12 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-29-19

  1. The Great American Eye Exam Scam?


    “On a beautiful summer day a few months ago, I walked down to the part of the Connecticut River that separates Vermont from New Hampshire, and rented a kayak. I pushed myself off the dock—and the next thing I remember is being underwater. Somehow, the kayak had capsized as it entered the river. I tried to swim up, toward the light, but found that my own boat blocked my way to safety.

    Doing my best not to panic, I swam down and away before finally coming up for air a few yards downriver. I clambered onto the dock, relieved to have found safety, but I was disturbed to find that the world was a blur. Could the adrenaline rush have been so strong that it had impaired my vision? No, the answer to the puzzle was far more trivial: I had been wearing glasses—glasses that were now rapidly sinking to the bottom of the Connecticut River.

    If the whole experience was, in retrospect, as funny as it was scary, the most annoying consequence was the need to regain the faculty of sight. I did not have any backup glasses or spare contact lenses on hand. The local optometrists did not have open slots for an eye exam. Since the United States requires patients to have a current doctor’s prescription to buy eyewear, I was stuck. In the end, I had to wear my flowery prescription sunglasses—in offices and libraries, inside restaurants and aboard planes—for several days.

    Then I went to Lima, Peru, to give a talk. There, I found a storefront optician, told a clerk my strength, and purchased a few months’ worth of contact lenses. Though my Spanish is rudimentary, the transaction took about ten minutes.

    The ordeal led me to look into a fact that has puzzled me ever since I moved to the United States a dozen years ago. In every other country in which I’ve lived—Germany and Britain, France and Italy—it is far easier to buy glasses or contact lenses than it is here. In those countries, as in Peru, you can simply walk into an optician’s store and ask an employee to give you an eye test, likely free of charge. If you already know your strength, you can just tell them what you want. You can also buy contact lenses from the closest drugstore without having to talk to a single soul—no doctor’s prescription necessary.

    So why does the United States require people who want to purchase something as simple as a curved piece of plastic to get a prescription, preceded by a costly medical exam?”

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  2. The reported violent racist physical assault you probably never heard about……


    “Actress Jennifer Agostini and friends say they were attacked, bloodied by mob shouting “@#$% those white @#$$# and their money”

    “An actress named Jennifer Agostini left a New York City bar in the early morning hours last weekend with friends when a mob yelling racial slurs allegedly attacked them.

    Although this incident shares similarities with the supposed attack on actor Jussie Smollet, it has not received the same amount of media coverage. In fact, it’s received almost no national coverage.

    The New York Post reported:

    Hoods attacked actress Jennifer Agostini, friends leaving Midtown bar: suit

    Actress Jennifer Agostini, 43, and swimsuit model Prendinellys Garcia, 47, ran up a nearly $1,000 tab at Midtown lounge Sky Room for their friend’s birthday Saturday night before leaving around 3 a.m. Sunday, their Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit says.

    But on their way out of the West 40th Street club, they got jumped and beaten to the ground by a group of 10 to 15 people who were yelling “white @#$%$#,” “dirty white @#$%$#” and “@#$# those white @#$#@# and their money,” the court papers say.

    “It was just this stampede as we were leaving. We just got rushed and assaulted by, I can’t tell you by how many people,” Agostini — who is set to begin filming the show “Brooklyn Ties” this spring — told The Post.

    “I’m a lead character on the series in March, and I have to now go to see numerous plastic surgeons, and I also have to go back to the concussion center to MRI my head.”

    See the horrific photo below:

    The silence from the media is rather curious, isn’t it?”


    The photo is bad. Real bad, so I’m not showing it.


  3. Did Fusion GPS try to intimidate and retaliate against Nunes for exposing their dirty deeds?

    Sure looks like it.


    “Rep. Devin Nunes says that a book from the co-founders of Fusion GPS shows that the opposition research firm investigated him in 2018 as retaliation for his work to reveal that Democrats funded the infamous Steele dossier.

    “They actively obstructed justice by disrupting multiple congressional investigations and retaliated against me for revealing that the Steele dossier was funded by the Democrats,” Nunes said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation in response to revelations in “Crime in Progress,” written by Fusion GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch.

    In the book, Simpson and Fritsch reveal for the first time that they conducted opposition research against Nunes in 2018 during his congressional reelection bid.

    Simpson and Fritsch are highly critical of Nunes throughout the book. They express particular frustration at Nunes’ efforts to obtain Fusion GPS’s bank records in October 2017. Those records revealed that the law firm for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign paid Fusion GPS more than $1 million in 2016 for an investigation of President Donald Trump. ”


    “Simpson and Fritsch wrote that Fusion “ordinarily didn’t work on congressional races” but decided to investigate Nunes, in part because the California Republican was “a threat to [former special counsel Robert] Mueller’s ability to do his job.”

    They refer to Nunes as “a rabid conspiracy theorist who turned the crank on the GOP’s anti-Mueller fog machine.”

    “Fusion had no illusions about being able to topple Nunes, but the notion of digging into his record made many at the firm salivate,” they wrote.

    Simpson and Fritsch wrote they obtained a copy of the DNC’s research of Nunes. They said the material was “disappointing,” so they launched a public records search of their own.”


  4. The TDS is strong with this one.


    “Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli fired back at former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Thursday after the Democrat forced Cuccinelli to leave an event Thanksgiving eve, with Cuccinelli claiming O’Malley’s “sad” and “shocking” outburst was so vitriolic his neck veins were “bulging.”

    Cuccinelli, in a lengthy statement to Fox News, recalled Wednesday night’s incident, which took place at the Dubliner—an Irish pub on Capitol Hill where he and O’Malley were attending an event with fellow graduates of Gonzaga College High School before O’Malley’s “shame-invoking tirade” forced Cuccinelli to leave.

    “I arrived at The Dubliner to meet with some of my Gonzaga classmates last night, Cuccinelli said in the statement. “As I walked up to one of the bars among several in The Dubliner to order my Guinness, I heard screaming and cussing behind me to my left, which I did not immediately take notice of other than the fact that it was louder than everything else in the pub.”

    Cuccinelli continued: “When I turned to look I saw O’Malley and he was obviously screaming at me. For a moment I thought he was trying to be funny, as we’ve met before, which I thought was strange. It was immediately clear that he was cursing and screaming for real, to the point of veins bulging on his neck.”

    Cuccinelli added that O’Malley had “also inspired one or two of his (apparent) buddies to join in the cussing assault,” which the Trump official said he attempted to ignore. Cuccinelli said he proceeded to attempt to order at a different bar within The Dubliner, but that O’Malley followed him.

    “[A]t which point O’Malley pushed his way through the small group to confront me face to face, still cursing me, the President, and my Italian ancestry and he got right up in my face, bumped up against me and invited me to take a swing at him,” Cuccinelli recalled, adding, “at which point I said ‘Martin, one of us has to rise above this, and it’s obviously not going to be you.’”

    Cuccinelli noted that some of O’Malley’s comments about Trump’s immigration policy were “odd” due to the fact that “they applied to President Obama’s policies, a fact he clearly did not appreciate me pointing out (without screaming it, btw).””


    Go home Gov., you’re drunk. Again.


  5. Getting the job done, and without the help of our useless Congress.

    Don’t worry though, I’m sure Soros and his Democrat minions have another “grassroots” surge coming just in time for the next election….


    “As the migrant crisis at the southern border hit its peak over the summer, media outlets were filled with stories of overcrowded detention centers, adults and children living in squalid conditions, and overworked and exhausted border agents.

    But now, the situation on the ground has changed significantly.

    Amid a series of sweeping actions from the Trump administration — including the expansion of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that return migrants to Mexico to await their immigration hearings, increased cooperation with countries south of the border like Guatemala, and new border wall — apprehensions have declined dramatically by more than 70 percent since May.

    It means that a number of the soft-sided facilities here in Texas, which were packed during the summer, are now sparsely populated by comparison.

    Migrants mill around in holding areas, watching movies on big-screen TVs and playing soccer in the vast empty spaces. At a facility in Donna, Texas, which new Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf toured last week, accompanied by Fox News, there were storage units with piles of clothes, food, drinks and snacks piled high for migrants brought to the center.

    Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Rodolfo Karisch told Fox News at the facility that the difference from the summer is dramatic. While agents had been apprehending 12,000 migrants per week in the sector at one point, now that rate is about 2,000 per week.

    “The number of people we were holding here in the summer was 9,000, and if you look through the entire sector now we only have 1,000 people in custody, so it shows how numbers have steadily declined, primarily because of the assistance we’ve received from Mexico, but also initiatives like MPP … that have reduced the flow,” he said. In Donna, Karisch said roughly 400 people in custody are spread across three facilities.”


  6. Just a reminder….

    No matter how bad you think today’s colleges and universities are, they’re actually worse.



    And so you know, Christmas break is now “unethical” too.


  7. The Chick Fil-A tale gets more and more curious …



    Chick-Fil-A Foundation Donates to SPLC, Which Labels Christian Ministries “Hate Groups’

    A review of Chick-Fil-A Foundation’s IRS 990 form shows that the Foundation contributed $2,500 in 2017 to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

    The SPLC has generated controversy in recent years by branding Christian organization “hate groups.” Among the Christian groups it has labeled a “hate group” are: the Family Research Council (FRC), Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), and the American Family Association (AFA). …

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  8. I usually get written copies of my prescriptions from my doctor so I can take them anywhere for filling. I’d think an optometrist here could also call your doctor for verification. Kind of a hassle, but I suppose since I have an especially complicated eye prescription it works. If you just had a single-vision easy prescription, I can see where it would feel cumbersome (assuming you’d signed a waiver indicating if the prescription strength were wrong it was on you, not the shop).


  9. In multiple pieces this past week, the NYTimes has been desperately trying to claim that Trump’s campaign wasn’t spied on, yet less than seven months ago even their own article clearly asserted that it was…


  10. Yes Tychicus, the NYT and others, and those same media outlets are trying to paint the criminals as victims. They’re even pimping their latest fictional piece for the criminals, just like they did the fictional Steele Dossier.


    “It’s a little like the proverbial child killing its parents and throwing itself on the mercy of the court because he’s now an orphan, but, with the wheels of Barr-Durham-Horowitz justice inexorably turning on them, there are Fusion GPS founders, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, on a media book tour claiming they are the victims of right-wing vengeance for their role in orchestrating a criminal fraud upon the FISA court and a coup against a sitting president of the United States. Holy Michael Avenatti!

    The coup leaders were the subject of discussion on Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle” recently along with a well-deserved rebuke from one of the true victims of their perfidy, California congressman and House Intelligence Committee ranking member, Devin Nunes. As Fox News reports:

    MSNBC lobbed softball questions at Fusion GPS founders, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, in recent days and allowed their political bias to overshadow the facts, said Laura Ingraham and Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., on Wednesday.

    Simpson and Fritsch made the rounds on several MSNBC shows, to promote their new book, “Crime in Progress,” which detailed the Steele dossier and their investigation into President Trump.

    “It’s typical — whatever they accuse you of doing, they’re actually doing,” Nunes said during an interview on “The Ingraham Angle.”

    “Even the title of their book is hilarious because they’re the ones that are continuing the crimes… I think part of what this book is about is not to sell a bunch of copies, it’s to get out ahead of the lawsuits that are coming…

    Ingraham said the network went out of its way to paint the research firm founders as the good guys and promoted the book as if it were the truth.

    “The same media outlets who fell for the ridiculously phony… Steele dossier, are now embracing the founders of the firm behind the Steele dossier,” she said earlier in the segment….

    Nunes then called for Fusion GPS to be shut down for engaging in criminal activity and racketeering.

    “They’re the ones that went to foreigners, they took money from the Democrats and went to Ukrainians and Russians to dig up dirt on Trump,” he said. “These guys are a complete joke, they’re a racketeering operation and they need to be shut down — very dangerous for democracy.”

    Nunes has filed a lawsuit against Fusion GPS and a Democratic group called Campaign for Accountability charging them with racketeering and organizing a campaign to discredit and marginalize him in retaliation for the exposing their efforts in the production and distribution of the Steele dossier which was used as the launch vehicle to unseat Donald J. Trump:

    Nunes’ complaint, which was first reported by the conservative news website Daily Caller, alleges the two groups engaged in a “joint and systematic effort to intimidate, harass, threaten, influence, interfere with, impede, and ultimately to derail” Nunes’ investigation into the so-called dossier Fusion GPS compiled on President Donald Trump in 2016.

    Nunes is seeking $9.9 million in damages. The Campaign for Accountability is preparing to fight the lawsuit.

    The perfidious pair had it in for Nunes, too, and their activities — if there is any true justice left in America — deserve criminal as well as civil penalties. They are as guilty in this coup as any of the others such as Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, James Clapper, John Brennan, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, and, yes, former FBI director James Comey. McCabe has said that without the dossier they provided, there would have been no investigation, prosecution, or impeachment of Trump. Their campaign against Nunes was almost as vicious and reprehensible as their vendetta against Trump, something they admit to in their book, as the Daily Caller notes:”


    That would be the Daily Caller piece above.


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