19 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-19-20

  1. Colluding with the enemy to undermine the president’s foreign policy.


    “Pompeo Slams Democrats for Secret Meeting With Top Iranian Official

    ‘I don’t know what they said. I hope they were reinforcing America’s foreign policy, not their own’

    “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed on Tuesday a group of Democratic senators who reportedly met in secret with Iran’s foreign minister during a foreign policy conference held over the weekend in Germany.

    A delegation of Democratic senators reportedly led by Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) held a secret powwow with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the annual Munich Security Conference, where Pompeo was an official speaker.

    The meeting was not officially sanctioned by the U.S. government and appears to have been held in secret to avoid media scrutiny. State Department officials have been clear that they did not play any role in facilitating the meeting or backing it.

    Pompeo, speaking to reporters during a tour through Africa, said that the Democrats who participated in the meeting are aiding and abetting the globe’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism.

    “This guy is designated by the United States,” Pompeo said, referring to Zarif’s recent addition to official U.S. terrorism lists.

    “He’s the foreign minister for a country that shot down an airliner and has yet to turn over the black boxes,” Pompeo continued, referencing Iran’s recent downing of a commercial airliner that killed all of those aboard. “This is the foreign minister of a country that killed an American on December 27. This is the foreign minister of a country that is the world’s largest state sponsor of terror and the world’s largest sponsor of anti-Semitism.””


    Don’t look now, but it sounds like the Dems have found a new front runner for the nomination….


  2. Or it’s still the socialist…… either would work for Dems….


    “The latest round of polling shows Bernie Sanders pulling away from the field with a 12-point lead, causing a rival campaign to worry that on Super Tuesday, “Sanders could build an insurmountable delegate lead.” And 538 now has Sanders as the favorite in the race, with an open convention in second place.

    My only regret is that I didn’t buy popcorn futures when prices were still low. I think that any of the Democratic candidates will lose to Trump, but if Sanders gets the nomination it could be especially damaging to the Democratic Party. The socialist wing of the party (which soon may be the only wing left) will be emboldened by its takeover, while at the same time embittered by Bernie’s loss, which the Bros inevitably will blame on inadequate support from Democratic “moderates.” Which will lead them to try to drum the “moderates” out of the party. Thus will the Democratic Party make its appeal more selective.”


    But as always with this guy, believe his numbers at your own peril. He was off last election by 15% and had Hillary in a landslide.


  3. Mayor Pete is breaking the rules…. because that’s what amateurs do….


    “Watchdog group accuses Buttigieg campaign of coordinating with super PAC”


    “Background: On Feb. 5, Buttigieg campaign senior strategist Michael Halle tweeted, “Pete’s military experience and closing message from Iowa work everywhere especially in Nevada where it’s critical they see this on the air through the caucus.”

    A week later, VoteVets spent $639,652 to produce and run TV ads in Nevada that emphasized the same messaging from the campaign, per the complaint.

    The CLC alleges that there is reason to believe the campaign therefore accepted more than $639,000 in “illegal and excessive in-kind contributions,” a violation of federal rules that say candidates can’t consult or suggest how independent groups spend their money.

    “The tweet from Buttigieg’s agent is susceptible of no reasonable interpretation other than a request or suggestion for VoteVets — the only super PAC or other outside group supporting Buttigieg’s candidacy at that time,” the complaint reads.

    VoteVets’ lawyer denied wrongdoing in a statement to Axios, saying the super PAC made “independent expenditures to support the nomination of former Mayor Pete Buttigieg.”

    The Buttigieg campaign did not yet respond to Axios’ request for comment.”


  4. Bloomberg is…. well…. slime……


    “Bloomberg’s ‘mercenaries’: Billionaire Dem funding network of climate lawyers inside state AG offices”

    “A program funded by 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is paying the salaries of lawyers who are farmed out to liberal state attorney general offices to pursue climate-based litigation — a compact critics say amounts to Bloomberg buying state law enforcement employees to advance his preferred political agenda.

    The arrangement, which currently pays the salaries of Special Assistant Attorneys General (SAAGs) in 10 Democratic AG offices, is drawing new scrutiny now that Bloomberg is running for president. The New York University School of Law’s State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, which was started in 2017 with $5.6 million from Bloomberg’s nonprofit, hires mid-career lawyers as “research fellows” before providing them to state AGs where they assist in pursuing “progressive” policy goals through the courts.

    “This is a fundamental question of ethics and who’s running our government,” said West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, one of a handful of Republican attorneys general who have raised concerns about the Bloomberg-funded program. “When you actually get to place someone in under a specific agenda and then pay them and they’re within the office, that starts to call into question whether there are multiple masters within an attorney general office and that starts to really stink.”

    Republican Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill also says he is concerned about how Bloomberg Philanthropies, NYU and state AG offices are cooperating.

    “What’s problematic is the arrangement through which a private organization or individual can promote an overtly political agenda by paying the salaries of government employees,” he said.

    According to its website, the NYU State Impact Center currently has attorneys placed in the AG offices for Washington, D.C., Delaware, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York and Oregon. The attorney general running each of those offices is a Democrat.”


  5. Like I said….. slime.


    “When Bloomberg News’s Reporting on China Was Challenged, Bloomberg Tried to Ruin Me for Speaking Out”

    “I AM ONE of the many women Mike Bloomberg’s company tried to silence through nondisclosure agreements. The funny thing is, I never even worked for Bloomberg.

    But my story shows the lengths that the Bloomberg machine will go to in order to avoid offending Beijing. Bloomberg’s company, Bloomberg LP, is so dependent on the vast China market for its business that its lawyers threatened to devastate my family financially if I didn’t sign an NDA silencing me about how Bloomberg News killed a story critical of Chinese Communist Party leaders. It was only when I hired Edward Snowden’s lawyers in Hong Kong that Bloomberg LP eventually called off their hounds after many attempts to intimidate me.

    In 2012, I was working toward a Ph.D. in sociology at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and my husband, Michael Forsythe, was a lead writer on a Bloomberg News article about the vast accumulation of wealth by relatives of Chinese President Xi Jinping, part of an award-winning “Revolution to Riches” series about Chinese leaders.

    Soon after Bloomberg published the article on Xi’s family wealth in June 2012, my husband received death threats conveyed by a woman who told him she represented a relative of Xi. The woman conveying the threats specifically mentioned the danger to our whole family; our two children were 6 and 8 years old at the time. The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos reports a similar encounter in his award-winning book, “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China,” when the same woman told Osnos’s wife: “He [Forsythe] and his family can’t stay in China. It’s no longer safe,” she said. “Something will happen. It will look like an accident. Nobody will know what happened. He’ll just be found dead.”

    The experience was especially terrifying because it came just months after the murder of a British businessman, Neil Heywood, who was poisoned by the wife of a senior Chinese leader, Bo Xilai, according to Chinese state media. His body was reportedly discovered in a hotel in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing. While our family spent the kids’ summer vacation in 2012 outside of China, Bloomberg executives kept my husband busy in nonstop conference calls about how to maintain our security. I had recurring nightmares about my young children getting beaten up or killed. I desperately wanted to speak publicly about the death threats, feeling it would give us stronger protection, but Bloomberg News wanted us not to say anything about it while the company conducted its own internal investigation. I had been loyal to the company ever since my husband and I married in 2002, and I didn’t want to jeopardize his job. I stayed silent until October 26, 2012, when another (unrelated) story was published in defiance of the Chinese government. I decided to tweet that we had received death threats after the Bloomberg story on Xi Jinping.

    Within hours of my tweets — the original and my replies to questions — a Bloomberg manager called my husband and said, “Get your wife to delete her tweets.” I did not delete them, but I also did not tweet or speak publicly about the death threats again. I did not want to anger the company because we needed it to relocate us to Hong Kong, where our children would be safe. As we finished the remainder of our time in Beijing, applying for schools in Hong Kong and preparing for our move, I lived in constant fear. Would someone get to our children while they were on their way to or from school? Who was watching and listening to us? I obsessively pulled down all our window blinds at night in case Chinese security agents were watching us. I was careful not to speak loudly about our plans in our home or on my phone in case we were bugged.

