Saturday, August 17, 2019

With one they created crimes, with the other they ignored them

Russia-gate was a lie and deliberately overlooked so much.

  1. FBI terminated their formal relationship with Steele because he was leaking. But DOJ official Bruce Ohr continued to meet with Steele and reported to the FBI about those meetings. Why did top FBI officials try to hide their relationship with Steele?
  2. There were three major clusters of meetings between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele: -Right after the 2016 election -Right after the inauguration -Right after Comey was fired They were out to get the President.

I agree with U.S. House Representative Jim Jordan.  It does not matter to me that he is a Republican or that President Donald Trump is.  What matters to me is that a number of people conspired to overthrow a sitting president -- a duly elected president.

I find it telling how they had to create 'crimes' to go after Mr. Trump but they looked the other way to ignore actual crimes by Hillary Clinton.  From THE DAILY CALLER:

Virtually every single one of Hillary Clinton’s emails were sent, potentially secretly, to a cryptically named Gmail address, according to a new Senate report.
The finding, which has not been previously reported, means that Clinton’s emails, including classified ones and ones which were later deleted, likely existed on Google’s U.S.-based servers. The FBI said in the report that it knew this — and of the suspicious explanation for it — but did not alert other intelligence agencies or the public, according to the report.
The FBI says that the suspicious Gmail address was set up by an IT aide, Paul Combetta, who worked for a company that managed Clinton’s server. Combetta is the same IT aide who used BleachBit to permanently erasecopies of Clinton’s emails after they were subpoenaed by the House, misled the FBI about it, and was given immunity from prosecution, all while asking for basic computing advice on Reddit.
Combetta refused to cooperate with the Department of Justice Inspector General and with the authors of the Senate report about his use of the cryptic email address. He previously pleaded the Fifth before Congress in September 2016 about his deletion of emails.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Friday, August 16, 2019. The press continues its war on Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren announces a new plan, John Hickenlooper takes a hint, and much more.

The ranks of those seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination thinned out a little.  As Ruth noted in "Go away John Hickenlooper," with no support and no ability to inspire, John Hickenlooper has dropped out of the race.  Sadly, as Ruth notes, he's considering running for the Senate.  If elected there, he would block any real progress for America.  He would shoot down everything as "socialism!"

The only thing John brought was his war  on socialism.  He was the Paul Revere riding through the streets and shrieking, "The Socialists are coming!  The Socialists are coming!"

Are they?  Most rationale people don't believe so but when John offered Americans a choice between him or Socialism, America still took a pass on him.

. was a great mayor and governor, and helped shape the presidential race with his pragmatic viewpoint. He provided a valuable voice in this primary, bringing the ideas and solutions he successfully championed in Colorado to the national debate.

America's taking a pass on Michael Bennet as well.  He hasn't taken the strong hint yet but althought he's not dropped out, voters have dropped him.

How bad is it?

REAL CLEAR POLITICS, in their poll coverage, provides a look at how the top 13 candidates for the nomination are polling:

Polling Data

RCP Average8/1 - 8/1330.517.316. +13.2
FOX News8/11 - 8/133120108323321111Biden +11
Economist/YouGov8/10 - 8/132320168652212111Biden +3
The Hill/HarrisX8/9 - 8/103110167441121221Biden +15
Politico/Morning Consult8/5 - 8/113314209533211111Biden +13
Quinnipiac8/1 - 8/53221147522111100Biden +11
SurveyUSA8/1 - 8/53319209811010000Biden +13

See how poorly Bennet's doing?


That's because he's not even in the top 13.  The most recent poll is the FOX NEWS one and Michael Bennet didn't even get 1%.  He needs to drop out.

Less people supported Bennet in that poll than did not know who Joe Biden was.  2% of those polled said they'd never heard of Joe Biden.  Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders would win the presidency if the election were right now.  The poll asks specifically about each of those in a match up against Donald Trump.

On the topic of Senator Elizabeth Warren,  Alex Thompson (POLITICO) reports she's released a new plan, this one addressing Native Americans:

“The story of America’s mistreatment of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians is a long and painful one, rooted in centuries of discrimination, neglect, greed, and violence,” Warren wrote in a Medium post. “Washington owes Native communities a fighting chance to build stronger communities and a brighter future.”
At over 9,000 words, the plan is more than double the length of any other proposal she’s introduced during her presidential campaign. That includes her ambitious plans to break up some of the biggest tech companies in the world, forgive over $600 billion in student loan debt, and revamp the federal government’s investment in rural America including a massive expansion of broadband.
Warren also announced she was partnering with Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), who endorsed Warren last month, on a legislative proposal that would confront unmet needs in Indian Country. Haaland is one of the first two Native women elected to Congress last year. There will be a comment period to allow tribal leaders and citizens to help shape the final legislation. 

Washington is failing Native communities, and it's time to fulfill our obligations to Tribal Nations. Today I’m announcing ideas to ensure that tribal sovereignty and our trust and treaty obligations are binding legal and moral principles—not just slogans.

I’ve fought for a brighter future for Tribal Nations during my time in the Senate and I’m proud to work with on our new bill in Congress. And when we win the White House, I’ll be committed to achieving that future as President of the United States.

  • Right-wing courts have ruled that religious freedom laws allow corporations to deny employees birth control, but don’t protect tribes that object to dumping sewage water on sacred sites. Absurd. Congress should pass a new law protecting tribal religious interests in sacred sites.

  • When tribal concerns have conflicted with corporate profits or resource extraction, tribes lose. This has to change. When I’m president, energy projects that impact Indian Country won’t proceed without consent. That means revoking Trump’s KeystoneXL and DAPL permits.

