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Saturday, 24 February

23:39

Chairman Devin Nunes and HPSCI Rebuttal to Points Within Adam Schiff Minority Memo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The majority members of the House Intelligence Committee present a point-and-counterpoint rebuttal to the construct of the HPSCI minority memo.

23:26

Chairman Nunes CRUSHES Schiffs Memo With Point by Point Refutation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Saturday, Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee released their rebuttal to the Nunes memo. The counter-memo claims FBI and DOJ officials did not abuse the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.

Some of the key points in the Dem spin memo via Zerohedge:

  1. The Steele Dossier was not the catalyst for launching the Trump-Russia probe
  2. The rationale for surveilling Carter Page was carefully weighed.
  3. The Nunes memo used classified information selectively and included distortions and misrepresentations
  4. Papadopoulos role as the original catalyst for the Trump-Russia investigation outlined.
  5. DOJs FISA application was carefully vetted and wasnt used to spy on Trump or his campaign
  6. Steeles information about Pages contacts with Kremlin insiders like Sechin was consistent with Papadopoulos information
  7. DOJ was transparent with the court about Steeles role and why he had reliable information
  8. Nunes memos references to Ohr are misleading and the Strzok/Page texts are irrelevant.

Read the full junk memo here.

House Intel Committee Chairman Nunes responded to the Dem spin memo on Saturday in an official statement (screenshot below):

Nunes also refuted the Dem memo point by point with a 5 page response via the House Intelligence site. (screenshot below):

Lights out Adam Schiff!

...

23:03

VIDEO: National Review Columnist Booed and Escorted from CPAC After Accusing Trump of Sexual Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CPAC was forced to escort National Review columnist Mona Charen from the premises on Saturday after she lectured conservatives for supporting Donald Trump.

National Review contributors have been hard on this president before and after the election.

Heres the crowd reacting to Mona Charen.

Charen then called Marine le Pen a racist because of her grandfather.

The Washington Examiner reported:

A conservative columnist was escorted out of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday after slamming President Trump and conservatives for behaving like hypocrites when it comes to womens issues.

Mona Charen, a National Review writer and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, was asked during a panel about the Lefts treatment of women what has left her most fired up in the Trump era.

Im actually going to twist this around a bit and say that Im disappointed in people on our side for being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women who are in our party, who are sitting in the White House, who brag about their extramarital affairs, who brag about mistreating women, she said.

Declining to mention Trump by name, Charen said conservatives are guilty of look[ing] the other way when it comes to the president and other Republican men who have faced allegations of sexual misconduct.

This was a party that was ready to endorse Roy Moore for Senate in the state of Alabama even though he was a credibly accused child molester, Charen said.

You cannot claim that you stand for women, and put up with that, she told the crowd, as several members of the audience shouted, Not true!

National Review made headlines during the 2016 election when they published a special edition of several #NeverTrump leaders declaring how they will never support Donald Trump.

...

22:58

BREAKING: Adam Schiff Memo Released House Intelligence Minority Memo (Full pdf) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Moments ago, while House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was speaking to the CPAC audience, the democrats on the HPSCI released their declassified minority memo as a rebuttal to mounting evidence of President Obamas DOJ/FBI FISA abuse outlined within the Continue reading

22:46

BREAKING: House Intel Democrats Release Nunes Counter-Memo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Saturday, Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee released their rebuttal to the Nunes memo. The counter-memo claims FBI and DOJ officials did not abuse the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.

The counter-memo was released as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was speaking at CPAC.

Below are the memos key findings. (CLICK HERE TO READ MEMO PDF)

Via Zerohedge:

  1. The Steele Dossier was not the catalyst for launching the Trump-Russia probe
  2. The rationale for surveilling Carter Page was carefully weighed.
  3. The Nunes memo used classified information selectively and included distortions and misrepresentations
  4. Papadopoulos role as the original catalyst for the Trump-Russia investigation outlined.
  5. DOJs FISA application was carefully vetted and wasnt used to spy on Trump or his campaign
  6. Steeles information about Pages contacts with Kremlin insiders like Sechin was consistent with Papadopoulos information
  7. DOJ was transparent with the court about Steeles role and why he had reliable information
  8. Nunes memos references to Ohr are misleading and the Strzok/Page texts are irrelevant

Some more details: as part of correcting the record, the HPSCI democrats claim that:

  • Christopher Steeles raw intelligence reporting did not inform the FBIs decision to initiate its c...

22:33

Apples China Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Devil is in the Details

Apple has agreed that the encryption keys for iCloud user accounts for Chinese persons will be stored in China, as Reuters reported today.

If you arent familiar with Chinese law and the situation around this, this may seem relatively innocuous: a company is doing business in a country, and complying with that countrys local laws. Whats significant about this is that it represents a major change in how legal process works.

Shanghai from a Different Angle, by sama093

Under most countries laws, people have some kind of rights around their own information. The government has the right to demand such information subject to things like subpoenas and warrants; those have to be signed by judges, and the recipient of one of them can immediately go to the judge and contest them, as well as contest the use of any evidence derived later based on evidence collected illegally. That is, theres legal process between governments and peoples dataand companies which deal in user data fight this process aggressively, because their users trust ultimately depends on it.

To deal with multiple countries legal systems, most companies host the most critical data in some rule-of-law state (i.e., a country where similar laws apply), and so both the laws of the country asking for the information and the laws of the country hosting the information can potentially act as legal barriers to releasing the data. This is a kind of legal defense-in-depth which largely prevents governments from just seizing any data they want, singly or en masse.

We Do Things Differently Here

China, however, is one of the countries which works under a fundamentally different system, in a few key ways.

(1) The basic principle of Chinese privacy law is that the underlying owner of all information about people (and the underlying owner of everything else, really) is the state. So while some laws come out similarlye.g., laws about identity theft and so on involve misusing information to harm peopleother laws are very different. The recent Cybersecurity Law, for example, says that nobody can export informat...

22:31

Policy and Consequence Broward County Sheriff Union President Notes Promise Program and Consequences "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last night Broward County Sheriff Union President Jeff Bell appeared on Laura Ingrahams Fox News show to discuss the Broward County deputy response to the Parkland Florida school shooting.  [The key segment is at 05:00 prompted below] Within the conversation Continue reading

22:00

The U.S. Is A Corrupt Country-- Now More Than Ever... Is That The Swamp? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"





The House Ethics Committee still hasn't taken up the very serious charges against ex-Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) and current Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY), who have both engaged in flagrant insider trading while serving on committees that were able to influence the value of sticks they were trading. It's been over a year. A 29-page report from the Office of Congressional Ethics strongly suggests that there was insider trading by both Collins and Price and on July 14, 2017 recommended that the House Ethics Committee pursue a formal investigation. It hasn't.

The report reads that there's "a substantial reason to believe that Collins shared material nonpublic information in the purchase of Innate stock, in violation of House rules, standards of conduct and federal law. Collins is on the board of directors of Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited as well as in Congress. Price also traded extensively in Innate stock while serving in Congress, reportedly on Collins' suggestion that he could make a killing.



This is another reason why people hate Congress so much. Nor do Americans trust government. And most of the time, we shouldn't. This week MarketWatch reported that Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio is seeing a growing chance iff a recession as the U.S. enters a "pre-bubble stage." What's Congress doing to protect us? Nothing to protect anyone but themselves-- as Collins and Price have done-- but everything to accerbate the underlying problems. Which brings us to the much-shared ess...

21:20

The Second Amendment is an Anachronism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The U.S. Constitution provided for a permanent Navy, but it would not do the same for an army.

The Congress shall have Power To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years.

ARTICLE I, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 12

Raising an army was supposed to take a special legislative act and be limited in time to meet some crisis. Of course, even at the slower pace of the 18th Century, in a time of crisis it could conceivably take too long to raise an army, so state militias were the first line of defense. The Constitution provided for this, too.

The Congress shall have Power Toprovide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

ARTICLE I, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 15-16

At the time, the states were vastly more divided than they are today, particularly on the issue of religion. The Congregationalists of Massachusetts, the Presbyterians of New Jersey, the Quakers of Pennsylvania, the Catholics of Maryland, the Anglicans of Virginia and the Baptists of the Carolinas did not trust some overarching federal government to control their militias. This is why the states maintained the right to appoint their own officers and the training of their own soldiers. They would not have submitted to anything like the National Guard that we have today.

They also had the responsibility for arming their own militias, and this was partly because the federal government sure as hell didnt want to pay for the expense. In fact, after the Whiskey Rebellion broke out in 1791, Congress decided that they needed to codify how militias were to be used in the future. In the Militia Acts of 1792, Congress was clear that the responsibility for arming the militias lied not just with the states but with every male citizen.

Militia members, referred to as every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall within six months...

The Story of Stone, Manafort and Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

At age 19 or 20, Roger Stone, who was then an employee of Nixons Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP), was the youngest person to testify before the Watergate grand jury. Call it a badge of honor. In 1977, Paul Manafort successfully utilized that notoriety while running Stones campaign for the presidency of the Young Republicans. Stone then used the prestige of that position, in 1979, to get an assignment as Ronald Reagans campaign organizer for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. And thats when he decided he needed to get to know Donald Trump.

But first he had to make the acquaintance of Roy Cohn. Cohn is most famous for his role as chief counsel to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. In that role, he led the aggressive and unethical red-baiting Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations until the U.S. Army pushed back and he was forced to resign in August 1954. In private practice Cohn represented prominent New Yorkers like la cosa nostra crime boss Carlo Gambino, Francis Cardinal Spellman and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, but he was frequently at odds with the law. Over the years, he won four separate acquittals on charges varying from conspiracy, securities fraud, bribery, and obstruction of justice before finally being disbarred in 1986 as he was dying of HIV. What Cohn learned from McCarthy was the value of being dramatic and the utility of outrageous claims and accusations. He passed these lessons along to Donald Trump.

According to Trump, he first met Roy Cohn in a members-only Midtown establishment called Le Club. It was 1973, and the government was accusing the Trumps real estate business of discriminatory housing practices. He asked Cohn, The government has just filed suit against our company saying that we discriminated against blacks. What do you think I should do? Cohn advised him to Tell them to go to hell and fight the thing in court and let them prove you discriminated.

The Trumps retained Cohn to represent them and Donald became his student. According to author Sam Roberts, it was from Cohn that Trump learned his now familiar three-part strategy for handling litigation, a strategy which he has now transferred to political combat: 1. Never settle, never surrender. 2. Counter-attack, counter-sue immediately. 3. No matter what happens, no matter how deeply i...

21:13

QUESTION: Were the Three Broward County Deputees Outside the School Shooting Given a Stand-Down Order? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Seventeen children and adults were slaughtered in a mass shooting by Nikolas Cruz in a February 14th attack in Highland, Florida.

Three Broward County Sheriffs deputies arrived at the scene but were standing outside the school.

On Friday CNN reported that three Broward County Sheriffs Deputies waited outside the school during the shooting.

This was a stunning development.
CNN reported:

When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriffs Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriffs deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.

With direction from the Broward deputies who were outside, Coral Springs police soon entered the building where the shooter was. New Broward County Sheriffs deputies arrived on the scene, and two of those deputies and an officer from Sunrise, Florida, joined the Coral Springs police as they went into the building.

How likely is it that there were four cowardly deputies all standing outside the school during this ma...

20:38

Video Series Part 3 The Scheme Team "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In Part 1 we outlined a historic pattern of FISA-702 surveillance abuse by President Obamas top officials within the DOJ and FBI. In Part 2 we outline how the application for a Title-1 surveillance warrant to the FISA court was Continue reading

20:34

NO TRUE GUN OWNER: THE MYTH OF A BENIGN GUN CULTURE THAT HAS NO TIES TO KILLERS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

At FoxNews.com, Frank Miniter has published an opinion piece titled "America Has Two Gun Cultures: Don't Blame Law-Abiding Gun Owners for Murders." He writes:

... the truth that is many in the media refuse to cover the truth about guns and the gun cultures in America. They dont want to admit there are two wildly different gun cultures in our country. One is the freedom-loving, gun-rights culture that upholds the responsible use of guns for hunting, sport and self-defense. The other is the criminal culture that thrives in the places where government restricts gun rights.
This is "no true Scotsman" reasoning: Members of the gun culture are law-abiding; if a gun owner is found not to be law-abiding, and is in fact found to be a rage-disordered mass murderer, then the only possible conclusion is that he wasn't a true member of the gun culture.

But, of course, there isn't a separate mass-murderer gun culture. The typical mass murderer acquires his weapons from the same dealers who sell to law-abiding gun owners. Rules custom-tailored to suit the preferences of the "respectable" gun community -- sell unlimited numbers guns of virtually any kind to anyone of legal age who passes a background check, skip the background check at gun shows and online, saturate much of America with venues where guns can be purchased -- offer a remarkable level of convenience for non-criminal gun owners at the cost of making it ridiculously easy for those with violent intent to buy anything they want. It's like removing speed limit signs in a school zone because surely good, decent people will know better than to speed there, and then absolving yourself of responsibility when some people don't.

Here's an example of how the "good" gun culture creates loopholes violent people can exploit:
On Wednesday, during CNN's town hall with survivors of last week's mass shooting at a high school in South Florida, National Rifle Association representative Dana Loesch lamented the holes in the FBI's National Instant Background Check System, or NICS.

"This madman passed a background check. How was he able to pass a background check? He was able to pass a background check because we have a system that's flawed," Loesch said on stage. "It is not federal law for states to report convictions to the NICS system. It is not federally mandated. That's the big question, and I wish that this network had also covered this more."

In fact, it was the NRA that led the effort to block the federal mandate, by financing and a...

20:21

The Visual Bible Acts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dandelion Salad Wikipedia The Visual Bible: Acts is a 1994 Christian film that depicts the events of the Acts of the Apostles from the New Testament. All of the dialogue is word-for-word scripture, taken directly from the New International Version of the Bible. on Oct 27, 2011 from the archives: Roman A. Montero: []

19:30

Man who killed Maryland officer was ordered to surrender guns 3 times in 5 years "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

And shocker, the killer never surrendered his firearms. Do tell, #GunControlNow crowd, how do you propose to make criminals obey gun laws? From Baltimore Sun: Court records say the man who fatally shot a Maryland police officer earlier this week Continue reading

18:22

BREITBART: CHEERS ERUPT After CPAC Tech Censorship Panel Host Terry Schilling Is Confronted For Censoring Jim Hoft and Pam Geller "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Cheers erupted after Gateway Pundits Cassandra Fairbanks was able to ask the first question during the CPAC panel on tech censorship. The entire back and forth between Terry Schilling (whose twitter handle is, oddly, @pizzapolitico) and Ms.Fairbanks was captured on Periscope.

Breitbart tech writer Charlie Nash wrote a straightforward piece on the interaction:

Many members of the audience, which included commentator and author Jack Posobiec, the Gateway Pundits Lucian Wintrich, and political operative Ali Akbar, applauded and cheered when Fairbanks asked the question.

Schilling avoided the question, replying that the panel, which featured fired Google employee James Damore, lawyer Harmeet Dhillon, investigative journalist James OKeefe, Breitbart contributor Marlene Jaeckel, and the Media Research Centers Dan Gainor, was about internet censorship, and moved onto the next question.

 Conservative commentator and author Pam Geller dropped out of the panel this week, after she was asked by organizers to kick Hoft off.

Late last night, I received a call  demanding that I remove one of the speakers from the panel. I would not do this, Geller declared. I told them it was unconscionable that a panel on free speech I mean, its, I dont know if anybody sees the irony.

As previously reported by Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak, the panel was not officially organized by CPAC or the host organization, the American Conservative Union, and was sponsored by the American Principles Project (APP) in coordination with CPAC.

Schilling told Breitbart News that the cancelation of the panel in its original formation was completely Pamelas ca...

18:00

Pennsylvania Looking Even Better For Most Democratic Candidates "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Republicans worry they can't win when there are fair sensible boundaries

Corrupt gerrymandrerers, Republican Senate President Joe Scarnati and state House Speaker Mike Turzai, are not taking the new ungerrymandered congressional map of Pennsylvania laying down. They're asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in-- and step on-- the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
But experts have said Republicans face an uphill battle. Several noted that Mr. Scarnati and Mr. Turzai have fought the courts ruling for weeks in an increasingly nasty political and legal battle but have been unsuccessful.

Just days after the state Supreme Court overturned the congressional district map, the top Republican lawmakers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and stay the order, arguing that the state court was usurping the legislatures power. That request was denied by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who did not refer the matter to the full court, as is often done, noted Michael Li, a redistricting expert at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

If youre a Republican defending a map and you cant even get Justice Alito to refer the thing to the whole court, thats a pretty weak challenge, he said Monday, saying he could not think of one that would be successful....

17:56

JUST AS WE REPORTED=> FBI LIED about Investigating FL School Shooter Told Public We Could Not Identify Him (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Wednesday February 14, 2018 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz slaughtered 17 students and adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The day after the shooting on Thursday morning the local FBI chief responded to the reports of a threat shooter Nikolas Cruz made on YouTube in 2017.

Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in Wednesdays horrific massacre at a Florida high school, was allegedly reported to the FBI in September after he left a comment on a bail bondsmans YouTube channel saying that he was going to be a professional school shooter.

Nikolas Cruz posted this comment on YouTube.

On Thursday morning the local FBI chief Robert F. Lasky responded to reports of the online threat made by killer Nikolas Cruz.

Lasky: We do not know if it was the same person. We, through our database checks, we could not positively identify him. Were going back. Were scrubbing the information. Were looking at it again. I am not willing to say at this time that it was the same person.

The YouTube comment was posted by Nikolas Cruz spelled with a K and yet the FBI said they didnt know if it was the same person?

THIS WAS A LIE.
Killer Nikolas Cruz used his real name on YouTube.

Killer Nikolas Cruz ALSO used his real name on Instagram where his account is loaded with several photos of Cruz in a mask with a gun.

His Instagram account stretched back from  2015 through 2017.

Cruz likely used his real name and photos on Facebook too.
The account was taken down immediately after the shooting.

The...

17:44

Developing: Democrat House Intel Counter-Memo Likely To Be Released Today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On February 9th, White House Counsel Don McGahn notified House Intelligence Committee Democrats that President Trump would not approve of the memos release until sensitive details were removed.

Trump will not approve of releasing Dem memo, per person with knowledge. Instead, he will tell legislators that memo needs changes before it could be released, reported Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post.

Soon after the announcement, Democrat House Intel Committee Adam Schiff expressed frustration with the decision, tweeting After ignoring urging of FBI & DOJ not to release misleading Nunes memo because it omits material facts, @POTUS now expresses concerns over sharing precisely those facts with public and seeks to send it back to the same Majority that produced the flawed Nunes memo to begin with.

17:22

Will There Be Races Where A GOP Candidate Is More Progressive On Guns Than A DCCC Candidate? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




The video up top is from 2010 and if you didn't know better you might think Ann Kirkpatrick is a Republican, especially when she starts repeating racist GOP talking points about immigration and criticizing Obama. Just before the 4 minute mark she starts her oft-repeated schpiel about the NRA. The DCCC is crushing the campaigns of local progressives Matt Heinz and Mary Matiela for this carpetbagging blood-soaked murderess who bragged about her longtime love affair with the NRA: Like protecting our rights, like our right to bear and keep arms. And that's why I have an A rating with the NRA." After decades of puplicly licking the NRA's ass she's now trying to pretend she isn't responsible for all the children who have been slaughtered in the schools when she could have walked up to each one of them and shot them in the head for how she has voted on gun legislation. Brian Robinson, Matt Heinz' Campaign Manager spoke out yesterday on the DCCC gun nut: "Ann is what everybody hates and distrusts about career politicians. When she ran for Congress in Flagstaff, she bragged about her NRA A rating, vocally opposed reinstating the Assault Weapons ban, and even praised the NRA as 'one of the country's oldest continuously operating civil liberties organizations.' Make no mistake, the gun crisis is a problem of her making... Maybe if she had spent more time living down here, she would know that Southern Arizonans can spot a fraud from a mile away."

Along with Kirkpatrick (AZ), Jeff Van Drew (NJ) and Anthony Brindisi (NY) are two more of the many right-of-center Republican-lite Democrats who generally see as eye-to-eye with the NRA as your garden variety Republican does. But these three were aggressively recruited by Nancy Pelosi and Ben Ray Lujan of the DCCC. And yes, Nancy and Ben were very much aware that Kirkpatrick, Van Drew and Brindisi are all gun nut fanatics with long, bloody records of supporting the NRA and of support from the NRA. All three are on the DCCC "Red to Blue Page" and all three have been endorsed by the Blue Dogs and/or the New Dems, together the Republican Wing of the Democratic Party. There are only 24 candidates on the Red to Blue page, representing the exact number of seats the Democrats have to flip to win back control of the House. Most of them are garbage candidates but few are as overtly conservative as Kirkpatrick, Van Drew and Brindisi....

16:30

That picture you Tweet when you know absolutely NOTHING about gun safety "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A womyn on Twitter, @synewaive (AKA Niurka Marcos Stan from California with 5,234 followers), tweeted out the above picture on February 22 with the comment, when you walk into the teachers lounge without knocking. This Tweet has 45K retweets and Continue reading

16:14

Democrats Have No Message for 2018: Far Left Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill Is Desperate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

The Democrats are in a world of hurt leading up to the 2018 Midterm elections.

Normally this is a winning election for the party not in the White House but the Democrats have no message and are looking really sad almost as sad as election night 2016.

Democrats stand for higher taxes, open borders, DACA illegal aliens over Americans (and especially those in the military), and they did nothing to support the booming economy.

Their only message to date is Stop Trump and Muh Russia and they look like unhinged loons.  Their lack of a coherent message will cost them this November!

Case in point Claire McCaskill

Missouri Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill is running for reelection in a state that President Trump won by 20% in the 2016 election.

She is a horrible candidate with her only actions to vote for Obamacare and the disastrous 2009 stimlus that cost Americans $1 trillion with nothing to show for it.

