15 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-15-18

  1. Saddest part of all?

    Very few of these pigs will ever face justice for their crimes. At least not in this life.

    https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/08/14/pennsylvania-diocese-sex-abuse-grand-jury-report-released/

    “The long-awaited state grand jury report into sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Pittsburgh and Greensburg, has finally been released.

    The 884-page document, two years in the making, shines a light into the dark corners of these dioceses going back seven decades, exposing the predators and the efforts of their bishops to protect them.

    “Today, the most comprehensive report on child sexual abuse within the church ever produced in our country was released,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “Pennsylvanians can finally learn the extent of sexual abuse in these dioceses. For the first time, we can all begin to understand the systematic cover up by church leaders that followed. The abuse scarred every diocese. The cover up was sophisticated. The church protected the institution at all costs.”

    Several clergy abuse victims who had testified before the grand jury attended Shapiro’s news conference. At least one of them could be seen breaking down in tears.

    The report begins with the following statement:

    “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this. We know some of you have head some of it before. There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.” “

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  2. Thousands of victims in just one state. And these are only the ones we know about.

    They groomed their victims and then marked them for other pedophiles by gifting the groomed children with gold crosses, so the other pervert priests would know which kids were “safe” to prey on.

    https://apnews.com/301822e3d7a04b0b88a1c40738c4a513/Report-identifies-more-than-1,000-victims-of-priest-abuse

    “The report put the number of abusive clergy at more than 300. In nearly all of the cases, the statute of limitations has run out, meaning that criminal charges cannot be filed. More than 100 of the priests are dead, and many others are retired or have been dismissed from the priesthood or put on leave.

    “We are sick over all the crimes that will go unpunished and uncompensated,” the grand jury said.

    Authorities evaluated each suspect and were able to charge just two, including a priest who has since pleaded guilty. Shapiro said the investigation is ongoing.

    Church officials “routinely and purposefully described the abuse as horseplay and wrestling” and simply “inappropriate conduct,” Shapiro said.

    “It was none of those things. It was child sexual abuse, including rape,” he said.”
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    “The grand jury concluded that a succession of Catholic bishops and other diocesan leaders tried to shield the church from bad publicity and financial liability. They failed to report accused clergy to police and sent abusive priests to so-called “treatment facilities,” which “laundered” the priests and “permitted hundreds of known offenders to return to ministry,” the report said.

    Shapiro said the investigation confirmed a “systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.” The report itself provided scant detail about the Vatican’s role, beyond describing a series of confidential reports that bishops made to the Vatican about abusive priests.”

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  3. What’s wrong with this picture?

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/08/new-mexico-judge-releases-5-suspects-from-muslim-extremist-compound-who-were-allegedly-training-children-for-school-shootings/#more-257525

    “Against the wishes of the Taos County sheriff, undersheriff, prosecutors and the FBI, Judge Sarah Backus ordered all five suspects arrested in the raid of the New Mexico compound, released.

    Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Lucas Morton, 40, Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35 were arrested on child abuse charges. The eleven children in the compound were taken into state custody. All were substantially malnourished, kept in rags, and had no access to clean water.

    According to CBS News, Wahhaj, “Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam who was a possible co-conspirator in the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 — but was never charged.”

    According to ABC News, the suspects were “released on $20,000 bond each on Monday evening and ordered them to wear ankle monitors until trial, the Taos County Sheriff’s Office announced.””
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    More here.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/08/new-mexico-muslim-extremist-compound-raided-children-were-reportedly-trained-for-school-shootings/

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  4. Part of the Roman Catholic problem is the heretical assumption that sex, in itself, is sin.
    They wouldn’t say so, but it is apparent in all of their doctrines and practices. i.e. Not only was Mary an eternal virgin, contrary to the fact that Jesus had half brothers and sisters. And that she was also a virgin birth.
    Forbidding priests to marry, which is direct contradiction of scripture.
    etc.
    They have set impossible standards.

    But that doesn’t excuse anyone.

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  5. Chas, they also see marriage as a sacrament, so I don’t think they do see all sex as sin. But they require celibacy where Scripture doesn’t. And it seems fairly likely that they pushed men who felt temptations for deviant sex off into the priesthood, thinking it would “cure” their temptations, but instead it gave them prey.

    Roman Catholicism is also a works-based religion. Men who are doing religion to gain merit with God, but who are not filled with the Spirit, are left to deal with their lusts in their own strength.

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  6. Once again this cake shop is being targeted by organized perversion. The Supreme Court owns this one, since their ruling dodged the real issue and opened the door for further harassment.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/08/colorado-goes-after-masterpiece-cakeshop-again-this-time-over-gender-transition-cake/

    “When Masterpiece Cakeshop won its case on June 4, 2018, in the U.S. Supreme Court over refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gay wedding, many people assumed it was a win for religious freedom and free speech (the right not to have government compel your speech).

    The cake shop did not refuse to sell cakes to gays, it simply didn’t want to prepare a custom cake with a specific message on it which it believed was contrary to the owner’s religious beliefs. But as we covered at the time, the Supreme Court decision was tailored to bias against the cake shop in the Colorado administrative process. Justice Kennedy authored the 7-2 opinion:

    “The laws and the Constitution can, and in some instances must, protect gay persons and gay couples in the exercise of their civil rights, but religious and philosophical objections to gay marriage are protected views and in some instances protected forms of expression,” the majority opinion said.

    “While it is unexceptional that Colorado law can protect gay persons in acquiring products and services on the same terms and conditions as are offered to other member of the public, the law must be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion.”

    The decision left an opening large enough for the state arguably to go after Masterpiece Cakeshop or others provided the process was fair. That would await the next test case.

    The next test case was set up a year before the Supreme Court decision.

    On June 26, 2017, the very same day the Supreme Court agreed to take the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, Attorney Autumn Scardina called the cake shop to request a “gender transition” cake. The cake shop declined, so on June 20, 2017, Scardina filed a complaint, with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission:

    I believe I was unlawfully discriminated against because of my protectcd class(es) in violation of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA). 1.) On or about June 26. 2017, I was denied full and equal enjoyment of a place of public accommodation. Specifically, the Respondent refused to prepare my order for a cake with pink interior and blue exterior, which I disclosed was inttended for the celebration of my transition from male to female. Furthermore. 1hc Respondent indicated to me that to prepare such a cake would be against their religious beliefs. 2.) I believe I was discriminated against because of my protected class(cs).”
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    “Alliance Defending Freedom, which successfully litigated the prior case, has filed suit.

    In a press release ADF writes, Hostility unabated: Colorado seeks to punish cake artist Jack Phillips again:

    Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Colorado cannot treat cake artist Jack Phillips differently than others, state officials have continued to do just that in response to a more recent complaint filed against him. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Phillips and his cake shop filed a federal lawsuit late Tuesday against those officials for doubling down on their anti-religious hostility.

    On June 26, 2017, the same day that the Supreme Court agreed to take up Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, an attorney asked Phillips to create a cake designed pink on the inside and blue on the outside, which the attorney said was to celebrate a gender transition from male to female. Phillips declined the request because the custom cake would have expressed messages about sex and gender identity that conflict with his religious beliefs. Less than a month after the Supreme Court ruled for Phillips in his first case, the state surprised him by finding probable cause to believe that Colorado law requires him to create the requested gender-transition cake.

    “The state of Colorado is ignoring the message of the U.S. Supreme Court by continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs,” said ADF Senior Vice President of U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner. “Even though Jack serves all customers and simply declines to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his deeply held beliefs, the government is intent on destroying him—something the Supreme Court has already told it not to do. Neither Jack nor any other creative professionals should be targeted by the government for living consistently with their religious beliefs.”

    The Introduction to the Complaint (pdf.)(full embed below) argues that the cake shop was targeted by the claimant/lawyer and Colorado (emphasis added):”
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    And they clearly were targeted again.

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  7. Real Clear Investigations, an off shoot of Real Clear Politics says it’s really clear there was a set-up here.

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/08/13/trump_tower_meeting_looks_increasingly_like_a_setup.html

    “The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between high-ranking members of the Republican presidential campaign staff and a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties remains the cornerstone of claims that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election.

    A growing body of evidence, however, indicates that the meeting may have been a setup — part of a broad effort to tarnish the Trump campaign involving Hillary Clinton operatives employed by Kremlin-linked figures and Department of Justice officials. This view, that the real collusion may have taken place among those who arranged the meeting rather than the Trump officials who agreed to attend it, is supported by two disparate lines of evidence pulled together for the first time here: newly released records and a pattern of efforts to connect the Trump campaign to Russia.

    The first line of evidence includes emails, texts, and memos recently turned over to Congress by the Department of Justice. They show how closely senior Justice Department officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation worked with employees of Fusion GPS, a Washington-based research firm reportedly paid $1 million by Clinton operatives to dig up dirt on the Trump campaign.

    They reveal that then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, the fourth-highest-ranking official at DOJ, coordinated before, during and after the election with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, who did work for the Clinton campaign and Russians; and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who was employed by Simpson.”
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    “The second line of evidence reframing the Trump Tower meeting — after the Ohr-Steele-Simpson correspondence – was first reported in June by RealClearInvestigations. It shows that, starting in March 2016, FBI confidential sources and other figures associated with Western intelligence services and the Clinton campaign approached the Trump team promising damaging information on Clinton. The Trump Tower meeting appears to have been the most successful of these approaches, since it was the one instance where the Trump campaign signaled it was willing to receive incriminating information on its opponent.

    These two strands of evidence – the DOJ’s collaboration with Clinton-paid researchers and efforts to connect the Trump campaign to Russia – came together in midtown Manhattan on June 9, 2016 at Trump Tower.

    At the center of it all was Fusion GPS, which had two clients whose interests were served by the Trump Tower meeting: the Russians and the Clinton campaign.”

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  8. More is coming….

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/08/15/bruce-ohr-implicate-high-ranking-obama-officials-spygate/

    “Rep. Devin Nunes, who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), said last week Ohr “is going to become more and more important” to the investigation into the DOJ’s use of Steele’s dossier on Trump to obtain permission to spy on his former campaign advisor, Carter Page. That’s the understatement of the year.

    The details revealed in the emails and texts, in conjunction with previously released information, suggest DOJ and FBI employees operated outside the chain of command, misled their bosses (and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court), and concealed evidence from congressional oversight committees. Let’s review two key questions the revelations raise.”
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    “We don’t know what Yates knew about Ohr’s role. When Yates testified before Congress in May 2017 about the Russia investigation, Ohr’s involvement was still secret, leading the Senate Judiciary Committee to focus instead on her role in instigating the firing of Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.

    Once again, Ohr and Steele’s exchanges detailed by Solomon provide a hint: The day after Yate’s firing, Steele contacted Ohr, texting “doubtless a sad and crazy day for you re-SY,” a clear reference to Sally Yates. “Just wanted to check you are OK, still in situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues,” Steele added. Then, after Ohr confirmed “I’m still here and able to help as discussed,” Steele stressed that if Ohr was out at DOJ, he needed another “(Bureau?)” contact.

    This exchange suggests Yates’ removal concerned Steele and left him worried that without Yates at the helm, Ohr’s continued role as a DOJ liaison for Steele was at risk, and that without Yates or Ohr, he would need to work directly with the FBI.

    Was that because Yates approved of Ohr acting as a dossier courier for Steele and the FBI? If so, the Spygate scandal reaches into even higher echelons of the Deep State than previously known. Ohr has a pretty good incentive to come clean and expose anyone else at the DOJ (or in the Obama administration) involved in the decision to continue to use Steele as a source. Otherwise Ohr will hold sole responsibility for going rogue.”

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  9. Keep scrubbing, it’s still dirty.

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/08/15/new-details-show-firing-strzok-didnt-remove-compromised-fbi-agents-involved-russiagate/

    “Peter Strzok has finally joined James Comey and Andrew McCabe in the ranks of fired FBI officials. Yet there’s likely more housekeeping to do at the federal law enforcement agency that spearheaded the investigation into the Trump campaign. A series of notes, emails, and text messages published in The Hill last week between former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele suggest as much.

    The first suggestive detail appears in notes Ohr took to document a Nov. 21, 2016 meeting he had with Strzok, then a high-ranking FBI agent, and two other agents. One of those was then-FBI attorney Lisa Page, and the other is unnamed.

    The Hill’s John Solomon reported Ohr’s notes indicate FBI officials told him in the meeting they “may go back to Chris,” apparently in reference to Steele, whom they had terminated as a source 20 days prior for leaking word of the investigation to the press. The day after this meeting, the FBI officially interviewed Ohr for the first of a dozen times, and Ohr relayed to the FBI the allegations of dirt Steele had compiled on the Trump campaign.

    Ohr’s notes from his meeting suggest the FBI was using Ohr as a conduit to work around Steele’s termination as a source. This timing and number of interviews suggest the third unnamed agent had worked with Strzok and Page to devise a way to obtain intel from Steele, despite the fact the FBI had just ordered him not to obtain “any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI.”

    A second exchange highlighted in Solomon’s reporting likewise indicates that the FBI employed additional agents who were malleable to working behind the scenes with Steele after he was terminated as a source. Steele texted Ohr to see if he was “OK” after Trump fired Yates. “If you end up out … I really need another (Bureau?) contact point/number who is briefed,” Steele stressed in the texts. Who were these other bureau people “briefed” on the situation whom Steele could trust if Ohr became a persona non grata?

    In yet another exchange, on Aug. 8, 2017, Steele reached out to Ohr, asking for his help in accelerating his “reengagement with the Bureau and [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller.” From Steele’s frustration over the delay, it appears his efforts to return as a source for the FBI had been ongoing for some time. Ohr agreed to reach out to his contacts on Steele’s behalf, and Steele noted he was doing so as well.

    Who were these contacts? Were they working with Mueller, as Strzok and Page had been before being removed once they were outed for their anti-Trump bias? Was Mueller aware of Steele’s attempts to reengage with the FBI? And had Mueller — who served as FBI director when Steele worked as a source on the FBI’s investigation of corruption at the international soccer body, FIFA — been involved in Steele’s efforts?

    It looks like some major housekeeping is in order at the FBI, beyond the high-profile firings of Comey, McCabe, and now Strzok. Some of this happened when officials closely involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation and Russia investigations placed themselves on the curb.”

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  10. And Jared Polis is running for our state Governor…predicted to win by a huge margin…sadly I believe he will be our Governor….you think there will not be continued bias against Christian’s deeply held beliefs and faith….just wait…..

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