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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Deputy AG Rosenstein may have jumped the shark with threats of GOP Subpoena
[PJ] Highly placed congressional sources are telling Fox News personalities off the record that last month, out of frustration, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to subpoena the communication records of Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee. If true, the threat could constitute an abuse of power or even obstruction, a Fox News legal analyst says.
Rosenstein is the criminal depicted on the left in the graphic.
On Fox Business' "Making Money" Friday, conservative talk show host David Webb said a "highly placed congressional source" told him that during a January 10, 2018, meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray, Rosenstein, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes were in attendance, Rosenstein got so irritated by the requests for outstanding documents that he threatened to subpoena Congress and launch an investigation.

Webb pointed out that investigating Congress is not something the deputy AG can do just because of "the constant requests that he wasn't filling."

Related: Hot Air - Did Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Threaten To Retaliate Against Rep. Devin Nunes?
This article starring:
Rod Rosenstein
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 01:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [508 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rosenstein needs to spend more time with his family - via telephone thru plexiglass
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2018 7:29 Comments || Top||

#2  What's that charming phrase? "Under color of authority..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/04/2018 8:05 Comments || Top||

#3  I asked this in the FISA court entry above but it applies here too.

The question I've been pondering lately in light of calls here for grand juries and perp walks is exactly who will make the arrests?

Who watches the watchers?

Do we have a scenario where the "police" are so corrupt that the army has to play that role?

The rule of law is long gone and there's nothing left.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/04/2018 8:19 Comments || Top||

#4  The U.S. Marshalls.

The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 would prohibit the use of the military.
Posted by: E. Ebbomomble9848 || 02/04/2018 9:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Been following this... I'm not a lawyer so I'm waiting for some corroborative info (or someone to call BS)...

https://www.theburningplatform.com/2018/02/02/civilian-court-or-military-tribunal/

Anyone got an opinion?
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 02/04/2018 10:48 Comments || Top||

#6  That would be one of the most blatant violations of the Constitution in memory. If this is true, he should have been fired.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/04/2018 10:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Leave and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
Posted by: Raj || 02/04/2018 11:00 Comments || Top||

#8  The Posse Comitatus Act does not prohibit the use of the military to suppress a seditious insurrection. On a technical note, it only applies to the Army and its offspring the Air Force. It doesn't apply to the Navy or its offspring the Marine Corps.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/04/2018 12:38 Comments || Top||

#9  congress is one of the three co-equal branches of the federal government. A deputy attorney general is not. Just trying to get a little perspective here.
Posted by: Tom || 02/04/2018 14:06 Comments || Top||


Pirro (if you can stand the screaming): ‘Desperate' FBI, DoJ Conspired to Undermine Election to Stop Trump
[Breitbart] During her Saturday opening statement on Fox News Channel’s "Justice," Jeanine Pirro ripped the "desperate" FBI and Department of Justice for conspiring against President Donald Trump in the 2016 election because he would "break the establishment stranglehold on the American people."

"They were so desperate that he not be elected that they misled the most of secret of the United States in order to spy on an opposing political campaign in order to undermine a presidential election," Pirro stated. "Members of the highest echelon in our FBI and Department of Justice conspired to prevent an outsider from breaking the establishment stranglehold on the American people."

"They needed a reason to spy, so they made one up. They used the dossier of lies paid for by a major political party, the Democrat National Committee, and a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. They swore to facts they knew were lies to get what they wanted in order to surveil a candidate they could not imagine being president," she added.
This article starring:
HILLARY CLINTONDemocrat National Committee,
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 01:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I can't stand the screaming - thanks anyway.
Posted by: Raj || 02/04/2018 9:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Somebody oughta be screaming about it.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/04/2018 11:22 Comments || Top||

#3  She wasn't screaming but she certainly is indignant, as she should be.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/04/2018 12:07 Comments || Top||

#4  The problem is, she's indignant about everything; it gets old real fast.
Posted by: Raj || 02/04/2018 12:25 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm with you Raj. Glad I'm not coming home to that every night.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 13:03 Comments || Top||


Rep. Steve King's Warning: ‘Watch Closely for Barack Obama's Fingerprints'
[Breitbart] "Watch closely for Barack Obama’s fingerprints," said Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Saturday, suggesting the recent alleged partisan weaponization of state surveillance powers could be connected to the 44th president. "[Democrats and their allies] will defend Barack Obama at all costs, and they’ll defend Hillary Clinton almost at all costs unless they have to sacrifice her to protect Barack Obama," he added.

King offered his remarks during an interview with Breitbart News’s Deputy Political Editor Amanda House on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 01:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The Won" has been uncharacteristically silent of late. Busy making plans to abscond perhaps?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/04/2018 11:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Why would anybody bother to keep the no longer useful sock puppet informed?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2018 11:38 Comments || Top||

#3  @M. Murcek - Shopping for mansions in non-extradition jurisdictions most likely.
Posted by: Thravique Spusoter6536 || 02/04/2018 12:37 Comments || Top||


Back for a second day - Joe di Genova Explains the Great Scandal (video)
[Live Leak] The Greatest Scandal in History Explained. Congress now knows that everything you are about to watch in this video, happened. Watergate was a minor crime compared to this.

I thought the Joe di Genova analysis deserved a second day of exposure in this forum. Joe and his wife Victoria Toensing have been relentless advocates of justice and 'swamp draining' for decades. Your comments regarding the re-posting are of course welcome.

Special attention to Joe di Genova's explanation of Admiral Mike Rogers' the Director NSA discovery and reporting.

This article starring:
Mike Rogers
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 00:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [538 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes. Worth reposting. I think even my wife can understand what's going on now.
Posted by: Bugs the Low-priced1241 || 02/04/2018 10:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Ditto
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2018 10:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Great video.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 02/04/2018 10:49 Comments || Top||

#4  It would be interesting to know his thoughts on who may have hatched this plot and who may have been needed to coordinate and maintain it.
Posted by: gorb || 02/04/2018 11:56 Comments || Top||

#5  It would be interesting to know his thoughts on who may have hatched this plot and who may have been needed to coordinate and maintain it.
Posted by gorb


I'll go out on a limb here and say Brennan, Comey, and Valjar, with a approving series of nods from a grinning Soetoro and a compliantly snoring Loretta Lynch.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 13:07 Comments || Top||

#6  You give HRC & Co. far too little credit.
Posted by: Bugs the Low-priced1241 || 02/04/2018 14:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Follow the money. Somebody paid Fusion GPS an awful lot of money.
They played fast-and-loose with their methods because they were damn sure Hillary was going to win and there was no way any of this would come to light.
Hillary herself once said that if Trump won they would all be swinging from nooses.
(I prefer the french method myself...)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/04/2018 14:54 Comments || Top||

#8  Interestingly, Joe does not seem to be in Wikipedia, but his wife is. His resume is public, here
Posted by: Bobby || 02/04/2018 16:36 Comments || Top||

#9  they've been around since the Clinton/Lewinsky days. She was quite the looker in her day. He looks the same
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2018 16:46 Comments || Top||

#10  (I prefer the french method myself...)

With a well-worn plastic snow shovel.
Posted by: gorb || 02/04/2018 18:34 Comments || Top||

#11  Very interesting and believable. Thanks for the repost.
Posted by: KBK || 02/04/2018 22:01 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran protests: IRGC unable to reinstate the atmosphere of repression
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The common denominator for all dictatorships is that a ruling minority maintains its grip on power by controlling all crucial sectors such as territory, wealth, weapons and the media. In Iran, there is another dimension to this reality as the religious dictatorship misuses religion to mobilise its supporter and deceive ordinary citizens.

The regime in Tehran has secured its grip on power through repression, terrorism, persecution, liquidation, intimidation and by hiding demagogic policies behind a moderate mask. Its motto during the last four decades to justify these malignant policies has been "preserve, safeguard and export the Islamic Revolution".

