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About Doug Powers

Doug Powers is a writer, editor and commentator covering news of the day from a conservative viewpoint with an occasional shot of irreverence and a blast of snark. Townhall Media editor. alum. Bowling novice.

James Comey: Trump’s totally unfit to be president but shouldn’t be impeached, just voted out

James Comey’s interview on ABC News with former Clinton fanboy and adviser George Stephanopoulos didn’t accomplish much except perhaps provide the DNC with some advertising fodder to motivate voters to the polls in 2020:

The totally non-partisan former FBI director has spoken!

(h/t Twitchy)

Dem senators ask FCC to investigate why Sinclair isn’t carrying the liberals’ water like almost everybody else

Not content to have ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, PBS, CNN and MSNBC firmly in the tank for Democrats, liberal senators want the FCC to look into how the biggest television station owner in the land won’t be good Democrat lapdoggies like everybody else:

In a letter, U.S. senators express concern that Sinclair is deliberately distorting news and call into question the company’s fitness to retain its existing broadcast licenses.

“We have strong concerns that Sinclair has violated the public interest obligation inherent in holding broadcast licenses. Sinclair may have violated the FCC’s longstanding policy against broadcast licensees deliberately distorting news by staging, slanting, or falsifying information (traditionally known as the news distortion standard),” the senators wrote.

“We are concerned that Sinclair is engaged in a systematic news distortion operation that seeks to undermine freedom of the press and the robust localism and diversity of viewpoint that is the foundation of our national broadcasting laws,” the senators continued. “Because of the new facts that have come to light with regard to Sinclair’s misconduct and abuse of the public trust pertaining to its existing broadcast licenses, we believe it is appropriate to pause the pending Sinclair-Tribune merger review and reopen the agency record on the transaction so that the FCC can receive another full round of robust public comments.”

The letter is signed by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Maria Cantwell and Big Dick Blumenthal, among others.

Sinclair’s alleged broadcast license crime was having personalities from all their stations deliver the same script in PSAs saying that in the age of “fake news” they’d be doing extra fact checking. Is there any wonder why Dan Rather finds that so offensive?

(h/t Hot Air)

Rachel Maddow’s Trump/Syria conspiracy theory runs DEEP (the U.K. and France are in on it!)

Friday night President Trump announced missile strikes intended to take out chemical weapon facilities in Syria. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, poster progressive for Trump Derangement Syndrome, smelled a conspiracy:

On Friday, Rachel Maddow said President Trump’s decision to strike Syria will make people think he wanted to “distract” from a “catastrophic domestic scandal” blowing up at home. Maddow, using a form of the phrase ‘wag the dog,’ implied the bombing of Damascus was a diversion from such crises.

“It will affect those other countries’ view of this strike. It will affect their reaction to it,” she said.

“It will therefore affect the utility of this military strike if the president of the United States is believed to have issued the order to launch this strike tonight, even in part because people think he wanted to distract from a catastrophic domestic scandal that is blowing up at home at the same time,” the MSNBC host declared.

So far the only thing potentially “catastrophic” that has come from anything related to the Mueller investigation isn’t even about Trump.

Here’s my favorite part. Maddow says the effectiveness of the military strikes might be diminished because of the loony conspiracy theories that were bound to be pushed by the likes of… herself:

“The perception that the president may have ordered these strikes in part because of scandal will affect the impact and the effectiveness of these military strikes. Unavoidably. Even if the tail is not wagging the dog,” Maddow added.

This is even more embarrassing than Maddow’s failed freakout about Trump’s taxes:

So England and France agreed to fire missiles at another country in order to help distract from Trump’s domestic issues? The conspiracy runs deep in the MSNBC Cuckoo’s Nest!

New Yorker writer living in fear as Big Apple is invaded by Christian chicken sandwiches

New York City progressives pride themselves on embracing all viewpoints and choices — AS LONG AS THEY’RE THE APPROVED KIND. Get a load of this triggering:

Imagine living your life this panicked:

New York has taken to Chick-fil-A. One of the Manhattan locations estimates that it sells a sandwich every six seconds, and the company has announced plans to open as many as a dozen more storefronts in the city. And yet the brand’s arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism. Its headquarters, in Atlanta, is adorned with Bible verses and a statue of Jesus washing a disciple’s feet. Its stores close on Sundays. Its C.E.O., Dan Cathy, has been accused of bigotry for using the company’s charitable wing to fund anti-gay causes, including groups that oppose same-sex marriage. “We’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation,” he once said, “when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ ” The company has since reaffirmed its intention to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect,” but it has quietly continued to donate to anti-L.G.B.T. groups. When the first stand-alone New York location opened, in 2015, a throng of protesters appeared. When a location opened in a Queens mall, in 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a boycott. No such controversy greeted the opening of this newest outpost. Chick-fil-A’s success here is a marketing coup. Its expansion raises questions about what we expect from our fast food, and to what extent a corporation can join a community.

How long will it be until libs start calling Chick-fil-A “assault sandwiches” and demand somebody do something to limit the number of locations?

What’s Cherokee for ‘backfire’? Elizabeth Warren gets mauled by monster SHE created

There isn’t enough popcorn in the world to keep me occupied while laughing at this self-inflicted rake-stepping. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has demanded that acting Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Mick Mulvaney answer her questions. Mulvaney declined. Why? Because the bureau, by Warren’s design, says he doesn’t have to:

Acting Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Mick Mulvaney has told Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., that he doesn’t plan on responding to her questions about the agency, and said it’s her fault that he is not required to answer.

Mulvaney, a conservative who was an outspoken critic of the bureau during his time as a congressman, told Warren in a letter sent Wednesday that the structure of the agency, which she helped design, shields him from accountability.

“I encourage you to consider the possibility that the frustration you are experiencing now, and that which I had a few years back, are both inevitable consequences of the fact that the Dodd-Frank… Act insulates the Bureau from virtually any accountability to the American people through their elected representatives,” Mulvaney wrote.

That’s nothing short of a thing of beauty! Progressives like Warren help design bloated federal bureaucracies without ever considering the possibility they could someday be run by people not in line with their liberal idea of priorities. What’s Cherokee for “backfire”?

Corrupt Dem senator fresh off bribery mistrial thinks Mike Pompeo might lack the integrity to serve

Look up the definition of “shameless” in the dictionary, and you’ll find a picture of Sen. Bob Menendez, who had the audacity to question former CIA Director Mike Pompeo and current Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo on his integrity:

It hasn’t even been five months since a mistrial was declared in Menendez’s bribery & corruption trial. This is some serious chutzpah coming from a congressman who should only be allowed to ask questions on visiting day:

NPR’s crossing of the ‘Russia collusion’ and ‘blame the NRA’ streams could blow up in their face

The Left’s effort to continue to push the “Russia collusion” angle as well as the liberal narrative about the NRA has fused, thanks to NPR, which presented this super-forced gotcha attempt:

For the most part, according to the article and the NRA’s statement to a congressman, the NRA made a couple thousand dollars from membership dues and subscriptions from U.S. citizens living in Russia. Not exactly the “NRA’s in bed with Putin” scoop NPR was obviously trying to create.

As a matter of fact, Americans living in Russia pay US taxes, which means federally funded NPR gets money from “Russian-linked” individuals too. Maybe we should use that as the basis for defunding NPR!

Calif. governor accepts federal funds to send Nat’l Guard to protect border, except he won’t have them do that

Surprisingly enough, the Trump-triggered and defiant governor of the state loaded with sanctuary cities has accepted the president’s request (and federal check) to activate National Guard troops intended for use at the border. The catch though is that Gov. Jerry Brown made it known that the Guard troops wouldn’t be allowed to do much of anything the Trump administration wants:

And let’s not kid ourselves — if Jerry Brown could send the National Guard to the border and order them to help illegals carry their luggage from Mexico into the U.S., he’d do it before you could say “bullet train to nowhere.”

Trump should demand the money back.

What could go wrong? Dem senator tells Zuckerberg that the feds might have to ‘fix’ social media

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s being questioned before a Senate panel about online privacy, which Dems have been especially concerned about ever since Hillary lost the election. Florida Dem Bill Nelson even threatened to have the federal government get involved in “fixing” the problem:

“If Facebook and other online companies will not or cannot fix these privacy invasions, then we will,” said Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, the Commerce Committee’s top Democrat, in his opening statement.

Well that’s one way to drive social media stock prices down. I used scare quotes around the word “fixing” because you can’t think “tech-savvy” and “guardians of personal privacy” without first thinking “bloated federal bureaucracy”:

If the federal government gets involved with social media the sites they’ll make MySpace look futuristic — when they’re not crashing, that is.

It’s hard to feel bad for Zuckerberg though. He got in the politics game by sucking up to Obama and then when Clinton lost his fate was sealed. And by the way, Dems aren’t pissed Zuckerberg’s site let Russians buy ads — they’re pissed he didn’t do enough to help Hillary win. I can’t find a violin tiny enough to play for Mark Zuckerberg.

Whew! London police successfully get assault pliers off the street

There’s already gun control in England, but now that London’s surpassed NYC’s murder rate because of knife attacks, “knife control” is now all the rage.

How ridiculous has it gotten? Look at this from a division of the London Metropolitan Police:

Now that’s an “assault toolbox” right there. British cops would sh*t themselves if they went into my garage!

In London, the confiscation of any sharp object continues. It never ceases to amaze that there are those who believe the best way to stop a crime wave is to make potential victims more helpless.

(h/t Twitchy)