This is a weekly summary of news that the legacy media and Democrats have obfuscated for partisan political reasons.

1. Let’s start off with a disgusting example of the Trump Derangement Syndrome that runs rampant in Hollywood:

Comedian George Lopez responded to news of a call on Iranian state television for an $80 million bounty on President Donald Trump’s head by saying “We’ll do it for half.”

Lopez’s post left many on social media wondering if the U.S. Secret Service was looking into the matter.

Read the rest here. These people make me sick. They need to be confronted by survivors of IED attacks in Iraq that were perpetrated by Soleimani and al-Muhandis.

2. Next up is an exemplar for Academia. And to think clowns like this are tenured professors.

Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs said Friday that the United States should not push for regime change in Iran because of America’s “murderous” history.

MSNBC host Katy Tur asked if there was a peaceful way the United States could help Iranians overthrow the murderous regime that’s ruled them for decades, but Sachs rejected her premise.

“I wouldn’t put it that way because we’re pretty murderous also,” Sachs said. “We’ve launched more wars than any other country in modern times. We’ve launched war after war after war. So I don’t think it’s really our business to change the regime.”

Read the rest here. We have let these people infect the country with their insane hatred for the country. It’s on us to correct the problem, or the Republic is toast.

3. Here is a fascinating opinion piece from Victor Davis Hanson about the value and meaning of citizenship.

Americans cherish their citizenship. Yet they have all but lost it. The erosion of the citizen is insidiously accelerating in two quite different directions. It seems as if we are reverting to tribal pre-citizenship, in the manner of clan allegiances in the centuries before the rise of the Greek polis and the seventh-century-B.C. invention of the concept of the citizen (politês).

On the more privileged end, we are paradoxically entering an age of post-citizenship. Our alleged elites, mostly on the two coasts, often prefer to envision themselves as “citizens of the world” and, consequently, see their Americanism as passé. They prefer to respect the authority and reputation of transnational organizations rather than American legislative bodies and jurisprudence.

[T]here is a concentrated academic, legal, and legislative effort to alter the Constitution, or at least to jettison abruptly decades of American legal and political traditions in the name of equality and at the expense of freedom and liberty.

Already two of those three pillars of citizenship have eroded. There are currently somewhere between eleven and twenty million illegal aliens residing in the United States without legal sanction. Some have been given amnesty and others de facto exemptions from deportation. The number is increasing. Also becoming more prevalent is the notion and practice that legal citizenship is not particularly necessary to live indefinitely inside the United States, to obtain legal identification, to qualify for state and federal social services, or to cross at will U.S. borders without legal permission.

Over the last thirty years, but especially during the Obama years, the concept of affirmative action gradually gave way to the notion of “diversity.” The former doctrine had originated as a means to “level the playing field” and give African-Americans an edge in college admissions and hiring on the theory that the toxic legacy of slavery and Jim Crow required such reparatory remedies.

Read the rest here. The Left is purposely undermining the concept of citizenship throughout all cultural and political institutions. This is a serious problem if we wish to preserve the Republic.

4. Ricky Gervais exposed the Hollywood elite every which way from Sunday during his introduction at the Golden Globes on Sunday, but the legacy media buried the story bigly.

Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais skewered Hollywood during his opening monologue of the annual award show on Sunday, cracking jokes about virtue signaling celebrities, Apple sweatshops, and (their “friend”) Jeffrey Epstein.

“You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school  than Greta Thunberg,” Gervais told the A-list crowd at the top of the show.

“So, if you win, come up, accept your little award tonight, come up, accept it, thank your agent and your God, and fuck off. No one cares about your views on politics or culture.”

Read the rest here. That guy just went up 100 notches in my esteem! He was great.

5. This is promising. I am still waiting to see the transcript of this guy’s testimony during the Adam Schiff impeachment star chamber proceedings behind closed doors.

Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes told The Sara Carter Show that Republicans have an active investigation into Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who alerted lawmakers to the so-called whistleblower complaint that has led to President Donald Trump’s partisan impeachment in the House.

