Dems in Virginia to release hundreds of convicted murderers
This people got into prison by killing at least one person. I doubt their ability to successfully navigate life out of prison will have been improved by 20 years inside, surrounded by criminals, with no job skills and a felony murder conviction.
There are crimes for which I would support this sort of reform. Murder is not one of them. For exceptional cases, there's the executive clemency (pardon) system. But... that won't get criminals out of prison and onto the voter rolls in time to save the Dems in 2020. So, mass releases are the way to go.
This lawsuit seeking records on Seth Rich may expose a lot of deep state malfeasance. If the DNC emails released by Wikileaks were leaked (for which Seth Rich is pretty much the only publicly known possibility) rather than hacked by the Russians, the entire Russia hoax falls apart.
Sundance thinks this is a response to Barr showing weakness. Possible. I was disappointed in Barr's comments to Trumps' tweeting, but I was willing to chalk it up to personality differences. However, Barr's lack of solid results on this front (especially now that we are formally into Trump's re-election year) is concerning.
Remember: if the Deep State gets Trump out of office, they win and all of this goes away forever. Barr has said some good things but he is an inside player who has run coverups before (Ruby Ridge).
The downside here: it's still only an acting appointment. I have no doubt the "Acting" part will be used as an excuse to play keepaway with the import secrets.
Whatever happened to the right to medical privacy?
The same penumbras and emanations that protect a woman's "right" to have an abortion apparently do not protect a man's right to have his reproductive organs unmolested by government mandated vasectomies. At least, they don't in the mind of an Alabama Democrat female legislator.
Trump recently pardoned a few people; less than just about every other President in recent history. The media promptly freaked out about that, and are now claiming that Trump offered to pardon Assange (the man behind Wikileaks, who published the DNC leaked emails, and the Podesta emails) in return for saying where Assange got the DNC emails from. The implication is that Assange would be pardoned in return for a lie, and the pardon is thus a corrupt bargin and obstruction of justice.
Third, the charges against Assange have pretty obviously been false from the beginning. In Europe he was accused of ... accidentally not wearing a condom during consensual sex and thus this is rape. Except those got dropped. The people involved seem likely to be plants, and not the kind you need to water every day. The other US charges are related to the Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning affair, and originate from the Deep State SpyGate team. They are also slim, revolving around helping with "hacking" that never happened.
So why the big stink about the pardon thing, when the Assange part wasn't in the news until the media injected it?
Because the Judicial Watch FOIA suggests more about Seth Rich will be coming out, and the idea of Trump getting Assange to testify somehow is obviously scaring the wits out of the Deep State. If Assange testifies that it wasn't Russia, and it was Seth Rich... all of Russiagate blows up.
They would be foolish to extend an offer to Hillary. But the question and answer shows where her mind is. Even though she probably recognizes she can't win the primary in any normal fashion, she still wants in. And being someone's VP is better than nothing, right?
Alleged Mifsud recording denies offering dirt on Hillary to Page?
So, let's review.
If it IS Mifsud, he said he doesn't work for any intelligence agencies, and did not say anything to Papadopoulos about dirt on Hillary. This would seem at first glance to be bad news for the SpyGate folks since it goes against the Russian narrative -- but the FBI is not claiming their investigation began with Mifsud and Papadopoulos. They claim it began after that.
If it ISN'T Mifsud... as Mifsud's lawyer says... who is it and what motive do they have for the claims?
Cui Bono? Who benefits?
The US intelligence agencies who desperately want to cover up their own involvement in this farce. Producing a fake Mifsud recording and leaking it to the media seems an easy way to create confusion and doubt over their involvement with the man who seems to remain in hiding or perhaps dead.
Given how the government has handled the Michael Flynn and Roger Stone cases, backing off of this case appears on its face to present a double standard. Democrats get a pass, especially if they are named Clinton. Republicans get nailed to the wall with the government asking nearly a decade in jail for similar acts.
If Barr wants Trump to stop tweeting criticism of DOJ, Barr needs to start delivering the prosecutions.
FBI agents violated the law to share secrets with Steele
Allegedly, of course. But the source is the IG report. The FBI receive most of Steele's information, but then meets with him in October. There, according to the IG report, they (several FBI agents from Crossfire Hurricane) shared with Steele the information they had gathered on alleged Trump-Russia links.
Of what possible use could two generations of traumatized, terrified children -- some of whom may viscerally believe they actually experienced a school shooting, with people they knew bleeding to death in the hallways as they fled?
If that was the nature of your childhood trauma, how easily could you be taught to redirect that terror and anger at the things and people that your teachers and the media continuously claim are to blame for such horrific events?
And if you are one of the tiny percentage of disaffected, unhappy, or mentally ill teenagers who actually makes the decision to commit horrific violence and murder -- have you not been taught for years exactly what form that violence should take to inflict the most harm?
This is a generations-long, premeditated, propaganda campaign against the right to keep and bear arms.
This is fraud on a tremendous scale. Why doesn't the IRS stop it? $50 million to a single address in a single year? And this happened in 2011 -- a year the IRS was obviously too busy engaging in political persecution to detect obvious fraud.
Bloomberg floats trial balloon for Hillary as VP. Whether this is Bloomberg's attempt to enlist Hillary's presumed control of party machinery behind his candidacy or Hillary pulling levers to get the nomination by the only means she can (knowing that the people would likely not vote for her in the primary again), it's clear Hillary wants to be on the 2020 ticket.
I don't think she'll get it. This is Bloomberg's proposal to co-opt Hillary's support, not a real offer. But I bet Hillary thinks it's a real offer.
If it was the latter, I think we would not be seeing comments about the new prosecutor working closely with the old one. But there's certainly a possibility that the new prosecutor will see something clearly criminal in how the case was handled simply by looking at the records. And the article at NBC seems very clear that this was an inquiry into the Flynn interview.
The TV star who alleged he was beaten up by MAGA-hat-wearing Trump supporters and was then confronted by evidence he faked the whole thing (and paid two set extras to help), only to be charged with wasting police time, and beating the charges by abusing political connections, has now been charged with 6 counts of lying to police.
As far as this guy goes, he's small fry. But like broken window theory policing, it's important to go after the small fry when they break the law in small ways. When people trying to create fake hate crimes for attention and political advantage get away with it, other people are incentivized to do the same. When the attempts are detected as fakes and prosecuted, further fakes are deterred instead.