First of all, Trump is his own worst enemy. Not because he is constantly wrong, but that he cannot let a fight go until he wins it, even when pitted against insurmountable opposition. This opposition is a lying media, insane democrats, and cowardly Republicans.
In the Charlottesville riots, we are now learning- (slowly, because it isn’t Katrina and GWB!)- that the governor, Terry McAuliffe- and the mayor of Charlottesville screwed the pooch that day. Some argue the new way cities handle riots is suicidal, others argue it is intentional because out of chaos comes opportunity.
I say that McAuliffe’s plan was to let the armed wing of the Democrat party, the Antifa, beat on the white supremacists for video and political advantage. When then bad guy drove into the crowd, it changed the dynamic. This is where Trump made a mistake. He should have made his second statement and then said nothing outside sympathy for the family of the injured and dead. It not being enough to satisfy the media is a given.
Instead, he wanted to win the factual point with people who are not interested in telling the truth.
My son sent me a picture with a quote from Mark Twain, it literally makes the point Trump should learn quickly.
This literally describes CNN, et. al.
As I said before, Trump should wait a few days then announce that his DOJ is going to investigate all groups involved in using violence at protests to see if they are being funded and organized, and under RICO and other federal statutes, the DOJ will prosecute the leaders and financiers to the fullest extent of the law. No more violence. He should target both white supremacy groups and Antifa. Let the Left argue their people should be exempt.
Trump’s other problem is his Republican establishment cowards like McCain and Graham and Rubio. McCain apparently went full monty on the issue of whether or not Antifa is a bad group. Somebody should pull him aside and show him the Seattle videos, the attacks at Trump’s rallies by the Antifa and the injuries caused. Or not, he’s on his way out, so who cares. But Rubio and Graham? Come on guys.
What those idiots are practicing is what I call the “eat me last” technique. We see it all over Washington as Trump, who is a bomb thrower, is ripping the facade off the game that DC insiders play. Rubio is the guy in the zombie movie who locks everybody else outside so he can survive just a little longer. Only to find he locked himself IN with the biters.
As James Bond’s nemesis Auric Goldfinger famously observed, “Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action.” On Tuesday evening, three prominent Republicans — Senator John McCain, Senator Marco Rubio, and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney — endorsed the left-wing media’s preferred narrative and embraced the masked thugs of Antifa as heroes.
McCain and Romney used almost identical language, bending their knees to the media narrative that only two factions were present in Charlottesville during the awful events of last weekend: white supremacist Nazis and “Americans standing up to defy hate and bigotry.”
No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.
Neither of these gentlemen can claim ignorance of Antifa; the reason both of them piped up is that President Donald Trump mentioned them in his Tuesday press conference. Left-wing politicians and media personalities responded by thundering “there is only one side” for all right-thinking Americans to be on, because there was only one squad of villains on the ground in Charlottesville.
McCain and Romney obediently bent the knee to this narrative. At the very least, they’re agreeing Antifa should be invisible, accepting the incredibly stupid idea that calling out their violence somehow dilutes criticism of the Tiki Torch Terror. Mentioning Antifa is damned under the left’s new doctrine of “Whataboutism,” which originally held that history began with the inauguration of President Trump and all prior Democrat sins were absolved, but has mutated into an unlimited free pass for the #Resistance to do whatever it takes to bring down the Trump administration without a peep of protest from tame Republicans.
Senator Marco Rubio went much, much further. He launched a brief tweetstorm that completely absolved Antifa of all responsibility for its actions in Charlottesville, blaming all violence “one hundred percent” on those who organized the events leading to the “Charlottesville terrorist attack” (the vehicular homicide perpetrated by James Alex Fields Jr.)
Most astoundingly, Rubio embraced the Crybully Creed, the left-wing fascist idea that hate speech justifies a violent response. Your speech is violence; their violence is speech. Yes, Rubio used exactly those words in his third tweet.
Further, as we wean people off of historical facts, we get this kind of stupid crap.
This had the caption- “Also confronted the Nazis without a permit:”
Apparently twitter is all ablaze with ignorant memes comparing D-Day assaults with the Antifa. I will give Antifa credit, it was a great PR move to name yourself the good guys so that everybody you communists beat up- like Trump supporters- are automatically the bad guys.
But to compare WW2 D-Day soldiers to Antifa is just too stupid.
This is far more accurate. A response, allowed for now on the Internet, exposing an accurate truth.
Let’s help out the ignorant about the US Military in 1944. First, it was segregated by Woodrow Wilson, who was a democrat and a raging racist. He also did that in the federal government in general. Second, in 1944 there was no discussion of women in combat, that was a silly idea back then. They also opened doors and took care of their wives. Third, most of the men in that era had no problem with this arrangement- it was the culture of day. Lastly, which means “white supremacy” wasn’t even discussed. The Americans were fighting Fascists. The same Fascists that birthed the current Antifa organization. I’ll slow down so McCain can get it. Antifa and its ilk are communists and anarchists who want to burn it all down- including the sweet deal McCain, Rubio and Graham have in D.C. You’d think they would be on Trump’s side…but.
It is really that simple, and the Left throwing around these memes and John McCain spewing is PC foolishness will not change it.
I’ve waited to comment on the Charlottesville riot and death. There is a lot of unpacking to do here. Yesterday, some mob ripped down a statute in Durham NC as a “response to the death” of the woman in Va.
The truth is they don’t know why they are angry, but they know they love the thrill of being angry in a crowd. Whether that crowd be a mob on the street or Twitter or FaceBook. It is human nature and explained fairly well in an article by Hans Fiene at the Federalist.
I saw interviews where college kids could not name the dates of the Civil war, the reasons for it, or who fought. One thought it happened in France. So why are they angry?
Does she even know why she is doing this? I’ll bet she thinks the Civil War was fought between the Germans and Zimbabwe
This mob mentality- the same that gripped the French during their Revolution (and led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands), the same that gripped the Russians during their Revolution (which eventually left them with tens of millions dead) and the same that gripped the hippie ant-war protestors during the sixties. We got lucky and quelled that. So those protestors implanted themselves into academia and the media and the government and now their protege’s are running today’s climate of anti everything.
A white guy with a goatee and a fedora taking a swing at an old white guy in a construction helmet? What is going on?
However, as I have pointed out so many times before, today’s world is different than the sixties. I don’t think even the people behind today’s chaos actually grasp the level of danger we are facing largely due to the phenomenon of social media. (Robespierre didn’t grasp the danger when he fomented the French Revolution, until it was too late and the mob turned on him. )
From the article;
Internet Outrage Is an Addiction
Just like gambling or sex, outrage can become a process addiction—a form of behavior that our bodies come to rely on to feel good. The mechanics of anger addiction are simple. When we erupt in anger, our brains get a hit of dopamine, which yields a sense of euphoria. Just as drug users will quickly become dependent on their substance of choice to get that euphoria, those who overindulge in outrage will often end up relying on that behavior to release the desired dopamine.
It’s easy to see how this addiction plays out online, Twitter perhaps being the best example. Man A wakes up in the morning, immediately reaches for his smartphone and finds, via those he follows for this sort of stuff, an article about Today’s Sinner, the one who must be shamed and ridiculed for being a woman hater or minority hater or cop hater or animal hater. Man A then begins spewing insults and vitriol at this person, then repeats the cycle the next day.
In other words, Man A wakes up in the morning, feeling miserable and wanting a dopamine release. So he goes to his dealer, who offers him something to be angry about—the newer and better fix-du-jour. Man A then explodes in anger at someone he very well may never have heard of before and will likely forget all about in a few days. He enjoys the dopamine hit for a moment, then finds a new target and repeats the cycle as soon as the high wears off.
Furthermore, like those who are hooked on other substances or processes, outrage addicts often serve their addiction above all else. In their sober moments, they may pursue knowledge and truth. But amidst the throes of addiction, the only thing they seek is anger. They don’t want to be informed. They want to be mad.
This is why, probably more often than not, those vomiting venom at someone on social media haven’t even read the article they’re sharing. Why risk discovering some detail in the source material that might change your mind or take your “I Can’t Even” meter from an eleven to a three? To extract as much outrage from the hide of Today’s Sinner, the outrage addict embraces brain rot and remains in deliberate ignorance.
How many times have we witnessed an interview of a person in the mob where they are asked WHY they are there and that person cannot answer the question? I’ve seen dozens and dozens. They don’t know why, they just get a thrill because they are a part of a larger something, heading somewhere and being validated by the people around them. Think mob fights at a soccer match in Europe. Except in that case, they know why they are rioting- they hated the other team for years.
The Left has been creating identity politics and then identity anger for years. Obama allowed the human urge to be violent in the face of “offenses” to grow to a point where those angered think they have a right to violently act out.
In Charlottesville, one group of identity politics ran willingly headlong into another group of violent thugs, who identify themselves as anarchists, willing to burn the nation down for reasons they cannot explain. The violence beyond the car ramming attack was brutal. And it was allowed by the local authorities to happen as another political calculation like Baltimore and Ferguson.
Of course, the Left immediately blamed Trump for the attack. Why? Because that is what the Left does. It foments a crisis, then blames the other guy for that crisis and slides away, hands in their pockets, whistling to themselves and trying to look innocent. They trip the angry bully, point to the nearest Republican and make the “he did it” head nod, so all the willing media can attack the Right.
Of course it doesn’t help that the Republicans, like Rubio et al, start apologizing instead of pointing back and saying, “ask those dumb-fucks what happened, they did it!”
I’m going to defend Trump here. His first statement was good enough and accurate, which is why the Left lost their minds, and the weak-kneed Republicans ran away from him. He said violence on all sides is wrong. It really is that simple. And if I would have the President’s ear I would have him make the following statement;
“Peaceful protest is always welcome and encouraged. This is America after all.
However, violent protest is not allowed. Nobody on any side should fear for their safety when they assemble, or fear their property will be destroyed by groups intent on creating mayhem for political purposes.
It is obvious to all who has been observing these past years that certain groups encourage and participate in violent and destructive behavior. It is also apparent that these groups are being organized, funded, transported across the nation to commit acts of violence and intimidation. This cannot happen- regardless of race, agenda, cause, or political backing.
Violence only begets violence, so it must end and end now. Nothing being protested in this nation is worth a single innocent life.
So I have instructed my DOJ to open investigations into any past, or future, demonstrations that resulted in harm and property damage in order to discover if any of these are in violation of federal RICO acts or any other federal statutes.
