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Sunday, September 23rd open thread: ‘Mad World’

September 23, 2018

  open-threadHere is the open thread for Sunday, September 23rd. 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.

  Last week we discussed 8 stories, did you miss any of them? If so there is an easy way to make sure it does not happen again. You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates. You can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right. 

  Here is Tear for Fears performing “Mad World” live in 1984:

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

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New York Times report claims Rod Rosenstein wanted to secretly record Donald Trump and invoke the 25th amendment

September 21, 2018

  A report in the New York Times today claims that Rod Rosenstein wanted to secretly record Donald Trump in the Oval Office and then use that recording to convince cabinet members to remove the President using the 25th amendment. Here is more about this blockbuster report:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein proposed secretly recording conversations in the Oval Office with President Trump last year and discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president, according to a New York Times report.

The Times, citing people familiar with the matter, reported on Friday that Rosenstein made comments to other Justice Department officials in meetings in spring 2017 about secretly recording Trump after the president fired FBI Director James Comey that May.

The allegations are said to be laid out in contemporaneous memos written by then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Justice Department earlier this year amid an internal leak probe.

In the discussions, Rosenstein reportedly floated the possibility of recruiting Cabinet members, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, now the White House chief of staff, behind an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment.

Rod Rosenstein is calling this fake news:

“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” Rosenstein said in a statement issued by the Justice Department. “I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda.

“But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment,” he added.

  Others are claiming Rod Rosenstein was being sarcastic but we all remember that old adage about true words and jesting, think about it, who would even think of joking like that if there was not a feeling of truth behind it?

  What we have learned from the Democrats in the Brett Kavanaugh situation is that there is no such thing as due process any more and people like him should simply step down based on the accusations alone, so I would argue based on the logic of the Democrats that these charges are serious enough for Rod Rosenstein to either step down immediately or be fired.

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Keith Ellison’s accuser releases medical document showing she feared ‘retribution’ if she came forward

September 20, 2018

  We have been told over and over by Democrats that when a woman makes an accusation against a man she should automatically be believed no matter how old the accusations might be. The latest example of this comes to us via the Brett Kavanaugh hearing–just the accusation alone disqualifies him from being considered for the Supreme Court according to the Democrats.

  I am of course not saying the woman should not be believed or that the accusation should be taken lightly or ignored but I am wondering why the Democrats are so selective in their outrage and their condemnation. If a woman should automatically be believed when an accusation is nearly 40 years old (and let’s not forget the Roy Moore decades old accusations which derailed his campaign) why then are these same Democrats giving Keith Ellison a pass for accusations which are just a couple of years old?

  In case you have not heard, Keith Ellison is co-chair of the Democratic National Committee and he had a penchant for beating his girlfriend over the years–allegedly–and yesterday we learned that she was threatened by the Democratic party to keep quiet. 

  Now Keith Ellison’s accuser is releasing a medical record from last year where she admits she feared retribution if she came forward with the accusations. Here is more:

A 2017 medical document released Wednesday by Karen Monahan said she feared “retribution” if she revealed her allegations of abuse against her former boyfriend, Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison.

Ms. Monahan posted the Minnesota clinic’s write-up from her visit to corroborate her accusations of physical and emotional abuse made public in August, which Mr. Ellison has denied.

“When I post this, it gets deleted every time,” she tweeted.

The document from the Park Nicollet clinic dated Nov. 28, 2017, said she was being treated for anemia and that she attributed it to the stress from her relationship with Mr. Ellison, which he has said ended in 2016.

“She states that she was in a very stressful environment for years, emotional and physical abuse by a partner with whom she is now separated,” said the clinic’s progress notes. “She did not have any physical injuries that required a physical examination in the past.”

The medical report continued, “She identifies the individual she was involved with as congressmen [sic] Ellison, and she is worried about retribution if she identifies him publicly.”

  The Democratic National Committee is allegedly investigating these accusations but to date there has been no public condemnation or righteous indignation from the Democrats, there have been no cries of outrage calling for Keith Ellison’s resignation, and they are standing behind their man. The hypocrisy of all of this is astounding but not surprising, proving once and for all their outrage is selective depending on a political agenda and has nothing to do with protecting women.

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Kim Jong Un agrees to let nuclear inspectors into North Korea

September 19, 2018

  For the last several weeks we have been hearing reports that Kim Jong Un has been continuing his nuclear program on the down-low, using the promise of denuclearization, and the halting of nuclear testing, as cover to gain time to secretly work behind the scenes on the program.

  This may be true, and I would not be surprised if it is, but last night Donald Trump announced that the North Korean dictator has agreed to let nuclear inspectors into the country. Here is what the President Tweeted:

  This leads to the obvious question; is Kim Jong Un serious about letting inspectors in or is this part of the possible deception I mentioned above as the dictator looks to gain even more time?

  It looks like Mike Pompeo is taking this serious as he has agreed to restart the talks with Kim Jong Un, here is more:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said that he would restart denuclearization talks with North Korea with the goal of completing the process by 2021.

The comments came on the heels of meetings this week between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after which Kim vowed to dismantle parts of his nuclear program in exchange for certain concessions from the United States.

“On the basis of these important commitments, the United States is prepared to engage immediately in negotiations,” Pompeo said in a statement.

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Keith Ellison’s accuser claims the Democratic party ‘threatened’ her

September 19, 2018

  If you get your news from the mainstream media I know what you are thinking; wait a minute, isn’t the title of this post wrong? Shouldn’t it read “Brett Kavanaugh” and not “Keith Ellison?” It is forgivable if you have not heard that a couple of weeks before the Brett Kavanaugh accuser came forward a woman came forward against Democratic Party Co-Chairman Keith Ellison and accused him of domestic abuse because the mainstream media has not found this story newsworthy for some strange reason.

  But the double standard lies not just in the mainstream media, the Democratic party has taken exactly opposite positions on these two cases. Of course the Democrats are claiming that Christine Blasey Ford must be heard and should be believed, and this is consistent with what they have been saying about the #MeToo movement all along…with one notable exception. 

  It goes without saying that Keith Ellison is that one exception but it was not hard to predict this was going to happen:

Karen Monahan responded on Twitter: 

“No, they don’t,” Monahan answered. “I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party,” she continued, regardless of her efforts. “I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different Dr. Visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse.”

  You will notice these accusations are from last year and not from 40 years ago and there is more:

“Four people, including my supervisor at the time, stated that I came to them after and shared the exact story I shared publicly,” Monahan continued. “I shared multiple text between me and Keith, where I discuss the abuse with him and much more. As I said before, I knew I wouldn’t be believed,” she said.

  Basically what we have here is proof of something we already knew to be fact. The Democrats do not care about the well-being of the women in question in any of these cases. They care only about the politics of it and either protecting or condemning the person accused of the crime depending on which side of the aisle they sit and at least in this case the Democrats are quite transparent indeed.

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Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser is not responding to requests to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee

September 18, 2018

  I have purposely held off on writing anything about the sexual misconduct allegations from high school which were leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh simply because we do not know whether or not they are true and I was waiting for the two of them to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  Brett Kavanaugh immediately denied the accusations and agreed to testify in front of the committee and we were told Christine Blasey Ford, despite Dianne Feinstein’s original claim that she did not want to come forward, was ready to testify as well.

  But to date Christine Blasey Ford has not responded to requests from Republicans that she appear before the committee so I have decided to write about it, here is more:

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who threw a wrench into the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh by leveling 36-year-old sexual misconduct allegations against him, has not responded to multiple requests to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell her story under oath.

“Our staff reached out to Dr. Ford’s lawyer with multiple emails yesterday to schedule a similar call and inform her of the upcoming hearing, where she will have the opportunity to share her story with the Committee. Her lawyer has not yet responded,” an aide to the chairman of the committee, Sen. Charles Grassley, said in a statement Tuesday.

Grassley told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt that the lack of response “kind of raises the question, do they want to  come to the public hearing or not?”

“As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard,” Grassley said in a statement. “My staff has reached out to Dr. Ford to hear her account, and they held a follow-up call with Judge Kavanaugh this afternoon. Unfortunately, committee Democrats have refused to join us in this effort. However, to provide ample transparency, we will hold a public hearing Monday to give these recent allegations a full airing.”

  I fully expect her to testify before all is said and done, that is if she is telling the truth and even Dianne Feinstein admitted she has no idea if any of it is true. But I do find it interesting that none of the Democrats are helping in the effort to get her to testify. Do they know something we do not know about?

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Marco Rubio asks Jeff Sessions to investigate John Kerry for possible Logan Act violation

September 18, 2018

  Last week while promoting his new book John Kerry made the stunning revelation that he was secretly meeting with Iran in order to salvage his Iran nuclear deal, which is possibly a violation of the Logan Act. Just as stunning as that revelation was is the silence which has come from the Republicans with the exception of Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo–especially from the man who is allegedly the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

  That changed a bit today as, according to this story, Marco Rubio has asked the Department of Injustice to look into John Kerry to see if he has violated Federal law. Here is more: 

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., requested that the Justice Department look into whether former Secretary of State John Kerry violated federal laws by meeting with the Iranian foreign minister, a move already blasted by top Trump administration officials.

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday obtained exclusively by Fox News, Rubio said that Americans “deserve to know that U.S. laws are enforced regardless of any individual’s past position.” He encouraged the department to determine whether Kerry violated the Logan Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

The Logan Act prohibits unauthorized personnel to negotiate with a foreign government in relation to any disputes with the U.S., whereas the Foreign Agents Registration Act is a statute that requires persons or companies acting on behalf of foreign governments, political parties or individuals to disclose details of their interactions.

  Jeff Sessions–whom you would think would not need to be prodded into action on this but would act on his own–still could not be reached for comment…

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