11 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-3-18

  1. A fitting last ride for a former president.


    “President Trump plans to send Air Force One to Texas this week to bring the body of former President George H.W. Bush to Washington, D.C., where the body is scheduled to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol before returning to Texas for burial.

    Trump’s disclosure was among a list of funeral plans that emerged Saturday as the nation prepared to bid a final farewell to Bush, the nation’s 41st president, who died Friday night at age 94.”

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  2. Math is hard.

    It’s even harder when you’re clueless.

    And this from a woman who supposedly has a degree in economics?



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  3. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.


    “ICE Threatens ‘Likely Increase’ of Immigration Raids in New Jersey

    The federal agency’s threat came a day after the New Jersey attorney general announced new restrictions on local law enforcement cooperation with ICE.”


    “Federal agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement since April have conducted at least three major raids across New Jersey, arresting nearly 190 people suspected of being undocumented immigrants.

    That followed a 12-month period during which ICE’s Newark, New Jersey, field office increased its arrest rate 42 percent during fiscal year 2017, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.

    Now, a day after New Jersey’s attorney general announced new rules restricting local law enforcement officers’ interaction with immigration agents, ICE is threatening even more raids.

    A spokesman for the Newark office said in a statement Friday to NBC Philadelphia that New Jersey should expect increased arrests because of the new rules.

    “The probability is that at large arrests and worksite enforcement operations, which already exist, will likely increase due to the fact that ICE ERO will no longer have the cooperation of the jails related to immigration enforcement,” ICE spokesman Emilio Dabul said in an email.

    He added that since the agency’s “highest priority is public safety and enforcing immigration laws, we must pursue that to the best extent possible, which will likely involve more at large arrests and worksite enforcement operations.”

    The threat is apparently in response to state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal’s “Immigrant Trust Directive” announced Thursday. It limits the type of voluntary assistance that law enforcement agencies provide to immigration authorities, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”


  4. Comey’s efforts to get out of answering the tough questions have failed. 🙂

    Now make this little piggy squeal.


    “Former FBI Director James Comey ended a legal battle with House Republicans on Sunday, announcing that he will testify behind closed doors on Capitol Hill this week after receiving assurances that a transcript of his interview will be released to the public.

    Comey’s announcement brings to an end a short-lived standoff over the former FBI chief’s congressional testimony. Republicans on the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees subpoenaed Comey on Nov. 21 to appear for a closed-door deposition on Dec. 3 to face questions about his handling of the Clinton email and Trump-Russia collusion investigations.

    Comey sought a public hearing, claiming in a court filing Thursday that he feared “selective leaks” from Republicans. But in an emergency court hearing Friday, Comey’s attorneys acknowledged that the request to quash the congressional subpoena was unorthodox, suggesting the motion had little chance of succeeding.”


  5. Mueller’s playing fast and loose with the rules, as usual.


    “Last week I wasted no time offering contrarian notes on the Cohen plea. The plea deal occasioned the usual media “collusion” hysteria. I thought that Cohen’s plea belied the hysteria. Now RCP’s Paul Sperry adds his own reporting to a reading of the plea deal that is consistent with my own. Sources tell Sperry that Mueller apparently withheld exculpatory evidence in the Criminal Information he filed last week against Cohen for lying about the duration of talks about a never-realized Moscow Trump Tower. By email this morning RCP provides this summary of Sperry’s column:

    Mueller omitted the fact that Cohen did not have any direct points of contact at the Kremlin, and had resorted to sending the emails to Vladimir Putin’s general press mailbox. Sources who have seen this omitted information say it undercuts the idea of a “back channel” and thus the special counsel’s collusion case.

    The same criminal information document holds additional exculpatory evidence for Trump, sources say. It quotes an August 2017 letter from Cohen to the Senate intelligence committee in which he states that Trump “was never in contact with anyone about this [Moscow Project] proposal other than me.” This section of Cohen’s written testimony, unlike other parts, is not disputed as false by Mueller.

    Also notable: Mueller did not challenge Cohen’s statement that he “ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.””


  6. Exonerated.

    No wonder Ricky has gone into hiding. 🙂


    “Contrary to media speculation that Robert Mueller is closing in on President Trump, the special prosecutor’s plea deal with Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen offers further evidence that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russians during the 2016 election, according to congressional investigators and former prosecutors.

    Cohen pleaded guilty last week to making false statements in 2017 to the Senate intelligence committee about the Trump Organization’s failed efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Discussions about the so-called Moscow Project continued five months longer in 2016 than Cohen had initially stated under oath.

    The nine-page charging document filed with the plea deal suggests that the special counsel is using the Moscow tower talks to connect Trump to Russia. But congressional investigators with House and Senate committees leading inquiries on the Russia question told RealClearInvestigations that it looks like Mueller withheld from the court details that would exonerate the president. They made this assessment in light of the charging document, known as a statement of “criminal information” (filed in lieu of an indictment when a defendant agrees to plead guilty); a fuller accounting of Cohen’s emails and text messages that Capitol Hill sources have seen; and the still-secret transcripts of closed-door testimony provided by a business associate of Cohen.

    On page 7 of the statement of criminal information filed against Cohen, which is separate from but related to the plea agreement, Mueller mentions that Cohen tried to email Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office on Jan. 14, 2016, and again on Jan. 16, 2016. But Mueller, who personally signed the document, omitted the fact that Cohen did not have any direct points of contact at the Kremlin, and had resorted to sending the emails to a general press mailbox. Sources who have seen these additional emails point out that this omitted information undercuts the idea of a “back channel” and thus the special counsel’s collusion case.

    Page 2 of the same criminal information document holds additional exculpatory evidence for Trump, sources say. It quotes an August 2017 letter from Cohen to the Senate intelligence committee in which he states that Trump “was never in contact with anyone about this [Moscow Project] proposal other than me.” This section of Cohen’s written testimony, unlike other parts, is not disputed as false by Mueller, which sources say means prosecutors have tested its veracity through corroborating sources and found it to be accurate.

    Also notable, Mueller did not challenge Cohen’s statement that he “ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.”

    “Though Cohen may have lied to Congress about the dates,” one Hill investigator said, “it’s clear from personal messages he sent in 2015 and 2016 that the Trump Organization did not have formal lines of communication set up with Putin’s office or the Kremlin during the campaign. There was no secret ‘back channel.’”

    “So as far as collusion goes,” the source added, “the project is actually more exculpatory than incriminating for Trump and his campaign.”

    Mueller’s office declined comment to RealClearInvestigations.”


  7. Yes. Yes they are.


    “Back on October 19, 2017, I raised the question of just how much Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein actually knew about Hillary Clinton and Uranium One, since it had been reported that the FBI was aware before the deal was approved in 2010 that Russia was engaging in criminal activity to penetrate our nuclear industry and gain access to chunks of our uranium reserves.

    Earlier, in July, I called for a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s collusion with Russia to turn over control of 20 percent of our uranium supplies to Russian interests in return for some $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation. It turns out that there was one: an FBI investigation dating back to 2009, with current deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller up to their eyeballs in covering up evidence of Hillary’s collusion, bordering on treason, with Vladimir Putin’s Russia:

    Prior to the Obama administration approving the very controversial deal in 2010 giving Russia 20% of America’s Uranium, the FBI had evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were involved in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering in order to benefit Vladimir Putin, says a report by The Hill[.]

    John Solomon and Alison Spann, writing in The Hill, reported on an investigation that suddenly and mysteriously vanished off the radar as Hillary Clinton was seriously contemplating being Obama’s successor:

    Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show[.]

    If evidence of bribery, kickbacks, extortion, and money-laundering in the Uranium One affair are not grounds for a special prosecutor assigned to investigate Hillary Clinton, what is? Rosenstein and Mueller, by their silence on this investigation hidden from Congress and the American people, come off as unindicted coconspirators in Hillary’s crimes. We may soon find just how much Robert Mueller was involved in killing a serious investigation into Uranium One.

    Dennis Nathan Cain is a Department of Justice whistleblower who had obtained documents showing how Robert Mueller failed to properly investigate Uranium One and Hillary’s involvement in it, actually aiding and abetting a cover-up to protect her presidential ambitions. As The Daily Wire reports:

    In a stunning display, a man who is a recognized government watchdog and had given Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz documents showing federal officials ignored the relationship among Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and Rosatom, the Russian company that purchased Uranium One, had his home raided by the FBI, despite the fact that his status was protected by law[.]

    Why would the FBI, once headed by a director who had investigated Russia and Uranium One, raid the home of the whistleblower, named Dennis Nathan Cain? The FBI might have not known that the documents, or which documents, had already been legally turned over by Cain and possibly was trying to seize the documents to protect Mueller himself. Yet Cain told agents at his door of his legally protected status, and the documents they sought had been turned over to the proper authorities. They either didn’t believe him or did not care.

