The Potomac Two Step – See How They Dance

 

The Potomac Two Step

by Mustang

The Washington metropolitan area is awash in swamp critters, but they are a talented lot … success there depends on one’s ability to perform the Potomac Two Step, which I define as the ability to enrich self while keeping off the opposition’s radar, by which I mean to say out of jail. 

Since investigations are often politically motivated, it pays to know how to dance.  Raines and Gorelick are excellent dancers; they are but two of a very long list of artful critters and are a couple of examples of just how the dance works.

Frank Delano Raines
Former Fannie Mae Chief Executive Officer

Franklin Delano Raines (known as Frank) served as Bill Clinton’s OMB director (1996-1998) having previously served at the OMB as an associate director under Jimmy Carter and as the guru in charge of Carter’s Democratic Policy efforts. 

In between these two presidents, Raines served as Vice Chairman of the Federal National Mortgage Association (known as Fannie Mae).  He returned to FNMA as CEO after Clinton where he earned a surprisingly high salary and bonuses.

The problem is not that a black fellow made good within the confines of our capitalist system, it is that Raines (and others) are political insiders who seem able to secure well-paying jobs within Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) and then milk these positions for all they’re worth. 

Speaking of golden parachutes, Raines took an early retirement once he learned that he was the subject of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission involving “accounting irregularities.”  What were these irregularities?  Oh … well, shifting FNMA losses so that senior executives (such as himself) could earn large bonuses.

In 2006, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight sued Raines to recover the $90 million he received from doctoring company performance records. 

At the end of the day, Raines and two others were ordered to pay fines totaling $3-million (fines actually paid by FNMA’s insurance policies), and Raines agreed to give up $1.8-millions of his FNMA stocks (stocks that had no appreciable value) and an additional $5.3 millions in other benefits related to his pension and forgone bonuses … all of which is little more than pocket change to someone paid $90-millions in salaries and bonuses. 

Some might call this fraud, but Raines maintained that he broke no laws and today happily resides somewhere in a mostly-white, well-protected neighborhood.

Jamie S. Gorelick a former Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice

And then there is Jamie S. Gorelick who has had an amazing streak of good luck working for the government as part of the Democratic Party.  She served in the Clinton administration (1994-1997), worked as a partner in the mega-sized law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Door (2003- ), and serves as one of the board of directors at Amazon (2012-present). 

She also served on British Petroleum’s Advisory Council (2010-) and served on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States —attacks that were partly possible due to decisions Gorelick made as Deputy Attorney General (now disputed, however … presumably because it benefits Gorelick and the Democratic Party to spin her role in opening up the United States to attack).

One interesting aspect of her resume is the fact that despite having no previous training or experience in financial management, Gorelick obtained an appointment to serve as Vice Chair of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), serving there between 1997 (exit from Clinton Administration) to 2003 (serving alongside Franklin Delano Raines when FNMA developed its $10-billion accounting “error.”) 

In 1998, Gorelick received an executive bonus of around $780,000; over the next four years, Gorelick received more than $26-million in income and bonuses from FNMA —which isn’t bad considering her lack of training in financial management).  Note: who succeeded Gorelick as Deputy Attorney General?  Eric Holder, of course.

And the two step continues…….

 

Eric Holder and Robert Mueller

 

BONUS:

There are reports that President Obama is considering former Clinton administration official Jamie Gorelick as a possible candidate to be the next chief of the FBI….

Other than that, all is well in the swamp.

Check out Whatfingernews – a great aggregator of Conservative news

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Ben Rhodes – The Wheels of Lady Justice spinning his way

 

 

Oh this is going to get good. It’s going to give a lot of people heart burn. Who else is nervous? Ben Rhodes says investigating origin of Russia probe ‘Waste of Time’ really?   Ben has his own problems big time.

Senior officials, including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Jacob Sullivan, and FBI official E.W. Priestap, will now have to answer to Judicial Watch.

Fed Judge Authorizes Judicial Watch to Depose Ben Rhodes IN PERSON After He Defies Court Order to Answer Written Questions Under Oath

Enter Mr. Rhodes: Who has a masters in fiction from NYU. An aspiring writer.

For some background on Rhodes a Foreign Policy post:

A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes – the asshole who is the Presidents foreign policy guru

 

The profile of one Ben Rhodes running in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is not unsympathetic, which makes it all the more devastating.

Perhaps the key sentence is this: “His lack of conventional real-world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations — like military or diplomatic service, or even a master’s degree in international relations, rather than creative writing — is still startling.”

Rhodes’ official title in the Obama administration was Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, and he played key roles in numerous foreign policy decisions. He took heat in 2016 when he boasted in a New York Times profile of creating an “echo chamber” to sell the Iran nuclear deal and mocked Washington, D.C., reporters.

Free Beacon

Former Obama Advisor: Investigating Origin of Russia Probe ‘Waste of Time’

So here is the latest interview from the fiction writer:

 

 

In the aftermath of the final Mueller report release, Ben Rhodes, Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, speaks about the Christopher Steele dossier and the origins of the Trump campaign and Russia collusion investigation. Rhodes said U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr and the Justice Department “will find nothing” that shows former President Obama or White House staff had any political “involvement” in the origins of the Trump campaign and Russia collusion investigation during Obama’s time in office.

Obama hack Ben Rhodes was ordered by Judge Royce Lamberth to answer questions under oath about the Benghazi scandal — but he defied the court order.

Even worse, the State Department and Justice Department were objecting to Judicial Watch who then sought an in-person interview with Mr. Rhodes – but Judicial Watch never backed down and won!

In January, Judicial Watch submitted a court-ordered discovery plan seeking depositions of Obama-era officials connected to the Benghazi scandal, including Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes.

The discovery plan stems from a December, 2018 ruling by Judge Royce Lamberth ordering the State Department and DOJ to submit discovery in three areas.

Judge Lamberth called Hillary Clinton’s use of the private email server “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

Gateway Pundit

Back in January we learn the breath-taking amount of info the Judge is allowing.

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced today that United States District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that discovery can begin in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers and Clinton aides will now be deposed under oath. Senior officials, including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Jacob Sullivan, and FBI official E.W. Priestap, will now have to answer Judicial Watch’s written questions under oath.

The court rejected the DOJ and State Department’s objections to Judicial Watch’s court-ordered discovery plan. (The court, in ordering a discovery plan last month, ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”)

Judicial Watch’s discovery will seek answers to:

  • Whether Clinton intentionally attempted to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a non-government email system;
  • whether the State Department’s efforts to settle this case beginning in late 2014 amounted to bad faith; and
  • whether the State Department adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request.

Discovery is scheduled to be completed within 120 days. The court will hold a post-discovery hearing to determine if Judicial Watch may also depose additional witnesses, including Clinton and her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills.

The Judicial Watch discovery plan was in response to a December 6, 2018, ruling by Judge Lamberth.

Incredibly, Justice Department attorneys admit in a filing opposing Judicial Watch’s limited discovery that “Counsel for State contacted the counsel of some third parties that Plaintiff originally included in its draft discovery proposal to obtain their client’s position on being deposed.”

This collusion occurred despite criticism from the Court that the DOJ engaged in “chicanery” to cover up misconduct and that career employees in the State and Justice Departments may have “colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this Court.”

The Judicial Watch piece is worth going over for the full read.

Thanks to WhatFingerNews for the coverage! A great site for all the news.

 

Arizona bill forces people to submit DNA

 

It’s Friday. So let’s take a look and see how our police state is coming along. The news from Arizona caught my eye, so let’s do a medley of news from “the front” with some flashbacks.

For those sucking up the Socialist kool-aid, there will be lots more of this coming to your town soon.

Arizona: Bonus: You have to pay the $250 buckeroos for it.

New legislation working its way through the Arizona Senate would establish one of the country’s first statewide DNA databases in which wide swaths of residents would be forced to give up their genetic material.

The DNA database would be maintained by the Department of Public Safety, which would include a person’s name, social security number, date of birth and last known address – and could be accessed and used by law enforcement for investigations. The database can also be shared with other government agencies across the country for the purposes for “employment, licensing, death registration, missing persons identification,” and IDing people using aliases or multiple identities, reports AZ Central.

No other state has anything this expansive in place, according to David Kaye, an associate dean for research at Penn State University who studies genetics and its application in law.

Kaye said the proposed bill is one step away from requiring DNA from anyone who wants a driver’s license. –AZ Central

…..

Arizona wants some DNA, but the FBI wants all of it

While Arizona’s bill collects DNA from certain categories of individuals – and eventually everyone once they’re dead, the FBI is creating a “nation of suspects” according to a US think tank, as they seek to collect every single American’s DNA for a massive database signed into law in 2017 by President Trump which comes into effect this year.

The Rapid DNA Act allows police to routinely collect DNA samples from anyone they’ve arrested, but before they’ve been convicted of a crime. The 2017 law requires several states to connect Rapid DNA machines to the “Codis,” the FBI’s national DNA database.

Approximately the size of a desktop printer, use of the Rapid DNA machines made by Thermo Fisher Scientific and others, are “expected to become as routine a process as taking fingerprints,” according to the Daily Star.

But John W. Whitehead from The Rutherford Institute believes it is a sinister development which will make everyone a suspect.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, he said: “The fact of the matter is that these machines are not full-proof.“But we could look at a situation in which someone could be arrested, have their mouth swabbed and then be charged within hours after generating a DNA profile.“We are looking at the erosion of the concept of innocent before proven guilty because it will allow police to go on fishing expeditions. –Daily Star

More at  Zero Hedge

 

Meanwhile Phones are making Minority Report’s Precrime a reality – and other things we’ve learned.

Phillip K Dick predicted it, Steven Spielberg committed it to film and FOX is about to bring it to TV – but it looks like Precrime is already becoming a reality.

We’ve been reading through a new report released by EPJ Data Science called “a survey of results on mobile phone datasets analysis” which looks at what 15 years of mobile data has taught us.

For example, a study published by Bogomolov et al has used mobile phone traces to try to predict whether a certain area would become a crime hotspot within the next month. The study used the estimated number of people in each area, the age, gender as well as work, home and visitor group splits. All of the information was directly gained from mobile phone data.

That information was then pushed through the system and it found they could predict whether a certain area would be the scene of a crime in the next month with an accuracy of 70%.

In a separate study Bogomolov et al set out to find out if mobile phones could predict a person’s daily stress levels from non-invasive sensors, as well as mobile data.

Only using one lot of data provided a poor result but if the data was combined with personality traits and knowledge of the weather conditions they found a 72% accuracy in predicted whether people were stressed. Full story over at Tech Data

Here is a home grown movie ad, inserting facts with the regular ad for Minority Report

 

 

Nestled in President Obama’s stirring speech reasserting America’s commitment to the Rule of Law was a stunning announcement of a plan for a new legal construct justifying the “prolonged detention” of people we think might misbehave in the future.

This is the change Obama promised. Swathes of the discontent rounded up and imprisoned indefinitely. The persecution of the witches was nothing to what the schemers pulling his strings have laid plans for.

From

Senate Intelligence Authorization Act, Would Allow Arrest of Journalists, Anti-war Activists, Academics and Students

Let’s add this final memory from my way back machine not so long ago:

Meet ‘Sensitivity Readers’ looking for thought crimes prior to publication

…Censors who study manuscripts for thought crimes so that books can be revised or rejected prior to publication are called “sensitivity readers.” The Chicago Tribune approvingly defines a sensitivity reader as “a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content.”

“The industry recognizes this is a real concern,” said Cheryl Klein, a children’s and young adult book editor and author of “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults.” Klein, who works at the publisher Lee & Low, said that she has seen the casual use of specialized readers for many years but that the process has become more standardized and more of a priority, especially in books for young readers.

Rigid control of what young people read is a higher priority, because their opinions are more malleable, still being in the process of forming.

Sensitivity readers have emerged in a climate – fueled in part by social media – in which writers are under increased scrutiny for their portrayals of people from marginalized [i.e., politically favored] groups, especially when the author is not a part of that group.

