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TRUMP IMPEACHMENT: SCHIFF AND DEMOCRATS FLIP-OFF AMERICA

Adam Schiff opened the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump with a display of hubris, hypocrisy, and the lack of honesty…

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Consider that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) continuously proclaims that the evidence against President Donald Trump is “conclusive, overwhelming and uncontested.” Yet, he claims that the impeachment trial demands additional witnesses and documents to proceed.

If we take Schiff at his word, always a wrong move when faced with a congenital liar, the case is already “overwhelming and beyond a reasonable doubt” – so why can’t he present his case and let the chips fall where they may.

He has already characterized the work of the House Majority Democrats as fair – even though the President was denied “due process,” the Republican Minority’s role was severely restricted, and that Schiff refused to produce the so-called whistleblower and the deposition of the Intelligence Community Inspector General. Or explain his and his Committee’s involvement, some say conspiracy, with the whistleblower before filing the complaint, which was used to start the entire Ukraine impeachment effort.

Bottom line…

The only question pending is: will the Republican Majority stick together against the Democrats,  uphold their sworn duties, or can they be bribed or compromised by the intelligence or law enforcement community to assist in protecting the Obama Administration from serious criminal charges that would enrage Americans.

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



IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT UNDERSTANDING THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS, THIS IS A MUST READ DOCUMENT.

For those seriously wanting to understand the perfidy of the House Democrats and bogus impeachment charges they have placed before the United States Senate, you may wish to read the opening pages of the White House Counsel’s brief to the Senate that sets out the Constitutional requirements for impeachment and destroys the Democrat’s case…

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Trial Memorandum of President Donald J. Trump
January 20, 2020


The Articles of Impeachment now before the Senate are an affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions.

The Articles themselves—and the rigged process that brought them here—are a brazenly political act by House Democrats that must be rejected. They debase the grave power of impeachment and disdain the solemn responsibility that power entails. Anyone having the most basic respect for the sovereign will of the American people would shudder at the enormity of casting a vote to impeach a duly elected President.

By contrast, upon tallying their votes, House Democrats jeered until they were scolded into silence by the Speaker.

The process that brought the articles here violated every precedent and every principle of fairness followed in impeachment inquiries for more than 150 years.

Even so, all that House Democrats have succeeded in proving is that the President did absolutely nothing wrong.

All of this is a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn.

To view the full trial memorandum click <Source: White House>.

This is what the mainstream media refuses to tell the American people…

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (Excerpt)

After focus-group testing various charges for weeks, House Democrats settled on two
flimsy Articles of Impeachment that allege no crime or violation of law whatsoever—much less “high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” as required by the Constitution. They do not remotely approach the constitutional threshold for removing a President from office. The diluted standard asserted here would permanently weaken the Presidency and forever alter the balance among the branches of government in a manner that offends the constitutional design established by the Founders.

House Democrats jettisoned all precedent and principle because their impeachment inquisition was never really about discovering the truth or conducting a fair investigation. Instead, House Democrats were determined from the outset to find some way—any way—to corrupt the extraordinary power of impeachment for use as a political tool to overturn the result of the 2016 election and to interfere in the 2020 election.

All of this is a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn. 

I. The Articles Fail Because They Do Not Identify Any Impeachable Offense.

A. House Democrats’ Theory of “Abuse of Power” Is Not an Impeachable Offense.

House Democrats’ novel theory of “abuse of power” improperly supplants the standard of “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” with a made-up theory that would permanently weaken the Presidency by effectively permitting impeachments based merely on policy disagreements.

B. House Democrats’ Theory of “Obstruction of Congress” Is Not an Impeachable Offense.

House Democrats’ “obstruction of Congress” claim is frivolous and dangerous. House Democrats propose removing the President from office because he asserted legal rights and privileges of the Executive Branch against defective subpoenas—based on advice from the Department of Justice. Accepting that theory would do lasting damage to the separation of powers.

II. The Impeachment Inquiry in the House Was Irredeemably Flawed.

A. House Democrats’ Inquiry Violated All Precedent and Due Process.

1. The process that resulted in these Articles of Impeachment was flawed from the start. Since the Founding of the Republic, the House has never launched an impeachment inquiry against a President without a vote of the full House authorizing it.

