It’s Wednesday, January 10th, 2018…and the offsides penalty on the blocked punt, not to mention the two subsequent non-calls (face mask and unsportsmanlike), at the beginning of the 2nd half of the CFP Championship confirmed the fix was in.  Seriously, we’re to believe THESE were the best referees collegiate football could provide?!?  The CFP now enjoys the same level of believability as the NFL after Deflategate.

Now, here’s The Gouge!

First up, courtesy of NRO, David French records a devastating declaration from the federal bench:

Cliven Bundy Wins: Judge Cites ‘Flagrant’ Federal Misconduct

The case against the Nevada rancher, characterized by the government as ‘paranoid,’ is dismissed.

 

“In April 2014, America was transfixed by an armed standoff in the Nevada desert. On one side was a collection of dangerous, out-of-control armed men who were deliberately provocative, prone to saying unhinged things in a single-minded quest to destroy their enemies, and who lied time and again to cover their misdeeds.

On the other side was Cliven Bundy.

If you think that’s an unfair and inflammatory attack on the federal government, consider that yesterday a federal judge, Obama appointee Gloria Navarro, dismissed the federal government’s criminal case against Bundy and two of his sons on the basis that the government was guilty of “flagrant misconduct” in the trial. Its conduct was so “outrageous” that “no lesser remedy” than dismissal with prejudice “is sufficient.”

The government, you see, lied. It withheld evidence. It concealed the truth from the court and from the American people. To say this isn’t to whitewash Bundy’s misdeeds. He broke the law. He defied the government without any legal justification, and his own conduct helped precipitate a crisis that could have led to a horrible tragedy.

Bundy was wrong. But so was the government, and the government’s conduct, given its enormous power over the lives and liberty of its citizens, was far more troubling than anything Bundy did…”

In other words, while Bundy was wrong, the federal government was far wronger.  Boys and girls, can you say “Ruby Ridge”…

…”Waco”…

…”Elian Gonazlez”…

…”Fast & Furious”…

…”Benghazi”…

…and “Hillary’s private email server”?!?

We knew you could; and that’s just to name a few!

In a related item, FOX News reports how a…

Dem-ordered study to expose illegal online gun sales backfires

 

“A Democrat-backed study meant to expose illicit online gun sales instead seemed to show the opposite — with hardly any sellers taking the bait when undercover investigators tried to set up dozens of illegal firearm transactions. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, had commissioned the Government Accountability Office report to look into how online private dealers might be selling guns to people not allowed to have them. (We’re assuming these fools didn’t foot the bill for this fiasco out of their personal funds!)

Their efforts were based on a 2016 report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which claimed that “anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.”

Over the course of the two-and-a-half year investigation, agents tried to buy firearms illegally on the “Surface Web” and the “Dark Web,” generally by sharing their status as “prohibited individuals” or trying to buy across state lines. But the GAO revealed that their 72 attempts outside of the dark web were all “unsuccessful.”

Cummings, Warren and Schatz did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the GAO’s findings. 

The National Rifle Association seized on the report to claim that online sales are in fact regulated, calling the study an “embarrassment” for the gun control lobby. GAO’s findings showed nothing so much as that private sellers advertising online are knowledgeable about the law, conscientious, and self-policing,” The National Rifle Association said, adding that online gun sales are “subject to the same federal laws that apply to any other commercial or private gun sales.”…”

As well as the fact Elijah Cummings and Elizabeth Warren are complete nincompoops.  And while we don’t know Brian Schatz, until evidence convinces us otherwise, we’ll consider him a douche pump by association.

Since we’re on the subject of douche pumps, the WSJ‘s Bill McGurn details the latest inanity from a desperate presidential wannabe:

Andrew Cuomo Goes to War

It’s a battle between the blue and the red, says New York’s governor.

 

“In the iconography of the American Civil War, the two sides are defined by their colors: union blue versus rebel gray. A century and a half later, Andrew Cuomo invokes colors to advance again the argument that a Republican federal government has divided the states. This time the colors are red and blue.

In his official address kicking off the new year—and no doubt his bid for the White House—Mr. Cuomo accuses Republicans in Washington of having declared an “economic civil war” aimed at “robbing the blue states to pay for the red states.” The reference is to the limit on deductibility for state and local taxes in the GOP tax reform passed just before Christmas. The effective tax hike on New York residents, the governor complains, “could cause people to leave the state.”

Hyperbole aside, Mr. Cuomo and other blue-state governors are right about the pain. The SALT deduction operated as an effective federal subsidy for blue-state taxpayers because it returned to them some of the high taxes they paid to their state governments. With the deduction now capped at $10,000, citizens in states such as New York, New Jersey, California and Connecticut will be feeling more keenly the pinch of their states’ tax and spending policies

SALT is one of many maneuvers that have let states spend without facing reality,” says Eileen Norcross, director for the State and Local Policy Project at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. “The states hurt the most by the changes to SALT are the same states that have relied on evasive budgetary tactics: lowballing liabilities, skipping pension payments and issuing debts to cover debts.”

Mr. Cuomo’s resort to war metaphors is illuminating. In the few weeks since the tax bill has become law, blue-state pols have declared they are willing to entertain any number of workarounds to deliver relief for their taxpayers: suing on the grounds that capping the deduction is unconstitutional, changing their nondeductible state income taxes into deductible charitable contributions, or replacing a state income tax with a payroll tax, which employers would be able to deduct.

In other words, Gen. Cuomo and his fellow civil warriors will consider anything to hold the blue line—anything, that is, except address the root problem by lowering their taxes and spending. Because to do so would require taking on the public unions that drive much of state spending and debt, and are the key constituency of the 21st-century Democratic Party.

Ironically, in the course of denouncing the attack from Republicans in Congress and the White House, Mr. Cuomo ceded their core argument: Tax rates affect behavior. For in his declaration of war, Mr. Cuomo admitted his worry that hiking the marginal tax rate on New Yorkers gives them an incentive to relocate. Until now it was supposed to be a Republican canard that highly taxed blue staters defect to lower-taxed red states.

Just as illuminating, this is a battle being waged for the wealthy. In his speech Mr. Cuomo hailed the Empire State as a progressive “beacon” unto the nation. But in a Monday post, Thurston Powers, a legislative analyst for the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Center for State Fiscal Reform, noted that 88% of the savings from the SALT deduction were enjoyed by people with incomes of $100,000 or more.

Note to New York City mayor and self-styled Progressive in Chief Bill de Blasio : The elimination of this deduction diminishes an effective subsidy for wealthier taxpayers. So where are the shouts of support for making the rich pay their “fair share”?

Instead, Gen. Cuomo speaks of war. It’s an interesting way to enter 2018…”

Hypocrisy, thy name is Liberalism.

Since we’re on the subject of hypocritical, counterproductive Libtards, the subject of this next item from FOX News brings new meaning to the term “educated idiot”:

Professor claims ‘meritocracy’ in math class is a ‘tool of whiteness’: report

 

A math professor at Brooklyn College wrote an academic paper contending that meritocracy in math class holds back racial minorities and is a tool of “whiteness,” Campus Reform reported on Monday. Professor Laurie Rubel, a former high school teacher, wrote the article in the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education. She reportedly contends that meritocracy is oftentimes associated with hard work, but it ignores “systematic barriers” that prevent the opportunity of success.

Rubel reportedly recommended that math teachers use more social justice issues during lessons. Rubel, however, warned that teaching “social justice” can also be a tool of whiteness if teachers are ignorant to the experiences of their minority students...”

Thus, when little Latifah and Jamaad can’t get jobs at Burger King because they fail to demonstrate the most basic understanding of mathematics, the likes of Laurie Rubel will blame it on racism.  It’s another classic “heads we win, tails you lose!” conclusion from Progressives bereft of any argument grounded in fact.

And further evidence why The Left is the most destructive force Black Americans have ever faced.

Which brings us, appropriately enough, to The Lighter Side

Then there’s four more from Balls Cotton…

…along with these six from Shannon Wood:

Those last two memes came to mind during a conversation in which G. Trevor, Lord High King of all Vietors, wondered why Republicans always cede the playing field of facts in general, and terminology in particular, to The Left.

First, by not relentlessly referring to the facts!  Watching Tucker Carlson “debate” the realities of the theory of anthropogenic global warming with the nitwit in the hatwe were perplexed he never brought up the repeated falsification of temperature and climate data by supposed “scientists”, not to mention question why, if human activity is behind “climate change”, what caused the retreat of the glaciers which covered North America 20,000 years ago?  After all, if the science is so compelling, why falsify the facts?!?

Then there’s the terminology surrender.  Think about it: the GOP routinely uses terms like “DREAMers”, “pro-choice”, “Palestinian”, etc. created by the opposition to obfuscate the truth.  Thus are illegal aliens cloaked in a mantle of nobility, advocates of the killing of the unborn granted moral cover and a non-existent people rights and grievances they never had.

We can only assume it’s for the same reason Republicans continue to allow the likes of George Snuffleupagus, Candy Crowley and Anderson Cooper to “moderate” their debates: ‘cuz they’re the party of pandering cowardice and…

Magoo