Sunday, December 10, 2017

Roy Moore and Reasonable Doubt

I don't know Judge Roy Moore.  Heck, I've never even been to Alabama.  But it turns out I do have a friend who does know him.  Bill Staehle served with Roy Moore in Vietnam, and I have full confidence in his credibility and judgement.  The following is an open letter from Bill relating his experiences with the much maligned Alabama senate candidate:
(Here's the link to the original letter in YellowHammer News)  
I served with Roy Moore in Vietnam in 1971-72, where I knew him to be an altogether honorable, decent, respectable, and patriotic commander and soldier. I have had no contact with him since. 
He and I were captains and company commanders in the 504th Military Police Battalion, stationed at the base camp called Camp Land, just west of Danang. 
I knew him well in my first four months in-country before I was re-assigned within the battalion to another location. During that time, I grew to admire him. 
I am Bill Staehle, residing in Asbury Park, New Jersey. I am an attorney, practicing law continuously for 42-years. I began my career as an assistant United States attorney, and for the past 32 years, I have been the managing trial lawyer for the staff counsel office of a major insurance company. 
Allow me to relate to you one experience involving Roy that impressed me. 
While in Vietnam, there came a time when another officer invited Roy and me to go with him into town after duty hours for a couple of beers. That officer had just returned from an assignment in Quang Tri Province north of Danang, and we were interested to learn of his experiences. 
I had not met him before, and I don’t believe Roy had either. On other occasions with other officers, we would go to the officers’ club at the air force base, but on this occasion, he told us he knew of another place in town. 
When we arrived at the place and went inside, it was clear to Roy and me that he had taken us to a brothel. That officer appeared to know people there, as he was greeted by one or two young women in provocative attire. 
The place was plush. There were other American servicemen there. Alcohol was being served. There were plenty of very attractive young women clearly eager for an intimate time. 
In less time than it took any of the women to approach us, Roy turned to me and said words to this effect, “We shouldn’t be here. I am leaving.” 
We told the officer who had brought us that we wanted to leave. He told us to take his jeep and that he could get a ride back later, which he did. Roy and I drove back to camp together. 
That evening, if I didn’t know it before, I knew then that with Roy Moore I was in the company of a man of great self-control, discipline, honor, and integrity. While there were other actions by Roy that reinforced my belief in him, that was the most telling. 
I reject what are obvious, politically motivated allegations against Roy of inappropriate dating behavior. What I saw, felt and knew about him in Vietnam stands in stark contrast to those allegations. 
I sincerely doubt that Roy’s character had changed fundamentally and dramatically in a few short years later. He deserves, in my view, to be heard on the issues that are important to the people of Alabama and our country. 
Roy was a soldier for whom I was willing to put my life on the line in Vietnam if the occasion ever arose. Fortunately, it did not. 
I was prepared to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him then, and I am proud to stand by Roy now.
— William E. Staehle, Asbury Park, New Jersey

Obviously, Bill is not in a position to judge Roy Moore's entire life.  All he knows is what he saw of Roy Moore for a brief time in Vietnam. And what he saw appeared to be a man of character in a setting known to test character.

Alabama voters should also know this side of the man as they prepare to judge him at the polls.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Is This Black Woman Crazy?

First of all, she's a woman!  Second of all, she's black!  How can she say these things?

(Maybe she's seen this, or this, or this, or this?  Just sayin'.. ;-) 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

#MeToo = #GetTrump

Time magazine has named the #MeToo phenomenon as it's "Person of the Year".  What's up with this sudden tsunami?   

Tsunamis are usually caused by earthquakes.  So to understand a tsunami, you first have to find the seismic event.

Consider how the #MeToo thing got started:  The Weinstein case was the catalyst,  but it wasn't Harvey Weinstein who got the ball rolling, it was The New York Times who broke the story.  Why did the leftist Grey Lady suddenly publish the Weinstein story when they'd been sitting on it for an entire decade?

Similarly, Matt Lauer was another case everyone knew about for over a decade, yet it took leftist Vanity Fair to finally blow the lid off that story in 2017!

If you go back to any one of the now 30 or so prominent outings since the #MeToo movement started, you'll find many of them trace back to traditionally leftist media outlets who all sat on these stories for years.

Why would such stalwarts as The NYT, Vanity Fair, Time, NBC, CBS, CNN, WaPo, MSNBC, ABC, etc. suddenly pirouette and begin publishing sexual assault stories about members of their own power structure?

The answer, and the earthquake, was the election of Donald J Trump.

Much to the left's chagrin, Donald Trump was elected despite his own exposure on sexual predator charges.  It wasn't supposed to happen that way.  Gloria Allred teed-up a handful of female clients who came forward with salacious stories about Donald Trump.  Add to that, NBC thought they had a magic bullet with their Access Hollywood tape.  You remember, the one where Trump said women just let him "grab them by the pussy" because he's famous?  But instead of killing Trump, the bullets just bounced off!

Donald Trump taught the left that they can no longer hypocritically ignore the misdeeds of Clinton, Kennedy, and their allies in the media, and then credibly go after Donald Trump on lesser more dubious charges.  They also can't  credibly ask for Roy Moore's head and then allow Conyers, Franken, Menendez, et al to continue serving.

This is why the #MeToo movement is happening now.  After decades of blatant leftist hypocrisy, this tsunami is an attempt to wash away enough sins to "credibly" go after Donald Trump in 2020.

Plan "A" has always been to scream, "Russia, Russia, Russia!", get an independent counsel, and then  use it to impeach Trump.  But if that doesn't work, Plan "B" is to hang Trump on his alleged sexual predator past.  Only time will tell if either strategy works.       

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A No-Lose Bet for Democrats

Top: Senator Bob Menendez (D) is accused of trading government favors and covering-up Medicaid fraud in exchange for lavish trips, gifts, and access to underage girls while he was a sitting U.S. Senator. Today, the judge declared a mistrial due to a hung jury.

Center: Judge Roy Moore (R) is running for Senate in Alabama and is accused of several instances of inappropriate behavior with young girls 40 years ago.

Bottom: Senator Al Franken (D) is pictured groping a women who also claims additional inappropriate sexual contact 10 years ago.

Here's a no-lose bet for Democrats:  I'll donate $10,000 to the charity of your choice if you can cite a national Democrat officeholder who is calling for the immediate removal of all three.

Here's another:  Same deal except instead of Menendez and Franken, how about a Democrat who called for the removal of Bill Clinton during his Presidency who is also calling for Roy Moore's head.

Here's another:  A Democrat who called for Ted Kennedy to resign who asks the same of Roy Moore.

I could go on like this all day.

Again, if you can name a single honest, fair, and consistent Democrat currently holding national office (there are hundreds to choose from!) I'll give $10,000 to a legitimate charity of your choice.  I'm pretty certain this won't cost me a dime.       

If I made the same deal with Republicans, I'd go broke instantly. 

While it's true that some Republicans are hypocrites on these matters, all Democrats are.  Every. Last. One. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Why Democrats Won and Republicans Lost on Tuesday

Democrats won big on Tuesday in New Jersey, New York City, Virginia, and Washington.  Republicans lost.  The sweep led to commentary declaring a new dawn for Democrats and the end of Republicans in 2018.  Meh.  That said, there is a lesson Republicans should learn.

First, the meh:

New Jersey's out-going Republican Governor, Chris Christie, has an approval rating about equal to herpes.  Though he did an admirable job of the impossible - trying to be fiscally responsible in a state with a solidly Democrat legislature, powerful Democrat unions, and a balance sheet that would make Enron blush - he failed miserably at the politician's job of mastering public opinion.

But NJ is a remarkably blue state regardless.  NJ has voted for the Democrat in the last seven presidential elections.  The last Republican Senator from NJ was first elected in 1954.  NJ occasionally elects GOP Governors, but only to clean-up after unpopular and scandal-ridden Democrats.

Comrade Bill de Blasio's win in New York City is not even worth mentioning.  He's a popular leftist in a leftist city riding a wave of responsible Republican and Independent management for the last two decades.  He was reelected simply because four years wasn't enough time for him to completely undo twenty years of competent governance despite his best efforts. 

Virginia was a blue standout in the 2016 election.  It was the only state that voted for Hillary Clinton with both a strict voter ID law AND which does not issue driver's licenses to illegals.  That's not to say voter fraud doesn't exist in Virginia, because it does.  According to a report by The Public Interest Legal Foundation, thousands of illegal votes were found in Virginia.  But it does indicate that Virginia at least discourages voter fraud more than any other blue state.

2106 Election Results Map

          States that Issue Driver's Licenses to Unauthorized

States and Voter ID 

Despite anti voter fraud measures, Virginia voted Democrat in the last three presidential elections and three of the last four Governors races. Virginia's last GOP Senator served about a decade ago. Virginia is just true blue. 

In another example of a blue state voting blue, Washington state's legislature flipped to Democrat control.  Nothing surprising here. 

The bottom line is, elections by all logic should default to Democrats.  We really don't have a two party system anymore.  It's a one party system where the majority of everything - voter registration, media, academia, and entertainment - all lean heavily Democrat, or as I call it totalitarian leftist. The remainder are a hodgepodge of those in opposition who are NOT totalitarian leftists.  "Republicans" are just a subset of that opposition hodgepodge.  Donald Trump, who donned the banner but never got the GOP apparatus behind him, is but another part.       

So it's an uphill battle for the GOP or anyone not a totalitarian leftist.  Still, there's a lesson to be learned from why these races went the way they did: opposition candidates across the board went back to the pre-Trump playbook of how to lose elections! 

For the last several decades Democrats have embraced a strategy for winning elections based on the teachings of Saul Alinsky, who laid out his "Rules for Radicals" in 1971. The strategy worked flawlessly against "gentelman" GOPers like Mitt Romney, John McCain, Bob Dole, and countless others at the state level.  These losers studiously ignored the Alinsky rules and failed to come up with an effective counter-strategy.

Then along came Donald "Art of the Deal" Trump and the Alinsky rules hit an impenetrable wall. If you read the two books and compare them, they are in many ways similar. One is about winning political power and the other is about winning business power, but they both represent radical approaches that eschew politeness for the sake of victory.

Opposition candidates who want to win, better start reading these books and learning the lessons therein. That's not to say they have to embrace Trumpian politics, but they better understand what the Democrats are up to and what works against it.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"Scooter" Manafort

The last Special Counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, had one job - prosecute the person who leaked the name of  CIA employee Valerie Plame.   It was a pointless exercise in the first place because: a) Valerie Plame was not a covert CIA operative in any danger from having her identity revealed, and b) the "leaker" was a person named Richard Armitage who Fitzgerald knew to be the leaker from the start. But that didn't stop Patrick Fitzgerald from his real job, which was to take-out the Bush administration, a job assigned to him by none other than his close friend, acting Attorney General James Comey.  Yes, that James Comey, close friend of Robert Mueller and nemesis of Donald Trump.

After an extensive four year investigation that gave Democrats false hope that George W Bush or Dick Cheney would land in prison, Patrick Fitzgerald indicted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby for mistaking one moon faced TV commentator for another.  Though he had nothing to do with leaking Valerie Plame's name, Scooter Libby was criminally charged with perjury for confusing Tim Russert with Chris Matthews.  He was convicted and disbarred, though he won back his right to practice law nine  years later, in 2016.

Patrick Fitzgerald aimed for the King and shot a Pawn.

The indictments by Robert Mueller yesterday appear to be more of the same.

1) The charges appear to have nothing to do with Mueller's job, ostensibly investigating Russian interference in the election and possible collusion by Donald Trump. 
2) The charges appear to have nothing to do with even Donald Trump or Russia.
3) The charges appear to involve events preceding the Trump campaign by years.
4) The people indicted, with the exception of Paul Manafort, are minor players.  Even Manafort was only Trump's campaign chair for under three months.

Mueller's real job, like Fitzgerald's, is to go after the King.  Instead, it appears he got three Pawns.

But there is one BIG distinction between this investigation and the last one:  a Democrat named Podesta resigned from his eponymous lobbying firm yesterday as a result of the Mueller investigation.  Hmmm...Podesta...Podesta...where have I heard that name before?

Oh, I remember!  Tony's brother, John Podesta, ran Hillary Clinton's campaign, founded the left wing Center for American Progress,  was counselor to President Barack Obama,  is partners with his brother Tony, and is as embedded in Democrat politics as any man alive.

Of course it is impossible to know where this all leads, and Robert Mueller could be a thorn in Trump's side for the entirety of his Presidency, but so far this investigation has netted three Republican Pawns and one Democrat Rook.  For those of you keeping score at home, in chess terms that's -3R to -5D.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

EXCLUSIVE - The Democrat's Dirty Law Firm [UPDATED- TWICE]

There are three big scandals percolating right now involving Obama, Clinton, the DNC, and Russia.  And all three trace back to a single law firm, Perkins Coie. 

The Washington Post reported on 10/24 that the infamous dossier which was the basis for the entire Trump/Russia/collusion meme, was in fact funded by Hillary Clinton and the DNC through payments made to Marc Elias, a lawyer at Perkins Coie.

Then on 10/25, Andrew McCarthy reported that another Perkins Coie lawyer, Michael Sussman, was the person who hired Crowdstrike, the private company on whose word the FBI and 16 other intel agencies relied to determine that Russia hacked the DNC email accounts.

Now, there is evidence that the Uranium One scandal also traces back to Perkins Coie. 

