14 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-19-19

  1. Today’s nut job, educating tomorrow’s leaders..


    “Man accused of bringing gas cans to St. Patrick’s Cathedral is college professor, was previously arrested at another cathedral”

    “The man who allegedly brought gas cans and lighter fluid into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City has taught philosophy at different colleges in New York and New Jersey, school officials said.

    Marc Lamparello, 37, was arrested on Wednesday night and was charged with attempted arson and reckless endangerment. He was taken into custody after a security guard at the cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan spotted him.”


    “Lamparello has worked as a part-time online instructor at Lehman College in New York, and taught philosophy as a part-time adjunct instructor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, both schools confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.

    Brooklyn College said in a statement that because Lamparello is a PhD student at the College of New York’s Graduate Center, he is required to teach a course on campus, and was assigned to the school.”


  2. Even Dems must admit the obvious. 🙂


    “Hoyer: Let’s Face It, Impeachment Is “Not Worthwhile” After Mueller Report”

    “Very true — and very inflammatory, at least with the Democratic activist base. After Robert Mueller’s special counsel report made it very clear that the Russia-collusion hypothesis about the 2016 election had no basis in fact, #2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer told CNN it’s time to look to 2020 instead of impeachment. Trying to eject Donald Trump “is not worthwhile at this point,” Hoyer told Dana Bash:”

    “Bash added this significant context to Hoyer’s remarks:

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, told CNN there is nothing he has seen so far in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that would change the House leadership strategy to avoid impeachment proceedings.”


  3. Boom. It just blowed up.


    “Politics sometimes makes for strange bedfellows and that’s certainly the case here. Glenn Greenwald made a career out of trashing conservatives (including some at this site) but he’s been very skeptical of the Russia collusion story. That’s not because he thinks highly of President Trump but because he generally believes people are too quick to believe the worst about Russia. That’s one more area where I don’t agree with Greenwald but there’s no denying his criticism of the media’s fixation on collusion has been pretty solid. Today the Intercept published a piece saying the collusion conspiracy has been obliterated by the Mueller report:

    The two-pronged conspiracy theory that has dominated U.S. political discourse for almost three years – that (1) Trump, his family and his campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, and (2) Trump is beholden to Russian President Vladimir Putin — was not merely rejected today by the final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It was obliterated: in an undeniable and definitive manner…

    …consider Mueller’s discussion of efforts by George Papadopoulos, Joseph Misfud and and “two Russian nationals” whereby they tried “to arrange a meeting between the Campaign and Russian officials” to talk about how the two sides could work together to disseminate information about Hillary Clinton. As Mueller puts it: “No meeting took place.”

    Several of the media’s most breathless and hyped “bombshells” were dismissed completely by Mueller. Regarding various Trump officials’ 2016 meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Mueller said they were “brief, public and nonsubstantive.” Concerning the much-hyped change to GOP platform regarding Ukraine, Mueller wrote that the “evidence does not establish that one campaign official’s efforts to dilute a portion of the Republican platform was undertaken at the behest of candidate Trump or Russia,” and further noted that such a change was consistent with Trump’s publicly stated foreign policy view (one shared by Obama) to avoid provoking gratuitous conflict with the Kremlin over arming Ukrainians. Mueller also characterized a widely hyped “meeting” between then-Senator Jeff Sessions and Kislyak as one that did not “include any more than a passing mention of the presidential campaign.”

    There’s more but the gist is the same: A lot of the alleged bombshells turned out to be duds. Greenwald points out that after all of this, “not a single American…was charged or indicted on the core question” of collusion. And he concludes that is the real “Boom” in this long media fixation:”


    And this lying fraud is one of the many who need to answer for their crimes.


  4. Like I keep saying….. it’s inappropriate.


    “On the other hand, there is evidence that cuts sharply against obstruction. The president could have shut down the investigation at any time, but he didn’t. He could have asserted executive privilege to deny the special counsel access to key White House witnesses, such as McGahn. To the contrary, numerous witnesses were made available voluntarily (there was no need to try to subpoena them to the grand jury), and well over a million documents were disclosed, including voluminous notes of meetings between the president and his White House counsel.

    Most important, the special counsel found that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that the president’s frustration wasn’t over fear of guilt — the typical motivation for obstruction — but that the investigation was undermining his ability to govern the country. The existence of such a motive is a strong counter to evidence of a corrupt intent, critical because corrupt intent must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in an obstruction case.

    In his report, Mueller didn’t resolve the issue. If he had been satisfied that there was no obstruction crime, he said, he would have so found. He claimed he wasn’t satisfied. Yet he was also not convinced that there was sufficient proof to charge. Therefore, he made no decision, leaving it to Attorney General William Barr to find that there was no obstruction.

    This is unbecoming behavior for a prosecutor and an outrageous shifting of the burden of proof: The constitutional right of every American to force the government to prove a crime has been committed, rather than to have to prove his or her own innocence.

    This is exactly why prosecutors should never speak publicly about the evidence uncovered in an investigation of someone who isn’t charged. The obligation of the prosecutor is to render a judgment about whether there is enough proof to charge a crime. If there is, the prosecutor indicts; if there is not, the prosecutor remains silent.

    If special counsel Mueller believed there was an obstruction offense, he should have had the courage of his convictions and recommended charging the president. Since he wasn’t convinced there was enough evidence to charge, he should have said he wasn’t recommending charges. Period.

    Anything else was — and is — a smear. Worse than that, it flouts the Constitution.”


    Mueller is still a weasel.


  5. Such stunning journalism there Brian. The fraud never read it.

    He needs it explained in plain English.

    They don’t want to hear the truth.


  6. They can’t handle the truth.




  7. Mueller ‘Strzok Out’ With His Whitewash Report


    “It’s almost as though the Mueller Report was written by Democrats for Democrats. Oh, wait — that’s exactly what it is! Which is why the left-wing media was so drunkenly exuberant on Thursday when the report was released.

    The entire framework of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was to buttress the Democratic argument that President Trump is an unqualified boob who doesn’t deserve to be president — and there is not even the slightest acknowledgement of the by-now blatantly obvious fact that Trump was the victim of a virtual coup.

    Indeed, you cannot help but get the feeling that the Mueller Report is the death benefit of that “insurance policy” that Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Andy McCabe took out way back in August 2016.

    You will recall that FBI agent Strzok sent his Justice Department girlfriend Page a text message that hinted at nefarious Deep State involvement in the presidential election:

    “I want to believe the path you threw out in Andy’s [McCabe’s] office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take the risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

    Well, the “unlikely event” of Donald Trump being elected president happened, and therefore the insurance policy went into effect — namely the creation of a diversionary narrative of Russian collusion to weaken the new president and ultimately to overthrow him.

    But somehow, Bob Mueller and his team of “Angry Democrats” were unable to penetrate this conspiracy in plain sight — perhaps because they were so busy being part of it.

    On page 323 of the report, the special counsel acknowledges that he is aware of the origin of the Russia hoax because he quotes the president’s Aug. 24, 2018, tweet asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI agent Peter Strzok, Justice Department lawyer Lisa Page, DOJ official Bruce Ohr, and Christopher Steele and “his phony and corrupt Dossier.” But somehow neither Sessions, nor Mueller, nor anyone else has been able to put 2 + 2 together and come up with the correct answer.

    Indeed, if you want to gauge the complete inadequacy of the Mueller Report, consider this: President Trump’s tweet is the only mention in the report of Ohr, whose wife worked for Fusion GPS, the firm behind the dossier. It is the only mention of Strzok. It is the only mention of Page. Considering their central role in framing the president, that is the equivalent of the Warren Report somehow relegating Lee Harvey Oswald to a single footnote.”


    It seems that way, because it was.


  8. Fascinating to watch; its like rubbernecking on the highway.

    Just watched Shep Smith and Wallace on FOX condemn Barr, not to mention Trump. The AG is supposed to be an independent position.

    Mueller noted that he shouldn’t indict a sitting president (btw Trump’s lawyers said the same thing) and instead let the checks and balances of Congress decide which is the right decision. Now to do their constitutional duty they need an unredacted report.

    Mueller investigated 10 attempts of obstruction. And its now Congress’s resp to investigate and decide if an impeachment is warranted. If there is one count of instruction they should impeach (read Lindsay Graham’s impeachment standard for Bill Clinton) . To excuse Trump’s actions because he was emotionally distraught is silly. If he lacks emotional stability he shouldnt be president. Imagine using this excuse at work; the students made me emotionally distraught so I yelled and swore at a kid.

    It is quite clear from this report and elsewhere that;

    Russia interfered in the campaign
    Russia favoured Trump
    Russia and the Trump campaign communicated with each other.
    Wikileaks favoured Trump.
    Given the above, those involved in the Trump campaign were investigated and several charged/convicted/pled guilty. The question on every American’s mind should now be how do we prevent Russia from treating our electoral system like a third world country?

    And given the 10 incidents of possible obstruction, Congress should review the whole report and debate the next step. To ignore this is to set a precedent and strengthen the presidential office beyond its constitutional mandate.

    Finally, if this report was written about Obama or Clinton, there’s no doubt McConnell would have already written the articles of impeachment


  9. Mind boggling.

    (Love the shrouded statue, that’s such a bizarre touch)



    We live in a world that is almost too stupid for words. Here is the latest: the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers have stopped playing Kate Smith’s iconic recording of “God Bless America.” Why? Because Smith recorded a couple of other songs, during the 1930s, that some liberals now consider objectionable. …


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