[AmGreatness] The former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch made a number of "strange" and "irregular" requests to monitor the communications of American journalists, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) claimed on Fox News Wednesday night.
During an appearance on "Hannity," Nunes said that he intended to ask Yovanovitch about these alleged efforts to monitor reporters during her scheduled testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday.
Yovanovitch, who was appointed ambassador to Ukraine by former President Obama in 2016, was recalled by the State Department in May, but remains a State Department employee.
Although it’s unclear whether the Trump administration will allow her to testify, Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, welcomes the opportunity to question her.
He told host Sean Hannity that a number of Ukrainians and officials in the State Department had raised concerns about Yovanovitch, which is why Trump ordered her removal.
A former top Ukrainian official told investigative reporter John Solomon last spring that the U.S. embassy in Kiev had been refusing to provide Ukrainian law enforcement officials with visas so they can deliver their evidence of election meddling and corruption to Washington.
"We were supposed to share this information during a working trip to the United States," Kostiantyn Kulyk‐then the deputy head of the Prosecutor General’s International Legal Cooperation Department‐told Solomon back in April. "However, the [U.S.] ambassador blocked us from obtaining a visa. She didn’t explicitly deny our visa, but also didn’t give it to us."
Nunes told Hannity that "concerns" had been raised that journalists were being improperly monitored. "That we don’t know, but we have people who have given us this information," Nunes said, adding that he would be pressing the State department for more information ahead of Yovanovitch’s testimony on Friday.
Hannity said three sources had told him they "believe there is evidence that government resources were used to monitor communications" of journalists‐including Solomon, a Fox News contributor‐and that Yovanovitch may have been involved.
Solomon has broken stories related to the Russia hoax and the ongoing Ukraine controversy that have contributed to Trump’s desire for a DOJ review of the origins of the FBI and special counsel investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
"What I’ve heard ‐ and I want to be clear ‐ there’s a difference. What I’ve heard is that there were strange requests, irregular requests to monitor not just one journalist, but multiple journalists," Nunes added. "Now perhaps that was OK. Perhaps there was some reason for that ‐ that it can be explained away. But that’s what we know and that’s what we’re going to be looking into."
[NYPost] The poll released last week by Fox News that claimed most Americans favor the impeachment of President Trump underrepresented Republican and independent voters, The Post has found.
The poll said 51% of voters were in favor of Trump’s impeachment and removal from office, while 40% did not want him impeached.
Princeton, New Jersey, pollster Braun Research, which conducted the survey, noted 48% of its respondents were Democrats. But the actual breakdown of party-affiliation is 31% Democrat, 29% Republican and 38% independent, according to Gallup.
A poll weighted for party affiliation would have concluded that 44.9% favored impeachment and 44.4% opposed it, a Post analysis has concluded.
The poll prompted Trump to tweet: "Whoever [Fox News’] Pollster is, they suck."
Like "anonymous" sources in "news" reports. You can always find someone who will say anything. Or just make it up as you go along..
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/13/2019 8:39 Comments ||
We are now officially in the Post-Truth Phase of our history.
The polls we're shown are BS.
The stories we read are BS.
Real stories don't make it to print or pixel.
Disinformation is everywhere.
Words have lost their usual meanings.
We are closer to a war with Russia than at any time since 1962, and we're told that the current president is an agent of the Russian state.
Beyond the Shitshow, and through the looking-glass we go.
Make telephone polls in districts that vote Dim and do street polls in the same areas. Or just make it up. Who would know? Has anyone here ever been contacted to do a political poll? I haven't and I believe that to be a statistical impossibility.
I was exposed to Polls and Surveys in a university Political Science course many moons ago: Its ALL in the internals of the Poll. Until you dissect the questions and make-up of the sample the Poll is 'swamp gas' and usually after that inspection it is still 'swamp gas' only smellier.
These polls are for Dem base consumption. These polls have got to create disbelief and cognitive dissonance in non-Kool Aid drinkers such as independents. If anyone watches any of the Trump rallies, you would think the entire country is on a bandwagon to elect Trump. This must panic the Dems. Hence all the phonied-up impeachment activity of the Dems.
Has anyone here ever been contacted to do a political poll?
I used to get called all the time, AlmostAnonymous5839, sometimes more than once a day during election season, before Mr. Wife convinced me to give up the land line in 2017. But I live in southwest Ohio, which for some reason has been considered a bellwether voting area.
I may get calls still, but I don’t answer unidentified phone calls on the cell phone.
48% of its respondents were Democrats. But the actual breakdown of party-affiliation is 31% Democrat, 29% Republican and 38% independent, according to Gallup.
That may be as much a function of older Democrats answering their land line phones as a deliberate imbalance in responses.
I get an absurd number of calls from my old area code on my cell. I never answer them. The ones that leave a message are computer Droid voices talking about Medicare (I'm not on it) and unpaid student loans (I don't have any, paid back or otherwise) I'd imagine some of the unanswered ones are robodialers for polls
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/13/2019 13:41 Comments ||
Say it with me: "cheese food product" It is neither cheese nor food hence the qualifier product. In the case of polls, the fine print could include "100% fact free."
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/13/2019 13:48 Comments ||
I was approached as I entered the front door about ten years ago. Two twenty-somethings were doing a healthcare insurance survey. After trying to fit two of my answers into their little preconceived cubbyholes, and failing, they just gave up and moved on. I'm sure their 'survey' showed everyone wanted free healthcare, and that there was no one home at my address.
[CNSNEWS] "My name is Jacob, and I'm a 9-year-old transgender American," the child told Sen. Elizabeth Being Native American has been part of my story since the day I was born Warren ...Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts, who traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that. She had a DNA test to prove her lineage and it turns out she's colorless... (D-Mass.) Thursday night.
People attending the CNN town hall on LGBTQ equality erupted in cheers and applause, interrupting Jacob's attempt to ask Warren a scripted question.
"My question is," Jacob started to say. [Cheers and applause]
"What will you do in your first week as president to make sure that kids like me feel safer in schools, and what do you think schools need to do better to make sure that I don't have to worry about anything but my homework?
Warren told Jacob she liked his question. She told Jacob she would find "the right secretary of education," then ask Jacob for his approval before nominating that person.
#7 - the political ads are already being edited and narrated: "In their own words, look how batshit crazy these assholes are"
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/13/2019 9:38 Comments ||
Beto saying churches against same sex marriage should lose tax exempt status
Interesting historical footnote: most historians the rise of the religious right as a political force in this country to the decision by the Carter administration to revoke tax-exempt status from Christian broadcasters in the late 1970s. Before that, southern evangelical pastors were with few exceptions apolitical. Most evangelical Christians voted Democratic, especially in the south.
But after the state threatened to intervene in their religious life, they became intensely political overnight. They've been a solid GOP voting bloc ever since.
Tex Kennedy may well be solidifying conservative support for Trump. Hard to believe this moron is so stupid; he must be on the GOP's payroll.
Posted by: lord garth ||
10/13/2019 10:30 Comments ||
"Where's the ladies room?"
"For you, sonny, it's across the street..."
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/13/2019 11:20 Comments ||
Gromgru, kids should be disciplined when they are refusing to change their behavior any other way. Beating this this would serve no purpose and be completely cruel, considering that their own parents have undoubtedly encouraged every step in this direction they have taken (and probably wrote the question, if CNN didn't).
In short, kids who are being brainwashed by their parents deserve help, not a beating. As far as adults who live as people of the opposite gender, the act in and of itself doesn't harm anybody. What does harm people is the liberal fascism that they so frequently subscribe to (the same as your average environmentalist, who might have a point about the greater problem of air pollution,but is totally full of it when they try to censor and harass people and shut down civilization).
[BIZPACREVIEW] "Congresswoman Omar is an American-hating socialist," he told the raucous crowd. "She minimized the September 11th attack on our homeland... where far more than 3,000 people died."
This being a reference to her infamous line about the 9/11 attack, "Some people did something."
"She pleaded for compassion for ISIS ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... recruits right here in Minnesota," the president said, before detailing her history "of launching virulent antisemitic screeds, whether you like it or not."
"How do you have such a person representing you in Minnesota?" Trump said, before joking, "I’m very angry at you people right now."
"She is a disgrace to our country. She is one of the big reasons that I am going to win and the Republican party is going to win Minnesota in 13 months," he declared.
Omar was quick to respond to the president’s remarks, using his words to chase the Benjamins.
Taking to Twitter, she said: "At his rally just now, Trump called me an ’America-hating socialist’ and a ’disgrace.’ He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me. His hate is no match for our movement. Stand with me by donating now."
At his rally just now, Trump called me an "America-hating socialist" and a "disgrace." He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me.
His hate is no match for our movement. Stand with me by donating now: https://t.co/QdUrT9zJsr pic.twitter.com/Ik8I9zlRTf
‐ Ilhan Omar ...Somali-American Dem representative from Minnesota. She is apparently married to her brother and may be her own grandmaw on her mother's side... (@IlhanMN) October 11, 2019
While Minnesota is a decidedly blue state, Crooked Hillary Clinton ...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away... won by a small margin in the 2016 election, beating Trump by just 45,000 votes, or 1.5%, Trump was adamant about carrying the state, saying "We are going to win this state."
Many in the media jumped on Trump’s attack of Omar as being over the top, but the president avoided some of the more controversial aspects of her life.
Things such as the persistent allegations that she married her biological brother to commit immigration fraud, and that she is reportedly having an extramarital affair with a campaign consultant, who is also married. There is also the controversy over thousands of dollars being steered to the alleged lover. In the face of these reported misdeeds, Omar’s husband has filed for divorce.
So, it’s possible to say that President Trump was showing "restraint."
Maybe the other spouse is in on the (financial) action?
The father of her children was working for a local politician (the mayor?) and rearing their kids while Ms Omar swanned around Washington, DC. I understand he recently let go, possibly as a hint not to make waves, which apparently did not work.
[BREITBART] The Biden campaign is warning any presidential candidate who "calls themselves a Democrat" to refrain from repeating "discredited lies" about Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden ...The former Senator-for-Life from Delaware, an example of the kind of top-notch Washington intellect to be found in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body... (D) and his son Hunter during the next presidential debate. Hunter Biden resigns from Chinese firm following Trump attacks
The Biden campaign is taking an aggressive stance in an effort to dismiss the mounting questions and concerns surrounding the Bidens’ business dealings in both China and Ukraine. The latter has become a particular point of interest in recent weeks, following President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats say Trump "pressured" Ukraine to investigate his potential rival, Biden, who played a key role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma Holdings. Hunter Biden served on the board, making $83,000 per month, despite a stunning lack of qualifications for such a position. The former vice president wanted the prosecutor fired and threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid, bragging about his ultimatum last year.
Does anyone doubt any longer the true nature of the threat to this country?
Hunter Biden is a corrupt buffoon. The elites of two foreign nations that have intervened in our elections, one of which is the greatest threat to us in the world, showered this feeble-minded cokehead MILLIONS in ill-gotten gains - while his dad was VP and flying into those nations alongside Junior Marching Powder. And his uncle, Biden's brother, and his business partner are equally slimy.
How can this story possibly be omitted from journalists' campaign coverage?
Biden's own supporters are dropping him because of this obvious corruption in his family -- and our D.C. elites declare it a non-story or even a "debunked" "conspiracy theory."
I'd like to know what is the "or else" part of Biden's warning and I'd really love to see some of the other Democrat candidates defy him by broaching this subject in the next debate. Have to have a lot of popcorn for that.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/13/2019 14:55 Comments ||
I think you are overreacting. There have been no discredited lies about Joe Biden, so the request to avoid repeating them is empty of content. You have the spirit of the request right though.
Posted by: Daniel ||
10/13/2019 16:42 Comments ||
[BREITBART] Two former National Security Council staffers that worked with the so-called whistleblower in the Obama and Trump administrations now work for House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff ...Showboating U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Schiff has served in Congress since 2001. He currently serves as the chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In a manner reminiscent of Joe McCarthy, on March 22, 2017, in a interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC Schiff claimed there was “more than circumstantial evidence now” that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia." Todd followed up by asking if he had seen direct evidence of collusion and Schiff responded that there was "evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of investigation... (D-CA), according to a report.
The Washington Examiner states:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff recruited two former National Security Council aides who worked alongside the CIA whistleblower at the NSC during the Obama and Trump administrations, the Washington Examiner has learned.
Abigail Grace, who worked at the NSC until 2018, was hired in February, while Sean Misko, an NSC aide until 2017, joined Schiff’s committee staff in August, the same month the whistleblower submitted his complaint.
The whistleblower was an NSC official who worked with former Vice President 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... and who has expertise in Ukraine, the Washington Examiner has reported.
A career CIA analyst with Ukraine expertise, the whistleblower aired his concerns about a phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to a House Intelligence Committee aide on Schiff’s staff. He had previously informed the CIA’s legal counsel’s office.
[AMGREATNESS] A Democrat member of the Minnesota House of Representatives was among the far-left riffraff that harassed and intimidated Trump supporters as they left the Trump rally in Minneapolis Thursday night. Rep. Aisha Gomez (DFL) was seen consorting with a member of the Antifa ...the armed wing of the Democratic Party... mob as he hurled profanities at Republicans as they drove by.
Hundreds of leftists gathered outside of the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis to scream at Trump’s supporters and tell them to go home.
Before the rally, a middle aged woman, her husband, and her 75-year-old mother were harassed by the vicious mob as they made their way into the venue, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
"Shame on you!" agitators screamed, blowing whistles in their faces. "How does it feel to be a racist and a bigot?" one asked. The woman later told the Strib, "I think that was the worst of society imaginable."
After the rally, the "protest" descended into chaos as left-wing protesters and antifa bully boyz assaulted Trump supporters, clashed with police, and burned "Make America Great Again" hats.
I remember as a kid, when a controversial group got a parade or demonstration permit, the police kept agitated crowds separated with police lines to keep the peace. This is not happening any more. In fact, city administrators are encouraging mob violence---you saw it in Portland, Charlottesville, and now Minneapolis.
We're headed toward Kristallnacht here in FUSA.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
10/13/2019 10:30 Comments ||
city administrators are encouraging mob violence---you saw it in Portland, Charlottesville, and now Minneapolis.
Also San Jose (in 2016).
Not just "administrators," btw-- it's usually the MAYOR of the city, explicitly telling the world that he will not enforce the law and will not ensure order and public safety in his city.
Antifa, a political group consisting of anarchists, socialists and communists along with some liberals and social democrats. They tend to damage property, harass and are violent of anyone who disagrees with them.
Much like Bill Ayers and the SDS of the 1960s. Seems like Antifa qualifies as a terrorist group who's best interests are not the USA.
Not anarchy nor anarchists. Black-booted, brown shirted fascistic enforcement. Going back to the early days, when the “anti-fascists had running battles in the streets with the Nazi lads, Antifa was made up of Soviet-oriented hard communist cadres.
In fact, city administrators are encouraging mob violence---you saw it in Portland, Charlottesville, and now Minneapolis.
Don't forget Berkeley...and San Jose as noted by Lex.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/13/2019 14:59 Comments ||
TW I've seen these maroons up close. Despite their stupid little slogans and random signs, the vast majority really aren't ideological; they're simply lost souls with serious emotional problems and a penchant for violence. Totally disorganized. Chaotic.
So to the extent they have any coherent program at all, it would be much closer to loosely organized anarchists than to disciplined and centrally-directed communist cadres.
Again, most of these people have serious emotional issues.
TW I've seen these maroons up close. Despite their stupid little slogans and random signs, the vast majority really aren't ideological; they're simply lost souls with serious emotional problems and a penchant for violence.
I yield to your personal experience, Lex. But what about those who call them out and point them in the direction of the day?
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