15 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-21-19

  1. And yet the straight shooting Comey and company used it anyway, even though they knew it was false info.

    I think I see the problem though. The Brits used intelligence, something lacking at the FBI.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/10/20/mi6-fbi-christopher-steele-assessment/

    “Report: British Intelligence Questioned Christopher Steele’s Judgment In Assessment Given To FBI”

    “British intelligence told the FBI that dossier author Christopher Steele sometimes showed questionable judgment regarding investigative targets, according to a report that could preview some of the findings in a highly anticipated Justice Department watchdog report of FBI surveillance against the Trump campaign.

    Investigators with the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have asked witnesses about an assessment that MI6 officials provided the FBI regarding Steele, a former MI6 officer based in London, The New York Times reported Saturday.

    The Times report says:

    [Inspector General Michael] Horowitz has asked witnesses about an assessment of Mr. Steele that MI6, the British spy agency, provided to the F.B.I. after bureau officials received his dossier on Mr. [Donald] Trump in September 2016. MI6 officials said Mr. Steele, a Russia expert, was honest and persistent but sometimes showed questionable judgment in pursuing targets that others viewed as a waste of time, two people familiar with the assessment said.

    The FBI’s handling of information from Steele is central to the OIG investigation into whether the bureau complied with laws and regulations in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide.”

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  2. The testimony we had to hear.

    Until they moved the goalposts.

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/10/18/adam-schiff-flip-flopped-on-whistleblower-testimony-after-reports-of-coordination/

    “Adam Schiff Flip-Flopped On Whistleblower Testimony After Reports Of Coordination

    After news broke that Schiff’s staff had secretly worked with the whistleblower prior to the complaint being lodged, Schiff moved to prevent the whistleblower’s testimony.”

    “House Democrats’ top impeachment inquisitor abruptly changed from repeatedly insisting on the testimony of a whistleblower against President Donald Trump to working to prevent it. The change occurred as soon as it was revealed the complainant had secretly worked with Rep. Adam Schiff’s Democratic staff prior to filing his formal complaint on Aug. 12.

    At first, Schiff insisted an anti-Trump bureaucrat sharing allegations against the president must share his story with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. But after news broke that Schiff’s staff had secretly worked with the whistleblower prior to the complaint being lodged, discussions that the whistleblower failed to mention when specifically asked about them as part of the official whistleblower process, Schiff moved to prevent the testimony. The move appears designed to prevent Republican lawmakers from asking the individual under oath about his discussions with House Democrats, media, and others involved in the impeachment effort.

    Schiff announced on Sept. 24 the whistleblower had agreed to speak with the committee:”

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    “In early October, however, news broke that the complainant had come to Schiff’s staff before filing. Schiff stopped demanding the testimony, and last Sunday he claimed it was no longer needed. While the extent of their coordination is unknown, the major problem was that the discussions were undisclosed by both Schiff and the anti-Trump complainant. Schiff had publicly denied any such interactions while the bureaucrat failed to mention the contacts when specifically asked about them on a government form.

    The final portion of the whistleblower form requires whistleblowers to attest under penalty of perjury that they have neither misstated nor concealed material facts in their complaints.

    “I certify that all of the statements made in this complaint (including any continuation pages) are true, complete, and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief,” whistleblowers are required to attest. “I understand that, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1001, a false statement or concealment of a material fact is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both.”

    The complaint was composed of second-hand claims, full of gossip and rumor, and riddled with false assertions, as indicated by the actual transcript.

    Democrats have dramatically switched from demanding transparency about the whistleblower complaint to hiding depositions, transcripts, and evidence. In contrast, President Trump declassified the transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, and documents surrounding the whistleblower complaint.

    Democrats have insisted on holding their inquisition in secret behind closed doors and are now refusing to allow the whistleblower to testify as both the whistleblower and Schiff had claimed to want prior to the news of their coordination.”

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  3. Trump and Rice got into it, but only Trump had the facts on his side

    https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2019/10/20/susan-rice/

    “Trump And Susan Rice Battle Over Syria, She Gets Busted By The Facts”

    “President Donald Trump and former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice have been trading barbs over the last couple of days after Rice went on “Real Time” with Bill Maher and bashed Trump’s actions in Syria.

    According to the Washington Examiner, on the show, Rice said that Trump’s actions in Syria and Iraq were “going nowhere good” and that “ISIS is going to come back.”

    Trump responded, reminding her what a disaster the Obama administration was in Syria.

    “Remember RED LINE IN THE SAND? That was Obama. Millions killed! No thanks Susan, you were a disaster,” he tweeted.

    A lot of people have weighed in on Trump’s actions in Syria and Iraq. But one group who has absolutely no standing to speak is the former officials of the Obama administration.

    The Obama administration failed to stand up to Vladimir Putin or deal with the chemical weapons attacks from the Syrian regime despite drawing multiple “red lines” in the sand, embarrassing the nation, and letting thousands more be killed. Even after making a “deal” made with the Russians, chemical attacks continued. The Obama administration’s withdrawal from Iraq left a huge hole and his failure to act in 2014 when ISIS was beginning to rise then led to the deaths of thousands more, including Americans.

    Democrats like Susan Rice are more upset about the last few days than the hundreds of thousands killed during the Obama administration. Susan Rice even promoted a fake propaganda video out of Syria with a woman waving a baby she claimed was dead (but who was blinking and clearly alive).”

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    And more inconvenient truths…..

    https://nypost.com/2019/10/19/trump-didnt-sell-out-the-kurds-by-pulling-out-of-syria/

    “The national media blasted President Trump’s withdrawal of 50 US military advisors from the Syrian border with Turkey as a “sellout,” a “betrayal” and a “huge strategic blunder.”

    Let’s be clear: None of them truly care about the Kurds. Otherwise, they would have been sending correspondents and camera crews to Rojava, as the Kurds call northern Syria, on a regular basis.

    Let’s also be clear about the goals of Turkish president Tayyip Recep Erdogan. While he attempted to stylize his military invasion of Rojava as a counterterrorism operation, few international observers bought into it. Why? Because there have been no terror attacks against Turkey from Syrian territory since the Syrian Kurds established their self-governing entity in 2012. None.

    Erdogan is not even remotely interested in fighting ISIS, or in taking responsibility for the estimated 12,000 ISIS fighters currently in Kurdish custody at the al-Hol refugee camp. What actually happens to those ISIS prisoners, and the fate of Christian and Yazidi minorities, will be key measures of the agreement hammered out by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Erdogan on Thursday.

    The humanitarian disaster that unfolded this past week helped to paint Erdogan as notorious a mass murderer as Saddam Hussein. And it was to Erdogan’s legacy that the president appealed in his private, and now public, letter to the Turkish president as the crisis unfolded.

    Erdogan’s real goal with this invasion was to smash Kurdish self-government, and those 50 US advisors were the last thing in his way.

    But let’s be clear about US goals, too. Our advisors were not in northern Syria to defend a Kurdish government but to fight ISIS. The fight to smash the ISIS caliphate is over, and we won.

    No US administration has ever bought into Kurdish national aspirations. Even the pro-Kurdish ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was a long-time investor in Kurdish oil, warned Iraqi Kurds to cancel a planned referendum on independence in September 2017.

    When Kurdish Regional Government president Masoud Barzani defied those warnings, Tillerson said the results “lacked legitimacy” and warned there would be serious consequences. And the United States did nothing when Baghdad sent troops to the Iraqi city of Kirkuk shortly after the vote, then arrested the Kurdish governor-general and reclaimed control of the northern oil fields. That was a huge strategic setback for the Iraqi Kurds.

    I have met with Kurdish political and military leaders in the region, including the PYD, the political arm of the Kurdish YPG militia. And while they were thrilled to have US backing in the fight against ISIS, none of them had any illusions about the US coming to their aid should Turkey attack.

    Did the president’s critics really believe he should have considered those 50 US soldiers as a “tripwire” that would trigger a massive US military invasion of Syria to fight against Turkey — our NATO ally?

    The president has taken concrete, immediate steps to shame and to punish Erdogan for his outrageous violation of the North Atlantic charter, which calls on member states to “settle any international disputes in which they may be involved by peaceful means … and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.””

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  4. More…..

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-is-right-ending-the-endless-wars-starts-in-syria/

    “Trump is Right: Ending the Endless Wars Starts in Syria

    The neocon consensus has brought nothing but disaster. If the president wants to chart another course, we should support him.

    By CONGRESSMAN WARREN DAVIDSON”

    “President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of forces from Syria and elsewhere is appropriate and long overdue. It’s a necessary return to America’s traditional foreign policy. It’s a rejection of the neoconservative doctrine, which has contributed to the broken state of affairs in the Middle East.

    Neoconservative alarmists will stop at nothing to sustain their paradigm of more wars in more places. Others, who originally rejected the Iraq war and subsequent intervention in Syria, now scold the president for leaving. Together they are empowering the failed status quo. Rejecting this status quo is essential for America’s future.

    After 9/11, America had a clear cause for war in Afghanistan. Three days later, Congress authorized war against al-Qaeda. But that doesn’t explain why we needed to get militarily involved in Iraq or Syria. At that point, neither country was directly connected to the targeted terrorist organization.

    Following the Cold War, a bipartisan consensus emerged with a view that America’s security depended on spreading democracy around the globe by persuasion or by war. However, America’s post-Vietnam aversion to endless wars stood in the way of this transformative consensus.

    Thus, the coup de grace for neocons was the post-9/11 war in Iraq. To get the bombing started, they used Colin Powell to present it within the post-Vietnam framework—a limited war with a limited objective: seize Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. Once on the ground in Iraq, the mission changed to an ill-defined and undeclared effort to create a democratic republic of Iraq. Unfortunately, when given a vote, the various factions in Iraq simply elected authoritarians, who continued their long tradition of conflict, which has dominated the Middle East’s troubled history.

    The United States cannot indefinitely be the guarantor of stability in the Middle East. American actions have ultimately empowered Iran, rather than checking its relentless efforts to destabilize the region. At some point, we must restore America’s foreign policy to more limited objectives. President Trump bringing our troops home is an essential and important step in this process. It is an overdue rejection of the flawed consensus that has caused much of this present situation. A directive to exit should not lead to a disorderly evacuation, but should empower better alternatives.

    To be sure, America’s military makes even foolish missions look achievable. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines possess incredible skill, valor, creativity, resourcefulness, and compassion. I share the confidence that American saber-rattlers have in the ability of our military to solve problems. However, more wars in more places do not make America more secure. The neoconservative consensus has left America less free, less safe, and burdened by unprecedented debt.”

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  5. Build it baby! 🙂

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/10/as-battle-over-border-wall-continues-about-one-mile-goes-up-every-day/

    “As battle over Border Wall continues, about one mile goes up every day

    Besides already reducing the number of illegal border crossings, the new construction is also environmentally protective”

    “This week, the U.S. Senate voted to uphold President Donald Trump’s veto of Democrat-sponsored legislation reversing his use of military base project money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

    The 53-36 vote was well short of the two-thirds required to overturn the veto. The vote mirrored ones last month and in March in which a number of Republicans broke with Trump in defending lawmakers’ power of the purse. The military projects in question included base schools and target ranges.

    In February, Trump declared the security situation along the border a national emergency. That decision enabled him to take up to $3.6 billion from such projects to finance wall construction beyond the miles that lawmakers have been willing to fund.

    The funding is being well-used. The Pentagon reports that about one mile of construction is completed daily at the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

    About a mile of border wall along the border with Mexico is constructed each day, according to the Pentagon.

    The Army Corps of Engineers awarded about $2.5 billion in projects in April and May to build 129 miles of the border wall in New Mexico, Arizona and California. With the exception of $3 million, the entire $2.5 billion pool of money is obligated on contract. The remaining chunk will be obligated before the end of September, the Pentagon said.

    Jonathan Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, said the Department of Homeland Security has the lead on prioritizing which sections of wall get built first.

    “We’re working on their priorities,” Hoffman told reporters Thursday. “We’re relying on border patrol agents on the ground, the people who have the most knowledge, to tell us where the border wall should be built.”

    In San Diego, immigration officials are indicating the area’s new wall may be helping bring illegal border crossing numbers down.

    How effective the new barrier is being, in terms of both deterring migrants and stopping crossings, is tough to calculate. One thing that is clear is that its erection is coinciding with a sharp decline in apprehensions, although correlation does not necessarily equate to causation. In August, there were 3,326 apprehensions in the San Diego sector, down from 6,880 in March and 5,884 in May.

    That reflects a borderwide trend that has seen apprehensions along the border as a whole drop almost 65 percent since May, as part of a multi-faceted strategy from the administration that has included not only barrier construction, but also agreements such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — by which tens of thousands of migrants have been returned to Mexico while they await their immigration hearings.

    Despite (or maybe because of) the wall’s potential effectiveness, progressives are making new arguments against border wall construction. Scientific “experts” are now playing the climate card, indicating that the border wall will cause flooding in Texas.”

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  6. I think the rest of the country should ban SF city employees. 🙂

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/10/san-francisco-bans-city-employees-from-business-travel-to-22-states-with-pro-life-laws/

    “San Francisco bans city employees from business travel to 22 states with pro-life laws

    “Shocking intolerance”

    “The City of San Francisco has added 22 states with pro-life laws to a blacklist that prevents city employees from traveling to those states using city funds or dealing with businesses based in them.

    City Administrator Naomi Kelly issued a memo to department heads and other high-level staffers Tuesday indicating the states had been placed on the city’s blacklist.

    The move followed the passage of legislation introduced by Supervisor Vallie Brown this summer that curbs city-funded travel to states that restrict abortion before the viability of the fetus to live outside the womb, which include so-called “fetal heartbeat” laws. The city will also be prohibited from inking new contracts with businesses headquartered in those states.

    The 22 “deplorable” states are: Alabama Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

    The rationale behind the move is astonishing.

    “States that are having these horrific bans, I’d like to see them hurt financially,” [San Francisco City Supervisor Vallie] Brown says. “That is a universal language of economic health. If they’re going to put women in a situation that could hurt their economic health — like having children when they’re not ready — then we should hurt their economic health as a state.

    The move is being condemned by politicians in Nebraska.”

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  7. Re. Brexit and the EU, to quote Winston Churchill, “you cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth.”

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  8. Pot. Kettle.

    Toward Trump, of course.

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  9. Mitt has been outed…… as a sock puppet.

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    A cowardly one, who won’t put his name on his public criticism of others.

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  10. Well at least the truth still matters to some in the media.

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    Like I said, 1 and 2, but not 3.

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  11. Same goes for the mouthpiece’s pretending to be journalists.

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  12. Poof.

    Yet another failed narrative disappears from the news.

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  13. Right again.

    This is why people like her, who live in glass houses, shouldn’t be chucking rocks at others. If the personal lives and failings of your political enemies are fair game to you, don’t be shocked when you get called on yours.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7588845/Ilhan-Omar-lives-brazen-double-life-married-campaign-aide.html

    “EXCLUSIVE: ‘She’s not fooling anyone.’ Ilhan Omar lives a double life of secret hookups and romantic vacays to Jamaica with her married aide, as they live together ‘on and off’ and even talk of MARRIAGE (once their divorces are finalized)”

    Ilhan Omar, 37, is not only dating, but living ‘on and off’ with her married campaign aide Tim Mynett, 38, in Washington DC, DailyMail.com can reveal

    The two have secret hookups at Omar’s love nest and are taking romantic vacations and making plans for a long-term future together

    DailyMail.com has obtained photographic evidence that confirms Omar and Mynett have been hooking up whenever she is in DC for congressional work

    A source told DailyMail.com: ‘They are more or less living together whenever she is in DC. They are even planning a romantic vacation at Christmas’

    Insiders have gone so far as to suggest the pair will consider marriage when their respective divorces are finalized

    The source added: ‘Maybe then the lies, the hypocrisy, all the sneaking around will finally come to an end’

    The congresswoman spent months denying she had split from her husband despite this website revealing she had left their home and was having an affair

    She finally filed for divorce on October 7 – but still refuses to acknowledge her relationship with Mynett, whose wife also filed for divorce in August

    Mynett’s spurned wife Beth, 55, is refusing to yield in divorce proceedings because she feels Omar is a risk to their 13-year-old son William’s safety”

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    A romantic vacation for a Jew and a Muslim at Christmastime? If comedy wasn’t already dead and murdered by the left, there’s jokes to be had there.

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