Friday, December 15, 2017

Paul Ryan Stays

When I saw this Drudge headline, I feared that Paul Ryan was leaving Washington for similar reasons as the other recent departees.

I was relieved to learn the headline was misleading.

It seems that Politico wants to depict Ryan as a lame duck.

Comey Clinton Statement Edits

The FBI's collusion and corruption is stunning.

From FOX News:

Newly released documents obtained by Fox News reveal that then-FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email probe was edited numerous times before his public announcement, in ways that seemed to water down the bureau’s findings considerably.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, sent a letter to the FBI on Thursday that shows the multiple edits to Comey’s highly scrutinized statement.

In an early draft, Comey said it was “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” gained access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account. That was changed later to say the scenario was merely “possible.”

Another edit showed language was changed to describe the actions of Clinton and her colleagues as “extremely careless” as opposed to “grossly negligent.” This is a key legal distinction.

Johnson, writing about his concerns in a letter Thursday to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the original “could be read as a finding of criminality in Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified material.”

He added, “The edited statement deleted the reference to gross negligence – a legal threshold for mishandling classified material – and instead replaced it with an exculpatory sentence.”

The edits also showed that references to specific potential violations of statutes on “gross negligence” regarding classified information and “misdemeanor handling” were removed.

The final statement also removed a reference to the “sheer volume” of classified information discussed on email.

...The Senate Homeland Security Committee is doing oversight of the Justice Department's Office of Special Counsel's investigation into whether Comey violated the Hatch Act with his statement. The Hatch Act limits the political activities of federal employees.
The edits in Comey's statement significantly alter its meaning.

That's very significant.

James Comey has a lot of explaining to do. It appears that he and his colleagues set out to protect Hillary Clinton.

They failed.

'Twas the Trump Before Christmas

Jimmy Fallon: Disney Fox Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Disney has just closed a deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox, but they will not be buying FOX News. I guess Disney was like, 'Thanks, but we've already got enough cartoon characters.'

Jimmy Fallon: Net Neutrality Jokes

JIMMY FALLON: Today, the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality, which will make people pay for faster Internet service. People called it greedy and unfair. Then the cable companies said, 'Have we not met? Hi, we're the cable companies. That's what we do.'

The repeal means that Internet providers could slow down or block certain sites. Americans were like, 'If you can block Twitter at the White House, you got a deal. Let's do this. If that's possible, then I'll think about it.'

Jimmy Fallon: Trump Tax Cut Christmas Gift Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Trump said that he wants to give people a giant tax cut for Christmas. Leave it to Trump to give you a Christmas present that's actually just your own money. It's like, 'Oh, you shouldn't have!' 'I didn't.'

Jimmy Fallon: Omarosa Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Omarosa's trying to put a positive spin on things. She said her goal all along was to reach one year of working in the White House, which is funny because that's actually Trump's goal, too.

Gone with the Wind - 78 Years Ago

Seventy-eight years ago today, the premiere of Gone with the Wind was held in Atlanta at Loew's Grand Theatre.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Clash: London Calling - 38 Years Ago

Thirty-eight years ago, The Clash released London Calling.

Sarah Sanders: 'It's Pie Time!'

April Ryan asked for documentation and Sarah Sanders is giving it to her.

Sarah Sanders is terrific.

Jimmy Fallon: Paul Ryan Sweets Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Paul Ryan revealed that he hasn't eaten sweets in ten years. He said he'd rather eat grilled asparagus than a Snickers. Americans were like, 'And we thought Roy Moore was a monster! I mean, this guy is insane!'

Jimmy Fallon: Roy Moore Campaign Headquarters Joke

JIMMY FALLON: As the results came in, reporters said it was very quiet at Moore's campaign headquarters. But to be fair, it was a school night.

Jimmy Fallon: Roy Moore Horse Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Roy Moore became the first Republican to lose an Alabama senate race in 25 years. It was so embarrassing his horse went home in an Uber.

Jimmy Fallon: Doug Jones Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Last night, Doug Jones pulled off a shocking win over Roy Moore to become senator of Alabama. And you know it's been a crazy year when an alleged pedophile loses a senate race and we're all like, 'Wow, what an upset! I thought the pedophile was gonna win.'

Eugene Cernan Leaves the Moon - 45 Years Ago

Forty-five years ago today, Eugene Cernan was the last man to set foot on the Moon.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Peter Strzok: 'Insurance Policy'


Peter Strzok Texts: 'F TRUMP'

Some anti-Trump texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have been made public.

They are definitely more than a little anti-Trump.

From FOX News:

The messages were sent during the 2016 campaign and contain discussions about various candidates. On March 2, Strzok texted Page that someone "asked me who I’d vote for, guessed [Ohio Gov. John] Kasich."

"Seriously?! Would you not [vote] D[emocrat]?" Page responded.

"I don’t know," Strzok answered. "I suppose Hillary [Clinton]."

"I would [vote] D," Page affirmed.

Two days later, Page texted Strzok, "God, Trump is a loathsome human."

"Yet he many[sic] win," Strzok responded. "Good for Hillary."

Later the same day, Strzok texted Page, "Omg [Trump's] an idiot."

...Strzok and Page exchanged messages mocking Trump and his family at the Republican National Convention.

"Oooh, TURN IT ON, TURN IT ON!!! THE DO*CHEBAGS ARE ABOUT TO COME OUT," Strzok texted Page on July 19. "You can tell by the excitable clapping."

Later, Strzok reached out to Page again, saying, "Omg. You listening to npr? Apparently Melania’s speech had passages lifted from Michelle Obama’s…Unbelievable."

"NO WAY!" Page answered, adding "God, it's just a two-bit organization. I do so hope his disorganization comes to bite him hard in November."

On Aug. 6, Page texted Strzok a New York Times article about Muslim lawyer Khzir Khan, who became embroiled in a war of words with Trump after Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

"Jesus. You should read this. And Trump should go f himself," Page wrote in a message attached to the article.
Republican congressman from Ohio and member of the House Judiciary Committee says it 'certainly looks like' the FBI used the anti-Trump dossier to secure FISA warrants in the Russia investigation. Video
Jordan: We need to depose Peter Strzok, talk to Bruce Ohr

"God that’s a great article," Strzok answered. "Thanks for sharing. And F TRUMP."

Strzok, who was an FBI counterintelligence agent, was reassigned to the FBI’s human resources division after the discovery of the exchanges with Page, with whom he was having an affair. Page was briefly on Mueller’s team, but has since returned to the FBI.

House Intelligence Committee investigators have long regarded Strzok as a key figure in the chain of events that began when the bureau, in 2016, received the infamous anti-Trump "dossier" and launched a counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the election that ultimately came to encompass FISA surveillance of a Trump campaign associate.

Strzok briefed the committee on Dec. 5, 2016, sources said. But within months of that session House Intelligence Committee investigators were contacted by an informant suggesting that there was “documentary evidence” that Strzok was purportedly obstructing the House probe into the dossier.


Texts from August 6, 2016:
Page – Jesus. You should read this. And Trump should go f himself. Moment in Convention Glare Shakes Up Khans American Life

Strzok – God that’s a great article. Thanks for sharing. And F TRUMP.

Page – And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. To that end comma, read this:

Page – Trump Enablers Will Finally Have to Take A Stand

Strzok – Thanks. It’s absolutely true that we’re both very fortunate. And of course I’ll try and approach it that way. I just know it will be tough at times. I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps
Texts from August 26, 2016:
Strzok – Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support…

Page – Yep. Out to lunch with (redacted) We both hate everyone and everything.

Page – Just riffing on the hot mess that is our country.

Strzok – Yeah…it’s scary real down here
Texts from October 26, 2016:
Strzok: I am riled up. Trump is a f***ing idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer.


Page-- I don't know. But we'll get it back. We're America. We rock.

Strzok-- Donald just said "bad hombres"

Strzok-- Trump just said what the FBI did is disgraceful.
That last one deserves to be repeated: "[W]hat the FBI did is disgraceful."

Jeff Flake, Doug Jones, and Decency

In response to the results of the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate, Jeff Flake took to Twitter to declare, "Decency wins."

I have a problem putting the slaughter of the unborn and decency together.

CHUCK TODD: Let me ask you on abortion, what are the limitations that you believe should be in the law when it comes to an abortion?

DOUG JONES: Well, look, I, I am a firm believer that a woman should have the freedom to choose what happens to her own body, and I'm gonna stand up for that. And I'm gonna make sure that that continues to happen. I want to make sure that as we go forward people have access to contraception, they have access to the abortion that they might need, if that's what they choose to do. I think that that's gonna be an issue that we can work with and talk to people about from both sides of the aisle. It's one of those issues that I think....

CHUCK TODD: But you wouldn't legislate, so, you wouldn't be in favor of legislation that said ban abortion after 20 weeks, or something like that.

DOUG JONES: No, I'm not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman's right and her freedom to choose. That's just the position that I've had for many years. It's the position I continue to have. But when those people, I want to make sure that people understand, that once a baby is born, I'm gonna be there for that child. That's where I become a right-to-lifer.

Jones clarified his comments about abortion in another interview, but he just reiterated his earlier remarks.


In an interview this week with at his Huntsville campaign office, Jones said he wanted "to be clear" where he stood in the aftermath of a national interview with MSNBC that included abortion and led some political observers in the state to speculate he had damaged his campaign.

During a wide-ranging interview on Tuesday, Jones - who faces Republican Roy Moore in the Senate election -- was asked by about his position on abortion.

"Those comments, everybody wants to attack you so they are going to make out on those comments what they want to their political advantage," Jones said. "To be clear, I fully support a woman's freedom to choose to what happens to her own body. That is an intensely, intensely personal decision that only she, in consultation with her god, her doctor, her partner or family, that's her choice.

"Having said that, the law for decades has been that late-term procedures are generally restricted except in the case of medical necessity. That's what I support. I don't see any changes in that. It is a personal decision."
Decency wins?

Not really.

Sheila Jackson Lee and Doug Moore

Sheila Jackson Lee is not the brightest bulb.

Who is this Doug Moore?

In case the tweet is deleted:

More Leftist stupidity:

Patti Smith: Horses - 42 Years Ago

Patti Smith released Horses 42 years ago today.

Tom Verlaine - 68

Tom Verlaine was born 68 years ago today.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Doug Jones Defeats Roy Moore

To say Roy Moore was a flawed candidate is an understatement.

It's bad for Republicans that they lost a vote in the Senate for two years, but you would think that Doug Jones will need to swing to the right if he wants a chance at winning when he's up for election in 2020.

Moore's loss is good for Republicans in that they don't have to deal with the ethics probe thing.

I'm so glad this election is over.


From the Associated Press:

Attorneys general from three states say a $275 million federal plan for keeping Asian carp from migrating into the Great Lakes is too pricey and rejects the most effective solution.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending technologies such as electric barriers and water cannons at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, which stands between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.

Attorneys general Bill Schuette of Michigan, Lori Swanson of Minnesota and Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania say a better way is replacing the lock gates with a concrete wall that would divide the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. That would cost only about $5.9 million.
We can't allow Asian carp to take over Lake Michigan.


Mario Batali - Sexual Harassment

I don't think these sort of revelations are going to end soon.

Another day, another fall from grace.

From TMZ:

Mario Batali is accused of "inappropriate touching" by 4 women -- 3 of them former employees -- and the allegation is forcing the celebrity chef to step away from his restaurant empire.

One of Batali's accusers called him "creepy" and said he gave "me this provocative, icky feeling." Other claims are he groped a woman's breasts, grabbed someone from behind and compelled her to straddle him.

The allegations, spanning at least two decades, surfaced in an Eater NY article published Monday. Batali responded to the article, saying he's stepping away from day-to-day operations of his business. ABC has also asked "The Chew" co-host to step away from the show while it reviews the allegations.

Sarah Sanders - AMAZING

We just had a terrorist attack in New York and the media ask utterly lame questions. They are nuts.

Her handling of CNN's Jim Acosta is superb.

It's ridiculous for CNN's Brian Karem to question her personal history and experience with sexual harassment. She handled that stupidity well, too.

CNN is a joke.

Sarah Sanders is amazing!

Jimmy Fallon: Trump Diet Coke Joke

JIMMY FALLON: The New York Times said that each day President Trump watches eight hours of TV and drinks twelve Diet Cokes. He sounds less like the president and more like a college kid who just got home for winter break.

Akayed Ullah - Port Authority Bomber

There was a terrorist attack yesterday in New York.

That's kind of a big deal, right?

From FOX News:

An attempted suicide bomber who set off a rush-hour explosion at the nation's busiest bus terminal is a Bangladeshi national living in Brooklyn who was inspired by ISIS, law enforcement officials said.

The suspect in Monday morning's blast at Port Authority in midtown Manhattan was identified as Akayed Ullah, 27. Ullah strapped a pipe bomb to his body with Velcro and zip ties, and it detonated in a subway corridor, police said.

Ullah lived in Brooklyn after he entered the U.S. in 2011 from Bangladesh on a chain migration visa, Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said in a statement.

The DHS said Ullah came to the U.S. on an F43 visa, a preferential visa available for those with family in the U.S. who are citizens.

He was considered a "Lawful Permanent Resident from Bangladesh," Houlton told Fox News.

Law enforcement officials said Ullah was inspired by ISIS but didn't appear to have direct contact with the group and likely acted alone.

Thank God Ullah's attack failed. He didn't even manage to kill himself.

Thank God there are people like these four Port Authority police officers.

Frank Sinatra - 102

Frank Sinatra was born 102 years ago today.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Jimmy Fallon: Scott Steele Santa Tracker

I wonder how many people in southeastern Wisconsin were watching The Tonight Show on Friday and noticed that Scott Steele was featured in Jimmy Fallon's weekly "Thank You Notes" bit.

Scott Steele makes an appearance at 2:20.

Congratulations, Scott, for making it on The Tonight Show!

Keaton Jones, Horace Maynard Middle School

Thanks to the Internet, Keaton Jones is getting a lot of support.

From FOX News:

A Tennessee woman's video of her son's tearful recounting of being bullied at middle school has prompted a wave of support from athletes and entertainers. One star is even going as far as to reward the young boy in a big way.

Kimberly Jones said in a Facebook post Friday she had just picked up her son, Keaton, from school because he was too afraid to go to lunch.

The video of Keaton had more than 18 million views as of Sunday, and a crowdsourcing page for his future education has raised more than $29,000.

The post has gone so viral that celebrities far and wide are taking notice and offering their support to young Keaton. However, one star is going above and beyond to reward the young boy for his perseverance. Chris Evans, who will reprise his role as Captain America in the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War," took to Twitter to not only share his support, but to invite the young boy to Los Angeles for the film's premiere.

"Stay strong, Keaton. Don't let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better," the star wrote. "While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year?"

While Evans offer of a real red carpet premiere is, arguably, one of the best gifts that stars are hoping to bestow upon Keaton, it's hardly the only one.

...In the video, Keaton said other students call him ugly, make fun of his nose and tell him he has no friends. He said milk was poured on him and ham was put down his clothes.

"Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?" Keaton said. "What's the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and find a way to be mean to them? It's not OK.

"People that are different don't need to be criticized about it. It's not their fault. If you are made fun of, just don't let it bother you."

"We all know how it feels to want to belong," Jones said in her post, "but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere."
Keaton Jones attends Horace Maynard Middle School in Maynardville in Union County, Tennessee.

I think it's going to be an interesting day there.

Knox News has a summary of the outpouring of celebrity support received by Keaton.

It's wonderful that celebrities stood up for Keaton when the adults and staff at his school did not.

No kid should ever suffer like this.

So often, the adults that should be calling out the bullies for being the thugs that they are ignore the pain of kids like Keaton. The adults at Horace Maynard Middle School should feel terrible for failing him. They deserve the humiliation. They have to get their act together and control the bullies. They can't ignore the way Keaton is being treated. They have to take responsibility for identifying and disciplining the bad kids, and identifying and protecting the abused kids.

The fact is no happy, healthy person takes pleasure in intentionally hurting someone else. No decent person in a position of authority permits abuse to take place.

I'm so glad that Keaton gets to go to school today knowing that he has celebrities and famous athletes in his corner. The bullies and their enablers are the losers. They lost. Keaton won.

What's truly heartbreaking is the reality that so many other kids all over the country will endure merciless bullying today. They don't have the outpouring of celebrity support Keaton is receiving. They need teachers and staff at their schools to support them and put the spotlight on the real problem - the bullies. Their despicable behavior should not be tolerated. These abused kids should not be tortured at school.

Parents need to make sure their kids are not part of the problem.

Hold bullies and their enablers accountable.

Packers Beat Browns

Two OT victories, back-to-back!