  • In 2013, the Violence Against Women Act crucially recognized some criminal jurisdiction by Tribal Nations, and I support reauthorizing and building on it. But we need to go further and I support a full Oliphant fix.

  • Washington has refused to fully respect tribal sovereignty in criminal justice matters. This has deprived countless crime victims the opportunity to get justice. And it has fed the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. This must change.

  • Funding critical programs for Indian Country isn't optional. It's required to fulfill the United States’ trust and treaty obligations. So and I have teamed up on writing a bill to ensure predictable, guaranteed funding to Tribal Nations and indigenous peoples.

    Bernie and Elizabeth are both engaged in a statistical tie with Joe Biden.  This is especially surprising in terms of Bernie because the media has declared war on him for some time now.

    The elite corporate media promoted the lies that led to the Iraq War & ignored the truth about Wall St fraud that led to the financial crisis. is not wrong to distrust an elite media culture that helped create those disasters that ruined so many people’s lives.

    THIS —> “If Sanders had suggested that Rupert Murdoch’s ownership of Fox News impacts its coverage, few would argue with him. But Sanders referred to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ ownership of the Washington Post — a corporate centrist outlet.”

    “I worked in & around mainstream TV news for yrs, including at corporate centrist outlets CNN & MSNBC...Bernie Sanders is one of the world’s most effective critics of Bezos (and) the Bezos-owned newspaper has exhibited an unrelenting bias against Sanders”

    On David Sirota, an e-mail to the public account said it was unethical of me to not note in a previous Iraq snapshot that David was a speech writer for Bernie.

    I've never heard such a stupid and uninformed thing in my life.  Keesha long ago dubbed this a private conversation in a public sphere.  The community does not need a disclosure.

    Many wish I wouldn't quote David.

    If any sort of disclosure needs to be done it would be something like this, "We called out David many years ago and he threatened to sue us.  He did not sue us because we had sourced our comments -- which were mainly about the member of Congress he used to work for (and the rude way that member treated Tina Richards, the mother of Iraq War veteran Cloy Richards)."

    Because of that, the community is not high on David.  When his wife Emily ran for Congress, we noted her from time to time here.  And I have no problem with her and I have no real problem with David.  He was mad, he let off steam.  As far as I am concerned, it's over.  I wish the community would join me in that but I don't control the community, I'm just a member like anyone else.

    If I feel the need to call him out, I will.  (And I have when needed since that exchange.)

    In some snapshots, we have identified him as being with Bernie's campaign, in some we haven't.  Though that might be an issue for you, the issue for the community is the one described above not his connection to Bernie's campaign.

    The press was at war with Bernie in 2016 and they remain at war with him now.  Think about how, before Joe Biden declared in April, the press refused to treat Bernie like the front runner -- even though he was.  They will not rush to get behind Bernie.

    That's for many reasons and I wish David would write or Tweet about that.

    Bernie has called for Medicare For All and the press -- supported by so much of the for-profit medical industry -- drug companies, insurance companies, etc -- is not going to slit their own throats.  When you watch the evening news on prime time or one of the 'news' programs on cable, count how many commercials airing are about drugs or about insurance.  They have been bought and see Bernie as a threat.

    Bernie was against the Iraq War.  Not only does anti-war threaten the press but it also goes to the fact that he was right and they were wrong.  They are so quick to pounce on everyone's errors -- even Joe Biden's -- but they've never taken accountable for how they helped lie us into war.  Bernie is a threat to them because he is proof that their collective claim of 'no one could have guessed' is a lie.  Anyone paying attention could have seen that the Iraq War was wrong and unneeded and that, if started, it would be a disaster.

    Bernie has supported local broadcasters -- a long history of that.  And to the consolidated media giants, that is a threat.

    He stands for higher wages and they see that as a threat.

    Everything Bernie is for, they are opposed to.

    And, yes, that has directly impacted the coverage he receives.

    We are not only taking on Donald Trump. We are not only taking on our primary opponents. We are taking on the health insurance and drug companies, the military and prison industrial complexes, the fossil fuel industry and more. But if we stick together, we are going to win.

    His is a message of We The People and that's what so threatens so many.  Bernie is a populist and the media has never liked populists -- not real populists.

    Bernie could win the nomination and it scares the hell out of the press that this is a possibility because if he wins, it's not just without their help, it's also in spite of their efforts to destroy him.

    The media has been attempting to destroy Bernie.

    For those who are late to the party or don't get it, let's talk Beto for a moment.

    Beto was a press darling.  Then he declared his intent to run for the presidency.  Shortly after, the press began tearing him down.  What changed?

    Beto was speaking out against the ongoing Iraq War.  THE WASHINGTON POST felt the need to 'fact check' him and did so by deliberately misunderstanding what he said.  But that was all it took for the press to declare war on the man they'd made a press darling only months before.  If they'd do that to Beto over just the war issue, imagine how frightened they are of Bernie who concerns them over war, yes, but also over healthcare, over media consolidation, over fair wages, over . . .

    Beto's trying to rebuild his campaign and he's seen some activity in the polls.

  • Anyone this president puts down, we are going to lift up. In those places where Donald Trump has been terrorizing, terrifying, and demeaning our fellow Americans, we are going to show up. RT if you are ready to join us in this fight.


    I believe, together, we can bring about the change we need—and, in the process, restore our faith in humanity, in one another, and in this country. You can read more about our plan to end this epidemic here:

  • When any one community is targeted, the very idea of America is under attack. That’s why we need to all come together to not only connect the dots between the proliferation of hatred across our country and the acceleration of mass shootings, but actually do something about it.

  • To combat hatred, we will ensure the FBI and DOJ prioritize right wing violence; identify white nationalism as a threat in counterterrorism strategy; and require social media companies to remove hate speech and domestic terrorism from their platforms.

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