R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:15:02 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/r-emmett-tyrrell-jr-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell 7a1c3e9fe55d693b36cc4cf5f6bdec43 The War of the Masks for 05/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/20/the-war-of-the-masks Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; I see a war has broken out even as we talk of opening up our states' economies. Perhaps I am overly sensitive, but I get the feeling there is serious disagreement between those who insist on covering their bodies to prevent the spread of the Wuhan virus and those who are taking their chances. The chance-takers wear no masks, no shields, no gloves and absolutely never don one of those all-covering, full-body protective outfits that leave one looking like an astronaut in the Bulgarian space program. The full coverage crowd I call the prophylactic wearers. The noncoverage crowd I call ... Well, I call them the noncoverage crowd. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Now, in this battle over what protective attire is to be worn in public, I intend to remain absolutely neutral. So far, as I have been able to ascertain, no one, neither among the prophylactic wearers nor among the noncoverage crowd, has taken me seriously on the one constructive recommendation that I have made during this crisis.</span> I suggested early on, when Dr. Anthony Fauci and the pulchritudinous Dr. Deborah Birx were earnestly urging us to wash our hands after every possible exposure to the virus, we go all the way. I suggested that we wash our hands <i>and</i> our feet. Possibly even blow your nose. Thus far, I have heard nothing, not even from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, not even from the Dial soap manufacturers. Nada from the handkerchief manufacturers. <p>Updated: Thu May 28, 2020</p> d90a01caa57399704b1af713e708a998 The Hunting of the President for 05/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/20/the-hunting-of-the-president Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; Let us turn to the controversy surrounding Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's first choice for national security advisor. Flynn was prosecuted and found guilty of lying to the FBI years ago, and, as the wheels of justice grind slowly in the United States, after much expense to both the government and to Flynn, he was about to be sentenced when the Justice Department, under Attorney General William Barr, let him off the hook two weeks ago. The attorney general, after a lengthy procedure, found Flynn committed no crime.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Yet, if no crime was committed by Flynn, that does not mean no crime was committed at all. His perfectly legal conversation with the then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was leaked to The Washington Post's David Ignatius.</span> As George Neumayr and I have been claiming since this story broke, the person or persons who leaked this classified conversation committed a serious crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. They are the people who should now be indicted. </p> <p>The attorney general was right. There was no predicate for charging Flynn with a crime back in 2017. Incidentally, that was not his judgment, or, at least, it was not his judgment alone. The Justice Department's decision was reviewed by a seasoned prosecutor, Jeff Jensen, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. He found in a 108-page report that there was reason to dismiss the case against Flynn. His report is damning. It throws the FBI's whole pursuit of Flynn into doubt. As George and I said back in 2017, there should be prosecutions here, and they will not be prosecutions of Flynn.<p>Updated: Thu May 21, 2020</p> ce7419c95182dd80df0e335acdcd2e43 Joe Biden and America's First Basement Campaign for 05/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/20/joe-biden-and-americas-first-basement-campaign Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; Americans know less and less history these days, which is a good thing for our candidates running for office, either high office or low office. One of the reasons Americans, when polled, say Barack Obama was a great president is that few Americans can remember any president other than Obama. Some remember President George W. Bush, and a few more recall President Bill Clinton, but I suspect they remember Bill because he was always a lot of laughs. They surely do not recall this pronunciamento: "The era of big government is over." </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Americans' deficiency in history is helping President Donald Trump, for sure, in this presidential race, but it is helping presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden even more. </span>He is running his campaign from the basement of his home. He has cameras set up down there, and, who knows, he might have a canned audience down there, too. You know it is canned to erupt with wild applause every time he utters a complete sentence or whenever Joe smiles or makes a derisive remark about Trump.<p>Updated: Thu May 14, 2020</p> cab82afe41a9582f15f49c862554d30f In Defense of Joe for 05/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/20/in-defense-of-joe Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; Where did Sleepy Joe go wrong? Remember what a champion of women, or at least of Democratic women, he was? Remember the role he played in the Violence Against Women Act? Recall, if you will, how he kissed the Democratic ladies affectionately and smelled their hair, at least until a group of indignant Democratic women publicly objected. Then he promptly ceased and desisted. Now he only gives them a wave, or whatever it is that's allowed in Democratic precincts. But you can be sure that Joe is observing the latest rules of decorum among the Democratic womenfolk. He is giving this highly excitable Democratic voting bloc its "space," as they call it.</p> <p>Yet Joe is still in hot water with the #MeToo movement and the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. That's because 27 years ago, Tara Reade, a 29-year-old on his staff, claims Joe accosted her in a Senate hallway and touched her inappropriately. Now a growing number of Democrats are saying that the presumed Democratic presidential candidate must ... do what? <span class="column--highlighted-text">I have been following this latest controversy in Democrat Land assiduously, and frankly, I have concluded that I do not know what the leading Democrats would have Joe do.</span> <p>Updated: Thu May 07, 2020</p> 2b95a2ca00bc592e03fc425e5b14a02a My Advice to the President for 04/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/20/my-advice-to-the-president Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; What tack will President Donald Trump have to take to ensure that he will not have to employ moving vans after Election Day this autumn? He has to win a majority among the Republicans and the independents, and it would be nice if he picked up a few Democratic voters. You know, the Democrats who luxuriated in the Trump economy until March 13, when the thunderbolt hit. How can he do it?</p> <p>My suggestion is that he, in his own inimitable style, will have to maul the Chinese, maul the Democrats and, if Joe will come out of his basement, maul Joe Biden.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 30, 2020</p> a1ca86f201a505d44ff7b837218e3572 A Call for Freedom, A Fear of Unemployment for 04/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/20/a-call-for-freedom-a-fear-of-unemployment Thu, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; There is a growing revolt against the imposition of police state government on the Land of the Free. In Michigan, the cry for freedom has been heard as automobiles and pickup trucks flying the Stars and Stripes circle the state capitol. One intrepid reporter even spotted the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy &#8212; though I have searched and searched, and I have yet to see the shocking emblem. In North Carolina, there are citizens marching for freedom, and in Maryland &#8212; once called the "Free State" &#8212; the citizenry is restive. Even in goose-stepping California, there is rebellion brewing. </p> <p>The call is for freedom &#8212; and the fear is of unemployment. Nationally, the unemployment ranks have filled to 13% of the population in a country that, a month ago, was at record high employment. It will get worse.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 23, 2020</p> 4a2bc2dddb63981606c66df83e227a96 Time Wasted for 04/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/20/time-wasted Thu, 16 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; I see from my private incarceration at home, where I have languished for weeks, that The New York Times is accusing President Donald Trump of wasting as much a six weeks before taking action against the coronavirus. For weeks, I have been dutifully washing my hands and even taken the extra care to wash my feet while Trump and most of the White House staff were dawdling. What were they doing wasting time?</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Did the White House's dilatory behavior have something to do with impeachment? Was that somewhat of a distraction to those in the West Wing? </span>There was, in the Times' report, only one mention of impeachment, and it was a fleeting mention. Otherwise, it was just business as usual in Washington, with the White House ducking subpoenas and Congress thinking up ever more fanciful charges against the president. Is the House of Representatives still consumed with Russian collusion? How about the big fat American professor at Cambridge, Stefan Halper, or poor Carter Page? Is Rep. Adam Schiff still coming up with whistleblowers of impeccable integrity, and is he engaging in his usual heavy-handed tactics with the Republican opposition?<p>Updated: Thu Apr 16, 2020</p> a024477c0d0730af5480fc453083f7c3 Durham's on the Way for 04/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/20/durhams-on-the-way Thu, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; If you were reading The Wall Street Journal late last week, you might have noticed a story about federal prosecutor John Durham from Connecticut. He is the man that Attorney General William Barr tapped a year ago to look into irregularities allegedly committed surrounding the 2016 election, possibly by high-ranking officials in our intelligence community. All of America is absorbed with the coronavirus pandemic. I am, too, but there are other matters of great import to be decided before this year is out. Durham's investigation is one of them.</p> <p>According to the Journal, when Durham became anxious about canceled flights to Washington, he personally drove down Interstate 95 in March in his own vehicle to continue his investigations. If you have seen pictures of the steely-eyed prosecutor, you will agree with me that Interstate 95 was to be avoided when the prosecutor was driving down it. I would not want to have a fender bender with him.</p> <p>Apparently, he has been asking a lot of questions hither and yon &#8212; in the U.K., in Italy and in Australia. Yet his real focus is apparently Washington. He seems interested in the uses to which former British spy Christopher Steele's now-discredited dossier was put, and by whom. He has been asking questions of CIA officials and people at the National Intelligence Council. It is a center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which organized the collaboration of the CIA, the FBI and the National Security Agency. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 09, 2020</p> 51a626e1cb530247d4219783c65002ba 'The Five' Have an Off Day for 04/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/20/the-five-have-an-off-day Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; Conscientious conservative that I am, every afternoon I attempt to clear my mind of the day's claptrap and sprinkle it with a little levity by tuning in to Fox News' "The Five." It rarely lets me down. Sometimes I guffaw. Sometimes I merely snicker. All five of the participants have something to say that is refreshingly original, and sometimes one of them provokes thought even from someone so jaded as me. Yet, last week, the Five had an off day.</p> <p>Possibly, it was the effect of the coronavirus hysteria. Possibly, it was something more sinister, say, Hillary's agents had injected a mild sedative into the Five's drinking water. Whatever it was, all five of the Five utterly bungled a very simple question. The question up for discussion was how each participant had spent the lonely hours of their coronavirus-induced solitary confinement. </p> <p>They answered that they saw movies. They even named the movies. They had apparently watched television, presumably reruns and current shows. I cannot say, as I do not watch television, only "The Five" and Fox News. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Not one of the Five recommended a book! </span>It's possible I missed it, but I do not think so.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 02, 2020</p> 6774fb7bf42ebf020851afe9c00dbc2d An Admirable Tweet From President Trump for 03/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/20/an-admirable-tweet-from-president-trump Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; Conservatives and libertarians around the country are becoming increasingly uneasy about what Washington is doing to our economy. Before the coronavirus struck, many were anxious about the swamp packing another $1 trillion of debt into our deficit. Now Washington is talking about spending close to $2 trillion to treat the coronavirus, which would be $1-2 trillion that we do not have. </p> <p>At the president's daily briefing, one thing we never hear is concern about the staggering debt that we now have and the staggering debt our leaders are contemplating taking on. The Democrats showed restraint. They showed it for about 15 minutes last week and then began showing their wanton lust for power. They claimed to be speaking for common citizens, but in terms of responding to powerful interests, they revealed that their palms were being greased by unions, special interests and every outfit lobbying for the Green Revolution. I have seen proposals for unprecedented collective bargaining powers, for union representation on boards of directors, for increased fuel emissions standards for airlines and for expansion of wind and solar tax credits. </p> <p>All supposedly to cure the coronavirus. The Democrats fear they lost Crazy Bernie's revolution in this election cycle. They seem to think they can win it now, thanks to the coronavirus. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Make no mistake about it. The package of goodies they have been suggesting from the Hill constitutes a revolution.</span><p>Updated: Thu Mar 26, 2020</p> a41924ccfd1bd41c3bf23b4d2f1bac1e Another Bad Mark for the Elites for 03/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/20/another-bad-mark-for-the-elites Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; There is a new book out that bids fair to win this year's J. Gordon Coogler Award for The Worst Book of the Year, and remember, the year has just begun. The dreadful effort is "The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America." Its author is Charlotte Alter. The book takes its dreadful title from a dreadful speech given back in 2008 by presidential candidate Barack Obama, entitled, dreadfully enough, "The Ones We've Been Waiting For." </p> <p>The book is another of those My Generation-obsessed books that have been appearing regularly since the most My Generation-obsessed generation arrived on