35 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-15-18

  1. Further proof this has been a political witch hunt from the start. The Obama admin actively worked to undermine the next admin.


    “Judicial Watch today released two sets of heavily redacted State Department documents, 38 pages and 48 pages, showing classified information was researched and disseminated to multiple U.S. Senators by the Obama administration immediately prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The documents reveal that among those receiving the classified documents were Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sen. Robert Corker (R-TN).

    Judicial Watch obtained the documents through a June 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department after it failed to respond to a February 2018 request seeking records of the Obama State Department’s last-minute efforts to share classified information about Russia election interference issues with Democratic Senator Ben Cardin (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-01381)).

    The documents reveal the Obama State Department urgently gathering classified Russia investigation information and disseminating it to members of Congress within hours of Donald Trump taking office.

    In a Thursday, January 5, 2017, email chain then-State Department Congressional Advisor Hera Abassi indicates that then-Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland’s bureau was attempting to get Russian investigation related documents to the office of Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) office as quickly as possible. (In June 2016 Nuland permitted a meeting between Steele and the FBI’s legal attaché in Rome. Nuland told CBS News that the State Department knew about the Steele dossier by July 2016.)
    In the email, with the subject line “For Immediate Review – Call Sheet for S Call with Senator Warner,” Abassi writes:

    “I told Cardin’s folks … that the process is long. Can we ensure that there are no holdups on our end?”

    Minutes later, Abassi confirms that Nuland was fully aware of the information that the State Department was providing to members of Congress alleging Russia interference information:

    “This is definitely on EUR A/S radar!”

    Leaving no doubt that the State Department officials knew they were transmitting classified information, in a Wednesday, January 18, 2017, email with the subject line “Cables/M,” Former Foreign Service Officer Kerem Bilge writes to State Department Congressional advisor Hilary Johnson and others: “Highest class is SECRET/NOFORN.”
    Johnson replies:

    “FYI – so we can keep the SECRET/NOFORN header, and should declassify it 25 years from tomorrow.

    “I forwarded the fully cleared version to the two of you on the high side [Editor’s Note: “high side” is State Department term for high security classification system], but let me know if there’s anything else you need from me on this.

    “Note: we’ll need to make sure there is someone in Senate security tomorrow who can accept these.”

    On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Johnson confirms that classified documents were sent to Senator Corker in addition to Senator Cardin. “Flagging that I sent you a high side request for clearance of the draft transmittal letter to send documents to Senators Corker and Cardin.”
    Additionally, involved in providing classified information to members of the Senate was Naz Durakoglu, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs. In an email dated Thursday, January 19, 2017, with the subject line “Signed, sealed, delivered” Durakoglu apparently confirms that Obama State Department officials were eager to provide the classified material before Trump was sworn into office: “We made the deadline!” Durakoglu states [Emphasis added] “Thank you everyone for what was truly a Department-wide effort!”

    President Trump was inaugurated less than 24 hours later.

    In a Wednesday, January 18, 2017 email, Naz Durakoglu signed off on the document transmittal letter on behalf of her bureau. This letter accompanied “the documents to Senator Corker and Cardin”

    In a Thursday, January 19, 2017 email, Durakoglu appears to confirm that she is who carried the documents from the State Department to Capitol Hill. She states, “I will be carrying over the cables to the Hill.”

    “These documents show remarkable evidence of the non-stop, unethical effort in the Obama State Department to gather and send its own dossier of classified information on Russia in an effort to discredit the incoming Trump administration,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.


  2. It’s time for Trump to say enough is enough.

    Declassify and release. All of it.


    “When does Trump say, “Enough is enough!”?

    Enough can have two meanings here. One meaning is the junkyard dog being taunted until it bares its teeth and attacks ferociously. Trump has that power as President. Assuming Huber and Horowitz have been doing more than playing board games with their reams of lawyers and investigators for the past year, there should be indictments and prosecutions. Not to mention releasing FISA warrant applications and similar documents.

    From the Clinton Foundation to the Spygate scandal. From Hillary Clinton’s emails to bogus FISA warrants, there is much for the junkyard dog to attack. When is enough? When does Trump go “scorched earth[TL1] ” through transparency against those conspiring to destroy him?

    Declassify the FISA warrant and expose the collaboration of his Deep State enemies with foreign intelligence agencies. As the Clinton Foundation scandals become public, hammer away via tweets and public comments. If Trump believes he is going down, he will bring half of Washington, DC with him.

    Trump can simply release the hidden information and instruct his Justice department to pursue any and all crimes committed. Regardless of the political party of the perpetrators. That’s not weaponization of his administration, but instead simply the pursuit of justice and accountability. Let the chip fall where they may, across the political spectrum.

    This would be the “draining the swamp” we were promised. Despite assurances that “pain is coming”, the deep state swamp is in full bloom. Yet the deplorables have Trump’s back with a 49 percent approval in the December 11 Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll.”


  3. It’s early, but this looks like a gross abuse of power and a total stomping of parental rights.


    “A Democratic assemblyman in California was arrested Monday on suspicion of child cruelty after allegedly spanking his daughter. On Wednesday, he claimed that he had only done so as a means of punishment.

    In an interview with the Fresno Bee, lawmaker Joaquin Arambula spoke about an incident at home Sunday night that led him to spank his 7-year-old. The following day, when she went to school, she allegedly told her teacher what had happened and expressed how she was upset about it, sparking an investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS).

    “I disciplined her as a consequence to something she did. This is something that’s really rare for us. It’s a tool of last resort but it’s something that we do. And I spanked her bottom,” he explained. “She was pretty upset, and she struggled to be able to share her emotions, as I’m sure you can appreciate a 7-year-old will. But that’s all that happened.”

    Still, Arambula was arrested on Monday night and accused of willful cruelty to a child. As of Wednesday, CPS and the Department of Social Services declared Arambula and his wife, Elizabeth, fit to bring their three children — aged 3, 6 and 7 — who had been staying with Arambula’s parents, back home.

    “It was us disciplining — normal discipline to our child,” Arambula said. “And I’m in the midst of a process that is playing out as we speak.””





  4. Be happy you have the 2nd Amendment. It is the last defense when a govt. becomes tyrannical.


    “Venezuelans regret gun ban, ‘a declaration of war against an unarmed population'”

    “As Venezuela continues to crumble under the socialist dictatorship of President Nicolas Maduro, some are expressing words of warning – and resentment – against a six-year-old gun control bill that stripped citizens of their weapons.

    “Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Javier Vanegas, 28, a Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, told Fox News. “The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force. Once things were this bad, it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.”

    Under the direction of then-President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan National Assembly in 2012 enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law,” with the explicit aim to “disarm all citizens.” The law took effect in 2013, with only minimal pushback from some pro-democracy opposition figures, banned the legal commercial sale of guns and munitions to all – except government entities.

    Chavez initially ran a months-long amnesty program encouraging Venezuelans to trade their arms for electrical goods. That year, there were only 37 recorded voluntary gun surrenders, while the majority of seizures – more than 12,500 – were by force.

    In 2014, with Nicolás Maduro at the helm following Chavez’s death but carrying through his socialist “Chavista” policies, the government invested more than $47 million enforcing the gun ban – which has since included grandiose displays of public weapons demolitions in the town square.”

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  5. So they claim he lied, but they won’t turn over the evidence to the judge to prove he did?

    More BS from Mr. Straight Shooters office.



    “Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Friday released key documents relating to the FBI’s questioning of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, confirming agents did not believe at the time Flynn intentionally lied to them — though he was later charged with making false statements in that interview.

    The documents also reveal that the decision to interview Flynn in early 2017 about contacts with the Russian ambassador was controversial within the Justice Department. One FBI document said then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates “was not happy” when then-FBI Director James Comey informed her that the FBI planned to talk to Flynn. The report also said several unnamed people back at FBI headquarters “later argued about the FBI’s decision to interview Flynn.”

    The documents – some of which are heavily redacted – were released in response to U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordering prosecutors to hand over the government’s files related to the FBI’s questioning of Flynn by Friday afternoon. The order came after Flynn’s legal team said in a filing that the FBI discouraged Flynn from bringing a lawyer to the interview and agents never advised him false statements in that setting could constitute a crime. The newly released documents confirm those claims.

    The documents include then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s notes after talking with Flynn to arrange his interview with the FBI. It also includes a so-called “302” report documenting what Flynn told anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok and one other agent during their conversation at the White House. That July 2017 report, though, specifically came from an interview with Strzok in which the Flynn encounter was discussed — and not the original Flynn interview. It was unclear why no “302” report from the interview itself was included.

    The 302 report stated that Strzok and the other agent “both had the impression at the time that Flynn was not lying or did not think he was lying.””


  6. ———————-

    $25 million, wasted.

    And still no collusion that wasn’t from Democrats.


    “The special counsel investigation into the 2016 election has cost taxpayers over $25 million and counting.

    Robert Mueller’s office released its latest expenditures spanning from April 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2018, finding the special counsel racked up over $8.4 million in five months.

    The statement of expenditures reveals Mueller and his team of lawyers cost over $4.5 million for salaries and rent, and an additional $3.9 million in resources from the Department of Justice.

    Personnel compensation and benefits cost taxpayers $2,886,270, including $1 million for special counsel office employees, and $1.9 million for Department of Justice employees who have been detailed to the investigation.

    Between April and September, Mueller spent $580,098 on travel and transportation; $779 on “transportation of things”; $942,787 on rent and utilities; $15,618 on printing; $310,732 on contractual services; and $43,334 on supplies.

    Expenditures reported by the Department of Justice that were attributable to the Russia investigation totaled $3,906,000. The total cost during the five-month period was $8,473,533.”


  7. ——————-

    It’s called entrapment. Flynn should walk.


  8. Does the judge get to see what’s behind all that black ink?

    I wish I were the judge. I would bang the gavel down and say “Case dismissed for lack of evidence.”

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  9. And people wonder why most people don’t believe the major media outlets.

    It’s because they keep getting caught lying. Their agenda requires DHS and ICE to be the bad guys, so the truth is the first casualty.


    “Politico reported in its Huddle newsletter Friday that a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died a week after being taken into Border Patrol custody.

    “Top House Democrats are calling for a ‘full investigation’ into the death of a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala, who died of dehydration and shock just one week after she was taken into Border Patrol Custody,” the newsletter said.

    Laypeople on Twitter also claimed Friday that the girl was in Border Patrol custody for a week before dying.”


    “Verdict: False

    The girl was in Border Patrol custody for around eight hours before local emergency services transported her to an El Paso hospital, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said. She reportedly had not eaten or had water for several days. The girl died after less than 24 hours in the hospital.

    Fact Check:

    News outlets reported the girl’s death about a week after the incident. Border Patrol took the 7-year-old and her father into custody on Dec. 6 outside of Lordsburg, N.M., the Washington Post reported Thursday. They were part of a group of 163 migrants who approached border agents to turn themselves in.

    Around eight hours after being taken into custody, the girl started having seizures. She “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days,” Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told WaPo.

    Border Patrol emergency medical technicians took the girl’s temperature and found that she had a 105.7-degree fever, DHS told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email. Border Patrol then called local emergency medical services, which took the girl in an air ambulance to an El Paso hospital.

    DHS said that the girl was revived at the hospital after going into cardiac arrest. “However, the child did not recover and died at the hospital less than 24 hours after being transported,” DHS told TheDCNF.

    Politico issued a correction after an inquiry from TheDCNF. It updated the online archive of the newsletter to say that the girl died “less than 48 hours after she was taken into Border Patrol Custody.””


    Put the blame where it belongs.

    On her parents who took her hundreds of miles across a desert without adequate supplies. It’s abuse and neglect on their part that lead to her death. They own this.

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  10. 2 pieces, multiple links.


    You tell me……. 🙂



    “Former Anarchist Describes Life Inside the Far Left as Cult-Like and Sad”

    “He described life on the far left as being almost ‘faith based’ in that everyone knew what was wrong with everything. His own indoctrination came through being a sad teenager who was looking for answers, which he claims led him to radical literature that taught him capitalism keeps everyone down.

    The interview provides a fascinating window into the mind of the far left. Watch:”

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  11. Second……. with all the links…….


    “No More Fun of Any Kind Week in Higher Education”

    “Your weekly report on campus news.”

    “Entertainment is quickly becoming a thing of the past on many college campuses.

    Comedian Nimesh Patel Responds to Being Pulled Off Stage at Columbia
    University in UK Wants Comedian to Sign ‘Safe Space’ Contract for Performance
    Nazi Imagery in Production of ‘The Sound of Music’ at Performing Arts School Causes Furor

    Who has time for fun when there are so many serious problems?
    Students and Faculty at UMass Amherst Think More Needs to be Done About Campus Racism
    Women’s Studies Dept. at University in Illinois Wants to Abolish ICE and Police
    Dozens of Students Arrested at Yale Protesting How School’s Endowment is Invested

    Countless issues demand attention.
    Students and Faculty at UNC Rally Against Confederate Monument
    VIDEO: Students Don’t Know Why They Oppose Clarence Thomas Building
    Student Govt. at Michigan State Wants Non-Citizens to Vote

    There are consequences for not being woke enough.
    Virginia HS Teacher Fired for Refusing to Use Transgender Student’s Preferred Pronouns
    Student Govt. at Ohio State Wants Resident Advisors to Undergo LGBT Training

    Just don’t challenge Democrats.
    College Student Runs for Public Office and Meets the Corrupt Chicago Machine

    And don’t forget the real victims.
    Gender Studies Scholars Claim Their Field is Under Attack

    Merry Christmas!
    Minnesota State Prof Claims the Virgin Mary Didn’t Give Consent

    Irish Lecturer Stabbed to Death at University in Paris for Showing Drawing of Mohammed During Class”


    They’re quite a miserable bunch really….

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  12. Sigh.

    See what I mean?

    And remember this is all in response to the young girl dying. So they exploit her further by spreading falsehoods.


    “We’re starting to see this video from January from Chris Hayes’ show on MSNBC making the rounds, but yet again, the blue checks sharing it aren’t telling the entire story.

    The clip shows how CBP agents routinely destroy water and other supplies left by aid groups for illegal immigrants crossing the desert. If you click the link, Hayes is crystal clear that the videos he’s showing are from 2010 – 2017, but in light of the recent tragedy where a young girl died in ICE custody, it’s, of course, being used as a cudgel against the Trump administration. You can clearly see the timestamp in this frame is from 2011:

    For example, Jorge Silva, who was an aide to Harry Reid and on Hillary Clinton’s election staff, shared the video without including that this was common practice under the Obama administration:”


  13. It is indeed.



  14. Hillary chimes in…..


    And gets dragged for her lies….


  15. Truth.



  16. A child may be abused or starved prior to arriving but if I do nothing for hours and the student suffers a preventive injury, I’m liable despite the prior actions of the parents. Similarly the minute the child was taken into custody, Border Patrol/ICE has a duty of care and they


  17. ….are liable (not sure why its cut off)

    The case of the transgender and the fired teacher is interesting. The teacher used the child’s new male name but wouldn’t use male pronouns. Its a strange place to draw a line. And to claim it was a religious objection is a bit strange. I don’t think there was anything in the Bible on transgender. I remember a female judge dressed as a male who fought for Israel but that’s a fairly common story in many cultures.

    On the other hand, I’m surprised they fired him. Usually in these situations you would transfer the teacher to another school in the board.

    I have two girls claiming to be boys in my class. I think in many ways its an adolescent reaction to not meeting perceived society standards of femininity. In the past, girls may have reacted with eating disorders. In all likelihood, girls may outgrow it as they would an eating disorder but with some it will continue into adulthood, with a complete transition or simply a realization they are gay. The latter, being gay, is definitely the case with one of my students.


  18. ICE did exactly what was expected of them. They’re the only ones who did.

    Unlike the father, who it now seems may not be the father at all, but her smuggler instead.


  19. Ricky disappeared once his many flawed narratives began collapsing. He’s probably golfing with Kristol, Flake, and the other unemployed NTers while plotting their next, even more desperate and despicable move. 🙂


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  22. We used to take home economics in high school. This included the basics of cooking and nutrition and basic budgeting. Perhaps they should bring back those types of classes.

    Ricky seems to be watching lots of old movies and compiling very credible ‘best movies’ of the various decades. Not a bad way to spend the holiday season. I will probably end up watching a few of those. It’s much less stressful than our current political situation—or the chaos happening in Paris and other places.

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  23. Duty of care. I’m liable once a student arrives in my classroom, ICE has the same responsibility.

    I don’t see any narratives falling down. Mueller is slowly but surely rounding up the criminals.

    Amused to read in your first post that Obama was undermining the Trump presidency by sharing info Russian interference. How does Russian interference undermine Trump…..unless his campaign knew.

    Home economics used to be a mandatory course in middle school here. Kids learned baking, cooking, nutrition, budgeting, laundry, sewing etc. Great course….i remember school jocks and goths knitting mittens while i reviewed Cdn history. Unfortunately we moved to a K-8 model and discontinued the program, all in the name of efficiency and focus on the 3Rs.

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  24. And ICE fulfilled their duty by getting her immediate care.


    “I don’t see any narratives falling down. ”

    Because you’re not looking. I’ve been posting them for 2 weeks now. You musta skipped those…

    Try starting at the top of the thread again, but this time read the links. It’s collapsing.

    And so you know in the future….

    Willful ignorance is not a good look on you. 😉


  25. Good luck with the lawsuits. This will never withstand legal challenges. This is an issue that many states have. Here it’s the opposite. Absentee landlords want to turn everything into multi-unit rentals with no regard for parking, schools, and other issues. Multiple lawsuits have all ended the same. You can’t stop a property owner from doing what they want, within reason. A single family home is reasonable.


    “In a bold move to address its affordable-housing crisis and confront a history of racist housing practices, Minneapolis has decided to eliminate single-family zoning, a classification that has long perpetuated segregation.

    The Minneapolis City Council voted last Friday to get rid of the category and instead allow residential structures with up to three dwelling units — like duplexes and triplexes — in every neighborhood. Minneapolis is believed to be the first major city in the United States to approve such a change citywide.

    Peggy Reinhardt, 75, an advocate who supported the decision, hopes the change will mean more housing options around her Uptown Minneapolis neighborhood. She sees young couples in apartments who cannot afford to scale up to $400,000 houses, while elderly residents nearby are “house rich and cash poor” and have few options to downsize in their neighborhood.

    “It’s that missing middle,” she said.”


  26. https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/jakelin-guatemala-migrant-u-s-border-patrol-1.4948093

    Interesting it appears she was fed and had hydrated before arriving at the border. She vomited prior to boarding a CBP bus and was unconscious 90 mins later and died the next day of liver failure and brain swelling.

    The father can’t be faulted. The CBP didn’t do anything wrong but does have duty of care. Teachers have been arrested for less. Obviously this should be investigated to see what went wrong, could it have been prevented and was there a prior condition which led to liver failure.


  27. To be honest I don’t always read the full extent of your copy and paste. Many of the articles remind me of Glen Beck’s chalkboard.

    However, your first post reminds me of how the goal posts have changed. It went from no Russian interference to Russian interference did support Trump but we shouldn’t talk about it.

    Here’s the only narrative that matters;

    Remember, drain the swamp.


  28. Interesting idea to eliminate residential sub zoning. An owner should be allowed to build any type of residential housing they want. Why should the gov’t regulate private property in such a nanny state way. And as the article states older people are house rich cash poor. Splitting the property gives them cash and gives young people affordable housing. Win-win.


  29. Re: millennials taking courses on “adulting”. Can’t really blame them for not having been taught by their parents or schools. (And the millennials I know don’t need to take those classes.)

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  30. The US laid charges on Wenzhou the CFO of Huawei for evading the Iranian tech embargo. She came to Canada recently (she has a nice mansion in Vancouver) and as some of these charges matched Cdn law, she was promptly arrested in accordance with our extradition treaty. Cdn officials tried to convince Chinese officials we were simply following the rule of law. But then Trump tweeted he would use Wanzhou as leverage in trade talks. Now it went from Cdns following rules (its what we do) to a diplomatic incident including Chinese retaliation.

    I don’t think other nations will be so willing to cooperate with the US in terms of following the extradition process.




  31. @12:23 I think that’s the way globalism eventually unwinds. I don’t have a link at the moment, but I believe China has already retaliated by arresting some Americans. This is to be expected. A foreign country is not your own back yard, and trade treaties do not make it so.


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