Archive for August, 2019

After reading just a few paragraphs of this article, the first question that popped into my mind was whether consumers were wiser than Wall Street. I know that isn’t a fair question but I think it’s pointing to a simple reality.

First, it’s apparent that the Trump/GOP tax cuts, aka the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, have really worked. As long as people see the extra cash in their paychecks, consumers will spend money. It isn’t that Wall Street’s jitters about President Trump’s tariffs are unwarranted. It’s that consumers worry more about whether their jobs are still they’re paychecks keep growing.

Here’s what’s sparking consumer optimism:

Drivers hitting the road this Labor Day weekend will enjoy the cheapest gasoline prices in three years, a boon to consumers who have remained confident, while fears of recession grip much of Wall Street. Price-tracking firm GasBuddy predicts the national average for a regular gallon of gas will be $2.55 a gallon on Labor Day, down nearly 30 cents from last year and the lowest price on the holiday since 2016. The national average has fallen for six straight weeks to $2.58.

“Oh, Lord, people love these prices,” said Susan Begnell, a cashier at the Murphy USA gas station on Interstate 20 in Meridian, Miss. At $1.89 a gallon, her station currently is among the cheapest in the nation.

With winter right around the corner, gas prices might continue to drop. President Trump’s deregulation policies have made the US energy dominant, not just energy independent. That’s why the economy is still strong. That’s why consumers are still confident. That’s why consumers continue to confound Wall Street.

It’s virtually impossible to take Jim Clapper or Jim Comey seriously. A day after Michael Horowitz’s DOJ IG report excoriated Comey, Jim Clapper attempted to come to Comey’s rescue saying “I think he did what he thought was the right thing. Yeah, it violated the standard protocols and procedures of the FBI. I don’t think there’s a rule book, though, for this extraordinary situation involving potential, and emphasize potential, criminality of a president.”

That’s BS from Clapper and he knows it. It’s sanctimoniousness, too. Pretending that the counterintelligence investigation was legitimate doesn’t fly. People understand that the thing that got it started, the Steele Dossier, was utterly discredited over a year ago. That thing is a dead horse and there’s no way to revive it like Jesus revived Lazarus. This is BS, too:

“So Jim did what he thought was the right thing to do for the country. Now, one man’s leaker is another man’s whistleblower. And in this case, I think he was whistle-blowing to the public. We would not have known what we’ve since learned, I think, were it not for the action that Jim took,” he added.

Clapper knows that there’s a procedure that whistleblowers follow. It’s actually a pretty well-designed system. This is key to understanding whistleblower status:

Under this framework, intelligence community whistleblowers are not protected from retaliation if they raise “differences of opinions concerning public policy matters,” but are protected if they raise violations of laws, rules, or regulations.

That’s a pretty wide gulf between what’s protected and what isn’t protected. If Comey thought that President Trump was violating the law, then it’s Comey’s obligation to invoke whistleblower status.

It’s clear that Comey’s complaints fit into the “differences of opinion” category. Therefore, Clapper’s statement doesn’t pass the laugh test. Further, Clapper knew that the Dossier was trash. Anything built with that as a foundation was junk. This is mostly about people simply hating Trump on a deep personal level. This has nothing to do with saving the nation from a madman.

It’s great to hear that Becky Otto’s final appeal fell on deaf ears at the Minnesota State Supreme Court in April. When the defeat was handed down, Otto tried her best to spin it as a partial victory, saying “Since the 2015 law change, certain counties have actively rejected the state auditor’s authority to review county finances once a private CPA conducted an audit. The Supreme Court has now made clear that the state auditor has authority and responsibility over county finances, including the authority to conduct additional examinations of a county following a private CPA firm audit, and that the counties are responsible for the costs.”

Rep. Eric Lucero and State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer had the final say on that:

Rep. Eric Lucero (R-Dayton) and Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake) authored a bill to reimburse Wright County for the costs it incurred to defend the Otto case. That bill passed, and Wright received its money back. “The lawsuit brought by former State Auditor Rebecca Otto was arbitrary and frivolous from the beginning and this was confirmed with former Auditor Otto losing her lawsuit at every level including a unanimous ruling against her by the Minnesota Supreme Court,” Lucero said.

If Otto continues her political vendetta, Republicans should highlight her vindictiveness. Doing an additional audit after there’s already been an audit is an exercise in vindictiveness. It costs the counties extra money without much of a change in audit results. That’s the definition of vindictiveness.

Further, it isn’t the definition when the Supreme Court repeats what I said about the case in the first place. I first said that the Constitution established each of the constitutional offices but that legislation established the constitutional offices’ responsibilities. That’s almost verbatim what Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said in her opinion.

Attention Lindsey Graham: you’ve got to beat your Democrat friends over the head with the information from this article. You know who I’m talking about. You told us that you couldn’t find a single Democrat in the Senate willing to co-sponsor your legislation that fixes our asylum laws, fixes the Flores Agreement and closes the gaping loopholes in our immigration laws. We believed you, too.

Sen. Graham, what’s in that article is disgusting. It’s the type of stuff that Democrats should be forced to defend. Daily. When the crew at Fox & Friends asked you what it would take to pass your legislation, you were right in saying that we need fewer Democrats and more Republicans. I couldn’t agree more. Especially after reading this:

Border Patrol agents at the FOB were contacted by Mexican government officials in July regarding two subjects wanted on kidnapping and homicide charges. One of the men was apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in November 2018 near Eagle Pass, while the other surrendered to Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry in December 2018. Both men made credible fear claims, and were ordered removed by an immigration judge after those claims were denied.

Had those criminals not been rejected for asylum, they would’ve gotten released into the US, where they likely would’ve preyed on immigrant populations. That’s totally unacceptable. Those asylum laws must be fixed. If Democrats won’t participate in fixing them, then their decisions need to become the subject of negative ads against them the next time they run for re-election.

If Democrats think that security moms want these types of predators meandering through their streets, Democrats should think again. If Democrats don’t get serious about fixing the border, they should expect a thumping next November. It won’t be pretty.

The people know that the porous US border is where tons of illegal drugs that kill US citizens come from. They know that the porous US border is also where criminals enter the US. Anyone thinking that we’re ok with this broken system must be a thick-headed Democrat.

If I hear another Democrat insist that “this isn’t who we are” if we don’t enforce the laws that Congress has passed and that the president has signed, I’ll punch that Democrat. Ignoring laws that we don’t like isn’t who we are. Further, telling me that we don’t have the resources to prosecute criminals tells me that those offices aren’t run efficiently or that those people are lying to us.

Thankfully, President Trump’s wall is getting built. That isn’t the total answer but it’s sure to help CBP. There’s already reporting out there that the new wall is a force multiplier. That’s because walls help funnel coyotes, drug smugglers and human traffickers into chokepoints, which increase agents’ efficiency.

If the Democrats don’t do anything to fix our immigration and asylum laws, they’ll pay the price in states like Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Democrats are salivating at the possibility of flipping the Senate seat that Martha McSally currently holds in Arizona. Rest assured that a broken immigration system helps Sen. McSally.

Ilhan Omar isn’t a nice person. As a Democrat legislator, she’s virtually worthless. As a bombthrower, she’s a high profile bombthrower. In terms of thinking she’s accountable to anyone, she’s disgusting.

Ilhan Omar is the portrait of Democrat hubris. This Fox9 article provides proof of Omar’s hubris. Doing his worst impression of Esme Murphy, Fox9’s Theo Keith tried questioning Omar about her alleged affair. When he tried asking those questions, Omar’s bodyguard pinned him to the wall to prevent him from getting close to Omar. When Rep. Omar, a Democrat who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, was asked by Keith about the alleged affair, Omar replied “They’re stupid questions. Do you understand what ‘no comment’ means?”

