17 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-10-19

  1. In a word…… No.

    https://hotair.com/archives/jazz-shaw/2019/07/09/can-baltimore-pd-pull-off-greatest-comeback-ever/

    “Can Baltimore PD Pull Off “The Greatest Comeback Ever?””

    “Regular readers are well aware of the troubles that have been plaguing Baltimore, Maryland for many years now. Pervasive gang violence, an out of control murder rate, endemic poverty and government corruption have combined to leave Charm City in a terrible state. Some of the people on the front line of this crisis are the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department, who are working in a dangerous environment while dealing with challenges of their own, including fractured relations with the communities they serve and incidents of corruption that have eroded trust.

    Now, however, under the leadership of a new mayor, the Baltimore PD has been allowed to take steps to turn things around. A new drive to hire officers and improve conditions on the streets is being billed as what they hope will be the Greatest Comeback Story in America. (Baltimore Sun)

    The Baltimore Police Department wants to recruit officers to “Be a Part of the Greatest Comeback Story in America.”

    Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced a new $200,000 marketing campaign Monday that they hope will help fill the department’s ranks, particularly with more women, minorities and city residents.

    “It’s no secret that we need more police officers on the street to help make Baltimore a safer city and to reduce the burden on our existing officers,” Harrison said at a news conference. Starting salaries for new officers are $53,512, but the total pay can increase drastically with the department’s liberal use of overtime.

    This is a welcome sign that perhaps the municipal government of Baltimore is finally coming to grips with their own problems. When it comes to the Baltimore PD, they’ve had serious retention problems. They hired 95 new officers in the last year but lost 100 police during the same period. This has led to a condition where one spokesperson said the police department has 500 fewer officers than it needs. Given the current rate of murders, shootings and other violent crime, that’s a formula for failure.”

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  2. Take note Portland…. THIS is how you deal with Antifa punks.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/johndempsey/2019/07/09/dc-metro-police-give-antifa-what-they-deserve-n2549733

    “A couple of weekends ago, Antifa owned the streets of downtown Portland after they arrived to counter-protest a right-wing rally. The Portland Police Bureau received copious amounts of criticism about their inaction to violent attacks which led to some going to the hospital and a conservative journalist ending up with a brain hemorrhage.

    This past weekend The Proud Boys and other right-wing groups organized a rally at Washington D.C.’s Freedom Plaza to protest Big Tech suppressing speech based on conservative ideology. Approximately 250 people attended the rally and Antifa brought around 50 members who were dressed in all black and wearing protective equipment such as body armor, helmets, and goggles. The left-wing anarchist group also wore masks just like they did in Portland to cover their identity.

    Washington, D.C. Metro Police placed barricades between each side and kept the groups separated. Some Antifa members were able to skirt the barriers and single out a man wearing a MAGA hat. However, this time, the police were allowed to do their job and pull the man away from the Antifa agitators without any reported injury to him.

    The groups were placed so far apart on purpose they had difficulty hearing one another. At one point, Antifa insurrectionists attempted to break through an area, but the Metro officers quickly shut them down violently.

    A few Antifa members attempted to bull rush officers. They were quickly grabbed and forcefully shoved backward, at least one falling on his back.

    Metro Police met Antifa with the only thing they understand and the one thing they deserve – aggression. The anarchist group arrives at protests dressed for war in protective equipment and with weapons such as pipes, crowbars, and other blunt objects to shutdown opposing speech with physical violence.

    The Portland Police failed, but Metro P.D. treated Antifa appropriately. They are a group that uses their anonymity to injure and shut down the First Amendment. After the anarchists could not do that this weekend in Washington, their response was to attempt to break the line of officers. Traditionally, Antifa’s attempts to use of force are successful. This time they failed.

    Unlike in Oregon, Metro P.D. officers were allowed to do their jobs and protect the rights of the rally-goers. When black-clad Antifa members attempted to push through the officers, they met force.