To get her message out this weekend McCaskill sent a mailer to those on her email chain stating that she is behind the government doing more to stop Social Security Number fraud!

Yes, this is what she is running on.

In her email over the weekend she states

Every American gets a Social Security number, so that when we grow old, this system that weve paid into our entire lives will help us live out our later years with dignity and financial security.

But now, scammers are using childrens stolen Social Security numbers to open fraudulent credit cards before they even graduate high school. We need to stay ahead of the curve to protect Missourians financial well-being,and we need the Social Security Administration to step up to the task.

...

15:27

The White Helmet Singalong "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The white Helmet singalong by Banjo Marla h/t: Walid

15:25

Academy Awards Producers Trying To Tone Down Politics Fearing Low Ratings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Michael LaChance at American Lookout:


 

The folks behind the Academy Awards are starting to figure out that most Americans dont want to hear left wing political lectures from movie stars. Ratings for other recent awards shows have been disastrous and they dont want a repeat of that.

The New York Times reported:

In This #MeToo Moment, Academy Awards Want to Spotlight the Films

We want to make it as entertaining as possible reverential and respectful but also fun and emotional, said Jennifer Todd, one of the lead producers of the Academy Awards, which will be hosted for the second year in a row by Jimmy Kimmel. The Oscars should be a spectacle. Fun and funny and great performances.

It should also be a giant commercial for the movie business, which we all need to keep going, Ms. Todd said, noting that the show would emphasize the 90th anniversary milestone

Attempts to keep the Oscars on the sunnier side reflect ratings concern inside ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Most people watch award shows for the glamour. Whenever stars use the platform to support progressive causes and make political statements, large numbers of viewers turn the channel, according to academy insiders, who cite minute-by-minute Nielsen data for past shows

A Grammys-level drop would be a disaster. The Oscar telecast is a big business, generating roughly 80 percent of the academys $136.3 million in annual revenue.

The bad news for them is that its probably already too late to save the Oscars.

The damage has been done already and people are tuning out Hollywood.

Image via Metro

The post Academy Awards Producers Trying To Tone Down Politics Fearing Low Ratings appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

15:01

VIDEO=> Armed Clerks Thwart Shotgun Toting Robber "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A mother-daughter duo in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were confronted by an armed robber at their neighborhood liquor store. The girls grabbed their own guns, and a shootout ensued, with the robber ending up in the hospital with serious injuries.

Tulsas KUTL reports:

Tulsa police responded to the store near 12th and Memorial just after 6 p.m. Thursday after the clerk called 911, saying they shot the suspect multiple times. The suspect was gone by the time officers arrived, but he later showed up at a local hospital.

Police have identified the suspect as Tyrone Lee and believe hes connected to 10 other robberies in the area. They say Lee walked into the liquor store Thursday evening with a shotgun, demanding money.

Surveillance video shows the suspect behind the counter before walking out of the cameras view. The owner and her daughter both grab their guns, and when the suspect returns, the owner opens fire.

...

14:00

Possessed: Lady Gaga had woman vomit green slime on her "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Are we in Hell yet? Most of FOTMs readers are older than the demographic groups who go to pop concerts or listen to what passes nowadays as pop music. So we dont really know what goes on in pop concerts. Continue reading

13:31

Francis: The pope who refuses to genuflect at the consecration "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal is the Catholic Churchs instructions governing the celebration of Mass. N. 274 of the Roman Missal specifies that: During Mass three genuflections are made by the priest celebrant: namely, after the showing of Continue reading

13:30

How is this possible? Over the last three years there has been a significant rise of gun crime in London "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The UK has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. Do tell, #GunControlNow crowd, how do you propose to make criminals obey gun laws? From the Mayor of London web site (23 Jan 2018): The term gun Continue reading

13:00

Pound dog holds new owners hand "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A golden retriever from Tennessee ended up in a shelter after her owner died. Then the dog was adopted by another human. On their way home in the car, the dog gently puts her paw on the hand of her Continue reading

12:57

Iona Craig Won a Polk Award for Her Investigation of a SEAL Team Raid That Killed Women and Children in Yemen. Heres How She Did It. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A little more than a year ago, on January 29, 2017, Iona Craig was at the tail end of a month-long reporting trip to Yemen. On that day, special operators from the U.S. Navys SEAL Team 6 launched a surprise raid in a remote part of Yemen, apparently trying to capture or kill an Al Qaeda leader. This was the first covert assault of the Trump era, and the White House, which was not challenged in the U.S. media, hailed it as highly successful.

Except it wasnt.

Craig, who was based in Yemen from 2010-2015 and had continued to make reporting trips to the country since a civil war broke out, quickly learned from local media that the raid killed civilians. As she began planning for an arduous and risky journey to the site of the assault, local sheikhs she knew from her previous work in the country told her that the U.S. was getting the story wrong. A large number of women and children had been killed, and the targeted village did not appear to have had a standing Al Qaeda presence.

But these accounts were just words that had yet to be confirmed. Craig had to go there to find out first-hand.

Craig was in Yemen to report a story for Harpers Magazine about suicide bombers, and she had received a travel grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Once the raid happened, she got in touch with The Intercept she is a regular contributor  which gave her the financial backing to extend her stay and work on this new story. Earlier this week, the story, which was published by The Intercept last March, won the 2018 Polk Award for Foreign Reporting, the most prestigious U.S. honor for excellence in international journalism after the Pulitzer Prize.

What follows is a description of how Craig reported the story, which was both a major expos that revealed the Trump administration lied about its first major military engagement, and an epic 1,000-mile journey through desolate parts of Yemen, where Craig and her Yemeni companions faced lethal risks. She was not only the first foreign journalist to report from al Ghayil, she remains the only one to have done so. It is a lesson, to students as well as skeptics of journalism, in what it takes to report an investigative article into wrongful killings by the U.S. military in a far-off battle zone. It is also a demonstration of how independent journalists are able to uncover important truths missed by traditional reporters who rely too heavily on official accounts coming from Washingto...

12:19

Carli Filho: um herdeiro poltico no banco dos rus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Coliso entre um veculo Honda Fit e um Passat (alemo) colidiram na rpida do Campo Comprido sentido Centro. O casal que ocupava o Honda morreu no local.

09:22

New Charges Against Former Trump Campaign Manager (Manafort) As Deputy (Gates) Pleads Guilty Mueller Investigation Still Heating Up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From VOA:
Manafort, Gates Choose Divergent Paths in Response to Mueller Probe
Last Updated: February 23, 2018 9:16 PM, by Masood Farivar

Under growing legal pressure from special counsel Robert Mueller, former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates took divergent paths Friday, with Gates pleading guilty to two felony counts and Manafort facing new charges in the Russia probe.

Gates, 45, appeared in federal court in Washington to enter a plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of lying to FBI and special counsel investigators as recently as Feb. 1 while he was negotiating a plea agreement with Muellers office.

As part of his plea deal, Gates agreed to cooperate with Muellers probe into whether the Trump election campaign colluded with Russia. He could potentially testify against Manafort as well. In return, prosecutors agreed to drop all other charges brought against Gates in two indictments handed down in recent months.

The guilty plea came a day after a grand jury handed down a new indictment against Gates and Manafort, escalating the pressure on the two men.

But while Gates cut a deal with Muellers office, Trumps former campaign chairman, Manafort, 68, remained defiant, even as Mueller announced new charges against him.

Manafort indictment

In a four-count superseding indictment disclosed shortly after Gates pleaded guilty, prosecutors accused Manafort of secretly paying former European Union officials to lobby members of the U.S. Congress on behalf of Ukraine.

In a statement released Friday, Manafort said he had no plans to follow Gates lead and plead guilty.

I continue to maintain my innocence, he said.

I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence, Manafort added in his statement. For reasons yet to surface, he chose to do otherwise.

Gates could face 57 to 71 months in prison, but prosecutors could ask for a lower sentence based on his cooperation, Federal Judge Amy Jackson said. Before his plea, Gates faced decades in prison over a raft of charges brought by Mueller.

Gates is the third former Trump campaign associate to plead guilty to criminal charges and agree to cooperate with Muellers investigation into whether there was collusion between the Trump team and Russia during the 2016 election.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign foreign polic...

09:01

Midnight Meme Of The Day! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


by Noah

A simple question for us all: Can you imagine yourself needing crib notes when you encounter someone who has lost a dear friend or loved one in a hail of bullets? Even their child! I doubt that you are that devoid of empathy for others. Only the worst examples of humanity are. Clearly, Donald J. Trump is one of those.

On Wednesday, Trump, held a little pretend-you-care get together in the oval office. His staff, or at least someone on his staff, knows what they have for a boss. However, the horrific circumstances in Parkland Florida and the national reaction to them forced the White House to do more than what their boss had done over the weekend (a quick, obviously reluctant visit with some of the kids, a now infamous joking, thumbs up smily face, photo op with some local police, and then a night of champaign guzzling and happy disco dancing at his Mar-a-lago resort, followed by some golfing during the funerals after saying he would honor the victims by not doing so). Hence, the need for the White House get together. Trump took some time off from blaming the victims and the Mueller investigation to hold the meeting, but someone who works for him knew he'd better have some handy little empathy buzz phrases ready. I call it Empathy For Dummies.

Trump needed some of that "empathy thing" just like George H.W. Bush once asked how he could get some of that "vision thing." The difference, though, was that Bush was self-aware whereas Trump has no sense of humanity. So, Trump's handlers gave him a piece of paper, a cue card, and they held their breath while they hoped that he wouldn't say anything insane. "Stick to this script, Mr. President. This isn't tweeting. These people are victims, real...

07:15

STUNNING=> FBI NEVER Contacted YouTube After Nikolas Cruz Left Professional School Shooter Threat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) revealed Friday that the FBI failed to contact Google after learning Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman Nikolas Cruz vowed to become a professional school shooter on YouTube.

Washington Times reports:

The FBI was told of a threat accused Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz made on YouTube last September but never contacted the company to track down its source, missing an early indicator, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Friday.

Someone reported the online threat to the FBI and the bureau opened a counterterrorism investigation but closed it on Oct. 11 saying it never managed to identify the person behind the post.

It wasnt until after last weeks school massacre that the FBI did track down the author and found it was the 19-year-old man now accused of slaying 17 people at his former high school, Mr. Grassleys office said, after getting briefings from both the FBI and Google.

Google would have been able to help confirm the commentators identity if the FBI had followed up, Mr. Grassleys office said.

Cruz was allegedly reported to the FBI in September after he left a comment on a bail bondsmans YouTube channel saying that he was going to be a professional school shooter....

06:42

Undocumented Alien with a Shotgun Threatens Rochester School: Im Going to Shoot All Ya Bitches! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Doing the jobs Americans wont do.
An illegal alien and public school student with a shotgun threatened the students at Rochester East High School this past week.

Abigail Hernandez made the threat on Facebook, Im coming tomorrow morning and Im going to shoot all of ya bitches.

Abigail is very appreciative the taxpayer funded education she is receiving in New York State.

The Democrat and Chronicle reported, via News Alert:

A student with a shotgun made a terrorist threat against East High School on social media, according to Rochester police.

Abigail Hernandez, 21, is charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony. She is currently in the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia because she is an undocumented immigrant, Rochester Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander said.

Police said, The initial threat came from an anonymous Facebook account, which our investigators had to track down and determine the author of the Facebook account. Hernandez allegedly made the threat at 5:08 p.m. Feb. 15, stating, Im coming tomorrow morning and Im going to shoot all of ya bitches.

The alleged threat was posted to the East High Facebook page. It has since been taken down.

The post Undocumented Alien with a Shotgun Threatens Rochester School: Im Going to Shoot All Ya Bitches! appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

06:20

February 24th 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #401 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading

06:15

Saturday February 24th Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading

06:00

Billy Graham Died "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Ever watch the Last Kingdom? There's a dramatic scene towards the end of the second episode of the second season where Alexander Dreymon's character, Uhtred, the dashing heathen protagonist, dares the evil Abbot Eadred to "say it one more time and go meet the devil." She he does... and he does. Big deal that he killed a man of God, with big consequences, despite it being the arch-villain of the first couple of episodes of Season Two. I'm guessing that thou shalt not kill abbots was a big megillah back in the 9th Century.

Yesterday Billy Graham, who's been hectoring America for as long as I can recall-- not in the 9th Century, but definitely throughout the 20th-- died. No one killed Graham. Like Eadred, Graham was on the wrong side of history. His legacy is that evangelicals stand by while racial tensions and our planet get hot. "The worlds most famous evangelist let his apocalyptic anticipation of the coming kingdom of God blind him to the realities of living in this world." But my old friend in Asheville, Cecil Bothwell, wrote the obit for us:



Billy Graham And The Gospel Of Fear
by Cecil Bothwell

We are selling the greatest product on earth. Why shouldnt we promote it as effectively as we promote a bar of soap?
- Billy Graham, Saturday Evening Post, 1963
Billy Graham was a preacher man equally intent on saving souls and soliciting financial support for his ministry. His success at the former is no...

05:27

Student Reveals Broward Sheriff Resource Officer Hid Behind Staircase, Pointed Gun At Nothing During Shooting (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Brandon Huff told WSVN that Broward Sheriff resource officer, Scot Peterson, hid behind a staircase while pointing his gun at nothing as gunman Nikolas Cruz shot dead 17 people. 

WSVN reports:

Senior Brandon Huff rushed to the building where the shooting was taking place when he found out his girlfriend was inside.

She texted me, There is a shooter in the room. I love you, so I freaked out. I dropped everything in my hands, Huff said. []

The school resource officer was behind a stairwell wall, just standing there, and he had his gun drawn, and he was just pointing it at the building, Huff said. Shots started going off inside, and you could hear them going off over and over again. []

He was pointing his gun at nothing. He was pointing his gun just at the building with kids in it, and he was just talking on the radio, and he never did anything for four minutes, Huff said. []

Hes the only one with a gun, Huff said. Hes wearing a bullet proof vest, he has all that while school security guards, coaches were running in shielding kids Coach Feis, Hixon were running in, shielding kids from bullets and losing their lives while he did nothing.

Amid a flurry of bullets fired from Cruzs AR-15 rifle, the schools 37-year-old football coach, Aaron Feissprang into action, diving in front of students to shield them, says Huff.

05:11

Figures. WaPo Uses Fake News Headline to Accuse Gateway Pundit of Being Fake News Website "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Paul Farhi wrote a hit post this week on The Gateway Pundit.

Paul hoped to make a point that the massively successful Gateway Pundit was a fake news website.
So he used fake news in his headline to smear us.

What is Gateway Pundit, the conspiracy-hawking site at the center of the bogus Florida crisis actors hype?

It would have been more effective if Paul didnt lie about us in the title.

We have never used the term crisis actors in any of our reports on the Parkland high school activists.
Not once.

Talk about fake news!

Paul used that line to gin up some good ol leftist hate against The Gateway Pundit.

Actually I was expecting more of a hit piece.
The best line that he included from our interview questions.

Paul asked if The Gateway Pundit was a conspiracy site.
Here was my response:

I rest my case.

The post Figures. WaPo Uses Fake News Headline to Accuse Gateway Pundit of Being Fake News Website appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

05:01

Fix Bayonets! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

`We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists, but great-power competition not terrorism is now the primary focus of US national security.  Henceforth Russia and China will be Americas main enemies, with Iran and North Korea thrown in for good measure.

So declared US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, last week in a statement of profound importance for the world.

For the past seventeen years, the US military has been laying waste to the Muslim world in the faux `war on terrorism.  Afghanistan, Iraq, much of Syria, Somalia, Pakistan all have been heavily bombed. US B-52s and B-1 heavy bombers have tried to pound those resisting American guidance into submission.

In Afghanistan, Americas longest war, President Donald Trump ordered a doubling of bombing against Taliban forces battling US occupation.  Now, the US is running very low on bombs, guided munitions and even air-to-air missiles for some reason.  Stores of munitions are being rushed from the US Pacific command to the Mideast.

At the same time, the US is fast running out of Muslim targets to bomb, now that the bogeyman ISIS has vanished into thin air and US air attacks in Syria are being minimized for fear of clashing with Russia.  Iran still remains on the US potential hit list.

Which brings us back to General Mad Dog Mattis.  He is quite right that so-called terrorists (thats anyone who actively opposes the Lex Americana) pose no real life or death threat to the US mainland.

But if so, how then to maintain the $1 trillion US military budget?  Well, of course, trot out those good old Reds Under Our Beds.  Actually, the Pentagon has been planning a new war with China for the past three years, a mainly air and naval conflict to dominate Chinas coasts and seas.   The Pentagon is loading up on new aircraft, missiles, satellites and naval craft for the next Pacific War, and trying to enlist India as an ally against China.

But what then about Russia?  Not so easy.  The likely theater for a US-Russia clash is on the Baltic coast, Ukraine, the Black Sea or Syria.  In this case, the US would be confronted by the same problem that afflicted France in the fall of 1939.

Few people know that it was France that first attacked Germany, not the other way around.  Responding to the German invasion of Poland, France and Britain declared war on Germany.  French divisions began to invade Germanys Rhineland.  But after a few skirmishes the French high command, under the inept Gen. Maurice Gamelin, didnt know what to do next.  Germany was large, and the defensive-minded French did not anticipate occupying its entire country.

After a brief demonstration, the French Army withdrew behind the Maginot Line.  Hitler did not counter-attack in hope he could forge a peac...

Egalitarianism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There is unrest in the Forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the Maples want more sunlight
And the Oaks ignore their pleas.

        The Trees, Rush

Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays, by Murray Rothbard

This book is a compilation of sixteen essays by Murray Rothbard.  The title of the book is also the opening essay: Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature.  It is this opening essay that I will examine in this post.

For well over a century, the Left has generally been conceded to have morality, justice, and idealism on its side; the Conservative opposition to the Left has largely been confined to the impracticality of its ideals.

With this, Rothbard sets the stage.  The Conservatives have ceded the moral ground; by doing so, they have created an environment where the Left can achieve gradual change over the long run practicality cannot succeed against moral and ethical.

Rothbard describes the impracticality argument as one that holds up economic considerations against the Lefts ideals.  I find this a tremendously important point.  In how many arguments in favor of libertarian (or supposedly libertarian) ideals are the economic justifications raised, while moral and ethical considerations are deemed secondary if even considered?

The trouble with the Maples
(And theyre quite convinced theyre right)
They say the Oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light

Regarding the value judgment on behalf of equality, Rothbard asks:

Is there no requirement that these value judgments be in some sense valid, meaningful, cogent, true?

How is one to judge what is valid, meaningful, cogent, true?  From the Introduction to the First Edition, Rothbard writes:

Libertarianism is a new and emerging discipline which touches closely on many other areas of the study of human action: economics, philosophy, political theory, history, even and not least biology.

True is found in the reality of humanity.  Essentially, the student of libertarianism cannot ignore the reality of the world around him, the reality of humans as they are, t...

Chung Kuo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This article is entitled Chung Kuo, which means Middle Kingdom.

The Chinese have long seen themselves as superior to every other race (like almost every race does) and the center of the world. Its because they were so confident of this that they never ventured out as Europeans did, with a brief exception in the 15th century when a gigantic Chinese fleet, composed of ships vastly superior to those of Europe, ventured as far as Africa. Since dropping the ball on world conquest back then, or at least exporting their culture wholesale, theyve been in stasis, and on the receiving end of what Europe had to dish out.

The Chinese resent the gweilo, or laowai (loosely translated in Cantonese and Mandarin respectively as foreign devil) for appropriating places like Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, and numerous other enclaves. They resent episodes like the Opium Wars, which resolved whether they were to be used as a market for narcotics. They never learned to appreciate lots of foreign soldiers running around their countryside, even though Westerners felt it was a birthright.

Rent 55 Days at Peking for the conventional European view of imperialism during the Boxer Rebellion. Better yet, buy or rent The Sand Pebbles, in my opinion one of the best movies out thereand the book is even more entertaining and educational.

The Chinese absolutely resent the U.S. government parading its aircraft carriers off the China coast as if it owned the place. The U.S. government is not showing strength, its displaying arrogance and stupidity by antagonizing a sleeping dragon. And the thought of American politicianswhich is to say an assortment of insular lawyers, eggheaded wannabe social engineers, and refugees from Arkansas trailer parksnegotiating with people whove been through what the Chinese have, is just scary.

The U.S. government may feel like it can call the shots now because it has a dozen aircraft carriers and a couple thousand fighter planes. But its making a serious enemy while its going to bankrupt America in a counterproductive projection of force to the other side of the planet. And thats not all. Because the day will go to the people with the most wealth, not the ones that have the most expensive military hardware.

The Future in China

I can give you a dozen credible scenarios describing what might happen in China over the next couple of decades. But the trend that seems certain to continue is the rapid rate of wealth increase there. I dont credit official figures with any great accuracy, but if we take them as being approximately right, then the U.S. economy is growing at 2%, and Chinas at about 7%but with a base of about four times the population. What this means is that the largest economy on the planet will soon no longer b...

Does the ACLU Defend Civil Liberty? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There are many signs of American collapse. One of the most scary is the fact that the American Civil Liberties Union no longer knows what are the civil liberties it purports to defend. Identity Politics has transformed civil rights into privileges for victim groups.

Yesterday (February 22, 2018) I received a 50-state survey from the ACLU. The envelop in which the questionnaire arrived said the survey was about how to protect civil liberties during the Trump Presidency. However, the survey (essentially a fundraiser) did not mention a single civil liberty contained in the Bill of Rights and added as amendments to the US Constitution.

Nothing about the sweeping away by the criminal Bush regime of habeas corpus with indefinite detention. No mention of the criminal Obama regimes kill list, which swept away due process by executing US citizens on allegation alone without trial, evidence, and conviction. Nothing about the sweeping away by both criminal regimes of the prohibition against spying on citizens without warrants. No mention of the shutdown of free speech and protest or of the destruction of civil liberties by unaccountable police who brutalize, rob, and murder Americans at will.

