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de Blasio’s Secret Pizza Party

I’m late getting to this, but there’s been a lot of other news. Bill de Blasio faces questions over his apparent pay-for-play. From The New York Times’ July 24 article, a sample:

Less than six months after Bill de Blasio became mayor of New York City, a campaign donor buttonholed him at an event in Manhattan. The donor, Harendra Singh, one of the earliest contributors to his mayoral campaign, ran a restaurant on city property and was having problems with the lease. Could the mayor help him?

That encounter, on June 3, 2014, set the wheels of government turning in an extraordinary way on behalf of Mr. Singh. City officials at the highest levels became involved, ultimately drawing the interest of federal investigators focused on what they saw as a pattern of trading favors for campaign contributions…

Allegedly, de Blasio’s behavior extended to retaliatory firing of whisteblowers. Both the Manhattan and U.S. attorneys investigated in 2016, and it’s unclear why de Blasio wasn’t charged. (Preet Bharara, anyone?)

The fun bit was when de Blasio read a book to a bunch of kids, Secret Pizza Party. By example, the story encourages kids to steal things, keep it secret, and have secret parties that they don’t tell grownups about. Right up his alley.

I digress now, but it’s even creepier that the book tells kids, “When you make something secret, you make it special,” a line straight out of Pedophile 101. I mean, don’t get me started on Jacob Schwartz, who was a top de Blasio staffer.

Eichenwald Whooaaaa…

We have fun with far-left writer, Kurt Eichenwald. Noting his bitter hatefulness. Or his unhinged responses to Tucker Carlson. His investigation of Hentai tentacle porn and how he deployed his own wife and kids in his public excuse for it. Or how he did a key Trumprussia smear which later lost a lawsuit for his employer, Newsweek magazine.

But I just now happened to come across Debbie Nathan’s article from 2007:

A New York Times reporter not only gave money to a child pornographer, but did business with him and even signed on to an illegal porn website as a member and administrator, documents unsealed yesterday in a federal criminal proceeding in Nashville reveal. He claims in one court document, he only “posed” as a pedophile.

The reporter is Kurt Eichenwald, who quit the Times in October, 2006…

And Eichenwald did write a big story on child porn that was much-praised at first – but, according to court documents, by then he had given thousands of dollars to multiple 18-and-under pornographers to encourage their efforts. And other articles say he posed as Don Henley, and more. Allegedly, Eichenwald’s research involved so many manipulative actions and such intensive “posing” that I had to stop and go “Whoa”. And not in a good way.

Eichenwald would seem to have a history, of privately (not as part of law enforcement) “researching” strange porn in tremendous depth while saying publicly that he does it for the good of others. (Nathan’s article again shows him bringing his wife into his excuses.) Whether you believe Eichenwald is on the level and thus a hero, or something very dark indeed, will be your call.

Coming back to the present, now it seems that Eichenwald and Newsweek are apart (it’s unclear who fired whom). And he has just started a Twitter fight with Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, and lost.

After Eichenwald attacked him in a long series of petty tweets, Assange linked Eichenwald to the CIA (and Assange would know) and exposed Eichenwald’s Amazon pen name, “Andrew McDonald”, by which Eichenwald allegedly fabricates independent, 5-star reviews to his own books. (Hey gang, remember when Sockpuppets were a thing?)

Mr. Eichenwald – get help! Going by your Wikipedia bio (much of which reads as if you wrote it to praise yourself), you could be brain-damaged – you know, that concussion in college that led to your having grand mal seizures. So maybe there’s a medical explanation for your unhinged behavior? Maybe you can still get yourself under control? Best of luck.

Not a Joke From What I Can Tell

Posted by V the K at 10:27 am - July 27, 2017.
Filed under: Hillary Clinton


This is, from what I understand, the no-kidding, title of the campaign biography HRC is having ghost-written for her.

I know her thesis is going to be: “Russia, Russia, Russia, Comey, Comey, Russia, Russia, Misogyny, Russia” but there are more honest explanations of “What Happened” that will not be explored:

1. “I Was a Terrible Candidate and Everybody Hated Me.”
2. “I Got Lost on the Way to Wisconsin.”
3. “I forgot that winning the popular vote in California where there are no controls on illegal voting doesn’t mean sh-t.”

4. “I hired a Millennial twink to run my campaign with a staff of Brooklyn hipsters who thought campaigning in the Rust Belt was beneath them.”

5. “I didn’t murder enough witnesses.”

Keep it going…

Heh.

