19 March 2019 - Dinner News
And perhaps you thought it couldn’t get worse about Beto! Here’s More…
Dick Morris: Beto’s Family Felony
Fifteen times between May 5, 2005, and October 6, 2006, an unidentified customer walked into Charlotte’s Furniture Store in El Paso, Texas — an establishment owned by Beto O’Rourke’s mother, sitting on a site partially owned by Beto himself — to buy furniture.
He must have needed a great many sofas and chairs. On each visit to the store, he spent between $22,000 and $50,000 in cash.
Over the year and a half, this unidentified customer dropped a cool $630,745 in cash shopping for furniture.
Then Beto’s mom divided the cash into separate piles of less than $10,000 each and recorded them as deposits.
Why $10,000? To avoid having to report the suspicious transactions to the IRS.
She was arrested, indicted, and, on May 11, 2010, convicted of “structuring transactions to avoid reporting requirements.” U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone fined Mrs. O’Rourke $250,000.
Startlingly, neither the prosecutors nor the judge made her disclose the name of her customer, despite the obvious and natural implication that his (or her) cash stemmed from ill-gotten gains.
Beto lived under the protection of his father, Pat O’Rourke, the local political boss of El Paso County, Texas. Pat’s life was controversial.
In February 1983, sheriff’s deputies installing a two-way radio in his car “discovered a tied condom containing an off-white powder they believed to be either cocaine or heroin. The sheriff’s captain ordered the substance destroyed” and hushed it up.
The incident came to light several months later, in October 1983, when the captain was indicted by a grand jury on charges of official misconduct and tampering with evidence. The captain lamely said he believed the drugs had been planted by one of O’Rourke’s political enemies.
In yet another instance of covering up for his son, Beto faced only the basic DUI charges for an incident involving so much more. Aged 26 — on the night of his birthday — O’Rourke was speeding on a Texas Interstate long after midnight (exceeding the 75 mph limit) when he struck a truck, crossed the large grassy median strip and came to a stop. He tried to leave the scene of the accident, according to a police report, but a passing motorist made him stay. Police said he “was unable to be understood due to slurred speech, had glossy eyes, and smelled of alcohol.” His blood alcohol was measured at 0.134.
But he was not charged with leaving the scene nor with a more serious vehicular felony.
Instead, the charges were dismissed after O’Rourke completed a court-approved diversion program. The Washington Post noted that Beto’s father “had been El Paso Country judge from 1982 to 1986 and was running for the position again” at the time of the 1998 incident.
Pop’s intervention may have saved Beto once before. In 1995, at age 22, he was arrested on the campus of the University of Texas El Paso campus for “attempted forcible entry” of the University “Physical Plant” and had to spend the night in jail.
There is no evidence of Dad intervening in either arrest but connect the dots.
With this family history, particularly his father’s brush with the discovery of cocaine in his car, it is odd that the O’Rourkes did not have to reveal the name of her disclosure-averse furniture customer. Now that Beto is running for president — and his mother is still living — it would seem appropriate to press them for information about the tax-evader they assisted in the commission of a felony.
It is obviously relevant to know if the customer was involved in narcotics or organized crime. Her son is, after all, running for president.
Beto dressed as a sheep, singing horribly badly:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=57&v=9hV7h1DuotU The information War Gets Hotter: Facebook blocks Trump’s Director of Social Media from making ‘public comments’:
Devin Nunes is Suing Twitter for 250 Million.
California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes filed a major lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users on Monday, accusing the social media site of "shadow-banning conservatives" including himself to influence the 2018 elections, systematically censoring opposing viewpoints and totally "ignoring" lawful complaints of repeated abusive behavior.
In a complaint filed in Virginia state court on Monday, obtained by Fox News, Nunes claimed Twitter wanted to derail his work on the House Intelligence Committee, which he chaired until 2019, as he looked into alleged and apparent surveillance abuses by the government. Nunes said Twitter was guilty of "knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory – providing both a voice and financial incentive to the defamers – thereby facilitating defamation on its platform."
The lawsuit alleged defamation, conspiracy and negligence, and sought not only damages, but also an injunction compelling Twitter to turn over the identities behind numerous accounts he said harassed and defamed him. The lawsuit is separate from Nunes' work on the House Intelligence Committee, where he is now the ranking member.
“Twitter is a machine," Nunes' personal attorney, Steven S. Biss, told Fox News. "It is a modern-day Tammany Hall. Congressman Nunes intends to hold Twitter fully accountable for its abusive behavior and misconduct.”
Although federal law ordinarily exempts services like Twitter from defamation liability at all levels, Nunes' suit said the platform has taken such an active role in curating and banning content -- as opposed to merely hosting it -- that it should face liability like any other organization that defames.
"Twitter created and developed the content at issue in this case by transforming false accusations of criminal conduct, imputed wrongdoing, dishonesty and lack of integrity into a publicly available commodity used by unscrupulous political operatives and their donor/clients as a weapon," Nunes' legal team wrote. "Twitter is 'responsible' for the development of offensive content on its platform because it in some way specifically encourages development of what is offensive about the content."
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/nunes-files-bombshell-defamation-suit-against-twitter-seeks-250m-for-anti-conservative-shadow-bans-smears Nunes just said they would challenge "every" Russia Gate story in Court. thousands of stories, thousands of counts, right? Sucks when your Propaganda Ministry gets busted!
‘Damn socialism, why are you chasing me?’ Chinese-Americans see ghost of communism in Democrats’ leftward turn
Zhou’s interest in politics was piqued as she began to see the American Left embracing policies that reminded her of those she’d fled in China.
One such policy was the Left’s support for late-term abortion. When she lived in China, Zhou, like many young Chinese, didn’t consider abortion to be a big deal. But her view changed after moving to America, getting married, and bearing two children.
“After I became a mother, my understanding about life fundamentally changed,” she told me when we met at a Panera Bread in Irvine. “Now I am totally a mother.”
Zhou said her heart broke upon learning about a Virginia bill to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions. Appearing on a radio show as the bill was being debated, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam pledged to sign the legislation, even suggesting it would sanction infanticide.
“Oh, when I saw the news, I cannot even open [the article],” Zhou said through tears. “It was really hard. I just felt something really strong into my chest. And then I said, ‘Let me adopt him, don’t kill him.'”
The proposed law hit especially close to home for Zhou, whose mother became pregnant with her just as China’s government began implementing its brutal one-child policy.
The policy prohibited most couples from having more than one child. Women who became pregnant with a second child were often forced to undergo sterilization; sometimes their babies were killed in the womb. Though she was her mother’s second child, Zhou escaped death because the one-child policy had not yet been implemented in her city.
“Somebody has to understand the roots, where these policies come from,” Zhou said. “That’s why I’m so pissed. Damn socialism. Why are you chasing me?”
The Republican Party’s anti-communism has long attracted many Cubans, Vietnamese, Eastern Europeans, and other immigrants who fled communist countries during the Cold War.
In 2008 and 2012, many Chinese-American voters cast their presidential ballots for Barack Obama, believing Obama’s Democratic Party was more hospitable to immigrants. “On the first day when we land here, the media and Left reinforce the concept that minorities and immigrants are supposed to vote for Democrats and not supposed to be aligning with conservatives,” said George Li, a Chinese immigrant I met at a Starbucks in Irvine.
But many Chinese-Americans are repelled by the Democrats’ more recent embrace of policies they consider socialist. Socialism “is a great, great concern to [Chinese-Americans], which is why I’m really motivated to stop that,” Li said. “It’s our duty.”
As a college student in China in the late 1980’s, Li was active in China’s democracy movement and knew some of the students involved in the Tiananmen Square protests.
Not long after, Li moved to the U.S., earning a master’s degree in computer information systems and starting a family. Li has become active in local politics through The Orange Club, which he led last year.
Li believes the Republican Party is a natural fit for Chinese-Americans.
Traditional Chinese culture is conservative, he said, emphasizing hard work, independence, education, and family values.
He finds the Left’s obsession with political correctness maddening because it intimidates people into silence. “This intimidation is so bad for freedom of speech,” he said. “A lot of things I see in this country are very similar to what I saw in the Cultural Revolution era in China,” He calls political correctness a “form of cultural Marxism.”
“I just want America to be America,” Li said, “not another Soviet Union, Cuba, or China.”
Good friend of Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama tries to remove the Smollet case from the Chicago PD to the FBI - More Detail:
Fraternal Order of Police in #Chicago is asking for a federal investigation into Cook County SA Kim Foxx for how she handled the #JussieSmollett case, arguing she may have broken the law when she tried to take the case away from #CPD. Details on @fox32news at 9.
In a letter to US Attorney, F.O.P. says “attorneys are not allowed to interfere with ongoing police investigations particularly at the request of private individuals associated with subjects being investigated. Foxx’s whole office should have recused itself and a S.P. appointed”
Last week @chicagotribune obtained emails showing that while #CPD was investigating #JussieSmollett, Foxx was contacted by a politically connected attorney friendly with #Smollett saying they “had concerns about the investigation”.SA Kim Foxx then asked #CPD Supt Eddie Johnson to end the investigation and turn it over to the @FBIChicago. That didn’t happen.
We @fox32news have reached out to Foxx’s office for comment and not surprisingly have not received any response yet. The attorney who contacted SA Kim Foxx about #JussieSmollett was Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff, Tina Tchen. Tchen-a close friend of Rahm Emanuel’s wife said she was acting on behalf of #Smollett and his family.
A Technical Solution if coupled with Real ID?:
For years security professionals and election integrity activists have been pushing voting machine vendors to build more secure and verifiable election systems, so voters and candidates can be assured election outcomes haven’t been manipulated.
Now they might finally get this thanks to a new $10 million contract the Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched to design and build a secure voting system that it hopes will be impervious to hacking.
The first-of-its-kind system will be designed by an Oregon-based firm called Galois, a longtime government contractor with experience in designing secure and verifiable systems. The system will use fully open source voting software, instead of the closed,
proprietary software currently used in the vast majority of voting machines, which no one outside of voting machine testing labs can examine. More importantly, it will be built on secure open source hardware, made from secure designs and techniques developed over the last year as part of a special program at DARPA. The voting system will also be designed to create fully verifiable and transparent results so that voters don’t have to blindly trust that the machines and election officials delivered correct results.
But DARPA and Galois won’t be asking people to blindly trust that their voting systems are secure—as voting machine vendors currently do. Instead they’ll be publishing source code for the software online and bring prototypes of the systems to the Def Con Voting Village this summer and next, so that hackers and researchers will be able to freely examine the systems themselves and conduct penetration tests to gauge their security. They’ll also be working with a number of university teams over the next year to have them examine the systems in formal test environments.
“Def Con is great, but [hackers there] will not give us as much technical details as we want [about problems they find in the systems],” Linton Salmon, program manager in DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office who is overseeing the project, said in a phone call. “Universities will give us more information. But we won’t have as many people or as high visibility when we do it with universities.”
The systems Galois designs won’t be available for sale. But the prototypes it creates will be available for existing voting machine vendors or others to freely adopt and customize without costly licensing fees or the millions of dollars it would take to research and develop a secure system from scratch.
“We will not have a voting system that we can deploy. That’s not what we do,” said Salmon. “We will show a methodology that could be used by others to build a voting system that is completely secure.”
Joe Kiniry is the principal scientist at Galois who is leading the project at his company. Kiniry has been involved in efforts to secure elections for years as part of a separate company he runs called Free & Fair. He’s consulted with foreign governments about their election systems, and his company has been working with states in the US to design robust post-election audits. But the idea to create a secure voting system didn’t come from Kiniry; it came from DARPA.
“DARPA was searching for a sexy demonstration for the [secure hardware] program. What could you put on secure hardware that people would care about and understand?” Kiniry said.
They needed a project that would be unclassified so DARPA could talk about it publicly.
“We wanted something where there could be a lot of people who could look at this in an open way and critique it and find problems,” said Salmon.
The project will leverage the hefty resources of DARPA and its considerable security experience, and if it works, it could help solve a pressing national problem around election security and integrity.