Hollywood’s TDS, Dems Run for Cover

Welcome to Dean Riffs’ Week in Review. Every weekday our panel of non-partisan judges (me) pick two or three weekday news items on which to comment – after careful pontification, of course. We riff responsibly here.

MONDAY, JANUARY 15th

Hollywood celebs and others infected with acute Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) were quick to blame the president for Hawaii’s well publicized false missile attack alarm because…well, the Diss Trump show must go on and that’s what they do.

I mean, who doesn’t appreciate getting unsolicited opinions from people paid to be anyone other than themselves.

Comedian Jim Carrey: “If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination.”

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis: “This Hawaii missle (sic) scare is on YOU Mr. Trump. The real FEAR that mothers & fathers & children felt is on YOU. It is on YOUR ARROGANCE. HUBRIS. NARCISSISM. RAGE. EGO. IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY. Shame on your hate filled self. YOU DID THIS!”

Judd Apatow: (Big time Hollywood producer whose name I had to Google): Great to know the button saying there is a nuclear war is right next to the one saying this is a test. This is a load of bulls#!%. This is not what happened. Keep digging. This isn’t about a fu#@^!* shift change. ”

Amazing that both Hillary and Obama were never held accountable for things like Benghazi (where people actually died), Hillary’s illegal email server (where identities of intelligence officials were hacked and some sources were killed) and where the personal online health and financial information of millions of federal employees and military personnel were compromised and the left said, “Meh.”

What happened in Hawaii last Saturday was scary, but it was a regrettable accident caused by a state employee and had as much to do with the presidency as the rise of the oceans slowing and our planet healing – or being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize just 11 days into office.

FYI – Hawaii was so upset by the state employee’s mistake that he was “temporarily reassigned” to other duties. Not fired. Not suspended. Temporarily reassigned.

Maybe the employee with the itchy trigger finger can file for leniency with the Hawaii governor to have his record expunged so they can still win Employee of the Year.

“Mad Max” – Maxine Waters

Monday was also Martin Luther King, Jr Day and what better way to honor the legacy of the civil rights icon than to have an “empty barrel” like Maxine Walters replay the overdrawn race card.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have encouraged every responsible human being to march for justice, to march for peace, and most of all, to march for the impeachment of Donald Trump,” she tweeted. Similar messages were expressed by Georgia’s U.S. Representative John Lewis and Florida congresswoman Frederica “Mad Hatter” Wilson.

Apparently they forgot the Dr. King quote: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

On a lighter note, January 15th also marked the 126th anniversary since Dr. James Naismith published the rules of basketball. Naismith invented the game in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1892. As we like to say in Indiana, basketball was invented in Massachusetts but perfected in Indiana.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16

The media’s latest flavor-of-the-month, fake news charge against Trump is that he is mentally unfit. After witnessing some of the questions media members posed at today’s press conference, many Americans could question the media’s mental health – especially Jim Acosta, Joe Scarborough, etc.

Here’s a sample of some of the questions posted to White House physician, Rear Admiral Dr. Ronnie Jackson.

“I’m wondering if you talked to the President about this — about the President’s mental fitness?”

“Are you ruling out things like early onset Alzheimer’s? Are you looking at dementia-like symptoms?”

“There was an incident recently where the President appeared to slur his words while giving an address.  Did you look into what the cause of that might have been at all?”

” Because of his age, will you conduct cognitive testing in the future?”

“Do believe he is fit for duty? How can you determine that?”

And then some members of the Fourth Estate chose to play doctor themselves:

“He (the president) is taking a cholesterol-lowering medication, he has evidence of heart disease, and he’s borderline obese.  Can you characterize that as excellent health?”

“Can you explain to me how a guy who eats McDonald’s and (inaudible) and all those diet cokes and who never exercises, is in as good as shape as you say he’s in?”

“Do you keep a tally of how much golf the U.S. President plays?  And do you consider that exercise?”

“Is there anyone on the President’s medical team, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, whose job it is to monitor the President’s emotional state or watch for potential psychiatric problems or indicators of those?”

“On what basis would you — and this is just a philosophical question — advise the Cabinet that the President is unable to discharge his duties?  How does that bar get met?”

After failing to trip up the good doctor with their clever inquiries, the questions then devolved from the insulting to the insane:

“Is he limited to one scoop of ice cream now?”

“Does the President wear dentures?”

“Do you have any concerns about the President’s use of Twitter?”

“Does he watch too much TV? “

“How would you describe his diet before he became President?”

Are you confident of his prostate health?”

And the media think Trump is a sexist. You can bet Oprah Winfrey would never be asked questions about her diet and prostate health if she was ever president!

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17

At 8 o’clock this night President Trump announced the winners of The Fake News Awards in a flourish that would have made P.T. Barnum proud. Unless you share cave space with the Taliban, everyone who watches even a smidgen of TV knows that coverage of President Trump’s first year in office has bordered between negative to outright hostile.

Trump being Trump, he decided to honor the 90% negative media coverage he received in 2017 with their own awards. The president’s flair for the dramatic didn’t disappoint after the link to the award winners he shared on his Twitter account crashed the web server displaying the results.

To the surprise of no one CNN won four of the 11 awards and the New York Times two.  Individual winners included the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, ABC’s Brian Ross and The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel earning a special mention for misrepresenting the size of a Trump crowd in Pensacola, Florida in a tweet.

Ahead of the much anticipated announcement, retiring junior Arizona senator Jeff Flake and senior Arizona senator John McCain shared a hissy fit about the president’s poking fun at the media. McCain said that Trump’s use of the phrase, “fake news” is “being used by autocrats to silence reporters, undermine political opponents, stave off media scrutiny, and mislead citizens.”

Senator Flake, whose poll numbers only rise to double digits in his own household, compared the President to Joseph Stalin. “2018 must be the year in which the truth takes a stand against power that would weaken it,” Flake said before an empty Senate chamber.  He also criticized the president for calling the media “the enemy of the people.”

Maybe next Trump will announce awards for self-serving U.S. senators.  He can call them the Flake the Fake Senator Awards.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18

On Thursday the House Intelligence Committee passed a motion along party lines to make a classified intelligence report charging excessive abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) available to all congressional members.

Those that read the four-page report described it in the following ways: “Deeply troubling.” “Alarming.”  “Shocking.” “Bombshell.” “Jaw dropping.”

No wonder the Democrats were considering shutting down the federal government this weekend. How bad are the contents of the four-page report for Democrats and Obama administration officials?

“I think that this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail,” Florida Republican Representative Matt Gaetz said.

Several sources told investigative journalist Sara Carter they wouldn’t be surprised if it leads to the end of the Mueller investigation.

Florida Republican Representative Ron DeSantis tweeted this after reviewing the document: “The classified report compiled by House Intelligence is deeply troubling and raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation.”

Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry told Fox News, “You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is.”

North Carolina Republican Representative and Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows was even more somber. “It is shocking. Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”

Democrats voted as a bloc against releasing the document outside the intelligence committee and you can bet they definitely will oppose releasing it to the general public. The only known Democrat to comment was California’s Adam Schiff who called the report “misleading” and “rife with factual inaccuracies.”

“This may help carry White House water, but it is a deep disservice to our law enforcement professionals,” he opined.

What a crock of schiff! Schiff needs to get his schiff straight. The report isn’t faulting the thousands of hardworking FBI agents for illegal activities, but the suits at the top: ex-FBI Director James Comey, Rod Rothstein, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, Sally Yates, James Baker, Jim Rybicki, Peter Strozk and Lisa Page to name a few. #ReleasetheMemo

The Gospel of John (8:32) says, “The truth will set you free.”  Those DOJ and FBI officials colluding directly with Obama administration officials, Fusion GPS and the Clinton campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election, and indirectly with Russian Kremlin intelligence, may prove to be the exception to that rule.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19

Much of Friday was taken up with a single question: will Chuck Schumer and the Democrats shut down the government. At midnight they did and the Schumer Shutdown began. Here’s why Schumer and the Dems are to blame:

Democrats didn’t object to anything in the proposed budget bill. It was what “wasn’t” in the bill that prompted the Dems to throw a tantrum: DACA, DACA, DACA. How can Republicans be blamed if the Democrats had no objections to the budget bill?

But what if there was another reason why Dems took the controversial move to shut down the government and paychecks for the American military and federal workforce in support of hundreds of thousands of illegals. What if they are trying to distract from the mushrooming FISA controversy that gathered considerable momentum on Thursday.

Monopolizing media coverage by closing the government would also distract from the anniversary date on Saturday marking Trump’s first successful year in office and all the good he has accomplished.

In short, the only way the Dems thought they could slow the Trump train was by making the case to American voters that on top of all the other inconveniences, senseless crime and expensive social welfare programs they believe taxpayers owe those here illegally, we also have to close our government on the altar of political correctness. Brilliant, huh?

It was a rash move by an increasingly desperate party bereft of constructive ideas, dynamic leadership and one about to be implicated in the most heinous political scandal in U.S. history.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

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Hoprah and the Russian Collusion Illusion

Welcome to Dean Riffs’ Week in Review. Every weekday our panel of non-partisan judges (me) pick two or three weekday news items on which to comment – after careful pontification, of course. We riff responsibly here.

MONDAY, JANUARY 8

Dead white poet Alexander Pope wrote, “Hope springs eternal,” and after Oprah Winfrey’s powerful speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, many liberals are hopeful that “Hoprah” will lead Democrats out of the political wilderness.

Winfrey was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award and in her speech mentioned civil rights, the faddish #MeToo movement and led the Hollyweird faithful in a rousing chant of, “Their time is up!”

Oprah and Harvey Weinstein

She ended her emotional speech (with progressives it’s always about feelings) with this sage observation: “A new day is on the horizon.”

Meh. Last I checked new days come and go daily – regardless of who sits in the Oval Office. It has something to do with earth’s rotation and the sun.

Naturally the political left went gaga over her address and immediately Twitter was atwitter with hashtags like #Oprah2020 and #OprahforPresident. No wonder the country has an Oprah-oid crisis!

I can hear it now. If she is the Democrats’ nominee in 2020, those opposing her will not only be racist, but sexist as well.

I’m hoping the Dems will one day nominate a one-legged, transgender, bi-sexual, pro-abortion, Islamic vegan so I can hear that I’m a special needs hater, gender phobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-vegan, anti-choice, knuckle-dragging troglodyte.

Also on Monday, fallout continued from the fire and fury from author Michael Wolff’s book, The Fire and the Fury. Naturally those who hate Trump love the book, and according to Amazon customer reviews many of them bought it just because the President tried to have his legal team block its publication.

Here’s the interesting takeaway: Wolff acknowledges that several of his sources were lying to him, but he included their comments anyway “allowing the reader to judge” whether the sources’ claims are true.

In other parts of his salacious tell-all he used his “journalistic judgment” and research to describe “a version of events I believe to be true.” He also admitted in subsequent interviews that he did not interview a single White House Cabinet official.

Well gee, who wouldn’t plunk down money for a book written by a guy that admittedly doesn’t believe his own sources and questions his own conclusions but insists readers buy the book to decide for themselves about Trump’s mental acuity.

In an interview in Monday’s London Daily MailWolff was quoted as saying, “100 percent of the people around Trump question his intelligence and fitness for office.”

