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LUXURY HOTEL FOR THE (RELATIVELY) POOR IN SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA

All is well in the People’s Republic of Santa Monica, located at the leftmost edge of the nation…

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It appears that a developer who built a posh hotel on the beach did it without valid permits from the unelected czars at the California Coastal Commission, which exists to ensure that ordinary individuals have easy access to the beaches (below the mean tideline) in front of multi-million dollar homes.

The penance for this transgression was approximately $15.6 million in penalties and a $2.1 million mitigation fee – which will disappear among the sands of bureaucracy – and to price some rooms for poorer visitors to Santa Monica.

For rooms priced no higher than $180.00 ($179.99 comes to mind) and a parking fee of just $25.00, you can access one of the 72 rooms set aside in a “micro-hotel” within the Shore resort for this grand gesture of progressivism. Of course, the $25 resort fee will be waived. Such a deal when you compare those mandated prices to the customary rooms priced from $265 to $800 a night, a $43 parking fee, and of course the $25 resort fee. Taxes and gratuities not included. Should you choose not to dine-in, simply follow the crazy doper in the politically correct gender-neutral raggedy outfit to one of Santa Monica’s feeding stations for the poor and homeless. No word about the anti-graffiti fee.

“… [U]npermitted development has occurred on the Properties. These actions are also inconsistent with the public access provisions of the Coastal Act and therefore render Sunshine Enterprises in violation of the public access provisions of the Coastal Act and subject to penalties under 30821 of the Coastal Act; the unpermitted demolition of two low to moderately priced motels on the site does not protect lower cost visitor facilities and has resulted in the loss of lower cost facilities, in contravention of Coastal Act Section 30213. Furthermore, unpermitted construction of a luxury boutique hotel in the place of the two lower priced motels, without providing for adequate mitigation to offset the loss of the demolished motels, fails to provide for lower cost accommodation, as required, where feasible, by Coastal Act Section 30213.Through the Consent Agreement, Sunshine Enterprises has agreed to resolve its financial liabilities under the Coastal Act.”

“Section 30213 also promotes environmental justice, which is defined as “the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies” in Government Code Section 65040.12(e). Lower cost facilities ensure members of the public with lower incomes, including those that live further from the coast, have options that enable them to access and recreate at the coast. The Coastal Act’s requirement to maximize access and promote lower cost visitor and recreational facilities is critical in providing opportunities for individuals and families from underserved communities to visit the coast when they might not be able to do so otherwise due to costs, including the lack of affordable lodging.”

Bottom line…

A tip to developers. If you plan to tear down those ramshackle prostitution and drug hotels in beach cities, make sure you set aside enough money to grease the bureaucratic wheels, obtain valid permits, and plan to provide replacement accommodations for previous patrons. Or skip the crap, build the facility, and build-in the cost of fines and mitigation into the final budget.

Like all California institutions, you will find the members of the Coast Commission to be progressives, some wealthy, some lawyers, and some crazy environmental activists – all appointed by state government officials who believe that there should be no private property or the wealthy need to share their property with the less wealthy.

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



WITH THE DROP OF NADLER'S GAVEL, THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CONSTITUTION BEGINS

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What happened yesterday should scare all Americans as the Democrats fully displayed their woke progressive culture.

A culture where historical antecedent does not exist and everything must be judged, not on the facts but one's feelings about the interpretation of the facts. Where the singular profundity of these arbiters of legal and social justice should override commonsense and what is taking place before one's very eyes.

Excuse me, but tyranny is tyranny and no amount of Democrat spin can convince me that this time is different and the outcome can be anything other than disastrous for the American people.

This is what happens when you lack any discernable ethics or worldview beyond your own toxic political ideology. And, with such a significant failure of character, pretending that you are somehow woke and entitled to your sanctimonious, self-righteous, superior and elitist view that you and you alone know what's best for everyone else. Again, ignoring that which is taking place before your very eyes.

What manner of individual ignores the history of the legal and moral failures of modern presidents such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and to deny the empirical results of their socialistic ideology?

There is no doubt that Bill Clinton took money from foreign governments in return for access and actions that benefited Clinton personally. There is no doubt that Obama went easy on Russia and refused to provide lethal aid to Ukraine when they were being attacked by the Russians. Was this being "more flexible" as he promised the Russian President prior to his reelection? Was this done to keep the American people from seeing that his Russian reset was an abject foreign policy failure? Did Obama allow Biden to threaten to withhold aid to Ukraine to prevent a messy scandal involving Biden and Biden's son just before the reelection? And, what about Benghazi where people lied, people died -- all in the name of avoiding a major foreign policy failure during an election cycle?

