18 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-20-23

  1. Sure, what could possibly go wrong….?

    “DC poised to soften penalties for carjacking, other violent crimes, despite mayor’s veto”


    “The D.C. Council is expected to override Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s veto of sweeping criminal reform legislation that will soften penalties for many violent crimes, including carjackings and burglaries.

    Bowser vetoed the Revised Criminal Code Act earlier this month after the council, which lacks a single Republican member, voted unanimously to adopt it in November. The overhaul of the city’s criminal code includes reduced maximum sentences, the elimination of nearly all mandatory minimum sentences, and expanded rights to jury trials by those accused of misdemeanors.

    Criminal justice reform advocates say the bill is necessary to modernize the law, which was written in 1901, and ensure that punishments are proportionate to the crimes being committed.

    But opponents have sounded the alarm on provisions that would allow D.C. inmates to ask for early release 20 years into their sentence, even those accused of violent crimes like murder or sexual assault.

    Bowser voiced concerns about the reduced penalties provisions of the bill when she vetoed it on Jan. 3.

    “Anytime there is a policy that reduces penalties, I think it sends the wrong message,” she said.

    Council members are expected to override Bowser’s veto and send the bill to Congress, where federal lawmakers will have 60 days to review it. Within that period, Congress may enact a joint resolution disapproving the Council’s Act. If President Biden approves the resolution, the act will be prevented from becoming law.”


  2. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    “‘Divine Justice’: Man Trying To Steal St. Michael Statue From Catholic Church Impales Himself On Angel’s Sword”


    “Divine justice came swiftly for a would-be thief who broke into a Catholic Church earlier this week.

    According to local news sources, the man, reportedly drunk, broke into the Cristo Rey Parish in the city of Monterrey, Mexico, near the border with Texas. While trying to steal a statue of St. Michael the Archangel in the early morning hours on Saturday, he reportedly tripped and fell, injuring himself on the angel’s sword.

    According to a report from the Catholic News Agency, the man hopped the fence, smashed through a glass door, and entered the Church in the wee hours Saturday. While trying to make off with a statue of the angel, he tripped and fell on top of the angel’s sword, sustaining serious injuries to his neck. Fortunately, passersby saw the man and called for paramedics. Monterrey Civil Protection personnel arrived on scene and rendered medical aid before police escorted him to a local hospital. The statue, however, was unharmed.

    Local news sources added some details about the incident. According to local newspaper Milenio, the thief broke into the Church looking for valuables to steal — but his vision was blurred due to his intoxication, and he stumbled and fell on the statue; he landed on the sword, which ran through his neck. Passersby saw the man walking out of the Church, clutching his neck and with blood on his hands. Paramedics arrived and managed to control the bleeding. Despite difficulty speaking and eventually losing consciousness, the man reportedly refused to be taken to a hospital, but Monterrey Police eventually escorted him anyway.

    Locals told news outlet ABC Noticias that the man smashed through the glass door while trying to escape the Church after being wounded by the statue. Local residents said that the incident was “a matter of divine justice.””


  3. Like I said, guns don’t fire themselves….

    “Actor Alec Baldwin Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter Over Movie Shooting”


  4. Oh, so they lied….

    They do have Biden’s visitor logs.


  5. Jen’s still shilling for Dems I see…

    Like Comey did for Hillary.


  6. What’s wrong with public schools?

    Well people like this in positions of power in school systems for starters.

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  7. I see the UK is ruled by clowns too….

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  8. Yep.


  9. So now that Musk outed them, it’s OK to admit the truth.


  10. The Facebook Files.


  11. “The Justice Department’s Double Standards on Classified Documents

    Biden and Trump both have special counsels. But the president’s lawyers got to conduct his search, while his predecessor’s weren’t even allowed to be present.”


    “The White House can’t be happy that its document scandal has landed President Biden a special-counsel investigation. At the same time, the Justice Department has handled the affair in a way that’s proved convenient for the president.

    It’s convenient that the White House was able to keep quiet for nearly 70 days the revelation that Mr. Biden inappropriately retained classified information. The media reported almost immediately in 2022 that the National Archives had asked the Justice Department to examine Donald Trump’s handling of documents and later that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had opened a probe. These unsourced stories contained details only department personnel would know—despite a strict prohibition on discussing or disclosing investigations. In the Biden case, officials managed to keep their mouths shut for months.

    It’s convenient that the Biden news didn’t break prior to the midterm elections. In the Trump case, a torrent of leaks and the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago inspired Attorney General Merrick Garland to break the policy of confidentiality. He publicly confirmed the investigation. The first Biden document was found Nov. 2 and the Justice Department knew about it by Nov. 4—four days before voters went to the polls. This time, Mr. Garland scrupulously followed policy and kept silent, allowing Team Biden more than two months to perfect the tidy story of “inadvertent” handling and “full cooperation” it later rolled out.

    It’s convenient that the FBI immediately declined to engage in the Biden probe. The Journal reported Tuesday that, soon after the discovery, the Biden team “discussed with the Justice Department the prospect of having FBI agents present while Mr. Biden’s lawyers conducted the additional searches. Instead, the two sides agreed that Mr. Biden’s personal attorneys would inspect the homes.” Nice.

    Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy says this decision “boggles the mind.” The initial documents, including some classified at the highest security level, were discovered in an office that didn’t open until 2018—meaning they were moved there from yet another unauthorized location and heightening the likelihood of more document finds. Mr. McCarthy says the Justice Department is “duty bound” to ensure searches are “done by federal law enforcement agents—in this case, the FBI—when there are grounds to believe evidence, especially classified evidence, will be recovered.” Only agents “with high security clearances” could “ensure that the evidence was preserved for investigative purposes, and that national security was thus protected.”

    Instead, the process was left entirely to Mr. Biden’s private lawyers, who didn’t have security clearances—allowing them access to national secrets and the potential to glean the nature of the material found (which might be useful in a later Biden defense). It also allowed them to craft the circumstances of the discovery—where they were, their condition, whether they were easily observable. The department allowed this process to continue even after the first tranche of additional documents was discovered—even though this confirmed the potential for yet more.

    Biden attorney Bob Bauer in a recent memo laid out the “protocols” the attorneys followed in each instance of a document find, and assured that nobody saw or did anything improper. But this is an extraordinary level of trust—one the Justice Department doesn’t afford others suspected of mishandling classified information. Mr. Trump’s lawyers weren’t allowed to be present when the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago.

    Putting the Biden legal team in charge also conveniently meant there would be no public FBI display to equate the Biden document mess to the Trump one. Biden defenders, including the media, continue to insist that what makes this case different is the Biden team’s dedication to discovering and returning classified information. That’s a hard case to make when the FBI takes over the process.

    Finally, a little too convenient is the White House’s argument that it can’t speak to any of this given the investigation. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre remained mum even when informed by an NBC reporter that the Justice Department said it hadn’t told the White House it couldn’t speak to the underlying facts.

    Mr. Garland is getting praise from the usual quarters for handling the Biden case with discretion, restraint and professionalism. The problem is that these supposed qualities seem to arise depending on partisan circumstances—and the unequal treatment predates Mr. Garland’s tenure. Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are handled with kid gloves. Carter Page and Donald Trump—not to mention low-profile suspects—face the bluntest federal law-enforcement tools.”

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  12. China, China, China…..

    This is what a president bought by foreign powers actually looks like. And unlike with Russia, Russia, Russia, there’s actual evidence.

    “U. Penn Given Millions From Chinese Donors Since Biden Took Office

    “The names of the newer foreign donors are being kept under wraps by the Biden administration’s Department of Education—a departure from prior administrations that would publish this information in an online database.”


    “In the two years since Biden took office, the University of Pennsylvania has received tens of millions of dollars from anonymous donors in China.

    The University of Pennsylvania is the home of the Penn Biden Center, a Washington, D.C. based think tank, where attorneys found classified documents. This has red flags all over it, no pun intended.”


    “Since President Joe Biden took office in 2021 anonymous Chinese donors have poured millions of dollars to the university that houses President Joe Biden’s think tank, where at least 10 classified documents were identified.

    Since Biden’s inauguration, the University of Pennsylvania has received $51 million in foreign funding, including $14 million from unnamed contributors in China and Hong Kong and $2.4 million from unnamed contributors in Saudi Arabia, according to Department of Education records reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon. The school also received $1 million from a source in the Cayman Islands in June to fund its Penn Wharton China program.

    This funding is in addition to the $61 million that the University of Pennsylvania received from Chinese donors between 2017 and 2020, which was reported by the Free Beacon in 2021.

    The names of the newer foreign donors are being kept under wraps by the Biden administration’s Department of Education—a departure from prior administrations that would publish this information in an online database. American universities that receive federal grants are required by law to disclose their overseas funders to the government.

    Rep. James Comer (R-KY), who chairs the House Oversight Committee, is looking into this.

    CBS News reports:

    House Oversight chairman asks University of Pennsylvania for info on Biden think tank donors, visitor logs
    The GOP-led House Oversight and Accountability Committee is seeking information from the University of Pennsylvania about foreign donations and visitors to the Washington think tank where documents marked classified from President Biden’s tenure as vice president were discovered, as the panel expands it probe into Mr. Biden’s handling of government records.

    The committee’s chairman, Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, is requesting records related to donations from China to the university and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, as well as a list of all Chinese donors to both entities since the end of the Obama administration. He is also seeking information on all Penn Biden Center employees, a list of people who had keycard access to the think tank’s office and a log of visitors who met with Mr. Biden at its office.

    “It is imperative to understand whether any Biden family members or associates gained access to the classified documents while stored at the Penn Biden Center,” Comer wrote in a letter to University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill dated Wednesday.

    Imagine what Democrats and the media would be saying if this was Trump.”

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  13. So were the Biden docs found while searching for other documents to purge before R’s could get their hands on them?

    I’d guess Yes.

    “The Unclassified Docs Biden’s Lawyers Were Searching May Be The Key To The Real Scandal

    The classified documents may be a distraction, stumbled upon inadvertently as part of a search to grab unclassified evidence of Biden scandals before Republican-led House committees issued subpoenas to the Biden Center.”


    “We previously posted about Jim Jordan’s question, “What prompted them to look for Joe Biden’s classified documents?”

    I wrote about that:

    As you recall, lawyers for Biden searched boxes as Biden’s U.Penn. office and found classified documents. But why did they search there and open the boxes? Why lawyers, and why those boxes? They could have just moved the boxes.

    And why did they then search Biden’s Delaware home, and find classified documents three times – in the garage, and twice in Biden’s personal office (we think).

    There’s more here than meets the eye.

    But not to the Twitter Legal Resistance. Lawyer Brad Moss said it’s simply voluntary self-reporting.

    But that’s a dodge – why were they looking in boxes in the first place?

    The answer to that question will reveal a lot.

    Possible scenario: Maybe the classified documents are a distraction. Maybe the classified documents were not sought, but found inadvertently when looking for unclassified documents regarding Biden family foreign dealings and the funneling of foreign money to The Big Guy.

    With it clear that Republican-led House committees were going to be issuing subpoenas, Team Biden needed to make sure the Biden Center at U. Penn (in D.C.) was not in a position to produce those boxes in response to a subpoena. What better way to solve the problem than to move the boxes. But knowing there was potentially damaging documents in there, you needed lawyers with a duty of loyalty to their client (Joe) to do the work. They needed not only to move things, but to know what damaging material might already have been seen by others.

    Once the lawyers stumbled upon classified documents in those boxes, they knew they had a problem.”


    And that’s why Biden lawyers did the search, instead of the FBI.


  14. Having coffee?

    Well you can save the planet too, with your Keurig.


    “Now here’s a take I never expected: drinking coffee made from single-serve pods like Keurig machines is good for the environment.

    No really, that is what I just learned!

    I have owned and used a Keurig machine, although I finally gave it up because the coffee really isn’t that good. My preferred way of making coffee is with a professional espresso machine I bought a while back, but the thermostat or heating coil broke a long while back and I just dread getting it fixed. It weighs a zillion pounds and it will cost hundreds to repair.

    So I make pour-over coffee, which is adequate I guess. But a nice morning cappuccino from a superb machine is optimal.

    One minor benefit of Keurig, though, was that using it annoyed the environmentalists. Those folks who love reusable (and incredibly gross, germ-filled) grocery bags just hated the single-use K-cups. It made me smile smugly thinking that I was annoying them.

    The secret to the green benefits of pods? Climate change. It turns out that pods are less carbon-intensive than pour-over coffee.

    While convenient and popular, single-use coffee pods are viewed by many as an environmental nightmare. But despite the piles of discarded capsules this brewing method leaves behind, it might not be as terrible for the planet as you think.

    In some cases, brewing a cup of joe in an old-school filter coffee maker can generate roughly 1½ times more emissions than using a pod machine, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi in Canada.

    The study adds to a growing body of research that shows assuming packaging does the most harm to the environment is often misguided. Instead, experts say, it’s important to look at a product’s entire life span — from the time it’s made to when it hits the landfill — to figure out which changes might have the biggest effect on improving sustainability.In the case of brewing coffee at home, this latest study shows that it largely boils down to not wasting water or coffee.”


  15. The other day I shared the Townhall story on the pedophile gay couple exploiting their adopted kids.


    “Content Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse. Reader discretion is advised.”

    “TAPES: We Investigated a Suburban LGBTQ Pedophile Ring. Here’s What We Found.”



    That was the first, here are the other 3 parts.

    Again…. CONTENT WARNING!!!!!!

    “Part 2: Just How Big Was the Operation Led by the LGBTQ Couple Who Abused Their Adopted Sons?”


    “Part 3: How Did an Accused Child Rapist Adopt Two Children?”


    And now the last.

    “Part 4: What’s Jail Like for Two Accused Child Rapists?”



  16. You can make a huge pot of coffee, too, with one filter. Makes no sense to me. However, I do agree that all the effects of these things should be taken into account. That is seldom the case, since political pressure and money are usually involved.


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