15 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-11-17

  1. There is a lesson for young people here. Do not go to work for (or be associated with) people who are fundamentally dishonest, even if they seem like harmless buffoons.

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.cnbc.com/amp/2017/05/11/deputy-ag-rosenstein-reportedly-threatened-to-quit-over-depiction-of-his-role-in-comey-dismissal.html

    Nunes and now Rosenstein have now permanently damaged their reputations by doing the bidding of Trump. Poor old Spicer could have warned them.

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  2. I liked Comey because he seemed relatively honest, if not politically astute, so I was hoping he would be able to stay to provide some continuity. However, he lost much public confidence before the election. I think he damaged his own reputation by being too afraid to recommend charges with the Clinton emails…particularly after the DOJ meeting with President Clinton on the tarmac in …I think it was Arizona.

    I read an interview with Comey (sorry, can’t find the link at the moment) and he was being asked about why he didn’t recommend charging Clinton even after the discovery of classified emails sent to Anthony Wiener. He quipped “There is no Anthony Wiener statute.”

    But is there also no statute against gross criminal negligence in high places either? It just seems incongruous that a mentally ill Private discloses classified information as a whistle blower and gets a long prison sentence. While the Secretary of State leaves the same kind of information clearly available and unprotected to any and all foreign and domestic hackers (at a time when we knew they were trying and succeeding), and she doesn’t even get a legal rap on the knuckles? Something is clearly wrong with this picture.

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  3. A coup? Love Howard Kutz’s look at how journalism is botching the coverage of this story.

    Just. cover. the. story.

    I lament the loss of straight-forward, unemotional news coverage that should be the professional norm.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/11/coup-why-some-medias-eye-rolling-comey-coverage-goes-too-far.html

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    A Coup? Why some of the media’s eye-rolling Comey coverage goes too far

    Let’s stipulate that President Trump made an incredibly controversial move in firing James Comey.

    Let’s stipulate that there are plenty of unanswered questions, including why Trump would fire the FBI director for mishandling the Hillary Clinton probe when as a candidate he praised Comey’s “guts” in reopening the investigation.

    Let’s stipulate that Trump’s decision has fueled calls for a special prosecutor to take over the Russia probe and, for now, is overshadowing everything else the administration is trying to accomplish.

    Even with all of that, the nuclear reaction by some in the media has been something to behold. …

    … CNN, in fact, kicked off its 5 am newscast with this “breaking news: the bedrock of our democracy under siege.”

    Under siege? Could everyone just take a deep breath? …

    … When Anderson Cooper rolled his eyes at Kellyanne Conway’s comment that the press had blown the election coverage, it was something of a metaphor for the coverage.
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  4. Debra at 8:56, my dad (not a believer), whom I always believed to be a staunch economic conservative, floored me a few months ago when he said basically, of course there are other standards for those in politics. We could not run this country with that. We should not expect them to play by the same rules. There are many people out there who believe that, apparently.

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  5. Well the media has been parroting one another that this is all because Comey’s FBI wanted more money to investigate Trump. Every story on the matter has parroted this same false talking point to somehow prove that Trump is guilty of something, anything really. I think someone even Tweeted it here. But it doesn’t pass the smell test.

    That’s not how this works. The FBI doesn’t fund investigations on a case by case basis, regardless of the size of it. There’s no reason Comey would even need to ask. But hey, why let the truth get in the way of their agenda?

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/justice-department-report-that-comey-asked-for-more-money-for-russia-probe-is-totally-false/article/2622678

    “The Department of Justice rejected reports that former FBI Director James Comey last week asked officials for more money for the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, just days before he was fired by Trump.

    “Totally false,” DOJ Spokesman Ian Prior told the Washington Examiner just minutes after the New York Times reported that Comey made that request.

    According to the Times, officials said Comey asked for more money and more personnel for the Russia probe, and that his request came in a meeting with Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein last week. Rosenstein, the newly-confirmed number two official in the department, wrote the agency’s memo used by President Trump to fire Comey on Tuesday.

    The Times’ report prompted speculation that President Trump fired Comey because he wanted to shut down the investigation into his alleged ties with Russia.”
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  6. And meanwhile the press continues to ignore the real stories, like this one where the Sec. of State used her govt position to pressure a foreign govt for the benefit of donors to her and her husbands foundation.

    http://circa.com/politics/clinton-pressured-bangladesh-prime-minister-personally-to-help-foundation-donor

    “While secretary of state, Hillary Clinton made a personal call to pressure Bangladesh’s prime minister to aid a donor to her husband’s charitable foundation despite federal ethics laws that require government officials to recuse themselves from matters that could impact their spouse’s business.

    The Office of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina confirmed to Circa that Mrs. Clinton called her office in March 2011 to demand that Dr. Muhammed Yunus, a 2006 Nobel Peace prize winner, be restored to his role as chairman of the country’s most famous microcredit bank, Grameen Bank. The bank’s nonprofit Grameen America, which Yunus chairs, has given between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative. Grameen Research, which is chaired by Yunus, has donated between $25,000 and $50,000, according to the Clinton Foundation website.

    “Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in March 2011 insisting her not to remove Dr. Muhammad Yunus from the post of Managing Director of Grameen Bank,” Deputy Press Secretary Md Nazrul Islam told Circa in an email.

    Islam said the prime minister informed Mrs. Clinton that according to Grameen Bank rules and regulations, nobody can hold the position of the Managing Director of Grameen Bank after the age of 60. He was 70 at the time of his removal and had wrangled for months to no avail with the prime minister over his removal.
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    But the press is too busy chasing non-existent Russian squirrels, with zero evidence to back their claims..

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  7. re: Hillary’s emails

    This what I have gleaned about the Hillary email kerfluffle.
    1. Hillary was not to have government emails on non-governmental devices, nor was she to erase any government emails.
    2. Hillary was told that she could not remove classified emails from government devices to other devices.
    3. Hillary never had a government phone, smart or otherwise.
    4. All government business was to be done on government phones and devices.

    Hillary signed-off that she understood. Even I understand that I should read and understand before I sign any paper. Am I smarter than Hillary? (Actually “Yes”. I am not a Democrat!)

    There is something about Hillary that is childish. The government says “Do this.”
    She refused to do what she agreed to do. It is very childish of her. Is she to good to do what every other government employee has to to do?

    Hillary broke all those rules. She should be treated just like every other government employee. We have read of others who broke the law and went to jail. Court awaits…

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  8. Kudos to our news chain’s editor who sent this out as a reminder today:

    Hey All:

    Just want to remind you all of our ethics policy on social media:

    “XXXX(company) journalists are expected to maintain professional decorum on their personal and work social media accounts, just as they would be expected to conduct themselves professionally when representing the news organization in public. Journalists should be cognizant of their language, the opinions expressed, visual material presented, and how their posts may be perceived by the public. Foremost, they should remain cognizant of the public nature of social media.

    They should consider themselves a representative of the company in all public interactions.”

    To be perfectly clear, this means that your personal politics should be personal. Do not post outraged or angry political messages of any kind on social media. When readers see a journalist take a partisan position on social media they assume it is representative of the organization that person works for.

    More simply: When you post angry political invective on Facebook, readers think you’re speaking for all of us and it reinforces the notion that we’re biased and therefore irrelevant. It validates the low opinion the public already has of mainstream media.

    So don’t do it.

    I wouldn’t be writing this again if it weren’t for the fact that over the past couple of weeks, we’ve received complaints from outside the organization about these kinds of posts from some of our journalists. Please understand that such violations of our ethics policy are actionable and won’t be tolerated. We need to be working to regain the public’s trust, not further eroding it.

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  9. More fake news exposed. And like the story above, it’s one that’s been endlessly parroted.

    http://wjla.com/news/nation-world/deputy-ag-rosenstein-im-not-quitting-didnt-threaten-to-quit-over-comey-firing

    ” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he’s not quitting, nor did he threaten to quit over his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

    When asked by Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Michelle Macaluso about reports that claim otherwise, he stated “no, I’m not quitting.”

    Macaluso: Did you threaten to quit?
    Rosenstein: No.

    The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that “Rosenstein threatened to resign after the narrative emerging from the White House on Tuesday evening cast him as a prime mover of the decision to fire Comey,” citing an unnamed source close to the White House.

    Other reporters on Capitol Hill also stated he was upset at the administration over the matter.”
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  10. The left is coming unglued, which makes them dangerous.

    http://www.wbbjtv.com/2017/05/11/obion-co-woman-charged-chasing-u-s-rep-david-kustoff/

    “A woman is facing a felony charge after deputies say she chased a vehicle occupied by U.S. Rep. David Kustoff.

    Wendi Wright, 35, of Obion County is charged with felony reckless endangerment in the Monday incident that occurred along Highway 45 South near Martin, according to a release from the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department.

    Kustoff and his aide, Marianne Dunavant, had been at a town hall meeting on the University of Tennessee Martin campus prior to the incident.

    Wright placed the occupants of the vehicle in fear of being forced off the roadway, according to the release.

    When Kustoff and Dunavant pulled into the driveway of someone they know on Old Troy Road, Wright is accused of getting out of her vehicle and screaming at them and striking the windows of their vehicle. They say at one point she also reached inside their vehicle.

    She also reportedly stood in the way of their vehicle to stop them from leaving.”

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  11. The official Trumpkin story is changing. Rosenstein is trying to salvage his reputation.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/trump-comey-showboat-fbi.amp.html

    Comey is clearly the hero of the story. Last year he investigated a crooked Democrat. This year he investigated a crazed infantile Republican.

    More Republicans will start to distance themselves from Trump. They know the Trump idiocies will not end well. Some are beginning to think there may have been collusion with Russia. Otherwise, why the stupid tapp tweets and the Comey firing?

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  12. So many investigations, so few indictments…. An FBI that can wink and nod at Clinton corruption, hasn’t the credibility to foist a media-driven Trump/Russia connection onto the public. So, ‘hero’ is stretching it a bit, but still unfortunate.

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