And there is good reason for that. No committee can investigate pursuant to powers assigned by the Constitution to the House— including the “sole Power of Impeachment”—unless the House has voted to delegate authority to the committee.

Here, it was emblematic of the lack of seriousness that characterized this whole process that House Democrats cast law and history aside and started their purported inquiry with nothing more than a press conference. On that authority alone, they issued nearly two dozen subpoenas that OLC [White House Office of Legal Counsel] determined were unauthorized and invalid. The full House did not vote to authorize the inquiry until five weeks later when it adopted House Resolution 660 on October 31, 2019. That belated action was a telling admission that the process was unauthorized.

2. Next, House Democrats concocted an unheard of procedure that denied the President any semblance of fair process. The proceedings began with secret hearings in a basement bunker before three committees under the direction of Chairman Schiff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). The President was denied any right to participate at all. He was denied the right to have counsel present, to cross examine witnesses, to call witnesses, and to see and present evidence. Meanwhile, House Democrats selectively leaked distorted versions of the secret testimony to compliant members of the press, who happily fed the public a false narrative about the President.

Then, House Democrats moved on to a true show trial as they brought their hand-picked witnesses, whose testimony had already been set in private, before the cameras to present prescreened testimony to the public. There, before HPSCI, they continued to deny the President any rights. He could not be represented by counsel, could not present evidence or witnesses, and could not cross examine witnesses.'

This process not only violated every precedent from the Nixon and Clinton impeachment inquiries, it violated every principle of justice and fairness known to our legal tradition. For more than 250 years, the common law system has regarded cross-examination as the “greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth.” House Democrats denied the President that right and every other right because they were not interested in the truth.

Their only interest was securing an impeachment, and they knew that a fair process could not get them there. When the impeachment stage-show moved on to the Judiciary Committee, House Democrats again denied the President his rights. The Committee had already decided to forego fact-finding and to adopt the one-sided record from HPSCI’s ex parte hearings. Worse, Speaker Nancy Pelosi had already instructed the Committee to draft articles of impeachment. The only role for the Committee was to ram through the articles to secure a House vote by Christmas. There could not have been a more blatant admission that evidence did not matter, the process was rigged, and impeachment was a pre-ordained result.

All of this reflected shameful hypocrisy from House Democrat leaders, who for decades had insisted on the importance of due process protections in an impeachment inquiry. Chairman Nadler himself has explained that a House impeachment inquiry “demands a rigorous level of due process.”

To view the full trial memorandum click <Source: White House>.

Bottom line…

President Trump’s demeanor may seem less than Presidential, but it is one of the tools that he has at his command to overcome an overwhelmingly (96%) negative media that, day-after-day, ignores or distorts his accomplishments as President and spins conspiracy theories and publishes lies. He is the first President since Ronald Reagan who has fought for the American people – regardless of what was said about him. He is the first President in modern history to defy the mainstream media and point out their shortcomings point-by-point, reporter-by-reporter.

I cannot imagine a process that has been more corrupt than that of a whistleblower who has not testified, perjured themselves, provided only incorrect hearsay testimony, and who will not be called as a witness because of a conspiracy with House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) and his staff that advised on his complaint. 

The entire Democrat Party is arrayed against a duly-elected President who is likely to be reelected given the un-American nature of the corrupt Democrat candidates for office. It is your duty as a citizen to read at least the full executive summary of this document to understand the Democrat’s attempt at a silent coup d'état. 

He is the most authentic President in modern history when it comes to stating his position. In spite of his wealth and personal achievements, he is sacrificing much of his life for the common man and doing what seem right -- regardless of the political consequences in the corrupt media.

God Bless America.

- 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



HEADED FOR A DEMOCRAT COALITION HELL: GEEKS AND FREAKS?

Pardon me! The Constitution of the United States affirms my inalienable rights, limits the power of the federal government, and provides that all individuals are treated equally under the law. It is not a weapon that can or should be turned against the American people by allowing a very small minority of vocal activists to drive the media narrative and to drive legislation by corrupt politicians pandering to a coalition of geeks, freaks, and perverts.

In my America, we do not fete lawbreakers and denigrate those who have taken an oath to protect us – even at the cost of their lives and continued family happiness…

SF Pride members move to ban Alameda County Sheriff’s Office from parade

San Francisco Pride members are looking to ban the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office from marching in their annual parade, in a move attributed to the department’s enforcement of an eviction order against Moms 4 Housing last week.

[OCS: Why would any rational society, operating under the rule of law, tolerate a motley group who broke into a private residence, trespassed on private property, refused a lawful order to vacate? Shouting “human rights not property rights” does not allow you to confiscate someone’s property – even in communist countries.]

The LGBTQ group’s amendment for the Sheriff’s Office, which passed Wednesday evening, is in addition to resolutions to exclude tech giants Google and YouTube from the festivities. The East Bay deputies were singled out as the only law enforcement members who were unwelcome to march in the June parade, though members said discussions about other agencies are ongoing.

In a Thursday tweet announcing the resolution, SF Pride member Laurence Berland said he was “absolutely infuriated” by how the deputies used “militarized” force to remove a group of homeless mothers from a West Oakland home. A judge ruled that the women had to leave the home, which they had moved into without permission from the owner, Wedgewood Properties.

[OCS: I can just picture the activist stamping his feet and running to the nearest microphones and cameras with his prepared press release condemning the cause du jour.]

The eviction resulted in the arrests of three mothers and one supporter who had refused to leave. The eviction became a flash point in a larger housing crisis discussion, in a city that saw a 47% increase in homelessness in just two years. <Source>

 


[OCS: Is this your America?]

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[OCS: Democrats in action.]       

There is little doubt we live in strange times…

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And, let us not forget the perversions of Democrat-dominated Hollywood…

Dolittle: Cinemagoers in shock over climactic scene involving constipated dragon

“The climax of Dolittle is literally him pulling bagpipes out of a dragon’s clogged a**hole, after which a polar bear voiced by John Cena exclaims ‘teamwork makes dreams work,’” one viewer wrote on Twitter.

In case anyone was worried that this tweeter was fabricating the moment, other viewers expressed their shock over the scene's inclusion on social media.

“There is an actual scene where they encounter a dragon and have to perform emergency surgery by going up its ass and removing bagpipes,” someone else wrote, with another adding: “Wtf did I just watch.”

“I don’t care that this is a spoiler, but Dolittle ends with him pulling a lodged bagpipe out of a dragon’s anus (that seriously happens, I’m not joking), don’t take your kids to see that movie!” <Source>

Bottom line…

I am tolerant of the viewpoints of others, but certainly resist that this is the face of an idealized America – governed by the “woke" Democrats and their coalition of geeks, freaks, and perverts. This is tyranny by the minority in the name of “tolerance” and supported by groups whose politics mirror the anarcho-communists.

Definitely, not my America.

How woke do you have to be before you discover you are morally and ethically broke?

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



EX-SHERIFF'S CRIME: NOT BEING A CLINTON

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Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca ordered to begin prison sentence

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was ordered Thursday to turn himself in no later than Feb. 5 to begin serving a three-year federal prison sentence for obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

The 77-year-old former sheriff, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was sentenced in May 2017 but has remained free pending appeal.

U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson issued an order directing Baca to surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Baca must begin serving his sentence by Feb. 5.

“Now that Mr. Baca is going to serve his prison sentence, the clear message to the public is that no man is above the law,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Fox, who prosecuted the case. “As is evident from our work in this case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI will vigorously enforce the law, no matter who committed the crimes and no matter how long it takes.”

[OCS: It is stupid statements like this that make me wonder if these people have never heard of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton crime family?]

Baca was convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and making false statements. During his two trials, prosecutors described the ex-lawman as being the top figure in a multi-part conspiracy, which also involved his former right-hand man, Paul Tanaka, and eight deputies who took orders from the sheriff.     

[OCS: If Baca had been a democrat, the charges would have been non-charges.]

Baca — who ran the nation’s largest sheriff’s department for more than 15 years — was first tried in December 2016 on obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice counts, and prosecutors had planned a second trial on the false statements count.

But a mistrial was declared after jurors deadlocked 11-1 in favor of acquittal, and the judge in downtown Los Angeles combined all three counts in the retrial that ended with Baca’s conviction. Baca did not take the stand in either trial.

The charges stemmed from events nine years ago: A cellphone was discovered in the hands of an inmate-informant at the Men’s Central Jail. Sheriff’s deputies quickly tied the phone to the FBI, which was conducting a secret probe of brutality against inmates. <Source>      

Bottom line …

Had Baca been a well-connected Democrat, the chances are better that there would have been no investigation, no conviction, and no jail. If he would have been a Clinton, he would have been declared humanitarian of the year.

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



NEW EDGE BROWSER: MICROSOFT FINALLY DID SOMETHING RIGHT

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As one who normally uses Chrome as my front-line browser, with Mozilla Firefox as a backup, and Microsoft’s old Internet Explorer when I am testing web pages, I am pleased to announce that Microsoft’s new Edge bowser is an unexpected delight. Especially since Microsoft usually gets it wrong when it comes to standards and an integrated workflow. The new Edge browser is quite different from the woefully inadequate Edge version originally released with Windows 10 using the old IE codebase. The new Edge uses the open-source Chrome codebase and all of the Chrome extensions appear to function without modification. Unlike Chrome, security settings are the default.

You may wish to adopt this new software.

-- 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



GAO ISSUES AN OPINION ON UKRAINE FUNDING: IS THIS MORE DEMOCRAT GASLIGHTING?

Once again, the Drudge Report issues a headline that portrays President Trump in the worst possible light…

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Based on an “opinion” issued by the GAO

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Press statement regarding GAO Decision B-331564, Office of Management and Budget--Withholding of Ukraine Security Assistance

The following is a statement from Thomas H. Armstrong, Esq., General Counsel, U.S. Government Accountability Office, regarding a legal decision issued on January 16, 2020:

“Today, GAO issued a legal decision concluding that the Office of Management and Budget violated the law when it withheld approximately $214 million appropriated to DOD for security assistance to Ukraine.  The President has narrow, limited authority to withhold appropriations under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974.  OMB told GAO that it withheld the funds to ensure that they were not spent “in a manner that could conflict with the President’s foreign policy.”  The law does not permit OMB to withhold funds for policy reasons.” The full decision can be found here.


[From the Report Summary]

In the summer of 2019, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) withheld from obligation funds appropriated to the Department of Defense (DOD) for security assistance to Ukraine. In order to withhold the funds, OMB issued a series of nine apportionment schedules with footnotes that made all unobligated balances unavailable for obligation.

Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law. OMB withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). The withholding was not a programmatic delay. Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the ICA.


[About the GAO]

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO examines how taxpayer dollars are spent and provides Congress and federal agencies with objective, reliable information to help the government save money and work more efficiently.

The GAO is headed by the Comptroller General of the U.S., a professional and non-partisan position in the U.S. government. The comptroller general is appointed by the president, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for a 15-year, non-renewable term.

Gene L. Dodaro became the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on December 22, 2010, when he was confirmed by the United States Senate. He was nominated by President Obama in September of 2010 from a list of candidates selected by a bipartisan, bicameral congressional commission. He had been serving as Acting Comptroller General since March of 2008.

[OCS: As we have seen, a number of independent, nonpartisan agencies such as the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency,  the Environmental Protection Agency, and others have been politically compromised by their leadership, many with deep ties to the Democrat Party, the Obama Administration, and the bureaucratic deep state.

Therefore, there is no way of knowing if this is a partisan report, but the circumstances are suspect.]

<Source: GAO>

Who asked for this opinion and when did they ask for it?

[From the GAO Report]

On October 30, 2019, Senator Chris Van Hollen asked the Comptroller General about this matter during a hearing before the Senate Committee on the Budget. Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990: Achieving the Vision: Hearing Before the Senate Committee on the Budget, 116th Cong. (2019), (statement of Sen. Van Hollen).


Chris Van Hollen, is a Democrat serving as the junior United States Senator from Maryland since January 3, 2017. From 2003 to 2017 he served as the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district. Van Hollen is deeply partisan and served as the Chair of the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) devoted to defending challenged Democrats in the House and to extending the party’s political reach.

Van Hollen has a history of progressive politics, including the support for Obamacare, gun control, abortion, and has submitted legislation with Senator Susan Collins, a marginal Republican who often is at odds with her Republican colleagues.  <Source>

Is this opinion worth anything?

How many people remember when the GAO issued an opinion that the Department of Defense broke the law when the Obama Administration, at the direction of President Barack Obama, released five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in exchange for the deserter Bowe Bergdahl? No press release. No consequences. No muss, no fuss. If a GAO legal opinion justifies impeachment, Obama should have been impeached.

But, truth be told, the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 is prima facie unconstitutional as it would mandate that the President of the United States spend money with a corrupt government for purposes which do not advance the interests, national security, foreign affairs, or economic, of the United States. The Congressional Act is a direct violation of the Constitutional duties of the President.

Bottom Line...

Like any allegations, this release by an arm of a deeply partisan Congress is only an "opinion" and as such has not been challenged in a court of law nor did it include a statement from the Office of Management and Budget which disputes the opinion nor a statement from the President's Legal Counsel.

Unfortunately, in these trying times, I cannot trust my government, to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. We have seen government lawyers lie to the Court, dissemble, and knowingly issue false and misleading information. Therefore I can only conclude that legal opinions are like assholes – every lawyer and agency has at least one.

What bothers me the most is the fact that there were serious scandals during both the Clinton and Obama Administrations which led directly to the President, yet there were no special counsels, no investigations as their respective Attorneys-General ran interference on behalf of the President, and certainly no calls for impeachment – all for demonstrable offenses far greater than the spurious charges facing President Trump. The Trump impeachment cites no violation of civil or criminal code, no treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors. The House Democrats have trashed our Constitution and themselves are guilty of abuse of power and, in the case of Adam Schiff, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, criminal acts relating to subornation of perjury.

The real bottom line: the Ukraine aid deadline was September 30, 2019 and the aid was actually delivered September 12, 2019 -- no harm, no foul -- and the evidence points to a political hit on the same day the Trump impeachment was signed by Nancy Pelosi, complete with ceremonial pens that looked like a golden bullet, complete with Nancy Pelosi's name. What happened to the solemnity of the occasion? 

The only party to collude with the Russians was the Democrat Party. 

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



SENATE: THE CONTINUATION OF THE SCHIFF SHOW

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There is no doubt in my mind that, should the Republicans take over the House and retain the Senate, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), along with members of his staff, should be investigated and prosecuted for their conspiracy to materially damage the national defense of the United States, and more specifically, perjury, suborning perjury, fraud, and manufacturing materially false evidence.

The time for investigation and evidence gathering is over. If the House Democrats impeached the President with insufficient or faulty evidence, it is not up to the Senate to continue the work of the House to remedy deficiencies in their case.

“There’s going to be new evidence coming out all the time. And if this is conducted like a fair trial, then that new evidence should be admitted. If it’s relevant, if it’s probative, if it sheds light on the guilt or innocence of the president, then it should be admitted. It will be hard, I think, for the senators to ignore new and probative evidence.. What are they gonna say? We’re not going to look at that. We don’t want to see it. We’re going to close our eyes and close our ears and just pretend it didn’t happen or we didn’t learn this fact?”

There is no doubt that between now and the election, politics will turn toxic. Perhaps with communist-inspired and led demonstrations from Antifa, Black Lives Matter, or other communist front groups.

What do all these things have in common?

  • Support for the "Death to America" chanting Iranian mullahs.
  • Police state spying, government-manufactured evidence, and bully-boy tactics.
  • Charges of racism, sexism, and 'phobias to curtail free speech.
  • Communist front-groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
  • Reverence for communist dictators and thugs like Hugo Chavez.
  • Passes for ethic gangs lime MS-13.
  • Self-avowed communists like Bernie Sanders.
  • Massive Clinton-style corruption that is ignored by the government.
  • No cash bail required, releasing criminals into the streets, and tickets for stealing $950 or less.
  • Setting $950 prosecution "stay out of jail"  on the theft of property.
  • Theft of your hard labor and wealth redistribution to other politically corrupt groups.

DEMOCRATS!

Bottom line…

The country is being held hostage by a rogue House majority who has proceeded in a one-sided star chamber impeachment, demanding a speedy process for the specific intent to politically influence the 2020 election, failing to call relevant witnesses nor permit the Republicans to call their own witnesses -- such as the so-called whistleblower who started the entire proceeding with questionable behavior. If the Senate were to act in a fair and impartial manner, governed by the Constitution, they must reject the House procedure and dismiss the impeachment.  

Fair-minded Americans should realize what is happening to our country and that the revolution that Bernie Sanders speaks about is underway with the Democrat Party at the forefront. We are about to lose our country to the delight of the communists and Democrats, now much the same thing.

We 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



IOWA DEMOCRAT DEBATE

When these Democrat candidates for the 2020 presidency tell you big corporations are bad…

DEBATE-CANDIDATES

Remember the truth…

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Bottom line…

Even if corporations, supported by corrupt politicians,  use legal tax dodges to pay little or no taxes, remember two things: one, politicians wrote and passed the tax code; and two, their thousands of employees have jobs and do pay taxes.

So instead of attacking a straw man, perhaps we should hold the corrupt politicians responsible for taxation policy.

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



DEMOCRATS: COLLUSION STRIKES BACK -- “RUSSIANS HACKED BURISMA?”

Shades of Hillary Clinton…

Question: How to deflect attention from Ukraine corruption involving George Soros, Hunter Biden, Former United States Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, the Obama State Department, and the Obama Administration?

Answer:    Lay it all off on Russian disinformation inserted into a hacked Burisma server.

Russians Hacked Ukrainian Gas Company at Center of Impeachment

With President Trump facing an impeachment trial over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, Russian military hackers have been boring into the Ukrainian gas company at the center of the affair, according to security experts.

The hacking attempts against Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, began in early November, as talk of the Bidens, Ukraine and impeachment was dominating the news in the United States.

It is not yet clear what the hackers found, or precisely what they were searching for. But the experts say the timing and scale of the attacks suggest that the Russians could be searching for potentially embarrassing material on the Bidens — the same kind of information that Mr. Trump wanted from Ukraine when he pressed for an investigation of the Bidens and Burisma, setting off a chain of events that led to his impeachment. <Source: New York Times>

Russians hacked company key to Ukraine scandal: researchers

A U.S. cybersecurity company says Russian military agents have successfully hacked the Ukrainian gas company at the center of the scandal that led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

Russian agents launched a phishing campaign in early November to steal the login credentials of employees of Burisma Holdings, the gas company, according to Area 1 Security, a Silicon Valley company that specializes in email security.

It was not clear what the hackers were looking for or may have obtained, said Area 1′s CEO, Oren Falkowitz, who called the findings “incontrovertible” and posted an eight-page report. The timing of the operation raises the possibility that Russian agents could be searching for material damaging to the Bidens or scheming to plant forged data and sow misinformation online. <Source: AP>

Question:  Who is the security company and who is behind the company.

Q&A: Oren Falkowitz, the former NSA hacker defending presidential campaigns from online attacks

As a hacker working for the National Security Agency, Oren Falkowitz learned how to use a seemingly innocuous email to trick a user into giving up control of their digital lives.

Now he’s responsible for protecting presidential campaigns from falling victim to the same kind of attacks.

Falkowitz is the CEO and co-founder of Area 1 Security, a cybersecurity firm that protects dozens of businesses, nonprofits and political campaigns from phishing attempts. Four years after Russian operatives hacked thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, cybersecurity is a bigger issue than ever for White House hopefuls — and Area 1’s headquarters, in an incongruously historic Queen Anne house in Redwood City, is on the front lines.

This summer, the company persuaded the Federal Election Commission to allow it to provide low-cost services to political campaigns, which would typically be a violation of rules designed to prevent businesses from currying political favor.

