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Legislation in Seattle

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Glad I left when I did - the loonies have taken over. From Zero Hedge:

Since Seattle Placed A Tax On Guns And Ammunition, The City's Violent Crime Rate Has Increased
In recent years, Seattle has developed a reputation for passing asinine laws. Recently the city tried to increase taxes on diet soda, because the drink is more popular among white people. In the past they’ve allowed 6th graders to receive IUDs without parental consent, and have enlisted garbage men to snoop through residential trash in search of compost that is illegal to throw out. Seattle was also the first American city to pass a $15 minimum wage law, which promptly hurt low wage workers.

So it’s no surprise that sometimes the city passes laws that backfire in very predictable ways. In 2015 Seattle tried to place a tax on gun and ammunition purchases, in an effort to curb some of the costs the city pays for gun violence. However, these taxes didn’t have the desired effect.

Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess introduced the tax in 2015. It puts a $25 tax on every firearm sold in the city and up to 5 cents per round of ammunition. The measure easily passed and took effect January 1, 2016.

Comparing the first five months of 2017 with the same period before the gun tax went into effect, reports of shots fired are up 13 percent, the number of people injured in shootings climbed 37 percent and gun deaths doubled, according to crime statistics from the Seattle Police Department.

Pass another law - that will fix it for sure... Idiots.

Found this over at Gerard's new site - what happens when you take the sound track from an old program on mental illness in children and overlay it with current video of today's 'protesters':

And it starts - Loretta Lynch

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Time to make a bowl of popcorn, sit back and watch the fun - from The Washington Times:

Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election
The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s efforts to shape the FBI’s investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the committee’s chairman announced Friday.

In a letter to Ms. Lynch, the committee asks her to detail the depths of her involvement in the FBI’s investigation, including whether she ever assured Clinton confidantes that the probe wouldn’t “push too deeply into the matter.”

Fired FBI Director James B. Comey has said publicly that Ms. Lynch tried to shape the way he talked about the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s emails, and he also hinted at other behavior “which I cannot talk about yet” that made him worried about Ms. Lynch’s ability to make impartial decisions.

Mr. Comey said that was one reason why he took it upon himself to buck Justice Department tradition and reveal his findings about Mrs. Clinton last year.

These people were acting contrary to the Constitution of the United States and its citizens. Their deeds need to be made very very public. Corruption does not even begin to describe it. It will be sweet schadenfreude to see them squirm in the hot seat.

Things are warming up in Vermont

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I had posted eight days ago about how Bernie Sanders' wife and daughter were having some questions raised about their financial dealings. Now, it seems that Bernie's wife has lawyered up. From Vermont Digger:

SANDERS LAWYERED UP IN FEDERAL PROBE OF BURLINGTON COLLEGE
Jane Sanders has hired attorneys to represent her in a Justice Department probe of a land deal she orchestrated while president of the now-defunct Burlington College.

A former college employee who coordinated the school’s response to an FBI subpoena in February 2016 said she was contacted by two attorneys representing Jane Sanders shortly after VTDigger broke the news confirming the federal probe in late April.

And of course:

Jane Sanders did not immediately return a call requesting comment for this report and has refused VTDigger’s repeated requests for an interview about Burlington College since late 2015.

I know it will take a year or more but it is nice to see these corrupt politicians being rolled up. Jail time would be gravy but a very public demonstration of their guilt and how they shafted their constituents for personal gain will be really nice.

Delusional - Nancy Pelosi

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Fresh on the heels of the major defeat in Georgia, Nancy Pelosi toots her own horn:

Master Legislator? I bet she is gone within four months.

Of course, President Trump tweeted this:

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When publications like Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences call bullshit on your narrative, you might want to rethink things... From Larry Hamlin writing at Watts Up With That:

Renewable energy cost and reliability claims exposed and debunked
A new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) from NOAA’s Earth System Laboratory, Boulder Colorado exposes and debunks the contrived claims of a recent renewable energy study which falsely alleged that low cost and reliable 100% renewable energy electric grids are possible.

The new paper concludes that the prior study is based upon significant modeling inadequacies, is “poorly executed” and contains “numerous shortcomings” and “errors” making it “unreliable as a guide about the likely cost, technical reliability, or feasibility of a 100% wind, solar and hydroelectric power system.”

