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Before Lois Lerner Targeted The Tea Party, She Helped The Clinton Foundation

Six years before she became the central figure in the IRS’s illegal targeting of Tea Party tax-exemption applicants, Lois Lerner cleared the way for the Clinton Foundation’s transformation from building a presidential library to being a $2 billion global political influence peddling machine, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

She helped accomplish this feat through a 2007 letter on two legal issues of such magnitude that it’s unlikely the Clinton nonprofit could have become what it is in 2017, 20 years after its creation.
     — Mark Tapscott
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Fake news from the Washington Post

Deep State Leaks Highly Classified Info to Washington Post to Smear President Trump

“At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly,” said Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

McMaster later told reporters at the White House, “Two other senior officials who were present, including the secretary of state, remember the meeting the same way and have said so. Their on-the-record accounts should outweigh those of anonymous sources. I was in the room, it didn’t happen.”

“This story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced,” added Dina Powell, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, who also attended the meeting.

The current and former officials told the Post that Trump shared information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak that was obtained by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing agreement and was so sensitive it was withheld from U.S. allies and restricted within the U.S. government.
     — Kristina Wong


Trump: I had ‘absolute right’ to share ‘facts’ with Russia

“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining… to terrorism and airline flight safety,” he wrote.

“Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the bombshell Washington Post report about a planned ISIS operation as “fake” news on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing the Interfax news agency.

And a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman urged people not to read US newspapers.
     — Yaron Steinbuch



Addendum: Governments have powers, individuals have rights.

But Trump is basically correct here. As President he has the power to decide how intelligence is shared and why. Harry Truman knew that. The best presidents do.

So do the best bureaucrats.


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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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❝Shut up. You have no rights.❞

“Detroit Cops Raid an Innocent Family's Home at Gunpoint on Bogus Sex-Trafficking Tip”

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Innocent but imprisioned

“Jury renders not guilty verdict in gun crime, but defendant still imprisoned”

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Filed for future reference

“Ice Age Britain: River Thames will freeze over on 'this date' – and could kill millions”

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Guilty until proven innocent

“Judge Orders San Diego D.A. to Return $100K it Seized from Family of Marijuana Business Owner”

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Friday Roundup

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Columnist criticized for climate dissent

“Times columnist blasted by ‘nasty left’ for climate change piece”

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Certainty

“Climate of Complete Certainty”

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Not about the science

“EPA scrubs climate change information from website”

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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Silence

“The Bad Manners of the Campus Left”

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Newspeak devours free speech

“What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech”

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Somebody KNEW

“Feds knew of 700 Wells Fargo whistleblower cases in 2010”

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Secret demands

“Court Rules Facebook Can’t Challenge Demands for User Data (and Can’t Tell Users)”

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DEA pushing drugs

“DEA Just Admitted It Lets Drugs Into Communities & Pushes Them on Citizens”

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Yeah, he kinda does

It gets lost in the noise.

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All other things being equal, the side that can't stand dissent is wrong

“Democrats Ask Teachers To Destroy Books Written By ‘Climate Deniers’”

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Theft by any other name

IRS Seized $17 Million From Innocent Business Owners Using Asset Forfeiture”

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Illegal spying on legal phone calls

“Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump”

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Susan Rice unmasked

“CNN Goes On Rampage Against Susan Rice Bombshell, Instructs Viewers To Ignore Story”

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I've nothing more to add to this headline

Black Lives Matter Philly Bans White People From Its Meetings

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Professor says studies don't use science

“J Scott Armstrong: Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method”

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Legal theft

Maine is poised to make it a lot harder for police to steal your stuff

Civil asset forfeiture is a national problem, and a big one. In 2014, for the first time in recorded history, police in the United States seized more money and property through civil asset forfeiture than all burglars and thieves combined. Making matters worse, civil asset forfeiture has been known to disproportionately impact African Americans and Latinos, creating significant barriers to opportunity in their communities. According to a study in Oklahoma, nearly two thirds of seizures come from racial minorities, representing a significant disparity.
     — Payton Alexander

Emphasis added. H/T reddit

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Black & Blue & hate crimes

Louisiana and Kentucky have both passed laws that add police and emergency responders to the hate crime laws.

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Repeal Obamacare with just one sentence

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare

Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.
     — U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks

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Attack from the blacklist

“We’re Under Attack"

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Still plenty of ice

“Scott and Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice is not shrinking… ”

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Abnormal

“Dear Media: Please Stop Normalizing the Alt-Right”

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Hoodwinking Congress - blast from the past (2005)

“Buying Reform”

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Fake isn't always fake

“A libertarian tech revolt”

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Mixing science and politics

“The Real War on Science”

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Cult of Clinton

“America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton”

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Right to boycott

“Fashion Designers Are Boycotting Melania Trump. Shouldn't Bakers and Florists Have the Same Right?”

