[Federalist] Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent made the case for launching an investigation into the Bidens and their involvement in Ukraine related to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
Kent, the State Department’s top official on Ukraine, said during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in the Democrats’ partisan impeachment proceedings Wednesday he was concerned about a, "perception of a conflict of interest," related to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, serving on the board of the energy company while his father oversaw the Obama administration’s policy towards Ukraine.
Hunter Biden served on the board of the company for $50,000 a month despite having no prior experience in the energy industry while his father served as vice president deeply involved U.S.-Ukrainian policy.
Kent also testified in a private deposition that he voiced his discomfort over the situation to the White House in 2015 where administration officials brushed off Kent’s concerns.
"I raised my concerns that I had heard that Hunter Biden was on the board of a company owned by somebody that the U.S. Government had spent money trying to get tens of millions of dollars back and that could create the perception of a conflict of interest," Kent told lawmakers behind closed doors in October. "The message that I recall hearing back was that the vice president’s son Beau was dying of cancer and that there was no further bandwidth the deal with family related issues at that time... That was the end of that conversation."
During his testimony before the House on Wednesday, Kent reiterated his conviction that officials in Ukraine ought to be investigated to root out corruption related to Burisma.
"To summarize, we thought the [CEO of Burisma] had stolen money. We thought a prosecutor had take an bribe to shut the case," Kent said.
"Are you in favor of that matter being fully investigated and prosecuted?" asked Minority House Intelligence Committee Counsel Steve Castor.
"I think, since U.S. taxpayer dollars were wasted, I would love to see the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office find who the corrupt prosecutor was that took the bribe, and how much of it was paid," Kent said.
Leaked documents from the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s office indicate complex money transfers from foreign sources into the control of a “slush fund” owned and operated by Devon Archer, John Kerry Senior, John Kerry Junior, Heinz Jr, and Hunter Biden.
— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) November 14, 2019
Leaked transaction and bank records indicate an influx of large payments from Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited to Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC, in what appears to be monthly payments of $83,333.33. pic.twitter.com/BZXi61NnOO
— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) November 14, 2019
"The message that I recall hearing back was that the vice president’s son Beau was dying of cancer and that there was no further bandwidth the deal with family related issues at that time... That was the end of that conversation."
Now, we need to get the time line straight here. Was that before or after Hunter Biden started boinking his sister-in-law?
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11/14/2019 14:07 Comments ||
The mainstream press has pilloried President Donald Trump for announcing that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "died like a dog," and "a coward." To put icing on the mockery cake, Trump has invited "Conan," the military working dog that tracked al-Baghdadi and cornered him in a tunnel, to the White House and referred to Conan as "beautiful" and "talented."
...Churchill is also famous for referring to Gandhi, who had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, as "a seditious Middle Temple lawyer of a type well known in the east, striding half-naked up the steps of the viceregal palace . . . ."
British First World War Prime Minister Lloyd George apparently so loathed his political rival Churchill and considered him so unprincipled that George publicly announced that Churchill "[w]ould make a drum out of the skin of his own mother in order to sound his own praises."
...Other noted American statesmen have used similar insults to describe their opponents. John Quincy Adams referred to Thomas Jefferson as "a slur upon the moral government of the world." His father, John Adams apparently called Alexander Hamilton, of $10 bill fame, "a bastard brat of a Scotch peddler.
President Lyndon Johnson attacked then-House minority leader and future President Gerald Ford as "a nice guy [who] had played too much football with his helmet off."
Theodore Roosevelt, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating peace between Russia and Japan, thereby ending the Russo-Japanese War, is supposed to have referred to his boss, and then President, William McKinley as "having the backbone of a chocolate éclair."
Current British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, while he was a sitting member of Parliament, is also on record as having won a £1,000 prize for the "President Erdogan Offensive Poetry Competition" with the following entry: "There was a young fellow from Ankara, Who was a terrific wankerer. Till he sowed his wild oats, With the help of a goat, But he didn’t even stop to thankera."
...Any commenter with any knowledge of history would recognize that mocking, and even taunting an opponent, even at the highest levels of the political class, is a long-standing tradition.
Even when Trump follows these norms, he is pilloried. But perhaps, he should continue. After all, if he continues along this path he stands a good chance of earning a Nobel Prize in Literature like Sir Winston Churchill and a Nobel Peace Prize, just like fellow President Theodore Roosevelt. Judging by the standards applied to former President Barack Obama when he won the Nobel Peace Prize, Trump has certainly met or surpassed the requirements.
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.‐Rep. Adam Schiff and the House Intelligence Committee called on their first star witness to prove that Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors: Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
"Ms. Thunberg, thank you for being here today," Schiff began but was immediately interrupted by the girl:
"How dare you!" she shouted.
"Oh, heh, um... I'm on your side, here, let's take it easy," Schiff continued awkwardly. "What information do you have on Donald Trump and his blatant corruption when it comes to his phone call with Ukraine?"
"You have stolen my dreams and my childhood!" she shouted, pounding the table in front of her. The crowd began to get emotional, weeping and shouting and screaming at the sky all at once. "This is all wrong! I shouldn't be here. I should be back in school!"
Even Schiff himself shed a few tears and led the committee in a standing ovation for Thunberg's bravery. "I think we've heard enough. I declare Donald Trump impeached!" Sadly, Schiff was later informed that he couldn't simply declare impeachment.
Thunberg concluded her testimony by shouting, "PEOPLE ARE DYING!" to thunderous applause.
The committee is now expected to call on other star witnesses like Alyssa Milano, Jane Fonda, and Debra Messing.
[Townhall] I get a little picky about this whole due process thing, not just because I’m a lawyer and not just because I helped defend our Constitution overseas in uniform a couple times, but because I’m an American citizen. Let’s understand clearly the nature of the due process argument over impeachment. This is not about Donald Trump getting due process. This is about the American people getting due process.
It’s our choice for president that is being challenged. You get due process under our glorious Constitution when you are about to have your individual rights infringed ‐ like having your freedom or money taken. President Trump has no individual right to be president. It’s a position that we citizens gave him in order to work for us. The presidency is not his, any more than being a colonel meant the eagle belonged to me. The real due process rights at issue here belong to us, America’s citizens, who are faced with the prospect of having our right to choose our president infringed upon.
In other words, when no one is allowed to put on a defense to the impeachment inquisition, it’s not Trump who is being deprived of his due process rights. It’s the American people who are being deprived of their due process rights.
We are all, mostly all, angry about what is going on. Some are close to picking up arms over this. Not sure who the author is, G(r)om???, but he sure states the core of our angers very well. Our right to choose the president is being infringed on, and he is not able to carry out the duties we elected him to do are being disrupted as well.
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11/14/2019 10:34 Comments ||
It’s Kurt Schlichter from Townhall, 49 Pan. He is popular around here.
The real due process rights at issue here belong to us, America’s citizens, who are faced with the prospect of having our right to choose our president infringed upon.
This. Schlichter is often full of (highly entertaining, admittedly) sound and fury but this time he goes stone cold sober and gets right to the heart of the matter.
This is an attempt to nullify an election.
It's the kind of shite that happens all the time across the Chaos Nations of the third world. It has never happened to an American president, no matter how bitter or nasty the politics, in our history. Even in the most bitter struggles of D and R over the last half century, neither party crossed this Rubicon. Clinton and Nixon were both 2nd term presidents; Nixon had list the support of ~75% of his own party.
These f-----s are ripping up our history and our institutions. Because Orangeman Bad.
F--- these morons. This coup must not be allowed to stand.
[PJ] During Wednesday's public impeachment inquiry, Republicans rightfully reaffirmed the point that neither of the two witnesses, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent or Ambassador William Taylor, have any firsthand knowledge of President Trump's phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. In fact, neither man has ever spoken with or met President Trump.
In an attempt to counter that rather devastating and inconvenient fact for the Democrats, Illinois Democrat Congressman Mike Quigley offered a bizarre defense of Kent and Taylor's lack of direct knowledge of the pertinent details of the investigation.
"I guess to close, primer on hearsay, I think the American public needs to be reminded that countless people have been convicted on hearsay because the courts have routinely allowed and created, needed exceptions to hearsay," Quigley said. "Hearsay can be much better evidence than direct, as we have learned in painful instances and it's certainly valid in this instance," he added.
Shitshow, Part 184. Next: "Sentence first! Trial after!"
Which Congressman will be bold enough to play Alive?
'If any one of them can explain it,' said Alice, (she had grown so large in the last few minutes that she wasn't a bit afraid of interrupting him,) 'I'll give him sixpence. I don't believe there's an atom of meaning in it.'
The jury all wrote down on their slates, 'she doesn't believe there's an atom of meaning in it,' but none of them attempted to explain the paper.
'If there's no meaning in it,' said the King, 'that saves a world of trouble, you know, as we needn't try to find any. ..."
''Let the jury consider their verdict,' the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.
'No, no!' said the Queen. 'Sentence first - verdict afterwards.'
'Stuff and nonsense!' said Alice loudly. 'The idea of having the sentence first!'
'Hold your tongue!' said the Queen, turning purple.
'I won't!' said Alice.
'Off with her head!' the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.
'Who cares for you?' said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) 'You're nothing but a pack of cards!'
....you just figured it out. It's all a facade to keep the gullible in line. It's an oligarchy that currently is undergoing a mental crisis because the people actually selected their leader not the caste so they need to use any means necessary to fix that from ever happening again.
I hear democrats eat aborted babies and bathe in blood. While they were having secret meetings, there was a secret trial and they were all found guilty of treason and sentenced to be gently flogged to death with scented bootlaces.
[Daily Caller] Fox News host Chris Wallace said that Ambassador William Taylor’s House testimony Wednesday was "very damaging" to President Donald Trump.
"I think that William Taylor was a very impressive witness and was very damaging to the president," Wallace said. "First of all, as you pointed out, he took very copious notes at almost every conversation when he put quotes in his opening statement, he said those were direct quotes from what was said." (RELATED: House Republicans Release 18-Page Memo Featuring Their Case Against Impeachment) He could've been deaf and mute and Chris "Son of Mike" would've still given him a tongue-bath. Pffft
"It also doesn’t hurt that he has a voice like Edward R. Murrow. He is a pretty impressive presence up there," he added.
"And I think very non-political. He went out of his way to talk about what he knew, what he was specifically testament to. The only thing he talked about was a strong feeling that it was in the U.S. national security interest to support Ukraine in the fight against Russia. But, he certainly wasn’t taking any partisan position." (RELATED: President Trump Promises Release Of ’Tantalizing’ First Phone Call With Ukraine)
He went out of his way to talk about what he knew, what he was specifically testament to. The only thing he talked about was a strong feeling that it was in the U.S. national security interest to support Ukraine in the fight against Russia.
So the only think he knew was he had a strong feeling.
Here's this bullshitter a year ago after Day One of serial liar and partisan activist Christine Blowsey Ford's slander-fest, the Shitshow that was the Kavanaugh hearings:
During a break that followed the first 90 minutes of the hearing, Wallace said on Fox of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, “This was extremely emotional, extremely raw and extremely credible.”
“Nobody could listen to her and talk about the assault and the impact it had on her life and not have your heart go out to her. And she obviously was traumatized by an event,” he continued. Referring specifically to the bizarre format of the hearing, Wallace added, “This is a disaster for the Republicans.”
I was impressed by Ambassador Taylor, just not the way that Chris Wallace was.
Top one percent of his class at West Point, Vietnam veteran, 50 years in the DoS, blah, blah, blah...and most importantly: Deep State devotee. Tells us all what a war hero he was as if that means we're supposed to trust him. Sorry. I know that many Rantburgers are veterans but then there are veterans like Taylor who give you a bad name. Just because a guy joins the army doesn't mean he's a good guy.
Got his panties in a wad because Trump didn't trust him and left him out of the loop. Trump knows a reptile when he sees one.
And, exactly, why is a little dust up between a rag-tag bunch of ethnic Russian rebels and the Ukrainian Army in Donbas a threat to U.S. security? Do you really believe that Vlad is about to roll his tanks into Poland? I don't.
And, as far as I'm concerned, Crimea has always been a part of Russia. All Putin did was take it back after Obama and McCain organized a coup in Kiev, or Kiyv, or whatever you call it.
I don't understand about the quid pro quo either. If Ukraine is as corrupt as I hear it is, and if Hunter Biden was getting his pockets lined, wouldn't it be wise for the President to find out what the fuck is really going on before he gives them half a billion dollars of tax payer money?
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11/14/2019 13:40 Comments ||
Ref #10: Top one percent of his class at West Point, Vietnam veteran, 50 years in the DoS, blah, blah, blah...and most importantly: Deep State devotee.
Standard Principal-Agent Problem in action: Wallace may be acting in own interest by toadying to the people he is interviewing and/or following the wishes of his progressively (pun intended) Leftward trending management at Fox -- but he doesn't seem to be dealing fairly with his consumers, the public...
Or he is R.O.A.D. (Retired On Active Duty) and is only going through the motions and just drawing his salary...
[PJMedia] I was chatting with Terry, my writing partner, this morning. He was in the Intelligence Community for years, as was I; Terry on the analysis side, me in collection and later as a computer security researcher. Both of us had, at one time, an "Extended Background Investigation" clearance, the clearance you need for that stuff people like to say is "beyond top secret." (It's not, but that's another topic I explored in detail back when Edward Snowden turned.)
Now, Terry is a Democrat, pretty liberal, not at all impressed with Trump. But we were talking about Eric Ciaramella who was fired from the White House staff because he was leaking confidential information to the media. According to all the sources, he then returned to the CIA, where he currently works.
Which is, frankly, odd.
How, exactly, do you lose a job for security violations and return to the CIA? One would normally lose one's clearance, and even janitors and cafeteria workers at CIA are cleared.
Then there's LTC Alex Vindman, NSC staffer and active-duty Army officer. He has testified that he disobeyed orders, advised foreign governments to resist Trump, leaked internal information to others, and was actively working to subvert the president's foreign policy.
Now, Gods know I'm not a UCMJ lawyer, but if you look at the Uniform Code of Military Justice, that sounds like an Article 88 (Contempt to officials), Article 92 (Failure to obey order), and Article 133 (Conduct unbecoming an officer). There's an argument to be made for Article 94 (Mutiny) as well.
So this too is odd. Normally, under these circumstances, a serving officer would at least be relieved and very possibly confined awaiting court-martial.
The third thing that struck us both was the complaint that Trump's conversations with Zelensky were being stored on a classified server.
Now if you look at the Department of State's regulations, conversations between American officials and foreign heads of state are automatically classified CONFIDENTIAL and NOFORN.
You normally ‐ at least if you're not Hillary or one of her minions ‐ store classified information on classified servers. Even confidential. (This one hasn't been as exciting since it became clear the Obama administration was using the same server for the same stuff.) Some people want to argue that this shouldn't be classified, but they miss a couple of points: first of all, classification is another one of those Article II powers of the president (see Executive Order 13526). If he says it's classified, it's classified. The second is that the White House was concerned about stuff being leaked and warned Vindman explicitly about talking about it.
So why is it surprising that material is being stored on a classified server? Why the hell was it ever stored on anything BUT a classified server?
The point here is that all of these things would, in the normal course of events, be security violations punishable by everything from actually losing a job to extended terms in Kansas making small rocks.
Why was this not the normal course of events?
I'd really like someone in Congress to ask those questions.
[Hot Air] And we should believe Adam Schiff because of, er, his long track record of honesty about his contacts with the whistleblower? Come on, man. The chair of the impeachment inquiry hearings accused Rep. Jim Jordan of issuing a "false statement" in claiming that he knew the identity of the whistleblower. After getting four Pinocchios from the Washington Post for lying about contacts between his office and the whistleblower, Schiff’s hardly in position to complain ‐ or to be taken at his word:
"The only times I prevented witnesses from answering questions" in prior closed-door hearings "was when it was apparent that members were seeking to out the whistleblower," Schiff responded.
"We will do everything necessary to protect the whistleblower’s identity, and I’m disturbed to hear members of the committee who have in the past voiced strong support for whistleblower protections, seek to undermine those protections by outing the whistleblower," he added.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, an aggressive defender of Trump, then chimed in.
"You are the only member who knows who that individual is," Jordan said, referring to the whistleblower, "and your staff is the only staff of any member of Congress who has had a chance to talk with that individual. We would like that opportunity. When might that happen in this proceeding today?" ...
Schiff shot back: "First, as the gentlemen knows, that’s a false statement. I do not know the identity of the whistleblower and I’m determined to make sure the identity is protected."
But, the chairman added, "you’ll have an opportunity after the witnesses have testified to make a motion to subpoena any witness and compel a vote."
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.‐In honor of the impeachment hearings beginning this week, the Capitol Building has been decorated to look like a giant circus tent.
As soon as congressional maintenance staff heard that the impeachment hearings were going to begin, they went into storage and got out "the Big Top," also used during the Kavanaugh hearings last year.
"We keep the Big Top on hand for certain situations," said one staff member. "Usually these big inquisition-style trials, that kind of thing. They're great entertainment. And the kids love the monkeys."
