Thursday, May 23, 2019

Democrats Moving on Impeachment

They are doing it so that the Obama administration's politicization and corruption of the DoJ and FBI and its subsequent spying on the Trump campaign won't be exposed.

Trump meeting with Dems goes bust in a flash

That's odd; my printed pos carried this NYT pos.

My National lead:

Mnuchin dismisses IRS memo saying Treasury must release Trump tax returns

Also see:

No Tubman $20 bill on Trump’s watch

Everyone is talking about it.

Trump should pick Boston’s Eric Rosengren for the Fed board

I can't think of a better reason to not.

There’s a reason why Rep. Neal raises and spends so much money

He is defending this?

Who is Justin Amash, and why is Trump saying such terrible things about him?

He's a Republican who is for impeachment.

Justice Department agrees to share some Mueller-related materials with House Intelligence Committee

Judge rejects Trump’s request to halt congressional subpoenas for banking records

Deutsche Bank has been a major lender to both the Trump Organization and Kushner Companies, which previously was run by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who now is a presidential adviser.

What a joke.

New York passes bill giving Congress a way to get Trump’s state tax returns

"Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rocketed to fame through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Trump, was charged Wednesday with ripping her off. Federal prosecutors in New York City said Avenatti used a doctored document to divert about $300,000 that Daniels was supposed to get from a book deal, then used the money for personal and business expenses. Only half of that money was paid back, prosecutors said. Avenatti was previously charged in New York with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to expose claims that the shoemaker paid off high school basketball players to steer them to Nike-sponsored colleges, and in Los Angeles, he’s facing a multicount federal indictment alleging that he stole millions of dollars from clients, didn’t pay taxes, committed bank fraud, and lied during bankruptcy proceedings....."

This was the guy who has been on CNN and MSNBC ad nauseam for the last two years.

Amazingly, he gives lawyers a bad name!

You know, ever since Biden entered the campaign the Globe has ignored the campaign trail:

"Joe Biden got 97 percent of the contributions to his presidential campaign in amounts of less than $200, his campaign announced, leaving out a key detail: how much that added up to. The former vice president, like many of the other 22 active candidates running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is touting his success with small donors as an indicator of grass-roots support from voters. It’s become almost as important as poll numbers as evidence of a candidate’s appeal. Much of the information campaigns have voluntarily released on fund-raising doesn’t provide as full a picture as the reports candidates are required to submit to the Federal Election Commission each quarter, and omit details about all the ways they are raising money. With the spotlight on grassroots donors as Democrats emphasize their ability to raise money from sources other than big donors and corporate political action committees, candidates can camouflage large checks from wealthy contributors by citing the larger number of small-dollar donors, but not the actual dollar amounts. In announcing her first-quarter totals, the campaign of California Senator Kamala Harris said that 98 percent of her contributions came in amounts of less than $100. While small donors accounted for most of the transactions, bigger donors gave most of the money. Of the $12 million she raised, 63 percent came from donors who gave more than $200. Donors giving $1,000 or more contributed $5.8 million, FEC records show. Small-dollar donors have been the critical component driving Democratic presidential fund-raising so far. The 14 Democratic 2020 candidates active in the first quarter reported raising $71.5 million, of which $40.1 million came from donors giving $200 or less. Bernie Sanders raised $15.3 million from such donors, more than any other candidate, followed by Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg."

If small dollars were so important then Sanders and Warren would be ahead in the polls (as if anyone believed those agenda-pushing pos promoted by the pre$$).

RelatedHow Democrats Stole the 2018 Midterms 

The more you donate, the more say you have in the candidate's position on the issues!

Enjoy the Democratic $hell game!

"President Trump’s planned July Fourth extravaganza on the National Mall sounds like it could become a giant Trump rally on the taxpayers’ dime, a Democratic senator cautioned Wednesday. Senator Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, expressed concern that Trump tweets heralding his planned appearance at an amped-up version of this year’s fireworks and festivities signaled the president planned to take a ‘‘nonpartisan celebration and turn it into a de facto political rally.’’ The president has made rallies with ardent, conservative Trump fans a staple of his presidency....."

Since when have Democrats been worried about taxpayer money?

Investigation into racist photo could not determine inclusion of Virginia governor

Yeah, if you are a Democrat you can be a racist liar and get away with it (note the quote by the good doctor). There must be an art to it.

Last slave ship from Africa ID’d on Alabama coast

They are going to put up a plaque in its honor.

Alabama House approves ‘born alive’ abortion bill

It's a life-changing event, now give it a name.

