17 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-24-20

  1. Today is the March for Life.

    And Trump will be the first president to attend in person.


    “We are deeply honored to welcome President Trump to the 47th annual March for Life. He will be the first president in history to attend and we are so excited for him to experience in person how passionate our marchers are about life and protecting the unborn. From the appointment of pro-life judges and federal workers, to cutting taxpayer funding for abortions here and abroad, to calling for an end to late-term abortions, President Trump and his Administration have been consistent champions for life and their support for the March for Life has been unwavering. We are grateful for all these pro-life accomplishments and look forward to gaining more victories for life in the future.

    The announcement crashed the March for Life site.”

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  2. And in other life news you haven’t heard about since the press dare not report it.;……


    “Medical Science Flips on Fetal Pain. What Else Will Doctors Change Their Minds About?”

    “In 2006 a landmark article, the British Medical Journal claimed that abortions without fetal anesthetic were okay before 26 weeks of gestation, because fetuses at five and a half months can’t feel pain.

    That was the 2006 opinion of Dr. Stuart W.G. Derbyshire, in discussions with American literary agent John Brockman, and that article came to be a basis for many abortions.

    Maybe a lot of M.D.s secretly wondered if that was really true, because the history of medicine is full of bad guesses that turned out to be wrong. But we know what happens if skeptics pipe up in that world in the Age of P.C. They are like dissidents in Stalin’s Moscow, who had a habit of disappearing. Skeptics these days are not banished to the Gulag, exactly, but there is some much nicer way to end their careers. Today, dissidents are silenced in a really nice way in Britain and America.

    This week, the medical establishment over there flipped on fetal pain, as published in the British Medical Journal of Ethics. Sonograms and other new instruments show more about the fetal brain and pain perception. They finally admitted to being wrong in 2006. There was probably a lot of argument behind the scenes, but the BMJ of Ethics just published a retraction by Dr. Derbyshire, joined by John Brockman and others, saying that at 20 weeks babies might feel pain — maybe agonizing pain.

    The question is whether the Big Media around the world will now tell women and men — AKA “fathers” — two things:

    First, that the best medical science of 2006 was plainly wrong.

    …and second, that pregnancy prevention is infinitely better than gambling on whatever official medicine thinks it knows today, based on the memory of young people who think they might be in love forever, when they can’t remember the last time they did it anyway.

    If you don’t want to gamble on current medical opinion, try abstention. It always works, and most of our ancestors had enough self-discipline to practice it often enough for you to be born.

    Because…medical orthodoxy keeps changing, but they may not tell you that. The Big Media certainly won’t tell you.”

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  3. The NYTimes squashed a story to protect Obama and the so-called “whistleblower”.

    Shocking nobody.


    “In an exclusive report, Wednesday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham revealed that the New York Times last May quashed a story about a White House meeting in January of 2016 between Obama administration officials—including the so-called whistleblower—and Ukrainian officials that addressed Hunter Biden’s problematic position at Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings.

    Ingraham said she obtained a chain of State Department emails between NYT journalist Ken Vogel and State Department official Kate Schilling centering on the reporter’s request for comment on the story.”


    “Ken Vogel is the reporter who wrote the oft-cited January 2017 piece in Politico titled: Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire. Subtitled: “Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton.”

    Media reports referring to Ukraine’s involvement in the 2016 election did not become controversial until Biden announced his candidacy for president in April of 2019. Then, as President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani conducted his very public investigation into the matter throughout 2019, Democrats and their allies in the media started characterizing the claim that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election as a “conspiracy theory.”

    In Vogel’s May 1, 2019 email to Schilling about the Obama White House meeting, the reporter reportedly mentioned the name of the CIA analyst widely believed to be the anti-Trump whistleblower, whose complaint against the president sparked the Democrats’ impeachment efforts.

    Ingraham did not reveal his name because Fox News hosts are banned from doing so until the identity is confirmed, but she was likely was referring to Eric Ciaramella, who has been outed in conservative media as the whistleblower.

    In the email, Vogel wrote, “We are going to report that (State Department official) Elizabeth Zentos attended a meeting at the White House on 1/19/2016 with Ukrainian prosecutors and embassy officials as well as … [redacted] from the NSC … the subjects discussed included efforts within the United State government to support prosecutions, in Ukraine and the United Kingdom, of Burisma Holdings … and concerns that Hunter Biden’s position with the company could complicate such efforts.”

    “The State Department eventually declined to comment,” Ingraham said.

    The Fox host noted that the email was forwarded to Schilling’s colleagues Zentos and diplomat George Kent, who has apparently been a source for Vogel in the past.”


  4. More here, and interesting how this and the next story just happened to drop during the impeachment farce, when the media is distracted.



    “Ingraham said the story was never published and reached out to Vogel and the New York Times to ask why the report never came to fruition. While Vogel did not reply, Ingraham said the New York Times director of communications simply stated that Vogel’s request for comment was consistent with their news-gathering process.

    Still, Ingraham said that “the timing of their request and the subsequent squashing of the story are very interesting,” noting how Joe Biden announced his candidacy for president on April 25, one week before Vogel’s request. She speculated a number of possibilities, including that Joe Biden’s campaign somehow got the New York Times to drop the story.

