19 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-17-19

  1. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    I’m shocked that she’s so shocked to discover our actions have consequences.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/05/college-student-shocked-to-be-arrested-for-stealing-pro-life-sign/

    “Amanda Prestigiacomo of the Daily Wire has more:

    WATCH: Feminist Steals Pro-Life Sign. Then The Cops Show Up.

    In a video posted by the group, the feminist is captured grabbing an orange pro-life sign from Beigel’s hands. As she’s walking away with the group’s property, the woman ignores warnings that her actions equate to theft and that she’s walking right toward a police officer.

    Sure enough, a police officer confronts the alleged thief moments before she’s able to toss the sign.

    “Why’d you rip it out of his hands?” the officer asks.

    “Because this restricts women’s rights,” the woman responds, pointing to the pro-life sign.

    The officer informs her that she does not “have a right to take someone’s property” even if she doesn’t agree with the group’s protected speech. “You can ignore them,” he offers, adding, “They have a right to be here.”

    “This is why women have such a problem getting abortions in North Carolina and y’all just let them get away with this s***,” the woman says, nearly breaking into tears…

    “I cannot believe this is happening,” she says.

    The most amazing thing is the girl’s reaction when she realizes she will be held accountable for her behavior. She is stunned to learn that her outrage over this issue doesn’t override the law. Watch the whole thing below, strong language warning:”

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  2. They can’t really nail Hillary for doing it when they do it too.

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    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/nellie-ohr-deleted-emails-sent-from-husbands-doj-account

    “Nellie Ohr deleted emails sent from husband’s DOJ account”

    “Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, told her husband she was deleting emails sent from his government account.

    The revelation comes as both Ohrs remain under intense scrutiny for their ties to Fusion GPS and British ex-spy Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier that was used to obtain warrants to wiretap a member of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

    Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained a series of April 2016 emails from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department that show a correspondence between the Ohrs, an aide to Bruce Ohr named Lisa Holtyn, and Stefan Bress, a first secretary at the German Embassy.

    They discussed setting up a dinner for the German delegation as well as a meeting to discuss Russian organized crime. Included in a proposed agenda is the “Impact of Russian influence operations in Europe (‘PsyOps/InfoWar’).”

    On April 20, responding to the email thread with the subject line, “Analyst Russian Organized Crime – April 2016,” came the email from Nellie Ohr about deleting the emails. “Thanks! I’m deleting these emails now,” she said.”

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  3. The whole thing is collapsing under the weight of all the lies.

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  4. An illegal alien serial killer has been charged with the murders of at least 12 elderly women.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/47323/suspected-illegal-alien-serial-killer-charged-ryan-saavedra

    “An illegal alien from Kenya was charged in Texas this week for allegedly murdering 11 elderly women, which comes in addition to charges he faces from 2018 for allegedly murdering another elderly woman.

    “Billy Chemirmir, 46, has been in the Dallas County Jail since March 2018 facing a capital murder charge in the death of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris,” The Dallas Morning News reported. “Chemirmir, a former health care worker, was indicted Tuesday on six additional counts of capital murder in Dallas County and five counts in Collin County. Chemirmir has also been accused of trying to suffocate two other elderly women in Collin County.””

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  5. Trump is upping the ante.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/16/donald-trump-insurrection-act-illegal-immigration/

    “TRUMP PLANS TO INVOKE INSURRECTION ACT TO BOOT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS”

    “President Donald Trump is planning on using the Insurrection Act to remove illegal immigrants from the United States, The Daily Caller has learned.

    According to multiple senior administration officials, the president intends to invoke the “tremendous powers” of the act to remove illegal immigrants from the country.

    “We’re doing the Insurrection Act,” one official said.

    Under the Insurrection Act of 1807, the president has the authority to use the National Guard and military in order to combat “unlawful obstruction or rebellion” within U.S. borders. The act was last invoked in 1992 by George H.W. Bush to quell the Los Angeles riots, and was also used by Eisenhower in 1957 to enforce school desegregation in the south.

    An official expressed concerns that Trump’s use of the act’s powers would face legal challenges, pointing to the lawsuits against the president’s travel ban from majority-Muslim countries. However, as the official noted, the travel ban ultimately prevailed in the Supreme Court.

    In addition to the Insurrection Act, the president is also considering declaring the country full and insisting that the U.S. can no longer handle the massive influx of illegal immigrants. 2019 is currently on pace to reach the highest levels of illegal immigration in a decade.”

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  6. Consider the source, but like me, he’s been right about nearly all of it thus far.

    https://www.redstate.com/elizabeth-vaughn/2019/05/16/hannity-sources-say-ig-horowitz-done-devastating/

    “Sean Hannity told viewers on Wednesday night he has heard from his sources that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has concluded his investigation into the FBI’s alleged abuse of the FISA Court application process and “it’s devastating.”

    If Hannity’s sources are correct, this would corroborate comments made this week by former U.S. attorney Joe diGenova.

    DiGenova said, “I have sources telling me that Horowitz perhaps is even finished with his report and certainly the Attorney General has been briefed on what is coming.”

    Hannity also repeated comments diGenova made last week which I reported on. DiGenova said IG Horowitz:

    has concluded that the final three FISA extensions were illegally obtained…The only question now is whether or not the first FISA warrant was illegally obtained…As a result of those disclosures from John Solomon today, which he was unaware of, the Bureau hid those memos from Horowitz. As a result of that, they are doing some additional work on the first FISA. It may be that all four FISAs will have been obtained illegally.

    Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett weighed in:

    Yes, I think Joe’s right. I think there will be almost a separate part of the IG report based on the lies and deception and concealing of evidence to the FISA judges.

    But you need a U.S. attorney, because an Inspector General can only uncover evidence that he has access to and [can only interview] people who are still employed by the government. You need a U.S. attorney like Durham to be able to subpoena people, to haul them in front of a grand jury. I suspect there is a grand jury and they’re well on their way to potential criminal indictments.

    The question is who’s in legal jeopardy? It is likely [former FBI Director] James Comey, [former FBI Deputy Director] Andrew McCabe, [former FBI General Counsel] James Baker, [former FBI special agent Peter Strzok], [former FBI lawyer] Lisa Page, maybe [former CIA Director] John Brennan and [former Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper. Certainly Christopher Steele and [Fusion GPS co-founder] Glenn Simpson.”

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  7. Some good news. 🙂

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kenneth-howard-found-kentucky-toddler-safe-after-almost-3-days-missing-2019-05-16/

    “Toddler Kenneth Howard found safe almost 3 days after vanishing in Kentucky woods”

    “A 22-month-old boy has been found safe, almost three days after disappearing from his rural Kentucky home. Little Kenneth Howard was found on a 50-foot steep incline, less than 2,000 feet away from his home, reported CBS News affiliate WYMT. Police said crews found him after hearing him crying.

    State police announced the good news in a tweet on Wednesday, saying Howard had been found just before 2 p.m. in Floyd County, near a strip mine. He was taken quickly by an emergency medical services helicopter to be examined, but while he was dehydrated and exhausted, he appeared otherwise healthy.”

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  8. Time for our govt to get outta the way.

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/05/17/needless-government-meddling-making-amazing-new-cancer-treatment-harder-get/

    “Needless Government Meddling Is Making An Amazing New Cancer Treatment Harder To Get”

    “Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy might be the cancer cure patients have been waiting for—if only the government would get out of the way. CAR-T therapy is a novel treatment that trains the body’s immune system to attack and kill cancer cells. It could be a game-changer for cancer patients, especially those who have run out of time and options: The National Cancer Institute says it might be effective at treating some late-stage cancers.

    That is, of course, unless the government decides to interfere. In February, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a National Coverage Determination (NCD) for CAR-T defining under what circumstances CAR-T treatment is available to Medicare patients. It limits CAR-T treatment to hospitals alone, forcing otherwise viable treatment centers out of the marketplace. This singular provision in CMS’s otherwise sensible proposition threatens to undermine the entire proposal.

    On May 17, the federal government is expected to make the final decision on whether to restrict access to this treatment, a decision that has faced significant condemnation from Republican and Democratic members of Congress alike. At the start of May, a bipartisan group of 47 legislators urged administrators to refrain from imposing unnecessary restrictions on this miraculous cancer treatment. But, in a vain attempt to control the cost of the therapy, the regulations may move forward regardless.

    CMS’s decision inadvertently eliminates competition and gives hospitals every incentive to keep their prices sky-high. CAR-T already costs an estimated $395,000 to $439,000 per treatment. With a dearth of providers caused by arbitrary government restrictions on who can offer this life-saving treatment, hospitals have the upper hand over patients, who might otherwise seek cheaper treatment at a different facility.

