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-Lurid Crime Tales-
'God knows why': Long wait for DOJ inspector general report on alleged FISA abuses vexes Trump allies
[Washington Examiner] Conflicting signals surround the classification review for the Justice Department inspector general's report on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses.

A month after Inspector General Michael Horowitz completed his investigation, there are signs that the declassification process is taking longer than expected at the Justice Department and the FBI, and that has made some Trump allies nervous.

Last weekend, Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo announced that her sources were telling her it would be released Friday. But by Monday, Bartiromo updated her report, tweeting, "IG report NOT out this Friday 10/18. Classifications being made. Likely end of month."

Her colleague at Fox Business, Lou Dobbs, who has long complained of the moving "goal posts" for the release of the FISA report, was irritated by the delay. "We now are told by apparently reliable sources that it’s to be delayed. God knows why," he said on his show Wednesday.

Republican allies of President Trump are eager for the report's release as they believe it will show top Justice Department and FBI officials improperly targeted the Trump team by misleading the FISA court in using an unverified dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele to obtain warrants to electronically monitor onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Some have even predicted that the four FISA warrants against Page were illegally obtained and have demanded accountability.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump noted that the release of the FISA report is "coming out soon" and will shed light on a "corrupt election." Trump said he believes the string of misconduct "goes right up" to his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

Democrats have dismissed the allegations of wrongdoing during the Trump-Russia investigation and are concerned that U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the early stages of the Russia investigation, being overseen by Attorney General William Barr, may be an effort to discredit the work of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Little is known about what the report will say, let alone what is going on behind the scenes at the Justice Department and the FBI. A DOJ official who spoke with Fox News disputed there being a tumultuous debate over redactions. "The FBI and the DOJ are working together smoothly on the declassification process," the official said.

But former Republican Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, now a Fox News contributor, posited a more skeptical explanation for why there appears to have been a delay that may infuriate Trump's supporters.

"Evidently, there’s an intra-agency debate and really a food fight if you will about the classification issues," Chaffetz said on Sean Hannity's show on Monday. "Remember in the last report put out by Horowitz, there were only seven words or so that were redacted. The Democrats threw a fit that they couldn’t see the whole thing. This could have 10-20% of the report redacted."
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 04:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [397 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Actually, we all know why.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 4:26 Comments || Top||

#2  We all know why?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2019 4:51 Comments || Top||

#3  FISA abuse was all about spying on Trump by the Obama administration. They planted agents in his campaign ffs. And the CIA chief at the time is now a paid CNN contributor.
Posted by: jpal || 10/20/2019 4:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Ref #3: Don't forget the black robed FISA fellow conspirators who were appointed by Soetoro.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 4:59 Comments || Top||

#5  If it is EVER released, here is an unrelated example of what it may look like.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 5:11 Comments || Top||

#6  and CNN is revealed to be a lying extreme left fake-news agency thanks to Project Veritas.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/20/2019 6:55 Comments || Top||

#7  They're left, not extreme left. Saying things like that just harms your already-good argument that CNN is fake news. It causes people to discard your argument.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/20/2019 7:42 Comments || Top||

#8  If you're prepared to lie and censor to promote left wing opinions as facts; then I think that's pretty obviously extreme.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/20/2019 7:54 Comments || Top||

#9  Trump has the authority to order it released, NOW, no reductions.
Posted by: Fat Bob Javish1936 || 10/20/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#10  Extreme left is correct. We discard your arguments
Posted by: Frank G || 10/20/2019 8:03 Comments || Top||

#11  "Fat Bob Javish1936"

and he doesn't, so I wonder if he's waiting for maximum effect.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/20/2019 8:08 Comments || Top||

#12  IG report should have been out months ago. It took longer, apparently, because of insistence that it cover matters other than the FISA review. This was, I think, a mistake as the FISA matter could have been completed and a second report begun on the other matters.

The IG has no authority to interview outside the DOJ and no authority to call grand jury etc. It will be the Durham review that really matters and Durham has only limited authority until the IG report is out.
Posted by: lord garth || 10/20/2019 9:15 Comments || Top||

#13  Bright Pebbles, I assume that he pretty much knows everything at this point, and, he has his game all planned out. It sure is frustrating though.
Posted by: Fat Bob Javish1936 || 10/20/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||

#14  The Dems are going to bitch whether regardless of how report is released; redacted or unredacted. Trump will be demonized either way.

I'd err on the side of transparency and release document minimally unredacted. Let the chips fall where they may. We have had too many phony panels, Congressional hearings behind closed doors, blue-chip commissions that have led to nothing but never-ending conspiracy theories (and maybe conspiracies), a distrust of government that continue for years. Put the evidence out there for the public to see. I doubt that these agencies such as the FBI, DOJ, DOS, and Intelligence agencies could be damaged more than they have by the actions of those in the last administration.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 14:13 Comments || Top||

#15  The Dems are going to bitch regardless of how the report is released; redacted or unredacted. Trump will be demonized either way.

