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Space Stuff: In Space No One Can Hear You Sniff

I’m sure the writers had a laugh wording this one:

Uranus smells like rotten eggs, according to scientists

Researchers at the University of Oxford confirmed that the upper atmosphere of the planet is composed largely of hydrogen sulfide, a chemical compound with an infamous rotten egg scent. “If an unfortunate human were ever to descend through Uranus’ clouds, they would be met with very unpleasant and odiferous conditions,” the report’s co-author Patrick Irwin said, the BBC reports.

The scientists uncovered the foul-smelling details using the Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer (NIFS) of Hawaii’s Gemini North telescope. “Only a tiny amount remains above the clouds as a saturated vapor,” researcher Leigh Fletcher said. “The superior capabilities of Gemini finally gave us that lucky break.”

According to their findings, published in Nature Astronomy, the Gemini telescope detected between 0.4 and 0.8 parts per million of hydrogen sulfide existing as ice within Uranus’ cloud layer.

Oxford scientists added that while they found enough of the molecules required to trigger the familiar rotten egg smell, it’s unlikely any human will ever be unlucky enough to smell Uranus.

Earth is an over abundant plethora of very pleasant and extremely unpleasant (too many to count) smells, aromas, odors, perfumes, fumes, stenches. But the deep space medium beyond our protective atmosphere and radiation belt, amid the distant twinkling and mysterious and astonishing colors, what does space actually smell like? Is it comparable to our familiar odors and aromas down here? And once you can imagine experienced comparative testimony on that by astronauts, you then must ponder if such smells are more present within gaseous and matter active star regions and absent in the countless billions of light years miles far-far-FAR between stars and galaxies in the blackest of deep space.

European satellite reveals motions of more than 1 billion stars and shape of the Milky Way

One might think that the galaxy is completely mapped. But large parts of it are obscured by gas and dust, and it is hard to discern structure from the vantage of the solar system. Gaia is not only expected to clarify the spiral structures of the galaxy today, but because the satellite traces how stars move, astronomers can wind the clock backward and see how the galaxy evolved over the past 13 billion years—a field known as galactic archaeology. With Gaia’s color and brightness information, astronomers can classify the stars by composition and identify the stellar nurseries where different types were born, to understand how chemical elements were forged and distributed.

Gaia isn’t only about the Milky Way. For solar system scientists, the new data set will contain data on 14,000 asteroids. That’s a small fraction of the roughly 750,000 known minor bodies, but Gaia provides orbit information 100 times more accurate than before, says University of Cambridge astronomer Gerry Gilmore, who heads the U.K. branch of Gaia’s data processing consortium. That should help astronomers identify families of asteroids and trace how they relate to each other, shedding light on the solar system’s past and how planets formed from smaller bodies.

For cosmologists, the data set will improve distance measures to stars of known brightness such as Cepheid variables, crucial stepping stones that allow a “distance ladder” to be built out to other galaxies—so that the expansion rate of the universe, also known as the Hubble constant, can be calculated. And exoplanet hunters expect that Gaia will eventually see thousands of stars shifting from side to side because of the gravitational tugs of Jupiter-size planets in distant orbits, but these won’t emerge until the satellite’s precision improves in later data releases. “No one in the world knows what we’ll find,” says David Hogg of New York University in New York City.

I am always astonished at the scale by which educated scientists set for possible alien life on other planets. It is obvious the starting point these egg-heads set is “habitable Earth-like” planets. Pretty myopic and self-serving.

NASA’s TESS Satellite Will Supercharge Search for Nearby, Earth-Like Worlds

Who is to say any other form of life out there would even be remotely similar to our carbon based O2 breathers? Our own plant life on Earth doesn’t breathe the way we do. Why assume any alien life would hold the same needs human, or even plant life, on Earth does? Alien life could be something so alien outside our ability to even dare imagine, just as the ends of the universe are impossible to contemplate. Hell, even our own DNA’s universe is still a mystery to us…

In human cells, scientists find DNA that looks like a twisted knot instead of a double helix

No Way Out? Aliens on ‘Super-Earth’ Planets May Be Trapped by Gravity

“Super-Earth” planets are giant-size versions of Earth, and some research has suggested that they’re more likely to be habitable than Earth-size worlds. But a new study reveals how difficult it would be for any aliens on these exoplanets to explore space.

