Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Meet the Judge Presiding Over the Manafort and Gates Case

  • Paul Manafort, his business partner, head back to courtroom
  • Judge has ruled on Benghazi, Fast-and-Furious, Jackson Jr. 
  • When ex-Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, appear in court Thursday, it will be their first appearance before the judge who’ll preside over their money laundering and conspiracy case: a Harvard Law School graduate appointed by President Barack Obama.

    In just six years on the bench, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has a record on hot-button issues that might cause President Donald Trump’s already overheated Twitter feed to burst into flames.
    Judge Amy Berman Jackson
    Photographer: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo
    Earlier this year, for instance, she dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parents of two of the four Americans who died at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, seeking to hold Trump’s election opponent Hillary Clinton responsible.

    And four years ago, she sided with the Obama administration request and put on hold a lawsuit by House Republicans demanding papers related to former Attorney General Eric Holder’s botched Fast-and-Furious gun-tracking operation.

    That said, she also declined to dismiss the suit and, last year, rejected an executive branch privilege claim and directed delivery of the documents. She also sentenced former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., a Democrat, to 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges arising from his misuse of campaign funds.

    Release Terms

    A Baltimore native born in 1954, Jackson served as District of Columbia federal prosecutor, where she received a commendation for her work on murder and sexual assault cases before going into private practice. She’s been a partner of criminal defense lawyer Plato Cacheris at the firm now known as Trout Cacheris & Janis, and of one-time U.S. Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti, when both were at Venable LLP.

    As a defense lawyer, Jackson defended former Louisiana Congressman William J. Jefferson, who was sentenced in 2009 to 13 years in prison for bribery. Last month, he was ordered freed from prison after a judge tossed out seven of 10 charges against him. She defended a man accused of one of the largest mortgage frauds in Virginia history -- he got seven years in prison after pleading guilty -- and she represented Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and other banks in a financial fraud class-action lawsuit.

    Her son, Matthew, was a Jeopardy champion.
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-02/trump-s-ex-campaign-chief-faces-obama-appointee-on-bench

Monday, February 19, 2018

Trump thinking - again - about running for president


Serial presidential campaign explorer Donald Trump is at it again, spending $1 million researching a 2016 run, according to his executive vice president.
"The electoral research was commissioned," Trump's executive VP and special counsel Michael Cohen first told the New York Post and confirmed to CBS News. "We did not spend $1 million on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf," he said.
"At this point Mr. Trump has not made any decision on a political run, but what I would say is that he is exactly what this country needs. The turnout at these political speeches indicates his following remains very strong and is growing."

If Russia can create fake ‘Black Lives Matter’ accounts, who will next?

Send a spy to spread rumors on the other side of the front line. Drop leaflets into enemy territory. Debilitate the enemy using its own people, in their own language — Lord Haw-Haw, Tokyo Rose — over their own radios. The tactics of demoralization are as old as politics — as old as war — and now we know what the second-decade-of-the-21st-century version looks like, too. 

Pushed by a congressional investigation, Facebook has finally turned over some 3,000 advertisements and links to pages created and paid for by Russian trolls. Among them was “Secured Borders,” a fake, Kremlin-backed “organization” that appeared to be based in Idaho. It pumped out messages about immigrant “scum” and attracted 133,000 followers before it was shut down. In August 2016, its Russian backers actually promoted a rally in Twin Falls to protest an alleged “upsurge of violence against American citizens.”

At the same time, a different set of Russian operatives sponsored and advertised two black rappers who bashed “racist b----” Hillary Clinton. They also borrowed the identity of a Muslim group that claimed Clinton “created, funded and armed” al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Meanwhile, thousands of computerized bots pushed repetitive pro-Trump messages on Twitter, persuading many actual humans to respond.

