Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bundys cleared of all charges

Federal judge Gloria Navarro slammed the FBI and Justice Department on Monday, Jan. 8, for "outrageous" abuses and "flagrant misconduct" in the prosecution of Cliven Bundy and sons, the Nevada ranchers who spurred a high-profile standoff with the FBI and Bureau of Land Management in 2014.

Navarro condemned the "grossly shocking" withholding of evidence from defense counsel in a case that could have landed the Bundys in prison for the rest of their lives. Navarro, who had declared a mistrial last month, dismissed all charges against the Bundys.

Navarro was especially riled because the FBI spent three years covering up or lying about the role of their snipers in the 2014 standoff. The Bundys faced conspiracy charges because they summoned militia to defend them after claiming FBI snipers had surrounded their ranch. Justice Department lawyers scoffed at this claim but newly-released documents vindicate the Bundys. In an interview Saturday, Ammon Bundy reviled the feds:
"They basically came to kill our family, they surrounded us with snipers. And then they wanted to lie about it all like none of it happened."
Many of the heavily-armed activists who flocked to the scene feared that the FBI snipers had a license to kill the Bundys.

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Sanctuary for Nazis

After 1945 the scale of the horror of the Holocaust came to light. Faced with unprecedented cruelty, much of the world responded with unprecedented vigor. The new term "crimes against humanity" was coined in the subsequent Nuremberg trials, as Allied lawyers called senior Nazis to account.

Yet fewer than 300 Nazis faced judgment in the Nuremberg trials while up to 9,000 Nazis by some counts were spirited away from Europe after World War II, helped by sympathetic agents and friends. Many found new lives in South America. By the late 1940s, much of South America, particularly Brazil, Chile and Argentina, was a haven for thousands of Nazis eluding justice. German prosecutors in recent years have estimated that Brazil accepted between 1,500 and 2,000 Nazis, Chile took in between 500 and 1,000, and Argentina welcomed up to 5,000 Nazis to their country.

Many South American countries were home to large communities of ethnic Germans during and after World War II. In many cases, these communities were sympathetic to and even welcomed Nazis, helping them to evade justice. In the mid-1980s, it was estimated that 3.6 million of Brazil’s 130 million citizens, one million out of Argentina’s 28 million people, and 200,000 out of 3.5 million citizens of Paraguay were ethnically German. "Many of them maintain the language and traditions of their forefathers," the New York Times noted in 1985. "Because of their strong cultural identity, the older German farming communities in southern Brazil and southern Paraguay have often been accused of harboring Nazis. In 1962, the Chilean town of Colonia Dignidad was found to be home to 300 families who’d fled Germany after World War II, finding a welcome and no questions asked among their compatriots in South America."

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Influenza pandemic of 1918

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected.

Especially remarkable was the 1918 flu’s predilection for taking the lives of otherwise healthy young adults, as opposed to children and the elderly, who usually suffer most. Some have called it the greatest pandemic in history.

The 1918 flu pandemic has been a regular subject of speculation over the last century. Historians and scientists have advanced numerous hypotheses regarding its origin, spread and consequences. As a result, many of us harbor misconceptions about it.

By correcting these 10 myths, we can better understand what actually happened and learn how to prevent and mitigate such disasters in the future.

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Leader of the free world

In 1938, so the story goes, America nearly scared itself to death when "the Mercury Theatre on the Air enacted a Martian invasion of Earth." Orson Welles' radio play took the form of simulated news bulletins, but its content provoked mass hysteria. Mass hysteria is not a thing of the past and there have been numerous outbreaks since all the way into the 21st century. In 2016 an epidemic of hundreds of "evil clown" sightings in the U.S. and Canada eventually spread to " Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and South America."

Mass hysteria can affect even politics, and historians cite the Red Scare as an example how whole populations can see danger where none existed. But if mass hysteria can happen once in politics, surely it can happen again. There are indications we are living through another "scare" period, though historians have not yet given this one a name.

