13 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-15-20

  1. Remove him.

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  2. Again, remove him.

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    And the fraud he picked to “moderate” has some serious conflicts.

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    You smell that?

    The fix is in.

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  4. Just imagine the outrage…..

    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2020/05/14/shady-effers-pradheep-j-shankers-fan-fiction-thread-really-puts-what-the-obama-admin-did-in-infuriating-perspective/

    “Pradheep J. Shanker’s ‘fan fiction’ thread REALLY puts what the Obama admin did in infuriating perspective”

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    Click the first link to read the rest. The left would be outraged, as they should be, but not now, because Orange Man Bad.

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  5. Good.

    https://news.yahoo.com/fbi-accidentally-reveals-name-saudi-144557177.html

    “FBI Accidentally Reveals Name of Saudi Diplomat Suspected of Supporting 9/11 Hijackers”

    “The FBI has accidentally revealed the name of a Saudi diplomat who is suspected of directing support to two of the September 11, 2001, plane hijackers.

    In a federal court filing by Jill Sanborn, the assistant director of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, the diplomat’s name was redacted in all instances except one. In that instance, Sanborn’s document refers to a diplomat formerly stationed at the Saudi embassy in the U.S. as “Jarrah,” Yahoo News reported on Tuesday.

    The name refers to Mussaed Ahmed al-Jarrah, who served at the Saudi embassy from 1999 to 2000. Al-Jarrah “was responsible for the placement of Ministry of Islamic Affairs employees known as guides and propagators posted to the United States, including Fahad Al Thumairy,” according to a declaration by former FBI agent Catherine Hunt, who has assisted some of the families of 9/11 victims.

    Al-Thumairy is a Saudi cleric who served as imam of a Los Angeles mosque. FBI reports released in 2012 revealed that Al-Thumairy and another individual were suspected of being “tasked” with aiding two 9/11 hijackers, although agents could not prove the suspicion conclusively.

    Some families of 9/11 victims have seized on the disclosure as hard evidence that the Saudi government had some level of involvement in the attacks.

    “This shows there is a complete government cover-up of the Saudi involvement,” Brett Eagleson, a spokesman for the families, told Yahoo. Eagleson noted that the Justice Department had informed families of al-Jarrah’s identity in September 2019, it had done so while forbidding the reporting of al-Jarrah’s name to the public.”

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    Ooops.

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  6. Killer Karens.

    https://bearingarms.com/cam-e/2020/05/13/arbery-accused-murderers-killer-karens/

    “Are Ahmaud Arbery’s Accused Murderers A Couple Of Killer “Karens”?”

    “Most of us know what a “Karen” is by now, right? The word has quickly become an indispensable part of our daily lexicon, in part because there are so many of them out there these days. You know the type; the officious busybody who can’t wait to talk to the manager about some supposed slight at the grocery store, or who call the police to report that a church has at least fifteen people inside when they’re only supposed to have ten under a governor’s stay-at-home order.

    It was a Karen who called police a few weeks ago after they saw a dad playing with their kid in a Colorado park. A Karen in Idaho had police called on her after she started freaking out over people standing too close together (at least in her opinion) in a Little Caesars restaurant.

    According to meme researcher and Kansas State University professor Heather Suzanne Woods, a Karen’s essential nature is one of “entitlement, selfishness, and a desire to complain.” A Karen “demands the world exist according to her standards with little regard for others, and she is willing to risk or demean others to achieve her ends.”

    If that’s the essence of Karenism, then doesn’t that make Gregory and Travis McMichaels killer Karens? I mean, it’s pretty Karen-like to take off after a guy because they think he’s been rummaging through a neighbor’s unfinished home for months and they believe they have the right to try to stop him and hold him for police, isn’t it? Based on the evidence that we’ve been able to look at for ourselves, including the original police report filed after Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting, Gregory and Travis McMichaels come across as busybodies who couldn’t stand the fact that the guy they just knew had been prowling around their neighborhood (and maybe the guy who stole Gregory’s pistol from an unlocked car) was running by their home with impunity.

    Only a Karen would see Arbery go past their house in broad daylight and yell out to their son “The guy is running down the street. Let’s go!”

    Only a Karen would grab their guns and hop in the truck to pursue the guy, not thinking for a moment about what they might look like from the perspective of the guy they were chasing. Only a Karen would follow the guy through the neighborhood, even when he kept evading them and running away. A persistant Karen wouldn’t think to themselves at some point,“This is ridiculous. What am I doing?” No, they’d keep going, and maybe after a couple of attempts, the Karens would manage to cut him off.

    Only a Karen would stand in the bed of the pickup with his handgun while Karen, Jr. jumped out of the driver’s seat, shotgun in his hands to ensure compliance with their orders. Picture the scene: the truck’s blocking the right hand traffic lane, and Karen, Jr. is standing by the driver’s side door, ready to step out into the left lane. There’s nowhere for the guy to go, especially now that another neighbor’s pulled up in his truck behind the perp. The Karens have finally got their man. ”

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    And now they need to get their just punishment, many years in prison.

