An ACORN dream fulfilled: hacktivist hits Democrats hard

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The hacker known as Guccifer 2.0 is waging his own kind of war against Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party establishment.

On Friday he “uploaded an Excel file that includes the cell phone numbers and private e-mail addresses of nearly every Democratic member of the House of Representatives,” the Smoking Gun website reports.

The Left has long supported cyber-terrorism and this is exactly the kind of illicit activism advocated by ACORN founder Wade Rathke (shown at left in the accompanying photograph — at right is Tides Foundation founder Drummond Pike).

Rathke is in favor of computer hacking as long as it helps the labor movement, I reported in my book, Subversion Inc. He wrote:

Crazy, computer viruses are started by young kids around the world or hackers bored out of their skulls that live right down the street. As union organizers we are still doing 8 point difficulty dumpster dives for alpha lists of employees, when theoretically some good geeks could tap in, load up, and download the whole thing and throw it over our transom window. What a waste of talent when such a huge contribution could be made to the labor movement.

“Simply put, why isn’t there more ‘monkey wrenching’ in our world? Where is our Earth First!” Rathke wrote in an infamous column. Monkey-wrenching is a form of eco-terrorism or ecotage (eco-sabotage) that consists of harming the economic interests of those who are perceived threats to the environment.

Returning to the hack at hand, the Excel file includes “contact information for hundreds of congressional staff members (chiefs of staff, press secretaries, legislative directors, schedulers) and campaign personnel.”

Guccifer 2.0 said the spreadsheet was purloined during a hack of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). “As you see I wasn’t wasting my time! It was even easier than in the case of the DNC breach,” the hacker wrote.

A few weeks earlier the hacker “provided nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee e-mails to Wikileaks.”

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Clinton Foundation probe off — now on!

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It was just reported this week that the Justice Department turned down FBI requests to investigate the hyper-corrupt Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Well, now it turns out that multiple FBI investigations “involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation” are ongoing.

Citing a former senior law enforcement official, Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller reports that

The investigation centers on New York City where the Clinton Foundation has its main offices, according to the former official who has direct knowledge of the activities.

Prosecutorial support will come from various U.S. Attorneys Offices — a major departure from other centralized FBI investigations.

The New York-based probe is being led by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara’s prosecutorial aggressiveness has resulted in a large number of convictions of banks, hedge funds and Wall Street insiders. […]

 

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George Soros is 86 today

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The preeminent funder of the Left, currency speculator George Soros, turns 86 years old today.

Other notable people share August 12 as a birthday. One of them is Klara Pölzl, better known to history as Klara Hitler, mother of Adolf.

 

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Judicial Watch: IRS Buried Conservative Groups’ Tax-Exempt Applications

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Judicial Watch released more FBI documents demonstrating that the Obama administration deliberately slow-rolled the tax-exempt status applications filed by Tea Party and conservative groups, Truth Revolt reports.

From the start of 2010 and “lasting through the Obama reelection campaign in 2012, the IRS orchestrated a deliberate policy of burying conservative groups’ tax exemption applications in bureaucratic delays,” the watchdog group said.

Group 7822 was a place where applications were sent to gather dust.

Whenever Cincinnati IRS employees took in applications from right-leaning groups,  they were “automatically denied approval and assigned to a special ‘Group 7822’ for an extended ‘inventory’ process while waiting for decisions from IRS headquarters in Washington, DC.”

IRS employees were instructed to delay conservative and Tea Party applications until after President Obama was safely reelected in November 2012. “The strategy relied upon the IRS’ multi-tier “bucketing” system that determined from the time an application was received whether it would be quickly approved or indefinitely delayed,” the Judicial Watch report states.

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MoveOn Mobilizing for Hillary

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MoveOn organizing director Vicki Kaplan announced today her huge leftist group will be hiring 40 organizers to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton in battleground states in November.

In a mass email begging for money Kaplan wrote:

Our current election plan is to hire 40 organizers in swing states—like Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania—that could decide this election, but there’s a problem: We haven’t yet signed up enough monthly supporters this week (we’re about $17,000 a month short.) The truth is things are really, really tight. But we’re going to take a leap of faith, hire all 40 organizers, and hope for your support.

