Tr’Hump Day Overnight Thread

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When Prosecution Becomes Persecution

Socialists love political show trials.

California attorney general files charges against antiabortion activists

California’s attorney general filed felony invasion-of-privacy charges Tuesday against two antiabortion activists who posed as employees of a fetal research company to infiltrate meetings of abortion providers and secretly record conversations that they posted on their website.

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were charged in San Francisco Superior Court with conspiracy and 14 counts of violating a California law against eavesdropping and recording a confidential communication without consent.
Eight of the charges involve conversations at the annual convention of the National Abortion Federation in San Francisco in April 2014. The other charges stem from meetings with individual health care providers and researchers in Los Angeles and El Dorado counties in 2014 and 2015. One, a Los Angeles physician, later received death threats, prosecutors said.

“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”


Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Mary Alice Carter said the criminal charges Tuesday sent “a clear message that you cannot target woman and you cannot target health care providers without consequences.”

Daleiden and his colleagues, posing as researchers, released edited videos in 2015 purporting to show Planned Parenthood employees discussing their illegal sale of fetal tissue. Investigations by officials in at least 12 states have rejected those allegations, but Republicans in Congress and a number of states have cited the videos to seek defunding of Planned Parenthood.

The new criminal charges involve events that surfaced earlier in federal court in San Francisco, where a judge found that Daleiden and others had used fraud to gain access to National Abortion Federation meetings. U.S. District Judge William Orrick III has barred the antiabortion group from making any of the recordings public, and said Daleiden and his colleagues had tried to trap members of the abortion federation into expressing interest in selling fetal tissue.

In a sworn declaration filed Tuesday, state investigator Brian Cardwell said Daleiden had created a “phony fetal tissue procurement company,” BioMax Procurement Services, in 2013 in order to gain access to conferences held by Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation and other providers of health care for women.

Cardwell said Daleiden and Merritt, using false names and fake California driver’s licenses, obtained a vendor’s booth at the April 2014 convention in San Francisco and recorded conversations with at least eight attendees. Cardwell said all eight told him they had believed they were speaking privately, and one said she later had to hire security after the video was released and protesters showed up at her facility.

A Los Angeles physician who spoke with the supposed researchers at a restaurant in July 2014 told police in September 2015 that she learned the meeting had been recorded after excerpts of the video were posted on the website of Daeiden’s group and she started receiving death threats in the mail, Cardwell said.

He said Daleiden made similar undercover recordings of three employees of the biotech company StemExpress in May 2015 after telling sheriff’s officers in El Dorado County that StemExpress was selling human fetal tissue for profit. Daleiden provided electronic documents he had stolen from StemExpress to support his accusations, Cardwell said but the sheriff’s office conducted its own investigation and cleared StemExpress of any illegal acts.

So I guess those videos weren’t fake after all.

I really hope this goes to trial. I can’t wait to watch them play the full unedited videos in court. Then the defense attorneys can cross-examine the “victims”. The best part will be when the “victims” take the Fifth because they can’t admit to committing felonies. Either that or the AG will have to give them immunity deals.

It will be awesome.

I guess it should be pointed out that Loretta Lynch is no longer the US Attorney General. I wonder what Jeff Sessions thinks of these videos? Will the GOP Congress now make defunding Planned Parenthood a priority?

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Trump Derangement Syndrome – Senate Edition

Amy Schumer’s creepy cousin

I’m starting to miss Harry Reid:

Schumer loses cool with Trump supporter at swanky restaurant

Sen. Chuck Schumer caused a scene at a Manhattan restaurant when he began yelling at a wealthy and well-connected Donald Trump supporter that the POTUS is “a liar.”

Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, lost his cool on Sunday night at Upper East Side restaurant Sette Mezzo, according to witnesses.

He was dining with friends when he encountered Joseph A. Califano Jr. — the former US secretary of health, education and welfare under President Jimmy Carter and domestic policy adviser to President Lyndon B. Johnson — and his wife, Hilary, who were having a quiet dinner.

Onlookers said Schumer was incensed that Hilary — the daughter of William S. Paley, the founder and chairman of CBS — had voted for Trump, even though her husband, Joseph, is a well-known Democrat.

One witness said of the restaurant rant, “They are a highly respected couple, and Schumer made a scene, yelling, ‘She voted for Trump!’ The Califanos left the restaurant, but Schumer followed them outside.” On the sidewalk, Schumer carried on with his fantastical filibuster: “ ‘How could you vote for Trump? He’s a liar!’ He kept repeating, ‘He’s a liar!’ ”

Hilary confirmed the confrontation, telling Page Six, “Sen. Schumer was really rude . . . He’s our senator, and I don’t really like him. Yes, I voted for Trump. Schumer joined us outside and he told me Trump was a liar. I should have told him that Hillary Clinton was a liar, but I was so surprised I didn’t say anything.”

I’m hoping that Schumer tries to filibuster Gorsuch so the GOP can use the nuclear option. I also hope that the Senate takes an Easter recess, so Trump can fill his cabinet with recess appointments. Fuck the Democrats and the donkey they rode in on.

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Later that Day Open Thread…..Monday Morning….

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The Only Thing Worse Than A Monday

The only thing worse than a Monday is being sick on a Monday. This cold Mom gave me is kicking my ass.

When I told Mom she gave me her cold she said, “Good, I was tired of having it.”

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Heavenly Marksmanship

Satan: “I bet you can’t hit a moving target.”

God: “Hold my beer and watch this.”

I have a cold. I’m pretty sure Mom gave it to me.

Last night I was having an erotic dream starring Taylor Swift. It wasn’t raunchy. but it was getting close. Then suddenly Lena Dunham joined us on the bed.

I have had bad dreams before, but I have never had a good dream go south so suddenly. I literally went from being hot and bothered to waking up in a cold sweat just like that. {{Snaps fingers}}

This is an open thread.

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Later Caturday Open Thread

Just wondering if “Tigger” is in this group 😉

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