Daily Recap — October 17

“The blessing in life is finding the torture you are comfortable with.”

— Jerry Seinfeld

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SOROS SOLDIER BUSTED

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A political operative from Virginia who’s spent a good chunk of his adult life terrorizing Republican political figures faces a misdemeanor battery charge in Nevada after witnesses say he pushed into a GOP campaign event and grabbed the manager of state Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s gubernatorial campaign.

Wilfred Michael Stark, 50, of Falls Church, Virginia, was freed today from Las Vegas city jail on $1,140 bail after being arrested the night before. I don’t yet have his court date, though I’m sure Soros has already provided a lawyer.

Stark told the officer who took him in that he was attacked “because he was a Democrat in a room full of Republicans,” according to the arrest report. Apparently the mere circumstance of being in a mostly Republican crowd is now a call to arms.

These people are absolutely nuts.


What’s funny is Stark was apparently so comfortable in his career as a professional “protestor” that he freely volunteered info about the nature of his activities. Witnesses provided statements to police saying Stark declared several times, “I do this for a living.”

They’re not even trying to hide it anymore.

Laxalt campaign spokesman Parker Briden linked Stark with American Bridge 21st Century (‘AB21’ for the purpose of this piece), a group that supports Democratic candidates and says it is committed to “holding Republicans accountable.” And whose pockets feature most prominently in AB21’s donor list? I bet you guessed it, you smart devil, you — yep, George Soros.

AB21 was the brainchild of one David Brock. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because he’s also the annoying gnat behind Media Matters, who do nothing but sit around all day looking for media clips of conservatives to take out of context. As if having 24/7 Fake News propaganda wasn’t enough, they have to try to stomp out the conservative voices who offer a counter-perspectivea. lso founded liberal watchdog group Media Matters. Soros funds them too, by the way. But again, you already knew that.

The organization spoke on behalf of Stark in March, following his arrest in D.C. on a simple assault charge for using his body to push a top aide to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outside a congressional hearing. AB21 said Stark “adamantly” denied the allegations.

I’m disturbed by AB21’s inclination to take men’s words for things. Misogynists. 

Stark also was arrested a year ago in suburban Virginia and charged with creating a disturbance while videotaping a parade appearance by GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, this time for ShareBlue Media, an AB21 affiliate. He was ultimately convicted of disorderly conduct.


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In Las Vegas, Laxalt campaign chief Kristin Davison made a citizen’s arrest after she and witnesses said Stark pushed her into a room and grabbed her arm hard enough to leave red marks.

“Mike Stark aggressively interrupted our conversation, both by loudly yelling and physically shoving a camera and his body at the attorney general and me,” Davison’s signed police complaint said. “I asked him to back away and he did not.”

These leftists don’t seem to want to listen when women say “no.”

Dim candidate Steve Sisolak’s campaign and state Dim party officials denied any connection to Stark, but only because James O’Keefe wasn’t there in a fake mustache to catch them bragging about it on camera. 

“No one should ever feel unsafe at a political event,” Sisolak spokeswoman Christina Amestoy said in a statement. “We strongly condemn this violence.”

Sure you do.


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BIG PICTURE:

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There’s really nothing new to learn from this story. Anyone who has dared to abandon the legacy media and seek out information for themselves is well aware of the ubiquitous George Soros and just how far his tentacles reach into American political activism.

Whether it’s protesters bussed in to riot for Mike Brown in Ferguson, similarly for Freddie Gray in Baltimore or lining the pockets of white collar coyote groups who aim to flood our country with illegals, to say Soros has been a pain in our side would be the understatement of the century.

One thing that has happened since Trump took office, however, is the willingness of mainstream voices, such as Fox News, to actually seek out his connection to events and *GASP* even utter his name in front page stories.

The truth is becoming increasingly stylish, and that’s something for which we should all be heartened.

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KEEBLER NETS ANOTHER LEAKER

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Keebler Jeff Sessions may not be long for the Justice Department, but at least he’s getting a few swampers on his way out.

 A shady Treasury Department bureaucrat was charged with leaking sensitive bank data to a Fake News reporter as part of the #Resistance operation against PDT and anyone remotely connected to him, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, campaign deputy Rick Gates and alleged Russian agent Maria Butina.

Natalie Mayflower Edwards, a senior adviser at Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), was named in a two-count complaint alleging that she disclosed so-called suspicious activity reports (SARs) that alert authorities to possible illegal banking transactions.

Edwards had her first federal court appearance today in Alexandria, Virginia, where she was released on a $100,000 bond. I’m sure a GoFundMe will appear any moment now to cover it. She is expected in a New York federal court next month where the case originated.

The reporter and news organization weren’t named in court documents, but prosecutors provided dates and contents of a series of news reports that made it pretty obvious that the dispatches were published by BuzzFeed. You know, the same trash can who published the pee-pee dossier at just the same moment Leakin’ James Comey was briefing it to PDT.


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During the past year, prosecutors asserted that Edwards exchanged hundreds of messages with the reporter, referred to in court documents as “Reporter 1,” using an encrypted application to disguise the contacts.

Edwards, while being interviewed Monday by FBI agents, “initially concealed her relationship with Reporter 1 and denied having any contacts with the news media,” according to court documents. At that time, according to court documents, Edwards said an associate director of FinCEN and another FinCEN employee had been in contact with journalists.

The associate director was described in court documents as “CC-1,” an acronym used to identify a co-conspirator. According to court documents, CC-1 exchanged hundreds of text messages with the reporter. 

 When agents made direct reference to Reporter 1, “Edwards changed her account and admitted that on numerous occasions she accessed SARs on her computer, photographed them and sent those photographs to Reporter 1 using the encrypted application.”

The information Edwards allegedly provided was used in the publication of about 12 articles during the past year related to Manafort, Gates, Butina and a real estate company in the name of Prevezon Alexander. A steady stream of extremely sensitive info coming straight from the Treasury Dept. It must be nice to be a Fake News reporter.

At the time of her arrest, Edwards had a flash drive containing the leaked documents in question, along with myriad other information on Manafort, Gates, Butina that hasn’t been specified. She also had a special cellphone used to communicate with the reporter.

She’s been charged with one count of unauthorized disclosures and one count of conspiracy to make the disclosures. Each carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison. Considering Buzzfeed received enough info to publish a dozen stories, those charges seem rather light.

To refresh your memory, Manafort was convicted of financial fraud in August by a federal court jury in Virginia, the first contested prosecution brought by King Bob Mueller.

Last month, Manafort pleaded guilty in a related case in the DC as part of an agreement with prosecutors which requires his cooperation in the Russia investigation.

Gates, who was originally charged with Manafort, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy and lying to the FBI. He testified against Manafort in the Virginia trial as part of his cooperation agreement with the government.

Butina, now awaiting trial, is accused of engaging in a yearslong campaign as a covert agent for the Kremlin in an attempt to “advance the interests of her home country.” That’s called a lobbyist, for those unfamiliar.

She is accused of infiltrating multiple political organizations, including the National Rifle Association, to gain influence for Russia. It should be noted, however, that the case against Butina is unrelated to Mueller’s investigation. So the coochie caps who think she may be the magic bullet to tie PDT to the Russians are going to be sorely disappointed, as usual.


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BIG PICTURE:

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While it’s generally difficult to catch leakers, in this particular case, there was one primary office back to which this type of documentation could be traced.

Still, it took over a year to apply the proper pressure to get to the bottom of this. And the charges, which amount to a possible 10-year sentence at the very most (which we all know won’t happen) is pitiful. This was a serious breach of incredibly sensitive information, done systematically and with a political agenda.

I suppose some justice is better than no justice, though it could be argued that ‘some’ justice is injustice. 

We’re going to have to play hardball every day of the week with these guys. Simply put, the Swamp will never police itself properly. Accountability is a foreign language to those who live under the shield of Uncle Sam.

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BLASPHEMY!

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PDT has proposed something never before thought possible inside the Beltway — cutting spending!

On the heels of a new Treasury Department report showing a 17% rise in the annual federal budget deficit, PDT said today that he was asking his Cabinet to propose major belt-tightening.

“We’re going to be asking for a 5% cut from every secretary,” PDT told reporters, adding “if not more,” just before a Cabinet meeting when he actually sat down with his lieutenants a few minutes later.

