"…If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that."
This contradiction of verbiage by Robert “Droopy” Mueller was muttered last Wednesday in his “resignation speech” at the Department of Justice. Curiously, he waited until both President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr were out of town. Call me suspicious...again.
Mueller’s sentence makes about as much sense as me declaring, “if I had assurance Mueller didn’t still beat his wife, I would have said that.”
Upon Mueller’s twaddle, the Democrats and their media toadies did somersaults. After a two-month emotional break-up over Mueller’s ineptness, spending two-plus-years and forty-million-dollars, but failing to find evidence Trump colluded with Russia, they were now sweethearts again. Mueller had come back to their side, all was forgiven. Somewhere inside that speech evidently was direction for impeachment.
The front page of the Chicago Tribune blared, “Mueller: Probe did not clear Trump.” The New York Times had a similar lead. The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos’s personal blog, chirped, “Mueller’s remarks fuel impeachment calls.” These types of headlines, which many people only read, ensures to spin facts away from reality. They used to call this spin “yellow journalism.” The newspapers could just have easily said something like, “Mueller is confused about what to do about Trump,” or “Mueller plans retirement and not talk about Trump anymore.” But that doesn’t pander to leftists and swamp creatures. They need blood, or preferably, Trumps impaled orange head.
Yes, the “impeachment” word was back. Despite boss Nancy Pelosi saying otherwise, Jerry “Shaky” Nadler was beside himself, giddy with glee. “President Trump is lying…. impeachment is back on the table,” he bellowed. Of course, Nadler didn’t explain what Trump was lying about. In Nadler-world, just having a Republican president is grounds for impeachment.
(Note – by Swamp decree, a few day later the word “impeachment” was to be replaced by the phrase “Trump Criminal Investigation. This will be the phrase you will hear ad nauseum henceforth.)
Not surprisingly, our Chicago-based US reps jumped aboard the impeachment bandwagon. Louis Farrakhan’s little buddy, Danny Davis, immediately called for impeachment, as did fellow collaborator Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, both of who happen to serve on committees investigating the president. (Consider the irony of former Chicago aldermen sitting in judgement of any other human being.)
RI Rep David Cicilline said, “…the Constitution gives Congress the sole power to hold a President accountable for high crimes and misdemeanors." There again, the gerrymandering-accused and failed former mayor of Providence didn’t mention what high crimes and misdemeanors Trump supposedly committed, but that’s not important in Liberal-speak.
Is President Trump guilty of obstruction, as Mueller implied and most Democrats would like you to believe? Depends on what your definition of “is” is. My thoughts are that he probably did try to stop or impede the farce he colluded with Russia, just as you would if you were accused erroneously of beating your wife. Or, as a Face Book meme of Clint Eastwood standing next to a noose saying, “While we recognize Trump didn’t steal any horses, he is obviously guilty of trying to resist being hanged for it.”
For those that do not care for my demeanor with my commentaries, remarking about “hateful rhetoric” or “myopic views” let me ask you folks something. What are the Democrats, and some Republican RINO’s (Republican In Name Only) doing to unite this country with their daily attempts to undo the election results from 2016? How’s that different from a coup?
Sixty-three million people voted for Trump, including 57% of the electoral college. (For clarification, the electoral college hinders CA, NY, and Chicago from controlling who is president.) But since the day the man was elected, Democrats in Congress, Obama judges, and media sycophants have hounded or lied about him, as well as attempt to block Trumps every move. Some have gone so far as absurdly requesting elimination of the electoral college. While engaging in this buffoonery, they have done absolutely nothing for the benefit of the country, and we pay dearly for it.
Nobody yet has clearly explained what President Trump should be impeached for, and many “pro-impeachers” do not understand that even if Trump is impeached, it does not mean removal from office. If we do go through the circus of impeaching him, at considerable cost, more than likely he still will be your president.
So, let me ask my critics, what’s so broad-minded about those Democrats efforts? How are those efforts moving the country forward? I implore you, change my mind. Let the emails and letters-to-the-editor fly.
I can honestly say I’ve spent less than $50 at Amazon in my life. Yes, I’m that guy. How many can say that? I bought a Packer helmet decal and a couple of Allman Brothers albums on-line one boring rainy afternoon.
Having said that, Amazon boxes still find their way to our doorstep. When Christmas is approaching, I sometimes wonder if they clone themselves, right there on our stoop. I don't dare let the grandchildren watch. Can anyone really control a spouse’s spending habits on the internet? Experts have tried at my home, but alas, to no avail. I think she’s spent money I haven’t made yet. And don't get me started on my mother.
I used this bit of levity to bring attention to what is, in my view, a very serious problem facing America today. Keep in mind, I’m a die-hard laissez-faire capitalist who never thought he would be in the position to come off like Bernie Sanders. But the fact is, Amazon is not a good corporate partner for our country and needs more regulation. (Just typing that sentence made my fingers bleed.)
The problem is that founder Jeff Bezos and company have figured out how to beat our system; costing America untold millions, if not billions, of dollars yearly. Founded in 1994 selling books online, it soon expanded to electronics, software, video games, apparel, furniture, toys and just about anything else one can imagine. It used its sales on-line expertise to become a world-wide technology company hawking e-commerce, artificial intelligence, digital streaming, and cloud computing…whatever those are. Consider that a common book retailer has now become one of the Big Four technology companies, on par with Face Book, Apple, and Google.
Using the "Wal-Mart model" on the internet, Amazon has been able to usurp well-established companies, driving them out of business through technological innovation on a mass scale, selling products of other manufacturers on-line. They produce nothing except technology. Not only can they sell a widget cheaper, neither the consumer or Amazon paid any sales tax, as compared to someone driving to Wal-Mart for the same widget. Most states are catching up in their tax collection, but until 2017, tax gathering mostly went unchecked. And this is just a drop in the bucket.
The list of world-wide Amazon-owned companies is extensive, some you have heard of, most you haven't. They own businesses under a variety of different names, often obscure companies that one would not realize could be considered a monetary transaction. Examples might be a social cataloging company called Shelfari or the live-streaming game platform company called Twitch. Other well-known firms, such as Toy-R-Us and Borders entered into “merchant partnerships” with Amazon, only to see themselves eventually unable to compete. Guess who wound up with that business? Now, other manufacturers hawk their products directly on the Amazon platform, of which Amazon takes a cut as the middle-man.
While this sounds like a great American success story, consider that Jeff Bezos has become the wealthiest man in the history of Earth. The Bloomberg Billionaires index estimated Mr. Bezos makes a salary of $275 million…PER DAY! This would surely give someone a reason to get up in the morning.
But here is the incredible part; Amazon, the company Bezos founded and runs, pays no Federal taxes. In fact, they might have gotten a $129 million refund. For fiscal 2017, Amazon had sales of $178 billion, and brought home $3 billion. They are able to do this by using our own onerous tax system allowing for various losses and deductions with all the companies Amazon owns and operates. One would need to be a team of sharp CPA’s to wade through how all this works, but suffice to say, it’s completely legal.
As Amazon gobbles up more businesses that put their tax-paying competitors out on the street, and continues with developing more proprietary platforms, they will continue to show more operating losses. When they enter a new business or service, they then throw money at it for as long as it takes to get the business off the ground and running, showing even more losses. And since they have an endless source of revenue, they can continue running at a loss, forcing competitors out of business while avoiding paying Federal taxes.
I have not even tapped into their exploitation of the US Postal service on our dime, their record of employee mistreatment at various distribution centers, loss of charitable donations by the businesses Amazon vanquished, or the state tax incentives they receive wherever they build DCs.
We shouldn’t begrudge Mr. Bezos for making as much money as he can personally. That’s the capitalism model, which has made our country the envy of the world. It was his sweat equity that made him so wealthy and he personally pays taxes. But we simply cannot allow Amazon, the most valuable public company in the world to continue to do business without paying taxes, regardless of how the tax code has to be changed.
Even capitalism needs to be subjected to anti-trust laws so it functions properly. As it exists now, Amazon is worse than Rockefeller and Carnegie were in the “bad old days.” Amazon has many distinctive lines of business, which could be easily broken up and separated to allow real competition…and to pay its due taxes.
Did you see Attorney General Bill Barr has appointed the US Attorney for Connecticut, John Durham, to conduct an inquiry into the origins of the Russian Collusion Investigation? Specifically, he wants to know if the surveillance of the Trump 2016 presidential campaign by the FBI was done legally.
Evidently, Mr. Durham is an outstanding special prosecutor instrumental in brazenly extricating the MAFIA from the Boston FBI office, while keeping both knees. He is well-respected by Congressman on both sides of the aisle. Wish Mr. Durham had looked into the Lois Lerner IRS matter, but that’s a tirade for a different day.
As a collusion-weary nation watched, this news was met with mild backing by some Republican politicians but with immense support by true Conservatives, including yours truly. We have suspected there’s a Deep State within our government, with Obama and Hillary Clinton at the center and financed by billionaire, George Soros. In a different era they used to hang people for this type of mischief. (Actually, there is a theory there has been a Deep State in America since 1871.)
