17 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-13-20

  1. So they’re having one of the foxes checking on the hen house.

    Why am I not shocked?

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/01/we-now-know-the-kris-cross.php

    “WE NOW KNOW: THE KRIS CROSS
    David Kris served as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice under President Obama and Attorney General Holder. He drew on his prestige as a former senior official in the Department of Justice to disparage Rep. Devin Nunes in his exposure of the FBI’s misconduct in the Russia haox and assure anyone who would listen to him that all was in order. He is an apologist for FBI misconduct who gives the Department of Justice Inspector General report on the FBI’s FISA misconduct the stupidly credulous reading that absolves the FBI of political bias in the matter.

    Who better than Kris to serve as amicus curiae to the FISA court to help it assess the government’s response to Judge Collyer’s December 17 order. That is what new FISA court presiding judge James Baosberg did late yesterday afteroon in this order. As Jack Paar used to say, I kid you not.

    Well, I’m no friend of the court. My reaction is that the FISA court has to go.”

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    The game is rigged.

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  2. This is exactly why people don’t trust the govt..

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/12/spy-court-picks-fisa-abuse-denier-to-tackle-fisa-abuse/

    “Spy Court Picks FISA Abuse Denier To Tackle FISA Abuse

    The appointment of a former official who served as an apologist for the FBI signals that the court isn’t particularly concerned about the civil liberty violations catalogued by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.”

    The nation’s top spy court appointed an Obama-era Justice Department official who has denied and downplayed FBI surveillance abuse to assess the FBI’s response to a scathing new report cataloguing problems with how the agency secured authority to spy on a Donald Trump campaign affiliate.

    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) presiding Judge James Boasberg appointed David Kris to review the FBI’s proposed changes to its surveillance application process even though he spent the past few years running interference for the FBI as substantive criticism of the agency mounted.

    Lengthy investigations in the House of Representatives and by the Department of Justice inspector general showed major problems with the claims the FBI made as part of an investigation into whether Trump was a traitor who had colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. Those problems include withholding exonerating evidence, undue reliance on shady sources, and outright alteration of evidence.

    Kris, who served as assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s National Security Division, recently claimed the IG report that catalogued egregious abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) powers actually vindicated the FBI. He also smeared Rep. Devin Nunes in 2018, saying his initial sounding of the alarm about those abuses was incorrect, threatened national security, and should be harshly punished.

    Kris appeared in locations that pushed the false Russia collusion narrative, such as Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show, the Lawfare blog, and Twitter, to defend the FBI and attack President Trump and other critics of the harmful surveillance campaign. He once wrote that Trump “should be worried” that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into treasonous collusion with Russia meant “the walls are closing in.”

    The appointment of a former official who served as an apologist for the FBI signals that the court isn’t particularly concerned about the civil liberty violations catalogued by Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into the year-long surveillance of Carter Page. Page is the Trump campaign affiliate whose phone and email communications federal agents wiretapped, and who had confidential human sources and overseas intelligence assets placed against him. False claims that Page was a Russian spy were leaked to the media by government officials as part of a years-long campaign to paint President Trump as a traitor who had colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.”

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  3. Sorry, but we’re already overrun.

    https://freebeacon.com/issues/texas-first-state-reject-refugee-resettlement/

    “Texas governor Greg Abbott (R.) on Friday told the State Department that his state will become the first in the nation to refuse federal refugee resettlement.

    In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Abbott wrote that in the wake of the border crisis that rocked the state in 2019, Texas lacks the state and private capacity to deal with even more demand on its humanitarian resources.

    “At this time, the state and non-profit organizations have a responsibility to dedicate available resources to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants, and the homeless—indeed, all Texans,” Abbott wrote. “As a result, Texas cannot consent to initial refugee resettlement for FY2020.”

    “The move is likely to shake up refugee resettlement in the United States, as Texas has historically played home to as many as 10 percent of annual refugee arrivals. Particularly if other states follow suit, this may in turn mean a continued decline in refugee admissions in the Trump era.

    In his letter, Abbott pinned the blame for the circumstances leading to his decision squarely on Congress, writing that “Texas has been left … to deal with disproportionate migration issues resulting from a broken federal immigration system.”

    The state, which makes up over half of America’s 2,000 mile border with Mexico, was particularly hard hit by 2019’s illegal immigration crisis. Data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show that of the roughly 850,000 individuals apprehended attempting to illegally cross, 626,000—74 percent—were picked up in one of the five border sectors covering Texas. In total, Texas saw a 150 percent increase in border apprehensions over F.Y. 2018, compared to a 54 percent increase in the other border states.

    “Texas continues to have to deal with the consequences of an immigration system Congress has failed to fix,” Abbott wrote.

    This strain is exacerbated by Texas’s disproportionate generosity toward refugees in years past. As Abbott noted, roughly 10 percent of refugees arriving since 2010 have gone to Texas. It was the number one state for refugee resettlement in 2019, accounting for 9 percent of refugees, or 1,389 individuals. California and New York, by comparison, accepted only 6 percent.”

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    You made the bed, now you have to lie in it.

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  4. Thinking people already know this. It isn’t new info. It’s been dangerous since Obama’s FDA approved it. But this still won’t stop the pro-abortion Dems and media from lying about it.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/10/contrary-to-media-reports-new-abortion-pill-study-finds-it-endangers-women-and-reversal-works/

    “Contrary To Media Reports, New Abortion Pill Study Finds It Endangers Women And Reversal Works

    The authors of a new study continue promulgating misleading information about the real risks of the abortion pill regimen, instead of emphasizing the safety of using progesterone to try to reverse Mifeprex’s effects.”

    “If you have read the headlines about a recent abortion pill study led by Dr. Mitchell Creinin, you would think the attempted reversal of abortion was to blame for some horrific outcomes. The truth is the opposite.

    Blaming women’s injuries on the reversal process, rather than on the abortion pills themselves, is how pro-abortion researchers are spinning the results. In a predictably biased attempt to play the American public — especially women — pro-abortion researchers peddled their side of the story and found a willing audience in many media outlets. Take the following examples:

    “Researchers Tried to Test ‘Abortion Reversal.’ 3 Women Wound Up in the Hospital” from The Cut.

    “The First Study on ‘Abortion Reversal’ Landed Three Women in the ER” from Vice.

    “Safety Problems Lead to Early End for Study of ‘Abortion Pill Reversal’” from NPR.”

    “If this sounds like “fake news,” that’s because it is.

    The abortion pill regimen — also called “chemical abortion — causes death in an unborn child. It consists of a two-drug sequence that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved for use by women who are no more than 10 weeks pregnant. First, women take mifepristone, which essentially starves the baby of nutrients. After a brief period, women then take misoprostol, which induces contractions to expel the dead or dying child. Abortion pill reversal is attempted after the first drug, by returning normal nutrition to the baby through the use of the hormone progesterone.

    The researchers conducting the “double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial” intended to enroll 40 women between 44 and 63 days gestation who were planning to undergo surgical abortion. Each woman would ingest the abortifacient Mifeprex (mifepristone) followed 24 hours later by either the reversal drug progesterone or a placebo, which they would continue to take daily until their scheduled surgical abortions 14-16 days after beginning the trial. The research team enrolled women from February to July 2019 but halted the study due to safety concerns after enrolling only 12 participants.

    To clarify: The study was ended not because of attempted abortion pill (Mifeprex) reversal landing women in the hospital, but because of severe hemorrhaging in the women who did not take progesterone, the reversal medication. In fact, two out of five, or 40 percent, of women who took Mifeprex alone, and did not take progesterone, required emergency surgery, and one required a transfusion.”

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  5. YouTube continues to restrict the truth for Democrat gain.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/01/youtube_blocks_links_to_texts_of_virginia_antigun_bills.html

    “YouTube blocks links to texts of Virginia anti-gun Bills

    “YouTube is now blocking links to the State of Virginia Legislative Information System (LIS). On Saturday, the YouTube channel Guns & Gadgets posted a video titled “Virginia Anti-Gun Bills To Be Heard Jan 13,” wherein the proprietor discussed the 10 bills that will come before the Virginia legislature beginning January 13. In the video’s description, he listed LIS links to the text for each bill. As of 1 a.m. Sunday morning, YouTube was blocking the links with the following warning:

    “Does the State of Virginia know that YouTube suspects their site of “malware, phishing attempts, or disturbing content?” The anti-gun bills are certainly disturbing, but probably not in the way that YouTube intended to convey.

    What we are witnessing is an attack by the media on the citizens of Virginia. Media oligarchs don’t want you to see the laws that politicians are about to pass. We can ask, “Why bother having sunshine laws, when the oligarchy will attempt to block the sunshine?” Remember, the virulent left has a strategy. As Nancy Pelosi said, “…we have to pass the bill so that you can, ah, find out what is in it…”

    On Friday, the Virginia legislature voted to ban firearms in the Capitol building and in the legislative offices of the Pocahontas building. In a case of guns for us but not for thee, Sen. Amanda Chase (R-11th) has worn a gun on the Senate floor, but suddenly the majority of Democrat lawmakers are worried about their safety if law abiding Virginia citizens are allowed into the building with holstered firearms, as they have been allowed in the past.

    The gun ban was designed and passed as a preemptive strike on lawful citizens to disarm them before Lobby Day on Jan. 20, when at least 100 bus loads of citizens will arrive at the Capitol to confront Democrat lawmakers over their anti-gun agenda. The gun ban is a perfect expression of why we have the second amendment.”

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  6. Unlike Dems and the media, the public actually supports taking out murderous terrorists.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-approval-at-three-year-high-after-soleimani-killing

    “2020 boost as Trump job approval reaches three-year high after Soleimani hit”

    “President Trump’s approval rating rose sharply days after he commanded strikes on top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Mahdi al Muhandis in Baghdad.

    The president’s rating rebounded considerably since dropping during the several months that House Democrats investigated his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Trump notched a 45.3% approval mark, matching a local high recorded on Sept. 24, 2019, according to RealClearPolitics. His disapproval rating is down to 52.3% from a high of 58.1% on Dec. 16, 2017.”

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    But by all means Dems, keep it up. 🙂

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  7. Yesterday we talked about Bernie’s surge. Hopefully this will help that problem.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/trump-james-okeefe-hint-something-big-about-to-drop-on-bernie-sanders

    “Trump, James O’Keefe Hint Something Big About To Drop On Bernie Sanders”

    “President Donald Trump and journalist James O’Keefe hinted on Sunday that something big is about to drop on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as the 78-year-old socialist has surged in recent polls.

    Trump tweeted, “Wow! Crazy Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls, looking very good against his opponents in the Do Nothing Party. So what does this all mean? Stay tuned!”

    O’Keefe quickly followed up to Trump’s tweet, writing, “Stay tuned everyone. Something very big is going to happen. The first bombshell tape is going to drop this week.”

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    Should be fun.

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  8. Pelosi says nothing matters except getting the wascally wabbit Trump.

    But remember folks, crazy Nancy says this isn’t political at all…… 🙄🤣🤣

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  9. While you were distracted………

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/while-you-were-focused-on-soleimani-israel-became-a-natural-gas-superpower/

    “While you were focused on Soleimani, Israel became a natural gas superpower

    “During the last week, earth-shattering events occurred that completely disrupted the Middle East …. In other news the Americans assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.”

    “In March 2013, I noted that Israel’s discovery and development of huge offshore natural gas fields was a game-changer, putting Israel on course to become an energy superpower.

    At that time, the field that had just come on line was the Tamar field. I wrote, Yesterday the Middle East changed forever, and you didn’t know it:

    Israel now is pumping natural gas from one of the enormous offshore fields which will transform Israel into an energy-independent nation and a global energy powerhouse:

    Natural gas from the offshore Tamar field was pumped to Israeli shores for the first time Saturday, four years after its discovery, in preparation for its first use in the Israeli energy market — a move that could transform the Israeli economy.

    The Tamar deposit, discovered in 2009 some 90 kilometers west of Haifa, holds an estimated 8.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

    On Saturday, hailed an “important day for the Israeli economy” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, natural gas from the field was being pumped to a newly erected facility on the coast of Ashdod, connected to the gas field via pipelines laid out on the ocean floor, 150 kilometers long and 16 inches wide….

    Israel’s new offshore fields are enormous, which is part of the reason Turkey has been so belligerent..”

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  10. Now let’s talk about the Democrats who enabled Iran and it’s terrorist activities with pallets of cash…..

    Everything Obama touched became politicized, the Treasury, FBI, DoJ, IRS, FDA, EPA…… all of it.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/01/treasurys_role_in_financing_iranian_terror.html

    “Treasury’s Role in Financing Iranian Terror”

    “There are reports that some of the $1.7 billion that Obama gave to Iran as part of the Iran deal or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been traced to Iran-backed terror groups, including Qassem Soleimani’s Quds Force, Iran’s principal foreign intelligence and covert action arm and part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. What is not discussed is that the money could not have been funneled to Iran without active support from actors within the Treasury Department.

    As a former Treasury Special Agent, the suspect actions of some of my ex-colleagues saddens and dismays me. Their actions also hypocritically counter both our anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist finance programs and the international financial systems and safeguards that Treasury worked hard to implement and protect.

    Since 1979 Iran has conducted virtual acts of war and terror against the United States and our allies. The State Department designated Iran as the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism. Iran is also one of the most corrupt regimes in the world.

    So why did some Treasury officials move to obfuscate, if not launder, the money that Obama wanted delivered to the mullahs in Iran? Why did Treasury participate in a quid pro quo or act of bribery? Why would they engage in subsequent deception and cover-up?

    The short answer is Treasury willfully became blind and politicized. It wasn’t just the Department of Justice and John Brennan’s CIA that were sullied during the Obama administration.

    In 2018, columnist Mark Theissen discussed some of Treasury’s suspicious activities in his article, “Obama took Lying to New Heights with the Iran Deal.”

    Obama failed to disclose to Congress secret side deals on inspections when he transmitted the nuclear accord to Capitol Hill.

    Treasury secretly tried to help Iran use U.S. banks to convert $5.7 billion in Iranian assets, after promising Congress that Iran would not get access to the U.S. financial system. Treasury officials then apparently lied to Congress about what the administration had done.

    Senate investigators found that the Treasury Department “granted a specific license that authorized a conversion of Iranian assets worth billions of U.S. dollars using the U.S. financial system” including unlimited future Iranian deposits at Bank Muscat in Oman until the license expired.

    After issuing the license, Treasury explicitly denied to Congress that it had done so.

    Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) “encouraged two U.S. correspondent banks to convert the funds.” Senate investigators found “both banks declined to complete the transaction due to compliance, reputational, and legal risks associated with doing business with Iran.”

    In response to Congressional inquiries, Treasury officials declared “The U.S. Department of Treasury is not working on behalf of Iran to enable Iranian access to U.S. dollars elsewhere in the international financial system, nor are we assisting Iran in gaining access to dollar payment systems outside the U.S. financial system. The Administration has not been and is not planning to grant Iran access to the U.S. financial system.” The facts contradict Treasury’s statement.

    Treasury participated in approximately 200 international “roadshows” where it encouraged foreign financial institutions to do business with Iran “as long as the rest of the world left the United States out of it.”

    The Obama administration also signed a secret document lifting sanctions on two Iranian state banks that were previously blacklisted for their involvement in financing Iran’s ballistic missile program. This occurred the same day Tehran released four American prisoners. In prior years, Treasury was vehemently opposed to the same banks for their alleged role in financially backing Iran’s missile program.”

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    Obama has blood on his hands too.

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  11. This would be good news.

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/muslim-scholar-on-iranians-protesting-regime-over-plane-being-shot-down

    “Muslim scholar on Iranians protesting shot down plane: ‘This regime, for the first time ever, is seriously threatened'”

    “Council on Foreign Relations member Qanta Ahmed weighed in on Sunday on the anti-government protests that had erupted at Iranian universities across the country on Saturday in response to Iran’s admission that it unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane killing all 176 people on board, saying that she thinks “this regime, for the first time ever, is seriously threatened.”

    Ahmed, a Muslim scholar, made the comment on “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday adding that the regime “is in its most fragile and precarious time probably since 1979.”

    “They’ve had a disastrous outcome to their attempt of intimidating the United States, their attempts on the embassy in Baghdad failed, they’ve had Qassem Soleimani [figuratively] decapitated, they had to admit that they shot down their own commercial airliner, killing hundreds of people, 83 Iranians, many Iranians have lost multiple family members,” she explained.”

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    “Crowds of students chanted for the Revolutionary Guards to “let go of the country!” and also mentioned Soleimani, saying that he “was a murderer” and “his leader is too!” President Trump had ordered the drone strike on Solemani and declared the world a safer place following his death.

    “I think the Iranians have to ask themselves what else have they [the regime] concealed,” Ahmed said Sunday responding to the Ukrainian passenger plane being shot down.

    “It wasn’t just the error. They denied it at first, then finally they’re admitting it, now they want to know what other falsehoods have been fed.”

    She added, “1500 people were killed in recent protests in Iran before the Qassem Soleimani execution, so they are finally able to voice what they’ve suspected all along and we must not ignore those voices.””

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  12. Not surprising. He gets no credit for anything good he does from these people.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2020/01/13/this-trump-tweet-just-broke-a-twitter-record-but-msm-is-silent-n2559398

    “President Trump broke a record for the “most liked Persian tweet” in Twitter history when he issued a message of solidarity with the Iranian people protesting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to a think tank adviser.

    Protests erupted in Iran over the weekend after the regime admitted it shot down a commercial airplane, killing all 176 on board, after lying about what really happened for days. The regime initially claimed the crash likely resulted from mechanical problems, then said they would not give up the black box and were even caught bulldozing evidence.

    “To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you,” Trump tweeted in Farsi. “We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring.”

    Predictably, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi did not appreciate the message, responding: “Hands and tongues smeared with threatening, sanctioning and terrorizing the Iranian nation, are not entitled to dishonor the ancient Persian language.”

    At the time of this writing the tweet has amassed more than 356,000 likes.”

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  13. Breaking news here.

    The Senate could vote tomorrow on yet another useless, meaningless, and toothless resolution from Dems that does nothing for America, or it’s defense, and won’t in any way limit Trump’s options. Talk about a do nothing Congress……

    Yawn.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/congress-could-vote-tomorrow-on-war-powers-act

    “A measure to limit President Trump’s authority to wage war with Iran could come up for a vote in the Senate as soon as tomorrow. The sponsor of the Senate version, Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, already has two GOP senators on board, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

    But Kaine needs two more Republicans to get the 51 vote simple majority needed for passage, and he’s hoping that Susan Collins of Maine and Jerry Moran of Kansas, who voted in the past for an amendment limiting funding for military action, will push the resolution over the top.

    In a Saturday interview on Fox News, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham dismissed the effort to rein in Trump as a meaningless exercise, that has “no effect of law.”

    “I don’t doubt their motives,” he told Jeanine Pirro, “They’re … emboldening the enemy.”

    “The Congress has the power to declare war. That doesn’t mean that the commander in chief can’t use military force to protect the country without Congress,” Graham, a retired military lawyer, argued. “We’ve declared war less than 10 times in the history of the country, but we’ve had military engagements hundreds of times.”

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  14. Some people could learn a lesson from her, but they won’t.

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  15. Problem is We’ve been at war with Iran since 1979, but they are the only ones shooting.

    I have mixed feelings about our being in the middle east. We don’t need them. Our presence helps out only real ally there, Israel.
    I just wish we had left the dictators in Iraq and Libya. Muslims don’t understand democracy.

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