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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.
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  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.

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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.

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Ukraine claims Hunter Biden got $16.5 million in illegal money, also suspects billions funneled to the Democratic party

November 21, 2019

 The Democrats are seeking to impeach Donald Trump for wanting an allegedly corrupt country to investigate its corruption before he would send Ukraine any monetary aid. While all of this is going on in Washington that very same country has admitted that $16 million it illegally gave to the firm, Burisma, was funneled to Joe Biden’s son. 

  Here is more:

Some $16.5 million received by Hunter Biden, the son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, as payment from Burisma was stolen from Ukrainian citizens, member of parliament Andriy Derkach has said.

Derkach said at a press conference at the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency that on November 14 the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) announced a new suspicion to the owner of Burisma, former Ecology Minister Mykola Zlochevsky.

“The PGO document once again confirms the data I had previously published on Burisma and international corruption. According to Zlochevsky’s suspicion notice, Biden and partners received their $16.5 million for their services to Burisma. Biden received funds not due to the successful activity of Burisma or for brilliant business decisions or recommendations. This is the money of Ukrainian citizens. The funds were obtained by criminal means. That’s what they say in the PGO,” Derkach said.

  Well, that should make the whole situation in Washington a little awkward you would think but the beat goes on as the Democrats ignore the actual corruption and seek to bring down the man who tried to expose it.

  But is also looks as if Hunter Biden is not alone in taking advantage of the corruption in Ukraine and it goes back several years:

“Last week, November 14, the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO), unnoticed by the media, announced a new suspicion to the notorious owner of Burisma, ex-Ecology Minister Zlochevsky. According to the suspicion, the Yanukovych family is suspected, in particular, with legalizing (laundering) of criminally obtained income through Franklin Templeton Investments, an investment fund carrying out purchases of external government loan bonds totaling $7.4 billion,” Derkach said.
With reference to the investigation, he emphasized: it was money criminally obtained by the “family” of Yanukovych and invested in the purchase of Ukrainian debt in 2013-2014.

For his part, MP Oleksandr Dubinsky from the Servant of the People faction said that according to investigators, “the Yanukovych ‘family’ illegally obtained $7.4 billion and laundered the funds through an investment fund close to some representatives of the U.S. Democratic Party in the form of external government loan bonds.”

“The son of Templeton’s founder, John Templeton Jr., was one of President Obama’s major campaign donors. Another fund-related character is Thomas Donilon. Managing Director of BlackRock Investment Institute, shareholder Franklin Templeton Investments, which has the largest share in the fund. It is noteworthy that he previously was Obama’s national security advisor,” Derkach said.

  Now Hunter Biden’s $16 million looks like a mere pittance when compared with the $7.4 billion that when through government bonds to the Democratic party and to people with ties to Barack Obama. This sounds like the quid pro quo the Democrats are so desperately looking for, but they are looking in the wrong place.

  I think it is pretty obvious why the Democrats want to take down Donald Trump: there is a great race, a shadowy game, taking place in Washington and the Democrats know they have to take down the President before he takes them down.

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News agency falsely claims Trump is holding 100,000 migrant children in detention centers

November 20, 2019

  After years of not caring about the plight of migrant children being held captive at the southern border the Democrats and the media pretended to care about them for a couple of months earlier this year, but then along came the impeachment hearing and the migrant children were forgotten about once again.

  However, the impeachment hearing is going about as well for the Democrats as the Russia investigation did, so the Democrats and the media decided it was time to pivot back to the migrant children and now that story is starting to make headlines again. Here is a story that was tweeted out by the ATF News Agency:

  That sounds pretty bad and these types of concentration camps should never happen in our country but the only problem is that these figures are not current, in fact then are four years old. In its zeal to attack Donald Trump the AFP News Agency did not bother to check the date on the story.

  When the paper realized the figures were from 2015 it scrubbed the story altogether instead of just issuing a correction. Somebody please remind me who was President in 2015, I am sure it was not Donald Trump. And where was the concern for these children when these concentration camps were actually running during the Obama years…

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Inspector General to testify on FISA abuses in front of the Senate on December 11th

November 18, 2019

  After months of delays it has been reported that the Inspector General report into alleged FISA abuses which led to the fraudulent Russia special investigation is due to be released before Thanksgiving. Of course we have heard this story over and over again since May only to be let down time and time again, but now it is also being reported that Michael Horowitz is set to testify on his report in front of the Senate on December 11th. Here is more:

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is set to publicly testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 11 about his investigation into FISA abuse.

 Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced on Monday that Horowitz will discuss the findings of his investigation into DOJ and FBI’s conduct

“I appreciate all the hard work by Mr. Horowitz and his team regarding the Carter Page FISA warrant application and the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign,” Graham said.

“Mr. Horowitz will be appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 11, where he will deliver a detailed report of what he found regarding his investigation, along with recommendations as to how to make our judicial and investigative systems better,” Graham added. “I look forward to hearing from him. He is a good man that has served our nation well.”

Horowitz is expected to release his much-anticipated FISA abuse report before Thanksgiving and it is expected to contain several criminal referrals, reported investigative journalist Sara Carter.

  The news that a date has been set for Michael Horowitz to testify on his report is a good sign that he might finally deliver on his long-awaited and much-delayed report although until I see it with my own eyes please forgive me if I remain skeptical. But if this is legitimate and this additional time was required to make sure the report gets it right it will have been worth the wait.

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Barack Obama warns Democratic candidates about being too radical

November 17, 2019

  The man who once ran for President while promising to “fundamentally change America” is now out there warning the 2020 Democratic Presidential field that they might be becoming too radical to win the general election. Here is more:

The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it. And I think it’s important for us not to lose sight of that,” Obama said. “There are a lot of persuadable voters and there are a lot of Democrats out there who just want to see things make sense. They just don’t want to see crazy stuff. They want to see things a little more fair, they want to see things a little more just. And how we approach that I think will be important.”

“Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds,” Obama said.

  To me this signals just how radical the Democratic party as a whole has become because the most radical of the candidates are the ones who are leading the pack, and when Barack Obama thinks you should tone it down that speaks volumes. It is also important to note that Barack Obama does not come out against the radical proposals but rather against the radical messaging. He would rather the Democratic candidates did not let the cat out of the bag.

  Also, note the timing of this as it comes just a day or two after his good buddy Deval Patrick jumped into the race. I believe Barack Obama is eventually going to endorse the former Massachusetts Governor and this is his opening salvo as he begins his involvement in the 2020 race.

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