Additionally the new paper harshly chastises the previous study by noting “It is one thing to explore the potential use of technologies in a clearly caveated hypothetical analysis; it is quite another to claim that a model using these technologies at an unprecedented scale conclusively shows the feasibility and reliability of the modeled energy system implemented by midcentury.”

It costs significantly more, it is unreliable and it does not work. This is political narrative trying to replace a working technology.

An observation - the Georgia race

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Wonderful schadenfreude - a photo of the aftermath of Handel's victory with this comment from Charles Glasser:

DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN: Again, another picture is worth a thousand words. You know, the real irony is that these brave, fearless, empowered women always seem to burst into tears when things don’t go well. I don’t mean to sound misogynistic, but the added irony is that a woman won this race.

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CNN - Fake News

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CNN has a very strong track record of Fake News - they either misrepresent a story or outright lie about it if it serves their agenda.

Take this tweet for example:

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The "something in Arabic" was heard by a lot of people and they all agree it was “Allahu Akbar!” (trans: god is great) - something that is exclaimed before a jihadi attack.

The Deplorable Don Surber has a list of eleven examples of CNN playing fast and loose with the truth:

    1. The 27-cent foreclosure story on December 15. That was a lie.
    2. Linking the Golden Showers story. That was a lie.
    3. CNN interviews a "man on the street." That was a lie. It was a cameraman.
    4. Trump turning Supreme Court announcement into a reality show. That was a lie.
    5. Spicer has Super Soakers. That was a lie.
    6. Muslim ban. That was a lie. His two executive orders covering more than 8,000 words do not include the word "Muslim" or "ban."

Five more at the site - a Google Search for CNN Fake News list turns up 7,020,000 results. They seem to have a bit of a public image problem.

The EPA - six problems

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I love piling on the EPA - such a target rich organization. From John Rafuse writing at Watts Up With That:

EPA’s suspect science
President Trump’s budget guidance sought to cut $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1 billion expectation. Shrieks of looming Armageddon prompted Congress to fund EPA in full until September 2017, when the battle will be joined again.

Then EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would prioritize Superfund cleanups based on toxicity, health-impact and other factors. The ensuing caterwauling suggested that EPA had no priorities since Bill Ruckelshaus (EPA’s first administrator, 1970-1975). But consider some standard EPA practices:

1. EPA advocates claim the US is unhealthy and dirty. They won’t admit that US water quality has improved dramatically since 1970. They deny that factories, cars and power plants are far more efficient and clean. They ignore that, while most nations continue to cut down forest habitats for fuel, the Lower 48 states have more forest coverage than when the Pilgrims landed in 1620.

They never mention that the US did not sign the 1992 Kyoto Accord, nor that it is the only nation to meet its Kyoto targets. Is it ignorance? malignance? eco-professional propaganda? Yes, yes, and yes.

The United States is one of the cleanest, healthiest nations on earth. Our progress will continue because we rejected the Paris Accord and thus will not cripple our economy, jobs or environmental progress. Other nations must work hard to catch us. They may work hard, but they won’t catch up, and they’ll blame us.

Five more at the site. Well worth reading - there is a lot of caterwauling going on over the cuts but the agencies being defunded are either redundant with similar groups remaining to carry on the same functions or they have no bearing on the EPAs task.

I like her thinking - don't always agree but really respect the thought behind her writing. On this one, I am 110% in agreement - from Breitbart:

Camille Paglia Blames Dems for Destroying Journalism — ‘It Is Going to Take Decades to Recover’
Tuesday on Sean Hannity’s nationally syndicated radio show, author and University of the Arts professor of humanities and media studies Camille Paglia railed against the current state of journalism in America.

Paglia called what she said the Democratic Party had done to journalism “absolutely grotesque” and warned it would take decades to recover.

“It’s obscene,” she said. “It’s outrageous, OK? It shows that the Democrats are nothing now but words and fantasy and hallucination and Hollywood. There’s no journalism left. What’s happened to The New York Times? What’s happened to the major networks? It’s an outrage.”

Emphasis mine - could not have said it better myself...

A fun election in Georgia

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Jon Ossoff lost big-time despite millions of contributions from out of state. Here are some headlines:

That last link talks about it being the most expensive - here is an excerpt from that article:

The two campaigns and outside groups supporting and opposing the candidates shelled out at least $36 million as of May 31, including more than $22 million from Ossoff's campaign. The election easily set a record for spending in a House race, according to NBC News.

That is going to leave a mark - most of the people in the USA are fed up with politics as it had been done. Time to drain the swamp.

Those Russians are having a field day with our elections.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

EPA Ends $1 Million Taxpayer-Funded Gym Membership Program
The Environmental Protection Agency has ended a nearly $1 million program that provided gym memberships for employees.

The new administration under EPA administrator Scott Pruitt identified the gym memberships as an abuse of taxpayer dollars. Examples of the program's misuse included $15,000 for gym memberships for 37 EPA scientists in Las Vegas last year.

"We have ended taxpayer-funded fitness centers at EPA; a program that was costing American taxpayers $900,000 per year," said EPA spokesperson Jahan Wilcox. "Disinvestment in using federal funds for EPA fitness centers will allow the agency to invest this money in core activities to protect the environment."

If these EPA employees want to work out, it should be on their own time and their own dime. Spending time in a gym does not constitute protecting the environment.

President Trump has said earlier that he is looking at cutting the EPA budget by 31% - this is a wonderful start.

From The Daily Caller:

EXCLUSIVE: Soros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in 2012 turned over nearly $9 million in unspent funds from his failed 2008 presidential campaign to a new foundation bearing his name, the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

The institute is intended to serve as a “legacy” for McCain and “is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom.” It is a tax-exempt non-profit foundation with assets valued at $8.1 million and associated with Arizona State University.

Conservative and liberal critics, however, believe the institute constitutes a major conflict of interest for McCain, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.

And the numbers:

Critics worry that the institute’s donors and McCain’s personal leadership in the organization’s exclusive “Sedona Forum” bear an uncanny resemblance to the glitzy Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that annually co-mingled special interests and powerful political players in alleged pay-to-play schemes.

The institute has accepted contributions of as much as $100,000 from billionaire liberal activist-funder George Soros and from Teneo, a for-profit company co-founded by Doug Band, former President Bill Clinton’s “bag man.” Teneo has long helped enrich Clinton through lucrative speaking and business deals.

And Bloomberg reported in 2016 on a $1 million Saudi Arabian donation to the institute, a contribution the McCain group has refused to explain publicly.

Much more at the site - we think that the Clinton Global Initiative was just the work of Crooked Hillary but it seems that other people are doing the same corrupt thing. Peddling influence for donations. No wonder Senator McCain is such an anti-Trumper - his personal interests do not coincide with those of the United States or of its citizens.

Back in April, 2017, the wonderful people from Judicial Watch filed a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents pertaining to the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team” by Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

From Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge:

FOIA Request On Susan Rice's Unmaskings Rejected Because "Records Were Moved To Obama Library"
Back in April, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request for documents related to the unmasking of “the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team” by Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice.  Unfortunately, and quite conveniently for members of the Obama administration, Judicial Watch has been informed by the National Security Council that records related to their request can not be shared because they " have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library" and will "remain closed to the public for five years." 

Here is the full letter received from the National Secruity Council:

"Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library.  You may send your request to the Obama Library.  However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office."

Emphasis Tyler's - this is disgusting. They knew there would be an investigation and they figured out how to stonewall for one Presidential term, thinking that they could double-down and get their people back in office. The deep-state is operating in panic mode covering up as much as its little black heart can do. The most transparent administration ever indeed:

Heh - Maxine Waters

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California Representative Maxine Waters has been a thorn in President Trumps side. Ms. Waters has quite the history - herehereherehereherehere and here.

Well, today the ball started rolling - from The Hill:

Rep. Waters charged on three counts
The House ethics committee on Monday outlined its charges against Rep. Maxine Waters, who is accused of helping a bank in which her husband owned stock secure federal bailout funds.

The committee charged the 10-term California Democrat with three counts of violating House rules and the federal ethics code in connection with her effort to arrange a 2008 meeting between Treasury officials and representatives with OneUnited bank.

The panel said Waters, who sits on the Financial Services Committee, broke a House rule requiring members to behave in a way that reflects “creditably” on the chamber. The committee said that by trying to assist OneUnited, she stood to benefit directly, because her husband owned a sizable amount of stock that would have been “worthless” if the bank failed.

The committee also accused Waters of violating the “spirit” of a House rule prohibiting lawmakers from using their positions for financial gain, as well as a government ethics statute banning the dispensing of “special favors.”

I doubt that she will see any jail time but it will be good  to get her out of Congress and off the political stage for good. She has done enough damage to the United States and to her constituants.

Turnabout is fair play

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Ice Cream maker Ben and Jerry's is one of the more 'progressive' companies out there. They just got mau-maued by some other progressives - from Newsday:

Farmers, activists march to Ben & Jerry's Vermont factory to protest slow negotiations
Scores of dairy farm workers and activists are marching to the Ben & Jerry's factory in the Vermont town of Waterbury to protest what they say are slow negotiations to reach a deal on the so-called "Milk with Dignity" program.

The march began Saturday morning at the Montpelier Statehouse, headed to the company's main factory.

Schadenfreude at its finest. The older generation of social justice warriors are being attacked by this generation of social justice warriors. The left is eating their own.

Happy Father's Day

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Sergei the Russian Colluder explains exactly how the Russians did it... From The People's Cube:

Our new Attorney General just killed one of Obama's biggest slush funds to his political cronies. From Puma by Design:

AG Sessions Ends Obama DOJ Slush Fund that Funneled Billions to Marxist Groups
Last week while everyone focused on the James Comey hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions put an end to Barack Obama’s Department of Justice slush fund scheme that kicked into high gear under Obama doling out millions to Marxist ideologues, community organizations and groups such as National Council of La Raza and National Urban League, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Black Lives Matter, Obama for America, etc. (What are the odds that Communist organizations Resist, Indivisible are also funded by taxpayers.)

AG Sessions in a memo to 94 U.S. attorneys’ announced his ending of “the practice that allowed companies to meet settlement burdens by giving money to groups that were neither victims nor parties to the case.”

It is no wonder that the liberals want Jeff Sessions out of there. He is taking away their rice bowls. Here is the link to the Department of Justice memo.

This started as the Community Reinvestment Act — signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 and has morphed into a collossal money pile for whomever was in political favor at the time. Clinton greatly expanded the program and Obama put it into hyperdrive.

A sad update from the UK Independent:

Grenfell Tower fire: Cladding used on block 'was banned in US'
Cladding believed to have been used on Grenfell Tower is banned in the US, it has emerged, amid revelations that it would have cost just £5,000 extra for the contractors to apply a fire-resistant version of panelling to the building.

Speculation is growing about the construction of the tower after a blaze ripped through it "like a matchstick" in the early hours of Wednesday morning, killing at least 17 people died and injuring scores more.

It has now emerged that the aluminium panels thought to have been added to the outside of the block as part of a £10 million refurbishment completed in May 2016 are banned in the US on buildings taller than 40 feet for fire safety reasons.

Emphasis mine. Words fail - just because a couple of bureaucrats wanted to burnish their green image.

From The UK Telegraph:

Grenfell Tower inferno a 'disaster waiting to happen' as concerns are raised for safety of other buildings
An inferno which engulfed a tower block, killing at least 12 in what could become one of the biggest fire tragedies in British history, was a "disaster waiting to happen", experts have said.

Fears were raised that green energy concerns were prioritised ahead of safety as it emerged that cladding used to make the building more sustainable could have accelerated the fire.

And the warnings?

Government ministers were warned about the fire risk of cladding as far back as 1999, the Daily Telegraph can reveal. 

It was installed on the council-owned Grenfell block in 2015 as part of a £10 million refurbishment by a company which was later liquidated after a firm they were working with refused to pay out in a dispute over their work.

Tens of thousands of buildings in the UK have been fitted with cladding, it is estimated, leading to calls for an immediate review of safety.

Experts said that the cladding - which is used to insulate the building - had acted like a "chimney" for the flames by allowing the fire to spread upwards through the gaps between the cladding and the building walls.

A lot more at the site - there needs to be personal accountability for this. Rope and Tree. The death toll is 58 and rising.

It wasn't just what he said in Miami, it was who was with him. From Breitbart:

7 Castro Victims and Cuban Heroes Invited to Trump’s Cuba Announcement
President Trump’s announcement of policy revisions toward Cuba — in which many strings on the Castro regime loosened by President Barack Obama were tightened again — was attended by a number of notable Cuban dissidents and victims of Castro violence.

