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CORRUPTION: BALKANIZING LOS ANGELES FOR POLITICAL GAIN

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I noticed that no one has put up the “Little Odessa” sign in Hollywood where the Russians Congregate.
Or the “Little Riyadh” sign in Beverly Hills where the Saudis and other Muslims come to drink and have a good time.

SOME POLITICIANS JUST DON’T GET IT. They don’t understand that while every community has its own DNA, its own voice, and its own hidden history of political corruption and injustice, by continually dividing the people by identity: class, race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, etc. you are weakening the broader community.

I abhor hyphenated-Americans and believe most of those who waited so long to immigrate and become legal residents really want to assimilate. And  it appears that it mostly the illegals and those given some form of asylum or amnesty by our government simply want to recreate the hell-hole they left on American soil – where they can mine the social safety nets that all of us have paid into throughout our lives without getting imprisoned or shot for protesting how horrible and unfair America appears to be. If it is so bad, why don’t they return to the paradise they left and quit bothering us all with their grievances and other assorted nonsense?

I have no problem with people honoring their culture, speaking their own language, or eating ethnic food – we all enjoy that.

But the damn politicians need to keep from further balkanizing our nation. They need to understand that our representatives should represent us all, and not their own community. There is absolutely nothing in the U.S. Constitution that says we need to fill leadership or other positions with the percentages of individuals as they are represented in the general population. And, I can find nothing that says we need to count illegal aliens when apportioning that representation.

Bottom line…

It is time for politicians to stop pandering and reinforcing identity politics to the detriment of the American citizen.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ARE THE PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS TRYING TO BUY VOTES TO WIN AN ELECTION?

One of the underpinnings of the capitalist ideology is the concept of private property rights, be it the right to your labor or the ability to own, deploy, and benefit from tangible goods. There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution about subsidizing your neighbor's rent, utilities, or lifestyle.

Unfortunately, progressive socialist democrats like Bernie Sanders, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, and Kamala Harris continue to use the word “free” when spending other people’s money. According to the Democratic Socialists of America, there are 42 people running for offices at the federal, state and local levels this year with the endorsement of the DSA.

Kamala Harris, Diane Feinstein, Richard Blumenthal and other progressives have a different idea – take money from the taxpayer’s collective pocket to help pay the rent or put money in the pockets of those voters who traditionally skew progressive and votes Democrat.

An email from Kamala Harris…

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Rent Relief For Californians 

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Friend, 

With the cost of housing continuing to rise in California and across the country, Senator Harris introduced legislation on Wednesday that would provide rent relief for Americans struggling to make ends meet. The Rent Relief Act would create a new, refundable tax credit to put more money in the pockets of families at a time when renters’ wages have remained stagnant and housing costs have increased rapidly.
The middle class is shrinking, and the tax system seems to help more people at the top than at the bottom of the income scale. For the last generation, most Americans haven’t seen their wages rise, but their bills are going up every month, and the costs of housing, healthcare and childcare are pushing more and more families out of the middle class.  

“America’s affordable housing crisis has left too many families behind who struggle each month to keep a roof over their head,” said Senator Harris. “This bill will ensure no family is priced out of the basic security of a place to live. Bolstering the economic security of working families would strengthen our country and increase opportunity.”

Under Senator Harris’ Rent Relief Act, the refundable tax credit will be available to: 

  • individuals who live in rental housing and pay more than 30% of their gross income for the taxable year on their rent including utilities.
  • individuals who live in government-subsidized rental housing, who could claim the value of one month’s rent as a refundable tax credit. Subsidized rent is normally capped at 30% of a person’s income, making them eligible for the tax benefit for rent-burdened residents.

The Rent Relief Act would give much-needed relief to Californians! For a list of supportive statements, click here.   

It’s time to stand up for what is right and ensure that we provide real relief for millions.   

Thanks,
Yasmin 

Yasmin Rigney
Legislative Assistant
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris 

Text of the legislation can be found here.

A fact sheet on the bill can be found here.

