Overnight Open Thread: Reunion With A Special ‘Firefighter’

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NY Times Post Horrible Tweet About “Harmless Fun” Of A Penis In Face And An Unproven Allegation Against Kavanaugh

Wait, what? “Harmless fun?”

And then stating the questionable and unproven allegation as though it were a fact is libel.

“Poorly phrased.”

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Lindsey Graham Teases Bombshell Revelations About Christopher Steele’s Credibility

Indictments. Now.

Via Daily Caller:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Friday that U.S. officials received as many as six warnings that dossier author Christopher Steele was an unreliable source of information regarding President Donald Trump.

Graham discussed the assessment of Steele during a radio interview with host Sean Hannity, but he stopped short of describing all of the information regarding the former British spy because much of it is classified.

“There’s four events that I’m aware of, five actually, where the system was informed that Christopher Steele was an unreliable informant when it came to Trump,” Graham told Hannity.

“Some of them I can’t tell you yet until we get this stuff declassified. But I think it’s going to be five; it may be six,” the South Carolina Republican added later.

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California Passes Bill To Ban Private Prisons – Including ICE Detention Centers

California is already a pit hole. This means even more criminals will be let loose.

Via The Guardian:

The private prison industry is set to be upended after California lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday banning the facilities from operating in the state. The move will probably also close down four large immigration detention facilities that can hold up to 4,500 people at a time.

The legislation is being hailed as a major victory for criminal justice reform because it removes the profit motive from incarceration. It also marks a dramatic departure from California’s past, when private prisons were relied on to reduce crowding in state-run facilities.

Private prison companies used to view California as one of their fastest-growing markets. As recently as 2016, private prisons locked up approximately 7,000 Californians, about 5% of the state’s total prison population, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. But in recent years, thousands of inmates have been transferred from private prisons back into state-run facilities. As of June, private prisons held 2,222 of California’s total inmate population.

The state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, must still sign AB32, but last year he signaled support for the ban and said during his inaugural speech in January that the state should “end the outrage of private prisons once and for all”.

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Joe Biden Wants US Troops Based In Pakistan To Fight Terrorists In Afghanistan. No, Seriously, He Really Said That

And this is the guy who Democrats tout as the “experienced one.” This is incredibly ignorant and dangerous, even if it were possible, which it isn’t.

Via Task and Purpose:

File this under, “It’s a bold strategy, Cotton.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden has suggested essentially moving U.S. troops from Afghanistan to Pakistan, whence they could launch counter-terrorism raids over the border, as needed.

Biden, who is attempting to secure the Democratic nomination for president in the 2020 election, mentioned his plan during Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Houston.

When asked if President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 was a mistake, Biden said no and quickly changed the topic to Afghanistan.

“We can prevent the United States from being the victim of terror coming out of Afghanistan by providing for bases — insist the Pakistanis provide bases for us to airlift from and to move against what we know,” Biden said. “We don’t need those troops there. I would bring them home.”

But given the Pakistani military and intelligence service’s connections to the Taliban and terrorist groups, it is extremely unlikely that Pakistan would agree to host a U.S. counter-terrorism mission, said Bill Roggio, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank in Washington, D.C.

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Drone Strikes Hit World’s Largest Oil Processing Facility, Saudi Oil Field; Attack Claimed By Iranian-Backed Rebels

Via Fox News:

The world’s largest oil processing facility and a nearby oil field in Saudi Arabia were set ablaze early Saturday morning after reported drone attacks by Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels.

The Interior Ministry was quoted by state-run media as saying the fires at the Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq and the nearby Khurais oil field operated by Saudi Aramco were “targeted by drones.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if there were any injuries.

Houthi rebels – who are backed by Iran in a yearslong Saudi-led war against them in Yemen – have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks and vowed that further attacks could be expected in the future.

The military spokesman Yahia Sarie said in a short address aired by Houthi’s Al-Masirah satellite news channel that the group launched 10 drones in a coordinated attack on the sites.

“The only option for the Saudi government is to stop attacking us,” he added.

State television showed footage showing smoke from the blazes clearly rising behind a correspondent.

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Beto Says He Believes People Will Just Turn In Their Guns, The Gov’t Wouldn’t Have To Go Door To Door

Sorry, don’t believe you. But you wouldn’t be president anyway…

HT: Twitchy

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Air Force Use Of Trump Turnberry Resort In Scotland Dates Back To Obama Administration

In other words, this had nothing to do with Trump. And it’s because it’s one of the most affordable places to stay in the area.

Via Washington Times:

U.S. Air Force crews have been put up at President Trump’s Turnberry Resort in Scotland at least 40 times since 2015, according to the preliminary findings of a department review.

Earlier this week, the Air Force launched a wide-ranging review of housing policies for personnel operating around the world in the wake of multiple reports that crew members have stayed at properties owned by the president’s Trump Organization during overnight refueling stops.

An Air Force spokesperson told The Washington Post in an email that of the 659 overnight stays that crew members took near the Glasgow Prestwick Airport over the last four years, “approximately 6 percent of those crews stayed at the Trump Turnberry.”

