The “Smoking Gun” OPEN THREAD

From FoxNews:

‘Smoking gun’ email reveals Obama DOJ blocked conservative groups from settlement funds, GOP lawmaker says

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee claims he obtained a “smoking gun” email that proves the Obama Justice Department prevented settlement payouts from going to conservative-leaning organizations, even as liberal groups were awarded money and DOJ officials denied “picking and choosing” recipients.

“It is not every day in congressional investigations that we find a smoking gun,” Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Tuesday. “Here, we have it.”

While Eric Holder was U.S. attorney general, the Justice Department allowed prosecutors to strike agreements compelling big companies to give money to outside groups not connected to their cases to meet settlement burdens. Republican lawmakers long have decried those payments as a “slush fund” that boosted liberal groups, and the Trump DOJ ended the practice earlier this year.

But internal Justice Department emails released Tuesday by Goodlatte indicated that not only were officials involved in determining what organizations would get the money, but also Justice Department officials may have intervened to make sure the settlements didn’t go to conservative groups.

Why Politicians Have Less Power Than They Think
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  • Scalia

    Rachel Maddow called out by fellow liberals for pushing anti-Trump conspiracy:

    MSNBC star Rachel Maddow’s latest anti-Trump conspiracy theory was so outlandish that even the dependably liberal HuffPost criticized it as “so flimsy that it could be debunked by a quick glance at a map.”

    On Thursday evening, “The Rachel Maddow Show” opened with a somber 25-minute diatribe that attempted to connect the tragic ambush attack that killed four American soldiers in Niger to the latest version of President Trump’s proposed travel ban, which included the nation of Chad. Maddow essentially claimed that the inclusion of Chad, which recently pulled its troops out of Niger, in the revised travel ban resulted in extremist attacks such as the one that left four Americans dead.

    The HuffPost, which is so anti-Trump that it refused to even cover him in the political section during the early stages of his campaign, published a story headlined, “What the hell was this Rachel Maddow segment?” The MSNBC host proclaimed that Chad’s pullout from Niger “had an immediate effect in emboldening ISIS attacks,” but the HuffPost easily shot down her theory.

    Colby College Department of Government assistant professor Laura Seay told the HuffPost that “any expert” would have said Maddow’s conspiracy theory was “crazy” and the pullout of Chadian troops isn’t necessarily related to the Trump’s travel ban.

    “Everybody that I know is appalled by this. I would like to think that Maddow’s researchers are more responsible,” Seay told the HuffPost.

  • Scalia

    FBI watched, then acted as Russian spy moved closer to Hillary Clinton:

    As Hillary Clinton was beginning her job as President Obama’s chief diplomat, federal agents observed as multiple arms of Vladimir Putin’s machine unleashed an influence campaign designed to win access to the new secretary of State, her husband Bill Clinton and members of their inner circle, according to interviews and once-sealed FBI records.

    Some of the activities FBI agents gathered evidence about in 2009 and 2010 were covert and illegal.

    A female Russian spy posing as an American accountant, for instance, used a false identity to burrow her way into the employ of a major Democratic donor in hopes of gaining intelligence on Hillary Clinton’s department, records show. The spy was arrested and deported as she moved closer to getting inside State, agents said.

    Other activities were perfectly legal and sitting in plain view, such as when a subsidiary of Russia’s state-controlled nuclear energy company hired a Washington firm to lobby the Obama administration. At the time it was hired, the firm was providing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in pro bono support to Bill Clinton’s global charitable initiative, and it legally helped the Russian company secure federal decisions that led to billions in new U.S. commercial nuclear business, records show.

    Agents were surprised by the timing and size of a $500,000 check that a Kremlin-linked bank provided Bill Clinton with for a single speech in the summer of 2010. The payday came just weeks after Hillary Clinton helped arrange for American executives to travel to Moscow to support Putin’s efforts to build his own country’s version of Silicon Valley, agents said.


    The check caught the attention of FBI agents, especially with Hillary Clinton having recently returned from meetings in Russia, and her department working on a variety of issues where Moscow had an interest, records show.