What Kamala Harris never seems to mention is that the costs of housing are rising because of the restrictions on building in progressive socialist democrat-controlled areas – even with politically-connected developers pouring money into the campaign coffers of corrupt politicians. Or that mass transit discourages individual mobility and access to cheaper housing outside of the typical city limits.

This is a monetary give-away for some renters…

People living in government-funded or subsidized housing would receive one month’s rent as a “refundable” tax credit – free money because few of these people pay taxes.

Bottom line…

Perhaps former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said it best, and I paraphrase, socialism appears to work well until you run out of other people’s money.

It is time to start calling a spade a spade – socialism is communism light – with the same endpoint, a totalitarian regime using force to oppress the people until the next revolution.

This legislation is little more than buying votes with taxpayer money.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



THINKING ABOUT MICHAEL COHEN AND THE "TRUMP TAPE"

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There are those who want to disparage the President of the United States or divert the attention of the American public from the serious scandals from the Obama era; including the violation of the Espionage Act, the mass destruction of documents, and the obstruction of justice involved in covering up various felonious acts. Thus, the progressive socialist democrats and their captive progressive media is attempting to exploit a civil – not criminal – matter involving payments accompanying a non-disclosure agreement and various other matters.

Michael Cohen Taped Conversation With Trump About Buying Rights to Playmate’s Story

Conversation occurred in September 2016, after American Media Inc. had purchased Karen McDougal’s story that she had affair with Trump

Michael Cohen taped a face-to-face conversation with Donald Trump in which the two men discussed buying the rights to a former Playboy Playmate’s story that she had an affair with Mr. Trump more than a decade ago, according to people familiar with the matter.

The conversation between the then-GOP presidential nominee and his longtime personal lawyer took place in September 2016, the people said. That was two months before the election and a month after American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, bought the life rights to Karen McDougal’s story of the extramarital affair, which she has said began in 2006 and lasted nearly a year. Representatives of Mr. Trump have denied the affair took place.

In the conversation, Mr. Cohen told Mr. Trump about the American Media deal and suggested that they consider acquiring the rights to Ms. McDougal’s story themselves, the people with knowledge of the matter said. Mr. Trump, appearing open to the suggestion, asked how to proceed and whether he should write a check or pay in another manner, they said.

This is a big nothing-burger…

President Trump did nothing of a criminal nature. He may not have always told the truth, but what politician doesn’t lie when campaigning or about various matters after being elected. Nothing President Trump has said can be compared to former President Barack Obama telling the American public on numerous occasions that “if they liked their doctor, they could keep their doctor.” In fact, the progressive media invented the term “campaign mode” to cover the many lies of Barack Obama.

And while Michael Cohen, a self-described tough-guy, fixer, and enforcer, may be a detestable character, his alleged illegal activities occurred before Trump was elected to the Presidency.

What we know…

It appears that there is nothing criminal in Michael Cohen taping a conversation with Donald Trump because New York's wiretapping law is a so-called "one-party consent" law, making it a crime to record to record or eavesdrop on an in-person or telephone conversation unless one party to the conversation consents. (N.Y. Penal Law §§ 250.00, 250.05.) Apparently, Michael Cohen “consented,” so no harm, no fault.

It appears that there is nothing in the New York Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct mentions any specific rule barring an attorney from recording their conversations with a client. And, it appears that the American Bar Association’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility allows that lawyers may ethically tape their conversations, with some caveats, provided the taping is not illegal in the relevant jurisdictions and the lawyer does not lie about whether the conversation is being taped, if asked about it. (ABA Formal Opinion 01-422) In reference to Opinion 01-433, the authors noted, “The Committee is divided as to whether a lawyer may record a client-lawyer conversation without the knowledge of the client, but agrees that it is inadvisable to do so.”

It appears that the real issue is the leaking of confidential information that may have been obtained during an investigation.

For those ascribing this leak to Special Counsel Mueller, it should be noted that the matter appears to be handled by the Public Corruption Unit of the Criminal Division of the Office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  SDNY has a pattern and practice of leaking information to the media, which apparently included Rudy Giuliani when he was United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York during the 1980s.

Bottom line…

President Trump was a philandering businessman before being elected and while you may condemn his behavior, it has nothing to do with his patriotism or what he has done for American and Americans.

We are so screwed if we allow the progressive socialist democrats deflect our attention from the damage they have done and are presently doing to our nation.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ROBERT MUELLER IS THE NEW JAMES COMEY: GIVES TOP DEMOCRAT A PASS

There is little or no doubt in my mind that Robert Mueller is as corrupt or more corrupt than former FBI Director James Comey …

Consider the fact that because of Mueller’s former position with the DOJ and FBI, and his personal friendship with a number of those who need investigation, he should have recused himself  before being appointed as the Special Counsel investigating possible Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election, potential collusion between Trump and the Russians, AND ANYTHING ELSE HE WANTS TO INVESTIGATE as per Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Let us not overlook that James Comey leaked classified or presidentially-privileged materials to a friend who leaked them to the New York Times.

"I asked a friend of mine to share the content of a memo with the reporter, I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,"

Not so coincidently Comey, Rosenstein, and Mueller have a history together which should have precluded Mueller’s appointment. And, not so coincidently it appears that Mueller’s staff is comprised not of non-partisan investigators and prosecutors – but rabid, virulent anti-Trump activists who have condemned themselves with both their own words and deeds.

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Now we have a situation where Tony Podesta, a top democrat operative and major lobbyist with dubious associations and issues – and the brother of former president Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff and the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 U.S. presidential campaign John Podesta – is apparently being given another one of those Clinton get-out-of-jail cards.

Tony Podesta Lobbied For Russia’s ‘Uranium One’ And Did Not File As A Foreign Agent 

Tony Podesta’s lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, represented the Russian-owned company Uranium One during former President Barack Obama’s administration and did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, The Daily Caller News Foundation has determined.  <Source>

You remember Uranium One, where the FBI Director Mueller and the DOJ had specific evidence of Russian-linked bribery, money laundering, and political corruption and delayed telling the relevant people who vet deals for their impact on national security until after the deal was consummated.

Obama-era Russian Uranium One deal: What to know

The FBI had looked into the agreement and uncovered that some Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in nefarious dealings, which included extortion, bribery and kickbacks, The Hill reported. Evidence of wrongdoing by Vadim Mikerin, the Russian official overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion in the U.S. who was eventually sentenced to prison, was discovered by the FBI before the deal was approved, according to The Hill

Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the probe into alleged Russian interference in the election, was the head of the FBI when it investigated Rosatom officials’ extortion and corruption.

And the investigation was led by then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, The Hill reported. Rosenstein is now the deputy attorney general; McCabe, until last month, was the deputy director of the FBI. <Source>

Something stinks!

Setting up Manafort…

Paul Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman from March to August 2016. For this, his life has been scrutinized by the government, the media, and nearly destroyed in the process. A man who has not been convicted of a crime, yet sits in solitary confinement in the hopes that he will reveal or manufacturer something that can bring down a President. 

Mueller reportedly grants Tony Podesta immunity to testify against Paul Manafort

Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly given a key Democratic operative immunity to testify against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

According to Tucker Carlson, speaking Thursday evening on his Fox News program, Mr. Mueller has offered immunity to Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group and brother of former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Mr. Carlson cited “two sources” whom he did not name.

Both Mr. Manafort and the Podesta Group worked on a campaign named the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, and most of the charges against Mr. Manafort relate to his work there and whether he laundered money for Russian oligarchs, worked as a foreign agent, disclosed his income and status, and related issues.  Tony Podesta granted immunity by Robert Mueller for Paul Manafort testimony: Report - Washington Times

hc-raBottom line…

Something stinks in the DOJ/FBI investigation being run out of the Office of Special Counsel. President Trump is afraid to take action lest that be seen as “obstruction of justice,” a reason for impeachment. Attorney Jeff Sessions is a wimpy and gutless incompetent who appears to be biding his time and riding out the storm. The leadership at DOJ and the FBI appears to be rabidly anti-Trump. And, a rather gutless Congress is hosting a dog and pony show lest their individual peccadilloes are leaked to the media.

All of the Clinton gang are at risk for prosecutable felonies if they cannot kill the GOP’s ability to investigate Obama-era corruption.

There is only one thing left that can be done. Strengthen the majority in Congress, both the House and the Senate, in the hopes that there is strength in numbers and that the cowardice and corruption of our legislators can be contained.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



PROGRESSIVE PROTESTERS OR THE USEFUL IDIOTS MANIPULATED BY PAID PROVOCATEURS?

More and more we see the same faces in and around “civil rights” protests, but rarely in a leadership role. These appear to be the paid protesters and provocateurs who are bringing anarchy and revolution to America to advance the progressive socialist democrat agenda and to keep identity politics in the forefront. Hanging back and haranguing the crowd into action.

An example can be found in Chicago, Illinois where the police observed and stopped a person who appeared to be carrying a concealed weapon. Remembering that Chicago has an extremely high rate of gun violence in spite of some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation, one would think that the residents and progressive socialist democrats would support the police in investigating further.

Upon being stopped, the suspect whipped out his wallet, ostensibly to provide identification. When an officer reached for the suspect, the suspect turned and revealed what appeared to be a handgun and ammunition before turning and running into the street. When the suspect appears to reach for his weapon he is shot multiple times.

Of course, the social media blew up… the suspect was unarmed; the suspect was shot in cold blood, the suspect was shot in the back while running away, the suspect had a concealed carry permit, the suspect was executed by the police and on-and-on. The conclusion: police brutality against an innocent back man, Harith Augustus, 37 years-old.

The protests, apparently under the direction of unknown protesters and provocateurs, grew increasingly rowdy and dangerous to the general public. Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said the baton-wielding police officers confronted approximately 150 “protesters” shouting murderer and the usual obscenities. Rocks, bottles, urine were thrown at officers and protesters jumped on police cars.

After two days of what was close to a riot or civil insurrection, the Chicago Police Department released the body-cam footage of the encounter where the gun and ammunition can be seen as well as the furtive movements of the suspect’s hands towards his weapon.

What the officers saw…

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Tweets…

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What does “justice” look like?

The tragic events are irreversible. So “justice” should look like an impartial recitation of the facts and a determination if the shooting was “in policy.” Something that that cannot be done in a few days. If the shooting was “out of policy,” those involved should be sanctioned. But the fact remains, it all started with the suspect who refused to comply and chose to flail, resist, and then run – reaching for a gun in the process. When police are on the street, they do not have the opportunity to leisurely review video replays and close-up photos to determine intent. They must act in a split second or possibly lose their lives. Considering the number of law enforcement officers who were assassinated or gunned down after hesitating, it should be a reasonable expectation for a non-compliant armed individual that they might be shot in the process of resisting.

The progressive spin…

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“There’s so many unanswered questions. I don’t think that people are satisfied with the video.”

Having a licensed gun does not convey “concealed carry” privileges which require a different license and is next to impossible to get in Chicago without a political connection.

There is money to be made and media attention to be exploited…

You can rest assured that some activist attorney will proceed to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family – possibly settling with the City because the politicians would rather pay out taxpayer’s money than face negative media coverage.

Bottom line…

There was no legitimate reason, especially under Chicago’s strict gun laws, that the suspect should be walking around with a gun and additional ammunition.

There is little or no doubt in my mind that the progressive socialist democrats are deliberately denigrating law enforcement – the very people who are sworn to keep the community safe – with the sole purpose of rallying the base using purported racism, class warfare, and identity politics.

And, the question few people in progressive circles rarely ask is a simple one: if these armed black men are so innocent, why do they continue to confront, challenge, or resist police commands; or attempt to escape custody? More specifically, why would Harith Augustus, the father of a 5-year-old daughter and a well-known barber in his South Shore, act in this manner?

We are so screwed when a partisan political fifth column attempts to destroy America from within using political correctness, class warfare, and identity politics. And, in a nutshell, that is the modern Democrat Party with their socialist/communist agenda.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME ON DISPLAY

The progressive socialist democrats are represented by radical partisan progressive socialist democrat fools like Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representative Joseph Kennedy III who tweet from ignorance…

It is hard to imagine why a Senator would be ignorant of President Privilege and the constitutional separation of powers. 

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Where was Kennedy when President Barack Obama was caught on camera on assuring outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have “more flexibility” to deal with contentious issues like missile defense after the U.S. presidential election? And Medvedev, "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.” 

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Bottom line…

You cannot trust hysterical shrieking progressives to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, much less keep the United States safe, secure, and sovereign. In fact, a case of collusion between the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Russians can be made from sworn testimony – including the undeniable transfer of Russian funds to the Clintons.

We are so screwed when we accept what these fools are saying at face value.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS OR SELF-RIGHTEOUS BULLIES?

It is ironic, or a case of poetic justice, that the progressive poohbahs of Hollywood are now besieged by the very progressive social justice warriors they pretend to support. As if a black man making $20 million, living in a mansion with servants, driving exotic automobiles, and is generally treated like royalty, is oppressed by "the man." 

The idea that relatively anonymous social justice warriors somehow have the moral superiority to shame, harass, and bully others – especially people of accomplishment – should be abhorrent to any freedom-loving American.

The reality is that, in many cases, social justice warriors are inconsequential non-entities who are intent on obtaining some level of recognition and some form of status by virtue-signaling on social media. These people care little about the societal and individual impacts of their actions. And through social media, their ill-informed or malicious voices can be amplified into a public force that can produce adverse and hurtful and damaging reactions.

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Hollywood: The hypocrisy is coming full circle and biting the progressive socialist democrats in the butt …

Hollywood big-shots, executives, stars, agents, and casting directors have always behaved badly, knowing that most of their peccadilloes would be suppressed in the media or overlooked by law enforcement. Even gossip columnists and muckrakers were very cautious about what they revealed.

Now, with the exposure of Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo movement, allegations, even those decades old, are enough to force the progressive socialist democrats into sudden retirement, or even worse, into a court of law. It is no longer “innocent until proven guilty,” but guilty by mob acclaim on the various social media platforms.

To highlight this social media idiocy, consider the progressive socialist democrat women who have self-designated themselves as “actors” able to play any role, and those social justice warriors who shame brand-name stars like Scarlett Johansson because she was signed to play a transgendered person. The activists jumped up and down until Johansson declined the role, unmindful that Johansson is a “bankable” star who comes with a following and contribute to the success of the project. Can you name one transgendered person, actor or not, with the same level of talent, the ability to attract an audience, and can act in an authentic manner?

Scarlett Johansson Leaves Trans Film After Backlash

Scarlett Johansson has decided to leave the drama film Rub and Tug a little more than a week after her casting sparked backlash amid trans groups and activists, reports Variety.

“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project,” Johansson told Out Magazine, which first reported the news, in a statement. “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release.”

She continued, saying she would have “loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life,” but that she understands why many think he should be portrayed by a transgender person. She went on to say that she is thankful the casting debate has sparked a larger conversation about “diversity and representation in film.”

“I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly,” Johansson said in the statement, according to Variety. “My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.” <Source>

These social justice warriors do not care that they deprived a woman actor of a multi-million dollar salary and perhaps one of the best opportunities to explore the "trans" community and condition.

Actors represent pretend characters that exist on a written page and nowhere else. The idea that an actor cannot portray another individual unless they are similarly situated in terms of physiology, psychology, criminal background, diseases, or maimed and disfigured is ludicrous.

Where are the demands for the below-the-line people to earn as much as above-the-line people to achieve pay parity and justice? I am waiting for the day that the Hollywood social justice warriors excoriate the 1% above-the-line people for the pay gap that exists between top talent and those craftspeople who are below-the-line.  I find it ironic the social justice warrior crowd believes, or pretends to believe, that women stars should be paid the same as their male counterparts – because, after all, they are all actors.

Bottom line …

You will notice that nobody is standing up for freedom, individualism, and the right to be judged in a court of law – and not on Twitter.

