Donald Trump Is Ahead (For Once), So Why Is He Intent On Messing It Up?

From a book no one will really read to a series of memos that don’t really do much of anything, James Comey appears to have worn out his welcome. Republicans don’t like him because he is leading a PR campaign against Donald Trump, and Democrats aren’t quite ready to forgive him for re-opening the Clinton investigation so late in the 2016 campaign.

For Trump, this should be a moment that he can celebrate a victory – one of his enemies is basically taking himself out by doubling down and going on a disastrous media tour. However, letting Comey take himself out is just not Trump’s style. He has to get the last word in, even when the conversation is so very clearly over.

This, from Saturday, is not only a dubious claim but an unnecessary one. There was no real reason for Trump to even go there. But, he couldn’t stop. Here he is on Sunday.

Why on earth are you still on this, Mr. President? You are extending Comey’s news cycle by merely commenting on him.

Sure, I mean Trump’s logic isn’t that hard to figure out: He needs… no, he craves an adversary. There are two types of people in Trump World, after all, and those are people who agree with Trump and people he can set up as an opponent to trash as much as possible just to get a rise out of his fans.

That’s not saying Comey isn’t a real adversary – he’s made it abundantly clear that he does not like Trump and his words and actions of late betray the already obvious politicization of his former job. Still, that doesn’t mean that Trump even has to acknowledge Comey. It’s very clear his star is falling at a rapid pace. He’ll be a footnote in history before much longer.

That is, of course, if Trump stops tweeting about him.

Trump has this obsession with constantly tweeting about things that anyone who isn’t slavishly devoted to Twitter or political gossip probably don’t care about in the grand scheme of things.

It isn’t just Comey. He does this all the time. Take this tweet for example.

I had no idea about this story. I’ve been away from my computer all weekend. I find the idea of calling Jeff Sessions “Mr. Magoo” hilarious, and I am sad I missed it. But, the real world happens and on the weekends, many ordinary Americans are working, spending time with family, resting, and other non-political things. How many people actually read the Washington Post story?

Not nearly enough to warrant a response from the President of the United States, that’s for certain. But still, he goes out and comments on it. He can’t stop himself.

And when it comes down to issues like Comey, all Trump does is breathe new life into the subject when it should have died already. Every denial or response from Trump is just one more flood of “WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?!” reactions from the #Resistance waiting to happen.

Just stop it, Mr. President.

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The American Left Claims Another Scalp Even Though She Can’t Actually Vote In The U.S.

I saw something truly fascinating and infuriating happen on social media on Sunday. Country music legend, Shania Twain, — a Canadian — was figuratively lit on fire over comments she made in an interview with The Guardian.

Twain, who is not an American citizen and therefore cannot vote, said in part:

“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” Twain told The Guardian. “Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both.”

“If I were voting, I just don’t want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent,” Twain added. “And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”

Got that?

Twain doesn’t like politicians who hide who they really are. She thinks that’s what most voters usually get and she doesn’t like it.

So, regardless of Donald Trump’s positions on issues — does anyone really know exactly what they are? — Twain liked the fact that he was a more candid and true-to-himself candidate in 2016 than anyone else. I’d wager she liked deceased Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as well. Just a guess.

Again, remember Shania Twain cannot actually vote in any elections in the United States.

This fact didn’t matter. Twain found herself in the sights of a Twitter mob. Where markedly gays and other overwhelmingly progressive groups reside.

Anyone who was angered over this simply marked themselves as someone who prefers being lied to. That is the singular point in the outrage here.

Because Twain said she would’ve voted for Trump because he’s shown people who he is, no matter how despicable that person is, she finds it politically preferable to most politicians.

There is an absolute library of content one could point to where Trump’s prime adversary and her husband have been precisely the opposite of what they’ve claimed. Anyone with a clear outlook knows Hillary Clinton’s non-support and outright attacks of women who get in her way for any reason — even if her husband has abused them — is in direct conflict of the person she and her sycophants declare she is.

Shania Twain eschewed the idea of hypothetically voting for Clinton over Trump.