Others supposedly involved in this version of a collusion scandal would include former CIA Director, John Clapper, and previous FBI brass Jim Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and to add a little romance to the plot, Strzok’s mistress, Lisa Page. With a bit of luck, Durham’s crew will look into the shenanigans of the gun-running Eric Holder and “Tarmac Consultant”Loretta Lynch as well.
Naturally, the news was met with cynicism by Democrats, accusing AG Barr of being Trumps personal attorney rather than representing the people of the United States. They conveniently forgot the days of Janet Reno.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Pencil Neck) who absurdly chairs the oxymoron knows as the House Intelligence Committee, went so far as to call for the resignation of AG Barr. In his “esteemed” opinion, Barr was acting as President Trump’s handmaiden. Schiff then doubled down in an op-ed appearing in US Today. "The attorney general of the United States misled the country about an investigation implicating the president. Then he lied to Congress…" Schiff shrieked sharply. "Then he did something worse: He effectively said that the president of the United States is above the law.” No word on what he thought of Obama’s 276 Executive Orders or 1,186 Presidential Proclamations, but media doesn’t ask questions like that of those on the Left.
I have to admit; I believe as passionately Jim Comey and cohorts belong in prison every bit as much as my critics believe I'm an idiot and Trump colluded with Putin. I doubt we change each other’s minds, regardless of where the truth…lies. What I am sure of is we will never know the truth, which is sad, given we, the people, pay dearly for this circus. We deserve truth from our government.
I would also be willing to bet that regardless of the credentials or intent of AG Bill Barr and John Durham to get at the truth, in the end, little will come of this inquiry either, other than to create needed "space" for Trump. Oh, there might be a few low-level folks railroaded into a fine or jail time, just as there was in Trump’s circle, but more than likely none of the big-wigs mentioned in this commentary will be brought to justice because that’s how the Swamp works. They all seem to have pictures of each other naked, and the implied threat of "exposure" hangs above all heads.
There will most certainly be televised proceedings and minute-to-minute reports by various news outlets, each with their own spin. Schiff and Jerry Nadler will indignantly bloviate and stomp feet, which will be run on a continuous loop on cable. Heck, people might start watching Rachel Maddow again. If anyone can find the CNN channel, they might watch Don Lemon ooze his two cents, giggling like a school girl while scoffing at whatever Durham finds. Chris Cuomo will nod silently in agreement like a bobble-head-doll to everything Lemon says. FOX ratings will go through the roof as Sean Hannity announces yet more breaking news, which in his mind always seems to break right around 9:00 PM Eastern, just as Sean goes on air.
And the newspapers…they will more than likely ignore as much of this circus as possible, for no other reason than if Barr or Durham happen to uncover anything, it proves yet again how wrong they have been about everything since Donald Trump announced he was running for president.
Call me a cynic, but this rodeo at our expense is getting old.
I was surprised papers published the puff-piece by Laurie Kellman of the Associated Press regarding Maxine Waters. Yet, there it was, all 1,082 words of drivel.
Presently, Waters is using her position in the Financial Services Committee in the House, not for the good of the country, but to advance her personal vendetta against President Trump. If you recall, she was calling for the impeachment of Trump before the man took office. With Democrats looking foolish over their refusal to accept the Mueller Russia collusion report, Waters has turned her sights into looking at Trumps past business ventures, before he was President. To what purpose, Kellman or Waters haven’t explained.
Kellman gushed about other members of Congress calling Waters “Auntie Maxine,” and her “unique ascent offers lessons in how to advance activism with work and prudence.” Kellman claims that Waters is a role model for all the freshman members in the House.
In my opinion, a role-model is the last adjective one should use concerning Waters. A politician for 42 years, there are very few redeeming qualities about this woman. A strong case could be made she is racist, rude, uninformed, and a poster child for incompetence in the DC Swamp.
Now, many of you are thinking, there goes Webber off on a rant again. Well, let’s look a little deeper into the eighty-year old California congresswoman.
On a salary of $174000 per year, Waters has somehow managed to scrape together a net worth of over $1 million plus owns several California properties.
She represents the 43rd district of Los Angles, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country. Homelessness and garbage are rampant on the streets. When she ran for Congress in 1990, she promised to help the poor, mostly black folks, who lived in the district – 30 years later they are even poorer. Yet, she lives in a $4.5 million mansion…but not in the 43rd district. She lives in Hancock Park, next to Beverly Hills, and outside her district.
Kellman pointed out Waters was investigated but cleared of wrongdoing of steering a $12 million federal bailout (our money) to a bank where her husband owned stock. Kellman didn’t mention, however, that Waters’ grandson, Mikael Moore, her chief of staff, did receive a reprimand from Congress over the matter. In other words, folks, it did happen – Congress just wasn’t going to come down on one of their own.
Nor did Kellman mention that Waters’ daughter, Karen, has made hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries working for her mother’s re-election campaigns, going all the way back to 2006.
CREW, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has named Waters one of the most corrupt members of Congress five different years. Citizens Against Government Waste named her the June 2009 Porker of the Month for obtaining an earmark for the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center.
Then there are the matters of her cozy relationship with the noted race hustler and antisemitic Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. For thirteen years she was seen with the man, often in photo-ops. She called the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King verdict, “understandable, if not acceptable,” and the looters “are not crooks.” Sixty-three people died in those riots. This from the woman who called George W. Bush a racist, but praised Fidel Castro from Cuba.
This past April 10th, in her position with the House Financial Services Committee, she lined up seven major bank CEO’S for yet another Congressional hearing. During the hearing, in which she chaired, she ran roughshod over the bankers with accusatory and sometimes derogatory questions, often not taking time to let them finish a sentence.
During the hearing, she pointed out that 44 million people owe $1.56 trillion in student debt, and that an alarming number of borrowers have defaulted. “What are you guys doing to help us with this student loan debt?” she demanded. “Who would like to answer first? Mr. Moynihan, big bank?”
When Brian Moynihan, chairman/CEO of Bank of America, replied they had stopped making student loans in 2007, she unwittingly went on to Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup, without missing a beat. He stated they had exited student lending in 2009. Not deterred, she then went to Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase.
Mr. Dimon’s reply, “When the government took over student lending in 2010 or so, we stopped doing all student lending.”
Think about that - the chair of the House Financial Services Committee was unaware the government took over the student loan program nine years ago.
She never apologized to the bankers for her boorish behavior. She does not belong in Congress, nor anywhere in the paper, except perhaps the Blotter.
The wife and I walked into a bar last Saturday night. That’s not the start of a joke, we really did. I happened to be wearing a Chicago Cubs shirt which was noticed by the guy sitting at the next table. We struck up a conversation. Long story short, the next day the missus and I were sitting in great box seats, at face value, as the Arizona Diamondbacks hosted our Cubbies, which the Cubs won in fifteen innings. What a blessed weekend we had.
A few years removed from watching one of the three biggest sports spectacles in my life - the Cubs winning the World Series - I still find myself watching the Cubs whenever I can. It’s a love affair going back to 1967. Someday, I will be buried still feeling the pain of the Cub’s collapse of 1969...and an intense hatred for the Mets.
However, the losses of the past couple years, which there have been a few too many, don’t have the same effect on me as they once did. It’s as if knowing that darn goat is dead and an immense weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m reasonably sure there will be another World Series in my future. (The other two spectacles were the 1980 US Hockey Team beating Russia and the 1995 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory.)
Although I’ve never seen anyone play ball quite like Javy Baez does, Anthony Rizzo is my favorite current Cub. He reminds me of my first favorite Cub, Ernie Banks. They both had/have the same aura and exuberance for the game, day-in-and-day-out. Not always the most talented players on the field, but they always gave 110% effort. They always show respect for the game and us Cub fans. I never got that sense watching the other guys who played first base since, notably (or infamously) such as Billy Buckner, Leon Durham, Mark Grace, or Derek Lee. Maybe it’s just the confidence and/or the shear love of everything that is the Chicago Cubs that you didn't feel in those other first-sackers.
To say I was a rabid Ernie Banks fan would be a huge understatement. I named my first dog Ernie Banks. While some may not believe it to be an honor to have a dog named after them, I assure you, as an eleven-year-old boy, it was the highest tribute I could give to my favorite ball player.
Ernie Banks, the player not the dog, was past his prime by the time I was old enough to appreciate his talents and accomplishments. Looking back, I can’t tell you why he became my favorite player. Both of the other rabid Cubs fans I hung with disliked Ernie because Ron Santo was their favorite player – which was a sentiment quite common at the time. In our twelve-year-old world, just like you couldn’t be a Sox and a Cubs fan, you couldn’t like both Ron and Ernie. That’s just the way it was.
Everyone knows Ernie hit 512 homers. But consider some of Ernie’s other accomplishments that even the most ardent Cub fan might not know:
Someday, I envision Rizzo’s #44 retired by the Cubs, hopefully atop the right field foul pole and my grand kids will admire him like I did Ernie.