An example of rank hypocrisy...

When reporter James Rosen asked if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "hates President Donald Trump," she got visibly angry and lectured the reporter as if her Catholic faith immunizes her from the most basic of human emotions.

"I don't hate anybody." "I was raised in a Catholic house. We don't hate anyone, not anybody in the world." "So don't you accuse me —"
"And as a Catholic, I resent your using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time." "So don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."

I wonder how Nancy Pelosi, third in succession to the Presidency, feels about Iran who routinely supports world terrorism and shouts "Death to America" as they continue their development of nuclear weaponry and ballistic missiles that can deliver Armageddon to anywhere in the world?

I wonder how Pelosi feels about the illegal aliens who are slaughtering Americans in record numbers, be it through crime or drunk driving?

I wonder how Pelosi feels about those who routinely kill babies while arguing for granting animals human legal and constitutional rights.

I do not want Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler or anyone of there ilk defining my inalienable rights, my lifestyle, or what I can do with the fruits of my labor.

Bottom line…

Only the American people can redress this insult to America, our Constitution, and the American people. You need to help vote these miscreants out of office. You need to organize yourself, your family, your friends, and others in your community – driving them to the polls if necessary.

These are not just names on a ballot. The names represent are consequential decisions that can determine who will live or die, and under what conditions.

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



DEMOCRAT CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: ALL PRESIDENTS ARE IMPEACHABLE NOW!

The pattern set by the Democrats in the House of Representatives is clear …

1.  Proceed with an impeachment inquiry with only the vote of the majority.

2.  Make up anything you believe the President of the United States might have been thinking.

3.  Support your accusation by presenting only those witnesses who support your position. Facts can be replaced by opinion, supposition, and presumption.

4.  Deny the opposition the opportunity to call their own witnesses or offer testimony in rebuttal.

5.  Prepare a damning report and sent your counsel to present the report to the Committee – make sure they are not sworn before they are present.

6.  Allow your counsel to question the other counsel under oath and then leave the room before they can be questioned.

7.  Send out thousands of subpoenas and request thousands of pages of documents. Consider any claim of privilege or delay as “Obstruction of Congress.”

8.  Punish your members if they dare deviate from the unanimous vote.

9.  Send the Committee recommendation to the whole House, but only if you have the majority.

VOTE

Bottom line…

No President of the United States can conduct diplomacy without a quid pro quo, so it is important to impeach the next Democrat President starting on day one of their incumbency. This is the only way to restore the constitutional functioning of the Congress.

On one hand, the Democrats have just declared every politician can be endlessly investigated and to be declared corrupt and impeachable without probable cause or any predicate crime.On the other hand, 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



IMPEACHMENT DEBATE OR DEMOCRAT DEBACLE?

We saw Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chair of the Intelligence Committee, hold unclassified hearings in a classified basement facility to hide the truth from Americans. Schiff refused to allow their opposition to call their own fact and rebuttal witnesses. Due process was denied.

We saw Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the chair of the Judiciary Committee, preside over a one-sided proceeding that resulted in two Articles of Impeachment that are so broad and ill-defined as to impeach every duly elected  President

We saw the highest officials in the Obama Administration engage in corroborated unconstitutional and criminal activities.

Now the Democrats are debating the subject of impeachment with few facts and numerous irregularities.

In one of the most egregious abuses of power, Chairman Schiff simply cut off debate, dismissed members, and told them be prepared to vote when the Committee resumes the next day. Unconscionable behavior.

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Will House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA), Chairman Adam Schiff, and Chairman Jerrold Nadler lead the House Democrats into the abyss? Will the Democrats act as lemmings and follow her to their doom?

Bottom line…

If the Democrats are so corrupt and stupid as to vote for the Articles of Impeachment and move the vote to the whole House of Representatives – and if the entire House votes to impeach the President of the United States, our Constitution will have been irreparably damaged by the Democrats and the Obama Administration.

Will the people hold these corrupt politicians accountable?

Beats me.

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR: GRETA THUNBERG -- HERO OR ZERO?

What the hell happened to our nation can be reflected in Greta Thunberg’s selection as Time Magazine's Person of the Year…

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Since when do we fete a scold – a person who knows little or nothing about the subject matter she parrots as she is trotted around the globe to raise awareness and funds for a cause that can be described as a racket to redistribute wealth to the already wealthy and to purchase political support for aspiring politicians?

The tag line “The Power of Youth” begs the question, other than political activism and dodging school, what are the youth of America doing to clean up their own communities – that is when they are not on their phones, partying, or playing electronic games.

The elevation of Thunberg into a media icon is a product of Madison Avenue-style image-making and says more about the individuals who are promoting Thunberg as they would any other brand.

Bottom line…

I am dismayed when a rather bitchy little scold tells me I need to cede some of my freedoms and a large portion of my income to pursue the silicon silliness that exists only in flawed computer models, fed with dodgy data, and operated by activist scientists who appear to believe increasing socialism, communism, and totalitarianism is an answer for everything. 

Personally, I would have placed a wounded man and woman soldier on the cover and thanked them for their contribution to society.

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING FROM FISA-GATE?

WE-DEMAND-TO-KNOW

Once again we find American intelligence and law enforcement agencies demanding Congress pass legislation that mandates that technology providers who use end-to-end secure encryption for messaging applications build “back-doors” into their system so that any communications can be intercepted, monitored, and stored by authorized government agents. Of course, subject to warrants based on “verified” information and a probable cause that a crime is involved.

But, as we have seen, Americans need protection from those employees who hold the “keys to the kingdom” including their third-party contractors who appear to have compromised protected systems and classified data time-after-time. In fact, most of the larger technology companies employ former members of the intelligence and law enforcement communities as well as other former employees of governmental entities who are known to do favors for their former colleagues or agencies.

It is bad enough that Americans voluntarily create dossiers containing all manner of personal information when they use social media or plant listening devices throughout their homes, vehicles, and workplaces as they use devices that compromise privacy and security for convenience and social interaction, but it is unconscionable that the government would exploit these social platforms and devices for personal, political, or profitable purposes.

The simple fact that there are state actors, both foreign and domestic, as well as black-hat hackers and others with almost unlimited time, who will attack systems to discover exploitable vulnerabilities. Knowing that such a backdoor even exists is an open invitation and challenge for the technically adept to compromise systems. We have seen such exploits in internet routers containing back-doors to allow for maintenance activities such as security updates or to reset or recover lost passwords.

We need to form our own resistance – promoting legislation that protects Americans rather than strengthens big government actors. I suggest that you might want to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation (www.eff.org) which is attempting to rationalize analog laws in a digital age.

Bottom line…

I used to have the utmost respect for the CIA, NSA, and FBI. That is, until they were corrupted at the highest levels by the Obama Administration, and to such a degree that they are unreliable and their work product is suspect.

While the Department of Justice leadership has a checkered past with Attorneys General such as Janet Reno, John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, and Jeff Sessions; the exceptions being Michael Mukasey and William Barr during his first term in office, they were known quantities moderated by their respective U.S. Attorneys and the media. 

Now, we can't trust the media or even trust government attorneys.

For someone who has read Michael Horowitz's report on FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act), we found two disturbing issues.

One, it appears that Carter Page was a CIA asset and his activities involving Russians were being monitored and reported -- and a government attorney deliberately falsified a CIA communication to indicate that Page was "not" a CIA source to promote bogus charges relating to contacts with "Russians." 

And two, the government started surveillance of an individual prior to his involvement with the Trump campaign -- and since they worked for the Ben Carson campaign previously, there is a serious question about how many campaigns the Obama Administration was surveilling.

Now I have little or no faith in a government dominated by hyper-partisan Democrats, many of whom were embedded into the bureaucracy by former Presidents Clinton and Obama.

So remember, you are not a bad person to doubt the behavior of government bureaucrats and their political leadership, you are being prudent based on the existing facts.  And, especially when based on the actions of the Obama Administration.

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



'AMERICA'S DARKEST DAYS'

 

DECEMBER 7, 1941 – JAPANESE ATTACK PEARL HARBOR

SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 – TERRORISTS ATTACK IN DAY OF HORROR 

DECEMBER 10, 2019 – DEMOCRATS ATTACK AMERICA

The fifth column of progressive socialist Democrats is attempting to destroy America and its Constitution from within…

Today’s release of the Articles of Impeachment against a duly-elected President of the United States on the flimsiest of charges, supported by little more than partisan opinion, speculation, and presumption – and presented within 329 days of a presidential election, constitutes an attack on America, on all Americans, our Constitution, and our way of life.

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Lead by the leadership of the Democrat Party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA), and House Judiciary Chair Jerome Nadler (D-NY), the Democrats have turned a fevered pipe dream of specious and unsupportable charges into a national nightmare. A nightmare that further divides the nation and is exacerbated by the mainstream press, which now appears to function as the media arm of the Democratic National Committee.

