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Two days ago, conservative talk-show titan Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that he’s been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
Stage 4 lung cancer means the cancer has metastasized (spread) throughout the body to other organs. Distressingly, the median life expectancy of stage 4 lung cancer is only around 8 months; the 5-year survival rate after diagnosis is only 4%.
Last night, at his State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Trump saluted and conferred on Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal are the highest civilian awards in the United States. Established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, the Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes those people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.
Demonrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who will be 80 years old on March 26, with her botoxed, many-times lifted, wrinkleless face, pointedly remained seated and refused to applaud.
Pelosi also showed her disdain by tearing up a printed copy of President Trump’s State of the Union speech.
Earlier, when Trump walked into the House chamber to raucous applause from GOP members and chants of “four more years,” Trump snubbed Pelosi by refusing to shake her hand, turning his back on the House Speaker who led his entirely-baseless and blatantly-partisan impeachment in the House of Representatives. (New York Post)
In a rage, Demonrat Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI), Tim Ryan (OH) and Bill Pascrell (NJ) stormed out of the SOTU address. Other Demonrats, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA), Steve Cohen (TN), Al Green (TX), Hank “Guam would tip” Johnson (GA), Frederica Wilson (FL), and Earl Blumenauer (OR), boycotted the SOTU. (Breitbart)
In his SOTU address, the “Great American Comeback,” President Trump graciously made no mention of the Democrats’ impeachment witch-hunt, focusing instead on his administration’s many accomplishments, policy goals and the eternal American spirit. He said:
“America’s enemies are on the run, America’s fortunes are on the rise and the America’s future is blazing bright. In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny. We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never going back!”
Callling every child “a gift from God,” President Trump also spoke out for the unborn, calling on Congress to ban late-term abortion.
Thank you and God bless you, President Trump.
Please pray for Rush Limbaugh.
Please pray for President Trump.
Please pray for America.
Last Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C., an aide to Nancy Pelosi visited the Cardinal at the Catholic Cathedral. He told the Cardinal that Nancy Pelosi would be attending Sunday’s Mass and asked if the Cardinal would kindly point out Pelosi to the congregation and say a few words that would include calling her a saint.
The Cardinal replied, “No. I don’t really like the woman, and there are issues of conflict with the Catholic Church over most of Pelosi’s views.”
Pelosi’s aide said, “Look, I’ll write a check here and now for a donation of $100,000 if you’ll just tell the congregation you see Pelosi as a saint.”
The Cardinal thought about it and said, “Well, the Church can use the money, so I’ll work your request into tomorrow’s sermon.”
The next morning, as Pelosi’s aide had said, Nancy came to the Sunday worship and seated herself prominently at the forward left side of the center aisle.
True to his word, at the start of his sermon, the Cardinal told the congregation that Congresswoman Pelosi was present, and said:
“While Ms. Pelosi’s presence is probably an honor to some, the woman is not numbered among my personal favorite personages. Some of her most egregious views are contrary to tenets of the Church, and she tends to flip-flop on many other issues. Nancy Pelosi is a petty, self-absorbed hypocrite, a drunken thumb-sucker, and a nit-wit. Nancy Pelosi is also a serial liar, a cheat, and a thief. She is the worst example of a Catholic I have ever personally witnessed. She married for money and is using her wealth to lie to the American people. She also has a reputation for evading her responsibilities as a representative both in Washington and in San Francisco. Just look at the streets in her district! Feces everywhere. The woman is simply not to be trusted.
But, when compared with Hillary Clinton, Ms. Pelosi is a saint.”
H/t John Molloy
The Russia, Russia, Russia hoax was a big dud. The Mueller report was a big dud.
This Ukraine conspiracy is a big dud.
The “impeachment” is a dud.
Guess it’s time for demorats to ramp up the rhetoric!
Take a look at these recent headlines:
• Linda Ronstadt: Trump Is ‘Like Hitler and the Mexicans Are the New Jews’
• George Takei: Trump Voters Don’t Realize They Are Helping Destroy America
• Andrew Cuomo Tries to Blame President Donald Trump for Anti-Semitic Attack in New York
• Robert De Niro Compares Trump Presidency to Abusive Relationship: “You Don’t Know What’s Going to Happen”
• Republicans despair over 2020 House races: ‘I think we’ve had such a setback that it may be a generation before we have a hope.’
• Rep. Cleaver: Pelosi ‘is in complete control of Donald Trump’s mind’
• After string of anti-Semitic attacks, de Blasio laments hatred ’emanating from Washington’
Demorats are throwing out the typical Alinsky tactics. How original…and desperate.
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Bandy Xenobia Lee, MD, MDiv, 49, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.
According to Wikipedia, Lee was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and is of Korean descent. With an MD from Yale University School of Medicine in 1994 and an MDiv from Yale Divinity School in 1995, Lee specializes in violence prevention.
Bandy X. Lee is also a rabid anti-Trumper who misuses her psychiatric profession to engage in the sort of dangerous psychological diagnosis employed by the former Soviet Union and present-day China to silence and incarcerate political dissidents. She is part of a movement demanding that the House Judiciary Committee bring a panel of “mental health experts” to join the impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
In 2017, Lee undertook a frenzied series of activities on the supposed mental ill health of President Trump, including:
Igor Derysh reports for Salon, Dec. 27, 2019, that Bandy X. Lee claims that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is not doing enough to respond to the danger posed by President Trump’s mental illness and that Pelosi has the “right” to have the President of the United States submit to an involuntary psychiatric evaluation.
Lee told Salon:
“As a coworker, she [Pelosi] has the right to have him submit to an involuntary evaluation, but she has not. Anyone can call 911 to report someone who seems dangerous, and family members are the most typical ones to do so. But so can coworkers, and even passersby on the street. The law dictates who can determine right to treatment, or civil commitment, and in all 50 U.S. states this includes a psychiatrist. The advantage of a coworker starting this process is that a court can mandate a mental capacity evaluation before the dangerous person returns to work. The committing physician is preferably the patient’s treater, but does not have to be.”
Lee criticizes Pelosi’s strategy of withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate as ineffective, and warns that the delay risks making Trump even more dangerous. Lee said: “I am beginning to believe that a mental health hold, which we have tried to avoid, will become inevitable.”
Lee also arm-chair diagnoses anyone who actively takes the side of President Trump as psychotic, specifically to have “shared psychosis” — a phenomenon in which otherwise healthy people in close contact with a mentally ill person take on symptoms of the sick person as if they had the sickness themselves. However, symptoms of “shared psychosis” disappear when you remove the sick person from contact or media exposure.
Incredibly, in addition to being a professor of psychiatry at Yale, Bandy Xenobia Lee is also the president of the World Mental Health Coalition. On her Twitter account, she actually provides “translations” of Trump’s tweets.
But she’s the one calling Trump and the Deplorables crazy.
I would demand time to speak, then stand at the lectern and declare:
My fellow Members of Congress – and specifically, to my brothers and sisters over on the Democrat side of the aisle – as we embark on a vote as to whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump, I bear witness before you this day.
The history of our civilization, over and over, tells us of how individuals find themselves at the juncture of events that will, with time, prove to be of lasting import, to be monumental – the proverbial “one for the history books” moments.
Yet often at that time and place the individuals themselves do not recognize the full gravity of what is transpiring; as humans we are wont to assess based upon the passions of the moment, our individual preferences and goals, or merely taking the momentary path of least resistance or to avoid potential consequences.
I submit to you that this is one of those times of lasting import. Such times, and the conduct resulting, later prove to have been an immortal test of individuals’ character and integrity. We will eventually pass on – but our actions, or inactions, at this time will become our legacy.
Consider: who now do you believe more likely to be in heaven, and who burning in Hell – those who informed the Gestapo about where Jews were hiding, or those who hid them? Those Vichy who collaborated with the Nazis, or those who joined the Resistance to fight evil?
In this chamber we face mere political unpopularity and, perhaps, loss of enriching political power – consequences which pale in comparison to the potential loss of life confronted by those about whom I just referred, those who stalwartly resisted evil.
By this vote, those of us in this chamber are being tested – and many, perhaps even a majority, will be found wanting – by choosing the transitory path of political expediency and party loyalty.
Indeed, is not this the very essence of temptation – the succumb to immediate satisfaction, but at the long-term detriment of our immortal souls?
“It’s a pun!” the King added in an offended tone, and everybody laughed, “Let the jury consider their verdict,” the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.
“No, no!” said the Queen. “Sentence first — verdict afterwards.”
“Stuff and nonsense!” said Alice loudly. “The idea of having the sentence first!”
“Hold your tongue!” said the Queen, turning purple.
“I won’t!” said Alice.
“Off with her head!” the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.
“Who cares for you?” said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) “You’re nothing but a pack of cards!”
– Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll); Chapter XII, Alice’s Evidence
We need not recount here the myriad ways that Nancy Pelosi’s so-called “impeachment investigation” is a Constitutional travesty – perusal of the non-“mainstream” media and White House Counsel Pat Cippolone’s letter to the House more than suffice.
The “impeachment investigation” is structured as a Congressional hit-squad, not a bona fide inquiry; it makes even Stalin’s show trials look legitimate in comparison, for at least those were held in public – something the Lavrentiy Beria-resembling Adam Schiff dares not do.
During the Mueller circus we witnessed various folks being charged with “process crimes” totally unrelated to “Russian collusion” – apparently driven by Andrew Weissmann’s attempts to squeeze (false) implicating testimony (against Trump) from the targets, or his retribution if they didn’t succumb to said attempts.
It can be argued that the lack of due process, lack of fealty to procedural precedent, and overall lack integrity, means that by design this “impeachment inquiry” is itself a series of “process crimes” against our Constitution, committed by those who have designed it, and those who are executing it.