the scene. That would be the baby boomers of the 1960s. It has been a generation that utterly failed to live up to its promise of being "the most idealistic generation" of all. In terms of spreading venereal disease, drug addiction, petty criminality and various other social pathologies, its members made great strides. But that is about it. </p> <p>Yet America continues, from generation to generation, to rave about the rising generation. "The Ones We've Been Waiting For" is a panegyric to the so-called millennial generation. Alter tells us the generation is going to "change" America, though it contains people as dissimilar as the conservative representative from Texas, Congressman Dan Crenshaw, and the socialist representative from New York, Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The former defended our country in Afghanistan before entering the House of Representatives. The latter was a bartendress before entering the House to begin her daily rant against America. Aside from their ages, these two politicos have nothing in common.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2020</p> cb73b6975acaf69499c18d7effe95205 Bernie's Solution to Full Employment for 03/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/20/bernies-solution-to-full-employment Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington &#8212; The forces of militant ignorance are in motion again. They are marching with Crazy Bernie Sanders and his spendthrift wife. They are marching with Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former bartendress. They are rousing the drowsy forces of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the drowsy forces of the Occupy D.C. movement, who have been recumbent for the past decade. You remember them. They were the utopian socialists and parasites who provided so much hope to the left-wing Democrats back in 2011 and 2012. They slept in parks. They hassled pedestrians. They, occasionally, relieved themselves on parked automobiles.</p> <p>I called them then, and I call them now, the moron vote. They believed that health care should be free. They were for free education, especially if, while experiencing the thrill of free education, they did not have to read a book or get out of bed before noon. They were for a guaranteed annual income. I suppose former candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren can supply the rest of the things that they were for, which ought to be free. She had a long list of them before she dropped out of the race.</p> <p>Crazy Bernie also can supply the rest of the things that the moron vote believes should be free. After he recites his list, he often growls to his audience of morons something about "the movement" that he is creating. He calls it socialism and adds that "it has never been tried in America." But, he growls, it will be. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 12, 2020</p> a6d1735556ec6d4d2e30a870155be0c6 Tired of Being Mocked? for 03/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/20/tired-of-being-mocked Thu, 05 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; Last week, the Washington Times had an inspirational moment. On Thursday, the editors wrapped this venerable newspaper in a red-inked wrapper and presented readers with an evocative question. In the top half of the wrapper, they asked boldly:</p> <p></p> <p>"Tired of being ... <p>Updated: Thu Mar 05, 2020</p> d4c80f901911a9bd3cf7b23c8d2dce2f James Carville's Last Campaign for 02/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/02/20/james-carvilles-last-campaign Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; Poor old James Carville is in the dumps. He doubts that Crazy Bernie can beat President Donald Trump in November. He appeared on MSNBC last week and said that anyone who thought Sen. Bernie Sanders would turn out more voters in sufficient numbers to beat Trump was "a fool." Well, on that point, he might be right. Carville has been dealing with fools for years, and doubtless, he knows whereof he speaks. Yet, I would think he would have more respect for his constituents. Hillary Clinton might need her fools to beat the deplorables. Every fool counts, James.</p> <p>The campaign strategist who coined the line, "It's the economy, stupid," looked like he had just rolled out of bed when he appeared with MSNBC's slickster Brian Williams on the television the other day. James was wearing a purple baseball cap with its beak turned forward. For over 20 years, it has been the fashion among young boys who wear their baseball caps indoors to turn the cap backward with the beak looking toward the rear. Has James missed something? Actually, I believe I have seen him on TV with his baseball cap turned backward. Or was it turned sideways? What a character!</p> <p>Also, a close look at James' neck indicated that he was wearing two undershirts; one &#8212; the outer one &#8212; was purple. He finished the ensemble off with a white shirt, possibly short-sleeved. Though perhaps I am mistaken. What I mistook for a white shirt might have been a pajama top. As I said earlier, he looked like he had just rolled out of bed. Sartorially speaking, James is no Roger Stone, to mention another campaign strategist in the news last week. At any rate, when he arrived at the studio, James had put in a hard night. My suggestion would be that he give up politics for the rest of the year. Or perhaps he could offer his services to Harvey Weinstein. James could be Harvey's crisis manager. After all, James gave plenty of advice to Bill Clinton. As I recall, he was among those doubters who dismissed my "Troopergate" stories. He probably still thinks of Bill as the "Virgin President." <p>Updated: Thu Feb 27, 2020</p> 8c2a35bfb2b63963213b433156debc5f Thatcher and Reagan: Why Do They Hate Them So? for 02/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/02/20/thatcher-and-reagan-why-do-they-hate-them-so Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; I am rounding the last turn of Charles Moore's magisterial biography of Margaret Thatcher. It is no sprint. It is not even a long-distance race. It is a marathon of a literary work, three volumes. Three <i>thick</i> volumes. Yet, as I have said, it is a masterpiece. Charles loves Ms. Thatcher. That is not to say he lets her off easy. Charles is too fine a biographer for that, and Thatcher is too complicated a subject to escape his critical eye. So, he has given us three volumes on the lady who returned Britain to economic health and world significance. Read it for yourself.</p> <p>Yet, one thing attracted my eye in reading volume two, and it continued to attract my eye in reading volume three. Her enemies hated her. They still hate her. In fact, a rising generation of young Brits hate her now. How very curious.</p> <p>Liberals hate her. Socialists hate her. Even a few moderates or Tories hate her. Why do they hate her with such singular intensity? I believe it is because she diminished the one thing on which all of the above groups have generally agreed. Some have agreed on it more than others, but all have agreed it was essential to Britain's well-being. What is it? Government. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 20, 2020</p> 5b591cbce86e41ce28f7ce4289000c64 Joe Biden's My Guy for 02/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/02/20/joe-bidens-my-guy Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; What political party does the Democratic Party remind you of? Their leader, until they settle on a presidential candidate, is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. She is almost 80 years of age and consults a plastic surgeon as frequently as she consults her hairdresser, according to my sources. Critics remarked on how infrequently during the State of the Union she smiled. Actually, with her skin stretched across her face so tautly, she cannot smile. She can hardly blink. Have a heart, fellows and fellowesses. She would smile and blink more if she could. I am told she has a very good sense of humor. </p> <p>Other leading Democrats are not much younger. There is Crazy Bernie Sanders, who is 78. Incidentally, he recently had a heart attack while on the campaign trail. According to my vast research staff, Bernie is the first presidential candidate ever to have a heart attack while campaigning for president. So, it should be no surprise that he favors health care for all, even for household pets. Yet, is this not a conflict of interest or self-dealing or a breach of the emoluments clause? If it is, you can be sure our president will have his aides on Bernie's trail. Would it not be a hoot to have a horde of the president's accountants falling on Bernie for favoring "Medicare for All" given his bum ticker?</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Then there is the sprightly Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is 70 and eats nuts and fruits in keeping with her Native American heritage. </span>And forget not Hillary Clinton, the perennial candidate. She is not running right now. She is 72 and has a cough that kicks in whenever she contemplates a run for the White House. Listen for that cough. I would not count her out.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 13, 2020</p> 92db2a031b46091beb4bc7b71ff8bdfc What Prize Do We Give Mitt Romney? for 02/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/02/20/what-prize-do-we-give-mitt-romney Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; Regarding the failed impeachment of our president, I have a few observations. </p> <p>The Democrats, led by Rep. Adam B. Schiff, charged President Donald Trump with "abuse of power" and the risible charge of "obstruction of Congress." The historically minded reader will remember these charges as being what Republicans in the 1930s and in the 1960s quite properly called the New Deal and the Great Society, respectively. They disapproved of what Franklin Roosevelt and old Beagle Ears were trying to do, but it is a fact that no one &#8212; not even Barry Goldwater &#8212; tried to impeach either president. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">There are numerous members of the House of Representatives and the Senate who made epic fools of themselves during these unnecessary and wasteful proceedings. The American people expect better of the House and the Senate. </span>Yet if there is one senator who deserves an award for his performance &#8212; say, Jackass of the Year &#8212; it is Sen. Mitt Romney of the great state of Utah. His attempt to throw a monkey wrench into the proceedings by voting with the Democrats on late Friday afternoon was despicable. Sen. Susan Collins did likewise, but she had a pithy explanation, and she shut down quickly. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 06, 2020</p> 64f4e5b6afcc36053026ae649ee3d069 Codes of Conduct From the Swamp for 01/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/01/20/codes-of-conduct-from-the-swamp Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; Dare we call it the Trump Revolution? We call the presidency of Ronald Reagan the Reagan Revolution. Well, consider what President Donald Trump has achieved in but three years. He has revived the economy with ample growth, historically low levels of unemployment and efficiencies in the economy thanks to the removal of unnecessary stultifying regulations. He promises more if reelected. He has assured international peace and stability. Becoming a prominent terrorist is no longer a smart career choice. Longevity can be problematic. And the president has assured a judicial system stocked with men and women who really believe in the rule of law. Furthermore, he has brought us two Supreme Court justices that will abide by the Constitution. If he has four more years in the White House, he will bring us more.</p> <p>Yet apparently our country's intelligence community was out to put the clamps on Trump before he was even elected. Slowly, we are finding out that, for instance, some of the warrants issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act were illegal. We are finding out that these agencies were eavesdropping on Trump and his aides. Conservatives always defended the CIA and FBI against career civil libertarians. Now we are finding out that these agencies were used against Trump and his people. What did the Trumpians do to antagonize the intelligence community?</p> <p>Do the heads of these agencies really think that Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin? I have not seen the evidence. A two-year investigation conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller could not find the evidence either. So, let us come up with the evidence that will convince Americans that &#8212; as John Brennan, formerly of the CIA, has said &#8212; Trump's behavior was "treasonous." <p>Updated: Thu Jan 30, 2020</p> 632c6b200d53f266e207d368d94a0e38 Let's Hear It for the Queen for 01/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/01/20/lets-hear-it-for-the-queen Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; Last week was a good week for Queen Elizabeth II. At 93 years of age, she once again asserted her authority and looked, by the way, terrific. Good show, Your Highness.</p> <p>However, last week was a bad week for Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood producer, friend of the Clintons, major Democratic donor and defendant accused of rape, a criminal sex act and predatory sexual assault. He is 67. If he is found guilty, he faces life in prison. My guess is he will ask for a jail cell near Bill Cosby. They appear to have a lot in common and can swap tales &#8212; possibly even swap pictures.</p> <p>Harvey has taken to using a walker to hobble in and out of the courtroom, hoping he will gain sympathy from moviegoers. He was a major Hollywood figure and allegedly a lot of fun. But I have my doubts. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p> 560bcbf5d58ce782c84cf7ffedfb9215 Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Household Pets for 01/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/01/20/bernie-sanders-joe-biden-and-household-pets Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; I see that the mainstream media is promoting the candidacies of Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden at the expense of the 10 other admitted Democratic candidates and the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Democrats who feel in their heart of hearts that they should be president. They would become president after thrashing President Donald J. Trump, if only the 12 present contenders would get out of the way. Incidentally, my favorite among the thousands of would-be contenders was Beto O'Rourke before he dropped out of the race, having given a surprisingly seemly speech utterly devoid of the F-word, his trademark, or any other back-alley language. </p> <p>The reason that the mainstream media is in a lather to promote Crazy Bernie and lunch-bucket Joe is that the media has made an unexpected discovery: If the Democrats do not nominate Crazy Bernie or lunch-bucket Joe, they are probably stuck with Pocahontas or Mayor Pete Buttigieg, he of the unpronounceable last name. The fact that Mayor Pete has a last name that only highly paid anchormen and anchorwomen can pronounce (only after daily coaching) is not the reason the mainstream media is passing on him. It is because he is mayor of an embarrassingly small town somewhere in the Midwest whose only claim to fame is a football team. That is not enough. He has laid claim to being a war hero, but now it has been revealed that he got in and got out of the service by using a fast-track shortcut and only served in a war zone for a matter of months. His only heroics were serving as a chauffeur for officers and dignitaries. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p>