[WarRoom] Democrat billionaire and impeachment obsessive Tom Steyer has spent over $81,000,000 on campaign ads according to numbers released by CNN via Kantar.
The climate change champion, however, is polling at an average of just 1.3 per cent according to RealClearPolitics’ average. I see Bloombergs ads several times each evening in prime time. Thank the TV gods for fast forward and mute!
h/t Red State
A New York judge has just dismissed a laundry list of state charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
New York Judge Maxwell Wiley dismissed state charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort Wednesday on double-jeopardy grounds. Manafort was scheduled to appear in criminal court Wednesday on charges of mortgage fraud and other financial crimes filed in New York state court by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office plans to appeal the decision. "We will appeal today’s decision and will continue working to ensure that Mr. Manafort is held accountable for the criminal conduct against the People of New York that is alleged in the indictment," Manhattan district attorney spokesman Danny Frost said in a statement.
[National Review] The former FBI Director evades and dodges in an interview with Chris Wallace.
Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton gave us "it depends upon what the meaning of the word ’is’ is." James Comey has now given us it depends what the meaning of "vindicated" is.
The former FBI director sat down with Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday over the weekend, and it didn’t go well. Wallace repeatedly pressed Comey on critical findings in the Horowitz IG report, and Comey shimmied and dodged, in a master class in slipperiness and evasion.
Wonder how Chris Wallace and a few others manage. They are stalwart defenders of the liberal elites and have been so for years and yet Fox News is still considered a bastion of right wing reporting. Must be maddening to see your hard work go unnoticed.
Wallace's career and gravy train are still safe. His teenage daughters - who, he said, convinced him to "believe 'Dr.'" Blowsey Ford - are not in danger of being denied acceptance to SJW-led elite colleges.
Dad has been certified as, if not Woke, then at least a Never-Trumper. All good.
[IsraelTimes] A judge on Tuesday sentences former Trump campaign official Rick Gates to 45 days in jail despite what she says is "extraordinary" cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and other Justice Department investigations.
The jail sentence, which she says is needed to reflect the seriousness of his crimes, is to be served intermittently during three years of probation.
Prosecutors didn’t seek prison time for Gates, who pleaded guilty in February 2018 to charges relating to lucrative political consulting work he did in Ukraine. They cited Gates’ cooperation, which included testifying in three trials and more than 50 meetings with prosecutors. He shook hands warmly with a prosecutor from Mueller’s team before the hearing began.
[CTH] During a stunning interview last Sunday Devin Nunes called for the FISA court to be deconstructed. In my opinion it was that statement, not the IG report, that spurred FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer to make a public order today.
Today, hours after Judge Collyer released her order, Devin Nunes responded to the review of the FISC by stating, accurately, Judge Collyer doth protest too much.
In this interview Devin Nunes outlines his February 2018 notification to the FISC about the specific fraud upon the court; and as a result of that (and a follow-up) notification, Nunes again takes the FISC to task for saying they were not aware. Collyer was aware because Nunes told her.
Accepting the totality of the FISC obfuscation, HPSCI ranking member Devin Nunes again calls for the dismantling of the FISA court process.
Despite the media ignoring the scale of Nunes prior statements, this is not some just some arbitrary representatives' opinion. Nunes was Chairman of the HPSCI when he informed the court of the abuse; and he is currently the ranking member of the same committee.
It is not a signal flare from the ranking member of the HPSCI to call for a structural removal of FISC authority. This is a nuclear blast from the primary person who previously guided the FISA re-authorization that permits the court's existence. See the link for the interview and letters informing FISC in 2018
[Breitbart] Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hinted in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday morning that the Senate will move to dismiss the pending articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump after opening arguments in the expected trial.
McConnell was reacting to a proposal by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Monday that the Senate call four additional, in-person witnesses that were not called, or not available, during the House inquiry, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
But McConnell dismissed that suggestion out of hand, arguing that Schumer was trying to make "Chairman Schiff's sloppy work more persuasive." McConnell accused Schumer of going straight to the news media with his proposals rather than speaking to him in person, as Senate leaders had done in the past.
He also noted that Schumer had misquoted the Constitution.
Ouch. A bludgeon, not a scalpel.
The Democrat leader had claimed the Constitution gave the Senate "sole Power of Impeachment," whereas Article I, Section 3 actually states, "The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments." "We don't create impeachments over here … we judge them," he declared.
It was the House's role to investigate, and to build a case. "If they fail, they fail! It's not the Senate's job to leap into the breach to search desperately for ways to get to guilty. That would hardly be impartial justice." The Senate would not, he said, participate in "new fact-finding" that House Democrats were "too impatient" to pursue.
I should think standard procedure would be to call an immediate informal vote of Dismiss/Proceed to see if they go forward or not. Juries often do that sort of thing to save time and see who needs further convincing.
McConnell accused Schumer of going straight to the news media with his proposals...
I have heard that the most dangerous place in the world is to stand in the path between Schumer and a TV Camera --- Jump out of the way or be trampled by Schumer running to get more face time.
When I was a jury foreman on a civil case of a lady who got her car rear ended in the ice, and wanted damages from the insurance company for her whiplash injury.
So we went around the room and each juror spoke his or her piece on if she should have damages, how much, and why.
What we found from the git go was that her trooping through things (having a pack on and riding to school in her mountain bike aggravated her original injury, along with other actions, made it impossible for the jury to tell what the original injury resulted in and subsequent injuries resulted in her behavior.
The insurance company was willing to pay $6000. That is what we gave her. We were done in an hour. The judge came in afterwords and discussed the case and our reasoning and he was satisfied. He is now the chief justice of the state supreme court. We could not justify that the preponderance of evidence supported her calculated $87K claim.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
12/18/2019 20:29 Comments ||
#5 I'm hoping they would call Schiff, Nader, Pelosi, and the alledged Whistleblower to testify under oath as to the charges and present their actual. non-heresy, evidence - again under oath.
This is exactly what "Cocaine Mitch" wants to prevent.
The left has no concept of Christian Values. Love One Another, The Golden Rule, Say Less/Listen More, The Ten Commandments. As more and more of the people this nation become like this, and continue to send reps just as sorry as they are to the Capitols, the US will enter into a disgraceful period of behavior that will bring war to this once peaceful land.
Reportedly the ringleader of the assault on Jonathan Gilliam - he was "jumped" by "3 to 6 individuals" while escorting the pro-Trump women to safety, by his account - is the best man from the DNC member's wedding.
Can you imagine going to a wedding and perpetrating a hate-filled riot?
This wasn't Hatfields and McCoys, or some kind of Cirkassian ritual kidnapping of the bride, or some other antediluvian ritual of the uncivilized.
These are senior members of the Democratic National Committee.
In DC. At the most prestigious hotel in our nation's capital, around the corner from the White House.
What kind of demented animal behaves like this today, in civilized, polite society?
From Bobby's link:
Breitbart News was unable to reach Ruder, whom witnesses said attended the wedding party for Jessica Tvelia and Dennis O’Brien.
O’Brien is listed as Director of Operations for the Boeing Company’s Government Operations office in Washington, DC, on the company’s website:
Prior to joining Boeing, O’Brien served as the Deputy CEO for Finance and Administration at the Democratic National Convention Committee in Philadelphia, PA, where he managed finance, compliance, human resources, administration and general business services for the 2016 national party convention.
Posted by: Frank G ||
12/18/2019 6:11 Comments ||
Perhaps Boeing should look at the grifters they employ to curry rent favor? They'll get no sympathy from me
Posted by: Frank G ||
12/18/2019 6:40 Comments ||
When the shootin' and bombin' start, they'll be the first to scream "can we talk about this?".
Too many people are suggesting that Boeing have a look at Dennis O'Brien. Having actually read tghe article I don't see where he is culpable in any way. Ryder and other guests that behaved badly are not his responsibility.
...person wearing a MAGA hat isn't necessarily a Nazi either, but hasn't stop the other side from assaults. They play guilt by association. They have established the rule - either you are with us or you are against us. They're the ones drawing the lines.
#11 - Boeing bought a DNC tool to lobby. They should look at what trash that brought with them
Posted by: Frank G ||
12/18/2019 10:22 Comments ||
DarthVader, I agree with everything except the put them in the ground. Slammed to the ground and given a free broken arm (or teeth) to remember the day would send the message. At this stage at least.
[NYPOST] In a rare public rebuke, the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court slammed the FBI Tuesday for misleading it in applications to wiretap a former Trump campaign aide, giving the bureau until Jan. 10 to come up with solutions.
The order came in the wake of findings from Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, who uncovered multiple instances of abuse in his review of the feds’ use of FISA warrants to surveil Carter Page, a one-time foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.
The court ripped the FBI for mistakes it made in the Page case, and ordered the agency to explain how it will improve its warrant submissions in light of the litany of errors Horowitz uncovered.
"The FBI’s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the OIG report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above," FISA court presiding Judge Rosemary Collier wrote in an opinion for the court published Tuesday.
"The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable."
The analysis lab is saying that if you substitute someone else's pee for examination, they're not responsible for the false report. They followed procedures even though the labels indicated that these weren't your normal run of the mill daily types.
So the FBI came back with some 40 points to improve the process. This is all a sham. There was a crime committed against Carter Page, against the President, against the constitution. This incompetence started a billion dollar investigation, it derailed a sitting president, it cheated 61 million Americans out of the national agenda they voted for and won. This is NOT some administrative bullshit with a few points to tighten up the process...
Judge Don Collier: "Don Como Comey, you are messing with Our Thing™. This is not allowed."
Comey: "I know, Don Collier. It was a mistake. It won't happen again."
Judge Don Collier: "This I know. (nods imperceptibly towards consigliere. Scene fades.)
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
12/18/2019 10:44 Comments ||
Methinks those on the FISA Court were rubber-stamping things because they trusted the FBI and got caught looking like fools. Don't want to make folks look like fools if they have power to step on you.
This is resembling a Maxwell Smart episode. They claimed that their own guy was actually a Russian spy - that Carter Page, CIA asset, was actually a GRU asset.
Actually it reminds me of that Italian comedy scene in which Bob Benigni (?sp) the buffon pretends to be a surgeon in the operating room and ends up administering the anesthesia ... to himself. Scene ends with Dr. Clown passing out on top of his patient in the operating table.
Well yay. Betcha television ratings will be in line with the previous strongly downward trend, losing lots of money for the production company involved.
[NYTimes] LOS ANGELES ‐ The next Democratic presidential debate will go on as scheduled Thursday [19 Dec], after negotiators on Tuesday reached agreement in a labor dispute that had threatened to upend the event while highlighting the influence that organized labor wields with the leading Democratic presidential candidates.
The debate, which will be held at Loyola Marymount University, had been in question since last week after the seven participating Democrats each said that they would not cross a picket line, if there was one.
The dispute, between a cafeteria workers union and a food services company at Loyola Marymount, involved only about 150 workers and had drawn little notice over nine months. [a few weeks after the debate the Food Services Co will probably go into bankruptcy and void the new agreement]
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.