Friday, May 24, 2019

Real collusion with America's enemies. There is a pro Iran and pro China wing in the Democrat Party

How is this not colluding with America’s enemies?

Imagine, for a moment, what the political reaction would be if a leading Republican senator met with an antagonistic foreign power, say Russia, in the midst of high-tension standoff between President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin?
Such a scenario seems nearly inconceivable. Yet, it’s exactly the situation Sen. Dianne Feinstein created when hosting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for dinner a few weeks ago.
Politico reported on the meeting, noting that it was “a bit unusual” for a former chair of the Intelligence Committee and a member of the Senate minority to dine out with the acting foreign minister of an adversary of the United States. And by “unusual,” Politico meant completely unprecedented.
Actually, my imaginary set-up doesn’t really do the Feinstein dinner justice. Iran isn’t merely a rival of the United States — like, say, Russia — but a violent and active enemy. Like Russia, Iran has long been hacking into US institutions. But the Islamic regime, according to the past two administrations, is also responsible for the death of hundreds of American service members in Iraq.
Add to that the fact that the ruling mullahs have not only undermined US interests by attacking and threatening our allies through their proxies in Lebanon, Yemen and elsewhere, but they’ve funded terror groups like Hamas, which is directly responsible for the murder of American citizens.
Feinstein isn’t merely just any senator, either. She is one of the leading proponents of reinstituting the Obama administration’s failed Iran deal. Only recently the California senator blamed the Trump administration, rather than Iranian mullahs who’ve spent years taking Americans hostages and threatening our friends, of “increasing the chances of an unnecessary military conflict with Iran.”
Well, President Trump — not to mention nearly every GOP member of the majority in the Senate — has supported withdrawing from (or renegotiating) the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. And so he did.
Though Democrats have yet to come to terms with the harsh reality of a President Trump, negotiating deals with foreign powers is his jurisdiction. And, though the Obama administration regularly circumvented this process, the Senate’s job is ratify or reject those deals.
So while it’s one thing to debate the merits of foreign policy domestically — not only acceptable but essential in matters of potential conflict — it’s quite another for an opposition senator to shadow negotiate with a foreign minister who recently “warned” the United States on CNN and demanded our “respect.”
Feinstein’s rendezvous with Zarif comes at a time when the two nations are in a precarious stand-off. The United States, which recently designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization, has deployed bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf. US troops are now in a danger’s way. What if Feinstein and the administration are sending conflicting messages?
Now, the California senator isn’t the only member of the pro-Iran faction in American political life willing to meet with the enemy. Former Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted to repeatedly meeting Zarif and other top Iranian officials in hopes of salvaging the nuclear deal, despite the will of the American people. There is simply no comparable historical example of a former high ranking official going abroad to engage in this kind of effort.
The political media, which act as if every contact the Trump administration has ever had with a Russian-speaking person is potential act of sedition, doesn’t seem particularly concerned about the unusual Zarif meeting.
Perhaps when there’s a chance, though, someone with access can ask Feinstein what she told the Iranians. Did she share specifics about her faction’s efforts to undermine the executive branch? Did she tell the Iranians to wait out the Trump administration for a Democratic president who will once again kowtow to them? Did she tell Zarif that Democrats would possess more flexibility once the next election was over?
And, if the Trump administration was OK with the Feinstein meeting, as the senator claims, it, too, should explain why. Otherwise it’s only helping create a precedent that undermines every future president in every future negotiation.

Dissecting anti Trumpism

Twitter generals of the #resistance are accused of buying social media interactions

The ubiquitous Krassenstein brothers, a pair of anti-Trump online activists, have been banned permanently from Twitter because they violated the terms of the social media platform.
Ed and Brian Krassenstein, who are staunch opponents of President Donald Trump and his policies, operated very influential Twitter accounts that garnered millions of interactions from their supporters.
On Thursday, their accounts were suspended.
The brothers were accused of purchasing false interactions in order to boost their prominence on the platform.
"The Twitter Rules apply to everyone," a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement according to the Daily Beast. 
"Operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing account interactions are strictly prohibited," the statement explained. "Engaging in these behaviors will result in permanent suspension from the service."
Ed Krassenstein had nearly a million followers on Twitter before it was suspended, and his brother Brian Krassenstein had nearly 700,000 followers.
The Krassensteins responded to the Twitter ban in a statement posted to Twitter that denied the allegations. They admitted to having secondary accounts, but said those were used to monitor threats made against them online.

In 2016 the FBI raided the brothers as part of their investigation into scam websites. The brothers settled with the government with a fine of $450,000, but they were never charged with any criminal activity.

Here's a VICE report about the Krassensteins:

Meet The Krassensteins, The Superstar Bros Of #Resistance Twitter (HBO)

Armed woman calls 911, locks herself in closet after intruder kicks down back door. He shouldn't have taken another step.

She handles things Texas-style

A Texas woman appeared to do everything she could to avoid a deadly confrontation — but it was not to be.

Police said the homeowner near Forney in Kaufman County was awakened Thursday morning by someone banging on her front door, KDFW-TV reported.
She didn't answer the door because she didn't recognize the man or his vehicle, the station said.
But soon after, the woman heard her back door being kicked in, KDFW reported.
With that she called 911 and locked herself in a closet while staying on the line with the 911 operator, the station added, noting the time of the call was about 9:45 a.m.

His final faux pas

Then the intruder confronted her while she was still in the closet, KDFW said — and that apparently was the intruder's last mistake.
The homeowner defended herself by shooting the suspect, the station reported.
When Kaufman County sheriff's deputies arrived, the intruder — who has not yet been identified — was pronounced dead, KDFW said.

The woman was not injured, the station reported, adding that the Texas Rangers are assisting sheriffs with the investigation.

Prison Letters From 'American Taliban' Underscore Concerns Over His Supervised Release. Why did the government drop 9 of the 10 charges against him?.

Prison Letters From 'American Taliban' Underscore Concerns Over His Supervised Release

The Northern California man who became known as the "American Taliban" is set to be released Thursday.


  • John Walker Lindh is set to be released Thursday after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence

  • The Northern California man became known as the "American Taliban" after his capture by U.S. forces in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan

  • During his time behind bars in Indiana, he responded with hand-written letters to questions from an NBC Los Angeles producer

Prison letters from the Northern California man who became known as the "American Taliban" after his capture by U.S. forces in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan underscore concerns among authorities that he remains a potentially violent extremist, current and former officials told NBC News.
John Walker Lindh was released Thursdayafter serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence. He is being released early due to good behavior, standard in the federal prison system.
During his time behind bars in Indiana, he responded with hand-written letters to questions from an NBC Los Angeles producer. All correspondence in and out of the prison is subject to inspection.
In the letters, some with introductions on lined paper, Lindh identified himself as Yahya Lindh and said he spends his days in pursuit of Islamic knowledge. He called himself a political prisoner.

"We are in prison due to our beliefs and the practice of our religion, not for committing any crime," he wrote in a March 2014 letter.
He was asked whether the militant group ISIS represented Islam.
"Yes, and they are doing a spectacular job," he wrote in February 2015, going on to say he supports their efforts. "The Islamic State is clearly very sincere and serious about fulfilling the long-neglected religious obligation of establishing a caliphate through armed struggle, which is the only correct method."
"We are in prison due to our beliefs and the practice of our religion, not for committing any crime," he wrote in a March 2014 letter.
He was asked whether the militant group ISIS represented Islam.
"Yes, and they are doing a spectacular job," he wrote in February 2015, going on to say he supports their efforts. "The Islamic State is clearly very sincere and serious about fulfilling the long-neglected religious obligation of establishing a caliphate through armed struggle, which is the only correct method."
Lindh's response was after ISIS beheaded Americans in well-publicized videos, including journalist James Foley in August 2014. Lindh did not respond to follow-up letters about the violence.
His correspondence with journalists and other comments in prison were part of the basis for a 2016 U.S. intelligence document from the National Counter Terrorism Center that said Lindh continued to "advocate for global jihad."
Lindh, who grew up in Marin County in the Bay Area, converted to Islam as a teenager after seeing the movie "Malcolm X." He then studied Arabic and the Quran overseas. In November 2000, he went to Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he joined the Taliban, according to his father.

Berkeley loves its sanctuary label, but a housing crisis is testing its liberal values

Berkeley loves its sanctuary label, but a housing crisis is testing its liberal values

BERKELEY, Calif. - This eccentric Northern California enclave was a sanctuary long before the designation became a must-have merit badge for any left-leaning city.
Berkeley politicians proclaimed the place a refuge for Navy sailors resisting deployment to the Vietnam War nearly a half-century ago. It was the birth of a movement to protect the outcast - and, in some cases, the outlaw - from rules that this beat-of-its-own-drum city and its followers found immoral, most recently the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
But California's housing crisis is testing whether Berkeley can remain that kind of place.

Faced with sharp criticism from a changing population, city leaders have banned people from living in recreational vehicles here, proving that even the most accepting of cities is not immune to the demands that often accompany wealth and gentrification. Businesses and residents have complained about the RVs' blighting of city streets and the burden they place on public safety and sanitation services.
"We had to do something," said Mayor Jesse Arreguín, referring to the March city council vote. "The ordinance we passed, I will admit we rushed into it. But we were facing a lot of pressure from businesses and residents."

Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access to Spy on Users

Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access to Spy on Users



Palestinians call for peaceful Friday protests • US demands Hamas keep the peace


 MAY 24, 2019 04:18
Flaming Gaza balloons ignited fires throughout the South on Thursday, threatening to break the fragile informal truce between Israel and Hamas in advance of anticipated border riots on Friday.
Under the terms of the truce believed to be in play between the IDF and Hamas, the weekly Gaza border riots must remain peaceful.

The organizers of the protests, known as the March of Return, called on Palestinians to continue the weekly protests near the border, including this Friday.

The protests will be held under the banner of “Compassion and Solidarity,” the Commission for the March of Return and Breaking the Siege – which is in charge of the protests – said in a statement.

Dozens of fires broke out in the South after incendiary balloons were launched from the Gaza Strip, a situation made more dire by the extreme heat wave that hit the country. Fires raged in the Sha’ar Hanegev region as well as near Sderot, Be’eri and Nahal Oz.

Palestinian media reported that the Sons of Zouari group admitted to having launched hundreds of the arson balloons.

Sons of Zouari – which refers to Hamas’s chief drone expert and engineer Mohammad Zouari, who was assassinated in Tunisia in 2016 – has launched thousands of incendiary devices into Israel over the past year.
In the early months of the March of Return clashes, the group pledged to expand the range of its airborne Molotov cocktails to up to 40 km. from the Gaza Strip.

Speaking in New York on Wednesday, US special envoy Jason Greenblatt told the UN Security Council that Hamas and Islamic Jihad must be pressured to keep the peace with Israel, after incendiary balloons, launched from Gaza earlier in the day, caused 11 fires in southern Israel.

In response to those balloons, Israel restricted the Gaza fishing zone to 10 nautical miles, one day after extending it to 15 nautical miles. A 15-nautical mile fishing zone is believed to be a condition of the informal truce. Both Israel and Hamas have dismissed reports of such an informal truce.

“We must all speak loudly and clearly and say that these attacks upon Israel, which are perpetrated by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, whether by rockets, incendiary balloons or other methods, must end,” Greenblatt told the UNSC.

He called on the council to declare Hamas a terrorist group for its actions against both Israelis and Palestinians.

Greenblatt blasted Hamas and PIJ for continuing to use civilians in Gaza, including children, as human shields, and for having siphoned off “the scarce resources of the people of Gaza to build their terror arsenal, while preventing donor aid from reaching the people. Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are to blame for the suffering of the people of Gaza.”

Greenblatt spoke during the UNSC’s monthly debate on the Middle East. He noted that “both Hamas and Islamic Jihad target Israeli communities, including hospitals and schools, in a cynical attempt to extract concessions from Israel. Nothing can be meaningfully fixed until they renounce terror and cease their acts of violence and their vow to destroy Israel. When will the Security Council say this out loud? When will we clearly reject this terrorism?”
Also addressing the Security Council was UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, who said the UN and Egypt are working with all parties to ensure that calm is maintained.
situation has now stabilized, it remains very tense,” Mladenov said. “One thing is clear: these dangerous cycles of escalation and de-escalation are not sustainable in the future.”

