Of course it’s a good morning…the 2018 Winter Olympics ended last night!
1 The Schiff Memo. The Democrat’s alleged rebuttal to the Devon Nunes memo regarding how Carter Page came to be the object of secret surveillance that extended into the Trump campaign should have been the big story of the weekend, along with the fact that government systems repeatedly failed to protect the students in Parkland from an unbalanced young man who had been repeatedly identified as a risk for exactly the kind of mad act he ultimately engaged in. But the left-biased news media downplayed it after trying to spin it, because the hyped memo did not rebut the key allegations in the previous Republican House document. The FISA court was not informed that the Russian dossier was created and funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. The dubious dossier was a key component of the evidence that led a secret court to remove the Constitutional rights of a citizen, while interfering with a Presidential campaign.
Amusingly, the Schiff memo spins that the Obama Justice Department application was “transparent,” and then describes transparency as a FISA warrant application that said that Christopher Steele, referred to as “Source #1,” was “approached by” Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, referred to as “an identified U.S. person,” who
indicated to Source #1 that a U.S.-based law firm had hired the identified U.S. Person to conduct research regarding Candidate #1’s [i.e., Trump’s] ties to Russia. (The identified U.S. Person and Source #1 have a longstanding business relationship.) The identified U.S. Person hired Source #1 to conduct this research. The identified U.S. Person never advised Source #1 as to the motivation behind the research into Candidate #1’s ties to Russia. The FBI speculates that the identified U.S. Person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit Candidate #1’s campaign.
Andrew McCarthy, in the National Review, concludes that the Schiff memo does the Democratic narrative more harm than good. I agree: it looks like a desperate spin attempt to me, so desperate that the news media abandoned the story as quickly as it could.
2. Segue Alert! And speaking of transparency…From the Boston Herald:
Ex-President Barack Obama gave a secret talk in Boston yesterday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, where organizers threatened to eject and ban credentialed journalists for simply doing their jobs — prohibiting them from tweeting or reporting on the event, both during and after. “Everyone involved in this blanket coverage ban should be embarrassed,” said Ken Paulson, the president of the First Amendment Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “I’m sure President Obama has his pick of lucrative speaking gigs. Why pick one that’s the antithesis of transparency?”
Reporters were granted media credentials weeks ago, only to be slapped with the journalistic equivalent of a gag order just 24 hours before the conference. The Herald declined a credential after being informed it could purchase one for a “discounted rate” of nearly $400. “During President Obama’s panel the following will not be permitted, without exception: photography, video recording, streaming, and social media posting — including the use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other platforms,” read the warning from MIT conference organizers. “Following the panel, the sharing or reporting of its contents on public platforms, including news outlets and social media, will not be permitted. This policy applies to all attendees, credentialed media included.”
The MIT conference also threatened that “those who fail to adhere to this policy will be subject to removal from the conference and denied tickets to future SSAC conferences.”Paulson said reporters should be the ones giving the ultimatum to conference organizers over their “oppressive restrictions” on journalism.
“Why would you agree to play the game, encouraging future manipulation?” Paulson asked. “The strength of a free press depends on true independence. A private organization can certainly set its own rules, but journalists need to apply their own, including not attending events they can’t share with their readers and viewers.”
MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference spokesmen declined to comment last night.
Officials closely monitored attendees and quickly scolded anyone who even reached for their phones, participants told the Herald.
I do not understand why a full report of Obama’s remarks have not already been submitted by the reporters who were present, threats be damned. They have been reporting illegal and unethical leaks regarding private meeting at the White House with national security implications, and they are afraid to reveal what Barack Obama said at a sports conference?
If American journalists had any integrity at all, a report would have been filed within hours of the conclusion of Obama’s remarks.
3. Ethics Hero: Mona Charen. Charen was often the lone conservative on the old CNN Sunday morning panel show “The Capitol Gang,” In a panel at CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives where Republicans preach to the choir and pander to extremists, Charen shocked the crowd and drew boos and jeers by saying in part,
“I am disappointed in people on our side for being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women, who are in our party, who are sitting in the White House, who brag about their extramarital affairs, who brag about mistreating women—and because he happens to have an ‘R’ next to his name we look the other way…This is a party that endorsed Roy Moore for the Senate in the state of Alabama even though he was a credibly accused child molester. You cannot claim that you stand for women and put up with that.”
Charen had to be ushered out of the venue by security personnel out for her own protection after the panel ended.
Good for her: that took integrity and courage.
I don’t care for her remarks about Moore, for the reasons I have already written about extensively. Republicans shouldn’t have supported him because he was an unethical judge, homophobic and a scofflaw. Absent that (“and other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”), Republicans could justifiable support Moore despite “credible allegations” because they stand for fairness and due process, and at the moment, women like Charen and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand no longer do.
4. Sure. Such as what? From a paid ad in yesterday’s Times titled “Heads of Schools Speak Out About Gun Violence”:
“…Now is the time to take action. As educators, we believe the United States Constitution, including the Second Amendment. We also believe our country need not choose between the protection of responsible gun ownership and the prevention of gun violence and that both can be achieved through thoughtful and forceful legislation. Never before have so many Independent School leaders in our region spoken with one voice on behalf of a single issue. We are moved to do so out of a duty to our students and all of our nation’s children. We stand ready to help in this effort, and encourage our colleagues leading schools across the country to join us. Above all, we demand that reason and compassion prevail when it means protecting our society’s most vulnerable members….”
- Do something! But don’t ask us what.
- Aren’t we virtuous?
- Think of the Children! But also think of the Constitution!
- You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one!
This doesn’t help. It just injects more platitudes and lazy thought into a debate that is already crippled by too much of the same.
5. Segue Alert 2!: And speaking of lazy thought: I’ll have more about Junior Demagogue David Hogg later, but for now let’s focus on this incompetent statement among many of his that went unchallenged on CNN yesterday, as he defended the officers who refused to enter Hogg’s school to try to stop shooter Nicholas Cruz:
“Who wants to go down the barrel of an AR-15, even with a Glock? And I know that’s what these police officers are supposed to do, but they’re people too.”
Ah, the irrepressible wisdom of children! Yes, David, they are people who accepted the responsibility of confronting such a shooter when they accepted the job and the compensation for it. Who wants to run into a burning building? Who wants to confront an armed gang member? Who wants to jump into the ocean from a helicopter to rescue a pleasure boat in a storm? Who wants to risk deadly viruses by treating plague victims in third world countries?
You’re on TV: Shut up about what you know nothing about, like duty, responsibility, professionalism, sacrifice, courage and ethics.
Why is the media presenting a smug, callow student who understands so little as a respectable commentator on anything?
6. Our brilliant school administrators at work: Man wins girls’ wrestling championship…again. For the second year in a row, Mack Beggs, who was born female and is transitioning to male while taking steroids. won the girls’ state high school wrestling title in Texas by beating the the same opponent in the final match as last year. Of course, she is still wholly female, while he si more male than before. A rule passed in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for Texas high school sports, mandates that competitors must compete as the gender on their birth certificate.
I wrote about Beggs last year. Take that post and double it.
Here’s the 2018 girl’s wrestling champ in action:
7. Finally, this happy note about those “awesome” North Korean cheerleaders at the Winter Olympics that NBC kept gushing over:
From the New York Post:
Members of the North Korean national cheerleading squad — who have been featured gleefully rooting at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics — are systematically forced to have sex with high-ranking members of Kim Jong Un’s twisted regime… Behind the scenes, the troupe — dubbed the “Pleasure Squad” by insiders — are forced to perform sex acts on party leaders during their trip to the Olympics, a defector with knowledge of the sexual slavery told Bloomberg News.
I am proud to say that I did not watch one second of this year’s Olympics.