“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Who Is the Paki Sitting Behind Trey Gowdy - Upper Left?


  1. Replies
    1. Is that Doing Debbie Awan strategically placed behind Trey Gowdy while Trey Gowdy is examining witnesses in a congressional hearing?

  2. A GOP donor and opposition researcher who said he tried to work with Russian hackers to retrieve deleted emails from a private server used by Hillary Clinton, has died in a suicide, according to public records cited in a Chicago Tribune report.

    Peter Smith killed himself days after an interview with The Wall Street Journal in which he said he sought out Russian hackers to try to retrieve some 33,000 deleted Clinton emails and pass them to Michael Flynn, then a campaign adviser to Donald Trump.

    Death records from Minnesota show that Smith, 81, died in a hotel of "asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen in confined space with helium" on May 14. Smith was found with a note that said there was "NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER" regarding his death.

  3. As President Donald Trump calls for the Justice Department to probe the actions of his vanquished opponent, Hillary Clinton, four Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee want another look at the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton email scandal.

    The four Republican lawmakers—Florida’s Matt Gaetz, Arizona’s Andy Biggs, Ohio’s Jim Jordan, and Louisiana’s Mike Johnson—filed an amendment Wednesday directing an investigation into how then-FBI Director James Comey’s managed the case.

    The lawmakers’ interest comes after Comey, ousted May 9 by Trump, told a Senate panel in June that, during the Obama administration, Attorney General Loretta Lynch had directed Comey to call the FBI’s probe of Clinton’s private email server a “matter” instead of an “investigation.”

    Comey also told the Senate Judiciary Committee in May that Lynch’s meeting with Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, on an airport tarmac caused him to lack confidence the Justice Department could credibly conclude the investigation.


  4. Rep. Ron DeSantis told “Fox & Friends” Monday said Congress should investigate Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s employment of a man charged with submitting a fraudulent loan application and potentially scamming his House employers.

    Asked if Wasserman Schultz should be forced to testify DeSantis responded, “I think it's questionable what they were doing during that time,”
    referring to Imran Awan and other members of his family. “We would have to investigate that. Of course, they had access to intelligence and House Foreign Affairs Committee members’ personal email and IT accounts. There is some very sensitive information on there. This could be a significant security breach.”

    Around February, unnamed lawmakers alleged Awan and other family members, who were employed since 2004 by more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers to provide IT services, were running some kind of scam, the details of which have not been revealed. Awan’s lawyer and congressional staff described the work as fairly low level, including setting up computers, phones, and passwords.

    Lawmakers who contracted with Awan cut ties as the investigation went on. Wasserman Schultz was the last to do so, after Awan was arrested last week. She said that until the arrest she had been provided “no evidence to indicate that laws had been broken,” and was concerned about “ethnic and religious profiling” in the case.

    President Donald Trump added his support to the story, retweeting an article last week accusing media outlets of “bury[ing]” the “IT scandal engulfing” Wasserman Schultz’s office.


    Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller reports that Debbie Wasserman Schultz seemed prepared to pay cyber-probe suspect and IT aide Imran Awan even while he was living in Pakistan, if the FBI hadn’t stopped him from leaving the U.S. This is only the latest indication of Wasserman Schultz’s immense loyalty to Awan.

    As we noted here, the IT scandal involving the Awan family broke in February. It centered around the theft of the IT equipment and the “serious, potentially illegal, violations of House IT policies.” Yet, Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on her payroll until last week.

    This raises questions. The obvious one is: Why?

    Wasserman Schultz’s explanation is that the Capitol police would not show her the evidence against him. She therefore assumed he might be victims of anti-Muslim profiling. Only after Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport and accused of bank fraud was Wasserman Schultz willing to drop her assumption that he was a victim, and fire him.

    Wasserman Schultz’s explanation rings hollow. According to Rosiak, all other House members who employed Awan or members of his family fired them after the February revelations. This includes Andre Carson of Indiana, who is Muslim. Carson has criticized Wasserman Schultz for blocking police from examining a laptop tied to Imran.

    Moreover, the fact that she blocked the police undercuts her explanation. If Wasserman Schultz really wanted to know whether the police had a basis, other than bias, for suspecting Awan of wrongdoing, she probably would not have worked to prevent the police from obtaining evidence that would help make this determination.

    But suppose we take her explanation for continuing to pay Awan at face value. Surely, as a precaution, Wasserman Schultz would have denied Awan access to her computers after House authorities banned him from the network in early February. After all, it would be reckless to assume that anti-Muslim bias was the only plausible explanation for the House’s ban.

