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. To bring charges they must have, at minimum, probable cause to believe that a crime was committed. The special counsel took this inviolate principle and cleverly inverted it. He argued that he could not prove the president did not commit a crime.

Today is a sad day for the rule of law. Today, a special counsel decided he had the right to ignore the Bill of Rights. Today, a special counsel thought he was Jim Comey’s stand-in.

Anyone that thinks that Nancy Pelosi is serious about both investigating President Trump and passing legislation that actually fixes problems like the asylum crisis at the border or building the wall is either naïve or stupid. This article highlights Ms. Pelosi’s partisanship and Ms. Pelosi’s motivations.

In the article, Ms. Pelosi said “The Congress holds sacred its constitutional responsibility to investigate and hold the President accountable for his abuse of power. The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy. The American people must have the truth.”

Simply put, Ms. Pelosi is a partisan political hack who doesn’t give a damn about getting at the truth. Let me rephrase that. She’s selectively interested in getting at the truth. She isn’t the least bit interested in finding out if the Obama administration weaponized the Intelligence Community in its attempt to push Hillary Clinton’s pathetic campaign across the finish line. Ms. Pelosi isn’t the least bit interested in finding out whether the FBI used a discredited opposition research document in its application for a FISA warrant.

What have Ms. Pelosi’s Democrats done to fix the United States’ asylum laws? What have Ms. Pelosi’s Democrats done in terms of holding hearings featuring border patrol or ICE agents to find out from the experts what they need? As I’ve said hundreds of times, I don’t give a damn what a windbag politician has proposed. I’m only interested in what ICE and CBP experts have to say.

These questions have been treated like rhetorical questions by House Democrats. These House Democrats either aren’t interested in these experts’ expertise or they’ve been instructed by leadership not to call these types of witnesses. Either way, House Democrats haven’t passed legislation that fixes any of the aforementioned crises. They’ve failed miserably.

Ms. Pelosi’s House Democrats apparently aren’t interested in fixing crises. Therefore, they should be fired ASAP. House Democrats, including Ms. Pelosi, have earned their termination papers. Here’s the latest Democrat talking point:

“Despite Department of Justice policy to the contrary, no one is above the law – not even the President.”

Whatever. Nobody in the President’s campaign was indicted for campaign-related crimes. Why hasn’t Ms. Pelosi mentioned that? Meanwhile, this is what a real speaker of the House sounds like:

As a historian who was there on the spot when Bill Clinton was impeached, Newt Gingrich knows what Kenneth Starr said in his report. Starr wrote 11 times that Bill Clinton was guilty of crimes and that 6 of those times, Clinton was guilty of obstruction of justice. Gingrich didn’t say that Starr complained about not being able to indict Bill Clinton. Starr simply said that he’d reached the conclusion that Clinton obstructed justice.

There isn’t anything complicated about that. Starr simply told Congress what he’d found. Mueller didn’t do that. His decision to not make a decision on obstruction of justice is itself a decision. It isn’t a decision that Pelosi’s Democrats like but it’s a decision nonetheless. It’s time for Democrats to put on their big boy britches and deal with the consequences of the Mueller Report.

In the end, Democrats haven’t figured out that the American people have moved on because they’re convinced that nothing illegal happened. If Democrats want to keep beating this dead horse, that’s their decision. I just wouldn’t expect that proverbial dead horse to suddenly rise up and defeat Secretariat.

Finally, Democrats have proven that they aren’t interested in legislating and investigating. That’s because the Resist Movement’s activists won’t let them get interested in legislating. When Democrats aren’t interested in legislating, they’re utterly worthless. It’s time to throw them out.

When it comes to tormented logic, it’s difficult to find ‘logic’ more tormented than Jim Comey’s logic. Tuesday, Mr. Comey wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post that sounded totally defensive.

In his op-ed, Mr. Comey wrote “The conspiracy theory makes no sense. The FBI wasn’t out to get Donald Trump. It also wasn’t out to get Hillary Clinton. It was out to do its best to investigate serious matters while walking through a vicious political minefield. But go ahead, investigate the investigators, if you must. When those investigations are over, they will find the work was done appropriately and focused only on discerning the truth of very serious allegations.”

Mr. Comey, you’re either a sanctimonious egotist or you’re too stupid to be the director of the FBI. It’s sad to think that someone this warped was once the director of the world’s premier law enforcement agency. Let’s get Trey Gowdy straighten him out on Mr. Comey’s allegations:

Democrats have started their whisper campaign, asking ‘what happens if they investigate this and it comes up empty? Will Republicans accept that outcome?’ That’s the definition of a whisper campaign. That won’t happen this time because serious people like Trey Gowdy, John Ratcliffe and Lindsey Graham have seen the documents that will be declassified.

That’s entirely different than Adam Schiff saying that he’d seen evidence that was “more than circumstantial”:

The truth is that nobody has seen this phantom evidence. The Mueller team of investigators and prosecutors didn’t find it. If they had, they would’ve prosecuted the people involved. That didn’t happen.

The truth is that Mssrs. Gowdy, Graham and Ratcliffe are honest people of integrity. Mr. Schiff is a political hack with a high security clearance.

Mr. Comey has written op-ed after op-ed, done townhalls, during which he’s said things that weren’t credible. If I didn’t know better, I’d think that he was trying to poison potential jurors with his antics and propaganda. Innocent people don’t act defense attorneys like Mr. Comey is doing. Mr. Comey is protesting too much.

Now that AG William Barr is investigating whether President Obama’s political appointees acted improperly in starting the surveillance into Carter Page, the same suspects (literally) are resurfacing with the same discredited excuses. Byron York’s article asks all the right pointed questions.

The article, though, starts by saying “In February 2018, the House Intelligence Committee released the so-called Nunes memo. In four pages, the document, from the committee’s then-chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, revealed much of what the public knows today about the FBI’s reliance on the Steele dossier in pursuing since-discredited allegations that the Trump campaign and Russia conspired to fix the 2016 election. Specifically, it revealed that the FBI included unverified material from the dossier in applications to a secret spy court to win a warrant to wiretap Trump foreign policy volunteer adviser Carter Page. All that was classified. To release it, the committee appealed to President Trump, who made a declassification order. That is the only way Americans know about the Page warrant. From that knowledge came later revelations about the FBI’s use of confidential informants and undercover agents to get information on Trump campaign figures.”

Now the same doomsayers are back predicting more gloom:

Now, some of the same people are issuing somber warnings of the damage that will be done if Attorney General William Barr declassifies documents showing what else the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies did in the 2016 Trump investigation.

I’m shocked to hear Brennan, Clapper and Comey are using alarmist tones about exposing national security secrets. Coming from them, it rings hollow. Byron York explains in this interview:

We’ve heard this refrain before. Yes, we should handle this information with the greatest of care. No, we shouldn’t trust the most untrustable trio of partisan hacks in US intelligence history.

This article highlights how Dan Wolgamott, Tama Theis and Jerry Relph are totally owned by Theresa Bohnen and the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Last Friday, Wolgamott insisted on this funding, saying that it would create jobs. (That’s what the DFL always says about pork-barrel projects. It’s always hogwash.)

Rep. Nick Zerwas, who represents Big Lake, told the legislature that the average ticket gets subsidized $54. That’s an average subsidy of $14,000 per year per ticket. That’s money that’s wasted that could’ve been used to lower taxes and prevent foolish spending. Any person voting for this foolishness should be primaried and run out of politics.

Further, getting the Chamber’s endorsement should be seen as a negative. They’re moderates at best. They’re also crony capitalists. I can’t remember the last time they fought for pro-growth capitalist policies.

This should frighten people:

Wolgamott says he will be enthusiastically voting for the transportation budget, and will continue to be a tireless advocate to bring Northstar to St. Cloud. Other things included in the transportation bill include an additional $275 million over the current budget for statewide road construction, delivery, and maintenance.

How could this be? Gov. Walz didn’t get his outrageous gas tax increase. We were told that we needed that tax increase to fix roads and bridges. St. Cloud voters better remember that Rep. Wolgamott voted for all of Gov. Walz’s and the DFL’s tax increases.

Yesterday, I wrote that the Twins’ winning ways were getting routine. Right now, the Twins are playing extremely solid baseball in all facets of the game. Yes, the MLB Network’s DJ can’t stop talking about the Twins hitting homeruns but that’s just part of the Twins story.

To be fair, the Twins have hit 104 homeruns in their first 52 games. They’ve tended to game-changers or back-breakers. Last week, the Twins hit 8 homeruns against the Angels in their 16-7 victory. That tends to get noticed. Fair enough.

Today, however, was a more typical Twins victory. They hit a pair of 3-run homeruns (1 would’ve been sufficient) in defeating the Chicago South Siders. Jake Odorizzi supposedly wasn’t feeling well so he took his misery out on the White Sox, yielding 1 hit and 1 walk over 5.1 innings while not surrendering a run. That dropped Odo’s ERA to 2.16 while pushing his won-lost record to 7-2. Thus far, he’s been the Twins’ most consistent pitcher this year. BTW, he struck out 9 hitters in those 5.1 innings.

The Twins bullpen wasn’t perfect but they were certainly solid, with Taylor Rogers and Tyler Duffey leading the way today. Duffey pitched 2 innings, giving up 3 hits and a walk while getting all 6 of his outs with strikeouts.

Today was the Twins’ second straight sellout. They’re definitely enjoying themselves, just like the Twins players are having fun. Leading the AL in RBIs and homeruns is fan favorite Eddie Rosario. Here’s his interview with FSN’s Audra Martin:

This Twins team reminds me an awful lot of the 1991 Twins team. That year’s team featured key free agent signings Jack Morris, Chili Davis and Mike Pagliarulo. This year, the Twins added C.J. Cron through waivers, then signed free agents Nelson Cruz, Johnathan Schoop and Marwin Gonzalez. None of these players were headline-grabbers like Manny Machado or Bryce Harper. They’re just great fits with this Twins team.

Finally, the number of unsung heroes continues to grow. When Cruz and Mitch Garver went on the IL (injured list), people wondered if the Twins offense would suffer. It’s understatement to that the Twins offense hasn’t skipped a beat since their injuries. Today’s unsung hero was catcher Jason Castro. Castro called a fantastic game & was steady behind the plate in terms of framing pitches. It isn’t surprising to me that he’s such a valuable piece to the Twins’ winning puzzle.

Go Twins!

This article highlights just how out-of-touch the DFL is with voters. Frankly, it’s stunning to hear the DFL’s spin on the DFL’s disastrous session. As I said here, the DFL got smoked this session.

House Speaker Melissa Hortman said Democrats “fought until the very last minute” to include some of their top priorities in the final bills but ran out of time before Monday’s mandatory adjournment for the regular session. She cited driver’s licenses for immigrants living in the country illegally, making it easier for workplace sexual harassment victims to sue and making emergency insulin supplies more affordable.

House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler said they could raise their issues again next year, and use them against Republicans in the 2020 campaign when they hope to hold the House and retake the Senate. He cited gun control, paid family and medical leave and some education measures. “We feel like we’ve made some progress this year and we have marked out where we want to go in the future,” Winkler said.

As a Republican, I have one thing to say to the DFL — Thank you for pushing drivers licenses for illegal immigrants and gun control. Those are issues that poll extremely poorly in the outer ring suburbs, the exurbs and rural Minnesota. In this video, Speaker Hortman says that they tried laying out the DFL’s vision going forward:

According to the DFL Speaker’s own words, the DFL’s vision for Minnesota going forward is higher taxes and less accountability to the taxpayers. If that’s what they’re selling, and it is, then I’m betting that Minnesotans aren’t buying.

Let’s just be clear about something. This year’s Twins team wasn’t expected to have a .686 winning percentage after 51 games. Having a winning percentage that high in 25 games would’ve been considered extraordinary with most Twins fans. Today, the Twins hit their 102nd home run of the season. They’re on pace to hit 324 for the season. That would shatter the MLB record of 267 homers hit by the 1927 Yankees. Actually, it wasn’t set by the 1927 Yankees. It was set by last year’s Yankees. But I digress.

The Twins have won 10 of their last 11 games, with the only loss coming last Sunday in Seattle. That loss has separated a pair of 5-game winning streaks. Last night, the Twins got 7 relatively decent innings from Jose Berrios, with the only blip coming in the 2nd inning, when the White Sox scored 4 runs. That put the Twins down 4-1 at the time. Instead of panicking, the Twins just scored the final 10 runs of the game. The Twins slugging percentage for last night’s game was .750. The Twins’ OPS last night was 1.165.

Today’s game was somewhat of a flat-liner. The Twins jumped out to a 2-1 lead early. Then they put it in autopilot, winning 8-1. Today’s hitting stars were Ehire Adrianza, who got 3 hits and 3 RBIs, C.J. Cron, who got 2 hits and 4 RBIs and Jorge Polanco, who got 2 hits to raise his league-leading batting average to .340. Kyle Gibson, today’s starter, gave up a 4th-inning home run that gave the South Siders a brief glimmer of hope, bringing them to within a run at 2-1.

That glimmer died in the bottom of the 4th, when C.J. Cron singled to left, Jonathan Schoop and Eddie Rosario scored. Later, Ehire Adrianza singled to shallow center, driving in C.J. Cron for the third run of the inning and extending the lead to 5-1.

Adrianza drove in the final 3 runs with the Twins’ only homer of the day to make the final score 8-1. At no point did it feel like the Twins weren’t in total control. What’s eerie in a fun way is the similarities I’m seeing between this Twins team and their 1991 team that won the World Series. That team wasn’t expected to do much. At the end of the year, though, they hoisted the World Series Trophy after Jack Morris’s 10-inning 1-0 shutout of the Atlanta Braves.

Speaking of Mr. Morris, aka ‘Black Jack’, he did the analysis of today’s Twins game. He was part of another team that came from nowhere to win the World Series. That would be the 1984 Detroit Tigers team. That team started 35-5. They became one of only a handful (and I’m talking about a tiny handful) of teams that went wire-to-wire without spending a day out of first place. I’m talking about those Tigers being in first place from Opening Day of the regular season to never trailing in the playoffs.

There’s still 111 games left in the regular season so optimism must be tempered somewhat. Still, it’s indisputable that the Twins are one of, if not baseball’s, elite teams. This team has a ton of talent, albeit unknown talent. If they continue playing like this, where the starting pitching is solid, the bullpen is very good, the defense is consistently excellent and the hitting is elite, why shouldn’t the Twins have confidence in their abilities?

Finally, the Twins are doing this while Nelson Cruz and Mitch Garver are still on the injured list. Further, they got off to this start without Miguel Sano for the first 40+ games. Call me crazy but I think this team is loaded. Here’s Twins manager Rocco Baldelli’s post-game press conference:

The last time the Twins had a rookie manager get off to this good of a start was 1987. Some guy who got along with his players nicknamed TK led that team to the Twins’ first World Series championship.