I saw the FoxNews.com headline last night. My face sagged. Those tiny muscles that control our facial expressions all fell asleep at once. A long, slow breath-flood rushed from my slack lips.
I thought about those seven families. The families who haven’t heard from their USS Fitzgerald sailors.
They can do the math.
While the Navy scrambles its Casualty Assistance Call system to deliver official notifications, the families who haven’t heard from their sailor worry.
Yesterday, I got numerous texts from friends. “Patrick’s not on the Fitzgerald, is he?”
“No,” I assured them. “The Nimitz. He’s doing fine.”
When you know someone in the Navy, your heart races whenever you hear of trouble at sea.
This Father’s Day makes me so sad for the families of those seven sailors. And those injured. And those whose careers were ruined when the freighter collided with the USS Fitzgerald.
When we send our kids off to boot camp or ROTC or the Academy, we feel a terrified pride. We feel successful, having raised a child to adulthood. A child with the character and discipline and commitment to take on such a difficult, dangerous job.
We feel terrified that we’ve relinquished responsibility for the safety of our country to the child we bathed in the kitchen sink only a few short years ago. How could we put so much on their shoulders? Those shoulders we bathed in SPF-60 sunscreen only yesterday.
My Father’s Day wish to all the military fathers is simple: may your son or daughter serve with honor, distinction, and a safe return home.
P.S. I removed a Father’s Day post I’d written last week. Its message was overcome by events.
You are a conservative activist. They call themselves “progressives.”
You want to live. And you want to remain active in politics.
They want you dead. Or submissive. Like a slave. Or a battered woman.
No, you can’t attack them. You shouldn’t engage them. They’re rabid animals. Neither reason nor normal persuasion can change progressives from their deadly habits.
So what do you do?
You prepare. You practice. You learn. You train. You carry on.
Here’s a 7-point plan to make yourself as safe as possible while continuing your noble work as a conservative, patriotic activist.
Put Your Damn Phone Away. Awareness of your environment is the most important asset you can you have. A gun does no good if you don’t see the attack coming. And your phone steals 100% of your attention. Your phone won’t save your life. The police aren’t that fast. The call or the text can wait. Put the phone away.
Practice a Soft Focus. Look at a spot on the wall. A door knob. Anything small but distinct. Stare at it. Concentrate on that thing. For 20 seconds. Now, notice how your peripheral vision diminishes. How the room disappears. All you can see is that spot. Now, relax the muscles around your eyes. Keep your pupils pointed at that spot, but notice how much of the room you can see. The ceiling. The floor. The walls on either side. Everything. That’s a soft focus. It will improve your driving and your situational awareness. Practice this twice a day until it becomes a habit.
Carry a Tactical Pen. I carry a Hoffman-Richter Stinger pen (pictured). This pen is mightier than the pen that’s mightier than the sword. When your Spidey Sense tingles, pull out the pen. When someone threatens, use it. Like an ice pick. You can carry this pen anywhere—on a plane, at work, at the ball game. You can’t carry a gun everywhere, because the First Amendment lets you carry a tactical pen everywhere.
Carry a Credit Card Knife. I have one in my wallet at all times. No one has ever stopped me. This weapon takes more time to fold out for use, but it’s a lot like the pen. Plus, if you’re trapped or stranded, it gives the most important tool you can have. Something to cut with. It’s the most important survival tool you can have.
Carry Cash. Carry cash in 3 or 4 places. 1) Wallet. 2) Back Pocket. 3) Shoe. If you lose all other forms of payment, stashed cash could save your life. CIA spy Jason Hanson carries $80 cash in his belt, plus what’s in his wallet. It’s save his life.
Know the Baseline. People have baselines. Places have baselines. Know what’s normal. Normal for people. Normal for places. Normal for times. When something’s not normal, try to figure out why. Evaluate the threat level. Have your tactical pen ready.
Be Assertive. Step forward, not back. Predators attack the weak, not the strong. Not the crazy. When a threat emerges, look it in the eye. Address the threat. “Do you know what time it is?” is the ultimate lifesaving question. It stops the predator. It activates their limbic brain. They have to answer it. It forces them help you. Emotionally help you. And it’s hard to attack someone you’ve helped. “Do you know what time it is?” Ask anyone who scares you. And look them in the eye while you’re asking. And while they’re processing. But have your pen in hand, just in case.
This is the world we live in. We’re all CIA spies in a foreign land. We might as well get used to it. Get good at it. And carry on.
If you want to learn more about everyday survival, read these books:
To liberals, the murder of a Republican is like the swatting of a mosquito. They oppose violence in theory, but they also want the pest dead. They’re just too lazy to get out of their easy chairs to do it themselves.
Cass Sunstein, a leftist who’s happy whenever a conservative dies early, wrote a book called Nudge. It’s a good psychology book. Nudge is about persuasion, which is my chief interest. Sunstein teaches people how to get others to swat mosquitoes for us.
The mainstream media revere Sunstein. The right hates Sunstein. The left applies Sunstein’s science to manipulate people from a distance. Like swatting mosquitoes without leaving your easy chair. Conservatives, on the other hand, pooh-pooh psychology and neuroscience. They think it’s voodoo or witchery.
Because the leftist media like CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, and MSNBC use psychology, they can influence their fringe to attack and kill conservatives. They’re very good at psychology.
Today, we saw a fringe leftist shoot at 30 Republican members of Congress and their staffers. It happened on a baseball field in Virginia. The shooter was a 66-year-old man from Belleville, Illinois. His name was James T. Hodgkinson. Hodgkinson was radicalized by the mainstream media. And I think they radicalized him on purpose.
The media actually celebrated Hodgkinson’s attack on the unarmed Republicans, until they tried to erase the incident with a lie. For example, The Gateway Pundit noticed that a Washington Post reporter justified the shooting on Twitter.
Finally, as I predicted at about 1:00 this afternoon, the Washington Post invented five unnamed, anonymous sources to smear Trump and knock the radicalized James T. Hodgkinson off the front page. WaPo posted a mostly fabricated story about Robert Mueller shifting his investigation from Russian election tampering to obstruction of justice.
That’s another Sunstein move: waving shiny objects to distract the gullible.
I’m not that gullible. I know their game because it’s a game I study and play in a different way.
Unlike Washington Post and the left’s mainstream murder advocates, I use persuasion to help get what they want. Like a personal trainer. But the techniques are the same whether they’re used for good or evil.
The left uses psychology for manipulation, to radicalize its fringe.
Just thought you should know.
This is what it looks like when the MSM succeeds in radicalizing leftists.
Mark Steyn explains just how vile and hateful the left has become.
Turley sees James Comey’s recent testimony as a very bad move by Comey. For two reasons that will haunt Comey for the rest of his life:
Comey admitted that he let Trump’s tweets bait him into
releasing privileged information in violation of federal law.
The first admission shows Comey to be an emotional showboat. Comey displayed the kind of selfish immaturity that destroys careers. Political careers, legal careers, cop careers, even doctor careers. Any kind of career comes crashing down when you let your emotions, especially emotions involving pride, dictate your actions.
The greatest irony is that Trump succeeded in baiting Comey to a degree that even Trump could not have imagined. After calling Comey a “showboat” and poor director, Comey proceeded to commit an unethical and unprofessional act in leaking damaging memos against Trump.
Indeed. To anyone who has a neutral position on Trump, Trump totally won Thursday. He won because Trump’s actions in this matter were entirely consistent with Trump’s character. We have come to expect Trump to tweet outlandish statements in the middle of the night. Trump haters complain about this behavior. They say it’s a character flaw. But at least he’s consistent.
Comey was the FBI Director. Most people think of the FBI Director as a sober, thoughtful, and careful person. Someone skilled at tempering his emotions and behaving rationally. Someone free from fits of intemperate actions in the middle of the night.
So, what did Comey do when Trump tweeted about him? Comey got up in the middle of the night and leaked privileged information to a friend for the purpose of damaging the president.
In other words, Comey broke character to play tit-for-tat with Trump.
That’s the end of Comey as a rational, temperate lawyer. We all know he’s not. But where’s the crime in what Comey did?
Besides being subject to nondisclosure agreements, Comey falls under federal laws governing the disclosure of classified and unclassified information. Assuming that the memos were not classified (though it seems odd that it would not be classified even on the confidential level), there is 18 U.S.C. § 641, which makes it a crime to steal, sell, or convey “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof.”
Comey literally admitted under oath to willfully violating 18 U.S.C § 641. His notes, recorded on an FBI system, were the property of the government. A record of value in an ongoing investigation. Which Comey stole and conveyed for personal gain. In this case, his gain was reputation. But it was a gain, nonetheless.
And it gets worse as Turley digs deeper into the law:
One such regulation is § 2635.703, on the use of nonpublic information, which states, “An employee shall not engage in a financial transaction using nonpublic information, nor allow the improper use of nonpublic information to further his own private interest or that of another, whether through advice or recommendation, or by knowing unauthorized disclosure.”
The standard FBI employment agreement bars the unauthorized disclosure of information “contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI” that impact the bureau and specifically pledges that “I will not reveal, by any means, any information or material from or related to FBI files or any other information acquired by virtue of my official employment to any unauthorized recipient without prior official written authorization by the FBI.”
Comey is also subject to bar rules on releasing information inimical to the interests of his former employer. For example, under professional rule 1.6, lawyers need to secure authority to release information that “(1) reveal a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client; (2) use a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client to the disadvantage of the client; [or] (3) use a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client for the advantage of the lawyer or of a third person.”
Comey Indictment a Safe Bet
Add it all up, and it looks like Nut Job Comey is the emotional wreck Trump told us he was. Trump was right about Comey all along.
That’s why my 100 shares of PredictIt stock look like a great investment right now. In the coming days, special investigator Robert Mueller will announce he’s expanding his investigation to look into Comey’s actions. By Christmas, Comey will cop a plea.
It’s going to be a very bad year for anti-Trump.
UPDATE: The price on YES went down to 8 cents, so I bought 40 more shares. 🙂
Scott Adams pointed out the linguistic brilliance of Donald Trump’s perfect summation of James Comey’s failed takedown attempt.
“No obstruction. No collusion. He’s a leaker.”
That’s how Trump summarized Comey’s testimony to the Senate’s Russian Conspiracy Hoax Committee.
Click to watch:
Scott is a genius in persuasion and psychology. Everything he just said about Trump’s linguistic kill-shot is dead-on accurate. Trump destroyed Comey without firing a shot. “No obstruction. No collusion. He’s a leaker.”
Comey is a lawyer with a limited vocabulary. Trump has the best words. We just saw the two of them side-by-side, and Trump destroyed his rival.
I predict Comey will plead guilty before Christmas to avoid time in prison. You can mock me if I’m wrong. But wait until December 26 just so you don’t look foolish.
Comey’s crime? He freely admitted it under oath yesterday. Robert Mueller will expand his investigation to cover this crime soon.