Saturday, December 30, 2017

CNN’s White Box Truck Blames Trump For Iranian Protests

The three days of protests that have found their way to Tehran have gone largely unnoticed by press poodles of the incurious mainstream media. The New York Times simply described the protests as economic grievances mirroring Iranian state-run television’s description of the unrest.
CNN ignored the protests entirely until a firestorm on social media forced a change in their front-page story reporting on not uprisings against the regime, but a pro-government rally and President Trump’s tweet in support of the protestors. 
Via The Daily Caller─During CNN’s coverage of protests in Iran Saturday, a correspondent read a statement from the Iranian government, adding that many countries are “frustrated” with the United States and that many think America doesn’t have a “moral leg to stand on.”
CNN correspondent Arwa Damon said, “This coming out from the [Iranian] foreign ministry, not only talking about the fact that they view the government of President Trump as the greatest bearer of ill will towards Iran but going on to say that, ‘The people of Iran give no value or credibility to such opportunistic expressions by the Government or the person, Mr. Trump. American officials, through their conduct have not earned a place from which they can express masked sentiments as sympathies, for the aware[ness] of the people of Iran.'”
Damon then added her own thoughts, saying, “Now this, not just necessarily a rebuke of what the U.S. president tweeted, but also perhaps a reflection of just how frustrated, not just Iran but other countries frankly are, with the United States.”
She continued, “A lot of nations and their populations, no matter how they feel about their governments in particular, do perceive the United States as not really having a moral leg to stand on.”
Omri Ceren, whose tweet I embedded above, is a communications strategist. He is a managing director at The Israel Project─a DC-based organization working with journalists on Middle East issues─as well as a fellow of the Claremont Institute and a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School. Ceren has been involved in the politics, policy and press of international affairs for almost two decades and has been described by the Associated Press as "well-known in Washington" for his expertise on the Iran nuclear deal.
A clue as to why CNN had to be shamed into covering this pivotal story resides in what this loon cat lady tweeted:
Oh honey, has no one ever told you cat hair is glitter for lonely people?

UPDATE:  Welcome Pirate’s Cove readers.  The Admiral was kind enough to link to this post and we thank him.

CNN: Covering Up For Ben Rhodes Is Exhausting

This screencap shows how CNN initially reported the protests in Iran and later was forced to change it.
Throughout the day on Friday, reports from a host of sources were reporting on protests that were taking place in Iran.
At 6:31 AM this morning, someone I follow on Twitter noted, “Here’s how it’s being covered.”
Sohrab Ahmari, Senior Writer at Commentary Magazine, had been following the protests from the moment they broke out.
This week, tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to register their anger, not at Donald Trump [emphasis mine] or the House of Saud, but at the mullahs and their security apparatus. It was economic grievances that initially ignited the protests in the northeastern city of Mashhad. But soon the uprising grew and spread to at least 18 cities nationwide. And the slogans shifted from joblessness and corruption to opposition to the Islamic Republic in toto.  These included:
The outcome of the protests is hard to predict. So far, the movement is leaderless and appears to lack serious organization. The protesters face a regime that spends much of its energy and resources on ensuring its own survival and won’t hesitate to crack down viciously, as it did in 1999 and 2009. But whatever comes next, Iranians have already shattered one liberal myth: namely, that Donald Trump has revived the regime’s popularity at home.
Who cares about a bunch of Iranians?
The last widespread and sustained protests in Iran occurred in 2009, after fraudulent elections.  At the time, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shamefully sat on their hands, saying and doing nothing to support the protesters. They later justified their silence by claiming that protesters wouldn’t want U.S. support, which would enable the Iranian regime to paint the protests as a foreign plot.
Tens of thousands of Iranians defied a ban to take to the streets to protest the declaring of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the winner of the election over the more moderate Mir Hosein Mousavi.