She shared the rest of MoveOn’s plan:

We’ll work to stop Trump, elect Hillary Clinton, win Senate races so that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren can have an even stronger voice in the Senate, and build grassroots progressive leadership to press for people-powered change in the next administration.

Here’s our plan:

• We will defeat Trump and elect Hillary Clinton by recruiting, training, and supporting grassroots leaders in communities that Trump has attacked. We’re hiring state directors and field organizers in 10 battleground states who will build a massive base of volunteer organizers.

• We will organize volunteer teams to knock on hundreds of thousands of doors and have conversations with enough voters to swing a close election—the presidential race and, in many states, a Senate race, too. We know that face-to-face conversations with voters are the #1 most effective way to increase voter participation.

• We’re unleashing the phenomenal energy and smarts of volunteer leaders to canvass their own neighborhoods and communities, where they can make the biggest difference.

And we’re not stopping there. We know that our task is not just to win an election, but to demonstrate that bigotry is a losing strategy, and to build power to win on the issues that matter to everyday people: income inequality, police and criminal justice reform, climate change, good jobs, immigrants’ rights, and more. Unlike candidate campaigns that shut down after Election Day, MoveOn members organize seven days a week, 365 days a year.

So we see that claiming Republican nominee Donald Trump is a bigot is going to be a large part of MoveOn’s strategy to get voters to the polls.

MoveOn also made it clear in the mass email it is especially interested in getting volunteers to do door-to-door canvassing in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

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I see Second Amendment people

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Republican nominee Donald Trump is taking quite a pounding for encouraging gun rights supporters to get politically active against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said at a Wilmington, N.C., rally Tuesday. “By the way, and if she gets to pick,” he said to boos, “if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.” The anti-Hillary booing continued. “Although the Second Amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know. But, but I’ll tell you what. That will be a horrible day.”

But in the leftist mind there is only one acceptable explanation for Trump’s choice of words: the GOP candidate was urging the assassination of his opponent, a fellow would-be president.

Trump is being likened to Lee Harvey Oswald, Satan, and the supporting cast from Ex Parte Quirin all at the same time.

Left-wing columnist Thomas L. Friedman at the New York Times seemed to suffer a nervous breakdown.

People are playing with fire here, and there is no bigger flamethrower than Donald Trump. Forget politics; he is a disgusting human being. His children should be ashamed of him. I only pray that he is not simply defeated, but that he loses all 50 states so that the message goes out across the land – unambiguously, loud and clear: The likes of you should never come this way again.

I’m not sure what Friedman said and did after the 2011 attempted assassination of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) but I’m pretty sure many of the condemnations of Trump are coming from the same people who tried to blame Sarah Palin for that incident in which several innocent people were killed.

There was the Daily Kos-inspired lie that Palin was responsible for the attack because, as my colleague Dr. Steven J. Allen points out, her political action committee “had used printers’ registration marks, resembling crosshairs, to make ‘target districts’ where Republicans might pick up seats in the next election.”

Verbs like target are used routinely in U.S. political campaigns. In fact the word campaign was borrowed from the military. It originally meant – and still means in a military context – “a connected series of military operations forming a distinct phase of a war,” according to Merriam-Webster.

But the Left doesn’t care about facts so the lie that Donald Trump urged “Second Amendment people” to whack Hillary Clinton is likely to stick around.

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David Brock group demands IRS hit Trump Foundation

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The Brocktopus strikes again.

A high-profile watchdog group controlled by Hillary Clinton ally David Brock is demanding the IRS investigate Donald Trump’s personal foundation for allegedly aiding his presidential campaign.

Before you die laughing, remember that the Brocktopus, that is, the network of groups the disgraced former journalist runs, spends oodles of money defending the anticipatory presidential bribe processing vehicle known as the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Brock’s empire of sleaze includes “conservative misinformation” watchdog Media Matters for America, pro-Hillary disaster-control spin site Correct the Record,  and American Bridge 21st Century, a super PAC that promotes Hillary and attacks her critics.