In place of civil liberties, the ACLU has Identity Politics. The ACLU civil rights survey is concerned with the civil rights of illegal aliens, of women to have abortions and publicly financed birth control, the fundamental rights of LGBT people, and Muslim bans. The civil liberties listed in the Constitution do not qualify for concern; only invented rights that are not listed in the Bill of Rights.

The letter accompanying the questionaire does mention the First Amendment and suppression of free speech emanating from the White House. I mean, really, the Bush and Obama regimes decimated free speech and imprisoned whistleblowers. Julian Assange has been imprisoned for years in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for publishing leaked material revealing criminal and deceitful behavior of the US government. By the time of Trumps election, the First Amendment was a dead letter civil right.

In the ACLUs Identity Politics, white people, especially white heterosexual males, have no rights. They are not protected by quotas, political correctness, or hate speech prohibitions. No one has to worry about offending a white by destroying statues of white males or church plaques commendorating George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Try destroying a statue of Martin Luther King. A white person can be called every name in the book and is. White DNA is said to be an abomination. Anyone who said black DNA or homosexual DNA was an abomination would face hate crime charges.

Even men-hating white feminists jump on the anti-white bandwaggon, denouncing white heterosexualnot homosexualmales as misogynist. The feminists reserve their hate for...

The Conservative Movement Is a Big Con "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Time constraints preclude the thorough analysis of The Big Con, the so-called conservative movement, that this subject deserves.  For now, however, suffice it to say that the conservative movement is largely a fiction constructed by the merchants of Big Conservative mediato whom, from this point onward, I refer simply as Big Cons.

As long as those of the Big Cons remain the faces of the official right, the left will continue to do what it has been doing for the last so many decades: It will continue cleaning house in the cultural wars.

Of course, the Big Cons could never so much as remotely concede this as a possibility, much less an actuality.  Such an admission would, after all, be bad for business.  Yet it is true all the same.

Simply put, Big Cons have neither the will nor even the imagination necessary to fight the left on the terms that the left has established.

To put it even more bluntly, Big Cons fear the left.

In fact, even this manner of speaking understates the case: Big Cons are terrified of the left.

So as to avoid misunderstanding, the referent here isnt limited to the fear of professional ruination and/or the loss of social status, i.e. all of those invitations to Manhattan and D.C. cocktail parties that so many Big Cons crave. The fear to which I refer is more primal than this:

Big Cons fear for their physical safety lest they get on the bad side of the lefts more rabid faction.

Leftists make noise, issue uncompromising demands, organize in massive numbers, clog streets, and use abrasive, even outrageous, languagetactics designed to intimidate others.  Yet leftists do more than just intimidate.  They attempt to slander and ruin reputations and livelihoods. They are also known for destroying property and engaging in acts of violence, even murderous violence, in some instances, against those who they regard as their enemies.

All of the while, the respectable voices of the left in government, academia, Hollywood, and the media either ignore the thug antics of their street soldiers or try to rationalize them away.  Neither course of action is particularly difficult, for Big Cons are all too eager to allow the Democratic left to distance itself from the barbarism of its base.

Big Cons can be counted upon to do one or more of three things, and they tend to engage in these moves in tandem.

First, they react to the lefts more obvious excesses by calling attention to them.

Then, they go on the defensive, bending over backwards to assure the world that just because they are critical of the left for this or that position doesnt mean that they arent sensitive to the subjects at hand.  In other words,...

Dealing With Aggressive Violence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The vast majority of people seem confused about violence on both practical and idealogical grounds.

Practically, it is impossible to remove the *ability* for human beings to inflict harm upon one another. Deprived of a rifle, a human intending harm will simply find other means: a knife, a pipe, a pressure cooker, a truck, acid, even sticks and stones, and, if necessary, fists and feet.

This is an unfortunate, yet undeniable fact of the universe. Humans can be incredibly creative in their efforts to harm each other.

The one thing that seems to give predatory humans pause is the possibility of defense in the form of violent counterattack. Everywhere in the Animal Kingdom, predation occurs primarily on the weak and defenseless. Only a desperate predator will risk attack on a strong target that can defend itself. Humans are no different.

Most people supporting gun control measures, and now knife control measures in the UK, are living in childish denial of this basic reality of the human condition. (A smaller group are not in denial of anything, but seek to turn the population into defenseless subjects.)

Before discussing the solution, an important clarification is necessary:

Not all violence is morally equal or even practically unacceptable.

The kind of violence that should be of concern to decent people is called AGGRESSION. Aggression is violence directed toward an innocent person who is minding their own business. Defensive violence is not a problem. In fact, even those who most staunchly oppose peoples right to arm themselves accept that defensive violence is required to deal with aggression. These people simply believe that defensive violence should only be allowed by a small group of people, typically the police. I will discuss this position later when I address the ideological misunderstandings on this subject. For now, all that is necessary is to see that nearly all people make a distinction between aggressive violence and defensive violence. The problem decent people face is aggression, not violence. The problem is not gun violence or even gun aggression. The problem is aggressive violence, by whatever means. Many people with a specific political goal deliberately confuse this point.

If we accept the obvious reality that a human being dedicated to harming others will find a way, then what can be done?

The only thing that can be done is to make ourselves and other decent human beings stronger. We must be rational adults and accept that predators can not be made safe by depriving them of the MEANS to harm, because an intelligent human dedicated to harming another person will ALWAYS be able to find means in some form. That is to say, we can not rid the world of aggression. Instead, we must accept radical responsibility for...

Armed Citizen Saves Lives of Mother, Daughter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Albuquerque police say the actions of the armed citizen involved in a deadly shooting Sunday likely saved the lives of a mother and daughter.

APD spokesman Officer Simon Drobik told reporters the hero, a 12-year veteran of the National Guard, took action when he saw the pair being attacked Sunday night.

According to police, the incident unfolded Sunday night after the womans estranged husband crashed his car into their vehicle, got out and fired into their car, which struck the daughter. He then pulled his wife from the car and started beating her.

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Protect Kids "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In days gone by, a massacre of students like the atrocity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would have brought us together.

But like so many atrocities before it, this mass murder is tearing us apart.

The perpetrator, the sick and evil 19-year-old who killed 17 innocents with a gun is said to be contrite.

Having confessed, he faces life in prison. For the next half-century, Nikolas Cruz will be fed, clothed, sheltered and medicated at the expense of Florida taxpayers, including the families of those he murdered.

Cruzs punishment seems neither commensurate with his crimes nor a deterrent for sick and evil minds contemplating another Columbine.

It didnt use to be this way.

On Feb 15, 1933, anarchist Giuseppe Zangara tried to assassinate President-elect Franklin Roosevelt in Miami. His arm jostled, he killed instead Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak. Five weeks later, on March 20, 1933, Zangara died in the electric chair.

Swift, sure and pitiless, but that legal justice system worked.

With Cruz, the system failed up and down the line.

Cruz should never have been allowed to purchase or possess a gun. He was angry, alienated, isolated. Police had been to his family home to deal with complaints 39 times. Yet he had no arrest record when he purchased his AR-15.

Classmates at Douglas High had speculated that if there ever were a school shooting, Cruz would be the one to do it. The FBI was alerted a month before that Nikolas Cruz was a time bomb ready to explode.

The NRA was not responsible for the system-wide failure from Douglas High to the FBI. As the NRAs Dana Loesch told CPAC Thursday:

The government cant keep you safe and some people want us to give up our firearms and rely solely upon the protection of the same government thats already failed us numerous times to keep us safe.

As for the AR-15, it is the most popular rifle sold. Five million to 8 million are in circulation. Veterans since Vietnam have trained with, and many fought with, the M16, which is first cousin to the AR-15. Veterans are among the millions who own them.

While all agree AR-15s should be kept out of the hands of crazies like Cruz, the establishment insists that it is the gun that is the problem.

We hear demands that AR-15s be banned and confiscated.

Proponents should put that proposition to a vote. But a prediction: The moment it is brought up for a vote, sales of AR-15s will explode, as they have before. If the weapon is banned, as alcohol was banned in Prohibition, millions of law-abiding Americans will become law-breakers.

And who...

The South Is Demonized "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

For most people educated in the public school system, this book will open your eyes to a whole new view of American history: the truth! Yes, there truly is another side and its been hidden from those who havent pursued the subject of American history in adulthood.

The truth does have a way of coming out for those who seek, and if you have an honest appreciation for American history, this book is sure to be on your favorites list. Its a very well-documented record of why the South was right, and I think the writers have earned 5 stars for their persuasiveness alone.

As one who often reads history out of plain and simple interest and curiosity, I highly recommend this book. And if youve always suspected this title was true, read this book to find out why. I guarantee you will not be bored.

Reprinted from Amazon.com.

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10 Cool Facts About Curling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

To the uninitiated, curling might seem like a bizarre and unusual sport with its weird brooms and constant sweeping on ice. But if you get to know the basics of the winter sport, then you can see why so many people from all around the world are fascinated by its strategies and the endurance required to win. Here are 10 cool facts about curling that might just turn you into a superfan.

1. IT ORIGINATED IN 16TH-CENTURY SCOTLAND.

Originating in Scotland, the winter sport of curling dates as far back as 1511. Early games were played on frozen ponds and lochs with primitive curling stones made from different types of materials and rocks from the regions of Stirling and Perth.

Established in 1838, the Grand Caledonian Curling Club was the first modern curling club in Scotland. Its club members and committee were responsible for properly organizing the game and writing its first official rule book with standardized equipment and curling stones. The club later changed its name to the Royal Caledonian Curling Club when Queen Victoria granted it a royal charter in 1843, as the sport was becoming more and more popular in Europe and Canada in the late 19th century.

2. CURLING STONES ARE MADE FROM RARE GRANITE.

Photo of a granite curling stone

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Each curling stone has a circumference of 36 inches and a height of 4.5 inches. The weight of a stone varies between 38 and 44 pounds, depending on the level of competition. Each curling stone is made from a rare granite that is polished and shaped. In fact, there are only two quarries in the world where the granite is found: the Scottish island of Ailsa Craig and the Trefor Granite Quarry in Wales. Since...

Own Gold "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

n the old Greek mythology, the opening of Pandoras box unleashed many evils on the world. Within the next few years, we will see a modern Pandoras box being opened that will lead to events in the world which will be as devastating as when the ancient box was opened. The very big difference is that this time the consequences will not be part of historical mythology. Instead they will be real and catastrophic for the whole world on a scale never experienced in history.

Pandora the all giving was the first human woman created by the Greek gods. Zeus ordered her creation to punish humanity due to Prometheus theft of the secret of fire, a secret he gave to humanity. Pandora got hold of a Box (actually a jar) belonging to Prometheuss brother and opened it, thereby letting out all the evils of humanity including death and disease. Realising her mistake she closed the jar and the only thing left inside was Hope.

Just as the punishment Pandora inflicted on humanity, the world will in coming years be punished for the excesses, debts, deceit, lies, decadence, and lack of moral and ethical values. As the modern Pandoras box is opened, there will be so many problems and shocks that the world will experience that the list will be endless.

There have been numerable periods in history when a sound economy based on sound principles has been transformed into massive debts, money printing and war. Some of these cycles have been of a smaller magnitude and virtually all of them have been local or regional. Thus we have seen many examples of economic collapse in individual countries like Argentina or in regions like the Roman Empire.

But never before in history has virtually every country and every region been insolvent or bankrupt simultaneously.

CHINA DEBT TO GDP 833%

If we start with China, debt has grown exponentially in this century from $2 trillion to $40 trillion. Like most debt based countries, China has to grow debt at ever increasing rates to expand GDP. Since 2009, Chinese debt has grown 3x faster than GDP. Chinas debt to GDP ratio is estimated at around a massive 300%. But if we base debt to GDP on the Financial Stability Board figures, the result is very different. Included in their calculation is also all Financial Assets. On that measure, the Chinese debt to GDP ratio is a staggering 833%.

UK DEBT TO GDP 1008%

But China is not the worst. Using the same measure, the UK, being the worlds largest financial centre, has 1008% debt to GDP. Many industrialised countries are above 400% as the table shows. Switzerland with a banking system which is too big for the country would also be at the top of the list.

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Can You Resist Martial Law? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Selco interviewed by Daisy Luther:

Lets talk about martial law. This is when the normal law of the land is suspended and the authority comes from the military or federal government.

One recent example of undeclared martial law in the US was when the police were looking for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and went door to door, forcing innocent people to come outside with their hands on their heads at gunpoint, while their homes were searched without warrants. 

It turns out that many of us have some serious misconceptions of what its really like to live through a martial law situation. I asked Selco, who has personally been through it, to clear up the myths and tell us what its actually like. You can always count on him for the unvarnished truth, and thats what we need to be prepared to survive extreme situations.

Would you say that your city in Bosnia was under martial law for any part of your ordeal? How long did it last?

During Yugoslav wars, in different regions (states) based on particular timing and events you can say that martial law was in place, or state of direct war threat as some call it here.

There were different stages or even levels of it, but one common fact is that during that all normal civil rights and laws were completely and absolutely a matter of the will of the war government. (Or military council or war headquarters.)

The names were different for different regions, even cities, but the results were the same.

In the case of my city in that particular time, it was war government that had little influence on ordinary citizen simply because there were too many factions.

But prior to that time and after that year I experienced and went through something that looks more like real martial law as your readership imagines it.

Many people in the prepper community think theyll be able to take on the militarized police or army rather than bending to the new rules. How do you think that will go? Can you give any examples of people attempting to defy the military?

Yes, I am aware that lot of preppers imagine martial law to be like some black and white situation (with clear causes, solutions, and views). In reality, it is quite different.

It is a situation where all stakes are much higher, and solutions-actions  that the government ( ruling  party, military leaders or whoever in your case) wants to achieve will be attempted with all means. That can include some new rules where what you think about it usually does not mean anything.

Lot of preppers think about martial law...

04:56

Insanity: Police called to Louisiana high school because of square-root symbol "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Americans really are getting dumber. Oberlin High School is a public school in Oberlin, Allen Parish, Louisiana, with an enrollment of 290 students, 50% of whom are minorities and 57% economically disadvantaged. The students are rated 54% and 75% in Continue reading

04:54

Nigel Farage Speech To CPAC 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Nigel Farage speaks to the CPAC 2018 audience.

04:28

Susan Rices Lawyer Responds to Grassley Inquiry About Bizarre Email She Sent Herself on Trumps Inauguration Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last week, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley uncovered an unusual email former NatSec Advisor to Barack Obama, Susan Rice sent herself on January 20th 2017Donald Trumps inauguration day.

Susan Rice sent herself an unusual email on January 20th memorializing a secret meeting she had on January 5th with Obama, Comey, Biden and Sally Yates to discuss Russian interference.

Senate Judiciary Chairmen Grassley and Graham sent Susan Rice a list of questions she must answer the Committee by January 22nd 2018.

Susan Rices lawyers responded to Congress late Friday in a letter claiming the Obama admin was afraid to share classified intel with General Flynn. Seriously?

Politico reported:

A lawyer for President Barack Obamas national security adviser, Susan Rice, told Congress late Friday that the outgoing administration was fearful of sharing classified intelligence with members of the incoming Trump team, especially Rices successor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

In a letter to lawmakers, Rices lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler, said Rice drafted a Jan. 20, 2017, email to herself on the advice of White House counsel to memorialize the outgoing administrations reluctance.

President Obama and his national security team were justifiably concerned about potential risks to the Nations security from sharing highly classified information about Russia with certain members of the Trump transition team, particularly Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn,

Rices lawyer also claims Susan Rice was not informed about any FISA applications sought by the FBI in its investigation and that she only learned about them from the press reports after leaving office and that the dossier was never discussed in this meeting.

This is hard to believe being that Rice has a track record of lying and Comey, who was one of the attendees in this secret meeting she was in on January 5th, traveled to Trump Tower the very next day to brief Trump on the dossier. The dossier and FISA warrants never came up in the meeting? Yeah, ok.

Susan Rices lawyer also claimed there was nothing unu...

04:19

Gay Olympian Loser Says He Would Now Answer Mike Pences Phone Call "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier this month gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon insulted Vice President Mike Pence which made him a darling of the left.

But after finishing 10th Rippon has had a change of heart.

Rippon now says he would take Vice President Pences call.

The Washington Examiner reported:

U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon the first openly gay U.S. athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics said he would now accept a call from Vice President Mike Pence.

I was offered a phone call with the vice president that I decided not to take before the games, Rippon told the Today show. I didnt take the phone call because I needed to focus on the competition.

But Rippon says now he would totally take the phone call.

The post Gay Olympian Loser Says He Would Now Answer Mike Pences Phone Call appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

03:53

Slick Move By Cronies Mueller Unseals Virginia District Indictment Forcing Manafort To Defend Two Fronts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Nothing about this has any relationship to President Trump; however, the DOJ cronies under Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Greg Andres and Andrew Weissmann, made a slick move today by unsealing indictments in Virginia against Paul Manafort opening up two legal fronts Continue reading

03:30

The Media Is Lying To The Parkland Survivors "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

But they dont care as long as it serves their agenda. Via Daily Caller: I dont usually write opinion columns and I wasnt planning on writing one after Wednesday nights CNN town hall, but the more I thought and reflected on it, the more I became convinced of one ugly truth: the media is failing []

02:53

VICE Tweet Complains NRA Wants To Put Guns In The Hands of Women "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Yeah, actually they want to allow women to chose to have it if they choose. You would rather deprive them of that right and treat them like theyre children unable to use a gun. Via Free Beacon: The progressive news site VICE tweeted Friday its disdain that the National Rifle Association wants to put guns []

02:43

Judicial Watch Lead Investigator: Pay Attention to Obama DHS Advisor Lisa Monaco Deep State Link (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Former Obama DHS advisor Lisa Monaco (CNN)

Judicial Watch chief investigator Chris Farrell told the Lou Dobbs audience on Friday to pay attention to former Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco.

Chris Farrell: If you want to really focus on Obama administration targeting of the Trump campaign, the transition and the administration, I think people should sets their sights on Lisa Monaco. She was the Trump (he meant Obama) administration Homeland Security Director and she appears in the notes and calendar of Andy McCabe in May of 2016. And if you note back a couple weeks youll note that there was a text from (Lisa) Page saying that Andy McCabe and Strzok, her boyfriend, saying that the White House wanted to know everything that they were doing. And so you see this contact in May and then in August you see the counter-intelligence operation that opened on the Trump campaign gets a nickname. They call it latitude and its tied back apparently to Lisa Monaco who today has escaped any media inquiry or scrutiny. I think people should take a hard long look at the contact point between this McCabe, Strzok, Page, Secret Society as they refer to themselves, and who in the White House was managing that. It appears, its likely that its Lisa Monaco.

Via Lou Dobbs:

The post Judicial Watch Lead Investigator: Pay Attention to Obama DHS Advisor Lisa Monaco Deep State Link (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

02:41

REPORT: Killer Nikolas Cruz Was So Into ISIS Believed Enemies of Syrian Terrorists Should Be Murdered (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

According to a transcript obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the FBI tip-line caller warned Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman Nikolas Cruz was going to explode. The caller also noted Cruz dressed up as a ninja or an ISIS fighter.

Partial transcript via WSJ:

You know, its just so much, she said on the call. I know heshes going to explode. She said she was making the call because she wanted a clear conscience if he takes off and, and just starts shooting places up. []

The caller began by saying Mr. Cruz had the mental capacity of a 12- or 14-year-old. She said he had started posting messages on his Instagram account that he wanted to kill himself and shed alerted police to that threat, but wasnt sure what happened in that investigation. []

Something is gonna happen, she said. Because hes, he doesnt have the mental capacity. He cant, hes so outraged if someone talks to him about certain things. []

He brought the bird into the house, she recounted. He threw it on his mothers kitchen counter and he started cutting it up. He has all kinds of hunting knives. I dont know what knife he used, though. And he started cutting the bird up, and his mothersaid, Whatre you doing? And he says, I want to see whats inside. Then the caller said, That to me would be a red flag. []

The caller also mentioned that Mr. Cruz dressed up as a ninja or an ISIS fighter.

The caller then told the FBI that Cruz was so into ISIS, but did not elaborate.

Ariana Lopez, a former classma...

02:17

Broward County Sheriff Has History Of Controversy And Accusations Of Political Corruption "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

No wonder his office is a mess and he has cowards for deputies. Via Daily Caller: Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, currently under fire for his departments repeated failures to stop Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz, is no stranger to controversy. Israel was criticized in 2014 after a political action committee supporting his re-election campaign []

02:06

JUDICIAL WATCH: DOJ Says Loretta Lynch Used Alias Elizabeth Carlisle to Conduct Official Business to Protect Security, Privacy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Department of Justice told conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used the alias Elizabeth Carlisle to conduct official business to protect security and privacy.

The use of aliases by government officials actually stonewalls FOIA requests because groups filing FOIA lawsuits dont know the aliases and only request records using legal names.

This is another way the Obama administration slithered around without the public knowing what they were up to behind the scenes.

Via Judicial Watch:

Illustrating how government hides information from the American public, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used a fake name to conduct official Department of Justice (DOJ) business in agency emails obtained by Judicial Watch. As the nations chief law enforcement officer Lynch, Barack Obamas second attorney general, skirted public-records laws by using the alias Elizabeth Carlisle in emails she sent from her official DOJ account. In the records provided to Judicial Watch, the DOJ explains it as necessary to protect her security and privacy and enable her to conduct Department business efficiently via email.

[]

In Lynchs case, Judicial Watch requested the records as part of an investigation into the Obama administrations involvement in a United Nations international law enforcement coalition called Strong Cities Network (SCN). The purported mission of the global coalition was to build social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism. The DOJ masterminded the agreement and Americans found out about the U.S.s participation when Lynch announced it during a U.N. speech on September 29, 2015. Lynch referred to SCN as a truly groundbreaking endeavor and assured the notoriously corrupt world body that the Obama administration was deeply committed to the new initiative. The government of the United States is fully invested in this collaborative appr...