About half of the major 2020 presidential candidates are now using Area 1’s services, according to Falkowitz. He says the company has already blocked attempts by foreign governments to break into campaigns’ networks — although he won’t divulge many details. <Source: Mercury News>

It appears that Falkowitz supports Democrats, including presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker…

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And, I am unsure of who the company’s client may be…

The Cybersecurity 202: FEC poised to limit who can give political campaigns free cybersecurity help

The Federal Election Commission appears poised to draw strict limits this week on which organizations can provide free cybersecurity help to political campaigns targeted by foreign hackers.

The FEC just recently gave the go-ahead to a nonprofit run by former campaign directors for Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney, upending rules that typically consider such free services illegal campaign contributions. But commissioners appear ready to reject a similar request from a small for-profit company that protects against phishing attacks, according to two draft opinions commissioners will debate at a meeting Thursday.

Cybersecurity pros argue that political campaigns need as much help as they can get if they want to avoid a replay of the Russian hacking operation that rocked the 2016 election. But campaign finance hawks are wary of opening the floodgates to all security organizations out of concern they’ll try to barter for political favors later.

“The concern is that a company provides free stuff to a candidate and the candidate gets into office and the company comes back and says, ‘Hey, you owe us,’ ” Adav Noti, chief of staff at the Campaign Legal Center told me.

Noti’s group wrote an early draft of the advisory opinion the FEC approved in late May allowing the nonprofit Defending Digital Campaigns to offer free cybersecurity services on a strictly nonpartisan basis. The reasoning, in a nutshell, was that the danger of Russian or Chinese hackers running roughshod over the 2020 campaign outweighed the danger of the nonprofit benefiting politically.

But that reasoning shouldn’t extend to a private company, Noti told me, because a company’s main goal is making money and improving its standing – not improving democracy.

“Corporations just have no business giving money or free services to candidates under the law,” he said. “That’s exactly the sort of corruption of the democratic process these laws are here to correct.”

Yet security pros such as Oren Falkowitz -- CEO of Area 1 Security, the company seeking to provide the services -- say that limiting companies' contributions could leave presidential and congressional campaigns underprotected against an onslaught of attacks from Russian hackers looking to upend the 2020 contest or from other U.S. adversaries looking to follow the Russian playbook. <Source: The Washington Post>

Is it possible that Area 1 Security is working with Defending Digital Campaigns which may be run by the former campaign directors for Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney?

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Apparently so according to this screenshot (https://www.defendcampaigns.org/partners)

Any “connected people” on the Board of Defending Digital Campaigns?

Board Members

Debora Plunkett, Board Chair

Former Director of Information Assurance at the National Security Agency

Debora Plunkett is a cybersecurity leader with over 30 years of experience.  A former Director of Information Assurance at the National Security Agency, she is currently Principal of Plunkett Associates LLC, a consulting business. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center and a Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland. 

Ms. Plunkett served on the National Security Council at the White House in the Administrations of Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush where she developed national cybersecurity policies and programs. Debora earned an undergraduate degree from Towson University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College. (https://www.defendcampaigns.org/team)

Robby Mook

President of the House Majority PAC, CBS Contributor, Former Campaign Manager Hillary Clinton

Robby Mook is a nationally recognized political strategist, who has organized winning organizations at the local, state and national level.  Mook served as Campaign Manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, where he built a $1 billion, 50-state, 4,500-person organization.  He also ran Terry McAuliffe’s winning campaign for Governor of Virginia, U.S. Jeanne Shaheen’s first winning campaign for U.S. Senate and led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2012, when Democrats gained 8 seats. 

Mook is now President of the House Majority PAC, which is dedicated to protecting and expanding the Democratic House Majority.  He is also a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a CBS contributor.  (https://www.defendcampaigns.org/team)

Matt Rhoades

Co-CEO of CGCN Group, Former Campaign Manager, Mitt Romney

Matt Rhoades currently serves as Co-CEO of CGCN Group, an integrated advocacy and strategic communications firm that specializes in helping corporations, nonprofits and trade associations navigate complex legislative and regulatory issues.

 In 2017, Mr. Rhoades teamed up with Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, and Eric Rosenbach, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s Chief of Staff, to launch the Defending Digital Democracy Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The initiative develops strategies to protect political organizations and election infrastructure from hackers and cyber threats. In 2015, he served as a fellow at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

Mr. Rhoades gained prominence working at the highest levels of political organizations and campaigns. As campaign manager for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, he successfully guided Governor Romney’s campaign to victory through a crowded field of candidates in the Republican presidential primary. In 2010, Mr. Rhoades served as the Executive Director to Governor Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America Political Action Committee. He also served as the Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director on Governor Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign. (https://www.defendcampaigns.org/team)

Bottom line…

I found the 8-page report unconvincing, and unlike professional-level reports, there is no indication who requested the report, who paid for the report, and what might be contained in the full report. All I found was suspicious generalities and attributions, nothing to indicate the subject nature of any material surreptitiously obtained. And, most importantly, there does not appear to be a forensic examination of the Burisma server or logs which might show foreign incursions.

Since the timing is suspect, the players appear to be Democrat heavyweights, and I have little or no confidence in the report or its findings. That is, if it is possible a state-sponsored group hacked Burisma, why would the NSA be above suspicion?

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



WHO WON THE JANUARY 2020 DEBATE?

It appears that the race for the 2020 presidential nomination may come down to a communist, Bernie Sanders, and a clown, Joe Biden …

No winners and the real loser was the American citizen.

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I wonder how many decent, hard-working Americans are wondering what happened to the Democrat Party …

The top issues

Constitution – continue weakening the U.S. Constitution by appointing activists judges who do not uphold inalienable rights and those granted by the Constitution, especially the First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments. That may politicians are willing to violate the Constitution’s equal under the law provisions to confer special privileges and perks to certain classes of people is outrageous. The idea that historical grievances trump the law is both illegal and immoral.

Security of the United States – starting with former president Jimmy Carter, the father of Islamo-Fascism, moving to former president Bill Clinton, the corrupt president that allowed North Korea to go nuclear, to former president Barack Obama, the father of a stronger, more militant Iran, the Democrats are still looking to weaken the U.S. military and spend that “peace dividend” on their social programs. The current crop of nominees has decried the elimination of one of the top terrorists in the world, once again providing they cannot be trusted with the safety and security of the United States.

Jobs and the economy – all of the candidate support extreme spending on global climate change and other initiatives that would literally bankrupt the United States with expenditure far exceeding revenues and burdening each American citizen with a debt loan that amounts to involuntary servitude to the state.

Healthcare – all of the candidates support a version of a single payer plan which would kill the existing Medicare, eliminate private insurance and place everyone, illegal aliens included, under a state-run program that looks similar to Medicaid. A welfare program where all healthcare would be rationed by segmented identities and provide for those who provide for the state over senior citizens.

Law enforcement – continuing to denigrate and weaken law enforcement, allow violent criminals to roam our streets, and to incarcerate and release felons on the basis of race until the prison population reflected the same proportion of that race in the general population.

Immigration – all of the candidates would negate U.S. sovereignty and open our borders to almost any individual that wants to emigrate into the United States, including those who cannot be vetted and have criminal, terrorist, or adverse medical backgrounds.

Increasing authoritianism – to enforce these unpopular position with their dangerous outcomes would demand a larger government, higher confiscatory-level taxes, the surrender of individual freedoms and choices, and an increasingly strong government force to enforce these unwelcome programs. Do not delude yourself into thinking that democratic socialism is not the same as early-stage communism.

There is no doubt in my mind that allowing Democrats to take office at the local, state, and federal levels is a clear and present danger to all Americans.

Bottom line…

HO HUM … BORING! SAME LIES!

It appears that the candidates were more inclined to attack and demonize President Trump rather than expose the lies of each other and their dangerous policies. The one question I wanted to ask: why the inner cities, governed by democrats, are still cesspools of illiteracy, poverty, disease, and crime after the expenditure of trillions of dollars over the years, should not be used to judge corrupt Democrat policies?

The debate appears tailored for an Iowa audience. If I had to hazard a guess why the candidates did not go after each other, it is because Iowans hate discord and might penalize the combatants. People wondering why race was not debated, consider that Iowa is 90.28% White and only 3.51% Black. Likewise, there is an estimated 3% of illegal aliens in the state. 

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