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Robert Mueller ready to release findings of Russia probe, will wait until after the midterms

October 17, 2018

  It has been quite awhile since Robert Mueller’s Russian probe has been in the news which has led me to believe it is winding down and there has not been much found in recent weeks. If there was anything newsworthy it would have been leaked to the press as we have seen in the past. And a little side note now that I mentioned leaks, a high level Treasury Department official has been arrested for leaking documents related to the probe to Buzzfeed.

  But back now to the subject of this post: It is being reported here that Robert Mueller is ready to release the key findings of his Russia investigation but will hold of until after the midterm election, here is more:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.

Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.

  I find that to be interesting and maybe I am reading too much into this but we are left to speculate what this means and I have to think it means there is nothing there that would provide fodder to the Democrats before the election so the political calculation was made to hold back the report so that the Democratic voters will still have a glimmer of hope Donald Trump will be impeached when they head to the polls. If they find out there is no there there they may become disheartened and stay home.

  Of course I could be way off here but that is what I am thinking.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

 

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Carter Page files defamation lawsuit against the DNC

October 16, 2018

  As we know by now the so-called Russian dossier, which was used to illegally obtain FISA warrants against some Trump campaign officials as well as being the sole “evidence” used to begin the Trump/Russia collusion investigation, was nearly wholly debunked and it turned out to be opposition research paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

  One of the people who had his name dragged through the mud, being called a traitor and other names, was Carter Page and now according to this story he is fighting back. Carter Page has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee. Here is more:

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page said Monday that he has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over a dossier that alleges ties between Page and Russia.

Page said on Fox News’s “Hannity” that his lawsuit “goes beyond any damages or any financial aspects.”

“There have been so many lies, as you’re alluding to, and you look at the damage it did to our democratic systems and our institutions of government back in 2016. And I’m just trying to get some justice,” he said.

Page’s lawsuit is against both the DNC and its law firm, Perkins Coie, as well as a few of the firm’s partners, he said on “Hannity.”

  I am glad to see somebody who has the courage to fight back for a change and the the fact Carter Page is not simply going to let this rest is a pretty clear indicator to me that he did nothing wrong.

  I do not see Carter Page getting the justice he is seeking but after what they have done to him and his name it is at least worth a shot.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Sunday, October 14th open thread: ‘Shine on Me’

October 14, 2018

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

  open-threadHere is the open thread for Sunday, October 14th. 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 Nick Cave performing his version of “Shine on Me.”

 

Rand Paul: Steve Scalise shooter yelled ‘this is for healthcare’ when he opened fire

October 13, 2018

  Last year James Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican Congressmen in Washington who were practicing for a charity softball game. It did not take a genius to figure out this was a targeted attack by a deranged alt-left member of the resistance movement who was upset at the recent election and felt he needed to do more than scream at the sky.

  Of course the mainstream media did not want to speculate on a motive and claimed there was no evidence the man only targeted Republicans despite the report Hodgkinson asked if there were Republicans or Democrats on the field before he decided to open fire.

  This was quite a contrast with oh, I don’t know, maybe the Colorado shooter when Brian Ross found a Tea Party member on Facebook with the same name as the killer and decided the attack was politically motivated. Or better yet, the case of the failed Times Square bomber when members of the media speculated the perpetrator could be a Tea Party member who was upset with the healthcare law.

  And speaking of the healthcare law being motivation for an attack; Rand Paul, who himself has recently been attacked by a sky-screamer and was on the field when Steve Scalise was shot, is now revealing that James Hodgkinson was shouting “this is for health care!” when he opened fire.

  Here is what he had to say:

I was there at the ballfield when Steven Scalise almost died from a very, very angry, violent man who was incited, really, by rhetoric on the left. And this hasn’t been reported enough: When he came on to the ball field with a semiautomatic weapon, firing probably close to 200 shots at us, shooting five people and almost killing Steve Scalise, he was yelling, “This is for health care!” He also had a list of conservative legislators–Republicans–in his pocket, that he was going to kill.

  But in an attempt to protect the left this little tidbit was not reported. I would say this is a dereliction of duty and since this time we have only seen the Democratic leaders ramp up the violent rhetoric. If this violent rhetoric continues and it leads to something even worse than the Steve Scalise shooting the mainstream media will be partially responsible because they put their own agenda, and protecting the Democrats, ahead of reporting the truth and protecting actual lives.

