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Friday, Sep 04, 2015

The Right Stuff

A politics blog by Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson's baseball card - if he had one - would report he throws left, writes right. In his columns and blog, "The Right Stuff," southpaw Jackson provides insight into the evolving human condition from a distinctly conservative point of view.

Hillary aide seeks Fifth Amendment refuge; public opinion will bend accordingly

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By Tom Jackson

The drip-drip-drip from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unorthodox, controversial and quite possibly illegal stealth email server is increasingly resembling a downpour — if not an outright deluge.

The latest — after every last thing Clinton said about the affair has proven false — is the declaration by Bryan Pagliano, the techie who set up and oversaw the Chappaqua-based server that he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination rather than submit to questions from any congressional committee. Not the Senate Judiciary Committee. Not the Senate Homeland Security Committee. And certainly not the House Select Committee on Benghazi (Benghazi, Benghazi) headed by South Carolina’s Trey Gowdy.

A letter from Pagliano’s attorney Mark MacDougall explaining his client’s decision cited the ongoing FBI investigation into whether classified national security information was mishandled when it passed through Clinton’s server.

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Seeking faithful compromise in eastern Kentucky

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By Tom Jackson

These days, Kim Davis, the evangelical Christian and clerk of court who serves a rural county in eastern Kentucky, must wake up feeling a little like David when he was a stone-slinging shepherd boy and go to bed identifying with Job, the most beleaguered figure in all the Old Testament.

The Goliath she’s battling is the federal government; her constant torment is a contempt citation that was blessed by no less then the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is Davis’ ongoing refusal to carry out the law of this great — if sometimes perplexing — land, which since June has held that same-gender couples have as much right to be legally wed as all those man-woman pairs mentioned in her Bible.

Whether those unions are sanctified by the Almighty is not the concern of the government. Nor should it be. And that’s where it gets prickly for Davis.

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More horrific news about Abortion Inc. for Big Media to ignore

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By Tom Jackson

Remember last week when the usual suspects leapt on — no, practically celebrated — the findings of Fusion GPS, a Washington, D.C.-based forensics firm that claimed some of the full-length anti-Planned Parenthood videos had been “manipulated” through unexplained edits?

And remember how Planned Parenthood supporters were absolutely certain what was missing would prove exculpatory (never mind that complete transcripts including the missing footage also were released)?

And remember how none of the coverage of Fusion’s blockbuster findings — not really; even Fusion conceded as much, but there’s a narrative to preserve — made that first mention about the “forensics firm’s” long history of extremely partisan activity and is especially hostile to social conservatives?

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The Blumenthal/Tea Party Commonality

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By Tom Jackson

The latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails includes confidant Sid Blumenthal going off on then-future Speaker of the House John Boehner.

“Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members

of the House Republican Conference,” Blumenthal wrote in an Election Day 2010 lay-of-the-GOP-landscape rant, looking ahead even before the polls had closed. Plainly, he was braced for a national revolt against the first two years of the Obama administration.

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The silence of the president

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By Tom Jackson

Close readers of The Right Stuff know the blog is finicky about consistency. Why the political background of Fusion GPS, which exposed curious gaps in videos harmful to Planned Parenthood, wasn’t important — but who funds global-warming-is-a-hoax studies is — is just the most recent example.

Consistency is at hand again, because in the wake of two gruesome episodes of murder that appear to have been racially motivated — indeed, seem at least tangentially linked to the increasingly militant Black Lives Matter movement — President Obama has been silent.

Let us review.

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What Planned Parenthood’s stenographers omitted from their happy dance

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By Tom Jackson

Planned Parenthood and its supporters waxed triumphant Thursday afternoon over what they’re touting as smoking-gun evidence that their worst nightmare — undercover videos from anti-abortion crusaders exposing nightmare activities — amounts to a manipulation of the truth. Why, it might even be an utter fabrication.

Closer inspection of the inspectors suggests Abortion Inc.’s celebration is at least exaggerated, probably premature and perhaps even downright unfounded.

Claims against the products of Centers for Medical Progress were lodged by Planned Parenthood client Fusion GPS, a Washington D.C.-based opposition-research firm with deep ties to the Democratic Party — a fact none of those touring the gleeful news sought fit to report.

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Anti-gunners renew push for irrelevant restrictions

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By Tom Jackson

That didn’t take long. Of course it didn’t. Never mind which demons drove the heinous activities of Vester Lee Flanagan II — aka Bryce Williams — just after dawn Wednesday. We’ll sort those in the fullness of time. Just now, while the energy effervesces, we have one of those “serious crises” that must not be allowed to go to waste.

And so, even as compassionate minds attempt to wrangle the miserable prospect of funerals for a couple of barely-more-than kids from the Virginia’s mesmerizing Roanoke Valley, reliable opportunists on the left called for — what else? — a fresh round of gun control.

From the White House briefing room, administration spokesman Josh Earnest reiterated President Obama’s desire for Congress to enact “common sense” steps that won’t infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Astonishingly, he did not wink as he spoke the words.

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The Donald’s trolling calculation

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By Tom Jackson

It’s been three weeks — wow, how time does fly — since the Republican presidential kickoff debate hosted by Fox News, and it seems Donald Trump was eager to resurrect the post-event’s lead story.

Well, why wouldn’t he, since he played a starring role? (One thing The Donald apparently learned during his years as a reality TV star: There’s no such thing as bad publicity.)

For a couple of those three weeks, Megyn Kelly — the questioner with all those bleeding orifices — was off the air, on vacation. Her return Monday night was greeted by Trump with a hail of we’re-finished-when-I-say-we’re-finished invective in the Twitterverse.

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The horror Planned Parenthood thinks is ‘neat’

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Video No. 7 exposing Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish culture from the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress dropped Wednesday, establishing this above all else: The series’ producers are building toward a crescendo.

By now we know all too well: The next episode will be more gruesome than the last.

The latest, in which a former parts-procurer for San Jose, Calif.-based StemExpress describes the process for cutting the brain from a five-to-six-month fetus (with a thumping heart), resets the already soaring bar for grotesquery.

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If you thought the Iran bargain was bad before ...

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By Tom Jackson

What was revealed Wednesday about the U.S.-led deal — strike that — uh, agreement — still wrong — um, arrangement (there we go) with Iran over the latter’s nuclear research/development/bomb program merely reaffirms what many of us (Democratic senators Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez included) suspected already: The more we learn, the worse it gets.

On the plus side, at least it’s the first time the Obama administration has pulled this kind of stunt. Oh, wait. The complete opposite of that.

The examples (Fast and Furious) of the-more-we-know (carbon emissions edict) the-worse-it-gets (YouTube caused Benghazi massacre) are far to numerous (DREAM executive action extended to parents) to rehearse (illegal, non-recess appointments) here (Obamacare).

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