Are you kidding me?

This is what is causing an angry mob to form? Anyone upset about a non-U.S. citizen who cannot vote saying they would vote for one candidate over the other because they seemed more honest about who they are is FANTASTICALLY RIDICULOUS.

I’m sorry for yelling, but this is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard of.

But, you know what? Well done to the Twitter mob.

Well done to the thought and speech police that actually hounded her to the point she actually apologized.

Well done on your sad sack apology. Feel better now? You’ve taught another artist not to say unpopular thoughts. It’s like the 1950’s all over again.

So weird how the ideologies of the past creep up. Hollywood wants McCarthy, and Trump supporters want the post-WWII economy back.

The end-game here is fun for no one.

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Sean Hannity’s Eye-Popping Real Estate Deals Come to Light (So This Is What He Was Hiding)

So was this the “real estate deal” Fox News’ Sean Hannity alluded to, when it was revealed last week that he was Michael Cohen’s “third client”?

A new report in The Guardian notes that Hannity has investments in foreclosed homes, as well as low-income housing in seven states: North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Vermont, and New York.

Some of that investment help came with an assist from the Department of Housing and Urban Development – something not disclosed when Hannity had HUD Secretary Ben Carson on his program

The records link Hannity to a group of shell companies that spent at least $90m on more than 870 homes in seven states over the past decade. The properties range from luxurious mansions to rentals for low-income families. Hannity is the hidden owner behind some of the shell companies and his attorney did not dispute that he owns all of them.

Dozens of the properties were bought at a discount in 2013, after banks foreclosed on their previous owners for defaulting on mortgages. Before and after then, Hannity sharply criticised Barack Obama for the US foreclosure rate. In January 2016, Hannity said there were “millions more Americans suffering under this president” partly because of foreclosures.

There’s nothing wrong with seeing a deal and making an investment. There’s a lot wrong with slamming Obama for Americans suffering under foreclosure, then quietly swooping in to take advantage of that.

So what are the details about the properties?

Among the most valuable are two large apartment complexes in Georgia that Hannity bought in 2014 for $22.7m. The developments are in the cities of Perry and Brunswick, which have higher poverty rates and lower median incomes than the US averages. One- and two-bedroom units in Hannity‍‍‍’s apartment complexes are available to rent for $735 to $1,065 per month, according to brochures.

The Georgia purchases were funded with mortgages for $17.9m that Hannity obtained with help from Hud, which insured the loans under a program created as part of the National Housing Act. The loans, first guaranteed under the Obama administration, were recently increased by $5m with renewed support from Carson’s department.

Hannity has brought up the housing issue on his program before, falsely claiming that home ownership was at a 51-year low. He’s done this several times.

The Georgia mortgages supported by Hud were guaranteed as part of a program aimed at protecting investors such as Hannity who buy rental apartment buildings. The government promises to cover losses if borrowers default on their mortgages. Borrowers pay an insurance premium to Hud in return. Bigger loan guarantees are available if the building houses low-income families.

Paperwork relating to the agreements with Hud, which was filed to county authorities, named Hannity as the principal of the shell companies used to buy the apartment complexes and to borrow the funds. Hannity personally signed several of the documents. A Hud source said Hannity was identified in non-public filings as the 100% owner of the apartment complexes.

Late last month, Hannity’s mortgages were replaced with loans for $22.9m that were rewritten with Carson’s Hud and a new bank. There was no indication that Carson was personally involved in the process. Carson does, however, have the authority to allow Hannity from 2019 to convert the rental complexes into condominiums for sale, which could be lucrative for the television host.

The companies behind the purchases are limited liability (LLCs), and Hannity is listed as either the manager or principal of the companies.

Some of the homes listed were also noted to be lived in by some member of Hannity’s family, or Hannity, himself.

The list of properties bought by the Hannity-linked companies includes multimillion-dollar homes used by Hannity. It also features single-family units priced as low as $50,000 in relatively poor suburbs. In at least two cases, batches of homes were bought simultaneously at a discount, after they were repossessed by banks from their previous owners in foreclosure proceedings.

