32 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-25-19

  1. The other shoes are dropping.

    And I love the smell of vindication in the morning. 🙂

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  2. More pain is coming for some, if the watchdog did his job. We’ll see soon.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/10/24/fisa-abuse-report-horowitz-release/

    “BREAKING: FISA Abuse Report Is ‘Lengthy’ And Has ‘Few’ Redactions, DOJ Watchdog Tells Congress”

    “The Justice Department inspector general’s report on possible FBI abuse of the foreign surveillance process is “lengthy,” and is likely to be made public with “few” redactions, the inspector general told lawmakers Thursday, according to a letter obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

    Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, informed Republicans and Democrats on four congressional committees with a status update on the report, which will detail an investigation into whether the FBI complied with laws and policies in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

    Republicans have anticipated the report for months, with many speculating that it will show that the FBI misled the FISA court by relying heavily on the unverified Steele dossier to spy on Page.

    Horowitz’s description of the report is likely to please Republicans, in that it suggested most of the information that the watchdog uncovered will be made public.

    “Given that our draft report is lengthy, and concerns sensitive national security and law enforcement matters, we understood that it would take the Department and the FBI some time to work through and appropriately mark the entire report,” Horowitz said in the letter.”

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  3. Oh and looky here.

    More of their false narrative crumbles.

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  4. The fraud is strong with this one…..

    And like I said, this is why they don’t want Barr digging into their illegal acts with foreign agents.

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  5. Not the word I’d use, but it’s suitable I suppose.

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/10/23/the-rise-of-the-western-spy-assclown/

    “As with any sclerotic bureaucracy whose mission is lost to circumstances, America’s former Cold War espionage apparatus has grown sloppy. But using Western spies to fabricate political dirt crosses a big line.”

    “There was once a time when Washington needed spies with the power to operate clandestinely in a free society. Soviet Communism was an evil ideology that spread its error by revolutionary movements through what was then called “the domino theory.”

    Sometime in the early 1990s, though, Russia ceased to embody an ideology and became a nation again. Alexander Solzhenitsyn moved back, and Russians stopped caring so much whether their little girl gymnasts got perfect 10s on the balance beam.

    That left an entire apparatus in the West built to fend off Russian intrigue. None of it was dismantled. Instead, intrusive devices meant to prevent World War III wound up in the hands of EU bureaucrats and wannabee sophisticates of the American spy ranks.

    Together, they set out to invent Russian intrigue of the sort that let them use their cool gadgets.

    Chief among the spy assclowns was a Brit by the name of Christopher Steele. He built a big-shot life for himself by blaming Russia for stuff. It was Steele, as a member of MI6, who determined that Alexander Litvinenko’s poisoning was a Russian state hit.

    Nobody has seen the evidence that says Russia poisoned Litvinenko. We have to rely on Steele, and he can’t tell us how he knows Putin did it because then he’d have to kill us. But, not to worry, the venerable author of the infamous Steele dossier would never just make stuff up, right?

    By such shadowy machinations, “Putin is a thug” replaced the domino theory as the raison d’etre of the lucrative Western spy apparatus.

    How Putin poisoning political enemies justifies complex intelligence gathering and military bases originally designed to prevent Soviet incursions into Western Europe is not something you were supposed to ponder. A priori, “Putin is a thug” means he wants to attack France.

    Some really smart people have been suckered by this circular reasoning. To take but one example, Pope John Paul II’s biographer, George Weigel, is staunchly on the side of preventing Putin’s inevitable march to Luxembourg and beyond.

    It is a peculiar feature of the American plutocracy that even papal biographers become paid pundits lending religious zeal in support of military measures to stop the spread of Soviet Communism that ended on its own back in 1991.

    Weigel is joined in his views by former Republican standard-bearers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, their strange bedfellows Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and all of NeverTrump. Russia-bad is something the entire Washington elite can agree upon.

    Politico let the cat out of the bag back in 2015 when it reported, “the United States still maintains nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad . . . Britain, France and Russia, by contrast, have about 30 foreign bases combined.”

    The great funding pipeline that makes Washington, D.C. the wealthiest region in America feeds mostly on military spending which still, nearly 30 years removed from the Cold War, requires a Russian enemy.”

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  6. Finally, some sanity.

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/judge-rules-dad-will-have-say-in-gender-transition-of-7-year-old

    “BREAKING: Judge rules dad will have say in gender ‘transition’ of 7-year-old”

    “The judge presiding over the case of Jeffrey Younger, the father who is trying to protect his seven-year-old son, James, from chemical castration via a gender “transition,” ruled today that the parents will have joint conservatorship over James, which includes making joint medical decisions for the child.

    Judge Kim Cooks of the 255th district also put a gag order on both parents so that they cannot speak to the press about the case and decided that the father is not required to pay attorney fees. The judge’s decision means that the Save James website will have to be shut down.

    Mr. Younger and his ex-wife, Dr. Anne Georgulas, were in court last week fighting over custody and decision-making abilities for James and his twin, Jude. Dr. Georgulas wants to continue to “transition” James “into” a girl called “Luna.” Mr. Younger wanted to take a “wait and see” approach rather than start the child on puberty blockers. “

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  7. Is anyone shocked?

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/10/investigation-anti-ice-never-again-action-a-creation-of-anti-israel-group-ifnotnow/

    “Investigation: Anti-ICE “Never Again Action” a Creation of Anti-Israel Group “IfNotNow”

    Anti-Israel group IfNotNow hijacked the immigration reform movement by creating anti-ICE group Never Again Action.”

    “In early September 2019, Legal Insurrection published our half of a joint-investigation of anti-Israel groups with The Washington Free Beacon.

    Our research—reported in Investigation: Anti- ICE “Never Again Action” Not The Spontaneous Grassroots Group It Claims To Be—showed that the organization Never Again Action, a group claiming that Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates Nazi-esque “concentration camps” and must thus be “shut down”, is not the immigration-focused coalition it purports to be.

    Instead, “Never Again Action bears all the signs of movement hijacking by anti-Israel activists with pre-existing and current relationships who saw an opportunity to position themselves within a broader movement.”

    In an online fundraising appeal, Never Again Action has now announced that it will become an official non-profit group—and that it would not exist if not for the organizing by the leadership of anti-Israel activists of IfNotNow.

    In our September investigation, we found:

    Over the past several months, Never Again Action (NAA), a purportedly spontaneous grassroots Jewish group, has burst into the public eye by staging and videotaping protests at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other government facilities across the country…

    NAA is a repackaging of the same activists who organize with far-left, anti-Israel groups such as IfNotNow (INN), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), and CodePink. There is every reason to believe that these obsessive anti-Israel activists have a hidden agenda: to insert themselves at the forefront of the immigration issue to hijack the movement and turn it against Israel, as has been done repeatedly since the Ferguson riots in 2014. NAA is not just astroturf, it’s a deception.

    And indeed, on October 1st, Never Again Action openly confirmed what our work had shown. In a fundraising appeal published on the group’s Medium feed, the group declared that its initial sign-up form

    was launched by Jewish organizers in both [Movimiento] Cosecha & IfNotNow. Immediately after the form started to get traction, we connected with more Cosecha organizers to ask them how we could utilize the energy in the Jewish community to support their work. It was through these deep relationships between Jewish organizers and immigrant organizers that Never Again Action was born.

    Never Again Action organizer Sophie Ellman-Golan tweeted the same.”

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  8. This may be surprising to some, but it’s what many have said all along.

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2019/10/24/study-people-overdose-opioids-arent-using-prescription-drugs/

    “Study: Most People Who Overdose On Opioids Aren’t Using Prescription Drugs”

    “Earlier this week a drugmaker made a plea deal with two counties in Ohio who had sued demanding compensation for the costs of dealing with the opioid epidemic.

    McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corp. and Israel-based drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. will pay a total of $215 million under terms of the deal, said Hunter Shkolnik, who represents Cuyahoga County. Teva would contribute $20 million in cash and $25 million worth of Suboxone, used to treat opioid addiction…

    The Ohio case had been set to be the first federal trial related to an opioid epidemic that has claimed an estimated 400,000 American lives over two decades. Cuyahoga and Summit counties sued Teva, the distributors and Walgreens, claiming their practices contributed to the epidemic.

    The Ohio case seems to reinforce an idea I’ve also seen pop up on television shows, i.e. Americans get addicted to prescription pills and later die as a result of the addiction made possible by the greed of drugmakers. There definitely are some people dying from prescription pills, but a new study in Massachusetts found it’s much less common than you might imagine.”

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    From Reason:

    https://reason.com/2019/10/23/massachusetts-study-confirms-that-people-rarely-die-after-using-opioids-prescribed-for-them/

    “Massachusetts Study Confirms That People Rarely Die After Using Opioids Prescribed for Them

    Illicit fentanyl and heroin accounted for the vast majority of opioid-related deaths, while only 1 percent of cases involved drugs for which people had prescriptions.”

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  9. 46 R’s supported the measure. All except the traitorous NT/RINO faction.

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    The traitors…….

    Alexander, Collins, Enzi, Gardner, Isakson, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, and Sullivan.

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  10. Trump Derangement Syndrome is sometimes a misdiagnosis.

    Sometimes it’s even worse.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/10/trump_derangement_syndrome_a_misdiagnosis.html

    “Listen to Fox News, and you’ll hear phrases such as “Trump derangement syndrome” and “liberal heads are exploding” on a daily basis.

    Conservative newscasts are peppered with comments like these: “They’re delusional!” “The Democrats just can’t seem to accept that they lost the 2016 election.” “They’ve gone crazy!”

    Crazy like a fox.

    Considering that the Left, since it discredited Joe McCarthy and cleverly put to bed the notion that there were communists in our government, has essentially taken over the media, the universities, Hollywood, our public schools, the tech behemoths, and social media, we’d be foolish to underestimate these guys.

    Sun Tzu famously wrote that to win a war, you must know yourself and know your enemy. If Constitution-loving conservatives think the enemy is unhinged and self-destructive, we may be tempted to sit back and watch the show, missing the Left’s strategy in play. We may still, after all these years, not understand the enemy.

    From the beginning of its “long march through the institutions,” the Left has been playing the long game. That hasn’t changed. Leftists are playing it today.

    Why did they take over the media? The universities? Hollywood? To get their hands on the key levers of propaganda. Add to this the leftward tilt of Google, Facebook, and Twitter, and we’re looking at a virtual lockdown on the primary sources of information and public influence.

    In his classic 1965 study “Propaganda,” Jacques Ellul painstakingly lays out methods and effects of various types of propaganda. Ellul perceived that the development of technology and explosion of information made propaganda unavoidable, even in democracies. And he warns us against its pernicious and insidious effects, as it can, and often does, co-opt a person’s belief system — even one’s ability to grasp reality.

    Here’s a quote: “Propaganda must be continuous and lasting — continuous in that it must not leave any gaps, but must fill the citizen’s whole day and all his days; lasting in that it must function over a very long period of time. Propaganda tends to make the individual live in a separate world; he must not have outside points of reference. He must not be allowed a moment of meditation or reflection in which to see himself vis-à-vis the propagandist, as happens when the propaganda is not continuous. At that moment the individual emerges from the grip of propaganda.”

    This is why the Democrats absolutely must keep their charades going full force. This is strategy, not lunacy. They are playing the long game. They are constantly feeding their minions the narrative that Trump is an illegitimate and dangerous president, that he’s tyrannical, racist, and xenophobic — that he’s a crook who lies continually, etc. And they simply can’t admit the falsity of this narrative without breaking the spell of their highly effective propaganda any more than the Wizard of Oz could maintain his power and mystique once the curtain concealing him was drawn.”

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  11. More corruption from the Deep Staters.

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/10/24/flynn-attorney-accuses-government-prosecutors-of-suppressing-evidence-the-defense-uncovered/

    “Flynn Attorney Accuses Government Prosecutors of Suppressing Evidence the Defense Uncovered”

    “In a scorching court filing Wednesday, Gen. Michael Flynn’s legal team accused Department of Justice prosecutors of stonewalling and suppressing exonerating evidence the defense itself uncovered.

    Lead counsel Sidney Powell also accused “certain elements in the government” of targeting Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, for destruction because he had “publicly expressed intent to audit the intelligence agencies where billions of dollars are unaccounted for.”

    “Flynn is awaiting sentencing for lying to federal agents about his discussions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, although internal FBI documents revealed that the agents involved did not believe Flynn had intentionally lied.

    Powell requested that Flynn’s Reply brief be filed on the public docket.

    “Much of the information in the Flynn Reply is legal argument and authorities, or factual information and analysis developed in the defense’s own investigation,” Powell argued. “As government has stated repeatedly, it has not given the defense “any classified information.”

    Powell complained that she has given the government “every opportunity to dismiss the case in the interest of justice” because of the “rampant wrongdoing of government agents at the inception of the ‘investigation.’”

    “Instead of doing so, the government has continued to defy its constitutional, ethical, and legal obligations to this Court and to the defense, and to hide evidence that it knows exonerates Mr. Flynn. As is the essence of the problem here, the “government” is protecting its own criminal conduct and operatives.”

    In the filing, Powell included correspondence from DOJ lawyers claiming that “various equity holders” (government agencies) need to review the evidence for redaction.”

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  12. Some of you will feel better if you can agree with the author’s conclusions.

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  13. Yep.

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2019/10/we-have-no-common-frame-of-reference/
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    We Have No Common Frame of Reference
    OCTOBER 25, 2019 BY GENE VEITH

    Our problem in this increasingly disunified country is not just that we have disagreements. We have always had those. What we have lost is a common frame of reference that could allow the different sides to deal with their disagreements. In our current climate of relativism and in the absence of common ground, agreement is impossible. The only way to resolve differences is to silence, shame, punish, and in other ways exercise power against those who disagree with you.

    This is the takeaway from a quite brilliant article by The Federalist‘s Nathanael Blake. …

    … I would add that this lack of a frame of reference goes beyond moral issues. Truth is also relative, so we cannot agree about what is true, or how we know whether something is true or false. The evidence doesn’t matter. Reason and logic get us nowhere. Neither side will accept science as an arbitrator–whether on global warming or evolution or the humanity of the fetus or the sex of a man identifying as a woman–since scientists themselves are subject to political and metaphysical bias. Nor can we educate ourselves to work with some kind of objective criteria, since our educational institutions have largely become the main carriers and transmitters of the relativistic worldview. All of this affects our ability to govern ourselves, our cultural life, and our personal relationships.

    People can construct various plausibility structures to advance their power agenda–and these can use the rhetoric of evidence or science or justice–but these are just tactics to impose our power upon those who would impose their power upon us.

    This worldview is incompatible with a free, self-governing society that recognizing individual rights. It is, however, compatible with totalitarianism. …
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  14. Nobody should ever make transgender decision except the person affected. And that after he/she reaches maturity.\
    Chas-I can’t get the “name” to work.

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  15. This is why Clapper and company are nervous too. It’s all imploding on them. 🙂

    They didn’t get the job done. Even though they lied, withheld, and tampered with evidence.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fbi-agents-manipulated-flynn-file-as-clapper-urged-kill-shot-court-filing

    “FBI agents manipulated Flynn file, as Clapper allegedly urged ‘kill shot’: court filing”

    “An explosive new court filing from Michael Flynn’s legal team alleges that FBI agents manipulated official records of the former national security adviser’s 2017 interview that led to him being charged with lying to investigators. It’s Flynn’s lawyers’ latest attempt to get the case thrown out.

    Sidney Powell, Flynn’s attorney, filed a 37-page motion on Thursday, outlining several big allegations, once again requesting the government produce all evidence as it relates to Flynn — urging the court to “dismiss the entire prosecution for outrageous government misconduct” and hold the prosecutors in contempt.

    The entire case stemmed from that FBI interview where Flynn was asked about his conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn ultimately pleaded guilty to making false statements regarding those conversations during his interview, as part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

    But as his legal team goes on offense in the long-running and still unresolved court proceedings, Powell alleged that FBI officials manipulated Flynn’s FBI 302 — a form used by agents to report or summarize interviews. It’s not clear who may have done the alleged editing, though ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok was involved in the original interview.

    “Those changes added an unequivocal statement that ‘Flynn stated he did not’ — in response to whether Mr. Flynn had asked Kislyak to vote in a certain manner or slow down the UN vote [on sanctions],” Powell wrote. “This is a deceptive manipulation because, as the notes of the agents show, Mr. Flynn was not even sure he had spoken to Russia/Kislyak on the issue. He had talked to dozens of countries.”

    Powell also alleged that agents added: “or if Kislyak described any Russian response to a request by Flynn.”

    “That question and answer does not appear in the notes, yet it was made into a criminal offense,” Powell wrote. “The draft also shows that the agents moved a sentence to make it seem to be an answer to a question it was not.”

    Powell also raised concerns about text messages between Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page days following the publication of the salacious anti-Trump dossier, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee through law firm Perkins Coie.”

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  16. More evidence against these corrupt officials.

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    More evidence Strzok and Page tampered with evidence and altered the official records.

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  17. Here’s the agents admitting Flynn didn’t lie. They charged him with lying anyway, and used his family to leverage a guilty plea.

    This is Soviet tactics from Ricky’s straight shootin, honest officials.

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  18. Falsifying evidence….. also known as a crime….

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    And another leaker exposed.

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  19. More….

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    A liar exposed.

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  20. Panic at the disco. 🙂

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  22. Jerry too.

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  23. Their lapdogs are all lathered up, a sure sign Barr is on the right path.

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  24. They have their marching orders.

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