That’s the ultimate in hubris. Rep. Omar isn’t just a headache to Democrats in DC. She isn’t just the worst anti-Semite in Congress. She’s a nasty person who apparently thinks that she can do whatever she wants without having to explaining herself. Check this out:


It’s shameful that Omar thinks that it’s ok to have her staffers intimidate reporters. Democrats complain that President Trump bullies the press with his statements. Why won’t Democrats call out their legislators who physically intimidate reporters?

This is a black eye for WCCO and Esme Murphy, too. She interviewed Omar but she didn’t attempt to push Omar on the subject of the alleged affair. Keith pushed the subject so far that it took a staffer getting physical with him to stop him from holding Omar accountable. Keith did what a real journalist does. He demanded accountability.

At this point, it isn’t difficult to see Murphy just mailing it in while she glides into retirement. It wouldn’t surprise me if that’s what she’s doing. Then, too, she’s always been known as a traditional interviewer. She interviewed me once in 2008 in the closing days of the campaign. She was ok then but she asked me very basic questions. She didn’t go beyond one question per subject. I can’t imagine doing an interview without asking a follow-up.

If WCCO and the rest of the high profile Twin Cities media want to be taken seriously, they need to ask hard-hitting questions, then ask hard-hitting follow-up questions, too. They need to follow this procedure consistently for Republicans and Democrats alike. That’s what’s required of real journalists. Then again, the chance of them doing that isn’t high but it’s a worthwhile goal to push them towards.

The chances of pushing the Twin Cities media into being actual news reporters isn’t high. I’d say it’s about the same as the chances of the DFL politicians getting rid of their hubris or of the DFL politicians thinking that they’re accountable to anyone.

Apparently, Ilhan Omar thinks that public figures shouldn’t be scrutinized. If she thinks that, then she’d fit right in as Commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Human Sacrifices Services. Their deputy commissioners resigned abruptly without explaining why. Then the commissioner abruptly resigned the following Monday without explanation.

Do Minnesota Democrats think that they shouldn’t be held accountable? DFL Chairman Ken Martin certainly didn’t think that Keith Ellison should be punished for his alleged abuse of Karen Monahan.

After the UK Daily Mail and the New York Post broke the story that Ilhan Omar had allegedly had an affair with her chief campaign consultant, the Minneapolis Star Tribune said nary a word. In an interview with WCCO’s Esme Murphy, Omar said she preferred not to talk about her “personal life.” Esme Murphy quickly moved on rather than push her for answers.

Obedience is apparently a requirement to be a Twin Cities ‘reporter’ if you’re a Democrat. Follow-up questions are apparently not allowed with controversial Democrats like Omar. When I tried finding Murphy’s interview of Omar on Youtube, I got this response:

No results found

Thankfully, there are still real journalists left in the Twin Cities. Unlike WCCO, they’ll actually dig into politicians’ lives:

Government ethics watchdog Tom Anderson of the conservative National Legal and Policy Center said Omar may have violated campaign finance law if she used campaign funds to pursue a romantic affair.

“We believe Representative Ilhan Omar may have touched the third rail of campaign finance law: disbursing campaign funds for personal use,” Anderson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It’s a brazen act Representative Omar was caught doing before in Minnesota and all of the evidence we’ve seen tells us she’s probably doing it again.”

Brazenness apparently is what Rep. Omar specializes in, along with anti-Semitism. Rep. Omar hasn’t followed the law too often. Thankfully, Minnesota Rep. Steve Drazkowski has persisted in tracking down the truth about Rep. Omar. He’s even started this website that’s essentially a one-stop shopping center on Omar’s foibles. This is just one of the documents posted at Steve’s website:

Rep. Drazkowski should be thanked for doing what the Star Tribune and other Twin Cities media outlets have done. (I won’t call them newspapers because they apparently don’t give a damn about investigative reporting.)

Rachel Maddow’s TV ratings took another hit in July. While Maddow’s show was the top rated show on MSNBC, it was still just 5th in the ratings, behind (in order) Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Ingraham Angle and The Five.