Posted by V the K at 8:55 am - July 27, 2017.
Filed under: Gays In Military,Transgender Issues

Coca-Cola Tries to Become a B-School Case Study Again

Posted by V the K at 3:58 pm - July 26, 2017.
Filed under: Pop Culture

Hey, Remember when the Coca-Cola company decided to discontinue a successful product in favor of a new formulation? Yeah, pretty much every human being knows how that turned out… except for the current executives of the Coca Cola company.

On Wednesday, Coca-Cola announced plans to stop selling Coke Zero in the US in August, replacing it with a beverage with a different recipe, design, and name: Coke Zero Sugar.

“It is a reinvention of Coke Zero,” CEO James Quincey said in a call with investors.

Coke Zero Sugar is already a major hit outside the US, with growth figures reaching the teens. In the US, Coke Zero sales grew 3.5% in 2016, compared with Diet Coke’s drop of 1.9% in the same time period.

Maybe it will work this time. Personally, I never cared for Coke Zero. I did like Pepsi One and Pepsi Max, but those, of course, have been discontinued.

Minneapolis Tries to Out-Portland Portlandia

Posted by V the K at 3:43 pm - July 26, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

The electorate that gave us Jesse Ventura, Keith Ellison, Al Franken, and Amy Klobuchar is lining up behind a Minneapolis mayoral candidate whose platform includes disarming the police.

State Representative and Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn is calling for major policing changes, proposing to take away guns from the majority of officers.

Dehn is one of several candidates running to beat current Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges in the fall. He recently won the support of voters at the Democratic Farmer Labor convention and now his call to disarm police of their side guns is garnering major attention.

“I’m not saying they don’t have access to that, just like they have access to more lethal weapons in their cars, I would believe they would still have access to their guns in their cars,” said Dehn.

He would be open to officers using other means to protect themselves like a night stick or pepper spray.

The disarm the police plank is precisely what the #BlackLivesMatter hate group has been demanding. Who wants to bet that the police unit charged with mayor’s personal security will continue to carry sidearms?

Trump’s thing with Sessions is weird

President Trump continues to take pot shots at his own appointee, Attorney General Sessions. First, we have to admit where Trump is right. Here’s one example:

Why didn’t A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got big dollars ($700,000) for his wife’s political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives. Drain the Swamp!

It’s true.

  • The FBI and DOJ leaderships are indeed politically corrupted. Trump probably hired Sessions to clean them up.
  • Andrew McCabe is indeed a raging Democrat whose wife takes money from Hillary.
  • Special Counsel Mueller does hire only strict Hillary partisans, and looks to be going out of control. (He was supposed to deliver a timely report on 2016 election interference. It looks like that won’t be happening.)
  • Former FBI Director, James “Leaker” Comey, probably was a “fixer” for the Clintons as I explained at length, awhile back.
  • Sessions should indeed be focused on these matters, and on the government leaks (which are probably related to these matters or a good entrance into them) – NOT marijuana.

But, given all that…Why doesn’t Trump just fire him? And don’t say “loyalty”.

The only answer I have thought of yet, is if Trump is afraid that he won’t be able to get a decent replacement for Sessions through the Senate. And it has been a joy, sort of, to see Senate Democrats suddenly rush to Sessions’ defense – after having painted him as a racist during his confirmation hearings.

Having said that: Trump’s public humiliation of his own Attorney General is unseemly and unhelpful. He should either fire Sessions already, or straighten him out – in private.

Wednesday feel-good movies

They’re short, I promise. 😉 Here’s President Trump saying recently, “In America, we don’t worship government; we worship God”. (If you’re an atheist or agnostic, focus on the first part: “We don’t worship government”.)

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Today’s world is a titanic struggle between those who worship government and those who don’t. I’ll never forget the 2012 Democrat convention, where delegates cheered and defended the neo-fascist slogan, “Government is the only thing we all belong to.” What’s above is the opposite.

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Hyperbole Everywhere

The new Democrat rhetorical style is to shout hyperbolic accusations while insisting they are not being hyperbolic.

John McCain voted yes on the idea that the Senate should have a debate about how to fix Health Care… again. To Democrats… who aren’t being hysterical at all… this means everyone will die.

 If the House bill – or any variant of it – passes, thousands will go bankrupt or die. This is not hyperbole. This is real.

Yes, it is no exaggeration at all to say that if Obamacare is ever repealed or replace with anything other than Government-Run Bureaucratic Health Care (i.e. Single Payer, i.e. VA healthcare for everybody, i.e. Charlie Gardcare), we will go back to the Dark Days before 2010, when American Health Care looked like this.

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The Pride of the Senate

Posted by V the K at 9:03 am - July 26, 2017.
Filed under: 2018 Elections

The US Senate prides itself on being ‘the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.’ The man in the picture below is the junior senator from Minnesota. (He once said he was happy when gay people were murdered.)

Additionally, this august body includes Senator Dick Blumenthal, who lied about his Vietnam military service (he had none) and that he was captain of the swim team at Harvard. He wasn’t. Also, there’s Senator Elizabeth Warren who lied about being an American Indian in order to advance her career. It also includes Senator Kamala Harris who started her political career as the sidepiece to California Assembly Speaker and San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, who appointed her to political boards in exchange for her… um… services. And then there’s Senator Patty Murray, who praised Osama Bin Laden for building day care centers and whose college major was … I am not making this up… “recreation.”

And previous senators included Ted Kennedy, re-elected six times by the people of Massachusets after leaving a woman to drown in his Oldsmobile after drunk-driving off a bridge. Senator Kennedy also notoriously made a “waitress sandwich” in a DC restaurant with another Senator – Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who was subsequently drummed out of the senate for being on the take with Countrywide mortgage.

Not to mention, the membership of the US Senate included a real-live actual former Ku Klux Klansman, Robert Byrd; who was an elected member of the United States Senate for over half a century? (Hillary Clinton praised Grand Kleagle Byrd as a “friend and mentor.”)

So, why not Senator Robert “Kid Rock” Ritchie? Yes, there will be better people running. This guy for example perhaps. But the notion that electing Kid Rock would bring down the standards of the US Senate is laughable.

(A version of this post appeared on Ricochet yesterday)

Awan family breached Congressional security and blackmailed Democrats?

I’ve been eyeing this story for months, but haven’t blogged it because I (still) don’t understand what it is. It’s something about a couple guys from Pakistan, who were Congressional I/T administrators, up to some shenanigans, of which Congress has been weirdly protective; especially Debbie Wasserman-Schulz.

Here’s a July 23 article from The Daily Caller:

FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back…

An additional source in Congress with direct knowledge of the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, confirmed that the FBI has joined what Politico previously described as a Capitol Police criminal probe into “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network” by Imran and three of his relatives, who had access to the emails and files of the more than two dozen House Democrats who employed them…

To be clear: These investigations are real and ongoing. But we’re not being told what about. It’s all, something something hard drives relatives laptops Wasserman-Schulz something. With hints that maybe blackmail or national security breaches are involved?

Here’s video from May of Wasserman-Schulz glowering at a Capitol Police officer who won’t return a laptop (a piece of evidence) that she wants back.

If you have a good notion what this story is about, please let us know in the comments.


UPDATE: Via Zero Hedge, Imran Awan tries to flee the U.S.; is arrested and charged with multiple counts of bank fraud. Amongst other background, ZH supplies a list of 30 Democrats who had him on their taxpayer-funded payrolls. Yikes!

And in the comments, Heliotrope (thanks!) points us to a Daily Caller starter piece from February.

Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.

Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday…

Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis…

Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz…

OK, between the 3 articles, here is what we got:

  • Members of the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees, chiefly (or entirely?) Democrats, have employed Awan family members for I/T.
  • For years. Paying them millions, over the years.
  • In Feb. 2017, they were abruptly dismissed. But House members continued to pay them.
  • And ever since, Debbie Wasserman-Schulz has been frantic to “recover” (or hide) evidence.
  • Her effort has apparently failed, with the FBI getting key info on 7/23 and arresting Imran Awan on 7/24.

Hmm. Looks like MAJOR security breaches and blackmail, focused on House Democrats. Will this scandal get the media coverage it deserves? How about a Special Counsel?

Also, as ZH puts it, “One bombshell that has been all but ignored by the main stream media is that Imran Awan had access to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s iPad password, meaning that the brothers also had direct access to the notorious DNC emails.” So…could these guys even have an angle on the DNC email leaks?? Trumprussia?

UPDATE: Apparently Awan had access to Nancy Pelosi’s laptop and emails, among many others.

Democrats colluded with Russia to hack 2016 election

We’ve been thinking this for months, but here’s another post because this article explains it so well:

While the mainstream news media hunts for evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, the public record shows that Democrats have willfully used Moscow disinformation to influence the presidential election against Donald Trump and attack his administration.

