Remember, the FBI are heroes --- they have have badges and stuff!
And Barr plays a mean set of bagpipes.
So we've got that going for us. Which is nice.
[NYP] For nearly three years now, those who promise to save us from the wicked clutches of President Donald Trump have bombarded America with lectures about the “rule of law.” Yet, over and over again, these self-styled champions of justice feel free to disregard the law whenever it suits them. The latest example is former FBI Director James Comey.
A new report by the Office of the Inspector General for the Justice Department found that Comey had written FBI memos, illicitly passed them on to a lawyer friend, who in turn leaked them to a friendly New York Times reporter who had been spreading the Russian conspiracy theory. He completely forgot to route those items through the FBI Public Affairs office. Most unfortunate, particularly when his actions were discovered.
Why? Because Comey was interested in extracting revenge on the man who had fired him, Donald Trump.
Comey, the report found, had leaked “investigative information, obtained during the course of FBI employment, in order to achieve a personally desired outcome.”
That outcome, as Comey had admitted to Congress, was to “prompt the appointment of a special counsel” to investigate the president’s alleged conspiracy with the Russian government to win the 2016 election. By doing this, the DOJ inspector general, who is widely considered both meticulous and unbiased, found that Comey had “set a dangerous example” and “releas[ed] sensitive information” to “create public pressure for official action.”
It worked. And by manufacturing an investigation into the president — one that he didn’t have enough evidence to pursue in an official capacity — Comey had not only abused his power but plunged the nation into two years of hysterics about Russian interference.
[France24] The World Health Organization says there has been a "dramatic resurgence" of measles in Europe, in part fueled by vaccine refusals, with nearly 90,000 people sickened by the virus in the first half of 2019.
In a report issued Thursday, the U.N. health agency said the number of measles cases from January to June this year is double the number reported for the same period in 2018. Measles is among the world's most infectious diseases and is spread mostly by coughing, sneezing and close personal contact.
Although numerous European countries have introduced stronger vaccination policies, stubborn pockets of vaccine refusal have fueled epidemics across the continent. Last month, the German government proposed making measles immunization mandatory for children and employees at kindergartens and schools; there have been more than 400 cases of measles in Germany this year.
With more than 84,000 cases, Ukraine accounted for the vast majority of measles in Europe, followed by Kazakhstan and Georgia. In February, Ukraine's health ministry said eight people had died of measles.
[Bill Moyers.com] An April 2014 interview: Mike Lofgren, a congressional staff member for 28 years, joins Bill Moyers to talk about what he calls Washington's "Deep State," in which elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. "It is how we had deregulation, financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion or our civil liberties and perpetual war," Lofgren tells Moyers. 'Shadow Government' and the "gears of the hybrid state" explained.
[Washington Examiner] Conservative commentator Mark Steyn reduced Fox News host Tucker Carlson to fits of laughter as he offered his take on Joe Biden's latest display of confusion on the campaign trail. Steyn takes Biden gaffs to a new level in this video.
Steyn had a rant on Rush the other day about naming of hurricanes being racist since there are no Leroys, Darnells, DeShans or Trevons. I suppose the process is also anti-Semitic as well, since there are no Sheldons, Chaims, or Abrahams. Dorian is such as whitebread name.
[American Thinker] With remarkably little fanfare, an enduring progressive political fairytale has been debunked by an insider. The Federal Reserve System was created in 1913 under progressive president Woodrow Wilson, as one of those supposedly politically neutral federal bureaucracies run by technocrats in the interest of the greater good. It was to take monetary policy decisions out of politics and put them in the hands of experts.
Donald Trump is only the most recent POTUS to discover that the Fed wields enormous political power, able to speed up or slow down the economy via its manipulation of interest rates and the money supply. He is far from the first president to complain about the Fed when he perceives it as hampering his growth agenda.
What is different is that one of the top officials of the Fed in recent years has fought back and urged the Fed to operate so as to exert political influence against Trump.
Former New York Fed President Bill Dudley is calling on the central bank not to help President Donald Trump fight his trade war with China.
In a sharply worded commentary to his one-time colleagues, Dudley urged Fed officials not to lower interest rates simply as a backstop while the president continues his tit-for-tat tariff battle with the Chinese that has escalated in recent days.
"Central bank officials face a choice: enable the Trump administration to continue down a disastrous path of trade war escalation, or send a clear signal that if the administration does so, the president, not the Fed, will bear the risks ‐ including the risk of losing the next election," he wrote in a post on the Bloomberg News site.
