[American Thinker] While Democrats are pushing the bogus Trump-Ukraine quid pro quo story invented by that great storyteller, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, two groups of Democratic senators have been colluding with Ukrainian interests to advance their own agenda and political careers.
Kudos to Steve Hilton for pointing out the corruption of the first group on the Oct. 13 edition of his Fox show "The Next Revolution" ‐ a group of Democratic senators took cash from a Ukraine lobbyist to push Ukrainian gas interests at the same time the Democrats are pushing the Trump-Ukraine yarn. As Hilton states in a transcript of his show available on Fox Opinion:
Remember Devon Archer, Hunter Biden's business partner? He had previously been a top fundraiser for John Kerry, who was Secretary of State at the time. And soon after Devon and Hunter joined the Burisma Board, the company channeled $90,000 to a lobbying firm called ML Strategies, which was headed by none other than David Leiter, John Kerry's former chief of staff.
That's handy because then-Secretary of State John Kerry himself has visited Ukraine with promises of U.S. aid and assistance. Well, Leiter registered as a Burisma lobbyist in mid-2014. But in the year leading up to that, he gave close to $60,000 to Democrats, including a select group of U.S. senators who would later be instrumental in pushing cash towards Ukraine's energy sector, directly in line with Burisma's interests.
He donated to Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., four times and to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., three times. A month after the last of those donations, both Markey and Shaheen were among four senators who wrote a letter to President Obama that said, "We should leverage the full resources and expertise of the U.S. government to assist Ukraine in improving its energy efficiency, increasing its domestic production and reforming its energy markets."
This was at a time when Democrats were waging a war on fossil fuels, opposing fracking, and trying to shut down U.S. energy production. American natural gas was bad for the environment, but Ukrainian natural gas was good for the campaign coffers when it involves Hunter Biden’s business interests and John Kerry’s former chief of staff. As Hilton points out, Sen. Markey’s hypocrisy runs particularly deep:
These Dems provide almost too much election and debate ammo to keep up with it.
No wonder Dems are squealing so hard against Trump and Giuliani and other Pubs for turning the light on them for their Ukraine quid pro quo dealings. I always wondered how so many went into government with modest incomes and came out fantabously wealthy.
I believe that a lot of republicans not running for election were caused to quit by information collected by spying on their communications. I believe that some democrats could also be chased out this year for the same thing. It all depends on who has FISA and spying control.
[Business Insider] Losing a job and having your career go up in flames can be scarring. But the smoldering embers sometimes give forth to fertile new soil from which to start anew.
Few have had a more public and dramatic firing than former-FBI director James Comey, who President Donald Trump infamously and suddenly ousted in 2017 amid inquiries into Russian meddling and suspicions that he did not have Comey's loyalty.
That fateful decision sent Comey's law-enforcement career up in smoke ‐ and precipitated the special-counsel investigation by Robert Mueller ‐ but also laid the groundwork to launch a lucrative second-act in media, including six-figure speaking fees, prestigious writing contracts, a TV series, and a multimillion dollar book deal.
In a profile of his post-FBI life by Matt Flegenheimer in The New York Times, Comey asserts his primary preoccupation now, as a self-described "unemployed celebrity," is stopping Trump.
This vocation, while lacking the official powers of his former post in the FBI, appears well-suited for raking in piles of cash.
Comey may have lost a roughly $170,000 annual salary as FBI director, but now he earns as much in a single speaking engagement.
He's been traveling the country giving six-figure paid speeches on leadership, as well as gratis appearances at universities, according to the NYT.
[Free Beacon] Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke promised "other consequences" for Americans who choose not to turn in their firearms under his gun confiscation plan.
O'Rourke was pressed by CNN debate moderator Anderson Cooper on how he planned to "take away weapons from people who do not want to give them up." He hinted at "other consequences" for individuals unwilling to voluntarily turn their weapons in
"If someone does not turn in an AR-15, or an AK-47, one of these weapons of war, or brings it out in public and brandishes it in an attempt to intimidate‐as we saw in Kent State recently‐then that weapon will be taken from them," Beto said. "If they persist, there will be other consequences from law enforcement."
O'Rourke did not elaborate on what those consequences would be.
This guy Beto is not too bright. He missed the meaning of the 2nd Amendment about tyrannical and corrupted governments. IMO, the oversteps, abuses of power, tyranny, and corruption have come from the left.
[GOODMORNINGAMERICA] As President Donald Trump ...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons...... continues to fill his Twitter feed and campaign speeches with attacks on Hunter Biden over his foreign business deals, the former vice president's son defended the ethical implications of his private ventures in an interview with ABC News, but conceded taking a misstep in failing to foresee the political implications on his father's career.
"In retrospect, look, I think that it was poor judgment on my part. Is that I think that it was poor judgment because I don't believe now, when I look back on it -- I know that there was -- did nothing wrong at all," Hunter Biden told ABC News in an exclusive interview. "However, there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly... was it poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is...a swamp in ‐ in ‐ in many ways? Yeah."
"I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That's where I made the mistake," said Biden. "So I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever."
No one in his right mind today would admit to any stranger that he supports Trump-- especially not an anonymous caller whose job is to record your preference in a data base whose contents will, in all likelihood, be syndicated to data exchanges comprising hundreds of entities which will build a profile of you that now contains the behavioral label-- take your pick-- DEPLORABLE, WH-SUPREMACIST, TRUMPIAN, etc.
The only people responding to pollsters' calls these days are the in minority of rabid, open partisans whose preferences were already known. The swing voters -- ie the ones on whom the election will turn -- are overwhelmingly unlikely to be represented in anything like their true numbers in these polls.
No one in his right mind today would admit to any stranger that he supports Trump
In India, public opinion about world events and people is largely dominated by hollywood and journalists, who invariably lean leftward. Even some govt servants will often just feel the pulse by what the PM or senior foreign officials think and extrapolate their worldview from that.
People ask me about Trump, I tell them he's an uncouth braggart who trounces public opinion, gives zero fucks for other countries, and is committed to cleaning up America by removing lazy louts and dark-skinned professional rebels.
When they ask me, 'So we must root for Warren or Kamala ? Or maybe Tulsi ? ' ; I tell them 'Absolutely not, you duffers. Trump. Trump all the way.'
Let's not go kissing each others' mouths just yet.
My point of order would be, is Colorado part of that bloc of states whose delegates go to the popular vote winner? If so, it should be the same color as that bloc.
If that bloc does make the difference, and we start hearing about 105% turnouts and straight D choices, what is the legal challenge? And you know certain peoples will lose their shit so bad as to make the Gore-a-thon look like tea and bridge.
[WND] At least 125 Republicans have co-sponsored a resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for his "parody" of the phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president that triggered the Democrats' impeachment inquiry.
In a hearing last month, Schiff characterized "the essence" of Trump's message to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as: "We've been very good to your country. Very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what, I don't see much reciprocity here.
"I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you, though and I'm gonna say this only seven times, so you better listen good," Schiff continued. "I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of it ... on this and on that."
After criticism from colleagues, Schiff later claimed his version of the call was a "parody."
Fox News reports 125 lawmakers support a censure resolution proposed by U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
Several key leaders are cosponsors, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
"Schiff simply does not have the gravitas that a weighty procedure such as impeachment requires," Biggs wrote in an opinion piece published by FoxNews.com. "He has repeatedly shown incredibly poor judgment. He has persistently and consistently demonstrated that he has such a tremendous bias and animus against Trump that he will say anything and accept any proffer of even bogus evidence to try to remove the president from office."
Schiff claimed his version of the transcript was "the message that the Ukraine president was receiving."
McCarthy charged Schiff, who claimed for two years to have evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, "has been lying to the American people for years."
"Now he is so desperate to damage the president that he literally made up a false version of a phone call," McCarthy said. "Enough is enough."
President Trump, who calls the congressman "Shifty Schiff," urged him to resign, saying he "lied to Congress and attempted to defraud the American public."
Democrats accuse Trump of using the power of his office to persuade a foreign nation to influence the 2020 presidential election. According to a transcript of the July phone call, Trump asked Zelensky to "look into" Hunter Biden's profiting from the Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma while his father was Obama's point man for Ukraine policy.
The White House argues the subsequently released transcript shows there was no quid pro quo and points out the president has the authority to discuss with a foreign leader a case of alleged corruption that could impact national security.
All of the House members ought to want to censure him for lying, keeping the country in a turmoil, obstructing justice and trying to kneecap POTUS by any means. Censured? How about trying Schiff for sedition or treason?
Vote out all those who don't think this ought to happen.
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.