    Yet, Rosiak says that Wasserman Scultz not only kept Awan on staff after the ban, but also had no other IT person to perform necessary work that presumably would have arisen during a months-long period, according to payroll records. This suggests that Awan might well have maintained access to Wasserman Schultz’s computers.

    The congresswoman’s office did not answer the Daily Caller’s questions about this. It has said only that Imran Awan was working in an “advisory” role “providing advice on technology issues.” It has not said who performed the office’s computer work after the ban, if not Awan.

    Another question is whether Wasserman Schultz would have kept paying Awan while he was in Pakistan for six months, the length of time between his departure and scheduled return date. Her office wouldn’t say.

    However, Awan’s lawyer says his client told the House that he planned to visit his family in Pakistan, and Wasserman Schultz must have been so informed. Yet, he remained on the payroll until his arrest.

    This much is clear. Debbie Wasserman Schultz stood by her man — a man in a position to know her secrets. Did she do so out of loyalty, out of concern for “social justice,” or for some darker reason?

  6. "To build a criminal obstruction of justice case, federal law requires prosecutors to show that a person acted with "corrupt" intent. A misleading public statement could be used as evidence of corrupt intent, Sklansky said.

    "Lying usually isn't a crime," he said. But "it could be relevant in determining whether something else the president did, like firing (former FBI Director James) Comey, was done corruptly.""

    1. There is criminal obstruction of justice if you delete one email that may be relevant.
      How about when you delete and bleach 33,000 and smash up the computer hard drives?

      Does money laundering count?

      Obtaining a mortgage on a house you are renting?

      They aren't exactly incidents of double parking.

  7. Why all the money? Did Awan find something of interest on the computers he was smashing?

  8. August 1, 2017
    Wasserman Schultz Subverted Democracy
    By Daniel John Sobieski

    ....Pakistani Imran Awan, the former IT employee of disgraced DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, could be the person who leaked damaging internal DNC emails to WikiLeaks last summer.

    That’s what Geraldo Rivera, an attorney, told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity

    “Well, now you have a possible suspect,” Rivera said (see video below starting at 2:11). “Here’s the corrupt IT guy standing on the shoulders of Debbie Wasserman Schultz arrested at the airport trying to flee, charged with stealing hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of dollars.”

    Rivera continued: “What if he was the source to WikiLeaks? He has all the passwords. He has all the information. This is a huge story… Everyone assumed it was the Russians who hacked the DNC and then gave WikiLeaks the emails.”

    Hannity reiterated that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly assured him that -- contrary to liberal media narrative -- Russia was not the source of the leaked DNC emails.

    The damaging internal emails showed the DNC and Wasserman Schultz had colluded with Hillary Clinton‘s campaign to make sure she won the Democratic presidential nomination over Bernie Sanders, whose unexpected popularity almost toppled Hillary.

    “Assange told me personally five times that it wasn’t a state or Russia,” Hannity said, adding that WikiLeaks has not once been proven wrong in its 11 years in existence....

    Read more:

  9. Investigations are underway.

    The Media is reporting.

    Truth will out.

    Truth, Justice, and the American Weigh.


    Signed, Quirk


    1. .

      Doug, is this sniveling whine indicative of the rest of your life? Have you spent the rest of your life the same way you are doing now, making excuses? Have you always assumed everyone is out to get you, that it's never your fault, that the only reason you fail is because 'they' (whoever they may be at the time) are out to get you, always throwing out obstacles, always trying to fuck with poor little Doug. Boo hoo hoo.

      If Trump screws up, it's not his fault, its the Dems. If he screws up his own press on something positive by putting out some dumb ass vindictive tweet, it's not his fault, its the Media's for reporting it. If his legislation goes down in flames because of the mixed messages he sends, it's not his fault, it's the damned GOP stabbing him in the back. If he fucks over the American people he promised to take care of, it's not his fault, it's theirs for believing him. If Jeff Sessions refuses to sacrifice his integrity on the altar of loyalty to Trump, he should not be applauded for being honest he should berated for not being a sycophant, enabler and yes man. In the same way, if a man has access to sensitive information and is guilty of bank fraud, he must automatically be guilty of leaking that info or selling it to the highest bidder. And anyone who hired him is also guilty of...well you name it.

      The FBI is involved with this investigation. It looks like Congress is moving to hold investigations. It appears everyone involved in this affair is a person of interest in one investigation or another. And by the way, the congressional committees will be run by Republicans not Dems. But none of this is sufficient for the Big Whine out of the West, he wants to...what...? Well, he hasn't said. It appears he just wants to continue to piss and moan. It's what he does. It's all he's ever done since I've been here.


