Schiff and Pelosi — delusional, approach with caution

By Paul Ackerman | Oct 10, 2019

For several years now America has been held hostage to the insanity of Democrats who cannot follow their own (insistent) advice, as Hillary Clinton said Oct.19, 2016, ”We’ve accepted outcomes even when we didn’t like them.” President Obama stated Oct.18, 2016. “…when you start blaming somebody else for your loss, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job.” Since then the attempts by Democrats — and especially the media that acts as their propaganda arm — to deligitimize the victory of Donald Trump has been obsessive and increasingly deranged.

It is sad to see, as many of these people have become so blinded by the false narratives continually pushed by the networks CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NPR and also in the print media by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Harper's and The New Yorker, that they have lost all common sense.

And now for the next (third, I believe, if anyone is counting) coup attempt, America is going to be media-hosed again by the Democrats with the absurdity of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s breathless announcement that they are starting an Impeachment Inquiry, but without the norm of calling for a roll-call vote to establish the protocols to proceed. What definable “high crimes and misdemeanors” were Pelosi and her cohort, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., establishing this solemn action upon?

The “offenses” amount to exactly nothing but their own lies, and the hope that if the media repeats them enough ignorant voters will believe them. The tissue-paper excuse is a so-called whistle-blower complaint (which now has been exposed as having been advised upon by Schiff and/or staff beforehand) forwarded from the Intelligence Community Inspector General’s Office to the director of national intelligence, and thence to the Office of Legal Counsel/DOJ, before getting leaked to the media.

If you have not seen this play before, I refer you to the Russia Collusion Hoax, the Mueller/Weismann report nothing-burger, and the Steele Dossier hoax. The common thread within all these frauds on the American people is the delusional and dishonest Democratic politicians and equally corrupt deep-state apparatchiks willing to do anything to overturn the 2016 election results and wrest power for themselves.

Additionally we have the dishonest Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, imitating the Red Queen in Lewis Carrol’s "Alice in Wonderland" — “As the king says, for about the 20th time that day, Let the jury consider the verdict, No, No, said the Queen. Sentence first — verdict afterward!”

Addressing the Intelligence Committee, and the entire nation via live broadcast, Schiff read from his notes what he claimed to be the words of the president in the recently transcribed conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. His reading bore no resemblance to the transcript, unless you are on some mind-altering drug. Schiff’s words were so disgustingly dishonest as to be truly horrifying when you realize he actually controls the workings of this committee. He is an absolute disgrace to America.

Having read the phone call transcript myself, as well as the Aug. 12, 2019, government documents for the whistle-blower complaint, the classified appendix to same (redacted), the ICIG memo titled “Urgent Concern” determination by the inspector general of the intelligence community, and the “opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel in Volume 43,” I would urge readers to spend a few hours and read the materials yourself. Then you will begin to grasp how much of the media narrative that the Democrats are pushing is dishonest and is panicked misdirection.

In short, the complainant uses the phrase “I do not know who...” or “I do not know how...” so many times it is embarrassingly clear that he/she is nothing more than a rumormonger with a political bias.

Even the Office of legal Counsel, when reviewing the ICIG’s referral of the complaint determined the following: “The complaint does not arise in connection with the operation of any U.S. government intelligence activity, and the alleged misconduct does not involve any member of the intelligence community. Rather, the complaint arises out of a confidential diplomatic communication between the President and a foreign leader that the intelligence-community complainant received secondhand. The question is whether such a complaint falls within the statutory definition of “urgent concern” that the law requires the DNI to forward to the intelligence committees. We conclude that it does not (emphasis mine). The alleged misconduct is not an “urgent concern” within the meaning of the statute because it does not concern funding, administration, or operation of an intelligence activity” under the authority of the DNI. Id. 3033(k)(5)(G)( i). That phrase includes matters relating to intelligence activities subject to the DNI s supervision, but it does not include allegations of wrongdoing arising outside of any intelligence activity or outside the intelligence community itself. Our conclusion is that the “urgent concern” requirement is inapplicable.”

Why is it misdirection? Because they do not want any exposure of the real collusion going on prior to, during and after the 2016 election, between the Democratic National Committee, foreign actors, shady groups like Fusion GPS, OCCRP (a George Soros-funded group in Europe), the State Department, the FBI and the CIA.

To all the revenge-embittered Democrats, go for it. Keep on digging that hole deeper. America needs to finally learn what your deranged politicians have really been doing, and not what your media has been pretending.

