On Obstruction and Derangement

Welcome to RichTAkes! on Obstructing Justice.

Since Hillary lost the election and Trump won, Democrats everywhere have been determined to undermine his Presidency at every turn. So far, they’ve been very successful by pressuring Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from anything related to Russia, and doing the same to Nunez in the House. Neither was justified, I don’t recall Holder or Lynch recusing themselves over issues where there were obvious conflicts of interest. Holder was held in contempt of the House over Fast and Furious testimony, and Lynch met with Slick Willy Clinton in a plane which no one was supposed to know about on a Saturday last summer, and on the following Monday, FBI Director Comey held a presser in which he laid out a case for prosecution of Hillary over her illegal email server, and then said that no prosecutor would proceed. 

The very day after the loss, Hillary and company blamed it on the Russians, obviously, she could not have been to blame. TDS PSA

That claim was a complete hoax from Day One. 

Trump’s firing of James Comey was completely justified, even if he totally screwed up the messaging. FBI Directors do not hold Press Conferences about recommending a prosecution or not to the DOJ, and in all fairness, AG Loretta Lynch put Comey in that position by publicly stating that she would defer to his recommendation, (after meeting with Willy on the tarmac) and we all knew that the fix was in. Comey’s ridiculous whiney testimony to the committee the week before his dismissal was reason enough. “What should I do? Reveal, or conceal” Really Comey? It’s not fair is it? I bet you “know your rights” too, don’t cha? I hear crap like that from my kids, I certainly don’t need to hear it from the FBI Director. You’re Fired!

The Russian collusion story line doesn’t seem to be getting much traction, so now the latest Democrat talking point says “Obstruction of Justice” Really? There was an FBI counter-intelligence investigation into the Russian collusion, coordination, or whatever going on at the FBI when Comey was dismissed, and that investigation was not impeded at all. A counter-intelligence investigation is not the same as a criminal investigation. Comey was not “leading” that investigation anymore than he was leading any of the other thousand or more current ongoing FBI investigations at any given time. The counter-intelligence investigation would ask if the Russians “hacked” the election, what did they do, how did they do it, what effects did it have, and how can we take measures to impede those efforts in the future. The truth is, the Russians did not “hack” the election by any reasonable standard.

We now have a new Deputy Attorney General, and he took about three days in office to appoint a “Special Counsel” to investigate all of this nonsense, The problem is, a Special Counsel has all of the same powers as an Independent Prosecutor, even if there is no evidence of any underlying crime. So far there is not any evidence of coordination or collusion, let alone a crime having been committed.

This will take years to complete, and months to even start up at a cost of millions of dollars just for the openers. All because Hillary wanted to blame the Russians for her loss in November.

Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties

Barack Obama’s team secretly disclosed years of illegal NSA searches spying on Americans

They only admitted that they were violating the law after the election.

N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets – The New York Times

John Brennan, Obama loyalist and CIA director, drove FBI to investigate Trump associates

He had no evidence of any crime.

[VIDEO] – Dianne Feinstein says there is NO evidence of Trump/Russia collusion

John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump

A supporter of the American Communist Party at the height of the Cold War, Brennan brought into the CIA a raft of subversives and gave them plum positions from which to gather and leak political espionage on Trump.

‘Shattered’ Revelation: Clinton Campaign Hatched Russian Hacking Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary’s Loss

It simply can not be Hillary’s fault. She still has not owned up to her loss.

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On Whigs, RINOs and Federalists

On Whigs, RINOs and Federalists

It is worth noting that the Whigs took less than four years to totally disintegrate once the GOP began. The establishment GOP today (which seems to be most of them, including my representative) are nothing more than Democrat-Lite. If I wanted a Democrat, I would vote for one. Pretending that the GOP is some kind of distinctive difference from Democrats for anything other than national defense is pure fantasy.

Repealing Obamacare is not amending it. Yet the RINOs insist on amending the PPACA, and also passing yet another CR which maintains funding for Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, the OTM refugees from Central America, and continuing DACA in practice which is no different than the Democrat position.

I’m so sick of the lies from the GOP, they say they will repeal, and once we vote them in, they only want to amend. I’m sick of their cowardice. They need to be held accountable to do what they said they would do, and they have fallen way short. Couldn’t hit the broad-side of a barn as we say here in the Hoosier State.

Yesterday I was treated to back to back RINOs on FNC. Kasich, Graham, and McCarthy. If FNC keeps that up, I will be done with them too.

I’m no longer a Republican, I’m a Federalist now.

Federalist Party – Smaller Government for Americans

It’s past time to do something. The time is now!

Something to Fret About

Let’s Give Them Something to Fret About…

Something to fret about:

Hmmm…… Our Founders, particularly George Washington warned about foreign entanglements.  

Martin guitars with rosewood fingerboards

CITES is an acronym for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. At a conference held in late 2016, this body ruled that all rosewood species of the genus Dalbergia, and also three species of bubinga, are to be protected. Since Brazilian Rosewood is already under CITES protection, this means that now all rosewood is protected.

Is CITES a treaty that I’ve never heard of? Did the Senate advise and consent? Somehow, I doubt it*.

Rosewood and ebony are used in most if not all types of stringed instruments for the fret-boards, not for only guitars. The fret-board (or key-board, if you prefer) affects the resonance and sound quality of the instrument. While I’ve seen maple on an electric guitar, I’ve never seen maple on a violin fret-board. I admit I’m not an expert, there may in fact be maple necks on violins, I just haven’t heard or seen of any.

This seems on first blush like the eco-nazi stuff that Gibson experienced back in 2012 or thereabouts.

New CITES Regulation Impacts International Import/Export of Rosewood…

From Sweetwater, the major online musical instrument and music production retailer in the world. They are located just west of Fort Wayne, IN. I found this in my inbox, since I am a customer.

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On the Factor

Bill O’Reilly was due to return to his show after a two week vacation next Monday.

Rumors have been swirling about 21st Century Fox and Fox News settling five different cases of sexual harassment against O’Reilly, most were over five years ago, with some going back to 2003. Actually the settlements were not a rumor, O’Reilly confirmed them on his show about three weeks ago. He did say that the allegations were baseless.      

Today another story appeared which was said to be harassment from a black female support staffer, also from around 2003. He allegedly called her “Hot Chocolate”. That sounds more like a compliment to me, but I guess it would depend on the delivery. He probably didn’t know her name? Was “Hot Lips” Hoolihan from M.A.S.H. also sexual harassment?

Today Fox News simply terminated O’Reilly’s contract, after his recent signing of a four or five year deal at 20 million per year, which would be the same deal they offered Megyn Kelly. They probably severed him out at 20 million or so. 

I’ve long thought that O’Reilly should begin to think about retirement for a number of reasons. Just not this way, there are other currents going on that nobody seems to be talking about. 

Or maybe someone is. 

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On Superharp and a Duck-walk

Rest In Peace, James “Superharp” Cotton, and Chuck Berry.

We lost another great founding bluesman last Thursday, James “Superharp” Cotton at the age of 81. He recorded with many of the great Sun, Chess, and Stax bluesmen as well as loads of solo work. Rest in peace, James Cotton.

 

Here is one from the early days at Sun, circa 1954. Catalog number 206. Many think that this is one of the first examples of hard-rock guitar.

 

One of the greatest blues harps of all time.

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Nuke the ACA!

It comes as no surprise to me that establishment RINOs are reneging on their promise to repeal Obamacare, instead, they are simply proposing to amend it. We should totally nuke the ACA, as we were promised.

 

The Rs are lying when they say this is the only way they can repeal Obamacare, what they aren’t telling you is that they are not repealing it. The Ds are lying too, when they say everything is hunky-doory. It is not.

RINO: Repeal In Name Only. Here are the first lines of the RINO establishment version of “repeal”. It really only amends.

>>COMMITTEE PRINT
Budget Reconciliation Legislative Recommendations Relating to Repeal and Replace of the Patient Protection and Afford-able Care Act
TITLE I—ENERGY AND
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COMMERCE
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Subtitle A—Patient Access to
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Public Health Programs
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SEC. 101. THE PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH FUND.
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(a) IN GENERAL.—Subsection (b) of section 4002 of
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the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42
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U.S.C. 300u–11), as amended by section 5009 of the 21st
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Century Cures Act, is amended—<<

 

This does not repeal the ACA, folks, it only amends it, and leaves the worst pillars of Obamacare in place. Do we really need another albatross of national health care? It is still completely unconstitutional, and is just as likely, if not more so, to collapse.  

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Don’t Hold Your Breath

Over 80% of Obamacare enrollees actually got Medicaid. Keeping offspring on your family plan is an easy thing to do, but it should still be left to the states, since the feds have no constitutional jurisdiction to be meddling in the health insurance market anyway.

Mandating insuring pre-existing conditions takes it out of the realm of insurance, it’s like buying home-owners insurance when your house is on fire, and demanding that the insurance company sell it to you. That is not insurance, it is welfare, and under Obamacare, everyone else pays the difference for those with pre-existing conditions. 

I would suggest that a welfare solution for those with pre-existing conditions would be a better solution, that is pretty much what everyone gets in socialized medicine countries, like the NHS in Britain, and whatever they call it in Canada. For the libs who claim via UN data that Cuba has better health care, get real. I don’t see anyone flocking to Cuba for health care, while American hospital parking lots are jammed with cars with Canadian plates near the border. Those patients are paying cash, or have private insurance over and above the Canadian socialized plan.