    In August 2013, I finally relaxed as we flew out of Beijing and moved to a temporary apartment in Hong Kong. I thought that our yearlong nightmare had ended. But things would soon get even worse.”


  6. Ruh-roh….


    “DOJ Taps U.S. Attorney To Oversee Matters That ‘Potentially Relate To Ukraine’”

    “The Department of Justice (DOJ) has tapped U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady, and U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York to oversee matters that could “potentially relate” to matters involving Ukraine.

    The DOJ made the announcement Tuesday in a sternly-worded letter sent to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nalder, a staunch critic of Attorney General Bill Barr.

    “As you know, the Department typically does not provide information relating to ongoing matters,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote. “However, the Department is aware of news reports and public comments from Members of Congress that have significantly distorted the public’s understanding of the Department’s handling of such cases.”

    “The Deputy Attorney General’s efforts to coordinate matters potentially related to Ukraine, and to provide for the receipt of relevant information, does not circumvent the Department’s established channels,” Boyd added.”

    “Boyd’s letter was a response to a letter sent by Nadler to Barr, where the House Judiciary Committee chairman questioned if Barr was “in league” with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.”


    Nadler’s getting nervous…. 🙂


  7. But we already knew that. All of them are, that’s why they’re attacking Barr.



  8. Here comes another pardon….. 🙂


    “The Roger Stone Double Standard”

    “For all the hullaballoo around the Stone case, he still faces prison — while his partners in dishonesty are lauded as patriotic heroes.

    Whether Roger Stone, the loopy, self-aggrandizing political operative, deserves nine years in Supermax for obstructing an investigation into Russia–Donald Trump “collusion” is debatable. Whether the powerful men who helped create the investigation that ensnared Stone have been allowed to lie with impunity is not. They have.

    Only a few days after prosecutors melodramatically left the DOJ after Trump tweeted a defense of Stone and the DOJ subsequently revised its sentencing recommendation to be more lenient, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe was informed that he wouldn’t face charges. McCabe faced an inquiry into whether he broke the law when he denied to investigators that he had leaked information concerning a Clinton Foundation probe to the press.

    McCabe went on CNN, where he is now paid to lecture citizens about the decaying state of American democracy, and claimed that being branded a liar was “one of the most sickening and demeaning experiences of my life.”

    It’s a confusing statement — not merely because the IG report found that McCabe, once entrusted with immense power, had repeatedly lied under oath, but because McCabe himself had admitted to lying and apologized for it.

    Was he lying about lying? Maybe he’ll tell us more in his next book.

    As McCabe cozies up with his new colleagues, think of Michael Flynn, a decorated general and former national-security adviser, still mired in a four-year legal battle for allegedly misleading the FBI — not under oath — in the Russia-scare investigation that went absolutely nowhere.

    No, the two cases aren’t connected. But they will surely will be in minds of millions of Americans. Because, as Andrew C. McCarthy notes, there’s a pattern:

    George Papadopoulos was convicted of making a trivial false statement about the date of a meeting. Roger Stone was convicted of obstruction long after the special counsel knew there was no Trump–Russia conspiracy, even though his meanderings did not impede the investigation in any meaningful way. And in the case of Michael Flynn’s false-statements conviction, as McCabe himself acknowledged to the House Intelligence Committee, even the agents who interviewed him did not believe he intentionally misled them.

    Now, if your contention is that misleading the authorities is wrong regardless of the outcome, I concur. The question then becomes: Why didn’t McCabe, James Clapper, John Brennan, and James Comey, or others who pushed Russia-criminal conspiracy theories, ever face any consequences for their own lying?”


  9. More on Trump’s pardons and commutations…


    “IGNORED: Trump Grants Commutations To Several Women In Need In ‘Clemency Spree,’ Media Focuses On ‘Corruption’”

    “President Donald Trump granted clemency to eleven people Tuesday in what mainstream media outlets are calling a “clemency spree,” but many are ignoring the several women — including women of color — who were granted relief from long prison sentences, in pursuit of headlines tying Trump to “corruption” and “white collar crime.”

    Trump did, of course, grant commutations and pardons to several high-profile individuals, including former governor Rod Blagojevich, former New York police comissioner Bernard Kerick, financier Mike Milken, and pro-football Hall of Famer Edward DeBartolo, Jr.

    But while media focused on creating a common thread tying these commutations and pardons together in an effort to, it seems, connect them back to Trump campaign operative Roger Stone’s ongoing trial, the media missed several other pardons and commutations granted to women who took minor roles in criminal enterprises yet received major Federal prison sentences.

    Angela Stanton received a pardon, at the behest of Alaveda King (neice of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.), after serving “a 6-month home confinement sentence for her role in a stolen vehicle ring.” After doing her time, Stanton went on to become an advocate for former inmates, pioneering “re-entry” programs for those returning to the workforce from a stint in prison, ” focusing on the critical role of families in the process,” according to the White House’s official statement on the matter.

    Trump, it seems, built on his earlier criminal justice reform initiatives in deciding to commute the sentences of several other women, including Crystal Munoz, who served her time with Alice Marie Johnson — the woman found herself free after forging a friendship with Kim Kardashian West who, subsequently, took her case to the White House. Johnson came to consider Munoz “one of her prison daughters,” she told the Associated Press, and urged the President to grant her the same mercy he’d granted Johnson.

    “We did a lot of crying and a lot of praying together for things to change for us,” Johnson said.

    Munoz gave birth in Federal custody, while awaiting trial on charges of “conspiring to distribute majujuana.” She was sentenced to 20 years in prison despite contending that “her only role was drawing a map others allegedly used in moving the drugs from Mexico to Texas.” The AP reports that Munoz received ineffective counsel at her trial and suffered dire consequences.”


  10. Way worse than Watergate, and the press continues to turn a blind eye…..


    “Dershowitz: “President Obama Personally Asked the FBI to Investigate Somebody on Behalf of George Soros”

    Evidence of this, Dershowitz states, “will be disclosed in a lawsuit at some point””

    “Despite former Attorney General Eric Holder referring to himself in that role as then-president Obama’s “wingman,” Democrats have been swooning for the nearest fainting couch over a few tweets from President Trump regarding the Roger Stone sentencing recommendation. They claim to be outraged because Trump, they screech, is undermining DOJ independence.

    Back in 2013, when rumors were swirling that Holder might leave the top spot at Justice, he confidently asserted that “I’m still enjoying what I’m doing, there’s still work to be done. I’m still the President’s wing-man, so I’m there with my boy.” Not a peep from Democrats about DOJ independence then. Of course. Likewise, there was no outcry over the pre-planned “tarmac summit” between Holder’s replacement Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton during the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

    Complicating Democrats’ set of double standards—one for Obama, another for Trump—is a new allegation that “Obama personally asked the FBI to investigate somebody on behalf of George Soros.” Alan Dershowitz made the allegation Sunday.

    Fox News reports:

    Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz said Sunday he has proof that former President Barack Obama “personally asked” the FBI to investigate someone “on behalf of George Soros,” the liberal billionaire megadonor.

    Dershowitz’s claim came soon after Attorney General Bill Barr openly asked President Trump to stop tweeting about ongoing Justice Department matters, saying it made it “impossible” to do his job. Barr, who also maintained that Trump never personally intervened in a criminal matter, was hit last week by a letter from former DOJ officials organized by a leftwing group demanding his resignation.

    “There was a lot of White House control of the Justice Department during the Kennedy administration and I don’t think we saw very many liberal professors arguing against that,” Dershowitz said in an interview with Breitbart News that aired Sunday on SiriusXM. “I have some information as well about the Obama administration – which will be disclosed in a lawsuit at some point, but I’m not prepared to disclose it now – about how President Obama personally asked the FBI to investigate somebody on behalf of George Soros, who was a close ally of his.” He did not say specifically who the target might have been.

