Friday, May 25, 2018

A Dire Wolf Shot in Montana?

Extremely unlikely Almost impossible, but until the DNA test comes back we can hold out hope:  Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in northcentral Montana near Denton
On May 16 a lone wolf-like animal was shot and killed on a ranch outside Denton. With long grayish fur, a large head and an extended snout, the animal shared many of the same characteristics as a wolf; but its ears were too large, it's legs and body too short, its fur uncharacteristic of that common to a wolf.

So what was it? At this point, no one is 100 percent sure.

"We have no idea what this was until we get a DNA report back," said Bruce Auchly, information manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. "It was near a rancher's place, it was shot, and our game wardens went to investigate. The whole animal was sent to our lab in Bozeman. That's the last I ever heard of it."

"That's a grizzly cub," one commentator wrote. "Under a year and starving from the look." "Maybe a dire wolf," wrote another, "because I don't believe they are all gone."

Speculation roamed as far as identifying that animal as a crypto-canid species said to roam the forests of North America.

"That could very well be what’s being called Dogman," one poster suggested. "They’re spotted each day and the government quells any and all reports. Several people report being strong armed into keeping quiet about their reports by men wearing black suits. These are just facts. Look into if if you don’t believe it."

Auchly doesn't.

"First off (dire wolf) was a song by the Grateful Dead from 1971," he said of the prehistoric species speculation. "I know; I listened to it many times. Number two, it's a prehistoric animal, like mastodons and saber toothed tigers; so it doesn't exist."

I'm betting on a dog/wolf hybrid.
 "We've had a few instances of wolf/dog hybrids out there," Smucker said. "One was out somewhere in eastern central Montana killing sheep like crazy. Finally, we caught it and it turned out to be a hybrid."

Some Retarded Russiagate

Sorry, starting late today because of breakfast with friends, and then a stop at the gym.

I've decided that Trumps term "Spygate" shall refer to those parts of the scandals refering to the spying on the Trump campaign by the FBI, DOJ and assorts Obama agencies.  So, we'll start with the Spygate roundup: WaPo After day of negotiations, Democrats and Republicans  briefed on secret FBI source who aided Russia probe and by this time:
Justice Department and intelligence community leaders conferred twice with top Republican and Democratic lawmakers Thursday, hoping to defuse a partisan conflict over the FBI’s use of a confidential source to aid the investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia.After hours of discussion, though, there seemed to be little in the way of resolution. Instead, the meetings spawned classic Washington fights over who was there, who wasn’t, and how it all might look.

Contradicting its earlier position, the White House allowed top Democrats to join their Republican colleagues, and also dispatched two of its own representatives — Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and White House lawyer Emmet T. Flood — to relay a message from the president. That raised some suspicion , as the matter being discussed concerned an ongoing criminal investigation involving the Trump campaign. Even Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) told a reporter that he presence of Flood, who is handling the White House response to the special counsel investigation, was “a bit odd.”

House Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Adam B. Schiff (Calif.) said in a statement that Flood’s “involvement — in any capacity — was entirely improper, and I made this clear to him. His presence only underscores what Rudy Giuliani said: the President’s legal team expects to use information gleaned improperly from the Justice Department or the President’s allies in Congress to their legal advantage,” Schiff said. Giuliani joined the president’s legal team last month.
Bridget Johnson, PJ Media: McConnell: 'Nothing Particularly Surprising' About Info Revealed in Contentious FBI Briefing. I'm not sure it's possible to be surprised any more. Allahpundit at Hot Air: What Was Trump’s New Russiagate Lawyer Doing At Today’s Classified DOJ “Spygate” Briefing For Congress?
But what was he doing there in the first place? He works for Trump on Russiagate, to defend him against any criminal charges that might be filed by the DOJ. Today’s briefing by the DOJ was supposed to be for Congress only, ostensibly to answer questions about the how’s and why’s of Stefan Halper supplying the FBI with information on the Trump campaign in 2016. Trump claims that it’s crucial for Congress to be briefed in case there was wrongdoing by the DOJ; the legislative branch needs to know what the Justice Department was up to so that it can provide oversight. But his critics claim that’s BS, that House Republicans want to know what the DOJ knows so that they can leak it to Trump to help him and (maybe his aides) beat the rap.
Both can be true. It is customary (and legally required) for the prosecution to provide exculpatory information to the defense, although the DOJ has been known to shirk that duty in high profile cases against Republicans like Ted Stevens. Ace: Media, Democrats, and NeverTrumpers (But I Repeat Myself Thrice) Are All Shrieking That Someone With Spy Connections Asked by the FBI or CIA to Spy on You Isn't Really a "Spy"

