26 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-8-19

  1. This narrative has failed.

    It was a lie from the start.



    “After more than two years of investigation, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has not found evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the committee’s Republican chairman said in interview.

    “If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,” North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr told CBS News.

    “If I can finish tomorrow, I would finish tomorrow,” said Burr, adding, “We know we’re getting to the bottom of the barrel because there’re not new questions that we’re searching for answers to.”

    The Senate panel has conducted more than 200 witness interviews and reviewed hundreds of thousands of documents as part of an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The investigation, which has focused heavily on the collusion question, began in January 2017, alongside a parallel probe run out of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.”

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  2. But don’t worry, the Deep State is still digging, because that’s what the guilty party usually does. Just ask OJ. He’s still looking for the “real” killer.


    “There was a great deal of news this past week about President Trump’s audacious disregard for the advice and warnings from his own intelligence community experts.

    Perhaps there’s good reason for alarm.

    But I think there’s one shocking aspect — perhaps a larger story — that’s gone virtually unreported. It appears that anonymous intelligence officials are executing an operation against the sitting commander in chief. It might not qualify as all-out mutiny, but it’s also not all that far from one.

    Right under our noses, while still under investigation for allegedly orchestrating leaks and undermining candidate Trump in 2016, some in the intel community are orchestrating leaks and undermining President Trump in 2019.

    There’s evidence of the existence of such an operation from the inspector general, various congressional probes and investigative reporting. They’ve alleged, and in some cases concluded, that some top intel officials improperly leaked information to the news media and engaged in politically motivated surveillance practices involving multiple Trump associates.

    In the newest press salvo, unnamed intel officials fanned out to air anonymous grievances against their commander in chief. They provided details of classified briefings and made inflammatory charges, such as that Trump is “endangering American security” with his “stubborn disregard” and “willful ignorance.” Disseminating these details, if true, could be seen as assisting our enemies.

    Also cause for concern is the media’s role in this operation, whether witting or not. Many in the press dutifully parroted these grievances in one-sided accounts with virtually no counterpoints, as if it’s inconceivable that these intel officials could be capable of flaws or conflicted by political motivations. Some reporters seem to think that “intel,” as distilled and presented by these officials, is somehow beyond question.

    In fact, history teaches us the opposite can be true.”


  3. The party of illegal criminals.


    “In Ocasio-Cortez’s District, MS-13 Kills While She Calls To Disband ICE

    Ocasio-Cortez’s deeply unserious call to abolish ICE is an invitation for more murder and crime in her own backyard.”

    “Last Sunday, a stunning murder on a subway platform occurred in Elmhurst, Queens. The shooting, captured on video, was committed by members of the MS-13 gang, against members of the 18th Street gang. Both gangs, though created decades ago in Los Angeles, have deep roots in Central America. Police announced this week that the shooter, who is in custody, is in the United States illegally, and had prior arrests.

    One would assume that lawmakers in the neighborhood would want to crack down on these violent gangs, but its most famous legislator, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seems far more interested in destroying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), one of the agencies charged with deporting dangerous criminals such as Sunday’s shooter.

    While some have tried to downplay the dangers posed by these gangs, the brazen shooting shows exactly how dangerous they really are. The issue here isn’t Trump’s alleged fearmongering over MS-13, but rather gunshots ringing around a subway platform. Millions of New Yorkers take the subways including children, the only right way to view this incident, and the underlying gang issues, is as incredibly dangerous.

    More broadly, the idea that these gangs only target each other is the same baseless excuse people used to defend the Italian mafia. It was a lie then, and it’s a lie now. According to reporting in The New York Times, both MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang engage in widespread illegal activity, including murder, drug dealing, prostitution, gun running, extortion, and in the case of the latter, dealing in forged documents. Those forged documents, of course, are essential to helping illegal immigrants, including violent criminals, stay in the United States. It truly is a vicious cycle.”


  4. Poor baby.

    I have little sympathy, and it’s way past time the rest of the country stops being forced to subsidize their high tax ways.


