19 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-22-19

  1. Betting on the wrong horse.


    “‘Bet On The Wrong Horse’ — Fiona Hill Confirms Ukraine Was Currying Favor With Hillary Clinton In 2016″

    Dr. Fiona Hill testified Thursday that members of the Ukrainian government were attempting to curry favor with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016 with the assumption that she was going to win the presidential election.

    Hill made the admission while discussing a 2017 Politico article by reporter Ken Vogel that alleged Ukrainian officials attempted to sabotage President Donald Trump’s candidacy. The article has been used to prove that Ukraine, in addition to Russia, had some role in interfering with the US election.

    Vogel reported, “Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.”

    Hill seemed to acknowledge that Vogel’s reporting was accurate, but indicated that actions taken by “individuals” against the Trump campaign could not be compared to the vast Russian effort to damage Clinton. The testimony seemed to partially contradict her opening statement, during which she accused Republicans of creating a “fictional narrative” by suggesting Ukraine had meddled in the election. ”


    The one constant during all of this is their constantly contradictory testimonies.

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  2. We’re still unraveling all the wrong doing from the last charade.


    “Who is the official? We don’t know. Nor does the CNN report makes clear the context, although, given the scope of the DOJ Inspector General’s investigation, obtaining the FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page is the obvious candidate.

    An FBI official is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN.

    Presumably, that means the FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page.

    The possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document is likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI committed wrongdoing in its investigation of connections between Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign.

    Well, yes. That is the point.

    Horowitz turned over evidence on the allegedly altered document to John Durham, the federal prosecutor appointed early this year by Attorney General William Barr to conduct a broad investigation of intelligence gathered for the Russia probe by the CIA and other agencies, including the FBI. The altered document is also at least one focus of Durham’s criminal probe.

    …The alterations were significant enough to have shifted the document’s meaning and came up during a part of Horowitz’s FISA review where details were classified, according to the sources.

    So someone at the FBI needs to go to jail. This sounds like a tough rap to beat.

    Horowitz’s investigators conducted more than 100 witness interviews in their review. During one of interviews this year, they confronted the witness about the document. The witness admitted to the change, the sources said.


  3. This will be an interesting story to watch.


    “All Eyes On Judge In Michael Flynn Case After Weeks Of Shocking Developments

    If federal prosecutors made such a basic blunder concerning key evidence, what other mistakes lay buried in the undisclosed evidence?”

    “After a flurry of court filings and blockbuster developments last month, the Michael Flynn criminal case has been dormant for nearly three weeks. The parties and the public now await word from presiding Judge Emmett Sullivan on the pending motion to compel and motion for sanctions filed by Sidney Powell, the lead attorney who took over Flynn’s case shortly after the special counsel team disbanded.

    Powell’s motion seeks to force federal prosecutors to provide Flynn an array of documents withheld from his attorneys and to sanction government lawyers for their failure to provide relevant evidence to the defense team in a timely manner. When and how Judge Sullivan will rule is unclear.”


  4. Welcome news.


    “James Carafano: Iran’s extremist leaders suffer because of Trump”

    “No matter what you think about Donald Trump, you’ve got to admit he has made life miserable for the odious regime in Iran.

    That’s not a bad thing. Nor can the mullahs reasonably expect their miseries to end anytime soon — at least, not if they’ve been paying attention to the administration’s policy toward North Korea.

    For decades, the Iranian regime has exported extremism, mayhem and chaos throughout the Middle East. Now it’s facing a tremendous backlash across the region — with the worst of it coming from its own backyard. A wave of protests last weekend, sparked by the regime’s decision to reduce state subsidies on gasoline, turned violent. Amnesty International reports that
    the government killed at least 100 protesting Iranians and arrested more than 1,000.

    Rumors are circulating that the protests were actually engineered by hardliners in the regime who seek to push the current government into adopting even more repressive and aggressive polices. There have even suggested hard-liners wanted to use the protests to convince the government to launch a preemptive military strike, possibly against Saudi Arabia or Israel. The idea is that such a wag-the-dog tactic would distract an increasingly dissatisfied citizenry from the nation’s growing domestic woes.

    All this sounds like so much conjecture. But if hardline elements did welcome the protests as a crisis “too good to waste,” they have to rue that strategy now. The protests are spinning out of control. The government had to shut down access to the Internet and amp up police oppression to levels unmatched since the “Green Revolution” of 2009.

    There is no question that the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign is backing the regime further and further into a corner. The heavy sanctions and political isolation has made the regime more politically vulnerable and weakened its ability to fund proxies and build up its military.

    “The mounting cost of sanctions is putting more and more pressure on the regime to renegotiate the Obama-era nuclear deal and agree to more substantive restrictions,” argues Heritage Foundation Middle East expert Jim Phillips. But Phillips does not expect the mullahs to agree to negotiations until after the 2020 U.S. presidential election.”


    Sure beats the alternative in the prior admin that sent them pallets of cash to help them further oppress their people.


  5. The purge of pro-lifers from the Democrat party is nearly complete.


    “Democratic Party Accelerates Its Purge Of Pro-Lifers

    Pro-life Democrats like John Bel Edwards can win in red states, but the national party would rather lose than elect pro-life Democrats to top state government positions.”

    “The leadership of the Democratic Party is determined that any rebirth of a pro-life presence in their party be stillborn. Less than a week after Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards won reelection against a Trump-backed Republican challenger, the Democrats’ Association of Attorneys General declared that they were imposing an abortion litmus test on candidates. Pro-life Democrats like Edwards can win in red states, but the national party would rather lose than elect pro-life Democrats to top state government positions that would provide them a platform.

    This is only one example of Democrats’ increased abortion extremism. Bill Clinton’s actions belied his rhetoric, but he at least paid lip service to the idea that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” Today, the Democratic Party proudly demands taxpayer-funded abortion on demand until birth, all of the leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination reject any limits on abortion, and its national organs are excommunicating possible pro-life candidates.

    The leaders of the Democratic Party are radically pro-abortion—the euphemistic label “pro-choice” is nonsensical when applied to a policy of unlimited taxpayer-funded abortion. They have left behind the American voters, including their own base. Abortion polling is notoriously difficult, but it is clear that comparatively few Americans, or even Democrats favor unrestricted abortion. Yet the Democratic Party champions this fringe position and sacrifices winnable races to uphold it.

    Money and voter intensity explains some of this: the voters who want unlimited abortion really want it and their interest groups and lobbyists are very well funded. Additionally, the national news media skews far left on abortion, which is why, for instance, there has been so little coverage of the extremism of the current crop of Democratic presidential contenders. Their views may be radical in the country at large, but they are standard in big-time newsrooms.”

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  6. To add a little on yesterday’s discussion of mainstreaming children with special needs: Many (most?) of those children, even those with “mental challenges”, really do need some kind of education. Many can learn to read and write and do math, at least to some degree. It adds to their quality of life, and maybe to being able to do some kind of job in the future.

    I don’t know what the answer is, though, as to how to accomplish that. Mainstreaming has its drawbacks, as well as “special ed”. 😦

    Friends have a little girl with Down Syndrome. They have been teaching her her letters and she has begun to write a bit.

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  7. Not surprisingly, our pro-abortion Gov. just vetoed legislation that would have protected Down babies in PA.


    “Pennsylvania Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday vetoed a bill to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discrimination.

    The Down Syndrome Protection Act (House Bill 321) passed the state Senate on Wednesday in a 27-22 vote. The bill would prohibit an abortion solely based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. It would add to a state law that also prohibits discriminatory sex-selection abortions. The Pennsylvania House previously passed the measure by an overwhelming, bipartisan margin.

    But Wolf today vetoed the legislation to protect babies with Down syndrome.

    In a statement, the governor called the legislation a “restriction on women and medical professionals and interferes with women’s health care and the crucial decision-making between patients and their physicians.” He said enforcement of the bill would “upend the doctor-patient relationship and impede on patient confidentiality.”

    “Gov. Wolf’s veto will prevent all children with Down’s Syndrome from going on to live happy and fulfilled lives,” said Eric Failing, executive director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. “Had Gov. Wolf signed this legislation, he would’ve ensured the protection of humanity’s most vulnerable lives. We thank all legislators who came together in a bi-partisan fashion to support this common-sense legislation, and PCC looks forward to working with them again to protect the sanctity of life.”

    Ahead of his veto, Wolf slammed the bill in a statement to the AP, claiming it “seeks to limit health care choices for women and politicize difficult moments for vulnerable families.”

    “This bill masks yet another attempt to ban abortions and put politicians between a woman and her doctor,” Wolf’s office said.”


    Telling lies to justify his pro-death stance.


  8. I have to say that I was surprised by one of my staunchly pro-choice friends who nonetheless does not agree with aborting babies with Down Syndrome. That does not seem consistent with her usual “mother’s choice” rhetoric.


  9. Dec. 9th is the IG report, with hearings starting in the Senate on Dec. 11th. 🙂

    This will be a blast.

    Meanwhile, Graham is preparing for the Senate Impeachment Trial.



  10. Doesn’t get more serious than this.

    Remember that as the media spends the next several weeks pretending it’s no big deal.

    CNN of course, is already painting it with the dreaded “Republican’s pounce” phrase they worry so much over. They aren’t worried about the crimes, only the response to them.


    “Just how serious is last night’s CNN scoop about an FBI attorney altering documents submitted to the FISA court supporting the Carter Page warrant? Bad enough to shake up longtime Donald Trump critic Preet Bharara. In the same segment in which Evan Perez introduces his bombshell development in the Russia-collusion case, an equally shaken Wolf Blitzer turns to the former US Attorney, who confirms that “it doesn’t get more serious” than purposeful misrepresentations to the FISA court.

    The main concern of the two CNN reporters, however, seems to be of the “Republicans pounce” potential that such a finding will generate:

    BLITZER: So FBI agents under investigation. Clearly, this is going to reverberate and provide ammunition to the president and his allies that this whole Russia investigation was criminally wrong.

    PEREZ: Exactly. I mean, look, this is exactly what people close to the president have been saying, that the FBI committed wrongdoing in starting this investigation. And so the question now obviously is what are the details are going to be part of the Horowitz report that’s going to be released on December 9th and how much political hay the president’s allies are going to make about it.

    Is that the real story here? Or is that the nation’s top law enforcement and domestic intelligence agency lied to the court to surveil someone connected to a presidential campaign? I mean, they’re both stories, but in terms of impact and actual damage to the legal and political process, the latter is leagues ahead of the former.

    To his credit, Bharara is much more concerned about the latter

    BLITZER: Let me bring Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney at the Southern District of New York. What’s your reaction, Preet?

    BHARARA: Well, that’s kind of an alarming bit of news. Obviously, based on what Evan is saying, there’s a lot we don’t know. But the given — the description he has provided, if there was an FBI agent sworn to uphold the Constitution who can be proven to have altered a document in connection with illegal proceeding, including the obtaining of a FISA warrant, that’s really serious. It doesn’t get a lot more serious than that.

    And I’d like to know the details of what the nature of the change was, if there was a mistake in some way. Based on that reporting it doesn’t sound like it was. I want to keep an open mind about it. But that’s not a good thing. It’s a terrible thing.

    The law enforcement agents and prosecutors who work with them are sworn to uphold the Constitution, sure, but actually even exceed the protection of the Constitution. They have to be of the utmost integrity and the utmost candor and especially making a representation to the court, which is what a FISA application is. It’s got be on the up and up.

    And I know there has been political fighting about whether or not there was proper candor, and there was this back and forth within the House Intelligence Committee when the positions were reversed between Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff. And that looked like a lot of politics. This particular thing that Evan Perez has just broken the story on does sound serious to me it.

    Exactly. The politics surrounding this might be intriguing in every sense of the word, but this looks like actual intrigue. Why would an FBI attorney corrupt a process that is meant to protect US citizens from undue domestic intelligence surveillance? And why did it take this long — far after Robert Mueller’s probe finished — to find out that the basis for the surveillance had been partially falsified?”


    You know the answer.

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  11. They knew, and they ignored it. Tells you all you need to know about Mueller’s “investigation.”


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  12. This stinks to the high heavens.



  13. Pregnant daughter got to see her niece and nephew for the first time today. She was in tears over their beauty and the realization that so many are willing to kill babies just like them.

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