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  2. Not Really Funny....Just Scarry Stasi Is Alive and Well
  3. For many on out side this is not good enough. I haven't read it, but I wonder how many people commenting on this Have read Kavanaugh’s reasons for voting the way he did?
  4. Is the Women’s March Melting Down? (Snip) The Women’s March leaders have often dismissed their critics as right wing or driven by racism, but over the past two months their fiercest challengers have come from within their own shop—with women of color, and their own local organizers, often leading the pack. As of this article’s publication, numerous state chapters have broken off from the national organization—notably Los Angeles, Houston, Washington, D.C., Alabama, Rhode Island, Georgia, and Illinois. Mercy Morganfield, a longtime activist and daughter of blues legend Muddy Waters, has been one of the leading voices in calling for accountability from the co-chairs. For Morganfield, a former spokesperson for the Women’s March who also ran the D.C. branch, the various problems that people have had with the Women’s March—ideological, managerial, fiscal—should be seen as all of a piece. She recalled being startled earlier this year when Mallory—already a nationally recognized leader of the Women’s March—showed up at the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day event. “When all of that went down, it was my last straw,” she told Tablet. “You are part of a national movement that is about the equality of women and you are sitting in the front row listening to a man say women belong in the kitchen and you’re nodding your head saying amen! I told them over and over again: It’s fine to be religious, but there is no place for religion in its radical forms inside of a national women’s movement with so many types of women. It spoke to their inexperience and inability to hold this at a national stage. That is judgment, and you can’t teach judgment.” (Snip)
  5. Timcast Dec. 11 2018 The Daily Wire: Report: First Time Women's March Leaders Met, Two Leaders Asserted Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories
  6. Heavy Jessica McBride Dec. 11 2018 A man known only as “Cherif C.” has been named by French news media as the suspect in a possible terrorist attack at a Strasbourg Christmas Market near the border between Germany and France. Le Figaro reported that “the alleged perpetrator of the shooting is Chérif C.” who was born in 1989. Authorities have not yet confirmed the shooting suspect’s identity. It’s common in criminal cases in Europe for suspects’ last names to not be released. The shooting broke out on December 11, 2018. According to France 24, it’s not yet clear whether the motive was terrorism related, and that’s under investigation. At least two people were killed and 11 more injured, with seven people in serious condition, at the popular holiday attraction, according to BBC. (Snip) French News Media Are Reporting that Cherif C. May Have Been Radicalized According to AFP journalist Marc Burleigh, the suspect in the Strasbourg shooting has a criminal record, was reportedly known as a possible security threat and was “possibly identified” as a “radicalised individual named Cherif C.” The French anti-terror police are handling the investigation. Terrified restaurant patrons took shelter after gunfire broke out. (Snip) The local French newspaper DNA reported that the suspect was from Hohberg. France 24 reports the suspect was supposed to be arrested for attempted murder before the attack and “was sentenced in 2011 to two years in prison for assault with a weapon.” (Snip)
  7. There May (or may not) be another vote, soon. As things stand right now, if nothing is done next march Britain is out of the EU. In other words the situation is....Fluid.
  8. KAVANAUGH SIDES WITH LIBERALS, ROBERTS TO DUCK PLANNED PARENTHOOD RELATED CASES The frenzy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination — including, but hardly limited to, the weakly supported charge of sexual assault — obscured the fact that Kavanaugh was by no means the most conservative plausible candidate for elevation to the Supreme Court. In my view, Justice Kavanaugh was likely to be somewhere between Chief Justice Roberts and former Justice Scalia/Justice Alito on the ideological spectrum. That’s not a bad place to be, and it’s certainly a big improvement over Justice Kennedy. However, it was bound (if true) to leave conservatives disappointed in some cases. Yesterday, Justice Kavanaugh sided with the Chief Justice and the four liberal Justices in two cases involving Planned Parenthood. The issue in both was whether individual recipients of Medicaid who receive services from Planned Parenthood have a right to challenge under federal law a state’s decision to cut off funding to such providers. U.S. Courts of Appeals have split on this question. Five have said individuals can bring these challenges; one has said they can’t. Such a split normally leads the Supreme Court to resolve the dispute, but in these cases it did not.
