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Dec 03 2017

Open Thread

As the old saying goes, 'money is power' and the more money the government takes, the more power it has over individuals. - Angela McGlowan



  • ramrodd

    THE MORE MONEY THE FED PRINTS IS THE TRUTH

  • Ten congressional Democrats want lenient treatment for young terrorists who murder Israelis

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/24/alan-dershowitz-ten-congressional-democrats-want-lenient-treatment-for-young-terrorists-who-murder-israelis.html

    Democrats tend to come down on the side of terrorists more and more often these days.

  • New documents reveal FBI’s Clinton cover-up

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/12/03/new-documents-reveal-fbis-clinton-cover-up.html?intcmp=ob_article_footer_text&intcmp=obnetwork

    n Washington, the ostensible story is rarely the real story. We know, for example, that former President Clinton engineered a meeting with President Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch, on the tarmac of the Phoenix Airport on June 27, 2016.

    That’s the official story, replete with the charming and intentionally disarming detail that all they talked about was their grandchildren. It was just coincidental, don’t you know, that at the time the FBI was looking into Hillary Clinton’s use of a “personal” email server to send, receive and store classified information.

    And it was also simply coincidental that just a few days later, the director of the FBI – who served under Attorney General Lynch – announced that he wouldn’t recommend a prosecution of Hillary Clinton.

    Richard Nixon must be rolling over in his grave.

    What we haven’t known, until now, is that a frantic scramble erupted in the halls of the FBI to cover up this meeting. In fact, the FBI turned its sharp light not on the scandalous meeting between the attorney general and Bill Clinton – but rather on one of the whistleblowers who got the word out.

    The organization I head, Judicial Watch, asked the FBI on July 7, 2016, for any records that might pertain to the infamous tarmac meeting. We had to sue after we were ignored by the agency.

    Then the FBI told us flat-out that it couldn’t find any records. And we now know that was flat-out untrue. Because, in responding to another one of our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, the Justice Department gave us heavily redacted documents that showed there were additional documents tucked away at the FBI headquarters.

    If not for Judicial Watch’s lawsuits these documents would still be hidden today.

    Because of the revelation in our other lawsuit, the FBI – without our knowledge—”reopened” our FOIA request. The agency supposedly found about 30 pages of information, which it needed six weeks to review. The FBI finally gave them to us late Thursday.

    Now we know why the FBI played shell games. The documents show that FBI officials were concerned solely about the leaking of details of the tarmac meeting. None of the documents show top agency officials cared one whit about the propriety of the meeting itself, but only about who blew the whistle on the covert tête-à-tête.

    In one email, an FBI official writes “we need to find that guy.” And in another we learn that the Phoenix FBI office was contacted “in an attempt to stem any further damage.” An FBI official working on Lynch’s security detail even goes so far as to suggest non-disclosure agreements to keep the full facts from coming forth.

    No wonder the FBI didn’t turn these documents over until we caught it red-handed, hiding and lying about them.

    Simply put, the FBI appears to be fully complicit in a cover-up that attempted to influence a presidential election for a favored candidate – Hillary Clinton. And the truth was trampled on a Phoenix tarmac.

  • Jimmy Kimmel recently delivered a 13-minute monologue that transfixed the nation. He told the story of how his newborn son, Billy, was diagnosed with a potentially fatal cardiac anomaly, tetralogy of Fallot, and had undergone emergency surgery. He painted the picture of a sick child and a terrified family, who have the benefit of excellent care that ends well. He complimented the nurses and physicians who had cared for Billy, and encouraged donations to the hospital.

    Most importantly, Mr. Kimmel put a face on the importance of health insurance and the inhumanity of not providing it to those who need it most: those with pre-existing conditions. He suggested that without good insurance, Billy would have been abandoned by the health care system. It was a moving story, that was immediately viral on the internet. It was also not completely accurate. And the way that it’s wrong tells us a lot about what’s wrong with the health care debate today.

    We have a safety net. Hospitals do provide emergency care, and charity care. There are free clinics and GoFundMe campaigns. They qualify for Medicaid and get some measure of care.

    Jonathan Kohler is a pediatric surgeon.

    Taxpayer funded health insurance is just another entitlement, given — and taken away — by a government whose own access to insurance is never in doubt. There is no “human right” to health care insurance – it’s a choice you make.

  • Someday, the epic corruption of America’s institutions and government functions will be known. Unfortunately, it will be too late for us. It will be a history lesson from a professor 300 years from now.

  • In Trump-Russia probe, was it all about the Logan Act?

    The documents outlining Michael Flynn’s guilty plea in the Trump-Russia investigation do not allege collusion or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 election. They do, however, suggest that the Obama Justice Department was intensely interested in Flynn’s discussions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about policy issues — sanctions against Russia, a United Nations resolution on Israel — during the presidential transition, when Barack Obama was still in the White House and Donald Trump was preparing to take office.

    At the time, top Justice officials suspected Flynn of violating the Logan Act, the 218-year-old law under which no one has ever been prosecuted, that prohibits private citizens from acting on behalf of the United States in disputes with foreign governments. Starting in the summer of 2016 and intensifying in the transition period, the Logan Act, while mostly unknown to the general public, became a hot topic of conversation among some Democrats. A number of lawmakers, former officials, and commentators called on the Obama administration to investigate the Trump team for a possible Logan Act violations — and to do it while Democrats still controlled the executive branch.

    At the same time, inside the Obama Justice Department, it appears the Logan Act became a paramount concern among some key officials in the critical weeks of December 2016 and January 2017. Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has told Congress that the Logan Act was the first reason she intervened in the Flynn case — the reason FBI agents were sent to the White House to interview Flynn in the Trump administration’s early days. It was that interview, held on Jan. 24, 2017, that ultimately led to Flynn’s guilty plea.

    In short, there’s no doubt the Logan Act, a law dismissed as a joke or an archaic irrelevancy or simply unconstitutional by many legal experts, played a central role in the Obama administration’s aggressive and enormously consequential investigation of its successor.

    Democrats began accusing Trump of Logan Act violations in the summer of 2016, immediately after the Republican convention, when Trump sarcastically invited Russia to produce the 30,000-plus emails that Hillary Clinton deleted rather than turn over to investigators. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said during a July 27 news conference. “I think that you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press — let’s see if that happens, that’ll be nice.”

    The next day, Tom Vilsack, Obama’s secretary of agriculture and on Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential short list, accused Trump of violating the Logan Act. “That’s a no-no, you can’t do that,” Vilsack said. “That’s not legal.”

    Following Vilsack was Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. “I believe it violates the Logan Act,” McCaskill said, “and I think he should be investigated for that.”

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s statement “a treasonous act.” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said it “borders on treason.”

    Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe weighed in the next day. “The Logan Act, which was enacted back in 1799 and fundamentally says that you cannot engage in negotiations with a foreign power,” Tribe told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. “It hasn’t been used, but that’s because we haven’t had very many Donald Trumps, thank God, in our history. I think he’s violated that act.”

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-in-trump-russia-probe-was-it-all-about-the-logan-act/article/2642434

  • House Republicans Prepare Contempt Action Against FBI, DOJ

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-03/u-s-house-republicans-prepare-contempt-action-against-fbi-doj-jaqegooo

    Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, FBI Director Wray named
    ‘It all starts to make sense,’ Trump says of Russia probe

    U.S. House Republicans are drafting a contempt of Congress resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, claiming stonewalling in producing material related to the Russia-Trump probes and other matters.

    Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and other committee Republicans, after considering such action for several weeks, decided to move after media including the New York Times reported Saturday on why a top FBI official assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia-Trump election collusion had been removed from the investigation.

    Republicans, including the president, pointed to the reports as evidence that the entire probe into Russian meddling has been politically motivated.

    “Now it all starts to make sense,” Trump said on Twitter Sunday.

    In his statement Saturday, Nunes pointed to the reports that the official, Peter Strzok, was removed after allegedly having exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages with his mistress, who was an FBI lawyer working for Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

    Another Trump tweet referred to the agent as “tainted (no, very dishonest?).” The president added that the FBI’s reputation “is in Tatters – worst in History!” In a busy morning of notes to his 44 million followers, Trump earlier said that “I never asked” former FBI Director James Comey “to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”

  • ICE tracks down immigrant who spoke to media in SW Washington: ‘You are the one from the newspaper’

    After talking to The Seattle Times about his girlfriend’s arrest by immigration officials, a Pacific County illegal immigrant was detained himself. He said an agent told him it was because of what had been written.

    An illegal alien who recounted his longtime girlfriend’s arrest in a Seattle Times story about ramped-up immigration enforcement in Pacific County last month has now been detained, and says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents told him the arrest was because he was in the newspaper.

    Baltazar “Rosas” Aburto Gutierrez, speaking by phone from the Northwest Detention Center, where he is being held, said he got off work about 4 a.m. Monday — he harvests clams around Willapa Bay — went back to his Ocean Park home and, a few hours later, headed to Okie’s Thriftway Market.

    An SUV blocked his path into the parking lot, he said. An ICE agent got out and approached his car.

    Aburto Gutierrez said he has lived in the U.S. for 18 years. Crossing the border into California, the then-17-year-old made his way to Eastern Washington, where he had relatives who picked apples. He moved to Pacific County three years later after hearing its seafood industry was hiring and paying good wages.

    Meeting in November to talk about his girlfriend’s arrest, he called himself a fool for thinking it was easy to make money in the U.S. He said he worked seven days a week, 10 hours a day, in an industry that pays according to volume.

    But he and Diaz, who met in Pacific County, created a life there. They had kids. While he harvested clams, she looked after the children and, sometimes, made and sold piñatas.

    That came to an end when Diaz, along with their children, went to a bank parking lot in June to meet someone who had answered her online ad for a piñata. ICE agents were waiting.

    Before taking her away, they walked her home to deliver their kids to Aburto Gutierrez.

    “Why you don’t take us all?” he recalled asking the agents, since he also was here illegally.

    They said Diaz had a prior deportation order — which stemmed from a decade ago when she was caught trying to sneak across the border, sent back and barred from re-entering the country — and he didn’t.

    “ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy, and at times, exercises prosecutorial discretion when the circumstances of a particular case have extenuating factors like the care of minor children or an alien’s medical condition,” said the statement sent by Haley, which referred to the June encounter with Aburto Gutierrez.

    “This does not mean an alien is exempt from future immigration enforcement.”

    He said he had intended to save money for another year in the U.S. and then to reunite with his family in Mexico. But he doesn’t want to be deported, he said, because that usually involves being barred from the U.S. for many years.

    He said he wants to come back here when his children, who are U.S. citizens, are older and might help him live here legally.

  • THE LIEBERAL MEDIA

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    Legal Aid Lawyers Assault Agents During ICE Court Arrest

    Don’t be fooled by the headline in the linked article.. the truth is in the fine print:

    https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/11/28/legal-aid-lawyers-stage-walkout-after-yet-another-ice-court-arrest/
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  • THE LIEBERAL MEDIA

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    Next year the UN will try to etch continual moslem migration into the Western World in stone. Thank GOD Trump is president rather than Shitlery who was favored by never Trumpers. He just pulled us out of this disastrous deal.

    Here’s what America would have looked like if Shitlery and the demcoRATS got their way:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0hD7IffTJs

  • George Lortz

    Why isn’t the Greek Air force strafing these invaders ?

  • KirklesWorth

    There is something hilariously ironic about CNN being indignant over an ABC News corection:

    CNN Media: ABC News corrects bombshell Flynn report

    An ABC spokesperson said the network learned its initial reporting was incorrect at about 6 p.m. The network spokesperson declined to say if any disciplinary action would occur. ABC’s decision to call its correction a “clarification” prompted immediate criticism. “If we want to regain trust in the media, we need to admit our mistakes, especially when as consequential as this. Retract. Correct. Don’t use weasel words to describe it,” Jonathan Swan of Axios tweeted.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/21dd34af091311d9660af621cb2ec99c435ab9016f3ba20d1846bea65f93236e.png

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  • Kevcar

    “Shitlery who was favored by never trumpers”. After tens of thousands of words explaining that statement to be false, it still is thrown around. Amazing.

  • KirklesWorth

    Tens of thousands of words attempting to evade explaining the results of a Trump defeat. If the NeverTrump movement had its way, who would be president today?

  • Kevcar

    At the time it wasn’t a binary choice. Let’s just keep flogging that dead horse. I’m sure it will jump right up and get back to work.

  • KirklesWorth

    Then you are confirming that @americascandidate:disqus was factually correct, contrary to your claim the statement was false. By the time the 2016 election arrived, the result of more people following the NeverTrump mantra would have been president Hillary – dead horse or not.

  • Kevcar

    No, his statement was that group wanted Hillary to be president. While I cannot speak for everyone in a group, the people that I know did not want hillary to be anything including dog catcher.

  • KirklesWorth

    According to what you posted, you challenged the statement “Shitlery who was favored by never trumpers”.

    Favor (verb) 1. feel or show approval or preference for.
    Prefer (verb) 1. like (one thing or person) better than another or others; tend to choose.

    The term “NeverTrump” speaks for itself – it was never supposed to be chosen which defaults to the next in line regardless whether that person is liked, preferred, hated, etc., or not.

  • Kevcar

    Feel free to pull whatever dictionary definition you like. Based upon that definition, every person that liked Rubio or Cruz or Rand or any of the others would be grouped in as never trumpers. At this point the entire issue is pretty well irrelevant. I don’t know anybody that still falls solidly into the never trump category. He has done some very good things so far and even the worried citics are pleasantly surprised. Have a nice day. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/157bc24e17addac79139e907932f0fb2b713c7021c234483f5b28b6e9fab5ada.png

  • KirklesWorth

    I have had my dealings with NeverTrumpers. They were not content for themselves not to vote for Trump, they harangued those who said they would. They actively attempted to suppress the vote for the republican candidate while bragging about their conservative “idealism”. Trump supporters were mocked and vilified as “cult followers” – even after it was explained to them that the important thing was to defeat Hillary, they found that reason insufficient. Therefore, those NeverTrumpers did prefer Hillary – as they wanted Trump to lose as punishment against moderate republicans or “impure” conservatives…perhaps in the hopes of a civil war or a convention of states.

    “NeverTrump” is what it states, and @americascandidate:disqus was correct. “NeverTrump” didn’t go away after Cruz, Rubio, etc. were all eliminated from the running. Saying “NeverTrump” is declaring Trump is the de-facto worst and that person would prefer anybody else…unless you are making a case for “NeverVote” or “NeitherOne” (which is not what THE LIEBERAL MEDIA was claiming).

  • Kevcar

    I also had plenty of dealings with trump supporters especially while Cruz was still in. Some of these “rational” trump supporters were the same ones screaming at me that Cruz’s dad helped assassinate JFK, Heidi Cruz was a pawn for Goldman Sachs, Cruz isn’t eligible etc. No amount of “explaining” had any effect on them as well. There were plenty of total assholes on both sides and emotions and tempers ran high for a long time. At this point it’s been over for a year so if someone wants to continue to rant about a group that pretty well doesn’t exist anymore, more power to them. In the meantime I will continue to watch our President, cheer when he does the right thing and hope things move on smoothly.

  • They’ve enjoyed their collusion delusions – now it’s time to move on.

    If Michael Flynn’s ‘crime’ is all Robert Mueller has, it is time to move on

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/04/flynn-talk-russian-ambassador-legal-james-robbins/917714001/

    On Friday, President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about a perfectly legal conversation he had during the presidential transition with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

    Flynn should not have lied, and why he chose to remains a mystery, but the substance of the single-count indictment against Flynn shows that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has strayed far from its original purpose.

    We have come down quite a way from the hyperventilation about Russia “hacking the election” a year ago. What happened to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s claim, later promoted by Hillary Clinton, that there were 1,000 Russian agents planting anti-Hillary fake news stories in key swing states? Or that Russians had delivered Wisconsin to Trump? All the conspiracy theorists have so far are a few Facebook ads that can’t credibly be shown to have changed even one vote.

    Flynn was fully in his rights making the call to Kislyak. Despite the best efforts of the anti-Trumpers, it is still not illegal to talk to Russians. Even Democratic former CIA director and Defense secretary Leon Panetta said it was a “stretch” to say these contacts broke the law.

    The dust-up seems mainly to be about the decorum of presidential transitions. Days after the 2016 election, the Trump team cautioned the Obama administration against pursuing new and damaging foreign policy initiatives that did not align with Trump’s priorities.

    “I don’t think it’s in keeping with the spirit of the transition,” one of president-elect Trump’s national security advisers told Politico on Nov. 10, 2016, “to try to push through agenda items that are contrary to the president-elect’s positions.”

    The Trump transition team feared, for good reason, that the lame-duck Obama administration was poisoning the well with Russia, and pursuing spiteful anti-Israel policies on the way out the door. Trump asked Flynn, his soon-to-be national security adviser, to open a semi-official channel to Russia through its ambassador to discuss future cooperative efforts against the Islamic State and the United Nations vote on an anti-Israel resolution. As lawyer Alan Dershowitz argued, “Not only was that request not criminal, it was the right thing to do.”

    The phone call to Kislyak, and any other such contacts with foreign officials, should be viewed in that context. This was not, for example, on the level of colluding with shadowy Russian intelligence contacts to create disinformation to try to swing the election, as the authors of the Clinton-connected Trump smear dossier did.

    There was ample precedent for the president-elect to put out feelers to foreign leaders.

    A memo from the Podesta files released by WikiLeaks shows that the Obama team had planned for the “president-elect and senior officials (to) begin confidential policy consultations with key actors in U.S. and abroad” between Thanksgiving and Inauguration Day.
    Obama also openly used emissaries and go-betweens to meet with foreign leaders during his transition.
    And for overwrought members of “the resistance” who think the unenforceable Logan Act is suddenly in play, recall that in 2008 then-candidate Obama arranged substantive foreign policy discussions with numerous foreign dignitaries and leaders during an overseas campaign trip before the election.

  • Investigators are supposed to be objective, unbiased.

    Anti-Trump Text Messages Part of an Obvious, Pervasive Pattern Of Bias On Mueller’s Team

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/04/anti-trump-text-messages-show-pattern-of-bias-on-muellers-team/

    For nearly four months, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, the Justice Department and the FBI have kept secret the fact that the FBI agent who oversaw the Russia investigation exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages with an FBI attorney who was also his mistress.

    Those messages, the existence of which were revealed in bombshell reports published over the weekend, highlight a pattern of pervasive bias within the Mueller team.

    Many of Mueller’s prosecutors — it has been extensively reported — have made campaign contributions to Clinton and other Democratic political candidates. And a review by The Daily Caller shows that Mueller lawyers involved in the cases against four Trump associates are Democratic donors.

    But Peter Strzok’s text messages — which he exchanged with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who worked briefly on the Russia investigation — are perhaps the most significant evidence of anti-Trump bias uncovered so far on the Mueller team.

    The discovery could also undermine the integrity of Mueller’s expansive investigation. That’s because Strzok is the FBI agent picked in July 2016 to supervise the then-fledgling investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

    Strzok’s central role in the probe is already raising questions about how and why the collusion investigation was opened in the first place.

    Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser targeted in the early stages of the investigation, told TheDC on Sunday that he is “curious…whether [Strzok’s] fingerprints” are on a secret surveillance warrant taken out against him in Sept. 2016, just after he left the Trump team.

    It is unclear what information was used in the application for the warrant, though it has been reported that the infamous and uncorroborated Steele dossier was cited.
    Page is accused in the dossier of being the Trump campaign’s collusion contact with the Kremlin, an allegation he vehemently denies.

    The Trump-Russia investigation was opened several weeks after Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, first briefed FBI agents. The former British spy was working at the time for an opposition research firm that had been hired by the Clinton campaign and DNC to investigate Trump’s dealings in Russia.

  • Byron York: In Trump-Russia probe, was it all about the Logan Act?

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-in-trump-russia-probe-was-it-all-about-the-logan-act/article/2642434

    The documents outlining Michael Flynn’s guilty plea in the Trump-Russia investigation do not allege collusion or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 election. They do, however, suggest that the Obama Justice Department was intensely interested in Flynn’s discussions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about policy issues — sanctions against Russia, a United Nations resolution on Israel — during the presidential transition, when Barack Obama was still in the White House and Donald Trump was preparing to take office.

    At the time, top Justice officials suspected Flynn of violating the Logan Act, the 218-year-old law under which no one has ever been prosecuted, that prohibits private citizens from acting on behalf of the United States in disputes with foreign governments. Starting in the summer of 2016 and intensifying in the transition period, the Logan Act, while mostly unknown to the general public, became a hot topic of conversation among some Democrats. A number of lawmakers, former officials, and commentators called on the Obama administration to investigate the Trump team for a possible Logan Act violations — and to do it while Democrats still controlled the executive branch.

    At the same time, inside the Obama Justice Department, it appears the Logan Act became a paramount concern among some key officials in the critical weeks of December 2016 and January 2017. Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has told Congress that the Logan Act was the first reason she intervened in the Flynn case — the reason FBI agents were sent to the White House to interview Flynn in the Trump administration’s early days. It was that interview, held on Jan. 24, 2017, that ultimately led to Flynn’s guilty plea.

    In short, there’s no doubt the Logan Act, a law dismissed as a joke or an archaic irrelevancy or simply unconstitutional by many legal experts, played a central role in the Obama administration’s aggressive and enormously consequential investigation of its successor.

  • Of course they’re just replacing one fantasy (collusion) with another (obstruction – as a basis for impeachment).

    It Is Now an Obstruction Investigation

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454311/mueller-strategy-obstruction-justice-investigation-leading-impeachment

    Which means that it’s an impeachment investigation The smoke is clearing from an explosive Mueller investigation weekend of charges, chattering, and tweets. Before the next aftershock, it might be helpful to make three points about where things stand. In ascending order of importance, they are: 1.) There is a great deal of misinformation in the commentariat about how prosecutors build cases.

    2.) For all practical purposes, the collusion probe is over. While the “counterintelligence” cover will continue to be exploited so that no jurisdictional limits are placed on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, this is now an obstruction investigation. 3.) That means it is, as it has always been, an impeachment investigation.

    If a prosecutor has an accomplice cooperator who gives the government incriminating information about the major scheme under investigation, he pressures the accomplice to plead guilty to the major scheme, not to an ancillary process crime — and particularly not to false-statements charges.

    Strategically, and for public-relations purposes (which are not inconsequential in a high-profile corruption investigation, just ask Ken Starr), a guilty plea to the major scheme under investigation proves that the major scheme really happened — here, some kind of criminal collusion (i.e., conspiracy) in Russia’s espionage operation against the 2016 election. The guilty-plea allocution, in which the accomplice explains to the court what he and others did to carry out the scheme, puts enormous pressure on other accomplices to come forward and cooperate. In a political corruption case, it can drive public officials out of office.

    Only there was no obstruction, there was no collusion – at least not with Trump. There was plenty of collusion with Clinton, the DNC and even Obama.

  • https://www.axios.com/exclusive-trump-lawyer-claims-the-president-cannot-obstruct-justice-2514742663.html

    John Dowd, President Trump’s outside lawyer, outlined to me a new and highly controversial defense/theory in the Russia probe: A president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice.

    The “President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case,” Dowd claims.

    Dowd says he drafted this weekend’s Trump tweet that many thought strengthened the case for obstruction: The tweet suggested Trump knew Flynn had lied to the FBI when he was fired, raising new questions about the later firing of FBI Director James Comey.

    Dowd: “The tweet did not admit obstruction. That is an ignorant and arrogant assertion.”

  • ABOUT TIME!

    A bill is being proposed that will imprison government officials who provide sanctuary for illegal aliens.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/04/after-steinle-verdict-rep-unveils-bill-to-imprison-officials-who-shelter-illegal-immigrants.html

    A Republican congressman plans to introduce a bill Monday that would threaten huge fines and prison time for elected officials accused of sheltering illegal immigrant criminals from deportation, in the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial.

    Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita’s bill is one of the most aggressive pieces of legislation to date aimed at sanctuary city policies, going beyond the Justice Department’s threat to cut off grants to those jurisdictions.

    “Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with,” Rokita told Fox News. “Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so.”

    His “Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (SLAP) Act” would hold state and local lawmakers criminally responsible for refusing to comply with federal immigration enforcement efforts. The Republican’s bill would subject violators to a $1 million fine and up to five years in prison if they are convicted.

    “It’s time the federal government gets serious about enforcing immigration laws and holding politicians accountable who conspire to break them,” said Rokita.

    Rokita also supported “Kate’s Law” – legislation that would boost penalties for illegal immigrants who were previously deported and that was named after Steinle.

    On Thursday, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an illegal immigrant who already had been deported back to Mexico five times, was acquitted in the 2015 murder of Steinle on a San Francisco pier.

    Zarate’s attorneys argued Zarate had found a gun that accidentally discharged, and the bullet ricocheted off the ground before hitting Steinle. Prosecutors argued Zarate intentionally shot 32-year-old Steinle.

    The killing revived a national debate over sanctuary city policies, as some lawmakers as well as Steinle’s family faulted San Francisco for releasing the suspect from a local jail without notifying federal immigration officials.

  • Truth coming out: Without the individual mandate forcing them to do so, many people will choose NOT to have health insurance.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-12-04/gop-tax-plan-obamacare-effects-nightmare-for-patients-insurers

  • Moonbats having fun?

    Police In San Bernardino Co. Investigating Disturbing Viral Video Depicting Cat Abuse

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/12/02/police-investigating-cat-abuse/

    A disturbing and graphic video posted to social media that shows a teen boy throwing a cat into the street like it’s a football s under investigation by authorities in San Bernardino County.

    The approximately 10-second video — which has been shared thousands of times on Twitter — shows a boy holding up a cat in the front yard of a home. The boy then launches the cat what appears to be at least 20 yards. The cat can be heard screeching and whimpering as it lands in the street.

    From the video, it’s unclear if the cat survived the throw. Officials said Saturday the cat did survive but has a broken leg.

    Late Saturday, police said they know who their 16-year-old suspect is but have not located him. They will not release his name due to his underage status.

    KCAL9’s Robert Gray spoke to neighbors in Ontario where there incident took place.

    Gray reported the incident took place Friday in a quiet cul-de-sac. And the neighbors he spoke to were dumbfounded as to why anyone would do such a cruel thing to the animal, let alone share it on video.

    “It’s like torturing a little kid,” said Brenda Perez. “It’s an animal, but it’s like torturing a little kid. What’s the point of him throwing an animal across the street?”

    Some neighbors recognized the kid in question.

    “I know who he is,” said Oscar Ramos, “but I don’t know his name. He hangs around here in the alley all the time. Bunch of little kids doing drugs. They think they’re cool. He probably did it just to look cool on video.”

    “It was kind of stupid and childish,” said Stephanie Roman, “I don’t know what drugs he was on to do that but, it’s really dumb. Yeah, he should go to jail.”

  • https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-hypersonic-arms-race-heats-up

    At about 3 a.m. Halloween morning, senior Pentagon officials gathered around television monitors to watch the live feed of a high-stakes, experimental weapon test—the launch from Hawaii of a hypersonic glide vehicle, a pointy contraption carrying the hopes of U.S. military leaders to beat China and Russia in the race to field a new class of ultra-fast missiles.

    Because of their speed—hypersonic weapons travel at least one mile per second—their maneuverability, and their low altitude, these fledgling new weapons promise to penetrate even the most sophisticated air- and missile defense systems.

    Did China Leap Ahead?

    The potential for delivering a game-changing capability is prompting a number of nations to pursue hypersonic technologies. The recent U.S. hypersonic success comes as China and Russia are, according to press reports and concerns of some in Congress, actively working to develop a similar ultra-fast weapon, conducting as many as three flight tests a year of the DF-FZ and 3K22 Tsirkon systems, respectively.

    James Acton, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and expert in hypersonic weapons development, noted the U.S. has now twice demonstrated experimental hypersonic boost-glide payloads from Hawaii to the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, a range significantly greater than the 2,100 kilometer distance China has reportedly been testing.

    “So I remain skeptical of the ‘China has leaped ahead of the U.S. in hypersonics’ narrative,” Acton tweeted on Nov. 3.

  • Not Atlantis. I wonder – did Romans blame the loss on “global warming”?

    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/664585/underwater-city-Roman-Baiae-Naples-Italy-diving-pictures-discovery-Julius-Caesar-Pomey

    Ancient Roman city lost for centuries below the sea FOUND perfectly intact
    THESE incredible images show an ancient Roman town sunken below the surface of the sea.

    Baiae was an ancient resort on the west coast of Italy that largely disappeared beneath the waves 1,700 years ago.

    The town in Naples was the resort of choice for the Roman super-rich and became notorious for its sprawling mansions.

    It was a place synonymous with luxury and wickedness, historians claim – a wine-soaked party town.

    But as the centuries passed, much of it was lost to the sea as volcanic activity caused the coastline to retreat 400m inland.

    “It was considered one of the most important Roman cities for centuries.

    “Pliny the Younger used to live here and from here, across the gulf, he witnessed and described the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum.”

    He added: “Diving here is like a dive into history, looking at ancient Roman ruins underwater is something hard to describe, a beautiful experience indeed.”

    The subaquatic wonder was first discovered in 1940 in an aerial photograph, and over the years more and more artefacts have been discovered at the dive site.

  • San Diego may have made a wise decision – choosing not to stick taxpayers with the bill for a lavish new football stadium.

    Weak 13: Empty Seats Greatly Outnumber Spectators As NFL Attendance Crisis Continues

    http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/12/03/weak-13-empty-seats-outnumber-spectators-nfl-attendance-crisis-continues/

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    If you can’t feed yourself, you are not and cannot be free. If you cannot put a roof over your head, you are not free. And so forth (healthcare). This is why totalitarians and their useful idiots are so keen on eliminating private property. “Access not ownership!” In the long run, as end-stage collectivism approaches, fewer and fewer people will have “access” to the basics they need to live, since less and less will be available. But way before that, “access” will depend on being a good and compliant member of the Party.

  • Indeed once you accept handing the state responsibility to provide for you, you must accept whatever they provide and not complain. And you quickly find what they provide is not adequate.

  • Hoda Kotb slips up… “I’m sure you guys all knew…” about Matt Lauer’s behaviors!

    Watch the video:

    https://www.today.com/video/kathie-lee-gifford-matt-lauer-s-dismissal-is-very-very-sad-1105941572001

    Yes, his behaviors were common knowledge to many, yet nobody said anything. Moonbats protect their own… at least until they don’t.

  • Millennials—do leave the country if you can!

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/12/tax-cuts-and-liberal-hysteria.php

    TAX CUTS AND LIBERAL HYSTERIA

  • The truth about that Antarctic “blowtorch” – it’s geothermal in nature, not anthropogenic. See page 3-5 of the linked document.

    https://cei.org/sites/default/files/Rupert%20Darwall%20-%20A%20Veneer%20of%20Certainty%20Stoking%20Climate%20Alarm.pdf

  • Collusion with Russia?

    Well Obama did.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/12/claudia-rossett-on-obamas-russia-collusion.php

    Compared to this, says Rosett, Trump’s occasional unfortunate comments about Russia and Putin pale. She is right. A few conciliatory comments can’t match nearly eight years of appeasement — a policy Democrats, including those in the media, would still be defending had they not gotten the “cable” sent when top Democrats decided to blame Russia for Hillary’s electoral woes.

    There’s plenty more worth hearing in the interview with Rosett, which runs for about half an hour.

    See the video at the end of the above link.

  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3679663/FBI-didn-t-Hillary-Clinton-oath-email-interview-no-recording-don-t-worry-s-normal.html

    FBI didn’t put Hillary Clinton under oath for her email interview and made no recording (But don’t worry: that’s normal!)
    Hillary Clinton’s interview with the FBI on Saturday wasn’t recorded so there’s no transcript available, the agency’s director told Congress
    And she was never asked to swear an oath to tell the truth
    ‘Well, that’s a problem,’ one Republican congressman deadpanned during a marathon hearing on Thursday
    Oath-swearing is usually reserved for courtroom proceedings, and the FBI has had a policy for at least 10 years against recording interviews
    Agents summarized what Clinton said in a ‘302’ report, which FBI Director James Comey said he has read

    Funny, they’re recording what Republicans say.

  • I’m really sick and tired of the obviously deluded people, during a Presidential election, who insist “It’s not a binary choice”, but even worse are those who continue such claims after the election.

    You are correct only that there were more than 2 people we could vote for. But it’s insane to suggest that any candidate had a chance to be elected other than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

    I put such statements in the same category as the insanely deluded statements coming out of moonbats mouths daily.

  • For the record, while Cruz did have some faults (who doesn’t?), NOT the ridiculous ones (I agree with you on this) you mentioned, by the way, I had hopes he would be the nominee.

  • Kevcar

    Please note, that I said “at that time”. I’m referring to before the final two were decided.

  • Yes, agreed, at that time the Democrats thought they had a choice but didn’t and we did have several choices, some said too many.

    I withdraw my objection.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    She didn’t want to be over-privileged….

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Just wondering….

    What did Aburto Gutierrez use as a social security number these past 18 years?

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Maybe it would have been different if Trump had used a podium with a seal on it saying “President-Elect of the United States.”

    http://www.reobama.com/12_1_08_Clinton_SecStateAnn_NewsConf_Reuters.jpg

  • Mr. Freemarket

    “Democrats tend to come down on the side of terrorists.”

  • I found two examples of Obama’s “abuse” of symbolism, though the first one, the one you imaged, is, I suppose, at least not as bad as the first, when he used a facsimile of the Presidential seal but with a different set of words around the edge thus:

    http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.296295.1314366075!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/amd-obama-seal-jpg.jpg

  • For all we know, yours or mine… or maybe that questionable one Obama had… say, now that he’s out of office, that’s another thing that needs checking up on.

  • KauaiGoneGin

    For the love of money is the root of all evil. Gubmint loves money.

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