“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” - George W. Bush

All The Best

THE ELEPHANT BAR IS CLOSED

I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.

My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.

At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.

An elephant never forgets.
Be well.

Deuce, 21 June 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“Americans are dreamers, too.”


Donald Trump is teaching Republicans how to fight

Donald Trump is teaching Republicans how to fight
It’s an observation so strikingly true that you wonder why you didn’t think of it earlier. “Donald Trump,” a friend said the other day, “is teaching the Republican Party how to fight and how to win.”

The evidence is everywhere everyday, and it was on vivid display Tuesday night. The president remains in a fighting mood, determined to keep punching his way forward.

The Trump way starts with the passage of the historic tax cuts despite tiny Republican majorities in congress and scare tactics from the left. Before passage, polls showed the public was strongly opposed — but Trump pulled, pushed and bullied his party over the finish line.

The roaring results, with millions of workers already getting bonuses, pension boosts and pay hikes, vindicate his determination.

Another piece of evidence is that the government shutdown over the “dreamers” was a huge defeat for Democrats, and Trump piled on the pain with a blistering ad about crimes by illegal immigrants that helped force divided Dems back to work.
The decision by the House intelligence panel to write and release its memo on possible FBI misdeeds is yet more evidence of a new fighting spirit. Even Speaker Paul Ryan, averse to conflict by temperament and training, forcefully supported the memo’s release, saying it was time to “cleanse” the FBI.

This is not George Bush’s or John Boehner’s Republican Party. This is Trump’s GOP, as he demonstrated in spades in his first formal State of the Union address.
For days, the White House advertised his speech as one where a kinder, gentler Trump would reach across the aisle and invite opponents to work with him on bipartisan programs to fix our broken immigration system and our crumbling infrastructure.

After all, that’s what Republicans usually do — soften their tone and, badgered by a liberal Washington press corps, give in to big government ideas.
While Trump did indeed deliver on those promises, it was just barely. Those offers were exceptions in an otherwise damn-the Democrats, full-speed ahead performance.

If this was Trump reaching out his hand, he was doing it from a position of strength and supreme confidence. If there is to be compromise, Dems will have pay dearly for it.

That the president intends to drive a hard bargain was made clear during his remarks on immigration when he said pointedly, “Americans are dreamers, too.”
The tough tone, leavened only by the moving stories of first responders, military heroes and other noteworthy guests seated near the First Lady, suggests that Trump is sticking with what got him to the dance in the first place.
He will continue to be who he is.

The idea that he should be someone else has been a constant refrain from the day he entered the race in 2015. Occasionally he has, but only temporarily, and if last night means anything, it’s that he sees no reason to make radical changes now.
The tax reform and the early signs that it will pay big dividends in economic growth and higher wages give the president a strong wind at his back. He rightly touted the exuberance as “our New American Moment” and declared that “there has never been a better time to start living the American dream.”

On one hand, that approach is a high-risk gamble. Trump is putting all his chips, and his party’s, on the belief that his accomplishments will win over enough voters so the GOP can keep both houses of congress.

Indeed, some polls are already reflecting movement in his direction. A Fox News poll this week shows his approval rating climbing to 45 percent, and his disapproval at 53, although other polls still show him with approval under 40 percent.

The risk is that if he’s wrong, and the midterms are a referendum on him instead of his policies, then the House could flip to Democrats, many of whom want to draw up impeachment articles on Day One. And with special counsel Robert Mueller still on the prowl, the risk is multiplied.

Yet, in truth, America also saw evidence last night that Trump’s bet may be his best chance. The Dems who came to hear the president looked like the unhappiest people on Earth.

They rarely stood and applauded, except when it would have been embarrassing not to. Even when the president touted the lowest African-American unemployment in history, the party that produced the first black president and has on the lock on the black vote gave a collective scowl.

Dems, then, are giving Trump no reason to believe they’re ready to bargain. All of them in both houses voted against tax cuts, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi even demeaned bonuses and pay hikes as “crumbs.”

The party is still stuck in resistance mode, with congressional members following the radical left like so many lemmings.

Against that backdrop, Trump has nobody on the other side to ­negotiate with. For now at least, full speed ahead is both his best and only option.

39 comments:

  1. The Discustocrats were at their most loathsome. Bring on the memo.

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  2. The GOP got a Ford Boss Mustang and the Democrats showed up with the newest Kennedy in his 1967 Oldsmobile.

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  3. ...and Nancy Pelosi, the magnificent Democratic gift to the GOP and Trump. I hope she stays well and active. Outstanding!

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  4. The latest Kennedy was there to remind us that Trump is not "who we are". Do we need to remind everyone who the Kennedys really are?

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  5. Gee, I wonder?

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has been investigating why ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe apparently sat on his hands for about three weeks after Hillary Clinton’s emails were found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop, a new report said Tuesday.

    Inspector General Michael Horowitz wants to know why some top FBI officials appeared less than enthusiastic about probing the emails, which were sent by top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Weiner’s long-suffering wife, The Washington Post reported.

    McCabe waited until late October — just weeks before the election and roughly three weeks after they were discovered — to begin scrutinizing the messages, some of which were classified.
    Horowitz is trying to figure out whether McCabe or anyone else at the bureau wanted to delay action on the emails until after the election — but has not come to any conclusions, the paper reported.

    He also wants to know who knew about Clinton’s emails on Weiner’s laptop — which were discovered in late September 2016 — and when they learned about them.

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    1. Where's the proof?

      Grow up!

      ...just wait for the investigators to investigate their investigations.

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    2. .

      Or...

      You can use what has become known as...Doug's Technique.

      - Get your daily talking points from 'Right Wing Central'

      - Run with them

      (and if things don't turn out the way you hope...)

      - Blame it on the deep state, the MSM, or the Illuminati.

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    1. Greatest Global Workforce:

      McCabe wrote his own message to the bureau:

      "It is has been my privilege and honor to work with you all for the past 21 years," he said, adding:

      "Please always remember that the key to those successes is an unflagging focus on integrity. You are the greatest workforce on earth because you speak up, you tell the truth and you do the right thing
      ."

      (Take the money and run.)

      PS:

      Thanks, Terry!

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    2. Just following the law scribed in stone millennia ago.
      (2012)

      AKA, the keep us outta this clause.

      Underlying the issue is the question of whether McCabe’s goal in slow-walking the probe was to avoid damaging Clinton’s campaign. McCabe’s wife ran for office as a Democrat in 2015, and President Trump and his allies have sought to paint him as part of an anti-Trump cabal at the FBI.

      But the emerging consensus that McCabe acted improperly seems off base. For one thing, the IG report has yet to be released, meaning the public has only a very incomplete picture of the events at issue.

      More important, if McCabe was moving slowly on the Clinton probe, he may have had good reason to do so: The Justice Department has a longstanding policy instructing staff to be especially cautious about taking any investigative steps that could influence elections, especially in the final stages of a campaign.

      An internal Justice Department memo issued in 2012 to all employees on “Election Year Sensitivities” warns against taking any “overt investigative steps” near an election without getting guidance from the department’s Public Integrity Section.


      Rather than a sign of pro-Clinton bias, McCabe’s caution seems to suggest he was following the rules, former federal prosecutors told TPM.

      “The DOJ should do everything possible not to influence an upcoming election at any level,” Steve Miller, a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, told TPM. “So if the reports are true that he slow-rolled it, that would be, in my view, consistent with DOJ policy.
      Nothing remotely nefarious jumps out at me.”

      https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/mccabe-delay-clinton-emails-consistent-justice-department-policy-affecting-election

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    3. He wasn't protecting Hillary and Obama, he was preserving the sanctity of our electoral processes.

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    Clinton: given second chance, I would fire aide accused of sexual harassment


    Clinton, facing continuing criticism over the fact that she didn't fire a key aide over sexual harassment charges, posted a lengthy Facebook comment explaining why she didn't fire the aide and ending with the statement that given a second chance she would have fired him.

    The 'if I new then what I know now' argument.

    I'm sure there are numerous men out there accused of harassment who would make the same pledge if they were given a reboot.

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    Trey Gowdy

    Following what has become a trend for lawmakers this year, Trey Gowdy Chairman of the House Oversight Committee won't run for reelection this year choosing instead to get back to his law career.

    Although a member of the Tea Party, Gowdy seemed like a pretty sharp guy and he was definitely knowledgeable in the law. Given the quality of some of those he leaves behind, this will be a loss.

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    1. Gowdy: FISA Memo Will Be "Embarrassing To Adam Schiff"

      In an interview with FOX & Friends on Tuesday morning, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said House Intel Committee's ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has gone out of his way to stop the release of the FISA memo because will be "embarrassing."

      REP. TREY GOWDY (R-SC): My Democratic colleagues didn’t want us to find this information. They did everything they could to keep us from finding this information.

      I think it will be embarrassing to Adam Schiff once people realize the extent to which he went to keep them from learning any of this. That would be the embarrassment...

      I mean, going to court to help Fusion GPS so we can’t find out they paid for the dossier, and that they were working for the DNC.

      That’s a pretty big step to go to court to try to keep the American people from learning something. So, if it were up to Adam Schiff, you wouldn’t know about Hillary Clinton’s email. You wouldn’t know about the server. You wouldn’t know about the dossier. I do find it ironic that he has his own memo right now because if it were up to him, we wouldn’t know any of it.


      https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/01/30/gowdy_fisa_memo_will_be_embarrassing_to_adam_schiff.html


      Yep, Schiff and his acolyte here, Quirk, just want the truth to be known.

      (Sometime in the 22nd Century)

      https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/01/30/gowdy_fisa_memo_will_be_embarrassing_to_adam_schiff.html

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    2. Gowdy not impressed by Bruce Ohr, but I ain't got time right now, so:

      https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1CAACAO_enUS720US720&ei=jENyWrmHLM7wjwPahpjgCA&q=bruce+orr+fusion&oq=bruce+orr++f&gs_l=psy-ab.1.1.0i20i263k1l2j0i10k1l6j0i22i30k1l2.17113.19592.0.24905.6.6.0.0.0.0.188.1014.0j6.6.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.6.1006...0j0i13k1j35i39k1.0.OxUu5QArzgQ

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    3. .

      He wrote the memo.

      Jeez, Doug, try and keep up.

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    4. Nothing bothersome going on here.

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/11/wife-demoted-doj-official-worked-for-firm-behind-anti-trump-dossier.html

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    5. I must have missed Quirk's explanation on why this reflects well on the DOJ cronies.

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      Doug Taking His Silly Pills Again

      Yep, Schiff and his acolyte here, Quirk, just want the truth to be known.

      Adam Schiff is as political as Devin Nunes though he's not quite as stupid. I have zero respect for either of them.

      That said, as of a couple days ago, it was reported that Nunes hadn't even read the back-up intelligence used by his staff to write the infamous Report. Nunes is also the clown Lindsay Graham called 'Inspector Clouseau' for his melodramatic part in taking a hand off of a talking points memo produced by the White House and passed on by a modern day deep throat in the middle of the night on the White House grounds. That was the info Nunes revealed in a press conferences he called to go public with it, a press conference he called without even allowing his colleagues on the Intelligence Committee to see the info he had received, and charges both Dems and Republicans eventually argued wasn't supported by the intelligence he cited. Yea, that Devin Nunes. The guy is a snake.

      So who are you going to believe?

      Well, it won't be Schiff. Nunes won't allow the Dems to put out a minority report critiquing his Report at least not now, likely not for a week or so to allow the GOP to milk this for all it's propaganda value. And the reason given? None.

      Just as I'll wait for the IG to publish their findings and I'll wait for Mueller to publish his, I'll wait for Nunes to put out his and comment on the details them. Am I expecting anything more than the assumptions and speculation we have seen so far. No.

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      I must have missed Quirk's explanation on why this reflects well on the DOJ cronies.

      As far as I can see, it doesn't reflect well on the DOJ at all. However, f you actually read the links you put up here all the time, Fox reports it's early times on this matter, and going by the article, no one has been accused of anything yet.

      Knowing you, I'm sure you're not assuming and speculating again.

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    8. "So who are you going to believe?"