PJ Media's Liz Shield About that SPYgate meeting...
But the left and their flying monkeys have taken up the narrative that there was no spying; they are playing a game of semantic polka. There was at least one person kanoodling with obscure Trump campaign volunteers in an effort to gain information and pass that information along to the CIA and FBI. That is what we call a spy. And we learned about the NOTSPY from The New York Times and The Washington Post, not from Republican leaks. The committees didn't even know about the NOTSPY, that's why they are asking for documents. So who did know about the NOTSPY? The DOJ and the FBI knew -- they are the leakers.
Smitty at The Other McCain: Clapper & the Invisible Spies of Happiness
John Wagner at WaPo: ‘A terrible and corrupt leader’: Trump lashes out against Comey after he accuses the president of lying about ‘spygate’. I gotta agree with him:
“I think of the things that I’ve done for the country, the firing of James Comey is going to go down as a very good thing,” Trump said. “The FBI is great. I know so many people in the FBI. The FBI is a fantastic institution, but some of the people at the top were rotten apples. James Comey was one of them.”
Thomas Lifson at American Thinker: Coming attractions: FBI agents speaking out about the abuses of Comey and McCabe. Redact this, asshole: Andrew McCabe Spent $70,000 On A Table. The FBI Hid It From Congress, and stop nagging me about Pruitt's $25,000 "Quiet Room."

Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit: Deep State James Clapper: Embedding Spy Inside Trump Campaign Is “Standard Investigative Practices – Goes On All the Time” Show us how it happened to Hillary. It's a Day Ending in "y", so James Clapper Deceives Again., James Clapper: Let’s Face It, Russia Was The Difference In The Election, without any evidence, pretty much the same way he started the "Spygate" probes. Mark Levin: We Need to Know What Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rice, Power and the Rest of Them Did
We now know that the Obama administration spied on Trump. They spied. Look, it's the Obama administration. Obama is the president. The buck stops at his desk. He may be playing around with his library in Chicago and gone off and started writing a phony book and all of that. He is to be held responsible and his surrogates are to be held responsible.

The FISA court failed us. The FISA court failed us repeatedly. We have these so-called national security letters that are supposed to be used in extreme circumstances. Instead they are being used by a cabal of FBI agents who took it upon themselves to investigate a candidate and his campaign, and then we have of course actual spies attempting to entrap members of the Trump campaign.

What the hell is this? The Soviet Union, Venezuela? It's the United States of America. So let me say this. Once Mr. Mueller, Mr. Mueller turns over his report to Mr. Rosenstein, the president of the United States should do two things. He should select the most professional, the most competent, and most aggressive prosecutor he can and give him an assignment.

The president should tell him, I want you to investigate the activities that took place in this election, let the chips fall where they may. The interference in this election by the FBI, the CIA, the national intelligence director I want to know what Brennan did, I want to know what Clapper did. I want to know what Comey did --- not because I'm going to punish them --- but to prevent this from ever hapenning again. You'll make the determinations about this.

Moreover, I would also tell him and I've said this before. We need to fix this. We cannot have another election where the federal government, our United States government, is interfering with an election.

And so what I think the president also needs to do is appoint a commission of five or six or seven people. Top-notch men and women from prior administrations -- and appoint them and instruct them to fix the FBI at the top, fix the CIA, fix the intelligence agencies -- because we cannot allow this to happen to another president of the United States.

Why haven't Republicans called these FISA judges before Congress? Because they're gutless.You have certain Republicans who thronged with the Democrats because they want to destroy this president. They can't get over the fact that he got elected and they can't get over the fact that the American people didn't follow them. The American people don't even know who they are.

But I want to emphasize something here: we need an accounting of what Mr. Brennan did and what Mr. Clapper did and what Mr. Book Salesman Comey did. We need an accounting of what Susan Rice did, of what Samantha Powers did. And we haven't even gotten to the unmasking stuff yet.
This is nt because we want to get even. This is because we need an accounting. People need to be held to account, number one.
Number two, we need to fix these departments and agencies. To make sure this never, ever happens again
Craig Shirley for the WaPo: More history involving Stefan Halper: Stefan Halper didn’t steal Carter’s debate prep books for Reagan. A Democrat did. A Kennedy Democrat. Debra Heine, PJ Media: Michael Caputo: A 2nd Possible Mole Approached Me in May of 2016 and Mueller Was Very Interested in Hearing About That:
Caputo told Fox News' Tucker Carlson Wednesday evening that it wasn't until he heard about the government informants latching onto the Trump campaign that a light bulb went off in his head. And curiously, when he told the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Mueller's investigators about the first incident, he said, "they didn't seem the least bit interested."

Caputo didn't feel at liberty to talk about the second incident in detail because Mueller's team was keenly interested in that when they questioned him two weeks ago. "There's another approach to me that was done in late May or the last half of May by somebody who I believe was organized by the investigators," he told Carlson. "I can't talk about it on television because I think the Mueller team wanted to talk about it a lot -- so much ... that they sounded like the authors of it," he said.
Michael Walsh, American Greatness:  Naked is the Best Disguise: the Bipartisan Deep State. J.E. Dyer at The Lid: When The Obama Administration Became The Deep State. My guess would be from the get-go, taking some time to ramp up, and intimidate naysayers. IBD: Why Did Obama Administration Spy On Trump Campaign? Was It Politics, Or Fear Of Russian Meddling? Why does a dog lick his balls? Because he can. Kathryn Blackhurst at PoliZette: Congress Must ‘Fight for Its Rightful Role’ in Overseeing Spy Agencies. Clearly, not that they do it well, but because an administration won't police itself. Nadler is an idiot: Top Dem points to Trump, Devin Nunes for possibly breaking federal law in FBI informant disclosure. IIRC it was the NYT and WaPo who effectively outed Halper, with the help of the intelligence agencies, as a form of preemptive strike.

Leaving Spygate: Good news for Jared Kushner: WaPo: Jared Kushner receives permanent security clearance, an indication he may no longer be a focus of the special counsel. Now will the NYT and WaPo shut up about him? Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing: It’s time for Mueller to put up or call it quits. Hell yeah.

Seth Lipsky at The New York Post: The hypocrisy of American election investigations into Israel It was all a Zionist plot I tell you:
Special counsel Robert Mueller has sent his gumshoes to Israel. They’re reportedly looking into an Israeli firm that may have led “a social-media manipulation effort” designed to help elect President Trump.

It’s the latest tangent of the sprawling “collusion” inquiry. And the move lays bare a glaring hypocrisy. After all, if the United States wants to investigate meddling in foreign elections, Israel is a great place to look. Just not for the reason Mueller & Co. think.

Just a few years ago in 2015, then-President Barack Obama threw everything he had into an effort to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party in Israel’s most recent election. He became only the latest of our Democratic US presidents to do so.
Well, that's different people, because, shut up!

Things that look bad, but probably aren't illegal: Uh Oh: Roger Stone Sought Information On Clinton From Assange, Emails Show. If it's OK for professional journolists to seek stolen information, it's OK for the rest of us citizen journalists. It's the stealing that counts.

Noted Never-Trumper Jonah Goldberg (who retains vestigial signs of rationality): ‘Collusion’ and the insane media divide
For devotees of prime-time Fox News, the only story that matters is how the Deep State — i.e., partisans in nonpartisan disguise at the CIA and Justice Department — worked to either destroy Donald Trump or anoint Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. According to this group, the allegation of Trump-Putin “collusion” is merely a frivolous conspiracy theory, and Robert Mueller’s investigation is both a “witch hunt” and a distraction from this “worse than Watergate” scandal.

For viewers of prime-time MSNBC and CNN, this Deep State stuff is the real bogus conspiracy theory, intended to muddy the waters from the actual “worse than Watergate” scandal, which is Trump-Putin collusion and the president’s attempt to obstruct any inquiry into it.

The problem is that both stories might be true. The cartoon versions offered by the usual suspects on the left and the right are surely shot through with hyperbole. But both stories have some truth to them.

It certainly seems like the Justice Department was simply going through the motions in its investigation of Clinton and her off-book server and email system.

Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, has meticulously and persuasively argued that the Obama administration was never interested in taking the Clinton investigation all that seriously, because it would’ve implicated President Barack Obama and possibly derailed or damaged 2016’s presumptive Democratic winner. (Which is ironic, because if the Deep State harmed anyone in 2016, it was Clinton, not Trump.)

Meanwhile, the argument that President Trump colluded — an ill-defined, non-legal term — with the Russians to beat Clinton has more plausibility than those shouting “conspiracy theory!” and “witch hunt!” are willing to entertain.

I still don’t think Trump hatched an explicit scheme to work with the Russians, but normally the hardest thing to prove in most conspiracy theories is intent.
But it still needs to be proved.

RIP: Clint Walker

How about a little Rule 5 for the ladies: Clint Walker, star of TV’s ‘Cheyenne,’ dies at 90
Clint Walker, a tall, strapping actor who played the title character in the early TV western “Cheyenne,” died May 21 at a hospital in Grass Valley, Calif. He was 90.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Valerie Walker.

Square-jawed and standing 6-foot-6, Mr. Walker was a security officer in a Las Vegas casino when an agent saw him and suggested he try Hollywood. One of his first screen appearances was as a Sardinian guard in Cecil B. DeMille’s biblical epic “The Ten Commandments” (1956).
For some reason, he's wearing no shirt in an astonishing number of his photos.

During filming, Warner Bros. bought his contract and offered him the leading role in “Cheyenne,” which ran for seven seasons on ABC starting in 1955. He played Cheyenne Bodie, who traveled the West searching for ad­ven­ture and meting out justice.

The expensively produced show was a sensation, but the contract with Warner Bros. began to grind on Mr. Walker after a few years. He walked off the set in 1958 after the company refused to bend on a variety of humiliating provisions, including the requirement that he return half of his earnings for personal appearances.

One of his early starring roles in film was “Fort Dobbs” (1958), opposite Virginia Mayo. New York Times film critic Howard Thompson called him “about the biggest, finest-looking western hero ever to sag a horse, with a pair of shoulders rivaling King Kong’s,” although he went on to describe Mr. Walker’s acting as an exercise in “taciturn earnestness.”

He had a supporting role in the Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedy “Send Me No Flowers” (1964) and a leading part opposite Frank Sinatra in the tepidly received war film “None But the Brave” (1965), also directed by Sinatra. He starred in the western “The Night of the Grizzly” (1966) and was part of the ensemble cast of the hit war film “The Dirty Dozen” (1967).

Mr. Walker remained a stalwart of TV and film for the next three decades, most recently lending his voice to the animated feature “Small Soldiers” (1998) as one of the commandos.

Norman Eugene Walker was born in Hartford, Ill., on May 30, 1927. He left school at 16 to work in a variety of jobs, and he spent a period in the merchant marine.
I have no idea what his politics were, and that's OK.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Reason #5935 That Trump Was Elected

Trump's Immigration Slow Down Raising Wages: Trump’s Rising Wages are ‘Nightmare’ Says Restaurateur
President Donald Trump’s low-immigration policy is spiking wages for restaurant workers in South Carolina’s Hilton Head resort before the November election, according to theWashington Post.

The Post reported the complaints of restaurateur Steve Carb who was forced to raise wages to fill just 900 of the 1,000 open jobs at his 12 restaurants in Hilton Head:
Dishwashers earn $13 an hour instead of the $10 they earned a couple of years ago. Line cooks are paid $15 to $18 an hour, instead of $13 to $15. Additional overtime costs mean tweaking the menu to stay profitable, from switching to smaller shrimp to raising the price of a plate of fish and chips by 30 cents.
“The whole island is a disaster zone right now,” said Carb, president and founder of SERG Restaurant Group. “It’s been a nightmare.”
Carb even closed off lower-performing portions of his restaurants because they did not earn enough revenue to pay prevailing wage costs. That decision suggests the supply, demand, and wages for staff have reached an “equilibrium,” showing roughly equal power between employer and employees.

Read the entire article here.
How 'bout them apples, fight for fifteen folk? So less immigrants coming in, taking low wages, and gaming the welfare system, and more citizens getting payed higher wages and using less welfare. Win-win. No, I'm not tired of winning.
The Post also reported that tough lobbying by business groups is prompting state legislatures, as well as federal GOP and Democratic politicians, to block popular demands for mandatory use of the federal employment-verification system or E-Verify. The E-Verify system is effective at raising wages for Americans by excluding illegal immigrants, the Post reported:
“If you cut off the labor supply like these laws do, you are going to see employers get desperate when it becomes a lot more difficult to hire, and if businesses are following the law, they have to raise wages,” said Pia Orrenius, senior economist at the Dallas Fed who found that states with universal E-Verify requirements typically saw substantial reductions in the number of unauthorized workers…
Orrenius’s research has shown that E-Verify mandates resulted in increased wages for low-skilled workers born in the United States or otherwise naturalized. In the states that have mandated near-universal E-Verify, the average hourly wages of unauthorized Mexican men fell nearly 8 percent after the requirement went into effect, while wages for U.S.-born and naturalized Hispanic men rose between 7 and 9 percent.
When will they join the Trump train?

#HimToo! Morgan Freeman Accused of Sexual Harassment

Chloe Melas
Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment
. . . In one incident, she said, Freeman "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear." He never successfully lifted her skirt, she said -- he would touch it and try to lift it, she would move away, and then he'd try again. Eventually, she said, "Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn't know what to say."

Freeman's alleged inappropriate behavior was not limited to that one movie set, according to other sources who spoke to CNN. A woman who was a senior member of the production staff of the movie "Now You See Me" in 2012 told CNN that Freeman sexually harassed her and her female assistant on numerous occasions by making comments about their bodies.

"He did comment on our bodies... We knew that if he was coming by ... not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that [were] fitted," she said.

In all, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman as part of this investigation, eight of whom said they were victims of what some called harassment and others called inappropriate behavior by Freeman. Eight said they witnessed Freeman's alleged conduct. These 16 people together described a pattern of inappropriate behavior by Freeman on set, while promoting his movies and at his production company Revelations Entertainment.

The allegations of inappropriate behavior by Freeman are not limited to the confines of his company or to movie sets. Three entertainment reporters who spoke to CNN said Freeman made inappropriate remarks to them during press junkets, which are publicity events for journalists who cover new films, typically attended by the movie's biggest stars.

One of the three, CNN entertainment reporter Chloe Melas, the co-author of this article, says she was subjected to inappropriate behavior by Freeman more than a year ago, when she interviewed him at a press junket for "Going in Style." According to Melas, who was six months pregnant at the time, Freeman, in a room full of people, including his co-stars Arkin and Caine, shook Melas' hand, not letting go while repeatedly looking her up and down and saying more than once a variation of, "I wish I was there." She says he also said to her, "You are ripe." Cameras were on and recording during one of Freeman's remarks to Melas -- "Boy, do I wish I was there" -- but not for the rest. As is common practice with such junkets, Melas was the only CNN employee there at the time.
 It's harder for the pregnant girls to run . . .
Afterward, Melas reported what had happened to her supervisor, who instructed her to inform CNN human resources. According to Melas, she was told that CNN HR contacted their counterparts at human resources for Warner Bros., which produced and distributed the movie, and which like CNN is owned by Time Warner. Melas said she was also told that Warner Bros. HR could not corroborate the account because only one of Freeman's remarks was on video and the Warner Bros. employees present did not notice anything. Melas and her supervisor agreed that she would not cover the movie.

Asked for comment, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. confirmed that what Melas was told was accurate, but declined to comment further. A representative for Caine declined to comment. A representative for Arkin said he was not available for comment.
I would have thought Morgan Freeman would be immune due to "Magical Negro" privilege. Well, it didn't work for the Cos either. And none of  the allegations rises to Harvey Weinstein, or even Bill Clinton levels. Sounds more like George H. W. Bush; age related lack of control issues.

Stacy McCain: Latest #MeToo Target: Morgan Freeman
Well, he didn’t drug them and rape them, as far as we know, nor has anyone (yet) alleged that Freeman masturbated in front of women, but there is no scale of wrongdoing in the Sexual Harassment Apocalypse — no standards of evidence, no due-process, no statute of limitations. Just one allegation by one accuser would be enough to destroy any man’s reputation and livelihood. Eight women? Sorry, Mr. Freeman.

Your career is over. How’s that #Resistance workin’ out for ya?

A Whistle and a Life Jacket

How a life jacket and a whistle saved a kayaker’s life on the Chesapeake Bay
A life jacket and a whistle. It was these two items that helped to save Sean Danielson after his kayak overturned in the cold, deep waters of the Chesapeake Bay last month. He waited for nearly three hours as the sun descended, suffering from hypothermia before he was rescued by boaters.

With the help of Maryland Natural Resources Police, Danielson, 44, met the four people Wednesday who rescued him that mid-April evening as police honored them for saving his life. He doesn’t remember all of the details about the rescue because he was in and out of consciousness.
. . .
On the day of his ordeal, he said he went out about 3 p.m. in his kayak near the West River and headed north into the Chesapeake. Using a tool that measures water depth, he wanted to find deeper water to catch fish, but then a wave came “out of nowhere” that flipped the kayak, he said. While in water 20 feet deep, he said, he tried unsuccessfully to flip it upright.
20 feet is as good as mile. There are lot of people out kayak fishing these days in cold weather. I understand the fishing, but not out there alone with no possible help.
“I tried to bail the water out but the waves would come and fill it,” he said.

It was early in the boating season and no boats were in sight. He blew his whistle, “hoping someone would hear it.” “I told myself to stay calm and stay with the kayak,” he said.
. . .
Shortly before 8 p.m., two people on a 36-foot sailboat — Robert and Lana Lohe of Edgewater, Md. — were coming back from a trip to the Bahamas when they saw something in the water.

At first, Robert Lohe thought it was a patch of grass about a quarter-mile away. His wife thought it was a piece of carpet. Then they heard the whistle. As they maneuvered their boat closer, the couple saw Danielson waving his arms and shouting, “Don’t leave me. Don’t leave me.” They lifted Danielson, who was stiff and blue, onto their sailboat, wrapped him in a blanket and called for help. Two other boaters — William Walls and Mark Marra, also of Edgewater — raced to the location in their 29-foot fishing boat after hearing the call over the radio.

Danielson was barely conscious and suffering from severe hypothermia. The boaters took off his wet clothing, wrapped him in blankets and rubbed his limbs for warmth. Robert Lohe said if Danielson “hadn’t stayed with the kayak, we never would have seen him. Without those things, he would have been gone.”
. . .
Candy Thomson, a Natural Resources Police spokeswoman, said what made Danielson’s situation unique was that no one was looking for him at the time. “We don’t often have happy endings when the situation is so dire,” she said. “But [Danielson] survived because he did three things: wore his life jacket, had a whistle and stayed with his lime-green boat so he could be seen as it got dark.”
Pretty lucky, I think.

Russiagate Fadeaway

Another banner day. WaPo: Trump tries to rebrand Russiagate as "Spygate" and boy are they pissed. ‘SPYGATE’: Trump steps up attacks on FBI’s probes during campaign. Well it does get rid of the Russia part, and since we rarely talk about Russia anymore, maybe I should accept it. Still thinking.

Republican lawmakers will review classified information on FBI source Thursday, White House says Hey, that's today!
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced at a White House press briefing that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) would be the only two lawmakers at the meeting, which would also include FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O’Callaghan.

Sanders said no White House officials would attend, even though Chief of Staff John F. Kelly brokered the gathering. She said Democrats were cut out because they had not requested the same materials that their Republican colleagues had.

“To my knowledge, the Democrats have not requested that information, so I would refer you back to them on why they would consider themselves randomly invited to see something they’ve never asked to,” Sanders said.
That should start to leak by 4 PM, and it should.

Poor Dana Milbank, House conservatives demand an investigation — of Hillary Clinton, and they should. But lets see what Horowitz has to say first. Kerry Picket at the Daily Caller: FBI Agents Want Congress To Issue Them Subpoenas So They Can Reveal The Bureau’s Dirt, and they should too. See, a subpoena protects them from retribution by the FBI superiors.  Roger K. Simon at PJ Media tells Attorney General Sessions, Your 'Extraordinary Circumstances' Are Here, and he should appoint a special persecutor counsel to investigate the investigators:
But you'll excuse me if I'm a Doubting Thomas.  Perhaps I've seen too many films like the Italian Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion or seen too many plays like Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle with its rascally judge Azdak to be sanguine about police and intelligence agencies investigating themselves.  These are bureaucracies whose overwhelming interest is almost always self-preservation.  . . .
Well, Jeff, your turn. You said you wanted "extraordinary circumstances."  Voilá.
Somewhere I heard the when David Ignatius at WaPo speaks, the CIA's lips move. He is doing his level best to put lipstick on the Stefan Halper pig in How the Trump echo chamber pushes bit players like Stefan Halper to center stage
But it’s laughable to imagine Halper as a superspy, infiltrating the heart of the Trump campaign. Those who know Halper describe someone closer to a gregarious busybody and academic eccentric — an intellectual who jostles for first billing on a book cover — than a mole burrowing toward Trump’s inner circle. Like many underemployed ex-professors, he likes to gossip, and perhaps that made him a good intelligence source. But this is not James Bond.

