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Maxine Waters Doesn’t Even Live in Her Own ‘Poverty’ Congressional District | May 30, 2017

Maxine Waters “Poverty Pimp” Posters Rile Some

 || LA Weekly

Street art posters describing L.A. area U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters as a “poverty pimp” have raised the ire of some in the African American community.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, says his organization received several complaints about the posters starting Friday. Over the weekend his group pulled some of the posters down. Waters herself told us, “They’ve been down. They were down the same night” they went up.

But Hutchinson says there were so many put up around her district that some of the posters remain. He says he has lodged a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission and planned to alert the Federal Election Commission, too.

A state FPPC spokesman told us this would be a matter for the FEC because the seat up for election is congressional.

Campaign advertising generally must contain disclosures about who’s behind the literature, an FEC representative told us. The poverty pimp posters contain no such information. But it’s not clear if they would be considered campaign advertising or not.

Waters is up for reelection tomorrow. Her district includes parts of South L.A., Inglewood, Lennox, Hawthorne and other South Bay communities. Her challenger is conservative John Wood.

He doesn’t appear to be a serious contender. Waters has raised more than $1.1 million for her reelection, and she has a track record of winning by wide margins. Wood’s campaign has taken in just $10,223.

The posters also contain the phrase “n——s better have my money” and the acronym T.O.S., apparently a reference to her own self-description: “this old socialist.”

The art is clearly modeled after that of L.A.’s own Robbie Conal, a onetime “hippie” known for his biting depictions of Ronald Reagan and other Republican leaders. Hutchinson said Conal has denounced the Waters posters. We tried to contact the artist but were unable to get through.

Hutchinson said he doesn’t think opponent Wood is behind the artwork. But he suspects whoever did it was well-organized.

The posters were placed outside Waters’ home, adjacent to the iconic Randy’s Donuts near LAX, at 405 and 110 freeway entrances or exits, and outside the Forum in Inglewood, Hutchinson said.

Conservative media had background on the posters almost as soon as they went up. This site, without citing any sources, says the artwork was posted “early Thursday morning” by “an independent anonymous art collective.”

The website Tea Party News on Saturday said that Waters lives in a $4 million-plus home and explained the rationale behind the poverty pimp allegation:

The pejorative “Poverty Pimp” is used to identify those that personally benefit from acting as an advocate for the poor, downtrodden, or otherwise disadvantaged. California’s 43rd District, located in South Central Los Angeles, is certainly one where many live who fit those descriptions.

Maxine Waters, who is neither poor, downtrodden, or disadvantaged in any way, lives in Hancock Park, which is also most definitely not anything at all like South Central.

Hutchinson said Waters has been a longtime target of the far right, often because of the color of her skin.

“This is a vile, personal and racial attack,” he told us. “I would hope no reputable conservative group would stoop to this. For decades she’s been an intimate part of the African American community. Her civil rights credentials are impeccable.”

Leaders who represent minority districts are expected to be successful but often have the challenge, at least locally, of sometimes having to live in impoverished neighborhoods. Congressional representatives do not, however, have to live in the districts they represent.

Waters did not want to address the posters directly, telling us this:

I am trying to do public policy. That’s a waste of my time. Don’t waste your time on that.

…Continue reading more @ LA Weekly by Dennis Romero | 2014

 

Even Maxine won’t live in Maxine’s district

|| PatriotRetort.com

“Say, did you know that Maxine Waters doesn’t even live in her district?

Maxine represents District 43 which includes the high crime/high gang area of South Central LA – a region of Los Angeles so bad even Maxine won’t live there.

Instead, she resides in the tony neighborhood of Hancock Park – not far from Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.

I did a quick lookie-loo at Wikipedia and learned that Hancock Park is 70.7% white and only 3.8% black. Though I was surprised to discover it has a large number of Koreans.

Which got me thinking. Since we all know Putin invaded Korea, does Maxine worry that he might invade Hancock Park?

