REMEMBER THE OUTRAGEOUS KELO DECISION? SOMEONE MADE A MOVIE ABOUT IT. Her name is Courtney Moorehead Balaker and the movie is Little Pink House and it's showing here in town. Courtney is on at 3pm to talk about it! Find out showtimes here. Find out more about the movie here.
CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT THAT HE'S TELLING THE TRUTH And the "he" in this case is Michael Caputo, a former aide for the Trump campaign. He delivered what may be the most scathing statement EVER to the Senate Intelligence Committee. You should read the whole thing.
'In 2009, my wife and I moved to my hometown of East Aurora, New York to have a family. Making far less money back home, we had a far better quality of life. That is, until the Trump-Russia narrative took off. Today, I can’t possibly pay the attendant legal costs and live near my aging father, raising my kids where I grew up.
'Your investigation and others into the allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russia are costing my family a great deal of money – more than $125,000 - and making a visceral impact on my children.
'Now I must to move back to Washington, New York City, Miami or elsewhere, just so I can make enough money to pay off these legal bills. And I know I have you to thank for that.
'Here’s how I know: how many of you know Daniel Jones, former Senate Intelligence staffer for Senator Dianne Feinstein? Great guy, right? Most of you worked with him. One of you probably just talked to him this morning.
'Of course, very few of us in flyover country knew Daniel until recently. Now we know that he quit his job with your Senate committee not long ago to raise $50 million from ten rich Democrats to finance more work on the FusionGPS Russian dossier. The one the FBI used to get a FISA warrant and intimidate President Donald Trump, without anyone admitting -- until months after it was deployed -- that it was paid for by Hillary Clinton.
'In fact, good old Dan has been raising and spending millions to confirm the unconfirmable – and, of course, to keep all his old intel colleagues up-to-speed on what FusionGPS and British and Russian spies have found. Got to keep that Russia story in the news.
'Of course Dan’s in touch with you guys. We know from the news that he’s been briefing Senator Mark Warner, vice chairman of this committee. Which one of you works for Senator Warner? Please give Danny my best.
'I saw some of his handiwork just last month. Remember this lede paragraph, from McClatchy on April 13?
'The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
'That’s your pal Dan, isn’t it? He came up with some kind of hollow proof that Michael Cohen was in Prague meeting with Russians when he wasn’t. He tried to sell that to reporters, and they didn’t buy it because it doesn’t check out. So, to get a reporter to write up his line of bull, he gave the documents to the Office of Special Counsel.
'We know that’s likely, because he’s told people he’s briefing investigators.
'So, technically, the special counsel’s office has evidence. Your pal Dan gave them more of the Democrats’ dossier, funded by more Democrats, provided again by Russian and British spies. Information no reporter would write up, but now there’s an angle: the Special Counsel has it. Now it’s a story.
'It’s a clever but effective ruse. That’s a story, just like when reporter Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News wrote this gem on September 16, 2016:
'“…U.S. officials have since received intelligence reports that during that same three-day trip, Page met with Igor Sechin, a longtime Putin associate … a well-placed Western intelligence source tells Yahoo News. That meeting, if confirmed, is viewed as especially problematic by U.S. officials…”
'Dozens of stories were written from the Isikoff piece, doing real damage to the Trump campaign. Of course, now we know Isikoff’s reference to “intelligence reports” was just him renaming a dossier funded by Democrats and dug up by his longtime pal Glenn Simpson and some foreign spies. Once Simpson gave his Clinton campaign opposition research to the feds, it was news.
'This was especially true after Isikoff intentionally labeled the campaign materials as intelligence – just like McClatchy called Dan’s information “evidence.”
'But who is McClatchy’s second source? It couldn’t be Dan; he was the first source. It couldn’t be Simpson; he works for Dan. It can’t be the Mueller investigation; they kicked the McClatchy story to the curb with aplomb. So who could it be – perhaps one of his former Senate Intelligence colleagues? I mean, you’re all in this together. You’re the swamp.
'What America needs is an investigation of the investigators. I want to know who is paying for the spies’ work and coordinating this attack on President Donald Trump? I want to know who Dan Jones is talking to across the investigations – from the FBI, to the Southern District of New York, to the OSC, to the Department of Justice, to Congress.
'Forget about all the death threats against my family. I want to know who cost us so much money, who crushed our kids, who forced us out of our home, all because you lost an election.
'I want to know because God Damn you to Hell.'
Whoa. Dude is p-oed. But if what he's saying is correct, he may have a point about investigating the investigators. Should we hire a nakedly partisan right winger to conduct that investigation? I'm assuming Judicial Watch is already doing FOIA requests for any and all communications via email with Daniel Jones. We'll see what happens now.