    . . . . Dershowitz added: “We’ve seen this kind of White House influence on the Justice Department virtually in every Justice Department. The difference: This president is much more overt about it, he tweets about it. President Obama whispered to the Justice Department about it. And, I don’t think these 1,000 former Justice Department officials would pass the shoe-on-the-other-foot test. Maybe some of them would, but a good many of them wouldn’t.””


  11. LOL’
    Elvera is watching TV. On FoxNews.
    They were talking about Bloomberg.
    I was trying to explain Bloomberg to Elvera. The gist of it is this:

    Lots of Democratic politicians want to be president. They were going after each other.
    But this guy Bloomberg decided to enter the race.
    He is not the politician they are, but he has lots of money.
    Money is all he has, but he has lots of it.
    That’s what this is all about.

    Now you know all there is to know about the political race for now.
    They will debate tonight. I will find out what happened tomorrow.


  12. I would think the homosexual pretending to be married to another man and using his body as an un-nantural amusement park in violation of the same scripture, would be smart enough to keep his mouth shut on matters like this, but nope.

    Glass houses be damned…..

    “Buttigieg Attacks Christian Trump Supporters As Violating Their Faith And Scripture…”


  13. Your powerline link underestimates Bernie. Of all the Democratic candidates, he is probably the best situated to beat Trump. He has an energetic base that will get out the vote in the Upper Midwest which Clinton failed to do. In fact latest polls show he is the most likely to defeat Trump.

    Bloomberg’s past record isn’t much different than Trump — NDAs with women, hints of racism and discrimination, etc. The only difference is Bloomberg has more money.

    No is paying attention to Dershowitz because its just a claim — why not produce the proof right away — i sense a book deal

    My impression yesterday was the pardons were class based ie to the rich. Glad to see he pardoned a few more worthy individuals. A general pardon on any marijuana related charges is needed — America has far too many people in prison for non-violent crimes. Not that Trudeau has been any better in this regard — legalizes marijuana yet the mechanism for pardoning past convictions is far too complicated and arbitrary.


  14. Not much difference?

    Your ignorance of just who Mike is is showing. He’s everything you accuse Trump of being, only to a much larger degree.


    “Bloomberg defends treatment of women at media empire despite multiple lawsuits”

    “Mike Bloomberg defended his media company’s treatment of women — claiming it had an “enviable record” despite being hit with dozens of lawsuits from female staff accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of ruling over a predatory environment.

    The multibillionaire was grilled on the campaign trail Sunday following an article that revealed Bloomberg LP had been slapped with nearly 40 discrimination and harassment suits from 64 employees over the past two decades.”


    “A Business Insider investigation last month found the former three-term mayor of New York City, who is worth about $54 billion, was repeatedly accused of creating a “reckless playground” for male executives to “target young, female, naive employees” for sex.

    It also found he allegedly made sexually explicit comments to staff including, “If you looked like that … I would do you in a second,” according to court documents.”



    “Bloomberg’s sexism, like that of fellow New York City billionaire Donald Trump, has been prolific and well-documented, but for some reason, the stories about him don’t seem to have taken hold. He is still being embraced by the Democratic establishment as a viable option for its presidential nominee. He surged to third place in several 2020 polls this week; the Democratic National Committee changed its rules to allow him to participate in the next primary debate; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said his presence in the primary is a “positive one.”

    All this, despite what’s already been reported and alleged for decades about Bloomberg’s behavior. As a recap, here are some examples: Sekiko Sakai Garrison, a former sales representative at Bloomberg LP, alleged in a 1997 lawsuit (one of four separate lawsuits in a two-year period) that when then-CEO Mike Bloomberg found out she was pregnant, he told her, “Kill it!” and “Great! Number 16!”—an apparent reference to the number of pregnant women or women on maternity leave at his company. She also alleged that when Bloomberg saw her engagement ring, he commented, “What is the guy dumb and blind? What the hell is he marrying you for?” and that he once pointed to another female employee and told Garrison, “If you looked like that, I’d do you in a second.” Bloomberg denied having said most of those things, but reportedly left Garrison a voicemail saying that if he did say them, he “didn’t mean it.”