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Bernie Sanders Shares Bogus Comparison Between Sentences Of Felicity Huffman and Tanya McDowell

The AJ description – “homeless mom Tanya McDowell got 5 years in prison for enrolling her son in a school outside her listed district” – is completely false.

First, she wasn’t homeless, she was living with her aunt. Second, she was arrested for allegedly selling drugs and offering a cop a prostitute. She stepped out of her six year old son’s birthday party to allegedly make the deal.

When she was arrested for grand larceny in the case of lying about her son’s residence so he could go to the school, she got a plea deal where she could plead to that and have the other outstanding charges dropped.

She also had a prior record for bank robbery and gun possession.

And she was additionally convicted later for more drug sales in Bridgeport around the same time.

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MIT Professor Defended Jeffrey Epstein Associate In Leaked Emails, Claimed Victims Were ‘Entirely Willing’

Yeah, no, children can’t be “willing.”

Via Fox News:

Famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer scientist Richard Stallman is under fire after a leaked email thread showed him defending an associate of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, claiming that his alleged victims were “entirely willing.”

In the email thread, leaked by MIT alum Salam Jie Gano to VICE on Friday, Stallman argued that the late Marvin Minsky – an AI pioneer who died in 2016 and is accused of assaulting one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, – had not actually assaulted anyone.

“The word ‘assaulting’ presumes that he applied force or violence, in some unspecified way, but the article itself says no such thing. Only that they had sex,” he wrote, referring to an article about Giuffre’s testimony against Minsky. “The most plausible scenario is that she presented herself to him an entirely willing.”

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Parents Of Otto Warmbier To Have Dinner At The White House With Trump And Amb. Grenell

Via ABC:

The parents of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American student who died shortly after being brought back from North Korea, will dine at the White House on Saturday with President Donald Trump.

Warmbier, who had been imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, died after returning to the U.S. in a state of unresponsive wakefulness in June 2007 — just days after U.S. officials secured his release and returned him to his family in Ohio.

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Folks on the left are already angry at them for meeting with Trump. How insane are these people? They completely skip over the fact that Trump got Otto home when Barack Obama left him there to be tortured.

This is the crazy former FBI official who claimed that Trump’s lowering of the flag after mass shootings last month might be a secret white supremacist symbol.

How do you get this clueless and evil?

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‘F**ked Up Bigoted Trash!’ Trans Barista Boots Conservative From Coffee Shop

But her actions in this case had consequences.

Via PJ Media:

On Wednesday, a transgender barista booted a young conservative woman from a coffee shop in Lincoln, Neb., attacking her for her political principles. The coffee shop later apologized to the conservative woman and fired the impolite barista — in a move the barista interpreted as evidence of discrimination against transgender people.

“This morning, I was asked to leave Cultiva Coffee and never come back because of my conservative principles,” Marilyn Synek, a communications specialist at the Nebraska Family Alliance, wrote on Facebook. Synek had a weekly tradition of eating breakfast at Cultiva. Yet on Wednesday, a barista attacked her for her political views, kicking her out of the shop.

“Today, an employee of the shop approached me and said, ‘Marilyn Synek! I didn’t recognize you until now, but I just realized who you are, what you stand for, and the work you do. You are f****** bigoted trash, and we do not want you in our restaurant. Over 80% of the people who work here are queer. You are not f****** wanted in our restaurant, so get out and don’t come back! If you do try to come back, we will all refuse any service to you.’ The cafe was busy with other customers who watched the incident transpire,” Synek wrote.

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DNC Chair Tom Perez: Socialism Makes Capitalism Work

This isn’t fringe, this is their chair.

Via Washington Times:

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez says that what Republicans call “socialism” actually makes “capitalism work for everyone.”

Mr. Perez sat down with Fox News’ Bret Baier Thursday evening in Houston to discuss the future of the Democratic Party.

The two men, having just watched ten presidential hopefuls spar on stage, discussed the divide between democratic socialists like Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders and the more fiscally moderate former Vice President Joe Biden.
“You know Brett, socialism is the oldest trick in the book,” Mr. Perez said. “You’re a very good student of history. When Social Security was debated, when Medicare was debated, when the minimum wage was debated, Republican opponents of all of those three critical elements of our social compact said this is socialism. What Social Security and Medicare and the minimum wage have done is make capitalism work for everyone.

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DOJ Cites Dems’ Mixed-Up Impeachment Messages To Show Not A Real Impeachment Probe

Because Pelosi and Hoyer know it’s not happening and it’s all a game to try to get info to help beat Trump.

Via Politico:

The Justice Department on Friday flatly rejected House Democrats’ claim that they’re in the midst of an “impeachment investigation” into President Donald Trump, pointing to the scattershot messaging by Democratic leaders in recent days — even citing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reluctance to use the term at a news conference just a day ago.

In a new court filing on Friday, Justice Department lawyers argued that the House Judiciary Committee’s effort to obtain former special counsel Robert Mueller’s most sensitive secrets — evidence and testimony collected by a grand jury — should be denied, in part because House Democrats can’t agree on what to call their investigation.

“Most prominently, the speaker of the House has been emphatic that the investigation is not a true impeachment proceeding,” the lawyers wrote, citing Pelosi’s June statement that Democrats were “not even close” to such a move.

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HT: Twitchy

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Former Dem Senator: People Don’t Want a ‘Third Obama Term’

He’s right that support is migrating to Warren, but once more focus then goes to Warren, a lot of her baggage will come out.

Via Free Beacon:

Former Democratic senator Bob Torricelli said during a discussion of Thursday’s Democratic primary debate that voters will not support former Vice President Joe Biden because people don’t want a “third Obama term.”

“We will not beat Donald Trump by playing it safe, in the margins, offering more of the same, or, to my friend Joe Biden, a third Barack Obama term,” Torricelli said Friday on MSNBC. “People don’t want—no matter how much they admire him—a third Obama term. They want something bold and different.”

Torricelli predicted that as the campaign rolls on, Biden will continue to lose support from Democrats as more voters migrate toward the vision of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.).

“This race, if you ask people who run campaigns, not journalists, run campaigns—”

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Reporter Asks Biden If He Will Release Medical Records, He Challenges Reporter To Wrestle To Address ‘Concerns’

He’s really gone.

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DOJ Inspector General Completes Investigation Into Alleged FISA Abuse

Can we finally expect some real action? And not just against Andrew McCabe.

Via Washington Examiner:

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has officially completed his investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses by the Justice Department and the FBI.

Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, revealed in a letter Thursday that Horowitz notified Attorney General William Barr of the completion of his investigation earlier in the day.

Horowitz said in a letter to congressional leaders that his team is in the “process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the Department and FBI for classification determination and marking.” Once redactions are made and the report is returned to the inspector general, Horowitz’s team will “proceed with our usual process for preparing final draft public and classified reports, and ensuring that appropriate reviews occur for accuracy and comment purposes.”

Horowitz’s team examined the FISA application and three renewals beginning in October 2016 to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The applications relied on the unverified dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who was hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS and funded by Democrats.

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Protester Hurls Apparent Menstrual Blood At Politicians In California Senate

Yikes.

Via Washington Examiner:

Anti-vaccine protesters on Friday hurled what authorities believed to be blood onto the Senate floor at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, leading to an evacuation of the building on the final day of the legislative calendar.

A video of the incident was posted on social media, which shows a woman telling California Highway Patrol officers, “My menstrual blood is all over the Senate floor.” The woman was subsequently detained, and posts from her Twitter account are connected to anti-vaccine demonstrations that occurred at the Capitol earlier that day.

“A few minutes ago, the anti-vaxxer stalkers – who’ve engaged in a harassment campaign all week – dropped a red substance onto the Senate floor from the elevated public gallery, dousing several of my colleagues,” state Sen. Scott Wiener tweeted. “The person who committed this assault screamed it was baby blood.”

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Horrific Video Of Man Being Beaten By Mob In Ilhan Omar’s 5th District

What makes this even more horrible is that this is not a one-off. 16 people were arrested in connection with this event, but there were other similar videos of people also being beaten in the same area.

Via KTSP:

The Minneapolis Police Department has arrested more than a dozen suspects involved in crime ring that focused on robbing cellphones from intoxicated people and then beating the victims.

According to a report provided by Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder, a three-day sweep conducted two weeks ago ended with police arresting 16 people between the ages of 13 and 25. The suspects are seen on surveillance video punching, kicking and riding over one man with a bike.

The robberies occurred near Hennepin, First and Second avenues, between Third and Sixth streets, and happened between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.

The suspects were mostly boys and men, with a female sometimes present. They would ‘finesse’ the victim — looking for an easy target, such as someone who was intoxicated and alone, looking at their cellphone at times. Elder said half of the assailants are juveniles.

One of the incidents happened on Aug. 3 near Target Field. According to the criminal complaint, the footage shows approxiamtely 12 males attempting to take a cellphone from a male victim, viciously beating him. The suspects are seen ripping the vicitim’s shoes and pants off and then going through his pockets. The victim is noted to be punched and kicked in the head several times throughout the altercation. At one point, the complaint states the victim is thrown to the ground — left motionless — then repeatedly jumped on, hit with planting pots and ridden over with a bicycle. Once police arrive, the victim and all suspects involved are gone.

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Over 2200 Fetuses Found At Home Of Former Abortion Doctor

Evil. And he used to operate a clinic in South Bend, home of Pete Buttigieg.

Via Fox News:

The remains of more than 2,200 unborn children have been found at the Illinois home of a former Indiana abortion doctor who died earlier this month, according to reports.

The discovery was made by members of the family of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who died Sept. 3. The family members had been searching through Klopfer’s belongings after he died, FOX 59 of Indianapolis reported.

There is no evidence that any abortions were performed at the private residence, the Will County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

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