[Telegraph] Boris Johnson would veto the EU’s seven-year budget and send a Eurosceptic commissioner to Brussels to "disrupt" the bloc’s workings if he were forced into a Brexit delay, under plans being discussed by ministers.
Senior Government figures are considering a series of proposals to "sabotage" the EU’s structures if Brussels refuses to agree a new deal or let Mr Johnson deliver Brexit without one.
Two Cabinet ministers told this newspaper that they were among those backing a more "aggressive" approach towards Brussels.
It is understood that plans under discussion include blocking the EU’s 2021-27 budget, which is due to be agreed early next year, and nominating a British commissioner who would... LET MY PEOPLE GO!
The EU is absolutely furious that they're losing an important member and most of their military. Don't look for them to act like adults, they will lash out with all the righteous anger of a 3 year old who had her lollipop taken away.
ig report is important (assuming it forthrightly states that the FISA requests were illegal and clearly states why that is so) but more important is that it allows the DOJ to move forward on follow up investigations
Posted by: lord garth ||
10/07/2019 20:12 Comments ||
[Washington Examiner] Former CIA Director John Brennan declared that the United States is "no longer a democracy" under the leadership of President Trump.
Brennan, who has been sharply critical of Trump since leaving office in January of 2017, appeared Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd to give analysis on the current state of intelligence affairs as the House of Representatives launches an impeachment inquiry into the president.
Asked to assess the U.S. as he would a foreign government from the perspective of the CIA, Brennan said, "We would look at it as a very corrupt government that is under the sway right now of this powerful individual, who has been able to just corrupt the institutions and the laws of that country."
"I think it's no longer a democracy if an autocrat has it in his hands," Brennan said. "The democratic principles upon which this country are founded are eroding right now."
Brennan has also been the target of ongoing broadsides from Trump, particularly during the Mueller investigation and amid allegations of collusion with the Russian government. Trump attempted to revoke the former CIA head's security clearance in August 2018.
Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova referred to Brennan as the "father of all leaks" in regard to CIA information close to the Kremlin.
Asked to assess the U.S. as he would a foreign government from the perspective of the CIA, Brennan said, "We would look at it as a very corrupt government that is under the sway right now of this powerful individual
"Somebody keeps on yelling, 'executive order,'" Obama said. "I'm going to actually pause on this issue because a lot of people have been saying this lately on every problem, which is just, 'Sign an executive order and we can pretty much do anything and basically nullify Congress.'" When people started applauding, Obama said, "Wait, wait, wait. Before everybody starts clapping, that's not how it works. We've got this Constitution, we've got this whole thing about separation of powers. So there is no short-cut to politics, and there's no short-cut to democracy. We have to win on the merits of the argument with the American people, as laborious as it seems sometimes."
Critics online immediately pounced on Obama's claims of political impotence, pointing out that he has indeed repeatedly used executive orders to bypass the will of Congress, something he now says is unconstitutional.
Taibbi is a bad lefty trying to remake himself ahead of the media Gotterdammerung that's coming. He doesn't believe in the things he writes about now but he hopes to still be standing among the smoking ruins of journalism
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/07/2019 0:17 Comments ||
Or possibly he is bright enough to realize that this Tactic will boomerang on the next Democratic President. Too late, unfortunately.
Taibbi is a punk preppie son of a wealthy TV reporter, a nasty little piece of work with one talent--for sarcasm. He's a spoiled brat who never grew up.
However, this sarcastic one-trick punk has one huge advantage over the rest of our idiot reporters: he knows Russia first-hand.
Taibbi spent several years in Russia, where he edited a pr0nographic little newspaper, and as a result he Russian society well enough to recognize, immediately, that Russiagate was an absurd pack of lies wrapped around an attempted coup.
Everyone who knows Russia-- left, center, far-left, apolitical
--knew instantly that the Steele doc was garbage, a pastiche of bull$hit cobbled together from tall tales and internet gossip.
Masha Gessen, left-wing emigre Russian journalist famous for her exposes on and opposition to Putin, called BS on Russiagate immediately--in The New Yorker.
Stephen F. Cohen, left-wing historian of Soviet Russia, expert on Bukharin, personal friend of Gorbachev, called bullshit on Russiagate immediately--in The Nation.
Others with extensive backgrounds in Russian business or Russian journalism, like Taibbi and Matt Bivens, the former editor if the excellent independent publication, The Moscow Times, called BS on these ridiculous fairytales.
It was obvious from the start that this man whom no one in Russia has ever heard of, the man whose administration has brought us closer to an actual war with Russia than since Woodrow Wilson's, that thus buffoon was not remotely responsible for any of the absurd crimes he was accused of.
Shame on this country's "journalists."
Shame on Obama and his clownshow spy and DOJ apparatus.
What an absolute circus is our political class.
Damn them all. Time for a new political class in this country.
[Zero Hedge] Sometimes, if you open up a big enough gate and stand in the void, the gate will swing back and slap you on the ass ‐ which is where serial bungler and arch-schlemiel Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) finds himself at the end of an exhausting week’s dissembling in the WhistleGate matter. Long about now, his reluctant partner in the latest impeachment gambit, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, must feel date-raped just a little bit as every unraveling thread in the story leads back to another exposed deception by Schiff, the Inspector Clouseau of impeachment politics.
Maybe reading an alt-reality version of the Trump-Zelensky phone transcript wasn’t such a hot idea after all, since he read into the record evidence of his own bad faith. What was at issue, of course, were the President’s words, and in substituting something demonstrably other than that, and placing it on the record, Rep. Schiff set up a prima facie case for dismissal of his own case against Mr. Trump. Any way you slice the stunt, it smells like malfeasance.
Then there is the alleged "Whistleblower." The identity of this shadowy figure can’t be concealed indefinitely. The Whistleblower may not even exist, and if he or she does, the classification of whistleblower may not apply to the actions taken by him/her and his/her managers. He/she has been officially described as a CIA agent detailed for some time in the White House during the Obama years, who may have been rotated back into the Trump White House on the pretext of some special expertise, say Ukrainian affairs. That suggests his/her origin as a John Brennan tool. That is, the former CIA chief now nervously awaiting the legal disposition of his intrigues in the RussiaGate matter. WhistleGate may be Mr. Brennan’s last desperate ploy to ward off prosecution, a gate too far.
What for? How about using the CIA to spy domestically on American citizens on US soil, which it is expressly forbidden to do by law, and pretty bad news if authorized by the guy who ran the whole shop, not just some schwantz section leader at a rogue operations desk. The FBI can do it with proper warrants, but not the CIA. Perhaps more troubling is who may have authorized Mr. Brennan to do that. Does the name Barack Obama ring a bell? He has kept so deeply out of sight in recent months that he’s becoming as obscure as James Knox Polk in the public’s memory. Many may forget he played a role in RussiaGate. Shocking to some possibly! All roads appear to lead back to Brennan and Obama. Hardly a 'riddle wrapped in mystery inside an enigma.' What's to be done with them.... or with us ?
I remember a comment the German Generals made about Hitler when Hitler would make one of his insane decisions micromanaging the war effort : " He is living in "Cloud Cuckoo Land." Obama is even worse when it comes to reality. No matter what he does he doesn't believe he'll ever have to answer for it.
The identity of this shadowy figure can’t be concealed indefinitely.
Well, they've been throwing out old 'norms' for a while now. The right to face one's accuser is just one more Anglo-American (racist!) tradition that they have no more use for. The return of Star Chamber next!
[PRESSTV] US Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden ...Failed seeker of the Democratic presidential nomination on multiple occasions, vice president under Barack Obama, giving it a last try in his dotage for 2020... has lashed out at President Donald Trump ...His ancestors didn't own any slaves... for his efforts to "destroy" the former vice president and his family, vowing to beat the US president "like a drum" in the 2020 election.
Biden accused Trump on Sunday of "abusing the power of the presidency" by asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a phone call to investigate him and his son, Hunter, over their financial dealings.
The 76-year-old said Trump has "corrupted the agencies of his administration ‐ including the State Department, the National Security Council staff, the Justice Department and the office of the vice president" in his pursuit to do so.
"Enough is enough," Biden wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. "Every day ‐ every few hours, seemingly ‐ more evidence is uncovered revealing that President Trump is abusing the power of the presidency and is wholly unfit to be president. He is using the highest office in the land to advance his personal political interests instead of the national interest."
The former US vice president said Trump's action showed that "he considers the presidency a free pass to do whatever he wants, with no accountability."
"Our first president, George Washington, famously could not tell a lie. President Trump seemingly cannot tell the truth ‐ about anything," Biden noted. "He slanders anyone he sees as a threat. That is why is he is frantically pushing flat-out lies, debunked conspiracy theories and smears against me and my family, no doubt hoping to undermine my candidacy for the presidency."
The 2020 presidential candidate, however, underscored that he would not allow Trump to intimidate him despite a push to tarnish his reputation.
"To Trump and those who facilitate his abuses of power, and all the special interests funding his attacks against me: Please know that I’m not going anywhere," Biden concludes in his op-ed. "You won’t destroy me, and you won’t destroy my family. And come November 2020, I intend to beat you like a drum."
First Biden is not Trump's rival in the 2020 election. He is the rival of about 20 others to become that rival, and his chances of becoming Trump's rival have been falling steadily for a variety of reasons.
Second, Trump, in the famous phone call merely expressed his opinion that Biden's public brag that he forced the Ukraine government to fire its head prosecutor was horrible, and he hoped Zelensky would find out the truth about it. Trump did not mention the apparent corrupt dealings of Hunter Biden with a Ukrainian gas magnate who was a big time donor to the Clinton foundation.
Third braggarts are not generally reputed to be tellers of truth. Quite possibly Biden's brag was a product of his own insecurities and his wish to appear as a big shot rather than an insignificant Vice-President. Zelensky investigation of the brag might actually prove it false thus releaving some of the horribleness that Trump referred to and thereby improving Biden's reputation.
Someone should ask Biden if Trump was ever caught plagiarizing a speech.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/07/2019 10:58 Comments ||
Joke from the 1980s:
Nixon, Carter, Ted Kennedy, and Joe Biden are sitting on the deck of a cruise ship. Over the PA system the captain announces that the vessel is taking on water, and that passengers need to immediately head for the lifeboats.
Carter tells Dick, Teddy and Joe: "As good Christians, we should let the women and children go first."
Nixon mutters, "F--- the women!"
Kennedy: "Do we have time?"
Biden: "Do we have time?"
[TheGuardian] The growing scandal around Ukraine shows a Biden nomination would be a big gamble – one Democrats would be foolish to make. Took me a while to figure out why the Commie rag would slam a Donk. After a nanosec of reflection it's obviously a tactic to eliminate the front-runner so Hillary Sanders can swoop in at the last minute.
I'm still half of the opinion that denial notwithstanding, Big Mike will 'reluctantly' throw her pelt in the ring.
It would be the easiest way to get the deepest of the deep state back to the true levers of power, there would be a litany of 'firsts' checked off, and the Os could get back to doing what they do best: lecturing everyone else while spending taxpayer money.
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 ||
10/07/2019 8:41 Comments ||
Bob is on to something.
Big Mike is the perfect beard for the Deep State. She'll bring back ValJar and the whole creepy crew.
By now Trump, Giuliani, Barr and Durham must be closing in on the origins of Russia Gate. Trump will have a big enough war chest in 2020 to buy all the ads he needs to tell us all about it in spite of the MSM's attempts to bury it. Hildebeast could still end up wearing orange.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/07/2019 11:05 Comments ||
A regular little lying/cheating strumpet. How ...Islamic
[Wash Examiner h/t Weasel Zippers] Rep. Ilhan Omar has filed for divorce amid rumors that she was having an extramarital affair.
Omar filed to end her marriage to Ahmed Hirsi on Friday, TMZ reported Monday. A court filing was later uncovered that confirmed the news.
Omar is accused of having an affair with Tim Mynett, a prominent Democratic political consultant, whose estranged wife alleged in a divorce filing that he had been in a months-long relationship with the Minnesota Democrat.
The allegation of the affair brought added scrutiny to Omar's own marriage. She has faced repeated questions over her marital history after allegations surfaced that she married her brother and committed immigration fraud.
The freshman congresswoman married Hirsi in 2002 during a faith ceremony but did not legally marry until years later. Omar and Hirsi had two children before they separated in 2008. The next year, Omar legally married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. The two split in 2011, the same year Omar and Hirsi reconciled, but did not legally divorce until 2017. Meanwhile, Omar and Hirsi had a third child in 2012 and legally married in early 2018.
Omar, 37, has denied that she was in a relationship with anyone else. When asked in August whether she had separated from Hirsi or was dating anyone else, Omar said, "No I am not."
"I have no interest in allowing the conversation about my personal life to continue, and so I have no desire to discuss it," she said.
NY Post has another angle: In August, The Post was first to report that DC-based doctor Beth Mynett had filed for divorce from her husband, Tim Mynett, alleging that he was carrying on an affair with Omar.
All the while, Omar’s campaign fund was paying Tim Mynett’s firm for work, including for travel.
Conservative watchdog groups have filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission over this money transfer.
In early September, Tim Mynett filed a response with the D.C. court denying he had an affair.
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/07/2019 12:09 Comments ||
For traditional Muslims, as the Congresswoman affects to be, doesn’t divorce have to come from the husband? Really, to be unfaithful in this as well as to her twice over marriage vows (both traditional and legal) is outside of too much.
[AmGreatness] ...Released last month, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly was expected to sell at least 10,000-12,000 in the first two weeks, according to the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.
...A publishing source provided the latest BookScan numbers, which can account for about 80% of sales. That number is 3,120. "If you add in ebooks ‐ they may have sold a total of 4,000. That’s one of the most epic bombs in political publishing over the past decade," said the source. And here I assumed that every high school library in the land, and some abroad, are going to get a copy
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.