Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Clinton Campaign Committed $84 Million Campaign Crime

FEC Records Indicate Hillary Campaign Illegally Laundered $84 Million
The press continues to feed the dying Russia collusion conspiracy theory, spending Friday’s news cycle regurgitating Democrat talking points from the just-filed Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit against the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks, and Russia.

Yet the mainstream media took no notice of last week’s federal court filing that exposes an $84 million money-laundering conspiracy the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign executed during the 2016 presidential election in violation of federal campaign-finance law.

That lawsuit, filed last week in a DC district court, summarizes the DNC-Clinton conspiracy and provides detailed evidence from Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings confirming the complaint’s allegations that Democrats undertook an extensive scheme to violate federal campaign limits.
You think $84 million in illicit money is enough to tip a campaign? Apparently not; she still lost.

Dan Backer, a campaign-finance lawyer and attorney-of-record in the lawsuit, explained the underlying law in an article for Investor’s Business Daily: Under federal law, “an individual donor can contribute $2,700 to any candidate, $10,000 to any state party committee, and (during the 2016 cycle) $33,400 to a national party’s main account. These groups can all get together and take a single check from a donor for the sum of those contribution limits—it’s legal because the donor cannot exceed the base limit for any one recipient. And state parties can make unlimited transfer to their national party.”

This legal loophole allows “bundlers” to raise large sums of money from wealthy donors—more than $400,000 at a time—filtering the funds to the national committees. Democrats and Republicans alike exploit this tactic. But once the money reaches the national committees, other limits apply.

Suspecting the DNC had exceeded those limits, a client of Backer’s, the Committee to Defend the President, began reviewing FEC filings to determine whether there was excessive coordination between the DNC and Clinton. What Backer discovered, as he explained in an interview, was much worse. There was “extensive evidence in the Democrats’ own FEC reports, when coupled with their own public statements that demonstrated massive straw man contributions papered through the state parties, to the DNC, and then directly to Clinton’s campaign—in clear violation of federal campaign-finance law.”
Hey, remember when Dinesh d'Souza was convicted of "making $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions to the New York Senate campaign of Wendy Long, and for causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission" and sentenced to "five years probation, eight months in a halfway house (referred to as a "community confinement center") and a $30,000 fine."

I look forward to seeing proportional sentences for Hillary (who almost certainly set this up) and the rest of the DNC. But I'm not holding my breath.

Incidentally, being a WaPo subscriber, I searched the site for any evidence of reporting on this event, and found nothing.

2017 Sets Modern Record For Bay Grasses

The Chesapeake’s underwater grasses — critical havens for everything from blue crabs to waterfowl — surged to a new record high last year, surpassing 100,000 acres for the first time in recent history.

Scientists credit a reduction of nutrients in Bay waters for the long-term increase in underwater grasses, which support fish, crabs and waterfowl.

“I never thought we would ever see that,” said Bob Orth, a researcher with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science who has overseen the annual Baywide underwater grass survey since it began in 1984. “But things are changing.”

It was the third straight year that acreage of these underwater meadows has set a new Baywide record.

The 2017 survey results, released in late April, came on the heels of a scientific study published in March that credited nutrient reductions in the Bay for a sustained long-term comeback of the grasses over the last three decades — even as those habitats are in decline globally.
More stories:

WaPo: Underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay experiences growth

Baltimore Sun: Scientists: Record abundance of underwater grasses shows Chesapeake Bay initiatives are working

MDDNR: Maryland’s Underwater Grass Exceeds Record 60,000 Acres

Yes, it looks good, but don't get cocky. All it will take to break the streak is some bad spring weather. I don't see it on the horizon yet, though.