Further, those who are “in the know” about what’s going on, and are in a position to do something about it, or at least to blow the whistle about it, are accomplices to these “process crimes.”
After all, if the Democrats were genuine in their professed belief that impeachable offenses were committed by President Trump – yet also remained loyal to the letter and spirit of our history and our Constitution – they would be sensitive to the serious portends of even commencing such an effort.
So if this was a legitimate effort the Democrats would have made sure that the design of, and conduct of the process would be unimpeachable.
This they have not done. Quite the opposite. This “investigation” demonstrates not only the Democrats’ duplicity, but also their desperation.
For you see, extremely serious crimes were committed against the Trump campaign; so now the Democrats and Deep State have placed themselves into a position of (as they see it) having to cover up “by any means necessary.”
A witch-hunt is “An investigation carried out ostensibly to uncover subversive activities but actually used to harass and undermine those with differing views.”
After the failure of their Russian-collusion witch-hunt, the Demonrats have manufactured yet another baseless pretext to impeach President Trump.
An anonymous Deep State whistleblower claims that in a July 25, 2019 phonecall with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump used $400 million in U.S. military aid to pressure Zelensky to open a probe into possible corruption involving Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
Note: When Joe Biden was Obama’s Vice President, he lobbied for the removal of Ukraine’s State Prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating a Ukrainian energy company that employed Joe’s son, Hunter Biden, who served until earlier this year on the company’s board and was paid a reported $50,000 monthly salary. The investigation into the company ended without charges brought against Hunter.
Although the whistleblower had not actually heard the Trump-Zelensky phone conversation, but based his/her accusation on hearsay, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) used the phonecall as the pretext for the House to move to impeach Trump.
On Sept. 25, the White House released the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky phone call, which confirms Trump’s and Zelenksy’s accounts — that Trump made no reference to the $400 million U.S. military aid, nor did he use the aid as a quid pro quo to coerce Zelensky.
In the phonecall, Trump did ask Zelensky for help to investigate two matters:
Trump told Zelensky Attorney General William Barr and Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, would be in contact with Zelensky on the investigations.
A Constitutional-law attorney points out that it is entirely proper for Trump to ask Zelensky. In the words of the attorney:
The President is head of the Executive, which carries exclusive power to conduct foreign relations. No other branch of government has this power…. As Executive, the President is the ONLY official authorized to request foreign assistance in a corruption investigation…. Obtaining foreign cooperation in investigations of corruption by a US official is a matter of statecraft/diplomacy, ie, a function of foreign affairs…. CONCLUSION: Trump not only is entirely within his powers to use foreign aid as a means to persuade Zelensky to investigate the Biden affair, I believe he was obligated to do so…. The fact Trump may obtain…political advantage from the investigation is simply irrelevant as a matter of law.
It turns out that there is actually a U.S. treaty with Ukraine on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters — a treaty that the Clinton Administration signed on July 22, 1998, in Kiev, Ukraine.
Below are excerpts from the Treaty Between the United States of America and Ukraine on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, which entered into force on February 27, 2001:
SCOPE OF ASSISTANCE
1.The Contracting States shall provide mutual assistance, in accordance with the provisions of this Treaty, in connection with the investigation, prosecution, and prevention of offenses, and in proceedings related to criminal matters.
2. Assistance shall include:
(a) taking the testimony or statements of persons;
(b) providing documents, records, and other items;
(c) locating or identifying persons or items;
(d) serving documents;
(e) transferring persons in custody for testimony or other purposes;
(f) executing searches and seizures;
(g) assisting in proceedings related to immobilization and forfeiture of assets, restitution, and collection of fines; and
(h) any other form of assistance not prohibited by the laws of the Requested State.
3. Assistance shall be provided without regard to whether the conduct that is the subject of the investigation, prosecution, or proceeding in the Requesting State would constitute an offense under the laws of the Requested State.
4. This Treaty is intended solely for mutual legal assistance between the Contracting States. The provisions of this Treaty shall not give rise to a right on the part of any private person to obtain, suppress, or exclude any evidence, or to impede the execution of a request.
1. Each Contracting State shall have a Central Authority to make and receive requests pursuant to this Treaty.
2. For the United States of America, the Central Authority shall be the Attorney General or a person designated by the Attorney General. For Ukraine, the Central Authority shall be the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Prosecutor General.
EXECUTION OF REQUESTS
1.The Central Authority of the Requested State shall promptly execute the request or, when appropriate, shall transmit it to the authority having jurisdiction to do so. The competent authorities of the Requested State shall do everything in their power to execute the request. The competent authorities of the Requested State shall have authority to issue subpoenas, search and arrest warrants, or other orders necessary to execute the request.
In other words, President Trump did nothing wrong — even less any impeachable “high crime or misdemeanor” — in the July 25 Zelensky phonecall: