21 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-30-20

  1. At this point he’s not misquoting. He’s flat out lying.

    It’s become safe to assume, if Adam’s lips are moving, he’s lying. It’s what he does.

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  2. No need for hypotheticals….

    Reality is much worse.

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  3. And they did it repeatedly.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/28/ig-report-proves-obama-administration-spied-on-trump-campaign-big-time/

    “IG Report Proves Obama Administration Spied On Trump Campaign Big Time

    The IG report established that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign, and the spying was much worse than previously thought.”

    “Last week, President Trump triggered the left when he tweeted a Photoshopped picture that portrayed former President Barack Obama perched midair outside Trump Tower, binoculars and listening device in hand.

    The liberal outlet Vox condemned the president for his “increasingly bad tweets,” before declaring “there’s no evidence the Obama administration spied on Trump.” Vox then regurgitated the false narrative that, while the FBI did surveil former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page, “that didn’t happen until after Page left the campaign.”

    For years, conservatives tried to correct the record, noting that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) order gave the government access to Page’s past emails and other electronic communications with members of the Trump campaign, but the mainstream media ignored this reality. That the liberal and legacy press continue to push this narrative now, following the release of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA abuse, is beyond baffling, because the IG report established that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign, and the spying was much worse than previously thought.

    Spying on Carter Page Was Spying on the Trump Campaign

    The FISA warrants, of course, gave the FBI authority to spy on Page, and now that the government has finally made a mea culpa, we know that surveillance was illegal. But contrary to the continuing narrative, that spying wasn’t limited to Page. It included internal Trump campaign communications.

    The IG report acknowledged this, noting that Gabriel Sanz-Rexach, the chief of the Office of Intelligence’s Operations Section, explained “that the evidence collected during the first FISA application time period demonstrated that Carter Page had access to individuals in Russia and he was communicating with people in the Trump campaign.”

    Horowitz’s report added that, “based on our review of the Woods Files and communications between the FBI and [Office of Intelligence], we identified a few emails between Page and members of the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign concerning campaign related matters.” The Woods file is a record of compliance with procedures intended to “ensure accuracy with regard to…the facts supporting probable cause.”

    Don’t let the “few emails” mislead: The FISA surveillance didn’t just accidently sweep in a few random campaign communications. Rather, the “few” campaign communications the IG identified came from its limited review of the Woods file and select FBI communications. The IG report made this point clear in a footnote, stating it did not review the entirety of the FISA-intercepted communications—only those “pertinent to” the IG’s review of FISA abuse.

    While we do not know how many campaign emails and communications were swept into the FISA surveillance of Page, we do know the FBI would have had access to all campaign emails that originated from Page or included him as a recipient. And the number of emails accessed appears large, given that the IG report stated that 45 days into the surveillance order, the FBI “team had not reviewed all of the emails the first FISA application yielded and believed there were additional emails not yet collected.” The IG report also established that the Crossfire Hurricane team recognized “the possibility that the FISA collection would include sensitive political campaign related information.”

    The IG report also did more than confirm the Crossfire Hurricane team accessed some Trump campaign communications: It established that accessing Page’s communications with the Trump campaign was the goal of the FISA order.”

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  4. Just one more issue the Never-Trump hacks got wrong, yet by design it’s always the NTers the media goes to for the “Republican perspective.”

    In reality, they’re the “traitor perspective”.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/01/29/medias_nevertrump_voices_drown_out_republican_perspective.html

    “Media’s NeverTrump Voices Drown Out Republican Perspective”

    “Over the weekend, Washington Post columnist Max Boot had a novel take on President Trump’s impeachment. According to Boot, what Trump said on the phone call with Ukraine’s president was in some ways worse than Andrew Jackson’s forced relocation of Native Americans or FDR’s internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

    “Other presidents — from Andrew Jackson with the Trail of Tears during the 1830s, to Franklin D. Roosevelt with the internment of U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II — have trampled our values, but they always had a public purpose and usually had congressional support,” Boot wrote.

    Either Boot or someone at the Post came to their senses, because the sentence was later amended (stealth-edited) to clarify that Native American genocide and racist imprisonment were “far worse things” than Donald Trump’s alleged misdeeds. But by then, Boot was already being roasted on social media.