All these games are familiar: Russians have used similar tactics for years in Europe, where pro-Russian social-media users on Facebook, Twitter and many other platforms have long sought to amplify support for parties of the far left and the far right. During Germany’s recent elections, official Russian media and networks of Russian bots tweeted and posted messages warning of immigration’s dire threat to Germany and pushing the cause of Alternative for Germany, an anti-immigrant party.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Digital Dave's Radio Scripts of The Mueller Indictments - - You can Read Along

SDC RadioWorks - Digital Dave's Radio Scripts
WEST SACRAMENTO CA (IFS) -- The Mueller Indictments is the most exciting Case Law in many years.  It is considered as one of the Super Bowl contender of United States Law since OJ Simpson Case.  It's the same velocity as a young Arthur pulling Excalibur from the stone, saving Maid Marion and escaping from the Dragon to fight another day.  The pages are very long and to the point.  It's a detailed account in the public's hands and the rest of the world too.  Coleman Kestin and Smith's Software used it's in-house Text-to-Speech Generator to create an audible file for reading along with the documents and/or other uses with good intent.  This software is used only as an AID for reading.-KHS

Indictment - Department of Justice

1 day ago - INDICTMENT. The Grand Jury for the District of Columbia charges: Introduction. 1. The United States of America, through its departments and agencies, regulates the activities of foreign individuals and entities in and affecting the United States in order to prevent, disclose, and counteract  https://www.justice.gov/file/1035477/download

Friday, February 16, 2018

WATCH: Deputy AG Rosenstein discusses indictment of Russians for 2016 el...

Mueller's Raiders Indicts 13 Russian Nationals for Elections Fraud

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Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller (TNS)
The office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III said Friday that a grand jury has issued charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities .
The defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process.


Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Senator Harris Hits the Ground Running in 2018

Senator Harris Hits the Ground Running in 2018

We’ve had an extremely busy year so far, and Senator Harris has spent every moment of it fighting tirelessly to ensure that voices across California are heard.
Just last week, in response to President Donald Trump’s remarks at the State of the Union, Senator Harris released a statement affirming that President Trump's words rang hollow, “You cannot reject bipartisan plans to improve health care and protect Dreamers or sow hate and division - and then turn around the next day and say you want to work together.” The Senator also provided her reaction to the State of the Union on MSNBC and CNN.
On January 9th, Senator Harris was appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee, vowing to “provide a voice for our most vulnerable communities” as well as protect California from “this Administration’s repeated attacks on our values.”
A few days later, to commemorate Martin Luther King Day on January 15th, the Senator served as Grand Marshal for the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Kingdom Day Parade and Breakfast in Los Angeles and highlighted the need to “understand that a fight for the ideals of who we are as a country is the essence, is the whole definition of what it means to be a patriot and this is a fight about love of country.” This sentiment carried on in her January 22nd vote opposing the Stopgap Spending bill, which highlighted her continued fight for a long-term funding bill that supports our military, community health centers, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, disaster relief for Californians, and provides Dreamers a pathway to citizenship. 
What's Happening in D.C.?
  • Scientific Integrity Act: Cosponsored. Works to protect scientific integrity in Federal research and policymaking, and for other purposes. Full text of the bill is available here.
  • COAST Anti-Drilling Act: Cosponsored. Amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf in the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas. Full text of the bill is available here.
  • The Music Modernization Act: Cosponsored. Sets up a new simplified licensing entity to make it easier for digital music companies to obtain a license and play songs, as well as ensure songwriters are paid the royalties they are owed. This bill that would be the “most significant change in music licensing laws in decades” to ensure songwriters are paid fair value for their songs. Full text of the bill is available here.
  • The Pay Our Military Act of 2018: Cosponsor. Continues appropriations for military pay and death benefits in the event of a Government shutdown. Full text of the bill is available here.
  • Harris, Feinstein, California House Delegation Urge Interior Department to Allow Californians to Comment on Offshore Drilling Proposal: U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif), and nearly two dozen fellow members of the California delegation urged the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to provide Californians with more opportunities to directly address the Trump Administration’s controversial offshore drilling plan in their own communities. Full text of the letter is available here
  • Harris, Democratic Colleagues Raise Concerns Over Private Debt Collectors in Higher Education: U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris led a group of Democratic senators in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Federal Student Aid COO Dr. A. Wayne Johnson over the use of private sector collection agencies who are contracted to pursue defaulted student loan borrowers. Full text of the letter is available here.
  • Harris, Feinstein Demand Information on Trump Administration’s Attempt to Prosecute Elected Officials: In response to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee where she stated the Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking into prosecuting elected officials from states like California, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) sent a letter demanding additional information. Full text of the letter is availablehere.
  • Harris and 21 U.S. Senators Call on Trump Administration to Ban Drilling Off Their Coasts: In the wake of Florida’s exemption from President Trump’s controversial offshore drilling plan, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined a group of Democratic senators from coastal states and pressed Interior, Secretary Ryan Zinke, in a letter demanding the same treatment as Florida. Full text of the letter is available here.
In these difficult times, let’s continue to draw strength from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and those who have come before us to ensure we lift each other's voices and let them sing. 
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Julie Chávez Rodríguez 
State Director 
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The abandon Space Project in 1950's Barcroft Station in the White Mountains of Bishop California