During the recent nationwide uprising, the unprivileged class who lives below the poverty line, whose support the regime had hitherto taken for granted, joined the anti-regime protests. This proves that the theocracy’s hegemony over the society has started crumbling and its bigwigs have been trying desperately ever since to reinstate it.

Desperate times, desperate measures
In this regard, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has pursued the following policies:

• Increase the number of special patrols across the country so that they are seen 24/7 in major cities. According to my sources inside the IRGC, the paramilitary force has established specific headquarters for each city with a large population.

• In order to reinstate the atmosphere of intimidation, both the Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) and the IRGC have tortured a number of nabbed
You have the right to remain silent...
protesters to death.

• In response to nationwide demonstrations, the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ordered the authorities to increase the military budget by tapping into the country’s currency-reserves. Furthermore, President Rouhani has already increased the military budget by 90 percent in his government’s budget for the coming Persian year.

• Increase pressure on political prisoners, human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
defenders and women’s rights activists.

• Deceiving people with empty promises and propounding failed theories by one of the leaders of the deadwood Green Movement, who suddenly is free to express his opinion after seven years of house arrest.

In fact during the protests, reformists and hard-liners made common cause and united their factions to rescue the regime. It is no secret that both reformists and hard-liners have been responsible for the efforts to crush the opposition in the country, including the 1988 Massacre of political prisoners.

Protests may continue
Notwithstanding these efforts, they will not be able to balance the power in favour of the regime and turn its fortune. Considering the changed balance of power both inside and outside Iran and the worsening of its economic crisis, one should expect the nationwide anti-regime demonstrations to continue beyond the Persia New Year. There are five factors which have brought people to streets.

• Economic Stagnation and youth unemployment
• Deteriorating standard of living
• Lack of civil liberties
• Disastrous environmental policy
• Dissatisfaction over involvement in foreign wars

Rouhani’s government is not only riddled with corruption but it seems also moribund and incapable of finding real solutions to address these problems. Thus, the theocracy’s days are numbered and its downfall inevitable.
Despite the ongoing repression, reports from Iran reveal signs of growing resistance against the regime. According to Radio Free Europe, there were sporadic demonstrations across the country on 30 January.

Iranian activists have also carried on the struggle by writing anti-regime graffiti on the walls and nightly attacks on offices belonging to the IRGC’s Basij-force in small cities.

Women power
In recent days, women have challenged the regime’s compulsory dress-code laws by removing their headscarf in public and wave it like a white flag during the protests. These brave women have given name to a movement spreading all over the country called the ’Girl of Enghelab Street’, nicknamed after the name of the road where the first such protest took place.

What makes this struggle interesting is its leadership. On 27 January 2018, Iran’s state-run website, Jahan News, blamed the women members of Iran’s opposition group, the MEK/PMOI, for organising these protests citing the IRGC’s Deputy for Political Affairs, Gen Rasoul Sanaei-Rad.

"The leaders and those inciting the protests were from the ’Hypocrites’ (regime’s condescending label for Iran’s most organised opposition group, the MEK/PMOI). They had come from other cities so as not to be identified. Those who were detained were from ... the MEK/PMOI ....", he said.

He added, "Eighty percent of those arrested were under 30 years of age. There were several women among them, who are middle-aged. In the 1980s, those who were leading MEK protests were mostly women. And now, the main chain of provocation and those who started the protests were women."

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Home Front: Culture Wars
A male backlash against #MeToo is brewing
h/t Instapundit
Men are scared, and feminists are delighted. But the urge to call out and punish male sexual transgression is bound to clash with an inescapable truth: We’re all in this together, men and women.