So in addition to writing a trashy, gossip-filled book full of unchecked facts, half-truths and imaginary occurrences, apparently Mr. Wolff can’t do math either.

In sports, the Alabama Crimson Tide rallied from a 13-point second half deficit in the College Football Playoff National Championship game to beat the Georgia Bulldogs, 26-23 in overtime. Monday’s win was Alabama’s fifth national title in nine seasons.

No player for either team was seen taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, despite the overt presence of the President. In another example of white privilege, Alabama head coach Nick Saban took home his sixth national title with Monday’s win, but Alabamians of all colors didn’t seem to mind.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9

Today’s top news story concerns work towards “a bill of love” that the president was calling for in a rare 55-minute televised DACA meeting held with both Republican and Democrat congressional leaders.

Just the thought of Democrats working with Republicans to craft a bipartisan immigration reform bill was enough to bring a tear to the eye of many “Dreamers” – specifically those idealistic dreamers who naively believe that the Democrats would ever agree to enhanced border security involving a wall, ending chain migration, the diversity lottery program and implementing E-verify.

Even more disturbing was watching the president say, “I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with.” And there was this gem: “If they come to me with things I’m not in love with, I’m going to do it.”

Giving the president the benefit of the doubt, let’s hope this is just a negotiating ploy. As a “the glass is half full guy,” I’m adopting a wait-and-see approach to see how this all plays out. However, Laura Ingraham summarized the concern of many conservatives on her show The Ingraham Angle:

*Today we also learned that Google has added vetting for conservative publications in its search results. NOTE: the fact checks seem to apply almost exclusively to conservative sites under a heading titled “Reviewed Claims.”

Conservative publications like The Daily Caller, Breitbart, The Conservative Treehouse, World Net Daily and The Daily Wire are tattooed with the Reviewed Claims display but liberal websites like Daily Kos, Salon, Vox, Slate and Mother Jones are not fact checked for accuracy in their content.

Apparently in addition to “fake news” and Michael Wolff’s fake book, now thanks to Google we also have fake vetting and fake fact checking.

* UPDATE One week after we reported Google’s vetting seemed to target conservative publications almost exclusively, Google suspended its controversial new “fact-check” feature after the facts seemed to point to their own company’s bias and questionable objectivity.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10

The One, aka, Barry Soetoro, aka, Barack Obama, famous former grass-roots organizer on Chicago’s south side, continues to scale back plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago after local residents objected to the original plan.

Grass-roots activists, conservationists and academics in Chicago have all expressed reservations to the Obama Foundation about the center, and academics at Obama’s own stomping grounds at the University of Chicago have called it “socially regressive.”

Charles Lipton, a political science professor at the university, says Obama is “indulging himself” by “building a monument along the lakefront.”

Obama Presidential Center
Obama’s Monument to Self

Complaints have ranged from locating the Obama Presidential Center on Lake Michigan as opposed to the Southside, to annexing 20 acres of Jackson Park, a popular urban city park on the National Register of Historic Places, to plans for a 450-space above ground parking garage.

The above ground garage is the latest part of the project to be shelved, when earlier this week the Obama Foundation agreed to move the garage underground so as not to take up an additional five acres on the historic Midway Plaisance.

Heck, I say scrap the center entirely and just build the garage. An empty underground parking lot would be the ideal symbol of the 44th president’s two terms – just saying.

Also on Wednesday an estimated 100 U.S. immigration agents invaded dozens of 7-Eleven stores across the country searching for foreign invaders. Here’s footage from one of the raids:

Just kidding. Agents did target about 100 stores nationwide in what portends a sharp expansion of immigration enforcement under the Trump administration.

“This is what we’re gearing up for this year and what you’re going to see more and more of is these large-scale compliance inspections, just for starters,” Derek Benner told the Associated Press.

“It’s not going to be limited to large companies or any particular industry, big medium and small,” he said. “It’s going to be inclusive of everything that we see out there.”

Works for me. Liberals always whine about the need to be inclusive so there you go.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11

Thursday some conservative media outlets were confirming what many have suspected: the FBI used the fake Russian dossier to obtain FISA warrants that allowed them to spy on the Trump campaign and the president-elect and his team.

This is huge news, and is the latest domino to fall in the fake Russian collusion narrative. Check it out:

1) Last fall we learned that it was the Clinton campaign and the DNC that hired the firm Fusion GPS to create the dossier.
2) Much of the information gleaned from the dossier originated from Russian disinformation created in the Kremlin.
3) FBI Assistant Attorney General Andrew McCabe confirmed in testimony last month before two congressional committees that the only part of the dossier the FBI had actually confirmed was a trip to Moscow by Carter Page, an unpaid and informal advisor to the Trump campaign.
4) The FBI is believed to have either paid for the dossier or reimbursed expenses for dossier author Christopher Steele.
5) Subpoenaed bank records have shown that Fusion GPS paid certain members of the media to promote and publish some of the dossier’s unproven allegations to help create chaos for the Trump administration. Their names and employers will be named soon.

Add this all together and what does it spell? The Clinton campaign, the DNC and the FBI together worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election by using phony opposition research against first, a political opponent, and later, the president-elect of the United States.

If there was any collusion with the Russians going on, those pointing their fingers at Trump the past year were the ones doing it.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12

Much of Indiana was in the throes of a winter storm warning this day, but it was President Donald Trump that was digging out from a s$#% storm of his own making a day after his latest Trumpian comment.

He managed to stir the PC pot yet again while meeting with senators about DACA when he reportedly asked why the United States would want people from “s$#%hole countries.” Not the most prudent use of language, but…is that any worse than what liberals routinely say about their fellow Americans?

– Last week Robert DeNiro referred to the President as a f@!#ing moron” and a f@!#ing fool on TV.
– Hillary Clinton referred to half the country as deplorables.
– Barack Obama decried those who “cling to their guns and their religion.”
– Black conservatives are frequently called Uncle Toms by liberals.
– Hillary Clinton routinely cursed at her Secret Service detail while First Lady and her security detail while Secretary of State.
– Last month liberal comedienne and talk show host Chelsea Handler referred to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a harlot, a trollop and a whore. This past week she referred to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham as a homophobic slur.
– Former MSNBC talking head Ed Schultz referred to conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham as a right wing slut.

Geez, could Trump have been referring to the impoverished economic conditions, corruption and inept governance of countries like Haiti rather than the residents living in those countries? Of course he was, and those insisting otherwise are just creating a distraction from a booming economy, the successful passing of a tax plan that will put more money into the pocket of middle-class wage earners, and Trump’s increasing popularity.

The Democrats don’t want DACA to pass because that would cost them their most valuable campaign issue in November. It also means they would keep the status quo of illegals and their families pouring across our border while multiple immigration cases awaiting appeal weave their way through the courts.

Liberal hypocrisy is nothing if not consistent.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

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Arctic Cold and Hot Pursuit Usher in 2018

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Dean Riffs’ Week in Review. Every weekday our panel of non-partisan judges (me) pick two or three weekday news items on which to comment – after careful pontification, of course. We riff responsibly here.

MONDAY, JAN 1

The new year greeted much of the country with a bright, sunny smile – and a polar bear hug thanks to an Arctic weather front.

How cold was this latest climate change threat? Not cold enough for hell to freeze over, but it just might now that today marked the first day that transgenders could openly join the world’s best fighting force.

Transgenderism will now serve as the first “medical condition” mandatory for military enlistment centers to ignore when recruiting. Heart murmurs – no. Allergies -no. Bad feet – no.

But if you like to don women’s clothing and pass yourself off as the opposite gender than what your natural plumbing indicates – go for it. Even better, unless President Trump issues a new directive to fix this travesty, now the U.S. taxpayer will have to pay for gender reconstructive surgery and recovery time.

So much for military readiness. And forget that Section 8 Max Klinger – in today’s U.S. Army you can now be all you can be – and more!

In other news on New Year’s Day, California joined commie-light playgrounds Oregon, Colorado, Washington state and that other Washington in legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

So now citizens of those Left Coast states and the Rocky Mountain Really High state can get high just for the fun of it while those states’ pols get high on the tax revenue pot generates.

TUESDAY, JAN 2 

The president was all thumbs on his first day back at the White House following a Merry Christmas break at Mar-a-Largo. President Tweets-a-Lot fired off a total of 16 tweets January 2, including these three zingers:

    1. Called out Clinton aide Huma Abedin, the “Deep State Justice Dept” and James Comey for their role in the see-no-evil Hillary Clinton email investigation.

2. Congratulated his long-time nemesis, “The Failing New York Times,” for beginning a new chapter of their history with a new publisher (albeit the previous publisher’s son) taking control of the Gray Lady.

3. Told North Korea’s “Rocketman” that his (Trump’s) nuclear button was bigger and more powerful than Kim Jong Un’s. And it works!

Naturally all this tweeting had the mainstream media all atwitter. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but since anything Trump tweets serves as a dog whistle for the left to go apoplectic, it appears tweets are bigger and more powerful than the pen. And they work!

In other tweets, Mad Maxine’s favorite president paid homage to the Iranian people for their courageous acts of rebellion against the mullah regime and the world’s largest terrorist state, self-congratulated himself on commercial aviation going a full year without an airplane fatality, and congratulated long-time U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch after announcing he would not seek re-election to an eighth term this November.

Speaking of Orrin Hatch, he is the longest Republican senator in history, having begun his first term in the Senate when Calvin Coolidge was president and Babe Ruth was playing for the Bosox.

WEDNESDAY, JAN 3

Wow! Valentine’s Day is still six weeks off but apparently the on-again, off-again bromance between President Trump and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is kaput.

Bannon is Executive Chairman of Breitbart, the political right’s version of The Huffington Post, but with better writing, reporting and sourcing. On this day excerpts were released on The Fire and the Fury, a new book by Michael Wolff to be released Jan 5 about Trump’s tempestuous campaign and the early chaotic days of the administration.

In the excerpts several eyebrow raising quotes were attributed to Bannon. For instance, regarding Don Jr. and Trump son-in-law Jared Kusher meeting with Russian lobbyists in June, 2016 at Trump Tower, ostensibly to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton:

“They didn’t have any lawyers. Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s$#%, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,” Bannon was quoted as saying.

Treasonous and unpatriotic were the wrong words to use, but Bannon was right about one thing: meeting with the Russian lobbyist was stupid because there’s enough dirt available on HRC just by Googling “Hillary crimes.” You can also check out the Facebook page entitled, Bleach-bit Bimbo.

Speaking of the arguably worst presidential candidate in American presidential history, the media was ablaze on the afternoon of Jan 3 with stories about a house fire at the Clintons’ North Westchester “compound” in Chappaqua, New York. (“Compound” is what the locals and the Chappaqua Daily Voice newspaper call Casa Clinton.)

According to the local paper the Clinton’s were not at home at the time and the fire occurred in a Secret Service facility not connected to the Clinton Castle.

When asked about the source of the fire, Hillary Clinton spokesman Nick Merril handed out copies of Senator Clinton’s latest tome “What Happened” and swore on several copies of her book that boxes overflowing with empty Chardonnay bottles had absolutely nothing to do with the blaze the local fire department quickly extinguished.

On a personal note, the Indiana Pacers celebrated the new year by extending their season-long losing streak to five games by dropping a 122-101 away game to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, aka The Greek Freak, torched the Blue & Gold for 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter to contemplate the works of Aristotle with some “platonic” friends online.