With so much verifiable and corroborated unconstitutional and criminal activity in the Administration of Barack Obama, it is astounding that the Democrats would continue their attack on the Presidency. But, then again, they say that the best defense of your own party  is a strong offense attacking the opposition.

About the Articles of Impeachment…

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Chairman Nadler Announces the Introduction of Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump

December 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. –Today, Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and the House Judiciary Committee introduced two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. The articles can be found here. 

"The President abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to help his re-election campaign. For members of Congress this is not a question of fact, because the facts are not seriously contested. It is rather a question of duty. The President’s oath of office appears to mean little to him. But the articles put forward today will give us a chance to show that we will defend the constitution, and that our oath means something to us," said Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff (D-CA).

OCS: The facts are not uncontested and Adam Schiff was so afraid of defending his impeachment inquiry report in person that he improperly sent his recently-hired legal counsel to present the report to the Judiciary Committee. This is a fraud on the American people.]

"The facts are uncontested that the President abused his office and threatened our national security to cheat in the 2020 election—then he obstructed Congress’s exercise of its constitutional impeachment powers. It’s regrettable that the President’s own actions have brought us to this point, and I strongly support Chairman Nadler and my Judiciary Committee colleagues as we take these next solemn steps," said Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Eliot Engel (D-NY).

“We are fulfilling our constitutional duty to hold the president accountable for abusing public office and misusing public funds for his personal, political gain," said Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY).

[OCS: A perfect description of what former Vice President Joe Biden did in the Ukraine as part of the Obama administration.]

Below are Chairman Nadler's remarks announcing the introduction of articles of impeachment: 

"Over the last several months, the investigative committees of the House have been engaged in an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s efforts to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 elections—efforts that compromised our national security and threatened the integrity of our elections.  Throughout this inquiry, he has attempted to conceal the evidence from Congress and the American people.

[OCS: The Obama Administration withheld lethal aid to Ukraine when they were being attacked by the Russians and nobody investigated Obama when he told the President of Russia that he would be “more flexible after his reelection.” The national security was compromised by Obama, Clinton, Kerry, and others. That no evidence of Trump wrongdoing was concealed can be easily proven by the number of people who knew about or participated in the activities under attack. Most giving opinion, hearsay, and speculative testimony about what they presumed or were told by others.]

"Our President holds the ultimate public trust.  When he betrays that trust, and puts himself before country, he endangers the Constitution, he endangers our democracy and he endangers our national security.  The Framers prescribed a clear remedy for Presidents who violate their Oath of Office.  That is the power of impeachment. 

"Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment charging the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with committing high Crimes and Misdemeanors. 

[OCS: This would be a joke if it were not so tragic.]

"The first article is for Abuse of Power.  It is an impeachable offense for the President to exercise the powers of his public office to obtain an improper personal benefit, while ignoring or injuring the national interest. 

[OCS: Virtually any president, past, current, or future, derives some personal political benefit from the official actions they take. In this context, simply fulfilling campaign promises using your office would become an impeachable offense.]

"That is exactly what President Trump did when he solicited and pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Presidential Election—thus damaging our national security, undermining the integrity of the next election, and violating his oath to the American people.  These actions, moreover, were consistent with President Trump’s previous invitations of foreign interference in our 2016 Presidential election.

[OCS: Truth be told, the Democrats are the ones who are interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election by attempting to impeach the President of the United States starting mere hours after his inauguration. Once again, it is a case of classic Democrat projection – ascribing to their opposition the very same activities of which they are guilty.]

"And when he was caught—when the House investigated and opened an impeachment inquiry—President Trump engaged in unprecedented, categorical, and indiscriminate defiance of the impeachment inquiry

[This is a bald-faced lie – the first impeachment attempts involved Russia, Stormy Daniels, and other events that went nowhere – the Ukraine was a last ditch attempt before the year ended.]

"This gives rise to the second article of impeachment for Obstruction of Congress.  Here, too, we see a familiar pattern in President Trump’s misconduct.  A President who declares himself above accountability, above the American people, and above Congress’s power of impeachment—which is meant to protect against threats to our democratic institutions—is a President who sees himself as above the law.

[OCS: To exert your Presidential perks, privileges, and duties – or seek guidance from the judiciary – is not an obstruction of Congress. Congress is a co-equal branch of government, not superior to the Executive branch or the Judiciary. There are limits to Congressional inquiry.]

"We must be clear: no one, not even the President, is above the law."

[OCS: Except for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and other select Democrats.]

"I want to recognize the great contributions of the investigative chairs, particularly Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, the Committee on Oversight and Reform’s former Chairman, the late Elijah Cummings, and its new Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, who helped lay the foundation for the articles we are introducing today.  I also want to thank my Judiciary Committee colleagues, who were critical in our work to hold the President accountable and in the drafting of these articles.

"Later this week, the Judiciary Committee will meet to consider these articles of impeachment, and to make a recommendation to the full House of Representatives.  We do not take this action lightly.  But we have taken an oath to defend the Constitution and—unlike President Trump—we understand that our duty, first and foremost, is to protect the Constitution and the interests of the American people.  That is why we must take this solemn step today.

[OCS: Ignore the fact that the Democrats destroyed the Constitution, rule of law, and due process by only presenting select witnesses who were coached and prepped by the Democrats. Why haven’t we heard from the so-called whistleblower who started the entire process? Probably the same reason we cannot find out who initiated the Trump/Russia collusion hoax.]

"Elections are the cornerstone of democracy and are foundational to the rule of law.  But the integrity of our next election is at risk from a President who has already sought foreign interference in the 2016 and 2020 elections, and who consistently puts himself above country.  That is why we must act now." <Source>

[OCS: With less than a year to the next election, it appears that the Democrats realize that they have no viable candidate and are supremely afraid that the American people will reelect President Trump.]

Consider for a moment how the constitutional civil rights of Americans have been violated by the Democrats…

Top-level officials of the Obama White House used intelligence and law enforcement agencies to gather information on its political opponents and then unmasked these conversations to several other agencies without a specific “need to know.”

The partisans within the top levels of the Obama Administration conspired to use a custom-produced unverified dossier to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on a member of the Trump campaign staff, and by extension, everyone else he spoke with. And, that the dodgy pretext for the FISA warrant was maintained over three renewals while the FBI and others knew that the dossier was unverified and those who attested to the “verification” of the information perjured themselves.

We have Intelligence Committee members conspiring with a fake “whistleblower” who served as the initiating event for the impeachment of the President of the United States, and then the committee refuses to make this individual available to testify under oath and be subject to cross-examination.

Adam Schiff, acting as the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee issued an unprecedented subpoena to AT&T for phone records on a fellow committee member, the president’s attorneys, and a journalist and then made them public without knowing anything about the conversations – guilt by association and a lack of due process. And, if true, it appears that some suggest that Adam Schiff was able to use NSA resources to locate specific telephone numbers. Per the revelations of Edward Snowden, it is believed that the NSA is sweeping up all electronic communications on AT&T’s systems, so one must ask, is it possible that Schiff and the NSA also are illegally accessing the conversations?

We also need to know to what extent are the Obama officials still using private emails and burner phones to avoid disclosure?

Bottom line…

Perhaps, in their wildest dreams, the Democrats believe that Americans will embrace one of their flawed candidates, or even the corrupt liar Hillary Clinton herself, over President Donald Trump. Or, at the very least, succeed in placing an asterisk after his name when he is reelected.

It is time for the GOP to stand up for our nation, our constitution, and our way of life. Not for Donald J. Trump, not for the chance to replace the radical progressive Ruth Bader Ginsberg with a conservative Supreme Court Justice, but for America and ALL Americans.

If the GOP fails to fight for freedom, and the American public is willing to surrender our nation to our ideological enemies, we are well and truly 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THE FBI GOT IT WRONG

After reading the myopic Michael Horowitz FISA abuse report, it appears that the FBI not only got it wrong, but may have been duped by John Brennan’s CIA and the Clinton Campaign into damaging the Trump candidacy and then his presidency. We will have to wait for U.S. Attorney John Durham’s report to complete the picture.

But before anyone gives the FBI a pass on this historically egregious action, let us remember that this is not the first time that the FBI has destroyed the lives of individuals or attempted to justify their wrongdoing to protect its senior leadership.

And, of course, let us not forget the number of times people have been maimed or killed because of the FBI’s failure to act on credible information.

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“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



THE COLOR OF IMPEACHMENT

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler announced two articles of impeachment against President Trump Tuesday morning, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

“Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the president of the U.S., Donald J. Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors. ~ House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler 

Today, the nation is no longer represented by the red, white, and blue, it is represented by black, the color of mourning…

The Democrat Party, through their representative committees in the House of Representatives, have spit in the face of the framers of our Constitution, abandoned the rule of law, and violated the due process guaranteed every American Citizen.

The entire narrative of the Democrats is based on opinion, hearsay, and speculation.

The House Republicans were deliberately denied the right to interview the so-called whistleblower, THE INDIVIDUAL WHO STARTED THE ENTIRE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS WITH FALSEHOODS UNDER THE PENALTY OF PERJURY ….

Chairman Nadler Sends Letter to Ranking Member Collins Regarding Impeachment Inquiry

Dec 9, 2019

Washington, D.C. –Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler


Excerpts from the letter to Ranking Member Collins: 

“With respect to your requests that the Committee obtain testimony from Chairman Schiff as well as '[t]he anonymous whistleblower whose complaint initiated this ‘impeachment inquiry,’' the Committee has previously tabled motions with regard to these matters at its December 4, 2019 hearing, and I see no reason to reconsider those requests. Moreover, the Intelligence Committee report has adduced independent evidence for its conclusions that do not rely upon the whistleblower in any way and Intelligence committee counsel will be testifying as provided for by H. Res. 660, and thus there is no need for Chairman Schiff.”

“Five of your remaining requests were previously made by Ranking Member Nunes during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence impeachment proceedings, and were rejected by that Committee…I concur in Chairman Schiff’s assessment and also find that these requests outside of the parameters of the impeachment inquiry…The same is true of your remaining request concerning '[t]he Intelligence Community employee who spoke with Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman about President Trump’s July 25 phone call.'

“I remain prepared to schedule a meeting of the Committee on December 9, 2019 should you choose to refer to the Committee for decision the question of whether to subpoena any or all of these witnesses…” 

The text of the letter to Ranking Member Collins is available here.

Bottom line…

ABUSE-OF-POWERWe are 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



HOROWITZ FISA ABUSE REPORT: NOTHING TO SEE, MOVE ALONG …

In Saturday’s blog, “Expectations and the Release of the Horowitz FISA Investigation Report,” I wrote that “In the final analysis, I have no expectations other than the bureaucracy protecting the bureaucracy – if I am wrong, that will be a pleasant surprise.” and noted…

His powers are limited …

Unlike a United States Attorney, Horowitz, as an Inspector General, lacks the broad investigative powers which allow him to investigate matters outside of his agency, issue subpoenas, or convene a Grand Jury to compel testimony. While he can investigate agency matters and recommend prosecution through criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, he cannot proceed with his own prosecutions. If the Department of Justice refuses to further investigate through the Federal Bureau of Investigation or seek indictments, Horowitz has no recourse other than making the matter public in an unclassified version of his report.

He is more about protecting the agency from criticism and harm than protecting “We the People” from the agency…

Functioning more like the human resources department in a corporation, Horowitz’s primary job is not to specifically root out agency corruption, malfeasance, and policy violations, it is to protect the agency from scandal and to produce reports and recommendations that prevent future problems and ensure adherence to agency procedures and protocols. The Inspector General is part of the club while portraying the appearance of some degree of independence.

So why should anybody be surprised that the report is myopic, woefully deficient, does not answer significant questions, and is generally unsatisfying?

Attorney General Barr took exception to the report…

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Department of Justice             
Attorney General


Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on the Inspector General's Report of the Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation

"Nothing is more important than the credibility and integrity of the FBI and the Department of Justice.  That is why we must hold our investigators and prosecutors to the highest ethical and professional standards.  The Inspector General’s investigation has provided critical transparency and accountability, and his work is a credit to the Department of Justice.  I would like to thank the Inspector General and his team.

The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken

It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.  Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration.

In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source.  The Inspector General found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory.  While most of the misconduct identified by the Inspector General was committed in 2016 and 2017 by a small group of now-former FBI officials, the malfeasance and misfeasance detailed in the Inspector General’s report reflects a clear abuse of the FISA process.

FISA is an essential tool for the protection of the safety of the American people.  The Department of Justice and the FBI are committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to rectify the abuses that occurred and to ensure the integrity of the FISA process going forward.

No one is more dismayed about the handling of these FISA applications than Director Wray.  I have full confidence in Director Wray and his team at the FBI, as well as the thousands of dedicated line agents who work tirelessly to protect our country.  I thank the Director for the comprehensive set of proposed reforms he is announcing today, and I look forward to working with him to implement these and any other appropriate measures.

[OCS: I have no respect for FBI Director Wray. I believe he is a political hack who will do little or nothing to remedy the situation.]

With respect to DOJ personnel discussed in the report, the Department will follow all appropriate processes and procedures, including as to any potential disciplinary action." <Source>

Points echoed in a rare public statement from John Durham, the U.S. Attorney more fully investigating the matter…

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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut


Statement of U.S. Attorney John H. Durham
Monday, December 9, 2019

“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff.

However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department.  Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. 

Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”  <Source>

From the report, “Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation,”…

[OCS: Consensus decision – diffused blame; no political bias found, legitimate investigation with proper probable cause…]

“The decision to open the Crossfire Hurricane investigation was made by the FBI's then Counterintelligence Division (CD) Assistant Director (AD), E.W. "Bill" Priestap, and reflected a consensus reached after multiple days of discussions and meetings among senior FBI officials. We concluded that AD Priestap's exercise of discretion in opening the investigation was in compliance with Department and FBI policies, and we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced his decision. While the information in the FBI's possession at the time was limited, in light of the low threshold established by Department and FBI predication policy, we found that Crossfire Hurricane was opened for an authorized investigative purpose and with sufficient factual predication.”

[OCS: Errors were made, explanations were unsatisfactory …]

“We determined that the inaccuracies and omissions we identified in the applications resulted from case agents providing wrong or incomplete information to Department attorneys and failing to identify important issues for discussion. Moreover, we concluded that case agents and SSAs did not give appropriate attention to facts that cut against probable cause, and that as the investigation progressed and more information tended to undermine or weaken the assertions in the FISA applications, the agents and SSAs did not reassess the information supporting probable cause. Further, the agents and SSAs did not follow, or even appear to know, certain basic requirements in the Woods Procedures. Although we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence of intentional misconduct on the part of the case agents who assisted NSD's Office of Intelligence in preparing the applications, or the agents and supervisors who performed the Woods Procedures, we also did not receive satisfactory explanations for the errors or missing information. We found that the offered explanations for these serious errors did not excuse them, or the repeated failures to ensure the accuracy of information presented to the FISC.”

[OCS: No misconduct, we will do better next time, so sad too bad …]

“We are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate, hand-picked investigative teams; on one of the most sensitive FBI investigations; after the matter had been briefed to the highest levels within the FBI; even though the information sought through use of FISA authority related so closely to an ongoing presidential campaign; and even though those involved with the investigation knew that their actions were likely to be subjected to close scrutiny. We believe this circumstance reflects a failure not just by those who prepared the FISA applications, but also by the managers and supervisors in the Crossfire Hurricane chain of command, including FBI senior officials who were briefed as the investigation progressed.”

[OCS: We do not expect our senior leaders or managers to know their jobs and what they are signing under penalty of perjury…]

We do not expect managers and supervisors to know every fact about an investigation, or senior leaders to know all the details of cases about which they are briefed. However, especially in the FBI's most sensitive and high-priority matters, and especially when seeking court permission to use an intrusive tool such as a FISA order, it is incumbent upon the entire chain of command, including senior officials, to take the necessary steps to ensure that they are sufficiently familiar with the facts and circumstances supporting and potentially undermining a FISA application in order to provide effective oversight consistent with their level of supervisory responsibility. Such oversight requires greater familiarity with the facts than we saw in this review, where time and again during OIG interviews FBI managers, supervisors, and senior officials displayed a lack of understanding or awareness of important information concerning many of the problems we identified.”

[OCS: Tell the truth, but  only after the fact and when it doesn’t matter…]

“We concluded that the Crossfire Hurricane team's receipt of Steele's election reporting on September 19, 2016, played a central and essential role in the decision by FBI OGC to support the request for FISA surveillance targeting Carter Page, as well as the Department's ultimate decision to seek the FISA order. In particular, the OGC Unit Chief told us that she thought probable cause was a "close call" when the team first proposed seeking a FISA in mid-August and separately when she discussed the idea with 01 around the same time. She said that it was the Steele reporting received in September, concerning Page's alleged activities with Russian officials in the summer of 2016, that "pushed it over" the line in terms of establishing probable cause that Page was acting in concert with Russian officials.”

“Steele told us that the reports he generated were not designed to be ‘finished products’ and instead were ‘to be briefed off of orally versus consumed as a written product.’ He said that the reports were "mostly single source reporting" and were uncorroborated intelligence ‘up to a point,’ but were informed by background research and his judgment as an intelligence professional.”

“The FBI conducted interviews of the Primary Sub-source in January, March, and May 2017 that raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting.” [OCS: One would have assumed that this would have been done before anyone submitted a “VERIFIED” application for a warrant, signed under penalty of perjury.]

“WFO Agent 1 said that the Primary Sub-source explained that his/ her information came from ‘word of mouth and hearsay;’ ‘conversation that [he/she] had with friends over beers;’  and that some of the information, such as allegations about Trump's sexual activities, were statements he/she heard made in "jest." The Primary Sub-source also told WFO Agent 1 that he/she believed that the other sub-sources exaggerated their access to information and the relevance of that information to his/her requests. The Primary Sub-source told WFO Agent 1 that he/she ‘takes what [sub-sources] tell [him/ her] with 'a grain of salt."' [OCS: So many lives ruined over raw random rumors and hearsay – and it is being repeated by Adam Schiff and his staff.]

Yada, yada, yada… 

“As we describe in Chapter Three, the FBI opened Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016, just days after its receipt of information from a Friendly Foreign Government (FFG) reporting that, in May 2016, during a meeting with the FFG, then Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos ‘suggested the Trump team had received some kind of suggestion from Russia that it could assist this process with the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Mrs. Clinton (and President Obama).’"

[OCS: Amazing that the FBI opened an investigation based on a low-level employee of a foreign government’s alleged bar conversation between possibly inebriated individuals, yet did little or nothing when a Russian communique warned of the radicalization of the Tsarnaev Brothers who perpetrated the Boston Marathon bombing.]

“The FBI Electronic Communication (EC) opening the Crossfire Hurricane investigation stated that, based on the FFG information, ‘this investigation is being opened to determine whether individual(s) associated with the Trump campaign are witting of and/or coordinating activities with the Government of Russia.’ We did not find information in FBI or Department ECs, emails, or other documents, or through witness testimony, indicating that any information other than the FFG information was relied upon to predicate the opening of t he Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”

[OCS: Of course not, you had no ability to access information outside of the Department of Justice and the FBI, thus the activities of other agencies which may have had a direct bearing on this matter were ignored as if the didn’t exist.]

“Although not mentioned in the EC, at the time, FBI officials involved in opening the investigation had reason to believe that Russia may have been connected to the Wikileaks disclosures that occurred earlier in July 2016, and were aware of information regarding Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections.”

[OCS: Wikileaks disclosures were based upon substantial wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton and others who were using an unauthorized server to convey and store Department of State communications, along with classified information that has to be knowingly transferred from a classified system to the unprotected Clinton server. Several crimes, supported by evidence, which were ignored by the FBI which usurped the role of the Department of Justice and gave Hillary Clinton and a number of her associates a pass from prosecutions that would have sent Clinton and others to prison for violation of the Espionage Act. Not to mention their perjury, subornation of perjury, and the destruction of documents and other government property.

The belief of the FBI that Russia was involved originated from a private security company hired by the Democratic National Committee – much as they hired Fusion GPS to spread the Steele Dossier – and which refused access for the FBI to forensically examine the server that was allegedly hacked. There is credible evidence that the information provided to Wikileaks did not come from a hack, but was provided by an insider who was angry about the way the Clinton campaign committee and the DNC ran roughshod over the campaign of Bernie Sanders.]

“These officials, though, did not become aware of Steele's election reporting until weeks later and we therefore determined that Steele's reports played no role in the Crossfire Hurricane opening.”

[OCS: This is likely to be a bald-faced lie given the activities of Fusion GPS, John McCain, foreign actors, and others with respect to the Steele Dossier and other material that significantly predated the start of the investigation.]

“The FBI assembled a Headquarters-based investigative team of special agents, analysts, and supervisory special agents (referred to throughout this report as "the Crossfire Hurricane team") who conducted an initial analysis of links between Trump campaign members and Russia. Based upon this analysis, the Crossfire Hurricane team opened individual cases in August 2016 on four U.S. persons Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Michael Flynn- all of whom were affiliated with the Trump campaign at the time the cases were opened.”

[OCS: This is the type of case that would have been parceled out to field offices in New York, Washington, and Miami where events took place rather than being handled by high-level officials at headquarters, most of whom were Hillary Clinton supporters and partisans although they would deny this vehemently. There is also no follow-up information of the activities where the FBI appears, backed by credible evidence, set up Michael Flynn to gain access to the Trump campaign. But that case of prosecutorial misconduct is now before the court.]

Bottom line…

Wading through 476 pages, I have come to the conclusion that the Department of Justice Inspector General was woefully myopic and appears to whitewash the activities of both the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Another reason that many Americans have lost faith in what our government is doing and saying.

Don’t look for the mainstream media to investigate the investigators, as they have abandoned all journalistic ethics and now appear to serve as the media relations arm of the Democrats.

But, no matter how you interpret the report, there is sufficient evidence of a conspiracy to commit fraud on the FISA court to be actionable, at least to start a Grand Jury proceeding. And, this was the hearsay garbage, much like the Adam Schiff hearsay garbage, that was used for a Special Prosecutor to investigate the President of the United States. 

Someone needs to go to prison! 

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS