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Schiff Rulez

Posted by Jeff Id on October 30, 2019

So the two links are what appear to be the proposed street  rules from Pelosi and the Demz in their multi-year attack against the elected president of the United States.

Link 1 from the esteemed New York Times – Impeachment Inquiry Procedures in the Committee on the Judiciary

Link 2 from the also esteemed New York Times – Directing certain committees to continue their on going investigation

Link 3 – How to make Turducken

Very odd rules indeed.  Completely unreasonable in my opinion to use oyster dressing and sausage on anything resembling fowl.

Also unusual is that the ‘Chair’ of the ‘Intelligence’  committee (poorly named) literally has the power to accept or reject even hearing any testimony from the President or his attorneys.   If the house votes that these rulez are good enough, Shiff is basically elected to be god of all things related to Trump.   For instance: (my bold)

F. Should the President unlawfully refuse to make witnesses available for testimony
to , or to produce documents requested by, the investigative committees listed in the first section of H . Res. 660 in furtherance of the investigations described in the first section of H . Res. 660, the chair shall have the discretion to impose appropriate remedies, including by denying specific requests by the President or his counsel under these procedures to call or question witnesses .

So if the President doesn’t produce what the Dem’s want, they can determine it is unlawful and deny any due process.  So let’s say – Tax returns, letters from the president’s wife, people who work under the rules of executive privilege etc…   Anything they want to drag through the gutter, they ask, he doesn’t deliver, if the polls say trash him, they do it.  Extreme lawlessness.

The President s counsel may question any witness called before the Committee, subject to instructions from the chair or presiding member respecting the time, scope and duration of the examination.

So they may question a witness, only in hearing, not in deposition, and only when the top Democrats believe the scope is appropriate among other equally subjective barriers.

(3 To allow for full evaluation of minority witness requests, the ranking minority member may submit to the chair ,in writing,any requests for witness testimony relevant to the investigation described in the first section of this resolution within 72 hours after notice is given for the first hearing designated pursuant to paragraph (1).Any such request shall be accompanied by a detailed written justification of the relevance of the testimony of each requested witness to the investigation described in the first section of this resolution .

Rebuttals to Democrat operative testimony must be requested and the potential impact of the testimony detailed prior to democrat acceptance and prior to notice of the first hearing.   If they don’t accept, the minority is invited to let the majority controlled committee to vote on whether the committee chair person is actually on the same political side as the balance of the committee.   Very Mao like.

(4 )(A ) The ranking minority member of the Permanent Select Committee is authorized , with the concurrence of the chair , to require, as deemed necessary to the investigation

(i ) by subpoena or otherwise( ) attendance and testimony of any person (including at a taking of a deposition) ; and
(II) the production of ,records, correspondence, memoranda,
papers, and documents; and
(ii) by interrogatory, the furnishing of
information .)

So the defendants are allowed to call witnesses and request depositions as long as the prosecutor/judge/jury agrees that their witnesses are “necessary”.  Fortunately, a remedy is specified if the prosecutor/Judge/Jury doesn’t agree.  They are entitled to a full vote from the prosecutor/Judge/Jury controlled committee to determine whether prosecutor/Judge/Jury agrees with the goals of the prosecutor/Judge/Jury controlled committee.

In the case that the chair declines to concur in a proposed action of the ranking minority member pursuant to subparagraph (A , the ranking minority member shall have the right to refer to the committee for the question whether such
authority shall be so exercised and the chair shall convene the committee promptly to render that decision, subject to the notice procedures for a committee meeting under clause 2 (g)(3)(A ) and (B ) of
rule XI.

Sounds very positive in my opinion .

This one is very cute:

The chair is authorized to make publicly available in electronic form the transcripts of depositions conducted by the Permanent Select Committee in furtherance of the investigation described in the first section of this resolution with appropriate
redactions for classified and other sensitive information

In case this isn’t clear to you.  Basically this is the posthumous green light for all of the leaking by the democrats of literally anything that sounded negative from the previous sham court they put on.  Also, when read carefully, they are implicitly not required to release anything else from their previous work product – unless they deem it worthy.

There is so much of this nonsense to parse.

On and on and on.   Garbage food for the uninformed masses, fed with a shovel and closed eyes to the consequences.

So for extra points:

Turducken creative thinking:

If a turkey is moving along at 10Mph, a duck is moving at 20 mph in the same direction, and after initial contact with the duck, a 30 mph chicken traveling on the same normalized vector impacts the turkey/duck genetic meld, at what speed does the final impact occur?

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Ukraine Expert vs Ukraine Treaty

Posted by Jeff Id on October 29, 2019

So today, from the ever left New York Times, we have a new breathless report on the big orange man.

Army Officer Who Heard Trump’s Ukraine Call Reported Concerns

An army officer, identified in the article as Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, is the latest impeachment witness willing to talk to the Democrats.  Mr. Vindman is touted as “the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council” and says he twice reported concerns about the President.

The times reports the Lt. Col. as saying:

“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine,” Colonel Vindman said in his statement. “I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.”

Now if Mr. Vindman didn’t say that, it wouldn’t surprise as this is the New York Times but if he did say that and he is an expert, why doesn’t he know about the 1999 treaty with Ukraine titled:

TREATY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND UKRAINE ON MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE IN CRIMINAL MATTERS WITH ANNEX, SIGNED AT KIEV ON JULY 22, 1998, AND WITH AN EXCHANGE OF NOTES SIGNED ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1999, WHICH PROVIDES FOR ITS PROVISIONAL APPLICATION

A summary of the very first article of the treaty is included with the full treaty in this link and is copied below:

Article 1 sets forth a non-exclusive list of the major types of as-
sistance to be provided under the Treaty, including taking the tes-
timony or statements of persons; providing documents, records and
other items of evidence; locating or identifying persons or items;
serving documents; transferring persons in custody for testimony or
other purposes; executing requests for searches and seizures; as-
sisting in proceedings related to immobilization and forfeiture of
assets, restitution, and collection of fines; and, rendering any other
form of assistance not prohibited by the laws of the Requested
State. The scope of the Treaty includes not only criminal offenses,
but also proceedings related to criminal matters, which may be
civil or administrative in nature

So it’s not appropriate to investigate the Biden’s because they are American but we have a treaty signed by Al Gore for that explicit purpose.  I don’t think that’s a terribly accurate statement by Lieutenant Colonel Vindman now is it.  But wait, there’s more!!

Article 2 provides for the establishment of Central Authorities
and defines Central Authorities for purposes of the Treaty. For the
United States, the Central Authority shall be the Attorney General
or a person designated by the Attorney General. For Ukraine, the
Central Authority shall be the Ministry of Justice and the Office
of the Prosecutor General. The article provides that the Central
Authorities shall communicate directly with one another for the
purposes of the Treaty.

 

So the correct person to make contact with Ukraine for purposes of the investigation is Attorney General Barr – Didn’t Trump say something exactly like that?  Huh?

It keeps getting better though.

In addition, a request may be denied if its execution
would prejudice the security or similar essential interests of the
Requested State, or if it is not made in conformity with the Treaty

So per Mr. Vindman’s apparently world renown expert status, he should know that Ukraine has the option of refusing to help if they were concerned that ‘bipartisan’ support could be lost and would affect their national security.   He is way outside of his purview to be the one who is concerned about bipartisan support, that is Ukraines job and right per the treaty.

 

 

So if the treaty with Ukraine is NOT for investigation of Americans, why would it state:

“Assistance shall be provided without regard to whether the conduct that is the subject of the investigation, prosecution, or proceeding in the Requesting State would constitute…..”

The only folks subject to laws in the ‘Requesting State’ are citizens of that state or visitors actually in that state.   It seems impossible that the ‘expert’ on Ukraine could have the opinion that the treaty with Ukraine is inappropriate, and it seems very likely that this is just another leftist coup member.   I hope he goes down with the rest when this all blows up in their faces.

Fake

Fake

Fake

BTW, this is an entirely separate issue from the Obama administration using FAKE Russian documents payed for by the Clinton campaign to get a FISA court warrant to spy on Trump.  Which they did, and they committed a literal shit-ton of felonies on the way.  Trump’s actions, even if he used the leverage of assistance (which there is zero evidence of thus far) are perfectly within the law.   He’s allowed to use foreign aid to force investigations into almost anything he likes, especially when the person being investigated, admitted to the crimes on tape.  Being a political opponent does not grant immunity as Trump has been well taught by the Democrats.  Don’t forget, they were talking impeachment well before Trump even took office.

 

 

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Invalid Opinion

Posted by Jeff Id on October 29, 2019

I’m actually offended by this WaPo propaganda:

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.

I’m not sure that as a very very white male, I’m allowed to be offended but WOW, I actually am.  This freak burned people in cages, beheaded people, turned women into sex slaves and in his final act of love, blew up his own children.

It’s just more nonsense from the leftist authoritarians but this is way beyond acceptable.   The paper owes everyone on planet Earth an apology.  — Oh and people need to be fired for this.

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Stranger than Fiction

Posted by Jeff Id on October 27, 2019

This whole impeachment saga reads like an article from the Onion or maybe a Ron Hubbard sci-fi book.

5: The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

It is clear that according to the constitution, only the full house has the power to impeach.  It does not define power to form an inquiry under even the most unreasonable terms.  They literally don’t need to have any vote, don’t need any authority other than the constitution and absolutely don’t need any evidence to start an impeachment inquiry in private at any time, about any thing.   However, only the entire house can impeach.   It is really easy to see the strategy of inquire, leak any negative information to the press possible, and hope the public will fall for it.

That doesn’t make the actions of the house morally right though now does it.

Will this be the new America?

The Obama administration has been found to have spied on Trump (an opposition candidate) in a manner which would make Nixon blush.   Hillary Clinton paid a Russian operative to produce a fake dossier which was really never used in the campaign.   It did get leaked to the press and became the foundation to a FISA warrant which gave full permission to the Obama FBI, to investigate Trump….. Before he was elected.  Certainly that would rise to an felony offense if Obama, Biden, Clinton  knew of it.  It is literally impossible to imagine they didn’t and we shouldn’t forget the Strozk text – “POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing”

Two years of farcical investigation and Muller claims under oath that he doesn’t even know who Fusion GPS was.   (They paid the money, to Steele for the fake dossier — on behalf of Clinton!!).  Actual Russian collusion!! But our glorious FBI, who can prosecute the hell out of a kid for a photo of an outdated sub, couldn’t figure this one out.

Clinton destroyed subpoenaed evidence — with a hammer.  Try that kids and you will spend a LOT of time in jail.   ACTUAL obstruction of justice instead of the fake kind the Democrats are accusing everyone else of.  So many blatant and publicly known violations of confidential data rules by her.  No prosecution, the FBI even helped out despite not being allowed to see the hacked server.

Comey leaked classified information, and actively worked against the president – no prosecution.  He’s still regularly laughing on TV about how he’s getting away with all of it.  He may be right.

Biden admitted on tape to using US funds to fire a prosecutor in Ukraine – who NOT coincidentally, happened to be investigating some insanely suspicious multi-million dollar deals his son was involved in. (15 U.S.C. § 78dd-1) .Biden, by his own words, used government money as leverage to block investigation into Burisma holdings.  Burisma was just ONE of his shockingly unqualified son’s multi-million dollar international arrangements – made while riding Air Force 2.  Video here.

President of the United States Trump asked the newly elected president of Ukraine (who was elected on an anti-corruption platform) – ‘was that real?’  and we now have another multi-year round of ‘Impeach the orange man’. Trump is accused of withholding government money because he asked about looking into the Bidens……   No money was stated withheld by Trump as a condition, no evidence exists that he actually did hold it,   and even if he did withhold money for an investigation into corruption, it is his actual OBLIGATION to do so.  But again, no evidence and it is Blindingly (big B) obvious that Biden is very likely guilty of extortion.

Like before, this fake trial is behind closed doors.   The information from the ‘investigation’ is  confidential so naturally the only data leaked from the endless forced questioning is anti-trump.

I really don’t understand how this has any legs at all.

We have a specific treaty with Ukraine regarding the sharing of evidence of corruption and criminal activities.  The treaty is targeted quite specifically at crimes like those that Joe and Hunter Biden very much appear to have committed.    The treaty was signed in 1999 by Al Gore, a favorite of every climate blog.  Here is a link to the full text of the treaty with a summary at the beginning.

When I first heard the story, my thought was what do people imagine foreign aid in return for?  Good feelings?  More socialist saving of less capitalist ‘developing’ societies?  Lifting most of these countries out of poverty by cash payments is equivalent to sending mentally impaired folk to medical school.   It doesn’t make sense — so my point is, that is obviously not what the money is for!

Don’t really know what other folk think, but I hold no illusions that the money transfers from any government to another has no purpose.  Why would you pay if you get nothing in return?  Generosity comes from the individual, not the government.

It makes me wonder.

In the meantime, I would humbly suggest that nobody listen to the leftist media – well ever actually.  Some think they are getting both sides of a story, but when one side is actively lying, well…… let’s just say that all opinions are not created equally.  The goal is obviously to turn public sentiment against Trump such that when the time comes, congressional con-men may be supported in their already decided vote.

I’ve written to my fence-sitting congressman who can’t seem to decide if fake impeachment is something he should support or not.  You should all write to yours this time, something I rarely recommend.  Not that they will listen but this time it is very important that we stop the decay of our government into ever deeper corruption.  When nonsense is mainstream, we have a big problem.

 

 

 

 

 

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