To launch the equivalent of an Apollo moon mission, a rocket on a super-Earth would need to have a mass of about 440,000 tons (400,000 metric tons), due to fuel requirements, the study said. That’s on the order of the mass of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

“On more-massive planets, spaceflight would be exponentially more expensive,” said study author Michael Hippke, an independent researcher affiliated with the Sonneberg Observatory in Germany. “Such civilizations would not have satellite TV, a moon mission or a Hubble Space Telescope.”

As researchers have discovered alien worlds around other stars, one class of exoplanets that popped up was the super-Earths, planets that can reach up to 10 times the mass of our own. A number of super-Earths apparently lie in the habitable zones of their stars, where temperatures can theoretically support liquid water on the planetary surface and thus, potentially, life as it is known on Earth.

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If life did evolve on a distant super-Earth, such aliens could have developed an advanced civilization capable of spaceflight. However, the strong gravitational pull of such planets could also make it more difficult for extraterrestrials to blast off their planets, Hippke said in the new study.

Astronomers just found a ‘Hot Jupiter’ so dark, it absorbs nearly 99% of light

If you want a test study in what might happen when our sun goes red dwarf…

An Ultra-Powerful Flare Erupted From Our Nearest Neighbor Star: Proxima Centauri momentarily lit up in the night sky, which could spell doom for its “habitable” planet.

Just a note … Proxima Centauri neighbors Alpha Centauri and is an optional mission target for colonization in science fiction fare…

‘Lost in Space’: How Far Away Is Alpha Centauri, and Could Humans Live There?

It seems by the time we’re with the Robinsons on the show, the Alpha Centauri colony is already fairly well established, and multiple trips have been made there by humans. So what exactly is Alpha Centauri, and how far away is it?

Alpha Centauri is a system of three stars and the planets that revolve around them. There’s Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, two stars that form a binary star system, and a smaller red dwarf star known as Proxima Centauri. The first star is brighter and a little larger than our sun; the second, smaller and cooler.

The system might consist of the closest stars to our own sun, but it’s still pretty far away: 4.37 light years, or more than 25.6 trillion miles. We don’t really have the technology yet to send humans that far, either; on a conventional rocket, traveling at about 17,600 miles per hour, it would take about 165,000 years for humans reach Alpha Centauri (and then another 4.37 years for communications to travel back at the speed of light to let Earth know they’d arrived). Proxima Centauri is a little closer than the other two stars at 4.24 light years away, making it the nearest neighbor to the sun.

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As for whether there would really be a planet for people to live on in orbit around Alpha Centauri? There probably would be. Alpha Centauri is an attractive candidate for the search for exoplanets because Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B are similar to our own sun. Astronomers have also discovered that Proxima Centauri has at least one rocky planet located in its “habitable zone.” That’s an orbit not unlike Earth’s, close enough to the star to keep the planet warm, but not so close that the star’s radiation scorches the planet’s surface.

Scientists are skeptical about the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, known as Proxima Centauri b, though. Because of the smaller size and luminosity of Promixa Centauri, the chances the planet is so close that it would be tidally locked — meaning that one side always faces the star, making it perpetually day for one half the planet and perpetually night for the other — are higher. The nearer proximity to the star could also mean other problematic affects of gravity, like increased seismic activity. So while Proxima Centauri b is in the right orbit, it might not be habitable at all.

Scientists believe there could be more planets in the Alpha Centauri system and in it stars’ habitable zones, thanks to computer models. And the fact that Alpha Centauri A is a similar star to our own suggests there could be habitable planets in the system. So a colony for the Robinsons of “Lost in Space” to join isn’t too far-fetched — sci-fi writers have been suggesting it for quite a while.

We are millennia generations away from having such technology and fortitude to travel the galaxy this extensively, and humanity, while it likes to dabble in the adventure and excitement in leaving mother terra behind, is nowhere near psychologically willing to divorce itself forever from her. It is why such sci-fi offerings have characters claiming roundtrips from new frontier colonies in deep space and Earth … they can’t stay away. That element of any sci-fi production you may watch is, in and of itself, a very-very beyond fictional.

