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Friday, 23 February

21:55

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

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 However, hell have the chance to get back into that business since his name was withdrawn from nomination in February 2018 following reports that he had lied about his background to a Senate committee.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

The...

21:37

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

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

21:36

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

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

21:23

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

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

21:07

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:04

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

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

21:00

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

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

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

20:53

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



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

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

...

20:20

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

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

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

ARTICLE I, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 12

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

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

ARTICLE I, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 15-16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Polluters are in Control "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In 2017, 13 federal agencies expressed high confidence that more than 92 percent of the observed rise in global average temperatures since 1950 is the direct result of human activity. But the Trump administration wants to debunk its own findings. First, Trump nominated Kathleen Hartnett White, a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), to lead the Council on Environmental Quality.  As you might imagine, the TPPF is basically a front for utility companies and the oil and gas industry.

Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice, told the Texas Observer, TPPFs donors are a Whos Who of Texas polluters, giant utilities and big insurance companies. TPPF is thinking the way its donors want it to think.

Unfortunately for the polluters, Kathleen Hartnett White gave one of the most pathetic performances in history during her confirmation hearings. It was so bad that her nomination had to be pulled.

Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said he found Ms. Whites views so unsettling that he mounted a campaign to block her confirmation. Mr. Carper said he visited the offices of 16 Republican senators to voice his concerns, bringing with him an iPad in order to play a three-minute video that his staff had compiled of Ms. White struggling to respond to questions posed by both Republicans and Democrats at her hearing.

In an interview last week, Mr. Carper said he believed his effort had played a part in ending Ms. Whites nomination.

Her climate change skepticism wasnt necessarily the problem. Her complete ignorance of environmental science was just too much to overlook. Thats why the Trump administration is tossing us another climate skeptic.

The Trump administration is considering a North Carolina regulator who questions mainstream climate science to be the next White House enviro...

Texas Democrats are Eager to Vote "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ive often compared the red/blue divide in our politics to two tectonic plates that are locked together. Every so often, there is some slippage along the fault line that causes a minor political earthquake, but things usually settle back into a stable state. No one can quite predict when The Big One will come, but theres always the potential for a huge shift that will permanently rearrange the divide and leave one party with an insurmountable advantage.

Weve had two presidential elections, in 2000 and 2016, when the party with fewer voters nonetheless won the election due to an advantage in the Electoral College. In Congress, weve seen control switch back and forth during this same period. The one thing that would change everything is if Texas and its 38 Electoral College votes suddenly moved into the Blue column. Without Texas, its inconceivable that a Republican could win the presidency. The Republicans currently enjoy a 27-11 advantage in their congressional delegation, and they hold both U.S. Senate seats. Both of those majorities are key to the Republicans current control of Congress.

Based solely on demographic analyses of Texas, it has looked like the Democrats might be competitive in the presidential election by 2024 and perhaps have an outright advantage by 2028. Those estimates dont take into account the possibility that racial, ethnic or gender groups might change their voting preferences. If whites vote even more heavily Republican or Latinos become more like swing voters, then Texas may remain reliably red for a longer period of time. But if the reverse happens, or if, say, white women move sharply away from the GOP in reaction to school shootings and the #MeToo movement, then Texas could be competitive in 2020.

Early voting for the midterm election primaries started in Texas on Tuesday, and the Dallas Morning News reports that the Democrats are turning out at close to presidential year numbers.

Of the 51,249 Texans who cast ballots Tuesday on the first day of early voting, more than half voted in the Democratic primary.

The total number of voters from the 15 counties with the most people registered is high for a midterm year. In 2016, a presidential election year, 55,931 Texans voted on the first day of early voting for the primary. But in the last midterm election in 2014, only 38,441 Texans voted on the first day.

Even more surprising is the turnout among Democrats. Since the last midterm election, the party saw a 51 percent increase in first-day early voting turnout, while Republicans saw a 16 percent increase.

Some of the individual county numbers are striking...

Paul Manafort Really Needed $16 Million "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Compare:

Financial records filed last year in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul J. Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate that he had been in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Donald J. Trumps presidential campaign in March 2016.

Contrast:

The loans for the 377 Union property totaled 6.5 million and were for a property that Manafort initially bought for less than $3 million.

Between the Hamptons property and the Brooklyn property the Federal Savings Bank loaned Manafort $16 million or 5 percent of all of the bank's loans, according to records kept by the FDIC.

Manafort owed Oleg Deripaska somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 or 17 million dollars. That's the same amount of money he borrowed once he lost his job with the Trump campaign.

When he was still employed by the campaign, he tried offering Deripaska private briefings and otherwise monetizing his access and position. Then he got fired.

On Aug. 19, 2016, Manafort left the Trump campaign amid media reports about his previous work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, including allegations he received millions of dollars in payments.

That same day, Manafort created a holding company called Summerbreeze LLC. Several weeks later, a document called a UCC filed with the state of New York shows that Summerbreeze took out a $3.5 million loan on Manafort's home in the tony beach enclave of Bridgehampton.

This doesn't look all that complicated. Manafort owed a Russian oligarch approximately 16 million dollars. He'd been stiffing him for a few years. He came up with a desperate idea to repay him which was a priority due to Deripaska's connections to organized crime. He would offer to work for Trump for no pay. Then he would begin paying Russia back in other ways. A change in the Republican platform. Private briefings on the inner workings of Trump's circle. But he got exposed and fired. The same day, he began scrounging for $16 million using the connections he'd made to secure the highly dubious loans.

This, too, has been exposed. And now Manafort is up shit's creek.

In court filings Friday related to Manafort's bail, federal prosecutors said they have "substantial evidence" that a loan made from the bank to Manafort using the Virginia and Hamptons properties as collateral was secured through false representation...

19:58

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

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

Paul Sperry of The New York Post reported:

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

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

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

The N...

19:52

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

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

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

Read the email below:

Local 10 reports:

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

19:30

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

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

19:22

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

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

New York Post reports:

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

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

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

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

CNN reports:

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

19:14

Kids These Days "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

19:09

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

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

The difference?

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

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

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

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

19:03

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18:35

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

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

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

Breitbart.com reported:

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

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

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

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

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

18:26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18:08

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

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

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

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

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

Partial transcript below:

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

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

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

The post Another Democrat Lawmaker Comes Out Against Ban On All Semi-Automatic Weapons (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

17:38

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:05

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16:53

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

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

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

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

Trump campaigned in Kansas instead.
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Ted Cruz supporter William Temple was planning a walkout protest during his speech.
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Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump abruptly canceled his scheduled speech at CPAC Saturday morning as his campaign announced an appearance in Wichita, Kansas the day of that states caucus.

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

16:39

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

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

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

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

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

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

16:30

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

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

16:13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16:09

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15:55

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

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

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

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

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

Via FOX Business Network:

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15:53

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

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

15:49

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

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

15:20

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

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

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

CNN used the killer in order to attack President Trump.

Via The Donald Reddit:

The tweet is still public.

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

15:18

FRIDAY OPEN THREAD "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

15:16

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

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

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

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

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

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

15:00

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

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

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

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14:56

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

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

14:43

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

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

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

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

Jeff Kasky, image via Twitter avater.

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

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

14:35

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

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

14:35

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

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

14:32

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

Guest post by Joe Hoft

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

Yesterday Sara Carter reported that

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

Toensings claim states that

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

Carter notes that Toensings claim references

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

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

14:12

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



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

14:12

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

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

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

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

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

14:00

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


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

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


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13:30

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

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

11:31

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

10:59

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

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

09:22

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

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

09:01

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


by Noah

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

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

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

08:56

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


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

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

08:53

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


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

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

Introduction

At all times relevant to this Superseding Indictment:

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

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

06:20

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

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

06:15

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

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

06:05

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

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

06:01

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

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

06:00

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




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

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

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

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

 

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

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DCCC Goes Nuclear, Slams Democratic Candidate As Corrupt For Same Behavior It Engages In Regularly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You Cant Mean It "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When Will Congress Investigate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

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

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

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

Heroes Value Their Privacy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

But the heroes do not like this.

They never do.

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

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

The law reflects this stilted standard, too.

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

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

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

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

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

Of course, it has nothing to do with safety.

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

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

A Common Culture "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

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

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

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

Another day, an eight-mont...

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

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

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

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

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

One does not expect...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Executive Orders "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Justins note: Nobodys property is safe anywhere.

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

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

To learn why, I got Doug on the phone


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Smackdowns! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

Morse noted this videos origins over at RedState:

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

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

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

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

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

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Russiaphobia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

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

Why is Mueller comfortable bringing a transparently false indictment?

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

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

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

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

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Top-North Homesteader "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

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

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

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

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

She can cook anything, anywhere.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why You Need Sleep

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

The Importance of Sleep for Mental Health

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

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

What Is Insomnia?

If you regularly have difficulty falling...

Bad Breath? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

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

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

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

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

Antioxidants in red wine boost dental health  

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

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

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

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

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

Mouthwashes and chewing gums have been proposed 

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

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

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

Mouthwashes and...

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AMAZING WISCONSIN TEEN Invents Classroom Door Stop to Prevent Killers from Entering Room And Save Lives (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A Wisconsin high school senior and Army recruit Justin Rivard invented a door stop that prevents killers from entering classrooms.

Justin created the JustinKase two years ago when he was just 15. The device does not allow a door to open even a crack which means students and staff will be saved during emergencies.

His own school already ordered 50 of the JustinKase, one for each room in the building, according to KARE.

Justin is entering the Army this year after his graduation.

FOX News reported:

One high schooler has come up with a device to prevent active shooters from getting inside classrooms and to keep students safe.

He calls it the JustinKase. Its a product made of steel that latches to a door frame to bar entry.

Unlike other products, JustinKase does not allow a door to open even a crack which means students & staff can remain safe while emergency personnel race to the scene, creator Justin Rivard, a student at Somerset High School in Wisconsin, explains on his website.

Rivard came up with the idea for the safety product, which he sells online for $95, two years ago when he was just 15. He spent months refining it.

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Flashback: CNN Fixed 1992 Election Eve Town Hall Ambush Question From Clinton Operative Stephanopoulos to Pres. George H.W. Bush "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CNNs history of fixing town halls goes back to 1992 when the cable network arranged for senior Clinton campaign operative George Stephanopoulos to call into a live town hall with President George H. W. Bush that put him ahead of all the other callers and allowed him to ambush Bush about the Iran Contra scandaljust days before the presidential election.

Screen images via YouTube.

CNN claimed Thursday night in response to a tweet by President Donald Trump that CNN never fixes town halls, There is absolutely no truth to this story and we can prove that. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last nights town hall, nor have we ever. Those are the facts. #FactsFirst

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

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Parkland Hero Colton Haab Names CNN Producer Carrie Stevenson as Person Who Censored Him at Anti-Gun Town Hall (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Wednesday night Parkland student hero Colton Haab told reporters that CNN opted to leave him out of the televised Florida town hall debate because he did not agree with their anti-gun narrative.

TGPs Cassandra Fairbanks wrote about Colton last night.

Haab is the brave 17-year-old member of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps who ushered 60 to 70 people to safety in an open JROTC room during the Parkland school shooting. The high school junior may have saved many lives by using the Kevlar sheets from the marksmanship program to try and protect his peers. His actions were so important that the US Military is currently considering awarding him with a JROTC Medal of Heroism.

Despite his heroism, the student told the Local 10 News that he was not allowed to ask his prepared questions at the CNN event.

CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted, Haab told a WPLG reporter.

CNN today called Colton Haab a liar.

Thursday night Colton Haab told Tucker Carlson that CNN producer Carrie Stevenson was the person who censored him duri...

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Priest On Coach Chris Hixon: He Didnt Run Away. He Wanted To Protect Those Children. And He Did "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Another coach at Stoneman Douglas High School who should have been armed. Via Stars and Stripes: Chris Hixon was remembered as a loving father and husband, a veteran who was twice deployed to the Persian Gulf, an athletic director and wrestling coach who worked tirelessly for his athletes and ultimately, as a hero who died []

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FL Student Who Claims CNN Wrote His Town Hall Question For Him, Tells All To Tucker "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

He thinks they likely rewrote other kids questions as well. Via Fox News Insider: A Florida student claims that CNN rewrote his question for the networks Wednesday night town hall debate on gun violence. Colton Haab, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were shot and killed last week, says he []

03:25

POTUS Trump Lashes Out at Fake News CNN For Scripted Anti-Gun Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

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

Haab is the brave 17-year-old member of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps who ushered 60 to 70 people to safety in an open JROTC room during the Parkland school shooting. The high school junior may have saved many lives by using the Kevlar sheets from the marksmanship program to try and protect his peers. His actions were so important that the US Military is currently considering awarding him with a JROTC Medal of Heroism.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

03:17

Amid Fawning Global Coverage, N. Korea Sends Terrorist to Lead Olympic Delegation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Will media fawn all over him too? Via Free Beacon: The North Korean regime is sending to the Olympic Closing Ceremonies a delegation of senior officials led by a terrorist widely believed to be responsible for orchestrating the sinking of a South Korean navy vessel that killed 46, a move that has drawn sharp protest []

02:56

Ben Rhodes Announces Memoir of Time in Obama Administration Called The World As It Is "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This character is behind some of the biggest lies of the Obama administration. Via Free Beacon: Former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes announced Thursday the release of his new book that will detail his time in the White House. The book, entitled The World As It Is, will be released on June 12, according to []

02:50

Obama Posts Chilling Message to Teens Marching and Organizing For Gun Control Weve Been Waiting For You "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Barack Obama posted a chilling message to his Twitter account Thursday to the teens marching and organizing for gun control.

He told the youth fighting for gun control weve been waiting for you.

The Gateway Pundit was the first publication to question the medias agenda in only propping up students who push the anti-gun narrative. We took a lot of heat for it, but we stand by our reporting.

CNN and other fake news media organizations refused to allow pro-gun students to voice their opinions.

It was also revealed CNN scripted their Wednesday night anti-gun town hall.

The left is going for broke. After all, never let a crisis go to waste, right?

Obama tweeted, Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. Weve been waiting for you. And weve got your backs.

Remake the world as it should be? Chilling.

Obama also signaled to the youth that the liberal elites with deep pockets have their backs.

02:43

Illinois Bishop: Senator Dick Durbin Will Not Be Allowed Communion After His Late Term Abortion Vote "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki announced this week that Catholic Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) will not be admitted to Holy Communion following his vote for late term abortions of babies in the last trimester.

This barbaric practice is not even legal in secularist Europe.

Democrats embrace this gruesome practice.

I agree completely with His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, who called the U.S. Senates failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act appalling.

Fourteen Catholic senators voted against the bill that would have prohibited abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization, including Sen. Richard Durbin, whose residence is in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. In April 2004, Sen. Durbins pastor, then Msgr. Kevin Vann (now Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, CA), said that he would be reticent to give Sen. Durbin Holy Communion because his pro-abortion position put him outside of communion or unity with the Churchs teachings on life. My predecessor, now Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, said that he would support that decision. I have continued that position.

Canon 915 of the Catholic Churchs Code of Canon Law states that those who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion. In our 2004 Statement on Catholics in Political Life, the USCCB said, Failing to protect the lives of innocent and defenseless members of the human race is to sin against justice. Those who formulate law therefore have an obligation in conscience to work toward correcting morally defective laws, lest they be guilty of cooperating in evil and in sinning against the common good. Because his voting record in support of abortion over many years constitutes obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin, the determination continues that Sen. Durbin is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of this sin.

The post Illinois Bishop: Senator Dick Durbin Will Not Be Allowed Communion After His Late Term Abortion Vote appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

02:33

Reporter Asks White House About Cost Of Arming Teachers The Blunt Response Made The Room Go Silent "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Why do they never ask how much it costs about something they support? And exactly, how much is safety worth? Via Daily Caller: White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, faced a litany of questions in Thursdays briefing over President Trumps reaction to the school shooting in Florida. At least four questions focused on []

02:00

Flippable: CA-39... With The Right Candidate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




As it had for cycle after cycle, in 2016 the DCCC ignored CA-39 entirely. But as Hillary beat Trump there-- 51.5% to 42.9%-- Brett Murdock, the un-funded Democrat who ran (spending $76,014 to incumbent Ed Royce's $3,640,434), managed to win 42.3% of the vote. This cycle the DCCC decided to use the 39th-- a district in the northeast corner of Orange County that spills into L.A. and San Bernardino counties-- as a dumping ground for multimillionaire self-funders from other districts. They hadn't counted on an actual grassroots, policy-driven local, Sam Jammal, running. Meanwhile, Royce sniffed around and, despite a massive warchest, decided not to seek reelection. He bowed out, leaving half a dozen Democrats with 6 or 7-figure warchests. Blue America surveyed the field and endorsed Sam Jammal, who released his first video today, which he describes below-- and which you can watch above.



Piss Off Trump-- Send a Latino/Arab American to Congress
-by Sam Jammal


Imagine next January when the House begins taking up the articles of impeachment against Trump. What if the deciding vote was the son of immigrants? What if this vote was the son of Latino and Arab American parents? Is there anything that would piss off Trump more?

Right now, we can do that in the 39 th district. A new poll from Public Policy Polling has a Democrat ahead by 2%. But, while Hillary Clinton won this seat by 8.6%, not just any Democrat can win. We house the Nixon birthplace and library here in the 39th. Our demographics are changing, but voters are only starting to take a look at Democrats.

...

01:59

Jury Finds Texas Democrat Guilty Of Multiple Felonies Including Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Wire: On Thursday afternoon, a Democratic Texas state senator was found guilty on 11 felony charges, including multiple counts of fraud and money laundering, reports the Texas Tribune. State Sen. Carlos Uresti was charged last year for his role in what authorities called a Ponzi Scheme involving a bankrupt oilfield services company called []

01:48

Michael Savage Rages Against George Soros: ARREST That Crazy Son of a B*tch For Meddling In Foreign Elections! (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Radio legend Michael Savage joined InfoWars host Alex Jones Thursday and called out progressive billionaire George Soros, demanding that the crazy son of a b*tch be arrested for meddling in foreign elections.

SAVAGE: Soros is one crazy son of a b*tch. I dont know how in the world he gets away with meddling in foreign elections without having been rounded up by INTERPOL. Soros has meddled in more foreign elections than you can count on one hand. We know it for a fact! And yet we hear not one word, and this is the bewildering part about it, why has Trump not gone after Soros meddling in foreign elections? This is a peculiarity of the Trump-Soros thing and I dont know why. Let me put it that way, Alex. Its a topic for you to look into. But, Soros is a man who openly meddles in foreign elections. Why is he not looked into?

Recently, the Guardian UK reported Soros donated 400,000 to an anti-Brexit campaign:

The investor has come under sustained attack since details of his donations to Best for Britain were revealed last week.

Soros, who has given much of his personal fortune to his human rights organisation, the Open Society Foundations (OSF), said he had received toxic personal criticism. Some have said the language echoes the antisemitic attacks against him made by some governments, such as Hungary and Russia.

In an opinion piece published by the Daily Mail UK two weeks ago, Soros warned against Brexit, stating This process will change Britain and Europe from friends into foes, at least during the transitional period.

Before the referendum Britain was doing better economically than the rest of Europe. But this has now been...

01:34

House bill HR 4918 identifies white supremacists and right-wing extremists as domestic terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On February 2, 2018, a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives which should strike fear in white Americans, conservatives and Republicans. The purpose of H.R. 4918: Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018 is to authorize dedicated domestic terrorism Continue reading

01:31

Broward Coward Armed County Sheriff Cowered Outside Building Refused to Confront Parkland School Shooter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

School Resource Officer (SRO) Scot Peterson, the armed deputy stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, stood outside the building during the shooting and refused to enter the building.   He listened as the kids were being shot. Continue reading

01:28

Ekaterina Lukasheva: Kusudamas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ekaterina Lukasheva is a Russian paper artist with a math degree. She designs kusudamas, folded paper constructions with a long tradition in the country. More at This is Colossal.



01:27

First National Bank Of Omaha Ends NRA Partnership After Being Targeted By Complaints "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It begins. Via Daily Caller: The First National Bank of Omaha announced Thursday that it is terminating its branded partnership with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA, the bank wrote on Twitter. As a result, []

01:20

Check Your Privilege: 7th Grader in Philly School Threatened For Being White "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The graffiti on the Messina home reads Snitchn ass. Die cracker, and its directed toward 12-year-old Joseph Messina, a 7th grade honors student at Mastery Charter Thomas Campus in Philadelphia. This comes on the heels of an alleged 6-on-1 attack that happened in the hallway of the school, in which the family says school officials are ignoring.

CBS Philadelphia reports:

Joseph Messina Jr.

Joeys mom and dad say their son was targeted because of his race. The family is white.

They have police reports documenting a 6-on-1 school hallway attack that happened three weeks ago.

And then they all started coming in and punching my back, I was covering my face, the younger Messina said.

The Messinas accuse staff at Mastery Charter Thomas Campus of looking the other way.

They let them run that school. Its a shame to say, they really do, Margaux Messina said. They dont care about the gangs in there, they deny that when there really is.

Philadelphia police now have detectives assigned to investigative the graffiti.

01:10

BREAKING: Officer at Parkland School WAITED OUTSIDE While Kids Were Being Slaughtered in February 14th Massacre (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

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

ABC News reported:

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

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

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

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

The post BREAKING: Officer at Parkland School WAITED OUTSIDE While Kids Were Being Slaughtered in February 14th Massacre (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

01:06

Breaking: Grand jury Indicts Missouri Governor Eric Greitens On Felony Charges "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The whole story is incredibly creepy. Via Daily Wire: On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Missouri Governor Eric Greitens in St. Louis on felony invasion of privacy charges stemming from a recently revealed affair that is alleged to have taken place in 2015. The charges come after an investigation was launched last month amid allegations []

01:05

"The Death Merchant of the World," An Exercise in Cognitive Dissonance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former CIA director James Woolsey unironically admitting that the U.S. continues to interfere in global elections. If anyone would know, he would he runs the shop that does it (source).

by Gaius Publius

Though we're tilting at windmills, we in the Chair by the Window, it's difficult not to write this. Cognitive dissonance, like the torpedoes, be damned.

Consider these four data points.

1. "We are the death merchant of the world" Lawrence Wilkerson on U.S. Foreign Policy

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is a longtime top aide to Gen. Colin Powell. This is from Ben Norton's write-up of an interview he did with Wilkerson in 2016:
"I think Smedley Butler was onto something," explained Lawrence Wilkerson, in an extended interview with Salon.

In his day, in the early 20th century, Butler was the highest ranked and most honored official in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. He helped lead wars throughout the world over a series of decades, before later becoming a vociferous opponent of American imperialism, declaring "war is a racket."

Wilkerson spoke highly of Butler, referencing the late general's famous quote: "Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."

"I think the problem that Smedley identified, quite eloquently actually," Wilkerson said..."I think the problem is much deeper and more profou...

00:44

Matt Walsh: I Am A Gun Owner. I Will Get Rid Of My Gun Under These Simple Conditions. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Wire: The media is making quite a big deal out of the gun owners who are getting rid of their guns in an effort to promote gun control. Well, I am a gun owner, too. I will happily join these people in disarming myself, just as soon as conditions warrant it. To be []

00:23

Former Official Will Cooperate With Investigators Probing Scheme Funneling Money From State To Kerrys Daughter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Not going to help Kerrys effort for 2020. Via Daily Caller: A former senior Peace Corps official agreed to cooperate with any law enforcement investigations surrounding a scheme that funneled millions of Department of State dollars to a nonprofit founded and run by former Secretary of State John Kerrys daughter, recently published court documents show. []

00:12

Mueller Witch Hunt Hits Manafort with 32 Bank Fraud Charges from 2006 to 2013 YEARS BEFORE 2016 ELECTION "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This is something you would expect from a banana republic Not from the United States.

Dirty Cop Robert Muellers Special Counsel indicted former Trump campaign manager with 32 bank fraud charges.
The charges were based on his business ventures from 2006 through 2013 and one from 2015.

The indictment is here.

The Special Counsel of liberal partisans is out to destroy this man.

Cristina Laila reported on the indictment in a previous post.

The Politico reported:

Special counsel Robert Mueller turned up the pressure on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates, as a federal grand jury returned a new indictment Thursday charging the two men with tax and bank fraud.

The new 32-count indictment returned by a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia comes after Mueller separately charged the pair in Washington last year with money laundering and failing to register as foreign agents for their work related to Ukraine.

The new indictment accuses Manafort and Gates of repeatedly understating their income on federal tax returns and of bank fraud surrounding three loans Manafort applied for in connection with various homes he owns.

No new defendants were charged in the indictment, but it alleges that the men had a conspirator at at least one of the lenders from which Manafort obtained the loans.

Prosecutors said the case against Manafort and Gates that was previously filed in Washington will continue, although it appears a few charges from that indictment are being moved to the Virginia case. Defendants in tax cases have the right to insist on being charged in their home district. Muellers team said they were willing to consolidate the case in Washington, but either Manafort or Gates declined to agree to be prosecuted on those charges in Washington.

Mike Cernovich added.

00:08

HE NEVER WENT IN: Broward County Sheriff INVESTIGATING School Officer For Failing To Act During Parkland Shooting (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says he suspended a school resource officer for failing to act during the Parkland shooting. 

Miami NBC report:

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Thursday said he was suspended without pay the school resource officer who was at the Parkland school where 17 people were shot dead.

Israel said school resource officer Scot Peterson took a position outside of the school but never went in as the onslaught occurred, citing security footage.

In the case of Scot Peterson, our school resource deputy, I want to clarify any rumors conjecture or stories that may have been out there, Israel said.

Israel said Peterson was absolutely on campus, adding that he was armed and in uniform during the shooting.

Israel said he decided to suspend Peterson without pay pending an investigation, but Peterson decided to resign.

00:02

BREAKING: Armed Deputy In Florida School Shooting Who Never Tried To Engage Gunman Resigns "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The football coach that confronted the shooter should have been the one armed. Via Washington Times: A Florida sheriff says the deputy who was on duty at a high school where 17 people were massacred waited outside the building for about four minutes without ever going in. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced during a []

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23:55

Trump Blames Gun-Free Zones for School Shootings, Echoing Myth Spread by NRA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

For a second straight day, President Donald Trump suggested that school shootings, like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week that claimed 17 lives, could be prevented by repealing the federal law banning guns at the nations schools.

Speaking at the White House on Thursday, Trump ignored pleas from the Parkland survivors for a ban on assault rifles. Instead, he called for the repeal of legislation that created gun-free zones around primary and secondary schools in the 1990s to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons into classrooms. If up to 40 percent of each schools faculty was armed, Trump said, shooting sprees could be deterred or at least quickly contained.

Trump reiterated his call to arm teachers just hours after he scolded the news media for reporting, accurately, that he had made the same suggestion on Wednesday, during a meeting with survivors of the Parkland attack and other school shootings.

In his somewhat meandering remarks to the students and parents on Wednesday, Trump claimed that the federal law banning guns in schools introduced in 1990 by a Democratic senator, Joe Biden, and signed by a Republican president, George H.W. Bush had only served to encourage attacks. A gun-free zone to a maniac because theyre all cowards a gun-free zone is, Lets go in and lets attack, because bullets arent coming back at u...

23:53

WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE REAL VICTIMS? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Lead story at Gateway Pundit right now:



Lead story at RedState:



#1 "What's Hot" story at Fox News Insider:



Above-the-headline stories at the Drudge Report:



The Fox and GP stories, by the way, involve two different pro-gun survivors. They have a right to be heard. But the one on Fox who says "the media" won't listen is, um, talking to Fox -- which is the media.

On the right, the shooting is now irrelevant. The deaths are now meaningless. All that matters is: Our side is being persecuted by the evil libs. You gotta prioritize, I guess, and, apart from protecting the precious guns, demonstrating persecution by liberals is the right-wing media's #1 priority.

23:52

Schoolboy Cameron Kasky "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The U.S. media apparatus -specifically for current events, CNN and Jake Tappers narrative engineers- consistently indoctrinate and manipulate children. Indeed, in the history of Fabian political advancement children have always been a focus point for advancing their authoritarian control objectives. Continue reading

23:51

MO Governor Greitens Indicted on Felony Invasion of Privacy Charges After Taking Pic of Naked Mistress (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Missouri Governer Eric Greitens was indicted on Thursday on invasion of privacy charges for taking a photo of a naked mistress before he ran for governor.

The woman now claims it was traumatizing.
She went back to his house later that same day for more sex.

Via KMOV:
KMOV.com

From what we are hearing the charges were politically motivated to take down the very popular Republican governor.

KMOV reported:

Missouri governor Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday on one count of invasion of privacy.

The charge says Greitens knowingly took a photograph of a woman in a state of full or partial nudity without the knowledge and consent of that woman. The charge goes on to say the photograph was taken in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and the defendant subsequently transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer.

Invasion of Privacy in the 1st Degree is a Class D Felony in Missouri.

Under Missouri law, the Grand Jury has found probable cause to believe that Governor Greitens violated Missouri State Statute 565.252, which was in place at the time of the violation, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said in a statement. This statute has a provision for both a felony and misdemeanor. The law makes it a felony if a person transmits the image contained in the photograph or film in a manner that allows access to that image via a computer.

The post...

23:45

Civilian Casualties Soared in Iraq and Syria in 2017. Was Trumps Bloodthirsty Rhetoric to Blame? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Smoke plumes rise after an airstrike in west Mosul on March 10, 2017 as Iraqi forces advance in the city during the ongoing battle to seize it from the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group.

23:40

Pence: We Always Stand For Our Flag And Our National Anthem CPAC Crowd Chants U-S-A! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Caller: Vice President Mike Pence took a direct shot at NFL protesters by reminding the crowd present at his 2018 CPAC speech that we always stand for our flag and our national anthem. And the crowd ate it up. It is great to be back at CPAC, Pence opened. And I stand here []

23:24

Black Panther Is Inspiring Black Brazilians to Occupy Elite, White Shopping Malls "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

How different. Exotic, commented one women as she watched a group of almost 50 people  mostly young and black, many wearing bright fabrics with African designs stroll through the Shopping Leblon mall. They came this Monday to participate in a rolezinho pretoi, roughly translated to black stroll, and watch the film Black Panther in Rio de Janeiros most exclusive shopping center, a place where black Brazilians are commonly employed, but are rarely seen as customers. Amid suspicious looks and a VIP escort of security guards, I accompanied the group that went to see the film.

Much of the hype around Black Panther focuses on black professionals occupying positions in Hollywood that are usually dominated by whites, from heroic lead to producer to director. As tribute to that fact, the organizers of the rolezinho preto, the Black Collective (Coletivo Preto) and the Grupo Em, chose the whitest and most elitist spaces in one of Rios toniest neighborhoods to stage a group viewing of the movie. The event also protested the lack of black professionals in Brazils entertainment industry. A survey by the National Cinema Agency, Ancine, revealed that only 7 percent of professionals in the field are black in a nation in which the majority of citizens have African ancestry.

Rolezinho as Protest

Rolezinhos are not new to Brazil. They began as a way for fans to meet internet celebrities in 2012 and evolved into a form of protest in So Paulo in 2013 and 2014, quickly spreading to other cities. Organizers would start an event on Facebook and call for everyone to meet at a certain mall at a certain time. Young, mostly dark-skinned residents of the citys poor and working class neighborhoods on the urban periphery would take a sometimes one- or two- hour train or bus ride to shopping centers in the bougiest enclaves and just go for a walkabout. In some cases, thousands showed up, much to the horror of Brazils white elite, whose ever-present racial and class-based fears were palpable. Malls, including Shopping Leblon, closed down in anticipation of these protests. Others were broken up with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Across Latin America, the wealthy,...

23:22

Ohio Governors Race Turns to Gun Control, Assault Weapons Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The debate about gun control that was reignited by last weeks tragedy at Parkland High School is playing out in Ohios Democratic gubernatorial primary, where Dennis Kucinich is calling out his opponent Richard Cordray for his track record as a pro-gun advocate.

Kucinich, considered the most progressive candidate in the race, is calling for Ohio to ban assault weapons. We are going to change the politics of the state on this single issue, he said at a press conference in mid-February.

The former Cleveland mayor and member of Congress and his running mate, Akron City Council member Tara Samples, plan to enlist volunteers to pressure local city councils to pass resolutions urging the state to ban weapons similar to the AR-15 used in the Parkland shooting. The campaign announced that in the first 24 hours after it issued this call, 1,500 Ohioans signed up to volunteer.

Meanwhile, a pair of Democratic Ohio senators this week introduced legislation that would make it a fifth-degree felony to possess or acquire assault weapons.

However, Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief, has thus far not joined the push to ban assault weapons. Cordray, the frontrunner in the Democratic race, went only as far as saying, We also need to rethink our approach to military-style weapons that are used to perpetrate mass shootings. He is instead supporting expanding universal background checks and other more modest reforms.

Cordrays refusal to support an assault weapons ban in Ohio puts him on the wrong side of recent federal court decisions, and the wrong side of all Ohioans who want to see these weapons off the streets, Kucinich said in a statement. Ohios next Governor will either lead the way to an assault weapons ban, or support a deadly status quo. The assault weapons ban has become a defining issue in the Democratic primary election.

Cordrays campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Polling conducted in late January found that Cordray had the support of 23 percent of Democratic voters, while 16 percent backed Kucinich. A whopping 52 percent of voters were undecided, but the growing Democratic Party-aligned activism related to guns may end up being a factor in the May...

23:20

Jeremy Corbyn Hates America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Washington Examiner: Whether or not Jeremy Corbyn was ever a spy for the Communist Eastern Bloc as some in the British press are insinuating if he becomes Britains next Prime Minister, America will have to alter its relationship with Britain. The central challenge that a Corbyn government would pose to U.S. interests []

23:16

Ted Cruz SAVAGES Chris Cuomo After Claiming Hes Too Afraid To Be Interviewed By CNN (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

At CPAC Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) launched a Cruz-missile, at CNNs Chris Cuomo for claiming the 2016 presidential candidate was too afraid to appear on CNN to defend his views on the second amendment. 

Via The Federalist:

Ben asked Cruz about his dust-up with CNNs Chris Cuomo, who deceptively claimed Cruz was afraid to appear on his show and answer questions about guns.

Im quite certain in the history of the universe, no one has been afraid of Chris Cuomo, Cruz quipped.

Last week, Cruz 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/ @...

23:02

Common Sense as a Priority President Trump Hosts White House Roundtable Discussion on School Safety "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier today President Trump held a roundtable discussion on school safety with federal and local officials, state attorneys general, law enforcement, education officials and administration officials within the healthcare and mental health field. The topic is overall school safety in Continue reading

23:02

John McCain Associate Pleads the Fifth in Russia Dossier Probe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

David Kramer, an associate of Senator John McCain, invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not testify to Congress in connection to his role in distribution of the fake Russia dossier to the FBI.

Kramer was briefed by the Russian dossier author Christopher Steele in London in 2016.

The Russian dossier was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clintons presidential campaign.

The junk dossier was used as evidence in a FISA court hearing as evidence to spy on Trump volunteer Carter Page in October 2016.

Kramer then returned back to the US and delivered the phony dossier to John McCain.
McCain handed the document over to the FBI.

David Kramer is a senior fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.

FOX News reported:

A former State Department official and associate of Sen. John McCain has invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify in connection with questions from the House Intelligence Committee about the anti-Trump dossiers Russian sources, according to a law enforcement source.

David J. Kramer, who is a central player in how the unverified Trump dossier made its way to the FBI in late 2016, testified before the committee in December in a closed-door session, indicating he had information about the dossiers sources. A subpoena was issued for mid-January, as first reported by The Washington Examiner.

The law enforcement source confirmed, however, that Kramer did not appear and has exercised his Fifth Amendment rights.

Yet Kramer gave a videotaped deposition last December in separate civil litigation against BuzzFeed about the dossier and his contact with the former British spy who compiled it, Christopher Steele. Steele was hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS to write and research the dossier, with funding from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign.

According to British court records obtained by Fox News as part of its ongoing investigation of th...

23:01

BREAKING: Robert Mueller Hits Manafort, Gates With New Financial Charges "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Special Counsel Robert Mueller hit Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates with 32 new charges Thursday.

Politico reported:

Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a new indictment charging former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates with multiple counts of tax and bank fraud.

The new charges, returned by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia on Thursday, come after Mueller separately charged the two men in Washington last year with money laundering and failing to register as foreign agents for their work related to Ukraine.

Read the charges here.

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

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.

Manafort has been on house arrest since he was indicted in October of 2017.

Story developing

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23:00

NY Times: If Government Wont Ban Guns, Banks Could Stop Letting You Pay For Them "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Obviously these clowns have never been to a gun show. Theres LOTS of cash and carry. Via NY Times: For the past year, chief executives have often talked about the new sense of moral responsibility that corporations have to help their communities and confront social challenges even when Washington wont. In the aftermath of the []

22:43

Church To Hold Ceremony For Rifles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Pittsburgh: CBS Local A church in Pennsylvania has thrown itself into the nationwide debate on gun laws by announcing they will be hosting a blessing ceremony for couples with an AR-15 assault rifle. The controversial event is set to take place just two weeks after 17 people were killed in a Florida high []

22:39

CPAC Crowd Chants LOCK HER UP! After Ben Shapiro Mentions Hillary Clinton is Not President (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief, Ben Shapiro spoke at CPAC 2018 Thursday and as soon as he mentioned Hillary Clinton, the crowd began chanting, LOCK HER UP!

Shapiro said, Hillary Clinton is not and will never be president of the United States.

The crowd erupted in cheers and applause and started chanting LOCK HER UP!

Shapiro responded by saying, Why bother? Shes already in a jail of her own making in the woods in upstate New York.

VIDEO via John Levine:

Mr. President, we arent just saying this for fun, please lock Hillary up! She has managed to escape prison for decades despite her countless scandals and crimes.

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22:20

Dems Want Gun Control But Fear It May Be Toxic To Their Midterm Chances "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via The Hill: Democrats mulling how to approach gun control on the campaign trail this year are weighing their tough history on the subject against the burning politics of the moment. The killings of 17 people at a Florida high school has led to an outpouring of student protests and new energy for the gun []

22:12

Has Gun Control's Moment Come Again-- Despite Cowardly Politicians? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"




Cameron Kasky, one of the students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School brought down the house at the CNN forum Wednesday night when he asked his senator, Marco Rubio, if he would stop taking NRA money. Rubio-- like every single blood-soaked member of Congress from either party who takes NRA bribes and votes for their sick, murderous agenda, said that the NRA buys into his agenda, not that he buys into theirs. Maybe Rubio even believes that. But the kids didn't. They boo-ed him loudly and repeatedly. Rubio's not up for reelection again until 2022. It was gracious and somewhat courageous of him to jump into the lion's den.

Trump immediately went for the most simple-minded and idiotic right-wing suggestion-- arm the teachers. Even Rubio said he wouldn't support that idea. I asked my friend who works at a public school in Compton. He said that it's a crazy idea that not only wouldn't work but that would result in more than half the teachers he knows retiring. "You think there's a teacher shortage now," he said, if Trump manages to push this through, the whole school system will collapse. Maybe that's just what DeVos wants to see happen." He also told me he's buying bulletproof clothing for school.

Rubio told the audience he's going to try-- an impossible task?-- to get unanimous consent to bring the background check bill-- FIX NICS-- to the floor. I can't see that happening... and even if it does, Ryan will stop it in the House by keeping it attached to the concealed carry reciprocity bill, an NRA strategy which will prevent Democrats from voting for it. Rubio said he favors raising the age for legal assault rifle purchases from 18 to 21-- a total non-started for the gun manufacturers lobbyists-- and says he will back mental health background checks gun violence restraining orders and limiting the size of magazine clips. When confronted by a student on his refusal to back limits on large capacity magazines in the past, he said he's "reconsidering that position... Whi...

22:10

WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: My Night with President Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Pictured: Wayne Allyn Root

By Wayne Allyn Root

I want to tell you about my night with President Trump.

I was born a S.O.B. (son of a butcher). My dad David Root was a blue-collar butcher, who spent his workdays wearing a white apron with blood stains. My mom was a homemaker, as well as part-time cashier at the butcher store.

Only in America can a son of a butcher spend time at Mar-a-Lago with the President of the United States. Only in America would the billionaire President of the United States thank the butchers son for his supportand actually take time to listen to the opinions of the butchers son turned Vegas small businessman.

I was invited to Mar-a-Lago by my great friend Lee Lipton and his wonderful wife Erika. Lee is another example of the one-in-a-billion attitude of our great President. Lee and I met and became fast friends a decade ago because we have so much in common. Like me, Lee is a Jewish Republican small businessman- a restaurant owner in Palm Beach, Florida.

But Lee happens to be friends with the President of the United States.

Lee has been mentioned in recent articles about the President in the New York Times and Washington Post. When the President sat down for interviews with journalists from these newspapers, my friend Lee sat at the table. Lee is a witness to history.

I first met President Trump through Lee Lipton. Many of my opinion pieces and newspaper articles are shared with the President by Lee. Lee is a loyal friend. That could be why President Trump appreciates Lees friendship and counsel.

So, when Lee invited me down to Palm Beach to spend Presidents Weekend at Mar-a-Lago, I jumped at the chance. I flew to Palm Beach on Friday morning and landed in time to host my nightly TV show live from Newsmax TV headquarters.

Then I rushed to a late dinner with Christopher Ruddy, the Founder, CEO and visionary behind Newsmax Media, one of the most powerful and successful political brands in the world. Chris is the man who hired me and gave me a national TV show.

On Saturday night, Lee and I arrived for dinner at Mar-a-Lago. The restaurant was packed with the most incredible group of people in all of America- captains of industry, celebrities, high profile billionaires, media superstars. In the middle of it all sat President Donald J. Trump.

As soon as President Trump saw mehe yelled Wayne and waved me to join him at his dinner table. The Secret Service escorted me through the security surrounding his table. He was having dinner with...

22:00

Anti-Bacterial Wipes Are Pointless, Germs Come Back In 20 Minutes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via The Telegraph Anti-bacterial wipes only eradicate bacteria from kitchen surfaces for 20 minutes and using them to keep germs at bay is an absolutely redundant exercise, a scientist has said. Dr Clare Lanyon, a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, said consumers may be wasting money on antibacterial wipes and sprays []

21:42

Shooting Survivor Says CNN Scripted Questions During Politically Constructed Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CNN has a reputation for manipulating their production of Town Hall events to support very specific political advocacy. One of the more famous examples was CNN contributor Donna Brazille giving Hillary Clinton questions in advance of a CNN political town Continue reading

21:08

CNN Town Hall Crowd BOOS Pro-Second Amendment Rape Survivor (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Attendees of CNNs town hall on the Florida high school shooting booed NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch as she brought up pro-second amendment rape survivor Kimberly Corban. 

Kimberley Corban was the victim of rape in 2006 while attending college at the University of Northern Colorado.

Daily Caller reports:

Kimberly Corban was raped when she was under 21 years old and is an outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment, saying she wishes she could have tried to fight off her attacker with a firearm. []

But I also think of young women, and youve had a previous town hall where you spoke with a young woman named Kim Corban, who was a college student who was brutally raped in her dorm and she was under the age of 21, Loesch said, referencing a CNN town hall where Corban asked a question of then-President Obama.

And one of the things that she speaks out about loudly now is how she wished she would have had the ability to have some sort a shotgun, whatever it was, to be able to defend herself, Loesch explained, before being cut off by the crowds boos.

Loesch was not only booed at the event, but the NRA spokesperson says attendees yelled burn her!

Loesch told CPAC she needed a private security detail to get out of the CNN town hall last night, reported ABC News Dan Linden.

21:06

Report: Mexican Cartel Dumped Hundreds Of Corpses Into Texas Border-Area Lakes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

That completes the environmental study, the wall must be built. Via Daily Caller: One of Mexicos most violent cartels dumped the bodies of hundreds, perhaps thousands of their victims into various dams and lakes throughout the northern part of Mexico and along the U.S. border. In a new report by Mexicos Revista Proceso, Los Zetas []

21:00

New Article at Return of Kings: SPLC Targets ROK for Leftist Violence by Smearing it as a Male Supremacist Hate Group' "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I discuss the SPLCs hit list against Roosh at ROK:

Hate group lists compiled by the SPLC have been used by leftist criminals in the past to identify targets for assassination. For example, in 2013, a left-winger committed a mass shooting against the Family Research Council after seeing them named by the SPLC as an anti-gay group. More recently, weve seen leftists openly going after Republican politicians and public figures, such as the attempted assassination of House Majority Leader Steve Scalise by Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson.

Click here to read the rest.

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20:50

Fossil Fuel Induced Earthquakes Near Nuclear Sites? NGOs Urge the Health and Safety Executive to Act "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Below is about the UK, but the same problem exists in the USA: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/us-congressman-pearce-pushing-more-fracking-in-new-mexico-despite-risk-of-sinkhole-collapse-destabilization-of-nuclear-waste-disposal-site/

Fossil Fueled Earthquakes Near Nuclear Sites NGOs Urge the Health and Safety Executive to Act. RADIATION FREE LAKELAND PRESS NOTICE 22nd February 2018

FOSSIL FUELED EARTHQUAKES NEAR NUCLEAR? NO THANKS! ( BUT ARE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE LISTENING?)

Fracking and Nuclear Activists have joined forces to call for increased Nuclear Safety for the UK. NGOs including Radiation Free Lakeland, Close Capenhurst, People Against Wylfa B, Residents Against Fylde Fracking, CND Cymru, South Wales Anti-Nuclear Alliance, Natur- Nature not Nuclear Wales and Stop Hinkley have called upon the UK Health and Safety Executive to effect an immediate ban on the extraction of fossil fuel near nuclear installations.
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20:45

ISIS Executes Entire Squad Of Deserting Jihadists In East Syria Amid Major Battle With US-Backed Forces "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

BEIRUT, LEBANON ISIS has executed an entire squad of deserting ranks in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor amid a major battle with US-backed forces on the east Euphrates shore according to pro-coalition sources. Reports state that the terrorist group executed seven of its jihadist fighters who were attempting to flee the frontline near []

20:33

The NCAA Says Student-Athletes Shouldnt Be Paid Because the 13th Amendment Allows Unpaid Prison Labor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In the United States, college athletes particularly those who compete at some of the largest football and basketball programs generate not millions but billions of dollars for universities, brands, and television networks. In 2015, the top programs made a combined $9.1 billion. The NCAA, for its part, just signed an $8.8 billion dollar deal with CBS to air March Madness, the college basketball championship tournament.

College sports is a business a very lucrative business.

That very obvious dynamic undergirds a lawsuit filed by former NCAA athlete Lawrence Poppy Livers asserting that scholarship students who play sports are employees and deserve pay. The Livers case argues that student-athletes who get scholarships should at least be paid as work-study students for the time they put in.

What the NCAA did in response to the lawsuit is as vile as anything going on in sports right now.

What the NCAA did in response to the lawsuit is as vile as anything going on in sports right now. I had to see it for myself before I believed it. At the root of its legal argument, the NCAA is relying on one particular case for why NCAA athletes should not be paid. That case is Vanskike v. Peters.

Only theres an important detail: Daniel Vanskike was a prisoner at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, Illinois, and Howard Peters was the Director of the state Department of Corrections. In 1992, Vanskike and his attorneys argued that as a prisoner he should be paid a federal minimum wage for his work. The court, in its decision, cited the 13th Amendment and rejected the claim.

The 13th Amendment is commonly hailed as the law that finally ended slavery in America. But the amendment has an important carve-out: it kept involuntary service legal for those who have been convicted of a crime. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction, the amendment says. Its that phrase except as a punishment for crime which allows American prisons to force their inmates to do whatever work they want or need them to do.

The use of the case stems from several oth...

20:32

Roman A. Montero: Early Christian Communism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

by Roman A. Montero Writer, Dandelion Salad Oslo, Norway February 22, 2018 I recently did an interview with Stephen Bedard on the History of Christianity podcast, also on youtube about my book All Things in Common: The Economic Practices of the Early Christians. I hope you enjoy it. Roman Montero on Feb 21, 2018 The book []

20:25

DEEP STATE SCANDAL=> Robert Mueller STILL Relying on Hillary-Funded Phony Dossier as Road Map For Russia Witch Hunt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is still relying on Hillarys phony Russia dossier as a road map for investigative leads, reports Paul Sperry.

Paul Sperry reports via Real Clear Investigations:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing to use a controversial 35-page dossier financed by the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign as a road map for investigative leads, sources familiar with his investigation say.

Muellers team has also used information gleaned from surveillance court-approved wiretaps on former Trump adviser Carter Page that were secured by citing material in the dossier, the sources say.

[]

Sources say Muellers office also inherited collections from a separate wiretap of Manafort, who, like Page, was the target of FBI eavesdropping during the election. (Manafort was indicted by Mueller for financial crimes unrelated to the Moscow collusion activities alleged against Manafort in the dossier.)

Sources add that Muellers investigators and prosecutors have access to any communications from Trump associates and officials swept up in the wiretaps of Page and Manafort. Trumps own communications may have been incidentally collected as a result of the questionable, dossier-based surveillance warrants.

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton summed it up in one perfect sentence, There is no Mueller investigation without the dossier.

It has been previously reported by many different news outlets that Mueller was relying on the dossier for his investigation, however; in light of the FISA memo released by the House Intel Committee and other reports, the fact that Mueller is still relying on the discredited dossier is raising eyebrows.

Tom Fitton has also questioned if Mueller has hired Christopher Steele or Fusion GPSs Glenn Simpson. What does Mueller know?

Congress must find out when Mueller learned that the dossier, which is apparently the basis for his entire investigation, was paid for by the DNC on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

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20:05

Quote Of The Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch: Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media notice I said crying white mothers because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you dont see town halls for them, do you? Wheres the CNN town hall for Chicago? Wheres []

19:55

Betsy DeVos is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A view of a classroom visited by Governor Ricardo Rossell and U.S. Education Secretary Besty DeVos in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Nov. 8, 2017.

19:53

Medicare Extra For All Proposal Represents Tectonic Shift Among Democrats "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A tectonic shift occurred in the Democratic Party. The Center for American Progress, the powerful center-left establishment organization which sees itself as the Democratic White House in exile, released their new Medicare Extra for All plan.

In many ways, it is nearly identical to the Medical Insurance and Care for All (MICA) plan put out by Shadowproof last year. That is truly remarkable.

CAPs plan would automatically make everyone eligible for a new and improved Medicare Extra, creating true universal coverage. Employers would have the option to buy Medicare Extra for their employees or buy private insurance at least as good. Most importantly, it would have the government drive down costs by setting provider rates for all payers.

This pulls the Overton window on health care dramatically to the left.

I will save analyzing the actual policy details for another day, since the much bigger story is what this says about the Democratic Party.

CAP was one of the main intellectual forces behind the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They helped write it, implement it, and sell it to the American people. They were one of the main organizations telling people on the left that the ACA exchanges could work well if we just gave it time and a few small fixes.

They were the group on the left which worked the hardest to convince both elected Democrats and regular voters that it was possible to effectively expand coverage using only loosely regulated private insurance marketplaces. They didnt frame the ACA as merely the least bad compromise that could get the votes in Congress, they told us it was actually good policy.

While CAP would never explicitly say it, by putting out this new proposal they are effectively admitting they were wrong for the past decade and their policy ideas failed.

Medicare Extra for All wouldnt just replace the structure of the ACA. It would replace all of the logical underpinnings of it. This is a massive ideological shift for CAP.

CAP moved from trying to control cost and expand coverage via the mechanism of consumer choice-driven marketplaces to realizing only the government can effectively control cost by directly negotiating rates via all-payer or single payer. They have abandoned the idea that real bipartisan action on health care is really possible.

The debate in Democratic circles is no longer whether the U.S. government should expand coverage via private insurance markets or public insurance. It is simply a debate over how far and how quickly to expand public insurance.

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19:45

This is Absolutely Insane: CNN Fails To Press Broward Co. Sheriff Over New Report Local Police Knew Nikolas Cruz Used a Gun Against People Before "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A new CNN report reveals South Florida law enforcement knew Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman Nikolas Cruz had used a gun against people, months before the massacre. 

CNN reports:

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

The report raises questions as to why such details were not made public prior to CNNs town hall on gun control, where Broward Co. Sheriff Scott Israel called for a ban on all assault rifles.

