So-called Conservative Organizations Selling Out?

2019 December 22
by bc3b

Ever notice how so-called conservative organizations like the Heritage Foundation, American Conservative Union and Americans for Prosperity keep asking for your dollars to promote “conservative values,” but the left keeps winning?

Perhaps the reason is because the primary reason for existence for these and similar organizations is the continuing of their own existence rather than fighting for conservative values. Think about it. Where else can you make a six-figure income sitting around all day talking with your peers and drinking coffee, writing a couple papers as a “fellow,” get invited to really great lunches and cocktail parties while accomplishing absolutely nothing? It’s a great gig and those benefiting don’t want to jeopardize it … even if it sometimes means supporting the left. Conservatism, Inc. produces results … for itself.

Tucker Carlson has been on fire lately attacking all the sacred cows. A few weeks ago, he took on Paul Singer and the rest of the “vulture capitalists” and last week he exposed so-called conservative think tanks. It’s almost enough to make one end their FNC boycott (at least for his show).

I was frankly shocked by Tucker Carson’s courage last night; he’s not going to be getting a lot of cocktail party invitations from the cream of the beltway conservative establishment anymore.  If you missed Carlson’s epic denunciation of the big DC establishment think tanks – the likes of the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute and Competitive Enterprise Institute — do yourself a favor and spend the next six-and-a-half minutes watching the video embedded below. He points out that Google, Facebook, Twitter and the others are all enjoying special legal protection that enables them to get away with censoring conservatives, and that the biggest and richest conservative think tanks support continuing this legal protection, and coincidentally they receive donations from Google and other tech titans.

Grabien screen grab

Here’s the rush transcript via Grabien, but I urge you to take the time to watch Carlson’s trademark delivery of his scathing criticism.

Tucker: We told you a lot on the show the past two years how Google, Facebook, and Twitter work in secret to impose a left-wing political agenda on this country. In 2016 for example, Google employees worked behind the scenes to boost Hillary Clinton’s voter turnout. They seem to despond that when they couldn’t stop Donald Trump from winning. Google as you well know regular lease of John suppresses conservative videos on YouTube. At one point, Twitter, meanwhile — and you know this well, often bands users entirely for the crime of disagreeing with the left. At this point, it is very clear that Big Tech it’s conservatives and works assiduously to harm them. Republican voters are starting to figure this out. A Harris poll from last year found that 83% of Republicans understand that tech is biased against conservatives. Another poll this summer found that 42% of all voters, not just conservatives, believe the Trump Administration should take action to push back against the tech Monopoly’s political bias. So far, that’s not happening but no one in Washington is doing anything to bring these companies in. But it doesn’t have to be that way for there are a lot of things you could do if you wanted to. For example, tech companies have thrived under a special immunity from Congress that protects them from lawsuits over what people say on the platform. It’s an exemption that Fox News, for example, does not have. Why does Google have it? Senator Josh Hawley would like to know the answer. Has proposed stripping that community from tech companies and treating them like everyone else unless they can maintain neutral platforms for all views, which of course was the original deal they struck. That’s a great idea, but it hasn’t happened. Another idea is breaking up major tech companies so that a handful of monopolies don’t have effective veto power over the First Amendment, which is where we are today. It’s another great idea. But again, it has not happened. Why all the inaction on these questions? Well, a big part of the problem is that conservative nonprofits here in Washington, the ones that are supposed to be looking out for you, aren’t actually looking out for you. They are looking out for Big Tech. A new report from the campaign for account ability obtained by this show highlights how conservative organizations in D.C. Have colluded with Big Tech Emma to shield left-wing monopolies from any oversight at all. It’s an amazing story and it’s happening now. This October for example, Americans for Prosperity, that’s a purportedly conservative group controlled by the billionaire Koch family supported and add supporting Facebook and Google. The ads they ran targeted state attorney generals, Republican and Democrat, leading antitrust investigations into those two companies. In March, Americans for Prosperity ran digital ads urging members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, any effort of antitrust laws to break up America’s innovative tech companies. In all, the Koch network spend $10 million defending Silicon Valley companies that worked to silence conservatives. The richest companies in the world being defended by a conservative nonprofit as they attacked conservatives. Why are they doing this? As one former Koch employee told they show off the record, I know for a fact they take money from social media companies to do their bidding. It turns out, he was right. Google has given money to at least 22 write leading institutions that is also funded by the Koch network, those include the American Conservative Union, the American enterprise institute, the National Review institute. The competitive enterprise institute, The Heritage Foundation, and the mercator center. Google, for example, the single largest donor to the annual dinner a few years back. What does all this money buy, exactly? You know the answer. In September of 2018, the competitive enterprise institute and three other groups that had been funded by Google and the kochs sent a joint letter to Attorney general Jeff Sessions at the time over the doj’s plans whether search engines and social media were hurting competition and stifling speech. Here’s how it works. Big Tech companies silence conservatives. Conservatives’ nonprofits try to prevent the government from doing anything about it. Makes sense. Then there is The Heritage Foundation. May be the biggest and best funded think tank in Washington. Half the conservatives in the city have seemed to work there at one time or another, 30 years ago I did for example. To this day there are nice and well-meaning people at heritage. As an organization, heritage no longer represents the interests of conservatives. At least on the question of tech. A recent paper by heritage entitled “Free enterprise is the best remedy for online biased concerns” defends the special privileges that Congress has given to a left-wing Silicon Valley monopolies. And if conservatives don’t like it, heritage says, they can go start their own Google. The paper could’ve been written by tech lobbyists. In fact, it may have been written by tech lobbyists. A trade association represents Silicon Valley called the liability exemption that Googles enjoys, quote the most important Lawton tech. Well, the paper repeats that line verbatim. Word for word. Along with many other lines that the lobbyist wrote. It’s embarrassing. But heritage isn’t embarrassing. None of the so-called conservative nonprofits in Washington are embarrassed. They make deals with people who hate you. They secretly sell out your interests. They may beg you to tithe like it’s the medieval church for that’s the system we’ve had for decades. And maybe that’s why no matter how much money you send him nothing gets more conservative. Just the opposite. You wonder how much longer the system can continue.

Hat tip: American Thinker

36 Responses leave one →
  1. 2019 December 22 9:09 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Some actually accomplish things: Judicial Watch and Numbers USA.

  2. 2019 December 22 9:15 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    49 VPs and directors at Heritage … a lot of overhead … and then there’s the fellows …

    https://www.heritage.org/about-heritage/staff/leadership

  3. 2019 December 22 9:30 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    There are 122 scholars and fellows at the American Enterprise Institute including Lynne Cheney (former VP’s wife), Jonah Goldberg and Paul Wolfowitz:

    https://www.aei.org/our-scholars/

    Where I hail from, that’s called The Swamp.

  4. 2019 December 22 9:49 pm
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    justrand permalink

    I was never sure the anti-Christ was real until this dick showed up

    Question: If the Pope was TRYING to destroy Christianity, what would he be doing differently?

    https://disrn.com/news/pope-says-christians-should-never-try-to-convert-unbelievers-anyone-who-proselytizes-is-not-a-disciple-of-jesus

  5. 2019 December 23 7:23 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    5,

    For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. — Corinthians 1:17

    This Pope really has lost it. Yes it is unlikely to convert someone who is unwilling to receive it. But to speak not the life of Christ is to deny the unbelieving the chance to accept him.

  6. 2019 December 23 7:34 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Once an organization reaches a certain size they take on a dynamic of their own. In the middling size of such organizations it takes a strong leader to stay the course. At even larger sizes I don’t that even think a strong leader can sway the course of the organization much. I would hazard a guess that today if either Ford or Rockefeller were to stand aside the foundations that carry their names they would strike them as Christ did in the temple. Both were raging capitalists and their namesakes today are raging leftists.

    Our economy is long past time for some serious anti-trust action.

  7. 2019 December 23 7:35 am
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    justrand permalink

    Drdog, this Pope hasn’t “lost it”…he never had it. I truly believe he has been a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” all along. An odd analogy to have to use, since the Pope is supposed to be the shepherd of the Catholic flock!

  8. 2019 December 23 7:36 am
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    TLS permalink

    I used to be a member of the Heritage Foundation but they lost me back in 2008 when they published an opinion in favor of gov’t creating a pension for all employees and taking over existing retirement accounts because people don’t save enough. At the time, I thought who needs Heritage Foundation when we can get the same BS from the savior Obama.

  9. 2019 December 23 7:37 am
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    justrand permalink

    Received from a FB friend of mine…worth passing along.

    “My Leftist friends constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”
    Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. We tried statesmanship. We tried propriety. And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob. I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.
    I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.
    I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.
    Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”
    The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.
    The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.
    With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.
    During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.
    Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.
    Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”
    General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.
    Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”
    That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.
    It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.
    Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.
    Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”… Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. … They need to respond.
    This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.
    Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.
    Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.
    So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.
    These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
    So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!”

    ** author ~Evan Sayet, the author of The KinderGarden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks.

  10. 2019 December 23 7:45 am
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    TLS permalink

    Great read, JR.

  11. 2019 December 23 7:57 am
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    justrand permalink

    Thx, TLS…and here’s another good read. (with a special shout-out to Eph)

    It’s a fascinating and enlightening perspective on Hanakuh. AND, sheds well needed light on our situation today. ALL Americans, regardless of their faith (or lack) should read this.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/hanukah_the_first_battle_against_transnationalism_and_the_deep_state.html

  12. 2019 December 23 8:24 am
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    bc3b permalink

    The best thing that could happen to the Catholic Church would be for Francis not to wake up tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, his thinking was primarily shaped by Karl Marx rather than Jesus Christ,

    Pope Francis grew up in socialist Argentina, an experience that left a deep impression on his thinking. He told the Latin American journalists Javier Camara and Sebastian Pfaffen that as a young man he “read books of the Communist Party that my boss in the laboratory gave me” and that “there was a period where I would wait anxiously for the newspaper La Vanguardia, which was not allowed to be sold with the other newspapers and was brought to us by the socialist militants.”

    The “boss” to whom Pope Francis referred is Esther Ballestrino de Careaga. He has described her as a “Paraguayan woman” and a “fervent communist.” He considers her one of his most important mentors. “I owe a huge amount to that great woman,” he has said, saying that she “taught me so much about politics.” (He worked for her as an assistant at Hickethier-Bachmann Laboratory in Buenos Aires.)

    “She often read Communist Party texts to me and gave them to me to read. So I also got to know that very materialistic conception. I remember that she also gave me the statement from the American Communists in defense of the Rosenbergs, who had been sentenced to death,” he has said. Learning about communism, he said, “through a courageous and honest person was helpful. I realized a few things, an aspect of the social, which I then found in the social doctrine of the Church.” As the archbishop of Buenos Aires, he took pride in helping her hide the family’s Marxist literature from the authorities who were investigating her. According to the author James Carroll, Bergoglio smuggled her communist books, including Marx’s Das Kapital, into a “Jesuit library.”

    (snip)

    “I must say that communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian,” he said in 2014. Such a comment would have startled his predecessors. They didn’t see communism as a benign exaggeration. They saw it as a grave threat to God-given freedom, as it proposes that governments eliminate large swaths of individual freedom, private property and business in order to produce the “equality” of a society without economic classes.

    In the early twentieth century, as Marx’s socialism spread across the world, Pope Pius XI declared the theory anathema. “No one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist,” he said. To hear Pope Francis speak today, one might conclude the reverse: that no can be at the same time a good Catholic and an opponent of socialism.

    Hat tip: American Spectator

  13. 2019 December 23 8:47 am
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    bc3b permalink

    If you read the comments, you’ll see how frustrated Catholics are with Francis:

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/nigerian-martyrdom-continues

  14. 2019 December 23 8:57 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Two maps.
    Two cultures.

  15. 2019 December 23 9:35 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Bush appointee I think

    Wendy
    @wendyp4545
    Justice Collyer the head of FISC was told face to face by Admiral Rodgers, NSA Secretary that fraud had happened on her court in Oct. 2016. Rep Meadows told her in 2017 and Nunes twice in 2019. Since 2016 she ignored them. Now, she announced her retirement.

    https://twitter.com/wendyp4545/status/1208418159071498247

  16. 2019 December 23 10:21 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal #15 –

    Unless I am mistaken the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court appoints FISA judges.

  17. 2019 December 23 10:30 am
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    bc3b permalink

    On August 1, 2002, Collyer was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated by Thomas Penfield Jackson.[4] Collyer was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 14, 2002, and received her commission on November 15, 2002. She assumed senior status on May 18, 2016.

    In 2013, Collyer was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to a seven-year term on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.[2] The Court provides a measure of judicial oversight over surveillance activities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as amended. Judge Collyer’s term on the FIS Court began on March 8, 2013 and will conclude on March 7, 2020. She replaced Judge John D. Bates, whose term ended on February 21, 2013.

    Source: Wikipedia

  18. 2019 December 23 10:32 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Yes, I meant appointed as a judge (originally), FISA court appts are handled by Chief Justice Roberts as you say.

  19. 2019 December 23 10:34 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Collyer appears to have ignored ALL reports of FISA wrong doing
    She’s now resigning. Originally she was nominated as a Federal judge by Bush.
    Not Obama.

  20. 2019 December 23 10:37 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Not all Protectors Of The Swamp are Dems or Obama appointees was sort of my intended point.
    Plenty of GOPe stand with them.

    Have I beaten this to death yet? LOL

  21. 2019 December 23 2:08 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    CJSCOTUS appoints the members of the FISC. Collyer has retired out as a defensive measure I presume. Once your papers are signed off the IG can’t touch you. Yeah she’s 74 but not exactly Ginsberg territory either.

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary_M._Collyer

    Funny how the Progs keep saying there is no ‘there, there’. Yet all those with a mere whiff of the taint of the Deep State scandal seem to be slowly jumping ship.

  22. 2019 December 23 2:16 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Hey, does anyone know a friend of a friend of a friend that knows Prof Turley? He’s a Lib, but he generally shoots straight on the law. Here’s the question:

    Impeachment vote has been passed. Pelosi is holding it. Does the impeachment motion die at the conclusion of the 116th Congress like normal bills do?

  23. 2019 December 23 5:14 pm
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    bc3b permalink

  24. 2019 December 23 5:52 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Dem oppression ratchets up in VA.
    If you “help out”, they MIGHT go easier on you.

    VA legislator wants to outlaw single family housing
    https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/23/virginia-house-zoning-environment/
    “Single-family housing zones would become two-zoned,” Samirah told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Areas that would be impacted most would be the suburbs that have not done their part in helping out.”

  25. 2019 December 23 5:54 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Kindness to sufferers? Or incipient death panels?
    https://www.lifenews.com/2019/12/23/canada-may-allow-doctors-to-euthanize-teenagers-and-mentally-disabled-people/
    Based on the opinion of the Justice Minister.

  26. 2019 December 23 6:27 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    “Canada May Allow Doctors to Euthanize Teenagers and Mentally Disabled People”

    Ooooh I wish I had the law on the books a couple of times when my son was 15. All Canada is doing is legalizing Bill Cosby’s old ode about temperamental children. Seriously tho what teenager has not been over the top at times? Its all drama, not a reason to off the kid. Freaking unreal.

  27. 2019 December 23 6:30 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    25,

    I would point out that the last time they tried this with dictating farming income people mobilized, introduced a bill and defeated the tyrants in the various county planning commissions. But the commies are in control now so it might have a different result.

  28. 2019 December 23 10:58 pm
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    1 – JW does pretty much 2/3rds the job of congress at this point in terms of attempts at oversight and basic investigation document gathering\requesting.

    15 – To be replaced with an Obama one. Nothing of substance will happen.
    22 – Very interesting question that seems nobody is asking or wants to ask. Then again since everyone is just making up everything on fly and making changes on the fly these days, does it matter?
    26 – wut? Then again China is farming prisoners for organs and the world collectively says nothing.

  29. 2019 December 24 7:03 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Interesting, but useless — https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/23/obama-fbi-corruption-fisa-orders-review-of-all-warrant-applications-by-ex-fbi-lawyer-clinesmith/ — All FISAs handled by Clinesmith in review.

    But again no heads will roll. Till I see heads in baskets its all theater.

  30. 2019 December 24 7:28 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    San Fran, remember you wanted this — https://twitter.com/debkhk/status/1206359030576238592 — Man takes dump in the aisle of a food store.

    This is insanity.

  31. 2019 December 24 7:42 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  32. 2019 December 24 9:08 am
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    30 – Yup looks like a narrow ‘review’,by the doj investigating itself again it seem, that will result in nothing more than some strongly worded letters if that. I’d love to be wrong of course.

  33. 2019 December 24 9:57 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    KH, 33,

    Even if the FISA court finds wholesale falsification the worse that the perp gets? Felony charge and a couple of years in jail? Opposed to destruction of one man and rendering a country apart. That is a scale of injustice.

  34. 2019 December 24 9:59 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  35. 2019 December 24 5:51 pm
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    35 – Actually in 2025 (or 2021 if he loses) they’ll be looking to jail him, for what they will not care, they’ll find something, somewhere somehow.

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