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Robert Mueller’s report finds no collusion with Russia

March 24, 2019

  That loud boom you heard at about 4:05 this afternoon was the sound of the sky-screamer’s collective heads exploding when they learned that Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between anybody in the Trump campaign and Russia.

  We pretty much knew this was going to be the case on Friday when we heard the report was turned into the Department of Justice with no recommendations for any indictments, but the left was still holding out hope for a James Comey type moment where the report lists all the crimes Donald Trump committed before saying no reasonable prosecutor would indict. That at least would have given them something to hang their hats on, but alas, it was not to be.

  Here is what Sarah Sanders Tweeted about the news:

  This should be the end of it but you know the Democrats are going to claim there is a cover up if William Barr does not make the entire report public and I think he should. Of course this will still not be enough for the sky-screamers and it will be on to the next outrage.

  Remember how quickly the left went from hating James Comey when they blamed him for Hillary Clinton’s loss to loving him when Donald Trump fired him? The same thing is going to happen to Robert Mueller in reverse, it is going to be interesting to watch how quickly the left turns on Robert Mueller

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Sunday, March 24th open thread: ‘Hoodoo’

March 24, 2019

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

  open-threadHere 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 Muse performing “Hoodoo” live:

Adam Schiff threatens to subpoena Robert Mueller

March 23, 2019

  With the Mueller report being released and with no new indictments being recommended by the special prosecutor it was only a matter of time before the Democrats began to turn on the man they have been calling a true Patriot for two years. ‘Tis a fickle bunch these Democrats, it was just a question of how long it would take and apparently it did not take long at all because Adam Schiff is now threatening to subpoena Robert Mueller to get answers.

  Here is more:

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday that his panel will subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller if more details regarding his report on possible collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia is required.

“If necessary, we will call Bob Mueller or others before our committee,” Schiff told CNN host Wolf Blitzer, adding that the House Judiciary Committee could request Attorney General Bill Barr testify on the report’s findings, as well.

At the end of the day, the (Justice) department is under a statutory obligation to provide our committee with any information regarding significant intelligence activities, including counterintelligence. And it’s hard to imagine anything more significant than what Bob Mueller has been investigating. This began as a counterintelligence investigation by the FBI. It began as the same in our committee, and we have a right to be informed, and we will demand to be informed about it.

  In this case “more details” means tell us why you did not find anything because we no longer think you are a Patriot. Adam Schiff is the man who for the whole of the investigation has been claiming he had proof there was collusion with Russia, if only you knew what he knew but when the report came out we would all know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Donald Trump is a criminal. Just trust him and we will see eventually…

  Well, the Democratic voters did believe him and they hung all their hopes and dreams of impeachment upon him and people like Maxine Waters but now we know Adam Schiff was just blowing smoke and never knew any more than anybody else.

  Now he is embarrassed and left red-faced because he was placing a bet on the outcome of the investigation and he lost so now he is trying to make it all back in a hurry by doubling down.

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Bernie Sanders violating federal campaign laws by employing foreign nationals

March 22, 2019

Now that Mueller report is out and it looks like there will be no charges of collusion between anybody in the Trump campaign and a foreign government it might be time to take a look at Bernie Sanders’s 2020 campaign because it is being reported that an FEC violation complaint has been filed against the socialist for hiring a foreign national to work on his campaign.

  Here is more:

The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign is violating federal election law by employing foreign nationals in advisory campaign positions, according to a newly filed complaint to the Federal Election Commission obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon.

The complaint points to the employment of three individuals, including Maria Belén Sisa, an illegal immigrant from Argentina who is in the United States under the protections of DACA and has been named deputy national press secretary for Bernie 2020. Sisa, who collected a salary from the Bernie 2016 campaign and also made financial contributions to it, recently made headlines when she questioned whether American Jews, including her own boss Sanders, were loyal to the United States.

Both the work for the campaign and contributions are “direct and serious violations” of federal election law, the complaint argues.

Foreign nationals are prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in the decision-making process of any person with regard to election-related activities, according to the FEC. Included in this group of foreign nationals are all immigrants not lawfully admitted as permanent residents.

“Senator Sanders and Bernie 2020 is permitting a foreign national, Ms. Sisa, to serve in an advisory position which allows her to directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of persons with regard to election-related activities in violation of FEC regulations,” it argues.

    In addition to employing a foreign national to work on his campaign Bernie Sanders has allowed foreign nationals to donate to his campaign and to make decisions for his campaign. All of these are violations of election law.

