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Project Veritas releases a second video

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A couple of days after the first video was released, a second one is out:

Deep State Unmasked: Leaks at HHS; DOJ Official Resists “From Inside,” DOJ: “These allegations are deeply concerning…referred to Inspector General.”
Project Veritas has released the second installment in an undercover video series unmasking the deep state. The first report in this series featured Stuart Karaffa, who admitted to engaging in political activism on behalf of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) while working at the Department of State. The Department of State issued a response to the video stating that they are investigating the matter.

Today’s video features Department of Justice paralegal Allison Hrabar reportedly using government-owned software and computers to push a socialist agenda. Also featured is Jessica Schubel, the former Chief of Staff for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the last Obama administration.

Both Schubel and Hrabar make admissions revealing that federal employees appear to be using their positions inside our government to resist or slow the Trump administration’s policies. It appears some laws have been broken in the process.

This is big.

From Bloomberg:

FBI, DOJ Plan Redactions Despite Trump’s Document Order
President Donald Trump has demanded the “immediate declassification” of sensitive materials about the Russia investigation, but the agencies responsible are expected to propose redactions that would keep some information secret, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The Justice Department, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are going through a methodical review and can’t offer a timeline for finishing, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive matter.

This is my surprised face. NOT! The deep state is slow-walking this until the November mid-terms hoping for a Democrat majority in Congress. This whole thing will just fade away if that happens. A bit more - and yes, Crooked Hillary is deep in the middle of it:

Trump and his supporters have repeatedly attacked the FBI and Justice Department for relying partly on a dossier on Trump compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele in order to get the warrant on Page. They contend that Justice and FBI officials didn’t fully disclose that Steele was paid in part by Trump’s rival in the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton.

Some people need to spend some serious time in jail - these actions are criminal and corrupt.

Now that the back-story came out, the accuser of Judge Kavanaugh is back-pedaling as fast as she can. Two headlines with links:

I really hope that DiFi's little bit of theater at the confirmation hearing blows up in her face at the mid-terms.

Quite the back-story in fact - a case of sour grapes. From MEDIAite:

Brett Kavanaugh’s Mother Presided Over Foreclosure Case Involving Accuser’s Parents
The woman behind the letter accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, has naturally been herself the subject of much news since her name was made public on Sunday. Among reports coming out, Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham tweeted a story a short time ago that says Ford’s parents were defendants in a case that was presided over by Brett Kavanaugh’s mother, of whom he has spoken at length during confirmation hearings.

Judge Martha G. Kavanaugh was the judge for a foreclosure case in 1996 in Maryland, according to the site, which contains mostly embedded tweets from a single Twitter user but also two screenshots from Maryland’s case search site.

Those shots outline a case involving Ralph and Paula Blasey, Christine Ford’s parents, that was presided over by Judge Kavanaugh.

Ingraham tweeted the story on Monday without follow-up. The suggestion of promotion this story, of course, is that recent allegations of sexual misconduct may be some sort of revenge play by Dr. Ford. There is no evidence yet that the past foreclosure decision had any impact on allegations, but we can be certain to hear more about it in the coming days.

Emphasis mine - indeed... Sour grapes writ large. Potential case of libel in the offing...

With all the money they are throwing at their homeless issue and their crumblinng infrastructure, it is nice to see that California has enough cash on hand to do something like this - from the Los Angeles Times:

'We’re launching our own damn satellite' — Gov. Jerry Brown says California will go to space to fight climate change
Gov. Moonbeam is finally sending California into space.

Jerry Brown closed his climate summit in San Francisco on Friday with a dramatic announcement: California will launch its own satellite into orbit to track and monitor the formation of pollutants that cause climate change.

“With science still under attack and the climate threat growing, we’re launching our own damn satellite,” Brown said in prepared remarks. “This groundbreaking initiative will help governments, businesses and landowners pinpoint — and stop — destructive emissions with unprecedented precision, on a scale that’s never been done before.”

Emphasis mine - that sounds a little too ominous for my liking. Pinpoint and stop? Shades of Orwell.

James O'Keefe got his start with a series of undercover videos exposing the epic level of corruption at the government subsidized agency ACORN back in 2009. There were claims that these videos were "heavily edited" to take things out of context. O'Keefe proved them wrong by releasing all of the video footage - the "finished" five minute videos as well as the hours of raw shoot.

It will be interesting to see what he has in the can this time: ANNOUNCING: Deep State Unmasked Investigation

Socialism in the news

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People who think (and I use that word loosely) that Socialism is really cool and needs to be implemented in the United States would do well to look at Venezuela - a nation that went from being a food exporter to a food importer, a nation with the largest known reserves of oil but it cannot run it's own refineries, a nation in the end game of socialism. From Bloomberg:

Venezuela Raises Minimum Wage 3,000% and Lots of Workers Get Fired
Venezuelan workers who earned a pittance are now earning a slightly larger pittance, thanks to a big increase in the minimum wage. What they may not have are jobs.

Starting this week, 7 million employees are guaranteed 1,800 bolivars a month -- worth about $20 at the black-market rate. President Nicolas Maduro intended the mandate as political boost, but it’s having the opposite effect as companies, already hit by Venezuela’s epic economic contraction, tell workers they can’t afford to keep them.

While there have been many similar moves in the past, never has one been so disruptive, arriving amid hyperinflation, depression and devaluation. Some employers are restructuring costs, rejiggering pay scales and negotiating settlements with workers. Others are simply dismissing people. Much of the action happens secretively as companies try to avoid punishment by the government, which has been jailing those it believes are flouting the rules.

Clueless and out of touch - from Investors Business Daily:

Kerry Should Be Prosecuted For Illegal Iran Meetings
Recent comments by former Democratic presidential candidate, Secretary of State and Senator John Kerry lead to one inevitable conclusion: Making Kerry America's top diplomat was a huge error.

Kerry has been seen a lot lately, largely because he's flogging a book, "Every Day Is Extra," seemingly everywhere in the media. He's doing lots of live interviews, some of them quite telling.

In one, for instance, he calls President Donald Trump's time in office a matter of "life and death," and suggests that he would "bring a case against Donald Trump for the lives that will be lost" due to his presidency. Lives lost to what? Some foreign war? Failure to protect us from terrorism?

Nope. Global warming. A purely hypothetical threat.

And then there is this:

But far worse is his admission that he met "three or four times" with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif since Kerry left office. He admits talking about Trump's decision to exit the foolish Iran nuclear deal that Kerry helped craft, and other issues as well. And he didn't deny that he encouraged Iran to simply wait for Trump to leave office and a Democrat to come before taking any major actions.

Treason pure and simple. But J. F. Kerry is one of their so they let him get away with it.

Be careful what you wish for - Google

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Unexpected consequences - from Breitbart:

‘Silent Donation’: Corporate Emails Reveal Google Executives’ Efforts to Turn Out Latino Voters Who They Thought Would Vote for Clinton
An email chain among senior Google executives from the day after the 2016 presidential election reveals the company tried to influence the 2016 United States presidential election on behalf of one candidate, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In the emails, a Google executive describes efforts to pay for free rides for a certain sect of the population to the polls–a get-out-the-vote for Hispanic voters operation–and how these efforts were because she thought it would help Hillary Clinton win the general election in 2016. She also used the term “silent donation” to describe Google’s contribution to the effort to elect Clinton president.

The main email, headlined, “Election results and the Latino vote,” was sent on Nov. 9, 2016—the day after Clinton’s loss to Trump in the 2016 presidential election—by Eliana Murillo, Google’s Multicultural Marketing department head.

The four page email begins with Murillo claiming she and others at Google were engaged in non-partisan activities not designed to help any one candidate or another—only to undercut her own commentary in later passages in the emails by openly admitting the entire effort to boost Latino turnout using Google products with official company resources was to elect Clinton over Trump.

The critical miscalculation, Murillo wrote in a stunning admission in the email, was that Latino voters backed Trump by higher margins than any experts had forecast in the lead-up to the election. Trump’s 29 percent among Hispanics nationally blew prognosticators away, and he hit even higher numbers—about 31 percent—in the key battleground state of Florida, Murillo admitted.

The article has the pertinent parts of the email and mentions this:

If Murillo had ended her email there, this probably would not amount to the level of a national news story. But she did not: She went on for another several paragraphs on the first page and an extra three pages to admit the openly partisan intent of Google’s actions, including a remarkable in-writing confirmation that at least one of Google’s actions amounted to a “silent donation”—something that could raise Federal Election Commission (FEC) red flags if authorities decide to launch an official investigation into this matter, now that these emails have been publicly revealed.

Long article but well worth reading to see the bias in our social media providers. I wonder if Ms. Murillo is still employed...

From FOX News:

DNC says Papadopoulos tipster and key figure in Russia case might be dead
Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious Maltese professor believed to have played a key role in igniting the Russia probe, vanished from public eye after his name began surfacing in news stories.

Now, lawyers for the Democratic National Committee say it is possible Mifsud is dead.

In a filing in the U.S. Southern District of New York, the DNC said Mifsud “is missing and may be deceased.” The lawyers said they will “monitor news sources” for any indication of Mifsud’s whereabouts and “will attempt service on Mifsud if and when he is found alive.”