The Defense Department received the least of his ire, which is currently funded at $716 billion, saying its budget “will probably be $700 billion.” 


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DIM LIES AND HYPOCRISY:

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I know, I know — redundant. 
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This budget order from PDT, while good policy, is also the result of the hammering he’s been taking from Dims on the exploding debt and deficit and the need to rein in spending overall. This is very rich coming from Dims, of course, since the entire reason the last budget was so horrific was their hostage-taking stunt with military spending.

While there are valid points to be made in terms of wasteful defense spending (just as with every other government department), it doesn’t make what Dims did during the previous budget negotiation any less nauseating. PDT promised to build a stout military in order to give us leverage to dig ourselves out of the hole Obama put in on the world stage.

Dims, knowing what a priority this was for the administration, refused to give anything until their wish list was fulfilled. Planned Parenthood, the whole 9 yards. Since the omnibus wasn’t subject to reconciliation, meaning we needed 60 votes to push it through the Senate, Republicans essentially rolled over and gave Dims everything they wanted in exchange for military funding.

PDT outlined this reality himself in today’s remarks:

“I had to do that in order to get the $700 and the $716 billion, those numbers have never been heard of before,” he said of defense spending. “I had to give the Democrats, I call it ‘waste money,’ and things that I would have approved, but we had to do that in order to get the votes because we don’t have enough Republican votes to do this without them.”

ALTHOUGH ONE WOULD THINK THAT REPUBLICANS COULD GET $25 BILLION FOR THE WALL CONSIDERING THE MASSIVE PILE OF CASH THEY APPROVED TO SLAUGHTER BABIES EN MASSE. 

PDT may have to go down to Capitol Hill and do the negotiating himself.

The reason he had to put out this directive to his cabinet post-budget is the virtual impossibility of Congress passing an across-the-board reduction in federal spending of that magnitude, or any magnitude for that matter. In fact, a government-wide cut of that size hasn’t happened since the friggin Eisenhower administration.

So yeah, good luck with that.


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TURTLE TELLS THE TRUTH

 

Senate Majority Leader Turtle McConnell told Bloomberg yesterday that the real budgeting problem is entitlement programs. PDT promised when he campaigned for president that he would not touch Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, but since taking office, has proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid while leaving SS alone. 


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I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what the cabinet heads come up with. One would think that with this massive budget, they could at least find 5% to cut. As anyone who’s worked in government knows, though, it’s easier said than done. No one wants to be the one to step forward and say “cut my department.” No matter how redundant or useless their particular mission, bureaucrats are masters at showing manufacuring indispensability out of thin air.

It’s going to take a leader like PDT to change that culture; a wrecking ball who doesn’t care whose feathers get ruffled, someone who will stand up to the screaming and do what’s right for the American taxpayer.

As with many other issues, he has to take the issue to the American people to explain the situation we’re in, how we got here and what it will take to get us out. Americans are reasonable people when it comes down to it, and we can defeat Dim propaganda if we just give the American people a chance to think for themselves. It doesn’t have to be about who is getting the most out of government.

Our children need a future, Mr. President. Please don’t give up.

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NO GREATER HONOR

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In my opinion, one of the most sacred honors of the presidency is to award the Medal of Honor to a deserving recipient. These men and women represent the best among us, and it does good for the soul to hear their stories and pay homage to their sacrifice.

Even when it’s 50 years too late.

More than five decades after his extraordinary heroism during the Vietnam War, Sergeant Major (Ret.) John Canley was awarded the Medal of Honor today at the White House.

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Canley, who served in the Marines for 28 years after using his brother’s paperwork to enlist at the age of 15, was honored for his actions during the Battle of Hue in 1968.

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In 2014, one of Canley’s fellow servicemembers contacted Rep. Julia Brownley, the California Dim who represents Canley’s home district, to request that Canley’s Navy Cross, two Bronze Stars and Purple Heart be upgraded to the nations’ highest military honor.
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Brownley said she read testimonials from many of his fellow Marines.
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“I was very, very moved by it all and we went to work and didn’t give up and I’m delighted that we did,” she said.
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That set in motion a multi-year process with the Marine Corps and the Defense Department that ultimately required the House of Representatives to pass legislation to waive the five-year time limit on awarding the Medal of Honor on Canley’s behalf. The bill passed in January with bipartisan support.
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Not to taint this tribute with politics, but it’s nice to see a Democrat behave like an American for once. 

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Sergeant Major Canley’s write-up reads like the story of a true hero, because that’s exactly what it is:
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“While serving as Company Gunnery Sergeant, he fought off multiple enemy attacks as his company moved along a highway toward Hue City to relieve friendly forces who were surrounded. On several occasions, despite his own wounds, he rushed across fire-swept terrain to carry wounded Marines to safety. When his commanding officer was severely wounded, he took command and led his company into Hue City,” an announcement of the honor from the Marine Corps read.
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“While in command of the company for three days, he led attacks against multiple enemy-fortified positions while exposing himself to enemy fire to carry wounded Marines to safety,” the announcement continued. “On February 6, at a hospital compound, he twice scaled a wall in full view of the enemy to aid wounded Marines and carry them to safety.”
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Sergeant Major Canley did what he had to do to protect his men, often at his own peril. He was and is the embodiment of a Marine.

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This afternoon, Canley received raucous applause and hearty “oorahs” from the audience in the White House East Room, which included his children, grandchildren, friends, many of his fellow Marines and five previous Medal of Honor recipients.
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“This is always one of my favorite events. I like brave people, we meet them right here,” said PDT, praising Canley’s “unmatched bravery.”
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Through his “unrelenting combat,” PDT said, Canley “saved the lives of more than 20 Marines.”
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Fellow Marine Pat Fraleigh said in a statement he would have died if not for Canley.
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“I spent nine months in the St. Alban hospital, required numerous surgeries and am disabled, but, I would have died if (Canley) had not risked his life for mine,” Fraleigh said. “This was not the first time I saw Gunny Canley act heroically. At Cen Thien he not only carried Marines to safety, but also exposed himself to enemy fire.”
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“He was always leading and attacking the enemy and always standing up and encouraging us,” Fraleigh said.
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You know what courage is? Carrying wounded men while being wounded onself, all while exposing oneself to enemy machine gun fire and returning fire at every chance. You know what bravery isn’t? Giving a canned political diatribe on a red carpet against a president you’re forced to hate lest your career be destroyed.
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Sorry for the tangent; the contrast was just so stark it beared mentioning.

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Fraleigh was present to honor Canley, now 80 years old, at the White House and was recognized by the President, along with 30 Marines who fought under his command in the Battle of Hue.
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“John, it is because of your extraordinary personality and being and whatever it takes that really do something really special for our country,” PDT said.
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“America is the greatest force for peace, justice and freedom the world has ever known because of you and people like you,” he added. “There are very few, very few. Great people, but very, very few like you, John.”
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Our president loves a fighter and, man, so do I. So does America.

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It warms my heart to see a Marine get the recognition he so richly earned, even if he is but a small chapter in a very thick book of valor. Frankly, if every Vietnam veteran were properly recognized for the courage and sacrifice they rendered unto our country, the Executive and Legislative branches would have time for little else.
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As the son of a Vietnam vet, I’ve been blessed to hear the first-hand stories of countless warriors who fought and bled for this country as if it were but another daily task, never seeking attention or fortune for their efforts, only the well-being of those with whom they fought.
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I find that the most common trait among our greatest warriors is a concern for the men at their right and left above all else. It was that brotherhood, after all, that got them through those times when survival was far from a foregone conclusion. But in that process of taking care of one another, they showed the supreme good; the extraordinary selflessness that many in this age cannot fathom.
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Sergeant Major Canley and those like him are known for their valor in the face of the enemy, but equally impressive is their ability to defeat what some philosophers have called, “the darker angels of our nature.”
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No matter what you may have heard, read or thought, there are men and women who put themselves last at the times when average people would do just the opposite. There are warriors who can transcend the selfish nature that evil feeds upon every minute of every day to kill our spirits. Sergeant Major Canley proved that we can become something bigger; something that echoes long after we’ve abandoned this mortal coil.
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The Bible tells us that there is no greater love on Earth than that of a man who lays down his life for his brothers. I can tell you with high confidence that that love is still to be found in this world, and so long as that’s the case, we will always have a fighting chance.
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Thank you to all our great Vietnam veterans.
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