02:00

Anti-Choice Democrats? Yep... That's A Thing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


In the last few days we've been pointing out Democrats who back Wall Street's bid to help the GOP chip away at Dodd Frank protections and DCCC 2016 recruits who are NRA allies. Yesterday The Hill ran an op-ed on Anti-Choice Democrats, although the author, Kristen Day, the executive director of Democrats For Life of America, was savvy enough to not name the Democrats they back. Most of them know being anti-Choice is a disadvantage in Democratic primaries, as slimy Chicagoland Blue Dog Dan Lipinski has been learning in recent months. The only anti-Choice Democrats featured prominently on the anti-Choice Democrats website are reactionary Blue Dogs Lipinski and Colin Peterson and an Arkansas candidate named Paul Spencer who we've already covered and who they crow "has a track record of fighting for ethics in government, for transparency, and fighting for life. Paul has publically [sic] stated that he will decline DNC money rather than change his pro-life stance. This and other stands against influence-buying have led to the slogan "Can't Buy Paul." The DNC doesn't give congressional candidates money.

Anyway, the op-ed says there's an anti-Choice March coming up and claims between a quarter and a third of Democrats are anti-Choice. She puts a Democrats sheen on it: "We are Pro-life Democrats because we are committed to protecting both the lives of unborn children and the lives of those who have already been born-- and not merely through charity. We believe in the dignity and worth of all, especially the poor, the vulnerable, the persecuted, and the abandoned. And we believe in an active government that safeguard...

01:38

Report: Former NFL Player Jonathan Martin in Custody After Post with Gun, Threats Makes His Former High School Close "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Copycat crazy? Via Bleacher Report: Former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has reportedly been taken into custody after a post on his Instagram page led to his former high school in California being shut down, per Matt Stone of ABC News. According to James Queally, Richard Winton and Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times, []

01:15

Gay Olympian Adam Rippon: Now I Would Answer Mike Pences Phone Call "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Maybe now is the time to eat your heart out, Adam? You missed your chance. You sold yourself as a nasty person. People arent buying it now. Via Washington Examiner: U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon the first openly gay U.S. athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics said he would now accept a []

00:54

Deputy Who Hid Outside FL School During Shooting Lived Rent Free On Campus, Previously Refused To Help In Investigation Of Shooter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Plus a salary which was with overtime over $100,000. And he did nothing to prevent this. Via Reason: Scot Peterson, the 54-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas school resource officer who resigned after security footage revealed he made no effort to engage alleged mass killer Nikolas Cruz during the rampage last week, previously lobbied Broward County school []

00:22

Dereliction of Duty Four Broward County Deputies Remained Outside Florida High School, Neighboring Police Dept. Were First Into Building "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Yesterday it was revealed that Broward County School Police Officer Scot Peterson refused to enter building for over four minutes during the active shooter rampage.  Today we discover that an additional three more Broward County Deputies arrived yet did nothing. Continue reading

00:17

In Defense of Pamela Geller from Terry Schilling and CPAC Liars Who Steal Her Work and Accuse Trump Supporters of Being Nazis Behind Closed Doors "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Pamela Geller is courageous American woman of integrity.
She is despised and smeared by the left and the Republican establishment.

They dont like Pamela Gellers reporting or tactics.

When Pamela Geller reported on the Christian church bombing by Islamists in Egypt it was because Islamists in Egypt just blew up a church.
When Pamela Geller reported on a Christmas market attack in Germany by an Islamist extremist it was because an Islamist extremist just mowed people down in a truck at a Christmas Market in Germany.
When Pamela Geller reported on English schools banning The Three Little Pigs booklets, it was because The Three Little Pigs was banned in English schools who feared the disapproval of Muslims.

Pamela Geller reports the truth.
And liberals and GOP elites dont like this.

Pamela is blocked by CPAC elites because she is described as a fringe activist.

This year Pamela Geller tried once again to sponsor a panel at CPAC.
I know for a fact that CPAC does not want Pamela at their conference.

On Monday night CPAC officials finally agreed to allow Pamela Geller to hold a break-out session.
But they announced after the agenda was already published.
They were embarrassed.

Pamela not only organized the most talked about panel at CPAC but the most important panel.

Tech giants are taking away our freedoms and stifling conservative voices.

Pamela organized the this extremely important session with the following leaders:

Pamela Geller, Editor and Publisher, Geller Report, President, American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and author of Fatwa: Hunted in America

James Damore, Google whistleblower

Harmeet K. Dhillon, renowned free speech attorney

Dan Gainor, Vice President for Business and Culture, Media Research Center

Jim Hoft, Editor-in-Chief, Gateway Pundit

James OKeefe, Project Veritas

Marlene Jaeckel, Tech Entrepren...

00:12

REPORT: Radio Legend Michael Savage Approached To Run Against Sen. Dianne Feinstein (AUDIO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Radio legend Michael Savage revealed to his audience Friday that very important people, have approached him to run against Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

SAVAGE: Some very important people have come to me and said Savage, would you like to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate in the of California against the esteemed Dianne Feinstein? Now you may say you dont have a ghost of a chance. With all those illegal aliens, with all that union money, with no press on your side, how could you David run against the Goliath of Feinstein? [] Ive been holding down the fort for 24 years this March. 24 years in the radio business and I am younger than Dianne Feinstein. Thats right. Ive been asked by a number of very powerful, important people to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate in the state of California and I am contemplating whether I really want to leave what Ive worked for all my life and roll in the mud because politics is the dirty business on the planet.

Savage did not reveal who is pushing him to run for the U.S. Senate or what type of backing he would receive.

After this reporter tweeted the news, support for Savage poured in.

00:08

Report: Not Just One, But Four Broward County Deputies Waited Outside School As Children Died "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Broward Sheriff needs to go. Via Daily Wire: On Friday, CNN issued a shock report finding that earlier reports regarding Broward County Sheriffs Deputy Scot Peterson the armed school safety officer who apparently cowered outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while a mass shooter slaughtered 17 people inside were accurate, but that []

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23:45

Try Enforcing Existing Gun Laws Before Launching New Ones "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We have career politicians in congress that calls for congress to do something after every shooting. The first step is enforcing current gun laws over social justice and stop the political grandstanding. Via McClatchy: Here we go again with yet another national conversation about guns that is neither a conversation nor national. And not productive. []

23:40

Gun Confiscation Center Opens In Seattle "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We dont want to take away your guns. The government isnt coming to confiscate your guns. We just want common sense gun safety laws is what were constantly being told by liberal anti-gun politicians and activists. But now, King County in Washington state has opened up a weapons retrieval center specifically for the purpose of confiscating firearms.

Anyone can request that guns be taken away from a person that a judge deems to be a threat to others Theres a new unit that will remove those guns.

KOMO news reports:

Its been two years in the making, but now Ellies Place on the fourth floor of the King County Courthouse is officially open for business.

Named after the official courthouse dog that passed away in 2015, Ellies place will house three programs including one that is very timely, the Regional Domestic Violence Firearms Unit.

The unit will consist of 12 people, including officers from the Seattle Police Department, deputies from the King County Sheriffs Office, victim advocates and deputy prosecutors that are trained in weapons retrieval.

Theres not another one like it in the entire country and weve already seen they are increasing the number of guns recovered from the most dangerous hands, said Renee Hopkins, CEO of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the group that backed the ERPO initiative.

But, it took a $1 million appropriation, shared between King County and the City of Seattle, and hundreds of volunteer hours to get Ellies Place operational.

Ellies Place will also benefit smaller cities like Bothell in King County, that couldnt afford the resources of the firearms retrieval unit.

Not all counties and cities in the state are wealthy enough to do the same.

These are great ideas, but they are unfunded mandates and they are being placed on departments with more unfunded mandates, its just making it very problematic, said Bothell Police Chief Carol Cummings.

Democratic State Senator Manka Dhingra of Redmond is sponsoring a bill to get guns out of the hands of people convicted of d...

23:27

BREAKING: Armed School Guard AND 3 BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES Waited Outside Parkland HS During Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It gets worse.

The armed officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School waited outside while crazed killer Nikolas Cruz was inside the building gunning down students.

Seventeen children and adults were slaughtered by Cruz in a February 14th attack.

ABC News reported:

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas school resource officer has been suspended without pay after Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said video shows him taking up a defensive position during the shooting but never entering the school.

Israel announced Thursday that the decision to suspend Deputy Scot Peterson was made after reviewing video from the shooting and taking statements from witnesses and Peterson himself, Israel said.

He should have went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer, Israel said.

Peterson was armed and on campus during the shooting Israel said. Since he met the requirements for retirement, Peterson opted to resign after he was told he was being suspended, Israel said.

On Friday CNN reported that three Broward County Sheriffs Deputies waited outside the school during the shooting.
This is a stunning development.
CNN reported:

When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriffs Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriffs deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.

With direction from the Broward deputies who were outside, Coral Springs police soon entered the building where the shooter was. New Broward County Sheriffs deputies arrived on the scene, and two of those deputies and an officer from Sunrise, Florida, joined the Coral Springs police as they went into the building.

...

23:19

Caleb Maupin: Jordan Peterson is Wrong About Marxism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

with Caleb Maupin Writer, Dandelion Salad Caleb Maupin (website) Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page) February 23, 2018 Caleb Maupin on Feb 23, 2018 Caleb Maupin is a radical journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. Originally from Ohio, he studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College. In addition to his journalism, analysis, and commentary, []

23:13

JOHN KASICH THINKS HE COULD BE THE 2020 GOP PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. THAT WON'T HAPPEN. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Politico reports today that John Kasich is seriously considering a run for president in 2020:

John Kasichs inner circle is gearing up for a possible presidential run in 2020....

And theres one consideration driving their thinking perhaps more than any other: what some of his advisers consider the very real, maybe even likely, possibility that Trump doesnt run again by choice or not or that the president becomes so politically hobbled by late next year that the political landscape fundamentally shifts in Kasichs favor.

... his upcoming trip to Henniker, New Hampshire, will be his third to the state since he dropped out of the 2016 presidential contest.
I don't know what will happen to Trump between now and 2020, but I remain convinced that if he's alive and still in office, he'll run. He's extremely unlikely to have been removed from office by 2020, no matter what Robert Mueller discovers and now matter how well Democrats do in this year's midterms -- even if Trump is impeached, the likelihood that he'll be convicted by the Senate is infinitesimal, because it's mathematically impossible for Democrats to have 67 Senate seats after November. The tiny sliver of hope for a Senate conviction is that the Democrats could massively surpass even optimistic midterm expectations, in which case Republicans might run for the exits, concluding that they have to distance themselves from Trump to avoid the wrath of the voters. But even under those circumstances I think they'll hang tough, no matter what's discovered about Trump. (No, not even the pee tape will be enough to sink him -- his dalliances with a porn star and a Playboy model are barely having an impact.)

And he'll never quit voluntarily. What, and seem like a loser? It's unthinkable that he could bear that.

Even if he's out of office -- dead, impeached, jailed -- Republican voters will want a nominee who embodies Trump-style nastiness and hostility to the GOP's enemies. The most conventional figure they'll tolerate is Mike Pence, who could win favor as a man pledged to carrying on Trump's legacy. But if it's not Pence, it will be someone who angers liberals nearly as much as Trump does: Ted Cruz, Ted Nugent, Sheriff Clarke, who knows? But it won't be someone who, like Kasich, is branding himself as a healer.

But didn't Republicans choose conventional candidates in 2008 and 2012? Mitt Romney in 2012 was an angry, resentful man who clearly had a visceral hatred of Barack Obama and whose #1 promise was to curb-stomp Obamacare. In 2008, John McCain dug in his heels and fiercely defended the war liberals despised. Also note that the last men standing against McCain were Gingrich and Rick Santorum, while the candidate who hung on the longest aga...

23:00

Crooked Hillary Gets Pummeled After Claiming Womens Rights Are Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hillary Clinton champions herself as a staunch feminist who fights for womens rights yet she viciously attacked women who were victims of sexual abuse by her husband, Bill Clinton.

On Friday, Crooked Hillary got pummeled yet again for claiming womens rights are human rights as she promoted abortion on demand for all.

So the life of an unborn child doesnt count?

Hillary Clintons actions prove she is not a champion for women, or for human rights in general.

Juanita Broaddrick accused former Bill Clinton of raping her back in the 1970s. To make matters worse, Hillary Clinton viciously attacked Broaddrick and every other woman who dared come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against her husband.

Hillary Clinton also praises Islam. Islam is responsible for some of the worse abuses against women, denying women basic rights such leaving the home without a head cover.

She also romanticizes the murder of unborn babies by pushing abortion as a means of birth control onto young women.

Hillary is no champion of womens rights; we see right through her.

Hillary tweeted, Womens rights are human rights. That was a radical idea back in 1995. It shouldnt still be two decades later.

Hillary linked to a Politico article titled, State Department report will trim language on womens rights, discrimination.

The Politico article explains State Department officials have been ordered to pare back passages in a soon-to-be-released annual report on global human rights that traditionally discuss womens reproductive rights and discrimination.

And by reproductive rights they mean abortion.

This upset Hillary Clinto...

22:40

President Trump Joint Press Conference With Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier today President Trump and First-Lady Melania welcomed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the White House.  At the conclusion of their meeting, the President and Prime Minister held a joint press conference. .

22:40

TRANSCRIPT: FBI Tip-Line Caller Warned Nikolas Cruz is GOING TO EXPLODE Dressed as Ninja or ISIS Fighter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

According to a transcript obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the FBI tip-line caller warned Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman Nikolas Cruz was going to explode. The caller also noted Cruz dressed up as a ninja or an ISIS fighter.

Partial transcript via WSJ:

You know, its just so much, she said on the call. I know heshes going to explode. She said she was making the call because she wanted a clear conscience if he takes off and, and just starts shooting places up. []

The caller began by saying Mr. Cruz had the mental capacity of a 12- or 14-year-old. She said he had started posting messages on his Instagram account that he wanted to kill himself and shed alerted police to that threat, but wasnt sure what happened in that investigation. []

Something is gonna happen, she said. Because hes, he doesnt have the mental capacity. He cant, hes so outraged if someone talks to him about certain things. []

He brought the bird into the house, she recounted. He threw it on his mothers kitchen counter and he started cutting it up. He has all kinds of hunting knives. I dont know what knife he used, though. And he started cutting the bird up, and his mothersaid, Whatre you doing? And he says, I want to see whats inside. Then the caller said, That to me would be a red flag. []

The caller also mentioned that Mr. Cruz dressed up as a ninja or an ISIS fighter.

As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, Cruz followed Syrian and Iraqi resistance groups on social media.

22:28

Donald Trump Tells Media Not To Give Protester Who Interrupted His CPAC Speech a Headline "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trump on Friday offered a nugget of advice to reporters after a progressive activist briefly interrupted his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference: Dont give the disruption a mention or headline.

Trump was talking about tax reform when a protester, Ryan Clayton of the group Americans Take Action, began jeering at him. The audience promptly drowned Clayton out with boos and USA chants. Traitor! Hes a traitor! Shame on conservatives! Shame on you, Clayton yelled as he was escorted out of the speech.

As the disruption subsided, Trump jokingly asked how Clayton got in the hall and, in usual form, criticized the fake news media. For the media, the fake news back there, they took very good care of them, they were very gentle, he was very obnoxious, he said. Tomorrow the headline will be protesters disturb the Trump one person, folks. Doesnt deserve a mention. Doesnt deserve a headline.

CPAC is a four-day annual political conference attended by conservative activists, lawmakers, and personalities. Vice President Mike Pence, far-right French politician Marion Marchal-Le Pen, former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro were among the speakers this year. In his Friday morning speech that more resembled a campaign rally, the president talked about trade, foreign policy, and immigration, and touched briefly on the raging gun control debate. If Democrats win back control of Congress, Trump warned, theyll take away your Second Amendment.

Clayton isnt new to direct-action tactics. He tricked right-wing activists into waving Russian flags while Trump spoke during last years CPAC and was escorted out by Capitol police in October, for throwing a handful of Russian flags at Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Trump in the Oval Office is a clear and present da...

22:00

Hot Rumor: The Federal Trade Commission May Be Coming Back To Life "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


This week, the Open Markets Institute reported some good news, namely that the Federal Trade Commission may be about to "waken from it's anti-trust slumber." Hard to imagine.
For the last few years, the Federal Trade Commission all but vanished as a major player in anti-monopoly enforcement. In part, this was due to a lack of staff. For much of the last year, the FTC had only two sitting commissioners. Mainly, however, it was due to ideology.

Two of the most influential recent commissioners-- Maureen Ohlhausen and Josh Wright-- were strong proponents of libertarian competition philosophy, with its strong pro-monopoly bent. Further, even many recent Democratic appointments tended to take a highly permissive approach to economic power.

But a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on February 14 provided strong signals that the FTC may soon be back in the business of promoting competition in the United States. All five FTC commissioners are being replaced more or less at the same time, which means the character of the agency has the potential to change dramatically. And among both senators and nominees, the libertarian thinking that has long held sway in the Commission appeared to be decidedly out of fashion.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a former director of policy planning at the FTC, has in the past largely opposed government regulations, including net neutrality. But at the hearing last week, Sen. Cruz expressed deep concern about the immense power wielded by Google and Facebook, citing a cover story in Esquire that calls for the break-up of big...

21:55

Director of the Indian Health Service: Who Was Robert Weaver? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Directors of the Indian Health Service (IHS), which provides health services to many Native Americans and Alaska Natives, have mostly been medical or public health professionals. Robert M. Weaver, nominated October 6, 2017, to lead the organization, is an insurance broker. However, hell have the chance to get back into that business since his name was withdrawn from nomination in February 2018 following reports that he had lied about his background to a Senate committee.

 

Weaver is a member of the Quapaw tribe, based in Oklahoma. He graduated from Baxter Springs High School in Baxter Springs, Kansas in 1996. He attended Missouri Southern State University from 1996 to 2002, studying marketing, accounting and Spanish, and spent 1997 studying at Mexicos University of Michoacn.

 

Beginning in 1997, Weaver worked for hospitals and healthcare facilities handling billing, registration and negotiating with insurance companies. His resume (pdf) lists a job at St. Johns Hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri, where he held Various hospital administration positions, including managing all accounts receivable, budgets, patient access and physician recruitment. But according to The Wall Street Journal, others who worked there at the time said Weaver held only entry-level jobs, such as registering patients. According to the Journal, Weaver had not performed important financial duties in a recent position, despite testifying as having done so to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

 

Weaver also neglected to disclose to the committee a 2001 personal bankruptcy, and a stint as a practice manager at a Missouri psychological clinic. The clinics founder told the Journal that Weaver had fallen behind in his duties of collecting payments and billing insurers during his 2004-2008 tenure there. The founder also said he wouldnt recommend Weaver for another job unless he were closely supervised, according to the Journal.

 

In 2010, the Internal Revenue Service filed two liens against Weavers consulting business, RWI Benefits, because of $120,000 in unpaid back taxes. RWI provides insurance and manages insurance and other benefits. In 2010, he set up a plan that the Quataw tribe was able to offer free to its members. Weaver set up Native Care Health, a third-party administrative firm, in 2012.

The...

21:48

The Pros And Cons Of Medicare Extra For All Plan From Center For American Progress "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The fact that the Center for American Progress (CAP) has moved dramatically leftward on health care is by far the most important aspect of their recently unveiled Medicare Extra for All plan. It signals a major political and cultural shift.

The reception the plan has received so far seems to depend heavily upon what people think is the impetus for it. Some see it as an attempt to undermine the growing support for Senator Bernie Sanders Medicare for All or a secret plan by private insurers to secure a place for themselves in a changing political climate. Others see it as a legitimate attempt to bridge the divide in the Democratic party to be ready to act in 2021. (We already know who one third of the senators will be in 2021, and so far, eight of the 12 Democratic senators in that class have yet to co-sponsor Sanders bill.)

I wont try to divine true motivations here, but I can talk about the merit of the policy ideas.

When Shadowproof published my Road to Single Payer series and Medical Insurance and Care for All plan last year, the main goal was to start a detailed conversation about health care well in advance of 2021for the left to decide what are the most critical elements we should support, to choose how we define affordability, figure out the biggest political obstacles, and decide what political modifications are worthwhile.

Now that big groups like CAP are joining the conversation, this is a critical moment. For the best chance to shape policy, its important to act early.

Below are the biggest pros and cons of the CAP plan.

Eligibility

PRO: The plan calls for eventually making every legal resident automatically eligible for Medicare Extra and automatically enrolls everyone who doesnt have other coverage. This should be a bare-minimum for any plan on the left. Automatic enrollment is basically the only way to get to true universality.

Benefits

PRO: The plan calls for a full range of health benefits including dental, vision, and hearing.

CON: Both the premium/tax rate as well as the cost-sharing in the plan are simply too high. I could not call this plan affordable, and that is the biggest con of the entire plan.

According to CAP, For families with income between 150 percent and 500 percent of FPL, caps on premiums would range from 0 percent to 10 pe...

21:37

BREAKING: Secret Service Scrambles After Vehicle Strikes Barrier Near White House "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

According to the Secret Service, an individual driver of a passenger vehicle, has struck a security barrier near the White House. The female driver of the vehicle was immediately apprehended by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers.

WATCH NBC NEWS LIVE:

21:36

President Donald Trump Delivers Speech To CPAC Audience (Video and Transcript) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A relaxed, confident and jovial president enjoys his first visit to CPAC following a year of MAGAnomic policy implementation.  Lots of good stuff to talk about. and even time for a recitation of The Snake poem. [Transcript] Oxon Hill, Maryland Continue reading

21:36

FRIDAY OPEN THREAD "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Wanted to take a second to again thank everyone who donated during the donation drive, cant thank you guys enough. Update: Afternoon bump.

