Monday, July 22, 2019

It's Hot Out!

But not that hot. From CTM at Watts Up With That: Heat Wave Hysteria? The Truth Shall Set You Free
Figure 5
Most people are just too lazy to do a little bit of research. It’s a simple cold, hard fact. And for this, they believe everything they hear from journalists and politicians, both of which aren’t trained as scientists. This is quite dumbfounding considering we have the internet right at our fingertips.

According to the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment, the average duration of warm spells (heat waves) has declined from around eleven days during the 1930s to 6.5 days during the 2000s (Figure 5).³ In other words, the average duration of heat waves have declined by nearly 41% since the 1930s.
Figure 6

In addition, the average maximum temperature during any given heat wave has also declined in the U.S. from 101°F in the 1930s to 99°F since the 1980s (Figure 6).³

Figure 6. Average warmest temperature each year. – U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment.

The 1930s remains the warmest decade in U.S. history. It also had some of the hottest summers that the country has ever seen since records began.

Figure 7

The map below (Figure 7) shows the decade in which each U.S. state (also includes Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.) initially set their current hottest temperature in the record books, and as you can see, there’s an overwhelming number that are colored dark red (almost brown), which indicate the 1930s.⁴

Since Georgia had errands, Skye and I left home early to beat the heat. It was in the mid 80s when we left the house around 9:30 AM.
If we had heat like that of the 1930s (click this link to see U.S. heat extremes), people would be screaming “climate doomsday” at ten times the levels they are currently!

Reason #3: Weather ≠ Climate

With most climate activists - especially those who are not trained or degreed scientists - it’s “do as I say, not as I do.”
It was pretty toasty in the sun at the beach, and Skye spent a lot of her effort trying to drag me out into the water.

They get triggered if a skeptic uses a record low temperature or record snowfall as proof that global warming is a hoax, and claim “weather and climate are not the same,” or that “climate is global, weather is not,” then turn around and use a single localized heat wave as evidence of a “climate catastrophe.”

In conclusion…
But despite that, and the high tide, I found 22 teeth (and a Tillie bone), including these two fine lower Snaggletooth's
Using single weather events as evidence that global warming is either a hoax or is a crisis is completely dishonest and two-faced. I have seen too many certain people do it for both reasons, and its usually to try to pass legislation.
In other words, this entire movement has become a political thing and not one about science. It’s clear as day, and if you can’t see that, then you’re on your own.
It was 90 when we made it home. 

Russiagate as Muellarmas Looms

As former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony on Capitol Hill looms, lots of speculation over how it's going to go. Michael Goodwin at NyPo, Dems take desperate final shot at Trump with Mueller testimony
The circus is coming to town and the carnival barkers are working up a sweat trying to spark interest. So far, ticket sales are slow.

Robert Mueller is slated to appear in Washington’s Big Tent Wednesday when he testifies to two House committees. The former special counsel threw a wet blanket on expectations by vowing he wouldn’t say anything beyond what’s in his report, but the hype machine still promises a sensational show.

Naturally, the anti-Trump media are doing their best to pump oxygen into the dead-of-summer event, with NBC News running this screaming headline on a setup article: “Mueller hearings to highlight ‘shocking evidence of criminal misconduct by Trump,’ Democrats say.”
WaPoo, Democrats hope Mueller gives credence to their claim of an unlawful Trump
Democrats expect Mueller to describe in detail at least five of 10 episodes of possible obstruction that the former special counsel laid out in his report, which found insufficient evidence to show a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election and reached no conclusion about whether the president tried to block the probe.
. . .
Democrats do not expect major revelations from Mueller, who will testify for three hours before the House Judiciary Committee and two hours before the House Intelligence Committee. They expect his answers to be short and curt, and have crafted questions that they hope will elicit a narrative from Mueller of a president committing illegal acts who would have faced prosecution if not for Justice Department policy forbidding the indictment of a sitting president.
AP, Fat Jerry Nadler, Mueller hearing to air evidence of Trump wrongdoing  He won an election they thought they had rigged fair and square. Waah!

WaPoo again, Rep. Adam Schiff is well-versed in the political ramifications of impeaching a president. The more Nadler and Schiff pontificate from the chair, the better for Trump.

And more, Facts straight from Mueller’s mouth? They won’t put out the gaslighting fire
Now Mueller plans to appear before two congressional committees for public testimony this coming week. Who better to correct the stubborn “alternative facts” about the report than its author?

We’re not optimistic. The aspiration is unimpeachable, but spoon-feeding people the truth does not make them believe it. At best, it’s ineffectual. At worst, it betrays a misunderstanding of the problem. Once people have been the subject of gaslighting, it is difficult — but not impossible — to ungaslight them.
If any gaslighting has been going on, it's been the Democrats and their MSM allies insisting on "collusion with the Russian", and cries of obstruction when then there wasn't any.

And on the Republican side, WJLA, Mueller to face questions on 'Russian agent'
Undaunted, President Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill have seized on the report as a de facto exoneration of the chief executive and pressed for a deeper investigation into an area not covered by Mueller's report: allegations that senior Justice Department and FBI officials abused their powers to spy on the Trump campaign.

That claim received an important endorsement from Attorney General Barr in April, when he testified that "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign, and that it was "a big deal." While the inspector general for the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, wraps up his 15-month-long review of the conduct of the top DOJ and FBI officials who worked on the Trump-Russia probe starting in mid-2016. Barr has also brought in a seasoned federal prosecutor, John Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, to expand on the Horowitz review by also examining the conduct of U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies at the time.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has already asked FBI Director Christopher Wray and other officials, in a May 8 letter, to provide more information about the foreign-born mystery man who helped kick-start the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia: London-based professor Joseph Mifsud.

According to the Mueller report, it was Mifsud, a peripatetic habitue of international relations symposia across Europe and Russia, who befriended low-level Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos in London in April 2016 and told the young foreign policy analyst that the Kremlin possessed "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, in the form of thousands of her emails. Papadopoulos ultimately pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Mifsud and other Russian-linked individuals.

In a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, former FBI director James Comey termed Mifsud "a Russian agent."

That has led GOP lawmakers to question the true role of Mifsud -- who has not been seen publicly since the FBI interrogated him in February 2017. In his May 8 letter to the FBI director and other officials, Nunes cited the professor's presence at an event at the Capitol and his service to academic institutions that have trained NATO personnel. Additionally, published reports have placed Mifsud at the State Department.

"There's a reason why Mueller doesn't really, after 40 million bucks, he can't really tell us who Mifsud is, and stops short of calling him a Russian agent," Nunes told Sinclair in an interview. "Somehow, this Mifsud guy, if he really was a Russian agent, as James Comey has said recently, my God...You have FBI compromised, State Department compromised, Congress compromised. The list goes on and on, and on of the damage Mifsud would have done."

The Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment as to whether Attorney General Barr is focusing on Mifsud. Earlier this year, Nunes sent eight criminal referrals to DOJ in connection with the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, and says he is confident the referrals are receiving proper attention from the top ranks of the Justice Department.
I expect, if Mueller answers any question about Mifsud at all, he will say that he and his team accepted Comey's FBI characterization of Mifsud as a Russian spy without further investigation. They didn't really want to know the truth.

For a clue as to how the media will cover the testimony, Chuck Ross at Da Caller offers CBS Host Repeatedly Interrupts Liz Cheney. The Interview With Adam Schiff Was Completely Different

Michael Ledeen, PJ Media, Real 2016 Collusion Was U.S. Intelligence With Brits, Russia
If I were writing a fictional account of the effort to prove there was “collusion” between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russians, and the subsequent quest to drive him out of office, I would include a lot of material on how the intelligence services of the United States and Great Britain worked together.
This is not just a good plot, it’s increasingly obvious that it actually happened. As The Washington Examiner reported the other day,
Sir Kim Darroch, the long-time senior British diplomat who had served as their representative in Washington, D.C., since January 2016, “is said to have vouched for the credibility of Christopher Steele, the author of an explosive dossier of claims about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, in conversation with at least one US official” according to a new article by the Sunday Telegraph, which has reviewed the documents.

The British newspaper reported: “Asked whether Mr. Steele, a former MI6 officer, was ‘legit’, Sir Kim replied: ‘Absolutely.’”
That’s the same British ambassador who had lambasted the Trump administration, telling his superiors in London that “We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.” And Ambassador Darroch fed classified information to local journalists, as the Examiner's Tom Rogan reported:
According to one current and one former U.S. government official speaking on the condition of anonymity, Darroch repeatedly leaked classified U.S. intelligence information, including highly classified information, to a journalist for a U.S.-based media outlet. The sources are confirmed by the reaction my related inquiries have received from other government officials.
Indeed, the Brits, via MI6, had been an integral part of the scheme all along, from its origins in the trans-Atlantic Intelligence Community’s operation against Michael Flynn. It’s hard to tell if Stefan Halper was working for the CIA, the FBI or MI6 when he hosted General Flynn at Cambridge University, but in my fictional account he’d be in cahoots with all of them.

A Good Question

In which AllahPundit takes a moment out of his incessant Trump basking to agree, Trump: Why Do People Want To Ban Plastic Straws When We Don’t Ban Plastic Plates And Wrappers?
You don’t hear this from me often, but: He says what I’m thinking.

In fact, watching this, I had a vision of this subject being raised at next year’s presidential debates and Elizabeth Warren or whoever responding with some six-part answer about the Green New Deal and how “we all need to do our part.” And then Trump responds with this bit, which is a hair’s-breadth from being a one-liner, and wins it going away. I can only assume that he missed the story a few days ago of a woman being killed when she tripped and fell onto a metal straw or else he surely would have incorporated it here: “You ban plastic straws and the next thing you know you’ll have thousands of people impaling themselves. Not good.”
 You  have to break some eggs to have a nice omelette.
Next time he gets a question about this, he should note that the “environmentally conscious” solution of swapping out plastic straws for reusable metal ones might not be so environmentally conscious:

Let’s look at just one example: Some restaurants and bars have replaced their plastic straws with reusable metal variants. But there’s a hitch, as the New York Post recently reported: customers keep taking the metal straws home with them.
Brooke and beau with lethal metal straws!

This leaves restaurants holding the short straw, so to speak. Metal straws are expensive — perhaps a dollar apiece (or more) versus a penny or two for the plastic version — and so replacement costs add up quickly.

This might not be so problematic if the metal straws that customers walk off with get reused frequently. But most probably go on display as novelties or sit forgotten in a utensil drawer. And this means the metal straws — which presumably required mining, plus large amounts of energy to convert into sheet metal and then fashion it into a cylindrical tube — don’t provide the intended environmental benefit.

Plastic straw bans are essentially environmental virtue signaling. The green impact is negligible, especially if the bans are done piecemeal instead of nationally. The most one might say of them is that they’re a small way to insinuate environmental consciousness into the average’s person daily routine. The least one might say is that they’re green slacktivism.

Why was Trump even being asked about straws? you’re probably wondering now. Ah — it’s because last night his own campaign website began selling Trump-branded plastic straws, a bargain at just 15 bucks for, uh, 10 straws. MAGA Nation doesn’t use cuck paper straws (described as “liberal” on the campaign website, no joke). They proudly use plastic — recyclable plastic in this case — and spit in the eye of soy boys who complain about it. The straws have naturally sold out already, proving that there’s no culture war dispute so petty, particularly when it involves a type of political correctness, that can’t be monetized.
Green slacktivism. I like that.

I think cities should make laws that they need to be recycled into clothes.

Hot Air followup, Plastic “Trump Straws” Sell Out Almost Immediately, of course.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Over My Pampered Ass

Soon enough they’ll merge the old “only use 2 sheets of TP” with “and it has to be harsh!” From the link we learn this is a campaign of the NRDC against super soft Charmin, and is all about the following petition
As a consumer concerned about our environment, I was upset to learn that Charmin toilet paper is still being sourced from 100 percent virgin trees, many of them from Canada’s boreal forest. It’s appalling that no recycled material is used to make Charmin.
Not only does the Canadian boreal forest store vast amounts of carbon, it’s also home to hundreds of Indigenous communities and to the iconic boreal caribou.
It’s unconscionable that majestic, old-growth trees are being cut down to make a product that’s used once, then flushed down the toilet.

