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FBI and CNN Turn Roger Stone Arrest Into a Media Event: Reason Roundup

Plus: a big (and bad) change to asylum policy, Arkansas upholds anti-BDS law, and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez fights Post Fact Checker on minimum wage

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The FBI executed an early morning raid on the home of Roger Stone, arresting the former Trump campaign adviser for allegedly communicating with the campaign about Democratic Party emails acquired by Wikileaks. The indictment charges Stone with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, one count of witness tampering, and five counts of making false statements, and it alleges that Stone threatened a man's dog and made Godfather references in his instructions to "Person 2," Pacifica radio host and comedian Randy Credico.

Stone's arrest itself comes as no surprise ("Stone has said himself he expected to be indicted by Mueller," notes Axios), but CNN's video of the arrest seems to have ignited additional interest. CNN was there for the whole Fort Lauderdale, Florida, affair, which has media Twitter speculating about who tipped the network off.

"It's possible this tip-off came from FBI rather than Mueller's office, but either way, nobody should be comfortable having law enforcement engineer with media outlets the filming of someone's arrest at their home like a reality TV circus," The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald said this morning.

"CNN either acted on a tip…or had been camped out there (either is good journalism.)," tweeted Greta Van Susteren. "What is most interesting is why it was a raid and not a surrender. Fear of flight or destruction of evidence or prosecutors really not like Stone?"

The indictment notes that during Stone's tenure as a Trump campaign adviser, he "was claiming both publicly and privately to have communicated with Organization 1," a.k.a. WikiLeaks. In August 2016, WikiLeaks denied direct communication with Stone. Stone then said his communication had been though a "mutual friend" and "go-between," and he "continued to communicate with members of the Trump Campaign" about what WikiLeaks might have from Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

The indictment further alleges that Stone "made multiple false statements" to the U.S. House Permanent Committee on Intelligence about communications with WikiLeaks, and that he "falsely denied possessing records that contained evidence of these interactions." It also says that he "attempted to persuade a witness"—that would be "Person 2," Credico—"to provide false testimony to and withold pertinent information from the investigations" about his efforts as an intermediary between WikiLeaks and Stone.

You can read the whole indictment here.

FREE MINDS

An anti-boycotting law in Arkansas has been upheld. The law bans state entities from doing business with or investing in companies that boycott Israel.

FREE MARKETS

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and The Washington Post's Fact Checker have been battling over wages, wealth transfer, and Walmart. In a column headlined "Ocasio-Cortez's misfired facts on living wage and minimum wage," Glenn Kessler explores a comment Ocasio-Cortez made during a recent interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates:

I think it's wrong that a vast majority of the country doesn't make a living wage, I think it's wrong that you can work 100 hours and not feed your kids. I think it's wrong that corporations like Walmart and Amazon can get paid by the government, essentially experience a wealth transfer from the public, for paying people less than a minimum wage.

After pointing out that "Both Walmart and Amazon do pay more than the minimum wage," Kessler writes that Ocasio-Cortez's

spokesman supplied a Washington Post article about a proposal by [Bernie] Sanders that would require large employers such as Amazon and Walmart to fully cover the cost of food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by their employees. The article cited a report that as many as 1 in 3 Amazon employees in Arizona—and about 1 in 10 in Pennsylvania and Ohio—receive food stamps.

The companies say the figures are misleading and reflect the fact that either the employees are choosing to work part time or that the entry-level workers may have been on public assistance when they first started. "We think we help move more people off public assistance than any company out there," Lundberg said.

Ocasio-Cortez then accused Kessler of relying on a Walmart-funded paper to make his point. In fact it was from an NYU professor for a Center for American Progress–hosted forum.

QUICK HITS

Starting on Friday, Central Americans who attempt to enter the US without papers at the port of entry at San Ysidro—the most popular official border crossing for migrants seeking asylum in the United States—are going to be turned back to Mexico while their cases are pending. The shift was initially reported by Reuters, citing a Mexican official. A DHS official confirmed the plan to Vox.

The policy change means that people who are trying to exercise their legal right to seek asylum will be barred from the US for as much as a year while they wait for their claim to come before a judge. It is the most sweeping development in Trump's ongoing crackdown on asylum seekers, who are largely from Central America, and disproportionately children and families.

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197 responses to “FBI and CNN Turn Roger Stone Arrest Into a Media Event: Reason Roundup

  1. The FBI executed an early morning raid on the home of Roger Stone,

    CNN SWAT’ed him!

    1. Hello.

      I’m amazed Americans are allowing this banana republic shit show theater this buffoon jerk off Mueller to continue his shenanigans of stupidity.

      And now coordinating with the media. Riiiiight. CNN, the FBI and DNC aren’t in cahoots. Riiiiigiht.

      Unfrickenbelievable.

      1. The writing is on the wall about this attempted coup.

        The FBI has very limited resources right now during shutdown AND this is what they choose to do with those limited resources.

        Some people get told to report to police agency at “x” time to be booked or face public arrest. Other times, its a 20+ person raid for non-violent charges.

        1. It’s not like Stone is a flight risk (he doesn’t have foreign citizenship) and it isn’t like he’s had a year to destroy evidence.

          This was kangaroo court bullshit.

          1. As Fist pointed out, Stone should totally put up a 3rd Party legal defense.

            It is amusing to watch Lefties even acknowledge that Mueller has nothing on Trump and never will. They sigh and repeat some lefty Narrative about “you wait” blah blah blah. They just don’t the vigor like when Lefties saying RBG is in perfect health and will never be replaced by Trump.

            A 6am raid for Roger Stone who voluntarily testified to Congress? It smells of desperation to get “good” publicity for Mueller’s waste of taxpayer money.

            1. All these democrat henchmen should be out up against a wall and executed by firing squad for trying to overthrow Trump.

              1. Quit whining.

                I wonder what Roger Stone is having for lunch today. Anybody have enough recent jail experience to offer a good guess? His taste for the finer things has been thoroughly reported — will today’s offerings at the Ft. Lauderdale jail meet Mr. Stone’s exacting culinary standards?

                1. Poor Kirkland does not know how bail works.

                  You have bail set within hours and then you pay cash to get out on bail.

                  1. Until you violate the terms — as Manafort did, and as Stone likely will do even quicker than Manafort did — and you are incarcerated without bail.

                    The difference between Manafort and Stone is that I expect Stone to flip quicker, and more durably. Incarceration could accelerate the process. Mueller is more than a match for Stone, as this morning’s festivities indicated.

                    1. Poor Lefties.

                      They will cry and cry when Roger Stone drags Hillary Clinton into a federal indictment.

          2. Nobody is a flight risk with this Air Traffic Controller situation.

            Badoom Pish!

            1. The Russian oligarchs got rid of all of their yachts?

              1. It was a joke on the word “flight”. Get it?

                1. Arty I s lretty stupid, and credulous.

      2. If the FBI’s goal was to kill their credibility, they have done a great job.

        The Right was the only group willing to defend them and now we want them gone also.

        Way to go.

        1. Yeh that’s an interesting angle given how pro law enforcement Trump is. Oh…the irony of it all!

        2. Go right or say goodnight!

        3. I think their goal is simply to make it clear to everybody that, “If you take a job with this administration, we will destroy you.”

          1. I think there is definitely something to that Brett.

        4. It’s kinda hilarious to see the level of hysteria in these comments. Three points :

          (1) Maybe the arrest of Stone was handled in a hurtful and inconsiderate manner. But guess what : Law enforcement acts like a dick to people every minute of every hour of every day. It’s a bit funny to see people pearl-clutching & falling back on the fainting couch just because the “victims” are now affluent white Trump supporters.

          (2) The reason Trump is chin-deep in a cesspool of problems isn’t because the FBI exists. His actions, lies, and hand-picked associates put him there.

          (3) Sorry, but no one knows what Mueller has. Right-types can whistle past the graveyard all they want, but they aren’t even fooling themselves. The most recent news (pre-Stone), had Manafort funneling insider campaign information to a person tied to Russian intelligence – no doubt as partial payment on the crushing debt he owed – and Trump working on a major Russian business venture right up to the election. A business venture which included a bribe/sweetener to Putin himself. A business venture Trump brazenly lied to the American people about. Tune in tomorrow, eh? Who knows what the news will bring….

          1. Everything you said is total bullshit. You’re just a progtard, and a sad, silly bitch of progtard at that.

            1. and a sad, silly bitch of progtard at that.

              Speaking of sad, silly bitches . . . I wonder whether Mr. Stone’s high standing in right-wing extremist circles, his well documented grooming standards, and his closet of bespoke suits will count for anything when it is time to assign roommates in jail.

              And in prison.

              Carry on, clingers. And count your blessings. Roger Stone was a belligerent right-wing malcontent just like you, but now he’s reduced to wondering where he’s going to find a tanning bed or even just a decent pair of tweezers in jail.

              1. Roger Stone has helped Democrats too, ya know?

                1. Kirkland.

                2. Mr. Stone is enough of a mercenary to have taken a few misguided Democrats’ dollars, but he is a Republican asswipe-for-hire. My interest in justice inclines me to look forward to his lengthy incarceration, but if he flips hard enough I won’t mind a bit of leniency.

          2. The most recent news (pre-Stone), had Manafort funneling insider campaign information to a person tied to Russian intelligence
            Who knows what the news will bring….

            “News”
            Apparently BuzzFeed has a juicy story that Trump asked Michael Cohen to lie to Congress for him. Oh wait…

            1. Apparently Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Moscow negotiations continued right up to November – and he said that on gawdforsaken television. It’s going to be interesting to see you blame that on Buzzfeed.

              Really, what’s the point of your clown show? You’re just fighting a rearguard action against the truth. Me? I’ve got my money on the truth…..

              1. You’re just a silly bitch progtard. You aren’t capable of understanding the truth.

                1. The truth is that Roger Stone is having a cheap-baloney-and-American-cheese-on-white lunch today, trying to figure which of the guys in the cafeteria could be his protector, and already watching his tan fade.

                  He should become a cooperating witness relatively soon. The biggest talkers are often the most brittle, as Michael Cohen and Donald Trump have demonstrated.

                  1. Everyone that Mueller had arrested got bail immediately.

                    Bail can be so fast that the FBI doesn’t even have time to cash their paychecks nevermind.

                    1. Stone was taken from his home so fast that despite his declared aversion to jeans he was taken from his home in jeans. And wrist-and-ankle shackles. One of my favorite accessories for Trump associates.