21:23

President Trump Holds Impromptu Presser Departing White House "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier today President Trump delivered brief remarks to the White House press corps while departing for CPAC.  The president fielded multiple questions about the Parkland Florida shooting and the latest revelations about school officer Scot Peterson who did not enter Continue reading

21:07

CNN Reporter Doubles Down Calls Hero Colton Haab a Liar Over Claims Town Hall Was Scripted "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As TGPs Cassandra Fairbanks previously reported, Colton Haab opted out of participating in CNNs anti-gun town-hall event on Wednesday evening seemingly because his perspective does not fit the narrative they have been peddling.

A second accuser also stepped forward on Thursday to accuse CNN of scripting their anti-gun town hall this week.

CNN scripted their entire anti-gun town hall which was hosted by anti-gun Jake Tapper. Shocker.

Despite this 17-year-olds heroism, CNN would not allow him to ask his prepared questions.CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted, Haab said.

Fake News CNN didnt want any students to go off of their anti-gun script.

On Thursday, CNN responded to hero Colton Haabs claim the anti-gun town hall was scripted in a statement via CNN public relations Twitter account.

CNN accused Haab of lying and said, There is absolutely no truth to this. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last nights town hall, nor have we ever.

Very fake news CNN never scripts their town halls, just ask Donna Brazile.

On Thursday, Trump unleashed on fake news CNN for refusing hero Colton Haab a platform because he wouldnt parrot their script. Trump then took a swipe at MSNBC.

Trump tweeted: School shooting survivor says he quit @CNN Town Hall after refusing scripted question. @TuckerCarlson. Just like so much of CNN, Fake News. Thats why their ratings are so bad! MSNBC may be worse.

21:04

Delusional: Pope Francis says hes on waiting list to be a saint "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dr. Thomas D. Williams reports for Breitbart that on February 15, 2018, Pope Francis said to a group of priests that he is on the waiting list to be a saint: There are two recent bishops of Rome who are Continue reading

21:00

Interview on Davis Aurinis Live YouTube Stream: Downstream Like a Sewer Grate with Matt Forney and Artistic Layman "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last night, I joined Davis Aurini and Artistic Layman for a live YouTube stream, discussing the devolution of the alternative media into bum fights, the Florida shooting and Trumps proposed bump stock ban, the nature of mass shootings, and much more. Click here to listen.

The post Interview on Davis Aurinis Live YouTube Stream: Downstream Like a Sewer Grate with Matt Forney and Artistic Layman appeared first on Matt Forney.

20:53

DCCC Comes Out Of The Closet As The Progressive-Hating Attack Machine It's Been For Over A Decade "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"



Jason Westin: Above the ugly DCCC fray in Houston
It isn't hard to figure out why I'd be attracted to Jonathan Tilove's headline in the Austin American-Statesman a few days ago... Nancy Pelosis 'cold-blooded' warning to Democratic primary voters: 'If the person who cant win, wins, its not a priority race for us anymore.'. That's old DCCC standard operating procedure: if their corrupt conservative candidate doesn't win the primary, the DCCC abandons the district to the Republicans. Ever since Pelosi took control of the DCCC, that's how it's been run. She never admits it though. So why did she in Texas? Senility?

Tilove didn't understand what she was even doing in his office sitting around for an interminable interview. "She had done public events in Houston over the weekend, and had another, later in the day Monday, in San Antonio. In Austin," he wrote, "it was just private meetings, and this interview. They talked about TX-21, the open Austin/San Antonio district where a wealthy Republican, Joseph Kopser, is pretending-- a little-- to be a Democrat during the primary so that he can beat progressive stalwart Derrick Crowe. The establishment-- par for the corse-- favors Kopser. Tilove had written that story a couple weeks ago. At the time, he had written that "The race for the partys nomination in the 21st Congressional District has emerged as a microcosm of the sharp division among Democrats across the nation in how to respond to Trump-- do they nominate a candidate like Joseph Kopser, a former Army Ranger turned tech entrepreneur who the smart party money says can appeal to folks in the middle who rarely if ever vote Democratic but are offended by Trump, or go with a candidate who taps the outraged passions on the left, like Derrick Crowe, Elliott McFadden or Mary Wilson?"

...

20:45

Oprah Winfrey Says Shes Definitely Not Running For President "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Heartache. (REUTERS) Oprah Winfrey put to rest any lingering questions about a potential 2020 bid for the presidency, declaring on a late-night talk show on Thursday that she was definitely not running. The media mogul, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, was emphatic in her response to host Kimmels question about whether she would run. []

20:15

U.S. Islamic Group Launches Pro-Hijab Billboard Campaign, It In No Way Oppresses Us "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

No. OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. A local Islamic group launched a billboard campaign Monday to educate people about the hijab, the headscarf thats often worn by Muslim women. The billboards are the first of their kind in the country, designed by a group called GainPeace, which encourages non-Muslims to call the organization and ask questions []

19:58

Congress Investigating Whether Obama Admin Used Phony Dossier For IC Joint Analysis Russia Report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Chairman Nunes is looking into whether the Obama administrations joint Intel analysis report claiming Vladimir Putin ordered Hillary Clintons campaign emails hacked and leaked to help Trumps chances of victory relied on Hillarys phony dossier, Paul Sperry of the New York Post reports.

Paul Sperry of The New York Post reported:

The much-hyped Obama intelligence report that determined Vladimir Putin ordered Hillary Clintons campaign emails hacked and leaked to help Trumps chances of victory has been accepted as gospel among DC punditry and given the investigations besieging the Trump presidency their legs. To date, no evidence has publicly emerged to corroborate the report, and the reason may have a lot to do with that sketchy dossier bought and paid for by Clinton.

Suspiciously, Barack Obamas Intelligence Community Assessment matches the main allegations leveled by the Clinton-paid dossier on Trump, which wormed its way into intelligence channels, in addition to the FBI, Justice Department and State Department, during the 2016 campaign.

In fact, the shady dossier makes exactly the same claim that Putin personally ordered the cyberattacks on the Clinton campaign and leaked embarrassing emails to bolster Trump, as part of an aggressive Trump support operation. Like Obamas ICA, Clintons dossier provides no concrete evidence to back up the claim.

The N...

19:52

Leaked Email Shows Coral Springs Police Fumed Broward Sheriffs Office Hadnt Acknowledged It Responded First To Parkland Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, CNNs Jake Tapper reported Coral Springs Police Chief Anthony Pustizzi sent a department-wide email amid frustration that the Broward Sheriffs Office had not acknowledged his agency responded first to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. 

Coral Springs Police Chief Anthony Pustizzi sent out this email to his staff on Feb 16 because, per source, some officers under his command were upset that Broward Sheriffs Office wasnt acknowledging that Coral Springs Police were first to charge into MSD High School, tweeted Tapper.

Read the email below:

Local 10 reports:

While the Broward Sheriffs Office has handled the forensic investigation into the ...

19:30

#WaronWomen: Crowd jeers Dana Loeschs story of rape survivor who wished she was armed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

What type of person wants a woman to be defenseless? Lead is a much more stronger and powerful deterrent than urine. h/t Twitchy DCG

19:22

Newly Released 911 Calls Reveal Parkland Killer Nikolas Cruz Threatened Roommate With Firearm (AUDIO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Newly released 911 calls reveal killer Nikolas Cruz threatened his roommate with a gun just months before shooting dead 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

New York Post reports:

Cruz admitted to losing his temper to a 911 dispatcher after a fight with Rock Deschamps, whose mother Rocxanne took Cruz and his younger brother in following Lynda Cruzs Nov. 1 death.

Hi, I was just at [inaudible] and someone attacked me and they said they were going to gut me if I came back, Cruz told the dispatcher Nov. 29 in the newly released 911 call, according to WPTV.

Cruz flew into a rage inside Rocxannes trailer home in Lantana after misplacing a photo of his dead mom and began throwing things and punching Rock. Rocxanne and Rock called 911 after kicking Cruz out, fearing hed return with a gun hed just purchased from Dicks Sporting Goods.

On Thursday, CNN reported South Florida law enforcement knew Cruz had used a gun against people, months before the massacre.

CNN reports:

Just months before Nikolas Cruz killed 17 at his former high school in South Florida, the host family who had taken him in immediately after his mothers death warned local law enforcement that the 19-year-old had used a gun against people before and has put the gun to others heads in the past, according to records obtained by CNN. Its the latest indication of how law enforcement encountered warning signs about Cruzs violent behavior before he attacked students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentines Day. CNN has obtained records from the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office that detail deputies interactions with Cruz in the home where he lived for a few weeks in November, before he moved in with another family, the Sneads, and months before the massacre....

19:20

145 Arrested, 86 With Criminal Convictions In Texas Immigration Operation In Mid-February "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sanctuary cities hardest hit. Via The Statesman: More than 40 people were arrested in Austin as part of a federal immigration operation targeting undocumented immigrants with criminal histories in South and Central Texas in mid-February. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, authorities arrested 145 people in Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo []

19:14

Kids These Days "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The political gap between young voters (18 to 33) and people over 50 is bigger today than it ever was in the 1960s. (Based on data from here.) The Millennial generation is the most liberal in the history of polling, by a substantial margin.

19:09

Teen Confronts DCCC-Endorsed Candidate Over His 100 Percent NRA Rating "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

At a nationally televised town hall on Wednesday, a high school student from Parkland, Florida  who survived a deadly shooting on Valentines Day  challenged Sen. Marco Rubio, R.-Fla., over his donations from the National Rifle Association. The same night in New Jersey, a similar confrontation took place. After a public forum, 17-year-old Emily McGrath went toe-to-toe with a state senator and House candidate over his own contributions from the controversial gun lobbyist.

The difference?

That politician is a Democrat who just received the blessing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Senator, you lied, McGrath said after a debate for Democratic candidates in Northfield, New Jersey, citing evidence that Jeff Van Drew had accepted donations from the NRA in previous election cycles. The video was posted to Twitter by Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Amy S. Rosenberg. Earlier in the evening, McGrath noted on camera, Van Drew had said he had never accepted funds from the NRA when he spoke to her AP government class the day before. Another local woman, Donna Challender, told Van Drew that, I dont have any faith that you will ever vote for universal checks youre 100 percent NRA.

Indeed, as of 2017, Van Drew enjoyed a 100 percent rating from the NRA for his position on gun rights, having routinely pushed forward efforts to loosen gun laws, and fought against efforts to tighten restrictions. He has yet to make a public statement about the Parkland massacre.

Campaign filings from 2008 show Van Drew has in fact accepted money from the group, but not much just $1,000. The NRAs power comes less from the cash it doles out and more from its mystique as a kingmaker or a career ender. In...

19:03

In a First, U.S. Senator Demands Government Oversight of Predatory Loot Boxes in Video Games "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last year, The Intercept talked to psychologists, gambling addiction experts, and state lawmakers about the proliferation of video game loot boxes random assortments of prizes purchased by players, many of them children, who hope to score certain coveted powers, much the way slot machine users hope to hit the jackpot.

Many of these experts argued that loot boxes, typically purchased in small-dollar transactions, represent what is essentially a form of gambling aimed at minors, and called for government oversight.

In mid-February, Sen. Maggie Hassan, the New Hampshire Democrat, answered the call. First, she wrote a letter to Patricia Vance, president of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, which designs the warning labels for parents on video game products, asking Vance to consider listing the presence of loot boxes as a warning on product packaging and to study the wider use of the practice. (The full letter to Vance is posted at the bottom of this article. ESRB did not respond to a request for comment.)

Hassan also pressed four nominees to the Federal Trade Commission on the issue during a hearing the same week at the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

In the past, the FTC has looked at video games, specifically the impact of violence in games, Hassan said at the hearing. Do you agree that children being addicted to gaming and activities like loot boxes that might make them more susceptible to addiction is a problem that merits our attention? And depending on how the ESRB responds to my inquiry, would the FTC be willing to look at loot boxes as an issue independently?

All four FTC nominees agreed that they would be willing to examine federal oversight of loot boxes.

Christine S. Wilson of Virginia, who was nominated to join the FTC in January, was emphatic, citing her own childrens hobbies. As the mother of two teenagers, I would agree that the extent to which teenagers play video games is certainly a concern and I would be willing to talk to staff and get more up to speed on this issue should I be concerned, she said.

The gambling addiction community was heartened by Hassans step. Loot boxes in video games are a dangerous and predatory form of gambling being marketed directly to kids, Les Bernal, national director of Stop Predatory Gambling, told The Intercept. Their sole purpose is to extract more money out of young peoples pockets. We urge Sen. Hassan and the FTC to follow through on stopping these video game operators fr...

18:57

Report: McCain Associate Invokes The Fifth To Avoid Revealing Dossier Sources "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

If hes hiding nothing why is he taking the Fifth? Via Daily Caller: An associate of Arizona Sen. John McCain is invoking his Fifth Amendment rights in order to avoid revealing information to Congress about the Steele dossier. David J. Kramer, a former State Department official, pleaded the fifth in response to a subpoena issued []

18:35

Florida Deputy Who Stayed Outside School During Massacre Believes He Did A Good Job "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

He called in a description of the shooter? So he saw the shooter and did nothing? Via Fox News: The school resource deputy who remained outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during last weeks bloody massacre believed he did a good job, a police union official said Thursday. According to the []

18:35

SECOND ACCUSER Accuses CNN of Scripting Town Hall Only Certain Narrative Allowed (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A second accuser stepped forward on Thursday to accuse CNN of scripting their anti-gun town hall this week.

Andrew Klein, the father of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas student, told Laura Ingraham that CNN was only interested in interviewing those willing to espouse a certain narrative.

Breitbart.com reported:

A second accuser has come forward with the credible allegation that CNN is only interested in interviewing those willing to espouse a certain narrative in favor of gun control.

On Thursday night, Fox Newss Laura Ingraham spoke with Andrew Klein, the father of one of students who survived last weeks school shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida.

Ingraham pointed out, accurately, that CNNs widely-criticized Wednesday night townhall event was one-sided. The questioners were all anti-gun, all opposed the NRA, and launched venomous personal attacks against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch.

Jake Tapper, the anti-Trump/anti-gun pundit who moderated the spectacle, also had an audience of thousands who all appeared to be rabidly anti-gun going so far as to boo a rape victim as Tapper remained silent. Tapper has yet to disavow his audiences behavior or to apologize to the rape survivor.

The post SECOND ACCUSER Accuses CNN of Scripting Town Hall Only Certain Narrative Allowed (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

18:26

Beyond Prisons Episode 21: The Year of Du Bois feat. Dr. Tony Monteiro "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Today is the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Boiss birth. To mark this occasion, I interviewed Du Bois scholar, Dr. Tony Monteiro.

In this conversation, Dr. Monteiro talks about the year long project he and his colleagues launched in Philadelphia including a weekly radio show on WURD, where works of Du Bois are read. As part of The Year of Du Bois, Dr. Monteiro has helped form Du Bois reading groups throughout the city at historically Black churches such as Mother Bethel AME Church and The Church of the Advocateto name just two.

The significance of Du Bois in our times is also explored. Dr. Monteiro talks about Du Boiss methodology and why his work focused on solutions to the pressing problems of his time and why this continues to be relevant today. In addition, Dr. Monteiro describes why Du Bois insisted on an analysis of problems that wedded sociology and philosophy, as well as discussing why Du Bois focused on the Black working class.

Of particular interest to Beyond Prisons listeners would be the discussion of the special police force that Du Bois describes in his writings. On Du Boiss poetics and social science in the Souls of Black Folk, Dr. Monteiro says,  Humanity cannot be reduced to quantitative, or statistical or other types of variables. There is the immeasurable and this is, in part, why reading Du Bois is such a wonderfully rich and rewarding experience. There is much to be learned from reading Du Bois and this episode helps to highlight some of Du Boiss most significant contributions, providing insight into why his work continues to be relevant.

My interest in Du Boiss work began many years ago when I was a grad student searching for a way to make sense of the problems of mass incarceration, and particularly reentry. I would read Du Bois and even taught the Souls of Black Folk in my classes. Under the guidance of Dr. Monteiro, I expanded my understanding of Du Bois and began to make connections between what I was working on (prisons and reentry) and Du Boiss sociology, philosophy, poetics, and phenomenology. Trained as a policy analyst, I found Du Boiss work brought something to the understanding of social problems that was missing from policy analysis.

In my own writing, I describe the approach to the study of problems in public policy analysis and criminology as being rooted in methodological fetishism, which is the tendency within disciplines to esteem a single model/methodological approach. In public policy analysis the preferred/esteemed approach is cost-benefit analysis. In my view, this limits the possibility of critical inquirythat is, it limits our understanding of social problems and doesnt address the how or why, but focuses only on the what. Du Boiss approach upsets this tendency because he drew upon empirical sources, and worked to understand the inner life world of Black peoplether...

18:09

Indicted Republican Missouri Governor Blasts Reckless Liberal Prosecutor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Fox News: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens lashed out against a St. Louis prosecutor Thursday, hours after a grand jury indicted him on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge related to an extramarital affair. I know this will be righted soon, Greitens wrote in a Facebook post. The people of Missouri deserve better than a reckless liberal []

18:08

Another Democrat Lawmaker Comes Out Against Ban On All Semi-Automatic Weapons (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) told CNN host Pamela Brown that he does not believe there should be a ban on every semi-automatic rifle. 

BROWN: Im just going to ask you a yes or no question. You have said that you respect the second amendment and enjoy shooting. There is a lot of discussions right now on the gun issue and whether there should be tighter restrictions. Do you think there should be a ban on every semi-automatic rifle? Yes or no?

HIMES: No. I dont believe there should be a ban every semi-automatic rifle. What I care about, what is important that really matters here is I just dont wont weaponry with the ability to fire 30-rounds in 45 seconds and theres lots of semi-automatic weapons that are designed for hunting where that is not the case. Its really a question, can someone deliver 40-rounds or 30-rounds in 60 seconds? Thats the kind of weapon that the police fear.

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) told CNN host John Berman Thursday that he opposes a ban on all semi-automatic weapons cheered at the CNN town hall Wednesday evening.

Partial transcript below:

BERMAN: What was interesting there Congressman is the crowd of several thousand people cheered wildly at the notion of banning every semi-automatic weapon. Youve proposed a ban on assault weapons, but you dont support a ban on every semi-automatic weapon, do you?

KILDEE: No, but I think the cheer gives you a sense of how frustrated people are. They want something done. My view is, lets do what we know makes sense. Close the gun show loophole.

BERMAN: Congressman, I guess what Im asking is, I think gun rights advocates point to something like that and say look they do want to talk away all of our guns. Look, no one is talking about confiscation. I know that much. But theyll point to that applause and say all those people say ban all semi-automatic weapons. Thats too far theyll say.

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17:47

Car Rental Company Abruptly Ends NRA Discount Following Florida School Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Let them know how you feel. Via Free Beacon: Enterprise Holdings, one of the worlds largest car rental companies, announced Thursday that it will end its discount promotion for National Rifle Association members. The car rental company, which operates Enterprise, Alamo, and National, announced on Twitter that all three of their brands have ended the []

17:38

Trump Slams Nancy Pelosi: We Have to Fight Nancy Pelosi Who Wants to End Your Tax Cuts, Take Away Your Rights (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump spoke to an excited CPAC crowd on Friday morning in Washington DC.

Just two years ago the CPAC crowd planned a mass walkout on candidate Donald Trump.
On Friday the same crowd welcomed him with open arms.

President Trump spoke for over an hour.
In closing he hit Minority leader Nancy Pelosi.

President Trump: I just leave you with this. We have to fight Nancy Pelosi. They want to give your money away. They want to give your money away. They want to end your tax cuts. They want to do things that you wouldnt even believe including taking your Second Amendment rights away.

The post Trump Slams Nancy Pelosi: We Have to Fight Nancy Pelosi Who Wants to End Your Tax Cuts, Take Away Your Rights (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

17:26

Trump Administration to Target North Korea With New Sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Media fawning over Kims sister isnt going to get it done. Make real movement or get more sanctions. Via Free Beacon: The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday what is being billed as the largest package of sanctions yet against North Korea to increase pressure on Pyongyang for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, []

17:05

Para no pagar atletas, entidade mxima do esporte universitrio dos EUA compara bolsistas a presos "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Nos Estados Unidos, atletas universitrios, em especial os que competem nas maiores ligas de basquete e futebol americano, geram bilhes de dlares para as universidades, seus patrocinadores e redes de televiso. Em 2015, as principais competies renderam um total de 9,1 bilhes de dlares. A Associao Atltica Universitria Nacional (National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA), que organiza o esporte universitrio no pas, acaba de assinar um acordo de 8,8 bilhes de dlares com a CBS para exibir o March Madness [Loucura de Maro], o torneio universitrio de basquete.

O esporte universitrio nos EUA um negcio, e um daqueles bem lucrativos.

Essa dinmica evidente foi o que motivou Lawrence Poppy Livers, ex-atleta da NCAA, a entrar com uma ao para que alunos bolsistas que praticam esportes sejam reconhecidos como empregados e, como tais, devem ser remunerados. No processo, Livers defende que, dado o tempo que dedicam ao esporte, esses atletas deveriam pelo menos ser pagos como estudantes que trabalham [o governo federal dos EUA tem um programa chamado work-study para estudantes que precisam se manter].

A resposta da NCAA ao processo das coisas mais vis que j aconteceram no esporte.

A resposta da NCAA ao processo das coisas mais vis que j aconteceram no esporte. Precisei ver com meus prprios olhos para acreditar. Para defender que os atletas no devem receber, o cerne do argumento jurdico da associao se baseia em um precedente judicial chamado Vanskike versus Peters.

Daniel Vanskike era um detento da Penitenciria de Stateville em Joliet, no estado de Illinois, e Howard Peters era o diretor do Departamento Penitencirio estadual. Em 1992, Vanskike e seus advogados alegaram que, como preso, ele deveria receber um salrio mnimo por seu trabalho. O juzo, em sua deciso, citou a 13 Emenda Constituio dos EUA e indeferiu o pedido.