Neda Agha-Soltan was an unlikely viral icon. On June 20, 2009, the 26-year-old stepped out of her car on a Tehran street near where Iranians were massing in protest of what was seen as the farcical re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Islamic Republic was experiencing its worst unrest since the 1979 revolution.
The state made it illegal to join the demonstrations and barred most foreign media, which meant the burden of bearing witness to the tyranny of the mullahs was largely left to the citizens who waded in, cell phones in hand.
It was around 6:30 p.m. when Agha-Soltan was struck in the chest by a single bullet, said to originate from a pro-government sniper, though no one was ever charged. Men struggled to save her as others focused their cameras on the unfolding tragedy. One frame from the footage freezes her final gaze as streaks of deep red formed a web on her face. The image, among the earliest and easily the most significant to ever go viral, commanded the world’s attention. Within hours, footage uploaded anonymously to YouTube had been viewed by the President of the United States—proof that our new digital age could not only connect people; it could pry open even the staunchest of regimes. 
A few weeks ago, Iran’s foreign minister and the Ben Rhodes echo chamber began pushing the line that Trump’s threats to walk away from the nuke deal had united the people behind their regime.
The Iran Nuclear Deal and Obama Administration foreign policies in general dropped a chaos bomb on the Sunni powers, wrecking many of Israel's enemies. Now his nuclear deal appears to have thrown the apple of discord into Iran. These actions may be unintentional.  But deliberate or accidental, they are consequential.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Fox Does A Disservice To Its Viewers

Brian Stelter, CNN’s host of Reliable Sources, decided he would dispute the findings in the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll.
The poll shows that 45% of likely U.S. voters approve of President Trump’s job performance; 53% disapprove.  According to the poll for December 29, 2017 the President has virtually the same job approval ratings that The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer earned at the end of his first year as president.  On that date, 46% of voters approved and 53% disapproved.  
When President Trump tweeted about the polling this morning he noted, “While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, @foxandfriends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017 was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009 which was 47%...and this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!”
Lumpy “The Hairless Hall Monitor” Stelter fired back at Trump directly with:
For context the President’s tweet came at 7:46 AM.  Stelter responded to the President’s tweet at 8:25 AM.  Then Jennifer Agiesta, CNN’s Polling Director, hastily published a response online at 11:27 AM.
“President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his approval ratings at this point in his presidency rival those of Barack Obama, citing a report from ‘Fox & Friends.’  But the truth, across almost every reputable poll, is that Trump's approval ratings have lagged behind those of nearly all of his predecessors, including Obama, since day one of his presidency.
Agiesta assailed Rasmussen’s methodology arguing, “They claim to interview likely voters, without specifying in what election those people are likely to cast ballots, nor how they are identified. Polls conducted this way do not meet CNN's standards for reporting, because they can under-represent certain segments of the population.”
She continues, “Rasmussen's polling received a C+ rating in FiveThirtyEight's most recent pollster rankings, and it has been found to lean toward the GOP when compared with other pollsters, which means it typically understated support for Obama and has a tendency to overstate support for Trump when compared with other polls.”
On June 16, 2015, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight infamy said, “Trump has a better chance of caneoing in another “Home Alone” movie with Macaulay Culkin—or playing in the NBA Finals—than winning the Republican nomination.”
On August 11, 2015 Silver said, “Our emphatic prediction is simply that Trump will not win the nomination. It’s not even clear that he’s trying to do so.”
Then came this pip on November 23, 2015. “So, could Trump win?  Nobody remotely like Trump has won a major-party nomination in the modern era.  For my money, that adds up to Trump’s chances being higher than 0 but (considerably) less than 20 percent. Your mileage may vary.”
Hillary Clinton has an 81% chance of winning the election to Donald Trump’s 19%, polling analyst Nate Silver said on July 29, 2016 in his first model of the 2016 presidential election.  Silver got it wrong.  His methodology is as rigorous as that of a strip mall physician in The Simpsons.
Perhaps Stelter and the crew at the Most Busted Name In News should stick to hourly box truck updates and how many Diet Cokes® the President consumes. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

CNN Has Yet Another Meltdown

ABC reported, “Bitter cold temperatures are sweeping through the Midwest and Northeast as New York City braces for its coldest New Year's Eve since the 1960s.”
CNN declared, “Forget the tux and the little black dress for New Year's Eve. This year you may want to bust out your parka and a hat with earflaps.
AccuWeather insisted, “While a powerful nor'easter is not anticipated, a storm will bring enough snow to make roads slippery and coat the landscape in parts of the Northeast with fresh snow before New Year's Eve. A storm from Montana producing feet of snow will race eastward in the frigid air now entrenched in the northeastern United States.”
I’m not really trying to replace your local meteorological man/woman/sisgender/inter-sexed person.  These gender-pronouned beings are the professionals and President Trump has sent them into a tizzy.
Every time the President says “squirrel” every news outlet with thin-skinned Trumpaphobic reporters scurries up the nearest tree in hot pursuit.  They have a zero sense of humor.
UPDATE:  I noticed Ace over at Ace of Spades HQ opined, “CNN is immune to the freezing cold because only their hate keeps them warm.  Well, just two things:  their hate, their permanent, quivering outrage.  Just three things then:  their hate, their permanent, quivering outrage and their pink pussy hats.  Okay, just four things keep them warm:  their hate, their permanent, quivering outrage, their pink pussy hates and rousing recitations of poetry by #SassyJimAcosta.
Someone who goes by the handle “JackStraw” commented, “On a happy note, Anderson Cooper will be freezing his nut sack off on New Year’s Eve doing a show nobody will watch.” 

CNN Reports: There’s A Big, Scary, Mysterious White Truck Over There

CNN suddenly finds it imperative for them to document every stroke President Trump takes on the golf course as part of a functioning democracy.
A mysterious truck blocked CNN's view of President Trump's golf course in West Palm Beach, FL one day after the network peddled "exclusive" footage of the President hitting the links.
The owner of the truck or the motive, if there is any, for why it parked where it did, has yet to be revealed.
Dan Merica, political producer for the Crybaby News Network said on-air, “Today, a big white box truck parked in front trying to obscure our shot of President Trump golfing. Now it may seem trivial, but it is important to give video as the President does these things on a daily basis. And goes to something that is larger, the President and the White House have tried to obscure the fact that President Trump golfs on a regular basis.”
The notion “the White House has tried to obscure the fact that President Trump golf on a regular basis" was fried, dyed and laid to the side by this statement from the Secret Service: "The USSS is in the business of protection and investigations not in commissioning vehicles to block the media's view of the President's golf swing." 
If this story seems like much ado about nothing, you’d be right.  Then along came Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor at The Federalist, with a tweet that won the Internet:
BOOM!

Luke, You’re Certainly Nothing Like Your Father

NBC hired Luke Russert just a month after his father Tim’s fatal heart attack in 2008 to cover youth issues as part of the network’s 2008 presidential election coverage.  He knew critics had accused him of riding his father’s coattails on a wave of sympathy.
Luke made headlines in 2010 when he aggressively questioned Charlie Rangel (D-NY) when an ethics report uncovered fiscal indiscretions and illegal donation solicitations.  Rangel later apologized to little Luke.
Just five days before the 2016 Republican National Convention was to start, Luke Russert, the young congressional correspondent for NBC announced he was leaving the network to “think about his future”. Two days later, he was gone.  He suggested in a statement that the combination of his father’s sudden death and the opportunity of a plum job may have been “too much, too fast.”
Over the following year-and-a-half, Russert has remained fairly quiet.  His official website has remained unchanged.  His Twitter account reflects his interest in sports and his work as a member of the Buffalo Fan Alliance Board.  He has not forgotten about politics.
Little Luke should stick to whatever he’s doing these days and stick to subjects that are in his wheelhouse.  As an example, today he tweeted:
Like screaming for an entire year that the Russians stole the election?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

President Jeffry Lane Flake? Don’t Make Me Laugh.