      My eyes: Evidence of corruption in the DOJ and FBI is everywhere.

      ...they wrote a rule to protect Hillary, Obama DOJ, and Obama himself, and they followed it.

      Or as the Steve Miller quote above states:

      "Nothing remotely nefarious jumps out at me.”


      Much

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    9. An internal Justice Department memo issued in 2012 to all employees on “Election Year Sensitivities” warns against taking any “overt investigative steps” near an election without getting guidance from the department’s Public Integrity Section.

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      See above:

      Just following the law scribed in stone millennia ago.
      (2012)

      AKA, the keep us outta this clause.

      More important, if McCabe was moving slowly on the Clinton probe, he may have had good reason to do so: The Justice Department has a longstanding policy instructing staff to be especially cautious about taking any investigative steps that could influence elections, especially in the final stages of a campaign.

      I forget if the policy was written before or after the Declaration of Independence.

      ...perhaps you could help out.

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      That long standing DOJ policy has been around for decades under both GOP and Dem administrations.

      That holder memo in 2012 was just reminding DOJ employees of the existing policies.

      Going against that policy was one of the reasons Comey received so much criticism.

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    11. Dumb policy. So, hypothetically:

      A presidential candidate commits a serious crime. New damning evidence comes to light, say, around October. The FBI has to sit on it until after the election. They act on it after the election. We deal with the fallout of impeachment and the Vice President becoming the President. What kind of character is the Vice President?

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    12. "That holder memo in 2012 was just reminding DOJ employees of the existing policies."

      Yeah, meaning putting it in the proper context, meaning: Pay attention to me and these crooks!

      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-dossier-author-was-in-contact-with-obama-justice-department/article/2642930


      Dossier author was in contact with Obama Justice Department

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    13. The FBI has to sit on it until after the election.

      ...Only if the DOJ is as corrupt as it was under Obama.

      Good to know they had a chance to discuss grandkids with Bill Clinton, though.

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      Wrong. Doug brought up the constitution. The policy protects individual privacy rights for people not convicted of any crimes.

      Dumb policy. So, hypothetically: A presidential candidate commits a serious crime. New damning evidence comes to light, say, around October.

      A big assumption to start with. If it turns out to be not true, look at the damage you cause. But say that it is true. The policy is primarily concerned with ongoing investigations; however, it contains 'exceptions for extraordinary circumstances'. That last is what Comey hung his hat on in telling Congress the FBI had reopened its investigation on the Clinton emails after they found out about Abedin's emails mixed with Weiner's.

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    15. The "extraordinary circumstance" was that Clinton was guilty as Hell, but the fix was in.

      All else was and is, BS.

      Where did I mention the constitution?

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  9. President Trump is still considering whether to release a classified memo about alleged surveillance abuses by the Department of Justice and the FBI that was written by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Republicans wanted the memo to be released Wednesday, but the FBI strongly advised against it.

    ...

    On Tuesday night, as he was leaving the State of the Union speech, the president said he was committed to making it public. White House and national security officials are still reviewing whether to block the memo's release, but Kelly said Wednesday he expects it to be released "pretty quick."

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      I wouldn't be surprised if Trump never elects to release it. Just does nothing.

      Unless he releases it or says it can't be released, it will automatically be released on Friday according to the 1996 law Nunes dug up.

      This would fit the Trump MO.

      If that happens, he gets what he wants (the Report released) but if things turn bad in the press because the DOJ/FBI oppose the release, he can say "Wasn't me, blame Nunes". It's what he typically does. Remember the videos he retweeted that got the British so upset. When the blowback hit, he offered this up, "I didn't do it, I just 'retweeted'."

      The man is not a moron. He just assumes his base is.

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    2. Didn't hear anything about the '96 law but what you say makes sense. What were the videos?

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    3. Thanks, missed that one. Late November. I was busy running my wife's family around visiting from Malyasia and Singapore.

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  10. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia (all times local):

    10 p.m.

    The FBI has declared that it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald Trump wants released.

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    The Republicans have said the memo reveals surveillance abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department in the early stages of the investigation into potential ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.

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  11. +50,000 points for Doug.

    -50,000 points for Quirk.

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