ALIEN: Resurrection has the smugglers groaning about returning to “shithole” Earth. One presumes society had hit the shit-skids and Earth has become an ecological dump so bad that the constant confinement of a narrow starship is preferable to smelly lawless space truckers. Even though in this franchise instalment “Ripley” is a human-alien clone hybrid there has been atleast three centuries plus a dozen years since “Parker” on ALIEN wanted to ‘go home and party’, screw the alien signal transmitting from the alien planet in their path.

Passengers (2016) has prematurely awakened characters assuming roundtrips: After a 120 year trip to a colony planet that she was supposed to sleep through writer Aurora Lane will spend only one year on the Homestead colony planet and then return (another 120 year trip) to Earth. The one crew member that abruptly awakens is stunned by the never-before technological failure of the hibernation pods on the starship, citing his multiple mission trips he’s taken. My problem with this is with the cited massive time limitations on sending ship-to-Earth/ship-to-Homestead Earth-Homestead transmissions how the Hell do any of these people believe either Earth or Homestead would still be civilized/inhabitable and/or the planets still be there beyond some over-century of possible mass war(s) or environmental disaster or asteroid/comet strike or mass extinction biological event? There is a faith there beyond that of an ethereal Almighty God to assume such an adventure of basically two and a half centuries simply because nobody has ever done it. And in that the “journalist” Aurora Lane is being dishonest if we are to believe crew member ‘Gus’ about his multiple missions.

So, as per usual, I always come back to my futileness regarding such open and easy deep space travel for mankind. To what purpose would it really serve? With whom would such newfound knowledge be shared?

I just want to see the Milky Way again, and often. I haven’t seen it since I was a kid. Just far too much light pollution in my area. If we hit the beach in, N.C. again this summer I am hoping for clearer skies and nightly treks onto the beach for a major look…

(Wes Snyder Photography is in Frisco, North Carolina)

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The Federal Government Exists to Launder Our Money Through Their Pockets

The career government politicians no longer believe that our hard earned income and wealth/ property belongs to us, but to them. They have, at their core, come to believe (more so than in God) that all wealth belongs to them to spend and redistribute as they alone see fit. The fact that we earn and acquire our income/ wealth is sinful in their minds … these people who suck their own career paychecks and perks from our pockets. And yet, if you said to these people, “Okay, we’ll go along with it as long as this universal basic income completely replaces all other welfare/entitlement programs in the nation”, they would stammer, choke, and pass out from their opposition and ire to such a proposition.

So, as socialist-minded liberals/leftists and US politicians push for a $1K/month ‘universal pay’ for all US adults:

Andrew Yang Wants You To Vote For A $1,000-A-Month Basic Income In 2020: The entrepreneur presidential candidate sees a wave of automation coming that’s going to take enough jobs to require a major national response–and he wants to be in the White House to implement it.

On the Record: Bernie Sanders on Basic Income

Look at who is calling for Universal Basic Income in the United States.

Why Should We Support the Idea of Universal Basic Income?

This “universal basic income” would cost the United States upwards of $2 trillion a year. That’s trillion with a “T”. And the liberals/ left can candy-coat it all they want but the fact remains

1) Our nation cannot financially subsidize such a neo-welfare program without drastically increasing taxes on those of us who are working and struggling day-to-day with what’s leftover after the government takes their bite(s).

2) No matter how much they would claim to not tax these monthly handouts, that is only in the ‘direct’ sense of the term “tax”. You’d better believe taxes would be strapped on top of existing taxes on goods, property, services, etc. in order to launder that “basic income” back into the government coffers. Remember, it is never our money (earned or given), but always and only their money they allow us to have … and on loan.

3) And when #2 happens the politicians and talking-mouths would insist the monthly paycheck be raised because (instigated by increased taxes and regulations) has driven the cost of living up and $1ooo is not enough.

4) People like Bernie Sanders just love to point to the Scandinavian countries as great examples of success in these ridiculous unsustainable social programs, and either refuse to acknowledge when they fail or justify that not enough money was spent on said programs and more would be here…

Finland’s basic income trial falls flat

The Finnish government has decided not to expand a limited trial in paying people a basic income, which has drawn much international interest.