A 13 Emenda frequentemente celebrada como o instrumento legal que colocou fim escravido nos Estados Unidos, mas ela traz uma exceo importante: manteve a licitude dos trabalhos forados para os condenados por crime. Nem escravido, nem trabalhos forados, salvo como punio para crimes pelos quais a pessoa tenha sido condenada em juzo, existiro nos Estados Unidos, ou em qualquer lugar sob sua jurisdio, diz o texto da Emenda. essa expresso, salvo como punio para crimes, que permite que prises americanas obriguem os presos a fazer qualquer...

16:53

FLASHBACK 2016: CPAC Crowd Plans Mass Walkout Protest During Trump Speech Trump Pulls Out of CPAC "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump was welcomed by an enthusiastic CPAC crowd on Friday morning.

But two years ago Donald Trump pulled out of the conservative conference after a planned walkout protest.

He was scheduled to speak on Saturday morning at the conference.

Trump campaigned in Kansas instead.
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Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump abruptly canceled his scheduled speech at CPAC Saturday morning as his campaign announced an appearance in Wichita, Kansas the day of that states caucus.

Likely factoring into Trumps decision was a planned protest walkout dur...

16:39

It Never Gets Old=> CPAC Crowd Chants Lock Her Up! During POTUS Trump Speech (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump spoke at the CPAC 2018 Conference in Washington DC on Friday morning.

President Trump briefly mentioned his crooked opponent during his speech to the enthusiastic crowd.

The CPAC crowd started chanting, Lock her up!
It never gets old.

The president went on to attack the criminal deep state actions that were exposed this last year by Congressional investigators.
The crowd went nuts.

The post It Never Gets Old=> CPAC Crowd Chants Lock Her Up! During POTUS Trump Speech (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

16:30

Delaware may let students choose their race, gender without parental consent "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Things could get very complicated for schools if they have a student who doesnt decide what gender he is until he has woken up and then decides what he feels like being for that day. And what will schools do Continue reading

16:13

Oxycontin Maker Quietly Worked to Weaken Legal Doctrine That Could Lead to Jail Time for Executives "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, revolutionized the opioid industry through aggressive marketing tactics that encouraged the widespread use of prescription painkillers.

That part, by now, is well known, as an out-of-control opioid epidemic ravages a generation of young people with such potency that it has dragged down the overall life expectancy of the American people. What has not been previously revealed is that as the death toll mounted, officials at the company attempted to work behind-the-scenes to make it less likely that they could ever be successfully prosecuted for the carnage opioids were unleashing.

Executives in multiple industries have long been kept up at night by knowledge of the looming power of the Responsible Corporate Office, or RCO doctrine, also known as the Park doctrine, a legal liability standard used largely to prosecute executives at companies responsible for affecting public health and safety. Under the Park doctrine, federal prosecutors could target senior executives and board members of opioid pharmaceutical companies for their role in the sprawling epidemic if violations of criminal law were proved true, regardless of whether they could prove knowledge or motivation.

Purdue helped to quietly finance an effort to unravel that doctrine, according to people with knowledge of the companys activity.

Executives at Purdue were once charged using the corporate office doctrine in 2007, in a case that found that the company had misbranded its drugs as less likely to be abused than other narcotics. The company agreed to pay a settlement of $634.5 million. A growing number of state and local prosecutors, however, believe that the company simply shifted tactics after the settlement, and could again face liability for continuing to downplay the dangers of its opioid products using sophisticated marketing campaigns that targeted the medical community and patient advocacy groups.

Purdue didnt attach its name to the recent effort to weaken the responsible corporate officer doctrine. Instead, the company provided funding to the Washington Legal Foundation, a legal nonprofit that litigates in support of business interests, to petition the Supreme Court last year to accept a case that would give it the opportunity to weaken the RCO doctrine. The foundation closely protects the names of its donors and the drugmakers ties to the group were unclear until recently.

The legal strategy was confirmed by former staffers at the Washington Legal Foundation who spoke to The Intercept on the condition of anonymity. The foundation did not respond to a request for comment.

The effort revolved around a case known as DeCoster v. United States, one of the most significant challenges to the responsibl...

16:09

HEY KEVIN WILLIAMSON, WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT OF RIGHT-WING DISHONESTY... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In the aftermath of the Parkland massacre, Kevin Williamson of National Review acknowledges and denounces what he calls "an epidemic of dishonesty on the right":

David Clarke, the sheriff of Fox News, insisted that the Florida students reaction to the shooting has GEORGE SOROS FINGERPRINTS all over it, idiotic capitalization in the original and, one assumes, in his soul. The idiots at Gateway Pundit suggested that one of the student survivors was a fraud because get this hed been interviewed on television before about an unrelated incident. Dinesh DSouza joined in to mock the students as patsies....

Scott Baio suggested on Twitter that the woman presented as Charlottesville murder victim Heather Heyer was the same woman presented as Sandy Hook mother Vicki Soto. He posted pictures of them side by side, with the oh-so-innocent remark Thoughts? The implication that the events in Sandy Hook and Charlottesville were some sort of hoax pulled off by a powerful and far-reaching conspiracy of wily political operators who could not be bothered to hire an extra actress to fortify their schemes is poisonous, lunatic conspiracy-theory stuff....

Dinesh DSouza should be ashamed of himself. David Clarke should be ashamed of himself, and not just for his ridiculous hat. And conservatives should be ashamed of them, too, and for bending the knee to Scott Baio, Ted Nugent, and every other third-rate celebrity who has something nice to say about a Republican from time to time. And we should be ashamed of ourselves if we come to accept this kind of dishonesty in the service of political expediency.
Thank you, Kevin. I'm no fan of yours, but I appreciate this.

But while you're condemning conservative dishonesty and conspiratorialism on guns, how about condemning the mother of all gun conspiracy theories: the near-universal belief among conservatives that every gun control advocate in America wants to confiscate all privately owned guns?

There's no evidence for this, just as there's no evidence for the belief that the passage of one gun control law inevitable leads to a "slippery slope" at the bottom of which is a total ban on gun ownership. (That hasn't happened in New York State or Connecticut, which passed tough gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. It didn't happen when the federal assault weapons ban was passed in 1994.) There are those who'd like to see the Second Amendment repealed, an idea whose supporters include a conservative New York Times op-ed columnist, but even he doesn't want all guns banned. Repeal of the Second Amendment is not what the vast majority of gun control advocate...

15:55

President Trump: Our Schools Have to Have a Degree of Offensive Power It Cant Only be Defensive (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trump paused to speak with reporters on Friday before he traveled across town to speak at the CPAC conference.

The Republican president was peppered with questions about the Parkland high school shooting last week in Florida.

President Trump said it was time for schools to go on offense instead of just relying on defensive tactics.

President Trump: Look, I havent been here that long. This has been happening for a long time, may years, decades, and were going to get it fixed. But the only way youre going to get it fixed is you have to have a certain degree of offensive power within the school. It cant only be defense. You have to have protection within the schools and were going to work it out. But we are going to be very, very powerful, strong on background checks.

Via FOX Business Network:

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15:53

Confidential ICE Handbook Lays Out Paths for Investigators to Avoid Constitutional Challenges "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Undocumented Mexican immigrants wait to be deported from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), center on April 28, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.

15:49

Take the worlds shortest IQ test! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Cognitive Reflection Test (CRT), developed in 2005 by psychologist and Yale School of Management professor Shane Frederick, is the worlds shortest IQ test, comprised of only three questions. In a paper published in The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Frederick explains that Continue reading

15:20

CNN Officially Calls on Public to Quit Bullying Parkland Mass Murderer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is CNN
CNN Officially called on the American public to quit bullying the Parkland killer 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz in a Thursday night tweet.

Cruz slaughtered 17 innocent students and teachers in Parkland, Florida last Wednesday.

CNN used the killer in order to attack President Trump.

Via The Donald Reddit:

The tweet is still public.

The post CNN Officially Calls on Public to Quit Bullying Parkland Mass Murderer appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

15:16

Lawsuit Reveals How Paid Expert Helped 3M Command the Science on Dangerous Chemicals "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Tuesday, 3M settled a suit filed by the state of Minnesota for $850 million, averting a much-awaited trial over the companys responsibility for massive amounts of waste containing perfluorinated chemicals, which it had dumped in the state for more than 40 years.

The suit charged that the Minnesota-based company, which made the perfluorinated chemicals for use in Scotchgard, firefighting foam, and other products, acted with a deliberate disregard for the high risk of injury to the citizens and wildlife of Minnesota.

The complaint details how chemicals from the plant seeped into Minnesotas drinking water and accuses the company of covering up the knowledge that its perfluorinated products, including PFOA, PFOS, PFBA, and FPBS, accumulate in peoples bodies and present a health hazard. According to expert testimony filed in the case, tens of thousands of Minnesota residents were likely exposed to the chemicals. Perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, belong to a broad class of compounds known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, and are associated with immune, hormonal, and reproductive problems, including miscarriage and thyroid dysfunction.

With the settlement, 3M avoided any admission of liability. We do not believe there is a PFC-related public health issue, said John Banovetz, senior vice president, 3M Research & Development, and chief technology officer, in the companys statement. The statement also said that the settlement will ensure that the money 3M contributes to the State will go directly to activities and projects related to the reduction of PFCs in the environment and also to the enhancement of groundwater sustainability in the Twin Cities East Metro area. The statement also described the settlement as consistent with 3Ms long history of environmental stewardship.

Critically, the settlement also allows 3M to largely escape a public airing of how it shielded itself from responsibility for PFOA contamination even though DuPont, which bought PFOA from 3M for years,...

15:00

This Alt-Right Life, Episode 7: Full English Brexit with Rocking MrE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On this episode of This Alt-Right Life, I talk to Rocking MrE, a Welsh conservative writer and host of the long-running Rocking Philosophy show on YouTube. In the first segment, Rocking MrE and I discuss Brexit, the U.K.s upcoming referendum on remaining in or leaving the European Union. We talk about the stranglehold the E.U. has on British society, how the migrant crisis threatens the continued existence of Europes peoples, why all Brits need to vote Leave when the referendum is held this Thursday (June 23), and much more.

In the second segment, Rocking MrE and I talk about the Leftist infiltration of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), the party that helped bring about the Brexit referendum. We also discuss the methods by which Leftists subvert threats to their power, the Scottish National Partys Stalinist methods of governing, the future of the Scottish independence movement and British unionism, and more. This episode originally aired on June 20, 2016.

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14:56

A New Political Dynasty: Bernie Sanders Son Wants To Run For Congress "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

He wants a lake house the same as dear old dad. Via Vice News: Levi Sanders, Sen. Bernie Sanders only biological child, told VICE News that he is actively considering running for Congress in New Hampshires 1st District, an open seat expected to be one of the most contested in the country in 2018. Oh []

14:43

Father of School Shooting Survivor Cameron Kasky Posted Implied Threat Against Marco Rubio Before CNN Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Jeff Kasky, the father of Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor turned activist Cameron Kasky, posted an implied threat against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) just hours before his son engaged in a hateful extended verbal attack on Rubio at CNNs town hall in Sunrise, Florida, about the shooting on Wednesday night.

Cameron Kasky, holding microphone, verbally attacking Sen. Marco Rubio at CNN town hall.

Cameron Kasky likened Rubio to Nikolas Cruz, the expelled student from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School who murdered seventeen of his former classmates and faculty on February 14.

Jeff Kasky, image via Twitter avater.

Jeff Kasky wrote, Whats a good amount of bail money to bring to a CNN Town Hall where Marco Rubio will be speaking? Asking for a friend.

After midnight on the 15th, in the hours after the shooting, Jeff Kasky angrily assailed Rubio, saying, Hows that $3.3million from the @NRA taste now, Lil Marco? Not that you give a shit as long as the $ keeps on flowing in, you hypocritical little POS.

14:35

Syria - The Two East-Ghouta Campaigns - One Is For Liberation, The Other To Save Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Daily mortar and missile attacks against the Syrian capital Damascus have been ongoing for years but intensified in recent months. The often quoted Syrian Observatory notes: ... raising to 116 persons at least including 18 children and 14 citizen women,...

14:35

Trump Floats Pulling ICE From California Over Sanctuary State Policy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Heh Via Daily Caller: President Donald Trump said Thursday he would consider ordering a withdrawal of immigration enforcement agents from California, leaving the states pro-sanctuary officials to figure it out for themselves. California became a sanctuary state at the beginning of the year thanks to a wide-ranging law that prevents police from asking people about []

14:32

Deep State Knows They Can Count On Corrupt Media to Push Their Propaganda Current Go-To Guy is Discredited Michael Isikoff "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

Deep State uses the media (MSM) whenever they want a particular farce spread throughout the industry. The MSM complies with an article where a reporter announces anonymous sources have shared whatever made up story line the deep state wants publicized.  No one in the media is more accommodating to the deep state lately than old faithful Yahoos Michael Isikoff.

Yesterday Sara Carter reported that

Victoria Toensing the attorney for William Douglas Campbell, the FBI informant in the sale of the Canadian firm Uranium One to Russia, is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a leak investigation into unnamed  federal officials who leaked false and illegal information on her client.

Toensings claim states that

the leakers disparaged her client in an effort to silence him from providing testimony to Congress regarding his role in exposing Russias long-term strategy to dominate the global uranium market and how Moscow achieved its goal in 2010 of obtaining roughly 20 percent of the U.S. uranium mining industry, according to a letter delivered to the DOJ.

Carter notes that Toensings claim references

several articles that she alleges contain false information regarding Campbell. On Nov.16, 2017 a Reuters article by Joel Schectman and on Nov. 17, 2017 a Yahoo News story by Michael Isikoff referred to unnamed federal officials. Both outlets described these officials as having detailed knowledge of Campbells role as an undercover FBI informant.

This is not the first time of late that we hear Isikoffs name related to deep state media messaging. Earlier this month, it was reported that Isikoffs Yahoo report was used in obtaining FISA warrant...

14:12

Jorge Mndez Blake, "The Castle" "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"



Brick wall distorted by a single book, a copy of Kafka's The Castle. Via My Modern Met.

14:12

Ground Broken for the World's Most Dangerous Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The world's latest experiment in "pipeline diplomacy" is finally underway in Afghanistan, more than twenty years after it was first proposed. Groundbreaking took place this morning in Herat for the TAPI gas pipeline, so-called because it crosses Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. This route was originally envisioned because Russia kept cutting off shipments of gas from Turkmenistan through its pipelines, and the obvious route across Iran had its own share of political difficulties. (Especially that it would open a big hole in the sanctions then in place against Iran because of its nuclear program.)

But if you're wondering how a pipeline across Afghanistan and Pakistan's tribal areas could possibly be safer and more reliable than any other imaginable route anywhere, well, a lot of people agree with you. Pressure has continued to build this line because the world would really like Afghanistan to have some economic alternative to opium poppies, because people would really like to do something for Afghanistan besides drop bombs on it, because peace factions in Pakistan and India really like the idea, because Turkmenistan really hates depending on Russia, and because India's potential demand for natural gas is enormous. Whether all of this will be enough to see the line through to completion remains to be seen.

And if it is built, what will happen to the $400 million a year in transit fees this is expected to earn for Afghanistan? Seems likely to me it will disappear into a nexus of corrupt dealing. But maybe that would actually help; I mean, it seems better to me for Kabul and the Taliban to make a back room deal dividing that money than to keep shooting and bombing each other. In the longer term this could lead to the development of smaller gas fields in Afghanistan itself, since both the proximity of the pipeline and the evidence that the warring factions can be bribed into partial peace would encourage investment.

I'm not especially hopeful, but when it comes to Afghanistan any positive is worth cheering.

14:00

Re-rigging Wall Street Against America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Yesterday, we started the day off looking at how conservative Democrats are joining with the Republicans to gut Dodd-Frank and set Wall Street free to rip off America and Americans again, Elizabeth Warren and progressive House candidates Austin Frerick (IA), Tim Canova (FL), Lillian Salerno (TX), DuWayner Gregory (NY), Ellen Lipton (MI) and Sam Jammal (CA) explained why that's a terrible idea. "Giant regional banks," wrote Canova, "are trying to mischaracterize this bill as an effort to help small banks and rural communities. In reality, this legislation would relax regulatory oversight of dozens of huge banks with more than $50 billion in assets. This may well undermine not just consumer protections, but the safety, soundness, and stability of the financial system. Instead of deregulating big banks, Congress should be creating public banking alternatives, including a national infrastructure bank, to serve the needs of our local communities." And Ellen Lipton added that "If there's any issue to take a stand on, and NOT engage in bipartisan hand-holding, it would be this one. The elimination of this regulation would allow an institution like Countrywide off the hook."

Do you ever read Wall Street on Parade. On Wednesday Pam and Russ Martens wrote that "nothing buttresses Senator Bernie Sanders position that fraud on Wall Street is not a bug but a feature better than the news last week that the Citigroup Board was bumping up CEO Michael Corbats pay by 48 percent to $23 million for 2017." I'd like to see Elizabeth Warren take on Corbat at a Senate hearing, wouldn't you?


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13:30

You voted for this Seattle: Mayor Durkan emphasizes need for shared prosperity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

And by shared prosperity she means you gotta pay for the free stuff shes promised others. From Seattle Times: Telling an enthusiastic crowd shes been nicknamed the impatient mayor at City Hall, Jenny Durkan vowed to attack Seattles homelessness and Continue reading

11:31

Departamento de Cidadania e Imigrao dos EUA vai abolir o termo nao de imigrantes de sua misso "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A principal agncia responsvel por conceder cidadania americana est promovendo uma importante alterao sua declarao de misso, ao remover o trecho que descreve os Estados Unidos como uma nao de imigrantes. O diretor do Servio de Cidadania e Imigrao (USCIS) dos EUA, L. Francis Cissna, anunciou na quinta-feira, em um e-mail para funcionrios da agncia a que The Intercept teve acesso, o novo texto:

O Servio de Cidadania e Imigrao dos EUA administra o sistema de imigrao legal do pas, protegendo sua integridade e sua promessa ao analisar de forma justa e eficiente os pedidos de benefcios de imigrao, ao mesmo tempo protegendo os cidados americanos, promovendo a segurana domstica e honrando nossos valores.

A redao anterior, ainda disponvel no site da agncia, dizia:

O USCIS defende a promessa da Amrica como uma nao de imigrantes, fornecendo informaes teis e precisas aos nossos clientes, concedendo benefcios de imigrao e cidadania, promovendo a conscincia e a compreenso da cidadania e assegurando a integridade do nosso sistema de imigrao.

Cissna ainda acrescentou: Creio que essa declarao simples e direta de nossa misso define o papel da agncia no sistema de imigrao legal do pas e o compromisso que temos com o povo dos EUA. O diretor destacou, especificamente, a remoo do termo clientes do texto, argumentando que a palavra passava a impresso errada.


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O que fazemos no USCIS to importante para o pas, to relevante para os candidatos e requerentes, um trabalho s vezes to complicado, que nunca deveramos permitir que fosse considerado uma mera linha de produo ou mesmo que fosse descrito em termos comerciais ou de negcios, escreveu Cissna. Em especial, ao nos referirmos aos candidatos e requerentes dos benefcios de imigrao e aos beneficirios de tais requisies como clientes, promovemos uma cultura institucional que enfatiza a satisfao definitiva dos candidatos e requerentes, a despeito da apreciao correta de suas requisies nos termos da lei. De forma crtica, Cissna declarou tambm que o uso do termo leva crena equivocada de que servimos em primeiro lugar aos candidatos e requerentes, no ao povo norte-americano.

Todos os candidatos e requerentes devem ser tratados s...

10:59

House Intelligence Committee Staff Begin Reviewing Political Construct of IC Joint Analysis Report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ever since the sketchy Russian Malicious Cyber Activity Joint Analysis Report was originally released late December 2016 we identified the construct as a mostly political intelligence document which seemed to be created to justify a Russian narrative. As time Continue reading

09:22

Broward County Sheriffs Office Did Not Miss Warning Signs or Make Mistakes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A few points need to be emphasized for those unfamiliar with the Broward County system. First, with revelations of frequent LEO contact and calls from people warning about school shooter Nikolas Cruz, theres a common narrative mistakenly being pushed by Continue reading

09:01

Midnight Meme For The Day! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


by Noah

And isn't it strange that we have a so-called "president" who did away with a law that made it tougher for mentally ill people to get guns. Was it because that so-called "president" was so determined to undo any of the good things that his predecessor did for the American people that the idea of making it easier for the mentally ill getting their hands on war weapons didn't matter? Or, was it because we obviously have a severely mentally ill so-called "president." Or, both? That's a rhetorical question. We have a madman in the oval office.

Now, after 17 more are dead at the hands of a mentally ill gunman, it's not so strange that that so-called "president," only out of some sort of political expediency, now claims that, maybe we should "look into" making it harder for mentally ill people to get guns by having background checks that might trip up some of them. Oh wait, that is pretty strange. Should we just have laws that enable the mentally ill to buy guns every other year? Every 2 years? Just during leap years?

And isn't it strange that the mentally ill inhabitant of the oval office still has the whole-hearted support of his party and that fellow psychotics like House Speaker Paul Ryan still say, after every damn mass shooting, including the one last week, that "now is not the time" to discuss the problem? Well, not really, if, like Ryan you don't see mass shootings as enough of a problem, not when you have more important things to do like strip people of their Social Security and Medicare. "Now is not the time" has become as much of a mantra and defining point of being a republican as being anti-abortion. That's pretty confusing, if you think about it. To Republicans, a woman doesn't have the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy via abortion but a mental case has the right to terminate a fully-formed, living, breathing, laughing, learning teenager,...