Affirmative action is a form of danegeld.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2018 05:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Right. Call me when every guy who has been ordered to pay child support for a kid that's not his has gotten a total refund from the court.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/04/2018 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Being self-employed solves a lot of problems, like this one. One of the best decisions I've made.
Posted by: Raj || 02/04/2018 9:42 Comments || Top||


Vile Sarah Silverman: 'Pro-Life Laws Make Me Want to Eat an Aborted Fetus'
[Victory Girls] Just when you thought Sarah Silverman could not hit a new low-BAM! She proves what a disgusting, vile human being she is. As if this wasn’t enough:

Because "it’s goo" that people are so worried about. This past Thursday, the Lady Parts Justice League, (founded by Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead) held a "telethon," called Life Is a Living Nightmare: A Telethon to Fix It. The fundraiser included abortion charades, an interview with abortionist Willie Parker, and political rants. It was during one of these charades, called "sh*tty law charades", that Silverman proclaimed that a conscience clause law that prevented aborted fetuses from being used in manufactured food products would be something that "would make her want to eat an aborted fetus."

It did not stop there. Another charade sparked yet another rant by Silverman:
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 02:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [393 views] Top|| File under:

#1  From her Wiki bio: 'Born into a Jewish family, she considers herself secular and non-religious.'

'Non-religious? Yes, you might say that.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 2:10 Comments || Top||

#2  'Born into a Jewish family, she considers herself secular and non-religious.'

Worship of Moloch = non-religious?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2018 5:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Way back in the civil war era
Of 2018, down at Tara:
"Ah don't know..." "No maybes!
I'm eatin' yo' babies,
Miss Prissy!" shrieks Scarlet O'Sarah.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/04/2018 5:36 Comments || Top||

#4  'Born into a Jewish family'

Yup - north side of Manchester, NH. Adam Sandler used to tap her back in the day. She went to Central High, which explains a lot of this.
Posted by: Raj || 02/04/2018 9:45 Comments || Top||

#5  You have to take her at her word. She probably would.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/04/2018 11:08 Comments || Top||

#6  Who?
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/04/2018 12:25 Comments || Top||

#7  This is what shark jumping sounds like - from a woman so out of it that even Jimmy Kimmel gave her "The Thumb."

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/04/2018 14:16 Comments || Top||


Buzz Kill - Book Review
[SmallWarsJournal] From wine swilling Greek hoplites to tweaked out NAZI’s on speed, drugs and alcohol have been the most essential psychological weapons in the history of human warfare, both lowering our resistance to killing and helping us to forget it in the aftermath. But what does our dependence on drugs in wartime say about us? Are we reluctant killers, good at our core, who need to be altered to do the job … or willing, but imperfect killers, constantly seeking the things that will help us do it best?
About a 10 page detailed review
Posted by: 3dc || 02/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The answer is yes.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/04/2018 7:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Humans aren't wolverines.
Posted by: magpie || 02/04/2018 19:42 Comments || Top||



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Sun 2018-02-04
  Bomb blast kills top military commander in S. Yemen Zoom
Sat 2018-02-03
  Ahrar Al-Sham’s top commander in northern Idlib has been assassinated
Fri 2018-02-02
  Four Migrants Critical after Being Shot in Calais Brawl
Thu 2018-02-01
  Robert Mueller Requests Postponement of General Mike Flynn Sentencing… It was a set up
Wed 2018-01-31
  Southwest State Confirms The Death Of Burhakabo Military Commander
Tue 2018-01-30
  Iraqi court sentences Al-Qaeda member to death over executing eight civilians in 2007
Mon 2018-01-29
  McCabe Resigns
Sun 2018-01-28
  Top Houthi leader killed in Sanaa by unknown individuals
Sat 2018-01-27
  Taliban kill 40 63 90 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital Kabul
Fri 2018-01-26
  Mosul clean up continues: 21 turbans permanently unwound, 9 more jugged
Thu 2018-01-25
  Double car bombing kills 33 in Benghazi
Wed 2018-01-24
  Two suicide attackers, Islamic State member killed as troops repel attack in Baghdad
Tue 2018-01-23
  1.5K al-Nusra troops surrounded in Idlib
Mon 2018-01-22
  Tunisian forces kill top aide of Al Qaeda leader in Maghreb
Sun 2018-01-21
  Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack
Sun 2018-01-21
  Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack

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