Sorry about that. My grammar and spell checker doesn't work so well sometimes. Stayed up too late watching Alabama--Tennessee grind it out. The game was closer than the score would indicate.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 14:17 Comments || Top||

CIA Analysts Lawyer Up As Brennan, Clapper Ensnared In Expanding Russiagate Probe
[Zero Hedge] CIA analysts involved in the intelligence assessment of Russia's activities during the 2016 US election have begun to hire attorneys, as Attorney General William Barr expands his investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, led by US Attorney John Durham.
The prosecutor conducting the review, Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, has expressed his intent to interview a number of current and former intelligence officials involved in examining Russia’s effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, Brennan told NBC News. -NBC
NBC learned of the 'lawyering up' from three former CIA officials "familiar with the matter," while two more anonymous leakers claim there's tension between the Justice Department and the CIA over what classified documents Durham has access to.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [391 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Until somebody gets arrested, it is all Kabuki theater.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/20/2019 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  No one really likes the "Washington big tease."
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 1:28 Comments || Top||

#3  "We of the Kabuki anti-defamation league resent comparisons to American Democrats. We make no secret of who and how we preform and we don't delude ourselves that what we do is "real" life. "
Posted by: Clyde Dribble8052 || 10/20/2019 3:57 Comments || Top||

#4  At a bare minimum, I hope they both had to write six figure retainer checks to their legal teams.
Posted by: Raj || 10/20/2019 8:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Calling it Kabuki gives them too much credit.

There's nothing refined or ancient or elevated about their stupid tricks.

The Steele dossier, the FISA application, the Jan. 2017 report to Congress, their buffoonish fulminations on idiot talking heads cable shows: these are too clownish and stupid to deserve comparison with a centuries-old art form.

Theater, yes: theater of obvious, blatant, absurdly unbelievable and repulsive nonsense. Theater of shit.

Aka The Shitshow.
Posted by: Lex || 10/20/2019 10:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Avant-garde theater, Lex?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2019 11:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Avant-garage, maybe
...children's made-up theater
Posted by: Lex || 10/20/2019 11:14 Comments || Top||

#8  More deep garde than avant
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/20/2019 12:06 Comments || Top||

#9  BP ~ Can't remember if I told you or not... but I did visit the 'Borshtch n Tears.' Unfortunately, they were closed. Perhaps next time.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 12:27 Comments || Top||

#10  They better lawyer up. I would.
Posted by: 49 pan || 10/20/2019 16:28 Comments || Top||

Ukrainian Official: Hunter Biden Appointed to Burisma’s Board to ‘Protect’ the Company
[BREITBART] A Ukrainian official is claiming that Hunter Biden was only appointed to the board of directors of Burisma Holdings to "protect" the company at a time it faced foreign scrutiny over its business practices.

Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a former member of the Ukrainian parliament and ally of Burisma’s founder, made the admission to Rooters on Friday when discussing Hunter Biden’s ties to the oil and natural gas company.

"It was to protect (the company)" Onyshchenko said, noting that Hunter Biden’s appointment came the same month that Mykola Zlochevsky, Burisma’s founder, had his assets frozen in Great Britannia under suspicion of money laundering.

The admission comes as Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Failed seeker of the Democratic presidential nomination on multiple occasions, vice president under Barack Obama, giving it a last try in his dotage for 2020...
and his aides rush to downplay the notion that Hunter Biden’s business dealings may have presented conflicts of interest for the former vice president. The controversy started last month when President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
suggested the Ukrainian government probe into how the younger Biden secured an appointment to Burisma’s board, shortly after his father was made the B.O. regime’s point man on Ukraine.

As Peter Schweizer, senior contributor at Breitbart News, detailed in his book Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, Hunter Biden secured the position, which paid as much as $83,000 per month despite no background in energy or Ukraine. In fact, his background in investment banking, lobbying, and hedge fund management paled in comparison to that of current and past members of the company’s board of directors.