    “Governor Andrew Cuomo blames New York’s ‘serious as a heart attack’ $2.3B budget deficit on Trump tax reforms

    Republican-led Tax Cut and Reform Bill signed by Trump into law last year caps a deduction for state and local taxes — known as SALT — at $10,000

    Democrats say the law hurts mostly blue states with high income and property taxes, such as New York, where average SALT deduction tops $22,000

    High-income New Yorkers can no longer deduct their full state and local taxes on their federal tax returns, prompting them to go elsewhere

    Cuomo slammed SALT as ‘an economic civil war’ and a ‘diabolical, political maneuver'”


    Try something radical Governor. Maybe stop killing off prospective tax payers while cheering and clapping and you’d have more money in tax revenue. Just a thought moron.


  5. Death panels or not, the fault for this lies solely with Obama and Democrats.

    Obama lied, people died. They built this. They own it.


    “Did Obamacare Raise The Nationwide Death Rate?

    Researchers have raised legitimate questions about whether an Obamacare change actually increased death levels nationwide. Will we see chants of ‘Obama lied, people died’?

    “Researchers have raised legitimate questions about whether a policy change included in Obamacare actually increased death levels nationwide.

    Some may recall that two years ago, liberals engaged in no small amount of hyperbolic rhetoric insisting that repealing Obamacare would kill Americans. They viewed that fact as a virtual certainty, and spent more time arguing over precisely how many individuals would die under the law’s repeal.

    Somehow, however, the media that breathlessly covered claims about how repealing Obamacare would kill Americans hasn’t exactly rushed to highlight claims that the law could have increased the death rate.

    About the Readmissions Program
    The Obamacare change sparking the policy debate involves the law’s hospital readmissions program. Section 3025(a) of the law required the Department of Health and Human Services to reduce Medicare payments to hospitals with higher-than-average readmission rates. The program began in October 2012, and since October 2014 has reduced payments by 3 percent to hospitals with high readmission rates for three conditions: heart failure, heart attacks, and pneumonia.

    The program intended to make hospitals more efficient, and encourage them to treat patients correctly the first time, rather than profiting on poor care by receiving additional payments for “repeat” visitors. However, several data points have called into question the effectiveness of the policy.

    First, a recent article in the journal Health Affairs concluded that data proving the readmissions program’s effectiveness “appear to be illusory or overstated.” The study noted that, right before the readmissions program took effect, hospitals could increase the number of diagnoses in claims submitted to Medicare. After controlling for this difference, the Harvard researchers concluded that at least half of the “reduction” in readmissions came due to this change.”


  6. Long overdue.

    Epstein should be in prison, but since he can name names of his fellow perverts (Clinton, Menendez, etc.), he walked. The people responsible should be held to account.


    The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta’s role in negotiating a disgraceful plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein, who has been accused of molesting dozens of underage girls. Thanks to Acosta, then the U.S. attorney in South Florida, Epstein, who could have faced life imprisonment for sex trafficking, managed to plead to only two state prostitution charges.

    Epstein served served just 13 months in state prison, where 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.

    The Department of Justice’s decision to investigate the Epstein-Acosta deal is the result of Sen. Ben Sasse’s efforts. In early December, after the Miami Herald reported on the scandalous deal, Sasse sent a letter to the DOJ requesting an inquiry into the investigation and subsequent plea deal. He has continued to bang that drum. Now, the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has informed Sasse that it will investigate.

    Unfortunately, the OPR has limited power. For example, it apparently lacks the ability to subpoena witnesses.

    Ideally, the DOJ’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, would investigate the Epstein-Acosta deal. Horowitz has said he would like to investigate, but that for this to happen, Congress will have to change the law to give him that power.

    Congress should do so. The inspector general general should have this power, not just for the Epstein-Acosta matter, but in general.”


  7. You can always rely on the Catholic hierarchy to side with the people victimizing children rather than the victims themselves. They are disgustingly consistent in this regard.


    “The Catholic Church Should Stop Weaseling And Excommunicate Andrew Cuomo

    Why aren’t bishops and cardinals more strongly considering excommunicating Cuomo from the Catholic Church, given his disdain for the sanctity of life?”

    “The state has progressed from reluctant feticide to infanticide as a fundamental human right. If an infant survives the grim procedure, it can now legally be left to die. The state guarantees a dead baby to any woman who asks. She need not ask a physician. She can contract with any “health practitioner”—a dentist? chiropractor? acupuncturist? Kermit Gosnell was ahead of his time.

    That a Catholic governor would so disdain his church’s moral defense of the unborn, and exult in defying it, has raised a crescendo of demands among the faithful for Cuomo’s excommunication on grounds of heresy.

    Cuomo is an egregious politician. His victory dance—pink lights on Freedom Tower—was a finger in the eye to pro-lifers. But is he a heretic? Can he be proven one under the intricacies of canon law? What other ecclesiastical penalties can be applied to a public figure who gives grievous public scandal?

    Canon law (Can. 751) defines heresy as “the obstinate denial [by a baptized person] of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith.” Add the warning of Canon 1398: anyone who procures “a completed abortion” incurs automatic excommunication. The catechism quotes the ancient Didache: “You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.”

    To laymen’s ears, that sounds straightforward. Yet opposition to abortion is not an article of faith, not dogma. Here the Catholic Church appeals to natural law, to a moral reasoning that does not claim divine revelation. Consequently, canon lawyers are not of one mind about unchurching Cuomo for heresy.”


  8. Git ’em Lindsey. 🙂


    “Liberal activist groups howl over “Monster Markup” of Trump judicial nominees

    Lindsey Graham wields the hammer as the new Senate Judiciary Committee Chair to move through 44 renominated nominees.”

    “There has been a fair amount of conservative frustration that the Trump administration was slow to get off the mark to renominate and start the confirmation process for judicial nominees held over from the last Congress.

    Particularly as to vacancies on the 9th Circuit, there were fears that the administration was cutting a bad deal with Democrats.

    Those concerns were mostly assuaged when the Trump administration renominated over 50 judicial nominees, and nominated solid candidates for three vacancies on the 9th Circuit. The burden then fell to Lindsey Graham and the Judiciary Committee to vote the nominees out of committee, and then on Mitch McConnell to get floor votes even if if meant changing Senate rules to shorten floor debate to minimize Democrat obstruction.

    For whatever the reason, I seem to be on the email lists of many left-wing groups. I guess they figure that a website with the word “insurrection” in it must be one of them. I don’t mind, I find their whiny, panicked emails quite entertaining.

    So when I saw in my inbox today an email from People for the American Way with this subject line, I was pretty sure I’d have material for a post:

    PFAW: Senate Republicans Advance Barr for Attorney General and Push Narrow-Minded Elitists for Federal Bench in “Monster Markup”
    Federal Bench “Monster Markup” — definitely worth a read:”


  9. The main problem with the Whitaker investigation is that there are no questions to ask.’
    He is not going to discuss what he said to the President.
    Shut up and get back to work.
    Better still. Go home.


  10. Chas,

    At least Whitaker is entertaining. 🙂



    “Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker insisted on Friday that he has not “interfered in any way” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as he faced a contentious and partisan congressional hearing in his waning days on the job.

    “We have followed the special counsel’s regulations to a T,” Whitaker told the House Judiciary Committee. “There has been no event, no decision, that has required me to take any action, and I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation.”

    He also said he had never discussed with the White House special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign.”

    The hearing was the first, and likely only, chance for newly empowered Democrats in the majority to grill an attorney general they perceive as a Trump loyalist and whose appointment they suspect was aimed at suppressing investigations of the Republican president. Republicans made clear they viewed the hearing as pointless political grandstanding especially since Whitaker may have less than a week left as the country’s chief law enforcement officer.

    “I’m thinking maybe we just set up a popcorn machine in the back,” said Rep. Doug Collins, the committee’s top Republican.

    Collins, of Georgia, called it a “dog and pony” show and criticized Democrats for disclosing derogatory information about Whitaker’s business dealings hours before the hearing.”


  11. And again, note who it is colluding…..



    “The new House Intelligence Committee chairman, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), has proven to be his party’s most effective antagonist toward President Trump. And now, with the new powers of being chairman, he is drawing both new weapons and new scrutiny.

