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Oct 24 2017

Open Thread

Such as it is, the press has become the greatest power within the Western World, more powerful than the legislature, the executive and judiciary. One would like to ask; by whom has it been elected and to whom is it responsible? - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

89 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Bodhisattva says:

    The FBI’s Political Meddling
    Mueller is the wrong sleuth when his ex-agency is so tangled up with Russia.

    Let’s give plausible accounts of the known facts, then explain why demands that Robert Mueller recuse himself from the Russia investigation may not be the fanciful partisan grandstanding you imagine.

    Here’s a story consistent with what has been reported in the press—how reliably reported is uncertain. Democratic political opponents of Donald Trump financed a British former spook who spread money among contacts in Russia, who in turn over drinks solicited stories from their supposedly “connected” sources in Moscow. If these people were really connected in any meaningful sense, then they made sure the stories they spun were consistent with the interests of the regime, if not actually scripted by the regime.

    The resulting Trump dossier then became a factor in Obama administration decisions to launch an FBI counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign, and after the election to trumpet suspicions of Trump collusion with Russia.

    We know of a second, possibly even more consequential way the FBI was effectively a vehicle for Russian meddling in U.S. politics. Authoritative news reports say FBI chief James Comey’s intervention in the Hillary Clinton email matter was prompted by a Russian intelligence document that his colleagues suspected was a Russian plant.

    OK, Mr. Mueller was a former close colleague and leader but no longer part of the FBI when these events occurred. This may or may not make him a questionable person to lead a Russia-meddling investigation in which the FBI’s own actions are necessarily a concern.

    But now we come to the Rosatom disclosures last week in The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress.

    Here’s another story as plausible as we can make it based on credible reporting. After the Cold War, in its own interest, the U.S. wanted to build bridges to the Russian nuclear establishment. The Putin government, for national or commercial purposes, agreed and sought to expand its nuclear business in the U.S.

    The purchase and consolidation of certain assets were facilitated by Canadian entrepreneurs who gave large sums to the Clinton Foundation, and perhaps arranged a Bill Clinton speech in Moscow for $500,000. A key transaction had to be approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

    Now we learn that, before and during these transactions, the FBI had uncovered a bribery and kickback scheme involving Russia’s U.S. nuclear business, and also received reports of Russian officials seeking to curry favor through donations to the Clinton Foundation.

    This criminal activity was apparently not disclosed to agencies vetting the 2010 transfer of U.S. commercial nuclear assets to Russia. The FBI made no move to break up the scheme until long after the transaction closed. Only five years later, the Justice Department, in 2015, disclosed a plea deal with the Russian perpetrator so quietly that its significance was missed until The Hill reported on the FBI investigation last week.

    For anyone who cares to look, the real problem here is that the FBI itself is so thoroughly implicated in the Russia meddling story.

    The agency, when Mr. Mueller headed it, soft-pedaled an investigation highly embarrassing to Mrs. Clinton as well as the Obama Russia reset policy. More recently, if just one of two things is true—Russia sponsored the Trump Dossier, or Russian fake intelligence prompted Mr. Comey’s email intervention—then Russian operations, via their impact on the FBI, influenced and continue to influence our politics in a way far more consequential than any Facebook ad, the preoccupation of John McCain, who apparently cannot behold a mountain if there’s a molehill anywhere nearby.

    Which means that Mr. Mueller has the means, motive and opportunity to obfuscate and distract from matters embarrassing to the FBI, while pleasing a large part of the political spectrum. He need only confine his focus to the flimsy, disingenuous but popular (with the media) accusation that the shambolic Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

    Mr. Mueller’s tenure may not have bridged the two investigations, but James Comey’s, Rod Rosenstein’s , Andrew Weissmann’s , and Andrew McCabe’s did. Mr. Rosenstein appointed Mr. Mueller as special counsel. Mr. Weissmann now serves on Mr. Mueller’s team. Mr. McCabe remains deputy FBI director. All were involved in the nuclear racketeering matter and the Russia meddling matter.

  2. Bodhisattva says:

    Census Bureau: 44.6% in California Don’t Speak English at Home; 35.6% in Texas; 34.5% in NM; 31.7% in NJ; 31.0% in NY
    In California–which with a July 2016 population of 39,250,017 is the nation’s most populous state–44.6 percent of the people five years of age and older do not speak English at home, according to data released this week by the Census Bureau.

    At the same time, according to the Census Bureau, 18.6 percent of California residents 5 and older do not speak English “very well.”

    That ranks California No.1 among the states for the percentage of people in both of these categories.

    Nationwide, 21.6 percent speak a language other than English at home and 8.6 percent speak English less than very well.

    Texas ranked second for the percentage of residents five and older who do not speak English at home (35.6 percent). New Mexico ranked third (34.5 percent); New Jersey ranked fourth (31.7 percent) and New York ranked fifth (31.0 percent).

  3. Kevcar says:

    I would think that in New York that percentage may be made up of multiple languages whereas in Texas the assumption is its mostly Spanish from Mexico.


    Columbia Football Keeps Winning. Some Fans Aren’t Happy About It.

    Libs hate winning !

  5. Torcer says:

    Breaking: WaPo bombshell report reveals who paid for Trump dossier via @theblaze

    House Clinton: The sizzling series finale, featuring the Trump ‘dossier’ –

    BOOOM!!! WaPo says CLINTON campaign and DNC PAID for Trump dossier!!

    Clinton Campaign Lawyer ‘Vigorously’ Denied Being Behind Dossier (When He Was In Fact Behind It) via @weaselzippers

  6. Torcer says:

    The new hotness from Joy Reid: That dossier was just opposition research, no biggie via @twitchyteam

  7. Torcer says:

    Prager University SUES Google &…

    PragerU sues YouTube, Google for blacklisting its conservative educational videos

  8. Torcer says:

    .@ABC finally breaks dead silence on Clinton-Uranium scandal only to downplay Congressional investigation #TTT

  9. THOUGHTCRIMINAL2084 says:

    Solzhenitsyn spoke many truths – the last one were what got him banned. It is those truths that explain so much now and should leave all of us awake at night.

  10. ramrodd says:

    4th Estate is the Media

    The media in the United States has often been referred to as the fourth branch of government or 4th estate. The foundering fathers envisioned the media as fulfilling the role of illuminating the abuses to the democratic process.
    Unfortunately, today the media at large has become a liberal- based ideologue
    which frames the news as opposed to reporting the news.

    When a nation loses its ability to discover the truth regarding its government, anarchy cannot be far behind. The private press has been silenced in countries before with chilling effects — America is not immune to the same fate as that of nations that have preceded it in history. Apathy and a cowering press will determine the future of America to a large extent. America will probably never be conquered by another nation in battle – it will just slowly decay from within and fade into oblivion as a result of a chronic cancer that goes largely unreported.

    There are none so blind as those who will not see. There are none so deaf
    as those who will not hear. John Haywood..


    Each and every President up to President Trump has enjoyed the Freedom of Speech guaranteed in the Constitution. Which includes voicing one’s opinion, whether popular with libs or not.

    President Trump’s opinion of the TRAITOR Bergdahl closely matches that of most of the country and yet liberal lawyers and even the judge presiding over the case are using the President’s opinion to thwart real justice:

    ONLY liberals can possibly succeed in making a case about treason into a case against POTUS’ opinions. Unbelievable!

  12. KirklesWorth says:

    All Bernie Sanders supporters I would expect.

    Wash. Free Beacon: One in Three College Students Expect Taxpayers to Absorb Student Loans

    The majority of college students ignore the costs of their student loans and more than a third expect taxpayers to cover the tab, according to a new poll. A poll of college students and recent graduates found that 56 percent of borrowers did not know the interest rates on the loans enabling them to attend college, according to Millennial Personal Finance. Additionally, 21 percent of borrowers believe their grade point average influences how much they will pay for their education and 34 percent of respondents said “the federal government was going to forgive their loans” if they were unable to make payments.

  13. KirklesWorth says:

    Teach us something we didn’t already know.

    Federalist: Bill Gates Tacitly Admits His Common Core Experiment Was A Failure

    “Based on everything we have learned in the past 17 years, we are evolving our education strategy,” Gates wrote on his blog as a preface to a speech he gave last week in Cleveland. He followed this by detailing how U.S. education has essentially made little improvement in the years since he and his foundation — working so closely with the Obama administration that federal officials regularly consulted foundation employees and waived ethics laws to hire several — began redirecting trillions of public dollars towards programs he now admits haven’t accomplished much.

  14. KirklesWorth says:

    The evil nexus of illegals and abortion.

    Federalist: DC Circuit Rules Noncitizens Have A Constitutional Right To U.S. Abortions

    On Friday a three-judge panel in Washington D.C. vacated the lower-court’s order and held instead that, so long as the government provides an “expeditious process” to secure a sponsor for J.D., there is no undue burden under Casey. Unfortunately, but predictably, the entire D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals quickly reheard Garza v. Hargan and in a 6-3 split decision held the government was violating J.D.’s constitutional right to an abortion. The en banc court remanded the case to the lower court merely to allow the judge to enter a revised order with a new date for an abortion.

  15. StephaneDumas says:

    I found this headline by luck on Conservapedia’s site who’s now archived on the Wayback Machine.

    I quoted the headline:“Trace the insider trading in the stocks of Harvey Weinstein’s company and the owner of the resort in Las Vegas where the mass shooting on 1 October took place. Then remember what author Ian Fleming had to say about “coincidence.”” who lead to the article in question.

    Some said that article had taked a page from *cough cough* Infowars but who knows? It might be not as far-fetched as we thought.

    And the Russia thing had some boomerang effect.

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  19. TED says:
    You think THEY are IDIOTS??!!!You should see the BRAIN-DEADS that elect THEM every election!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Mr. Freemarket says:

    True….but we’ve never tried “real fascism.”

  21. Jack Bauer says:

    LOL…… I see what you did there…;)

  22. Mr. Freemarket says:

    With only the shirt on his back…and the millions in his bank account.

    Oh…did he spend that already?

    What a shame.

    Guess he can look for a real job.

  23. Mr. Freemarket says:

    The dog deleted those emails, too.

  24. Mr. Freemarket says:

    No…I’m not radioactive. Why do you ask?

  25. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Problem is…where do you find a conservative attorney?

  26. KirklesWorth says:

    It’s usually been the case that conservatives are better off with the opposite of what RINO Scarborough says.

    The Hill: Scarborough on Flake: We’re seeing ‘the political suicide’ of Republican Party

    MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said in the wake of Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) announcement to retire that Americans are witnessing “the political suicide” of the Republican Party, “where you are losing guys who are temperamentally moderate.” “From John McCain, George W. Bush, to Bob Corker, Jeff Flake yesterday, these are Republicans who felt the need and are compelled to come and re-affirm, not just conservative values, but American values, and say … what’s happening right now is not who we are,” observed “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist early Wednesday. “I don’t know, have we seen anything like this? Nine months, 10 months into a presidency where members of his own party are coming out like this, lining up to criticize him this way?”

  27. KirklesWorth says:

    These academic liberals are self-mocking.

    Daily Caller: Absurdly Expensive College Funds Three-Day Lecture Series Touting Totalitarian Socialist Hellhole

    A fancypants private college in Southern California is funding and hosting a three-day lecture series this week that promotes Venezuela’s totalitarian socialist regime in glowing terms. The lecture series at Scripps College features a Venezuelan government official, consul general Antonio Cordero, and seeks to raise awareness about the “truth in today’s Venezuela,” according to the Claremont Independent, a student newspaper. A flyer for the first Scripps lecture, which occurred on Monday, claims that unnamed “experts” believe Venezuela’s electoral system is “the most transparent in the world.” The event focused on “black power in Venezuela” and “strategies of US intervention.”

  28. KirklesWorth says:

    Must be because of the “American” in “American Airlines” somehow makes it racist.

    Time: Flying on American Airlines Could Be ‘Unsafe’ for Black Passengers, NAACP Warns

    The safety and wellbeing of African American passengers may be compromised while flying with American Airlines, according to a national travel advisory released yesterday by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The NAACP, a key organization in the civil rights movement, said that for a number of months it has been monitoring “a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines.” In August this year, the group issued its first ever travel advisory for a U.S. state, Missouri, warning visitors their civil rights could be threatened if they entered the state. The incidents suggest a “corporate culture of racial insensitivity and a possible racial bias” at the airline, according to the NAACP.

  29. KirklesWorth says:

    This was supposedly written by “Benji Backer, 19-year-old conservative activist”. If he were truly conservative, he would know the free-market solves problems on its own. Even the bullet points sound distinctly non-conservative:

    CNBC: The GOP needs to embrace environmental issues and free-market solutions

    ● Environmentalism has been dominated by negativity and partisan bickering.
    ● That pushed the political right to dispute science and disregard many environmental problems.
    ● The tone has to change. It’s time for the GOP to embrace environmental issues and their free-market solutions.

  30. KirklesWorth says:

    Being a member of a politically-correct “victim” group can pay big bucks. And then there’s the suicide attempt indicative of many transgendered psyches.

    Oregon Live: State settles suit filed by transgender inmate

    The Oregon Department of Corrections has settled a lawsuit filed last year by a transgender inmate who claimed the state denied her essential medical care and subjected her to harassment by corrections officers. The state agreed to significant policy changes and settled the suit brought by Michale Wright, shown above, for $167,500. In addition, the state will pay $100,000 in legal fees. Wright, who has identified as a woman since age 16, had accumulated $4,220 in medical fees related to a suicide attempt; the Department of Corrections, as part of its settlement, also agreed to drop those charges. “This is a huge victory for our client and all transgender prisoners in Oregon,” said Mat dos Santos, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, which represented Wright.

  31. KirklesWorth says:

    Supposedly there are no real genders, so why does science need a “gender-based approach”? This is a slap in the face to all scientists throughout time.

    Daily Caller: Professor: Replace ‘Traditional Science’ With ‘Anti-Science, Antiracist, Feminist Approach’

    A women’s studies professor at the University of California, Davis has declared that the time has come to replace “traditional science” with “a much needed anti-science, antiracist, feminist approach to knowledge production.” The professor is Sara Giordano, according to Campus Reform. Giordano, who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience but has chosen to pursue a career in the field of gender, sexuality and women’s studies, expounds on her thesis in a lengthy essay in Catalyst, a feminist theory journal. In her 6,611-word treatise (with only three footnotes), Giordano calls on women to “challenge the authority of Science” by “rewriting knowledge” in a way that “explicitly unsticks Science from Truth and therefore opens up possibilities to unstick Being/Power/Truth/Freedom from Coloniality.” Science is a root cause — perhaps the root cause — of “racial hierarchy,” “genocide,” “slavery” and “exploitation,” the sexuality and women’s studies professor claims.

  32. itsatax says:

    This reporting is something else. Fish/Boat officer stumbled upon a crim burning insulation off stolen copper wires, and the crim tried to murder him by beating him with a rock and then drowning him. Officer fortunately managed to shoot him dead.

    Reporter takes the criminal’s side, naturally.

  33. Anonymous says:

    C’mon, Feldman, now’s the time!

  34. Bodhisattva says:

    As evidenced by a growing number of Senators (McCain, Corker, Flake, among others) something some of what I will refer to as the “anti-Trump” crowd warned us about is happening – but note it’s not Trump’s fault and the things that are being said to justify it are as bogus as the Trump Dossier (whether you knew that from the start as I did, if you’ve been watching the news you know it now) – but the gist of it is those who see this as an opportunity to advance themselves and their agendas instead of doing what’s right for the country are attacking Trump, picking up the Democratic Party’s false arguments he’s unsuited for office and are generally making a mess of things.

    So due to Senators who do not want to get with the program to Make America Great Again, who would rather hand things back to the Democrats so they can Make America Weaker and Poorer again, that may be our future.

  35. Bodhisattva says:

    Well Bush did take a lot of abuse and never gave any back, to both his credit and his discredit, in a way.

    Bush let the Democrats and the press savage him and in a way that may have been part of why Obama won his first term, which, thanks to his ability to engage in voter suppression and using the government to punish anyone who he saw as a political opponent or enemy, virtually ensured him a second term despite the damage he was doing to Americans and the economy – something that usually turns a lousy president like him into a single termer. The example is Jimmy Carter.

  36. Bodhisattva says:

    Birds of a Feather.

  37. Bodhisattva says:

    TWO examples of cultural misappropriation – why isn’t the left on this?

  38. Bodhisattva says:

    George H W Bush was not “so bad”, he just had a couple bad things happen at critical times – one was the incident where he was sick and still went to a public event and vomited/passed out, shaking voter confidence at a critical time and the other was his “no new taxes” pledge which he went on to violate and paid a huge price come election day. That, combined with the fact he didn’t trumpet his accomplishments enough, ensured he was a single termer… and of course “Slick Willie” was very personable and a good liar.

    George W. Bush… well he did a lot of good but some bad as well – I would not say he was a failure, though he was cast as one by the media, which became to a certain extent a self-fulfilling prophecy but not enough to really destroy him. The Democrats plan to wreck our housing market via the Community Reinvestment Act didn’t help matters as it created the housing bubble and the resulting credit freeze that happened to occur during Bush’s tenure.

  39. Bodhisattva says:

    Just goes to show you – some people aren’t happy unless they find something SILLY to be unhappy about.

    Kellogg’s will be remaking Corn Pops cereal boxes after a complaint about racially insensitive art on the packaging.

    The Battle Creek, Mich.-based cereal and snack maker said on Twitter Wednesday it will replace the art, which showed cartoon corn pops populating a retail mall. Some pops were shown shopping as others played in an arcade or frolicked in a fountain, while another skateboarded down an escalator.

    What struck Saladin Ahmed was that a single brown pop was working as a janitor waxing the floors. Ahmed, current writer of Marvel Comics’ Black Bolt series and author of 2012 fantasy novel Throne of the Crescent Moon, took to Twitter Tuesday to ask, “Why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor? this is teaching kids racism.”

    NOTE TO Ahmed: Kids aren’t racist like you so they don’t notice or worry about such things. By the way, the janitor doesn’t really look “brown” to me – perhaps a bit tanned, nothing more. If it was intentional that Kelloggs decided to attempt diversity & inclusion and put a “brown” character on their box, they certainly have learned their lesson for doing so now and hopefully won’t make the same mistake, trying to promote diversity & inclusion in the future. When anyone does they get smacked down by the left for doing so – you can’t win with them.

    So Ahmed, get off WELFARE and get a job, you clearly have too much time on your hands and need to GET BUSY.

  40. Area man says:

    If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

  41. Bodhisattva says:

    Very possibly true. I did not get a breakdown – the link I provided may have one but I did not read it through or follow any links they might have given.

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