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« Reply #250 on: February 09, 2017, 11:44:13 AM »

second post of day

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/conway-may-have-broken-key-ethics-rule-by-touting-ivanka-trumps-products-experts-say/2017/02/09/fd1cc64a-eeda-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.e0cf5f4a2cf7&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
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« Reply #251 on: February 09, 2017, 01:37:16 PM »

Third post.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/japanese-prime-ministers-visit-to-trump-resort-raises-ethics-concerns-1486599815

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« Reply #252 on: February 09, 2017, 01:44:34 PM »


Looks bad but I think it was the Obama administration that awarded the contract to that developer to create usable space right in the middle of all the federal buildings.

When a congressman flies in a private plane, the expense reimbursement is supposed to be limited to what he or she would have otherwise had to pay for commercial/coach.  It is the premium they pay to be at Trump hotel compared with where else they could lease that forms the potential for real controversy.  MHO.
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« Reply #253 on: February 16, 2017, 12:14:26 AM »



http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/10/ted-kennedy-secretly-asked-the-soviets-to-intervene-in-the-1984-elections/#.WKTYg7C6JIQ.twitter
http://sweetness-light.com/archive/kgb-letter-details-kennedy-offer-to-ussr
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« Reply #254 on: February 18, 2017, 05:55:17 PM »

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/18/us/mar-a-lago-trump-ethics-winter-white-house.html?emc=edit_ta_20170218&nl=top-stories&nlid=49641193&ref=cta&_r=0
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« Reply #255 on: February 19, 2017, 10:07:40 AM »

http://conservative50.com/dianne-feinsteins-husband-wins-near-billion-dollar-california-high-speed-rail-contract/#
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« Reply #256 on: February 19, 2017, 10:14:55 AM »


Small world. I would have guessed Pelosi's husband. He must not have a rail company.
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« Reply #257 on: February 19, 2017, 05:53:59 PM »

That just miraculously go up in value:

Gee where have we heard these windfalls the politicians or their families get rich from:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/10/pelosis-disclosure-belated-in-husbands-land-deal/
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« Reply #258 on: February 23, 2017, 07:37:08 AM »

http://www.factcheck.org/2013/06/sen-feinsteins-husband-the-postal-service/
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« Reply #259 on: February 26, 2017, 01:04:03 PM »

https://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2017/02/18/no-one-mentions-that-the-russian-trail-leads-to-democratic-lobbyists/#4da56aea3991
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« Reply #260 on: March 08, 2017, 10:42:28 AM »

http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/06/exclusive-dem-super-lobbyist-podesta-got-170k-to-end-us-sanctions-on-russian-bank/
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« Reply #261 on: March 08, 2017, 04:16:32 PM »

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/03/did-the-attorney-general-commit-perjury.php
POSTED ON MARCH 7, 2017 BY JOHN HINDERAKER
DID THE ATTORNEY GENERAL COMMIT PERJURY?
No, not Jeff Sessions. Sessions was asked whether representatives of the Trump campaign had been in contact with Russian officials on behalf of the campaign, and Sessions said he didn’t know anything about that. He hadn’t had such contact on behalf of the campaign. His answer was completely and fully accurate. No one asked Sessions whether he had ever met a Russian.

I am talking about Eric Holder, who almost certainly did commit perjury when testifying under oath before the House Judiciary Committee. We wrote about it here.  http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/05/perjury-may-not-be-such-a-tough-rap-to-prove-in-the-eric-holders-case.php  The story is worth remembering. Holder was asked whether DOJ could prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act:

Two weeks ago, testifying under oath before the House Judiciary Committee, Holder was asked whether the Justice Department could prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act of 1917. His response (emphasis added) was:

In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material — this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.

When he gave this testimony, Holder had personally signed a request to a court to authorize a wiretap on Fox News reporter James Rosen. The request stated that Rosen may have acted as “an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” by obtaining national security materials from a government official also under investigation.

I followed up on this post, pointing out that the affidavit that Holder submitted in order to obtain a search warrant for James Rosen’s email accounts specifically said that Rosen was a potential criminal defendant:

As has been widely reported, the affidavit says repeatedly that there is probable cause to believe that Rosen is guilty of a crime, and that his email account will provide evidence of a crime, as well as “fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed.” But the affidavit goes even beyond that. It specifically says that the FBI is looking for evidence of both Kim’s and Rosen’s guilt:

Mr. Kim’s missing responses to the Reporter’s emails would materially assist the FBI’s investigation as they could be expected to establish further the fact of the disclosures, their content, and Mr. Kim’s and the Reporter’s intent in making them, and could be expected to constitute direct evidence of their guilt or innocence.

Emphasis added. But the real clincher is Paragraph 45, which states in part:

Because of the Reporter’s own potential criminal liability in this matter, we believe that requesting the voluntary production of the materials from Reporter would be futile and would pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation and of the evidence we seek to obtain by warrant.

Emphasis added. Paragraph 46 sums up:

Based on the above, there is probable cause to believe that the Reporter (along with Mr. Kim) has committed a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 793(d) either as Mr. Kim’s co-conspirator and/or aider and abettor, and that evidence of that crime is likely contained within the _______@gmail.com account.

So the issue is rather squarely posed: Holder testified that he had never “been involved in” or even “heard of” any “potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material.” And yet, he participated in “extensive deliberations,” “discussed” and approved of the filing of an application for a search warrant that specifically represented to the court that a reporter has “potential criminal liability in this matter.” It is hard to imagine a more direct contradiction.

Either Eric Holder was suffering from acute memory loss at a young age, or he committed perjury. But, because the press was slavishly devoted to Barack Obama and his minions, no matter how corrupt or dishonest they may be, hardly anyone knows about this shameful episode.
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« Reply #262 on: March 09, 2017, 01:21:22 AM »

http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/08/news/trump-china-trademarks/index.html
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« Reply #263 on: March 12, 2017, 12:56:28 AM »

http://thedeclination.com/marxism-the-bug-wearing-an-edgar-suit/


Marxism: the Bug Wearing an Edgar Suit

by Dystopic | Mar 10, 2017 | Culture War, SJWs, Socialism | 44 comments

In the movie Men In Black, there’s a scene where an abusive farmer gets killed by the villain, some kind of giant alien cockroach. The alien then possesses his body and walks around in comic fashion, like some kind of rotting zombie. The farmer’s wife exclaims “like an Edgar suit.”
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This is pretty much what Worldcon looks like, these days.

Social Justice Marxists operate in the same manner. They take over institutions, groups, corporations, movements, whatever… and kill them. They then wear the skin of the destroyed, rotting institution like an Edgar suit, ambling around in comic fashion, expecting to be treated as if they were still the institution itself.

Only unlike the movie, there are a great many of these alien bugs on Earth. They are legion. And the thing is, most rightists suspect this is true, because the Edgar suit doesn’t act like Edgar. He acts like an alien cockroach. But they nonetheless give the benefit of the doubt, because they aren’t sure.

It is in that space of uncertainty that Marxism is permitted to spread, and infest every sizable organization. Once infected, forget bringing the organization back to life. It’s a rotting husk. It’s dead. You aren’t going to take it back, and even supposing you did, it’d still be a rotting sack of skin.

I think this is the greatest weakness of the political right. We permit Marxism to spread because we are not confident in our assessment that the people in question are Marxists. Most of them deny it, of course.

I remember when one leftist kept posting about how the border wall was racist, and how illegal immigrants ought to be able to come over, and how stopping them was bad. When I asked him why he was for open borders he denied it. Yet, his chosen policy would result in a de facto open border! Was he really that delusional… or was he a Marxist trying to say “I’m not a Marxist”?

One of the ways to tell if it’s really Edgar, or just an Edgar suit, is to prod the person with absolutes. Marxists are absolutists. A case in point. Another individual explained to me that healthcare ought to be a human right. Every human should have it upon need. I pointed out the usual inefficiencies of government bureaucracy, the long waiting lists, the poor quality of VA care, and the general lack of innovation and creativity in government-run healthcare.

The thing is, the guy agreed with me on many of those things. But he countered with “but if you don’t make it a right, somebody might not get the care they need, and I just can’t support that.” It doesn’t matter if the care would be better for 99.9% of everyone else. If one single person went without needed care, he would judge it a failure.

You see this kind of argument from Marxists all the time. You could destroy entire countries with mass immigration, but if one refugee child suffered, then too bad, too sad. You must do it. Get used to British citizens speaking Arabic, you racist.

It’s the same kind of argument you hear from gun control advocates.”If it saves the life of just one child,” they will say, “it will all be worth it.” Or, “even one shooting is too many.” Marxist absolutism, again. Somebody is wearing an Edgar suit.

MADD is a great case in point. Originally founded to combat drunk driving, an honorable pursuit, the founder wound up leaving a few years later, because the organization had become a group of tyrannical neo-prohibitionists, not merely a group concerned with reducing drunk driving offenses. Soon it was receiving government money, advocating for Traffic Safety Funds (more government cash), and arguing for everything from a rash of checkpoints, to mandatory interlock devices on all automobiles — not just those owned by those convicted of alcohol-related offenses.

MADD is an Edgar suit. Scratch the surface, and you’ll find a bunch of Marxists.

The thing is, if Marxists were open about their Marxism, that is to say if the giant alien cockroach were seen as a giant alien cockroach, every normie on the planet would be trying to squash it. It you saw the bodies of the Stalin regime, the starvation of Mao’s regime, the killings of Pol Pot… you would want to stamp this thing out with every fiber of your being.
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Charming fellow, right?

But when attacked, when someone starts to suspect an organization is full of Marxists, they retreat into the Edgar suit. Hi. I’m Edgar. Nice to meet you. And my goal is just to try and help reduce drunk driving deaths!

Do you know why Marxists like absolutism so much? Why even a 99.9% success rate is not good enough for them? Because it gives them an excuse to continue to exist. No human society will ever reach 100% of anything. There will always be people who are poor, people who don’t get the care they need, people who die senselessly, idiots who get drunk and wreck someone’s life. Always.

Reducing the incidence of those things is a good and noble pursuit. But they can never be stopped completely. By saying that nothing is good enough unless it has a 100% success rate, the Marxist is giving himself power for life, and his organization power forever. Because so long as one person slips through the cracks, he can say “my work is not done yet.”

But the single-minded focus of Marxists on power politics is a good tell. Absolutism can tell you if someone is a Marxist, but so can an over-reliance on the language of political power. Normal people might talk politics for a while, even rant about it as I do here, but there are also times when they just don’t care about politics at all.

Marxists want to bring politics into everything. Are you eating a plate of Chinese takeout? Cultural Appropriation. Do you drive a nice car? Privilege! Do you like your hair a certain way? Racism! Everything must involve politics with them. They cannot stop thinking about their obsession for even the briefest of moments. At some point, a normie is likely to talk about his dog, or his kid, or how much he likes beer, or something totally unrelated to politics. The Marxist, on the other hand, will find a way to steer that back.

Another Edgar Suit tell is an obsession with personal bias. Like the 100% success rate demands, the Marxist demands absolute objectivity on the part of others (while displaying none himself). Unless you can demonstrate proof of moral perfection and a completely unbiased, objective viewpoint, you can be dismissed because you’re biased. The data underlying it is irrelevant, because the collector is biased. For instance, if you said that black people in the United States committed a greater per capita share of violent crimes than white people, that is a true statement. The Marxist would say that you are biased against black people, thus your conclusion (whatever it may be) can be dismissed on that basis. Forget the facts.

The same standard, of course, is never applied to them. But again, it makes an impossible demand so that a permanent political bludgeon is created, which they can beat you over the head with constantly.

There are probably many more such tells (if you’ve got one, drop it in the comments), but those are the ones I’ve seen most frequently, and most obviously. And it’s very important to identify which groups and institutions are SJW-converged, which ones are Edgar suits filled with Marxist cockroaches, and which ones are not. Rightists have permitted bad actors to continue to be treated like good actors merely because they skinned an organization of good actors alive, and wore them like a suit. It’s both stupid, and disservice to the memory of those who created the original, non-converged organization.
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« Reply #264 on: March 12, 2017, 12:25:08 PM »

Please post that in the SJW thread.
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« Reply #265 on: March 12, 2017, 07:45:13 PM »

http://www.dcclothesline.com/2017/03/09/the-connection-is-confirmed-overwhelming-evidence-shows-cash-payments-from-russian-banks-in-exchange-for-government-access/
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« Reply #266 on: March 12, 2017, 07:58:46 PM »


I am sure the left will be outraged to see this!
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« Reply #267 on: March 19, 2017, 10:03:01 AM »

http://nypost.com/2017/03/17/chelsea-clinton-lands-cushy-expedia-board-gig/
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« Reply #268 on: March 19, 2017, 10:17:01 AM »

re Chelsea: White  privilege!  cheesy

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http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/323964-crowley-registers-as-foreign-agent-for-ukranian-billionaire
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« Reply #269 on: March 19, 2017, 10:56:45 PM »

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/09/us/flint-mayor-water-crisis-lawsuit/index.html
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« Reply #270 on: March 24, 2017, 11:00:01 PM »

https://www.wsj.com/articles/ex-cia-director-mike-flynn-and-turkish-officials-discussed-removal-of-erdogan-foe-from-u-s-1490380426
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« Reply #271 on: March 26, 2017, 08:35:59 AM »

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2017/03/24/after-promising-not-donald-talk-business-with-father-eric-trump-says-president-give-him-financial-reports/#32e39f8a359a
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« Reply #272 on: March 27, 2017, 11:25:09 PM »

Also, his brother was on Russki payroll too , , ,

http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/26/exclusive-john-podesta-may-have-violated-federal-law-by-not-disclosing-75000-stock-shares/

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« Reply #273 on: March 28, 2017, 11:47:23 AM »


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« Reply #274 on: March 29, 2017, 01:34:56 PM »



http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/228242/manafort-scandals-trump-russia?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=fd3c87465f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-fd3c87465f-207194629
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« Reply #275 on: March 30, 2017, 03:23:14 PM »

This WILL be a big problem for Trump.   And the DEMs will be watching this with an electron microscope:

http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2017/03/30/schweizer-business-dealings-trumps-son-in-law-worrisome-should-be-monitored-great-intensity/
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« Reply #276 on: March 30, 2017, 06:16:39 PM »

In charge of overseeing elections, etc.

More than 300 North Carolina notaries were illegal residents, records show



"A state representative is demanding the resignation of North Carolina's secretary of state after reviewing documents that show 320 people with no legal residency status were given notary positions for nearly a decade.

Rep. Christopher Millis voiced his concerns in an interview with Fox News over details found within documents provided by North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall’s office. Marshall told Fox News the Dept. of Homeland Security approved the notary authorizations.

VIDEO: DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKER TIPS OFF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO ICE RAIDS

“We found over 320 nonpermanent residents that her office commissioned as notaries. Including one that was slated for final deportation,” Millis said. “It’s very concerning not just the fact that these individuals will have the ability to affirm items like oath, but also the ability in our state for them to certify absentee ballots.”

Millis says these same documents show Marshall’s office regularly accepted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cards as forms of identification which he claims on his website are not valid to prove residency. “A DACA card is a temporary employment authorization to facilitate safe and legitimate employment and income for otherwise undocumented aliens but does not confer legal immigration status.”

DACA RECIPIENT WITH ALLEGED GANG TIES FACES RELEASE FROM DETENTION CENTER

Millis stressed these same concerns in a nine-page letter written to Secretary Elaine Marshall on March 27th. He ended the letter by asking for her resignation.

“I make all of these implications very seriously and I’m not making any of this lightly,” Millis said. “Whenever I ask the Secretary to resign immediately or I made it clear to her that I will move through with a resolution for impeachment if she so chooses not to resign.”

In an email statement to Fox News, Marshall says Millis’ request for her resignation is a political attack by “an opponent in a recent election.”

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has authorized the specifically mentioned notaries to work here lawfully,” Marshall wrote. “That federally authorized status continues to be unchanged by the new Presidential administration.”

Millis also said a similar statement was made when this issue became public late last year.

“This being masked from the public and including a number of misleading and false statements made by the Secretary and her office since the article went out in September and all up until this point, its definitely clear it meets the allegations of her impeachment on malfeasance,” Millis said.

Fox News asked Millis what would happen to the notaries in question. His response: “We will see what happens with these notaries moving forward, but it’s definitely outside the letter of the law.”  


Terace Garnier is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Columbia, South Carolina. Follow her on twitter: @TeraceGarnier"


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/29/more-than-300-north-carolina-notaries-were-illegal-residents-records-show.html

A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government —typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents.

Edit: A more important question is the fact that Marshall states, “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has authorized the specifically mentioned notaries to work here lawfully,” Marshall wrote. “That federally authorized status continues to be unchanged by the new Presidential administration.”

Does that mean that Obama was purposely undermining legal requirements of sovereign state governments as well as the Union?
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« Reply #277 on: March 31, 2017, 12:25:13 PM »

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/state-department-official-supplied-information-chinese-intelligence-cash/
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« Reply #278 on: April 06, 2017, 06:09:22 AM »

Before she calls for Bill OReilly to go to jail lets remember this.  Just because she and Donna Brazille can get up on the stage and vehemently deny wrongdoing doesn't mean they are fooling anyone:

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/113309-house-ethics-committee-charges-waters-on-three-counts
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« Reply #279 on: April 12, 2017, 03:43:16 PM »

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/23/chinese-donor-linked-to-terry-mcauliffe-probe-also-caused-trouble-for-hillary.html
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