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-Lurid Crime Tales-
9 Jeffrey Epstein: Another Clinton-related 'suicide'
[AmericanThinker] For now, Jeffrey Epstein's death is officially a suicide, but something still smells fishy, as Dr. Marc Siegel noted on Fox News recently. Based on the evidence and autopsy, he doesn't rule out foul play. It could be a suicide that was allowed to happen or even encouraged, what with guards falling asleep, guard logs being falsified, cellmates being removed. As BizPacReview reports:

A Fox News medical correspondent believes the latest autopsy reports on Jeffrey Epstein "increase the chances" that his death was "a murder rather than a suicide."

Dr. Marc Siegel, in an interview with Fox Business Network, discussed the developing reports on the death of the 66-year-old billionaire and convicted sex offender who died by apparent suicide last week at the federal prison in New York where he was being held without bond while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. ...

"In his case, the autopsy is now revealing that multiple bones were broken in his neck including the hyoid," Siegel said Thursday.

"The hyoid bone might break in strangulation about one-third to one-half of the time. In suicide, hanging, it might break 6‐10 percent of the time, depending on which study you look at[.] ... Much less percentage," he explained. ...

"Something in this situation really smells, Seigel replied, noting that the Metropolitan Correctional Center where Epstein was being held has not had a suicide in decades.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/26/2019 08:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Marianne Williamson is Crazy . 'Nuff said.
[Breitbart] Spiritual author and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Sunday's "Kasie DC" on MSNBC discussed the strategy behind her campaign.

Williamson said Americans "are ready for a deeper conversation than just a horse race," so she is talking about things like "creating a moral economy" and "race in a deeper level."

"I'm bringing something," Williamson declared. "I'm talking about millions of traumatized American children. I'm talking about race in a deeper level that has been talking about [sic]. I'm talking about a department of peace and waging peace. I'm talking about creating a moral economy. That's what matters - the conversation I'm having with the American people."
I wonder if only she sees these deeply conversant people.
The presidential hopeful went on to say the conversation she is having with Americans is about what is happening in their minds.

"And for those of us who are actually in the campaign, that's where you keep your attention. Not what I call the political media industrial complex. That's not what politics should be about. It should be about the conversation that the American people are having," she advised.

What she represents is best summed up in her own sparkling foreign policy advice on Syria.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 08:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, she is on the Donk ticket.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/26/2019 8:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I find her political wisdom somewhat soft-boiled.
Posted by: Warthog || 08/26/2019 9:07 Comments || Top||

#3  I think she's kinda cool. Hope she makes the Dem ticket.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 9:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Is "conversation" a code word for something?

Why do people who have no coherent thoughts keep falling back on the use of "conversation"?
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 9:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Crazy, no... She reminds me on many intellectuals that think that the world acts like a Peter Pan™ movie: "If you wish really, really hard the magic happens!"
Posted by: magpie || 08/26/2019 9:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Is "conversation" a code word for something?

Yes, "all talk and no action!" Something the Dems are very good at.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/26/2019 11:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Normally I hate these long, artificially drawn-out presidential contests (the election is, after all, over FOURTEEN MONTHS AWAY!

But Marianne is so entertaining that I'm actually enjoying this one.
Posted by: Tom || 08/26/2019 11:41 Comments || Top||

#8  You just gotta wonder, what the hell kind of happy drugs is she on?
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/26/2019 12:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Her tweet conjures a weird image.

Shape of an egg.

A 'light shower' followed by an 'awakening.'

Is this cult code speech for nuking Syria?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 08/26/2019 14:06 Comments || Top||

#10  Is "conversation" a code word for something?

Yes - a full-blown lecture from them to you.
Posted by: Raj || 08/26/2019 14:53 Comments || Top||

#11  golden egg is kinda groovy. mystical, like.
full of... possibilities that could hatch...

Not so sure about shower, though. That could go in a wrong direction, really fast.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 16:29 Comments || Top||

#12  >I'm talking about creating a moral economy

She's going to end income taxes?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/26/2019 18:53 Comments || Top||

#13  There was a wise woman of Gosh
(her nomen? Jheronima Bosh)
Who looked like a kook
till she clucked, laid a nuke,
and moved into a big white galosh.

Posted by: Jinemble Poodle2889 || 08/26/2019 21:10 Comments || Top||

#14  *happy sigh*
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/26/2019 21:56 Comments || Top||

French President Macron's G-7 Summit Iran Stunt
[Powerline] French president Emmanuel Macron invited Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, to Biarritz, France, where the G-7 summit is convened. Zarif reportedly met for several hours with Macron, his foreign minister, and diplomats from Great Britain and Germany.

