20 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-8-21

  1. Rotten to the core.

    https://freebeacon.com/politics/omar-kept-husbands-consulting-firm-afloat/

    “Omar Kept Husband’s Consulting Firm Afloat

    Campaign payments to her husband’s firm accounted for nearly 80 percent of its 2020 cash haul”

    “Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D., Minn.) campaign payments to her husband’s firm accounted for nearly 80 percent of its cash haul during the 2020 elections, federal filings show.

    The E Street Group, a D.C. consulting firm owned by Tim Mynett, Omar’s husband, and his partner Will Hailer, received $3.7 million from political committees this past cycle. Omar’s campaign was by far its biggest moneymaker, doling out 146 checks for $2.9 million, or 78 percent of the firm’s payments. Its second biggest cash source was Omar mentor Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.), whose campaign provided $194,000. The two combined for 85 percent of the firm’s payments.

    Omar’s payments to E Street constituted a large part of her campaign expenditures. Her committee spent $5.2 million, meaning that the $2.9 million that she funneled to her husband’s firm was 56 percent of the campaign’s operational costs. The money went toward advertisements, mail, consulting, and travel.

    Omar faced heat over the payments but brushed them off as typical campaign work. Last July, she defended herself following a Washington Free Beacon report detailing $600,000 in payments over a three-week span. “I don’t pay my husband, I pay the firm to do work, and that 600 really is an example of that work,” Omar said when questioned during a debate. “And so what we do is that we have this firm really carry out the contractual work that we do with other vendors.”

    Omar doubled down in September, telling the New York Times that getting rid of her husband’s firm would be a “stupid thing to do.””

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    Especially when it’s so lucrative a deal for her.

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  2. The FBI using photoshop docs as evidence?

    Yep they fell for it. But in their defense I always thought the White House had pics up of naked black men too. Doesn’t everybody?…..

    😂🤣😂🤣😂

    The greatest law enforcement agency in the world ladies and gentlemen…..

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  3. Funny, no warnings from Twitter…..

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    Remember, it’s only bad when a Republican does it.

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    Only when it’s an R…….

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  5. Let’s hope so….. 🙂

    “Dick Morris Predicts Liz Cheney ‘Has A Snowball’s Chance In Hell’ At Reelection After Impeachment Vote”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/dick-morris-predicts-liz-cheney-has-a-snowballs-chance-in-hell-at-reelection

    “Former Clinton campaign adviser Dick Morris predicted that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is going to lose in the 2022 Republican primary because of her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, and that GOP leadership in the House is out of touch with their base for allowing her to remain in a position of leadership.

    “She has snowball’s chance in hell of getting reelected,” Morris told Newsmax TV last week. “Her favorability is down to 13% and she loses the projected primary by 3-1 or 4-1. Wyoming went 70% for Trump. And Liz Cheney is a gone goose.”

    “And it’s ridiculous, and shows how out of touch Kevin McCarthy and the Republican leadership is with the voters of the Republican Party, that he and Scalise worked overtime to round up votes for this…traitor, who voted to impeach Donald Trump,” Morris continued. “The voters of her state, Wyoming, her state, will not be so forgiving.”

    “While she did win the vote in the House because it was basically set up by the leadership and she’s kind of inherited royalty among Republicans,” Morris said. “But, in fact, there’s some polling in Wyoming [that suggests that] she has a 13% job approval among Republicans.””

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    It would be nice to have one less establishment stooge.

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  6. That wascally wabbitt wins again.

    But they’ll get him next time for sure…. 😂🤣😂🤣😂

    “Donald Trump may be the most convicted man never charged in America.”

    https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/537645-why-has-donald-trump-not-faced-charges-for-criminal-incitement

    “Several reports have revealed the Justice Department has decided not to charge him with campaign finance violations related to hush money paid to former stripper Stormy Daniels. What was touted by many experts as a slam dunk criminal charge has now joined a lengthy list of alleged crimes that were once endless nightly cable news sensations.

    The disconnect between analysis and reality matters little in the media. Many of the same experts now tout the charge of criminal incitement in the Capitol riots. It is another open and shut case in their minds. For four years, they supplied a stream of allegations, all described as conclusive, to feed the insatiable appetites of the audiences. The campaign finance charge was one of the more credible claims, since former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to it. But these crimes are hard to litigate, as shown by the failed 2012 prosecution of John Edwards.

    Many of these allegations were presented as reassuringly simple. Former prosecutor and Washington Post columnist Randall Eliason insisted Trump committed bribery in the Ukraine scandal. He said it is bribery “if the quid pro quo is sought with corrupt intent” and “if the president is not pursuing legitimate policy but instead is wrongfully demanding actions by Ukraine that would benefit him personally.” Yet the Supreme Court has dismissed such interpretations of bribery, extortion, and related political corruption. Others think Trump committed felony bribery by fundraising for Senate Republicans when he was about to face an impeachment.