The entire portfolio connected to Hannity comprises at least 877 residential units, which were bought for a total of just under $89m. Another seven properties bought by the companies over recent years have subsequently been sold on for more than $4m, according to public records.

So he’s raging at President Obama, while benefitting off of those foreclosed homes, and he’s praising Carson on his show, without disclosing that Carson’s department had given an assist with purchasing some of those low income houses he looks to benefit financially from.

So is this illegal?

I don’t think so, but at the very least, it’s rather hypocritical, and you have to wonder if there’s anything else that the “third client” may be hiding.

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Man in MAGA Hat Pushes Hispanic Man Onto NYC Subway Tracks, But What Aren’t They’ve Telling You?

The NYPD is looking for a man wearing “Make America Great Again” gear who pushed a hispanic man onto subway tracks after a violent altercation in which racial epithets were used. The police noted the MAGA hat because the suspect was wearing it on security camera footage. It made national news because headlines could be written suggesting fascist, anti-immigrant violence was occurring.

Police say the suspect got into a verbal dispute with another man at about 8:15 Friday night while on board a northbound 4 train approaching the Union Square/14th Street stop.

During the dispute, police say the suspect made multiple derogatory statements about the ethnicity of the victim, described as a 24-year-old Hispanic man.

He followed the victim when he got off the train at 14th Street and punched him on the head multiple times while on the 4 train platform.

He then pushed the victim to the track bed before fleeing to the Brooklyn-bound L train platform, police said.

The victim was helped up onto the platform by his friend and another person and was transported by EMS to an area hospital for treatment of a laceration to his head that he sustained when he fell onto the tracks.

Police describe the suspect as a black man with a heavy build, wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, a red shirt with ‘Make America Great Again’ in white letters, blue overalls, a black jacket and jewelry around his neck.

You seldom hear what political gear a criminal suspect was wearing unless it involves someone on the right. I have to believe that a great many crimes were committed by people wearing Obama gear without making national news. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Malcolm X or Che Guevara swag in local lockups. That isn’t newsworthy though because it extrapolating what those criminals were wearing to a whole movement wouldn’t fit the media’s agenda.

That The Hill’s tweet mentioned the MAGA hat and the ethnicity of the victim but failed to mention that the perpetrator was black. Very clickbaity and reminiscent of—but not as bad as—when Contessa Brewer was on MSNBC clutching her pearls because we had a black president and white tea partiers were legally carrying guns in public. Andrew Breitbart shamed her for cropping the footage to avoid showing that the man carrying the gun at the tea party rally was black.

I have no problem believing that a certain percentage of any political movement is capable of gross misconduct or violence. I’m not prepared to tag the whole barrel with the crimes of one apple though. I’m not even prepared to take it for granted that this perpetrator wasn’t wearing the MAGA hat ironically or as a misdirection.

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Nude Waffle House Killer Was Not a Stranger to Authorities

By now, you’ve probably heard the tragic (and bizarre) story of a nearly-nude man entering a Tennessee Waffle House in the early morning hours of Sunday, opening fire and killing four people.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have identified the shooter as a 29-year old Travis Reinking, of Morton, Illinois. He’s now added to their Top Ten Most Wanted List.

As it happened, Reinking approached the Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee at around 3:25am, fired several rounds with an AR-15 through the window, then entered.

At the time, he was nude, except for a jacket.

A hero on the scene, 29-year old James Shaw, Jr. described a chaotic scene, where what they first heard sounded like plates crashing, only to find out moments later that someone had shot through the windows.

After killing 4 (2 on the outside of the restaurant) and injuring 7 more, Reinking either stopped to reload, or the gun jammed, but Shaw saw an opportunity and managed to wrest the gun away from the shooter, burning his hand on the gun barrel, in the process.

He tossed the gun behind the counter, as Reinking made an escape.

If his nude attack wasn’t bizarre enough, it turns out that he was previously arrested by the Secret Service.

That’s right. He was on the radar of authorities.

In July 2017, the U.S. Secret Service arrested Reinking for being in a “restricted area” near the White House, according to the Secret Service. After the arrest, his Illinois firearms authorization was revoked and local Illinois police seized four weapons.

“Among the weapons seized by those authorities was the AR-15 rifle used at the Waffle House today,” said Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron at a Sunday afternoon news conference.

Remember the story from last summer about a man in a restricted area around the White House, and how after searching his car they found firearms?

This is that guy.

During that event, he was instructed to move away from the restricted area. He informed them he had to speak with the president. They told him he would have to get with a tour group to do that. He reiterated that he was there to speak to the president, referred to himself as a “sovereign citizen” and said he had the right to “inspect” the White House grounds.

For those with questions, “sovereign citizens” are this freakish new, subculture of anti-government people who don’t want to live by the rules of the nation. They want to pick and choose what rules they feel apply to them, ignore everything else. They’re particularly against taxation, and claim no authority but their own.

This is the truly maddening part:

The weapons he had confiscated by authorities were given to Reinking’s father. His father gave them back to him, including the weapon that was used to shoot up the Waffle House.

Reinking remains at large. There is a $2,500 reward for his capture.

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On Earth Day, Conservatives Must Focus on Conservation, not Carbon

On Earth Day, there will be much talk of Global Warming, Carbon Dioxide, and all that other voodoo. The truth is, conservatives most avoid those traps, and focus on basic principles of conservation.


Vice President Al Gore, right, chats with television host Bill Nye “The Science Guy” during an Earth Day ceremony on the Anacostia River in Washington Tuesday, April 22, 1997. Tuesday marked the 27th anniversary of Earth Day. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

Hypocrisy is an over-used word these days, but the hypocrisy of the leaders of the Earth Day movement show how fraudulent it is.

Al Gore and other Planeteers fly in their jets to Davos, they live in large homes using the energy of dozens of regular people’s homes, drive in large, private cars in place of public, mass transportation, and they use their cloud computing and live an always-on digital lifestyle.

Why should we, as conservatives, as Americans, and as human beings, support policies promoted by these people? In their rhetoric, they call it an imperative matter of saving the world that we “go green,” and yet they live like it’s all talk. That’s because it is all talk, so we should ignore it.

And what about the science? The facts simply aren’t there. Science is all about making predictions, and the Earth Day movement is very bad at making them. Their predictions in the 70s were laughably wrong, as were their predictions in the 80s and 90s. But they want us to trust them this time!

Even their more recent ones are failing: They predicted an increase in hurricanes, while we had a massive drought in major hurricanes. They predicted rising temperatures, while then the University of East Anglia famously had to fudge their numbers to, as they put it, “hide the decline.”

Their citations of historical trends are also fraudulent. The UN’s “hockey stick” graph showing calamitous warming outside of anything we’ve seen in history, is one of the biggest lies in the history of science. The famous graph was predicated on uncalibrated, untested, pretty much useless tree ring cuttings which have been cited as signaling both warming and cooling, depending on the pet theory of the day.

President Barack Obama, right, arrives with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, to talk about climate change as part of the White House South by South Lawn event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

So while the Earth Day movement is a failure in every angle of science they’ve attempted, both in looking at the past, and in predicting the future, we do have ways to show our appreciation for our natural environment on Earth Day. The tried and true principle of conservation remains a way we can make our surroundings better for ourselves, and our children.

The truth is, we’ve made progress. We have so much more forest in America than we did in the past, because our own advances of science and technology have allowed us to do that. We’re bettering the environment. We can be an example to other nations.

By being ever-better stewards of the planet, we can ensure that we leave it better than we found it. We can be more efficient, we can reuse more, and we can set aside natural preserves. We can look for ways to address light pollution, making the night sky visible to our grandchildren the way it was visible to our grandparents.

This planet is the only on we’ve got. To protect it, we must abandon wild-eyed Earth Day theories, and instead apply common sense to conserve what we’ve got.

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Who Cares About Gender “Inequality” Among Airline Pilots (Or Anyone Else)?

Amelia Earhart, famous, skilled PILOT.

On April 17th, after Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 experienced engine failure not long after takeoff, pilot Tammie Jo Shults safely guided the plane to an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

Unfortunately, debris from the failed engine struck a window causing rapid decompression. Passenger Jennifer Riordan was partially pulled out of said window by the force, and later passed away as a result of severe trauma to her head, neck, and torso.

The tragedy could have been much worse if not for the skilled maneuvering of Captain Shults who saved the lives of 143 passengers and 3 crew members that day. It’s easy to think of flying as routine, but the experienced men and women at the helm are prepared for the worst. We owe them much as they safely take us from one destination to the next.

Most anyone would look at the incident with an appreciation for what Shults did with no regard for the fact that she is female. In January 2009, Captain Chesley Sullenberger – a male – landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the freezing Hudson River, after geese struck both engines and disabled the plane. His expertise, not his gender, was praised. He had saved the lives of all on board.

When skilled men and women, whatever their profession, become examples of bravery and focus, they should be commended. Their biological makeup is of no consequence. But that doesn’t stop some who are preoccupied with gender disparity in career fields to point it out.

Eliott C. McLaughlin over at CNN did just that as he attempted to make the Southwest story more of a gender issue with his piece entitled, There are nearly 160,000 pilots in America. Fewer than 7,000 are women.

Of the 159,825 pilots flying for airlines last year, only 6,994 were women, about 4.37%. Both the number and percentage have been on a slow ascent since 2008.

The number of women flying in other commercial capacities is also low — 6,267 of 98,161 last year — and that number is down since 2008, perhaps as part of a general decline in commercial pilots during that time frame. Still, the percentage has basically been static for the past decade.

More than 19,000 women are learning to fly. While only a small fraction of these women will go on to fly for airlines, the number of female students has more than doubled in the past decade.

These statistics are fine, but do they really matter? If women have the equality of opportunity to pursue a career in any given field, not just as pilots, then why shine a spotlight on the disparity as if it is a problem?

Because what really matters to these crusaders is one thing: equality of outcome.

To them, it’s not fair that there are more male pilots than female ones. They cannot rest so long as an imbalance exists. That is absurd.

Women are not barred from pursuing a pilot’s license because they have a vagina. Ovaries do not disqualify them from commercial aviation. To recoil in disgust at the gap between men and women – in any field – is nothing short of sexism disguised as social justice.

If SJWs really desire to have conversations about the “unfair” reality we live in, they should look at all career fields, and not just particular and more prestigious ones.

Madison Breshears at the Washington Examiner made this point perfectly in her recent article about the tech field.

The selective outrage of feminists over disparities like the one in tech is revealing. There is a conspicuous shortage of school programs, campaigns, marches, and hashtags to end the gender gap in, say, teaching, or counseling, which according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics are professions overwhelmingly dominated by women. Nursing is a pretty good gig — it pays well, is flexible, and nurses can find work anywhere. So, where should we look for the anti-male bias that made it so that more than 90 percent of nurses are women?

Meanwhile, you will search in vain for the calls to eliminate the overrepresentation of men in mining, trucking, sewage, and garbage collecting. The reason for all this is that the feminist Left isn’t so much a political movement for equality with a consistent philosophy as much as it is an expression of rage over the fact that men and women tend to make different career decisions.

Where is all the outrage about lack of men in elementary school settings? Or the shortage of women on construction sites? Why don’t we see articles about how there are too few women rumbling down neighborhood streets in garbage trucks?

Because those don’t matter. They’re not sexy careers. They’re a bit too regular.

If women were kept from tech or aviation careers, that would be cause for actual outrage. But they’re not. Once more, the reason for the disparity in these and other fields comes down to choice. More women pursue nursing. More women pursue careers as elementary school teachers.

It’s ironic that the first wave feminist demand for choice has been shoved aside in favor of advancing a narrative that says women aren’t given enough options. In reality, women have quite a selection in front of them.

We should be thankful for Captain Tammie Jo Shults and her quick thinking on that fateful day. Her choices directly affected the lives of the men and women on board her plane.

And gender had not a thing to do with it.

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