The timing of the appointment not only raised flags among ethics watchdogs, but also with Hunter Biden’s own business partners. Christopher Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, unsuccessful presidential candidate, and utterly failed Secretary of State...
and co-owner of an investment firm with Hunter Biden in 2014, rushed to play damage control with State Department officials at the time of the appointment, according to internal emails obtained by the Washington Examiner.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And it worked.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2019 1:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Sent to monitor Soetoro-Brennan investments. Hunter's monthly (US taxpayer funded) stipend was baked into the original package. Only US politicians and Russian oligarchs make that kind of money.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 4:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Former vice president Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden partnered with infamous mobster Whitey Bulger’s nephew and former secretary of state John Kerry’s stepson for his lucrative business deal with the Bank of China, according to reporter Peter Schweizer’s latest book. Weasel Zippers

Are they protecting their interests in China as well? Is that why they are using Whitey Bulger's nephew?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 11:12 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Democrat Rep. Katie Hill Reportedly Involved in ‘Throuple’ Relationship with Female Staffer
[BREITBART] Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, was allegedly involved in a "throuple" relationship with one of her female staffers and later went on to have an extramarital affair with her former finance director, a report from RedState claims.
RedState obtained text messages and photos which allegedly suggest that Rep. Katie Hill ‐ who is currently undergoing divorce proceedings ‐ carried out a two-year relationship with one of her female staffers, who was hired in 2017. Hill’s husband, Kenny Heslep, was reportedly part of the "throuple" relationship, a term used to describe three individuals involved in a consensual romantic relationship.

According to RedState, the three ‐ Hill, Heslep, and the young female staffer ‐ "took multiple vacations together, including to Alaska, where this photograph was taken." The image referenced allegedly shows a censored image of Hill brushing the staffer’s hair in the nude. Other images allegedly show Hill and the staffer kissing.

According to RedState, the "throuple’s" relationship changed once Hill moved to D.C., and Hill "broke off her relationships with both Heslep and the staffer, claiming she wanted to focus on ’this important work’ and that it wasn’t fair to be involved in a relationship." The outlet shared screenshots of text messages allegedly between Hill and the staffer, who was "distraught and trying to figure out how to move on with her life."
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Are they getting bored with screwing us?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 1:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Snark of the day?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2019 1:45 Comments || Top||

#3  I was gonna say 'pics or GTFO', but after seeing Katie's picture, I'm good. Really, I'm fine...
Posted by: Raj || 10/20/2019 8:55 Comments || Top||

#4  well, at least she's not "Rosa DeLauro bumping uglies" horrible...
Posted by: Frank G || 10/20/2019 8:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Frankly, I don't care (within certain limits) of who sleeps with who. I didn't care when Trump slept with beautiful women, didn't care when Bubba slept with ugly ones and certainly don't care about this one. Even Democrats need to get laid.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/20/2019 9:51 Comments || Top||

#6  They don't get to fornicate on my dime.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/20/2019 10:06 Comments || Top||

#7  If they'd cheat on their spouses, they'd cheat on us just as readily.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/20/2019 11:17 Comments || Top||

#8  Wow! Unicorns do exist!
Posted by: Secret Master || 10/20/2019 15:48 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Beto O'Rourke Announces Support for Menstrual Equity Act on National Period Day
[PJ] Not to be outdone by Cory Booker's "women are people" moment in the last debate, Beto O'Rourke decided to virtue signal his pro-woman accolades on Saturday by tweeting that "women across America don’t have access to the period products they need," and since it is #NationalPeriodDay (who knew that was a thing?), that "men need to join women in demanding real change." Beto wants "real change" and identifies as a man for the moment (at least until he needs a Hail Mary for his campaign) and he's announced his support for the Menstrual Equity Act.

And yes, it appears that the Menstrual Equity Act is a real thing. H.R. 1882, otherwise known as the Menstrual Equity For All Act of 2019. Apparently Beto thinks women across America have never heard of a pharmacy. Oh but wait, this absurd legislation isn't just for women! According to GovTrack, this legislation will "increase the availability and affordability of menstrual hygiene products for individuals with limited access, and for other purposes."

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 05:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [430 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Beto wants "real change" and identifies as a man for the a moment.
Posted by: Classer || 10/20/2019 6:50 Comments || Top||

#2  But will there be a three day waiting period?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/20/2019 7:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Shouldn't he start on the bipartisan issue (male and female alike) for bogroll?

I mean there must be a shortage of arsewipes?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/20/2019 7:57 Comments || Top||

#4  I have a theory about Beto.
He married a heiress - envisioning a life of ease & luxury. But wife's family pushes him into politics - to increase family's fortune. So this is his version of work-to-rule.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2019 8:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Not The Bee? Damn.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/20/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#6  ? Uh? He wants one?
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/20/2019 9:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Shitshow, Part 142
Posted by: Lex || 10/20/2019 10:34 Comments || Top||

#8  Tampons for bullet holes, now cheaper than ever. For those living in the inner city or California, this would be a major cost savings. Surely they'll be singing about this on YouTube the way a previous generation sang about presidential help with mortgages and heating bills, or whatever it was that electing Barack Obama to the presidency would get them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2019 12:45 Comments || Top||

#9  TW beat me to the bullet hole thingy.

I thought it was the Bee too. These people... they're either really stupid or so egoistic they think the public is dumber.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/20/2019 15:28 Comments || Top||

#10  TW beat me to the bullet hole thingy.

Not from personal experience, Dron66046, but it has been discussed here along with other useful makeshifts.

