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Sunday, 18 February

00:45

Serious Question "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Well, this is special.

Evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is "now really incontrovertible," White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said Saturday.

"As you can see with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain, whereas in the past it was difficult to attribute for a couple of reasons," McMaster said while speaking at the Munich Security Conference just a day after the Justice Department announced several indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference.

Compare and contrast to this from earlier in the week:

President Donald Trump still isn't buying that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Even as his intelligence chiefs unanimously told a Senate panel Tuesday that Russia meddled in 2016 and is planning to do so again in 2018, three sources familiar with the President's thinking say he remains unconvinced that Russia interfered in the presidential election.

So, the president still isn't buying something that his National Security Adviser says in incontrovertible. And this is something impacting our national security and the integrity of our elections.

See the problem?

Discuss

Casual Observation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I kind of forgot this this was supposed to be another infrastructure week.

The White House was sent reeling by the Florida school massacre, new indictments in the Russia probe, its own mishandling of domestic abuse claims against a top staffer, allegations that Trump covered up extra-marital affairs and another huge immigration fail.

All of this unfolded when the administration hoped to focus on infrastructure when the big headlines would involve the President pushing his next big agenda item.

But, at least there was NO COLLUSION, right?

Discuss

Don't Forget About Trump's Sex Life "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This has certainly been a week for Trump lies to meet their final resting place. Bob Mueller ended any remaining doubt that the Russians were all-in for Trumps candidacy with his indictment of thirteen Russians from the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg. Any idea that Trump could lead Congress to any solution on DACA, let alone a just one, died in the Senate. And, least importantly to anyone not named Melania, Trumps lies about his affairs with porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal exploded in his face.

Probably the most significant thing about McDougals account is that is jibes with the accounts of several women who have accused Trump of unwanted sexual advances or assault.  Its also consistent in important details with the story Stormy Daniels has told in the past. Mainly this is a commonality of locations (e.g. a private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel), behavior and diet (a lot of television, meat and potatoes, and no alcohol), and pick-up lines and promises (condos and apartments, career opportunities). The overall effect is to bolster the assault allegations, even if both the Daniels and McDougal affairs were completely consensual.

In light of all the other scandals swirling around the White House, his sexual peccadilloes will get short shrift, but they really shouldnt since they provide evidence of the types of behavior (if not crimes) for which men are losing their jobs and reputations left and right in this country.

Its a welcome thing that men are suddenly being held to account for behavior that has been tolerated for too ling, but theres something wrong with a situation where the president is immune to the kind of accountability that others are facing.

Its also a problem that the White House continues to deny that these two affairs took place when its plain as the nose on Trumps face they he and they are lying through their teeth.  Theres even a potential criminal component to the way the two women were paid off (in Danielss case) or tricked in silence (in McDougals).  If the payments  involved can be considered undisclosed campaign contributions, then theyre lying about a potential legal matter.

So, while were all taking about Russia, people without proper security clearances and wife beaters in the Oval Office and DACA, we shouldnt forget that Trump...

Did Trump Commit Treason or Not? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I cant imagine that Glenn Greenwald is too pleased to see James Risens first article for The Intercept. Risen not only does a brilliant job of concisely explaining the conclusive evidence that Russia was responsible for the 2015 and 2016 hacks of the Democratic Party, he goes farther and makes the case that Donald Trump is plausibly guilty of treason which carries a potential penalty of death. Risen notes that most people dont want to go there, but hes willing to discuss it.

In some ways, I wish he wasnt. At least, I think its a distraction from the main content of his article.

Still, Risen made a better case for treason than I thought possible. Ive written that idea off from the beginning based on the fairly simple idea that Russia (at least at the time the collusion allegedly took place) could not be considered an enemy of the United States in any legal sense. To be more precise, even if our country should have considered Russia an enemy, our relationship wasnt treated that way in most respects.

But the more you consider this question the murkier it gets. America has gotten out of the habit of declaring war on its enemies. And this makes it harder to draw a bright line around which countries are our enemies and which countries are not. If we apply the standard that we must be engaged in active combat, that would prove problematic in cases where were fighting through proxies, which was the case for the entire Cold War. Or we could look at the situation in Syria where both Russia and the United States have combat forces, but sometimes they are working for a common purpose even if usually they are not.

Ultimately, I think the strongest case against the treason charge is that Trump openly questioned our current relationship with Russia during his run for president. This certainly aroused surprise, outrage, consternation and suspicion, but it wasnt considered treasonous by the electorate, clearly. If the proof that we were enemies with Russia is that we had placed sanctions on them for annexing Crimea and making incursions into Eastern Ukraine, then the peoples selection of Trump, despite his clear skepticism about those sanctions and willingness to lift them, seems to undermine the case. Do people at the ballot box have a say in who our enemies are and what constitutes traitorous behavior? I think their opinion has to be weighed heavily, if not perhaps as completely decisive.

Defining Trumps stated policies as treasonous would run a gigantic risk of suppressing free speech, especially if it relied on a retroactive perspective that wasnt available or prevalent at the time.

But this is a chicken and egg problem,......

The Florida Shooter's White Nationalist Connections "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

If you go to the Southern Poverty Law Center looking for information on Jordan Jereb, youll find an article from 2014 that basically mocks him for missing the interview he requested because he had been arrested.

Jordan Jereb, head of The Republic of Florida militia group, wanted to be famous. But when
opportunity finally knocked, the man who liked to roll down hills as he played Army was nowhere to be found. It turned out his outlaw fantasies had finally caught up with him.

I wanted to know more about Jereb because hes in the news today claiming that yesterdays school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his group and participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee.

Jordan Jereb, head of The Republic of Florida militia group

What I learned from the SPLC wasnt comforting. They sent representatives to Tallahassee four years ago to interview Jereb because he had reached out to them repeatedly looking for recognition. When he didnt show for the interview, they investigated and tracked him down at the Leon County jail where he and a friend were in custody for trespassing after allegedly entering their old high school.

The SPLC says local law enforcement had grown increasingly worried of the threatening rhetoric coming from Jereb and his friends. They also say that his group was a would-be militia made up of kids barely old enough to buy guns.

Reading the piece made me somewhat skeptical about whether Jereb should be believed when he says that Cruz was a member of his group. After all, its clear that he wants publicity, so maybe this is just a way to get his name in the news.

On the other hand, some pieces line up. For one, Ive seen comments from students at the school who said that Cruz was obsessed with a girl there and had stalked her. Jereb is quoted as saying Cruz had trouble with a girl and he believed the timing of the attack, carried out on Valentines Day, wasnt a coincidence.

That, combined with the fact that in 2014 the SPLC saw his Republic of Florida militia as populated with kids barely old enough to buy a gun makes me think that Jareb could be telling the truth.

The fact that the SPLC investigators chose to portray the group as more ridiculous than menacing looks like a potential error on their part:

Jereb had been posting an onslaught of videos for months....

00:42

Shoplifters thwart convenience store robber "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This video has gone viral on Twitter. Watch how two shoplifters overcome an armed hold-up of a convenience store. Alas, this is not real. Its a production by Facebook Watchs Five Points Show. Heres a link. ~Eowyn

00:23

BOOM! Facebook VP of Ads SLAMS Liberal Medias Coverage of Russia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

The 37-page indictment was a big fat nothingburger.

Rosenstein admitted not one American had knowledge they were interacting with Russians who were posing as Americans.

Furthermore, Rosenstein admitted the Russian operation did not impact the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election.

The Vice President of Facebook ads, Rob Goldman unleashed on his Twitter account after Muellers indictment hit the wire.

Goldman slammed the fake news medias coverage of Russia.

Actual Russian facebook ad supporting Hillary Clinton.

Rob Goldman, the VP of Facebook ads, unleashed a tweetstorm Friday.

OUCH!

Truth bomb! The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election and very few outl...

00:23

Prigozhin: Caterer To The Kremlin And Sanctioned Defense Contractor With Perfect Mafia Profile Indicted For Meddling In US Elections "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Putins grandfather was allegedly cook for Lenin and then Stalin both of whom may have been poisoned but Putins chef, Prigozhin, reportedly doesnt even cook. The food his company provides to school children apparently was making them sick, according to the article below. His role in catering gives him a perfect position from which to poison enemies.

Prigozhin has the perfect profile for a member of the Russian mafia: almost a decade in a gulag after being arrested on charges of robbery, fraud and apparently acting as a pimp for teenagers in Putins hometown of St. Petersburg. He was released from the gulag with the fall of the USSR along with a bunch of other crooks who took advantage of the situation. He was involved in gambling, once again contributing to a perfect mafia profile, though (almost) no one appears to be accusing him of being part of the mafia.

In 1979, Prigozhin was given parole for stealing in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), only to be sentenced in 1981 to twelve years in prison for &...

00:00

Will Deep State Now Indict Obama for Interference in Egyptian, Israeli, Kenyan, German and British Elections? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The 13 Russian internet trolls have NOTHING on Barack Obama.

On Friday the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities for ID fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud from 2014 through the 2016 elections.

The Russians launched pro-Trump and Pro-Hillary websites and organized pro-Trump and anti-Trump rallies.

The anti-Trump rallies were much more successful.
Its a lot easier to get leftist sheep out to protest than conservatives who work all day.


But these Russians have nothing on Barack Obama.

Obama and Kenya

Barack Obama interfered in the Kenyan Election in 2007 in favor of his radical cousin Raila Odinga.

Obama and Odinga

Some 600 people died in rioting after the election and 250,000 were displaced.

Obama and Israel

Obamas hatred for Netanyahu and the Jewish state are legendary.

The Obama administration...

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Saturday, 17 February

23:11

Judicial Watch Targets Samantha Power in New Lawsuit Against State Department For Docs Related to Unmasking Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Conservative watch dog group Judicial Watch filed a new lawsuit against the State Department Friday requesting records on former UN Ambassador Samantha Power relating to the unmasking scandal.

Samantha Power reportedly unmasked 260 Americans in her last year at the State Department with zero explanation. Why would a UN Ambassador need to unmask hundreds of American citizens?

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State for unmasking and other records tied to Obamas United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power relating to the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-00300)). Unmasking refers generally to the practice of political appointees obtaining the identities of American citizens referenced in intelligence surveillance of foreign nationals.

Judicial Watch sued the State Department after it failed to respond to an October 31, 2017, FOIA request seeking information about Powers unusual unmasking requests, including:

  • All requests for information submitted to any Intelligence Community member agency by former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power concerning, regarding, or relating to the following:

Any actual or suspected effort by the Russian government or any individual acting on behalf of the Russian government to influence or otherwise interfere with the 2016 presidential election. The alleged hacking of computer systems utilized by the Democratic National Committee and/or the C...

23:10

President Trump Responds Via Twitter to Rosensteins Russia Indictment Announcement "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier today President Trump responded via twitter to the indictment announcement by DAG Rod Rosenstein.  President Trump directed attention to a New York Post article and also to the earlier statements by Rob Goldman VP of Facebook Ads. (Tweet Link Continue reading

22:21

Their Tyranny is Coming to an End by Graham Peebles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England February 17, 2018 Under relentless popular pressure the Ethiopian Prime-Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has been forced to resign, other members of the government are expected to follow. In his resignation speech he acknowledged that, unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement []

22:16

WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: THE GREAT GUN CONTROL DEBATE RAGES "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Wayne Allyn Root

There is only one issue in America this week: the mass murder at the Florida high school carried out by Nikolas Cruz. It was shocking. It was tragic. Unfortunately youre also only hearing one side of the argument. This tragic mass murder is all liberals can think about because a gun was used to commit such a heinous act.

Weve heard all week how guns kill, and we need more gun control, and we must ban the specific kind of rifle used in this terrible slaughter. But no one has mentioned that as terrible as it is to see 17 young lives snuffed out on one day, in one placethis same death toll and carnage happens EVERY WEEKEND in Chicago.

The typical Chicago weekend shooting toll is 15 to 20 dead, plus 30 to 50 wounded. I repeat- this happens every weekend. Almost every victim is young- just like those poor high school kids. Almost every victim is black. The city is run 100% by Democrats. It has the strictest gun control laws in the country.

Why arent 17 deaths a weekend more important than 17 deaths in one incident? Why doesnt gun control work in Chicago (or anywhere else)? Why is black genocide happening in a city controlled 100% by Democrats? Doesnt that concern black Democrats? These are questions rarely asked by the liberal mainstream media after a mass shooting.

Have you heard about the massive violent crime wave in the UK? Im betting you havent. It doesnt support the liberal narrative. Keep in mind in the UK guns are banned. Yet UK violent crime is exploding and far surpasses violent crime in America. Knife attacks are up by 40%. Should we ban knives? Should we institute immediate knife control?

In Mayor Sadiq Khans London, robbery was up by 29%, sex crimes up 23%, violent crime up 20%. But worst of all, acid attacks are skyrocketing. The number of victims being sprayed in the face with acid is so prevalent, London police now carry special devices designed for treating acid victims in Middle East war zones. Police admit London is now the GLOBAL CAPITAL for acid attacks. A former Labor Minister admits that there are no go zones all over London and the UK where deliverymen will not enter.

There were 5.3 million violent crimes in the UK and Wales last year. Very few of them needed a gun to destroy lives.

Then theres the issue of FBI incompetence. It turns out Nikolas Cruz was reported to the FBI by a Mississippi bail bondsman last September after Cruz left a comment on YouTube that he was going to be a professional school shooter. It wasnt an anonymous comment. The screen name was Nikolas Cruz. The FBI did nothing. They did manage to follow-up quickly with the bail bondsman after the shooting. Just as in repeated terrorism cases, another major fail for the FBI.

Coin...

22:13

Radical Lefts murderous minds on full display after Florida Valentines Day school shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Left like to flatter their narcissistic selves as tolerant and open-minded. But history shows them to be anything but that. The 20th century is the bloodiest century in human history, thanks to the killing fields of Marxist-Leninist regimes like Continue reading

22:05

Byron York is Misinformed IG Horowitz Has Very Wide Investigative Net "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sometimes people who assemble information make wrong assertions; this is one such time. Unfortunately, Byron Yorks assertion needs a quick deconstruction. In a twitter reply today Mr. York makes a mistake in spreading false information that DOJ Inspector General Michael Continue reading

22:00

The DCCC Would Rather Lose An Election-- So Long As It Can Make Sure Everyone Gets Paid Off "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


If CA-39 is any indication, the perennial losers at the DCCC appear ready to give up on the House. It's not even March and they are organizing their puppets around one of the worst and least electable candidates running for Congress in Orange County.

In the 39th district, which Hillary won by nearly 9% and where local activists forced out 24 year incumbent Ed Royce, the DCCC is rallying around lottery-winning, slumlord Gil Cisneros. Cisneros doesn't live in the district and has no ties to the community, but he is a rich conservative "ex"-Republican-- all that matters when the DCCC prioritizes lining the pockets of its revolving door consultants over winning elections.

By any measure, the 39th should be one of the most winnable seats this cycle. The district is 35% Latino and 30% Asian American. Democrats won the state Senate seat that covers the entire district for the first time in 40 years last cycle. Democrats and Republicans are basically equal in voter registration and the Cook Report rates the seat as "lean Democrat." The key to flip the 39th will be voter turnout, which means actually running a candidate who connects to voters.

None of this matters to the DCCC. While it's hard to imagine there are many more favorable seats across the country, the DCCC is willing to throw away one of the 24 it needs.

Why? Cisneros and his wife have donated nearly $150,000 since 2013 to California Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. One member of the Hispanic Caucus has a family foundation that Cisneros has dona...

21:52

When Will Deep State FBI Indict Jackass Vicente Fox for Meddling in US Election? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Now that we know the FBI is indicting foreign nationals for interfering with US elections by trolling on social media isnt it about time we revisit Vicente Fox?

On Friday the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities for ID fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud from 2014 through the 2016 elections.

The Russians launched pro-Trump and Pro-Hillary websites and organized pro-Trump and anti-Trump rallies.

With that in mind isnt it time to revisit former Mexican President Vicente Fox?

During the 2016 election Vicente Fox campaigned regularly against candidate Trump.

Vicente Fox ridiculed Donald Trump on his secure border policy. Fox said he was not going to pay for his f*cking wall.

Vicente Fox repeated this on the air with Maria Bartiromo in May 2016, I am not going to pay for that f*cking wall! I am not! He should know that and I am not going to apologize.

Vicente Fox said Donald Trump reminded him of Hitler in February 2016.


Vicente Fox flipped off candidate Donald Trump in May 2016.

Vicente Fox called Donald Trump an ugly American and hated Gringo and warned his election would lead to war.

Surely if Deep State is going to indict Russians for a few Facebook ads they will take a close look at Vicente Fox.

Its time to bring Vicente to justice!

The post When Will Deep State FBI Indict Jackass Vicente Fox for Meddling in US Election? appeared first on...

21:32

Another Washington Post Reporter Attacks President Trump Over Hospital Visit to Parkland School Shooting Victims "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Posts hatred of President Donald Trump is on full display this weekend as Post reporters attack Trump over his visit Friday night to Broward Health North Hospital where he and First Lady Melania visited with Parkland school shooting victims, their families and hospital staff. One reporter nastily wrote of Trump that he is a president who cant summon empathy and flees from grief.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania visit Parkland school shooting victim Madeline Wilford and her family, White House photos.

The White House blasted two Post reporters, Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey, earlier Saturday for their attacks on Trump over his hospital visit.

21:29

Director Michael Moore Was Russian Pawn In Anti-Trump Protest At Trump Tower (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

Investigators also found the Russians organized rallies against Trump in New York City and Charlotte. 

According to court documents, At the same time, Defendants and their co-conspirators, through another ORGANIZATION-controlled group, organized a rally in New York City called Trump is NOT my President held on or about November 12, 2016. Similarly, Defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally entitles Charlotte Against Trump in Charlotte, North Carolina, held on or about November 19, 2016.

See footage below of New York City event on November 12, 2016.

Here is NBCs report on the New York City event:

Not My Presidents Day rallies were staged in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and more than two dozen other cities across the nation in a spirited display of defiance against a president who has been in power for just one month.

In Trumps hometown, a huge throng rallied outside the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan, with the crowd blanketing the southwestern corner of Central Park and singing We Shall Overcome.

Many ca...

21:09

Mueller Indictment - The "Russian Influence" Is A Commercial Marketing Scheme "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Yesterday the Justice Department indicted the Russian Internet Research Agency on some dubious legal grounds. It covers thirteen Russian people and three Russian legal entities. The main count of the indictment is an alleged "Conspiracy to Defraud the United States"....

20:26

Trump Will Likely Be Remembered As A Benedict Arnold, Not As A Father Coughlin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




Thursday night I was down in Huntington Beach for a house party for Laura Oatman, the progressive running against Dana Rohrabacher. It was great. Laura and Marianne Williamson tag-teamed and it was amazing. At some point a man had asked Laura if she "had the stomach" for such a tough race. You should have seen the two mama bears in action! "The stomach?"asked Marianne with either incredulity or outrage. "She has a womb!" Laura then said "And this womb produced 5 children in 5 years. Her husband looked a little embarrassed but the statement brought down the roof. Rohrabacher will need one himself before she gets finished with him-- or maybe before Mueller does.

You've probably heard by now that yesterday Mueller started laying the groundwork for the collusion case against the Trump Circus by unveiling the details of a widespread and coordinated campaign by Russians to influence the 2016 election in favor of Seor Trumpanzee, delivering on his initial mandate by the Justice Department. He indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities on charges of defrauding the U.S. government by interfering with the political process.
Prosecutors provided a remarkably detailed picture of how Russians used social media, fake rallies and secretive operatives in the U.S. to create political intensity by backing radical groups, opposition social movements and disaffected voters. The outreach from the Russians included direct contact with over 100 Americans.

This information warfare by the Russians didnt affect the outcome of the presidential election, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told reporters. Trump and his Republican supporters have repeatedly denounced the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt and have denied any collusion. The indictment cites no instances of Russians coordinating directly with the Trump campaign.

Still, the accusations detail unprecedented foreign attempts to influence th...

20:11

Video Resurfaces of Sheriff Serving Ultimate Dose of Reality About Media-Driven Mental Health Crisis After School Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Footage is making the rounds on Twitter of a press conference featuring Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich serving up the ultimate dose of reality to reporters following the September 14th shooting at Freeman High School in Rockford, WA.

The Spokesman-Review reported:

Knezovich opened a news conference Thursday afternoon by offering his condolences to the Freeman community. He quickly shifted gears, however, pointing to a host of catalysts that he said were responsible for the violence.

Where did we go sideways in raising our kids? he said. All of this violence they consume perhaps has caused a major crisis.

Knezovich said guns havent changed over the years, and arent to blame in shootings. He said society is.

You started glorifying cultures of violence. You glorified the gang culture, he said. You glorified games that are actually giving you points for raping and killing people. A gun did not change, we changed.

Knezovichs observations are particularly thought-provoking after alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz shot dead 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this week.

Cruz is a poster child for the mental health crisis facing the U.S.

In a statement released Friday, FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed the bureau failed to escalate a tip it received on January 5th about Cruz.

On Jan. 5, a person close to Florida school shooting suspect contacted FBI tipline and provided info on the suspects gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting, said Wray.

19:57

Mob of 70 Antifa Anarchists Surround ICE Van in Los Angeles (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A mob of approximately 70 anarchists and open borders activists surrounded an Immigration and Customs Enforcement van with two agents inside on Thursday evening in Los Angeles.

The incident took place outside the Metropolitan Detention Center in response to ICE arresting more than 200 illegal aliens throughout the city during a five-day operation.

The mob was organized by the Koreatown Popular Assembly, an anarchist group, who has been operating a 24 hour rapid response hotline to monitor and respond to reports of ICE raids. It is unclear what their planned response entails. 

With over a year of preparation and training the hotline is staffed with around 30 dispatchers who volunteer to do two to three 4-hour shifts a week. In turn the network has trained nearly 100 first responders who are registered based on geographic areas and dispatched with text messages via an open source software platform, a member of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation wrote of the incident on the popular Antifa website Its Going Down.

The assembly reportedly consists of approximately 125 members.

As the group had the van surrounded, the anarchists chanted no more deportations, Trump and Pence must go, and other anti-borders slogans including f-ck ICE.

It is significant that these actions are not the efforts of stand alone activists or NGO directed staff but a result of discussion, debate and decision making by a base of everyday people choosing the priorities based on their immediate reality and needs. The Koreatown Popular Assembly is still small and embryonic but stands out as an example of how radicals can move beyond isolated projects and work to build popular power from below, the communique on IGD continues.

Neither of the two agents who were surrounded by the group were injured.

...

19:31

YouTube Deletes Popular Journalists Video Criticizing the Media Over Falling for 4Chan Florida Shooter Hoax "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

YouTube has removed a video by Tim Pool, a popular and award winning journalist, that criticized the mainstream media for falling for a 4Chan hoax that claimed the Florida school shooter was part of a white nationalist group.

On Thursday afternoon,  the Anti-Defamation League reported that the white supremacist group Republic of Florida (ROF) had claimed the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, as one of their members. Countless news outlets and personalities ran with this story based on their assertion.

It was soon revealed, however, that the report was part of an elaborate 4Chan hoax to feed the media fake news. Still, many outlets continued to report on this story as factual despite denials from law enforcement that he had ties to the group.

Several outlets, including the Associated Press, have had to issue corrections following the widespread false reporting.

In a video commenting about the debacle, Pool asserted that it was a major media failure.

Though Pool was critical of the sloppy mistake, he did concede that m...

19:30

More Californians could ask state to take guns from dangerous individuals under a new bill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

While Im all for a solution to preventing whackos from gunning down people, Im not a fan of a person being deprived of their due process. From Sacramento Bee: Following a school shooting in Florida this week, a California legislator Continue reading

19:07

White House Blasts Washington Post Reporters for Ugly Report of Pres. Trumps Visit With Parkland School Shooting Victims "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania, paid a visit to Broward Health North Hospital in Florida Friday night where he visited with victims of the Parkland school shooting, their families and medical staff. Trumps visit was attacked by the media and Obama administration officials who falsely accused Trump of only being at the hospital for six minutes when he was there for almost 45 minutes. Trump then paid a separate visit to law enforcement officers who responded to the school shooting and captured the killer that lasted about the same time.

President and Mrs. Trump visit Parkland school shooting victim Madeline Wilford and her family, White House photos.

The Washington Post published a nasty hit piece on Trumps visit by Josh Dawsey that was praised on Twitter by the Posts White House bureau chief Philip Rucker who wrote, Very nice @jdawsey1 dispatch on Trump at Florida hospital not as comforter in chief, but as congratulator in chief. Keep reading to the end.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to Rucker on Twitter, Actually @PhilipRucker its not very nice, b...

18:56

Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dandelion Salad with Noam Chomsky teleSUR English on Feb 17, 2018 Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR. Noam Chomsky: Against Humanitarian Intervention teleSUR English on Feb 17, 2018 Noam Chomsky on humanitarian intervention in an interview with teleSUR. Full Interview Special Interview: Noam Chomsky teleSUR English on []

18:22

Hah! Jennifer Lawrence Cracks Joke When Asked if She Would Play Politician: I Could Play Senator Warren as Pocahontas! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Actress Jennifer Lawrence was asked this week which politician she would like to play in a movie. The Oscar-winning actress shot back without hesitation, I could play Senator Warren as Pocahontas.

Even Hollywood liberals know Senator Warren is a fake.

Heres the video

The Hill reported:

Shes played everyone from Hunger Games protagonist Katniss Everdeen, to a jealous wife in American Hustle, to a ballerina-turned-Russian spy in her latest film, but Jennifer Lawrence says her next role could be portraying a real-life potential 2020 contender.

When asked which political character shed want to play, Lawrence told ITK, I could play Sen. [Elizabeth] Warren as Pocahontas.

The quip was an apparent reference to a slur lobbed at the Massachusetts Democrat by President Trump.

The commander in chief has called Warren who claims partial Native American heritage Pocahontas before, most recently at a November event honoring Navajo Code Talkers.

The post Hah! Jennifer Lawrence Cracks Joke When Asked if She Would Play Politician: I Could Play Senator Warren as Pocahontas! appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

18:00

Is A Republican-Lite, Pro-NRA Approach Sometimes Needed For A Democrat? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




Friday morning's post, How Many Pro-NRA Candidates Is The DCCC Trying To Sneak Into Congress This Cycle? Way Too Many, dealt with the Blue Dogs and New Dems from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party who:
back an NRA line
are DCCC darlings.
We dealt with Conor Lamb, whose PA-18 special election is less than a month away: March 13. It's a pretty red district with a PVI of R+11. Trump beat Hillary there by a massive 58.1-38.5%. She under-performed Obama and Trump over-performed Romney. For Lamb to win, he will really need a massive wave and everything going his way. Last week the House Blue Dog coalition formally endorsed him-- just in case anyone had any doubts about where he stood.

As of the December 31 FEC reporting deadline, Lamb had raised $557,551 and had $412,186 on hand and his Republican opponent, state Rep. Rick Saccone had raised $214,675 and had $199,938 on hand. Those figures were largely obliterated as the NRCC and other GOP outside groups spent $2,160,880 attacking Lamb as a Nancy Pelosi clone and another $825,182 bolstering Saccone. The DCCC spent $236,000 on Lamb's behalf. Since those officially reported expenditures, the RNC reports it will spend $1 million on a GOTV operation and Ryan's SuperPAC has invested $1.7 in anti-Lamb ads and has opened 2 field offices in the district. The DCCC ad, up top, is mediocre, unemotional and ineffective. It ran for 2 weeks and ended Feb. 12. As the Republican support for Saccone goes into overdrove, the DCCC seems to have left the field of battle entirely.

The most recent polling-- Feb 14-- by Monmouth tests 3 models, one for low turnout, one for high turnout and one with a surge model (akin to a big blue wave). Saccone wins in all 3 scenarios, but Lamb comes closest in the surge model-- 49-46%, within the poll's margin of error...

17:48

Tom Fitton: Trump Was Victimized, Targeted by FBI, Clinton Campaign, Russian Operatives, Obama Admin and Fusion GPS (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Judicial Watch founder and President Tom Fitton hammered the corrupt Mueller investigation on FOX and Friends Weekend on Saturday morning. Tom blasted the corrupt Obama Justice Department and declared the Trump-Russia collusion investigation over after Fridays sham announcement of the indictment of 13 Russians.

Tom Fitton calls out the corrupt Justice Department on their criminal activity against candidate and President Trump.

Tom Fitton: At the end we have the massive Russia investigation that finds no collusion with the Trump Campaign. I dont understand why we are still talking about a Special Counsel investigating the president in light of this indictment Look those who say the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians are going to have to start providing evidence other than the Clinton-DNC dossier. Look this was in the news this week. We had the Susan Rice memo indicting Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Sally Yates, James Comey and Susan Rice in a conspiracy to get Trump on Russia. You had information that the number four at the Obama Justice Department, Bruce Ohr, hid information on his relationship with the Clinton Campaign cash machine basically Fusion GPS that was collaborating with the Russia to launch dirt or really defamatory dirt against President Trump into the FBI-DOJ apparatus. And now you have this indictment of Russians abroad, an indictment thats never going to see the light of day in short of trial because theyre never going to come here. Its never going to be tried. Were never going to find out whether anything in the indictments true. And what would they rather be talking about? This indictment where they found, despite all the kings horses and all the kings men, not one American colluded with the Russians.

Why isnt this Justice Department looking into the abuse of the FISA process? Look the Russians were trying to make it clear to the Clinton Camp that they had dirt on Trump and they were going to use it against him. And all of that was false. And Trump was victimized and the FBI, rather than trying to protect him, used it as a pretext working with the Clinton campaign to target him under the corrupt Obama administration. Look this indictment shows the Russian scandal is over as far as Trump is concerned....

17:06

Egyptian Church Opens in Memory of 21 Copts Beheaded by ISIS in Libya "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Virginia-area artist Tony Rezk, himself a Copt born in Egypt, paid tribute to the Egyptian martyrs with this beautiful icon.

In February 2015 the Islamic State media released avideo of the slaughter of Egyptian Copts in Libya
Message Signed in Blood to the Nation of the Cross is from the Islamic States Al Hayat Media expect foreign fighter involvement.
isis message blood

In the video ISIS slaughtered 21 Christian Copts in Libya.
The Christians were all wearing orange jumpsuits and were marched out together on a beach.
isis libya copts

They then kneel the men down in a line.
The people of the cross.
people of the cross

At the end of the video the water runs red with blood.
bloody water isis

This week the Egytian Copt community opened a church in memory of the 21 Copts beheaded in Libya.
The Egyptian Independent reported, via Religion of Peace:

The Bishop of Samalut Church in Minya, Anba Befnosios, held Mass prayers on Thursday to mark the opening of al-Shohadaa (Martyrs) Church in al-Our village, which is dedicated to 21 Coptic martyrs killed by the Islamic State (IS) in Libya, 2015.

20 of the Coptic...

16:51

Uma proposta para resolver de vez o problema das armas de fogo nos EUA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Mais uma semana, mais um tiroteio, desta vez em Parkland, na Flrida. Lugar? Uma escola. Nmero de mortos? Dezessete.

Enquanto a histria se repete, trs letrinhas continuam a tornar quase impossvel o controle de armas de fogo nos EUA: NRA, a Associao Nacional do Rifle. Como ento podemos barrar um grupo que j foi considerado a pior fora da poltica (Huffington Post) e provavelmente a mais poderosa organizao de lobby (Washington Post) do pas, cujo ex-presidente, o falecido Charlton Heston, certa vez afirmou que o governo federal s conseguiria tirar as armas de fogo dos membros da NRA se as arrancasse de suas mos frias e mortas?

Bem, tenho uma inusitada proposta para solucionar o problema sem colocar nenhuma vida em risco: e se todos os muulmanos dos EUA entrassem para a NRA? Sim, todos. Cada. Um. Deles.

Imaginem s. H entre trs e sete milhes de muulmanos nos Estados Unidos. A NRA tem apenas cerca de cinco milhes de membros. Uma campanha de associao em massa pelos muulmanos do pas poderia efetivamente dar a eles o controle da organizao.

Conservadores de todos os cantos do pas ficariam estarrecidos. Em poucos dias, o presidente da Cmara, o republicano Paul Ryan, estaria reunindo seus colegas de partido no Congresso para apoiar medidas legislativas emergenciais, tais como verificao universal de antecedentes e tempos de espera mais longos para aquisio de armas. Alguns analistas de direita talvez at comeassem a questionar a prpria Segunda Emenda [ Constituio dos EUA]. Enquanto isso, o presidente Trump provavelmente iniciaria um ataque pelo Twitter aos fracassados da NRA por darem abrigo ao islamismo radical.

Afinal de contas, se os atiradores em Parkland ou Las Vegas fossem muulmanos, algum duvida que esses massacres teriam sido imediatamente enquadrados como atos de terrorismo? Ou que o presidente teria exigido restries de viagem ainda mais amplas e talvez at a criao de campos de concentrao? At mesmo Tom Friedman levantou essa questo no New York Times, depois do ataque em Las Vegas: se [o atirador] Stephen Paddock fosse muulmano, [] se tivssemos uma foto dele posando com o Alcoro em uma mo e um rifle semiautomtico na outra [], cer......

16:33

Hey Muslims, Lets Join the NRA. We Could Help Solve Gun Violence. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Another week, another mass shooting. This time in Parkland, Florida. The location? A high school. The death toll? Seventeen.

Yet three little letters make gun control nearly impossible in the United States: NRA. So how do you stop a group thats been dubbed the the baddest force in politics and arguably the most powerful lobbying organization in the country, and whose former president, the late Charlton Heston, once famously declared that the only way the federal government could succeed in taking firearms away from National Rifle Association members would be to pry them from their cold, dead hands?

Well, I may have an outside-the-box solution that would not require any loss of life: Why dont all of Americas Muslims just join the NRA? Yep, all of them. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.

Think about it. There are anywhere between 3 million and 7 million Muslims in the United States. There are only around 5 million members of the NRA. A mass membership drive by Muslim-Americans could effectively give them control of the organization.

It would also petrify conservatives the length and breadth of the United States. Within days, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan would be lining up his GOP congressional colleagues to back emergency legislative measures, such as universal background checks and longer waiting times on gun purchases. Some right-wing pundits might even start questioning the hallowed Second Amendment itself. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, would probably start tweeting out attacks on the losers at the NRA for cozying up to radical Islam.

After all, had the shooters in Parkland or Las Vegas been Muslim, does anyone really dispute that those massacres would have been instantly labelled acts of terrorism? Or that the president would have demanded a more wide-ranging travel ban and maybe even internment camps, too? As even Tom Friedman argued in the New York Times, after the Las Vegas massacre: If only [shooter] Stephen Paddock had been a Muslim. If only we had a picture of him posing with a Quran in one hand and his semiautomatic rifle in another. Then there would be immediate calls for a commission of inquiry to see what new laws we need to put in p...

16:30

FBI Had Killer Nikolas Cruzs Name From YouTube, Instagram, Facebook Ignored It, Then Said They Could Not ID Him??? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Florida officials including Republican Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi joined local officials again Thursday morning in Parkland, Florida after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

During the Thursday morning briefing the local FBI chief made comments on the 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.

Nicolas Cruz posted this comment on YouTube.

On Thursday morning the local FBI chief Robert F. Lasky responded to reports of the online threat 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 now says 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 stretch 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 FBI lied.

On Friday the FBI admitted...

16:30

Gun control, Chiraq style: Felon accused of killing Chicago police commander "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Chicago has some of the most strict gun control laws in the nation. They also have a major problem with gun violence: In 2017, Chicagos homicides outnumbered US military casualties 18:1. Do tell, you members of the #GunControlNow crowd, how will Continue reading

16:00

Animal Funnies! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Those who have pets know that our companion creatures are individuals, each with their own distinct personalities. A cat in Istanbul, Turkey, calmly squats right in front of a busy escalator outside a subway station in Taksim Square, forcing humans Continue reading

14:48

The Good News about America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Barack Obama:

Whats remarkable is the way nerd is such a badge of honor now. Growing up, Im sure, I wasnt the only kid who read Spider-Man comics and learned how to do the Vulcan salute, but it wasnt like it is today. I think Americas a nerdier country than it was when I was a kid and thats a good thing!

14:47

COMING SOON IN TERRIBLE MAINSTREAM PUNDITRY ON RUSSIA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Robert Mueller's indictment describes quite a plot: Russians making reconnaissance trips to America to refine their understanding of our political system and the ways it's vulnerable to propaganda, the use of fake identities and stolen Social Security numbers, the elevation of every candidate who threatened Hillary Clinton -- Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Jill Stein -- and the online denigration of all of Trump's enemies, the use of fake offline political theater, like the scheme to construct a mock-jail meant to house a fake Hillary Clinton for an event in Florida....

Obviously, we have two problems: We need to determine how much involvement the Trump campaign had with this plot and we need to prevent the Russians from doing this again and succeeding. For now, punditry outside the right-wing media swamp generally acknowledges all this. But terrible mainstream takes are coming, so get ready.

I'm predicting that soon we'll be told by at least one mainstream pundit that the lack of action on the part of the White House should be blamed on Democrats and liberals -- our determination to find Trump administration crimes is making the White House dig in its heels and refuse to act on Russian election sabotage. Because we keep trying to portray Trump as an illegitimate, criminal president, he won't do the right thing. If we'd just stop, he'd be more likely to acknowledge that there's a threat to America and take action. So, really, the lack of action is all our fault!

How soon will we see this take on -- just a hunch -- the New York Times op-ed page? I give it a week, tops.

14:26

Portsmouth in Gray "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Spent some time Friday afternoon exploring Portsmouth, New Hampshire on an iron gray winter afternoon. St. John's Episcopal Church, 1807, viewed from my parking spot.

Crypts in the cemetery wall.



Street views.

14:10

Jess King Becomes the Second Congressional Candidate Nationwide Whose Campaign Workers Have Unionized "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryces campaign workers shocked the political world when they became the first congressional campaign to announce that they had unionized. The candidate went even further, saying he would welcome not only his campaign staff unionizing, but would back congressional staff doing so as well.

The organizing drive was led by the Campaign Workers Guild, a group of former campaign workers who are working with campaigns nationwide.

Now, a second congressional campaign has announced that it, too, unionized.

That campaign is Jess Kings in the 16th District of Pennsylvania. Shes one of four Democrats who are competing in a May 2018 primary, the subject of a recent Intercept article on Democratic primaries between progressive and centrist Democrats. King startled longtime Pennsylvania politicos by relying on small-dollars to out-fundraise her opponent in the final quarter of 2017.

Were thrilled to see organizers across the country responding to our call for unionization, said Meg Reilly, a spokesperson for the Campaign Workers Guild told The Intercept in a statement. For too long, electoral campaigns talked the talk when it came to treating workers with respect, but failed to do right by their own staff. Were proud to see candidates like Randy Bryce and Jess King buck that trend, and stand up for fair and safe working conditions for all organizers.

King is in Washington for a candidate event hosted by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which works to boost candidates outside of the establishment sphere.

Candidates and campaigns preach progressive values, but it can be hard to live those values in our work when campaigns are so short term and uncertain, said Julia Eddy, fundraising and finance associate for the King campaign. This union allows us to have the same guarantees as other union workers even in an unorthodox working environment. Im especially proud of the focus this union has on sexual harassment policies and protecting workers from both harassment and retaliation.

King told The Intercept in an interview that she was encouraged by her staff organizing.

I thought it was cool, she said. These are the principles we fight for in terms of policies. Why shouldnt we live it out?

Like Bryce, King also said she would agree with efforts by congressional staff to unionize....

13:30

As predicted: Seattle panel closing in on plan to fund homeless aid with head tax "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In January I told you how the City of Seattle, which has a major homelessness problem, created a 75-person task force to solve that problem. From my post: The mission of the task force remains fuzzy with a stated Continue reading

13:00

Amid a Record Homicide Rate, Baltimore Called a Ceasefire and It Worked. But How Can It Last? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Tubman House farm coordinator Ausar Amen, checks in on the chickens housed at the group's lot 2 farm space on February 03, 2018.

12:01

Bonus Intercepted Podcast: The Laundering of American Empire "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Trump presidency is itself a provocation. Trump is a billionaire, a reality TV star, a congenital liar who is seemingly addicted to a social media app which he uses to live-tweet his responses to a morning television show. The public is often bombarded with the phenomenon of his inner thoughts being pushed to mobile devices, not only by Twitter, but by pretty much every news outlet on the planet. And with good reason. He controls an arsenal of nuclear weapons, authorizes covert action, and has vast surveillance capacities at his fingertips. Trump also brought with him to Washington a team of radical ideologues and outsiders people like Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka. His attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has a long history of racism, including according to his former associates using the N-word and joking about joining the Ku Klux Klan.

