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  • Trump Commutes Sentence For Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    02/18/2020 11:22:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/18/20 | ANDERS HAGSTROM
    President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the New York Times reported Tuesday.Several Trump administration aides had claimed to ABC that the president is planning to grant the former governor clemency. Trump had previously hinted he was looking into commuting the 14-year sentence, which was originally handed down after Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell the Senate seat of then-president elect Barack Obama in 2008, according to NBC Chicago. https://twitter.com/DailyCaller/status/1229845536511070209 “Yes, we commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich. he served eight years in jail, a long time. He seems like a very nice person, don’t know him,” Trump...
  • Downward Go the Democrats: They actually seem likely to nominate an unabashed socialist

    02/13/2020 11:19:37 AM PST · by billorites · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | February 12, 2020 | Conrad Black
    Though this may not be a representative opinion, I think Joe Bidens decline turned into a power dive with his claim over the weekend of almost sole responsibility for the destruction of Robert Borks nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. Even this was dishonest, as Teddy Kennedys savage attack, imputing to Bork the desire to banish women who sought an abortion to the care of butchers in back allies, carried more weight than did Biden, who as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee was supposed to show a modicum of impartiality. But they were both guilty of abominable...
  • The 4th anniversary of National Review's suicide

    01/26/2020 2:45:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Don Surber Blog ^ | 01/25/2020 | Din Surber
    It may be difficult to believe in this enlightened age but there was a time not so long ago when the National Review was the intellectual heart of America's conservative movement. Its writers were sharp, gifted and irreverent. Their appearances on Fox News and other TV outlets made them rock stars. All that ended on January 22, 2016, when the magazine posted online its "Against Trump" issue. Once again, the editors proudly chose to stand athwart history rather than make it. They chose to lose with what they consider honor rather than win. 22 writers signed on, each penning...
  • Trump Disdainers Are Worse Than the Haters, But Equally Irrelevant

    12/13/2019 1:47:18 PM PST · by billorites · 21 replies
    Journal of American Greatness ^ | December 12, 2019 | Conrad Black
    There is a slight redemptive quality in the helpless, irrational, and often demented fury of the haters. The current safe harbor of the disdainers is to nod smugly to each other on cable news panels while insisting the president and his defenders have failed in their effort to represent the Ukraine allegations as bunk and legally unassailable. Now the administration is left scrambling for excuses and technicalities.This usually leads quite quickly to the idea that everyone knows the presidents perfect conversation with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky was wrong but that there is some question whether it justified impeachment and genuine...
  • Americans Should Demand an End to This Impeachment Absurdity

    11/20/2019 5:59:42 AM PST · by billorites · 10 replies
    Journal of American Greatness ^ | November 19, 2019 | Conrad Black
    It has now become a frequent occurrence to wonder if I have taken leave of my senses and am imagining the unutterable nonsense being uttered by apparently normal, functioning news readers and commentators on television and in print.This began when the Washington Post reported the Republican talking point two-and-a-half years ago that the Steele dossier had been commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. I had just finished Hillary Clintons book What Happened about the election, the outcome of which she attributed to Trumps treason with the Russians and being shivved in the back...
  • Sordid Ruse Is All Thats Left Of Impeachment

    10/31/2019 7:31:06 PM PDT · by gasport · 23 replies
    The Sun ^ | 10/31/19 | Conrad Black
    You may read it here first: This sordid, contemptible impeachment ruse is finally disintegrating. It was another fraud, and I predict that this time the polls will move clearly in the presidents favor. There are limits to how often his enemies can get the public and the world to the edges of their chairs with their fantastic accusations. The Economist, a long-respected magazine in earlier times, told us a year ago that the Trump presidency was hanging on the thread of Michael Cohens testimony. Most of the American press gave the public to understand for two years that there was...
  • Trumps Big Move On Turkey May Gain U.S. Goals

    10/20/2019 2:22:33 PM PDT · by bitt · 28 replies
    nysun ^ | October 18, 2019 | Conrad Black
    The controversy over President Trumps pullout on the TurkishSyrian border will settle down quickly. It is another useful debunking of ancient shibboleths and decrepit truisms, like the long-impregnable encrustation of false wisdom that moving the U.S embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would unleash hell upon the whole Middle East. There are about 35 million Kurds, approximately half of them in Turkey, where they make up about a fifth of Turkeys population. A century ago almost all the Kurds had been in the Ottoman Empire, which the Allied powers broke up after World War I, a foolish decision that is on...
  • Trump is Winning the Great Game of American Political Football

    10/09/2019 11:55:24 AM PDT · by billorites · 5 replies
    Journal of American Greatness ^ | October 8, 2019 | Conrad Black
    What appears to be emerging from the Ukraine controversy is an epochal contest for the political soul and future of America. It has been known from the morning after the last presidential election that Trump was planning an assault on the political conventional wisdom in policy matters. He and his followersfully half the voters if the Libertarians and Conservatives are added to the Republican total, and the Greens to the Democratsdidnt subscribe to the OBushinton consensus on the environment, tax levels, toleration of illegal immigration, trade policy, health care, education, nuclear non-proliferation and many other issues. They saw the 2016...
  • Conrad Black: Why Donald Trump will win big in 2020

    09/27/2019 12:09:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The National Post ^ | September 27, 2019 | Conrad Black
    FDR in 1936, Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Richard Nixon in 1972, Ronald Reagan in 1984, all won by over 20 points. Trump will gain a victory on that scale next year, and he will have earned it Just as I was pulling my chair up to my desk and preparing to pounce clumsily upon my keyboard and pound out something about the current Canadian election campaign, an email from an old and valued friend popped up enclosing the dumbest column from the Globe and Mail I have seen in 65 years as a frequent reader of that newspaper. By Lawrence...
  • Conrad Black: Trudeau's not a racist, just a hypocrite and a weak leader

    09/21/2019 8:48:27 AM PDT · by billorites · 32 replies
    National Post ^ | September 20, 2019 | Conrad Black
    The election campaign to date has been an exercise in idiocy and cowardice. It is obviously embarrassing for Justin Trudeau to have had to admit to attending an Aladdin-themed party in 2001 made up to look like Aladdin (although Aladdin was an Arab not an African, and blackening his hands was oddly laborious). But Maxime Bernier is right that Justin is not a racist, just a hypocrite. As Tucker Carlson, the Fox News commentator, said on Thursday night, the prime ministers conduct is sort of like finding out your super-sensitive brother-in-law, the one who tells you hes a feminist, the...
  • Mark Steyn: Smuggling Conrad Black over the border was always my Plan B

    05/19/2019 6:39:12 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 20 replies
    National Post ^ | 17 May 2019 | Mark Steyn
    The last time I saw my old boss Conrad Black was a week ago. It was a very Conradian occasion: We ended up keeping a visiting prince (not from the House of Windsor, as it happens) waiting in the lobby, and by the time we parted on the doorstep the conversation had worked its way round to Doris Day, then still among us. When Miss Day died a few days later, almost all the broadcast tributes played a snippet of: Que Sera SeraWhatever will be will beThe futures not ours to see Thats a little fatalistic for my tastes. Nevertheless,...
  • Trump pardons ex-media mogul Conrad Black

    05/15/2019 10:03:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 15, 2019
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent 3-1/2 years in prison. Black, 74, a Canadian-born British citizen, once ran an international newspaper empire that included the Chicago Sun-Times, Britains Daily Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post. Lord Blacks case has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character, the White House said in a statement announcing the pardon. It said Black had made tremendous contributions to business, had written books on history and...
  • 'The greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War': Conrad Black on how American institutions

    02/24/2019 5:41:01 PM PST · by bitt · 48 replies
    dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 2/23/2019 | Conrad Black
    The most immense and dangerous public scandal in American history is finally cracking open like a ripe pomegranate. The broad swath of the Trump-hating media that has participated in what has amounted to an unconstitutional attempt to overthrow the government are reduced to reporting the events and revelations of the scandal in which they have been complicit, in a po-faced ho-hum manner to impart to the misinformed public that this is as routine as stock market fluctuations or the burning of an American flag in Tehran. For more than two years, the United States and the world have had two...
  • Conrad Black: America's resurgence is reshaping the world

    01/12/2019 9:43:15 AM PST · by billorites · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | January 11, 2019 | Conrad Black
    Almost indiscernible in the endless tumult about President Donald Trump is the objective return of American might, right on our doorstep. A casual sampler of the Canadian, and even the American, press, might think that the United States was so far along in its decline that the entire process of government and normal public discourse had broken down in that country, and that the much-discussed process of national decline was accelerating in a climate of virtual chaos. In fact, the economy of the United States is astoundingly strong: full employment, an expanding workforce, negligible inflation and about 3% economic growth....
  • Conrad Black: In defence of Donald Trump

    12/21/2015 8:56:36 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 3 replies
    The National Post ^ | 12-19-2015 | Conrad Black
    The principal news about Donald Trump’s candidacy for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination is not the sometimes controversial things that he says, but the increasingly hysterical responses to him from the traditionally respectable political quarters that he discomforts. In this shrill political atmosphere, he is not the chief offender to civil standards of political discourse. Roger Cohen wrote in The New York Times last week, and he was reprinted in the National Post on Wednesday, that Trump was reminiscent of Hitler, that there were serious comparisons between Weimar Germany (1919-1933) and the contemporary United States, and that American politics is...
  • Conrad Black: Defending the Christian West

    01/12/2015 1:32:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The National Post ^ | January 10, 2015 | Conrad Black
    As I was sitting down to write about the atrocity in France, my wife Barbara hove into view, always a delicious sight, and announced that she was writing elsewhere on the same subject and that I could not do it. So I will not, other than to say that France had to admit more than a million Algerian Muslims in the mid-sixties, who had been loyal to France in the savage war of independence in that country, as well as a million European Algerians. It has been comparatively indulgent of Muslims since then, but this incident, or a few others...
  • Conrad Black: Why Donald Trump will win big in 2020

    09/29/2019 5:07:52 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    National Post ^ | September 27,2019 | Conrad Black
    Making billions Manhattan real estate, inventing a television concept and pulling in 25 million viewers every week for 14 seasons, devising a concept of levering celebrity, through being a boxing and wrestling impresario, a tabloid star and a reality TV icon, and then changing party affiliations seven times in 13 years and using social media to end-run the national press, seizing control of one of the great political parties and gaming the electoral system into the White House, he achieved more prior to his inauguration than any of the 43 preceding U.S. presidents except Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Grant, Eisenhower, and...
  • As Democrats Thrash, Trump Rises Above It All: Democrats handing president keys to a second term

    09/20/2019 11:16:42 AM PDT · by billorites · 9 replies
    Journal of American Greatness ^ | September 19, 2019 | Conrad Black
    Just when it seems that the quality of the Democratic candidates and the ethical standards of the Democratic media might start to rebound to normal civilized levels (not a high bar since the days of JFK, LBJ, and Hubert Humphrey), they excavate new depths of inanity and unprofessionalism. I believe that the latest outburst against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh will be seen as a significant milestone in the slide to perdition of the Democratic presidential nominating process and of that partys lock-step media accomplices. The New York Times produced an allegation that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted a woman 30 years...
  • Trump Looks Solid for 2020: He keeps getting stronger as the Democratic field grows more dismal

    09/13/2019 7:31:06 AM PDT · by billorites · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | May 6, 2019 | Conrad Black
    Most of the elements are now in place for a decisive electoral victory for the current president, and a clear mandate to drain the swamp of all that he ran against. It is aberrant that with the economy performing at historic levels, and international relations steadied and easing toward a more satisfactory relationship with China and North Korea, the presidents approval ratings are in the upper forties rather than the low sixties. He is about where President Obama was at this point in his presidency, but Obama had not been successful; all he had done was Obamacare, and it was...
  • The Two Ticking Time Bombs of the Coming Election

    09/04/2019 6:05:00 AM PDT · by billorites · 21 replies
    Journal of American Greatness ^ | September 03, 2019 | Conrad Black
    It is now clearer than ever that the whole Trump-Russia collusion argument, as many of us have been loudly proclaiming since it began, is a monstrous hoax, a conspiracy so immenseto use Senator Joseph R. McCarthys infamous words in his attack upon General George C. Marshall in 1951that it has been hard for the public to take it on board. Of course, the assimilation of what has happened has been made more complicated by the extremely agitated political ambiance of the Trump era, which was to a large extent inevitable given the mandate this president received to make profound public...