Currently 2,000 unemployed Finns are receiving a flat monthly payment of €560 (£490; $685) as basic income.

“The eagerness of the government is evaporating. They rejected extra funding [for it],” said Olli Kangas, one of the experiment’s designers.

Some see basic income as a way to get unemployed people into temporary jobs.

The argument is that, if paid universally, basic income would provide a guaranteed safety net.

That would help to address insecurities associated with the “gig” economy, where workers do not have staff contracts.

Supporters say basic income would boost mobility in the labour market as people would still have an income between jobs.

Finland’s two-year pilot scheme started in January 2017, making it the first European country to test an unconditional basic income. The 2,000 participants – all unemployed – were chosen randomly.

But it will not be extended after this year, as the government is now examining other schemes for reforming the Finnish social security system…

Nancy Pelosi is a prime example of our self-centered government overlord betters

This woman is full of more helium than a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. Those tax-cut ‘crumbs’ come from OUR loaves bread the government steals from our paychecks. And I for one am really sick and tired of Pelosi playing the God/religion card to attempt to shame anyone not agreeing with her godless politics/policies. Shithead…

IBD: Turns Out, The Rich Will Pay A Bigger Share Of Income Taxes Under GOP Tax Cuts

The Crumbs Chronicles: Bonus from the Trump Tax Plan Brings a Family Together: Average Americans are thrilled about putting extra money to work for them — Nancy Pelosi, are you listening to this?

BUT! BUT! BUT, 2018 and 2020 elections!!

Reparations, income handouts, guaranteed jobs: Dems tilt hard left with new pet projects

PRICELESS: Bernie Sanders’ goal of federal employment for all sparks #BernieJobs hilarity

Dems differ on whether to run on potentially impeaching Trump

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Chaos … And Evil … Love a Vacuum

While Barack Obama was the wrong man to ever occupy the Oval Office of this Republic, he was obviously the right one to carry out the “Progressive” agenda to turn this nation and our culture/ society upside-down at every level, taking full advantage of the pop culture-fed and comfortably numb and lazy masses into living and thinking and speaking with ‘guilt’ that they did not own, and a willing retardation of their own rights out of that imposed ‘guilt’. That is when all the “Progressive” tactics went into play and began the destruction of our psyche and identity. And if you dare to think or speak or vote outside this tight and restrictive box these malevolent outside sources have built for you over these last ten or more years then you are stupid, ignorant, and mentally ill

Matthew Continetti: American Politics In a Convex Mirror: Column: Losing perspective—and understanding—in the era of Trump

We have left the simple and reassuring rhythms of the progress of legislation, of the White House “message of the day,” of the ritualized game of hide and seek between the press and officials elected and appointed, of Republican and Democratic squabbling over the 50-yard lines of majority rule, of debate and discussion in which civility and decorum, manners and deference, are prized above all.

We have left all this and moved instead into a march played at the fastest tempo, in 6/8 time, where a given week brings us the FBI raid of the offices of a presidential lawyer, an impending military strike on Syria (“Get ready Russia!”), the testimony of a Silicon Valley Titan before Congress, the retirement of a Speaker of the House who practically defines not only the establishment of his party but also the supply-side ideology that has dominated its thinking for a generation, hearings for secretary of State, and much else besides. This is a song filled with contradictions, in which porn stars and Playmates haunt the presidency of a man backed by a supermajority of self-identified evangelical Christians; in which a genius innovator and entrepreneur faces his most skeptical questioning from members of the pro-business party; in which a liberal New York crowd erupts in cheers at the mention of Paul Ryan’s retirement, without giving even the slightest thought to the politics that might replace him.

I am not saying that the weirdness, the distortion, began with President Trump. This story opens years earlier, with a financial crisis in which those responsible paid no price, with economic stagnation and the rise in deaths of despair in the American interior, with the decline in race relations during the second half of the Obama presidency, with mass migrations of peoples across borders and progressive governments unable or unwilling to stop them, and with sudden bureaucratic announcements that public school restrooms are to be made gender neutral, that the population covered by DACA is to be expanded beyond what the president said was legal just months before, that teachers and principals cannot enforce discipline in the public schools without coming under suspicion of racism.