CAN WE START CALLING THIS SORT OF THING THE TRUMP TWO STEP? After denying he knew anything about the payment to porn star Stormy Daniels for her silence, Trump attorney Rudi Giuliani went on Hannity last night and blew that whole narrative out of the water. Trump then flipped his story too via Twitter. This man can't tell the truth. Except when he has to. But how about North and South Korea, huh??
RETIREES ARE RICHER AND WATCHING WAY TOO MUCH TV The number of people retiring millionaires has grown dramatically since 1989, but they aren't making good life choices while they sit on that wealth. The rate of television viewership has also grown dramatically. This is a bad, bad choice. It's why people retire and then die quickly. When you stop moving, you rust. Then you die. Want to die faster? Buy one of those scooter things. That'll rush you into an early grave.
Y'ALL WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CANADA IS HILARIOUS, EH! The Super Dreamy Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau is finding out that showboating and inviting illegal immigrants to Canada isn't such a good idea. Now that Canada is facing an influx of asylum seekers walking over the border in upper New York, they are trying to figure out a way to deny them entry. That ALONE is super rich, but when Justin Trudeau tells Parliament that they are trying to get an addendum to a long standing agreement with the US but we essentially aren't returning their calls, it's gets really funny. Of course there are real people who have uprooted their lives in Nigeria to take advantage of the PM's kind offer who will ultimately suffer. Words have consequences, Mr. Trudeau. So does moral posturing.
EVEN THE BOY SCOUTS THINK BEING A BOY IS BAD NOW Okay, okay, I'm being melodramatic, but when I hear that Boy Scouts of America is changing it's name to Scouts BSA, I'm a little disheartened. The Boy Scouts are going after girls now, wanting them to be a part of the organizations Eagle Scout program or something. I guess the Girls Scouts can suck it or something. Why can't boys have anything to themselves?
IT'S HARD TO ASSIMILATE TO AMERICAN CULTURE WHEN WE REBOOT FRANCHISES
WHAT DID THE TEACHER'S STRIKE IN OKLAHOMA EXPOSE ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION? Nothing new if you happen to be one of the parents concerned about the ideological indoctrination of public school children. This column shares 5 ways the teacher strike exposed how deep seated the dogma is and how the children of Oklahoma are merely pawns in a grownups game.
IT'S TIME TO KICK FREELOADERS OFF FOOD STAMPS And I use the word "freeloader" purposefully. Here is a definition in case you think I'm being harsh:
a person who takes advantage of others' generosity without giving anything in return.
There is a new round of welfare reform coming that will take childless, able-bodied people over 50 who are currently exempt from work or job training requirements and puts them back to work, or kicks them off food stamps. This column will alternately infuriate you, but then the state success stories will bring you back down to earth. The BEST thing we can do for people on the government dole is get them OFF the government dole. Period.
WHEN THE SINGULARITY COMES, THE ROBOTS WILL SORT US BY OUR EYE MOVEMENTS I'm telling you, if you aren't a LITTLE freaked out by the rise of artificial intelligence, you may want to start being a little freaked out. Now AI can determine a person's personality BY TRACKING EYE MOVEMENTS AND PUPIL SIZE. They will be able to sort us like cattle into whatever demeaning job our personality is best suited to. Do you think robots like talk radio?
IF THE ROBOTS DON'T KILL US, THE ALLIGATORS WILL Just kidding, alligators do this stuff a lot, it's just become a lot bigger news since the tragic death of little boy at Disney. Alligators are EVERYWHERE in the South. One shut down my town's courthouse on a semi-regular basis by taking to the stairs every once in a while to catch some sun. But Dave is terrified of alligators so I post this for him.
WHAT IF TRUMP SUCCEEDS? This column ponders the imponderable. What if Trump helps get an actual peace agreement with North and South Korea? GASP. Would the establishment, and Democrats be forced to admit it?
NO, TEACHERS ARE NOT UNDERPAID And the brains at CityJournal did the math.
AND TEACHERS UNIONS CHERRY PICK STATS TO MAKE THINGS SEEM WORSE THAN THEY ARE And this columnist very clearly demonstrates how they do it, and more importantly, the stats they leave OUT to make education funding seem more dire.
AND NOW, AN OPTICAL ILLUSION DANCE
CHARLIE ROSE IS A GIANT HORNDOG AND HIS BOSSES TOTALLY KNEW IT But they let it happen anyway, even after being warned on multiple occasions about his revolting behavior. Didn't we learn from Ted Baxter how creepy anchors can be? The next time someone is questioning why women didn't come forward, please reread this story.