This is absolutely insane. Why did local police fail to take any action in response to these red flags? And why didnt CNN press the Broward Co. sheriff for answers last night?? tweeted Gabby Morrongiello, the Washington Examiner s White House correspondent.

Not only did local police fail to act on the red flags, but so did the FBI.

The FB...

19:30

Court rules sick UK toddlers life support can be shut off, despite parents wishes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I told you about Alfie last December. The UK hospital desires to take him off life support and would not allow the parents to take him to seek alternative treatment at a Rome hospital, which they believed could help Alfie. The Continue reading

19:29

HOW TO IMPLY THAT MASS SHOOTINGS ARE FALSE FLAGS WITHOUT SAYING "CRISIS ACTOR" EVEN ONCE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

What's going on in this tweet from the NRA's video unit?



Here's a little more detail on the video from Vox's German Lopez:
No one on this planet benefits more from mass shootings and motivates more people to become mass shooters than our mainstream media, Colion Noir, a gun rights activist, declared in a video published by NRA TV on Thursday. Sure, they love to get up in front of the camera and sell the lie that the mass shootings are all the NRAs fault, and falsely claim that the NRA is a soulless organization selling guns to killers for profit. But all my years of watching these events play out have led me to one conclusion: The mainstream media love mass shootings.

... Noir clarified that he doesnt believe that people in the media actively want innocent people to die, but that the media purportedly has an interest in these mass shootings happening because they drive a lot of traffic and views to news outlets. He describes the shootings as Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Seinfeld, and Friends in terms of ratings for the media.

... Noir goes on to claim that all of this attention to mass shootings may inspire more mass shooters. The shooters are the star. [The media] sensationalize everything about these killers, Noir said. And guess whos watching? Thats right. Another lonely, ignored, mentally disturbed psychopath looking to make a name for himself. And you, the mainstream media, just put out the casting call for the next mass shooter.
The overt meaning of this video is clear: Hey, don't say the NRA profits off murder. You know who really profits off murder? The MSM! It's standard I'm-rubber-you're-glue right-wing rhetoric, like the conservative claim that liberals are the real racists and anti-white racism is America's biggest racial problem.

But look at the tweet again. Do you think the phrase "casting call" was used by accident? The NRA knows how many people on the...

19:20

CNN Accuses Hero Colton Haab of LYING We Did Not Provide or Script Questions For Anyone in Last Nights Town Hall or Ever "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

Haab is the brave 17-year-old member of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps who ushered 60 to 70 people to safety in an open JROTC room during the Parkland school shooting. The high school junior may have saved many lives by using the Kevlar sheets from the marksmanship program to try and protect his peers. His actions were so important that the US Military is currently considering awarding him with a JROTC Medal of Heroism.

Despite this 17-year-olds heroism, CNN would not allow him to ask his prepared questions.

CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted, Haab said. (VIDEO):

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

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

Fake news CNN then claims Coltons father withdrew his name from participation before the forum began, however they did not specify why.

CNN concluded by asking Colton to join the network Thursday to discuss his views. (after they got caught suppressing his views)
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18:57

George Clooneys Publicist Set Up Media Interviews With Parkland Shooting Kids "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Manipulating traumatized kids, pretty sick. Via Free Beacon: George Clooneys publicist told the Washington Free Beacon that he has set up interviews between children who survived the Parkland shooting and media outlets. Stan Rosenfield, who represents Clooney, said he was approached by a friend, not Mr. Clooney, to help set up television interviews last Sunday. []

18:56

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Will Remove Nation of Immigrants From Mission Statement "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The lead U.S. agency tasked with granting citizenship to would-be Americans is making a major change to its mission statement, removing a passage that describes the United States as a nation of immigrants. In an email sent to staff members Thursday and shared with The Intercept, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna announced the agencys new mission statement.

It reads:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nations lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.

USCISs previous mission statement, still available on the agencys website Thursday, read:

USCIS secures Americas promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.

Cissna went on to write, I believe this simple, straightforward statement clearly defines the agencys role in our countrys lawful immigration system and the commitment we have to the American people. The director highlighted, specifically, the removal of the word customers from the new mission statement, making the case that the word gave a false impression.

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Screenshot: USCIS

What we do at USCIS is so important to our nation, so meaningful to the applicants and petitioners, and the nature of the work is often so complicated, that we should never allow our work to be regarded as a mere production line or even described in business or commercial terms, Cissna wrote. In particular, referring to applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits, and the beneficiaries of such applications and petitions, as customers promotes an institutional culture that emphasizes the ultimate satisfaction of applicants and petitioners, rather than the correct adjudication of such applications and petitions according to the law. Critically, Cissna added, Use of the term leads to the erroneous belief that applicants and petitioners, rather than the American people, are whom we ultimately serve.

All applicants and p...

18:36

Town Hall Crowd Jeers NRA Spokeswomans Story of Rape Survivor Who Wished She Was Armed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Disgusting. Via Free Beacon: Some members of the crowd at CNNs town hall on guns Wednesday night jeered National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loeschs story about a young rape survivor who wished she was armed. Held in Sunrise, Florida, the town hall moderated by Jake Tapper allowed students, faculty and parents connected to Stoneman Douglas []

18:31

VIDEO: Protester Storms Stage as NRA Spox Loesch Speaks at CNN Anti-Gun Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Wednesday night CNN held an anti-gun town hall in Florida following the mass shooting by deranged 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz last week.

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch was asked to participate in the panel discussion.

Dana Loesch told CPAC on Thursday morning that she was had to have security detail to get out.

You heard that town hall last night, they cheered the confiscation of firearms, she told conservatives at CPAC the next morning. And it was over 5K people. I had to have a security detail to get out. I wouldnt have been able to exit that if I did not have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming burn her. And I came there to talk solutions.

Weve reached out to CNN for comment.

At CPAC this morning, Loesch warmed the hall, if it needed warming, before NRA chief Wayne LaPierre gave his traditional fiery stump speech. We will not be gaslighted into thinking we are responsible for the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, Loesch declared. We had nothing to do with it. It is not our job to follow up on red flags, not our job to make sure states are reporting to the background-check system.

Investigative journalist Laura Loomer attended the town hall last night.
Laura has a 4 second video of a protester rushing the stage as the crowd chants, Shame on you!

Laura was being escorted out at the time so could not get a better clip.

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18:31

Dem Rep. Opposes Ban on All Semi-Automatic Weapons Cheered at CNN Town Hall (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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

Partial transcript below:

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

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

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

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18:23

Democratic Congressional Candidate Built Lucrative Career Spying on Left-Wing Activists "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A screen grab of Dataminr's diagram showing how it directly licenses a stream of data from Twitter to spot trends and detect emerging threats.

18:16

Explosive Device Thrown at U.S. Embassy Building in Montenegro "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Anything shouted in the process? Via Free Beacon: PODGORICA (Reuters) An unknown man threw an explosive device at the United States embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, before blowing himself up, media in the city said. The attack came five minutes before midnight on Wednesday, web portal www.portalanalitika.me said, adding that citizens []

18:07

Read Long-Suppressed Official Report On US Biological Warfare In North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This article was originally published by INSURGE Intelligence.

Back in the early 1950s, the U.S. conducted a furious bombing campaign during the Korean War, dropping hundreds of thousands of tons of ordnance, much of it napalm, on North Korea. The bombardment, worse than any country had received up to that point, excepting the effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, wiped out nearly every city in North Korea, contributing to well over a million civilian deaths. Because of the relentless bombing, the people were reduced to living in tunnels. Even the normally bellicose Gen. MacArthur claimed to find the devastation wreaked by the U.S. to be sickening.[1]

Most controversially, both North Korea and China alleged that by early 1952, the U.S. was using biological or germ warfare weapons against both North Korea and China. The U.S. government has strenuously denied this.

Nevertheless, captured U.S. flyers told their North Korean and Chinese captors about the use of such weapons. Later, after the prisoners were returned to U.S. custody, counterintelligence experts and psychiatrists interrogated them. They were told under the threat of court martial to renounce their confessions about germ warfare. They all did so.

The Army Criminal Investigative Division officer in charge of interrogating returning prisoners, including airmen who confessed to use of biological weaponry on North Korea and China, was Army counter-intelligence specialist, Col. Boris Pash. Pash had previously been in charge of security for the most sensitive classified operations of the U.S. government in World War II. He was in charge of security at the Manhattan Projects Berkeley Radiation Laboratory. (The Manhattan Project was the U.S. crash program to develop the atomic bomb.)

In the immediate aftermath of the war, military intelligence officer Pash led the Alsos Mission, which searched for Nazi and Italian nuclear scientists and fissionable materials, as well as gathering intelligence about any enemy scientific research applicable to his military effort, including biological and chemical weapons.[2]

To convince the world of the truth of their claim the U.S. had dropped biological weapons on their countries, and after turning down the suggestion that the International Red Cross look into the charges, the North Koreans and Chinese sponsored an investigating commission. Using the auspices of the World Peace Council, they gathered together a number of scientists from around the world, most of whom were sympathetic to either the Left or the peace movement. Most surprisingly, this commission, which came to be known as the Intern...

17:38

GOP Senator Says Impeachment of Judges Who Struck Down Gerrymandered Map Is A Conversation That Has to Happen "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In the wake of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order that struck down a Republican congressional map as unconstitutionally gerrymandered, Sen. Pat Toomey said that impeachment of the justices is a conversation that has to happen.

The GOP map had given Republicans a nearly 3-1 congressional majority in a state that leans Democratic; the courts new map will still give Republicans a significant advantage, but slightly less of one. For Toomey, that amounted, he said, to a blatant, unconstitutional, partisan power grab that undermines our electoral process.

I think state House members, state senators, are going to be speaking among themselves and their constituents, Toomey said. Does that rise to the level of impeachment? Thats ultimately their decision but its a conversation that has to happen.

The new map means several Republican incumbents now risk losing their seats, and a half-dozen competitive Republican-held congressional districts move left.

Toomeys floating of impeachment drags what had been a fringe position into the GOP mainstream. And the rhetoric is already intense. The Pennsylvania House Republican spokesman Wednesday morning called the judges unaccountable despots after drawing the new lines.

......

17:28

An Open Letter To A High School Troublemaker Smeared By @DianaLambert "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Recently, a high school student in Sacramento made international headlines for presenting a science project in which he noted that there are racial disparities in intelligence. We dont yet know the name of the sophomore student, but he likely knew exactly what he was doing, and seems to have pointed out the differences in intelligence []

The post An Open Letter To A High School Troublemaker Smeared By @DianaLambert appeared first on GotNews.

17:16

The Rothschild Organ And Octoputin - Projection or Envy? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The title page of this weeks Economist: bigger Now consider one of the earliest cartoons that used this image: The Rothschild banking family of England, Coins Financial School, (1894) - bigger At least 26% of the British Economist is owned...

16:45

Florida school shooting shills are out in full force "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Immediately after the Valentines day shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, calls for gun control began. But this time its different. While there are the usual gun-control advocates Democrat politicians and Hollywood celebrities Continue reading

16:38

Get Me Outa Wakanda! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Get Me Outa Wakanda!

Authors
bruce Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:08

#EnemyPropaganda

I finally got around to seeing the Black Panther movie Tuesday. Ive been black nearly seven decades. My blackness does not require affirmation from the Disney/Marvel Comics Universe, where Tony Stark is a greedy Pentagon contractor, where Captain America is a genetically modified organism, where the Wakandan king and the wannabe king both work with/for the CIA, and where Daredevils pals (season 1 episode 4) note that investigative reporting on teachers union scandals is as personally perilous as crossing the Mafia.

For those of us aiming to build a better world, this movie is nothing short of enemy propaganda.

#GetMeTheHellOutaWakanda

In the Black Panther movie, all the Wakandan players are royalty, their counselors, their advisors or their rivals. All the strikingly beautiful and capable Wakandan women take orders from men. The only unambiguous good guy is the Frodo looking CIA agent. The homicidal Killmonger character is calculated to sully the very notion of black rebellion against unjust authority, while Pan Africanism and humanism are defecated upon from multiple angles. Cinematic bar fights, car chases and battle scenes are a dime a dozen, and worst of all Wakanda isnt even rendered in any visually inspiring way.

#TheThirstIsReal

The movie disrespects its audience and is a standing insult to science fiction and afro futurism. As Dr. Jared Ball points out, we cant just go make and market another movie to compete with this one. Disney/Marvel Studios put tens of millions into the promotion of this thing alone, and for now millions of people are buying their message. Thats called cultural hegemony.

Those who would drink from this nasty water for affirmation a...

16:30

George and Amal Clooney donate money to March for Gun Control "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Protection for me but not for thee. From People: George Clooney and Amal Clooney are adding their support for the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting. The couple announced they are making a donation to the upcoming Continue reading

16:25

I Am Jim Hofts Twin Brother What CPAC and the Liberal Media Are Doing to Jim Is Deplorable "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guest post by Joe Hoft

This past year I watched as liberal demons attacked my brother, Jim, the Gateway Pundit, from all directions. Liberals have hated Jim for years because he is so effective but this past year they took it to another level.  The most shocking aspect of all this was watching as so called conservatives joined in the attacks due to Jims support of President Trump.

I watched Jim start his website and see it grow. Jim had a desire to tell the truth.  He received no income for years but did gain a following and thousands of admirers.  Little by little accolades came his way.  One group from Israel, for example, liked what Jim posted and his support for Israel so they flew Jim and Andrew Breitbart and a few others to Israel to show them what Israel was up against in the Middle East.  These US activists even had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Netanyahu.  Jim proudly shows that picture on his website banner to this day.  It was one of many proud moments Jim had as a result of his desire to share that truth.

Years passed and Jim became more successful. During the months leading up to the 2016 election The Gateway Pundit (TGP) was on fire.  Jim had jumped on the Trump train early.  Seeing that only Trump could beat the Hillary Clinton machine.  No other candidate had a chance.   Hillarys challenger had to be an outsider who was bold, honest and willing to speak the truth about the Clintons and Obama.  Trump did this and he won.

After the election TGP was rated the...

16:05

Angry Students Storm Governors Office, Chant Wheres Rick Scott?! He Was at Shooting Victims Funeral (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Angry high school students were driven over to the governors office in Tallahassee on Wednesday.

The kids stormed the Florida governors office and started chanting, Wheres Rick Scott?!

After they could not meet with the governor the students chanted, Shame on you!

Rick Scott was not in his office.
He was at a funeral.

Via HotAir and The Hill:

A spokeswoman for Scotts office confirmed to The Hill that protesters delivered a petition and demanded an audience with Scott, who was not in the office at the time. The protesters represented students calling for stricter gun control following the high school shooting in South Florida last week.

Scotts office confirmed to The Hill that the governor on Wednesday attended a funeral for one of the 17 people killed in last Wednesdays shooting, and plans to meet with groups of student protesters at 5 p.m. upon returning to his office.

The post Angry Students Storm Governors Office, Chant Wheres Rick Scott?! He Was at Shooting Victims Funeral (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

15:46

EMILYs List Weighs in Hard in Texas Primary Against a Leading Woman in the Trump Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with guests, including Arun Chaudhary, Laura Moser and their children Leo and Claudia, in the Red Room prior to hosting a Passover Seder dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 3, 2015.

15:38

President Trump: Give Concealed Guns to Adept Teachers to Fire Back at the Savage Sicko "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Trump went on a tweet storm on Thursday morning after meeting with law enforcement and victims of mass shootings this week at the White House.

President Trump called out Fake News @CNN and @NBC for misconstruing his suggestions on how to better defend Americas schools and American children from deranged mass shooters.

President Trump wants to allow adept teachers to conceal and carry so they can fire back at deranged sickos.
Most Americans would agree with him.

Donald Trump: I never said give teachers guns like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A gun free school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!

History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes. It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT! If a potential sicko shooter knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards wont go thereproblem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone wont work!

15:05

ON BACKGROUND CHECKS, THE NRA PRETENDS TO BE OUR FRIEND "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In last night's CNN gun forum, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch insisted that her organization cares deeply about keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous people. The Daily Caller reports:

... Loesch pointed to the failure of states to submit convictions to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System as a reason mentally ill and dangerous people are able to get their hands on guns.

This individual was nuts. And I, nor the millions of people that I represent as a part of this organization that Im here speaking for, none of us support people who are crazy, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others getting their hands on a firearm, Loesch said. Do you know that it is not federally required for states to actually report people who are prohibited possessors, crazy people, people who are murderers? ...

How was he able to pass a background check? He was able to pass a background check because we have a system thats flawed. The Sutherland Springs murderer was able to pass a background check because the Air Force did not report that record, Loesch continued.
This morning, she followed up on Twitter.




But f preventing dangerous people from acquiring weapons is, in fact, an NRA priority, why doesn't the organization put all its muscle behind efforts to compel state reporting of risky people to the feds? Why doesn't it fight as hard for this as it fights to loosen gun regulations and block gun-control bills at the federal, state, and local levels?

In 2007, the NRA weakened a bill on this subject, the NICS Improvement...

