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Joe Biden Accuses President Trump of Asking Zelensky to “Manufacture Lies” About Him. There’s Just One Problem.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden pays for his order at a Krispy Kreme following a campaign town hall on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff’s despicable parody reading of the July Trump/Zelensky phone call two weeks ago was so outrageous that even Democrat journalist George Stephanopoulos corrected the record when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lied falsely claimed Schiff had used “the President’s own words.”

Though Schiff is far from the only Democrat to dishonestly assert that President Trump asked Ukrainian President Zelensky to “make up dirt” on Joe Biden (Rep. Ted Lieu is another who has made similar erroneous comments), he’s been one of the most prominent and powerful to do so, especially considering the role he holds in the impeachment inquiry process.

But over the weekend, Biden himself make a similar statement in response to a tweet from Trump on the issue, saying that Trump asked Zelensky to “manufacture lies” about him:

The former vice president is entitled to his own opinions, but he is most certainly not entitled to his own facts.

There is literally no request anywhere in the transcript of the call from Trump towards Zelensky that references “making up dirt”, “manufacturing lies” or anything that comes close to it. There’s just not. You can read the transcript for yourself if you believe otherwise or want to double check.

While Schiff’s, Pelosi’s, Lieu’s, and now Biden’s rewriting of the transcript of the call is infuriating, it also tells us one big thing: That they have to make up things that happened on the call itself because they know now there was was 1) no quid pro quo on the call and 2) there were no requests whatsoever to “make up dirt” on Biden.

They’re telling lies about the call (which most of the Trump-hating media let them get away with) to drum up support from the American people for an impeachment inquiry in a critical election year. If they really had the goods on Trump, they wouldn’t need to fabricate things that simply aren’t true, and they would go forth with holding an actual impeachment inquiry vote to make everything nice, neat, formal and official.

It’s like the Russia collusion hoax all over again, with almost exactly the same players. It remains to be seen if the American people ultimately end up seeing Sham Part 2 for what it is.

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Supporting Greta Thunberg Is Evidence of ‘Supporting White Supremacy’

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Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, addresses the Climate Action Summit in the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

When left starts eating left, they can go pretty far down the rabbit hole.

Such as with this article from New Zealand’s Newshub, “Supporting Greta Thunberg is evidence of ‘white supremacy’, activists claim”

However some are questioning however why Greta, a white child, is gaining so much attention over indigenous activists. They say that Greta is benefiting from a “global system of white supremacy” which has given her “privilege and a platform”.

“Y’all need to ask yourselves why you find it so much easier to hear from white people, regardless of age, when it comes to the violence they have caused across the world,” No White Saviours tweeted.

“It is a SYMPTOM of global white supremacy that certain people are HEARD & given a platform, certain people have access to the RESOURCES to be the HEROES that the world will pay attention to.”

“Greta at the UN was the epitome of White Privilege/White power= Save white kids!” another tweeted.

So Thunberg caused the problem? And only white people caused it and are all collectively guilty?

Apparently the world is about to blow up and everyone is going to die, but hold up, now, the person telling us that is white, so that’s not good. What?

If a person is crossing the street about to get hit by a car he doesn’t see and a person calls, “Watch out,” do you stop the person because they don’t happen to be the right color?

And when the world blows up, aren’t white people going to blow up too? So don’t they have just as much of a right to speak to the issue?

But, of course, the problem is, even in the claimed emergency, identity politics and hierarchy count. Which maybe suggests it isn’t the emergency that they claim, as some accidentally reveal.

Decades? 500 years? So you mean everything isn’t blowing up immediately?

Questions to ponder.

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The NBA Isn’t Caving to China’s Not-So-Subtle Hint that It Should Censor Players and Coaches

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Lately, China has gotten a bit big for its britches when it comes to its views on America’s free speech and punishing those who practice it against China. As a result, many companies have begun kowtowing to the Chinese in an effort to stay in its totalitarian government’s good graces and reap the financial reward.

Recently, three American institutions have run afoul of the Chinese government, and responses have run the gauntlet.

One of these is the NBA, which had come into controversy with China when the coach of the Houston Rockets tweeted out his support for the Hong Kong protesters against China.

Immediately, the owner of the Houston Rockets, Tilman Fertitta, made it clear that Morey doesn’t speak for the Houston Rockets and that the basketball team is not a political organization.

And fair enough. Sports teams should stay absolutely apolitical, but Fertitta’s statement was made with the intention to appease a dictatorial nation against his own coach who tweeted out support for a movement that has sprung up that promotes freedom.

Morey deleted his tweet and essentially bent over backward to make sure the Chinese market was “appreciated.”

China issued a statement which doesn’t so subtly hint that the NBA should do something to make sure statements against China are never heard again according to The Hollywood Reporter:

In a news briefing in Beijing on Tuesday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “These foreign teams should know the opinions of China’s citizens, or it will not work,” according to local reports. He also said that the NBA “knows what it needs to do,” seeming to suggest some kind of punishment of Morey or a more effusive apology was in order.

China censored two broadcasts of NBA preseason games in direct response to Morey’s tweet as a warning shot to the NBA that it would do better to take its advice and silence those under its umbrella when it comes to matters in China. They also noted that they were going to “immediately investigate all cooperation and exchanges involving the NBA.”

The NBA apparently isn’t going to give China what it wants, however.

Issuing a statement, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said noted that China and America have two different ways of conducting themselves from within their culture, but ultimately the NBA will stick with the American values of free speech according to THR.

“It is inevitable that people around the world – including from America and China – will have different viewpoints over different issues. It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences,” said Silver.

“However, the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply could not operate that way,” the statement continued.

The NBA is right to take this route. China has been taking its imposition to censor American enterprises to new levels, threatening that not doing so would cause the totalitarian government to ban their product within China and cause them to miss out on the billions of dollars it can afford them.

Two other instances have recently gotten the public’s attention in this regard, and we’ve seen complete opposites in terms of reactions.

The show South Park actively pointed out the ridiculous censorship imposed on American companies by China in order to maintain a position in its market. China responded by banning any trace of South Park from its television and internet. Not to be intimidated, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker issued a middle finger of an apology to China.

(READ: South Park Creators Matt Stone And Trey Parker Gave China The “Apology” It Deserves)

Blizzard Entertainment, the popular video game maker, also ran afoul of Chinese censors when one of its E-Sports championship contenders in the game “Hearthstone” publicly made a statement that supported the Hong Kong protesters during a post-victory interview.

Blizzard proactively suspended the player, took away any cash winnings he had accumulated, and even fired the two newscasters that were conducting the interview.

(READ: Blizzard Entertainment Suspends Player From Championships After He Voices Support For Hong Kong Protests)

As you can see, South Park sided with freedom while Blizzard cowered at the mere threat of censorship.

Both South Park and the NBA are right to tell China that it won’t cave to its censorship requirements, as doing so will effectively put many businesses at the whim of the Chinese government. Themes, philosophies, and pretty much anything that runs contrary to the Chinese government’s hold on the people will be silenced here on American shores where we celebrate freedom.

We can’t have that.

In truth, many companies should be taking South Park’s route and telling China that it’s not only not going to prevent Americans from practicing free speech, but that its philosophies of censorship and tyranny are asinine.

Our culture cannot be ruled by China. That is one of the slipperiest slopes you could ever set foot on.

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Lindsey Graham To Investigate Joe Biden and the Democrats Would Pay Good Money To Keep His Main Witness Anonymous

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Count me among the people who see more good than bad in President Trump requesting the Ukraine president to investigate Joe Biden’s involvement in suppressing allegations of corruption involving his son, noted philandering cokehead Hunter Biden, and the major privately (by that I mean oligarch) held natural gas company in Ukraine, Burisma. But if it is possibly improper for a president to ask another president to investigate corruption, then we need to look at the entire context including whether it is improper for a vice president to demand that another nation leave is kid alone.

Thanks to Lindsey Graham, we will be getting that context and some must-see television. Because where the Democrats are insisting that their star “witness” (if a rumor-monger can be classified as a witness) anonymous, Graham’s first witness will be anything but reticent about publicity.

Just some thoughts on this. First, I have zero doubts that whatever legitimate motives Biden had in interfering in the domestic politics of another nation by threatening to withhold military aid despite them being under assault by Russia (remember RUSSIA IS NOT OUR FRIEND!!1!!!11!!!1!), a significant reason for him doing so is that Joe Biden is a grifter and he knows his son is a grifter, too. But while Joe Biden has always been somewhat measured and discreet in his graft and grift, Hunter Biden has no discernible sense of boundaries or proportion.

Secondly, the Democrats are trying to build a mystique about their “witness” by hiding him and you can bet they will leak parts of his testimony designed to bolster their case just as they did with the Volker testimony. Having a full blown investigation into Joe Biden’s actions is not going to make him look good. It isn’t going to make Nancy Pelosi’s son look good. It isn’t going to make Mitt Romney look good because Romney’s long time “foreign policy adviser,” former CIA official Cofer Black, is now on the board of Burisma, too.

Which of these events is going to get media attention. The secret hearing? Or the one with Rudy Giuliani hurling his patented mixture of truth, innuendo, and sheer bullsh**?

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Ellen Degeneres’ Plea For Civility Is the Daily Reality of Non-Progressives Like Me

Ellen DeGeneres found herself in a bit of hot water when she recently deigned to be photographed sitting next to George and Laura Bush and *gasp* enjoying herself.

Ellen is being hailed for her “open-minded” plea for civility, as if the rest of us haven’t been living our lives like this every single day. I live in California. My friend pointed out that Ellen’s “revelation” is just every day life for those of here who don’t identify as rabidly progressive.

I’m black, and I work in and around the entertainment business. Every day, everywhere I go people freely and gleefully throw their progressive politics at me. They’re not lecturing. They’re just…assuming. They’re looking at my skin and assuming I’m a liberal, assuming I need a safe space from Big Orange Bad Man, assuming I agree with their every liberal notion on everything from homelessness to public education. They unflinchingly disparage people who didn’t vote for who they think we all should have voted for. They insult flyover country conservatives, Trump supporters, or just anyone who doesn’t loudly and proudly toe the far-left progressive line.

No progressive ever asks me my opinion. They just…assume. They assume I hate everyone who isn’t like me the way they hate everyone who isn’t like them. Its liberal privilege, a narcissism of a sort. They sail through life thinking everyone is just like them, never thinking anything else. Thus, they have the privilege to say whatever to whomever and where ever they like.

And yet, Californians like me don’t need to make public pleas to just “love everyone”. We are forced to live that out every day of our lives. We navigate a landscape that isn’t just politically unfriendly, but starting to become downright dangerous. What Ellen experienced is a very small representation of life in this state as a non-progressive. You don’t even have to be a conservative…just being someone who doesn’t think Donald Trump is going to set the whole world on fire tomorrow is enough to raise the ire of too many people around these parts.

We don’t pat each other on the back. We don’t need to defend ourselves to each other for working and socializing with left-wing progressives. That’s because we already know what Ellen is just now expressing publicly – that you can actually live quite peacefully and joyfully next to people with whom you have fundamental political differences. You can disagree on very deep issues without labeling the other person as evil and irredeemable. You enjoy the company of people who vote differently from you (and even who offend you in some ways) and then go home and mind your own business.

Every single interaction with someone on the other side of the political aisle from you does not need to become a PRINCIPLED STAND. Ma’am, this is a Wendy’s. Just take your chocolate Frosty and exit the line.

I’m glad Ellen said what she said and more progressive celebrities need to stand up with her and echo the sentiment. This is not a column trashing Ellen. I’m a fan, always have been, always will be. What she said was right, but it was also something a lot of other people have been saying for a long time but are being ignored and shouted down because they’re LITERALLY HITLERWestlake Legal Group 2122 Ellen Degeneres’ Plea For Civility Is the Daily Reality of Non-Progressives Like Me tolerance progressives Kindness George Bush Front Page Stories ellen degeneres Culture  or something.

For the internet mafia that tried to come for Ellen, this may look like a missed opportunity to stand up for *insert self-righteous cause here* to the elderly, amateur painter, former leader of the free world. They fail to extend the picture to what happened directly after the game, which is this – Ellen and Portia went home. George and Laura went home. Everyone went about their business and enjoyed their life. The end.

We are not such a helpless citizenry that our only options for “justice” are to indignantly and aggressively confront every public figure we disagree with. You don’t need to throw a glass of water in Tomi Lahren’s face while she’s out quietly enjoying brunch with her family. You can beat Tomi at the ballot box. You can thwart the Bush’s on the campaign trail. You can participate in the messy, non-violent revolution that happens in this country every four years. If you make your case to the electorate well enough, you’ll win.

In fact, if you’re a liberal just know that you will have a win some day soon enough. For no other reason than American politics is cyclical. That is the joy and the pain of our republic.

Until then, perhaps you can stand down from your hatred for a few minutes and recognize that you come across people who are fundamentally opposed to your politics every damn day. At the grocery store, school, work…where ever. You just don’t know it because they don’t wear their politics on their sleeves. You’ve touched them, talked to them, maybe even shared a laugh with them and somehow the world continued to spin on its axis.

 

 

 

 

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White House Tells Adam Schiff to Pound Sand, Won’t Let Gordon Sondland Testify

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A bit of news this morning, as the scheduled testimony of Gordon Sondland has been called off by the White House. The State Department ordered him not to appear and his lawyers have commented that they are bound to follow that order.

If you are wondering who Gordon Sondland is, he’s at the center of a string of text messages, which Adam Schiff cherry-picked and released to the public. You can read some of them here. After a day of breathless supposition that Trump was finished, it was revealed that Bill Taylor (an Obama holdover and the other major player in the messages) got his assumptions about a quid pro quo from a Politico article, not from actual knowledge.

Never one to stop ramming his head into a wall, Schiff called Sondland to testify on the matter.

The White House has given their answer: Take a long walk off a short pier.

This is a move I’ve been stumping for over the past month, not with Sondland specifically, but with the current “impeachment inquiry” in general. There is no actual impeachment investigation. It doesn’t exist and has not been voted on. All that’s actually going on is another committee investigation dressed up by Democrats and the media to be something it’s not.

Here was Adam Schiff’s response.

Nope. Until this clown votes on impeachment and we see the rules of an investigation passed by popular vote, there can be no “obstruction” by claiming executive privilege. President Trump has zero obligation to play this game, especially when Republicans are being purposely frozen out of the process.

For their part, the White House has made it clear they aren’t going to play ball just because Schiff and Pelosi decree something.

Some Republicans still can’t quite grasp what’s going on here and that they can’t win by just giving Schiff what he wants.

High ground? The media were going to do exactly what was done with Volker’s testimony, which is receive selective leaks and use it to bash the GOP over the head with while ignoring the later context that comes out. The right move here is not to hand Schiff the ball and hope he doesn’t throw a strike. It’s to not play the game at all.

Want to talk to Sondland? Vote on impeachment. Until then, the Democrats can go pound sand.

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Seattle Public Education Posts Its White-Privilege ‘Math Ethnic Studies Framework,’ and It Just May Blow Your Mind

 

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Does wokeness not add up to you?

If you think 2 + 2 = 4, you might just be a sick oppressive b*st*rd.

As reported by The American Conservative, the Seattle public school system is teaching kids that math is more than numbers and objective reality. It’s also about, well, I’ll let the curriculum tell you.

The AC’s article links to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction site, which lists its mission as follows:

The goal of Washington’s K–12 education system is to prepare every student for post-secondary pathways, careers, and civic engagement. Led by Superintendent Chris Reykdal, OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing public K–12 education in Washington state. Working with the state’s 295 public school districts and 6 state-tribal education compact schools, OSPI allocates funding and provides tools, resources, and technical assistance so every student in Washington is provided a high-quality public education.

And how do they “prepare” students?

A “K-12 Math Ethnic Studies Framework” curriculum page posted in August reveals that it covers “Origins, Identity, and Agency,” defined as the following:

Origins, Identity and Agency, as defined by ethnic studies, is the ways in which we view ourselves as mathematicians and members of broader mathematical communities. Mathematical theory and application is rooted in the ancient histories of people and empires of color. All human endeavors include mathematical thinking; from humanities to the arts to the sciences.

Or, as MyNorthwest puts it, the syllabus “explains math as a racist study used to oppress students — and if you correct a student’s faulty math logic, you’re guilty.”

Another theme of the outline — Power and Oppression:

Power and oppression, as defined by ethnic studies, are the ways in which individuals and groups define mathematical knowledge so as to see “Western” mathematics as the only legitimate expression of mathematical identity and intelligence. This definition of legitimacy is then used to disenfranchise people and communities of color. This erases the historical contributions of people and communities of color.

Here are the theme’s “learning targets”:

  • SWBAT analyze the ways in which ancient mathematical knowledge has been appropriated by Western culture.
  • SWBAT identify how the development of mathematics has been erased from learning in school.
  •  SWBAT identify how math has been and continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color.
  • SWBAT explain how math and technology and/or science are connected and how technology and/or science have been and continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color.
  • SWBAT critique systems of power that deny access to mathematical knowledge to people and communities of color.
  • SWBAT identify the inherent inequities of the standardized testing system used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color.
  • SWBAT explain how math has been used to exploit natural resources.
  • SWBAT explain how math dictates economic oppression.

The theme of History of Resistance and Liberation, which explores “the stories, places, and people who helped liberate people and communities of color using math, engineering, and technology,” offers more of the same.

Finally, the curriculum’s Reflection and Action theme celebrates “a sense of advocacy, empowerment, and action in the students that creates internal motivation to engage in and contribute to their identities as mathematicians. Students will be confident in their ability to construct & decode mathematical knowledge, truth, and beauty so they can contribute to their experiences and the experiences of people in their community.”

This isn’t Seattle’s first move toward UltraWoke education. In 2006, as relayed by Seattle Weekly, the school system declared an official definition of racism to teach students:

The systematic subordination of members of targeted racial groups who have relatively little social power in the United States (Blacks, Latinos/as, Native Americans, and Asians), by members of the agent racial group who have relatively more social power (Whites). The subordination is supported by the actions of individuals, cultural norms and values, and the institutional structures and practices of society.

So there ya go.

If you wanna get educated these days, you gotta go way beyond reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic.  Or, possibly, around them.

When it comes to math, you’re never going to get there ’til you realize White = Evil.

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Seattle Public Education Posts Its White-Privilege ‘Math Ethnic Studies Framework,’ and It Just May Blow Your Mind

 

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Does wokeness not add up to you?

If you think 2 + 2 = 4, you might just be a sick oppressive b*st*rd.

As reported by The American Conservative, the Seattle public school system is teaching kids that math is more than numbers and objective reality. It’s also about, well, I’ll let the curriculum tell you.

The AC’s article links to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction site, which lists its mission as follows:

The goal of Washington’s K–12 education system is to prepare every student for post-secondary pathways, careers, and civic engagement. Led by Superintendent Chris Reykdal, OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing public K–12 education in Washington state. Working with the state’s 295 public school districts and 6 state-tribal education compact schools, OSPI allocates funding and provides tools, resources, and technical assistance so every student in Washington is provided a high-quality public education.

And how do they “prepare” students?

A “K-12 Math Ethnic Studies Framework” curriculum page posted in August reveals that it covers “Origins, Identity, and Agency,” defined as the following:

Origins, Identity and Agency, as defined by ethnic studies, is the ways in which we view ourselves as mathematicians and members of broader mathematical communities. Mathematical theory and application is rooted in the ancient histories of people and empires of color. All human endeavors include mathematical thinking; from humanities to the arts to the sciences.

Or, as MyNorthwest puts it, the syllabus “explains math as a racist study used to oppress students — and if you correct a student’s faulty math logic, you’re guilty.”

Another theme of the outline — Power and Oppression:

Power and oppression, as defined by ethnic studies, are the ways in which individuals and groups define mathematical knowledge so as to see “Western” mathematics as the only legitimate expression of mathematical identity and intelligence. This definition of legitimacy is then used to disenfranchise people and communities of color. This erases the historical contributions of people and communities of color.

Here are the theme’s “learning targets”:

  • SWBAT analyze the ways in which ancient mathematical knowledge has been appropriated by Western culture.
  • SWBAT identify how the development of mathematics has been erased from learning in school.
  •  SWBAT identify how math has been and continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color.
  • SWBAT explain how math and technology and/or science are connected and how technology and/or science have been and continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color.
  • SWBAT critique systems of power that deny access to mathematical knowledge to people and communities of color.
  • SWBAT identify the inherent inequities of the standardized testing system used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color.
  • SWBAT explain how math has been used to exploit natural resources.
  • SWBAT explain how math dictates economic oppression.

The theme of History of Resistance and Liberation, which explores “the stories, places, and people who helped liberate people and communities of color using math, engineering, and technology,” offers more of the same.

Finally, the curriculum’s Reflection and Action theme celebrates “a sense of advocacy, empowerment, and action in the students that creates internal motivation to engage in and contribute to their identities as mathematicians. Students will be confident in their ability to construct & decode mathematical knowledge, truth, and beauty so they can contribute to their experiences and the experiences of people in their community.”

This isn’t Seattle’s first move toward UltraWoke education. In 2006, as relayed by Seattle Weekly, the school system declared an official definition of racism to teach students:

The systematic subordination of members of targeted racial groups who have relatively little social power in the United States (Blacks, Latinos/as, Native Americans, and Asians), by members of the agent racial group who have relatively more social power (Whites). The subordination is supported by the actions of individuals, cultural norms and values, and the institutional structures and practices of society.

So there ya go.

If you wanna get educated these days, you gotta go way beyond reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic.  Or, possibly, around them.

When it comes to math, you’re never going to get there ’til you realize White = Evil.

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Democrats Considering Hiding the Identity of Whistleblower From the GOP, Changing His Appearance, Voice

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and other congress members speaks during a news conference on Trump Putin Helsinki Summit at Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Just when you think Democrats can’t be any more manipulative about the process of impeachment against President Donald Trump, they manage to go even lower.

First, Democrats ‘launched’ an impeachment inquiry simply by the proclamation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) without holding a full floor vote to open an inquiry as has been the process previously. So the process doesn’t even have the sanction of a Congressional vote.

Second, as we reported yesterday, Democrats have been holding hearings, questioning people in secret and they plan on doing that this week as well. So there’s absolutely no transparency to the process and no one can see what is actually being said and Democrats get to frame (read: leak selectively) whatever they want to frame the case. (READ: Democrats Trying to Impeach Trump in Secret Hearings)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has argued it’s necessary to maintain the identity of the whistleblower. So are they intent upon trying to impeach the president without even identifying who the person is so that the person’s story can be adequately cross-examined?

Apparently so because now the word is that they don’t even intend on telling their Republican colleagues who the person is or even allowing them to question the whistleblower.

From The Hill:

Democrats are going to great lengths to hide the whistleblower’s identity out of fear the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee could leak their identity, according to The Washington Post, which cited three people familiar with the discussions.

Democrats are considering holding testimony outside the Capitol as well as a staff-only session that would bar lawmakers from questioning the whistleblower, according to the Post.

Democrats are also weighing options to distort the whistleblower’s appearance and voice, including through a video camera or audio-only testimony or by placing the person behind a screen, the Post reported.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) blasted the lack of transparency and secrecy by the Democrats.

Are we a banana republic or do we operate according to the Constitution? This is insane.

‘Democracy’ isn’t dying in the darkness, our republic is being assaulted in broad daylight by this effort of the Democrats.

Democrats’ argument for secrecy is especially ironic given the multiple leaks out of Adam Schiff’s committee directly to media that always seemed against the president during the Russia probe.

As Scalise notes, what are they hiding? Do they not want the GOP to know who the person is because that might be revelatory of bias? Fox’s Catherine Herridge has already reported that not only is the person a registered Democrat which by itself might not be a big thing, but also a prior work history with a current, prominent Democratic politician.

Time to end the charade.

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Senior FBI Official Who Took Illegal Gifts From CNN and Lied to Investigators Was Not Prosecuted and Allowed to Retire With Full Benefits

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Back in early 2018, as the text messages between adulterous FBI lovebirds, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, became the stuff of late night television gags (or would have been had late night comedy been suffering from Stage 5 TDS and was only capable of chanting “OrangeManBad”) several senior FBI personnel bailed out or were defenstrated:

Two more senior government officials who were prominently discussed in text messages exchanged by FBI personnel formerly assigned to the Trump-Russia investigation are leaving their positions.

Mike Kortan, FBI assistant director for public affairs, is set to retire next week, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed. In addition, the chief of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, David Laufman, resigned this week, a department spokesman said.

The list of officials frequently discussed in the texts who are no longer in their jobs seems to grow by the day. It includes former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump; former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; Comey’s chief of staff, James Rybicki; FBI General Counsel James Baker; as well as Strzok, who was booted off the special counsel investigation and sent to a job in the FBI’s personnel division.

At the time this was all hinted at being the move of men with “muh principles” of the highest order refusing to serve the lawless Trump.

Now some more light has been shined upon at least one of the cases.

The FBI’s top press officer during the Hillary Clinton and Trump-Russia investigations accepted tickets to a Washington Nationals game from a CNN correspondent and lied about it repeatedly during interviews with the Justice Department’s inspector general, according to a report obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Kortan accepted Nationals tickets from the reporter at least twice, for a May 9, 2016 game and another on Sept. 30, 2016. He also accepted tickets from a New York Times reporter in either 2014 or 2016.

The OIG report cites text messages which indicate that the FBI official attended the May 9, 2016 game with the reporter. The reporter contacted Kortan on Sept. 27, 2016, offering up four tickets.

“Nats v Marlins Friday night. I have to be away,” the reporter wrote on Sept. 27, 2016. “Can you use four tix?”

“I’m good for 2 tix if that’s OK,” replied Kortan.

Kortan initially told investigators with the OIG in a March 29, 2017 interview, that he reimbursed the reporter for the tickets, and denied accepting any gifts from members of the press.

“Kortan described the CNN correspondent as one of his ‘top five’ contacts with the press as part of his job,” the report says. Kortan denied having a personal relationship with any of the reporters, saying that he didn’t “consider anybody a friend.” (RELATED: Strzok Text Messages Shed Light On FBI Interactions With The Media)

He also said that he had “probably daily contact” with the CNN reporter to discuss “the news of the day.”

When asked whether he paid for the tickets, Kortan was initially adamant that he did.

“I have never accepted them without reimbursement,” he said in the March 29, 2017 interview, referring to the tickets. “I always reimburse the amount of the ticket as a routine, just because I do.”

But he was actually a lying sack of ordure which the IG discovered by observing that his lips were moving actually visiting the ball park and finding the tickets were in a reserved section.

Like with McCabe, this simply underscores the two-tiered justice system in this country. The elites can break laws with impunity in regards to the handling of classified information or taking bribes and nothing happens. But if you, Joe Citizen, does the same you will be hammered and DOJ will issue a press release spelling out your crimes against the Republic. In this case, despite (or because) of the fact that he was a senior executive who knew better, and who lied on multiple occasions, Kortan was allowed to retire with full benefits. The case was referred to Department of Justice Criminal Division and they declined to prosecute.

At some point, someone needs to remind these people that they are servants, not masters, of the people and the weight of the judicial system should fall much more heavily upon an FBI agent how tells multiple lies to investigators to cover up illegal acts than it should on some run of the mill street criminal.

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