That’s right. MSNBC’s top show (Rachel Maddow) finished behind FNC’s late afternoon show. The only thing more embarrassing is the fact that CNN’s top primetime show finished behind MSNBC’s best primetime show. This isn’t good either:

Maddow’s show averaged 2,327,000 total viewers in the month of August, with 361,00 coming in the crucial 25-54 age demographics, according to Nielsen Media Research. Those numbers are down from July when Maddow averaged 2,487,000 per night, and 384,000 in the 25-54 demographic.

It was the second straight month that Maddow failed to finish in the top three, something she had previously accomplished every month dating back to October 2018. Hannity led cable news, averaging 3,269,000 viewers a night, with 519,000 in the 25-54 demographic, while Carlson placed second, averaging 3,107,000 total viewers, including 500,000 in the 25-54 demographic.

What’s interesting is the fact that Maddow’s ratings have dropped pretty much ever since the Trump-Russia Collusion thing went bust. They haven’t recovered since the narrative switched from Russia to Racism to Recession. Thad McCotter noted the R that’s missing from the Democrats’ Rs is Reality.

I’d add that the other R that’s missing for the Democrats is Ratings. If they keep putting these losers on TV night-after-night, they’ll be missing 2 W’s: winning and the White House.

Saying that Ilhan Omar has led an interesting lifestyle is understatement. This article will make people question her explanations of her multiple previous marriages. First, let’s hear the basics of this article:

Beth Jordan Mynett said her political consultant husband, Tim Mynett, told her in April that he was in a relationship with the Minnesota Democrat, according to a divorce filing obtained by the New York Post. The filing was submitted Tuesday in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

“The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when Defendant told Plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar,” the divorce filing says.

This gives an entirely new definition to the old cliché that “politics makes for strange bedfellows.” I’m also reminded of President Reagan’s old saying that “Politics is the world’s second-oldest profession and, at times, it resembles the oldest profession.” Then there’s this:

Beth Mynett is seeking primary custody of their son, citing her husband’s “extensive travel” with the congresswoman. Omar’s campaign has paid Tim Mynett’s consulting firm E. Street Group more than $200,000 since 2018. “Defendant’s more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments,” the divorce filing alleges.

The question now is out there that some of these trips were fundraising trips or whether they were fundraising trips co-mingled with romantic interludes. I’m not a campaign finance attorney but I’m smart enough to know that a legitimate investigator should investigate this.

If Omar has used some of her campaign funds to pay for romantic jaunts, then she deserves to feel threatened by law enforcement. I don’t know the answer to that question but I’m certain that an investigation is worthwhile. Couple that information with this information and you start getting the picture that Rep. Omar thinks that the laws don’t apply to her:

State Rep. Drazkowski has been persistent in digging up information on Rep. Omar’s sordid lifestyle. Meanwhile, the Minneapolis Star Tribune has barely lifted a finger to investigate Omar’s ‘lifestyle choices’. I’d say that this is one of those jobs that Americans just won’t do but that isn’t accurate since Rep. Drazkowski is doing this work and he’s an American.

Perhaps we should say that this is a job that the Media Wing of the Democratic Party won’t do. Further, it’s worth noting that people of integrity are totally willing to do this work. Just because Democrats don’t believe in enforcing the law doesn’t mean Republicans have to agree with that philosophy.

Apparently, the Democrats’ gene pool needs a ton of chlorine to clean itself up. The courts in Hennepin and Ramsey counties are mostly Democrats. I know that the county attorneys are Democrats. That’s why I’m not holding my breath waiting for this potential investigation. Apparently, Democrats always protect other Democrats. (If you don’t believe that, check out how Ken Martin and the DFL protected Keith Ellison after he allegedly attacked Karen Monahan.)

It’s long past time for people to realize that the DFL is exceptionally corrupt. They’ve been that way for years. It’s just that the Strib has kept that fact hidden until now.

Since Democrats took over the US House this past January, essentially nothing has gotten done. That’s because this batch of Democrats are totally beholden to the Resist movement. Resist Democrats aren’t interested in doing what’s right for America. Resist Democrats only want to hate President Trump. Lindsey Graham is right. It’s time to elect people that don’t hate President Trump so we can fix this nation’s existing problems.

According to Sen. Graham, not a single Democrat will co-sponsor his immigration bill. If you think there are moderates Democrats in the Senate, you’re totally wrong. The LFR definition of a moderate Democrat is one that’s campaigning. The minute they get their election certificate, they turn into Schumer’s shills or Durbin’s dupes.

Co-host Steve Doocy asked Graham why the Flores agreement has been politicized. Graham repeated “they hate Trump” in response, arguing Washington needs people who don’t share such hatred of the president.

“I have been working on immigration for 10 years. I’m willing to deal with a DACA population… I’m willing to spend money in Central America to make life better. I’ve done everything I know to do… I can’t get one Democrat to agree with me that you should apply for asylum in Central America, or Mexico, not the United States.”

This is proof that Democrats hate President Trump more than they love this country. Think about this: think that Democrats voted unanimously against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Thanks to those tax cuts, the US economy is the envy of the world. Democrats said no to these low unemployment rates, these rising wages, this prosperity.

The 2 most important things to the average person are peace and prosperity. Unemployment is at a 50-year low. Wages are rising. Minority unemployment rates are the lowest they’ve ever been. That’s what’s called prosperity by everyone that isn’t a Democrat. Democrats keep talking about the impending recession.

On national security, it’s impossible to think that Democrats are serious. Democrats want asylum seekers to appear in court, then released. Democrats know that the vast majority of these people will never set foot in a court again. If that isn’t the definition of open borders, then that definition doesn’t exist.

Graham further chastised Democrats for refusing to work with him across the aisle on illegal immigration and said he can’t find one lawmaker from the opposing party who will agree to reform Flores. “I can’t get one Democrat to agree to allow children to be held with their families humanely for, 40, 50, or 100 days so we can process their claims,” he said.

“They literally want them released in the United States… They will not work with me. They will not work with President Trump. I am dumbfounded as to why we can’t find [a] compromise.”

When Democrats won’t work with Lindsey Graham on immigration, that’s proof positive that they aren’t interested in fixing things. It’s time to throw a bunch of Democrats overboard by electing people who will actually fix things.

When Democrats unanimously vote against fixing illegal immigration after they voted unanimously against the Trump/GOP tax cuts, that’s proof that Democrats are the definition of do-nothing politicians.

The US Senate used to be the greatest deliberative body in the world. Today, it’s the embodiment of the Swamp, thanks mostly to these Do-Nothing Democrats.

Just when you thought that things might return to normal at Minnesota’s Department of Human Services, another high-ranking official resigns. This resignation is different in that it’s the re-resignation of a former employee who returned to work only to resign again. Got all that? I didn’t think so. Suffice it to say that HHS is a department in disarray.

This article should help you figure out what’s going on:

Claire Wilson, deputy commissioner of the Department of Human Services, will leave the agency on Friday, according to an internal email sent to employees. Wilson, along with her fellow deputy commissioner Chuck Johnson, resigned last month from the agency but then rescinded their resignations after a new commissioner took over.

Acting DHS Commissioner Pam Wheelock convinced the two deputies to stay after Commissioner Tony Lourey and his chief of staff, Stacie Weeks, resigned. All of the leaders had resigned without public explanation.

I don’t have high hopes that this department will get fixed anytime soon, if at all. As I wrote here, the incoming commissioner seems to think that the Department is doing good work. It’s impossible to fix a problem until you admit that there’s a problem. Jodi Harpstead doesn’t think that there’s a problem.

I’m betting that Claire Wilson is thankful that Friday is her last day. With all the turmoil and controversy swirling around within the Department, I’m betting that she’d rather just move on.

I can’t blame her for wanting to leave.