    One issue was American approval of the Russian nuclear company Rosatom’s purchase of a Canadian company called Uranium One, which controlled 20 percent of America’s strategic uranium reserves. State was one of more than a dozen federal agencies that needed to weigh in, and a Clinton deputy was handling the matter.

    The second issue was the Russian company TENEX’s desire to score a new raft of commercial nuclear sales to U.S. companies. TENEX for years was selling uranium recycled from old Soviet warheads to the United States. But that deal was coming to an end and now it needed a new U.S. market.

    And the third was a promise Secretary Clinton herself made to Russian leaders to round up support in America’s Silicon Valley for then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s dream for a new high-tech hub outside Moscow known as Skolkovo. A team of venture capitalists had been dispatched to Moscow just a few weeks before Bill Clinton landed the check, records show.

  • Scalia

    Blasting Trump, Arizona’s Jeff Flake Announces He’s Leaving Senate:

    Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, announced Tuesday he would not run for re-election in 2018, condemning in a speech aimed at President Donald Trump the “flagrant disregard of truth and decency” Flake says is undermining American democracy.

    “There are times we must risk our careers,” Flake said in a speech on the Senate floor. “Now is such a time.”

    Flake, who has criticized the path that the Republican Party has taken under Trump, said the impulse “to threaten and scapegoat” could turn America and the GOP into a “fearful, backward-looking people” and a “fearful, backward- looking party.” Flake didn’t mention Trump by name, but clearly was directing his remarks at the president and his administration.

    • Don’t let the door knob hit you in the @$$ on your way out the door, Jeff.

      • Scalia

        Yeah, he’s not man enough to take a loss at the polls, so he’s got to curry favor with the establishment.

    • Jwb10001

      I don’t get this guy I went looking for his positions on illegal immigration and Obamacare and he sounded just like Trump. One of the things I saw was a statement that most illegals are drug dealers. He supported physical (wall) as well as electronic border security He voted twice to repeal Obamacare. He held Trump’s positions before he was in the senate. He seems like a guy who changed his politics and undermined his own position with his constituents and is looking to blame someone else. To me this displays pretty poor character.

      • Once he got in, and got a whiff of all the DC perqs for the ‘proper attitudes’ of cooperation with the Dems (IE getting invited to the parties with the high-class hookers and blow) – that was probably it. The lure of the Dark Side turned him.

  • Scalia

    Feminist prof says ‘traditional science’ is rooted in racism:

    A feminist professor at the University of California-Davis has vowed to “challenge the authority of Science” by “rewriting knowledge” through a feminist lens.

    Sara Giordano, who left the field of neuroscience to become a Women’s Studies professor at UC-Davis, opened up about her feelings towards the sciences in a recent essay for Catalyst, a journal of feminist theory.

    Science, she worries, has “earned its epistemic authority through its co-constitution with colonization and slavery,” and therefore “relies on a colonial and racialized form of power.”

    Not only is science rooted in racism, she alleges; it has been used to perpetuate racism and colonial practices.

    “At the root of the justification for social inequality then is Western science,” she says, claiming that science’s distinction between “humans and non-humans” has allowed “capitalism [to become] justified as a natural economic system.”

    However, Giordano is hopeful that feminists can work towards creating new approaches that don’t conflate science with truth.

    “We need to disrupt the epistemic authority of Science…[and] the assumption that science = truth,” Giordano writes, further arguing that this can be done by implementing a “feminist science practice that explicitly unsticks Science from Truth.”

    It is unclear what exactly Giordano means by separating science from truth. Although Giordano has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University, she does not cite any examples of scientific knowledge that could benefit from a feminist intervention.

    • pennywit

      Can’t get to her essay at the moment. Once I read it, I might have some thoughts.

      • Scalia

        The PDF is embedded in the linked article. Anyway, HERE it is.

        • pennywit

          Tried to follow it on work computer. Work computer said not allowed. Grumble Grumble Grumble.

        • pennywit

          Got the PDF up on my phone. Got about four pages into it. So far, it mostly reminds me of why I dislike academic writing. I can’t tell whether she wants science to be more feminist, or if she thinks more feminists should become scientists.

          • Scalia

            I think the fact that she mentions feminism is indicative where she’s going. Science is science. If there’s something wrong with the hypothesis and/or the verification procedures, then she should by all means point it out. Political tag lines should be off-limits.

          • pennywit

            Political tag lines should be off-limits.

            What about examining science as a tool of public policy, representation of genders in the sciences, and whether the field, as a whole, is hostile toward women or minorities?

            Of course, that’s not really the execution of science. It’s the study of scientists.

          • Scalia

            Yes, I think you answered your question.

          • pennywit

            The article abstract annoys me. It’s heavy on gobbledygook about “colonization” and similar things, which really obscures any good points that the author might have. I scanned a little further along, and she does talk about girls who dream of being scientists, but then who end up leaving the sciences. I think that’s an interesting question. Why do girls aspire to sciences, then leave the sciences behind in adulthood? If senior scientists create an environment that does not welcome women, or if senior scientists are sexist assholes who drive away women or sexually harass them, that’s a huge problem. If there’s some sociological reason for girls doing so, that’s (I think) fertile ground for investigation.

          • Retired military

            ” she does talk about girls who dream of being scientists, but then who end up leaving the sciences.”
            If only Hillary had been able to get into the astronaut program. She could have been on the Challenger and saved the world from her tripe.

          • pennywit

            That’s pretty cold, buddy.

          • Isn’t it just!

          • Retired military

            But sp so true.

          • Scalia

            Then the issue is prejudice, not science. The “gobbledygook” you mention is one of the reasons she cannot be taken seriously.

          • pennywit

            Right. And of this morning, I have no interest in continuing to read her article. I have better things to do with my time, like burn Jerry Jones in effigy.

          • pennywit

            Definitely burning Jerry Jones in effigy.

          • Scalia

            Yeah, that was a tough one. You can also put a fork in my Lions. I can root for Notre Dame the rest of the season. They pummeled USC, and that’s always satisfying.

          • pennywit

            Yeah, season’s pretty much over for several teams. So … what happens if the 49ers play the Browns? Does the universe implode or something?

          • Scalia

            I’d say the Niners would beat the Browns, but I really hope the Browns can avoid going winless. I’d hate to see anybody else go through that embarrassment.

          • pennywit

            Speaking of which … Whoa.

            I’m actually impressed the 49ers went ahead and did this.

          • Scalia

            Agreed. Given their situation, I think something like this had to be done. They can’t sit around twiddling their thumbs.

          • In the field I’m in, the answer is ‘competency’. In 30+ years bouncing around various computer repair/support organizations, the number of female techs I’ve seen who lasted in the field is… maybe two? Three? Seen a number of women who got in, then got shuffled to support – parts ordering and scheduling and the like – but active hardware techs? They’re rare, rare birds.

            Programming and database management… maybe another five to ten. Ratio of men to women is vastly skewed in favor of guys – but any woman who can pull her weight WILL advance.

            Guys who get hooked on computers tend to stay with it a long time. Women who get ‘interested’ in the field just don’t tend to stay.

            I really think it’s a difference in how the genders think. They really aren’t the same.

          • pennywit

            In my own very much non-scientific, non-tech field, there is a very public effort to bring women in and promote them into positions of responsibility. But once you get behind closed doors, sexism can be a significant issue.

          • Sounds like Hollywood…

          • pennywit

            My field isn’t Hollywood. But I think the #MeToo hashtaggers have a point. Many industries, I think, feature more sexism than many people in those industries would like to admit. Some of it is simply older folks who grew up in a different era and don’t recognize that certain “jokes” are no longer appropriate. And some of it is rank predatory behavior like Weinstein’s.

          • Scalia

            Ellen DeGeneres is apparently guilty of her own brand of sexism. Imagine if a man did the same.

          • pennywit

            Don’t have to imagine if a man did the same. But whether it’s a man or a woman, the comment’s still crass.

          • #sand

          • Sounds like you work in one of the left’s plantations.

          • Retired military

            “Science is science”

            Have you checked out that new math the left is pedaling?

          • Scalia

            They’ve been peddling new math for quite a while. Is there something new that I’ve missed?

          • Retired military


          • 2+2=4. Square root of 9 is 3. That’s never going to change regardless of gender or feminist thinking.

            Math is a great disrespecter of PC thinking. You can either do math, or you cannot. Lower levels of math are relatively easy to learn and understand. Higher levels aren’t, so much. At that point, sheer intelligence and aptitude for it kick in, as well as a teacher that can explain it comprehensively and in a comprehendible manner. You can’t fake math with bafflegab, which apparently is a bad thing to her.

          • pennywit

            A man was looking to hire a new bookkeeper, and he interviewed three people for the job.

            The first was a high-school graduate. The interviewer asked, “What’s 2 + 2.” The graduate replied, “4.” The interviewer nodded and said, “Thank you for coming.”

            The second candidate was a lawyer. The interviewer asked, “What’s 2 + 2?” The lawyer excused himself, visited a law library, then returned with a five-page memorandum. “According to all available precedents,” the lawyer said, “2+2 is 4.” The interviewer nodded and said, “Thank you for coming.”

            The third candidate was an accountant. The interviewer asked, “What’s 2+2?” The accountant looked around. He went to the door and made sure it was locked. The accountant closed the window blinds. He also looked under the desk and behind all the wall art. Then he approached the interviewer and said in a whisper, “What do you want 2+2 to equal?” The interviewer responded, “Your hired!”

          • pennywit

            Math can be pretty a political, but teaching math can be nearly propagandistic.

            “The Glorious People’s Army shot 50 traitors in one week. If the Glorious People’s Army used 5,251 bullets, how many shots, on average, did it fire at each traitor?”

            Granted, adding Boris and Natasha would actually make that question less cartoonish, but I’m sure you see my point.

            I do think there’s something to loosening, or even junking some of the teaching standards. Not every student learns the same way, and some approaches to a problem may yield answers more quickly than others.

            Just to give an example: What’s 483 -269?

            If I do that quick subtraction in my head, I’m less likely to do the columns and more likely to caluclate, say, 500-300, then run the differences between 83 and 100 on he one end, and 69 and 100 on the other.

          • Scalia

            I would immediately subtract two from four and note the difference between 83 and 69 is 14; hence, 214.

          • pennywit

            I was thinking of tip calculation. When I was in grade school, we’d get flogged unless we laboriously multiplied out the digits. These days, I just move a decimal point (to get to 10 percent), then add half that total for a 15 percent tip, or double it for a 20 percent tip.

          • Scalia

            Same here. Oh, how I hated multiplying 325,786 x 297,416, etc.

            I was blessed indeed to later have a math teacher who taught alternate problem-solving techniques. He also regularly had us playing very fun math games to drive home his points.

          • pennywit

            As I understand it, part of Common Core is actually teaching the kids to use these alternate techniques. The problem, IMNSHO, is hammering into kids’ heads the idea that only one of these methods is acceptable.

            I’m not in favor of some feel-good crap where a teacher strums a guitar while the kids “feel math.” But I wonder sometimes if it’d be interesting to split kids into groups and give them word problems to solve … and then bring them back together and talk about how each group tackled its word problems.

          • On average 105.02. Not less than 1 nor more than 2001 per person shot. Sounds like they are piss poor shots to me.

          • pennywit

            Or else they want to make sure the dissident is really dead.

          • No kill like overkill?

      • Brett Buck

        Once you read it, you may have the beginnings of a brain tumor. Or an overwhelming sense of despair for the future of the human race.

    • Brian Brandt

      “earned its epistemic authority through its co-constitution with
      colonization and slavery,” and therefore “relies on a colonial and
      racialized form of power.”

      Why do they all talk this way?

      • pennywit

        For the same reason any profession uses jargon. To make outsiders feel stupid.

        • Scalia

          While I agree that code-speak is a tool for the proud, refined dialog cuts out the “fat” and makes communication sharper. Why say, “An attempt to refute a person’s claim by confusing (intentionally or unintentionally) that claim with a less plausible claim not made by that person,” when “straw man” will do?

          Of course, those not familiar with the code will not understand (without a dictionary of course) what’s being said, but it isn’t necessarily designed to make others feel stupid.

          • pennywit

            I’ll plead guilty to first-degree glibness there in my comment. But I hate academic-speak. I consider gender-studies academic-speak particularly loathsome, particularly when deployed against people outside the academy in what should be ordinary discussion. It’s a pseudo-intellectual power move … the equivalent of an attorney expecting a layperson to understand the difference between contributory negligence and comparative negligence.

          • Scalia

            Agreed. After President Reagan was shot, his doctors held a press conference to update the country on his status. The first doctor almost exclusively employed medical-speak. I doubt a tithe of the country knew whether he spoke about the president or Star Wars. The next doctor got on the mike pronto and spoke in plain old country-boy English. It was like a breath of fresh air.

          • pennywit

            “These city-slicker lawyers with their briefcases, their thousand-dollar suits, and their five-hundred-collar briefcases sure do make a big case, don’t they? Now, me? I get my suits at Sears and I got my shoes at Payless. I don’t know all those fifty-cent words they used. I’m just a simple country lawyer. So let me tell you what I think happened … “

          • pennywit
          • Scalia

            Odd sense of humor you have there, pennywit.

          • pennywit

            Well, Scalia, I’m just a simple caveman … your modern humor frightens and confuses me …

          • pennywit

            Sorry to doublepost, but we shouldn’t forget something else; shibboleths. Once you establish a language, you can instantly assess whether a person is part of your community or not based on his mastery of that language. If the person isn’t a part of your community, you can look down on him. I’ve seen shibboleths rising everywhere these days.

  • Scalia

    Scientists predict NYC could see bad flooding every 5 years due to global warming:

    NEW YORK — Within the next three decades, floods that used to strike the New York City area only once every 500 years could occur every five years, according to a new scientific study released just days before the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

    The study, performed by researchers at several universities and published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, primarily blames the predicted change on sea-level rise caused by global warming.

    “This is kind of a warning,” said Andra Garner, a Rutgers University scientist and study co-author. “How are we going to protect our coastal infrastructure?”

    The researchers based their analysis on multiple models that factored in predictions for sea level rise and possible changes in the path of future hurricanes.

    Many of the models had a dose of good news for the nation’s largest city: Climate changes may mean that storms are more violent, but are also likely to swing further off-shore, meaning storm surge heights aren’t likely to increase substantially through 2300.

    However, rising sea levels could mean that floods of 7.4 feet (2.25 meters) or more that struck the New York city area roughly once every 500 years before 1800, and which occur roughly every 25 years now, could happen once every five years between 2030 and 2045.

    I see Chicken Little is alive and well.

    • Jwb10001

      Science (the kind that isn’t feminist enough) told us we’d be in an ice age and all frozen to death a few decades ago. The ability of these scientist to make accurate predictions is very suspect. If only more feminist were scientist.

    • jim_m

      A Nature Climate Science study showed that 114 out of 117 climate models were so badly off that they could be considered completely inaccurate. And yet the left demands that we believe in “Science!”

      Notice how their prediction had such an interval as to be unfalsifiable at this point. It isnt science, it’s religion masquerading as science.

  • Scalia

    Prof: Algebra, geometry perpetuate white privilege:

    A math education professor at the University of Illinois argued in a newly published book that algebraic and geometry skills perpetuate “unearned privilege” among whites.

    Rochelle Gutierrez, a professor at the University of Illinois, made the claim in a new anthology for math teachers, arguing that teachers must be aware of the “politics that mathematics brings” in society.

    “On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White,” Gutierrez argued.

    Gutierrez also worries that algebra and geometry perpetuate privilege, fretting that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”

    Math also helps actively perpetuate white privilege too, since the way our economy places a premium on math skills gives math a form of “unearned privilege” for math professors, who are disproportionately white.

    “Are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?” she asks, further wondering why math professors get more research grants than “social studies or English” professors.

    What’s worse is she probably believes the tripe she spews.

  • Scalia

    Former NPR CEO opens up about liberal media bias:

    Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now-dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio. When you are liberal, and everyone else around you is as well, it is easy to fall into groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be.

    This may seem like an unusual admission from someone who once ran NPR, but it is borne of recent experience. Spurred by a fear that red and blue America were drifting irrevocably apart, I decided to venture out from my overwhelmingly Democratic neighborhood and engage Republicans where they live, work and pray. For an entire year, I embedded myself with the other side, standing in pit row at a NASCAR race, hanging out at Tea Party meetings and sitting in on Steve Bannon’s radio show. I found an America far different from the one depicted in the press and imagined by presidents (“cling to guns or religion”) and presidential candidates (“basket of deplorables”) alike.

    I spent many Sundays in evangelical churches and hung out with 15,000 evangelical youth at the Urbana conference. I wasn’t sure what to expect among thousands of college-age evangelicals, but I certainly didn’t expect the intense discussion of racial equity and refugee issues — how to help them, not how to keep them out — but that is what I got.

    At Urbana, I met dozens of people who were dedicating their lives to the mission, spreading the good news of Jesus, of course, but doing so through a life of charity and compassion for others: staffing remote hospitals, building homes for the homeless and, in one case, flying a “powered parachute” over miles of uninhabited jungle in the western Congo to bring a little bit of entertainment, education and relief to some of the remotest villages you could imagine. It was all inspiring — and a little foolhardy, if you ask me about the safety of a powered parachute — but it left me with a very different impression of a community that was previously known to me only through Jerry Falwell and the movie “Footloose.”


    Over the course of this past year, I have tried to consume media as they do and understand it as a partisan player. It is not so hard to do. Take guns. Gun control and gun rights is one of our most divisive issues, and there are legitimate points on both sides. But media is obsessed with the gun-control side and gives only scant, mostly negative, recognition to the gun-rights sides.

    Take, for instance, the issue of legitimate defensive gun use (DGU), which is often dismissed by the media as myth. But DGUs happen all the time — 200 times a day, according to the Department of Justice, or 5,000 times a day, according to an overly exuberant Florida State University study. But whichever study you choose to believe, DGUs happen frequently and give credence to my hunting friends who see their guns as the last line of defense for themselves and their families.


    It’s not that media is suppressing stories intentionally. It’s that these stories don’t reflect their interests and beliefs.

    It’s why my new friends in Youngstown, Ohio, and Pikeville, Ky., see media as hopelessly disconnected from their lives, and it is how the media has opened the door to charges of bias.

  • Retired military

    Just a curious observation

    The answer:
    Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz
    Candy Crowley
    Donna Brazille

    The question :
    Name 3 people whom you haven’t seen in front of a TV camera lately

    Disclaimer ( I don’t watch MSNBC or PBS so I don’t know if Brazille still has a show or not)


    Also 2 “related” tin foil hat conspiracy theories that I have seen recently

    1. Weinstein was thrown under the bus as a warning sign to Hillary to not run again as he was a bundler for her.

    2. The uranium one story will be exposed by the MSM and put squarely on her shoulders to be a way to continue to pound Trump showing that the MSM “isn’t biased” (yea right) but also as a way to get her off the stage for the dems in 2020.

    • Brian Brandt

      As to Ms. Wasserman-Schultz, I suspect she still lays doggo over the I.T. guy scandal.

      • Makes me wonder if she and he were going all doggo, which is why she was trying so hard to protect him.

    • cathymv

      Prediction: Schultz – brazille – clinton- podesta – et al will be distancing themselves from the scandal with the old obama excuse: I just found out about this on the news just like everyone else……..

  • Scalia

    Three Million Americans Carry Handgun Every Day:

    Conclusions. We estimate that 9 million US adult handgun owners carry loaded handguns monthly, 3 million do so every day, and most report protection as the main carrying reason. Proportionally fewer handgun owners carry concealed loaded handguns in states that allow issuing authorities substantial discretion in granting carrying permits.

    • Scalia

      All those guns on the streets every day with no uptick in crime. Could it just be possible that the Left is completely off-base on firearms?

    • pennywit

      If three million Americans can carry it, that handgun is a bit too large to be considered a handgun.

  • Report: Bill Clinton Ditched Secret Service Protective Detail Multiple Times to Take the Lolita Express to Pedo Isle

    Off speed pitch. Can’t be all #FusionCollusion.

    I’m sure he just didn’t want to burden the taxpayer with paying travel bonuses to the Secret Service personnel.

    An investigation into official flight records of financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s “Lolita Express” are once again dragging former President Bill Clinton into the national spotlight.
    Flight logs obtained by Gawker in January 2015 put Mr. Clinton on the billionaire’s infamous jet more than a dozen times — sometimes with a woman whom federal prosecutors suspect of procuring underage sex victims for Mr. Epstein. Fox News reported Friday that records show Mr. Clinton declined Secret Service protection on at least five flights.

    The network’s investigation reveals Mr. Clinton flew on the Boeing 727 “Lolita Express” 26 times, more than doubling the previously reported 11 trips.
    “Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile. Why would a former president associate with a man like that?” said Conchita Sarnoff of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, Fox reported. Ms. Sarnoff also authored a book on Mr. Epstein titled “TrafficKing.”

    Prediction: Bill Clinton will offer the “Nah, I wasn’t into the jailbait, I just went down there for the graft” defense.

  • pennywit

    The next Star Wars movie will feature a young Jedi who breaks all the rules and a by-the-book Jedi Master who’s three solar orbits away from retirement.

    “I’m too old for this Sith!”

    • Aargh….

      • pennywit

        In the Star Wars prequels, the character of Padme should have been named Ella. That’s right. Ella Amidala. After her marriage to Anakin, she would have been Ella Skywalker. After he turned to the Dark Side she would have been ….

        • GROAN….

          Well done! Haven’t heard that one in a LONG time!

          • pennywit

            Told that to an acquaintance once. When she realized where the punchline was going, she yelled at me, “YOU ARE A BAD MAN!!! YOU ARE A VERY VERY BAD MAN!!!”

          • Scalia

            Similar to a line Billy Mummy used in The Twilight zone.

  • pennywit

    Former president George H. W. Bush has been accused of groping two women. From the accounts, he sounds less like a serial predator and more like a dirty old man who doesn’t know certain things aren’t funny any more … if they ever were funny.

    • Strikes me as either an exaggeration or outright falsehood.

      • pennywit

        There are two or three accusations out there now.

        • I remain un-persuaded…

          • pennywit

            I’m in a slightly different category — I don’t want to believe it. I really, really don’t want to, as I have nothing but respect for his conduct in office. But after the last few years, I wonder about public figures.

          • jim_m

            Leftist woman whines that a 90+ YO man made a pass at her. Same woman probably offered to felate Bill Clinton and probably suggested to all women that it was their responsibility to do so because feminism!

          • Yep. Smacks of fake news.

          • Scalia

            I really, REALLY doubt Bush would grope a woman in front of his wife. This sounds a lot like Bandwagon Bandstand.

          • jim_m

            The elder Bush suffers from dementia. So what the left is doing is trashing an elderly man, who quite honestly does not know what he is doing, in order to protect perverts on their side and to perpetuate the culture of sexual predators and pedophiles.

  • Scalia

    IRS Admits Targeting:

    While the IRS did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment, court documents show that the agency did offer an apology.

    “The IRS admits that its treatment of Plaintiffs during the tax-exempt determination process, including screening their applications based on their names or policy positions, subjecting those applications to heightened scrutiny and inordinate delays, and demanding some Plaintiffs’ information that TIGTA determined was unnecessary to the agency’s determination of their tax-exempt status, was wrong,” the IRS said in court documents. “For such treatment, the IRS expresses its sincere apology.”