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Not quite the hate

“Hate Crimes, Hoaxes, and Hyperbole”

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Compromise

‟Ignore the Mob—Long Live the Electoral College”

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Cry Wolf!

“You Are Still Crying Wolf”

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Good thing she wasn't elected…

“Hillary Clinton Supporters Doxxing, Harassing Electoral College Voters”

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More back down

“Sorry America, we're not leaving!”

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Bussed in protestors

“Guess Who’s Bussing in All of Those Anti- Trump Protesters Who Are Burning Flags & Rioting in the Streets?”

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Escape

“Do #CalExit Supporters Realize Many Californians Have Been Trying to Escape Them?”

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It was a joke?!

WTF? Amy Schumer Backs Out, Now Says Talk of Moving was a Joke?!


One backed down. So much for character. So much for honor. So much for principle.

She’s going to stay where the money is.

Next.

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Tiny houses banned

“Tiny Homes Banned in U.S. at Increasing Rate as Govt Criminalizes Sustainable Living”

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Grow a lot faster

“Memo To The Next President: We Can Grow A Lot Faster”

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Nativists threatened by success

“Alt-Right Nativists Launch Witch Hunt Against Chobani Yogurt Founder For Helping Refugees”

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Unlimited immigration redux

“Sweden on the brink? Police force pushed to breaking point by violence amid migrant influx”

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“I’ve done nothing wrong.”

“We operated the business legally and in compliance with all California and local laws.”

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“Parliament is sovereign.”

“Britain's Constitution is famously “unwritten” but can be summarised in three words…”

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Sometimes the police are not your friends

“Who Protects Kids from Predatory Police and Prosecutors?”

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Taking away choice

In a free market, if you don’t like what a business is selling, you don’t buy it.

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Maybe too windy

“Wind Farms Cause Sleep Loss, Stress and Anxiety, Government Review Finds”

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Russia gets attention

“The Russian Bogeyman”

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Unlimted immigration is not a good idea

“German Streets Descend into Lawlessness”

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Gay Thought Police

“…Like Soviet-Era Bullies”

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UK economy grows after Brexit

UK economy grows 0.5% in three months after Brexit vote


The article is boring, but the headline sums it up nicely.

Economies grow when government interference is reduced.

Governments can’t negotiate free trade.


Just remember those.

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Borrowed strength

Trump’s strength is not because of Trump

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Politico elites lie

The takeaway is the the elites can’t be trusted.

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Utah tries grabbing tribal land and pilfering tribal funds

This is why the Republic dies

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The Legacy of Obama comes to Arizona

Just a picture taken in Phoenix.

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Ali was cool

I didn't realize until I was much older just how cool Ali was

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Public blasphemy

Get that? The science is settled. Don't question the dogma. Thou shalt not dissent!

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Environmentalism vs. the Navajo

The Imperious Leader has is trying to phase out coal

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“For thee, not for me…or my friends”

No reason except political expediency

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DOJ delays Apple case

The FBI was fighting a PR war

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Thirteen thousand

A simple question

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Rebellion rumbles

There's only one question left

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Tips

Older journalists are being laid off and they aren't entitled to run their crusades

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The FBI demands you sacrifice privacy

He didn't talk about rights

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The FBI wants your iPhone

The FBI and the DoJ don't believe the U.S. Constitution applies

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Climate Pre-Crime

It's not illegal to deny climate change

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Apple stands for rights

The FBI won’t stop at one iPhone.

The FedGovs won’t stop at ten thousand smart phones.

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This is why John Kerry won't call it a treaty

John Kerry and the State Department do a semantic shell game to avoid the law.

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Simple question

Legal does not mean free.

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Better?

Stars above and Earth below, it’s the Faith Triumphant all over again!

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“We need to put the American flag down”

Identity politics and power through guilt will ALWAYS demand more no matter what is given…

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Nutcase

About the South Carolina church shooting. We know enough now.

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The narrative is not the tragedy

I’ve been asked why I haven’t commented on the South Carolina church massacre.

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Watching the headlines #3

As always, you should read the complete articles and form your own opinions.

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Watching the headlines #2

I think this is way out of hand.

CNN ATTACKS Duke basketball coach for NOT speaking out against new Indiana Religious Freedom law

CNN’s Carol Costello ATTACKED Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski for refusing to weigh in on the new religious freedom law in Indiana. I’m not kidding. Krzyzewski didn’t come down one way or the other on the law, he simply refused to address it. But because he didn’t fall in line, I guess, with other sports figures condemning the law, CNN does a whole segment attacking him…

Everybody's Lost Their Goddamn Mind Over Religious Freedom

Nobody should be forced to do something they don’t want to do, whether it’s bake cakes for gay weddings or decorate cakes with anti-gay slurs. To me, whether a person’s or a business’s decision is based in religion is immaterial.

