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Friday, 23 March

05:55

Director of the Missile Defense Agency: Who Is Samuel Greaves? [News - AllGov]

Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves, who has spent his entire career working on space projects, took over as director of the Missile Defense Agency on June 16, 2017. The agency works on research, development, and testing of missile programs to defend the United States from attack. It has more than 8,000 employees and an annual budget of almost $8 billion. Greaves replaced James Syring, who had held the post for more than four years.

 

Greaves is from New York City. He attended Cornell University, earning a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1982 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force after participating in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC}. Greaves also earned an M.S. in computer science from West Coast University in 1984 and an M.S. in strategic studies from the Air War College in 2001.

 

Greaves first assignment was to work on the militarys Space Shuttle that was to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Subsequent duty assignments included Kennedy Space Center, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, and Los Angeles Air Force Base, basically an office park where much of the research, development and acquisition of military space and missile systems is done. By 2007, he was mission director for Space Test Program-1 (STP-1) overseeing launches of the Atlas V rocket.

 

On June 19, 2008, Greaves was promoted from commander of the Launch and Range Systems Wing to commander of the Military Satellite Communications Wing. He was named vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in 2009, by which time he was a brigadier general. In January 2011, he became director of strategic plans, programs and analyses at Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. In June 2012, he was promoted to major general and named deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency, stationed at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.

 

Greaves returned to Los Angeles AFB in June 2014 as commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center. While there, he worked to find alternatives to the Russian rocket engine that powers the Atlas V rocket. Contracts were eventually awarded to Aerojet Rocketdyne and the United Launch Alliance. Greaves also was there in April 2016 when SpaceX broke the Boeing-Lockheed Martin monopoly for the development of national security payload launches. Greaves was still in command at Los Angeles AFB when he was appointed to lead the Missile Defense Agency.

 

Greaves and his wife, Pat, have two children: Stephanie and Christopher.

-Steve Straehley

 

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00:38

Paul Ryans Omnibus Bill Provides More Money to New York to New Jersey Tunnel than to Trump Border Wall The Gateway Pundit

Speaker Paul Ryan is set to pass the second largest spending bill in US history next to Barack Obamas trillion dollar failed stimulus.

The budget funds all of the Democrat priorities including sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood.

The bill will also funnel billions of dollars to Obamacare markets.

Paul Ryans omnibus only allows $1.57 billion on physical barriers and technology on the border. $641 million of that could go to barriers, and that would be restricted to see-through fences and levees. However, according to PBS, the funding could not be used to build a concrete wall.

In January President Trump asked for $25 billion for his border wall project.

Paul Ryan is blocking Trumps border project while funding EVERY Democrat priority in his RECORD Spending bill.

Ryans Omnibus plan will grant $650 million for the New York to New Jersey Amtrak project more than the Trump wall.

The Bond Buyer reported:

2018 spending bill provides Amtrak with $650 million for the North East Corridor account and $250 million for its Rail State of Good Repair account for use on the Washington, D.C. to Boston corridor.

DOTs rail account will be increased by $1.2 billion to $3.1 billion in fiscal 2018, with $250 million of the increase used for Positive Train Control grants.

Nationwide transit Capital Investment Grant funding will be $2.6 billion, with some of that money available to New Jersey Transit, which shares the Hudson River tu...

00:18

Leftie Comedienne Samantha Bee Trashes B*tch Hope Hicks, Christians and Whites (VIDEO) The Gateway Pundit

For some reason the leftie comedians on late night television believe ugly political attacks on conservatives and Christians make good humor.

Comedienne Samantha Bee is the latest far left hack to use this stage excuse for humor. On Wednesday Bee attacked Hope Hicks, Christians and whites.

Via Mediaite:

Hope Hicks, thanks to your force field of bland pretty whiteness, youll probably escape this nightmare presidency unscathed. Youll disappear into a nice wealthy anonymity in a nice town somewhere. And some day youll go to the gates of the nice white protestant heaven where St. Peter will laugh in your face and say, You think youre getting in here? You helped burn down democracy, bitch! Get your ass downstairs! See you around the baking aisle, Hopie.

And people watch this trash?

The post Leftie Comedienne Samantha Bee Trashes B*tch Hope Hicks, Christians and Whites (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

00:18

Thanks To Bill Clinton, Trump Can Execute Drug Dealers Already Weasel Zippers

Via Politico: The state execution of drug smugglers that President Donald Trump has pushed for as part of his plan to combat the opioid crisis is already legal under a 1994 law passed at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic. But in 24 years, federal prosecutors have never once used it. They hardly need []

00:00

Cucksters Last Stand Matt Forney

NOTE: This article was originally published at Right On on November 7, 2016. Im re-posting it here as the site is now defunct.

The Sociopath, the recent anti-Trump documentary from Ben Howe, is a dreary, inept piece of propaganda. It also represents the extinction burst of American cuckservatism, as the alt-Right takes center stage in Western politics.

At some point, were going to have to stop calling the alternative Right alternative, because its not: it is the Right. With the ascent of Donald Trump, the alt-Right is now the driving force of Right-wing politics in the U.S. and so-called mainstream conservatives are a powerless fringe group. Nobody buys their books, nobody reads their websites, and half of them cant even get re-Tweets from their Twitter followers. National Review, RedState, The Resurgent and their ilk are the last dust bunnies of cuckservatism, due to be swept away after the election regardless of who wins. As I joked to Richard Spencer at the last AmRen conference, if the cucks are saying the alt-Right can have the GOP, were happy to take it. Forney for Mayor: Make Chicago Habitable Again.

Trump has acted like a Gom Jabbar for the entire American body politic. Hes revealed the Left to be cynical tricksters bent on White genocide, revealed GenXers to be mopey faggots afraid of social change, and revealed Mormons to be degenerate cultists with an axe to grind against the Gentiles. But most importantly, Trump has revealed mainstream conservatives to be controlled opposition. From walking udder Erick Erickson to George Captain Chinless Will to the alcoholic Jim Jones that is Glenn Beck, cuckservatives sole reason for existing is to give the plebs the illusion that we exist in a two-party democracy. Their true enemy isnt Leftists, but the alt-Right and any other Right-wingers who want to win.

Enter Ben Howe, RedState editor and living embodiment of conservatisms failures. Howe is a cuck in the most literal sense: his wife publicly divorced him in a Starbucks several years ago, then wrote an article for the Huffington Post bragging about it. Her name was also found in...

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Thursday, 22 March

23:59

WE NEED A NEW TERM THAT EVOKES THE SAME EMOTIONS AS "TERRORIST" No More Mister Nice Blog

The Washington Post's Samantha Schmidt writes:

For weeks, the 23-year-old suspected bomber terrorized the city of Austin with a string of explosions that killed two and injured several others.

But should the bomber, identified by authorities as Mark Anthony Conditt, be called a terrorist?

... Authorities avoided using the terrorist label, instead describing Conditt a white man as a troubled person motivated by frustrations in his life.

Interim Austin police chief Brian Manley said Conditt made a 25-minute video confession on his cellphone explaining how he built seven explosive devices.

Having listened to that recording, he does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate, Manley said in a news conference Wednesday. But instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point.
At this point, as a liberal in good standing, I'm supposed to express outrage because Conditt is not being described as a terrorist. I agree that we shouldn't feel any sorrier for Conditt than we do for someone who kills in the name of ISIS or white supremacy.

The problem is that we don't have a sufficiently freighted term to describe someone who matches the police description of Conditt and does what Conditt did. We all agree that a "terrorist" is abhorrent. Why don't we feel a similar abhorrence for someone who chooses to take his personal pain out on the world with extreme violence? Why don't we have a name for someone like that, a term that embodies the same degree of abhorrence?

I know that Conditt was a home-schooled Christian conservative. I've read what he wrote about his political beliefs at the age of seventeen. (Go to Heavy.com to read his writings at length.) That's not enough to mark him as a terrorist. Millions of Americans are Christian conservatives who oppose gay marriage, abortion rights, and the release of prisoners from Gitmo; millions more support the death penalty. These aren't beliefs that should have made Conditt feel alienated -- he was a white man in Texas. In that demographic category, his beliefs were not only unremarkable, they have majority support. It's possible that the police are missing or downplaying evidence that these beliefs, or more radical conservative beliefs, were the motive for his murders -- but if they've got this right and he killed because he felt alienated, why can't we despise him for that? Who was he to kill, maim, and endanger people who'd never harmed him just because he was in pain? What made him think he had the right to do that?

We've given the word "terroris...

23:57

Woman adopts old shelter dog that turns out to be her childhood pet Fellowship of the Minds

When she was a young girl, Nicole Grimes loved her Pomeranian-Poodle puppy, Chloe. But her parents objected to Chloes barking, and took the pup to the Humane Society. Eight years later, now a married adult with a baby daughter, Nicole Continue reading

23:56

NYC Considers Making Walking And Smoking Illegal Weasel Zippers

Tobacco smoke masks the smell of urine and defecation. Via WNYW: If you dont smoke and you find yourself walking behind someone who does, it can be unpleasant. Now a New York City Councilman wants to do something about it. My bill is very simple, no smoking and walking on New York City Sidewalks, said []

23:39

President Trump Puts Crazy Joe Biden in His Place After His Physical Threats The Gateway Pundit

Guest post by Joe Hoft

President Trump put Crazy Joe Biden in his place this morning after Biden threatened the President this past week.

This was not the first time Crazy Joe threatened President Trump.  In October 2016 Biden threatened to take candidate Trump behind the gym

Overnight the President responded to Crazy Joe Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesnt know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Dont threaten people Joe!

Biden is harmless.  Once he was caught by the river singing about a village

Crazy Joe has a history of gaffes as VP

My money is on President Trump!

The post President Trump Puts Crazy Joe Biden in His Place After His Physical Threats appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

23:35

Hillary Clinton Wants To Know If Cambridge Analytica And Russian Operatives Worked Together To Derail Her Presidential Campaign Weasel Zippers

As if Hillary needs another excuse. Via BI: Hillary Clinton, in an interview originally recorded last year, questioned whether Cambridge Analytica and Russian operatives may have worked together during the 2016 US election. The former Democratic presidential nominee spoke last year with the British public-broadcasting outlet Channel 4, and her inquiry has taken on new []

23:00

Republicans Have Another Candidate Problem... This One In West Virginia DownWithTyranny!


The Republican Party attracts bizarre crackpots and because of the nature of the GOP support system, sometimes those bizarre crackpots wind up as officials party nominees. Last night we saw the Illinois Republican Party mortified as Nazi Party leader Arthur Jones win their nomination in a Chicagoland district. And whether it's Arthur Jones, Roy Moore (AL), Sharron Angle (NV), Rich Iott (OH), Christine O'Donnell (DE), Todd Akin (MO), Richard Mourdock (IN)... there is always a chance the Republicans will wind up with a candidate so horrifying that a Democrat can win in even the reddest of constituencies. And now the Democrats have Trump in every constituency. That might not work in West Virginia, though. West Virginia is the Trumpiest state in the union. The PVI is R+19 and Trump beat Hillary there 489,371 (68.5%) to 188,794 (26.4%). Keep in mind though, that Bernie had also crushed Hillary in West Virginia in the primary-- 51.4% to 35.8%. In fact, in some key counties, Bernie not only beat Hillary, he also beat Trump! Here's just a dozen examples:
Boone Co-- Bernie- 2,410; Trump- 1,388
Braxton Co-- Bernie- 1,321; Trump- 861
Brooke Co-- Bernie- 1,966; Trump- 1,963
Fayette Co-- Bernie-3,585; Trump- 2,683
Lincoln Co-- Bernie- 1,510; Trump- 1,193
Logan Co-- Bernie- 3,201; Trump- 1,665
Marion Co-- Bernie- 5,324; Trump- 4,035
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22:45

Will the GOP Lose Bob Corker's Seat? Booman Tribune

Here are two pieces of news from Tennessee. Check them out and tell me if you think they are in any way contradictory.

The president is, as you know youve seen his numbers among the Republican base its very strong. Its more than strong, its tribal in nature. People who tell me, who are out on trail, say, look, people dont ask about issues anymore. They dont care about issues. They want to know if youre with Trump or not.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Tennessee finds former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) with a slight edge over Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in the U.S. Senate race, 46% to 41%, with 13% still undecided.

Maybe these two things are consistent, but if they are then is surely means that Trumps popularity (or base) isnt easily transferable to Republican candidates running for office this fall. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is a fairly Trumpy candidate, but shes trailing the Democrat. And, while Phil Bredesen was a popular two-term governor who served from 2003 to 2011, hes been out of office for a while and his state has continued to move far to the right. I can remember when people were surprised that Al Gore couldnt win his home state in 2000, and also when Bill Clinton won in twice, in 1992 and 1996. In 2016, Trump carried the state 61 percent to 35 percent. If what the Republicans in Tennessee really want is someone to serve in the Senate who will do the presidents bidding, then Blackburn should be well ahead in this poll.

Now, it could be that Bredensen is getting a boost out of his better name recognition, but being well known as a Democrat shouldnt really be that helpful.

We dont have that many data points to examine, but the Democrats have been winning some races recently in strong Trump territory, and it could be that Bob Corker is not getting the full picture of whats going on in the country or in his home state. It wouldnt be tha...

Trump Might as Well Be Putin's Vassal Booman Tribune

You can watch a video that explains how Vladimir Putin received 76.7 percent of the vote and won another six-year term as president of the Russian Federation with a margin of 65 points over his nearest competitor.

I dont see why any congratulations are in order, unless someone wants to send some Job Well Done cards to that crew of criminals in the video that shoved dozens and dozens of Putin votes into that rectangular ballot box.  What I can understand, however, is why our countrys national security officials wrote DO NOT CONGRATULATE on the briefing notes they supplied President Trump to prepare him for his telephone call with the Russian president.

Of course, it didnt work. Despite the fact that the election was rigged six ways to Sunday, including by a ban on Putins most plausible challenger having a place on the ballot, the first thing out of Trumps mouth when he talked to Putin was a word of congratulations on his great victory. And it wasnt just the clearly fraudulent election that led the national security team to warn Trump off offering congratulations. Theres also a little thing called attempted murder.

Although the Trump administration has taken a tougher stance toward Russia recently including new sanctions last week on some entities for election meddling and cyberattacks the president has declined to forcefully join London in denouncing Moscow for...

A Day for Iraq War Hawks to Say They're Sorry Booman Tribune

Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi-American novelist who publicly opposed the invasion of Iraq that was initiated fifteen years ago today. He has a good piece in the New York Times. You should read it. Here is how it concludes:

No one knows for certain how many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion 15 years ago. Some credible estimates put the number at more than one million. You can read that sentence again. The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in the United States as a blunder, or even a colossal mistake. It was a crime. Those who perpetrated it are still at large. Some of them have even been rehabilitated thanks to the horrors of Trumpism and a mostly amnesiac citizenry. (A year ago, I watched Mr. Bush on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, dancing and talking about his paintings.) The pundits and experts who sold us the war still go on doing what they do. I never thought that Iraq could ever be worse than it was during Saddams reign, but that is what Americas war achieved and bequeathed to Iraqis.

Americans arent accustomed to calling their foreign policy blunders crimes, nor do they send their failed foreign policy leaders into exile the way the Ancient Greeks used to do. Maybe we should do both of these things. Or maybe we should learn more about the Ancient Greek word hubris, which meant excessive pride toward or defiance of the gods which leads to a downfall for the protagonist.

In modern usage, hubris is better defined as over-confidence, which doesnt quite capture the immorality of invading Iraq based on false premises and bad faith, leading to massive region-wide humanitarian, political and sectarian crises.

I was encourage to see John Cole whip himself like a penitent for being wrong about literally everything in the lead-up to the Iraq War. Thats a man who knows how to act when hes advocated something that resulted in complete disaster. But John Cole was a cheerleader, not a policymaker. He didnt make the decisions that led to the downfall of our moral credibility and the entire Middle East.

Today is an anniversary when the people who really were responsible should whip themselves. They should whip themselves in print. And, maybe they should whip themselves with fronds in public, too.

Finally, the people who let these people off the hook cannot complain that theyve made a comeback.

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GOP Candidates Can't Rely on Trump's Base Booman Tribune

I am beginning to wonder about something. When I take a look at the following graphic it tells me that a lot of right-leaning voters are beginning to feel like the country might run more smoothly with a Democratic Congress. Im not sure how else I can look at those numbers.

Yet, Im also supposed to believe the following:

Jeff Flake has become a cautionary tale. Lawmakers who are not retiring dont want to draw the presidents ire and the enmity of his core supporters. Most Republicans in Congress, even those facing tough reelection campaigns in places where Trump is not popular, are under intense pressure from their base to wholeheartedly support the president.

I understand not wanting to be singled out by the president, but perhaps theres something wrong with this picture. Either the base doesnt want congressional Republicans to wholeheartedly support the president or the base is shrinking so quickly before our eyes that it probably shouldnt be the first concern of GOP lawmakers who are seeking reelection. How else to explain that the GOP-held districts are now split on whether the GOP should retain their congressional majorities?

Another explanation is that the congressional preference question is too volatile to be meaningful.

We do continue to see polls that indicate both that the base is still with the president and that the president is vastly more popular than Congress, but Im beginning to suspect that believing in those numbers might be a strategic mistake. Just for one example, Trump is already killing the GOP with swing voters, and the base is already unhappy with Congress, so wouldnt standing up to Trump be more likely to win a candidate credit than going along with him? I dont think enthusiasm for Trump is transferable to congressional candidates.

In any case, a lot of this is in the context of whether the GOP Congress should put a bill on Trumps desk prohibiting him from firing Mueller. They think this would depre...

22:30

Seattle mayor seeks law that requires owners to lock up guns Fellowship of the Minds

The article below has been updated since I scheduled my post. Its now touted as safe-storage legislation. From Seattle Times: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmember M. Lorena Gonzlez plan to propose legislation to require gun owners to lock up Continue reading

21:53

Cambridge Analytica Rebranding Itself As Emerdata? Alex Nix Is Emerdata CEO And Robert Mercer Daughters Are On Its Board Mining Awareness +

The now infamous Alex Nix is not only CEO of Cambridge Analytica, but is also CEO of Emerdata with Robert Mercers daughters serving on the Emerdata Board. So, they may have put him on leave from Cambridge Analytica, but left him as CEO of Emerdata. This was probably the plan, anyway, when Emerdata was created.

The Guardians excerpt from the UK Channel 4 Expose where Alex Nix speaks of entrapment of opposition politicians: http://youtu.be/wSPK07PXozY

Part of the Emerdata board member list, from the UK government, showing the Mercer sisters with Alex Nix as CEO:
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18:01

Midnight Meme Of The Day! DownWithTyranny!


by Noah

Yesterday was the first day of spring, at least that's what the calendar says, although, judging by the northeast weather, one might be forgiven for not believing it. Still, there are signs of spring to be seen in some locales. For instance, this morning, the DWT paparazzi caught this happy duo going for walkies in a slightly warmer climate. In fact, it now seems to be getting a little warm wherever Trump goes. With any luck, and if justice prevails for a change, Trump will be feeling downright hot soon, and, by that, I don't mean because of the weather.

15:20

March 22nd 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #427 The Last Refuge

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading

15:15

Thursday March 22nd Open Thread The Last Refuge

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading

15:02

Julian Assange Smacks Down MSNBCs Andrea Mitchell: WikiLeaks Has Nothing to do With Russia The Gateway Pundit

Fake News media outlets are now obsessing over Cambridge Analytica and Facebooks data mining during the 2016 presidential election.

On Wednesday, Hillary Clintons creepy campaign manager John Podesta whined like a baby to MSNBCs Andrea Mitchell over the fact that his leaked emails eclipsed the Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trumps locker room talk.

Maybe because no one cares what Trump said in private over 10 years ago?

Of course Andrea Mitchell teed up the question for Podesta by reminding viewers his emails were leaked minutes after the Access Hollywood tape hit the wire.

And just to set the context, both of those Wikileaks dumps were early in the morning to drive the news cycle in the U.S. So, unusual from the get go and you guys noticed it right away, Mitchell said to Podesta.

Absolutely, and I think it was done to try to divert attention to give the anchors on Fox News something to talk about other than the Access Hollywood tape and I think that the question is whether there was coordination between the campaign and Wikileaks, at least through intermediaries, about the timing of the release, Podesta said.

Andrea Mitchell then said without any proof that WikiLeaks is connected to Russia.

Since WikiLeaks is connected to Russia, how does that arouse your suspicions about Russias role? Mitchell asked Podesta

Podesta then spread the lie that all the U.S. Intelligence agencies believes that WikiLeaks obtained the DNC emails as a result of Russian hacking.

MSNBC tweeted: John Podesta wants to know if the Trump campaign coordinated with Wikileaks to release his stolen emails and distract from the Access Hollywood tape

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15:01

FISA Madness LewRockwell

For the past few days, the nations media and political class have been fixated on the firing of the No. 2 person in the FBI, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe became embroiled in the investigation of President Donald Trump because of his alleged approval of the use of a political dossier, written about Trump and paid for by the Democrats and not entirely substantiated, as a basis to secure a search warrant for surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser who once boasted that he worked for the Kremlin at the same time that he was advising candidate Trump.

The dossier itself and whatever was learned from the surveillance formed the basis for commencing the investigation of the Trump campaigns alleged ties to Russia by the Obama Department of Justice, which is now being run by special counsel Robert Mueller and has been expanded into other areas. The surveillance of the Trump campaign based on arguably flimsy evidence put McCabe into President Trumps crosshairs. Indeed, Trump attacked McCabe many times on social media and even rejoiced when Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him at 10 p.m. last Friday, just 26 hours before his retirement was to have begun.

Why the fixation on this? Here is the back story.

After the unlawful use of the FBI and CIA by the Nixon administration to spy on President Nixons domestic political opponents, Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978. This statute outlawed all domestic surveillance except that which is authorized by the Constitution or by the new Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

That court, the statute declared, could authorize surveillance of foreigners physically located in the United States on a legal standard lesser than that which the Constitution requires. Even though this meant Congress could avoid the Constitution an event that every high school social studies student knows is unconstitutional the FISC enthusiastically embraced its protocol.

That protocol was a recipe for the constitutional crisis that is now approaching. The recipe consists of a secret court whose records and rulings are not available to the public. Its a court where only the governments lawyers appear; hence there is no challenge to the governments submissions. And its a court that applies a legal standard profoundly at odds with the Constitution. The Constitution requires the presentation of evidence of probable cause of a crime as the trigger for a search warrant, yet FISA requires only probable cause of a relationship to a foreign power.

In the years in which the FISC authorized spying only on foreigners, few Americans complained. Some of us warned at FISAs inception that this system violates the Constitution and is ripe for abuse, yet we did not know then how corrupt the system would become. The corruption was subtle, as it consisted of government lawyers, in secret and without opposition, persuading t...

Civil Insurrection LewRockwell

I see that a man named Sessions, apparently  Washingtons Attorney General, threatens to unleash the coercive powers of the federal government against the state of Colorado, his reason being that he does not like the states policy with regard to marijuana.  This is most curious. Why he believes the policies of Colorado to be his concern is not clear. Equally mysterious is why he thinks the police of Colorado should arrest Coloradans for doing a thing that the people of the state have determined to be acceptable.

Mr. Sessions expansive view of his importance in the universe is seen again in his menacing of the state of California because he does not approve its policy toward its immigrants. Common sense suggests that if he does not like Californias policies, he should live in another state. I am sure this would suit California well.

What justification does this feral busybody have for meddling in what is not his business? Mr. Sessions wraps himself in the Constitution and, thus emparchmented, asserts that the Supremacy Clause gives him the authority to overrule the states. Reasonable men may disagree on this matter. I assert that the states have no duty to observe the Constitution since the federals do not.

As one instance among many, the Constitution ordains that the country shall not go to war without a declaration from the Congress. In fact the federals make war constantly with neither a declaration nor any reference to the will of people, draining their substance for purposes which are not theirs. If the Constitution is not binding on the central government, it is not binding on the states.

In any event the federals do not represent the people of the country. How many of us in the various states want to spend trillions on distant wars at the commandfor that is what it isof Israel, the petroleum industry, and Empire? Yet we have no choice.

The question of states rights is today seen, or inculcated, as the fantasy of romantic conservatives remembering a world that never was. In truth, states rights are our only bulwark against tyranny. It is the amalgamation of undeserved powers in the hands of the federals that accounts for the countrys tribulations both within and without.

A great and wise man, a leading proponent of states rights, long ago foresaw this dismal prospect,  saying, The consolidation of the states into one vast empire, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of ruin which has overwhelmed all that preceded it.

Just so. Is this not what we see? When a single remote legislature controls a continent, then a small group wishing to dominate the whole need suborn only a few hundred members of its Congress and a few judges on its Supreme Court. By corrupting one city, they can impose any law they choose on all. That the people of many states find the law odious matters little as they can do nothing about it.

If however the p...

Gallipoli LewRockwell

The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, by Eugene Rogan

The British War Council met in London on 2 January 1915 to consider an urgent war request for assistance from the commander in chief of the Russian army.

As recently as 27 December, the Russians were on the verge of being encircled by the Ottoman Army in the Caucasus.  After deliberations, Britain initiated planning for the Dardanelles campaign.  Unknown to the British, by the time of this War Council meeting, Russia was on the verge of total victory.  Yet, learning of this shortly thereafter, the British decided to forge ahead anyway as fateful and disastrous a decision as any taken on the western front.

Field Marshall Kitchener was the loudest voice in the Council.  He felt a naval operation along the Mediterranean coast would be sufficient to draw Ottoman troops away from the Russians and the Caucasus due to fear of risk to the capital, Istanbul.  Kitchener turned to Winston Churchill, the first lord of the Admiralty, tasking him to measure the feasibility of the endeavor.  Churchill raised the stakes: more than just bombing coastal positions why not force the Straits and go on to the capital?

The Dardanelles run over forty miles from the Mediterranean to the Sea of Marmara; at the Narrows, the distance between the shores of Europe and Asia is as little as 1.600 yards.  The path was strewn with undersea mines.

Admiral Carden replied to Churchill: the Straits could be forced with naval power alone.  But by this time, news came of the Russian successes.  So the objective changed: instead of going now to aid their Russian allies, the British would go to conquer a weakened Turkey, believed to be on the brink of collapse.

The French promised full support in the Mediterranean, and the Russians promised to simultaneously attack the northern Straits from the Black Sea.  And, as was expected for the time, the Allies immediately went into negotiations to divide up the soon-to-be dissolved remains of the Ottoman Empire.

By early February, the British and French had massed their fleets in the Mediterranean. They would soon come to conclude that some ground troops might actually be necessary in the assault; between the British and the French, soon over 60,000 troops would be assembled.

Naval operations began on 19 February eighteen battleships, including the massive Queen Elizabeth.  With a range farther than the capability of the Turkish guns onshore, the navy was free to fire without risk.  Only when British ships approached the shore to assess the damage, the Turkish gunners returned fire.

News of the attack panicked Istanbul.  The Ottoman governmen...

The Mysterious Death of Thomas Merton LewRockwell

For five decades, the circumstances of the sudden death of the famed pacifist monk Thomas Merton have remained cloaked in the confusion of assorted stories having very little commonality, except for the most basic facts of date and place.  The date, December 10, 1968, and place, in a cottage located at a Red Cross conference center near Bangkok, Thailand are about the only undisputed points of yet another death of a hero in that very violent year.  Even the time of death, approximately 2 P.M. local time was disputed by the police report, a fake witness statement and the biographer Michael Mottall stating the time was one hour later.

Merton returned to his cottage about one-thirty and proceeded to take a shower before retiring for a rest.  While barefoot on the terrazzo floor, he apparently had reached for the large standing fan (to either turn it on or pull it closer to the bed) when he received the full 220 volts of direct current. (This is normal voltage for Bangkok.)  He collapsed, and the large fan tumbled over on top of him.  When he was discovered about an hour later by two of the monks who shared his cottage, the fan, still running, lay across his body . . . One of the abbots tried to remove the fan at once from the body, but though he wore shoes, he also received a slight electrical shock. Fortunately, someone rushed over to the outlet and pulled the cord from the socket. Later examination revealed defective wiring in the fan.

Authors Hugh Turley and David Martin, in their new book The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton, have effectively deconstructed nearly all of the assertions of Brother Patrick Hart noted...

The Evolution of Devolution LewRockwell

Judging from the cornucopia of commentary abroad in the land since the Parkland, FL shooting, there is a sudden and urgent concern for the status of our society; specifically how the hell did we get here?   Responses have ranged from Woodstock to CNN, marijuana to internet porn, public schools to the NRA, NFL Instant Replay to Harvey Weinstein.  While one might contend the above are inextricably connected in ways that could only thrill reclusive sociologists and myopic data miners, the answer and cure may have a common point of origin. Put another way: chicken or the egg is immaterial; the two may be synonymous!

The Evolution

Toward the end of the Baby Boomer generation and beginning of Gen X (1965-1985 approx), new consumer toys began hitting the market. Pong appeared in 1972. The new shooter game Space Invaders invaded circa 1978. With its overwhelming success, the floodgates were opened. Arcades with similar but more graphically sophisticated war-like games appeared in shopping malls around the country. In-home play stations followed by more interactive games and uglier themes. Today, hand-held Smart Phones and Tablets provide everything now-extinct Mall Arcades did while home gaming has reached professional proportions. Following in the innovative footsteps of Radio and then TV, the Techno-Monster was born! Its first tentacle wrapped around otherwise imaginative, physically active, family immersed children. Initially, parents were just happy with a new rainy-day distraction.

The Audio Department wasnt to be outdone. Over a similar period, AM began losing ground to FM; by 1990, satellite-delivered XM-Sirius appeared. In cars, big, clunky 8-Tracks gave way to space-efficient, multi-purpose, less expensive cassette players which gave it up for in-dash CDs. Today, with streaming audio, video and a pair of earbuds, kids of all ages can be distracted and silenced, eliminating any of that pesky old-fashioned parental input. Peace and Quiet are so much preferred over inconvenient efforts needed to raise well-behaved, socially adept youngsters even though child psychologists and juvenile court tend to be more expensive. And embarrassing. And detrimental to a childs long-term well being. Nevertheless, that trip to Grandmas house got a lot more serene. With typical child-like interruptions neutralized by technologys terrific toys, adult conversation in the front seat reigned sans static from the crumb-snatchers asking why? in the back.

Humans latest selective mutation cell phones evolved from a shoe box alongside the head with operator-assisted calling and party line eavesdropping, into so...

Russian Scientists Explain Novichok LewRockwell

A week ago we asked if Novichok poisons are real. The answer is now in: It is yes and no. Several Russian scientist now say that they once researched and developed lethal poisons but they assert that other countries can and have copied these. Novichok, they say,  is a just western propaganda invention. They see the British accusations as a cynical plot against Russia. The people who push the Novichok accusations have political and commercial interests.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May insinuated that the British-Russian double agent Sergej Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who collapsed on March 4 on a public bench in Salisbury, were affected by a Russian nerve agent:

It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agentof a type developed by Russia. It is part of a group of nerve agents known as Novichok.

Theresa Mays claims are highly questionable.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswomen of the Russian Foreign Ministry: Novichok has never been used 
in the USSR or in Russia as something related to the chemical weapon research  bigger

A highly potent nerve agent would hurt anyone who comes in contact with it. But the BBC reported that a doctor who administered first aid to the collapsed Yulia Skripal for 30 minutes was not affected at all. Another doctor, Steven Davies who heads the emergence room of the Salisbury District Hospital, wrote in a letter the London Times:

 no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only been ever been three patients with significant poisonin...

The Real SUV LewRockwell

Nissan just announced a new SUV theyre not going to sell here.

Its called the Terra and the Chinese (and other foreign markets) will get it beginning next spring. Nissans Ashwani Gupta says there is growing demand in China for go anywhere SUVs built like the rugged SUVs old which apparently are no longer in demand here.

This, of course, is claptrap. There is plenty of demand.

The problem is Uncle.

It is becoming extremely difficult to sell go anywhere SUVs built like the rugged SUVs of old because they are heavy and heavy means big engines and that means a hearty appetite for gas. This however isnt a problem for the people who buy such vehicles; they are presumably ok with paying more for gas in exchange for the ruggedness and go-anywhere capabilities.

Else they would not buy them.

Just as people sometimes buy a bigger house rather than a small apartment knowing the carrying cost is higher. So what? Its their choice. And more to the point, it is their money paying the mortgage and the utilities. Just as the SUV buyers money not the governments money or anyone elses money is paying for the fuel that goes in the tank.

The market takes care of itself.

If a thing is burdensomely expensive for natural (market) reasons, then that thing becomes rare as a commodity for just that reason.

But never mind. Uncle acting in loco parentis  believes we are using too much gas.

He therefore imposes taxes and other disincentives to artificially curb market demand for rugged, go anywhere SUVs punishing you for daring to want what he thinks you ought not to have. As a result, rugged, go anywhere SUVs are already very few in number and mostly expensive models such as high-end Land Rovers.

Medium-small SUVs under $30k like the soon-to-be-here (well, soon-to-be-there) 2019 Terra are all but extinct in the United States.

We get crossover SUVs which arent really SUVs because they are basically just jacked-up cars styled to look like SUVs. They are defined by not having rugged underthings, such as a four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case and low range gearing. They have all-wheel-drive (without the transfer case and low-range gearing) meant for light snow on paved roads; maybe wet grass.

Most of all, they are defined by not having their drivetrains and suspensions cradled by rugged and so heavy steel frames, onto which their bodies are bolted as real SUVs do.

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Start Paying Attention to Edward Snowden LewRockwell

In June of 2013, Edward Snowden was the most wanted man in the world as the U.S. government and others frantically attempted to arrest him for leaking documents that exposed the breadth of surveillance imposed upon the public. The Portuguese government even forced a plane carrying Bolivias president to be grounded because of rumors that Snowden might be on board.

Snowden has since been living in exile in Russia as U.S. government officials have relentlessly tried to bring him home to prosecute him over alleged violations of the Espionage Act. Former CIA director-turned-secretary of state Mike Pompeo and others have shamed him, calling him a traitor. Pompeo has even called for his execution.

But as the political climate in the U.S. continues to devolve, especially in light of President Trumps decision to appoint CIA director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and replace Pompeo with a known proponent of torture, Snowden has been on a Twitter rampage. And hes not just discussing the CIA and torture.

Heres a collection of 26 tweets and retweets from the past week that show not only how committed Snowden is to actually making a difference but also the dire need for more people to speak out:

On CIA abuses and the political appointments Trump has made:

Mysterious Underwater Fountain of Magma LewRockwell

A giant funnel 72 kilometers long and 55 kilometers wide, the Yellowstone Supervolcano, is located on the territory of the federal park of the same name in the US state of Wyoming. The origin of this volcano still remains a subject of heated scientific debate.

Researchers Peter Nelson and Stephen Grand at the University of Texas Seismic have carried out a seismic analysis of the Yellowstone Supervolcano which confirmed that the volcano contains a powerful plume  a fountain of magma rising rapidly from the depths of the Earths mantle, according to the journal Nature Geoscience.

The Yellowstone hotspot, located in North America, is an intraplate source of magmatism, the cause of which is hotly debated. Some argue that a deep mantle plume sourced at the base of the mantle supplies the heat beneath Yellowstone, whereas others claim shallower subduction or lithospheric-related processes can explain the anomalous magmatism, the researchers said.

They explained that due to the high speed of their movement and high temperature, the plumes can sometimes pierce through the thick and cold rocks of the continental crust and emerge on the surface of the planet, causing the most powerful volcanic eruptions.

Using data from EarthScopes USArray, the scientists managed to discover a long, thin, sloping zone within the mantle through which seismic waves travel more slowlyand which may indicate the presence of unusually warm material.

Its properties and dimensions unequivocally indicate that it was generated by a plume whose temperature was higher than that of the surrounding rocks by about 600-850 degrees Celsius, according to the researchers.

Grand and Nelson expressed hope that further observations of plume behavior will help scientists understand in advance when the Yellowstone Supervolcano may wake up ahead of a possible eruption.

The Yellowstone Supervolcano, which is a giant funnel 72 kilometers long and 55 kilometers wide, is located on the territory of Yellowstone National Park in the US state of Wyoming. The volcano has erupted more than once in the past million years.

Reprinted from Sputnik News.

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Be Safe on and off the Range LewRockwell

Safe rangecraft includes knowing how to handle your unholstered pistol on the firing line. Beyond the range, competent use of ready positions enhances the gun-wielding persons ability to navigate crowded or unknown situations.

This article covers three so-called ready positions that serve to keep shooters and those around them safe, as well as keeping the firearm poised for quick deployment. The names of ready positions used here are arbitrary; theyre the ones I use. Other instructors may call them other names. Whats important is mastery of their use. Theyre presented here in the order that theyd be used in situations from relaxed to high intensity, with the understanding that context may dictate otherwise.

In these ready positions, the trigger finger should be kept straight and planted on the frame of the pistol.

Low ready shown here (Photo: Team HB)

1. Low Ready

With both hands on the gun in a firing grip, (see trigger finger advisory above), simply rest the upper arms on the chest. This is a relaxed position from which the gun can still be brought into action quickly.
Low ready is first ready position I teach even brand-new shooters. It precludes the possibility of that most common of shooting injuries, a round through the foot. With both hands on the gun, the shooters mind is better focused on the firearm and the lower limbs stay in the clear. Its also a no-strain position in which to take a break.

Compressed ready (Photo: Team HB)

2. Compressed Ready

Maintaining the firing grip and keeping the muzzle pointed in the direction of the target or threat, bend the elbows and draw the gun near the chest. Keep elbows resting against the sides of the body.

This position is comparatively faster than low ready in terms of re-acquiring a sight picture. It is truly a ready posture in that firing can be done from there if the attacker closes distance quickly to within bad-breath distance. Malfunctions in a semiauto are entirely possible in such a scenario, unless the wrists are firmly locked and the gun is at least far enough away from the shooters torso to allow the slide to cycle completely.

I have come to like compressed ready as my scan-and-assess position, one in which I can turn my gaze 360 degrees and know the gun is secure at my chest and at less risk of being grabbed in a real-world setting.

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How To Survive Falling Through the Ice LewRockwell

Every year, people die from falling through ice they thought was safe to cross. In near-frozen water, you have exactly 10 minutes to get out of the icy waters before your muscles become too cold to function. As well, your heart rate and blood pressure increases, so the chance of cardiac arrest and sudden death could occur. Know these preventative measures and how to survive if you find yourself in this type of emergency.

For any of you who have ever read Jack Londons To Build a Fire, the possibility of breaking through the ice and either drowning or dying from subsequent exposure to the elements does exist.  In most situations that can turn deadly, the way to avoid them is through diligence and proper preparation.  Water crossings in the winter are no different.  Lets jump into itfiguratively speaking!

Know Before You Go

Firstly, never trust the water to be frozen completely.  If you follow this, you may say, then how can you ever cross the ice?  Well, just take into consideration there are many variables that influence ice thickness of rivers or lakes, and its always better to assume that there may be a problemin this way, it doesnt catch you unaware.

Take a look at your surroundings before starting to walk on the lake. Is there open water nearby or slush? These are indications of bad ice. Check the ice by cutting or drilling a hole in the ice to check for thickness.

How to Stay Safe

If youre crossing a river, then you should have a rope that will reach to the other side at your crossing location.  This is for several reasons.  Firs, when crossing, you can use the rope as a lifeline if you wish.  Secondly, the ice may be sturdy enough to cross, but without your gear.  You may need a way to pull that gear behind you as you traverse the ice.  If you wear a 75-lb. pack and you weigh 200 lbs., this could stress the ice if it isnt frozen completely solid.

Next, you want to cross at exactly the shortest distance possible.  This is common sense, as your wider expanses take more time to freeze.  Another factor is the speed of the river.  Slugg...

Heart Attack or Cardiac Arrest? LewRockwell

By Dr. Mercola

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. Nearly 735,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 are repeat heart attacks. Knowing the risk factors, symptoms and taking early action increases the chances of survival.

There are a number of risk factors associated with heart attack. Data published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology2demonstrates that by following six lifestyle guidelines, women may lower their risk of heart disease by 92 percent and of heart attack by 70 percent. These include eating a healthy diet, getting 2.5 hours of exercise each week, not smoking and limiting alcohol, maintaining a normal weight and watching television no more than seven hours per week.

Stress,3 less than optimal mineral levels,4 daylight saving time5 and even severe emotional loss6 can increase your risk of heart attack as well. While many use the terms heart attack and cardiac arrest interchangeably, the two conditions are actually different, and knowing the difference can be a matter of life and death.

Heart Attack or Cardiac Arrest?

Sudden, unexpected cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.,7 which is different from a heart attack. Understanding this difference can help save a life. The most immediately recognizable difference between the two conditions is that a heart attack victim will remain conscious with their heart beating, while someone who suffers from sudden cardiac arrest will be unconscious, with no discernible heartbeat.

Your heart is an...

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How About The Death Penalty For People Who Call People On The Do Not Call List? DownWithTyranny!


I've been telling politicians for years that whoever solves the flood of invasive telemarketing calls we all get from people trying to sell us stuff, despite the completely ineffectual and widely ignored "Do Not Call Registry," would become a hero-- could even run for president. Here in California, we just learned, is that we've been receiving more calls than ever. I can attest to that personally. No matter how much I curse or just hang up, the calls ae unending-- and daily. Californians received nearly 3 billion robocalls in 2017; The FCC and FTC aren't doing don't anything to stop calls made to cell phones illegally and without consent.
According to the YouMail Robocall Index, which tracks the volume and extent of robocalls in the United States, more than 2,974,676,000 robocalls were made to California area codes in 2017.

The industry data comes ahead of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) March 23 policy forum, Fighting the Scourge of Illegal Robocalls. Both agencies have taken a strong stance against scam and spoofed number robocalls but have been softer on legitimate businesses making illegal calls to cell phones and without consent. In February of this year, Capital One was the top generator of robocalls to California phone numbers while Comcast and Wells Fargo appeared in the top 5 in a number of area codes.

This data illustrates a rapid expansion of the use of robocall technology and the toll these abusive calls take on California consumers, said Margot Saunders, senior counsel at the National Consumer Law Center.

Earlier this year, the FTCs Biennial Report to Congress revealed a sizeable uptick in consumer complaints...

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House Freedom Caucus Will Oppose Paul Ryans $1.3 Trillion Double-Crossing Omnibus Bill The Gateway Pundit

House Freedom Caucus will not support Paul Ryans Omnibus Boondoggle

Speaker Paul Ryan is set to pass the second largest spending bill in US history next to Barack Obamas trillion dollar failed stimulus.

The budget funds all of the Democrat priorities including sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood.

The bill will also funnel billions of dollars to Obamacare markets.

But Paul Ryans Omnibus will only provide $641 million for border security and ZERO dollars for the Wall!

On Wednesday the House Freedom Caucus announced they will not support Paul Ryans atrocious Omnibus bill.

Washington, D.C. The House Freedom Caucus took an official position today to oppose the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the omnibus appropriating money for the rest of Fiscal Year 2018. The bill will be voted on within the next 36 hours, without giving members time to actually read it.

The group released the following statement:

The policy proposals outlined in this $1.3 trillion spending bill are not consistent with what we told the American people we would do when they sent us to Washington. Many of the policies in the bill are in fact the opposite of what we promised. This bill barely provides for border security, yet continues to allow federal dollars to flow to sanctuary cities. It includes the Fix NICS proposal, without including reciprocity for Americans with concealed carry licensessomething congressional leadership promised would not happen. It also fully funds grants that go to Planned Parenthood while making no changes to reduce Obamacares burdensome regulations on Americas families. And on top of the massive price tag, leadership is forcing a vote on this 2,232-page bill in under...

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NAFTA Watch GOPe Construct U.S. Deregulation and Business Scheme To Increase NAFTA Appeal The Last Refuge

Sneaky.  CTH anticipated POTUS Trump would withdraw from NAFTA due to the FATAL FLAW that still remains unaddressed in all discussions.  So it came as a surprise to see reports (opaquely cited) that U.S.T.R. Lighthizer was willing to drop the Continue reading

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Outro miliciano de CPI na qual Marielle Franco trabalhou esteve na Cmara horas antes do crime The Intercept

As visitas de milicianos Cmara de Vereadores do Rio de Janeiro s vsperas do assassinato de Marielle Franco no se limitaram presena do ex-vereador Cristiano Giro Matias, como revelou com exclusividade The Intercept Brasil na ltima semana. Ao analisar imagens de cmeras internas de segurana, agentes da Delegacia de Homicdios detectaram que poucas horas antes do assassinato de Marielle ao menos mais um paramilitar esteve no stimo andar do prdio, o mesmo frequentado por Giro.

O suspeito um ex-policial militar e tem outras semelhanas com Giro: ele tambm foi indiciado na CPI das Milcias na qual Marielle trabalhou ao lado do deputado Marcelo Freixo em 2008 e tambm frequentou o gabinete do poltico Zico Bacana, atual vereador pelo PHS e outro indiciado na mesma Comisso.

A participao de paramilitares no crime uma das principais linhas de investigao da Polcia Civil.

Usando um cordo grosso no pescoo e um relgio dourado, o ex-PM cuja identidade permanece em segredo  estava acompanhado de outros dois homens. Todos foram ao gabinete do vereador Zico Bacana. Os investigadores agora buscam imagens de cmeras dos arredores do prdio para mapear o caminho percorrido pelo trio at o carro usado por eles naquela tarde. A expectativa de que a placa ou ao menos o modelo sejam os mesmos usados na execuo de Marielle e do motorista Anderson Gomes horas depois.

Ao de profissionais

Dois veculos foram usados pelos matadores na tocaia vereadora do PSOL. Um Cobalt prata que ficou por quase uma hora parado prximo Casa das Pretas, onde Marielle participou de uma reunio antes de ser morta e um Renault Logan. Ambos estavam com placas clonadas, o que levou a investigao, nesta pista, a um beco sem sada.

As precaues tomadas pelos matadores e os tiros certeiros na cabea de Marielle reforam a suspeita da participao de pessoas treinadas em perseguio, emboscada e disparo de arma de fogo. No eram criminosos comuns. Marielle vinha criticando as mortes em aes da PM, especialmente em Acari e no Jacarezinho, o que refora a linha de investigao.

Espingardas, pistolas, metralhadoras e fuzis

Jair Barbosa Tavares, o Zico Bacana, como conhecido, um ex cabo da Polcia Militar eleito em 2016. Ele foi apontado no relatrio da CPI das Milcias como um dos lderes de um grupo criminoso formado por policiais militares, bombeiros, ex-marginais, vigilantes e civis.

O grupo fazia dinheiro com cobrana por segurana dos moradores e do comrcio, gs, sinal de...

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Creepy John Podesta Complains Leaked DNC Emails Eclipsed the Hollywood Access Tape (VIDEO) The Gateway Pundit

Fake News media outlets found a new shiny buttonFacebook data mining during the 2016 presidential election.

On Wednesday, Hillary Clintons creepy campaign manager John Podesta whined like a baby to MSNBCs Andrea Mitchell over the fact that his leaked emails eclipsed the Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trumps locker room talk.

Maybe because no one cares what Trump said in private over 10 years ago?

Of course Andrea Mitchell teed up the question for Podesta by reminding viewers his emails were leaked minutes after the Access Hollywood tape hit the wire.

And just to set the context, both of those Wikileaks dumps were early in the morning to drive the news cycle in the U.S. So, unusual from the get go and you guys noticed it right away, Mitchell said to Podesta.

Absolutely, and I think it was done to try to divert attention to give the anchors on Fox News something to talk about other than the Access Hollywood tape and I think that the question is whether there was coordination between the campaign and Wikileaks, at least through intermediaries, about the timing of the release, Podesta said.

Were in 2018 and Hillary and her loser campaign aides are still whining like babies over their crushing election loss.

Andrea Mitchell then suggested this could be further proof the Russians were working with WikiLeaks to interfere in the U.S. election.

VIDEO:

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said many times on the record that Russia was not his source for the Podesta emails.

To this date, the FBI still hasnt inspected the DNC servers nor have they interviewed Julian Assange.

On Wednesday, Julian Assange hammered fake news Andrea Mitchell for suggesting the Russians gave Podestas hacked emails to WikiLeaks.

Assange tweeted to MSNBC: Error in your reportage: WikiLeaks has nothing to do with Russia and even the allegations against it are considerably less than Politico, the Intercept and other US press

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CORRECTION: Paul Ryans $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Will Only Offer $641 Million to Border Barriers and ZERO DOLLARS for Trump Wall The Gateway Pundit

Speaker Paul Ryan is set to pass the second largest spending bill in US history next to Barack Obamas trillion dollar failed stimulus.

The budget funds all of the Democrat priorities including sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood.

The bill will also funnel billions of dollars to Obamacare markets.

Now this
Its even worse than we thought.
Paul Ryan is pushing the second largest spending bill in US history but the Omnibus only allows $1.8 billion on the Trump Border Wall and border security.

In January President Trump asked for $25 billion for his border wall project.

Paul Ryan is blocking Trumps border project while funding EVERY Democrat priority in his RECORD Spending bill.

It is almost as if they dont want to win the majority again in 2018.

UPDATE: We were wrong.

Paul Ryans Omnibus will only provide $641 million for border security and ZERO dollars for the Wall!

According to far left PBS:
The wall and border security: The deal provides $1.57 billion for physical barriers and technology. But, according to a Democratic source, just $641 million of that could go to barriers, and that would be restricted to see-through fences and levees; the funding could not be used to build a concrete wall. The vast majority $1.3 billion of the border security money is for technology, according to the Democratic source.

The post...

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Flashback 2009: Mark Zuckerberg We Would Never Share Or Sell User Data Weasel Zippers

BBC asked Mark Zuckerberg in 2009 if Facebook would ever sell personal user data. His answer? "No! Of course not." pic.twitter.com/pdX036NiKj Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) March 21, 2018 And he had absolutely no problem sharing it with the Obama people in 2012. People are only upset now because Cambridge Analytica shared it with the Trump []

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Ex-Clinton Aide Reveals Moment Hillary Learned FBI Reopened Her Email Investigation One Week Before Election The Gateway Pundit

Former Director of Communications for Hillary Clintons 2016 presidential campaign, Jennifer Palmieri revealed the moment Hillary found out the FBI reopened her email investigation after finding classified information on Anthony Weiners laptop.

Former FBI Director James Comey announced he reopened Hillarys criminal email investigation on October 28th, 2016.

This was the same time Hillary Clinton was expecting the phony dossier to be published as an October surprise for Trump. Instead Hillary got the October surprise.

Jennifer Palmieri says in her new book titled, Dear Madam President  An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World she broke the news to Hillary Clinton about the FBI reopening her email investigation while they were on an airplane en route to Iowa a week before election day.

TIME reported:

I have something to tell you, I said to her.

Okay! she said cheerfully. What do you have to tell me?

Its bad, I reply. Really bad.

Okay, she said, turning serious and folding her hands to brace herself for what was coming. After I told her the news, she nodded and then got the slightest wry smile on her face. You knew we werent done, didnt you? I asked.

Yes, I knew we werent done, she responded. She knew we werent going to make it all the way to Election Day without a major new plot twist, and here it was. All right, she said matter-of-factly. Lets talk about what we are going to do about it.

Huma Abedin lost her mind and uncontrollably sobbed, wrote Palmieri:

It was wrenching to watch the pain this news caused Huma. She was distraught. Hillary and I sat with her in our cabin on the plane as Huma sobbed. He [Anthony Weiner] is going to kill me was all Huma could manage to say in between sobs.

Knowing Hillarys temperament, were sure F...

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Fired FBI Official McCabe Authorized Criminal Probe Of AG Sessions Weasel Zippers

And the FBI itself said in January Sessions wasnt required to inform anyone of the contacts he had since they didnt qualify as being worthy of mention. Via Daily Wire: On Wednesday, a new report claimed that recently-fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe authorized a criminal investigation into Attorney General Jeff Sessions more than a []

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MEDIA BLACKOUT: Obama Campaign Official Admitted Democrats Sucked the Entire Social Network in US, Kept the Data, Still Use It (VIDEO) The Gateway Pundit

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Cambridge Analyticas use of the personal data from 50 million Facebook users violated a consent decree the tech company signed with the company in 2011 before the 2016 election.

The Obama Campaign and Hillary Campaign also used Facebook and social media data to target voters in 2012 and 2016.

Carol Davidson, a former Barack Obama campaign official, admitted that the 2012 campaign led Facebook to suck out the whole social graph and target potential voters. They would then use that data to do things like append their email lists.

Now this
Carol Davidsen also admitted in a speech that Democrats sucked out the entire social network of the US, kept the data and still have it.

Via Wikileaks:

Wikileaks tweeted:

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Austin Police Discover Confession Tape From Bombing Suspect Weasel Zippers

Not terrorism and not targeting black people/minorities. Via Daily Caller: Austin Police discovered a confession tape from the bombing suspect where he detailed how he made the bombs, the police chief said Wednesday. The police came across a 25 minute recording on a phone where bombing suspect Mark Conditt explained in detail about the bombs []

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Who Will Bring Down Trump? Mueller? Stormy? Or Is It Us? DownWithTyranny!


Quinnipiac released a new poll today. It isn't especially good news for Trumpanzee. 57% of voters say he's damaged rather than improved (34%) the U.S. reputation around the world. But it gets worse. 55% of voters say he has no sense of decency and 67% say he isn't a good role model for children. (29% of voters say he is a good role model. Obviously they should be sterilized immediately and if they have minor children, the kids should be assigned social workers.)

I tend to think of Stormy Daniels as a distraction. I mean everyone already knows Trump is an amoral scumbag, right? Well... everyone you and I know do, but there are plenty of voters who don't believe any of it-- and more who could care less. They think of Stormy Daniels as a distraction too-- even the 2011 lie dictator test that showed a 99% probability that she told the truth when she said they had unprotected sex with Seor Trumpanzee in 2006. Which means Trump has been consistently lying about it. The examiner asked her a series of questions, three of which were relevant to the alleged affair: 'Around July 2006, did you have vaginal intercourse with Donald Trump? Around July 2006, did you have unprotected sex with Donald Trump? Did Trump say he would get you on The Apprentice?' Clifford answered 'yes' to all three, according to the report." Her attorney:
"Long before Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency, Ms. Clifford [Stormy] passed a lie detector test confirming her relationship with Mr. Trump," Avenatti said. "Where are his test results claiming otherwise? Where are Mr. Cohens test results claiming otherwise? When this is over, the American people will know the truth about the relationship and the cover-up....

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REPORT: Robert Muellers Shadowy Witness Flees The Country After Hes Exposed As Convicted Child Molester The Gateway Pundit

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is currently investigating whether George Nader, an advisor to the United Arab Emirates, is influencing U.S. policy, the New York Times reported on March 3rd. A new report by the AP shines light on the shadowy, past of Nader, who is known as a globe-trotting fixer, who once had an alleged appetite for minors. 

Daily Mail UK reports:

A key witness in the investigation into President Donald Trumps alleged collusion with Russia has fled the country, DailyMail.com can disclose. []

He met Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon in Trump Tower just before the inauguration at a meeting they held with the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates. []

Now DailyMail.com can reveal he has flown back to the UAE, according to two sources close to the countrys de-facto ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, who is known by his initials MBZ. []

A Czech Republic court sentenced him to a year in prison in 2003 for ten cases of sexually abusing minors between 1999 and 2002.

In one case, Nader asked for oral sex from a 14-year-old boy in a hotel room at the Hilton in Prague.

When the boy refused, Nader masturbated in front of him and paid him 2,000 koruna, equivalent to around $100 today, a court official told the Associated Press.

Politico then revealed he was convicted in 1986 in  a federal court in Northern Virginia in 1991 on a felony charge of transporting sexually explicit materials in foreign commerce &...

10:46

Police Question Austin Bombers Two Roommates Weasel Zippers

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) Investigators questioned two people Wednesday who were close to serial bomber Mark Anthony Conditt, his roommates. A parent of one of the roommates said she did not suspect Conditt was linked to several bombings that killed two people and injured four others. Jennifer Withers says her 26-year-old son had recently moved []

10:44

Peter Schweizer Explains How China Purchased U.S. Congress as a Trade Strategy The Last Refuge

A timely book by Peter Schweizer, Secret Empires, explains how Chinese companies purchased U.S. politicians to gain trade advantages.   When you understand this process, you better understand why those same politicians today are against the Trump trade policy that is Continue reading

10:23

While HBO Host Attacked Pence Over Daughters Childrens Book For Charity, VP Was Welcoming Home American Heroes Weasel Zippers

Via Daily Caller: Mike Pences daughter Charlotte Pence recently published childrens book about the life of the vice president through the eyes of their pet bunny, Marlon Bundo. The book, titled Marlon Bundos Day in the Life of a Vice President, is a lighthearted, illustrated, educational book, the proceeds of which will go to charity. []

10:11

Imperial Chinese Robe, 1796-1820 bensozia



Made for the Longpao Emperor, up for auction at Christie's.

10:01

High School Walkout Being Organized That Exposes Liberal Bias In Schools Weasel Zippers

Rocklin High School students are using social media to organize a pro-life walkout using the hashtag #life to honor the tens of millions of babies that have been killed in abortions. Student organizer Brandon Gillespie says he needs help spreading the message. pic.twitter.com/GMjzhPbDVT Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 21, 2018 HT: Twitchy

09:56

Judge Napolitano: Zuckerberg Statement Essentially An Admission Of Guilt That Facebook Mishandled User Data (VIDEO) The Gateway Pundit

Mark Zuckerberg finally broke his silence Wednesday amid a firestorm of criticism surrounding Facebooks handling of private user data. 

Zerohedge reported on key aspects of Zuckerbergs statement:

While we repost the full statement below, the following excerpts are key:

We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we cant then we dont deserve to serve you. Ive been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesnt happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, theres more to do, and we need to step up and do it.

Translation: Facebook never did audits of what apps have access to user data to determine if they complied with the TOS. Which is perfectly understandable: after all Facebook is in the selling user data business not protecting user data business.

And then there was this:

I started Facebook, and at the end of the day Im responsible for what happens on our platform. Im serious about doing what it takes to protect our community. While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesnt change what happened in the past. We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward.

Click here to read the full statement.

Judge Napolitano told the Fox Business Network that Mark Zuckerbergs statement.. is essentially an admission, that Facebook allowed parties to improperly gain access to private user data.

09:41

DNC Takes Out $1.7 Million Loan, Bringing Total Debt Above $6 Million Weasel Zippers

Democrats are horrible with money, thats why all they do is take your money when theyre in office. Via Free Beacon: Records show the Democratic National Committee had to take out another loan in February, as the 2018 midterm elections loom. The national arm of the Democratic Party took out a $1.7 million loan in []

09:41

President Obama Congratulates Putin in 2012, Media: Statesman President Trump Congratulates Putin in 2018, Media: Treason The Last Refuge

I doubt there is a more current exhibit for Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) than a comparison of identical action by President Obama and President Trump and the media narrative therein. President Trump calls Russian President Vladimir Putin, the media go Continue reading

09:41

Rep Gohmert Accuses Mueller of Using Russia Witch Hunt to Cover Up Uranium One Scandal Calls For Mueller to be Fired The Gateway Pundit

Rep Louie Gohmert (R-TX) echoed President Trump Wednesday by saying Mueller should never have been appointed in the first place then called for his firing.

Gohmert also accused Mueller of using the office of special counsel to cover his rear for the problems he created in allowing U.S. Uranium to be sold to Russia.

The calls for Muellers firing are growing and President Trump is ratcheting up his attacks on the Special Counsel. Something is shifting and Trumps base is galvanized.

Its time for this unconstitutional witch hunt to be shut down.


Rep Louie Gohhmert Twitter avatar

The Hill reported:

I think Mueller should be fired, Gohmert said during the monthly Conversation with Conservatives meeting on Wednesday. He should never have been appointed and he should never have accepted. He should be fired.

Gohmert clarified that he thinks the president should not actually fire Mueller, because Republicans in Congress might impeach him if he did so.

The only reason that he is not going and the president is not going to fire him and that I am not calling for him to be fired now is because of all the establishment Republicans that think they would have to come after Trump if he were fired.

Gohmert accused Mueller of being more interested in pursuing crimes that are in the parameters of what he is supposed to pursue.

Anything beyond Russian collusion are things that could be investigated, should be investigated, by the current DOJ, the current FBI, and not a special counsel that is covering his own rear and his own problems that he created in allowing U.S. uranium to be sold, Gohmert said about Mueller.

Muellers mandate from the Justice Department allows him to bring charges for any crimes he discovers during his investigation.

I knew the day that Robert Mueller was appointed that he was a problem, Gohmert said.

As reported ...

09:39

Facebook and Twitter did not Make Trump President bensozia

No doubt all the activity on Facebook and the apparent use of Facebooks data had some impact, somewhere, on Trumps surprise victory. But the media format that really made him president, the one whose weaknesses and perversities and polarizing tendencies he brilliantly exploited, wasnt Zuckerbergs unreal kingdom; it wasnt even the Twitter platform where Trump struts and frets and rages daily. It was that old pre-internet standby, broadcast and cable television, and especially TV news. . . .

Nothing that Cambridge Analytica did to help the Trump campaign target swing voters (and theres reason to think it didnt do as much as it claimed) had anything remotely like the impact of this #alwaysTrump tsunami, which probably added up to more than $2 billion in effective advertising for his campaign during the primary season, a flood that drowned all of his rivals pathetic tens of millions. . . .

Its also clear as the economists Levi Boxell, Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro wrote in these pages late last year that among older white Americans, the core demographic where first the primaries and then the general election were decided, television still far outstrips the internet as the most important source of news. And indeed, the three economists noted, for all the talk about Breitbarts influence and Russian meddling and dark web advertising, Trump only improved on Mitt Romneys showing among Americans who dont use the internet, and he actually lost support among internet-using voters. In a sense, you could argue, all those tweets mattered mainly because they kept being quoted on TV.
Trump's real medium is television. His first core supporters were not white nationalists, but fans of the Apprentice. His showmanship gave him a gigantic share of total tv news coverage throughout election season, and still does. And once he clinched the nomination the whole right-leaning media world cast aside conservative intellectuals' uneasiness with Trump and went all in for him, because, well, that's what they do. Plus the would-be non-partisan media, especially CNN, responded to Trump's nomination by running hundreds of hours of shoutfests between Trump and Hillary supporters, which probably did as much as anything to get most Republicans to vote for him.

Trump is a creature of television, and his presidency is its creation.

Update: here's more, from Jim Geraghty at the Corner:
Beyond The Apprentice, its worth remembering tha...

09:20

March For Our Lives Now Operating Under Dark Money Nonprofit Advocacy Group Weasel Zippers

But yeah, just grassroots student movement. Just dont ask whos supporting it. Via Free Beacon: March For Our Lives, a demonstration involving survivors of the Parkland school shooting that will take place Saturday in Washington, D.C., and across the country, registered a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization that is not required to disclose its donors. The []

09:15

TRUMP Rips Into Crazed Media, Says Getting Along With Russia Is A Good Thing The Gateway Pundit

Wednesday afternoon, President Trump attacked the crazed media for their continued attacks over his phone call with Putin. Trump called attention to the fact that Obama, too, congratulated Putin back in 2012. The Gateway Pundit reported on the media ignoring not only the fact that Obama congratulated Putin in 2012, but went above and beyond that, promising the the Russian president he would show him flexibility after he won his own election.

President Trump stood confident in his diplomatic call, taking to twitter he declared, The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing.

In a follow-up Tweet, the President compared the his administrations currently successful outreach ability to that of his predecessors, in a way that only President Trump could: Bush tried to get along, but didnt have the smarts. Obama and Clinton tried, but didnt have the energy or chemistry (remember RESET). PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH!

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09:00

Anti-Sanctuary Push Spreads to Other California Cities Weasel Zippers

Warren Kusumoto is a hero. Hes kicked off the common sense movement. Via Free Beacon: Orange County and several other cities in California could follow the lead of Los Alamitos and opt out of the states controversial law that restricts local cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Los Alamitos, the second smallest city in Orange County []

08:40

Germany Selling Iran Chemical Weapons Tech, Boosting Anti-Israel Efforts as U.S. Dems Block Trump Ambassador Weasel Zippers

Trumps agenda is still being held up in various areas like this that still are being operated by Obama holdovers, after over a year. Via Free Beacon: U.S. officials are increasingly alarmed by a congressional block on President Donald Trumps pick to be the next ambassador to Germany, a holdup that comes as Berlin pursues []

08:27

Small Group Leadership Andrew McCabe Coordinated Investigations of Incoming Trump Administration Officials The Last Refuge

Republican congressman from Arizona Andy Biggs. interviewed on Fox News today, begins to question the ongoing relevance and purpose of the Mueller investigation. This interview happens at the same time ABC is reporting that fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Continue reading

08:20

Liberal Ire at Trump and Cambridge Analytica is Misdirected From Billionaires Who Own Your Data Black Agenda Report

Liberal Ire at Trump and Cambridge Analytica is Misdirected From Billionaires Who Own Your Data

Authors
bruce Thu, 03/22/2018 - 02:50

Liberals this week want to drum us into outrageous fury over the fact that Facebook, with almost 2 billion accounts worldwide, handed over user data of millions of people to Cambridge Analytica, a firm retained by the Trump campaign.

Cambridge Analytica, or CA for short is part of the Robert Mercer empire, which funds an entire zoo of nonprofits from Citizens United to the Cato and Heritage Foundations, and which sponsored Steve Bannons career and Breitbart News after the death of its founder Andrew Breitbart. CAs claim to fame was the supposed identification of 5,000 data points on millions of people by which they could supposedly distinguish firm supporters from wavering ones, identify potential contributors and much more. Of course the millions whose data is being sold to marketers have nothing to say in the matter. This should be no surprise to anybody. Aggregating and selling user data to marketers of all kinds has always been at the core of Facebooks business model, and US political campaigns were widely recognized and conducted as marketing operations for a generation or two before Facebook or even the internet came along.

The angry liberals have forgotten that eight years earlier the Obama campaign hired Mark Zuckerbergs college room mate and former Facebook architect Chris Hughes to run their web operation, and to deploy and us...

British Police Tout Rule Against Illegal Thinking Weasel Zippers

Just a tad orwellian. People can be charged with an offence if their actions are within the law but their reasons for doing it are perceived as illegal hate by others, London police have said, before withdrawing the claim. Social media users began drawing attention to the Metropolitan forces new, and highly unusual, definition of []

08:09

Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was In His Pocket The Intercept

A Kushner Companies logo is visible near an entrance to the Kushner Companies' flagship property 666 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, March 6, 2018 in New York City.

08:02

WATCH: McCabe Claimed FBI Fails To Catch Americans Joining Terrorist Groups In Syria Because They Are A Very Diverse Group, Contradicted Himself A Few Minutes Later GotNews

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe made a series of odd, seemingly contradictory statements about why the FBI is having trouble catching Americans who travel to Syria and join terrorist groups when he spoke on a panel at the Center For Strategic & International Studies in 2014, according to a review of his comments. McCabe, who []

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07:50

REPORT: McCabe Authorized Criminal Probe of AG Sessions After Top Dem Senators Urged FBI to Investigate All Contacts Sessions May Have Had With Russians The Gateway Pundit

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired dirty cop Andrew McCabe late Friday evening just days before his scheduled retirement and the fake news media lost their minds.

The investigation into McCabes corruption started BEFORE Trump became president but the fake news media is making it sound like the firing of the Deputy Director of the FBI was politically motivated.

It is now being reported Andrew McCabe authorized the criminal probe into Attorney General Sessions after top Democrat Senators urged the FBI to investigate all his contacts with Russians.

ABC News reported:

Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a lack of candor, McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly accused Sessions of misleading them in congressional testimony and called on federal authorities to investigate, but McCabes previously-unreported decision to actually put the attorney general in the crosshairs of an FBI probe was an exceptional move.

One source told ABC News that Sessions was not aware of the investigation when he decided to fire McCabe last Friday less than 48 hours before McCabe, a former FBI deputy director, was due to retire from government and obtain a full pension, but an attorney representing Sessions declined to confirm that.

[]

According to the sources, McCabe authorized the criminal inquiry after a top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and then-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., wrote a letter in March 2017 to the FBI urging agents to investigate all contacts Sessions may have had with Russians, and whether any laws were broken in the course of those contacts or in any subsequent discussion of whether they occurred.

Its unclear how actively federal autho...

07:48

llegal Aliens Who Dodged ICE Sweep After Oakland Mayors Warning Have Been Arrested For New Crimes Weasel Zippers

Shocker. Via Fox News: Three illegal immigrants, who avoided capture after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf blew the whistle on a raid by federal immigration authorities last month, have since been re-arrested for new crimes including robbery and spousal abuse, ICE officials said. Schaaf tweeted out a warning ahead of the raid in northern California last []

07:40

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Breaks Silence, Set For Prime Time Interview Amid User Data Scandal The Gateway Pundit

Mark Zuckerberg finally broke his silence Wednesday amid a firestorm of criticism surrounding Facebooks handling of private user data. 

Zerohedge reported on key aspects of Zuckerbergs statement:

While we repost the full statement below, the following excerpts are key:

We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we cant then we dont deserve to serve you. Ive been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesnt happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, theres more to do, and we need to step up and do it.

Translation: Facebook never did audits of what apps have access to user data to determine if they complied with the TOS. Which is perfectly understandable: after all Facebook is in the selling user data business not protecting user data business.

And then there was this:

I started Facebook, and at the end of the day Im responsible for what happens on our platform. Im serious about doing what it takes to protect our community. While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesnt change what happened in the past. We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward.

Click here to read the full statement.

Zuckerberg is set to appear on CNN for an interview with Laurie Segall at 9:00 PM EST tonight.

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07:30

Dan Lipinski-- A Marked Man DownWithTyranny!


Tuesday night, with 483 of 500 precincts counted (97%) Marie Newman refused to concede to reactionary Blue Dog Dan Lipinski (who also refrained from declaring victory). By bedtime, the score was 45,615 (50.9%) to 44,016 (49.1%). Newman said she "would like Mr. Lipinski to have a very painful evening" and that the contest was too close to call. The weight of the Chicago Machine plus the DC Democrats led by Pelosi, Hoyer and the DCCC were all behind Lipinski, although he has rarely voted for the agenda items they claim motive them. He is virulently anti-Choice, anti-LGBTQ, anti-healthcare, anti-immigrant. In fact, he has tended to vote with the GOP on most crucial matters that have come before Congress. The DCCC always favors conservatives over progressives. It's in their DNA. Lipinski led in the Chicago ("Bungalow Belt") parts of the district and Newman led in the suburbs.

As of the February 28 reporting deadline, Lipinski has spent $815,764 to Newman's $694,014, but he was sitting on a massive $1,364,307 alt the time, which looks like it was deployed over the last three weeks in a barrage of deceptive and viciously negative ads. The dark money Republican anti-choice operation, Susan B. Anthony List, spent $117,360 on Lipinsky's behalf. And the so-called United for Progress SuperPAC spent $875,654 smearing Newman and $101,072 trying to bolster Lipinski's decidedly anti-progressive image. United for Progress was financed by a 10 right wing multimillionaires:
Chris Stadler (NJ)-$250,000
Jerry Reinsdorf (IL)- $200,000
Howard Marks (NY)- $125,000
...

07:19

SARA CARTER: Mystery Leaker Of Trump-Putin Phone Call Could Be In World Of Trouble The Gateway Pundit

The White House official behind the leak detailing a memo written for President Trump urging him not to congratulate Russias President Vladimir Putin on winning re-election could face criminal charges, Sara Carter reports. 

Sara Carter reports:

This was the specific warning President Trumps national security advisors allegedly put in his notecards Tuesday before he called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on a reelection that has been scrutinized throughout the world, according to sources who spoke to The Washington Post. []

Trump, along with other senior White House staff, believe it was an inside leak and suspect it was coming from National Security Council staff, sources with knowledge stated. []

White House officials will investigate the leaks and a senior White House Official told this reporter in a statement, If this story is accurate, that means someone leaked the Presidents briefing papers. Leaking such information is a fireable offense and likely illegal.

GOP insider Arthur Schwartz fingered National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and aides Ylli and Ylber Bajraktari as the potential leakers.

07:15

Republican Rep Steve Scalise Honors The Police Officers Who Saved His Life Weasel Zippers

The good guys with guns. Via Townhall: Republican Whip Steve Scalise credits surviving being shot to God, his doctors and to brave Capitol Hill police officers who engaged his assailant during congressional baseball practice last summer. The first place I want to go to thank true angels along the way starts with the United States []

07:13

Snowy Afternoon bensozia

Continuing with our amazing Equinox celebration.



07:12

The FTC Is Powerless to Regulate Facebook Right Now. Ask Chuck Schumer Why. The Intercept

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is holding up what would be an easy confirmation for nominees to run the Federal Trade Commission, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The agency has been operating with only two commissioners on its five-member panel since last February, amid constant delays to get a new team in place.

The situation took on new resonance this week, after revelations of Cambridge Analytica harvesting data on 50 million Facebook users, and questions about whether Facebook violated privacy rules in the process. The FTC is reportedly investigating the data release. But theres essentially nobody running the agency at the moment, as the commissioners are lame ducks without the power to dictate policy to career staff.

We need actual leadership, stability, and executive management at the FTC, said a Senate source familiar with the proceedings. It could be done tomorrow.

Schumer is blocking the confirmation of four commissioners Republican chair Joseph Simons, Republicans Noah Phillips and Christine Wilson, and Democrat Rohit Chopra all of whom won unanimous support in the Senate Commerce Committee in February. The reason is mostly parochial: The fifth nominee is Schumers chief counsel, Becca Kelly Slaughter. Schumer didnt recommend Slaughter for the second Democratic slot on the panel until late January, and shes still going through a federal background check and has yet to be formally nominated by the White House.

Traditionally nominees for independent agencies get confirmed in pairs, so members of both parties have an interest in voting yes. Schumer wants to wait until all five can be voted on, so S...

06:51

Man investigating Seth Rich murder is shot Fellowship of the Minds

Did Clinton Crime Family call a hit on Jack Burkman? Washington Post: Lobbyist says he was nearly killed by man he hired to investigate Seth Richs death Its a horror story, Burkman, of Arlington, said in an interview Monday afternoon. Continue reading

06:35

Cambridge Analytica Aint Nuthin: Look Out For i360 and DataTrust by Greg Palast + Cambridge Analytica Uncovered Dandelion Salad

by Greg Palast Writer, Dandelion Salad Greg Palasts website, Mar. 19, 2018 March 21, 2018 These companies have thousands of data points on YOU!!! Greg Palast on Mar 18, 2018 The dark art of dynamic psychometric manipulation in politics was not pioneered by Cambridge Analytica for Donald Trump, but by organizations such as i360 Themis, founded []

06:31

New Judicial Watch Lawsuit Investigates Hillary Clinton State Department Pay-to-Play The Gateway Pundit

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Wednesday it filed a lawsuit against the State Department for records on Hillary Clintons former Deputy Chief of Protocol, Dennis Cheng, for the two years he worked under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

After Chengs work at the State Department, he went to work for the Clinton Foundation. FIGURES.

Judicial Watch reported:

Judicial Watch announced today that it sued the U.S. Department of State for emails, calendar entries and other information in the electronic file of Dennis Cheng, who was Deputy Chief of Protocol for two years under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Judicial Watch v U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-00221)).

Cheng was deputy chief of protocol of the United States from July 2009-July 2011. Following his tenure at the State Department, Cheng joined the Clinton Family Foundation as director of development, and then in April 2015 became finance director of the Hillary for America presidential campaign.

Prior to joining the Clinton State Department, Cheng was finance director in New York for Mrs. Clintons successful campaign for Senate.

Judicial Watch filed the complaint after the State Department failed to respond to a December 21, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for:

[T]he PST file of Dennis Cheng. Mr. Cheng served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States from July 20, 2009 to July 2011. A PST file is a Personal Storage Table, an open proprietary file format used to store copies of messages, calendar events, and other items within Microsoft software such as Microsoft Exchange Client, Windows Messaging, and Microsoft Outlook.

While at the Clinton Foundation, Cheng raised $246 million in just over three-and-a-half years, July 2011-February 2015. A separate FOIA lawsuit by Citizens United f...

06:29

Brazils Marielle Franco Denounced Three Murders in the Days Before Her Assassination. These Are the Stories. The Intercept

Marielle Francos killers were not out to rid themselves of a 38-year-old member of Rio City Council who dedicated her days to pressing political causes. They wanted to silence an idea.

Franco was killed in a nighttime ambush with no chance to react. Its the same cowardly way that people are killed in impoverished favelas across Rio de Janeiro and the rest of Brazil  places where the mail isnt delivered, the electricity is spotty, the water is polluted, and schools close when gunfire begins. In these parts of town, residents main point of contact with the government are armored personnel carriers known as a Big Skull  who enter their neighborhood with a license to kill.

In her first campaign for public office in 2016, Franco ran from a scrappy, progressive political party, and still won the fifth-highest vote total out of her colleagues on Rio de Janeiros City Council. A black, lesbian single mother, born and raised in a favela, Franco was a rare face of representation in an overwhelming white and male political landscape. And with two degrees from one of Brazils most elite universities and over a decade of experience in politics, she was an undeniably powerful charismatic force in the growing movement to confront the epidemic of violence perpetrated or perpetuated by the state. Last year, Rio saw only slightly fewer killings by police than in the entire United States, which is itself a dramatic outlier.

It was a message, came the refrain from mourners. But what were Francos killers trying to say? And to whom?

Stunned mourners filled the streets of downtown Rio de Janeiro last Thursday to grieve and protest Francos death. It was a message, the oft-heard refrain came from the crowd. But what were Francos killers trying to say? And to whom? The killers seemed to shout in a whisper: Dont you dare mess with the systems around you.

It is too early to know whether Francos murderers took her life in retaliation for her activism against police violence. A few scant facts have emerged in the days since her assassination suggesting that perhaps Francos murder shares similarities with the killings she regularly denounced. Police investigators traced bullet casings found at the crime scene to a purchase made by the Federal Police. Bullets from the...

06:25

Beyond PrisonsEpisode 22: Pen Pals Shadowproof

In a special two-part episode of Beyond Prisons, we discuss communicating with incarcerated people and interview pen pal and activist Ciara Kay.

In Part 1, we talk about forming relationships with people on the inside through email, phone, or snail mail and the obstacles you face attempting each. We also discuss how pen palling, building relationships, and maintaining communication with people on the inside is an abolitionist practice. Finally, we cover the importance of earning each others trust and how to approach (and how not to approach) becoming someones pen pal.

Ciara Kay joins us in Part 2 to tell us about how she got involved with pen palling and her experience corresponding and organizing with Michael Young, who is incarcerated in Louisiana. She talks about their friendship over the past few years, as well as their work and the challenges theyve faced countering retaliation Michael has experienced for demanding mental health care.

We also discuss the work that goes into organizing prison solidarity campaigns and what its like to organize when theres little-to-no existing public attention on your cause. Ciara explains how she and other members of her community organize regular letter writing meet-ups, and how different pen pal friendships can be from person to personfrom those who want to talk about what theyre dealing with every day to those who see it as an escape and a place to talk about anything but prison.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Ciara Kay is an aspiring scholar of the amerikan carceral regime, with a particular interest in sexuality and gender as intrinsic to racial formation within the context of amerikan capitalism. She is a full-time retail worker and candidate member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Ciara organizes a letter-writing group, Northampton Black & Pink Pen Pals, a space for folks to build relationships with incarcerated LGBTQ+ individuals who are seeking pen pals on the outside. Recently, this groups work has developed to include a letter-writing campaign on behalf of Michael Young, Ciaras pen pal of two years. Ciara and Mike have collaboratively written pamphlets detailing Mikes abuse and his struggle for justice at Rayburn Correctional Center in Angie, Louisiana. In February of 2018 they l...

06:23

Hillary Clinton Tells Gun Control Groups Followers To Attend March Weasel Zippers

Your Fhrer has spoken. Via WFB: Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton encouraged members of one of the nations largest gun control groups to attend the upcoming March For Our Lives rally in a fundraising email on Tuesday. Like many Americans, I felt immeasurable grief after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last month. Gun []

06:19

FRAUD: SPLC Includes Bernie Sanders and Young Turks Fans In A List of Alt-Right Killers The Gateway Pundit

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was once an institution known for important civil rights advocacy. In the 1970s, the SPLC was opposed by terrorists that used violence to suppress their opposition.

Today, the SPLC is fomenting the type of terrorism and hatred it once fought against. Domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins attempted a mass shooting at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., after reading the SPLCs website. The SPLC website lists the Family Research Council as an extremist group and frequently labels law-abiding and peaceful independent and conservative figures as hate and alt-right.

On March 9, 2018, an article on the SPLC website falsely asserted several reporters were enabling white supremacists and Russia. The SPLC was forced to issue a retraction. It should issue several more.

In an article dated February 2, 2018, the SPLC accused the alt-right of killing people. The SPLC argued that Gamergate was responsible for launching the alt-right, and then listed several supposed alt-right murderers.

The SPLCs list of 13 alt-right murderers is a toxic mix of fact and fiction.
A look into the killers listed by the SPLC reveals many had no association with either Gamergate or the alt-right. In fact, some were strongly associated with far-left politics. By falsely listing murderers that were supposedly inspired by the alt-right, the SPLC is inciting hate and violence against activists that the SPLC has accused of being alt-right.

Here are the stori...

06:17

Christopher Steele, Author Of Infamous Anti-Trump Dossier, Deposed In UK Libel Suit The Gateway Pundit

As previously reported by The Gateway Pundit:

Steele, who was tasked with compiling the Trump dossier for opposition research firm Fusion GPS, has admitted in court that the discredited document contains limited intelligence.

Steele also admitted part of his final December memo, was unvetted.

Such intelligence was not actively sought; it was merely received, Steele added.

According to a recent WSJ report, the Obama Justice Department relied on information obtained by Steele, to spy on Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, during the final days of the 2016 presidential election.

This has not been the only trouble faced by Steele for producing the admittedly incorrect dossier, both US House Intel Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee are investigating how the Hillary-funded document was used by Obama officials to illegally spy on Trump campaign officials. It seems that problems for Steele are only going to get worse before they get better, as the author has now been deposed in a London, England court.

While Steele attempted to circumvent the suit on grounds that British law prohibits ex-spies from testifying, the judge wasnt buying it and this morning he was ordered to answer questions by American attornies suing for liable.

More via Washington Times:

Mr. Gubarev has sued Mr. Steele and his Orbis Business Intelligence, in the London court, but the rules are different.

In the U.S., he is trying to prove that what BuzzFeed published is false.

In the London case, Mr. Steele&rsqu...

06:02

A igreja dos 565 irmos: investigado pela 3 vez, pastor espcie de senhor de escravos em srie The Intercept

Joo Maria trabalhou dezesseis anos plantando maracujs, dirigindo carros e vendendo ovos sem nunca receber um centavo. Em quatro cidades de trs estados diferentes, Joo (cujo nome verdadeiro foi ocultado por razes de segurana) serviu a lojas e fazendas controladas pela cpula da igreja evanglica Comunidade Crist Traduzindo o Verbo. Joo Maria chama a si mesmo e aos outros centenas de fiis da congregao de irmos. Para o Ministrio do Trabalho e para a Polcia Federal, eles so escravos.

O primeiro contato de Joo Maria com o grupo religioso aconteceu em 2000, quando ele se recuperava de um vcio e estava internado em uma clnica de reabilitao em Maripor, interior de So Paulo. Convidado a conhecer a igreja na capital paulista, acabou morando em uma casa da congregao na zona norte da cidade. Desde 2002, comeou a trabalhar para a igreja e nunca mais parou. Ganhava apenas casa, comida e nenhum centavo.

Assim como ele, ao menos outros 564 trabalhadores foram escravizados em situaes parecidas.

Assim como ele, ao menos outros 564 trabalhadores foram escravizados em situaes parecidas, segundo auditores fiscais do Ministrio do Trabalho. Eles estariam submetidos a condies degradantes, elemento suficiente para caracterizar o crime, j que todos os seus direitos trabalhistas haviam sido suprimidos.

As concluses so resultado de uma investigao apresentada na ltima quinta-feira pelo Ministrio do Trabalho em conjunto com a Polcia Federal, que j havia prendido 13 suspeitos em fevereiro. Este o maior caso de trabalho escravo flagrado no Brasil nos ltimos dez anos, desde que 1.064 trabalhadores foram resgatados de uma fazenda de cana no interior do Par, em 2007. Ao contrrio daquele caso, as pessoas cooptadas pela igreja no estavam em um nico local, mas espalhadas em pelos menos 17 cidades de trs estados diferentes: Bahia, Minas Gerais e So Paulo.

Eles trabalhavam em postos de gasolina, fbricas de salgados e doces, restaurantes, cafs, lojas, fazendas

Eles trabalhavam em postos de gasolina, fbricas de salgados e doces, restaurantes, cafs, lojas, fazendas e outros estabelecimentos que eram registrados em nome de laranjas da congregao e ligados empresa Nova Viso. A empresa est registrada no nome dos pastores Ccero Vicente de Arajo e Miguel Donizete Goncalves, lderes da igreja.

Em 2006 ele j havia sido acusado de manter 800 pessoas em regime de escravido sob outra congregao, a Jesus, a Verdade Que Marca. Em 2015,...

05:55

Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service: Who Is Brandon Lipps? [News - AllGov]

Brandon Ray Lipps, a former staff member on the House Agriculture Committee, was named July 19, 2017, to head the Food and Nutrition Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Food and Nutrition Service administers the food stamp program, the commodity distribution program, and child nutrition programs such as the school lunch, breakfast, school milk, and the school food service equipment programs. Lipps is also acting deputy under secretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.

 

Lipps is from Woodson, Texas, a small town west of Fort Worth. He went to Texas Tech University, earning a B.S. in agriculture and applied economics in 2002 and got a taste for government as a Congressional intern. Lipps in 2009 earned a law degree from Texas Tech as well.

 

After earning his bachelors degree, Lipps worked as a legislative aide and rural district director for Texas State Senator Robert Duncan. After earning his law degree, Lipps worked for a couple years as an associate at the Crenshaw, Dupree and Milam law firm in Lubbock, Texas, where Duncan was a partner.

 

In 2011, Lipps went to Washington as a staffer and counsel on the House Agriculture Committee. He helped write the law that cut $8.6 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the 2014 farm bill. SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program, keeps millions of food-insecure people from starvation.

 

Lipps returned to Texas in 2014 to work again for Duncan, by this time chancellor of the Texas Tech University system, as his chief of staff. He was in that job when he was appointed to lead Food and Nutrition.

 

Lipps has pushed for adding work requirements to receive SNAP benefits. He was also the focus of controversy in February 2018 when he rolled out the Donald Trump administration plan to provide harvest boxes of pre-selected food in lieu of half of SNAP benefits to more than 16 million poor households.

 

Lipps was booed when he proposed the boxes at the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference. Were going to fight on this. To eat is to live, Seft Hunter, executive director of the nonprofit Communities Creating Opportunity, told Politico after Lipps proposal. This is the very basis of human dignity, and its not something thats negotiable for us. Lipps also wrote an op-ed in USA Today defending the harvest...

05:46

Are Sanctuary Cities Doing Enough? A New Report Shows How to Really Fight Trumps Deportation Machine. The Intercept

When Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned activists about an impending immigration enforcement operation in her city, she was praised for her defiance of the Trump administrations deportation agenda, and proudly claimed as a hero in the so-called resistance.

Schaaf is not the only local elected official that has stood up in opposition to President Donald Trump. Since the 2016 election, many mayors and state governors have begun implementing efforts to slow down the federal governments attacks on immigrants and other vulnerable communities. In particular, sanctuary cities have committed to limiting their cooperation with federal immigration officials.

But do these gestures of resistance go far enough? Maybe not, according to a report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and the Century Foundation. Although words from anti-Trump politicians may have a pleasant ring, the report says, robust communication channels still exist between local authorities and federal agencies, which frequently lead to deportations, intrusive surveillance, civil liberties violations, and over-criminalization. States and cities could be doing more to roll back longstanding invasive policies as concerns arise about how the Trump administration might use them what the report calls an enhanced sanctuary city approach.

We need to hold agencies like the FBI or ICE with a fair amount of skepticism, and distance our state and local law enforcement from their operations.

I think that the moment were in right now is actually a fertile one, in the sense that state and local policymakers are much more likely to understand why these policies are so important now, said Kade Crockford of the ACLU of Massachusetts, who authored the report. In times like during the Obama era, it is less clear to, I think, progressives at the state and local level, that we need to hold agencies like the FBI or ICE with a fair amount of skepticism, and distance our state and local law enforcement from their operations.

The report highlights the history of domestic surveillance in the United States and the extent to which the attacks of September 11, 2001, radically expanded federal surveillance powers. It also explains how local law enforcement became a critical part of the system.

Founded in 2002, the Department of Homeland Security created a surveillance infrastructure that connected local law enforcement and top-level intelligence agencies. Immigration and Customs Enforcement came into existence, overseeing an increase in deportations of undocumented immigrants. Attorney general guidelines preventing the FBI from spying on those not suspected of crimes were...

05:44

Tough Guy: Joe Biden Says He Would Beat The Hell Out Of Trump Weasel Zippers

Joe Biden couldnt beat his way out of a wet paper bag. Via ABC: Former Vice President Joe Biden took fresh jabs at President Donald Trump on Tuesday while speaking at an anti-sexual assault rally, telling students at the University of Miami that he probably would have beat the hell out of Trump if theyd []

05:25

NEW AND OLD MEDIA WERE BAD IN 2016, JUST THE WAY MUCH OF THE PUBLIC WANTED THEM TO BE No More Mister Nice Blog

I question whether this really is an unpopular opinion.



Nate Silver agrees:



Ross Douthat argues that Cambridge Analytica had less effect on the outcome than TV -- not because TV news obsessed over Clinton emails, but because television made Donald Trump seem larger than life:
... the media format that really made [Trump] president ... wasnt Zuckerbergs unreal kingdom; it wasnt even the Twitter platform where Trump struts and frets and rages daily. It was that old pre-internet standby, broadcast and cable television, and especially TV news.

... Where did so many people originally get the idea that Trump was the right guy to fix our manifestly broken government? Not from Russian bots or targeted social media ad buys, but from a prime-time show that sold itself as real, and sold him as a business genius.... The core Trump demographic might just have been Republicans who watched The Apprentice ...

That was step one in the Trump hack of television media. Step two was the use of his celebrity to turn news channels into infomercials for his campaign....

Nothing that Cambridge Analytica did to help the Trump campaign target swing voters ... had anything remotely like the impact of this #alwaysTrump tsunami, which probably added up to more than $2 billion in effective advertising for his campaign during the primary season....

In 2016 [cable news] polarization didnt j...

05:10

NY Times Hawks Tickets For Evening With Resistance Leader Sally Yates Weasel Zippers

Via Free Beacon: The New York Times is selling tickets for a night with resistance leader Sally Yates. The Times is charging $30and half-price tickets for subscribersfor a rare conversation with the former Obama Justice Department holdover who refused to enforce President Trumps executive order restricting travel from terrorist hot bed countries. Join us for []

05:09

Crackpot #NeverTrumper Ralph Peters Leaves FOX News Then Signs Off in Russian The Gateway Pundit

Retired US Army Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters went on Tucker Carlson Tonight last year in July to discuss the reports that ISIS leader Abu Baghdadi was killed in Syria-Iraq.

The discussion quickly turned to Putin and Russia and that is when Peters compared Tucker Carlson to a Nazi apologist.

Of course, Tucker did not appreciate the smear and let Colonel Peters know it.

Tucker unloaded on Peters!

Ralph Peters was once a favorite of conservatives but he lost his luster a while back with his constant attacks on President Donald Trump.

This week Ralph Peters left FOX News as a contributor. Then sent out an unhinged good-bye letter to colleagues and a Russian quote for President Trump.

Buzzfeed reported:

A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday and denounced the network and President Donald Trump in an email to colleagues.

Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration, wrote Ralph Peters, a Fox News strategic analyst.

On March 1st, I informed Fox that I would not renew my contract. The purpose of this message to all of you is twofold:

First, I must thank each of you for the cooperation and support youve shown me over the years. Those working off-camera, the bookers and producers, dont often get the recognition you deserve, but I want you to know that I have always appreciated the challenges you face and the skill with which you master them.

Second, I feel compelled to explain why I have to leave. Four decades ago, I took an oath as a newly commissioned officer. I swore to support and defend the Constitution, and that oath did not expire when I took off my uniform. Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers. Over my decade with Fox, I long was pr...

05:05

POTUS Trump Turns Up the Heat Goes After Mueller AGAIN The Gateway Pundit

The gloves are off.

President Trump began to really hammer Mueller Saturday and he continued to unleash his fury on the Special Counsel into Wednesday morning. 

President Trump really started to ratchet up his attacks on Mueller Saturday morning.

Earlier Saturday morning, President Trumps lawyer John Dowd told the Daily Beast its time for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to shut down the Mueller witch hunt.

Later Saturday evening, President Trump warned Mueller over the witch hunt and hammered Crooked Hillary and her fake dossier.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted: The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!

Monday morning Trump tweeted: A total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!

President Trump is correct about Muellers witch hunt having massive conflicts of interest.

As previously...

04:45

Trump Supporters Launch #ConfirmGrenell Hashtag Amid Alarming Report Of Germany Selling Chemical Weapons Tech To Iran The Gateway Pundit

On Wednesday, Adam Kredo of The Washington Free Beacon reported that Germany is not only upping its anti-Israel measures but also mulling efforts to sell chemical weapons technology to terror-sponsor Iran. 

Photo credit: ALX

Free Beacon reports:

U.S. officials are increasingly alarmed by a congressional block on President Donald Trumps pick to be the next ambassador to Germany, a holdup that comes as Berlin pursues a host of anti-Israel measures and is growing closer to Iran, according to multiple administration insiders who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

As Democrats in Congress continue to hold the nomination of Richard Grenell, a veteran Republican diplomat who was tapped by Trump to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Germany, the post remains vacant, sparking concerns the United States is ceding leverage amid sensitive discussions regarding the future of the landmark Iran nuclear deal.

The vacancy also has left the United States with little voice to combat a series of anti-Israel efforts being pursued by the German government. Trump administration insiders are becoming increasingly fed-up with the block on Grenell, telling the Free Beacon that U.S. diplomats currently helming the post have been bungling critical national security priorities, including the Iran portfolio and recent efforts by Germany to sell Tehran sensitive equipment used by the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria to produce chemical weapons.

Alarmed by the report, Trump supporters have set out to get  trending on Twitter.

Jack Posobiec, independent journalist and author of the book Citizens for Trump kicked things off.

04:45

ISIS Fantasizes About Beheading Soccer Star Lionel Messi At The World Cup Weasel Zippers

Wet dream. Via Daily Mail: ISIS fanatics have targeted Lionel Messi in their latest propaganda poster promoting terror attacks at the Russia World Cup this summer. The photoshopped image shows the Barcelona and Argentina star on his knees wearing an orange Guantanamo Bay-style jumpsuit, often seen worn by victims in the terrorists execution videos. Messi []

04:30

Illegal aliens, who dodged ICE raid after demorat mayors warning, re-arrested for new crimes Fellowship of the Minds

From Fox News: Three illegal immigrants aliens, who avoided capture after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf blew the whistle on a raid by federal immigration authorities last month, have since been re-arrested for new crimes including robbery and spousal abuse, ICE Continue reading

04:17

Polling Shows Running on Progressive Policies Would Work in Swing Districts The Intercept

Its become a clich that each faction within each party believes that victory would be assured if only the party would follow their preferred policy approach. Democrats in the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which has been becoming increasingly involved in primaries across the country in a way it hasnt before, now has polling to back up its claim.

The data, crunched by Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, comes from a survey of 600 likely 2018 voters over the phone in 30 targeted swing districts, and an additional oversample of 300 Democratic-leaning surge voters. (Those are people who dont have a history of voting and are less certain to vote in 2018.)

Swing districts often have a roughly equal balance of Democrats and Republicans, leading political strategists to advise moderation as the path to victory. But, Lakes poll found, thats not what voters in those districts actually want.

Almost three-quarters of the voters surveyed, for instance, supported Medicare for All. Policies dealing with cheaper prescription drugs, infrastructure, protecting Social Security and Medicare, and cracking down on Wall Street, are exceedingly popular with swing and surge voters alike, the survey found.

Lakes memo claims, These policies not only motivate the progressive base, but make voters more likely to support Democrats. A majority of voters (52 percent) said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate talking about the progressive policies we mentioned, while only 26 percent would be less likely.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said on Tuesday that that the poll shows Democrats can have that blue tsunami, not just a blue wave, if they lean into progressive policies and messaging. The results show enthusiastic support for progressive policies in 30 swing districts, mostly held by Republican incumbents. Our polling shows running as a bold progressive is a political winner, Jayapal, vice chair of CPC, said on a press call.

Progressive legislative priorities ranked high across districts, but the memo also found progressive messaging resonates with voters. Jayapal noted that even though Democrats want to generate turnout among surge voters without alienating swing voters, the data shows the same messaging works with both groups of people.

A majority of the voters surveyed preferred a bold economic vision, as opposed to an incremental approach. When asked, 52 percent said they prefer a bold and comprehensive agenda to rewrite the rules of the economy, compared to the 36 percent of voters who would choose to make our economy work for everyone by building on the success of the past.

Another takeaway from the memo, Jayapal said, is that talking about race is not something Democrats should shy away from. Support for a polic...

04:04

Middle Class Workers Are Bailing On California And Making For These Red States Weasel Zippers

Who would actually have to deal with everything California forces their citizens to deal with? Via Daily Caller: Middle-class families are leaving California in droves and heading for red states as rental prices and gas taxes continue sky rocketing in the Golden State, according to a Wednesday CNBC report. Californias high housing prices and rising []

03:53

Chef charges whites $18 more than blacks for same plate of food Fellowship of the Minds

Bet reports, March 19, 2018, that a Nigerian chef in New Orleans charges his white customers more than twice as much as blacks for a single lunch plate at his pop-up restaurant, Saartj, in the citys the Roux Carre market. According to Continue reading

03:42

Pro-Second Amendment Parkland Survivor: CNN Canceled My Interview Because of a Tweet Weasel Zippers

Via Free Beacon: Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland shooting survivor and proponent of the Second Amendment, claimed Wednesday that CNN canceled his scheduled interview with host Brooke Baldwin because he quote-tweeted a tweet that referred to Baldwin as a fake news hypocrite. My friend just got a call from @CNN. Theyre canceling my interview because I []

03:21

Broward Countys Reverse Jail-to-School Pipeline Weasel Zippers

All precipitated by Obama. And how many crimes have resulted because of this? And where else is this ridiculous thing being done? Via Real Clear Investigations: At the same time the Broward County school system was dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline under policies that failed to stop accused shooter Nikolas Cruz, it was building another pipeline, []

03:02

Will The Bernie/Elizabeth Warren 2020 Campaign Include Job Guarantee? It Sure Appears So DownWithTyranny!




Monday evening, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren took their probable 2020 campaign out for a test run, calling their 90-minute TV show the Economic Inequality Town Hall, or more formally, "Inequality in America: The Rise of Oligarchy and Collapse of the Middle Class." You can watch the whole thing above. Last night 1.7 million people did. And Bernie's goal was clearly towards shaping and promulgating a national progressive narrative that very few in Congress are communicating effectively, Elizabeth Warren, Ro Khanna, Barbara Lee and Pramila Jayapal being four of the pitifully few exceptions. Warren-- rumored to be Bernie's pick to run on a 2020 presidential ticket with him-- was a co-host, as were Michael Moore and New School economist Darrick Hamilton. They interviewed three guests: Catherine Coleman Flowers, a founder of the anti-poverty Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise Community Development Corp., Cindy Estrada, a vice president of the United Auto Workers and University of Oregon political scientist Gordon Lafer, who helped explain how corporate special interests have helped turn our democracy further towards plutocracy.


Hamilton brought up one of the likely planks in Bernie's 2020 platform: Job Guarantee, something that several of the best cutting edge congressional candidates are already running on. Kaniela Ing, for example, has been working with Bernie's economic advisor, Stephanie Kelton, on how to make sure Job Guarantee serves the needs Hawaii's working families, where he serves in the state legislature and is now running for the open HI-01 congressional seat. A few weeks ago Kaniela told us that "Americas promise has always been clear-- work hard and your family will prosper. Today, too many hard-working Americans feel that our leaders have gone...

03:00

Benghazi Hero Unloads On McCabe, Comey For What They Tried To Pin On Him And His Team: Worst Scum Weasel Zippers

Via BPR: No matter who you are, you dont want to get caught in the crosshairs of Benghazi hero Kris Paronto, an Army Ranger. Paronto unleashed a fiery Twitter takedown of Obama-appointed Deep State agents Andrew McCabe, James Comey, and John Brennan. And theyre going to need some aloe to nurse those sick burns. Paronto []

02:55

Once Again Joe Biden Threatens to Beat the Hell Out of President Donald Trump (Video) The Gateway Pundit

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In October 2016 tough guy Democrat Joe Biden threatened to take Donald Trump out behind the gym.

(And you wonder why Democrats are silent about Antifa violence?)

This was a month before the 2016 election.
Watch the video:

This week Joe Biden threatened to beat the hell out of President Trump.

Doesnt that deserve a visit from the Secret Service?

The post Once Again Joe Biden Threatens to Beat the Hell Out of President Donald Trump (Video) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

02:38

CNN Claims One School Shooting Every Week This Year with Misleading List Weasel Zippers

Deliberately mileading. Via Breitbart: During coverage of the attack on Marylands Great Mills High School CNN reported that there has been one school shooting per week, on average, in 2018. They claim the total number of school shootings sits at 17 for year. To reach 17, CNN explained that they counted gang violence, domestic violence, []

02:30

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Discusses Austin Bombings and Suspect Extermination The Last Refuge

Texas Governor Greg Abbott discusses the Austin bombings and how the suspect, 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, was identified and eventually confronted. . Law enforcement officials identified the suspected Austin bomber who blew himself up as police closed in on Continue reading

02:19

President Trump Says 2018 Elections Need To Focus On Taxes, Dems Dangerous Positions On Immigration The Gateway Pundit

During a speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner, President Trump stressed what he believes fellow Republicans need to focus on not just now, but for their re-elections. Among the issues POTUS sees as central to future Republican success is pointing out the incredible failures that the far left have had on this country, these include tax policies that have stifled business while hampering the American worker and dangerous immigration policies that have lead to the rise of gangs such as MS-13.

On differing approaches to tax policy, POTUS stated:

But while Republicans were fighting to reduce taxes for hardworking Americans, the Democrats were fighting to increase taxes.  Thats what they want to do.  Theyre actually working right now to increase taxes.  And Im saying, How do you lose to that?  (Laughter.)  They want to increase taxes.  Maybe theyll call that tax reform.  (Laughter.)

On the damage that far left immigration, and lack of immigration enforcement, have had on the country:

House Democrats also voted against Kates Law - a commonsense bill authored by Chairman Bob Goodlatte.  Wheres Bob?  Bob.  (Applause.)  Bob.  Thank you, Bob.  And that bill has been sitting for a long time over there, Bob, hasnt it?  Its too bad.

They voted against legislation to keep gang members like MS-13 out of our country.  These are extreme and dangerous positions.  They make no sense.

President Trump summarized what he believes will be the largest issues for American voters, everyday working people, whom he believes the Democrats people have completely lost touch with:

So here is our message from the coming election to the American people: If the Democrats ever got back into power, they would vote to raise your taxes; release dangerous criminals; open your borders; shut down this great surge of American energy that is tremendous for jobs, tremendous for the economic wellbeing of our country, and, frankly, helping the world.  They would take over American healthcare; take away your Second Amendment; and ship away your jobs to other countries, like has gone on for so many years.  And those days are over.  Those days are over.  (Applause.)

You can read a transcript of the f...

02:14

Lobbyist Investigating Seth Rich Murder Is Shot Twice and Run Over by Car Suspect in Custody The Gateway Pundit

Jack Burkman, the Washington DC lobbyist offering a $130,000 reward for information on the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer, Seth Rich, was shot twice and ran over by an SUV last week.

Burkman was attacked outside of his home by a masked man in January.

As reported by The Gateway Pundits Jim Hoft, 27 year-old Democratic staffer Seth Conrad Rich was murdered in Washington DC on July 10, 2016, roughly one block from his apartment. The suspects took nothing from Rich, leaving behind his wallet, watch and phone. The murder has gone unsolved to this day.

According to PR News Burkman also created, paid for and erected billboards in the neighborhood where Rich lived and died; built the website WhoKilledSeth.com (www.whokilledseth.com) and canvassed the neighborhood with Seth Richs parents.

Burkman sued the Democratic National Committee for the release of the hacked DNC server he claimed will reveal key information in solving the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

The Washington Examiner reported

Lobbyist Jack Burkman, who began a private investigation into the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich last year, says he was nearly killed after a man who joined the investigation attempted to murder him last week, according to a report.

Its a horror story, Burkman told the Washington Post Monday.

Kevin Doherty, 46, shot Burkman multiple times and ran him over with an SUV, according to the Post

Tension reportedly developed between the two as Doherty began to think the profiling project was his and began speaking to reporters without Burkmans co...

02:12

The Tech Behind Catching The Austin Serial Bomber Weasel Zippers

A news report also said that they used imaging technology from the FedEx videos against drivers licenses to assist in finding him. Via Fox News: The suspected serial bomber who killed two people and terrorized Austin, Texas for three harrowing weeks was killed in a dramatic confrontation with police overnight Wednesday, authorities said. The operation []

01:50

California Teacher Who Called Military A Bunch Of Dumb Shits Is Fired Weasel Zippers

Released from job lock. Update to this story. Via Fox News: A Southern California teacher who was recorded bashing the U.S. military in a profane classroom rant was fired Tuesday evening. Board of Education President Aurora Villon said the El Rancho Unified School District reached a unanimous decision to fire Gregory Salcido, a history teacher []

01:41

Far Left Nut Michael Tomasky at Daily Beast Says Mueller Investigation is Worse than Watergate Hes Right But Not in the Way He Thinks! The Gateway Pundit

Guest post by Joe Hoft

Yesterday the Drudge Report linked to a report from the Daily Beasts Michael Tomasky that states that the fraudulent Mueller Investigation is going to be worse than Watergate Nutty Lib Tomasky forgot to mention that fellow lefties at Buzzfeed are being sued for millions for their fake news reporting of the Trump dossier the entire basis behind Watergate er, the Mueller investigation.

What a nonsensical piece of fiction Tomasky quotes nutty liberal NYT reporter and Hillary Flunky Maggie Haberman in his article.

Haberman apparently believes she has the psychic telepathic ability to know what Trump is thinking and so she clearly fits well in Tomaskys soliloquy:

The temperatures rising. The New York Times Maggie Haberman reports that this president feels he really knows how to do this job now, and from here on in were going to see Trump unchained. So the Trump weve been seeing has been chained? God help us.

Leftists like Tomasky and Haberman have a lack of understanding of history, let alone current events. These rare gifts, along with grandiosity of immense proportions sustained by fellow leftists who attend their cocktail parties in Manhattan lead to their reckless reporting and inability to accurately predict Presidential elections, let alone current events.

Leftists conveniently forget that the last President who was impeached was none other than Hillarys husband (in name only) Bill. He lied and obstructed justice but felt that this was little reason to resign from office, let alone for stopping the flow of teenage interns into the White House.  Fortunately, a small fraction of the small crowds that attended Hillary rallies in 2016, reminded us all that Bill Clintons a rapist, no doubt jiggering memor...

01:31

Breaking: Austin Bomber IDd As Mark Anthony Conditt, 23 Weasel Zippers

Police warn there may still be bombs out there. They caught him in part through imaging technology, running his face from FedEx video against drivers licenses in Texas. Via Austin Statesman: The suspected Austin serial bomber who apparently killed himself early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him was Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt, local []

01:30

Not one person turns in bump stocks to Denver Police after they were banned Fellowship of the Minds

From KDVR: No bump stocks have been turned over to Denver authorities after the city banned the accessories used in last years mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured hundreds. Denver Police police last monthinvited city Continue reading

01:24

NJ Students Visit To Gun Range None Of Your Damn Business, Parents Say Weasel Zippers

Government out of bedrooms and gun ranges. Update to this story. Via NJ Com: Angered by word of the disciplining of two Lacey High School students for a gun-related social media post, 200 parents, community members and other supporters of the Second Amendment on Monday let the Board of Education know they dont want the []

01:08

Oregon Liberals File Gun Confiscation Ballot Measure The Gateway Pundit

As the lying anti gun hysterical types try to tell us Nobody is coming to take your guns away, they file a ballot measure petition in Oregon that would do just that. The Promote Public Safety for All Through the Reduction of Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines initiative has been filed with the Oregon Secretary of States office, and will require over 88,000 signatures in order to make it to the 2018 general election ballot. The chief petitioners are Walter John Knutson (aka WJ Mark Knutson), Michael Z. Cahana, and Alcena E. Boozer.

Some key parts of the text include defining what an assault weapon is:

(1 )(a) Assault weapon means any:

(A) Semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has at least one of the following:

(i) Any grip of the weapon, including a pistol grip, a thumbhole stock or any other stock, the use of which would allow an individual to grip the weapon, resulting in any finger on the trigger hand in addition to the trigger finger being directly below any portion of the action of the weapon when firing;

(B) Semiautomatic pistol, or any semiautomatic, centerfire or rimfire rifle with a fixed magazine, that has the capacity to accept
more than 10 rounds of ammunition;
That would pretty much ban every single gun out there. This would include the legendary Ruger 10/22 rifle in .22 caliber; Every semi auto pistol, because its possible for someone to design a magazine to hold more than 10 rounds for even the smallest of pistols; And the classic Marlin Glenfield Model 60 .22, designed in 1959, which holds 14 rounds in a fixed tube magazine.

They continue to define an assault weapon as also including a pistol that has a folding, telescoping or thumbhole stock. If Knutson, Cahana, and Boozer had any idea what they were talking about, theyd know that there is no such thing as a pistol with a stock. If you add a stock to a pistol, it becomes a short barreled rifle.

So, the actual crime would be A person commits the crime of...

01:06

Happy Spring bensozia


My garden, today.

And more coming down fast, which is why I just ran out to take pictures before everything gets buried.

01:02

California Dem Lt. Gov. Called ICE Chief A Prick In Official Email Weasel Zippers

Via NTK: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) called the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) an a plus prick in an official government email obtained by NTK Network.  Newsome was citing a story by SFGate.com that focused on ICE officials arresting illegal immigrants in California. In the email, sent to his sister, Hilary, Newsom wrote: No doubt []

00:40

CBP Agents Refusing To Turn Over Wanted Illegal Alien Felons To California Police Weasel Zippers

Turnabout is fair play. Via Blue Lives Matter: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in the sanctuary state of California have begun denying local and state law enforcement officials requests to extradite illegal immigrants with active felony warrants and pending charges. Their refusal to turn over the fugitives due to the fact that the []

00:21

Polish priest wishes Pope Francis a quick death for open door policy to Muslims Fellowship of the Minds

Pope Francis, real name Jorge Bergoglio, has called on Christians in Europe and the U.S. to open their doors to Muslim refugees and migrants. Last August, he went so far as to pontificate that refugees wellbeing trumps national security., while he Continue reading

00:18

Conservative Student Banned From Facebook Meme Page For Mocking Activist David Hogg Weasel Zippers

Not the attention Hogg is seeking. Via The College Fix: Gregory Lu says hes not super active on UCSD Memes for Sleep Deprived Tritons, a very popular student-run Facebook group where silly pictures and jokes about campus life reign supreme. Think horrible parking options, crazy midterm antics, and odes to college life. Lu, a UC []

00:12

AUSTIN BOMBER MARK ANTHONY CONDITT: Had Two Roommates Lived in Pflugerville 20 Miles from Austin Limited Social Media The Gateway Pundit

The Austin bomber suspect blew himself up on Tuesday night as police closed in on the killer at an Austin motel.