Uranium One is a uranium mining company that the Russians now own along with about 20% of all uranium in the U.S. thanks to the efforts of Barack Obama and the Clintons. The reason this is a scandal is that, aside from giving Russia control of our strategic nuclear material, hundreds of millions of dollars went to the Clintons as kickbacks despite Barack Obama having evidence of all kinds of criminal activity on the part the Russians in this transaction.  A massive coverup kept congress and the public from learning anything about the criminal activity lest it damage Hillary's presidential aspirations.  Now the whole affair has come to light and a gag order has been lifted on a key witness.

And again, Perkins Coie is at the center.  This is significant because Obama and the Clintons claim they had little to do with Uranium One,  yet of all the thousands of law firms in the U.S., it was their go-to law firm handled the deal. 

As a private firm it is impossible to know the full extent of their involvement, but at a minimum Uranium One's trademark application was handled by Perkins Coie:  

This is who is listed as "Correspondent" for the trademark:
1201 3RD AVE STE 4900 
SEATTLE WA 98101-3099

What are the odds Perkins Coie handled the trademark and another firm did everything else?   

Indeed, all roads lead to Perkins Coie when it comes to Clinton/Obama/Democrat/Russia scandals. It is often said, "Follow the money", and in this case all the money goes through Perkins Coie.
Maybe Jeff Sessions' DOJ should raid this law firm and get some hard answers about Obama and the Clintons colluding with the Russians and receiving millions of dollars in kickbacks.  Attorney client privilege has limits when it comes to national security, abuse of power, and criminal activity.

[UPDATE]  In September, John Podesta and Debbie Wasserman Schultz denied any involvement and knowledge of funding the Russian dossier in front of congressional investigators.  We now know they were lying.  And guess who was at their sides while they lied?

Sitting next to Podesta during the interview: his attorney Marc Elias, who worked for the law firm [Perkins Coie] that hired Fusion GPS to continue research on Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC, multiple sources said. Elias was only there in his capacity as Podesta's attorney and not as a witness.   (Source: CNN)

[2nd UPDATE]  Barack Obama, through his tax-free political fund, also gave about a million dollars to Perkins Coie, starting exactly when Perkins Coie began funding the Russian dossier.       

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

An Actual Conspiracy and Coup d'Etat

(At the risk of being repetitious, I had to repost this clip.)

Almost everything that has happened in the last two years to damage Donald Trump stemmed from the infamous "dossier".  You remember, the one that triggered the whole Trump/Russia/Collusion meme?  Now we know it was a Hillary Clinton / DNC concoction.  According to The Washington Post, Marc Elias, counsel to the Clinton's and the DNC, paid for the "dossier".  It was then used as the basis for the investigations of the Trump campaign and transition by Barack Obama and his entire intelligence apparatus.  Barack Obama, John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, et al all used a phony concocted dossier as their basis for wiretapping, unmasking, investigating, and sabotaging the Trump campaign and administration.

It was a conspiracy and a full-blown coup d'etat led by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  Here's a partial list of the events that have stemmed from the dirty "dossier":

The whole Russia/Collusion/Trump meme
FISA warrants for Trump associates
Massive (illegal) unmasking of private citizens
Firing of Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, and others
Recusal of Jeff Sessions
The firing of James Comey
Appointment of Independent Counsel Robert Mueller by Rod Rosenstein
Buy-in from Obama's entire Intelligence Community, CIA, NSA, FBI, etc.
Ongoing Senate and House investigations
Stalling of the Trump agenda in Congress
Calls for Trump's impeachment
Calls for war on Russia
Expelling of Russian diplomats
U.S. Troops deployed near Russia by Obama

The other part of all this, of course, was the assessment that the DNC and John Podesta email hacks were the work of the Russians and Vladimir Putin himself.  This assessment came from none other than the Obama FBI under James Comey.  But the FBI famously didn't do their own assessment because the DNC refused them access to their servers.  The assessment came instead from a private company called Crowdstrike.  Crowdstrike is a Google funded company, and Google parent chairman Eric Schmidt was a key player on the Hillary Clinton campaign

Andrew McCarthy at National Review notes that the same law firm that funded the dossier also retained Crowdstrike.  And all of it was conveniently done behind a wall of attorney client privilege.  What are the odds this same firm is involved in Uranium One

This all looks like corruption and abuse of power unprecedented in our lifetimes.  Not funny. 

[UPDATE]  As suspected, Perkins Coie, the law firm involved in the dossier and Crowdstrike, is also involved in Uranium One.  At a minimum, Uranium One's trademark was handled by Perkins Coie

This is who is listed as "Correspondent" for the trademark:
1201 3RD AVE STE 4900 
SEATTLE WA 98101-3099

Indeed, all roads lead to Perkins Coie when it comes to Clinton/Obama/Democrat/Russia collusion.