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Sunday, December 1st open thread: ‘The Ghost in You’

December 1, 2019

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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  I apologize for not being around much this week and I might be scarce for the next few days. It has been pretty busy around here and we are preparing to have hardwood flooring installed in a couple of rooms this week so the house will be in a bit of upheaval. 

  Here is The Psychedelic Furs performing “The Ghost in You” live from 1984:

Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2019

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (Psalm 100:1-5 KJV)

  I would like to wish everybody a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving. I hope you spend it with family and friends but let us also take a minute to think about the people who are overseas serving the country who cannot be home this year. 

  Thanksgiving would not be complete here on America’s Watchtower without this Johnny Cash classic:

Hunter Biden would be a top witness in House Judiciary impeachment trial

November 28, 2019

   Recently the tide seems to have turned away from impeachment in the public and there are reports that Democrats are getting cold feet.

  I chalked most of this up to the fact that the impeachment inquisition has gone much the same for the Democrats as did the Russia investigation in that the more they dig the more they find there is nothing there. This would naturally turn the public against impeachment and would also have some Democrats running scared but is there more to it than that?

  During the House impeachment inquiry the Democrats have not allowed the Republicans to call any witnesses, but a second House committee is scheduled to begin an impeachment hearing next week as Democrats look to drag this on and the Republicans are seeking to call witnesses. And according to this story Hunter Biden would be a top witness called on to testify. Here is more:

House Judiciary Committee member Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said during a Wednesday appearance on Fox News that Hunter Biden would be one of their top witnesses in the impeachment hearings.

Gaetz said that the Republicans on the committee would like to be allowed to call witnesses because if they can prove that President Donald Trump’s questions about Hunter Biden and Burisma were legitimate, and well founded, that it can’t possibly be “this shakedown that Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi are spewing to the American people.”

“That’s why getting this exculpatory evidence into the record is so important, and to date we have got no authorization to do it.”

“Hunter Biden would be probably one of our top witnesses,” Rep. Gaetz asserted. “I think the whistleblower would be a witness, and I think that others who can expound on the testimony of George Kent, that reflect on the concerns with Burisma and the ingrained corruption with that company.”

  This helps to explain why some Democrats are getting cold feet and it also explains why the Democrats have not allowed witnesses to this point. I also believe this shows why it does not matter how many House committees hold these mock hearings, none of them will let the Republicans call witnesses, that will have to wait for the Senate hearing and that is why I do not believe the House will ever vote to impeach.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Are Democrats getting cold feet on impeachment?

November 25, 2019

  There has always been a concern among impeachment supporters that moderate Democrats and Democrats in red states would pose a problem for the radical Democrats who had decided shortly after Donald Trump was elected that they would impeach him.

  Despite showing a united front when voting to go forward with the impeachment inquiry it is now being reported that these moderate and red state Democrats are cooling to the idea of impeaching the President. Here is more:

“I think what we’re starting to see, you know, is when the impeachment inquiry was first announced and they started to do these depositions, a lot of people were asking, ‘Can Nancy Pelosi peel off any Republicans’ in this final impeachment vote. But I increasingly think the question is becoming does [Nancy Pelosi] lose more Democrats? Because Republicans have really unified behind the president, and although two Democrats voted against the impeachment inquiry rules that they voted on a couple of weeks ago, we are hearing behind-the-scenes there are moderates getting cold feet. And it comes back to these ads and people being afraid for being punished for voting to impeach the president.”

  Of course they should not be basing their decision to impeach the President on what the polls are saying or for other political reasons, they should be voting based on where the evidence takes them. But of course this whole thing was politically motivated in the first place…

  While the media is reporting that polls show the tide turning against impeaching the President, I do not believe the polls really showed the people supported impeachment in the first place. But for the sake of this argument let us say the polls were, and are also now, accurate and a majority of the people who once supported impeaching the President no longer do so because I believe there is an obvious reason for this.

  The impeachment inquiry went about as well for Democrats as did the Russia investigation. The Russia investigation was supposed to contain a smoking gun that would be the undoing of Donald Trump’s Presidency but there was nothing there and the same thing happened last week during the impeachment inquiry. People sat there and wondered what exactly the Democrats were hanging their hopes on. In fact I would say the impeachment inquiry was even worse for the Democrats than it was for the President because it exposed them as petty, political hacks who are still pouting because they lost the election.

  The problem for the Democrats is they have taken this to the point where they have to hold a vote and if this report is true they could suffer a humiliating defeat they will not be able to come back from.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Sunday, November 24th open thread: ‘Psycho Killer’

November 24, 2019

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.
You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates and you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right.

  Here is Talking Heads performing “Psycho Killer” live in 1980:

Elizabeth Warren lied about sending her children to public school

November 23, 2019

  Elizabeth Warren has, at best, shall we say a fleeting relationship with the truth and she is at it again. This time when she was confronted by protesters she denied that she sent any of her children to private school even though public records show that she did. Here is more from the Senator from (I should say “of” because she is not “from”) Massachusetts on this:

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren denied sending her children to private schools, despite the fact that she sent her son to an elite private school.

When school choice activists confronted her after a campaign rally Thursday, Warren said her children didn’t go to private schools.

“We are going to have the same choice that you had for your kids, because I read that your children went to private schools,” one activist told Warren. “No, my children went to public schools,” the Massachusetts senator replied.

But publicly available records show Warren, who has pledged to crack down on school choice if elected, chose to send her son Alexander to Kirby Hall, an elite private school in the Austin area, as the Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported. Kirby Hall’s 1987 yearbook lists Alexander Warren among the school’s fifth-graders.

  At this point in her life lying comes so easily to her that she probably does not even realize she is lying any more, the lies just flow like prose from her lips. There really was no reason to lie here: you have money, you sent your son to private school, and everybody knows that you did. But “wealth” has become a dirty word in Democratic circles and instead of being proud she was embarrassed and her first reaction was to lie about it.

  I always get a kick out of it when millionaire politicians claim to understand the common man and the Democrats are masters of acting as if they are just one of the beer swillin’ guys at the bar when in reality they are aristocrats.

  This is a perfect example of what they mean when they talk about leveling the playing field, they are not talking about giving the common man the same opportunity as they had but rather the same opportunity as each other. There is a big difference there and they honestly believe, despite their rhetoric, that there is a ruling class and a ruled class and in their minds they are elitists and deserve to be held above the proletariat so they can better rule them.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Inspector General report finds former FBI lawyer falsified FISA document

November 22, 2019

  It is beginning to look as if the Inspector General report on alleged FISA abuses and the beginning of the Russia investigation might be coming out shortly after all. We heard a few weeks ago that when it came out there would be criminal references included and now we are beginning to see some information leaking out about the report and it includes the news that a former FBI lawyer is under investigation for altering documents to get a FISA warrant. Here is more:

A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN.

Yet the situation did not sway an independent Justice Department watchdog from finding the surveillance was valid, sources said.

Still, the possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document is likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI committed wrongdoing in its investigation of connections between Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign.

  The block quote above is from CNN, which you might have guessed from the spin. Note that according to the article this does not mean the spying was not justified and also note the way the article mentions how this will fuel accusations from Donald Trump instead of admitting the President’s accusations were right all along. 

  This is how Fox News reported the story:

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has found evidence that an FBI lawyer manipulated a key investigative document related to the FBI’s secretive surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser — enough to change the substantive meaning of the document, according to multiple reports.

The new evidence concerning the altered document, which pertained to the FBI’s FISA court warrant application to surveil Page, is expected to be outlined in Horowitz’s upcoming report. 

  The bottom line is the same, somebody at the FBI altered a document to enhance the chances of obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on Donald Trump and that has to be a crime. There are reports out there that this person was none other than Peter Strzok, and while I would not doubt that there are also reports that nobody high up is going to be implicated, that there is going to be some low-level fall guys and I would not doubt that either.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium