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Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll, Abdullah rejects results
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
FBI Raids James Biden-Tied Business
[REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS] FBI agents last month raided the home of the CEO of a bankrupt hospital chain and one of its hospitals in Pennsylvania in new signs of trouble for a company central to accusations of influence-peddling by James Biden, brother of former Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant...
The federal investigation was disclosed in documents filed this month by the acting U.S. trustee overseeing the bankruptcy case of Florida-based Americore Holdings, which is in the business of acquiring and managing rural hospitals.

The filing in Kentucky by the federal trustee, Paul A. Randolph, seeks the appointment of a trustee specifically to oversee the bankruptcy case, or otherwise the dismissal of the firm’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors. It said the company's CEO, Grant White, had "grossly mismanaged" his business; "has not operated the hospitals in a manner that is consistent with public safety"; and "improperly siphoned money from the Debtors for his personal benefit."

The firm declared bankruptcy in December. On Jan. 29, the court documents say, the FBI raided White’s home at a location unspecified and, the next day, one of its hospitals, Ellwood City Medical Center in Pennsylvania. A week later a Kentucky court granted a motion to remove White as CEO.

White did not respond to requests for comment and efforts to reach his company by phone were unsuccessful.
Courtesy of Woodrow, a photograph of an Americore business card that James Biden reportedly handed out listing him as a "principal" in the company:
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#1  Mistah Plugz, he dead.
Posted by: Lex || 02/19/2020 0:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Bloomberg's latest campaign advert features Soetoro. What money won't buy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/19/2020 1:57 Comments || Top||

#3  I take it none of this was necessary ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/19/2020 8:48 Comments || Top||

#4  White seems to have a bunch of legal problems and Jimbo as well.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/19/2020 10:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Bloomberg's latest campaign advert features Soetoro. What money won't buy.

Yes, it does. But the most salient feature of this ad is the fact that Bloomingbird is so much shorter than Baraq.



The guy is a pipsqueak, Maybe there's a bit of a Napoleon complex.

Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/19/2020 12:15 Comments || Top||

#6  FBI Raids James Biden-Tied Business

Off-books audit?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/19/2020 13:18 Comments || Top||

#7 
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/19/2020 13:20 Comments || Top||


Britain
UK: Hospitals to Deny Crap Care to "Racist" or "Homophobic" Patients
[SummitNews] Under new rules set to take effect in April.

"Currently, staff can refuse to treat non-critical patients who are verbally aggressive or physically violent towards them," reports Sky News. "But these protections will extend to any harassment, bullying or discrimination, including homophobic, sexist or racist remarks."

What is determined to be "racist" or "homophobic" is anyone's guess, since many elderly patients will be totally unfamiliar with modern politically correct speech codes and could be deemed to have behaved in a racist or homophobic way even if they didn't maliciously intend to.

Important to emphasize that these changes are coming in under a supposedly "conservative" government. Don't get sick in the UK if you've ever posted "Grooming gang" statistics.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You do need to be sensitive towards your Paki doctors' feelings. Your stool softener may have serious side effects.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/19/2020 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Death panels. Racism panels. Bread lines. That's what you get when you ration a limited resource by something other than price.
Posted by: mossomo || 02/19/2020 9:14 Comments || Top||

#3  If your medical staff doesn't like you for any reason, you could be accused of "harassment, bullying or discrimination, including homophobic, sexist or racist remarks." That's the danger of not having a 1st amendment or ignoring the one you have.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/19/2020 9:57 Comments || Top||

#4  The Powerful elite will still get the best service and the poor will die in the gutters... How is Socialism™ different from any other autocracy?
Posted by: magpie || 02/19/2020 10:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't get sick in the UK if you've ever posted "Grooming gang" statistics.

Says it all, really.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/19/2020 11:14 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Massachusetts Democrat who sits on ethics panel arrested for corruption
[Wash Examiner] Longtime Massachusetts state Rep. David Nangle, who sits on both the ethics and rules committees, has been arrested for corruption.

The Democratic lawmaker was arrested by the FBI and IRS on Tuesday and charged with bank fraud, lying to a bank, falsifying tax returns, and wire fraud. He stands accused of using his campaign's bank account to fund his expensive gambling habit, according to ABC News.

The 28-count indictment alleges Nangle "was heavily in debt, had poor credit and had regular cash flow problems as a result of extensive gambling at various casinos in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, among others ‐ placing thousands of bets on internet gambling sites."

As the debt accumulated, even as Nangle earned about $100,000 in recent years, prosecutors said he began to use campaign funds to close out his personal debt instead of for legitimate purposes and used "the Nangle Committee bank account as his own personal checking account to pay for various personal expenses and to withdraw cash."

As a member of the state legislature, Nangle sits on the House Committee on Ethics, the House Committee on Rules, and the Joint Committee on Rules.

FBI agent Joseph Bonavolonta said Nangle, who has served as a state lawmaker since 1999, used the funds not just for gambling, but for a variety of illicit purposes.

"Time after time, he allegedly used campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, spending thousands of dollars on golf club fees, gas, gift cards, hotels, restaurants, flowers and rental cars for trips to casinos, some of which he had already been reimbursed for by taxpayers," Bonavolonta said.

The indictment also alleges Nangle convinced a part-time state employee to help him file fraudulent taxes, and when the employee declined to submit them, Nangle pushed the send button and said he would "take the blame if anything happens."

Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said the reason Nangle was charged in federal rather than state court was because it is more of a deterrent for others.
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2020 08:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I thought this was generally accepted behavior for dems. There must be something else.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/19/2020 8:26 Comments || Top||

#2  "Gentlemen, we've got to protect our phony baloney jobs!"

I'm getting a feeling that mid-level management in the FBI is realizing it needs to take the lead in protecting the agency and their jobs. That and I suspect they believe the 'Bearded Spock' promotion opportunity is going to open up when the upper echelons get cleaned out. See - raid on Biden offices.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/19/2020 8:38 Comments || Top||

#3  My only surprise is in the length of time from the last bust (I think it was Sal DiMasi, former House speaker, currently on early release due to terminal cancer) to this bust. Sal's bust was nine years ago.

The indictment also alleges Nangle convinced a part-time state employee to help him file fraudulent taxes, and when the employee declined to submit them, Nangle pushed the send button and said he would "take the blame if anything happens."

The employee's got a number of outs; probably doesn't need any of them as it's 100% she already struck a deal.

Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said the reason Nangle was charged in federal rather than state court was because it is more of a deterrent for others.

Also, because he's likely to get a friendly jury if they were state charges. Cooking a Federal tax return removed that possibility from happening.
Posted by: Raj || 02/19/2020 10:00 Comments || Top||

#4  I lost my shocked face.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/19/2020 10:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Added, DV
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2020 10:59 Comments || Top||


When Bloomberg News's Reporting on China Was Challenged, Bloomberg Tried to Ruin Me for Speaking Out
The Intercept Voices via Instapundit
I AM ONE of the many women Mike Bloomberg’s company tried to silence through nondisclosure agreements. The funny thing is, I never even worked for Bloomberg.

But my story shows the lengths that the Bloomberg machine will go to in order to avoid offending Beijing. Bloomberg’s company, Bloomberg LP, is so dependent on the vast China market for its business that its lawyers threatened to devastate my family financially if I didn’t sign an NDA silencing me about how Bloomberg News killed a story critical of Chinese Communist Party leaders. It was only when I hired Edward Snowden’s lawyers in Hong Kong that Bloomberg LP eventually called off their hounds after many attempts to intimidate me.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/19/2020 04:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wonder if any edgy TV personality will call Bloomberg Winnie the Xi's c**kholster.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 02/19/2020 8:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Sickening. Shitty company headed by a shitty little man.
Posted by: Lex || 02/19/2020 10:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Sickening, yes. But hard to believe that Bloomberg is any worse than any other MSM outlet.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/19/2020 12:20 Comments || Top||

#4  I think what's unusual here is B's effort to silence the spouse of his employee.

How on earth could you get someone who's not your employee to sign a legally-binding NDA? How could that possibly fly in court?

Ridiculous.
Posted by: Lex || 02/19/2020 18:25 Comments || Top||


Sen. Murphy: I Secretly Met With Zarif in His Hotel Suite Because its Dangerous Not to Meet With Adversaries
[PRINTFRIENDLY] Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn)
...Junior senator for life from Connecticutt, foreign policy mastermind, a fast friend and a sympathetic ear to mullahs, ayatollahs, and similar riff-raff. The boilerplate on his website sez he has has dedicated his career to public service as an advocate for Connecticut families. Senator Murphy has been a strong voice in the Senate fighting for job creation, affordable health care, education, sensible gun laws, and a forward-looking foreign policy...
(D-Conn.) admitted Tuesday morning that he and several other Democrats did indeed hold a secret meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during the Munich Security Conference last week, arguing that it would be dangerous NOT to meet clandestinely with Iranian officials.

The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway broke the story about the Dems’ rogue meeting with foreign adversaries in an exclusive on Monday.

When asked to respond to the report during a press conference in Ethiopia on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed hope that the Democrats were supporting “America’s foreign policy and not their own.”

“I have seen that piece about some senators meeting with Foreign Minister Zarif,” Pompeo began.

This guy is designated by the United States of America. He’s the foreign minister for a country that shot down a commercial airliner and has yet to turn over the black boxes. This is the foreign minister of a country that killed an American on December 27. And it’s the foreign minister of a country who is the largest world sponsor of terror and the world’s largest sponsor of anti-Semitism… If they met, I don’t know what they said. I hope they were reinforcing America’s foreign policy and not their own.

Murphy defended the meeting in a post at Medium.com and on Twitter: “I met w the Iranian Foriegn(sic) Minister in Munich,” Murphy wrote on Twitter. “It’s dangerous not to talk to adversaries, esp amidst a cycle of escalation.”
Charger posted the Federalist’s piece on the subject, commenting, “Sounds like an attempt at collaboration with Iran while failing to go through channels. Well, he's a member of the Inner Party, so whatever.”

Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

#1  FARA violation.

Indict this bastard.
Posted by: Lex || 02/19/2020 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Qassim Suleimani is no longer meeting with anyone.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/19/2020 1:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Much work internally is going to be needed.
Posted by: Fat Bob Javish1936 || 02/19/2020 5:14 Comments || Top||

#4  its disgraceful that Connecticut has elected this despicable jerk

but there we are
Posted by: lord garth || 02/19/2020 5:33 Comments || Top||

#5  Adversary? Trump is your adversary, Zarif is your ally.

Does Zero's precedent of droning US citizens hold for Congress slugs?
Posted by: AlanC || 02/19/2020 7:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Anything like Teddy Kennedy asking the Russians for help with the 1984 election? Just asking for a friend.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/19/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#7  I've heard better bullshit from my kids.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/19/2020 12:01 Comments || Top||

#8  Pelosi took a little trip to meet with Assad in Syria. No prosecution for her. Must be Murphy's Law.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/19/2020 12:58 Comments || Top||

#9  I hope they were reinforcing America’s foreign policy and not their own.

Pompeo has such a wry sense of humor. But I think they were reinforcing their pocketbooks.
Posted by: Matt || 02/19/2020 13:41 Comments || Top||

#10  #8 - I see what you did there
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2020 14:06 Comments || Top||


Trump commutes sentence of ex-Gov. Blagojevich, pardons Kerik
[FOXNEWS] President Trump issued a spree of clemency decisions Tuesday for high-profile figures -- most notably commuting the sentence of former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Y'gotta pay to play! Blagojevich
Who was tried and eventually convicted on federal corruption charges that he tried to sell or trade Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.
, who was convicted for attempting to sell Barack Obama
They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them...
's vacant Senate seat when he was elected president.

Trump confirmed to news hounds that he's granted clemency for the ex-governor, calling his sentence "ridiculous."

"He’ll be able to go back home with his family after serving eight years in jail," Trump said.

Trump also said he's granted clemency to financier Michael Milken, who pleaded guilty for violating U.S. securities laws.

Further, Trump confirmed he has pardoned former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was sentenced on tax fraud charges in 2010. It comes on the same day the White House announced Trump was granting a full pardon to former the Socialist paradise of San Francisco
...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964...
49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., who was convicted of failing to report a bribe to the former governor of Louisiana when he pleaded guilty in 1998.

Blagojevich was convicted in 2010 on corruption charges and sentenced to 14 years in federal prison, a sentence he has been serving at a federal prison in Littleton, Colo. Trump was considering a commutation for Blagojevich last year, but plans were put on hold amid worries over pushback.

"Many people disagreed with the sentence," Trump told news hounds on Tuesday, before turning to two individuals he's bashed during his time in office. "He's a Democrat, he's not a Republican It was a prosecution by the same people, [James] Comey, [Patrick Fitzgerald], the same group."

Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Democrats will never match up to the man. Salute.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/19/2020 4:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Trump was considering a commutation for Blagojevich last year, but plans were put on hold amid worries over pushback.

Thanks Nancy! No longer a problem.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/19/2020 8:44 Comments || Top||

#3  So Blag used his public office to try to sell 50% of the representation of people in his state to the highest bidder. 14 years - how about life?

Harsh? but "Caesar's wife must be above suspicion". If you are elected to public office you must be held to a higher, not lower, standard.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/19/2020 9:07 Comments || Top||

#4  ..well, please tell that to all those who want to repeal the direct election of Senators. I'm looking at you Bill Whittle. Senators are suppose to represent the states. As such they should be selected by an electoral college with each sub-district, county or parish, getting one electoral vote each. Population concentrations are represented in the House not the Senate.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/19/2020 9:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Building the Cabinet for his next term?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/19/2020 9:53 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ I suspect Blago and Patty are both sporting MAGA caps. On a much smaller scale of course, the Orange Man's very own 'Operation Paperclip.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/19/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||

#7  Re #4. Technically you are correct but only if you draw a distinction between the various states and the citizens of those states.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/19/2020 15:43 Comments || Top||

#8  This was not so much about Blago being one of 7 successive Illinois governors being corrupt and thus sentenced to prison, but more to do about Obama popping off the other day trying to grab credit for Trump's economic success, who had allowed Blago to rot in prison as President.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 02/19/2020 17:13 Comments || Top||

#9  Trump also needs ex-Obama friends who now hate Obama when he starts going after the establishment Dems.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 02/19/2020 17:17 Comments || Top||

#10  Paperclip? Hmmm... I don't see Blago as another Werner von Braun.

Perhaps gathering info on Comey and perhaps Patrick Fitzgerald as well? What info could he get from Blago, Kerik, et al that Barr doesn't already have?
Posted by: Lex || 02/19/2020 18:22 Comments || Top||

#11  /\ Obviously not, but he could turn out to be a valuable resource or asset for the Orange Man.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/19/2020 19:03 Comments || Top||


Bloomberg's ‘mercenaries': Billionaire Dem funding network of climate lawyers inside state AG offices
[FoxNews] A program funded by 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is paying the salaries of lawyers who are farmed out to liberal state attorney general offices to pursue climate-based litigation -- a compact critics say amounts to Bloomberg buying state law enforcement employees to advance his preferred political agenda.

The arrangement, which currently pays the salaries of Special Assistant Attorneys General (SAAGs) in 10 Democratic AG offices, is drawing new scrutiny now that Bloomberg is running for president. The New York University School of Law's State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, which was started in 2017 with $5.6 million from Bloomberg's nonprofit, hires mid-career lawyers as "research fellows" before providing them to state AGs where they assist in pursuing "progressive" policy goals through the courts.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/19/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Shitshow, Private Lawfare edition

What a colossal joke our democracy has become.
Posted by: Lex || 02/19/2020 0:27 Comments || Top||

#2  ^^ What a colossal joke you don’t understand we’re not a democracy.
Posted by: Fat Bob Javish1936 || 02/19/2020 5:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Sabotaging USA industry on behalf of his Chinese masters business partners?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/19/2020 7:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Except most state AG are directly elected. May sail in CA and similar already friendly venues, but other states may see a turn over they become too public about their business.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/19/2020 9:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Fat Bob: we vote for DAs. Bloomberg is undermining this democratic process.
Direct your uninformed snark elsewhere
Posted by: Lex || 02/19/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#6  * DAs and AGs both. Democratically elected.
Posted by: Lex || 02/19/2020 10:34 Comments || Top||

#7  Mods - can I use the phrase 'pelt licker' instead, or is that gonna get deep-sixed too?
Posted by: Raj || 02/19/2020 13:19 Comments || Top||

#8  Check 1.. 2... 3... 'rug muncher' cleared for takeoff...?
Posted by: Raj || 02/19/2020 13:21 Comments || Top||

#9  It's mostly a block on words commonly found in Pr0n spam
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2020 14:08 Comments || Top||

#10  Yup - shows you where my mind's really at...

I was just gonna trash Mass. AG Maura Healy, who believes part of her job is 'protecting the environment', even as the purview for that appears to be the Mass. Department for Environmental Protection.

The part that got my post in the hole was a reference to Ms. Healy's, um, preferred gender association. She's also a spiteful witch and an awfully poor sport. One of my clients was refereeing a charity basketball game with Healy as one of the players. He ejected her from the game about ten minutes in after two quick technical fouls (she was yelling at him for a foul committed on her teammate and not her.
Posted by: Raj || 02/19/2020 14:43 Comments || Top||



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