    Sometimes such scrutiny inevitably turns to questions of hypocrisy.

    Which bring us to the issue of some photographs taken at the prestigious Aspen security conference last July.

    They show Schiff meeting at the event with Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, one of the key and most controversial figures in the Russia collusion scandal. Both men insisted to me through spokesmen that they met only briefly last July.

    At the time of the encounter, Simpson was an important witness in the House Intelligence Committee probe who had given sworn testimony about alleged, but still unproven, collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

    Simpson ran the firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party to find dirt on Trump in Moscow. He employed retired British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, whose infamous and unverified dossier became the main evidence for the FBI’s probe of the Trump campaign, particularly the surveillance warrant against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

    And by the time of the meeting, the House Intelligence Committee had already received evidence from a senior Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, that called into question Simpson’s testimony to lawmakers.”


  12. And using his own standards, he must now recuse himself.


    “Shouldn’t Adam Schiff recuse himself from Russia probe now that he’s been caught hobnobbing with Fusion GPS?”

    “A while back, then-attorney general Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the investigation into President Trump’s campaign’s supposed collusion with the Russians to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. The grounds for it? Sessions had shaken hands and made small talk with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, meaning he had a conflict of interest. Sessions, being the honorable naïf he was, obliged.

    Well, now the shoe is on the other tootsie.

    House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who’s vowed a kitchen sink–style investigation against President Trump (now that no Russian collusion has been found), has been caught in photographs taken at the Aspen security conference last year with none other than Hillary Clinton’s bought-and-paid-for smear artist Glenn Simpson, chairman of Fusion GPS.”


    “So here we have one of two things going on: Schiff has this friendly social relationship with Simpson that allows the two to get together at whatever conference they may find themselves at (think about how many people there are to meet at such a big conference and how many of them would have liked to meet with Schiff), and Schiff chooses to meet with Simpson from among all the people he could have kaffeeklatsched. Schiff’s buddy-buddy relationship with Simpson, who was the bankroller of the phony “pee dossier” from Christopher Steele, cobbled together by his buddies in Moscow in a bid to smear Trump, doesn’t constitute a conflict of interest?

    And that’s the nicest way of explaining it. Far more likely, Schiff is lying, and in reality, he was busy plotting with Simpson to smear Trump in the name of getting revenge for Hillary Clinton’s refusal to campaign in Wisconsin. What was he doing with Simpson other than something political? And who’s to say he’s not still plotting with Simpson as he gears up his kitchen-sink investigation, something President Trump has called “harassment”?

    Simpson is a central player in Schiff’s Russia investigation of Trump, as well as a partisan operative with a history of discredited slimings. That’s not an investigation. Working cheek to cheek with Simpson is nothing but a bid to make partisan slimings investigative fact and the basis for the use of political muscle to legally oust Trump. This is partisan. This is back-scratching at its worst. This is a conflict of interest, in spades.”


  13. The rest of the thread. 🙂



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  16. And there’s this:



    AOC’s Green New Deal Proposal Is One Of The Stupidest Documents Ever Written

    … Even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) found herself unable to pretend to take it seriously; she said she hadn’t seen it yet, but “it’s enthusiastic and I appreciate the enthusiasm.” This, not coincidentally, is precisely what I say when I find out that my 2-year-old son has used his magic markers on his bedroom wall. When Nancy Pelosi has to pat you on the head and tell you that your picture of a doggie – which, for the record, looks like a blob with three legs and a spaghetti sauce stain – is just great honey, you’re in trouble.

    She added that the Green New Deal “will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive. The green dream or whatever they call it nobody knows what it is but they’re for it, right?”

    Ouch. …

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  17. And this (oh, what fun this is turning out to be):



    WALSH: The 5 Most Hilarious And Insane Things In Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ Proposal

    … I cannot offer an in-depth analysis of this proposal. The proposal itself is so vague in parts, delusional in other parts, and unbelievably childish through every part, that serious engagement with its ideas is impossible. It reads like something a four-year-old in Soviet Russia may have dreamt up. All I can do, all I need to do, is tell you exactly what it says. You will soon realize why a thorough rebuttal is not necessary.

    Here are five highlights: …

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