Whatever you may think of Jack Phillips’s refusal to bake a wedding cake for gay customers, there’s something as or more disturbing about the court ruling against the owner of Lakewood, Colorado’s Masterpiece Cakeshop. Not only was the baker forced to change his store policy, he and his staff were required to attend sensitivity training. That sounds like something out of China during the Cultural Revolution. It doesn’t help that Phillips offered to make the original complainants any sort of item but a wedding cake.

Most Americans don’t agree with Phillips’s beliefs in this case, but such disagreements are one of the prices we pay for living in a free society, in which we seriously recognize and respect that different people have different value systems. It’s worth noting that in the segregated South, very different rules applied. It was common, for instance, that local and state governments and laws actively prevented businesses from treating customers equally. When laws were not openly racist, “citizen’s councils” and terror groups such as the Ku Klux Klan enforced a de facto standard against businesses that treated all customers equally. This is not the case today with regards to gays and lesbians.

By the same token, any individuals or businesses that exclude certain sorts of business can’t exactly bitch and moan when people decide to publicize such policies and organize boycotts, as is happening to the entire state of Indiana now.

Oh, and speaking of Apple and Tim Cook.

The overblown hypocrisy of Tim Cook's business boycott of Indiana

Now, there would be an argument to deny business owners even this little space to live by their spiritual sensibilities if the discriminated individuals couldn't obtain the services they needed elsewhere — as was the case with blacks in the Jim Crow South prior to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But discrimination isn't as institutionalized now as it was then, especially against gays, who have gained rapid acceptance in recent years. If one establishment refuses to service gay customers, there are myriad others that will, imposing no severe hardship on them. To insist on being served by the few people whose beliefs would be violated seems more like a projection of power rather than a plea to secure legitimate rights.

Furthermore, if Cook merely boycotted Christian businesses whose beliefs he found abhorrent, it would be one thing. But what's truly obnoxious about his campaign is that he is using his right not to do business with Indiana, because it's doing something he disagrees with, to obtain a law that would deny Indiana businesses the same right not to do business with folks who they don’t agree with. This is simply intolerance masquerading as a crusade for justice and equality — a naked use of brute market power to legislate his views.

Doug Powers may have gone a little overboard with the “snark setting,” but he makes a pretty good point about Tim Cook and Apple too.

Sounds like Apple’s CEO needs to disable the ‘hypocrite’ app on his iPhone

Hey, if a theocratic Islamic monarchy can show Indiana how to do religious freedom and gay rights correctly, Apple’s CEO is hot-to-trot for that particular business deal.

Here’s the thing.

Americans have the right to discriminate. The right of the people “peaceably to assemble” also means that you don’t have to associate with people you don’t like. If the government doesn’t have the power to force you to attend church, they don’t have the power to keep someone from practicing their religion as they choose so long as it doesn’t injure another. Neither help nor hinder.

If your neighbor doesn’t have the power to control your actions by his beliefs, you don’t have that power either. It’s the parity test again.

I said it before in my True Believer Rant.


In other words, inflict government on someone today, and you shouldn't be surprised if someone inflicts government on you tomorrow.

All these are examples of what I call True Believer Syndrome. The idea is not original with me, heck, Isaac Bonewits spends most of his Cult Danger Evaluation Frame defining exactly what makes a True Believer, and in several of his other essays he details why they can be so dangerous.

But the one thing that I have found in all True Believers is an absolute belief that their particular book, method, faith, interpretation, or silly hat is The Only Acceptable Choice. They will ignore anything that anyone else does if it doesn't adhere totally to The True Way. Worse, they will overlook mistakes and abuses made by the people on the correct side, even as they violate the principles they hold central to their belief.

Or as the old Genesis song goes, "Do as I say, don't do as I do."

I often call True Believers fundies because it gets the point across. At least, to most people.

Lately I've seen a disturbing trend. Both the "right" and "left" have their extremists, but it seems that the leadership on the left is made up mostly of extremists. Most moderates and conservatives seem to be willing to sit down and talk over differences, but that doesn't seem to be true on the "progressive" side. It's a lousy observation to make, but by golly, that is what I see. The "leadership" of the "left" wants to exclude any other possibilities.

The people making the loudest noises about "diversity" are the very ones who want to take it away.

Ten years later, and it’s the same thing only with the volume turned up.
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Dirty Water

Government at both ends squeezes you in the middle

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Watching the headlines #1

Not worth entries by themselves

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