Trump has given encouragement to white supremacists and neo-Nazis, at times through his public statements and, at others, by what he doesnt say. And Trump is the master of the dog whistle. See, for example, Trump saying there are good people on both sides in the aftermath of the horrible white supremacist violence in Charlotte. Or how Trump and his acolytes constantly talk about violence in Chicago as a substitute for the racist perspective they only want thinly veiled. He calls black athletes sons of bitches, says the mass shooter in Las Vegas was probably smart and constantly portrays undocumented immigrants as a collective group of gang members, rapists, and murderers.

There is no doubt that the way Trump talks and tweets, the people he has chosen to surround himself with, and the policies he has announced or implemented are all evidence that this is a dangerous administration. But how dangerous relative to past U.S. presidents? If you talk to many Democrats on Capitol Hill, Trump is the most dangerous president in U.S. history. He has also given rise to a new alliance of discredited, hawkish neocons and MSNBC hosts and analysts. Former directors of the CIA, NSA, and DNI have all clamored to condemn him and assure the public that these heroic spy agencies are protecting the country from the madman inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

But is he the most dangerous president ever? Is he really so outside the norm of the policies of his predecessors? The short answer, when it comes to substance and policy, is: not yet. Harry Truman dropped not one, but two nuclear bombs. Multiple presidents continued the war on Vietnam, killing tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers and more than a million Vietnamese. Have we forgotten the secret bombings of Cambodia and Laos, the CIA Phoenix Program, and the widespread use of Agent Orange? The dirty wars in Central America? The global assa...

08:10

How UK Spies Hacked a European Ally and Got Away With It "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The building of the European Parliament (EP) as seen from Rue Lucien Febvre Street in the city of Strasbourg.

07:00

A interveno militar no Rio de Janeiro apenas um show para a televiso "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Michel Temer assina decreto de interveno federal no Estado do Rio.

06:59

Hilarious! Rush Limbaugh Rips Rosenstein During Presser: This Is Absolutely Unreal Theres Nothing Here! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities for ID fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.

In todays nothing burge Mueller discovered that a Trump volunteer unwittingly provided Trump signs to a Russian posing as a grassroots activist.

This is all they got.
There never was Trump-Russian collusion so now theyre just making stuff up.

Rush Limbaugh ripped Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during his live performance explaining the nothing burger after the charges were announced.

This was hilarious!

ROSENSTEIN: The indictment includes eight criminal counts. Count 1 alleges a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States by all of defendants. The defendants allegedly conspired to defraud America by impairing the lawful functions of the American Election Commission, the United States Department of Justice and the Department of State. Those organizations of the U.S. government are responsible for administering federal requirements for disclosure of foreign involvement in certain domestic activities. Count 2 charges conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud by Internet research agency and two of the individual defendants. And Counts 3 through 8, charge aggravated identity theft by Internet Research Agency and four individuals. Now there is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity.

RUSH: Oh no!

ROSENSTEIN: There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered in the 2016.

RUSH: Again! Again theyre telling us!

ROSENSTEIN: Everyone charged with the crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court. At trial, prosecutors must introduce credible evidence that is sufficient to prove each defendant guilty beyond any reasonable doubt to a unanimous jury. The special counsels investigation is ongoing. There will be no comments from the special counsel at this time.

RUSH: Obviously, because theres nothing here.

ROSENSTEIN: This indictment serves as a reminder

RUSH: Of nothing!

ROSENSTEIN: that people are not always appear to be on the Internet. The indictment allegations that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United...

06:20

February 17th 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #394 "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 17th 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

06:01

Oops "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A gathering of rich oil Arabs pledged $30 billion this week at a meeting in Kuwait to start rebuilding war-shattered Iraq.  Sounds nice but these kinds of conclaves are notorious for offering big but delivering little.

The event was billed as helping Iraq repair war damage caused by ISIS.  In fact, most of the damage from that short-lived conflict was caused by US bombing and a few Russian air strikes.   ISIS, as this column has long been crying in the wilderness, was largely a paper tiger confected by the US, Britain and France to justify their military re-entry into Syria.

Iraqs government says it needs at least $88 billion to rebuild war damage.  What the US-imposed client regime in Baghdad wont or cant say is that the damage to Iraq is far greater than $88 billion and was largely inflicted by US air power in 1990-1991 and 2003.

Iraq was ravaged, as I saw myself while covering the wars.  This small nation of 23-25 million souls, a third of whom were in permanent revolt against the Baghdad government, was pounded into rubble by US air power and cruise missiles.  First in 1990-1991, then in 2003, everything of value was blown to bits:  hospitals, schools, food factories, chemical plants making insecticide, bridges, and communications.  In short, all the attributes of a modern state.

Most shocking to me, was the destruction of Iraqs water and sewage treatment plants by US air strikes.

Their destruction resulted in epidemics of cholera and other water-born diseases.  Children were the primary victims.  The UN asserted that over 550,000 Iraqi children died as a result of contaminated water.  US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright later notoriously asserted that these deaths were a price worth paying.  I call them a war crime.

In 2003, 900,000 US-directed troops massed in Kuwait, invaded Iraq to finish off, it was claimed, the work that the first president Bush failed to achieve, the overthrow and lynching of Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein.  If Saddam had any nuclear or broad-area biological weapons, the invaders buildup in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia would have been a dream target.

But Saddam Hussein had no nuclear weapons, contrary to US and British claims.  I discovered in Baghdad a group of British scientific technicians who had been sent by the UK Ministry of Defense to build outlawed biological weapons at Salman Pak.  These included deadly anthrax and Q-fever but only for use against Iran if a second Iraq-Iran War erupted.

It is now widely accepted that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction pointed at the West, as George Bush and Tony Blair incessantly claimed.  But this was the excuse for going to war against Iraq and destroying it.  When no such weapons were found, the story from Washington and London was changed to oops, it was an intell...

06:00

Will Missouri Have The Worst Senate Race Of 2018? It Just Took Another Step In That Direction "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




On Thursday the Senate Majority Super-PAC, which is controlled by Schumer released 2 videos essentially the same, one for Indiana conservative Joe Donnelly and one for Missouri conservative Claire McCaskill (above). The message of the 2 ads is that the GOP tax scam that both voted against gives 83% of the benefits to the richest one percent of the population while adding $1.5 trillion to the national debt. And the Republicans plan to pay for it by cutting Medicare. Strong messaging-- but these two will need strong messaging in these two red states. Each state has a daunting a PVI of R+9. Trump beat Hillary 1,557,286 (56.8%) to 1,033,126 (37.9%). She only managed to win 4 of Indiana's 92 counties. Indiana was ready for change, not for Hillary's status quo message. In the primaries Bernie had beaten her 335,256 (52.5%) to 303,382 (47.5%)-- even though Wasserman Schultz had fixed the results so that Hillary walked away with a majority of the delegates. In Monroe County (Bloomington) Bernie didn't just beat Hillary 15,166 to 8,063, he beat Trump, Cruz and Kasich combined (14,447).

Missouri was very much the same story as indiana in November. Trump beat Hillary 1,594,511 (56.8%) to 1,071,068 (38.1%), Hillary winning just 4 of the state's 114 counties. Bernie and Hillary each got just over 49% in the primary, but, again, Wasserman Schulz had rigged the primary so that Bernie got just 34 delegates to Hillary's 47.

Last time McCaskill faced Missouri's voters was in 2012. She lucked out when the GOP ran bizarre sociopath Todd Akin, too much to swallow even for a red state like Missouri. After Akin's self-inflicted wounds about "legitimate rape" followed by him comparing McCaskill to a dog, she beat him 1,484,683 (54.8%) to 1,063,698 (39.1%) on the same day Romney was beating Obama 1,482,440 (53.8%) to 1,223,796 (44.4%). This year McCaskill isn't running against a verifiably insane Republican. The Republicans are running state Attorney General Josh Hawley. In the last half dozen polls, he's run ahead of her in 5 and she beat him-- by one point-- in the 6th. He's no Akin, although Republicans can't quite stay away from their party's war against women. In December he said that the sexual liberation of the 1960s had mitigated the social stigma for sex outside of marriage, which...

05:21

TRUMP CURSE=> Skier Lindsey Vonn Fails to Medal in Her First Olympic Event in 8 Years After Trashing Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Trump curse hit leftie skier Lindsey Vonn yet again after she previously trashed the President.

During an interview with CNN in December, Vonn said she does not compete for the president. When asked how it will feel competing at the Olympic games for the United States whose president is Donald Trump? Vonn responded with this:

Lindsey Vonn: Um, well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president.

Vonn was then asked if she would accept an invitation to the White House if she wins gold, she said,

Lindsey Vonn: Absolutely not. But you have to win to be invited.

Lindsey Vonn then promptly injured her back during a World Cup competition, finishing in 24th place.

Now this

Sports Illustrated reported, In her first Olympic event in eight years, Lindsey Vonn fails to medal in the Super-G

OUCH. The Trump curse hit Lindsey Vonn hard.

05:01

Chappaquiddick: Power, Privilege, and a Criminal Cover-Up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There have been 13 books written about Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick incident of 1969. These support some eight theories as to what may have occurred that night, including the possibility that  Kennedy told the truth. There seems little point publishing yet another unless it truly solves the mystery. This one does.

Bill Pinney, a life-long Chappaquiddick resident and former investigative reporter, introduces the first new witness who has stepped forward in almost 50 years. The accident is then analyzed scientifically by a renowned physicist and police consultant to determine whether the extraordinary premise implied by the witness sighting is true, or false. The book includes a treasure-trove of never-before-published accident scene photos which are at odds with the official diagrams and testimony presented at the Kopechene exhumation hearing and inquest. These photographs turn every previous theory on its head, except one.

The final conclusion is inescapable, irrefutable, explosive and implicates not just Edward Kennedy but several guests at the party of gross criminal misconduct Chappaquiddick Speaks is loaded with new evidence, exclusive interviews and good science. The intelligent reader will find it not only a game changer for the Chappaquiddick narrative, but also relevant to our present political climate. This book is clear, compelling, and often eloquent. Bill Pinney presents a rational case, with massive amounts of evidence, in support of a little-known theory of what happened on Chappaquiddick on July 18, 1969. The books carefully researched technical detail, excellent graphics, and lucid organization make it all the more persuasive, as does its willingness to provide both arguments and counterarguments for all theoriesincluding its own.

You will not find a more credible examination of what happened on that night.Ed Weathers, former Senior Editor, The New York Times Magazine Group Dr. Rod Cross of the University of Sydney did a yeomans job on the physics, meticulously examining the available evidence and reconstructing plausible dynamical arguments for every physical aspect of the tragic accident.Edw. S. Ginsberg, Department of Physics, UMass, Boston As foreman of the Dukes County Grand Jury on Marthas Vineyard at the time of the accident, I have read most of the books and am well acquainted with every theory. I am familiar with the people involved. I have also experienced first hand the cover up that ensued. Kennedys account was implausible, and his actions perhaps criminal. Mr. Pinney has done an admirable job researching all the evidence. His connection with Chappaquiddick has enabled him to uncover new evidence, and he has...

Ry Cooder "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I must confess, I discovered Ry Cooder late. Better late than never.

I recall exactly where I was: a movie theater in Durham, North Carolina. It was 1978. I had just watched Jack Nicholson in a piece of fluff: Goin South. The movie closed with a panoramic scene of a desert. Then a song started. It had nothing to do with the closing scene. I could not believe my ears.

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Civic Anarchism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Secession you cant see it, you cant smell it, you cant touch it. But when its there, strange stuff happens: Huge numbers of police in combat gear appear out of nowhere, driving camouflaged armored vehicles, making you wonder where all the equipment is coming from, sirens howl, shrill bullhorns scream commands, whole streets, especially around school buildings, are sealed off, tear gas and rubber bullets are shot. Only theres no opponent there at all. Eerie.

Due to there being no opponents, the combat troops come down hard on peaceful people who are congregating at these school buildings for a harmless vote, yell at them, drag them away and beat them up. And this despite the fact that the object of the vote is anything but aggressive or harmful. Moreover, it is impossible to avoid the eerie impression that the more the voters withdraw, the harder the police strike out; the further the voters move away, the more forcefully they draw the police after them; and the police become most brutal when the people want only one thing, namely to be left alone. When, that is to say, they behave in such a way that they cant possibly collide with the armed troops or only if these troops and their commanders claim a right not to leave the people alone, to disturb them, to oppress them, to subjugate them and to impose their will on them.

Now, of course, as every child knows, no one has the right to disturb, harass, subjugate or impose their will on others. Which is why the violent police and their state employers invent mysterious reasons why people who want to be left alone are in the wrong, and why they, who want to subjugate them, are in the right. Its not by chance that the word law or rights comes up repeatedly in these arguments. For example, its said that the constitutional legal system only permits secession if the constitutional state in question allows for this. So-called constitutional lawyers and also international law practitioners explain with professional self-importance that only states can be subjects of international law, i.e. it is up to them alone to determine whether someone has the right to split off and organise themselves elsewhere. If someone does this without the states blessing, they infringe rights. However, the fact that these rights are enacted by none other than the states themselves makes this more like a grim joke.

Real rights, however, are to be found on the side of secession. Not because theres anything like a solemnly conferred positive right to secession, but rather, put much more simply and negatively: because secession doesnt hurt anyone, doesnt harass anyone, doesnt subjugate anyone and doesnt impose its will on anyone, so theres no justification whatsoever for accusing it of infringing rights. Secession is right because it doesnt commit any injustice.

And so it cannot be an injustic...

Bill Kristol Is Not Yet Out "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ive just been reading on Breitbart a tirade against Bill Kristol, which features a comparison between this supposedly falling neocon star and the authors friend Tony, who landed in jail after stabbing his ex-wifes lover.  Just like Tony, who unsuccessfully tried to attract his divorced wifes attention, Bill, we are told, is going nuts in expressing his contempt for Donald Trump.  But like Tony, who in a fit of frustration destroyed his own life, Bill may be self-destructing as he disses a transformed conservative establishment.

Im not sure that this labored comparison works since Ive no idea what the equivalent is in Bills case to Tony being sent to jail.  Anyhow Ive seen other more forceful recent attacks on Kristol from Trump-supporters and even vanilla conservatives, and while I fully share their distaste for their target, I doubt that any of them is entirely correct.  If my own understanding of the conservative movement is accurate, then Kristols critics assume a degree of flexibility in their movement thats not really there.  The current conservative movement came to be what it is because of those interests that shaped it.  Its donor base is made up noticeably of supporters of weapon procurement and foreign policy hawks.  These benefactors are very much in line with Kristols Weekly Standard and the Washington Free Beacon, run by Bills son-in-law, Matthew Continetti.  Paul Singer, Rupert Murdoch, Sheldon Adelson, and other backers of neoconservative enterprises and Washington conservative think-tanks are unlikely to abandon Bill Kristol simply because hes taken whacks at The Donald, whom most of these donors also hate or barely tolerate.  Nor has Kristol broken all ties to his old associates.  He never followed George Wills lead in dissociating himself from the Republican Party.  Indeed, he remains a registered Republican and is still something of a #NeverTrump conservative.

Moreover, the conservative movement, at least since the end of the Cold War, has excommunicated right-wing dissenters but never to my knowledge those who have leaned too far toward the left.  During the Cold War, expulsions took place because of insufficient belligerence toward the Soviet Union, as in the case of my deceased friend Murray Rothbard, but only rarely because conservative publicists were deemed too far to the right.  But since the 1980s, expulsions have occurred because the excommunicated were considered right-wing nuisances.  As Jonah Goldberg points out...

More Horrific Killings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

And so it beginsanother shooting, another school, another student with a grudge and a gun, another body count and another 72 hours of MSM 24/7 Redundant Coverage featuring the same cast of media, political, social media and law enforcement experts showcased on the Evening News with the tears of relatives and near-victims, sotto voice anchor interviews of how do you feel? and what was it like?, surrounded by non-stop re-runs of every cell phone vid available providing it shows at least a whif of the Horror From Within.

Once the essential Who, What, Where and When facts are announced (49 seconds, tops), more bloviating follows in the form of conjecture, idealistic rhetoric and hypotheticals mixed with predictable mis- and disinformation intended to fortify a political agenda. Out come the Same Old Same Old solutions that either violate the Constitution or other (HIPPA) laws or cost incalculable amounts of unavailable revenue and political will.

Eventually, the tragedy tails out in a cloud of Whys and If Onlys until the next time.

Rinse. Repeat. The script writes itself.

The Missing Link Pragmatic Answers remain hidden. The only tangible results are in the heart-breaking frustration of the survivors and snarky political points scored by the Usual Suspects who come out their holes to claim a few minutes of Fame.

After 50 years toiling in The Business, covering the violence of civil rights demonstrations, anti-war riots, suicides and a panalopy of murders and mayhem, the only significant change in coverage has been method and tone. The speed of new technology hasnt added a wit (or half-wit) of fact-based curiosity to Network News departments unless its Trump-Russian. Individual reporters who have the elusive Investigative gene are rare and generally kept in strict isolation until needed.

Against this background, it was whiplash-startling today to witness a rare Live, on-camera revelation of the Missing Link! But first, see if you can spot it hiding in plain sight while studiously ignored by the integrity-challenged management of the Fourth Estate.

Consider the following history:

Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebolds medical records have never been made available to the public.

  • Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfathers girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.
  • Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on...

The Motives "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Enough is enough! This cant go on! This has to stop!

These were among the comments that came through the blizzard of commentary after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. We have heard these words before.

Unfortunately, such atrocities are not going to stop. For the ingredients that produce such slaughters are present and abundant in American society.

And what can stop a man full of hate, who has ceased to care about his life and is willing to end it, from getting a weapon in a country of 300 million guns and killing as many as he can in a public place before the police arrive?

An act of absolute pure evil, said Gov. Rick Scott, of the atrocity that took 17 lives and left a dozen more wounded. And evil is the right word.

While this massacre may be a product of mental illness, it is surely a product of moral depravity. For this was premeditated and plotted, done in copycat style to the mass killings to which this country has become all too accustomed.

Nikolas Cruz thought this through. He knew it was Valentines Day. He brought his fully loaded AR-15 with extra magazines and smoke grenades to the school that had expelled him. He set off a fire alarm, knowing it would bring students rushing into crowded halls where they would be easy to kill. He then escaped by mixing in with fleeing students.

The first ingredient then was an icy indifference toward human life and a willingness to slaughter former fellow students to deliver payback for whatever it was Cruz believed had been done to him at Douglas High.

In his case, the conscience was dead, or was buried beneath hatred, rage or resentment at those succeeding where he had failed. He had been rejected, cast aside, expelled. This would be his revenge, and it would be something for Douglas High and the nation to see and never forget.

Indeed, it seems a common denominator of the atrocities to which we have been witness in recent years is that the perpetrators are nobodies who wish to die as somebodies.

If a sense of grievance against those perceived to have injured them is the goad that drives misfits like Cruz to mass murder, the magnet that draws them to it is infamy. Infamy is their shortcut to immortality.

From the killings in Columbine to Dylan Roofs murder of black parishioners at the Charleston Church, from the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando to the slaughter of first-graders in Newtown, to Las Vegas last October where Stephen Paddock, firing from an upper floor of the Mandalay Bay, shot dead 58 people and wounded hundreds at a country music festival these atrocities enter the social and cultural history of the nation. And those who carry the...

A New York Times Fairy Tale "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Frank Bruni, columnist for the New York Times, is outraged outraged! that people are comparing Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, to Ivanka Trump, the daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump. Both women are part of their respective governmental delegations to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. In his NYT column yesterday, Bruni expressed outrage that people would make such a comparison and, even worse, that they would actually compare North Korea and the United States. He believes that while North Korea is rotten to the core, America, under Trump, is only in a rotten moment.

Notice how Bruni conflates the government and the country in both North Korea and the United States. Like many North Koreans, who themselves are the victims of a state educational system, Bruni is obviously mentally unable to separate out the two entities. In his mind, the government and the country are one and the same, which leads him to conclude that North Korea is rotten the core while America is only experiencing a rotten moment.

That mindset obvious inures to the benefit of the U.S. government. If North Korea is rotten to the core, then its no big deal to kill everyone in North Korea should war break out there. Theyre all commies. Theyre all Reds. Theyre all gooks. Carpet-bomb every town and city, like the U.S. government did in the Korean War. Inflict nuclear fire and fury over the entire nation. No American would need to be concerned because the whole country, including everyone in it, is rotten to the core.

The conflation mindset inures to the government in another way. If an American citizen criticizes or condemns actions of the U.S. government, that demonstrates that he hates America, given that the government and the country are supposedly one and the same. At the risk of belaboring the obvious, that is also the mindset that the North Korean government has with respect to criticism of the North Korean government by North Korea citizens.

Bruni indignantly writes that the United States is nothing like North Korea and to come anywhere near that suggestion is nuts.

