21 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-13-19

  1. Frankenstein’s monster is out of control.


    “The man who invented the web says it’s now dysfunctional with ‘perverse’ incentives”

    “Thirty years ago, the World Wide Web was born.

    But over the next 30 years, it needs to be “changed for the better,” according to its inventor.

    British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee laid out his vision for an information management system, which would become the World Wide Web, in March 1989. The blueprint would radically transform society as half the world’s population went online in just three decades. But in a letter published Monday marking the web’s 30th anniversary, Berners-Lee said he understands concerns that the internet is no longer a “force for good.”

    “The fight for the web is one of the most important causes of our time,” Berners-Lee said.

    3 ‘sources of dysfunction’
    In the letter, Berners-Lee laid out “three sources of dysfunction” affecting the web today. The first, he said, is deliberate and malicious behavior like state-sponsored hacking and online harassment. Berners-Lee made the case for new laws to curb this behavior online while still maintaining the openness of the internet.”


  2. Trump was right again. As more and more testimony is released, Trump is being vindicated, and his critics exposed as the liars and frauds they are.

    The DoJ covered for Hillary and tried to hide her crimes, even from the FBI. Then Senate needs to exam this further.


    “Lisa Page said FBI discussed charging Hillary Clinton with ‘gross negligence’ in 2016, and DOJ told them no”

    “Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified last year that officials in the bureau, including then-FBI Director James Comey, discussed Espionage Act charges against Hillary Clinton, citing “gross negligence,” but the Justice Department shut them down.

    Newly released transcripts from Page’s private testimony in front of a joint task force of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in July 2018 sheds new light on the internal discussions about an investigation into Clinton’s emails. This goes back to the FBI’s “Midyear Exam” investigation, which looked into whether Clinton committed crimes when she sent and received classified information on her unauthorized private email server while serving as secretary of state.

    Comey cleared Clinton of all charges in a press conference on July 5, 2016.

    Page told the committee that the FBI “did not blow over gross negligence.” Responding to a question from Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, Page testified the FBI, including Comey, believed Clinton may have committed gross negligence. “We, in fact — and, in fact, the Director — because, on its face, it did seem like, well, maybe there’s a potential here for this to be the charge. And we had multiple conversations, multiple conversations with the Justice Department about charging gross negligence,” she said.

    Page further testified the DOJ put a stop to that: “


  3. Oh look, even more lies exposed.

    Keep in mind Democrats have been aware of these details since they were given in testimony by Page and Ohr months ago. Yet they continue to push the lies, along with the media and NTers.


    “11 Key Things Inside The House Interview With Spygate Figure Bruce Ohr

    The 268-page Bruce Ohr interview transcript provides some clarity, some comfort, but also more concerns over the handling of the Russia investigation.”

    “On Friday, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, released the transcript of the House’s August 2018 interview of Department of Justice lawyer Bruce Ohr.

    Ohr’s name is familiar to those following the Spygate scandal: His wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for opposition research and dissemination firm Fusion GPS. The couple also met with former British spy Christopher Steele the day before the FBI launched the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into the Donald Trump presidential campaign. After the FBI fired Steele and instructed him to no longer “operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI,” Ohr served as a conduit to keep passing Steele’s “intel” to the FBI.

    The 268-page Ohr transcript provides some clarity, some comfort, but also more concerns over the handling of the Russia investigation. Here’s what we have learned from Ohr’s testimony.

    1. Steele and Simpson Didn’t Conspire with Ohr, They Played Him
    On their face, the simple facts put Ohr dead center in the deep state’s efforts to undo Trump’s election. But the transcript tells a different story. Rather than Ohr teaming with Steele and Simpson and the disgraced or fired FBI crew of Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page, Ohr’s testimony convincingly casts him as the stooge.”

    “2. Ohr May Not Have Been Complicit, But He Should Have Spoken Up and Stepped Aside

    While Ohr’s recently released testimony seemingly places the DOJ lawyer on the side of unwittingly aiding Steele and Simpson’s efforts to feed the FBI salacious and false information about Trump, Ohr still holds some blame. Ohr knew at some point—when, exactly, is another question—that people connected to Hillary Clinton were funding Steele’s research.

    Ohr also knew Fusion GPS was paying his wife, Nellie, to conduct related research. Yet Ohr fed Steele and Simpson’s “intel” to the FBI, including a thumb drive of information provided by Simpson. He also gave the FBI a thumb drive of his wife’s research.”


  4. Facebook has banned ZeroHedge, again without explanation of what their supposed violations were. Funny how that only happens to conservative sites, huh?


