Again, the fact that a "friendly" DOJ has to be sued to get answers means they are simply trying to cover up as much as possible. And it calls into question how "friendly" DOJ really is. Hopefully, Barr will change things.
I referenced this event briefly already, dealing with the attacker's manifesto. Some details on the attack itself worth noting: multiple people were involved, which is extremely unusual in these attacks. Normally you have one antisocial loner. The targets appears to have bee nchosen with religious motivation as well as the desire to start a race/religion war if you believe the manifesto. It is obviously an atrocity when innocents are murdered because of their chosen religion. I do not have to like their religion in general to disapprove of murdering those who follow it.
So, takeaways here: this is obviously a terror attack on muslims instead of by muslims. Multiple attackers were involved, suggesting organization. One of the attacks was disrupted by an armed man at the second mosque. The atacker's motive appears to involve socialism, environmentalism, fascism, race war, gun control, and opposition to migrants. New Zealand already has restrictive gun control laws.
Gun owners have occasionally joked about anti-gunners committing (or at least provoking) mass shootings in order to advance the gun control cause. After all, they already knowingly exploit such shootings and undeniably queue up their agenda items waiting for the right sort of horrific event to try to ram them through. But this is the first time that I know of when a mass murderer's manifesto claimed promotion of gun control as a motive for his massacre.
Why are anti-gun activists so violent, indeed?
I feel obligated to point out that this happened in New Zealand. Many gun control activists also like to claim that mass shootings only happen in the United States.
(On reflection, given the age and education of many anti-gun activists, I feel I should also point out that New Zealand is not one of the United States, and is in fact a foreign country).
There's a deadline for document production concerning Mueller's chief prosecutor, Weissman, and one of his colleagues on Friday. Note Weissman announced he would be leaving. Most people are taking that to mean Mueller's report is almost done (and thus that this frantic battlespace prep means it is a nothingburger), but it could be that Weissman leaving is because Barr will provide Congress with evidence proving his bias in a manner similar to Strzok and Page.
That a lot of battlespace prep for whatever's going to happen Friday evening. Hold on to your hat.
UPDATE: I'm guessing the mosque attack preempted whatever was planned.
Did she earn any of that, or is she a Mary Sue on the order of Rey? I submit to you she has not; not with one movie released 6 weeks before EndGame, set 20 years in the past.
Why should a completely unknown character come out of left field to save the day against a threat that the Marvel universe has been building up for 18+ movies? Are the existing Avengers stupid, incompetent, useless.. or just weak? And whichever one or combination of those Endgame will imply for the original Avengers' inability to solve a problem Captain Marvel is apparently destined to solve easily, why should fans of those original characters show up to see them dissed by the new girl who just got her origin story and is a demigod by authorial fiat?
Thor offered his life to save just a few humans he had met a few days ago in his first movie to prove himself worthy. and repeated the action to forge the weapon that ultimately reached Thanos. Tony redeemed himself from a career as a arms merchant (nothing wrong with that, but letting his company sell arms to terrorists was a colossal oversight for which he bore responsibility) and offered his own life in trade for New York during the first Avengers. Captain America, Dr Strange, and Vision both gave their lives to keep an infinity stone out of the hands of evil (The First Avenger and Infinity War). 18 movies of building up heroic and self-sacrificing characters.
And Captain Marvel... got abducted by aliens and gifted with superpowers 20 minutes ago and now she's ready to wipe the floor with Thanos? She hasn't earned that.
When you have to immediately follow up the phrase "Am I saying I hate white dudes? No..." with "but", you hate white dudes. And the lovefest for this movie among the liberal left (even some I respect) is about how groundbreaking it is, that's a tip-off that the movie itself just isn't anything special.
I'm sure Dan would cast me in among those "usual suspects", but I respect the man enough to hope he can look beyond that. Let me go through his list.
In the midst of an apology to GenX (and later), a Boomer wrote the above. And while apologies are certainly due for a lot of stupid decisions by his generation, let's be a little realistic.
"Iranian fanatics and a North Korean madman" aren't on the brink of possessing the capability to end life on planet Earth. Either nation would be lucky to end life in two or three major US cities if their weapons work and our defenses fail to intercept them. Worst case, either or both have an EMP device in order already -- that would be a national catastrophy, but a long way from a planetary one. Nuclear weapons have been used before, and not only did the planet recover, the human species mostly... didn't notice. Even the cities were they were used have now recovered.
More to the point, though, he writes:
Now, that is something worth apologizing for. But I would be much more impressed by an actual attempt to fix it.
On the one hand, arcane and confusing campaign finance regulations are a great way to make sure the Establishment remains Established. Occasional-Cortex is a political neophyte and some errors are probably inevitable. On the other hand, what's the first thing socialists do once they are firmly in power? Start working the system for personal profit...
Senate takes over SpyGate investigation under Graham
The FBI will be in a bind here. Either they tried to verify it, or they did not. If they did, there will be records, and since it's not true, those records will show at best ambiguity and at worst that it was NOT verifiable, ie false... but they kept going to the court anyway. If they did not, they have no records, which is itself a problem.
On the other hand, I have no confidence in Graham. So we'll just have to see where this goes.
So "hesitating" is justification to shoot? Not in my book.
If I had been pulled over, especially under those circumstances, and police shot my friend while he was unarmed and trying to surrender, I might well conclude they meant to kill everyone there and get the hell away from the situation as fast as possible.
And then they covered it all up, with lies and hiding or destroying evidence. Oregon police even refused to wear body cameras (normally mandatory) during the arrest "to protect the identities of FBI hostage rescue team members". You know what that says to me? Premeditation.
Not to persuade, convince, or inform; to humiliate
Yes. There's no other explanation for the push of transgender ideology on everyone and everything in the modern world. There are a tiny fraction of people with real (and tragic) confusion about their identity, nowhere near enough to force recognition of the condition upon the media, the government, the whole population by threat of social media ostracization and loss of employment.
But if the purpose is humiliation by forcing everyone to repeat the most obvious lies with a straight face on pain of dire social and professional consequences, it makes perfect sense to insist that a man in a dress is a woman, or that a man can get an abortion.
Among the notable relevations: Steele was being paid by the FBI and Fusion GPS (eg, both Hillary and the DNC) simultaneously, while also providing related services -- likely also for pay, and likely also including the Trump Tower meeting where the Russians lobbied for sanctions relief -- to Oleg Deripaska, a Putin-connected oligarch. He was triple-dipping financially.
We also have confirmation that the current DOJ is still trying to cover things up:
I'd be interested in seeing transcripts that highlight the DOJ's proposed redactions. What are they still trying to hide exactly?
Nevada legislation for mandatory phone search violates 4th Amendment
Peter Grant has the details. Basically, they want to download the entire contents of your cell phone at all traffic stops "to check if you were using the device while driving". Of course, once they have your data, they can look through it for whatever they want and you will never know.
And in another 15 years, when the next generation of children who have never been slaves grows to physical, if not emotional, adulthood and demands reparations to redress the emotional damage they never experienced and was never inflicted upon them by the people they expect to pay that redress, what will you tell them? How will you deny them another dose of the reparations you paid their mothers and fathers? And when their children, in term, come of age if not maturity and demand the same, how will you deny them?
Once you began to pay reparations to those who did not suffer harm, from those who did not inflict any harm, you've lost all connection with morality, sanity, and reality.