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WE SHOULD CELEBRATE THE KEVIN McCARTHY BATTLE FOR HOUSE SPEAKER

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Everything is a deal in Washington; it’s time conservatives used their power to bring sanity to the House of Representatives…

Consider the fact set…

(1)  House Representative Kevin McCarthy is a bland and mediocre establishment deal-maker, often taking direction from his friend Dr. Frank Luntz, the word-meister and pollster.

(2)  It is of little consequence to anyone outside of Washington that the House is not in session and no vital business is being ignored.

(3)  This is the first time in decades that the party’s conservative wing has wielded actual power against the establishment to force a fundamental change in House Rules.

(4)  The commentariat are the only ones freaking out and portraying the speakership issue as a national disaster. Of course, most of those complaining are progressive communist democrats and feckless Republican establishment types. Who cares?

So, ask yourself, what is the downside?

Putting it all in perspective, note that the House has always had bare-knuckle power fights and that in the 1856 election, it took two months and 133 rounds of voting to elect a Speaker.

What are some of the ongoing concession demands being forced?

[OCS: If you are wondering why these rules changes are critical for the GOP to wield oversight on the budget and the behavior of the Biden Administration, you haven’t been paying attention to the damage being wrought by the progressive communist democrats and their absentee leader Biden which allows a cadre of radical Obamacons to run the nation in stealth mode.]

Lowering threshold on motion to vacate the chair

McCarthy made a major concession in lowering the threshold on the motion to vacate the chair — a procedural tool used to oust a sitting speaker that was used by members of the House Freedom Caucus to pressure former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to step down. Under new rules, just five GOP members could force a vote on ousting the speaker — a compromise from just one member as hardliners wanted but lower than at least half the GOP conference that the House GOP conference initially adopted in November.

Multiple conservatives said the motion to vacate is their “red line” in backing him for the position, with hardliners asserting they believe the rule should be changed back to its original form of a single member holding power.

While McCarthy has caved to bring the number down to five, his defectors have argued that the move does not go far enough in order to hold the leader accountable for the promises made to the conference.

Moderate GOP lawmakers have slammed the change, arguing that lowering the threshold could be weaponized for leverage over key decisions due to the razor-thin majority.

Fiscal changes with bringing back Holman Rule

Cuts to spending and bringing back a mechanism known as the "Holman Rule" to permit members to make targeted cuts to specific bureaucrats’ salaries were key components in conservatives’ demands in exchange for the support of the next speaker of the House.

The new rules package unveiled late Sunday evening requires the Congressional Budget Office to provide an analysis on bills’ impact on inflation and will reinstate the “three-fifths supermajority in the House to approve any increases in tax rates.”

A “cut-as-you-go,” or CUTGO, rule will be put back into place if the package passes, which requires spending increases to be offset by equal or greater cuts in mandatory spending and "eliminating the budget gimmicks caused by Democrat PAYGO.”

The Democrats' "Gephardt Rule" would also be scrapped in an effort to block the lower chamber from automatically suspending the debt ceiling after passing a budget resolution.

[OCS: Also considered are separate appropriations bills that would eliminate 4,000+ page omnibus bills with their 2,500+ companion explainers.]

New sub- and select committees/changes to committee process

The package calls for the creation of a Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, which would fall under the jurisdiction of the House Judiciary Committee.

A Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party would also be established, and modifications would be made to the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic to focus its investigation on the origins of the virus, gain-of-function research, and the impact it had on society.

Panels will be required to “establish oversight plans detailing how they will hold the Biden administration accountable.”

The House Committee on Education and Labor would also be renamed the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

The House Ethics Committee would see a new process put in place to receive complaints from the public, and a bipartisan task force would be directed to “conduct a comprehensive review of House ethics rules and regulation.”

The rules would also reinstate “Calendar Wednesday” — which permits committee chairs “to bring reported bills directly to the House floor for consideration under an open amendment process, and reform the process by ensuring the same 72-hour notice that is required on all other measures is provided."

[OCS: Conservatives may get three seats on the all important rules committee.]

Reopening the Capitol and elimination of pandemic protocols

Pandemic-era changes put in place during the 117th Congress will largely go away, with remote committee work and proxy voting slated to be axed.

Republicans have long railed against proxy voting despite many members using the mechanism, with critics arguing that lawmakers should have to be present at work and not “phone it in.”

A return to two-minute votes is also set to make a comeback as Republicans take control, with the votes having been elongated to allow for social distancing during the height of the pandemic.

Fines for not complying with mask mandates will also be eliminated, and the magnetometers around the House chamber, which were put in place after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, will also be removed.

Eliminating staff labor unions

Democrats allowed congressional offices to unionize last year, with proponents arguing it was a step in the right direction for workers' rights.

[OCS: An up-or-down vote on term limits is pending. Of course, the downside is that while politicians may come and go, the staff bureaucracy remains and often runs the show.]

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Bottom line…

In another positive move for the conservatives, the Congressional Leadership Fund (the super PAC endorsed by Kevin McCarthy and the House establishment leadership) has agreed with the Club for Growth (the conservative PAC) to stay out of the 2024 open-GOP safe primaries. This may tip the scales against squishy RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) who vote against conservative interests – and by extension, against what’s often best for the nation.

Thank heaven that some conservatives have the courage to challenge the GOP establishment wing. It’s time for conservatives to wield the power their constituents have handed them.

But remember, we are still dealing with self-serving politicians who often place their needs above those of the nation – and if both conditions coincide – hooray. If you look at some of those fighting the hardest against the conservatives, it’s all about committee and sub-committee chairmanships that were promised to McCarthy-supporting members.

We are still screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


FBI OFFERS $500,000 REWARD FOR JAN 6 BOMBER

Fbi-clouseuSorry to say, but the FBI upping the reward for an alleged pipe bomber to $500,000 after almost two years of investigation is ludicrous…

Especially in light of the FBI’s former activities, which makes me suspect a staged false flag operation designed to prevent the presentation of alternative elector slates in the now infamous January 6, 2021, joint session of Congress. Or, as an equally plausible theory, a diversion from the Jan 6 activities in the Capitol complex.

From the scarcity of released footage covering the event, the possible alteration of photos released to the public, the ability of the suspect to plant two undetected devices without a trace, the ludicrous construction of the devices themselves using kitchen-style timers, and other factors, something stinks.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), on January 5, 2021 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., an individual placed two pipe bombs in Washington, D.C. – one near the Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters and another near the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters. The next day, on January 6, 2021, then-Vice President-elect Harris reportedly arrived at the DNC headquarters at 11:30 a.m. Prior to Harris’ arrival, the Secret Service reportedly “swept the interior of the [DNC headquarters], the driveway, parking deck and entrances and exits.” Reports indicate that at 1:07 p.m., U.S. Capitol Police began investigating the pipe bomb at that location, and at 1:14 p.m., an unnamed Secret Service protectee – presumably Harris – was removed from the DNC. The bomb threat was cleared at 4:36 p.m.5 To date, law enforcement has not been able to identify or locate the suspect who allegedly planted the pipe bombs at the RNC and DNC headquarters. Given that Secret Service reportedly swept the areas in and around the DNC headquarters prior to Harris’ arrival on January 6, 2021, it seems odd that agents did not immediately discover the pipe bomb that was reportedly located next to a park bench at that location.  [Office of Senator Ron Johnson – Secret Service Letter]

Given that the FBI has been caught in a web of lies and cover-ups at the highest levels of FBI leadership and that FBI Director Christopher Wray has been resistant to congressional oversight, I must ask why won’t the FBI release the camera footage of the pipe bomber planting the bomb after two years? 

About the bomb’s timers…

    1. The pipe bomber used an old-fashioned mechanical timer with a one hour max time setting, but planted the bombs at roughly 8 p.m. the night before January 6 — 17 hours before they were found.
    2. The pipe bombs were constructed with no remote detonation ability, meaning their purpose as a diversion relied solely on the “luck” of being found at the right time, between noon and 1 p.m., to match the one-hour timer appearing to target the 1 p.m. Congressional certification vote.
    3. The first pipe bomb was found at 12:40 p.m., with 20 minutes left on the timer, perfectly matching the exact timing needed both to “divert” police as the breach began at 12:50 p.m., and to convince police the bomb was timed to the 1 p.m. Congressional vote.
    4. The timer didn’t just have 20 minutes left. It was left stuck on the 20 minute dial.

Suspicious or an indicator of a staged false flag operation?

The announcement…

FBI Washington
Office of Public Affairs
January 4, 2023

FBI Washington Field Office, ATF Washington Field Division, and Metropolitan Police Department Raise Reward for Information About Capitol Hill Pipe Bomber to $500,000

The FBI Washington Field Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division; and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) have raised the reward to $500,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect who placed pipe bombs near the headquarters of the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., in January 2021.

Two years into the investigation, identifying the perpetrator of this attempted attack remains a priority for the FBI, ATF, MPD, and the U.S. Capitol Police.

The suspect placed pipe bombs in a Capitol Hill neighborhood near the Republican National Committee Headquarters, located at 310 First St. SE, and the Democratic National Committee Headquarters, located at 430 South Capitol St. SE, #3, on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, between approximately 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.—the night before the riots at the U.S. Capitol. 

"For two years, a dedicated team of FBI agents, analysts, and law enforcement partners have been tirelessly reviewing evidence and digital media related to this case," said David Sundberg, assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office. 

To date, the FBI and our partners have conducted approximately 1,000 interviews, visited more than 1,200 residences and businesses, collected more than 39,000 video files, and assessed nearly 500 tips.

"We remain grateful to the American people, who have provided invaluable tips that have helped us advance the investigation," Sundberg said. "With the significantly increased reward, we urge those who may have previously hesitated to contact us—or who may not have realized they had important information—to review the information on our website and come forward with anything relevant," Sundberg said. "Despite the unprecedented volume of data review involved in this case, the FBI and our partners continue to work relentlessly to bring the perpetrator of these dangerous attempted attacks to justice."

"We are proud to stand alongside our partners as we increase our reward contribution to help identify the person or persons responsible for placing these pipe bombs and threatening our community," said ATF Washington Field Division acting Special Agent in Charge Christopher Amon. "The ATF’s determination and commitment to this investigation will not waver. Public safety is of the utmost priority in this ongoing investigation, and we remain dedicated to making sure those responsible are brought to justice."

D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said, "MPD continues to work alongside our federal partners to locate the individual or individuals behind these heinous attempted acts. We know our most powerful tool is information from our community. With your help and our federal partnerships, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department will remain focused on bringing this matter to closure—for the safety of our entire community."

Although these bombs did not detonate, it is important to remember the suspect walked along residential and commercial areas in Capitol Hill just blocks from the U.S. Capitol with viable pipe bombs that could have seriously injured or killed innocent bystanders. Moreover, the suspect may still pose a danger to the public or themselves. 

In raising the reward for information about the pipe bomb suspect from $100,000 to as much as $500,000, the FBI and our partners are seeking to encourage the American public to take a fresh look at our Seeking Information website, which includes images and video of the suspect, the suspect’s backpack, the suspect’s shoes, the explosive devices, and a map of the route the suspect walked the night the pipe bombs were placed. We note that many of the components used to build the pipe bombs were widely available for purchase in-store and online. Some of the components used to construct these devices include 1x8-inch threaded galvanized pipes, end caps, kitchen timers, wires, metal clips, and homemade black powder. 

While additional details cannot be released to maintain the investigation's integrity, the FBI strongly encourages the public to come forward with any relevant information. We ask those providing tips about potentially relevant persons of interest to compile and provide as many details as possible (biographic info, contact info, demographic info, proximity to Washington, D.C., in early January 2021, and access to pipe bomb components) to ensure the FBI can adequately vet the information. If you have any information, please call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov. Tips can remain anonymous. <Source>

[OCS: Nothing is anonymous in the FBI’s Washington D.C. field office if a leak suits a political purpose.]

Bottom line…

Will the perpetrator be a disgruntled partisan? Unlikely since bombs were planted at both Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee offices? Will it turn out to be a government employee, contractor, “confidential informant,” or an unwitting stooge? Given the unprofessional nature of the bombs and the spot-on evasion of detection during placement, most likely, it is an operative.

We are so screwed when we cannot trust our formerly premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS