25 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-24-20

  1. Ah yes….. the honey trap.

    Anything for a story, right?

    Lock them all up. What they did is a serious crime.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/02/more_sleeping_with_sources_in_the_swamp_dia_analyst_henry_kyle_frese_pleads_guilty_to_leaks_to_lovebird_reporter.html

    “More sleeping with sources in the swamp: Trump-hating DIA analyst pleads guilty to leaks to honeytrap reporter”

    “Ali Watkins, it seems, wasn’t the only one.

    The still-employed New York Times reporter set a new low bar in swamp journalism by sleeping with her sources, in her case Senate intelligence staffer James Wolfe, who got a two-month jail sentence for leaks to her, but in her case, ended only in her reassignment to the Times’ New York City desk.

    It’s still going on, and a new case of it signals it’s apparently widespread practice in the mainstream media.

    Now we have a less-politically prominent official, 30-year-old Defense Intelligence Agency bureaucrat Henry Kyle Frese, who’s in the news for pleading guilty to leaking big classified secrets surrounding the defense capabilities of North Korea and China to his lover-reporter, CNBC national security correspondent Amanda Macias, and then, at her request, to her good pal NBC national security correspondent Courtney Kube. Court documents show that he had 630 phone calls and at least 57 text messages with Macias, and 34 phone calls and 151 text messages with Kube. The two women were both Trump haters based on their Twitter posts, slanting their coverage to make the president look bad through the use of classified secrets as if to contradict him, leaving him unable to use Twitter to either trick our enemies or else dismiss the reports. They took the eight top-secret reports Frese leaked to do that, and then boosted each other publicly on Twitter while communicating privately through its messaging system.

    Here’s the lovelorn trio of Macias, Frese and Kube, from their social media presence:

    The Times, for one piously characterizes this whole sorry picture is an issue about the importance of protecting “whistleblowers,” (sound familiar?), the First Amendment, and the press’s right to do its job:

    The intensive pursuit of government workers who share classified information has unsettled First Amendment advocates, who say it could have a chilling effect, persuading public employees to stay silent rather than alert journalists to wrongdoing.

    The rest of us see lovebird honeytrap journalism becoming more and more the norm as none of these reporters ends up seriously punished. Apparently, the managers up at the top of these organizations sees nothing wrong with this news standard other than a little bit of egg on their faces, raising questions as to whether they are now hiring these comely women for just this purpose.

    The reporters, having made an industry of soliciting secrets from lovelorn mooks like Frese, are still carrying on in the name of Getting Trump.

    None of them are facing arrest for knowingly printing stolen classified information, although that may change with this one, at least according to this dogged Twitterer File414 who’s got a big series of tweets on this.”

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    Harsh? Yes. Accurate? Also yes.

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  2. Sure. I mean guys about to get married, happy with life, and grounded in their faith are always offing themselves on the side of the road, right?

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/obama-dhs-whistleblower-found-dead-with-gunshot-wound-in-california

    “Obama DHS whistleblower found dead with gunshot wound in California”

    “Philip Haney, a former Homeland Security Department official during the Obama administration who blew the whistle on his own agency, was found dead Friday with a gunshot wound about 40 miles east of Sacramento, California.

    The Amador County Sheriff’s office confirmed to the Washington Examiner that deputies and detectives responded to reports Friday morning at 10:12 a.m. of a male subject on the ground with a gunshot wound in the area of Highway 124 and Highway 16 in Plymouth, California.

    “Upon their arrival, they located and identified 66-year-old Philip Haney, who was deceased and appeared to have suffered a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. A firearm was located next to Haney and his vehicle. This investigation is active and ongoing. No further details will be released at this time,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

    The Amador County Sheriff’s office would not respond to any further questions.

    Haney’s stepmom, Judith Haney, told the Washington Examiner that law enforcement took possession of the former DHS official’s cell phone and laptop.

    “[The police] haven’t made a conclusion. They’re not releasing anything. They said it could be days or weeks,” she said. “So we really don’t know anything concrete.”

    According to sources close to Haney, he was recently in contact with top officials about returning to work for the DHS. Additionally, Haney was engaged to be married.”

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    More…..

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/02/philip_haney_a_genuine_obama_whistleblower_found_dead_at_age_66.html

    “Friends of Haney discounted the initial report that Haney, a devout Christian, committed suicide. According to Law Enforcement Today:

    Friends of Haney told us that they spoke with Haney earlier this week and he’d “never been happier.” They’ve suggested there’s absolutely no way he would have taken his own life… and reinforce that he’s had many enemies since he blew the whistle on the Obama administration. . .

    In 2018, Haney told Intercessors for America prayer activists that he had been working on a “special assignment” in Minnesota to stop Rep. Keith Ellison from being elected Minnesota’s Attorney General. As we approach the 2020 elections, friends of Haney’s told us he was planning on doubling down on efforts to “protect America from progressive leftists socialists”.”

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  3. These people are insane. And Democrats keep electing them.

    https://freebeacon.com/politics/here-comes-throuple-hacker-tied-to-katie-hill-arrested-for-cyber-attack-on-her-opponent/

    “HERE COMES THROUPLE: Hacker Tied to Katie Hill Arrested for Cyber Attack on Her Opponent”

    “The FBI on Friday arrested a man married to a staffer for former Democratic representative Katie Hill for a hacking spree against one of Hill’s political opponents.

    Arthur Dam, the husband of Hill’s campaign fundraiser and eventual district director Kelsey O’Hara, is charged with intentionally damaging and attempting to damage a protected computer for committing cyber attacks against Hill’s Democratic rival Bryan Caforio. Two of the attacks came at crucial points during their 25th Congressional District primary fight, the Intercept reported.

    According to the complaint, Caforio’s website went down for a combined 21 hours during the 2018 campaign due to distributed denial of service attacks, a cyber attack that effectively shuts down a website from being used by interfering with its host or provider. Two of the hacks happened directly before a primary debate and a week before the primary election. The FBI connected Dam to the attack through “subscriber information, IP addresses, geolocation history, and open sources,” as well as through his wife.”

    “The FBI traced the hacking to an anonymous Amazon Web Services account that was paid for by Dam’s credit card. Hill’s Federal Election Commission records list a $500 in-kind contribution from Dam on March 25, 2018, for “graphic design and website security consultation,” the Intercept reported.

    The complaint stated the attacks cost Caforio upwards of $30,000 in expenditures and lost time to investigate and mitigate them. The hacks occurring at high-buzz times in the campaign exacerbated their harm.

    Caforio said in a statement to the media that he was “shocked and saddened” that the arrested hacker was connected to Hill’s campaign, adding it should be “a reminder that Russia is not the only threat to our democracy.” Democrat Jess Phoenix’s website was also attacked during the campaign, although Caforio is the only victim referred to in the criminal complaint.

    Hill finished less than 2,700 votes ahead of Caforio in the jungle primary, allowing her to advance to the general election against Republican Steve Knight. Hill went on to defeat him in November.”

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  4. Ended it? Hardly. The worm is still turning on the real perps.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/02/roger-stone-sentencing-ends-russia-collusion-part-i/?utm_source=recirc-desktop&utm_medium=article&utm_campaign=right-rail&utm_content=top-stories&utm_term=first

    “Stone Sentencing Ends Russia Collusion, Part I”

    “But the Democrats are cooking up an even weaker sequel

    The Roger Stone sentencing farce is as fitting an end to the Russia Collusion saga as one could conjure up . . . though it might be more fitting to call it the end of Russia Collusion, Part I. No sooner did the first flick conclusively bomb than the media-Democrat complex was issuing the casting call for Russia Collusion, Part II.

    In the sequel, you’re asked to believe that Putin is manipulating the chesspieces to steal a second term for President Trump – somehow preferring an incumbent who beefs up the U.S. armed forces, pressures NATO allies to beef up theirs, imposes painful sanctions on Moscow, provides lethal aid to Ukraine, ramps up U.S. energy production, and seeks to thwart the Kremlin’s coveted natural-gas partnership with Germany, over an unabashed socialist who honeymooned in the Soviet Union and whose policies would wreck the American economy, end the resurgence of American energy production, and hollow out the American armed forces.

    It’s a lunatic plot. But the scriptwriters no doubt figure that if they can peddle what they’ve been peddling for the last two weeks, they can peddle anything.

    Stone was sentenced to 40 months’ imprisonment. This was smack in the middle of the federal sentencing guidelines’ range — 37 to 46 months — that Attorney General Bill Barr’s Justice Department argued would be a reasonable term. The AG’s position was a second-guess of the Stone trial’s prosecutors. That team, dominated by Mueller fabulists who portrayed the Stone case as Watergate revisited, had recommended something closer to a nine-year sentence.

    The severity of the trial team’s recommendation was objectively absurd. It was, more to the point, merely a recommendation — as was Barr’s milder but still stiff counter. It had no legally binding effect whatsoever on the judge. In federal law, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, the judge decides the sentence. Not only is the sentencing court free to ignore any recommendation from prosecutors, which judges do with frequency; the court is free to ignore the guidelines — the regime Congress introduced in the 1980s in a (moderately successful) effort to end obscene disparities in sentences imposed on similarly situated defendants.

    Nevertheless, Barr’s entirely reasonable position was castigated by Democrats, their media notetakers, and progressive lawyers who have transformed the organized bar into just another left-wing hack. These last included a couple thousand former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials, who took a break from writing donation checks for their favorite Democratic demagogues to sign a petition demanding Barr’s resignation — strangely silent, though they were, when Obama AG Eric Holder was being held in contempt for misleading and obstructing Congress’s investigation of the Fast & Furious scandal, in which the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol officer was just part of the lethal fallout from the Obama Justice Department’s reckless gun-walking scheme.”

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  5. Sexualization, Pornography, and Grooming in the Schools

    CONTENT WARNING!!!!!!!: This article has sexually explicit content.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/02/sexualization_pornography_and_grooming_in_the_schools.html

    “Concerned citizens all over the country are joining the resistance to what the sexual-radical Left calls “comprehensive sex education” (CSE). One such group is Informed Parents of Washington (IPOW), who describe themselves as “a coalition of parents dedicated to fighting Comprehensive Sexxx Education in our schools and legislation that [infringes on] parental rights.”

    They point out that 58% of participants in a statewide survey said they do not want CSE mandated in the schools. But the Democrats controlling the state Legislature are ignoring the will of the people. From IPOW:

    Currently, Washington State Legislators have introduced 4 bills to mandate CSE to every school in Washington, grades K-12. While … districts will not be mandated to use one particular curriculum … we provide examples from each of the most popular choices. Make no mistake, they are all bad.

    We are not against sexual education, but we are absolutely against the inappropriate, pleasure based components within CSE that we feel harm our children[.] … Elementary age children do not need to learn about masturbation. Teens should not be told that the pull out method is more effective than they think. Kids should not be taught that sexting is as innocent as watching a movie together, schools should not be suggesting co-bathing as an alternative.

    We maintain that because CSE is not appropriate for any child, it should not be given as an option to opt-in or opt-out[.] … We reject the Legislature’s false attempt at appeasement by offering to allow kids to “opt-out” because we know that is never truly an option. It is impossible to guarantee that subjects will not be brought up in other classes and one can never opt out from the talk amongst students.

    Another IPOW post explains:

    OPT OUT DOESN’T WORK! Not only does Laurie Dils, Sexual Health Education Program Supervisor for the state of Washington, want to teach your children about sexual pleasure, she wants to weave comprehensive sexual education into other subject areas. For example, “Romeo and Juliet.”

    Good for these parents to oppose CSE. But really, any “sex education” in the schools should be opposed! All any high school student needs is a basic human physiology class. Many conservatives don’t grasp that allowing anything beyond that opens the door to abuse by Planned Parenthood and LGBT activist messages (always in the name of “safety”).

    But the capitulation to “good” sex ed came long ago. And so, we’ve arrived at the sexualized school culture described by two young girls below. They went to the Washington State House on Feb. 20 to testify against S.B. 5395 (which would make CSE mandatory in all public schools).

    These 8th-grade girls were subjected in earlier grades to a curriculum called FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health). Planned Parenthood has contributed materials to that CSE curriculum (and others). In grades 4–6, for example, boys and girls (in class together) will learn to properly name their genitals: penis, scrotum, labia, vulva, vagina. They will fill in a worksheet including the terms circumcision, conception, ejaculation, erection, genitals, intercourse, nocturnal emission, semen, sperm, etc. (See more details here.) It’s a great way to break down modesty and get young children thinking and talking about sex during the school day.”

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    And then it goes downhill….

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  6. Today is the 75th Anniversary of the beginning of the assault on Iwo Jima.

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  7. Either way this falls on The Schifty One. It’s his committee, so he probably leaked it, but he bares responsibility for his committee’s actions even if it was a staff member.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/02/23/trump-schiff-leak-intelligence-russia/

    “‘Shifty Schiff’: Trump Accuses House Intel Chairman Of Leaking Details Of Russia Briefing”

    “President Donald Trump on Saturday accused Rep. Adam Schiff of leaking details of a briefing that intelligence community officials provided Congress earlier in February regarding Russian meddling in the 2020 election.

    “Just another Shifty Schiff leak. Isn’t there a law about this stuff?” Trump wrote on Twitter in reference to a tweet from CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge.”

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  8. Interesting perspective, Michelle. I also had thought at one point that Trump & Sanders seemed to be two sides of the same coin in many ways.

    Volatile times, with so much anger all around.

    (from the above federalist link):

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    … Only the villains have changed, slightly, in Sanders’s telling. Instead of corrupt Washington politicians, it’s corrupt Wall Street billionaires. Instead of Obama’s failure to drain the DC swamp, it’s Obama’s failure to take on corporate special interests and drug companies. In both cases, the message is clear: the people have been cheated by the elites, and we’re going to bring them down. Our time is now.

    This isn’t the sort of message that resonates in societies with a healthy civic culture and high levels of public trust. It’s also worlds away from Obama’s positive message of hope and change and post-partisan politics.

    But this isn’t Obama’s America anymore. This is the America of Trump and Sanders, and if you’re upset with the way things are going, with who has power and who doesn’t and how you might be able to get some, then they have a message just for you.
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  9. The choice is rather easy…. 🙂

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/02/bernie-total-price-of-my-promises-is-unknown-but-medicare-for-all-alone-is-30-trillion/

    “Bernie: Total price of my promises is unknown, but Medicare for All alone is $30 trillion

    Anderson Cooper: “How do you know it’s gonna be paid for if you don’t know how much the price is?””

    “In his Nevada caucus victory speech, Bernie Sanders rattled off — before an ecstatic crowd of college-age supporters — a laundry list of promises: Free public higher education, cancellation of all student loan debt, universal free healthcare, universal “affordable” childcare, minimum $60k per year teacher salaries, and a nationwide $15 per hour minimum wage, among other things.

    And not just for citizens, but for the “undocumented” as well.

    The crowd cheered wildly.”

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  10. The headlines practically write themselves….. 🙂

    “Bernie To 60 Minutes: You Know, Fidel May Have Been An Oppressor, But Boy Could His Victims Read! ”

    And if Cuba had trains, they’d probably run on time, too. Now that Bernie Sanders has the inside track on the Democratic presidential nomination, some of his more colorful defenses of left-wing dictatorships and communism have finally gotten attention from the mainstream media. Sanders sat down for a 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper, who played clips of Sanders praising Fidel Castro for having “totally transformed the society, you know?”

    Sanders didn’t disavow the sentiment, but instead praised Castro’s “literacy program”:

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  11. Isn’t LAUSD now around $70,000+? Not saying they don’t deserve it and don’t work hard for it (I’d hate being a teacher); I I’m told $70,000 in CA is around what people need to make anymore considering the cost of everything and taxes. But I’m not sure it’s what most of us would considering being ‘underpaid’ at this point.

    Our longshore workers are now at $170,000 a year (base), nearly all actually make $200,000, with free health care. It’s why so many with advanced college degrees jump at the chance to work on the docks. Some of the more successful unions are especially worried about ‘medicare for all’ becoming, in their case, possibly a step backward in medical coverage.

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  12. Sigh…..

    Research is too hard… ya know?…… 🙄

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  13. Like I said…. Ended?

    Hardly…….

    The fun is just getting started.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/fbis-case-agent-1-stephen-somma-primarily-responsible-for-fisa-failures

    “FBI’s ‘Case Agent 1’ Stephen Somma ‘primarily responsible’ for FISA failures”

    “The Justice Department Inspector watchdog referred FBI agent Stephen Somma for disciplinary review after an investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses.

    Somma, a counterintelligence investigator in the FBI’s New York field office, was identified only as “Case Agent 1″ in Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, released in December. Sources told the New York Times that Somma is that official. The FBI did not comment for the report.

    Somma was “primarily responsible for some of the most significant errors and omissions” during the process of obtaining FISA warrants to wiretap Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016 and 2017, according to Horowitz. Horowitz confirmed the FBI relied heavily upon British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s salacious and unverified dossier when pursuing the secret surveillance.

    The DOJ watchdog found 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the FBI’s applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Page, who was under suspicion of being an agent for Russia. He was never charged with any wrongdoing.

    Horowitz wrote that Somma and an unnamed Staff Operations Specialist “were the original Crossfire Hurricane team members who had primary responsibility over the Carter Page investigation.” FBI documents showed that in late August 2016, Somma was told he had “not yet presented enough information to support a FISA application targeting Carter Page.” Somma told Horowitz’s investigators “that the team’s receipt of the reporting from Steele [in September] supplied missing information in terms of what Page may have been doing during his July 2016 visit to Moscow and provided enough information on Page’s recent activities that [Somma] thought would satisfy the Office of Intelligence.”

    “Case Agent 1 said he prepared the FISA request form,” Horowitz wrote. “The FISA request form drew almost entirely from Steele’s reporting in describing the factual basis to establish probable cause to believe that Page was an agent of a foreign power.

    “We found no information indicating that the FBI provided the Office of Intelligence with the documents containing Page’s denials before finalizing the first FISA application,” Horowitz wrote. “Instead, Case Agent 1 provided a summary that did not contain those denials to the OI Attorney and that the OI Attorney relied upon that summary in drafting the first application.”

    The inspector general did not find that Somma or his immediate supervisors were politically biased. Horowitz also did not find evidence showing the “pattern of errors” were intentional, but he noted: “we also did not find his explanations for so many significant and repeated failures to be satisfactory.””

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    So in English, yes, clearly biased.

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  14. Stone deserves a re-trial. He’s probably still guilty, but no way the current fiasco withstands appeal. The Obama hack judge is doing all she can to cover for Obama and company, but that won’t work on appeal.

    She refuses to recuse and refuses to start a new trial even though her current one has been severely compromised. Like her integrity, what she had of it….

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/judge-amy-berman-jackson-roger-stone-recusal-request-denied

    “Judge Amy Berman Jackson fires back at Roger Stone, denying request for her recusal”

    “Judge Army Berman Jackson, who presided over the case of former Trump adviser Roger Stone, denied Stone’s request that she be removed from deciding whether he can have a new trial, writing Sunday that his motion seemed to be “nothing more than an attempt to use the court’s docket to disseminate a statement for public consumption that has the words ‘judge’ and ‘biased’ in it.”

    Stone was sentenced to over three years in prison last Thursday following his conviction in November on charges of lying to Congress and intimidating a witness in connection with the Trump-Russia probe.

    Stone’s defense team filed a motion Friday arguing that Jackson’s statement that the jury in the case had “served with integrity” should disqualify her from presiding as Stone pursued his bid for a new trial.

    They argued her description of the jury was a display of bias on behalf of the judge in a case that has not yet concluded, despite sentencing, because of the bid for a new trial.

    Stone’s lawyers claimed that an unnamed juror “misled the court regarding her ability to be unbiased and fair and the juror attempted to cover up evidence that would directly contradict her false claims of impartiality.” It was an apparent reference to Tomeka Hart, whose anti-Trump social-media posts included quoting someone who referred to Trump as the “#KlanPresident.” Some of the posts later vanished from her Twitter feed.

    But, Jackson shot down those arguments in her filling issued Sunday.”

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    She will lose on appeal, and Stone will get another trial. Here’s the lies from the jury foreperson exposed by her questionnaire….

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/02/24/tomeka-hart-roger-stone-juror-questionnaire/

    “Here’s What The Lead Roger Stone Juror Wrote In Her Jury Questionnaire”

    “The lead juror at Roger Stone’s trial said in a written questionnaire that she was “not sure” whether she posted online about the Russia investigation, though her Twitter feed shows that she posted multiple stories about the probe.

    Tomeka Hart’s responses on the jury questionnaire, a portion of which was obtained by the DCNF, are at the heart of Stone’s request for a retrial. Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison last week.

    Stone alleges that Hart, a former Democratic congressional candidate, withheld information during the jury selection process regarding her views of Stone and President Trump”

    “The lead juror at Roger Stone’s trial said in a written questionnaire for prospective jurors that she was “not sure” whether she posted online about the Russia investigation or Stone, and that she “may have shared an article” on social media on the topics, according to a portion of the document reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

    But Tomeka Hart’s Twitter feed shows that she indeed posted multiple times about the Russia probe and at least once about Stone, who was sentenced on Thursday to 40 months in prison in a case that stemmed from the special counsel’s investigation.

    Stone’s lawyers filed a motion on Feb. 14 alleging that Hart’s social media activity shows that she was biased against President Donald Trump and Stone. Trump also criticized Hart during a press conference after Stone was sentenced.

    Trump called Hart an “anti-Trump activist,” and suggested that she “tainted” Stone’s jury.

    Hart, who ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2012, commented negatively about Trump on Twitter and circulated news stories about the Russia probe. In one Aug. 2, 2019 post, she called all of Trump’s supporters racist.

    Stone, 67, has been one of Trump’s most longstanding supporters, and is sometimes credited with convincing the real estate mogul to run for president.

    Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who presided over Stone’s case, said last Tuesday that she would decide after Stone’s sentencing whether to grant a retrial. Jackson did not comment directly on reports about Hart during Stone’s sentencing on Thursday, but did say that the jury in Stone’s case acted with “integrity.”

    Jackson on Sunday rejected Stone’s request, filed Friday, that she recuse herself from the retrial decision because of her praise of the jury. Stone is arguing that Hart gave misleading answers during the jury selection process.

    Jackson’s rulings suggest that Stone faces an uphill battle in getting a retrial granted. And judges are generally reluctant to toss out a jury’s verdict without strong evidence of jury or prosecutorial misconduct.”

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    This judge will never grant it, but the appeals are another story. There’s clearly bias and misconduct here.

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  15. They are going to drag out a lot of old tape on Bernie —- he’s been in politics long enough to have an opinion on nearly everything. In this case he’s not wrong; Castro was an authoritarian but he was much better than the US puppet dictator Batista hence the popular support in the early years. Even now, the health, education, and welfare policies keep the communist popular with many Cubans.

    And as happen in the video clip, anything Bernie does can be topped by Trump. Bernie may compliment some aspects of Cuba but he’s not in love with Kim.

    They are also going to discuss the costs of Bernie’s ideas all the way to November but will they question the cost of the wall, military spending, corporate bailouts and subsidies, etc. As one meme points out, Bernie doesn’t play golf — a savings of at least $300 million over Trump (est cost of the Trump staff and secret service staying at Mar-a-Lago). And as many point out, Medicare for All is actually cheaper than the present ad hoc system.

    The argument of many centralists is people like their private insurance yet the main motivation to vote for Bernie so far has been Medicare for All including rank and file union members. Medicare for All allows for labor mobility — yes private workplace insurance may be nice but it means you’re stuck in that job or risk no insurance.

    btw — max teacher salary in Ontario is about 75K US.

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  16. Sex education debates are always full of misinformation on all sides. There’s been a debate for the last 5 years over the updated health curriculum in Ontario. I’ve discussed the curriculum with parents over the last 5 years and spend most of the time correct false information — teaching consent doesn’t mean teaching “yes”, masturbation is not taught, etc. Thus I’m wary of any parent group making claims about the nature of a new sex ed curriculum.

    The description in AJ’s post is quite similar to what has been taught since I started teaching 25 years ago. Basic biology and physiology starting in grade 4, fertilization in grade 6, gender and sexuality in grade 7, and birth control in grade 8. Classes are almost always mixed and the gender of the teacher is not taken into consideration. In discussions I have had with students its not the gender of the teacher but the teacher’s approach and comfort level that matter. (Girls tend to prefer me to many of my female colleagues)

    Its never been my experience that sex ed led to a uptick in harassment among students (esp since I teach harassment issues in the beginning of the year). Occasionally, some boy will attempt to be “funny” but that’s easily dealt with — and this type of behavior doesn’t need sex ed to stimulate it. The easy access to porn is probably a greater impetus to overly sexualized behavior in elementary school than anything actually taught. And its this easy access to porn that is part of the need to discuss sexuality in elementary school.

    In part a child’s reaction is more a reflection of parent attitudes than the actual subject material. Sometimes the children who opt out are the most inappropriate. In some cases, immigrant parents will allow their boys to participate but not their girls, and its these boys who simply can’t handle the material in a mature manner.

    I do agree opt out is not a solution. Conversations regarding the material will arise at different times and subjects (I talk about stereotypes in literature and sometimes the conversation will migrate towards the health curriculum). To allow an opt out or gender stream the class increases a thought of illicitness toward the subject material making it more difficult to treat it in a proper mature manner.

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  17. Unions have the gold standard (i.e. everything free in some cases) of health care, thanks to their contracts. So it’s understandable there’s a concern that they’d “lose” ground under a Medicare for All system. Though cheaper than many non-union work insurance plans now, Medicare (as it is now) most is certainly not free.

    From CNN:

    Bernie Sanders and Medicare for All are at a crossroads with unions in Nevada

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/20/politics/bernie-sanders-medicare-for-all-nevada-unions/index.html

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    … Unions have been one of the most politically potent sources of opposition to Medicare for All throughout the 2020 Democratic campaign. The Vermont senator’s rivals have repeatedly seized on labor’s anxieties over a fundamental reordering of the country’s health care system. That skepticism largely stems from worries over what the transition would mean for the generous benefits their unions negotiated, often over decades and at the expense of pay raises, with employers. …
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