    Bloomberg once described his life as a single billionaire bachelor in New York City to a reporter as being a “wet dream.” “I like theater, dining and chasing women,” he said. On a radio show in 2003, he said that he would “really want to have” Jennifer Lopez, which he later explained away as wanting to “have dinner” with her. A top aide said Bloomberg frequently remarked “nice tits” upon seeing attractive women. Employees of his in 1990 put together an entire booklet of his some of his more egregious comments, including, “If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s,” and, of the computer terminal that made him a billionaire, “It will do everything, including give you [oral sex]. I guess that puts a lot of you girls out of business.””


    He’s also been shown just in the last week alone to be anti-gay, anti-trans, and anti- black and Hispanic, anti-christian, and a gun grabbing commie. But hey, you just keep pretending they’re the same.


  15. Mike can’t hide who or what he is. His ego doesn’t allow it. He will not play to common America. Not at all. His elitism and hubris will get the best of him. It always does.


    “But what would we think of Michael Bloomberg if we had been a fly on the wall in his office? Would the language and demeanor with which he wielded power tell us something?

    That was a question I thought I had some answers to when I wrote a column in September based on an obscure booklet called The Portable Bloomberg: The Wit and Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg. The booklet had been prepared as a birthday present by his closest staff members and was filled with business shibboleths and office witticisms that also portrayed an on-the-fly sexism, racism, and homophobia. The woman who prepared the book, Elisabeth DeMarse, one of his closest associates at the time, confirmed its authenticity and described all the quotations as verbatim and the booklet as a tribute. Indeed, it was vivid financial-guy talk (“Make the customer think he’s getting laid when he’s getting fucked”). Wall Street is a place, as the booklet strikingly demonstrates, not only of economic Darwinism but of verbal Darwinism – a place where, if you’re not part of the white, male Establishment, you have to survive exactly the kind of social, ethnic, and sexual slings and arrows that appear throughout this booklet.

    And yet, once again, the context seemed to let him off the hook: Men in business talk this way seemed to be the pass he got. The press mostly came to describe it as a “joke” booklet – a roast sort of thing.

    As soon as stories about the booklet appeared, DeMarse, who was likely the person best placed to describe the relative seriousness or jokiness of the booklet, was muzzled by Bloomberg’s attorneys, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, who accused her of violating her confidentiality agreement with Bloomberg.

    Even that didn’t hang him – it didn’t seem to suggest to anyone that he wielded power in a particularly brutal and ham-handed way.

    I spent a few days contacting other Bloomberg people who also said they couldn’t talk, that they had signed agreements, or that they feared Bloomberg retaliation. But several of the people I spoke with said the same thing: Check the filings in the harassment cases.

    The existence of three sexual-harassment cases against Bloomberg L.P. had been well reported – so much so that I could hardly imagine that there’d be more to learn. Bloomberg’s alleged admonition to a pregnant employee – “Kill it” – had been widely noted.

    The fact that he was running at all for high public office with three different sexual-harassment suits circling around him seemed to indicate on his part lots of confidence that there was little here (alternatively, it could indicate a particular level of hubris). The Bloomberg response to the frequent press inquiries about these lawsuits was that all companies get these suits, and that getting only three was a pretty good record – which, on the face of it, seemed credible.

    But curiosity got the better of me.”


  16. Mike has a target on him tonight. 🙂



  17. Ouch. 🙂



  18. Warren is doing Bernie’s dirty work. Hopefully she destroys his credibility.

    As your posts point out — Trump and Bloomberg are quite similar. You can argue which is the bigger pig but they’re both pigs.

    The media does like to follow anything that is new and exciting; Biden, then Mayor Pete, now Bloomberg — but Bernie is still there as consistent as ever. In each case its the media and the DNC searching for a centrist who will beat Sanders and then Trump — they should just accept Sanders especially since Democratic voters have.



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