The 24-year-old killer was in the parking lot of the hotel when he blew himself up.

The man set off his six bomb on Tuesday.

Local officials said authorities identified a suspect in the past 24 hours based largely on information gained after police said the suspect shipped an explosive device from a FedEx store in Sunset Valley.

The Austin bomber had two roommates in his home in Pflugerville about 20 miles from Austin.

Police said the bomber has limited social media presence.

The suspect was on the police radar for the last 24 hours before his death.

Police are outside the Pflugerville home where the bomber lived.

Mark Anthony Condit.

00:04

Dear Judge Alsup: Putting on the Pressure Rabett Run

Some may recall that at the end of the first episode, the Spectroscopic Basis,  Eli asked why the CO2 IR absorption spectrum at atmospheric pressure


Was different from that at 1/1000 th of an atmosphere



The answer lies in the second letter to the judge, the Quantum Interlude, where Eli discussed how the interaction of light with molecules is really an interaction with the charges, the electrons and nuclei, and how that interaction can be decomposed into a series of multipole moments, the dominant one being the electric dipole, an asymmetry in the distribution of charges.  Higher moments, like the quadrupole and shudder, octapole, only become important when the dipole is zero because the molecule is cylindrically symmetric as is the case for N2 and O2.

Comparing the two spectra above, bunnies notice that the baseline has lifted in the first, and if they look real close or blow the figure up, they would see that the absorption lines are wider.

Now those out there who have taken...

00:00

Letters from a Heartbroken Pervert: Avant-Garde Matt Forney

This is a guest post by Nameless Writer, the eleventh in a series.

I remember after we were living on opposite coasts and Id had a bad day. I called you on Skype or the Google video thing or whatever. I really thought I might be fired by weeks end and you were so understanding and comforting. Whatever it was that we talked about after I finished my rant, I cant remember, but I felt better about everything. It wasnt just the Jim Beam, and it certainly wasnt the useful professional advice you didnt give me. It was the warmth you always had; the amazing motherly, hippie, Buddhist thing no one else on the planet has quite like you. Sometimes, when I would tell you all about how the entire world was up against me, you would make me feel like an infant sucking warm nutritious milk out of his mothers breast. Mothers milk for the beleaguered soul.

So, I felt good and in love, a little drunk and all the more perverted. You told me you had to pee and I demanded to watch. Earlier, youd popped out a single boob with the wry comment Feel better, as if I could care. Tits are so blas, but piss approaches the avant-garde. I have always loved the way a womans piss reveals her mysterious third hole; in some sense, thats the best thing about piss. We all know about your sweet pussy, and even cowards know about assholes these days, but theres another orifice there that never gets any attention, and that is a real societal ill. The best way of finding this often-ignored Holy Ghost of the female trinity is through piss.

You rolled your eyes but were a sweetheart about it. You dutifully took your computer with you, positioned it right, and spread your legs as much as possible so I could say hi. When I think back on it, I can remember what you were wearing until you start to peethen immaterial things like clothes become totally abolished by the tidal wave of perverted thoughts that hit. Once I start to think about that piss coming out of you, what you were wearing steps one pace out of reach for my limited memory. I can almost remember, I remember being able to remember just a second ago, but it all fades to piss.

You noted the gleeful smile that came across my lips after your secret hole opened up and let her rip. I got hard and my sweet tasting pre-cum started dribbling out of my cock. After you finished, you waited awhile and spread your legs further than you couldve gotten away with when all your beautiful piss was coming out of you. I think you might have been wearing thigh-highs, but that very well might just have been my minds revision. I sat on my shitty futon and stared, cock in my hands, and worshipping you for waiting to wipe and letting me see your perfectly shaven crotch drip with piss.

It was then that I hated living in the current year, hated the imperfection of video calls. I knew what was there, I knew what I was looking at, but the 21st century was mocking me with its blurry detai...

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23:58

Male Student At Providence College Threatened With Rape For Supporting Traditional Marriage Weasel Zippers

More tolerance from the left. Via Campus Reform: A student Resident Advisor (RA) at Providence College has reportedly been threatened with rape after posting a flyer that expressed a traditional view on marriage. According to LifeSiteNews, RA Michael Smalanskas has faced severe student backlash since displaying the poster on a bulletin board in early March, []

23:39

Austin Bomber Blows Self Up! Identified as 24-Year-Old White Male from Local Community The Gateway Pundit

The Austin bomber suspect blew himself up on Tuesday night as police closed in on the killer at an Austin motel.

The 24-year-old killer was in the parking lot of the hotel when he blew himself up.

The man set off his six bomb on Tuesday.

Local officials said authorities identified a suspect in the past 24 hours based largely on information gained after police said the suspect shipped an explosive device from a FedEx store in Sunset Valley.

...

23:37

Russian Scientists Explain 'Novichok' - High Time For Britain To Come Clean (Updated) Moon of Alabama

A week ago we asked if 'Novichok' poisons are real. The answer is now in: It is 'yes' and 'no'. Several Russian scientist now say that they once researched and developed lethal poisons but they assert that other countries can...

23:26

The Blue Wave Looks Bigger Than Anyone (In DC) Expected DownWithTyranny!


In the political prognostication biz, DC Insiders are very conservative. I don't mean they back conservative policies or that they're anti-Choice or pro-Wall Street. I mean they are loathe to go out on a ledge prognosticating. When the degree of Trump's and Ryan's toxicity started becoming apparent outside the Beltway observers were predicting the Democrats would-- despite DCCC incompetence and corruption-- win back at least the 24 seats the Democrats need to take back the House. The DC-based prognosticators all agreed that the Dems could look forward to making gains, perhaps even double digit gains (10) but probably not. By the time it became clear-- primarily based on the 20-point swings special elections in red districts-- that the Democrats were on the track to win dozens of seats in an historic repudiation of Trump and Trumpism, DC prognosticators grudgingly agreed that 24 wins was "likely." Now that Democrats are looking toward 70, 80 or even more seats, we are getting catch-up pieces like this one from Stuart Rothenberg in Roll Call: Insiders See Democratic House Gains of 30-45 seats. "Polling, election results, fundraising," he wrote, "tend to point in one direction." That's right, they do-- and more than the pros are willing to admit. The wave is coming, even blind, deaf and dumb DC prognosticators see that now. But how big and how powerful?
Seven and a half months before the midterm elections, the combination of attitudinal and behavioral evidence leads to a single conclusion: The Democrats are very likely to win control of the House in November.

Just as important, Republican and Democratic campaign strategists also agree that an electoral wave has already formed. The attitudinal evidence begins with national polling.

...

22:30

Parents not advised: Connecticut school takes kindergarteners out to march for gun violence Fellowship of the Minds

From  NBC Connecticut: Students across the nation walked out of school Wednesday in honor of the victims of the Parkland shooting last month, including a group of New London kindergarteners. We love school! We love school, children in New London Continue reading

22:24

WHAT RALPH PETERS TELLS US ABOUT CONSERVATISM No More Mister Nice Blog

While we wait for more information on the now-deceased Austin bombing suspect, I'd like to comment briefly on Ralph Peters, who says he'll no longer be a Fox News commentator.

A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday and denounced the network and President Donald Trump in an email to colleagues.

"Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration," wrote Ralph Peters, a Fox News "strategic analyst."

"Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed," he wrote.
Roy Edroso has the details on the man he calls "Blood 'n' Guts," particularly on his incessant cheerleading for the Iraq War and his insistence that the media and liberals were on the side of America's enemies in that war. I question Roy's assertion that Peters was less fevered after Obama's election (with the exception of the time he called Obama a "total pussy") -- the Peters archives at Media Matters include items such as "Fox's Ralph Peters: 'Lincoln Freed The Slaves, Obama Freed The Terrorists"'; "Fox's Ralph Peters: Obama Wont Say 'Radical Islam' Because Of His Experience With Islam Was As A Child ... He Romanticizes Islam'"; and "Fox's Ralph Peters: I'm Waiting For Obama To Bring Eric Holder Out Of Retirement 'To Lead A New Movement, Jihadi Lives Matter.'"

It's being argued that we shouldn't regard Peters as enlightened because he's the same guy who expressed these opinions in the past. He is -- but that tells us something about conservatism in the Fox News era.

It often seems as if the conservative ideology rigidly follows Cleek's Law: Todays conservatism is the opposite of what liberals want today, updated daily. That's mostly true. But Peters reminds us that there's a non-Cleek conservatism -- and it's completely nuts. The career of Ralph Peters reminds us that conservatism won't be pol...

22:00

The can you resist her Caption Contest Fellowship of the Minds

This is the 172nd world-famous FOTM Caption Contest! Heres the pic (h/t DCG): You know the drill: Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the LEAVE A REPLY box), Continue reading

21:01

Intercepted Podcast: Legacy of Blood the 55-Year U.S. War Against Iraqis The Intercept

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.

 

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. But what is almost never discussed is the fact that the U.S. has been waging war against the Iraqi people over the past six decades. This week on Intercepted: Jeremy digs deep into the U.S. legacy in Iraq, beginning with the CIA-backed overthrow of a popular leader who nationalized Iraqs oil and overthrew the British-backed monarchy. It is a history that spans 11 U.S. presidents, both Democratic and Republican. U.S. policy has always been about the interests of Western capitalism and the flags of American victories have long been planted on the corpses of Iraqi civilians. Mehdi Hasan, host of the new Intercept podcast Deconstructed, talks about the commercial that 60 Minutes ran for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the war in Syria. Matthew Cole talks about how before becoming FBI director, Chris Wray supervised an investigation that found that Blackwater founder Erik Prince likely broke U.S. laws. What happens now to the Prince investigations? The Intercepts Sam Biddle takes us inside the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the chaos at Facebook. And artist, writer, and educator Eve Ewing talks about her new book Electric Arches, how Trump talks about Chicago, and she imagines LeBron James journeying through time to meet his teenage self. And an undercover investigation reveals Prestige Worldwides use of prostitutes to influence the outcome of elections.

Transcript coming soon.

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20:21

Breaking: Austin Bombing Suspect Kills Self With Explosive As Police Close In Weasel Zippers

Via The Statesman: A man whom authorities were attempting to arrest early Wednesday in a string of bombing attacks in Austin killed himself with an explosive device as authorities closed in, a high-ranking law enforcement official told the American-Statesman early today. The official said authorities identified a suspect in the past 24 hours based largely []

19:55

Austin Serial Bomber Dead Killed Self By Detonating Device After Engagement With Police Shortly After Manhunt Photos Released The Last Refuge

The serial bomber who was targeting the Austin Texas area is dead.   Less than an hour after CBS Austin released photographs of the suspect at a Fed-X facility, media began reporting of an officer-involved shooting on I-35 in Round Rock.  Continue reading

19:19

US Senate Intel Commitee to Hold Open Hearing on Election Security Today; Draft Recommendations Mining Awareness +


The only sensible and safe way to secure the vote is to either count paper ballots at least three times by hand with observers from both parties and independent observers or there can be one machine count and one paper count and if they dont match up, additional counts. Even the adding itself should be by an old fashioned adding machine with print-out probably in conjunction with hand adding (volunteers will be old enough to remember how to add by hand.). If local community institutions like schools, public librairies, etc., are used, then this process is not so onerous as might appear. The paper should be recycled, of course. This blogger has seen many voting methods and worked as a poll watcher. The only time I felt my vote safe was voting in a tiny town library with paper ballots. Of course, I knew the old ladies and that they were honest. The first time I voted was with an old lever machine and the counter at the top looked like odometers which people used to roll over to indicate a lower car mileage. I instantly knew m...

19:00

Cansados de bots porns, hackers comeam a ca-los no Twitter The Intercept

O que antes era um mero incmodo para o Twitter se tornou uma grande dor de cabea para a rede de microblogs. Em outubro, o chefe do departamento jurdico do Twitter declarou a uma comisso de investigao do Senado americano que bots russos haviam publicado 1,4 milhes de tutes nos dias que antecederam a eleio de Donald Trump presidncia dos EUA. Esses bots perfis criados por programas de computador que fingem ser usurios de verdade tambm entraram em ao depois de um tiroteio em uma escola na Flrida. Em janeiro, uma matria do New York Times descreveu como empresas americanas, executivos, jornalistas e celebridades costumam contratar bots como seguidores para catapultar a prpria popularidade.

Desde ento, o Twitter vem sofrendo as consequncias. Na revista Vanity Fair do ms passado, o escritor Nick Bilton, que acompanha de perto a rede social em seu trabalho como jornalista, acusou o Twitter de fazer vista grossa para o problema [dos bots]durante anos para inflar o nmero de usurios ativos. Alm disso, ex-executivos descontentes com a empresa disseram a Maya Kosoff, tambm na Vanity Fair, que a rede social estava empregando pessoas demais e tecnologia de menos para resolver a questo dos bots e outros problemas de conduta. Havia um exrcito de moderadores, mas sem o suporte de uma boa plataforma tecnolgica, disse um deles.

Embora o Twitter no tenha investido muito em softwares antibots, alguns usurios que entendem do assunto resolveram agir. Eles esto desenvolvendo e aprimorando programas que usam a interface de programao de aplicativos (API) do Twitter, do Google e de outros servios online para rastrear contas falsas e usurios suspeitos. A iniciativa, pelo menos entre os pesquisadores com quem conversei, comeou caando bots que promoviam contedos pornogrficos um tipo de perfil falso fcil de ser identificado , mas o plano ampliar o projeto para abarcar outros tipos de bots. O trabalho de pesquisa e programao totalmente voluntrio, realizado nas horas vagas, mas j conseguiu identificar dezenas de milhares de contas falsas, um indcio de que o Twitter ainda tem muito trabalho pela frente para se livrar do problema.

Autodidatas da deteco de autmatos

Um dos caadores de bots nas horas vagas Baptiste Robert, especialista em cibersegurana e desenvolvedor freelancer de aplicativos para Android, que percebeu, em f...

19:00

Marielle e Anderson: o dia em que o Rio, indignado diante da infmia, deu uma chance esperana The Intercept

RIO DE JANEIRO,RJ,15.03.2018:PROTESTO-JUSTIA-MARIELLE-FRANCO - Protesto organizado por mulheres, exigindo justia pela morte da vereadora Marielle Franco do PSOL, em frente a Assemblia Legislativa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Alerj), no Rio de Janeiro (RJ), nesta quinta-feira (15). (Foto: Julia Gabriela/Futura Press/Folhapress)

18:01

Midnight Meme Of The Day! DownWithTyranny!


by Noah

Like any sane American, I would hate to see my money being spent on a useless Trump Wall on the Mexican border. It's only reason for being will be to hand our taxpayer dollars to contractors who have a relationship with the Trump Crime Family. The kickbacks and handouts will be as huge as the wall itself.

The wall I can support would be the one that encloses Seor Trumpanzee for the rest of his miserable days. Throw in Pence, Ryan, Nunes and the rest of Trump's treasonous collaborators, too. May they each have to share a cell with a classic 6 foot 8 inch cellmate named Bubba who "knows how to have a good time." Yeah, I know that might make Pence happy in his knew digs but if God could make it happen... well, let's just say I might even turn into an evangelical guy of some sort.

Best of all, I remember reading about how when John Gotti got to take a shower at his fancy federal mega-security gated community, he was wheeled into the showers in a 7' X 4' steel cage. He never got to leave the cage. He took his shower with the water jetting though the cage. Then, he was wheeled back to his cell. He was in a cage in his cage in a bigger cage, kinda just like those Russian dolls, if you know what I mean.

15:50

What the Dan Lipinski-Marie Newman Democratic Primary in Illinois Means The Intercept

A race that was considered a bellwether of the Democratic Partys future, the contest between U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski and Marie Newman for the Democratic nomination to represent Illinoiss 3rd Congressional District, went, fittingly, late into the night without a clear winner.

Finally, with 96 percent of the precincts counted by early Wednesday, The Associated Press called the race for Lipinski, who had a lead of about 1,600 votes out of the roughly 90,000 that were cast.

On Tuesday morning, Politico summed up Washingtons view of the heated primary in a story with the subhead, Is there still room in the Democratic Party for a Blue Dog who opposes abortion rights?

The race was indeed a signal of where the party is headed, but the question Politico posed is the wrong one for this particular district. Its such a comfortably Democratic seat that Lipinski didnt face an opponent in the 2016 general election. Now that hes won the primary, hell face a fringe candidate with a neo-Nazi past in the 2018 general. Democrat Hillary Clinton easily carried the district two years ago, and Bernie Sanders beat Clinton in the primary there.

Questions about the future of the party gained new momentum after Conor Lambs upset victory in last weeks special election, which took place in a deeply conservative western Pennsylvania district; centrist Democrats argued that his win demonstrated that the true path was through moderation. They cited Lambs embrace of gun culture; his personal, but not political, opposition to abortion; and his unwillingness to back single-payer health care. But the lesson only goes so far: Even though Lamb ran in a far more conservative district than did Lipinski, the former ran a far more progressive campaign and still won.

So a more precise question might be: Is there still room in a solidly Democratic district for a Blue Dog who opposes abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrants rights, a $15 minimum wage, and who voted against the Affordable Care Act?

And the answer, at least in Illinoiss 3rd District, is barely for now.

The race also answered a different question, one that is perhaps more relevant to the future of the party: Can the progressive Democrats mount a powerful enough challenge to entrenched, well-funded incumbents that they can threaten the status quo?

...

15:20

March 21st 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #426 The Last Refuge

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading

15:15

Wednesday March 21st Open Thread The Last Refuge

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading

15:10

New World Order Targets American Freedom Alex Newman Greg Hunters USAWatchdog

By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com  Award winning journalist Alex Newman has extensively covered the push towards a so-called New World Order by the global Deep State. New revelations about millions of Facebook user profiles show the battle lines start in cyberspace.  Newman says, Its really hard to tell where the social media firms begin and where []

15:01

The Diversity Bridge LewRockwell

Well, that is damned inconvenient. A state-of-the-art pedestrian bridge hailed as the inevitably wondrous result of diversity in engineering has collapsed within days of being paraded before the media. Did I say inconvenient? I should have said symbolic.

Diversity Bridge (thats not the structures official name, but I think it fits) was designed to connect Florida International University to the city of Sweetwater, where many FIU students and staff reside. The bridge, installed (though not yet opened to the public) a mere four days before its failure, spanned a busy Miami highway, and the collapse crushed cars and people underneath. Authorities report at least six deaths.

Prior to pancaking, Diversity Bridge had been championed as an engineering feat come to life. One of the geniuses who accomplished this feat is an engineer who was hailed by President Obama in 2015 as a champion of change: Atorod Azizinamini, director of FIUs Accelerated Bridge Construction Center (now renamed the Accelerated Bridge Destruction Center). The firm that built the bridge, Munilla Construction Management (MCM), is run by the Munilla brothersRaul, Juan, Jorge, Lou, Fernando, and Pedro (is that a construction firm or the latest incarnation of Menudo?). And then we have Leonor Flores, MCMs senior manager. On March 14, as Diversity Bridge was being installed, Flores was quoted in this breathless puff piece on the FIU website:

Twelve-year-old Michelle Flores shared a special moment with her family at FIU this past Saturday: She and her sister Gabriela joined their parents, FIU alumni Leonor and Henry Flores MIS 01, to watch a 950-ton section of a pedestrian bridge swing into its permanent position across Southwest 8th Street. Leonor Flores 98 is a project executive and one of 63 FIU alumni who work for MCM, the construction firm building the FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge. She was excited to share her work with her family, especially Michelle, who is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school. Said Leonor: Its very important for me as a woman and an engineer to be able to promote that to my daughter, because I think women have a different perspective. Were able to put in an artistic touch and were able to build, too.

Shes an artist, all right. That bridge became a pile of junk art that would have made...

National Liberation Is Libertarian LewRockwell

The recent rioting and virtual civil war in Northern Ireland points out, both for libertarians and for the world at large, the vital importance of pushing for and attaining the goal of national liberation for all oppressed people. Aside from being a necessary condition to the achievement of justice, national liberation is the only solution to the great world problems of territorial disputes and oppressive national rule. Yet, all too many anarchists and libertarians mistakenly scorn the idea of national liberation and independence as simply setting up more nationstates; they tragically do not realize that, taking this stand, they become in the concrete, objective supporters of the bloated, imperialistic nationstates of today.

Sometimes this mistake has had tragic consequences. Thus, it is clear from Paul Avrichs fascinating and definitive book1  that the anarchists in Russia had at least a fighting chance to take control of the October Revolution rather than the Bolsheviks, but that they lost out for two major reasons: (1) their sectarian view that any kind of definite organization of their own movement violated anarchist principles; and (2) their opposition to the national independence movements for the Ukraine and White Russia on the ground that this would simply be setting up other states. In this way, they became the objective defenders of Great Russian imperialism, and this led them to the disastrous course of opposing Lenins statesmanlike appeasement peace of Brest-Litovsk in 1918, where Lenin, for the sake of ending the war with Germany, surrendered Ukrainian and White Russian territory from the Greater Russian imperium. Disastrously, both for their own principles and for their standing in the eyes of the war-weary Russian people, the Russian anarchists called for continuing the war against German imperialism, thereby somehow identifying with anarchy, the centuries-old land grabs of Russian imperialism.

Let us first examine the whole question of national liberation from the point of view of libertarian principle. Suppose that there are two hypothetical countries, Ruritania and Walldavia. Ruritania invades Walldavia and seizes the northern part of the country. This situation continues over decades or even centuries. But the underlying condition remains: the Ruritanian State has invaded and continues to occupy and exploit, very often trying to eradicate the language and culture of the North Walldavian subject people. There now a...

Did Putin Order the Salisbury Hit? LewRockwell

Britain has yet to identify the assassin who tried to murder the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England.

But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knows who ordered the hit.

We think it overwhelmingly likely that it was (Russian President Vladimir Putins) decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the U.K.

Unforgivable, says Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov of the charge, which also defies common sense. On Sunday, Putin echoed Peskov: It is just sheer nonsense, complete rubbish, to think that anyone in Russia could do anything like that in the run-up to the presidential election and the World Cup. Its simply unthinkable.

Putin repeated Russias offer to assist in the investigation.

But Johnson is not backing down; he is doubling down.

We gave the Russians every opportunity to come up with an alternative hypothesis and they havent, said Johnson. We actually have evidence that Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok, the poison used in Salisbury.

Why Russia is the prime suspect is understandable. Novichok was created by Russias military decades ago, and Skripal, a former Russian intel officer, betrayed Russian spies to MI6.

But what is missing here is the Kremlins motive for the crime.

Skripal was convicted of betraying Russian spies in 2006. He spent four years in prison and was exchanged in 2010 for Russian spies in the U.S. If Putin wanted Skripal dead as an example to all potential traitors, why didnt he execute him while he was in Kremlin custody?

Why wait until eight years after Skripal had been sent to England? And how would this murder on British soil advance any Russian interest?

Putin is no fool. A veteran intelligence agent, he knows that no rival intel agency such as the CIA or MI6 would trade spies with Russia if the Kremlin were to go about killing them after they have been traded.

Cui bono? runs the always relevant Ciceronian question. Who benefits from this criminal atrocity?

Certainly, in this case, not Russia, not the Kremlin, not Putin.

All have taken a ceaseless beating in world opinion and Western media since the Skripals were found comatose, near death, on that bench outside a mall in Salisbury.

Predictably, Britains reaction has been rage, revulsion and retaliation. Twenty-three Russian diplomats, intelligence agents in their London embassy, have been expelled. The Brits have been treating Putin as a pariah and depicting Russia as outside the circle of civilized nations.

Russia is ripping up the international rulebook, roared Defense Secre...

World War Might Sound Crazy LewRockwell

Though some have been warning about the catastrophic potential for a third global conflict for years, it wasnt until recently that these warnings became more mainstream. The calamitous nature of the violence in Syria  which has one nuclear power defending a government that has been the target of a regime change operation led by the worlds superpower  combined with 2017s threats of fire and fury against another state intently pursuing a nuclear weapons supply of its own, has pushed the issue of a third world war directly into the public discourse.

While certain hotspots throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe (i.e. Ukraine) have seen some notable escalations in the last few years, a direct conflict between Russia and the United States is still yet to emerge. Thats because the idea of a third world war in todays world is completely insane. If the two countries that currently possess the worlds greatest supplies of nuclear weapons go to war, there may not be a world left for the victors to inhabit after the war is done, thereby making it an unthinkable proposal.

Then again, the U.S. did just recently bomb a significant number of Russian-linked forces in Syria, reportedly killing scores of them. The targets of these air strikes were also predominantly Iranian-backed militias (just in case there werent enough state actors already involved in this ongoing conflict).

Speaking of Iran, Donald Trump recently fired Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and immediately appointed CIA director Mike Pompeo...

How Did They Get So Filthy Rich? LewRockwell

Previously, Schweizers Clinton Cash book contributed to Hillary Clintons election loss. This new book could be the death knell for Joe Bidens presidential hopes, as it reveals how his son, Hunter Biden, benefited from the former Vice Presidents dealings with foreign countries. Schweizer is evenhanded, though, targeting politicians from both parties. Mitch McConnell could easily become the target of an ethics investigation based on this books suggestion that McConnell has taken official acts that benefit his Chinese in-laws financially.

The book reveals a kind of self-dealing that I had not considered before by suggesting that Obama (1) used regulations in the education and energy sectors to depress the prices of certain stocks (e.g., the University of Phoenix and fossil fuel companies), at which time friends of Barack, including George Soros, bought the stocks and then (2) eased pressure, allowing the stocks to rebound and enriching anyone who invested at the stocks low points.

For any reader who worries about the mainstream medias failure to investigate the financial dealings of Obama and other politicians, this book is a partial remedy. Highly recommended!

Reprinted from Amazon.com.

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Revival of Free Speech at Speakers Corner LewRockwell

I have never visited Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London. I first heard about it during English lessons in school while growing up in Germany. Learning at the age of about 13 of this unique and idiosyncratic institution of individual freedom, this outward sign of a truly tolerant society, added to my sense of pride in my English heritage, my mother being a daughter of the island nation. I was also intrigued; it chimed with my budding interest in politics. However, for some reason, even after moving to Britain permanently 17 years ago, Ive never got around to actually going there and listening to some orators. I knew it was there, but I ignored it. And now it, and what it represents, are in grave danger. So what happened?

What happened had a long build-up and can be summarised thus: Self-destructive madness. In the face of mounting manifestations of internal contradictions of its multicultural outlook and philosophy, the ruling class of Europe, including Britain, is displaying growing signs of sheer lunacy and shameful abrogation of responsibility. Brexit was, if anything, a reaction of its supporters against the madness they perceived taking hold of their government and political representatives in their country and across the whole continent. Precisely because in Britain the tradition, or at least the memory, of free speech is still alive, the local branch of the ruling class could not avoid calling a referendum on EU membership forever. Hubristic and arrogant, they were sure they would win. When they lost, David Cameron, the prime minister responsible for calling the vote, resigned, remarking that at least he had managed to institutionalise same-sex marriage. But the ruling class as a whole did not resign. It has essentially remained in place.

Nothing has highlighted the continued rule by an aloof class of politicians and media grandees more clearly than the recent detention and subsequent deportation of Martin Sellner from England, and the deafening, shameful silence this was met with in most of the mainstream media. The Austrian activist of the Identitarian movement simply wanted to speak about freedom of speech at Speakers Corner, on Sunday 10th March. Where Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell had spoken, where anyone can speak about anything, Sellner was denied this right on the basis of anti-terrorism laws.

This has now backfired in a very major way. For the state, and for those who manipulated its institutions to act against Sellner.

The problem for the British state was this: Left-wing activists were threatening to cause mayhem if Sellner was allowed to speak. Ever since last summer, the 29-year-old Austrian has been complete anathema to the whole European Left. That was when Sellner led an expedition on a boat in the Mediterranean to investigate the doings of certain NGOs who were supposedly rescuing refugees from drowning. The Identitarians claimed that in reality they were basically offer...

Swamp Psychopath LewRockwell

What prompted former CIA Director John Brennan on Saturday to accuse President Donald Trump of moral turpitude and to predict, with an alliterative flourish, that Trump will end up as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history? The answer shines through the next sentence in Brennans threatening tweet: You may scapegoat Andy McCabe [former FBI Deputy Director fired Friday night] but you will not destroy AmericaAmerica will triumph over you.