In early 2017, traumatized by the election of Donald Trump, some media observers concluded the West was leaderless and repeatedly proclaimed German Chancellor Angela Merkel the new Leader of the Free World.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Libya is a shit show

The mainstream media is horrified by the idea that President Trump would refer to Haiti as a "Shithole" countrybut they seem to have forgotten that President Obama referred to Libya as a "Shit show," and that the United States has had a hand in ensuring that both countries continue to be plagued with problems.

The media launched a firestorm after a report from the Washington Post claimed that during a meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump said, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

The comment was reportedly in reference to a discussion on "protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal." Trump became "frustrated" with the lawmakers in the meeting, and proposed that the U.S. should prioritize immigrants from Norway, over countries such as Haiti, according to the report.

While mainstream media outlets were quick to criticize Trump’s comments on Haiti, they were not nearly as offended when reports claimed that Obama referred to the state of affairs in Libya after Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown as a "shit show" in March 2016.

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Professor develops checklist to identify white supremacists

An English professor at Linfield College has developed a checklist that is intended to help individuals determine whether they are white supremacists.

In a Friday op-ed for Inside Higher Ed, professor Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt explains that after many years of contemplation, she "created a list of qualities and attributes of those that overtly or covertly support or contribute to a culture of mundane and everyday white supremacy within our institutions."

The academic then goes on to outline 15 of her core "troubles" that she "identified to help others in academe recognize your (un)conscious contributions to white supremacy."

The first item on the lengthy list of transgressions is working "in a position of power in a predominantly white institution" and doing nothing "to change the white supremacist power structures within your departments, committees and institutional decision-making process."

Likewise, another sign of aiding white supremacy is thinking that marginalized colleagues who complain about oppressive work conditions are "difficult," and saying "I am so sorry. This is unbelievable" to colleagues and students who claim "that they experienced microaggressions," Dutt-Ballerstadt claims.

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Clinton Foundation in Republican gunsights

So the FBI is again investigating the "Bill, Hillary & Clinton Foundation." That should make Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett, and other affluent Americans who have given to the Clinton Foundation wish they had asked more questions before writing those checks.

Here’s why: "Due diligence" doesn’t end when the Clinton "charities" cash your check.

The FBI agents and forensic accountants probing the Clinton Foundation must go all the way back to Oct. 23, 1997, and examine precisely how a public charity, organized to hold federal records of the Clinton presidency, somehow evolved by 2002 to "fight HIV/AIDS internationally," plus a raft of additional tax-exempt purposes that were never properly authorized in the foundation’s Articles of Incorporation.

The FBI should train its sights on the Dallas office of the IRS. On May 19, 2015, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives called on the federal tax agency to investigate the Clinton Foundation. The IRS treated this solidly grounded request dismissively.

It was not until July 22, 2016, following a second congressional request led by Blackburn, that then-IRS chief John Koskinen said agency officials in Dallas would open a review of the multiple issues flagged by the Republican members of Congress.

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Birds setting forest fires?

Grassland fires that are deadly and devastating events for many kinds of wildlife are a boon to certain types of birds known as fire foragers. These opportunists prey on animals fleeing from a blaze, or scavenge the remains of creatures that succumbed to the flames and the smoke.

But in Australia, some fire-foraging birds are also fire starters.

Three species of raptors predatory birds with sharp beaks and talons, and keen eyesight are widely known not only for lurking on the fringes of fires but also for snatching up smoldering grasses or branches and using them to kindle fresh flames, to smoke out mammal and insect prey.

Scientists recently collected and evaluated reports from Aboriginal and nonindigenous people of these so-called firehawks black kites (Milvus migrans), whistling kites (Haliastur sphenurus) and brown falcons (Falco berigora) to better understand this unusual behavior, and to evaluate its implications for fire management in regions where the birds are active, the researchers wrote in a new study.

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me too

Interest and involvement in the "#MeToo Movement" has been strong in Sweden. Internet searches for the phrase "me too" show that Swedes made almost three times as many as the Dutch population, in second place for the number of searches for "me too".

What the #MeToo Movement reminds us of in Sweden is how the issue of sexual harassment has become very politicized. While many Swedes are eager to expose celebrities who have sexually assaulted or sexually harassed women, Sweden is still a country where sexual assaults and rapes by newly arrived and illegal migrants is denied and concealed in the most vicious ways by parts of the official establishment.