Russiagate is Ridiculous

Things that make you go hmmm. Jonathon Turely: 'Ethical' James Comey is under investigation for unethical acts, so  Comey Has Brought On Former U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald As One Of His Lawyers. Yes, that Patrick Fitzgerald? Who better to know how to defend against a special prosecutor. But how will he get paid if All James Comey’s talks have damaged his book salesNewt Gingrich: Trump Mishandled Rosenstein Memo Outlining Comey Firing. Thinks he should have let public sentiment build and then used a "more in sorrow than in anger" approach. But we elected Trump because he is honest, not political.

More focus on why Andy McCabe is in the dock: From Andrew McCarthy: McCabe: Leaking and Lying Obscure the Real Collusion
The Justice Department’s inspector general has referred Andrew McCabe to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C., for a possible false-statements prosecution. It was big news this week. But the story of how the FBI’s former deputy director lied to investigators, repeatedly, is mainly of interest to him. It is the story of what he lied about that should be of interest to everyone else.

He lied about leaking a conversation in which the Obama Justice Department pressured the FBI to stand down on an investigation of the Clinton Foundation.
Former Federal Prosecutor: Pay Attention to What Andrew McCabe Lied About! Refers to the story above.  Sara Carter: Sources Say the Inspector General Is Investigating Andrew McCabe's Alleged "Stand-Down Order" on the Clinton Foundation Investigation -- As Well as the Clinton Email Investigation
The Wall Street Journal story McCabe leaked in order to rebut alleged he was slow-playing the Clinton Foundation investigation.

Sara Carter's new reporting suggests he issued a similar stand-down order on the Clinton email investigation as well.
. . .
"If" is a very big little word, but it does bear watching.
Claim: 71 percent of FBI’s foreign counterintelligence budget diverted to Russia probe Because nothing is more important than taking down Trump.
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a retired military intelligence officer and a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research says that over seventy percent of the FBI’s current budget dedicated to foreign counterintelligence investigations have been diverted to support the probe’s activities. Shaffer made the revelation on my radio program Monday afternoon on WMAL in Washington DC: . . .
The Dersh: Maybe Mueller should be investigated
Consider the issue of criticizing Robert Mueller, the special counsel. Any criticism or even skepticism regarding Mueller’s history is seen as motivated by a desire to help Trump. Mueller was an assistant U.S. attorney in Boston, the head of its criminal division, the head of the criminal division in Main Justice, and the director of the FBI during the most scandalous miscarriage of justice in the modern history of the FBI. Four innocent people were framed by the FBI to protect mass murdering gangsters who were working as FBI informers while they were killing innocent people. An FBI agent, who is now in prison, was tipping off Whitey Bulger as to who might testify against him so that these individuals could be killed. He also tipped off Bulger, allowing him to escape and remain on the lam for 16 years.

What responsibility, if any, did Mueller, who was in key positions of authority and capable of preventing these horrible miscarriages, have in this sordid incident? A former member of the parole board — a liberal Democrat who also served as mayor of Springfield, Mass. — swears he saw a letter from Mueller urging the denial of release for at least one of these wrongfully convicted defendants. When he went back to retrieve the letter, it was not in the file. This should surprise no one since Judge Mark Wolf (himself a former prosecutor), who conducted extensive hearings about this entire mess, made the following findings. . .
Sen. Mike Lee agrees with me:  Mueller legislation is unconstitutional. David French thinks America Owes Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein a Debt of Thanks, but what will he think now that Sessions Declines to Recuse Himself From Probe Into Trump LawyerMichael Cohen raid rattles Trump allies: Did feds seize president's communications? Of course, that was the point, and note how quickly the stuff from Hannity leaked. Flipping Cohen against Trump may not be so easy:
While the privilege can be waived, only Trump — and not Cohen — has the right to do so.

"It is absolutely the case that, even if he is criminally liable himself, Michael Cohen is not allowed to disclose client confidences learned through the attorney-client relationship about any client without their permission," said Paul Rosenzweig, a former legal adviser to Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr.
The Trump-Hannity Relationship Takes Conservatives One More Step Toward the Moral Low Ground Matt Lewis whines.