    Former House counsel Norman Eisen claimed that, by not responding to Russian aggression, Trump was “colluding in plain sight” and the criminal case against Trump for obstruction of justice was devastating. Professor Richard Painter claimed a clear case of treason. Professor Laurence Tribe declared the dictation of a misleading statement about the Trump Tower meeting constituted witness tampering. Tribe has also claimed to have found evidence over obstruction of justice, criminal election violations, Logan Act violations, and extortion by Trump or his family.

    Now experts believe that the speech by Trump last month was criminal incitement. Legal analyst Elie Honig said she would “gladly show a jury” his inflammatory remarks and “argue they cross the line to criminality.” Professor Richard Ashby Wilson said, “Trump crossed the Rubicon and incited a mob to attack the Capitol as Congress was in the process of tallying the Electoral College vote results. Trump should be criminally indicted for inciting insurrection against our democracy.”

    Indeed, other experts were swift to repeat their certainty of yet another criminal charge. Tribe declared, “This guy was inciting not just imminent lawless action, but the violent decapitation of a coordinate branch of the government, preventing this peaceful transition of power and putting a violent mob into the Capitol while he cheered them on.” Bolstering such claims, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine announced he was investigating Trump for a possible incitement charge.

    What is strange is that there is no word of an interview, let alone a charge, for a purportedly clear crime committed over a month ago. One possible reason is that it would collapse in court. It is so much easier to claim easy prosecutions than to prosecute such made for television charges. I do not fault these experts for speculating about such a case, but many claim that prosecution would be relatively simple. That is just not true.

    The problem is free speech. The remarks of Trump last month would not satisfy the test in Brandenburg when the Supreme Court said “advocacy of the use of force or of law violation” is protected unless it is imminent. Trump did not call for use of force. He told supporters to go “peacefully” and to “cheer on” his allies in Congress. He repeated that after violence erupted and told the crowd to respect and obey the police.”

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  7. Rent free!

    “Trump Moves Out of the White House and into Their Heads”

    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/02/04/trump-moves-out-of-the-white-house-and-into-their-heads-n2584155

    “Donald Trump has left Washington, but only in physical form. His mischievous specter still haunts that fortified cemetery where our Constitution and all our alleged norms have been interred in shallow graves. No one is talking about America’s No. 1 Matlock fan. You would never know that * is president. DC’s denizen can’t move on. They don’t want to move on. Look what they have to move onto, two years of utter failure with that desiccated old zombie at the helm screwing this up until an energized and woke wave of GOP candidates who want to burn the whole garbage Establishment down sweep into power in 2022.

    When the Reddit Rebels took on the Democrat-donating hedge funders, that was the spirit of Trump. And, like the awkward and clumsy counter-insurgents they are, our stupid Establishment tore off its smiley-face mask and stepped in to protect its own against the great unwashed who had so improbably managed to win, if only for a moment, the rigged game that is Wall Street. How many people got woke that day?

    And how many people got woke when * threw tens of thousands of Americans out of work as human sacrifices to the blue libs’ angry weather goddess?

    How many got woke when * announced he was making the all-purpose boogeyman of “racism” a cornerstone of his administration?

    How many got woke when they saw the Democrat-subsidizing tech lords shut down the speech of anyone who dissents?

    How many got woke when COVID suddenly started to vanish the second it stopped being useful?

    And how many will get woke when their $1,400 – not $2,000 – check arrives?

    Left to their own devices, the Establishment fails. Left to their own devices, the spotlight falls on them, and when that happens people see.

    The truth is that they want Trump. They need Trump. They cannot let him go. Trump truly is the greatest real estate magnate ever, since he owns all the space inside the Establishment’s bloated heads.

    You can see it as they insist on going forward with their Lucy n’ the football impeachment, which will end in failure and Trump’s exoneration. Forty-five Republicans have already pointed out the obvious – you can’t impeach someone who is not in office.

    Plus, the impeachment itself is a substantive joke. As the president’s brief points out, more politely, it was written by bad lawyers like my loser congressjerk Ted Lieu and Eric Swalwell, who should stick to flatulence, being scammed by Chi Com doxies, and other tasks that he is actually good at. One key theory is the president “incited” the mini-riot, except the FBI might have something else to say about that. It keeps charging people with planning it way ahead of time. Now, Trump is awesome, but even his greatest fans don’t credit him with being able to bend time and space.

    The impeachment claims themselves are garbage. Reading it, you see that many are not about “inciting violence,” but, rather, about the president saying that the election results were suspect. As the Answer correctly notes, you cannot prosecute someone for exercising his First Amendment rights, yet – astonishingly – that is exactly what this garbage indictment does: “There, he reiterated false claims that ‘we won this election, and we won it by a landslide.’”

    Oh, and here’s another charge:

    “He also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged – and foreseeably resulted in – lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.’ Thus, incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious act.”

    When again did telling your side to “fight” to prevail become “seditious”? Oh yeah – when our side did it.

    Wow. Impeachment for saying unapproved things. That’s turning everything our Constitution is supposed to mean upside down, but such is the power of Trump to reveal the true moral bankruptcy of the Establishment.”

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  8. To go with the first post from Tychicus…..

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/02/time-magazine-well-funded-cabal-of-powerful-people-secretly-conspired-to-defeat-trump/

    “Time Magazine: “Well-funded Cabal Of Powerful People” Secretly Conspired To Defeat Trump

    “a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information”

    “In a bizarrely congratulatory, even boastful, article entitled “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” Time sketches a chilling portrait of a “well-funded cabal” of Democrats, activists, the media, Never Trumpers, unions, Big Tech, and Big Business who conspired to ensure that President Trump lost his reelection bid and was unsuccessful in his efforts to challenge the results.

    According to Time, a collection of ‘bipartisan’ anti-Trump forces mobilized across the country to “protect” the election, presumably from the great unwashed who seemed intent on reelecting an effective president beloved by the people but despised by the elitist establishment.”

    “Who was involved
    Time details the wide range of actors involved.

    There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.

    The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election–an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted. For more than a year, a loosely organized coalition of operatives scrambled to shore up America’s institutions as they came under simultaneous attack from a remorseless pandemic and an autocratically inclined President. Though much of this activity took place on the left, it was separate from the Biden campaign and crossed ideological lines, with crucial contributions by nonpartisan and conservative actors. The scenario the shadow campaigners were desperate to stop was not a Trump victory. It was an election so calamitous that no result could be discerned at all, a failure of the central act of democratic self-governance that has been a hallmark of America since its founding.

    . . . . Protecting the election would require an effort of unprecedented scale. As 2020 progressed, it stretched to Congress, Silicon Valley and the nation’s statehouses. It drew energy from the summer’s racial-justice protests, many of whose leaders were a key part of the liberal alliance. And eventually it reached across the aisle, into the world of Trump-skeptical Republicans appalled by his attacks on democracy.

    The first task was overhauling America’s balky election infrastructure–in the middle of a pandemic. For the thousands of local, mostly nonpartisan officials who administer elections, the most urgent need was money.

    . . . . The racial-justice uprising sparked by George Floyd’s killing in May was not primarily a political movement. The organizers who helped lead it wanted to harness its momentum for the election without allowing it to be co-opted by politicians. Many of those organizers were part of Podhorzer’s network, from the activists in battleground states who partnered with the Democracy Defense Coalition to organizations with leading roles in the Movement for Black Lives.”

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  9. Yes. Yes they did.

    But anyone with a brain already knew this.

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  10. Right on queue: Paid for by the DNC to invite violence on the eve of the sham impeachment trial in order to intimidate Senators – just like they did on Jan 6.

    They sure seem like insurrectionists and domestic terrorists, don’t they?

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/black-lives-matter-antifa-march-through-dc-chant-burn-it-down_3688149.html?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-02-07-2

    “Black Lives Matter protesters and Antifa agitators marched through Washington on Feb. 6 and threatened people as they ate dinner, according to video footage and reports.

    “Burn it down,” the demonstrators chanted.

    “We are here tonight because black lives matter,” members of the far-left group also said. “Despite black lives mattering, black people are still dying at the hands of the police paid for by our tax dollars.”

    Other video footage uploaded by independent journalists on the scene showed Antifa types fighting with police officers, who were trying to keep them away from restaurants. Some, clad in all black, could be seen holding the red-and-black Antifa flag.

    At one point, police in Washington were seen forming lines around outdoor diners to separate them from the demonstrators and agitators.”

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  11. !@#$ off Bruce.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/02/08/the-3-worst-things-about-that-terrible-jeep-super-bowl-ad/

    “The 3 Worst Things About That Terrible Jeep Super Bowl Ad

    How could a major corporation not see how propagandistic it comes off to suggest that when Republicans win a national election, that’s divisive, but when Democrats win one, that’s unifying?”

    “In a generally weak year for Super Bowl commercials, Jeep’s stood out for being particularly obnoxious and tone-deaf. Called “The Middle,” left-wing political activist and world-famous singer Bruce Springsteen narrated and starred in the ad about how the country has been divided, but now it has a bright future as the “ReUnited States of America.”

    While advertisements that appeal to virtues in order to increase sales and profits can work — see Toyota’s beautiful ad about the joy in adopting a child with special needs — this one fell flat and faced mockery and opposition from many viewers. Here are the three main reasons the ad didn’t work.

    The Messenger Is Known For Hating Republicans

    Many Americans love Springsteen’s music. His successful career has spanned four decades. Many liberals love that he shares their political views and works so hard as a political activist. Springsteen, like so many other wealthy celebrities, regularly speaks ill of Republican voters and politicians.

    Just before the 2020 election, Springsteen called for “an exorcism in our nation’s capital” as dark music played on his radio show. Of Trump’s presidency, he said, “I thought it was a f—ing nightmare, but it was true.” The episode, titled “Farewell To The Thief,” also insulted President Trump’s family.

    The 71-year-old Springsteen told Australians that he would leave the United States and move there if Trump was re-elected.

    Springsteen’s posture against Republicans is well known and goes back decades. He was angry at President Ronald Reagan’s positive mention of Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” He endorsed and campaigned for John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden.

    Of President George W. Bush in 2008, Springsteen said the United States was now “suffering the consequences” of eight years of rule by a “very radical group of people who pushed things in a very radical direction, had great success in moving things in that direction, and we are suffering the consequences.” By 2016, he was calling President Trump a “moron.” In 2017 he bashed Trump in a protest song.

    As one Twitter user put it, “That’s all I could think of, the whole spot. Being preached to by someone who doesn’t respect my views who relishes in suppressing them, having the nerve to pretend to be ‘my community’ and declare unity. They have no idea how transparently cynical the whole thing came across.””

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  12. Blame Cuomo, DeBlasio, and Biden.

    https://hotair.com/archives/jazz-shaw/2021/02/07/nyc-vaccination-pods-ghost-towns-say-blew/

    “NYC Vaccination Pods Are “Ghost Towns.” Say, “We Blew It”

    “Nearly all areas of the country have set up what have come to be known as “pods” (points of dispensing) where people in approved categories can make appointments to receive the COVID vaccine. Each state and municipality has its own system for organizing and operating these pods, but some are clearly not working as well as others. That’s been the case in New York City for most of the past month. After seeing some initial successes, the pods in the Big Apple have, according to workers operating them, turned into “ghost towns.” Workers are standing by and ready to go but they either have no customers or no vaccines to administer… sometimes both. This has led to increasing levels of frustration among both the public and the people who are sitting in these outdoor locations in the middle of the winter with nothing to do. (NY Post)

    The city’s 15 vaccination hubs were ghost towns last Saturday, and the city Department of Health is refusing to reveal just how bad distribution went.

    One DOH staffer stationed at the Hillcrest High School hub in Queens on Jan. 30 said he did nothing all day…

    He said there were about 70 workers on hand — some earning overtime pay for 12-hour shifts — and about 10 people to vaccinate.

    One City Council member was notified of these events and went to investigate. He tweeted a video of the idle workers at his local pod and unleashed his anger on the city’s Department of Health.”

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  13. Dems will kill this aptly named bill.

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  14. Say it with me now…….

    UNITY!

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    If you think Antifa is just an idea, you’re a moron.

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  15. Obviously using campaign funds to employ an family member or use a family business is unethical and should be illegal. However, if the Republicans are sincere in campaign reform perhaps they should stop playing silly name games and picking on one member in particular. If they made it illegal to pay your own company or one managed by your children for campaign events or rallies, I’m sure the Democrats, for obvious reasons, would quickly make it a bipartisan bill. But the truth is the Republicans don’t want campaign reform — they just want to embarass one member.

    The other truth is I’m sure there are plently of politicians on both sids of the aisle who are guilty of similar use of campaign cash; nepotism is part of the campaign tradition. And broader campaign reform — dark money, PACs, Citizens United etc won’t even be considered.

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  16. How does a commentator go from supporting Trump who constantly cited the stock market as a highlight of his presidency to calling Reddit Wallstreetbets, who purposely crashed a hedge fund, the spirti of Trump? These kids are for the most part liberatarians and some are even left wing anarchists (one of my daughter’s leftist friends got in on the fun and made 10K and helped a hedge fund lose billions) The only time Trump wanted hedge funds to lose money is when he declared bankrucpticy seven times and left many finiance companies on the hook for his debts.

    For these kids, the system is a joke and they have no stake in it. They refuse to work real jobs and rather spend their time working in the “gig” economy while creating ways to embarass capitalism.

    Springsteen was upset with Reagan for the same reason many musicians were/are upset with Republican politicians; using his music without permission. Reagan giving the song a positive mention was a case of wilfully blindness — the song wasn’t about patriotism, it was about a Vietnam vet returing home to a life with few options and no much hope.

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  17. Sure, Joe Biden’s election win was the result of coalition of disparate groups coming together with one aim — defeat Trump and pro Trump Republicans. The Democrats are a big tent. This is no secret and is also not a case of rigging the election. In a two party system, you try to create a larger coalition to beat your opponent — its math. Look at FDR’s New Deal coalition — southern Democrats, Labor, city machine politics, social democrats, and more — a large tent.

    Why do some react as if this was a conspiracy?

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