One of the clearest examples is a recent case where a rapist was not condemned and his victim was blamed. On October 11, 2017, Arif Moradi, an illegal immigrant from Afghanistan who lives in Sweden, was convicted of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. Moradi had been appointed in November 2016 to be a youth leader at a "Confirmation camp" by the Church of Sweden. At this camp, Moradi began to make sexual advances towards the 14-year-old girl, until on the night of November 12-13, 2016, the most serious abuse took place as the other children were sleeping.

The victim succeeded in fleeing to the bathroom, where she sent several text messages to a friend at the camp. Together, the two girls woke up the parish educator, Eva-Lotta Martinsson, and told her what had taken place. The parish educator, however, decided not to report the incident to the police. The reason the parish educator did not inform police was apparently because, as she later told the police, she did not perceive it as "serious." When the girl's mother found out about the assault, she did report it to the police.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Coal in Germany

A 19th century church in Germany was demolished this week to make way for coal mining.

St Lambertus Cathedral a church known by locals as Immerather Dom in Immerath, a tiny farming village northwest of Cologne, was razed to the ground on Tuesday.

The double-spired church, thought to have been built between 1880 and 1890, was torn down in the latest step in energy company RWE's demolition of the entire village in a bid to expand its access to the region's lignite supply.

The church held its last Mass Service in October 2013, before being deconsecrated, according to Die Zeit.

But Greenpeace activists had been protesting against its demolition, brandishing banners that said #ENDCOAL.

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School segregation still a fact of life

While explicitly racist segregation of American schools has been outlawed, education across the country is still largely divided along racial lines. If they want, districts can rezone schools to either decrease or increase segregation.

The policies adopted by New York City are successful in reducing segregation compared to the level of neighborhood divisions in the city, according to research by Tomas Monarrez, a UC Berkeley economics PhD candidate.

To illustrate this research, Vox published an article this week demonstrating how school district policies across the country either increase, decrease or preserve the level of segregation already present in the community. Check out the article Vox published to see a visual presentation of your district's policies.

Most school districts slightly improve integration in the classroom compared to their neighborhoods, according to Monarrez, but they could do better. However, some districts sort their students such that their schools are even more segregated.

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The resistance from California

California prides itself on being first with progressive laws on climate change, labor rights and marijuana. In 2018, the Golden State’s "firsts" are defensive bold proposals and legal maneuvers to protect citizens from Donald Trump.

State leaders have pushed legislation and lawsuits to circumvent and undo Trump's agenda on immigration, the environment, internet freedom and other liberal causes. One of the most consequential victories came Tuesday when a judge in San Francisco blocked the Trump administration’s plan to end a program that allows 800,000 undocumented people to study and work in the US.

At the same time, activists have also launched grassroots campaigns to shield residents from the White House’s attacks and to pressure local Democrats to do more to mobilize the largest state against the president.

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Las Vegas shooting was cover for assassination attempt?

There was a King Fasal who had a son, Prince Alwaleed, bin Talal.
King Fasal took ill and named his brother Salman as king in his place.
King Salman has named his son an heir to the throne, instead of his brother’s son Prince Al Waleed.
Al Waleed is a Wahabbi. Salman is Suni.
Wahabbi is extreme Islam.
Salman wanted a more modern, non extreme Islam for Saudi. That’s why he named his own son as heir.
In Las Vegas, Prince Al Waleed owned the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay resort, including the 32nd floor that was one of the points of shooting at the strip.
I say one of the places, because the witnesses were all correct. There were other locations too.
The Mandalay Bay has a heli-pad on the roof. That is important, because that was the escape route after the carnage.
Paddock was a pilot. He was also a gun runner between the Philippines and the US.
He was running guns for Prince Al Waleed.
He didn’t win at the casino. Those millions came from smuggling.
On the night of the attack, I found out that King Salman was in Las Vegas.

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The wall works in El Paso

When charges of "racism" and "xenophobia" fail, Democrats’ fallback argument against President Trump’s proposed border wall is that it simply "won’t work," so why waste billions building it? Tell that to the residents of El Paso, Texas.

