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More phenomenal news from Gallup.  Consumer spending accounts for approximately two-thirds of the U.S. economy, and economic confidence has now reached its highest point since 2000, when the mainstream media couldn't stop talking about how great things were.  Thank you, deregulation and tax cuts.

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January 24, 2020 • 12:34 pm

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Jester's CourtroomLegal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts.
Notable Quotes
On Joe Biden's Belief of Anita Hill's Sexual Harassment Claims:

"A close friend and former colleague of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, echoed new revelations from former Senator Orrin Hatch R-Ut., that Joe Biden did not believe Anita Hill after she accused Thomas of sexual harassment during Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation process. ...

"Williams' recollection is line with that of Biden's former Senate colleague, Orrin Hatch, who appears in the new Fox Nation documentary, 'The Confirmation Chronicles Vol. 2: High-tech Lynching.'

"Senator Hatch alleges that Biden confided to him during the 1991 hearings that he doubted Hill's story. 'Biden told me personally that he didn't believe her. He said, "I don't know why she did this." I don't mean to malign Joe, but Joe told me he didn't believe her and there were some others that told me that, too.' ...

"The accounts of Williams and Hatch contradict what Biden has said repeatedly about believing Hill."

— Matt London, Fox News
— Matt London, Fox News
Posted September 19, 2019 • 07:57 am
On the Fateful FBI Interview of Michael Flynn:

"An FBI assistant to James Comey says in a book released Tuesday that the former FBI director took advantage of the 'chaos' of the early Trump administration to set up an interview with Michael Flynn, the national security adviser.

"Josh Campbell, who was Comey's personal assistant at the FBI, writes in 'Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump's War on the FBI,' that FBI leadership had 'intense discussion' about how to interview Flynn regarding phone conversations he had in December 2016 with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

"'With all the chaos ... we thought we might actually get away with sending agents over to the White House to sit down with Flynn,' Campbell quotes Comey saying about arranging the Jan. 24, 2017, interview with Flynn.

"Campbell, who left the FBI to join CNN in February 2018, writes that normal FBI protocol for an interview with a high-level White House official would have the bureau send a request to the White House counsel's office, and then wait for approval to send over agents.

"But Comey decided to work around those guidelines in hopes of catching Flynn with his guard down.

"'We just decided, you know, screw it,' Comey said, according to the book."

Read entire article here.

— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller
Posted September 18, 2019 • 08:06 am
On the Ongoing Smear Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh:

"The New York Times had a significant story to tell about Brett Kavanaugh. It's this: In a new book, the Times reporters produced new evidence that profoundly undermined the central claims against Kavanaugh. Leland Keyser -- Christine Blasey Ford's friend and the person Ford herself testified was also at the party where Ford claimed Kavanaugh assaulted her -- has stated on the record that she doesn't have 'any confidence' in Ford's story.

"Not only does she not recall the specific party at issue, she doesn't recall 'any others like it.' Moreover, Keyser maintains this recollection in spite of a determined effort by old friends to get her to change her testimony -- a pressure campaign that Keyser admirably resisted.

"But that's not the story the New York Times chose to tell. Instead, this weekend it ran an extended piece that breathlessly asserts that there exists a new claim against Kavanaugh. The original story reported that a man named Max Stier alleged that 'friends' pushed Kavanaugh's penis into the hand of a female student. Hours later -- only after Democrats issued furious denunciations of Kavanaugh -- did the Times add a rather significant editor's note. The female student 'declined to be interviewed,' and her 'friends say that she does not recall the incident.'

"In other words, 'Never mind.' But even that editor's note is incomplete. It turns out that Max Stier served as one of Bill Clinton's lawyers during the Starr investigation, a fact that's at least relevant to the existence of partisan bias.

"The New York Times's disgraceful weekend performance is a reminder that the media performed abysmally during the Kavanaugh confirmation process."

Read entire article here.

— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted September 17, 2019 • 07:47 am
On Democrats' Gun-Control End Game:

"The Democrats, after all, have shown themselves to be thoroughgoing authoritarians. Many of our progressive friends spent the Obama years lecturing us that opposition to the president and his agenda was tantamount to sedition or treason. They tell us now that failing to knuckle under to their political agenda is treason. Democratic prosecutors have been conducting investigations of companies and political activists for having the wrong opinions on global warming; Democrats in California have just declared the National Rifle Association a terrorist organization because it opposes them politically, and Democrats threaten companies doing business with the NRA with governmental retaliation; Democrats have proposed to gut the First Amendment; Democrats propose to put people in prison for showing films with political content without government permission; Democrats have resurrected 19th-century Know-Nothingism in their bigoted and unconstitutional campaign to keep Catholics off of federal courts; Democrats have illegally and unethically abused the powers of the IRS and other government agencies to harass and punish political rivals. It isn't Republicans who want to censor political speech. It isn't Republicans employing violence against college students and visitors at Mizzou or firebombing buildings at Berkeley.

"And now Robert Francis O'Rourke has finally decided to confess what everybody already knows by openly declaring his intention to seize Americans' firearms in direct violation of the Bill of Rights -- a proposal that other leading Democrats already have endorsed."

— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted September 16, 2019 • 08:05 am
On the Third 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate:

"There's an old joke often expressed well into banquets and conferences, where a speaker says, 'We're at the point where everything that needs to be said has been said, but not everyone has said it.' We're already at that point with the Democratic primary debates. Tonight was a three-hour ordeal, and candidates largely repeated the arguments they made in the previous two debates. There's not much reason to expect tonight will generate any dramatic swings in the polling in the coming days or weeks. The conventional wisdom will remain that this is a three-person race, with Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders having far and away the best shots at the nomination. ...

"For anyone who actually knows a thing or two about these issues, these debates are pretty painful, watching ten candidates offer variations of bumper-sticker slogans, pretending that we can withdraw our way to world peace, regulate our way to good health, release our way to no crime, and spend our way to prosperity."

— Jim Geraghty, National Review
— Jim Geraghty, National Review
Posted September 13, 2019 • 07:34 am
On SCOTUS Allowing Trump Asylum Policy to Take Effect:

"The Supreme Court was right Wednesday to stop a lone federal district court judge in San Francisco from blocking a Trump administration policy designed to limit the ability of Central American migrants to seek asylum in the U.S.

"The new Trump administration policy requires migrants from Central America and elsewhere who first travel through Mexico to seek asylum there before seeking asylum in the U.S.

"Under the policy, a migrant first has to be refused asylum in Mexico before he or she could seek asylum here. The Trump administration policy also applies to migrants who travel through other third countries before seeking U.S. asylum.

"But a larger issue is at stake: whether a single federal judge can issue a nationwide order blocking presidential action or even legislation passed by Congress. ...

"This case shows how a single judge in a 'resistance' court like the San Francisco federal district court can bring the entire U.S. government to a grinding halt -- even when the judge is wrong on the law. ...

"Neither Republicans nor Democrats should want a single district judge to have the power to block a policy that is legal and produced by our elected leaders while a case is tied up in appeals in the federal courts for years."

Read entire article here.

— John Yoo, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Currently Berkeley Law Professor, Hoover Institution Visiting Scholar and American Enterprise Institute Visiting Fellow
— John Yoo, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Currently Berkeley Law Professor, Hoover Institution Visiting Scholar and American Enterprise Institute Visiting Fellow
Posted September 12, 2019 • 08:03 am
On the 18th Anniversary of 9/11:

"In some years, the images and memories are faded, as if from long, long ago. Other years, the horrors feel as fresh as when the burning towers collapsed.

"Yet few anniversaries of 9/11 have been as fraught with troubling emotions as today's. From the vantage point of the 18th anniversary, it is unfortunately true that the worst day in American history forged the last great moment of national unity.

"The mourning and sense of common purpose that were so distinct then seem as if they happened in a different country in another century. Now our nation is not just polarized. It is fractured.

"'I've never seen it like this,' an elderly friend told me recently. 'I'm afraid of what's happening to our country.'

"She is not alone. And while the 9/11 attack certainly didn't cause our bitter divisions, its ramifications are among the powerful forces still shaping our dangerous world."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted September 11, 2019 • 07:59 am
On the Effect of Trump Administration Policies on Border Control:

"Immigration officials apprehended just over 64,000 migrants at the southern border in August -- a dramatic drop that the Trump administration is presenting as a sign its diplomatic engagement with Mexico and other countries is having positive effects on the ground.

"The 64,006 migrants apprehended or deemed inadmissible represents a 22 percent drop from July, when 82,055 were apprehended, and a 56 percent drop from the peak of the crisis in May, when more than 144,000 migrants were caught or deemed inadmissible. While the numbers typically drop in the summer, the plummet is steeper than typical seasonal declines.

"Meanwhile, the number of caravans has also dropped. In May, 48 caravans of migrants were recorded coming to the U.S. In August, the tally was six. Border Patrol now has fewer than 5,000 migrants in custody, down from 19,000 at the peak in the spring.

"The Trump administration says that while the numbers are still at crisis level, the numbers show the extent to which Trump policies -- such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that keep migrants in Mexico as their asylum cases are heard -- are working and that countries south of the border are taking action to stop the flows in response to pressure from the U.S."

— Adam Shaw, Fox News
— Adam Shaw, Fox News
Posted September 10, 2019 • 07:40 am
On the New Jobs Report:

"The new jobs report is in and the verdict is clear -- no one should believe a single word the Democrats say about the economy.

"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of people employed in August increased by a very impressive 590,000, pushing total employment to a record-high of nearly 157.9 million. The percentage of the population that was employed rose to 60.9 percent, the highest percentage since December 2008.

"As a result, despite over 570,000 people joining the labor force, the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, near a 50-year low. Unemployment among African Americans and Hispanics also hit all-time lows last month, proving that the ongoing economic boom is still creating unprecedented opportunity for all U.S. workers.

"Average hourly earnings increased at a healthy clip as well, growing by 3.2 percent since last August. It was the 13th month in a row that wages increased by at least 3 percent year over year. That's tremendous news for American workers. Prior to this streak, wages last increased at least 3 percent in April of 2009.

"Wage increases were better for workers than managers. While the hourly wage increased 2 percent for managers, it increased an impressive 3.5 percent for workers. For workers earning the average hourly rate ($23.59) and working 40 hours per week, that meant a raise of nearly $1,650 for the year. And, that's before the impact of reduced individual tax rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which saved the average U.S. worker approximately $1,400 in federal income taxes in 2018."

Read entire article here.

— Andy Puzder, Attorney, Former CKE Restaurants CEO and Former U.S. Labor Secretary Nominee
— Andy Puzder, Attorney, Former CKE Restaurants CEO and Former U.S. Labor Secretary Nominee
Posted September 09, 2019 • 08:20 am
On Racism in America:

"This summer, I've had the chance to spend a few weeks on the road, exploring the vast, forgotten America west of the Acela corridor and east of Hollywood. In June, I drove from Brooklyn to Arkansas and back, and just last week coursed through the whole continent, landing at a beach bar in Venice Beach. One thing I noticed everywhere I went, in the bars and restaurants I haunted along the way, was a level of racial harmony that belies the notion of our nation as a hotbed of racism.

"The people I met along the way, and there were a lot of them, were white, black, brown, Asian, and Native American, and they weren't self-segregated within the establishments I found. Much the opposite: they were mixing, mingling, laughing, and drinking together without even a hint of racial tension.

"So how could this be in a nation that is purportedly teeming with racial strife? Was I to believe my lying eyes and the convivial conversations I witnessed and engaged in? Or was I to believe that somewhere underneath all of this good-spirited community life lies a bedrock of inescapable racism?

"What becomes clear very quickly is that for Americans who do not choose to center their sense of self on their demographic identities, a whole host of other interests and qualities animate their social behavior. Whether they were college football fans in a Barstow hotel bar, truckers sitting out front of a Greenville, Illinois, motel smoking and sharing beer and tales from the road, or more upscale denizens of a fancy Tulsa wine bar sniffing and swishing a new rose, nobody seemed to care much about skin color."

Read entire article here.

— David Marcus, The Federalist
— David Marcus, The Federalist
Posted September 06, 2019 • 08:05 am
Question of the Week   
How many States have adopted “red flag” laws to temporarily limit the possession of firearms?
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Quote of the Day   
"At least two of the FBI's surveillance applications to secretly monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page lacked probable cause, according to a newly declassified summary of a Justice Department assessment released Thursday by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).The DOJ's admission essentially means that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant authorizations…[more]
—Gregg Re and Brooke Singman, FOX News
— Gregg Re and Brooke Singman, FOX News
Liberty Poll   

Voters in Kings County (Seattle), Washington, are being allowed to vote in a local election from their smartphones. Is this a good idea because of the ease of voting or a bad idea because of voting security and integrity concerns?