    Mirroring similar thuggish raids involving Trump associates Paul Manafort and Larry Cohen, the raid on Cain’s home suggests that Mueller is afraid that Horowitz is actually doing his job and a good one, leading to the exposure of Mueller’s own culpability in Hillary’s nefarious, dare we say it, collusion with Russia.

    Few Americans have heard of William Campbell, another whistleblower and the FBI informant with extensive and deep knowledge of how the Russians of Vladimir Putin used bribery, extortion, and other tools in their bag of tricks to penetrate America’s nuclear industry, and how they used Hillary Clinton to gain access to our uranium. As The Hill’s John Solomon reports:

    An FBI informant connected to the Uranium One controversy told three congressional committees in a written statement that Moscow routed millions of dollars to America with the expectation it would be used to benefit Bill Clinton’s charitable efforts while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton quarterbacked a “reset” in U.S.-Russian relations.

    The informant, Douglas Campbell, said in the statement obtained by The Hill that he was told by Russian nuclear executives that Moscow had hired the American lobbying firm APCO Worldwide specifically because it was in position to influence the Obama administration, and more specifically Hillary Clinton.

    Campbell added in the testimony that Russian nuclear officials “told me at various times that they expected APCO to apply a portion of the $3 million annual lobbying fee it was receiving from the Russians to provide in-kind support for the Clintons’ Global Initiative.”

    Mueller can look for Trump collusion with Russia, and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, can continue his quest for naked pictures of Donald Trump, but here we have real evidence of collusion bordering on treason. Ironically, the same cast of characters who tried to frame Donald Trump on collusion aided and abetted the cover-up of Russia’s moves and Hillary’s involvement. “


  8. Huh.

    Since it’s a markedly safer method, shouldn’t it be encouraged as a safer alternative instead of a crackdown to make it more difficult and expensive to get?

    Or is their interest only in taxing it, like cigarettes?


    I’ve written several posts about e-cigarettes — i.e., vaping. I consider them the most effective response to the enormous public health problem posed by cigarette smoking — the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Vaping offers a relatively healthy alternative for smokers who want to be done with cigarettes (as a great many smokers desire, but haven’t been able to accomplish). They deliver the nicotine that attracts people to cigarettes (and addicts them), but not the tar and other carcinogens that kill them.

    One argument against vaping is that it might be a gateway drug for smoking by getting youngsters hooked on nicotine and used to the physical actions associated with smoking. The argument strikes me as implausible. Vaping might well hook people on e-cigarettes, but it seems like a stretch to argue that it will hook them on the thing they took up vaping, at least in part, to avoid.

    Now comes a study showing that the advent of vaping is associated with a remarkable decline in smoking among young people. The study is by David Levy, a professor with the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C.

    The study finds that the rate of decline in the use of cigarettes among students in the 10th through 12th grades tripled after e-cigarette use became more widespread in 2013. It also declined sharply among the entire population of those between the ages of 15-25.

    Past 30-day vaping among high school students increased from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 4.5 percent in 2013, and to 13.4 percent in 2014. During this period, according to Levy, “smoking rates dropped between 25 and 40 percent, [with] smoking rates in young adults [dropping] by almost 50 percent.” And “most of that decline [has been] since 2013.””

    “t’s important to remember that Levy is a cancer researcher. Cancer is what we’re really talking about here. The important takeaway from Levy’s study is that vaping can prevent a huge amount of cancer and, indeed, has already prevented a large number of future cases.

    The federal government is doing everything it can to prevent teen vaping. E-cigarette makers are cooperating. I question whether the policy makes sense.”

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  9. Sad.

    But completely understandable given the current state of public “education”.


    “Major Publisher’s Newest High School Catalog Is All About Leftist Indoctrination

    Penguin Random House thinks this is what will sell to the mainstream educator market. If they are right, children are not learning the actual history of humanity, nor from those who write well.”

    “As a long-term student and teacher, I’ve acquired many books over the years, so I know Penguin Random House is a reliable publisher for a solid quality book at a reasonable price. Sophocles’ “Three Theban Plays,” Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene,” and Dorothy Sayers’ translation of “The Divine Comedy” are four examples of Penguin Classics that sit on my shelves. I have had that “raving fan” moment of seeing the little penguin on the spine and thinking, “What book is this? How have I not read this one before? Perhaps I should add ‘Selected Prose: Matthew Arnold’ to my collection.”

    I have a high opinion of Penguin, which is why I became enraged when I received their “High School Catalog: 2019 edition.” The catalog is filled with books advancing social justice causes, while giving token value to the enduring classics one would expect Penguin to showcase (“The Works of William Shakespeare” are advertised on p. 26-27). Its overarching rhetorical balance favors the social justice agenda. In promoting these materials, Penguin is doing its part in shifting American education away from content and towards activism.

    Before going through the contents of the catalog, those outside the teaching profession may appreciate a moment behind the curtain. Most schools allow teachers some level of input into what materials are purchased for their classrooms. In my context (a secular private school founded by a successful businessman), each teacher proposes a budget detailing requested texts, supplies, and materials as line items; we then hope for approval.

    While that particular process is not universal, most schools have some way of teachers determining what resources they would like to have on hand. Publishers know this, and November and December are the beginning of the teacher marketing season. Major publishers send teachers physical catalogues, hoping that teachers will order from them. For the busy teacher, such a catalog may represent the easiest way to select resources: just order what Dover, Penguin, Scholastic, or Norton recommends. The catalogue is not just a chance to order resources, it also sells a vision of what is possible.

    Social Activism Gets All the Attention
    The vision of the 2019 high school catalog, which sells “books for your classroom and school library,” according to the front cover, is of social justice activism. Alongside “Minecraft: The Crash” and a rhetoric book entitled “How to Argue with a Cat,” pages 2 and page 3 advocate purchasing “Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves” and “#NeverAgain.” These two titles focus on the twin issues of racial representation in literature and gun control.”


  10. Yes…. a thousand times, yes……

    It’s about time someone stands up and says enough….


    “Conservative author Jerome Corsi on Monday filed a “criminal and ethics complaint” against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, accusing investigators of trying to bully him into giving “false testimony” against President Trump.

    The complaint, which Corsi had threatened for days, is the latest escalation between Mueller’s team and its investigation targets.

    The 78-page document, asserting the existence of a “slow-motion coup against the president,” was filed to a range of top law enforcement officials including Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, D.C.’s U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu and the Bar Disciplinary Counsel.

    “Dr. Corsi has been criminally threatened and coerced to tell a lie and call it the truth,” the complaint states.

    Corsi, who wrote the anti-President Obama book “The Obama Nation” and is connected with political operative Roger Stone, has claimed for the past week that he was being improperly pressured by Mueller’s team to strike a plea deal which he now says he won’t sign.

    According to Corsi’s complaint, they wanted him to demonstrate that he acted as a liaison between Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on one side and the Trump campaign on the other, regarding the release of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

    The complaint states that Mueller’s office is now “knowingly and deceitfully threatening to charge Dr. Corsi with an alleged false statement,” unless he gives them “false testimony” against Trump and others.”

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  11. Good news.

    Literally. 🙂


    ““Tens of millions of Americans have had it with the biased, ideologically-driven mainstream media outlets that sanctimoniously advance their own agendas under the guise of ‘news’ and ‘journalism,’” — Mark Levin, in a statement to The Hill”

    ““Conservatives actually believe in a free press and the rest of the Constitution. This is why I started LevinTV, which grew into the CRTV digital network. In order to further expand and offer the public an alternative to liberal media group-think, I’m very excited about the merger of TheBlaze and CRTV. The timing is perfect.”

    “The combination of the exceptional roster of TheBlaze and CRTV talent means Blaze Media will now be as broad and ideologically diverse as the audiences we serve,” said Beck. “Conservatives, libertarians, constitutionalists, and more have a home at Blaze Media. Our hosts will have differences, but we share a common belief in free expression, honest discourse and a society founded in the principles of the Bill of Rights. I’m beyond thrilled about this merger.”

    As The Hill notes, The Blaze was in talks with Ben Shapiro about a potential partnership or acquisition earlier this year. No word yet on how Blaze Media affects the potential there or if there is potential there, but Shapiro applauded the merger:

    Shapiro, 34, had been in acquisition talks with Beck that first surfaced publicly in February. Beck told The Hollywood Reporter he’d still like to pursue talks with Shapiro, whose podcast is downloaded more than 10 million times per month.

    Shapiro congratulated the companies on the merger on Twitter late Sunday night.

    The conservative media sphere has changed so much in the 7, almost 8 years I’ve been part of it. Back in the day, our world consisted of a bevy of independent blogs, some bigger than others, most friendly with one another, making for a lovely digital community of people.”


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