Pelosi Blames Trump for Impeachment Furor


“Trump is goading us to impeach him, that’s what he’s doing every single day. He’s just taunting, taunting, taunting because he knows it would be divisive in the country.”

— Nancy Pelosi —

Speaker Pelosi told the Washington Post that she really doesn’t want to impeach President Trump. She said that it would be “a gift to the president,” and detract her party from their goal of taking back the White House in 2020.

She is a pragmatist. The country does not want the president impeached. In any case, the GOP-controlled Senate would not vote to convict — with the exception of Mitt Romney.

SOAR has predicted on several occasions that the House would vote to impeach the president. However, it seems less likely that this will happen.

Even before the release of the Mueller Report, Pelosi was admonishing colleagues who were clamoring for Trump’s ouster.

Still, the insanity will not end anytime soon. Democrats were hoping that Mueller’s investigation would have provided some bit of evidence to provide cover for an impeachment proceeding. No such luck.

So the hearings will continue, at least through 2020, if only to fuel their radical base, or until Republicans take back the House when adults will once again be in control.

Insanity, immaturity, derangement — however we describe it — is nothing more than hateful revenge. I have long depicted the left as bratty children throwing a temper tantrum because they didn’t get their way.

Too many people suffer from challenged emotional development. It’s somewhat disturbing that colleges and universities have to provide sensory immersion rooms for students who get agitated at the mere mention of Donald Trump’s name.

The children did not get their way in 2016, and have been throwing a fit ever since. David Blackmon wrote:

“Several times a week, I get some variation of this question: ‘When are the Democrats going to stop all of this madness?’ – The simple answer, of course, is that they aren’t. The behavior of the leaders of the Democrat Party and their toadies in the fake news media is only going to become increasingly radical and unhinged until they are stopped.”

“Many had thought – hoped – that their despicable daily behavior would calm down somewhat after the Mueller Witch Hunt had shut down and exonerated President Donald Trump. That obviously didn’t happen, and the Democrats and their media toadies did what they always do: Double-down on deception.”

I’m still a little peeved that I was censored this week on a couple of leftist blogs. I’m stunned that they edited, rewrote, or deleted most of my comments.

Then they replied to the censored comments with a leftist narrative to debunk the edited rewrite. I can’t even begin to describe how totally unethical and preposterous that is — but not surprising.

The left does not believe in free speech. Hell, they don’t even believe in the Constitution which, they say, codified white privilege, racism, sexism, slavery, and misogyny.

Talking to a liberal is like talking to the hand. When confronted with facts they raise their hand, cover their ears, or run to the comfort of a sensory immersion room …

… or they censor comments because they have no rational response. What did Nicholson say in that movie?

“You can’t handle the truth!”

Truth is being censored all across the Internet. A friend of SOAR was censored on two occasions this month when she posted pro-life articles on Facebook. A vlogger friend was censored by YouTube when he posted a video of his visit to a Gypsy Museum. He was told that the word “Gypsy” is a racist, derogatory, and offensive term. The politically correct word is Romany, or Romani.

We are living in George Orwell’s “1984”. There is no tolerance for incorrect thought and speech. People are like sheep and conform easily to the new paradigm which fits well with the socialist agenda.

To boast that you are tolerant and inclusive while inhibiting free speech is nothing short of tyranny.

Watch the tables turn as ongoing investigations of the Mueller Report reveal damning evidence of the silent coup to overthrow a duly elected president; and as Trump continues to push their buttons, Democrats will become even more unhinged.

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Censored by Leftist Bloggers

I don’t know how many times I’ve been censored, or blocked by a leftist blogger on WordPress. They regurgitate what they hear on CNN, and when confronted with facts they censor, or block my comments.

Often, they resort to mudslinging and name-calling — racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, bigoted — in fact, the Left has perfected the art of defamation and personal destruction.

Did you see where Bill Clinton said that conservatives are experts at sliming people? He can’t be serious. Look at how his party slimed Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Donald Trump.

So, I was debating the finer points of the Mueller Report on a leftist blog, but my comments were never posted. Today, another blogger simply edited and rewrote my comment by adding different text, and deleting three of four outlined counterpoints that they were not prepared to discuss.

Point #1

My first counterpoint was to the blogger’s assertion that “the Trump campaign willingly accepted help from the Russians”.

They wrote:

“The Mueller Report confirms the finding of U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russians attempted to influence the election in Trump’s favor, and the Trump campaign willingly accepted help from the Russians.”

The blogger redacted the quote and inserted the following text:

“But the point of my post is that Trump should be impeached on principle, on the grounds of he and his associates’ receptivity to, and hopeful interactions with a foreign power engaged in a campaign to sway an American election.”

My response to the original quote was this:

The Washington Post noted the Mueller Report’s conclusion:

“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

The Post concluded:

“After a nearly two-year investigation, Mueller’s findings seemed to dispel the cloud of conspiracy that has hung over the administration since its inception.”

Point #2

The blogger suggested that Trump calling on the Russians to find Hillary’s missing emails was proof of collusion.

My response:

That was a tongue-in-cheek comment … sort of like when Hillary called on China to “get Trump’s tax returns”.

“China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns? I’m sure our media would richly reward you.”

Point #3

The blogger commented:

“Do you honestly think that the country is better off now with a president that is a pathological liar who takes children from their parents and keeps them in cages …?”

My response:

Where to start … the term “cages” was circulated in a wire report from the Associated Press (no fan of Trump). Since the AP is the news outlet for the mainstream media, it became part of the narrative at CNN and the New York Times. (The AP is the source of the left’s daily talking points.)

This, according to The Atlantic, was disputed by Homeland Security and the Border Patrol. Media like the Los Angeles Times changed the word “cages” to “chain-linked yards”, or “fenced grounds” to more accurately describe the facilities.

“Cages” is an unfair depiction. In any case, President Obama also separated families in the very same facilities. The Trump Administration simply carried out the detention policies of Obama who was challenged in court for not only separating families, but denying them legal representation.

Leon Fresco (deputy assistant attorney general under Obama) was tasked with defending the administration’s policy of family detention. A federal judge in California ruled against Obama’s prosecution of mothers who entered the country illegally. Some were deported without their children.

Obama detained families specifically to deter illegal immigration. Fresco said that the administration could “not devise a safe way where men and children could be in detention together in one facility” so the families were separated.

Point #4

The blogger wrote:

“Much of the Steele Dossier has been validated.”

My response:

The Wall Street Journal said that the Mueller Report “dismissed many Steele Dossier claims that were fabrications and Russian disinformation”.

So the dossier was bought and paid for by Trump’s opponents. Does that mean that Clinton’s allies colluded with Russians to discredit Trump and influence the election?

Of course, Trump was not the duly-elected president when this all began, but you don’t buy an insurance policy after the fact.

— End Comments —

The blogger deleted points 2-4. They evidently weren’t prepared to discuss the facts. They advocated for Trump’s impeachment based solely on principle and politics.

Socialists do not uphold due process. They don’t subscribe to the presumption of innocence. A man is guilty simply because they dislike him both personally and subjectively.

Polls show that people affected by Trump Derangement Syndrome are generally unhappy. They’re unhappy that Hillary lost the election. They’re unhappy that Donald Trump is president. They are unhappy because they want revenge, but it seems so far beyond their reach.

It’s actually pathetic that the blogger deleted most of my comment because it didn’t comport with their contemptuous prejudice.

Oh, but the Left is so tolerant and inclusive … yeah, right.

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The Federal Reserve Owns America

[Editor: Read this in the context of President Trump’s disagreement with the Fed’s monetary policy; and in light of the historical perspective of presidents Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln and Kennedy who believed that a central bank was an impediment to economic freedom, growth and prosperity.]

“Paper is poverty … it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.”

–Thomas Jefferson–

The Colonies financed the Revolutionary War by printing Continental Currency. By 1775, millions of paper bills had been circulated (not including counterfeits which the British issued to destabilize the currency). In a very short time the money supply had been inflated by 60% which severely eroded the value of the Colonial dollars.

By 1779, $26.00 in paper currency was worth only $1.00 in gold. Two years later, $1.00 in gold would purchase 168 dollar bills. The paper money was so devalued that a common phrase emerged, “It’s not worth a Continental”. The fledgling Colonies had few choices — borrow from foreign governments or levy a tax.

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, having learned a bitter lesson, inserted the gold and silver clause into the United States Constitution. Congress would be granted the right to coin money backed by the value of specie (precious metals) while fiat (paper money) would be prohibited.

To manage the finances of the Federal government, Alexander Hamilton (Secretary of the Treasury) proposed chartering the Bank of the United States. Similar to the Bank of England, the American bank would be privately owned and the repository of tax collections. It would lend money to the central government which would be obligated to make annual interest payments to cover the cost of the loan and the bank’s operations.

This made no sense to Jefferson who thought it unsound for the government to essentially pay for borrowing money from its own tax receipts. Interest payments would increase annually thereby burdening the American people with mounting debt.

Jefferson wrote:

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already, they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power of money should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs. The principle of spending money [national debt] to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling the future on a grand scale.

Jefferson advised George Washington in 1791:

The incorporation of a bank and the powers assumed have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States by the Constitution. They are not among the powers specially enumerated.

Needless to say, Jefferson opposed the re-charter of the Bank Bill in 1811. The Second Bank of the United States was chartered in 1816. Andrew Jackson, an ally of Thomas Jefferson, vetoed the bank’s re-charter in 1832 fearing that foreign interests sitting on the board could exert control over the United States government. (Incidentally, there were at least two attempts on Jackson’s life. Lincoln and Kennedy, both of whom were Jeffersonian, succumbed to more tragic fates.)

During the Civil War, President Lincoln needed money to finance the war effort. Foreign banks were glad to finance both the North and the South. They cared not who won the war.

Banker and lender Mayer Rothschild once said:

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money, and I care not who writes its laws.”

The bankers were going to charge the Union up to 36% interest. Lincoln, like Jefferson, did not believe in debt financing so he authorized Congress to print Treasury Notes that were backed by gold and silver. Printed in green ink, the greenbacks would incur no interest and no debt.

Lincoln wrote:

“… we gave the people of this Republic the greatest blessing they ever had … their own paper money to pay their own debts …”

The London Times printed a scathing commentary of Lincoln’s Treasury authorization:

If that mischievous financial policy should become permanent, then the American government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without a debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous beyond precedent in the history of the civilized governments of the world. The brains and the wealth of all countries will go to North America. That government must be destroyed, or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe.

This sentiment reflected the opinion of not only the British government, but their southern Confederate surrogates. By war’s end, Lincoln had printed over $400 million in debt-free paper money thereby saving the United States Treasury $4 billion in interest payments.

European bankers and the Confederacy feared the prospect of a wealthy and powerful Union. Less than a week after Robert E. Lee’s surrender, Lincoln was dead. Shortly after Lincoln’s assassination, Congress revoked his executive order to print greenbacks; and all outstanding bills were recalled.

The National Banking Act authorized circulation of interest bearing bank notes obligating the United States to debt financing. Fifty years later (in 1913), Congress replaced the National Banking Act with the Federal Reserve Act.

Journalist Melvin Sickler wrote:

Congress gave up its power to create its own money that it was given in the United States Constitution, and gave this power over to private bankers who call themselves the Federal Reserve. The bankers had achieved their ultimate goal, for now the United States operated under a central bank that was privately owned. They now had the power to run the country by controlling the creation of money, and were free to charge the interest they so desired.

Bankers financed the 1912 presidential campaign of Woodrow Wilson who supported a central bank. Republicans decried the establishment of the Fed as an instrument of inflation and economic ruin which, in fact, created the conditions that precipitated the Great Depression.

Wilson would later write:

A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the world — no longer a government of free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men.

Every elected president since has been financed by the wealth of bankers including Franklin Delano Roosevelt. On April 5, 1933, just one month after his inauguration, Roosevelt ordered that all tangible gold assets (coins and certificates) be turned in to Federal Reserve banks. The President of the United States was essentially confiscating the wealth of the nation. Failure to comply would result in imprisonment and/or fines.