 Democrats, who for two years have decried the influence of foreign interference as violating the sanctity of our elections, are strangely quiet in this case and with their silences comes their condoning.

  Of course the biggest difference between this story and what Donald Trump did–besides the fact that Donald Trump did not do anything with Russia–is that in this case it is a protected class of foreign nationals the Democrats are allowing to get involved in our elections.

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Robert Mueller is not recommending any more indictments in Russia probe

March 22, 2019

  After two years Robert Mueller has wrapped up his investigation into Russian collusion and has turned it into the Justice Department. In the next few days a summary will be sent to the Congress and then the spin will begin on both sides of the aisle as we wait to see–hopefully–what is in it with our own eyes.

  While we do not know what is in it at this point it is being reported in a couple of places that there are no new recommendations for indictments in the report. Here is a Tweet put out by ABC news which claims a senior official at the Department of Justice has confirmed there are no indictments coming:

  With the only indictments having nothing to do with Russian collusion and now with no more indictments being recommended I think it is safe to say there was no Russian collusion. Not that we thought there was anyway, but this has to be a letdown for the Democratic voters who put all their hopes on this investigation taking down the President.

  A couple of weeks ago we began to see indications this was going to be the case because the Democrats slowly began to shift their focus away from Russian collusion and the possibility of impeachment, but I am not sure the hate-mongering Democratic voters ever even caught on to what the Democrats were doing so they are going to be blindsided with the “news” that there was never anything here in the first place.

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Judge halts hundreds of oil and gas drilling projects

March 21, 2019

  One of Donald Trump’s promises during the campaign was to lessen America’s dependence on foreign oil and his plan to do this was to open up more land to oil and gas drilling. While others have promised to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil Donald Trump is the first President to do something about it on a serious level.

Under Trump, the pace of leasing public lands for oil and gas development has surged. A recent study found the administration has made more than 13m onshore acres available for leasing, far more than any similar period under Obama. The vast majority are located in the western states of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. The administration also plans to make large portions of the Atlantic available for oil and gas development, and the interior department has been criticized for favoring the energy industry.

  Presidents like Barack Obama used the mantra of reducing America’s “addiction to oil” as a means to implement a radical climate agenda based on controlling the American people instead of increasing the output at the source.

  Needless to say the climate-alarmists were not happy that Donald Trump had been achieving this goal and so naturally they filed a lawsuit to stop him and according to this article they have been successful.

In the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account.

Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis.

The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate and limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from future oil and gas projects.

The agency “did not adequately quantify the climate change impacts of oil and gas leasing”, said Rudolph Contreras, a US district judge in Washington DC, in a ruling late on Tuesday. He added that the agency “must consider the cumulative impact of GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions” generated by past, present and future BLM leases across the country.

  Emboldened by this victory the Western Environmental Law Center plans on suing to stop drilling on thousands of acres in several different states so this is just the beginning. 

  This ruling is not a surprise, it is only surprising it took this long to find a judge to issue a stay against this policy.

  It is only a matter of time now before all the Democratic candidates for President use this ruling to push their support for the Green New Deal and their plan to bring America back to the 1860’s.

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Pentagon finds $12.8 billion for border wall

March 19, 2019

  After declaring a national emergency at the Southern border Donald Trump tasked the Defense Department with finding $3.6 billion to make up for the money the Congress refused to give him.

  It is now being reported here that the Pentagon has identified nearly $13 billion which could be reallocated to build the wall. Here is more:

The Defense Department has identified $12.8 billion in possible funding that it could use to fulfill President Trump’s call for a border wall.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., released the 20-page spreadsheet on Twitter Monday night.

Trump last month declared a national emergency at the border, and said he wants to use $3.6 billion for border wall projects. The Pentagon’s list said it has found possible funding sources that are “in excess of the amount needed.”

  Although the article I linked to above speculates on where the money could come from it is unsure at this point which projects will lose funding to build the wall. I do not think I am going out on a limb however to state that whatever choices are made they will be challenged in court.

  It is unclear whether Donald Trump will ask for the whole $12.8 billion from the Defense Department or whether he will prioritize certain projects over others and stick to the original $3.6 billion he asked for. If I remember correctly the wall was originally estimated to cost something like $25 billion with the President only asking for $5 billion of that so it is possible he would decide to take most, if not all, of the money.

  The Congress has already tried to stop Donald Trump’s emergency declaration and failed but this battle is far from over. No State is going to sit back and willingly let the President take money which was already granted to them even though they have been slow in spending it so we can expect the lawsuits to mount up. And we know there will be a judge somewhere who will rule against the President.

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