08:56

Work On Afghan Section Of TAPI Gas Pipeline Starts Today; The Taliban Promise To Protect It (Along With Their Opium) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Caspian countries have supported a project to build the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline to supply South Asia with natural gas. The pipeline would have a capacity of 1 trillion cubic feet per year. Most recently, however, tensions between Pakistan and India have threatened to stall the project, which a variety of energy companies are interested in funding. Caspian oil currently moves through South Asia primarily via Iranian oil swaps: Iran imports oil from Central Asian countries that is sent to refineries in Tehran and Tabriz and then delivers an equivalent amount of oil to potential buyers in the Persian Gulf, bypassing the challenge of getting Central Asian oil to global markets. (EIA.gov, September 12, 2013)

The pipeline mostly runs through parts of southwestern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgency controls or influences many districts. But a spokesman for the insurgent group, Zabihullah Mujahid, s...

08:53

Manafort-Gates Superseding Indictment For Money-Laundering, Tax Evasion, Fraudulent Securing Of Loans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Trump Tower 5th Ave. If it wasnt being bugged for most of its existence, the FBI wasnt doing its job! Manafort still has his Trump Tower apartment, it seems, because according to a document filed a week ago he still claims residual equity value in it. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/additional-charges-against-trump-campaign-manager-paul-manafort

SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT
February 2018 Term At Alexandria, Virginia
THE GRAND JURY CHARGES THAT:

Introduction

At all times relevant to this Superseding Indictment:

1. Defendants PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR. (MANAFORT) and RICHARD W. GATES III (GATES) served for years as political consultants and lobbyists. Between at least 2006 and 2015,

Case 1:17-cr-00201-ABJ Document 190-1 Filed 02/22/18 Page...

06:20

February 23rd 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #400 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for Presidential Politics. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Continue reading

06:15

Friday February 23rd Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those Continue reading

06:05

America Top Target of NWO, More MSM Lies, Economic Update "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com (WNW 323 2.23.18)   The sixth edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai didnt get much media attention in the United States, but it should have.  Thats because it is overtly anti-American and anti-freedom and anti-Christ.  America is standing in the way of the new world order that top globalists, []

06:01

Broward County Student Reaffirms CNN Demanded Only Their Pre-approved Scripted Question for Town Hall Event "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Colton Haab appeared on FOX News with Tucker Carlson to talk about his decision to withdraw from the CNN Town Hall event after their producer, Carrie Stevenson, demanded that he follow only the Continue reading

06:00

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens Career In Politics Is Ending Ugly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




Greitens is another one of those fake Democrats the DCCC and DSCC love so much but who found his true calling when, like so many Blue Dog types, he officially became a Republican (in 2015). A much-decorated former Navy Seal, now 43, he was elected governor of Missouri in 2017. He was a Rhodes scholar who earned a doctorate from Oxford University. When he switched parties and decided to run for governor, he wrote a scathing OpEd for Fox, denouncing Democrats as "world-class hypocrites." In 2016 he beat Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster 1,424,730 (51.29%) to 1,261,110 (45.40%). Today he was indicted by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony charge of invasion of privacy involved in an extramarital affair in 2015 to which he has already admitted. His is a case of #MeToo ugliness on steroids. Where is Kirsten Gillibrand when someone actually needs her?

Greitens seems his military service entitled him to break the law at will. During the campaign, he was constantly getting into financial trouble for the unethical ways he ran his very sleazy political operation. . But Missourians weren't ready for the scandal that started when he threatened to release a nude photograph of the woman he had being boinking, taken while she was blindfolded and her hands were bound, if she ever spoke publicly about the affair.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched a criminal investigation of the allegations last month shortly after they become public. The indictment accuses Greitens of not only knowingly photographing the women with whom he had an affair, but also transmitting the image in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer.

...The allegations against Greitens surfaced shortly after he delivered his annual State of the State address last month. The ex-husband of the woman with whom Greitens had an affair gave St. Louis TV station KMOV an audio recording of her confessing the affair and accusing Greitens of threatening to blackmail her.

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THERE IS A TIME TO STAND WITH THE LORD JESUS AND YOUR COUNTRY AND THAT TIME IS NOW! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

 

angel 596c1aaf173abe4bf9dc95e9be27d707--heavenly-angels-angels-among-usRecently the terrible teens shouted their ideas of gun laws. As a sane adult of many, many years I shouted back -NO WAY!  Why?  Because I have been watching all events from both outward youths and those born into my family.  First of all, teens who want a say in society need to be out and about into society like having a job, a residence of their own, and common sense.  So far, I have not seen a lot of that IN THE 18 YEAR OLD AGE GROUP ready to vote.

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DCCC Goes Nuclear, Slams Democratic Candidate as Corrupt for Same Behavior It Engages in Regularly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Thursday evening, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took the extraordinary step of publicly attacking a prominent Democratic candidate in a contested Texas primary. The party committees move was made all the more jarring given the background of the candidate, Laura Moser, who in 2017 became a hero of the Trump resistance movement as the creator of Daily Action, a text-messaging tool that channeled progressive anger into a single piece of activism per day.

Voters in Houston have organized for over a year to hold Rep. [John] Culberson accountable and win this Clinton district, DCCC Communications Director Meredith Kelly told the Texas Tribune. Unfortunately, Laura Mosers outright disgust for life in Texas disqualifies her as a general election candidate, and would rob voters of their opportunity to flip Texas 7th in November.

The comment followed the release of an opposition dossier the party compiled on Moser. To date, the DCCC has made only two such memos public, one on Moser, and the other on arch-conservative Rick Saccone, a Republican running in an upcoming special election in Pennsylvania.

Democratic voters need to hear that Laura Moser is not going to change Washington. She is a Washington insider, who begrudgingly moved to Houston to run for Congress, warned the DCCC in its memo.

The dropping of the opposition research on Moser came after The Intercept published an article Thursday morning highlighting a rift in the race, with the pro-choice womens group EMILYs List backing Lizzie Pannill Fletcher against Moser. The DCCC and EMILYs List often work hand in glove. Meanwhile, candidate Alex Triantaphyllis, a former Goldman Sachs analyst, has told people on the campaign trail he was recruited by the DCCC, according to local Indivisible leader Daniel Cohen.

Fletcher, a corporate lawyer with ties to a mega-donor steel magnate, worked for a firm that routinely represents emp...

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You Cant Mean It "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Publishers Note:
Today is the 72nd anniversary of Joe Sobrans birth.
Happy Birthday, Joe!

Griffin Internet Syndicate, October 28, 2004  I just got a message from a friend who nearly always disagrees with me. His disagreement usually takes the form of an irritable accusation: to wit, that I cant really mean what I say.

I know how he feels. Its irrational, but we all tend to get angry when others disagree with us. Thats because we are so right that nobody in his right mind could honestly deny it, isnt it?

Accepting disagreement as sincere is one of the severe tests of maturity. I always think of George Orwell, one of my literary heroes, who recognized in himself a rare capacity for facing unpleasant facts. One of these facts is that other people are as sure of their convictions as you are of yours, and they are as sure of your dishonesty as you are of theirs.

It took me a long time to face this. It was so tempting to believe that deep down, my opponents agreed with me but perversely refused to admit it. Finally it sank in: They meant what they said just as much as I did. I had to face the test of truth just as much as I wanted them to. If I was right, I must be prepared to demonstrate it to unbiased people (if I could find any).

A silly old adage has it that you should never argue about politics and religion. But as G.K. Chesterton retorted, politics and religion are the only subjects worth arguing about. If only we could all do it as cheerfully and as charitably as Chesterton does!

I certainly cant. But Ive trained myself, at long last, to suppress my annoyance at disagreement, and even to take a friendly interest in it. The other fellow must have some reason for thinking as he does. As William Blake says, Everything that is possible to be believed is an image of truth.

When it comes to the hot topics of religion and politics, its true, most people believe what they want to believe. Their beliefs really flow from wishful thinking, not reason. And in a way they admit this when they assume that my beliefs must also flow from mere wishes. They assume that all of us believe what we want to believe, just as they do.

I can say that this isnt true in my case, because, like Orwell, Ive steeled myself to face those unpleasant facts. I now believe many things Id much rather not believe. Ive also had to give up beliefs I once cherished, at some cost in comfort, recognition, and dear friendships. Not to mention money.

For example, I was sitting pretty when I was a mainstream conservative. I miss those days. But theres no going back. Finally, its a matter of self-respect: I just couldnt keep saying things I could no longer say with conviction. I have to endure a certain amoun...

When Will Congress Investigate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The atmosphere in the United States regarding possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is something like hysteria, with a real danger that bilateral relations might break down completely as a result. Indeed, a number of politicians and senior government officials have described the allegations that Moscow sought to influence the election results as an act of war with Congressman Jerold Nadler even declaring that it was similar to Pearl Harbor.

Assuming that the indictment against 13 Russians and 3 Russian companies filed last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is accurate, the reported activity of the Internet Research Agency could indeed have been part of an intelligence operation seeking to influence developments in the US, but the organizations employees also displayed considerable amateur behavior, suggesting that they were not professional spies, supporting the stronger argument that it was not a Russian government-run operation at all.

And the United States is hardly innocent when it comes to interfering in the domestic politics of both friends and enemies. That is very often what intelligence agencies are designed to do, and no one is more active in interfering in foreign governments and elections than the United States of America. The Russian election featuring Boris Yeltsin in 1996 was arranged by Washington working with the International Monetary Fund, and more recently there was the $5 billion invested in bringing democracy to Ukraine in 2014. The US was also involved in many of the elections in post-war Europe, most particularly in countries whose own democratic systems were still evolving. The CIA worked to keep communists out of the government in Italys 1976 national election. Conservative parties received sacks of money and articles warning about communism appeared in all the major newspapers. The major covert action proceeded even though Italy was a NATO member and the corruption that the intervention brought with it has blighted Italian politics to this day.

And then, there are Americas friends who in similar fashion interfere in US politics to support their own national agendas. Most active recently have been Israel and Saudi Arabia, both of which have an identical foreign policy goal, which is to end what they describe as the Iranian threat in their region. As neither has the resources to go it alone, both seek to involve the...

Heroes Value Their Privacy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Heres a video showing some heroes unhappy about a pair of guys taking video of the outside their nest which is public property and which the citizens therefore have every legal right to take video of.

But the heroes do not like this.

They never do.

Notwithstanding that it is legal. Mark that. When a law doesnt suit them, they obey it grudgingly or simply ignore it.

They take filming them as an implicit challenge, an affront to their privacy and peace which of course are sacred. Whereas ours is held in absolute contempt by them, to be violated at will whenever they feel so inclined.

The law reflects this stilted standard, too.

For example, heroes may legally ride around in cars (paid for by us, with money taken by force from us; hence not actually their cars) with windows so deeply tinted it is impossible to see the hero within but in most states, it is an offense for ordinary people to have the windows of their cars (which are actually their property, paid for by themselves ) tinted beyond even slightly.

Because it is important for heroes to be able to violate our privacy at will.

They insist on the tint restrictions in order to be able to effectively search our vehicles with no legal cause whatsoever, merely by looking inside. Which they demand they be able to do at any time  including when they pull up beside us in traffic.

It is irrelevant that we might not wish them to be able to look inside our vehicles very much in the same way that most of us would prefer they not examine the contents of our pockets at least absent the formality of probable cause to suspect a criminal act, which has fallen into desuetude in these times of Keeping Us Safe.

Tinted windows prevent causal thieves from being able to see what we have inside our cars, which is a reasonable and sound idea. Regardless, they are our cars and window tint or not has nil effect on the safety of other drivers, therefore there is no legitimate justification for laws making it an offense to tint them. If this were not so if tinted windows were a safety issue  then tinted opaque hero cars are very unsafe indeed.

Of course, it has nothing to do with safety.

It is exactly the same as a legal requirement probably coming soon that non-heroes may not put blinds or shades up in their homes;  safety (officer safety not our safety) will be cited as the justification when this law is introduced as it is cited with regard to laws about window tinting.

It is a question as per Humpty Dumpty of which is to...

A Common Culture "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In Saigon, the foreign tourists stay mostly downtown, where they can patronize American bars, and restaurants serving Indian, Thai, Korean, Italian, Mexican and Middle Eastern food, not to mention McDonalds, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Popeyes, Starbucks and Lotteria, the last a Japanese chain. With English as the lingua franca, they can be overseas, yet somewhat at home, and with their smart phones, they can be anchored further in the familiar. Once, traveling meant having virtually no news from home, and no choice but to be immersed in the alien. How many still remember picking up an International Herald Tribune to find out, say, if the Phillies won three days ago?

The salad bowl or cultural mosaic of downtown Saigon is, in fact, quite generic, for it echoes that which can be found all over the world. Far from celebrating differences, multiculturalism blunts distinctivenesses, for cultures tame, tint and distort each other when abutting. During French rule, Vietnamese stopped lacquering their teeth black, started wearing Western clothing, so now, the traditional head wears and tunics are rarely seen, especially on men. In Germany, many school cafeterias have removed pork dishes since their growing population of Muslim students cant eat them. Putenwurst, anyone?

For two weeks in Saigon, I only went downtown twice, so saw almost no one of another race or even ethnic group, so almost no one who was unfamiliar with the infinity of Vietnamese traditions, habits and tics that make up this nation.

Most mornings, I was awakened by cockcrows, for Vietnamese keep chickens everywhere, even in army barracks and factories. I learnt to identity the sounds of two nearby roosters. For five days straight, however, I was also roused from bed, before seven always, by musicians entertaining funeral guests down the street. Sometimes, it was the funky sounds of Mekong Delta blues, or nhc ti t, with a supremely evil guitarist jamming away. Other times, it was a horn band, with two trumpets and two saxophones, that sounded like Nola, Motown or Sun Ra, or just plain schmaltzy. They also employed a guy who could balance a motorcycle on his head and shove a long steel rod up his nose. This is no way to send off the dead, you may think, but its perfectly normal in Vietnam, and all out in the open, for the entire neighborhood to see.

Another day, an eight-mont...

Should Teachers Be Armed? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Should teachers be armed? This question is premature. In todays monopoly law enforcement systems funded by forced extractions of money from taxpayers, lawmakers will answer this question. There will be public debate, such as is now occurring. Lawmakers will hear the arguments and they will decide. Their decisions will, however, not be according to criteria that relate directly to the welfare of the children of their citizens. The incentives faced by lawmakers will not create such a connection in the clarity that the citizens demand. The system is bound to frustrate the citizens.

This question cannot be answered in an appropriate way as long as the law enforcement monopoly remains in place. Whether teachers should be armed or not, either answer made within the monopoly system simply maintains and possibly intensifies the problems inherent within that system. Whether or not teachers should be armed can only be answered properly if incentives are aligned properly, and that cannot happen until the system of law enforcement is opened to competition. It also cannot happen until tax-funded school districts are ended, because they too prevent the consumers of education from buying into schools that are safe for their children.

There are fixes that monopolized school districts have chosen, all sorts of fixes such as searching lockers, lockdowns, drills, drug-free zones and a police presence, but none of these are the result of the kinds of direct consumer choices that would be prevalent if there were competition. Arming teachers is another one of these fixes. Instead of perpetuating the system and adding fixes that cannot replicate a free market in law enforcement, the monopolies of school districts and police forces funded by taxes should be opened up to competition. This means that citizens should have options to purchase the education and law enforcement services.

The arming of teachers is a measure that can be evaluated by companies that offer to protect the safety of students at schools. They have a profit incentive to decide whether such a measure is worth the costs, since they bear those costs and they experience the benefits of making decisions that produce student safety. Arming teachers involves costs such as training teachers, preventing weapons from being misplaced or misused by teachers, stolen, and even conceivably commandeered by malefactors. It imposes costs on teachers that they may be unwilling to accept. There are legal liability issues that crop up.

One does not expect...

Nobody Wants To Talk About "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in the United States, the internet and broadcast news alike are inundated with commentary about why this keeps happening in America. Some blame guns, others blame mental health, and still others confidently blame false flag events and crisis actors.

But one commonality among numerous mass killings in the United States remains absent from these conversations. It is always reported when details of the shooter are published, but the widespread connection is rarely acknowledged: A mounting number of mass shooters have ties to the military, including Nikolas Cruz, who was a member of his schools military prep organization, JROTC (Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps).

The United States has indulged in a culture of patriotic militarism for decades, glorifying this institutionalized violence as a sign of strength and morality. As Anti-Media observed last week shortly after the Florida shooting, We memorialize those who commit violence for the government and hold them in the highest esteem throwing tantrums when others express dissenting opinions or fail to bow to the people who serve these institutions.

Indeed, this glorification of violence bleeds over into the United States unique problem of individuals committing acts of mass violence. Here is a brief sampling of perpetrators of some of the most high-profile mass shootings in recent years. Many were either members of the military at some point, were rejected by the military (but clearly wanted to join), or came from a military family:

  • Chris Harper Mercer, who shot up a school in Oregon, was kicked out of the army and often wore military fatigue pants as a regular outfit. He was described as militant.
  • The Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, was a Navy reservist before he became a contractor and conducted his rampage on military gr...

Executive Orders "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Justins note: Nobodys property is safe anywhere.

Doug Casey wrote that in a recent email he sent me. He was talking about one of Donald Trumps latest executive orders. The order, signed in December, gives the US government power to block the property of persons involved in serious human rights abuse or corruption.

That might not sound like a big deal. After all, human rights abuse and corruption are obviously bad. But Doug told me this could have very interesting consequences for everyday Americans and foreigners.

To learn why, I got Doug on the phone


Justin: Doug, why do you think Trump signed this executive order (EO)?

Doug: Well, there are several possibilities. One could be to strike back at the Clintons, perhaps about the astounding way they used their foundation to loot Haiti. Another might be to attack African dictators, who all become multi-billionaires after taking over theirwhats that colloquialism for an outdoor toilet that Trump quite accurately used?countries. Or the Russians, who are the flavor of the day to be hated for every reason you can make up.

His new EO is a further assault on property rights. Fabricate a credible-sounding argument, make it legal, righteously promote it to the booboisie, and the emperor can deprive a subject of anything, or everything, that he owns.

What concerns me is that so many things are done by executive order these days. Not by a law duly passed by the House and the Senate. Thats not to imply that those laws show any prudence or intelligence or wisdom. But its still due process. When you do something that could have big consequences, it should go through the formal legislature as opposed to an imperial decree.

In recent years, presidents have done more and more executive orders. I find that very disturbing. The most outrageous executive order that I can recallalthough I wasnt alive thenis Roosevelts outlawing gold. Nixons devaluing of the dollar was an executive order too, with gigantic consequences.

It sets a dangerous precedent when they do something like this. Its the type of thing that a dictator or an emperor is expected to do.

Justin: Would could the consequences of this executive order be?

Doug: For one thing, it could discourage foreigners from investing in the US or even putting money in US banks or brokerage accounts. Or investing in US property. Because now the government can seize their assets based on just the accusation of human rights abuses or corruption. The fortunes of almost all foreign leaders, all of their cronies, and most businessmen from backward countries are built on corruption. I urge readers to look at...

Great Smackdowns! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Journalist and rabble-rouser Brandon Morse is apparently pretty tired of responding to the very same nonsense from anti-gunners after every mass shooting. That would explain why he posted a video on YouTube thats pretty much applicable to every such attack.

Morse noted this videos origins over at RedState:

Having heard certain arguments made repeatedly from the left, I made a video addressing some of the most common things gun-control advocates say to gun rights supporters. These include statements like if only all guns in America disappeared, then wed have no gun problems, or if Australia can do it, so can the U.S., both being a complete pipe dream.

The original video was made shortly after the San Bernardino shooting, but after the shooting in Broward county, I noticed these same arguments pop up again like clockwork.

Hes right. They are the same arguments. Theyre the exact same ones up to and including the liberal saying, Well, at least Im trying to do something about the problem!

They automatically dismiss any efforts that arent gun control as not being an effort to try and do something about these shootings. Its a neat little trap theyve created, isnt it? You either support gun control, or youre OK with kids dying at least in their little world.

However, as Morse notes, plenty of us are actually trying to combat this problem, too. Were just taking different approaches.

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Russiaphobia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As has been made perfectly clear, Muellers indictment of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax. See here and here.

All Mueller has found is a bait-click commercial marketing scheme that had nothing to do with election interference.

Why is Mueller comfortable bringing a transparently false indictment?

The answer is, as Glenn Greenwald makes clear that Mueller knows there are large numbers of warmongering politicians and media whores who will seize on the fake indictment as proof that Russia has committed an act of war equivalent to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. The fact that what Mueller has indicted is only a bait-click marketing scheme will never be mentioned by politicians and presstitutes shouting the military/security complexs slogan that Russia must be punished.

Greenwald supplies the names of some of these reckless and irresponsible people who are willing to bring on war with their rants: politicians Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Jeanne Shaheen, Jerry Nadler, Marco Rubioindeed almost all of CongressClinton aides such as Philippe Reines and John Podesta, and the legions of presstitutes such as Karen Tumulty, David Frum, Chuck Todd, Tom Friedmanindeed, the entirety of the print and TV media with the exceptions of Tucker Carlson and Pat Buchanan.

When a country armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons and overwhelmed by its own exceptionalism and indispensability has political and media lunatics equating a bait-click commercial marketing scheme with Pearl Harbor, that country is a recipe for the end of the world.

Note: Two presstitutes at Bloomberg, Lauren Etter and Ilya Arkhipov think that filming disadvantaged Americans in order to cast the US in a bad light is the same as interfering in the presidential election, and they think that a Russian food caterer is heading a Russian disinformation campaign.

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Top-North Homesteader "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I have always been a big fan of Martha Stewart.  I know, sometimes she does stuff like gluing moss on lampshades which causes you to wonder if she ever uses that lamp and why it doesnt catch fire, and rolling grapes in goose liver pate sounds like it wont be on my bucket list, but lets put those things aside for a moment and talk about how Martha is better prepared than just about anyone to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. And its not just because shes rich.

