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Paul Manafort Was an Agent of Ukraine, Not Russia replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/11/2019 5:28:13 AM Post Reply
Paul Manafort, the clandestine agent of Russia at the heart of the Trump campaign’s “collusion” scand — oh, wait. Have you ever noticed what Paul Manafort’s major crime was? After two years of investigation, after the predawn raid in which his wife was held at gunpoint, after months of solitary confinement that have left him a shell of his former self, have you noticed what drew the militant attention of the Obama Justice Department, the FBI, and, ultimately, a special counsel who made him the centerpiece of Russia-gate? According to the indictment Robert Mueller filed against him,
Juan Williams on DNC criticism of Fox News: ´Nobody tells me what to say here´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/11/2019 5:31:43 AM Post Reply
More Fox News reporters and commentators are speaking out against the Democratic National Committee’s decision last week to bar the network from hosting its presidential primary debates. Fox News political analyst Juan Williams on Sunday criticized the DNC’s snub of the network -- which came in a statement citing critical reporting from The New Yorker -- and balked at the claims that the network’s reporters and personalities have to toe the line of the Trump administration. “I’m a Democrat and I’ve worked at Fox for 23 years,” Williams said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”
After Week of Infighting, Democrats Wonder Where to Draw Line on Speech replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/11/2019 5:37:28 AM Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Democrats filed into the House chamber on Thursday — depleted and punch drunk — to vote for an overstuffed resolution condemning prejudice — and end, or so they hoped, a week of infighting that vividly illustrated the perils of policing their own speech. “I hope this puts an end to all of this,” said Representative Robin Kelly, Democrat of Illinois, moments before the measure, which condemned anti-Semitism and virtually every other form of bigotry, passed with unanimous Democratic support. It almost certainly will not. The measure, which began as a rebuke to Representative Ilhan Omar,
Democrats Push to Make Washington, D.C., the Fifty-first State replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/11/2019 5:41:59 AM Post Reply
In the coming days, the House will vote on, and likely pass, H.R. 51, a bill that would make Washington, D.C., the fifty-first state. The bill, which has two hundred co-sponsors, was introduced by Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who for nearly thirty years has served as the non-voting representative for D.C.’s single at-large district. During her time in Congress, Holmes Norton has introduced more than a dozen statehood bills; this will be the first since 1993 to receive a vote. But because Washington, D.C., is not a state, Holmes Norton cannot vote on her own bill,
Yes, Trump is target of ´presidential harassment´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/11/2019 5:44:03 AM Post Reply
President Trump often complains that he is the victim of "presidential harassment" — or, as he sometimes puts it, "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!" "Presidential Harassment by ´crazed´ Democrats at the highest level in the history of our Country," Trump tweeted on March 3. "After more than two years of Presidential Harassment, the only things that have been proven is that Democrats and others broke the law," he added later. "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!" he tweeted Feb. 7. The president´s adversaries of course dismiss his protests as self-interested whining. But the fact is, Trump has a point.
McCabe ‘shocked’ by Manafort sentence replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/11/2019 5:50:28 AM Post Reply
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said Sunday morning that he was surprised by the “incredibly lenient” sentence received by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. A federal judge last week sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud — a punishment clocking in well below the 19½-24½ years that he could have received under sentencing guidelines. District Judge T.S. Ellis repeatedly argued the recommended sentence was over-the-top. “I think it’s an incredibly lenient sentence in light not just of the offenses he was convicted for
The Privilege of Being Beto replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/12/2019 5:29:26 AM Post Reply
As Beto O’Rourke moves closer to a presidential run, the unconventional way he’s spent the four months since losing his Senate bid (Metallica concerts! Road trips! Viral Instagrams!) is raising some concerns in the Democratic Party, as I wrote about today with my colleague Matt Flegenheimer. But there’s another, perhaps slightly less-covered piece of Mr. O’Rourke’s rollout story: Female Democratic strategists have grown increasingly frustrated as they’ve watched Mr. O’Rourke jump on his single-speed bike, read his emotional posts from his road trip and seen him slip into the premiere of a documentary about his Senate campaign.
Venezuela congress declares ´state of alarm´ over blackout replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/12/2019 5:40:27 AM Post Reply
CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela - Venezuela´s opposition-run congress on Monday declared a "state of alarm" over a five-day power blackout that has crippled the OPEC member country´s oil exports and left millions of citizens scrambling to find food and water. Much of Venezuela remained without power on Monday, although electricity had largely returned to the capital of Caracas following an outage that began on Thursday and which President Nicolas Maduro has called an act of U.S.-backed sabotage. The outage has added to discontent in a country already suffering from hyperinflation and a political crisis
Welcome to the Donkey Dow replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/12/2019 5:45:40 AM Post Reply
With 13 candidates so far, 11 months from the first caucus in Iowa, it’s hard enough already to keep track of the 2020 Democratic primary. That’s why Cockburn is introducing the Donkey Dow: a round-up of the movers and shakers in the race to face up against Donald Trump. Here’s how the candidates and contenders fared over the last few days.(Snip for graphic)Winners Are you part of the Yang gang yet? Outsider candidate Andrew Yang has had a barnstorming week – all thanks to the internet. The businessman and Universal Basic Income advocate has quietly reached the necessary 65,000
Federal court moves to unseal documents in Jeffrey Epstein scandal replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/12/2019 5:50:40 AM Post Reply
A federal court of appeals in New York on Monday took the first step in unsealing documents that could reveal evidence of an international sex trafficking operation allegedly run by multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his former partner, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. The three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit gave the parties until March 19 to establish good cause as to why they should remain sealed and, failing to do so, the summary judgment and supporting documents will be made public. The court reserved a ruling on the balance of the documents
Off the Richter Scale replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/12/2019 6:11:50 AM Post Reply
Americans have long dreaded the “Big One,” a magnitude 8.0 earthquake along California’s San Andreas Fault that could one day kill thousands of people and cause billions of dollars in damage. The Big One, though, is a mere mini-me compared with the cataclysm forming beneath the Pacific Northwest. Roughly 100 miles off the West Coast, running from Mendocino, California, to Canada’s Vancouver Island, lurks the Cascadia Subduction Zone, where the Juan de Fuca Plate is sliding beneath the North American Plate, creating the conditions for a megathrust quake 30 times stronger than the worst-case scenario along the notorious San Andreas,
Long Before Ilhan Omar, Politicians Could Get Away With Murder As Long As They Were Democrats replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/12/2019 6:16:01 AM Post Reply
It would do wonders for our political discourse if we treated people as individuals rather than running down a checklist of the various groups to which a person belongs before deciding how we feel about him and how we respond to his words and actions.(Snip)All my life I’ve watched with interest as the label “Democrat” has insulated individuals from reprehensible behavior. Women who claim to care about women and their struggles as a sex rallied around Clinton for years, knowingly protecting a womanizer––and, more importantly, a man credibly accused of rape––because he was a warrior
Voter rights doesn’t mean everyone has right to vote replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/12/2019 6:24:38 AM Post Reply
Felons. Sixteen-year-olds. Noncitizens. Let ’em all vote. Serial killers? Slip them a ballot, too. We’re literally giving away votes. The Democratic-controlled House, driven by partisan zeal, is going to ridiculous lengths to increase its political power by opening up the right to vote to just about any living, breathing human — as long as they vote Democrat. The latest display came on a meaningless Republican resolution with a pretty simple goal — embarrass Democrats into rejecting this language: “It is the sense of Congress that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States Citizens.”
The SPLC Fires Its Co-Founder, and Its Own Intolerance Is Exposed Again replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/16/2019 7:26:28 AM Post Reply
For fair-minded observers, this has been a bad week for the credibility of the two most aggressive (and punitive) “watchdogs” of the right — Media Matters and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Thanks to Peter Hasson at the Daily Caller News Foundation, we discovered the stunning hypocrisy of Media Matters president Angelo Carusone. The man who helms an organization that combs through the past of every conservative public figure looking for evidence of hate and bigotry has his own history of hateful posts. And now the SPLC faces its own internal challenge. Yesterday, the SPLC fired
Volkswagen and former boss face US lawsuit over Dieselgate replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/16/2019 7:28:42 AM Post Reply
The US is suing Volkswagen, accusing the German carmaker of "massive fraud" over the diesel emissions scandal. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) claims the firm misled investors by issuing billions of dollars worth of bonds and securities, without disclosing that it had cheated emissions tests. Volkswagen´s former chief executive Martin Winterkorn is also being sued. The company said it would contest the SEC lawsuit vigorously. VW first admitted in September 2015 that it had used illegal software
Why Beto is a Beta replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/16/2019 7:39:25 AM Post Reply
Beto O’Rourke is about to launch a presidential campaign off the back of a failed Senate bid. He’s not the first to do so – Abraham Lincoln famously followed exactly that path to the White House. But nobody else is Lincoln, and Beto is hardly anyone at all: as a contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination, he’s the ‘not’ candidate. (Snip)His path to the White House, if he has one at all, leads through the graveyard: if Beto does well enough to merit a place on the ticket as running mate to almost-octogenarians Joe Biden (who turns 77 this year)
Backstory: How Reuters uncovered Beto O´Rourke´s teenage hacking days replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/17/2019 5:52:50 AM Post Reply
Reuters reporter Joseph Menn exclusively revealed on Friday that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke belonged to one of the best-known groups of computer hackers as a teenager. Within minutes, his special report was the most popular story on here and was picked up by other news outlets. But the origin of the story goes back more than two years. Members of the group, which calls itself Cult of the Dead Cow, protected O’Rourke’s secret for decades, reluctant to compromise the former Texas Congressman’s political career..
The Champs Elysees becomes a war zone again replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/17/2019 5:57:43 AM Post Reply
Today’s Yellow Vest protesting in Paris produced violence on a scale not seen since the early days of the movement. AP reports: French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores in Paris and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Large plumes of smoke rose above the rioting on Paris’ landmark Champs-Elysees avenue, and a mother and her child were just barely saved from a building blaze. Cobblestones flew in the air and smoke from fires set by protesters mingled with clouds of tear gas sprayed by police,
Ohio Union Faces Class Action Suit replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/17/2019 6:12:38 AM Post Reply
An Ohio woman is suing one of the state´s most powerful unions for its continued collection of dues payments over her objections. Connie Pennington has been forced to pay dues to the Communication Workers of America Local 4502 as part of her job with the city of Columbus, but attempted to sever ties after the Supreme Court declared mandatory dues payments unconstitutional in the 2018 Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees ruling. The union has maintained that workers should not be allowed to leave the union until its contract with the city
After New Zealand mosque attack, I won´t watch the news coverage of another mass shooting replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/17/2019 6:23:34 AM Post Reply
I’ve lived most of my adult life inside the blood-stained walls of people doing horrible things to one another. At the age of 26, while a state prosecutor outside of Detroit, I spent the better part of a year prosecuting a 17-year-old with a long criminal history who escaped from juvenile detention, broke into a house, and shot a hole through a young father’s head while he was sitting at his desk working from home. As a federal prosecutor, I ran the FBI investigation into a gang leader who decided it was cheaper to murder his drug supplier than pay
Parliament goes chicken on Brexit replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/17/2019 6:30:13 AM Post Reply
Every time I think Britain’s MPs have touched bottom, they sink lower. The House of Commons has just resolved that it will not let Britain leave the EU without explicit permission from Brussels, or, as Europhiles absurdly phrase it, that they will not let Britain “crash out” with “no deal.” With one vote, MPs have destroyed any prospect of an equitable outcome. Eurocrats now know that Britain has only two options: either to leave on humiliating terms, terms that would leave Brussels in charge of its trade policy in perpetuity, or to give up on Brexit entirely.
Duke picked as overall top seed in March Madness replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/18/2019 5:31:40 AM Post Reply
The return of Zion Williamson has worked wonders for the Duke Blue Devils. The phenomenal freshman led Duke to the ACC Tournament title on Saturday night. On Sunday, the NCAA selection committee rewarded the Blue Devils with the No. 1 overall seed in this year´s NCAA Men´s Basketball Tournament. Williamson missed five games after wrenching his knee when his Nike sneaker blew out in a regular-season game against archrival North Carolina last month. He appeared to be plenty healthy in the ACC tournament, averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds while making 33 of 43 shots in Duke´s three games
Rudy Giuliani Insists He’s Not Been Barred from TV Appearances After Flubs replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/18/2019 5:37:16 AM Post Reply
In case you haven’t noticed, Rudy Giuliani has been absent from cable news recently sparking rumors that President Donald Trump‘s lawyer was banned from the airwaves after his numerous on-air flubs. At least three of Axios‘ sources confirmed to the outlet, that indeed, after Giuliani’s Jan. 20th hits, Trump and his lawyer Emmet Flood griped about Giuliani’s airtime. One source even suggested it was Trump himself who wanted Giuliani sidelined. Yet, when asked about his lack of television appearances in recent days, Giuliani told Axios’ Jonathan Swan that he hasn’t heard any complaints about his television appearances.
Age of victim in prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein, long a source of confusion, eased his obligations to register as a sex offender replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/18/2019 5:41:58 AM Post Reply
A federal investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein had flagged scores of potential underage victims, including the 14-year-old girl who first alerted police. But when he pleaded guilty in state court in 2008, the only minor Epstein was convicted of soliciting was 16 years old at the time the offenses began, according to information obtained by The Washington Post. The younger girl who initially notified police has long believed that hers was the case referenced in the guilty plea, her attorney said. Some media accounts said as much.
The Bogus Lawsuit against Remington replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/18/2019 5:49:25 AM Post Reply
Rule No. 1 of tort law: The bad guy is the one with the most money to pay you. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza murdered 26 people, 20 of them schoolchildren ages six and seven. Lanza killed himself, too. Can’t sue him. Lanza had a history of mental illness — a long one. He’d been treated under the New Hampshire “Birth to Three” program and later by the Yale Child Study Center. But it would be hard to make a case against those institutions, which enjoy a great deal more sympathy than gun manufacturers do.
President Trump Saves Thousands of Lives replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/18/2019 6:02:10 AM Post Reply
On December 6, the New York Times headlined: “U.S. Murder Rate for 2018 Is on Track for a Big Drop.” The story was based on homicide statistics from 66 large cities. (The official FBI numbers for 2018 won’t come out until September 2019.) The murder rate in the United States in 2018 is on track for the largest one-year drop in five years. *** Murder rose 23 percent nationally between 2014 and 2016 before leveling off in 2017. The Times can’t think what might have caused the homicide rate to rise rather dramatically during the last years of the Obama administration.
How New Zealand´s gun laws compare to the States´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/18/2019 6:08:46 AM Post Reply
The terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left more than 49 people dead and scores of others wounded has evoked a lot of emotion and debate in the United States about how government can effectively reduce the amount of gun violence in schools and places of worship. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., helped to spark the discussion when, in the immediate wake of the attack, she wrote to her 3.5 million Twitter followers, "What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don´t even keep the pews safe?" She clarified the tweet by writing, "´Thoughts and prayers´
Get Off My Lawn replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/18/2019 6:15:21 AM Post Reply
For a long time I thought the problem was all in my head. When I was growing up, I knew that a certain kind of noise was one I needed to avoid. Food blenders in the kitchen, hair dryers in the bathroom, a vacuum cleaner whooshing around—all produced an intense whining sound that, given the specific wiring connections between my ears and my brain, kept me from thinking about anything but the sound itself while it was going on. Over the years I lived by this code: I used high-performance earplugs if I needed to write or otherwise concentrate
Beto is the poor man´s Obama — Dems can do better replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/18/2019 6:22:16 AM Post Reply
Beto O’Rourke is in! After a reverential Vanity Fair profile and awkward couch announcement at his home, he is now seeking to become ... something. Speaking in vagaries and platitudes, Beto says he plans to make us all into the better people he hopes we can be. We’ve been through this with Barack Obama — and have no reason to fall for a worse imitation 12 years later. In many ways, Beto-mania is a poor man´s version of Obama´s ascension to the national stage in 2007. Obama had a similar unveiling before his presidential announcement in late 2006.
´Impossible´ Rocks Found on Remote Volcanic Island replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/19/2019 5:28:56 AM Post Reply
On a tiny island between Madagascar and the east coast of Africa, scientists have discovered a mother lode of rocks that shouldn´t be there. The island is made from igneous, volcanic rock that hails from the oceanic crust. But the mystery rocks come from continental crust — more specifically, from a river delta or beach. "It doesn´t look like anything that could have formed on an island like that," said Cornelia Class, a geochemist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. Funded by a National Geographic Society grant, Class recently led a scientific expedition to the island,
The unbearable lightness of Beto replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/19/2019 5:33:52 AM Post Reply
Beto O’Rourke is the Democratic front-runner today because he stands for nothing. In the first 24 hours of his presidential race, the former congressman from El Paso raised $6.1 million. That’s a record haul, and to date, it is the most meaningful objective measure of support in the crowded Democratic primary field. Polls this early measure only name recognition. Beto is the front-runner. The question is why. The answer is bleak. The other Democratic candidates have either accomplishments or ideas to point to. Joe Biden was the vice president and played a large (if baneful) role in the Senate for decades,
Epstein-Acosta deal was even sweeter than we thought replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/19/2019 5:36:28 AM Post Reply
As a federal prosecutor in South Florida, Alex Acosta, now the Secretary of Labor, gave pedophile Jeffrey Epstein the “deal of a lifetime.” A federal investigation had revealed dozens of underage victims of Epstein. Yet, through a plea agreement with then-U.S. Attorney Acosta, Epstein managed to plead to only two state prostitution charges, and only one involving a minor. Consequently, Epstein served just 13 months in state prison. He was housed in a private wing at the Palm Beach County jail and allowed work release privileges. Epstein’s year of “incarceration” reportedly included trips to New York and the Virgin Islands.
Rosenstein hanging on at DOJ amid Mueller probe wind-down,despite plans to leave by now replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/20/2019 5:37:39 AM Post Reply
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has reached an agreement with Attorney General William Barr to stay on at the Justice Department “a little while longer,” a source familiar with their conversation told Fox News – despite initial plans to step down by now. Fox News and other outlets previously reported that Rosenstein had planned to step down in mid-March. However, sources close to the deputy attorney general say Rosenstein has not yet given his two weeks notice. He remains at the DOJ as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe enters what is widely believed
Plea deal offered to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in solicitation of prostitution case replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/20/2019 5:40:37 AM Post Reply
Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is being offered a deferred prosecution agreement in which he would not be required to plead guilty to any charges surrounding his visits to a Florida spa in January that was under investigation for sex trafficking and prostitution, a prosecutor in the case announced on Tuesday. Kraft is facing two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution for allegedly visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida on two occasions earlier this year and paying for sexual favors from the massage parlor’s staff. The proposed pre-trial diversion program
Baltimore mayor resigns from board of U.-Md. Medical System replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/20/2019 5:46:45 AM Post Reply
Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh has resigned from the board of the University of Maryland Medical System following a controversy involving a deal with the hospital system to buy her children’s books. Last week, Pugh (D) and others on the health system’s board were criticized by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and top state lawmakers for the financial deals with the hospital system and possible conflicts of interest. On a financial disclosure form, Pugh listed a $100,000 profit for one year from selling 20,000 copies of her self-published children’s book series
Chicago Police Union Wants A Federal Investigation Into City´s Prosecutor Over Her ´Interference´ In Jussie Smollett Case replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/20/2019 6:02:41 AM Post Reply
Chicago´s Fraternal Order of Police is officially requesting a federal investigation into whether the Cook County State´s Attorney, Kim Foxx, tried to interfere into the department´s investigation of "Empire" star Jussie Smollett on behalf of a former Obama administration official. CWB Chicago, which has covered the Smollett case from the beginning, reports that Chicago´s police union requested the investigation in a letter to John R. Lausch, the U.S. Attorney in Chicago on Monday. Smollett is accused of staging a "hate crime" outside his Chicago apartment in the early morning hours of January 29, 2019.
Stick a Fork in O’Rourke replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/20/2019 6:15:29 AM Post Reply
If, as I wrote last week here, Joe Biden may save the Democratic party from a horrible debacle at the polls next year, Beto O’Rourke may be doing the whole process a good turn now. Biden, despite his efforts to masquerade as the vanguard of what is now called progressivism, is politically sane and, if nominated, might hold his shaggy legions back from holus-bolus embrace of the many suicide potions being offered to the Democratic contestants. To date, the most lethal intoxicants that have been extolled by some of the candidates are legalized infanticide, open borders, reparations to African
What you need to know about abolishing the Electoral College replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/20/2019 6:22:19 AM Post Reply
Amid a number of proposals pushed by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates trying to stand out in a crowded field comes an idea that totally doesn’t scream “sore loser” at all: abolishing the Electoral College. During a CNN town hall on Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said, "My view is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College." But the disdain you’re seeing from Democrats to get rid of a system that’s been a thorn in their side is a sentiment
New York prosecutors throw out Constitution to charge Manafort replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/20/2019 6:25:46 AM Post Reply
This month, the greatest off Broadway production should be titled “The Prosecutors,” starring Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James. As in another dramatic comedy, “The Producers,” the state case against former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort seems designed to fail, leaving its prosecutors with the convenient windfall of public support and none of the burden. The New York state charges that Vance filed against Manafort appear to run afoul of state and federal protections against double jeopardy, or being prosecuted twice for the same underlying conduct.
Here’s To The Cheaters replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/20/2019 4:51:59 PM Post Reply
Have you filled out your bracket yet? Better hurry — by 5:40 p.m. Eastern time, when Fairleigh Dickinson and Prairie View A&M tip off to open the NCAA’s First Four play-in, the 2019 NCAA Tournament will have begun and your prognostications, at least those for the various monetary remunerations and other prizes so many chase by putting their skills at hoops analysis to the test, will be tardy. It’s time for March Madness, perhaps the greatest show in all of sports. Don’t give me the World Cup in soccer — nothing about soccer is great.
Democrats want to change the rules because they aren’t winning anymore replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/21/2019 5:32:47 AM Post Reply
In recent days, Democrats have been trampling all over each other to get to a microphone to trumpet massive structural changes to American public life. First, several presidential candidates are calling for an increase in the size of the Supreme Court. Nine justices are too few, apparently. In a proposal that seems straight out of the writers’ room at “The West Wing,” Beto O’Rourke wants the court apportioned by party, with five Democrats and five Republicans, and an extra five chosen by the 10 partisan ones. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has endorsed a proposal
Republicans tell Trump he´s embarrassing himself in McCain feud replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/21/2019 5:50:45 AM Post Reply
President Trump complained Wednesday that he was never thanked for allowing Sen. John McCain’s funeral celebration, escalating a feud with the McCain family and drawing the ire of senators on Capitol Hill who told the president he was embarrassing himself. Mr. Trump, during a speech to workers at an Army tank plant in Ohio, took a detour in his remarks to blame the press for picking at years of scar tissue between the two men which has lasted even beyond McCain’s death in August. The president said he has “certain reasons” for disliking the former senator, including his votes
Brexit: What Would Thatcher Do? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/21/2019 5:53:37 AM Post Reply
What would Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher do in respect of Brexit? That’s the question with which we’re wrestling as the second woman premier to lead Britain, Theresa May, flounders toward the March 29 date by which, absent a deal or an agreed-upon delay, Britain will finally regain its independence. How would the Iron Lady handle what the nervous Nellies are calling a colossal constitutional crisis? We understand that Thatcher has left this mortal coil. We focus on her because, as we’ve often marked, the idea of Brexit took flight only after Thatcher delivered her famous speech at Bruges, Belgium. T
Hamlet on the Potomac: Biden´s long history of public indecision over presidential run replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/21/2019 5:57:15 AM Post Reply
To run or not to run? Despite leading a dozen announced Democratic 2020 presidential candidates in the polls, former Vice President Joe Biden is again dragging out a decision on a presidential run, repeatedly teasing that he is close to making up his mind. In April 2018, Biden said that "I know I got to make that decision by, you know, by the end of this year." By December, he had amended that to: "We´re going to make that decision in the next six weeks to two months." At the start of January, members of his inner circle intimated
How Trump is on track for a 2020 landslide replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/21/2019 5:51:50 PM Post Reply
President Donald Trump has a low approval rating. He is engaging in bitter Twitter wars and facing metastasizing investigations. But if the election were held today, he’d likely ride to a second term in a huge landslide, according to multiple economic models with strong track records of picking presidential winners and losses. Credit a strong U.S. economy featuring low unemployment, rising wages and low gas prices — along with the historic advantage held by incumbent presidents.
Dan Bongino: More evidence for ´Sasquatch´ than for ´half the stuff CNN puts on the air´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/22/2019 5:30:57 AM Post Reply
Fox News contributor Dan Bongino weighed in on the pending lawsuit against CNN over its coverage of the viral confrontation between the Covington Catholic High School students and Native American elder Nathan Phillips, saying the liberal network has a serious trust issue. The legal team of high school student Nicholas Sandmann launched the massive $275 million lawsuit against CNN, accusing the network of ignoring the facts and putting its “anti-Trump agenda first” after portraying the MAGA hat-wearing teenagers as the aggressors in the altercation. CNN responded to the lawsuit, saying it “reported on a newsworthy event & public discussion
Facebook admits to inadvertently storing ´hundreds of millions´ of user passwords in plain text on company servers replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/22/2019 5:35:11 AM Post Reply
Facebook officials admitted on Thursday that the tech giant stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text -- able to be read by employees. "As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems," Facebook´s vice president of engineering, security and privacy Pedro Canahuati wrote in a post on the company´s website Thursday morning. "This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable," he added. "We have fixed these issues
Years later, Trump dossier still frustrates verification efforts replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/22/2019 5:52:41 AM Post Reply
Last August, House investigators interviewed FBI deputy assistant director Jonathan Moffa about the Trump dossier, the collection of sensational allegations about Donald Trump and Russia compiled for Democrats during the 2016 campaign by the former British spy Christopher Steele. Republican lawyers had a simple question. Had the FBI confirmed any of the claims in the dossier? Moffa´s response set a new standard for non-answers. "So, I like to talk about this in kind of a living sense," he began. "Though, because the idea is, you´re never — you´re constantly evaluating that reporting, you´re constantly looking at incoming intelligence streams and investigative results.
The Crying of Lot 330 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/22/2019 6:07:16 AM Post Reply
The prospect of a 225-bed homeless shelter on the Embarcadero, one of San Francisco’s most scenic and economically vital areas, took residents by surprise. Only eight days earlier, the proposal had been unveiled to turn what is now a parking lot—Seawall Lot 330—into the largest homeless shelter of its type in the city. Neighbors arrived en masse at the Port Commission hearing to express their views. It was standing-room only, with people crowded on floors and in aisles, and spilling out the door. After a brief presentation by Jeff Kositsky, executive director
Comey Leaked Memos In Order To Spark Mueller Probe. Now He Says He Doesn´t Care What Investigation Uncovers replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/22/2019 6:11:34 AM Post Reply
James Comey claimed in an op-ed Thursday that he does not care one way or the other whether special counsel Robert Mueller finds evidence that President Donald Trump conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election or obstructed the FBI’s collusion probe. But the claim, which Comey made in The New York Times, is at odds with the former FBI director’s testimony about his actions shortly after being fired by Trump in May 2017. Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017 that he leaked memos he wrote after conversations with Trump in order
Mainstream media, celebrities stunned as Mueller report filed with no new indictments planned replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/23/2019 5:18:05 AM Post Reply
The mainstream media seemed to suffer a collective shock Friday evening after the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed its final report of its Russia investigation to the Department of Justice. MSNBC host Chris Matthews seemed livid that neither President Trump, his children, nor his “henchmen” would face any criminal charges from the special counsel. “Maybe he missed the boat here,” Matthews said of Mueller. “Because we know about the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016, we know about the meeting at the cigar bar with Kilimnik [Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian political consultant].
Trump isn´t the biggest threat to the Constitution. Democrats are replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/23/2019 5:23:40 AM Post Reply
Who is the biggest threat to our constitutional order? It is not President Trump. Ever since Trump took office, Democrats have been telling us he is an authoritarian who threatens our system of government. Well, today it is Democrats who are declaring war on the Constitution. Leading Democrats are promising that, if elected in 2020, they will abolish the Electoral College and might also pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices -- allowing them to marginalize Americans who do not support their increasingly radical agenda and impose it on an unwilling nation. The purpose of the Electoral College
Five things that didn´t happen in the Mueller investigation replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/23/2019 5:28:42 AM Post Reply
Robert Mueller has delivered his report on the Trump-Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr. Sometime soon, perhaps within hours, Barr will send the report´s "principal conclusions" to Congress. It will first go to the chairperson and ranking member of both the House and Senate Judiciary committees. It is unclear what will happen after that, but certainly other lawmakers will see the document, and there will be a steady stream of leaks of what is in the report. The Mueller investigation is over, and it is apparently the case that Mueller does not recommend any new indictments.
Democrats are conspiring to reelect Trump replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/23/2019 6:00:24 AM Post Reply
Watch in slow motion as Democrats, goaded by the media, conspire to reelect President Trump: Voters care about the economy and making education and health care affordable. And so Democrats are talking about . . . abolishing the electoral college? Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) started the latest distraction at a CNN town hall on Monday. “Get rid of the electoral college,” she said, neglecting to mention that this has zero chance of occurring in the foreseeable future. The media took it from there. On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Garrett Haake pressed former representative Beto O’Rourke (Tex.)
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a ‘scam’ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/23/2019 6:03:22 AM Post Reply
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s problems go well beyond the fact it’s a vicious, left-wing attack dog with no care whatsoever for the reputational and personal harm it causes by lumping Christians and anti-extremist activists with actual neo-Nazis. As it turns out, the SPLC is a cynical money-making scheme, according to a former staffer’s blistering tell-all, published this week in the New Yorker. The center’s chief goal is to bilk naive and wealthy donors who believe it´s an earnest effort to combat bigotry. The only thing worse than a snarling partisan activist is a slimy conman who merely pretends to be one.
Kamala Harris and Other 2020 Dems are Panicking About the Mueller Report, Demand Attorney General Barr Testify Under Oath replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/23/2019 1:02:53 PM Post Reply
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is demanding to haul Attorney General Bill Barr in front of Congress to testify about the details of the Mueller report. (tweet)Senator Cory Booker, who is also running for president, is also piling on.(tweet)They´re also using the situation to fundraise and farm emails.(tweet)Barr sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, in addition to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and Ranking Member Doug Collins late afternoon. He plans to brief them on the report over the weekend.