Macron’s stunt didn’t just catch President Trump off guard. At least some leaders of other G-7 nations apparently weren’t told in advance about Zarif’s visit, either.
(Trump now says he was told in advance)
Macron disagrees with the Trump administration’s tough policies towards Iran, and that’s okay. He also wants to promote dialogue with the mullahs, and that’s okay too.

But Macron could have met with Zarif at any time. Why did he choose to so while Trump was in France?

Macron has been pushing Trump to soften, if not reverse, American policy towards Iran. He wants the U.S. to allow Iran to export a limited amount of oil. Reportedly, he also wants to broker talks between the Trump administration and the Iranian regime. Ultimately, he hopes to persuade Trump to accept a nuclear deal with Iran along the lines of President Obama’s deal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 04:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Macron has been eating a bit too much of blotter paper in the background of this video:
Posted by: 3dc || 08/26/2019 8:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Nuts
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/26/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
The road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces
[The Hill] August in Washington can be the political equivalent of an elephant graveyard: One good rain can wash away the dirt and expose the bones of scandals past.

And this August did not disappoint. Thanks to the relentless investigative work of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), we are learning that the Hillary Clinton email case may not really be settled.

A staff memo updating the two senators’ long-running probe discloses that the FBI ‐ the version run in 2016 by the now-disgraced and fired James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok ‐ failed to pursue access to "highly classified" evidence that could have resolved important questions.

The failure to look at the evidence back in 2016 occurred even though the agents believed access to the sensitive evidence was "necessary" to complete the investigation into Clinton’s improper transmission of classified emails ‐ some top-secret ‐ on her unsecure private email server, the memos show.

To make matters worse, the Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) has known about that decision since at least 2018, thanks to the work of the DOJ’s internal watchdog, Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz, who provided DOJ leaders and Congress with a classified appendix explaining what happened.

But Johnson and Grassley have been unable to get answers for a year, even from Attorney General William Barr, about whether the FBI intends to look at the critical evidence it skipped back in 2016.

The Senate staff memo succinctly lays out just how egregious the FBI’s decision was in 2016.

The inspector general’s "appendix raised a number of serious questions because, as explained on page 154 of the unclassified DOJ IG report, the FBI decided not to seek access to certain highly classified information potentially relevant to the investigation despite members of the FBI case team referring to the review as a ’necessary’ part of the investigation," the Senate staff wrote.

"As a result of the findings in that appendix, Senator Grassley wrote a classified letter to DOJ on October 17, 2018, which remains unanswered. On January 15, 2019, at Mr. Barr’s nomination hearing, Senator Grassley asked Mr. Barr if he would answer the letter, if confirmed, to which he attested, ’Yes, Senator.’ On April 16, 2019, Senators Grassley, Johnson, and Graham sent a letter to Attorney General Barr reiterating the need for a written response to that letter."

The DOJ’s silence on the road that the FBI willfully chose not to take is all the more deafening given what we already know about the Clinton email case.

As I previously wrote, then-FBI Director Comey’s original draft findings in the Clinton case concluded her transmission of classified emails through an unsecure server was "grossly negligent," the legal standard supporting a felony charge under the Espionage Act.

And now we learn the FBI willfully chose to ignore highly classified evidence in the Clinton email case and has stonewalled Congress for a year on whether it intends to reexamine that evidence.

It’s exactly that sort of behavior that leaves many Americans wondering whether there are two systems of justice inside the FBI ‐ one for the Clintons, and one for the rest of the country.

So far little has occurred that is visible that would make one think that we are not a 2-tiered system of justice and that the FBI is not slow-walking information.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/26/2019 08:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  one for the Clintons, and one for the rest of the country.

Naive author. One for the political class is more like it.

And the only failure here is that the scandal resurfaced.
Posted by: gorb || 08/26/2019 10:42 Comments || Top||

#2  I suspect that in addition to problems for Hillary, the IG report and the DOJ followup will create problems for Obama and his staff.

It may end up being worth it to let a few of them have qualified immunity in return for testimony.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/26/2019 11:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Everyone talks about Ohr and the Fusion GPS connection to his wife. I thought I remember that she had a formal one to the Agency, and that whole Ham radio workaround for the NSA Hoover collections system? The Brennan and the cabal that appointed him lingering in the shadows...
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/26/2019 12:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Hell will freeze over before anything happens.
Look at the freedom of info request just granted after 9 years on fast and furious. Under the Trump administration the Mis-Justice department still blacked out every single word. They didn't even leave words like "The" unblacked out....
Posted by: 3dc || 08/26/2019 21:34 Comments || Top||

Joe Walsh to challenge Trump in 2020 Republican primary
[Al Jazeera] Joe Walsh, radio host and ex-congressman, says Trump is unfit for office and must be denied a second presidential term.
Posted by: Fred || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He lets accountants pay for it all.
Life's been good to [Joe] so far...
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  He can't complain
But sometimes he still does
Posted by: charger || 08/26/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Tell me Joe, when did you and the rest of the GOPe cut the spending and reduced the deficit when you controlled the House, Senate and White House. Oh yeah, the Bush and GOPe pre-Obamacare drug program set the ground work. This is for you. Yeah, strange how parodies these days are closer to the truth than anyone on your bandwagon. You and yours have no integrity. That's whey we have Trump and you and yours want us to have another Romney.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/26/2019 8:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Who?
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/26/2019 11:30 Comments || Top||

#5  DarthVader has it exactly right. Who????

If this is the best that the NeverTrumpers have...
Posted by: Tom || 08/26/2019 11:42 Comments || Top||

#6  This is the guy that the MSM / LIE wanted tossed out of congress for shouting "You lie!" while Bath House was speaking. It will be fun watching them spin their past displeasure into good cheer now.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/26/2019 13:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Murceck that was Joe Wilson
Posted by: Beavis || 08/26/2019 14:34 Comments || Top||

#8  If the GOPe can stand up now they can be primaried off.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/26/2019 18:52 Comments || Top||

#9  If the GOP does the primary like the Democrats this guy won't poll high enough to make it into the debates.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/26/2019 20:21 Comments || Top||

Pete Buttigieg: "Back To Normal Is Not Good Enough," "Getting Rid" Of Trump Is "Not Enough"
[REALCLEARPOLITICS] Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg
...the testicleless mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012. Buttigieg graduated from Harvard College and, on a Rhodes Scholarship, from Pembroke College, Oxford. From 2007 to 2010, he worked at McKinsey and Company, a consulting firm. From 2009 to 2017 Buttigieg served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deploying to Afghanistan in 2014. Buttigieg was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. During his second term, he announced he was gay. Buttigieg also campaigned for Indiana state treasurer in 2010 and for chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2017, losing both elections. He is running for the Dem nomination in 2020 on the theory that being mayor of a nondescript medium sized city is qualification to run the country...
told NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday that defeating President Trump in 2020 "is not enough."

"The president is certainly a problem, a big one, but he’s not the only problem. Ask yourself how a guy like this ever got within cheating distance of the Oval Office in the first place. I would argue that doesn't happen unless the country is already in a kind of crisis," Buttigieg said.

"For pretty much as long as I've been alive, even when the economy has been growing, and quickly, most Americans haven’t been getting ahead, one of many reasons why in places like the industrial midwest where I live, back to normal is not going to be a good enough message because normal was not good enough," he said.
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#1  Getting rid of all republicans is enough, huh skippy?
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/26/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Not too surprising that Buttgag has no use for "normal".
Posted by: charger || 08/26/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Got it.
Normal = Not Good.
Perv > Normal.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 8:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Some guy got a portrait of Buttigieg tattooed on his belly:

Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/26/2019 11:17 Comments || Top||

#5  He is living these lines from Macbeth, poor man, and hoping to be tapped for vice president, because otherwise his political carer is probably toast, it seems to me. What odds he could get reelected as mayor after being seen in the current farce?

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/26/2019 13:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Sorry Buttgig I can't see Americans electing an openly gay guy with an openly gay husband even as vice president. The thought of them dancing together and kissing at the inaugural ball would sicken most people.
Posted by: jpal || 08/26/2019 18:39 Comments || Top||

#7  South Bend is a shithole. This buttplug is no better than Warren Wilhelm DeBlasio. Nonstarter
Posted by: Frank G || 08/26/2019 19:12 Comments || Top||


It's abunghole.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 22:01 Comments || Top||

Biden struggles to hit it off with millennials
[THEHILL] Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'...
has a millennial problem.

The former vice president is holding onto his perch atop the polls, but strategists and political observers say he needs to do better with younger voters if he wants to win the Democratic nomination next year.

A Pew Research Center poll out this past week shows that while Biden is doing well with voters age 50 and up, he is struggling to win over adults under the age of 30.

The survey showed that 7 percent of young voters support him. In that same demographic, 24 percent of voters backed Sen. Bernie Sanders
...The only first openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords. He ran for the 2016 nomination for president, to be cheated out of it by Hillary Clinton, then went back to being a socialist, waiting for 2020 to roll around...
(I-Vt.) and 18 percent supported Sen. Elizabeth Being Native American has been part of my story since the day I was born Warren
...Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts, who traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that. She had a DNA test to prove her lineage and it turns out she's colorless...

Biden’s weak spot is in stark contrast to former President Obama’s popularity with young voters, many of whom gravitated toward his "hope and change" mantra.
Posted by: Fred || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe he should try sniffing their hair?
Perhaps after sniffing some... glue?
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 7:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Biden hits it off with the Millennials? What's he promising to give em?
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/26/2019 8:29 Comments || Top||

#3  ...their parents homes, bank accounts, retirement checks and anything else they can grab. Worked for a short while in Valenzuela.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/26/2019 8:49 Comments || Top||

#4  ..spell checker fail! Venezuela.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/26/2019 8:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Needs the gif of Steve Buscemi with a skateboard held over his shoulder.
Posted by: charger || 08/26/2019 8:52 Comments || Top||

#6  's okay.
Keep on [hair] pluggin', Joe.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 8:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Millennial's have been told by the majority of their teachers that the worlds problems were all caused by old white men and they wonder why Biden isn't getting traction?
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/26/2019 12:46 Comments || Top||

#8  One of the principles of persuasion is association. A lot of millennials probably have their own Creepy Uncle Joe who says and does inappropriate things at family galleries so he may be able to relate to them on that level right from the start.

Repositioning from Creepy Uncle Joe to POTUS is left as an exercise for the Reader.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/26/2019 14:52 Comments || Top||

Bill Kristol Wants Rick Santorum To Challenge Trump: ‘He’s A Much Better Version Of President Trump’
[DAILYCALLER] Bill Kristol took a backhand to President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
, suggesting that former Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
...unsuccessful candidate for president and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. He was a lawyer before becoming the Representative for suburban Pittsburgh in 1991. He lost his Senate seat in 2006 to Bob Casey, a Democrat machine politician and political dynast. Santorum is a social conservative who thinks the rest of the country is, too...
should primary him and calling the senator "a much better version of President Trump."

Kristol made the comments during a panel discussion on Sunday morning’s "State of the Union" on CNN with guest host Brianna Keilar.

Responding to the president’s claims that he would like to see Russia return to the G7 Summit ‐ making it once again the G8 ‐ members of the panel argued that the Kremlin had done little to reassure other nations that it would act in good faith.

Santorum, who has defended the president on occasion, was not a fan of his comments with regard to including Russia.

"It’s a bad call on the president’s part. Russia does not deserve to be in the G8," Santorum explained. "I like a lot of things the president is doing. I don’t like the way he deals with some of these dictators whether it’s North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
or Russia. I’m disappointed he’s making the call. I hope it’s revisited and he’s not included."

"Rick should challenge President Trump," Kristol suggested then. "He almost won in 2012. He’s a much better version of President Trump."

Santorum laughed it off, adding, "Bill’s trying to destroy my credibility right here."
Posted by: Fred || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kristol could play the Donald Sutherland character from Animal House (Prof. Dave Jennings):

Listen, I'm not joking. This is my job!
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Once again elitist "Never-Trumper" Kristol fulfills his RINO pedigree. Lincoln said: "that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." What part of that does Kristol not get. It is not Swamp that elects POTUS but the people.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/26/2019 8:55 Comments || Top||

#3  How's that Weakly Standard doing, loser? Cruise Ship Cap'n Bill has no crew, no ship, no guests
Posted by: Frank G || 08/26/2019 9:50 Comments || Top||

#4  I like Santorum but he does not have the necessary 'fight' in him for these times.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/26/2019 10:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Kristol should have just retired from public life when Trump won the primaries.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/26/2019 15:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Many many years ago I lived in Santorum’s congressional district. His original plea for election was that Doug Walgren was a Washington insider and spent too much time in DC. Rick quickly learned the game and aptly replaced Doug as the insider. Some things never change.
Posted by: Airandee || 08/26/2019 17:12 Comments || Top||

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Mon 2019-08-26
  IED exploded outside holding area of Pak Consulate General in Jalalabad
Sun 2019-08-25
  Taliban militants kidnap a member of Provincial Council from Samangan-Baghlan Highway
Sat 2019-08-24
  Afghan Special Forces storm the hideout of a key ISIS facilitator of suicide bombings
Fri 2019-08-23
  Gaddafi-loyal commander killed by pro-Haftar forces
Thu 2019-08-22
  Iran moves to strike 4 zeroes from its battered currency
Wed 2019-08-21
  Taliban chief Mullah Haibatullah was the primary target of Quetta bombing
Tue 2019-08-20
  Furniture, books 'torched' at girls school in Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer
Mon 2019-08-19
  Another prayer leader killed near Quetta
Sun 2019-08-18
  Explosion Targets Wedding Hall In Kabul; Casualties Feared UPDATE: 63 dead, ISIS claims it
Sat 2019-08-17
  Two killed in Pakistan mosque bomb blast
Fri 2019-08-16
  Special Forces arrest Khalifa Daud, Haqqani network’s key member in Kabul
Thu 2019-08-15
  Iraq anti-terrorism troops kill 10 IS militants, capture 5 others in Anbar
Wed 2019-08-14
  On beyond Veritas: Google Insider Turns Over 950 Pages Of Docs And Laptop To DOJ
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  UAE-backed forces expel Saudi-backed troops from Yemeni Presidential Palace

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