Read the whole thing.

Hot take from WaPo and Vox: Republicans critical of Trump should vote Democrat to rein him in

Just ask rapper Kanye, who I am in no way possible a fan of – entertainment-wise or politically. However, the reaction to his recent defense of somebody who doesn’t necessarily think politically the way he does is a great example of how our social overlords operate. Take this ‘unknown’ nameless ‘sources’ hit on the rapper just a couple days after his daring to step outside the box…

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DACA in the Court of Double Standards

DACA was/is an Executive Order drawn up, signed, and put into play by Barack Obama.
Why must Pres. Trump jump through hoops and be continually batted down for using his Executive power to end it? This is such bullshit. Pres. Trump can rescind an EO at anytime. These judges are wrong, no legislation involved here. Judicial over reach plain and simple.

Federal judge orders Trump administration to continue DACA

Bush-appointed federal judge rules Trump’s DACA rescission was ‘unlawful and must be set aside’

People are defending this latest judicial slap-down as, “Hey, it’s not a ‘political’ judgement because the judge was appointed by Bush…”

Big deal! It has been established that Bush was and is a less than conservative RINO and a globalist.

Gorsuch in spotlight as Trump travel ban reaches Supreme Court

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Obama judge OKs lawsuit forcing companies to hire DACA recipients

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“Trump-Russia Collusion”: STILL No ‘There’-There…

Except the possible probability that is/ was nothing but a set-up to cover Obama’s and Hillary’s campaign collusion(s), and the post-election #fail scheme to overturn a duly elected POTUS Donald Trump…

Nunes claim sparks new questions about anti-Trump dossier: Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is suspicious of how the FBI launched its Russia probe; reaction from constitutional attorney Robert Barnes and Utah Republican Congressman Chris Stewart on ‘Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream.’

Gorka: Trump Election ‘Scandal’ ‘Should Be Renamed ObamaGate’

Gorka said the focus on Trump is largely unwarranted and that the Clinton email scandal side of the story is the real issue at hand.

“The Obama administration wanted Hillary to win,” Gorka said.

He said Clinton was in turn “protected” by the Obama Justice Department.

“Her felonious use of a private server to send classified information… implicated the president himself,” Gorka said.

Gorka said former President Obama was likely concerned that if Clinton was prosecuted in the case, he may have been too.

“[It] should be renamed ObamaGate,” he said.

Daniel John Sobieski: John Brennan’s Secret Trip to Moscow

The Russians say he did, and while some might say, well, these are the same Russians who helped put together the Steele dossier filled with “salacious and unverified” material, and may once again be playing with us, there is evidence that Brennan, the man who voted for communist Gus Hall for president, did make the trip in March 2016 for purposes unknown:

“It’s no secret that Brennan was here,” claimed Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov. “But he didn’t visit the Foreign Ministry. I know for sure that he met with the Federal Security Service (the successor agency to the Soviet KGB), and someone else.”

No further remarks clarify what Brennan was allegedly doing in Moscow or what he discussed with the FSB. Syromolotov insists it had nothing to do with Russia’s withdrawal from Syria.

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News of the CIA chief’s visit to the Russian capital was first made public on Monday by a Russian foreign ministry spokesman and subsequently confirmed by the CIA.

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Now, there are plenty of legitimate reasons for a CIA director to make a trip to Moscow, but when a Russian deputy foreign minister says he didn’t visit the Foreign Ministry itself but did visit the KGB’s successor, the Federal Security Service (FSB), it raises some eyebrows.

Consider that John Brennan is a Trump-hating perjurer who lied to Congress about secret surveillance. He is the crown prince of a Deep State fiefdom that has its own agenda. The end justifies the means in their world, and Brennan may have been up to his eyeballs in developing that “insurance policy” against a Trump victory.

Certainly, he ruthlessly defended his CIA turf. The mind hearkens back to the day when an op-ed in the Washington Post, that right-wing rag, called for Brennan to be fired for conducting illegal surveillance of the Senate Intelligence Committee and then lying about it…

Read the whole thing.

George Neumayr: Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump

Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.