Congressional vendors will be selling peanuts, popcorn, programs, and those big foam fingers to enhance viewers' experience.
Rep. Adam Schiff was furious with the changes, saying they make a mockery out of a serious show trial.
"These are serious proceedings, and we will not have them mocked!" Schiff cried, wearing a clown nose, riding an elephant, and juggling fourteen flaming bowling pins. "The American public needs to know how super serious we are about this."
"And now for my last stunt, I will create evidence for impeachment out of thin air!"
[Townhall] Impeachment has jumped the shark ‐ now that the American people have seen the truth about the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, they are rejecting the Democrat Party’s fictional Ukraine narrative.
According to a recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs poll, 59 percent of Americans believe that President Trump’s Interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were not illegal, with 30 percent of respondents going so far as to say there was "nothing wrong" with the phone call between the two leaders.
The AP poll, however, isn’t the only sign that people are tuning out of the impeachment show Democrats launched on Inauguration Day 2017. Several other reputable surveys have also found that voters have lost their appetite for the Democrat-led impeachment effort.
A recent poll from The New York Times Upshot/Siena College, for example, concluded that 53 percent of voters in the crucial battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona don’t want Congress to impeach the president. Another recent survey from Marquette Law backed up that result, finding that 51 percent of Wisconsin voters oppose impeachment.
It will be a very interesting election, indeed. Clarifying, even.
Ever notice how Schiff's eyes bug out big time whenever Republicans ask difficult questions? My wet dream is that they break him on live, nation-wide TV so that he foams at the mouth, blathers incoherently and needs to be escorted out of the room, needs to be installed in a padded cell with a straight jacket. I can dream, can't I?
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11/14/2019 14:23 Comments ||
According to SNL comedian Rob Schneider: ‘People in California would vote for a bowl of $h*t if it had D next to it’
"In 2013, Schneider switched political parties from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, explaining: "The state of California is a mess"
[Futurism.com] Galaxies millions of light years away seem to be connected by an unseen network of massive intergalactic structures, which force them to synchronize in ways that can’t be explained by existing astrophysics, Vice reports. The discoveries could force us to rethink our fundamental understanding of the universe.
"The observed coherence must have some relationship with large-scale structures, because it is impossible that the galaxies separated by six megaparsecs [roughly 20 million light years] directly interact with each other," Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute astronomer Hyeop Lee told the site.
There have been many instances of astronomers observing galaxies that seem to be connected and moving in sync with each other. A study by Lee, published in The Astrophysical Journal in October, found that hundreds of galaxies are rotating in exactly the same way, despite being millions of light years apart.
And a separate study, published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2014, found supermassive black holes aligning with each other, despite being billions of light years apart.
While current cosmological principles support the alignment and movement of ancient stars at a smaller scale, astronomers are puzzled by the much, much larger patterns across vast distances.
But before they can draw any conclusions, they’ll need more data ‐ the body of work is still limited, as Vice points out.
'I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.' - Gawd
'Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.' - Book of Hebrews
'By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.' - Psalms
Scientists of the sort that blindly deify Stephen Hawkings cannot come to grips with one simple idea that should occur to everyone who ever read about relativity.
I state my primary assumption. That 'what is perceived by every empirical device as 'entropy' from one frame of reference, may be highly ordered from another'. It is my belief that there is only one frame of reference wherein the universe appears ordered. That frame of reference is Christ's. And it does not appear in the tangible universe, but is reachable only in the Spirit of the Lord.
The universe that we see conjectured out in bright colours and graphs for us is filtered in by our limited consciousness. Instruments see more than we can, and machines have to interpret that data for us in quantifications we can interact with. Our best minds, those purveyors of pretend pluralities - mathematicians; they design elaborate structures of interplay between forces and quantities to barely explain the music of reality. Those that can read their language are blessed, but still deaf. The ones that know God, hear it but may not be able to explain. It would greatly aid the scientist to acknowledge the existence of God and start his/her search from there. I'm not talking crazed apologetics, but just acceptance of intelligent causality would be a start. At the very least, the scientist should shun hostility toward the frame of reference of faith.
Mankind shall forever endeavor to learn and explain what is closed off to us by the prison of our bodies. It's healthy to ask and wonder and gaze at the sky. It also wouldn't hurt to acknowledge Him for all you can see. But scientists today are increasingly prodded by the tenets of their profession to try to find a way to deny Him. The heavens that they look to unerringly declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.