All investigations will be transparent and without any political bias. Any person or persons or organizations linked to violence and harm will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Violence must stop, and violence will stop.
We all have to remember those protesting against your cause are also your fellow citizens, exercising their peaceful right to assemble, as you are.
Respect them and their safety. “
Then he should turn and walk away.
Let the Left try to defend their position that black people or Antifa or whatever Leftist group as a right to be violent, but everyone else has to take the abuse without reacting. it would not be long before they would be mumbling under their breath and then switching to another “Trump failure” to beat him with.
But the DOJ should investigate all parties that commit violence in protests to look for organization and funding. Then prosecute not only the bomb throwers but the people who funded their movements and their resources. Lock up some Soros type under RICO and see how quickly the money dries up.
The Progressive Left wants to be the ones operating without any regard to the laws and the security of our nation. That cannot stand, or the nation will fall. As pointed out by Ben Shapiro over at National Review.
…Then a Nazi-sympathizing alt-right 20-year-old Ohioan plowed his car into a crowd of protesters, killing one and injuring 19. The president of the United States promptly failed egregiously to condemn alt-right racism; instead, he opted for a milquetoast statement condemning “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.”
The Left leapt into action, declaring Trump’s statement utterly insufficient — which, of course, it was. But they then went further, declaring that Antifa was entirely innocent, despite Antifa’s launching into violence against pro-Trump marchers in Seattle over the weekend, as they have in Sacramento and Berkeley; berating New York Times journalist Sheryl Gay Stolberg for having the temerity to report that “the hard left seemed as hate-filled as the alt-right”; and suggesting that all conservatives were, at root, sympathizers with the Nazi-friendly alt-right.
And so here we stand: On the one side, a racist, identity-politics Left dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate beneficiaries of privilege and therefore must be excised from political power; on the other side, a reactionary, racist, identity-politics alt-right dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate victims of the social-justice class and therefore must regain political power through race-group solidarity.
None of this is new, of course. The Left has engaged in identity politics since the 1960s and engaged in heavy violence in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The white-supremacist movement has been with us since the founding of the republic. But both movements had been steadily shrinking until the last few years.
Now they’re growing. And they’re largely growing in opposition to one another. In fact, the growth of each side reinforces the growth of the other: The mainstream Left, convinced that the enemies of social-justice warriors are all alt-right Nazis, winks and nods at left-wing violence; the right, convinced that its SJW enemies are focused on racial polarization, embraces the alt-right as a form of resistance. Antifa becomes merely a radical adjunct to traditional Democratic-party politics; the alt-right becomes merely a useful tool for scurrilous Republican politicians and media figures.
Three factors led to this self-reinforcing growth loop.
First, increasing political polarization.
President Obama allowed the politics of racial fragmentation to fester on his watch; he repeatedly trafficked in broad generalities about American racism. Obama focused incessantly on the specter of white bigotry: “the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives,” embedded in our collective DNA. In response, an identity politics began creepily infusing the Right, with some white people embracing the mold cast upon them by the Left, creating a soft racial solidarity in backlash. This, of course, only strengthened the Left’s views of white privilege, which in turn strengthened the Right’s views of white victimhood.
The second factor was media malfeasance.
Erick Erickson thinks things will get far worse, and he’s right- again for many reasons.
Oakland 2009, Akron 2009, Pittsburgh 2009, Santa Cruz 2010, Oakland 2010, Los Angeles 2010, Oakland 2011, Chicago 2012, Anaheim 2012, Brooklyn 2013, Ferguson 2014, New York City 2014, Baltimore 2015, Anaheim 2016, Chicago 2016, St Paul 2016, Milwaukee 2016, Charlotte 2016, Standing Rock 2016, Oakland 2016, Portland 2016, Washington DC 2017, Berkeley 2017, Anaheim 2017, Berkeley (again) 2017, Berkeley (again again) 2017, Olympia 2017, and Portland 2017. This is a list of overwhelmingly leftist protests [that turned violent].
There is no comparable list of “alt-right” protests. Though there have been some, there have not been as many. The violence at these events has included molotov cocktails, shattered windows, punches thrown, and public property destroyed. Last night, a group of leftwing activists tore down a confederate statue without permission.
But in pointing all of this out, prominent voices on the left will angrily reply that Black Lives Matter, Antifa, union goons, etc. are all working for equality, justice, or some other noble end. They will wave away legitimate comparisons between the alt-left and alt-right providing moral justification for the left.
There have been far more conservatives willing to call out the alt right than there have been progressives calling out the alt-left.
Which is happening as we speak. The people who reported the honest story about both sides being violent are getting hammered for telling the truth.
Remember, Obama started this by allowing for the BLM to act out in a manner not seen since the sixties. Once they got away with it, the Antifa and the rest saw the opening and jumped in. That’s how mobs works. You slam one, the rest keep their heads down. Let them up and they will swarm you. It’s their nature and their desire as pointed out by Daily Caller.
Far-left agitators are calling for an escalation in tactics following this weekend’s violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
Many of the same groups that have organized violent demonstrations in Berkeley, California and elsewhere are now calling for an aggressive response to the violence in Charlottesville. Far-left “anti-fascist” (or antifa) figures are advising agitators to do the job that police won’t: shutting down “fascists” and preventing them from organizing.
“Charlottesville is just the beginning. If the alt-right can get away with murder there, none of us will be safe. We have to stand up to white supremacists, we have to shut down and chase out these bigots every time they try to organize, or else they will kill more people,” reads one poster created by anarchist group CrimethInc, a self-described “international network of aspiring revolutionaries.”
“The police will not protect us. They murder over a thousand people every year in this country, and infiltrate and attack our demonstrations when we stand up against alt-right terror. We have to organize to defend ourselves.”
(Hey DOJ, if you are looking for a place to start for RICO and terrorism cases there’s a few right here!)
Of course they don’t talk about the violence, injury and mayhem they dispense because their “cause is right!” Which is always the excuse. It was that way in France, Russia, China and other nations that fell from within.
The biggest contributor to this is the Democrat Party which has just simply lost its mind. There are reports the governor and the mayor of Charlottesville told the police to stand down. It is not surprising because they don’t want the police to play “whack a mole” with an arm of their own political party.
This is serious stuff folks. Our political leadership is amping up violent people, who are anarchists and communists, in order to destabilize YOUR country. Nobody really cares about statutes or names on buildings or even the BLM movement’s core complaint (which has been proven to be false repeatedly). They want the chaos, because as George Soros says “out of chaos comes opportunity.”
So, obviously, this was a fraught moment. But what would have been the outcome had the police and the Virginia National Guard—both on hand in strong numbers—done their duty, enforced properly obtained demonstration permits, and preserved the right of the warring parties to make their respective points without being physically attacked, one by the other and vice versa? It’s worth remembering that Charlottesville did everything it could to prevent the demonstrations, issuing permits only after being sued by the ACLU. And when push came to shove—literally—on Saturday, police and National Guardsmen were to be found only on the periphery of the brawling. Indeed, the Virginia ACLU reported that police were refusing to intervene unless specifically ordered to do so.
“There was no police presence,” Brittany Caine-Conley, a minister-in-training at Charlottesville’s Sojourners United Church of Christ, told the New York Times. “We were watching people punch each other; people were bleeding all the while police were inside of barricades at the park, watching. It was essentially just brawling on the street and community members trying to protect each other.”
Almost at first contact, Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer and Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and cancelled the demonstrators’ permits, whereupon police began funneling the alt-right protestors away from the designated demonstration site—and, some reports have it, toward the counter-protestors. The carnage followed in short order. Whether the breakdown in police protection was purposeful—that is, intended to quash a constitutionally protected demonstration and provoke a violent confrontation—is a question unlikely to be pursued in Virginia’s present political environment. As partisan eye-gougers go, Governor McAuliffe, a Democrat, is near the top of the list; Mayor Signer, also a Democrat, seems to be cut from the same cloth.
I watched part of the press conference the police put on. One of my friends pointed out much like Trump and his press statement about the fascist, the police were in a lose- lose situation. No matter how hard they tried, they would not be given credit for anything they did. If they went in and hammered the Antifa, which consisted of liberals, communists and blacks, the police would be seen as pro fascist and anti black. If they went after the Fascists, who were not the first to throw punches, they would be seen as attacking an ugly but so far peaceful group. So they waited until the whole thing blew up and then moved in because at that point everybody was a legitimate target.
I disagree. I think the leadership ordered them to stand down because they wanted the Antifa to hurt the protestors. Remember, the Antifa is an arm of the Leftists inside the Democrat party. They are the SA of the 1930’s Nazi party or the Communist “Red Guard” of Mao’s China. People will be afraid of them and will fall in line with the far Left democrats out of fear in the future.
(You can also bet if there are emails between the leadership inside the party and in the government talking about telling the police to stand down they are being deleted as we speak! If I were the police commanders, I’d be saving them for the future civil cases that will be coming. Remember, this was going just as the democrats wanted until that scumbag ran a car into the crowd and changed the whole dynamic.)
Shapiro points out Obama’s use of the anarchists.
Finally, there’s political convenience. Obama’s repeated references to American racism weren’t his only sin. He repeatedly shunned opportunities to tamp down leftist racial radicalism. He made excuses for riots in Ferguson and Baltimore. He used the shooting of Dallas police officers by a radical black activist as an opportunity to lecture Americans about the evils of racist policing. He knew that his political support came in large measure from SJWs, and he cultivated them.
Now Shapiro, who does not like Trump at all, thinks Trump took advantage of the disgruntled Right by amping them up. There’s some truth in that, but it is more Trump allowing a beaten down silent majority a voice and an opportunity to stand up and say enough.
Inside that majority of people is even the far more strident- like the Nazis, but they are not PART of the Right as much as simply agreeing with some ideas- like America should come first. The conservative movement says America comes first- meaning EVERY American whether white, black, Asian, gay, young or old- should be given more attention than others throughout the world, it is America after all. The KKK/white supremacy crew thinks only WHITE America should come first. That is a huge difference, but the Left and the media love to conflate the two.
Now to the victim of the car attack. What was a 32year old white woman doing neck deep in a riot surrounded by Antifa. If you look at the crowd the bad guy plowed into, you can see armed Antifa with bats and sticks run up onto the car. The crowd was a violent group. Yet she was in the middle of that crowd, armed to do violence against other American citizens in order to shut down their right to speak- because that’s what Antifa does.
NOE-PAYNE: Commander says, while Heyer had never protested before, she always spoke up.
COMMANDER: Heather denounced any type of discrimination, not just racism. She stood up for gay rights and – just anything that she felt like was wrong, she stood for.
From the Guardian:
The woman who died when a car rammed into a group of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was named on Sunday as Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant with a law firm in Virginia, who repeatedly championed civil rights issues on social media.
Heyer, whose Facebook cover photo read: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention”, worked for the Virginia law firm Miller Law and regularly drew attention to cases of police malpractice and racism, as well as posting her support for Bernie Sanders in his presidential campaign.
A friend from childhood, Felicia Correa, who launched a crowdfunding page and said she was speaking for Heyer’s mother, who was not ready to speak in public, said: “She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.”
Her boss at the law firm said she had attended Saturday’s counter-demonstration to send a clear message to neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan sympathizers that people in her hometown abhor their views. She was “a very strong, very opinionated young woman” who “made known that she was all about equality”, Alfred Wilson told Reuters.
So here was a “equality” lover neck deep in a crowd armed and intending to do harm to people who had an equal- if icky- right to speak out and march. What was going through her mind as she looked around at the bats, shields, sticks, helmets and tear gas canisters her fellow travelers had brought? Was she excited? Was she frightened? Did she ever wonder maybe, just maybe, there was another way to voice your dissent, without injuring another American?
If my daughter told me she was going to that protest, I would have locked her up in her room with a firm “NO!” regardless of her age. Violence begets violence. There was going to be a violent confrontation, no way around it. And it has always been my experience the least deserving for getting hurt, always end up being the first to get hurt.
This woman had a right to protest the other side, but not with violence. That bad guy had a right to protest, but no right to drive his car into the crowd she was standing in. He goes to jail forever, or if South Carolina as a death penalty, until they stick a needle in him.
(On a side note, it appears the ACLU made the city give the white supremacists a permit to march. They will also be against any death penalty the driver gets. At this moment the ACLU must realize how bad reality tastes. They are not blameless here.)
Sadly, nobody seems to care about having a peaceful protest anymore. Violence is way too much fun and the high they are getting by fighting it out in the streets is too addictive.
You can thank your national political leaders- including Obama- for letting this get out of hand. I fear many more good people will get hurt before we manage to right this ship and realize we are all Americans and all deserve the right to live in peace regardless if we agree or disagree.
Update: I watched part of the painful press conference Trump just held. He tried to explain that there were bad guys on both sides, as well as good people. To allow one side to commit violence (the antifa) while condemning the other side- who was in this case actually legally there- was wrong. The media, lemming-like, simply lost their minds. They have gotten so used to a President tut tutting and apologizing and giving in that they have no idea what to do with this President.
His statement that going after historical figures was wrong, I paraphrase- “This week Lee, then Stonewall Jackson, what is next week Jefferson then Washington?” That is a legitimate point. History is history. There is a focused and aggressive attempt to rewrite it to suit a new PC version of our nation. That is wrong. We need to accept our failing, rejoice in our ability to overcome them so we can find ways to overcome more in the future.
I might point out Obama spent a good deal of his time either supporting, excusing or encouraging the BLM movement as it burnt cities. Not all BLM are bad, some of their worries are legitimate. But nowhere is it an excuse to kill, maim, injury and burn. So again, good for the goose, but not the gander?
Over at Powerlineblog we are reminded why a person who is holding a faulty position should not argue with a good lawyer.
The article refers to a female scientist screaming about the fake science of Evolutionary psychology which in part postulates that men and women are- hold onto your britches- different! The woman writing the article possesses a hyphenated name. It’s been my experience when a liberal progressive woman makes sure she hyphenates her name for “identity purposes” you can be assured she’s flying WAY out there somewhere. This author, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, has some pretty strident opinions and appears to not hesitate to share.
You can see the -“All you men are morons, I know, I minored in women studies”- written all over that stare!
Here is the title that caught Powerline’s attention:
Powerline points out a key passage.
Science is sold to us as an almost holy, objective pursuit: a pure endeavor, a way of pursuing truth and only truth. . . But nowhere is it more evident that this perspective is flawed than when we consider the uses and abuses of evolutionary biology and its sibling, evolutionary psychology.
It is impossible to consider this field of science without grappling with the flaws of the institution—and of the deification—of science itself. For example: It was argued to me this week that the Google memo failed to constitute hostile behavior because it cited peer-reviewed articles that suggest women have different brains. The well-known scientist who made this comment to me is both a woman and someone who knows quite well that “peer-reviewed” and “correct” are not interchangeable terms. This brings us to the question that many have grappled with this week. It’s 2017, and to some extent scientific literature still supports a patriarchal view that ranks a man’s intellect above a woman’s. . .
Science’s greatest myth is that it doesn’t encode bias and is always self-correcting. In fact, science has often made its living from encoding and justifying bias, and refusing to do anything about the fact that the data says something’s wrong.’
Then the good lawyer asks the question does this apply to all science, like say Climate Change?
Imagine the testimony where the professor says that Evolutionary psychology is bunk science and that all science can be influenced by bias and agenda. Then the lawyer says, “Including Climate Change?” At which point the professor would have to make a choice, violate the liberal third rail of Climate Change by saying yes maybe it isn’t settled or say indeed science is free of bias and lose her argument against EP.
Here is a paragraph or two from her article. She speaks of inherent bias. Does she hear herself when she speaks? Where did she learn all this and from whom?
Most saliently in the context of the Google memo, our scientific educations almost never talk about the invention of whiteness and the invention of race in tandem with the early scientific method which placed a high value on taxonomies—which unsurprisingly and almost certainly not coincidentally supported prevailing social views. The standard history of science that is taught to budding scientists is that during the Enlightenment, Europe went from the dark ages to, well, being enlightened by a more progressive mindset characterized by objective “science.” It is the rare scientific education that includes a simultaneous conversation about the rise of violent, imperialist globalization during the same time period. Very few curricula acknowledge that some European scientific “discoveries” were in fact collations of borrowed indigenous knowledge. And far too many universally call technology progress while failing to acknowledge that it has left us in a dangerously warmed climate.
Much of the science that resulted from this system, conducted primarily by white men, is what helped teach us that women were the inferior sex. Racial taxonomies conveniently confirmed that enslaving African people was a perfectly reasonable behavior since, as Thomas Jefferson put it,s black people were “inferior to the whites in the endowments of body and mind.” Of course, this apparent inferiority never stopped Jefferson from repeatedly raping his wife’s half-sister, Sally Hemings, herself a product of rape. Jefferson is remembered as a great thinker, but when one reads his writing about race, it becomes immediately evident that rather than being much of a scientist, he was a biased white supremacist who hid behind science as a shield.
Talk about hitting all the PC talking points; Jefferson rapist, white supremacist, warmed climate, culture theft..
But of course, like most liberals, she will demand to both have her cake and eat it too. But the truth would be known to all, at least to all who didn’t major in women studies.
Jumping off from my earlier post, if I’m the IT guy who worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and was caught trying to escape by the police, I would make sure I camped out in the lobby of the police station until someone got me into witness protection. The last thing I need is to get the urge to kill myself- if you know what I mean.
How bad is the behavior on the democratic side of the ledger? Roger Simon goes through the list over at PJ Media.
How many scandals can you fit on the head of a pin — or, in Maoist parlance, let a Hundred Scandals Bloom! And given the way they are blooming, Robert Mueller’s “Russia” investigation looks increasingly ludicrous.
Even if Mueller were even-handed and the exact right person for the job — an open question at the moment — no single special counsel could handle all this. It’s a game of whack-a-mole to beat all games of whack-a-mole.
Let’s enumerate the scandals as of this moment, several or all of which are or could be connected.
The Original Trump-Russia Scan-dahl. This has been going on for the better part of a century with little to show for it except Donald Trump Jr. demonstrating too much rookie zeal in listening (for a few minutes anyway) to some shady Russian characters and Paul Manafort possibly having made some less-than-savory deals with some equally shady Ukrainian characters. This would have been before Manafort went to work for Trump (a relationship that in itself lasted only for a short time). And, oh yes, Mike Flynn. When all is revealed, and it may never be, I predict what we will find is that Flynn was also guilty of another kind of zeal — wanting to woo Russia away from Iran with the promise of reduced sanctions for Moscow. Some of us (including me) think this was a fine idea that now will not happen thanks to the berserk partisanship on the part of the formerly Russia-friendly Democrats.
The Unmasking Scandal.It now turns out that a record number of unmaskings (revealing U.S. citizens’ identities during foreign intelligence surveillance) by the Obama administration — well over a hundred — took place during and after the election. Most of these unmaskings seem to have been illegal and were of people connected to Trump. Many appear to have been instigated by, of all people, Samantha Power, a person who, as UN ambassador, had no business doing such a thing. ……
Fusion GPS. Whoa. If you think the unmaskings were nefarious, this is downright sick and evil. This group of journalistic lowlifes — sadly including three former Wall Street Journal reporters (the paper is hopefully doing an investigation of its hiring practices because of this) — promulgates disinformation for creepy Russian regime types and, lately, the hideous Venezuelan leaders currently starving millions of their own people to death. These “genteel scriveners” were the authors of the anti-Trump “dossier” containing the lies about Moscow hotel golden showers, etc. It’s hard to imagine anything worse than smearing in this manner someone who could become the leader of the free world, unless you hate the free world or, more likely in this case, are despicably greedy. …..
Imran Awan. The story of the Pakistani-born IT fraudster who had access (for years) to computer data and materials of over two dozen House Democrats plus Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees threatens to become one of the most extraordinary scandals of our time. If Awan is merely some low-life con cheating the U.S. government out of a few dollars (okay — four million), why are the Clintonistas so concerned they have assigned one of their key consiglieres to head his legal defense? Why did Deborah Wasserman Schultz keep this obviously seriously corrupt individual on her payroll for months until he was finally arrested at Dulles on his way to Qatar by the FBI and the Capitol Police? The possibilities are so many they could fill a book by themselves. …
The Lynch Non-Mob. Our previous attorney general has so much more to answer for than our current one — the tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, insisting the case of the massive Hillary email erasures was a “matter” and not an “investigation” when the alleged crimes would almost certainly send a civilian to jail for life. This undoubtedly contributed to the bizarre behavior of James Comey and to the fact that so much about this “matter” was never truly investigated, tarnishing the FBI’s reputation perhaps forever. A lot of Republicans think this was a big-time coverup and there’s more evidence for that than there is for Trump-Russia collusion, miles more. (Comic relief: Lanny Davis still insisting on Fox the other night that the 30,000 plus erased emails were about yoga lessons.)
Clinton Cash and Uranium One. Was this ever fully examined by anybody, let alone the FBI? Yet it’s all about Russia and Putin on a level none of the other allegations approach. If true, Hillary Clinton helped facilitate 20% of U.S. uranium being transferred to Russian hands. Uranium! Before you say this is debunked, think twice. Historically, collusion with Russia has been far greater by Democrats than Republicans — and I’m not just talking about Obama’s famous whisper to Medvedev or his pathetic cop-out on Assad’s use of poison gas. ….
But sticking with the IT guy, Daily Caller has covered it for a long time, alone. The NY Times covered it briefly- just so they could say they did. But their story was about the right wing conspiracy about the IT guy, not the crimes- many crimes- Debbie’s IT guy has alleged to have committed. The list is long. Some of them may involve some Hezbollah money laundering.
Andy McCarthy at the NRO finally paid attention. He also points out that nothing is as it seems. Which is true.
I will make one point here, McCarthy complains about how long it took to do the investigation. I pointed out to my former police buddies that the Capital Police are not a normal police department. They are not designed to catch Capital members doing bad things. In fact, they are more like the personal bodyguards to a celebrity, more tasked with providing hookers and blow to the celebrity than catching him in a crime.
That said, here are some of the highlights.
Congressional-staff salaries are modest, in the $40,000 range. For some reason, Awan was paid about four times as much. He also managed to get his wife, Alvi, on the House payroll . . . then his brother, Abid Awan . . . then Abid’s wife, Natalia Sova. The youngest of the clan, Awan’s brother Jamal, came on board in 2014 — the then-20-year-old commanding an annual salary of $160,000.
A few of these arrangements appear to have been sinecures: While some Awans were rarely seen around the office, we now know they were engaged in extensive financial shenanigans away from the Capitol. Nevertheless, the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak, who has been all over this story, reports that, for their IT “work,” the Pakistani family has reeled in $4 million from U.S. taxpayers since 2009.
That’s just the “legit” dough. The family business evidently dabbles in procurement fraud, too. The Capitol Police and FBI are exploring widespread double-billing for computers, other communication devices, and related equipment.
Why were they paid so much for doing so little? Intriguing as it is, that’s a side issue. A more pressing question is: Why were they given access to highly sensitive government information? Ordinarily, that requires a security clearance, awarded only after a background check that peruses ties to foreign countries, associations with unsavory characters, and vulnerability to blackmail.
These characters could not possibly have qualified. Never mind access; it’s hard to fathom how they retained their jobs. The Daily Caller has also discovered that the family, which controlled several properties, was involved in various suspicious mortgage transfers. Abid Awan, while working “full-time” in Congress, ran a curious auto-retail business called “Cars International A” (yes, CIA), through which he was accused of stealing money and merchandise. In 2012, he discharged debts in bankruptcy (while scheming to keep his real-estate holdings). Congressional Democrats hired Abid despite his drunk-driving conviction a month before he started at the House, and they retained him despite his public-drunkenness arrest a month after. Beyond that, he and Imran both committed sundry vehicular offenses. In civil lawsuits, they are accused of life-insurance fraud.
Congressional Democrats hired Abid despite his drunk-driving conviction a month before he started at the House, and they retained him despite his public-drunkenness arrest a month after.
Democrats now say that any access to sensitive information was “unauthorized.” But how hard could it have been to get “unauthorized” access when House Intelligence Committee Dems wanted their staffers to have unbounded access? In 2016, they wrote a letter to an appropriations subcommittee seeking funding so their staffers could obtain “Top Secret — Sensitive Compartmented Information” clearances. TS/SCI is the highest-level security classification. Awan family members were working for a number of the letter’s signatories.
Democratic members, of course, would not make such a request without coordination with leadership. Did I mention that the ranking member on the appropriations subcommittee to whom the letter was addressed was Debbie Wasserman Schultz?
Why has the investigation taken so long? Why so little enforcement action until this week? Why, most of all, were Wasserman Schultz and her fellow Democrats so indulgent of the Awans?
That is the million dollar question isn’t it? What does he know, or better, what does she know HE knows that makes the democrats so panicked?
Were they just a bunch of Pakistani hustlers taking advantage of the PC idiots in the Democrat party? Are they working with the Pakistani ISI? Or the Iraqis? Or Hezbollah? Or worse? (Is their worse?)
We know they started a car sales company and it appears within a year they went out of business, the cars disappeared (or ended up in the Middle East?), and they may have taken some money from a man known to be associated with Hezbollah. A million dollars went missing? (It is so confusing trying to keep up with all they were doing!) We also learned that is one way Hezbollah launders money throughout the world. Soo…
A smart guy runs from the other guy.
Like I said, if I were the IT guy, either I’m sneaking across the border under another identity and running, or I’m sitting in the lobby of the police station waiting for witness protection.
Plus, I would eat only canned food and sealed bottled water I bought myself. It appears one of Hillary’s lawyers is now his lawyer. Fine, but if that shill pulls up in a limo, opens the back door and tells Awan to get in, saying everything’s fine, Awan would be smart to start running.
When the Left complains about Russian “collusion” maybe they should take a harder look at the Putin ordered “clean up” operation that seems to be going on all across the globe. Putin is not a nice guy. He is singularly focused on retaining power and making Russia a player in global events. For that I do not fault him, we do the same thing. However, his methods are a bit more 007’ish than ours.
“Don’t worry, I fix!”
PJ Media has a short article linking to a much longer detailed article from Buzz Feed.
Why is the U.S. government covering up the murder of a formerly close Putin crony in Washington, D.C., in November of 2015?
Mikhail Lesin was a Russian media czar who, at one time, was in Vladimir Putin’s inner circle of advisers. He created the Russian media company Russia Today (RT) and gathered enormous power while head of the media ministry.
He moved to the U.S., purchasing several properties in California and, along with his grown children, lived a life of luxury.
But on November 5, 2015, Lesin was found dead in his Washington, D.C., hotel room. And that’s where the coverup began.
Many of the details are still not clear. But a year-long investigation by the FBI and D.C. police finally yielded an answer. Lesin died as a result of several falls in his room brought about by excess drinking.
And if you believe that one, I’ve got a bridge over the Chicago River I’d like to sell you.
According to BuzzFeed, 18 former and current FBI and intelligence officials say that Lesin was brutally beaten and murdered — almost certainly by Russian intelligence. They discovered that the Justice Department paid for Lesin’s hotel room and that he had an interview scheduled the next day with DoJ.
That seems to happen far too frequently. Somebody wants to talk, somebody “kills themselves” by falling down on their fists repeatedly until dead. Or jumping out a small window, or dying of a heart attack, while in perfect health, etc.
I’m not a fan of Buzz Feed, but they have linked to a number of mainstream articles from reputable papers. One in particular caught my attention. When the Brits discovered an assassination plot and actually intercepted the armed Chechen hit man heading to the target. Instead of making the arrest, they just disarmed him and put him on a plane back to Russia.
How is that right?
What is going on? I think the USA and the Brits (and others) are stepping out of the way as Putin cleans up his detractors and opposition. If he’s doing it inside Russia we can complain but not do much about it. But Putin is doing it here and in Britain and it appears our leaders have decided to not challenge him. That’s a bad idea. Because if he does it and gets away with it, he’ll do it again. Who would want to come forward and tell the truth if this is the outcome?
I was a big fan of Tom Clancey and the escapades of his hit man “John Clark.” However, this is real life and people are dying because they oppose a world leader who figures ways to solve a problem including poison and beating someone to death.
Our side doesn’t seem to mind, which is really weird.
During and after his government tenure, Eberwein faced allegations of fraud and corruption on how the agency he headed administered funds. Among the issues was FAES’ oversight of the shoddy construction of several schools built after Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. But, according to Eberwein, it was the Clinton Foundation who was deeply in the wrong – and he intended to testify and prove it on Tuesday.
But he is dead, and nothing changes.
Putin, Hillary, Barack and Bill. Different players, same outcome. Weird huh.
Legal Insurrection has a good summation of the situation- as of yesterday! Today, even more is coming out. As it does, I am developing a theory about what is going on. Bottom line is this- Putin didn’t care who won. All he wants is to create chaos and division in America so he could maneuver globally without America getting in the way.
It may be that the simplest explanation holds: This was a pitch by Veselnitskaya to lobby against the Magnitsky Act, and the promise of “official documents and information” showing that Hillary Clinton had improper collusion with Russia was just a ruse to get her in the door. Trump Jr. was happy to take the meeting for the same reason that Democratic operatives were happy to work with the Ukrainians — getting oppo research on your opponent is one of the things campaigns do. That foreign governments were involved didn’t seem to matter to either campaign, though the Clinton campaign was more savvy in keeping a distance of deniability.
Another simple theory is that this was a Russian espionage operation, an attempt to penetrate the Trump campaign, sound it out on collusion, maybe even collude. Jonathan Turley notes that this “simple” espionage theory makes no sense:
Let me try to sum up this theory.
The Russians decide to reveal their super secret clandestine effort to secure the presidency for Donald Trump. So they put together a high-ranking, high-visibility meeting at Trump Tower without knowing who would be at the meeting. They also allow a creepy publicist to send an email discussing the grand conspiracy. They then do a Charlie Brown football moment and do not actually disclose the promised incriminating evidence against Hillary Clinton. Does that track with any cognizable Russian intelligence operation? What possible advantage is there in revealing their operation, promising intel, and then not actually sharing anything of value? The Russians are not perfect but they are not morons. If this was Russian operation, we truly have over-estimated our opposition.
Russians do not usually set up meetings at places like Trump Tower with an unknown number of persons to discuss secret operations. Setting up such a meeting would give others leverage against the Russians by disclosing their operation. Russians are not known to hand over leveraging information, particularly for nothing in return. Spies are by their nature control nuts.
As more information has dribbled out, I’m becoming suspicious that all is not what it seems. I don’t pretend to have the answers to what really is going on, but a few developments have stirred questions.
The Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by the Justice Department under “extraordinary circumstances” before she embarked on a lobbying campaign last year that ensnared the president’s eldest son, members of Congress, journalists and State Department officials, according to court and Justice Department documents and interviews.
This revelation means it was the Obama Justice Department that enabled the newest and most intriguing figure in the Russia-Trump investigation to enter the country without a visa.
Later, a series of events between an intermediary for the attorney and the Trump campaign ultimately led to the controversy surrounding Donald Trump Jr.
Yet Veselnitskaya stayed far beyond the time period of her “parole immigration,” ended up at Trump’s doorstep, at congressional hearings, and all about town. Strange.
And as The Observer notes, Veselnitskaya and Hillary Clinton were on the same side of the issue, with a Bill Clinton connection:
In December 2015, TheWall Street Journalreported that Hillary Clinton opposed the Magnitsky Act while serving as secretary of state. Her opposition coincided with Bill Clinton giving a speech in Moscow for Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank—for which he was paid $500,000. “Mr. Clinton also received a substantial payout in 2010 from Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank whose executives were at risk of being hurt by possible U.S. sanctions tied to a complex and controversial case of alleged corruption in Russia.
Nothing is as it seems.
No better words spoken. Because today the Guardian has more information as the number of people at this clandestine meeting grows to at least six. As one person said, there is no way the Russian intelligence people are involved here, they are control freaks and secret meeting in public with six people is something they would not do. Especially if one of those people is a State Department approved Russian interpreter whom the Russian lawyer uses all the time.
The latest revelation came as news reports suggested there were at least eight attendees at the meeting, which occurred at Trump’s eponymous New York tower shortly after he effectively clinched the Republican presidential nomination. The presence of additional participants contradicted Trump Jr’s assertion this week to the Fox News host Sean Hannity that all of the information about the meeting had been publicly disclosed.
Late Friday, the identity of a seventh person in the room was revealed to be Anatoli Samochornov, a Russian-born American translator who was working with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer initially at the center of the meeting. Veselnitskaya had previously informed the New York Times she was accompanied by a translator but would not provide his name. Ken Vogel, a reporter at the New York Times, revealed Samochornov’s identity during an appearance on MSNBC.
But it was the presence of Akhmetshin, now a pro-Moscow lobbyist, that raised new questions about the controversial meeting and its purpose. Akhmetshin dismissed reports that he has ties to Russian intelligence agencies as a “smear campaign”, but was described by the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee as an expert in “subversive political influence operations often involving disinformation and propaganda” this year.
In an interview with the AP, Akhmetshin said he had accompanied Veselnitskaya to Trump Tower in New York, where they met an interpreter who also participated in the meeting in June 2016. He told the news agency he had learned about the meeting only that day, when Veselnitskaya asked him to attend, and turned up in jeans and a T-shirt.
The AP reported: “During the meeting, Akhmetshin said Veselnitskaya brought with her a plastic folder with printed-out documents that detailed what she believed was the flow of illicit funds to the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Veselnitskaya presented the contents of the documents to the Trump associates and suggested that making the information public could help the Trump campaign, he said.
‘This could be a good issue to expose how the DNC is accepting bad money,’ Akhmetshin recalled her saying.”
According to Akhmetshin, Trump Jr asked Veselnitskaya if she had all the necessary evidence to supporting her claims. But when Veselnitskaya replied that the Trump campaign would need do further research, Trump Jr lost interest.
“They couldn’t wait for the meeting to end,” Akhmetshin told the AP, adding that he did not know if Veselnitskaya’s documents were provided by the Russian government.
The meeting was also attended by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, and Paul Manafort, then chairman of the Trump campaign. Akhmetshin said he recognised Manafort because they worked in “adjacent political circles” but never together.
He told the AP that the meeting was “not substantive” and he “actually expected more serious” discussion. “I never thought this would be such a big deal, to be honest.”
The meeting had been brokered by Rob Goldstone, a British music publicist whose clients include the Russian singer Emin Agalarov, an acquaintance of the Trump family.
So let’s summarize as of today’s information.
We know the Obama administration thought the Russians were meddling. But he didn’t warn either campaign. (Which is a lie. He told HRC’s crew and they developed the Trump/Russian collusion plan early.) We have the fake dossier created by Fusion GPS, which was funded by a Republican and then a Democrat (Who is a good question).
We have Fusion GPS being hired by a Russian firm that hired the Russian lawyer. So they know and work with each other. That is very suspicious. Especially now that the founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, has decided he doesn’t want to testify in front of Congress after all. We have to wonder why not. It may be they will ask a question that puts him in a position where he has to lie- or give it up. And with Trump in charge, lying to Congress will get him prosecuted.
We have Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer, who has been working to reverse the Magnitsky Act, in order to free up assets and abilities for Russian oligarchs. To this end, she has been allowed to move freely throughout Washington, rubbing elbows and lobbying politicians on both sides of the aisle, without ONE peep from our intel agencies as her being a spy.
We have Loretta Lynch and the Obama State department allowing Natalia- forever now know as “Natasha” from Rocky and Bullwinkle- to enter the country with a waiver, so she can lobby against a bill Obama signed into law. Weird huh.
How the Left and dems and MSM see this. Natasha, Boris and Putin.
We have up to six or maybe more people in a twenty minute meeting where Donald Jr. was offered information on Hillary taking illegal Russian donations, but realized quickly that this was a bait and switch operation and the real issue was Natalia wanting to lobby for the reversal of the Act.
We have another Russian, a dual citizen and also a lobbyist who has made the round in Washington, in the meeting trying to influence the Trump campaign.
We have a State department authorized interpreter that works with Natalia/Natasha all the time.
And probably a few more we don’t know about yet.
Nothing in this meeting screams collusion or an attempt for secrecy. In fact, it is just the opposite. The Russian lawyer wanted to offer in trade for a later favor unverified documents that Hillary and the DNC were taking Russian money- which of course they probably were. Democrats project morals on others, they have none themselves.
Donald Jr rejected the offer by all accounts.
Unlike the HRC/Bill/Foundation money laundering schemes that netted them millions for their favors.
The MSM is going crazy.
Congressman Adam Schiff, who is truly a snake, says that Donald Jr should have informed the proper authorities.
Think about that. “The Proper Authorities“…. Who would that be? Loretta Lynch- who let the Russian attorney in, and met with Bill Clinton on a tarmac to assure him his wife would not be charged for the crimes she committed? Comey, who made the FBI look like fools covering for HRC and other’s crimes? Obama? The guy who openly stated prior to any FBI conclusions that Hillary was innocent. The DNC that shopped around a fake Russian dossier they got from the Russians (uh wait, what? But I thought dealing with the Russians was.. ) and is the target of the documents?
And Donald Jr was supposed to turn over a list of DNC/Russian money laundering incidents.
What as Natalia/Natasha’s purpose? Read the Powerlineblog article.
It’s clear that Natalia Veselnitskaya pulled a bait-and-switch on Donald Trump, Jr. She induced him to a meeting with the promise of information that could be used against Hillary Clinton, but delivered no such information. Instead, she used the meeting to lobby the son of the presumptive Republican nominee for president on the supposed evils of the Magnitsky Act.
That Act blacklists Russians who were determined to have engaged in certain human rights violations. It is named for Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian attorney who, after reporting large-scale Russian corruption, was arrested and died in custody under suspicious circumstances.
All of this has been widely discussed. What’s less noted, presumably because it’s not part of the “collusion” story, is the wide-ranging nature of Veselnitskaya’s anti-Magitsky Act lobbying effort around the same time she met with Trump, Jr.
Yep. Here is a video of an interview of Mr Browder. He lays out why Natalia is here, and why Putin wants it changed.
Does any of the MSM channels care about the truth? Of course not. This is their job. Even has their own reporters fall from Trump fatigue.
CNN’s reverts to it base instincts.
Eric Erickson, a solid never Trumper, also points out that this was a set up.
This will not get nearly as much coverage as Donald Trump, Jr. meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, but it does raise the issue of whether Democrats and Russians were as collaborative as the Democrats claim the Trump team was. There is a remarkably small degree of separation between Natalia Veselnitskaya and Fusion GPS, the Democrat opposition research firm that came up with the Trump dossier.
In 2012, the Russian government started hiring hordes of Washington law firms, lobbyists, political strategist, and others to get the Magnitsky Act repealed. The act, named for Sergei Magnitsky, sought to hold the Russian government accountable for the man’s death. Mr. Magnitsky was a lawyer who uncovered massive tax fraud in Russia. He was arrested, tortured while in prison, and died.
One of the law firms hired by Russia to work on repeal is Baker Hostetler, which also has ties to Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS. According to Senator Chuck Grassley, who wants Fusion GPS officials to testify before the Senate, Fusion GPS was also involved with the Russians over the Magnitsky Act. Senator Grassley’s office notes “Despite the reported evidence of their work on behalf of Russian interests, neither Fusion GPS nor Akhmetshin are registered as foreign agents under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).”
Grassley continued, “Fusion GPS was apparently simultaneously working on the unsubstantiated dossier alleging collusion between Trump presidential campaign associates and Russia” while helping Russia with the Magnitsky Act. It also appears the FBI was willing to pay Christopher Steele, the former spy, who helped Fusion GPS compile the dossier.
Now, let me quote directly from the Chuck Grassley press release on Fusion GPS with the major, relevant portions highlighted:
In 2013, the Justice Department opened a case to seize the U.S. assets of Russian-owned Prevezon Holdings, which received millions of dollars from the theft and used it to purchase real estate in New York, according to the department’s complaint. In response, Prevezon Holdings and the Kremlin launched a campaign to undermine the Magnitsky Act and discredit Magnitsky’s claims of corruption, according to a 2016 complaint by Hermitage CEO William Browder. Fusion GPS and Rinat Akhmetshin, among others, were involved in the pro-Russia campaign in 2016, which involved lobbying congressional staffers to attempt to undermine the Justice Department’s account of Magnitsky’s death and the crime he uncovered, repeal the Magnitsky Act itself, and delay efforts to expand it to countries beyond Russia, according to Browder’s complaint. Akhmetshin, a Russian immigrant, has reportedly admitted to being a “soviet counterintelligence officer,” and has a long history of lobbying the U.S. government for pro-Russia matters. Fusion GPS was reportedly tasked with generating negative press coverage of Browder and Hermitage.
In addition to working for Prevezon Holdings and working against William Browder, just like Fusion GPS was doing, Veselnitskaya also had dealings with Rinat Akhmetshin, the founder of the Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation. As noted above, Akhmetshin was named by Senator Grassley as sharing work with Fusion GPS against Browder. In a letter to the Department of Justice, Senator Chuck Grassley says this about Akhmetshin:
It is particularly disturbing that Mr. Akhmetshin and Fusion GPS were working together on this pro-Russia lobbying effort in 2016 in light of Mr. Akhmetshin’s history and reputation. Mr. Akhmetshin is a Russian immigrant to the U.S. who has admitted having been a “Soviet counterintelligence officer.” In fact, it has been reported that he worked for the GRU and allegedly specializes in “active measures campaigns,” i.e., subversive political influence operations often involving disinformation and propaganda. According to press accounts, Mr. Akhmetshin “is known in foreign policy circles as a key pro-Russian operator,” and Radio Free Europe described him as a “Russian ‘gun-for-hire’ [who] lurks in the shadows of Washington’s lobbying world.” He was even accused in a lawsuit of organizing a scheme to hack the computers of one his client’s adversaries.
As you know, Fusion GPS is the company behind the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging a conspiracy between President Trump and Russia. It is highly troubling that Fusion GPS appears to have been working with someone with ties to Russian intelligence –let alone someone alleged to have conducted political disinformation campaigns– as part of a pro-Russia lobbying effort while also simultaneously overseeing the creation of the Trump/Russia dossier. The relationship casts further doubt on an already highly dubious dossier.
Radio Free Europe has a story noting Akhmetshin’s group had hired Veselnitskaya as an attorney:
Read the rest. The bottom line is Trump was being pursued by the Left. I think the plan was to have HRC win, then use the compliant media and the intel “deep state” leaks, along with the HRC DOJ harassment to destroy Donald Trump forever. Imagine how bad it would get for him and what that would do to anyone else who thought they could run against the “machine.”
But Trump won. He has the power and more importantly, access to the files. He needs to stay the course and then plan to do what he has to do to bring them to justice.
If I were him, I would go scorched earth on anyone I thought had something to do with this. For example, I would order all the agencies to compile all contacts any politician/bureaucrat/official had with any foreign representative dividing the contacts by time/date/context. Then take that information and release it on an open website for all citizens to see. No exemptions. You want to see how many times Senator Feinstein or Schumer or McCain met with the Russians? Just take a look. That will keep them busy for years!
Then I would assign the FBI/DOJ taskforce to look into this Fusion GPS/Natalia/Russian lobbying effort and see if any laws were broken. If so, they get to go to jail. And finally, if by chance those records Natalia offered were accurate, assign the FBI/DOJ investigate any illegal donations to the DNC and pursue charges.
Basically, burn their playhouse down! They went after his kid. That’s war.
Erik Erickson finishes up with the exact questions which should direct any investigation.
There are three questions reporters should be asking right now.
What is the relationship between Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS and Natalia Veselnitskaya?
Did Veselnitskaya serve as a source for the “Trump Dossier”?
Who retained Veselnitskaya to attempt to meet with Donald Trump, Jr.?
One final point: the issue is not whether this excuses Donald Trump, Jr. for poor judgment. The issue is whether certain Democrats were collaborating with Russians at a time Democrats claim the Trump campaign was collaborating with Russians. Both sides should have been dubious of Russians bearing gifts and it looks increasingly likely that neither side was. The Democrats could be trying to undermine Donald Trump with as much help from the Russians as they claim Trump received from Russia.
I smell a rat. Warning bells in my brain are going off. What is Russian for “set up”?
Let’s go over the facts. Donald Jr is a novice. People know he’s a novice and maybe a bit cocky.
A “friend” (and I use that term loosely) sends him an email that the Russians want to help his dad win against Hillary, and are willing to give up the dirt on her dealings in Russia. The email is suspect at best. It’s like it was written to be released in order to embarrass someone over a subject not yet created. Who does that? Putin? Podesta? Never Trumpers? Fusion GPS?
Now in context, this is before the Podesta created Russian collusion lie was started. It was during the time Obama and his administration believed the Russians were messing with the election but weren’t telling anyone. It was also during the time a fake dossier about Trump in Russia was being shopped around by a organization called Fusion GPS, founded by several ex-reporters.
Here is the Heavy.com rundown. Take the time. There is SOOO much here. They are very, very suspicious. And heavily involved with both the Left and the Russians, and maybe the Obama administration and even Comey’s FBI.
Fusion GPS was behind the colorful and controversial Christopher Steele dossier that emerged as one of the most bizarre moments in an already bizarre presidential campaign. The dossier contained a listing of unverified, almost unspeakable allegations about President Donald Trump, and it emerged in news reports on January 10, 2017, just 10 days before Trump was inaugurated as president.
The company’s efforts were funded first by a Republican and, once Steele came on board and the primary was over, a Democrat. Neither donor’s name is known.
Steele is a former British spy who wrote the unverified report on Donald Trump’s alleged activities and connections in Russia. A former intelligence officer who was based in Russia in the 1990s, Steele now runs an intelligence firm in London. The dossier contained lurid allegations involving Trump’s supposed activities in Russia that are all unverified and hotly contested. Steele has acknowledged in a defamation case in England that information in one of his memos “needed to be analyzed and further investigated/verified.” All the same, he shared the dossier with the FBI and, reports CNN, the Justice Department relied on parts of it to obtain a FISA warrant to “to conduct surveillance on Trump associate Carter Page.”
President Trump has decried the dossier as false and a hoax. CNN reported that President Barack Obama was briefed on the Steele dossier because of concerns that the allegations in it could open up Trump to blackmail; the Russian government has denied the dossier’s accuracy. The 35-page dossier was written by Steele based on memos he compiled from June through December 2016.
However, Fusion GPS’ research into Trump was initially funded by a Republican.
Before the Steele dossier came into play, according to Vanity Fair, Simpson was hired “to compile an opposition-research dossier on Donald Trump.” Although Simpson wouldn’t say who funded that quest, Vanity Fair alleges through a friend of his that it was a “never Trump Republican.”
Vanity Fair reports that this donor’s interest dried up once Trump won the nomination, but Simpson had “grown deeply concerned by the prospect of a Trump presidency.” He found Democratic donors to fund the effort’s continuance, and eventually subcontracted with Steele to look into Trump’s ties to Russia for between $12,000 to $15,000 a month, according to Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair dubs Simpson the “co-conspirator and a shrewd facilitator” for Steele and the information the former British spy collected.
According to the BBC, “the opposition research firm that commissioned the report had worked first for an anti-Trump Super Pac – political action committee – during the Republican primaries. Then during the general election, it was funded by an anonymous Democratic Party supporter.” The BBC and other British news outlets had initially reported that the PAC supported Jeb Bush’s campaign, but Bush has adamantly denied having anything to do with the dossier or Steele, and the BBC amended its reports.
The New York Times says Fusion GPS’ Steele effort was funded by “Democratic supporters of Hillary Clinton” whose identities are not clear.
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), a Trump critic, asked ousted FBI Director James Comey about Fusion GPS and what Graham called “the Russian intelligence apparatus.” The Federalist described their Q and A this way:
Graham: Are you familiar with Fusion?
Comey: I know the name.
Graham: Are they part of the Russian intelligence apparatus?
Comey: I can’t say.
Graham: Do you agree with me that if Fusion was involved in preparing a dossier against Donald Trump, that would be interfering in our election by the Russians?
Comey: I don’t want to say.
Why James…why? (I have an idea.)
What is the connection between the Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya and Fusion? They know each other and work together.
Not part of the Kremlin? Hardly. This is a variation of the honey trap.
The Magnitsky Act figures in a lot of this story; obscure to many Americans, it was a Russian priority to defeat. Fusion GPS’ efforts to help defeat the act led one top Republican senator, Grassley, of Iowa, to accuse the firm of acting as an agent for Russia. Fusion GPS has denied the allegation.
It’s also the topic that Trump Jr. says the Russian lawyer, Veselnitskaya, fixated on in their meeting, instead of the Clinton dirt he thought they’d be getting.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley wrote a letter to the U.S. Justice Department in March 2017 that alleged that “Fusion GPS, which was also involved in the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, was involved in the pro-Russia campaign to kill the Global Magnitsky Act around the same time.”
The Magnitsky Act was “named for a lawyer who suspiciously died in Russian custody after accusing Russian government officials and members of organized crime of using corporate identity theft against Hermitage Capital Management to fraudulently obtain and launder $230 million, some of which allegedly ended up in U.S. real estate projects. The Magnitsky Act imposed sanctions against those involved as well as other Russians designated as human rights abusers,” the Grassley statement says.
Hermitage’s CEO was a man named William Browder.
Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr., is named in a complaint filed by Browder with the Justice Department as “Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer for Prevezon.” Prevezon Holdings Limited, is defined as Russian owned Cyprus registered company attempting to defeat the Magnitsky Act. According to the Browder complaint, Prevezon is “controlled/directed/influenced by the Russian Government in respect of the lobbying activity.” Trump Jr.’s own emails, which he dumped on Twitter July 11, allege he was told that Veselnitskaya was a government lawyer.
According to the Daily Beast, Browder will brief the Senate Judiciary Committee in mid July about “the lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya’s ties to the Russian government—including to former top members of the GRU and the FSB, two of the Kremlin’s main intelli
The Browder complaint further describes Veselnitskaya by saying she “is the lawyer to Prevezon and the Katsyv family,” adding that she “played a key role in organizing screenings of the film intended to rewrite the history of Sergei Magnitsky.” She also attended a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on U.S. policy towards Putin’s Russia, the complaint says. It also says that she then filed a report with Congress accusing the Magnitsky Act of being “based on lies.”
The complaint alleges that Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS “has been hired by Prevezon to lobby for the anti-Magnitsky campaign.” The complaint says that Vladimir Putin made it his “primary foreign policy objective” to get the Magnitsky Act defeated and adds that Prevezon is owned by a man named Denis Katsyv.
Works for the highest bidder, including the Russians.
Uh oh… . The smell is getting worse. Before we get too far down the rabbit hole let’s lay one principle on the table- Everybody knows everybody and they move around behind the scenes. You are not going to see a direct line between Fusion and let’s say John McCain or Putin or Hillary like you saw with the Trump email.
Unlike Donald Jr., they are smarter than that. Frankly, after watching Lynch avoid pursing Hillary and Mills, et. al., it is apparent even if the lines were clear and direct they would not chase them.
According to a news release from Grassley, “Fusion GPS was reportedly tasked with generating negative press coverage of Browder and Hermitage.” Grassley alleged that Fusion GPS should have “registered as foreign agents under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).” He alleged to the Justice Department that “Fusion GPS reportedly ‘dug up dirt’ on Mr. Browder’s property and finances, and attempted to generate negative stories about Mr. Browder and Hermitage in the media, shopping stories to a number of reporters.”
Grassley also alleged that Fusion GPS was working with Rinat Akhmetshin, “a Russian immigrant to the U.S. who has admitted having been a ‘Soviet counterintelligence officer.’” Grassley wrote the Justice Department: “Fusion GPS is the company behind the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging a conspiracy between President Trump and Russia. It is highly troubling that Fusion GPS appears to have been working with someone with ties to Russian intelligence –let alone someone alleged to have conducted political disinformation campaigns– as part of a pro-Russia lobbying effort while also simultaneously overseeing the creation of the Trump/Russia dossier.”
Who is Katsyv?
A law firm named BakerHostetler represented Katsyv, who “owns a company that the Justice Department has accused of laundering money from a tax fraud that Magnitsky uncovered,” according to Politico.
According to The Washington Post, Denis’ father “Pyotr Katsyv, was vice premier and minister of transport of Moscow region from 2004 to 2012. Katsyv’s deputy minister was Alexander Mitusov, Veselnitskaya’s ex husband.”
The Magnitsky Act in the U.S. Congress was fought by a Russian lobbying effort because it, Politico reported, “authorizes the president to freeze assets and deny visas to foreign officials responsible for corruption and human rights violations.”
A Politico story from December 2016 reported that “BakerHostetler hired a private research firm known as Fusion GPS led by Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter. (The firm also discussed information with journalists about Trump and his associates’ ties to Russia.)”
According to The Washington Post, Fusion GPS “did work on a lawsuit that involved Veselnitskaya for more than two years.” The Post reports that “Fusion GPS has said that it was working for the law firm BakerHostetler, which was representing Prevezon, a Russian holding company based in Cyprus, in its defense against Justice Department allegations that Prevezon laundered money stolen in the fraud Magnitsky uncovered.” There’s no known evidence that the Fusion GPS dossier work and this was connected, according to The Post.
Note the Washington Post KNOWS Fusion is suspect here, but don’t work too hard to remind the readers of this as they chase the Trumps. That is bad reporting. It would be like reporting on Jeffrey Dahmer as a food critic without reminding people he prefers..well people!
Then there is this “Who is this KGB agent that met with Donald Jr!” Suddenly, we see that this “KGB agent” is everywhere, including sitting in a hearing before Congress.
Uh, why is she there? I thought she was an agent for Putin?
This is odd. Already the Trump administration is pushing back by pointing out the attorney was in the country under the approval of the Obama administration. Plus, and this is a big deal, we have photos of her sitting in a hearing behind the American ambassador to Russia- Ambassador McPaul. Since this doesn’t look like a place to take a lunch break, I think someone should ask Congress who allowed the Russian spy to sit in a Congressional hearing?!! Suddenly, this whole collusion things starts to look a little suspect.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking top Trump administration officials to explain why a Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. last year was allowed in the country.
Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking why Natalia Veselnitskaya was allowed to stay in the country when, according to court documents, she had to leave in early 2016.
“It is unclear how she was still in the country for that meeting despite being denied a visa beforehand and her parole purportedly expiring on January 7, 2016. This raises serious questions about whether the Obama administration authorized her to remain in the country, and if so, why?” Grassley wrote.
Veselnitskaya met with Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort in June 2016. The meeting was supposed to be about potentially damaging information on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to Trump Jr.
Grassley is asking Tillerson if Veselnitskaya applied for a visa and for any details of a potential application, including if she had to go through any additional procedures.
He wants DHS to say if Veselnitskaya is currently in the United States. She previously said that she was granted a parole letter to enter the United States to argue a court case.
Grassley wants to know any restrictions or extensions of her parole, what agencies were involved in the decision, dates when she left or entered the country, and listed addresses.
Again, Heavy.com compiles some facts about her. I fear Donald Jr, who says he had no idea who was going to show up at the meeting, did not do his homework. I also think his “friend”, Goldstone, who set this up, did Donald Jr wrong. Or maybe, seeing that he was the one that sent the amateurish email that conveniently listed what the Dems so desperately wanted- the hint of collusion- maybe he was told to write it in a certain way to maximize the damage. I see the hand of Putin here. Remember, his goal is to create chaos no matter who won the election.
She likes social media. Here Heavy posts some of her opinions from her account.
Veselnitskaya has shown an interest in American politics, including making several posts on her Facebook page about news related to the Trump and Obama administrations. Her anti-Obama stance appears to have stemmed from the fight against the Magnitsky Act, while she expressed hope in one post that the new administration could help stabilize the relationship between the United States and her home country, ideally in a way to help her clients.
“The beginning of our trial, new lawyers, new judges, the new President, balls and blow-ups in one day, and on 5 avenue – under the conductor of Schumer, a stream of dirt in the media, complete infantilism in understanding what is happening among the masses, the most serious in humorous shows, Then the prohibition of entry into the country and again hundreds of pickets and again on weekends, the resignation of the entire top of the State Department,” she wrote in Russian, referring to the protests against the first Muslim travel ban and the resignation of Sally Yates, which happened during her second visit to New York for the Prevezon Holdings case.
She also wrote about Yates in another post, “The current US Attorney General (Sally Yates) stated that all lawyers working for the government have no right to protect the government and Trump’s orders! She says it’s illegal and inexcusable! You can argue as much as you like about banning citizens from certain countries to the country, but something I can not recall any norm that allows the Prosecutor General to do so. In such cases, the general must resign. And it’s like the game and the last days of Obama.”
This sounds like a lawyer trying to position herself in a favorable light for the incoming administration, since the last one screwed her clients over. Again, lawyers lie and manipulate. Is she a spy? Either she is a Russian lawyer trying to get on the good side of the Trump administration or a master spy who acts amateurishly.
At this point it doesn’t matter. If I were Trump, I would pull off the gloves. I would demand that Sessions, Tillerson, and the rest force their agencies to provide a list of EVERY meeting or contact reported (or not) between any major foreign state actors (China and Russia primarily) and all public servants on both sides of the political aisle- listing content, time and date. Then release that list to the public on a website called something like “Transparency. com”.
But that’s me. If they went after my kid, I’d be looking to fix that problem so no one dared try it again. I think Trump falls into the same category. Mess with him, he gets mad. Mess with his kids, he may do some serious retaliatory damage.
This comes out of the Oregon Bundy siege. A FBI agent is being charged with lying in the shooting of a man who was part of the Bundy crew. The shooting was questionable, as it lends to the abuse of power that the history of the FBI over the decades. But even if it was a good shoot, why did the agent lie? That’s just dumb. And it insulted the local Sheriff to boot.
The FBI agent charged Wednesday with lying about firing his gun during a deadly confrontation during the 2016 Oregon-Bundy standoff may be only the tip of the iceberg.
Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson had harsh criticism Wednesday for multiple members of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, saying that their actions during the 41-day siege with supporters of the anti-federal Bundy family had “damaged the integrity of the entire law enforcement profession, which makes me both disappointed and angry.”
His comments came during a press conference after FBI agent W. Joseph Astarita pleaded not guilty to three counts of making false statements and two counts of obstruction of justice in federal court in Portland.
He said that he told Justice Department and FBI officials, including now-acting Director Andrew McCabe, over a year ago about “possible criminal conduct by some involved FBI HRT (Hostage Rescue Team) agents.”
“I was disappointed when I recently heard FBI HRT agents associated with this case were not placed on administrative leave after the briefing by our investigators to FBI administration,” said Sheriff Nelson. “Today’s indictment will ensure that the defendant and hopefully any other culpable FBI HRT members will be held accountable through the justice process.”
George Orwell wrote a book years ago called “Animal Farm”. It was a satire of the USSR. In the book the pigs, representing the authorities inside the USSR, had a rule they followed. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
The feds say the charges of lying to impede an investigation do not invalidate the conclusion that shooting the Bundy friend was not justified. However, it does taint the issue. How do we know we are getting the straight scoop about anything any more?
The charges “do not in any way call into question the findings of the major incident team’s investigation of OSP’s use of deadly force,” said Mr. Williams. “OSP’s actions were justified and necessary in protecting officer safety.”
Outside the courthouse, Finicum family friend Kelli Stewart said the agent should have been charged with more serious offenses, including conspiracy and attempted murder.
“He and the other FBI agents literally conspired to impede a federal investigation,” said Ms. Stewart in a Facebook video. “They hid the fact that shots were fired, and here we waited 17 months just for a simple indictment to come down. So while we’re happy that something is happening, it feels a little like the people are being simply pacified.”
She noted that Mr. Astarita was released after the arraignment instead of being held in custody.
“If I fired a weapon at somebody else and lied about it and hid the evidence as he did, just even as a civilian, I’d be facing a lot of charges, and I’d be in handcuffs,” said Ms. Stewart, adding that “justice has not been served today.”
Sheriff Nelson thanked U.S. Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his team for “tirelessly searching for the facts in this case.”
“His office will also conduct thorough administrative review to identify any areas of improvement that will help eliminate any mistakes made by the FBI in the future and increase transparency for federal law enforcement,” said Sheriff Nelson.
The woman has a point. In the end, the big government “we do no wrong” approach to this and other critical events- like lying about a President being under investigation or having Rice’s unmasking paperwork suddenly get transferred to Obama’s presidential library – will undermine the trust to the point where the people will not comply, and that’s the real loss here.
How does a government function when the people are convinced their leaders are lying corrupt scumbags, and the media along with them?
“They” meaning Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, CIA’s Morell, Obama, Rice, Clapper, Comey and Rogers.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has called out Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over his public comments about the president being under investigation.
The problem, Grassley states, is that Schumer knew this was untrue because former FBI head James Comey had briefed not only the Senate Judiciary Committee but the Gang of Eight, including Schumer. During that briefing in March of this year, Comey stated that the president was not under investigation. This knowledge did not stop Schumer from, only weeks later, making public statements that he knew to be false.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley called out Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Thursday for lying when the New York Democrat claimed that President Donald Trump was under investigation and Schumer knew otherwise.
Grassley stated that in March, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed ranking member Dianne Feinstein and him on the Russia probe.
“This included telling us who was, and who was not, under investigation,” Grassley stated on the floor of the Senate.
. . . . Grassley then turned his attack toward Democrats who he said knew that Trump was never under investigation but proceeded to tell the public otherwise—particularly Democratic members of the “gang of eight,” which are all the top leaders of both parties in Congress and the top leaders in both parties on the intelligence committees in both chambers.
“I have to note something else here. Mr. Comey didn’t just tell the president Senator Feinstein and me that the president was not under investigation. He had also told the gang of eight. Of course, the gang of eight includes Senate Minority Leader Senator Schumer. But even after Mr. Comey told the gang of eight that the president was not under investigation, the minority leader told the media that the president was under investigation and of course that further help feed media storm– Hysteria.”
Grassley provides a specific example of Schumer’s knowingly untrue public statements about the president being under investigation.
As we speak, we hear the sound of wheels coming off the bus, the lug nuts initially loosened by Comey’s testimony. Now the Washington Post (of all places) begins to put the bodies under the bus- one of which is Obama.
The primary takeaways from the article, based on progressive responses:
Obama was too moderate and cautious, just like he always was as president, and Russia won’t suffer proportional consequences for its heinous crime.
President Obama “approved a previously undisclosed covert measure that authorized planting cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated.” Liberal journalists are impressed, but they worry Trump will back off from using Obama’s “cyber weapon.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell did not buy the intelligence suggesting that Russia was trying to undermine the U.S. election and dragged his feet on making a public statement as the campaign got into gears last September. The rabid left has been calling McConnell a “traitor” because of this. Yet the piece elsewhere admits that “some of the most critical technical intelligence on Russia came from another country,” making the NSA “reluctant to view it with high confidence.”
There a plenty of articles out there detailing how Obama was indecisive because he didn’t want to screw up the Iranian deal or upset the Syrian peace process (funny right?) and blah- blah- blah. Truth is, Obama has been weak since the beginning, partially because he’s a wimp and partially because he hates America so he does not feel the need to defend any abuse to her.
Plus, it ain’t like he and Hillary didn’t do it to others!
But the real crime here is that Comey told the gang of eight in 2016 that Trump was not a target or involved in any “collusion”, yet they went out and again and again lied to the American people. All Trump wanted was Comey to come out and tell the American people what he told Congress and the President. Comey refused, citing some dumb moves HE MADE in 2016.
That, of course, is bullshit. Comey was trying to please the deep state establishment and at the same time keep his job. Under GWB, that would have worked. Under Trump it got him a —
However, since Comey admitted in his May testimony that he did tell Trump three times he was not a target, and that there was no evidence of collusion ANYWHERE to be found, suddenly we start seeing the rats jumping off the sinking ship. They know the truth is leaking out. Among the rats is this guy, Morell, former head of the CIA.
Former CIA deputy director Mike Morell hit the Obama admin based on the Washington Post story this week that they did so little to strike back at Putin for meddling in our election.
He said he “failed miserably” in his response.
It’s really interesting when you think about it – for eight years we called him a wimp and the ditherer-in-chief, and in the end, that’s what screwed him over. He didn’t have the guts to stand up to Putin, and gave him a slap on the wrist. He didn’t tell the American people it was happening because he didn’t want to rock the boat. “No drama Obama” thought Hillary had it in the bag, and because of that, he doomed her candidacy, and his legacy.
Comey was at the NY Times the other day. I’m sure there will be another “I hate, HATE Trump” story with him as the source. But what he did- or what Trump made him do by warning him about tapes- was to start the official unraveling of the “Trump colluded with Russia” lie. Now that it will start fall apart, it will be rats leaving the sinking ship moment. They all lied. Soon we’ll know they all lied. How they justify those lies will be the stories we’ll read in the coming months.
By not bailing out, Trump has forced those in the “deep state” to crumble. Good for him. I hate liars.
David French is a lawyer. I’m sure he’s confident in his perception of this issue. But he’s wrong.
In fact, it is perceptions that got Castile killed. Neither party were really wrong, but a confluence of events and perceptions created a moment where police deadly force was used.
If you watch carefully, two salient facts should emerge. First, Philando Castile was quite literally following the police officer’s instructions when he was shot. The officer asked for his license and told him not to reach for his gun. Castile reached for his license while verbally assuring the officer that he was not reaching for his gun. The officer shot him anyway.
The second fact overwhelmed the first. The officer panicked. His terror is palpable. The man went from conducting a relatively routine traffic stop to shrieking and firing in a matter of seconds. Part of this is understandable. Life can change in a flash, and when we’re in a state of ultimate distress, few of us can be as composed as SEAL Team Six.
When I saw that palpable panic, I immediately knew why he was acquitted. The unwritten law trumped the statutes on the books. The unwritten law is simple: When an officer is afraid, he’s permitted to shoot. Juries tend to believe that proof of fear equals proof of innocence.
Like a typical lawyer, French bolsters his argument with a totally unrelated event- the Scott shooting in SC. These two events have nothing to do with each other. Castille was not running from the police or fighting with the officer over his taser. Scott was not armed, nor did he fit the description of the robbery suspect. So, other than the police officer being not black, and the shooting victim black, there is NO OTHER resemblance. But why let facts get in the way of a good story, right David?
French is right in one way. Citizens who take on the uniform of law enforcement are not SEAL team six. So their ability to manage and work with a suddenly stressful and lethal event is not going to be as well honed. That said, those events happen thousands of times a year and nobody gets hurt.
What happened in the Castile case was not a criminal act. No more than a surgeon working on a patient and the patient dying on the table. Unless you can prove the surgeon went in with the intent to kill the patient, it is a civil settlement. Yes, your life has a monetary value, not always a criminal justice value. The reason it became criminal was due to the whole BLM movement frightening other lawyers- who happen to be prosecutors.
This fear is why what was a civil issue became a criminal one, and then ended back up as a civil settlement- as in the case of Mike Brown and Freddie Grey. Which, by the way, under normal circumstances only Grey should have paid out. Brown’s was just to keep the BLM from rioting again.
Let’s set some ground rules here:
A- This is important. There is a compact between citizens and the police, to work BOTH sides need to follow it. First part is that citizens gives another citizen (who has a little more training) the power over him to investigate, develop PC and make arrests. The citizen then complies with that arrest without resistance or violence to that officer. In return, the officer makes sure he does his level best to be unbiased and seek evidence fairly. If he does make the arrest, the officer must do it without violence and make sure the arrested citizen is delivered to the jail in good health. When that works, and it does a million times a year, nobody gets hurt. But when either side violates the contract, things go bad.
B- Nothing occurs in a vacuum. During this period of time, police were witnessing the resistance of blacks against police as part of the BLM movement. Violence was occurring with far greater frequency and with far less provocation. A black person could act out simply to get his fifteen minutes of fame, his momma whining about how he was on his way to get his college application, and how the “po-oolice” just harassed him.
And it would work.
This repeated mantra encouraged a lot of bad acts by black people who normally would not act out and it changes how the police react to the people they encounter. We know it, they know it. It makes everyone on both sides unsure how to interact with the other side. The playbook, if you will, has been thrown out. This breakdown in street communication is causing violence where violence never occurred before.
B-The police are rightly nervous. Plus their training has become too aggressive in my humble opinion. We are trained that everyone can be a threat and that standing your ground in the face of that threat keeps you alive. It’s something that about the time we figure maybe we got it wrong and start to ease up, some idiot jihadi slices the neck of a LT in a Detroit airport or a weed smoking thug tries to beat a cop to death in his own vehicle in Ferguson.
Lawyers, by and large, cannot assign common sense to the law. The law does not recognize common sense, it only recognizes the law. So when you see a lawyer act without common sense, you assume he’s stupid or just being willfully stubborn. Neither are wrong, but it is because that is how he sees the world, through the law.
This shooting was a wrongful act occurring because of bad perceptions by both parties. Let’s look at what happened.
In this particular case the police were aware of a robbery that occurred a few days earlier in a store not that far away. They had photos and BOLOs of the suspect. The officer, Yanez, was aware of those photos. He saw Castile drive by and radioed to this zone partner that this guy fit the description of a robbery suspect. (which he strikingly did!)
This guy looked like the robber. Not his fault, but part of the reason he was stopped that day.
Yanez did what we call “an investigative stop” which often is a traffic stop or contact with a subject for the reason of determining if the subject is involved in a crime. I have done thousands over the years, more than a few resulting in an arrest.
5. Castile did not know he fit the description of a suspect. He just knew once again the police were pulling him over. He had a traffic history. And he knew he was armed, with a license to carry.
HOWEVER, the gun was not secured in a holster, it was either in his crotch or his front pocket. This was a worry to him. So he wanted to make sure the officer knew. His intent wasn’t to alarm the officer. Often CCW holders are told to notify if they are armed. Some states demand it.
But NOTHING about being a CCW holder means the person will not kill police. That is a silly argument. Do you expect the officer to honor the verbal statement “I have a gun, I won’t pick it up. Okay, I promise I won’t point it at you. Oops, okay I promise not to pull the trigger”…BANG! That is just silly and French relying on it is just sillier.
Yet, it does go to Castile’s frame of mind, his perception.
6. Yanez’s whole approach was laid back. This was intentional. He didn’t want to alarm a potentially armed and dangerous robber that the jig was up. (Which is his way of avoiding the gunfight. That gets you killed.)
And remember the case in NC where the black man in the truck got out with a gun and refused to surrender?? I call these “statement days” where the bad guy decides basically “F**k it” and goes out swinging or blazing away. You cannot see these coming. So if you don’t know who you are talking to, but suspect he may be trouble, you can either play it cool, or go in hard and fast and hope to catch him off guard.
In this case, Yanez was just checking the guy out, low key and friendly.
Not a person looking to harm anyone. Just ask questions.
7. I would love to see Castile’s tox screen. I bet he was on weed. (I checked loaded with THC.)
With a screaming woman, a little dope and the stress, I don’t think Castille realized he was in trouble. HIS perception was he was just going to tell the officer he had a gun and a license and all was good, and now the officer is screaming at him. But WHAT WAS HE SCREAMING??? He had a license for it. (Again, why in the crotch/pocket and not a holster?)
8. Yanez had in the back of his mind he might have stumbled into a violent felon. Then the guy says “I got a gun.” Now Yanez’s higher brain/lower brain functions are kicking in. Higher brain is saying “Holy crap, he is the robber! and a gun!” The lower brain, where training and survival exist, is saying “Holy crap a gun, he can get me!” Even with that, Yanez commands the guy to do one..simple…thing… DON’T TOUCH IT!
At this point we come back to compliance. If the officer is yelling at you not to do something and is reaching for his gun. Do not do whatever he is saying do not do. It is really that simple. Castile complies, he is alive. Yanez backs up and retreats to cover, which could have worked, but also could have got him shot in the back of the head, Castile survives.
Neither happened, Castile died and Yanez is ruined and horrified. But it is not a criminal issue. That was because of the BLM movement and a frightened PC driven prosecutor….which is a lawyer…which are the bane of our society.
French is a back seat driver. Hit the streets for a year wearing a uniform and then critique yourself after every shift. You’ll come out a better man for it.