Imagining Trump’s America Without Robert Mueller replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/23/2019 1:11:42 PM Post Reply
For nearly two years, the American public, and quite a few observers overseas, have hung on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s every word and action: each hire, each redaction, each revealing and yet opaque footnote in hundreds of filings. His fans have indulged in devotional candles and meme T-shirts. The document that Mueller delivered to Attorney General William Barr has been so eagerly awaited that its official name might as well be “The Highly Anticipated Mueller Report.” This must be uncomfortable for Mueller, who shuns publicity, doesn’t seem to have much taste for politics, and has maintained a silence
End of the Mueller affair replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/24/2019 5:49:13 AM Post Reply
Robert Mueller is closing up shop. He has delivered his report to Attorney General Barr. No more indictments will be secured by his office: CNN hardest hit. What have we learned? Paul comments cautiously here. I throw caution out the window to make these provisional observations and comments. Mueller has secured the indictment of 34 individuals (and three companies). A few of the individuals would have rolled merrily along but for their association with the Trump 2016 presidential campaign or their service in the Trump administration. The lion’s share of those indicted are Russians who are alleged
Brexit is, at bottom, about self-rule replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/24/2019 6:05:34 AM Post Reply
Amid the shambolic fracas in the British government and Parliament over how and when Brexit should take place, it’s important to step back and remember the why. The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union is not ultimately about trade or regulations. It´s about something more fundamental: the natural right of people to form and control their government. At its core, Brexit is about democracy and self-rule. Britons wanted their government, parliament, and courts to once again be the final authorities in the land. The flow of power out of Britain and into Brussels isn’t some theoretical concern.
College admissions scandal generated disgust and outrage. But what exactly was the crime? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/24/2019 6:07:25 AM Post Reply
The college admissions bribery case has left people fuming. Stories of wealthy, well-connected parents allegedly paying large bribes to buy their kids seats in top-tier universities or high scores on college admission exams have stoked disgust and angry calls for the accused to be punished. But prosecutors cannot bring a case on outrage alone. In filing criminal charges last week against 50 people alleged to have played roles in the wide-ranging scam, the U.S. attorney in Boston embarked on an ambitious and, in some regards, uncertain legal odyssey, legal experts said.
And a Bronx Bartender Shall Lead Them? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/24/2019 6:08:56 AM Post Reply
The Democrat Party and its persons and policies have been more than a bit off-plumb for decades. But only over the last couple of years have they been moonbat barking mad. (Affirmative action is a policy misdemeanor next to the felony fraud of reparations.) The current D lot makes the George McGoverns and Hubert Humphreys of yesteryear seem like measured statesmen and deep thinkers by comparison. There no longer appears to be an adult in that room. The reinforced platoon of Democrats who’ve announced their intention to run for president in 2020 include a scrum of foul balls,
Trump’s Caddy Will Put You in a Chokehold If You Criticize His Boss replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/24/2019 6:54:26 AM Post Reply
President Donald Trump’s two most loyal employees aren’t politicians or fixers or publicity flacks. They’re caddies. He has a regular outdoor caddy—a 60-something ex-Marine named A.J.—who loops for him faithfully at Trump National Golf Club Washington in Northern Virginia. And then he has a kind of indoor caddy—Dan Scavino, Trump’s social media director, and one of the very few staffers who’s remained in Trump’s orbit from the start of the campaign—who actually met Trump caddying for him when he was a teenager. In a way, A.J. and Scavino are the same guy. They’re both mostly unknown,
RussiaGate was a hoax perpetrated against the American people replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/25/2019 5:35:21 AM Post Reply
One of the most shameful chapters of American political history ended Sunday – not with a bang, but with stunned silence over the realization that Americans have been fed an utter lie for nearly two years. A letter to members of Congress by Attorney General William Barr summarizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is out. It shows not a scintilla of evidence for the Trump-Russia “collusion” hoax that biased journalists and sore-loser politicians have spent countless hours and reams of print and TV time promoting. In fact, it reveals quite the opposite. “The Special Counsel´s investigation
Trump flouts chummy relations with Netanyahu ahead of Israeli election replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/25/2019 5:38:15 AM Post Reply
With the election in Israel a little more than two weeks away, President Donald Trump is set to give what many are calling a political gift to his close friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- vying for his fifth term -- with a two-day visit to the White House this week. Netanyahu´s red carpet welcome comes just days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Netanyahu in Israel and the president made a surprise announcement that the U.S. would recognize Israel’s authority over the disputed Golan Heights, an issue the administration
Baltimore Bookgate Continues: Where Are All The Books? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/25/2019 5:41:40 AM Post Reply
We’re now well into the second week of bookgate in the city of Baltimore, Maryland. (If you missed the details of the story thus far you can browse our previous coverage of it here.) The passage of time and various requests for information from Mayor Catherine Pugh, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and the Baltimore City School District have not made this tale smell any better. All the members of the UMMS Board of Directors who had these “self-dealing” arrangements have now either resigned or been placed on leave.
The Public Reckoning Over Russiagate Will Not Be Televised replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/25/2019 5:47:39 AM Post Reply
The opening scene of the Big Reveal of Robert Mueller’s special counsel report went pretty much according to type: Conservatives “pounced,” the left “pushed back,” and the media turned to each other for comfort and reassurance that everything was going to be alright. Amidst the misty-eyed cable news anchors and the hastily arranged panels of pundits carrying out a series of televised group therapy sessions, a theme began to take shape—a soothing, healing crystal in the form of an incantation of hope and deliverance: This can’t be the end. There’s got to be more.
Zero, zilch, nada: That’s the bottom line on ‘collusion’ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/25/2019 5:51:29 AM Post Reply
Attorney General William Barr’s Sunday letter to Congress leaves no doubt: Three years of investigation, including two years under special counsel Robert Mueller, found no evidence of Team Trump “collusion” with Russia. Yes, the news is a bit less definitive on the “obstruction” front: Barr says Mueller’s findings were “not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense,” but that basically boils down to the Washington establishment’s distaste for the way President Trump fired FBI chief Jim Comey, and raged against the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt.”
Lindsey Graham Has An Ominous Message for James Comey replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/25/2019 6:10:51 AM Post Reply
Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham sent a cryptic message to James Comey on Sunday, hinting at what might be in store for the former FBI director. It began with a photo Comey tweeted earlier in the day, captioned simply, “So many questions.”(snip for photo/tweet)“Could not agree more. See you soon,” Graham tweeted at Comey in response. Graham, who is currently the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has long promised an investigation into alleged FISA abuse — which he believes may have played a role in the early stages of the Mueller investigation — along with investigations
Nota Bene: No One in America Gets Exonerated replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/25/2019 6:19:29 AM Post Reply
Why is it that when a jury acquits someone of a crime, it uses the phrase “not guilty” — rather than, say, “innocent”? The answer is fundamental to the understanding of due process in America. It is the key to understanding the report of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump and his camarilla. It’s central to understanding where the burden lies. “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Attorney General Barr quotes Mr. Mueller as writing. This is being met with excitement among the Democrats.
Owning a Car Will Soon Be as Quaint as Owning a Horse replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/25/2019 12:31:08 PM Post Reply
I will die before I buy another car. I don’t say that because I am particularly old or sick, but because I am at the front end of one of the next major secular trends in tech. Owning a car will soon be like owning a horse — a quaint hobby, an interesting rarity and a cool thing to take out for a spin on the weekend. Before you object, let me be clear: I will drive in cars until I die. But the concept of actually purchasing, maintaining, insuring and garaging an automobile in the next few decades? Finished.
The Trump-Russia conspiracy was one of the worst shaggy dog stories in American history replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/26/2019 5:43:03 AM Post Reply
For two years I have been arguing in this space that there was no conspiracy between Donald Trump and the Russian government or other, more vaguely defined entities — individuals said to have "Russia ties" or "Kremlin links." Despite having endured an almost endless amount of scorn for saying so — perhaps even more than I was subjected to for arguing that Trump would be elected president in the first place — I derive no pleasure from the news that the summary of Robert Mueller´s interminable special counsel investigation sent to the House and Senate judiciary committees
The Reckoning Finally Arrives for the Trump Resistance replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/26/2019 5:47:38 AM Post Reply
“The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” That single sentence, taken from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, calls for a reckoning. It’s a reckoning for Democrats who saw almost every development in this almost-two-year investigation as another dot connecting a conspiracy Mueller has not found. It’s a reckoning for many in the media that dutifully passed along this theory along without scrutiny or context. And it’s a reckoning for many national security officials who abandoned
Duke Whistleblower Gets More Than $33 Million In Research Fraud Settlement replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/26/2019 5:55:48 AM Post Reply
Duke University is paying the U.S. government $112.5 million to settle accusations that it submitted bogus data to win federal research grants. The settlement will also bring a $33.75 million payment to Joseph Thomas, the whistleblower who drew attention to the fraud when he worked for Duke. Thomas, a former Duke lab analyst, sued the university on behalf of the federal government, saying that a Duke researcher fudged data to help the university win and keep lucrative grants from two agencies, the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. The dozens of grants in question
Bonfire of the Media Vanities replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/26/2019 6:04:58 AM Post Reply
If the mainstream media had any capacity whatsoever for shame, embarrassment, or even honor, it would be raining anchors outside MSNBC headquarters. Hara-kiri knives would be selling out at Saks Fifth Avenue. Children would have to be advised not to flip on any news broadcast except Fox News Channel lest they encounter a reenactment of the final moments of Slobodan Praljak at the U.N. war-crimes trial. Failing that, the media would check themselves into monasteries with solemn vows never to attempt to communicate any information to the public again. Failing that, maybe a “WE’RE SORRY” chyron
Scammer sent phony bills to Facebook and Google companies and they paid out $122 million replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/26/2019 6:24:50 AM Post Reply
A Lithuanian man pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money-laundering charges last week after admitting to bilking $99 million from Facebook and $23 million from Google by sending the companies bogus invoices that they honored and paid out. Evaldas Rimasauskas’ scam was brazen. He spoofed emails from executives at the companies and sent “forged invoices, contracts, and letters that falsely appeared to have been executed and signed by executives and agents of the Victim Companies. These "bore false corporate stamps embossed with the Victim Companies’ names, to be submitted to banks in support
We’ve All Just Made Fools of Ourselves — Again replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/26/2019 2:43:54 PM Post Reply
“You have a president who, in my opinion, beyond a shadow of a doubt, sought to, however ham-handedly, collude with the Russian government, a foreign power, to undermine and influence our elections.” — Beto O’Rourke, presidential candidate “I think there’s plenty of evidence of collusion and conspiracy in plain sight.” — Adam Schiff, chairman of House Intelligence Committee “I called [Trump’s] behavior treasonous, which is to betray one’s trust and aid and abet the enemy, and I stand very much by that claim.” — John Brennan, former C.I.A. director
The Southern Poverty Law Center is Everything That´s Wrong With Liberalism replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/27/2019 5:47:14 AM Post Reply
The Southern Poverty Law Center, the wealthiest civil rights organization in the country, has ousted its founder, Morris Dees, and president, Richard Cohen, amid unspecified allegations of workplace misconduct by Dees. Dees had been with the organization since creating it in 1971, while Cohen had joined in the mid-’80s, and the SPLC’s shake-up can be seen as part of the MeToo reckoning in which conduct that was accepted for years is finally being dealt with appropriately. But the organization has long been dysfunctional in even deeper ways, and the story of Dees
Mueller’s conclusions expose disgrace of Obama’s spy chiefs replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/27/2019 5:52:04 AM Post Reply
Of all the reputations in tatters now that Robert Mueller has exploded the Russian-collusion fantasy, Obama-era spy chiefs John Brennan and James Clapper stand out. For the past two years, the men prominently insisted not only that President Trump had teamed up with Russian President Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election but that Trump was Putin’s pawn. “I don’t know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was”: That was Brennan’s pathetic response to Mueller’s findings — after years when he regularly traded
Unassimilated Islamic Enclaves and ´No-Go´ Zones: Ticking Time Bombs Proliferating in the West replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/27/2019 5:56:10 AM Post Reply
“The operation to take Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria looked close to an end,” Reuters recently reported, “as U.S.-backed fighters said they were combing the area for hidden jihadists… Its enclave at Baghouz was the last part of the massive territory it suddenly seized in 2014, straddling swathes of Iraq and Syria, where its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a new caliphate.” While this is welcome news, it also prompts one to wonder: what of all those other Islamic enclaves, those unassimilated ticking time bombs that proliferate throughout the West, which are packed with ISIS-sympathizers,
Indefensible: With no good explanation, prosecutors give Jussie Smollett a pass replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/27/2019 6:10:43 AM Post Reply
It began as an alleged hate crime committed against TV actor Jussie Smollett on a downtown Chicago street at 2 a.m. It then careened into charges that Smollett staged the attack to benefit his career. And now this: After State’s Attorney Kim Foxx makes errors of judgment that lead her to recuse herself, after Chicago detectives expend thousands of man hours doing meticulous work, after police Superintendent Eddie Johnson excoriates Smollett publicly for dragging the city’s name through the mud, after Foxx’s prosecutors take the case before a grand jury, after the grand jurors indict Smollett
On the Green New Deal, the Democrats are all yellow replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/27/2019 6:15:02 AM Post Reply
Earlier this year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., jointly proposed a resolution outlining a broad strategy for dealing with climate change. The proposal, billed as the Green New Deal, was laughed off the public stage. The background materials providing its specifics proved so embarrassingly unfeasible — high-speed rail, elimination of "farting cows," and all — that both Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff tried to save face by claiming, falsely, that their own documents were actually a clever Republican forgery. The Green New Deal is a profoundly embarrassing and politically damaging proposal for Democrats.
Michael Avenatti’s delusions of grandeur replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/27/2019 5:06:19 PM Post Reply
His fans are relieved. He’s getting off scot-free. I’m referring of course to Jussie Smollett, the Empire actor whose charges were dropped today in Chicago. It’s a good week if you’re in the crosshairs of the law — unless, of course, you’re Michael Avenatti, the quondam lawyer for Stormy Daniels who got busted, if that’s the appropriate word, for trying to shake down Nike for a cool $25 million. In Greek, Nike means ‘victory’ but Avenatti looks to be going down to a nasty defeat. The slick talking lawyer had delusions of grandeur all along, reckoning first that he
Chicago police release files in ´Empire´ star Jussie Smollett case, day after charges dramatically dropped replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/27/2019 5:27:46 PM Post Reply
Chicago police came out swinging Wednesday and released the full 61-page investigative report in the alleged Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax, one day after charges against the "Empire" star were dramatically dropped -- but the move prompted a moot court order. The release of the documents came one day after Cook County prosecutors dismissed a 16-count indictment against the actor, saying they had cut a deal with the TV star to perform two days of community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city. The move made it possible for Smollett´s attorneys to get his criminal case
Measles – and vaccine non-compliance – meets public health replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/28/2019 5:28:59 AM Post Reply
Rockland County Executive Ed Day declared a county-wide State of Emergency Tuesday over the ongoing measles outbreak that has reached 153 confirmed cases, the vast majority of whom are under the age of 18 and unvaccinated. According to the ban that went into effect at midnight, anyone under the age of 18 who has not been vaccinated against measles will be barred from public places for at least a month or until they receive the Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine. This ban is the first of its kind in the U.S. and will apply to schools, churches, stores, medical facilities, and restaurants.
Grand jury impaneled by Mueller still involved in ´robust ongoing grand jury investigation´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/28/2019 5:33:03 AM Post Reply
A federal grand jury impaneled by special counsel Robert Mueller is still conducting a "robust ongoing" investigation -- even after his team has concluded its work and disbanded -- a federal prosecutor testified Wednesday during a court hearing about a subpoena dispute with an unnamed, foreign-owned company. The disclosure was made during an effort by media organizations to persuade the court to identify the foreign firm that has, thus far, refused to honor the subpoena issued by the Mueller team. And it has added a new mystery to the already confounding dispute -- why would the grand jury
How CNN misled its viewers replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/28/2019 5:41:10 AM Post Reply
In our hyperpartisan world, in which so many people watch only media that will give them news with which they agree, CNN viewers understandably expected the Mueller report to find overwhelming evidence that President Trump colluded, conspired with and is beholden to Russia. After all, that is what they have been hearing for many months. Pundit after pundit, commentator after commentator, host after host already had made up their minds: President Trump was guilty and should be indicted, impeached or removed under the 25th Amendment. To be sure, CNN presented the occasional
Was Mueller’s Investigation a Cover Up? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/28/2019 6:07:39 AM Post Reply
Pardon me if I don’t join in the chorus of praise for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigatory efforts. Certainly it comes as a relief that he correctly found no evidence of collusion between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and quite properly did not charge the president for obstruction of justice. But just because Mueller and his team of Hillary Clinton sycophants reached the right conclusions does not mean that they conducted a righteous investigation. In that regard, given that the Special Counsel’s Office did not charge the persons who fabricated and used the Russia collusion fable
BBC pays damages to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko over report replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/29/2019 5:41:33 AM Post Reply
The BBC has apologised and agreed to pay damages to Ukraine´s President Petro Poroshenko. The apology relates to an incorrect report claiming a payment was made to extend a meeting between Mr Poroshenko and US President Donald Trump. An article, published last May but since removed from the BBC website, alleged $400,000 was paid to Mr Trump´s former lawyer Michael Cohen. The allegation, relating to a meeting in June 2017, was untrue. The BBC also featured the report in a News at Ten television bulletin in the UK.
Biden’s Ridiculous Anita Hill Apology Tour replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/29/2019 6:12:12 AM Post Reply
After 27 years, Anita Hill is still waiting for a personal apology from Joe Biden. Apparently, the former vice president has yet to reach out for a private tête-à-tête with the law professor who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings. But while Biden hasn’t been able to pick up the phone to talk to her about events from the fall of 1991, he understands that his connection to the Thomas hearings is a distinct liability in the 2020 Democratic presidential race. That’s why he used an event hosted
Collateral damage: Those dragged into Mueller probe try to pick up pieces replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/29/2019 6:21:46 AM Post Reply
Jerome Corsi was wondering whether he would be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller when he learned from a Friday news report the Russia probe concluded without new charges. He and his wife dropped to their knees, cried and thanked God. George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his time with the Trump campaign, revealed Tuesday he’s formally asked for a presidential pardon. Michael Caputo, who also worked on the Trump campaign, was at a police station Tuesday reporting his latest death threat — one of the hundreds he’s received
The Only 2016 Campaign That Deliberately Colluded With Russians Was Hillary Clinton’s replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/29/2019 6:25:55 AM Post Reply
For more than two years, the campaign, presidential transition, and official government administration of Donald Trump operated under a cloud of suspicion that they had engaged in a treasonous conspiracy to steal the 2016 election from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Trump and his top associates were accused of collusion and of conspiring with the Russians to subvert American democracy. The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency publicly declared Trump to be guilty of treason, an offense punishable by death. The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the country’s premier law enforcement agency,
LA Times went big on Avenatti’s Kavanaugh accuser; makes no mention of her in new profile on his downfall replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/29/2019 6:31:13 AM Post Reply
Michael Avenatti’s outrageous attempt to cash in on the campaign to destroy Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh largely destroyed the celebrity attorney´s standing in Democratic and media circles, transforming him from a possible 2020 Democratic candidate to a universally reviled huckster. Yet, in an otherwise comprehensive expose this week detailing the porn lawyer´s swift fall from grace, the L.A. Times managed somehow to omit all mentions of the Kavanaugh debacle. On its own, reporting on Avenatti’s evolution from Democratic folk hero to alleged tax felon without also mentioning one of the major events of his rapid downward spiral
The 10 best classic ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes of all time replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/29/2019 5:27:50 PM Post Reply
In honor of Jordan Peele’s revival of “The Twilight Zone,” premiering Monday on CBS All Access, here are my Top 10 all-time favorite episodes from the original CBS anthology series, which aired from 1959 to 1964. (Note: All of these classic episodes are available for streaming on CBS All Access and the official “Twilight Zone” YouTube channel.)‘A Game of Pool’ (Oct. 13, 1961)This parable of life and death, decided in a seedy pool room (city unknown), features two actors with terrific chops and even better chemistry: Jack Klugman as Jesse Cardiff, the self-proclaimed best pool player on Randolph Street,
Trump cuts all direct assistance to Northern Triangle countries Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/30/2019 5:34:24 AM Post Reply
In a stunning about-face, State Department officials said that President Donald Trump is cutting off all direct assistance to the so-called Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. “At the Secretary’s instruction, we are carrying out the President’s direction and ending FY [fiscal year] 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle,” a State Department spokesperson told ABC News, referring to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We will be engaging Congress as part of this process.” These three countries are the primary source of migrants to the U.S., but for years the U.S.
Trump issues new permit for stalled Keystone XL pipeline replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/30/2019 5:40:39 AM Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Moving defiantly to kick-start the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Donald Trump on Friday issued a new presidential permit for the project — two years after he first approved it and more than a decade after it was first proposed. Trump said the permit issued Friday replaces one granted in March 2017. The order is intended to speed up development of the controversial pipeline, which would ship crude oil from tar sands in western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. A federal judge blocked the project in November, saying the Trump administration had not fully
Trump Was Not Just Spied Upon But Entrapped replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/30/2019 5:49:00 AM Post Reply
It´s bad enough, as has been evident for some time, that Donald Trump and his campaign were being spied upon by our own government, but it´s highly likely they were also subject to literal entrapment--at least a serious attempt was made. I don´t mean the entrapment of promulgating the salacious Steele dossier both to the public and the FISA court as if it were the truth. That was more of a smear to justify a phony investigation. I mean something more subtle and LeCarré-like coming from the depths of our intelligence communities.
Long Overdue Action on EMP replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/30/2019 6:09:30 AM Post Reply
Much of what we read in the news is trivial. This isn’t. I have been hearing about the threat posed by electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) for quite a few years. A high altitude EMP can occur if a nuclear device is detonated over the Earth’s surface. It potentially could wipe out all electrical systems, effectively disabling the United States. Some estimate that an EMP attack could kill 90 percent of Americans. A number of countries, including Russia, China and North Korea, are believed to have the ability to detonate weapons creating one or more EMPs over the U.S. I have no idea
Joe Biden Is Done replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/30/2019 6:13:39 AM Post Reply
Joe Biden is a creepy old goat. Everyone knows this. There is much photographic evidence of him crossing the line with women. He’s also a liar and a buffoon. But the Democratic party’s public-relations arm, aka the mainstream media, has never before had any incentive to hold Biden up to scrutiny. Why bother? When he became veep, any attack on Biden risked looking like casting aspersions on the man who made him his number two, and the media could not countenance any naysaying about the judgment of the Precious. For the next few months, though, we’re in
Look at the science and stop the march toward legalized marijuana replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/30/2019 6:19:54 AM Post Reply
The marijuana industry had a good day in Washington Thursday, as the House Financial Services Committee passed a bill to liberalize banking laws covering the industry. This win for pot came after a pretty tough blow: A new study published in the Lancet, a highly respected medical journal, found that high-potency marijuana can make you psychotic. In fact, about half of all cases of psychoses in Amsterdam could be prevented “if high-potency cannabis were no longer available,” the data suggest. The study doesn’t prove causality, but it certainly suggests it may be there. It illustrates the need for more research
Germany’s Refusal To Fund 2 Percent Of Its Defense Is Not The Action Of An Ally replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/30/2019 6:23:51 AM Post Reply
Bob Gates, perhaps the most farsighted post-Cold War defense secretary, presciently predicted in 2011 “that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the U.S. Congress—and in the American body politic writ large—to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense.” Gates, who once rightly understood that the Saudis would fight Iranians to the last American, also essentially hinted the same with regards to Germany and Russia, “nations apparently willing and eager for American taxpayers to assume
The Tsunami Approaches replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/31/2019 5:57:40 AM Post Reply
Tsunamis are nature’s surprise party. The sky is blue, the waves lap the shore gently, as usual. No reason to pack up the beach towel — much less run to the car and drive at top speed as fast as you can to the nearest highest ground. But across the ocean, an earthquake. (Snip)The European Union has decreed — fatwa’d— that beginning with the 2022 model year, all new cars shall be electronically gelded, forced by software to hew to every speed limit, all the time. The same software — and hardware —
Collusion Clingers and Their Flat-Earth Forebears replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/31/2019 6:09:38 AM Post Reply
Even after Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain to the New World and back, some naysayers surely clung to their shattered superstitions like life preservers after a shipwreck. “Who cares what Columbus says?” they likely whined. “The Earth IS flat. Columbus must have turned around and come home before he fell over the edge.” Today’s Democrats resemble those 15th-century bitter-enders. No matter what, many insist that Donald Trump and Russia colluded to win the White House. Even after special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation finally repudiated their destructive myth, they still scream: “Collusion!”
Joe Biden´s Al Franken problem replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/31/2019 6:19:12 AM Post Reply
Joe Biden has an Al Franken problem. Though he hasn´t even officially announced he´s running for president, on Friday Biden was hit with the first of what could be more #MeToo accusations. Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman, wrote that in 2014, when she was seeking office and Biden was still vice president, he smelled her hair and then planted an unwanted kiss on the back of her head. The problem for Biden is similar to the one faced by Franken when he was forced to resign from the Senate: Descriptions of misconduct are more believable when consistent with visual evidence.
White Men Really Are The Worst replies
Posted by Pluperfect 3/31/2019 6:27:56 AM Post Reply
Former Vice President Joe Biden is the latest Democratic Party candidate for president to make a very important point – white men and our culture are the worst. The whole field has, in one way or another, said pretty much the same thing. And you know what? They’re right, we’re awful. Especially those of us who are straight. It’s time to reject white male culture! When you think about it, what have we ever done for humanity anyway? Michael Avenatti is one of us, so clearly not much.
Office Depot settles tech support scam FTC complaint replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/1/2019 5:32:41 AM Post Reply
Office Depot agreed yesterday to pay $25 million in a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission as part of a lawsuit accusing the company of tricking customers into buying unneeded tech support services --akin to a real-world version of online tech support scam sites., a PC health scanning service also named in the lawsuit, also agreed to pay an additional $10 million, which the FTC said it would use to refund impacted customers.
The perils of the ‘Chicken Little’ approach to fighting climate change replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/1/2019 5:40:05 AM Post Reply
Imagine there is a movie about a meteor heading toward earth. It will be here in 12 years. Following Hollywood convention, once you got past the part where the maverick scientist or precocious kid discovering it struggles to convince the world about the threat, you would expect the president or the military to leap into action. Congress is usually left out of such plots, but it isn’t a stretch to imagine that Congress would race to authorize a plan to send astronauts into space to prevent Armageddon or a planetary deep impact.
May Turns Brexit Into Wrecks-It replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/1/2019 5:46:52 AM Post Reply
Friday was supposed to be “Brexit Day,” when the United Kingdom once again became a sovereign nation independent of the European Union. Instead, it was the day that the UK’s parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s awful Brexit deal for the third time. Astonishingly, it’s not entirely Theresa May’s fault. Just mostly. May has lost power in great chunks since grabbing the PM job when David Cameron resigned. She called a snap election in 2017 and lost her party’s majority in Parliament in the result. Her critics in the UK and the EU have levied severe criticism for her action
The bizarre story of the L.A. dad who exposed the college admissions scandal replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/1/2019 6:09:28 AM Post Reply
Morrie Tobin was in Boston to cut the deal of his life. It was early April last year. A few weeks before, federal agents had descended on the multimillion-dollar home Tobin shares with his wife and some of their six children in Hancock Park, a moneyed Los Angeles enclave. Warrant in hand, the agents searched the French chateau-style mansion for financial records and other evidence to nail Tobin, the suspected ringleader of a stock scam that defrauded investors of millions of dollars. The raid imploded Tobin’s very comfortable life. Faced with the prospect of years in prison and a seven-figure fine,
McConnell shuts down the Pelosi agenda replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/1/2019 6:33:04 PM Post Reply
House Democrats are eager to boast about all they’re doing with their new majority. The only problem? Most of it’s headed for Mitch McConnell’s dustbin. From a sweeping health care package to ambitious proposals on gun safety, climate change and voting reforms, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her sprawling class of freshmen are quickly following through on the campaign promises that won them the House. But after they pass their proposals, that’s as far as they’ll go — a frustrating dynamic that lawmakers begrudgingly acknowledge. “I’m not sure that anything we do
Here’s Why I Didn’t Fall For The Russia-Trump Conspiracy replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/1/2019 6:36:30 PM Post Reply
An outlandish theory that Donald Trump was a traitor who had conspired with Russia to steal the 2016 election gripped much of the nation’s media for more than two years. Countless “bombshells” in support of this theory were published and broadcast. Media outlets won numerous awards for publishing leaks they received from partisan government officials and other operatives. When Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced in late March that his sprawling Russia probe had ended with not a single indictment related to criminal collusion, it was a devastating blow to the media’s already damaged credibility
Children of Jamal Khashoggi receiving homes, ‘blood money’ from Saudis: report replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/2/2019 5:34:15 AM Post Reply
Saudi Arabia has given multimillion-dollar homes and monthly five-figure payments to the children of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post writer who was killed in a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last October, as compensation for their father’s death, according to a report. The reported payments to Khashoggi’s two sons and two daughters are part of a long-term arrangement to ensure they refrain from speaking out, the Washington Post reported, citing information from current and former Saudi officials. The children will also likely receive additional payments of tens of millions of dollars apiece
Where in The U.S. Are You Most Likely to Be Audited by the IRS? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/2/2019 5:44:01 AM Post Reply
In a baffling twist of logic, the intense IRS focus on Humphreys County is actually because so many of its taxpayers are poor. More than half of the county’s taxpayers claim the earned income tax credit, a program designed to help boost low-income workers out of poverty. As we reported last year, the IRS audits EITC recipients at higher rates than all but the richest Americans, a response to pressure from congressional Republicans to root out incorrect payments of the credit. The study estimates that Humphreys, with a median annual household income of just $26,000,
Sources: Martin Shkreli Thrown In Solitary Confinement After Claims He Ran Company From Prison replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/2/2019 5:48:07 AM Post Reply
Earlier this month, the much-maligned pharmaceutical businessman and uber troll Martin Shkreli was put in solitary confinement at Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Forbes has been told by two sources with knowledge of the situation. That came after the Wall Street Journal described how he was using a contraband phone to run his pharma business from behind bars. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) wouldn’t confirm that Shkreli had been placed in solitary confinement, saying it would not release information about “an individual inmate´s conditions of confinement.” But it confirmed that the issues
AP offers correction after reporting Beto O´Rourke spoke ´in his native Spanish´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/2/2019 5:52:31 AM Post Reply
The Associated Press faced backlash on social media Monday after writing that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke spoke “in his native Spanish” at a rally in El Paso, Texas. Although O’Rourke speaks Spanish, he a fourth-generation Irish-American whose full name is Robert Francis O’Rouke. The AP report originally wrote: "O´Rourke also spoke at length in his native Spanish, eliciting loud and sustained cheers.” (Snip)After the criticism, AP appended a correction to its story, reading: “In a story March 31 about a Beto O’Rourke campaign rally, The Associated Press reported erroneously that O’Rourke spoke to a rally in his native Spanish.
Reparations For Slavery Are Unworkable - And Unjust replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/2/2019 6:40:57 AM Post Reply
REPARATIONS FOR American slavery are a misbegotten idea, unworkable and unjust, but every now and then they come back into vogue as a political talking point. In 1969, the radical civil rights activist James Forman made headlines when he seized the pulpit of New York´s Riverside Church and issued a "black manifesto"demanding $500 million in reparations for African enslavement. Thirty years later, Randall Robinson, founder of the black social-justice organization TransAfrica, revived the reparations movement with his bestselling book The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks. Now progressive Democrats, or at least some of the ones running
Two Penn State frat brothers sentenced to prison in pledge´s death replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/3/2019 5:31:38 AM Post Reply
Two Penn State fraternity members were sentenced to time behind bars on Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges related to the 2017 hazing death of Beta Theta Pi pledge Tim Piazza. Joshua Kurczewski, 20, was given a sentence of six to nine months after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit hazing, one count of hazing and one count of furnishing liquor to a minor, The Centre Daily Times reported. He was also fined $2,250 and ordered to perform 100 hours´ community service. Judge Brian K. Marshall ordered that Kurczewski’s sentence begin on May 17, one week after
It´s a ´Cat 5´ immigration crisis: Nielsen replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/3/2019 5:35:05 AM Post Reply
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday that the Trump administration is treating the immigration crisis as a “Cat 5 hurricane disaster.” “We are bringing all of the agencies together; we´re asking everybody to chip in,” Nielsen said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “Why wouldn´t we put the U.S. military along our border if it´s really a crisis of that magnitude?” Carlson asked Secretary Nielsen. “I think we´re looking into that. We´ve made the request. I´m in constant contact with the acting secretary of defense. I talked to some of the combatant commanders today. We are in fact pushing more and
The Real Joe Biden Decision replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/3/2019 5:37:48 AM Post Reply
At some point soon, Joe Biden is going to have to make two decisions. The first is whether he wants to run for the Democratic nomination. The second is whether he wants to win it, and at what cost. Right now, even after some slippage, Biden has the highest polling numbers of any candidate in the race. He also has a record that’s completely out of step with his party’s activists and ideologists, a highly … familiar personal style that promises further accusations like the ones already leveled by Lucy Flores and Amy Lappos, and a base of support that’s roughly
Sen. Tom Cotton Demands IRS Investigation into SPLC´s Tax-Exempt Status replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/3/2019 5:49:23 AM Post Reply
On Tuesday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanding an investigation into whether or not the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) should lose its tax-exempt status. His letter comes after weeks of turmoil with the SPLC struggling with scandals of alleged racism and sexism. The organization fired its co-founder, saw its president and other leaders resign, and lost a prominent member of its board. "I am writing to urge you to investigate whether the Southern Poverty Law Center should retain its classification as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization," Cotton begins his letter. "Recent news reports
Olbermann calls open season on the rural South replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/3/2019 5:55:30 AM Post Reply
JACKSON, Miss., — Imagine for a moment you are sitting at your desk in the newsroom when you find out that some celebrity has called for you to be fired from your job, because you reported a story on a local hunter who had bagged a white turkey. You also find out said celebrity has instructed his two million followers on Twitter to make life for this local hunter “living hell,” because of your story. That is exactly what happened to Clarion Ledger outdoor reporter Brian Broom earlier this week after ESPN Sports Center anchor Keith Olbermann tweeted about Broom’s
Bernie Travels First Class replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/3/2019 5:58:00 AM Post Reply
Washington- I wonder if at the outset of his career back in woodsy Vermont Bernie Sanders — Crazy Bernie, as we say — ever imagined that years later at the age of 77 he would be running for president, have developed a taste for private jets, be the master of three homes, and run on a platform that included Medicare for All, Free College for All, and a Minimum Wage of $15 an Hour for All, that and the rest of the Green New Deal with no hint of how he would pay for it. No one is making a very
April 3: The end of Jesse James was just the beginning of a trail of blood replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/3/2019 6:23:52 AM Post Reply
April 3, 1882, was a bad day for Jesse James. A very bad day, in fact. I’ve always been intrigued by his killing. It happened in my birthplace. St. Joseph, Mo., the place “where the Pony Express began and Jesse James ended.” My great-grandfather Elisha Powell even got a postmortem peek at the famous outlaw when James’ body was on public display there. I don’t have a rosy, romanticized view of Jesse James. He put good men in the ground and stole money from innocent people. Murderous thievery doesn’t make one a hero. Still, there was a sad quality to his death
California May Be Coming for You replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/4/2019 6:04:42 AM Post Reply
Sacramento- Those of us who live in California are used to the state’s aggressive tax-collection policies. Despite record-setting budgets, the state never has enough revenue to fund all the programs it wants to create or expand so the tax authorities have to shake every last dime out of residents’ pockets. But now, thanks to confusion over how to collect online sales taxes, California’s tax-collection agency may be coming for you — even if you sell a few items from your kitchen table in Kansas.
Pompeo dissed: Anti-Trump media force group to pull his ‘Freedom Award´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/4/2019 6:16:11 AM Post Reply
Complaints from media critics of the Trump administration prompted a leading hostage rights group to withdraw its historic “Freedom Award” to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his, and President Trump’s, successful efforts to free political prisoners around the world. The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, named for the journalist beheaded in 2014 by ISIS forces, had announced that at its dinner Tuesday night at the National Press Club Pompeo would receive the “2019 Foley American Hostage Freedom Award.” The award was to recognize Pompeo and the administration’s focus on freeing Americans held prisoners around the world,
´John Brennan, the Russia lie ringleader?´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/4/2019 6:19:41 AM Post Reply
The best defense, the saying goes, is a good offense. The key orchestrators of the Big Trump-Russia Collusion Lie seem to have hewed tightly to that tactical advice. Over the past two years, one of their biggest “tells” has been their hyper-aggressive and gratuitous attacks on the president. Given that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found no collusion or obstruction of justice, their constant broadsides now look, in retrospect, like calculated pre-emptive strikes to deflect attention and culpability away from themselves. By accusing Mr. Trump of what they themselves were guilty of, they created a masterful distraction through projection.
Sorry You’re Offended, But ‘Palestine’ Does Not Exist replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/4/2019 6:23:34 AM Post Reply
In progressive America, an official elected in a predominantly Jewish district in the country’s largest city can be punished for asserting an indisputable historical fact if it happens to offend the sensibilities of hard-left activists. In this case, Kalman Yeger, a councilman from Brooklyn, in a back-and-forth about Rep. Ilhan Omar, tweeted that, “Palestine does not exist. There, I said it again. Also, Congresswoman Omar is an antisemite. Said that too.” Mayor Bill de Blasio quickly issued an ultimatum to Yeger demanding he apologize, or else. After he refused, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson booted Yeger
The Democratic Party Is Radicalizing replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/4/2019 6:36:20 AM Post Reply
The transformation of the GOP into the party of Patrick J. Buchanan and Donald J. Trump—defined by cultural resentments, crude populism, and ethnic nationalism—is among the most important political stories of this century. But the GOP is hardly the only party that is undergoing some alarming tectonic shifts. Liberals wondering why conservatives who worry about Trump don’t join the Democrats should consider what is happening on their own side of the aisle. If you want to understand just how radicalized the Democratic Party has become in recent years, look at the ascent of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Donald Trump Is Trying to Kill You replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/5/2019 5:40:16 AM Post Reply
There’s a lot we don’t know about the legacy Donald Trump will leave behind. And it is, of course, hugely important what happens in the 2020 election. But one thing seems sure: Even if he’s a one-term president, Trump will have caused, directly or indirectly, the premature deaths of a large number of Americans. Some of those deaths will come at the hands of right-wing, white nationalist extremists, who are a rapidly growing threat, partly because they feel empowered by a president who calls them “very fine people.” Some will come from failures of governance,
The Arms Race in Space Is Here replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/5/2019 5:44:24 AM Post Reply
Last week, the world was up-in-arms over the fact that democratic India, one of the world’s leading economies with nuclear arms, launched an anti-satellite test. Codenamed “Mission Shakti” by India’s military, the test of their anti-satellite capability was a resounding success: the target was a derelict Indian weather satellite in low-Earth orbit (LEO). By launching a missile at the dead weather satellite, India was sending an unmistakable signal to the world that it was a major power and not to be messed with. Presently, India is experiencing what some might call a quasi-war with its Muslim-majority
Ineffective Democrat subpoenas replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/5/2019 5:47:34 AM Post Reply
A House panel voted yesterday to authorize subpoenas to obtain Robert Mueller’s full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The vote was strictly along party lines. Democrats aren’t going to issue the subpoena yet. First, they will negotiate with the Justice Department. But Democrats are holding a losing hand. This subpoena, like all the others House Democrats are thinking about issuing, cannot, in all likelihood, be effectively enforced. The normal enforcement mechanism for a subpoena is to cite for contempt the party that refuses to comply. But it’s up to the Justice Department to prosecute that case.
Beto O’Rourke Is Fauxbama replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/5/2019 5:52:45 AM Post Reply
Only once did I sit in a medium-sized room with Barack Obama. It was May 19, 2006, and the then-senator was speaking at a BookExpo America breakfast to promote his book The Audacity of Hope. He warmed up by noting that some people were cynical about politics. “At best we just hope it does us no harm,” he said, which was true enough. But then he kept going. There has always been this other idea, and the idea can be described very simply. The notion that we all have a stake in each other, and that my success
The frightful invasion of the six-inch tall nobodies replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/5/2019 6:03:01 AM Post Reply
It’s the first rule of politics that you can’t beat somebody with nobody, but the Democrats are determined to repeal that rule in the year 2020. If anybody can do it the Democrats think they can. They’ve got a lot of nobodies to choose from. The ghost of George McGovern is hovering close over these latest proceedings, and that wind shaking the trees and bushes in the graveyard is from a shudder by Mr. Magoo, who can’t believe that the Democrats learned nothing from his losing 49 states to Richard Nixon. The party didn’t learn anything 16 years later,
John Kerry is on a mission to hold Trump accountable on climate change replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/5/2019 4:55:57 PM Post Reply
Former Secretary of State John Kerry, the man who negotiated and signed the landmark Paris climate accord on behalf of the United States, is working on a new initiative that will seek to punish President Trump and other politicians for failing to combat climate change. “Regrettably, President Trump has eliminated American leadership and replaced it [with] know-nothing denial,” Kerry said in an interview Thursday. He lambasted the president’s pledge to pull the U.S. out of the Paris deal and called the administration’s moves to undo Obama-era pollution-cutting regulations “criminal, basically.” Kerry said he was working with
He bought the fencing coach’s house. Then his son got into Harvard replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/5/2019 5:02:11 PM Post Reply
NEEDHAM — It was a modest house by this town’s standards, a center-entrance colonial, three bedrooms and a two-car garage on a quarter-acre lot. The inside hadn’t welcomed a renovator in many, many years, and the outside didn’t wear its age particularly well. Its owner: Peter Brand, Harvard University’s legendary fencing coach. Its assessed value: $549,300. So when the house sold to a wealthy Maryland businessman for close to a million dollars in May 2016, the town’s top assessor was so dumbfounded that he wrote the following in his notes: “Makes no sense.” Now it might.
The Top 5 Investigations Obstructed by the Obama Administration replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/5/2019 5:05:24 PM Post Reply
With Democrats and the media licking their wounds over the Mueller Report not finding Russian collusion, they’ve been refocusing their energy on claims of obstruction of justice, even accusing Trump Attorney General William Barr of "protecting" Trump. Which is both amusing and hypocritical considering how they tolerated obstruction of justice by the Obama administration and sometimes assisted in that obstruction. If Robert Mueller couldn’t conclude that Trump obstructed his investigation, then it’s quite clear there wasn’t any. Having written extensively about Obama-era corruption, I felt it was necessary to remind everyone that not only
Former Sen. Harry Reid loses civil lawsuit over exercise-device injury replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/6/2019 5:20:43 AM Post Reply
After about an hour of deliberations Friday, a jury in Las Vegas rejected former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s lawsuit against the maker of an exercise band that Reid claimed was responsible for injuries he suffered in January 2015. The injuries included blindness in one eye for Reid, 79, a Nevada Democrat and former party leader who asserted in his lawsuit that his injuries forced him to retire early from the Senate, where he had served for three decades.
Why is it taking Bernie Sanders so long to release his taxes? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/6/2019 5:32:32 AM Post Reply
Bernie Sanders has effectively been running for president steadily since, at least, 2015. And over all that time -- which now spans two campaigns for president -- we´ve seen exactly one year of his tax returns. In the 2016 campaign, Sanders released the two summary pages of his 2014 returns only. He said he would release a more robust tax history if he became the Democratic nominee, which, well, didn´t happen. By contrast, Hillary Clinton released eight years of returns -- spanning 2007-2014 -- in August 2015. A year later, in the midst of the general election against Donald Trump,
How deported MS-13 gang members sneak back into the US replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/6/2019 5:41:52 AM Post Reply
The deported MS-13 gang member who was caught back in Long Island this week snuck into the US over the southern border — and may have had help from ganbangers in Suffolk County, law enforcement sources told The Post Friday. William Umberto Martinez Chavez, 40, was first kicked out of the country back in 2017 for a fatal 2000 stabbing — but was found in Huntington on Tuesday morning and arrested by Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents for illegal reentry. Investigators don’t think he crossed into the States at an official port of entry —
Man´s Laws Do Not Apply to Jussie Smollett replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/6/2019 5:45:45 AM Post Reply
If you were skeptical of Jussie Smollett´s story from the beginning, join the club. It sounded unlikely to begin with, and it just got worse every time he opened his mouth. By the time he started lying his ass off to an utterly credulous Robin Roberts on GMA, even his staunchest defenders couldn´t come up with any good excuses (which didn´t stop them from spouting a bunch of bad ones). He was obviously guilty as hell. Everybody acted shocked when the Cook County state´s attorney suddenly dropped the charges anyway, but to me it was just a reminder
Taxing Unrealized Capital Gains Is a Nutty Idea replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/6/2019 6:07:13 AM Post Reply
If an idea is being put forward these days by a Democratic candidate for president or a freshman member of Congress, it is probably a good idea not to take it too seriously. This is not to say that there are not legitimately dangerous things being proposed by the Kamala Harrises and AOC’s of this era — tuition-free college, Medicare-for-all, fossil-fuel elimination, 70 percent tax rates, racial reparations, court-packing, ending the Electoral College, legalized infanticide — but I am not so sure that an elimination of private health insurance (Harris) or the funnier implications
In bogus Ecuadorian case, Chevron keeps winning and winning replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/6/2019 6:29:07 AM Post Reply
National Review’s Jack Fowler beat me to the punch on this today, but the point is still worth making: The oil and gas giant Chevron keeps proving the way to stop shakedown artists is to fight them, honorably and relentlessly. And in this case, “relentlessly” means for more than a decade. It was 11 years ago next week that I drafted for the Washington Examiner my first of well more than a dozen editorials and columns explaining how the corrupt leftist government of Ecuador, aided by apparently corrupt American lawyers, was trying to bilk Chevron for up to $16 billion.
Rangers recover the body of the third visitor to die at the Grand Canyon in eight days replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/6/2019 6:33:35 AM Post Reply
A 67-year-old man died after falling over the edge of the Grand Canyon, bringing the number to three deaths at the popular tourist destination in the past eight days. The visitor fell Wednesday near the Yavapai Geology Museum, which is on the South Rim in Grand Canyon Village, according to the National Park Service. Grand Canyon National Park rangers responded and found the man´s body about 400 feet below the rim. Helicopter and technical rescue teams recovered the body and park service officials are investigating.
Tax Hits College Admissions Scandal, IRS On Notice replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/6/2019 11:54:04 AM Post Reply
It’s almost Tax Day. Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, it would be hard not to know something about the college admissions scandal. Prosecutors charged 50 people in an alleged scheme to secure spots at top universities by illicit means, from fixing test scores, to faking athletic prowess, to rigging donations. (Snip)The tax angles are huge, and the potential taxes, penalties and interest seem serious. Criminal tax charges are possible, and they could be serious in themselves.
Dirty dental utensils may have exposed Seattle schoolkids to risk of HIV, hepatitis B, C: reports replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/6/2019 12:05:03 PM Post Reply
More than 1,000 students could be at risk for HIV and hepatitis B and C after getting dental care at 12 schools in and around Seattle, local reports said Tuesday. The utensils, which were used to treat 1,250 kids at the schools’ dental clinics, weren’t properly sterilized, KING-TV reported. The King County Department of Health said the risk was low, but recommended students who may have been exposed get tested, according to KING 5. Neighborhood Care, which operates the clinics for low-income families, said in a statement in part, "We immediately re-trained all school-based dental staff in sterilization processes
France To UK: Hell No, You Can’t Delay replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/7/2019 5:52:54 AM Post Reply
What do you do with a neighbor who doesn’t want to stay but still won’t go away? You give them a push — and France did exactly that yesterday and today to the Brexit-paralyzed UK. As Theresa May goes to the EU to ask for a longer delay without any evidence of parliamentary support for the deal she negotiated, French ministers publicly rejected the idea: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday that it was time for the Brexit crisis to end, saying that it couldn’t continue to dominate EU discussions.
One truthful Democrat emerges to call out party’s ‘delusions’ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/7/2019 5:54:48 AM Post Reply
Bob Kerrey, the former Nebraska senator and governor, was always one of my favorite politicians in part because his politics weren’t perfectly polished. Among other free-wheeling moments, he called fellow Democrat Bill Clinton an “uncommonly good liar” and said a requirement for becoming president is that you must “want it more than life itself.” Kerrey moved on to academia and now to an investment bank, but hasn’t lost the willingness to break ranks with his party. The habit surfaces in a withering criticism of current Democrats, where he says they are suffering from two major “delusions.”
Frightening Drug-Resistant Infection Cropping Up Around The World replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/7/2019 5:59:59 AM Post Reply
Across the world, a new drug-resistant infection has appeared. The New York Times reported Saturday morning that an elderly man was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital’s branch in Brooklyn for abdominal surgery. After getting his blood tested, it was revealed that he was infected with Candida auris, a fungus that was recently discovered but has been identified in patients around the world. The fungus is most deadly to those with already weak immune systems. The elderly man, who was not named by the Times, was isolated in the intensive care unit, but died 90 days later. What makes his case
Calvinball Is the Only Game Democrats Play replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/7/2019 6:09:26 AM Post Reply
People hoping to become the Democrat nominee for president in 2020 have recently floated suggestions for dismantling both the Electoral College and the Supreme Court as we know it. These ideas are in addition to the urgency with which many of them also tell the rest of us to be both deeply suspicious of parenthood and greener than Kermit the Frog, in the vain hope that those things might help to forestall climate change. But if progressive policies are as self-evidently worth pursuing as leftists assume they are, then why do those same people keep moving
Kim Foxx must come clean about the Jussie Smollett case replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/7/2019 6:35:22 AM Post Reply
In a sword-rattling letter dated Thursday, Mark Geragos, an attorney for Fox’s “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, threatened to “demand the prompt production of the entire investigation file” if the city of Chicago follows through on its threat to sue Smollett for allegedly staging a hate-inspired attack against him Jan. 29 and then lying to police about it. But forget the demand. Forget waiting for the trigger of a lawsuit. The city and Cook County state’s attorney’s office should, without precondition, immediately open all the case-related files and stop ducking tough questions about what decisions were made and when.
The intolerant Left thirsts for blood replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/7/2019 6:37:13 AM Post Reply
The Left has won the culture war, and now it´s exiling anyone with sympathy for the losing side. Two recent incidents evince a growing trend to try to ban any view on gender or sexuality from public life that is to the right of the American Civil Liberties Union. The Federalist Society at Yale Law School recently incurred the wrath of students because it invited Kristen Waggoner to speak. Waggoner is a renowned attorney at a public-interest law firm who was part of a successful Supreme Court case. Why would a speaking invitation to a successful female attorney trigger the Yale lefties?
American Kim Sue Endicott, guide abducted in Uganda returned safely after ransom paid replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/7/2019 3:51:57 PM Post Reply
An American woman and her safari guide who were kidnapped in a Ugandan wilderness park and held five days by armed captors were returned unharmed on Sunday after a ransom was paid for their release, authorities said. Kim Sue Endicott of Southern California and her tour guide, Congolese national Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo, were freed in a negotiated handover, officials said. The kidnappers who abducted them at gunpoint in Queen Elizabeth National Park had demanded a $500,000 ransom, but it was not immediately known how much was paid to secure their release or who paid it.
He was Chief Justice of a State Supreme Court. He Just Reported to Jail. replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/7/2019 3:54:54 PM Post Reply
Former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Loughry surrendered at a federal prison facility in South Carolina Friday, where he will serve a two-year sentence for crimes relating to a sweeping public corruption scandal. A federal judge sentenced the disgraced ex-justice in February, following his conviction for wire fraud, mail fraud and lying to federal investigators. In addition to criminal penalties, Loughry was disbarred from legal practice, agreed never to seek public office again and paid fines totaling $12,000.
Kevin McAleenan, new acting DHS boss, has long record in border security replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/8/2019 5:22:13 AM Post Reply
President Trump revealed in a tweet Sunday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will become the acting head of Homeland Security, the sprawling department of 240,000 people, following the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.(tweet) McAleenan is a longtime border officer, reflecting Trump’s priority for the department initially founded to combat terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks. Fox News is told Trump wanted the “toughest cop” around on border security, and McAleenan fit the bill. Administration sources tell Fox News that McAleenan needs to be able to handle the politics involved and change minds on Capitol Hill
In San Francisco, Making a Living From Your Billionaire Neighbor’s Trash replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/8/2019 5:31:40 AM Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO — Three blocks from Mark Zuckerberg’s $10 million Tudor home in San Francisco, Jake Orta lives in a small, single-window studio apartment filled with trash. There’s a child’s pink bicycle helmet that Mr. Orta dug out from the garbage bin across the street from Mr. Zuckerberg’s house. And a vacuum cleaner, a hair dryer, a coffee machine — all in working condition — and a pile of clothes that he carried home in a Whole Foods paper bag retrieved from Mr. Zuckerberg’s bin. A military veteran who fell into homelessness and now lives in government subsidized housing,
Report: Nearly 20 Percent of Inmates in Federal Prisons Are Criminal Aliens replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/8/2019 5:42:19 AM Post Reply
According to a new report, criminal aliens currently make up nearly 20 percent of the population in the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) system -- a total of 34,776. David Olen Cross, a Salem, Ore., crime and immigration researcher, looked at the number of foreign nationals in the U.S. BOP system based on the most recent federal report. As of March 30, 2019, there were 179,761 inmates incarcerated in federal prisons across the U.S. Their countries of origin, according to the report, are: Mexico 21,668 inmates, 12.1 percent; Colombia 1,633 inmates, 0.9 percent; Dominican Republic 1,425 inmates, 0.8 percent;
Voters: On Illegal Immigration, the Democrats Are Nuts replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/8/2019 5:44:47 AM Post Reply
Do you think illegal immigration is a serious problem? If you are like 67 percent of likely voters, you do. If you think illegal immigration is a very serious problem, you have plenty of company–47 percent of voters. Of course, if you are running for president as a Democrat, you don’t think illegal immigration is a problem at all. Eight percent of likely voters agree with you. Not only do none of the Democratic presidential candidates want to build the wall, some of them want to tear down barriers where they already exist. Open borders! Come one, come all!
As Israel Goes to the Polls Tomorrow replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/8/2019 5:48:38 AM Post Reply
To fully appreciate what follows, the background issues and parties, the reader will benefit by reading this prior article that laid the foundation. Israelis go to the polls this Tuesday, April 9, electing a new national government. As the only American-style democracy in the Middle East, Israelis are a universe apart from all their border neighbors. And you can bet your farm and life savings that they have built big, beautiful border walls — and they work! To their north in Lebanon, they border with the insanely terrorist Shiite Muslim Hezbollah.
Face it: Biden and Bernie are too old to be president replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/8/2019 6:37:09 AM Post Reply
Whatever their differences, the two front-runners in the Democratic presidential race, Joe Biden, born November 20, 1942, and Bernie Sanders, born September 8, 1941, share one common trait: They are too old to be president. Biden, leading the RealClearPolitics average of polls, will be 78 years old on inauguration day 2021. Sanders, number two in the field, will be 79. Both would be older upon taking office than Ronald Reagan was when he left office after two terms. Voters are clearly open to older candidates. President Trump, born June 14, 1946,
Minimum wage hikes trigger ´payroll tsunami,´ as small businesses cut back replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/9/2019 5:25:31 AM Post Reply
Small business owners across the country are beginning to feel the pinch as more states move toward a $15 minimum wage. While proposals to raise pay are intended to help workers, several mom-and-pop coffee shops as well as restaurants are responding by cutting hours, eliminating jobs or closing down entirely because they can´t keep up with rising wages under the law. It´s the ugly side to the highly touted wage hikes, economists say, adding that the bumps can unleash a "payroll tsunami" for smaller businesses already stretched thin from rising rents and soaring health care costs.
Waffle House good Samaritan shot to death paying for meals, handing out $20 bills replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/9/2019 5:27:48 AM Post Reply
A good Samaritan was fatally shot over the weekend while handing out $20 bills and paying for meals at a Florida restaurant, according to police. Police arrested Ezekiel Hicks, 25, on murder charges early Sunday in the death of 41-year-old Craig Brewer, who was shot and killed at a Waffle House, in Gainesville, Florida, just a few miles west of the University of Florida. Officials with the Alachua County Sheriff´s Office said the restaurant´s surveillance camera captured an altercation between the two on video. Witnesses said the victim was arguing with a female acquaintance of the suspect,
California Could Be Coming For Your Kitchen Stove Next (Plus Your Water Heater, Clothes Dryer, Etc.) replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/9/2019 5:35:59 AM Post Reply
California is essentially a one-party state at this point so whatever Democrats want to do is what is going to happen. One of the things they are apparently thinking about doing now is getting rid of natural gas appliances in homes and businesses. The idea is to replace millions of gas stoves, gas dryers and gas heaters with replacements that run on electricity to help fight climate change. From the Los Angeles Times: Among the sources of climate change pollution, cars and power plants get the most attention.
Democrats and toxic media at their worst replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/9/2019 6:05:26 AM Post Reply
The left and its compliant media are willfully reporting false news to the American people. Whether it is a symptom of mass hysteria that is the genesis for this confirmation bias-style reporting or an intentional maneuver to spread anti-Trump propaganda, its effect is toxic and pernicious. The report comes in the form of a tweet making its way through the Twitter-sphere in which a user named Mark Elliott has posted a video of Donald Trump who he contends is referring to migrants at the border as “animals.” Elliott, who has almost 20,000 followers added the comment,
The Unlawful Campaign against Chick-fil-A replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/9/2019 6:14:06 AM Post Reply
In the past two weeks, two different airports have blocked Chick-fil-A from the premises. First, the city council of San Antonio banned the chain because, in the words of councilman Robert Trevino, “everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.” Then, two weeks later, a New York Democratic assemblyman, Sean Ryan, announced that the Buffalo airport food vendor was prohibiting Chick-fil-A from operating in its food court. Ryan was explicit about the reason, declaring in a statement that “the views of Chick-fil-A do not represent our state or the Western New York community.”
Lori Loughlin Indicted on Money Laundering Charge in College Admissions Cheating Case replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/9/2019 5:14:12 PM Post Reply
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, along with 14 other parents, were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Boston on money laundering charges, as part of the nationwide college admissions cheating case. Loughlin and Giannulli, who were arrested last month on a criminal complaint, are charged with conspiring with William “Rick” Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, Calif., and others to bribe SAT and ACT exam administrators to allow a test taker to secretly take college entrance exams in place of students, or to correct the students’ answers
Israeli election exit polls give Netanyahu the advantage replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/9/2019 5:18:06 PM Post Reply
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on course to securing a record fifth term with another right-wing coalition, Israeli TV exit polls indicated after voting ended on Tuesday, as both he and his principal rival claimed victory. Netanyahu, in power consecutively since 2009, is fighting for his political survival. He faces possible indictment in three corruption cases, in which the right-wing Likud party leader has denied any wrongdoing. If he wins, Netanyahu, 69, will become the longest-serving prime minister in Israel´s 71-year history this summer.
Investigation into Trump-Russia hoax collusion will lead to criminal investigation replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/10/2019 5:40:22 AM Post Reply
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said Tuesday on “Hannity” that Attorney General William Barr´s review of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation will lead to a criminal investigation. “A headline today is that William Barr´s personally reviewing the conduct of the FBI in launching the Trump Russia collusion hoax. He knows and there is a plethora of evidence that the process by the FBI was corrupted by political bias and personal animus,” Jarrett told Sean Hannity. According to an administration official who briefed Fox News, Barr has assembled a "team" to investigate the origins
Feds charge CEOs, doctors in telemarketing scam that targeted Medicare recipients, costing taxpayers nearly $1 billion replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/10/2019 5:46:08 AM Post Reply
The federal government on Tuesday raided dozens of locations belonging to doctors and medical equipment companies suspected of taking part in a massive telemarketing scam that targeted Medicare recipients and cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion. Investigators said 24 people were charged in the fraud, including three licensed medical professionals as well as company CEOs. The scam relied on telemarketers scattered throughout the Philippines and Latin America who sought out elderly patients eligible for Medicare, the federal health insurance program for older Americans. Using television and radio ads, as well as cold calls, the companies promised a
Republicans press Trump to drop Herman Cain’s Fed nomination replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/10/2019 6:00:08 AM Post Reply
Herman Cain is in deep trouble. And he hasn’t yet even been formally nominated to the Federal Reserve. Senate Republicans are warning the White House that the 2012 presidential candidate will face one of the most difficult confirmation fights of Donald Trump’s presidency and are making a behind-the-scenes play to get the president to back off, two GOP senators said. “There are concerns that are being voiced to the administrations about qualifications,” said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the Republican whip. “They’re probably going to hear from a number of our members about concerns
William Barr Is the Democrats´ Worst Nightmare replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/10/2019 6:09:09 AM Post Reply
Though they were excruciatingly obnoxious to William Barr at Tuesday´s House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Democrats would be well-advised to lay off the attorney general, maybe even treat him with kid gloves, because he holds a good deal of the future of their party in his hands. In fact, he is positioned to make that party bleed as perhaps no one in history. And it only makes it worse that he is clearly such a straight shooter. The big story from Barr´s testimony then before the subcommittee was not that the AG plans to release a redacted version of the Mueller report
The Alger Hiss Democrats in Congress replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/10/2019 6:12:34 AM Post Reply
Washington- Well, I guess I have been right all along. Others have been saying that special counsel Robert Mueller was going to be swept up by the Kultursmog and become a tool of Hillary’s conspiracy. She said Russian hackers were the cause of her defeat — see page 395 of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign — and she ordered her media to investigate. Hillary’s explanation for her defeat has been that the Russians colluded with the Trump team in fashioning her defeat. After all, she has been a lifelong enemy of Moscow, almost a member of the John Birch Society.
Democrats want to turn the clock back to before 1947 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/10/2019 6:30:36 AM Post Reply
Democrats in Congress want to turn back the clock. In 1947, amid a period of labor unrest so extreme that the public had taken notice, Congress passed the Labor-Management Relations Act, better known as the Taft-Hartley Act, over the veto of President Harry S. Truman. The bill was an effort to strike a reasonable balance in labor relations where the decade-old Wagner Act had failed. Among Taft-Hartley´s critical reforms was that it permitted states to adopt what are now known as right-to-work laws. These laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate against nonunion workers. In right-to-work states,
California Has Become America´s Cannibal State replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/11/2019 5:44:38 AM Post Reply
For over six years, California has had a top marginal income tax rate of 13.3 percent, the highest in the nation. About 150,000 households in a state of 40 million people now pay nearly half of the total annual state income tax. The state legislature sold that confiscatory tax rate on the idea that it was a temporary fix and would eventually be phased out. No one believed that. California voters, about 40 percent of whom pay no state income taxes, naturally approved the extension of the high rate by an overwhelming margin. California recently raised gas taxes by 40 percent
The U.S. Immigration System May Have Reached a Breaking Point replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/11/2019 5:51:17 AM Post Reply
SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — It was never like this before. The migrants come now in the middle of the night or in the bright light of day. Men and women arrive by the hundreds, caked with dirt, with teens and toddlers in tow. They jump the small fences in remote parts of Texas, and they gather on the hot pavement at the main border crossing in California. Tired and fearful, they look for the one thing that they pray will allow them to stay in the United States, at least for a while: a Border Patrol agent.
John Kerry gets heated over GOP congressman’s snarky climate change questions replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/11/2019 6:01:09 AM Post Reply
Former Secretary of State John Kerry got called out this week on Capitol Hill over whether he was qualified enough to testify on climate change — with one Kentucky congressman condemning his Yale degree as a “pseudo-science.” “How do you get a bachelor of arts in a science?” asked Rep. Thomas Massie, of Kentucky’s northern 4th District, during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday. “Well, it’s [a] liberal arts education and degree — it’s a bachelor,” Kerry said. “OK, so it’s not really science,” replied Massied.
Barr Confirms Multiple Intel Agencies Implicated In Anti-Trump Spy Operation replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/11/2019 6:13:23 AM Post Reply
“Spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” Attorney General William Barr told a Senate committee on Wednesday morning. Barr’s comments came in the context of potential Justice Department reviews of the Trump-Russia investigation and how it began in 2016. While it is important that the top law enforcement in the United States publicly acknowledged that the Obama administration and its intelligence agencies surveilled its domestic political opponents during the heat of a presidential election, it is what he said next that was most startling: that the CIA and other federal agencies
Julian Assange, arrested for damaging leaks, claims to be a journalist replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/12/2019 5:43:03 AM Post Reply
The images were stunning as we saw Julian Assange led away from his sanctuary of nearly seven years, looking haggard and disoriented with a Santa Claus beard. And moments after British police took him from the Ecuadorean embassy, the media debate erupted. Is this a fugitive from justice, a man who damaged America, which he detests, by releasing classified files about our troops? Or is this a man functioning as a digital-age journalist, as his lawyers contend, who was blowing the whistle under the banner of press freedom?
Father, son charged for allegedly selling diseased body parts replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/12/2019 5:45:16 AM Post Reply
A father and son have been charged in Michigan for crimes related to allegedly selling diseased body parts through their company, the Biological Resource Center of Illinois (BRCI). BRCI provides human remains to medical professionals to use in training and research, according to court documents filed last week. Donald Greene Sr. and Donald Greene II allegedly sold body parts that had tested positive for infectious diseases, including hepatitis, or had not been tested at all, and concealed that information from their customers, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Michigan.
FBI Was Still Assessing Christopher Steele´s ´Reliability´ Even After Using Dossier to Obtain Spy Warrant replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/12/2019 5:53:01 AM Post Reply
An FBI lawyer told Congress last year that investigators were assessing the reliability of Christopher Steele as of late November 2016, a month after the bureau cited the former spy’s anti-Trump dossier to obtain a warrant to snoop on Carter Page. Sally Moyer, an attorney in the FBI general counsel’s office, described a meeting held at FBI headquarters on Nov. 21, 2016 with Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official who has long known Steele, a former British spy. A month before that meeting, on Oct. 21, 2016, the FBI obtained its first of four FISA warrants
Jussie Smollett update: City sues ´Empire´ actor for cost of investigating alleged staged attack replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/12/2019 6:03:56 AM Post Reply
CHICAGO -- The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against actor Jussie Smollett for the cost of the overtime Chicago police spent investigating an attack they say Smollett staged. The City of Chicago´s Law Department filed the suit after Smollett failed to meet a city-demanded deadline to pay more than $130,000 into that allegedly staged attack. City attorneys write in the suit, "Defendant knew his attackers and orchestrated the purported attack himself. Later, when police confronted him with evidence, he still refused to disclose his involvement." The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County
America needs to get to the bottom of RussiaGate, once and for all replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/12/2019 6:09:59 AM Post Reply
Attorney General William Barr is absolutely right to look into how the Russia probe got started. The AG told lawmakers this week that he plans to review both “the genesis” of the investigation and “the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign.” He was blunt: “I think spying did occur,” but he needs to see if it was justified. That outraged Trump haters. Barr is “going off the rails,” huffed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “I was very disappointed,” whined ex-CIA Director John Brennan. How rich. As the prez’s detractors themselves asked of the Russia probe,
The Day of Reckoning Is at Hand replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/12/2019 6:21:06 AM Post Reply
This week before the Senate Appropriations Committee Attorney General William Barr gave testimony that is guaranteed to induce panic throughout the D.C. swamp. Regarding spying on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, he testified as follows: ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR: As I said in my confirmation hearing, I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016. And a lot of this has already been investigated, and a substantial portion of it has been investigated and is being investigated by the office of the Inspector General,
Revealed: Two decades before college admissions scandal, the Clintons tried to game the system for Chelsea´s boyfriend replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/12/2019 6:26:28 AM Post Reply
Bill and Hillary Clinton tried to bully a prestigious scholarship program into selecting Chelsea Clinton’s then-boyfriend and then sought "payback" when they were resisted, according to a former top foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama. The episode took place nearly 19 years ago but has fresh resonance after revelations last month of multimillion-dollar bribes paid by parents to get their children into elite colleges, including Stanford University, which Chelsea Clinton and her then-boyfriend Jeremy Kane attended. Among those recently implicated was Michelle Obama´s former tennis coach.
Focus on the Leaking, Not Just the Spying replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/12/2019 6:30:23 AM Post Reply
Attorney General William Barr thinks that U.S. intelligence agencies spied on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. And as Bloomberg News reported Tuesday, he has assembled a team to review the matter. (Snip)“Leaking information about an ongoing intelligence investigation is a classic example of surveillance abuse,” says Tim Edgar, who served as the director of privacy and civil liberties for the National Security Council under President Barack Obama. “It’s what J. Edgar Hoover did.” What happened in early 2017, he says, “clearly appeared to be politically motivated leaking.”
´Trivago Guy´ Timothy Williams arrested for driving while intoxicated replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/12/2019 3:29:27 PM Post Reply
Timothy Williams, best known as the pitchman for travel site "Trivago," was arrested this week after Houston police say they found him passed out behind the wheel of a car in a moving lane of traffic. "He was passed out with his foot on the brake in a moving lane of traffic," said Houston Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva. Police got the call Wednesday afternoon. Williams failed a field sobriety test and submitted to a blood drawer, she said. He was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and his bail was set at $100.
Court temporarily blocks halt to Trump policy forcing asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/13/2019 5:19:07 AM Post Reply
A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily halted a ruling that would have stopped the Trump administration from forcing asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico as they wait for immigration courts to hear their cases. The decision by the three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a lower ruling from taking effect and gave civil liberties groups until Tuesday to submit arguments on why the asylum policy should be put on hold. The government has until Wednesday to argue why it should remain in place. On Monday, a federal judge halted the change to the asylum system,
James ´Cardinal´ Comey — the man who destroyed the FBI replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/13/2019 5:22:39 AM Post Reply
Wyatt Earp. Elliot Ness. J. Edgar Hoover. Inspector Clouseau. James Comey. The names reflect a continuum, from greatness to farce and mediocrity. In the annals of U.S. law enforcement, no individual has reached such depths of disgrace as James “Cardinal” Comey. The “Cardinal” was a sobriquet that FBI agents used to denigrate their leader. As Deputy Attorney General, he was called “drama queen.” Known for his pomposity and self-regard, Comey cut a swath of arrogance unmatched in the histories of either of those illustrious organizations. He was the cult of personality. He surrounded himself with sycophants,
Will The Democratic Party Faithful Ever Notice Their Leaders Are Crazy? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/13/2019 5:27:35 AM Post Reply
After almost two weeks of critical media coverage of Joe Biden’s handsy history, poll after poll indicates most Democrats do not care. The latest Quinnipiac poll—of California, no less—has the yet-to-announce Biden easily leading Bernie Sanders and favorite daughter Kamala Harris. This poll also has Harris performing better among white liberals than nonwhite voters. These findings are mostly news to the progressive elites at the top of Democratic politics and the establishment media. The data suggesting the Democratic Party is an upstairs/downstairs coalition in which a small faction of disproportionately white progressives dominate a more diverse
Roger Stone´s woes: He´s broke. Donald Trump doesn´t call. And his wife broke her ankle. replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/13/2019 5:39:44 AM Post Reply
Things are not going well for Roger Stone. In a wide ranging interview with SiriusXM’s “Jim Norton & Sam Roberts” on Thursday he said his living situation has plummeted, his savings are gone and his car was impounded. When money problems forced Stone and his wife to move from a Fort Lauderdale mansion to a one-room apartment the truck slipped out of gear and broke his wife’s ankle. And he’s no longer talking to his old friend, President Donald Trump. Stone is being prosecuted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office. He was arrested on Jan. 25 and charged
Trump calls sanctuary cities´ bluff: ´Let´s see if they have open arms´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/13/2019 6:08:47 AM Post Reply
President Trump said Friday that he is considering a plan to release illegal immigrants into sanctuary cities, saying it is fitting punishment for Democrat-led communities that refuse to get tough on border security. Mr. Trump was confirming a report in The Washington Post that said the idea was being considered. “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” the president said on Twitter. Hours later, speaking to reporters at the White House, Mr. Trump said he would only
Julian Assange Got What He Deserved replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/13/2019 6:10:57 AM Post Reply
In the end, the man who reportedly smeared feces on the walls of his lodgings, mistreated his kitten, and variously blamed the ills of the world on feminists and bespectacled Jewish writers was pulled from the Ecuadorian embassy looking every inch like a powdered-sugar Saddam Hussein plucked straight from his spider hole. The only camera crew to record this pivotal event belonged to Ruptly, a Berlin-based streaming-online-video service, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of RT, the Russian government’s English-language news channel and the former distributor of Julian Assange’s short-lived chat show.
The Liberal Media ‘Matrix’ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/13/2019 6:16:01 AM Post Reply
I used to laugh every time I heard someone like Elon Musk say that we are living in a Matrix-like simulation. These days, not so much. Don´t call the funny farm just yet. On the major question of the nature of sense experience, I remain with Aristotle and against Bishop Berkeley.(Snip)Avenatti appeared incessantly on cable news, earning the equivalent of $175 million in media exposure between March and May 2018. Last September, an article in Politico Magazine carried the headline, "Michael Avenatti Is Winning the 2020 Democratic Primary."
The Magician Strikes Again replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/13/2019 6:20:34 AM Post Reply
This was supposed to be the election that Benjamin Netanyahu was going to lose – three criminal investigations; a decision of intent to indict him for bribery, fraud and breach of trust; and three former IDF chiefs of staff who joined together with the sole purpose of taking him down. But even all of that could not defeat Netanyahu. He refused to be beaten. There were those in Israel who referred to him on Wednesday as a magician. Considering the challenges he overcame and the final preelection polls last Friday, he might well deserve the title.
A red wave is rising – and the Democrats are powerless to stop it replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/14/2019 5:32:16 AM Post Reply
President Trump’s shrewd governance, along with unforced errors by the Democratic Party, has the president positioned to not only win the White House for a second term but also to win back the House and make gains in the Senate. There are five major factors that will make this a reality: the economy, illegal immigration, socialism, the Mueller report, and the rule of law. Let’s break each of these issues down. It is a well-established fact that Americans vote with their wallets. In 1992, Bill Clinton’s campaign successfully unseated George H. W. Bush in large part due to a contraction
2 more fatal falls at Grand Canyon follow dozens of others replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/14/2019 5:35:08 AM Post Reply
Two recent deaths in which men plummeted in the Grand Canyon follow dozens of apparently accidental fatal falls since the national park was established 100 years ago. Michael Obritsch, of Santa Rosa, California, died April 3 after falling from the edge of the South Rim in Grand Canyon Village, near the Yavapai Geology Museum. His body was found 400 feet (more than 122 meters) below the rim, according to park officials. A tourist from Macau, China, fell to his death on March 28. The man was at least 50 years old, park officials said. The man was trying to take a photo
Ecuador spent nearly $1 million each year to host Julian Assange replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/14/2019 5:55:45 AM Post Reply
Ecuador blew through nearly a million dollars a year hosting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its embassy in London, officials revealed Saturday. The country shelled out a total of $6.5 million on behalf of Assange, who went into hiding there in August 2012 but was dragged out and arrested on Thursday. The 47-year-old asylum seeker was reportedly abusive toward the embassy staff, ate with his fingers, infrequently bathed or did laundry — and even smeared feces on the walls. Most of that $6.5 million was spent on security, according to the Daily Mail. The rest was used
After Rapid Rise, Michael Avenatti Sees Inevitable Fall replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/14/2019 5:59:04 AM Post Reply
Washington Last week, federal prosecutors released a 61-page indictment against attorney Michael Avenatti, who allegedly bilked his own clients to bankroll his lavish lifestyle. Last month, federal prosecutors in New York charged him with trying to extort millions from Nike. Avenatti says he is not guilty, and he is entitled to a presumption of innocence on criminal charges. Still, his rise and fall presents an apt moment to ask how such a feral figure was so quickly elevated in the public eye, before what seems to be an inevitable fall. It’s not a long story.
Trump trolls Democrats on sanctuary cities replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/14/2019 6:02:23 AM Post Reply
Donald Trump is living in their heads, rent-free. It’s not the main reason we elected him, but it’s certainly a major side benefit — the president’s uncanny ability to troll these sanctimonious trust-funded PC frauds to the point of incoherence, if not insanity. Now he is threatening to flood the Democrats’ “sanctuary” cities with tens of thousands more indigent, indolent, diseased, criminal, nonEnglish-speaking illegal immigrants. As he pointed out Friday at the White House, the Beautiful People in places like California are always lecturing the rest of us about how we must welcome these parasites with “open arms.” So wouldn’t you assume
Return of the Tiger replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/15/2019 6:04:11 AM Post Reply
“There are no second acts in American lives.” The line is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s and it is overused and demonstrably false as Tiger Woods proved on Sunday at the Masters. Fitzgerald probably would not appreciate the way his famous line has been turned into a cliché. He likely had intended it as one character’s brooding thoughts in a novel he never completed. Perhaps he had it mind for that character to experience a second act, disproving the gloomy aphorism. Maybe he was even imagining something like the resurrection of Tiger Woods in the Masters on Sunday.
Mariel Boatlift Revisited replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/15/2019 6:12:24 AM Post Reply
It is fun to watch the left react to Trump’s suggestion that he might send migrants and asylum seekers to “sanctuary cities,” but their outrage may conceal the panic of the political fallout if Trump goes through with it, as he should. Anyone remember the Mariel Boatlift in 1980? That’s when Fidel Castro declared that anyone who wanted to emigrate to the United States was free to do so within a narrow window of time. Within days, 125,000 Cubans were en route to the U.S. Just where did that rickety fleet come from on such short notice?
´Horrible´: Clinton loyalists exploited Obama´s FBI to spread Russia conspiracy stories about Trump replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/15/2019 6:16:08 AM Post Reply
Hillary Clinton loyalists fed the FBI’s upper echelon an assortment of anti-Donald Trump criminal accusations during the 2016 campaign and his presidency, according to a string of interview transcripts released in recent weeks. James A. Baker, former FBI general counsel who participated on the receiving end, testified that the situation was “horrible” and “highly unusual.” At least 10 of Mrs. Clinton’s supporters directly or via middlemen told the bureau tales about Russia-Trump conspiracies. It appears to be an unprecedented effort by a presidential campaign and the party in power to count
R. Lee Ermey’s daughter recalls growing up with ‘Full Metal Jacket’ star, his dedication to the troops replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/15/2019 2:06:05 PM Post Reply
Betty Ermey says she still feels the larger-than-life presence of her beloved father, R. Lee Ermey, a Marine-turned-Hollywood star. Ermey, who rose to fame on screen as the no-nonsense drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 film “Full Metal Jacket,” passed away on April 15, 2018, at age 74 from pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, two brothers, six children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, The New York Times reported. “I still feel him around,” Betty told Fox News. “I still hear his voice. I was just so lucky. I’m thankful there’s so much recording of him. Because on those days
Prisoner Assange replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/15/2019 2:23:14 PM Post Reply
WikiLeaks founder and chieftain Julian Assange was tossed out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London into the hands of British police last week. Assange is wanted on charges of sexual assault in Sweden and charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion in the U.S. He allegedly helped Army private Chelsea (née Bradley) Manning illegally obtain a password that led Manning to leak hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Assange for WikiLeaks to publish. Both Sweden and the U.S. have requested that Assange be extradited to face justice. It’s not clear which extradition request
The Trump 2020 campaign is much, much more formidable than 2016 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/15/2019 2:26:05 PM Post Reply
Almost every day, somebody somewhere recycles the idea that President Donald J. Trump doesn’t want to be president. He never did, they say. His heart is not in it. He wants to protect his business empire first and foremost. He doesn’t like having to answer to Congress. You’ll have heard these arguments in one form or another. They all make sense, until you consider that there is almost zero evidence to support them. The truth is that, unless he is pulling the greatest con perpetuated against American democracy (not impossible), Trump is running again –
No French trees big enough to rebuild roof replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/16/2019 5:33:00 AM Post Reply
PARIS – The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris´ Notre Dame cathedral (all times local): 8:45 a.m. A French cultural heritage expert says France no longer has trees big enough to replace ancient wooden beams that burned in the Notre Dame fire. Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine, told France Info radio that the wooden roof that went up in flames was built with beams more than 800 years ago from primal forests. Speaking Tuesday, he said the cathedral´s roof cannot be rebuilt exactly as it was
Brooklyn parents sue to stop mandatory measles vaccinations replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/16/2019 5:35:46 AM Post Reply
A group of parents in Brooklyn are seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent mandatory measles vaccinations from taking effect. The parents’ lawsuit against the New York City Department of Health called the emergency order "arbitrary and capricious" and the measures it necessitates "drastic." The order, issued by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio last week, demands that all persons, starting at the age of 6 months old, who live, work or attend school within the specified zip codes of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, be vaccinated.
Behind the Obama administration’s shady plan to spy on the Trump campaign replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/16/2019 5:43:41 AM Post Reply
In Senate testimony last week, Attorney General William Barr used the word “spying” to refer to the Obama administration, um, spying on the Trump campaign. Of course, fainting spells ensued, with the media-Democrat complex in meltdown. Former FBI Director Jim Comey tut-tutted that he was confused by Barr’s comments, since the FBI’s “surveillance” had been authorized by a court. (Needless to say, the former director neglected to mention that the court was not informed that the bureau’s “evidence” for the warrants was unverified hearsay paid for by the Clinton campaign.)
9 Apocalyptic Lies Fed To Americans About The Republican Tax Bill replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/16/2019 5:49:47 AM Post Reply
Monday is the first Tax Day under the new Republican tax bill passed in December 2017, and the results are not what Democrats and their media apparatus predicted. Many Americans are discovering that they are not only alive and well, but indeed paying less taxes. As Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley pointed out in The New York Times, there is a disparity between what Americans thought they would be paying the IRS this year, and what they actually paid. This myth, “appears to flow from a sustained — and misleading — effort
Watching Bernie at the Fox News Town Hall: Memories of the Soviet Union replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/16/2019 5:54:30 AM Post Reply
Strange as it may seem, watching Bernie Sanders on the Fox News town hall Monday night brought back memories of the Soviet Union for me. I went there for the first time in 1987, one year before Sanders went to the communist country. I was on a cultural exchange arranged for crime writers; Bernie was there to get married. Although I was more or less still on the left, I found what I saw horrifying. Bernie took off his shirt and sang ”This Land Is Your Land.”(video)In other words, although we were in the USSR at basically the same point,
Nunes criminal referrals could affect ´two dozen´ individuals, as GOP demands answers on apparent FBI stonewalling replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/17/2019 5:43:35 AM Post Reply
As many as two dozen individuals may be implicated in House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes´ criminal referrals to the Justice Department arising out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller´s recently concluded Russia probe, sources confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday. The sources confirmed that the referrals related in part to the anti-Trump dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, and his work for the Clinton camp and the Democratic National Committee-funded firm Fusion GPS. Meanwhile, three top Republican Senate committee chairmen said Tuesday that the DOJ has 10 days to explain itself as to why FBI investigators
$1 billion raised to rebuild Paris´ Notre Dame after fire replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/17/2019 5:46:32 AM Post Reply
Nearly 1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, after the French president set a controversial five-year deadline to get the work done. Construction teams brought in a huge crane and a delivery of planks of wood to the site Wednesday morning. Firefighters are still examining damage and shoring up the structure after Mondays fire collapsed the cathedrals spire and destroyed the roof. French President Emmanuel Macron ratcheted up the pressure by setting a five-year deadline to restore the 12th-century landmark.
Establishment Dems freak out over Sanders replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/17/2019 5:49:15 AM Post Reply
I wrote here about how Sen. Bernie Sanders called out the Center for American Progress (CAP) for “smearing him” and a couple of other Democratic presidential contenders. Sanders cited ridicule from CAP over the fact that he’s a millionaire. CAP promptly backed down, sort of. Its president, Neera Tanden, disavowed responsibility for the attacks by publications of CAP Action and by CAP’s website ThinkProgress. She said she disagreed with their tone. This is consistent with CAP’s approach all along to Sanders. The New York Times explained: Since Mr. Trump’s victory, Ms. Tanden [the head of CAP] has recast herself
The Congresswoman From Somalia replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/17/2019 6:13:35 AM Post Reply
Washington- If a politician of Japanese extraction were addressing a “largely Japanese-American audience” and characterized the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor as “some people did something,” would you think that those words diminished the loss of life and of property suffered by our country 78 years ago in the Pacific Ocean? I would, but apparently Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) would not. She thinks it is a perfectly respectful — and accurate! — way to refer to the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. by 19 Muslim terrorists in 2001. She characterized
Why One-Third Of Biologists Now Question Darwinism replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/17/2019 6:20:08 AM Post Reply
While Christians have long challenged Charles Darwin’s theory of undirected evolution, few appreciate the true extent of the challenge beyond the church. Current estimates are that approximately one-third of professional academic biologists who do not believe in intelligent design find Darwin’s theory is inadequate to describe all of the complexity in biology. Ben Stein documented a crackdown within the academy on criticism of Darwin in his 2008 documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” While this might explain why the public rarely hears of challenges to Neo-Darwinism, the documentary centered on intelligent design. But the growing discontent in academia is from secular naturalists.
A Reckoning Is in Store for Democrats replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/17/2019 6:23:15 AM Post Reply
The crisis of the Democrats is becoming more evident each week. Those of us who have been loudly predicting for years that the Russian-collusion argument would be exposed as a defamatory farce, and that the authors of it would eventually pay for it, are bemused at the fallback position of the Trump-haters: that the distinguished attorney general has whitewashed the president in his summary and his decision that there was no obstruction of justice. One of the most entertaining moments of news-watching in many years came last week, when former national intelligence director James Clapper said it was “scary”
Democrats, not Republicans, will dismantle Obama’s legacy replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/17/2019 6:26:27 AM Post Reply
Last week Barack Obama, grayer, wearier and older in every way, was in Berlin at one of his foundation’s conferences for ‘emerging leaders’ in Berlin. After wheeling out a few cringe-inducing platitudes like ‘I don’t have a regular meditation practice’ Obama did say something genuinely interesting about where the Democrats are heading going into 2020. He warned that elements of the party were becoming a ‘circular firing squad’ who targeted those ‘straying from purity’ on a variety of issues. Always a big tent politician (‘There are no red states or blue states, just the United States’),
How we already know the Mueller report found nothing on Trump replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/18/2019 6:02:02 AM Post Reply
What began as a serious ­inquiry into a potential world-historical calamity will on Thursday complete its turn into a combination of one of those really bad Washington conspiracy thrillers from the 1970s and ’80s that only a Communist could love. The release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report into Russian interference in the 2016 election won’t change the top-line finding of Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary — namely, that Donald Trump and his campaign didn’t collude or conspire with the Kremlin.
Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/18/2019 6:07:03 AM Post Reply
Soon, the dust will settle from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, and Americans will have a fuller understanding of why prosecutors concluded there wasn’t evidence to establish that Donald Trump and Russia colluded to hijack the 2016 election. At that point, many voters exhausted by the fizzling of a two-year scandal, once billed as the next Watergate, will want to move on like a foodie from an empty-calorie shake. But a very important second phase of this drama is about to begin, as Attorney General William Barr, Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz
Beto Gives the Gift of Beto replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/18/2019 6:16:34 AM Post Reply
There comes a time in every political campaign where Democrats have to explain why they don´t give money to charity. They want you to vote for them so they can spend your money on their whims, but they don´t like parting with their own cash. Their excuses for this hypocrisy are never good, but sometimes they can be revealing. Joseph A. Wulfsohn, Fox News: 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was confronted by a voter at a town hall on Tuesday about his charitable giving, after recently released tax returns showed he and his wife
Science Says Golfers Should Pull the Flagstick 99.9 Percent of the Time replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/18/2019 6:40:20 AM Post Reply
Bryson DeChambeau and Adam Scott are two of a number of PGA Tour golfers who have been taking advantage of a change to the Rule of Golf that made it legal to putt with the flagstick in the hole. The change was not met with open arms by many, but Scott — who has struggled mightily with his short game at times — is grateful for it. “I think I got some disapproving murmurs on the first when I had like a 1 ½ footer and I put the flagstick back in,” Scott said last week after opening
Barr defends Trump, saying he faced an "unprecedented situation" during Mueller probe replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/18/2019 12:04:45 PM Post Reply
Washington — Reiterating that special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of President Trump´s 2016 campaign colluding with Russia, Attorney General William Barr defended Mr. Trump in a preemptive press conference ahead of the release of Mueller´s report, saying the president faced "an unprecedented situation" throughout the two-year investigation. "As he entered into office, and sought to perform his responsibilities as President, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office, and the conduct of some of his associates," Barr said at the Thursday morning press conference. Standing alongside Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein,
Mueller completely dropped the ball with obstruction punt replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/18/2019 6:35:22 PM Post Reply
The most remarkable thing about special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report is how blithely the prosecutor reversed the burden of proof on the issue of obstruction. To be sure, President Trump’s conduct outlined on this score isn’t flattering, to put it mildly. For example, the special counsel’s evidence includes indications that the president attempted to induce White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire the special counsel (in June 2017), and then (in January 2018) to deny that the president had made the request. Mueller’s report further suggests that the president dangled pardons.
New Mexico declares state of emergency over influx of migrants: report replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/19/2019 5:37:06 AM Post Reply
A New Mexico county on Wednesday declared a state of emergency over an influx of immigrants crossing the border in recent months and asked the governor to send in the National Guard for protection, according to a report. Otero County, which touches neighboring El Paso, issued a declaration Wednesday that urged Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to deploy National Guard Troops and reopen Customs and Border Patrol checkpoints to stem the flow of drugs and other illegal activity at the border, The Alamogordo Daily News reported.
Clapper: Mueller couldn’t find ‘active collusion’ but there was ‘passive collusion’ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/19/2019 5:40:17 AM Post Reply
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Thursday said that there was “passive collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings that conclude there was no conspiracy. Clapper began by defending the foundation of the Russia probe, telling CNN anchor Anderson Cooper that there was “good reason” for intelligence agencies and law enforcement “to be concerned about whether or not there was some kind of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”
Student Activists Tried To Get Camille Paglia Fired, Her University Said No replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/19/2019 5:45:55 AM Post Reply
Camille Paglia is an outspoken critic of modern feminism and some of the far-left trends that have taken hold on many college campuses of late so it’s probably not surprising that she would eventually become the target of student activists caught up in those same trends. A group of students at University of the Arts, where Paglia has been on the faculty since the 1980s, launched a protest aimed at getting her fired or, if that wasn’t possible, de-platforming her. From the Philly Inquirer:“I had a concern that she would be able to speak,
The Barr is raised replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/19/2019 6:04:30 AM Post Reply
Thursday, and press report And one clear call for me. And may there be no moaning of the Barr When we set out to see. —Apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson OK, Possums, here it is in redact and white (drum roll, please): The Mueller Report, 448 color-coded pages, replete with almost 900 redactions. Who says the government isn’t effective at education: over the last months it expanded the vocabulary of many Americans by putting that nice word into general circulation. So quickly was the report edited and rushed into print that the Surgeon General’s warning against operating heavy machinery while
‘Orange Man Bad!’ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/19/2019 6:09:39 AM Post Reply
For approximately 3 million people, nothing in the Mueller report could exonerate President Trump of “Russian collusion,” obstruction of justice, and various other high crimes and misdemeanors of which they are certain he is guilty. For those 3 million people (a number reflecting the combined average weekday primetime audience of CNN and MSNBC) Trump’s guilt is an indisputable fact, his presidency an ongoing crime against humanity, his 2016 election a fraud. In a nation of 325 million people, of course, 3 million is less than a single percentage point. However, that hard-core audience of obsessive
The smear campaign begins next week replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/20/2019 5:34:36 AM Post Reply
I´m Stuart Varney and this is “My Take.” Stand by for a wild week: it begins Monday! Congress drifts back after the Easter break. Normally, that would not create much excitement, but these are different times. We´ve just received the Mueller report. It’s been picked over with a fine-toothed comb and the Democrats have concluded they can still salvage something from the "no collusion" conclusion: they´re going to contest it. They´re going to re-try the whole investigation. They´re going after all the underlying documents, all the witness statements: and they´re demanding Mueller himself testify. They´ve demanded the president´s tax returns
Mueller´s report looks bad for Obama replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/20/2019 5:56:16 AM Post Reply
The partisan warfare over the Mueller report will rage, but one thing cannot be denied: Former President Barack Obama looks just plain bad. On his watch, the Russians meddled in our democracy while his administration did nothing about it. The Mueller report flatly states that Russia began interfering in American democracy in 2014. Over the next couple of years, the effort blossomed into a robust attempt to interfere in our 2016 presidential election. The Obama administration knew this was going on and yet did nothing. In 2016, Obama´s National Security Adviser Susan Rice told her staff
Slimy Group Therapy for the Trump Haters replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/20/2019 6:21:33 AM Post Reply
The Mueller Report is a 448 page-long primal scream of rage by the frustrated Hillary Clinton acolytes who wrote it and who utterly failed in their anointed mission to (a) lure President Trump into a General Flynn-style perjury trap and/or (b) goad him into obstructing their faux investigation of non-existent Trump campaign collusion with Russia. Unable to find any evidence of actual criminality by the president, Team Mueller resorted to dirtying him up as much as possible for the benefit of their mainstream media and Democrat party fan clubs. This extra-prosecutorial exercise in character assassination was undoubtedly good group therapy
The Climate Cult replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/20/2019 6:24:24 AM Post Reply
I’m fond of referring to the climate campaigners as the “climatistas” because they remind me of the Sandinistas and their fellow-traveling fans back in the 1980s. But someone writing as “Will” over at The Medium has done me one better in calling attention to how the climate change fanatics resemble nothing so much as a full-blown religious cult. Read the whole thing, but here are the ten signs and his introductory description to each, based on the indicators developed by the Cult Education Institute: 1. Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability. The leading advocates of the Climate Change movement
Notre Dame and Firefighters´ Lives Saved, Thanks to Robot Named ´Colossus´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/20/2019 6:30:50 AM Post Reply
The damage to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris could have been a lot worse. If it weren’t for a robot named “Colossus,” firefighters could have lost their lives battling the blaze. “Time was against us, the wind was against us, and we had to get the upper hand,” Gabriel Plus, a spokesman for the Paris Fire Brigade, shared with the Times of London Thursday. “The priority we set was to save the two belfries,” he added. “Imagine if the timber of the belfries had been weakened and the bells had collapsed. That was really our fear. In the beginning,
Alexa Is Listening All The Time: Here´s How To Stop It replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/20/2019 6:42:09 AM Post Reply
Recent news reports in the last week revealed that Amazon has thousands of workers listening to Amazon Echo aka Alexa voice assistant recordings. That is a bit unnerving, however, this post will share several ways, including a serious DIY project, to increase your privacy. I’m going to cut right to the chase here: 1. The first method of silencing most voice assistant devices is via the manual, physical button. Some of us don’t read the manual and are unaware that there are manual overrides. On Amazon Echo, when you press the microphone button, the external ring glows red
Forget Trump, Here Are Five Reasons Why Obama Should Have Been Impeached replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/21/2019 5:53:01 AM Post Reply
As Democrats privately admit to themselves that there was no Russian collusion, they’ve also shifted gears to focus on the question of obstruction of justice. Despite the Mueller investigation being loaded with anti-Trumpers, even they weren’t able to say that any obstruction occurred. If there’s anything the release of the Mueller report has exposed, it’s not criminal behavior or even impeachable offenses of President Trump, but rather the hypocrisy of Democrats who are willing to call anything an impeachable offense with Trump but pretended the corruption that occurred under Barack Obama was all above board.
A Few Humble Thoughts replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/21/2019 5:58:49 AM Post Reply
First of all, about reparations, the notion of paying money to black or partially black Americans for the enslavement of their ancestors from Africa. It’s a beguiling idea. Slavery was so hideous a crime and caused so much pain and suffering that something should be done about it. But we face a lot of problems in the concept of reparations. For one thing, there were a fair number of black people who emancipated themselves through superhumanly hard work, then used their savings to buy slaves. How do we assess their liability? For another, the conditions of slaves varied wildly.
The Mueller Report and the Starr Report: Compare and Contrast replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/21/2019 6:08:54 AM Post Reply
In his long-awaited report, special counsel Robert Mueller found that the evidence failed to establish “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia. In addition, he did not find that President Trump committed obstruction of justice, the only other offense discussed in the report. By contrast, independent counsel Kenneth Starr, in his 1998 report, established that President Clinton perjured himself during a civil deposition, conspired to obstruct justice, violated criminal prohibitions against witness tampering, and perjured himself before a grand jury. When congressional Republicans commenced impeachment proceedings against Clinton, congressional Democrats and their media allies were outraged. Even though the evidence established
US State Department warns of possibility of more attacks in Sri Lanka replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/22/2019 5:26:05 AM Post Reply
The U.S. State Department on Sunday issued a revised warning on travel to Sri Lanka and said terror groups are continuing to plot and possibly carry out new attacks in hotels and churches. On Easter Sunday, a series of bombs exploded at churches and luxury hotels in the country, killing nearly 300. It was the deadliest series of attacks the South Asian island country had seen since a bloody civil war there ended a decade ago. Most of the attacks occurred in or around Colombo, the capital. The U.S. said “several” Americans were among the dead.
Trump administration set to end sanction exemptions for nations importing Iranian oil: report replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/22/2019 5:32:02 AM Post Reply
The Trump administration is set to inform five nations that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, reports said Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce the policy move on Monday, which would no longer renew sanctions waivers for allies Japan, South Korea, and Turkey. The other countries no longer exempt are China and India. The waivers for sanctions will expire on May 2. The Washington Post first reported on the move, and three sources confirmed the report to the Associated Press.
Dems obsess over finding candidate to beat Trump replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/22/2019 6:06:14 AM Post Reply
Democrats obsessed with finding a candidate who can defeat President Trump are showing a willingness to give up their preferred candidates for the one they believe is the most electable. It´s an important trend that will leave many in the Democratic field touting their strengths in a potential general election — and could be particularly helpful to a candidate such as former Vice President Joe Biden, who is expected to put electability at the center of his campaign push when he enters the race next week. A Monmouth University poll in February found that 56 percent of those surveyed preferred electability
The mafia today replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/22/2019 6:12:58 AM Post Reply
While La Cosa Nostra no longer reigns supreme over organized crime, the mob is far from vanquished. Here´s everything you need to know: Is the mob still active? It would have been easy until a few weeks ago to assume Italian-American mobsters were extinct, and that´s exactly how Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali liked it. Investigators say Cali ran the Gambino crime family like a "ghost," conducting business strictly in person to avoid wiretaps, and insisting that his underlings do the same. Yet Cali, 53, was splashed on covers of New York City tabloids in March
Media pulled off big con with Russia collusion story replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/22/2019 6:18:14 AM Post Reply
America got conned again. It was all a big set-up. A ruse. A dirty canard. The whole thing was one giant lie. And everybody peddling it — from House Democratic leaders, to Senate Democrats running for president, to the Senate Republican who reported the whole thing in the first place, to the roaring lions of the Great White Media — knew it was a lie. Sure, there are some — take sleazy lawyer Michael Avenatti, for instance — who are so monumentally stupid that he probably did not know that it was all a big con. It is not uncommon for newbies
This Earth Day, thank America: The world leader in clean air replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/22/2019 6:24:38 AM Post Reply
Did you know the United States leads the world in clean air? As I walk the halls of the Capitol, meeting with members of Congress and their staff about the energy policies that help and hurt our country’s future, I’m shocked how many people don’t know and can’t believe this fact. Over the last 50 years, harmful air pollution known as particulate matter has plummeted. Toxic pollutants like lead, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide are now nearly nonexistent in our air. Ozone is down dramatically. We’re the only highly populated nation in the world to meet the World Health Organization’s
Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/23/2019 6:06:43 AM Post Reply
The release of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller has unleashed a furious debate within the Democratic Party over the need to commence impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Mueller was anything but subtle in his pointed discussion of how Congress can deal with the “corrupt exercise of the powers of office” within “our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.” In writing those words, Mueller put Democrats in Congress in a more uncomfortable position than he did Trump. Indeed, Trump seems quite satisfied with defining victory as avoiding indictment.
Drawing the Line, At Last replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/23/2019 6:25:10 AM Post Reply
To appreciate the significance of recent events at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and at the University of Arizona in Tucson, it helps to recall briefly some landmark moments in the College Administrator Hall of Shame. Claremont McKenna College, October 2015: a Hispanic student writes a lachrymose oped denouncing Claremont’s “western, white, cisheternormative upper- to upper-middle class values” that, she says, make her and other minority admits feel out of place. The dean of students thanks the student for her oped and asks if she would be willing to meet with Claremont’s administrators to help them “better serve students,
The Perversion of the Endangered Species Act replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/23/2019 6:39:22 AM Post Reply
No good deed goes unpunished. Similarly, it seems no well-intentioned piece of legislation is ever used as intended. This could not be more true than when it comes to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (“ESA”). In 1972, then-President Nixon charged Congress with establishing a “stronger law to protect endangered species of wildlife.” President Nixon wanted the federal government to be able to step in earlier to aid in the recovery of endangered species and, for the first time, to make “shooting, trapping, or other taking of endangered species,” a federal offense. Congress responded to the president
I Was Bernie’s Biggest Critic in 2016—I’ve Changed My Mind replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/24/2019 5:57:33 AM Post Reply
If you had told me in the spring of 2016 that three years later I’d be touting the merits of the Bernie Sanders campaign—taking flak from Hillary Clinton supporters for not being loyal enough to her—I would have laughed and asked what alternate reality you lived in. But life and politics have a way of taking unexpected turns, and here I am writing about the considerable strengths Sanders brings to the 2020 election. I do so not to endorse Sanders or to minimize the large and diverse Democratic field. It is early in the primary
Mueller’s ‘Scarlet Letter’ Impeachment Road Map replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/24/2019 6:04:05 AM Post Reply
Nathaniel Hawthorne, call your office. Hester Prynne, your fictional protagonist, had a scarlet letter “A” imprinted on her dress, to wear in public and thus advertise to the end of her life her adulterous relationship. Hester was ostracized, a punishment visited on Donald Trump by various public- and private-life segments of the Never Trump coalition: academics, Hollywood and above all, left-wing mainstream press. Hester, doing penance to the end of her life, stuck to her knitting; Trump, for the remainder of his first term, and perhaps, for a full second term, plans to stick to his — being president.
Democrats face Catch-22 with Trump impeachment strategy replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/24/2019 6:22:08 AM Post Reply
Speaker Nancy Pelosi´s (D-Calif.) near-term effort to tamp down talk of impeaching President Trump could have the paradoxical effect of building support for that very step. Pelosi and Democratic leaders this week launched a series of aggressive investigations into the myriad allegations facing the president, many stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller´s recently released report on Russia´s 2016 election interference. The strategy is designed, in part, to dampen the growing calls for impeachment — a move Pelosi considers premature — by assuring her troops that party leaders have no intention of letting Trump off the hook.
Elizabeth Warren’s College Plan Is a Dance with Elves replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/24/2019 6:24:51 AM Post Reply
Elizabeth Warren may be the least jolly member of the Senate, but she is nonetheless offering up her best Santa Claus impersonation as she seeks the Democratic presidential nomination, complete with a trillion-dollar-a-decade student-loan giveaway — to be paid for by those on her naughty list. Senator Warren proposes to pay off Americans’ student loans in a tiered fashion: Up to $50,000 in bailouts for those earning up to $100,000 a year, gradually phased out to $0.00 for those earning $250,000 a year or more. That would eliminate all student debt for about 75 percent of borrowers
Obama crony Eric Holder should stop lecturing William Barr on legal ethics replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/24/2019 6:27:22 AM Post Reply
I hereby nominate Eric Holder for the inaugural Nobel Prize for Chutzpah. Obama’s initial attorney general, the first black American to hold that office, has a ton of nerve to lecture Attorney General William Barr about releasing the Mueller Report. “The attorney general of the United States is the people’s lawyer, not the president’s lawyer,” Holder said Thursday in Chicago’s Rogers Park district. “You have a responsibility to run the Justice Department in a way that is not political.” This is not the same Holder who served Obama.
Why the Census Citizenship Question Matters replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/24/2019 6:30:17 AM Post Reply
Much noise has been made about reinstating a citizenship question on the 2020 census, the subject of Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments. The objections to the citizenship question revolve around unjustified hysteria and the unfortunate, but growing, notion that citizenship doesn’t matter. As attorney general of Oklahoma, I filed an amicus curiae brief joined by 16 other states in support of the citizenship question, in part to bring some sober thinking that should quell the unreasonable panic. Let’s start with the Constitution: It gives Congress the power to conduct the “Enumeration …
Facebook Anticipates Fine of Up To $5 Billion replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/25/2019 5:47:39 AM Post Reply
Facebook is anticipating a multi-billion dollar fine from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over their handling of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to The Hill. The company disclosed to investors in its quarterly earnings report that they have already put $3 billion aside for this on Wednesday, adding that they haven’t reached a settlement with the FTC, and are unsure when this will be resolved. The fine could be as high as $5 billion, according to The New York Times. “People want to use both private and public platforms,” Zuckerberg said
Mueller Investigation Was Driven by Pious Hypocrisy replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/25/2019 6:02:03 AM Post Reply
Special counsel Robert Mueller´s two-year, $30 million, 448-page report did not find collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case of obstruction of justice by the president. It would have been hard in any case to find that Trump obstructed Mueller´s investigation of an alleged crime. One, there was never a crime of collusion. Mueller early on in his endeavors must have realized that truth, but he pressed ahead anyway. It is almost impossible to prove obstruction of nothing.
Dozens of Chilean ‘tourists’ tied to burglaries in Southern California, police say replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/25/2019 6:13:20 AM Post Reply
The crime patterns began emerging in the last year: crews of thieves employing inventive techniques to gain entry and ransack scores of cars, homes and businesses in Southern California and across the nation. As investigations and arrests ramped up, detectives noticed another key commonality: The suspects were Chilean and had gained entry into the U.S. with easily obtained visa waivers. “It is a growing problem,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. “They’re very sophisticated. It’s a hot zone in Southern California.” Law enforcement has dubbed it “burglary tourism,” and it is thriving locally and around the world.
Elijah Cummings won´t let witness to have lawyer replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/25/2019 6:17:15 AM Post Reply
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee want to depose John Gore about his role in the Trump administration’s decision to add a question to the 2020 Census about citizenship. Gore was acting as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights when the decision was made. Gore is prepared to testify and the administration is fine with him doing so. Attorney General Barr insists only that Gore be accompanied by an attorney. Barr is right to attach this condition, one that, according to a Department of Justice spokesperson, is consistent with longstanding DOJ policy. The lawyer accompanying Gore
Democrats are still lost on gun control and presidential power replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/25/2019 6:24:48 AM Post Reply
A gentleman, out for a walk late at night, comes upon a drunk who is sprawled beneath a street lamp, clawing at the pavement. “Sir, what are you doing?” asks the man. “Looking for my keys,” the drunk replies. “You dropped them around here, then?” the man asks. “No,” says the drunk. “Then why are you looking here?” “Because,” the drunk replies, “this is where the light is.” This old anecdote sums up Democrats’ approach to preventing mass shootings for the last seven years or so.
What Would an ‘Open Borders’ World Actually Look Like? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/25/2019 6:30:27 AM Post Reply
In the summer of 1947, the British lord and lawyer Sir Cyril Radcliffe found himself in charge of the fate of a subcontinent. As the freshly appointed head of the Boundary Commission, he was tasked with dividing up the British India territories of Bengal and Punjab—and he had just a few weeks to complete the task. After three and a half centuries of brutal and exploitative involvement in the region, the last 90 years as official imperial overlord of the British Raj, the United Kingdom was officially abdicating colonial rule. Deeply in debt from two world wars,
It´s all about hate and bloodlust that´s never sated replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/25/2019 6:34:51 AM Post Reply
At least two of the suicide bombers had law degrees. Two were brothers from a wealthy Colombo family, one of whom attended university in the United Kingdom and earned a postgraduate degree in Australia. There were nine of them altogether, eight men and a woman. Most were “well-educated and come from (the) middle or upper-middle class,” Ruwan Wijewardene, Sri Lanka’s deputy defence minister, told reporters. There is still much to piece together from what happened on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, about why the authorities did not respond to specific and actionable intelligence about an imminent jihadist
New York Times story on Trump´s billion-dollar tax write off was told by Trump 15 years ago on ´The Apprentice´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/8/2019 5:28:38 PM Post Reply
The New York Times led readers to believe it had blown the lid off of President Trump’s massive business failures with its very long report Tuesday night, detailing his $1.17 billion loss between 1985 and 1994. But the story has been told before, by Trump himself, on NBC’s “The Apprentice.” On Jan. 8, 2004, at the top of the show’s very first episode, Trump laid out a summarized version of the same story about himself that the Times so proudly ran Tuesday.Here’s a side by side of what Trump said in the monologue
RFK Jr. Is Our Brother and Uncle. He’s Tragically Wrong About Vaccines. replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/8/2019 5:35:11 PM Post Reply
Americans have every right to be alarmed about the outbreak of measles in pockets of our country with unusually high rates of unvaccinated citizens, especially children. Right now, officials in 22 states are grappling with a resurgence of the disease, which was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. With over 700 cases already reported and indications that more outbreaks will occur, 2019 will likely see the most recorded cases of measles in decades. And it’s not just measles. In Maine, health officials in March reported 41 new cases of whooping cough,
Are House Democrats Ready for the Rematch? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/8/2019 5:44:14 PM Post Reply
The presidential election will be propelling the political conversation in the upcoming year. But Democrats’ attempt to preserve their House majority will be an equally significant storyline that will determine the permanence of their power base. The math is simple: Republicans need to pick up at least 18 House seats to win back control of power. There are 31 Democrats representing districts that President Trump carried in 2016; an additional 12 represent battleground districts that Mitt Romney carried in 2012. Only three Republicans—Reps. John Katko of New York, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and Will Hurd of Texas—
Feds now tracking 850 possible domestic terrorists across US, as white supremacy cases jump: Officials replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/9/2019 5:08:05 AM Post Reply
The FBI is currently investigating nearly 850 people across the United States as possible domestic terrorists, and the number of cases targeting white supremacists, white nationalists and other racially-motivated extremists has jumped in the past six months, federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday. “In fact, there have been more arrests and deaths in the United States caused by domestic terrorists than international terrorists in recent years,” the head of the FBI´s counterterrorism division, Assistant Director Michael McGarrity, told a House panel Wednesday. He warned that hatred and extremist ideology
The White House revoked my press pass. It’s not just me — it’s curtailing access for all journalists. replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/9/2019 5:12:28 AM Post Reply
For the past 21 years, I have had the high privilege of holding a White House press pass, a magical ticket that gives the bearer a front-row seat to history. I was in the White House the night Bill Clinton admitted his affair with Monica Lewinsky, and the day he was impeached. I was there on Sept. 11, 2001, and the fearful days thereafter, when we were trained to use escape hoods. I watched George W. Bush make the case for the Iraq War and Barack Obama pitch his remedies for the market crash.
Liberals´ favorite fantasy: The Trump indictment replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/9/2019 5:20:06 AM Post Reply
Last week a man opened my front door and walked into the house without asking anyone´s permission. He took a wallet from a bowl in the kitchen and drove to a local bank, where he used the driver´s license and the bank card contained in the wallet to deposit a check he also found there. Then he came back to the house and took a beer from the refrigerator. How many crimes did he commit? Trespassing? Robbery? Identify theft? Bank fraud? The answer is zero, because I am in fact the man in question,
Sacramento’s Biggest Gasbags replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/9/2019 5:39:51 AM Post Reply
Sacramento- Don’t be alarmed by soaring California gasoline prices, which have topped $4 a gallon at most gas stations around the state. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders are on the job, as they sniff out the culprit behind rising prices. They are pretty sure it has something to do with bad corporate behavior, based on their latest public statements. Stay tuned — but you might not want to buy that giant gas-sucking SUV just yet. The cause of the high prices is obvious to those of us familiar with the state’s gasoline-related policies. In 2017, then-Gov. Jerry Brown
The real purpose of Democrats´ war on Attorney General Barr replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/9/2019 5:56:42 AM Post Reply
The House Judiciary Committee met Wednesday to consider holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing a congressional subpoena demanding that he fully release the Mueller report. A lightly redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has been public for many weeks, with printed versions leading the best-seller lists. A version of the report that is 98.5% unredacted, with 99% unredacted in the “obstruction” section, has been available to Congress for several weeks. But not one congressional Democrat has bothered to go to the secure facility to read it.
Lake Michigan water levels: ´They´ve been higher than this before, but not by much´;meanwhile lakes Superior and Erie set to break May records replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/9/2019 6:06:10 AM Post Reply
After a snowy and soggy April, water levels on all five Great Lakes rose by more than a half-foot and are forecast to remain well above their average this summer, with two anticipated to break record highs, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Between April and May, each of the lakes rose at least 6 inches and stands more than a foot above its monthly average. Lakes Michigan and Huron, measured together because they are connected at the Straits of Mackinac, rose 9 inches in a month and are more than 2 feet above their monthly average.
Democrats showing contempt by holding William Barr in contempt replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/10/2019 5:44:05 AM Post Reply
The House Judiciary Committee is voting to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress and to secure a vote of the entire House of Representatives in order to send the matter to federal court. The problem is that the contempt action against Barr is long on action and short on contempt. Indeed, with a superficial charge, the House could seriously undermine its credibility in the ongoing conflicts with the White House. Congress is right on a number of complaints against the White House, including possible cases of contempt, but this is not one of them.
FBI´s Steele story falls apart: False intel and media contacts were flagged before FISA replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/10/2019 5:58:11 AM Post Reply
The FBI’s sworn story to a federal court about its asset, Christopher Steele, is fraying faster than a $5 souvenir T-shirt bought at a tourist trap. Newly unearthed memos show a high-ranking government official who met with Steele in October 2016 determined some of the Donald Trump dirt that Steele was simultaneously digging up for the FBI and for Hillary Clinton’s campaign was inaccurate, and likely leaked to the media. The concerns were flagged in a typed memo and in handwritten notes taken by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec on Oct. 11, 2016.
Behind Comey´s claim that Trump "eats your soul" replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/10/2019 6:27:59 AM Post Reply
Earlier this month, the New York Times published an op-ed by James Comey in which the former FBI director claimed that President Trump “eats your soul in small bites.” Talk about demonizing your adversaries. Comey must not have read Robert Mueller’s report very carefully. One of Mueller’s findings is that members of Trump’s team didn’t carry out his instructions when they believed the instructions were wrongful. Don McGahn, then the White House counsel, is perhaps the main example, but he’s certainly not the only one. The report cites Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, Reince Priebus,
That´s Hillary Clinton´s angry ghost stalking the election of 2020 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/10/2019 6:31:53 AM Post Reply
The Democrats have given up electing a president next year. What else could explain the party’s obsession with the election of four years ago? Hillary Clinton lost, and they can’t let it go. Jerry Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee continue to pursue Attorney General William Barr, their surrogate target for President Trump, demanding that Mr. Barr flout the law protecting grand jury proceedings, or they will turn it into “a constitutional crisis.” Nancy Pelosi, who blows hot and cold on whether the House of Representatives should impeach the president,
Attorney General William Barr mentions spying, and fear roils the Democrats replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/10/2019 6:35:19 AM Post Reply
The public faking of sincerity is an underappreciated, yet dark and unctuous art, practiced with great skill by Roman senators, French courtiers (just before the advent of the guillotine) and, yes, Washington politicians. Fear is a different creature. There is no need to fake it. It shows itself on the faces of intriguers in Washington as it would have shown itself on the faces of macaques in a laboratory or on some 15th century jester in a painting. We are all primates. The lips curl back, there is a witless acceptance of threat and the showing of teeth, of gums.
Another undeserved military honor for LBJ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/10/2019 6:39:46 AM Post Reply
When former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters smashed champagne bottles against a metal star atop the bow of the ship named for him last month, the crowd roared, patriotic streamers shot skyward, and there were smiles all around. No one was churlish enough to mar the christening ceremony in Bath, Maine, by noting that in naming the futuristic-looking stealth destroyer for the 36th president, the Navy was honoring a part-time officer who spent decades wearing a decoration for valor that he knew full well he didn’t rate. For most of his political life, Johnson proudly displayed a Silver Star
Beto O´Rourke´s example shows that impeachment is the last resort of losing Democratic campaigns replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/10/2019 11:17:48 AM Post Reply
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s campaign for the Democratic nomination is not getting the traction his team likely hoped it would. As a result, they are searching out shiny objects to spark interest in the Democratic base for his 2020 White House bid. This week, they dusted off a talking point from his failed 2018 Senate campaign in Texas, and they are using special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation as the hook. As a presidential candidate, O’Rourke is now officially calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Of course, he is not the first
Shocker! The GoFundMe Campaign to Build the Wall Is a Bust replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/10/2019 6:49:36 PM Post Reply
Back in December, Washington state Trump supporter Joshua Greene donated a small amount of money to the crowdfunding effort to build a wall along the southern U.S. border. He wasn’t alone. The GoFundMe page to build the wall, to which he’d donated, was a sensation on the right in late 2018 and raised more than $20 million. Organized by triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage, the campaign eventually morphed into a nonprofit called We Build the Wall, which promised to build portions of the wall on private land using the money it raised. Months later, there’s no evidence that any construction
Pentagon shifting $1.5 billion to border wall construction replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/10/2019 6:55:01 PM Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is shifting $1.5 billion in funds originally targeted for support of the Afghan security forces and other projects to help pay for construction of nearly 80 miles (130 kilometers) of wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday. Congress was notified of the move Friday. It follows the Pentagon’s decision in March to transfer $1 billion from Army personnel budget accounts to support wall construction. Some lawmakers have been highly critical of the Pentagon shifting money not originally authorized for border security. The combined total of $2.5 billion is in response
Giuliani cancels Ukraine trip, says he´d be ´walking into a group of people that are enemies of the US´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/11/2019 5:27:42 AM Post Reply
Rudy Giuliani, President Trump´s personal attorney, said Friday on "Fox News @ Night" that he will not be traveling to Ukraine as previously announced. Giuliani, a former Republican mayor of New York City, said that he believed he would be "walking into a group of people that are enemies of the president, and in some cases, enemies of the United States and in one case, an already convicted person who has been found to be involved in assisting the Democrats with the 2016 investigation. "There was a great fear that the new [Ukrainian] president would be surrounded by, literally,
Judith Clark released from prison after serving 36 years for role in deadly heist replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/11/2019 5:31:53 AM Post Reply
Convicted left-wing terrorist Judith Clark was released from prison on Friday after serving 36 years for her role as the getaway driver in the infamous 1981 Brink´s heist, which left three people dead. Clark, a former member of the May 19th Communist Organization who was sentenced to 75 years to life, was granted clemency by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., in 2016 for being a model prisoner in helping inmates with babies, service dogs and AIDS patients. Many opposed the 69-year-old´s release, including law enforcement officers and the families of Brink´s guard Peter Paige and Nyack police officers
Sorry, President Trump — Mueller saved John Kerry from the Logan Act replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/11/2019 5:35:45 AM Post Reply
Sorry, Mr. President, special counsel Robert Mueller´s report destroyed the Logan Act´s continuing legal viability. It cannot be used to prosecute John Kerry. The context here is President Trump´s suggestion on Thursday that former Secretary of State John Kerry be charged with violating the Logan Act. The act restricts private individuals from conducting foreign policy "without the authority" of the U.S. government. But Trump is upset over Kerry´s discussions with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif in relation to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Kerry supports that nuclear deal, but Trump strongly opposes it and has imposed
Beto’s Long History of Failing Upward replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/11/2019 5:38:53 AM Post Reply
AMES, Iowa—The presidential run of Beto O’Rourke is a profoundly personality-driven exercise, his charisma and Kennedy-esque demeanor the topic of one profile after another, so it’s surprising to listen to his speeches on the stump in which he doesn’t talk a whole lot about himself. In Iowa recently, over several days in a rainy, foggy, uncertain stretch of spring, O’Rourke delivered a series of speeches and held question-and-answer sessions in which he spoke at length about unity, civility and inclusivity, and only rarely touched on his personal story. There was one notable exception:
Former top FBI lawyer James Baker defends origins of the Russia investigation replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/11/2019 5:51:37 AM Post Reply
Washington-The top lawyer at the FBI when the Russia investigation was started said Friday that the probe was opened for "lawful, legitimate reasons," and pushed back on conspiracies that President Donald Trump has spread about the origins of the investigation. James Baker, the former FBI lawyer, said he felt compelled to speak out amid growing scrutiny of how the investigation started, concerns that have been stoked by Trump and Attorney General William Barr, who is conducting an internal review to see if there was any misconduct. Almost all of the top FBI officials who oversaw the Russia investigation have now publicly
NBC accused of smearing Covington Catholic teen in ´Law & Order´ episode replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/11/2019 6:09:23 AM Post Reply
If you watched “Law & Order: SVU” this week, you may have noticed that the teenage boy in the red cap locked in a faceoff in the middle of a rowdy crowd bears a strong resemblance to Nicholas Sandmann. A week after being sued by the Covington Catholic teen, NBCUniversal aired an episode Thursday of the long-running hit series with a scene that looked a lot like the 16-year-old Sandmann’s viral Jan. 18 encounter with an older Native American man at the Lincoln Memorial. Certainly the conservative Media Research Center thought so, posting an analysis Friday accusing
Leaked letters reveal details of NRA chief´s alleged spending replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/12/2019 5:37:03 AM Post Reply
National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre billed the group’s ad agency $39,000 for one day of shopping at a Beverly Hills clothing boutique, $18,300 for a car and driver in Europe and had the agency cover $13,800 in rent for a summer intern, according to newly revealed NRA internal documents. The documents, posted anonymously on the internet, provide new details of the clothing, travel and other expenses totaling more than $542,000 that Ackerman McQueen Inc. alleges Mr. LaPierre billed to it. The travel expenses allegedly include more than $200,000 in “Air Transportation” costs
"We Build The Wall´ Donors Demand Answers After Months of No Construction replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/12/2019 5:45:03 AM Post Reply
A “We Build The Wall” GoFundMe campaign quickly raised $22 million in online donations, but months after its launch and still no construction, donors are beginning to ask what’s being done with their money. In the run-up to what became the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, all related to a debate over border wall spending, Purple Heart veteran Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe in December calling on people to privately fund a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. The activist currently promises that his campaign would “do it for a fraction” of the cost
A reporter declined to reveal his source. Then police showed up at his front door with guns. replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/12/2019 5:48:30 AM Post Reply
Bryan Carmody, a freelance reporter in San Francisco, awoke Friday to the sounds of someone trying to break into his house. About 10 officers from the San Francisco Police Department were bashing the front gate of his home in the Outer Richmond neighborhood with a sledgehammer, he said. It was just after 8 o’clock in the morning. Carmody called out and said he would let them into the house. The officers showed him a search warrant and proceeded to go through his home — from “top to bottom” he says — with their guns drawn.
Audit suggests Google favors a small number of major outlets replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/12/2019 5:52:15 AM Post Reply
IN THE LAST WEEK OF APRIL, nearly 23 percent of all traffic to news sites tracked by web analytics firm came from search engines. Google alone accounts for nearly half of external referral traffic—traffic, that is, that comes from platforms, apps, and other outside sources— to news sites. Together with the fact that Facebook referral traffic is on the wane, this means that Google’s search algorithm is now perhaps the most powerful mediator of online attention to news. But for all the influence Google has in directing attention, we know painfully little
The Real Democratic Agenda replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/12/2019 6:15:38 AM Post Reply
And you thought Democrats won the House out of fear Republicans would drop coverage of preexisting conditions. That they wanted to spend this Congress addressing the cost of prescription drugs, building roads and bridges, resolving the legal status of DACA recipients, expanding gun background checks. Don´t be silly! Rashida Tlaib let spill the real Democratic agenda back in January, when she said they were going to "impeach the motherf—er." Democrats have a problem. The base wants to impeach President Trump, ASAP, but the public does not.
America: #56 in Mass Shootings replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/12/2019 6:20:23 AM Post Reply
That the U.S. leads the world in mass shooting events, and that the cause is our liberal gun laws, are articles of faith on the Left. Barack Obama, for example, said: The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world. This belief, while pervasive in our culture, is untrue. John Lott and Michael Weisser explode the myth, while at the same time demolishing a widely-cited but bogus “study” by one Adam Lankford: Lankford’s claim received coverage
Blue meat: Beto O´Rourke claims border crisis caused by climate change replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/12/2019 6:24:27 AM Post Reply
Former Texas congressman and 2020 Democratic primary candidate Robert "Beto" O’Rourke is in a tough spot. There is no real, animating principle behind his White House bid — nothing deeper than “Hey, why not me?” — and the people who billed him last year as the latest, greatest, most exciting political prodigy since former President Barack Obama have taken notice. Never mind that O’Rourke’s vacuity was obvious when he ran against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. How major newsrooms managed to miss this even as they built up the Democratic candidate as God’s gift to the electorate is anyone’s guess.
Venezuela’s Guaidó asks for relations with US military replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/13/2019 5:32:25 AM Post Reply
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Saturday said he’s instructed his political envoy in Washington to immediately open relations with the U.S. military in a bid to bring more pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to resign. The leader said he’s asked Carlos Vecchio, who the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador, to open “direct communications” toward possible military “coordination.” The remarks, at the end of a rally Saturday, mark one of his strongest public pleas yet for greater U.S. involvement in the country’s fast-escalating crisis. While Guaidó has repeatedly echoed comments from the Trump administration
Pilot arrested right before takeoff for 2015 triple-homicide replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/13/2019 5:35:27 AM Post Reply
An American Airlines pilot was dragged from a plane in Kentucky and arrested this weekend for the 2015 triple-homicide of three of his former neighbors, authorities said. Former Army Ranger Major Christian Richard Martin, 51, was nabbed at the Louisville International Airport on Friday, on a plane loaded with passengers preparing for takeoff to Charlotte, ABC News reported. The arrest came a day after his indictment by a Christian County grand jury on murder and arson charges stemming from the November 2015 killings of Calvin and Pamela Phillips and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau.
Putting the Ayatollahs in Their Place replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/13/2019 5:45:59 AM Post Reply
Rumors abound that the new White House Middle East peace plan will be unveiled next month. The plan’s focus is a “deal of the century” that will supposedly make peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The plan will be dead on arrival for two principal reasons. First, the Palestinian leadership doesn’t want peace because any agreement with Israel will delegitimize everything that all of them — from Yassir Arafat to Mahmoud Abbas — have ever done. Second, because Iran will never allow a peace with “Little Satan” — Israel — on any terms and because any such agreement could interfere
A Beto Reboot Is in the Works, As His Campaign Sags replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/13/2019 6:04:33 AM Post Reply
Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke is planning what one adviser called a “reintroduction” of his presidential campaign after failing to sustain the attention of Democratic voters on the national stage. O’Rouke, who climbed onto the top counter of the Democratic Party with his inspired (but unsuccessful) Senate run last year, has seen his poll numbers plummet in recent weeks. A South Carolina poll published Sunday showed a seven-point drop from a month ago, with O’Rourke now tied with entrepreneur Andrew Yang at just two percent. Overall, Beto is doing terribly in just about every metric
Socialist mindset: Nationalize and infantilize replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/13/2019 6:07:25 AM Post Reply
What’s the difference between the average big-government liberal and a full-fledged socialist? Socialists sometimes comprehend the devastating effect regulation has on private enterprise — and for them, that’s half the point of regulation. Socialists also don’t try as hard as ordinary liberals to hide the fact that they don’t trust you to make decisions for yourself. Socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are trumpeting a new proposal, the Loan Shark Prevention Act. It would ban lending at effective interest rates, including all fees, greater than 15%.
The Left’s Obsession with Race replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/13/2019 6:10:50 AM Post Reply
There was a time when people aspired to a world where race was an afterthought. It was always a tough slog, but we’d moved closer and closer over time. Then something funny happened – a political party realized they could benefit from division and that unity was bad for business. Unity would require a debate on issues and their merits, which was one they had been losing, so they opted for backsliding; divide to conquer. If you divide people into groups it is much easier to win. Groups of people are easier to manipulate than millions of individuals.
Former DHS officials ousted over push back on Trump administration´s plan to arrest thousands of migrants replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/14/2019 5:38:45 AM Post Reply
Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and a top immigration official challenged a previously secret White House plan to arrest thousands of migrant parents and children in nearly a dozen U.S. cities, Fox News confirmed Monday. The Trump administration wanted to target migrant families that had crossed into the U.S. from Mexico in attempt to show that the U.S. wasn´t going to back down on its border stance by detaining and deporting illegal immigrant families, The Washington Post first reported, citing several current and former Homeland Security officials.
NRA infighting spills into public view with anonymous leak of documents replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/14/2019 5:43:40 AM Post Reply
A trove of what appear to be internal NRA documents were anonymously posted online over the weekend, raising more questions about longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre’s leadership amid mounting allegations of financial mismanagement within the powerful gun lobby.The leaked documents, the authenticity of which ABC News has not been able to verify, included letters that appear to show former NRA president Lt. Col. Oliver North raised serious concerns with the organization’s audit committee about $24 million in legal fees paid to the firm of outside counsel William Brewer over the last year. North was recently ousted
The Reelection of Donald Trump replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/14/2019 6:05:43 AM Post Reply
Emile Durkheim, a French sociologist, famously discussed something called collective effervescence. Durkheim argued that the universal religious dichotomy of sacrilegious and sacred results from the way in which we live of our lives. Unfortunately, most of us spend too many hours performing menial tasks. These tasks are, for lack of a better word, monotonous. The rare occasions on which the masses have a reason to congregate become sacred, and the high energy level associated with these events gets directed onto momentous events and people. Think religious gatherings, sporting events, or even Trump rallies. To millions of Americans, President Trump
4 dead, 2 missing, 10 hospitalized after midair collision over Alaska replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/14/2019 6:12:52 AM Post Reply
Four people have been confirmed killed, two remain missing and 10 others were hospitalized after two aircraft collided in midair over Alaska, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. An earlier report said five had died. The current figure may change awith two people still missing. The collision took place in Coon Cove, Alaska, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a de-Havilland Otter DHC-3 "collided in mid-air under unknown circumstances," the FAA told ABC News.
Rosenstein unloads on Comey, says he broke ´bright lines that should never be crossed´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/14/2019 6:19:00 AM Post Reply
Rod Rosenstein unloaded on former FBI Director James Comey in remarks to the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) on Monday evening, slamming Comey´s turn as a "partisan pundit," reiterating that he deserved to be fired, and faulting him for trampling "bright lines that should never be crossed." Rosenstein formally stepped aside as deputy attorney general two days ago. His speech specifically took aim at Comey´s comments earlier this month implying that Rosenstein and Attorney General Bill Barr lacked the "inner strength" to "resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump." Comey also derided Rosenstein´s "character" and suggested his "soul"
America´s largest cities drowning in debt, with Chicago leading the way, study finds replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/15/2019 5:25:35 AM Post Reply
America’s 10 largest cities, largely Democrat strongholds, are drowning in municipal debt, according to a new report from government watchdog Truth in Accounting. The report sought out “to determine what ... overlapping financial entities mean for taxpayers’ bottom line.” Truth in Accounting said its purpose was to “calculate the various bills (and surpluses, when available) at the city government level and divide them out to determine a per-Taxpayer Burden.” The two cities with the highest burden: Chicago and New York City; Chicago’s combined taxpayer burden: $119,110; New York City’s combined taxpayer burden: $85,600.
NRA board member: ´Imperative´ to clean house, move on from CEO Wayne LaPierre replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/15/2019 5:32:23 AM Post Reply
A prominent board member of the National Rifle Association urged the organization to clean “its own house” and move on from CEO Wayne LaPierre’s leadership on Tuesday in a stunning escalation of the internal crisis that has plagued the organization in recent months. Retired Lt. Col. Allen West, a former Republican congressman from Florida serving his second term on the board, announced in a blog post that he was withdrawing his support from LaPierre, citing concerns about alleged financial mismanagement within the organization and what he called “outright lies” told by Carolyn Meadows, the group´s new president,
Joe Biden to Woman Who Says Trump is ´An Illegitimate President’: ‘I Absolutely Agree’ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/15/2019 5:37:20 AM Post Reply
Former Vice President and current Democratic presidential primary frontrunner Joe Biden said “I absolutely agree” with a woman who described herself as having a “very severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome,” and said that Trump “is an illegitimate president.” Biden took questions from audience members at a campaign event in Nashua, NH n Tuesday, after delivering a fire-up speech about why he’s running for president. The third audience member to address Biden didn’t really have a question, but rather a lengthy message about how Democrats should oppose Donald Trump.
The Rot Is Irreversible replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/15/2019 5:44:04 AM Post Reply
Disease is reversible—rot isn’t. Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib brought the disease of anti-Semitism into the upper echelons of the Democratic Party when they were elected in November. The party could have fought the disease. It chose instead to nurture it. And that’s when the irreversible rot set in. The rot explains why Democrats, from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on down, are vigorously defending Tlaib’s recent lies about Arabs welcoming Jews after the Holocaust. It doesn’t matter what Tlaib or Omar say, how blunt their Jew-hatred is, or how often it’s aired. A defense pact is already
State Department´s red flag on Steele went to a senior FBI man well before FISA warrant replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/15/2019 5:48:29 AM Post Reply
In all Washington investigations, the essential questions become who knew it and when did they know it. In the case of FBI informant Christopher Steele and the credibility of his now-disproven Russia collusion allegations against Donald Trump, we have some important clarity: Government officials confirm that an October 2016 email revealing that Steele met with State Department officials — a breach of protocol for an informant if it was unauthorized — was sent to an FBI counterintelligence supervisor. Multiple sources confirm to me that the recipient of the State Department email was Special Agent Stephen Laycock
So, You Want to Invade Iran? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/15/2019 5:57:15 AM Post Reply
Recently, the Trump Administration announced that it was deploying both an American aircraft carrier as well as B-52 bombers to the Middle East as a show of force against the Iranians. According to National Security Adviser John Bolton, intelligence provided by Israel suggested that Iranian proxies were readying to strike against U.S. assets in war-torn Syria and against oil tankers passing through the vital oil transit chokepoints known as the Straits of Bab el-Mandeb and Hormuz. More ominously, the president is reportedly reviewing Pentagon war plans for an invasion of Iran. This plan calls for the buildup
Drowning in a sea of Democrats replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/16/2019 6:07:48 AM Post Reply
There are 19 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination polling at 2 percent or less in New Hampshire, according to a recent poll from Monmouth University. Sixteen of them are at or below 1 percent. Thirteen register at zero, including Kirsten Gillibrand and Michael Bennet, both sitting U.S. senators, and Tulsi Gabbard, Eric Swalwell, Seth Moulton, all of whom are members of the House. There is also a governor in there somewhere among the New Age gurus and 89-year-old Alaskan ex-pols and former HUD secretaries. Now another one, Seth — sorry, I mean, Steve —
Beto O´Rourke´s dumber-than-dumb cult of personality branding replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/16/2019 6:10:47 AM Post Reply
Pollster Frank Luntz went on Fox News and said that basically, looking at the numbers, Beto O’Rourke was running the dumbest presidential campaign, well, ever. There’s an understatement, if there ever was one. “All of Beto was about him,” Luntz said on Fox. “It wasn’t about policy, it wasn’t about politics. It was cult of personality.” His personality, that is. His “look at how great I am” personality. His “enough about me — tell me what you think about my looming win of the White House” personality. And all that, thus, has led to O’Rourke’s big campaign reboot.
If You Can’t Impeach Him, Embarrass Him replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/16/2019 6:17:20 AM Post Reply
Disappointed by Robert Mueller’s failure to demonstrate President Trump’s perfidy, Democrats are focusing anew on the president’s tax returns. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is refusing to order the release of Trump’s federal returns to the House, saying that there is no legislative purpose for doing so, but a new effort to expose Trump’s tax history runs through Albany, where Democrats in 2018 gained solid control of the state senate for the first time in decades. Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised to sign a bill making its way through the legislature that would submit
Former CIA chief Brennan
to brief Dems on Iran
Posted by Pluperfect 5/20/2019 4:54:58 AM Post Reply
WASHINGTON — House Democrats will hear from former CIA Director John Brennan about the situation in Iran, inviting him to speak next week amid heightened concerns over the Trump administration’s sudden moves in the region. Brennan, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, is scheduled to talk to House Democrats at a private weekly caucus meeting Tuesday, according to a Democratic aide and another person familiar with the private meeting. Both were granted anonymity to discuss the meeting. The invitation to Brennan and Wendy Sherman, a former State Department official and top negotiator of the Iran nuclear deal, offers counterprogramming to the Trump administration’s closed-door briefing for lawmakers also planned for Tuesday
Brawl erupts at convention
for local-government
officials at Indian Wells resort
Posted by Pluperfect 5/20/2019 5:01:41 AM Post Reply
A conference of local government officials from across California erupted into violence over the weekend when several attendees began throwing punches, with at least one person apparently knocked unconscious, according to five witnesses to the incident. A spokesman with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that a brawl at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa had been reported to police around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Seven people were involved in “an altercation and physical battery,” said Deputy Mike Vasquez. Police tried to identify the people involved but “none of them were cooperative,” Vasquez said. One man was hospitalized for minor injuries, he said.
What the Dems Can Learn
From Down Under
Posted by Pluperfect 5/20/2019 5:06:17 AM Post Reply
Imagine an election in which one party promises to save the planet and the opposing party pledges to save your job. Which is more likely to get your vote? For most people, those who support families and coach T-Ball on weekends, the answer will not require a lot of soul searching. You may have, for various social reasons, told some pollster that the “Save the Earth” party has your support. But it’s a lot easier to focus on the environment if one can count on a steady income. Consequently, in the end, you’ll vote for the “Paycheck Party.” This shouldn’t require enormous prescience to predict, yet it consistently surprises the pollsters.
Loretta Lynch accuses Comey of
misrepresenting key Clinton probe
conversation, was 'quite
surprised' by his testimony
Posted by Pluperfect 5/21/2019 4:38:39 AM Post Reply
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has flatly accused former FBI Director James Comey of mischaracterizing her statements by repeatedly alleging, under oath, that Lynch privately instructed him to call the Hillary Clinton email probe a "matter" instead of an "investigation." Lynch, who testified that Comey's claim left her "quite surprised," made the dramatic remarks at a joint closed-door session of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees last December. A transcript of her testimony was released on Monday by House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga. The episode marked the latest public dispute to break out among high-level ex-Obama administration officials, as multiple government reviews of potential FBI
California lawmakers weigh budget
proposals to cover health care
for illegal immigrants
Posted by Pluperfect 5/21/2019 4:44:02 AM Post Reply
California lawmakers are weighing proposals this week that would offer government-funded health care to adult illegal immigrants but are at odds over how far to go. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed $98 million a year to cover low-income illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25, but the state Assembly’s bill would cover all illegal immigrants over the age of 19 living in California – a proposal that would cost an estimated $3.4 billion. The state Senate, meanwhile, wants to cover adults ages 19 to 25, plus seniors 65 and older. That bill's sponsor, Sen. Maria Elana Durazo, scoffed at cost concerns, noting the state has a projected $21.5
How long will de Blasio drag out his presidential farce? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/21/2019 4:50:29 AM Post Reply
Just a week after entering the presidential race, Mayor Bill de Blasio is already neck-and-neck with such household names as .?.?. Seth Moulton and Wayne...
Comey Was a Commie? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/21/2019 5:11:52 AM Post Reply
“In college, I was left of center,” explained James Comey in an interview with New York magazine, “and through a gradual process I found myself more comfortable with a lot of the ideas and approaches the Republicans were using.” Comey voted for Jimmy Carter in 1980, but says that four years later, in 1984, “I voted for Reagan — I’d moved from Communist to whatever I am now. I’m not even sure how to characterize myself politically. Maybe at some point, I’ll have to figure it out.” Comey was once a communist. And look deeper at his statement: “I’d moved from Communist to whatever I am now.
Australian Politics, Upside-Down replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/21/2019 5:22:17 AM Post Reply
The Liberal/National Party’s election victory in Australia on May 18 was the latest electoral result to shock the punditry. Like Brexit and Donald Trump, it was a conservative victory that few expected. Voters in Queensland, Australia’s agricultural and industrial power center, turned to the LNP in support of the proposed Carmichael coal mine that would provide up to 5,000 jobs to the local economy—but which the Labor Party and Green Party opposed. Labor’s supposedly unlosable “climate change election” proved a debacle, as exit polls predicting that the party would gain up to 18 seats turned out to be wildly inaccurate. With postal votes and some others still to be counted,
'The Land of the Free' can still
be a nation of stronger
borders and immigration laws
Posted by Pluperfect 5/21/2019 5:36:41 AM Post Reply
Our broken immigration system is what got Donald Trump elected president. The two most recent past presidents have tried and failed to reform it. Trump’s latest framework is a noble one, with main pillars deserving support from both parties and which Congress could easily improve to become an excellent proposal. The first step of any immigration reform worthy of the name will be stanching the flow of illegal immigration. Trump is calling for spending billions to beef up border security through many means, including a wall. Democrats used to admit walls were good. Hopefully they’ve gotten the Trump-era wall hatred out of their system,
Impeach Trump? It would be a profound
mistake for Democrats to be goaded into it
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2019 4:29:54 AM Post Reply
It would be a profound mistake for Democrats to be goaded into pursuing impeachment of President Trump now or any time in the future. I say this based on the evidence that is publicly available about what Trump did or did not do – whether it be on non-existent collusion with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election, or allegations that he obstructed justice in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Some Democrats believe Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice and can be impeached for that offense.
Brit Hume:Joe Biden a ‘walking time-bomb’
despite Democratic front-runner status
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2019 4:34:01 AM Post Reply
Joe Biden might be leading the race for his party's nomination now, but the former vice president is a "walking time-bomb" and has to perform a "high-wire act" if he is to emerge from the crowded Democratic field in first place, according to Brit Hume. Hume, Fox News' Senior Political Analyst, made the comment while discussing Biden's 2020 prospects on the latest episode of the Fox News podcast, "The Candidates with Bret Baier." "I like Biden on a personal basis, but I think he is a walking time-bomb," Hume said. "I think his age is an issue, I’m the same age as he is, my age is an issue,
The New German Anti-Semitism replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2019 4:42:02 AM Post Reply
One of Wenzel Michalski’s early recollections of growing up in southern Germany in the 1970s was of his father, Franz, giving him some advice: “Don’t tell anyone that you’re Jewish.” Franz and his mother and his little brother had survived the Holocaust by traveling across swaths of Eastern and Central Europe to hide from the Gestapo, and after the war, his experiences back in Germany suggested that, though the Nazis had been defeated, the anti-Semitism that was intrinsic to their ideology had not. This became clear to Franz when his teachers in Berlin cast stealthily malicious glances at him when Jewish characters — such as Shylock
Avenatti Says He Expects Indictment
in New York Within 48 Hours
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2019 4:45:58 AM Post Reply
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who became famous representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump, said on Twitter he expects to be indicted in New York within 48 hours. Avenatti was arrested in March and charged in a criminal complaint with trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike Inc. He was separately charged in California in a federal indictment alleging he embezzled money from his clients, failed to pay millions of dollars in taxes and lied in bank loan applications. He didn’t say in his tweet whether the New York indictment will include new charges.
Christopher Steele's nugget of
fool's gold was easily disproven
— but FBI didn't blink an eye
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2019 4:51:28 AM Post Reply
Of all the wild tales that Christopher Steele spun about Russia-Trump collusion during a visit to the State Department shortly before the 2016 election, only one was deemed worth forwarding to his FBI handlers. Long hidden, the now-disclosed email speaks volumes about both the quality of Steele’s so-called intelligence gathering and the FBI’s willingness to vet an informant who was openly biased against Donald Trump, paid by Trump’s Democratic opponent, and motivated by an Election Day deadline. Multiple sources confirm to me that the attachment that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec sent to then-FBI section chief Stephen Laycock on Oct. 13, 2016,
Rosenstein slams Obama administration for choosing ‘not to publicize full story’ of Russia hacking replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/26/2019 4:44:10 AM Post Reply
Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. deputy attorney general who supervised the Mueller investigation, spoke publically on Thursday for the first time since the report was released, taking a swipe at the Obama administration’s real-time reaction to Russian hacking and its decision "not publicize the full story" to the American people. Rosenstein, who was speaking in New York at the Public Servants Dinner of the Armenian Bar Association, defended his handling of the probe and criticized former officials in the process. He called out former FBI Director James Comey for alerting Congress about the investigation into Russian collusion
Is Tesla On Its Way To Crashing And Burning? Electric Car Company Posts Huge Losses in 2019 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/26/2019 4:55:53 AM Post Reply
Tesla’s first quarterly earnings report of 2019 showed the company took a massive financial hit after losing a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit on Jan. 1, Greentech Media reports. Tesla released its Q1 earnings report Wednesday, showing losses greater than the already pessimistic predictions from analysts. The electric car company posted a $702 million net loss. The negative cash flow is the greatest loss the company has ever posted over one quarter. In conjunction with the deficit, Tesla’s car delivery dropped by 31 percent from 90,700 cars in the last quarter of 2018 to 63,000 cars in the first quarter of 2019.
Baltimore mayor not lucid enough to decide whether to resign replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/26/2019 5:01:01 AM Post Reply
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is sick and not “lucid” enough to decide whether to resign over a federal investigation into shady sales of a children’s book she authored, her lawyer said Thursday. The embattled Democrat was at her house during an FBI and IRS raid on the property earlier Thursday and met with a doctor there, said her attorney Steve Silverman. An earlier report from local outlet WJZ quoted sources saying Pugh had skipped town. But her lawyer — whose office was also raided by the feds — said he met with her for an hour
FBI Texts Show Agents Discussed Recruiting White House Sources To Spy For Bureau replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/26/2019 5:08:53 AM Post Reply
Senior Republican chairmen submitted a letter Thursday to Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr revealing new texts from former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok to his paramour FBI Attorney Lisa Page showing the pair had discussed attempts to recruit sources within the White House to allegedly spy on the Trump administration. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson revealed the information in a three page letter. The texts had been obtained by Tuesday and information regarding the possible attempt to recruit White House sources had been divulged by several sources
How the Obama White House engaged Ukraine to give Russia collusion narrative an early boost replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/26/2019 5:12:46 AM Post Reply
As Donald Trump began his meteoric rise to the presidency, the Obama White House summoned Ukrainian authorities to Washington to coordinate ongoing anti-corruption efforts inside Russia’s most critical neighbor. The January 2016 gathering, confirmed by multiple participants and contemporaneous memos, brought some of Ukraine’s top corruption prosecutors and investigators face to face with members of former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), the FBI, State Department and Department of Justice (DOJ). The agenda suggested the purpose was training and coordination. But Ukrainian participants said it didn’t take long — during the meetings and afterward — to realize the Americans’ objectives
5 Times The Mueller Probe Broke Prosecutorial Rules That Ensure Justice replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/26/2019 5:26:42 AM Post Reply
CNN recently published an article arguing that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should not have issued a report suggesting the president may have committed obstruction of justice without actually reaching this conclusion. CNN is obviously disappointed because inside the leftist echo chamber the obstruction case seems undisputable. For example, the Mueller report suggests that the president committed some kind of sin for wanting to fire former FBI director James Comey for being a party to the plot to blackmail or frame the president. Some believe presidents should fire FBI chiefs who participate in hoaxes against their boss.
Should we shutter the Department of Education? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/26/2019 5:29:57 AM Post Reply
Since its inception 40 years ago as a political payoff from President Jimmy Carter to the National Education Association, the Department of Education has engaged in scores of dubious actions that have made millions of Americans yearn for its expulsion. The most recent example of comes from a long string of audits showing the federal department is doing a lousy job keeping tabs on the $38 billion it receives to administer federally funded K–12 programs. “Complex and persistent” is how Congress’ spending watchdog, the Government Accountability Office, described the agency’s mismanagement of data, oversight, and evaluation.
Semi-truck driver, 23, arrested after 4 people are killed in fiery crash involving 28 vehicles on Colorado freeway replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/27/2019 6:22:03 AM Post Reply
Police have arrested a semi-truck driver accused of causing a fiery multi-vehicle wreck Thursday on Interstate 70 near Denver, Colo., that left four people dead and six more injured. Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, 23, of Texas, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide, police said. He is slated to appear in court on Saturday for an advisement hearing. The charges stemmed from interviews and evidence, Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman said. Authorities said it did not appear drugs or alcohol were involved and the crash does not appear to be intentional. Officials said they were looking into
Dear Democrats, want to re-elect Trump? Get busy with impeachment replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/27/2019 6:24:41 AM Post Reply
President Trump has called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt" nearly 200 times on social media alone. Well, the special counsel concluded he was not a witch. After carefully scrutinizing any links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, Robert Mueller definitively declared "the investigation did not establish that the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." He didn´t do it. Still, several leading Democrats have called for Trump´s impeachment on obstruction-of-justice charges. This is absurd. The lesson of Watergate, we are told, is that the coverup is always worse than the crime.
Two Democrat Losers To 2020 Candidates: Talk To Rural Voters replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/27/2019 6:29:07 AM Post Reply
What’s that old expression? Those that can, do; those who can’t, teach. That’s what’s happening with two Democrats who lost re-election races in 2018. Former Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly want to turn their failures into success for other Democrats. As crazy as it first sounds, Heitkamp and Donnelly want to teach other candidates how to talk to rural voters. Ponder that for a moment. The party of identity politics is so accustomed to dividing potential voters into specific categories, with a focus on urban voters,
In Going After Carter Page, Did the FBI and DOJ Abuse the FISA Process? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/27/2019 6:57:09 AM Post Reply
Department of Justice inspector general Michael Horowitz announced in March 2018 that his office was reviewing the DOJ’s and FBI’s “compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person.” In other words, he was asking whether the agencies abused their power in getting warrants to surveil (by then, former) Trump-campaign foreign-policy adviser Carter Page. More than a year later, we still don’t know much about the course of the IG’s investigation. But that may finally be changing.
Inside the EPA´s ´resistance room,´ where Trump was never president and climate change is real replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/27/2019 7:06:44 AM Post Reply
WASHINGTON — No such thing. That was the verdict delivered by the security guard inside the Ronald Reagan Building on the question of whether there existed a museum of the Environmental Protection Agency and, more to the point, whether that museum was somewhere within this airy warren of federal offices in downtown Washington. In fact, she appeared to regard the question as downright insane. Actually, there was — and is, as of this writing at least — such a thing as an EPA museum. The security guard looked on with annoyed concession as this reporter produced on his phone
Trump debates waiving Jones Act to ship natural gas to New England and Puerto Rico replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/27/2019 7:12:15 AM Post Reply
President Trump is considering granting waivers to bypass the Jones Act, a century-old law law regulating domestic maritime commerce, to ease the transport of natural gas to the Northeast and Puerto Rico. Enacted in 1920, the Jones Act prohibits tankers from hauling goods and commodities, such as oil or natural gas, between U.S. ports unless the ships are American made, owned, and crewed. The Jones Act was designed to protect American maritime interests and shipbuilders, and the industry has repeatedly fended off attempts in Congress to repeal it, with coastal lawmakers stepping in to save it.
Synagogue victim hailed as hero for saving kids after gunshot to leg, witness says replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/28/2019 5:28:30 AM Post Reply
A 34-year-old man who was wounded when gunfire erupted inside a San Diego-area synagogue on Saturday was being praised as a hero for saving several children from a hail of bullets. The gunman – identified by authorities as 19-year-old John Earnest – allegedly opened fire with an assault-type rifle inside the Chabad of Poway synagogue as worshipers were prepared to celebrate the last day of Passover. A woman was killed and three people were injured. “(The gunman) was just shooting, shooting, shooting, shooting. Like crazy. Just spraying,” said Danny Almog, whose friend Almog Peretz was shot in a leg
Bumbling burglars butt-dial 911 on themselves, arrested after high-speed chase in Houston replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/28/2019 5:33:01 AM Post Reply
A pair of bumbling burglars were arrested after apparently butt-dialing 911 while fleeing the scene of a burglary at a Best Buy near Houston early Saturday. The men are alleged to have knocked off a Best Buy in Sugar Land, Texas, at about 3 a.m. While responding to an alarm at the store, dispatch received a 911 call in the area, Houston police said. But instead of a caller, they heard only background noise. Authorities said they pinged the cellphone, which was coming from a car traveling toward Houston from the suburban electronics store, and took off in pursuit.
Battling the Democrats’ big lie about Donald Trump replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/28/2019 5:42:20 AM Post Reply
No doubt you’ve heard a Democrat or two declare that President Trump is a “threat to our democracy.” Joe Biden used his campaign launch to up the ante, saying that the 2020 election is a “battle for the soul” of America and warning that if Trump gets a second term, “he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation.” Ho hum. The suggestion that the president is the personification of evil and is destroying all that makes America exceptional has become so routine that it’s easy to ignore it. In fact, it’s an ­extraordinary charge,
NRA Suspends Top Lawyer as Infighting Roils Group replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/28/2019 5:47:31 AM Post Reply
Steve Hart, the longtime lawyer for the National Rifle Association board, has been suspended from that role, two people with knowledge of the move told The Daily Beast. In addition, Col. Oliver North–who announced his departure from the powerful gun rights group this morning–has warned board members that the organization could lose its nonprofit status. A spokesperson for the NRA’s outside law firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and neither did Hart. A lawyer for North declined to comment.
James Bond 25: 007´s best and worst cars of all time replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/28/2019 6:02:32 AM Post Reply
HIT: BMW Z8 – The World Is Not Enough One of those moments where you wince slightly at the galumphing product placement, but when the Z8 appeared in 1999’s The World Is Not Enough, at least the car was fit for Bond. In case you’ve forgotten, the Z8 was a svelte two-seat RWD roadster that BMW produced in the late Nineties until 2003 by a team led by Chris Bangle, with the exterior design by a certain Henrik Fisker (he of the Karma, DB9 and V8 Vantage). It was a gorgeous retro-styled thing, and certainly had the go to match the show,
Sri Lanka Bombings: A Story of ISIS and Wealthy Terrorists replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/28/2019 6:25:11 AM Post Reply
In the U.S., coverage of the Islamic terrorist bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday has been sparse and generally uninformative. It tells you something when Britain’s Sun, which has mostly abandoned the news in favor of soccer and celebrities in bikinis, is a better source than the New York Times or the Washington Post. That is certainly the case with regard to the Sri Lanka bombings. ISIS claimed responsibility for the Easter bombings, a claim that initially was doubted. But links between the mass murderers and ISIS have now been confirmed.
Joe Biden On Anita Hill In 1998: ‘She Was Lying’ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/29/2019 5:55:14 AM Post Reply
Former vice president Joe Biden repeatedly said on The View on Friday that he believed Anita Hill from the moment he heard her tale of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas. But he previously told Sen. Arlen Specter that it was clear her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee included lies. “Not only didn’t I vote for Clarence Thomas, I believed her from the beginning. I was against Clarence Thomas, I did everything in my power to defeat Clarence Thomas and he won by the smallest margin anyone ever won going on the Supreme Court,” Biden told “The View’s” Joy Behar.
Kamala Harris can’t afford to be cagey about where she stands on the issues replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/29/2019 6:08:44 AM Post Reply
Clarity, courage and candor. That’s what voters want from political candidates. Not circular claptrap. That’s especially true of candidates running in a crowded field of 20 for the Democratic nomination to take on President Trump next year. Voters are looking for differences. Everyone’s pounding on Trump. That’s no distinction. California Sen. Kamala Harris, who’s considered among the top tier of contenders, isn’t always performing up to speed. It’s not enough just to feed the voter base with red meat and focus group-certified talking points. Harris has long been afflicted with too much caution, as I’ve previously written.
Sixteen candidates now qualify for Democratic debates replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/29/2019 6:11:49 AM Post Reply
This year, the Democratic National Committee decided that presidential candidates can qualify for the first two debates by earning at least 1 percent of the vote in three national or early-primary-state polls conducted by qualifying pollsters or by receiving donations from at least 65,000 unique donors, including at least 200 individual donors in at least 20 states. I assume that this liberal approach was a reaction to charges that the DNC stacked the deck against outsiders four years ago. There will be outsiders galore participating in Democratic presidential debates this year.
Crybaby meltdown at White House Correspondents´ Association dinner replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/29/2019 6:13:45 AM Post Reply
It is said that Washington is Hollywood for ugly people. That is, of course, an insult to homely people everywhere. But if Washington is the Hollywood of anything, then the insufferably tedious White House Correspondents’ Association dinner held every year is, truly, the Oscars of Washington. Every spring, frumpy, ink-stained wretches squeeze themselves into ridiculously mismatched tuxedos and sequined gowns straining at the seams and — I am not kidding — walk across a plush red carpet to the snapping and flashing of cameras. This, mere feet from the stone-walled sidewalk where President Ronald Reagan was nearly assassinated in 1981.
Trump orders asylum overhaul, including new fee for applicants and faster adjudications, amid ´severe´ border crisis replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/30/2019 4:54:49 AM Post Reply
President Trump called Monday night for a sweeping overhaul to an asylum system he has long said is rife with fraud -- including a new fee to process asylum applicants, and the capacity to rapidly adjudicate applicants´ claims while also barring them from working in the U.S. in the meantime. In a presidential memorandum, Trump specifically told Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan that the move was necessary to address a "crisis" at the border. In an article published earlier this month, The New York Times acknowledged that the humanitarian
Beto O´Rourke´s ´Ambitious Climate Plan´ Is Even Worse Than the Green New Deal replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/30/2019 5:18:49 AM Post Reply
On Monday, former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O´Rourke (D-Texas) released a climate change plan rooted in big government, based on utterly unrealistic expectations, and stuffed with intersectional pablum. In fact, O´Rourke´s plan is arguably worse than the Green New Deal sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). O´Rourke´s Alt-GND suggests a complete revamp of the economy is easy, comparatively cheap, and will bring more prosperity without any trade-offs. Ocasio-Cortez´s Green New Deal is a resolution, a first step toward pushing climate change legislation geared toward rebuilding every building in America (who said anything about property rights?), making energy production net-zero
Subway removes ham and bacon from nearly 200 stores and offers halal meat only after ´strong demand´ from Muslims replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/30/2019 5:24:43 AM Post Reply
Fast food giant Subway has removed ham and bacon from almost 200 outlets, and switched to halal meat alternatives in an attempt to please its Muslim customers. It has confirmed turkey ham and turkey rashers will be used instead in 185 of its stores, where all the meat will now be prepared according to halal rules. The chain, which has around 1,500 outlets across the UK, explained its decision by saying it had to balance animal welfare concerns with ´the views of religious communities´.
Listen to Joe diGenova replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/30/2019 5:27:05 AM Post Reply
Now that the Russian collusion hoax has been debunked, and not even the Hillary Clinton acolytes who comprised Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office saw fit to charge the president with obstruction of justice, the party is about to get very rough for the FBI, Justice Department, and CIA leaders who concocted the hoax and who illegally spied on American citizens. On April 10, 2019, Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had been spied upon by U.S. intelligence agencies. According to Barr, the “question was whether it [the spying] was adequately predicated.”
Biden the Liar replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/30/2019 5:31:22 AM Post Reply
Harold Schaitberger, president of the AFL-CIO-affiliated International Association of Firefighters, declared at a campaign rally for Joe Biden today that “Joe Biden is genuine. There’s nothing phony or artificial about Joe Biden.” This is a spectacularly audacious claim about one of Washington’s most notorious BS artists. A few days ago, Biden declared on The View, “We were asked, what are you proudest of from your administration? You know what I said — he said the same thing as I did. No one single whisper of scandal. That’s because of Barack Obama.” Perhaps Biden believes there was no whisper of scandal because
Report: U.S. Incarceration Falls to 20-Year Low replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/30/2019 5:37:58 AM Post Reply
The share of the adult population in prison has fallen to its lowest point since 1997, a new report released Thursday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows. The report is the latest instance of the BJS´s ongoing Prisoners series, which has provided the public with detailed statistics on state and federal offenders for decades. Thursday´s report provides information on the state of the nation´s prison system in 2017, with data on both the federal system (which accounted in that year for about 12 percent of all incarcerated) and the prisons of the 50 states.
In The Maw Of Wokeness replies
Posted by Pluperfect 4/30/2019 5:47:23 AM Post Reply
The first thing I saw at the first National Antiracist Book Festival was a white college kid with a disappointing tuft of an attempted goatee wearing a Colin Kaepernick shirt. I thought about telling him that I was sitting on a plane across from Kaepernick a week earlier – I remain a fan of his play style, and have been ever since he was running the spread at Nevada – and was disappointed when the former quarterback whose corporate Nike-backed mantra is “Believe in Something Even If It Means Sacrificing Everything” declined
Schiff Hires Ex-Chief of FBI Financial Crimes Section as House Intel Probes Trump’s Finances replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/1/2019 6:12:43 AM Post Reply
Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has hired Patrick Fallon, former chief of the FBI’s Financial Crimes Section, according to two sources familiar with the move. It’s a significant hire that will bring expertise to the committee’s efforts to scrutinize President Donald Trump’s financial dealings. A committee source told The Daily Beast that Fallon started this week. Schiff announced earlier this year that the committee will look at Trump’s finances to see if his personal interests are influencing his decisions as president. “That pertains to any credible allegations
Dems And Liberal Media Seemingly Ignore Crucial Detail in Mueller´s Letter to Barr replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/1/2019 6:32:22 AM Post Reply
Liberal media seized on news of special counsel Robert Mueller’s letter to William Barr, which expressed frustration over the attorney general’s initial depiction of his investigation’s findings, and presented it as evidence of wrongdoing. Yet, much of the anti-Trump left seemingly ignored a crucial detail of the Tuesday report from The Washington Post, which explained that during a phone conversation between the two, the attorney general actually asked the special counsel whether or not his memo was “inaccurate.”
Only Biden Can Save the Democrats from Total Embarrassment replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/1/2019 6:35:30 AM Post Reply
Joe Biden’s announcement of his candidacy for president must be seen as the last stand of forces trying to prevent the Democratic party from descending in a power dive into a mighty bonfire of the far Left. That party’s only plan of action since Election Day 2016 has been to attempt to destroy Trump, and that tactic survived even the complete dismissal of the Trump–Russia collusion canard and the declination of leaders of the Justice Department to accuse the president of obstruction of justice (for the reason that no ingredients for a prosecution existed).
Congress Should Be Ready to Arrest Attorney General William Barr If He Defies Subpoena replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/1/2019 6:52:33 AM Post Reply
On Sunday, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee threatened to subpoena Attorney General William P. Barr if he refuses to testify this week about the Mueller report. But a subpoena is unlikely to elicit Barr’s cooperation. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” says the President of the United States. In other words, there is to be no congressional oversight of this administration: No questioning the Attorney General about the Mueller Report. No questioning a Trump adviser about immigration policy. No questioning a former White House security director about issuances of security clearances. No questioning anyone about presidential tax returns.
William Barr Made A Major Disclosure In His Senate Hearing That Hardly Anyone Noticed replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/4/2019 5:11:28 AM Post Reply
In a little-noticed exchange during his Senate hearing Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr made a surprising disclosure that could allow the public and press to obtain sensitive details about the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. During a back-and-forth with Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, Barr identified Alexander Downer, a former Australian diplomat, as the FBI’s source for the information that sparked the bureau’s counterintelligence investigation into George Papadopoulos and other Trump campaign associates. The federal government had not officially identified Downer as the source until Wednesday. His role in the investigation was publicly known,
FBI Official’s Testimony Raises New Questions about Surveillance of Trump Campaign replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/4/2019 5:15:45 AM Post Reply
The deputy assistant director at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jonathan Moffa, was involved with the Russia–Trump investigation from the start. He was asked, in a closed-door Capitol Hill interview on August 24, 2018, to describe his role: “I was the section chief over counterintelligence analysis during the period of the election,” Moffa told lawmakers and staff. “And as a result, I had analysts who reported to me who supported the full range of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigations and counterespionage investigations during that period. So in a sense, if there’s a Russian-election-related investigation
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Unites the Nation: No One Wants Him to Run for President replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/4/2019 5:42:21 AM Post Reply
To become mayor, he defeated a Republican who vowed to kill kittens to keep the trains running. After complaining that New Yorkers didn’t appreciate his year one accomplishments, he killed a groundhog. Then helped kill a deer. Now, he’s coming for America. I get it: If there’s one person who can unite this nation, it’s New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who likes to prattle on about his transcendent, historic vision and who (polls confirm) roughly nobody wants running for president after he’s flirted with the idea for months, but who The New York Daily News reported Friday will announce
New York Times Admits Obama Admin Deployed Multiple Spies Against Trump Campaign In 2016 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/4/2019 5:45:18 AM Post Reply
Following months of angry claims by journalists and Democratic operatives that the Obama administration never spied on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, The New York Times admitted Thursday that multiple overseas intelligence assets were deployed against associates of the Republican nominee. It is not the first time the Times has revealed widespread spying operations against the campaign. In addition to noting that long-time informant Stefan Halper was tasked with collecting intelligence on the Trump campaign, the Times story details how a woman was sent overseas under a fake name and occupation to oversee the spy operation. The woman’s real name
When the third time is not the charm replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/4/2019 5:56:28 AM Post Reply
In the beginning, it was collusion with the Russians that the Democrats were counting on to send the president to obscurity, or worse. When that partisan fantasy dissolved like snow on a sunny day, the Democrats seized obstruction of justice as the crime of the century. The special counsel concluded there was not enough there, either. Now the only “high crime and misdemeanor” left to imagine is that the attorney general “lied to Congress.” Without a shred of reliable evidence, that’s the thinnest fantasy of all. The third time is definitely not the charm. So what’s next? Is there a scandal
Impeachment as Political Panic Button replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/5/2019 6:27:55 AM Post Reply
Anyone imagining the drumroll-to-sad-trombone Mueller Report shaking the Democratic Party’s monomaniacal faith in impeachment does not grasp the meaning of monomaniacal. True believers believe; such trivial matters as evidence, or a lack thereof, do not shake this faith. For a moment, in the wake of Attorney General William Barr’s announcement that the special counsel found no evidence of a conspiracy, it looked as though the many Ahabs might abandon their quest for their orange whale. But this underestimated their fervor — and their despair at the prospect of Trump’s reelection. And when your belief in your electoral chances wanes, impeachment morphs
Jimmy Carter Ran Against Washington, and Then Washington Ran Against Him replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/5/2019 6:34:12 AM Post Reply
Jimmy Carter won the presidency in 1976 because he understood the mood of the country, and because his message of populist reform reached disaffected voters in a way that eluded other more established politicians vying for the nomination in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. His signature lines, “I’ll never tell a lie,” and I’ll lead, “a government as good as its people,” as well as his promise to curb the excesses of the CIA, which had come to light around the time of Watergate, outshone and outmaneuvered a field of 17 candidates that included
Biden mixes up British PM Theresa May with Margaret Thatcher, who left office in 1990 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/5/2019 6:49:49 AM Post Reply
Joe Biden flubbed the name of British Prime Minister Theresa May at a fundraiser Saturday night, calling her by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher´s name. Thatcher left office in 1990 and died in 2013. The mistake by Biden, 76, comes amid worries about his age after he slurred his words during his campaign announcement speech. Aides have shielded him from reporters. He leads early primary polls by a wide margin but the Democratic Party establishment has yet to swing behind him. “Margaret Thatcher, um, excuse me, Margaret Thatcher — Freudian slip,” Biden said to laughter,
We Only Have Three And A Half Days To Stop Climate Change replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/5/2019 6:54:45 AM Post Reply
Climate change is in the news again. Earlier this year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–NY) warned us that we have only 12 years to address the harm that human beings are doing to the planet. Last week, Beto O’Rourke amended that, suggesting we have only 10 years. Now, I don’t want to scare anyone, but according to my calculations that I arrived at by reading science, both Beto and Ocasio-Cortez are looking at this problem through rose-colored glasses. In fact, the world has precisely three and a half days to change its ways or it will basically be destroyed.
The Demolition Derby replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/5/2019 7:00:23 AM Post Reply
The disqualification of the winner of the Kentucky Derby — Maximum Security — in favor of a slower steed, Country House, may be a first for the Run for the Roses. It is also, at least in our opinion, a shocking error of judgment. It will be talked about until the end of equines. All the more so because it is already being lit up on the Internet as a metaphor for our national political crisis. The events happened toward the final turn on a sloppy track in lousy weather (at roughly the 2:05 minute mark in this video).
Beto O´Rourke says he´d put Stacey Abrams in charge of combating voter suppression replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/5/2019 12:26:24 PM Post Reply
Former Texas congressman Beto O´Rourke says he´d put former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in charge of combating voter suppression if elected president. Speaking to supporters in Fort Worth on Friday, O´Rourke said he had a conversation on the subject with the rising star in the Democratic Party. "I called her to thank her for all the work that she´s doing on voting rights. And making sure that every person in this country can vote. And that every vote counts in this country," O´Rourke said. "We talked about how in our states of the former Confederacy,
Larry Kudlow fires back at Cory Booker´s claim Obama deserves credit for economic recovery replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/6/2019 5:26:20 AM Post Reply
National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow denounced Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sunday after the 2020 White House candidate said President Trump was "taking credit for a recovery that started under [former President Barack] Obama." "What Mr. Booker and some others are saying is simply not true factually," Kudlow told Fox News´ "America´s News HQ". Kudlow spoke two days after the publication of the April jobs report, which showed that the American economy added 263,000 jobs last month while the unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent, the lowest since 1969. Despite the rosy numbers, Booker insisted that the
Why the world is missing from the Democratic primary replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/6/2019 5:38:10 AM Post Reply
I remember when political “gaffes” could take over a news cycle for more than 90 minutes, and this is The Trailer. When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wants to argue with Joe Biden, he usually starts with Iraq. In a Sunday interview with ABC News, Sanders pointed out that he had broken with the former vice president on whether to invade the country in 2002. “Joe voted for the war in Iraq; I led the effort against it,” Sanders said. A few days earlier, in a CNN interview, he was less concise: “I helped lead the opposition
‘An Evening With The Clintons’ Tour Ends, Ticket Prices Plummet To $2.00 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/6/2019 5:46:21 AM Post Reply
When the bottom fell out of the ticket market for An Evening With the Clintons, it really plummeted. The final date of their “speaking tour” is Sunday night in Las Vegas. A quick scan of tickets on Stub Hub for the Sunday night show offers tickets for as little as $15.00, at least when I checked late Saturday night. A glance for tickets available on sale at Ticketmaster online shows they begin at $45.72 and go up to $257.18. I wrote about this tour back at the beginning of December and even then,
FBI’s spying campaign against Trump yet another reason to probe Comey replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/6/2019 5:51:34 AM Post Reply
President Trump has called it “Spygate,” but it’s looking more like “Get Smart” or the classic Mad magazine cartoon, “Spy vs. Spy.” According to The New York Times, the FBI in 2016 actually sent a buxom blonde to pump Trump-campaign nobody George Papadopoulos for information about collusion. It would be hilarious if the investigation hadn’t continued on (in various forms) for over two years, plaguing the president with damning “news” coverage that now turns out to be fundamentally false. Just how feckless and reckless was the Crossfire Hurricane investigation? (The name alone is amatuerish.)
Gore´s activist group demands broadcasters push ´climate crisis´ in their coverage replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/6/2019 5:55:31 AM Post Reply
The Climate Reality Project, an activist group founded by Al Gore in 2006, is now demanding that major broadcast news organizations refer to climate change as a “crisis” — and have launched a public petition to entreat ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News and MSNBC to change their ways. “When stronger storms and hotter wildfires leave millions homeless, it’s a crisis. When runaway global warming threatens our food and water, it’s a crisis. When our kids walk out of school because their future is at stake, it’s a crisis. But the coverage we see on television
Maximum Security owner weighs options after disqualification replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/6/2019 6:20:03 AM Post Reply
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Maximum Security co-owner Gary West criticized race stewards’ disqualification of his horse’s Kentucky Derby victory as “egregious” and said he was pondering his next step, including a possible appeal. "I think this is the most egregious disqualification in the history of horse racing, and not just because it´s our horse," West told The Associated Press by phone Saturday night. Several hours earlier, Maximum Security appeared to back up his undefeated record with a 1¾-length victory in the slop over Country House in the Kentucky Derby. The victory was overturned 22 minutes later
The Democratic Party Just Ticked Off Its Youngest Organizers replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/6/2019 1:26:39 PM Post Reply
The youths in the Democratic Party are angry. Sixty-eight chapters of the College Democrats are urging voters not to donate to the party’s congressional-campaign arm after it instituted a new policy to protect incumbents from primary challenges. The protesting students say that the change will deter young candidates and people from historically marginalized communities from running for office. Their outrage isn’t just noteworthy because they represent younger voters in the electorate—these young people are also some of the party’s key organizers and activists. “As College Democrats, we did a lot of work to build the new Democratic majority,”
No, Christianity Doesn’t Need To Endorse Homosexuality To Grow replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/6/2019 1:33:27 PM Post Reply
Stop accepting the Bible as true and admit Christianity has gotten it terribly wrong on homosexuality. This is the advice Rev. Oliver Thomas gives in a recent opinion article in USA Today for how the church can stop “hemorrhaging members” and see brighter days.(Snip)We don’t have to wonder whether Thomas is correct. Not only is he wrong, but an impressive body of very strong data and experience demonstrates the precise opposite of what he claims is true.
The Voter Suppression Myth replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/6/2019 1:39:41 PM Post Reply
Democrats believe their own bull—- about the Side of History so much that they can’t imagine losing an election, because if you have History on your side how can you lose except by someone using the Dark Side of the Force. Hence the daily claim of the left that Democrats have lost because of voter suppression. Kamala Harris, for examples, has claimed: “Let’s say this loud and clear — without voter suppression, Stacey Abrams would be the governor of Georgia, Andrew Gillum is the governor of Florida.” There have been numerous takedowns
Ken Starr: Leak of Mueller´s ´whiny´ letter to Barr was an ´unforgivable sin´ replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/7/2019 5:28:35 AM Post Reply
Former independent counsel Ken Starr on Monday sharply criticized the leak of Special Counsel Robert Mueller´s letter to Attorney General William Barr following Barr´s summary of the Russia report, calling the release of the letter an "unforgivable sin." "His letter, that was then leaked on the very eve of Bill Barr´s testimony, was essentially, I believe, an unfair, whiny complaint," Starr argued on "The Story with Martha MacCallum." Details of the March 24 letter went public shortly before Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a tense hearing last week. Multiple news outlets
Mark Steyn: Clinton and Abrams are making politics ´impossible,´ Pelosi wrong replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/7/2019 5:32:31 AM Post Reply
Conservative commentator and author Mark Steyn said Monday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that Democrats are making politics nearly "impossible" by refusing to accept election losses. Steyn is reacting to former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton saying this weekend that the election was "stolen" from her by Trump and the Russians. And by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams refusing to concede. "When you have someone like Stacey Abrams actually saying we don´t need to concede anymore because this entire system is oppressive and out to get us.
Stuck Pigs replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/7/2019 5:41:16 AM Post Reply
Last week was a bit of an historical moment in American politics, though perhaps not in the way those exhibiting a spectacle for the ages on Capitol Hill intended it to be. Specifically, on Wednesday Attorney General William Barr was subjected to a four-hour interrogation in the Senate Judiciary Committee over his handling of the Mueller Report. Barr wasn’t fazed by the questioning from the minority members of the committee, though a man with lesser patience and composure — the man Democrats like Richard Blumenthal, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Mazie Hirono, and Dianne Feinstein were hoping
Cory Booker Proposes National Gun-Licensing Program replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/7/2019 6:04:53 AM Post Reply
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who recently promised to “bring a fight to the NRA like they have never ever seen before,” on Monday morning introduced a sweeping gun-violence prevention plan that centers around a national gun-licensing program, the most comprehensive and far-reaching of any candidate in the Democratic presidential field. “My plan to address gun violence is simple—we will make it harder for people who should not have a gun to get one,” Booker said in a statement, pledging to take executive action on the first day of his desired presidency.
Trump Looks Solid for 2020 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/7/2019 6:07:37 AM Post Reply
Most of the elements are now in place for a decisive electoral victory for the current president, and a clear mandate to drain the swamp of all that he ran against. It is aberrant that with the economy performing at historic levels, and international relations steadied and easing toward a more satisfactory relationship with China and North Korea, the president’s approval ratings are in the upper forties rather than the low sixties. He is about where President Obama was at this point in his presidency, but Obama had not been successful; all he had done was Obamacare,
Attempt to hack email server stunned Clinton aide, FBI files show replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/8/2019 5:01:45 AM Post Reply
"omg." That was the three-letter response from top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin -- familiar Internet shorthand for "Oh my God!" -- when Justin Cooper, the technology pro overseeing Clinton´s private home-based email servers, told her shortly after midnight on Jan. 9, 2011, that "someone was trying to hack us." The revelation was contained in a trove of newly released, partially redacted FBI documents from the agency´s investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information -- a probe known as the "Midyear Exam." The document release reveals numerous episodes in which the Clinton team either suspected it had been hacked
Appeals court allows Trump administration to send back asylum seekers to Mexico to wait out court process replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/8/2019 5:05:06 AM Post Reply
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals late Tuesday granted the Trump administration´s request to send asylum seekers back to Mexico to wait out court proceedings temporarily. The court order reversed a decision by a San Francisco judge that would have blocked the policy — giving President Trump a temporary victory on immigration. The case must still be considered on its merits at a lower court in San Francisco and could end up at the Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg ruled April 8 that the policy should be halted while a lawsuit, filed on behalf
The Reason Renewables Can´t Power Modern Civilization Is Because They Were Never Meant To replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/8/2019 5:19:57 AM Post Reply
Over the last decade, journalists have held up Germany’s renewables energy transition, the Energiewende, as an environmental model for the world. “Many poor countries, once intent on building coal-fired power plants to bring electricity to their people, are discussing whether they might leapfrog the fossil age and build clean grids from the outset,” thanks to the Energiewende, wrote a New York Times reporter in 2014. With Germany as inspiration, the United Nations and World Bank poured billions into renewables like wind, solar, and hydro in developing nations like Kenya.
Steele´s stunning pre-FISA confession: Informant needed to air Trump dirt before election replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/8/2019 5:24:20 AM Post Reply
Steele´s stunning pre-FISA confession: Informant needed to air Trump dirt before election © Getty Images If ever there were an admission that taints the FBI’s secret warrant to surveil Donald Trump’s campaign, it sat buried for more than 2 1/2 years in the files of a high-ranking State Department official. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline. And that con
The Democrats’ Sore Loser Syndrome replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/8/2019 5:33:30 AM Post Reply
Washington- Has it ever been noted by the Republic’s historians — all of whom are Democrats save for a lone Republican who remains undercover somewhere in the Middle West — that one characteristic that distinguishes Democrats from Republicans is not very flattering to the Party of the Jackass. It is that, with the exception of my good friend Bill Clinton, modern-day Democratic presidential candidates have been sore losers. The only exception to this rule is that of Barack Obama. He, it turns out, is a sore winner. He won the presidency twice, and that ought to be enough for anyone.
Bill Clinton is a bitter old man replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/8/2019 5:37:25 AM Post Reply
Bill Clinton has blasted Brett Kavanaugh for his role in investigating the death of Vince Foster, the Clintonista who came to Washington as deputy White House counsel and ended up taking his own life. Clinton launched his attack on Sunday in Las Vegas during an event billed as “An Evening with the Clintons.” Clinton took the position that Kavanaugh deserved to be hit with unsubstantiated allegations of sexual assault because of Kavanaugh’s role in the Foster investigation. The former president said that Kavanaugh “didn’t have any problem making us put up with three years of Vince Foster
French man arrives in Caribbean after crossing Atlantic in giant barrel replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/8/2019 5:46:35 AM Post Reply
A French man who has spent more than four months floating across the Atlantic Ocean in a giant orange barrel has arrived at his Caribbean destination. Jean-Jacques Savin set off from the Canary Islands, off the coast of Africa, on December 26, 2018 -- heading west in a barrel-shaped capsule he´d built himself. Savin, 71 at the time of his departure, spent the first four months of 2019 inside his barrel, traveling at about two miles an hour with no engine, and relying entirely on the ocean current to guide his journey. He surprised locals as he came ashore
Democrats Are Painted Into a Corner replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/23/2019 4:02:23 AM Post Reply
Since the day after the 2016 election they have been threatening this, placing their chips on the Russian-collusion fantasy and then on the phantasmagoric charade of obstruction of justice. The attorney general accurately gave the ingredients of the offense of obstruction of justice in his four-page summary of the Mueller report: a corrupt act for corrupt purposes in contemplation of a legal proceeding. The attorney general, William Barr, the then deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, and the Justice Department counsel concurred that none of the elements was present in the conduct of the president as recounted by Mr. Mueller. The dream died, except in the febrile imagination
Global Warming: It Can Do Anything replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/23/2019 4:17:05 AM Post Reply
I’m so old, I can remember when global warming caused droughts. Or, put another way, climate change was making the Earth–in particular, the Great Lakes–drier. Thus, as I noted here: National Geographic: “Climate Change and Variability Drive Low Water Levels on the Great Lakes.” The National Resources Defense Council: “Climate change is lowering Great Lakes water levels.” It’s no secret that, partially due to climate change, the water levels in the Great Lakes are getting very low. The U.N’s IPCC: “[T]he following lake level declines could occur: Lake Superior -0.2 to -0.5 m.” Dick Durbin: “What we are seeing in global warming is the evaporation of our Great Lakes.” Minnesota Public Radio:
If Trump wants black votes, he
should talk about illegal immigrants
seizing rare public housing spots
Posted by Pluperfect 5/23/2019 4:24:07 AM Post Reply
A sure-fire campaign issue for President Trump heading into 2020 is sitting on the table like free money if at any point he feels like taking it. His own HUD secretary, Ben Carson, is reconfiguring the way people of low income receive public housing subsidies. The goal is to ensure that illegal immigrants aren’t taking in welfare that otherwise might go to Americans. “It seems only logical that tax-paying American citizens should be taken care of first,” Carson said Tuesday during a hearing on Capitol Hill. “It’s not that we’re cruel, mean-hearted. It’s that we are logical. This is common sense. You take care of your own first.” It would admittedly
The 24 Democrats replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/23/2019 4:29:21 AM Post Reply
Every presidential primary ends with one winner and a lot of losers. Some might argue that one or two once-little-known candidates who overperform low expectations get to enjoy a form of moral victory. (Ben Carson and Rick Perry might be happy how the 2016 cycle ended, with both taking roles in Trump’s cabinet. Bernie Sanders might be, too.) But running for president and flopping is a deep disappointment, and while the occasional figure can emerge from a failed bid to move on to different victories — Lamar Alexander and Elizabeth Dole became senators, Jerry Brown became governor again, Howard Dean became chair of the Democratic National Committee —
Right out of the gate, Beto goes low replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/23/2019 8:30:47 AM Post Reply
The guy with the skateboard was not at all above board at CNN’s town hall appearance on Tuesday night. The very first question dealt with restoring “global leadership” post-Trump and Beto O’Rourke swung away at the current president, unhindered by facts or the toxicity of his words. He claimed Trump described immigrants who come to the United States as “rapists and criminals.” At no point has President Trump made such a blanket declaration of all immigrants. He has rightly noted that there are rapists and criminals coming over the borders. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, between June 1, 2011, and April 30, 2019, 196,000 illegal immigrants were charged
Waiting for Obama replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/23/2019 8:43:34 AM Post Reply
Barack Obama is literally more popular than Jesus among Democrats. Unfortunately, neither the former president nor any of the party’s 23 candidates currently seeking the 2020 nomination know quite what to do with that information. Of course, before any serious endorsement conversation can commence, Obama has to finish his book (between rounds of golf and raising millions for his foundation). The writing has been going more slowly than he’d expected, and according to several people who have spoken with him, the 44th president is feeling competitive with his wife, whose own book, Becoming, was the biggest release of 2018 and is on track to be the best-selling memoir in history.
USDA staffers quit en masse
as Trump administration eyes
moving offices out of DC
Posted by Pluperfect 5/24/2019 4:32:27 AM Post Reply
Employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are quitting at a rapid clip as Secretary Sonny Perdue prepares to move forward with plans to relocate two offices far outside the Washington, D.C., Beltway. Federal employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – two small but important agencies within the USDA – are unhappy with Perdue’s plan, announced last August, to move the majority of their staff from current offices in the capital to an area closer the country’s agricultural centers. “This move does not serve a public purpose,” Peter Winch, a representative for the American Federation of Government Employees, a union
'Blazing Saddles' and other classic films
don’t deserve wrath of social justice warriors
Posted by Pluperfect 5/24/2019 4:36:40 AM Post Reply
Classic films now face the wrath of perpetually enraged social justice warriors. Last weekend’s "Watters World" on Fox News Channel analyzed the impact of this politically correct phenomenon. Exhibit A was Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” the single funniest motion picture ever committed to celluloid. Jesse Watters’ guest, Cathy Areu, publisher of Catalina Magazine, responded to a clip of the comedy-Western in which Brooks himself portrays a Yiddish speaking American Indian chief. After securing safe passage for a family of black pioneers rolling West in their stagecoach, the feather-headdress-clad Indian bids them, “auf wiedersehen.”
How is this not colluding
with America’s enemies?
Posted by Pluperfect 5/24/2019 4:44:42 AM Post Reply
Imagine, for a moment, what the political reaction would be if a leading Republican senator met with an antagonistic foreign power, say Russia, in the midst of high-tension standoff between President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin? Such a scenario seems nearly ­inconceivable. Yet, it’s exactly the situation Sen. Dianne Feinstein created when hosting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for dinner a few weeks ago. Politico reported on the meeting, noting that it was “a bit unusual” for a former chair of the Intelligence Committee and a member of the Senate minority to dine out with the acting foreign minister of an adversary of the United States. And by “unusual,”
Michael Avenatti once dominated
cable news. Now he’s watching it.
Posted by Pluperfect 5/24/2019 4:56:28 AM Post Reply
Irony oozed out of a tweet sent by lawyer Michael Avenatti the other day. He was upset about a segment on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” discussing his latest legal mess, an indictment for allegedly stealing nearly $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels. “How cowardly of @JoeNBC @morningmika @WillieGeist @emilyjanefox to sit around and take shots at me in my absence without inviting me on to defend myself. This is journalism? No, it’s a joke,” wrote Avenatti. Someone has been reading too much @realdonaldtrump. For a news program such as “Morning Joe,” there’s a lot to discuss when it comes to Avenatti. Not only is he facing the indictment
Democrats' Wall Funding Lawsuit
Runs Into a Skeptical U.S. Judge
Posted by Pluperfect 5/24/2019 5:00:12 AM Post Reply
A U.S. House of Representatives attempt to block President Donald Trump from spending about $6.1 billion on a southern border wall ran into what could be a major obstacle of its own Thursday -- a skeptical federal judge. The Democrat-led chamber asked U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden in Washington to bar the administration from reallocating the money from other Defense Department projects in the wake of Congress’s outright refusal to give the president all the funding he sought for the project. But the judge -- a 2017 Trump nominee -- had reservations, opining at the outset about an apparent lack of legal precedent
DNC Chair Rolls Out a System
To Avoid Turning Democratic Debates
Into A Chaotic Nightmare
Posted by Pluperfect 5/25/2019 4:32:49 AM Post Reply
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is creating a lottery system to determine which Democratic candidates stand on stage during the party’s initial two-day debate, The Hill reported Friday. Perez told The Hill the party has not determined the methodology of the random draw, but he did promise the process would be transparent for all the candidates. The ultimate goal is to avoid the perception that the Democratic Party is intent on giving any one candidate an advantage, he added. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t have our thumb on the scale,” said Perez, who previously served as an attorney inside the Obama administration.
Rural Americans would be serfs
if we abolished the Electoral College
Posted by Pluperfect 5/25/2019 4:35:12 AM Post Reply
Should rural and small-town Americans be reduced to serfdom? The American Founders didn’t think so. This is one reason why they created checks and balances, including the Electoral College. Today that system is threatened by a proposal called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, or NPV. Rural America produces almost all our country’s food, as well as raw materials like metals, cotton and timber. Energy, fossil fuels but also alternatives like wind and solar come mostly from rural areas. In other words, the material inputs of modern life flow out of rural communities and into cities. This is fine, so long as the exchange is voluntary — rural people choose to sell
The Secret of Bernie’s Millions replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/25/2019 4:39:01 AM Post Reply
BURLINGTON, Vt.—Early on in his eight years as the mayor of this city, when he typically dressed in a tieless ensemble of work boots and corduroys, Bernie Sanders one day left City Hall and found a ticket on the windshield of his rusty Volkswagen Dasher. The offense: This was the mayor’s spot, and, surely, a cop had thought, this was not the mayor’s car. But it was. It matched perfectly with both Sanders’ image as a scrappy advocate of the little guy and his own shaky financial reality. It was the beginning of the 1980s, and he was approaching 40, a single father of a not-quite-teenage son,
Tornado strikes El Reno, Oklahoma;
fatalities confirmed: reports
Posted by Pluperfect 5/26/2019 4:32:02 AM Post Reply
Severe damage, including fatalities, occurred after a fierce tornado struck in El Reno, Okla., on Saturday night, according to local police and media reports. "Right now, El Reno needs your prayers," Mayor Matt White told the Oklahoman newspaper of Oklahoma City. The tornado is believed to have touched down in the area of Highway 81 and Interstate 40, FOX 25 of Oklahoma City reported. The station confirmed that a motel and a mobile-home park in the area were struck.
Admiral McRaven recalls talk
with troops before Bin
Laden raid: 'Just do your job'
Posted by Pluperfect 5/26/2019 4:36:02 AM Post Reply
As a team of U.S. Navy Seals prepared to take down the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, Admiral William McRaven had some frank words for his troops. While recalling that raid during an interview on "Fox & Friends," McRaven said he treated the raid like "any other mission." "What I told the guys was, 'look, it is going to be easy to get overcome by the moment but just do your job.'" He told Pete Hegseth that the raid felt different given that if former Al Qaeda leader Usama Bin Laden was in that Pakistani compound, his troops would be taking part
Utah judge suspended for bashing
Trump online and in court
Posted by Pluperfect 5/26/2019 4:45:17 AM Post Reply
The Utah Supreme Court suspended a judge for six months without pay this week over disparaging remarks he made about President Trump both online and in his courtroom. The court ruling points to several instances where Judge Michael Kwan, who has sat on the justice court bench for the City of Taylorsville for two decades, violated Utah’s judicial code of conduct. Kwan made a biting remark about Trump’s polices during an exchange with a defendant in January 2017. The defendant said he planned to pay off his court fines when he got his tax return money back. Kwan mocked him for thinking he’d be getting money back with Trump in office.
Remember the Fallen, and Their Cause replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/26/2019 5:11:20 AM Post Reply
It’s easy to think of Memorial Day as just another patriotic summer holiday. Along with Independence Day, Memorial Day is a reason to fly the flag, fire up the grill, and remember those who have fought for our country. But unlike Veterans Day, which honors all those who have worn the uniform, Memorial Day pays tribute specifically to the fallen. That’s an important distinction, but there’s another distinction that Memorial Day doesn’t make: the reason our soldiers died. Memorial Day honors the sacrifice, in other words, but not the causes that inspired people to die for their country. The United States does not commemorate the end of specific wars. In 1954,
Trump never revoked John
Brennan's security clearance
Posted by Pluperfect 5/26/2019 5:14:17 AM Post Reply
President Trump never revoked former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance. The president announced in August that Brennan's security clearance was being stripped due to "erratic behavior" that disqualified him from having access to sensitive information. But the White House never followed through with the complicated bureaucratic process of revocation, a source told the New York Times. A CIA spokesperson declined to comment, telling the Washington Examiner the agency does not discuss individual security clearances. The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.
Liberal media attack Constitution
and democratic institutions
Posted by Pluperfect 5/27/2019 4:32:12 AM Post Reply
On Memorial Day weekend, it’s important to recall not just the members of the military who gave their lives protect and preserve our nation. It’s also essential that we honor the institutions they protected. President Trump isn’t the big danger to those institutions, no matter how much the news media claim he is. The people who most want to undermine the United States are on the left – and the liberal news media are helping them. Liberals are attacking our Constitution, Supreme Court, bicameral legislature and our very electoral system.
Texas Democrats Invite Failed Presidential
Candidate To Keynote Fundraiser
Posted by Pluperfect 5/27/2019 4:39:17 AM Post Reply
The annual Johnson, Rayburn, Richards Luncheon (JRR), a fundraiser for the Harris County (TX) Democrat Party was held Friday. Of all the high profile Democrats in the United States that must have been available, they chose a failed presidential candidate and disgraced former Secretary of State as their speaker. I wonder how much it cost them to get Hillary Clinton to deliver the keynote address. It takes a special kind of arrogance to parachute into a red state’s most populous county (the third most populous county in the U.S.) and lecture the paying guests about that state’s legislature.
Donald Trump makes good on a
promise but Dems cry ‘coverup’
Posted by Pluperfect 5/27/2019 4:43:25 AM Post Reply
Timing is everything, and timing explains President Trump’s decision to finally pull the ripcord and open the Obama administration’s bag of dirty tricks. With his memo giving Attorney General Bill Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to the investigation of the 2016 campaign, Trump made good on a longstanding promise. Most important, his decision signaled that the War of Washington is entering a crucial new phase. The president is going nuclear. Democrats who thought control of the House gave them control of the agenda now will face stiff competition. Their expressions of outrage will seem tired next to the sensational revelations about the actions of Jim Comey, John Brennan and ­others.
LGBT People Rage At Pete Buttigieg For Not Being Gay Enough replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/27/2019 5:15:23 AM Post Reply
Gay representation has certainly come a long way from Patrick Stewart and Steven Weber in the classic 1995 gay film, “Jeffrey.” That same year, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, and Wesley Snipes shocked audiences with their hilarious and stunningly relatable performances as urban drag queens taking a long road trip across middle America in “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.” And of course, who could forget Robin William’s heartfelt comedy performance in “The Birdcage”the following year? These movies were promises of societal acceptance as big-name, straight actors played proud gay characters for straight audiences who laughed, cheered, and empathized with them.
Did It Start With Israel? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/27/2019 5:25:04 AM Post Reply
On Friday, PJ Media headlined: “Report: Declassified Docs Will Show That Samantha Power’s 2016 Unmasking Efforts Were Related to Israel.” Government documents that will soon be made public will reveal stunning information about former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power’s voluminous unmasking efforts in 2016, according to multiple sources. On Thursday, President Trump gave Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify documents from multiple agencies related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016. *** As PJ Media reported in September of 2017, Power was unmasking people at a “freakishly rapid rate.”
At least 5 million without power
across Ohio after 'large and
dangerous' tornadoes hit state
Posted by Pluperfect 5/28/2019 4:37:15 AM Post Reply
Authorities in Ohio said a rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes late Monday resulted in widespread damage, including more 70,000 power outages across the state, affecting over 5 million people. At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service, though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday. National Weather Service confirmed Monday night that a "large and dangerous tornado" hit near Trotwood, Ohio, outside of Dayton. The service tweeted that the situation was extremely dangerous and for residents in northern Montgomery County to take cover.
Zuckerberg, Sandberg decline summons
to testify before Canada's Parliament
Posted by Pluperfect 5/28/2019 4:47:00 AM Post Reply
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg won't attend a hearing before the Canadian Parliament to which they were summoned, risking a contempt vote, the company confirmed Monday. The social media company said it will instead send Kevin Chan, head of public policy for Facebook Canada, and Neil Potts, director of public policy to the Ottawa hearing. Canada's Ethics Committee summoned Zuckerberg and Sandberg to the Tuesday hearing earlier this month. The meeting is expected to address issues of privacy and the tech world's impact on democracy.
Impeach or get off the pot, Democrats replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/28/2019 4:51:59 AM Post Reply
When House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that the United States had been plunged into a “constitutional crisis,” a large swath of the media took to plying this fantasy for them. “Ever wonder what a constitutional crisis looks like? Well, open your eyes,” CNN’s Don Lemon explained to his viewers. “The president of the United States is just blowing right through our system of checks and balances, the very thing that is supposed to keep our Congress, the judiciary, and the executive branch working, which means our country working.”
No Heroes Left: The MLK Revelations replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/28/2019 4:57:56 AM Post Reply
What are we to make of the disturbing news about Martin Luther King? Should we change the name on every school, park, and boulevard across the nation named after him as if he were the inverse of Robert E. Lee or Jefferson Davis? There must be tens of thousands of them. He was one of the indisputable heroes of American history, the great civil rights leader who inspired our country with his non-violent protests and who so memorably told us: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin,
Sorry, Bernie, 2020 just
isn’t your year … again!
Posted by Pluperfect 5/28/2019 5:28:29 AM Post Reply
2020 will not be Bernie Sanders’ year. Democrats royally robbed him of his one real chance of becoming president of United States back in 2016. Democrats ignored their constituents and their need for a true progressive candidate and instead backed the moderate veteran that no longer resembled the party — Hillary Clinton. Now these ultra-liberal candidates believe they have a shot at the White House because they felt the Bern four years ago. Unfortunately for the Vermont senator his base has bifurcated and gone to the many borderline socialist candidates that are currently trying to take on President Trump. Bernie is no longer the only ultra-liberal with extreme
The hoax and due diligence replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/28/2019 5:38:51 AM Post Reply
People are easily taken in by scientific, literary, financial and political hoaxes, particularly when they want to believe. When we search for “truth,” we tend to rely on authority and whether information supplied by the source has been accurate in the past. Serious newspapers, magazines, journals and electronic media sources historically took pride in getting the story right. Reputations could be destroyed and markets lost when a story was shown to be wrong because of a hoax or carelessness. Nothing illustrates the decline of serious journalism more than the fact that many of the major media, particularly CNN and MSNBC, have participated (and to some extent continue to participate)
Justices Ginsburg, Thomas trade barbs in
Supreme Court ruling on state abortion matter
Posted by Pluperfect 5/29/2019 4:17:20 AM Post Reply
Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas had two very different opinions when it came to a ruling on Tuesday that effectively upheld an Indiana law on disposal of fetal remains. The court’s ruling allowed Indiana to enforce a requirement that abortion clinics either bury or cremate fetal remains following an abortion. The justices said in an unsigned opinion that the case does not involve limits on abortion rights. Ginsburg was one of two liberal-leaning justices who dissented. Ginsburg said in a short solo opinion
Kansas declares tornado emergency,
at least 11 injured; airport shut down
Posted by Pluperfect 5/29/2019 4:20:52 AM Post Reply
An apparent tornado hit Lawrence, Kansas, on Tuesday, injuring 11 people in the town, while Kansas City International Airport briefly shut down due to damage. Monday marked the 11th consecutive day where multiple tornadoes were reported throughout the country, according to the NWS. NWS issued a "tornado emergency" alert for parts of eastern Kansas on Tuesday night as dangerous weather touched down in the area. Police in Lawrence, the home of Kansas University, said a massive tornado
No ‘treason.’ No coup.
Just lies — and dumb lies at that.
Posted by Pluperfect 5/29/2019 4:28:15 AM Post Reply
It is tempting for normal people to ignore our president when he starts ranting about treason and corruption at the FBI. I understand the temptation. I’m the object of many of his rants, and even I try to ignore him. But we shouldn’t, because millions of good people believe what a president of the United States says. In normal times, that’s healthy. But not now, when the president is a liar who doesn’t care what damage he does to vital institutions. We must call out his lies that the FBI was corrupt and committed treason, that we spied on the Trump campaign and tried to defeat Donald Trump.
California threatens to upend
Catholic 'seal of confession'
Posted by Pluperfect 5/29/2019 5:00:18 AM Post Reply
Catholic priests in California would be legally obligated to report to police sexual abuse confessions brought to them by fellow priests and other church employees if a bill quickly moving through the state legislature becomes law. Religious liberty advocates, including representatives of Catholic dioceses in California, challenge the legislation, saying it would invade a sacred space and direct priests to violate the “seal of confession.” “Sometimes the best intentions can lead to bad legislation,” Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez said in a statement on California’s Senate Bill 360, which was approved by wide margins last week and now heads to the state Assembly. Under Roman Catholic teachings,
Why the UFO story is far
more interesting than you think
Posted by Pluperfect 5/29/2019 5:06:14 AM Post Reply
The New York Times has made waves with a new report on sightings by U.S. Navy aviators of unidentified flying objects between 2014 and 2015. But the UFO issue, which follows a similar 2017 story, is far more interesting than the reporters let on. The U.S. government does not know what these UFOs actually are. The report focuses on witnesses of so-called "Tic Tacs," but other shapes and sizes of UFOs have also been credibly recorded by the U.S., British, Chinese, Russian, and other governments for the past 65 years. But what are these strange things? Most informed individuals I have talked to believe that the Tic Tac-like UFOs are unmanned vehicles
Mueller makes impeachment tightrope
tougher to walk for Dems
Posted by Pluperfect 5/30/2019 4:27:36 AM Post Reply
Bob Mueller decided to shoot up the town before he rode off into the sunset. It is fair enough to observe that in his short but explosive speech, delivered at the Justice Department Wednesday morning, the special counsel did not say anything that wasn’t already set forth in his report — a point being emphasized by the White House. The sprawling report is 448 pages long, however. In his nine-minute address, Mueller quite consciously highlighted the portions of the report that fuel the Democrats’ calls for impeachment. Mueller was adamant that he did not make a finding on whether President Trump should be charged with obstruction of justice
Fingerprinting gun owners
approved by Illinois lawmakers
Posted by Pluperfect 5/30/2019 4:33:04 AM Post Reply
A bill passed on Wednesday by the Illinois House would require gun owners to be fingerprinted and pay more for identification cards. The state Senate still must approve the bill before it could be signed into law. Democratic Rep. Kathleen Willis of Addison, citing deficiencies in the state's current Firearm Owner's Identification system, said the bill comes in response to a shooting at a factory in Aurora where six people, including the gunman, were killed, according to The Associated Press.
Mueller Just Proved His Entire Operation Was
A Political Hit Job That Trampled The Rule Of Law
Posted by Pluperfect 5/30/2019 5:00:38 AM Post Reply
If there were any doubts about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s political intentions, his unprecedented press conference on Wednesday should put them all to rest. As he made abundantly clear during his doddering reading of a prepared statement that repeatedly contradicted itself, Mueller had no interest in the equal application of the rule of law. He gave the game, and his nakedly political intentions, away repeatedly throughout his statement. “It is important that the office’s written work speak for itself,” Mueller said, referring to his office’s 448-page report. Mueller’s report was released to the public by Attorney General William Barr nearly six weeks ago. The entire report, minus limited redactions
Trump becomes the Democrats' great white whale replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/30/2019 5:12:09 AM Post Reply
One way of envisioning the Democratic obsessions with Donald Trump is as an addiction. We have seen the initial impeachment efforts; the attempt to get him under the emoluments clause, the Logan Act and the 25th Amendment; the Russian collusion hoax; the Mueller investigation; the demand for his tax returns; and the psychodramas involving Michael Avenatti, Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels. Relentless progressives have needed a new Get Trump fix about every two months. More practically, their fixation also substitutes for a collective poverty of ideas. The Democratic Party has no plan to secure the borders other than to be against whatever President Trump is for.
Hillary Clinton, the queen of obstruction,
demands accountability after Mueller speaks
Posted by Pluperfect 5/31/2019 4:27:22 AM Post Reply
Robert Mueller had perhaps his final say on Wednesday but Hillary Clinton apparently had not. Mueller said that he couldn’t prove Trump was innocent. Meanwhile, Hillary, the person who did commit crimes, is demanding accountability. Welcome to Alice in D.C. land. Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor, told us Wednesday that he could not say if Donald Trump committed a crime. When I was in law school, I took a criminal procedure class. If I had said, the prosecutor could not prove that no crime was committed, I would have received an “F."
National Spelling Bee declares 8 co-champions
after 20 rounds, in historic first
Posted by Pluperfect 5/31/2019 4:30:33 AM Post Reply
After a historic 20 rounds, eight competitors were named co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Sixteen kids had advanced to the finals Thursday, pared down from 50 competitors after 5 1/2 hours of competition in Oxon Hill, Md. The winners were Rishik Gandhasri, 13; Erin Howard, 14; Saketh Sundar, 13; Shruthika Padhy, 13; Sohum Sukhatankar, 13; Abhijay Kodali, 12; Christopher Serrao, 13 and Rohan Raja, 13. The finalists spelled their way through challenging words, often relying on the Greek and Latin roots and word origins to identify the correct letters, in an effort to win $50,000 in cash and prizes.
"Inconsistent, Incoherent, and Poorly
Conceived":As the Times Clamps Down on Reporters Going
on MSNBC, Is This a Liberal-Media War?
Posted by Pluperfect 5/31/2019 4:36:31 AM Post Reply
On Sunday, May 19, New York Times finance editor David Enrich got a request from a producer at MSNBC to appear on Rachel Maddow’s show the following night. Enrich had a red-hot front-page story for Monday’s paper, about anti-money-laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank flagging suspicious transactions involving Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, and Maddow wanted to bring him on air to talk about it. Maddow is MSNBC’s ratings queen, jostling with Sean Hannity every night for the crown of most-watched time slot in cable news. That’s why reporters tend to relish the exposure they get from doing her show. Enrich said yes, but after mentioning the planned appearance
Calling climate change ‘catastrophic’
makes it harder to find real answers
Posted by Pluperfect 5/31/2019 4:41:29 AM Post Reply
Ever notice how, in the last decade or so, we quietly stopped just having storms and started having “extreme weather events”? It feels like no temperature drop or seasonal downpour is too small for the media to slap a scary name on it and issue minute-by-minute warnings. Well, now some news outlets and campaigners are trying to do the exact same thing for climate change itself. “Global warming” isn’t scary enough to push through the expensive bills campaigners want. Instead of “climate change,” The Guardian has now decided to call it “climate emergency.” And the British newspaper isn’t alone: Democratic presidential candidates including Beto O’Rourke and Kamala Harris use similar language,
North Korea executes envoy in a purge
after failed U.S. summit: media
Posted by Pluperfect 5/31/2019 4:48:52 AM Post Reply
SEOUL - North Korea executed its nuclear envoy to the United States as part of a purge of officials who steered negotiations for a failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper said on Friday. Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March at Mirim Airport in Pyongyang, along with four foreign ministry executives after they were all charged with spying for the United States, the Chosun Ilbo reported, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the situation.
Robert Mueller's 'no questions' routine
is absolute nonsense
Posted by Pluperfect 5/31/2019 5:16:25 AM Post Reply
The very first and purportedly only press conference by special counsel Robert Mueller had the feeling of a Mount Sinai moment for Washington this week. Indeed, his message seemed to be the same as that of Moses, which is have faith and do not question. Mueller spoke some 1,200 words before virtually admonishing the press corps that “I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner.” After refusing to answer questions, he went back to the place from whence he came. Last week, I wrote that it has become sacrilegious to question the motives or performance of Mueller. His press conference
Waive goodbye to ethanol replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/31/2019 5:20:00 AM Post Reply
Markets thrive on competition. Unfortunately, this doesn’t just apply to real economic markets. It also applies to markets for bad ideas and political pandering. With approximately 200 Democrats now running for president (we lost count a few weeks ago), the bidding to bribe Iowa caucusgoers is becoming intense. This is unfortunate not just because it is unseemly but also because the offers are coming at the expense of the nation’s well-being and the environment’s health. The worst pander so far comes from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. When she is not privately belittling her staff in ALL CAPS 4 a.m. emails, Klobuchar is attempting to gain
Trump: American Shogun replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/31/2019 7:26:27 AM Post Reply
Japan has a new emperor, and so do we. Donald Trump isn’t merely president. He wants to be America’s shogun. Already Trump has repeatedly made his contempt for his Cabinet officials and staffers plain as he routinely forces them to line up and sing his praises. Now, in an episode that is more redolent of H.M.S. Pinafore than Top Gun, TVSG, or The Very Stable Genius, is enmeshed in an embarrassing brouhaha over the USS John S. McCain, which was inconveniently parked off the shores of Japan, where Trump might see it. Klaxons apparently started sounding in the White House over Trump’s Memorial Day visit to Japan.
Lawsuit Exposes How The Media And
Deep State Hatched The Russiagate Hoax
Posted by Pluperfect 6/1/2019 4:44:05 AM Post Reply
Reading the defamation complaint Svetlana Lokhova filed last Thursday against Stefan Halper and three media giants felt like paging through a Nicholas Sparks novel. But instead of finding a formulistic young love tragedy turned epic romance, Lokhova’s lawsuit exposed the outline the intelligence community used to spread the Russia collusion fiction. It also revealed that the United Kingdom held a prominent role in the plot development. Other than a blip of notoriety in 2015 when she won a £3.1 million award in a harassment case against her former employer, the Russian bank Sberbank CIB, Lokhova resided in obscurity at Cambridge University. At Cambridge, Lokhova focused on completing her PhD
Starved for attention,
Mueller pulls a Jim Comey
Posted by Pluperfect 6/1/2019 4:51:28 AM Post Reply
In this latest episode of “Prosecutors Gone Wild,” special counsel Robert Mueller performed what can only be described in legal terms as “pulling a Jim Comey.” Like the disgraced FBI ex-director and admitted leaker and liar Mr. Comey, Mr. Mueller has never been elected to so much as dog catcher. He has ZERO political authority whatsoever. Still, like Mr. Comey before him, Mr. Mueller thirsts for the limelight. As President Trump once said of Mr. Comey, Mr. Mueller is a “showboat.” Both men covet the political stage, where Mr. Trump holds more authority than any other single politician in the country. If this is confusing, read the Constitution.
Five things that will happen if House
Dems move to impeach Trump
Posted by Pluperfect 6/1/2019 4:57:23 AM Post Reply
President Trump and his defenders can successfully attack former Special Counsel Robert Mueller or congressional Democrats on impeachment – but not both. The independent voters who will decide the 2020 election don’t have time for multiple sets of arguments. Moreover, independent voters have limited interest in all things political. So the president and his advocates should keep it simple and focus on Congress, not Mueller, who resigned Wednesday. Mueller didn’t say anything when he spoke to journalists Wednesday that hadn’t already appeared in his report. That was the point of his news conference.
Italy disrupts Steve Bannon’s plan for a
right-wing academy in an Italian monastery
Posted by Pluperfect 6/1/2019 5:04:50 AM Post Reply
ROME — Stephen K. Bannon had plans to train the next generation of nationalists and right-wing culture warriors at a medieval monastery in the mountains outside of Rome. But on Friday, the Italian government put those plans in severe doubt, announcing that it intends to revoke the rights to the property, citing among other things a failure to pay concession fees and do maintenance work. “Proceeding with the revocation is thus a duty,” an official at Italy’s culture ministry, Gianluca Vacca, said in a statement. The apparent decision jeopardizes one of the projects Bannon had hoped could define his legacy in Europe — a “gladiator school” intended to train future far-right leaders
Exposing the RINO Underground By
Smoking Out the ‘Never Trumpers’ One-by-One
Posted by Pluperfect 6/2/2019 4:50:51 AM Post Reply
Oh, Rep. Justin Amash, Republican of Michigan, wants the President impeached? Oh. Wow! But, uh, who exactly is Justin… a Rash? Like, really. Who is this character? Beto O’Rourke with the ear hairs still inserted? Indeed — who are these characters and circus clowns who show up on CNN, MSNBC, and similar organs presenting themselves as Republicans committed to ousting the President? Are these really Republicans — or simply circus acts for new gigs now that Barnum & Bailey permanently has closed down? Honestly — really, honestly — who ever heard of Ana Navarro before she became a CNN “expert Republican” on what is wrong
6 Gun Lies (And One Truth)
Obama Told In Brazil
Posted by Pluperfect 6/2/2019 5:01:40 AM Post Reply
On May 30, former president Barack Obama was a keynote speaker at an event in Brazil. The event, VTEX Day, is billed as “the largest digital innovation event in Latin America.” During a conversation with a host on stage during the digital innovation event, Obama took the opportunity to speak negatively about U.S. gun laws. He said, “Our gun laws in the United States don’t make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon, any time, without much, if any, regulation. They can buy [guns] over the internet, they can buy machine guns.” His statement to a foreign audience includes six lies about our gun laws and one truth.
If Liberals Were Held
To Their Own Standards
Posted by Pluperfect 6/2/2019 5:19:27 AM Post Reply
It never ceases to amaze me how left-wingers love to rewrite rules as they go along. When “innocent until proven guilty” doesn’t help their cause, they flip it on its head and pretend the old reality never existed. Since Republicans are largely timid children when it comes to a fight, Democrats are able to get away with it. But what if they weren’t? Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) loves to moralize about President Trump, particularly about his finances. There’s nothing he would like more than to gain access to Trump’s tax returns, which, if he got them, would undoubtedly have select portions mysteriously find their way to the press.
Let’s Count The Times Beto
Has Flip-Flopped On Impeachment
Posted by Pluperfect 6/2/2019 5:21:41 AM Post Reply
Beto O’Rourke is nothing if not consistent. By consistent, I mean he can change his position on any issue on a moment’s notice, and he usually does. Thursday Beto cashed in on a renewed enthusiasm from his party to impeach President Trump. In order to provide cover for himself, O’Rourke told supporters in a fundraising appeal via email that he was openly in favor of the impeachment of President Trump last year. He was for taking a stand before he was against it. Now that he has lots of company in support of beginning impeachment hearings, he is all for it again.
Violent Chicago weekend
leaves 10 dead, at least 35 wounded
Posted by Pluperfect 6/3/2019 4:33:50 AM Post Reply
At least 10 people were killed and 35 others were wounded in a tragic outburst of Chicago gun violence over the weekend, according to police. Officers with the Chicago Police Department attributed the shootings to rash of gang-related incidents. More than half of the shootings occurred between 6 p.m. and early Saturday morning, police said. One incident left four people wounded near Northwestern University's Chicago campus early Saturday morning, according to ABC Chicago station WLS.
Mueller must testify publicly to
answer three critical questions
Posted by Pluperfect 6/3/2019 4:38:14 AM Post Reply
In that twinkling zone between man and myth, Robert Mueller transcends the mundane. Even in refusing to reach a conclusion on criminal conduct, he is excused. As Mueller himself declared, we are to ask him no questions or expect any answers beyond his report. But his motivations as special counsel can only be found within an approved range that starts at “selfless” and ends at “heroic.” Representative Mike Quigley defended Mueller’s refusal to reach a conclusion as simply “protecting” President Trump in a moment of “extreme fairness.” Yet, as I noted previously, Mueller’s position on the investigation has become increasingly conflicted and, at points, unintelligible. As someone who defended
Russia withdraws key defense advisers support
to Maduro, seen as major setback
Posted by Pluperfect 6/3/2019 4:53:46 AM Post Reply
Russia has withdrawn key defense advisers from Venezuela, an embarrassment for President Nicolás Maduro as Moscow weighs the leader’s political and economic resilience against growing U.S. pressure. Russian state defense contractor Rostec, which has trained Venezuelan troops and advised on securing arms contracts, has cut its staff in Venezuela to just a few dozen, from about 1,000 at the height of cooperation between Moscow and Caracas several years ago, said a person close to the Russian defense ministry. The gradual pullout, which has escalated over the last several months, according to people familiar with the situation, is due to a lack of new contracts and the acceptance that Mr. Maduro’s regime
Who Ran Crossfire Hurricane? replies
Posted by Pluperfect 6/3/2019 4:58:15 AM Post Reply
"Crossfire Hurricane” — the melodramatic code name for the FBI/CIA spy operation on candidate Trump and his early presidency — was run for the FBI by then-FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, Special Agent Peter Strzok, and a few others. Then-CIA director John Brennan ran it for the CIA. Brennan had to have help, but who was it? A lot of evidence points to the CIA’s then-chief of station in London in 2016-2017, and now the Director of Central Intelligence, Gina Haspel. President Trump claimed that the FBI and CIA’s spying on his campaign and early presidency was treason. Attorney General William Barr said that, legally, it wasn’t. Barr is correct.
Democratic presidential candidates come
to their senses on abortion
Posted by Pluperfect 6/3/2019 5:25:30 AM Post Reply
Democrats running for president have taken a shockingly sensible position on the most deeply divisive issue in American politics for the past half-century. Threatened by a slew of new state laws around the country making it illegal to perform late-term abortions after baby’s hearts have begun beating, Democrats have seized on a new tactic for ensuring that they can preserve the “constitutional right” to abortion up to the moment of birth. (And even after, according to some Democrat politicians, so long as the newborn is kept “comfortable” while the grownups decide how best to dispose of the live baby.) This novel new approach Democrats have suddenly discovered while desperately campaigning for president
Netanyahu Is a Victim of the
Politics He Created
Posted by Pluperfect 6/3/2019 5:33:03 AM Post Reply
The collapse of Bibi Netanyahu's plans for a governing coalition is not something he saw coming. This in itself marks a rare failure in what has long been an unparalleled political intelligence. Netanyahu will now be forced to re-fight a battle he thought he had won, this time on more treacherous terrain. Ostensibly, the coalition was lost because former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman refused to allow his five-member faction to join. He claimed that he was violating his pledge out of principle. The ultra-orthodox coalition members oppose a law making a small number of yeshiva students eligible for military service. Lieberman wants the law.