Here is one you might find useful, from 2007:

Instead of Gatorade
In the Sonora Desert in summer, with water consumption about 5 gallons per man per day, we got into the habit of carrying around ampules with a mix of 1 teaspoon each of sugar, salt and baking soda.

When added to 1 quart or canteen of water, it would instantly absorb through the stomach, while keeping your blood salts balanced, though it tasted like crap.

Trailing daughter #2 took a supply of this mixture with her on a 500 mile bicycle trip she made with her Baha’i youth group (long story, but she was one of the founding members, along with a friend who was a member of the faith). She was the only one who didn’t get heat exhaustion along the way.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2019 19:45 Comments || Top||

#11  Perhaps it’s that Republicans are Nazis, unwanted Democrats are Russian tools.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2019 19:56 Comments || Top||

#12  I was a Tang™️ boy myself.

Hmmm... Bahaí Bab kissers, eh ? My sympathies for the hard times she musta given you.☺ Pesky teens.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/20/2019 20:04 Comments || Top||

#13  She was a wonderful teen. The other kids considered her their Wise Jewess, and consulted her opinion on everything. Td #2 used to tell me their discussions, and then we’d talk about the Jewish perspective on the subject. She looked up the Baha’i group at her university but was severely disappointed at how close-minded they were, unlike the group of friends she had clearly influenced for the better.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2019 21:28 Comments || Top||

#14  Well, God bless your little wise Jewess.

I found the Baha'is abjectly dumb. Like hindus.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/20/2019 21:46 Comments || Top||

#15  Ours in America are sweetly earnest and ignorant as pigs in mud about the religions they claim to be the endpoint of. Td#2 found herself frequently pointing out that the latest thing they claimed to have invented we Jews had been doing for 3,000+ years. But Baha’i is a 150 year old Muslim heresy from the depths of Iran, so it’s understandable the darlings haven’t got a clue. On the other hand, they have no drive to jihad, so that’s a nice change.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2019 22:13 Comments || Top||

#16  Yes. That, and their initiative in reforming what they could of islam, by introducing equality of the sexes and and opposing genital mutilation of women. They were too effete for the hair-on-your-chest islam of the common sasquatch though. Maybe we should give them an option, our muslims. 'You can become Bahaúllah sect muslims, we have no problem.'
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/20/2019 22:31 Comments || Top||

Rep. Amash: Clinton's attack on Gabbard will 'drive many people into the arms' of Trump
[The Hill] Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) knocked Hillary Clinton for suggesting that 2020 Democratic hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) was being groomed by Russia to run as a third-party candidate, arguing the attack only helps President Trump's reelection efforts.

"The thing we know for sure is that Hillary Clinton is a Donald Trump asset," Amash, a vocal Trump critic, tweeted late Friday. "Hillary does ‐ and did ‐ drive many people into the arms of Donald Trump. Her attack on Tulsi does likewise."

Clinton on Friday warned during a podcast interview that Russia was poised to meddle in the next U.S. presidential election through online disinformation efforts, and she said Moscow could attempt to sow chaos by encouraging a third-party candidate.

"She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far," Clinton said in an apparent reference to Gabbard, who has faced unfounded speculation that her campaign is being amplified by bots and online trolls.

Gabbard later Friday unleashed an attack on the former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, calling her the "queen of warmongers" and the "personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party."

"From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know ‐ it was always you," she said, challenging Clinton to join the primary instead of "cowardly hid[ing] behind your proxies."
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 04:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [432 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Post-election prediction:

Pompeo and Pence meet privately with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard at St. Regis Princeville, HI. Asks Tulsi to consider French Ambassadorship or Deputy Secretary of State.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 4:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Shows what Hillary is afraid of. A third-party candidate to split the Democrat vote.

The only third-party candidate is going to be Romney who will split the establishment GOP from the pro-America conservatives and put whoever the Democrats rig their primary for in office. Then it's back to eternal war.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/20/2019 7:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Pfffft. Romney? Riiiigghht
Posted by: Frank G || 10/20/2019 8:22 Comments || Top||

#4  1) There are lots of things the Dems are doing to lose support - this is only one of them.