Congress enacted a law that declared paper currency to be legal tender thus voiding the gold and silver clause of the Constitution. Congress then passed the Gold Reserve Act (1934) which gave the Federal Reserve title to all of the confiscated gold.

The debasing of the dollar continued until the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960. He understood that the Constitution clearly established gold and silver as legal tender. Paper money, unless it was backed by a precious metal, was worthless. Kennedy followed the example of Abraham Lincoln to print his own money and circumvent the bankers.

Executive Order 11110 gave the president authorization to order the issuance of United States Notes. The money, recognizable by its red seal and print, was interest-free and completely independent of Federal Reserve Notes.

Kennedy ignored the Federal Reserve and ordered Congress to circulate over $4 billion of debt-free notes.

It has been suggested that President Kennedy was planning to abolish the Federal Reserve and repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. He believed if the Federal government could adopt a monetary policy consistent with the Constitution it would virtually eliminate the national debt and usher in an era of unprecedented prosperity. That was the position of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln.

Kennedy signed the order on June 4, 1963. Five months later he was dead. The day after his assassination all United States Notes were withdrawn from circulation. The Federal Reserve began circulating notes backed not by gold and silver, but simply the faith of the United States government.

Lyndon Johnson ordered that the silver content of coins be reduced to 40%, and that Federal Reserve Silver Certificates — the blue notes — were fiat currency not redeemable in silver. Richard Nixon would later sign an Executive Order ending the gold standard and ordering that all silver certificates be withdrawn from circulation.

The “betrayal” of Woodrow Wilson was complete. He supposedly said on his deathbed, “I have betrayed my country.”

In 1792, at the insistence of Thomas Jefferson, Congress passed the U.S. Coinage Act which defined the value of a dollar based on a specific weight of gold or silver. That law invoked the death penalty for anyone who debased the value of the currency.

Essentially, the United States government borrows worthless money from the Federal Reserve, and pays interest on the loan profiting the bankers while hanging a burdensome debt on the American taxpayer.

The Federal budget is $4 trillion of which $389 billion are earmarked as interest payments. The national debt is $21.6 trillion, but unfunded liabilities — Social Security, for example — total $127 trillion. America is essentially bankrupt.

What if our creditors called in their markers? Would the Ponzi scheme collapse overnight? China and India are hoarding gold, and OPEC wants to decouple oil from the U.S. dollar. Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein were outspoken proponents of ending the dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency. That’s why the U.S. spent trillions of dollars to topple them.

Russia, Venezuela and Iran have proposed that the dollar be replaced with a basket of international currencies. This action would plunge the U.S. into Third World status as central banks unload their dollar reserves thus causing an inflationary devaluation reminiscent of 1923 Germany when a wheelbarrow full of marks would not even buy a newspaper. (Note: One U.S. dollar was then worth one billion marks.)

This is a national security problem — one that sheds light on the geopolitical challenges facing America. The economy is a pyramid built upon invisible wealth and valueless currency. One U.S. dollar from 1860 has been so eroded by inflation that it is now worth only 4 cents.

The precipitous decline of the U.S. dollar has been in stark contrast with the meteoric rise in gold. Since 1971, when President Nixon decided to float the dollar’s value, the price of gold has increased 1750%. In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, former Republican congressman Ron Paul said:

“Gold is history’s oldest and most stable currency. Central bankers and politicians hate it because it restrains spending and denies them the power to create money and credit out of thin air. Those who promote big government, or welfare financing, cherish this power. History and economic law are on the side of gold. Paper money always fails. Unfortunately, though, this occurs only after many innocent people have suffered the consequences of the fraud that paper money represents.”

The total debt of the United States — government, corporate and personal — is over $50 trillion. No one really owns anything. Hard assets are leveraged and purchased with borrowed money.

Jefferson wrote:

“The maxim of buying nothing without the money in our pockets to pay for it would make of our country one of the happiest on earth.”

Cheng Siwei, former vice-chairman of the Communist Party Standing Committee, told the London Telegraph that an economic imbalance exists because the U.S spends and China saves:

“Most of our foreign reserves are in U.S. bonds and this is very difficult to change, so we will diversify incremental reserves into euros, yen, and other currencies. Gold is definitely an alternative, but when we buy, the price goes up. We have to do it carefully so as not to stimulate the markets … because this could fall down. The U.S. spends tomorrow’s money today. We Chinese spend today’s money tomorrow. (Paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson) He who goes borrowing, goes sorrowing.”

Quite an indictment that a Chinese communist has to teach America a lesson from a Founding Father with regards to debt financing.

It is only appropriate that we conclude this treatise with the deliberate thoughts of Thomas Jefferson who so clearly understood the Constitution, and sound monetary policy:

There is a measure which if not taken we are undone … to cease borrowing money and to pay off the national debt. There does not exist an engine so corruptive of the government and so demoralizing of the nation as a public debt. It will bring on us more ruin at home than all the enemies from abroad. To preserve independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts that we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and amusements, and if we must labor 16 hours a day to pay for the debts of the government then we shall surely live with mere subsistence as fellow-sufferers.

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The End of Commercial TV?

I grew up at the dawn of television. There was no cable or Netflix. Color TV wasn’t even available until I was 12. We had a towering antenna in the backyard that could pick up stations over 100 miles away.

For most of my adult life, I didn’t have a TV though I bought one in 2016 to watch the Olympics and political conventions.

I hate commercial television. It wasn’t so bad in the early days. There were fewer commercials and even fewer reruns. A network series might produce up to 48 new episodes every year. They would show four reruns in August before the new season started in September.

It was the Golden Age of television. Many of the popular radio programs transitioned to TV like Jack Benny and the Lone Ranger.

When cable was introduced my Dad tapped into the line — which was illegal — but there weren’t that many channels and reception was not as good as the antenna.

The idea of paying for television was a hard sell to a generation that was used to getting it for free.

It was a family event to gather around the console TV to watch our favorite program. If you missed an episode there was no guarantee that it would be repeated. Today, you can watch any program, any time from the palm of your hand.

I still receive television over-the-air (OTA) with a digital antenna, but here’s the problem. Advertisers know that OTA demographics skew towards older viewers. Basically, it’s the AARP crowd watching antenna TV.

Consequently, advertising is targeted at senior citizens. The commercials, frankly, are morbid — funeral insurance, death and disability services, Medicare coverage, mobility devices, ambulance chaser lawyers who are soliciting plaintiffs for class action lawsuits against a myriad of products, and pharmaceutical ads for the latest miracle drug.

The drug ads are so annoying. They spend 20 seconds telling you the name of the drug and what it’s prescribed for, but 40 seconds warning you of the potentially fatal side effects.

What?! Fatal side effects?! Why was it approved by the FDA?!

Then there are the ads from the ASPCA showing a five-minute video of horribly abused animals; and the children’s hospitals (Shriners and St. Judes) exploiting sick and disabled children … in hopes that you’ll make a $19 monthly donation on behalf of tortured animals and suffering kids.

Look, television is an escape from reality. People watch TV to be entertained … to bury their daily burdens … to relax and unwind. How can you enjoy a program when every commercial break is a reminder of death, disease, pain, suffering and mortality?

And what’s with the 11.5 hours of news on local channels? Six hours in the morning (4-10), one hour at noon, three hours in the afternoon/evening (4-7), and 90 minutes at night (10-11:30).

Back in the day, there was a thirty minute newscast in the evening — 15 minutes of local news and 15 minutes of national news. Headline events like the assassination of President Kennedy and the Apollo 11 moon landing received preemptive coverage.

I really enjoy the programming on digital sub-channels, but the frequency and content of the commercial breaks makes the channels unwatchable. So what are the alternatives?

Netflix? There’s nothing to watch. I don’t care for their original content and their library of movies and television programs is as bare as Mother Hubbard’s cupboard.

Plus, I don’t like that Netflix refers to its subscribers as acquisitions, or that it counted trial subscriptions as paid subscriptions for the purpose of boosting its valuation.

I think the appeal of Netflix is that you can binge watch commercial-free programming while Hulu charges extra to cut the ads.

There are too many streaming services vying for too little programming which is why Netflix, and its competition, are creating their own content.

I like movies … especially the film noir genre of the 1940’s. FilmStruck was an awesome streaming service. For $6.99 per month you could stream classic films like Casablanca from the TCM library and the Criterion Collection.

FilmStruck was taken down upon the merger of AT&T and Time Warner Media. The company plans to launch a new streaming service later this year. It will merge the HBO library with that of Warner Brothers. Criterion started an independent streaming service that features classic films like From Here to Eternity.

The new Disney Plus streaming service will draw upon a universe of content including Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic, Disney and Fox studios. Viewers will be able to watch a Disney classic then binge on the Simpsons.

I currently have a free trial of Amazon Prime, but the movies I want to see — classic film noir — require an additional $2.99 rental fee.

What’s a frugal person to do? Well, Hulu spun off their free programming to Yahoo View. Amazon and IMDB partnered to stream a selection of Hollywood hits and TV favorites at IMDB Freedive.

Other choices include Walmart’s Vudu, and Shout Factory TV. Vudu offers a popular selection of paid and ad-supported movies and TV programs.

And I recently discovered Stirr — a free, ad-supported streaming service that features a full menu of entertainment choices sure to please everyone in your household. I especially enjoy watching the classic game shows on Buzzr. Shout Factory TV is one of the many channels that stream live on Stirr.

If you enjoyed this departure from politics, or if you picked up some new ideas for streaming free entertainment, please like this post or leave a comment below.

Click here for a free trial of Hulu.
Click here for a free 30-day trial of Netflix.
Click here for a free 14-day trial of Criterion.

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420 and the Purple Haze at Fox Sports

The boys over at Fox Sports radio were talking up 420 like it was a promo for special programming. I thought to myself, “I’m going to have to listen at 4:20 to hear the breaking news. Did the Lakers hire a new coach? Was Lebron asking to be traded?

Wait, is it 4:20 am, or pm?

The joke is on me. Today is 4-20, and supposedly all of the stoners will light up at 4:20 this afternoon because it’s what stoners do on April 20th.

Why? I don’t know and I don’t care! (Sounds like the position players on Abbott and Costello’s Who’s on First routine.)

The point is, why are the hosts on Fox Sports radio wasting my time with casual conversations about marijuana? Unless, of course, it’s within the context of professional sports.

For example, Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving quit the NFL because he didn’t want to give up smoking dope. What a dope! Irving walked away from $2.91 million because he would rather lounge around all day in a purple haze.

But if you listen to the radio hosts at Fox Sports and ESPN — the NFL, NBA and MLB are behind the times. After all, marijuana is a harmless drug. Everybody does it. Many states have legalized it, and so should the feds.

Smoking a joint is no different from having a glass of wine. Really? Is that the best argument they can make? We know the social, medical and legal costs of alcohol and tobacco … so that makes it okay to smoke dope? Because it’s no worse? That argument is not even rational.

There have been numerous stories over the years of stoned drivers causing tragic automobile accidents. One of the most infamous was Diane Schuler as told by ABC News:

A New York mom had at least 10 drinks and smoked a large amount of marijuana before driving five children the wrong way down a highway and crashing head on into an SUV, investigators said today.

Diane Schuler, 36, was killed in the July 26 (2009) collision on New York’s Taconic State Parkway that also took the lives of her 2-year-old daughter and three nieces who were riding in her van as well as all three men who were in the SUV. Her 5-year-old son was the lone survivor of the crash.

Schuler had a blood alcohol content of .19, more than double the legal limit, and was also “impaired by marijuana,” according to a statement released by state attorney Janet Difiore citing a toxicology report by the Westchester County medical examiner.

The incident was so horrific that it was documented in a 2011 television Movie of the Week, There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane.

For the sake of full transparency and disclosure, I am a prohibitionist. What is not taught is that Prohibition worked. By every statistical measure — health, medical, social, legal — the prohibition of alcohol was a net positive.

Well, what about the gangsters? Didn’t Prohibition create guys like Al Capone? No, the gangs were in operation before Prohibition. Capone was running rackets, gambling, drugs and prostitution before he ever got into the bootlegging business.

Do we really want to give people another means to self-medicate? Isn’t the abuse of prescription drugs bad enough?

Did you hear Kamala Harris joke about using marijuana because, after all, she’s Jamaican? Her father, Donald Harris, a professor emeritus of economics at Stanford University, practically disowned her for making that comment. He wrote:

My dear departed grandmothers, as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.

Obviously, he’s not proud of his daughter. Makes you think twice about voting for her.

What does 420 mean to me? Well, in 2019, it’s the day (4-20) between Good Friday and Easter. I suspect the stoners will celebrate by getting high and stuffing their faces with chocolate eggs and jelly beans.

What a bunch of dopes.*

* Not in the Millennial sense where dope is slang for hip, or cool.

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Democrats Call for Impeachment

The chief RINO himself, Mitt Romney, tweeted that he is sickened by the revelations found in the Mueller report:

When you consider that Romney has presidential aspirations then it becomes clear that his bashing of the president only serves to empower the House to vote for impeachment. The president probably has enough support in the Senate to remain in office, but Romney will certainly vote to convict.

Hopefully, Republicans will not repeat their mistake of 2012 when they nominated Romney as the party’s presidential candidate.

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Impeachment

Though she would not clearly state whether the president did, in fact, obstruct justice, Warren referred to the Mueller report’s finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

She overlooked the addendum that no American citizen nor anyone in the Trump campaign conspired with the Russians to influence the outcome of the election.

Again, facts don’t matter when your motivation is revenge. GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel responded in a tweet:

“Donald Trump was just exonerated after TWO YEARS of Democrat lies. Democrats’ calls for impeachment have been bogus all along, but Elizabeth Warren is proving how truly desperate they are to appeal to their radical base.”

Fox Analyst Calls Trump Amoral

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano suggested there may be enough evidence in the Mueller report to impeach President Trump:

“Depending on how you look at it, there might be enough to prosecute, but the attorney general has decided it’s not enough to prosecute; but it did show a venal, amoral, deceptive Donald Trump, instructing his aides to lie and willing to help them do so. That’s not good in the president of the United States.”

Depending on how you look at it? Napolitano is clearly prejudiced and his opinion would be welcomed over at CNN. His Fox News colleague, Tucker Carlson, suggested that the Mueller report exonerated the president. Same report — different views.

Noam Chomsky Says Dems Assured Trump’s Re-election

Progressive scholar Noam Chomsky told a Boston forum that Democrats made a big fuss over nothing:

“The Democrats are helping Trump. They are. Take the focus on Russia-gate. What’s that all about? I mean, it was pretty obvious at the beginning that you’re not going to find anything very serious about Russian interference in elections.”

“As far as Trump collusion with the Russians, that was never going to amount to anything more than minor corruption, maybe building a Trump hotel in Red Square or something like that, but nothing of any significance.”

“The Democrats invested everything in this issue. Well, turned out there was nothing much there. They gave Trump a huge gift. In fact, they may have handed him the next election. That’s a matter of being so unwilling to deal with fundamental issues, that they’re looking for something on the side that will somehow give political success.”

Pundits surmised that President Trump didn’t mind losing the House in 2016. Having the Democrats in charge may have guaranteed his re-election in 2020.

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Mueller Report, Racist Police Cars and More

In a follow-up to our recent post, Goodbye Facebook!, we received this response from Congressman Scott Peters:

Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on personal data privacy and security. I appreciate hearing from you.

As technology becomes more integrated into our daily lives we are all at increased risk of being targeted for information tracking and mining. This includes not just our home computer, but any equipment that accesses the internet including our phones, cars, and some home appliances. We need to update our laws for the changing times and develop policies that keep us and our data safe.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, has jurisdiction over this issue and I will urge my colleagues on the committee to address this. I have supported privacy protections for American citizens and I will continue to support these efforts.

In the meantime, I was successful in deleting my personal profile from some of the largest data brokers on the Internet. It required very little effort — an email request or online opt-out — to have my profile deleted.

Of course, periodic searches will be necessary to ensure that my personal data remains private.

Yuma Declares Border Emergency

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls issued an emergency declaration saying the continued mass release of migrants had become an “imminent threat” to the people and property of this Arizona border town. Noting that the city lacks the resources to deal with this problem the mayor said:

“The mass release of migrant families from federal detention facilities into the City of Yuma without provisions for adequate food, water, shelter and medical care threatens to cause injury, damage and suffering to persons and property located in the City of Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona as well as causing a humanitarian crisis. The local emergency exceeds control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of the City of Yuma …”

The Border Patrol began releasing illegal immigrants into the community last month. The city’s 150-bed temporary shelter currently houses 200 illegals; and the BP is set to release an additional 120 illegals this week.

Federal immigration officers said that they can only process 400 people at a time, but the Yuma sector detention facility currently houses 950 illegals. The BP apprehended 1,000 illegals, mostly families, in the last three days.

Customs and Border Protection diverts $100,000 per month from their budget in order to buy diapers for the detained families in Yuma alone.

The Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey released this statement regarding the mayor’s declaration:

“We will review any declaration once we receive it. Ultimately, this humanitarian crisis is the result of Congress’ failure to act. It will only be solved by Congress actually doing something, and the governor has vocally urged Congress to quit playing politics and take action.

“In the wake of their inaction, our office is working with local governments, non-profits and our federal partners to maximize available resources and ensure proper coordination between ICE officials and groups providing temporary services to migrants.”

For the record — Yuma is not a sanctuary city.

Laguna Beach Police Cars are Racist

Immigrant groups have formally protested the new design of the Laguna Beach Police Department’s patrol vehicles. The lettering is done in a patriotic red, white and blue motif.

Hispanic rights activists told the city council that the lettering — specifically the highlighted ICE in POLICE– is violent and aggressive towards immigrants.

Two hundred people, dressed in patriotic colors, packed city hall during a raucous two-hour meeting that ended with the council’s near-unanimous support for the new design.

One woman said:

“I’m ashamed that we’re even having this meeting. The eyes of the nation are looking at our little community and wondering, ‘What kind of crazy people live in Laguna Beach?'”

Shoplifters Welcomed in Dallas

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot announced plans not to prosecute shoplifters, or personal theft up to $750. The D.A. said he wanted to decriminalize poverty. When the statewide police union (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas) threatened to impeach him, Creuzot explained that his edict only applies to the theft of necessities.

A spokesman for the union said:

“When he was campaigning for the office, we don’t remember not prosecuting crime as part of his platform.”

The definition of necessities was rather vague. Stealing a bike because you need transportation? Stuffing a new dress in your handbag because you’ve got a job interview in the morning? Breaking into a car because you need the cell phone left on the seat?

The owner of a convenience store said that the D.A. essentially declared open season on small business operators in Dallas … $750 can cover a whole lot more than a soda and a bag of chips.

It should be no surprise that Creuzot is a Democrat.

Release of Mueller Report

The left has lost their marbles over the release of the Mueller report. They so desperately wanted the report to give them cover for a vote of impeachment.

However, there is no evidence for collusion nor obstruction. Attorney General William Barr has repeatedly said that there can be no obstruction where no crime existed.

Congress does have more leeway in determining obstruction so they might conclude that the firing of James Comey was, in fact, obstruction of justice.

Barr noted that the president has the right to exercise his constitutional authority, but that Congress might decide that he acted with criminal intent.

It would be difficult to prove obstruction since the president was more than transparent throughout the investigation. He never declared executive privilege nor did he withhold evidentiary documents.

The report divulged a disturbing meeting with then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. A despondent president lashed out at Sessions for failing to protect him. Mueller had just been appointed Special Prosecutor, and the president reportedly told Sessions:

“Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f….d. I’ve been told what happens when they appoint a Special Prosecutor. The investigation goes on for years. I’ll never be able to get anything done.”

If Sessions had not recused himself — or if he had resigned as the president expected — the witch hunt may have ended two years ago.

Instead, as I have predicted, the House will seek to impeach the president. Evidence be damned … all that matters is their raging hate.

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