Mario and Miriam de la Pena: Their son Mario Manuel de la Pena was murdered by the Castro regime in 1996 at the age of 25, while serving as a volunteer pilot for the humanitarian operation Brothers to the Rescue. He flew almost a hundred search-and-rescue missions before his plane and another Brothers to the Rescue aircraft were shot down by a Cuban MiG-29 over international waters, killing three U.S. citizens and one legal resident of the United States.

The unprovoked attack on two unarmed, propeller-driven planes was a blatant crime against humanity and violation of American law. The shootdown was condemned by both the United Nations Security Council and the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.

A Cuban spy named Gerardo Hernandez was convicted in U.S. court of tipping off the Castro regime to the flight plans of Brothers to the Rescue planes. Hernandez served 16 years in prison before being released by Barack Obama and returned to Cuba, where he was hailed as a hero and decorated with a medal.

Six more amazing stories at the site. Castro was a butcher. All Communist leaders have been butchers. Major kudos to President Trump for rubbing this inconvenient fact in the liberal's faces.

Progressive violence

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So much for espousing tolerance and non-discrimination - from FOX News:

Scalise shooter James Hodgkinson had list of Republican lawmakers' names
The gunman who opened fire on congressmen at a Virginia baseball field on Wednesday had a list of Republican names in his pocket at the time of the incident, Fox News has confirmed.

The handwritten list was found in a van belonging to James Hodgkinson by the FBI, and the lawmakers named on the list are known to be conservative members associated with the Freedom Caucus.

Two more tidbits:

Hodgkinson appeared to be a volunteer with Bernie Sanders’ failed presidential campaign, the Vermont senator said shortly after the incident in a statement.

And:

News that the gunman had a list of names on him at the time of the shooting suggests that it wasn’t a random incident but instead was a premeditated attempt to kill the politicians.

It was a good thing that his MARX-manship was so bad. Hillary's "resistance" writ large.

Heh - from CBS News:

Could Illinois be the first state to file for bankruptcy?
Illinois residents may feel some solidarity with the likes of Puerto Rico and Detroit.

A financial crunch is spiraling into a serious problem for Illinois lawmakers, prompting some observers to wonder if the state might make history by becoming the first to go bankrupt. At the moment, it's impossible for a state to file for bankruptcy protection, which is only afforded to counties and municipalities like Detroit.

Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection could be extended to states if Congress took up the issue, although Stanford Law School professor Michael McConnell noted in an article last year that he believed the precedents are iffy for extending the option to states. Nevertheless, Illinois is in a serious financial pickle, which is why radical options such as bankruptcy are being floated as potential solutions.

Ratings agency Moody's Investor Service earlier this month downgraded Illinois' general obligation bonds to its lowest investment grade rating, citing the state's growing pile of unpaid bills and its mounting pension deficit. Illinois, by the way, has the lowest credit rating of any state. Lower ratings mean higher borrowing costs, since lenders view such borrowers as riskier bets.

Their pension plans are severely underfunded and they are shedding peole. As the government raises taxes, individuals and businesses are leaving for more tax-friendly states. Illinois is running out of other people's money.

Great news - Cuba

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From the London Daily Mail:

Trump slams Obama's deal with Cuba and says he is 'cancelling it' as he puts Castro on notice to the delight of Little Havana's exiles
President Donald Trump said Friday that he was 'cancelling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba' and putting new travel and trade restrictions in place.

Barack Obama's agreement with Raul Castro's government led to an increase in violence and instability in the country, Trump said, and enriched the brutal communist regime that imprisons its own people.

'They fought for everything and we just didn't fight hard enough, but now those days are over. Now we hold the cards. We now hold the cards,' Trump said to the delight of Cuban exiles in Miami's Little Havana community. 'Therefore effective immediately, I am cancelling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba.'

Trump said the US will not negotiate a new deal with Cuba until it releases the political prisoners it claims it does not have, turns over fugitives from American justice, hands over military criminals, respects freedom of assembly and expression and holds free and fair elections.

The ban on tourism will be upheld until that time and American companies will be barred from engaging in financial transitions with Cuba's military-operated businesses, he said.

Excellent news - the Cuban government is unbelievably corrupt - the Castro family is worth about $150 million while the poor citizens are eking out a very meager existence - $20/month.

Heh - Comey

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The laughs just keep on coming - from Reuters:

Putin quips he's ready to grant asylum to ex-FBI chief Comey
Russian President Vladimir Putin joked on Thursday that if former FBI director James Comey suffers persecution because of his falling-out with U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia is ready to grant him asylum.

The offer, made with Putin's trademark sardonic humor, came as the Russian president poured scorn on Comey for his role in a row in Washington over alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election.

At a congressional hearing this month, Comey said Trump asked him to drop an investigation into contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials, while the U.S. president has accused Comey of not telling the truth.

Nothing like a little ridicule to put that moke in his place. Comey was exposed for what he is - a patsy of the deep-state and a liar.

CBS - Fake News

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Shot: Headline today at CBS News:

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Chaser: Buried down in paragraph ten - the truth - it was all Barry's negotiation and sale

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Oh no - no media bias to be seen anywhere...

The liberals really seem to be advocating organised violence - from The Washington Free Beacon:

HuffPost Writer: ‘Violent Resistance’ Needs to Be Organized for It to Work
HuffPost writer Jesse Benn tweeted Wednesday that violent resistance must be organized to work.

The tweet came after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers early Wednesday morning. The gunman shot five people: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.), two Capitol Police officers, a congressional aide, and a lobbyist. The hospital treating some of the victims released a statement that said Scalise was still in critical condition. The gunman was shot and taken to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Benn wrote that violent resistance needed to be organized and that individual acts of resistance were "counterproductive/ineffective," but still understandable.

This is not the first time Benn has advocated for violence. Benn wrote a June 2016 article titled, "Sorry Liberals, a Violent Response to Trump Is as Logical as Any." In the article, Benn said there was value in violently resisting the "normalizing" of then-candidate Donald Trump.

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What a disgusting excuse for a man. He should be fired - the article shows some of his other tweets and he is seriously troubled.

Must be nice being well connected - from the New York Post:

Joe Biden’s niece dodges jail after $100K credit card scam
The wild-child niece of former Veep Joe Biden stole more than $100,000 in a credit card scam — and quietly cut a plea deal in Manhattan court that spares her any jail time, The Post has learned.

Using a borrowed credit card, the blonde Caroline Biden set up an unauthorized customer account at Bigelow Pharmacy on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, and racked up the six-figure bill over the course of a year, according to a criminal complaint that does not name the victim card owner.

If this was a relative of President Trump, the media would be having a field day with this.

Bernie Sanders - follow the money

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Bernie may be a socialist but his wife and daughter certainly love their money. From Vermont Digger:

ONE FAMILY, TWO SCHOOLS: QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT ANOTHER SANDERS DEAL
While one deal struck by Jane O’Meara Sanders during her time as Burlington College’s president has triggered a federal investigation, another arrangement she engineered is breeding claims of nepotism and allegations of veiled threats against her husband’s presidential campaign.

The bad blood centers on the relationship the college forged with the Vermont Woodworking School, co-founded and run by Sanders’ daughter, Carina Driscoll.

Carol Moore, the final president at Burlington College, broadly blames the school’s 2016 closing on Sanders. In a scathing op-ed last year, Moore wrote: “BC’s fate was set when its former board members hired an inexperienced president.”

Much more at the site - a combination of nepotism, bad business sense and a fondness for other people's money.

An interesting Google search

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The mainstream media, Hollywood, academia, (and the rest of the usual suspects) have been pushing a message.

It is telling to do a Google search for this message: republicans want people to die

6,090,000 hits. Stunning, so full of willful ignorance and hate.

The powers that be pulled the Facebook page for the Trump hating Bernie supporter who shot the Republicans this morning. Fortunately, author Mike Cernovich archived a bunch of the content and made it available at The Medium:

Nothing earth shattering, just the usual mindless hate that so fills the progressive mind. Willful ignorance and mental illness on display.

Doug Ross talks about how the Democrats have been inciting violence for the last eight years:

A mass shooting isn't surprising given the mainstreaming of political violence by Democrat extremists
It's shocking, but not altogether surprising, that a mass-shooting occurred during a Republican Congressional sports outing. Senator Rand Paul, who observed the volley of 50 or 60 shots, said that a "massacre" had been narrowly averted.

If House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's security detail hadn't been present, Paul said, it would have been a slaughter.

