Monthly Archives: July 2018

How often does the Presidential motorcade honk upon request? Asks QAnon

Prosecutors: Rosenstein gave Mueller OK to probe, indict Manafort

The new disclosures come in response to a motion Manafort’s lawyers filed asking to have the criminal charges pending against him thrown out.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/03/mueller-paul-manafort-probe-rosenstein-approves-497701

Rod Rosenstein is pictured. | Getty ImagesDeputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has sometimes been the focus of President Donald Trump’s ire.

President Donald Trump’s No. 2 appointee at the Justice Department, Rod Rosenstein, specifically authorized special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and approved his indictment, prosecutors said in a court filing late Monday night.
Some Trump allies have suggested that by pursuing charges of money laundering, tax fraud and unregistered foreign lobbying against Manafort, Mueller is straying from his core mission of probing alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia prior to the 2016 election.

However, Mueller’s team submitted a previously undisclosed memo to a federal court in Washington showing that a few months after Mueller was appointed last May, Rosenstein gave him explicit authority to target Manafort over the financial aspects of his lobbying work for the Ukrainian government — in addition to allegations he was linked to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“The May 17, 2017 [appointment] order was worded categorically in order to permit its release without confirming specific investigations involving specific individuals,” Rosenstein wrote in the Aug. 2, 2017 memo. “The following allegations were within the scope of the Investigation at the time of your appointment and are within the scope of the Order: … Allegations that Paul Manafort: Committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election for President of the United States, in violation of United States law. Committed a crime or crimes arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government before and during the tenure of President Viktor
Large chunks of the text of the three-page “scope” memo placed in public court files Monday were blacked out because they contain classified and sensitive law enforcement information, prosecutors said. However, those portions appear to identify various subjects and topics Mueller was authorized to investigate at the outset of the investigation.
Prosecutors also said Rosenstein — who has sometimes been the focus of Trump’s ire — gave a specific go-ahead for Manafort’s indictment and Mueller’s other critical moves in the probe.
“Every key step in this case — including the investigative path and the Indictment itself — has been authorized by the Acting Attorney General through ongoing consultation,” Mueller’s team wrote in a brief opposing Manafort’s bid to throw out the D.C. case.
The new disclosures about the Justice Department’s internal handling of the Manafort investigation came in response to a motion Manafort’s lawyers filed last month in U.S. District Court in Washington asking to have the criminal charges pending against him there thrown out on the grounds that Mueller’s appointment was defective and that he exceeded his authority in going after Manafort.
Manafort’s legal team also filed a lawsuit earlier this year challenging Mueller’s authority to prosecute him in any legal venue. Judge Amy Berman Jackson is scheduled to hold a hearing on that suit Wednesday.
Manafort and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates were first indicted in Washington last October on charges of money laundering, failing to report foreign bank accounts and failing to register as foreign agents in connection with their Ukraine-related work. In February, Mueller’s prosecutors brought additional bank and tax fraud charges against the pair in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. The bank-account reporting charges were also effectively moved to the Virginia case.
Soon thereafter, Gates agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller’s team.
Rosenstein said in congressional testimony last December that he is carefully monitoring Mueller’s probe and is kept aware of any developments. However, he did not offer many of the details contained in the Monday court filing. Rosenstein was also vague about whether he expanded Mueller’s authority in any way since he was appointed last May.
However, the new court filing seeks to downplay the notion that Mueller is a rogue operator roving far and wide in search of crimes to prosecute.
“The Appointment Order validly defines the Special Counsel’s jurisdiction, and the indictment in this case falls well within the Special Counsel’s authority,” Mueller’s team wrote. They also revealed that before the tax-related charges were brought, lawyers in the Justice Department’s Tax Division approved them, and before the foreign-lobbying charges were filed, attorneys in Justice’s National Security Division signed off.
Prosecutors also pushed back against Manafort’s argument that he would have never been prosecuted if Mueller wasn’t brought in as a special counsel, although they did not explicitly reject the possibility that Manafort’s role in the Trump campaign and the allegations of Russian interference led the Justice Department to dust off allegations that prosecutors had previously put on the back burner.
“Manafort’s invitation to speculate about what may have transpired if the Special Counsel never pursued these matters is untenable,” prosecutors wrote. “It would require a court not only to review the record of this case or the factual approval of the DOJ chain of command, but also to look backwards at what facts were already known to agents and attorneys and what steps were already underway, and then to imagine how quickly other attorneys and other offices would have pursued the investigations, how they would have prioritized cases competing for their attention, and what evidence they would have uncovered. … An inquiry of this nature would impose tremendous costs on the criminal justice system.”
Manafort is expected to bring a similar motion in connection with the Virginia charges, on which he is set to face trial July 10. The trial on the Washington charges is set for Sept. 17.

Guess Who Cleared/Exonerated Manafort 8 Years Ago Of The Crime He's Being Charged With Now?

Federal prosecutors said to be investigating lobbyist Tony Podesta after special counsel referral

Federal prosecutors said to be investigating lobbyist Tony Podesta after special counsel referral

  • Federal prosecutors in New York are following a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, NBC News reports.
  • The individuals being investigated include former lobbyist Tony Podesta, former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/01/tony-podesta-under-investigation-following-special-counsel-referral.html
Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller
Federal prosecutors are investigating former lobbyist Tony Podesta, former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig, NBC News confirmed, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter.
CNN first reported the existence of the investigation.
Prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York opened the investigation following a referral from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources told NBC.
NBC previously reported that Mueller had been looking into Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm as part of its broader investigation into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Tony Podesta is the chairman of the Podesta Group. His brother, John Podesta, was the campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton and is not currently affiliated with the lobbying firm. He is also not part of the investigation.
A representative for Tony Podesta declined to comment to CNBC.

“Better Bring Our Own Guns” – Portland Antifa Plotting “Direct Confrontation” At Pro-Trump Rally”

Sooner Or Later one of these confrontations is going to end truly catastrophically and will be used for further calls for gun bans. This Must Be Put An End To.

                                            …Freedom Rider

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“Better Bring Our Own Guns” – Portland Antifa Plotting “Direct Confrontation” At Pro-Trump Rally”

Antifa is also calling for militant antifascist resistance against Patriot Prayer.

A violent Antifa cell based in Portland, Oregon is planning a “direct confrontation” with participants in a pro-Trump rally next Saturday, according to a call to action on the leftist website It’s Going Down.
“Rose City Antifa has continued their great work of doxxing the Portland area Proud Boys involved in this violence, and is also calling for militant antifascist resistance against Patriot Prayer,” reads the posting first reported by Cassandra Fairbanks of the Gateway Pundit.
The Rose City Antifa group notably clashed with members of Patriot Prayer and the pro-Trump “Proud Boys” in early June, which resulted in a viral video of a member of Antifa being knocked out during a melee started by the violent “resistance” group.


https://youtu.be/qLC0xgUTsTo
A spokesperson for Rose City Antifa told It’s Going Down said that the group plans to “show that the community will not allow violent nationalist opportunists to threaten our city and target our people. We will overwhelm them both by force of numbers and commitment to defending our community. Whatever it takes.”
As Fairbanks notes, the call to action urges members to engage in “direct confrontation” to “eliminate” the conservative groups’ ability to hold rallies.

“Better bring our own guns too”

Journalist Tim Pool noted a Reddit discussion in the “Anarchism” subreddit in which Antifa members discuss arming themselves ahead of the event.

“Only thing I’m worried about is some nut with a gun and a bunch of bullets,” says one user, to which another replied “Better bring our own guns too just to be safe.”

Tim Pool

@Timcast

August 4th in Portland is already sounding like it is going to get really bad.
Activists call for bringing guns in preparation for escalation.

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During the June “Battle of Portland,” police recovered knives and other weapons, as well as bear mace.

Last April, 21 people were arrested after violence broke out between Trump supporters and members of Antifa in downtown Berkeley – leading to several injuries and the recovery of weapons from Antifa which included knives and spiked poles.





Let’s hope we don’t see more of the same this Saturday in Portland – especially gunshot victims.

https://youtu.be/qLC0xgUTsTo
https://youtu.be/aYR4XPRiUOA

Treason in America? The gallows. The last big treason trial. Is it the model?

15 Minutes. You need to hear this…  Lest We Forget!

Freedom Rider…

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https://youtu.be/4kkJMt4pCYM
 

Why are House Republicans extending DACA for a year and expanding asylum laws?

Why are House Republicans extending DACA for a year and expanding asylum laws?

C/O Liberty Alliance
By Printus LeBlanc
http://dailytorch.com/2018/07/why-are-house-republicans-extending-daca-for-a-year-and-expanding-asylum-laws/


Why does the Republican establishment insist on losing? The economy is booming, proving all the naysayers wrong, the polling shows the majority of the nation, conservative and liberal, are more in line with the President’s immigration policies than the Democrat Party’s, and finally, the Democrat Party is running to the left of Marx for the upcoming midterm election. What could stop the Republicans from maintaining control of the House? GOP leadership, that’s who.
A little more than a month ago, the House of Representatives voted on two immigration bills. The more conservative bill from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) was able to garner 193 votes, with no help from Republican leadership. When the compromise bill came up for a vote, it was heavily whipped. The bill only got 121 votes, embarrassing Republican leadership as it was sure amnesty was the way to go.
President Donald Trump watched House leadership embarrass themselves and stated, “Republicans should stop wasting their time on immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November. Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this decade’s old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave.”
It seemed like immigration was put on the back burner until the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security got involved.
Last week the subcommittee voted on funding the Department of Homeland Security. Multiple amendments were added, but a few are going to erase the Southern Border. Anyone that is versed in the immigration issue knows the current crisis is due to asylum claims. These are not legitimate asylum claims; people are not being persecuted because of their religion or race, they are fleeing their home nations because big central governments have ruined the economies. But amnesty proponents have trained illegals to say the magic word “persecution.”
Once the person gets in, it is almost impossible to get them out, and if anyone knows this, it is the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) gave his support for a Democrat amendment that allows “violence” to be an excuse for asylum. The amendment reverses the current Department of Justice policy of following the asylum law.
There is not one nation south of Texas that does not have a violence problem. The amendment essentially gives amnesty to tens of millions of illegal immigrants that are not even here yet.
The committee didn’t stop there. As this Congress has proven, nothing is more important than amnesty. An amendment was also passed to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for another year. Not sure Republicans on the committee campaigned on a message of rewarding bad behavior and open borders.
As if DACA and allowing anyone to claim asylum wasn’t bad enough, the committee also refused to defund sanctuary cities. Cities that let criminal illegal immigrants onto the street to commit rape, assault, and murder are getting rewarded by GOP leadership. Whose side are they on anyway?
The mainstream media and GOP establishment are already trying to spin the bill as a win. Look $5 billion in funding for the wall. Of course, building a wall is meaningless if it is full of loopholes. If the amendments are allowed to stand, the wall will do nothing, and be nothing more than a bribe to get the President’s signature on a funding bill.
The American people spoke loudly and clearly in November of 2016. They are tired of illegal immigration, and they are tired or rewarding bad behavior, and the GOP does this. If the GOP loses the House this fall, it will not be because of President Trump. It will be because it has driven the base home with its incessant pandering the illegal immigrant community, which can’t vote by the way. President Trump must let it be known he will veto the legislation that came out of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. It is a violation of the promises he made to the people that supported him.
Printus LeBlanc is the Legislative Director at Americans for Limited Government.

Bankrupt Philadelphia plunders its property owners for cash

 

Bankrupt Philadelphia plunders its property owners for cash

Like a lot of major cities in the United States, Philadelphia is in pretty rough financial condition.

One of the city’s biggest problems is its woefully underfunded public pension, which has a multi-billion dollar funding gap.
In 2001, Philadelphia’s pension fund was still in decent shape with a funding level of 77%, meaning that it had sufficient assets to meet 77% of its long-term obligations.
By 2017 the funding level had dropped to less than 50%.
Part of this is just blatant mismanagement; while most of the market soared in 2016, for example, Philadelphia’s pension fund lost about $150 million on its investments, roughly 3.17% of its capital.
It’s interesting that, along the way, the city has actually tried to fix the problem. Between 2001 and 2017, the amount of money that the city contributed to the pension fund actually increased by 230%.
Yet despite increasing contributions to the fund, the fund’s solvency level keeps shrinking.
Mayor Jim Kenny summed up the grim situation in his budget address last year:

The City’s annual pension contribution has grown by over 230 percent since fiscal year 2001. . . These increasing pension costs have caused us to cut important public services while the pension fund’s health has grown weaker. In fact, our pension fund has actually dropped from 77 percent funded to less than 50 percent funded during the same time our contributions were so rapidly increasing.

So, desperate for revenue, the local government has been relying on an old tactic to get their hands on every spare penny they can.
The city of Philadelphia owns the local gas company– Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW). It’s essentially a local government monopoly.
And over the last few years, PGW developed an automated system to comb its billing records, find delinquent accounts, and file a lien on those properties.
If you’re not familiar with real estate law, a ‘lien’ is a formally-registered security interest in which your property serves as collateral for a debt.
When you borrow money from the bank to buy a home, for example, the bank registers a lien over your home for the value of the mortgage.
The lien prevents you from selling the home until you satisfy the debt. It also means that if you don’t pay the debt, the lienholder (the bank, or the gas company) can seize the property.
In PGW’s case, the gas company is filing liens over people’s properties due to unpaid gas bills for as little as $300.
There is essentially zero due process here. It’s not like the gas company has to go in front a jury and prove that there’s an unsatisfied debt.
They just have their automated system file some papers, and, poof, the lien is registered.
So someone could have their home encumbered for a $300 late bill that ended up being an administrative error.
More importantly, it’s curious why the gas company is filing a lien against the property… because it’s entirely possible that the delinquent customer isn’t even the property owner.
Let’s say you’re a landlord and renting out your investment property to a tenant… and the tenant doesn’t pay his gas bill: PGW will put a lien on your property, even though it’s not your bill.
Even worse, you wouldn’t even know about it, because PGW would be sending the late notices to the tenant… not to you.
At that point it turns into a total bureaucratic nightmare.
If you’re lucky enough to even find out about it, you call PGW to try and get the lien removed.
But (according to court documents), PGW tells angry landlords that they have no control over the lien process, and tell people to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
But then the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission tells you that they have no jurisdiction over liens in Philadelphia, and that you should talk to the utility company.
Classic government bureaucracy. You just get bounced around between various departments and nothing ever gets resolved from a problem that you didn’t even create.
Well, a bunch of landlords finally had enough of this nonsense, so they got together and sued the city in federal court.
It seemed like a slam dunk case. Why should property owners be held liable for the actions of their tenants?
If tenants don’t pay for their own gas, the tenants should be held responsible… not the property owners.
Common sense, right?
Wrong. The landlords lost the case.
Two weeks ago the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that the City of Philadelphia was well within its rights to hold property owners responsible… and to file a lien on the property without even notifying the owner to begin with.
This is a pretty strong reminder of how low governments will sink when they become financially desperate.

Why Wait for it to Happen? The Media Now Invents News Stories From the Future

Why Wait for it to Happen? The Media Now Invents News Stories From the Future

STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
By Joe Jarvis – July 30, 2018
https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/why-wait-for-it-to-happen-the-media-now-invents-news-stories-from-the-future/
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A new pandemic disease could kill almost a billion people, a Metro article warns. The only problem: the disease is made up.
A fake terrorist organization created a fake pathogen, the effects of which were monitored via a fake reality simulation. That’s today’s news.

By the end of the simulation in May, representing 20 months after the start of the outbreak, there were 150 million dead around the world – and no vaccine. The researchers say that the simulation would have ended with up to 900 million dead, nearly 10% of the world’s population.
Eric Toner of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health Security says the world was ‘lucky’ the SARS outbreak wasn’t worse.
Clade X was designed to spread about as easily and kill a similar percentage to SARS, Toner says.

Go over to the New York Times, and they have run two articles about how Trump lost, as well as won, the 2020 election. The election is over two years away.
Both articles used Elizabeth Warren as Trump’s challenger, which to me is more terrifying than the fake pandemic.

With neither a recession nor a major war to run against, Democrats sought instead to cast the election in starkly moral terms. Yet by Election Day, the charge that Mr. Trump is morally or intellectually unfit for office had been made so often that it had lost most of its former edge among swing voters.

Or:

Exit polls showed disillusionment across the swing states that Trump won four years ago and lost this year, including Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. In a sign of the country’s changing political map, he held on to Ohio and Iowa, two relatively old and white states — but became the first Republican since 1992 to lose Georgia.

It almost feels like the news is one of those kids’ chapter books where you get to choose the ending. Even when the media isn’t running quite literally made-up news articles, news readers can choose their own news. They just have to decide what they want to hear, and visit the proper publication.
My-Own-Little-Bubble Media
If you want 24/7 something something something Russia, just head over to CNN. I prefer James Bond movies for my cold war propaganda since it’s more interesting, and about as realistic, as CNN.
If you are into controlled opposition, go over to infowars.com to read the 10 Signs That America is in Much Worse Trouble Than We Thought. This includes mothers dying during childbirth and people taking advantage of disaster victims. Child sexual predators actually take up two spots on the list. What a worldview to wake up to in the morning!
Not that you should stay in a bubble of false-positivity either, but that would likely be better than drinking up all this fear-porn.
The media isn’t really reporting the news that matters anyway, so why bother bringing yourself down?
Like everything else, it is about moderation. Is there anything I can do about terrorists potentially unleashing a biological weapon on the world? Nope.
But can I shield myself from the next recession? Yep!
That is why we like to share Sovereignman articles here at The Daily Bell. They track the real state of the economy, which obviously is not always rainbows and butterflies. But then they empower you with a multitude of free resources to make a Plan B. Bad things are going to happen, but they don’t have to affect you and your loved ones.
That’s also why The Daily Bell gives away a free guide to every subscriber about how to form and execute a two-year plan to accomplish your goals. Individuals are not pinballs in a machine outside of our control. We can affect our own destiny.
But it seems like most media is just trying to sell headlines with fear, or sell headlines with confirmation bias.
In my experience, things are never as bad when you get out there in the real world and start talking to people.
Yesterday I went to a community market day in New Hampshire. A few dozen people met-up on private property to trade and sell unregulated prepared food, veggies, meat, coffee beans, drinks, and more. They get around regulations by forming clubs, selling shares of livestock, and using other clever loopholes that empower them to run small-scale businesses.
And at least four people there are running for state rep in order to make it easier and safer to run large-scale businesses in New Hampshire by repealing restrictive regulations. They are forward-looking but aren’t waiting for a critical mass to live as they see fit.
Ironically, another biased New York Times article didn’t hold true for the demographics of this event.

New Hampshire, like its neighbors Vermont and Maine, is nearly all white. This has posed an array of problems for new arrivals, who often find themselves isolated and alone, without the comfort and support of a built-in community.

Of course, this is absurdly racist. Why on earth does your community need to have the same skin color as you? If you are looking for a support system in New Hampshire, all you have to do is join the liberty community.
We can’t ignore problems that need solving, but as we know from psychology, positive reinforcement is more powerful than negative reinforcement. So if we focus on the amazing things happening in the world, that is what will proliferate. You can do this without sticking your head in the sand.
For instance, there is a serious problem with drug addiction in America. The drug war and government funding for opioids play large roles in this problem. Once we understand that though, our focus should shift to solutions. States have been empowered by legalizing cannabis, and new research unveils the potential for psilocybin mushrooms to help people overcome addiction.
See the difference in the approach? One focuses only on the negatives, while the other acknowledges the negatives, but focuses on the solutions.
As for the fake 2020-election headlines, why waste your time? It is basically just part of the incoherent shouting match between the hard left and right. Each is desperate to win, so they stroke themselves with fantasies for how future elections will go.
What would be truly amazing is if by the time 2020 rolls around, people are so self-empowered that they give hardly a thought to which dinosaur will occupy an old house in DC.
And that is the future that we are actually trending towards. Individuals are becoming more empowered by the day.

A letter to America: WWG1WGA

God bless them is right…