The disinformation came in the form of a Russian-fed dossier written by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. It contains a series of unverified criminal charges against Mr. Trump’s campaign aides…

Some Democrats have widely circulated the discredited information. Mr. Steele was paid by the Democrat-funded opposition research firm Fusion GPS with money from a Hillary Clinton backer. Fusion GPS distributed the dossier among Democrats and journalists. The information fell into the hands of the FBI, which used it in part to investigate Mr. Trump’s campaign aides.

Mr. Steele makes clear that his unproven charges came almost exclusively from sources linked to the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin…

“If anyone colluded with the Russians, it was the Democrats,” said a former Trump campaign adviser who asked not to be identified because of the pending investigations. “After all, they’ve routinely shopped around false claims from the debunked Steele dossier, which listed sources including senior Kremlin officials. If anyone should be investigated in Washington, it ought to be Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Mark Warner and their staffers.”

RTWT. It has more detail on why the dossier was fake and how Hillary’s campaign used it anyway.

My major criticism of the article would be that John McCain’s name doesn’t appear; I’ve noted recently how he had such early access to the dossier as to suggest that he may have helped spread it.

The founder of Fusion GPS is going to “plead the fifth” about his company’s role in all this.

[Senate Judiciary] Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., confirmed in a statement that they subpoenaed Simpson to appear before the committee Wednesday as part of a hearing about the influence of foreign lobbying in last year’s presidential election.

“Simpson’s attorney has asserted that his client will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to the subpoena,” Grassley and Feinstein said.

Remember that Fusion GPS also had ties to Natalia Veselnitskaya lobbying in favor of Putin (that is, lobbying against the anti-Putin Magnitsky Act). Fusion GPS had a representative at Veselnitskaya’s nothing-meeting with Donald Trump Jr., that lefties were so excited about last week.

UPDATE: They reached an agreement with the Fusion GPS guy to get an interview (I think that’s not under oath?). But Democrats stalled the committee interviewing another Fusion GPS-related witness. Dems must be really nervous.

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Lefties have been swarming on Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The most famous comment, which you have probably heard, was a Daily Beast writer calling her “Butch queen first time in drags at ball” – but there have been many others. And no mainstream voices have yet objected.

It reminds me of 2016 when Azealia Banks gave a detailed call for Sarah Palin to be gang-raped – and left-leaning Twitter did nothing to Banks, despite her clear violation of Twitter’s policy against inciting violence on others.

All of this highlights how the Left is more-than-guilty of what it accuses others of. Lefties are hypersensitive to racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, etc. because too many of them are racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, etc. Not all (I know some who aren’t); but many. They know it in themselves. Knowing it in themselves, they assume that others (righties) must be even worse.

If you had the spam

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 1:48 pm - July 25, 2017.
Filed under: Blogging

A Safari user or two kindly informed us that the GP comment section was causing a popup message something like “Your iPad has been chosen to win a $1,000.00 gift card.”

Yesterday they did some work on the blog. So, I’m hoping that would be cleaned up. If you saw the message previously, please let us know if you still see it (after running Apple’s or Safari’s version of local cleanup – I would not know what that is). Thanks!

If anyone didn’t know: Human trafficking is a thing

In the olden days, it was slavery. Today, it often takes the form of women or children being bought or sold for sexual purposes. In this particular instance, it’s the smuggling of illegal workers:

The death toll in what police called a horrific human trafficking case — eight men died inside a sweltering 18-wheeler parked outside a San Antonio Walmart — reached nine on Sunday…

A total of 39 people had been inside the tractor-trailer, including at least four teenagers, Fox 29 reported. Twenty people were taken to area hospitals in critical condition…

A store employee first alerted police after being approached by someone from the truck who was asking for water. The vehicle did not have a working air conditioning system…

The origin of the truck is still unknown. Investigators gathered evidence from the truck on Sunday, which had an Iowa license plate but no other markings.

Thomas Homan, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director, said in a statement: “By any standard, the horrific crime uncovered last night ranks as a stark reminder of why human smuggling networks must be pursued, caught and punished.”

U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin, Jr. also called Sunday morning’s incident “an alien smuggling venture gone horribly wrong.”

“All were victims of ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the well-being of their fragile cargo,” Durbin said, adding that the Justice Department will be working with Homeland Security and local responders in the investigation…

Needless to say: Crime is crime. I know that we’re all 100% in favor of law enforcement cracking down on this and punishing whoever is responsible.

Hey Trump-haters: Did it ever occur to you that this is a reason (one of many) why we should want good border control?

Unsurprising?

A black New York Times reporter has accused white women of racism because, he says, they don’t “walk courteously” – that is, they walk with shoulder pads forward-broadly like he doesn’t exist, forcing him to move for them:

Greg Howard, a writer for the Sunday Metropolitan Section…added that there are times when he’s had to step off the sidewalk and into the road, making him ‘feel small’.

‘In seven years of living and walking here, I’ve found that most people walk courteously – but that white women, at least when I’m in their path, do not,’ Howard wrote.

‘Why only and specifically white women? Do they refuse to acknowledge me because they’ve been taught that they should fear black men, and that any acknowledgment of black men can invite danger?’

His original here. Several thoughts leap to mind.

  • The fun of blue-on-blue accusations. A leftie man is on the street, arguably playing games of “chicken” using his Male Privilege Card. When some women don’t honor it, he calls them racist.
  • The parochialism of New Yorkers. Most likely, it is -New York City- white women who won’t narrow their shoulders for Howard or notice his presence: precisely because New York City votes 82% for Hillary and the women are a little more likely to be aggressive, Hillary-style feminists. But Howard equates that to the world, blaming white women everywhere.
  • The racism of lefties. Let’s say that Howard’s explanation has an element of truth. Then of course he would find it in New York City – again, because it’s such a left-leaning place. I have long noted how, in American history, it was the Democrat party who fought in favor of slavery and Jim Crow and the KKK and Japanese internment (during WW2), and how Margaret Sanger’s goal in founding Planned Parenthood was to abort black babies specifically, and how lefties see racism everywhere probably because many of them will start spewing racism if you get a few drinks in them.

Mohammedanism: The State Religion of the Progressive Left

Posted by V the K at 3:09 pm - July 22, 2017.
Filed under: Liberal Hypocrisy,Religion Of Peace

We all know that UC-Berkeley refused to give a venue to Ben Shapiro because the fascist mob representing the Democrat Left would commit violence were a conservative allowed to speak on campus. (After the public outcry, university officals may be rethinking their stance.)

But did you also know that UC-Berkeley is refusing to allow uber-atheist Richard Dawkins to speak because he has criticized Islam? Specifically, he criticized the bigotry, homophobia, and misogyny of Islam.

It is interesting to know that in the eyes of progressives like these, some religions are more worthy of consideration than others. Islam, generally speaking, is vastly more illiberal than Christianity. Somehow, though, Islam falls under the protecting veil of progressivism.

But of course it does. “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam,” said one prominent Democrat leftist. And the Progressive Democrat Left agrees.

A new low: Media fat-shames Trump

Tucker has it:

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I thought the Left was against fat-shaming? But, there’s more. Tucker goes into something even lower: the media’s (and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA’s) efforts to sensationalize the fact that President Trump and Vladimir Putin talked at dinner last week during the G-20 meetings. With Louise Mensch literally calling for the death penalty.

In other News of Teh Crazy:

  • Burn on Kurt Eichenwald. It’s a long story. Read it if you care. Basically, Newsweek settled a lawsuit that he had gotten them into with some Trumprussia-related smear of his.
  • CNN keeps bringin’ the hysteria with a new series on the Russian sleeper-spy-next-door. Notably absent: CNN’s interest in the Chinese sleeper-spy-next-door, or the Muslim sleeper-terrorist-next-door.
  • Remember the rumors of Obama considering martial law, if the election didn’t go as planned? (cough, Hillary win) It turns out there was something to it.

Some palate-clearing good news:

Mind-Boggling Ignorance From Elite Journalist Joy Reid

Posted by V the K at 2:40 pm - July 21, 2017.
Filed under: Liberal Mediocrity Sucks

This award-winning journalist is a “National Correspondent” for NBC News, hosts a weekly news show on MSDNC. (Hat Tip: Twitchy)


This is trippy

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 1:53 pm - July 21, 2017.
Filed under: Annoying Celebrities,Conservative Movement,Transgender Issues

At the link, Caitlyn Jenner defends President Trump and expresses a belief in limited government and making the U.S. a better place to do business.

Of course I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I’m glad to see Jenner saying sensible political things to a left-leaning audience. On the other hand, I know that Jenner has willingly served as either a source, or at least a mascot, for some of the rather foolish Transgender Fever that has swept America in the last year or two.

As to transgenders in general: I’m glad when they stand up for their legitimate rights as any human should – for example, practicing self-defense skills with Pink Pistols – and, I’m not glad when adult biological men think they have a right to impose their brand of political correctness on others, take over girls’ bathrooms, etc.

Overall, file this one under “People Are Complex”.