15:02

Wall Street Makes A Move-- With Corrupt Conservatives From Both Parties On Board "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Happy Anniversary? This year it will be one full decade since the Wall Street meltdown-- triggered by greed-driven, irresponsible banksters and the politicians who allowed them (for a regular flow of bribes) to get away with murder-- that threw the economy into the Great Recession. Austin Frerick is running for an Iowa congressional seat occupied by a garden variety corrupt conservative incumbent, Wall Street ally David Young. Austin isn't beating around the bush when he discusses Young's lock-step subservience to the banksters, who have done so much damage in southwest Iowa. "How sad is this reality. I don't even bother to first look at Congressman Young's website anymore for his position on things. I just look at a list of his donors. It's an easier way to figure out his position on things I've learned. In 2017, he took $4,500 from Wells Fargo so there's your answer and another example of the Congressman putting corporate America ahead of working Americans." Can you imagine what would have happened had we had as incompetent a bunch of imbeciles then as we have now with the Trump Regime? Well... you may not have to imagine-- and it won't just be the fault of the Republicans this time. Let me start with two lists of senators:
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Tom Carper (D-DE)
...

15:00

Why I Dont Complain About Modern Art "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NOTE: This is the text of my monologue from the most recent episode of Heyoka Pod, Redman Trip Creek.

George Carlin once said that he never talked about politics because the only reason America had selfish, ignorant leaders was due to Americans themselves being selfish and ignorant. For that same reason, I dont complain about art. The reason modern art is bad is because modern artists, musicians, and writers are self-obsessed, gormless twits. As Carlin put it, this is the best we can do, folks.

Theres one girl my mind inevitably wanders to when I think about the emptiness of modern artists. She was an aspiring writer who glommed onto me like a remora, hoping to absorb my talent and success through osmosis. Her Black No. 1 hair dye and the Hot Topic wardrobe her mom paid for perfectly matched the pitch-black mole just off the coast of her lips. She had one of those weird asexual names like Madison, Aidan, or Bailey, the kind where you cant tell whether youre dealing with a boy or a girl.

I first met her when she slid into my DMs, telling me she wanted to interview me for her college paper. She had a tattoo on her bicep, proudly flaunting it on Twitter with the hashtag #NeverGettingMarried. She always got mad because I could never remember whether it was a dragon or a unicorn, because my eyes always wandered to that mole. Her tattoo was just a black outline because she couldnt afford to get it filled in. I asked her why she didnt just wait until shed saved up the money to get the whole thing, and she replied, But I really wanted this tattoo! Or more accurately, one-eighth of that tattoo.

One day, she sent me a link to her Tumblr blog, asking me what I thought of her posts. They were all about her favorite subject: herself. Her blog was nothing but navel-gazing on how badly she wanted to be a writer and how nervous she was about graduating college, even though the most adventurous thing shed ever done was bus tables at a Waffle House. This was my reply: Stop talking about yourself. Youre a 24-year old from Indiana. Youre not that interesting.

She told me to go fuck myself. I didnt speak to her for two months.

She messaged me asking how Id been, and I told her that things had gone south between me and another female writer, who shed been intensely jealous of after I told her to read that writers novel. Sensing her chance to become the millennial Amber ONeil, she came to visit me in Chicago for a weekend.

I ended up suppressing the memory of that weekend out of pure rage, like a porn star blacking out her childhood visits with Uncle Bad Touch. But...

14:27

CPAC: Where Everyone Thinks Trump Supporters Are Nazis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I started The Gateway Pundit in 2004 out of love of country and the void of conservative voices online.

I started out with two readers a day my twin and a good friend Chris.
During the 2016 election The Gateway Pundit had a million readers a day.

In 2016 The Gateway Pundit was the fourth most influential conservative news source.
Following the 2016 election Harvard and Columbia Journalism Review funded research (with money from the Soros Open Society) to find out what happened to dear Hillary.

What they found was that conservative Americans whole-heartedly rejected the liberal media and went online and to social media to find the truth.

The university researchers found that The Gateway Pundit was the 4th most influential conservative news source during the election.

(Behind Breitbart, FOX News, The Hill and, of course, Matt Drudge and The Drudge Report)

Since the election The Gateway Pundit has been continually blocked and shadow-banned by Facebook, shadow-banned by Twitter, sued and ridiculed by the far left and GOP elites.
Despite this our traffic continued to grow in 2017.

I have faced much abuse from the left during my time as a writer.
I have been insulted, smeared, threatened, targeted, ripped off, shadow-banned, neglected, sued and verbally abused.

I have never faced the kind of abuse I faced this year from the CPAC organization.

My dear friend and American treasure Pamela Geller asked to organize a panel on Social Media Targeting this year at CPAC.
This IS the most important issue facing American conservatives today.

The elites did not want to be bothered with this.
They know nothing of this.

CPAC strung her along for six months giving her several excuses, making her dance like a monkey and hoping she would withdrawal her request.

Then a week before the conference after she turned in the names of her panelists they called Pamela back and told her they did not want Jim Hoft on the panel because he supports Nazis.

As I said before, I have been abused plenty in the 14 years I have been blogging, but never have I been accused of being a Nazi...

13:49

Cryptocurrencies, Religion, States, and Corporations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Investment guru Paul Singer of Elliott Management recently wrote this about Bitcoin
FOMO (fear of missing out) has solidly trumped WTHIT (what the hell is this??). When the history is written, cryptocurrencies will likely be described as one of the most brilliant scams in history. . . .

We all laugh at primitive tribes which used large stones (or pigs) as currency. Well, laugh as you will, but a stone or a healthy pig is something. Cryptocurrencies are nothing except the marketing power of inventors, financiers and others who love the idea of buying a black box (which is obviously empty) for the price of a Kia and dreaming that it will turn into a Mercedes. There have been times recently when this dream has materialized within hours. This is not just a bubble. It is not just a fraud. It is perhaps the outer limit, the ultimate expression, of the ability of humans to seize upon ether and hope to ride it to the stars.
Which led Matt Levine to write this:
I mean look. If I told you "X is a scam," you probably wouldn't buy X, because you are a savvy Money Stuff reader and you don't buy into scams. But maybe you should! What if I told you "X is a really good scam, and it's just getting started"? The stereotypical pump-and-dump scheme starts with some fraudster hyping a stock, and ends with a bunch of retail investors holding the bag when that stock crashes. But in between there are usually savvy people who buy the stock on the hype, knowing that it's a scam, but believing correctly that they'll be able to sell it to someone else on the way up and get out before the crash. Sometimes the right trade is to short a scam, but often it's to go along with the scam for a while.

But cryptocurrencies, in Elliott's telling, are not just a scam, or a good scam. They are "one of the most brilliant scams in history." What else is on that list? I like Yuval Noah Harari's argument, in "Sapiens," that Homo sapiens's major advantage as a species is our ability to generate collective fictions . . .

Harari argues that fiction "has enabled us not merely to imagine things, but to do so collectively," and thus given us "the unprecedented ability to cooperate flexibly in large numbers." Harari's list of powerful fictions includes religion, nation-states, human rights, money and the limited liability corporation. Laugh as you will, but the limited liability corporation is not a stone, or a healthy pig. It is just an example of the ability of humans to generate abstract concepts and use them to coordinate action, "to seize upon ether and hope to ride it to the stars." Viewed in a certain light the corporation, or money, or nation-states, or religion, are some "of the most brillia...

13:30

Infectious disease expert warns that San Francisco is becoming dirtier than slums in India and Brazil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Id say the city of San Francisco now qualifies as a sh*thole. Good job demorats! From Daily Mail: San Francisco may be Americas most expensive city to live in, but its also quickly becoming one of the dirtiest in the Continue reading

13:00

You wont believe this is Daniel Craig "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Would you believe this is actor Daniel Craig, known for his James Bond 007 movies? That was Craig, 49, at the 2018 Awards of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London, last Sunday, February 18, 2018. Continue reading

12:05

I'M GUESSING THAT DANA LOESCH'S DEBATE PARTNER WON'T BE IN THE ROOM "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I got a lot wrong in this post, but I was right to predict that Loesch wouldn't attack the students and parents. She faked a lot of concern she doesn't have, and pretended that the NRA cares about keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people when it's never cared about that. I love the Parkland kids, but I wish one of them had known how much she was distorting her history, and the NRA's. Jake Tapper, the moderator, surely knows -- I wish he'd said something. But I assume he thought it was his job to moderate, not to weigh in.

This will be unpleasant:

The National Rifle Association will participate in CNN's nationally televised town hall Wednesday with students, parents and community members who were affected by last week's school shooting....

The NRA accepted CNN's invitation to participate in the town hall and national spokeswoman Dana Loesch will represent the organization.
Loesch is a nasty piece of work, but she's a pro -- I strongly suspect she'll have the sense not to attack student survivors or their parents. I assume she'll just devote all her airtime to demonizing people who aren't there to defend themselves. Among her likely targets will be celebrities who've given money to the upcoming March for Our Lives. (Expect the canned talking point that rich celebrities like George Clooney and Oprah have armed bodyguards, so why shouldn't ordinary Americans have ... um, armed teachers?) She might scapegoat video games and movies and TV, and have the gall to accuse the news media of sowing division. She'll definitely use the word "evil" a lot. She'll probably attack the godless secular culture (opening phrase of the recent New York Times profile of Loesch: "Dana Loesch has a biblical inscription tattooed on her forearm"). And she might try to take the moral high ground (yes, from people who've just endured a massacre of children) by bringing this up:
In [her] book, she recalled her grandfather standing on the porch one night with a shotgun in his hands. Ms. Loeschs aunt had just arrived; her estranged husband had threatened to kill her.

Looking back, Ms. Loesch said, I think I always wanted to know that I was safe.
She's a professional propagandist. The other attendees aren't. She might find a way to bamboozle a lot of people with talking points that will s...

12:00

Blue Cross Executives Are Working Hard Against a Pro-Single Payer Candidate for Governor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In Michigans gubernatorial Democratic primary in August, voters will get to choose between two competing visions for health care.

Former executive director of the Detroit Health Department, Abdul El-Sayed, has a simple plan: cover every Michigander in one public program with single-payer health insurance. His opponent, former Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, does not support single payer and rather wants to continue to build on the Affordable Care Act.

Insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan isnt leaving things things to chance, and has decided to weigh in heavily against El-Sayeds candidacy.

On official Whitmer letterhead, bluesPAC, the companys corporate fundraising vehicle, blasted out an invitation for a major fundraiser on March 7th. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan plays a major role in Michigans economy and the health of Michigans citizens, it notes. The vibrancy of Michigans economic climate is driven by public policy put forward by our states Governor; and we believe Gretchen Whitmer will be a great leader for Michigan.

The invite is signed by Lynda Rossi, executive vice president of strategy, government and public affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan.

The Intercept received a copy, which we have pasted below. Note that while the invite is signed by senior  lobbyists with the insurer, it is paid for by Whitmers campaign:

Blue Cross spokeswoman Helen Stojic confirmed to The Intercept that the Whitmer campaign paid for the mailer, but did so in coordination with bluesPAC. The letter was paid for by the Whitmer campaign. bluesPAC gave one-time permission to this campaign to use addresses of bluesPAC members to invite them to the event, she wrote in an e-mail.

She insisted that bluesPAC does not host fundraisers on its own but that the event is instead hosted by its officers. This event is hosted by the officers of the bluesPAC, not bluesPAC, she told us. The officers believe her background in the state legislature has provided her with a good understanding of the states needs, including concern about the health of Michigan residents. The officers provided an opportunity for bluesPAC members...

09:29

Open Russia Activist Beaten; Related Website Blocked By Russian Govt; Prigozhins Hidden Hand Suspected In Attack (aka Putins Caterer, Defense Contracter, US Special Counsel Indicted Troll Farm Operator) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

An Open Russia activist, Oleg Maksakov, was beaten in Putins hometown of St. Petersburg, Russia on Monday. A spokesperson for Open Russia suspects Prigozhins hidden hand. Prigozhins called Putins chef even though he apparently doesnt cook and caterer-government contractor appears more accurate. Prigozhin linked networks apparently keep enemies of the people lists, which included Oleg Maksakov. Prigozhin also has a perfect profile to be a Russian mobster, as discussed here, along with other details: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/17/prigozhin-caterer-to-the-kremlin-and-sanctioned-defense-contractor-with-perfect-mafia-profile-indicted-for-meddling-in-us-elections/

Svoboda.org reported on Tuesday:

Link: http://youtu.be/ZUrOChSu7gY
20 February 2018
Oleg Maksakov an activist from Open Russia was beaten on Monday (Feb.19) in St. Petersburg. Two attackers assaulted him when he left his home. They did not rob him. He connects the attack with his protest activities. Maksakov repeatedly organized anti-war actions. This is not the first attack on the opposition in St. Petersburg recently. In October, activist of Solidarity Vladimir Shipitsin was beaten. In January, during a demonstration in support of a Russian election boycott, unknown persons attacked human rights activist Dinar Idrisov. In February, a municipal deputy, Sergei Vinichenko, was beaten. Based on translation of Russian original: https://www.svoboda.org/a/29050663.html

According to Natalia Gryaznevich, spokesperson for Open Russia, February 19:
A couple of years ago there was a series of attacks on opposition activists in St. Petersburg. A car was burned and someone was beaten. Criminal charges were brought, but the investigation went nowhere. Activists and journalists then found out that the traces led to Putins caterer (aka cook or chef) Prigozhin. Prigozhin, she points out, takes on all of the dirty work of the Kremlin: from the war in Syria to US election interference, as well as beating up Putin regime opponents. Prigozhin linked web sites and vkontakte groups-network keep lists of enemies of the people with photos and home addresses of ac...

09:23

Additional Charges Against Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Additional charges have been made against Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort over the last week, both sealed and unsealed. He apparently is still in possession of his Trump Tower Apartment, because according to a document, regarding his bail, filed last week, Trump Tower apartment, New York. Manafort claims a residual equity value of [redacted] in this property. However, the government understands from the bank holding the mortgage, UBS, [redacted]. Thus, here too there is a risk of bank foreclosure, which would undermine the propertys market value Significantly, Manafort does not propose any sureties to make up the difference in the effective equity value of the property he proposes as security and the $10 million bond. The fact. that Manafort has not been able to find any responsible surety to cosign a bond for this package suggests that neither those closest to him, nor anyone else, is willing to assume the risk of being a surety for him. 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.

New sealed charges brought in case against ex-Trump campaign manager Posted:Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:05:26 -0500 WASHINGTON (Reuters) New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against two of President Donald Trumps former campaign officials, a court record indicated on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/0zKK3kaxWL4/new-sealed-charges-brought-in-case-against-ex-trump-campaign-manager-idUSKCN1G52CK

Case 1:17-cr-00201-ABJ Document 183 Filed 02/16/18
...

09:01

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


by Noah

I've often said in my posts that FOX "News" is a modern day equivalent of Tokyo Rose. For those younger readers that may not know who Tokyo Rose was (due to cuts in education and censored textbooks no doubt), Tokyo Rose was a "radio personality" who broadcast out of Tokyo during World War II. Her role, was to essentially sweet talk American and Australian military personnel into believing that, not only were the allies losing the war but they would be rewarded if they laid down their weapons and surrendered. Even swearing allegiance to Emperor Hirohito was, at times, suggested. Tokyo Rose offered an extremely twisted reinterpretation of things occurring in both naval and land battles, even events leading up to the war. If you believed Tokyo Rose, you would wonder why you were fighting. You might have even thought that it was us who had attacked Japan's navy on December 7th 1941. The whole Tokyo Rose thing was aimed at lowering the morale of the troops and weakening the war effort against Japan. It was propaganda put out even in hopes of influencing our political leaders to stop fighting Japan.

Sound familiar? Substitute Russia for Japan and the likes of Sean Hannity for Tokyo Rose and you pretty much have it. Throw in Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh and fellow traveling accomplices like Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the rest of their party for good measure, but FOX "News" is their epicenter. It is their oracle, their oracle of bullshit, treasonous bullshit. Whether it's crackpot Nunes memos, Seth Rich conspiracies, birtherism, Hillary's emails, or, more pertinent to this post, Robert A. Mueller's investigation of Russian influence in our elections, chances are damn close to 100% that the talking points of any Republican politician, Republican voter, or Putin apologist stem from there. If you factor any Russian internet bot "sources" into the conversation, it just becomes a "which came first, the chicken or the e...

08:00

Pela culatra: como a tortura alimenta o terrorismo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A tortura conduz ao terrorismo? Ser que dcadas de abusos contra prisioneiros polticos em pases de maioria muulmana ou em prises secretas da CIA e centros de deteno dos EUA no Iraque e em Guantnamo alimentaram a radicalizao e o extremismo? Ou ser mera coincidncia o fato de que alguns dos maiores lderes do movimento jihadista como o idelogo da Irmandade Muulmana, Sayyid Qutb; o chefe da Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri; e o fundador da Al Qaeda no Iraque, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi terem sido vtimas de torturas brutais?

Lawrence Wright, um dos maiores estudiosos sobre a Al Qaeda no mundo e autor do livro O Vulto das Torres, acha que no se trata de simples coincidncia. Segundo ele, a tortura sofrida pelos fundadores da Al Qaeda e outros terroristas foi o que deu a eles uma fome de vingana. E aquela sanguinolncia to caracterstica da Al Qaeda (), a meu ver, nasceu da humilhao que aqueles homens sofreram nas prises egpcias.

Como demonstro neste novo episdio da minha srie de seis curtas-metragens sobre os efeitos indesejados da poltica externa americana, a tortura tambm um instrumento de recrutamento para grupos terroristas. Eles se apresentam como uma vlvula de escape para a fria e a revolta de jovens humilhados, e usam a tortura em sua guerra de propaganda contra os donos do poder. Por exemplo, Cherif Kouachi, um dos dois irmos que perpetraram o terrvel ataque contra os jornalistas do Charlie Hebdo em Paris, em 2015, afirmou: Tudo o que eu via na televiso, a tortura na priso de Abu Ghraib, tudo aquilo me motivou.

