[Townhall] The Department of Justice inspector general is about to drop their report on alleged FISA abuses in June. IG Michael Horowitz has been doing a thorough review of the allegations that the FBI used an unverified piece of political propaganda to obtain a FISA spy warrant against former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page in 2016. It was reauthorized three more times into 2017. The main body of evidence allegedly is the so-called Trump dossier compiled by former MI6 spook Christopher Steele, which was funded by the Democrats, specifically the DNC and the Clinton campaign. It was an opposition research file aimed at getting dirt on Trump. Steele used former and current sources within the Kremlin. Yeah, some could call this Clinton-Russia collusion, but that’s a tale for another time.
It’s a document that’s virtually unverified. It remains that way to this day, which is why most news organizations didn’t post the full document. BuzzFeed decided to be that guy in the room. It’s trash. And it was probably part of a Russian disinformation campaign. That allegation is going to be investigated by the DOJ on order of Attorney General William Barr.
Fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe refused to answer questions during congressional testimony about whether the bureau verified the document before allegedly using it obtain a spy warrant against an American citizen who has not been charged or proven to have committed any crime. He now says that applications for the FISA warrants were "adequate." The report filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the Trump-Russia collusion myth proved definitively that no such operation occurred. The Trump team and the Kremlin did not collude. So, what’s the deal with this document? The DOJ IG has been reportedly asking the FBI multiple times why they continued to cite Christopher Steele as a credible source when it came to these spy warrant applications. Well, we all know what the answer: they didn’t really verify anything. And let’s just say there were some interesting rendezvous between DNC lawyers and the FBI before that FISA warrant was doled out. And it’s not like no one spoke up about the integrity of this document. (via WSJ) [emphasis mine]:
Somehow, Nadler and Pelosi missed this "Constitutional Crisis." Maybe it's like when Feinstein feigned indignation when Brennan spied on the Senate way back in the Obean admin. Spook hijinks. A heartfelt apology smoothed over ruffled feathers.
[Daily Caller] Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will attend a May 9 fundraiser hosted by film director Samuel Greisman, who has attacked President Donald Trump’s supporters as "illiterate" and "piece[s] of sh**."
Greisman’s fundraiser is one of several star-studded events Buttigieg is attending in a fundraising swing through California this week, CNN reports.
The film director is open in his disdain for Trump supporters.
"Trump voters should be shamed at every possible opportunity and never deserve respect," Greisman wrote in one March 2018 tweet.
"Every single person associated with or supporting Trump is a low life piece of shit on an epic scale," he wrote in another tweet a month later. (RELATED: 9 Radical Policies 2020 Democrats Are Putting On The Table)
In a January tweet, Greisman expressed his desire to see the president and his family imprisoned.
The film director said in a December 2017 tweet that Trump supporters "can burn."
I've always wondered about the specific people who were part of the gay mafia some years ago that successfully railroaded Brendan Eich and forced his ouster from Mozilla. Two years later he was still out of work; maybe he still is. Looks like I have a suspect right here.
Pete Buttigieg doesn't care too much about where his money comes from. Enlisting celebrities doesn't work anymore. Hollywood is disliked more than Congress and cockroaches.
Just as a rhetorical question, "Why do so many (not all) Hollywood community members appear so abysmally stupid?" And why are the remainder of the Hollywood members who are not stupid always get banned from social media?" Signed an I-Want-To-Know Smelly Wal-Mart Shopper aka JQC.
[American Thinker] A long time ago, one of my friends explained to me the Cockroach Theory: If you see one cockroach, there are one hundred cockroaches behind the wall.
Recently I came across three examples of the Cockroach Theory as it applies to local, state, and federal issues.
The April 19, 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association conducted a study of workplace wellness and concluded,
Findings: In this cluster randomized trial involving 32,974 employees at a large US warehouse retail company, worksites with the wellness program had an 8.3-percentage point higher rate of employees who reported engaging in regular exercise and a 13.6-percentage point higher rate of employees who reported actively managing their weight, but there were no significant differences in other self-reported health and behaviors; clinical markers of health; health care spending or utilization; or absenteeism, tenure, or job performance after 18 months."
What does this mean to us as taxpayers? How many local taxing bodies (school districts, etc.) are wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars on wellness programs that do not reduce health care spending or absenteeism? How much does Cook County spend on their "My Health Connections" program"? How much does the State of Illinois spend on their "Get HIP" program"? Add all of these "hundreds of thousands" and you quickly get to millions of dollars on a statewide basis.
Moving to the state level, the Illinois General Assembly is contemplating HB2691, The Retention of Illinois Students and Equity Act. Quoting directly from the synopsis:
[Clarion Project] Support for the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolution project was in full swing at Columbia University last month where Shiite extremist groups held an event titled The Marginalization of Shi’a Initiatives, sponsored by Muslims United for Justice.
From organizers to speakers to sponsors and co-sponsors, the event was a dream for the regime. (See details of each of these players below.)
For an enemy waging ideological war against the West, a college campus offers a prime venue to mobilize supporters and recruit new ones.
The Iranian regime has found Columbia University to be a hospitable ground for years. The most vivid example was the school’s widely-criticized decision in 2007 to host then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a guest speaker.
Columbia also accepted funding from the regime in the past. The New York Post reported that $100,000 was donated after Ahmadinejad’s event. In 2006 and 2004, the Alavi Foundation, a regime-front, donated $20,000 and $50,000, respectively.
The Post also reported the Alavi Foundation financed at least two professorships, Gary Sick of the School of International and Public Affairs and Hamid Dabashi, professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature.
Sick was known for whitewashing Ahmadinejad’s calls to destroy Israel and Dabashi gained dubious distinction for praising Iraqi, Palestinian and Hezbollah terrorists as heroes for "resisting this [American] empire."
Columbia University receives millions in federal funding a year. From that taxpayer-funded academic setting, Iran’s radicals are able to set up shop to promote their global "Islamic Revolution."
If universities and student activists are serious about countering hate, those who further the interests of terrorists and terrorist regimes, should be first on their list.
Unfortunately, up until now, the reaction to having mainstream conservative speakers like Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens has been met with more ferocity than known promoters of jihadist organizations, sharia theocracies and Islamist extremist movements.
Posted by: Besoeker ||
05/10/2019 09:12 ||
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[DAWN] FINALLY, a shameful chapter in this country’s history has drawn to a close. It emerged on Wednesday that Aasia Bibi ‐ in protective custody at an unknown location since being acquitted of blasphemy by the Supreme Court last year ‐ has left Pakistain for Canada, which has offered her asylum along with her family. She had spent eight years in prison for a crime she did not commit. The case, which burst into public view in 2009, catapulted one among millions of anonymous farmhands toiling on fields across the country into an enduring object of hate for the ultra right. The ripples extended well beyond the immediate circumstances: the liquidation in January 2011 of then Punjab 1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots.... governor Salmaan Taseer at the hands of his own police guard was a direct consequence. Six months later, minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti who, like Taseer, had expressed support for Aasia Bibi and demanded changes to the blasphemy law to prevent its abuse, was also bumped off. Mercifully though, unlike the acquittal that sparked rioting in various parts of the country, her departure for foreign shores played out quietly.
Aasia Bibi’s ordeal took on a heightened significance from the outset. This was perhaps because there was a woman at the centre of it, that too a Christian woman ‐ in a patriarchal society where the minorities are already vulnerable to discrimination, even persecution. Pressure from around the world also meant that the Pak government had a stake in at least ensuring Aasia Bibi’s physical safety during her years of incarceration, even as the trial process dragged on. However, a clean conscience makes a soft pillow... there are many forgotten blasphemy accused whose cases have faded from public memory; the demand for their fair treatment comes only from their hapless families. Take Junaid Hafeez, for example. Mr Hafeez was a visiting faculty member at a leading Multan Home of the Multan Sultans... university when he was accused of committing blasphemy by some students and placed in durance vile You have the right to remain silent... in March 2013. His case illustrates the extent to which the cancer of extremism has spread in this society. Rashid Rehman, the lawyer defending Mr Hafeez, was threatened by no less than some of his fellow advocates who evidently believed there are exceptions to the fundamental right of due process. On May 7, 2014, Mr Rehman was rubbed out in his office; his murder remains unsolved. The Pak state must not continue to abjure its duty to those victimised by the blasphemy law.
Posted by: Fred ||
05/10/2019 00:00 ||
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[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.‐In a hearing Thursday, Representative Ilhan Omar slammed the country of Israel for refusing to accept the generous gift of rockets from Palestine.
She pointed out that Hamas terrorists picked out the gifts with care. They spent lots of time and money and put a lot of thought into them. All of that work, and Israel refused to accept the freely offered gift, according to Omar.
"The Palestinian people made a generous peace offering of hundreds of rockets, and Israel slapped them in the face," she said. "They wouldn't even open their presents, callously rejecting them while they were still en route."
"It is obvious Israel does not want peace in the region if they can't humble themselves and accept such a dynamite gift," she added.
When it was pointed out that Israel returned the favor, Omar slammed them for that, too.
[The Federalist] Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent more than $732,000 on outside contractors, including private investigators and researchers, records show, but his office refuses to say who they were. While it’s not unusual for special government offices to outsource for services such as computer support, Mueller also hired contractors to compile "investigative reports" and other "information."
The arrangement has led congressional investigators, government watchdog groups and others to speculate that the private investigators and researchers who worked for the special counsel’s office might have included Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS, the private research firm that hired Steele to produce the Russia collusion dossier for the Clinton campaign.
They suspect the dossier creators may have been involved in Mueller’s operation, and even had a hand in his final report, because the special counsel sent his team to London to meet with Steele within a few months of taking over the Russia collusion investigation in 2017. Also, Mueller’s lead prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann, had shared information he received from Fusion with the media.
Raising additional suspicions, Mueller’s report recycles the general allegations leveled in the dossier. And taking a page from earlier surveillance-warrant applications in the Russia investigation, it cites as supporting evidence several articles‐including one by Yahoo! News‐that used Steele and Fusion as sources.
Mueller even kept alive one of the dossier’s most obscene accusations‐that Moscow had "compromising tapes" of Trump with Russian hookers‐by slipping into a footnote an October 2016 text Trump lawyer Michael Cohen received from a "Russian businessman," who cryptically intimated, "Stopped flow of tapes from Russia."
Lawyers for the businessman, Giorgi Rtskhiladze (who is actually a Georgian American), are demanding a retraction of the footnote, arguing Mueller omitted the part of his text where he said he did not believe the rumor about the tapes, for which no evidence has ever surfaced.
[Right Scoop] Last night there was a vigil at the STEM school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where one student died in a school shooting this week and eight others were wounded. But students quickly walked out of the vigil when Democrats began to politicize it for the purposes of gun control:
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.