  9. The Hill The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to step in to allow it to enforce a new policy barring immigrants who cross the border illegally from seeking asylum. Solicitor General Noel Francisco filed a request to Justice Elena Kagan, an Obama appointee, on Tuesday that asks the court to a block a district court order preventing the government from enforcing its ban nationwide. Francisco called the lower court’s injunction “deeply flawed.” “The nationwide injunction prohibits the Executive Branch from implementing an interim final rule adopted to address an ongoing crisis at the southern border, with significant implications for ongoing diplomatic negotiations and foreign relations,” he said in the filing. The Ninth Circuit denied the government’s request for a stay but has not ruled on its appeal of the injunction issued by Judge Jon Tigar, an Obama appointee on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
  10. The Federalist · SATIRE The Greatest Living American Writer Accepts His TIME Person Of The Year Award In America, we sometimes get dragged on Twitter. It is the same fight. By Neal Pollack / DECEMBER 11, 2018 As The Greatest Living American Writer, I accept this Time Person Of The Year Award on behalf of all writers, and all journalists, all writers who write about journalism, and all journalists who journal about writing. We live in a time of great repression, where no American can express their ideas freely without fear of government reprisal. One after another, my literary colleagues have been disappearing, their hearts broken by what our country has become. Where did they go, those courageous writers of yesteryear? Those of us who remain must stand tall––or at least sit comfortably. From the Velvet Revolution to the French Revolution to the Revolution of Velvet Frenchmen, words have provided the backbone for the people’s courage. They need us, as we need them, but they need us more. Without writers and writing, reading would cease to exist, but without readers, writers would still write. In countries that I’ve never visited because junkets rarely go there, writers and journalists die another day for daring to expose evil. That is terrible and I stand tall in solidarity with them. After all, in America, we sometimes get dragged on Twitter. We all fight the same fight.
  11. Trump Signs Bill Aimed at Assisting ISIS Genocide Victims in Iraq and Syria President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Tuesday that will help channel U.S. humanitarian and rebuilding assistance to Christians, Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria who were the victims of ISIS genocide. The measure, which comes after nearly a year and a half of lobbying from various humanitarian groups, ensures that the U.S. aid may come through the federal government or other entities, including faith-based groups. It also enables the State Department, in collaboration with other federal agencies, to conduct criminal investigations and apprehend individuals identified as alleged ISIS members, and to identify warning signs of genocide and threats of persecution.
  12. The Real Border Crisis Is About Foreigners Gaming America’s Asylum Laws Late last month, frustrated migrants rioted just beyond the U.S. border crossing in Tijuana, and were dispersed with tear gas. The images were genuinely fear-inducing — crowds of immigrants surging against the wall, scaling it, many breaking through, some retreating. It was exactly the kind of chaos that conservatives have been predicting for years. Perhaps in response, the military presence on the U.S. border has been extended through January. But what’s really going on? Is there really a crisis at the border? Is illegal immigration totally out of control? A look at the data suggests there is indeed an unprecedented surge in one specific kind of migrant, which may be cause for some concern, but that, overall, the situation at the border remains well in hand. Conservatives and progressives both would do well to calm down, address the limited, real problems, and stop fearmongering about a widespread crisis that does not actually exist.
  13. So are they in Brexit or out as the people wanted
  14. Yesterday
  15. PJ Media On Tuesday, TIME magazine chose a "Person of the Year": persecuted journalists they called "The Guardians." This decision makes good sense — journalists are indeed persecuted by governments across the world. However, the feature about "The Guardians" clearly linked President Donald Trump to this horrific global trend. "For a certain kind of politician, there is an almost liberating genius to framing independent journalists as the enemy," TIME's Karl Vick argued. "Stray from the truth, and whoever corrects you can be dismissed as 'the other side.' The strategy runs on a dangerous assumption—that we’re not all in this together." Naturally, Vick slammed Trump, quoting his Breitbart interview calling "the fake media" "the opposition party" and "the enemy of the American people." Then Vick repeated Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)'s ridiculous claim that Trump was echoing Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin with the phrase. "The President may not have known the history of the phrase. It was used in the Soviet Union, to condemn subordinates at the 1930s show trials Joseph Stalin ordered before executing those who had fallen out of favor," the TIME author wrote. While Stalin did condemn people by calling them "the enemy of the people," Trump clearly does not use the phrase in the same way Stalin did. The American president's governing style could not be more different from the Soviet dictator's horrific tactics. Stalin actively censored newspapers, literature, pictures, and film. Stalin's "purges" directly caused the deaths of an estimated three million people. His policies also sparked a famine, killing 18-45 million. Meanwhile, Trump has failed to shut down a single news outlet. Indeed, he has helped news outlets stay in business, providing bigger ratings. Trump has not carried out any "purges," and he has not censored a single book, video, or television show. ________ "Persecution" doesn't mean what the media thinks it means...
  16. Breitbart After Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai about reports of Google’s bias against conservatives during Pichai’s hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Pichai denied any bias, dodged questions, and claimed human employees were unable to manipulate algorithms. “Google has revolutionized the world, though not entirely in the way I expected. Americans deserve the facts objectively reported,” declared Rep. Smith. “The muting of conservative voices by platforms has intensified, especially during the presidency of Donald Trump. More than 90 percent of all Internet searches take place on Google or its subsidiary YouTube, and they are curating what we see.” “Google has long faced criticism for manipulating search results to censor conservatives. Conservative individuals and organizations have had their pro-Trump content tagged as ‘hate speech,’ or had their content reduced in search results. An enforcement of immigration laws has been tagged as hate speech as well. Such actions pose a grave threat to our democratic forum of government,” he continued. “PJ Media found that 96 percent of search results for Trump were from liberal media outlets. In fact, not a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of search results. This doesn’t happen by accident, but is baked into the algorithms. Those who write the algorithms get the results they must want, and apparently, management allows it. Dr. Robert Epstein, a Harvard-trained psycologist authored a study recently that showed Google’s bias likely swung 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Google could well elect the next president with dire implications for our democracy. This should be a real concern to all but the most politically partisan. Those at the top set the tone. It will require a Herculean effort by the Chief Executive and senior management to change the political bias now programmed into the company’s culture.” Smith then asked, “In your opening statement you mentioned your desire to provide information that was without political bias. Clearly that’s not working. So, what are you going to do to improve that situation?” “Some of the studies you mention, we have investigated those… We found issues with the methodology and the sample sizes and so on, but let me step back and say providing users high quality and trusted information is sacrosanct to us,” replied Pichai. “It’s what our principles are, under business interests, our natural long-term incentives are aligned with that. We want to serve users everywhere and we need to earn their trust in doing so.” ________ The Google fool on the Hill.
  17. The Hill A federal judge on Tuesday ordered adult-film star Stormy Daniels to pay President Trump more than $293,000 in legal fees amid their ongoing legal battles. U.S. District Judge James Otero ordered Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to pay the fees in her defamation case against Trump, which Otero dismissed in October. Daniels alleged that Trump defamed her in an April tweet that mocked her claims that a man threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. Shortly after Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, released a forensic sketch of the man who allegedly threatened her, Trump posted a side-by-side photo suggesting that the man was Daniels’s ex-husband. After the defamation case failed, Trump’s attorneys had requested that Daniels pay them $340,000 in legal fees. Otero, writing that Trump’s attorneys spent “excessive” time on the case, ordered Daniels to pay about 75 percent of Trump’s legal fees, plus an additional $1,000 in sanctions. Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, praised Tuesday’s decision as “a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case.” Daniels is still suing Trump and his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to void a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) about her alleged 2006 affair with Trump. Avenatti blasted the decision Tuesday, saying in a statement to The Hill that "Harder and Trump deserve each other because they are both dishonest." "They received less than one half what they asked for because the request was gross and excessive. Stormy will never [have] to pay a dime because they owe her over $1 million in attorney’s fees and costs from the main NDA case, especially in light of Cohen’s guilty plea to a felony," Avenatti said. ________ Pay up, Stormy...
  18. Mediaite President Donald Trump had a surreal, explosive clash with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the White House over border wall funding for their first meeting together since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. As Trump talked about the need for border security, the conversation grew increasingly tense as Pelosi and Schumer pushed back against his demand for $5 billion to fund the border wall. “We have the easy one, the wall,” Trump said. “That will be the one that will be the easiest of all. What do you think, Chuck? “It’s called funding the government, Mr. President,” Schumer responded dryly. Trump laughed that off as he continued to promise the wall’s construction, saying “tremendous amounts” of it have already been built. After Trump slammed the migrant caravan on the move in Central America, the conversation delved into a three way sparring match on whether the wall is good policy, and whether the president has the congressional support he needs for its approval. Sparks flew as the three continued to clash, but Trump brought everything to a halt when he said that he will accept responsibility if gridlock leads to another government shutdown. ________ Fight club.
  19. Brexit: Challenge to May's leadership intensifies as senior Tory declares 'no confidence' – Politics live (Snip) Heather Stewart Theresa May’s grip on power appears to be slipping as speculation grows at Westminster that she could face a vote of no confidence from Tory MPs, exasperated at her last-minute decision to pull the meaningful vote. While the prime minister took a whistlestop tour of European capitals on Tuesday in a bid to win fresh concessions from EU leaders, MPs were lobbying colleagues to submit letters of no confidence in her leadership to Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers. Friends of Brady refused to deny reports he would meet May after her regular appearance at prime minister’s questions on Wednesday lunchtime. He would have to inform her first before calling any no confidence vote. There was fevered speculation at Westminster on Tuesday night that the threshold of 48 letters – which would trigger a vote – had finally been reached. May has recently arrived back at Downing Street, where her chief whip was waiting for her. Several prominent Tories, including Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid and Amber Rudd, are known to be contemplating running if May loses a confidence vote. Many of the most prominent May sceptics were wary of making predictions, bruised by the last time the letters failed to materialise. One Brexiter MP said he knew colleagues who had spent the day lobbying others to send in their letters. Another said: “Do I think we’re there yet tonight? I’m not sure but I think we will be tomorrow.” Others played down the prospect of the threshold being reached. (Snip)
  20. I have not looked, it wouldn't surprise me if the usual suspects already have their panties in a bunch.
  21. One mans opinion freely given and worth almost that much 1. Theresa May is well and truly screwed. She tried to have it both way sort of leave and sort of remain. There's nothing in the middle of the road but a yellow stripe and dead armadillos. 2. It would not surprise me if she finds herself out of a job soon. Vote of No Confidence sometime soon. 3. Jeremy Corbyn (a guy who makes Bernie Sanders look moderate) Lusts after #10 Downing St. with a deep and burning lust. The Tories have screwed the pooch pretty bad on BREXIT, so he may very well win.
  22. I don't think that ruling will stand the court tests / sorry folks
  23. I don't think that ruling will stand the court tests / sorry folks
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