    When police officers are called fascists, this rally should be an example of why those claims are false. Antifa is the fascist entity, not law enforcement officers. The police physically stopped left-wing anarchists from completing their mission of stifling free speech. The officers were noble and should be praised.”

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  3. In a word……. Yes.

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  4. Well of course they won’t. They’re like his personal politicians.

    https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2019/07/09/democrat-lawmaker-wont-return-epsteins-campaign-donations/

    “Democrat Lawmaker Won’t Return Epstein’s Campaign Donations”

    “Rep. Stacey Plaskett is a Democrat from the U.S. Virgin Islands. She has a financial connection to accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and she has no plans to sever that tie, despite his recent arrest.

    Epstein, a billionaire and big donor to Democrats, contributed $2,700 to Plaskett as recently as during her 2018 campaign for re-election. That is the limit that can be contributed to a candidate in both a primary and general election. In 2016 he contributed twice – both to her primary and to her general election races.

    Little Saint James, a private island in the Virgin Islands, is owned by Epstein. His support of Plaskett is probably just supporting his local representative, right? The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee received a $10,000 check from him in October, though, and returned it to him. Epstein’s personal history is well-known in Democrat circles.The current charges for which he was indicted are from 2002 – 2005. Twelve years ago Epstein, now 66 years old, got a sweetheart deal when he was charged with allegedly molesting dozens of underage girls.

    Epstein is a FOB (Friend of Bill), to resurrect an acronym from the days of the Clinton presidency and the establishment of the Clinton Foundation. He’s been a big Clinton donor.

    From the late 1990s until 2004, he gave more than $145,000 to Democrats running for public office, including former President Bill Clinton, and associated political action committees, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. One of his former charities, the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, reportedly donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

    It remains unclear if the Clinton’s plan to send back the checks as both a spokesman for the former commander in chief and a representative for the foundation did not return requests for comment.

    I’ll not hold my breath for the Clintons to return Epstein’s money. Heck, Bill’s not even copping to being a buddy to the man.

    Rep. Plaskett has been a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives since 2016. As a delegate, she has limited voting power. She has committee assignments and responsibilities on the floor but not if her vote is the deciding vote. Her decision to keep Epstein’s campaign contributions can be seen as a defiant act in support of him – at least for now.”

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  5. The flight logs will tell the story.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-08/if-you-flew-the-lolita-express-the-feds-want-to-talk-to-you

    “If You Flew Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ Private Jet—the Feds Want to Talk to You”

    “After Jeffrey Epstein’s latest arrest on sex trafficking charges, some famous people may be squirming. His notorious little black book and private-jet manifests contained a long list of boldface names, including Victoria’s Secret mogul Leslie Wexner and former president Bill Clinton.

    U.S. prosecutors on Monday encouraged anyone with information about Epstein’s conduct to come forward, not just potential victims. To the socialites, celebrities and politicians who attended lavish parties at Epstein’s homes in Manhattan or Palm Beach in the early 2000s — or hitched rides on his private jet nicknamed the “Lolita Express” by the tabloids — the request carried a clear message: Come talk to us before we seek you out.

    Jeffrey Epstein
    Jeffrey EpsteinPhotographer: Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images
    “You would much rather be visiting the Department of Justice and engaging a conversation about what you saw rather than making the DoJ find you,” said Jacob Frenkel, a former federal prosecutor now at Dickinson-Wright. “There’s a much greater potential for influencing the parameters of an interview and the scope of cooperation by going in voluntarily than becoming a compulsory guest” of the government, he said.

    Considering the dozens of alleged victims and hundreds of names on Epstein’s contact list, the Epstein affair could be far from over. Some of the alleged victims have claimed they were farmed out to other men.

    Although the alleged crimes date back to 2002, new information continues to arise. Epstein’s little black book was published by Gawker in 2015, years after he pleaded guilty in Florida for soliciting an underage prostitute. On Saturday the FBI, using a crowbar on one of the most expensive properties in Manhattan, executed a search warrant on Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse.

    Agents gathered a “vast trove of lewd photographs of young-looking women or girls” according to prosecutors, who urged a judge not to release Epstein on bail. The FBI agents also discovered compact discs labeled “Misc nudes 1” and “Girl pics nude.””

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  6. Oh look, another pervert Dem money man with sex trafficking legal issues. Note also how this one was protected from prosecution by authorities so he could rack up further victims too.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/ed-buck-sued-prominent-democratic-donor-accused-of-human-trafficking-revenge-porn/?__twitter_impression=true

    “Democratic donor Ed Buck accused of human trafficking and revenge porn after man dies in his home”

    “Prominent political activist Ed Buck is facing new legal troubles as the mother of a man who died in his home has filed an amended civil suit accusing Buck of human trafficking and engaging in revenge porn, CBS Los Angeles reports.

    “The new amendment is about making sure no box is left unchecked when it comes to all of the crimes that Ed Buck has committed,” Jasmyne Cannick, an advocate for the family of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore who was found dead of a drug overdose in Buck’s home in 2017.

    After the district attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges citing insufficient evidence, a wrongful death civil lawsuit was filed.

    Now attorneys for Moore’s mother have filed an amendment to that lawsuit. It accuses Buck of human trafficking and engaging in revenge porn by making and sharing a video of his alleged “meth-fueled sexual encounters” with Moore.

    “Information we received from other victims of Ed Buck that Ed Buck loves to take pictures of these young men, loves to take videos of them in their inebriated state,” Cannick said.”

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  7. Making it up as she goes along, with the help of Les Mis.

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2019/07/09/ilhan-omar-tells-high-school-students-true-story-sounds-suspiciously-like-les-mis/

    “Ilhan Omar Tells High School Students A ‘True’ Story That Sounds Suspiciously Like Les Mis”

    “The Washington Post reports that during her visit she told the students a story that was intended to offer some insight into her political history. This is the story she told. See if it sounds familiar to you? Five years earlier, she had been working for a city councilman and was asked to report back on any problems in the local courts:

    There, she recalled encountering a “sweet, old . . . African American lady” who had been arrested for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed her “starving 5-year-old granddaughter.”

    After spending the weekend in jail, the woman was led into the courtroom and fined $80 — a penalty she couldn’t pay. “I couldn’t control my emotions,” Omar continued, “because I couldn’t understand how a roomful of educated adults could do something so unjust.”

    “Bulls—!” she recalled yelling in the courtroom.

    Laughter rippled through the auditorium, then silence.

    Omar’s story echoed the plot of “Les Miserables.” If true, it is also probably embellished. City officials said that police aren’t allowed to arrest people for shoplifting unless there’s a likelihood of violence or further crime. Typically, shoplifters are sentenced to attend a three-hour class.

    I love every part of this story. I love the little old woman whose name was clearly Jean Valjean (and probably looked a little like that guy from the Wolverine movies, because I doubt Omar read the book). I also love the emotional climax of the story in which Rep. Omar shouted an obscenity in a courtroom. Does anyone else think she’d have been found in contempt of court if she tried this? Also, if Omar was so outraged, why didn’t she just pay the $80 fine for the sweet old African American lady? I mean, a major injustice is happening right before her eyes but Omar just walked out and then used the story to publicly proclaim her compassion for the poor woman she didn’t help.”

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  8. They’re still doing this? Sure never mind Mueller’s 2 year 30 million dollar 2800 subpoena investigation, this is the one that will finally get Trump. Not. 🙄

    Oh well, better this than something damaging like more stupid laws. It’ll keep ’em busy.