Obama and the Dems destroyed our health insurance for 300 million people in order to sign up less than three million actual enrollees, and most of them were subsidized by the rest of us. Over six million lost their insurance. Typical communist/socialists don’t worry too much about that, you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet they will tell you. What they won’t tell you is that their centralized federal solution is not only unconstitutional, it also sends us all on a race to the bottom. 

After all, it’s only “fair” that we all be equally miserable.

A truly free market is much, much better. We haven’t had that in health care since WWII. We owe that to socialist utopian FDR during WWII. He froze wages during the war, so in order to compete for talent, companies began adding “benefits” to employment agreements. Unions were all up with that, they called pensions and health insurance “health and welfare”. Portability for health insurance has been an issue ever since.

I was born 60 years ago, the attending physician was my parents (and mine too, until he retired when I was 12 or so) family doctor. His bill was five dollars. (in today’s dollars it might have been 500 bucks). This was before Medicare was enacted under LBJ when the feds began setting rates. Our health care system has went downhill ever since, even though prices have sky-rocketed, especially due to Obamacare, with something like 2700 pages of mandates in the original bill, not counting the hundreds of thousands of pages of regulations that came along with it.

Just repeal the damn thing. Be done with it. There is also one other statute that needs to be repealed, this was also done by FDR, I think around 1934. It made it illegal to sell health insurance across state lines, by giving it an exemption to the commerce clause. I have no idea why no one is talking about this in the media today of any sort.

Holding ACA Repeal Hostage to Replace Will Seal Its Defeat

If I’ve learned anything about Republican RINOs, it is that they can screw up a wet dream. I’m pretty sure that they will screw this up too.

On Hell Freezes Over

Rich TAkes! ON HELL FREEZES OVER!

After 108 years the Chicago Cubs, the winningest team in baseball, finally won another World Series. 

Next, a mostly life-long Democrat, when he wasn’t Reform Party, or allegedly Republican, Donald Trump not only won the Republican nomination for President, he also soundly whipped Hillary Clinton this past Tuesday to become President-Elect. Surely Hell must have frozen over!

Stranger things have happened, but not in my lifetime.

 hell-freezes-over

If you have looked at this blog, you know that I have not been a Trump supporter, or a Clinton supporter, not by a long-shot, or even close to the broad side of a barn. 

Still, I wish him well, and pray that he is successful in steering the rudder of our USS United States Ship of State. Congratulations, Donald Trump, you pulled off the impossible. 

My Gut Was Right About Trump

“ … the issues are irrelevant, because the product Trump was selling is himself. And Trump is a master persuader…”

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Here is a guy who has taken two sides to nearly every major issue, and several I couldn’t disagree with more. But I’m willing to give him a chance. Occupying the Oval Office tends to sober a person up real quick, and Trump doesn’t drink or smoke. He may have other vices, but hey, he’s 70 years old already!

I wasn’t a never Trumper, but I was very close. I supported Ted Cruz, he has a resume a mile long, and he took a stand against Obamacare, even if it was a mostly symbolic exercise in the Senate. Cruz did not shut down the government, which only affected 15% or so of non-essential services anyway, Obama shut the government down by refusing to sign legislation that the House sent him for spending. Boehner and McConnell caved, when they could have made a difference if only they stood their ground. Cruz pointed out their Republican hypocrisy, and for thanks, the GOP establishment aimed their guns at him, as well as other fine conservative members of the House and Senate. While the TEA Party and classical liberal conservatives gave the Republicans the House and later the Senate, for thanks the GOP took aim at conservatives..

Now it is up to Trump to save the Republican Party. That thought is not only scary, it is also ironic.

The Republican Party set the stage for someone like Trump to get the nomination by not pushing back in any significant way against Obama’s policies. The people have spoken loud and clear that we don’t like Obama’s policies and unconstitutional over-reaches ever since Obama took office in 2009 and then set to work jamming central government Obamacare down our throats. The mid-terms in 2010 and 2014 should be proof enough. And now in the 2016 General, Hillary lost by huge enough margins in states she was supposed to win. 

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The election is over, and kudos are also in order to Hillary and Obama for her gracious concession and his walk around the White House to begin the transition. 

The truth is, the American people have repudiated Obama’s agenda since the 2010 mid-terms. Trump represents just the latest iteration of American’s disgust with the path we’ve been following since 2009. Trump seems to be serious about reversing nearly all of Obama’s legacy. I pray he does just that.

People Are Wearing Safety Pins to Protest Trump and Signal That They’re a ‘Safe Space

safety-pins These are also very helpful for keeping your diapers in place!

Mike Rowe – On Kissing a Cat

Another FB post worth reading from Rowe.

Huma’s Spotted for First Time After Hillary’s Loss. The ‘Before’ and ‘After’ Couldn’t Be More Striking…

boo-hoo! Dear Huma, won’t you come out to play?

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On the FBI Surprise, Surprise!

If Hillary Clinton were anyone other than Hillary Clinton, she would have been in jail over a year ago. The very fact that she conducted business while Secretary of State on her home brewed server is in violation of the Freedom of Information Act, the Records Act, and the Espionage Act. There are at least 16 potential violations, with the counts numbering in the thousands. 

Huma?

What is even worse is the pay for play scheme conducted at the same time for the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the ridiculous “speaking fees”  that Bill commanded once Hillary became SoS. His speaking fees amounted to an average of 275k beginning in 2009. A typical speaking fee at that time was around 25 k or so for in demand speakers at legitimate venues. 

Clinton Cash Author Says He ‘Knows’ FBI is Investigating Clinton Foundation

The FBI has been investigating the Clinton Foundation for over a year, predating even the rogue email server controversy. Thanks to Peter Schweizer’s book, “Clinton Cash”.

(the above movie begins at around the 14:56 mark)

Exactly one week ago, the FBI and James Comey said that they were re-opening the investigation into Hillary, due to new evidence acquired during their investigation into Anthony Weiner’s sexting issue with a fifteen year old. They seized a lap-top, and behold, it had 650,000 emails featuring Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton on it. Dick Morris is speculating that said laptop is not Huma’s or Anthony’s at all, it is Hillary’s missing laptop for over two years, and that Huma was simply holding it for safe-keeping in order to document a future book or something. As I recall, that is exactly the same reason why Nixon installed a secret tape recording machine in the Oval Office, and he got ran out of Dodge for erasing 18 minutes of tape, once it was discovered.

The election is next Tuesday, so if you have not voted already, please vote for anyone other than this un-indicted felon.

Huma reportedly ‘flipped’ against Hillary

20 shocking Clinton-scandal developments in 24 hours

FBI finds emails related to Hillary Clinton’s State Department tenure – CBS News

“Weiner’s Laptop”: Is it Hillary’s “Missing Laptop”?

There was good reason for Clinton to hide the laptop. It contained ALL of the Hillary Clinton emails that were originally on her personal serve when she worked in the State Department. It had not yet been picked clean yet because no one knew it existed. That laptop housed the 33,000 emails designated as “personal” that Hillary never turned over to the State Dept. and claimed to delete.

Weiner Is ‘A Perfect Target’ To Hack Hillary’s Server

“[Weiner] would make a perfect target if someone was looking to get to Hillary because he has direct access to Huma,” who has “carte blanche access to Hillary.”

Indictment ‘Likely’ in Clinton Foundation Case, Hillary’s Server Hacked by FIVE Foreign Entities

The internet didn’t break today, but there’s always tomorrow

We don’t even think about Domain Name Servers. Without them, the internet breaks.

Emails: Donna Brazile gave town hall question to Clinton camp in advance

Thanks to Wiki-Leaks, which they did not deny. Another Clinton hack embedded at CNN at the time, she resigned shortly after this story came to light.

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WikiLeaks email: DNC chair had CNN town-hall question in advance

Hacked Clinton Emails Show CNBC Host John Harwood Constantly Complimenting Hillary

Harwood moderated a Dem primary debate, and thought he was on team Clinton judging by his emails to John Podesta

WikiLeaks Appears To Release Hillary Clinton’s Paid Speech Transcripts

Clinton Foundation’s Most Questionable Foreign Donations

Alinsky’s daughter: Here’s the truth about Hillary the media won’t tell you

Hillary’s whole life has been dedicated to socialist/communist ends. She’s Alinsky’s biggest fanatic

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Vote for Pence

 

Pence Trump

Two days ago, I wasn’t going to vote for anyone for Pres. I can’t fully support the R, D or L. They are all progressives, the differences are really just shades of gray.

Since I am a conservative, a true Classic Liberal, this is a huge issue for me. We are faced with the most trying election in all of our lifetimes. There are no good choices. That is pretty typical for me, the only Republican nominee that I’ve supported in the primaries was Ronald Reagan. I was TEA Party before there was a TEA Party. It is really Constitutional Conservatives, with libertarian leanings. I am radical in the sense that our Founding Fathers laid out in our founding documents. Our country was founded on the radical idea that we the people have rights, sovereignty and liberty. What followed was the most successful nation in history mostly due to limited and restrained government as applied to the citizens, we the people.   Continue reading Vote for Pence