2018 is done and we are still waiting on the ‘glorious’ revolution

As the closing hours of  2018 tick off, it’s time to take a moment to assess the year that was.

It was promised to be glorious eight times in various drops. It was going to be quite notable. It failed on both measures although the goalposts were moved many, many times.

While there have been some wins, the Senate majority increase. Some ugly wins such as the Brett Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court. Some wins appear to be hollow, like President Trump’s decision to declassify the FISA courts documents.

However we still have Rod Rosenstein at the Justice Department. Trump has replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Acting AG Matt Whitaker, but still no movement on the release of the burning documents.

We also see Special Counsel Robert Mueller entering his third calendar year without any charges being brought against President Trump or his campaign for colluding with the Russians on the 2016 presidential election.

2018 left without any further information from any authorities concerning the whereabouts and contents of Hillary Clinton’s  private email server(s) or the Clinton Foundation’s lack of transparency and involvement in financing the Fusion/GPS Russian collusion report.

In another example of moving the goalposts, we are told the Executive Order, which goes into effect on Jan.1, 2019, will allow for greater leeway for federal prosecutors to bring charges under military tribunal rule of law.

Well we don’t have to wait very long to see how this plays out.

Will 2019 be glorious? I don’t need the bar to be that high. I just want it to be proactive.


Avenatti’s at 14:59 on his claim to fame

Michael Avenatti wants us to presume his innocent on criminal domestic violence charges brought against him by a woman who claims to be “swollen and bruised” after a confrontation with him.

Avenatti allegedly told police “That she hit me first.” If true, then that speaks volumes on the character of the leftist media’s latest wonder boy.

The lawyer, who represents porn actress Stormy Daniels in her case to throw out a non-disclosure agreement between the actress and President Trump, has spent more time the last 6 months in TV studios than courtrooms.

MSNBC and CNN gave Avenatti a large platform to throw many accusations and disparate remarks against Trump that were not even part of the original civil suit.

What this ambulance chaser did during the Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearings  was so abusive that he and his “client” Julie Swetnick, according to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, are subject to the Department of Justice for a possible criminal investigation over allegations they made false statements to Congress.

So this dreg of society, who exploded on the scene only to now flame out like so many other roman candles making big splashes on the scene only to be relegated to the trash bin of history soon afterward.

His fame stopwatch is now at 14:59, according to Andy Warhol’s calculations.

Sunday morning view of the midterms

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So what is at stake on Tuesday? That really depends on where you live.

Here in New York, if you are a Republican, then it’s a vote of defiance. However, equally as important is casting that ballot. Early results in the eastern US can affect results in the rest of the country since the polls close here with plenty of time to vote out west.

While the midterm adage that America loves divided government will not play out this election cycle, due to the incumbent candidate winning 95% of the time.

From where I sit Sunday morning, I do not believe the Democrats will win the House. I make that call from the talking points being used by the Left that 85% chance of winning the House. Their calls that they will take 20 seats is pure fantasy.

I equate this rhetoric — since its given by the same source Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight — to saying Hillary Clinton had a 97% chance of being elected President in 2016 by the pundits.

Given all that noise by the Left and its partisan media outlets, I can’t believe this is even being considered a close race given the current climate.

On the economic side, it’s clear through GDP, the unemployment rate and growing wages paid that America is growing again, despite the Federal Reserve tamping down growth through its rate policy over fears of inflation. The Democrats have no answers for what their economic model looks like. rescinding the tax cuts through new taxes to fund bigger government are only words I have heard.

On the political side, what the democratic leadership in Congress did to Justice Brett Kavanaugh reputation should have relegated the party to the same influence as the Green Party. So despicable was their actions throughout the fiasco and the subsequent Senate actions of charging “witnesses” with perjury by making false accusations.

How I see it playing out: the Democrats will win their existing seats by a larger margin as voters in the darker blue states will come out in bigger numbers to vote.

However, in states where purple moves to deep red, which covers most of the country as measured by the 2016 election, the Republicans will retain control.

By the time Wednesday morning arrives, the Senate will probably have a greater Republican majority and the House will have a line up of 239 Republicans and 202 Democrats, which means a gain of 5 seats.

Kavanaugh and the Patriot Act, nothing to see here

Now that the smoke has settled on Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court, I have some reservations that unfortunately were never raised during his confirmation hearings or afterwards.

No I’m not talking about his prep school or college drinking antics, which the Democrats used as simply a delaying tactic to somehow hope either Kavanaugh or President Trump would pull his nomination rather than push ahead.

Why else would Senator Dianne Feinstein not raise the Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations when meeting privately with Kavanaugh in late August before the hearings began or during the formal hearings in early September since she had the letter from Dr. Ford in July?

What did the Democrats wait until the Senate Judical Committee was about to vote to leak these charges to the press — thereby throwing Dr. Ford under the bus — by making her name public for the first time?

And I’m not concerned about Roe v Wade being overturned. This is settled law for 45 years. Just as we will not return to allowing slavery, we will not take away a women’s right to choose.

The Democrats still use Roe as a rallying cry against conservatives because they have no other hot-button issues to concentrate on.

No the issue that has me most concerned about Kavanaugh is his crafting of the language behind the USAPatriot Act, which was enacted weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Act’s full title is “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001″

In the haste of showing the world we would be the strong, Congress approved a bill that weakened our venerable Bill of Rights and especially the Fourth Amendment.

This is the most draconian piece of legislation ever passed by Congress.While many of the most vile abridgments to our civil liberties were originally set to sunset (no longer be part of the law), Congress has continued to reauthorize these violations of our privacy at least twice.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Our privacy under the Fourth Amendment has been curtailed by the Patriot Act to such an extent that federal law enforcement are leery of using its full effect for fear that the entire act will be challenged at the Supreme Court and thrown out as being unconstitutional.

But now we have one of the crafters of the Act on the bench and since we have been perpetually under various states of emergencies since 9/11, the Act retains its teeth of violating our rights.

Yet not one question in the 36 hours of testimony pertaining to the Patriot Act. Not one question of whether Kavanaugh believes it’s constitutionally accepted that federal agents can search phone records or premises without a duly signed search warrant. Nary a query on the acceptability of the NSA to have access to all electronic communications without a warrant.

Since I know all about Kavanaugh’s drinking games and such, why can I not know about his views on the federal government violating the Fourth Amendment?

That tells me that neither party wanted to open that can of worms, which should worry everyone.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation will put Feinstein in spotlight

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SCOTUS Associate Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s vote will happen on Saturday afternoon despite efforts by Senator Feinstein to wrangle up dissenting votes.

Note Feinstein has a phone in her right hand, which may at some point in the future may allow us to know what this heated conversation was all about. Certainly the NSA knows what was said by whom.

Senator Feinstein has Senator Murkowski backed into a corner prior to Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation vote.

Judging from body language and facial expressions it was not an enjoyable discussion at all.

This very well could be the beginning of the end for Sen. Feinstein as Kavanaugh’s confirmation will now allow the FBI to fully investigate how her office handled the Dr. Ford materials and leaked them to the press.

Not to mention that Feinstein had an alleged Chinese spy was part of her staff for almost 20 years.

If you saw the video of senators Schumer and Feinstein press conference, this woman has a lot more on her mind that just battling a SCOTUS nominee. It appears this is a life-threatening situation for the California Democrat.

Between now and Election Day we will see many allegations of corruption against Democrats, as the FISA documents are released and the charade that Kavanaugh’s accusers put on in the Senate over the last two weeks.

It will be very difficult for the House or the Senate to swing in the Dems favor once the charges are announced. The “Not Trump” movement will still be strong on both coasts but the middle of the country could swing red after hearing the fraudulent actions of some of the “safe” Democrats.

For me personally, I am looking forward to Michelle Obama’s “rock star” book tour allegedly kicking off in the middle of November, just as the county comes to realize that her husband’s administration was spying on a presidential candidate in order to help Hillary Clinton presidential aspirations.

It will make the Watergate scandal look like a routine breaking and entering charge.