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Timid Impotent Party,
Instead of Grand Old Party?


June 5, 2023 --


New York Times editorial writer David Firestone flexed his propagandistic muscles, May 17, with an opinion screed accusing Republicans of "Inflict[ing] Cruelty on the Poor." ("How to Use the Debt Ceiling to Inflict Cruelty on the Poor"). Here are the two lead paragraphs of that column:

"Seen from outside Washington, the debt ceiling battle might seem like an abstract argument between the political parties over federal spending and deficits. But for millions of low-income Americans who depend on the federal government for health care and basic nutrition, the debate is about their very lives. That’s because Republicans have singled them out, yet again, as a prime target in this year’s extortion scheme.

"The bill that Speaker Kevin McCarthy muscled through the House last month would impose tough new work requirements on Medicaid, food stamps (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) and welfare for needy families. The demands would effectively cut off health care for 1.7 million low-income people and cut off food stamps for 275,000 people. House Republicans say that if their demands are not met, they will refuse to raise the debt ceiling, plunging the country into an unprecedented default and almost certainly creating a recession."

Would the House Republicans "effectively" block health care for nearly 2 million poor people and end food stamps for nearly three hundred thousand people? My hunch is that this former Times reporter (so much for the claim that there is a wall separating the editorial and news sections at The Times) is bearing false witness to smear the GOP as nasty ogres. But I have no direct knowledge of the GOP position to refute Firestone's anti-Republican propaganda.

Where is Speaker McCarthy on Firestone's possible calumny?

LPR's hunch is: it is more likely than not that the House Republican leadership is aware that Firestone is dressing up the old leftist charge that there go the Republicans, again, being mean to the poor. So -- where is the GOP's rebuke to Firestone, The New York Times, and the left? Or should we now refer to Republicans as the TIP -- for Timid Impotent Party?

Note that the Firestone quote ends with the added false accusation that the Republican position on the debt ceiling will throw the country into a recession. One does not need a doctorate in economics to realize that Biden's wrongheaded policies on fossil fuel, on inflation, on foreign trade -- even for elecric cars and against gas stoves -- are the ingredients for a recession stew. But again, where are the Republicans?

Silence in politics is not comparable to absence; it does not make voters's heats fonder. It sends them to the opposition whose arguments wouldn't stand up to inspection -- provided that there were inspectors to set the public straight,

This Julie Kelly article, at American Greatness, on another political issue, also does not instill confidence in the GOP:


Look Ahead, Not Backwards, to Hold the Justice Department Accountable › American Greatness

Release of Special Counsel John Durham’s report on law enforcement and intelligence misconduct related to the 2016 presidential election has been met with outrage, recriminations…


The heresy-hunting Matthew Graves, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, testified before a House committee last week. Here are the key paragraphs from Ms. Kelly -- disheartening paragraphs -- on Graves's escape from being grilled:

"House Republicans had a rare and overdue opportunity to publicly grill Graves, currently handling a caseload of more than 1,000 defendants that is expected to double, about his selective, abusive prosecution of January 6 defendants. He appeared before the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday alongside D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee, and city administrator Kevin Donahue to discuss the city’s rampant crime problem.

"Graves appeared nervous during his opening statement. Turns out, he had little to fear.

"With the exception of Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga.), Graves faced no questions about what he calls the “Capitol Siege” investigation. Republicans repeatedly pressed Graves to explain his office’s 67 percent declination rate in 2022—meaning he refused to prosecute roughly two-thirds of all cases brought to him by D.C. Metro police. But rather than condemn Graves for leading a politically-motivated criminal prosecution at the expense of the safety of D.C. residents, most Republicans merely implored Graves to do more."

Don't Republicans care that they are demonized while the leftit-scoundrels mock our Constitution? Are they truly timid impotent pols? Speaker McCarthy, Chairman Jim Jordan, please be encouraging, not disheartening.

Coda: LPR learned, May 22, that Mr.Jordan told Maria Bartiromo, May 21, that he might act to defund the FBI to put an end to their abuse of the American people. Why not impeach FBI Director Wray?


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The true record of President Trump's First Term

June 5, 2023 --

Wall Street Journal columnist Gerard Baker, in typical reflexive Never Trump manner, denounced former President Trump as unfit for re-election, on May 23.

To make such an unfounded accusation, Baker had to ignore the remarkable record of the first Trump term, even more remarkable because President Trump, each day of his first term, had to endure the men-spirited resistance of the anti-democracy forces on the left, joined by corporate Republicans.