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  7. I say give them nothing. Don’t reward their stupid and unsustainable spending.

    But if you must, limit what it can be used for, and enforce it.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/05/coronavirus-relief-state-aid-unfunded-liabilities/

    “Provide assistance, but require states to pay off their unfunded liabilities.”

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    “Share buybacks are an especial hate object for Democrats. They shouldn’t be. The big stink on corporate management in the United States is the agent-principal problem — corporate executives are supposed to be looking after the interest of shareholders, but the executives’ own interests and those of the shareholders are not precisely aligned. One of the things that management can do for shareholders is give them what it is that got them into investing in the first place: money. Dividends are one way to pay shareholders, and share buybacks are another. Buybacks are not always the right thing to do — to everything there is a season — but there isn’t anything inherently objectionable about them. Like derivatives and business tax deductions, share buybacks are most energetically denounced by the people who least understand what they are and how they work.

    But, for Democrats, the string’s the thing. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to partly nationalize all major American businesses by having the federal government dictate to them the composition of their boards, compensation practices, etc., is not designed to make life better for median-wage line workers. Giving politicians a whip hand over multi-billion-dollar enterprises is its own reward. And it leads to other rewards: There is a reason why the ladies and gentlemen at finance-connected law firms such as Brown Rudnick and Berger & Montague open up their wallets for Senator Warren. The power to dictate the terms of business is the power to destroy a business — or an industry.

    Republicans have an interest in the finer points of string-attachment right at the moment. The Democrats are pushing for another multi-trillion-dollar bailout bill, this one aimed at state and local governments and almost certain to disproportionately benefit Democrat-run states and cities that have been less than entirely sober in the management of their fiscal affairs. Republicans are not of one mind in this: Senator Mitt Romney, among others, has emphasized that it is not only Democratic states that are in trouble but some Republicans ones, too, Kansas and Kentucky among them. Other Republicans, such as Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis, argue that the coronavirus emergency shouldn’t be used as political cover to bail out states that were basket cases long before the plague from Wuhan reached Albany, Sacramento, and Springfield.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), the guy who actually runs things in Washington, has been uneven in his public statements on this. He has at times suggested a very destructive course of action — rewriting U.S. bankruptcy law to extend bankruptcy protections and processes to the states, which would upend centuries of bankruptcy law and turn the Constitution on its head by putting federal judges or other federal overseers in charge of states’ finances. Senator McConnell also has suggested that other courses of action might be preferred.

    Most of this could be solved in a relatively straightforward way by putting the right strings on the aid.

    The main issue here is the unfunded liabilities of the state and local pension systems, particularly in Democrat-run jurisdictions such as the state of Illinois and the city of Dallas. What happens is this: Government employees are a powerful political constituency, and they want what all such powerful political constituencies want: more. But corporate executives are not alone in suffering from the agent-principal problem, and in the states and cities the leaders are for the most part political cowards who, unlike the bigs in Washington, cannot borrow money for ordinary operating expenses such as payroll; and so rather than satisfying their constituents’ demands with higher salaries, they offer them more generous pensions and benefits in retirement — and then, in 99 cases out of 100, decline to set aside the money necessary to pay for those promises. The difference between what a pension system has invested and what it needs to make good on its promises is its “unfunded liability,” and in states such as Illinois these liabilities can run into the hundreds of billions of dollars. For Illinois to make up the difference between what it has promised and what it has funded would require it to spend 100 percent of its tax revenues for about seven years on nothing else — and that was before revenues nosedived thanks to the lockdown.

    There is a good case for providing some short-term aid to states and cities whose revenue streams are currently smoking ruins in the wake of a global crisis over which they had no control. But that is not the question. The question is whether Washington should bail them out of troubles that are only tangentially related to the epidemic. The answer to that is, No.”

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  8. He’s attempting the same thing here in the US by trying to stack DA offices with like minded progressive activists.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/05/report-george-soros-packed-european-court-human-rights-pushed-open-border-policies/

    “How George Soros packed the European Court of Human Rights and Pushed Its Open Border Policies”

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    “In 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) handed down the landmark case of “Hirsi Jamaa and others vs. Italy”, which ruled that European countries could not “push back” illegal migrants and would be fined hundreds of thousands of Euros if they did. The case involved a network of Soros-sponsored lawyers and NGOs who managed to track down 22 Somalian and Eritrean migrants in Libya who had been turned back in 2009 and bring their case to Strasbourg.

    Now, a report by conservative American activist Jay Sekulow’s European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ) has revealed that NGOs related to the Open Society Network are deeply involved with the ECHR, and many of its judges are tied to these organizations. The report identified seven NGOs that are both active at the Court, and have judges among their former staff. At least 22 of the 100 judges who have served on the ECHR since 2009 are former staff or leaders of these seven NGOs, the report stated.”

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    “In December, US Attorney General William Barr warned of similar instances of Open Society „Lawfare“ in trying to influence the outcome of elections for prosecutors in the US. “There’s this recent development [where] George Soros has been coming in, in largely Democratic primaries where there has not been much voter turnout and putting in a lot of money to elect people who are not very supportive of law enforcement and don’t view the office as bringing to trial and prosecuting criminals but pursuing other social agendas,” Barr told Martha MacCallum on Fox News. “They have started to win in a number of cities and they have, in my view, not given the proper support to the police.””

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  9. As a person who has walked around looking at houses in construction, I agree JJ with our limited perspective. Walking around and looking at a house under construction is not totally something out of the ordinary. One looks at the quality of the building (especially if there are many being made by the same company) and the lay out. I have never gone in any marked “no trespassing, but I have gone in without permission and when the workers were not there.

    Such arrogance to think you are judge and jury and have a right to come up to someone in such a threatening way. 😦

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  10. Incredible. There was abuse of surveillance power that was directly ordered by then Pres. Obama, directed at the incoming Trump admin. in order to fabricate a false narrative that was then used to set up Pres. Trump in an obstruction of justice trap.

    The FBI had a transcript of Gen. Flynn’s call with Russian ambassador Kislyak before Jan 4, 2017 (Comey said it was in late Dec, 2016), yet there were no unmaskings from Dec 28, 2016 (the day before the call) to Jan 4, 2017. As the Epoch Times reports, it turns out that during this time period Flynn’s name was never masked. So where did the transcript of the call actually come from?

    The president is the one person who can order surveillance without a FISA court order, and the Attorney General then certifies it. Flynn’s name didn’t need to be unmasked during this time period, because they waited for him to leave the country – in late Dec, 2016 he went on vacation to the Dominican Republic. Pres. Obama then expelled a bunch of Russian diplomats from Maryland and New York facilities (remember that story?). This guaranteed that Kislyak would call Gen. Flynn while he was in the Dominican Republic. There was no unmasking request during this time, so there wouldn’t be a paper trail to prove that they were actually surveilling Flynn (when they said they were surveilling Kislyak). They were seeking to catch Gen. Flynn in a perjury trap (using the transcript). However, Flynn never lied during his Jan 24, 2017 interview with the FBI (when he is the National Security Advisor) – we know this because the FBI is already on record saying that there was no deception in the interview. So they had to set him up again – they say that Flynn lied about the call because he claimed that he didn’t talk about sanctions with Kislyak, However, how could Flynn lie about sanctions, when the FBI never actually asked him about sanctions. They edited the FBI’s 302 and made reference to the expulsion of Russians, but not anything about sanctions. So they charged him with lying about sanctions, but they had never actually asked him about sanctions. Yet Gen. Flynn is now a political prisoner.

    It’s no wonder that biased Judge Sullivan is now trying to cover all this up, In many ways, we’re living in a Banana Republic. Watergate was a walk in the park compared to this stuff. Obama and his corrupt acolytes are sweating bullets right now. Hopefully, justice will truly be served…

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  11. Hopefully….. and hopefully Van Grack’s name is at the top of the indictment sheet.

    Some were right about all of this all along. Catherine Herridge has been one of them, at Fox and CBS. That’s why the media who bought this garbage and pushed it for years has to attack her. McCarthy, Solomon, and Davis as well. They aren’t supporting the media narrative, they’re simply reporting the facts. What a concept…..

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/devin-nunes-criminal-referrals-coming-for-mueller-team/ar-BB142OgS

    “The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee said criminal referrals are coming for members of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

    “We’re looking at doing criminal referrals on the Mueller team, the Mueller dossier team, the Mueller witch hunt, whatever you want to call it. That’s where we are now in our investigation,” Rep. Devin Nunes told Fox Nation’s Witch Hunt.

    “We’re doing a large criminal referral on the Mueller dossier team that put together a fraudulent report — that knew there was no collusion the day that Mueller walked in the door,” the California Republican added. “They set an obstruction of justice trap. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will make a conspiracy referral there.”

    Mueller released his 448-page report last April. The investigation found “numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign,” but “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Mueller did not draw a conclusion about whether President Trump obstructed justice, but did lay out 10 instances of possible obstruction in his report.

    Nunes has long maintained that Mueller knew from the day he became special counsel in May 2017 that there was no coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. He says the House Intelligence Committee, which conducted its own Russian interference investigation when he was chairman, determined there was no collusion by early 2018. Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee argued the investigation was wrapped up prematurely, and the now-chairman of the panel, Rep. Adam Schiff, has repeatedly insisted there was collusion.”

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    And Schiff needs to be censured and removed from the House.

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  12. BREAKING NEWS

    J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy. The 118-year-old department store is by far the biggest retail casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Its collapse follows other retail bankruptcies this month, including J. Crew, the Neiman Marcus Group and the designer men’s clothing brand John Varvatos.

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