Federal data show a far-less imposing wall than the one Trump envisions a two-story corrugated metal fence first erected under the Bush administration already has dramatically curtailed both illegal border crossings and crime in Texas’ sixth-largest city, which borders the high-crime Mexican city of Juarez.

In fact, the number of deportable illegal immigrants located by the US Border Patrol plummeted by more than 89 percent over the five-year period during which the controversial new fence was built, according to Homeland Security data reviewed by me. When the project first started in 2006, illegal crossings totaled 122,261, but by 2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out into the New Mexico desert, immigrant crossings shrank to just 12,251.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Odds and ends

At least one of the four Comey memos passed to the New York Times contained classified info.

The author of the explosive new book about Donald Trump's presidency acknowledged in an author's note that he wasn't certain all of its content was true.

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." --Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 1945.

Headline....All that extra water from melting glaciers has caused the ocean to sink.

Cool comment seen on the internet...."Most of the psychiatrists I've encountered were off balance. The rest were crazy."

Headline....FBI confirms under oath ALL Comey's leaked memos were classified.

The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age.

The unemployment rate for African-Americans fell to 6.8 percent in December, the lowest level since the government began tracking such data in 1972. (CBS News)

When temperatures plunged last week, New England had to scurry to buy natural gas on the spot market. Forbes reported that on January 4, Appalachians paid an average of $4.02 per unit of natural gas whilst New Englanders paid an average of $87.47.

The DC press corps and prominent Washington journalists knew Hillary Clinton paid for the dossier as early as September of 2016 yet they suppressed the information and acted as if the salacious document was legit intel.

The NFL had a disastrous weekend when it came to ratings. Numbers have been down all season and it was more of the same for the wild-card games.

Former British prime minister David Cameron thought Barack Obama was one of the most narcissistic, self-absorbed people hed ever dealt with.

A 33 year old man, Abukar Ibrahim, armed with a machete assaulted an elderly volunteer worker at a homeless shelter in Shelburne, Vt., last Friday morning while she was delivering Meals on Wheels.

Michael Wolff admitted Monday that he did not interview Vice President Mike Pence or any Cabinet members, though some of the more incendiary claims in his book "Fire and Fury" are credited to Cabinet members.

The Justice Department says it currently has 27 ongoing criminal leak investigations, triple the amount of the prior three years combined.

A City University of New York (CUNY)-Brooklyn College education professor has said meritocracy in the classroom is a 'tool of whiteness' in an article published in December in the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education.

Stephen Hawking warns Earth will become a hellish Venus-like world with unbearably hot temperatures if climate change continues on its current path.

The Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund circulated a memo on Monday calling illegal immigrants brought here at a young age so-called "Dreamers" a "critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success."

Virginia January temperatures have been declining for a century, with 2018 blowing away all records for cold. The average maximum temperature at Lincoln, Virginia has been 21 degrees, which is 22 degrees below normal. CNN and NOAA predicted a warm winter for the Eastern US.

The Russia dossier was used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump's campaign. Hillary Clinton didn't pay over $10 million for mere gossip about Trump and Russian hookers. Hillary paid for a document that could pass as intelligence in order to spy on her political opponent. This is precisely why fake news New York Times and other Deep State operatives are desperate to shift focus from the dossier to George Papadopoulos.

On Thursday morning James O'Keefe released a stunning video showing how Twitter engineers ban conservatives through "shadow banning".

Headline....Twitter engineer admits to banning accounts that express interest in God, guns, and America.

Despite taking in record individual-income-tax revenues, the federal government ran a deficit of approximately $225 billion during the quarter. The Treasury collected a record $390,847,000,000 in individual income taxes in October through December, according to the Treasury statement.

The German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has released new figures showing that around 43,000 individuals engaged in integration courses are unable to read or write at all.

Almost one-third of Post-Millennials, and nearly half of white young men surveyed, said efforts to increase diversity would harm whites. They say efforts to increase diversity almost always come at the expense of whites.

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Lesbian to run for Texas governor

It would rank as one of the greatest political upsets of 2018 and a stunning rebuke to Trumpism: a gay Latina Democrat grabbing hold of the country’s biggest red state.

But is Texas ready for Lupe Valdez?

The question was first posed in Dallas in 2004, when Valdez scored a surprise victory to become the nation’s first openly gay female Hispanic sheriff on the same night that George W Bush secured a second term in the White House. She won re-election three times in Dallas county before announcing last month that she would resign to stand for Texas governor.

Born in San Antonio, the youngest of eight children of Mexican American migrant farm workers, Valdez, 70, was a captain in the US army reserve, a prison guard and a senior agent in the Department of Homeland Security, working drug and undercover investigations.

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Republican Massachusetts governor has high approval rating

As GOP Governor Charlie Baker continues to deliver results for the people of Massachusetts, his approval rating continues to soar. A new WBUR poll shows Governor Baker’s approval rating has risen to 74% as he enjoys strong support across the political spectrum. Governor Baker continues to solidify his reputation as America’s most popular governor as he proves once again that not only can Republicans win in blue states, but also govern successfully.

WBUR reports:

"Gov. Charlie Baker continues to enjoy the kind of approval ratings that most politicians can only dream of.

That’s according to a new WBUR poll, which finds that 74 percent of Massachusetts voters approve of the job Baker is doing…

Baker has had impressively high approval ratings from the moment he took office. That continues today: 74 percent approval, while only 13 percent of voters disapprove of the job he’s doing.

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Trump threatens to cut off financial aid to Palestinians

President Trump set off another Twitter firestorm last week when he hinted that he may be considering cutting off hundreds of millions of dollars in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Trump was angered over Palestinian unwillingness to engage in peace talks with Israel after the Trump administration announced the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Given that the U.S. channels its Palestinian aid through third-party United Nations organizations, it’s unclear how much money Trump is talking about it. But in total it may exceed $700 million per year, according to reports.

A decade ago, the U.S. row with the Palestinian Authority would have been major news. But not now.

Why?

The entire Middle East has radically changed and along with it the role and image of the Palestinians.

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California's maternity hotels

Southern California apartment complexes that doubled as "maternity hotels" for Chinese women who want made-in-America babies were raided early Tuesday, capping an unprecedented federal sting operation, officials said.

NBC News was on the scene as Homeland Security agents swept into The Carlyle, a luxury property in Irvine, California, which housed pregnant women and new moms who allegedly forked over $40,000 to $80,000 to give birth in the United States.

"I am doing this for the education of the next generation," one of the women told NBC News.

None of the women were arrested; they are being treated as material witnesses, and paramedics were on hand in case any of them went into labor during the sweep.

Instead, the investigation was aimed at ringleaders who pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars tax-free to help Chinese nationals obtain visas and then pamper them until they delivered in an American hospital at a discount, court papers show.

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Dispute over Obama's presidential library, he wants the upscale location

Back in his community-organizing days, Barack Obama would have been the one fighting to save historic public parks from developers. Today, the 44th president finds himself on the other side of the underserved communities he once championed.

Grass-roots activists, conservationists and academics on Chicago's South Side say the Obama Presidential Center, as currently planned, does not do enough to benefit neighborhoods badly in need of economic revitalization. The Obama Foundation rejected a proposed Washington Park site that would have made the center easily accessible through public transportation, opting instead for a lush Jackson Park location that overlooks Lake Michigan.

Charles Lipson, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, which sits just blocks away from the center’s future location, said Mr. Obama is "indulging himself" by building "a monument along the lakefront, where it will have a lot less positive impact than it could have had elsewhere."

"Any community organizer worthy of the name would have put this museum on the west side of Washington Park, which desperately needs the economic revitalization and already has extensive public transportation in place, as well as easy access to the Dan Ryan [Expressway]," Mr. Lipson said. "That location, which President Obama rejected, would have been an unambiguous boon to the community and to Chicago.