    2. .

      Here's my response to the faux farmer from yesterday.

      BobTue Aug 01, 12:31:00 AM EDT
      Would you buy a used car from Debbie, or Awan, Quirk ?

      Tell us true, now.

      QuirkTue Aug 01, 11:05:00 AM EDT

      Of course not. The man's been accused of bank fraud. The woman lost her job at the DNC because she was mendacious and couldn't be honest in the execution of her job.

      Does that mean they are perfectly capable of the crimes you guys are asserting they did? Probably. Does that mean they did them? Possibly. simply show me the proof. Not the speculation, the proof. What's so difficult with this?

      This is what's so frustrating in talking to you guys. On everything. What is it you don't understand about the criminal justice system. You don't get convicted on speculation, you get convicted on evidence.

      Don't waste my time until someone comes up with some.

      This place has turned into a friggin conspiracy site. Obviously, Awan will be prosecuted for crimes, bank fraud and stealing government equipment at a minimum. Beyond that, everything you guys have put up here is speculation at this point and rather than be satisfied that the investigations are just beginning and the whole picture will take time to sort out, you sit around whining because everyone doesn't rush home and grab their torches and pitch forks and head to the castle. Your nutz.


  10. "Smith was found with a note that said there was "NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER" regarding his death"

    Did you make that up??

  11. .

    Deuce ☂Tue Aug 01, 04:40:00 AM EDT
    Who is the Paki?

    And so it continues.


    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. He may not be a Paki, but he's definitely a camel jockey of some sort. Lighten up.

    3. .


      Deuce asks who is this Paki.

      The correct response is,

      'Does it matter here.'


    4. "Lighten up"

      That's about as realistic as expecting Ash to answer a simple question.

    5. Maybe in your little world, Q. Perhaps it was a title in JEST? Your alt- PCness is starting to suck all the air out of the room. Like I said, lighten up.

    6. .

      Perhaps it was a title in JEST?

      Thanks for the advice, Mome. I will give it the consideration it deserves.

      However, if you really think Deuce was kidding you are stupider than I thought.


    7. Yep, that's me. Stupider.

    8. .

      Now, now.

      The comment was a conditional. Nothing is written.


  12. The MSM has a virtual blackout on the DWS/Awan affair, Quirk is offended when The Bar comments on it.

    In QuirkWorld, the corruption of the MSM is of no consequence.

    Likewise The Deep State.

    Any commentary to the contrary is "whining."

    aka Facts.

    1. .


      Your hypocrisy stinks up the place.

      You whine about people not thinking the things you think are important are actually all that pressing. (When I say you 'think', I use the term loosely.)

      Well, that is unless it is something your butt-bro Trump does. Then you ignore it.

      Deuce says,

      There is criminal obstruction of justice if you delete one email that may be relevant.

      What about instructing your son to lie about meeting with the Russians and then dicking around with it for a few days before he admits what the meeting was really about? Sounds like obstruction to me.

      The story has been floating around for a couple of days; yet, no mention of it here. Not even a defense of Trump. No interest at all. Why? Because it didn't show up in frontpagemag or jihadwatch or Tucker Carson's rag, the Daily Caller? Or, is it because it didn't involve a Dem or some Muslim or, as Mome likes to put it, some camel jockey.

      Perhaps, its not hypocrisy, Doug, maybe its just a massive lack of self-awareness. Either way, I told you what you could do with your whining yesterday. Your continued whining hasn't changed my opinion on that.


    2. Once again you ignore the issue of the MSM blackout on issues that reflect poorly on the Democrat Party.

    3. That issue only exists in your mind doug.

    4. well, there are a bunch of alt-righters where this is an issue as well of course.

    5. then there are all those lefties who think the MSM is horrible biased toward the right...

    6. Doug, are you still upset that the MSM didn't splash the Hillary has Parkinson's truth all over the place?

    7. Saying the MSM is not biased doesn't make it so.

      A ridiculous assertion.

    8. Doug is not a hypocrite and and my whine detector is pointing east toward Detroit and not west toward Hawaii.

    9. 'horribly' not 'horrible' Ash.

    10. The MSM is many things to many different people. It has no agreed upon constituent parts and many different faces. I find it laughable that folk like you think it has specific and definable views and positions when in fact it is an ever shifting mosaic of different organisations and points of view. There is no monolithic thing that is the MSM. Fox news, a very large and influential component of the MSM, often flogs the lunacy You believe to be truth. Is Brietbart now part of the MSM? Buzzfeed? The Wall Street Journal? National Review? American Thinker?

    11. I agree that The New York Times is not The Washington Post.

    12. .

      The NYT is 30%-40% smaller than the Wall Street Journal.

      The San Jose Mercury News, New York Daily News, and Trump's favorite, the New York Post all have larger circulations than the WaPo.

      The Denver Post is larger than the Chicago Tribune.

      Forget it, Ash, the MSM is anything Doug says it is which can be read as anything that Doug disagrees with.


    13. Now you are getting the right outlook, Quirk.

    14. Doug, just to help you out and to keep you from hurting Quirk's and Ash's delicate PC sensitivities, do like MOME on occasion and refer to the liberal outlets as the LNM or ALNM. Liberal News Media, or Alt-LNM. My list includes the Amazon Bezos WAPO, the NYT, PUFFHO, Time, MSNBC, CNN, etc. feel free to add your own. Even though I'm stupider (which I think means pretty effin' stupid, this might just work for you.

    15. Effin' stupid). Sorry I didn't close the parenthesizes. I guess that really makes me stupider.

    16. CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, vs Ash's Favorite: Fox.

      But Deuce's point was that NONE of them, including the Times, WaPo, Chicago Trib, Denver Post, etc etc had any significant coverage (27 seconds as I recall) up until two days ago of the Awan/DWS scandal.

    17. .

      Now you are getting the right outlook, Mome.


    18. at least MOME is expanding is categories of the world to a grand total of 2 - 'left' and 'right'

    19. I'm sorry, Ash, but that comment just doesn't make any sense. If I were Quirk, I'd resort to name calling right about now.

  13. O no no no no no......

    Kid Rock has slipped to 42% while Stabenow has surged to 50%.

    Wail wail wail

  14. Get a grip, up the dose of your easily offended pill.

    People from Tajikistan are called Tajiks
    from Afghanistan - Afghans
    from Britain - Brits
    from Sweden - Swedes
    from Uzbekistan - Uzbeks
    from US - Yanks - Gringoes
    from Australia - Ausies
    from Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyz
    from Poland - Poles
    from Somali - Somalis
    from Scotland - Scots
    from New Zealand - Kiwis
    from Newfoundland - Newfies

    1. I thought Somalis were called Skinnies?

    2. .

      Not the point, Deuce. The name Paki doesn't offend me. What bothered me was the fact that you brought up the subject at all in terms of a Trey Gowdy hearing. Mome assures me it was all in jest, but I guess I missed the joke.


  15. For my part I hope the Ruskies and/or the Chinese don't step in to prop up Maduro more than they are doing already.

    The world doesn't need another Cuba.

  16. The Senate has confirmed Christopher Wray as the new FBI Director.

    1. Elizabeth Warren voted no.

      Maybe she's concerned he won't publicly disclose ongoing investigations like Comey, or leak to the press like Comey, or he doesn't have high cheekbones like...

  17. .

    DougTue Aug 01, 02:24:00 PM EDT
    The MSM has a virtual blackout on the DWS/Awan affair, Quirk is offended when The Bar comments on it.

    I'm not offended by it, Doug. I expect it. It's your MO.

    What I am upset with is you constantly bringing me into the conversation when you start up on one of these little hissy fits about the MSM. You know what I think of you constant excuses; yet, you do it anyway.

    Deuce put up a post about the Awan story a couple days ago. I hadn't commented on it at all before you put up this.

    DougSun Jul 30, 04:01:00 PM EDT

    "Concerning media coverage, Politico has reported something on it, but the big three—ABC, NBC, and CBS—have virtually buried this story, preventing the millions of viewers that tune into these respective networks from learning about it. NBC and ABC have been silent in their broadcasts, but CBS did devote 37 seconds to it. That's it (via Newsbusters):"

    Not a problem according to Quirk.

    In his "mind" the problem are the Alt News Sources, like Newsbusters:

    This is also part of your MO.


    I don't have to watch the MSM, I get a recap every time Quirk comments.

    1. Sorry to have hurt your feelings.

      Are you joining with Ash in his contention that the MSM does not have a left wing bias?

    2. .

      You didn't hurt my feelings. The constant whine is just annoying. If you think the MSM is the reason Trump looks like an ass or that the GOP can't get their legislative agenda passed you're nutz. Now, that may be a given but to have these excuses drone on and on is like having a bad case of tinnitus.


    3. He can't answer that without blowing himself out of the water.

  18. Former Obama Aide Ben Rhodes Now A Person Of Interest In Unmasking Investigation

    Former Obama White House National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is now an emerging as a person of interest in the House Intelligence Committee’s unmasking investigation, according to a letter sent Tuesday by the committee to the National Security Agency (NSA). This adds Rhodes to the growing list of top Obama government officials who may have improperly unmasked Americans in communications intercepted overseas by the NSA, Circa has confirmed.

    The House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA, sent the letter to the National Security Agency requesting the number of unmaskings made by Rhodes from Jan. 1, 2016 to Jan. 20, 2017, according to congressional sources who spoke with Circa. Rhodes, who worked closely with former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and was a former deputy national security adviser for strategic communications for President Obama, became a focus of the committee during its review of classified information to assess whether laws were broken regarding NSA intercepted communications of President Trump, members of his administration and other Americans before and after the election, according to congressional officials. The committee is requesting that the NSA deliver the information on Rhodes by August, 21.

  19. Emails Show Collusion In Squashing Seattle Minimum Wage Story
    JAZZ SHAWPosted at 12:31 pm on August 1, 2017

    Heh, this is a funny story. Seattle is even worse now than it was when I was over there.

    Yes indeed, that’s a really “scientific” study from an expert at Berkeley when you’ve got a politician being given editorial power over the final report and how it will be phrased. The Berkeley study was nonsense and did nothing to refute the U.W. findings. It was all a carefully orchestrated campaign by City Hall in Seattle to deceive the voters about the effects of the minimum wage hike.

    It’s a good thing that Murray is already on his way out or this might have cause even more problems for him in the next election. The Mayor announced in May that he would not be seeking another term amid charges of child sexual abuse. He will instead be heading to the private sector and spending more time with his husband and family.

    ho ho ho

    The Mayor looks like he ought to be in jail rather than spending more time with his 'family'.

    The public would certainly be better off.

    1. The 'newspapers' in Seattle aren't worth a shit.

  20. The Senate is taking up taxes after the vacation.

    Good, get off of ObamaCare.

  21. Damn idiot Poles. Morons are cutting down the last of an ancient forest.

  22. Senator Marco Rubio makes sense concerning Venezuela.

    On Fox News now....

  23. Quirk:

    If you think the MSM is the reason Trump looks like an ass or that the GOP can't get their legislative agenda passed you're nutz.

    I don't. I do think the bias is harmful to the country.

    The question remains:

    Do you, or do you not agree with Ash that there is no left wing bias?

    1. Keeping the fire under his arse, good.

    2. .

      I was just going to put this up to answer Bob. Instead, I'll post it here...


      I have answered you dumb shit, but you guys just wont' listen.

      There are as many conservative newspapers in the US as liberal. Look at the circulation numbers.

      On cable TV, Fox News is still the powerhouse. MSNBC could hardly be called a network before Trump came into office. Once he's gone, it will once again withdraw into obscurity. CNN is the only other one that counts in terms of numbers.

      Radio? Haven't looked up the numbers but I would be willing to bet that conservative and alt-right shows have bigger listener numbers.

      Network Television? You are probably right about the liberal bias but so what. It's not like the old days. The national news occupies about 1/2 hour a day on weekdays. The rest of it is all local news. If there's a national news story at 10:00 or 11:00 it probably last for at most a minute and then it's gone. Even on the evening news, they try to jam in so much that there is no time for any analysis.

      I watch NBC nightly news a few times a week and that's it.

      But the point I've made, the answer I've given, the answer you guys refuse to hear, or in your case [Bob] likely can't remember is that it shouldn't matter to any person with half a brain. Any normal person should know that 'it's possible' doesn't translate to 'it is'. Any intelligent person should be skeptical and at least questioning of any news story about one party when it's being spread by the other. Any intelligent person wouldn't rely on one source to make up their mind about any issue. Any American familiar with our history, values, and constitution doesn't convict someone on the basis of speculation rather than depending on the criminal justice system.

      That you guys don't get that, well...what can I say.


    3. I think you need to get a grip.

      You are emotional, and rambling, and throwing out personal insults.

    4. In other words, you are rattled.

    5. Doug, ole boy, let's start at the beginning - please define "MSM".

    6. I think we should start with Bill 89. But that's just me. You know, ole Whit

    7. The Ontario Bill?

      If yes, let's start with: do you believe there are some circumstances where the State has a duty, a right, to remove a child from a family situation where the child is at sure risk? I do. Conversely, do you believe parents gave absolute right to do as they wish with their child? i. e. The child is the property of the parents?

    8. Autocorrect turned "dire" into "sure". AI?

    9. Oh, and "gave" equals "have" for the typo marms.

    10. .

      BobTue Aug 01, 08:13:00 PM EDT

      I think...

      Isn't that a bit presumptuous, old timer. I mean you being an English major and all.


    11. You already had that law on your books, Ash. We do here as well. No, the child is not the absolute property of the parents. Nobody is saying that.

      Bill 89 goes further -

      Ontario passes ‘totalitarian’ bill allowing gov’t to take kids from Christian homes

      Bill 89 , Gender Ideology , Kathleen Wynne , Lgbtq+ , Liberals , Parental Rights

      SIGN THE PETITION: END transgender tyranny, Ontario MUST repeal radical LGBT law​

      TORONTO, June 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne Liberals have passed what critics describe as “totalitarian” Bill 89 by a vote of 63 to 23 on the last day before Queen’s Park adjourns for the summer.

      Pro-family advocates warn Bill 89 gives the state more power to seize children from families that oppose the LGBTQI and gender ideology agenda, and allows government agencies to effectively ban couples who disagree with that agenda from fostering or adopting children.

      Bill 89, or the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017, repeals and replaces the former Child and Family Services Act that governs child protection services, and adoption and foster care services.

      It adds “gender identity” and “gender expression” as factors to be considered “in the best interests of the child.”

      At the same time, it deletes the religious faith in which the parents are raising the child as a factor to be considered, and mandates child protection services consider only the child’s own “creed” or “religion” when assessing the best interests of the child.

      “With the passage of Bill 89, we’ve entered an era of totalitarian power by the state, such as never witnessed before in Canada’s history,” says Jack Fonseca, senior political strategist for Campaign Life Coalition.

      “Make no mistake, Bill 89 is a grave threat to Christians and all people of faith who have children, or who hope to grow their family through adoption.”

      “Disappointed as I am with this result, I am not surprised,” commented Tanya Granic Allen, president of Parents As First Educators (PAFE). “The Kathleen Wynne Liberals have for years been pursuing their anti-parent and anti-family agenda and Bill 89 is the latest installment.”

      Conservative MPPs present at Queen’s Park for the vote opposed the bill, which was in stark contrast to their position at second reading in March, when 83 of Ontario’s 107 MPPs passed Bill 89 unanimously.

      The Conservatives who voted June 1 against Bill 89 included Monte McNaughton, Jeff Yurek, Bob Bailey, Gila Martow, Todd Smith, Michael Harris, and Steve Clark.

      PC leader Patrick Brown was not in the house for the vote.

      Trillium Party MPP Jack MacLaren also voted against the bill.

    12. A source present at a Tory caucus meeting two weeks ago told LifeSiteNews the Conservative members were swayed by “three or four” MPPs who said they could not in conscience vote for what the source described as a bill that is “fundamentally and morally wrong.”

      The PC caucus, now at 28 members, thereupon decided to vote as a block against Bill 89, according to the source.

      Fonseca lauded those PC MPPs who “came to their senses, stopped listening to that propagandist for Kathleen Wynne’s policies, and I do mean Patrick Brown, and chose to finally vote against tyranny.”

      “And thank God they did, because it serves as a symbol of resistance,” he said.

      “CLC had been directly lobbying MPPs to oppose the bill, and we believe that may have been a factor in why the PCs ended up voting en masse against it.”

      Parents As First Educators and the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) have also been at the forefront of relentless lobbying against the bill.

      But despite these efforts, no Liberal broke ranks to vote on behalf of concerned parents, and a number of New Democratic Party MPPs voted for the bill as well.

      Bill 89 retains the provision in current law that a child who is suffering or “at risk of suffering” mental or emotional harm and whose parents do not provide “treatment or access to treatment” is in need of protection under the law.

      But while the former law said the Children’s Aid Society should take the “least disruptive course of action,” Bill 89 adds “including the provision of prevention services, early intervention services and community support services," according to an ARPA analysis.

      “The implication is that intervention should not be presumed to be more disruptive than non-intervention,” the ARPA report adds.

      Statements by Minister of Child and Family Services Michael Coteau clearly signaled the pro-LGBTQ, gender ideology Liberal agenda, critics warned.

      Coteau, who introduced the bill, told QP Briefing he sees questioning teenagers’ self-identification as LGBTQI or telling them to change as abuse......

      I don't know for sure what the 'Q' in LBGTQI stands for, but if it means 'acting Quirk' I'm sure agin it.

      The 'I' is unknown to me as well.

    13. What is the 'Trillium' Party ?


      Doesn't say where the name comes from.

    15. Trillium
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      Trillium (trillium, wakerobin, tri flower, birthroot, birthwort) is a genus of perennial flowering plants native to temperate regions of North America and Asia.[2]

      It was formerly treated in the family Trilliaceae or trillium family, a part of the Liliales or lily order. The APG III system includes Trilliaceae in the family Melanthiaceae, where can be treated as the tribe Parideae.[3]

      Well that rings a bell. I think my Aunt used the word. She was a gardener.

      Like looking plant.

    16. Quirk is still emotional, and rambling, and throwing out personal insults.

      He needs to get a grip.

    17. Perhaps those are qualities one must have to succeed in the advertising industry, where nothing is created other than desire for crap people don't really need ?

  24. Can Ted Cruz Save Us From North Korea?
    Posted at 6:00 pm on August 1, 2017 by Sarah Lee

    As the U.S prepares to answer yet another illegal ICBM launch from North Korea’s belligerent leader Kim Jong Un by launching their own missile off the coast of California Wednesday, Senator Ted Cruz unveiled a specific, thoughtful and balanced approach toward dealing with the tiny country hellbent on stirring up trouble in a Tuesday op-ed at the Washington Post....

    1. It's entirely possible Trump may launch a pre-emptive strike on N. Korea.

      People are urging him to give an Oval Office Speech in one last try to get the Norks and the Chinese to see the light of reason.

    2. We are certainly testing our missile defenses, such as they are, as if they may be needed soon.

  25. Last Ever Total Solar Eclipse Will Take Place In 600 Million Years

    During an eclipse, the moon passes in front of the sun, with the alignment and size matching—while the Sun is about 400 times larger than the moon, it is also about 400 times farther away, meaning they appear the same size during an eclipse.

    The moon is currently receding from Earth at a rate of between one and one-and-a-half inches per year. Eventually, when the moon moves far enough away, it will no longer be able to cover the sun in the way it does now....

  26. Clueless in Seattle:

    Scorched? 5 tips to stay cool at night during Seattle’s heat wave

    2. Put your sheets and pillowcase into the freezer for a few hours, then make the bed with them.

  27. Make bed really quick, then jump right in.

  28. Replies
    1. Portland in Reach of 107 Degree Record....Drudge

      Man ! That is really unheard of !!

  29. PHOENIX — An Arizona woman who left her 17-month-old daughter in the desert to die and later buried her has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    Ashley Attson, 23, of Chinle was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge David C. Campbell. Attson had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

    Attson admitted to placing her child in a stroller, pushing her into the desert on the Navajo Reservation in Apache County, and leaving her there for four days and nights last September.

    "Over the next few days, she met friends for ice cream and posted pictures of herself on Facebook," according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona. "When she returned, the child was dead."

    In DougWorld she'd be sentenced to the same fate as the victim.

  30. Exclusive: Former Justice Department official joins Mueller team
    Karen Freifeld
    3 MIN READ

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017.
    Aaron P. Bernstein
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former U.S. Justice Department official has become the latest lawyer to join special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, a spokesman for the team confirmed.

    Greg Andres started on Tuesday, becoming the 16th lawyer on the team, said Josh Stueve, a spokesman for the special counsel.


    Most recently a white-collar criminal defense lawyer with New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, Andres, 50, served at the Justice Department from 2010 to 2012. He was deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division, where he oversaw the fraud unit and managed the program that targeted illegal foreign bribery.

    Mueller, who was appointed special counsel in May, is looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election, among other matters. Congressional committees are also investigating the matter.

    That Mueller continues to expand his team means the probe is not going to end anytime soon, said Robert Ray, who succeeded Kenneth Starr as independent counsel for the Whitewater investigation during the Clinton administration.

    "It's an indication that the investigation is going to extend well into 2018," said Ray. "Whether it extends beyond 2018 is an open question."....

    Most likely another Hillary donor.

    It's a farce.

    1. It's an investigation.

      All good citizens must accept the outcome.

    2. The new guy is an expert on white collar crime.

      The Donald has said that is too far from the original intent of the 'investigation'.

      What will be tweeted tomorrow morning ?

  31. The Donald is reported to have told some golf buddies that The White House is a dump.

    But of course !

    It had been trashed by the Clintons, who stole the silverware and the furniture.

    The Donald is not used to sitting on the floor and eating off a paper plate with a plastic fork.