John Brennan’s CIA operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the press in the hopes of inflicting maximum political damage on Trump. An official in the intelligence community tells TAS that Brennan’s retinue of political radicals didn’t even bother to hide their activism, decorating offices with “Hillary for president cups” and other campaign paraphernalia.

A supporter of the American Communist Party at the height of the Cold War, Brennan brought into the CIA a raft of subversives and gave them plum positions from which to gather and leak political espionage on Trump. He bastardized standards so that these left-wing activists could burrow in and take career positions. Under the patina of that phony professionalism, they could then present their politicized judgments as “non-partisan.”

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All of this took place at the very moment Brennan was auditioning for Hillary. He desperately wanted to keep his job and despised Trump for his alleged “Muslim ban,” a matter near and dear to Brennan’s heart. Not only was he an apologist for the Muslim Brotherhood, but Brennan’s Islamophilia dated to his days in college, when he spent a year in Cairo learning Arabic and taking courses in Middle Eastern studies. He later got a graduate degree with an emphasis in Middle Eastern studies. In 1996, his ties to the Islamic world tightened after he became the CIA’s station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He once recalled that “during a 25-year career in government, I was privileged to serve in positions across the Middle East — as a political officer with the State Department and as a CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, I saw how our Saudi partners fulfilled their duty as custodians of the two holy mosques of Mecca and Medina. I marveled at the majesty of the Hajj and the devotion of those who fulfilled their duty as Muslims by making that privilege — that pilgrimage.”

Out of this Islamophilia came a special dislike of Michael Flynn, who had planned to rip up the Obama-era “reset” with Muslim countries. Furious with Flynn for his apostasy from political correctness, Brennan and other Obama aides couldn’t resist the temptation to take him out after rifling through transcripts of his calls with the Russian ambassador. They caught him in a lie to Mike Pence and made sure the press knew about it.

Were the media not so completely in the tank for Obama and Hillary, all of this political mischief would make for a compelling 2016 version of All the President’s Men. Instead, the public gets a steady stream of Orwellian propaganda about the sudden propriety of political espionage. The headline writers at Pravda couldn’t improve on this week’s official lie, tweeted out by the Maggie Habermans: “Susan Rice Did Nothing Wrong, Say Both Dem and Republican House Aides.”

Obama Justice Dept.’s attempts to influence investigations exposed in McCabe probe

Tucked inside the inspector general’s report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the story of an August 2016 phone call from a high-ranking Justice Department official who Mr. McCabe thought was trying to shut down the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was running for president.

The official was “very pissed off” at the FBI, the report says, and demanded to know why the FBI was still pursuing the Clinton Foundation when the Justice Department considered the case dormant.

Former FBI officials said the fact that a call was made is even more stunning than its content.

James Wedick, who conducted corruption investigations at the bureau, said he never fielded a call from the Justice Department about any of his cases during 35 years there. He said it suggested interference.

“It is bizarre — and that word can’t be used enough — to have the Justice Department call the FBI’s deputy director and try to influence the outcome of an active corruption investigation,” he said. “They can have some input, but they shouldn’t be operationally in control like it appears they were from this call.”

Although the inspector general’s report did not identify the caller, former FBI and Justice Department officials said it was Matthew Axelrod, who was the principal associate deputy attorney general — the title the IG report did use…

‘It’s a Fraud’: DiGenova Rips Russia Probe After Russian Lawyer Who Met With Don Jr. Says Mueller Never Contacted Her

Kimberley Strassel: Questions for Comey — Here’s what someone ought to be asking the ex-FBI director

James Comey thinks it’s normal to smash old cell phones with a hammer

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: One of the things that President Trump and his allies bring up is that at some point, her staff smashed Blackberries, also whitewashed the server?

JAMES COMEY: Yeah. There was evidence that old Blackberries, after she was finished with them, they destroyed them, which I think a fair number of people do to make sure that if it’s resold, someone doesn’t end up with your information. And that after they produced information back to the d— to the Department of State, they used— a software program to clean the server to make sure there was nothing on it, or clean laptops to make sure there’s nothing on them.

Think about this for a second.

James Comey thinks it’s pretty normal for people to destroy their cell phones when they are done using them because “if it’s resold, someone doesn’t end up with your information.” Um… how, exactly, does one sell a destroyed cell phone? Perhaps Comey meant that he thinks it’s common for people to destroy their cell phones to ensure that they are not resold.

MICHAEL BARONE: Collusion, Anyone?

Byron York: New: Is ‘can’t prove untrue’ new standard in Trump probe?

OR….

Bombshell: FEC Records Indicate Hillary Campaign Illegally Laundered $84 Million: The mainstream media took no notice of a federal court filing that exposes a $84 million money-laundering conspiracy Democrats executed during the 2016 presidential election.

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Charles Glasser @ Instapundit:

WORST. LAWSUIT. EVER. As David Bernstein pointed out here, the DNC filed a lawsuit against, well, everybody they don’t like. I’ve read the papers and the legal term for this Complaint is “batsh*t crazy.” Leaving out the fact that they’ll never be able to properly serve most of the defendants, the key thing is if they get a judge inclined to stick to Second Circuit law, this complaint has to be dismissed. The days when you could file a thin Complaint just in the hopes of getting discovery are long over.

The Court has adopted widely a doctrine called “Iqbal/Twombly” which means that mere allegations of facts don’t cut it: there has to be enough factual foundation in the Complaint to make a plausible claim. Every “factual” allegation of consequence in this Complaint is unproven speculation. The Iqbal doctrine requires a complaint to allege facts that, if proven, would support the relief requested and to show that the alleged facts are “enough to raise a right to relief above the speculative level, on the assumption that all the allegations in the complaint are true (even if doubtful in fact).”

This case is more than a publicity stunt. It’s become clear even to the most ardent Trump haters that there’s simply no evidence of Russian “collusion” and the focus moved to Stormy Daniels. This is an effort to reanimate the “Russian collusion” narrative.

Of course, because it’s in a judicial pleading, any re-reporting on it is absolutely immune in libel, and its being filed at all is a news peg, so it’s pretty much Tom Perez’ gift to MSNBC and others, allowing them and others to re-tell the “Russia collusion” story as if it had more credibility.

Glenn Reynolds: MOST UNDERCOVERED SCANDAL OF THE YEAR: The Deepening House IT Scandal.

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Not Before My Morning Coffee or Tea: 4-24-18

Good Morning, fellow spectators of the news.

You’ll note it is not a cup of good old Joe above, but tea. Well, full disclosure, yours truly has not had coffee for nearly two months now. I had to make a trade-off as the coffee was blowing up my acid reflux. It has settled down quite a bit. I used to drink black tea and not coffee in early adulthood, but made the swap about 10+ years ago, so, I am not a stranger to tea and after the first week I settled in with the transition. A plus with this, aside from the easing of my tummy troubles, is that I can and do drink tea black and it removes the half-and-half fat and calories I was taking in with my coffee. However, you all carry on with your daily brew.

Some things never change (and still mess with your reflux), news, news, news…

Bush Family News:

Pres. George H.W. Bush was hospitalized late yesterday with a blood infection

A day after his beloved wife Barbara was laid to rest, former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital on Sunday for treatment of an infection that had spread to his bloodstream, his spokesman said. By Monday evening, however, the spokesman said the condition of the 93-year-old Bush was apparently improving.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath revealed the 41st president’s hospitalization on Twitter just before 6 p.m. Monday, following a weekend of events celebrating the life of Barbara Bush.

“President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood,” McGrath wrote Monday. “He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant.”

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Mild blood infections don’t always develop into the more serious condition known as sepsis, said Dr. Coburn Allen, an infectious disease specialist with the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

“It sounds like he was septic at first because they said he was stabilized — and generally if they say you’re stabilized it means you weren’t at one point,” Allen said.

“Generally if you get through the unstable part with a blood stream infection, you don’t go back to unstable so it’s likely he’ll recover completely.”

I heard this morning: Pres. Bush is hoping to get to Maine despite this illness … God speed, Sir.

More info slowly squeaking out about the man who mowed down pedestrians with a rented van in Toronto, Canada yesterday:

Toronto van crash suspect ID’d as police won’t rule out terror possibility

Toronto van suspect reportedly attended special needs program, made unusual noises

AoSHQ: Gee, What Changed? Left-Wing Offers “Thoughts and Prayers” to Victims of Toronto Terrorism

The Trump Economy and the Liberal Sour Grapes:

14 states hit record-low unemployment

What exactly is CNBC hack John Harwood’s issue with this Trump tweet?

The democrats continue to poke the hornets’ nest:

Well, this is the base the democrats continue to fester and play to

Howard Dean Compares Trump’s Voter Base to Neo-Nazis Burning Swastikas

Levin: The Democrats are ‘prepared to drag this country down’: The irrational, hateful obstruction of the Democratic Party is appalling.

WikiLeaks To Countersue Democrats; “Discovery Is Going To Be Amazing Fun”

Parkland’s revenge? The MSM’s non-darling survivor (and Second Amendment defender) of the Parkland shooting: Kyle Kashuv says school security questioned him for visiting gun range with his dad

After vocalizing support and praise for black conservative woman Candace Owen’s individuality of thought, rapper Kanye West doubles-down on his defiance in the face of backlash for thinking and speaking outside the hive: Kanye West professes ‘love’ for Donald Trump, criticizes Obama, radio host says

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POTD: “Boys halt basketball game to kneel as funeral procession passes…”

Taking a knee out of respect, not disrespect. Kudos to these young men and their coach.

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Monday Monkey Business…

Just, you know, some stuff…

It’s so tough being CNN:

AWKWARD! Spelling Nazi Chris Cuomo gets outed as YUGE hypocrite — by HIMSELF

CNN assembles panel to discuss Kellyanne Conway’s ‘threats’ to Dana Bash after Sunday’s stinging on-air fight

“Journalism!!!”

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Collusion Delusion and Illusion:

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‘No Official Intelligence’ Spurred Russian Collusion Probe, Nunes Says: House panel chairman also said DNC ‘ought to be suing themselves’ for colluding on behalf of Clinton’s campaign

Napolitano: Evidence of Hillary’s guilt is overwhelming

Comey’s Memos Indicate Dossier Briefing Of Trump Was A Setup: Newly released memos from former FBI director James Comey indicate that an early 2017 briefing for Trump on the contents of an unverified dossier was part of a setup to enable media to report on the the most salacious details of the dossier.

Glenn Reynolds: “Yes, this appears to be a coordinated bureaucratic attempt to overturn a democratic election.”

Fusion GPS co-founders signal next phase in attempted Trump takedown has started

Liberal pundits fume at Comey: Book tour reopens old wounds

Michael Cohen raid rattles Trump allies: Did feds seize president’s communications?

Trump To “Counter” DNC Lawsuit; Seeks Servers, Clinton Emails And “Pakistani Mystery Man”

JONATHAN TURLEY: Liar, Liar, DOJ On Fire? Comey and McCabe Offer Sharply Conflicting Accounts

Meet Two Witnesses the FBI Must Grill in a Real Clinton Foundation Probe: Millions of dollars were solicited and received before this Hurricane Katrina charity even existed and much of it has never been properly explained

Remembering a First Lady:

The gathering for Barbara Bush’s funeral, sans POTUS DJT because he felt it best to be absent to avoid MSM and possible outside reactions to his appearance that would detract from the memorial of the former First Lady. It was not a snub. It was a curtesy.

Meanwhile, Hillary “Still-Not-POTUS” Clinton’s and DNC’s 2016 election fantasies continue to this day:

Hillary Clinton Avoids Direct Reference to Comey Memos in Speech

Just when you thought Hillary’s election loss spin couldn’t get more ‘incredibly delusional’….

An Army of Left Feet:

Canadian Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Trump despite his ‘offensive’ comments

Attacking a conservative black woman because she refuses to be chained to the left’s plantation:

Kanye West’s tweets admiring controversial YouTuber Candace Owens sparks angry backlash and accusations that he is a ‘Black Donald Trump’

Tom Arnold goes on tirade against conservative commentator Candace Owens

Candace Owens drops Shaun King for harping on Kanye with just 1 PERFECT question

‘OWN your bigotry!’ Chad Felix Greene REKT Perez Hilton for attacking Candace Owens over Kanye remarks

Liberal Civil War: Planned Parenthood fights unionization attempt from SEIU

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