In 2014 an anonymous art collective blanketed South Central with the now infamous Poverty Pimp poster of Maxine Waters.

But since Maxine doesn’t live anywhere near her district, they also sent the message to the Poverty Pimp herself.

Yup. One was placed directly across the street from Maxine’s four million dollar mansion in Hancock Park.

Knowing that Mean Maxine fled her own district for a predominantly white, affluent section of LA does kind of call into question her commitment to District 43. Don’t you think.

But like pretty much everything else about Maxine, her loyalty to her constituents is phony as a three dollar bill.

In her column out today, Michelle Malkin takes down Maxine Waters as only Malkin can.

I covered Waters in the early 1990s as an editorial writer and columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Her federally funded Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center was a gang-infested boondoggle.
 
She embraced Damian Williams, the infamous thug who hurled a chunk of concrete at white truck driver Reginald Denny and performed a victory dance over the bloodied innocent bystander.
 
And she and her family personally profited from her rise to racially demagogic power.

She owns a tony mansion in predominantly white Hancock Park, several miles outside her congressional district.
 
She secured an ambassadorship to the Bahamas for her husband, a former pro football player and car salesman whose main qualification was having traveled to the island for a vacation.

Sounds like a real champion of the people, doesn’t she?

But wait! There’s more!

Lest we forget, the Free Beacon reported on Sunday that Poverty Pimp Maxine loves to spread the wealth around.

And by “spread the wealth,” I don’t mean through District 43. Maxine loves to spread the wealth among her own family.

Maxine’s daughter Karen has gotten a nice chunk of change courtesy of Mummy’s campaign funds. Since 2006, Karen Waters has received around $750,000 running the mailers for Citizens for Waters.

Let’s be honest. Lifting her district out of poverty has never been this Poverty Pimp’s goal.

Whereas lifting herself out of poverty-stricken District 43 is all Maxine cares about.

Like many Democrats, Maxine Waters sees “public service” as the gateway to personal wealth. She’s nothing more than another Liberal leech getting wealthy off the backs of taxpayers.

Why would she want to lower herself to live in the district she claims to represent when for her, the purpose of public office is self-enrichment?

You know, it used to be that choosing to run for office was sacrificing your own ambitions to seek the public good.

That’s why it was called public service.

But not anymore.

Whether we’re talking about Poverty Pimp Maxine, Crooked Hillary or multi-millionaire Barack Obama – now public service is nothing more than a get-rich-quick scheme perpetrated by con artists and crooks.”

….Continue reading more @ PatriotRetort.com

Why did Kushner try to hide his “back channel” to Moscow from U.S. intelligence? | May 27, 2017

“This is way beyond a private server”: Four questions on Kushner’s “back channel” to Russia

|| HotAir

“Intel pros tell Business Insider they can’t believe it. Not the fact that Kushner and Team Trump would want a “back channel” to Moscow; that happens all the time when governments (in this case a government-in-waiting) want to speak frankly about potential policy shifts without public pressure. What they can’t believe is that Kushner allegedly wanted to do it using the Russians’ own secure communication apparatus. The only reason to do that would be to hide the conversation from U.S. intelligence, which is listening in on all of Russia’s less secure lines.

Why would Kushner be worried about the feds knowing what he was saying to the Kremlin?

Another former CIA analyst made the same point: If he’d tried to do an end-around federal surveillance in talking to Russia, he’d have been booked for espionage. “This is way beyond a private server,” said a former FBI counterintelligence specialist to BI. “This is doing US government diplomatic business over a foreign government’s communication system. It’s not an off-the-record conversation. It’s a conversation recorded by the opposing party.”

That’s question one, the big one — why did Kushner want to use Russian diplomats’ secure line to Moscow instead of some official means of communication monitored by the U.S. government? And why did he reportedly conceal the extent of his contact with Russian officials? If all of this is no big deal, it’s odd that Jared seems to have been highly allergic to the public finding out about any of it. Imagine the havoc it would have wreaked if he were spotted walking into a Russian diplomatic building during the transition to use their red line to Putin. The whole reason Flynn was dumped, per Sally Yates, was that the Russians could have blackmailed him by using their own recording of him talking sanctions with Kislyak against him. Now here’s Jared wanting to use the Russians’ own line to discuss sensitive matters. What could go wrong?

In the end, though, everything comes back to question one. Why did Kushner try to hide his “back channel” to Moscow from U.S. intelligence? There are two theories kicking around, one suggesting corruption and the other pointing to dunderheadedness. The corruption theory holds that Kushner didn’t really want to discuss Syria with Russia, that that’s just a cover story fed to the Times last night to make this seem less suspicious. What he wanted to talk about was money.

..

One last note: Even Reuters’s sources, amid hint-hinting at a corruption possibility for Kushner’s actions, admit that “so far they have not seen evidence of any wrongdoing or collusion between the Trump camp and the Kremlin.” As shady as Kushner’s behavior looks, there’s still nothing like a smoking gun pointing to malfeasance rather than incompetence. Exit question: Is there really such a thing as a “secure line” in Russia’s diplomatic facilities that Kushner could have used to talk privately with Moscow, without U.S. intelligence knowing? Given the NSA’s powers, it’s hard to believe they haven’t cracked that nut yet. Which means Kushner’s lucky that the “secret channel” never came to be. American spies probably would have heard every “secret” word that he or Flynn said to the Kremlin.”

….Continue reading more @ HotAir/

Unhinged Hillary is Back Telling Lies about Nixon & Her Crimes | May 26, 2017

Woman Who Lied About Email Server Compares Trump To Nixon–Says There’s An Assault On Truth

|| Townhall

“….besides Clinton plugging her Onward Together super PAC in the address, she falsely said that Richard Nixon was impeached. He wasn’t. The last person to be impeached was none other than her husband, Bill “Slick Willy” Clinton. Also, Nixon never fired the FBI director. There was direct evidence linking Nixon to the Watergate break-in cover up.

There is zero evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. The special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, during the Watergate break-in asked for the tapes that would show Nixon plotting with then-White House Chief Of Staff H.R. Haldeman the initial stages of the cover up. Solicitor General Robert Bork, who was tasked with firing Cox, carried it out after Nixon’s Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned in protest.

At the time, it was quite clear that Nixon did this to impede the investigation. We don’t know if that was the case concerning Trump’s firing of Mr. Comey. It certainly hasn’t impeded anything, however, but chalk the Nixon comparison up as another falsehood from Lady Macbeth.”

….Continue reading more @ Townhall

 

Secret Service Detail: Hillary Clinton Was Drunk Morning of Campaign Rally

|| TruePundit

“Hillary Clinton had been drinking vodka the morning of a New Jersey campaign rally and was “visibly intoxicated,” a law enforcement source told True Pundit.

“She’d been hitting it (alcohol) early,” one member of Clinton’s Secret Service security detail told True Pundit.

Amazingly, the source acknowledged it wasn’t the first time Clinton enjoyed multiple cocktails prior to taking the stage at a campaign rally, fundraiser, or television appearance.

“It’s happened before but not that early in the day,” the source said.

Clinton was in Newark, NJ for a campaign rally at Rutgers University with Sen. Cory Booker and Jon Bon Jovi where the rock star endorsed her for president of the United States. Clinton was campaigning with Bon Jovi to boost her chances of defeating Bernie Sanders in New Jersey’s Democratic primary which would have almost clinched her nomination. Bon Jovi has previously stumped for her husband President Bill Clinton and served as a guest speaker at private Clinton Foundation events.

Clinton arrived in Newark on the morning of June 1. According to sources, Clinton and her Secret Service entourage entered a gate-controlled parking lot off of Washington Street in downtown Newark, near the Golden Dome Athletic Center at Rutgers’ Newark campus, the location of Clinton’s speech and rally later that day. Clinton and aide Huma Abedin were driven in Clinton’s custom, bulletproof van, sources said. That is where they met up with Sen. Booker, sources said.

Law enforcement  sources said Clinton seemed visibly liquored, at times loud and “animated” when she arrived prior to the scheduled 1:30 pm rally. Unwittingly, Clinton’s altered condition was captured on video and shared by Sen. Cory Booker on Twitter. Booker said he was filming Clinton’s arrival for his Snap-chat fans.”

….Continue reading more @ TruePundit

How did Hillary serve on Watergate Committee in 1974 if she Failed DC Bar Exam in 1973?

Dem Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz Threatens Capitol Police Chief Over IT Evidence | May 24, 2017

Awan Brothers: Wasserman Schultz Threatened Police Chief For Gathering Evidence On Her IT Staffer’s Alleged Crimes

|| TruePundit

“Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with “consequences” for holding equipment that she says belongs to her in order to build a criminal case against a Pakistani staffer suspected of massive cybersecurity breaches involving funneling sensitive congressional data offsite.

The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation.

The Capitol Police and outside agencies are pursuing Imran Awan, who has run technology for the Florida lawmaker since 2005 and was banned from the House network in February on suspicion of data breaches and theft.

“My understanding is the the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate Members’ equipment when the Member is not under investigation,” Wasserman Schultz said in the annual police budget hearing of the House Committee On Appropriations’ Legislative Branch Subcommittee.

“We can’t return the equipment,” Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa told the Florida Democrat.

“I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences,” Wasserman Schultz said.”

….Continue reading more @ TruePundit

| Note: The congresswoman sure seems desperate to get her ‘lost’ IT equipment back. Why? One would think a member of the government would be more than happy to cooperate with an investigation into the foreign theft of critical, sensitive national security information instead of trying to impede it. /CJ

Who’s Dina Powell and why is she a Deputy of Trump’s National Security Council? | May 19, 2017

Who’s Dina Powell? A rising Trump national security figure

|| Washington Times

“The photo from inside Donald Trump’s makeshift situation room at Mar-a-Lago affirmed what White House insiders have recognized for some time – that Dina Powell has quietly established herself as a White House power.

Though sandwiched between other administration officials, the deputy national security adviser for strategy stands out as the only woman among 13 staffers in the room on the night the president ordered the missile attack in Syria.

And in a White House that is split between outsider ideologues and more traditional operators, Powell is viewed as a steady force in the growing influence of the latter. Her West Wing experience, conservative background and policy chops have won over Trump’s daughter and son-in-law. Now, Powell is at the table as the president turns more of his attention to international affairs, attempting to craft a foreign policy out of a self-described “flexible” approach to the world.

“No one should ever underestimate Dina Powell.” says Brian Gunderson, a former State Department chief of staff. He hired her to work in former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s office early in her career and later worked with her in George W. Bush’s White House.

Powell, 43, declined comment for this story.

She is a rare Bush veteran in a White House that has largely shunned its Republican predecessor’s legacy. She came via Goldman Sachs – decidedly not a rarity for the new president – originally to work on economic development at the behest of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. An Egyptian-American with international experience and fluency in Arabic, she was soon moved to the National Security Council, though she retains her economic title.

Powell’s ties to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who recruited her, and to economic adviser Gary Cohn, a fellow Goldman alumnus, mean she has been labeled by some as part of a more moderate group at the White House. But GOP leaders describe her as a longtime conservative thinker.

She has quickly earned the respect of the president, who said in a statement to The Associated Press: “Dina is an extremely intelligent and competent member of my team. She is highly respected and a great person.”

National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said he recruited Powell “because of her exceptional expertise and leadership skills, to lead an effort to restore the strategic focus of the national security council. She has already accomplished this shift in a few weeks, establishing great relationships across our government and with key international allies.”