It is easy to see why Brennan lost it. The Attorney General fired McCabe, denying him full retirement benefits, because McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor including under oath on multiple occasions. There but for the grace of God go I, Brennan must have thought, whose stock in trade has been unauthorized disclosures.

In fact, Brennan can take but small, short-lived consolation in the fact that he succeeded in leaving with a full government pension. His own unauthorized disclosures and leaks probably dwarf in number, importance, and sensitivity those of McCabe.  And many of those leaks appear to have been based on sensitive intercepted conversations from which the names of American citizens were unmasked for political purposes. Not to mention the leaks of faux intelligence like that contained in the dubious dossier cobbled together for the Democrats by British ex-spy Christopher Steele.

It is an open secret that the CIA has been leaking like the proverbial sieve over the last two years or so to its favorite stenographers at the New York Times and Washington Post. (At one point, the obvious whispering reached the point that the Wall Street Journal saw fit to complain that it was being neglected.) The leaking can be traced way back at least as far as the Clinton campaigns decision to blame the Russians for the publication of very damning DNC emails by WikiLeaks just three days before the Democratic National Convention.

This blame game turned out to be a hugely successful effort to divert attention from the content of the emails, which showed in bas relief the dirty tricks the DNC played on Bernie Sanders. The media readily fell in line, and all attention was deflected from the substance of the DNC emails to the question as to why the Russians supposedly hacked into the DNC and gave the emails to WikiLeaks.

This media operation worked like a charm, but even Secretary Clintons PR person, Jennifer Palmieri, conceded later that at first it strained credulity that the Russians would be doing what they were being accused of doing.

Magnificent Diversion

On April 6, 2017 I attended a panel discussion on Russias interference in our democracy at the Clinton/Podesta Center for American Progress Fund. In my s...

YouTube Cracks Down LewRockwell

YouTube started out awesome. You could post videos of anything you wanted, pretty much. Then, over time, they realized that if they paid content creators, those creators could churn out better content. It was pretty cool. People could make a living entertaining folks or teaching them cool stuff.

However, YouTube soon started to turn left politically. They started demonetizing content they disagreed with while turning a blind eye to content they did. This forced content creatorspeople who often made their living off of YouTube moneyto find alternative avenues for revenue.

Gun channels ran into this occasionally, as well, among other things. YouTube, despite being a great place to find gun content, began to crack down on gun channels.

Now, theyre at it again, except now theyve ramped it up to 11.

Policies on content featuring firearms

YouTube prohibits certain kinds of content featuring firearms. Specifically, we dont allow content that:

  • Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above. This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.
  • Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.

Over at Recoil, they had the following to say about the new rules at YouTube:

If you skim through the policy, it appears YouTube is attempting to limit knowledge-sharing of what they think has caused several recent tragedies. One very important portion of verbiage states, links to sites that sell these items. This means if a gun channel links to any company that sells firearms, that channel can be found in violation of the new YouTube firearms policy.

RECOIL has taken a step in the other direction by housing video content on its own platform. To check out uninhibited gun-friendly content, head over to RECOILtv.

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Deja Vu All Over Again LewRockwell

Everything is great. Were riding high. The stock market is up. Employment is up. Analysts and pundits see nothing but smooth sailing ahead.

It sounds an awful lot like 2007.

Its like deja vu all over again.

As an article published at The Conversation pointed out, there were two key problems lurking below the surface in the mid-2000s that few people paid any attention two. Those same two factors exist today. And once again, few people are paying much attention.

  1. Excessive household debt
  2. A housing bubble

Looking back at the mid oos, the economy seemed to be chugging along. But inflation-adjusted household incomes were lower than they were in the late 1990s. To maintain their standard of living, people took on more debt. At the time, it wasnt a problem. Interest rates were still low thanks to the Federal Reserves monetary policy in the wake of the dot-com bust. Underwriting standards were also low. Banks and credit card companies were happy to loan money, even to people with marginal creditworthiness.

As a result, household debt soared from just over $8 trillion in 2004 to $12.69 trillion in 2008.

Fast forward to today. Household debt has now risen above pre-crisis level. Last month, the New York Fed released the latest data on US household debt, revealing it has grown to a record $13 trillion.

Non-mortgage household debt (credit cards, student loans and auto loans) has risen 41% above its previous peak in 2008.

And of course, when you have debt, you have to service that debt. Analysts at The Conversation estimate the resulting interest payments on nonmortgage household debt have reduced living standards of the typical household by 3.1 percent since 2008. As the article pointed out, this either lowers consumption or prolongs the vicious cycle of more and more household debt.

So, what about the housing bubble?

Skyrocketing housing prices in the mid-2000s outstr...

Russiagate Comes to England LewRockwell

I dont know what happened in Salisbury England on March 4th, but it appears that the British government doesnt know either. Prime Minister Theresa Mays speech before Parliament last Monday was essentially political, reflecting demands that she should do something in response to the mounting hysteria over the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. After Mays presentation there were demands from Parliamentarians for harsh measures against Russia, reminiscent of the calls for action emanating from the U.S. Congress over the allegations relating to what has been called Russiagate.

This demand to take action led to a second Parliamentary address by May on Wednesday in which she detailed the British response to the incident, which included cutting off all high-level contacts between Moscow and London and the persona non grata (PNG) expulsion of 23 spies and intelligence officers working out of the Russian Federation Embassy. The expulsions will no doubt produce a tit-for-tat PNG from Moscow, ironically crippling or even eliminating the MI-6 presence and considerably reducing Britains own ability to understand what it going on in the Kremlin.

May, who referred to a Russian mafia state, has blamed Moscow for the attack even though she made plain in her first speech that the investigation was still underway. In both her presentations, she addressed the issue of motive by citing her belief that the attempted assassination conforms with an established pattern of Russian behavior. She did not consider that Vladimir Putins government would have no good reason to carry out an assassination that surely would be attributed to it, particularly as it was on the verge of national elections and also, more important, because it will be hosting the World Cup later this year and will be highly sensitive to threats of boycott. And it must be observed that Skripal posed no active threat to the Russian government. He has been living quietly in Britain for eight years, leading to wild tabloid press speculation that the Kremlins motive must have been to warn potential traitors that there are always consequences, even years later and in a far-off land.

To provide additional buttressing of what is a questionable thesis, the case of the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 has been repeatedly cited by the media on both sides of the Atlantic as evidence of Russian turpitude, but the backstory is not the same. Litvinenko was an FSB officer who fled to the United Kingdom to avoid prosecution in Russia. In Britain, he became a whistleblower and author, exposing numerous alleged Russian government misdeeds. Would the Kremlin have been mo...

Is Your Liver in Danger? LewRockwell

Our liver works tirelessly day in and day out to keep us healthy, but many of us dont return the favor. Worse yet, when our liver becomes sick, the symptoms arent as obvious, so they often are overlooked or misdiagnosed.

Fatty liver disease is a rising disease in America. As fat permeates the liver, it makes it sick and reduces its ability to function. If left untreated, fatty liver disease can progress into cirrhosis, which is irreversible and requires a liver transplant to treat.

To prevent fatty liver disease from progressing to the point where treatments are no longer successful, its important that you recognize the signs and symptoms of fatty liver disease early on.

Signs and Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease

Fatigue: Fatigue is a broad symptom that can be related to a slew of conditions. You may experience tiredness, weakness, poor concentration, energy loss, and difficulties making good judgments. Its important to pay close attention to other symptoms that accompany fatigue because, as mentioned, fatigue is a common symptom linked to several other conditions ranging in severity.

Obesity: The biggest risk factor for fatty liver disease is obesity. In fact, it can increase our risk of fatty liver disease by 75 percent. Eating healthy and exercising regularly are good ways to reduce excess weight, reducing your risk of fatty liver disease.

Urine color changes: Healthy urine is a pale yellow, but urine color in those with a liver problem is unusually dark, regardless of hydration level. This is because toxins, fats, and oils that your liver normally processes being passing through your liver.

You become a binge-eater: Eating more than usual? That could be a sign of a sick liver. You will feel hungry all the time and you will often reach for junk food as you begin to crave sugars. In turn, this promotes fatty liver disease.

High cholesterol: Higher levels of cholesterol may be a higher risk of heart disease, but are also indicative of a fatty liver, as your liver produces cholesterol that is released in the blood. Its important that you cut back on cholesterol-rich foods so to not raise your levels higher.

Diabetes: Having diabetes increases your risk of fatty liver disease. It may be difficult for diabetics to notice symptoms related to a sick liver, so an ultrasound is required for proper diagnosis.

Reprinted with permission from Bel Marra Health.

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The US Opioid Epidemic LewRockwell

By Dr. Mercola

The opioid epidemic which between 2002 and 2015 alone claimed an estimated 202,600 Americans lives1  shows absolutely no signs of leveling off or declining. On the contrary, recent statistics suggest the death toll is still trending upward, with more and more people abusing these powerful narcotics. The most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include2 methadone, oxycodone (such as OxyContin) and hydrocodone (such as Vicodin).

This dangerous class of drugs promises relief from pain and is filling a hole in human hearts and souls everywhere. According to the most recent data3 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose cases admitted into emergency rooms increased by more than 30 percent across the U.S. between July 2016 and September 2017. Overdose cases rose by:4

  • 30 percent among men
  • 31 percent among 24- to 35-year-olds
  • 36 percent among 35- to 54-year-olds
  • 32 percent among those 55 and older

In the Midwest region Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin overdose cases rose by 70 percent and opioid-related mortality by 14 percent. Large cities also saw a 54 percent increase in overdose cases in that same timeframe. According to CDC officials, the results are a wake-up call to the fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic.

The Opioid Diaries

Curiously, opioid abuse appears to be a uniquely American problem. As noted in a recent write-up in New York Magazine,5 the U.S. pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it. Ive written about opioid misuse and addiction on many occasions in recent years, and it seems one cannot discuss this issue enough. Many are still unaware of the dangers involved with filling that first prescription.

As an indication of the need for awareness, the March 5 issue of Time magazine, The Opioid Diaries,...

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David Byrne Is Optimistic-- And #1 DownWithTyranny!




When I was considering an offer I got to work at Sire Records one of the big factors in the "plus" column is that label founder Seymour Stein had signed an amazing roster of the artists I liked listening to and playing on my San Francisco radio show. One of those artists was David Byrne, then lead singer of Talking Heads. I don't think there's any artist's music I listen to more now-- 4 decades later!-- than David Byrne's songs, his Talking Heads music and his solo projects. He just released his 11th solo record, American Utopia and something happened for him that is truly amazing: it entered the charts at #1. That never happened for any of David's music before. The song above, "Everybody's Coming To My House," his the first single, something he collaborated with the Detroit School of Arts' Vocal Jazz Ensemble (and Brian Eno).



The album is the soundtrack for his touring show Reasons to Be Cheerful, an attempt to spread positivity in the Age of Trump. He's sincere too. Think of this as a Ted Talk and let David explain what he's actually doing, instead of me trying to:



14:47

More Leftist Fraud: NOAA Fudged Temperature Data to Delude Public on Global Warming Scam The Gateway Pundit

It was all a hoax.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the US Department of Commerce fudged their numbers to pretend the world was warming.

The US government agency pushed this fraud so leftists could make money off of Chinese windmills and solar panels and the US government could put oil and coal workers out of business.

This ranks up there, next to the Russia collusion hoax as one of the most devastating lies perpetrated by the American left.

Real Climate Science reported:

NOAAs US temperature record shows that US was warmest in the 1930s and has generally cooled as CO2 has increased. This wrecks greenhouse gas theory, so they adjust the data to make it look like the US is warming.

The NOAA data tampering produces a spectacular hockey stick of scientific fraud, which becomes the basis of vast amounts of downstream junk climate science.

These climate fraudsters should be jailed for life or sent to northern Alaska with only a sled dog and an axe.

The northeastern US is preparing for its latest Noreaster. The snow blast is expected to bury New York City in 15 inches of snow.

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14:14

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker Wins Illinois Democratic Nomination for Governor The Intercept

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker secured the Illinois Democratic Partys nomination for governor on Tuesday, after spending tens of millions of dollars of his own money to vault over the other major candidates in the race, including progressive state Sen. Daniel Biss, as well as businessman and Kennedy heir Chris Kennedy.

Pritzker took home 45 percent of the vote, compared to Bisss 26 percent and Kennedys 24 percent. He will most likely head into the general election against incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who was leading over his primary challenger 52 to 48 percent at the time of this writing.

Pritzker spent a record sum of money on the gubernatorial race, putting $69.5 million into his own campaign coffers. He announced his campaign on April 6, 2017, which means he invested an average of about $199,000 a day over the course of his 348-day campaign. By comparison, President Donald Trump spent around $66 million of his own money on his campaign for the presidency.

Pritzkers next highest donor was the Illinois Education Association, according to the state-based campaign finance reform watchdog Illinois Sunshine.

The other Democratic contenders campaign funds didnt even come close. Kennedy raised $6.9 million and Biss raised $6.7 million. Pritzker also received a last-minute assist in the form of robocalls recorded by former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. In 2016, as Clinton battled against Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, Pritzker pumped millions of dollars into a pro-Clinton Super PAC.

The billionaires platform is, in some ways, more conservative than those of his defeated rivals. Biss campaigned on the promise of a single-payer health care system, while Pritzker supports establishing an optional public health insurance program. But on other issues, like implementing a $15 minimum wage, Biss, Kennedy, and Pritzker were all on the...

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In the Heart of Chicago, the Democratic Machine Is Defeated by an Insurgent Candidate Battling Municipal Inequality The Intercept

In a stunning upset, Chicagos Democratic machine suffered a big defeat on Tuesday night, as Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios was defeated in a Democratic primary by insurgent Fritz Kaegi. As of this writing, Kaegi had 45 percent of the vote to Berrioss 34 percent. A third candidate, Andrea Raila, had 21 percent. Berrios has conceded.

The Chicago Tribune marked the victory as a watershed moment for the activists who had backed Bernie Sanderss presidential bid in 2016. The race for assessor, typically a quiet, down-ballot affair, had a much higher profile this year because it became a test of the ability of progressives in the wake of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanderss presidential campaign to take on establishment Democrats and win, it noted.

Several other down-ballot races also featured strong performances by upstart candidates. Daniel J. Burke, who has been in the state House since 1990, was defeated in his Democratic primary by Aaron Ortiz. Ortiz is an educator and high school counselor at a public school in the Chicago area, and ran on establishing tuition-free undergraduate college, legalizing marijuana, single-payer health care, and ending cash bail. In the 4th House District, Delia Ramirez won her primary by a large margin. Brandon Johnson, a Chicago teachers union organizer, edged out machine-aligned Richard Boykin in a startling upset.

All four candidates were backed by United Working Families, a coalition group formed to challenge the corporate dominance of politics, and linked with the Working Families Party.

County assessor, meanwhile, may seem like a fairly obscure position. But municipal assessors are charged with valuing properties and thus, determining property tax responsibilities. Cook County machine politicians have been able to use control of the assessor office to leverage contributions and other benefits. For years, Cook County has failed to accurately value homes, which leads to a disproportionate share of taxes falling on poorer residents, many of whom are African-American and Latino. These residents lack or lacked the political power to change the system. Until now.

As was highlighted in a profile of him in The Intercept du...

13:16

HANNITY FIRES WARNING SHOT at Crooked Hillary: You May Want to Stop Talking. Theres a Lot of News Coming in Your Direction (Video) The Gateway Pundit

Hillary Clinton just returned from a disastrous foreign trip to India where she trashed white women, married women and Middle America.

Then she fell down some stairs and broke her hand in a bathtub.

On Tuesday Sean Hannity warned Hillary Clinton You may want to stop talking.

Sean Hannity: Really Hillary, you want to talk about enriching yourself? Did you forget about the $145 million that poured into your family foundation, Bill doubling his speaking fees in Russia. Oh, and giving the speech for Vladimir Putin and the Uranium One scandal. I have some free advice for Hillary Clinton. You may want to stop talking. Theres a lot of news coming in your direction.

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13:07

Is This Him? Reddit User Claims To Be Mystery Bomber Terrorizing Austin, Texas The Gateway Pundit

A mysterious social media user is claiming to be the Austin bomber responsible for a number of explosions in recent weeks. 

New York Daily News reports:

My intention is not to kill people. I am doing this simply because I want to watch the world burn, someone using the handle austinbomber posted on Reddit Tuesday.

The anonymous user made a string of disturbing messages in which he compared himself to the Zodiac, the notorious serial killer who was never caught or identified even though he murdered at least five people in California in the 1960s and 70s.

The self-professed Austin bomber denied suggestions that the attacks are racially motivated.

Its not race-related like the media has speculated, one message read. I also enjoy laughing at the massive police presence that just simply cannot find or deanonymize me.

The poster said hes between 30-50 years old, and insisted that he doesnt have any terminal illness or anything like that. The account was quickly suspended and its messages scrubbed from the site.

On Tuesday evening, Austin police responded to reports of a sixth explosion near a Goodwill store at Brodie Lane and West Slaughter Lane. One man in his 30s was injured in the blast.

12:47

Breaking: Another Explosion In Austin, At Least 1 Hurt Weasel Zippers

Via Fox News: At least one person was injured Tuesday night in yet another reported package explosion in Austin, Texas, investigators said just the latest in a string of blasts that have killed at least two people over the past month. Tuesday nights explosion unfolded on West Slaughter Lane and Brodie Lane in southwestern []

12:41

President Trump Speech During National Republican Congressional Committee Dinner The Last Refuge

Earlier this evening President Donald Trump spoke at the NRCC dinner in Washington DC.  CTH would be remiss if we did not draw attention to @40:10: Were doing very, very well; and I think youre going to have something very, Continue reading

12:35

Surveillance Video from Sunset Valley Fedex Store May Have Caught Austin Bomber on Camera The Gateway Pundit

Sunset Valley police blocked off the FedEx Office on Tuesday morning after a suspicious package was sent from the store.

Law enforcement hopes the surveillance video from the store and from local businesses may identify the suspected bomber.

Police asked local stores in the strip mall for surveillance video today.

FOX News reported on the sixth bombing tonight in Austin.
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12:25

Youtube Is Cracking Down On Gun Channels, Gun-Related Videos Weasel Zippers

Via Bearing Arms: YouTube started out awesome. You could post videos of anything you wanted, pretty much. Then, over time, they realized that if they paid content creators, those creators could churn out better content. It was pretty cool. People could make a living entertaining folks or teaching them cool stuff. However, YouTube soon started []

12:22

Trump Drove Another Republican Out Of The Party-- Who Cares? Keep Your Eye On The Ball And In Hawaii That Means Electing Kaniela Ing To Congress DownWithTyranny!




Right now there are 3 candidates running for the open Honolulu-based seat (HI-01), two conservative Democrats from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, Donna Mercado Kim and Doug Chin, and the state's most progressive and deep-thinker political leader, Kaniela Ing.

Rumors abound that a 3rd Republican masquerading as a Democrat, Beth Fukumoto, is about to jump in as well. A few months ago Fukumoto was the minority leader of Hawaii's House of Representatives, where she voted like... a Republican, of course-- anti-Choice, anti-LGBTQ, anti-environment, anti-working family... you know what Republicans are; she was the leader. Then she said something uncomplimentary about Seor Trumpanzee so they threw her out of her leadership position and she quit the party. After being an independent for a while she saw an opportunity to run for office as a "Democrat" and joined that party. She, Chin and Kim are three of a kind, all calling themselves Democrats after having run up ugly Republican records.

And now another Republican is jumping ship, ex-Congressman Charles Djou. Who knows what he'll be running for. He wrote an Op-Ed, making himself sound heroic, yesterday for Civil Beat. He lost his last 3 elections as a Republican.
Today, after much consideration, I abandon my party because I am unwilling to abandon my principles. I can no longer stand with a Republican Party that is led by a man I firmly believe is taking the party of Lincoln in a direction I fundamentally disagree with, and a party that is unwilling to stand up to him.

I have long believed that Americas strength lies in our nations diversity-- not its exclusion or isolation. We are a nation of immigrants and benefit from a nationa...

12:05

BREAKING: Florida Deputy On Duty at MSDHS Suspended For SLEEPING In Patrol Car Outside School The Gateway Pundit

Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it seems that a new element of sheer and deadly incompetence by the local police and FBI is revealed each and every day. In this latest finding, a Broward County Sheriffs deputy has been suspended after a student discovered him SLEEPING inside his patrol car outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as the shooting went on.

If you thought an officer sleeping while a psychopath rampages a school wasnt enough, ABC Local 10 reports that Deputy Moises Carotti will be suspended with pay while they investigate.

Coleman-Wright said just after 5 p.m. Monday a student told another deputy on the campus that Carotti was asleep in his marked patrol car near the 1200 building, the site of the mass shooting that left 17 people dead last month.

The deputy woke Carotti and informed his superiors, Coleman-Wright said. Another deputy was sent to replace Carotti, she said. []

Roughly 30 minutes before Moises was found asleep, other deputies arrested Zachary Cruz, the brother of gunman Nikolas Cruz, for trespassing. Although Zachary Cruz had been told several times to avoid the campus, he rode his skateboard onto the grounds to reflect on the school shooting and soak it in, deputies said.

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12:00

Florida Man Allegedly Shouts Allah Akbar, Shoots Wife, Knifes Children, Sets House On Fire Weasel Zippers

Via Daily Caller: A Florida man allegedly shouted Allah Akbar repeatedly as police arrested him for shooting his wife, stabbing his two children, and setting his house ablaze. Police arrested Ronnie Oneal, who identifies as a member of The Nation of Islam, at the house of his partner Kenyatta Barron, in Riverview, Fla., in response []

11:36

BREAKING: SIXTH BOMB ATTACK IN TEXAS at Goodwill Store Austin Police Responding The Gateway Pundit

A sixth bomb went off tonight at Goodwill Store in South Austin.

The location of the blast was Brodie Lane and West Slaughter Lane.
One man in his 30s was injured in the blast.

Police are responding to the reported explosion.

People are making inroads on the investigation.

11:21

With Help Of Ten Senate Democrats, Pentagon Can Still Make War In Yemen Shadowproof

The United States Senate killed a resolution introduced by Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican Senator Mike Lee to withdraw U.S. military support for the Saudi war in Yemen.

By a vote of 55-44, the resolution was tabled. A simple majority was required to kill the resolution.

If ten Democrats who voted to kill the resolution had instead voted no, an extraordinary debate on Saudi Arabia and U.S. support for the war in Yemen would have taken place.

Democratic Senators Christopher Coons, Catherine Cortez Masto, Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Doug Jones, Joe Manchin, Robert Menendez, Bill Nelson, Jack Reed, and Sheldon Whitehouse each voted against debating whether to exercise Congresss war powers under the Constitution.

The outcome was similar to a vote on a resolution introduced by Republican Senator Rand Paul to oppose the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. It failed by four votes, and if five Democrats had not voted to preserve the arms deals, the effort to block $500 million worth of weapons would have prevailed.

Republican Senator Bob Corker, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led the effort to stop the resolution from Sanders and Lee. He was livid that senators invoked the War Powers Act of 1973 to attempt to end U.S. military support for intervention by Saudi Arabia in a war against the Houthis, particularly because it circumvented his authority as the Foreign Relations Committee chair.

Corker said, Let the Foreign Relations Committee do the work youve assigned the committee to do. Were going to have a hearing. He mentioned a bipartisan bill apparently in the works on Yemen. He cautioned against allowing a wild west debate on war-making powers of the Executive Branch.

I say to my good friend, Senator Corker, the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, this war has been going for three years, Senator Sanders responded. Ten thousand civilians in Yemen are dead. Forty thousand have been wounded. A million are dealing with cholera now. Millions have been displaced, and you come tonight on the floor and you say were going to have a hearing. Thats good, but its three years too late.

A key issue is over the U.S. military refueling Saudi military jets that are flown into Yemen. Corker suggested it was inconsistent of senators to advance this resolution, when the U.S. helps the French refuel jets in Mali. I assume that these individuals would consider those to be hostilities, but somehow or another, that doesnt rise to congressional approval.

Corker argued this debate was politically tinged and downplayed Saudi Arabias responsibility for carnage as well as a humanitarian catastrophe. He added, We know that because American folks are involved in refueling and because were helping to a degree with intelligence,...

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Neolithic Normandy bensozia

Elliptical enclosure and u-shaped building, Saint-Andr-sur-Orne, Normandy, radiocarbon dated to 2800 to 2500 BCE, the very end of the Neolithic. The central structure was build with sizable tree trunks split in half for posts. In this photograph, the post holes have been digitally darkened; they would not normally be so obvious in a drone photo like this. The enclosure is 150 feet (45 m) across.

Arrowhead from the same site. From INRAP.

11:00

Democrat Bashes Sex And City Actress Cynthia Nixon As Unqualified Lesbian Running For NY Gov Weasel Zippers

What does being a lesbian have to do with her being qualified or not? Nixon didnt like Quinn, not because she was a lesbian, but because she was a lousy politician. Via NY Post: Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an openly gay supporter of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, called Cynthia Nixon an unqualified lesbian a []

10:43

BOOM! LOU DOBBS GOES OFF: Why Doesnt Someone Tell Speaker Ryan to Go to Hell? Hed Sell Out His Mother! (VIDEO) The Gateway Pundit

Lou Dobbs blasted Republican Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday night during his discussion of the GOPs bloated $1.3 trillion omnibus bill.

Speaker Paul Ryan is set to pass the second largest spending bill in US history next to Barack Obamas trillion dollar failed stimulus.

The bill funds all of the Democrat priorities but will unlikely fund the Trump border wall.

The spending bill will also funnel billions of dollars to Obamacare markets.

Lou Dobbs escalated his attacks on Trump-bashing Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday.

Lou Dobbs: Why doesnt someone tell him to go to hell? This is an embarrassment. He represents only the US multinational interests on K Street. He doesnt represent Republican thinking. Hes not a conservative. In my judgement hes one of the most erratic people weve ever seen in the Speakership Ryan is serving his masters. No, no, Ryans masters are not the taxpayers. They just pay the bills. Lets be clear. It is the Business Roundtable. It is the Chamber of Commerce. It is K-Street. He sold out a long time ago. He sold out the conference. He sold out the Republican Party. He sold out this president. And he would sell out his mother based on his record.

Via Lou Dobbs:

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10:40

House Judiciary Chair Expected To Issue DOJ Subpoena Over Clinton Emails Weasel Zippers

How you know DOJ is still infested, they still arent turning over the information. Why? Via The Hill: The head of the House Judiciary Committee is expected to subpoena the Department of Justice (DOJ) as soon as this week to obtain documents related to how the FBI handled its investigation into Hillary Clintons email server, []

10:28

Conservative Residents in Coastal SoCal County Furious After Officials Vote to Spend $70 Million on Homeless and Create Homeless Tent Cities The Gateway Pundit

Conservative residents in Orange County, a wealthy enclave in Southern California just south of Los Angeles, are furious after supervisors voted to spend over $70 million on permanent housing for the homeless.

Even worse, homeless people may be temporarily housed in tents inside three conservative Orange County cities including Laguna Niguel, Huntington Beach and Irvine.

The Orange County Register reports:

Supervisors voted Monday for Orange County to spend $70.5 million on permanent housing for the homeless, and to create temporary homeless camps in Irvine, and possibly in Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel.

The vote comes a week after supervisors committed $20 million toward permanent housing for the homeless. The combined $90 million is likely the single largest appropriation ever committed by the county to fight homelessness, and signals a shift in the countys strategy to solve the growing issue.

The decision came as supervisors admitted that theyve failed to spend money thats been available for homeless housing tens of millions of dollars technically earmarked for mental health funding. Supervisors said theyd been misled by county staff as to what resources were available, though news reports for at least two years have pointed to the availability of up to $186 million.

Staff will advise supervisors in the coming weeks about how the county can acquire land or renovate buildings. Its unclear when actual construction, or acquisition of housing, might begin.

For homeless advocates, the vote was a welcome surprise.

Its really great to see the county finally take steps to ending the housing crisis in Orange County, said Brooke Weitzman, an attorney who this year sued the county on behalf of the homeless.