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Murky world of crime statistics

Many immigration advocates argue that immigrants have much lower crime rates than natives. As my colleague Jessica Vaughan and I pointed in a paper some years ago, however, the picture is far from clear. While there are other issues, the biggest problem with studying immigrant crime is that states and localities do not systematically track the country of birth, citizenship, or legal status of those they arrest, convict, or incarcerate. But the federal government does track the citizenship of those it convicts. New data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission shows that of those convicted of federal crimes between 2011 and 2016, 44.2 percent were not U.S. citizens 21.4 percent if immigration crimes are excluded. In comparison, non-citizens are 8.4 percent of the adult population. Of this 8.4 percent, about 4 percent are illegal immigrants and about 4 percent are legal immigrants.

The commission’s data does not distinguish legal status among non-citizens. It is almost certain that a majority of the non-citizens convicted of federal crimes are illegal immigrants. But we cannot say for sure because that information is not provided. What we can say, at least at the federal level, is that non-citizens are more likely to commit crimes than non-citizens.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Trump effect on migration starting to wane

Just months after border apprehensions hit a 17-year low, which administration officials proudly celebrated as a "Trump effect," the number of migrants trying to enter the United States has been surging, surpassing 40,000 along the Southwest border last month, more than double the springtime numbers, according to new data from the Homeland Security Department.

Many factors, including the Central American economy and gang violence, play a role in migration patterns. But it also appears that any deterrent effect of Mr. Trump’s tough talk and ramped-up immigration enforcement has begun to wane.

In interviews, volunteers and lawyers along the border say that migrants and smugglers have stopped lying low, deciding that trying to get a foothold in a well-off and safe country was no riskier than in the past.

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FBI hoped to bring down Trump presidency

On Tuesday’s edition of "The Story with Martha MacCallum," Republican Congressman from Ohio, Jim Jordan explained that the text messages released by John Solomon show that "the FBI was actively planning in a systemic way" to plant stories in the Wall Street Journal and other places to trigger an investigation that would drag on and eventually, they hoped, bring down the Trump presidency.

This was likely the "insurance policy" discussed by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

What Jordan found most interesting about the Simpson testimony released by Senator Feinstein was that "Glenn Simpson said Christopher Steele told him the FBI had another source. How did Christopher Steele know that? Did the FBI tell him? If they did, why is the FBI telling Christopher Steele, the guy who was paid by Fusion who was paid by the Clinton campaign, why is the FBI telling Christopher Steele they got another source on this whole Russia investigation? I think that is interesting and something we need to get to the bottom of."

McCallum jumped in. "Yeah it goes to the larger question of whether or not there was a coordinated effort between these intelligence agencies and, perhaps, including the FBI and the Clinton campaign to dig up dirt on Donald Trump, right?," asked MacCallum.

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Democrats and Republicans to blame for open borders

"Do you realize over the last half-century, every significant change in immigration policy … has taken place without the support or affirmation of the American citizenry?" Levin asked. "That we’ve been deceived about this over and over and over again by Democrats and Republicans alike?"

Levin said that not only is every single big immigration policy pursued without the support of the American people, it occurs "often under the cover of darkness." He stressed that it is both Republicans and Democrats who have pursued open-borders policies over the years.

"They’re importing Democrats," Levin said of the amnesty crowd’s motivations.

"The Democrats have boxed us in, but we don’t have to be boxed in," Levin said of accusations that somehow opposing amnesty is racist.

He also discussed the failure of American lawmakers to implement proper assimilation policies, leading to the breakdown in American society and institutions.

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Nearing an end?

This report in the New York Times certainly looks like a leak, which seems to be the modus operandi of the current special counsel investigation:

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, told President Trump's lawyers last month that he will probably seek to interview the president, setting off discussions among Mr. Trump's lawyers about the perils of such a move, two people familiar with the discussion said on Monday.

No formal request has been made and no date has been set. White House officials viewed the discussion as a sign that Mr. Mueller's investigation of Mr. Trump could be nearing the end. ...

Mr. Trump's lawyers are expected to try to set ground rules for any interview or provide answers to written questions. If Mr. Trump were to refuse outright to cooperate, Mr. Mueller could respond with a grand jury subpoena.

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Everyone's a critic

George H. W. Bush gave up power quietly and turned to charity work and occasional ceremonial speaking after his reelection defeat in 1992. George W. Bush like Jerry Ford in 1977 and Ronald Reagan in 1989 did the same when Barack Obama assumed power in 2009.