2) I'm with Frank G. on this one - there's no way Romney runs for President again, and there are a number of reasons why he won't. He already ran once and lost, so I don't see why anyone would want to make that effort a second time, and there's only a handful of people who've decided to abuse themselves multiple times on that campaign trail. Even if he was completely delusional, his advisers would be advising him 'you don't have a snowball's chance in hell' of beating an immensely popular President, and that's if he can even get on the ballot in all fifty (seven) states. It ain't happening.
Posted by: Raj || 10/20/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||

#5  "an immensely popular President" at 42%.
My definition of "immensely popular" seems to differ.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/20/2019 8:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Deli thumbs, EC; deli thumbs.
Posted by: Raj || 10/20/2019 8:55 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm afraid I don't understand the remark?
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/20/2019 8:58 Comments || Top||

#8  US polls have consistently oversampled Democrats as long as I've been alive. With that in mind, that phrase was born from the occasional tendency for the guy at the deli counter to put his thumb on the scale so as to artificially increase the weight (and hence the price) of the deli meat one's buying.
Posted by: Raj || 10/20/2019 9:16 Comments || Top||

#9  I don't worry about Romney running. I'm worried about Romney & other senate RINOs voting with Democrats on impeachment.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2019 9:19 Comments || Top||

#10  Ah ok.
But 42% is the average of many different pollsters. You don't stay in business if you are wrong all the time.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/20/2019 9:27 Comments || Top||

#11  I've seen 50% just a few weeks ago, but whatever...
Posted by: Raj || 10/20/2019 9:45 Comments || Top||

#12  Cell phones block calls from unfamiliar numbers. Todays technology that prevents pollsters from actually reaching many, many people. Therefore, 100% of polls are a lie and the people "conducting polls" know that but they hope you don't picked up on that fact yet.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 10/20/2019 10:05 Comments || Top||

#13  Personally, I'm of the opinion that running against Hilly is the only reason Trump is president; there's just so many people who won't vote for her inevitableness.
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/20/2019 10:16 Comments || Top||

#14  Pollsters stay in business for the same reason that investment fund managers stay in business: institutional inertia.

They both suck. The pollsters' predictions are shit; active fund managers underform indices and robo-advisors. They're only used because their clients are not aware of the alternatives.
Posted by: Lex || 10/20/2019 10:29 Comments || Top||

#15  There was a 97% chance that Illary would win in 2016 and she'd sweep most states...

Those polls?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/20/2019 11:53 Comments || Top||

#16  Among many reasons that the polls suck: they're based entirely on individuals' stated responses to questions. Individuals lie. You get the wrong sample. Or the right individuals, who tell the truth as they see it today, but then change their opinions.

Or they tell you the truth, but they're opinions are based on underlying causal forces which you the pollster don't understand. So when those underlying causal factors shift, your poll data's predictive value goes to zero. Cf the real driver of voting behavior in the Trump-Brexit era, which is the colossal failure of globalism and the global elites to address the most basic need of the citizenry, which is that their citizenship MATTER.

Etc etc
Posted by: Lex || 10/20/2019 12:22 Comments || Top||

#17  European Conservative: do you not remember the poll numbers from the last election?
Posted by: chris || 10/20/2019 13:13 Comments || Top||

#18  There are polls and then there are polls. The ones that CBS and other MSM outlets use are designed to demoralize Republicans. The internal polls the DNC and Democrat candidates see explain why they are so worried about 2020.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/20/2019 14:13 Comments || Top||

#19  ...cause if you know you are going to be slaughtered in the election, you choose to stage a coup before hand.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/20/2019 14:35 Comments || Top||

#20  The people whose votes matter the most - in this country, that's a) low-turnout African-American voters and b) older white swing district voters - are the least likely to participate politically and make their voices heard.

And yet a small change in their turnout and their overall preference can quite literally sway a presidential election: the first group a) put Obama over the top in 2012, and the second group b) put Trump over the top in 2016.

In neither case did the pollsters predict these outcomes because both of these groups are notoriously difficult to reach.

Polls = shadows on the wall of the cave
Posted by: Lex || 10/20/2019 14:46 Comments || Top||

#21  Most polls are not honest attempts to capture a representive sampling of public opinion but instead an attempt at shaping public opinion.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 19:20 Comments || Top||

Doral Now Out For G-7 Summit - Due to Bitching and Moaning, Taxpayers Will Now Pay Retail
....Therefore, based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020. We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 04:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It sucked all the oxygen out of the news cycle, which may have been the plan all along.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/20/2019 6:29 Comments || Top||

#2  See - laser pointer and cat.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/20/2019 7:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Hopefully Trump will stay silent during the other debates or say something and get the dems to denounce something the vast majority of the population supports.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/20/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Therefore, based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility,...

I like this guy. He fights.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/20/2019 13:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Dhims have done nothing but bitch and moan for the last 3 or more years. Reminds me of the following joke.

Alice went to the convent. She became Sister Agnes. In her first meeting with Mother Superior, Mother Superior explained to her that this order obeyed the vows of silence except that every five years, a nun could say only three words during a meeting with Mother Superior. Sister Agnes said she understood.

5 years went by and Sister Agnes was called in to review her progress and hear any complaints she might have.

“Well, Sister Agnes what do you have to say for yourself?”

Agnes: “Hard bed!”

Mother Superior: “We’ll see what we can do about that. We’ll get you a new mattress.”