Get a load of this drivel from Niall Stanage White House Correspondent for The Hill:
Will President Trump face a challenge from within his own party in 2020?
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R) seems to think so. On Sunday, Flake told ABC’s “This Week” that if the president did not change his approach, he “is going to leave a huge swath of voters looking for someone else.” 
Flake, a frequent Trump critic, added that the president is “probably inviting a Republican challenge.”
Any challenger to Trump would face enormous hurdles. 
The president remains popular among Republican voters, even as he endures historically low approval numbers at large. In most polls, around 80 percent of GOP voters give Trump the thumbs-up.
Still, Trump would become much more vulnerable if Republicans suffered major losses in the midterm elections set for November 2018.  
And it’s easy to see why some of his most strident GOP critics might think it’s worthwhile to run against him, even if victory is a long-odds bet.
But who is most likely to do it?
Stanage thinks Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Ben Sasse, Jeff Flake and Susana Martinez might entertain such a challenge.
I like Sasse and New Mexico Governor Martinez, but Trump mopped the floor with Cruz and the mailman’s son.  Flake is a miserable RINO.  Not a chance in hell of leaving the ring without a broken and bloodied nose.
Riddle me this:  Why is Stanage pushing this bilge?

Out Of Scientific Ideas, Hawking Desperate For Attention

Seems every year there’s a host of folks who like seeing into the future, or at least the future of the coming year. Newsweek posted an article the day after Christmas highlighting the predictions of Stephen Hawking.  Hawking has done groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology.
In September 2010, Hawking spoke against the idea that God could have created the universe in his book The Grand Design.  Hawking previously argued that belief in a Creator could be compatible with modern scientific theories. His new work, however, concluded that the Big Bang was the inevitable consequence of the laws of physics and nothing more. "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist."
If you’re hopeful 2018 will be better than 2017 Hawking has come to piss on your parade.  In May he predicted humans have 100 years left on Earth.  Climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, he says, are to blame for the doomsday clock.
To avoid extinction, Hawking insists humans must become a multi-planetary species.
In July he told the BBC that humanity is at a tipping point where global warming will convert Earth into a Venus-like planet with temperatures of 250º Celsius and sulfuric rain.  Just last month the wheelchair-bound egghead declared, "By the year 2600, the world’s population would be standing shoulder to shoulder, and the electricity consumption would make the Earth glow red-hot.”  He’s also frightened of robots apparently. “If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself,” Hawking told Wired.
If you ask me, Hawking is impatient for a kind of disaster which hasn't happened yet.  He has absolutely no idea how the universe was created. He can't. He wasn't there.
His claim God did not create the universe is galling.  There’s no sign he’s been punished for his irreligion.  Nope, no sign at all.

2018 Midterms: The Senate’s Most Vulnerable Democrat



Republicans are seeking to unseat an incumbent Democrat in a state Donald Trump won by 19 points.
Joe Donnelly opposed confirmation of Trump Cabinet nominees Betsy DeVos (Education Secretary), Tom Price (Health & Human Services Secretary), Rex Tillerson (Secretary of State), Jeff Sessions (Attorney General) and Steve Mnuchin (Treasury Secretary) and Scott Pruitt (EPA Administrator).
The week before Christmas Donnelly voted against the GOP tax reform bill calling it a “partisan tax hike on Indiana’s middle class” that “does nothing to prevent outsourcing of U.S. jobs to foreign countries, and it’s a giveaway to Wall Street and other big money interests.”
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly lowers the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, doubles the standard deduction and doubles the per child tax credit.  When Donnelly cast his “No” vote he put his Party before the people of the Hoosier State.
Data-driven analyses from three separate nonpartisan organizations: The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), which is an official Congressional scorekeeper, the Tax Foundation (which leans to the right), and the Tax Policy Center or TPC, (which leans to the left) all agreed the GOP proposal would, on average, reduce the tax burdens of every income group in America.
In September when President Trump flew to the Indiana State Fairgrounds to rollout his tax reform bill he had Donnelly onboard Air Force One.  President Trump promised in front of the audience that unless Joe voted for tax reform, “We will come here, we will campaign against him like you wouldn’t believe.”
In October 2017, the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking, run by the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt, tagged Donnelly as the least effective Democrat in the U.S. Senate. Based on 15 different measures, from number of bills sponsored to number of bills becoming law, the center found that Donnelly was ineffectual at getting his bills through committee, let alone to floor votes.
Instead of acknowledging Obamacare has never worked, that Americans were lied to by Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders and The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer about costs and options and results, Senator Donnelly continues to insist Obamacare can be "fixed."
Donnelly earned the nickname “Mexico Joe” when a business linked to his family, Stewart Superior Corporation, profited from outsourcing jobs to Mexico.  According to a May 2017 financial disclosure form, he owned $50,000 in stocks which he sold shortly after The Associated Press published the story.
Primary elections in Indiana will be held on May 8, 2018 to determine which Democratic candidate and which Republican candidate will advance to the November 6 general election.  Before the May primary however, the Indiana Republican Party will host their first election year appearance of GOP senate candidates and conduct a grassroots Straw Poll on January 13, 2018 at the Congress of Counties in downtown Indianapolis.
“Our U.S. Senate straw poll will provide political watchers with the first grassroots barometer to measure early support in this high-profile, statewide race that has national implications. While our Republican candidates are supporting solutions to our nation’s biggest challenges, such as taxes and health care, Democrat Joe Donnelly stands as a roadblock alongside Chuck Schumer and his Democrat party bosses. I am confident that our eventual Republican Party nominee will defeat Democrat Donnelly next November─and events like this will help Hoosiers determine who that candidate will be,” said Chairman Kyle Hupfer.
Confirmed candidates for this special joint appearance are former State Rep. Mike Braun (R-Jasper), Mark Hurt (R-Kokomo), Congressman Luke Messer (R-Greensburg) and Andrew Takami (R-New Albany). Congressman Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg) is also invited to attend and participate.
Register to participate in the straw poll and attend Congress of Counties here: http://www.indiana.gop/congressofcounties

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Buckle Up America: The 2018 Midterm Elections Opening Round

Buckle up for a vicious, multibillion-dollar fight for control of the Senate in 2018.  Up for re-election are 33 senators; 23 Democrats, 2 independents who caucus with Democrats and 8 Republicans.
Only two GOP senators (Flake of Arizona and Heller of Nevada) are considered truly vulnerable while 10 Senate Democrats up for re-election in states that Trump won in 2016 can be unseated if we organize to replace them with a candidate who will work for us─We The People.
Election history has shown the party that controls the White House almost always loses seats in Congress during midterm elections.  It’s up to us to rewrite that history.
Democrats will need to pick up three seats to retake control of the Senate.  Republicans will need a net gain of eight seats to hit the coveted 60-vote threshold to break a filibuster.  Political experts are cocksure such an outcome is far-fetched.  I believe we can force those experts to eat their words like when Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight gave Hillary a 79% chance of winning the 2016 presidential election compared to Donald Trump’s 20%.
The Toss-Up races are Flake (R-AZ), Donnelly (D-IN), McCaskill (D-MO), Heitkamp (D-ND), Heller (R-NV) and Manchin (D-WV).
The Tilt Democrat races are Nelson (D-FL), Tester (D-MT) and Baldwin (D-WI).  The Lean Democrat races are Brown (D-OH) and Casey (D-PA).  The Likely Democrat races are Smith who was appointed to replace disgraced Al Franken (D-MN) and Kaine who was Hillary’s running mate (D-VA).
DEMFAX will be an ongoing feature here at Political Clown Parade in an effort to keep everyone informed in the run-up to the primaries and the general election.  Republicans have been apathetic for far too long.  Perhaps with the passage of the tax reform bill they’ve finally learned how to fight.  The long knives will be out in 2018.  Need proof?
A feminista touted as a legal analyst and CNN commentator noted on December 22, 2016:
While the year saw the rise of Trump, this is not the beginning of his term, it is the end. As painful as it has been to watch him and his supporters rally, theirs is merely a last gasp of a dying world view.
That's what 2017 represents for me: a last gasp by Trump and the bigoted, sexist, nationalist and greedy forces that propelled him to power. 
[snip]
2017 is the last gasp. Trump's world will come to an end. In fact, just remove Trump and much of this madness disappears. And he will be removed. He'll cross too many lines. Hell, he might even be removed from office. There will be another president. The damage will get reversed─and Americans, proud of who we really are, will be the ones left standing. 
[snip]
The best thing for us to do, as he seems to lose his grip on reality, is to hold tight to ours. Continue to show up to the polls, ask questions, demand answers, speak up and step up, run for office. 
All the Democrats have is their deep-seated hatred.  They will say “if you hate Donald Trump vote for me.”  They have nothing to offer.  Nothing.
As I mentioned above, this will be an ongoing effort here on this blog.  We must mobilize and fight back.
The primaries critical to gaining the 60-vote threshold in the Senate are:  Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Montana, North Dakota, Virginia, Missouri, Wisconsin and Florida.