"I do believe that without the Capitol Hill police, it would have been a massacre," he said. "We had no defense at all."

This attempted mass shooting isn't surprising given the mainstreaming of political violence by Democrat extremists:

Much more at the site - Doug posts links to academia, the theater, Hollywood, Antifa, the mainstream media, social media, and Obama himself all advocating violence against conservatives. With leadership like this, it is no wonder that we have incidents like today's.

Woke up to some horrible news

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First, a large fire in London - London Daily Mail

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And second, a shooting near Washington, D.C. - from CNN:

Republican House Whip Steve Scalise, congressional staffer shot in Virginia shooting
Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer and members of the Capitol police force were shot Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, during Republicans' early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game.

President Donald Trump said the alleged gunman had been killed. Federal law enforcement officials identified the alleged shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

At least five people including Scalise were hospitalized. Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip, Rep. Mo Brooks told CNN. A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was also injured. Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods who sometimes practices with the team, was also identified as one of the victims, and Sen. Jeff Flake said Mika was the most seriously injured. House Speaker Paul Ryan also identified two members of the Capitol Police who were injured, Krystal Griner and David Bailey.

And of course - from Cristina Laila writing at The Gateway Pundit:

Founder of Far Left Daily Kos and Vox After Scalise Shot: ‘Republicans Are Getting What They Want’
Republican Representative Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, and his aides were shot during baseball practice on Wednesday morning.

Scalise was shot in the hip and tried to drag himself off the field after he was shot.

The shooter was a Bernie supporter who was obsessed with Trump-Russia conspiracy theories perpetuated by the liars in the left-wing media. The founder of left-wing blogs Daily Kos and Vox, Markos Moulitsas says, “Republicans are getting what they want.”

Liberalism - the party of the mentally ill. Prayers going out.

More poo, more walls

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Still hopeing something will stick - from Politico:

D.C., Maryland sue Trump over foreign business dealings
The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, accusing him of violating provisions of the Constitution intended to protect against corruption and seeking to uncover the tax returns that the president has thus far been unwilling to release.

The suit focuses on the president’s continued ownership of his family’s business empire, control of which Trump said he handed over to his two adult sons. But far from the blind-trust standard adopted by past presidents, Trump continues to receive some information about the Trump organization, including profit reports, from his sons.

The lawsuit, brought by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, both Democrats, was filed Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland.

They have nothing and they know it but they are just going through the motions. A perverse sort of virtue signalling.

Reading the political landscape

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Very interesting reversal - from the New York Daily News:

Delta, Bank of America drop sponsorship of Shakespeare in the Park over ‘Julius Caesar’ stunt that shows Trump assassination
Delta Airlines and Bank of America pulled out of their sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater on Sunday over a production of “Julius Caesar” that reimagines the main character as President Trump.

Shortly after Delta, who was a four-year sponsor, made its announcement, Bank of America yanked its support as well.

The Shakespeare in the Park play tells the story of the leader assassinated by Roman senators over the fear that he’s becoming too tyrannical, but rather than the original setting, the production stages Caesar (Gregg Henry) and his wife, Calpurnia, (Tina Benko) with Donald and Melania Trump lookalikes.

Henry, who already played a Trump stand-in on “Scandal” last year, models his Caesar almost perfectly after the man in the Oval Office. He meets his end after being stabbed to death by women and minorities on stage.

Now that conservatives are in the ascendancy, corporate sponsors are reading the new landscape - don't want to get caught promoting something that offends the new public narrative.

Articles of Impeachment

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Talk about a big nothingburger - from Rollcall:

Democratic Rep. Sherman Drafts Article of Impeachment Against Trump
Rep. Brad Sherman has drafted an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump that he plans to soon file and eventually raise for consideration on the House floor.

The California Democrat’s article argues that Trump obstructed justice by using his authority as president to hinder or terminate a criminal investigation into his former national security advisor Michael Flynn. It cites Trump requesting then FBI director James Comey to curtail the bureau’s investigation into Flynn and then later terminating Comey and admitting that his main reason for doing so was related to the Russia investigation.

“In all of this, Donald John Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States,” the article reads.

At this point, the democrat party is reduced to flinging their poo at the walls hoping something will stick. They got nothing and they know it.

Fake News - NYT and James Comey

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Comey is now a laughingstock and potential felon but he is still spewing misinformation. From the New York Times (no surprises there - of course they will enable him, he is anti-Trump):

Trump-Comey Feud Eclipses a Warning on Russia: ‘They Will Be Back’
Lost in the showdown between President Trump and James B. Comey that played out this past week was a chilling threat to the United States. Mr. Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testified that the Russians had not only intervened in last year’s election, but would try to do it again.

“It’s not a Republican thing or Democratic thing — it really is an American thing,” Mr. Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee. “They’re going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of. And they’re not devoted to either, in my experience. They’re just about their own advantage. And they will be back.”

cough - bullshit - cough

It is one thing to have concrete evidence of this but nothing is being presented. Anonymous sources, leaked documents, supposed memos - we want facts.

You know it's bad when...

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From Vanity Fair:

CAN HILLARY CLINTON PLEASE GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT?
Clinton, who has grown increasingly public and vocal in recent weeks, appears ready to drive the bus again. But do we have to be the passengers?

That is going to leave a mark - from Presidential candidate to "Why is she still hanging around?" in just eight months. Ouch!

Good news - fixing the economy

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Too big to fail just failed big time - let's hope the Senate passes this. From Investor's Business Daily:

While No One Was Looking, Congress Took A Huge Step Toward Fixing The Economy
Former FBI director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was the fixation of Washington on Thursday. But the big story was on the House side of Congress, which passed a bill to repeal the ruinous Dodd-Frank banking law.

The Financial Choice Act, approved in the House by a 233-to-186 vote (no Democrats voted for the bill), has generated almost zero attention. But it has the potential to be the most economically beneficial legislation Congress will consider this year.

Put simply, Dodd-Frank has been a complete failure. Signed into law by President Obama almost seven years ago in the wake of the financial crisis, this massive law was supposed to, in his words, "be good for the economy … foster innovation … stop taxpayer bailouts once and for all."

It has lived up to zero of those promises.

Dodd-Frank's 22,000 pages of regulations, which cost $36 billion to comply with in the first six years, has choked competition in the banking industry, made banking more expensive, harmed economic growth and, to top it off, failed to make the banking system safer or end "too-big-to-fail."

Good riddance to a bad idea - they need to reinstate the 1933 Glass–Steagall Act. This was repealed in 1999 by the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act which allowed the banks to meddle with investments and set the stage for the financial crash of 2007. Obama wasted trillions of dollars shoring up weak financial institutions and Congress passed Dodd-Frank to put a bandage over the gaping and septic wound. Covered it up without cleaning or disinfecting it.

It is very telling that Dodd-Frank is 22,000 pages and Glass-Steagall is only 53 pages (PDF).

Now this will be fun - Trey Gowdy

From The Washington Post:

Key GOP panel picks Trey Gowdy as next House Oversight chairman
The House Republican Steering Committee voted Thursday to hand the gavel to Gowdy, according to statements issued by Gowdy and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). Gowdy led the controversial two-year investigation into the 2012 terrorist attacks on a U.S. diplomatic outpost and nearby CIA site in Benghazi, Libya.

Gowdy, who served as a state and federal prosecutor before being elected to Congress in 2010, will succeed Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who is resigning his seat at month’s end to pursue a private-sector career.

The Oversight Committee could play a key role in investigating any alleged Trump administration wrongdoing. While the Senate and House intelligence committees are taking the most prominent role in investigating potential Russian interference in the presidential election on Trump’s behalf, the House Oversight Committee has a wide berth to probe other potential misdeeds. Chaffetz in recent months has sent letters requesting memos by former FBI director James B. Comey and documents pertaining to Trump’s downtown D.C. hotel.

Gowdy said in his statement that he is “grateful to the Steering Committee and the Conference as a whole for this opportunity to serve” and said that oversight is “important to ensure branch integrity and equilibrium.” Gowdy did not grant interviews about his interest in the post before Thursday’s election.

One of President Trump's greatest strengths is that he knows how to pick good people and he lets them run with the ball. If they do not work out, they get replaced - no muss, no fuss.

I love the line: "The Oversight Committee could play a key role in investigating any alleged Trump administration wrongdoing". Indeed it could. It could also investigate Crooked Hillary, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, the BATFE's gun running program as well as any number of other corrupt policies from the last couple of years.

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