What is the Tunnel Wall?

.........................A timely collection of conservative articles about corrosive liberal influences on politics and culture in America ......................

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Strzok and Page: Not an Olympics skating pair.

Scorned FBI Lover Lisa Page Torched Cheating FBI Partner Peter Strzok; “Lisa is on a Warpath”  

"In the end, Peter Strzok’s FBI lover Lisa Page “sold out” the FBI executive and divulged many improprieties he was involved in along with other FBI brass, according to FBI insiders.
"Strzok was fired today from the FBI.
"FBI insiders said Page, his former lover, was “instrumental in getting him terminated.”
"“Lisa is on a warpath,” one former colleague said. “She is not done either.”
"Fired FBI leaders Andrew McCabe, James Comey and other current FBI leaders like Bill Priestap could be on deck, according to officials familiar with Page’s congressional testimony in hearings and private sessions with her attorney.
"Strzok, FBI sources said, is the target of several investigations.
"And more could be on the horizon, according to Congressional investigators who spoke to True Pundit’s Thomas Paine.
"Lisa Page is angry, according to her associates inside FBI HQ in D.C.
“ 'Remember you guys (True Pundit) had the story where McCabe was going to burn down the FBI?” one agent said. “You may want to rewrite it for Lisa Page. I think she could bring it all down on their heads.”
"That’s the word on the street. Page is angry and willing to testify against everyone linked to losing her FBI career.
"If her House testimony is any indication, that spells trouble for the Deep-State Sanhedrin. After Page testified, True Pundit reported China had hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails when she was Secretary of State." . . .

GoFundMe Page Raises $250,000 for Peter Strzok After Firing From FBI
. . . "The "Friends Of Special Agent Peter Strzok" quickly garnered more than $250,000 and counting for Strzok, who was let go by the bureau on Friday.
"Strzok played an integral part in both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and what would later become the special counsel's Russia probe.
"He was subpoenaed to testify before House lawmakers in July over anti-Trump texts he sent to Lisa Page, his former co-worker and lover, using his FBI phone." . . .

In Peter Strzok, Trump-haters have picked a truly repulsive martyr to their cause

. . . "There's more, and if you can take it, you can read about what a swell fellow he is, though it doesn't explain his super-power to detect Trump-supporters by smell." . . .
What's not to like about this guy? (pictured, right)

Trump delivers on coal

Don Surber
They said it couldn't be done, but Donald John Trump did it anyway.

"That is the story of his life. He brought back Manhattan. He built the Central Park skating rink. He wrote a best-seller. He had a hit TV show. He married a model. He married a model. He married a model.

"Since then he won the presidency and saved the coal industry. The only time in his campaign when he wore headgear that was not of his own making was when he donned a coal miner's helmet in Charleston, West Virginia.

"The New York Times scoffed. In February, it ran an editorial, "Trump’s Deceptive Energy Policy."

"The Times said, "Mr. Trump’s false narrative on coal is particularly cruel, since it offers empty promises to Appalachian coal miners who are suffering grievous job losses and myriad health and economic ills. It’s true that the last two Democratic presidents — Bill Clinton and Mr. Obama — cracked down on power plant emissions like soot and mercury with rules that imposed real costs on producers; and Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan, aimed at cutting the carbon emissions that fuel global warming, would have pressured the industry more.

" 'But these regulations did not kill coal-fired plants, and rolling them back, as Mr. Trump is doing, will not stop the unforgiving forces of the market, chiefly the switch to cheaper natural gas, and renewables’ increasing competitiveness. These are the forces that have been largely responsible for the decline in mining jobs and the closing, or conversion to natural gas, of hundreds of coal-fired plants.' " . . .

Omarosa: After selecting people like Kelly and Mattis, how did Trump make this choice?

Under normal circumstances, an honest press would refuse to go along with this travesty. They would leave this kind of self-promotion to the scandal sheets. Unfortunately, hating Trump is one of those addictions that you just can't put down.   Silvio Canto, Jr.
Rich Terrell
Tuning Omarosa Out  "The latest episode of Fire and Fury is on your TV screens.  
"Unlike the book, you won't have to pay $30 for this version.  In fact, you can see for free for the next six weeks on MSNBC.  The episodes include audio tapes recorded secretly in the White House.  
"Among other things, Omarosa reminds us that Trump has mental problems!  No kidding!  I bet that he walks at night and checks with Richard Nixon before he tweets!  
"Can these people come up with something new other than racism or mental illness?  Who made them psychiatrists, anyway?
"This is not going to work, for a couple of reasons:
"First, I'm convinced that people have tuned this daily anti-Trump garbage out.  In other words, the only people who care about this already hate Trump.  Wonder how many Democrats running in competitive elections will invite Omarosa to their next rally?
"Second, and here I agree with Eliana Johnson, picking a fight with highly respected Chief of Staff John Kelly was not smart:  . . ." 

Naturally, Trump lashes out at her  . . . "Trump is right that it’s not presidential to take on the likes of Omarosa. It’s also not presidential to give her a high-level job." . . .
. . . "Lindsey Graham nailed it when he said of Trump, in response to the charge that the president is racist:
It is not the color of your skin [that determines how Trump reacts to you; it is not the content of your character. It is what you say about him.
"That’s a good defense to the racism charge, but it’s a sad commentary on the man and, to some degree, his presidency." (Emphasis added by TD) 
Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley
WH: Omarosa Defending Trump's Character 'Wasn't Paying Her Bills'  . . . "Gidley is also suspicious of Manigault's change of heart and whether it had anything to do with fame and fortune. She once touted Trump as a friend to the black community and defended his character at every turn, but that apparently "wasn't paying his bills," Gidley mused. Now, she calls him a "racist." Her new book, full of details critical of the Trump White House, is sure to sell more than a few copies, he suggested." . . .

Dana Perino: Omarosa's book will be forgotten -- her despicable behavior will not
. . . "And with that, I was able to move beyond that book. I forgave and moved on with my work. That, President Bush said, is what working in the White House is about. It isn’t about the self but it is the people of this nation. They deserve the best work ethic White House employees can muster.
"Omarosa chose not to do that. Her book will be forgotten. Her breach of confidence and ghastly disloyalty - to the country - will not be." . . .

Hell hath no fury . . . "President Trump had moved up, but he hadn’t adequately moved on from some of the people around him that were stunting his growth as our president.

"Omarosa should have never been a part of Trump’s staff. It was clear from the beginning she was out for herself. Kudos to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for recognizing that as quickly as he did. When the president invites someone to be a part of his staff, they must realize they have a duty to serve the American people by serving the president and helping him fulfill the agenda that elevated him to the highest office in the land." . . .

Movie Review: Death of a Nation

"The film’s reviews on Rotten Tomatoes show there is vast difference in the opinions from professional critics (an amazing 0%) as opposed to the audience that actually watched it (91%).
"The disparity is so obviously based on politics that PJ Media’s Roger Simon actually requested a real movie review of that film. I thought I would oblige, having fled the California heat and wildfires for the blessed relief of air-conditioning.
"As a political documentary, I enjoyed elements of Death of a Nation immensely. D’Souza shines when he discusses history, featuring old clips and re-enactments to make his point. I found the material related to Nazi Germany engrossing. Perhaps the most moving was the story of Sophie Scholl, a German student and anti-Nazi political activist, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group who was convicted of treason and beheaded."

"I couldn’t help but think that Scholl offers a stark contrast to today’s social justice warriors on campus and Antifa." . . .

In comparison, I give Death of a Nation 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is worth seeing if you enjoy this type of film, but the books would be better for understanding the themes and sharing D’Souza’s ideas with others.