Trump’s 2013 Moscow Trip May Trip Him UpMiss Universe 2013 Host: Trump Definitely Stayed Overnight In Moscow. The last hope for the "pee tape." Byron York: Is 'can't prove untrue' new standard in Trump probe? It seems like it. "The mainstream media's latest cover story for how the Trump Russia investigation got started - BEFORE Papadopoulos apparently blabbed about […]" #resistance and why it doesn't make any sense either.

Just One Minute: The Narrative, The Whole Narrative And Nothing But The Narrative, wonders why Mueller is leaving the Natalia Veselnitskaya uninterviewed. Me too. Same reason sharks don't eat lawyers, professional respect?

Flopping Aces: Democrat desperation reaches its zenith, Tom Perez and the DNC are nuts. Curiously, the DNC shuns its anti-Trump Kremlin dossier in collusion law suit. They paid for it after all. Just because it's proof the DNC and Hillary colluded with the Russians? American Greatness: Weaponizing the Government for Leftist Political War, Midwestern Democrats To DNC: Stop With The Collusion Narrative Already. That ought to make them real popular in Trump country.
“The DNC is doing a good job of winning New York and California,” said David Betras, the Democratic county party chair in Mahoning County, Ohio, home to Youngstown. “I’m not saying it’s not important — of course it’s important — but do they honestly think that people that we just laid off another shift at the car plant in my home county give a shit about Russia when they don’t have a frickin’ job?”
Victor Davis Hanson: Revolution and Worse to Come
. . . We are entering revolutionary times. The law is no longer equally applied. The media are the ministry of truth. The Democratic party is a revolutionary force. And it is all getting scary.
Deroy Murdock: Russiagate’s Epic Fail vs. Watergate’s Windfall
The purpose of Mueller’s probe seems simply to probe. Rather than announce that he has found bupkis to tie Trump or his campaign to any Russian effort to secure the Oval Office, Mueller and his pack of pro-Hillary prosecutors keep on keeping on. Remember: Mueller’s team is not a fair and balanced cadre of career prosecutors. Andrew Weissman attended Hillary’s election-night party. James Quarles and Jeannie Rhee maxed out as contributors to Hillary’s campaign, while seven others donated to her candidacy, though less lavishly. Aaron Zebley defended Hillary in various legal actions, and represented Justin Cooper, a  technological aide. Cooper, in turn, literally demolished Hillary’s cell phones with a hammer.

These anti-Trump liberals have every reason to keep their investigation going and going and going and going and going. The Mueller probe’s mere presence anchors a thundercloud permanently over the White House. News of Trump’s domestic and international victories constantly must compete with the latest leaks about whichever bucket of sea water Team Mueller has discovered somewhere. Meanwhile, a whiff of suspicion lingers around Trump. Despite the absence of proof that Trump cavorted with the Kremlin, tens of millions of Americans still wonder what Trump might have done wrong, and when the surveillance tape of him plotting and planning with Putin, in perfect Russian, finally will emerge and vindicate the Left.

And that’s the point: to propel such doubts, through the midterm elections, and perhaps beyond.
And at last, two via Wombat-socho's "In The Mailbox: 04.24.18" American Thinker: John Brennan’s Secret Trip To Moscow, Russian collusion much? Did he hire the "pee girls"? Can he prove he didn't, since that is now the standard. And Mark Steyn: The Real Obstructors of Justice


You Might As Well Get Rid of the Whole NFL

No place in the NFL for cheerleaders in 2018
The Houston Texans aren’t even bothering with the pretense.

On their website is a photo gallery of the finalists from last weekend’s cheerleader tryouts, and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorites. Are these action shots of the women that highlight their athletic ability or dance skills? Do they include a list of their qualifications?

Of course not. They’re headshots. Sorry, head and chest shots. Close-up ones, at that. The better to ogle, you know.
 Damn right!
Cheerleaders from two NFL teams have filed gender discrimination complaints in the past month, detailing the demeaning ways in which they were treated. Restrictions on what they can and can’t post on social media. Rules that prohibit contact with players, and put the onus on the women to avoid it. Dress codes.

Is it any wonder? The underlying premise of NFL cheerleaders is degrading, presenting women as nothing more than objects to be leered at. With skimpy, suggestive outfits as their “uniform,” their only purpose is to titillate.
Well, no, they're there to encourage the fans to cheer, and to give them something to watch while the teams are swapping men, waiting for rulings from the refs, or just generally wasting time. It does help if they're attractive, but in bad weather, their dress is not really all that revealing.
It’s always been an appalling message to send and, in this #MeToo era, there’s no longer any place for it. NFL cheerleaders need to go. NBA dance squads and NHL ice girls while we’re at it, too.

This is not a criticism of cheerleading overall. In some forms, it very much is an athletic endeavor, a hybrid of acrobatics and gymnastics. The International Olympic Committee has even recognized cheerleading as a sport and it could some day make an appearance in the Games.

 Instead, I think they need to institute cheerleading at all the Olympic sports.
Proponents will say that most women who are NFL cheerleaders are professionally trained dancers who just want the opportunity to do what they love. That they play an important role in maintaining the team’s positive image with promotional appearances and community service.

All of which is true.

“I was always out in the community,” said Kristan Ann Ware, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader who has filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations alleging that she was discriminated against for talking about her faith and bullied after saying she was a virgin.

You mean, like Tim Tebow? I'm afraid religious discrimination isn't restricted to being a woman. If you don't want to be discriminated against, or at least not have it semi-officially tolerated, try becoming a muslima.




“If you take away the cheerleaders, you take away the glue. You take away the puzzle piece that brings football to life.”

But that isn’t the real reason 26 of the 32 NFL teams have cheerleaders, and everybody knows it. They’re there to be eye candy, blow-up dolls come to life.

Why else would the Dallas Cowboys mandate that women wear sports bras and hot pants for try outs – “No tank tops or bike shorts” – and include “personal appearance” and “figure” as criteria on which they are judged?




I was going to guess the writer is a chubby girl but then I checked. She's not but she's not cheerleader material either. She's Clearly jealous of the attention these women get.
The Ben-Gals, who once generously granted a three-pound “leniency weight,” now say that “fitness is very important. You must be in good physical condition and proportioned for your height.” Whatever that means.

And, of course, almost every team with cheerleaders has its own swimsuit calendar, and many news media outlets, including USA TODAY Sports, publish cheerleader photos to generate reader interest.

“When you’re on the NFL team as a cheerleader, it’s like they have a sense of control over you,” Ware said. “It does teach women that your life doesn’t matter.

“We’re told from day one that all they need is a pretty girl in a uniform.”
Nothing wrong with a pretty girl. Everybody loves them. Except other women. But they look too.
The NFL has a long history of disregarding and demeaning women, only acknowledging them when it suits the league’s financial interests. Few teams have female executives, even fewer have female owners. Despite efforts at the league level to address domestic violence, owners mostly ignore it, disciplining or cutting players only when there’s a public outcry.
You want a team? Buy a team. No one is stopping you.
The objectification of cheerleaders is yet one more example.

Some owners understand that. Of the 32 teams, there are six – the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers – that don’t have cheerleaders. The Los Angeles Rams just added two men to their squad.
But at least New York and Green Bay have volunteer squads who do for free what the official team cheerleaders do for a pittance.


“Philosophically we have always had issues with sending scantily clad women out on the field to entertain our fans,” John Mara, the Giants co-owner, told the New York Times.

Good for Mara for speaking out. Too bad he said that eight years ago, and the rest of the league has not caught on.
Doesn't this woman realize that cheerleading is a voluntary activity, one that these women seek out, and work at with great diligence, despite relatively little reward, for their own purposes? Why are the feminists and the liberals such totalitarians?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Reasons #5919 - 5921 That Trump Was Elected

The Congressional Budget Office’s budget and economic outlook released this month projects that real Gross Domestic Product will grow by 3.3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018.

That would mark a 15-year high.“In CBO’s projections, real GDP expands by 3.3 percent this year and by 2.4 percent in 2019,” says the CBO report. “It grew by 2.6 percent last year.”

The last time real GDP grew by more than 3.3 percent from the fourth quarter of one year to the fourth quarter of the next was in 2003, when it grew by 4.4 percent, according to the historical data published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
14 states hit record-low unemployment
Fourteen states have set new records for low unemployment rates in the last year, nearly a decade after the recession put millions of Americans out of work.

The states hitting new unemployment lows run the ideological gamut, from conservative Texas to liberal California, suggesting a recovery stronger than any particular political persuasion.
What? You mean his policies are good for the whole country?
In March, eight states saw new record lows, including Hawaii (2.1 percent), Idaho (2.9 percent), Kentucky (4 percent ), Maine (2.7 percent), Mississippi (4.5 percent), Oregon (4.1 percent) and Wisconsin (2.9 percent).

California also set a new record last month. The Golden State’s unemployment rate stands at 4.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s the lowest rate recorded since BLS began keeping track of state-level unemployment figures in 1976, and it’s a third of the 12.3 percent unemployment rate California notched at the height of the recession in December 2010. Colorado’s unemployment rate is just 2.6 percent, among the lowest in the nation, and a third of the 8.9 percent peak it hit in 2010.
In Alabama, just 3.7 percent of workers are unemployed. Arkansas reached a 3.6 percent unemployment rate last May, its lowest rate ever. North Dakota set its own record last year. Texas hit a 3.9 percent unemployment rate in November, after peaking at 8.3 percent during the height of the recession. Tennessee fell to the lowest unemployment rate it has ever measured, 3.3 percent, in January. Hawaii’s unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation, BLS said. Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Wisconsin all have unemployment rates lower than 3 percent.

Such a tight job market means businesses are competing for workers, rather than workers competing for scarce jobs. That has some economists combing through data in search of evidence of rising wages, which have been largely stagnant since the recession.
Trump moves to cancel student loan debt for disabled veterans
It may be getting easier for some disabled veterans to erase their student loan debt.

The Department of Education announced Monday that it will partner with the Department of Veteran Affairs to identify disabled student loan borrowers who are eligible for debt forgiveness. Such borrowers will be notified of their potential eligibility in the mail and will also receive a Total and Permanent Disability Discharge application, the avenue though which borrowers with severe physical impairments are approved to erase their debt.

Such outreach is needed: Many disabled veterans are currently unaware that they can be eligible for student loan debt forgiveness, said Carrie Wofford, president of Veterans Education Success, a nonprofit advocacy group.

"It's horrific," Wofford said "There are disabled veterans who served their country who are financially struggling — and sometimes destitute — who are legally entitled to have their student loans forgiven but it's not happening."
Imagine what he could do if he weren't opposed by the Democrats, the Deep State, the MSM, and the never-Trumpers.

EPA Bay Program Focuses on the Big Issues

Eco-crime! Non compostable straw
Plastic straws: Fighting pollution one sip at a time, Campaigns target the commonplace use of plastic straws
Why straws?

Plastic straws came to the public’s attention in 2015 when a video of sea turtle with a straw stuck in its nose went viral. The video provided a clear sense of the impacts that discarded straws can have on wildlife. But how do straws compare with other types of plastic pollution?

The impact may be bigger than you think. The Ocean Conservancy’s 2017 report ranks plastic straws in the top ten most common items found at beach cleanups. In the United States, we use 500 million straws each day—that’s 1.6 straws per person. Since straws aren’t recyclable, they end up in landfills, but many find their way into our waters.
If all you see is an ocean killing straw
you may be an eco-alarmist
(apologies to William Teach)
Someone else is using my share, since I rarely use a straw. Plastic tampon covers are pretty high on the list too, why aren't you going after them?
Straws are also targeted because in most cases, they simply aren’t necessary. Many people are just as happy to drink from a glass, but straws are given out automatically in many restaurants. Across the country, local campaigns are telling people “Don’t suck, sip responsibly,” in an effort to get people to order their drink without a straw. They are also asking restaurants to provide straws only when asked.

Alternatives to plastic straws

While many people can simply avoid using straws, they can be a necessity in hospitals, for young children or for people with disabilities or injuries. Companies are addressing this need by creating straws out of a variety of different materials.

One popular alternative is the compostable straw. Made from corn starch or cellulose, they closely resemble the classic plastic version. However, they still aren’t recyclable and are not designed to decompose in water. If they aren’t properly disposed of at an industrial compost facility, and get into our waterways, they’ll stay there for a long time.
Fine, but compostable straws make lousy fishing lures.
Paper straws are another disposable alternative. Those who don’t enjoy paper disintegrating in their drinks will be happy to hear that newer versions hold up much longer, and they’ll still be able to decompose on land or dissolve in water within a month or two.

Those who don’t want a disposable straw can look into reusable ones made from materials like metal, bamboo, glass and silicone. There are even rubber molds to make straws out of ice—a cool idea for a summer day.
And what, last about one sip? Someone at EPA still has too much money.

Uranus Stinks

Uranus
No Joke: Uranus Smells Terrible, Study Says
Uranus smells like rotten eggs, and that is not a joke. A new study finds that the seventh planet from the sun has an upper atmosphere flush with hydrogen sulfide.

Hydrogen sulfide is a gas best known for its repulsive smell; the gas emanates from sewers and volcanoes on Earth, explaining why some hot springs, which are fed by geothermally heated water, smell like breakfast gone bad. Astronomers have now discovered that the gas is common in the cloud tops of Uranus.

That hydrogen sulfide composition is different than what is found in the upper atmospheres of Uranus' fellow giant planets Jupiter and Saturn, where ammonia dominates, said Leigh Fletcher, a study co-author and senior research fellow in planetary science at the University of Leicester in England.
. . .
"If an unfortunate human were to ever descend through Uranus' clouds, they would be met with very unpleasant and odiferous conditions," study co-author Patrick Irwin, a professor of planetary physics at the University of Oxford, said in the statement. That is, they would if that person miraculously lived to take a whiff.

"Suffocation and exposure in the negative 200 degrees Celsius [minus 328 degrees Fahrenheit] atmosphere made of mostly hydrogen, helium and methane would take its toll long before the smell," Irwin added.
On the other hand, hydrogen sulfide is remarkably toxic, more toxic than hydrogen cyanide and for a similar reason, it binds cytochromes, and blocks cellular respiration. The only reason that isn't terribly well known is that the smell is so powerful and obnoxious it usually drives people away before they get a significant dose. However, the nose gets saturated by the odor, and that sometimes allows people to get poisoned.

Hydrogen sulfide is also the smell of "black mud", the result of the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter in the presence of sulfate, in a process called sulfate reduction, by sulfate reducing bacteria.

Georgia helped study the role sulfate reducing bacteria in the methylation of mercury. It turns out that many, but not all sulfate reducing bacteria can produce methyl mercury, the toxic form that accumulates in fish, and most of the methyl mercury in the environment is produced by them. Consequently, she and the lab she worked for, spent a lot of time visiting, sampling and measuring muddy environments with that nasty rotten egg odor. We jokingly called it the smell of money.

Russiagate Ricochet

It continues to hit anything but it's proposed targets: Ricochet: James Comey as Walter Mitty
I concluded this: James Comey is Walter Mitty.

Comey writes as if his meetings with Big D were acts of courage, requiring extraordinary bravery, advanced tactical planning, and incredibly effective communications. His self-reverence throughout the 15 pages is astounding.
Johnathon Turley: Liar, Liar, DOJ On Fire? Comey and McCabe Offer Sharply Conflicting Accounts I think it's a mutual strategy to kneecap the prosecution of each other. Ace: NeverTrumpers Now Resorting to Hillary Clinton's "It Wasn't Marked Classified" Defense to Defend Comey's Leaks of Classified Documents. Irony meter wraps needle around right hand peg. Hot Air: CNN’s Chris Cuomo: Why Are You Criticizing McCabe Anyway? Perjury is OK in the service of Democrats. National Review reviews history to find The McCabe-Stockman Lesson: In Politics, Clean Up Your Own Nest First, while the Washington Times figures out that Obama Justice Dept.’s attempts to influence investigations exposed in McCabe probe. By way of Wombat-socho's "In The Mailbox: 04.23.18" Mark Steyn holds a convocation on recent developments at the FBI and DOJ: When G-Men Go Bad:



Andrew Napolitano, Charles Gasparino: Mueller team said to be amused as Giuliani pledges to end Russia probe
“If Rudy comes to Mueller trying to negotiate anything short of a presidential guilty plea, he will likely be met by deaf ears,” said a lawyer who follows the case from Washington.
That's a pretty bald statement of their intentions. Can we stop pretending this is about finding the truth now?  Fox News host Sean Hannity's real estate holdings draw scrutiny Funny how that happened after they raided Cohen's storage facility.  Ace: Mueller-Inspired Fed Raid on Trump's Personal Lawyer Results in Leak About Sean Hannity's Real Estate Holdings How dare Hannity support President Trump!
There is no suggestion that these real estate holdings are illegal, though it is hinted at with the word "secret." (Other terms for "secret:" "private," "none of your business," "Get fucked, nark.")

This is just a naked attempt by the Deep State's police arms to intimidate and humiliate political opponents using the law -- or, at this point, I should say "the law" -- as a weapon.
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch: Sean Hannity Targeted by Deep State with Illegal Leaks from HUD After Michael Cohen Raid. Don Surber (also via Wombat-socho's "In The Mailbox: 04.23.18" ): Mueller's harassment of Hannity may be criminal. Which is why he's having the Southern District of New York DOJ do the dirty work. Trump and Michael Cohen don't see eye to eye on the biggest issue in his case. That was the point of raiding Cohen, to separate his interests from Trumps.

Cameron Smith and Norman Eisen,  Love Him Or Hate Him, Jeff Sessions Is Why Mueller’s Russia Probe Is Still On Track. Hmmm. The Bill to Protect Mueller May Not Survive the Supreme Court It shouldn't, it's a clear violation of the executive branch's powers. But as they say, absolute truth is a 5/4 decision in the Supreme Court.

Deep State or Democrat State, Don’t let the Democrats off the hook.
What do these three cover-ups have in common?

All three abused law enforcement resources to protect Democrat political assets. The Cohen raid, Flynn’s prosecution and the Clinton immunity agreements protected, respectively, Fusion GPS, Susan Rice and Huma Abedin, as well as other related figures. But protecting them was also a matter of self-protection for the key FBI and DOJ people who had been doing their bidding. Clintonworld and Fusion GPS had injected the materials into the government on which the illegal investigation of Trump was based. And Rice, Power and others had then abused the materials that came out the other end.

The cover-ups protected the political links to the investigations so that they would appear to be impartial criminal and national security affairs. Every exposure of the political links to these investigations has undermined confidence in their integrity and respect for their outcome.
Devin Nunes On Russia Probe Origin: "Major Irregularities" At State Dept, Sidney Blumenthal Involved Let me borrow Sarah Hoyt's shocked face. Everything touched by the Clintons gets corrupted. Kurt Schlichter: It’s Fun to Watch The Liberals’ and Never Trumpers’ Coup Dreams Die Don't get to cocky. They don't give up easily, and they have the power of the press on their side.

Donna Brazile claims: Democrats were crime victims. If Trump won't protect elections, we will. You'd think a proven liar and cheater would be more constrained. Ken White at Popehat: Dear DNC: We Need To Talk About RICO
DNC. DNC, my friend. It's almost never RICO, and throwing down RICO to signify THIS IS BIG is a move that puts legal strategy behind public relations.

RICO is a complex statute designed to address criminal organizations — by which I mean not organizations that do criminal things in pursuit of their goals, but organizations whose purpose is criminal. Stretched past that, it gets needlessly complex.

I understand. "RICO" is the new "awesome." It conveys, to people who don't understand it, "the things these people did are really bad and really criminal." It's a big frowny emoji. But the vast majority of the time it's far more trouble than it's worth in court.
At the Daily Caller, Roger Stone is proposing to use discovery for the Dems lawsuit to good purpose: Roger Stone To Use DNC Lawsuit Discovery To Probe Servers, Hacking Evidence. Get your popcorn ready.
“The DNC lawsuit opens the door of discovery. My lawyers and I want to examine the DNC servers to settle this bogus claim of Russian hacking once and for all,” Stone declared.

A letter from Stone’s lawyers to the DNC said, “One purpose of this letter is to advise the DNC we intend to test the basic underlying claims that “Russians” hacked, stole, and disseminated DNC data, rather than the various other plausible scenarios, including internal theft.”

Stone added to TheDC that “The lawsuit is bogus, baseless, without merit- offering no hard proof to back up their fantasy that I conspired with a group of others to work with the Russians to hack the DNC and give the fruits of that hack to Wikileaks. It’s a fairy tale, a hoax and a canard.”
The Last Tradition: Mara Liasson: I Don’t Think Russia Is a Voting Issue – Successful Dems Are Not Talking About It

Canuck Cutie Praises Trump, Forced to Recant

Shania Twain "would have voted for [Trump] because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest... Do you want straight or polite?" and Althouse is on the case:
"Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bull—-. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
That's what the Canadian pop star — who was just on "RuPaul's Drag Race" last week — said in an interview The Guardian published yesterday morning, WaPo reports. Social media got right on her case with a hashtag, #ShaniaTwainCancelled, and by evening poor Shania — the erstwhile lover of no bullshit — had apologized.
Here's the 4 tweetsworth of apology/"apology":

I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended...
She begins with classic nonapology words.
... in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard.
She blurted out that she likes the way Trump seems to speak his mind, his spontaneous transparency, but her own following of his model, just saying what she thinks straight out is something to regret and bemoan. She didn't have time to think it all through and plan it all out, so she hopes what she said won't count against her, as she retreats into the opaque, evasive world that she'd just decried.

As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context (1/4)
What's it like to regret as a Canadian? Is it a special sort of regret? I'm not picking up the applicable stereotype. Is she trying to say I don't vote in your elections so I should not have joined the debate about your leader? Or does she mean Canadians are supposed to be especially circumspect and polite — she who just said "Do you want straight or polite?" I guess you got your answer, at least from the "hundreds" of tweeters who jumped on that hashtag. They want polite — more than polite. They want silence, unless you're anti-Trump.
I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President (2/4)

She won't get in trouble for that ridiculous absolute statement about moral beliefs.
I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician (3/4)
Oh! Here come the deplorables again — that "portion of America" — those dopes. Shania sees that those people could relate to that man who's so horrible she can't share one moral belief with him.
My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him.
But you said you'd have voted for him. Do you mean you loathed Hillary? Because that would make sense of these remarks. Not that I need any sense to be made other than you got disciplined by the Trump haters and you caved. Why speak out at all if you're so vulnerable to push back? . . .
Sorry Shania, you're rich and grown up (51). If you didn't mean it, you shouldn't have said it. Don't let the bullies have their way.