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Trump’s Base Revolts Against Syria Strike, by Justin Raimondo

Justin Raimondo notes the realignment of those cheering and jeering President Trump after the Syrian missile strike. From Raimondo at antiwar.com:

Democrats and neocons support him – Trump’s supporters, not so much

President Trump’s former enemies in the mainstream media, which he has characterized as purveyors of “fake news,” turned on a dime the moment he bombed Syria: the Establishment was thrilled that, suddenly, he was acting “presidential.” CNN, a particular target of the President’s ire, was gushing: NBC’s Brian Williams, in a bizarre turn of phrase, hailed the “beauty” of the bombing, which killed a number of civilians. Democratic party politicians, with few exceptions, stood at attention and saluted, while Trump’s Republican critics – notably John McCain and Lindsey Graham – praised the President while taking the opportunity to agitate for more extensive military action.

On the other hand, conservative media that has been supportive of Trump reviled the move: Breitbart readers weren’t happy, and neither were some of the writers. Ann Coulter was furious, and Laura Ingraham was hardly supportive. Michael Savage declared himself a “conservative peacenik,” Tucker Carlson was very skeptical, and on Twitter, the “Trump trolls” were trolling their former hero. British populist Nigel Farage, who led the Brexit referendum to victory, and who endorsed Trump, opined that Trump voters “will be scratching their heads” in bewilderment. Even over at National Review, a neocon redoubt, the voice of dissent was raised.

In short, Trump’s most vocal supporters were joining the ranks of the antiwar movement, a development the media noted with the same vitriolic disdain it had formerly reserved for Trump himself:

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Where the Anti-Russian Moral Panic is Leading Us, by Justin Raimondo

Are you now or have you ever been an advocate of better relations with Russia? This time it will be Democrats and neoconservative Republicans leading the McCarthyite witch hunts. From Justin Raimondo at antiwar.com:

They said the election of Donald Trump would usher in an era of political repression in which the First Amendment would come under attack – and they were right, although not in the way they meant it:

“Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories – some fictional – that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.

“Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as ‘bots,’ to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.”

Aside from sites run by the Russian government, like Russia Today and Sputnik, the targets of the investigation are Breitbart.com, the pro-Trump web site formerly managed by Steve Bannon – now an advisor to the President – and Infowars.com, the “conspiracy” site made famous by entertainer Alex Jones, although the purview of the witch hunt “investigation” is bound to broaden.

Those “bots” – automated programs that broadcast links, tweets, Facebook posts, etc. – were supposedly launched at key times during the presidential campaign, and were disproportionately anti-Clinton — are supposedly the key link in a Vast Russian Conspiracy. The FBI leakers tell McClatchy News that “investigators examining the bot attacks are exploring whether the far-right news operations took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives. Their participation, however, wasn’t necessary for the bots to amplify their news through Twitter and Facebook.”

So this is how the smear campaign scores points: you don’t have to be on the Russian payroll – you can be a “useful idiot” just because of your political views, which condemn you as an “unwitting” agent, as former CIA director Mike Morell described Trump. This is how the parameters of “respectable” opinion are policed: this is how the War Party criminalizes those who think that the cold war is over and shouldn’t be revived.

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Who Is Going To Save The Democrat Party? Chelsea! by Kurt Schlichter

Kurt Schlichter brings just the right amounts of venom and sardonic humor to this analysis of Chelsea Clinton’s political prospect. From Schlichter on a guest post at theburningplatform.com:

Can you feel the pulse-pounding sense of excitement that’s sweeping the nation in the wake of the sudden rise to media prominence of superwoke everywoman Chelsea Clinton?

I sure can, but then I’m a conservative Republican. I totally support the Democrats making Chelsea the face of their party.

Please, please, please make her the face of your party.

Let’s be clear – Chelsea is not an embodiment of malignant evil, as is her harpy mother. I am aware of acts of great kindness she has personally performed; she does not appear to be a morally bankrupt monster like her parents. Nor do I blame her for supporting her mother or Bill. But Chelsea is a doctrinaire limo liberal who is utterly clueless about her privilege – she is one of the rare cases where the use of that term is neither teeth-gratingly stupid or a lie designed to seize unearned moral authority. And she buys into the moral vacuum that is progressivism’s received wisdom – from going all-in on the global warming scam to seeing all the SJW –isms and –phobias behind every opponents’ views to embracing the Planned Parenthood baby-killing racket. She should be left to live her life in peace without harassment, but so should we – which means Chelsea must never hold anything like a position of power.

Still, you can see the push to make her a thing; someone’s clearly hired a PR professional to inflate this obnoxious trial balloon. She gets a non-story story in The Hill nearly every day, like “Chelsea Clinton Fuels Speculation of Political Run” (Don’t follow the link – the site has one of those stupid auto-plays; if Chelsea’s platform consisted solely of ritually disemboweling anyone putting an auto-play ad on a website I’d write her a check today).

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The Democrats’ Trump-Russia Conspiracy Campaign Collapses, by Tyler Durden

The Democrats should have put a toe-tag on this one a long time ago. They were only hurting themselves with the Russia conspiracy concoction, as SLL noted in “Morons,” but it looks like some of them, at least, are ready to move on. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

Is sanity finally returning? After weeks of ranting and raving about Russian “interference” and Putin-Trump conspiracies, so-called ‘intelligence’ agencies and high-ranking Democrats are quietly walking back their rhetoric and managing their base’s expectations – simply put: there’s no ‘there’, there.

‘Moon of Alabama’ reminds us that a while ago Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone warned: Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media:

If we engage in Times-style gilding of every lily the leakers throw our way, and in doing so build up a fever of expectations for a bombshell reveal, but there turns out to be no conspiracy – Trump will be pre-inoculated against all criticism for the foreseeable future.

And now, as The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes, key Democratic officials are now warning their base not to expect…

From MSNBC politics shows to town hall meetings across the country, the overarching issue for the Democratic Party’s base since Trump’s victory has been Russia, often suffocating attention for other issues. This fixation has persisted even though it has no chance to sink the Trump presidency unless it is proven that high levels of the Trump campaign actively colluded with the Kremlin to manipulate the outcome of the U.S. election — a claim for which absolutely no evidence has thus far been presented.

The principal problem for Democrats is that so many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting from feeding the base increasingly unhinged, fact-free conspiracies — just as right-wing media polemicists did after both Bill Clinton and Obama were elected — that there are now millions of partisan soldiers absolutely convinced of a Trump/Russia conspiracy for which, at least as of now, there is no evidence. And they are all waiting for the day, which they regard as inevitable and imminent, when this theory will be proven and Trump will be removed.

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Morons, by Robert Gore

Democrats may want to reconsider their embrace of the moronic.

There is no greater earthly pleasure than seeing people who pose as intellectually superior revealed as morons. Hillary Clinton was wretched, but Democrats have bought off half the electorate; there was no way they should have lost to a man who had never held office. Her defeat was a glorious culmination of delirious delusion that connoisseurs of the moronic will forever cherish. Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.” When you don’t know at whom the audience is laughing , it’s you. Last week, Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide, a book of 266 blank pages, was number one on Amazon’s bestseller list (a few notches above Prime Deceit). Still, the donkeys don’t get the joke.

They have hitched their wagons to a galaxy of falling stars—in their infatuation with Hollywood, literally as well as figuratively. Once upon a time Tinsel Town was glamorous, but familiarity borne of celebrity overexposure has bred contempt. Except for their groupies, the Oscar red carpet set just doesn’t generate as much excitement as it used to. Hollywood is beset by challenges, including labor costs, the Internet, new competitors Netflix and Amazon, declining attendance, and over reliance on comic book franchises. It doesn’t take much of a literary bent to see the Best Picture snafu as a metaphor.

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It takes beyond Best Actor or Actress acting to hector “ordinary” people for their benighted ignorance while convincing them of your deep concern for their welfare. The ordinaries aren’t stupid, but the Democrats have gone all in on hectoring, insincere celebrities. Stars write campaign checks. “Public service” ads featuring Hollywood luminaries warning of Trump disaster helped more than hurt him. Thirty million is a big US audience for a Hollywood blockbuster; 32.9 million watched part or all of this year’s Academy Awards. A much smaller group consistently follow the stars (People magazine’s circulation, a good proxy, is around 3.5 million). Anywhere from 50 to 150 million Americans ignore or despise Hollywood. If they had any humility, which they don’t, contemplation of that imbalance would humble stars and their codependent Democrats.

The Dems have hitched their wagons double-tight to other falling stars that have already blazed their brightest: the mainstream media (MSM), the intelligence community, and academia. Just like Hollywood, the MSM’s stock in trade is make-believe, and just like Hollywood the MSM’s numbers are dwindling. It shed even the pretense of impartiality this last election, destroying what was left of its credibility while pontificating on “fake news.”

“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ’em.” So crooned Kenny Rogers, and its usually a good idea to fold a few hands or step away from the table after a big loss. The moronic play is to bet heavily the next hand, regardless of the cards, and try to get it all back at once. Having lost big with Trump’s victory, the Democrats, their captive media, and the gang that couldn’t spy straight were well-advised to sit it out for a while. Instead, they doubled down with the equivalent of eight-high showing, nothing in the hole—the concocted Russian story and attempted coup.

With Wikileak’s release of Vault 7, and the promise of much more to come, Trump’s raking in yet another big pot (see “Plot Holes” and “Trump and Vault 7”). If the guy across the table’s stack keeps growing, and you’re reaching for your wallet, reconsider your dismissive evaluation of him and realize that perhaps you’re not as sharp as you think. Unfortunately for morons, they don’t do reconsideration and self-evaluation. The coup plotters had a weak hand they played poorly. Fortunately for them, unfortunately for the rest of us, they’re in the United States and will live to plot again. In most of the rest of our unfree world, they’d be lined up and shot.

In academia, slogan-spouting, mental-midget professors sing the praises of government—which pays their salaries—and shout “academic freedom” at anyone challenging either their funding or nonsense. Students ban challengers or knock them senseless as the faculty and administration look away. So much for academic freedom. Parents take out second mortgages and students take on six-figure student loans to be herded through politically correct curriculums that leave them intellectually stunted, prepared only for careers as baristas, Uber hacks, paid protestors, gender-neutral bathroom attendants, or social justice forum moderators. The code has been cracked on using modern technology to provide meaningful higher education at a fraction of the cost, but Democrats have plighted their troth with the costly, crumbling, and corrupt academy.

There are still a few Democrats around who protested the Vietnam War and reviled the establishment. Hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky said he skated to where the puck was going. Politically, the Democrats have skated to where the puck was back in 2001, embracing all the worst aspects of establishment Republicanism: foreign intervention, unipolarity, the military-industrial-intelligence police state, crony capitalism, bogus “free trade” deals, Wall Street bailouts, and noxious central bank machinations. Hillary Clinton is a political transvestite, wearing the garb of the opposition so well she’s indistinguishable from it, yet her moronic minions decried tepid enthusiasm or outright rejection among the Sanders’ supporters they screwed.

Anti-establishment revolt, fiscal constriction, devolution, and decentralization are where the puck is headed. Switching back to the poker analogy: if you preserve your stake and bide your time, eventually the cards come your way. The Democrats still have a substantial stake; their opponents’ grave dancing is wildly premature. That bought-off half of the electorate remains a formidable asset. The Democrats need to make the antes to show everyone they’re still in the game—jeering Trump on immigration, cheering him on infrastructure spending, and so on—but quit throwing their chips away on loser hands like the Russian fabrication.

Even as the Democratic gerontocracy slides from moronic obliviousness to moronic senility, there are perhaps younger political opportunists who see the party as the ideal vehicle for their ambitions. A stock market crash and recession are way overdue. Crushing debt will make this next contraction a doozy and Trump’s support will drop with the DJIA and the GDP. His foreign interventions will be just as disastrous as his predecessors’. He, his party, and his military and Goldman Sachs appointees are now the establishment. One would think somebody in the Democratic party would skate to where the puck is going and reorient it, or at least its rhetoric and tactics, to capitalize on anti-establishment fervor as it reaches full boil. Or maybe not, but if they don’t, the Democrats will join a long line of morons who leave the game flat broke.

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Amazon bestseller ‘Reasons to Vote for Democrats’ is a book of empty pages, from The Burning Platform

From theburningplatform.com:

The No. 1 bestseller on Amazon, “Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide,” is a book consisting of 266 blank pages.

The book jokingly claims to be the “most exhaustively researched and coherently argued Democrat Party apologia to date.”

Conservative Ben Shapiro also provides a review of the empty book, calling it “thorough.”

The book is authored by Michael J. Knowles, the managing editor of the Daily Wire, which was founded by Shapiro in 2015.

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Knowles said the decision to leave the pages blank was based on what he has observed about the Democratic Party over the past decade from a policy perspective.

“I’ve been observing the Democratic Party for at least 10 years now, and when I observed their record and reasons to vote for them — on reasons of economics or foreign policy or homeland security or civil rights and so on — I realized it was probably best to just leave all the pages blank,” Knowles said.

Amazon customers can buy the book in paperback for $7.08.

https://www.theburningplatform.com/2017/03/10/amazon-bestseller-reasons-to-vote-for-democrats-is-a-book-of-empty-pages/

Chart of the Day – Democrats Now Like the CIA More Than Republicans, by Michael Krieger

The Democrats have cozied up to the CIA, hoping the agency will help them get rid of Trump. There was an old adage…something about those who lie down with dogs getting up with fleas. From Michael Krieger at libertyblitzkrieg.com:

Never mind decades of coups, mind-control programs, media infiltration, faulty intelligence and overseas election meddling, all it took was an embarrassing loss from Hillary Clinton to spark a furious love affair between Democrats and the CIA. It appears unaccountable intelligence agency worship is suddenly a “liberal” position. Who knew!

The following poll was taken two months ago, but many of you probably missed it back then. The shift is simply mind-boggling.

NBC reports:

For the first time since the survey asked about the CIA back in 2002, Democrats now have a more positive view of the nation’s foreign intelligence agency than Republicans do.
In the wake of Trump’s unvarnished skepticism about the CIA’s assessment that Russia did act to influence the outcome of the election in his favor, a December NBC/WSJ poll showed that 29 percent of Republicans view the CIA positively, compared to 24 percent who view it negatively (Net favorability of +4 percent.) But for Democrats, it was 46 percent positive, 14 percent negative (Net favorability of +32 percent).

That’s a particularly significant reversal for a party that has typically led the charge against intelligence agency overreach. In 1975, for example, a special Senate panel led by Democrat Frank Church investigated the CIA and other intelligence agencies, probing the legality of assassination attempts of foreign leaders, domestic surveillance practices and the monitoring of political activities by American citizens.

Now here’s the chart.

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