14 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-5-20

  1. Once again Democrats/progressives are colluding with a foreigner and his money to influence the election.

    https://pjmedia.com/election/j-christian-adams/2020/04/30/leftists-funders-dedicate-millions-to-transform-2020-elections-n387083

    “Weaponizing Coronavirus, Leftist Foundations Dedicate Millions to Transform 2020 Elections”

    “New networks of leftist organizations have been created, fueled by hundreds of millions of dollars in confidentially-sourced donations dedicated to fundamentally transforming how the 2020 election is conducted. Already, these networks have formed working groups, sponsored litigation, and lobbied Congress to pass federal mandates about how the 2020 election should be conducted.”

    “They have even funded purported conservative organizations that place articles in conservative publications advocating for the fundamental transformations demanded by the left.

    The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a frantic effort by the left to deploy massive new funding streams and to activate new aggressive and transformative organizations. They are pushing for legislative changes such as federally-mandated vote-by-mail and the eradication of state election integrity laws, like absentee ballot witness signature requirements in Virginia.

    They are also using new sources of secretly-sourced millions to push media narratives and pay reporters to advocate for transformative election process changes.

    All of this transformative frenzy started with the virus and the opportunity it gave leftists to advocate for long-desired changes to how America conducts elections.

    In the initial round of legislative responses to COVID-19 in Congress, a wildly disparate group of leftists — ranging from the Union of Concerned Scientists to the Sierra Club to NARAL to the NAACP — rallied around a key coronavirus response: federally-mandated mail elections with the automatic mailing of ballots to every registered voter address.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) killed the effort in the Senate after a radical transformative package passed the House. These two senators deserve enormous credit for stopping it and not capitulating to a tidal wave of pressure from progressive groups. President Donald Trump also understands the danger of mail ballots, and so the effort was doomed from the start.

    As a compromise, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded $2,000,000,000 from Congress for state elections. She got $400 million instead. Leftist groups have now mobilized an effort to aim this federal money in state capitals at a progressive election wish list.

    They still want Congress to give them more money to fund the progressive election process agenda in the states.

    The Bipartisan Policy Center calls the $400,000,000 “just a start.” They may be in for a surprise because congressional Republicans, unlike in previous years, understand what this new interest in federal cash is all about and how it will be mobilized in the states to defeat the GOP Senate majority.

    In addition to the limitless philanthropy I will describe shortly, the left has created multiple emergency working groups to be cited compliantly by mainstream media sources as unbiased election experts.

    One Potemkin outfit is the self-styled National Task Force on Election Crises. In reality, the group is the usual collection of far-left race activists, liberal law professors, vendor grifters sprinkled in with one or two non-crazies to give the organization a whiff of not-entirely-nuts. It is designed to appear bipartisan but in action, it is the opposite.”

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  2. Gov. Cuomo is gaslighting the press, just like old dad used to do. But the press doesn’t call him on it.

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    Here’s a blast from the past. He’s a fraud,just like his daddy.

    “BY M. CUOMO AND A.J. PARKINSON: APHORISMS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR
    By Maurice Carroll
    May 22, 1984”

    “It was a ”desecration,” according to Governor Cuomo, for reporters to attribute to A. J. Parkinson such aphorisms as, ”When in doubt, mull” or ”Let them eat polenta.”

    ”A. J. Parkinson never said those things,” the Governor said.

    He knows, he said, as the world’s leading Parkinson scholar. His counselor, Timothy J. Russert, said the Cuomo office had ”the world’s only complete collection of Parkinson.”

    Late last year, Parkinson aphorisms began to crop up in statements from the Governor’s office.

    He gave a plaque with one – ”The price of free speech is never too high” – for Christmas to the Legislative Correspondents Association, the reporters who cover Albany.

    When Mayor Koch’s book, ”Mayor,” appeared, the Governor referred reporters to the Parkinson statement, ”One should never write a book immediately after losing an election.”

    So it was understandable Mr. Cuomo would be chagrined by suggestions A. J. Parkinson might not exist, and with outrage to fake Parkinsonia.”

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  3. This is discouraging.

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/05/04/flexibility-meets-fraud-fda-hits-reverse-covid-19-antibody-tests/

    “When Flexibility Meets Fraud: FDA Hits Reverse On COVID-19 Antibody Tests”

    “The inevitable end to a hasty emergency decision with easily predictable consequences. After watching a flood of “unscrupulous actors marketing fraudulent test kits,” the Food and Drug Administration today reversed its earlier decision on experimental antibody test kits. From now on, only those tests that have been granted emergency use authorization can be sold in the US, reducing the market down to a dozen products:”

    “U.S. regulators Monday pulled back a decision that allowed scores of coronavirus blood tests to hit the market without first providing proof that they worked.

    The Food and Drug Administration said it took the action because some sellers have made false claims about the tests and their accuracy. Companies will now have to show their tests work or risk having them pulled from the market.