The situational “Jim Acosta: Roaring Lion to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Purring Kitty to Raul Castro.”

Power Line Blog  "Decades ago, after Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn took up residence in the United States, he noted that some of the same journalists he now observed behaving so rudely toward government officials in America had acted like pussycats when they were assigned to the Soviet Union. His comment, though very likely true, may have been a bit harsh.
"The fact that a journalist isn’t prepared to risk his freedom in a foreign country shouldn’t estop him from being tough on officials in their own free country. On the other hand, a journalist who is hyper-aggressive with officials at home shouldn’t grovel before foreign ones. Stay out of jail, yes. Suck up, no. Defer, not unless the alternatives are too dangerous.
"Solzhenitsyn’s comment came to mind when I read this piece about Jim Acosta by Humberto Fontova. He writes:
If CNN’s Jim Acosta spoke to the mass-murdering Stalinist dictator Raul Castro with half the insolence he sputters at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who could blame him?
After all, Jim Acosta’s father fled Stalinist Cuba as an 11 year- old, while Raul Castro destroyed his homeland and shattered his family, same as the Castros — through mass-executions, mass-jailings, mass larceny and exile–shattered practically every family in Cuba.
But no. While addressing the mass-murdering Cuban dictator Jim Acosta’s nervous brownnosing outdid both Eddie Haskell upon his every greeting of June Cleaver and The Scarecrow’s upon meeting the Wizard of Oz.
"Here is the exchange between Acosta and Castro to which Fontova refers:
Jim Acosta: Gracias, President Castro. Thank you, President Castro, for your hospitality here in Havana. I wanted to know, please sir, if you have Cuban political prisoners and why you don’t release them.
Raul Castro: Well, give me a list of the political prisoners and I will release them immediately. Just mention the list. What political prisoners? Give me a name or names or when — after this meeting is over, you can give me a list of political prisoners, and if we have those political prisoners, they will be released before tonight ends.
"If he had received this answer from Sarah Sanders or President Trump, Acosta would have insisted on following up, yelling out his questions if necessary — e.g., “Are you seriously denying that your government holds political prisoner[s]?” . . .

. . . Instead, according to Fontova, Acosta murmured another “thank you” and sat down.  . . .

Media ignore Trump’s British support on NATO

The fact that you have heard nothing about this from the New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS, NBC, ABC, or the rest of the elite American media tells you how phony is the version of reality they are presenting to Americans. It also is yet another example of the media’s bias.  . . .

The Hill  

"Since President Donald Trump left the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday and travelled to the United Kingdom to visit Prime Minister Theresa May and other British officials, the elite media have been desperately trying to cast this important overseas trip in a bad light.

"They want you to believe that all NATO member states (along with their entire populations) hate our president, and that even our closest allies are upset and scandalized by his demand that all NATO members pay their fair shares for our common defense.

"The elite media – at least in the U.S. – are so committed to this narrative that they are ignoring evidence that contradicts it.

"For instance, on Wednesday, nine former senior officers of the British military took out a half-page advertisement in the Times of London, agreeing with President Trump’s position on NATO and urging Prime Minister May to heed his advice. It was accompanied by a story, written by the Times of London’s defense editor, describing the fact that the UK was “set to fail Trump’s funding test.' "

Monday, August 13, 2018

White House Mulls Legal Options Over Omarosa’s Secret Taping In Situation Room

Daily Wire

"White House lawyers are examining legal options for punishing Omarosa Manigault Newman for releasing secretly taped recordings with Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly inside the secure Situation Room.

“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room shows a blatant disregard for our national security — and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Sunday.

"Former Trump spokesman Sean Spicer also said Newman could face legal problems for the secret taping in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, known as a SCIF.

"It's an unbelievable violation of protocol and the law," Spicer said. "You can lose your security clearance for bringing your device into SCIF — to bring it in is a violation but to willfully record it — you're entering a whole other realm.' " . . .

Voters More Likely to Credit Trump for Economy Over Obama

Rasmussen "With the unemployment rate still among 18-year lows and the Dow Jones Industrial Average still among all-time highs, voters are slowly giving President Trump more credit than President Obama for the improving economy, though there remains a stark partisan divide. Voters agree, though, that impeaching Trump would be a detriment to the nation’s economy.

"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe the improving economy is due more to Trump than Obama, while 40% think it is more the result of the policies Obama put in place before he left office. (To see survey question wording, click here.) " . . . 

The Facts About the Individual Mandate Repeal and the Increase in Premiums

Finally, millions of uninsured people no longer will face the threat of IRS tax penalties. For theoreticians who support the mandate, this may be bad news. Those at risk of tax penalties for making rational economic decisions not to buy costly policies they don’t want will take a different view.
Galen Institute

"It turns out sabotage might be overrated.
"A new study by the Center for American Progress argues Congress’s repeal of the individual mandate and a proposed Trump administration rule that would expand the sale and renewal of short-term policies will have a devastating effect on 2019 premiums.
"These acts of “sabotage” mean 40-year-old non-smokers will pay an average of $970 more in premiums in 2019, beyond the increases that would have occurred in their absence, according to the study.  The study then attempts to estimate rate increases by congressional district.  An earlier CAP study estimated statewide premium effects.
"Since rate increases have not yet been announced in most states, CAP estimates premiums will rise by an average of 16.4 percent in those states because of these two policies, on top of an underlying trend of 7 percent, for a total average 2019 premium increase of 23.4 percent.
"But a comparison of the CAP “sabotage” estimates with preliminary 2019 rate filings in cities in 17 states compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests CAP vastly overestimated the effects of these policy changes on premiums. In 13 of the 17 cities, total requested premium increases are less than the statewide increases CAP attributes to these policies. The table below compares the Kaiser data on the 17 cities with the statewide premium effects CAP ascribes to these two policies.
. . . 
For example, CAP predicts that repeal of the mandate and rules changes on short-term plans will increase average 2019 premiums in Colorado by 18.3 percent. But according to a Kaiser analysis of preliminary rate filings, premiums in Denver will rise by just 6 percent. That pattern held for all but four of the cities included in the Kaiser analysis.

NYT Caught Red-Handed Revising History To Give Credit To Obama For The Trump Economy

Rich Terrell
DC Whispers
The bias and deception are so obvious is it any wonder the once great publishing news pillar that was the New York Times has fallen so low? This is the same New York Times that once laid out how bad the economy was in the final year of Mr. Obama’s presidency that is now attempting to link President’s Trump’s remarkable economic success to…Obama.  Check it out:
Via Investors.com:  Economic Boom: Media Rewrite History To Credit Obama Instead Of Trump
"Growth: The stronger the economy gets under President Trump, the more desperate his critics are to hand credit over to Obama. Even if that entails changing the past."A recent New York Times story says it all: “An Economic Upturn Begun Under Obama Is Now Trump’s To Tout.”"The article begins by admitting that “by nearly every standard measure, the American economy is doing well,” then spends the next 1,400 words arguing that the current good times have nothing to do with Trump’s economic agenda."The economy, reporter Patricia Cohen declares, “is following the upward trajectory begun under President Barack Obama.”"Upward trajectory? We seem to recall that the economy was stagnating in 2016 after the weakest recovery from a recession since the Great Depression.In fact, The New York Times itself described Obama’s economy this way in August 2016: “For three quarters in a row, the growth rate of the economy has hovered around a mere 1%. In the last quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, the economy expanded at feeble annual rates of 0.9% and 0.8%, respectively. The initial reading for the second quarter of this year, released on Friday, was a disappointing 1.2%.”…The next month, CBS News reported that “with U.S. economic growth stuck in low gear for several years, it’s leading many economists to worry that the country has entered a prolonged period where any expansion will be weaker than it has been in the past.”

Fonda Cements Legacy as Hanoi Jane

Robyn Dolgin  "Jane Fonda resumes her performance as an historical revisionist on a subject that keeps coming back to haunt her: the Vietnam War.
"Fonda’s latest foray into her past as a useful propaganda tool for the communists has reared its ugly narrative all over again on the occasion of the thespian accepting a “Lifetime Achievement” award at the Traverse City Film Festival this summer. Michael Moore, the king of propaganda, added to the publicity swirl by heaping accolades on the actress as he bestowed the award.
"Jane basked in the glow of her safe audience at the festival -- taking advantage of the occasion to screen the sanitized version of her life in the recently released HBO documentary, Jane Fonda in Five Acts.
"At the event, gullible liberals made up most of her audience embracing the activist’s “proud” anti-war participation from the 1970s, but not everyone proved to be a fawning fan. Dozens of Vietnam veterans showed up to protest Fonda’s blatantly false wartime assertions including her attempts to delegitimize and demonize American combat soldiers (which has proven posthumously in the case of more than 58,000 veterans). 
"Veterans find many of her actions unforgivable, even 46 years later." . . .
"In 1973, Fonda called returning American POWs “liars and traitors” for telling the truth about their systematic torture and the killing of their comrades in captivity. Fonda’s cruel reception for returning POWs -- many of whom suffered captivity in cages, years in isolation and sadistic beatings -- failed to make the final edit in the appropriately named documentary, Five Acts. The point of the project was to romanticize Fonda’s life -- and to that end many viewers would never learn of the irreparable harm she has caused to others. Most Americans will never know Fonda earned the moniker, “Hanoi Jane,” because of her self-initiated broadcasts -- which included labeling American soldiers “war criminals” -- on Radio Hanoi. She succeeded in demoralizing our troops and acting as a “pro-victory” cheerleader for the communists." . . .

The NFL continues its ways

Police Union Cancels Discount Ticket Program After Miami Dolphin Anthem Protests
The start of it all
"The Broward County PBA recently offered our members discounts to a Miami Dolphins game because that franchise said they were going to honor all First Responders,” read the organization’s Facebook statement, released on Friday. “We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the National Anthem. This did not happen at last night’s preseason game against Tampa Bay.”
"As a result, the BCPBA will no longer participate in this ticket program, and we are asking all of our members, as well as members of the Dade County PBA and Palm Beach County PBA, not to participate either. If you have already purchased tickets to this game, we encourage you to call the Dolphins ticket office to request a refund because this organization obviously DOES NOT honor First Responders and the dangers they put themselves in every day." . . .

How the NFL lost my trust . . . "'I will not be lectured about my politics by Bob Costas, or any other announcer on ESPN or any other network. The players, owners and announcers need to know that my contempt for them exceeds whatever they may hold for me as Joe Nobody former football fan.

"It's not just the anthem controversy but that is the genesis of my disgust. I no longer trust the game. Let me explain. Following the Anthem protest in last season's Oakland vs. Washington game in September, 2017 it is alleged that the offensive line of the Raiders, upset  at their quarterback's failure to support their protest, allowed him to be sacked and ultimately injured." . . .
Major League Baseball has no Anthem controversy. In fact, this year's MLB All Star Game went out of its way to recognize 29 Congressional Medal of Honor Awardees and all other veterans. They honored these men. The stadium announcer introduced each of these men as the true heroes they are. Tears were shed. Players and all in the stands seemed awed and humbled. I know that I was.
10-Year-Old Crippled Boy Stands for Anthem at Tennessee Fair — NFL Still Kneeling (VIDEO)

The NFL Doesn't Actually Care About You, or Your Service  . . . "Obviously, I was wrong, because here we are again, my friends: another year, another round of protests. And all because the NFL and Roger Goodell have been subverted by the most sinister of human endeavors—politics." . . .