Mondays vote emerged from negotiations in that ongoing lawsuit, which targeted the countys efforts to dismantle the homeless encampments along the Santa Ana River Trail. As part of an agreement in that case, the county in February move...

10:20

Maryland School Shooter Prohibited From Possessing Handgun Weasel Zippers

It already was illegal for him to have a gun. Lets mare laws hed ignore. Via Daily Caller: The student who shot two people at a Maryland school on Tuesday was legally prohibited from possessing or owning the firearm he used. The shooter, identified as 17-year-old Austin Rollins, was well below Marylands 21-year age requirement []

10:20

ARMED SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER Takes Out Active Shooter at Great Mills High School in Maryland -Two Injured (Video) The Gateway Pundit

There was a shooting this morning at Great Mills High school in Maryland.

The school says the situation is contained.

NBC Washington reported multiple injuries, but that was not immediately confirmed by authorities.

The use of a weapon in a school zone or use or possession of a weapon on school grounds is punishable by up to five years in prison in Maryland.

UPDATE A male student shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning before being shot dead by an armed school resource officer.

The officer is being hailed a...

10:00

Breaking: Two Students Arrested With Weapons At Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward Deputy On Duty At School Found Asleep Weasel Zippers

You wonder how Zachary Cruzs brother got on campus? Well, he actually got on three times. Yesterday was the latest when Deputy on duty was sleeping on the job. Via Twitchy: Two students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been arrested today for bringing weapons to school. A third student is being evaluated for []

09:41

Illegal Aliens Who Dodged California ICE Raid After Dem Mayors Tip-off, Re-Arrested For New Crimes Weasel Zippers

Via Fox News: Three illegal immigrants, who avoided capture after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf blew the whistle on a raid by federal immigration authorities last month, have since been re-arrested for new crimes including robbery and spousal abuse, ICE officials said. Schaaf tweeted out a warning ahead of the raid in northern California last month, []

09:20

Holy Cross Drops Knight Mascot Over Ties to Christian Violence in the Crusades Weasel Zippers

So dumb. Crusades were a defensive war. Knights are not exclusive to crusades. But theyre keeping the name, Crusaders. Via Fox News Insider: The College of the Holy Cross announced it would drop its Knight mascot and related imagery to avoid ties to the violence committed by Christian armies during the Crusades. The Massachusetts schools []

09:03

Dangerous Shift Serial Bombings In/Around Austin Texas Continue, Now Using Parcel Carriers The Last Refuge

UPDATE: 8:18 p.m. EST: The Austin Fire Department is reporting another package explosion with one injury in the 9800 block of Brodie. A hazmat task force is responding and crews are evacuating a building. (link) Authorities are acknowledging a serial Continue reading

09:00

Hero School Resource Officer Who Stopped Maryland HS Shooting Is Blaine Gaskill Weasel Zippers

Via Blue Lives Matter: St. Marys County, MD The 17-year-old gunman is dead, and two other students are wounded, after an early morning shooting at a St. Marys County high school. Authorities have said that the school resource officer on duty at Great Mills High School engaged the shooter and stopped the threat, preventing []

08:44

Pais tentam boicotar livro sobre princesas africanas, me resiste, e obra mantida The Intercept

Quando a princesa Iemanj abriu a boca, saram dela milhares de estrelinhas. Eram estrelinhas de todos os tamanhos. Estrelinhas que brilhavam mais e estrelinhas que brilhavam menos. So trechos como esse que fazem parte do livro infantil Omo-Oba Histrias de Princesas, que foi questionado por um grupo de pais da Escola Sesi, em Volta Redonda, no Rio de Janeiro. Eles no queriam que seus filhos, alunos do 3 ano do Ensino Fundamental I, tivessem contato com a cultura africana.

A autora, Kiusam Oliveira, que Doutora em Educao pela USP, conta histrias tradicionais do povo iorubano sobre seis princesas que se tornaram rainhas: Oi, Oxum, Iemanj, Olocum, Aj Xalug e Odudu que tambm so, no Brasil, entidades cultuadas por religies de matrizes africanas. As histrias das ancestrais so narradas destacando suas habilidades com o objetivo de, segundo a autora, empoderar meninas de todos tempos.

Um dos cuidados que tive foi de no ter uma conotao religiosa. O que as pessoas dificilmente sabem que essas mulheres representam nossas ancestrais. E, aqui, com todo o racismo que a gente vive, quando se toca no nome delas, parece que voc est falando de diabo e demnio. O livro vem para desmistificar uma srie de situaes, explica a autora.

Omo-Oba recomendado pelo MEC e utilizado em escolas em todo o Brasil desde 2009. a primeira vez em dez anos que algo desse tipo acontece. Para mim, isso reflete a atual conjuntura do nosso Brasil. As pessoas intolerantes e racistas esto se achando no direito de agir porque, agora, temos a impresso que tudo pode, afirma Kiusam.

Ao ser questionada sobre o livro por um grupo de pais, a escola enviou um bilhete informando que os alunos seriam divididos em grupos de trabalho, e que a obra poderia ser substituda por outra caso algum grupo assim desejasse. A professora da rede pblica Juliana Pereira de Carvalho, me de Gael Bretas Pereira, de 8 anos, que estuda na Escola Sesi, se indignou. Ela postou o comunicado no Facebook.

Com certeza isso um preconceito afro-religioso, no consigo perceber outra coisa. Eu tinha acabado de vir da manifestao da Marielle, estava muito sentida. Eu cheguei em casa e meu filho me entregou o bilhete. Eu vi aquilo e pensei mas era s o que me faltava,...

08:44

FLASHBACK: Remember When Obama Called Putin To Congratulate Him On Phony Election Win & Promised Him Flexibility? The Gateway Pundit

In 2012, then president, Barrack Obama called Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his shocking rigged election win.Guess what happened? There was literally one, single, article published about it in Foreign Policy magazine (a publication that is largely only read by foreign policy academics and reporters).

Now, in all fairness, there was a scandal that also hit shortly after Obama congratulated Putin that the media covered, but not in the way you might guess. they attacked Republicans.

Obama, who forgot to turn his microphone off, placed his hand on President Medvedevs arm and in a clear statement of Russian-catering said: This is my last election, after my election I have more flexibility.

Medvedev then declared, in what certainly paints then-President Obama as Putins-puppet-to-be, I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

When Russian conspiracy site CNN ran the story ran the story they ignored Obamas ineffectualness and obvious desire to win an election, over American interests, and choose to focus on Republicans once again. Republicans seized on Obamas request as an opportunity to frame the president as a politician primarily focused on re-election.

Can you imagine for a second if President Trump was caught on a hot mic promising leniency with Russia? The media would go haywire! 

But, because the MSM was in Obamas pocket and they show an open distain for President Trump the tables have turned. Nearly the entirety of the mainstream media, and the predictably moronic John McCain, has lashed out at President Trump for a relatively standard diplomatic move. Was Trump supposed to call Putin and say, F*** you and your rigged elections would that have made the MSM happy?

You dont need to look any further than these side-by-side news searches to spot how disgusting and biased the American MSM is against the Trump Administration:

...

08:41

FLASH=> Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor Charged With Murder Of Justine Damond The Gateway Pundit

Somali-American police officer Mohamed Noor shot Aussie Justine Damond dead in July of 2017. 

Mohamed Noor reached over his partner and shot Damond dead while she was speaking to his partner.

Damond called the police to report a possible assault down the alley behind her home.

Mohamed was the first Somali officer in his precinct.

On Tuesday, Noor was charged with murder.

Daily Mail UK reports:

A Minneapolis police officer who shot dead an unarmed Australian yoga teacher in her pyjamas after answering her 911 call has been charged with murder.

Officer Mohamed Noor, 32, turned himself in Tuesday morning and is held on murder and manslaughter charges for gunning down 40-year-old Justine Damond on July 15.

He shot Damond in the stomach when she approached his squad car minutes after she called police to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

Charging documents reveal Damond said Im dead or Im dying as she clasped her stomach after being shot. She was given CPR by the officers but died at the scene.

Somali American police officer Mohamed Noor shot Aussie Justine Damond dead in July 2017.

Mohamed Noor reached over his partner and shot Damond dead while she was speaking to his partner.
Damond called the police to report a possible assault down the alley behind her home.
Mohamed was the first Somali officer in his precinct.

...

08:25

House GOP Leaders Scalise, McCarthy Sign Letter Demanding Second Special Counsel to Investigate Obamas FISA Abuse The Gateway Pundit

At the end of February, Rep Lee Zeldin (R-NY) sent a letter to AWOL Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him appoint a Special Counsel to investigate FISA abuses and how/why Hillarys probe ended and Trumps Russia probe began.

 
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise

 

Rep Zeldin posted the letter to his Twitter account and said, Just sent letter asking Jeff Sessions to appoint Special Counsel to investigate decisions/activities re FISA abuse, & how/why Clinton probe ended, & Trump-Russia probe began. TY to @Jim_Jordan, @RepRooney @RepTedBudd @RepMattGaetz @RepMarkMeadows @replouiegohmert & other signers!

The letter reads (partial transcript):

As you know, evidence has come to light that raises serious concerns about decisions and activities by leadership at the highest levels of the DOJ and FBI regarding how and why the Clinton probe ended and how and why the Trump Russia probe began. Additionally, important questions have been raised with regards to FISA warrants targeting U.S. citizen Carter Page. We write you to urge you today to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate these decisions and activities.

Initially 13 GOP Reps total signed Zeldins letter.

On Tuesday, Rep Lee Zeldin announced House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and GOP House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy both signed his letter demanding a second special counsel.

Zeldin tweeted: HUGE NEWS: @GOPLeader & @SteveScalise just joined call for appt of 2nd Special Counsel!! I originally penned attached letter that 12 fellow Reps signed onto. Accountability & transparency needed re misconduct how/why Clinton probe ended, Trump-Russia probe began & FISA Abuse!

08:23

John McCain Trashes Trump for Congratulating Putin on Election Victory Just Like Obama Did in 2012 The Gateway Pundit

Senator John McCain trashed President Trump on Tuesday after he called and congratulated Vladimir Putin on his election victory.

Of course, Barack Obama called Putin to congratulate him on his election win in 2012.

For the record France, Germany, and Japan had all sent congratulatory messages to Moscow before Trump chipped in.

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08:21

Thats Not Going To Happen Hillary Clinton Gets Triggered When Asked About Ivanka Trump Becoming First Female President Weasel Zippers

When asked whether Ivanka Trump will make good on her desire to become the 1st female President of the United States, Hillary Clinton did not miss a beat in this brilliant dead-pan. HRC has emerged post-election as the voice of the Resistance IMHO. Whether people admit it or not. pic.twitter.com/19hCGJoalt Alex Mohajer (@AlexMohajer) March []

08:10

President Trump Hosts Law Enforcement Roundtable To Discuss Lawless Sanctuary Cities The Last Refuge

Earlier today President Trump hosted leadership from the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and national law enforcement officials to discuss the ongoing issues with Sanctuary Cities and immigration. . WHITE HOUSE SANCTUARY CITIES ARE UNDERMINING LAW Continue reading

08:00

Faux Outrage Of The Day: Trump UN Nominee Opposes Radical Islam Weasel Zippers

Gasp! Via Daily Caller: Controversy is brewing over President Trumps nominee for an important United Nations post. Last week, CNN uncovered social media posts made by Ken Isaacs, who is nominated to oversee the UNs International Organization of Migration, that criticized radical Islam and warned of creeping sharia. Arguably the most offensive thing Isaacs tweeted was a []

07:56

We have a winner! Fellowship of the Minds

. . . for FOTMs 171st Caption Contest! This was a very competitive contest, with a total of 64 caption submissions, many of which are very clever and witty! The FOTM writers duly voted, each for what he/she considered to Continue reading

07:38

Maryland HS Shooter IDd As Austin Rollins, 17 Yr Old Student Weasel Zippers

It looks like he was targeting an old girlfriend. Via Breaking 911: MARYLAND Two students were shot at a Great Mills, Maryland High School Tuesday morningthe shooter, also a student, was later confirmed dead. According to the St. Marys County Sheriffs Office, the gunman, armed with a handgun, opened fire in a hallway as []

07:23

President Trump Meets With Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman The Last Refuge

President Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS) today at the White House. This is their first meeting since the Great Realignment began {Go Deep} and there is much to discuss: . [Transcript] 12:07 P.M. EDT Continue reading

07:00

Democrat Congressman Hints Mueller Ready To Enact Contingency Plan If Fired By POTUS Trump The Gateway Pundit

On Monday, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) hinted special counsel Robert Mueller has a contingency plan, ready if President Trump decides to fire him.

I agree with @SenJohnMcCain. Mueller is a Marine, and a former US attorney, @FBI Director & Deputy Attorney General. You dont think Mueller has a contingency plan ready to go should he be removed? The truth is coming out and @realDonaldTrump cant stop it, Lieu tweeted in response to McCains call for the probe to carry on unimpeded.

Special Counsel Mueller has served our country with honesty and integrity. Its critical he be allowed to complete a thorough investigation into Russias interference in the 2016 election unimpeded, McCain tweeted.

07:00

Why Abdul El-Sayed In Michigan? DownWithTyranny!


The Michigan primary is late in the season, August 7. Not that he could win again, unpopular incumbent current Governor Rick Snyder is term-limited out and it's likely a Democrat is going to win in November. But which Democrat. The establishment seems to be rallying around Gretchen Whitmer, former state Senate Minority Leader. Aside from EMILY's List, she's been endorsed by most of the state's conservative-leaning unions as well as a shit-load of moderate, establishment legislators There's also a progressive in the race, Abdul El-Sayed. He's been endorsed by local Bernie Sanders groups up and down the state, by the Michigan Nurses Association, the Justice Democrats and by one congressman-- Ro Khanna.

This morning, Rep. Khanna told us that "Abdul is setting the standard when it comes to progressive ideals and progressive policies. His policies on housing rights, on water rights, on Medicare for All, on rebuilding schools in the wake of Betsy DeVos, on getting the corporate money out of politics-- they are the future of progressive state leadership, and having visited Flint, his state needs him. His background rebuilding Detroits Health Department as a doctor speaks for itself. And his story as the son of Egyptian Immigrants raised by his father and stepmother from Michigans heartland is inspiring."

The top Republicans running, sound like a roster of unindicted co-conspirators in Snyder's crimes against the state-- Lt. Governor Brian Calley, state Senator Patrick Colbeck, and the heavily favored state Attoney General, Bill Schuette.

If Abdul, very much an underdog, wins, he'll be the first Muslim-American elected governor anywhere. Michiganders I know tell me his campaign is a real breath of fresh air compared with other candidates seeking statewide office who are all running much more timid, defensive campaigns, having learned all the wrong lessons folks from first Bernie and then Trump winning the state. Bernie bea...

06:59

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. Hes Exceeding Expectations. The Intercept

When lifelong civil rights attorney Larry Krasner was elected in a landslide this past November to become the new district attorney of Philadelphia, to say that his fans and supporters had high hopes would be an understatement. Anything less than a complete revolution that tore down the bigoted and patently unfair systems of mass incarceration would be a severe disappointment.

Across the country, talking the talk of criminal justice reform has gotten many people elected as DA. Once in office, their reforms have often been painfully slow and disappointing. Krasner was the first candidate elected who publicly committed not just to intermittent changes, but a radical overhaul.

So far, having been in office less than three months, he has exceeded expectations. Hes doing something Ive never quite seen before in present-day politics: Larry Krasners keeping his word and its a sight to behold.

In his first week on the job, he fired 31 prosecutors from the DAs office because they werent committed to the changes he intended to make. Change is never easy, but DA Krasner was given a clear mandate from the voters for transformational change, his spokesperson said at the time. Todays actions are necessary to achieve that agenda.

Next, Krasner obeyed a court order to release a list of 29 officers from the Philadelphia Police Department that were on a do-not-call list meaning that they were so tainted that they would be considered unreliable as witnesses. The police officers on the list had either been charged with crimes or found responsible for misconduct in internal police probes conducted by the departments Board of Inquiry. Among the offenses, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the police officers had lied to their fellow investigators, filed false reports, used excessive force, driven drunk, and burgled.

After that, Krasners office made it clear that he would not oppose rapper Meek Mills release on bail. Krasners office said in a motion that it was likely Mill, who was arrested almost 10 years ago on drug and gun charges, would win an appeal on his original case. (Mill is in jail for minor probation violations.) The sole officer who testified against Mill is Reginald Graham, who is not just on the list of unreliable cops, but was report...

06:56

DEEP STATE DONT PLAY: Gateway Pundit Back Up and Running after Massive DDoS Attack The Gateway Pundit

The Gateway Pundit website crashed on Tuesday around noon after we were hit by a large DDoS attack and an attempted SQL injection hack.

We were down for two hours.
Sorry for the disruption.

Deep State dont play Or maybe the Russian bots worked overtime at their St. Petersburg troll farm.

We are making corrections to the site to prevent future attacks.
Sorry for that.

Thank you for your patience.

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06:55

World Bank Fearmongers: Climate Change Could Create 143 Million Migrants Weasel Zippers

AL Gore approved. Via CNN: Tens of millions of people in some of the worlds poorest areas could be displaced by climate change in just a few decades, the World Bank has warned in a report. The report, Groundswell Preparing for Internal Climate Migration, suggests that more than 143 million people across South Asia, Sub-Saharan []

06:46

Brexit betrayed: UK must obey EU laws and open borders until 2020 Fellowship of the Minds

Brexit is short for Britains Exit from the European Union (EU). On June 23, 2016, in a referendum on Brexit with a 72.2% turnout, 51.9% of the participating United Kingdom (UK) electorate voted to leave the EU. On March 29, 2017, Continue reading

06:31

Theyre Not Sending Their Best: Immigrant Drugs, Molests 74 Year-Old Woman in Wheelchair The Gateway Pundit

Theyre not sending their best.


Fode Doukoure
The 23-year-old immigrant was arrested after drugging and molesting a 74-year-old woman.

She woke up and her underwear was on backwards.

Doukoure was living in her home(?)

Via Penn Live:

Fode Doukoure spent most of his time staring at the floor of a Cumberland County courtroom Monday before he pleaded guilty to drugging and molesting a 74-year-old West Shore woman.

And though his plea agreement will trigger the 23-year-old West African natives prompt release from county prison, it seems unlikely hell be staying in the U.S for long.

This was a bizarre case which was resolved moments before a jury was to be selected for Doukoures trial on a lengthy list of charges.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Charles Volkert Jr. said Doukoure was accused of molesting the woman not once, but twice, while living at her home.

The victim, who attended Mondays court hearing in a wheelchair, claimed Doukoure first fondled her in her Lower Allen Township home in July 2016, Volkert said.

The second time was more frightening. Volkert said the woman told investigators she was sitting at her computer when Doukoure doused her with pepper spray, then put a rag over her nose and mouth that made her pass out.

That rag was soaked in chemicals similar to chloroform, the prosecutor said. It rendered her unconscious and it could have killed her, he told Judge Christylee Peck.

She woke up andher underwear was on backwards.

The post Theyre Not Sending Their Best: Immigrant Drugs, Molests 74 Year-Old Woman in Wheelchair appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

06:30

Trump: Texas Bomber Is Very Sick, We Will Get To The Bottom Of It Weasel Zippers

Via Fox News: President Trump said the person responsible for a string of bombings in Texas this month is very sick and vowed to get to the bottom of it during remarks from the White House on Tuesday. Trumps comments come on the heels of a package exploding at a FedEx plant in Schertz, Texas []

06:10

New Feminist Shero Barbies Show Little Girls Theyre Never Too Young To Be Victims Weasel Zippers

Feminazis rejoice! Via Daily Caller: Mattel celebrated this years International Womens Day and Womens History Month by unveiling 17 new Barbies, all modeled after famous and successful women. The Shero Collection includes the likenesses of filmmaker Patty Jenkins, snowboarding champion Chloe Kim, artist Frida Kahlo, mathematician Katherine Johnson, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and boxing champion Nicola []

05:55

Chief of the United States Forest Service Resigns Over Sexual Misconduct: Who Was Tony Tooke? [News - AllGov]

Another week, another Trump administration official resigns amid serious allegations of misconduct. Tony Tooke, who succeeded Tom Tidwell as chief of the Forest Service in September 2017, resigned March 7, 2018, after news surfaced of an investigation into complaints of pervasive sexual harassment, assault, and retaliation against those who reported it. The probe by the U.S. Department of Agriculture also includes claims of sexual misconduct against Tooke himself, including at least one apparently consensual relationship with a subordinate before he became chief. The Washington Post also reported that Tooke is alleged to have offered a job to a woman with whom he was having an affair, and later threatened her with retaliation if she revealed their relationship.

 

Born circa 1962 to Lyndon C. and Annie Mae Tooke, Tony Tooke grew up on a 200-acre farm near Detroit, Alabama. Tooke began his career in the U.S. Forest Service in 1980, at the age of 18, working in the National Forests in Mississippi. He earned a B.S. in Forestry at Mississippi State University in 1983, and kept right on working at the Forest Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

In 1993 Tooke became a Forest Service line officer, and later a silviculturalist (one who is responsible for timber harvesting and reforestation). He eventually became a forester at six Ranger Districts, including in Kentucky and Mississippi. He was promoted to district ranger at the Talladega National Forest in Alabama, the Oconee National Forest in Georgia, and the DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi. After that, he served as deputy forest supervisor for the National Forests in Florida.

 

In September 2006, Tooke began his first position in Washington, DC, as assistant director for forest management, where he focused on ecological restoration, climate change, and integrative vegetation management. From March to December 2009, he served as deputy director for economic recovery. In January 2010, he became director for Ecosystem Management Coordination, where he managed the lands and resources of the National Forest System.

 

Tooke became associate deputy chief for the National Forest System, with oversight of Lands and Re...

05:46

MSNBC Anchor: Obama Administration Was Virtually Scandal-Free Weasel Zippers

Yes, really. Via Daily Caller: MSNBCs Mike Barnicle scrupulously claimed on Tuesday that the Obama administration was virtually scandal-free. Barnicle, a Morning Joe co-host, was interviewing former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs when he conveniently forgot about Benghazi, the IRS targeting conservatives, Operation Fast and Furious, the claim that you could keep your doctor under []

05:40

I DON'T BELIEVE TRUMP THINKS FIRING MUELLER WOULD HELP THE DEMOCRATS WIN IN NOVEMBER No More Mister Nice Blog

At Vox, Andrew Prokop offers several possible reasons President Trump hasn't had Robert Mueller fired.

The process of getting rid of Mueller is much more complicated and legally fraught than, say, firing FBI Director James Comey or Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Furthermore, dismissing Mueller himself wouldnt end Muellers investigation an even more controversial intervention would be required for that. Then, even if he pulled it off, Muellers firing would likely lead to a flood of leaks. Finally, the ensuing backlash could help Democrats regain control of Congress which could make Trumps legal and political situation even worse.
On that last point, Prokop writes:
... the real risk for Trump is in what that political backlash could make likely a Democratic takeover of one or both chambers of Congress in 2018....

The problem for Trump is not that hed be sentimental about the GOPs electoral fate. Its that Democratic control of even one chamber would unleash empowered opposition partycontrolled investigations into him and his administration on Russia, obstruction, and a host of other issues.
To Paul Krugman, that's the obvious reason Trump is restraining himself:



I agree that if Trump doesn't have Mueller fired before the midterms and Republicans retain control of Congress, there'll be no constraints on Trump after the votes are counted -- he'll shut the investigation down. But I don't think we should assume that that's his principal motivation for leaving Mueller in place.

Trump lives in an epistemically closed world. He addresses all of his rhetoric to his fans and none of it to opponents or the unpersuaded. He believes only polls that show him doing well. He thinks Democrats are wildly unpopular and win elections only through voter fraud. And because he was like this all the way through the 2016 election, an election no one expected him to win, he thinks he understands elections better than the experts, and doesn't believe he has to do anything to counter Democrats except trust his gut and fire up his base. In his gut he certainly wants to fire Mueller. He knows his base would be ecst...

05:37

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Discusses Ongoing Trade Initiatives The Last Refuge

Against the backdrop of Phase 2 trade policy initiatives based on reciprocity, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross talks to CNBC about tariffs, carve-outs and protecting national security ahead of his meeting with the European commissioner for trade. The hypocritical European Continue reading

05:25

Second Unexploded Bomb Found At Texas FedEx Facility Weasel Zippers

Update to this story. Via Business Insider: A package bound for Austin, Texas, exploded at a FedEx facility in a nearby city early Tuesday. The package, which contained nails and shrapnel, exploded at the Schertz, Texas, facility shortly after midnight local time. It was traveling along an automatic conveyor when it exploded, authorities said. One []

05:14

Corporate, State-Capitalist and Imperialist Media, Not Mainstream Media and Other Terminology by Paul Street Dandelion Salad

by Paul Street Writer, Dandelion Salad The Official Website of Paul Street March 20, 2018 Climate Crisis, Not Climate Change My next-to-last CounterPunch essay (Someone Tell a Reporter: the Rich Are Destroying the Earth) elicited a smart criticism from a senior scientist: Please stop using the phrase climate change. I am a 78-year-old, Ph.D. physicist []

05:10

Liz Cheneys GOP Primary Challenger Rips Into Her for Defending Torture The Intercept

The news that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would oppose CIA nominee Gina Haspel for her complicity in Bush-era torture perhaps hit a little too close to home for Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney. The congressional representative, who is the daughter of former vice president and torture architect Dick Cheney, took to Twitter and accused Paul of defending and sympathizing with terrorists.

Haspels nomination is controversial because of her role overseeing a black site in Thailand during the Bush administration where CIA personnel used torture techniques, such as waterboarding. Haspel later was a participant in the destruction of the CIAs videotapes of some of its torture sessions. After Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, too, evinced some skepticism about Haspels nomination, Cheney gave him a Twitter lecture as well. The Enhanced Interrogation Program saved lives, prevented attacks, & produced intel that led to Osama bin Laden, Cheney wrote in response to McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. No one should slander the brave men & women who carried out this crucial program.

Cheneys salvo at Paul drew fire from the lone declared challenger in the GOP primary for Cheneys at-large Wyoming congressional district. Rod Miller tore into Cheney in a phone interview with The Intercept. He objected both to the incivility of accusing a senator of sympathizing with terrorists, and her advocacy for torture.

Whether or not you agree or disagree with Rand Paul, hes a sitting United States senator and he represents the people of his state, and he should be accorded respect and civility due his position in the Senate, Miller said. And for Cheney to tee off on him and to accuse him of language like that in my mind, its another step towards what I consider destru...

05:07

Three Of Americas Worst Democratic Prosecutors Are Running Unopposed In 2018 Election Shadowproof

Update: One of the DAs in this story, Steve Wolfson, drew a primary challenger just before the filing deadline on March 16. We regret the error. Original post below.

Three of Americas worst local head prosecutors are running unopposed in the next election as of March 2018, and all three are Democrats.

Together, Michael O. Freeman in Hennepin County, Minnesota, David Prater in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, and Steve Wolfson in Clark County, Nevada, have jurisdiction over a whopping 4.1 million people.

To put that into context, that is approximately the population of the entire state of Oregon. Imagine if the life, liberty, and property of everyone in Oregon was in the hands of three people, each with unique personality quirks but a shared taste for draconian punishments.

The reality is not much different. District attorneys have immense discretion over who to charge with a crime and what crimes they charge. These choices account for a majority of incarcerated people in the U.S.

District attorneys also set policy on what plea agreements their offices are willing to accept. Ninety-four percent of state felony convictions are the result of a plea bargain. They decide whether to seek capital punishment in their district. As a result, district attorney elections are extremely important because a new district attorney can single-handedly transform local criminal justice systems.

As the son of a former Minnesota Governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Hennepin County Attorney Michael O. Freeman started life with a silver spoon of societal privilege.

Freeman grew up in Minnesota in the 1950s and 1960s, when non-white people were about one percent of the population. In 2016, he told two black young men on a Minnesota Public Radio production that the Twin Cities was a simpler society in that period.

When one of the black men said cops will tranquilize animals but shoot us, Freeman said people should listen to police if they dont want to end up like Jamar Clark, a black man killed by police officers.

Freeman later cleared those officers of wrongdoing and consistently refuses to prosecute police officers who shoot or kill people.

The...

04:38

Sarah Sanders White House Press Briefing 1:30pm EST The Last Refuge

Sarah Sanders delivers the White House press briefing for Tuesday March 20th, 2018. Anticipated start time 1:30pm EST UPDATE: Video Added WH Livestream Link RSBN Livestream Link NBC Livestream Link

04:30

Mississippi passes law to limit abortion at 15 weeks Fellowship of the Minds

About a babys development at 15 weeks, from InfoBaby: This stage is very special, because many important organs of the fetal starts to develop. Central nervous system is developing, in the future it will have to control the whole body. The Continue reading

04:20

Huge Surge In People Getting High On Bug Spray Weasel Zippers

You cant fix stupid. Via Daily Mail: US health officials have seen a surge in the number of people using bug spray to get high. In the last year the alarming trend has been reported in Mississippi, Tennessee and most recently Indiana. Exposure to high concentrations of the active ingredients in bug spray creates whats []

04:04

Movement Grows To Allow Sections Of States Like California To Break Away Weasel Zippers

Via Fox News: When Donald Trump was elected, a lot of people in California signed a petition supporting the states secession from the U.S. It was hard to take the movement seriouslydidnt we fight a war over this? But there is another secession movement in California, and elsewhere in America, that is getting genuine attention []

04:02

The Origins of Complex Human Behavior bensozia

Until recently the first evidence that modern humans were behaviorally different from other hominids dated to around 70,000 years ago. Modern humans could be traced via their skeletons back more than 200,000 years, but so far as archaeologists could tell, they continued to make the same sorts of tools and generally live in the same way as their ancestors. Then, rather suddenly, things changed: tools became more complex, the first shell beads and other ornaments appeared, along with the first clear evidence of ritual behavior. People wrote about a "Big Bang," a sudden transformation of human potential, and the most influential theory equated this dramatic change with the invention of modern language.

But many archaeologists, including me, were always skeptical of this conclusion. Since language seems coded into our genes, how could it have been invented at some point in time? Ritual behavior likewise seems deeply human. Surely such things ought to have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years. This only became more of a problem when genetic studies failed to find any substantial genetic change that could have served as the trigger for this revolution.

And yet, evidence of those posited gradual changes was very hard to come by, limited to a few hints from sites with disputed dating or interpretation. Until this week:
The latest evidence comes from the Olorgesailie Basin in Southern Kenya, where researchers have previously found traces of ancient relatives of modern human as far back as 1.2 million years ago. Evidence collected at sites in the basin suggests that early humans underwent a series of profound changes at some point before roughly 320,000 years ago. They abandoned simple hand axes in favour of smaller and more advanced blades made from obsidian and other materials obtained from distant sources. That shift suggests the early people living there had developed a trade network evidence of growing sophistication in behaviour. The researchers also found gouges on black and red rocks and minerals, which indicate that early Olorgesailie residents used those materials to create pigments and possibly communicate ideas.
Obviously this is not the strongest possible evidence, I mean, a lot of things can gouge a red rock....

03:44

Why This California City Voted To Defy States Sanctuary Law Weasel Zippers

Kudos to these guys for their courage and conviction. Via Daily Caller: A small California city has voted to exempt itself from a statewide sanctuary law, making it one of the few jurisdictions to formally reject the states resistance to President Donald Trumps immigration agenda. City council members in Los Alamitos, an Orange County city []

03:24

What Sort of People Opposed the Invasion of Iraq? bensozia

It conceivably might have gone better in Iraq, and very well could have, if not for a series of disastrously arrogant and incompetent mistakes by members of the Bush team. But the premise of most people I interviewed before the war, who mostly had either a military background or extensive experience in the Middle East, was that this would be very hard, and would hold a myriad of bad surprises, and was almost certain to go worse than its proponents were saying. Therefore, they said, the United States should do everything possible to avoid invading unless it had absolutely no choice. Wars should be only of necessity. This would be folly, they said, and a war of choice.

The way I thought of the difference between those confidently urging on the war, and those carefully cautioning against it, was: cast of mind. The majority of people I spoke with expressed a bias against military actions that could never be undone, and whose consequences could last for generations. I also thought of it as a capacity for tragic imagination, of envisioning what could go wrong as vividly as one might dream of what could go right.

03:13

CNN Interviews Student On Lockdown, Tries To Get Him To Stay On Phone As Police Evacuates Them Weasel Zippers

They asked him to stay on the phone as police were trying to evacuate them. Unreal. Via Daily Caller: CNN rushed to cover Tuesdays school shooting in Maryland and interviewed Jonathan, a Great Mills High School senior on lockdown inside his math classroom, without confirming his statements with local police, the FBI or the Bureau []

03:10

Angry Old Bat Jackie Speier Claims Trumps Tweets Obstruct Justice, Threatens To Fire POTUS If He Removes Mueller The Gateway Pundit

Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat Rep. from San Francisco, told CNN that she doesnt believe White House lawyer Cobbs declaration that POTUS will not fire Robert Mueller. and if he does she claims she will fire President Trump. This comes on the heels of President Trumps weekend tweets about disproven collusion between Russia and his campaign for president.

I trust the tweets that the president puts out when hes unsupervised. And I think what we have seen over and over again is [Trumps] intention to obstruct justice, Speier said early this morning on CNNs New Day program.

Continuing, Speier stated, Trump is so accustomed to being able to use his position as a family company and shut people down with lawsuits, and threatening them, he thinks he can do that with the American public. He cant do that.

These statements largely follow a Sunday tweet the representative put out:

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03:00

How Badly Has The Corrupt Stench Of The DCCC Spread Across America? Now It's Infected California DownWithTyranny!

Imagine if the DCCC did something useful instead of trying to destroy progressive candidates

Monday morning Emily Cadei updated her Sacramento Bee story about how the establishment intends to further marginalize Democratic voters in selecting party candidates for Congress. First a warning: poor Emily used the phrase "liberal groups" to describe corrupt conservative establishment operations. I don't think she understands the difference; maybe she wasn't paying attention at school that day. Take the first "liberal group" she mentions, Fight Back California. This is ex-Congresswoman Ellen Taucher's group. She was a Democrat so she must be "liberal," right? Wrong. Tauscher was once the head of the New Dems, a vice chair of the DLC, and a proud Blue Dog. Tauscher is working with her original campaign manager, strategist Katie Merrill, who loses all her races, and, as you should expect, they've been hiding who has been funneling 6-figures into their SuperPAC-- just what you would expect of a slimy character like Tauscher: dark money fueling her efforts to sucker the grassroots into contributing to a gaggle of dreadful right-of-center Republican-lite candidates just like herself. Their main goal will be to make sure no Berniecrats win any nominations, just Tauscher-like offal from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. One source told me shes getting money from Gill Cisneros, the "ex"-Republican lottery winner the DCCC wants to sell the CA-39 nomination to. That has been impossible to confirm since Tauscher takes advantage of the dark money Supreme Court rulings to hide her sources.

My history with Tauscher goes back a ways. In 2006, she recruited another ex-Republican to run against the gra...

02:56

Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah: Confident That Spending Bill Will Pass By Friday, No Talk Of Border Wall The Gateway Pundit

On a morning Fox News appearance, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah remained confident that the $1.3 trillion spending bill which focuses on national infrastructure and military spending while ignoring measures like border security will be passed by the Friday deadline.

There are a number of issues that are being worked out by Congress, but we remain confident that by the end of the week were going to have a funding bill that funds this White House and this presidents priorities, Mr. Shah said.

Right now were looking at a package that is going to present over $700 billion in funding for the military for this year and a little more for next year.

Despite optimism that the bill will pass, many on the right are rightfully upset the bill does not include proper funding for the much-promised border wall. President Trump repeatedly attempted to work in such provisions in exchange for a three-year extension for DACA arrivals (illegal aliens allowed to keep pouring in) but was blocked by Democrats.

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02:32

3 Shot At Maryland High School, Shooter Stopped By Armed School Resource Officer Who Shot Him Weasel Zippers

GREAT MILLS, Md. (WJLA) At least three students were reportedly injured including the shooter Tuesday morning in a shooting at a high school in St. Marys County, Maryland, according to authorities. The St. Marys County Sheriffs Office says it happened at Great Mills High School and that police are on the scene. []

02:31

Reforma da Previdncia: Globo levou 1/3 dos milhes que Temer queimou em publicidade. Temos a lista The Intercept

Pea Publicitria da campanha pela reforma da Previdncia do governo Temer.

02:30

Its as If They Want to Lose in November Republican Leaders to Fund Billions to Obamacare Markets in Latest Spending Bill The Gateway Pundit

Last week treasonous #NeverTrump Senator Jeff Flake told a New Hampshire audience that maybe the Republican Party does not deserve to lead.



Flake is not alone.

Republican leaders, including Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, have frequently lectured Republican President Donald Trump on his words and actions

Now this
Speaker Paul Ryan is set to pass the second largest spending bill in US history next to Barack Obamas trillion dollar failed stimulus.
The budget funds all of the Democrat priorities but will unlikely fund the Trump border wall.

The bill will also funnel billions of dollars to Obamacare markets.

It is almost as if they dont want to win the majority again in 2018
Being in the majority takes away one of Congressional GOP leaders favorite excuses for screwing over their constituents back home.

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02:16

Author Eviscerates Zuckerberg: Will Go Down In History As Tragic Figure Spread Facebook Disease Around World The Gateway Pundit

Federal investigators have begun probing Facebooks use of personal data after reports surfaced that Cambridge Analytica improperly gained access to the data of more than 50 million users.

CNBC reports:

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether the use of personal data from 50 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica violated a consent decree the tech company signed with the agency in 2011, Bloomberg reported Monday. []

We are aware of the issues that have been raised but cannot comment on whether we are investigating. We take any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously as we did in 2012 in a privacy case involving Google, a spokesman for the FTC said Tuesday.

A violation of the consent decree could carry a penalty of $40,000 per violation, which could mean a fine conservatively estimated to be many millions of dollars in fines for Facebook, The Washington Post reported over the weekend, citing a former FTC official.

We reject any suggestion of violation of the consent decree. We respected the privacy settings that people had in place. Privacy and data protections are fundamental to every decision we make, the social network giant said in a statement to the Washington Post over the weekend.

Despite the media hoopla, reports of parties improperly obtaining Facebook user data is not a new phenomenon.

On Sunday, a former Obama cam...

02:13

Chinese Corporation Alibaba Joins Group Ghostwriting American Laws The Intercept

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has joined the American Legislative Exchange Council, a private group set up for corporations and other interest groups to ghostwrite legislation sponsored by legislators in state capitols around the country.

Bill Anaya, head of government affairs for Alibaba operations in the Americas, spoke at ALECs States & Nation Policy Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, in December 2017, according to notes taken at the meeting that were obtained by The Intercept and Documented. The gathering brought together over 1,000 state and local lawmakers and lobbyists.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. did not respond to a request for comment, but at the conference, Anaya heralded his companys entry into the lobbying group. Were so excited to be a part of ALEC, said Anaya. We are probably the worlds largest e-commerce company you have never heard about. We have business-to-business marketplace solutions. We have VC marketplace solutions. And we have over 500 million active buyers on our marketplaces.

Anaya, a registered lobbyist for Alibaba, told those assembled that he was brought to the summit by ALEC staffer Cara Sullivan and state Rep. Ken Ivory, a Republican from Utah.

ALEC has gained increasing attention for its outsized role in shaping state-level policy by providing a forum for lobbyists to meet with legislators and formulate model legislation that lawmakers take back to their home states. The group allowed lobbyists for fossil fuel giants, such as Koch Industries and Peabody Energy, to draft legislation that was designed to undermine regulations on air pollution and climate change. In recent years, a wave of preemption laws crafted by ALEC with the support of retailers, fast food companies, and other major employers, have been implemented in states across the country to block minimum wage increases and efforts to enact paid sick days.

ALEC is attractive to major corporations, even ones without a particularly conservative bent, because lobbying 50 states and additional territories can be time- and resource-intensive when done solo. Alibabas decision to join the powerful legislation-writing organization comes as many Chinese companies have entered the U.S. market and stepped up their influence in domestic politics.

As The Intercept first reported, Wanhua Chemical, a major chemical manufacturer,...

02:11

Whats Genius For Obama Is Scandal When It Comes To Trump: How Social Media Platforms Are Stomping On Conservatives Weasel Zippers

Via The Hill: On Sunday, The Guardian reported on the supposedly nefarious workings of President Trumps data-gathering team at Cambridge Analytica. The report suggested that Cambridge Analytica had essentially issued questionnaires through a third party; those questionnaires, which were personality quizzes, requested that you use your Facebook login. Cambridge Analytica then compiled data regarding those []

01:51

Democrat Rep. Tom Suozzi urges armed insurrection against President Trump Fellowship of the Minds

18 U.S. Code 2382 states: Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under Continue reading

01:50

If Mueller Didnt Charge Flynn And Manafort With Collusion, Then Who Was Colluding? Weasel Zippers

Mueller hasnt found the low-level staffer. Via Washington Examiner: Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is authorized to investigate any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump. The popular word for that is collusion, and it remains at the heart of both the Mueller and the []

01:47

IT BEGINS: Facebook Under Federal Investigation For Use of Personal Data The Gateway Pundit

Federal investigators have begun probing Facebooks use of personal data after reports surfaced that Cambridge Analytica improperly gained access to the data of more than 50 million users.

CNBC reports:

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether the use of personal data from 50 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica violated a consent decree the tech company signed with the agency in 2011, Bloomberg reported Monday. []

We are aware of the issues that have been raised but cannot comment on whether we are investigating. We take any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously as we did in 2012 in a privacy case involving Google, a spokesman for the FTC said Tuesday.

A violation of the consent decree could carry a penalty of $40,000 per violation, which could mean a fine conservatively estimated to be many millions of dollars in fines for Facebook, The Washington Post reported over the weekend, citing a former FTC official.

We reject any suggestion of violation of the consent decree. We respected the privacy settings that people had in place. Privacy and data protections are fundamental to every decision we make, the social network giant said in a statement to the Washington Post over the weekend.

Facebooks stock fell during pre-trading on reports of the probe.

...

01:30

Problems solved? Kroger will stop selling magazines about assault rifles Fellowship of the Minds

Stores just keep making it easier for us to determine where to spend our hard-earned dollars. From CNN: Kroger (KR) made the announcement just weeks after it said it would stop selling guns and ammunition to anyone under the age Continue reading

01:27

D.C. City Council Member Under Fire for Anti-Semitic Comments Also Claimed Jews Run Federal Government Weasel Zippers

They make snow and control the Federal government? Wow, how can I get in on that! This isane guy is actually saying this during a public meeting. Via Free Beacon: Washington, D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. (D.) was condemned in the past week after he claimed Jews were responsible for climate manipulation in the []

01:02

NYPD Will Bring Armed Officers Back To Queens Schools Weasel Zippers

A victory for the parents. Update to this story. Via NY Post: The NYPD has reversed its decision to remove armed officers from three Queens high schools. The move comes a week after The Posts report on the cops ouster and parents fury over the decision went viral. An NYPD representative from the []

00:39

WTH? CNN Interviews Student Locked in Classroom *During* Great Mills HS Shooting Asks If He Can Stay on the Phone When Police Order Him Out The Gateway Pundit

There was a shooting this morning at Great Mills High school in Maryland.

The school says the situation is contained.

The shooting allegedly took place in the art hallway.

NBC Washington reported multiple injuries, but that was not immediately confirmed by authorities.

CNN interviewed student Jonathan Freese, a student at Great Mills High School, during the shooting incident.
WTH?

CNN asked the teenager if he could stay on the phone! as he leaves the classroom!

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00:28

Protest Song Of The Week: I Cant Breathe By Shamir Shadowproof

Shamirs music has not always been explicitly political, but it has surely always been inspiringly rebellious.

That spirit runs through the celebratory fuck-the-haters dance-funk of his debut Rachet, as well as his subsequent abandonment of industry pressures when he turned towards the historically white-straight-male dominated world of raw indie rock instead.

Free from the limitations of album cycles and marketing rollouts, the Philly-via-Vegas songwriter has released three full-length records since 2017. His most recent, Resolutions, is the best of them alla surprise companion to the Room 7-inch released to same day.

Resolutions opener I Cant Breathe starts the eight-song collection with some of his most gripping lyricism, perhaps the most directly topical Shamir song to date.

It begins with a somber, distorted finger-picked riff, before Shamir uses the songs verses to tell the stories of two tragic police killings with heart-wrenching potency. He recalls details similar to the murder of Eric Garner and the murder of Tamir Rice.

In the first verse, Shamir sings about a man named Gary selling loosies by the liquor store / didnt really mean no harm / but he was black and stood 6 foot 7 / so the owner sound the alarm. His resonant falsetto sits atop pings of distorted guitar noise that underpins his every word: When heard the sirens he started to run / and bullets was all he saw.

The second verse chronicles the story of a child named Bobby who went to the park to play with a plastic toy gun: A neighbor got scared and called for help / with nothing but fear pulsing through / but failed to mention that he was all alone / so theres not much he can do.

I Cant Breathe is utterly crushing throughout, especially on the chorus, which repeats twice, as Shamir sings over huge echoing drums from the perspective of Gary. He repeats Garners last words: I cant breathe / somebody help me please / I see the light / I think Im gonna die.

It is among the years most powerful rock songs. Listen below via Bandcamp.

Resolution by Shamir

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00:18

Explosion At FedEx Facility In San Antonio Linked To Recent Austin Bombings Weasel Zippers

This one was filled with shrapnel, glass, nails and pieces of metal. Via CNN: Investigators are trying to determine whether an explosion early Tuesday at a FedEx facility outside San Antonio is connected to four explosions that have rattled the Austin, Texas, area this month. The most recent blast happened inside a FedEx facility in []

00:12

BREAKING: Reports Of Mass Shooting At Maryland High School UPDATE: Three Reported Injured UPDATE: Incident Said To Be Over Weasel Zippers

There has been an incident at Great Mills High School. Parents please DO NOT respond to the school. Report to Leonardtown High School St. Mary's Sheriff (@firstsheriff) March 20, 2018 Via NBC-12: GREAT MILLS, MD (RNN) Police and emergency services responded to a southern Maryland high school where a shooting took place Tuesday. []

00:00

Los Angeles: A Vision of the Globalist Future Matt Forney

NOTE: This article was originally published at Right On on November 6, 2016. Im re-posting it here as the site is now defunct.

Its one thing to imagine the ways that globalization will destroy the West; its quite another to see them in action. A recent trip to L.A. gave me an unsettling glimpse at the Lefts plan to unmake America and Europe.

While Ive spent plenty of time on the road covering the presidential election, most of it is in places Im already intimately familiar with. Having lived my entire life around New Yorkers and Midwesterners, I know them as well as the British soldier knew the Irishmen whose faces he bashed in for a living. While I can see the effects of globalization in the burned-out factories of my hometown and the tongue-clacking Sudanese refugees I was forced to share a bus with in high school, the cities Ive been to are still recognizablyif depressinglyAmerican.

Until now.

Last month, I visited Los Angeles to attend the West Coast premiere of The Red PillWhile Id technically first visited L.A. two years ago, it was on a layover to Tokyo and I didnt get farther than the airport. Throughout the whole trip, I was left with a feeling of cultural vertigo that I hadnt experienced since my days of living in the Philippines. While L.A. is generally thought of as the epicenter of American culture (due to it being the headquarters of the movie and music industries), theres nothing thats actually American about the place. Mass immigration and consumer culture have transformed it into a featureless, claustrophobic hellscape, and if the globalist project isnt turned back, the rest of the West will follow in its footsteps.

vision

Anyone who thinks that Latin American immigration is a good idea because itll bring more taco trucks to your neighborhood should spend some time in the barrios of California. Los Angeles has been swamped with so many Mexicans and other Latinos that the city reminded me more of Manila than any American city Ive visited...

Tuesday, 20 March

23:56

Peaceful Protesters Picket East Oakland Cafe That Refuses To Serve Uniformed Police Weasel Zippers

No covered faces or property destruction. Update to this story. Via Santa Cruz Sentinel: Protesters gathered Sunday outside a Fruitvale cafe that has refused to serve uniformed police before appearing at a Temescal farmers market to question Mayor Libby Schaaf. Around 10 a.m., about a dozen people, who identified themselves as supporters of President Trump, []

23:53

The US is Facing a Constitutional Crisis and Attorney General Sessions is No Where to be Found! The Gateway Pundit

Guest post by Joe Hoft

The US in the midst of its greatest Constitutional crisis ever. After eight years of the Obama Administration, the top of the FBI and DOJ are is corrupt and led by dirty cops and attorneys. Yet President Trumps Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is no where to be found.

Michelle Malkin was on Hannity last night and she correctly stated that the US in currently in a Constitutional crisis. Malkin said

This did not just come out of nowhere.  I reported over the last eight years about how the Obama Administration and particularly people in the Justice Department thwarted at every turn Inspector Generals investigations.  It happened at Justice.  It happened at the EPA, Interior, TARP, every single one of these civilian agencies.  And so you add the national security implications and dangers of the hijacking of our intelligence agencies and yes were in the midst of a constitutional crisis.

US Representative Matt Gaetz notes that in June of last year, Judicial Watch requested all correspondence related to former Assistant Head of the FBI Andy McCabe. None of this information has been provided to date.

Tom Fitten from Judicial Watch is tired of watching the Mueller team roam with no accountability while Republicans come to crooked bad cop Muellers defense

23:48

I AM SHOCKED -- SHOCKED! -- TO FIND THAT DATA MINING IS GOING ON HERE No More Mister Nice Blog

I'm delighted that Facebook and the Mercers are spending some time in the barrel, and obviously there can never be enough Trump scandals, but I'm having some trouble maintaining a sense of outrage about how Cambridge Analytica gained access to voter data, given how much personal information is obtained by campaigns through similar means, as The Washington Post notes:

Facebook last week suspended the Trump campaigns data consultant, Cambridge Analytica, for scraping the data of potentially millions of users without their consent. But thousands of other developers, including the makers of games such as FarmVille and the dating app Tinder, as well as political consultants from President Barack Obamas 2012 presidential campaign, also siphoned huge amounts of data about users and their friends....

Cambridge Analytica unlike other firms that access Facebooks user data broke Facebooks rules by obtaining the data under the pretense of academic use. But experts familiar with Facebooks systems and policies say that the greater problem was that the rules for accessing the social networks information trove were so loose in the first place....

In 2011, Carol Davidsen, director of data integration and media analytics for Obama for America, built a database of every American voter using the same Facebook developer tool used by Cambridge, known as the social graph API. Any time people used Facebooks log-in button to sign on to the campaigns website, the Obama data scientists were able to access their profile as well as their friends information....

We ingested the entire U.S. social graph, Davidsen said in an interview. We would ask permission to basically scrape your profile, and also scrape your friends, basically anything that was available to scrape. We scraped it all.
And as the Pulitzer Center explained a few years ago, big data also flowed to campaigns via the finance industry:
As Americans increasingly conduct their lives online ... collecting data on Americans online purchasing and browsing habits has become a lucrative business. Political campaigning is one industry that is increasingly using this wealth of consumer information to target individual voters with more and more accuracy....

Presidential campaigns particularly President Barack Obamas 2008 and 2012 campaigns have made headlines for their use of technology, but smaller races are also taking advantage of sophisticated targeting opportunities to reach voters in their districts....

... the big, well-financed presidential campaigns have either collected data themselves or rely on [data] f...

23:46

Package filled with Nails and Shrapnel en route to Austin Explodes at San Antonio FedEx Facility The Gateway Pundit

A package filled with nails and shrapnel blew up last night in Schertz, Texas, near San Antonio on its way to Austin.

The package filled with nails and shrapnel exploded in a FedEx facility.

Daily Mail reported:

A package containing nails and pieces of metal destined for Austin has exploded inside a FedEx facility in nearby San Antonio, Texas.

One wounded employee was taken to hospital after suffering a mild injury in the explosion at the distribution center in Schertz, northeast of the city.

The package detonated as it was moving from one conveyor belt to another and the staff member was not hit by the contents, local news reports.

Federal agents say the package is likely linked to four other attacks this month in Austin, some 80 miles north-east of San Antonio, that have left two dead and four injured.

Authorities say a serial bomber is at large and have warned that the devices appear to be getting more sophisticated.

The explosion is linked to the other four recent explosions.

The FBI says the explosions are related.

23:35

Moonbat Al Gore: Future Is Full Of Flying Rivers And Rain Bombs, Middle-East To Be Inhabitable Weasel Zippers

Al is combining global warming and Scientology. Via IBT: Former US vice president Al Gore, who is now the founder and chairman of the Climate Reality Project, a non-profit establishment devoted to solving the climate crisis, has claimed that global weather is becoming too extreme and disruptive due to the negative effect of global warming. []

23:19

Black Agenda Radio, Week of March 19, 2018 Black Agenda Report

Black Agenda Radio, Week of March 19, 2018

bruce Tue, 03/20/2018 - 17:49

Black Agenda Radio for Week of March 19, 2018

U.S. Slavery Was Uniquely Capitalist

Even on the left, the capitalist nature of US slavery is not well understood, said historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. The commodification and capitalization of Black bodies is pretty unique to the United States, she said. Marx himself did not grasp it. Eurocentrism of analysis is a problem.

Mass Incarceration With No End?

Although US incarceration rates have been going down in recent years, at the current pace it would take 75 years to cut the prison population in half, according to Nazgol Ghandnoosh, of The Sentencing Project. Moreover, simply reducing the prison population does not address the systems racial disparities and lack of rehabilitation programs. Even with half the inmates, the US would still have a higher incarceration rate than our peer countries.

Confronting Black-Immigrant Conflicts

Immigrants have been increasingly criminalized by the state in ways that are very similar to African Americans, said Dr. Johanna Fernandez, one of the organizers of a March 23 event in New York City under the heading Breaking Down Laws and Prison Plantations: Mumia, Migrants and Movements for Liberation. The conference hopes to tackle conflicts between Blacks and immigrants, said Fernandez, of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home.

Reporter Eva Bartlett Blasts UN

The United Nations is deliberately participating in war propaganda favoring the US-backed terrorists in Syria, said Eva Bartlett, an independent Canadian journalist who helpe...

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The GOP Has Decided To Gamble Their Senate Majority With A Big Bet On Seor Trumpanzee DownWithTyranny!


The first Republican candidate that Trump really got behind in a big way-- an actual test of his coattails vs his toxicity-- was Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's second congressional district. Ellmers was the first woman in Congress to back Trump and he reciprocated with an ad when she was challenged in a primary by George Holding and Greg Brannon. It was the very first indication that Trump's support is a kiss of death. Although Trump won NC-02 (a mostly suburban district that surrounds Raleigh on the north, east and south and has a PVI of R+7) 53.2% to 43.6%, Ellmers was absolutely crushed in the primary. She was the Trump candidate and just barely held onto second place against an outright and completely insane neo-fascist. Republicans apparently haven't paid close enough attention to the stunning results that demonstrate exactly what Trump can-- and will-- do for them:
George Holding- 53.38%
Renee Ellmers- 23.64%
Greg Brannon- 22.99%
Since then, almost every candidate Trump has actively campaigned for has lost, some in purple constituencies like Virginia, but some in impossibly red constituencies like Alabama and PA-18. In fact, Trump's toxicity has been largely responsible for a 20 point swing towards the Democrats in special elections across the country. Int augurs poorly for Republicans in November. Yet, McConnell and the NRSC are gambling the Senate majority on the hope that Trump can motivate the Republican base and close the enthusiasm gap with the Democrats without pissing off independents enough to swing the midterms in red states to the Democrats. The plan is all they've got and it might not be as far-fetched as i...

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Self-Funded Millionaires Are Forcing Promising Democrats Out of California Primaries The Intercept

Committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) listens to testimony from Thae Yong-ho, former chief of mission at the North Korean embassy in the United Kingdom, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, November 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Gun grabbers Everytown tweets: What could possibly go wrong? Fellowship of the Minds

Beyond the fact that their tweet is racist, they blame the mag error on an inaccurate thumbnail photo. Gun grabbersthey have no #gunsense. DCG

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