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Mitch McConnell claims the spending deal Donald Trump struck with Chuck Schumer will raise the debt ceiling for 18 months

September 12, 2017

  Mitch McConnell, John CornynLast week Donald Trump, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi reached an agreement on a spending deal which we were told would raise the debt ceiling for three months in return for funding Hurricane Harvey relief for the flood victims in Texas.

  This infuriated Republicans, who wanted an 18 month debt ceiling deal so the next battle over the limit would not be held until after the 2018 election. Today Mitch McConnell announced he used a little trickery in the final deal to extend the debt ceiling debate for the 18 months Republicans had hoped for.

  Here is more:

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Hillary Clinton’s timeline is wrong: she lied about why she called Trump supporters ‘deplorables’

September 11, 2017

   I believe one of the biggest reasons Hillary Clinton lost the election–in addition to being a horrible candidate and an even worse campaigner–was because she called half of Donald Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables” and “irredeemable.” I honestly believe this turned off voters who were undecided at the time and I think the damage was irreparable.

  Hillary Clinton has begun her book tour and in an interview over the weekend she denied this comment was part of her downfall, in fact she defended it:

“I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner. I thought a lot of his appeals to voters were deplorable. I thought his behavior, as we saw on the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape was deplorable. And there were a large number of people who didn’t care. It did not matter to them.” 

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Former aide testifies Bob Menendez lobbied for visas for donor’s friends

September 11, 2017

  You might not know this if you watch the mainstream media but Democratic Senator Bob Menendez is on trial for corruption and bribery. You also might not be aware of the report that Harry Reid contacted Barack Obama’s White House in 2011 and asked the President to intervene in the investigation. 

    Here is a little background in case you missed it:

The two men were indicted in 2015 and face multiple fraud and bribery charges. Prosecutors said they orchestrated a scheme in which Melgen gave Menendez gifts and campaign donations in exchange for Menendez’s political influence.

  But anyway, the trial is now underway and it has not started out well for the Senator from New Jersey. Today a former aide to the Senator testified that Bob Menendez sought visas at the request of Salomon Melgen. Salomon Melgen is on trial with Bob Menendez, he is the man that allegedly bribed him.

  Here is more:

A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez testified Monday that the New Jersey Democrat was involved in helping with the visa applications of friends of a wealthy doctor who is on trial with him.

Under direct questioning from the government, former senior policy adviser Mark Lopes testified that Menendez emailed him in 2008 authorizing a letter of support from Menendez to be sent to consular officials regarding the visa applications of two sisters from the Dominican Republic.

One of the emails sent around the time had a subject line that read: “Dr. Melgen’s request.”

When the applications were denied despite Menendez’s signed letter, Lopes testified, Menendez instructed him to reach out to the U.S. ambassador.

The sisters were friends of Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend of Menendez’s. 

Certainly looks like pay to play to me.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Saturday, September 9th open thread: ‘Thank You’

September 9, 2017

 The open thread comes on Saturday this week because today Lauri and I are celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary and we will be making out annual jaunt to Portsmouth to celebrate later today.

“My love is strong, with you there is no wrong, 
together we shall go until we die. My, my, my. 
An inspiration is what you are to me, inspiration, look… see.

And so today, my world it smiles, your hand in mine, we walk the miles, 
Thanks to you it will be done, for you to me are the only one. 
Happiness, no more be sad, happiness….I’m glad.”

  I love you. Thank you.

 

Jeff Sessions will not reconsider prosecuting Lois Lerner

September 8, 2017

 Not that I was expecting anything different, but today Donald Trump’s Department of Injustice announced it would not reconsider prosecuting Lois Lerner. Here is more:

After being asked by Republicans in April to take a “fresh look” at the case against Lerner, the Trump administration responded Friday that it had reviewed the case and decided against it.

“[T]he Department determined that reopening the criminal investigation would not be appropriate based on the available evidence,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in a letter to Kevin Brady, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

 Of course there is not enough evidence, all of the IRS computers suddenly, and conveniently, “crashed” and then were destroyed for good measure, but it should be remembered that this scandal first came to light when Lois Lerner ADMITTED the IRS “inappropriately” targeted Tea Party groups.

  Meanwhile Lois Lerner is retired and receiving a full pension…

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Berkeley students want to name campus building after a cop killer

September 8, 2017

  Students at the University of California-Berkeley want to rename a campus building because the person the building is named after, a former university president, was a white supremacist–or at least was sympathetic to white supremacy. Here is more:

students have been battling with administrators to purge the name of a past university president from one campus building. From The College Fix:

Barrows Hall is named after the university’s president from 1919 to 1923, David Barrows, an anthropologist who served as superintendent of schools in Manila when the Philippines became a U.S. colony, according to the University of California Academic Senate’s  biography in memoriam.

The Daily said his academic work was informed by “white supremacist ideology.” In 2015 the Black Student Union demanded the name’s removal among other high-priced demands, calling Barrows an “imperialist by way of anthropology [who] participated in perpetuating American colonialism.”

  I have no problem with that whatsoever, however get a load of the person the students want the building named after:

Who is this outstanding individual more worthy of recognition?

A cop killer:

The BSU insisted that Barrows Hall be renamed after Black Panther Assata Shakur, a convicted cop killer who escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba. Shakur is on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists.

  A convicted cop killer who escaped from jail and is living in exile in Cuba, why am I not surprised?

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Donald Trump wants a permanent DACA deal

September 6, 2017

  As you know by know, because quite frankly you can not avoid it, earlier this week Donald Trump announced he was repealing DACA but would hold off on implementing his new order for six months in order to allow the Congress time to come up with a solution. (We can question how the Congress is going to come up with a deal in six months when they have not been able to do so for five years.)

  The fear mongering, party of no Democrats have been seriously misrepresenting what the President did on DACA: they have made it sound as if deportations will start immediately and families will be ripped apart heartlessly by our white supremacist leader. But that is simply not true, in fact it is a lie. Because DACA was unilaterally implemented by the former President it can be repealed unilaterally by the current President but despite the protestations of the Democrats he did not do that, he gave them the chance to make it permanent.

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