    “ZeroHedge is one of the most popular news sites on the internet. Its traffic is, I believe, more than ours. Yet it has been banned by Facebook, the great bluenose of our time:

    Over the weekend, we were surprised to learn that some readers were prevented by Facebook when attempting to share Zero Hedge articles. Subsequently it emerged that virtually every attempt to share or merely mention an article, including in private messages, would be actively blocked by the world’s largest social network, with the explanation that “the link you tried to visit goes against our community standards.”

    God only knows what those standards might be. And, whatever you do, don’t ask Facebook. You won’t get an answer.

    We were especially surprised by this action as neither prior to this seemingly arbitrary act of censorship, nor since, were we contacted by Facebook with an explanation of what “community standard” had been violated or what particular filter or article had triggered the blanket rejection of all Zero Hedge content.

    Why did Facebook ban ZeroHedge, a site given mostly to economics? Here is a possibility (links omitted):

    Alternatively, it is just as possible that Facebook simply decided to no longer allow its users to share our content in retaliation for our extensive coverage of what some have dubbed the platform’s “many problems”, including chronic privacy violations, mass abandonment by younger users, its gross and ongoing misrepresentation of fake users, ironically – in retrospect – its systematic censorship and back door government cooperation (those are just links from the past few weeks).

    Speaking of fake users, I have several thousand Facebook “friends,” the vast majority of whom I have never met. I get friend requests daily. I don’t spend more than a few seconds vetting them, but I estimate that about half of them come from actual human beings. “Fake users” is a huge problem at Facebook.


  5. Following the college story because I’ve been so cynical about college admissions and tuition costs for, well, since 1999.

    In a perverted way, Stargazer was denied entrance in part because of these nefarious behaviors. UW accepted him within two days of his application.

    But UCLA, 4 months later, turned down a 4.4 GPA, Eagle scout trombone player and third generation student–whose grandparents, years before, funded an academic scholarship in Physiology.

    The Lord was in that and he wanted to go to UW, so this was a blessing for our family.

    UCLA, however, had the gall to call me about making a donation to the college a month later.

    “Why would I do that?” I asked the earnest student caller. “UCLA turned down my son.”

    “Would it make you feel any better if I told you they turned down my sister?”

    “Did you call your parents and ask them to make a donation?”

    “Why would I do that?”

    “My point exactly.”

    And they wonder why people don’t trust them.

    This argument about the kids not knowing is patently absurd. Who filled out and signed their application, then? They didn’t know why they were dressing up in crew gear for a professional photo?

    “He who is faithful in a little is also faithful in much.” They might have known that if they were educated. Oh, wait, one of the local kids attended a Jesuit high school . . . .

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  6. Huh.

    Why it’s just like Trump and his supporters alleged. A set-up from the beginning.

    NTers were wrong again.


    “Obama DOJ Told FBI Not To Charge Hillary, Lisa Page Reveals What The ‘Insurance Policy’ Was”

    “House Judiciary Committee members released the transcript of former FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s testimony in front of the committee last year and it contained several major revelations.

    One of the biggest revelations was that Page, who was having an affair with then-FBI agent Peter Strzok, said that the infamous “insurance policy” text message was referring to the Russia investigation.

    “During her interview with the Judiciary Committee in July 2018, Page was questioned at length about that text — and essentially confirmed this referred to the Russia investigation while explaining that officials were proceeding with caution, concerned about the implications of the case while not wanting to go at ‘total breakneck speed’ and risk burning sources as they presumed Trump wouldn’t be elected anyway,” Fox News reported. “Further, she confirmed investigators only had a ‘paucity’ of evidence at the start.”

    Page and Strzok, who both hated then-candidate Donald Trump and were pro-Hillary Clinton, were involved in the FBI’s initial counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

    In an August 15, 2016 text message, Strzok texted Page: “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in [deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe’s] office that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40…”

    The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro wrote the following about the text message when it was released in December 2017:

    This looks an awful lot like motivation for launching an investigation into Trump in order to sink Trump as a hedge against Trump’s victory. The FBI’s investigation into Russian governmental interference in the election began in July 2016, just weeks before Strzok’s text message. And that means that there is now more of a smoking gun of FBI corruption against Trump than there is of Trump colluding with Russia.

    Page also indicated that the decision to not charge Clinton with felony gross negligence in her email scandal came at the direction of the Obama Justice Department.”

    So, right yet again.


  7. Facebook is a private company; it can do what it wants. If its any comfort, there is no real bias. They ban on the basis of complaints….left, right, feminists, and even baby in the bathtub pics have all been subject to Facebook’s arbitrary rule.


  8. Michelle,

    “This argument about the kids not knowing is patently absurd. Who filled out and signed their application, then? They didn’t know why they were dressing up in crew gear for a professional photo?”

    I know this sounds crazy, and it is, but yes, SOME of them didn’t know. The guy who ran the ring was photo-shopping their faces onto other athletes’ pics. Crazy, right? Totally bizarre.


    “College scam mastermind Photoshopped students’ faces onto athletes: prosecutors”

    “The college prep expert who masterminded a nationwide admissions scandal that was publicly revealed Tuesday helped parents set up bogus pictures of their kids playing sports — and even Photoshopped teens’ faces onto stock photos of athletes to help them fraudulently get recruiting slots on teams at elite schools, prosecutors allege.

    One of William “Rick” Singer’s preferred scams to get the kids of his bribe-paying clients into the schools of their choice was to funnel a cut to college coaches, who would fast-track the students for admisssion using their designated recruiting slots, officials said.

    And they didn’t let the fact that some of the teens had never even played competitive sports get in their way, allegedly staging — or outright creating — bogus photos of them in action to make their applications seem legitimate to any skeptical eyes, prosecutors said.

    “In many instances, Singer helped parents take staged photographs of their children engaged in particular sports,” Massachusetts US Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a Tuesday press conference. “Other times, he used stock photos, sometimes Photoshopping the face of the child on the athlete, and submitting it.””


  9. The college admission scandal confirms how extensive the rich run the US. One wonders, the Kushner family made a large donation to Harvard after Jared was accepted…..


  10. Aj,
    Conspiracies aside the Trump campaign was investigated already at the primary stage. And for good reason, his campaign manager was convicted as were six other people involved in the campaign. There were some seriously compromised individuals in that campaign.


  11. A win for the good guys. 🙂

    And a loss for the baby killers. 🙂

    Double bonus.


    “Federal appeals court upholds Ohio law restricting funds to Planned Parenthood”

    “A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an Ohio law that restricts government funding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

    In an 11-6 ruling, the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling from the lower court and ruled against two Planned Parenthood affiliates that challenged the law. The Cincinnati-based court found the measure does not violate the Constitution and ruled the affiliates “do not have a due process right to perform abortions.”

    “The Ohio law does not violate a woman’s right to obtain an abortion,” Judge Jeffrey Sutton, appointed by former President George W. Bush, wrote for the majority. “It does not condition a woman’s access to any of these public health programs on refusing to obtain an abortion. It makes these programs available to every woman, whether she seeks an abortion or not.”

    Four judges nominated to the 6th Circuit by President Trump joined the majority.

    Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, said the appeals court’s ruling will hurt women’s and children’s health.”

    Stop lying baby killer. It does no such thing. Abortion is not healthcare, and what besides harm did you have planned for the children? You offer nothing for children, except extermination.

    And if you’re still on the fence about Trump, remember this come 2020. Do you think Hillary would have put judges like Trump’s 4 choices up, who would vote against this? We all know better. This judicial makeover will be his legacy, and our country is better off for it.

    You”re welcome.


  12. “And for good reason, his campaign manager was convicted as were six other people involved in the campaign. There were some seriously compromised individuals in that campaign.”

    What a joke. They took a bunch of nobody’s, with little to do with the campaign and perjury trapped them. Nothing they were charged or pled to had anything to do with Trump or his campaign. The only one guilty of anything major was Manafort, and it was years, sometimes decades old and had nothing at all to do with Trump or his campaign.

    Try again, and keep carrying the water for criminal Dems. 🙂


  13. Like I said……


    “Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, was convicted Tuesday on eight felony counts after a trial on charges of bank and tax fraud brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. The federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 charges, but the 69-year-old Manafort still faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison.

    The guilty verdicts in the first trial conducted by Mueller’s team do not implicate President Donald Trump, but could help insulate the special counsel’s Russia investigation from Trump’s charges of a “witch hunt.””

    Nothing. To. Do. With. Trump.


  14. Yep (re the web), it all goes back to the cautionary tale of Frankenstein.

    We create marvelous things and then human nature, which has never changed of course, takes those inventions in unintended (bur predictable) directions. In good directions, too, but there will always be the abuse of everything from TV to the atomic bomb and the web.

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  15. See. Even more. And still, nothing to do with Trump or his campaign. And nothing that Trump the candidate would have any idea about until recently, now that he’s charged.


    “Paul Manafort indicted by Manhattan prosecutors in mortgage fraud scheme

    Manafort was indicted on 16 counts tied to residential mortgage fraud and conspiracy, the indictment says.”

    “Paul Manafort has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury in connection with a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.

    Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was indicted on 16 counts tied to residential mortgage fraud and conspiracy, according to the indictment unsealed Wednesday.

    The 69-year-old longtime GOP operative is accused of falsifying business records to illegally obtain millions of dollars as part of a yearlong mortgage fraud scam. If convicted on the top count, Manafort faces a prison sentence between 8 and 25 years, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News.”