Dudley went so far as to suggest the Fed could ‐ and should ‐ try to influence the next election against Trump.
"After all, Trump's reelection arguably presents a threat to the U.S. and global economy, to the Fed's independence and its ability to achieve its employment and inflation objectives," he wrote. "If the goal of monetary policy is to achieve the best long-term economic outcome, then Fed officials should consider how their decisions will affect the political outcome in 2020."
Keep in mind that the Federal Reserve lacks any direct accountability to the people of the United States. It is only by a president appointing and the Senate confirming members of its boards that any public accountability operates. Once in office, they are autonomous. To have this corporation, technically owned by its member banks, self-consciously acting as a political force strikes at the heart of its legitimacy.
“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” so said Obama on the eve of his inauguration. We learned that meant politicizing and weaponizing our government institutions against anyone who disagreed with that administration.
[PJ] Recent polls have shown that most Americans believe that homosexuals are "born that way" rather than become gay as the result of environmental factors. In fact, perpetuating the belief that sexual orientation is innate has been crucial to the gay rights movement. According to the most recent Gallup Poll on the subject, 88 percent of people who believe homosexuals are "born that way" support the legality of same-sex marriage, while only 39 percent of those who believe homosexuality is the result of environmental factors support the legality of same-sex marriage.
So, what happens when science proves that homosexuals aren’t "born that way"? Perhaps we’ll find out. A new comprehensive scientific study of the biological roots of sexual orientation released Thursday proved that there no "gay gene" and that genetic factors are insignificant in determining sexual orientation.
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So a combination of 5 different genetic areas explains between 8 and 25 percent of homosexuality. If I had ever tried to present a scientific experiment with explanatory values this low, I'd have been laughed out of the class.
Wasn't that [looks it up] Rob Schneider (for whom, while I wasn't watching (the last years or so) my memory has apparently been trying to substitute Norm Macdonald... couple more years and I'd have been sure it was him)?
The study is right. There didn't have to be one, since this was proven and established in the early 20th century itself. Back then, science was about investigation, on a case by case basis. Rigorous application of logic to real subjective experiences, even if the study contained only a few hundred subjects. You may prove a truth again and again with different disciplines though.
These days, science is all about data. Some of science is statistics, but it is not all statistics.
For example, there can be 'givens' in science. Like the presence of the efferent nerve bundles in the human sex organs (of both sexes) and their absence in the ass is a given. Although the prostate features some similarity to the female para-urethral glands, to excite them doesn't require penetration into the rectal cavity, which is an excretory orifice. This is basic biology. But there are no givens in statistics, because it's concerned with changing behavior, evolving/devolving biology.
Gay parents, and those with predilections for that 'love yourself, none greater than you' culture exhibit traits and symptoms of the sickness of exhibitionist hypersexuality. In short, they are restless, insatiable and experiment. And their children witness this behavior, as a matter of fact. When the archetypes for success and achievement are conflated with selfishness and wanton hedonism, the children are bound to follow that ideal. Sexual experimentation has become part of the archetype. Over several generations the traits may even affect genetic memory.
There's no such thing as 'sexual orientation'. It is a biological orientation, designed and selected for by nature over millennia of evolution after the simple single-cell thingy. So when you meet an LGBTQer, a gender-fluid thingy, you have met an adopted cousin of the ancient amoeba.
Speaking spiritually, this phenomenon in families is seeded by the deeply ingrained narcissistic tendencies that arise when people who were once made aware of the Truth, rejected it for more social gospels and colorful theories by know-it-all preachers of human greatness over God. You know the type. Seemingly intelligent men, with a vicious hatred for faith and the unseen, because it eluded them and they couldn't own it.
"...because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man..."
"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting..." the rest of this text is a list of faults found exclusively in the liberal milieu. It practically describes the modern blue voter. - Paul, Romans 1
[Daily Caller] Editor’s note: What follows is the second of a two-part series of adapted excerpts from decorated veteran and conservative writer James Hasson’s new book Stand Down: How Social Justice Warriors Are Sabotaging America’s Military (Here at Barnes and Noble). The first part covers the intense training required for most Ranger candidates, and how that training was blunted internally by bureaucrats and military officials with an agenda. The second part covers the military’s response when news began to leak, and how they tried to cover up their malfeasance.
