21 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-18-20

  1. Such a pathetic little man. He must be getting nervous.

    Note some of the other liberals who decided a commencement speech was the time to get political.

    https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2020/05/17/obama-trashes-trump-graduates-things-screwed/

    “Former President Barack Obama made it official Saturday – he has stepped from behind the scenes and is now actively campaigning for his former sidekick, Joe Biden. That message was sent loud and clear during a busy day of virtual appearances from the former president. He was prominently featured in different virtual commencement events for the Class of 2020.

    The big event was one that dominated early primetime Saturday night on all broadcast networks and, well, everywhere. Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 was hosted by LeBron James and was heavy on high school references, both visually and verbally. It was put together by the XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation, and The Entertainment Industry Foundation and supported by the American Federation of Teachers.

    It didn’t take long for celebrity speakers to turn their words to graduates into political speeches. Soccer star Megan Rapinoe was the first one I noticed to turn aggressively political in her words to the high school graduates. I tuned in to watch the event out of curiosity. I wanted to see how it would be done and what the speakers would say. Early in, I knew I wouldn’t last the whole hour. I watched less than half of the show.

    Obama was the big name and he didn’t disappoint his fans. He blasted the Trump administration without being bold enough to actually call out President Trump or anyone else by name. The message was clear, though. President Hope and Change hopes young voters will get out and change out the current president with Status Quo Joe. Joe Biden isn’t exactly catching fire with the young people so Obama is stepping up his involvement in the Biden campaign.

    “Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy, that’s how little kids think, Obama told a multi-network and multi-digital platform audience of millions of high school seniors who won’t have an in-person graduation this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grownups with fancy titles and important jobs still think that way,” the former POTUS added in this time of economic near collapse and “mass uncertainty” because of the public health crisis.

    “That’s why things are so screwed up,” Obama said, noting the flailing response and financial free fall to the fatal virus “pulled back the curtain” and has “laid bare a lot of our country’s deep-seated problems. In another comment that sounded like a jab at the notoriously self-absorbed Trump, Obama went on to point out that in his view “our society and our democracy only work when we think not just about ourselves, but about each other.”

    “It’s woken a lot of young people up to the fact that the old ways of doing things, just don’t work,” the former leader of the free world stated of the consequences of coronavirus before taking another swing at the unmentioned Trump for not only not having “all the answers” but “not even asking the right questions.”

    See, President Trump and his administration not only cannot do their jobs but they aren’t even pretending to do their jobs. That’s an interesting take, right? Especially given how frequently Trump and members of his administration have appeared on television lately. Just Friday, it was notable that Trump went before cameras four times by my count. Of course, we have to assume that this new pushback from Obama is in response to Trump’s escalation against his predecessor in public, especially since the #Obamagate narrative began last week. Barack Obama reminded us that he is famously thin-skinned and self-centered. As usual, he frequently referenced himself. When Trump’s opponents criticize him for being self-absorbed, I shake my head – who do they think normalized that kind of behavior?”

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  2. The Media Karens strike again.

    But as always, it’s do as I say, not as I do….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/surprise-the-mask-shamers-in-the-white-house-press-corps-turn-out-to-be-hypocrites/

    “Surprise: The Mask-Shamers in White House Press Corps Turn Out to Be Hypocrites
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    Reporters have focused like laser-beams on the Trump administration’s mask-wearing habits. Turns out some of those same reporters don’t practice what they preach.”

    “Believe it or not, daily mask-wearing reports have become an actual thing among some reporters in the White House press corps.

    Without fail, one or more of them will either send a tweet, make a comment during a live segment, or write actual stories on whether or not White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany wore a mask at the daily press briefings, or whether or not President Trump, Vice President Pence, or other members of the Wuhan Coronavirus task force are wearing them.”

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  3. Now, about those “experts”…….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/imperial-college-model-used-to-justify-uk-and-u-s-lockdowns-deemed-buggy-mess-total-unreliable-by-experts/

    “Imperial College model used to justify UK and U.S. lockdowns deemed ‘buggy mess’ & ‘total unreliable’ by experts

    One expert’s damning assessment: “In our commercial reality, we would fire anyone for developing code like this and any business that relied on it to produce software for sale would likely go bust.””

    “Last week our update included the report that Dr. Neil Ferguson, who developed the Imperial College Model predicting the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, had resigned from his government position.

    The reason for his departure was thought to be that he was discovered to be violating quarantine orders to see his mistress. However, it turns out there may be more motivation than a romantic affair.

    The model United Kingdom experts, as well as many others around the world, have largely used to guide their coronavirus policies has been deemed “totally unreliable” by experts. To start with, the Daily Telegraph‘s report on the assessments done by technology professionals is damning.

    The model, credited with forcing the Government to make a U-turn and introduce a nationwide lockdown, is a “buggy mess that looks more like a bowl of angel hair pasta than a finely tuned piece of programming”, says David Richards, co-founder of British data technology company WANdisco.

    “In our commercial reality, we would fire anyone for developing code like this and any business that relied on it to produce software for sale would likely go bust.”

    …The Imperial model works by using code to simulate transport links, population size, social networks and healthcare provisions to predict how coronavirus would spread. However, questions have since emerged over whether the model is accurate, after researchers released the code behind it, which in its original form was “thousands of lines” developed over more than 13 years.

    In its initial form, developers claimed the code had been unreadable, with some parts looking “like they were machine translated from Fortran”, an old coding language, according to John Carmack, an American developer, who helped clean up the code before it was published online. Yet, the problems appear to go much deeper than messy coding.

    Other scientists have also found troubling problems with the model as well:”

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    And yes, this is one of the models Fauci and Birx used before making their “expert”, but mostly wrong predictions.

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  4. Some on the left see this as bad news. Because it shows they, their politicians, and their “experts” are wrong.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa/no-spike-in-coronavirus-in-places-reopening-u-s-health-secretary-says-idUSKBN22T0HN

    “So far, no spike in coronavirus in places reopening, U.S. health secretary says”

    “U.S. authorities are not yet seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in places that are reopening but it was still too early to determine such trends, health secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday.”

    ““We are seeing that in places that are opening, we’re not seeing this spike in cases,” Azar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We still see spikes in some areas that are, in fact, closed.”

    However, Azar said identifying and reporting new cases takes time. A critical part of reopening will be surveillance of flu-like symptoms in the population and other hospital admissions data, as well as testing of asymptomatic individuals, he said.

    “It’s still early days,” Azar cautioned in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.” He said data will take some time to come in from states that reopened early such as Georgia and Florida.”

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    Yeah it is…..

    https://www.redstate.com/kiradavis/2020/05/16/838396/

    “Some of You Are Actually Disappointed Georgians Aren’t Dying In Droves…and That’s Pathetic”

    “Earlier today on Facebook (where all good ideas go to die) I read three separate posts from friends telling people to “stay home, stay safe.” Every single one of them was dripping in self-righteousness and condescension. You must be an idiot if you’re clamoring to go eat in a restaurant or swim at the beach – that was the tone and continues to be the tone of quite literally every single person who is proudly and publicly toeing the “stay home, stay safe” (SHSS) line right now. I’m using “literally” literally. I’ve yet to see one SHSS post that isn’t bathed in Karenism.

    Three weeks ago Georgia and Florida began opening up their economies and the SHSS crowd went crazy. They weren’t just annoyed, they were enraged. Many spit out hateful wishes that those going to the beach or stores would contract the virus themselves…it would serve them right. Some posted mock “contracts” for the “morons” to sign to give up their right to medical treatment or publicly funded services should they contract the virus. Many others expressed genuine fear at the possible consequences, making desperate posts predicting tragically surging infection rates and deaths if the toothless rednecks in the South didn’t come to their senses soon.

    Fast forward to today and not only have the worst of the predictions not come true, both Georgia and Florida continue to post declining infection rates and fatality rates due to COVID-19. The consequences have been exactly the opposite of what the SHSS crowd had feared.

    This is good news…right?

    Not according to my social media timelines. The reactions from my SHSS friends and followers has ranged from begrudging recognition – “Fine but what happens when it gets cold/the kids go back to school/the second or third wave hits”– to utter silence. I have literally (and again, I use that word genuinely) not seen one post congratulating those states for surviving the reopening in tact or expressing relief and gratitude that the worst (and even the moderate) predictions of doom did not come true. These people actually seem disappointed that people aren’t dying in droves.

    It is a bizarre phenomenon to watch. I’m sure smarter op ed writers than I have analyzed exactly why so many people are digging in like this but it’s my opinion that the COVID-19 panic has become nearly completely politicized. We’re no longer looking at data; we’ve stopped reading the articles and instead are stopping at headlines; we are no longer sharing information about the science of it all. Instead, our positions on the virus and our response to it have come to represent our partisan political positions. You want to go back to work? You must be a Trump voter and thusly, a moron. Want to stay in quarantine until there’s a vaccine? You must be zombie Brown Shirt and probably a trust fund baby or welfare recipient who isn’t worrying about working to eat.”

    Somehow the fears most of us originally shared have now devolved into sanctimonious bludgeons. “Stay Home, Stay Safe” in particular has come be synonymous with “You blithering idiots in red states gave us Trump so whatever you say about this virus is wrong, simply by virtue of how I think you voted.””

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  5. Enforce Cali’s lockdown orders?

    Can’t. Too busy re-arresting all the criminals the idiot politicians released.

    Funny, in the most twisted way possible, in most states they’re releasing criminals to protect them from C-19, but they send the elderly back to nursing homes with it to spread the disease and die.

    What the hell is wrong with these people?

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/fresno-co-sheriff-wont-enforce-ca-lockdown-order-too-busy-rearresting-released-criminals/

    “Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims appeared on the Trevor Carey Show and was asked about the way her office was coping with the Wuhan coronavirus and the attendant lockdown orders.

    The Washington Examiner reports:

    The sheriff of Fresno County, California, said she is unable to enforce the state’s stay-at-home order because she’s too busy rearresting accused criminals who were released due to the state’s new “zero-dollar bail” policy.

    “I’ve heard multiple sheriffs around the nation state they will not enforce their governors’ shelter-in-place orders,” Sheriff Margaret Mims was asked in an interview on the Trevor Carey Show, according to Breitbart News. “Is that your position?”

    “That is my position,” Mims responded. “We do not stop the public to find out what they’re doing when they’re not sheltering in place. We don’t ask those questions. We don’t ask if they’re ‘essential.’ We’ve got our hands full trying to rearrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail. So we’ve got other things that are on our mind that are more important than stopping normally law-abiding citizens.”

    In 2018, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 10 into law, which made California the first state to abolish cash bail for pretrial incarcerations.

    It was estimated that 7,000 bail bond industry jobs and 3,200 small businesses would be lost when the bill went into effect, according to the Sacramento Bee.

    On top of the prisoners being released on bail, the state of California has been releasing inmates from jail, including “high risk” sex offenders, in a move it says is aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus.”

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  6. Indict.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/05/14/john_solomon_zeldin_released_documents_raise_questions_whether_marie_yovanovitch_committed_perjury.html

    “John Solomon and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-TX) discuss documents that show Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s impeachment testimony left out mention of Burisma meetings, letters. Zeldin said if the situation were reversed and President Barack Obama was the person being targetted, the media would be calling for a perjury investigation.

    “While Ambassador Yovanovich, ambassador to the Ukraine, claimed otherwise she claimed she knew more about Burisma then she let on. Tell us,” FOX News host Laura Ingraham said to Solomon.

    “Because of Zeldin’s good questioning, this is what we know,” Solomon said. “She testified everything should know about Burisma and Hunter Biden came from a briefing before she went before the Senate to be confirmed and from press reports. Congressman Zeldin kept pressing her that you only know about press reports, she said yeah, that’s all I remembered.”

    “It turns out she had meetings directly with Burisma representatives,” Solomon reported. “She received letters, detailed letters from Burisma representatives detailing their efforts to get out from under a criminal investigation before Donald Trump became president. She didn’t mention any of those and there’s only two good options here, right? One, she falsely testified knowing that she had this context. The second to she didn’t review her documents before she testified and it was a proceeding where we were removing the president of the United States possibly. Not a good situation for the hero of the hearings.”

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  7. More ObamaGate lies exposed, and more evidence the FBI botched the Hillary email scandal by never looking at the servers for themselves.

    And of course, more media narratives go down in flames….

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2020/05/13/hidden_over_2_years_dem_cyber-firms_sworn_testimony_it_had_no_proof_of_russian_hack_of_dnc_123596.html

    “Hidden Over 2 Years: Dem Cyber-Firm’s Sworn Testimony It Had No Proof of Russian Hack of DNC”

    “CrowdStrike, the private cyber-security firm that first accused Russia of hacking Democratic Party emails and served as a critical source for U.S. intelligence officials in the years-long Trump-Russia probe, acknowledged to Congress more than two years ago that it had no concrete evidence that Russian hackers stole emails from the Democratic National Committee’s server.

    CrowdStrike President Shawn Henry’s admission under oath, in a recently declassified December 2017 interview before the House Intelligence Committee, raises new questions about whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller, intelligence officials and Democrats misled the public. The allegation that Russia stole Democratic Party emails from Hillary Clinton, John Podesta and others and then passed them to WikiLeaks helped trigger the FBI’s probe into now debunked claims of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to steal the 2016 election. The CrowdStrike admissions were released just two months after the Justice Department retreated from its its other central claim that Russia meddled in the 2016 election when it dropped charges against Russian troll farms it said had been trying to get Trump elected.

    Henry personally led the remediation and forensics analysis of the DNC server after being warned of a breach in late April 2016; his work was paid for by the DNC, which refused to turn over its server to the FBI. Asked for the date when alleged Russian hackers stole data from the DNC server, Henry testified that CrowdStrike did not in fact know if such a theft occurred at all: “We did not have concrete evidence that the data was exfiltrated [moved electronically] from the DNC, but we have indicators that it was exfiltrated,” Henry said.

    Henry reiterated his claim on multiple occasions:

    “There are times when we can see data exfiltrated, and we can say conclusively. But in this case it appears it was set up to be exfiltrated, but we just don’t have the evidence that says it actually left.”
    “There’s not evidence that they were actually exfiltrated. There’s circumstantial evidence but no evidence that they were actually exfiltrated.”
    “There is circumstantial evidence that that data was exfiltrated off the network. … We didn’t have a sensor in place that saw data leave. We said that the data left based on the circumstantial evidence. That was the conclusion that we made.”
    “Sir, I was just trying to be factually accurate, that we didn’t see the data leave, but we believe it left, based on what we saw.”
    Asked directly if he could “unequivocally say” whether “it was or was not exfiltrated out of DNC,” Henry told the committee: “I can’t say based on that.” ”

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    “Henry’s 2017 testimony that there was no “concrete evidence” that the emails were stolen electronically suggests that Mueller may have been misleading in his 2019 final report. The report stated that Russian intelligence “appears to have compressed and exfiltrated over 70 gigabytes of data” and agents “appear to have stolen thousands of emails and attachments” from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and DNC servers, respectively. It also suggests that the DNC emails were transferred to a server in Illinois controlled by the Russian intelligence service GRU. But in addition to including the qualifier “appear,” Mueller’s source for the Illinois server claim is redacted. That leaves CrowdStrike, to date, as U.S. intelligence officials’ primary, publicly known source for its confident claims about Russian hacking.”

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  8. Some folks have rightly noticed the discrepancies months ago, as well as the medias unwillingness to dig too deeply.

    https://amgreatness.com/2020/02/22/the-monstrous-lie-behind-crowdstrike/

    “The Monstrous Lie Behind CrowdStrike

    There’s a simple explanation for the Democratic National Committee’s unwillingness to let outsiders have a peek at evidence its servers were infiltrated by the Russians in 2016: There isn’t any. The Russian hacking that’s caused so much division and turmoil at home and abroad never really happened. It was all a ruse.”

    “Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election was predicated largely on the claim Russian intelligence had hacked the Democratic National Committee’s servers ahead of the November election. Russia’s guilt is such an article of faith among our political class that a Republican-controlled Congress imposed sanctions on Russia and President Trump signed on, substantially worsening relations with an important and potentially dangerous nation.

    Since those sanctions were imposed, Mueller’s team confirmed the Russian espionage they were meant to punish. Since its publication last year, the Washington establishment has treated the Mueller report almost as a sacred document.

    Outside the Acela Corridor, however, one finds more skepticism.

    A lot of ordinary folks just can’t stop wondering why the DNC wouldn’t let any federal investigators examine their servers. Only CrowdStrike, an independent contractor on the DNC’s payroll, was allowed to do so. CrowdStrike executive Robert Johnson appeared on “60 Minutes” to address concerns that his firm hadn’t been completely forthcoming with its findings. But he only succeeded in raising more questions by claiming that the “FBI got what it needed and what it wanted.”

    Even if the self-proclaimed “hard-hitting” investigators at “60 Minutes” couldn’t be bothered to spend 30 minutes researching such an important story, Johnson himself had to know he wasn’t telling the truth.

    On no less than three occasions before President Trump fired him, FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress about the DNC’s strange unwillingness to let his agency examine their servers in a case they were simultaneously hyping as akin to “an act of war.” Comey testified that the DNC rejected the FBI’s “[m]ultiple requests at different levels” to collect forensic evidence.

    A week before Comey testified in January 2017, the DNC had already tried palming off Johnson’s lie and were sternly contradicted the very next day. A senior FBI official told The Hill that his agency “repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise.” According to The Hill’s source, far from getting everything the bureau wanted, “the FBI [had] no choice but to rely upon” CrowdStrike.

    Johnson also must know the FBI isn’t even the only federal agency who ran into a brick wall when they took the DNC’s hysterical spiel about Russian espionage seriously. Obama Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress he couldn’t even get the DNC to discuss the case with anyone from his agency, even though election security falls under its official purview. The homeland security chief was so disconcerted that he twice told Congress he “should have brought a sleeping bag and camped out in front of” the party’s headquarters.

    But Congress never got the chance to ask anyone from CrowdStrike about the peculiar circumstances surrounding its “investigation.” For some strange reason, the executives representing the only entity to inspect the DNC servers refused to discuss the matter under oath.

    The crack team of investigative journalists at “60 Minutes” also somehow failed to uncover that, just six months after accusing the Russians of hacking the DNC, CrowdStrike issued a report accusing the very same alleged Russian hackers of having penetrated into some Ukrainian artillery software that was so riddled with errors they were forced to retract it. Perhaps the “60 Minutes” team was too busy telling the rest of us how awesome they are to learn that other actors were known to have been in possession of the malware to which CrowdStrike claimed Russian intelligence had exclusive access since 2015.”

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  9. Jake Tapper, shark jumper extraordinaire…..

    I guess he misremembers how he and his network treated the president based on a lying smear campaign for the last 3+ years. One they were all to happy to push.

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    Sure they will stick to C-19 now. To do otherwise would expose their complicity and lies too.

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  10. As a follow-up to what I posted on Friday, consider what Andrew McCabe wrote in his own book: “The PDB (Presidential Daily Briefing) staff decided to write an intelligence assessment as to why Putin made the choice that he did, They issued a request to the intelligence community.

    We came across info indicating that Gen. Flynn, the president-elect’s nominee for the post of NSA, had held several conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, in which the sanctions were discussed. This info was something we had from Dec 29. I had not been aware of it. My impression was that high-level officials within the FBI’s counter-intelligence division had not been aware of it. The PDB request brought it to our attention.

    An analyst shared it with me; I shared it with Comey; Comey shared it with the DNI, James Clapper, and Clapper verbally briefed it to Pres. Obama.”

    Therefore, (1) they already had the call, so obviously there was already a warrant to listen in on the Russian calls (inc. Kislyak); (2) they searched their holdings pursuant of a request from Pres. Obama’s own briefers; (3) they had the call since Dec 29, which is important because there was no unmasking request on that date.

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  11. What was Obama’s motive?
    Flynn knew about Obama’s abuse of the intelligence system to gain political info.Flynn was a staunch opponent of the Iran Nuclear deal. So in mid-Dec of 2016, there were a lot of unmasking requests on Flynn – they wanted to spy on him to figure out how the new administration was going to respond to Obama’s failure to bring sanctions against Iran.

    It’s absolutely unbelievable that AG Barr has just come out and said that they don’t expect a criminal inestigation of Obama or Biden.

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  12. Plus, Flynn was against Obama bowing to Iran and groveling to make a “legacy” deal with them. Flynn was against it, and actively tried to get Trump to overturn the poor deal. Obama couldn’t have that.

    From 2015,

    https://observer.com/2015/09/lieutenant-general-retired-michael-flynn-and-the-iranian-nuclear-agreement/

    ” (JCH) What will Iran do with the money that is going to flood their coffers?

    (MF) The money will re-establish and solidify their banks and markets. The biggest investment will be in the security sector: the military will get pay increases, financing of Hezb’ Allah and Hamas will increase, there will be a spike in Quds force activity and funding, and the intelligence service will also make gains. In general security and intelligence capabilities will increase and financing of weapons systems will rise. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) narcotics cartel that stretches from Colombia and Venezuela to Afghanistan will benefit.

    (JCH) What is the mood of the Arab neighborhood?

    (MF) After three back-to-back trips over the last four months, there are two main themes in every country. First, our allies feel abandoned by the U.S. and second, there is a significant loss of trust in the U.S. government (USG) because they think we are now aligned with Iran.

    (JCH) Will the Sunni states wait for Iran to get a bomb or the ability to make it, or will the Sunnis get theirs first to stay ahead of the game?

    (MF) The Sunni states will play tit-for-tat and keep up with Iranian nuclear developments. Once they achieve a nuclear energy level of development, if Iran creates moves to create a nuclear weapon, states like Saudi Arabia will move rapidly to do the same and may even consider working with their strong partners like Pakistan.

    (JCH) What did the West get out of the deal?

    (MF) Let’s start with Europe+. Europe, Russia, and China get three big things: 1. A new market of 80 million people to buy their goods; 2. Cheap oil; and 3. An educated work force to open companies within Iran.

    The U.S. gets nothing but grief. We did not get an apology for the 500 KIA and thousands of wounded military members in the Iraq war struck with Iranian explosively-formed penetrator IEDs. No apology for the hundreds of Marines killed in Beirut in the 1980s. None of the four current American hostages were released. No apology for the Americans killed in the Khobar tower terrorist attack. We did get a requirement to expand our security umbrella in the region for life. China will take the economic benefits and we will be stuck securing the region for the Chinese and Russians while the UN (IAEA) tries to monitor the Iranian nuclear advances that have historically failed.

    (JCH) Was the West too anxious to get a deal and did we give up too much leverage?

    (MF) Yes, the U.S. and others were too anxious to get any deal. We gave up all our leverage. We had poor assumptions about what we would get and we were too ambitious to be successful. We got beat by a nation of expert negotiators who got everything they wanted and needed from the deal for only making promises of allowing future observations.

    People should read the deal; it’s only an hour and a half read. It’s poorly written and it’s striking how poorly constructed it is — it feels like a high school paper. A large portion of it is the annex that releases pressure from a long list of state sponsors of terrorism, narcotics cartels, and illegal market owners. We are letting off some very ruthless people.

    Bottom line, it takes all restraints off of Iran to do as it pleases in the region and around the world.”

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    He knew Trump and Flynn would destroy his “legacy”, so Flynn had to be destroyed. You all know the rest. Destroy they did.

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  13. I get some of the reluctance to go after Barry and Joe, precedents and all…..

    But all those up to them should be on notice, and the facts of Obama and Biden’s guilt should be presented for all to see. Barry’s a fraud, a phony, a criminal, the stereotypical Chicago thug politician.

    And let’s face it, the media would shield him anyway. They’re already demonstrating that, and how they would relentlessly go after anyone who dares challenge the chosen one.

    At this point I think the best we can hope for is maybe Clapper, Comey, or Yates and Wray at best, or Yavonovith, Vindman, Strzok and Page at least, see some punishment for what were obvious crime.

    Justice and the integrity of our system of govt demands at least that.

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  14. This was my last post from last night.

    HRW,

    An order is not a law. A law is an act of the legislature, starts as a bill, gets debated, voted on, sent on for the Govs signature or veto. Then it must withstand court challenges and judicial review.

    An order is an executive action from one official, without debate, without a vote, and with no review as of yet. She doesn’t even have an appeals process in place to even give the appearance of fairness.

    The difference is clear.

    Her order is an overreach, that’s why the police won’t shut down the barber. They don’t think her orders will survive a legal challenge, so they don’t want to jeopardize their own depts and open themselves to lawsuits for her rights violating overreach.

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    And here’s yet another example of the difference. Police enforce the law, not the overbearing orders of petty tyrants.

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  15. Let’s hope NYers are done with this clown.

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  17. Aj: The precedent is one Richard Nixon, who resigned and would have been impeached for doing far less than Obama and Biden.

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  18. It turns out that the only real purpose of the Mueller probe was not to investigate collusion, but to continue an investigation into Pres. Trump without oversight. Therefore, they had to shut Flynn up, b/c he knew everything (inc. that the Steele dossier was total junk). They were worried that Flynn would start talking, so they targeted him ruthlessly.

    They wanted to get a quick plea deal in the Flynn case for a couple of reasons: (1) they had to cover up the obvious – that Obama had targeted Flynn; (2) they charged Flynn with lying to the FBI, which wasn’t true. So the Mueller probe was really seeking to cover up Obama’s fingerprints, which were all over the targeting of Gen. Flynn. They were also seeking to hide evidence – Flynn couldn’t have lied about sanctions, b/c he was never asked about them. The FBI needed this to go away, as did Mueller. By forcing Flynn into a quick plea, they wouldn’t have to actually show any of this evidence. Then there is the farce of the Logan Act, which was used to get the FBI to interview Flynn – it couldn’t be made known that they used the (nonsense that is the) Logan Act, esp. b/c they didn’t have an EC (electronic communication). They had nothing, so what did they do? They leaked fake stories about Flynn to the media.

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  19. Right, but he wasn’t charged criminally. Like I said, expose all their dirty deeds, like Nixon’s were. I just think you’d have a hard time indicting either given the protections against such actions when in office. Not that I’d mind an attempt at it, but that’s a tough road to hoe.

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