E no foi apenas Kouachi. Uma circular do Departamento de Estado dos EUA, vazada pelo WikiLeaks em 2009, afirma que, depois da publicao das primeiras fotos de Abu Ghraib, as autoridades sauditas prenderam 250 pessoas que tentavam sair da Arbia Saudita para se juntar a grupos extremistas no Afeganisto.

De Abu Ghraib, no Iraque, a Guantnamo, em Cuba, os EUA praticaram e ainda podem estar praticando abusos brutais contra suspeitos de terrorismo uma violncia que, em muitos casos, pode ter levado esses detentos a se radicalizarem. O general David Petraeus, ex-comandante do Comando Central das Fo...

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CNN Refused to Allow Florida Shooting Hero Colton Haab to Ask Questions at Town Hall That Didnt Fit Their Narrative (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Though Parkland student Colton Haab is being recognized nationally as a hero, CNN opted to leave him out of Wednesdays town-hall event on Wednesday evening seemingly because his perspective does not fit the narrative they have been peddling.

Haab is the brave 17-year-old member of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps who ushered 60 to 70 people to safety in an open JROTC room during the Parkland school shooting. The high school junior may have saved many lives by using the Kevlar sheets from the marksmanship program to try and protect his peers. His actions were so important that the US Military is currently considering awarding him with a JROTC Medal of Heroism.

Despite his heroism, the student told the Local 10 News that he was not allowed to ask his prepared questions at the CNN event.

CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted, Haab told a WPLG reporter.

Haab had been planning to speak on school safety and the possibility of using veterans as armed security guards.

When he found out that the questions would all be scripted, he opted out of going entirely.

Haab recently thanked th...

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February 22nd 2018 Presidential Politics Trump Administration Day #399 "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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Thursday February 22nd 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

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Time For A Late Night Spy Mystery? When Will Mueller Nail Kushner-in-Law? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


I don't think it would surprise anyone to hear that Paul Manafort-- Trump's original campaign manager and the likely Putin connection-- is going to prison. But Mueller seems to be ramping up the pressure on him, probably to turn on other, higher up Trump associates. Reporter Jason Leopold broke another piece of the story Monday night. It starts with $40 million in "suspicious" financial transactions (likely looted from Ukraine). "The vast web of transactions," wrote Leopold, "was unraveled mainly in 2014 and 2015 during an FBI operation to fight international kleptocracy that ultimately fizzled. The story of that failed effort-- and its resurrection by special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigated whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election-- has never been fully told. But it explains how the special counsel was able to swiftly bring charges against Manafort for complex financial crimes dating as far back as 2008-- and it shows that Mueller could still wield immense leverage as he seeks to compel Manafort to cooperate in the ongoing investigation."
Last week, Muellers team told a judge that it had evidence Manafort committed bank fraud, and news organizations have reported that the special counsel may be preparing additional charges."
The ultimate goal? The goods on Kushner and Monday evening CNN reported that "Mueller's interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition, according to people familiar with the inquiry." That would be China. And the Arabs.

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US: No Free Speech for Russians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last Friday, a federal grand jury sitting in Washington, D.C., indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian corporations for conspiracy and for using false instruments and computer hacking so as to influence the American presidential election in 2016. The indictment alleges a vast, organized and professional effort, funded by tens of millions of dollars, whereby Russian spies passed themselves off as Americans on the internet, on the telephone and even in person here in the U.S. to sow discord about Hillary Clinton and thereby assist in the election of Donald Trump.

Though an indictment is a charge only, it presumably relies on hard evidence of a wide and deep Russian project so wide and so deep that it could only have been approved and paid for by the Kremlin. President Trumps national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, characterized the allegations in the indictment as incontrovertible. The New York Times reported over the weekend that its Russian sources have now revealed that more than 1,000 people in Russia were involved for over three years.

The project was run out of an office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, which also houses the Kremlins favorite caterer, a company owned by one of Russian President Vladimir Putins close friends. The techniques outlined in the indictment include using false and fictitious names, bank accounts and websites; organizing rallies and marches in the U.S.; making thousands of phony web posts; and aggressively revealing embarrassing data about Clinton.

The Russian work even included the orchestration of a few pro-Clinton rallies so as to deflect suspicion away from all these new pro-Trump entities that appeared to have come out of nowhere.

Though Donald Trump told folks as far back as 2011 of his interest in running for president and though Clinton ran in the Democratic primaries in 2008 and 2016, as well as in the general election in 2016, the Russian scheme appears to have materialized at some point in 2014.

The dates are important because we know from the revelations of Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency, the federal governments domestic spying apparatus, began its pursuit of capturing all electronic data on everyone in the U.S. in 2001 and succeeded in mastering the capture of all keystrokes, telephone calls and digital traffic by 2005. We also know that the NSA traffic proceeds through FBI computers and that the CIA keeps constant tabs on Russian spies in Russia and elsewhere.

Why didnt the CIA or the NSA or the FBI pick this up?

That is the $64,000 question that the indictment does not address, and we may never know the answer to it. If the purpose of all the warrantless spying in direct contravention of the Constitution, no less is to keep the country safe from foreign assault, whether by bombs in a...

Nikolas Cruz and Mental Health "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As always happens in the wake of a mass shooting, last week when Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people at his former Florida high school, commentators spared not a moment to take to the airwaves to bemoan the governments alleged inattentiveness to the issue of mental health or mental illness.

And Republicans, i.e. self-described conservatives, were at least as prone as their liberal Democratic counterparts to offer this response.

Few people think through the implications of this lineyet there are many.

First, it is telling that the proponents of limited government and personal accountability should lament what they evidently think is a failure on the part of the federal government to be sufficiently aggressive in tampering with the minds of its citizens.

Second, the federal government has already spent, and continues to spend, billions of dollarsall taxpayers monies, bear in mindon mental health services.  Yet conservative Republicans dont think that the Therapeutic State is expansive enough.

Third, those who insist upon identifying mental health as the cause, or at least a cause, of mass shootings, usually do so only with respect to: (a) a certain class of mass shootingsschool shootings; and (b) a certain class of shootersyoung, predominantly white, school shooters.

When suspected Islamic terrorists drive a truck into a crowd, fly jets into skyscrapers, or shoot up a military installation, there is remarkably little said about the mental health challenges of the perpetrators.  When non-white gangbangers, irrespectively of their ages, or organized criminals of any ethnicity or age commit atrocities, no one talks about mental health.

This is telling, for what it suggests is that like, say, climate change and gun-control, the elasticity of the term mental health may very well be the product of design, providing as it does a justification for the potentially limitless centralization of government authority and equally limitless consolidation of government power over every facet of the lives of its citizens.

For the social engineer who aches to fundamentally transform society, the concept of mental health is indispensable. Yet its also invaluable inasmuch as its immense broadness permits the engineer to exploit it as selectively as the political circumstances demand: Since public sensibilities (at least at present) promise to be offended by the suggestion that the 9/11 hijackers, ISIS, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and mob hitmen are mentally ill, the engineer can simply cast his net elsewhere, toward the Adam Lanzas and Nikolas Cruzes of the world.

There are still yet other disturbing implications of the concept of mental health or mental illness.

To as...

Muellers Comic Book Indictment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We have always heard that a determined government prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, and now we know its true. After 38 years in the prosecution racket, Robert Mueller just made his biggest score everthat is, he nailed a great big Nothingburger.

But he also did a lot more than that. Muellers 37-page comic book indictment actually unmasksinadvertently to be surethe distinctly un-terrifying essence of the whole Russian meddling narrative. In fact, the crude social media emissions (ads and posts) of the so-called troll farm were generally lame, often laughable and sometimes downright ludicrous as per this gem cited by Mueller:

a. On or about October 16, 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used the ORGANIZATION-controlled Instagram account Woke Blacks to post the following message: [A] particular hype and hatred for Trump is misleading the people and forcing Blacks to vote Killary. We cannot resort to the lesser of two devils. Then wed surely be better off without voting AT ALL.

Notwithstanding the grave nomenclature of BLOCK CAPITALS, endless sinister on or about events and 99 numbered paragraphs of particulars, the true bill (charging document) is actually just a random catalogue of social media trivia like the above Woke Blacks post.

Most of the cited gleanings amounted to crude word bombs, often in broken English, that presumably even Kim Kardashians 59 million Twitter followers could see through.

Hillary is a Satan, and her crimes and lies had proved just how evil she is

The lions share of these postings and ads probably disappeared into cyberspace like the sound of a falling tree in an empty forest, anyway. According to Facebook itself, the seemingly ubiquitous social media ad campaign despicted in the indictment was nothing of the kind. It actually amounted to just 3,000 placements at a cost of $100,000more than half of which were purchased after the election, and 25% of which ended-up in its dead letter office (unread).

Likewise, the handful of efforts to actually stimulate pro-Trump rallies in Florida and elsewhere were abject failures. As we document below, the Russians had absolutely no ground game in the US and any third-rate campaign consultant will tell you that ads alone do not produce crowds. In fact, there is virtually no evidence that anyone showed up at the rallies cited by Mueller.

Besides, the overwhelming share of the pro-Trump social media postings uncovered by Muellers sleuths amounted to copy and paste relays of current partisan talking points. Thus, the indictment cites such...

The US Used Biowarfare in North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Its sort of silly that it matters. The United States bombed North Korea flat with ordinary, non-bioweapons bombs. It ran out of standing structures to bomb. People lived in caves, if they lived. Millions died, most of them from regular old non-scandalous but mass-murderous bombs (including, of course, Napalm which melts people but doesnt give them exotic diseases). North Koreans to this day live in such terror of a repetition of history that their behavior is sometimes inexplicable and bewildering to Americans whose knowledge of history comes from watching game shows.

Yet there is something powerful in its impact on self-deluded believers in the goodness of U.S. wars about the fact that the United States tried to spread diseases like bubonic plague in North Korea. So, its worth spreading awareness that this indeed happened. A great help in that project has just been provided by Jeffrey Kaye, who has just posted online an important report that has been largely unavailable for decades. The report was produced in 1952 at the request of the North Korean and Chinese governments by a commission that included prominent scientists from Sweden, Brazil, France, and Italy,  and was headed by Sir Joseph Needham, one of the most prominent and respected British scientists ever. (His New York Times obituary doesnt say whether the commissions conclusions were accurate. His Independent obituary suggests that the commission got it right. His WikiPedia entry predictably announces that the commission was completely wrong, and backs this up with that popular WikiPedia citation: citation needed.) Yeah, it just became even more badly needed.

The report that Kaye has made available to us is thorough and well-researched, and it concludes that indeed the U.S. used germ warfare. It played a very minor role in the mass-slaughter. But it played a role.

It played a larger role in U.S. culture and government going forward. The latter invented the concept of brain washing to explain away the testimony of U.S. pilots who confessed to their participation in bio-warfare. Then the CIA spent many years (and cos...

Our Father "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our Father, which art in Washington: on Jesuss rejection of political power

I frequent The Saker website for analysis that is insightful and frequently intelligently contradicts the mainstream media narrative found on the primary promoted Google News sites and television networks. For example, Saker posted on the recent escalation in Syria that should be required reading for anyone who wants to make sense of recent events and possible dangerous outcomes.

Yet in addition to such political and military analysis, The Saker also posts Orthodox Christian writings that I am unfamiliar with. What caught my attention was this monograph he recently posted, Christ the Savior and the Jewish Revolution, by His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of Kiev and Galicia (1863-1936), written right after the Bolshevik takeover of Russia. Although focused on the Bolsheviks and providing an interpretation of historical events, this essay is crucial, I believe, to understanding the mentality to this day that both misunderstands and rejects the essential perspective of Jesus in combatting oppressive power. Even if one is not a believer, he should consider reading this work to gain understanding on the reason why Jesus was rejectedcertainly by not all, but by so manyand why there wasand is to this daygreat hostility to Him, and the consequences that occur when His way is not followed:

Thus, the silence of certain of the evangelists concerning what the fourth [Gospel] makes clear depends upon the Jewish revolution which was coming to ripeness in the Saviors time, and which was directed by the Sanhedrin. From the Gospel episodes cited above, another truth, unremarked by biblical science, also becomes clearthat the Jewish revolution came into extremely close contact with the earthly life of Christ the Savior and in general defined by itself (of course with the particular permission of God) many of the events of the Gospel; further on we shall see that it was the principal reason for the arousing of the hatred of the people against Christ, which brought Him to be crucified.

I will quote an extensive excerpt that makes clear, in the interpretation of Metropolitan Khrapovitsky, what was the origin of this dissent and hostility against Jesus:

The Lord did not answer their question, but reproved them: Ye seek Me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labor not for the food which perisheth, but for that food which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of m...

A Tissue of Myths Held Up for Our Mental Adoration "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Schopenhauer said that the world exists as our representation.  No where is this more true than in the field of history. Yet God has not shared with humanity His prerogative of creation-from-nothing rather, even in the world of fiction we are but sub-creators, building our worlds up from the elements of thought and language with which our Creator has endowed us.  Moving beyond fiction we come to history and journalism, where we may bring our narrative style to the table of fact, but we are forbidden to create fables.  None the less, the falsification of history by a sinful humanity is ubiquitous to the point that even the best  chronicles contain a great deal of myth.   Contrary to the expectations of the Enlightenment, this promiscuous myth-building has not been dispelled by the dawn of scientific historiography or the rise of quantitative methods in the social sciences.  Rather, increased sophistication of technique has led only to larger and more comprehensive myths.

As Jaques Elul would no doubt reminds us, we have long since passed through the ominous portals of the Propaganda Age and are now deep into its final, most degenerate stage. And was it not another Frenchman, Malbranch, who assured us,

Fear not that I will lead you into a strange country

Perchance I will teach you that you are a stranger in your own country

Alas, and passing strange would it be if this very America that we claim to know and love is little more than a tissue of myths held up for our mental adoration.   Yet that is the very claim of those who are generously denominated the leftthose who have reduced the early history of Anglo-America to little more than caracature, a semi-comic tableau of Delaware crossings, cherry tree choppings, of log cabins and caps made from the fur of raccoons.  Against this bathos they juxtapose the high seriousness of critical history, with terse chronicles of minorities and women struggling for various quanta of equality along a variety of indicators.  In all this struggle between the comic and the tragic side of American history, the left fails to tell us that it is they, not conservatives, who are really teaching us only the expurgated and trite Classics, and that we are not supposed to raise any embarrassing questions about the origins of our actual social order, not quite the ominous New World Order but the socialized American order, one settling into a cantankerous middle age.

This is quite marvelous, since we are forever hearing that the left is the sworn enemy of Classicism, and champions of the raw, the real, and the contemporary.  Yet the truth is almost the exact opposite.  The left is loath to depart from the most ancient and shop worn narratives of early America.   It avoids talking about recent times, at least anything which is...

The Hoaxmaster General "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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.

February 16, 2018 Tweet by Embittered Obama Spy Chief John O. Brennan

There can be no doubt that panic is rapidly setting in amongst the principal players of the neo-leftist Obama-Clinton-Democrat crime cabal that has largely been consigned to watching impotently from the sidelines as the central pillar of their plot to frame and take down President Donald J. Trump the Trump-Russia collusion hoax has now begun to crash down on top of them.

At the heart of this Obama-Clinton-Democrat FBI-DOJ-CIA-FISA Court cabal is the originator of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax himself, the deepest deep state denizen of the bunch, former CIA Director John O. Brennan.

As our countrys Russian Collusion Hoaxmaster General John Brennan has good reason to be worried.

Best known for indulging Obamas most evil compulsions as Obamas 2nd-term CIA chief, Brennan was just freshly-minted as an NBC News shill (shocking) under the title senior national security and intelligence analyst.

It is obvious to anyone near Brennan that he is now bitter, acrimonious, hellbent on malicious retribution and likely the Obama-Clinton coup plotter with the most to fear should President Trump, and a newly-inspired, freshly-fumigated DOJ actually perform its constitutional duty and prosecute these manipulative Obama-Clinton gangsters.

Thanks to the unflappable courage of the House Intelligence Committee Chairman and astute, stalwart truth-seeker Devin Nunes, John Brennans legal jeopardy is real and the most immediate of all the Obama-Clinton sedition mechanics.

Investigative journalist Paul Sperry broke the news last week that Nunes is initiating an investigation into Brennans central and leading role in promoting and leaking the dirty dossier in a manic effort to smear Donald Trump with any and every means at Brennans disposal. (Just consider the import of this proposition, given that Brennan was the DIRECTOR OF THE CIA!).

It is almost certain that Brennan perjured himself before the House Intelligence Committee in May 2017, at minimum, when he denied knowledge of the origin of the Steele dossier and that it was in any way used in the intelligence community assessment that the Russians were attempting to influence the 2016 election, specifically via the Trump Campaign.

Brennan testified that: the information...

Americas Elite Thinks it Has a Divine Right "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Americas ruling class has a curious attitude to democracy. It seems to be interpreted as something thats good for the US and its allies but bad for critters who wont accept their role in the America-led international order.

First off, let me be clear. I think all foreign electoral interference is wrong. In any country. And if its eventually proven that Russians meddled in Americas 2016 presidential election, I certainly wont condone it. But Ive have always doubted that the Russian state organized some heinous plan to tilt the contest to Donald Trump, so Ill be shocked if something of this nature is ever proven.

Instead, Ive always imagined the greatest extent of Russian interference was probably some half-baked playing around by private individuals. Something akin to a social media marketing campaign, as the New Yorkers Adrian Chan believes. And on a relatively minute scale, to boot. Because given the billions of dollars swirling around American stumping anything bar a full-scale FSB/GRU, all-hands-on-deck operation would probably amount to little more than a hill of beans.

By the same token, I was stunned back in 2011 when the Moscow Times (a pro-US title, overwhelmingly written by Westerners, despite its name) reported how ex-vice president Joe Biden had told fringe Russian opposition figures that it would be better for Russia if Putin did not run in the 2012 election. Indeed, when you see the opprobrium directed today towards US Green leader Jill Stein for once attending an RT banquet where Putin was present, its shows one hell of a double standard.

Distant View

Being relatively new to Russia in those days, and far from Moscow, it also seemed bizarre when then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a full investigation of alleged irregularities in 2011s parliamentary elections. And, even more absurd, that she did it in front of Sergei Lavrov, Russias foreign minister, at an OSCE meeting attended by 56 countries. Indeed, it seemed like a teacher wagging her finger at an errant student in front of his classmates, and not how youd interact with the emissary of a powerful country.

At the time, something interesting happened. Many of my then-relatively new Russian friends had expressed c...

Its All About Scoring Cheap Political Points "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

With all the column inches spilled over Robert Muellers thirteen indictments issued on Friday very few of them have touched on the real revelation.

It isnt the admission that no one on the Trump team knowingly colluded with Russian agents to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

It isnt even that Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe doctored interview documents to secure a guilty plea from General Michael Flynn.

Its not obvious collusion between his investigation and the media to hang a duly-elected President in the court of public opinion.

No.

The real revelation with Muellers indictments is that they represent the depths of how far our system has fallen from the ideals and principles it was founded upon.

The U.S. as a society exists solely for the purpose of the powerful to score cheap political points in the service of accumulating more power.

Anything or anyone that says no to that will be hounded via a set of Byzantine rules by corrupt thugs like Mueller who feel no shame whatsoever in presenting the most laughable charges as credible in public to serve a predetermined outcome.

In this case, impeach a President and over-turn an election.

Shadows Over Parkland

That Mueller went public with these indictments the same day the FBI was having literally the worst day in the agencys history only underscores the depths to which he and those who he represents will sink to deflect blame.

While people are calling for FBI Director Christopher Wrays head over the agencys botched handling of the shooter in the Parkland, Florida tragedy, Mueller hastily puts out, on a Friday no less, an announcement of his big catches in his Russian collusion investigation.

The message from Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosensteins presentation was simple.  The FBI and the Department of Justice care more about our images than we do about protecting your children from senseless violence.

If Mueller had gone public with these indictments on any other day the peals of laughter would have been deafening.  But, as it stands, all that happened was the red-pilling of even more of this countrys center.

So many people are governed by their normalcy bias. They place themselves in another persons position and believe someone like Mueller is acting the way they would.

This is why its so easy for people to dismiss seeing these coincidences as a conspiracy theory.

But, the problem with that is th...

A 1987-Style Crash "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Stock markets have settled down after an awful couple of weeks earlier this month.  On Feb. 5, the Dow Jones suffered its largest-ever drop in terms of points. It was down 1,600 at one point and ultimately lost 1,175.21 points, a 4.6% drop that day. At one point during that week, the Dow was off 10% in correction territory. But everything is calm now and most of the mainstream is once again feeling bullish and optimistic.

Peter Schiff spoke at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference 2018 last month before the market tanked. But his message remains relevant in the aftermath of the plunge and the subsequent recovery because the dynamics in the market remain pretty much the same. Conditions are still ripe for a 1987-style market crash.

Investors have not been this optimisticsince 1987. They are even more optimistic than they were at the height of the technology bubble, the dot-com bubble, the new era. Of course, 1987 didnt end well, right? We had a stock market crash, and theres a lot about whats happening today that reminds me about what was happening in 87.

Highlights from the Speech

The economy has not improved under Trump. We dont have a booming economy. I mean, Trump keeps telling us we have a booming economy, but nothing is booming.

When Donald Trump was a candidate for president, he said that the unemployment numbers were phony. They were fake. They were a fraud. They were a con. He said the real unemployment rate is 30%, 40%. Now, every time there is an unemployment number that comes out, hes tweeting about how great it is we have this record low unemployment and we should all give him credit for it.

Now, the tax cuts, are they going to grow the economy? No! Because they didnt cut government spending. See, you dont get government for nothing. Taxes pay for government. But if you cut taxes and you dont cut government, how do you pay for that government?

I believe the debt and inflation we have to create to finance the tax cuts will be a bigger drag on the economy than the tax cuts are a boost.

Where there will be growth is in the budget deficits and that kind of is where I see some of the similarity now in the 1980s 1987 because these big budget deficits are going to be a big problem.

Rather than having continuous economic growth, I think the economy is going into recession. Now, I believe that had Donald Trump lost that election, the US would already be in recession. I think we were clearly headed to recession before he won. And when he won, he created this huge burst of misplaced optimism t...

NOAA Caught "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has yet again been caught exaggerating  global warming by fiddling with the raw temperature data.

This time, that data concerns the recent record-breaking cold across the northeastern U.S. which NOAA is trying to erase from history.

If you believe NOAAs charts, there was nothing particularly unusual about this winters cold weather which caused sharks to freeze in the ocean and iguanas to drop out of trees.

Here is NOAAs January 2018 chart for Northeast U.S. an area which includes New England along with NY, PA, NJ, DE and MD.

Youd never guess from it that those regions had just experienced record-breaking cold, would you?

Thats because, as Paul Homewood has discovered, NOAA has been cooking the books. Yet again presumably for reasons more to do with ideology than meteorology NOAA has adjusted past temperatures to look colder than they were and recent temperatures to look warmer than they were.

Were not talking fractions of a degree, here. The adjustments amount to a whopping 3.1 degrees F. This takes us well beyond the regions of error margins or innocent mistakes and deep into the realm of fiction and political propaganda.

Homewood first smelt a rat when he examined the New York data sets.

He was particularly puzzled at NOAAs treatment of the especially cold winter that ravaged New York in 2013/14, which he describes here:

The cold weather really began on Jan 2nd, when an Arctic front descended across much of the country, and extended well into March.

The NWS wrote at the end of the winter:

The winter of 2013-14 finished as one of the coldest winters in recent memory for New York State.  Snowfall across Western and North Central New York was above normal for many areas, and in...

Casting Demons Out of Oscar Winners, Politicians, and Movie Bosses "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Smoke billows from a herb burner filling the Spirit Room with an eerie haze.

A woman stands over Hollywood actress Megan Duffy chanting and shaking a rattle carved with a head inspired by shamanic art, as her client lies motionless on a narrow bed.

The tension in the air is thick as the healer places an ornate dagger on Duffys wrist and, breathing deep, rapid breathes, summons higher beings from the spirit world, asking them to rid her body of evil demons.

The woman carrying out the working is Rachel Stavis the worlds only non-denominational Exorcist.

And in a television first DailyMailTV was invited to witness Stavis carry out a real-life Hollywood exorcism.

We watched as Stavis worked on actress Duffy best known for starring alongside Elijah Wood in 2012 horror movie Maniac ridding her of an evil entity that she believes has attached itself to her.

Stavis says Duffy has a Clive, the name she gives to low-level, low energy entities or demons that have caused the actress to feel negative and down in the dumps of late.

Stavis, dubbed the Sister of Darkness, has gone public with her extraordinary gift with the release of her new book: Sister of Darkness The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist.

The horror screenwriter and novelist has secretly been an exorcist to the stars for years, helping Hollywoods elite to get rid of their demons.

She has cleansed thousands of tormented people from Hollywood moguls, actors and actresses to stay-at-home moms and politicians.

Stavis, 39, has never advertised her services and works pro bono, first starting her hobby by helping possessed friends and family in her spare time.

But word soon spread around Hollywood about her unusual gift and now she has a waiting list of mostly high profile clients all desperate to be cleansed.

My clients range all over the place, but I do see a lot of people youd think of as famous, she says.

I see heads of studios, rock icons, Oscar winners, politicians, I see all kinds of people, I also see the girl next door and this grandma and regular people who are suffering as well.

Most peoples knowledge of the subject comes from watching hit 1973 supernatural horror film The Exorcist.

And Stavis s...

04:52

School Shooting Survivor Cameron Kasky Likens Marco Rubio to Crazed Killer Nikolas Cruz (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Cameron Kasky, 17-year-old junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived the Parkland, Florida school shooting by a former student that killed 17 students and faculty last Wednesday ripped into Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) at a CNN town hall Wednesday night in Sunrise, Florida, telling Rubio he sees gunman Nikolas Cruz when he looks at Rubio.

Kasky, who is one of the leaders of the March for Our Lives movement that sprung up overnight after the school massacre, said to Rubio while standing face to face with him, Senator Rubio its hard to look at you and not look down the barrel of an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is youre hereand there are some people who are not.

Kasky debated Rubio for several minutes, unsuccessfully trying to get him to renounce support from the NRA, which gave Rubio $9,900 in contributions in 2016 though its political action committee. Kasky also insulted NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, saying he want to aske her how she looks herself in the mirror because she has children.

Video of Kasky insulting and confronting Rubio was posted to Twitter by Think Progresss Aaron Rupar.

CNN posted more of the Kasky-Rubio debate on the NRA.

04:45

Lou Dobbs Breaks Silence After Fans Express Worry About Absence From Fox Business Network "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Pro-Trump host Lou Dobbs has been absent from his Fox Business Network program as of late and his legions of fans have begun to worry. 

https://twitter.com/hyland114/status/966514639860391936

04:29

FIGURES. Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama Praise Parkland Students For Pushing Gun Control "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Crooked Hillary and Michelle Obama crawled out of their holes Wednesday to praise the Parkland students for pushing gun control after mass shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people last week.

Figures.

Of course our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the Parkland high school mass shooting, however; the left has used the traumatized teens to push gun control.

This is becoming increasingly obvious yet The Gateway Pundit and others criticizing the politicization are being labeled smear merchants.

CNN and others in the fake news media are deliberately ignoring students who support the Second Amendment.

Furthermore, they arent interviewing students who feel the media is disrespecting the victims by pushing the gun control narrative.

The Parkland, FL teens are now getting special treatment from Twitter as a reward for their anti-gun activism.

Twitter has bluecheck verified several of their accounts on top of sending out communication that they will suspend anyone harassing the teens.

Now this

Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton jumped in and praised the teens for their anti-gun activism.

Michelle Obama tweeted: Im in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida. Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance. But @barackobama and I believe in you, were proud of you, and were behind you every step of the way......

04:14

Lawyer Gregg Jarrett Lists SIX WAYS Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe & Yates Are in SERIOUS LEGAL JEOPARDY (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

During a live broadcast of Hannity from CPAC Wednesday evening, Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett articulated why former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, are in serious legal jeopardy.  

WOW! Fox Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett just roasted Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe, Yates by identifying 6 crimes to these "officers of the court" may have committed; Report them to the state licensing boards (bar) ASAP from The_Donald

Who do you see now is in serious legal jeopardy? Sean Hannity asked Jarrett in relation to the Nunes memo revelations.

I think James Comey has signed off on the [FISA warrant], Rod Rosenstein who signed off on it, Andrew McCabe signed off on it, replied Jarrett.

Sally Yates, as well, added the Fox News legal analyst.

Using a fake document as an officer of the court to convince just to spy on on an American citizen is six different crimes.

Listing off the crimes, Jarrett said the band of current and former FBI and DOJ officials committed, abuse of power, false and misleading statements, perjury, its major fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and obstruction of justice.

Those are the crimes and people need to be prosecuted, Jarrett concluded.

The post Lawyer Gregg Jarrett Lists SIX WAYS Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe & Yates Are in SERIOUS LEGAL JEOPARDY (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

04:07

CNN Fails to Disclose Former Handgun Control, Inc. Spokesman Role of Jake Tapper, Host of CNN Parkland School Shooting Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CNNs Jake Tapper, host of the town hall held Wednesday night in Sunrise, Florida on the February 14 Parkland school massacre worked in 1997 as a spokesman for Handgun Control, Inc., the precursor to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. CNN and Tapper have failed to disclose Tappers anti-gun activism in advance of the town hall.

Anti-gun activist Jake Tapper hosting gun control debate Feb. 21, 2018, screen image.

Tapper was quoted by the Chicago Tribune on September 12, 1997, attacking then NRA first vice president Charlton Heston.

Heston decreed that the Constitutions 2nd Amendment which refers to the right of the people to keep and bear armswas the most vital of all the amendments and was more essential than the 1st Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion and of the press, among other freedoms.

It is Americas first freedom, the one that protects all the others, Heston said of the 2nd Amendment in a speech at the National Press Club.

Among freedom of speech, of the press, of religion, of assembly, of redress of grievances, it is the first among equals. It alone offers the absolute capacity to live without fear. The right to keep and bear arms is the one right that allows rights to exist at all.

Heston, who is 72 and first vice president of the NRA, spoke to an audience of mostly journalists.

Gun-control organizations labeled the speech as that of an extremist and said it would hurt the gun lobbys cause.

His interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is unique to him and his organization and has never been upheld in court, said Jake Tapper, a spokesman for Handgun Control Inc

The New York Times quoted Tapper on November 6, 1997 attacking the NRA after a gun control initiative failed in Washington State.

Gun-control advocates readily acknowledged that they had been outspent by the N.R.A., saying that was almost always the case in an initiative fight. But they were far from ready to write off their new legislative strategy.

We always get outspent by the N.R.A. because there just isnt any money to be m...

03:59

Breaking: Australian Labor Party Sent Operatives to Work Against Trump During 2016 Campaign When Will They Be Indicted? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

It is well documented that the Australian Labor Party sent staffers to work against Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign.

The story was well documented and raised a bit of a stink in Australia because the operatives were funded by Aussie taxpayers.

When will Dirty Cop Robert Mueller indict these foreign nationals?
This makes the Russian influence pale in significance.

In February 2016 Project Veritas released video of Australian Labor Party activists assisting Democrats in the US. The activists are seen assisting the Bernie Sanders campaign.
This is a clear violation of FEC laws.

Will Robert Mueller indict this foreign interference with US elections?

The Australian Labor Party was fined $14,500 over their US election interference in January 2018.

The post Breaking: Australian Labor Party Sent Operatives to Work Against Trump During 2016 Campaign When Will They Be Indicted? appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

03:54

Matching Methane Combustion to Carbon Capture "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


An idle thought that probably has occurred to a lot of people.  There is a lot of talk about clean coal with carbon (dioxide) capture. There is a lot of discussion about a hydrogen economy driven by catalytic electrolysis of water.

2H2(g)+ O2(g)--> 2H2O(g)    H = 2(-241) kJ/mol = -482 kJ/mol

Eli's idle mind thought about comparing this to natural gas combustion

CH4(g) + 2O2(g) --> 2H2O(g)  + CO2(g)   H = -801 kJ/mol 

Now methane, or natural gas, whether it is in the gas form or liquefied is easier to handle than hydrogen, if for no other reason that it can be liquefied. What interested Eli in this simple calculation is that methane and hydrogen have the same number of hydrogen atoms.  Eli knows that this is a very Rabett way of thinking, but if you twist your mind that way it means that there are 319 kJ/mol available for carbon capture.  True you might have to invest some of that to sweep out the water vapor, but even there there are possibilities for recapturing the heat generated in the condensation step

 2H2O(g)  --> 2H2O(l)    H = 2(-44) kJ/mol = -88 kJ/mol

03:40

Gun Control Is A Fantasy: Start A Realistic Conversation About Preventing School Massacres "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A. You need to sharpen up responses to tips and make sure background checks are picking up what they are supposed to. That would have gotten many of the mass shooting incidents. B. More armed security. Via Washington Examiner: The shooter who perpetrated the recent massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., succeeded []

03:20

Teen Vogue Writer, Other Media Hope Evil Bitch Billy Graham Rots in Hell "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Newsbusters: To see just how out of touch some in the liberal media are, look no further than Billy Graham. On Wednesday, world-famous Christian evangelist Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99. While Americans, former U.S. presidents and many in the media mourned his death, several journalists took to Twitter to celebrate []

03:19

Dirty Cop Mueller Investigating Whether Manafort Promised Chicago Banker Trump Admin Job in Exchange For Loans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Mueller is on the march and he just hit former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with new criminal charges, according to Reuters.

Dirty cop Mueller is also investigating whether Manafort promised a banker a job in the Trump administration in exchange for loans.

Because this has everything to do with Trump-Russia collusion during the 2016 election.

NBC reports:

Federal investigators are probing whether former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort promised a Chicago banker a job in the Trump White House in return for $16 million in home loans, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News.

Manafort received three separate loans in December 2016 and January 2017 from Federal Savings Bank for homes in New York City, Virginia and the Hamptons.

The banker, Stephen Calk, president of the Federal Savings Bank, was announced as a member of candidate Trumps Council of Economic Advisers in August 2016.

Special counsel Robert Muellers team is now investigating whether there was a quid pro quo agreement between Manafort and Calk. Manafort left the Trump campaign in August 2016 after the millions he had earned working for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine drew media scrutiny. Calk did not receive a job in President Donald Trumps cabinet.

The sources say the three loans were questioned by other officials at the bank, and one source said that at least one of the bank employees who felt pressured into approving the deals is cooperating with investigators.

...

03:00

Clinton Press Sec: Trump More Accessible To Press Than Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This despite them acting as though he were not and them constantly attacking. Via Daily Caller: Mike McCurry, the former White House press secretary for Bill Clinton, said that President Trump has been more accessible to the press than Obama or Clinton. He is more accessible in exchanges, McCurry admitted. Youre the master data analyst, []

02:58

Its Too Late Broward County School Board Beginning to Admit Their Mistakes? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

As expected buried deep inside a Miami Herald article about the Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, and a school board questioning their progressive policies, we find the following: []  Absent Cruzs school records, it is hard to say precisely Continue reading

02:40

Shooting Survivors Thank Trump For Leadership "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Caller: Survivors and families affected by school shootings gathered at the White House Wednesday to speak with President Trump. Trump gathered the families and students in the State Dining Room at the White House and listened as participants took turns on the microphone. Students at Stoneman Douglas High School have been at the []

02:39

Video: Glenn Greenwald and James Risen Debate the Trump/Russia Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

James Risen and Glenn Greenwald have both won Pulitzer Prizes. They both have found themselves in the crosshairs of the U.S. government for their journalism. And they both write for The Intercept. But Jim and Glenn have taken very different approaches to covering the Trump/Russia story. In this one-hour special video edition of Intercepted, they go head-to-head in a debate. Glenn is one of the most high-profile critics of the official story bolstered by the U.S. intelligence community, the Democrats, and many media outlets, including some of this countrys most powerful papers and news channels. Jim battled both the Bush and Obama administrations under threat of imprisonment for refusing to name his sources in some of the most sensitive national security reporting of the modern era. Jim recently broke a key story on a secret NSA channel to Russia and his first column for The Intercept, about the Trump/Russia investigation, posed the question: Is Donald Trump a traitor?

The post Video: Glenn Greenwald and James Risen Debate the Trump/Russia Investigation appeared first on The Intercept.

02:20

Poll: Americans More Satisfied With Position In World Than They Have Been In Over A Decade "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Caller: A new poll indicates that Americans are more satisfied with the position of the country in the world right now than they have been in 13 years. Gallup reports: Forty-five percent of Americans are satisfied with the position of the United States in the world, a 13-year high and a 13-percentage-point increase []

02:12

Chairman Nunes Trolls Adam Schiff After Russian Bot Hysteria Reaches Fever Pitch If You Are a Russian Bot Make This Article Go Viral "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Wednesday, Chairman Nunes trolled Adam Schiff on Twitter after the Russian bot hysteria reached a fever pitch.

Twitter was set ablaze late Tuesday evening after the social media platform restricted and locked thousands of conservative, pro-Trump accounts.

Twitter users also experienced a huge drop in followers and used the hashtag #TwitterLockOut to discuss the purge; Twitter perceived these account to be bots.

Chairman Nunes recently began trolling lefties on Twitter and its hilarious.

On Wednesday, Nunes trolled Adam Schiff over his crazy Russian bot conspiracy theories and encouraged the Russian bots to make an article hammering Schiff go viral.

Even funnier, Nunes said, If youre not a Russian Bot you will become one if you retweet.

Nunes tweeted, Catch up on mainstream media Russian conspiracy theories in this piece by @FDRLST PS-If you are a Russian Bot please make this go viral PSS-If youre not a Russian Bot you will become one if you retweet

The Federalist article Nunes tweeted is titled, How the Media Enable Rep Adam Schiffs Russian Bot Conspiracy Theories, written by Mollie Hemmingway.

When Schiff advanced his theory that it was Russian bots not Americans who cared about FISA abuse, he received typical friendly media coverage. But when Twitter and Facebook refuted the claim, media outlets either downplayed it or pretended it didnt matter.

Politico is one outlet...

02:10

Systematic review of publication bias in studies on publication bias "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Seriously:

Publication bias is a well known phenomenon in clinical literature, in which positive results have a better chance of being published, are published earlier, and are published in journals with higher impact factors. Conclusions exclusively based on published studies, therefore, can be misleading. Selective under-reporting of research might be more widespread and more likely to have adverse consequences for patients than publication of deliberately falsified data. We investigated whether there is preferential publication of positive papers on publication bias.
Result:
We found no evidence of publication bias in reports on publication bias.
Well, that's a relief.

02:00

When Will Trump's Life Catch Up With Him? Meet Rachel Crooks, An Ohio Legislative Candidate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"


Blue America didn't endorse Rachel Crooks because of her Trump saga. We endorsed her because she's running on a Bernie-like platform and seemed to us in a position where she could flip an Ohio state legislative seat from red to blue. The Trump saga will help her do that by bringing her some attention from the media. Like the Washington Post this week. Eli Saslow's story, date-lined Tiffin, Ohio, is powerful and compelling. and I hope it helps bring Rachel the campaign money she needs to get her platform out to voters in the 88th district (parts of Sandusky and Seneca counties). "There were 19 women in all," wrote Saslow, "who made public accusations of sexual misconduct, or 'The Nineteen,' as they had come to be known on T-shirts and bumper stickers. Most had come forward with their stories after Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, and the experiences they described having with him spanned five decades. They claimed Trump had 'acted like a creepy uncle,' or 'squeezed my butt,' or 'eyed me like meat,' or 'stuck his hand up under my skirt,' or 'groped with octopus hands,' or 'pushed me against a wall,' or 'thrust his genitals,' or 'forced his tongue into my mouth' or 'offered $10,000 for everything.'"
In response, Trump had called the accusations against him total fabrications based on political motives to destroy his campaign and then his presidency. Nothing ever happened with any of these women, Trump tweeted once. Totally made up nonsense to steal the election. Nobody has more respect for women than me!

One woman accused Trump of assaulting her in the middle of a commercial flight after they met as seatmates in the...

02:00

Trump-Supporting Father Who Lost Daughter In Florida Shooting Delivers Amazing Speech At White House "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Liberals attacked this guy after his daughter was killed, blaming him because he was wearing a Trump shirt. Via Daily Caller: When Andrew Pollack grabbed the microphone at the White House to tell President Trump what he thinks about school shootings, you could hear a pin drop. Pollack lost his daughter Meadow last week at []

01:40

Parkland Survivor Calls for Stricter Background Checks, Not for Banning Any Type of Gun "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Just as in other areas, the students are not all calling for banning guns, indeed most are not. Its just those that the media focuses more on. Via Free Beacon: A survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., said Tuesday that he and others are not calling for any guns []

01:20

NBC Columnist Says Space Travel Is Just Another Example Of Toxic Masculinity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

So dumb. Arent there already enough things in life to be concerned about without making up nonsense? Via Daily Caller: This week NBC achieved peak wokeness by featuring an opinion column on the front page of their Think section written by Marcie Bianco. Dont know who Marcie Bianco is? Thats fine and dandy. You may []

01:05

President Trump Hosts Meeting With Parents, Teachers and Students Affected by School Shootings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier today President Trump hosted a meeting with teachers, student and parents affected by recent school shootings.  The President began the session by stating his intent to listen to each view and perspective and then move forward. The stories told Continue reading

01:00

Trump On Preventing Mass Shootings: Were Going To Get It Done "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Fox News: President Trump said Wednesday the administration is going to strengthen background checks for gun purchases and put a strong emphasis on mental health, as he promised students and families we are going to get it done. The president, Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos hosted students, teachers and families []

00:40

MSNBC Hosts Says Rick Scott Refusing to Speak With Students, Later Reports Hes at Shooting Victims Funeral "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This was, of course, bull shit, he never said any such thing. And of course, hes attending two funerals today. But MSNBC doesnt care about the truth. Via Free Beacon: MSNBC host Katy Tur said Wednesday that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R.) was refusing to speak with students crowded outside his office calling for gun []

00:36

Judge: Iraqis Sufficiently Allege Torture By Military Contractor And May Proceed With Lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against CACI Premier Technology for its alleged involvement in Iraqi torture at the Abu Ghraib prison.

CACI personnel substantially aided the military personnel responsible for directly carrying out the abuses, including directing them on how to set the conditions of confinement, ordering them to employ various abusive tactics, and helping them conceal the abuses, Judge Leonie Brinkema stated [PDF].

Moreover, upper-level management at CACI substantially aided these continued abuses by refusing to inform the military of reports that CACI and military personnel were abusing detainees and by continuing to employand even promoteinterrogators engaging in the abuses.

Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged that CACIs and its employees actions to aid the abuses were undertaken with the necessary purpose of facilitating the abusive conduct because the goal of the abusive regime was to soften up the detainees to convince them to cooperate with CACIs interrogators, Brinkema additionally contended.

Brinkema declared, It is clear that the abuse suffered by plaintiffs was intended to inflict severe pain or suffering and rises to the level of torture.

The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit against CACI in 2008 on behalf of four Iraqis, who say they were tortured: Suhail Najim Abdullah al-Shimari, Salah Hasan Nusaif al-Ejaili, and Asaad Hamza Hanfoosh al-Zubae.

It was filed under the Alien Tort Statute, which traditionally has made it possible for foreign victims to challenge officials and corporations responsible for human rights abuses.

The alleged torture took place at a part of Abu Ghraib known as the Hard Site, which was a relatively small section of the complex controlled by American military forces that housed detainees who were suspected to be of military intelligence value.'

As described in the decision, al-Ejaili, who was a reporter for Al-Jazeera, was held at Abu Ghraib for about six weeks. When he arrived, he was forced to strip naked and put a bag on his head as personnel shouted at him to confess.

The first night al-Ejaili was put in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffed to a pole with a bag over his head. He says he vomited a black substance. A woman came in during the night and touched him and pulled at his hair. He was ordered to clean up the vomit with his jumpsuit and then taken to a cell. After he tried to clean it, he complained that he was cold and had nothing to wear. A guard handed him ladies underwear.

Al-Ejaili was interrogated at least ten time, two or three times a day. Each time, he was stripped naked, had a b...

00:20

Judge In Flynn Case Orders All Exculpatory Evidence To Be Turned Over To Flynns Lawyers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I agree, this is unheard of. The judge must believe there is a likelihood the Mueller team withheld evidence. Via Fox News Insider: Judge Andrew Napolitano assessed Tuesday the unusual turn of events in the guilty plea from former national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI. The new federal judge in the []

00:09

Ex-Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino Agent Drops TRUTH MOAB About Gun-Free Zones "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Amid a concerted effort by the mainstream media, Democrats and left-leaning groups to pressure Congress into passing gun control measures, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino dropped a truth MOAB about gun-free areas. 

Gun-Free Zones are never gun-free for criminals, tweeted Dan Bongino Wednesday.

Earlier, the conservative firebrand tweeted, Criminals dont care about gun laws. They dont care about murder laws, robbery laws, or rape laws either. Thats precisely what makes them criminals. We already have gun laws on the books that are, unsurprisingly, only obeyed by law-abiding Americans.

The NRA contributor revealed earlier in the day that Twitter deemed his account ineligible to participate in the platforms ad program.

00:09

NAFTA Watch Twitch #1 Close Emissary To Meet Moon Jae-in "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Just twitches We explained yesterday how Moon Jae-in relates to the NAFTA exit (SEE HERE).  We showed last year how President Trump uses specific emissaries, only the most trustworthy, for critical geopolitical messaging in advance of big action. Well Continue reading

00:00

After Pressure From Students And Administrators, ICE Pulls Out Of Job Fair At Rutgers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Wheres that respect for law enforcement that the left supposedly suddenly was showing? Or does that only apply to people they think are investigating Trump? This is insane. And yes, it probably would be a waste ICEs time, who would want to hire people who support breaking the law like people at Rutgers apparently do? []

Wednesday, 21 February

23:51

VIRAL VIDEO: Former Navy SEAL Gives Best Ever Defense of the AR-15 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Amid a concerted effort by the mainstream media, Democrats and left-leaning groups to pressure Congress into passing gun control measures, a 2016 video of former Navy SEAL Dom Raso explaining why AR-15s are the best chance of surviving in an age of terror, is making the internet rounds. 

The only way for us to stay free was by having whatever guns the bad guys have, said Raso.

This firearm gives average people the advantage they so desperately need and deserve to protect their life, liberty, and happiness.

Partial transcript via The Federalist:

Gun control legislation doesnt stop terror attacks, he explained, citing the two terrorists who werent deterred by Californias assault weapons ban when they killed 14 people in San Bernardino last year. Nor would any gun ban have stopped the Boston Bombers when they detonated a bomb at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding at least 260 others.

Ironically, both of those incidents of terror were brought to a stop by armed police officers responding to the scene with AR-15sthe same weapon legislators are trying to ban.

Why would you want to ban the gun you pray for police to show up with? Raso asked.

I fought this enemy face-to-face for 12 years, he said. I know how they think, and I know the hatred that burns inside them.

Thank God we have the Second Amendment.

The video is making the internet rounds as President Trump holds a listening session with Stoneman Douglas students.

17 people are dead after Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday.

To add to the heartbreak, Americans are left wondering if the shooting could have been prevented had the tip the FBI received about Cruz been escalated.

In a statement released Friday, the FBI says protocols were not followed, to escalate a tip the bureau received about Cruz.

The post VI...

23:45

MSNBC Crank Claims Governor Rick Scott Too Busy to Meet With Students Later Admits Gov Scott Was Attending Shooting Victims Funeral "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

MSNBC reported Wednesday that Governor Rick Scott was too busy to speak with students causing the teens to storm his office, chanting shame on you!

In reality, Governor Scott was attending a shooting victims funeral and agreed to speak with students later in the afternoon.

 

MSNBCs Ali Velshi tweeted: BREAKING: students are in the waiting area of FL Gov. Rick Scotts office after being told hes too busy to meet with them chanting shame on you!

Fellow MSNBC host Katy Tur said on a live broadcast that Rick Scott is refusing to meet with the students.

They flooded the governors office, and the governor is refusing to speak with these students, Tur said. These are students from across Florida. Theyre students from Parkland The survivors. It sounds like theyre not being heard.

Theyre asking the governor to do something about rifles, to do something about assault weapons, to stop looking into immigration so much, and to focus on what is the issue that theyre there to talk about: weapons. Their lives, Tur said.

Six minutes later, Tur said Scotts office had called MSNBC to tell them he would be meeting with small groups of Parkland students for 20 minutes each at 5 p.m.

Right now, he is not in the office. He is at the funeral, I believe, for a student, Tur said. Thats why he cannot meet with those kids right now. Obviously, theyre not happy about it. Those kids are still inside that office. They want to be heard. Well see if they wait there until 5:00 today.

After Velshis tweet went viral with thousands of re-tweets and comments, he reported that Governor Rick Scott would be meeting...

23:35

Trump-Supporting Father Who Lost Daughter in FL Shooting and Was Tortured By Hateful Leftists Meets President Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On Wednesday February 14, 2018, 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 Wednesday a man named Andrew Pollack was photographed searching for his daughter, Meadow.

Thursday Pollack said, shes gone after finding out his daughter was killed by mass shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Evil liberals hurled insults to the grieving father simply because hes a Trump supporter.

Liberals are pure evil. They have zero decency.

Some of the vile insults from liberals include, I dont feel sorry for him and f*ck Trump and Maybe he should have thought twice before voting for Terrorist Trump (screenshot below)

On Wednesday Andrew Pollack met with President Trump in Washington DC.
Pollack was welcomed at the White House and comforted by the president.

Our hearts go out to Andrew and his family.

...

23:30

NY Dem Gov. Cuomo Calls GOP Tax Cuts Crumbs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Because the line worked so well for Pelosi? Via Grabien: CUOMO: As soon as they got into office what did they do? They turned around, they passed the tax cut, 80 percent goes to the wealthiest 1 percent, and the middle class got the crumbs from the table.

23:05

Tennessee Substitute Teacher Starts Safety Fund For Union High School Security Equipment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Taking action instead of waiting. Via WCYB: After the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week, Mendy Robbins knew she had to do something. Robbins, a substitute teacher and mother of two students at the school, started a safety fund to buy security equipment for the school. The UHS Safety Fund is hoping to []

22:59

Jaw Dropping The Washington Post Attacks Reverend Billy Graham Hours After He Dies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In 2012 the DNC denounced Jesus Christ three times during their convention. Until today that stood as one of the most alarming public representations of how the Democrats hate Christianity. The Washington Post just took that hatred one step further. Continue reading

22:40

Delaware May Allow Kids To Choose Their Own Race and Gender Without Parental Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Stop the world, I want to get off. Via Fox News: A proposal that would let students in Delaware as young as 5 choose their own race and gender-identity without approval from their parents has sparked a bitter battle in the First State. On one side are parents who say they want a []

22:15

Poll: Majority Of Americans Now Support GOP Tax Law "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Nancy Pelosi unavailable for comment. Via Axios: The Republican tax cut law, which once appeared overwhelmingly unpopular, is now supported by a narrow majority of Americans, according to a SurveyMonkey poll published in the NY Times. Support is at 51% overall (up from 37% in December), 89% among Republicans and 19% among Democrats.

21:52

Boko Haram Raids Girls School, As Many As 97 Schoolgirls Feared Kidnapped "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Someone alert Michelle Obama and the hashtag brigade. Via Guardian: Fears grew in north-east Nigeria on Wednesday about the fate of potentially scores of girls who have not been seen since attack on their school by suspected Boko Haram fighters two days ago. Militants stormed the Government Girls Science secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe state, []

21:30

Heartache: Focus On Dreamers Breeds Resentment From Other Illegal Aliens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There can only be so many special snowflakes and interest groups. Via San Diego Union Tribune: Ever since Sam Paredes crossed into the U.S. illegally from Mexico nearly 30 years ago, he followed a simple philosophy of keeping his head down and trying to stay out of trouble. The 39-year-old put in long hours for []

21:10

I Inherited A Broke Country, Says New Liberian President "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

You ran for office, now fix it. Via Breitbart: Liberias new President George Weah on Tuesday pledged to fight endemic corruption as he spoke about conditions in his broke country on the first day of an official visit to Paris. The former international football star who, took office on January 22, is faced with a []

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