    Under pressure to increase testing options, the FDA in March essentially allowed companies to begin selling tests as long as they notified the agency of their plans and provided disclaimers, including that they were not FDA approved. The policy was intended to allow “flexibility” needed to quickly ramp up production, officials said.

    “However, flexibility never meant we would allow fraud,” Dr. Anand Shah, an FDA deputy commissioner, said in a statement. “We unfortunately see unscrupulous actors marketing fraudulent test kits and using the pandemic as an opportunity to take advantage of Americans.”

    Fraud? In medical quasi-scientific consumer products? The deuce you say. The FDA has an entire section of its website dedicated to warning against false and/or unproven claims from over-the-counter products, which sell like hotcakes to people worried about their health even under normal circumstances. Removing all restrictions in a global pandemic? Fuhgeddaboudit.”

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  4. Painfully stupid is an accurate description of Obama fan boy Ben Rhodes.

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  6. Just a reminder….

    “DHS: China Did More Than Just Lie About The Virus”

    https://hotair.com/archives/jazz-shaw/2020/05/04/dhs-china-just-lie-virus/

    “The more we learn about the early stages of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the worse the Chinese Communist Party looks. Far from being innocent victims of Mother Nature, the CCP was reportedly plotting to maximize its own advantages at the expense of everyone else on the planet. At least that’s the upshot of the latest report from the Department of Homeland Security. Were the Chinese lying about the virus initially, or at least hiding critical information about it from the rest of the world? Of course they were. But it wasn’t just to avoid making themselves look bad, though that was a part of it. They were also using the delay to begin rapidly stockpiling vital medical supplies for their own use before there was a run on the market. (Associated Press)

    U.S. officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak — and how contagious the disease is — to stock up on medical supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence documents show.

    Chinese leaders “intentionally concealed the severity” of the pandemic from the world in early January, according to a four-page Department of Homeland Security intelligence report dated May 1 and obtained by The Associated Press. The revelation comes as the Trump administration has intensified its criticism of China, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying Sunday that that country was responsible for the spread of disease and must be held accountable.

    Oddly, the DHS analysis starts off rather blatantly accusing the CCP of buying time to hoard surgical gowns, masks, gloves, ventilators and other supplies, but then throws a bit of doubt into the mix at the end. They conclude by saying there was “no public evidence to suggest it was an intentional plot to buy up the world’s medical supplies.” Wait… so you’re saying there’s no public evidence of them doing precisely what you just accused them of doing?

    Instead, the report suggests that the delay in sharing all they knew about the virus may have been the result of “bureaucratic hurdles, tight controls on information, and officials hesitant to report bad news.” All three of those labels certainly seem to fit China like a glove, but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t taking advantage of the situation. The report also states that there is a “95% probability that China’s changes in imports and export behavior were not within the normal range.” That sounds like a lot more than simple bureaucratic hurdles.

    The timeline now being provided makes it look pretty obvious that there was intentional deception taking place. China obviously knew that they had some sort of viral outbreak taking place in early December, if not sooner. But they first informed the WHO that there had been an “outbreak” on December 31st. They waited until January 3rd to tell the CDC. And it wasn’t until January 8th that they announced they had identified the contagion as a new type of coronavirus. All the while, they were ramping up their purchases of medical equipment.”

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  7. Long overdue.

    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/congress-launches-investigation-into-chinese-infiltration-of-u-s-colleges/

    “Congress Launches Investigation Into Chinese Infiltration of U.S. Colleges”

    “Leading House Republicans have launched a congressional investigation into China’s infiltration of American college campuses, according to a letter sent Monday to the Department of Education.

    Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), GOP leader of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and six of his colleagues are requesting documents and information about efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to infiltrate the U.S. academic system and spread its state-sponsored propaganda.

    The investigation is part of a larger effort in Congress to investigate public and private institutions about their ties to China and possible state-backed espionage operations. In light of revelations that China lied about the severity and spread of the coronavirus, lawmakers have launched multiple efforts to crack down on China’s foreign propaganda efforts.

    “We write to seek a better understanding of the Department’s efforts to address unreported foreign direct investment into the U.S. higher education system,” according to the letter, which was also signed by Reps. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), the House Oversight Committee’s ranking member; Michael Rogers (R., Ala.), the Homeland Security Committee’s ranking member; and Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), the Intelligence Committee’s ranking member.”

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    “China has strategically invested in U.S. academia to attempt to steal confidential information and technology from U.S. companies, and even the U.S. government,” the lawmakers write. “Besides China peddling money for influence in U.S. institutions of higher education (IHE), China is restricting any research regarding the origins of COVID-19 that does not comport with CCP propaganda.””

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  8. Let’s just fire this fraud and be done with it. He’s neck deep in this whole farce.

    https://amgreatness.com/2020/04/27/fbi-director-implausibly-denies-hiding-evidence/

    “FBI Director Implausibly Denies Hiding Evidence

    The legitimacy of the FBI as a constitutional force for the rule of law is in question.”

    “Poor FBI Director Christopher Wray. So many times has he torpedoed the transparency of our nation’s most powerful law enforcement agency that nobody believes his latest denial. The Epoch Times just reported that surrogates for Wray have denied reports the director fought the release of “exculpatory” documents to Michael Flynn’s attorneys. “Exculpatory” means the documents show Flynn is innocent. It’s a term of art that seems to have completely different definitions depending on whether the defense or the prosecution argues the point.

    You could read hundreds of articles detailing the fishiness surrounding the Flynn prosecution, but to recap just the most important points, here’s a refresher. Michael Flynn briefly worked as President Trump’s national security advisor. During the transition period after the election but before the new administration officially began, the president had Flynn reach out to several ambassadors around the world, including Russia’s. Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kysliak a number of times. One of the three-letter Agencies (FBI? CIA? or the NSA?) recorded the call and furnished it to the Crossfire Hurricane investigators. Flynn’s call was perfectly legal. Neither the call nor the subsequent investigation of the call had anything to do with alleged 2016 election interference.

    In January of 2017 Deputy FBI chief Andrew McCabe called Flynn to let him know two FBI agents were coming to ask him a few questions. These agents, the infamous Peter Strzok and his partner Joe Pientka, were both senior and supervisory agents within the FBI. The agents proceeded to ask Flynn questions about the call for the sole purpose of catching him in an inconsistency between the wiretap transcript and his own memory. The agents succeeded but admitted that the inconsistency resulted from misremembering and was not the product of any deliberate intent to deceive on the part of Flynn.

    McCabe, however, had a grudge against Flynn. After his subordinates edited Flynn’s statement without Flynn’s knowledge or approval, McCabe trumped up a “false statement” charge against Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty to the charge in November of 2017.

    We don’t know for sure what the “new” exculpatory evidence is. Personally, I’m skeptical that there’s more to learn about the FBI misconduct that is not already evident from the information in the public domain. But if Flynn’s attorney is right that the information is indeed exculpatory, there are reasons to believe Wray is more concerned about the public image of the FBI than he is about the FBI actually following the Constitution. Below is a brief but incomplete list of illustrative examples.

    1. Wray fights to protect McCabe

    The FBI fired Andrew McCabe because he repeatedly lied to an internal Justice Department investigator looking into a critical October 2016 leak regarding an investigation into Hillary Clinton. McCabe was attempting to rebut an allegation that he was on team Clinton because his wife took money for a political campaign from a Clinton ally. In January 2018, Wray delayed the termination of McCabe by threatening to resign if McCabe were fired. Wray held fast forcing then-Attorney General Sessions to pull the trigger on the long-overdue firing. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) finalized its report detailing McCabe’s dishonesty in February 2018. Thus, when Wray threatened to resign to protect McCabe, he clearly knew about McCabe’s dishonesty but didn’t care.””

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  9. So in order to prevent them from catching a disease that never came, they allowed them to die from one they already had.

    Makes no sense. These weren’t “elective” procedures. And we’re doing the same thing.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/dozens-dead-after-lockdown-measures-delayed-their-heart-surgeries-health-official-certainly-was-not-intended

    “Dozens Dead After Lockdown Measures Delayed Their Heart Surgeries; Health Official: ‘Certainly Was Not Intended’”

    “Tens of thousands of medical procedures have been postponed in Ontario, Canada, anticipating a novel coronavirus patient surge that has yet to come, a report from the independent Financial Accountability Office (FAO) found late last month.”

    “Delayed heart surgeries, for example, have already resulted in around 35 deaths, a University Health Network (UHN) report states.

    “A report has been released today by UHN with respect to cardiac deaths and it has been estimated that approximately 35 people may have passed away because their surgeries were not performed,” Health Minister Christine Elliott acknowledged last Tuesday, according to Toronto Star.

    “Any death that happened because of COVID-19 — whether directly or indirectly — is a tragedy,” Elliott continued. “We feel for those families who’ve lost family members — whether it has been from cancer death, cardiac death or a COVID-19 death. But these were decisions that we had to make. The decisions were made by medical personnel.”

    According to The Star, Elliott has stressed that decisions to delay treatments “were made by teams of doctors and other medical professionals as per pandemic plans written years ago,” adding that the health minister says she “understands it has left many patients anxious.””

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  10. More fake news from the worldwide leader in fake news.

    THIS is CNN.

    And this is no error, it’s intentional, to create fear, and swing an election.

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  11. Tater lies.

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  12. We all read the texts between dirty FBI agent Strzok and dirty FBI lawyer Page, the cheating team of “investigators” out to get Trump.

    But now we get to read the ones FBI “leadership” hid from the public too.

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  13. This is them discussing fudging the documents and rewriting them. Yes, that is a crime.

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