Mladenov “condemned in the strongest terms the launching of rockets from Gaza into Israel, particularly the targeting of civilian population centers,” and he also called on Israel “to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from using lethal force against protesters, except as a last resort.”

Mladenov urged both Israel and Hamas to take steps to reduce tensions, solidify the calm and commit to the understanding that has been established over the last few months.
“UN and Egyptian teams will continue to work intensely with all sides in order to use the window of opportunity to provide assistance to the people of Gaza and further reduce the risk of conflict,” Mladenov said.

The international community, he said, has worked to address the humanitarian situation in Gaza, with $112 million mobilized to increase electricity produced by the Gaza power plant, create temporary jobs and for health services.

In May, Qatar pledged $480m. of which $180m. is for Gaza, $250m. is for loans for the Palestinian government in the West Bank, and $50m. is for grants for projects in the West Bank.

Some of the funding will allow the UN to provide fuel to help increase Gaza’s electricity supply through the end of the year, Mladenov said.

Turning to the West Bank, the UN special coordinator said that for the third consecutive month, the Palestinian Authority has refused to accept the tax revenues Israel has sent. The PA has refused the money to protest Israel’s decision to withhold from the monthly payments the PA pays to terrorists and their family members.

Without those funds, Mladenov said, the PA’s survival remains at risk.

“Both parties should implement their bilateral agreements and avoid taking unilateral actions that undermine the stability of the Palestinian Authority,” he said. “We must ask ourselves: how many more years will Palestinians in Gaza be forced to live on pittance from the international community, under the control of Hamas, and suffer from Israeli closures? How many more years will Israelis be forced to run for shelters as rockets launched by Palestinian militants in Gaza rain down indiscriminately from above?”

Mladenov also gave a nod in the direction of the US economic workshop on behalf of the Palestinians scheduled for next month in Bahrain, but said that such steps were limited without a political resolution.

Thursday, May 23, 2019


Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor
Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s trial was delayed Wednesday to allow an investigation into the prosecution’s use of malware to spy on several parties associated with the defense.
Malware was discovered weeks earlier embedded in a logo just above lead prosecutor Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak’s signature on several emails that went to military and civilian defense attorneys for both Gallagher and his supervisor, Lt. Jacob Portier, as well as Navy Times editor Carl Prine.

What cops face far do you have to back away?

                                                      Video Chain-wielding man who shouted 'Trump is the devil' gunned down by cops Video length 1 minute 51 seconds 1:51                       

Entitled to be violent

Cops nab teen linked to group who assaulted off-duty firefighter

Cops nabbed the teen in connection to the assault on an off-duty city firefighter on the Upper East Side police said Thursday.
Damir Johnson, 17, was arrested on Wednesday shortly before 10 p.m. after police received an anonymous CrimeStoppers tip that led them to his residence, where a family member at the home positively identified him.
The teen was one of six who attacked an off-duty firefighter on East 86th Street near Second Avenue shortly before 9:30 a.m. Saturday, after the 38-year-old stepped in to stop the group from harassing an elderly couple, police said.
They instead turned their attention to the man, with one of the kids allegedly forcing him to the ground and repeatedly punching and stomping on him — leaving the victim with broken teeth and a concussion, cops said.
Police on Tuesday released video of a group of six teens — three males and three females, all believe to be between the ages of 15 and 17 — dancing and laughing as they walk down the street.
The NYPD’s Chief of Detectives tweeted Thursday to announce the arrest, writing: “The subject, a 17-yr-old male, is in custody. The victim, an @FDNY firefighter who acted as a good samaritan, continues to recover from serious injuries. We thank him for his actions & wish him a swift recovery.”
Johnson was charged with his assault for his involvement in the incident, cops said. He has three priors from 2019, for robbery, attempted robbery and grand larceny.
Investigators are still looking for the five other teens.

