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Sunday, January 26th open thread: ‘Girl Like You’

January 26, 2020

open-thread“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  Here is this week’s open thread. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

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  Here is Edwyn Collins performing “Girl Like you” live in 1995:

Barack Obama to publicly rebuke Bernie Sanders?

January 25, 2020

   There have been rumors out there for a few months claiming that Barack Obama is very worried about the rise of Bernie Sanders because he believes the socialist from Vermont is too radical to win the Presidency. While he has remained mostly silent in the race to this point, the former President has already issued a warning to the candidates telling them to tone down the rhetoric and if this story is true he could be set to publicly go after Bernie Sanders as unfit to take on Donald Trump.

Former President Barack Obama has remained mostly silent through the early stages of the Democratic race to unseat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election but that may soon change, friends and associates tell FOX Business, as avowed socialist Bernie Sanders gains in national polls and seems poised to obtain front-runner status.

The people who spoke on the condition of anonymity say Obama’s preference had always been to lay low through the primaries aside from making some broad comments as he did in November of last year when, according to a report in The New York Times, the former two-term president, best known for expanding the size of government and his eponymous health care mandate, appeared genuinely worried about some of the increasingly leftist proposals being touted on the campaign trail from Sanders, the US senator from Vermont, and to some extent, Elizabeth Warren, the US senator from Massachusetts.

he has recently grown even more wary of Sanders as the Vermont senator appears to be gaining momentum in polls and the Democratic primaries begin to heat up with the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary both in February.

Obama has told people in private that Sanders is both temperamentally and politically unfit to beat Trump in the 2020 general election, these people say. Among his concerns are Sanders’ strident form of politics and confrontational manners where he was known not to seek compromise during his long years in the US senate. Meanwhile, Obama is said to worry that Sanders’ far-left policies, which include massive tax increases, free college tuition and massive student debt forgiveness, would alienate even traditional Democratic voters. And may alienate them enough to re-elect Trump

With that, Obama is weighing a more forceful rebuke of Sanders as the candidate to lead the Democrats in 2020

 This story is only hearsay, and there is an undeniable bias in the article, but we do know that the insiders in the Democratic party do not like Bernie Sanders. We heard it earlier this week from Hillary Clinton when she admitted nobody liked him, and of course we know how the Democratic party rigged the 2016 primary to ensure he had no chance of winning the nomination.

  It looks like the Democrats are up to it again this time around because it has been speculated that Nancy Pelosi delayed transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate so the trial would coincide with the Iowa caucus in order to hurt the Senator from Vermont. If Barack Obama comes out against Bernie Sanders it could be the final nail in the coffin.

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Justice Department admits two FISA warrants against Carter Page were not valid

January 23, 2020

  When the Inspector General report into the FISA abuses was released James Comey and others declared the report vindicated themselves and the agency despite the fact the report found dozens of mistakes which were committed. This was laughable on its face and then Michael Horowitz rebuked James Comey, claiming nobody was vindicated.

  Eventually James Comey had to admit he was wrong about the FISA process and then to top it off a judge on the always silent, secret, unconstitutional FISA court took the unusual step of rebuking the FBI.

  Now the Justice Department is admitting that two of the FISA warrants taken out to spy on Carter Page were not valid, here is more:

The Justice Department now believes it should have discontinued its secret surveillance of one-time Trump campaign adviser Carter Page far earlier than it did, according to a new court filing unsealed Thursday.

The Justice Department made that determination in a December letter to the secret court that oversees surveillance of suspected foreign spies, acknowledging it may have lacked probable cause to continue wiretapping in the last two of the four surveillance applications it sought against Mr. Page.

The last two applications were submitted in April and June of 2017. It now has concluded there was “insufficient predication to establish probable cause” in the last two renewals, which authorized about six months of surveillance on the former adviser.

Probable cause is the legal standard to obtain a secret warrant against suspected agents of a foreign power from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the secret judicial panel that approves such warrants.

  The question which begs to be asked is this, if the Justice Department did not have probably cause to continue spying on Carter Page how is it that the department was able to get the warrants? The only possible way I see is simple, unless the FISA court was in on it the Justice Department fabricated evidence and lied to the FISA court.

  And having said that we are led to one last obvious question, what is going to be done about the blatant abuse of power? (Isn’t one of the charges against Donald Trump in his impeachment trial abuse of power?)

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FEC violation complaint filed against Bernie Sanders

January 22, 2020

  For a man who is supposedly so concerned about the integrity of our elections I find it interesting that Bernie Sanders is allegedly violating campaign finance laws by setting up a dark money group to fund his campaign.

  Here is more about the new allegations:

A dark money group founded by Sen. Bernie Sanders is violating federal campaign finance law, according to a Federal Election Commission complaint filed Wednesday.

The political nonprofit group Our Revolution, which Sanders founded in 2016, has been violating the federal “soft money” ban by boosting his presidential campaign since its launch in February 2019, the complaint from the watchdog group Common Cause states.

Campaign finance laws state that groups “directly or indirectly established” by federal officeholders such as Sanders can’t “solicit, receive, direct, transfer, or spend funds” for federal electoral activity that exceeds the limitations of the law, which in Our Revolution’s case would be $5,000 per election.

“Because Sanders set up Our Revolution and they have raised and spent money in candidate elections, Our Revolution is required to comply with contribution limits, register with the FEC and discloses its donors — but it hasn’t,” Common Cause attorney Paul S. Ryan told The Associated Press. “It’s his establishment of the group that triggers these laws. That means a $5,000 limit, full donor disclosure and no contributions from prohibited sources.”

“The facts surrounding Our Revolution, including its founding by Sen. Sanders, its receipt of six-figure contributions, its failure to disclose donors to the FEC, and its political spending in Iowa and elsewhere, point to a clear violation of the federal soft money ban,” Ryan added in a separate statement Wednesday.

   If I am not mistaken all of the Democratic candidates have vowed to fight against dark money and big donors in politics buying the election and yet once again, if this is true, we find a candidate not quite living up to his promises.

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Tulsi Gabbard files defamation lawsuit againt Hillary Clinton

January 22, 2020

  The Democrats all see Russians from their houses. Nowadays if the new McCarthyites in the Democratic Party do not like you they brand you as a Russian agent. Naturally they started by applying that label to Donald Trump but they have also used it against William Barr, Lindsey Graham, and others including…Tulsi Gabbard.

In case you have forgotten, back in October the still bitter Hillary Clinton came out of the woodwork and called Tulsi Gabbard a Russian asset apparently because, well nobody seems to know what provoked this sudden attack.

  Well, now according to this story Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. She has filed a defamation lawsuit against the two-time failed Presidential candidate, here is more:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) on Wednesday filed a defamation lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who, without naming Gabbard directly, suggested the presidential candidate was “the favorite of the Russians.”

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, accuses Clinton of having “smeared” Gabbard’s “political and personal reputation.”

“Gabbard, a U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, asserts in her complaint that Clinton deliberately and maliciously made false statements in an attempt to derail Rep. Gabbard’s campaign, by alleging that Gabbard is a ‘Russian asset,’” a statement via Gabbard’s campaign reads.

“Tulsi Gabbard is a loyal American civil servant who has also dedicated her life to protecting the safety of all Americans,” the statement adds. “Rep. Gabbard’s presidential campaign continues to gain momentum, but she has seen her political and personal reputation smeared and her candidacy intentionally damaged by Clinton’s malicious and demonstrably false remarks.”

  I think we all know this is going nowhere, especially if Tulsi Gabbard knows what is good for her, but it is still entertaining to watch the left eat their own.

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Adam Schiff may have ‘mischaracterized’ Parnas evidence

January 22, 2020

  A man named Lev Parnas has been in the news quite a bit over the last couple of weeks because of some text messages. If I am not mistaken this is supposedly new evidence against the President that was not included during the impeachment hearing. This is supposed to be pretty damning evidence and the left has jumped all over it.

  But now, according to this report from the left-leaning Politico, Adam Schiff might have “mischaracterized” this evidence. Here is more:

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff appears to have mischaracterized a text message exchange between two players in the Ukraine saga, according to documents obtained by POLITICO — a possible error the GOP will likely criticize as another example of the Democrats’ rushed effort to impeach President Donald Trump.

  Don’t you just love the way the article says the Republicans will use this new report to attack the Democrats rather than admitting this does call into question some of the truthfulness of the evidence which is being used in an attempt to remove the President from office? But anyway, here is more:

The issue arose when Schiff (D-Calif.) sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) last week summarizing a trove of evidence from Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. In one section of the letter, Schiff claims that Parnas “continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky,” citing a specific text message exchange where Parnas tells Giuliani: “trying to get us mr Z.” The remainder of the exchange — which was attached to Schiff’s letter — was redacted.

But an unredacted version of the exchange shows that several days later, Parnas sent Giuliani a word document that appears to show notes from an interview with Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma, followed by a text message to Giuliani that states: “mr Z answers my brother.” That suggests Parnas was referring to Zlochevsky not Zelensky.

The word document contains a series of questions and answers, but doesn’t identify who is doing the asking or answering. Yet the questions center on the hiring practices at Burisma, while the responses include statements such as “we wanted to build Burisma as [an] international company” and “we also thought it would help in Ukraine to have strong international board figures,” which seems to point to Zlochevsky — not the Ukrainian president — as the respondent.

  So let me see if I have this right: Adam Schiff sent a letter to Jerry Nadler about some evidence, some of which was redacted, claiming to summarize the evidence. But when the texts were then unredacted it turns out they were not about the same person Adam Schiff claimed they were about. This does not sound like a “micharacterization” to me, it sounds like an outright and intentional lie.

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Hunter Biden and the Russians

January 21, 2020

  Over the course of the last four years the Democratic party has morphed into the new McCarthyite party, they see Russia underneath the same stones they were mocking Mitt Romney for looking under all those years ago when he was running against Barack Obama.

  So you would think they might be interested in what Hunter Biden was up to because it turns out his dealings with Ukraine (which the Democrats have impeached Donald Trump over) were apparently just the tip of the iceberg. Here is more:

Hunter Biden forged other business deals with individuals and entities tied with the governments of Russia, China, and Kazakhstan, that reportedly scored him hundreds of millions of dollars.

Hunter Biden and his business partners, in addition to his numerous Rosemont-branded entities and ventures, was deeply involved with an entity called the Burnham Financial Group.

Hunter and his business partner, Devon Archer, used Burnham to make foreign deals with governments and oligarchs

One of those oligarchs included Nurlan Abduov, the associate of another Kazakh oligarch, Kenges Rakishev. Rakishev is the son-in-law of the former vice prime minister of Kazakhstan, Imangali Tasmagambetov. Tasmagamvetov was also formerly the defense minister, and is now the Kazakh ambassador to Russia.

A Morgan Stanley investment account from which Hunter regularly received funds shows money arriving from mysterious sources around the world.

There is a $142,300 deposit in April 2014 from Kazakh oligarch–controlled Novatus Holdings. Kenges Rakishev, whose father-in-law is the former vice prime minister of Kazakhstan and a close ally of Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev, runs the offshore firm.

  There are many more details if you check out the link but suffice it to say Hunter Biden apparently had his hand in business dealings all around the world and he has his father to thank for the connections. As I wrote above, you would think the Democrats would be interested in this but of course they are not and that is because they have known what was going on all along.

  The one thing I do know is that Donald Trump better keep quiet about this or the Democrats will bring up  more articles of impeachment against him…

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