18 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-12-19

  1. The Post gets it. But the leftists’ double down.


    Birds of a feather.


    “When I wrote about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s spat with Rep. Dan Crenshaw yesterday over her reference to 9/11 as “something” I said this: “I’m not sure where Rep. Omar can take this from here, except maybe to accuse Rep. Crenshaw of racism or maybe Islamophobia.”

    Turns out Rep. Omar did exactly that. Ed has a post on her reaction. What I didn’t predict is that she would also get some of her fellow congresspeople to help amplify the charge. This morning Rep. Rashida Tlaib appeared on MSNBC (where else?) to say this was all about racism. I’m going to transcribe the entire thing below but you’ll notice Rep. Tlaibe seems flustered and is flailing a bit. Her answer doesn’t make a lot of sense. Toward the middle, it doesn’t make any sense at all, but she’s being loud and forceful about it.”


  2. And of course, the press can mostly be relied upon to carry her water as well.


    “Response to Omar’s dismissive comment about 9/11 has been relatively low-pitched at other media outlets. The New York Daily News didn’t bother to cover it at all, for instance, and neither did the New York Times. Few people would have expected the Post to let it slide, however, and they also blasted Omar from the editorial page, especially her claim that criticism of the comment amounted to “incitement”:

    Some people did something? Wow. What a way to describe the heinous surprise attack on America that claimed 3,000 lives. …

    Yet Omar upped the obscure-the-facts ante Wednesday, declaring criticism of her “some people did something” line to be “incitement,” on the grounds that she has received death threats.

    Huh? She’d rightly be outraged if anyone minimized those threats as merely “some words from some people.”

    Omar’s cavalier brushing off of the murder of thousands of innocents on 9/11 should shock all Americans, Muslims included.

    The Post also ran a separate report yesterday about Omar’s “incitement” claims, which is a straight news story on her tweet. She doubled down on them last night while appearing on CBS’ Late Night with Stephen Colbert, adding a dash of bigotry to her allegations:

    “I took an oath to uphold the Constitution,” she told Colbert. “I am as American as everyone else is.”

    Addressing the criticism over her remarks from the right, Omar said she was a victim of a “double standard.”

    “It is very much embedded in a lot of our culture these days, where you will have people come after minorities for things that they say, that they might have insinuated,” she added.

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) trotted out that talking point as well, but it’s pretty rich coming from Omar. Omar herself questioned the loyalty of American Jews who support Israel and AIPAC just a month ago. Sauce for the goose doesn’t appear to have entered into Omar’s calculations. Besides, isn’t this just more “some people did something”? What’s the problem?


  3. Meanwhile, there’s nothing fishy here. It’s just a coincidence, I’m sure.


    “Ilhan Omar Endorsed Somalia’s New President. Four Days Later, Omar’s Brother-in-Law Had a Powerful Job in His Administration”

    “Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) became the first Somali-American legislator in United States’ history when Minnesota’s House District 60B elected her on November 8, 2016. The distinction won Omar immediate fame and influence in Somalia, which was entering the final stretch of a critical presidential election of its own.

    According to prominent federal security clearance defense attorney Sean Bigley (read below), Omar’s documented actions in the weeks that followed would almost certainly prevent any applicant with such a background from obtaining or keeping a U.S. security clearance.

    Ilhan Omar is now a U.S. congresswoman, however. Elected federal officials are exempted from the arduous security clearance process; they hold de facto clearances once sworn in to office. Further, Omar will likely be privy to a significant amount of classified national security information this term. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has granted Omar’s request for a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

    “Corruption … affects virtually every aspect of the Somali society: from public officials’ misuse of public goods for private gain and the solicitation of bribes in exchange for basic services to the clan-based patronage networks used to obtain employment and political appointments.” — Transparency International, 2018

    The common hyperbole for describing government corruption — “rampant,” or “endemic” — does not help adequately illustrate Somalia’s recent administrations. “As bad as it gets” does the job, literally: Transparency International, the massive NGO dedicated to exposing public-sector corruption, has placed Somalia dead-last among all nations on Earth in its annual “Corruption Perceptions Index” — for 11 consecutive years. Somalia has occasionally managed to tie, though never outrank, North Korea.

    Any significant involvement by a U.S. citizen in Somalia’s election process would likely raise eyebrows at America’s intelligence agencies.”


    ““High-level familial connections in the Somali government would be an almost guaranteed ticket to the unemployment line for any government employee who required security clearance as a condition of employment.