Recent Democrats emeriti Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama apparently had a different vision of the post-presidency, unlike the quiet retirement of Lyndon Johnson back to his ranch in 1969. The three saw politics in more Manichean terms, as an existential struggle far too important to cease at the end of a presidential tenure.

Carter freelanced abroad for 30 years in successful quest for a Nobel Prize, but he often undercut presidential diplomacy. He regularly weighed in on the shortcomings of his successors in a way he would have deeply resented had either Ford or Richard Nixon done the same.

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Joe Dan Gorman....Trump owns the media lock, stock and barrel. He lives in their heads. And make no mistake, their hatred for Trump is real. And if YOU support Trump they hate you too. And laughably these pompous-ass elite blowhards claim Donald Trump is the biggest idiot on the planet yet he keeps kicking their asses.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Update on acoustic attacks in Cuba

Newly disclosed declassified documents from Global Affairs Canada obtained by CBS News reveal Canadian officials were calling incidents affecting American diplomats in Havana, Cuba, "attacks" as far back as April 26 -- months before the U.S. State Department first publicly acknowledged them as such.

In a May 26 internal email update on the situation -- that also affected Canadian personnel -- a Canadian foreign service officer wrote: "Starting in late November and lasting until April 21, U.S. diplomats posted to Havana have been a target of acoustic attacks."

Canadian victims reported symptoms including "headaches, dizziness, nausea, hearing loss, nosebleeds, cognitive functions including loss of short term memory," similar to those of at least 24 Americans in Havana suffered.

According to the documents, on June 18, Health Canada Overseas Medical Advisor Dr. Jeffrey Chernin arrived in Havana for meetings with Canadian embassy staff regarding "possible injuries due to exposure to an acoustic device."

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Professor gets upset over college mascot

An American Indian lecturer harassed and threatened a white student over the students support of a school Aztec mascot, a Thursday probe found.

San Diego State University lecturer Oscar "Ozzie" Monge threatened to lower white student Crystal Sudanos grade after she signaled her support of the schools Aztec mascot, reported The Daily Aztec.

The California Department of Justice found Monge guilty of three of the four accusations levied against him by Sudano, a six-month investigation discovered. The lecturer had racially discriminated against Sudano, racially harassed the student, and racially retaliated against her. The department did not find Monge guilty of the final allegation, disability-based discrimination.

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The Three Paradoxes of the book 1984, a tragic story of a socialist dystopia much like the direction this nation is headed, are "War is Peace," "Ignorance is Strength," "Freedom is Slavery." Now Yahoo is promoting the Fourth Paradox... "Cold is Warm." This is the most sinister of all because it argues that socialism, speech control, and thought control are necessary to "save the planet." When in fact it's all a scam to grab more control of our lives.

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South Africa, the garden of Eden

South Africa could turn into the ultimate paradise if the implementation of the policy of expropriation of land without compensation leads to higher food production, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa said in Nongoma, Kwazulu-Natal on Sunday.

"In fact, it is possible for us to begin a process of working the land and improving agriculture making it a very successful factor in our country," Ramaphosa said, addressing King Goodwill Zwelithini at Osuthu Palace explaining the ANCs decision to implement a policy of land expropriation.

Ramaphosa emphasised that the implementation of the ANCs policy must not harm the economy, the agriculture sector or food security.

"We can make this country the garden of Eden," the new ruling party head said at a meeting to introduce the ANCs new top six leaders to the Zulu king. Ramaphosa said redistributed land must be used productively. He estimated that increased food production could grow the economy by two million jobs.

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A day without women?

In 1970, womens rights activist Betty Friedan helped organize a disruptive feminist protest to mark the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. On Aug. 26, 1970, over 50,000 women crowded Fifth Avenue in New York City for the Women's Strike for Equality March. The strike had three primary goals: equal opportunity at work and in education, a right to medical support for abortion, and free 24-hour child care.

On Wednesday, nearly half a century after Friedans demonstration, women across the country will once again hold strikes and protests, in a different political context this time, but with similar goals. Organizers of the Womens March on Washington, which drew hundreds of thousands of people to the nations capital in January, have called for A Day Without a Woman strike on March 8. (The date is also International Womens Day.) Advocates are calling for women to participate in the strike by taking the day off from work, refusing to spend money except at women- and minority-owned businesses, or wearing red.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Chicken Little on steroids

A SPIKE in devastating natural disasters is on the way as the planet has exceeded a "tipping point" for climate change, a leading scientist has claimed.

The east coast of the US continues to be ravaged by a freezing cold snap while the other side of the country has been hit by wildfires.

These are a signs of the times according to one professor, who says that the situation will only worsen in the next few years.

Dr McPherson said: "The latest unprecedented hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires that we have seen in 2017 are examples of profound changes in our climate system.

"These global disasters threaten energy systems, infrastructure and food supply.

"We have entered an era of exponential climate upheaval with tipping points and feedback loops pushing us over the edge whilst, all the while, governments and climate research bodies refuse to accept the gravity of our situation.

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Gun Control nuts have disappointing news

Following a seemingly endless series of claims made by Michael Bloomberg and other Second Amendment opponents, three Democrats from the House and Senate pushed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to commission a report on internet gun sales. The prime drivers behind this effort were Elijah Cummings, Brian Schatz and Elizabeth Warren. The claim on the table was that criminals and others who were not eligible to purchase a firearm were using the internet to buy guns from unscrupulous sellers. Well, the study is finished and the results don't exactly support the claims of the people pushing for it. (NRA Institute for Legislative Action)

In yet another embarrassment for the gun control lobby, a government investigation of online gun sales designed to determine "whether private sellers would knowingly sell a firearm to an individual prohibited from possessing one" determined that … no, actually, they would not. In 72 attempts undertaken over 2 ½ years, undercover agents trying to buy guns through readily-accessible Internet sites failed exactly 100% of the time to complete a sale when the seller had reason to believe the buyer was prohibited or lived in another state.

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More Special Counsels upcoming?

While most of the MSM fixated last week on whether or not President Trump eats McDonald's in bed while watching Gorilla TV, a flurry of investigative bombshells involving Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and conduct by the FBI's top brass during the 2016 election splashed across the headlines. As a quick review:
The DOJ is "taking a fresh look" into the Hillary Clinton email 'matter'

The FBI has launched a new investigation into the Clinton Foundation the day after the Clinton's Chappaqua property catches fire

Former FBI Director James Comey's full Clinton memo was released, revealing felony evidence of changes which "decriminalized" Hillary Clinton's behavior. Oh, and every one of the memos he leaked to his Cornell professor buddy was classified, per a sworn statement by the FBI's "chief FOIA officer" in a sworn declaration obtained by Judicial Watch.

The House Intelligence Committee will be granted access to "all remaining investigative documents," unredacted, along with all witnesses sought per a deal reached between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Nunes

Opposition research firm Fusion GPS was forced to hand over banking records detailing various clients and their intermediary law firms, including the Clinton Campaign and a Russian money launderer whose lawyer was none other than Natalia Veselnitskaya of Trump Tower meeting fame

Most of these wheels which appear to be in motion are the result of corresponding groundwork laid on Capitol Hill you may not be aware of, including what might be the most important document in the entire process, expected in a little over a week.

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San Antonio Police Chief is a friend of illegals

Controversy swirls in Texas as the San Antonio Police Department has been criticized for its judgement in a human smuggling incident, after a case involving 12 alleged illegal aliens was not turned over to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement. Instead, SAPD opted to handle the case locally and allow these individuals free without so much as a fingerprint or background check. However, SAPD Chief William McManus maintains that his decision to not contact the federal agency was well within his rights as police chief.

Two drivers were arrested on December 23rd, 2017 after police discovered 11 adults and one minor, possibly from Guatemala, riding in the back of their semi-truck trailer in the San Antonio area.

After arresting the two men, SAPD failed to alert ICE of the passengers in the back of the truck. Instead, they brought the stowaways to the local police station and contacted an immigrant aid organization. These 12 alleged illegal aliens were then let go without any charges. The two drivers who were arrested will be tried in district court in 2018. As for their passengers, at least one councilman questions why they were not given a background check before being released.

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