Please note that, as always, I use the Zombie Apocalypse as a metaphor for any type of civil unrest, long-term disaster in which the unprepared are going to want what youve carefully stored, and events during which people eagerly await the governments handouts to rescue them from their Darwinian fates.

But, lets talk about Martha. Ive always seen her as a mentor, even though Ive never had the privilege of meeting her.

She understands the value of a home-cooked meal with every detail from scratch. She grows her own veggies and herbs, maintains orchards, and raises chickens. She can sew, bake, garden, and run a multi-billion dollar business. Shes survived some things that would have driven a lesser woman to her knees.

Here are just a few of the reasons why Im quite certain that Martha Stewart will survive anything the Zombie Apocalypse could throw at her.

She can cook anything, anywhere.

First of all, let me state that Martha Stewart taught me to cook. When I was a new bride, I seriously couldnt cook at all except for homemade tomato soup and homemade marinara sauce. Anything beyond that was beyond my ability because Id spent my single young adulthood traveling around, staying in extra rooms, and renting hotels by the week while I explored America and Canada.

One of my wedding gifts was a subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine, and at the time, she had this recurring segment called Cooking 101. (By the way, you can get a years subscription to that magazine for only $5  and its still AWESOME.)

Every month, I grimly set out to tackle the 101. I learned to make a perfect lemon roasted chicken, mouthwatering potato salad, pot roast with vegetables, Caesar salad, and the be all and end all of...

Whats Keeping You Awake at Night? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The United States is a sleep-deprived nation. It shows in our health as well as how we age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sleep deprivation is a serious public health issue, and one in three adults dont get enough sleep.[1] Our ancestors did not have this issue, but the world has changed.

Unnatural light sources affect our natural biorhythms. Processed foods and caffeine can alter energy levels. The need to connect to social media, play online games, and other computer or phone-related activities can keep you in a state of perpetual excitement. Its time to identify these and other sleep-altering factors and explore solutions to get your sleep cycle back on track.

Why You Need Sleep

Sleep is as crucial to your well-being as a healthy diet, regular exercise, and low stress levels. When youre asleep, your body goes into a repair and restore mode. Without enough sleep, your ability to heal and regenerate is significantly impaired. A poor sleep environment can lead to sleep deprivation which, aside from drowsiness, can contribute to heart disease, anxiety, depression, weight gain, obesity, diabetes, increased alcohol use, and accidental injuries.[2]

The Importance of Sleep for Mental Health

Sleep is essential for your brain and mental wellness. Danish researcher Dr. Maiken Nedergaard of the University of Rochester discovered the brains detoxification center. She named it the glymphatic system because it clears waste from the brain the way the lymphatic system clears waste from the body.[3]

Nedergaard and her team found that the glymphatic system is most active during sleep.[4] The team also found that this system functions best during natural sleep, not under the influence of sleeping medications. So while a sleeping pill may put you to sleep, you will not experience the same benefits as if you fell asleep naturally.

What Is Insomnia?

If you regularly have difficulty falling...

Bad Breath? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Drinking wine may protect teeth by destroying bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease, new research suggests.

Despite many dentists warning boozes acidic content can damage teeth, a study released today suggests antioxidants in wine significantly prevent bacteria that cause plaque, cavities and periodontal disease from sticking to gums.

When these bacteria enter the bloodstream, they can trigger a chain reaction that has been linked to heart disease and cancer.

The latest discovery could lead to the development of wine-inspired toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain such antioxidants, according to the Spanish researchers.

Gum disease affects around three in every four adults in the UK, with symptoms including sore, bleeding gums during brushing.

Antioxidants in red wine boost dental health  

Study author Dr Victoria Moreno-Arribas, from the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid, said: Oral cells normally constitute a physical barrier that prevents infections.

But bacterial adhesion to host tissues constitutes a key step in the infectious process.

Results further suggest antioxidants in red wine are more effective than commercially-available grape-seed and red-wine extracts at preventing plaque-causing bacteria from sticking to lab-grown cells in modeled gum tissue.

When digested in the mouth, these antioxidants are thought to produce molecules that may benefit oral health.

Combining the antioxidants with the oral probiotic Streptococcus dentisani further boosts dental health.

Mouthwashes and chewing gums have been proposed 

Speaking of how the experiment was carried out, Dr Moreno-Arribas added: We tested concentrations in the range normally found in wine 50 and 10 g/ml.

Working with cells that model gum tissue we found the two wine polyphenols caffeic and p-coumaric acids were generally better than the total wine extracts at cutting back on the bacterias ability to stick to the cells.

Delivery methods for these compounds to treat oral disorders should be optimised.

Mouthwashes and...

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AMAZING WISCONSIN TEEN Invents Classroom Door Stop to Prevent Killers from Entering Room And Save Lives (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A Wisconsin high school senior and Army recruit Justin Rivard invented a door stop that prevents killers from entering classrooms.

Justin created the JustinKase two years ago when he was just 15. The device does not allow a door to open even a crack which means students and staff will be saved during emergencies.

His own school already ordered 50 of the JustinKase, one for each room in the building, according to KARE.

Justin is entering the Army this year after his graduation.

FOX News reported:

One high schooler has come up with a device to prevent active shooters from getting inside classrooms and to keep students safe.

He calls it the JustinKase. Its a product made of steel that latches to a door frame to bar entry.

Unlike other products, JustinKase does not allow a door to open even a crack which means students & staff can remain safe while emergency personnel race to the scene, creator Justin Rivard, a student at Somerset High School in Wisconsin, explains on his website.

Rivard came up with the idea for the safety product, which he sells online for $95, two years ago when he was just 15. He spent months refining it.

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Flashback: CNN Fixed 1992 Election Eve Town Hall Ambush Question From Clinton Operative Stephanopoulos to Pres. George H.W. Bush "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CNNs history of fixing town halls goes back to 1992 when the cable network arranged for senior Clinton campaign operative George Stephanopoulos to call into a live town hall with President George H. W. Bush that put him ahead of all the other callers and allowed him to ambush Bush about the Iran Contra scandaljust days before the presidential election.

Screen images via YouTube.

CNN claimed Thursday night in response to a tweet by President Donald Trump that CNN never fixes town halls, There is absolutely no truth to this story and we can prove that. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last nights town hall, nor have we ever. Those are the facts. #FactsFirst

Trump had earlier tweeted, School shooting survivor says he quit @CNN Town Hall after refusing scripted question. @TuckerCarlson. Just like so much of CNN, Fake News. Thats why their ratings are so bad! MSNBC may be worse.

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Parkland Hero Colton Haab Names CNN Producer Carrie Stevenson as Person Who Censored Him at Anti-Gun Town Hall (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Wednesday night Parkland student hero Colton Haab told reporters that CNN opted to leave him out of the televised Florida town hall debate because he did not agree with their anti-gun narrative.

TGPs Cassandra Fairbanks wrote about Colton last night.

Haab is the brave 17-year-old member of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps who ushered 60 to 70 people to safety in an open JROTC room during the Parkland school shooting. The high school junior may have saved many lives by using the Kevlar sheets from the marksmanship program to try and protect his peers. His actions were so important that the US Military is currently considering awarding him with a JROTC Medal of Heroism.

Despite his heroism, the student told the Local 10 News that he was not allowed to ask his prepared questions at the CNN event.

CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted, Haab told a WPLG reporter.

CNN today called Colton Haab a liar.

Thursday night Colton Haab told Tucker Carlson that CNN producer Carrie Stevenson was the person who censored him duri...

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Priest On Coach Chris Hixon: He Didnt Run Away. He Wanted To Protect Those Children. And He Did "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Another coach at Stoneman Douglas High School who should have been armed. Via Stars and Stripes: Chris Hixon was remembered as a loving father and husband, a veteran who was twice deployed to the Persian Gulf, an athletic director and wrestling coach who worked tirelessly for his athletes and ultimately, as a hero who died []

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FL Student Who Claims CNN Wrote His Town Hall Question For Him, Tells All To Tucker "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

He thinks they likely rewrote other kids questions as well. Via Fox News Insider: A Florida student claims that CNN rewrote his question for the networks Wednesday night town hall debate on gun violence. Colton Haab, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were shot and killed last week, says he []

03:25

POTUS Trump Lashes Out at Fake News CNN For Scripted Anti-Gun Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As TGPs Cassandra Fairbanks previously reported, Colton Haab opted out of participating in CNNs anti-gun town-hall event on Wednesday evening seemingly because his perspective does not fit the narrative they have been peddling.

CNN scripted their entire anti-gun town hall which was hosted by anti-gun Jake Tapper. Shocker.

Haab is the brave 17-year-old member of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps who ushered 60 to 70 people to safety in an open JROTC room during the Parkland school shooting. The high school junior may have saved many lives by using the Kevlar sheets from the marksmanship program to try and protect his peers. His actions were so important that the US Military is currently considering awarding him with a JROTC Medal of Heroism.

Despite this 17-year-olds heroism, CNN would not allow him to ask his prepared questions.CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted, Haab said.

Fake News CNN didnt want any students to go off of their anti-gun script.

On Thursday, CNN responded to hero Colton Haabs claim the anti-gun town hall was scripted in a statement via CNN public relations Twitter account.

CNN said, There is absolutely no truth to this. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last nights town hall, nor have we ever.

Very fake news CNN never scripts their town halls, just ask Donna Brazile.

On Thursday, Trump unleashed on fake news CNN for refusing hero Colton Haab a platform because he wouldnt parrot their script. Trump then took a swipe at MSNBC.

Trump tweeted: School shooting survivor says he quit @CNN Town Hall after refusing scripted question. @TuckerCarlson. Just like so much of CNN, Fake News. Thats why their ratings are so bad! MSNBC may be worse.

03:17

Amid Fawning Global Coverage, N. Korea Sends Terrorist to Lead Olympic Delegation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Will media fawn all over him too? Via Free Beacon: The North Korean regime is sending to the Olympic Closing Ceremonies a delegation of senior officials led by a terrorist widely believed to be responsible for orchestrating the sinking of a South Korean navy vessel that killed 46, a move that has drawn sharp protest []

02:56

Ben Rhodes Announces Memoir of Time in Obama Administration Called The World As It Is "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This character is behind some of the biggest lies of the Obama administration. Via Free Beacon: Former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes announced Thursday the release of his new book that will detail his time in the White House. The book, entitled The World As It Is, will be released on June 12, according to []

02:50

Obama Posts Chilling Message to Teens Marching and Organizing For Gun Control Weve Been Waiting For You "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Barack Obama posted a chilling message to his Twitter account Thursday to the teens marching and organizing for gun control.

He told the youth fighting for gun control weve been waiting for you.

The Gateway Pundit was the first publication to question the medias agenda in only propping up students who push the anti-gun narrative. We took a lot of heat for it, but we stand by our reporting.

CNN and other fake news media organizations refused to allow pro-gun students to voice their opinions.

It was also revealed CNN scripted their Wednesday night anti-gun town hall.

The left is going for broke. After all, never let a crisis go to waste, right?

Obama tweeted, Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. Weve been waiting for you. And weve got your backs.

Remake the world as it should be? Chilling.

Obama also signaled to the youth that the liberal elites with deep pockets have their backs.

02:43

Illinois Bishop: Senator Dick Durbin Will Not Be Allowed Communion After His Late Term Abortion Vote "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki announced this week that Catholic Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) will not be admitted to Holy Communion following his vote for late term abortions of babies in the last trimester.

This barbaric practice is not even legal in secularist Europe.

Democrats embrace this gruesome practice.

I agree completely with His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, who called the U.S. Senates failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act appalling.

Fourteen Catholic senators voted against the bill that would have prohibited abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization, including Sen. Richard Durbin, whose residence is in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. In April 2004, Sen. Durbins pastor, then Msgr. Kevin Vann (now Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, CA), said that he would be reticent to give Sen. Durbin Holy Communion because his pro-abortion position put him outside of communion or unity with the Churchs teachings on life. My predecessor, now Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, said that he would support that decision. I have continued that position.

Canon 915 of the Catholic Churchs Code of Canon Law states that those who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion. In our 2004 Statement on Catholics in Political Life, the USCCB said, Failing to protect the lives of innocent and defenseless members of the human race is to sin against justice. Those who formulate law therefore have an obligation in conscience to work toward correcting morally defective laws, lest they be guilty of cooperating in evil and in sinning against the common good. Because his voting record in support of abortion over many years constitutes obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin, the determination continues that Sen. Durbin is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of this sin.

The post Illinois Bishop: Senator Dick Durbin Will Not Be Allowed Communion After His Late Term Abortion Vote appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

02:33

Reporter Asks White House About Cost Of Arming Teachers The Blunt Response Made The Room Go Silent "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Why do they never ask how much it costs about something they support? And exactly, how much is safety worth? Via Daily Caller: White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, faced a litany of questions in Thursdays briefing over President Trumps reaction to the school shooting in Florida. At least four questions focused on []

02:00

Flippable: CA-39... With The Right Candidate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




As it had for cycle after cycle, in 2016 the DCCC ignored CA-39 entirely. But as Hillary beat Trump there-- 51.5% to 42.9%-- Brett Murdock, the un-funded Democrat who ran (spending $76,014 to incumbent Ed Royce's $3,640,434), managed to win 42.3% of the vote. This cycle the DCCC decided to use the 39th-- a district in the northeast corner of Orange County that spills into L.A. and San Bernardino counties-- as a dumping ground for multimillionaire self-funders from other districts. They hadn't counted on an actual grassroots, policy-driven local, Sam Jammal, running. Meanwhile, Royce sniffed around and, despite a massive warchest, decided not to seek reelection. He bowed out, leaving half a dozen Democrats with 6 or 7-figure warchests. Blue America surveyed the field and endorsed Sam Jammal, who released his first video today, which he describes below-- and which you can watch above.



Piss Off Trump-- Send a Latino/Arab American to Congress
-by Sam Jammal


Imagine next January when the House begins taking up the articles of impeachment against Trump. What if the deciding vote was the son of immigrants? What if this vote was the son of Latino and Arab American parents? Is there anything that would piss off Trump more?

Right now, we can do that in the 39 th district. A new poll from Public Policy Polling has a Democrat ahead by 2%. But, while Hillary Clinton won this seat by 8.6%, not just any Democrat can win. We house the Nixon birthplace and library here in the 39th. Our demographics are changing, but voters are only starting to take a look at Democrats.

...

01:59

Jury Finds Texas Democrat Guilty Of Multiple Felonies Including Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Wire: On Thursday afternoon, a Democratic Texas state senator was found guilty on 11 felony charges, including multiple counts of fraud and money laundering, reports the Texas Tribune. State Sen. Carlos Uresti was charged last year for his role in what authorities called a Ponzi Scheme involving a bankrupt oilfield services company called []

01:48

Michael Savage Rages Against George Soros: ARREST That Crazy Son of a B*tch For Meddling In Foreign Elections! (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Radio legend Michael Savage joined InfoWars host Alex Jones Thursday and called out progressive billionaire George Soros, demanding that the crazy son of a b*tch be arrested for meddling in foreign elections.

SAVAGE: Soros is one crazy son of a b*tch. I dont know how in the world he gets away with meddling in foreign elections without having been rounded up by INTERPOL. Soros has meddled in more foreign elections than you can count on one hand. We know it for a fact! And yet we hear not one word, and this is the bewildering part about it, why has Trump not gone after Soros meddling in foreign elections? This is a peculiarity of the Trump-Soros thing and I dont know why. Let me put it that way, Alex. Its a topic for you to look into. But, Soros is a man who openly meddles in foreign elections. Why is he not looked into?

Recently, the Guardian UK reported Soros donated 400,000 to an anti-Brexit campaign:

The investor has come under sustained attack since details of his donations to Best for Britain were revealed last week.

Soros, who has given much of his personal fortune to his human rights organisation, the Open Society Foundations (OSF), said he had received toxic personal criticism. Some have said the language echoes the antisemitic attacks against him made by some governments, such as Hungary and Russia.

In an opinion piece published by the Daily Mail UK two weeks ago, Soros warned against Brexit, stating This process will change Britain and Europe from friends into foes, at least during the transitional period.

Before the referendum Britain was doing better economically than the rest of Europe. But this has now been...

01:27

First National Bank Of Omaha Ends NRA Partnership After Being Targeted By Complaints "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It begins. Via Daily Caller: The First National Bank of Omaha announced Thursday that it is terminating its branded partnership with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA, the bank wrote on Twitter. As a result, []

01:06

Breaking: Grand jury Indicts Missouri Governor Eric Greitens On Felony Charges "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The whole story is incredibly creepy. Via Daily Wire: On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Missouri Governor Eric Greitens in St. Louis on felony invasion of privacy charges stemming from a recently revealed affair that is alleged to have taken place in 2015. The charges come after an investigation was launched last month amid allegations []

00:44

Matt Walsh: I Am A Gun Owner. I Will Get Rid Of My Gun Under These Simple Conditions. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Wire: The media is making quite a big deal out of the gun owners who are getting rid of their guns in an effort to promote gun control. Well, I am a gun owner, too. I will happily join these people in disarming myself, just as soon as conditions warrant it. To be []

00:23

Former Official Will Cooperate With Investigators Probing Scheme Funneling Money From State To Kerrys Daughter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Not going to help Kerrys effort for 2020. Via Daily Caller: A former senior Peace Corps official agreed to cooperate with any law enforcement investigations surrounding a scheme that funneled millions of Department of State dollars to a nonprofit founded and run by former Secretary of State John Kerrys daughter, recently published court documents show. []

00:02

BREAKING: Armed Deputy In Florida School Shooting Who Never Tried To Engage Gunman Resigns "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The football coach that confronted the shooter should have been the one armed. Via Washington Times: A Florida sheriff says the deputy who was on duty at a high school where 17 people were massacred waited outside the building for about four minutes without ever going in. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced during a []

Thursday, 22 February

23:40

Pence: We Always Stand For Our Flag And Our National Anthem CPAC Crowd Chants U-S-A! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Caller: Vice President Mike Pence took a direct shot at NFL protesters by reminding the crowd present at his 2018 CPAC speech that we always stand for our flag and our national anthem. And the crowd ate it up. It is great to be back at CPAC, Pence opened. And I stand here []

23:20

Jeremy Corbyn Hates America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Washington Examiner: Whether or not Jeremy Corbyn was ever a spy for the Communist Eastern Bloc as some in the British press are insinuating if he becomes Britains next Prime Minister, America will have to alter its relationship with Britain. The central challenge that a Corbyn government would pose to U.S. interests []

23:00

NY Times: If Government Wont Ban Guns, Banks Could Stop Letting You Pay For Them "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Obviously these clowns have never been to a gun show. Theres LOTS of cash and carry. Via NY Times: For the past year, chief executives have often talked about the new sense of moral responsibility that corporations have to help their communities and confront social challenges even when Washington wont. In the aftermath of the []

22:43

Church To Hold Ceremony For Rifles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Pittsburgh: CBS Local A church in Pennsylvania has thrown itself into the nationwide debate on gun laws by announcing they will be hosting a blessing ceremony for couples with an AR-15 assault rifle. The controversial event is set to take place just two weeks after 17 people were killed in a Florida high []

22:20

Dems Want Gun Control But Fear It May Be Toxic To Their Midterm Chances "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via The Hill: Democrats mulling how to approach gun control on the campaign trail this year are weighing their tough history on the subject against the burning politics of the moment. The killings of 17 people at a Florida high school has led to an outpouring of student protests and new energy for the gun []

22:00

Anti-Bacterial Wipes Are Pointless, Germs Come Back In 20 Minutes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via The Telegraph Anti-bacterial wipes only eradicate bacteria from kitchen surfaces for 20 minutes and using them to keep germs at bay is an absolutely redundant exercise, a scientist has said. Dr Clare Lanyon, a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, said consumers may be wasting money on antibacterial wipes and sprays []

21:06

Report: Mexican Cartel Dumped Hundreds Of Corpses Into Texas Border-Area Lakes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

That completes the environmental study, the wall must be built. Via Daily Caller: One of Mexicos most violent cartels dumped the bodies of hundreds, perhaps thousands of their victims into various dams and lakes throughout the northern part of Mexico and along the U.S. border. In a new report by Mexicos Revista Proceso, Los Zetas []

20:45

ISIS Executes Entire Squad Of Deserting Jihadists In East Syria Amid Major Battle With US-Backed Forces "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

BEIRUT, LEBANON ISIS has executed an entire squad of deserting ranks in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor amid a major battle with US-backed forces on the east Euphrates shore according to pro-coalition sources. Reports state that the terrorist group executed seven of its jihadist fighters who were attempting to flee the frontline near []

20:05

Quote Of The Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch: Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media notice I said crying white mothers because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you dont see town halls for them, do you? Wheres the CNN town hall for Chicago? Wheres []

18:57

George Clooneys Publicist Set Up Media Interviews With Parkland Shooting Kids "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Manipulating traumatized kids, pretty sick. Via Free Beacon: George Clooneys publicist told the Washington Free Beacon that he has set up interviews between children who survived the Parkland shooting and media outlets. Stan Rosenfield, who represents Clooney, said he was approached by a friend, not Mr. Clooney, to help set up television interviews last Sunday. []

18:36

Town Hall Crowd Jeers NRA Spokeswomans Story of Rape Survivor Who Wished She Was Armed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Disgusting. Via Free Beacon: Some members of the crowd at CNNs town hall on guns Wednesday night jeered National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loeschs story about a young rape survivor who wished she was armed. Held in Sunrise, Florida, the town hall moderated by Jake Tapper allowed students, faculty and parents connected to Stoneman Douglas []

18:16

Explosive Device Thrown at U.S. Embassy Building in Montenegro "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Anything shouted in the process? Via Free Beacon: PODGORICA (Reuters) An unknown man threw an explosive device at the United States embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, before blowing himself up, media in the city said. The attack came five minutes before midnight on Wednesday, web portal www.portalanalitika.me said, adding that citizens []

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