Lawyer who intervened in Jussie Smollett case refuses subpoena

Lawyer who intervened in Jussie Smollett case refuses subpoena

A former top aide to Michelle Obama refused to be served a subpoena Wednesday related to her contact with Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx in the Jussie Smollett case.
The subpoena was issued by former Illinois Appellate Judge Sheila O’Brien as part of her request for a special prosecutor to investigate the Cook County state’s attorney’s handling of Smollett’s criminal case, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
O’Brien wants the former first lady’s one-time chief of staff, Tina Tchen, to produce “any and all documents, notes, phone records, texts, tape recordings made or received at any time, concerning [Tchen’s] conversations with Kim Foxx in re: Jussie Smollett” at a May 31 hearing.
But Tchen wouldn’t accept the subpoena, according to the process server.
Tchen, an attorney in Chicago, intervened in the Smollett case by telling Foxx that a member of the “Empire” star’s family had “concerns” about her office’s probe, the Sun-Times previously reported.
Tchen reached out to Foxx on Feb. 1, three days after Smollett told cops he was the victim of a homophobic and racist beatdown near his apartment.
Foxx then contacted Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, asking him to turn over the probe to the FBI before recusing herself from the case.
Smollett was eventually charged with 16 felony counts alleging that he staged the hoax hate crime — but the charges were abruptly dropped in a surprise move by prosecutors.
Tchen has denied trying to influence the case.
“Shortly after Mr. Smollett reported he was attacked, as a family friend, I contacted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who I also know from prior work together,” she said in a March statement. “My sole activity was to put the chief prosecutor in the case in touch with an alleged victim’s family who had concerns about how the investigation was being characterized in public.”
Meanwhile, a judge is expected to decide Thursday on whether sealed records in Smollett’s case will be made public, ABC Chicago reported.

Maryland jail defends shocking decision to release MS-13 killers in spite of ICE detainer

The illegal Salvadoran gang members went on to murder a 14-year-old girl.

These lefty film makers are not only insipid but also amoral

A new film debuted at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival this year, and it's receiving a lot of attention over its plot.
The film, "When Women Rule the World," features a bikini-clad Melania Trump-lookalike on its B-movie-style poster, complete with a likeness of President Donald Trump's severed head clutched in her grasp.

What are the details?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film — of the science fiction genre — was written, directed, and produced by Sheldon Silverstein.
The film's tagline reads, "Meet the First Lady of the Future with her Heads of State."

Silverstein told the outlet that the film is sci-fi satire "with sociopolitical themes" that "align with movements like #MeToo and Time's Up." The film also serves as a political commentary on social masculinity.
"Donald Trump gets in a fight with Putin over who has the biggest penis, and he pushes a button that starts World War III," Silverstein said of the film's plot. "It's kind of crazy."The film's synopsis reads:
[T]he plot follows reality-show mogul Michael Bray; his Russian fiancee, Maria Putin; and another couple on their way to Las Vegas to begin production of the TV series Showgirl Wars. They blunder into a time vortex and are transmitted to the future, after Trump has pushed the button. The surviving women have completely separated from men, blaming them for all the destruction, and live together in a village protected by female warriors while men have been banished to the desert.
Silverstein said that "the film has a consciousness and has something to say about what's going on in the world."
Silverstein, who is clearly not a Trump fan, said that the president is a "moron" who "doesn't care about the environment."
"It's all about money to him," he added. "It's a shame he got elected and [this movie] is a put-down on all of that."
Silverstein insists that everyone at the French film festival who has screened the project "seems to like it so far."
When Women Rule the World Official Trailer 🎬 Coming Soon!

What else?

The concept of creating "art" featuring the likeness of the president's severed head isn't a new notion.
In 2017, comedienne Kathy Griffin posed with a fake, bloodied head that very much resembled that of Trump during a photo shoot. As a result of the backlash, Griffin lost a hosting job at CNN, received death threats, and was purportedly investigated by the Secret Service.
"I'm Hanoi Jane, you know? I get it. This photo is gonna be with me forever, no matter what I do," the actress and comedienne said in March. "I was in London a month ago and I had a driver who took myself and my assistant from London Heathrow to the hotel, and he recognized me from the photo and he said that he was from Morocco and that if we were in Morocco he would cut my tongue off. So, that was a long drive!"