The filing came as the DNC is suing Mifsud and others as part of its lawsuit accusing Trump officials of conspiring with Russia in the 2016 election.

The DNC’s lawyers did not elaborate in the filing on why they believe Mifsud may be dead. But a committee spokeswoman said lawyers haven’t been able to locate him, unlike other defendants in the lawsuit.

Arkancide? From the website:

Arkancide is the unfortunate habit of potential witnesses to the Clintons' dirty dealings in Arkansas suddenly deciding to shoot themselves twice in the back of the head. Police and Coroners in Arkansas, notably Fahmy Malak who answered to Governor Bill Clinton, automatically described these shootings as "suicides."

After Bill Clinton became President the phenomenon spilled over to Washington D.C. when Hillary Clinton's ex-lover Vincent Foster was "Arkancided."

And it starts - declassifying documents

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From Zero Hedge:

Trump To Declassify Bruce Ohr, Carter Page Documents As Early As This Week
President Trump is expected to declassify documents connected to the Obama administration's surveillance of the Trump campaign during the 2016 US election, according to Axios, citing allies of the president who say it could happen as soon as this week.

Specifically mentioned are documents concerning former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as well as the "investigative activities of Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr" - who was demoted twice for lying about his extensive relationship  with Christopher Steele - the former MI6 spy who assembled the sham "Steele Dossier" used by the FBI in a FISA surveillance application to spy on Page.

Much more at the site including the background history. The days leading up to the mid-terms are going to be interesting. Time for a big bowl of popcorn and watch a master at work.

Not a big InfoWars fan but...

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This action is playing right into their narrative:

I think that this will backfire on Twitter - the cat is out of the bag and now a lot of people are going to be looking at Alex's website. If Twitter had just kept it's head down, this would have blown over. Instead, they decided to virtue signal and now people know them for what they are, an arm of the deep state.

Good news from Congress - tax cuts

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From the Washington Examiner:

Paul Ryan: House will vote this month to make individual tax cuts permanent
The House will vote this month on a bill to make permanent the individual tax cuts enacted in December, Republican leaders said Wednesday.

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will not wait for the post-election “lame duck” session to take up the measure, despite opposition from some Republicans who oppose a provision capping state tax deductions.

A bit more:

“We will make those tax cuts permanent,” Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said. Under the law signed by President Trump in December, the cuts are set to expire at the end of 2025.

Bit by bit the deep state is unraveled and starved for money. Wonderful to hear its screams fade away.

Well that didn't take long - Steve Bannon

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It took eight hours to be precise. From Dominic Green writing at Spectator:

Who’s afraid of Steve Bannon?
The New Yorker’s cancellation of Steve Bannon’s appearance at the New Yorker Ideas Festival shows that the New Yorker has no idea what it is doing. Not because it invited Bannon to be interviewed on stage by New Yorker editor David Remnick, but because Remnick reneged on the invitation only eight hours later, and because the reneging was so hasty that it cannot be presented as a thoughtful statement of journalistic principle. It looks more like the result of panic and fear, the emotions that Steve Bannon, by his own admission, exploited so successfully in 2016.

Dominic covers what some of the other participants thought about Bannon's invite and then writes about what we missed by dis-inviting him:

We don’t yet know whether Bannon was only the man for an hour that came and went, or whether his ideas and strategies have lasting purchase on American politics. Getting him on stage in New York might have helped to answer that question. David Remnick is not a stuffed shirt like Anderson Cooper. He’s a proper journalist of the old school. Bannon clearly isn’t stupid, either. He was crucial to outplaying the Clinton machine, perhaps the most successful operation in modern American politics.

Remnick would have given Bannon a serious intellectual testing. Bannon would have worked on Remnick’s blind spots, too. It would have been fascinating, in the way of Ali v. Frazier or Frost v. Nixon or Vidal v. Mailer. If all those bouts seem like ancient history, it is because they are. There isn’t enough serious, open engagement in American politics, and this had the potential to become a classic.After the cancellation, much tweeting was made about how the New Yorker, by inviting Bannon to its Ideas Festival, was ‘normalising’ or ‘mainstreaming’ various forms of extremism. This suggests that many on the left have yet to understand the nature of the shifts taking place around them. The mainstream is not the New Yorker (circulation in 2017: 1.23 million). The mainstream is the massive and raging torrent of social media (circulation frenzied and constant).

So true - this would have been a fascinating thing to watch. So sad that the left stomp out any narrative that doesn't agree with theirs. I welcome new ideas and if I find hard truths that disagree with my narrative, I verify from multiple sources and change my narrative. 9/11 was a big volte-face for me - used to be very liberal and am now very libertarian.