He revealed that transcripts of Atkinson’s secret testimony will expose that the Inspector General either lied or he needs to make corrections to his statements to lawmakers. The transcripts have been kept from the public by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-CA, because it is damaging to their “impeachment scam,” Nunes said.

The whistleblower, who has not been formally named by lawmakers, met with Schiff’s staff members prior to submitting their complaint to Atkinson. Schiff was chided by Republican lawmakers and many members of the media for falsely claiming that his committee had no contact with the whistleblower.

Read the rest here. This is a perfect issue with which to confront Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff in all of their public appearances.

6. The Washington Post is a haven for anti-American agitprop “reporters” and Democrat activists.

A Washington Post national security reporter is being called out on Twitter after she retweeted a blatantly pro-Iran, anti-American post Monday.

Missy Ryan, who covers “the Pentagon, military issues and national security” for the news outlet, evidently couldn’t resist the urge to take a swipe at President Donald Trump as she retweeted a post that misleadingly portrayed a large crowd in Tehran mourning the death of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani side-by-side with a picture of a much smaller crowd celebrating Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.

The tweet, originally posted by the user “ElElegante101” reads: “PERSPECTIVE: Tehran today vs. Trump’s inauguration crowd.”

That a U.S. reporter would apparently demonstrate preference for a terrorist military leader such as Soleimani over the president of her own country is alarming, but perhaps not necessarily shocking in today’s media climate.

Read the rest here. These people are the enemy within. Who could ever again believe anything reported by this woman?

7. I agree with the premise of this article – that the Iranians miscalculated bigly by orchestrating the attack on the US embassy in Baghdad.

It is hard to understand Iran supreme leader Khamenei’s blunder in attacking the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.  He either believed that Trump was weakened by his impeachment, as Western liberal media breathlessly and continuously reported, or might have been misled by John Kerry’s incompetent advice (apparently, Kerry met again with Khamenei’s emissaries in Paris just few weeks ago).  Whatever the reasons, his goal of triggering a limited war with America to rally his people around the regime has failed miserably.

Iran desperately wanted a war — drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s heart of oil production, false-flag hits on oil tankers, unrest in Yemen — all aimed at this goal.  Trump restraint in responding to these provocations must have been disappointing.  But as Tehran resorted to attack the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, it must have realized that it had overplayed its hand when the reaction was surgical, devastating, and unexpected: the elimination of the mass murderer Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, Khamenei’s right-hand man and chief executioner.

Read the rest here. I like his analysis of the Democrats’ false narratives about the drone attack at the end of the article, too.

8. This is the tip of the iceberg and the biggest threat to the “integrity of our elections” (as the Democrats might say).

In 378 U.S. counties, voter registration rates exceed 100% of the adult population, meaning there are more voter registrations on file than the total voting-age population, according to a new analysis by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Based on data the federal Electoral Assistance Commission released last year, the new analysis indicates that a minimum of 2.5 million voter registrations are wrongly listed as valid. It suggests widespread lack of compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires states to remove people who have died, moved, or are otherwise ineligible to vote from the rolls. While having excess registrations isn’t proof of voter fraud, voter integrity advocates note that it does create opportunities for deception, such as allowing people to vote twice in different precincts or submit invalid absentee ballots.

Read the rest here. Identification is the first step to correct the problem. This needs to get dealt with before the 2020 elections.

9. Here’s a great analysis from Lee Smith about how Iran was allowed to become a regional hegemon with virtually no push-back for decades.

[U]nlike the Soviet Union, the Islamic Republic was hardly a globe-spanning nuclear superpower. It was merely a hostile local power that threatened the American regional security order through terror attacks. Washington’s response was to look away, under the theory that it was beneficial to the larger order to pretend, in public, that rules still existed. In turn, Iran was happy to play make-believe and accumulate prestige and leverage.

Donald Trump put an end to that arrangement by commingling the dust of Soleimani together with that of one of his chief Arab lieutenants, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, head of one of Iran’s Iraqi terror proxies. Now that Trump is holding Iran accountable for the actions its proxies take in its name, the leverage gained by helping America play make-believe is gone. Iran and its allies now feel liberated to bathe publicly in the blood of Americans and warn that more violence is coming their way.

The problem for Iran is that it isn’t actually all that powerful. For all the concern over retaliation, Trump’s trashing of the old rulebook has stripped Iran of the most important instrument in its arsenal—“plausible deniability.”

In making Iran accountable, Trump has knocked Iran down to its natural size—and likely made Americans safer from Iranian aggression than they have in fact been at any point in the last 40 years, during which Iranian proxies have repeatedly killed large numbers of Americans. Killing Soleimani is a much more important operation than those targeting ISIS leader al-Baghdadi and even bin Laden, since it will likely shape the future actions of a state, not the leadership rotation of terror groups.

Six U.S. administrations were complicit in turning Iran into a regional power. In that context, the Obama administration’s decision to flood Iranian war chests with cash and recognize its right to build a nuclear bomb was the logical culmination of the rot eating away at the Beltway for four decades. It was perhaps to be expected that an outsider who often doesn’t know when to keep quiet, and can’t stay off Twitter, would be the one to sing out like the boy in the fairy tale. It’s true, the emperor has no clothes.

Read the rest here. One of the President’s most important accomplishments was his exposure of the moribund US foreign policy establishment as the fools they have been.

10. Another Clinton judge overruled; this time on building the wall.

A federal appeals court based in New Orleans has lifted a block placed by a lower court on military aid President Trump’s administration wants to use to build a wall along the southern border.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday to reverse an injunction from U.S. District Court Judge David Briones, which blocked $3.6 billion in military construction funds for the border wall plan.

Briones’s move came after the City of El Paso, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights organization sued the Trump administration to stop him from using the funds to enhance wall and fencing in the southwestern portion of the state.

Read the rest here. It’s time that a few of the district court judges get impeached for making decisions that transcend their jurisdictional boundaries.

11. Let’s end this week by exposing Senate Democrats for the partisan hacks that they really are:

Not a single Democratic member of the Senate has lent their support to a Republican-driven congressional effort to praise the U.S. military and intelligence community members who helped carry out the successful strike that killed Iranian terror leader Qassem Soleimani.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and 42 of his GOP colleagues in the Senate earlier this week forwarded a resolution honoring American military and intelligence community members who helped conduct the raid that killed Iran’s chief terror mastermind.

The resolution is structurally identical to the 2011 Senate resolution praising former president Barack Obama for the operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. At that time, all 100 Democratic and Republican members of the Senate joined to support that resolution.

Read the rest here. Disgraceful conduct by Senate Democrats! How many of their own constituents were killed or maimed as a result of Soleimani’s actions over the past two decades?

Here are this week’s “honorable mention” articles:

2020 is off with a bang. Soleimani and al-Muhandis were finally held to account for their killings of Americans in the Middle East (especially Iraq). Democrats are still floundering on their weak articles of impeachment while Mitch McConnell stands firm in the Senate. House Republicans (and others?) are going after IC IG Atkinson; will House Democrats ever release his apparently damning testimony? Ricky Gervais told the Hollywood crowd what many Americans would have loved to have done during the Golden Globes! I wonder what US Attorney John Durham has been up to lately? Maybe we’ll see an indictment or two soon. Stay tuned!

The end.

Stu Cvrk
Stu Cvrk served 30 years in the US Navy in a variety of active and reserve capacities, with considerable operational experience in the Middle East and the Western Pacific. An oceanographer and systems analyst through education and experience, Stu is a graduate of the US Naval Academy where he received a classical liberal education which serves as the key foundation for his political commentary. He threads daily on Twitter on a wide range of political, military, foreign policy, government, economics, and world affairs topics.
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