THURSDAY, JAN 4

A massive winter storm known as a bomb cyclone raged through the Eastern part of the country from the Carolinas to Maine. New England saw as much as a foot and a half of snow and Boston media reported the Atlantic Ocean had dumped ice floes and trash dumpsters through the city’s streets.

A bomb cyclone, also known as bombogenesis, occurs when the barometric pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours due to warm air meeting cold air. This collision of competing air masses coupled with the earth’s rotation creates a cyclonic effect.

For those who don’t know a weather front from a Wingdings font, let’s break down today’s weather into a political analogy this first frigid week of January:

The cold air emanating from the Trump-Bannon split smashing into the hot air always flowing in Washington D.C., and the rise in temperature from the evidence of DOJ-FBI collusion with the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration to sabotage Trump’s presidency, has created a massive constitutional crisis storm that promises to blanket much of the country for the next several months.

Also on Thursday the Dow Jones broke yet another record, exceeding 25,000 for the first time. Contrast that news with what fellow billionaire Mark Cuban and other “experts” said would happen if Trump won the presidency.  Doom. Disaster. An economic bombogenesis!

What does that tell you? Deplorables are better off trusting their own instincts and watching what the President is doing than what the chattering class says about what he is doing.

FRIDAY, JAN 5

Today we learned that an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation, long believed by many on the right to be a blatant money-laundering operation when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, resumed a year ago after temporarily being shelved in 2016.

In 2016 Justice Department prosecutors rejected a request from FBI agents in Los Angeles, New York, Little Rock and Washington to expand and intensify an investigation begun in 2015. Before Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department shut them down, FBI agents from four different cities were looking at donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Thursday night The Hill’s John Solomon broke the story that the initial investigation had been revived a year ago and the story was widely reported on Friday.

This latest investigation into Clinton is separate from FBI and congressional investigations into her illicit use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State, her destruction of subpoenaed emails, computers and phones during that time, the FBI’s questionable handling of the earlier investigation while James Comey was head of that agency, and the bureau’s unusual action of granting immunity to everyone involved in Hillary’s email fiasco – including her houseplants and any future Blackberry’s.

Translation: its going to be a hot and uncomfortable winter for both Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as for James Comey and many of the FBI and DOJ hierarchy in the Obama administration.

Maybe there really is something to this global warming stuff for true climate change believers!

Also Friday ESPN reported that tension abounds in the tight-knit new England Patriots’ community. Seems trouble has been afoot in the hallowed halls of Gillette Stadium this season between quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft.

The disagreements are sharp enough that rumors have it this could be the last season for the NFL’s powerful triumvirate – even if the Pats win the Super Bowl.

In a word, what a “deflating” development.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

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Desecrated Statues Have More Stature Than Vandals

ATTENTION: STATUE VANDALS & HISTORY DENIERS: It’s a good thing you posers aren’t going man to man with those men depicted in the statues you are trashing. If you were, there wouldn’t be a safe space or sanctuary city in which you could hide from the whipping you’d get.

As I mentioned in Clueless Posers “Bust” Up Statues, these history-phobic cretins seem to think they can purge American history by defacing the historical reminders of our past.

What should we expect though, from a generation that thinks gender is as interchangeable as disposable phones and the greatest threat to civilization is a Trump tweet.

The unlawful destruction of statues memorializing historical figures erected decades ago whose 19th century values offend today’s cultural “purity” is nonsensical. But if that’s how the 21st century paragons of uncivil virtue want to keep score, let’s play:

(Andrew Jackson Meets a Transgender Soldier) “President Jackson, allow me to introduce you to Private Juan Mortime.

“Sir, Private Mortime is transgender and occasionally likes to be called Juanita.  He, er, she, er…Private Mortime just finished basic training earlier this month.

“Now that the private has completed basic training, before joining us in defending New Orleans Juanita er, Juan, er, Private Mortime requests a two-week pass sir, on, er… a personal matter, sir.

“What personal matter? Well, sir, Private Mortime wants to consult staff members at Tulane University about gender reassignment options – especially now that Uncle Sam will probably be paying for it.

“If he decides to proceed with the process, he, er, she, sigh…the private is confident he or she will be recuperated enough to join the fighting in about 3-4 months. That is, as long as everyone respects the gender choice Private Mortime has decided upon when he – or she – returns, sir.”

Substitute the volatile Andrew Jackson for Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee or heck, even Mark Twain – the results would be the same. Outrage. Shock. Indignation.

The point is that the historical figures being pilloried today because their actions don’t match today’s contemporary moral and cultural standards is myopic at best and arrogant at worst.

If circumstances were reversed 19th century folks would be just as repulsed by what passes for morality and manners today.

America’s past, both good and bad, must be viewed objectively rather than through the lens of contemporary morality – or lack thereof.

Nineteenth-century men provided meat, shelter and security for their families. And they did that without food stamps, government housing assistance, educational loans and a taxpayer-funded police department.

Women worked just as hard or harder than the men, from sunup to sundown.  Hundreds of thousands of rural-based adults in the 19th century did daily chores, cooked, cleaned, farmed, hunted, fed livestock, split wood, pumped water, parented their offspring and attended church regularly.

Today’s millennials can’t function without a daily Starbucks fix and many of them are still wearing their pajamas when they order that. They pay hundreds of dollars for technology toys so they can exchange likes and retweets with total strangers –  despite neither of them having any face-to-face communication or marketable skills.

They demand safe spaces from opposing opinions and stress-therapy teddy bears while their 19th century counterparts at earlier ages were fighting the British, Mexicans and Indians – with real guns and no cuddle blankets or Play-Doh!