Here, in President Trump's words, is his January 19, 2021 statement reviewing the accomplishmens of his first term. A remarkable record, indeed.




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LPR Proposes an Anti-Hounding Amendment to the Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012

June 5, 2023 --


Here are the opening paragraphs to a May 23 New York Times story, "Information Is Sought on Trump's Foreign Deals," by Alan Feuer, Maggie Haberman, and Ben Protess:

"Federal prosecutors overseeing the investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s handling of classified documents have issued a subpoena for information about Mr. Trump’s business dealings in foreign countries since he took office, according to two people familiar with the matter.

"It remains unclear precisely what the prosecutors were hoping to find by sending the subpoena to Mr. Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, or when it was issued. But the subpoena suggests that investigators have cast a wider net than previously understood as they scrutinize whether he broke the law in taking sensitive government materials with him upon leaving the White House and then not fully complying with demands for their return."

The Times' trio is obviously pulling our leg in writing "It remains unclear precisely" what the Biden prosecutors are up to in this matter. The prosecutors are doing their best, aided by Biden's battalions in the media, to divert attention away from signs of Biden corruption.

They go on to suggest "that Mr. Smith is exploring whether there is any connection between Mr. Trump's deal-making abroad and the classified documents he took with him when he left office." [Emphasis added, to call attention to the trio's habit of finding Mr. Trump guilty without even being charged.]

Now, please, consider the following:

Former president Donald J. Trump has been indicted in Manhattan, with the trial to takeplace, curiously, next March, during the presidential primary season.

This summer, a Georgia prosecutor will likely indict the former president on election allegations.

Thereafter, special Biden consigliere Jack Smith will chime in on a classified documents rap.

Seems to LPR political hounding of a former president to bring him down.

Also seems to LPR that former president Trump needs protection under the Former Presidents Act of 2012 -- with said act amended to require all legal proceedings brought against a former president to be heard in federal court, with the former president given the right to select the venue to preclude retaliation by a politically-biased jury,

The circumstances of the Manhattan indictment brought by the Soros-supported Alvin Bragg are clearly bizarre. As will be the likely prosecution in Georgia. (And this is without mentioning the E. Jean Carroll matter in a tilted federal courtroom -- which is why a former president should have the right to a change of venue -- in federal court, too.)

A former president should not be the target of local or state prosecutors seeking to houns him after he leaves office. Neither should he be hounded by a successor of an opposing party -- particularly a successor desperate to use the former president as means to cover-up his own misdeeds -- aided by a media anxious to use the First Amendment as weapon in support of the incumbent.

House Republicans under the leadership of Speaker McCarthy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan should act, forthwith, to amend the Former Presidents Act of 2012.

Former presidents deserve protection from partisan prosecutors at the local, state and federal levels. Isn't that what the Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 should be all about?


A False Accusation From Sen. Chris Murphy (D.-Ct.)

June 5, 2023 --

Sen. Murphy, a few days ago, falsely accused Republicans of being "addicted to chaos."


This is an obvious case of projection, because in December 2013, joining Sen. John McCain, Sen, Murphy encouraged the chaotic Maiden uprising in Kyiv, Ukraine, an uprising that, two months later, forced Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych to flee his country, setting of the turmoil that now ungulfs that devastated land. And that was not enough for the trouble-making Democrat from Connecticut. Meeting with President Zelensky in Ukraine, September 2019, Murphy warned Zelensky not to deal with President Trump. In short -- Murphy told Zelensky not to communicate with lawful authority in America LPR calls that undermining the legitimate president of the United States. Not very sporting, to say the least. But then, hasn't it been said of Democrats that they should never let a crisis go to waste? Chaos, too?


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Vandals tipped off The Washington Post Before Vandalizing?

June 5, 2023 --

This is from the Daily Caller via Newsbusters:

"Harold Hutchison at the Daily Caller reports on Friday, the Justice Department announced two people were indicted for vandalism at the National Gallery of Art -- defacing a case holding the sculpture "Little Dancer" by Edgar Degas -- and included this: "Prior to the attack, members of the conspiracy had alerted the Washington Post, and two reporters from the Post recorded and photographed the offense."

"Hutchison added Timothy Martin and Joanna Smith, both 53, were members of the group Declare Emergency, 'part of the A22 Network, a coalition of activist groups primarily bankrolled by the Climate Emergency Fund, which boasts numerous celebrity donors including Aileen Getty of the Getty oil family and comedian Chelsea Handler'."

What does Degas have to do with climate? The protest had nothing to do with the artist's anti-Semitism. LPR would say that The Washington Post here has crossed the line from journalism to activism, but that happened long ago with the paper's anti-Trump campaign.




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Law in the service of leftist intolerance?

June 5, 2023 --

The motto of the City University of New York Law School is said to be "Law in the service of human needs."

The commencement address of a graduating student suggests otherwise, as it was filled with leftist attacks on whites and Israel -- along with a call for revolution.

Here is a report on the use of a commencement lectern to urge the weaponization of the law against the speaker's targets.


Sudha Setty is dean of the law school. William G. Thompson, Jr. is chair of the university's board of trustees.

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June 5, 2023 --

In three years, Maestro Gustavo Dudamel Becomes music director of the New York Philharmonic ...

From Politico, May 11

Here, nine years ago, he conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic and members of the U.S. Army Band in Olympic Fanfare and Theme in the presence of the composer, John Williams, marking his 90th birthday.



The 2023 PGA Championship Cinderella Man

Club pro Michael Block's hole-in-one, on the 15th hole, 2023 PGA championship, May 21. Block finished in a tie for 15th, earning $288,000. (His previous high was $75 thousand.) Brooks Koepka won the tournament for his third PGA title, and fifth major.


The incredible Arthur Rubinstein (in his eighties)

Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2, with the London Symphony Orchestra: Andre Previn, conductor



The marvelous sextet from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

Act II Finale -- Metropolitan Opera



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Paavo Jarvi conducting the Tonhalle-Orchester. Zurich



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Reaffirmation on a Theme of Human Kindness

June 5, 2023 --

One Tuesday evening, last month, LPR could not find his coin purse. Thinking he might have lost it near the local public library, LPR checked the library, nex day -- no purse. LPR resolved to be more careful in the future, assuming the purse was gone forever.

Three days later, LPR went to a local pharmacy to pick up a prescription. As he was at the counter, the floor manager came up to him and asked, "did you lose a purse?" When LPR said that he did, the manager asked LPR to describe the purse.

Saying it had New York City landmarks on it, the nanger said, "here it is, with the money ($16) inside," explaining that a postal worker found it outside the store. LPR went to take out some of the money to leave for the thoughtful citizen, but the manager said, "He wouldn't accept money, anyway." Thereupon, LPR put a few bills in a charity container.


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James Comey, Projecting Prevaricator Extraodinaire

June 5, 2023 --


There is no indication in this Breitbart report of Comey's interview with Anderson Cooper that he was asked to comment on the Durham Report, or the FBI's sandbagging of Michael Flynn, or the tie-in of the FBI with Hillary Clinton and the Steele dossier.

Comey gives himself away, of course, by projecting onto Mr. Trump the existential threat to the American spirit of liberty that motivates arrogant aggrandizers like this nauseating poseur.


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Gone -- the Right of the People
"to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"

June 5, 2023 --

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

The New York Times reported, June 3, that U.S. Judge Amit P. Mehta sentenced two Jan. 6 protesters to prison terms of three years and three and a half years.

The judge, who recently sentenced Stewart Rhodes to a Jan 6 18-year prison term, was quoted, this time, as saying that sentences should not be harsh for harsh's sake.

LPR regards the shorter prison sentences as equally harsh because the judge somehow views what is, effectively, a petition for redress of grievances to be a form of terrorism.

The Times reported that the two people sentenced to prison for three and three-and-a half years had been encouraged by Rhodes to travel to the nation's capital from Florida "to dispute the election results." Although neither of the two individuals, David Moerschel and Joseph Hackett, engaged in violence, Judge Metha, according to The Times, "determined that each man's conduct on Jan. 6 amounted to an act of terrorism...."

Ergo -- Judge Mehta has canceled our First Amendment.

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June 5, 2023 --

For 2024:

Vive la Trump Restoration! And a bas la Resistance (which, now properly understood, is sedition).


If House Democrats Support a Budget Agreed to by the GOP Speaker....

...more likely than not they are confident the agreed spending cuts will never happen


McConnell's no "Kentucky Republican"

(From The Washington Times, May 30)

"Also on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, voiced their support for the agreement."

He's a Washington, D.C. Swampocrat.


A Mid-July Appearance of FBI Director Wray Before the House judiciary Committee?



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