On Workin’ On the Railroad

I’ve been workin’ on the railroad, all the live-long day! Is Roy Moore being rail-roaded? It sure looks like it.

Guilty until proven innocent

Unless Moore’s handwriting has changed, the yearbook signature is a forgery.

I’m pretty sure this yearbook “evidence” is from Gloria Allred’s fifth accuser (actually 3 of the first 4 had nothing to accuse Moore of in fact, most claimed that Moore treated them each like a gentleman) who claimed that Moore offered to give her a ride home from her waitress gig, and instead drove around to the back of the restaurant to put the move on her. It wasn’t happening, and then her boy friend who showed up late arrived just in the nick of time? Or something.

Supposedly, this woman had no further dealings with Roy Moore, and Allred offered up this year book note as evidence, with the date written twice in what to appears to be a forgery. The “7s” are obviously different, and “Olde Hickory” (the name of the BBQ joint) seems to be mis-spelled. What are the odds of a BBQ joint in Alabama using Olde English spelling?

Roy Moore D.A.

Moore’s lawyers held a presser today to demand that Allred submit the yearbook in question to a hand-writing expert, and they are welcome to bring their own too. Fine and dandy. It sounds fair to me, and I suspect that would also sound fair to most people.

That is not what caught my ear or eye either for that matter. The signature is what is most relevant here, where it reads, “Roy Moore D.A.” Moore was not a DA at that time, although he was an Assistant District Attorney. An ADA is an entry level lawyer in the District Attorney’s Office who performs everyday trial work. Moore’s lawyers in the presser said that Moore told them that he did not recall ever signing “D.A.” after his name, but that he had seen that before.

It turns out that he was the presiding judge for this accuser’s divorce granted in 1999. The “D.A.” were the initials of his legal assistant who affixed his signature to mundane Court Decrees, Deborah Allen.

Go figure.

Scroll back on this guy’s feed for more info about Moore, he seems to have done a lot of legit research.

McConnell spent 32 million to attempt to install Luther Strange, and the People of Alabama weren’t having it. Moore won the special election in a land-slide. McConnell also spent millions smearing the other conservative candidate in the special election primary, Mo Brooks. McConnell has lost all around, and is now using every dirty trick in the book to disenfranchise the Alabama voters and get the governor to appoint, or elect a write in Luther Strange, because he needs a lap-dog.

McConnell stated years ago that he would put down the TEA Party, and he has been pretty successful at it. He doesn’t want any more Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Pauls, or anyone else who will not toe the party line. That is what this is really all about.

On Mueller and Manafort

The big Special Prosecutor news this week is that Mueller got a Grand Jury Indictment against Paul Manafort with twelve charges. Most dedicated liberal socialists are jumping for joy. Jumping up and down and clapping can be good exercise for your heart-rate and general well-being, but don’t get too excited just yet.  

Here’s an interesting opinion on the legality of the Manafort Indictment, wading through the weeds. Odds are 50-50 that the whole thing gets tossed.

Here are the Serious Problems With Mueller’s Indictment of Paul Manafort | LawNewz

Here’s a question: 

>>Tossed due to technicalities or tossed because he did not do what he is accused of?<<

I don’t know what you consider technicalities. I’m glad you asked.

Irregardless of Mueller’s authority, the money laundering beef should be tossed immediately, since money-laundering only applies to ill-gotten criminal monies, like drug dealers or arms dealers. In other words, the money which was “laundered” was obtained illegally to begin with. I’m pretty sure that no one will claim that performing political consulting services is illegal. Especially since the Podesta Group, another political consulting firm started by John and Tony Podesta were performing the exact same services for the exact same client. In fact, Manafort and the Podesta’s were in consultation with each other while advising the Ukrainian client, who happened to be a Russian stooge.

But hey, the money was really good. I noted many months ago that both Manafort and John Podesta filed a foreign agent form back-dated in the same week. And that seems to be another of the charges. You do remember that Podesta was Hillary’s campaign manager during her entire campaign, and also served in the Clinton White House as Chief of Staff don’t you? 

It should be telling that the Podesta’s resigned from their own consulting group, and a name change will coming soon, if it hasn’t already.

The “Conspiracy Against the United States” charge is completely trumped up. That charge has only been brought 6 times from what I’ve read, with only one conviction. 

The larger issue is with the Special Prosecutor, which if anyone had actually read the piece above, is whether Mueller even has jurisdiction to advance the charges in the Grand Jury Indictment. 

To whit:

>> the order appointing Mueller identified the “specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated” as limited to “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”<<

None of Mueller’s charges mention the Russian government or the Trump campaign. In fact, the latest date of the Mueller charges were before Trump (or anyone, for that matter) declared that he was running for President. And all simply point to Manafort’s consulting with Ukrainians, exactly as the Podesta Group was doing at the same time.

Tony Podesta Threatens Tucker Carlson After Bombshell Report On Russian Influence Peddling | Zero Hedge

Hmmm…

 

Thanks for looking!

On Russians

Trump is not Reagan, Obama, or even Clinton. He is Trump. He is also not the real problem in our political dialogue, McConnell and his cabal of RINOs are the real issue to getting anything done.

Welcome to RichTAkes! on Russians!

Were Democrats Working With Russia Against Trump? That Russian Lawyer Has Ties to Democrat Oppo Researchers

Democrats spread false Russian information on Trump, campaign aides

FLASHBACK: Hillary Allies Coordinated With Ukrainian Government During The Election

When Ted Kennedy’s Russian Pal Wanted to Kill the Pope

7 Times The Obama Administration Obstructed Justice

Eric Holder slammed for ‘Fast and Furious’ obstruction

Massive Russian collusion, but not by Trump

The history of the American left is literally a history of “Russian collusion,” from the major infiltration of Soviet agents into the U.S. government during the Roosevelt and Truman administrations to the pivotal role Soviet disinformation played in turning American public opinion – and ultimately Congress – against the Vietnam War. From subversion of America’s entertainment industry (there were close to 600 communists in Hollywood alone when Reagan stood up to them as head of the Screen Actors Guild) to the awarding of New York Times’ Moscow bureau chief Walter Duranty a Pulitzer Prize for covering up Stalin’s genocidal starvation of 7 million people in Ukraine. From the creation of dozens of communist-front “antiwar” and other groups active in the U.S., to even the infiltration – as Pacepa and Rychlak document in “Disinformation” – of major Christian churches by the KGB.

Russian lawyer’s special immigration parole statues raises more questions than answers

How Hermitage Capital, Ziff Brothers And The Clinton Global Initiative Prompted The Trump Jr. Meeting

Grassley probing how Russian lawyer got into US after visa denial

In U.S. Money-Laundering Case, Shades Of Russian Corruption

Exclusive: DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump team

Obama allowed Russian lawyer into US under ‘extraordinary circumstances’: Report

Democrats Worked For Veselnitskaya

Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS, also joined the Russian lawyer and “worked with her on a legal case for years,” according to The Washington Post. Fusion GPS is the firm that reportedly commissioned a phony “dossier” authored by former British spy Christopher Steele that alleged salacious and largely erroneous charges about President Donald Trump. Most news organizations reject the dossier as dubious at best

Gregg Jarrett: What is Robert Mueller investigating (since collusion is not a crime)?

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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
3
Public Health Programs
4
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.