  32. Top Republican congressman calls for Mueller to resign as special counsel
    Published August 01, 2017 Fox News

    A senior Arizona congressman is calling on Robert Mueller, special counsel for the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling, to resign.

    Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement Tuesday that Mueller is in violation of the law that prohibits Mueller from serving as a special counsel if he has a conflict of interest.

    Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey have been longtime allies dating back to 2003 when the men both worked in Washington, Mueller as the FBI Director and Comey as Deputy Attorney General. Franks cited the pair’s relationship as a reason for Mueller to be disqualified from the probe.

    “Bob Mueller is in clear violation of federal code and must resign to maintain the integrity of the investigation into alleged Russian ties,” Franks said. “Those who worked under them have attested he and Jim Comey possess a close friendship, and they have delivered on-the-record statements effusing praise of one another.

    President Trump had also called Mueller’s relationship with Comey “bothersome.”

    Franks also cited reports that Mueller hired at least three lawyers who have donated exclusive to Hillary Clinton as well as a bevy of other Democrats.

    “Until Mueller resigns, he will be in clear violation of the law, a reality that fundamentally undermines his role as Special Counsel and attending ability to execute the law,” Franks said.

  33. MSNBC is really scrapping the bottom of the barf barrel having James Carville as a commentator.


    Kind of funny if one is in the right mood.

  34. Congressional Investigation Into Wasserman Schultz Muslim IT Spy Scandal Moves Forward
    By Pamela Geller - on August 1, 2017

    Maybe, just maybe, we will get to the bottom of this massive treasonous Muslim spy scandal.

    The scandal is said to have rocked the halls of Congress, despite little mainstream media coverage, sources said.
    The enemedia, the most powerful weapon in the arsenal of the left/Islamic axis.

    Court Document

    Congress demands briefing from Capitol Police, moves to investigate

    August 1, 2017, By Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon:

    Congress is advancing an investigation into a growing scandal surrounding IT staffers working for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), who are accused of stealing sensitive computer equipment from House lawmakers’ offices, according to senior congressional sources who told the Washington Free Beacon the Democratic leader’s refusal to answer questions could “merit resignation.”

    Congressional leaders have now requested a formal briefing by Capitol Police into its investigation of several Pakistani House IT staffers who are accused of stealing sensitive computer equipment and of illegally penetrating congressional networks.

    Imran Awan, one of the staffers who worked for Wasserman Schultz and several other Democratic members of Congress, was arrested this week when trying to travel to Pakistan and charged with bank fraud after a months-long investigation that found he wired nearly $300,000 to that country. Several other staffers tied to Awan are the focus of an investigation into claims they stole sensitive equipment and illegally penetrated the House IT network.

    Leading members of Congress are growing frustrated with the pace of the criminal investigation and have moved to conduct their own independent prove into the scandal, according to multiple sources who indicated that the relevant congressional committees are making moves to start an investigation, which could include compelling testimony from Wasserman Schultz, who has been accused of stonewalling on the issue.

    As more information about the nature and scope of the IT staffers’ collection of privileged congressional information becomes public, lawmakers are seeking to immediately begin their own investigation into the situation.

    Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Oversight Committee and chair of its National Security Subcommittee, formally requested a briefing from the Capitol Police on Tuesday, telling the Free Beacon that the situation amounts to “one of the all-time congressional scandals in the last 30 years.”

    Other senior congressional sources who spoke to the Free Beacon about the situation described Wasserman Schultz’s lack of cooperation in the investigation as unsettling, and said that her continued payments to these staffers even after evidence of their illegal activity became public may merit for resignation.

    “I’m pushing very heard to get a full briefing from Capitol Police as soon as possible,” DeSantis told the Free Beacon. “There’s clearly criminal elements to this and I think there will be more going on. There’s probably going to be ethics issues on why these [taxpayer] funds were spent that [Wasserman Schultz] and others will have to deal with.”

    “We have to know what happened now and we can’t wait for a criminal case to be done,” DeSantis added. “We need an immediate briefing from the Capitol Police.”

    The congressional investigation into the matter is likely to be helmed by the House Committee on Administration, which has jurisdiction over these issues, in conjunction with House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R., Wis.) office, according to sources apprised of the situation.

    The scandal is said to have rocked the halls of Congress, despite little mainstream media coverage, sources said.

    1. SURPRISE: Iraqis Declare Support for Israel Over Temple Mount

      In: John Kelly. Out: Obama's Jihad Policy Chief at DHS

    2. I wonder if the Capitol Police had not been involved, would the FBI have buried it, Hillary style?