If you portray characters in any light that could possibly be construed as reflecting negatively on a politically preferred group like blacks, you are a racist thought criminal; good luck getting published. Avoiding this problem by ignoring blacks is exclusionary and therefore also racist. The only course of action that is not racist is to crowd your work with cartoonishly correct black characters who have been explicitly approved by the thought police. If you do that you are not racist; you are a cultural expropriator. More at Moonbattery

John Roberts Joins Liberals in Blocking Louisiana Abortion Law

 

Mark Levin tweets:  John Roberts is a disgrace. Another in a long line of lawyers who deceived the Republican presidents who appointed them.

Chief Justice Roberts votes w/ four liberal justices to apply a 2016 precedent from which he had dissented.

Add Jeff Sessions. Gone but not forgotten. His Justice Department refused to prosecute the sale by Planned Parenthood of aborted baby parts. Congressional criminal referrals from Committees last I read have still not been acted upon by the DOJ. Yet his department went after the sale of illegal Eagle Parts. Here is what is said about the Eagles:

In the illegal eagle trafficking cases, U.S. Attorney Seiler accused the defendants of a lack of reverence for the eagles – a national symbol.

‘‘There was no cultural sensitivity,” he said. “There was no spirituality.’’

 

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court’s views on abortion rights.

The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals in putting a hold on the law, pending a full review of the case.

President Donald Trump’s two Supreme Court appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were among the four conservative members of the court who would have allowed the law to take effect.

Kavanaugh wrote a dissenting opinion in which he said the court’s action was premature because the state had made clear it would allow abortion providers an additional 45 days to obtain admitting privileges before it started enforcing the law.

More at the  Washington Times

From Bunkerville July, 2017 –

DOJ indicts 15 in ‘Chop Shop’ for eagles, fails to charge against sale of baby parts

In this grisly story, we learn that the DOJ apparently is more concerned about the sale of illegal bird body parts than parts of aborted babies even thought they are ten times more valuable:

The Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) has yet to respond to letters from the chairs of congressional committees that made criminal referrals regarding allegations that Planned Parenthood and its partners in the biomedical procurement industry profited from the sale of the body parts of aborted babies.

 

In a stunning contrast, however, the DOJ has indicted 15 individuals for illegally trafficking the body parts of eagles and other migratory birds.

In April, following a two-year undercover operation known as Project Dakota Flyer, the U.S. Attorney’s office in South Dakota announced the indictments of 15 individuals for illegally trafficking eagle body parts.

The indictments in the eagle body parts trafficking cases are based on “the sale and purchase of wildlife with a market value in excess of $350,” while the CMP videos and the congressional committees showed StemExpress to be selling the body parts of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood for prices in excess of $500.

In one exhibit, the House Select Panel’s investigation highlighted the fees paid for the baby body parts by the procurement businesses to the abortion clinics, and then the fees charged by the procurement businesses to their customers for those same parts.

“The records subpoenaed by Congress show Planned Parenthood making ten times more money off of baby body parts than the amounts that got the eagle traffickers indicted, and companies like StemExpress sell aborted baby body parts from Planned Parenthood at prices far higher than the eagle body parts traffickers are charged with,” Daleiden explains to Breitbart News.

In the illegal eagle trafficking cases, U.S. Attorney Seiler accused the defendants of a lack of reverence for the eagles – a national symbol.

‘‘There was no cultural sensitivity,” he said. “There was no spirituality.’

From Bunkerville:

DOJ indicts 15 in ‘Chop Chop’ for eagles, fails to charge against sale of baby parts

 

American Justice? Maybe

 

American Justice?  Maybe.

by Mustang

“That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.” —Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)

John Locke

 

The roots of such thinking was John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government, wherein he argued that political society existed for the sake of protecting property, which is to say, life, liberty, and estate.  He also argued that a magistrate’s power must be limited to preserving an individual’s civil interests, which he reiterated as life, “liberty, health, and indolency of body and the passage of outward things.”

So the phrasing of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence relied upon this thinking to proclaim these goals on behalf of British colonists demanding (well, at least a third of them) their independence from the British Crown.

Through the years, Americans conclude that we are, therefore, entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness … happiness being to acquire and maintain property, which was back then, the source of all material wealth.

There ae no absolutes, however.  We may be entitled to pursue happiness, but the government has the power to take away our happiness for its own purposes.  In law,eminent domain is the power of government (local, state, federal) to seize private property while offering the landowner fair compensation —the word fair meaning “according to the government’s determination.”

This right of eminent domain may be delegated to private corporations when they are able to argue that their use of our property fulfills a public good—which also means “economic development” because it is assumed that land development is good for the public.  This may, in fact, be true … but should economic development usurp the inalienable right of citizens to their property?

Bush the Younger said no … he signed an executive order limiting federal seizures to public-use arguments, but his order has no effect on what states and local municipalities may do.  A state, country, city, or town may seize private property for their own purposes and pay the unwilling owner of the property a fair market value for that property.  Then they may turn around and sell that seized property to a developer, who then makes a fortune on land that he was never entitled to.

Pursuit of happiness?  Really?  Whose happiness?

This discussion fits nicely into the question of whether a citizen may sue the government.  The answer is, no … a citizen may not sue the federal or a state government without that government’s permission.  And the government may seize our private property, which is done more often than the average citizen may think.

You own a recreational vehicle and for ten months of the year, you lease it to others.  One of these renters is stopped for speeding along Interstate 10.  During the stop, police alert to the odor of marijuana.  A lawful search is conducted and not only do the police determine the presence of marijuana residue, they also find some quantity of another illegal substance.  Sorry Charlie … you just lost your motor home.  Federal, state, or local police seized it.  It will be auctioned off and you’ll continue making monthly payments.  Police can do the same thing to a house you’ve rented out to others.

Is this fair treatment, or does it fly in the face of our inherent right to happiness?

What does the good book tell us about justice?  “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”  — Deuteronomy 16:20.

 

Mustang has other great reads over at his two blogs – Thoughts from Afar

with Old West Tales and Fix Bayonets

New Acting Attorney General Whitaker: ‘I would indict Hillary Clinton’

 

Yes, this should put a tingle in Hillary. There is a new sheriff in town. Big Bad John in the name of Matthew Whitaker who is taking over as Acting Attorney General for Jeff Sessions. Thanks Jeff for moving on. He is of the opinion that Hillary should be charged and penned such an op-ed several years ago.

 

WASHINGTON – Matthew Whitaker, who was named interim attorney general Wednesday after Jeff Sessions was fired, argued two years ago that Hillary Clinton should have been criminally charged.

In an opinion piece for USA TODAY, Whitaker disagreed with then-FBI Director James Comey that “no reasonable prosecutor” would indict Clinton for handling classified documents as secretary of State on a private email server.

“I believe myself to have been a reasonable prosecutor, and when the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted,” wrote Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney.

He penned the piece while serving as executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a conservative watchdog group.

Read the op-ed piece:

Meanwhile Comey must be sweating bullets just hoping that the new Democrat controlled House will save his sorry butt. Eric is in panic mode as well.

Top DOJ official to be fired this week – will it be Sessions?

 

Can anyone tell me why Trump’s new BFF is one Rod Rosenstein? Traveling companion on Air Force One was none other than that man. Comments such as:

The Hill (blog)
Trump said he had a “very nice talk” with Rosenstein aboard Air Force One, a meeting he called to discuss the deputy attorney general’s future ..

 

Meanwhile Nunes was left spinning in the wind on Laura Ingraham’s program last night. His committee hearing with Rosenstein concerning his remarks of “wearing a wire” was looking silly. Trump not releasing the FiSA warrants instead giving him to the Inspector General. Clearly it was giving him agida.

Nunes is a GOP from CA. He is up for re-election. Trump can’t leave Nunes out to dry while he is fighting for him. Nunes looks depleted. Warn out.

Could Sessions be the one on the chopping block? Rosenstein instead?

 

On ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ Republican congressman from California addresses Trump’s decision not to declassify key Russia investigation documents. Laura Ingraham. Fox News: The Ingraham Angle

 

This week?

 

 

The American public was consumed with the Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation crisis.
Tonight Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States.

And less than two hours later Sean Hannity warned his audience this is going to be another big breaking news week.

Sean Hannity: There is huge breaking news this week about the Deep State, let me put it this way. The damn is breaking. It’s going to be a massive breaking news week.

Sara Carter told Sean Hannity on Monday night the breaking news will involve a top official at the DOJ.

 

H/T: Gateway Pundit

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