Another 5 years go by and Sister Agnes is called in for a 5 year review. Mother Superior asks what she has to say and at time and reminds Agnes of her vow.

Mother Superior: “What do you have to say for yourself Sister Agnes?”

Sister Agnes: “Bad food!”

Mother Superior: “We’ll try to improve the menu. See you in 5 years.”

Another 5 years go by and the same ritual occurs. Mother Superior asks her to say no more than three words. “What do you have to say Sister Agnes?”

Sister Agnes: “I quit!”

Mother Superior: “You quit? Good riddance Sister Agnes, you’ve done nothing but bitch and moan for past 15 years!
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 13:45 Comments || Top||

#6  I suspect, Trump didn't want to get into a pissing contest with Congress over the Foreign Emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution at this time. Maybe it should be tested in the SCOTUS at some point since so many of those who run for POTUS are millionaires and billionaires. They're the only ones who can afford to run.

How did so many in Congress and the WH get rich from extended stays in government? {Rhetorical question.)
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 14:33 Comments || Top||

#7  Camp David will cost a fortune. Good move Trump.
Posted by: 49 pan || 10/20/2019 16:27 Comments || Top||

AOC endorses Bernie Sanders
[Twitter] video at the link
Posted by: lord garth || 10/20/2019 01:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Take two minutes and listen to @AOC

How much will you pay me?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2019 5:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Locking up the all important New York bar tender vote.
Posted by: Thomogum Omereng5658 || 10/20/2019 9:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Michael Moore endorsed Bernie also about the same time as AOC
Posted by: lord garth || 10/20/2019 11:17 Comments || Top||

#4  who gives a shit who either one of them endorse?
Posted by: chris || 10/20/2019 13:23 Comments || Top||

Nancy Pelosi Compares Impeachment Effort to American Revolution
[BREITBART] House Speaker Nancy San Fran Nan Pelosi
Congresswoman-for-Life from the San Francisco Bay Area, born into a family of professional politicians. On-again-off-again Speaker of the House. It's not her fault when they lose, but it's her accomplishment when they win. Noted for her heavily botoxed grimace and occasional senior... uhhh... moments...
(D-CA) on Thursday compared the Democrat-led impeachment effort to the American Revolution, telling a crowd at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum that "the times have found us."

The speaker, who ultimately caved to the far-left flank’s ceaseless calls for impeaching the president, delivered a speech at the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum on Thursday and essentially compared the Democrat-led impeachment effort to the American Revolution, quoting Thomas Paine.

"Now at the beginning of our country ‐ Mr. Chairman, I know you’ve heard me say this many times, so forgive me ‐ beginning of our country, Thomas Paine said this is the dark days of the Revolution. He said that times have found us," she stated, declaring that Democrats see themselves in a similar position.

"The times have found us," she continued.

"We think the times have found us now‐ you, Mr. Chairman, everyone in this room who sacrificed their time, resources, and the rest. No need to be here but to be there for our candidates so that we can make a better future," Pelosi said.

"None of us came to Congress to impeach a president. Not anybody, not anybody. That’s not what we are about," she continued. "But we did take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic"
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [443 views] Top|| File under:

#1  yea right, Pelosi is playing the role of King George.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 10/20/2019 1:14 Comments || Top||

#2  umm

What kind of feathers would you like to wear with your tar?

It's Tar tar Le FU
Posted by: newc || 10/20/2019 1:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Chutzpah, hot air and horseshit.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 1:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Not to Moscow 1991 coup?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2019 1:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Pelosi isn't known as "Queen Nancy" only because she looks like a drag caricature.
Posted by: Vespasian Angomoting1359 || 10/20/2019 3:13 Comments || Top||

#6  More like the ruminations of Cassius, Casca, Brutus,
Decius, et al. She's forgetting what happen to those conspirators.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/20/2019 6:55 Comments || Top||

#7  "No taxation without representation"
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 10/20/2019 7:04 Comments || Top||

#8  She then asked about the links between Brioche and obesity in California's poor.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/20/2019 7:10 Comments || Top||

#9  Wrong war - try the one where the Democratic Party tried to overthrow the election of a Republican President.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/20/2019 9:52 Comments || Top||

#10  Nancy does Jordan. Her stated reasons for the trip are:
“Our bipartisan delegation is visiting Jordan at a critical time for the security and stability of the region,” Pelosi said in a statement. “With the deepening crisis in Syria after Turkey’s incursion, our delegation has engaged in vital discussions about the impact to regional stability, increased flow of refugees, and the dangerous opening that has been provided to ISIS, Iran and Russia.”

Duties of Speaker or meddling? Do such powers exist in Article 2 of the Constitution for the Legislature? Or is this an over-reach of power.

How's she getting over there? Airforce planes? Route the planes by way of Alaska or some remote place on the other side of the world.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 11:05 Comments || Top||

#11  Well they are trying to suppress us and take our guns... so if they are playing the British then maybe.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/20/2019 11:17 Comments || Top||

#12  Jordan- giggle. WTF does she expect to achieve there?

Answer: open another tent in The Shitshow.
Posted by: Lex || 10/20/2019 11:21 Comments || Top||

#13  Jordan- giggle. WTF does she expect to achieve there?
An opportunity to pull her headscarf from storage so she can reprise her pseudo-hijab 'dhimmi' attire? Repeating her "fact finding jaunts" in the past to the Middle East in search of relevance -- or to look for campaign contributions from Muslim PACs (but don't call it foreign influence!).
Posted by: magpie || 10/20/2019 12:41 Comments || Top||

#14  ...having alienated many in the Jewish community, turning to another special interest?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/20/2019 14:37 Comments || Top||

#15  If we were British, it would look a lot like it.
Posted by: 49 pan || 10/20/2019 16:29 Comments || Top||

#16  Why isn't she at her brother's funeral instead of messing about in fricking Jordan?
Posted by: 3dc || 10/20/2019 21:36 Comments || Top||

#17  They weren't close, just familia
Posted by: Frank G || 10/20/2019 21:50 Comments || Top||

#18  An uprising! Citizens gorge
On the madness of Nancy Queen George.
Raised taxes and lamps,
Louboutins and Van Camp's!
California reborn: Valley Forge.
Posted by: George Snith4851 || 10/20/2019 23:25 Comments || Top||

#19  Well she was around for both.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 10/20/2019 23:33 Comments || Top||

While having lunch with @RandPaul in California, we got verbally assaulted by these aggressive libs complaining about incivility.
Soo, now we have to put up with democratic bullsh*t?
It’s nonsense like this that makes people dislike New York City folk as a matter of principle.

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Remember when most people understood being perpetually angry was no way to live?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/20/2019 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Remember when most people understood being perpetually angry was no way to live?
Because it kept getting you smacked upside the head?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/20/2019 9:22 Comments || Top||

#3  One annoying thing I remember about living in Cali was all the Noo Yawkas who insisted on telling you they were from Noo Yawk, like it was some special badge of honor.

Even the homeless ones.

And I would think "So go back."
Posted by: charger || 10/20/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

#4  If only, charger. The state wouldn't be anywhere near as blue as it is without all the transplanted New Yorkers.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/20/2019 11:20 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Skidmark || 10/20/2019 19:36 Comments || Top||

Hillary Clinton backs out of DC event also set to include Tulsi Gabbard, Kirstjen Nielsen
[FOXNEWS] Crooked Hillary Clinton
...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away...
has backed out of a Friday appearance at an event also scheduled to include Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, among other guests, according to a report.

Word of Clinton's removal from the bill of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit came Thursday, the same day the former secretary of state sparked a clash by accusing Gabbard of being groomed by Russia to run as a third-party candidate for president in 2020.

The Hawaii congresswoman and combat veteran fired back in a scathing series of tweets later Thursday, challenging Clinton not to "hide behind your proxies" and join the presidential race "directly."

Slate.com reported that Clinton removed herself from the three-day summit due to a scheduling conflict. An unnamed source told the publication that Clinton decided not to participate in an act of protest against former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who was also scheduled to speak.

Nielsen, who resigned in April, oversaw the Trump administration’s controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which resulted in the separation of thousands of migrant children from their families at the border. The policy was later rescinded.

More than 51,000 people signed a petition asking Fortune to pull Nielsen from the summit’s roster, Slate also reported. About 100 speakers were still scheduled to attend the summit as of Friday evening.

Gabbard and lawyer Anita Hill are among the more high-profile scheduled speakers, on a list that also includes business executives, journalists, scholars and some elected officials.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, being a paranoid - it's survival attribute for Jews, I'm asking: is this Hillary's way of promoting Tulsi?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2019 2:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Tulsi is the enemy. She backed Sanders in 2016. Bill thinks she's cute. She's a veteran and an attractive woman who frequently speaks out regarding 'endless wars' aka the Deep State product line.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 5:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Hilly was feeling bad about the Tulsi is a Russian asset thing. In her defence she was on second box of wine when she said it.
Posted by: jpal || 10/20/2019 5:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Are we there yet?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/20/2019 6:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Second Amendment hater. Socialist. Danke nein.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/20/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||

#6  The left/DS has moved away from calling anyone who disagrees or is a threat to them as Nazi to now calling them Russian assets. Isn't that a little schizophrenic and confused?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 10:45 Comments || Top||

Prominent A-Hole Wants to Impeach Trump
[FREEBEACON] Former governor John Kasich
...political has-been Republican governor of Ohio...
(R., Ohio), a legendary asshole even by modern political standards, said Friday that he has been pushed "across the Rubicon," and now thinks President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
should be impeached.

"The issue of impeachment is really big to me," Kasich said. "I say it with great sadness. This is not something that I really wanted to do."

there's more than one way to skin a cat...
Kasich said, the president's behavior with respect to Ukraine "cannot be tolerated."

The former Republican presidential candidate, who was one of the many political opponents humiliated by Trump during the 2016 GOP primary, announced his impeachment swing during an interview with Ana Cabrera on CNN, where he is currently employed as a political commentator.

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [413 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another "Republican" admits he reads headlines but doesn't actually read the story.
Posted by: ruprecht || 10/20/2019 0:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Trump must be having an impact on draining the Swamp. All the Swamp creatures want to impeach him.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2019 1:11 Comments || Top||

#3  I've nothing to add to John's post.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2019 2:02 Comments || Top||

#4  John Kasich did solid work his entire political life. It’s a pity Trump Derangement Syndrome has him so firmly in its grip that he can’t see that he’s throwing away his legacy.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2019 2:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Kay-sick.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/20/2019 6:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Kay-SUCK IT.
Posted by: Raj || 10/20/2019 8:57 Comments || Top||

#7  He has that Greg Stillson vibe for sure.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/20/2019 9:28 Comments || Top||

#8  He as always seemed to me to be the answer to a Trivial Pursuit question about irrelevancy.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/20/2019 9:55 Comments || Top||

#9  Time for the great realignment to start. Kasich should join Mittens and the Never-Trumpers in Biden & Hillary's new Global Grifter Party.

Let the pro-Trump GOPpers and blue-collar Democrats form a new National Party.
Posted by: Lex || 10/20/2019 10:33 Comments || Top||

#10  #4 I now find myself wondering if it was ever truly solid work, or just kabuki designed to cool the marks.

It's interesting to see how GOPers backed off on so many of their stated positions when a genuine opportunity arose to act on them.
Posted by: charger || 10/20/2019 11:01 Comments || Top||

#11  Trumps major accomplishment will be exposure of the uniparty.
Posted by: Airandee || 10/20/2019 13:17 Comments || Top||

#12  A contributor for CNN. It's the GOPe elephant graveyard.
Posted by: Regular joe || 10/20/2019 15:23 Comments || Top||

#13  Let's be honest, Kasich has never been anything but a RINO.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/20/2019 17:53 Comments || Top||

Elijah Cummings' widow expected to run for his House seat
[FOXNEWS] Maya Rockeymoore, widow of Rep. Elijah Cummings
...Representative-for-life from Maryland, representing half of Baltimore City, which makes his district ultra-safe, and most of Howard County, which is out-populated by the city. His shiny pate is the reason we pronounce the city name Baldymore. Cummings' politix are so liberal they're tedious, nor is he any more honest than the next seedy professional pol...
, D-Md., and chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, is expected to run for her late husband’s House seat, according to a report.

Rockeymoore has not yet said whether she plans to run, The Washington Examiner reported.

The Maryland Democratic Party released a statement that Rockeymoore would not be making announcements while she grieves.

"We ask the public and the press to allow Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings ‐ and the rest of the Cummings family ‐ time and space to grieve their loss," the party said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Of course! Gotta keep that boodle flowing!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/20/2019 0:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Nothing says aristocracy and nepotism like having family members "inherit" seats.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/20/2019 0:57 Comments || Top||

#3  ...There needs to be a 28th Amendment:

1) No person shall be named nor elected to a vacant seat in the House of Representatives or Senate if they are directly related by blood or marriage to the previous office holder.

2) Any person who is disqualified under the above standard may run for the office at the second general election following.

Not even the Soviets did this crap.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 10/20/2019 6:35 Comments || Top||

#4  I want an anti dynasty amendment. Skip a generation, no family members (out to fifth cousins) by birth or marriage from the same generation at the same time.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/20/2019 6:40 Comments || Top||

#5  An assumed entitlement of the entitlements.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2019 6:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Isn't she a felon yet?
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/20/2019 9:56 Comments || Top||

#7  As I recall she is as crocked as hell. In other words the perfect Democrat Calidate for Baldymore.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/20/2019 9:59 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ Shakedown artist who has extorted millions from Johnson and Johnson and other corporates regulated by her hubby's committee.

This is corruption hidden in plain sight. Not even trying to hide it. Avenatti-ish.

Posted by: Lex || 10/20/2019 10:36 Comments || Top||

#9  WTF ? This sort of thing ... goes ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/20/2019 15:53 Comments || Top||

#10  Dronetc,,,

It didn't used to... or at least it was done in a more professional manner... elegant scams as opposed to smash and grab.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/20/2019 20:51 Comments || Top||

#11  plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
Posted by: SR-71 || 10/20/2019 21:24 Comments || Top||

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