Friday's HOT MIC
Stephen-Klein's post is excellent but, sadly, it could have been written months ago and put on ice until this moment. The GOP fiscal irresponsibility writing has been on the wall in permanent marker for quite some time, as I am sure you are well aware. Here was my response last night to the Republicans on Twitter who were reacting as if this were unexpected behavior from the party:
When I co-founded the first Los Angeles Tea Party in 2009, I had already been a Republican activist for 25 years. My patience with the party regarding fiscal issues was already wearing thin then. That is why I threw so much effort into the Tea Party movement for the next few years. Without saying it, I felt that it was the last stand as far as making the Republicans truly distinguishable from the Democrats on money matters. When I left the party in 2016, people assumed it was about Trump, even though I'd made it clear that it wasn't. McConnell and others in the GOP had done nothing but push back against Tea Party people and our principles. We gift-wrapped two huge midterm wins that they couldn't have engineered on their own and the response was, "Shut up because we know stuff." I knew we couldn't make a lasting impact unless we were able to purge the party leadership almost all at once, and I knew that wasn't possible.
Into political exile I went. I am no longer an activist, and have no interest in being one again. Let the moderate Republicans destroy the party in the name of bipartisanship so they can have The New York Times say nice things about them for an hour. I'll be over here hoarding potato vodka until my former party makes sure I can no longer afford it.
This is The Adventures of Tom Swift, Flash Gordon, and Forbidden Planet all rolled into one.
The landing of Falcon Heavy - Space X huge reusable spaceship.
I don't know about you but I'm on the next flight to Mongo.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) indicated during an interview on Fox News Monday that his committee would be asking for the transcripts of the four surveillance requests on Carter Page from the FISA Court.
He has made good on that promise according to Fox News, which has obtained a copy of his congressional letter to the court:
Writing to Rosemary M. Collyer, the presiding judge at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Nunes asked for transcripts of "any relevant FISC hearings associated with the initial FISA application or subsequent renewals related to electronic surveillance of Carter Page."
The FISA abuse memo detailed the troubling information that was discovered in the Page surveillance warrant, first granted in October 2016. After HPSCI Republicans released the memo last week, Democrats and the media (BIRM) loudly protested that it was "incomplete and misleading."
Now that Nunes wants to have the entire transcripts of the four surveillance requests released, they'll moan about something else most likely:
As Ace quips: "I'm sure this'll be another case where our Firefighter Media says 'Don't you dare demand information from the government!!!'"
Highly recommend this discussion between John Batchelor, former congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) and former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy regarding the House Intel Committee's new focus on the State Dept. -- which seems to have "laundered" Clintonworld's slimey oppo research on team Trump to make it palatable for the FBI. The middleman here was one Jonathan M. Winer, former secretary state John Kerry’s special envoy to Libya and his Senate adviser -- and coincidentally, an "old friend" of longtime Clinton fixer Sid (Vicious) Blumenthal.
By the way, the John Batchelor Show is one of the best radio talk shows out there -- you should definitely tune in sometime when you have the chance.
More: If you have 40+ minutes to spare, you should listen to former Clinton adviser Dick Morris wax on and on about the filthy dealings of Hillary's henchmen, Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, in the nineties. Do you think it's just a coincidence that these unsavory characters from Clintonworld have popped up in the RussiaGate scandal?
As Liz Sheld hinted in her Morning Update (below): What if I told you that Steele was just a cover to get the information from Blumenthal and Shearer to the FBI? I'm just speculating here...
Think that's beyond the pale? Listen to Morris describe some of their dirty tricks here. He could probably go on all day.