Politics

FBI Agent Gave Russia Probe Intel to Dossier Author

In a revealing new story on the ongoing Russia collusion scandal, the Washington Post attempts to exonerate the FBI from its own collusion scandal.

But the story is revealing, accidentally, for reasons the Post did not intend.

The investigation for the story turned up the fact the Christopher Steele — the infamous former British intelligence agent turned author of the Trump dossier, hired by Fusion GPS — met with an FBI agent in Rome in October of 2016 prior to the election.

It was during that meeting that the agent gave Steele the name of campaign adviser Papadopoulos, thereby revealing to a Democrat-paid political hack intimate details about an ongoing FBI investigation into the Trump campaign.

But no, there obviously wasn’t any collusion by the FBI.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

An FBI agent shared the name of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos with Trump dossier author Christopher Steele during a meeting in early October 2016.

That new bit of information was revealed in a column published Wednesday by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.

Ignatius reports that Steele, a former MI6 agent, met with an old FBI contact in Rome around Oct. 1, 2016 to share findings from his investigation into Donald Trump’s and the Trump campaign’s associations with the Russian government.

“At this meeting, the FBI official asked Steele if he had ever heard of Papadopoulos,” reports Ignatius, who cited an official familiar with the meeting as his source.

According to Ignatius, Steele had not heard of Papadopoulos, a little-known energy consultant who joined the Trump campaign as a volunteer adviser in March 2016. He pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian nationals while working on the campaign.

Ignatius’ report reveals for the first time that an FBI agent shared information about the bureau’s investigation with Steele, who operates a private research firm in London.

The former British spy was hired in May 2016 by Washington, D.C.-based opposition research firm Fusion GPS to investigate Trump’s activities in Russia.

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States

Ohio State Course Shames White Heterosexual Masculinity

The ivory tower elites and administrators clearly have no problem continuing on the path to cultural oblivion in what seems like a contest for the ‘stranger-than-fiction’ award for college coursework.

Ohio State may have taken the lead with the announcement of an upcoming Spring course that explores ‘reasons why white heterosexual masculinity is problematic’.

The required texts for the course include books that delve into ‘homophobia’, ‘violent masculinity’, phallic exploration, and exploits in the male posterior, if you catch our meaning.

In other words, youngish college kids will pay money to be brainwashed with LGBTQ propaganda.

Supported, of course, by taxpayer dollars.

Here’s more from the College Fix…

A class taught this spring at Ohio State University will review a parade of reasons why white heterosexual masculinity is allegedly problematic, tackling the topic from the constructs of racial issues, bullying, pop culture, societal expectations and much more, according to its syllabus.

The course, “Be a Man! Masculinities, Race and Nation,” includes a variety of readings to that end, including its required textbook “Dude, You’re a Fag!” by C.J. Pascoe, which analyzes masculinity as not only a gendered process, but sexual one, its Amazon description states.

Other assigned reading excerpts include: “Masculinity as Homophobia” by Michael Kimmel; “Advertising and the Construction of Violent White Masculinity” by Jackson Katz; “Dude Sex: Dudes Who Have Sex with Dudes” by Jane Ward; “Looking for My Penis” by Richard Fung; “Sodomy in the New World” by Jonathan Goldberg; and “Teaching Men’s Anal Pleasure” by Susan Stiritz.

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Issues, Politics

No Deal: House to Vote on Budget Deal Without DACA

Whatever hope there might have been for a grand compromise on a bipartisan DACA fix went down the toilet last week after the ‘s-hole’ incident.

Dems have walked away from the table content to join the media in the dump on Trump routine.

So Republicans have announced they’ll simply go it alone on the stopgap spending measure to prevent a government shut-down, but with zilch in the way of addressing the DREAMers.

There’s little chance the measure fails in the House, but whether Senate Republicans will toe the line is another question.

If even two of them don’t, it’ll be an all-out war (we’re looking at you, Collins and Murkowski).

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The House will vote as early as Thursday on a measure to temporarily extend government funding until Feb. 16 and to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years.

The legislation, at this point, will not include immigration reform language or a provision to protect so-called “Dreamers” from being deported.

Republican leaders informed rank-and-file lawmakers at a meeting late Tuesday.

The legislation includes a few “sweeteners” aimed at drawing in GOP and Democratic votes, although it’s unlikely to win much Democratic support.

It would also delay by two years a tax on medical devices and a tax on high-cost health plans. Another tax on Obamacare insurers would be delayed for one year.

All of the taxes were created to help fund Obamacare. The medical device tax was delayed in 2015 for two years but went back into effect on Jan. 1, as did a tax on Obamacare health insurers.

The tax on high-cost health plans, often called the “Cadillac” tax, has never gone into effect and is delayed until 2020.

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States

Left Coast Blues: ‘New California’ Movement to Form New State

If we’re being geographically honest, much of what we regard as the Left Coast is just that: coastline.

The effete, uber-liberal fops that command far more attention and money than what’s good for them are largely concentrated along the coastline of southern and central
California.

And it’s that area that controls much of the tax-and-spend, regulate-to-death policies coming out of Sacramento.

And their more conservative, small-government cousins in the plains and deserts have had enough.

So they’ve officially declared independence from the People’s Republic of California and have begun the official process, via the U.S. Constitution, of forming a new
state.

Before we dismiss this as fanciful thoughts of a bygone era, it’s been done before.

Here’s more from Redstate…

There’s a new effort to split California into more than one state, but this time, a Declaration of Independence has been drafted. That’s right — rural California (aka Not The Coast) wants to declare independence from high tax-voting, sexual harassy, far left California. And not just geographically far left.

CBS reports that New California is doing things properly — not with petitions and Facebook campaigns, but via Article 4, Section 3 of the United States Constitution. New California movement founder Tom Reed said, “We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern.”

Do not confuse this with CalExit, which wants to leave the Union and disassociate itself from Flyover Country. From New California’s statement, made yesterday:

“With faith, diligence, and our sacred honor, we do hereby declare our Unity with Natural Law and the United States of America’s Constitution.”

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Media

Breaking: Twitter Admits Selling User Data, Private Messages

Twitter isn’t having such a great year so far after the recent candid camera videos released by Project Veritas.

The first video showed several Twitter employees admitting censorship of conservative users on the social media platform.

Then a second video released this week shows employees admitting that users’ private messages aren’t all that private since employees can not only read them but can also save them.

Those messages, along with user data, are sold to advertisers for big bucks.

In one stark admission, an employee reveals Twitter staffers are “analyzing [user messages]…they sell that data…Everything.”

Oops.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Following the publication of Project Veritas’ third bombshell video, which detailed Twitter employees searching through the private messages of users, nearly all major online tech publications have ignored the story entirely.

The latest Project Veritas video about social media platform Twitter is focused on alleged misuse of private user data. One of the clips in the video features former Twitter direct messaging engineer Pranay Singh openly stating that Twitter has access to all of their user’s private messages and photos. In the video, Singh states:

Everything you send is stored on my server. You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server now… So all your sex messages and your, like, dick pics are on my server now. All your illegitimate wives, and, like, all the girls you’ve been fucking around with, they are on my server now. I’m going to send it to your wife, she’s gonna use it in your divorce… So what happens is, like, when you write stuff or when you post pictures online, they never go away. Like, they’re always on there… Even after you send them, people are, like, analyzing them, to see what you’re interested in, to see what you’re talking about, and they sell that data… Everything. Anything you post online.

This sort of admission from a former employee at one of the most popular social media platforms in the world is an incredible scoop, yet Breitbart Tech is one of the only publications covering the story so far. As of this writing, TechCrunch, The Verge, Mashable, CNET and Ars Technica have failed to cover the latest video. Ars Technica did publish a piece yesterday which took issue with some of the more innocuous statements from Veritas’ second video and attempted to discredit Project Veritas President James O’Keefe. This article did not deal with some of the larger pieces of information revealed by the second video but rather deconstructed smaller statements that many never questioned in the first place.

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Issues, Politics

NAACP: Civil Rights Requires Fighting Global Warming

Ever in search of a fusionist vision of all leftist pathologies, global warming fetishists at the NAACP have seized on the notion that achieving MLK’s dream of full civil rights for African Americans cannot happen unless global warming is curbed.

That’s right. You see, minorities, in their view, not only having to contend with racism but also with the fact that they are ‘disproportionately affected by global warming’.

Since the globe is heating up beyond control — see the bomb storm in New England in recent days — minorities lack the means to contend with rising temperatures.

The bottom line?

If you don’t support the Paris Climate Accords, you’re a racist.

Got that?

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the NAACP wants man-made global warming to be seen as a civil rights issue, arguing King’s vision of a society free of racial injustice can’t be achieved without addressing warming.

“We see climate change as a civil rights issue,” Jacqueline Patterson, head of the NAACP’s environmental and climate justice program, said in an online radio spot for the Yale Center for Environmental Connection.

Environmental activists have been increasingly framing global warming as a matter of “environmental justice,” since “minority and low-income populations are disproportionately affected by global warming,” Patterson told Yale’s online radio Climate Connections.

Traditionally, such concerns focused on traditional pollutants from factories or vehicles, but the NAACP is expanding it to carbon dioxide, which scientists blame for warming the Earth in recent decades.

The environmental movement has fretted in recent years that it’s not diverse enough, and groups, like 350.org, have tried to draw parallels between global warming and alleged police brutality that sparked riots in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014.

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Culture, Issues

Feminists: Bigger Families Cause More Global Warming

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years, you likely have heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Their show on HGTV is sort of popular.

Actually, it’s been one of the top-rated cable shows for a while now.

The Gaines family also happen to be very conservative Christians.

So clearly they’re a target for the left to take down. Enter the feminists who’ve decided that the Gaines’ recent announcement of their fifth child is simply intolerable.

You see, it’s just plain selfish of these people, argue feminists, to have large families and blindly add more carbon footprint in a world that’s already careening toward the apocalypse.

But don’t take our word for it; here it is straight from the horse’s mouth: “Procreation is becoming a global public health concern…when people do irresponsible things like having five children, we absolutely need to be calling them out.”

Yes, those words were actually published.

Insert your most dramatic facepalm.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Every now and again you come across something so stupid that you have trouble gathering your thoughts about it. The stupid that I’m currently trying to wrap my brain around came in the form of an opinion article from CBC News, which openly promoted shaming HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines for — and this was not a joke — selfishly having children like any married couple would.

The article was written by self-proclaimed feminist Kristen Pyszczyk, who is of the mind that while the backlash the Gaines’ got for announcing their recent pregnancy was unfortunate, it’s necessary because bringing more children into the world is irresponsible and worthy of condemnation.

Why? Because apparently we’re overpopulated and babies are bad for the environment.

There’s no way I can physically relay the stupidity Pyszczk wrote accurately, so I’m just going to quote her verbatim:

In the global West, where the environmental footprint of one person is far larger than in developing nations, it’s crucial that we begin to present all people with alternatives to the traditional nuclear family. This inevitably involves calling out people who have kids like they’re going out of style.

Shame is a powerful tool for changing behaviour: it’s how we introduce new and existing social conventions. It’s unfortunate that Chip and Joanna bore the brunt of changing attitudes, but let’s learn from the reaction and examine our own actions.

Continue reading…

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Elections, States

Mitt Romney to a Friend: I’m Running for US Senate

It looks like the speculation is over concerning whether Mitt Romney will throw his hat in the ring for US Senate.

According to the New York Times (take that for what it’s worth), Mitt sent a text message to a close friend with a pithy declaration: I’m running.

That text was then shared with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert who relayed it to the press.

It’s confirmation of the growing speculation that Mitt will seek to replace Sen. Orrin Hatch who announced his surprise retirement in recent days, much to Trump’s chagrin.

Current polls show Mitt easily winning the election with as much as a 50-point margin.

Here’s more from BizPacReview…

Mitt Romney has privately committed to running for Senate in Utah, confirming rampant speculation surrounding the former Massachusetts governor’s political future sparked by his fellow Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch’s retirement.

Romney, a Michigan native and longtime Massachusetts resident, has yet to commit publicly to a Senate run in his newfound home state of Utah, but has done as much privately in a Jan. 6 text to his close friend and prominent Utah businessman Kem Gardner, according to The New York Times.

The text, which Gardner relayed to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, reads simply, “I’m running.”

Romney remains publicly undecided, however, he fueled speculation by changing his Twitter location to Utah in the immediate aftermath of Hatch’s retirement.

His nascent candidacy has enjoyed a string of good luck in recent days. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was removed from Breitbart News after a public spat with President Donald Trump. Also, two high-profile challengers — Boyd Matheson, GOP Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s former chief of staff, and GOP Utah Rep. Mia Love — withdrew amid rumors of Romney’s run.

Romney, an outspoken critic of Trump, enjoys widespread name recognition and support among Utah’s Mormon community.

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International, Politics

Dominoes: DOJ Files First Charges in Uranium One Scandal

The wall of separation between us and the truth is beginning to crumble this week as the DOJ has filed the first of probably many charges involving the Uranium One scandal.

Recall that the Clinton Department of State approved the sale of a uranium company to Russia which included 20% control over US uranium.

The charges filed this week are the result of the DOJ’s investigation into Mark Lambert of Maryland who reportedly bribed Russian officials in connection with the front-company for the firm that purchased Uranium One.

Lambert’s connections with the Clintons’ role in Uranium One and the donations to the Clinton Foundation are fairly obvious.

If Lambert seeks a plea deal, that wall could come tumbling down very quickly.

Here’s more from Hotair…

Friday a Maryland businessman allegedly involved in an attempt to bribe Russian officials in the Uranium business was charged with 11-counts of fraud and bribery. Reuters reports:

U.S. prosecutors unsealed money laundering, foreign bribery and wire fraud charges against Mark Lambert, 54, in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Friday…

The charges are the latest chapter in a sprawling federal investigation into corruption involved in Russia’s sale of uranium into the United States.

The uranium investigation drew increased public attention last year after an informant involved in the probe claimed to have evidence tying the former Obama Administration to Russian influence peddling, a charge former administration officials have denied.

A DOJ press release offers some of the details of what Lambert allegedly did, including the code words he used as part of the fraud:

According to the indictment, beginning at least as early as 2009 and continuing until October 2014, Lambert conspired with others at “Transportation Corporation A” to make corrupt and fraudulent bribery and kickback payments to offshore bank accounts associated with shell companies, at the direction of, and for the benefit of, a Russian official, Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure improper business advantages and obtain and retain business with TENEX….Lambert and others allegedly caused fake invoices to be prepared, purportedly from TENEX to Transportation Corporation A, that described services that were never provided, and then Lambert and others caused Transportation Corporation A to wire the corrupt payments for those purported services to shell companies in Latvia, Cyprus and Switzerland.  Lambert and others also allegedly used code words like “lucky figures,” “LF,” “lucky numbers,” and “cake” to describe the payments in emails to the Russian official at his personal email account.

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Issues, Politics

DACA Is ‘Probably Dead’: Trump Blames Democrats

President Trump is playing hardball with Democrats as the deadline to fund the federal government looms.

Thursday is the last day to pass some sort of spending measure before the government runs out of money.

And Democrats have argued they won’t vote for any funding deal without an agreement on DACA renewal, with at least one congressman promising to boycott Trump’s first State of the Union Address.

But Trump tweeted this weekend DACA is ‘probably dead’ after blaming Dems for being all talk, no show on an agreement.

That means this week will promise a dogfight with the media going to guns in favor of Democrat rhetoric, viz. “Trump is a racist.”

It’s anyone’s guess how this will play out, but it’ll be fun to watch.

We’ll keep you posted.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

President Trump said Sunday a program allowing people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children is “probably dead” because Democrats “don’t really want it.”

“[Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military,” Trump tweeted.

Trump and congressional Republicans have struggled to make headway in negotiations with congressional Democrats as a government shutdown looms if no spending deal is reached by Jan. 19.

Democrats want to get a deal to allow the 800,000 illegal immigrants covered by the DACA program, which was instituted by President Obama, to stay in the country in the spending deal. Trump has refused to do that unless he gets funding for his wall along the southern border with Mexico in the deal as well.

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