Barcroft Station (BAR)

WEST SACRAMENTO CA (IFS) -- The University of California at Los Angeles were the keepers of the first stages of the United States Space Program.  Here they worked on and with animals for the space race.  As an alumni of UCLA, I was heartbroken to discover this piece of history and the cruelty of animals.  However, as you can see, the world first development of Solar Panels on the Quance  Huts for electricity. 

Open from about June 1 - October 31 (weather and snow permitting), Barcroft Station was constructed in 1951 at an elevation of 3800 m (12,470') in the White Mountains. Barcroft can house up to 20 people in comfortable dorms. It has a full kitchen with excellent meals provided. Three labs are available for visiting research scientists and their students, and the station has wireless internet access. Upstairs in the main building is a classroom/living room area and recreational facilities. The station has been the site of much research on the physiological effects of high elevation and was also used for a decade by Noble laureate, George Smoot, for research in cosmic background radiation. The Barcroft Station is off-grid and most power is generated from rooftop solar photovoltaic panels.

Monday, February 05, 2018

EyeGlass World - Save Your Money - Go anywhere else -Leave these "clowns" alone.

SACRAMENTO CA (IFS) -- This writers story begins in the City of Surprise, Arizona, as his eyeglasses were lost and he needed a replacement pair to drive back to Upper California.  This writer went into their store and had an examination and the promise that the glasses would be ready within three (3) day, and that they would call us when they were ready.

Their call back was on a Saturday afternoon and the cylinders with off, causing this writer to have headaches.   When asked, if their other offices in California would honor their contract and correct these lenses.  They confirmed that their California office in Sacramento would deliver the necessary work to complete the order.  They gave us thirty (30) days to complete the transaction.

Upon my arrival to Sacramento, I contacted the Town and Country Office as shown above, and was told that they would get back in touch with me.  One month later, the Sacramento Office called this writer and told us that the "Corporate Office" refused to honor their contract and would not replace the lenses.

Two weeks after that the Town and Country Office called and told this writer that the contract would be honored and to come on in for the replacement lenses.

Upon the return visit to get the lenses replaced, the Town and Country Store told this writer that he would have to pay for the lenses and that he had not acted within the "30 days" guarantee and to have a "nice day".

This business is run like a "money laundering" company.  Customer services are very lax and they do not adhere to there own contracts.  They receive big "praises" and the banks boast of their greatest of business sense.  However, they lack standard customer care and follow through.  They call you back when they feel like it.  So the dynamics are as follows;  Save your money.  Go anywhere else.  Leave these "clowns" alone.

National Vision (NASDAQ:EYE)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by stock analysts at Wells Fargo & Co in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, January 18th. They currently have a $45.00 price target on the stock, up from their prior price target of $37.00. Wells Fargo & Co’s price target would suggest a potential upside of 18.42% from the company’s current price.
EYE has been the subject of a number of other reports. Morgan Stanley set a $36.00 price objective on National Vision and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 8th. Bank of America started coverage on National Vision in a research note on Monday, November 20th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on National Vision in a research note on Monday, November 20th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $30.00 price target for the company. UBS Group initiated coverage on National Vision in a research note on Monday, November 20th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $31.00 price target for the company. Finally, Citigroup initiated coverage on National Vision in a research note on Monday, November 20th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $35.00 price objective for the company. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $35.50.
National Vision (NASDAQ:EYE) traded down $1.34 on Thursday, hitting $38.00. The stock had a trading volume of 187,303 shares, compared to its average volume of 234,835. National Vision has a fifty-two week low of $27.19 and a fifty-two week high of $43.80. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.59, a quick ratio of 0.41 and a current ratio of 0.82.