20 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-8-19

  1. Nice to know that when required, both sides can put aside their differences and work together in an emergency.


    “Newsom: Trump Is Trying To Help California”

    “I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t exactly Earth-shattering news, but nearly every time we cover a story involving California Governor Gavin Newsom it deals with him doing something either stupid, foolish, outrageous or some combination of the three. So when the occasion rises to note him doing the right thing, I think we owe it to him to point it out in the interest of fairness. California is generally considered Ground Zero for the #RESIST movement and there’s no lack of people bashing the President out there. And yet, in the wake of two powerful earthquakes, the Governor went out in public and appealed to the citizens of his state, pointing out that President Trump is dedicated to helping the state recover, putting partisan differences aside in the face of a natural disaster. (Associated Press)

    Gov. Gavin Newsom says President Donald Trump has called him and expressed commitment to helping California recover from two earthquakes that hit the state in as many days.

    Speaking to reporters after touring the damage zone, Newsom said Saturday that he and Trump talked about the struggles California has been through, including two devastating wildfires that happened just six months ago.

    The Democratic governor said “there’s no question we don’t agree on everything, but one area where there’s no politics, where we work extremely well together, is our response to emergencies.”

    “He’s committed in the long haul, the long run, to help support the rebuilding efforts,” Newsom said of Trump.

    I thought that was pretty nice of the Governor to include during his press conference. And it was also good to know that Trump was ready to pick up the phone and talk to someone who is just about as far removed from him politically as possible and make sure that federal aid was available for recovery and clean-up efforts. I’m sure that everyone will drop back into campaign mode soon enough and the thinly veiled (or not veiled at all) insults will be flying again, but for the moment the business of the people appears to be getting done.”


    As it should be. 🙂

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  2. The question was always there……

    Until Obama removed it. So what’s the big deal about putting it back? Trump has a pen too. The majority of Americans agree. Democrats of course don’t because they fear losing seats in the House.


    “Majority want citizenship question on census, 53%-32%”

    “Americans by a wide margin agree with President Trump that the upcoming 2020 census should ask a citizenship question.

    The latest Economist/YouGov poll found that 53% feel it should ask the question versus 32% who don’t.

    The survey asked: “Do you think the federal government should or should not ask people whether they are American citizens as part of the 2020 census?”

    “The Supreme Court has rejected including the question in a form the administration proposed but left the door open to another version. And Trump is considering changing the version.

    And it can be done, according to legal expert and George Washington University Law professor John Banzhaf.”


  3. Admitting the obvious, Palestinians and Turkey are doing Iran’s dirty work.


    “Second ‘Son Of Hamas’ Quits Islamist Group, Exposes Turkey-Based Terror Operation

    Suheib Yousef: Hamas is a “racist terror organisation that is dangerous for the Palestinian people.””

    “The son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef has caused an uproar in Gaza after he turned his back on the Islamic terrorist organization and fled to an unnamed country in Far-East Asia. Suheib Yousef exposed the inner workings of the Gaza-based Islamist outfit and its terrorist activities abroad in an interview with an Israeli news channel.

    Hamas was using Turkey as a base for its terrorist activities, Suheib disclosed. He also revealed the sophisticated espionage operation conducted by Hamas on behalf of Iran. The terrorist group was using advanced surveillance techniques to gather information on Israel and selling the intelligence to Tehran, he told Israel’s Channel 12 TV network.

    Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, is a “racist terror organisation that is dangerous for the Palestinian people,” he added.

    Suheib is the second son of Hamas co-founders Sheikh Hassan Yousef to publicly break with the terrorist outfit. His elder brother, Mosab Yousef, converted to Christianity after meeting a British missionary in 1999. He later worked undercover for the Israeli security service Shin Bet before leaving Gaza in 2007.”


  4. Not shockingly, a new report from RealClearPolitics claims to have uncovered conflicts of interest inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.


    The RCP piece is long, well researched and full of facts most of the press never reports, for obvious reasons of bias and keeping their false narrative alive for 2 years.


    “While the 448-page Mueller report found no conspiracy between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, it offered voluminous details to support the sweeping conclusion that the Kremlin worked to secure Trump’s victory. The report claims that the interference operation occurred “principally” on two fronts: Russian military intelligence officers hacked and leaked embarrassing Democratic Party documents, and a government-linked troll farm orchestrated a sophisticated and far-reaching social media campaign that denigrated Hillary Clinton and promoted Trump.

    But a close examination of the report shows that none of those headline assertions are supported by the report’s evidence or other publicly available sources. They are further undercut by investigative shortcomings and the conflicts of interest of key players involved:

    The report uses qualified and vague language to describe key events, indicating that Mueller and his investigators do not actually know for certain whether Russian intelligence officers stole Democratic Party emails, or how those emails were transferred to WikiLeaks.

    The report’s timeline of events appears to defy logic. According to its narrative, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announced the publication of Democratic Party emails not only before he received the documents but before he even communicated with the source that provided them.

    There is strong reason to doubt Mueller’s suggestion that an alleged Russian cutout called Guccifer 2.0 supplied the stolen emails to Assange.
    Mueller’s decision not to interview Assange – a central figure who claims Russia was not behind the hack – suggests an unwillingness to explore avenues of evidence on fundamental questions.

    U.S. intelligence officials cannot make definitive conclusions about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee computer servers because they did not analyze those servers themselves. Instead, they relied on the forensics of CrowdStrike, a private contractor for the DNC that was not a neutral party, much as “Russian dossier” compiler Christopher Steele, also a DNC contractor, was not a neutral party. This puts two Democrat-hired contractors squarely behind underlying allegations in the affair – a key circumstance that Mueller ignores.

    Further, the government allowed CrowdStrike and the Democratic Party’s legal counsel to submit redacted records, meaning CrowdStrike and not the government decided what could be revealed or not regarding evidence of hacking.

    Mueller’s report conspicuously does not allege that the Russian government carried out the social media campaign. Instead it blames, as Mueller said in his closing remarks, “a private Russian entity” known as the Internet Research Agency (IRA).

    Mueller also falls far short of proving that the Russian social campaign was sophisticated, or even more than minimally related to the 2016 election. As with the collusion and Russian hacking allegations, Democratic officials had a central and overlooked hand in generating the alarm about Russian social media activity.

    John Brennan, then director of the CIA, played a seminal and overlooked role in all facets of what became Mueller’s investigation: the suspicions that triggered the initial collusion probe; the allegations of Russian interference; and the intelligence assessment that purported to validate the interference allegations that Brennan himself helped generate. Yet Brennan has since revealed himself to be, like CrowdStrike and Steele, hardly a neutral party — in fact a partisan with a deep animus toward Trump.

    None of this means that the Mueller report’s core finding of “sweeping and systematic” Russian government election interference is necessarily false. But his report does not present sufficient evidence to substantiate it. This shortcoming has gone overlooked in the partisan battle over two more highly charged aspects of Mueller’s report: potential Trump-Russia collusion and Trump’s potential obstruction of the resulting investigation. As Mueller prepares to testify before House committees later this month, the questions surrounding his claims of a far-reaching Russian influence campaign are no less important. They raise doubts about the genesis and perpetuation of Russiagate and the performance of those tasked with investigating it.”


  5. There’s an election coming, so here comes Politico and the Season of Bogus Polls, Version 2.0


    “TRUMP MATCHUPS, among all adults, via the WaPo/ABC poll:

    — BIDEN 55, TRUMP 41
    — HARRIS 51, TRUMP 43
    — WARREN 51, TRUMP 44
    — SANDERS 51, TRUMP 45
    — BUTTIGIEG 48, TRUMP 44
    — A SOCIALIST 46, TRUMP 46

    But Richard Baehr examines to poll’s internals and writes:

    Note that they list the results for all voters. That means including adults who are not registered. Pollsters rarely even show these numbers. Using registered voters, Trump does much better. Among likely voters, better still.

    So why does Politico highlight all adults?

