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-Land of the Free
COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor's office show coronavirus cases on lower Broadway may have been so low that the mayor's office and the metro health department decided to keep it secret.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/18/2020 06:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Judicial review standard for economic regulations is "rational basis." Basically, they can do anything they want. But intentionally hiding data that undermines your given rationale would seem to violate even that standard.
Posted by: Iblis || 09/18/2020 11:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Fact Check sez "no", information was released.

So there!

They did not see to address the e-mails discussing how to cover it up. Typical.
Posted by: Bobby || 09/18/2020 11:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Shamdemic
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 09/18/2020 15:27 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
Soros-Backed Coalition Preparing for Post-Election Day Chaos ‐ ‘We're Going to Fight Like Hell'
[Breitbart] Under the guise of seeking to “prevent a constitutional crisis,” a massive network of well funded left-wing activists and progressive groups are training, organizing, and planning to mobilize millions of Americans should President Trump “contest the election results,” refuse to concede, or claim an early victory.

More than 80 advocacy groups and grassroots organizations have joined in a broad coalition calling itself “Protect the Results” and proclaiming that “we cannot ignore the threat that Trump poses to our democracy and a peaceful transition of power.”

The coalition is a joint project of Indivisible and Stand Up America, two left-wing groups founded in response to President Trump’s 2016 election and whose goals are “to organize and resist Trump’s dangerous agenda” and “to defeat Trump and his enablers.”

Seeking to “protect” election results by use of its millions of members, the coalition calls to “take coordinated action” and “prepare for a potential post-election crisis.”

“Be prepared,” warns a video on its homepage.

Both founding groups of the coalition (Indivisible and Stand up America) are part of the Soros-funded Democracy Alliance (DA), the largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the U.S.

DA’s large body of donors aggregates resources for “focused investment,” marshalling as much as $80 million per year.

In 2017, DA developed a “resistance map” — a mix of anti-Trump groups it recommends its members donate to, many of which are now part of Protect the Results.

Other Soros-funded coalition groups include MoveOn, Women’s March, the Working Families Party and the Center for Popular Democracy, a network with over 50 local partners in 32 states, among many others.

Having likened President Trump to a dictator, left-wing billionaire George Soros declared in a recent interview that Trump is dangerous, is “fighting” for his political life, and will do “anything to remain in power.”

Given his harsh depiction of Trump, it is hardly surprising that Soros-backed groups are leading the so-called “resistance” post-Election Day.

Heads of the DA coalition “resistance” groups have been quite vocal in recent days about their intentions to put up a fight this November.



“If Trump wants to ignore the will of the people and fight over election results, it’s a fight he’ll get,” said Nelini Stamp, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the Working Families Party.

“Will we be successful? We’re going to fight like hell to make sure we are,” said Rahna Epting, executive director of MoveOn, another Soros-funded group that joined the coalition.

“Our resistance is key in protecting the outcome of this election,” said Arisha Michelle Hatch, Executive Director of Color Of Change PAC. “We will mobilize to safeguard Black people from the chaos and pain that will inevitably ensue should Trump choose to disregard reality in November.”

Coalition group heads have described the battle against Trump’s re-election as predicated on the unfounded notion that the president has been tirelessly working to undermine the upcoming elections.

“He’s [Trump] laying the groundwork now to steal the election; we need to lay the groundwork now to fight back,” said Sarah Dohl, co-founder and chief communications officer at Indivisible.

“Trump is already laying the groundwork by declaring the result rigged, so we are sounding the alarm now,” said Sean Eldridge, president of Stand Up America and co-founder of Protect the Results.

Claiming that, for years, “Trump has sought to undermine our elections again and again,” Elridge stated, “We would mobilize, take to the streets, put pressure on state and local election officials [to make clear that] the U.S. people are not going to let Donald Trump steal this election.”

Ryan Thomas, a senior spokesperson for Stand Up America, told Newsweek that “Trump poses an existential threat to our democracy and is already working to undermine the election.”

“Donald Trump is not running a re-election campaign. He’s running a power grab,” said Ben Wessel, executive director of NextGen America, a coalition group funded by billionaire Tom Steyer — the failed Democratic presidential candidate and major donor to DA.

With a Trump-must-go-no-matter-what attitude, the idea of a legitimate Trump win is all but impossible.

“When we win in November,” says Indivisible’s IE Political Director Lucy Solomon in a video describing the group’s preparations, they intend to ensure that “Trump isn’t able to steal this election in the days afterwards.”

“On November 3rd. After you vote, get in the streets! Donald Trump must go and we must make it happen!” reads a post tweeted in August by the far-left ShutDownDC, an “organizing space” partnering with Protect the Results which plans to “rise up to confront the Trump administration’s attacks on democracy” and offers training sessions for coalition members to prepare to take “direct action.”

Additionally, several prominent figures have expressed fears of Trump seizing power if the elections resulted in a loss for him, claiming that he is already prepping the ground for a de facto coup.

The baseless notion is increasingly promoted by those opposed to Trump.

Amplifying the groundless notion even further, an article by the Nation last week titled, “Is Trump Planning a Coup d’État?” was widely circulated among leaders of groups from Protect the Results in order to encourage individuals to join their effort.

Ezra Levin, co-founder of Indivisible, tweeted:

New cover story in the Nation from @AbramskySasha. Trump’s a loser and will try to cheat, so we’re preparing.

The article states that what the Protect the Results leadership is planning “isn’t a run-of-the-mill protest” but rather “a national campaign capable of bringing millions of people into the streets,” potentially for months.

They are going to have to develop a durable movement that could operate like the democracy movement in Hong Kong or the movements that peacefully brought down Communist rule in Eastern Europe a generation ago.

Protect the Results has partnered with the secretive Fight Back Table (FBT), an initiative launched after the 2016 election to form a constellation of leftist organizations working more closely together.

FBT and leaders from Protect the Results reportedly discussed their plans in secret during a Zoom virtual meeting last week, with the Daily Beast reporting how they discussed standing up to a multi-state communications arm as well as training for civil disobedience and mass public disorder.

The alliance is pushing the Democrat assumption that election results will be illegitimate absent a huge Biden victory.

Leading Democratic figures have followed suit, laying the ground for chaos and mass unrest.

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton urged Biden not to concede the election “under any circumstances,” while the Democratic presidential candidate said he is confident that Trump is “going to try to steal this election.”

With a well-funded coalition of anti-Trump groups prepping the battlefield for post-election anarchy, such statements are hardly trivial.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/18/2020 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The left secretly hate their own people especially that they get to choose.

Leftists hate that other people are allowed to disagree with them. It's a symptom of their narcissism which I would wager is based on neoteny.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/18/2020 3:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Ghosts in the darkness. Throw money and hope for results. People these days don't want to work. See how they fold when met with resistance. Mere words. Media driven garbage. Certainly a few but nothing resembling puff the magic dragon media hogs.
Posted by: Dale || 09/18/2020 5:01 Comments || Top||

#3  "Trump is already laying the groundwork by declaring the result rigged"

That's because they're going to rig the result.

Democrats do not believe in the legitimacy of any system that votes them out of power. They really don't. They identify their political views with the center of morality. To disagree with them is immoral as throwing gays off a rooftop.
Posted by: Mr Obvious || 09/18/2020 5:19 Comments || Top||

#4  We will be waiting.
Posted by: Mad Eye Angonter1301 || 09/18/2020 7:05 Comments || Top||

#5  The DIMS started this garbage when Al Gore refused to accept his defeat for POTUS.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebbereng3110 || 09/18/2020 7:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Biden rarely comes out of the basement and when he does say something in public, he rarely makes much sense. Of the few rare rallies he has had, hardly anyone shows up. Compare those with Trump rallies.

Despite al the fake polls, Trump is likely to have a landslide. If he doesn't win, he should definitely contest the election until it is found out how it was rigged.

If the left is threatening violence, let the arse-kicking begin. We'll see how that works out.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/18/2020 9:04 Comments || Top||

#7  ....when the kicking starts, they'll cry "can we talk about this". Talking was before the kicking.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/18/2020 10:27 Comments || Top||

#8  "If we win, Trump will do what we're planning on doing if we lose."
Posted by: Matt || 09/18/2020 11:06 Comments || Top||

#9  I got ammo and many vets that will be happy to use you to make the grass grow.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/18/2020 11:45 Comments || Top||

#10  When the SHTF, citizens need to be reminded of the people who fund and abet the shit show.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/18/2020 12:03 Comments || Top||

#11  I think the judge in Lancaster, PA, showed us how to deal with this effectively.
Posted by: Tom || 09/18/2020 13:57 Comments || Top||

#12  Bring it on.
Posted by: Gromotle Ulavilet1998 || 09/18/2020 16:08 Comments || Top||


Justice Department considered pursuing charges against city officials in violent unrest
[FOXNEWS] The Justice Department explored possible criminal or civil charges against local officials in Portland, Ore., after weeks of festivities between federal law enforcement and violent mostly peaceful protesters, spokeswoman Kerri Kupec told Fox News.

Kupec declined to comment on whether the department ultimately will bring charges. She said there were no specific charges in mind, rather, DOJ officials were looking at the way Portland officials "were handling, or not handling" the riots and violence.

The spokeswoman also did not confirm whether DOJ officials were focusing on specific city officials. The office of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
...the incompetent but trendy leftist mayor of Portland...
did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

Separately, Justice Department officials disputed news reports that Attorney General William Barr told prosecutors in the department’s civil rights division to explore whether they could bring charges against Seattle Mayor Jenny Summer of Love Durkan
...Democrat Maress of Seattle, who allowed a chunk of the downtown of her city to be turned into an autonomous combat zone...
for allowing some residents to establish a protest zone this summer.

President Trump has criticized Democrats, and specifically, Wheeler, who he says have not done enough to stop nights of looting and unrest in cities across the U.S. Trump has called Wheeler a "wacky Radical Left Do Nothing Democrat Mayor" and has said the city "will never recover with a fool for a Mayor...."

Just days after the death of George Floydwhile in the custody of police in Minneapolis at the end of May, large demonstrations reached Portland’s streets and nightly festivities between protesters and coppers continued for over a month until federal law enforcement was sent in to protect federal properties.

After arriving over the July 4 weekend, federal officers with the U.S. Marshals Service and other agencies were told Portland police was explicitly ordered not to respond to the federal courthouse as hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside, some throwing bricks, rocks, and Molotov cocktails at officers, and not to assist federal officers who were sent to try to quell the unrest.

Federal law enforcement remained in the city for about four weeks until the Department of Homeland Security and Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Kate Brown agreed on a plan to bring Oregon State Police into downtown Portland and for federal officers to begin leaving the city.

More than 100 people have been arrested in Portland on federal charges related to the unrest over the last few months. The FBI has said it was also shifting the agency’s resources to focus more heavily on violence and federal crimes committed during nearly three months of unrest during nightly racial injustice protests in the city that often ended in vandalism, festivities with police, and dozens of arrests.

Wheeler and Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell publicly clashed last week after the mayor ordered police to stop using CS or tear gas for crowd control. The Portland Police Bureau argued in a blurb hours later that amid "repeated violence by a group of motivated and well-organized individuals" carried out for more than 100 consecutive nights, officers used tear gas to "disperse crowds only when there is a life safety event."

"Most recently, it was used to disperse a crowd from which a Molotov cocktail was thrown at officers and ended up injuring a community member who was on fire," the police bureau said, expressing regret that some gas seeped into nearby homes. "However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
the community should be asking the rioters why they are committing violence that threatens the very lives of others nearby. When people gather lawfully, peacefully, there is no need for intervention by police, much less the use of CS gas."

In an email to Lovell and assistant chiefs, Wheeler said: "While I do not often issue directives to the Portland Police Bureau, when I do I expect them to be followed. Civilian oversight of the Police Bureau is set in the Portland City Charter, and every sworn officer takes an oath to abide by that charter. Professionalism and public service demand nothing less," a copy obtained by the Portland Tribune said.

The mayor's office added in a statement: "PPB’s decision to put out a blurb questioning my direction was a serious breach of protocol and an inappropriate use of City communications resources. I made it clear, in no uncertain terms, to the Chief that this cannot happen again."
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Can we get charges against anyone who appears with them in photo ops?
Posted by: gorb || 09/18/2020 7:24 Comments || Top||

#2  How high should they set bail for Wheeler?

Answer: what is the market value of his trust fund today?
Posted by: Tom || 09/18/2020 13:58 Comments || Top||

#3  His net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million.
Posted by: 746 || 09/18/2020 23:48 Comments || Top||


Support for BLM Drops Among Hispanics, White Voters, and Republicans, New Poll Shows
[DAILYSIGNAL] Support for the Black Lives Matter movement has fallen since June, dropping more than 12 percentage points over the past three months among non-black Americans, according to a poll published Thursday.

Roughly 55% of American adults said that they supported BLM in September, compared to 67% of people who said the same thing in June, according to a poll from the Pew Research Center. White American support fell the most, dipping from 60% in June to 45% in September, the poll found.
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Hispanic American support for BLM decreased from 77% to 66%, while Asian Americans have cooled to the movement as well, with support dropping from 75% to 69% since June.

The poll comes nearly four months after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in late May after a white officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, per video of the incident.

The poll draws from data collected in a panel conducted Sept. 8 to Sept. 13. A total of 10,093 panelists responded out of 11,506 who were sampled, with a margin of sampling error for the full slate of respondents falling at plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.

Support for BLM among Republicans fell from 37% in June to 16% as of September, while support among Democrats has remained high, decreasing slightly from 92% in June to 88% this month.
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  I suspect the 55% support number is bullshit too. People don't want to be targeted for violence or called a racist. I don't even answer the phone if it's not someone I already know. 6 calls yesterday
Posted by: Frank G || 09/18/2020 5:26 Comments || Top||

#2  How is the poll worded? How are BLM described exactly?
Is it
"Do you support the movement to end systemic police racism and violence directed against blacks known as BLM"?

Sure, that description would easily get 50-60% approval. But that description is bullshit -- as is obvious to anyone paying close attention to what the movement leaders actually say and the many assassinations that its rabid followers have actually pulled off.

So if the poll question is accurate - s.t. like, "Do you support the Marxist revolutionary movement to hinder policing through violence directed at police and property owners known as BLM?"

... then the approval falls off a cliff.
Posted by: Snolutch Ebberesing1741 || 09/18/2020 6:24 Comments || Top||

#3  >The poll comes nearly four months after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in late May after a white officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, per video of the incident.

Nothing about Fentanyl and other drugs cauing his heart attack (not suffication) while resisting arrest?

Lying MSM
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/18/2020 6:24 Comments || Top||

#4  You give too much credit to wording. Back in the George Floyd protests virtue signaling was turned up to 11. I've talked to a number of folks who didn't know BLM was an actual group but thought it was just a slogan.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 09/18/2020 12:10 Comments || Top||

#5  I do not believe Asian support for blm is 69% (higher than hispanics) nor that Asian support has dropped by only 6%.
Posted by: Cleting Closh2157 || 09/18/2020 12:25 Comments || Top||


Government
Pervert gynecologist got no-jail deal after Manhattan DA withheld evidence
[NYPOST] The gynecologist who cut a widely panned plea deal in state court for sexually abusing two patients was allowed to walk because the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office was allegedly caught red-handed withholding evidence, the disgraced doctor’s lawyers revealed Thursday.

The disclosure was made during a hearing in Manhattan federal court, where Dr. Robert Hadden, 62, is now separately charged with sexually abusing six patients — including one minor — and is being held on $1 million bond.

The perplexing plea struck in state court in 2016 had outraged dozens of victims who came forward — including former presidential candidate Andrew Yang
...Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Unlike most of the other Dem 2020 candidates, he actually did things besides politix in his adult life, which made him political poison. He worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive from 2000 to 2009. After he founded Venture for America, the Obama administration selected him in 2012 as a Champion of Change and in 2015 as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. His signature campaign policy is what he calls the Freedom Dividend, a form of Universal Basic Income for every American over 18. Yang believes UBI is a necessary response to the rapid development of automation that is leading to workforce challenges. The other two central elements of Yang's platform are Medicare for All and Human-Centered Capitalism....
’s wife, Evelyn Yang, who has said she was sexually assaulted by the former New York-Presbyterian Hospital doctor in 2012 when she was pregnant with her first child.

He is not charged in connection to her allegations.

Defense lawyer Isabelle Kirshner told U.S. District Judge Richard Berman that the DA initially wanted no less than four years behind bars for Hadden, who had also worked at a Columbia University medical practice.

But then state prosecutors turned over Hadden’s personnel file, and it was missing a single page: a nurse’s statement saying that she was present during one alleged assault in 2012 and witnessed nothing improper. By law, the DA was required to turn over the document.

Kirshner’s team only discovered the glaring omission after subpoenaing the voluminous personnel file directly from the hospital and finding the statement, she said.
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: Politix
Joe Biden Resurrects False College Claim That Helped Ruin His 1988 Presidential Run
[Mollie at Federalist] Joe Biden is not the first person in his family to attend college. But he has a lengthy history of claiming otherwise, no matter how much the lie gets him in trouble.
Joe Biden is not the first person in his family to have gone to college. But he has a lengthy history of claiming otherwise, no matter how much the lie gets him in trouble.

Even after having famously admitted exactly 33 years ago to the day that he had family who had gone to college before him, Biden once again made the false claim at a CNN Town Hall on Thursday night.

Biden enthusiast Charlotte Alter, a national correspondent at Time magazine, tweeted out his line, apparently unaware of its role in Biden’s 1987 presidential campaign collapse:

Biden: "Guys like me, the first in my family to go to college... we are as good as anybody else, and guys like Trump, who inherited everything and squandered what they inherited, are the people I've always had a problem with"

— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) September 18, 2020

Back in 1987, The New York Times published Biden’s quote admitting that was not true:

In addition, Mr. Biden said ... he had miscast some of his own forebears, painting them as having rather more humble origins than they in fact did. For example, borrowing Mr. Kinnock’s sentiments, Mr. Biden had said he was ’the first in his family ever to go to university.’ In fact, Mr. Biden said today, ’there are Finnegans, my mother’s family, that went to college.’

Among others, his great-grandfather attended college at a time in which fewer than 2 percent of college-aged men and women in the United States did so. Now it’s around 60 percent.
Anniversary Of Kinnock Plagiarism Scandal

Biden’s first failed run for the presidency was ended by his dishonesty over his academic record and his plagiarism, including the biography and speeches of British Labor politician Neil Kinnock.

On a campaign stop in New Hampshire in 1987, a voter asked Biden where he attended law school and where he placed in his class.

Biden lashed out at the man angrily, making a series of claims that were not true:

BIDEN: I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect. I went to law school on a full academic scholarship, the only one in my — in my class to have a full academic scholarship. In the first year in law school I decided didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class, and then decided I wanted to stay, went back to law school, and in fact ended up in the top half of my class. I won the international moot-court competition. I was the outstanding student in the political science department at the end of my year. I graduated with three degrees from undergraduate school and 165 credits — I only needed 123 credits. And I’d be delighted to sit down and compare my IQ to yours if you’d like Frank.

It turned out that Biden did not receive a full academic scholarship, but a half scholarship based on financial need. He did not end up in the top half of his class, but near the very bottom. There is no record of him winning the moot court competition. He did not receive the outstanding student award at the University of Delaware. And he graduated with only one degree.

Worse, a release of his academic records showed that Biden had plagiarized five pages of a law review article.
Posted by: Frank G || 09/18/2020 12:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under:


Bail fund boosted by Kamala Harris and 13 Biden campaign staffers ‘helped release a man, 36, accused of sexually assaulting a child,' report says
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/18/2020 09:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:


Joe Biden slams Donald Trump as 'close to criminal' and AG Bill Barr as 'sick' for comparing lockdowns to slavery as he says he would mandate masks on federal land and levy FINES to set example for nation
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/18/2020 09:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under:



#3  Do you think the deMSM could've won the election if Biden kept silent?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/18/2020 9:40 Comments || Top||

#4  The left needs to be made an example of.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/18/2020 9:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Cloth masks worn by the untrained public day after day don't slow down the virus. At all. So why?
Posted by: Iblis || 09/18/2020 11:47 Comments || Top||

#6  (masks) don't slow down the virus.
But some recent studies do seem to show they reduce the severity of the infections, by reducing the viral load of the initial infecting dose, perhaps thus allowing the immune system a chance to keep pace with the virus growth.
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/18/2020 12:37 Comments || Top||

#7  But some recent studies do seem to show they reduce the severity of the infections, by reducing the viral load of the initial infecting dose, perhaps thus allowing the immune system a chance to keep pace with the virus growth.


Let's set aside for a moment the value of any particular study--especially on a political hot potato topic like this. The holes in a cloth mask are way too big (.4-.5micron) to stop the virus (.12micron). And they certainly don't stop breathing. So what possible mechanism could account for any reduction in viral load? Karma?

Even CDC has stated that cloth masks are worthless for stopping ash from the wildfires, and the ash particles are several times larger than the virus.
Posted by: Iblis || 09/18/2020 14:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Growing research indicates many COVID-19 cases might not be infectious at all

Elevated 'cycle thresholds' may be detecting virus long after it is past the point of infection.
Posted by: Frank G || 09/18/2020 14:34 Comments || Top||

#9  ^ The New York Times said last month that a review of the cycle thresholds of positive cases in Nevada, New York and Massachusetts indicated that "up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus."

Unbelievable.
Complete incompetence.
A total, unmitigated fiasco.
Posted by: Whilet Clitle5401 || 09/18/2020 15:18 Comments || Top||

#10  Iblis, the logic is that masks stop the large droplets, which are the ones that carry a large viral load, and that being infected by a large viral load rather than a small one means your immune system may not be able to crank up as fast as the virus does, so the infection gets to the severe stage more often.
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/18/2020 15:27 Comments || Top||


AW HAIL YES! US AG Barr Seeks to Possibly Prosecute Mayor For Police-Free Zone
[Yahoo] WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors in a call last week that they should consider charging rioters and others who committed violent mostly peaceful crimes at protests in recent months with sedition, according to two people familiar with the call.

The highly unusual suggestion to charge people with insurrection against lawful authority alarmed some on the call, which included U.S. attorneys around the country, said the people, who described Barr’s comments on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

The attorney general has also asked prosecutors in the Justice Department’s civil rights division to explore whether they could bring criminal charges against Mayor Jenny Summer of Love Durkan
...Democrat Maress of Seattle, who allowed a chunk of the downtown of her city to be turned into an autonomous combat zone...
of Seattle for allowing some residents to establish a police-free protest zone near the city’s downtown for weeks this summer, according to two people briefed on those discussions. Late Wednesday, a department front man said that Barr did not direct the civil rights division to explore this idea.

The directives are in keeping with Barr’s approach to prosecute crimes as aggressively as possible in cities where protests have given way to violence. But in suggesting possible prosecution of Durkan, a Democrat, Barr also took aim at an elected official whom President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
has repeatedly attacked.

A Justice Department representatives did not respond to requests for comment. The Wall Street Journal first reported Barr’s remarks about sedition.

During a speech Wednesday night, Barr noted that the Supreme Court had determined that the executive branch had "virtually unchecked discretion" in deciding whether to prosecute cases. He did not mention Durkan or the sedition statute.

"The power to execute and enforce the law is an executive function altogether," Barr said in remarks at an event in suburban Washington celebrating the Constitution. "That means discretion is invested in the executive to determine when to exercise the prosecutorial power."

The disclosures came as Barr directly inserted himself into the presidential race in recent days to warn that the United States would be on the brink of destruction if Trump lost. He told a Chicago Tribune columnist that the nation could find itself "irrevocably committed to the socialist path" if Trump lost and that the country faced "a clear fork in the road."

Barr’s actions have thrust the Justice Department into the political fray at a time when Democrats and former law enforcement officials have expressed fears that he is politicizing the department, particularly by intervening in legal matters in ways that benefit Trump or his circle of friends and advisers.

The protest zone in Seattle became a flash point in the national debate
... an expenditure of personal wind at the national level that leads to face-making and other histrionics but can't be shown to have ever solved an issue ...
over issues of race and policing this summer. Officers had abandoned the cop shoppe there for weeks before retaking it in late July amid escalating violence, including deadly shootings. Durkan said at the time that she had been forced to act because of the lawlessness.

Days later, federal Homeland Security officials sent tactical agents to the city. Durkan protested that their arrival would potentially exacerbate tensions between residents and local officials.

Trump has called the people who lived in the zone "domestic terrorists" and warned that Durkan and Gov. Jay Inslee
...Governor of Washington state, failed candidate for the 2020 Dem presidential campaign, mainly because nobody outside the state and some inside had ever heard of him. He complained, complained, complained that the Trump administration wasn't doing enough to help the state, then returned an Army field hospital and 400 ventilators that didn't get used...
of Washington needed to regain control of the area. "If you don’t do it, I will," the president wrote on Twitter. "This is not a game."

The attorney general’s question about whether Durkan, the former U.S. attorney in Seattle, had violated any federal statutes by allowing the protest zone was highly unusual, former law enforcement officials said.

"The attorney general seems personally, deeply offended by the autonomous zone and wants someone to pay for it," said Chuck Rosenberg, the former U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. "If the people of Seattle are personally offended, they have political recourse. There is no reason to try to stretch a criminal statute to cover the conduct."

His supporters say Barr’s approach is necessary to preserve order at a moment that threatens to spiral into violence and to tamp down unrest in cities where the local authorities will not.

More than 93% of the protests in the United States this summer were peaceful, according to a report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, which monitors political upheaval worldwide. The report looked at 7,750 protests from May 26 through Aug. 22 in 2,400 locations across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

But far-right and far-left groups, as well as looters and rioters, have seized on the protests to commit acts of violence, including deadly shootings — serious crimes that some federal prosecutors said could not be dismissed out of hand as anomalous, particularly as the threat from bully boy groups grows.

Two men associated with the Boogaloo, a far-right movement that supports the coming of a second civil war, were arrested on terrorism-related charges last week. Prosecutors said they used the protests as cover to try to sell weapons to the Paleostinian bad boy group Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®,, which the United States and other countries consider a terrorist group, and to use the money to support the Boogaloo movement.

Barr told federal prosecutors on the call that they needed to crack down on looting, assaults on law enforcement officers and other violence committed during the protests that have continued across the country since George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, was killed by the police in May.

Barr mentioned sedition as part of a list of possible federal statutes that prosecutors could use to bring charges, including assaulting a federal officer, rioting, use of explosives and racketeering, according to the people familiar with the call. Justice Department officials included sedition on a list of such charges in a follow-up email.

After Barr spoke, Richard Donoghue, a top aide to the deputy attorney general, interjected to note that some of the U.S. attorneys on the call worked in districts where violence during protests was less common, and that the federal prosecutors may not need to use tools as aggressive as sedition charges. Mentioning that he had visited Portland, Oregon, Donoghue also assured the prosecutors that the Justice Department would support all efforts to crack down on violence.

"If Barr was saying that if you have a sedition case, then bring it, that is fine," Rosenberg said. "But if he is urging people to stretch to bring one, that is deeply dangerous."

The most extreme form of the federal sedition law, which is rarely invoked, criminalizes conspiracies to overthrow the government of the United States — an extraordinary situation that does not seem to fit the circumstances of the protests and unrest in places like Portland and elsewhere in response to police killings of Black men.

The wording of the federal sedition statute goes beyond actual revolutions. It says the crime can also occur anytime two or more people have conspired to use force to oppose federal authority, hinder the government’s ability to enforce any federal law or unlawfully seize any federal property — elements that might conceivably fit a plot to, say, break into and set fire to a federal courthouse.

Congress has stipulated that a conviction on a charge of seditious conspiracy can carry up to 20 years in prison.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 09/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  I'm sure they'll do it, just as soon as Comey, Strozk, et. al. are hit with charges.
Posted by: Raj || 09/18/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||


Senate Homeland Security Committee has just authorized subpoenas for John Brennan, James Clapper and James Comey
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under:

#1  about 6 months late
Posted by: Theager Borgia1057 || 09/18/2020 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Better late than never, but we shall see what happens. Treason may be treason, but it's not illegal if you get away with it.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/18/2020 1:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Treason may be treason

But if it doesn't succeed ...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2020 3:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Make sure it does not prosper.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/18/2020 4:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Maybe it has prospered for those in the MSM, that's why we never hear it called such?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/18/2020 4:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Let's see how quickly Soetoro and Big Mike decide to buy a yuge vineyard in Canstantia, South Africa.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/18/2020 4:51 Comments || Top||

#7  Well, they are noted perjurers. Will they stick to their story?

Besoeker, if Barry heads to RSA, does Valerie go, too?
Posted by: Clem || 09/18/2020 7:41 Comments || Top||

#8  Unless charges are handed down after this, it is all kabuki theater.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/18/2020 8:49 Comments || Top||

#9  Based on history, these people can:
1. Ignore the subpoena. They might be held in contempt of Congress, but who cares? Everybody holds Congress in contempt
2. Show up, but lie. Apparently there is no real penalty for lying to Congress
3. Answer every question with "I do not recall".

As Darth said, until people get led away in orange jumpsuits, this is all just kabuki.
Posted by: Varmint Prince of the Gepids1322 || 09/18/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||

#10  I'm not familiar with committee-ese:

Does "authorized" mean "actually issued"?
Posted by: charger || 09/18/2020 13:06 Comments || Top||


Seattle @MayorJenny: You down-played the autonomous zone (CHAZ). People were later killed there. Do you take responsibility?
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Do you take responsibility?

'Of course not - I'm a Democrat!'
Posted by: Raj || 09/18/2020 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Never did answer the question.
She was the Mayor, and she only acted when they started rioting outside of her home. If they hadn't it would probably still be going on with many 'deaths'.
Someone should ask her if she ever did contact the families of the victims. She met with the Rioters multiple times. Did she ever even call the families of the ones killed?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/18/2020 10:12 Comments || Top||


Seattle resident trying to boot councilwoman over BLM protest involvement
[NYPOST] A Seattle resident’s effort to boot a councilwoman from office over her involvement in Black Lives Matter protests — including a march that could’ve compromised the mayor’s "personal safety" — may proceed, a judge ruled this week.

King County Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers ruled Wednesday that a recall petition against Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can move forward, saying there was enough evidence to support allegations against her, KOMO News reported.

The petition was brought last month by Ernie Lou, a resident of Capitol Hill, where protesters erected the so-called Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, in June — a month-long occupation that deteriorated with a pair of fatal shootings and other violence.

"This is the grassroots citizens of District 3 of Seattle that says we don’t support what you’re doing, Councilwoman Sawant," Lou told KOMO News. "They were elected and voted in, but I really feel like the current makeup of the City Council does not represent the true values of the city of Seattle."

In June, the night CHOP took form, Sawant led hundreds of protesters into the city hall building, where they called for the resignation of Mayor Jenny Summer of Love Durkan
...Democrat Maress of Seattle, who allowed a chunk of the downtown of her city to be turned into an autonomous combat zone...
and police reform in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"When you talk about black rights, you can’t leave out the horrific gentrification in Seattle," Sawant told the Seattle Times at the time.

Rogers sided with four of six allegations brought by Lou: Sawant violated city and state laws by misusing city resources and her official authority by opening up city hall to protesters; she was part of a march to Durkan’s house last month, which could’ve compromised the mayor’s personal safety; Sawant delegated hiring and firing decisions of her office staff to outside political groups; and she misused city resources to promote a ballot initiative on a new tax on large employers in the city, KOMO News said.
see also
Seattle protesters march on city hall to demand mayor's resignation

He rejected two other allegations, that Sawant helped create CHOP and that she encouraged protesters to take over the police department’s East Precinct.

An elected official who has "committed some act or acts of malfeasance or misfeasance while in office, or who has violated his oath of office" can be recalled, according to the Washington state constitution.

Sawant’s potential recall could be put to voters to decide. Lou must collect about 10,800 signatures within 180 days for it to be put on the ballot in February.

The Seattle City voted 7-1 on Wednesday to cover Sawant’s legal fees.

Her lawyer, Dmitri Iglitzin, said during arguments that his client has been elected three times, accusing those pushing for the recall of trying to redo the elections, according to the Seattle Times.

"We have elections in this state and in this city, and those elections are where the decision as to who is holding this office is supposed to be determined," he said. "This is on its face, by any fair reading, a political screed against Councilmember Sawant."
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  A beloved commie stalwart. She will be protected by her voters.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/18/2020 22:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Psst! Kshama! Sawant?

Nope. Don't want.
Posted by: Vespasian Brown3083 || 09/18/2020 23:23 Comments || Top||


Drive-in with Biden! Ordinary voters at CNN's Democratic town hall in his hometown of Scranton will be in their cars as he answers questions
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under:

#1  maybe on the jumbotron, they can show scenes from Sharknado between Q&As
Posted by: lord garth || 09/18/2020 5:51 Comments || Top||

#2  surreal
Posted by: Oscar Grosh4088 || 09/18/2020 6:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Trump should arrange some eco-protestors and demand they all use the monorail to get there.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/18/2020 6:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Branch covidians practicing their religion.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/18/2020 7:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Biden out at night.
There goes the Sundowner theory.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/18/2020 9:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Maybe not Skid...Depends - yes I get the double entendre - how bright the stage lights were.
Posted by: Warthog || 09/18/2020 10:25 Comments || Top||

#7  I hope they've pulled over and parked when trying to decipher his answers.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/18/2020 18:14 Comments || Top||


New York Times warned readers about vote by mail concerns in 2012, now claims that's a false narrative
[FoxNews] “We all knew the media simply chose the facts that suited its own narrative,” WSJ editor Gerald Baker wrote.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The NYT is orwellian but never checks their memory hole

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/18/2020 3:46 Comments || Top||


Joe Biden: 'No Deportations' for Illegal Aliens Until They Commit a Felony
[BREITBART] Democrat presidential candidate Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Candidate for president in 2020. Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant...
is again vowing that he will not deport any illegal aliens in his first 100 days in office until they commit a felony against an American citizen.

During an interview with Noticias Telemundo, Biden reiterated his plan to end deportations for at least 100 days, saying that only illegal aliens who commit felonies will be deported.

After the deportation freeze, Biden has said he will prioritize convicted illegal alien felonies, indicating that illegal aliens would have to commit felonies and be convicted before they are ever deported from the United States.

"There are going to be no deportations in the first 100 days of my [administration] ... freeze deportations for the first 100 days and the only people who will be deported are people who committed a felony while here," Biden said.

"I can only imagine what it’s like to see a family member deported ... to me it’s all about family, beginning, middle, and end ... that’s not going to happen in my administration, it’s simply not going to happen," Biden continued.

Biden said his immigration plan includes amnesty for all 11 million to 22 million illegal aliens.
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not the Bee !?! There being here is a felony, chuckles.
Posted by: magpie || 09/18/2020 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Of course the second part if that is that Illegals would never be charged with a Felony - especially MS-13.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/18/2020 0:15 Comments || Top||

#3  That means they should be deported immediately upon discovery.

8 U.S. Code § 1325 - Improper entry by alien
(a)Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts
Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both
Posted by: Theager Borgia1057 || 09/18/2020 0:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Is it double speak or just brain dead?

Or will they repeal invasion of the country as being an offence?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/18/2020 4:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Didn't N'Obama deport (figuratively) more illegals than any Prez?
Posted by: Clem || 09/18/2020 6:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Why yes he did, Clem.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 09/18/2020 7:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Innit funny how a party that stands first and foremost for abortion on demand is "all about family" alla sudden?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/18/2020 8:10 Comments || Top||

#8  freeze deportations for the first 100 days and the only people who will be deported are people who committed a felony while here

Come for the rapecation stay for the free medical.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/18/2020 9:19 Comments || Top||

#9  The thought of Sleepy Joe behind the wheel is terrifying. Unless in Portland where we could turn him loose during a riot protest for a fact finding tour of his supporters.
Posted by: Warthog || 09/18/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||



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