To read the documents referenced above for yourself, go to the following sites:

Comments (21)
Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Oct 16, 2019 17:46

Horvath, I think you could use a reality check from Trump derangement. Russia moving in to fill the gap in Syria. As they should. They have been a supporter of Assad for years. Not sure where there is anything you have to offer that indicates an impeachable offense. Biden and his cabal are knee deep in money from Ukraine. Clinton knee deep in Russian peddling. 140 million to the Clinton foundation over the uranium deal. 500.000 for one speech for the big dog. Now to see Biden Jr. is knee deep in the Chinese banking system. Says he will step aside IF Joe wins the WH. Hello? Whistleblower now not a whistleblower worked for Biden. Schiff backtracking on his nonsense. Democrats have essentially handed Trump another round in the Oval Office. They apparently don't have a problem with this. They will make as much money win or lose.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 14, 2019 19:04

Actually, Ralph, selling out our allies to benefit governments where he has "business interests" sounds pretty impeachable to me, not to mention with holding military aid to a country fighting off Putin's land grab unless they consent to manufacturing false corrupting charges again his political opponent.  Does that sound impeachable to you.

Of course the problem is that Elizabeth Warren is now eclipsing Old Joe in the polls and I'm pretty sure he's on a downward slide.  That Fox News poll which outrages trump so much is telling us that most of the country is just sick and tired of his raging incompetence and exhausted by his creating one crisis after another for no reason but to distract from the last one, and all impeachable.  Let one American soldier die from Turkish fire and trump's "Benghazi" is off and running.  Do you think the Repubs will consent to hearings on that like they did with Hillary?  do you think trump would be willing to testify for eleven hours as she did of would his lawyers refuse to let him, citing his inability to tell the truth.  Probably.

Yes, the Saudis are no better than any blood thirsty dictatorship, maybe even worse but then they did give 100 million to Ivanka's "foundation.  That counts for something, right.  If we're lucky she need it for legal fees.

"President Trump, by contrast, is so clueless — so lacking in even the most basic sense of right and wrong — that he could actually tweet this morning: “Will the Democrats apologize after seeing what was said on the call with the Ukrainian President? They should, a perfect call — got them by surprise!” Suffice it to say, there were no apologies after the release of the Memorandum of Telephone Conversation (TelCon) between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25. This isn’t a verbatim transcript, and it’s always possible that it was doctored in some way, but what is revealed in its five pages is deeply damaging to Trump."  -Max Boot

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Oct 14, 2019 15:59

I stand corrected on Assad and his Alawite religion. You can thank the British for the historic creation of this regions madness. Assad no better or worse than any of the other non-democratic regimes that inhabit the middle east. Saudis run a security state not unlike North Korea. Trump does not unilaterally make moves on his own. There is collaboration. Turkey threatened the EU with refugees. He has swamped the Greek Isles with this problem. The EU was a mistake. Big mistake. Germany took a million and most were not threatened individuals. England is no more. London is no longer what it was yesterday. Still looking for the impeachable acts that Trump has committed. Biden finished as he should have been years ago. Democrats are corrupt and have no leg to stand on. Our government is a mass collusion anyway. There is no 2 party. All are in on the illusion. Delusion. Collusion. Susan Collins has to go.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 14, 2019 07:02

50,000 Kurds are Christian, Ralph but I find it hard to believe that Assad is anything but a bloody dictator just like his father.  However he is officially "Alawite" a muslim sect that wavers between Sunni and Shiite.  He is backed by Iran and the Shiite militia Hexbollah which is some indication of his loyalties.

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Oct 13, 2019 19:44

Horvath dig deeper. Saudis fund ISIS. They are needed by them to fight Assad. Assad is Christian. They want him gone as he stands in the way of their pipeline. Trump pledged fealty to the petrodollar when he stood over the orb on his first visit to the Saudi regime. You need to pay more attention to the cabal that runs the Democratic organization. They are far deeper into any and all of this long before Trump took office. Post is owned by Bezos with a significant infusion of money from the intelligence community. Rein it in a little and focus.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 13, 2019 17:14

Turkey is rearming ISIS fighters to use as "militia" against the Kurds:  the ultimate betrayal by trump.


"In an NBC bombshell Sunday morning, Richard Engel reported that Turkey is “using militias to advance in Syria, including former Al Qaeda and ISIS member”—and one prison filled with ISIS prisoners has reportedly been freed.

The use of ISIS fighters is a shocker. But it was obvious to many that Trump’s decision to withdraw forces from Northern Syria would lead to an attack on our Kurdish allies, a freeing of prisoners and a return of ISIS.

As close Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said in statement last week, “This invasion will ensure the resurgence of ISIS in Syria.”

NBC also reported Sunday that these “extremist militias” are getting “close to U.S. forces.

So what was Trump doing while the “biggest blunder of his presidency” (as Graham put it) was leading to the slaughter and chaos and danger to U.S. troops?

As reports, on Saturday he was playing golf at one of his properties — something he has done more than 200 times during his presidency.”

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 13, 2019 10:04

This one's for you, Paul.

"Must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees."  -Donald Trump, 2016


‘Don’t be afraid to get on your knees [and pray for the president],’ (Karen)Pence told an audience of hundreds who turned out for a ‘Women for Trump’ event in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday."

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 13, 2019 08:44

If President Obama had done and said less than 1% of what this president has done and said he would have been impeached, convicted and removed from office as soon and the Republicans took the house.

Posted by: Seth Thayer | Oct 13, 2019 06:01

I just can't understand this blind fealty to a man who is bilking our country of millions of dollars in order to enrich himself and his family.  Such loyalties to a man simply because he has an R after his name.  What ever happened to supporting our country rather than your party first?  It is shameful to see people who call themselves Americans supporting a man who is doing lasting damage to our country.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 12, 2019 10:34

Ah, the delusional right wing emerges from their catatonic trumpist state.  Nice try, Jan/June but as usual you're simply whining at your own reflection inside that bubble of hypocrisy.  This is why the finest minds of the formerly "conservative" side of the political spectrum -those who still cling to those "principles" you pretend to believe in- have abandoned it for the sake of their own sanity and the good of the country.



“In 13 months, all congressional Republicans who have not defended Congress by exercising ‘the constitutional rights of the place’ should be defeated." -“In 13 months, all congressional Republicans who have not defended Congress by exercising ‘the constitutional rights of the place’ should be defeated." -George Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist

Will added that Trump’s refusal to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine was in itself an impeachable offense.


In other words, if you've got nothing to hide than why hide it at all, right? Or, "Deception and lies fear scrutiny. Truth welcomes it." ~ A.D. Williams



"Conservatives have sold their souls for the sheer pleasure of partisan hatred, and it’s not going to be easy to break this spell.”
-The Bulwark’s Robert Tracinski, conservative columnist


Can't disagree with that can we.


"What Trump sought places our global diplomatic positioning in jeopardy and Ukraine’s future in peril,” she continued. “By Trump’s abuse of power — and his entreaty to other countries, including China, to join our political fracas — he may have invited criminal prosecution and impeachment.”

“Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy,” she concluded, getting in a last dig at Trump." -Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker


All this is becoming terribly stressful for the GOP, so much so that they're having a hard time preventing anything from getting done in congress.


"In private, Republicans are in the deepest despair of the Trump era. They've got that hang-dog…fatalism of men destined to die in a meaningless battle in a pointless war... They've abandoned all pretense of recapturing the House, their political fortunes in the states are crashing and burning, and the stock-market bubble they kept up as a shield against the downsides of Trump."

...  Republicans have held few town-hall meetings since early 2017 because they think that "Trump is the cancer they deny is consuming them from the inside out," and that they are "salesmen for a brand no one is buying."

"I have some bad news, Republicans. It never gets better. There is no daylight at the end of this tunnel.
-Rick Wilson, Everything Trump Touches Dies


And here's a familiar scenario:



"Imagine that you live in a town that has been taken over by gangsters. The mayor is a crook and so are the district attorney and police chief. You can’t fight city hall. But at least you know you can turn for help to the state or federal government. Now imagine that it’s not a city or state that has been taken over by criminals — it’s the federal government. Where do you turn for help? That is not a theoretical concern. After the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report, it’s our grim reality. "-Max Boot


And we all know that there's more outrageousness to come.  That's all trump produces, after all.


"The certainty that Trump will descend ever deeper into subbasements of “new lows” after this new low should not numb us to its newness and lowness.

Neither the practical impediments to impeachment and the Twenty-Fifth Amendment process, nor the foibles and failings of the candidates running to replace him, efface the fact that this presidency shames and disgraces the office every minute of every hour of every day. And even when it ends, however it ends, the shame will stain it still."  
-David Frum, staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. In 2001 and 2002, he was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush.


Well, I could go on (and on) but I know it will have little effect on you Jan/June.  You simply avert your eyes to trump's multiple crimes and ignore the cries of a country in chaos being tormented by a creature who thrives on chaos.  Still, I feel the need to remind you of trump's abandonment of the Kurds, with which he has no business dealings, his acquiesense to the power lust of Erdogan who hold's trump's Turkish businesses in his bloody hands, and the recent shipping of 2000 American troops to the Saudis -who master minded 9/11- and with which he has many business dealings including his daughter's "foundation."  He openly admits the Saudis have paid him for lend of our military.  Now there's an impeachable offense.

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Oct 12, 2019 08:45

To Those of the "Far Left",

In reviewing your posts, none seem to understand the situation that is being put forward by your chums in the House. The current show is nothing but noise to attempt to demean Trump. He has done nothing to merit impeachment, and Pelosi knows she probably lacks the votes to move forward with a vote. A vote may not be required, however, in all previous cases of impeachment one has been taken. She does not want to allow the other viewpoints to be able to be presented. Even if a favorable vote passes in the House the chances of it being upheld in the Senate are next to zero. A favorable vote in the House will also assure a take back in the House for the Republicans.

By the way the breakout of voters contacted in the recent Fox poll was 48% Democrat, 40% Republicans, and 12% Independents. What other results can be assumed when this approach is utilized. Face it your future is certainly bleak with nothing more than Warren, Biden and the 'old gentleman', Bernie. Ultimately, your future will grow even further dim when Hillary emerges as the nominee. Buckle up and get used to losing again.

Jan Dolcater, Rockland

By the way do you believe that Pelosi, Comey, Brennan, Clapper and other members of the coup are looking forward to Durham's upcoming report?

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 11, 2019 16:42

Could this be trump's "Benghazi?"


"In a stunning escalation of tensions in the crisis unfolding in northern Syria, the Turkish army has allegedly shelled a United States Special Forces unit in an attack on Mashtenour hill in the Kurdish city of Kobani.

Newsweek has discovered through Iraqi Kurdish intelligence and senior Pentagon officials that the Trump-approved Turkish invasion of Kurdish-held Syria, cynically dubbed “Operation Spring Peace,” has already put American forces in the line of fire.

Ryan Browne

.@barbarastarrcnn reports Turkish artillery struck near US troops in Kobane, all US personnel unharmed. Gen Milley said the below hours ago: …

Ryan Browne

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Milley: "The Turkish military is fully aware down to explicit grid coordinate detail of the locations of US forces...everyone if fully aware we are the United States military, we retain the right of self-defense"

3:47 PM - Oct 11, 2019

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Oct 11, 2019 16:16

17 contributors to the Intelligence community. Mistakes? The use of the word conspiracy is another one to point fingers and suggest your perspective is altered. Mistakes? Where does the "Brotherhood," begin and end. 25 years for you. TIme to chill. Mistakes? William Casey was a good one. Drugs, guns and Iran. Southern Airways. Mistakes? Topple Democracies intentionally. Iran. Chile. Dislike gaslighting.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Oct 11, 2019 14:21

...and the beat goes sum up....Trump will inevitably put, once again, his foot in his mouth...and the beat goes on...

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 11, 2019 08:19


None of the 17 agencies, yes 17,  in the Intelligence Community are perfect. They make mistakes and do the wrong thing just like every other human on the planet.
Drafting low IQ was not the I.C. that was the Pentagon.
I just retired from 25+ years working in and around the I.C.and I can tell you from personal experience what you believe is wrong. They are highly motivated and dedicated people putting there lives on the line and some losing there lives in the line of duty.
Yes, mistakes have been made as with any organization government or private.
These attacks in the I.C. by this administration and some on the hill are unprecedented.
Trump doesn't take the daily I.C. brief as all presidents have for decades.

As to the whistleblower, the agency he or she works for is irrelevant. Anyone in any agency or military at any level can report inappropriate, illegal, financial or any action detrimental to the government or country with the knowledge that their identity will be protected as per the federal whistleblower law. That is how it works. It is a part of your duty to do so. That is why whistleblower identities must be protected. I sure you can see the value in that.
Part of our annual training was the whistleblower law.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 11, 2019 06:58

From Syria:


“I am ashamed for the first time in my career,” said the distraught soldier."

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Oct 10, 2019 21:03

I would never have seen myself supporting Trump. I have been well aware of his antics, his fathers and his associates. He has bilked the taxpayers as did his old man. Trump road around in a limo delivering newspapers. Shorted workers for work they did for him. I will go down in total support for Trump against the entrenched intelligence enclave. We pay these clowns to do repeated incompetent work. Iran in the 50's. Baffled by the Korean War. Bay of Pigs. Kennedy in Vietnam. Drafting low IQ draftees in the amount of 350.000 to fight in Vietnam. Cuba. Fidel lived to be 90. G.H.W. Bush and his Zapata Oil Co. Bushes part in Kennedy's demise. The only American I have heard of who does not recollect where he was on the shooting of Kennedy. Shoot up to the present day and the monitoring of Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy 24/7. Now we have a career CIA individual assigned to the WH who is now shown as a whistleblower? The CIA, who were created at the behest of Truman solely as an intelligence arm of the executive branch, now a presidential watchdog to ensure their own existence and you and I pay for this incompetence. Good luck to the Kurds. They lack the oil potential of the Sunni Saudis and the Shiite Iranians. A people without a nation. Two pipelines vie for control of Syria. One from Bahrain/Saudi Arabia and the other from Iran. Guess who we back on this one. Enough for now.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 10, 2019 18:24

I hope you're proud of yourself, Paul.  Right now the Kurds are finding out just how far trump can be trusted, and his defenders believed.  For that betrayal alone he deserves to be removed from office (not to mention a dozen over offenses.)  Putin is laughing at the US and laughing even harder at the "useful" idiots who defend his chosen president.


"Brett McGurk, Trump’s former envoy to the anti- ISIS coalition, has denounced the president’s decision as “impulsive” and has declared that the policy change will benefit Russia, Iran, and ISIS in the volatile region. McGurk, who has also worked in the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, lambasted Trump as a coward and an incompetent in a blistering series of tweets this morning.

Brett McGurk


Donald Trump is not a Commander-in-Chief. He makes impulsive decisions with no knowledge or deliberation. He sends military personnel into harm’s way with no backing. He blusters and then leaves our allies exposed when adversaries call his bluff or he confronts a hard phone call.

Brett McGurk


The WH statement tonight on Syria after Trump spoke with Erdogan demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of anything happening on the ground. The “United States” is not holding any ISIS detainees. They are all being held by the SDF, which Trump just served up to Turkey.

The former ISIS envoy’s deep knowledge of the region and the ongoing conflicts there were evident in his detailed analysis of the current situation in Syria and the surrounding nations, facts that the president apparently either ignored or never bothered to take the time to learn before making his decision to withdraw American support for the Kurds."


"The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months." -Revelation 13:5, New International Version


Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 10, 2019 17:21

Also, so many conspiracy theories and lies and so little time.
Enjoy that bubble you live in it will burst soon.

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Oct 10, 2019 17:18

A rollcall vote is not required for an Impeachment Inquiry.
This is just the evidence gathering process nothing more.

It's exactly like a district attorney gathering evidence for a case.

You should research the process along with reading the Constitution.
Better yet read up on Clinton's impeachment, it's all there.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 10, 2019 16:37

Talk about trump derangement syndrome.  Could you be more of a spinning trump scenario parrot, Paul?  But then I expected no less from our local "conservative" cabal. (What exactly are you conserving might I ask?)  Perhaps you've heard that the most recent Fox News poll has 51% of Americans wanting trump not only impeached but removed.  Apparently they're sick and tired of a raving lunatic in the oval office who creates a new crisis every week, and seems to care only what Putin thinks.  Certainly our former allies the Kurds, don't count for much in trump's world of ego and megalomania.  Now that blood is actually on our bloated liar-in-chief's hands maybe our professional's in government will consider simply arresting the lout and letting him scream at an unappreciative world from inside a cell where he, and most of his administration, belong.


"Trump’s erratic and unpresidential behavior...  whose defining features are crassness, cruelty, incompetence and — most of all — sheer craziness. I may not agree with Warren or Sanders on most issues, but I am confident they would not do any of the offensive and even impeachable acts that Trump commits with mind-numbing regularity. That is reason enough to vote for them, even if I would prefer a more moderate alternative. Saving U.S. democracy from a mad king matters more than the specific policies of his successor."  -Max Boot, conservative historian and author


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