    There are many more examples of open mouth, insert Boot. Back in October, after the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Trump said the terrorist was “whimpering and crying” at the end of his life. Boot couldn’t let stand this defaming of the world’s most prominent practitioner of sex slavery and beheadings. He retorted in his column, “The assertion that Baghdadi died as a coward was contradicted by the fact that rather than be captured, he blew himself up.” (For what it’s worth, Baghdadi killed three children when he detonated his suicide vest, and once again, Boot’s column was edited ex Post facto.) Trump supporters scouring Boot’s Twitter feed will find a riches of embarrassment, e.g., his contentions that “The Steele Dossier is way more credible than the Nunes memo” and that Nixon was impeached.

    Before his obsessive opposition to Trump erased any sense of perspective, Boot was an impressive author and journalist. However, his recent output makes one genuinely wonder what he did to earn such a coveted gig at The Washington Post. The answer appears to be that Max Boot is NeverTrump. Indeed, Boot’s rise from respected-but-marginalized neocon to the forefront of political commentary neatly dovetails with his opposition to Donald Trump.

    Outside of the Beltway, Republicans and conservatives steadfastly opposed to Trump are a small minority – more than 90% of Republicans approve of the president. Yet, judging by the column inches and TV appearances being doled out, NeverTrump Republicans might be the most overrepresented demographic in America.

    Nearly 63 million Americans voted for the man, and it’s an indictment of the media that they are unwilling or unable to find anyone who speaks for them.”

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  5. Instead the media gives us a steady supply of hot takes from the hackiest of hacks.

    Like Jen.

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    But in reality…..

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  6. Declassify and release.

    Then the media can’t ignore it.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/01/dear-ag-barr-declassify-this.php

    “We have yet to get to the bottom of the wrongdoing by the Comey/McCabe FBI against the Trump presidential campaign and presidency. There are depths yet to be plumbed. In an interesting development that is unlikely to attract much attention from the mainstream media, Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson allege that four classified footnotes in the Horowitz IG report on the FBI/DoJ FISA abuse directly contradict claims made in the unclassified version of the report. They make the allegations in a brief letter to Attorney General Barr (embedded at bottom), reported by Trent Justice for the Federalist here.

    The senators ask Barr to exercise the declassification authority granted to him by the president fully to declassify the four footnotes: “This classified information is significant not only because it contradicts key statements in a section of the report, but also because it provides insight essential for an accurate evaluation of the entire investigation. The American people have a right to know what is contained within these four footnotes and, without that knowledge, they will not have a full picture as to what happened during the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”

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  7. Once again Twitter stifles the conservative, pro-life voice.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/01/29/blocked_march_for_life_tweets_raise_free_speech_concerns_142260.html

    “Blocked March for Life Tweets Raise Free Speech Concerns”

    “In the lead-up to last week’s March for Life rally, Twitter generated controversy for censoring at least two different pro-life tweets, including one by Rep. Matt Gaetz, masking them from view with a “sensitive content” warning. After the ensuing outcry, the company followed the now-standard playbook of blaming algorithmic “error” and removed the warnings. Still, Twitter refuses to provide any additional detail about how the error occurred. As social media platforms increasingly become the “public spaces” through which democratic debate occurs, the errors and inadvertent biases of their moderation black boxes will have an ever-growing impact on democratic debate.

    We live in a world today in which Twitter openly proclaims its right to delete official presidential tweets with which it disagrees. Facebook blocks nationally elected political parties it deems “hateful” and has gone as far as quietly intervening in a national election to subject posts supporting one party to special scrutiny.

    A small number of private companies now have the ultimate authority over what we are permitted to see and say online and can intervene at will in political speech, deeming any viewpoint they disagree with as “unacceptable” and deleting all mentions of it.In the physical world, any voice, no matter how marginalized or how hateful, can speak freely in a public space, a legacy of the Founders’ belief that the free flow of ideas forms the bedrock of democracy. Yet the First Amendment does not apply in cyberspace. The digital “public spaces” in which our societal debates occur are in fact all private property, owned by a small cadre of ideologically homogeneous Silicon Valley founders that are free to set their own rules for discourse within their walled gardens.

    As societies around the world become increasingly diverse and divergent in their beliefs, it becomes ever more difficult to devise a single set of speech rules with which all of society can agree. Is curbing illegal immigration a legitimate policy question or should it be prohibited as “hate speech”?

    Behind all these actions are armies of human and algorithmic moderators policing the global conversation, their instructions secret and their decisions final. When they make mistakes or their decisions generate controversy, companies are under no obligation to provide the public further detail about what specifically happened.

    In the case of the March for Life tweets, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed that algorithmic error led to the tweets being flagged as sensitive content but declined to provide any further information. Asked why the company believed the public was not entitled to more information on what specifically about the tweets triggered the algorithm, the spokesperson said the company had no further comment.

    Similarly, when asked last year why Facebook believed it was acceptable for it to determine what kinds of political speech and beliefs were permissible on its platform, rather than leaving those decisions to the courts and democratically elected governments, or to provide more detail about its mistakes, the company offered that “they’re definitely important questions” but that it had no further comment.”

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  8. And James O’Keefe strikes yet again.

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    Because it is.

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  9. I think we’re done here…….

    Last one out pick up the mic and shut off the lights.

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  10. I love the smell of desperation in the morning. 🙂

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  11. Time to end this charade….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/01/the-schiff-impeachment-circus-run-should-end-this-week/

    “The Schiff impeachment circus run should end this week

    The handful of wobbly Republicans will look like the clowns if they capitulate to the Kavanaughing of the Senate trial.”

    “We are approaching the witching hour in the Senate impeachment trial. It could all but end this week, or go on for weeks or months, depending on which way the media wind blows a handful of wobbly Republican Senators.

    So far, the impeachment process has been a bad faith effort by Adam Schiff and crew, and that’s being charitable towards him.

    As noted by me and others, Schiff’s strategy has been to ‘Kavanaugh’ the trial, to drag the process out by serial supposed ‘bombshells’ exploited for the purpose of justifying calling witnesses Schiff either never subpoenaed or never sought to compel the testimony of in the House.

    It’s an attempt to make the trial process so miserable and chaotic that it becomes political punishment. It has zero to do with finding the truth, which is something Democrats never sought through their biased House process.

    Lev Parnas, under federal indictment for providing false information, served the role of Julie Swetnick, making accusations made for MSNBC. Then a paraphrase of a section of John Bolton’s manuscript of his book was leaked to the NY Times — Bolton is Deborah Ramirez to follow through on the Kavanaugh analogy.

    Today Democrat Representative Elliot Engel joined the circus, claiming that months ago Bolton made an admission to Engel expressing concern over the treatment of the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (so what?). Engel, extending the Kavanaugh analogy, is the person who reported the fictitious Rhode Island boat incident.”

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    Lather, rinse, repeat…..

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  12. It just continues to crumble….

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  13. Objection….. assuming facts not entered in evidence.

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  15. I don’t care how it happens…..

    Choke it, hang it, stab it, slice it, shoot it, blow it up, chainsaw it, and then bury it.

    Just kill this monstrosity already. It needs to die.

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/01/30/cnn-mcconnells-ready-end-circus-tomorrow-night/

    “In an hour, the second and final session of the question period in the Senate trial of Donald Trump will begin. When it concludes, a long-awaited fight over subpoenas will commence, but that might just be the beginning of a very quick end, CNN reports. Trump may have his acquittal in hand before his weekend round of golf at Mar-a-Lago:

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to move quickly to acquit President Donald Trump if a closely watched vote planned for Friday to compel witnesses and documents for Trump’s impeachment trial is defeated, according to Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, who is the number two Senate Republican.

    The discussions come as Republican leaders believe they are closing in on the votes necessary to block any witnesses, a move that would bring a swift end to the trial.

    “In the end it’s going to be up to the leader, but my view would be at that point you would want to start bringing this thing to a conclusion,” Thune said Wednesday. “I’m not sure there would be any value or any point in keeping it going.”

    The only point left is to see whether the final vote on the verdict is 56-44 to acquit or maybe 51-49 to convict, or somewhere in between those two points. That’s the range of possibilities, and it doesn’t come anywhere near the 67-33 conviction vote necessary for removal from office. No matter what happens, Trump will still be president, whether the trial ends tomorrow night or on February 29th or later. The only issue at hand is which side gets rhetorical bragging rights over the outcome of what is shaping up to be a predictable vote.

    Part of those rhetorical bragging rights, though, are whether the Senate subpoenas witnesses to reopen the House investigation. A consensus against that appears to be solidifying in McConnell’s caucus, including with some purple-state incumbents at risk in November. Cory Gardner announced yesterday that he would vote no, and Martha McSally added her name to the nays later in the day:”

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  16. AJ, I can’t read as much as I use to or I would have enjoyed posts here today. Have I ever mentioned that Jay Sekulow is from the area near where I live? His brother is a Messianic Jewish pastor in a town about fifteen or twenty minutes from here (the town where Miss Bosley visits the vet).

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  17. …continuing 6:26 pm…

    Last thing I remember
    I was running for the door
    I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
    “Relax,” said the night man
    “We are programmed to receive
    You can check-out any time you like
    But you can never leave!”

    Welcome to thee Hotel California… 😉

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