To quote Andrew Wilkow: Liberalism: Ideas so good they have to be mandatory.

Our government should not be a dynasty

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This is so totally out of touch, it beggars reality. From The Washington Examiner:

Meghan McCain would be a great Senate replacement for her father
Sen. John McCain's passing has left his Senate seat vacant and waiting to be filled by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican. If she's interested in filling that seat, Meghan McCain would deserve immediate support from conservatives.

To be clear, Meghan McCain might not want to be a U.S. senator. And that's fine, no one should ever face pressure to serve in public office unless in the situation of a national emergency. But if McCain is open to replacing her father until a special election can be held in 2020, she would make a great conservative successor to her irreplaceable predecessor.

Ms. McCain is very progressive. The election of President Trump proved the We The People are sick and tired of dynasties both Republican and Democrat.

From the Los Angeles Times comes this wonderful bit of schadenfreude:

Democratic leader's call for In-N-Out Burger boycott meets its own resistance
Anthony Grigore is a Democrat. But as he waited Thursday at an In-N-Out Burger in El Segundo for his meal, Grigore made it clear party loyalty would only go so far.

Just hours earlier, the head of the California Democratic Party called for a boycott of the famed burger chain after a public filing revealed that the company had recently donated $25,000 to the state’s Republican Party.

“Eating at In-N-Out is such a standard thing to do across California,” Grigore said, dismissing the boycott idea as a bit silly.

California has emerged as the center of the Democratic resistance since President Trump took office. But this activism might meet its match when it comes to In-N-Out, a California institution that some hold with the same level of esteem as the Golden Gate Bridge and Joshua Tree.

By the end of the day, Democrats were distancing themselves from the idea and Republicans were enjoying a political feast, with some making big lunch orders to show their support for the chain and posting photos on social media.

Attack an institution? You bet it's going to blow up in your face. Talk about being out of touch... Wish that In-N-Out were up here. They make a good burger - better then Five Guys and a lot cheaper.

Just the headline from CBS - any more and I might puke all over my keyboard:

John Kerry won't rule out 2020 White House run

The guy is clueless - a braying ninny.

Slate magazine has a little problem

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I'll embed the tweet and then do a screen cap in case they delete it:

And here's the screen cap in all its technicolor glory:

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Unsettling news - China

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Seems like China is inserting itself deep into the political swamp in D.C. From The Washington Free Beacon:

Chinese Communist Party Funds Washington Think Tanks
China's Communist Party is intensifying covert influence operations in the United States that include funding Washington think tanks and coercing Chinese Americans, according to a congressional commission report.

The influence operations are conducted by the United Front Work Department, a Central Committee organ that employs tens of thousands of operatives who seek to use both overt and covert operations to promote Communist Party policies.

The Party's United Front strategy includes paying several Washington think tanks with the goal influencing their actions and adopting positions that support Beijing's policies.

Nothing overtly illegal but these think tanks are following the money instead of following what is right for America. They are being bought and paid for by a nation whose interests counter ours own.

Seems that the CEO of Google was asked to testify at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing and they are blowing this off. Some headlines that link to the news stories:

Senators Criticize Google CEO for Declining to Testify

White House investigating Google after Trump accuses it of bias

Trump: Facebook, Twitter, Google are 'treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful'

And these links do not point to "right wing conspiracy" websites, they point to (in order) Bloomberg, Yahoo/Reuters and NBC. Bloomberg is pretty even-handed but Yahoo and NBC are bastions of progressive reporting. Something to hide?

Just wow - from The Daily Caller:

SOURCES: CHINA HACKED HILLARY CLINTON’S PRIVATE EMAIL SERVER
A Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state and obtained nearly all her emails, two sources briefed on the matter told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The Chinese firm obtained Clinton’s emails in real time as she sent and received communications and documents through her personal server, according to the sources, who said the hacking was conducted as part of an intelligence operation.

The Chinese wrote code that was embedded in the server, which was kept in Clinton’s residence in upstate New York. The code generated an instant “courtesy copy” for nearly all of her emails and forwarded them to the Chinese company, according to the sources.

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found that virtually all of Clinton’s emails were sent to a “foreign entity,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said at a July 12 House Committee on the Judiciary hearing. He did not reveal the entity’s identity, but said it was unrelated to Russia. (RELATED: Gohmert: Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To ‘Foreign Entity’)

Much more at the site - the FBI had been warned about this but the agent responsible - Peter Strozk - did nothing. Doesn't that name ring a bell?

We all know that Google is biased towards progressives - looks like President Trump is woke:

Trump takes on Google in complaints about social media

96 Percent of Google Search Results for 'Trump' News Are from Liberal Media Outlets

Trump accuses Google of rigging search results in favor of ‘bad’ coverage

A really nice alternative is DuckDuckGo

Also, there is this from Newsbusters:

CENSORED! How Online Media Companies Are Suppressing Conservative Speech
Like it or not, social media is the communication form of the future — not just in the U.S., but worldwide. Just Facebook and Twitter combined reach 1.8 billion people. More than two-thirds of all Americans (68 percent) use Facebook. YouTube is pushing out TV as the most popular place to watch video. Google is the No. 1 search engine in both the U.S. and the world.

War is being declared on the conservative movement in this space and conservatives are losing — badly. If the right is silenced, billions of people will be cut off from conservative ideas and conservative media.

It’s the new battleground of media bias. But it’s worse. That bias is not a war of ideas. It’s a war against ideas. It’s a clear effort to censor the conservative worldview from the public conversation.

A lengthy article but well worth reading. This is real folks and it is happening to We The People.

Lanny Davis? Michael Cohen's lawyer and more - from Infogalactic:

Lanny Jesse Davis (born December 12, 1945) is an American lawyer, consultant, lobbyist, author, and television commentator. From 1996 to 1998, he served as a special counsel to President Bill Clinton, and was a spokesperson for the President and the White House on matters concerning campaign-finance investigations and other legal issues.

In 2005, President George W. Bush appointed Davis to serve on the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 2005 Intelligence Reform Act. Davis's clients have included Porton Group, National Women's History Museum, National Black Chamber of Commerce, eHealth, Sofitel Hotels, Trent Lott, Gene Upshaw, Dan Snyder, Martha Stewart and the Office of the President at Penn State University. Davis is currently a Fox News Contributor and has a column called "Purple Nation" that appears regularly in The Hill, The Huffington Post, FoxNews.com, The Daily Caller, and Newsmax.

So he is a very well connected insider. And the very big lie? From Buzzfeed:

Lanny Davis Says He Was A Source For CNN’s Trump Tower Story
Attorney Lanny Davis says he was an anonymous source in a July CNN story that reported his client, Michael Cohen, had privately claimed that President Trump had advance knowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting between his son and Russians — contradicting Davis's own words on CNN's air last week.

In the story, Cohen was reported to claim he had personally witnessed Donald Trump Jr. informing then-candidate Trump about the June 2016 meeting. Such a claim from Cohen would directly contradict Trump’s statements about his knowledge of the meeting, where Russians were set to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton.

CNN’s July 26 story has come under fresh scrutiny in recent days after Davis acknowledged he had served as an anonymous source for multiple news outlets who were seeking to confirm the CNN article in the hours after it published. Davis has backed away from the story in recent days, telling the Washington Post that he is not certain if the claim is accurate, and that he could not independently corroborate it.

Last week, Davis told Anderson Cooper, “I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation. We were not the source of the story.”

On Monday evening, Davis told BuzzFeed News that he regrets both his role as an anonymous source and his subsequent denial of his own involvement.

Pants on fire... Disgusting.

The deep state at work

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Keep them dumb, poor and dependent. This ensures that the deep state has a reliable voting base. This has been true all the way back to Lyndon Baines Johnson (who said on starting the Great Society program - "this will have the ni**ers voting Democrat for 200 years"). From the Foundation for Economic Education:

7 Things I'd Do if I Wanted to Keep Poor People Poor
If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. Let's count them down.

1: An Expanding Welfare State
For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare state—programs like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.

I would recognize that an effective recipe for keeping poor people poor is to create incentives that push them into decisions that prevent them from climbing out of poverty.

Much more on this example and six more with links to corroborating data.

Excellent ten minutes

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Great analysis of the current conflict playing out throughout the world:

These people should know better but they are stuck in a bubble of their own making. They do not know their history.
Tip of the hat to Musings from the Chiefio for the link.

Of course not - Clinton emails

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From Real Clear Investigations:

Despite Comey Assurances, Vast Bulk of Weiner Laptop Emails Were Never Examined
When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had “reviewed all of the communications” discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.

At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the “hundreds of thousands” of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.

Comey later told Congress that “thanks to the wizardry of our technology,” the FBI was able to eliminate the vast majority of messages as “duplicates” of emails they’d previously seen. Tireless agents, he claimed, then worked “night after night after night” to scrutinize the remaining material.

But virtually none of his account was true, a growing body of evidence reveals.

In fact, a technical glitch prevented FBI technicians from accurately comparing the new emails with the old emails. Only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information. Three FBI officials completed that work in a single 12-hour spurt the day before Comey again cleared Clinton of criminal charges.

And of course, had Crooked Hillary won, none of this would ever have come to light. We dodged a big one.

An inside look - Clinton

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From Mark Penn at The Hill - first a little background:

Mark Penn is a managing partner of the Stagwell Group, a private equity firm specializing in marketing services companies, as well as chairman of the Harris Poll and author of “Microtrends Squared.” He served as pollster and adviser to President Clinton from 1995 to 2000.

From Mark's editorial:

Cohen's plea deal is prosecutor's attempt to set up Trump
Here we go, from Russia with love, to campaign finance with love.

Why was Michael Cohen investigated? Because the “Steele dossier” had him making secret trips to meet with Russians that never happened, so his business dealings got a thorough scrubbing and, in the process, he fell into the Paul Manafort bin reserved by the special counsel for squeezing until the juice comes out. We are back to 1998 all over again, with presidents and candidates covering up their alleged marital misdeeds and prosecutors trying to turn legal acts into illegal ones by inventing new crimes.

The plot to get President Trump out of office thickens, as Cohen obviously was his own mini crime syndicate and decided that his betrayals meant he would be better served turning on his old boss to cut the best deal with prosecutors he could rather than holding out and getting the full Manafort treatment. That was clear the minute he hired attorney Lanny Davis, who does not try cases and did past work for Hillary Clinton. Cohen had recorded his client, trying to entrap him, sold information about Trump to corporations for millions of dollars while acting as his lawyer, and did not pay taxes on millions.

The sweetener for the prosecutors, of course, was getting Cohen to plead guilty to campaign violations that were not campaign violations. Money paid to people who come out of the woodwork and shake down people under threat of revealing bad sexual stories are not legitimate campaign expenditures. They are personal expenditures. That is true for both candidates we like and candidates we do not. Just imagine if candidates used campaign funds instead of their own money to pay folks like Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about affairs. They would get indicted for misuse of campaign funds for personal purposes and for tax evasion.

And, of course, once the shoe is on the other foot, things are handled differently:

Contrast what is going on here with the treatment of the millions of dollars paid to a Democratic law firm which, in turn, paid out money to political research firm Fusion GPS and British spy Christopher Steele without listing them on any campaign expenditure form, despite crystal clear laws and regulations that the ultimate beneficiaries of the funds must be listed. This rule was even tightened recently. There is no question that hiring spies to do opposition research in Russia is a campaign expenditure, yet no prosecutorial raids have been sprung on the law firm, Fusion GPS or Steele. The reason? It does not “get” Trump.

Much more at the site - makes for an interesting read.

Word to the wise

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Bill Clinton paid Paula Jones $850,000 after he assulted her.
Does anyone remember the FBI raiding his attorney?
Neither do I

If it were not for double-standards, some people would have no standards at all...

Business as usual - New York State

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Rot at the top - from the New York Post:

Even more evidence of Cuomo pay-to-play corruption
Fresh evidence keeps rolling in that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “economic development” programs amount to one vast pay-to-play scheme. The latest: an Albany Times-Union exposé on the exceptional state aid for Crystal Run, an upstate health care company.

The T-U obtained emails and records showing how the firm got loads of special help from Team Cuomo to expand its business . . . after company officials started kicking in big time to the governor.

Because Crystal Run’s $400,000 in donations to Cuomo may have involved the use of illegal straw donors, it’s now under criminal investigation by a federal grand jury.

According to the T-U, help from the gov’s office began flowing shortly after Crystal Run’s CEO made his first $25,000 donation to Cuomo. And the point man working to grease the skids of state bureaucracy was none other than Joe Percoco, then Cuomo’s deputy secretary and a guy the governor long called a “brother.”

The same Joe Percoco who just recently was convicted of pocketing more than $300,000 in bribes in the Buffalo Billion bid-rigging scandal benefiting two development firms — also both hefty Cuomo donors.

This is my surprised face...

Hell no - Awan walks free UPDATE

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From FOX News:

Ex-Dem IT aide Imran Awan avoids jail time after attorneys complain about Trump
Imran Awan, the former IT aide to congressional Democrats whose federal bank fraud case has drawn the interest of top Republicans, avoided jail time Tuesday after the defense complained about disparaging comments made against the defendant by President Trump and others.

During a hearing Tuesday in Washington, U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan sentenced Awan to three months of supervised release plus time served. Chutkan, who cited “unfounded allegations” against Awan, also did not impose a fine.

Being a former IT guy myself, I was interested in this story when it broke back in the beginnings of 2017 - read here, here, herehere, here, herehere, here, herehere, here and here. Needless to say, there is a lot to the stories - three brothers in direct contact with the highest levels of the democratic party. The FBI found hard drives in his house. One of the brothers installed wiretaps on someone's lines. All very shady.

Now this - all that he has done and he gets to walk. I hope the prosecutor takes this to a higher court.

UPDATE - I will say this for the deep state. They do look after each other. For the hell of it, I looked up U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan and lo and behold, she was appointed to that position in June 2014 by President B. Obama.

Interesting and incredible if true

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Connecting some dots in the deep state - from greatawakening

I am passing this on from someone who's connecting some dots with input from sources he cannot reveal.

Here's what it looks like when all the pieces are sewn together

It smells like conspiracy and treason. Everyone needs to read this. Slowly, and patiently, because it’s very important......

    • From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
    • A Grand Jury had been impanelled.
    • Governments from around the world had donated to the “Charity”.
    • Yet, from 2001 to 2003 none of those “Donations” to the Clinton Foundation were declared. Now you would think that an honest investigator would be able to figure this out.
    • Look who took over this investigation in 2005: None other than James Comey; Coincidence? Guess who was transferred into the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS? None other than, Lois “Be on The Look Out” (BOLO) Lerner. Isn’t that interesting?
    • But this is all just a series of strange coincidences, right?
    • Guess who ran the Tax Division inside the Department of Injustice from 2001 to 2005?
    • No other than the Assistant Attorney General of the United States,
    • Rod Rosenstein.
    • Guess who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this time frame?
    • Another coincidence (just an anomaly in statistics and chances), but it was Robert Mueller.
    • What do all four casting characters have in common?
    • They all were briefed and/or were front-line investigators into the Clinton Foundation Investigation.
    • Another coincidence, right?
    • Fast forward to 2009....

Much more at the site. It gets better. Wonder when the Trump administration will blow this little cabal out of the water.

Another case of Arkancide?

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From Spero News:

Journalist probing child-trafficking allegations against Bill Clinton found dead
Investigative journalist Jenny Moore was found dead in her room at the Radisson Country Inn & Suites in Washington D.C. on Monday. She had been investigating claims of alleged involvement of former President William J. Clinton in sex trafficking. Four weeks before her death, Moore had provided information from interviews with the alleged victim to the Department of Homeland Security and allegations against Clinton. Records show that she contacted DHS from July 6 through July 9. True Pundit reported that she contacted the FBI one week later with identical information gleaned from the alleged victim. 

Moore was a cop turned investigator - a bit more:

Moore was looking into allegations made by a 26-year-old man that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted him and sexually exploited him at sex parties frequented by power elites. Also known by her sobriquet “Task Force,” Moore had provided assistance to investigative journalist George Webb, who frequently posts YouTube videos about his probes into government corruption. 

Arkancide? Go here: Arkancide 

Arkancide
Arkancide is the unfortunate habit of potential witnesses to the Clintons' dirty dealings in Arkansas suddenly deciding to shoot themselves twice in the back of the head. Police and Coroners in Arkansas, notably Fahmy Malak who answered to Governor Bill Clinton, automatically described these shootings as "suicides."

After Bill Clinton became President the phenomenon spilled over to Washington D.C. when Hillary Clinton's ex-lover Vincent Foster was "Arkancided."

Great point by Investor's Business Daily:

Editorial Collusion By Dozens Of Newspapers Proves Trump's Point: The Media Are Biased
The Boston Globe had the great idea to get 100 newspapers around the country to publish editorials Thursday to "push back" against President Trump for his critical remarks about the press. In doing so, they've only confirmed that he is dead right.

The idea is to counterbalance Trump's effective recent jabs at the press for their "fake news" and his clearly inflammatory remark that the news media are the "enemy of the people."

"We have some big newspapers, but the majority are from smaller markets, all enthusiastic about standing up to Trump's assault on journalism," Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe's deputy editorial page editor, told CNN.

Heh - a bit more:

That so many news outlets could be duped into participating in what is obviously a political stunt is not only disappointing but disturbing. It suggests their real agenda isn't informing people, even in their editorials, but bending the news to suit a leftist political agenda.

The irony, of course, is that in participating in this Antifa-inspired mob action, the media are proving what Trump says is true. They are biased.

And we know it. No wonder circulation is dropping like a rock.

Great quote from Jonathan Swift

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Makes me think of President Trump and the media:

“When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."
--Jonathan Swift

Cited from here: Goodreads

Heh - pot meet kettle - #METOO

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From The Hollywood Reporter:

Asia Argento Paid Off Sexual Assault Accuser (Report)
Argento was one of the first and most vocal accusers of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Asia Argento, the Italian actress who was one of the first to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, secretly paid off a young male actor accusing her of sexual misconduct in the months after her revelations about the disgraced movie mogul.

According to a report in The New York Times, Argento paid former child actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000. Bennett claims that in 2013, a then 37-year-old Argento assaulted him in a California hotel only two months past his 17th birthday. The age of consent in California is 18.

I find it delightful that the millenials have taken to calling this symbol: "#" a hashtag when its proper typographic name is Pound Sign (alternately Number sign) - I take childish delight in reading their movement as POUND ME TOO...

The deep state has a "firewall"

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And we just found out about it. From investigative reporter Sara Carter:

EXCLUSIVE: New Texts Reveal Steele Anxious Over Comey Testimony, Hopes “Firewalls Will Hold”
In March, 2017, two days before former FBI Director James Comey testified to lawmakers that the bureau had an open counterintelligence investigation into President Trump’s campaign, former British spy Christopher Steele sent an urgent message to Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr hoping that “important firewalls will hold” when Comey testified.

The text message from Steele, who compiled the infamous unverified dossier on Trump, was sent on March 18, 2017, to Ohr and obtained by SaraACarter.com from a government source, familiar with the ongoing investigation.

Ohr was demoted twice by the Department of Justice for not disclosing that his wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, the now-embattled research firm which paid Steele for the documents. Ohr has been deposed for questioning by the House Judiciary Committee and is expected to speak to lawmakers behind closed doors on Aug. 28.

Sara quotes the texts and explains who's who. This is something that needs to be reported on a wide basis. I think the weeks leading up to the midterms are going to see all hell breaking loose on all the right people.

Are they really that stupid?

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From Gallup:

Democrats More Positive About Socialism Than Capitalism
 For the first time in Gallup's measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism. Attitudes toward socialism among Democrats have not changed materially since 2010, with 57% today having a positive view. The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47% positive this year -- lower than in any of the three previous measures. Republicans remain much more positive about capitalism than about socialism, with little sustained change in their views of either since 2010.

And the numbers:

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Sickening - do they not read their history?

Senator Fauxcahontas - racist

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From the Worcester, MA Telegram:

Police chiefs, headed by Dudley’s Wojnar, blast Sen. Warren for remark on ‘racist’ criminal-justice system
Police chiefs in Massachusetts have responded angrily to a remark by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren that the American criminal justice system is “racist ... front to back.”

Ms. Warren, a potential Democratic presidential candidate, was speaking before an audience at historically black Dillard University in New Orleans Aug. 3 when she delivered what she called “the hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist ... I mean, front to back.”

Ms. Warren cited disproportionate arrests of African-Americans for petty drug possession; an overloaded public defender system; and state laws that keep convicted felons from voting even after their sentences are complete.

The Massachusetts senator’s remarks drew a strongly worded response from the president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Dudley Police Chief Steven J. Wojnar.

“Labeling the entire criminal justice profession as ‘racist’ spreads false and damaging information about our members,” Chief Wojnar wrote in an Aug. 7 letter to Ms. Warren.

“When our elected officials make generalized and inflammatory statements about our entire profession, without any information to back their position, it creates further hostility toward our officers and can damage the positive relationships with our residents that we have worked long and hard to establish,” the chief continues.

This is not to say that there is not racist police officers but they are a huge minority. Senator Warren addressed the entire criminal justice system  and not individual members. She is practicing Identity Politics and is pandering to her ideological base.

The conditions in Puerto Rico

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They are still in horrible condition ten months after Hurricane Maria - the problem is corruption, not the supply chain. From The New York Times:

Containers of Hurricane Donations Found Rotting in Puerto Rico Parking Lot
At least 10 trailers full of food, water and baby supplies donated for victims of Hurricane Maria were left to rot at a state elections office in Puerto Rico, where they broke open and became infested by rats.

Radio Isla, a local radio station, posted a video Friday showing cases of beans, water, Tylenol and other goods covered in rat and lizard droppings.

The Puerto Rico elections commission offices had been used as a collection center for goods donated from around the country for victims of the devastating hurricane that struck the island last year. For weeks, hurricane survivors lacked running water and electricity. Widespread power failures and a severe diesel shortage kept stores, restaurants and banks closed, making it difficult for people to purchase groceries.

This is just one example. You get the officials that you elect - they need a President Trump of their own. I have been there a couple of times - gorgeous country and really nice people.

Finally - Strzok is fired

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Took them long enough - from FOX News:

FBI fires Peter Strzok, months after anti-Trump texts revealed
FBI official Peter Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of anti-Trump text messages, has been fired.

Strzok attorney Aitan Goelman said in a statement Monday that his client, a 21-year FBI veteran, was fired Friday afternoon, claiming this was a departure from standard practice and politically motivated. Goelman said bureau Deputy Director David Bowdich “overruled” the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility to remove him.

President Trump responded with this tweet:

Strzok is guilty of several felonies - when will he be arrested?

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