The Department of the Army’s reaction to the allegations is more important than the allegations themselves.
The impetus for Susan Katz Keating’s bombshell story in People diagramming the concerns from Ranger Instructors (RIs) about watering down of course requirements for women was a letter sent by a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Steve Russell of Oklahoma, to Army Secretary John McHugh.
Russell was a highly-decorated infantry lieutenant colonel and Ranger School graduate who had a distinguished career of more than twenty years in the Army (including commanding a battalion that played a central role in capturing Saddam Hussein) before retiring and becoming a member of Congress. Russell’s letter asked the Army to provide all internal Ranger School documents related to the female candidates’ training and assessment, including "test scores, evaluations, injuries, pre-training and more."
Russell had spoken to several RIs who told him one story‐that standards had been lowered and senior Ranger Training Brigade officials had unduly influenced the outcome of the course‐while the Army was telling him another‐that everything was the same as always. "The training of our combat warriors is paramount to our national defense," Russell wrote to Secretary of the Army John McHugh. "In order to ensure that the Army retains its ability to defend the nation, we must ensure that our readiness is not sacrificed." (It’s worth noting that Russell also went out of his way to emphasize in his public statements that he did not, and would not, question the abilities or records of any of the individual candidates themselves. His concern was solely about the possibility that officials with their own agendas had improperly influenced the course and about the effects their actions would have on the Army.)
Remember, as troo conservatives, we are required to worship anyone in a uniform because that automatically makes them a hero and not a bureaucratic careerist hack wearing a skinsuit of a gutted institution.
A good friend of mine went through Ranger training and told me about it. Basically it's a rigorous multi-day course (in the swamps or the mountains depending upon the course) that most athletes with determination could complete... but the thing is done so at near starvation levels and with lack of sleep. The basic lesson if you survive is that mentally you can handle anything. For what it's worth.
I'm guessing the ladies that could finish Ranger training without a cheat are professional athletes and not the kind to join up in the Army and then fight for inclusion in Ranger School.
[Babylon Bee] ATLANTA, GA‐CNN host Brian "Tater" Stelter blamed President Trump for the network's falling ratings Sunday, accusing the president of killing millions upon millions of people that otherwise might have tuned into CNN.
"If Trump weren't killing off most of America by the millions, we'd still have a pretty solid viewer base," Stelter bellowed at the three viewers watching Reliable Sources. "Airports, lobbies, waiting rooms, and gas station pumps are now playing CNN to absolutely no one, since Trump has killed them all."
A guest on Stelter's show suggested that Trump has killed more people than Hitler, Mao, and Stalin put together, and Stelter had to agree. "I'd probably put his death count at somewhere near 7.7 billion," he said after doing some simple math on one of those giant novelty calculators he keeps handy for such an occasion. "We can't overstate the damage this president has done to this once-great news station."
After the segment blaming Trump for the deaths of millions and CNN's subsequent decline, the station continued to air 24/7 Trump coverage, which mostly consisted of the hosts screaming at the sky.
[PJMedia] Donald Trump is the best friend the Jewish people ever had in American politics. He set off another firestorm when he declared last week:
Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they are defending these two people over the state of Israel? And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.
Like many of the president's utterance, this is crude, blunt, jarring, inaccurate on the surface but true in a deeper sense. I wish he had said it differently. I wish he'd mentioned Stockholm Syndrome
Madonna is not Jewish, Dron66046. She just follows kabbala mysticism, which originated in Jewish thought, along with other syncretic mystical beliefs. See more here. To become Jewish, one must formally convert, a process made deliberately difficult because, inter alia, in the Jewish view God does not require it. Also because at times in both Christendom as it was, and the Ummah, proselytizing to members of the majority religion was a capital crime.
Many liberal Jews in the West consider themselves cultural or ethnic members of the tribe, not religious, even those who belong to a synagogue whose services they attend for a few hours for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Jewish new year and the day of atonement, the holiest days of the religious calendar), and who host a Passover Seder dinner at which they briefly address the story of the exodus from Egypt. But a quietly growing population is actively religious and conservative, so we’ll see where things are in the next generation.
I know she's not. I meant some families are about as jewish in spirit as Maddona. Just an outward shew and social rituals. All one needs is a fear of God, and a love for justice. The rest is 'noise' I believe.
a quietly growing population is actively religious and conservative
That is good to know, TW. Although, my knowledge of the Hasidim or anything jewish is nil. I do know some jewish families, but they seldom discuss their faith or beliefs.
I recently read a book about the eschaton coming true in our times. Terrific read it was, until the author effed it up by making the islamic eschaton part of the end. Christ comes, meets the jewish messiah, and mohammed and the three of them fly away. It was almost as if he were forced to write the end at gunpoint. Alpha and Omega by Harry Turtledove The end was shit but it was a thrilling ride until then.
“What does God want of you? To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” —Amos
“Teach me, O Great Hillel, the laws of Judaism while I stand on one foot,” demanded the pagan Greek, sniggering to his friends, for all the known world knew of the length and breadth of Jewish law even a century before the birth of Jesus Christ..
“Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you — that is the law,” replied Hillel. “All the rest is commentary, now go and study.”
About the Hassidim, who are the *mystics of Judaism, search for “Chabad India”, then explore website, and later join them for worship services or holiday celebrations, should you desire to pursue it that far.
...and the three of them fly away.
Not possible. The Jewish messiah is a descendant of King David down the male line, whose job is to establish the physical Jewish kingdom in Israel with Jerusalem as its capitol preparatory to expanding belief in the single God to all mankind. Jesus Christ, the Christian messiah, descended from King David down the female line (his father being God Himself), returns to bring all the faithful at once to Heaven, as I understand it. So their goals are very different. As for the Muslims, they say nothing about the Jewish messiah, but expect Jesus Christ to return in order to bring his faithful to Islam.
* All major religions have a logical side and a mystical side. Nowadays for the Jews the mystical side is owned by the Hassids, most of whom live in inwardly turned ultra-Orthodox communities. The Lubavicher Chassids (alternate spelling for the German/Hebrew/Arabic/Urdu sound that does not exist in English), who are also referred to as Chabad, are the only group that looks outward to the world. They provide meeting houses and religious support to Jewish communities around the world, financed by the generosity of their members. You may recall some years back, when whichever Pakistani sock puppet ran amok through Mumbai for several days, murdering and torturing, but especially the Chabad rabbi, his wife, children, and whatever worshippers they found there. That’s one where the details were alluded to only very, very generally in open source reports.
* cont’d: Among Sunni Muslims, the mystics are called Sufis. The Christians also have Kabbalists, they having absorbed it from the Jews during the High Middle Ages, but I am not aware of communities of mystics — I think in Christendom those of a mystic temperament were more likely to end up in philosophy or alchemy, though I could be wrong.
Thank you, Lex. I’m sure you’re right, which means I need to look them up and see what they’re about. :-) My learning for today, which will no doubt come up in conversation soon — and then it will be because of you that I sound intelligent.
In fact, Rantburgers as a group have done incredible things for my reputation as a savant of sorts - the other reason I love hanging out here.
[Red State] The opinion pages of the nation’s major newspapers never cease to disappoint. Just a couple of weeks ago, the New York Times announced that it has suddenly discovered that everything to do with everything in American history was a direct result of slavery. Now some twit writing at the Washington Post reveals that the whole call for civility by people on the right triggers her because it is exactly like the rhetoric of defenders of slavery in the antebellum South. (For the record, I’ve never before heard of this "Eve Fairbanks" creature and the more I learn of her the less impressed I am.)
That title is close. "South Africa is a glimpse of post Hillary America" would be right, with the corruption, the tribalism, and the attacks on the farmers/producers. We avoided that luckily, for now.
Pretty much everything the liberals say is projection but half the time they don't even realize it.
[DCClothesline] San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is a large museum next to the Moscone Convention Center downtown. This non-profit is funded by the City of San Francisco, the National Endowment for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the James Irvine Foundation. From July 23 to August 25, YBCA screened Jonathan Garcia’s movie Why Don’t We Murder More White People? It was on an endless loop and each cycle lasted 11 minutes and 17 seconds, and is now on Youtube. Mr. Garcia produced this video as a year-long YBCA fellow, for which he got a stipend and an honorarium. YBCA identifies him as: “Community Engagement & Inclusion Associate, Chief-of-Staff of the SOCIAL CLUB, author.” If this upsets you, you are a racist.
A quote from the flick:
"I think if you're not supporting people of color and to end white supremacy, and you're neutral, or you are that person that's perpetrating it, then you shouldn't -- I think you deserve harm."
The only way to avoid being accused of being a racist is to acquiesce to your own and your children's destruction. Get crackin', cracker!
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.