  Perhaps if the mainstream media reported this shooting truthfully the Democrats would have realized the error of their ways and toned down the rhetoric instead of increasing it. I doubt it, because the left believes the end justifies the means and, what is it that the Obama administration said about border patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder? Oh yeah, sometimes you need to scramble a few eggs to make an omelet.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

After Kavanaugh fight Democrats approve 15 judicial nominees so they can campaign

October 12, 2018

  One of the most important jobs a President is tasked with is nominating judges to fill vacancies in the lower courts and to date this is one thing Donald Trump and the Republican Congress has been very successful in doing. But with the exception of Supreme Court nominees this gets very little attention in the public eye.

  On the heals of Brett Kavanaugh’s dirty confirmation battle where the Democrats pulled out all the stops they decided it was more important to hit the campaign trail rather than fight to stop 15 of Donald Trump’s nominees to the lower courts. Here is more:

The Senate confirmed 15 of President Trump’s judicial picks Thursday night after GOP leaders reached a deal with Democrats, clearing about a third of the backlog and closing up shop through Election Day to give senators a chance to campaign.

Three of the judges are for the powerful circuit courts of appeals, while the other 12 were for district court positions.

Needless to say, liberals were not happy:

“This deal was totally unnecessary and it is a bitter pill to swallow so soon after the Kavanaugh fight that so many progressive activists poured their hearts and souls into,” said Chris Kang, chief counsel for Demand Justice.

  When push came to shove the Democratic leaders put winning elections and trying to regain power ahead of stopping judges they are ideologically opposed to and this was clearly a political calculation which was put above policy.

  The Democrats did everything they could do to try to stop Donald Trump from reshaping the Supreme Court yet they threw in the towel as the President is in the process of reshaping the lower courts and the part that should be the most frustrating to Democratic voters is the fact this is the second time the Democrats have done this since the end of August.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium 

Trump administration reaches deal to free Christian pastor imprisoned in Turkey

October 11, 2018

  Andrew Brunson is an American pastor from North Carolina who has been imprisoned in Turkey for about two years but if this story is correct he might be coming home soon because the Trump administration has struck a deal with Turkey to free him.

The White House expects North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson to be released by the Turkish government and returned to the U.S. in the coming days, two years after he was detained, according to two senior administration officials and another person briefed on the matter.

Under an agreement senior Trump administration officials recently reached with Turkey, Brunson is supposed to be released after certain charges against him are dropped at his next court hearing, currently scheduled for Friday, the senior administration officials and a person briefed on the matter said.

The details of the deal are unclear, but those familiar with the discussions said it includes a commitment by the U.S. to ease economic pressure on Turkey.

  Did you notice the headline from the article I linked to above and how it tries to make this “secret deal” sound like Donald Trump was engaged in some nefarious dealings with Turkey? But what else would you expect…

  I am going to remain cautiously optimistic that Pastor Brunson will be coming home soon but until he is on American soil I will not be totally convinced Turkey is serious.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium  

Chief Justice John Roberts refers ethics complaint against Brett Kavanaugh to DC court

October 11, 2018

  If you thought the Brett Kavanaugh saga was over, the continuing protests excepted,  you were mistaken because according to this story Chief Justice John Roberts has referred ethics complaints made against the new Supreme Court Justice to a lower court for investigation. Here is more: 

Chief Justice John Roberts is referring complaints about statements made by new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to federal judges outside the Beltway.

In a letter posted Wednesday on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals website, Roberts announced that he has asked judges who handle ethics complaints for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to deal with the claims.

Roberts said in his letter that he was initially notified of complaints against Kavanaugh on Sept. 20. The complaints deal with statements Kavanaugh made during his confirmation hearings and were initially filed with the D.C. Circuit, where Kavanaugh served for 12 years before joining the high court.

  These complaints come from before Brett Kavanaugh’s spirited defense from allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford so to be honest I have no idea what this is all about, but I do know that with this being headed to the DC Circuit this is probably not going to go away any time soon and whether or not there is anything to these complaints the liberal sky-screamers are going to have a field day with this. I would expect this to be used as fodder for calls of Brett Kavanaugh’s recusal from all cases until the investigation is over, if not his outright resignation.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium