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James Coney is a lawyer and by nature cannot be trusted to uphold the LAW.  Just watch the Democrat snakes come out against Trump for making the correct decision. Appoint David Alexander Clarke Jr. as the new FBI director for real leadership.


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MMXVII Vol. 188 - May 11, 2017



Comey Falls into a Sinkhole he Created


The Democrats Have Been Demanding Comey Be Fired For The Clinton Email Debacle, They Should Be Happy Now

Regardless of your politics, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that Comey made a complete dog’s breakfast of the Clinton email investigation. That has left both sides of the political aisle viewing the FBI as subservient to the ruling party rather than as an impartial law enforcement agency. Many on my side, like me, for instance, are convinced that if we had handled classified information in the way Hillary Clinton handled it, we would not have received a mere scolding and our minions would not have been given immunity deals. The left is convinced that Comey re-opening the investigation cost Clinton an election in which she won the popular vote.

The Deputy AG’s assessment is correct. No matter what strengths Comey has, he has forfeited his credibility which, at this time, is coin of the realm.

It is difficult to see why anyone concerned about the Trump/Russia investigation is worried about this in the least. The guy leading the FBI right now is Andrew McCabe. He is a dyed in the wool Democrat and his wife ran for a state senate seat in Virginia and received a $700,000 contribution from Hillary Clinton. If Trump though he was hindering that investigation, firing Comey was the wrong action to take.


“Should Comey be the director of the FBI? The answer to that is no,” he said, noting that he had called earlier for Comey to resign. “He lost his credibility. … A lot of this is his fault.”

Dershowitz said there were three more questions to address.

“The second question is: should it be the President of the United States who makes the decision to fire him? Not while he’s under an investigation,” Dershowitz said (though Trump is not actually under investigation, a point he stressed in firing Comey).

The third question, Dershowitz said, is “who he appoints next.” He disagreed with Toobin: “If he appoints a man or a woman of great integrity, this date will not go down … in history because we will have been proved wrong that it was some kind of a cover-up if he picks somebody who can pursue the investigation.”

Fourth, Dershowitz suggested that Congress establish an independent commission — “not a special prosecutor, there is no probable cause” — to continue the Russia investigation.


Comey's firing was long overdue

The U.S. Senate a scant two weeks ago confirmed Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, who authored the analysis that recommended Comey’s firing.  The FBI Director reports directly to the Deputy A-G.  So in that context, President Trump acted expeditiously in accepting Rosenstein’s counsel. 

Democrats, of course, were quick to condemn the President for terminating Comey.  Many of them are the same politicians who denounced the Director last October for abusing his authority and unduly influencing the election.  But in Washington, hypocrisy is endemic.  And memories are fleeting. 

Yet the greatest hysteria has emanated from the media.  Comparisons to Richard Nixon’s infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” abound, demonstrating only that most talking heads know little about presidential history.  The analogy is ludicrous. 

"The reality is that Mr. Comey has always been most concerned with the politics of his own reputation," said the Journal. "He styles himself as the last honest man in Washington as he has dangled insinuations across his career about the George W. Bush White House and surveillance, then Mrs. Clinton and emails, and now Mr. Trump and Russia. He is political in precisely the way we don't want a leader of America's premier law-enforcement agency to behave."

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was officially the one to first recommend Comey's termination on Tuesday, citing Comey's public statements and actions on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email controversy and alleged ties between Trump associates and Russia.
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Roger Stone Is Glad Trump Fired Comey, Cites ‘Disgraceful’ Action Against Hillary

“The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement,” the deputy attorney general said in a letter entitled, “Restoring public confidence in the FBI.”

Democrats have previously heavily criticized Comey for his handling of the Clinton investigation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in November that he no longer has “confidence in” Comey.
COMEY FIRED BECAUSE OF HANDLING OF CLINTON EMAIL INVESTIGATION
 
This discharge scenario plays out very well for President Trump — as well as it possibly could under the circumstances. The decision originates with Rosenstein, not Trump or Jeff Sessions, and it was based on the “mistreatment” of Hillary Clinton.

Few Democrats are going to say that Comey didn’t deserve to be fired for bad-mouthing Clinton at the famous press conference (among other Clinton-related “offenses”). Sure, they can say that the timing of the discharge is suspicious. But the White House has an explanation for the timing — Rosenstein’s ascension to the Deputy position.

Is the White House’s scenario true? I have no trouble believing that Rosenstein disagrees strongly with the way Comey handled the Clinton matter. The Justice Department has a longstanding practice of not announcing its adverse views about a would-be defendant it decides not to prosecute.

Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted to President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, saying his departure was a long time coming.

Napolitano said Comey's behavior during the Hillary Clinton email probe violated respected regulatory levers of the bureau.

"You don't make a recommendation to the attorney general in public," he said, referencing last July's announcement that Comey concluded that Clinton had not broken any laws.

Napolitano said Comey "demeaned" the work of rank-and-file justice department employees and said he "undermined the integrity" of the office.

He also blasted Comey for his actions after the discovery of potentially incriminating emails last October on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).

-Abolishes the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax which hits 8 million Americans each year.

-Abolishes the Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax. Together with repeal of the Individual Mandate Tax repeal this is a $270 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare’s Medicine Cabinet Tax which hits 20 million Americans with Health Savings Accounts and 30 million Americans with Flexible Spending Accounts. This is a $6 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare’s Flexible Spending Account tax on 30 million Americans. This is a $20 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare’s Chronic Care Tax on 10 million Americans with high out of pocket medical expenses. This is a $126 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare’s HSA withdrawal tax. This is a $100 million tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare’s 10% excise tax on small businesses with indoor tanning services. This is a $600 million tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare health insurance tax. This is a $145 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare 3.8% surtax on investment income. This is a $172 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare medical device tax. This is a $20 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare tax on prescription medicine. This is a $28 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare tax on retiree prescription drug coverage. This is a $2 billion tax cut.


 
 
Preach Politics from the Pulpit
 
When is a law unconstitutional and defaces the First Amendment?  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; is as clear cut as any assertion in the basic law of the land. Yet Donald Trump correct — Lyndon Johnson passed legislation limiting political activity of churches and has lead to the systematic exclusion of religious political speech. Yet the Johnson amendment survived court challenges in 1983, 1990 and 2000, according to Pew. Such perversion of fundamental rights endowed by God and subverted by government illustrates that the nature of politics defies the only legitimate authority, which any society can derive and claim its moral authority upon.
 
 
When will America Jail their Banksters?

The most dramatic contrast in the rule of law against the architects of financial theft can be seen in the way America protects their banksters and the accountability that Iceland imposed on their financial crooks. The fact that the orthodox financial press refuses to cover the incarceration of Iceland’s Bankers Face 74 Years in Prison While US Banks Profit After Your Bailout, is clear proof who really controls the political and economic institutions in the United States. As for the courts, America has long ago shredded the rule of law in this country.

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Pay Differential - Private Sector and Federal Government

A dreadful warning arises, when public sector employment pay and benefits outstrips the remuneration earned by the private employment workers. Even the most hardened government proponent, must succumb to the reality that private business generates real wealth that finances government through taxes. The expenditures of government on all levels are linked to the profitability of enterprises and sufficient margin that affords the ability to pay revenue levies. Thus, the proportion of wages between private enterprises and public employees has significant consequences.
 


Road to Serfdom, Yesterday and Today

The path to a Global Gulag is paved with failed promises and stern submission. The functions of governments change little over time. Only the intensity of applying current techniques of crowd control evolves for making the task easier to corral the rowdy into prisons of their minds. Force works because people allow themselves to be intimidated and government stooges are willing to rejoice in the celebration of human misery. The police state stems from an entitlement of State tyranny, which justifies its existence based upon an absolutism of authority.
 
Read the entire article on the "Global Gulag" archives

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Walking a tightrope at full speed

Think you are walking on a treadmill that is accelerating in speed? Well, before long, you will need to master the skill of running on a tightrope, as the margins narrow and the cord tightens. Falling off the high wire, means plunging a long way onto a hard surface. If you survive the drop, it would be a miracle. At best, you might expect to be a cripple. Those prospects seem all too real for many Americans. Today, the economic future resembles the example of an emerging third world country, more than the dominate cradle of wealth creation. Primitive developing societies seems to be gaining energy, while our mature economy is losing steam. Is this a coincidence or are results just conforming to a well thought out plan?

Read the entire essay from the "View from the Mount" archives

                                                   

In today’s episode of “Democrats can’t be blamed for anything” the lead role will be played by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, who famously credited the stupidity of the American voter for the law’s passage.

While appearing on FOX News Sunday, Gruber argued that the collapse of Obamacare must be blamed on none other than President Trump.


Her Chelseaness: How to Be Entitled and Boring without Really Trying

Will she ever run for public office? Here’s a fuller quotation of her thoughts on the matter: “If someone steps down or something changes, I’ll then ask and answer those questions at that time. But right now, no, I’m not running for public office.” - Chelsea Clinton

 

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The problem the FBI is facing has little to do with self-definition and much to do with credibility. The FBI like other intel agencies  throughout modern history loses considerable credibility if it is seen as an organ of state bureaucracy rather than an independent and unbiased entity of national justice.


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