    Personally if I’m some of these people, like Lewandowsky, I’m answering the subpoena just to make a spectacle. I’m gonna scream witch hunt, tel them how their lies ruined me financially, harmed my family, the whole deal, tell them they’re frauds, and make a general mockery of this sham. They want to put on a show, I’d give ’em one they’ll never forget. 🙂

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-judiciary-democrats-to-authorize-subpoenas-for-12-individuals-connected-to-trump-as-part-of-obstruction-of-justice-probe

    “House Judiciary Committee Democrats announced Tuesday that they plan to authorize subpoenas later this week for a dozen individuals connected to President Trump as part of the panel’s escalating probe into obstruction of justice, public corruption and other alleged abuses by the president.

    The list of targets includes Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner as well as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his old deputy Rod Rosenstein.

    Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said Tuesday that the panel is moving forward with “efforts to request information from critical witnesses as part of our ongoing investigation into obstruction, corruption, and abuse of power by the President and his associates.”

    “The committee plans to mark up the resolution authorizing the subpoenas on Thursday, an effort that comes ahead of high-profile hearings next week featuring former Special Counsel Robert Mueller himself.

    The latest burst of planned subpoenas prompted criticism from the committee’s top Republican, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins.

    “Today’s latest effort to relitigate the special counsel’s investigation remains unimpressive and unproductive. Mr. Mueller’s team issued more than 2,800 subpoenas before concluding that no Americans conspired with Russia. Even if Chairman Nadler still believes subpoenas are conversation starters, it’s hard to imagine this handful of subpoenas will do anything but reinforce the principal conclusions we’ve been able to read about for months,” Collins said in a statement.”

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  9. Good question. 🙂

    “FOX News Chanel’s Tucker Carlson wonders why it is so easy for the children of powerful families to get into elite colleges.

    TUCKER CARLSON: If you’ve ever watched Chris Cuomo on CNN, you may have wondered: how did this guy get a TV show? Sure, he’s got well-defined abdominal muscles, and good for him. But he can barely speak English. There are nights when Cuomo emits entire paragraphs that mean nothing at all. Just pure gibberish, like pig Latin, or dogs barking. It’s remarkable. Was this guy educated in the United States? Let’s check Wikipedia. Wait it a second. The entry says that Chris Cuomo went to Yale University in Connecticut. That can’t be right. Yale has famously high admissions standards. Your kids couldn’t get in. No chance. They’d have to be incredibly smart — geniuses, really. Is Chris Cuomo a secret genius? Does he have some amazing talent that’s invisible on TV? Maybe he speaks flawless Urdu? Or has a deep grounding in particle physics? Or can calculate pi to the final digit? Actually, no. Chris Cuomo can’t do any of that.”

    “It turns out that he has an even more impressive qualification: His father was the governor of New York. If you want to get into a top American college, it’s best to have a parent who’s a well-known Democratic politician. That’s the most effective credential of all.”

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  10. I fail to see how more police will solve the murder rate in Baltimore unless there was one assigned to every resident. These are [mostly] not random killings. They are targeted between individuals who know each other. If a person is intent on killing someone, he’s going to find a way to do so out of sight of officers.

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  11. We can’t depend on the bad guys to kill each other, Linda.
    Other people get hurt.
    It’s lawlessness no matter how it happens.
    They need to reinstate the death penalty and OFF the bad guys.

    OTOH, Do you realize how good it is that the major news of the day is the ambassador from Britain has resigned?

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  12. Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmm…….

    Trump at CPAC in 2015. You don’t need to watch it all, 22:50 is where it begins.

    “Hannity: Bill Clinton

    Trump: Nice guy, ….uh…. got a lotta problems coming up in my opinion with the famous island with Jeffrey Epstein… lotta problems….”

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  13. This should be fun….. 🙂

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    Because…..

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  14. VF spends a lot of time desperately trying to tie Trump to this, but in the end admit they’re not friends. All they really did was make Clinton look worse.

