About those Moscow prostitutes and KGB honeytraps...
Yeah, you thought I was talking about the allegations about Trump, didn't you? They always accuse you of the things they are doing themselves, because they think if they are doing them, you must be too.
And, yes, "a White House volunteer" was one of hte people who took advantage of these services so considerately offered by the Russians. And yes, it was covered up by the Inspector General. Not exposed by -- covered up by.
It's amazing that it takes pressure from Congress, pressure from the President, and pressure from the legal system via groups like Judicial Watch to get these documents. It's almost like the FBI and DOJ, including the people making the decisions about what to release and what to withhold or redact, have something to hide.
40 million cases of identity theft by illegal immigrants
That's a lot of identity theft, and every single illegal immigrant who wants to work for a living has to commit it. The presence of illegal immigrants is not harmless, even when they are working for a living and not committing violent crimes.
On the one hand, threats in general are easy to make online, and usually aren't taken seriously because they aren't made seriously. On the other, it's horrible to be on the receiving end of that sort of thing, and what if you miss someone who really is serious?
The only reason we haven't see mass political violence on a large scale from the Left is that they are focused on high-profile targets, and most people don't wear their politics on their sleeve for every stranger they encounter. We've already seen that wearing a MAGA hat in public can incite an attack. But most people don't, especially in regions where anti-Trump sentiment is strong.
I wouldn't want to be a conservative or Republican in California the day after election day 2020, that's for sure.
Judicial Watch has a pretty good record of prying data out of government agencies. If they can get that cache of Clinton emails out, it may spell a lot of trouble for the Clintons. The political significance is limited, because the Clintons aren't likely to run again, or win the Democratic primary for President if they do. But the fallout on secondary targets like the corrupt elements of the FBI or past deals could still have a huge impact.
California registering huge numbrs of illegal voters
So why the big effort? Well, there's no presidential race this time around, but House Intel Committee chair Devin Nunes is from California, one of their rare rural seats. They would love to make him stop investigating their party's abuse of the FBI in 2016.
Google openly opposed Trump, supported Hillary during campaign
I'm honestly not sure what the rules are here. This is clearly a lot more campaign-related than paying off a bimbo eruption, and it's not a person but a corporation doing it. And we have email proof not only that it happened, but that it was motivated to help one candidate rather than being non-partisan. Does that matter?
Read the whole article for more, including hints of a smart-phone-based voter record that "aggregates all that is known about them".
I'm skeptical about campaign finance regulation as a matter of principle, but there are all sorts of other potential issues here, including user privacy and abuse of a dominant market position.
... over 3,000 innocent people died at the hands of a religious fanatic because they worked inside a building that symbolized America in all her decadent, commerce-centric glory. They died because radical Islam teaches murder and hatred to those who heed its call. They died because Islam does not recognize freedom of conscience or choice. Today, all across the world, people are still dying because millions of Muslims, whose behavior is often entirely peaceful personally, refuse to acknowledge and deal with the problems within their midst and within their faith.
Lisa Page and Peter Strzok discussed a media leak strategy immediately before the Washington Post published a story about FISA warrants on Carter Page. We've had hints about this recently. So far, despite the IG report into the Clinton email investigation finding a culture of leaking, there have been no other specific examples of using leaks to the media to jumpstart or affect the direction of an investigation. But that doesn't mean there aren't other examples.
In this case, we have an open admission of the media leak strategy, which probably constitutes a fraud on the FISA court among other things.
I wonder why we didn't get to see these text messages before?
Congress is requesting a review of additional messages from three more sources at FBI and DOJ: Stuart Evens, Michael Kortan, and Joseph Pientka. In addition to those three, Weissman was also involved in media leaking and is still on Mueller's investigative team. McCabe, of course, has been fired for lying about his leaks and is now under grand jury investigation. This is the first batch of new information we've seen in a while, so maybe things are about to start heating up again.
... turns out it was fake news. She made a joke about trading sex for car repairs. It was a joke. But for a few weeks, it was evidence she was a Russian honeypot agent influencing the NRA. I'd call it hysteria, but it's malicious.
The police are not subject to the same laws the rest of us are
They should be, but they aren't. They can break into your apartment by mistake, kill you, and get released after questioning. After enough public attention was drawn to the incident, she was finally charged with manslaughter.
The recipe for political oppression appears to be:
1) Allow users to click a "report as spam/bad content" easily 2) Wait for millions of leftists to click on that button for conservative content 3) Rely on individual employees who are overwhelmingly leftist (because most are in California, and the culture in Silicon Valley is very, very left) to make the "human factor" decisions about flagged content 4) When caught, blame the algorithm for the big effect, blame the employee who failed to override it for the individual case, then retrain the employee and return to step 1
Ultimately, whatever algorithms are being used to censor people should be fixed. The way to do this is simple: remove the damn algorithm that's trying to decide (ie, control) what people should see. If you follow someone, you should see their updates. If you do not, you should not. Perhaps add some user specific controls on top ("I want to block this guy") or categories ("show me baby pictures but not political posts"). But don't feel like you have to determine for the users what is or is not spam, or fake news, or whatever. On a site like facebook, you should get what you sign up for and nothing more.
It's one thing to want free college, especially if you're about to graduate high school and your parents expect you to take responsibility for student loans that could buy you a house instead. Not even necessarily a small house.