You will notice that those progressives in positions of power or have invested time and effort in a career are afraid to stand up to the mob that self-defines themselves as social justice warriors – an oxymoron that has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with accreting political power and advancing their progressive socialist Democrat agenda. No wonder people are afraid to identify as constitutional conservatives and risk all that they have earned in a sustained Twitter attack where they have little or no legal recourse that might make them whole or restore their reputation.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



WILL RAND PAUL TRY TO DERAIL NOMINEE BRETT KAVANAUGH?

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I do not care whether it is far-left fringe Senators like Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK); moderate fringe Senators in the middle like John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC); or far-right fringe Senators like Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), the fact that the out-of-touch minority has disproportionate leverage to sway critical votes or extort concessions is deeply problematical.

President Trump has submitted Brett Kavanaugh, a highly-qualified nominee for the Supreme Court, and the Senate Republicans need to come together to place Kavanaugh on the bench and avoid besmirching his reputation or somehow delegitimizing his Supreme Court rulings based on bias and ideology. In a sense, Kavanaugh was a “safe” choice, by all measure a decent man of impeccable qualifications and a Washington insider who had been previously confirmed by the Senate (57-36) for the influential position on the  United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the court  where much of our law is tested before going to the Supreme Court. And, this was in spite of Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) vicious attack and calling Kavanaugh the “Forrest Gump of Republican Politics.” Of course, “Little Dick” Dirtbag’s credentials cannot even begin to compare with Kavanaugh’s achievements.

Even before President Trump announced the nominee, the Senate Democrats claimed that whoever was chosen was ill-qualified because they were likely to overturn former President Obama’s legacy achievements, destroy Roe v. Wade, shutdown the Affordable Care Act, and strengthen the rules for deportation of illegal aliens. In unison, these progressive socialist democrats vowed to vote “NO” on any Trump nominee regardless of their qualifications.

So here comes Rand Paul …

It is no surprise that Rand Paul would capitalize on a divided party to run before the media to proclaim that he was “undecided” and that he needed to know the nominee’s views on government surveillance programs before deciding to cast his vote. Paul’s bugaboo is Kavanaugh’s 2015 ruling that the federal government’s metadata collection was “entirely consistent” with the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches.  Specifically, Kavanaugh ruled that “critical national security need outweighs the impact on privacy.”

For those unfamiliar with metadata, it is the data used to describe the data being transmitted without knowing the actual contents of the data itself. Whereas intercepting the contents of a telephone call requires a warrant, the telephone company’s details of the call (the originating and receiving numbers and call times) can be obtained without a warrant using an administrative summons. While the use of metadata can be misused, it will be up to individual judges and courts to determine if that use was consistent with the constitution and lawful under statute and case law. The collection and analysis of metadata are crucially essential to root out spies, saboteurs, and criminals.

If Rand Paul were an honest broker, he would be working in Congress to pass legislation that holds violators of FISA court provisions criminally liable for their falsifications, misrepresentations, and omissions.  He would be concerned that his congressional colleagues are lazy and negligent -- outsourcing law-making under constitutional authority to executive branch agencies where unelected bureaucrats spew forth administrative rules and regulations with the force of law, including fines, jail, and other penalties. He would be concerned that executive agencies are colluding with third-party organizations in a “sue and settle” scam that allows agencies to make de facto law. He should be worried that Congress refuses to fix problems with the “bright line” tests put forth by the courts.

But no, Rand Paul goes for the cheap sound byte that is sure of being broadcast by a progressive and GOP-hostile mainstream media. “There are ten amendments listed in Bill of Rights, so the Fourth Amendment’s one of them, so we’re already down one. Let’s see how he does on the other nine.” Utterly disingenuous because the Fourth Amendment still stands and that any single ruling cannot curtail the protections it offers to Americans.

Bottom line …

It is about time that our GOP Congressional Representatives and Senators, especially the professional politicians, get their act together and define what the GOP actually stands for, compare and contrast that difference between the GOP and the progressive socialist democrats, and stop worrying about their self-serving interests and start worrying about a deeply divided nation suffering under the tyranny of the minority.

There is little or no doubt in my mind that this confirmation process will be a cakewalk compared to the next one should another Justice decide to retire. Imagine if the uber-liberal Ruth Bader Ginsberg were to retire and be replaced by a conservative woman? The progressive socialist democrats will go crazy – knowing that advancing their agenda through the courts might be as futile as trying to get them through Congress with a recorded vote.

It is time to call your Senator to remind them they need to act on behalf of “We the People” and not on their personal ideology or party politics.

We are so screwed when marginal Republicans people like Collins, Murkowski, McCain, Graham, and Paul act against the wishes of the American people.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



DNC HACK: SAFE TO BLAME THE RUSSIANS?

Department-of-injustice

It is a simple question …

Can you trust the United States Department of Justice under the Acting Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, or any of the Obamacons in the bureaucracy, to pursue the truth on behalf of the American people? Even if that truth would lead to the indictment and prosecution of the top leadership of the Obama Administration, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top-ranking officials close to Barack Obama?

Given the past performance of the White House and top Administration Agencies over the past eight years, and the feckless, inattentive, and politically compromised nature of the Trump Administration agencies, I think not. Attorney Jeff Sessions should be ashamed of himself and resign from Office. The top leadership of the White House, DNI, CIA, DOJ, FBI, IRS, BATFE, and EPA should be scrutinized and sanctioned when appropriate. I can appreciate the Trump Administration's wanting to put the past behind them and move on to more important matters, but as long as these people and agencies are not held accountable, Americans will continue to distrust their government.

The alleged 2016 hack on the Democrat National Committee, what you need to know …

1.  It appears that the DNC refused to allow the FBI to forensically examine the allegedly hacked computer server for signs of hacking and/or foreign intrusion. Since this was a matter of national security, it is curious why the Obama Department of Justice failed to issue a subpoena for forensic access to the hacked server.

2.  In that magical way things are done in Hillaryworld, it appears that the law firm of Perkins Coie (the same law firm that was the funding cut-out for the so-called “Steele Dossier”) engaged CrowdStrike, a third-party security vendor with deep ties to the Democrat party, to examine the hacked server.

3.  The CrowdStrike findings appeared to be ratified by the Obama “intelligence” community which was led by the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, which also included the Director of the CIA, John Brennan, and FBI Director James Comey. All of whom appear to have ethical issues involving credibility, reliability, and trustworthiness for their hyper-partisan stance.

4.  The CrowdStrike conclusions have been questioned by well-credentialed and experienced cybersecurity professionals, and there have been suggestions that it was improbable that the hack by foreign agents was done over the internet, and a more likely scenario involves an insider using a thumb drive to transfer information from the server to the external device. Some theorize that DNC employee Seth Rich, who was murdered in an alleged robbery attempt, may have been a party to the hack or the transfer of information to WikiLeaks. The head of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, seems to suggest in a circuitous manner that Seth Rich may have been the source for the WikiLeaks-exposed DNC emails.

5.  There is a secondary scandal involving Pakistani foreign nationals having access to other Democrat-controlled servers and the investigation into this matter has also been stonewalled by former DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and the inability of the DOJ/FBI to gain access to that server. In fact, it appears that California Attorney General may have obstructed justice by providing false information to the FBI.

6.  In indicting 12 Russians for allegedly hacking the DNC server, it appears unlikely that none of the twelve individuals named is likely to appear voluntarily in a Federal Court, and thus obstructs the normal process of discovery where government and DNC documents pertaining to the alleged hack may be obtained and examined.

7.  Like everything else in the Obama Administration, transparency and accountability are sorely missing in the investigation and any subsequent official actions.  And, you will notice that nobody has claimed that the documents released to WikiLeaks were fake, forged, or altered.

Bottom line …

It is a safe assumption that the Russians wanted to disrupt the election and promote doubt about the sanctity of the political process among Americans. Much in the same manner that former President Obama’s people were caught interfering in the election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The indictment of the twelve Russians appears to be just another Democrat ploy to delay any real investigation and to further obstruct justice.

You will notice that the only real party injured in the hack appeared to be Bernie Sanders and there is substantial proof that the Clinton campaign and the DNC conspired to interfere with the presidential election by disadvantaging Bernie Sanders. This may be a prosecutable criminal act that does not seem to matter to either the Obama or the Trump Department of Justice.

The fact that Hillary Clinton was so detestable and the GOP establishment candidates were so feckless, the election of a crazy-maker like Donald Trump was what was precisely needed to shake-up the status quo in the swamp. While Trump appears to be struggling, he also appears to be winning everywhere except for the progressive mainstream media and their propaganda machine.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



SACRILEGE: USING ELVIS TO SELL SOCIALISM, CLASS WARFARE, AND IDENTITY POLITICS

This is how the blame America first and the radical progressive socialist democrats get their message embedded in the culture – in the guise of enlightening entertainment …

I was listening to Mary Katherine Ham, senior writer at the Federalist, interview filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (Filmmaker Says Elvis Presley's Life Is A Metaphor For America) on his latest project, “The King” and was deeply offended that Elvis Presley was being exploited by a cadre of radical progressive socialist democrats to subtly denigrate and disparage our great nation and to suggest that socialism and Jane Fonda are somehow linked to making our country better. (Click on the link and listen to the program for yourself.)

There is no mistake in my mind that this is political propaganda from the radical progressive socialist democrats which I think can be summed up by the words of Alec Baldwin, “America is great when America does great things. Well, America has been doing a lot of bad things.” My translation: America is just fine when it pursues the radical progressive agenda, and horrible when it doesn’t.

The idea that Elvis was racist because he covered songs originating with black musicians and became successful is really the message conveyed by one musician, Chuck D. (Lyrics: Elvis was a hero to most but he; Elvis was a hero to most; Elvis was a hero to most; But he never meant shit to me you see; Straight up racist that sucker was; Simple and plain; Mother fuck him and John Wayne; 'Cause I'm Black and I'm proud.) Four things: one, Chuck D is the real racist who views everything through the prism of race; two, Chuck D is all about class warfare and identity politics; three, you are not a racist because you grew up with a black culture and your music reflects that background; and four, who the hell is Chuck D?.

JARECKI-KING

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America.

From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here.

A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey. Featuring Music & Appearances by: Alec Baldwin, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, James Carville, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Lana Del Rey, Emisunshine and the Rain, Peter Guralnick, The Handsome Family, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, John Hiatt, Billie Holiday, Immortal Technique, Van Jones, Ashton Kutcher, Lindy Vision, Greil Marcus, Mike Myers, Dan Rather, Luc Sante, Sigur Rós, David Simon, Stax Academy All Stars, Big Mama Thornton, M. Ward, Kat Wright & Maggie Clifford

If anything, Jarecki and his cadre of “social justice warriors” views America from a radical progressive point of view – quite unlike the mainstream Americans who revered Elvis, both the man and his music. This is like the faux academic scholar and pseudo-intellectual who looks at someone’s creation and imputes an entirely different meaning to the work. Look at the cast: Dan Rather, the epitome of manufactured fake news; Van Jones, self-avowed communist who supports the democrat party; James Carville who was a chief enabler and apologist for the thoroughly corrupt and criminal Clintons; the actor who hates Trump but loves the money he makes caricaturing Trump on Saturday Night Live; and let us not forget Public Enemy’s Chuck D – the man who promotes misogynistic, racist, un-American, and anti-law enforcement lyrics while getting rich in the process.

See the official film trailer and note its radical progressive dystopian tone … 

(If the video is missing – it can be accessed here.)

Bottom line …

This is what the fifth column of radical progressive socialist democrats do when they wish to destroy our nation and our culture from within. The don the guise of patriotism, speak about the constitution, and then tell us how bad we have been and that we need to radically transform capitalism and our nation into something else.

I spent quite a few hours with Elvis and his Memphis crew at Santa Monica Airport and while Elvis had a temper and was “different” from his public persona, I never heard him openly disparage any group of people.

The idea that this icon of American music should be exploited as a vehicle to sell an anti-America theme or disparage the country he loved is unforgivable.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell