Ah, so begins what is for me the Upside of the year.  I’m shaking off the seasonal affective disorder, or whatever it is, and looking forward to the Spring.  I’m fully back on my proper diet and exercise regimen too.  Well, sort of.

On Thursday morning, I suffered a back spasm on account of the mild arthritis I was diagnosed with in 2014 (pic related).  The good news is that when I first learned of it, my doctor told me that I could control it with some stretching and strength-building exercises.  It’s what finally persuaded me to lose weight and start getting back in shape.   Over the past couple of months, I’ve been neglecting my exercise routine, particularly morning yoga, which keeps the spasms at bay.  On Thursday, I had completed a quick kettlebell workout before the spasm and that’s probably what led to it, since I should have eased back into my routine by starting with yoga first.

It’s all my fault, long story short.  I had to sacrifice some blogging time this week and even take a sick day at work because, oddly, my back was only really bothering me when I was sitting down at a computer–which is exactly what I was doing when the spasm hit.  The good news is that it’s almost better after a few days of stretching and sitting on the heating pad, so have no worries.  I’m ready to resume my sworn duty of antagonizing and shocking you at every opportunity.

Let’s talk about the stories I didn’t get to blog about while I was ailing with my elderly person affliction.

First up is the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

I’m pleased by this action by AG Sessions for two reasons.  First, it has been obvious for several months as we’ve learned more and more about the Strzok/Page texts, FISA abuse, and the squashed Clinton emails investigation that McCabe was entangled in some crookery. The second reason I’m happy is because McCabe’s termination came as the result of IG Horowitz’s findings, which means that Sessions’s investigation of the DOJ/FBI is proceeding as well as I could hope and he is prepared to act on what is reported to him.

The best and the rest of the IG report is still to come, now supposedly in April.  It says a lot that Sessions acted against McCabe and did not quietly allow him to retire, as usually happens with misbehaving senior officials.  If Sessions was willing to do this, I imagine that the final results of the report will be an earthquake of world-shitting magnitude.

McCabe’s friends and allies in Washington, DC are already rising to his defense and trying to garner public support for him.  They’d like to make him a martyr.  My advice to my friends on the Left is this: Don’t.

https://twitter.com/seanmdav/status/975053712304607232

You can absolutely believe that Trump has engaged in some improper conduct, has been mistreating the FBI, and shouldn’t be using the McCabe termination as a pretext to fire Mueller.  That’s fine.  But McCabe isn’t the right man to rally around.  We still don’t know exactly what cases he had lied about (I’m guessing Flynn’s, but who knows?) or the full extent of what he did.  It’s going to come out and the IG and FBI wouldn’t have recommended this if there weren’t solid grounds.  Save yourselves for a more worthy victim.  There will be more to come, worthy or not, at Sessions’s hands.  He’s not screwing around.

And yes, Trump’s lawyer is calling for the termination of Mueller’s investigation.

Not going to happen yet, but I will say that if Flynn ends up walking because it is proven that McCabe’s assholery led to the charge against him, Mueller’s credibility will take a tremendous hit.  It’s already looking bad for the integrity of the investigation, thanks to McCabe and his clique of degenerate weirdos.

Best article I’ve read on North Korea and how we arrived at the current impasse, right here.

The conventional wisdom says that when any agreement was reached in the past, North Korea has cheated. But the reality is more complex. Not all negotiations have failed — and the collapse of agreements during that time has been as much the responsibility of Washington as of Pyongyang.

It’s a hard pill to swallow, but it’s true that the US has been as unreliable and inconsistent as the Kim’s have been unrelenting and insane.

Speaking of unrelenting insanity, Democrats are jubilant that they’ve finally managed to unseat a Republican in a House special election.

https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/973933419817259009

I guess Republicans in Pennsylvania forgot to tell their wives not to vote for Lamb.  Cucks.

It goes to show what I keep saying: Democrats are fully energized and good candidate selection is essential.  In this instance, the Democrats ended up with an excellent candidate in Lamb who is sufficiently conservative and pro-Trump in the Joe Mancin mold.  His Republican opponent only really had abortion to run on, but was too anti-union to succeed where his predecessor had been viewed as more pro-labor.  In other words, he was the wrong fit for the district, just as Ossoff was a bad candidate to run in Georgia.

Lamb’s victory makes me wonder for the first time if Democrats are actually going to try to repeat their 2006 midterm victory by running “blue dog” Democrats in conservative areas to again elect a far-Left majority.  Lamb has proven it can work, but can they do it everywhere?  That’s still unclear and they can’t count on running against Roy Moore every time.

The GOP cannot take any seat for granted this year and have to stop focusing on the Culture War issues when they head for the primaries, that is if they want to win in the general.  On the other hand, Democrats aren’t going to be able to outspend their Republican opponents by 5 to 1 in every district this November.

In summary, the challenge in 2018 is for Republicans to recruit and nominate sane right-leaning moderates in GOP districts.  The Democratic challenge is to do the same thing while drawing attention away from its insane liberals in DC.

What else was there this week?  Ah, yes.  the nationwide school walkout.  Like #MeToo, this astroturfed gun-grabbing movement has gotten out of hand.

https://twitter.com/NolteNC/status/972960197684711425

Armbands.  If your movement’s leaders are wearing armbands, just…ah, blah, blah, “wrong side of history”, la de da.

The whole spectacle was a disgraceful farce.  I don’t care what your cause is.  You have absolutely no right to use other people’s children, who are a captive audience when they’re supposed to be in public school, to further an agenda.

“But what about those students who genuinely feel strongly about Parkland and want change, WG?” you may ask.  Fuck ’em, that’s what I say.  The little shits don’t do walkouts over teachers sexually abusing students.  They don’t walkout over bullying or teen suicide or gang violence or drug dealing in schools, do they?  When they grow some backbone and start demanding publicity for the social problems that not only happen to affect them but are also within their own ability to influence on a day-to-day basis, I’ll listen to what Generation Tide Pod has to say.

Oddly, David Hogg is experiencing problems in finding a college to attend in the Fall.

I’m not sure why any modern American college wouldn’t want Hogg.  He’s fully absorbed in left-wing activist politics at the expense of academics.  That’s virtually the mission statement of higher education in the US these days, isn’t it?  Maybe Hogg needs to be more concerned about his GPA and less so about the NRA.

United Airlines was having a good year.  Not one passenger beaten up in 2018!  There was the business with the NRA discount, but it looked like they’d get past it okay.  But then they killed a puppy and started sending dogs to the wrong airports.

Unforgivable in today’s America.  People will laugh about a guy ending up on YouTube and shrieking while the cops drag him off a plane, even if they think it’s outrageous.  Hurting dogs though?  God help them.  Public sentiment is unforgiving when it comes to dogs being harmed.

Oh, yeah, and the Pentagon has released yet another video showing that our military aircraft keep coming into contact with foreign craft that they can’t identify and can easily evade our most advanced fighter jets by darting off at 10,000 miles per hour.  Hard to believe that there might have been a time when this would’ve been considered the biggest happening of the week.

“The US Military is publicly admitting that possible alien spacecraft really are visiting Earth and it absolutely cannot defend against them?  Ah, so what.  Check out my NCAA brackets, bro.”

On the topic of extraterrestrial threats:

This week will be my Spring Break so I’m looking forward to getting some decent writing in.  What do you want to talk about?

13 comments

  1. I’m also glad that Sessions pulled the trigger but don’t think this was particularly courageous. Sessions has proven to be a ,”path of least resistance” guy, going against the recommendations of the FBI’s own O.P.R. would have produced much more resistance.
    We have come to find out that McCabe was also hip deep in both the Benghazi and IRS abuse investigations. How lucky Obama was to have his FBI minions providing interference for him every time the shit went south. Oh, and it turns out that he will still get his pension, just can’t draw on it now.
    The IG report is being delayed because Horowitz keeps finding more wrong doing. Since his mission statement was confined to just Trump/Russia collision and Russian meddling, the whole Hillary email scandal has thus far been outside his field of purview. This is why there have been calls for a second special investigator.

    The Russia nerve gas assassination attempt on foreign soil was a huge story. Is there a greater threat to world peace than Putin? All the hot spots around the world, he has his mitts in them.

  2. I’m not implying that what Sessions did was courageous. I also don’t think this was a matter of him taking the “path of least resistance”, as if he doesn’t want to do his job.

    This matters because Sessions has been allowing Horowitz to work quietly and act decisively. If there was any hesitation this week, it’s because I think the Administration wants it to hit all at once when the full report comes out. That they went out of their way to hammer McCabe while they still could speaks volumes and it’s a preview of how devastating the final report is going to be.

    The Russia nerve gas assassination attempt on foreign soil was a huge story. Is there a greater threat to world peace than Putin?

    It does seem like there are a lot of people working hard to make us think so.

  3. What you’re saying about McCabe is fine, I guess, if you have seen the IG findings and the FISA warrant applications in totality. You give the impression that you’ve reviewed both of those documents and that justifies Session’s decisions, except that you haven’t, in reality. No one has.

    You can choose to believe what’s coming from the White House, sight unseen, but I don’t. Jeff Sessions is a cuck, and I don’t trust that the results of the OPR would be any less politically charged than the release of the pro-trump Nunez memos, and gag of the anti-trump Schumer memos.

    Donald Cuck, once again, has also taken something that might have been done independent of his crooked alleged wrongdoings, and stuck his dick in the punch bowl again making tweets that allude to his personal reasons for wanting McCabe to be fired.

    McCabe isn’t my hero, and I think everyone is well aware of the disparity in acceptable “candor” standards for the public, and the ridiculously low standard set for the fbi (and law enforcement). The FBI is allowed to lie to you, but you even so much as misremember a bullet point in a chain of events and you can be charged for a crime. It’s not out of the realm of reality that that kind of coddling of a sacred cow would breed corruption. A corruption that almost squarely rests on the shoulders of republicans and their (until now when its inconvenient) cringe worthy boot licking worship of any form of law enforcement.

    We can cut the shit, though. This is about Trump trying to fire his way out of getting fitted for an orange jumper, nothing more. If McCabe had chosen a different team he’d be receiving a Medal of Honor for ending the Russia probe and you’d be plucking and throwing the rose pedals before his feet ever so delicately. I don’t think anyone with a brain can conclude this action was done on an island, independent of the orange cuck’s feet getting a little too warm from the fire mueller is stoking under his feet.

    And if Donald Cuck fires mueller all hell will break loose. I don’t think anyone who isn’t a treasonous Russian sympathizer or trump bootlicker should encourage any move in that direction.

  4. What you’re saying about McCabe is fine, I guess, if you have seen the IG findings and the FISA warrant applications in totality.

    I haven’t. However, it’s hardly unreasonable to call say that there’s sufficient reason for action to have been taken against McCabe when I have seen the publicly-available Nunes, Grassley, and Schiff memos; the Strzok/Page texts; and other testimony surrounding this and noted that they corroborate each other.

    You can choose to believe what’s coming from the White House, sight unseen, but I don’t. Jeff Sessions is a cuck, and I don’t trust that the results of the OPR would be any less politically charged than the release of the pro-trump Nunez memos, and gag of the anti-trump Schumer memos.

    If you want to ignore the findings of the Obama-appointed IG because it clashes with your version of reality or is simply politically inconvenient, that’s your own affair. More is going to come out about McCabe’s and others actions and it’s not going to be pretty. If it’s politically charged, it’s only because those who have the most to lose are the ones trying to make it so (Brennan, Clapper, Power, Rice, et al). I’m telling NeverTrumpers that they’d be wisest to avoid letting those people politicize this.

    A corruption that almost squarely rests on the shoulders of republicans and their (until now when its inconvenient) cringe worthy boot licking worship of any form of law enforcement.

    Republicans aren’t responsible for the behavior of the OBAMA-ERA FBI and DOJ. It’s a Republican Administration that’s investigating it and a Republican Congress that’s demanding a special counsel to ensure that any crimes were punished. What a reach this is.

    If you’re upset about FBI misconduct and deception (and you know I think we all should be), then you should be glad that a senior official at the FBI is being held accountable for it. It’s the only way this problem is going to get fixed. Until the higher echelons of the bureaucracy learn to be afraid of consequences for lying and abusing their power, nothing will change. This is necessary and it’s short-sighted to look at this only in terms of whether it helps Trump or not.

    We can cut the shit, though. This is about Trump trying to fire his way out of getting fitted for an orange jumper, nothing more.

    Yeah, you’re going to have to explain that one to me. All of the crimes that have been committed that brought about the Trump-Russia-Possible Collusion investigation whether it’s the lying to the FISC to get a warrant against Carter Page, the unauthorized leaks to the media about investigations, and the unlawful unmasking leaks were carried out by Obama-era officials, not by Trump.

    You’re worried about the politicization of the investigation and law enforcement corruption, but you’re refusing to see that a corrupt and politicized federal law enforcement apparatus did abuse its authority during the election. You’re refusing to see it even as it’s sitting right on your face because you’re concerned that exposing it and holding people accountable will help Trump avoid being punished for, uh, for….something that he didn’t do.

    You can’t have it both ways. You can’t rail about a corrupt FBI and at the same time attack the Trump Administration for trying to correct it. You’re going to have to reconcile your hatred for Trump with your disdain for law enforcement somehow. I leave you to it.

  5. Judge, let’s be clear what happened here. Horowitz, in the course of his investigation on how the FBI handled the Russian collusion probe, found such damning evidence of McCabe wrong doing, that prior to releasing his report went to the FBI on his own with his evidence. The FBI looked at it and said ,”Holy Shit, McCabe is dirty”. They went to their own Office of Professional Responsibility, and showed them the evidence. The O.P.R. said ,”Holy Fucking Shit, McCabe is really dirty, we gotta take this to Justice with a recommendation that McCabe be immediately terminated”, and that is what they did. This was not Trump’s doing, it wasn’t even Sessions’ doing, this was all the O.P.R’s doing. To not abide by O.P.R’s recommendations would have been really unusual, and brought a shit storm on them.

    Yes, we do not know what is in the I.G. report, it has not been released, so the extent of McCabe’s criminality, we don’t know as yet. But for Horowitz to make a special trip, pre release of the report, to FBI and show them his evidence, you have to assume it’s epic.

    Aren’t you glad that the FBI is being cleaned out? McCabe was dirty and it appears that many other FBI folks, the same folks that gave Hillary a pass on her illegal email server, the same folks that brought faulty evidence to the FISA courts, the same folks that were involved in the Benghaszi and IRS investigations, the same folks involved in the unmasking, these same group of FBI higher ups also appear to be dirty. That is why this I.G. report is so important. Law Enforcement (the FBI being pre-eminent) must operate in an unbiased objective and thorough manner, if they aren’t then they need to be exposed and expunged, wouldn’t you agree? Wouldn’t you like to know if Comey, Brennen, Clapper, Rice, Powers, Orr, or Strzuck acted improperly and corrupted an investigation for political purposes?

    It does seem like there are a lot of people working hard to make us think so.

    So you think this is a ,”Move along, nothing to see here” moment?

  6. So you think this is a ,”Move along, nothing to see here” moment?

    No, not exactly. I just think it’s highly curious that whenever the CIA wants someone to die, they fall off a building or something. When the FSB does, it has to involve WMD in situations when guns or less exotic poisons would suffice.

    There’s a large push for conflict with Russia among the spy agencies in the West and I don’t like it. FWIW: I think the US is doing more to destabilize the world and threaten world peace than Russia is or even could. Call me jaded.

  7. OK, you are jaded 🙂

    So you think this was not a Russian hit but a ploy by an western spy agency to make it look like a Russian hit in order to foment distrust and further the chances of open conflict in the future?

  8. So you think this was not a Russian hit but a ploy by an western spy agency to make it look like a Russian hit in order to foment distrust and further the chances of open conflict in the future?

    Granted, this is a thread on a post in which I invoked UFO stuff, but even I’m not going that conspiratorial at the moment. I’m just not comfortable with people who are immediately talking about invoking NATO’s Article 5 over this with no evidence.

    When it comes to all things Russia, I’m skeptical. Like it or not, the West is doing some dirty and provocative things, if not downright illegal ones, in the name of countering Russia and its influence.

  9. Speaking of unrelenting insanity, Democrats are jubilant that they’ve finally managed to unseat a Republican in a House special election.

    as i understand it,that District in Pa, wont exist her for to long it vanishes in the district map. and that the election wil have to be re run this fall, because that election was to fill a set, for the remaining term, that was vacated, by a republican that stepped down under a scandal..

  10. Oh, yeah, and the Pentagon has released yet another video showing that our military aircraft keep coming into contact with foreign craft that they can’t identify and can easily evade our most advanced fighter jets by darting off at 10,000 miles per hour. Hard to believe that there might have been a time when this would’ve been considered the biggest happening of the week.

    5 years ago, this was purely Coast to coast AM material Art Bell meat. now with out fanfair we are seeing Military video, showing something that is far and away beyond current technology…

  11. David Hogg,
    i want to know where this little shit was during the shooting, form the press hes getting one would assume that he was right in the cusp of getting shot……

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