Police official suspended following girl’s killing

Beshear vs. Bevin political showdown set in Kentucky

More and more states want the popular vote to decide the 2020 election

The pols are correct if you select, 'er, elect the right people:

"Several killed in clashes with police after Indonesia president’s reelection; social media restricted" by Stanley Widianto and Shibani Mahtani Washington Post, May 22, 2019

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Six people were reported killed and hundreds injured Wednesday in violent protests over the reelection of President Joko Widodo, prompting authorities to restrict access to social media.

The move made Indonesia the latest country to curb social media platforms in the wake of chaos and violence.

So that is how they are going to shut us down; send all their controlled opposition mobs into the streets.

Thousands of protesters had started gathering overnight Tuesday in central Jakarta, after an official vote count showed Widodo had won more than 55 percent of 154 million votes cast in the April election. This was his second win over Prabowo, a retired army lieutenant general who lost to him in the presidential election five years ago.

Since early results predicted a clear win for Widodo, his challenger had been spoiling for a fight, alleging foul play in the voting despite a widespread consensus that it was largely well run.....

Had the wrong person won the pre$$ here would be screaming foul.


"President Joko Widodo of Indonesia has succeeded in his bid for reelection, according to a full vote count released by the country’s election commission on Tuesday, in a repudiation of the nationalist and faith politics that have brought strongmen to power across the globe. Joko captured 55.5 percent of the vote, well ahead of Prabowo Subianto, a former army general whose alliance with hard-line Islamists raised concerns in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population....."

They claim a bomb plot was foiled just before the election.


Gee, Muslims are currently marking the holy month of Ramadan and I have read hardly anything about in in my Jewi$h War Pre$$.


Duterte’s allies dominate Senate race, shut out opposition

Japan urges traditional order for Japanese names

South Africa’s deputy president, accused of corruption, faces uncertain future

He was the subject of an investigative article in The New York Times in August.

Polish bishops admit they haven’t done enough to stop abuse

As new Brexit deal falls apart, May faces calls to step down

The people voted the wrong way there, which is why the bipartisan talks collapsed.

Big question for EU vote: How well will the far-right do?

Europe’s far-right and nationalist parties hope to emulate what President Trump did in the 2016 US election and what Brexiteers achieved in the UK referendum to leave the EU. That is to disrupt the powers that be, rail against what they see as an out-of-touch elite, and warn against migrants massing at Europe’s borders ready to rob the continent of its jobs and culture.

It's going to be a long climb for them since all western elections are rigged now (after Brexit and Trump, the PTB are not taking any chances), and I predict disappointment for them.

"The high-stakes poker game that Wynn Resorts and MGM just lost" by Shirley Leung Globe Staff, May 22, 2019

Imagine a high-stakes poker game involving Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren, gaming commission chair Cathy Judd-Stein, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. They’re playing with millions of tax dollars, thousands of jobs, and the future of the Massachusetts casino industry on the line.

Wait, we don’t need to imagine it. Some version of this actually happened. Our very own real-time, reality TV show with the fate of the state’s two resort casinos up in the air and no shortage of behind-the-scenes drama and backstabbing accusations.

Then just like that, the game was over. Maddox and Murren folded their cards Tuesday and broke off talks to sell Wynn Resorts’s $2.6 billion Everett casino to MGM, which already operates a casino in Springfield.

Why? Because it became ever clearer that the gaming commission and the two mayors had the winning hand. The gaming statute and host agreement give the commission and local communities unusual power over the industry.

Nothing happens — no sales, no trades — without them, and it certainly didn’t help that Governor Charlie Baker and House Speaker Bob DeLeo seemed peeved about the attempt to play musical chairs with coveted gaming licenses.

That’s what Vegas titans Maddox and Murren forgot. What happens in Vegas doesn’t happen in Massachusetts. They may not like it, but hey, they were the ones who chose to do business here.

He's no Bob Kraft, that's for sure.

Some advice to the big shots: Play by our rules; don’t try to blow them up. Maddox, we expected this from you; Murren, you know better. Judging by MGM’s statement about the abandoned sale talks, the company now recognizes its hubris.....

She just proved everything I said!


Also see:

Wynn-MGM saga has more twists and turns than a romance novel

Encore Boston Harbor casino gets approval to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.


So much for the worries regarding drunk driving.

I know, I know, you can take the pos T home -- or not.


"Just in time for the busy summer season, state officials have released a long-awaited plan to dramatically reconfigure the traffic-choked roads around the two aging bridges that daily funnel tens of thousands of vehicles on and off Cape Cod....."

Or you can stay in town and get a meal:

"Mario Batali, the celebrity chef who stepped away from his restaurant empire after several women accused him of sexual harassment and assault, is now facing criminal charges for allegedly kissing and groping a woman against her will in a Back Bay restaurant in 2017. Batali, 58, is charged with indecent assault and battery in what appears to be the first criminal charge to arise from a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Friday morning....."

"A Massachusetts cardiologist has been found guilty of using his cellphone to photograph a woman in a ladies’ room at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2015. A jury convicted Dr. Marcus Cooper guilty Wednesday of photographing an unsuspecting nude person and disorderly conduct. The victim, a medical student at the time, testified that she was using the restroom when she looked up and saw the camera lens of a cellphone over the top of the stall door. The attorney for Cooper, who no longer works at the school, said his client walked into the ladies’ room by mistake. No photos were found."

So you had to capture it on a cellphone? 

Why not turn around and leave? 

What was he, drunk or something?

Addiction used to be someone else’s problem

Maybe the doctors can take this on:

Mass. Senate rejects marijuana loan proposal for social equity applicants

“It’s a new idea that needs more build-out — it needs more vetting.”

What about the cost?

Brockton man charged in fatal shooting in Dorchester

Man’s body pulled from Muddy River by Boston firefighters

police blotter

New England news in brief

"So many school shootings, so many deaths, so many drills, and now it’s come to this. Kids are playing “active shooter drill” the way children once played cops and robbers....."

That's the price of the agenda-pushing crisis drills gone live to further the gun control agenda while regimenting the kids for a total surveillance society (as well as creating general fear).

MIT professor is accused of claiming others’ scientific discoveries as his own

Three more parents in college cheating scandal pleading guilty Wednesday

"Boston group brings corporate America to D.C. to push for climate bill" by Jon Chesto Globe Staff, May 22, 2019

Members of Congress are used to hearing from the usual suspects — the enviros and other lefties — about the pressing need for a law that would curb carbon emissions, but corporate America has joined the crusade. It will be tougher for lawmakers to write off or refuse to meet with the companies who employ their constituents.


He just admitted this government serves corporate power rather than its citizen constituent, and I can think of no better reason to be against this bill.

Witness the lobbying blitz underway in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Ceres, the Boston-based environmental nonprofit, corralled executives from some 75 or so companies across the country to schlep to D.C. and make the case for a climate change bill. In particular, these business-world emissaries want a price put on carbon pollution — potentially through a straightforward tax, or a program for capping and trading emissions allowances. Ceres and its allies aren’t backing one particular solution over another. Their goal: to create a financial incentive that puts the entire US economy to work in the fight against global warming.

They literally want to create money out of thin air!

Tim Smith of Walden Asset Management knows carbon pricing still has plenty of critics in Congress. His side needs to build more comfort among Republicans that this isn’t just a Democratic issue. It’s why he made a point of holding most of his meetings this time around with skeptics, not believers.

For some businesses, the ravages of climate change have become too difficult to ignore.

The skiing industry is also feeling the heat, as the snowpack slowly melts away.

Never mind them opening early and closing late. That would interfere with the bull$hit narrative.

I mean, a true reporter was ‘‘someone who never stops trying to get as close to the truth as possible,’’ thank you very much. 

Jessyca Keeler of Ski NH, the New Hampshire trade group, says they recognize that putting a price on carbon is the most cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions in a way that’s relevant to reaching global climate goals.

Ceres lobbyists say the businesses are spurred in part by recent studies, including one from several agencies within the Trump administration, that underscore the growing risks of global warming. But they’ll need more to join the cause, to persuade the naysayers in Congress.

Just ignore the cooler than average temperatures where you are.

Ceres’s crusade this week highlights the Boston group’s growing clout in the business community, something that could prove crucial to getting a climate bill done. Corporate America is knocking now. Maybe Congress will listen more closely.....

Yeah, they listen when corporate comes knocking, not you!


About that ski lodge stay:

"Ski resort leaders, businessman indicted on fraud charges" by Lisa Rathke and Kathy McCormack Associated Press, May 22, 2019

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The former owner and former president of a Vermont ski resort accused in a multimillion-dollar fraud case have been indicted on federal charges unsealed Wednesday over a failed plan to build a biotechnology plant using foreign investors’ money.

The charges are against Jay Peak’s former owner, Ariel Quiros, of Florida; its former president, William Stenger, of Newport; Quiros’s adviser, William Kelly; and South Korean businessman Jong Weon Choi.

The grand jury indictment alleges that they conspired to embezzle investors’ funds and deceive investors about the project’s number of jobs and ability to generate revenue.....

Then they are like the casinos, right?



Immigrant investor center to close following alleged fraud at Jay Peak ski resort

Vt. ski resort owner won’t contest fraud charges

Looks like the coverage has peaked.

"Research on children’s health risks in doubt over EPA funds" by Ellen Knickmeyer Associated Press, May 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution, and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy of shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say.

Yeah, the pollution of our air, soil, and water with toxic poisons is far less of a concern than creating a pile of money out of thin air off a carbon tax.

The projects being targeted make up a more than $300 million, federally funded program that over the past two decades has exposed dangers to fetuses and children. Those findings have often led to increased pressure on the EPA for tighter regulations.

Children’s health researchers and environmental groups accuse the EPA of trying to squelch scientific studies that the agency views as running counter to the Trump administration’s mission of easing regulations and promoting business.

‘‘A lot of the centers, including mine, have identified a lot of chemicals that are associated with diseases in children,’’ said Catherine Metayer, an epidemiologist who directs research into children’s leukemia at University of California Berkeley through the federal program.

The EPA awarded smaller-than-average funding for the research grants for this year, asked Congress to cut funding for it from its budget, and has refused to commit to future funding for the program.....


Also see:

"Mass. lawmaker claims Purdue Pharma corrupted World Health Organization" by Danny McDonald and Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff, May 22, 2019

Purdue Pharma, the drug maker under fire for its role in the national opioid crisis, received a new charge Wednesday: that it corrupted the World Health Organization to boost sales of its powerful painkillers.

We have known that for years.

A new congressional report released Wednesday by Katherine Clark, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Hal Rogers, a Republican from Kentucky, asserts that Purdue Pharma funded organizations, people, and research to influence the WHO’s opioid prescribing guidelines; these guidelines are considered to be public health best practices.

The lawmakers said the WHO’s guidelines from 2011 and 2012 contained “dangerously misleading and, in some instances, outright false claims about the safety and efficacy of prescription opioids.” These recommendations mirrored Purdue’s marketing strategies to increase prescriptions and expand sales, Clark and Rogers said.

Who will ever believe the WHO anymore?

“The web of influence we uncovered paints a picture of a public health organization that has been corrupted by the opioid industry,” Clark said in a statement. “The WHO appears to be lending the opioid industry its voice and credibility, and as a result, a trusted public health organization is trafficking dangerous misinformation that could lead to a global opioid epidemic.”

In an interview, Clark said the WHO failed to respond to a letter from members of Congress in 2017. The letter sought to warn the organization that Purdue was trying to expand its drug sales internationally through “fraudulent” marketing tactics.

“This struck us as very strange and somewhat disturbing,” Clark said.

The lack of response prompted Clark and Rogers to look into connections between the opioid industry and the World Health Organization, which writes recommendations to improve health around the globe. They found the WHO was repeating “some of the patently false claims that Purdue was peddling,” Clark said.....

And you wonder why I am skeptical of them?


Time to go to war with China then:

"Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Wednesday, weighed down by a mixed batch of corporate earnings from big retailers. Lowe’s and Nordstrom were among the biggest decliners in the S&P 500 after the retailers reported quarterly results that fell short of Wall Street’s expectations. Target bucked the trend, surging after its latest results handily topped analysts’ forecasts. Chipmakers and other technology stocks also pulled the market lower, continuing a pattern of volatile trading as investors react to developments in the China trade dispute....."


Qualcomm violated antitrust law, judge rules

"Mobile carriers in Britain and Japan begin to turn away from Huawei" by Amie Tsang New York Times, May 22, 2019

LONDON — Google’s decision to cut off support to Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant blacklisted by the Trump administration, is rippling across the globe as companies suspend ties to the handset-maker.

In Britain, where Huawei is one of the most popular cellphone brands, two of country’s biggest mobile networks, EE and Vodafone, announced they would stop offering Huawei phones to 5G customers as a result of Google’s decision.

In Japan, the three largest cellphone companies also said they were reconsidering plans to sell a new series of Huawei smartphones.

And ARM, a chipmaker based in Britain, was reportedly suspending its business with Huawei because some of its designs contained technology from the United States, according to documents seen by the BBC. ARM said Wednesday that it was “complying with all of the latest regulations set forth by the US government” and declined to comment any further.

The moves follow Google’s announcement Monday that it would cut off support to Huawei for its Android hardware and software services. Google’s announcement was a result of a Trump administration order last week that effectively barred American firms from selling components and software to Huawei, ramping up a cold war between the two countries over technology and trade.

EE and Vodafone in Britain both said that they would hold off selling Huawei phones to customers who wanted 5G services until there was more certainty about the situation.....

Until then stay off the trains and buses.


Now that you are home it is time to bed down and forget this.