                2. You’re not really good at detecting blatantly obvious sarcasm, are you?

            2. From a post today in the National Review :

              “Federal prosecutors allege that Manafort, after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy in Washington last September, lied about the nature of a $125,000 payment he received in 2017 and about his contacts with Russian operative Konstantin Kilimnik. Manafort’s attorneys accidentally revealed in a poorly redacted court filing that their client shared internal Trump campaign polling data with Kilimnik during the campaign.”

              Maybe Buzzfeed is responsible for the bungling of Manafort’s own attorneys?

            3. 26 July 2016: “I mean, I have nothing to do with Russia. I don’t have any jobs in Russia. I’m all over the world but we’re not involved in Russia,” Trump tells CBS4.

              06 Oct 2016: During the second presidential debate, Hillary Clinton says Russia is trying to help elect Trump, “maybe because he wants to do business in Moscow.” Trump calls this assessment “so ridiculous,” adding, “I know nothing about Russia … I don’t deal there.”

              24 Oct 2016: “I have nothing to do with Russia folks, I’ll give you a written statement,” Trump says at a campaign rally.

              11 Jan 2017: Trump tells reporters that he has “no deals that could happen in Russia because we’ve stayed away,” adding that he could “make deals in Russia very easily” but “I just don’t want to because I think that would be a conflict.”

              11 May 2017: Trump tells NBC News that he has “nothing to do with Russia,” other than the fact that he “sold a house to a very wealthy Russian many years ago” and hosted the Miss Universe pageant there once.

              Of course that’s just a partial list of Trump lying to the American people about his dealings with Russia, but dang if I don’t see Buzzfeed mentioned even once….

              1. Give grb the Troll a Pulitzer.

                1. Isn’t it a funny funny world when the “troll” deals in facts, and his critics deal in vapid insults?

          3. “cesspool of problems isn’t because the FBI exists”

            Sticking up for unelected shadow governments to own the cons

          4. “(2) The reason Trump is chin-deep in a cesspool of problems isn’t because the FBI exists. His actions, lies, and hand-picked associates put him there.”

            Actually, it’s because he appointed Sessions as AG. Which pretty much makes it his fault, even though it’s bullshit.

      3. Don’t get too stressed out, Trump Season 3 is only getting started. This is only the end of episode 2. Roger Stone has built of a lifetime of dirt on people, watching him use it will be amazing.

        1. Roger Stone dragging Hillary/Bill Clinton into this would be hilarious.

            1. +1000

          1. If he doesn’t Mueller will. It’s impossible not to when you’re talking about the dossier, the connections to Russia and Ukraine, The RINOs that paid the for the dossier.

            Best to just sit back and enjoy the show

          2. Does he want to become part of the body count?

            Plane crash? Accidental over dose? Suicide?

            Who knows how this mystery will spin?!

          3. Did Stone trap Mueller into opening the door to the previous administration’s crimes? Oh my. I’m about to bet long on popcorn.

            1. Roger Stone has a long history of dealing with all sorts of politicians which include Democrats and Republicans.

              This might get interesting and Lefties don’t even see it coming.

              1. Magic purple unicorns too. They’d be interesting and those damn Lefties don’t see them coming either. Hell, if you’re going to abandon yourself to masturbatory fantasy, why not go whole hog with magic purple unicorns? More bang for your fantasizing buck, so to speak….

      4. I’m amazed Americans are allowing…

        Most Americans aren’t paying attention.

        1. And what would be the means to stop it? Email your congressman?

  2. Roger Stone indictment

    Roger Stone, the political busybody who worked for Democrats and Republicans get charged with federal crimes of obstruction for telling Congress he didnt have the emails he did have between him and Julian Assange.

    CIA DIrector John Brennan lies to Congress about violating the US Constitution by spying on Americans without warrants and the FBI ignores that.

    Yeah, nothing suspicious going on with the Deep State.

    1. WATCH: CNN Airs Footage of FBI Arresting Roger Stone

      So…the FBI contacted CNN to be there for the raid?

      Yeah, nothing suspicious going on with the Deep State.

      When have you ever heard of the FBI contacting the media before to be present during a raid? Non-violent crimes no less.

      I guess the FBI does not have better things to do than do a big raid on a Mueller indictee for non-violent crimes.

      NOTHING LEFT TO CUT.

        1. Key abbreviation…FBI.

          I always laughed at people wanting to watch COPS. Its like people got off on seeing other people arrested so it would not happen to them for the shit that they do every day.

          1. Just funnin’ ya.

          2. My reaction to COPS was always, “My God. If this is how they act when they’re not on camera, what do they do when they think they have privacy, crush suspects balls with pliers?”

            1. Haha. Yeah Brett, those were cops on their best behavior because of the cameras.

              We know now because of body cams and cell phones, many more cops have work behavior that is horrible and sometimes criminal.

    2. Qualified immunity!

  3. Their husbands watch and pleasure themselves while I have sex with their wives’ ? male personal trainer claims he makes up to ?500 a day as male prostitute

    Although Carl, who is single, says he never advertises or offers his clients his sexual services, word soon spread.

    “This lady told one of her friends who is a client of mine and I started the same thing with this particular woman as well, and then a few more,” he claimed.

    “I have a few husband and wife clients who I train together and they started to pay me to have threesomes.

    “I am heterosexual so I only have sex with the woman. Some of the husbands watch, some pleasure themselves while we are having sex.

    “A couple of the guys join in but they don’t touch me.

    “One couple like me to dress up as Batman. They provided the costume and it’s quite figure hugging, so it gives me lumps in all the right places. I don’t mind indulging in some role play.”

    To my bunk, boy wonder*!

    *boy wonder is what I call my penis.

    1. Well, Bill Kristol and the staff at the Bulwark need to find SOMEBODY to please the women in their lives…

      1. ‘Cause they’re cucks! HA!

        1. I’m glad we’re getting back to a more traditional definition of the term.

        2. Well they are.
          Reliable Buzzfeed sources report that Kristol regularly hires Cocaine Mitch to show Susan what a real man is like, meanwhile he squats on a chair in the corner, filming with his phone and pretending to cry.

  4. If all goes well, we may end up with a little more Fourth Amendment here in the USA…

    That’s not the way it ratchets.

    1. Speaking of ratchets…

  5. So Ocasio-Cortez is a fucking idiot – who knew?

    1. She’s a retard principal with retard students:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdylK3Rq9cw

      1. And they ride the retard bus….

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOcuEbUPyGU

    2. Who’s this talking horse, you speak of?

  6. How Joe and Mika have been tricking ‘Morning Joe’ audience

    ans have noticed that the duo have not been broadcasting their show from New York lately ? and they appear to be co-hosting from two Washington, DC, locations, judging from different Beltway backdrops behind each anchor.

    But Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi said on Twitter of Scarborough and Brzezinski: “They’re broadcasting from a home studio in Jupiter [in Florida]. And there’s no formal set in their home studio, just a couple of (Washington) backdrops. Thus, a wide shot is out of the question.”

    He added via Twitter, “Joe and Mika are actually sitting a few feet away from each other. But they each address their own camera rather than turning to speak to each other (because doing that would expose the fact that they’re sitting on a makeshift set).”

    Is nothing sacred?!?!?!?!?

    1. “Joe and Mika are actually sitting a few feet away from each other. But they each address their own camera rather than turning to speak to each other (because doing that would expose the fact that they’re sitting on a makeshift set).”

      It makes their on-air flirting just that much hotter.

    2. Unnamed sources say Mika Brzezinski is a gay, transgender, bi-sexual lesbian who is having an affair with Nancy Pelosi. Her husband Joe Scarborough has a peep hole so he can watch Mika and Nancy make sweet love.

      1. It starts with Nancy removing her various prostheses, like Judge Valkenheiser in Nothing But Trouble.

        1. …weird flashbacks to SugarFree

      2. Is that not technically desecrating a corpse?

        Unless the law does not apply to the undead.

  7. Since @AOC accused The Fact Checker of relying on a Walmart-funded think tank paper when we fact-checked her, we need to set the record straight. She’s wrong. Don’t always believe what you see on Twitter. The article has been updated with a note explaining the provenance. pic.twitter.com/9vVZNMuEPh
    ? Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) January 25, 2019

    I suppose I’m supposed to believe those MAGA teens weren’t bullying the Native American Vietnam vet who was trying to stop them from harassing a small group of elderly black men, either.

  8. E-commerce gone horribly wrong…

    https://tinyurl.com/ycdd4zlg

    “A Southern California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court in Miami rejected his claim that the “restore discs” he made to extend computers’ lives had no financial value, instead ruling that he had infringed on Microsoft Corp. to the tune of $700,000.”

    1. But Bill Gates is a philanthropist! So it’s okay!

    2. I always like the lost sales figures they come up with on these sorts of things, as if people who illegally download music or movies would have instead paid full retail price for the product if they hadn’t pirated it. Microsoft didn’t lose any sales, nobody was going to pay Microsoft for a free download.

    3. I remember that. He provided copies of freely downloadable DVDs. If the customers had burned the copies themselves, all would have been ok. But because he burned them in advance and gave them away, he’s a pirate.

      Government at its best, the guilty punishing the innocent.

  9. Jair Bolsonaro is bringing in the right people, straight from the Austrian School.

    The popularity that libertarian ideas have gained in Brazil and the central role that many adherents of this doctrine hold in the new government do not mean that libertarianism has won. On the contrary, it means that libertarians have been given the opportunity to show that the virtues of the free market go beyond theory and can be proved in practice.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Brazil.

    1. Maybe one day, Americans can freely emigrate to Brazil to live and work without dealing with their goverent?

  10. Starting on Friday, Central Americans who attempt to enter the US without papers at the port of entry at San Ysidro?the most popular official border crossing for migrants seeking asylum in the United States?are going to be turned back to Mexico while their cases are pending.

    Finally, families won’t be separated.

  11. alleges that Stone threatened a man’s dog and made Godfather references

    Perhaps Stone can claim “sarcasm”, like that congresscreature who threatened to use nukes against gun owners.

    1. “extreme carelessness”

  12. The law bans state entities from doing business with or investing in companies that boycott Israel.

    Because you know who else tried to use state dollars to stick it to the Jews?

    1. Vespasian?

    2. Roman Empire?

      1. totes Pilate. nice.

    3. Sometimes you have to find boycotts with boycotts.

      1. *fight

    4. Henry Ford?

    5. The Rosicrucians?

  13. Since @AOC accused The Fact Checker of relying on a Walmart-funded think tank paper when we fact-checked her, we need to set the record straight. She’s wrong. Don’t always believe what you see on Twitter. The article has been updated with a note explaining the provenance. pic.twitter.com/9vVZNMuEPh

    ? Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) January 25, 2019

    I’m not sure I believe this guy.

    1. He’s on Twitter! #HashtagCatch-22

  14. …and that he “falsely denied possessing records that contained evidence of these interactions.”

    If they were in the cloud he didn’t possess them. A third party possessed them. Ain’t that the prevailing doctrine in law enforcement circles?

    1. I always knew Fist should have been Trump’s lawyer instead of Cohen.

      Mueller’s jaw would just drop if Roger Stone used that as a defense.

  15. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and The Washington Post’s Fact Checker have been battling over wages, wealth transfer, and Walmart.

    Walmart just put out a very public need for truck drivers with pay at $90,000.

    I bet Alexandria Horseface-Socialist (D-N.Y.) will try and make minimum wage for waitresses $90,000.

    1. Alexandria Horseface-Socialist (D-N.Y.)

      Let’s see if we can come up with a worse nickname.

      Appalling Oral Cuspids?

        1. Mongo’s A?C is my favorite.

      1. Alexandria Cortez-(wait a second, isn’t Cortez the guy who destroyed the Aztec Empire and took over large portions of Mexico for Spain, ushering in centuries of slavery, abuse and genocide? Anyone using that name MUST be a racist!!)Ocasio

        1. I read that Ocasio is Spanish for O’Casey. So she’s got the drunk gene as well.

    2. Dumbtooth Stupidface Cortez

      1. Did you try ‘Awful Offal…..”

    3. Alexandria Crusty-Juggler?

        1. #Loveconstitution1789 rubs one out!

      1. Feckless Cunt?

    4. You know why Walmart needs a bunch of truck drivers at $90k? Because at a time when truck drivers are in high demand they got rid of a bunch of $90k+ truck drivers and figured they could replace them with $60k truck drivers. Oops. It’s troubling that Walmart misjudged the market for truck drivers so badly, they’re usually smarter than that.

      1. Walmart is trying to give Amazon a run for their money, so maybe some of this is because of scaling on top of mistaken layoffs.

        I dont use Walmart online services but they got some Christmas presents there on time when Amazon could not guarantee it.

      2. For the restrictions now applied to truck drivers, even when they’re not driving, I couldn’t give my CDL back fast enough.

      3. “You know why Walmart needs a bunch of truck drivers at $90k?
        “It’s troubling that Walmart misjudged the market for truck drivers so badly, they’re usually smarter than that.”

        Why is it troubling? Who gives a flying duck about Walmart Truck drivers except Walmart and truck drivers?

    5. “Alexandria Horseface”
      I don’t know, I’d love to see her in a porno having hot lesbian hatesex with the Alaska governor version of Sarah Palin… who keeps her glasses on… the heated arguing about politics turns into a physical strug…
      Excuse me, I have… something I must go do.

      1. Or with Lisa Ann, who portrayed Palin in at least one adult film.

  16. It is the most sweeping development in Trump’s ongoing crackdown on asylum seekers, who are largely from Central America, and disproportionately children and families.

    Serious question: What does “disproportionately” connote here? That last year most asylum seekers were old men, or what?

    1. Political Asylum is one of the few legal reasons to get asylum granted.

      Being poor or being from a non-American state are not good enough reasons.

      So in the word salad of the article, “disproportionately” would seem to mean Children and families were trying to get asylum for reasons other than political reasons.

    2. Disproportionately would mean that the author was trying to engender sympathy for a losing position based on heresay and fake news.

  17. ‘Star Wars’ strip show offers sexy stormtroopers, voluptious Vader

    Stormtroopers, Boba Fett, Twi’leks, droids and Darth Vader are all recreated as women in outfits clearly not suited to a life in space, let alone fighting a war.

    Originally developed in Sydney, Australia, “The Empire Strips Back” is on a tour in a galaxy not so far, far away ? the United States ? culminating in a Manhattan show on, you guessed it, May the fourth.

    Creators call the show “burlesque,” which suggests a level of class, but creative director Russall Beattie demurred. He said any class is conferred by the show’s production value.

    “I think the ‘class’ in regards to this particular production comes from the amount of work we put into production ? lighting, costume, props, puppets, choreography and understanding what ‘Star Wars’ fans want out of a show like this,” he said. “When you’re creating a show to cater to potentially one of the most divisive fan bases in the world, you have to go that extra mile.”

    1. Beattie has also faced the same difficulties directors have when revamping the beloved franchise.

      “We also try to stay true to the original intent of the story and characters, while laughing at how kind of silly it is that we all love this stuff so much,” he said.

      According to a release, the show combines striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and plenty of humor.”

      Why isn’t TreasonNN covering this?!?!

      1. The Universe is too local?

      2. Because Burlesque shows are fucking boring.

    2. These aren’t the ta-tas you’re looking for.

    3. “We have thought about a ‘Star Trek’ show once or twice before, but the thing about ‘Star Wars’ is that even the people who tell me that they have never seen a ‘Star Wars’ movie before, they still know all the characters,” he said. “Previously, we have done ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Wizard of Oz,’ ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Batman’ in the past, and we’re currently working on our long-awaited ‘Ghostbusters’ show.”

      What?! No ‘Gilligan’s Island’?!

    4. Less insulting than all of the movies since Return of the Jedi…

  18. Fyre Festival’s Founding Fraudster Was Enabled By Donor-Class Swamp Freaks

    When the definitive account of America’s decline and fall is ultimately written, there will presumably be a whole chapter dedicated to Fyre Festival, the epically failed criminal conspiracy / luxury music festival for trust fund thinkfluencers that is currently the subject of two popular documentaries, one on Hulu and Netflix.

    jfc it’s like an episode of Billions.

    1. As many have noticed, the Netflix “Fyre” documentary features a cameo by Angelo Rofaroe, press secretary for Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.). Rofaroe, described as a “very connected” “PR guy,” is seen hanging out in McFarland’s penthouse suite in Manhattan toward the end of the documentary, at which point McFarland is actively promoting another scam enterprise after being charged with fraud (and released on $300,000 bail) for his role in Fyre Festival. Rofaroe has since said he and McFarland were “friends” who met at a “networking event.”

  19. a vast majority of the country doesn’t make a living wage

    51 million households ? or 43 percent of households ? “don’t earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone.”

    Neither statements passes the most basic smell test. The vast majority of the country is indeed making much more than a living wage, because people do indeed have housing, food, child care, health care, transportation, a cell phone, and a lot more besides — TVs, Netflix/Hulu, parties, night out once in a while.

    Here’s where Ocasio-Cortez starts to go off the rails.

    No, she went off the rails long ago.
    5 Pinocchios for you.

    1. “The vast majority of the country is indeed making much more than a living wage, because people do indeed have housing, food, child care, health care, transportation, a cell phone, and a lot more besides — TVs, Netflix/Hulu, parties, night out once in a while.”

      No! They are dead. Not living. Literally. The Majority of the country are not living. Go ahead, fact-check me. I’ll bet you’re a white male.

      /Subbing of OBL

  20. ‘Serenity’ Is an Early, Potentially Unassailable Contender for WTF Movie of the Year

    Nothing could’ve prepared me for Serenity?its ridiculous dialogue, fish-obsessed characters, and all-time bonkers plot twist. You could’ve offered me a thousand guesses on what the movie’s really about, and I’d never have solved it. If you had told me the plot machinations of Serenity outright, I’d have politely asked to check your kitchen cabinets to ensure nothing was somehow laced with LSD. Serenity is an early and clear front-runner for WTF movie of the year.

    I’m in.

    1. What? Serenity came out in 2005 and as I recall there might have been some Reaver-obsessed characters, but no “fish-obsessed” characters.

      1. This is what happens when you reboot a popular franchise without the original creator involved.

  21. “…spokesman supplied a Washington Post article about a proposal by [Bernie] Sanders that would require large employers such as Amazon and Walmart to fully cover the cost of food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by their employees. The article cited a report that as many as 1 in 3 Amazon employees in Arizona?and about 1 in 10 in Pennsylvania and Ohio?receive food stamps.”

    If these people are working full time, cut the welfare to zero.

    1. Obviously the solution is to cut “Prime” to zero and give the difference to those poor employees.

  22. “The policy change means that people who are trying to exercise their legal right to seek asylum will be barred from the US for as much as a year while they wait for their claim to come before a judge.”

    It can take more than a year for an asylum hearing, and I’ve read reports that suggest a huge portion of the asylum seekers who obtain a hearing on their asylum claim never show up to their hearing and simply join the population of illegal immigrants.

    Meanwhile, the asylum seekers this policy keeps out while their claims are pending are people who have not yet had their asylum claims substantiated by a judge. If we were kicking people out after a judge ruled that they were entitled to asylum, that would be one thing. Merely making a claim of asylum doesn’t grant you asylum. Why would it? Does U.S. law or any of the treaties we’ve ratified say that anybody gets asylum just because they say they want it?

    One other point, if Reason staff keep pointing out that the wall is a bad idea because most illegal immigrants arrive with legitimate visas and then overstay them and then anyway, and then, on the other hand, complain about not giving people visas unnecessarily that they typically overstay anyway, then, at some point, anti-immigration types will gain some real credibility when they start arguing that Reason staff doesn’t give a shit about the efficacy of the wall or the rule of law when it comes to illegal immigration.

    1. At some point last year, or maybe earlier…

    2. Most asylum seekers dont even have a good legal reason on the face of the application.
      Asylum

      Every year people come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to:
      Race
      Religion
      Nationality
      Membership in a particular social group
      Political opinion

      These are the reasons for asylum, not being poor or just because you’re from Mexico.

    3. Just for the record, the stats I’m seeing look like this:

      Some 70% of the people who claim asylum are judged to have a credible case and are given a hearing. That means 30% are judged to have claims that are unworthy of consideration by a judge. These are, for example, people making asylum claims based on complaints that aren’t covered by asylum laws.

      Some 40% of the people who make claims that are considered credible on an asylum law basis never show up to their asylum hearing.

      30% who don’t deserve a hearing + (40% who don’t show up to court)(70% who get a hearing) = 58% of all asylum claims are effectively bogus.

      Add to that 58% all the asylum claims who show up to their hearing and the judge denies their claim to asylum status.

      It is illegal to deport these people back to their home countries while their claims are being considered, but keeping them in Mexico under the auspices of an agreement with Mexico isn’t sending them back to their home country–if their home country isn’t Mexico.

    4. I’ve read reports that suggest a huge portion of the asylum seekers who obtain a hearing on their asylum claim never show up to their hearing and simply join the population of illegal immigrants.

      http://www.americanimmigration…..-detention

      “Despite the challenges posed by detention, family members pursued viable claims for protection and showed up for proceedings after release from detention. During the 15 years of our study, we found:

      Family members who were released from detention had high compliance rates: 86 percent of released family members (with completed and pending cases) had attended all of their court hearings that occurred during our study period. This rate was even higher among family members applying for asylum: 96 percent of asylum applicants had attended all their immigration court hearings.”

      1. Too bad its so hard to believe Lefty organization and their conclusions from the “18,378 immigration court proceedings that began between 2001 and 2016 in one of five family detention centers and were completed or still pending adjudication at the end of fiscal year 2016. ”

        The American Immigration Council (AIC) is a 501(c)(3) advocacy group in favor of expanding immigration to the United States and granting legal status to some populations of illegal immigrants.

        AIC engages in strategic lawsuits that advance its policy objectives (such as suing the U.S. government to obtain faster hearings for asylum seekers detained after entering the United States without permission), produces policy documents that promote its agenda (such as a report arguing legal status for undocumented residents would boost U.S. job growth), and sponsors foreign applicants who wish to come to the U.S. for internships and job training with U.S.-based businesses.

        AIC frequently cites and rhetorically supports the work of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). This includes praising the objectives of SPLC lawsuits, defending SPLC from its critics, and joining with SPLC in litigation.
        Influence Watch

        1. Well gosh, are you saying Little Jeffy is quoting a massively biased source to justify his moronic premise?

          Who would guess?

  23. “The policy change means that people who are trying to exercise their legal right to seek asylum will be barred from the US for as much as a year while they wait for their claim to come before a judge.”

    Next thing you know they’ll be holding accused felons in jail pending their arraignment!

  24. “What is most interesting is why it was a raid and not a surrender.”

    Practice for hauling in the Big Fish, no doubt.

    1. He has a Nixon tattoo on his back! The man is DANGEROUS!!!

  25. An anti-boycotting law in Arkansas has been upheld.

    This and Ireland’s new boycott on settlement goods will put companies working in both places in quite a bind. Five years in jail. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  26. Biggest headline of the day: “Fed Officials Weigh Earlier-Than-Expected End to Bond Portfolio Runoff”

    “The Fed began gradually shrinking its mortgage and Treasurys portfolio in 2017 by allowing securities to mature without reinvesting the proceeds into other assets. At the time officials said the slow unwind would fade into the background?the equivalent of watching paint dry.

    Fed officials led markets to expect the process would take several years to play out. When the runoff began in October 2017, various officials estimated the portfolio?then around $4.5 trillion?could shrink to anywhere between $1.5 trillion and $3 trillion.”

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/fe…..548412201?

    1. The markets cannot properly assess interest rates, etc. with almost $5 trillion in treasuries sitting on the sidelines. If that debt were all dropped on the market at the same time, of course, interest rates would skyrocket–because there simply isn’t that much demand for U.S. debt. The rate increases we’ve been seeing over the last couple of years were fundamentally about encouraging investors to stop sinking so much into equities and move into debt as the Fed stopped replenishing its hoard.

      Unfortunately, all signs are pointing to a global economic slowdown, and raising interest rates in that environment is more than just a little counterintuitive.

      There are good arguments about what to do right now on both sides. What shouldn’t be argued about is that Bernanke and Yellen never should have gotten us into this predicament in the first place, and the next time this kind of plan is floated again, remember that this predicament we’re in wasn’t only predictable. It was also predicted. No matter how scared we are, please no one ever do this again.

      1. +100

        Fucking Federal Reserve screwing us Americans by keeping interest rates at zero for years.

        1. It’s the hoarding of debt we’re talking about here.

          They don’t want the markets to see what the interest rate would be if there were another $5 trillion in debt floating out there.

          The effect of this is largely unacknowledged by average people. It’s been the primary consideration of the Fed for a long time. We can’t get back to normal until the Fed stops holding so much debt, and they can’t unload their debt when interest rates are so low–because investors would rather buy stocks instead. The speculation as to what happens when all that debt hits the market is a big part of the reason we’ve seen so much volatility in the market over the past several months. Even the weakness in consumer demand in China for iPhones, etc. is partially seen through the lens of whether the Fed is likely to be able to continue to raise rates and unload its debt in the face of a global slowdown. In fact, it’s precisely those concerns that are driving the Fed to reconsider their commitment to letting its hoard of treasury holdings draw down.

          1. I refuse to buy risky bonds.

            IMO, states and local governments are trying to encourage investors to buy risky bonds. I am concerned about many of these bonds covering pensions and other debt bloated securities.

            As you say, the coming debt responsibilities are causing TOP MEN to mess with the market in ways that will bite us in the ass.

            It is annoying that my cash is not getting more than 2.25% APY at banks like Goldman Sachs.

            1. Why would you ever want to buy something that a de ocrat government entity is trying to sell you?

  27. five counts of making false statements

    What bothers me is these guys (Stone, Corsi, Proseco) weren’t credible to begin with. Why is my government relying on them to tell the truth? Honestly it scares me. #betterjudgment

  28. Doesn’t James Clapper work for CNN now? Maybe we could turn that into a media event.

    1. Raid CNN while Clapper is working, with Reason cameras rolling!

  29. “I think it’s wrong that a vast majority of the country doesn’t make a living wage…”

    Just imagine what the immigration situation would be like if this country wasn’t such a shithole.

    1. Just imagine the distorted worldview in her head.

      Assuming she’s a liar is giving her the benefit of the doubt. What if she’s really so stupid and ignorant as to actually believe this junk?