…Continue reading more @ The Washington Times

Donald Trump has been ‘wiretapped’ for years by the NSA and CIA | May 19, 2017

CIA Whistleblower Speaks: ‘There Has Been A Wiretap on Trump For Years’

|| BigLeaguePolitics

“CIA and NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Dennis Montgomery speaks out about the surveillance on President Donald Trump in an interview with his attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, on the premiere episode of the new talk radio program “Special Prosecutor with Larry Klayman.” The program, which debuted on Sunday, May 14, is carried by Radio America, an Arlington, Virginia-based network.

Montgomery has been in the public eye recently following the bombshell Big League Politics report, “Whistleblowers: James Comey Seized and Buried Information Showing Donald Trump’s Phone Calls Were Spied On (AUDIO).” The article featured interviews with Sherriff Joe Arpaio that were released by a federal judge in Arizona as part of a civil case, and are now preserved on our whistleblower Soundcloud page. Now, with President Trump locked at war with the Deep State, Montgomery is speaking out in public.

“I provided to the FBI seventeen businesses of Donald Trump, including the Trump Tower, the Trump leasing programs, all of these different programs, and including Trump himself and the various family members that had been wiretapped under these programs,” Montgomery said in the interview. “There has been a wiretap on Trump for years.”

“I started by going to Maricopa County and showing that Sheriff Arpaio himself was wiretapped under the Obama administration,” the whistleblower said.

“I was a CIA contractor both under John Brennan and under James Clapper and these individuals were running domestic surveillance programs in the United States collecting information on Americans. This isn’t political. They were collecting information on Republicans and Democrats. But they collected everything they could find. Bank accounts, phone numbers, chats, emails, and they collected a massive amount of it under the Obama administration,” Montgomery said.”

….Continue reading more @ BigLeaguePolitics

 

Comey has put himself in a legal box with no good exit strategy | May 18, 2017

Gregg Jarrett: Comey’s revenge is a gun without powder

|| Fox News | Opinion

“James Comey was lying in wait.

His gun was cocked, he took aim and fired.  But his weapon was empty.

Three months ago, the then-FBI Director met with President Trump.  Following their private conversation, Comey did what he always does –he wrote a memorandum to himself memorializing the conversation.  Good lawyers do that routinely.

Now, only after Comey was fired, the memo magically surfaces in an inflammatory New York Times report which alleges that Mr. Trump asked Comey to end the Michael Flynn investigation.

Those who don’t know the first thing about the law immediately began hurling words like “obstruction of justice”, “high crimes and misdemeanors” and “impeachment“.   Typically, these people don’t know what they don’t know.

Here is what we do know.

Under the law, Comey is required to immediately inform the Department of Justice of any attempt to obstruct justice by any person, even the President of the United States.  Failure to do so would result in criminal charges against Comey.  (18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361)  He would also, upon sufficient proof, lose his license to practice law.

So, if Comey believed Trump attempted to obstruct justice, did he comply with the law by reporting it to the DOJ?  If not, it calls into question whether the events occurred as the Times reported it.

Obstruction requires what’s called “specific intent” to interfere with a criminal case.  If Comey concluded, however, that Trump’s language was vague, ambiguous or elliptical, then he has no duty under the law to report it because it does not rise to the level of specific intent.  Thus, no crime.

There is no evidence Comey ever alerted officials at the Justice Department, as he is duty-bound to do.  Surely if he had, that incriminating information would have made its way to the public either by an indictment or, more likely, an investigation that could hardly be kept confidential in the intervening months.

Comey’s memo is being treated as a “smoking gun” only because the media and Democrats, likely prompted by Comey himself, are now peddling it that way.

Comey will soon testify before Congress about this and other matters.  His memo will likely be produced pursuant to a subpoena.  The words and the context will matter.

But by writing a memo, Comey has put himself in a box.  If he now accuses the President of obstruction, he places himself in legal jeopardy for failing to promptly and properly report it.  If he says it was merely an uncomfortable conversation, he clears the president of wrongdoing and sullies his own image as a guy who attempted to smear the man who fired him.

Either way, James Comey comes out a loser.  No matter.  The media will hail him a hero. ”

…Continue reading more @ Foxnews