Vast majority of Democrats don’t know what their stance on ICE is. Like Ocasio-Cortez trying to find a position on Israel, Democrats are wandering adrift on the issue of border security. Republicans took advantage of their wishy washy position Wednesday with a resolution expressing support for ICE. Of the 183 Democrats in the House, 133 voted “present” rather than take a side. 18 voted yes on the resolution and 34 voted no. Because 73% of Democrats couldn’t take a side on the issue, the resolution easily passed. One thing is for sure, there is no unity on the left when it comes to border security, and for most of them the activism is all talk.
San Francisco takes the next step by registering illegal aliens and non-citizens to vote in local school board elections. Federal law still prevents them from voting in national elections. Just like Federal law prevents people from growing and using pot…
Democrats have introduced a bill to make it easier to claim bankruptcy for student loans. The reason unsubsidized student loan interest rates are around 8% rather than 16% like credit card debt is because it’s hard to claim bankruptcy on student debt. Student loans have no collateral. A 16% rate would make a $100,000 student loan cost about $500,000 after the interest is paid over a 30 year term. Is that the trade off the 89% of students who pay their loans on time want?
Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez call for violent opposition and illegal activities? In her interview with Now!, Ocasio-Cortez said that activists needed to occupy ICE offices and airports. While occupying ICE offices violates a few laws, occupying airports would get her mixed up with the TSA and DHS as well. Probably not a good idea. I’m pretty sure her followers could face jail time for attempting to illegally enter and occupy any area of an airport past security. But by all means, I hope she gives it a shot.
Democrats are claiming that Trump told Russia to hack the DNC. What they are actually referring to was a campaign speech Trump gave after Hillary Clinton deleted 30,000 emails under subpoena from her illegal private server. The FBI couldn’t find those incriminating emails, so Trump joked that he hoped the Russians could find them. And that is the closest thing we have to Russian Collusion.
David Love, writing for CNN, is suggesting that #walkaway is actually a ploy by the Russians to make people think that there is an exodus from the Democrat party by those disillusioned with the extreme turn the party has taken toward Socialism. So when your friends use #walkaway, just know that means they are actually a Russian bot.
Trump is being accused of going soft on the Russians by not starting a war with Putin over the hackers. But actually, it was the Obama administration who decided to back burner efforts to stop Russian hackers. After US intel agencies had developed a plan to fight back against Russian hacker attacks, Susan Rice issued a stand down order.
Ocasio-Cortez has screwed up on Israel again. Despite holding a degree in international relations, the young Socialist candidate for New York’s 14th district has now bumbled through three different interviews on questions about Israel. But take heart, she is going to be “speaking to activists” so they can finally tell her what to think about Israel. I feel better already.
The cat is out of the bag. The FBI did actually have a mole working with the Trump campaign. Cambridge professor Stefan Halper was hired by the FBI and paid nearly half a million dollars by the DoD’s secretive Office of Net Assessment to gain the confidence of Trump campaign officials and inform on them to the FBI. But the questions Halper asked had nothing to do with Russian collusion. They wanted to know one thing: did the Trump campaign have Hillary’s emails.
According to reports, Halper asked George Papadopoulos and Carter Page if the Trump campaign had gotten Hillary Clinton’s emails from the Russians. He wasn’t concerned about collusion, but rather if the Trump campaign had received those emails and was holding on to them for the opportune moment. If the Trump campaign had those emails, it could spell doom for Clinton, the Obama administration, and the FBI.
Obama’s FBI had exonerated Hillary Clinton before they even began their investigation. As part of the immunity deal with Clinton’s attorneys, they allowed for the destruction of evidence that might have established a timeline of when and how her emails were deleted. Obama himself and other Obama administration officials like Loretta Lynch had emailed Hillary under pseudonyms. The discovery of Hillary’s emails could be detrimental to the entire power base of the Democrat party. Obama had just as much reason as Hillary to find out if Trump had them. So that was Halper’s mission.
This wouldn’t be the first election espionage mission for Halper. In 1980, Halper worked as a mole in the Carter administration, leaking foreign policy intel to the Reagan campaign under George H.W. Bush’s direction. He was part of a group in the CIA who helped Reagan anticipate Carter’s foreign policy positions during an election year. The scandal came to light a couple years later, but was quickly forgotten. Halper also had connections with MI-6, the British spy agency that Christopher Steele used to work for.
The Bush’s have been against Trump from the start. Stefan Halper was their former spy. Even working for the Obama’s to help save Hillary, he was the perfect man for the job.
For those keeping score at home, this is another instance where Trump was proven right. He said the FBI was tapping his phone. After much ridicule, the FBI admitted that they were surveilling the phone lines at Trump tower. Trump said the FBI used the phony Steele dossier to start the Russian investigation. The House investigation determined that in fact the dossier, which was paid for by the Clinton campaign, had been used to secure FISA warrants to spy on Trump. Trump as recently as last week suggested there was an FBI informant working his campaign officials. After being ridiculed again by the media and relentlessly fact-checked, the truth has come out and he was right again.
But the scariest thing is that Halper wasn’t investigating Trump or Russia, as former CIA director Brennan suggested. Halper wasn’t there to find out about illegal Russian influence. He was there to let the Obama administration and Hillary campaign know if there was going to be an October surprise. His mission was to find out if Trump had Hillary’s emails.
A new name has surfaced in the unmasking scandal. UN Ambassador Susan Power made hundreds of unmasking requests in the last year of the Obama Presidency. Unmasking is the process by which individuals caught up in warrantless NSA surveillance are named in intelligence reports. It is a violation of the 4th amendment when misused.
During the Trump campaign and transition period, there were leaks of damaging information only discovered by government surveillance. At some point, Trump officials were unmasked in US intelligence reports and those reports were leaked to the press. The New York Times was one that reported Trump ties to Russia that were gleaned from NSA wiretaps. They have since attempted to back off the claim.
Illegally unmasking a US citizen and leaking that information is a felony and carries up to 10 years in jail. The prime people of interest are former CIA director Brennan, Susan Rice, and now Susan Power.
So why would a UN Ambassador be caught up in this? The potential answers to that question truly scare me. If Susan Power was leaking intel on the Trump transition team to other UN member nations, that would be a huge development. Don’t forget, much of the Russia collusion speculation came from intel provided by the UK, Germany and the Ukraine. Were they doing the spying? Or was the US doing the spying, laundering the info through them, and then using it to smear Trump and attempt to influence the election outcome and bolster the resistance movement?
A crime was committed. The fact that we know anything about the Russia investigation is indicative of the many illegal leaks. What we know shows that those leaks include information only our intelligence agencies should know. Brennan and Rice have both been openly hostile towards the Trump administration. It will be interesting to see where the investigation of Susan Power goes.
Duped again. The Transgender Serving Openly in the Military policy was another “Obama Era” policy that never existed. After 8 years of Obama banning transgenders from serving openly, Sec. or Defense Ash Carter announced the ban would end…in 2017. Sec. of Defense Mattis, in July of 2017, extended the ban another couple months in order to finish researching the process.
I know how it can be confusing. Since Trump’s announcement, a handful of transgender veterans have made the news. Now retired and open, they have called Trump out for saying they are in any way unfit to serve. I’d tend to agree with them. So why did Trump continue the actual Obama era policy of the ban?
To be clear, when Trump tweeted that Transgenders would be banned from the military that was a reversal of declared policy, but not a reversal of actual implemented policy. For 8 years Obama maintained the ban on Transgenders in the military.
So why did Trump circumvent General Mattis’s process? Because the day before Trump’s tweet, the House defeated a measure that would prevent taxpayers from paying for gender reassignment surgery. That was the trigger for Trump declaring the Obama era ban would continue.