Procter & Gamble has the power to change this destructive paradigm on a massive scale by reducing the virgin pulp content in its products and increasing the use of recycled materials. P&G should also involve Indigenous communities in sourcing decisions, act to protect caribou habitat, and take other important steps toward sustainability.
Please move quickly to ensure that your products don’t come at the cost of this globally important ecosystem.

Because if they don’t the “disposal and decomposition emits additional carbon”. Remember the days when Leftists wanted government “out of our bedrooms”? Now they want in every part of our homes, including our bathrooms. If they want to use recycled crappy scratchy rough TP, they are welcome to do so. Otherwise, mind your own beeswax.
Really, most of those trees are replanted. Loggers don’t want to run out of product, but, these Warmists are nuts.
But feel free to use old sticks if you want.

The Weed du Jour

The Wild Black Cherry, aka Wild Cherry or Rum Cherry

Ranging from southeastern Canada through the eastern United States west to eastern Texas, with disjunct populations in central Texas and mountains of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Guatemala, Black cherry is a 25-110 ft. deciduous tree, distinctly conical in youth. When open-grown it becomes oval-headed with spreading, pendulous limbs and arching branches. Crowded trees grow tall and slender. Southwestern varieties are often shrubby. Leaves shiny on the upper surface; blade oblong with a long pointed tip and tapering base, margins finely serrate. White flowers are held in drooping racemes after the glossy leaves have emerged. The dark red fruit changes to black from August through October. Aromatic tree; crushed foliage and bark have distinctive cherry-like odor and bitter taste, owing to the same cyanide-forming toxic compounds, such as amygdalin, found in the wood and leaves of some other woody members of the Rosaceae. Fall foliage is yellow.

This widespread species is the largest and most important native cherry. The valuable wood is used particularly for furniture, paneling, professional and scientific instruments, handles, and toys. Wild cherry syrup, a cough medicine, is obtained from the bark, and jelly and wine are prepared from the fruit. While the fruit is edible and used in beverages and cooking, the rest of the plant contains amygdalin and can be toxic if consumed. One of the first New World trees introduced into English gardens, it was recorded as early as 1629 in Europe and is now highly invasive there and in northern South America. Five geographical varieties are currently distinguished: P. serotinavar. serotina (Eastern black cherry) in eastern North America as far west as east Texas, P. serotina var. eximia (Escarpment black cherry) in central Texas, and varieties virens (Southwestern black cherry) and rufula (Chisos black cherry) in mountains of southwestern North America. Populations inhabiting the interior mountains of Mexico and Guatemala are assigned to the subspecies P. serotina ssp. capuli(Capulin black cherry) but are sometimes classed as variety salicifolia.
I took that picture this morning as I was walking Skye around the neighborhood early, in a partially successful effort to beat the heat (it wasn't yet 90 when we got home). Wild Cherries are very common in our woods, and because the birds love their cherries, the seed get everywhere, and come up in the gardens where it takes a bit of work to eliminate them. I've never seen a big one out in the open; most of ours are lanky and tall from straining to beat out the oaks, hickories and poplars.

You rarely see the fruit; for the most part it's way up in the canopy, and the birds tend to get it as soon as it's ripe. I did try the darkest one on that little cluster. It was semi-sweet, distinctly cherry tasting, and just a touch bitter. Most of the fruit is the stone; the flesh around it is fairly thin.

You Mean, Besides Providing Nearly All the Food and Water, Raw Materials and Energy?

And Provide a disproportionate number of the soldiers and most of the land for military bases? Stacy McCain is Saying ‘Thank You’ to David Atkins

Everybody had a good point-and-laugh at David Atkins’s expense, without wondering: Why would a California Democrat be so filled with loathing of “rural white evangelicals”? Was he bullied by militant Baptists as a child? Has he ever actually met any of the rural white people he says are thoroughly despised by “the vast majority of Americans”? No, he’s just a liberal who can look at the map and read the exit polls the same as you or I can, and who therefore understands which demographic category most strongly supports the Republican Party. He hates white people and Christians and rural America because they are an obstacle to the Democrats’ project of turning America into a totalitarian one-party regime where dissent from the approved opinions is forbidden.

Of course, Atkins himself is white, but he lives in Santa Barbara, an affluent seaside enclave of privilege where the media home value is over $900,000 and only 1.4% of the population is black. It’s very easy for people who live in such circumstances to imagine that they are morally superior to everyone who lives in, say, Lowndes County, Georgia, where 37% of the population is black and the median home value is $129,700.

Hillary Clinton got 61% of the vote in Santa Barbara County, whereas Donald Trump carried Lowndes County with 57.5% of the vote.
You don't even have to go that far from Santa Barbara, only to adjacent Kern County, where Trump won the popular vote 53% to 40%, and the demographics are 49% non-Hispanic White, 38% Hispanic and 6% Black, the median household income is $48,000 and the median home value is $190,00.
Kern County comprises the Bakersfield, California, Metropolitan statistical area. The county spans the southern end of the Central Valley. Covering 8,161.42 square miles (21,138.0 km2), it ranges west to the southern slope of the Coast Ranges, and east beyond the southern slope of the eastern Sierra Nevada into the Mojave Desert, at the city of Ridgecrest. Its northernmost city is Delano, and its southern reach expands just beyond Lebec to Grapevine, and the northern extremity of the parallel Antelope Valley.

The county's economy is heavily linked to agriculture and to petroleum extraction. There is also a strong aviation, space, and military presence, such as Edwards Air Force Base, the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, and the Mojave Air and Space Port.
But I doubt the David Atkins ever sets foot in Kern County, unless to drive through, which, frankly is about the best I've ever done either, driven I-5 between LA and NorCal or Oregon more times than I can remember.

I wonder what David Atkins has ever done for Kern County?

Some Perfunctory Russiagate

On the peak day of our heat wave: Hot Air, has a subscription to the NYT so you don't have to: Mueller Hearings On Wednesday Present Make-Or-Break Moment For Democrats
“One way or the other, the Mueller hearing will be a turning point with respect to the effort to hold Donald Trump accountable for his reckless, degenerate, aberrant and possibly criminal behavior,” said Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the House Democratic Caucus chairman and a member of the Judiciary Committee. “After the hearing, we will be able to have a better understanding of the pathway forward concerning our oversight responsibilities and the constitutional tools that are available to us.”

Partisans in both parties may already have made up their minds, but Democrats are counting on Mr. Mueller’s testimony to focus the broader public’s attention on the findings of his 22-month investigation — either to jumpstart a stalled impeachment push or electrify the campaign to make Mr. Trump a one-term president.

Even Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been a voice of caution on impeachment for much of the year, has tied the testimony to Democrats’ broader political prospects.

“This coming election, it is really an election that the fate of this country is riding on,” she told House Democrats at a private meeting recently, according to an aide who was there. “This presidency is an existential threat to our democracy and our country as we know it.”
and  Republicans Prep For Mueller Showdown And Counsel A Light Touch
“The obvious first question will be, ‘When did you know there was no coordination and no conspiracy?’” said Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, one of the Republicans’ most recognizable attack dogs. He now sees Mr. Mueller as the ideal mouthpiece to deliver the conclusion that the investigation found insufficient evidence to charge anyone with conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

Not every Republican is on board with a gentler approach. Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas rejected any suggestion he might pull his punches. “I can’t wait,” he said. Representative Matt Gaetz, a firebrand from Florida, pledged a pointed discussion of bias, which he has long maintained corrupted the investigation.

His goal for the hearing? “We are going to re-elect the president,” he said.
It's the NYT, so treat it with the same skepticism you would for WND.

At Lawfare (which is a website in addition to a method), lyin' Jim Comey offers What I Would Ask Robert Mueller. You might not be shocked that they are not favorable to the president

It Seems Like a Radical Solution

She could just wear orange glasses. Grimes Says She Had Part of Her Eyeball Removed in an ‘Experimental Surgery' to ‘Cure Seasonal Depression’

The singer, 31, detailed her fitness and health regimen in a new interview for her campaign with Adidas by Stella McCartney, including her decision to have part of her eyeball removed to improve her seasonal depression.

“[I] eliminated all blue light from my vision through an experimental surgery that removes the top film of my eyeball and replaces it with an orange ultra-flex polymer that my friend and I made in the lab this past winter as a means to cure seasonal depression,” Grimes, who was born as Claire Elise Boucher, said in the interview. She shared a portion of the interview on her Instagram account on Monday.
Before I read this I had no idea there was a person who called herself Grimes.  And I didn't know "goth" was still a thing. Dan Crenshaw apparently doesn't approve either.

To be fair to Grimes, I think you need to do it to both eyes.

But can she sing? You be the judge:

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Memos From the Home Country

A warning about a possible typhus, and even bubonic plague epidemic in Los Angeles, thanks to the burgeoning homeless camps in the greater Los Angeles area, by Dr. Drew Pinsky, talking to Scott Adams. Episode 602 Scott Adams: Dr. Drew Talks About LA Apocalypse, Trump’s Tweet, Iran

Here he is on the Gutfeld Show: Dr. Drew sounds off on California's homeless crisis: ‘How many must die’ before officials take action?

A similar rant on The Five.

We had rats in the palm trees behind our house in West LA. Once, before we were married, our cat brought one in through the window, and presented it to Georgia. She still married me.

50 years ago, we sent a man to the moon. Now we're worried about diseases that we had thought we had conquered.

50 Years Ago Today

Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, and Neil Armstrong stepped out and became the first man to walk on another world, albeit, a smallish and lifeless one.

That day, I was camping with my family in Oregon, and we didn't have TV, or a radio other than in the car, and really didn't think about it so much, although we did hear about it.

If you want to see better video of the actual first steps go to Watts Up With That, where Anthony Watts posted  MUST SEE – Restored historic Apollo 11 “small step for man” video – like you’ve never seen it. #MoonLanding50

Althouse posted some nonsense about Norman Mailer.

Why haven't we been back since Apollo 12?

Linked by EBL in Ice Cream Day 🍨🍦Thieving Tiana Lowe and the Washington Examiner: Steal the Ilhan Omar marriage fraud story from David Steinberg, Alpha News, and Powerline without proper credit...🤔 and Astronaut Wives 🌝 🇺🇸.

You Will Be Made to Conform

Trump Supporter Stripped of Miss Michigan Title for Hijab Tweet
On Thursday, 20-year-old Miss Michigan Kathy Zhu shared a screenshot of Miss World America organizers notifying her that she had been stripped of her title and her ability to compete in the beauty pageant.

"Miss World America's State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamophobic, and insensitive. They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and 'insensitive' statistical tweets," Zhu tweeted with screenshots of emails from the organizers.

MWA Michigan State Director Laurie DeJack wrote, "It has been brought to the attention of Miss World America that your social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content, and in violation of MWA's Rules and Conditions, specifically the contestant requirement of 'being of good character and whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organisation.'"

Newsweek's David Brennan reported on the tweets that got her excluded from the beauty pageant. Last year, Zhu tweeted about a "Try a hijab" booth on campus. "So you're telling me that it's now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?"

While many Muslim women voluntarily wear hijabs as a religious statement — notably Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) — many Muslim countries enforce the hijab by law. In January 2018, at least six Iranian women removed their hijabs in protest — and were immediately arrested. Islam is a diverse religion, but the hijab does indeed symbolize oppression for many women, notably Somali-born women's rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a victim of female genital mutilation.

Muslim students at Zhu's college began a campaign to have her expelled. A female student who was manning the hijab booth said, "I invited you to try one on and you said 'no thank you'...You didn't take the time to even ask questions or try to understand what Hijab is. That's ignorant of you. You literally sprinted after taking the photos. That's pathetic."

The other tweet that got Zhu booted from the beauty pageant involved black-on-black crime. "Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks?" Zhu tweeted. "Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others."

While this message is rather blunt, it is based in fact. Despite excessive media coverage of police violence against black men, the majority of black homicide victims were killed by other blacks. That does not justify excessive use of force but it does put the debate in an important context.
We know the real reason.

Steaming Through Russiagate

9 AM and it's already 86 F with 84% relative humidity here. Headed for the mid-90s again.

Are we being set up for another Charlie Brown football kick? From Da Hill, House gears up for Mueller testimony, and from the AP, something we already knew, Democrats questioning Robert Mueller to focus on obstruction, because that Russian collusion chocolate cake turned out to be shit. WaPoo,  Democrats hope Mueller testimony will put bright spotlight on Trump’s efforts to derail investigation. You mean that investigation into something that never happened? The Peacock, Mueller hearings to highlight 'shocking evidence of criminal misconduct' by Trump, Democrats say. They've been saying that a long time, and never coming up with the goods, too. But Devin Nunes (CNS News) says 'I Really Expect the Worst' When Mueller Testifies. His colleagues never disappoint to disappoint.
"Mueller, when he walked in the door, knew there was no evidence of collusion and conspiracy, and they knew the only thing they had on obstruction of justice was Comey's memos. I mean, Comey illegally leaked those memos to the press, and for what? In order to try to get a special counsel...which he admitted," Nunes said.

"So sitting with this open for two years, to me, I think people should look at this as an obstruction of justice trap, and then you can go through for the $40 million that we spent on this report, there are so many holes in this report. It was heavy on rhetoric and I'll would say it kind of read like a bad Russian spy novel."
And they didn't even get paid by the page, which by the way, comes out to roughly $100,000/per page. Not bad for government work, really. Conrad Black at AmGreat calls Shame on Robert Mueller—Again
Mueller packed his investigative team with notorious Democratic partisans. Andrew Weissman, who had cooked his share of Republicans already, and attended Hillary Clinton’s victory party the night she lost to Trump, took over the actual work. He and many of those he recruited had just finished white-washing Clinton—on to the tarring-and-feathering of her opponent. Mueller, never a martyr to the work ethic, despite the Democratic media’s wall-to-wall effort to spin him as a war hero Republican, flawless FBI director, and a rail-splitting confessant to the chopping of the cherry tree, left the direction of the investigation to Weissman and his gang, all of them desperate to destroy the president. Perish the thought of any of this pusillanimous bourgeois rubbish about impartiality! Trump was an interloper and he had to be sent packing with such finality that no one would dare interrupt the self-enriching slumbers of the political class for at least another century.

Trump managed the considerable feat of tough-talking as he resisted the depredations of a partisan witch-hunt while completely cooperating and leaving the investigators no ground to allege obstruction. This was the tactically correct response to what instantly was a difficult position. Trump had erroneously promoted an apparently qualified U.S. senator and former prosecutor, Jeff Sessions, as attorney general. Sessions immediately recused himself on all Russian matters and sat like a great eunuch-toad leaving the president whom he served practically defenseless while this rampaging lynch mob ransacked his personal, corporate, campaign, and presidential records. The Strzok-Page text messages indicate that the Mueller team ascertained quite quickly that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and in fact, no nominee of any serious party to the presidency of the United States in its history would ever have partaken of such an evil and preposterous enterprise.

From early on, Mueller’s game was obstruction. He piled demands on the president, required sworn testimony over several days from the White House counsel (who should have immunity in respect of his chief client). The president’s tactic of talking tough while furnishing everything asked by the special counsel got him through the midterm elections.
But it's tough when your case relies on people like this, Mueller witness George Nader charged with transporting 14-year-old boy for sex, child porn. WaPoo, George Nader indicted on child sex transportation charges. Lots of innuendo about Trump in the article, zero evidence.

From 90 Miles from Tyranny, Latest Development In Flynn Case Proves Special Counsel Was A Cover For Taking Down Trump as a way of introducing Margot Cleveland's article in Da Fed, Latest Development In Flynn Case Proves Special Counsel Was A Cover For Taking Down Trump. It's a very detailed article, hard to extract a simple quote from, but well worth the read.
In what appears to be a clear case of revenge, the intelligence community handed off their supposed intel on Flynn, knowing neither Flynn nor Rafiekian could adequately counter it because it was classified, and all Rafiekian’s attorneys would likely get would be a lousy one-sentence summary of the “multiple independent pieces of information.” That one-sentence summary would be made public and implicate Flynn in a criminal conspiracy.

After receiving this notice, Rafiekian’s attorneys argued to the court that the recently disclosed evidence is quite clearly Brady evidence and that “if Mr. Rafiekian is convicted without his counsel having access to this exculpatory evidence, we believe it will go right to the heart of his due process and confrontation rights.” But, as of yet, the court has refused to provide Rafiekian access to the intel (in a classified setting, of course).

There is no good excuse for intelligence agencies to have withheld this information from the special counsel team. There was a very bad excuse for it, though: The intelligence community knew the special counsel probe was a sham designed to take down a president and any other enemies of the deep-state status quo.

Flynn clearly fit the bill. Once he agreed to plead guilty and cooperated, that was good enough for the intelligence community. Their goal was accomplished, and the fact that Mueller had also been charged with investigating Rafiekian and Alptekin was of no matter.
Breitbart,  Federal Prosecutors Won’t Bring Additional Charges in Trump Campaign Finance Probe, but
. . . Alan Dershowitz repeatedly argued there was never actually a case against President Trump. “The president doesn’t break the law if, as a candidate, he contributes to his own campaign. So if he gave $1 million to two women as hush money, there would be in crime. If he directed his lawyer to do it, and he would compensate the lawyer, he’s committed no crime,” he explained to MSNBC last year. “The only crime is if a third-party, namely, Cohen, on his own, contributed to a campaign, that would be a campaign contribution. So it is a catch-22 for the prosecution. if they claim that the president authorized him to do it or directed him to do it, it is not a crime for anybody. If Cohen did it on his own, then it is a crime for Cohen but not the president.”
But WaPoo has clearly not given up hope that they can tarnish Hope Hicks reputation in this. Hope Hicks was not involved in discussions to pay Stormy Daniels hush money, her attorney says
On Thursday, a federal judge in New York unsealed FBI documents from spring 2018, shortly before agents raided Cohen’s home, office and hotel room.

In the documents, FBI agents laid out evidence they had gathered indicating that Cohen had made an illegal campaign contribution when he arranged a $130,000 payment to Daniels.
Stormy Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford

In an affidavit, an FBI agent wrote that Cohen exchanged calls, text messages and emails with an attorney for Daniels — who is also known as Stephanie Clifford — as well as executives for the National Enquirer, Trump and members of Trump’s inner circle, as he negotiated the payment in October 2016.

“Based on the timing of these calls, and the content of the text messages, I believe that at least some of these communications concerned the need to prevent Clifford from going public,” the agent wrote.
Karen McDougal

Some of the communications occurred in the immediate wake of an Oct. 7, 2016, report published by The Washington Post about a recording in which Trump could be heard referring to women in vulgar terms, which became a moment of crisis for the campaign.

According to the affidavit, phone records show that Hicks called Cohen the following evening; 16 seconds into the call, records show that Trump joined the call, which continued for an additional four minutes.

The Cohen-Trump-Hicks call was followed by calls that evening among Cohen, National Enquirer executives and Hicks.

When Hicks testified before the House Judiciary Committee last month, she said she was “never present” at a time when Cohen and Trump discussed Daniels. She also said she “had no knowledge of Stormy Daniels” during the campaign other than that she had heard her name mentioned as possibly “shopping stories around.”
So, their evidence consists of the fact that Trump, Hicks and Cohen communicated on the same day? It's not like these people don't spend all day on the phone. And besides, as Dersh noted, and SDNY reluctantly concluded, it was not illegal for Trump to do. But the USA Today tries to keep hope alive with Prosecutors weighed DOJ policy blocking indictment of a sitting president in closing Trump hush-money probe. So it wasn't a crime, but if it was a crime we would be unable to do anything about it? Sounds like a great excuse for a investigation. Besides, it only says they considered it, not that they considered it determinative. And boy is Andy Weissman pissed.

Rule 5 Saturday - On the Boardwalk with the Notorious Gretchen Mol

This weeks prime Rule 5 lovely is Gretchen Mol:
Gretchen Mol (born November 8, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She is known for her role as Gillian Darmody in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. She also appeared in the films Rounders (1998), Celebrity (1998), The Thirteenth Floor (1999), The Notorious Bettie Page (2005), in which she played the title character, 3:10 to Yuma (2007) and Manchester by the Sea (2016).
Loved her in Boardwalk Empire.
The NSFW clip
Mol was born in Deep River, Connecticut, where her mother, Janet (née Morgan), is an artist and teacher, and her father is a teacher at RHAM High School. She went to high school with Broadway actor Peter Lockyer, with whom she performed in school musicals and plays. Her brother, Jim Mol, is a director and editor in the film industry. Mol attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and graduated from the William Esper Studio. After summer stock in Vermont, she took a job for a while as an usher at Angelika Film Center. She was living in a Hell's Kitchen walk-up when she was noticed by a talent agent who spotted her working as a hat-check girl at Michael's Restaurant in New York.
Some NSFW from Boardwalk Empire and the Notorious Betty Page.

Linked at Pirate's Cove in the usual weekly Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup and linkfest.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Free Speech for Me But Not for Thee

Ace, Lindsey Sheppherd Permanently Banned From Twitter For Daring to Respond to a Nasty Transsexual's Extremely Nasty and Personal Insult
Lindsey Shepphered was the TA who was brutalized by a Canadian college for daring to ask the class to discuss a televised debate involving Jordan Peterson.

I guess she's still being harassed by transsexuals.

On Twitter, Transsexuals can insult you, but if you insult them back, you're permanently banned.

I can't tell you the insult this transsexual used. It's that bad.

But Twitter thinks it was A-OK and not anti-woman at all.
Note that Ace misspelled both her fist and last name in the post title.

Let's hear about it from Lindsay, as long a YouTube lets her continue to post:

We've seen Lindsay previously. She was originally a devout liberal, but made the mistake of introducing material contrary to the narrative in a college setting, in the interests of spurring debate.

While I cut and paste tweets into posts, I will not ever sign up with Twitter as it is currently administered.

Reason #6393 that Trump was Elected

Guatemalan Girl Was Smuggled to Iowa and Repeatedly Raped, Feds Charge
Last month — on June 5 — police in Sioux City, Iowa, found a girl wandering the streets, saying she had been raped. It turned out the girl and her father had been brought from Guatemala by a couple who had been helping smuggle illegal aliens into the United States, according to an arrest affidavit filed this month by Department of Homeland Security investigators. The girl, identified in the affidavit as “ABF,” told authorities she had been locked in a room and repeatedly raped by Cristobal Francisco-Nicolas, 37. She escaped after the door was left unlocked. The girl said her mother died when she was 3 or 4 and she had been raised in Guatemala by her aunt, but she was brought to the United States by her father, Fernando Francisco.

The affidavit portrays this as part of a smuggling scheme masterminded by Francisco-Nicolas and his wife, Amy, who had allegedly advised immigrants to bring a minor child to the U.S. with them:
The father and daughter reportedly traveled from Guatemala, through Mexico where they crossed the border into the U.S. on May 29 by walking across the Rio Grande 18 miles west of the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso. Border Patrol agents arrested them and fingerprinted them. The agents released her and her father the following day due to processing center overcrowding, the complaint states. Officials released them on an Order of Recognizance and Supervision.
From their release in El Paso, the father and [the girl] ABF flew to Omaha, Nebraska where “Francisco” (later identified as Cristobal Francisco-Nicolas) and “Sofia” (later identified as Amy Francisco) picked them up and drove them to a house in Sioux City.
The father then reportedly “left her” with the couple in Sioux City. It is not clear where the father went or if he simply abandoned her after using her to exploit loopholes in U.S. immigration law to get past Border Patrol and immigration officials.
ABF reportedly told the investigators that Cristobal and Amy locked her in a room with a “metal bed and a bucket for bodily waste.” She stated that Cristobal began raping her and that Amy watched from the door to the locked room, the complaint continued.
After allegedly being raped five times, ABF managed to escape from the house after Amy left the door unlocked as she slept and Cristobal left for work. ABF said she fled from the house and found someone who could speak Spanish. . . .
I'll cut the rest short because you know the rest of the story.
Democrats in Congress refuse to pass any legislation that would close the loopholes in our immigration law that made this crime possible.
Note that the Fab Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse have repeatedly voted against funding any sort of assistance for managing the boarder crossers.

Linked at Pirate's Cove in the usual weekly Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup and linkfest.

Russiagate While We Swelter

“I’ve seen the spreadsheet,” Gowdy told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum in a May 15 interview.

“I have seen each factual assertion listed in that dossier, and then I’ve seen the FBI’s justification. And when you’re citing newspaper articles as corroboration for a factual assertion that you have made, you don’t need an FBI agent to go do a Google search.”

“When the name Sidney Blumenthal is included as part of your corroboration, and when you’re the world’s leading law enforcement agency, you have a problem.”
. . .
Investigators in both Congress and the Justice Department are trying to figure out how inaccurate information made its way into the dossier. One theory is that Russian operatives planted disinformation with Steele, a former MI6 officer, in hopes of smearing Trump.
Blumenthal and inaccurate info, go together like Clinton's and corruption.

Daniel Chaitin, WaEx, Joe diGenova shares conspiracy theory about FBI using Mueller phone to secretly record Trump. It's a conspiracy  when they really are out to get you.
Attorney Joe diGenova amplified a conspiracy theory about special counsel Robert Mueller during an interview Wednesday on Fox Business.

On Lou Dobbs Tonight, diGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, referred to an interview Mueller had with President Trump in May 2017 about taking over as FBI director after James Comey was fired.

"Something very interesting that hasn't been written about occurred," diGenova told guest host Gregg Jarrett. "Bob Mueller went into that meeting with [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein, and it was just three of them in the Oval Office, and Bob Mueller had a telephone, a cellphone," diGenova told Jarrett.

"He left that cellphone in Oval Office after the meeting. And it is now believed by many people that cellphone was used to broadcast the meeting between the president, Rod Rosenstein, and Bob Mueller, back to FBI headquarters, where they recorded the conversation with the president," diGenova said, before adding that Mueller likely left the phone there to "record what happened after they left."
The interview via Sundance at CTH, diGenova and Toensing Discuss Possibilities of Upcoming Mueller Testimony…

Althouse, "Federal prosecutors signaled in a court document released on Thursday that it was unlikely they would file additional charges in the hush-money investigation..."
"... that ensnared members of Donald J. Trump’s inner circle and threatened to derail his presidency. In the document, the prosecutors said they had 'effectively concluded' their inquiry, which centered on payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign to buy the silence of two women who said they had had affairs with Mr. Trump.... The president’s former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, was convicted in the case. He has said he helped arrange the hush money at the direction of Mr. Trump, and prosecutors have repeated the accusation in court papers. Mr. Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence."

The NYT reports.

ADDED: From the comments at the NYT: "Why does trump always get away with everything, every single time? he is completely immune from prosecution, let alone the very most basic of scrutiny. This is untenable and threatens the foundation of our democracy."
Capt. Ed at Hot Air, ABC: DoJ Won’t Charge Hope Hicks — Or Anyone Else — In Cohen Payoff Case
Lanny Davis is furious over the decision:
Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, however, expressed displeasure with prosecutors decision to drop the proceedings in his own statement issued Wednesday evening.
“Case closed? Why is Michael Cohen — after all his voluntary cooperation and testimony that Mr. Mueller said was credible and went to “core issues” and all the information and documents he voluntarily provided to prosecutors and to congress — the only member of the Trump company to be prosecuted and imprisoned?” Davis said in the statement. “Especially since prosecutors found that virtually all of Michael’s admitted crimes were done at the direction of and for the benefit of Donald Trump? Why?”
Why? Come on, man. We can guess at two reasons the DoJ’s walking away from this. One: Michael Cohen would have to testify to substantiate any charges. Two: Michael Cohen is serving three years at Club Fed for perjury. Not too many prosecutors would go to criminal trial over campaign-finance violations with a convicted perjurer as the main witness in the case.
 Dems Try to Undo 2016 Election By Probing Trump’s Inaugural, Tom Watson, AmGreat,
Even nearly three years later, Republicans still savor and chuckle at the video of the woman in a winter coat and glasses, howling a primordial “Nooooo!” into the cold January air as Donald Trump was inaugurated.
For Democrats, though, Inauguration Day 2017 remains a special kind of wound. As has often been said for going on three years, the Democrats have been trying—with all of the deep state and mainstream media power at their disposal—to undo the 2016 election of Donald Trump.

Democrats feel their opponents must be discredited and destroyed, and their preferred method is lawfare and media innuendo. And, as the ceaseless investigations and legal harassment of the last few years have shown, they have had the power of law enforcement and highly partisan elements of the Department of Justice with which they can exact revenge on Donald Trump and his supporters.
For the first time in memory, Democrats in the Senate have been bullying and frantically urging the Justice Department to investigate all aspects of the opposition party’s inauguration, from individuals connected to the inauguration committee to employees of the Trump Organization, high profile donors and fundraisers, and members of the post-campaign transition team.

For months, federal prosecutors in New York have been on the hunt. Hundreds of news articles breathlessly reporting the inevitable downfall of these officials were created from leaks by deep state operatives in the Justice Department.

Unsurprisingly, it always amounted to nothing.

In a late Friday night news dump last week, prosecutors sheepishly admitted there would probably be no charges filed against anyone in the Trump Organization for inauguration-related activity.

Fish Pic Friday

This week, for Fish Pic Friday, we introduce Amber Marchant:
Born in Key West and raised in Marathon, Amber is an Island baby and a true conch. Although she calls Southwest Florida her home now, the islands will always have her heart and soul. As far back as she can remember the ocean has been a part of herlife. As a toddler, the moment she was able to hold a rod she was fishing off the docks behind her house with her dad. Amber loves all types of fishing as long. In Southwest Florida Amber works at an oncology clinic fulltime and retail part time during the week, but most weekends you can find her in the lower keys where she grew up.

"As a conch, I know the area well and im just as happy exploring a mangrove, fishing the flats for tarpon, scuba diving the reef or heading offshore for some drag screaming action! Otherwise; every chance I get, here on Pine Island, you can find me fishing the oyster banks or mangroves for Snook and redfish. Towards the end of the day, I'm catching Sheepshead and Snapper for dinner."

Amber is an adrenaline junkie and constantly chasing her next adventure. "I've gone skydiving and that was thrilling, but diving in and swimming with the bill of a striped Marlin in my hands was truly exhilarating."
Her Facebook and Instagram

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Because It's Different When They Do It

Ace, Democrats Called for Seb Gorka to Be Deported Over Sham Twitter-Based Claims, and Jerry Nadler Even Opened an Investigation Seeking to Deport Him, and the Media Cheered

Nadler cited a hit piece written by The Forward attempted to link Gorka to far-right anti-Semitic groups in Hungary. The headline of the article read: "EXCLUSIVE: Nazi-Allied Group Claims Top Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka As Sworn Member."

However, as David Harsanyi at The Federalist points out, the author of this hit piece admitted that there is no solid evidence for its headline or even the smears against him as an anti-Semite.

But showing no shame:

Something you won't see on CNN, ABC, NBC or CBS.

Hmmm . . .

Is the ‘Baseless Rumor’ True? Why Don’t Journalists Do Some Actual Journalism?
The question of whether Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) married her brother is an interesting question and, earlier this year at CPAC, I covered a press conference by bloggers who said the answer is “yes.” The persistent accusations that her marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi was a fraud finally prompted the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to investigate, and they could not rule out the possibility that Elmi is indeed her brother:
New investigative documents released by a state agency have given fresh life to lingering questions about the marital history of Rep. Ilhan Omar and whether she once married a man — possibly her own brother — to skirt immigration laws.
Omar has denied the allegations in the past, dismissing them as “baseless rumors” first raised in an online Somali politics forum and championed by conservative bloggers during her 2016 campaign for the Minnesota House. But she said little then or since about Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, the former husband who swept into her life in 2009 before a 2011 separation.
The questions surfaced again this month in a state probe of campaign finance violations showing that Omar filed federal taxes in 2014 and 2015 with her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, while she was still legally married to but separated from Elmi.
Although she has legally corrected the discrepancy, she has declined to say anything about how or why it happened.
The new documents also detail the Omar campaign’s efforts to keep the story of her marriage to Elmi out of the press, arguing that detailed coverage would legitimize the accusations and invade her privacy.
Well, if the Star-Tribune could find nothing to debunk the “baseless rumors,” how do we know they’re baseless? And the investigation raises questions about the purpose of this marriage, which appears to have existed only as a matter of paperwork and might have constituted fraud.

Yesterday, Donald Trump challenged reporters to pursue this story:
President Trump on Wednesday repeated the claim that Rep. Ilhan Omar committed immigration fraud by illegally marrying her brother.
Trump made the statement while responding to a question from a reporter from the One America News Network before leaving for a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina.
Reporter Emerald Robinson asked the president “if the administration was looking into possible immigration fraud committed by Ilhan Omar for possibly marrying her brother.”
“Well, there’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it,” Trump said.
“I hear she was married to her brother. You’re asking me a question about it. I don’t know, but I’m sure there’s somebody who will be looking at that,” he added.
Trump’s statement comes amid his ongoing feud with a group of freshman congresswomen known as “the Squad,” which includes Omar. . . .
The claim that Omar illegally wed her brother so he could gain American citizenship first surfaced on conservative blogs in 2016, when she was running for the Minnesota state legislature.
In a statement that year, Omar called it “baseless rumors” that “are absolutely false and ridiculous.”
Omar then said she had married her current partner, Ahmed Hirsi, in the eyes of her Muslim faith in 2002 — but never legally married him. Their partnership ended in 2008.
Omar then legally married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009, but that union ended in 2011, according to her statement.
“Insinuations that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is my brother are absurd and offensive,” she said at the time.
The question is not whether the “insinuations” are “offensive,” but whether they are true, and why couldn’t the staff of the Star-Tribunedetermine this question one way or the other? It would seem simple enough: Who are Ahmed Nur Said Elmi’s parents? But good luck finding a definite answer to that question, because Somalia is notoriously a failed state, destroyed by civil war and Islamic fundamentalism, and a reporter can’t simply book a flight to Mogadishu, stroll into a government office and walk out with a Xerox copy of a birth certificate for Ahmed Elmi — or Ilhan Omar, for that matter. We are told that she was born in 1982, and that her mother died when she was 2, and while I’m not saying I doubt any of the specifics about her early life in Somali as related by Wikipedia, I’d suspect that finding documentary evidence to verify these details would be difficult. What we know is that she arrived in the United States as a refugee in 1992, when Somalia was being torn apart by rival warlords, and that her subsequent career as a politician puts her on the extreme left-wing fringe of American politics. But let us ask a very simple question: Where is Ahmed Nur Said Elmi now?

If reporters want to debunk the “baseless rumors,” wouldn’t Ahmed Elmi be the obvious source to put an end to this controversy?
There's a pretty good article at Power Line detailing the evidence that Ilhan married her brother in order to get him admitted to the US:  David Steinberg: Tying up loose threads in the curious case

The rumor that she perpetrated this fraud on the US immigration system has been percolating for quite a while. Now with actual newspapers taking note, it might be the right time to settle it once and for all. I don't really know what the extent of possible legal consequences are, but I doubt they reach to include sending her back to Mogadishu. Alas.

We have a really powerful tool for determining how people are related, DNA sequencing. All we need are vanishingly small tissue samples from the two people in question. Who knows, maybe it will turn out she's more Indian than Elizabeth Warren!

She wouldn't be the first Congressperson with a shady past, with evidence of tax fraud and antisemitism. Moreover, plenty of Congressmen have been caught in the act, so to speak, and suffered consequences, ranging from not being re-elected, censure, and even jail. She may be one of the most anti-American congresspeople elected so far, but in the modern Democratic party, that doesn't make her that much of an outlier.