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Ten most important reportex claims about the Steele Russia dossier

A Crime Or Just ‘Baloney’? Hillary Clinton Russian Scandal Keeps Getting Worse

Hilary Clinton called it baloney,but things keep looking worse for her.

Clinton Emails, Trump Dossier, Russian Nukes: All Point To Corruption In Obama’s Justice Department

Corruption in Obama’s justice dep’t- just one example from the article:

Under Obama, the Justice department started sending money from legal settlements to third parties not involved directly in the litigation. At the time, there were lots of complaints (including in this space) that the money was being poured into left-wing groups. And Trump ended the practice when he took office.

Goodlatte, however, obtained emails showing that Justice made sure to exclude conservative groups from getting any of the billions of dollars in settlement cash that it was passing out.

In July 2014, a senior Justice Department official warned his colleagues to avoid giving any money from a Citigroup settlement to “conservative property-rights legal services.”

“Aiding their political allies was only the half of it,” Goodlatte said. Under Obama, Justice “went out of its way to exclude conservative groups.”

Clinton Corruption Update for October 25, 2017: Clinton/DNC Backing of Fake Russian Dossier Confirmed

Among several Clinton scandals, the Uranium One deal deserves much more attention:
“Here’s the kicker: The Uranium One scandal is not only, or even principally, a Clinton scandal. It is an Obama-administration scandal.

The Clintons were just doing what the Clintons do: cashing in on their “public service.” The Obama administration, with Secretary Clinton at the forefront but hardly alone, was knowingly compromising American national-security interests. The administration green-lighted the transfer of control over one-fifth of American uranium-mining capacity to Russia, a hostile regime — and specifically to Russia’s state-controlled nuclear-energy conglomerate, Rosatom. Worse, at the time the administration approved the transfer, it knew that Rosatom’s American subsidiary was engaged in a lucrative racketeering enterprise that had already committed felony extortion, fraud, and money-laundering offenses.

Indeed, the Obama Administration knew that Russia was trying to bribe the Clintons, yet they supressed the information and approved the Uranium One deal anyway:

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.”

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Fighting ends in Marawi

It’s about five hours from us, and the fighting has continued the last five months, but the Philippine military say they have finall cleared out the insurgents and terrorists. Thousands have been made homeless because of this battle.

More here.

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A Few Headlines

FBI and the Russia Probe– this is probably the least hyperbolic and most straightforward thing I’ve read on this. Very helpful.

Bombshell? The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid opposition research firm Fusion GPS to investigate Donald Trump as part of a project that led to the infamous dossier compiled by a former British spy. More here. And remember that Fusion’s CEOs pleaded the fifth before House investigation committee. The new leftwing response to this is that it’s just opposition research, everybody does this. Keep a couple of things in mind- Basically, this means the dossier was just Clinton financed opposition ‘research,’ or rather, largely a creative writing assignment they paid for, and then the media carried it without question, as is, without investigating of their own. And here’s what they were saying about it in January. POdesta’s group is also being investigated– this Podesta is the brother of Hilary’s campaign manager, the guy whose emails were ‘hacked’ most likely because his password was password.

Blacklisting in the comics industry. I don’t care much about comics. I do care about blacklisting.

Crown Prince of Saudi vows to rid his country of extremism and return to a moderate and more modern version of Islam.

CNN really does think everybody else is stupid.

Dressing as a Disney cartoon character is offensive, says Cosmopolitan. Not really.

Prozac polluting waterwasy. Makes crabs, er, crabbier. No, really. It’s a real problem.

What is a populist, anyway?

All three investigations have one important characteristic in common: James Comey, Mr. Mueller’s successor as FBI director, played a dubious role in each.

What’s happening with China and the Philippines in the South China Seas and why you should care. Good read.

Obama et al called Bergdahl a hero and traded known terrorists in order to bring him home. The press duly carried out Obama’s directive and tried to turn the deserter into a hero. He’s confessed to desertion (I told you so) and misbehaving in front of the enemy, which doesn’t mean he put gum on the wall and toiletpapered somebody’s tent, you know? You don’t know. You’re civilians. (ok, I didn’t know, either, so I looked it up for us.)
What he also did is abandon his post and cause the death and extreme injuries of soldiers tasked to look for the missing man. Here are the stories of three men whose lives were changed forever because of what Bergdahl *chose* to do. Bergdahl is not the hero.
I’d have some sympathy for him if he’d shot himself in the foot, but I have none for this. One of the men injured while searching for Bergdahl is a married father of two who was shot in the head and is confined to a wheelchair and cannot speak. Did Obama hold a Rose Garden ceremony for him or the other two men wounded, lives changed forever, because of Bergdahl? Rhetorical question, but, no. Of course he didn’t. Had Bergdahl shot himself in the foot two children would still have a father who could toss them in the air, take them for walks and read stories to them. Five terrorists would still be in prison. Another soldier would still be using his right hand. Another soldier would still be a soldier- his leg wound ended his military career. They are unimpressed with Bergdahl’s claim that he didn’t know his desertion of his post would result in a search for him.

238 women have come forward to accuse Director Toback of sexual harassment. European parliament may be next on receiving end of a wave of accusations. Wow.

Republican Flake (that’s his name, but it suits) won’t be running for re-election. If you only get your news from the establishment/left but I repeat myself, you think he gave a historic speech adn this is a sad loss. There’s a reason they are all using the same language, and not everybody views this as a loss.

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It comes in pints

Researchers found that having about a pint of beer improved people’s ability to converse in a second language. (it was a pint for every 150 lbs of bodyweight)- the speakers didn’t notice a difference but those they spoke with did. Researchers say it may have something to do with reducing anxiety. I wonder if it has something to do with slightly lowered inhibitions. I’ve noticed that when I ‘exaggerate,’ to my way of thinking, the Visaya accent I am more likely to be understood, because it’s only exaggerated to the person who is unaccustomed to the sing-song accent on the second or 3rd syllables but almost never the first, to the p/v/b consonant that sounds like you put your lips together to say ‘b’ but don’t aspirate and say a sort of half-baked v instead (so Visaya and Bisaya are both right and both wrong).

And it always helps if you don’t care much if you sound like an idiot in your own ears, and know that you will be speaking a broken version of whatever the other language is. Here, if you leave out the odd to me little connectors and markers that have no equivalent in English (and are really hard to pronounce, some of them), they tell you easily and without a blush, “Oh, you sound Chinese.”

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Lindsey Graham: We have troops in Niger? Since when? I had no idea!

Except: According to Senate documents, Lindsey Graham was present at the March hearing where the head of AFRICOM said U.S. troops were in Niger. He wasn’t the only Senator claiming to have no clue we had troops in Niger. They’ve been there since 2013- you know, when Obama was President. Both Obama and Trump have notified the Senate in writing about the operations there. I don’t know and I don’t care whether they are lying or they are stupid- it’s irresponsible. These people have no business governing us.

Russian spy ring got close to Hilary Clinton (previously we were told they didn’t).

The ‘Me Too’ campaign is going its predictable direction:
“Why are you “broken” and “violated” if you walk away from bad pick-up lines like that? This kind of post-Weinstein pile-on is going to dilute the righteous fury and end up boring us. ”

I’m not playing, and you know I could. I have read so many ‘Me Too’ accounts that when explained (voluntarily, I don’t ask anybody to share)- it’s not ‘me, too’ at all. Somebody wolf whistled. Somebody asked somebody out, awkwardly, tactlessly, and the girl said get lost and that was the end of it. Somebody got paid less than a man (also, me, too, and you know what, it’s not remotely like being sexually assaulted). Somebody said boo. I’ve seen people say that they are ‘me, tooing’ to speak for those who can’t. Oh, stop it. Please don’t. You don’t get to speak for somebody else in the first person, and you’re definitely not speaking for me. The presumption is not supportive, it’s irritating.

Algebra, geometry- tools of white supremacy or something

Rachel Maddow and her conspiracy theories on Niger get corrected by experts. So she doubles down. Experts correct her again. one of them was a fan of Maddow.

Buzzfeed writer lashes out at Weinstein for racism because he didn’t prey on many black actresses.

This well worn pedagogical technique ought not to be worn at all. It’s ugly.

Liberal left heroes who treat women like garbage. There’s a long line of them, and don’t forget Teddy Kennedy, who left a young girl to die alone in a car he drove off a bridge, a fact not in dispute, and selfishly attempted to cover up his involvement, also not in dispute, and who was reelected over and over again for the rest of his life.

There are predators out there. But every unasked for eyebrow waggle is not harassment and it’s not all cause for tears and the vapors:

In a new book, titled Women vs Feminism: Why We All Need Liberating from the Gender Wars, Dr Williams say that the breed of feminism which is considered “fashionable” nowadays involves telling young women that casual misogyny and sexual harassment are rife.

“I do think that there is one particular feminist narrative that seems to dominate in education,” Dr Williams told The Sunday Telegraph.

Rather than persevering they think ‘oh these are the insurmountable barriers I was told about’

“But it is increasingly out of touch with reality. Girls are doing so much better at school than boys, and yet we are having people like The Everyday Sexism Project are coming into schools sends out a message of: ‘just you wait, there are real difficulties ahead’.”

She said that if girls are instilled with a mindset of victimhood at a young age, it can set them back later in life. “When women go out into the world of work and experience obstacles, rather than persevering they think ‘oh these are the insurmountable barriers I was told about’.”

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