    The hospital mandate perverts CMS’s commendable objective to cover cancer patients. While likely unintentional, it nevertheless awards hospitals both profits and exclusive treatment rights. This will no doubt exacerbate costs.”

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  9. Embrace it. It’s for our benefit.

    Well, unless your a globalist shill bent on expanding your wallet at the expense of US workers.

    https://spectator.us/stop-worrying-trump-trade-war/

    “Alarmist news reports and panicky stock sell-offs. A threat to impose tariffs on US goods in retaliation for President Trump’s threatened levies. You’d think that Beijing had just ruthlessly shut down a major engine of American growth. But the truth is that tariff fear-mongering reveals the gulf between America’s financial markets and its real economy that provides everyday goods and services.

    The Chinese economy has grown spectacularly since Beijing turned away from Maoism in the 1980s. It’s true that major American industries from aircraft to agriculture have profited handsomely from supplying Chinese demand. The offshoring model supercharged by China’s admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2002 has been especially lucrative. When Beijing’s wide-ranging predatory economic practices received international legal protection from unilateral American counter-moves, American multinational manufacturers rushed to set up factories in the People’s Republic. Their main aim was not, as they claimed, to sell more easily to the Chinese, however richer so many in that country were becoming. The big draw for American companies was supplying the higher-priced and much larger American market from low-cost Chinese factories. This strategy also enabled American companies to exploit currency manipulation and other predatory subsidies offered to all producers in the People’s Republic, and with full WTO protection.

    What was good for America’s multinationals was far from good for America’s producers and workers. After 2002, the trade and investment boom grew already immense trade deficits, further depressing American economic growth, employment, and wages. These shortfalls also undercut the quality of American economic growth, by increasing our reliance on borrowing and spending, and reducing reliance on investing and producing.

    As the increasingly frequent and bitter complaints voiced during Xi Jinping’s rule show, betting on China has backfired on the multinationals too. The China earnings of American corporate giants are reduced by intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, and government procurement and subsidization policies that discriminate against foreign-owned companies. These brazen violations of commercial norms undermine the global competitiveness of American companies while creating powerful Chinese rivals. Unsurprisingly, the WTO merely shrugs. But then, the WTO is dominated by economies enjoying big trade surpluses with the United States, and largely via similar tactics.”

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  10. Biden is the donor favorite. And the ugly truth is, as much as Dems hate to admit it, those donors are rich, white, and overwhelmingly male. The press adores Joe and looks fondly for a return to the Obama years, so most mainstream media coverage is the softball variety. This is the easy part.

    This will be the trick for Dems. They have to convince these moderate and conservative D’s who voted R last time to lean left away from Trump. Pelosi has lost control of the left wing of the D caucus, and a correction away toward more traditional views seems unlikely.

    The Dems will have this summer what the R’s had the last go around. All out war for control of the clown car’s steering wheel between an overcrowded field battling for where they go from here.

    All while Biden just sits in the back, smiles, and waves as it screams by heading for 2020, hoping Barr and the DoJ don’t catch up to them in the cop car in hot pursuit before then.

    Politics is going to be real entertaining this summer. 🙂

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  11. It was always a trap General Ackbar.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/flynn-investigation-effort-to-trap-him

    “Mueller files show Flynn under investigation earlier than thought, as brother alleges effort to ‘trap him'”

    “Michael Flynn was under FBI investigation earlier than previously thought, according to a little-noticed section in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report — and the former national security adviser’s brother told Fox News exclusively this week that the revelation suggested a long-running, high-level effort to “trip him up” and “trap” him.

    Buried in the second volume of the Mueller report was a mention of an existing FBI investigation of Flynn “based on his relationship with the Russian government,” which predated Flynn’s phone calls during the presidential transition in December 2016 with then-Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak that ultimately led to his termination for lying.

    It was previously thought that Flynn’s communications with Kislyak – picked up by the U.S. intelligence community – made the FBI suspicious, sparking the Flynn probe.”

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  12. That article about the possible cancer treatment reminds me of something someone said to me recently – that the FDA and CDC have people on their boards who own companies which can be affected for good or ill by decisions these organizations make. The gist was that that would cause them to not do what is in the public’s best interests, but what is in theirs and their companies’ best interests.

    Does anyone know if there is any truth to that claim?

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  13. Ouch.

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