Eric Florack on August 16th, 2022



More evidence that the American people are not buying the defense of the left by the supposed mainstream media.

Eric Florack on August 15th, 2022
Passing thoughts for today

# Remember that the same people that are telling us it’s impossible to hire armed guards for schools, are the same people that just hired 87,000 IRS agents.

# The idea of FBI Stormtroopers rifling Melena Trump’s wardrobe makes sense when you consider that J Edgar Hoover was a crossdresser. It seems reasonable to wonder if their interest wasn’t more personal than professional.

# And by the way, that they were doing that would seem to blow out of the water the laughable idea that has been passed around among the leftists circles lately that Melena was a mole for the FBI.

# Trump derangement syndrome is going to cause some to be violent. Again. But just like before, it’ll never be called terrorism.

# The “inflation reduction act” by virtue of it doing exactly the opposite will end up being precisely what Orwell warned us about. And it isn’t like we didn’t issue a warning about this.

# That stabbing of Rushdie, the other day… I think we may have determined the motive. It does seem to be selling a lot of books though.

# I can’t help but Wonder where Jeffrey Toobin will resurface. Perhaps as a spokesperson for Zoom?

Eric Florack on August 15th, 2022
Ladies and gentlemen, these are your plans: ridiculously expensive personal transportation and unreliable government transportation.

Or you could always ride a bike.

This morning’s Boston Herald, by no means a bastion of right-wing thought, relates the story:

With just a week left before the Orange Line and a section of the new Green Line shuts down for a month, the MBTA and city of Boston finally revealed how they intend to get more than 100,000 riders a day around the city and northern suburbs.
“Biking can be a great alternative for some people during the shutdown,” said Boston’s “chief of streets” Jascha Franklin-Hodge. “Opening up and enhancing Bluebikes service is just one of the ways we’re helping residents access good alternatives to their normal transit routes.”

Great alternative for who? Disabled or physically impaired riders? People who don’t want to get mowed down by an SUV while pedaling their little bike?

Just what Boston needs — thousands of novice bike riders wheeling around the city trying to figure out how to get where they want to go. A great alternative for those who want to arrive at work exhausted, stressed out and drenched with sweat.

And of course, in the doing the highlight of your day will be watching City administrators rolling by in their black limousines.

Hey, it works for China…

Here’s another case where the actual fact doesn’t match the fear mongering.

Snowfan here zooms in on the chart for greater detail and reports that for this date, ice extent in the Arctic stands at a 12-year high:

Climate changes on its own. Government doesn’t understand what drives changes in the weather and they certainly don’t have any control over it.

Eric Florack on August 14th, 2022
Obviously, the answer is an unquestionable YES. Matt Vespa at Town Hall:

Later this week, the unsealed search warrant pointed to allegations of obstruction of justice and violations of the Espionage Act, which, to quote the late Justice Antonin Scalia, is pure applesauce. The best part was the deluge of leaks once Attorney General Merrick Garland held a presser to defend this political witch hunt and called the employees and agents at the FBI faithful public servants and patriots. The best nugget here was the allegation that the FBI thought nuclear secrets were tucked away at the residence.

No level of spin can produce a credible reason behind this ransacking. Especially since the basis for this raid appears to be grounded on suspicions by government officials that not all the materials requested from Mar-a-Lago were returned last January. It does seem that a cocktail napkin led to this federally approved plundering. Yes, a cocktail napkin was an item on the National Archives list, which points to what Mike Davis, a former law clerk for Justice Neil Gorsuch, noted about how the government over-classifies everything.

It’s also clear that no one read the critical memo issued on January 19, 2021, wherein all documents related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation were declassified by Trump in the waning days of his presidency.

So the facts emerging from this raid, make clear that it was conducted, not due to what they have on Trump, but what he had on THEM.

I have no doubt that the Crossfire Hurricane docs were what they were after. They have been trying to get their hand on them for some months. Remember, folks, these are the same people that pushed the Russia hoax for years even though they knew it was a hoax. So when these docs could not be obtained by, shall we say, less dramatic means, they were forced in their desperation to pull THIS stunt, to cover their attempts to throw the election for Hillary Clinton. They needed to do this before the midterms so as to minimize the damage at those midterms.

Britt Hume looks at this and says:

I can recall a time when if the FBI took a step so drastic as raiding a former president’s home, we could be sure it involved something truly urgent and major. Those days are gone, which is why what the bureau has done is so risky to itself and to this tense and divided nation.

Risky, obviously. Just as obviously, however, they considered that the bigger danger to them was the truth about crossfire hurricane.

The only question now is, will they get away with it?

Eric Florack on August 10th, 2022
Odd, that a nation founded because of governmental over-reach and taxation, should now be dealing with 87,000 IRS agents…
Eric Florack on August 10th, 2022
Ponder this:

Donald Trump’s endorsement record this primary season stands at 192-11.

Do you suppose there’s a message about the mood of the voters buried in there somewhere?

Eric Florack on August 9th, 2022
From Pat Booth:

THE RAID ON TRUMPS HOME IN FLORIDA STINKS.
Granted Trump was upset and many supposed conservative and GOP pols incensed as well but so was a large portion of largely middle of road ordinary voters. FACT: The dems tried to stop Trump with an illegal Russian hoax then impeached him twice with no lasting results except to piss off a lot of people who might have voted demass but will no longer consider them since they’ve repeatedly proved themselves untrustworthy contemptible liars. The new tax and spend law that barely made it through congress is an obvious lie as well. The monday raid simply makes it clear the Dems fear Trump so much they are willing to “TRUMP” up any charges that might harm him and maybe be forced through a Kangaroo court to disqualify him from another run for President. I sincerely doubt they will succeed here either and the backfire can and will destroy the DNC as an effective political party through the next presidential office. Can’t say I object in any way to the self-destruction of the DNC and its deep state tyranny. They need to go aways as they are no longer American supporting democrats but Marxist communist progressive socialists masquerading as dems whose oft stated purpose is the complete destruction of our republic to install a socialist regime of their own design. Remember Obama stating only a few hours from fundamentally changing our government for us? Remember itty bitty Biden, still the smallest mind in DC, was his very obliging VP. Remember itty bitty took millions of dollars from the CCP. Now he kowtows to the Chinese and has removed impediments to their growth in power in the USA. The Chinese control a San Diego port, lands all over the USA, sends thousands of students to school virtually free within the USA and have many spies within our schools, governmental agencies, and new constructions in various cities nationwide while challenging the USA in every continent and country and threatening our allies with invasions and war. How may IRS agents to be hired and what will be their objectives while increasing taxes upon major corporations which will be passed along to customers increasing inflamatory pricing. Does anyone sane and sober think there is even a chance that the Democrats care at all about the rule of law or honesty, or morality, or even decency, or truth, or that they do not lie regularly whenever they speak regardless of the name of the demass pol.

Despite the ignorance and arrogant stupidity if Biden and his leftist henchmen, congress cannot pass any law that will alter one letter of the Constitution in anyway as it was designed to be the superior legal document from the beginning. Our SCOTUS have clearly not all agreed but in general have never allowed any congressional law to stand that was unconstitutional. Why does the left want control of the SCOTUS if not to ensure they will not continue to invalidate unconstitutional congressional laws? The current court is not perfect and has 3 known socialistic judges and a chief justice who has been compliant with leftist ideas even when the rest of the court disagreed. IF any more judges leave (or are impeached for lying during their confirmation hearings, still a possibility) then Trump would find more truly conservative justices who would ajudge laws correctly according to their Constitutionality, not whether or not people might like them (witness Roe v Wade).

Our nation remains at a difficult crossroads and must strongly decide against socialism as a systematic government or if we remain a reasonably free Republic able to elect our own representatives that at least purportedly serve their constituents rather than the current regime in power such as do the Russians, North Koreans, Cubans, Chinese, etc. Voting for ANY democrat at all is a self-destructive act of great foolishness. Certainly too many rino gop exist but at least they do not walk lock-step with whatever regime the DNC decides must be in control. The new 89,000 new IRS agents won’t exist to merely look into rich peoples’ tax returns. They will be the new Socialist Governments enforcers.

The always worthwhile Kruiser, mentions that tweet from Kevin McCarthy last night that I’ve already run. For completeness, here it is again

Steven looks at this and says:

It would be a huge miracle if this egregious overstep by the Biden administration gave McCarthy the spine we’ve all been waiting for. While seeing the flurry of reaction on social media, I quickly began thinking of what other consequences the Democrats’ extremism might have:

Indeed, McCarthy has been something of a John q Milqtoast about these matters, until now. If he’s finally been pushed over the edge, God bless the edge.

Steven goes on from there:

If there were any undecided voters floating around somewhere in America I can’t imagine that the fence is very comfortable right now. It’s also probably a safe bet that Drooling Joe’s Stasi move guarantees that apathy won’t be a problem for the Republicans.

Almost since the moment that Joe Biden occupied the Oval Office, I’ve been saying that the Democrats were going to screw it up by overreaching, which they’ve been doing. Last night’s raid was obviously their biggest overreach yet, and it came after the Democrats’ and Biden’s most (only?) successful weekend in office.

All they had to do was take the win, but that’s not how Team Overreach works. The White House insists that they knew nothing about the raid, which is the biggest lie from a Democratic administration since Bubba’s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” line.

Also, this little tidbit came up this morning. It turns out that the judge who signed the warrant for that raid? He used to work for Jeffrey Epstein. Just let that roll around for a minute.

There’s this, as well.

I’m guessing this particular judge was on friendly terms with the guy who was in charge of the raid. Who was that you ask? He’s the same guy who was in charge of orchestrating that little scandal in Detroit where the Michigan governor was supposedly kidnapped. Observe the conversation between senator Ted Cruz and the current FBI director, Christopher Wray:

Wray could not say if any FBI agent had received discipline or was reprimanded after “the misconduct that led to every defendant being acquitted or having a mistrial on every charge.”

Cruz outlined that the special agent in charge of the Detriot Field Office, Steven D’Antuono, went on to become the assistant director in charge of the Washington, DC office, which Wray confirmed.

Cruz: The special agent in charge of that case has now been sent to D.C. to the Washington, DC office and now leads the investigation regarding January 6. Is that correct?

Wray: That doesn’t sound right to me.

Cruz: That does not sound right, that the name of the individual is Steven D’Antuono? He was run out of the FBI Detroit Field Office.

Wray: Mr. D’Antuono was the special agent in charge of the [Detroit] office, the Detroit Field Office, is now the assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office.

Cruz: So the guy in charge got promoted and is now in charge of the January 6 investigation.

Wray: The guy in charge of the whole Detroit Field Office is now in charge of the whole Washington Field Office.

Cruz: That is astonishing.

The senator also mentioned that the Washington, DC office, which the FBI special agent is now in charge of, oversees the investigation into January 6, 2021.

I’m old enough to remember when the FBI didn’t seem to feel that Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified documents was an offense worth pursuing. Tell me again about how there’s not a two-tier system of justice operating here.

If you’ve got any nose at all, you know this thing stinks to high heaven. I expect that a large majority of voters understand this as well. As Steven says, this situation has probably handed the Republican party both houses of Congress. Always assuming that votes count and aren’t being manipulated by some means.

Eric Florack on August 9th, 2022
Some interesting background on the FBI and its involvement with the January 6th stalinist show trial from Breitbart:

The senator noted that out of the four people who went to trial, two were acquitted and two received mistrials, explaining that no one was convicted of any charge and that the “basis of the defense was entrapment, that the FBI, that paid informants for the FBI had suggested and had incited the conduct.”

Wray could not say if any FBI agent had received discipline or was reprimanded after “the misconduct that led to every defendant being acquitted or having a mistrial on every charge.”

Cruz outlined that the special agent in charge of the Detriot Field Office, Steven D’Antuono, went on to become the assistant director in charge of the Washington, DC office, which Wray confirmed.

Cruz: The special agent in charge of that case has now been sent to D.C. to the Washington, DC office and now leads the investigation regarding January 6. Is that correct?

Wray: That doesn’t sound right to me.

Cruz: That does not sound right, that the name of the individual is Steven D’Antuono? He was run out of the FBI Detroit Field Office.

Wray: Mr. D’Antuono was the special agent in charge of the [Detroit] office, the Detroit Field Office, is now the assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office.

Cruz: So the guy in charge got promoted and is now in charge of the January 6 investigation.

Wray: The guy in charge of the whole Detroit Field Office is now in charge of the whole Washington Field Office.

Cruz: That is astonishing.

The senator also mentioned that the Washington, DC office, which the FBI special agent is now in charge of, oversees the investigation into January 6, 2021.

Move along, citizen nothing to

see here.

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Eric Florack on August 9th, 2022
Last night’s FBI raids at Mar-A-Lago should be a wake up call to all Americans. The political weaponization of the DOJ and the FBI is now at unprecedented levels.

Even CNN and MSNBC have begun to realize that with this action, Democrats have opened a Pandora’s box. Will Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection notes this and says, in part:

I flipped back and forth between CNN and MSNBC. At least when I watched, they were not engaging in the expected celebrations. There was a palpable dread that this could backfire against the Democrats. Bigly.

Analysis: true. Indeed I’d suggest it’s a sure bet. The question before us is what form that backfire will take.

Over at The Federalist, Joy Pullman points out the hypocrisy involved here with a bit of History:

Democrats called Donald Trump a fascist, authoritarian, and wannabe dictator for chants at his rallies of “Lock her up,” referring to his opponent Hillary Clinton. At the time, leftists pointed out that imprisoning, interrogating, investigating, and otherwise using government resources to harass and prosecute one’s political opponents was the mark of tyrannical regimes such as Vladimir Putin’s and Adolf Hitler. “Democracies don’t lock up political opponents,” the Washington Post editorial board told us in 2016.

Those positions obviously didn’t age well, as we saw last night, with Democrats using the FBI to do precisely that, and in the process lowering these United States to the status of a third- world nation.

Joy gives us the picture:

We’re watching federal agencies use their powers not to catch criminals but to criminalize peaceful political views and actions. We’re witnessing a growing campaign to lock people up for their opposition to the ruling political party, which is not only profoundly un-American but profoundly dangerous societally. This is the prosecution of a political cold civil war that could very easily heat up again in another January 6-like outburst, or worse.

I suspect that’s precisely what last night’s event was all about, provoking such a response.

The Democrats know very well that the upcoming election is going to be a bloodbath for them. So, the reasoning goes, if they can cause a violent reaction they’ll have sufficient cause to quash November’s election.

The problem is going to be for them that if it doesn’t cause a violent reaction it will most certainly solidify their losses come November and the reaction that we saw from the usual leftist cheerleaders at the supposed mainstream media give testimony to that. This action by Biden’s FBI will unquestionably if given the chance till the scales away from the Democrat party, which in turn is going to mean some rather intensive investigation of these matters.

The fact of the matter is, the FBI has no evidence of any plan to overturn the election, either from Trump or any of his followers. Meanwhile, Hunter Biden… Oh, never mind.

Eric Florack on August 8th, 2022
Word has reached me here that Olivia has passed on after a many years long battle with breast cancer.I’ve had a good deal of respect for Olivia since the early 70s.

The woman was the complete package. She could sing she could act, she could connect with an audience in a live situation like few others, and she had a smile that would melt the North Pole. A true class act in a business, and indeed in a world, where too few such exist.

Rest easy lady, ya done good.

Eric Florack on August 8th, 2022
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.
She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying. Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?” She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”
Her father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the conservative side of the fence.”
If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!
If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him..
If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced.
If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.
Eric Florack on August 7th, 2022
So the Biden White House is claiming record employment.

Is this the same crowd that’s been trying to redefine “recession”? Who told us first that there was no inflation, then told us that the inflation was temporary, wasn’t the fault of the current Administration, was temporary, then that inflation was a good thing for the American people?

With that record of manipulation, are we truly to believe that they wouldn’t fudge employment numbers to support thier rapidly deteriorating position?

Of course even Politico reports the GDP is shrinking. One possible reason for the discrepancy is the number of people who have two or more jobs. That’s a detail that’s in the numbers but that the White House never mentions.

Mauldin Economics adds this:

The most obvious weirdness factor going into this recession is the still-strong employment data. Employers are hiring people faster than they are firing them, and many wish they could hire more. That doesn’t square with recessionary conditions.

This may be because the recession is still young.

Which means that it’s only going to get worse.

Eric Florack on July 28th, 2022
Over at The Volokh Conspiracy, Josh Blackman writes a piece in which he gets most things wrong, but I suspect that has to do with his own pro-abortion biases as much as anything.

Still, he got this part right:

In the wake of Dobbs, we are already seeing the democratic process at work. And critically, legislatures in red states are forced to confront issues they simply never had to decide before. The absence of Roe is requiring elected representatives to cast difficult votes on abortion. The New York Times distills the process with the headline: “With Roe Gone, Republicans Quarrel Over How Far to Push Abortion Bans.” Read through the article. At every juncture, I see government in action.

The thing is, the blue states are also struggling with those same questions.

And as I’ve already pointed out the other day, support for abortion on demand right up to the moment of birth, even amongst the Democrat rank and file is not nearly as high as it is amongst the Democrat party establishment. Indeed, the Democrats position on abortion is anything but a slam dunk, unless you ignore the next election cycle.

Which in turn, is precisely why as the article points out Democrats insisted that the courts needed to step in. They knew they wouldn’t win the argument any other way. They still know it, which explains the Democrat party’s efforts to pack the court. In other words, and somewhat ironically, Democrats are engaged in a 60-year-long effort to bypass democracy, and the Dobbs ruling put a stop to it.

Blackman tries rather unsuccessfully to make a direct comparison between the issue of individual gun rights and abortion. He suggests that since the states were given the responsibility of dealing with the abortion question in Dobbs, they should have also been given that responsibility on the case of gun rights vis-a-vis Bruen. It is here that his argument goes completely off the Constitutional rails. I would have expected a better understanding of the Constitution from him even with his biases. But, I suppose not.

Glen Reynolds in noting the same article, does an excellent job of dissecting this portion of it:

The Constitution explicitly expresses a view on gun rights; it does no such thing regarding abortion. And that’s because there are important structural/political aspects to whether the populace is be armed, considerations that do not enter into issues regarding abortion. That the Supreme Court noticed such a thing should not be a huge surprise, nor is it evidence of any particular contradiction.

Indeed so.

If anything is surprising about this it’s that the Supreme Court for the first time in a generation is actually reading and interpreting the Constitution as written. In other words, they’re actually doing their job. That’s something that you will never see when the Democrat appointees are in majority.

Which, in turn, is precisely why you’re hearing a lot of screaming just now, coming from your left.