Really? Nothing like North Korea?

What about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other welfare-state programs by which the U.S. government takes care of people? Isnt that the essence of North Koreas socialist economic system? Sure, there is no question that North Korea has a more complete welfare state than the United States has but isnt that simply a difference in degree rather than principle? Isnt the overall philosophy of North Koreas soc...

Why Dont Schools Have Better Security? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Whenever there is a mass shooting in the media, commentators rush to figure out on what to blame the latest violence. Predictably, those who want gun control blame gun control. Others blame mental illness and perhaps a lack of government programs related to it. Some others blame racism or ideology, as was the case with the Aurora theater shooting when one ABC talking head concluded the shooter must a Tea Party member within hours of the shooting. And then theres the Republican politician who blamed the same shooting on the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.

The odds of dying in a mass shooting remain amazingly small, as Healthline notes The lifetime risk of dying in a mass shooting is around 1 in 110,154 about the same chance of dying from a dog attack or legal execution.

Nevertheless, the need to create a theory showing exactly what causes these shootings remains strong in many observers. Often, these theories are followed up with some demand for a change in public policy, whether it be gun control, more health care spending, or changes in education and social policy.

What all of the strategies have in common, however, is that they depend on very indirect solutions related to social engineering while ignoring the most proximate cause of the tragedies in question.

Those who think they can abolish school shootings with gun control, for example, must also then ensure that weapons cannot be attained by illegal means, and that potential murderers will not accomplish the same ends by using other improvised weapons.

Similarly, those who think that addressing mental illness must also assume that all potential perpetrators will receive treatment.

Even more fanciful is the idea that the FBI and other police agencies can be counted on to competently profile, and observe every potential shooter. The FBIs record in this regard is rather sub-par, to say the least.

Moreover, these policies can take years to be implemented, and also require extremely broad, hard-to-enforce changes in policy. These policies also bring with them considerable downsides to the public at large in terms of financial costs and in civil liberties. Expanding FBI power to impose surveillance on every weirdo in America comes at a cost. Banning weapons and then enforcing that ban comes at immense cost as well.

In practice, the most practical strategy...

3 Crazy Things "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

How can central banks retrain participants while maintaining their extreme policies of stimulus?

Human habituate very easily to new circumstances, even extreme ones. What we accept as normal now may have been considered bizarre, extreme or unstable a few short years ago.

Three economic examples come to mind:

1. Near-zero interest rates. If someone had announced to a room of economists and financial journalists in 2006 that interest rates would be near-zero for the foreseeable future, few would have considered it possible or healthy. Yet now the Federal Reserve and other central banks have kept interest rates/bond yields near-zero for almost nine years.

The Fed has raised rates a mere .75% in three cautious baby-steps, clearly fearful of collapsing the recovery.

What would happen if mortgages returned to their previously normal level around 7% from the current 4%? What would happen to auto sales if people with average credit had to pay more than 0% or 1% for a auto loan?

Those in charge of setting rates and yields are clearly fearful that normalized interest rates would kill the recovery and the stock bubble.

2. Massive money-creation hasnt generated inflation. In classic economics, massive money-printing (injecting trillions of dollars, yuan, yen and euros into the financial system) would be expected to spark inflation.

As many of us have observed, official inflation of less than 2% does not align with real-world inflation in big-ticket items such as rent, healthcare and college tuition/fees. A more realistic inflation rate is 7%-8% annually, especially in the higher-cost regions of the US.

But setting that aside, there is a puzzling asymmetry between low official inflation and the unprecedented expansion of money supply, debt and monetary stimulus (credit and liquidity). To date, most of this new money appears to be inflating assets rather than the real world. But can this asymmetry continue for another 9 years?

3. Stock markets are soaring but sales and profits are stagnant. Everyone knows central banks are still pumping billions of dollars per month into the financial system, and this (coupled with central bank purchases of stocks and bonds) has been pushing stocks sharply higher for the past 9 years, with only a few hiccups along the way.

This is pushing valuations out of alignment with traditional metrics of valuing assets such as sales and profitsa process known as price discovery. In essence, traders and investors have habituated to central banks driving private-sector markets higher, not because the assets are generating more value or profits. but simply as a function of centralized money creation and asset purchases....

Do You Have Food Sensitivity? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Common food intolerances and sensitivities include gluten, dairy, nuts, wheat, fish, and shellfish. But there is a group of food that can trigger joint pain, gas, bloating, stomach cramping, and other digestive problems that you may not be aware of.

Nightshade foodsalso known as Solanaceaeinclude peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and paprika. These foods are high in nutrients and are a good part of a balanced, nutritious diet. But for some, consuming these foods can lead to nasty side effects.

Because nightshade foods are typically considered healthy, many of us dont point to them as the culprit of our digestive distress. But if you have a food sensitivity to this group of foods, then they could be the real cause of your digestive problems.

Nightshade foods have been linked to inflammation, arthritis, and diabetes. This is because these foods contain alkaloids, which have nitrogen in them. Alkaloids work as a natural pest repellant so that insects dont consume the food while they grow in nature. Unfortunately, what protects the plant can be harsh on our digestive systems.

Some studies have linked the consumption of nightshades to leaky gut syndrome, worsening of arthritic conditions, and allergic reactions like itching, swelling, and hives.

Signs you have a sensitivity to nightshade foods

How can you tell if you have a food sensitivity to nightshades? If you experience the following symptoms following the consumption of nightshade foods, then it may signal a sensitivity. Those symptoms include:

  • Irritable bowels
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Nerve problems
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Swollen joints
  • Acid reflux
  • Itching
  • Leaky gut
  • Autoimmunity or chronic conditions
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling mouth (rare, but very serious)

If you are unsure if nightshade foods are triggering these symptoms, it is recommended that you first eliminate them altogether for at least 30 days before slowly integrating them back into your diet. This way, you can monitor your consumption and document your reaction. If symptoms reappear after integrating these foods back into your diet, thats an indication that youre sensitive to them.

The severity of the symptoms you experience along with other health conditions you may already have will help determine how long you need to avoid nightshades for or how much of them you...

He Doesnt Deserve the Medias Efforts at Rehabilitation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results, former President George W. Bush declared in a presumably well-paid speech last week in the United Arab Emirates, a notorious Arab dictatorship. Bush is being exalted as if he is the second coming of George Washington thanks to his implied slams against the Trump administration. But Bushs actions during his eight-year reign did far more to ravage democracy at home and abroad than most people realize.

Thanks to gushing media coverage, Bush is enjoying one of the greatest comebacks in modern American history. In the summer of 2008, only 22 percent of Americans approved of Bush and 41 percent said he was the worst president ever. Last month, a poll showed that 61 percent of Americans now approve of Bush, and his support among Democrats quintupled, from 11 percent in early 2009 to 54 percent now. If Americans want to understand current political challenges, they need to recall Bushs forgotten debacles.

Speaking in New York in October, Bush called for a new, 21st century American consensus on behalf of democratic freedom and free markets. But when he was president, Bushs policies assumed that spreading democracy gave him a license to kill.

Shortly before he invaded Iraq in 2003, Bush assured a Washington think tank:

The nation of Iraq with its proud heritage, abundant resources and skilled and educated people is fully capable of moving toward democracy and living in freedom.

Though he invoked democracy to justify the war, U.S. mili...

Underwater Supervolcano Could Erupt Without Warning "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A submerged volcano off the coast of Japan that erupted 7,300 years ago could be preparing to make a comeback.

Scientists have discovered evidence of a giant dome of lava in the Kikai volcanos collapsed magma chamber.

They believe it contains about 32 cubic km (7.68 cubic miles) of magma, and distortions on its surface suggest the dome is growing.

Currently the dome is around  6.2 miles (10 kilometers) wide and 1,968 feet (600 meters) tall.

Scientists say an eruption could take place without warning, and if it does, it could kill as many as 100 million people and trigger a volcanic winter.

The study, conducted by researchers with the Kobe Ocean-Bottom Exploration Center (KOBEC) at Kobe University, confirmed that the giant lava dome was created after a caldera-forming supereruption 7,300 years ago.

That eruption is thought to have wiped out the prehistoric Jomon civilisation in southern Japan.

If the new lava dome erupts, it could eject huge amounts of debris into the atmosphere, potentially blocking out the sun for some areas to trigger a volcanic winter.

It could also cause tsunami that would hit southern Japan and the coasts of Taiwan and China, before striking the coasts of North and South America.

The paper says such supereruptions are rare but extremely hazardous events, and also have severe global impacts such as volcanic winter.

A relief image map of Kikai Caldera. Inner and outer caldera rims are shown by solid lines. Magma movement (yellow) can be seen in this image along the caldera's rim. Dredge (yellow diamond), ROV diving (blue diamonds), and scuba diving (yellow triangles) points where researchers conducted their studies are shown

A relief image map of Kikai Caldera. Inner and outer caldera rims are shown by solid lines. Magma movement (yellow) can be seen in this image along the calderas rim. Dredge (yellow diamond), ROV diving (blue diamonds), and scuba diving (yellow triangles) points where researchers conducted their studies are shown...

05:00

Obama Officials Attack Pres. Trump Over Hospital Visit to Parkland School Shooting Victims; Falsely Claim POTUS Only Spent Six Minutes With Victims "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

How low will Democrats and the media go to undermine President Donald Trump? A new low was set Friday night with their Lying about how much time Trump spent visiting victims of the Parkland school shooting. Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania, spent over thirty minutes at the hospital but was falsely accused of breezing in and out in just six minutes.

Photo of visit posted by CBS News reporter Mark Knoller:

Andrew Weinstein, whose Twitter bio reads, Chair @TheDemocrats Lawyers Council. @ObamaWhiteHouse appointee. @HolocaustMuseum Council member. Trial Lawyer. Music & Hockey Fan, posted Friday night, Donald Trump spent a total of 6 minutes with the shooting victims.

(UPDATE: Weinstein deleted the tweet shortly after the publication of this TGP article and posted a replacement:

End update.)

Weinstein was keying off a tweet by NY Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman of the pool report from Trumps visit to Broward Health North Hospital.

Current Obama worker Paulette Aniskoff, whose Twitter bio reads, Mom. Optimist. Organizer. Founder of Citizen 44. Obama White House & 08 campaign alum,&#822...

03:56

WHOOPS: AP Admits They Ran #FakeNews About Nicholas Cruz Being White Nationalist, Issue Strange Semi-Retraction "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The MSM was so turned on when they thought school-shooter and garbage-person Nicholas Cruz was also part of a fringe white nationalist group in Flordia. Unfortunately for them, this was fake news given to them by a random 4Chan troll. Just hours after this false report came out, Tallahassee law enforcement said they have not found any ties between Cruz and the group, the connection was absolutely made up. Frustrated, the MSM immediately apologized to the public for printing the fake news and issued a retraction kept the story up for over 35 hours to guarantee that the fake story got as much traction as it possibly could: and it did.

Well, after the AP, ADL, and a handful of others realized that their fake news had run its cycle and was believed by millions of Americans, the AP sheepishly took to Twitter to say we were lied to.

White nationalist appears to have lied to the AP, other news outlets when he claimed that Florida school-shooting suspect was a member of his group.

Yes. Thats literally all they have to say. Not an article, not a press release, just a single sentence saying the printed unverified news.

...

03:33

BREAKING: Mueller Hits Paul Manafort With New Allegations of Bank Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Special Counsel Robert Muellers prosecutors hit Trumps former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort with new allegations of bank fraud on Friday.

Robert Muellers team is now focusing on Manaforts real estate transactions and alleged mortgage fraud.

These are separate allegations from Manaforts October charges of money laundering and failure to file a FARA form.

Politico reported:

Special counsel Robert Muellers office has told a federal judge it has found evidence that Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, committed bank fraud not addressed by the indictment last October in which he was charged with money laundering and failure to register as a foreign agent.

As legal wrangling continues over a $10 million bail package for Manafort, prosecutors this week accused him of submitting false information to a bank in connection with one of his mortgages.

The proposed package is deficient in the governments view, in light of additional criminal conduct that we have learned since the Courts initial bail determination, prosecutors wrote in a court filingsubmitted on Tuesday and made public in a redacted form on Friday evening. That criminal conduct includes a series of bank frauds and bank fraud conspiracies.
Prosecutors also used the word conspiracies in the court filing which means others may have been involved.
Further, the proposed package is deficient in the governments view, in light of additional
criminal conduct that we have learned since the Courts initial bail determination. That criminal
conduct includes a series of bank frauds and bank fraud conspiracies, including criminal conduct
relating to the mortgage on the Fairfax property, which Manafort seeks to pledge.
The court filing also states Manafort obtained a mortgage with doctored profit and loss statements overstating the income by one of his companies by millions of dollars:
The government
has secured substantial evidence that Manafort secured this mortgage from The Federal S...

02:47

President Trump and First Lady Melania Visit Broward County Hospital (video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trump, accompanied by First-Lady Melania Trump, traveled to Broward Health North Hospital in Pompano Beach, Florida, to visit some of the shooting victims from Marjory Stoneman High School and thank the doctors, medical staff and first responders. President Continue reading

02:46

BREAKING: Broward County Sheriffs Office Received 20 Calls Regarding the Killer (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Broward County Sheriffs Office said Friday they had received 20 calls in the last few years regarding killer Nikolas Cruz.

Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 individuals at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida.

From The Hill:

A sheriff said Friday that his office received around 20 calls about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspect in this weeks shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead and wounded more than a dozen others.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters that his office had uncovered approximately 20 911 calls relating to Cruz over the last few years, and that his office would investigate how those calls were handled.

We have uncovered at the Broward Sheriffs Office that weve had approximately 20 calls for service over the last few years regarding the killer, Israel said. Every one of these calls for service will be looked at and scrutinized.

On Friday morning the FBI admitted they did not follow protocol in investigating the violent threats posted online by Nikolas Cruz.

The FBI also admitted they did not follow protocol on a second threat warning about Nikolas Cruz in JANUARY!

The post BREAKING: Broward County Sheriffs Office Received 20 Calls Regarding the Killer (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit...

02:45

Leaker Comey Brags About Upcoming Interview With George Stephanopoulos to Discuss New Book A Higher Loyalty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Crooked cop Comey promoted his new book Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership Friday morning on his Twitter account. 

He also announced he would be sitting down for an interview with ABCs George Stephanopoulos.

This interview will be Comeys first major appearance since President Trump fired him in May of 2017.

Comey announced his book is finished and hes looking forward to sharing it with everyone.

Comey tweeted, Book is finished. Im looking forward to sharing it with everyone and talking about it on ABC.

George Stephanopoulos, who hosts ABCs This Week on Sunday will be interviewing James Comey for the launch of his new book, however; it was not specified when the interview would take place.

Comeys publisher Flatiron Books confirmed last week the release of Comeys memoir would be pushed up to April 17th from its original launch date of May 1st.

According to the Washington Post, publisher Flatiron Books paid Comey $2 million advance for book.

Last week, Judicial Watch announced it is suing the FBI for documents on Jam...

02:23

Judicial Watch Chief Investigator Chris Farrell: Shut Down the FBI Clean Out the Headquarters (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday morning the FBI admitted they did not follow protocol in investigating the violent threats posted online by Nikolas Cruz.

The FBI also admitted they did not follow protocol on a second threat warning about Nikolas Cruz in JANUARY!

FOX Business Network reported:

Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 individuals at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida.

On Friday Governor Rick Scott called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to step down following the botched investigation of mass murderer Nikolas Cruz.

On Friday evening Judicial Watch chief investigator Chris Farrell called to shut down the FBI and clean out the headquarters.

Chris Farrell: People do need to go. You can start with Director Wray. And frankly I would go back 200 years to the US Marshals Service. I would create a new division for investigations and in about 6-8 months I would shut the FBI down. And agents would be allowed to apply for or laterally transfer to a new investigative arm of the US Marshals Service Theres a systemic institutional problem.

Via Lou Dobbs Tonight:

The post Judicial Watch Chief Investigator Chris Farrell: Shut Down the FBI Clean Out the Headquarters (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

02:10

Florida Valentines Day school shooting: anomalies and confessed shooter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On the afternoon of February 14, 2018, Valentines Day, America was subjected to another mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, metropolitan Miami, Florida. We are told that 17 people were killed and 15 more were Continue reading

02:00

Trump Kissed A Berniecrat And Now She's Running For The Ohio State Legislature "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Rachel Crooks works at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio in their international college recruitment department. She's running for the Ohio state legislature in the 88th district against Republican incumbent Bill Reineke. She was a Bernie activist in 2016 and she's running for the legislature on a platform synch with his progressive ideas. And she's eager to talk about those ideas. But what people want to talk with her about isn't about Sandusky and Seneca counties or about Reineke. They want to talk with her about something that happened when she worked at the Bayrock Group in Trump Tower. Yep, that is the now infamous Felix Sater that was involved with Russian money laundering and the Trump SoHo scam. Crooks was a 22 year old receptionist in 2005 when she worked there. She's a very attractive woman and when Trump met her he thought he could just kiss her on the mouth. It shocked her. I spoke with her yesterday and she told me that she "was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that."

Goal ThermometerBut there's a lot more to Rachel Crooks than an idiotic interaction with the national clown 13 years ago. She told me she's "running because the average persons voice has been lost in politics. The people representing us have been left unchecked for too long, and now they only cater to their own self-interests, lobbyists and donors. A democratic government shouldnt be based on dollar signs. We need to get corruption out of politics. I want to make sure that every Ohioans vote counts, which is why I support ending discriminatory gerrymandering practices and believe we must protect voting rights. I also support public financing for politic...

01:55

Tom Fitton Hammers Mueller Indictment: Russian Troll Farms Pale in Comparison to Clinton-DNC-Obama Use of Dossier to Spy on Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

The 37-page indictment was a big fat nothingburger.

Mueller has nothing on Trumps camp yet the witch hunt continues.

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton hammered the Mueller indictment on Friday and called for the Special Counsel to be shut down.

Any Russia troll farm interference in the election pales in comparison to Clinton-DNC-Obama administrations using Russia disinformation as a pretext to target and spy on @RealDonaldTrump. Shut Mueller down.

Tom Fitton is 100% correct. Where are the indictments for the criminals who misled the FISA court and used Hillarys phony Russia dossier in order to spy on a political operative?

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a press conference on Friday to answer questions about Muellers indictment.

Rosenstein admitted not one American had knowledge they were interacting with Russians who were posing as Americans.

Furthermore, Rosenstein admitted the Russian operation did not impact the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election.

A leaker with inside knowledge of the Special Counsels operation ran to Bloomberg Friday and said Muellers witch hunt will continue for MONTHS.

TGPs Kristinn Taylor ...

01:48

Say Something, Do Nothing FBI Statement On Parkland Florida School Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The specificity here is pretty damning.  The FBI released a stunning admission today admitting they received prior a specific warning about Broward County Nikolas Cruz and his threats to carry out a school shooting.  The FBI took no action. WASHINGTON Continue reading

01:40

Journalist Laura Loomer Interviews YouTuber Who Reported Mass Murderer Nikolas Cruz to FBI (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On February 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, 19, carried out a mass shooting attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Classmates, teachers, and people who knew Cruz described him as a stereotypical school shooter who had a troubled pass, mental illness, and a liking for violence and killing animals.

One day after the shooting, it was revealed that Ben Bennight, a Bonds Salesman with a YouTube channel reported Cruzs threats of a mass shooting to the FBI in September of 2017 when the shooter left a comment on Bennights page that said, Im going to be a professional school shooter.

 

 

Despite the fact that the intentions of the shooter were declared under his real name Nikolas Cruz on social media and reported to authorities, the FBI failed to act.

On February 16, the FBI said that they did not act properly to address the threats that were reported to them.  The FBI added that another individual who knew Cruz contacted the FBI in January of 2018 to express their concerns that the shooter was planning a school shooting.

This video details the flawed process an individual goes through when they report a threat to the FBI.

Laura also touches on why so many mass shooters and terrorists are not stopped by authorities before they carry ou...

01:21

Crooked Hillary Attacks Gun Sellers After Florida Mass Shooting Twitter Responds "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Wednesday afternoon, 19-year old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Seventeen students and faculty were murdered in the mass shooting.

On Friday morning the FBI admitted they did not follow protocol in investigating the threats posed by Nikolas Cruz.

Then we learned the FBI was tipped off TWICE about Nikolas Cruz yet failed to take action.

Hillary Clinton took to her Twitter account to attack gun sellers and the internet responded.

Hillary tweeted: This week we lost 17 Americans in Parkland the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012. Since then, 438 people have been shot and 138 killed in over 230 school shootings. Thats 5 school shootings every month, 16 of which classify as mass shootings.

Now is the time to listen to the students, teachers, and parents demanding that we end this carnage once and for all with gun safety laws that keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldnt have them.

...

00:52

PAPER: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Directly Colluded With Vladimir Putin Against Russian Activists "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In a scathing opinion piece by the Washington Examiners editorial board, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is accused of colluding with Russian president Vladimir Putin after caving to pressure from Moscow to suppress Instagram posts, of Kremlin critics.

Washington Examiner reports:

As of this week, Mark Zuckerberg, owner of Facebook, is now directly colluding with Putin to influence world opinion in favor of the tyrants regime. []

Zuckerberg created one of the worlds largest and most important platforms for spreading news and information and fake news and disinformation. It was one of the platforms Russian and other foreign propagandists used most effectively in 2016 to pass off lies as real news stories and to spread messages designed to divide Americans by race.

But what Facebook once allowed through organizational passivity, it is now doing willfully. Zuckerbergs company, the owner of Instagram, has caved to pressure from Moscow and has agreed to suppress Instagram posts that Putins critics have dug up and presented as concrete evidence of astounding official corruption.

Alexei Navalny, leader of the political opposition, alerted the world this week to Instagram posts that gave Russians and others a rare look at the high-flying lifestyle that government officials enjoy. In contrast to Putins manufactured image as a selfless public servant, the posts show Russias deputy prime minister, a powerful Putin ally, socializing on a yacht owned by Russian industrialist Oleg Deripaska, on a trip where the available evidence strongly hints they traded corrupt favors.

Recently, Facebook agreed to remove a post detailing Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalnys claims about a bribery scandal involving a Putin-linked oligarch Sergei Prikhodko.

YouTube is demanding Navalny remove a video detailing the corruption. Thus far, the clip has been viewed 5 million times.

Specifically, Instagram has censored model Nastya Rybkas pro-Navalny posts.

They are not available in Russia anymore which is really disappointingwe didnt anticipate that Instagram would decide to comply with Russian illegal censorship requests, a Navalny spox...

00:21

MUELLER COLLUSION BOMBSHELL: Trump Volunteer Provided Trump Signs to Russian Posing as Grassroots Activist "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is all they got on Trump.

If Mueller looked at the Clinton campaign and Russian collusion they could write volumes and indict dozens Hillary operatives.

But theyre not.
Mueller and his corrupt team of liberal lawyers is only looking at President Trump and his ties to Russians.
There are none.

This is the state of the US government today.
Deep State crooks out to take down a legitimate Republican President.

Robert Mueller released a nothing burger today on Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
The indictment contained this nugget of collusion.

A volunteer for the Trump campaign in New Yorkagreed to provide signs for a Trump rally to a Russian posing as a US grassroots activist.

Thats it.

Thats all they got!

Meanwhile Crooked Hillary walks free after she paid for a Russian created dossier to take down Trump.

Via Paul Sperry:

The post MUELLER COLLUSION BOMBSHELL: Trump Volunteer Provided Trump Signs to Russian Posing as Grassroots Activist appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

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23:30

John Kerry Approved Visas for Russian Operatives to Enter US in 2014 and Interfere with Election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

After sixteen months of investigations and over a year-and-a-half of the FBI and Obama administration spying on Donald Trump, his family, his business, his campaign, his transition team and his administration Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped an absolute nothing-burger today in announcing charges against Russian operatives who sullied the US election process.

The Mueller Special Counsel has yet to look at Saudi donations to Hillary Clinton or Clinton campaign collusion with Russia.

The Mueller Special Counsel has yet to look at the hacked DNC servers or have not attempted to contact Julian Assange from Wikileaks.

The indictment today contained the same Russian Facebook ads that were released in November 2017 by the House Intelligence Committee.

Mueller and Democrats want you to believe these Russian Facebook ads flipped the election to Donald Trump.

But at least half of the ads are pro-Hillary.
And Russia claims half of their paid ads ran after the election and 25% never ran at all.

Facebook announced previously the Russian ads comprised .004% of their advertising during the election.

Then theres this
The Kerry State Department approved the visas for the Russian operatives to travel the US in 2014 through 2016 and attempt to interfere with the US election process.

Via Nick Short:

23:25

White House Statement on Russian Election Interference Indictments "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

WHITE HOUSE Earlier today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced indictments against 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for meddling in the 2016 Presidential election, which began in 2014 before the President declared his candidacy. President Donald J. Continue reading

23:19

Mueller Indictment Shows Russian Conspiracy to Support Bernie Sanders "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

Muellers indictment exposes a Russian operation of online trolls disparaging Hillary Clinton (big deal) while showing support for Trumpand Bernie Sanders.

In other words, Mueller has nothing on Trumps campaign, but the witch hunt continues.

On page 17 of Muellers indictment, it is revealed the Russians not only disparaged Hillary Clinton, they denigrated other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

Muellers indictment also revealed the Russians supported Bernie Sanders.

Specialists were instructed to post content that focused on politics in the USA and to use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trumpwe support them).

The Russians also supported Hillary Clinton.

Several of these online groups were pro-Hillary and even HELD RALLIES for Hillary.

United Muslims of America was NOT pro-Trump.

22:46

US Grand Jury Indicts Thirteen Russian Individuals and Three Russian Companies for Scheme to Interfere in the United States Political System "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Starting in at least or around 2014 describes the time when Mining Awareness noticed bunches of Russian government linked visits snooping around our blog.
...

22:42

Mueller Indictment Part Of Cycle Of Information Warfare And Election Meddling Between U.S. And Russia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Thirteen Russian nationals allegedly involved in an information warfare operation to interfere in the 2016 presidential election were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The indictment [PDF] claims the Internet Research Agency engaged in a conspiracy from 2014 to the present that was funded by Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and companies he controlled, including Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering.

Beyond already known allegations related to Russians creating false U.S. personas on social media, it alleges the Russian nationals traveled, or attempted to travel, to the U.S. Aleksandra Yuryevna Krylova and Anna Vladislavovna Bogacheva stopped in Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, and New York to gather intelligence.

Several of the accused Russian nationals, posing as U.S. persons, allegedly contacted grassroots organizations and learned to focus their operations on purple states like Colorado, Virginia, and Florida. They used their pages on Facebook and Instagram on immigration (Secured Borders), the Black Lives Matter movement (Blacktivist), and religion (United Muslims of America and Army of Jesus), as well as geographically focused pages (South United and Heart Of Texas) to advance their agenda.

As of February 10, 2016, specialists were posting content to criticize Hillary [Clinton] and the rest [of the candidates] (except [Bernie] Sanders and [Donald] Trumpwe support them). And by the end of 2016, the Russian nationals were allegedly focused on encouraging minorities not to vote or to vote for a third-party U.S. presidential candidate.

The indictment goes on to accuse the Russian nationals of staging political rallies while failing to register as foreign agents with the Department of Justice. They promoted anti-Clinton rallies, pro-Trump rallies, and after Trump won, #NotMyPresident rallies against Trump.

While this undermines Trumps argument that claims of Russian interference were a hoax, it does not demonstrate that the outcome of the 2016 presidential election was changed because of this interference.

Citizens of the United States can count on the U.S. media to spend the next few days talking about the operation detailed in Muellers indictment as if it was part of a one-sided or unprovoked attack on American democracy. But the fact is the U.S. government has targeted Russia with similar operations.

In 1996, a team of American political strategists served as Russian President Boris N. Yeltsins secret campaign weapon in a comeback win over a Communist challenger, according to the...

22:40

Another Mass Shooting. Another Case in Which Signs of White Violence Didnt Raise Alarms. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he allegedly killed 17 people, is seen on a closed circuit television screen during a bond hearing in front of Broward Judge Kim Mollica at the Broward County Courthouse on February 15, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

22:35

Mueller Investigation Leak to Bloomberg: Trump Not Cleared of Collusion or Obstruction in Russia Probe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Bloomberg published a report Friday afternoon based on leaks by a source with intimate knowledge of the Mueller probe (and Muellers thinking on the probe) who said Special Counsel Robert Mueller has not cleared President Donald Trump of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election nor of obstructing the subsequent investigations into the alleged collusion. The leaker also claimed Fridays indictments about Russian interference in the election are meant to be a warning for the 2018 mid-term elections.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Bloombergs Chris Strohm reported:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his prosecutors havent concluded their investigation into whether President Donald Trump or any of his associates helped Russia interfere in the 2016 election, according to a person with knowledge of the probe.

Fridays indictment of a St. Petersburg-based troll farm and 13 Russian nationals should be seen as a limited slice of a comprehensive investigation, the person said. Muellers work is expected to continue for months and also includes examining potential obstruction of justice by Trump, said the person, who requested anonymity to discuss an investigation that is largely confidential.

Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong no collusion! Trump said on Twitter.

That has yet to be determined. Fridays indictment should be seen as an effort by Mueller to raise awareness about Russias capabilities as the 2018 U.S. elections draw near, the person said.

Its still possible that Mueller will indict Americans for knowingly helping Russia, the person said.

End excerpt. Please read the entire Bloomberg article at this link.

Earlier tweet by President Trump:

22:21

BITTER John Brennan Reacts To Mueller Indictment of 13 Russians In Election Meddling Plot "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton. 

Former CIA Director John Brennan appears to disagree with the probes conclusion that the meddling scheme did not impact the result of the 2016 presidential election.

DOJ statement and indictments reveal the extent and motivations of Russian interference in 2016 election. Claims of a hoax in tatters. My take: Implausible that Russian actions did not influence the views and votes of at least some Americans, tweeted a bitter Brennan.

Brennan lashing out at the decision comes amid reports that the former CIA Director is in the crosshairs of House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino joined Fox & Friends, Monday morning and warned Brennan is in a world of trouble right now, over his testimony on the dubious Steele dossier.

Newsmax reported:

My sources on this are telling me John Brennan is in a world of trouble right now, Bongino told Fox News Fox & Friends program.

Back in August of 2016 he gives a private briefing to Sen. Harry Reid, Democrat, of course. He gives that briefing to Reid. Reid fires off a letter to the FBI. In that letter is information that clearly came from the dossier.

The CIA has a central role in the verification of foreign assets and information we get from foreign assets, Bongino said. It is not plausibly deniable that John Brennan did not know who commissioned that dossier he is in a world of trouble because he raised his right hand and he said the exact opposite.

...

22:20

Crazy Adam Schiff Attacks POTUS After Mueller Indictment Shows ZERO Trump-Russia Collusion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a press conference on Friday to answer questions about Muellers indictment.

Rosenstein admitted not one American had knowledge they were interacting with Russians who were posing as Americans.

Furthermore, Rosenstein admitted the Russian operation did not impact the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election.

President Trump promptly reacted to the Mueller indictment of 13 Russians. Muellers indictment revealed the Russians started their operation in 2014 so where was the FBI back in 2014?

Trump tweeted, Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong no collusion!

Adam Schiff tweeted: No, Mr. President. The Special Counsels indictment states no conclusion on issue of collusion or electoral impact of Russian interference on the election. The former is under investigation and latter is beyond their scope.

22:11

Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Announces Robert Muellers Russian Election Interference Indictments "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There is a particular transparency in timing as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces indictments from Special Counsel Robert Muellers Russian Interference in U.S. Election investigation on the same day as the FBI is forced to admit they made massive Continue reading

22:06

They Got These Bastards: Trump Lawyer Issues Statement After Russians Indicted For Election Meddling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Following the announcement that Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians and 3 Russian entities for meddling in U.S. elections, President Donald Trumps attorney, John Dowd, claimed the special counsel did a hell of a job.

Daily Beast reports:

The criminal complaint, Dowd said, speaks for itself, adding that, I think the special counsel found the culprits. I think he did a good job. I think he did a hell of a job.

Dowd said he was confident the president would be pleased with the news. Im sure he is happy, he said. Weve had a lot of faith in Bob Mueller and his team and it makes you feel good when they do a good job. They got these bastards who tried to hurt the country.

Shortly after the announcement, President Trump broke his silence on the indictments.

Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong no collusion! tweeted President Trump.

The White House followed up with its own statement.

There was NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.

22:00

How To Root The Republican Fakers Out Of Democratic Primaies-- Joesph Kopser Just Made It Very East In TX-21 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


The Texas primaries are coming up in just under 3 weeks-- followed by primary runoffs on May 22. And those primaries-- with so many vulnerable red seats and so many seats Republican incumbents are abandoning-- are crowded. TX-21 is a super-gerrymandered district that starts up in West Campus and the Drag in Austin, skirts the state Capitol, takes in Downtown before crossing the Colorado River to encompass Travis Heights, South Lamar and Sunset Valley before heading down through Buda, the western part of both San Marcos and New Braunfels before hitting Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, Terrell Hills, Fort Sam Houston and Government Hill in San Antonio. To the west of that skinny corridor from south Austin to north San Antonio is a big chunk of less populated Hill Country that includes Boerne, Frederickcburg, Bandera, Medina way out to Camp Wood on the Nueces River. May back last April we started warning our friends in San Antonio-- people in Austin already knew-- that one of the Democratic candidates, Joseph Kopser, was really a Republican trying to pass himself off as a Democrat.

Because Kopser has raised the most money-- $676,700 as of December 31, the last FEC reporting deadline-- the establishment media often refers to him as the "leading candidate." That sure doesn't include The Intercept, where investigative reporter Said Jilani just exposed Kopser for a wider audience. I hope it's wide enough to stop this guy. He's one I wouldn't ever even support against a Republican.
Businessman and Iraq veteran Joseph Kopser, a former Republican who is backed by national Democrats, was asked about his views on border security at the Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas the second weekend of February. The comments have not been previously re...

21:55

Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service: Who Is Charles Rettig? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trump has chosen a Beverly Hills tax attorney to be the next commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If confirmed by the Senate, Charles Chuck Rettig will face the daunting challenge of implementing the new $1.5 trillion tax law passed by Republicans last year, despite Republican-led measures that since 2010 have cut the IRS budget by $900 million (17%) and reduced its staff by 21,000 (23%). Rettig will also be responsible for overseeing the ongoing audit of Trumps tax returns by the IRSs Global High Wealth Industry Group. Rettig once called scrutiny by the Wealth Squad, the audits from hell that your grandfather warned you about.

 

Rettigs nomination breaks a 20-year precedent of IRS leaders having backgrounds in business or management, but not tax. Rettig would succeed John Koskinen, whose term from December 2013 to November 2017 was marred by false allegations that the agency had singled out conservative-leaning political groups for scrutiny. 

 

Born November 18, 1956, in Burbank, California, Charles Paul (Chuck) Rettig earned a B.A. in Economics at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1978, a J.D. at Pepperdine University Law School in 1981, and an LL.M. in Taxation at New York University Law School in 1982. 

 

Soon after graduating with his second law degree, Rettig joined the law firm now known as Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, which specializes in tax law. A certified specialist in tax, estate planning, and trust and probate law, Rettig has spent his entire 35-year career there. He focuses on settling tax controversy cases between tax collectors and his wealthy clients, which have included Michael Jackson, Don Ho, Girls Gone Wild creator Joseph Francis and many corporations. He has represented clients before the IRS, the Justice Department Tax Division, and various other tax authorities.

 

Rettig has also been a pioneer in representing scores of wealthy taxpayers seeking to disclose their unreported offshore bank accounts to the IRS in exchange for reduced penalties for what is often years of fraudulent tax avoidance. In 2014 and again in 2017, Rettig sued the IRS on behalf of clients seeking to reduce their tax penalty payments....

21:50

POTUS Trump Breaks His Silence After Mueller Indicts Russians In Election Interference Scheme "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton. 

CNBC reports:

The special counsels office said Friday that a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

The indictment says that the defendants allegedly, by early to mid 2016, were supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

An announcement from special counsel Robert Muellers office said that the government accuses all the defendants of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Five defendants are charged with aggravated identity theft.

Shortly after the announcement, President Trump broke his silence on the indictments.

Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong no collusion! tweeted President Trump.

21:35

CNN Security Analyst Calls for National Gun Registry Following Parkside, FL Shooting (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


The final step of Nazi control in Austria was registration and confiscation of guns. (Fairly Civil)

Its not a surprise that gun Registration often leads to confiscation.

On Wednesday 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 individuals at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The FBI admitted later in the week they botched the investigation of Nikolas Cruz despite warnings that he was armed and homicidal.

But this didnt stop CNN security analyst and former CIA operative Philip Mudd from calling for a national gun registry.

Mike Cernovich responded to Mudd: The FBI was tipped off and did nothing.

21:20

FAKE NEWS: Ted Cruz BUSTS CNN After Network Accuses Him of Being Afraid of Interview "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) punctured a large, gaping hole in claims made by CNN hosts Brian Stelter and Chris Cuomo, who accused the former Republican presidential candidate of being too afraid to be interviewed after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. 

Stelter kicked off the ordeal by tweeting a graphic that included Cruz as one of three lawmakers who the network claimed were too afraid to be interviewed.

Cruz shot back with, Gosh, I seem to recall doing not 1, not 2, but THREE town hall debates w/ @BernieSanders on @CNN Each 90 min long. You can accuse me of many things, but being afraid of CNN is not one of them.

21:04

WHICH RIGHT-WINGER HAS THE STUPIDEST MUELLER INDICTMENT TAKE? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Is it Sean "Always Be Closing" Hannity, who responded to today's indictments with this?




Is it Kayleigh McEnany?



Or is it Jim Hoft?



Examples, Jim?
Several of these online groups were pro-Hillary and even HELD RALLIES for Hillary.

United Muslims of America was NOT pro-Trump.

Oh yeah, United Muslims of America. As the Daily Beast reported last fall:
Using the [United Muslims of America] account...

21:01

BREAKING: Florida Governor Rick Scott Calls for FBI Director Chris Wray to Step Down Following Parkland School Massacre "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday morning the FBI admitted they did not follow protocol in investigating the violent threats posted online by Nikolas Cruz.

As reported earlier today by TGP writer Josh Caplan.

The FBI also admitted they did not follow protocol on a second threat warning about Nikolas Cruz in JANUARY!

FOX Business Network reported:

Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 individuals at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida.

On Friday Governor Rick Scott called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to step down following the botched investigation of mass murderer Nikolas Cruz.

Governor Scott called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign as a result of the FBIs admission that they failed to take action after receiving information on January 5, 2018 on Nikolas Cruz.

...

21:00

Interview on the Bechtloffs Live YouTube Stream: Wednesday Evening Live with the Bechtloff "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last Wednesday, I joined the Bechtloff (and later, Davis Aurini) for a live YouTube stream, discussing President Trumps plan to reform the EBT program, Barack Obamas new presidential portrait, black feminist dominatrixes, and much more. Click here to listen (I join at 45:56).

The post Interview on the Bechtloffs Live YouTube Stream: Wednesday Evening Live with the Bechtloff appeared first on Matt Forney.

20:31

SHUT IT DOWN: Tom Fitton & Julian Assange Hail Implosion of Trump-Russia Collusion Narrative After Mueller Indictments "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

CNBC reports:

The special counsels office said Friday that a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

The indictment says that the defendants allegedly, by early to mid 2016, were supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

An announcement from special counsel Robert Muellers office said that the government accuses all the defendants of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Five defendants are charged with aggravated identity theft.

In a press conference shortly after news broke of the scheme, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the indictments show the Russian operation did not impact the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton took to Twitter to hai...

20:26

Rebel Without a Clue: Autonomy and Authority in the American Public School by Susan Cain and Mark Mason + Caleb Maupin: After Florida "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

by Susan Cain and Mark Mason Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad Mark Mason, PhD crossposted from Dissident Voice Feb. 5, 2018 February 16, 2018 The American high school dropout is an unconscious revolutionary. Instead of casting aspersions upon the dropout, we should attempt to decode this behavior that is condemned by parents, school authorities, educational experts, []

19:59

MUELLER INDICTMENT NOTHINGBURGER=> Rosenstein: Russian Operation DID NOT Change Election Outcome (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

In other words the Mueller team has zero Trump-Russia collusion.

CNBC reports:

An announcement from special counsel Robert Muellers office said that the government accuses all the defendants of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Five defendants are charged with aggravated identity theft.

According to the indictment, the Russians began their operation to disrupt the U.S. political system in 2014. So why on earth did it take a Special Counsel in 2017 to discover Russians were stealing identities and committing bank fraud?

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a press conference on Friday to answer questions about Muellers indictment.

Rosenstein said, According to the indictment, the Americans did not know they were communicating with Russians.

VIDEO:

#Rosenstein repeats no allegation outcome of election was affected. No allegation in this indictment that any American had any knowledge (including in Trump campaign)

19:37

MUELLER PUSHES DEEP STATE RUSSIAN COLLUSION BS: Numerous Sites Listed Were PRO-HILLARY not PRO-TRUMP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced the federal grand jury indicted 16 Russians accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

The full document is here:

U.S. v. Internet Research Agency, et al by CNBC.com on Scribd

In the indictment Mueller and his team of far left attorneys and Obama supporters claim Russia used the internet to push ads that were in support of Donald Trump for president.

The groups listed include: Secured Borders, Blacktivist, United Muslims for America, Army of Jesus, South United and Heart of Texas.

From page 14:

That is not accurate.
That is a deep state lie.

Several of these online groups were pro-Hillary and even HELD RALLIES for Hillary.
United Muslims of America was NOT pro-Trump.

These same Russian groups organized the monster rally Trump is not my president in New York City on November 12, 2016.
This was NOT pro-Trump.
...

19:34

MUELLER PROBE: Russians Organized Anti-Trump Rallies In New York City & Charlotte "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton. Investigators also found the Russians organized rallies against Trump in New York City and Charlotte. 

At the same time, Defendants and their co-conspirators, through another ORGANIZATION-controlled group, organized a rally in New York City called Trump is NOT my President held on or about November 12, 2016. Similarly, Defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally entitles Charlotte Against Trump in Charlotte, North Carolina, held on or about November 19, 2016.

See footage below of New York City event on November 12, 2016.

Here is NBCs report on the New York City event:

Not My Presidents Day rallies were staged in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and more than two dozen other cities across the nation in a spirited display of defiance against a president who has been in power for just one month.

In Trumps hometown, a huge throng rallied outside the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan, with the crowd blanketing the southwestern corner of Central Park and singing We Shall Overcome.

Many carried signs that read Not My President and Resist and chant...

19:30

Useless: School safety bill passes in Washington senate amid day of shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There are several general ideas in this bill yet not one SPECIFIC solution. Sounds like another feel good bill for the politicians to tout in their re-election campaigns. Also, the senate says law enforcement should be responsible for protecting and Continue reading

19:07

Mueller Indicts Russians Accused of Disparaging Hillary Clinton In Election Hacking Scheme FULL DOCUMENT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

CNBC reports:

The special counsels office said Friday that a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

The indictment says that the defendants allegedly, by early to mid 2016, were supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton.

An announcement from special counsel Robert Muellers office said that the government accuses all the defendants of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Five defendants are charged with aggravated identity theft.

UPDATE Here is the full indictment released today.

U.S. v. Internet Research Agency, et al by CNBC.com on Scribd

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18:53

BREAKING: FBI RECEIVED SECOND THREAT WARNING ON NIKOLAS CRUZ IN JANUARY! (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Friday morning the FBI admitted they did not follow protocol in investigating the threats posed by Nikolas Cruz.

As reported earlier today by TGP writer Josh Caplan.

Now the FBI is admitting they did not follow protocol on a second threat warning about Nikolas Cruz in JANUARY!

FOX Business Network reported:

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

Chief Lasky then was asked about the threat by reporters.

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 now says they didnt know if it was the same person?

THIS IS A LIE.
Killer Nikolas Cruz used his real name on YouTube.
The threats were made in September.

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 stretch back to  2015 through 2017.

The FBI either ignored the threat or need better investigators...

18:45

Turkey: A Dark Day For Press Freedom And For Justice As Journalists Sentenced To Life In Prison Including Up To 23 Hours Per Day Solitary Confinement "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Amnesty Internationa:
Turkey: A dark day for press freedom and for justice as journalists sentenced to life
16 February 2018, 16:11 UTC
 
Following the aggravated life sentences handed down to six defendants, including Nazl Ilcak, Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan, for attempting to overthrow the constitutional order, Gauri van Gulik, Europe Director for Amnesty International, said:

This is a dark day for press freedom and for justice in Turkey and sets a chilling precedent for scores of other journalists facing trials on similar trumped-up terrorism charges.

This is a dark day for press freedom and for justice in Turkey
Gauri van Gulik

The cruelty of these politically motivated sentences 30 years in jail with up to 23 hours per day in solitary confinement and no possibility of parole is clearly intended to instil fear. Imposing such a sentence would not only flout freedom of expression, it would violate the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment.

This sets a chilling precedent for scores of other journalists facing trials on similar trumped-up terrorism charges
Gauri van Gulik

News of these sentences drained the joy from celebrations for the release of another journalist, Deniz Ycel. He had been in prison for more than a year, without an indictment, much of it in solitary confinement.

The cruelty of these politically motivated sentences is clearly intended to instil fear
Gauri van Gulik

Background

The bitter irony of being found guilty of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order will not be lost on Mehmet Altan whose release was ordered just last month by Turkeys Constitutional Court, which ruled that that his detention violated the right to freedom of expression.

The trial court rejected the ruling, flouting the constitution, echoing the governments criticism of the Constitutional Courts judgment.

Prolonged solitary confinement, that is, 22 hours a day or more without meaningful human contact for over 15 days, is a direct contravention of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules). It constitutes cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment and could amount to torture, certainly if applied for months and years.
Topics
* EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA
* TURKEY
* DETENTION
* CENSORSHIP AND FREE SPEECH

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18:45

MS-13 Dreamers Charged in Brutal Baseball Bat Beating of Sex-Trafficked Girl in Home County of DNC Chairman Tom Perez "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Several MS-13 illegal alien gang members in their early twenties were recently arrested in Montgomery County, Maryland for the August 1, 2017 baseball bat beating of an 15 year-old girl for not doing a good job as an MS-13 prostitute, according to a report by WJLA-TV. The brutal attack left the girl with indented buttocks, discolored arms and legs, and visible bleeding from the neck down.

Montgomery County is a wealthy Democratic Party controlled Washington, D.C. suburb that has for decades been pro-illegal immigration.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez.

Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez , who served as President Obamas second term Secretary of Labor, rose to power in the early 2000s by advocating for illegal aliens as head of the Montgomery County-based group CASA, an immigrants rights group that supports illegals. Perez parlayed that platform into Democrat Party electoral politics success, getting elected to the Montgomery County Council in 2002. He served four years including two as president. Perez represented the areas of Montgomery County that have been overrun by illegal aliens and MS-13: the 5th District which includes Silver Spring, Kensington, Takoma Park, and Wheaton. The MS-13 safe house where the attack allegedly took place is in the Kensington neighborhood. Perez lives in nearby Takoma Park.

Excerpt from WJLA report:

A female human trafficking victim too young to l...

18:41

BOTCHED: FBI Admits Protocols Were Not Followed To Escalate Tip About High School Gunman Nikolas Cruz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In a statement released Friday, the FBI says protocols were not followed, to escalate a tip the bureau received about Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman Nikolas Cruz. 

We are still investigating the facts. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public, wrote FBI Director Wray.

On Jan. 5, a person close to Florida school shooting suspect contacted FBI tipline and provided info on the suspects gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting, added Wray

Read full FBI statement below:

On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBIs Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him. The caller provided information about Cruzs gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.

Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.

We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the P...

18:06

This Development is Huge: Attorney Explains Why New Judge Could Bring Justice For Gen. Flynn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

With each passing day, more evidence suggests the indictment of former National Security Adviser Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was a dubious one.

In what would be an insurmountable blow to special counsel Robert Muellers unchecked Russia probe, former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell says if there is a man who can bring justice for Flynn, its Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.

Sidney Powell explains:

The judge assigned to Flynns case now is Emmet G. Sullivan. Judge Sullivan immediately issued what is called a Brady order requiring Mueller to provide Flynn all information that is favorable to the defense whether with respect to guilt or punishment.

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This development is huge. Prosecutors almost never provide this kind of information to a defendant before he enters a plea much less after he has done so. []

Judge Sullivan is the perfect judge to decide General Flynns motion. The judicial hero of my book, Emmet Sullivan held federal prosecutors in contempt for failing to disclose evidence, dismissed the corrupted prosecution of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the Department of Justice. []

Emmet G. Sullivan is one judge who is ready, willing and able to hold Mr. Mueller accountable to the law and who has the wherewithal to dismiss the case against General Flynn for egregious government misconduct if Mueller doesnt move to dismiss it himself.

Judge Sullivans experience can only help General Flynn as more evidence appears every day to reveal that Flynn should not have been prosecuted.

On Monday, Byron York of the Washington Examiner reported former FBI Director James Comey told congressional investigators he did not believe Flynn lied during an unannounced interview with agent Peter Strzok on January 24th, 201...

18:00

How Many Pro-NRA Candidates Is The DCCC Trying To Sneak Into Congress This Cycle? Way Too Many "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Republican candidates for Congress seem to go out of their way to mention protecting the 2nd Amendment on their campaign websites. I guess it comforts their base voters. But wasn't I surprised a few months ago when a putative Democrat, Andrew Janz, the establishment candidate fighting for the Democratic nomination to oppose Devin Nunes, told me that the #1 and #2 motivations for him to run for Congress were encouraging more use of the death penalty-- "It doesn't get used enough," were his exact words-- and protecting the 2nd Amendment. I didn't know him and he called out of the blue so I asked if he's a Democrat. "Democrats are different in the Central Valley," he said. I guess so. Now Janz has hired some slick political consultants who have taught him how to speak so he sounds more like a Democrat, at least going into the primary, where he's battling an actual progressive, Ricardo Franco. I checked Janz's website today and it looks more like a Democratic approach:




Last night there was a candidates forum for CA-22. As usually, Nunes stayed away. And because the gun question would obviously be front and center, Janz also ducked out, which is a shame, since it would have been helpful to tie him down to a specific response instead if letting him dance around the issue. Here's Rico's response to the...

17:36

Mitt Romney Makes It Official Utah Senate Candidate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Mitt Romney made it official this morning, he is running for the Senate seat currently held by retiring Orrin Hatch. FUBAR. Mittens confirmed his plans Friday in an online video. Romney is the epicenter of anti-MAGA and has continued to Continue reading

17:29

FL Police Called to Mass Murderer Nikolas Cruzs Home More than 30 Times "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Florida police reportedly were called to Nikolas Cruzs home more than 35 times.

At least one time police were called because Nikolas was fighting with his mother.

Obviously, this did not spark any interest from FBI investigators.

Newsmax reported:

Local police made 36 trips to the house of the Florida mass murderer over a six-year period for erratic or violent behavior, Buzzfeed reported, citing dozens of police reports.

However, Nikolas Cruz, who confessed to the massacre of 17 students and adults at a high school in Parkland, Florida, was never arrested until Wednesday.

In September 2016, police responded to the home Cruz shared with his mother, Lynda, and brother, Zachary, because Nikolas had been fighting with his mom.

He has been cutting his arms, his mother said, to get attention, as he learned it from an ex-girlfriend, Buzzfeed quotes the police report. He has mentioned in the past that he would like to purchase a firearm.

However, a therapist from Henderson Mental Health, also at the home, deemed that Nikolas Cruz no threat to anyone or himself at this present time and everybody left without incident, Buzzfeed reports.

The post FL Police Called to Mass Murderer Nikolas Cruzs Home More than 30 Times appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

17:00

10-year-old boy sees Jesus figure in hospital; begins recovery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hayley Minogue reports for WKRG, Feb. 2, 2018, that a 10-year-old Gulf Coast boy named Thelonious Ziegelschmid-Sylvester lost 100% of his skin after a one-in-a-million reaction to a common antibiotic. The boys parents rushed him to the hospital and within hours Continue reading

16:30

Girl fight for the lady pond: Feminists protest over decision to let transgender women use ladies-only pool "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From Daily Mail: A group of feminists have urged a ban on self-identifying trans women from using a female-only pond on Hampstead Heath in London. Members of the Mayday 4 Women group picketed a meeting of the Kenwood Ladies Pond Continue reading

15:48

Todays #FakeNews: Liberal Media Pushes Lie That Trump Made It Easier for Mentally Ill to Buy Guns (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

And they wonder why no one trusts them?

The far left mainstream media pushed another lie on Thursday, the day after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 students and adults in Parkland, Florida.

ABC, NBC and CBS all pushed the same lie that President Trump and the GOP made it easier for the mentally ill to buy guns.

Of course, the truth is just the opposite. Decades of failed liberal policy have made it difficult to force people with severe mental diseases to be treated or institutionalized. And society has to deal with the carnage.

NewsBusters reported:

Fresh off their disinformation campaign in the immediate aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting in which they falsely claimed there had been 18 school shootings this year, the three major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) moved on to another fake news topic they wanted to push on the American people: President Trump and the GOP made it easier for mentally ill people to buy guns.

The accusation that a bill designed to remove restrictions and allow the mentally ill to purchase guns was passed by the GOP and signed by President Trump had long been debunked. As the National Reviews Charles C.W. Cooke wrote over a year ago, what got removed was in laymans terms: The rule would have allowed bureaucrats within one of our federal agencies to bar American citizens from exercising a constitutional right and on the highly questionable grounds that to be incapable of managing ones finances is, by definition, t...

15:20

Joy Behar Insists Shes a Christian after Trashing VP Mike Pences Christian Faith as Mental Illness (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Godless Joy Behar insisted she was a Christian on Thursdays show after she attacked Vice President Mike Pences Christian faith as a mental illness.

Behar faced mounting criticism after she lashed out at devout Christian Mike Pence.

Joy Behar, the ladies of The View and Democrat leaders believe faith in Christ is a mental illness.

On Thursday Behar told the far left crowd she was a Christian (mental illness).

** Joy Behar has a long history of attacking Christians, Catholic Saints and Christianity.

Shes trashed Christians her entire career and were supposed to believe this?

FOX News reported:

ABC is facing mounting criticism after its panelists on The View mocked Vice President Mike Pences Christian faith. Detractors of The View are focusing on the fact that ABC News, which claims to be an unbiased broadcast news operation, oversees such a nakedly partisan program with one token conservative.

The women of The View took a shot at Pences Christian faith on Tuesday, mocking the former governor of Indiana for talking to Jesus and even calling it a mental illness.

Sunny Hostin said its interesting that former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman recently said that Pence talks to Jesus and believes Jesus tells him things. Hostin said she is a faithful Catholic but doesnt want her vice president speaking in tongues. Joy Behar then said, Its one thing to talk to Jesus. Its another thing when Jesus talks to you thats called mental illness.

ABC News paints itself as a fair news organization but its longtime slogan, See the Whole Picture, often doesnt apply to The View, according to many critics.

The post...

15:00

This Alt-Right Life, Episode 6: Islamic Disco Inferno with John Steele "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On this episode of This Alt-Right Life, Im joined by YouTube host John Steele for a discussion of yesterdays attack on a gay club in Orlando, Florida by ISIS-affiliated Muslim terrorist Omar Mateen. In the first segment, John and I talk about the Lefts renewed push for gun control, how gays will react to the killings, the civil war among Leftists to determine whether gays or Muslims are higher on the victimology food chain, and much more.

In the second segment, John and I discuss how the Orlando attack vindicates both Donald Trump and the alt-Right, how Mateen being a homegrown Muslim terrorist (a rarity in the U.S.) is a bad sign, why the West and Islam are fundamentally incompatible, and more. This episode originally aired on June 13, 2016.

Listen and download the MP3 below:

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14:59

VIDEO: Cook County Jail Inmates Cheer as Cop Killer is Escorted Through Prison "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Cook County inmates cheered as alleged cop killer Shomari Legghette was escorted from his first court hearing on Thursday.

Four-time felon Shomari Legghette reportedly shot Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer six times near the Thompson Center in the Chicago Loop on Feb. 13th.

The Chicago Tribune reported:

Cook County Jail officials said they planned to take action after several inmates clapped as the suspected killer of Cmdr. Paul Bauer was escorted from his first court hearing on Thursday.

Jail officials said they were going to forward video of the despicable action by up to five inmates to prosecutors so it could be considered in any potential sentencing. None of the inmates have faced trials yet. The officials also intend to transfer those inmates to jails outside Cook County.

The inmates were among 25 detainees in a bullpen waiting to see a judge after Shomari Legghettes hearing, according to Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Sheriff Tom Dart. The area is between the court complex and the jail, a place called the bridge.

A video provided by the sheriffs office shows several of the inmates in a high-ceilinged holding cell clap for Legghette when he walks by, his arms and legs shackled. Some of the inmates, dressed in beige jumpsuits and white sneakers, were seated on a bench and came to the front of the bullpen to watch but did not clap.

Hat Tip Andrew

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14:46

ON GUN VIOLENCE, ARE AMERICANS TAKING TRUMP SERIOUSLY AND LITERALLY? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Washington Post's Elise Viebeck tells us that students who survived Wednesday's massacre in Florida are demanding action on guns:

In the familiar aftermath of Americas latest mass shooting, something new stood out: This time, the kids who survived the rampage on Wednesday were demanding to know why the adults who run the country had not done more to prevent it....

How are we allowed to buy guns at the age of 18 or 19? Thats something we shouldnt be able to do, Lyliah Skinner, who survived the shooting, told CNN.

Guillermo Bogan, who is home-schooled but has friends at Douglas High, said the alleged shooters age shows the selfishness of the gun industry.

Some people will just do anything for a dollar, Bogan said at a midday vigil for the victims. There should be a background check are you mentally ill or are you not mentally ill? And clearly he was mentally ill.
Why is this happening? I have some thoughts below. But it's clearly taking place:





And it's...

14:36

Wisconsin Democrat Runs for Office, Then Gets Arrested and Extradited to New York City "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by John S. Roberts at Right Observer:

The word Democrat is synonymous with crime. Theres a reason members of the liberal party are referred to as corruptocrats.

Case in point: Julie Germanotta, a transgender Democrat Congressional candidate who was busted for grand larceny.

Via The Daily Wire:

A Democrat congressional candidate who is a self-described ordained minister and proud transgender woman was arrested this week on third-degree grand larceny charges.

New York Post has more:

Juliet Germanotta who in campaign literature vowed to keep the state fiscally responsible by questioning expenses had ordered a $4,800 18-karat yellow gold Zambian emerald and diamond ring from Mikaelians Jewelry on West 47th Street in Midtown on September 19.

But Germanotta, 36, who describes herself as a proud transgender woman, claimed the ring she received was not to her liking, and requested her money back from the store.

Instead of sending the real ring back, she sent the store a $10 bogus replica and sold the original, cops said.

Mikaelians filed a complaint with the NYPD on October 2nd recognizing the ring they received in return as a phony. And when Germanottas buyer in Wisconsin had the real ring appraised, it was learned that the ring was hot.

NYPD detectives picked up Germanotta in Wisconsin, where she confessed to the crime, authorities said.

Yikes.

Dems and corruption. Cant have one without the other!

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14:00

DCCC Big Foots Into Orange County-- Excellent News... For the NRCC "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


The DCCC has mostly stayed out of the California Democratic primaries... but that changed this week. So far they've just been getting some of their puppet organizations to weigh in on the side of their corrupt conservative recruits. Yesterday Cook's David Wasserman had a fine description of what's going on in CA-25 (Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley and Simi Valley) but for a post entitled Battle for the House: Are Crowded Democratic Primaries a Blessing or a Curse? he missed the whole point of what's going on in the state now. Maybe he'll follow up another day. His post makes the case for why Katie Hill should be the Democratic nominee-- even without mentioning the poll that shows Katie beating Steve Knight 53-40% while the widely disliked corporate carpetbagger, Bryan Caforio, essentially tied with Knight.
Katie Hill, 30, is a first-time candidate who may be one of the most impressive Democratic contenders of 2018. The daughter of a nurse and a police officer, she studied nursing herself before shifting to the non-profit sector, and by 29 she was running the largest anti-homelessness non-profit in California, with an annual budget over $40 million. But her ability to navigate a tricky primary may hold the key to Democrats' chances of flipping a critical district.

Republicans' biggest structural advantages in the House-- think geography, incumbency and money-- have been weakening all cycle. Pennsylvania's GOP map just got thrown out, at least 32 Republicans aren't seeking reelection, and over three dozen GOP incumbents were out-raised by Democrats in the final quarter of 2017-- including GOP Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25), whom Hill out-raised. In the past, these kinds of trends have foreshadowed...

13:50

Native American Activist Critical of Elizabeth Warren Says Her Speech Was a Step in the Right Direction "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Elizabeth Warren used her recent address at the National Congress of American Indians to address long-standing criticisms of her claims of Native American heritage.

You wont find my family members on any rolls, and Im not enrolled in a tribe, she said, conceding that there are no tribal records of her family belonging to the Cherokee. And I want to make something clear. I respect that distinction. I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes and only by tribes. I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.

But she also insisted that she does have part Native American lineage. But my mothers family was part Native American. And my daddys parents were bitterly opposed to their relationship, she said. So, in 1932, when Mother was 19 and Daddy had just turned 20, they eloped.

She used the rest of the speech to highlight issues important to Native populations, such as economic deprivation, environmental degradation, and stopping interpersonal violence against Native peoples.

Her speech was applauded by at least two critics of Warrens claim of Native heritage.

Rebecca Nagle is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation who works on domestic violence issues, as well as other activism. Last year, she wrote an op-ed for ThinkProgress that was critical of the Massachusetts senator. She is not a hero because, despite claiming to be the only Native woman in the U.S. Senate, she has done nothing to advance our rights, she wrote.

In an interview with The Intercept, Nagle gave Warren credit for addressing issues important to Native Americans. I would say overall I think that this speech was a step in the right direction, she said, and I hope that she continues to walk in that direction. I also hope that people [will] hold her accountable in that direction.

The activist appreciated how Warren focused on the underlying issues in the community, rather than simply focusing on herself. I think her reframing the conversation and instead of centering herself, centering Native people, was a really good step in the right direction. I also think that the other thing she did that was positive was making a clear commitment to prioritize Native issues, she said. I think well have to watch and see if she makes good on that promise. But I think that commitment is a good step in the right direction. And also clearly buildin...

13:30

First world problems: Oscar nominees panic over absent freebie sweatshirts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

From Hollywood Reporter: The Academy has been known to take a tough stance when it comes to freebies. In 2016, the organization sued marketing firm Distinctive Assets for handing out unapproved Oscar gift bags. But there is one official freebie Continue reading

12:00

Is Donald Trump a Traitor? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Wanted posters for Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, right, and Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev sit on display before a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

10:30

White House: "Iraq Has Antrax Virus" "Russia Launched NotPetya" "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Late last night the White House accused the Russian military of having launched the destructive "NotPetya" malware which in June 2017 hit many global companies: Statement from the Press Secretary In June 2017, the Russian military launched the most destructive...

09:56

Will Russia Successfully Bully YouTube-Google Into Removing Corruption Video About Russian Mining Oligarch Deripaska Taking High Level Kremlin Official On A Yachting Trip? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We are about to learn how much power Russia, Deripaska, and perhaps Deripaskas mining-business colleague (EN+) Nat Rothschild have over Google-Youtube. Then, of course, there is Deripaskas colleague at Rusal, former Stasi agent-friend of Putin, Matthias Warnig. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/navalny-video-about-russian-oligarch-kremlin-official-bribery-and-trump-campaign-link-now-banned-in-russia. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/about-that-russian-oligarch-linked-to-trump-and-kremlin-inner-circle-with-stasi-ties-and-alleged-mafia-ties-deripaska/

Navalny (25 min) video link. Watch it asap in case Youtube removes it under Russian pressure: http://youtu.be/RQZr2NgKPiU

Russia-Deripaska wanted Instagram and YouTube to take down the damning photos of him and a powerful Russian senior politician Prikhodko on Deripaskas yacht. Instagram has complied. Youtube not as of this writing. Except for Prikhodko and Deripaskas wives, the damning part isnt really about the Escort, Nastya Rybka, who accompanied them, although it could give Deripaska leverage over Prikhodko. Rather, the damning part is that a high level Kremlin official spent a few days on a businessmans yacht.

In the corruption investigation video, Navalny suggests, as well, that this Prikhodko-Deripaska yacht trip is a missing link in the Trump campaigns connection to Russia. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is linked to Deripaska.

Why didnt they take the cell phones away from the Escort? Or was the video made with a different device? She outwitted them? In her tell-all book, the Escort, Nastya Rybka, very aptly called the senior politician (Prikhodko), the minence grise (grey eminence) of the regime, the Richelieu of our times (Frances powerful Cardinal Richelieu). She also concludes that Deripaska is fearful of Prikhodko. Is that book now banned?
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09:01

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


by Noah

Face it, when the latest mass slaughter of innocents happened on Wednesday, you know the first thought in the minds of psychotics like Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the rest of the graft-grubbing dirtbags in Washington was not for the slaughtered children, their teachers, and their families but for their own loved ones in the NRA and the rest of the gun lobby. Uber-lowlifes like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell only see each shooting as a golden opportunity to pocket more cash from the NRA in return for their silence. You know there is no doubt that their first phone calls were aimed at raising more money off of this latest tragedy. Even the shooting of their colleagues at a congressional softball game didn't change that. Not to worry, though, they'll have their staffers write up another insincere "thoughts and prayers" statement, while, they, smirk.

08:42

About That Russian Oligarch Linked To Trump And Kremlin Inner Circle With Stasi Ties And Alleged Mafia Ties Deripaska "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Navalny (25 min) video link. Watch it asap in case Youtube removes it under Russian pressure: http://youtu.be/RQZr2NgKPiU

Oleg Deripaska is President of Rusal. Former German Stasi agent, friend-associate of Putin (from KGB days in Germany) Matthias Warnig, is Chairman of the Board of Rusal, as well as Managing Director of Nord Stream 2. En+ Group controls Rusal. Deripaska is President and Director of En+ Group. Nat Rothschild is Chairman of the Board of En+ Group.

The most recent Navalny corruption video, which is now banned in Russia, is about an important Russian official hanging out on Deripaskas yacht. Russia is demanding that Youtube remove the video.

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has represented Deripaska as a lobbyist in the past, and had business interests with him. Although Deripaska has sued Manafort in the past, and currently, lawsuits can act as a channel for money-laundering.

This isnt the first scandal involving Deripaskas yacht there was one involving (a) UK politician(s) about a decade ago. The purpose of a yacht appears to be making deals with politicians and probably other business deals who knew? It makes perfect sense.

The Special Prosecutor for Corruption and Organized Crime (Spain), Jose Grinda, alleged that Deripaska had ties to Russian organized crime: Oleg Deripaska former partner in the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC), is also intimately related with the organization Izmailovskaya, imputed in the D. P. n 101/2007, of the Central Court of Instruction No. 4. He participated in the fight for control of Ural Mining with Makhmudov. Currently has investments in the automotive industry, the aviation, gas, oil and controls 42% of the global extraction of aluminum. (p. 26) Original Spanish Grinda Report here: http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2800010-2014-08-02-Jose-Grinda-Report-on-Oleg-Deripaska.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/billionaires/profiles/iskandar-makhmudov/

Overview of Deripaska from 2013:
By Nostromo Research, London for the Heinrich-Bll-Stiftung: http://moneytometal.org/index.php/Oleg_Deripaska
Oleg Deripaska
Based in London
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06:33

Sharyl Attkisson: The Fake News Campaign Was a Pre-Planned Political Operation By Googles Schmidt and Democrats "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Alphabets Eric Schmidt and Hillary Clinton

Google, Facebook and Twitter are currently working overtime to silence conservative voices online. Day after day we learn of another conservative voice that has been silenced or shadow-banned by the tech giants.

Last week The Gateway Pundit hosted several conservative voices in a panel discussion on Social Media Neutrality at The Newseum in Washington DC. Over 132,000 people tuned in to the panel discussion. This is a serious problem facing our country and freedom of speech.

This week Sharyl Attkisson explained the origins of the liberal media-Democrat Partys fake news narrative in a TedX Talk.

Attkisson revealed how this was all a plot by the Democrat-media Complex to smear conservative news and eventually to put them out of business.

Debra Heine at PJ Media reported:

In a Tedx Talk at the University of Nevada a couple of weeks ago (watch the video below) investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson revealed the origins of the fake news narrative that was aggressively pushed by the liberal media and Democrat politicians during the 2016 election, and how it was later flipped by President Donald Trump.

Attkisson pointed out that fake news in the form of tabloid journalism and false media narratives has always been around under different names.

But she noticed that in 2016, there seemed to be a concerted effort by the MSM to focus Americas attention on the idea of fake news in conservative media. That looked like a propaganda effort to Attkisson, so she did a little digging and traced the new spin to a little non-profit called First Draft, which, she said, appears to be the about the first to use fake news in its modern context.

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February 16th 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #393 "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

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Friday February 16th 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

06:08

FBI Misses Another Mass Shooter, Middle East Heating Up, Banks Melting Down Again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com (WNW 322 2.16.18)  (Updated with actual letter form 24 year FBI veteran in After the Wrap-Up section) Looks like the FBI was told about the mass murderer before he went on a rampage that left 17 dead in a Florida high school this week. This isnt the first time the FBI []

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Abolish Criminals "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

One of the Obama administrations most aggressive social justice engineering schemes was busted earlier this month in federal court in Texas. In 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission effectively made it a federal crime for businesses to refuse to hire felons and ex-convicts. Federal Judge Sam Cummings ruled on Feb. 1, 2018 that the EEOC violated federal law in concocting this new federal offense, providing the Trump administration a divine opportunity to rein in run-amok bureaucrats.

The EEOCs 2012 Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions was 20,000 convoluted words intended to browbeat businesses to cease checking the records of job applicants. EEOC commissioner Constance Barker, who opposed the new rule, warned that the new Guidance will scare business owners from ever conducting criminal background checks the Guidance tells them that they are taking a tremendous risk if they do.

EEOC justified its Enforcement Guidance because the imprisonment rate for black men was nearly seven times higher than white men and almost three times higher than Hispanic men. John McWhorter, a black professor at Columbia University, observed, Young black men murder 14 times more than young white men. The EEOC used statistical disparities to justify effectively designating criminal offenders as a new protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The EEOC sporadically pushed this radical doctrine in earlier times but was harshly rebuffed. In 1989, the EEOC sued a Florida trucking company for refusing to hire a Hispanic applicant with multiple arrests and a prison term for larceny. Federal judge Jose Gonzalez Jr. snarled, EEOCs position that minorities should be held to lower standards is an insult to millions of honest Hispanics. Obviously a rule refusing honest employment to convicted applicants is going to have a disparate impact upon thieves.

U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Gail Heriot testified to Congress...

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Still Flipping Out Over The Generic Congressional Polls? Don't "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


For those still nervous about generic congressional polls showing less strength among generic Democrats than it was a few weeks ago I want to offer two graphics. Above is one showing how Democrat Margaret Good fared on Tuesday against the son of Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan in a Trump district in southwest Florida. It's great than Margaret won but what's even more important is that there was a 12 point swing away from the Republicans and towards the Democrats in a state legislative race with record-breaking turnout. Remember, Republicans have 12,060 more registered voters in the district than Democrats, Buchanan had a major name ID advantage and Trump carried the district by 4.6 points. Add that to Good's 7.4 point win Tuesday and you see a 12 point swing, a swing that would devastate the GOP if it holds 'til November. Will it? My guess-- based on other special elections this year and last year-- is that the swing will be closer to 20 points than 12 points. Do you think Trump is going to be less of an albatross in November than he is now? Or more of an albatross? Don't forget, Goods win on Tuesday was the 36th Republican legislative seat in the nation that a Democrat has won since Putin put Trump into the White House. Trump is toxic, even in traditionally red districts he won.




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Public School Control Now! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The murder of 17 innocent high school students in Parkland, Florida reminds us that public schools are dangerous. Too dangerous for children.

Yet there are pro-public school ideologues who refuse to face the facts. They shut their eyes to reality. They spout their slogan: Public schools dont kill public students. Killers kill public school students. We have heard this for 50 years. Yet the killers are always one of these: (1) enrolled public school students, (2) public school graduates, or (3) expelled public school students. Its time to turn a deaf ear on the refrain about public schools not killing public school students.

When was the last time you heard of a mass execution of students in a private school? The next time will be the first.

When did anyone hear of a dozen or more corpses lying on the floor of a homeschool co-op?

The facts are inescapable. Students in public schools are at risk. Terrible risk. Unacceptable risk. There is no excuse for this any longer. None. The statistics are clear. Students get gunned down only in public schools.

Yet defenders of public schools never cease spouting their slogans about a constitutional right to taxpayer-funded education. They claim that this is guaranteed by the Constitutions general welfare clause. This is preposterous. There were no taxpayer-funded day schools in 1788, not even a military academy. There wasnt even a school at West Point. It was a fort. West Point was where Benedict Arnold had been in charge.

We need to organize . . . now. We need to go to the voters . . . now. We need to tell them what they already know but refuse to say in public: it is time to ban public schools once and for all. No more excuses. No more gradualism. Gradualism kills! In every town, every city, every county, every state, and in Congress, our voices must be heard. Shut them down! All of them!

There should be a school building buy-back program. Any school board that is willing to turn in its schools to the local police department should be paid. The empty schools can be then sold to private schools or even turned into business complexes. The police department should be allowed to keep the profits. We want our men in blue behind this.

County schools can be sold by the local sheriffs office. Same arrangement. Support your local sheriff. Turn in your schools.

What will the students do? They can stay home and sign up for the Khan Academy. Its online. Its free. There would soon be a market for similar programs. Churches can create them. Retired teachers can create them. Service organizations can create them. If Salman Khan can do it, others can do it. There is a working model. This isnt rocket science.

What about the children...

The Young and the Stupid "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Oh, the virtue-signaling was hot and heavy as conservative and ostensibly libertarian media outlets competed to see who come up with the most self-righteously abusive rhetoric to describe North Korean Politburo member Kim Yo Yong, sister to Kim Jong Un. BuzzFeed grabbed the prize with a garbage monster BuzzFeed being an expert when it comes to garbage. Reasons Nick Gillespie could hardly contain his joy at the fusillade of hatred: It was younger media outlets and personalities such as Buzzfeed and CNNs Jake Tapper that called bullshit on such stories. In Gillespies world, young is a synonym for good, because the young and the stupid will inherit the earth. Tapper is one of the War Partys most fulsome cheerleaders, and BuzzFeeds working relationship with the US State Department during the Obama administration was pretty brazen: but if Gillespie means young and dumb, or young and bought off, then perhaps hes right.

If you hate US leaders more than you hate the Kim Jong-un regime, tweeted Tapper the tool, you really need to read up on North Korea and he helpfully supplied a link to Human Rights Watchs analysis of North Korea. Hatred of foreign bogeymen is what Tapper, Gillespie, and all those no-longer-quite-so-young media mavens deal in: were supposed to hate Kim Yo Yong, those North Korean cheerleaders, and anyone who isnt in a tizzy about North Korean propaganda supposedly broadcast by the media. Because, you see, simply showing a smiling and attractive Kim Yo Yong next to the dour and ill-at-ease Mike Pence is perversely fawning over the former.

For Gillespie and Tapper, writing about the Winter Olympics and the diplomatic breakthrough of the two Koreas playing on the same team, under the same flag, is all about virtue-signaling; in short, its all about them and how wonderful they are. Gee, its funny nothing is said about the Saudi players, or the athletes from any one of a number of authoritarian stanswhere dissidents are regularly boiled in oil. No, its just a coincidence that Gillespie, Tapper, and the neocon media are harping on what everyone knows North Korea is saddled with a horrific regime at the very moment when theres a chance that the two Koreas may reach some sort of rapprochement and the threat of a terrible war is consider...

The Trumpian Two Step "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

One step forward one step back.

Maybe both posssibly, neither.

There is a rumor that Trump is considering action to at least delay the imposition of the catastrophic federal fatwa requiring all new cars and all new trucks   average at least 46.6 miles-per-gallon beginning with the 2025 models. This fatwa was hurled during the final months of the Obama Ayatollahship and remains in effect and on schedule.

This was and still is touted as a boon to the buying public. As if that public were somehow oppressed by the free choice to buy either a very fuel efficient car or one less fuel-efficient. As if the car companies were forcing them to buy gas guzzlers.

Does anyone get a sad chuckle out of the irony?

Its the Ayatollahs who comprise the (not our, speak for yourself) government who are the ones forcing people to buy a certain kind of car, not the car companies who would rather sell you what youd like to buy. The government has guns. The car industry has marketing people.    

And these cars the government intends to force us to buy will be expensive cars. Because there is no such thing as a free lunch another concept the Ayatollas hope you dont understand. They fatwa  we pay for it. In the case of the fuel economy fatwa, payment comes in the form of the technology necessary to achieve an average of 45-plus MPG.

Have a look at the roster of cars you can buy today. Not one achieves an average of 45 MPG or even close to it except for the hybrid Toyota Prius. A few non-hybrids can manage 40 or so but only on the highway. When their (always lower) city mileage is factored in, the average lowers.

The best are around 30 MPG overall.

This leaves hybrid gas-electrics, which get over the 40 MPG hump by running on battery power as often as possible. And, naturally, entirely electric cars which dont have to sweat miles-per-gallon at all, because they use no gallons just kilowatts.

But hybrids cost extra. Electrics a lot extra.

A new Prius has a starting price of $23,475. A Toyota Corolla which is actually a larger and much roomier car stickers for $18,600 to start. This is a difference of just under $4,900.

Its the price you pay to save gas.

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When Former Spies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Once upon a time in the United States there was a general perception that organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were both apolitical and high-minded, existing only to calmly and professionally promote the safety and security of the nation. Directors of both organizations often retired quietly without fanfare to compose their memoirs, but apart from that, they did not meddle in politics and maintained low profiles. There was a widespread belief at CIA that former officers should rightly retire to a log cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains where they could breed Labrador retrievers or cultivate orchids.

But the relative respectability of Americas national security agencies largely vanished in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist incidents. It was learned that both the CIA and FBI had made fatal mistakes in their investigations of the al-Qaeda group, putting in question their effectiveness, and the leaders of both organizations began to focus on pleasing their political masters. The appearance of CIA Director George Tenet at the United Nations supporting lies promoted by Secretary of State Colin Powell was a low point, but there were many more to follow.

The 2016 election brought out the worst in the CIAs leadership, with its Director John Brennan lining up behind Hillary Clinton together with former Acting Director Michael Morell and former Director Michael Hayden. Morell even claimed that Trump was a Russian agent. Indeed, there has been remarkably little speculation regarding the possible roles of some senior intelligence officials, most notably CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, both of whom were in office during the electoral campaign. In September 2016, the two men reportedly were involved in obtaining information on Page and it has also been suggested that Brennan sought and obtained raw intelligence from British, Polish, Dutch and Estonian intelligence services, which might have motivated FBIs James Comey to investigate the Trump associates. Brennan and Clapper, drawing on intelligence resources and connections, might have helped the FBI build a fabricated case against Trump.

Currently the senior officials who were so hostile to Donald Trump have decided a...

The Real Foreign Influence in the 2016 Election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Leaving aside the validity of what has become known as the Steele dossier, its important to look at how Christopher Steele was able to guarantee that the information in it would play a significant and ongoing role in American politics.

Steele, who is British, did far more than simply provide opposition research to the Democratic National Committee. He was able to make sure it reached the most influential people possible in politics, media and government to shape and influence the growing narrative of the 2016 presidential election. In other words, as a skilled professional intelligence officer, Steele ran a full-spectrum information operation against the United States. One could even call it information warfare.

This is what separates his work creating the dossier  (which a decent journalist with friends in Russia could have done) from his work insinuating the dossier into the highest reaches of American government and political society. For that, you need a real pro, an intelligence officer with decades of experience running just that kind of operation. Looking for foreign interference in the 2016 election? Lets take a closer look at Christopher Steele.

Steeles skill is revealed by the now familiar Nunes and Grassley memos, which show he used the same set of information in the dossier to create a collaboration loop, every intelligence officers dream, which is his own planted information used to surreptitiously confirm itself, right up to the point where the target countrys own intelligence service re-purposed it as evidence in the FISA (Foreign Intelligence  Surveillance Act) court.

Steele admits he briefed journalists off-the-record starting in summer and autumn 2016. His most significant hit came when in September 2016, journalist Michael Isikoff broke the story of Trump associate Carter Pages alleged connections to Russia. Isikoff did not cite the dossier or Steele as sources, and in fact denied they were when questioned.

Isikoffs story didnt just push negative information about Trump into the public consciousness. It claimed U.S. intel officials were probing ties between a Trump adviser and the Kremlin, adding credibility, suggesting the feds themselves felt the info was worthwhile...

The Special-Ed Epidemic "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

WMP Note: In this 4-part series, World Mercury Project partner, Focus For Health,  examines the special needs epidemic and its effects on schools, the US economy, life after age 21 and the many theories that point to potential causes of the explosion of chronic disease and disability in our children.

Pick up a paper anywhere in the world and you are more than likely to see a story about the special needs epidemic affecting public schools.

Recent headlines read Wolf Creek Public Schools hires additional staff to work with severely disabled students and York school system nearly $1M over budget in special education spending, and 7 EV teen suicides in 6 weeks alarm schools, and, How Vermont schools manage food allergies.

If you take the time to read some of these disturbing articles, you will see quotes from school directors making comments like Whats different from past years is the students weve received really do have severe, very particular learning needs that are well beyond what we would typically see. It caught us by surprise, for sure, admits Jayson Lovell, Superintendent for Wolf Creek Public Schools. This school district is one example of districts needing to hire additional staff in order to accommodate a sharp rise in the number of students requiring services through IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) due to their severely complex special education needs.

Every child with or without special needs is affected, just as every tax payer, with or without a child with special needs, will bear the burden.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports disabilities affect 1 in 7 children. From the increased number of children requiring special education and related services to the increased number of health care professionals needed to care for children with chronic physical and mental health issues in the schools, school budgets are depleting rapidly. Fast-forward, when these children are adults, the workforce is affected, as is the housing industry. Every child with or without special needs is affected, just as every tax payer, with or without a child with special needs, will bear the burden.

According to The National Center for Educational Statistics, the percentage of youth ages 3-21 served by IDEA, a federal mandate which provides a free and appropriate education has risen significantly since 1990. Data from school years 1990/91 through 2004/05 showed 4.7 million, or 11 percent, of the total public school enrollment required special education services. By 2014/15, children and youth served under IDEA had risen to 6.6 million, or 13 percent, of the total public school enrollment. And it isnt only a rise in special education demands; sadly, there is great dema...

Deep Impact 2.0? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The first car was launched into space earlier this month on board SpaceXs hugely powerful Falcon Heavy Rocket. New projections for its orbit, however, suggest the Tesla Roadster may one day make a fiery homecoming.

The $100,000 vehicle will, in all likelihood, continue its journey through our solar system for tens of millions of years unhindered, simply gathering some scuff marks courtesy of micrometeorites and cosmic debris. However, it appears that the sportscar, piloted by Starman, a dummy wearing a SpaceX suit, will actually pass closer to Mars than to the asteroid belt, increasing its chances of a direct collision course with Earth.

The suns gravity will draw the car back in again to an elliptical orbit that will repeatedly crisscross the orbits of Mars, Earth and Venus until it eventually most likely after millions of years befalls some cosmic doom. However, three astrophysics researchers, Hanno Rein, Daniel Tamayo, David Vokrouhlicky, have calculated that the roadster has a roughly 6 percent chance of colliding with the Earth and a 2.5 percent chance of crash-landing on Venus sometime over the next million years.

After 3 million years, the chance of impact rises to 10 percent. Beyond that, though, the trio gives the Roadster 50/50 odds of surviving in space for tens of millions of years.

When we saw the launch last week we thought, Lets see what happens. So we ran the [Teslas] orbit forward for several million years, Hanno Rein of the University of Toronto in Canada told Science.

The Roadsters first close encounter with the Earth will be some time...

Armed Homeowner Wins Shootout "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

An armed homeowner was the victor following a shootout that ensued with two suspects during an attempted home invasion last week in Ada, Oklahoma.

I got my gun out of the drawer because I heard someone smashing in here and I saw a flashlight beam, homeowner Dennis Reif told reporters.

He heard commotion in his kitchen just before 3 am on Feb. 5. When he entered the room, he found himself face-to-face with Chris Born, who allegedly fired four shots at him but missed.

I just quickly leveled (my gun) at him and fired to protect myself and he screamed and yelled he was hit, Reif said, adding he had his trusty .38-caliber revolver. He shot Born twice in the chest.

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The 30-Second Quality Suit Test "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

determining the quality of a suit illustration diagram

When investing in a suit, you generally want one thats going to look great and last long a real quality garment. Its easy to fall into the trap of thinking that cost is the best way of assessing this criteria, but price and quality are not always correlated. A suit might cost a lot because it comes with a famous or trendy label, and yet not actually be made all that well. Conversely, sometimes you can find a real steal on a suit thats actually top-notch.

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True Confessions of a Super-Prepper "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Today, Im coming out of the closet.

No, not that closet.

Im coming out of the hard-nosed, bad-to-the-bone survivalist prepper closet. Because I think a lot of folks have some misconceptions about what being a prepper really means. It certainly isnt the same thing for everyone. And our rigidity as a community can scare people away who want to be better prepared.

First, a dozen of my dirty little secrets.

You want to hear a few of my confessions? Here they are, in no particular order of dirt.

  1. I really enjoy going out to eat. Sure, homemade is delicious but not when Im always the one making it.
  2. My favorite food in the entire world is vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. Nope, that wasnt a typo. I didnt mean kale instead of cake. Kale is revolting. Cake is life. #SorryNotSorry
  3. I read at least 3 novels a week. Bring on the psycho serial killers, criminal masterminds, or post-apocalyptic settings. Fiction is my friend.
  4. I hate camping with an abiding and fiery passion. This isnt to say I am incapable of camping, but given the choice, I really would much rather sleep on a nice squishy bed than a sleeping bag. On the ground. In the dirt. With the bugs.
  5. I love going to the movies. Bring out the popcorn and the 3D glasses, because the big screen is where its at. Also, the more explosions, gratuitous violence, and car chases, the more Im going to like it.
  6. Peeing outside is really not for me unless its actually the end of the world. Dont get me wrong. I love hiking and nature and stuff. I just pee before I go and when I get back.
  7. Im a nomad at heart. Im not happy unless Im checking out new places, growing veggies in them, and getting to know the local scene. But dont think Im going to settle down because, in a year or so, Ill be heading somewhere else to learn about another cool place.
  8. Im not a right-wing conservative. I know, crazy, right? If I had to choose, Id say Im a libertarian with views from all sides of the spectrum. Im anti-war, anti-tax, and anti-meanness. I believe in compassion, liberty, and the power of people who will stand up and say no to injustice. Probably, if I shared all my political thoughts about the laws I believe are totally unnecessary, no one would ever speak to me again.
  9. Im a single mom. Ive been a single mom for 15 years. A lot of folks think Im a widow, but actually, I was divorced for several years before my childrens father, unfortunately, pas...

Inclined Bed Therapy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Dr. Mercola

Oftentimes the simplest strategies pay great dividends. Getting sensible sun exposure and grounding to the Earth are two examples. Sleeping on an incline is another. While few have heard of it, and sleeping on a horizontal surface is a well-established norm, raising the head of your bed 6 to 8 inches so that your youre sleeping on a 5-degree incline may have a number of benefits, including:

  • Improving blood circulation
  • Boosting metabolism
  • Improving glymphatic drainage from the brain
  • Improving immune system function
  • Improving respiratory function
  • Easing symptoms associated with Alzheimers, diabetes, glaucoma, migrainesmultiple sclerosissleep apnea, acid reflux, edema, varicose veins and more

The History of Inclined Bed Therapy

Similar experimentation was used to determine the ideal incline, which he concluded was about 6 inches, or 5 degrees. In one experiment, varicose veins disappeared after four weeks of sleeping on a 6-inch incline, which he took as a sign that a positive change in circulation had been achieved. Interestingly, archeological evidence suggests some Egyptians slept on inclined beds,5 and a Boston Museum curator confirmed that the incline on one of these historical beds was in fact 6 inches.

Now, its important to note that sleeping on an incline is not the same as sleeping on an adjustable bed that allows you to raise the head while the lower portion remains horizontal. Fletcher stresses the importance of lying straight, but on an incline. Youre not looking to sleep in a sitting position where only your torso is lifted.

The alignment of your body is important, as you want your blood to circulate freely throughout your whole body and avoid stress on your hip joint. On his website, InclinedBedTherapy.com, Fletcher lists a number of methods for creating an inclined bed.6 For example, you can build your own wooden bed frame,...

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Are Democrat Mental Health Failures to Blame for Another Mass Shooting on US Soil? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Did failed Democrat policies to blame for another deadly mass shooting on American soil?
It looks that way.

Decades of failed liberal policy have made it difficult to force people with severe mental diseases to be treated or institutionalized.

And, then we are all shocked when these same dysfunctional individuals go on a shooting rampage like we witnessed this week in Parkside, Florida.

We know that many of the worst mass shooters in US history were mentally disturbed.

Adam Lanza, Seung Hui Cho, James Holmes, Jared Loughner  Nikolas Cruz.

What did they all have in common?
Severe homicidal mental illness.

For Your Country posted this back after schizophrenic Jared Loughner went on his shooting rampage in Arizona that left several people dead and US Rep. Gabby Giffords seriously wounded.
It is just as true today.

It actually very hard to force people with severe mental diseases to be treated because of a range of reforms pushed by progressives starting in the 60s:

  1. Ronald David Laing, a Scottish Psychiatrist, In the 60s put forth the foundation of the Anti-Psychiatry movement. He maintained that schizophrenia was a theory not a fact. The popularity of Laings theories is blamed for decline in students entering the psychology profession.
  2. President John F. Kennedys 1963 Community Mental Health Centers Act accelerated the trend toward deinstitutionalizationwith the establishment of a network of community mental health centers and changes in laws regarding commitment.
  3. Kenneth Kesey, wrote...

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Swiss pharmaceutical Novartis bribed Greek politicians and thousands of doctors "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On January 27, 2018, a post I did, This flu season is an epidemic: Some died just 2 days after onset of symptoms, elicited a torrent of comments from readers critical of Big Pharma, including assertions that drug companies pay Continue reading

04:42

Attorney Gregg Jarrett Blasts DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Anyone Who Knowingly Lies to the Government Its One Year Behind Bars (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

 President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton appeared on Fox News to speak with attorney Gregg Jarrett who filled in for Lou Dobbs Thursday evening.

Gregg Jarrett brought up DOJ official Bruce Ohr who was recently caught hiding his wifes Fusion GPS payments from ethics officials.

Jarrett says anyone who knowingly and willfully lies to the government, its one year behind bars.

18 USC 1001, if you knowingly and willfully lie to the government its one year behind bars, Jarrett began.

Tom Fitton pointed out Paul Manafort is facing similar charges for failing to file a FARA form.

Demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr was being fed information from his wife, Nellie Ohr who was employed by Fusion GPS. Bruce Ohr then took that oppo research given to him from his wife and gave it to the FBI.

Bruce Ohr failed to disclose his wifes payments from Fusion GPS; Ohr never obtained a conflict of interest waiver from his superiors.

VIDEO:

Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson recently admitted in a court document that his firm hired Nellie Ohr, the wife of Bruce Ohr to investigate then-candidate Donald T...

04:33

Nothing New in the Pielkesphere "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Well Gavin, Climate of, has had it with a certain political scientist, 


and And is naval gazing about how scientists should communicate, so memories stirred in Eli's Email list about science communication and Ethon's friend, so with the majic of search Eli found this letter which discussed how the National Assessments of Climate Change impacts came into being and the role of scientists as communicators.  
But Roger didn't like that either. It became evident that Roger's modus operandi, like his father's, is along the lines of "everyone but me is full of shit so stop thinking about what you think is significant and do my agenda instead."  
Bush-Cheney suppressed the National Assessment for the denial machine, because they could see the implications of allowing that discourse to flourish. But Roger has nothing to contribute on any such matters. He has failed so badly, and even harmfully, to see that the science community is not the problem on climate change (not to say that scientists couldn't benefit from knowing how to communicate better), it's much more importantly what happens on the receiving end of politics, media, and the public -- and how that connection has been mediated and manipulated by various interests.  
If it could be fixed by heroic efforts of scientists to communicate with civilians on climate change, it would be fixed already. I believe that a serious discussion of climate change as a policy problem calls for a progressive critical analysis of the political situation, not just beating up on the science community. For someone whose degree is in political science (my field of graduate study as well), Roger is just friggin clueless (to put it as kindly as I can) about how to think about and discuss the political aspect of things. That contributes to his remarkable, never-ending ability to miss the key point of whatever matter he is discussing and say something...

03:38

Sharyl Attkisson TedX Speech Discussing Origin of Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sharyl Attkisson is a five-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting.  Mrs. Attkisson has also authored two New York Times bestsellers: The Smear and Stonewalled. WEBSITE HERE Additionally Mrs. Attkisson hosts Continue reading

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STUNNING! ADL and AP Used Larper on 4Chan as Source to Push Nikolas Cruz White Supremacist Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier today, the Anti-Defamation League and Associated Press reported Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman Nikolas Cruz was a member of the Republic of Florida Militia, a white nationalist group seeking to create a white ethnostate out of Florida.

Later in the day   Tallahassee law enforcement says they have not found any ties between Cruz and the group. 

It was a all a far left media conspiracy.

Now we know that the far left Anti-Defamation League used a larper on 4Chan to push the white supremacist conspiracy.

Via Reddit The Donald and Jack Posobiec:

Heres how it happened.

02:37

SICK. DNC Fundraises Off Florida Slaughter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The DNC is not only financially broke, but morally bankrupt as well.

The Democrat National Committee is fundraising off the mass shooting in Florida which left 17 people dead.

Never let a crisis go to waste, right?

On Thursday, the DNC blasted out an email, signed by DNC Chair Tom Perez asking people to sign a petition, which states, Tell Congress: Take Action to Prevent Gun Violence.

Any individual who fills out their name, email address and zip code is prompted to a donation page asking for money.

Chip in to help Democrats take on the gun lobby is splashed in big blue letters at the top of the donation page.

Were counting on you to help take on the gun lobby and elect Democrats who have the courage to address the epidemic of gun violence. Chip in now.

Donations start at $10 and go up to $2,000. There is also a blank box where a person can choose the amount they would like to contribute. (screenshot below)

Part of the email signed by Tom Perez reads (via Peter Hasson of the Daily Caller):

Yesterday afternoon, a 19-year-old with a weapon of war walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring...

02:06

FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer Responds to Chairman Nunes and Chairman Goodlatte Request for FISC Documents "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Moments ago FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer responded to the requests from the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. (full pdfs below #1 and #2) There are nuances in each response specific Continue reading

02:00

WARNING: Blue Dogs Endorsed Four More Conservative Democrats This Week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


The shriveled far right of the Democratic Party, the Blue Dogs-- the heart and soul of the Republican wing of the Democratic Party-- just endorsed four new congressional candidates, a clear warning that these candidates will be voting against progressive proposals. So, joining already-endorsed Brad Ashford (NE), Anthony Brindisi (NY), Paul Davis (KS), Gretchen Driskell (MI), R.D. Huffstetler (VA), Jay Hulings (TX), Brendan Kelly (IL), Ben McAdams (UT), Dan McCready (NC) and Max Rose (NY), we now have these 4 conservative shitheads:
Denny Wolff (Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre suburbs)
Jeff Van Drew (NJ-corruption)
Jim Gray (Lexington, KY)
Conor Lamb (southwest PA)
On Saturday, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, the only Democrat left with a 100% ProgressivePunch crucial vote score, is hosting something called "Democracy Summer 2018" at Dupont Circle in Washington. The invitation blurb: "Launched by Rep. Jamie Raskin, Democracy Summer Leadership PAC aims to win back Congress by training 300 college and high school students and deploying them in crucial U.S. House campaigns in the Mid-Atlantic region from Virginia and Maryland through Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as other targeted states, including Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin." The invitation gives the most space to explaining that Raskin's special guest isn't a senator or a member of Congress but one candidate-- Randy #IronStache Bryce. You know why? Nearly 90% of the kids in the program said they want to be interns in Randy's campaign. None of them wanted to be interns for any of the Blue Dogs or New Dems the DCCC is pushing. The DCCC doesn't understand that the energy of the resistance i...

01:48

HORRIBLE! Debbie Wasserman Schultz Turns Florida Shooting Vigil Into Political Rally! (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

HORRIBLE!
Debbie Wasserman Shultz turned the candlelight vigil in Parkside, Florida into a political pep rally tonight.

Wasserman Schultz started screaming about other peoples officials during her speech to remember those lost in Wednesdays high school shooting.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: We must hold OTHER PEOPLES elected officials accountable. We must make sure that they hear us! The people behind me they stand with us on these issues. So we will help other communities elect people who will do the right thing.

How awful.

The post HORRIBLE! Debbie Wasserman Schultz Turns Florida Shooting Vigil Into Political Rally! (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

01:43

Jim Acosta Rudely Shouts Gun Control Question After POTUS Gives Somber Speech Complains After Trump Ignores Him "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CNNs Jim Acosta rudely shouted out a question about guns to President Trump after he wrapped up a somber address Thursday.

President Trump gave a genuine, heartwarming speech a day after Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people at a Florida high school. Acosta rudely shouted at the president, ruining the mood in a room full of people saddened by the tragic loss of life.

And he wonders why President Trump ignored him.

Video of POTUS Trump saying no child or teacher should ever be in danger in an American school:

According to the press pool present at President Trumps speech, Jim Acosta broke the silence by shouting about guns.

Whiny Acosta then took to his Twitter account to complain President Trump didnt respond to his rude outburst.

Acosta tweeted, Following the presidents remarks, I tried to ask Trump why does this keep happening in America and whether he will do anything about guns. He did not respond except to say thank you.

This behavior is very typical of Jim Acosta. He has to have the attention on himself even after a tragic mass shooting t...

00:11

Make No Mistake: The Rule Of The Rich Has Been A Deadly Epoch For Humanity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad February 15, 2018 Rich people rule, make no mistake. They have ruled for centuries, and the toll of their reign has been high. At their feet can be laid the bodies of every child starved in a world with surplus food; []

Thursday, 15 February

23:54

What Did James Comey Tell President Trump About Clinton-Steele Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Andrew McCarthy has an excellent must-read review of how the Susan Rice email paints a clear picture of James Comeys instructions -from President Obama- to obfuscate the intent of the FBI counterintelligence operation during the early days of the Trump Continue reading

23:35

Appeals Court: Trumps Anti-Muslim Comments Continue To Taint Travel Ban "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Donald Trump and his administration lost again, as another federal appeals court ruled against the travel ban against Muslims.

The Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals agreed with a district court that the ban violates the Constitution and backed a preliminary injunction. However, a December 4 order from the Supreme Court means the ban remains in effect.

On a human level, the appeals court contended [PDF], the bans invisible yet impenetrable barrier denies the possibility of a complete, intact family to tens of thousands of Americans. On an economic level, [the ban] inhibits the normal flow of information, ideas, resources, and talent between the designated countries and our schools, hospitals, and businesses.

It also maintained it second-guesses the United States dedication to religious freedom and tolerance. When we compromise our values as to some, we shake the foundation as to all.

The appeals courts decision called attention to the bans primarily religious anti-Muslim objective.

Our constitutional system creates a strong presumption of legitimacy for presidential action, and we often defer to the political branches on issues related to immigration and national security. But the disposition in this case is compelled by the highly unusual facts here, the appeals court stated.

Plaintiffs offer undisputed evidence that the President of the United States has openly and often expressed his desire to ban those of Islamic faith from entering the United States. [The ban] is thus not only a likely establishment clause violation, but also strikes at the basic notion that the government may not act based on [religious animosity].

In an August 17, 2017, tweet, the President endorsed an apocryphal story involving General Pershing and a purported massacre of Muslims with bullets dipped in a pigs blood, advising people to [s]tudy what General Pershing . . . did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!

On November 29, 2017, President Trump retweeted three disturbing anti-Muslim videos entitled: Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary! Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death! and Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!

The three videos were originally tweeted by an extremist political party whose mission is to oppose all alien and destructive politic or religious doctrines, including . . . Islam.

The government insisted Trumps actions should not forever taint future actions. To that, the appeals court noted he could have taken steps to fix the taint by, for example, endin...

23:30

A Second Shooter in Florida High School? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Weve seen this before Spicious reporting in Florida Second Shooter Eyewitness Testimony CENSORED The Alex Jones Channel  Feb 15, 2018 Eyewitness Alexa Miednik, who believes there was a second shooter, said she was WALKING with accused suspect Nikolas Cruz after Continue reading

23:10

UPDATE: Police Say NO TIES Found Between White Nationalist Group & High School Gunman Nikolas Cruz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League reported Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman Nikolas Cruz was a member of the Republic of Florida Militia, a white nationalist group seeking to create a white ethnostate out of Florida.

However, Tallahassee law enforcement says they have not found any ties between Cruz and the group. 

Tallahassee Democrat reports:

Local law enforcement sources have so far not found a connection between accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz and a Tallahassee-based paramilitary group.

Leon County law enforcement sources told the Tallahassee Democrat that they could not find information linking Cruz to the Republic of Florida Militia, as first reported by the groups self-proclaimed leader Jordan Jereb.

Leon County Sheriffs Office Lt. Grady Jordan said investigative work Thursday did not yield any connections.

We are still doing some work but we have no known ties between the ROF, Jordan Jereb or the Broward shooter, Jordan said.

Asked if Cruz was a member of the group, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel replied, Its not confirmed at this time, we have heard that, were looking into that.

Jereb is now backtracking, on his claims about Cruz.

Jordan Jereb, the ADLs source on the Florida shoo...

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