  16. I’m glad to see people have been fired.

    I got an email from UCLA’s chancellor:

    Office of the Chancellor
    To the Campus Community:
    Earlier today, I was shocked and angered to learn that dozens of individuals have been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with paying or accepting bribes in exchange for admission to several top American universities, including UCLA.

    UCLA’s men’s soccer head coach, Jorge Salcedo, was named in the indictment and immediately placed on leave pending a review by the university. An employee of Geffen Academy was also named in the indictment, but not in connection with her duties at UCLA, and similarly placed on leave.

    Today’s indictment makes clear that UCLA, like the other universities, was the victim of an alleged crime. The indictment also asserts that the individuals accused of these crimes worked to conceal their actions from UCLA and the other universities. We will fully cooperate with federal authorities as this case moves forward. We will also perform a detailed internal review to ensure proper controls are in place to prevent any repeat of these actions in the future.

    As a public university, UCLA is absolutely committed to ensuring that every applicant is considered purely on their merits without any consideration of financial, political or other benefits to the university, in keeping with policy set by the University of California Board of Regents. UCLA cannot and will not tolerate anything less.

    Honesty, integrity and fairness are core values at UCLA and admission to UCLA is a notable accomplishment that cannot be bought by any individual, no matter how wealthy, prominent or powerful. Once here, our students work extraordinarily hard to fulfill the highest standards of academic and athletic excellence.

    We remain absolutely committed to an institution that values inclusion, diversity, merit and accomplishment, without exception. We owe that to everyone who shares our dedication to producing the world-class research, teaching and service that have brought this community so much pride.

    Gene D. Block


  17. Perjury is still a felony and not a trap. It was good enough in the Clinton era, its good enough now. Its not all perjury. there’s campaign violations, identity theft and fraud. And do i need to repeat a traditional right wing talking point…why lie if you have nothing to hide? The Republicans have certainly lowered the bar.

    Trump hired these people, “the best people”. If he didn’t know their character, one should question his management/judgment and if he knew then his own character should be questioned.

    I understand the rationale of judicial appts but then admit Trump’s failings while contending the judges are worth it.

    And finally, Clinton isn’t president…its time the Republicans gave up chasing her. Right now the values and judgment of the president are in question which is more important. On addition, the validity and security of the electoral process is in doubt…this should be a bipartisan concern


  18. More….


    “A transient arrested in the murder of Bambi Larson was in the United States illegally and had a lengthy history of arrests in the South Bay and Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday.

    San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza “stalked” Larson’s neighborhood before allegedly killing her with a knife and blunt force trauma.

    “Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza stalked this San Jose neighborhood and his victim,” said San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia. “He is a self-admitted gang member.”

    Garcia then detailed his lengthy criminal record.

    “His criminal history convictions consist of in Feb. 2013 he was detained by the Department of Homeland Security at the border near McAllen, Texas, and deported.”

    “In 2015, he was arrested for drug paraphernalia. In 2015 he was convicted of burglary in San Jose. In 2016, battery of an officer, resisting arrest and entering a property. In 2016, he was arrested for battery in Los Angeles. In 2017, he was arrested and convicted of false imprisonment in San Jose. On April of 2018, arrested for paraphernalia again. In May, he was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.”

    “In August of 2018, he was arrested for prowling. On October 2018, he was arrested for false identification and paraphernalia once again.”

    Garcia said Carranza was currently on probation for the possession of methamphetamine, paraphernalia, false imprisonment and burglary.

    “Unfortunately, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) placed detainers on this individual six separate times. Two in the Los Angeles area and four in the County of Santa Clara,” he said.

    ICE detainers are requests to hold people suspected of being in the country illegally for longer than their jail terms until they can be questioned by federal immigration authorities.

    Garcia was critical of the sanctuary city, county and state policies that prevented Carranza from being turned over to immigration officials.”


  19. Nope, no emergency or need for stronger borders here….


    “National Guard’s border deployment led to 23,034 arrests, 35,000 pounds of drugs seized”

    “National Guard troops helped with the arrest of 23,034 illegal immigrants and the seizure of more than 35,000 pounds of drugs in the roughly six months they were deployed to the border in fiscal 2018, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    The more than 23,000 people arrested were “deportable” noncitizens, DHS said. The operation, dubbed “Guardian Support,” also led federal law enforcement to more than 6,100 people who were later turned back, the data said.

    Because guardsmen are military personnel and not law enforcement officers, they cannot apprehend people. CBP officers and Border Patrol agents apprehended thousands as a result of guardsmen who were monitoring cameras, flying helicopters, and piloting planes.”


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