    I can’t imagine why….”


  6. I know this is more appropriate for R^R, but have you noticed that every nes item is now a “Bombshell”? You soon learn to ignore them.
    Like the guy who cried “Wolf!!”


  7. Epstein is due in court this afternoon. If they’re smart they’ll give no bail due to the high number of victims and nature of the charges. He’s too rich and has a private jet, he’d pull a Polanski in a minute, like the other rich child predator.


    “An indictment alleging sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy was unsealed Monday morning against billionaire financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who is set to make his first appearance in a New York City federal court later in the day.

    Prosecutors allege Epstein, the 66-year-old wealthy hedge fund manager arrested on Saturday, preyed on “dozens” of victims as young as 14.

    “The victims described herein were as young as 14 years old at the time they were abused…and were, for various reasons, often particularly vulnerable to exploitation,” prosecutors wrote in court documents. “Epstein intentionally sought out minors and knew that many of his victims were in fact under the age of 18.””


    Lock. Him. Up.


  8. Now as I was saying about associations yesterday….

    Mueller’s FBI was in on the plea deal that let the perv off easy the firs time around so he could continue to assault minor girls.

    Here’s Mueller, your “straight shootin’, stand up guy” and his FBI enabling criminals again.



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  10. Inquiring minds want to know Bob.



    So they let him off easy to continue to molest children so they could get to Bear Stearns executives? That seems like an even worse deal.


  11. Early polls are like taking your temperature every few hours when you think you might have the flu. Kind of meaningless but it’s something to obsess over and we’re all driven to do it.

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  12. This is the problem with #MeToo. Even if evidence exists for the defense of a man, and to the poor character of the accuser, you dare not raise it because all women must be believed. It’s only victim shaming when you actually are a victim.

    And fraudulent hoaxes like the Kavanaugh hearings transpire as a result.


    “The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, Carrie Severino, have collaborated on a book entitled “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.”

    One of the most fascinating revelations is that Team Trump had “dirt” on Christine Blasey Ford (CBF). However, they feared that if this material was presented during the hearings, it would be viewed negatively. The Trump team “understood that any criticism of Ford would be treated as a smear” and portrayed as “victim shaming.” In the era of #MeToo, they were unwilling to take that risk.

    Statements from some of CBF’s past friends and acquaintances may offer a clue as to the nature of the information. At the time, several came forward with stories about her of love of partying.

    Allegations made in the book: (via The Daily Caller)

    Female classmates and friends at area schools recalled a heavy drinker who was much more aggressive with boys than they were.

    Unnamed peers accused Ford of drinking to excess and accosting boys with some regularity as a student at the Holton-Arms School, a contrast with press accounts that cast her as innocent and naive during that period.

    ‘If she only had one beer’ on the night of the alleged assault, a high school friend said, ‘then it must have been early in the evening.’

    Her contemporaries all reported the same nickname for Ford, a riff on her maiden name and a sexual act.”


    Note also it’s mostly her female classmates that are saying these things.


  13. Things just got even more serious for Epstein. Beyond the assaults these images could cost him a decade in prison for each and every one of them. That would be justice. He’d never see freedom again.


    “Feds: Guess What We Found At Epstein’s Manhattan Mansion? Update: Pleads Not Guilty”

    “Come on, man. No one could be this stupid, right? Right?

    Wrooooooooong, at least according to prosecutors announcing the indictment against Jeffrey Epstein. In a search of his Manhattan residence, Epstein allegedly had a trove of photographs that could add child pornography charges to his legal woes:

    Prosecutors say federal agents investigating wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein found “nude photographs of what appeared to be underage girls” while searching his Manhattan mansion.

    U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said at a press conference Monday agents discovered the photos while executing a search warrant following Epstein’s arrest Saturday on sex trafficking charges.

    Interestingly, the indictment itself makes no mention of any photographs. That is surely due to the fact that the grand jury handed down the indictment well before investigators searched Epstein’s residence, which only took place after his arrest on Saturday. But when they finally did get around to it, they hit the disgusting jackpot, prosecutors revealed in their memo opposing bail for Epstein:”


  14. Interesting reactions to Epstein. AJs sources try to tie him to Mueller. Most of the internet makes mention of his connections to Trump, Clinton and Prince Andrew. They may even bring up an old Trump quote about how they both like beautiful girls and Epstein likes younger girls. However, a few sources tied the current secretary of labor Acosta to Epatein. Apparently Trump’s labor secretary was the federal district attorney in Florida who arranged the Epstein plea deal.


  15. So you have some evidence tying him to Trump that you’d like to share? Something other than them both attending some celebrity filled venue somewhere at the same time?

    Didn’t think so, just more baseless allegations. I dealt with that yesterday, see the weekend thread.

    Meanwhile the pre-denial before he’s asked, and he’s already telling lies.



  16. For you HRW,


    ““An attorney who represented the victims of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual assault said that in 2009, the only person that helped him was then citizen Donald Trump.

    Prosecuting attorney Bradley Edwards was interviewed in December 2018 in Palm Beach, Florida shortly after settling a court case he had with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.”


    ““After the settlement was announced, attorney Edwards was interviewed outside the courthouse. He shared much about the case and then answered the interviewer’s question about whether Donald Trump was somehow related to the case since Epstein was a reportedly a friend of Trump (at the 5:00 mark – emphasis added) –

    Question from reporter: Our current President has had relationships with Epstein in the past and there are those, Katy Johnson and maybe other victims who’ve accused Trump of being involved in things like this.

    In my experience, Trump supporters will not listen to anything along those lines. Obviously we’re not in the court of law here right now, but are those claims, although that case was dropped, it was dropped before it went to court. In your opinion as a lawyer, in your experience is there anything you can say as to the validity of those claims and whether there will be anything more about that?

    Edwards: Nothing at all. The only thing that I can say about President Trump is that he is the only person who, in 2009 when I served a lot of subpoenas on a lot of people, or at least gave notice to some pretty connected people, that I want to talk to them, is the only person who picked up the phone and said, let’s just talk. I’ll give you as much time as you want. I’ll tell you what you need to know, and was very helpful, in the information that he gave, and gave no indication whatsoever that he was involved in anything untoward whatsoever, but had good information. That checked out and that helped us and we didn’t have to take a deposition of him in 2009.

    Reporter: Do you have any information on James Patterson’s claims that Trump had Epstein kicked out of Mar-a-logo?

    Edwards: I definitely have heard that. I definitely have heard that and I don’t know if it was Trump himself as opposed to a manager…”



  17. Its interesting to note most media mentioned Trump, Clinton and Prince Andrew but your links/tweets seem focused on Mueller and Clinton.

    I have no doubt Trump and Clinton both ran as fast as they could away from Epstein. I also have no doubt that Trump and Clinton partied with Epstein and were aware of the young girls

    However I find it interesting that your sources criticize Mueller for being head of the FBI when the plea deal was done. Yet your sources fail to mention that current labor secretary Acosta was the federal district attorney who actually made the deal. Thats a huge sin of omission. And points out your sources aren’t really upset about the deal rather they want to use a case of sexual exploitation to damage Mueller’s reputation. They exploiting this for political reasons.


  18. I have already linked to stories on Acosta and called for his firing over his involvement. I’ve been consistent on firing him since this first broke months ago and his involvement in letting this perv off easy came to light. I called for his firing way back before Mueller’s involvement was even known.


  19. And Trump didn’t run away like most of the famous people involved. He actually helped the victims lawyers as the link above shows.

    And by the way, the other story of Trump revoking his membership and tossing him when it became known what he was up to is true as well.


  20. Also the Mueller criticism is because his FBI, with Acosta’s help, let a known pedophile off easy to use him as an asset to get inside info on Bear Stearns. There’s culpability for him on the more recent victims too, just like there is Acosta.

    Their leniency clearly let this perv continue to rack up victims. They need to answer for that.

    This to me is yet another example that I’ve been right about Mueller and his “character” all along.


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