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/how-trump-kept-tabs-on-jeffrey-epstein

    Here’s the money paragraphs:

    “Trump had been following the story closely. In the week or so leading up to his CPAC speech, David Pecker, who owned the Enquirer until it was sold in ruin earlier this year, visited Trump on the 26th floor of Trump Tower, bringing along an issue with a Prince Andrew and Epstein-related cover, according to people familiar with the meeting. Pecker, of course, was in the business of protecting Trump. An early supporter of his presidential campaign, Pecker has helped “catch and kill” at least two stories involving the real estate mogul and women who claimed to have had affairs with him. (Trump has denied the affairs.)

    “Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, who would later go to prison in part for his role in these hush money schemes, was in the room when Pecker sat down. Pecker, he later told me, used to send him articles and issues before they were published so that he and Trump could read them. After the meeting Trump called in Sam Nunberg, then a Trump Organization employee, who saw Pecker leaving Trump’s office. “Michael was sitting in there when I came in, and the issue of the National Enquirer with the pictures of Prince Andrew was on his desk,” Nunberg recalled. “He said not to tell anyone, but that Pecker had just been there and had brought the issue with him. Trump said that Pecker had told him that the pictures of Clinton that Epstein had from his island were worse.” (Cohen, speaking by phone from the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, corroborated Nunberg’s version of the events, though he declined to add any additional information about the meeting.)

    During the meeting with Pecker, Trump went on about how Epstein was known for this behavior, according to a person familiar with the conversation. Trump, after all, used to be friendly with Epstein, and had at least an inkling about his sexual predilections. In a 2002 interview with New York magazine, Trump called Epstein a “terrific guy” who was “a lot of fun to be with.” He added: “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” (The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

    Trump isn’t known to have gone on any trips with Epstein, which would have been out of character. “I don’t think Trump would go to someone else’s property or someone else’s island or villa,” Nunberg said. “He doesn’t even play golf at anyone else’s clubs.” But Trump did host Epstein as a guest at Mar-a-Lago, where he appears in photos in 1997 and 2000. Epstein’s personal little black book, which was leaked by an employee in 2009, contained 14 phone numbers for Trump, his wife, Melania, and several people who worked for him.

    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, President Trump dismissed his past appearances with Epstein, describing him as a “fixture in Palm Beach” in those years. “I had a falling out with him a long time ago,” he added, though he declined to elaborate. “I don’t think I’ve spoken to him for 15 years.””

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  15. UPDATE!

    The govt. gets smacked down. I guess the judge was in the “yes” group too.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/07/10/judge-michael-flynn-turkish-lobbying-conspirator/

    “Judge Rejects Government Effort To Classify Michael Flynn As ‘Co-Conspirator’ In Turkish Lobbying Case”

    “A federal judge in Virginia on Tuesday struck down prosecutors’ efforts to characterize Michael Flynn as a co-conspirator with his former lobbying partner, who faces trial on charges that he secretly lobbied for the Turkish government.

    Judge Anthony Trenga said in a court filing that federal prosecutors failed to provide enough evidence to show that Flynn acted as a co-conspirator with Bijan Rafiekian, a former executive at Flynn’s consulting company, Flynn Intel Group.

    “The United States at this point has not presented or proffered evidence sufficient to establish by a preponderance of the evidence a conspiracy for the purposes of admitting against the Defendant the hearsay statements of alleged co-conspirators pursuant to Fed. R. Evid. 801(d)(2)(E),” Trenga wrote, citing the federal rule regarding the introduction of evidence at criminal trials.

    Trenga indicated that prosecutors could still rely on Flynn as an unindicted co-conspirator, if the government is able to present additional evidence at Rafiekian’s trial, which is set to begin on July 15 in Alexandria, Virginia.”

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  16. Math is hard,…….

    And another leftist narrative bites the dust. Megan Rapinoe hardest hit.

    It’s like saying minor leaguers should make major league money despite not selling near the tickets or merchandise.

    Sorry ladies, the math is not on your side.

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