Flowing Curves Of Beauty After Christmas Edition


Can't understand why women love cats? Cats are independent. They don't listen. They don't come in when you call. They like to stay out all night and when they're home they like to be left alone and sleep. In other words, every quality that women hate in a man, they love in a cat.



Friday, December 22, 2017

The Most Wonderful Time in 8 Years


It's last year's but still an excellent vintage.

It’s A Monster!

As the death grip the Democrat Party has held on America begins to fade into nothingness, House Minority Leader Nancy Palsi, er, Pelosi denounced the GOP tax reform bill in hair-on-fire theatrics comparing it to Armageddon in early December. 
When the bill was passed on Wednesday, she escalated her bombast by insisting the bill would hurt children like Tiny Tim in the Charles Dickens Christmas classic A Christmas Carol.
As the sun rose in the eastern sky the following day, the disoriented shrew doubled down on her scaremongering fearing the image she had cast of little Timmy was too benign.  Yes. Yes, Nancy.  Whip out the scary things that go bump in the night.
"It's a monster–a Frankenstein–and anybody who's familiar with Frankenstein knows it was a creation, a monster that was created. Do you know the ending of Mary Shelley's story? The monster comes back to destroy," she added.
It is clear to this writer that Nancy doesn’t like to read.  Not even Cliffs Notes.  Not even the Affordable Care Act.  Remember the infamous line, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
Dr. Victor Frankenstein was the mad doctor who created a grotesque creature not unlike Nancy.  She screwed up the climactic end.  Poor thing.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Our Cartoon Democrats

Showtime will premiere “Our Cartoon President” after President Trump’s first State of the Union address.  The new 10-episode animated parody is the brainchild of late-night host Stephen Colbert and his Late Show producer.
CBS Television Studios, the producer of the series, claims the show will “examine the quintessentially Trumpian details of the presidency and his most important relationships, and no one is safe─from his close family and confidants to key political figures from both parties and members of the media.”
The smarmy Colbert is counting on ruffling the feathers of folks on the right.  That’s fine.  We’ve had our own animated TV series for years about Trump and the cartoon Democrats─it’s called The Roadrunner.  BEEP! BEEP!

Will Rosie O’Donnell Finally Fulfill Her Promise To Move To Canada To Avoid A Federal Bribery Conviction?

Rosie O’Donnell lives in a unique world, a private world different from the one inhabited and experienced by the rest of humanity.  Her life is submersed in despair and teenaged angst.
On Wednesday as the Senate took up the vote on the tax reform bill approved by the House the day before, the has-been hag and unfunny comedienne took to Twitter to offer what many categorized as a bribe to senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to change their vote.
Dozens of celebrities, including O’Donnell, vowed to flee America when Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election.  It’s a hackneyed line─an easy threat to make in a divisive political climate.  We’re still waiting for them to make good on their promise.
Michelle Fabio at Forbes provides some clarity on bribing a member of Congress:
Under 18 U.S. Code § 201, bribing a member of Congress is, indeed, a crime. The statute prohibits anyone from "corruptly" offering "anything of value to any public official" with the intent to influence the official or an official act.
The word "corruptly" is key, because in this context it means the accused must have the "intent to influence" a public official. In a hypothetical bribery case against O'Donnell over her tweets, the prosecution would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that O'Donnell acted "corruptly," with "intent to influence" the senators.
This would be a tough standard to meet, especially because of O'Donnell's status as a comedian and frequent—and quite vocal—political commentator. She could and would likely assert that her tweets were not seriously publicly offering money to senators but were intended to be hyperbole, political commentary and/or performance art illustrating that "there is a price," in reference to her claims that "THEY BRIBED [Tennessee Senator Bob] CORKER AND COLLINS" and that "they have been paid obviously."
In other words, O'Donnell could argue she didn't tweet "corruptly" but rather tweeted to point out what she perceived to be corruption involved with GOP tax bill votes.
O'Donnell is well known for tweeting controversial, arguably hyperbolic statements in the current political atmosphere, including declaring President Donald Trump "MENTALLY UNSTABLE," "MENTALLY ILL" and "A CRIMINAL," which would further make convincing a jury that O'Donnell actually had the intent to influence senators through cash offers via tweets extremely difficult.
And then there are the optics. Despite direct pleas to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to intervene, the concept of "felony by tweet" probably isn't a fight this administration would be interested in pursuing—at least not in a courtroom.
The public forum of Twitter, however, is always open.
UPDATE:  Welcome readers of The Briefing Room.  We thank Pookie for linking to this post.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

We're All Gonna Die ... Richer

The Democrats are howling bloody Armageddon as the GOP reform tax bill is set to be passed today by the House. Procedural difficulties in the Senate made it necessary for the bill to be passed again in the House.

Given that the death of Net Neutrality has been followed on its heels by the GOP tax plan, the outcry from liberals is impressive.
Appearing on CNBC Monday, Harvard economist and former Obama and Clinton administration official Larry Summers warned that if the Senate tax bill becomes law, about 10,000 people will die every year who otherwise would have lived. If anything, his estimate isn’t pessimistic enough. 
The reason why is that the bill repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, an unpopular but necessary provision that stabilizes insurance markets and wards off something known as an “adverse selection death spiral,” which can cause entire insurance markets to collapse. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that, if the individual mandate is repealed, 13 million fewer Americans will be insured by 2027.

And I thought that the libs wanted to reduce the world's carbon footprint by eliminating most everyone who had carbon feet?

As Obama's "Enrich The Insurance Companies' Bottom Line" Individual Mandate is now another resident of the historical dust bin, many of those uninsured are very likely to be young people who figure they can do without insurance. And in my experience, many welfare recipients abuse the living daylights out of healthcare services provided by the taxpayer.

It got so bad in my city that the police were instructed to respond to every ambulance call that went out. We had to evaluate whether or not the call was legitimate. This was done because welfare people who were drunk, bored or crazy were constantly calling for an ambulance to take them to an emergency room. We were responding to over 12,000 ambulance calls a year until the Chief finally eliminated that requirement. We just got too busy.

Hyperbole aside and curious as to how the GOP tax plan would affect me, I ran some numbers for myself using Maxim Lott's income tax estimator, Under the new tax act I will (may? might? could?) pay $1,000 less in federal income tax. I will use these funds to invest in corporations that produce body bags.

Just in case...

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