The call by watchdog group CREW, or Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, has to be the most obvious political hit job of this election cycle.

From the Washington Post:

“The Trump Foundation appears to have violated this prohibition by participating in Mr. Trump’s campaign,” wrote Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, in a letter to the IRS. The watchdog group is allied with David Brock, a former enemy of Clinton’s who has now become one of her leading defenders.

The complaint focuses on the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Trump in the late 1980s to give away profits from his book, “The Art of the Deal.” Today, Trump remains the foundation’s president, but the charity’s money now comes from other donors: Tax records show no gifts from Trump himself to his namesake foundation since 2008.

The foundation is quite small, by the standards of others listed as billionaires. The Trump Foundation has no full-time staff, and gave away just $591,000 in 2014 — the last year for which records are available.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation, headquartered in Woodbury, N.Y., is indeed small. It is ranked 4,347 in the FoundationSearch Top Foundations by Assets for the state of New York. Some money Trump raised at a campaign rally reportedly passed through his foundation. If the details interest you, read the rest of the Post piece.

Some on the Left will attack Trump for being a cheapskate but perhaps they should consider the fact that the billionaire hasn’t been using his foundation as a tax dodge (something left-wingers consider to be odious, unless you’re giving your foundation money to them).

It’s possible the Trump Foundation has been helping the Trump campaign but the philanthropy is so anemic it is difficult to imagine it doing much to help its benefactor’s political career. Even if the IRS takes up this piddling little case not much is likely to come of it. It’s a political stunt by CREW, a nakedly partisan group under the boot of one of Hillary’s biggest backers.

It’s the wheeling and dealing Clinton Foundation with its involvement in billion-dollar transactions, its ties to shady figures, and the debt it owes to the unsavory governments of countries around the world that needs to be examined.

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Libertarians who aren’t

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There are small-L libertarians who believe in liberty and then there are big-L libertarians, also known as Libertarians, who believe in the Libertarian Party.

The Libertarian Party presidential ticket this year consists of two former Republicans, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and his veep, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.

These two Libertarians aren’t terribly libertarian, as Cato’s Ilya Shapiro points out.

(I was tempted to write that the two men aren’t too libertarian philosophically, but that assumes there is a philosophy called libertarianism. There isn’t really. It is more of a political alignment. Please don’t be too hard on me, David Boaz. I bruise easily.)

Both men adore Democrat standard-bearer Hillary Clinton. Weld said she was “by and large a good secretary of state,” and Johnson called her “a wonderful public servant.” Referring to the end run Clinton did around public records laws by maintaining private email servers, Johnson said “I don’t think there was criminal intent on her part.”

Johnson and Weld are Clinton shills, Breitbart’s Patrick Howley opines.

These two marginal politicians are clearly enjoying the spotlight that the pro-Clinton media are finally giving them in their effort to stop Trump. (Something tells me the folks at CNN have not secretly been reading Reason magazine all these years.)

The Johnson-Weld team seems to think that libertarianism is mostly about admitting as many immigrants to the United States as possible. This is a far cry from Ron Paul’s pro-borders libertarian movement of a few years ago. The libertarian movement has shifted to the progressive globalist Left.

While it is true that Johnson is a pro-marijuana crusader, which is a libertarian position to push, he deviates from the libertarian way of looking at things in fundamental ways.

Strangely, he calls religious freedom laws “a black hole.”

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Khizr Khan erases his website — but we grabbed copies!

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Matthew Boyle reports at Breitbart that Khizr Khan, the controversial immigration lawyer who assailed Republican Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention last week, has taken down his professional website.

That Mr. Khan took down his law firm’s website doesn’t prove anything by itself but it is odd behavior. It suggests Khan has something to hide.

To make sure this part of the public record is preserved, we at Capital Research Center took it upon ourselves to copy the pages of the website from an archival service.

Click here for a PDF of the archived website.

Perhaps Khan is trying to cover up the fact that he worked almost 10 years for the law firm Hogan & Hartson —now Hogan Lovells LLP— “which connects him directly with the government of Saudi Arabia and the Clintons themselves,” Boyle writes.

Hogan, by the way, was the law firm of disgraced former National Security Adviser Samuel R. “Sandy” Berger, the Clinton hack who stole sensitive government documents from the National Archive and destroyed them. He took a plea bargain in 2005 and pled guilty to misdemeanor removing classified material without authorization. As his Washington Post obituary states:

He was fined $50,000, barred from access to classified material for three years, and sentenced by a federal judge to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service. Mr. Berger voluntarily relinquished his law license in 2007. He continued to advise political leaders, including Hillary Clinton and Obama, although in a muted fashion.

Saudi Arabia, which has given between $10 million and $25 million to the anticipatory bribe collection agency known as the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has used the services of the Hogan law firm. And Hillary herself has used the firm to handle her taxes and to “acquire the patents for parts of the technology she used in crafting her illicit home-brew email server that the FBI director called ‘extremely careless’ in handling classified information.”

Boyle reports:

This development is significant, as his website proved—as Breitbart News and others have reported—that he financially benefits from unfettered pay-to-play Muslim migration into America.

A snapshot of his now deleted website, as captured by the Wayback Machine which takes snapshots archiving various websites on the Internet, shows that as a lawyer he engages in procurement of EB5 immigration visas and other “Related Immigration Services.”

The EB5 program that “helps wealthy foreigners usually from the Middle East essentially buy their way into America, is fraught with corruption,” Boyle writes.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) spoke about the flawed program in February.

“Maybe it is only here on Capitol Hill—on this island surrounded by reality—that we can choose to plug our ears and refuse to listen to commonly accepted facts,” Grassley said. “The Government Accountability Office, the media, industry experts, members of Congress, and federal agency officials, have concurred that the program is a serious problem with serious vulnerabilities.”

“There are also classified reports that detail the national security, fraud and abuse. Our committee has received numerous briefings and classified documents to show this side of the story,” Grassley said.

“The enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security wrote an internal memo that raises significant concerns about the program. One section of the memo outlines concerns that it could be used by Iranian operatives to infiltrate the United States. The memo identifies seven main areas of program vulnerability, including the export of sensitive technology, economic espionage, use by foreign government agents and terrorists, investment fraud, illicit finance and money laundering.”

So there’s that.

UPDATED: George Washington University Law School Professor John Banzhaf told SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon that Khan, who suggested Trump’s proposed immigration ban on Muslims was unconstitutional, is absolutely, unequivocally wrong. Banzhaf made it clear that the view of “virtually all constitutional professors who have written on the topic” that Khan was wrong.

“A lot of people haven’t read the Constitution,” Banzhaf said, but they “kinda think anything which they don’t like, any proposal which they don’t like, is both unconstitutional and un-American.”

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Cenk Uygur: Trump beats Hillary in November

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Is a pattern emerging? Conservative media figures and NeverTrumpers are spreading doom and gloom (fairly convincingly) about Republican prospects in November while notable figures on the left are forecasting a Trump victory.

What’s the deal?

Hardcore leftist Michael Moore recently said Hillary Clinton has no chance of beating Donald Trump.

Now another hard-left pitbull, Cenk Uygur, host of “The Young Turks,” says much the same thing.

On ABC’s “This Week,” Uygur predicted Trump would run away with it in the Electoral College 279 to 259. (The magic number is 270.)

Said Uygur:

In his life, he’s had a great track record of failure, bankruptcies, running from Vietnam, everything like that. But he’s a populist candidate when the country’s angry and you run and it’s the most establishment candidate we’ve ever seen against him. It was a terrible idea by the Democrats to support Hillary Clinton.

Host and Clinton supplicant George Stephanopoulos said, “So you’re so hot against him today because you think he’s going to win.”

Uygur replied:

I’m very worried — and if the Democrats are not really, really worried that, in this populist time Donald Trump doesn’t have an excellent chance to win, they’re completely wrong.

Confused?

Me too.

But Uygur did make a good point on the same TV show.

Trump is “a disrupter,” Uygur said. “That’s why he’s winning.”

(This post has been modified since posting.)

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