    “Members of Congress don’t need a security clearance to view classified information, but that perhaps makes this all the more alarming and a potentially serious national security risk. There are a lot of unanswered questions here. I think Americans ought to rightfully be concerned.”

    The preceding quote is from Attorney Sean M. Bigley, partner at Bigley Ranish LLP, a firm specializing in federal security clearance defense. Bigley represents clients who require a security clearance as a condition of employment, and may believe they have been unfairly denied or stripped of one.

    (Note: Over the prior two years, Bigley has been at the center of perhaps the most prominent security clearance case in the country. His client Adam Lovinger, an official at the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, was stripped of his security clearance in 2017 after raising concerns about contractors being overpaid to perform work of questionable value to taxpayers and conducting potentially improper foreign relations work. Incidentally, one of those contracts had been granted to Stefan Halper.)

    Bigley, despite being an attorney in opposition to the U.S. government’s denial or revocation of security clearances, is clear about the seriousness with which Ilhan Omar’s situation would be treated.”


    And yet they’re questioning the security clearance of others?


  4. The PENCIL resolution for the pencil neck.


    “GOP lawmaker’s ‘PENCIL’ resolution calls for Rep. Adam Schiff to be tossed from Intel Committee”

    “A Republican lawmaker has introduced a resolution calling for Rep. Adam Schiff to be ousted from heading the House Intelligence Committee and asking that his security clearance be revoked.

    Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, titled the resolution the “PENCIL” act, a nod to insults made by the president, who dubbed Schiff “little pencil neck Adam Schiff.”

    The resolution’s title in full is the Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licenses. It calls for Schiff’s ousting from the committee because he “can no longer be trusted” and claims Schiff made a series of false statements about Trump.

    Schiff has been heavily criticized since Attorney General William Barr revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller did not find a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. ”


    No longer? More like never could be.


  5. Well then, pass the popcorn. 🙂

    “Obama had it right — a circular firing squad is on the way”


    “President Barack Obama was right to warn the Democratic Party that, unless it reshapes its course, it may create a circular firing squad. Historically, just look to the Democratic Party of 1972, when George McGovern lost 49 states to Richard Nixon, another controversial, polarizing president. It was both the high point of the progressive movement in the party and the low point of the party’s presidential power.

    Except for a brief recovery post-Watergate with Jimmy Carter, Democrats did not come back from their 1972 record loss until 1992, and that was with a 41 percent vote for President Bill Clinton, aided by the entry of independent Ross Perot into that year’s presidential race. Even with that help, it took a return to the center to reignite the fortunes of the Democratic Party and we got 49 per cent in 1996.

    Last November, Democrats made significant gains in the House of Representatives, adding a total of 40 districts and taking the majority. Most of those were suburban districts that voted for Republicans Mitt Romney or Donald Trump in the past. They are not districts that could ever be won by an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), or any of the leaders of the new progressive wing of the Democratic Party. These districts’ voters were concerned about health care, saw the Trump administration as out of step with their more centrist concerns, and gave low marks to a Republican House led by then-Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that seemed fractured and ineffective.

    Since the midterms, Trump continues to enjoy strong ratings on the economy and for combatting terrorism, two issues of heightened importance in family-oriented suburbs. In addition, he has been cleared by special counsel Robert Mueller of the charge of colluding with the Russians. Women still have grave doubts about him, but he has proven a tough competitor, defying the odds.

    But what have swing voters been hearing from Democrats, since switching their votes in the midterms over to the Dems? Socialism, anti-Semitism, resistance, more investigations. Not exactly a platform for re-election.

    And the congressional Socialists led by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez are even threatening mainstream Democrats with primaries. Yup, replacing moderates in swing districts with left-wing democratic socialists is surely the way to expand the majority. Suburbanites are clamoring for them. Higher taxes is just what hard-pressed suburban voters with lots of responsibilities are seeking.

    The public face of the party today is far removed from what created a solid group of freshmen in suburban districts. And they have been bombarded with a lot more than just slogans. Ocasio-Cortez, who pulled down about 15,000 votes in a Democratic primary in a safe district, is world-renowned now for the Green New Deal — just a little program to nationalize the energy industry while promising guaranteed incomes for all; its price tag has been put at $93 trillion. It’s Ocasio-Cortez who drove Amazon out of New York, not understanding that the tax breaks for the company would have come from 10 times the tax revenue that the new jobs would have created, or that their absence blows a $27 billion hole in future budgets. Comically, she thought you could spend the $3 billion on other things.

    The other new face of the party has been Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who spread her anti-Israel positions by expressing anti-Semitic tropes about how Jews in America have divided loyalties and how Jews have bought support for Israel with “Benjamins.” Despite most voters believing Omar should be off the House Foreign Affairs Committee with these views, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has kept her on this prestigious assignment while passing over moderates.

    Let’s not forget the daily voices of Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). They get media coverage (to a shrinking audience) on how there really is evidence of collusion and make escalating demands for the tax returns of Donald Trump and his associates. Nixon had an enemies list of people he was going to audit — and these folks are attempting to revive the practice. It didn’t work out that well for Nixon.”


  6. Interesting…..


    “Julian Assange’s charges are a direct assault on press freedom, experts warn

    Parts of the indictment go head-to-head with basic journalistic activities protected by the first amendment, academics say”


    “Academics and campaigners condemned large chunks of the indictment that they said went head-to-head with basic activities of journalism protected by the first amendment of the US constitution. They said these sections of the charges rang alarm bells that should reverberate around the world.

    Yochai Benkler, a Harvard law professor who wrote the first major legal study of the legal implications of prosecuting WikiLeaks, said the charge sheet contained some “very dangerous elements that pose significant risk to national security reporting. Sections of the indictment are vastly overbroad and could have a significant chilling effect – they ought to be rejected.”

    Carrie Decell, staff attorney with the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, said the charges “risk having a chill on journalism”. She added that the tone of the indictment and the public release from the Department of Justice that went with it suggested that the US government desired precisely that effect.

    “Many of the allegations fall absolutely within the first amendment’s protections of journalistic activity. That’s very troubling to us.”

    Among the phrases contained in the indictment that have provoked an uproar are:

    “It was part of the conspiracy that Assange encouraged Manning to provide information and records from departments and agencies of the United States.” It is a basic function of journalism to encourage sources to provide information in the public interest on the activities of government.
    “It was part of the conspiracy that Assange and Manning took measures to conceal Manning as the source of the disclosure of classified records to WikiLeaks.” Protecting the anonymity of sources is the foundation stone of much investigative and national security reporting – without it sources would not be willing to divulge information, and the press would be unable to fulfill its role of holding power to account.
    “It was part of the conspiracy that Assange and Manning used the ‘Jabber’ online chat service to collaborate on the acquisition and dissemination of the classified records.” The indictment similarly refers to a dropbox. Both Jabber and Dropbox are communication tools routinely used by journalists working with whistleblowers.

    A key element of the indictment is a new allegation that Assange actively engaged in helping Manning try to crack a password that allowed the US soldier to gain unauthorized and anonymous access to highly sensitive military computers. At the time, in 2010, Manning was working as an intelligence analyst at a forward operating base outside Baghdad.”


  7. Unproven, for now.

    I don’t have a problem with these therapies when cells are harvested from someone’s person. But fetal tissue should remain off limits.


    “The online video seems to promise everything an arthritis patient could want.

    The six-minute segment mimics a morning talk show, using a polished TV host to interview guests around a coffee table. Dr. Adam Pourcho extols the benefits of stem cells and “regenerative medicine” for healing joints without surgery. Pourcho, a sports medicine specialist, says he has used platelet injections to treat his own knee pain, as well as a tendon injury in his elbow. Extending his arm, he says, “It’s completely healed.”

    Brendan Hyland, a gym teacher and track coach, describes withstanding intense heel pain for 18 months before seeing Pourcho. Four months after the injections, he says, he was pain-free and has since gone on a 40-mile hike.

    “I don’t have any pain that stops me from doing anything I want,” Hyland says.

    The video’s cheerleading tone mimics the infomercials used to promote stem cell clinics, several of which have recently gotten into hot water with federal regulators, said Dr. Paul Knoepfler, a professor of cell biology and human anatomy at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine. But the marketing video wasn’t filmed by a little-known operator.

    It was sponsored by Swedish Medical Center, the largest nonprofit health provider in the Seattle area.

    Swedish is one of a growing number of respected hospitals and health systems — including the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Miami — that have entered the lucrative business of stem cells and related therapies, including platelet injections. Typical treatments involve injecting patients’ joints with their own fat or bone marrow cells, or with extracts of platelets, the cell fragments known for their role in clotting blood. Many patients seek out regenerative medicine to stave off surgery, even though the evidence supporting these experimental therapies is thin at best, Knoepfler said.

    Hospitals say they’re providing options to patients who have exhausted standard treatments. But critics suggest the hospitals are exploiting desperate patients and profiting from trendy but unproven treatments.

    The Food and Drug Administration is attempting to shut down clinics that hawk unapproved stem cell therapies, which have been linked to several cases of blindness and at least 12 serious infections. Although doctors usually need preapproval to treat patients with human cells, the FDA has carved out a handful of exceptions, as long as the cells meet certain criteria, said Barbara Binzak Blumenfeld, an attorney who specializes in food and drug law at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Washington.”


  8. My neighbor opted for stem cell injections (her own stem cells) a few years ago to avoid knee replacement surgery but it’s been less than successful in the long run. It relieved her pain only somewhat and now she seems back to where she was before the procedure. Our shared GP told her at the time that the treatment wasn’t “there” yet, but that yes, it did have promise.

    Since then the GP underwent a full knee replacement surgery that really threw him out of commission, he told my neighbor he’d be careful about recommending it to patients from then on. He’s in the process of semi-retiring but the last time I saw him he seemed to have aged beyond his years.


  9. And to think, this scumbag is who Never-Trumpers couldn’t get enough of. This is the piece of trash they placed on a pedestal, all because they thought it would hurt Trump.

    This is the sleaze you clowns climbed in bed with.

    So own it.


    “Federal Grand Jury Indicts Michael Avenatti on 36 Counts, Which Includes 34 New Charges

    The new indictment alleges he stole millions from a mentally ill, physically disabled client.”

    “A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti with 36 counts that include “fraud, perjury, failure to pay taxes, embezzlement and other financial crimes.”

    The DOJ wrote in its press release that Avenatti faces 10 counts of wire fraud, 19 tax-related charges, two counts of bank fraud, and four bankruptcy fraud charges, and embezzlement charges.

    Avenatti already faces in California. In March, the Department of Justice charged Avenatti with federal bank fraud and wire fraud charges.

    The new indictment has 36 charges, which means Avenatti faces 34 new charges. The DOJ provided a summary of these charges:

    The criminal charges in the indictment address four areas of wrongdoing: the embezzlement of millions of dollars that should have been paid to clients, the failure to file income tax returns and failure to pay the IRS millions of dollars in taxes, the submission of fraudulent loan applications that included tax returns never filed with the IRS, and the concealment of assets from the Bankruptcy Court.

    “These four areas of criminal conduct alleged in the indictment are all linked to one another because money generated from one set of crimes appears in other sets – typically in the form of payments to lull victims and to prevent Mr. Avenatti’s financial house of cards from collapsing,” said United States Attorney Nick Hanna.

    “The financial investigation conducted by the IRS details a man who allegedly failed to meet his obligations to the government, stole from his clients, and used his ill-gotten gains to support his racing team, the ownership of Tully’s coffee shops, and a private jet,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Korner with IRS Criminal Investigation in Los Angeles. “Individuals who intentionally thwart the IRS and fail to meet their tax obligations will be caught and they will be held accountable”

    The most heartbreaking account comes from Client 1, who is mentally ill and “became a paraplegic as a result of the [Los Angeles] county violating his constitutional rights.” The DOJ wrote that LA county gave the man a $4 million settlement in January 2015, but Avenatti kept it from him to use “portions of the settlement to finance his coffee business or pay personal expenses.” They allege “Avenatti concealed the receipt of the settlement from Client 1 and instead gave him periodic ‘advances’ of no more than $1,900 and paid the rent for his assisted living facility, according to the indictment.””


  10. Counterpoint.



  11. Once again, Politico deceives it’s readers.


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  13. Why it’s almost like a double standard….



  14. Sounds like a great idea. After all, who is that’s always telling us how wonderful illegals are? And if you’re gonna be a sanctuary state, then this should help you, you know, provide sanctuary. And after all, who always sues when Trump tries to fix it? These same cities.

    I say do so until they’re overwhelmed and cry uncle, then they’ll be ready to negotiate.


    “President Trump responded to reports Friday that his administration proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities by not only confirming the plan but saying it remains under “strong” consideration.

    Further, the president tweeted that relocating illegal immigrants to these districts should make the “Radical Left” happy.

    The comments came after The Washington Post first reported that the White House proposed sending the detainees to sanctuary cities twice in the last six months. The proposal was first floated in November amid reports of a large migrant caravan from Central America making its way to the southern border. The idea was again considered in February, amid the standoff with Congress over a border wall.”


    The left of course is losing it. 🙂

    Says the lady who’s party uses them as pawns for open borders.


  15. Give them all they can handle and more.


    Dangerous and hare brained, like his soft coup hasn’t been.


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