    On the same day as Vogel’s request to the State Department, he had a report published examining how in 2016, then-Vice President Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees if Ukraine did not fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin.

    Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and other allies claim Joe Biden improperly used his role as vice president to pressure Ukraine to fire Shokin, who was widely seen as corrupt, in 2016 to protect his son from an investigation into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company at which Hunter Biden held a $50,000-per-month position on the board. But the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, and other allies had the same objective, and Joe Biden was repeating U.S. policy that had been set out by Washington’s ambassador to Kyiv in the preceding months and was briefed by White House staff just ahead of the trip.

    Joe Biden has dubbed the allegations as “false, debunked conspiracy theories” about him, and Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden and other political rivals are at the heart of the impeachment proceedings. Impeachment was spurred by the emergence of a whistleblower complaint, which the intelligence community inspector general determined to be urgent and credible, about a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which the American leader pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Joe Biden and other Democrats.”


  5. Not valid, and yet they did it anyway.


    “Two of 4 warrants letting FBI spy on ex-Trump aide Carter Page were not valid, says DOJ

    The DOJ now believes it didn’t have probable cause to think Carter Page might be acting as an agent of a foreign power, which was required to surveil him.”

    “The Justice Department has concluded that two of the four court orders allowing the FBI to conduct secret national security surveillance on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page were not valid because the government made “material misstatements” in obtaining them, according to a newly declassified judicial order.

    The disclosure by James Boasberg, the top judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, underscores the extent to which the FBI bungled its handling of a highly sensitive case, a failure that is continuing to have serious policy and political repercussions.

    The order says the department told the court it now believes it did not have probable cause to believe that Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, which was required to obtain the surveillance.

    The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The FBI declined to comment.”


    Of course they did…..


  6. And another….


    “US informant may have received taxpayer funds to spy on Trump campaign, Grassley says”

    “The Department of Defense may have used taxpayer funds to pay longtime informant Stefan Halper, a Cambridge University professor, to recruit members of the Trump campaign as sources in the run-up to the 2016 election, Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in an explosive letter on Wednesday.

    Grassley, writing to James Baker, the director of the Office of Net Assessment (ONA) at the Defense Department, or DOD, also flagged other suspicious payments to Halper — including some for DOD contracts that he may not have performed, and others from “unknown” foreign entities. (In response to a lawsuit last year alleging that he was part of a smear campaign to discredit the Trump campaign, Halper claimed a kind of immunity ordinarily afforded to government agents.)

    The GOP senator asserted that it was “unacceptable” that the DOD spent most of 2019 dodging his requests for information about Halper’s contacts with U.S. officials, before saying that the information the DOD has provided raised more troubling questions. The ONA essentially functions as the Pentagon’s internal think tank.

    In one DOD contract awarded in September 2015, Grassley noted, “Professor Halper lists former Deputy Foreign Minister for Russia, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, as a consultant and advisor to a paper delivered” to ONA.

    That’s significant, Grassley went on, because Trubnikov is a “known Russian intelligence officer, who was listed by Christopher Steele as a source in the now-debunked Steele dossier, which was used as a predicate to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.”

    Page previously told Fox News that Halper “intensified” communications with him just prior to the FISA warrant application.”


    Now who was it again that colluded with the Russians? Because it wasn’t Trump.


  7. We can hope….


    “Will an Arkansas stripper finally shut down the Schiff show?”

    “In an apparent trashy side story, Joe Biden’s son Hunter has an Arkansas judge after him for failing to comply, for the third time, to submitting a financial statement so as to determine how much side support he need to pay for the child that came of his congress with an Arkansas stripper.

    The judge is angry:

    On Tuesday, an Arkansas judge ordered Hunter Biden, the youngest son of former Vice President Joe Biden, to appear in court and explain why he should not be held in contempt for violating numerous court orders to provide financial information in his Arkansas paternity case.

    In the case, Lunden Alexis Roberts, a former Washington, D.C., stripper, has reportedly been awarded full custody and is seeking child support after a November DNA test confirmed that Roberts’ son — born in August 2018 — was indeed Hunter Biden’s child. Biden has refused to hand over financial records, despite a December 6 order to do so, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. He missed deadlines on December 12 and December 19, and most recently on January 16.

    While questions about Hunter Biden’s finances — particularly his employment history at the notoriously corrupt Ukrainian gas firm Burisma and his father’s efforts to get the prosecutor investigating Burisma fired — feature in the Trump impeachment battle, Roberts’ lawyer insisted that the paternity case has nothing to do with impeachment.
    Baby-daddy Hunter has been told to show up in Arkansas to explain to the judge just why he won’t turn in his financial statements. He argues it’s all political, but the judge says it’s all to determine how much child support he has to pay. And he agreed to accommodate Hunter by sealing the records.

    It’s been all for naught. Hunter made a litany of excuses even then and now the judge is sick of it.

    Which raises questions about just what Hunter might be hiding.

    Alana Goodman at the Washington Examiner reports that while Hunter says he’s ‘unemployed’ with no income, he’s somehow living in $12,000 a month rented Hollywood Hills mansion with million-dollar views on four sides of the spread.

    She dug deeper to find that Biden’s China interests are registered right at the residence, too:

    One of Biden’s businesses, Skaneateles LLC, is registered to the Hollywood Hills address, according to corporate records. Biden used the company to purchase a 10% equity stock in Chinese investment fund BHR Equity Investment Fund Management Co. in 2017, according to his attorney.

    Biden’s business dealings in China have faced scrutiny during his father’s presidential campaign. Hunter Biden said he would step down from the board of the BHR investment fund in October, although he has not said whether he would divest his shares in the company. He is still the director at Skaneateles LLC, the company he used to purchase equity in the Chinese fund, the Daily Caller reported in October.

    In December, Biden was spotted driving around Los Angeles in a new, white Porsche Panamera, according to the New York Post.
    The implicit suggestion from it, given that Biden doesn’t work for a living, is that the Chicoms might just be paying for it. Or maybe the Ukrainians of Burisma. He seems to be on someone’s string.”


  8. Let’s be honest here, Schiff the clown didn’t make mistakes and get it wrong. He’s lying. Period. Full stop.


    “After all his claims that turned out to be “exactly wrong,” how can senators be expected to believe Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) claims during the Senate impeachment trials, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked Wednesday.

    Rep. Jordan tweeted video of his comments to reporters following Impeachment Manager Schiff’s two-plus hours of allegations against President Donald Trump at the trial:


    1. “More than circumstantial evidence” of collusion

    2. Nunes memo was false

    3. FISA process was fine

    4. The “Whistleblower” would testify

    5. “We haven’t spoken… with the ‘Whistleblower'”

    6. Parodied @POTUS’ call

    7. “Mr. Z” referred to Zelensky

    But today we’re supposed to trust him?

    In his press briefing, Rep. Jordan explained why each of Schiff’s seven claims proved to be “exactly wrong” – and asked them how “We’re supposed to believe Adam Schiff today – everything he’s saying?””


  9. Sounds like some swing state voters are buying the garbage Democrats are selling. 🙂



  10. And it’s with a great deal of sadness that I announce the death of PA native and world famous TV character, Mr. Peanut.


    “Mr. Peanut, the iconic mascot of the Planters Peanut Co. that was founded in Wilkes-Barre in 1906, has “died,” as much as a fictional character can.

    Planters released a pre-Super Bowl ad with actors Matt Walsh and Wesley Snipes in which Mr. Peanut dies following a crash of the Nutmobile.”


  11. Well, that explains what my neighbor was talking to me about last night (“Mr. Peanut is going to die at the Super Bowl”) as I ran into him taking the trash cans out. Huh? I’m so behind on some of the latest news. He also gave me the full rundown of what’s going on this season on The Bachelor which he and his wife like to watch. I’ve never been a ‘reality’ show fan, I don’t watch any of those shows, so I’m completely in the dark during some of these conversations in which neighbor will refer to participants by their first names as he catches me up on the latest lol It also reminds me of why I don’t like or watch those shows.

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  12. As science advances it becomes harder to keep pretending abortion is less than the monstrosity it is. Smart people can look at the evidence and have a change of heart. The Dr. is an example, and so is our president.

    In both cases and in legions of others, that’s a good thing. 🙂


    “President Trump on Friday became the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life rally in Washington, appealing to the anti-abortion movement with a call to protect the sanctity of life while accusing Democrats of becoming more “radical” on the issue.

    The president, who for years was pro-choice, has since embraced a pro-life position and made clear on Friday that he plans to continue that agenda as he seeks reelection. Underscoring Trump’s stance, his administration hours earlier moved to challenge California over a rule that mandates insurance plans cover elective abortion.

    “It is my profound honor to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life,” Trump told the crowd in Washington. “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House. … Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.””

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  13. Do it, and under oath.

    They want witnesses? Let’s give them some. 🙂


    “Lindsey Graham says Republicans will question House impeachment Democrats about whistleblower coordination”

    “Senate Republicans are planning to turn the tables on House Democrats presenting the impeachment case against President Trump.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Friday he and his GOP colleagues plan next week to ask Democratic House impeachment managers about the Ukraine whistleblower and coordination with the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who has led arguments on the Senate floor this week advocating Trump’s removal from office by two-thirds of the Senate.

    “I think they’ve brought up a lot of a lot of issues [during the House impeachment investigation]. They put people forward to testify in their case. Did any of these witnesses that were presented to us, did they have any contact with the whistleblower? I don’t know? I’d like to ask,” Graham told the Washington Examiner. “I think some people may ask about is there a connection between the whistleblower and anybody on the manager’s staff? Yeah, that would be a good question to ask. I also think it’s very relevant who this person is.”

    House Republicans on the Intelligence Committee attempted to ask witnesses and Schiff during the House impeachment proceedings about the alleged Ukraine whistleblower and his motivations for filing his whistleblower complaint, but they were repeatedly blocked by the chairman.”


    It’s a different circus now monkeys, one you and the clowns aren’t in charge of. 🙂


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