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Jan 02 2018

Open Thread

[T]he power system continues only as long as individuals try to get something for nothing. The day when a majority of individuals declares or acts as if it wants nothing from the government, declares that it will look after its own welfare and interests, then on that day the power elites are doomed. - Antony C. Sutton



  • If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.

  • ONE BIG DIFFERENCE: Clinton was guilty, Trump is innocent

    https://thefederalist.com/2018/01/02/1998s-impeachment-proceedings-say-prospect-2018/

    What 1998’s Impeachment Proceedings Say About That Prospect For 2018
    This new year, like 1998, will be dominated by a well-established prosecutor leading an extensive investigation into the presidency.

  • ‘CA Better Hold On Tight’: ICE Dir Promises Doubling of Officers After ‘Sanctuary’ Law Signed

    http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/01/02/ice-director-rips-california-governor-jerry-brown-sanctuary-state-law

    “There’s no sanctuary from law enforcement,” he said. “California better hold on tight – they’re about to see a lot more deportation officers. If politicians don’t protect their communities then ICE will.”

    Homan said illegal alien smuggling organizations will use the California law as a “selling point” and that Brown “bit off a lot more than he can chew.”

    Homan said that Brown and other sanctuary-jurisdiction leaders may have violated 8 U.S. Code § 1324 – relating to “harboring certain aliens.”

    He said he hopes the Justice Department will look into whether officials can be criminally charged under the statute.

    According to text of the federal law cited by Homan, any person “knowing… the fact that an alien has come to… the United States in violation of the law, conceals, harbors or shields from detection… such [an] alien in any place” can face fines and/or up to several years in prison.

  • No surprises here:

    Congressional investigators find irregularities in FBI’s handling of Clinton email case

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367141-congressional-investigators-find-irregularities-in-fbis-handling-of

    For the first time, investigators say they have secured written evidence that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken when the former secretary of State and her top aides transmitted classified information through her insecure private email server, lawmakers and investigators told The Hill.

    That evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the “sheer volume” of classified information that flowed through Clinton’s insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said.

    The investigators also confirmed that the FBI began drafting a statement exonerating Clinton of any crimes while evidence responsive to subpoenas was still outstanding and before agents had interviewed more than a dozen key witnesses.

    Those witnesses included Clinton and the computer firm employee who permanently erased her email archives just days after the emails were subpoenaed by Congress, the investigators said.

    Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee who attended a Dec. 21 closed-door briefing by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe say the bureau official confirmed that the investigation and charging decisions were controlled by a small group in Washington headquarters rather the normal process of allowing field offices to investigate possible criminality in their localities. The Clinton email server in question was based in New York.

    In normal FBI cases, field offices where crimes are believed to have been committed investigate the evidence and then recommend to bureau hierarchy whether to pursue charges with prosecutors. In this case, the bureau hierarchy controlled both the investigation and the charging decision from Washington, a scenario known in FBI parlance as a “special,” the lawmakers said.

    “This was an effort to pre-bake the cake, pre-bake the outcome,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a House Judiciary Committee member who attended the McCabe briefing before the holidays. “Hillary Clinton obviously benefited from people taking actions to ensure she wasn’t held accountable.”

    The top Democrat on the panel acknowledged the FBI’s handling of the case was unique.

  • A top lawmaker from the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was blocked from Twitter and Facebook on Monday after slamming the Cologne police for sending a New Year’s tweet in Arabic.

    The incident caused the AfD to lash out further and criticize censorship as a controversial new German social media law known as NetzDG went into effect January 1 in a bid to clamp down on online hate speech.

    http://www.dw.com/en/afd-politician-censored-under-new-german-hate-speech-law-for-anti-muslim-tweet/a-41992679

  • Mike_W20

    U.S.A. rulers for the last few decades have been satanists, paedophiles, and crooks.
    And they’ve corrupted your intelligence agencies.

  • More or less true – not all of them, but certainly Obama and Clinton, to name two.

  • Mike_W20

    Bush is another; watch the YouTube video: “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 – The Experts Speak Out”.

    Patriot Act, invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan…they needed an excuse, so they murdered a couple thousand U.S. citizens.
    These people are pure evil.

  • THE LIEBERAL MEDIA
  • KirklesWorth

    Sorry, but I’m not interested in what those “experts” say. Occam’s Razor and my own eyes pretty much tells me all I needed to know about 9/11. Accusing Bush and his administration of thousands of murders is low and isn’t even worthy of the leftmost propaganda outlet. It’s so laughable that the left is more comfortable perpetuating the “global warming” myth rather than the 9/11 ones. But then again, I reference publications like this as well:

    Popular Mechanics: Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Funny how that whole “profit incentive” thing works. People show up to work to get paid. Companies produce products that are in demand. Other companies produce the goods and services needed to keep other businesses working. Wll without government incentive and mandates.

    It is almost as if people working in their own self-interest produces the things that other people need and want.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Anyone who believes that the twin towers were brought down by explosive charges placed within those buildings simply has no understanding of the process.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Orrin Hatch, the longest serving republican senator in US history to retire.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/us/politics/orrin-hatch-retiring-romney-trump.html

    Many believe this clears the way for MItt Romney to become a senator from Utah, his current residence.

    Personally I’m not so sure. Utah sent MIke Lee to the senate in 2010. So it will be interesting to see who else steps up. (Personally I wouldn’t want to live anywhere near DC).

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Germany’s new law about fining social media companies that permit hate speech goes into effect.
    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/01/02/germany-can-fine-social-media-companies-for-hate-speech-from-their-users

    What are the odds that comments critical of Islam will be defined as “hate speech?”

  • Mike_W20

    Tell the demolitions professionals, engineers and architects who appear in this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fmseAai4Is

  • Mr. Freemarket

    All right. Consider this:
    Thousands of explosives charges are carefully placed in a building to produce a controlled implosion; the explosives have to be placed at critical positions on structural members. Those charges are connected to the timing circuits through miles of connecting wires. The time that each explosive detonates is critical to the success of the implosion.

    Each charge is individually detonated using blasting caps or connections with other charges using detonating cord. The one thing that all explosives have in common is their poor performance when exposed to fire. Blasting caps are even more sensitive to fire than are the explosive charges.

    To believe that the twin towers were brought down by controlled implosion means that:
    1. Thousands of explosive charges had to be placed in the towers covertly,
    2. Miles of connections between the charges were made covertly,
    3. Those placing the charges knew exactly where to place them so that the detonation would correspond to the same elevation as a commercial airplane strike that would occur in the future, and
    4. The covertly placed charges and wiring would survive an airplane strike and raging fire for over an hour before they would be detonated according to a carefully planned timing sequence in order to bring down the buildings, and
    5. Minimal traces of those efforts would be left, and
    6. Those accomplishing all of the above would maintain complete secrecy concerning their efforts.

    You are willing to accept all of that?

  • KirklesWorth

    What a waste of my time watching any of this video. “Ignoring the World Trade Center evidence is no longer an option”. Ridiculous…nobody is “ignoring” anything. Just because the so-called “experts” and “evidence” sways no one doesn’t mean anything is being ignored – just that it is unconvincing speculation by questionable people.

    Youtube: 9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out (Free 1-hour version)

    This video is only $21.95 – what a deal, what a steal!

    First, everything else has to be conveniently ignored except for WTC 7 and everything hinges on how the so-called “experts” “think” the buildings “should have collapsed”.

    I could only stomach the propaganda for a few minutes:

    ● Steve Barash thought “how quickly Tower 7 fell”, which is “very scientific”.
    ● Robert E. McCoy said “I’m not aware of any high rise buildings that have come down as a result of of fires” when an unprotected steel building collapsed within 2 1/2 hours in Madrid from a fire and without being hit by anything.
    ● Dr. Robert Bowman said WTC 7 collapse looked like a “perfect controlled demolition of an intact building”, and then shows comparison videos intentionally skipping whatever was used as explosive devices.

    The logistics of prepping that building for destruction is virtually impossible. Where are their peer-reviewed papers in real scientific journals claiming the collapse was impossible? The testimony of a few conspiracy theorists pales in comparison to the more thorough and thoughtful explanations who state how coincidence and/or correlation does not mean causation – nor are the conspiracy theorists’ conclusions compelling.

  • KirklesWorth

    Oops, I initially reviewed the wrong video, so I had to delete my comment. There are dozens of videos that closely match the title you posted, so next time please provide the link.

    Everybody has got professionals, engineers and architects to back up their side of the story. Just because everybody is used to watching buildings blow up in slow motion via Hollywood doesn’t mean anything. It is not incumbent on anyone to un-explain what the conspiracy theorists haven’t remotely proven in the first place.

    It’s all hyperbole and innuendo. All it shows is motives without means nor opportunity. Questioning something isn’t proof of anything. “97% consensus on global warming” doesn’t mean squat no matter how many people believe it nor the so-called “conclusion” they reach.

    Buildings fell after two jets crashed into two skyscrapers which is quite a compelling reason for buildings to collapse. There is no compelling evidence that anything was intentionally demolished regardless of “how it looked” to the so-called “experts” regarding coincidents and/or correlations which do not prove causation.

    The logistics of prepping any buildings that size for destruction is virtually impossible to go unnoticed. Where are their peer-reviewed papers in real scientific journals claiming the collapse was impossible? The testimony of conspiracy theorists pales in comparison to the more thorough and thoughtful explanations of unbiased researchers who state how coincidence and/or correlation does not mean causation. The conspiracy theorists’ opinions are not at all compelling.

  • ICEvictim

    ————-
    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” — Alexis de Tocqueville
    ————-
    “There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.” – Mark Twain

  • ICEvictim

    that IS what is driving it

    It’s an attempt to bury Merkel’s disaster by forbidding any comments about it by defining it as illegal “hate speech”

  • Tchhht!!!
  • SLCain

    Firs of all, the inclusion of architects hardly matters. Their job is to make the building pretty – or rather, nowadays – their job is to make the building ugly.

    And is that an exhaustive list of engineers and architects? No, it clearly isn’t. The professional societies for structural engineers, mechanical engineers, fire-safety engineers, and aeronautical engineers represent tens of thousands of professionals in the relevant areas, far more than AE911 represents. And they have not come out in support of AE911’s contentions.

    So, if you are appealing to the authority of experts, you lose. Far more experts are opposed to you than support you.

  • Frank

    Right on both counts!

  • Frank
  • Wrong. 9/11 was not an inside job. Come back to reality.

  • I’ve been hoping that Trump would order the Justice Department to start cracking down on these obvious violations of Federal Law since day 1 of his time in office – I would LOVE to see those promoting “sanctuary status” rounded up and put in jail, charged, tried and convicted, then sent to prison.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    He’s as likely to do that is he is likely to allow Hillary to be prosecuted.

    In other words….no way, Jose.

  • I’m not so sure he’s going to get in the way of a prosecution – but that’s not saying others will ever give him the opportunity.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Islamic terrorist will soon enough impose their own version of speech rules. And it won’t be pretty.

    Although we won’t have to worry about terminology for the LGBQTTRUPSNS community.

  • Socialized medicine inevitably leads to rationing and denial of care:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/badly-strained-uk-hospitals-delay-non-urgent-procedures-102502267.html

    Badly strained UK hospitals to delay non-urgent procedures

    Officials say extreme seasonal pressure on Britain’s hospital system means many non-urgent procedures must be put off for weeks.

    National Health Service England officials are telling hospitals to delay some procedures to free up staff and beds to deal with emergency patients.

    The restrictions are set to last until at least the end of January and are predicted to affect around 55,000 operations.

    Look for a future announcement that these restrictions are going to be extended and even made permanent.

  • What our moonbat world is coming to:

    ‘You can just do you’: Boy, 10, founds a drag club for KIDS so they can express themselves in a ‘positive, encouraging, and safe’ space
    Desmond Napoles from Brooklyn in New York City is better known by his drag name, Desmond is Amazing
    He started dressing up as a toddler and began wearing dresses aged six
    He has since appeared in a music video with RuPaul and his performance at Gay Pride in New York in 2015 went viral
    An active member in the LGBTQ community, Desmond now wants to inspire other young people and promote anit-bullying and suicide prevention
    He is launching Haus of Amazing, a drag club for ‘drag kids’
    He also hopes to have a fashion and cosmetics line in the future

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5228857/A-10-year-old-drag-queen-founded-drag-club-kids.html

    Desmond is, unfortunately, a freak:

    https://thumbs.mic.com/YWNhMTNkZmI2OCMvSlRqcUYwSlY5X3JTSmhRX0NacEhjc2VtSC04PS8xMTF4Nzc6OTA3eDQ5NC8xMjAweDYzMC9maWx0ZXJzOnF1YWxpdHkoNzApL2h0dHA6Ly9zMy5hbWF6b25hd3MuY29tL3BvbGljeW1pYy1pbWFnZXMvYXlwMXZyaWphZm50dWl1bHU4Y3JiZ3E0ZTBxbXlndGVveWtjcThrMHV1bnlyd2JldmFka3hubXh1dHJoemhpeC5qcGc.jpg

  • JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE IS REBRANDING AS A WHITE MAN

    https://theoutline.com/post/2839/justin-timberlake-man-of-the-woods-pivot

    I never knew he “branded” himself as anything else.

    Curious time to be doing that – moonbats are attacking “white males” at every opportunity.

  • FIGHTING BACK!

    Trump ex-campaign chair Manafort sues Mueller, Rosenstein, and Department of Justice

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has sued special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the Department of Justice in U.S. federal court
    “The actions of DOJ and Mr. Rosenstein in issuing the Appointment Order, and Mr. Mueller’s actions pursuant to the authority the Order granted him, were arbitrary, capricious, and not in accordance with the law,” the suit reads.
    All actions taken by the special counsel “must be set aside,” Manafort’s lawyers argue.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/03/trump-ex-campaign-chair-manafort-sues-mueller-rosenstein-and-department-of-justice.html

  • BBC is hit by complaints that ‘all villains are explicitly Jewish’ in Sunday night crime hit McMafia
    BBC accused of anti-Semitism by Jewish groups following airing of McMafia
    Viewers said it contained ‘gratuitous slurs’ against the Jewish community
    The series has also been attacked over portrayal of a central Israeli character

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5232503/BBC-hit-complaints-anti-Semiticism-drama-McMafia.html

  • A woman who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease was found to actually have a plastic ketchup packet stuck in her small intestine for six years. The mystery object was discovered when surgeons performed an operation to figure out why none of the standard treatments for Crohn’s were working.

    According to a press release from the British Medical Journal, the 41-year-old patient in Great Britain had all the symptoms of the chronic bowel disease including abdominal pain and bloating. Doctors at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital in Slough eventually opted to go in and find the root of the woman’s constant pain.

    Once the surgeons started to relieve some the massive inflammation in the woman’s intestine, the report states their efforts exposed, “two pieces of plastic bearing the word ‘Heinz.’”

    It turned out that the 41-year-old somehow swallowed a ketchup wrapper that lodged in her small intestine. The packet had actually cut into the woman’s stomach, which caused the Crohn’s-like symptoms.

    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/01/03/woman-intestine-ketchup-packet/

  • A logical consequence of this would simply be to stop hiring women – if you don’t have any women as employees you can’t be accused of paying women less than men:

    Iceland just made it illegal to pay men more than women
    Firms that employ more than 25 people must now obtain a government certificate demonstrating pay equality, or they will face fines

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/iceland-just-made-illegal-pay-11789693

  • California – much of it anyway, is a desert. So drought is nothing surprising. It shall return. It is the normal state of affairs there. And a La Niña is in effect, which typically brings drought to California and other parts of the U.S. as well.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/record-dry-raises-fears-droughts-return-california-085836356.html

    Dry spell raises fears of drought’s return in California

    http://media.mlive.com/weather_impact/photo/la-nina-winter-patternjpg-fffd7480d452f914.jpg

    The changes – some wetter, some drier, some warmer, some colder, will be blamed on “climate change” but they are actually normal.

    And in fact there are also global effects:

    https://grist.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/la-nina-climate-impacts.jpg?w=1024&h=1090

  • Wilberforce
  • AT LEAST CALIFORNIA FEELS GOOD ABOUT ITSELF

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/01/at-least-california-feels-good-about-itself.php

    People often ask when California, once a rock-solid red state on the presidential level that actually elected Republican senators within living memory, went blue in the face and turned crazy. A favored narrative is that it was the 1994 election when Gov. Pete Wilson embraced Proposition 187, the anti-illegal immigration ballot initiative, which supposedly alienated the state’s growing Hispanic population from Republicans. I’ve always thought this narrative too simple if not incorrect. First, Prop. 187 won handily (and was later struck down in federal court, naturally), so the idea was hardly unpopular. Second, this overlooks the fact that Bill Clinton had already flipped the state in the 1992 election. In fact you can begin to see the erosion of Republican strength in the state as early as the 1988 election, where George H.W. Bush’s margin of victory in California was a lot smaller than in previous presidential cycles. (And recall that Oregon and Washington, formerly lean-Republican states, went Democratic in 1988 and have stayed ever since.)

    At the link evidence is presented supporting another theory.

  • The corruption of our legal system by the Obama administration was widespread – and is ongoing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M3P8sT4IFg

  • More fake climate change news:

    Researchers can now blame warming for individual disasters (They would be lying, but they CAN do it!)

    https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060069847

    As floodwaters from the swollen River Thames crept closer to the walls of Myles Allen’s south Oxford home in the United Kingdom, he was thinking about climate change — and if scientists could figure out if it was affecting the climbing water outside. (It wasn’t.)

    But the radio voice added that it would be “impossible to attribute this particular event [floods in southern England] to past emissions of greenhouse gases,” said Allen in a commentary published in Nature shortly thereafter.

    In 2003, that was the predominant view in the scientific community: While climate change surely has a significant effect on the weather, there was no way to determine its exact influence on any individual event. There are just too many other factors affecting the weather, including all sorts of natural climate variations.

    The Cliff’s Notes version:

    Appalled at the continuing lack of any valid evidence supporting theories that are full of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change Alarmism, they’ve decided to say, without any evidence supporting the claim, that they now CAN “attribute” bad weather events to climate change.

    Which they’ve been doing all along, actually, but generally with a disclaimer, buried deep down in the announcement, that they couldn’t really do that.

    All they’re doing is dropping the disclaimer, though it’s still true.

    This is the result of a number of “scientific” papers that merely said that it was now considered correct to attribute severe events (floods, droughts, heat waves and cold snaps) to “global warming”, aka “climate change”.

    The papers?

    Studies were actually investigating two different questions — and their conclusions were compatible.

    Today, scientists still generally agree that it’s impossible to attribute any individual weather phenomenon solely to climate change. Storms, fires, droughts and other events are influenced by a variety of complex factors. And they’re all acting at once, including both natural components of the climate system and sometimes unrelated human activities. For instance, a wildfire may be made more likely by hot, dry weather conditions, and by human land-use practices.

    Various hardcore climate alarmists are insisting it is now possible to not only attribute events to climate change, saying they would not, could not have occurred without it, but also to claim that events that would have happened anyway were much worse because of climate change. An example would be the recent hurricane Harvey, which they say was only so bad because of CLIMATE CHANGE.

    Wrong.

    It was so bad because of WEATHER that had nothing to do with climate change. At the worst time the motion of the storm was stopped dead by WEATHER so it sat there and spun, and rained, on Huston for way too long.

    The ongoing “studies” are simply lies, propaganda and talking points attempting to falsely establish a basis for claiming that single events, and characteristics of events, can be blamed, falsely, on climate change. They rely on the fictional claim that “if a lie is repeated often enough, it becomes the truth”.

  • I know a few of those who drop by can’t handle posts longer than a paragraph, if that, but the story below (on fake climate change news) is so important I thought I might do a condensed version:

    The story at eenews:

    Researchers can now blame warming for individual disasters

    https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060069847

    This is called “attribution science” in the article – but it’s not science. Attribution is opinion, not science. Attribution is done when there is no evidence but someone wants to find something to blame.

    Contrary to the claims of the story, “attribution” is not and never will be science.

  • http://michellemalkin.com/2017/12/31/obamas-pallet-of-cash-to-iran-trio-ushers-in-2018-with-big-laughs/

    Obama’s ‘Pallet of Cash to Iran’ trio ushers in 2018 with BIG laughs

    (see link for John Kerry’s rambling statement)

    Hey, why should Hillary Clinton hog all the ex-Obama officials’ self-unawareness fun during the protests in Iran? The people who were key in working with the regime, sending them a couple billion in cash and doing anything to save their precious nuclear deal are now criticizing the current administration for taking sides.

    If you hold that tweet close to your ear you can hear the sound of James Taylor music coming from Kerry’s den. My guess for why that statement is so meandering is that Kerry’s not quite sure how to handle a problem he can’t figure out how to directly blame on climate change.

    As for the statement of Susan Rice (see link), I agree with Malkin:

    She should go on some news shows now and blame the uprising on a video just for consistency.

    And finally, the statement of Ben Rhodes, you know, this guy:

    Obama official says he pushed a ‘narrative’ to media to sell the Iran nuclear deal

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/obama-official-says-he-pushed-a-narrative-to-media-to-sell-the-iran-nuclear-deal/2016/05/06/5b90d984-13a1-11e6-8967-7ac733c56f12_story.html?utm_term=.651047124214

    One of President Obama’s top national security advisers led journalists to believe a misleading timeline of U.S. negotiations with Iran over a nuclear agreement and relied on inexperienced reporters to create an “echo chamber” that helped sway public opinion to seal the deal, according to a lengthy magazine profile.

    Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, told the New York Times magazine that he helped promote a “narrative” that the administration started negotiations with Iran after the supposedly moderate Hassan Rouhani was elected president in 2013. In fact, the administration’s negotiations actually began earlier, with the country’s powerful Islamic faction, and the framework for an agreement was hammered out before Rouhani’s election.

    The distinction is important because of the perception that Rouhani was more favorably disposed toward American interests and more trustworthy than the hard-line faction that holds ultimate power in Iran.

  • YOU’RE FIRED!

    Donald Trump Evicted Elizabeth Warren from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Think of the agency as a rent-controlled apartment.

    Republicans’ first victory of 2018 will likely be Judge Timothy J. Kelly’s denial of the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction in English v. Trump following a hearing on the Friday before Christmas.

    The case began over Thanksgiving weekend when Richard Cordray, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s first director, promoted his chief of staff Leandra English to deputy director. The soon-to-be Ohio gubernatorial candidate then announced his resignation would take effect at the end of the day and declared English acting director until the Senate confirmed a new one. Two hours later, President Trump ignored Cordray’s self-serving misinterpretation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act and appointed Mick Mulvaney acting director. Front-page headlines proclaimed a federal agency with two heads, one suing the president to remove the other.

    Why were Democrats so determined to fill the temporary job? Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who had first proposed a CFPB-like agency as a law professor in 2007, offered the same disingenuous rationale English’s lawyers argued in court: Congress intended the CFPB to be independent from political influences when it created the agency through the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act; since Mulvaney was director of the Office of Management and Budget, he could not be independent.

    The seemingly reasonable argument rests on two false premises: the political neutrality of Cordray’s handpicked acting director and the myth of CFPB independence. In 2010, the Democratic House of Representatives, filibuster-proof Senate, and president did not intend to create a regulatory agency independent from politics, just an agency independent from Republicans.

    One-party agencies are unconstitutional, so Democrats could not be so explicit. They knew President Obama would appoint the bureau’s first director and influence the hiring of its senior management team, a task he ultimately delegated to then-presidential assistant Warren. Therefore, Democrats could achieve their goal by structuring the “independent” agency to prevent control from switching parties without the rare political dominance they enjoyed in 2010. Three provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act would exclude Republicans from the CFPB whenever they regained the House, Senate, or presidency.

  • Sites like Vox, the Daily Beast, and the Weekly Standard have long praised the dossiers of Robert Mueller’s legal investigative team. The essays prove mostly the same. They often employ the same superlative nomenclature: “all-stars,” “dream-team,” “army,” and “professionals.”

    The hagiographies list the legal CVs of various lawyers and investigators now employed (usually on loan either from the FBI, Obama or Trump Justice Departments, or prestigious East Coast firms).

    Yet the Mueller legal team’s dossiers also turn out predictably similar. We are supposed to be awed by past employment in a blue-chip Washington or New York law firm—all the better if the same as Robert Mueller’s own.

    Ivy League law school degrees supposedly signal competence. Power couple bumper stickers (He is married to this judge, or she is wedded to that federal attorney) offer added insurance of excellence.

    But lost in all the gentry hyperbole are the two criteria, at this juncture and at this age, that matter far more than post-LSAT credentialing:

    Does Mueller’s team display a diversity of legal training and experience—which would insulate it from charges of New York-Washington corridor blindness?
    Is his team also immune from charges that it appears politically slanted?

    No, it is not, because it clearly is.

  • This “fake news” headline should read:

    “Florida’s 1.5 million ex-voters who are unhappy about disqualifying themselves by committing felonies.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/opinion/florida-missing-voters.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion-editorials

    But of course it’s the NYT so we get the propaganda and talking points version instead.

  • http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/02/5-worst-echo-chamber-talking-points-iranian-uprising/

    5 Worst Echo Chamber Talking Points About The Iranian Uprising
    Moonbat defenders of the Islamic regime are back at it

    The initial coverage of these historic protests—or in some cases, the lack of it—was scandalous. The New York Times’s Thomas Erdbrink, in particular, veered into revolting Walter Duranty territory.

    The first inclination of many liberals was to demand Americans shut up about a movement that demands self-determination and liberalism. Why? Whenever Trump fails to weigh in on a world event, the Left accuses him of implicitly endorsing fascism. Yet when the administration offers a statement condemning the Iranian regime, a long-time committed terror-supporting adversary of the United States, the same folks who daily call out Russian authoritarianism advise the president to ignore those protesting for freedom.

  • Sounds like Trump needs to fire another AG:

    Washington state AG sues Motel 6 over giving ICE info on 9,000 guests

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/washington-state-ag-sues-motel-6-over-giving-ice-info-on-9000-guests/

    They were just complying with federal law.

    Whether or not it was actually a violation of state law, federal law trumps state law.

  • For sure, the primary cause of the recent AMTRACK derailment was that the train was going way too fast. But most every accident involves more than one issue and this was supposed to be a “high speed train route”, yet this curve was not prioritized for being able to handle high speed trains:

    Straightening of curve at Amtrak derailment site in Dupont had not been state priority

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/straightening-of-curve-at-derailment-site-in-dupont-had-not-been-state-priority/

    The curve where Amtrak Cascades 501 derailed Dec. 18, killing three people, was identified years ago as an obstacle to Washington state’s dream of creating high-speed rail.

    The corridor between Lakewood and Nisqually “includes unsuitable sharp curvature,” said the state’s long-range plan, written in 2006. “A new connection, largely on structure because of differences in elevation, with a speed limit of one hundred mph will be required.”

    Yet the curve remains, a symbol of unsteady political support in the United States for rapid-rail infrastructure.

    Even with $800 million in Obama administration stimulus money, Washington state didn’t rebuild it.

    The state decided instead to spread that cash among 20 projects, mostly to make its 79-mph corridor through Western Washington more reliable. Those projects include landslide prevention in Mukilteo, new Port of Vancouver, Washington, freight tracks to clear shipments out of the way of Amtrak Cascades, and renovating historic King Street Station in Seattle.

    To straighten the DuPont curve and adjoining trestle over Interstate 5 would have driven the total cost to at least $412 million for the 14.5-mile passenger-rail corridor that opened this month from the Tacoma Dome to Lakewood and DuPont. That’s more than double the $181 million actual cost to rebuild the century-old segment with the 30-mph curve left in place.

    Amtrak Cascades 501 was going 78 mph in a 30-mph area when the lead locomotive jumped off the tracks to the right, where the rails curve toward an Interstate 5 overcrossing. The engineer, who was accompanied by another crew member, didn’t slow the train, for reasons yet to be determined.

  • Apple leads race to become world’s first $1tn company

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/03/apple-leads-race-to-become-world-first-1tn-dollar-company

    Yet, oddly enough, despite this as well as their track record of worker abuse and other typical moonbat issues, moonbats love them!

  • Socialist does what socialists falsely claim Trump wants to do:

    https://www.politico.eu/pro/macron-proposes-new-law-against-fake-news/

    Macron proposes new law against fake news
    Sites that distribute fake news would face punishment.

    Of course, “fake news” will be the definition of any news the socialist moonbats don’t like.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Leading from behind…..

  • All right. Consider this:Thousands of explosives charges are carefully placed in a building to produce a controlled implosion; the explosives have to be placed at critical positions on structural members. Those charges are connected to the timing circuits through miles of connecting wires. The time that each explosive detonates is critical to the success of the implosion

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