        1. Yeah, I guess that’s what we’re talking about.

          God save us from those magnificent idiots out there who are absolutely sure they’re right.

      1. she is. c’mon.

    2. “I think it’s wrong that a vast majority of the country doesn’t make a living wage…”

      I fact checked this. Turns out the vast majority of the country is not living.

  30. “I think it’s wrong that a vast majority of the country doesn’t make a living wage…”

    “, which is why I am pushing to abolish child-labor laws.”

  31. I think it’s wrong that the vast majority of Hispanic representatives from New York are as useless as boots on a whore.

  32. Stone is a crazy thing, but expected. They’ve been trying to close in on him for awhile. I suspect it’s all witch hunt madness, and nothing actually wrong was done… They may be able to nail him on a technicality though. Their goal is simply to prove to anybody who might work with Trump that they WILL destroy you… So don’t even consider it!

    +1000 on the asylum thing. Like we need those people being in the US the whole time using our services, waiting about for gain asylum, when not a single person from ANY of those countries has a legit reason for asylum. They should just be rubber stamping those things DENIED in 100% of cases.

  33. The entire FBI has gone rogue and nobody seems to care.

    1. This should scare the shit out of Americans that the FBI with all its agents not currently getting paid are sending agents to arrest Roger Stone who was indicted by Mueller for obstruction of justice and perjury to Congress.

      I will say again….federal agents are potentially risking their lives to immediately arrest a 67 year old guy for lying to the liars in Congress and lying to Mueller the liar.

      There is literally nothing 20+ FBI agents have to do Friday Jan 25, 2019 that is more important than this?

      How is this not a perfect reason for non-violent and safe opportunity to tell Stone he has been indicted and needs to turn himself into the FBI today? Then if he doesn’t turn himself in, raid his house.

      1. I’m going to keep calling for Trump to declare martial law to,straighten all this bull sit out and lock up the democrats. Which sounds crazy. Except every week I say it, it will sound a little less crazy.

  34. That’s your take on the arrest of a major advisor to the president of the United States? From a government skeptical magazine? Nothing to see here! If it were Hillary we’d be bleeding from our assholes, but it’s an (R), so it’s a mere “media event”!

    1. What difference, at this point, does it make? ?\_(?)_/?

      It’s been two years. No one cares about Hillary anymore. MoveOn.org.

    2. Tony thinks Roger Stone was a major advisor to Trump. Hahaha

      Read the indictment again Tony.

    3. Tony, the Clintons are a mob family that has co-opted government for over forty years. First the AR state government, and then the federal government. There crimes are endless. I’m Trump’s case there isn’t any real indication, outside of progressive fan fiction, that he is guilty of anything.

  35. CNN Arrests Roger Stone.

    1. I’d rather Roger Sharon Stone, if you know wadda mean.

  36. The balls are closing in!

  37. Dashcam video shows gun battle between 2 Pennsylvania State Police troopers and motorist on Route 33

    Daniel Clary got stopped for speeding 87mph in a “x” mph zone. They get him out of the car on a busy freeway and then the video skips to him doing a field sobriety test and has trouble keeping his balance walking a straight line. They go to arrest him and Clary resists. They end up tasing him and punching him in the face. Clary gets away from the TWO COPS and runs to his driver’s side of the vehicle and pulls a pistol. He shoots TWO COPS multiple times and drives away.

    Goes to show how there are chickshit and weak cops patrolling our roads. They are bad shots.

    This guy had a jury trial evidently. The judge evidently made sure that this was a quick show trial to show other would be speeders that shooting at cops after they taze you and punch you in the head will not be tolerated.

  38. Trooper ambush killing appeal focuses on how suspect Eric Frein was questioned
    Eric Frein, 35, on death row for the September 2014 ambush slaying of Cpl. Bryon Dickson II outside a police station in the Pocono Mountains, is arguing he deserves a new trial because investigators got a confession out of him after he declined to waive his Miranda right to remain silent..

    Frein was arrested without incident. Although he did not resist arrest, he suffered a cut to the bridge of his nose, as well as a scrape over his left eye and bruises to his cheeks and eyes.A Pennsylvania State Police spokesman said these injuries occurred while he was on the run, but the U.S. Marshals said this occurred while police had him down on the pavement during his arrest.-Wikipedia

    If police cannot do things Constitutionally and legally, don’t do them at all.

  39. CNN has footage of the FBI agents swarming Roger Stone’s home before sunrise this morning:

    CNN just happened to be hanging around in the neighborhood when they caught this on camera?

    1. I’m so disappointed. I heard Stone has several dogs………..and they are still alive!

      1. Jim Acosta probably drugged, and raped the dogs.

  40. Teachers’ strike is over, but LAUSD still faces threats from charters and finances

    L.A. Unified, which has about 485,000 students, has been losing about 12,000 a year because of population trends and charter schools. Students translate to funding. The school system also faces a growing financial strain because of rising contributions to state-run pension funds and retiree health benefits.
    […]
    The union did receive a commitment that the Board of Education would consider a resolution calling for the state to “cap” the number of charter schools. It’s not certain the resolution will pass. Three of the six current board members were elected with substantial support from charter school advocates.

  41. Federal Bureau of Incels

    1. You’re not considered involuntarily celibate if you’re raping teenage runaways and using your expense account on hookers.

      1. I was hoping nobody would analyze it too closely.

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