A former British intelligence officer who knows Halper well describes him as “an intensely loyal and trusted U.S. citizen [who was] asked by the Bureau to look into some disconcerting contacts” between Russians and Americans. Isn’t that what the FBI and its sources are supposed to do?
Read the next two in order: Tom Maguire at One More Minute: Trump Collusion
Meanwhile, I am holding out hope for my own madcap speculation. Remember Joseph Misfud, the Maltese Professor who told George Papadopoluos about Russian dirt on Hillary? Perhaps one day we will discover that he was a British MI6 asset posing as Russian-connected and trolling in search of malcontents. In the highly unlikely (but wildly entertaining!) event that this is true and goes public, well, we'll need a bigger fan to process all that will hit it.
Mark Steyn (always a good read) on Halper: Tinker, Tailor, Clapper, Carter, Downer, Halper, Spy
Herewith a note on the academic circuit: emeritus professors and visiting fellows are popular covers with espionage agencies because there's minimal work and extensive foreign travel, to international talking shops like the one above. If you make the mistake of being a multinational businessman and go to foreign countries to meet with other businessmen, you'll be investigated up the wazoo. But, if you're a professor and you go to foreign countries to meet with other professors, the world is your oyster. You also get to meet young people, who are the easiest to recruit.
Margot Cleveland at The Federalist: It’s Time To Admit The Russia Investigation Was Illegitimate From The Start.  Da Caller: FBI Informant Stefan Halper Accused Of Making ‘False’ And ‘Absurd’ Allegations About Russian Infiltration At Cambridge.  "Tyler Durnden" at Zero Hedge:  FBI Informant Stefan Halper Paid Over $1 Million By Obama Admin; Spied On Trump Aide After Election That's a lot of tea and crumpets, but not too many $3,000 papers by previously unknown presidential campaign staffers. Sharyl Attkisson: 8 signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump's campaign
It may be true that President Trump illegally conspired with Russia and was so good at covering it up he’s managed to outwit our best intel and media minds who've searched for irrefutable evidence for two years. (We still await special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings.)

But there’s a growing appearance of alleged wrongdoing equally as insidious, if not more so, because it implies widespread misuse of America’s intelligence and law enforcement apparatus.

Here are eight signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump for political reasons.

Code Name, Wiretap Fever, National Security Letters, Unmasking Changing the Rules, National Media Strategy, Leaks, Friends Informants and Snoops
David Harsanyi: The Media’s Defense Of Obama Administration Spying Defies Logic As if logic has anything to do with it. Conrad Black at NR: The Collapse of the Collusion Narrative.  NewsBusters: What Changed? The Same Media Who Excuse Bob Mueller Abused Ken Starr. Strictly a rhetorical question. Just think of them as Democratic operatives with press passes. Twitchy: Ka-BOOM! Mollie Hemingway NUKES wagon-circling MSM’s ‘coordinated’ spin on spying allegations

FBI "matters": Adam Shaw at Fox News, Huma email horror returns to haunt FBI brass, in IG report on Clinton case. Will Horowitz recommend prosecution? I recommend keeping hopes diminished. Byron York at the Washington Examiner: FBI appears ready to miss another deadline in Trump-Russia probe. The stall continues. Breitbart: Grassley Demands DOJ Explain Redaction of Strzok Text Suggesting Obama White House Ran Probe because of course they did. Also Andrew McCabe's $70,000 conference table. I know some Amish who would make a fine one for a fraction of the cost. John Hinderacker at Powerline: James Comey in Panic Mode. "That’s my interpretation of this tweet, anyway"

Steven G. Calabresi, Northwestern University Opinion on the Constitutionality of Robert Mueller's Appointment. Not.  Retired Special Agent James Wedick at PoliZette: FBI Had No ‘Clear Criminal Predicate’ for Trump Campaign Snoops, but they really wanted to, so they did. Never-Trumper David French at NR: Yes, a Reasonable Prosecutor Would Have Ordered an Investigation of the Trump Campaign "The Mueller investigation should be allowed to reach its natural conclusion, as should the DOJ's investigation of the FBI’s conduct." David von Drehl at WaPo: Mueller has no room for mistakes
Truth be told, Mueller made his own task more difficult by recruiting lawyers to assist him without sufficient concern for their political ties. Admittedly, it’s difficult to practice law at high levels in the United States without compiling a record of political donations. Yet when so many of those donations went to Democrats, we can’t blame Republicans for casting a gimlet eye.

Nor is it fair to expect Republicans to ignore the whiplash of hypocrisy that preceded Mueller’s appointment. On Oct. 19, 2016, during the final debate of the campaign, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton attacked Trump for refusing to pledge that he would respect the vote totals. “That is not the way our democracy works,” she insisted. “We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage.”

Then came November, and a giant Emily Litella moment for stunned Democrats: Never mind.
Da Caller: Mueller Rejects Speedy Trial Law To Delay Russian Collusion Trial. Too hard!
Former federal prosecutor and National Review Contributing Editor Andrew C. McCarthy told TheDCNF it was too late for Mueller to claim that the complexity of the case warranted a delay.

“Speedy trial rights belong to the defendant, and if the defendant pushes for a trial within the 70 days, the government has little cause to complain,” McCarthy said. “If the case was too complex, the government had the option of holding off on seeking an indictment until it was ready to proceed to trial. When a prosecutor files an indictment, it is tantamount to saying, ‘We are ready to go.'”
WaPo:  In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team Just say No!
“I guess I’d rather do the interview. It gets it over with. It makes my client happy,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. “The safe course you hear every lawyer say is don’t do the interview, and that’s easy to say in the abstract. That’s much harder when you have a client who is the president of the United States and wants to be interviewed.”
Hot Air reads NYT so you don't have to: Flowchart: How The Mueller Investigation Could Play Out For Trump

Exclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly'. Note that "could" stops well short of "will."

Clapper on, Clapper off: Ann Althouse takes a dim view of Chris Cillizza's claim that "James Clapper did NOT say what Donald Trump keeps saying he said." "A hilarious headline that expresses the end-of-my-rope frustration of anti-Trumpers, from Chris Cillizza at CNN." Bre Peyton at The Federalist: Lying Liar James Clapper Just Lied Again About His Previous Lies About NSA Spying
"'I made a mistake. I didn't lie.'" It's what he is, it's what he does. Paul Mirengoff at Powerline: James Clapper, Leaker, Liar & Sleazeball.

The "science" is not settled: Neal Katyal: Can’t Indict A President? That Could Hurt Trump Wishcasting at the NYT vs. Ben Shaipiro: How The Russia Investigation Helps Trump "And Democrats might just have to come up with a plan for dealing with Trump's policies other than praying for an avenging angel to frog-march him from the White House."

Trump lawyer 'paid by Ukraine' to arrange White House talks. Well, what's the point of having influence if you don't profit from it, especially if you're a sleazy lawyer? But you didn't register as a foreign agent? Just ask now, like Podesta did.

Negative Partisanship At Its Dumbest: It’s Stormy Daniels Day In West Hollywood and West Hollywood to present Stormy Daniels with key to city
In the press release, city officials recognized Daniels for her "leadership in the #RESIST movement" and noted that the city has previously passed resolutions calling for articles of impeachment to be introduced against President Trump.
To be fair, it is West LA Hollywood.

Follies in Affirmative Action

The U.S. Department of Education is officially investigating allegations that the University of Southern California excludes male students from certain educational opportunities.

The Title IX investigation was launched in response to complaints submitted by a USC professor whose efforts have already instigated a similar investigation into Yale University.

"There is no longer any valid reason to maintain affirmative action for women."

According a January 28 letter obtained by Campus Reform, the department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has agreed to investigate four USC initiatives, including the school’s Smart Women’s Securities chapter and the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) chapter.

Both of these programs allegedly discriminate “by excluding male students from participation and providing opportunities for female students only,” according to the OCR letter, which notes that many female-only scholarships at USC are also under investigation.

The OCR agreed to launch an investigation after Kursat Christoff Pekgoz, a lecturer and Provost’s Fellow at USC, filed a Title IX complaint against the institution in October 2017. Though the OCR initially dismissed his complaint, Pekgoz filed an appeal, and the dismissal was overturned just two weeks after his January 18 interview with an OCR official.

OCR’s agreement to consider an appeal is nearly unprecedented, Pekgoz told Campus Reform.
Not a man in the lot!

“The attorney who initially dismissed it cited a Dear Colleague Letter from 2016 which apparently allowed sex-selective scholarships ‘for the underrepresented sex,’” Pekgoz explained, saying he won the appeal by pointing out that—unlike during the 1970s when Title was put into law—women are no longer underrepresented in higher education.

Men are now a slight minority at USC, constituting only 48 percent of the student body. Though data on the most recent batch of graduates has not yet been calculated, men were also in the minority of USC graduates in the 2016-2017 academic year, a school spokesman confirmed.
No longer a majority in the schools (most schools in fact), men can no longer be discriminated against at will. If nothing else will get rid of affirmative action plans, this will.