Was slavery wrong? Duh. America passed legislation banning the slave trade in 1808.

Though they don’t teach it in most public high schools, that was a big reason for the Civil War fought from 1861-1865.  Contrary to the belief of what is taught in state-funded universities of groupthink, the Civil War really wasn’t fought between North Americans and South Americans.

Vladimir Lenin coined the term “useful idiots” to denote unwitting westerners the Communists had successfully manipulated. Today the term is also applicable to history-challenged goofballs trying to whitewash America’s past, both good and bad.

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The Russian Collusion Boomerang

The Bible says: “As you sow, so shall you reap.” For the more secular minded there’s the old adage: “What goes around, comes around.”

For those who mock Fox News and prefer their news coverage less fair and balanced there’s this video tutorial:

Considering the comedic boomerang effect experienced by those working to take down President Trump, here are five “what if’s” for your consideration. What if:

1. It was actually the Democrats who colluded with Russia by using a trumped up dossier based on uncorroborated testimony from Russian government officials.

Even worse, the fake dossier was paid for by Hillary’s campaign, the DNC, and probably the FBI.

2. The Russians and countless other foreign powers gained access to the DNC’s computer network through Hillary’s unsecured email server housed in her private residence.

Try as they might they can’t wipe out that possibility with a cloth or even bleachbit.

Democrats’ attempt to smear Trump

3. Multiple investigations reveal that it wasn’t Russia that leaked Democrats’ emails, but Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT guru Imran Awan. The Russian collusion story was partially concocted to cover that up and slow Trump’s agenda.

I believe Awan had a hand in some of this because the FBI has charged him with theft and cyber-security issues, and he had access to dozens of Democrat email accounts since he and various family members managed the email server housing those accounts.

In short, the guy hacking the Democrats’ emails wasn’t Russian, but an employee on their own payroll.

4. Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that has built its corporate reputation on anonymous leaks, was exposed itself when the criminal culpability of FBI and DOJ officials plotting against President Trump before and after the election was exposed by anonymous leaks.

We also know that Fusion GPS may have helped promote the fake Russian dossier by paying journalists to promote it.

5. Former FBI director James Comey’s fraudulent actions to impugn President Trump by illegally sharing information with a friend to leak to the press is himself in serious legal jeopardy.

 

Comey admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee last summer that he asked Daniel C. Richman, a law professor at Columbia Law School, to share classified information with a reporter because that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.

I never attended law school but from what I hear from people that did that action alone is illegal.

The whole Russian collusion narrative seems like a bad novel, but considering how the charges leveled against Trump constantly boomerang on his accusers, a comic book may be a more appropriate analogy.

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Sources: YouTube.com, FoxNews.com

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No Sanctuary for Kate Steinle and Family

Kate Steinle’s final words after being shot in the back by a five-time deported illegal alien were, “Help me, Dad.”

The final words of the San Francisco jury judging her accuser, who had a criminal record of seven felonies and who used a stolen firearm to shoot her: “Not guilty.”

Kate Steinle was 32

On November 30 six men and six women jurors acquitted Jose Inez Garcia Zarate of first- and second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.  They also found him not guilty of assault with a semi-automatic weapon. They did find Zarate guilty of illegal possession of a firearm due to his status as a felon – but according to SF Gate his attorney is wanting that sole charge dropped too.

Only in Californiastan is illegal possession of a firearm a more serious offense than using it to kill someone.

Jose Inez Garcia Zarate

The jury consisted of men and women of varying educational levels and work backgrounds. According to Mercury News the jurors were believed to all be millennials and three were immigrants. (It’s unknown if they were legal or illegal immigrants since Californiastan doesn’t “discriminate” between the two.)

“We are very pleased with the jury,” said lead defense lawyer Matt Gonzales and chief attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. “We have such great diversity built in San Francisco and I think we have a jury that understands a lot of the concerns about the defendant receiving a fair trial.”

So while Gonzalez basked in a fit of self-congratulation over San Francisco’s storied diversity, the court wasn’t concerned enough to share the defendant’s criminal record and how often he’d been deported with the jury.

Both the defense strategy and verdict says a lot about San Francisco being more concerned about protecting the sanctity of their sanctuary city philosophy than providing justice for a murdered American citizen and her family.

It’s also revealing that the district attorney couldn’t successfully prosecute an illegal alien with a felony record who:

  1. Shot Kate Steinle in broad daylight in front of witnesses
  2. Kicked the murder weapon into the ocean
  3. Ran away
  4. Upon apprehension changed his story more often than Hillary Clinton testifying under oath during an FBI interview. Whoops, my mistake; Hillary Clinton has never been put under oath during FBI interviews.

After Kate was shot and dying in her father’s arms, her stunned father was powerless to help her. San Francisco could have helped bring her family closure but chose not to.

While it’s true imprisoning the illegal who shot Kate Steinle would not bring her back to her family and friends, it would at least have shown San Francisco regretted the role they played in her tragic demise.

Instead the city by the bay, like their football team the 49’ers, chose to take a knee and pursue their own peculiar form of social justice.

 

Source: dailywire.com, foxnews.com, mercurynews.com

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Sen Frankensmarmy and Leftist Hypocrisy

Just when you thought liberals had already crossed the Rubicon of hypocrisy and insanity, Minnesota Senator Al Franken has called for a Senate ethics investigation into his own behavior.

Yes, you read that right. Franken called for an investigation of himself – by himself – because he’s ashamed of himself.

Minnesota Democrat Senator Al Franken

Sexual harassment allegations against the Democrat senator surfaced earlier this month after a photo of him fondling journalist Leeann Tweeden while she was sleeping went viral.

The LA-based journalist also charged that Franken tricked her into kissing him and shoved his tongue down her throat while practicing a skit scene for a USO show.

What kind of guy is smarmy enough to grope a sleeping woman and stupid enough to take a picture doing it – why, a self-professed male feminist and advocate for women’s rights!

As it turns out, Senator Frankensmarmy is just one in a long line of progressives this week whose sexual peccadilloes are being spotlighted in daily press reports in what Town Hall columnist Colonel Kurt Schlichter hilariously calls Pervgate.

According to Schlichter, part of Franken’s defense was to trot out seven former female staffers who said he never harrassed them, ostensibly confirming his status as a genuine women’s advocate who only sexually assaults certain women now and then.

Michigan Democrat Representative John Conyers

As I write this, Michigan Democrat Representative John Conyers, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, is being accused by four female staffers of requests “for sexual favors, contacting and transporting women with whom Conyers was having affairs, caressing their hands and rubbing their backs and legs in public.”

On November 20, long-time PBS anchor and CBS This Morning host Charlie Rose was accused by eight women of unwanted sexual advances between the late 1990’s and 2011. CBS fired him 24 hours later, followed by PBS. His dog was reportedly unhappy with him too.

Former PBS and CBS This Morning Host Charlie Rose

Then there’s the hung jury trial of New Jersey Democrat Senator Robert Menendez, whose trial on federal corruption charges included cavorting with teenage prostitutes.

And who can ever forget the tawdry episode of the soiled blue dress in the Bill “I-never-had-relations-with-that-woman” Clinton administration.

For decades Democrats have promoted themselves as the party advocating for female empowerment, fair pay and equality for women. Who knew that those terms were actually a dog whistle for groping, fondling, and sexual perversion of female staffers, interns and co-workers?

Conservatives have often wondered how progressive voters could look the other way at the antics of senators Ted Kennedy, Chris Dodd and former president JFK while proclaiming that Democrats had women’s best interests at heart.

Based on recent events, it seems that many Democrats viewed such talk as nothing more than a pick-up line.

Sources: townhall.com, thehill.com, breitbart.com, washingtonpost.com

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Bowe Bergdahl Walks Away A Free Man

On Halloween eight pedestrians in lower Manhattan were mowed down and 11 injured by a Uzbekistan immigrant/jidhadist driving a rental truck.

On November 5 a former Air Force member facing military criminal charges killed 26 churchgoers and wounded 20 others in the largest mass shooting in Texas history.

Between the dates of those two tragedies military justice went AWOL Nov 3 when Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl escaped any jail time for desertion in Afghanistan. Bergdahl voluntarily deserted his unit in 2009. After being held as a Taliban captive for five years, Bergdahl was later charged with “desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.”

Bergdahl could have received a life prison sentence but instead Military Judge Jeffrey Nance sentenced him to no prison time, a reduction in rank, a $10,000 fine to be paid over 10 months and a dishonorable discharge.

And then there’s the matter of the five terrorists and reported cash President Obama provided the Taliban for Bergdahl’s release in May, 2014.  Did Obama ever make a deal in America’s best interest?

At the time Bergdahl disappeared on June 30, 2009 Army officials weren’t sure of his status other than that he was missing. Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers were deployed multiple times to search for their missing comrade.

“There is a possibility that one way or another, Bergdahl, betrayer of the military’s sacred trust, will walk away a free man.” – Colonel Ralph Peters

According to CNN, on August 18, 2009, Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen and Pfc. Morris Walker were killed by an IED while searching for Bergdahl.  Eight days later Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss lost his life doing the same.

On September 4th 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews and Pfc. Matthew Michael Martinek were killed after being attacked by insurgents while searching for Bergdahl, and the next day Staff Sgt. Michael Murphrey was killed September 5 by an IED while searching.

At least three other soldiers were seriously wounded and a military dog killed during the hunt for Bergdahl, including Army Sgt. Mark Allen who suffered a sniper’s bullet to his brain that has left him paralyzed and unable to speak; Navy Seal James “Jimmy” Hatch who had 18 surgeries to repair a severe leg injury, and Johnny Morita who had to relearn how to brush his teeth and write because his right hand was mangled by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Colonel Ralph Peters anticipated this miscarriage of justice in an October 27th column on Fox News. In short, he was saying that Bergdahl’s sentence shouldn’t be viewed as a legal case about a self-absorbed deserter, but more importantly, if there are no consequences to desertion, it sets the dangerous precedent of American soldiers deserting on a whim.

 

Considering his 5 years as a Taliban prisoner, the prosecution was asking for 14 years rather than the lifetime max. “It’s not only an appropriate sentence in this case, it’s what justice requires,” prosecutor Major Justin Oshana told NBC News.  But as Colonel Peters said in his column, many on the left (and apparently Judge Nance) thought that Bergdahl had suffered enough in captivity, but that’s missing this crucial point: deserting your post in a combat zone is the second worst offense a solider can commit.

Allowing a soldier to willfully abandon his post and desert his comrades because he’s unhappy is a dangerous precedent that could adversely affect military readiness for decades. Allowing political correctness to infect our military is bad enough, but turning a blind eye to desertion and criminal misdeeds with a mere slap on the wrist is a green light for future deserters to do the same.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives at the Fort Bragg courthouse

So the progressives get their way and Bergdahl is released on humanitarian grounds – despite pleading guilty to both charges. He is free to return to Idaho and write his memoirs. Hollywood will probably make a movie on his life’s story. As I write this an Army board is deciding whether or not to pay him $300,000 for his POW status and back pay while he was in captivity.

Unfortunately six good men in his unit won’t ever be returning home, nor will they be around to see their children grow up. Two others will never be the same physically, and  Sgt. Mark Allen’s wife will be pulling double duty as a devoted wife and caretaker.

Meanwhile, another dent is added to the armor of martial readiness and military honor on the altar of political correctness.

 

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Sources: foxnews.com, cnn.com, businessinsider.com, nypost.com, nbcnews.com, youtube.com, Ben Shapiro

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Mad Maxine and the Mad Hatter

If you ever wondered what stupidity sounds like, look no further than Maxine Waters and Frederica Wilson.

Waters is a Democrat representative from California and Frederica Wilson is a Democrat representative from Florida. Listening to these harpies bash President Trump is like listening to the Deliverance theme being played on empty barrels.

 Mad Maxine Waters and Frederica “Mad Hatter” Wilson

Wilson, affectionately known as the Mad Hatter for her haute sense of haberdashery (she dresses like a cross between Liberace and the cowgirl from Toy Story), gained prominent news coverage this fall when she declared verbal jihad on President Trump for his reportedly insensitive condolences to a recent widow of La David Johnson, a Special Forces soldier.

Granted our current president may not have the elocution skills of his predecessor, but anyone with half a brain knew what he meant when he called Johnson’s widow Myeshia to offer his comfort and support. Wilson’s criticism was especially hypocritical since she had previously made similar comments as Trump when memorializing two FBI agents that were killed in her district in the line of duty.

Within days of the mainstream media blasting out her criticism of the president,she gleefully declared herself a “rock star” for the notoriety she generated for herself by capitalizing on the death of a real hero. She then dug a deeper hole when she besmirched White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a Gold Star parent himself.

When Kelly defended the president’s condolence call and referred to the loudmouth Floridian as an “empty barrel,” it took about 10 seconds for Wilson to spin that as a racist term.

The Mad Hatter of Florida

After slandering Kelly as a liar and a racist because of his Boston roots, Wilson soon found herself outflanked by public opinion. It quickly became clear that blithely attacking a respected member of the military who lost a son in Afghanistan wasn’t the savviest PR move. Happily she hasn’t been heard from much since.

Unlike Wilson, Waters has been saying stupid things for years. Who can forget classics like these:

Guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal will be about socializing…uh, um…Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies.

I am not afraid of anybody. This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell.

It’s time for the bully pulpit of the White House to bring the gangstas in, put them around the table and let them know that if they don’t come up with loan modifications and keep people in their homes that they’ve worked so hard for, we’re gonna tax them out of business.

Mad Maxine Waters

Since Trump assumed office, Mad Maxine has sought every available microphone within screeching distance to call for Trump’s impeachment. Forget the constitutional mandated grounds for impeachment. According to her Trump should be impeached because, well, he offends her personally.

Below are comments she made about the president at a eulogy. Is that classy or what?

 

 

In another anti-Trump blast she said: “The most upsetting part of the new administration is discovering that the person who won the election and became the president of the United States of America is a man who has no good values. His character astounds me. I can’t believe that we have a president who would lie, who would distort, and who does not appear to have an appreciation for government and how it works.”

Naturally Mad Maxine had no problem with defending the character of characters like Bill Clinton, who changed the meaning of “Easter Egg Roll” by cavorting with an intern in the Oval Office. Or Barack Obama, who illegally sicced the IRS on conservative groups, abandoned Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens at Benghazi and turned a blind eye to Hillary Clinton’s machinations to sell 20% of America’s uranium to Russia.

If there’s a silver lining to dealing with the silly sound and faux fury from these hapless harpies it is this: the more they posture, preen and protest against Trump policies, the greater probability that “45” will be a two-term president.

 

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Sources: Youtubia.com, nbc.com, theamericanmirror.com, washingtonfreebeacon.com, cnn.com 

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Methinks They Doth Protest Wrongly

Let me get this straight: Vice-President Mike Pence leaves a Colts-49er’s football game when twenty-three San Francisco 49er’s refuse to stand for the national anthem and it’s labeled a stunt, but players around the league taking a knee are lauded as exercising their constitutional right to protest.

Who knew that the Vice-President of the United States who took an oath to honor, protect and uphold the Constitution doesn’t have the same rights to protest as the disenfranchised millionaire athletes protesting?

Many of those taking a knee say they mean no disrespect to the country, our flag and our military but insist they are simply exercising their constitutional right to protest. San Francisco 49er’s safety Eric Reid says that those protesting are just wanting to make the country better.

“We love this country so much that we reserve the right to criticize her perpetually,” Reid is quoted telling ABC News.  “I need to use my platform to speak out for people who didn’t have a voice.”

So those protesting are standing up for what they believe – by kneeling?

Those taking a knee are missing the point of the national anthem: it’s not a platform to express one’s views, but rather a time to honor our country and those who serve.

Exercising one’s right to protest during the national anthem doesn’t make it right.

As Mark Steyn recently said on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the free speech argument is disingenuous. “A national anthem can be a national anthem or it can be an opportunity for self-expression, but it can’t be both,” he said

I have a simple solution that would allow players to openly express themselves during game day while thousands watch. If they really want to use their platforms as professional athletes to make a difference, why not take a knee during the game rather than before the game.

Imagine this. The opposing team is in the 49’ers red zone and it’s first and goal. What better time to make a statement and a difference than for the 49er defense to take a collective knee when the ball is hiked?

Sure the other team would likely score, but that would really get everyone’s attention and bring awareness to those issues some believe are important enough to blow off the national anthem and the flying of the colors.

Those players taking a knee at such a critical time could really express their concern about social injustice by sacrificing playing time, wins and losses and game day pay checks. And think of the flags that would be flying based on their selfless actions!

Recently someone on a TV panel debating this topic said, “I bow to the Lord and I stand for the flag.” Amen.

Kneeling is appropriate when praying because it shows subservience and humility. Likewise, standing during the national anthem shows respect for our country, appreciation for those defending it and is a historic tradition that should unite us as a people and a nation.

 

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