What You May Have Missed

If you go looking in the usual places for news that has nothing to do with a) coronavirus, or b) the stock markets, or c) 2020 presidential race, you will be out of luck.  That is all the news that exists in the usual places such as The Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, Politico, ABC News, Time, The Guardian, BBC, AP, and others.  Mind you, all those stories are newsworthy and I am definitely NOT downplaying the importance of any, especially the coronavirus.  But once you’ve read the same ol’ same ol’ about 60 times, you begin to wonder if the rest of the world is locked in a closet somewhere.  However, Filosofa does not give up easily.  Filosofa is sick and damned tired of reading the exact same information about coronavirus, the financial melt-down and the Bernie & Joe Show.  So, I stuck a carrot in my pocket for the wabbits, grabbed my shovel and went digging …


Is Betsy complicit?

Betsy DeVos was made Secretary of Education in 2017 as a reward for the large campaign contributions she and her hubby made to Trump’s 2016 election campaign.  As I said in 2017, DeVos was, like so many of Trump’s cabinet picks, the least suited for the job.  She had little respect for public schools, instead supporting the charter schools that can accommodate very few students in need.  But she had money, she had a rich husband, and that mattered more than qualifications or competency.

Well, now it turns out that Betsy’s brother, Eric Prince, is somewhat of a nasty character.  Like his siter, Prince is a Trump supporter with close ties to the Trump gang.  According to a New York Times article last weekend, beginning in 2017, Prince started recruiting former spies to infiltrate Democratic congressional campaigns, labor organizations and other groups considered hostile to the Trump ‘agenda’.

One of the former spies, an ex-MI6 officer named Richard Seddon, helped run a 2017 operation to copy files and record conversations in a Michigan office of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers’ unions in the nation.  They secretly taped the union’s local leaders and attempted to gather information that could be made public to damage the organization.  This and other covert operations were conducted under the auspices of Project Veritas, a conservative group that has gained attention using hidden cameras and microphones for sting operations on news organizations, Democratic politicians and liberal advocacy groups.

According to the Times report, though both Mr. Prince and Project Veritas have close ties to the Trump family, it is “unclear” whether any of the Trump clan are complicit in the operations they have been conducting.  My bet?  Take a wild guess.  But … a question of equal concern is whether Miss Betsy is involved.  Again, my bet?  Hell yes.

An independent watchdog group has asked the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform to investigate whether Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had any involvement in her brother’s efforts to spy on the Michigan teacher’s union.  DeVos has long had a hostile relationship with teacher’s unions.  According to the letter the group wrote to Congress …

“It stretches the imagination to the breaking point to believe her brother never at least mentioned his intel operation to her. At the end of the day, who would benefit more from this ill-gotten information than the Education Secretary at war with the union?”

Prince is under investigation by the Justice Department over whether he lied to a congressional committee examining Russian interference in the 2016 election, and for possible violations of American export laws. Last year, the House Intelligence Committee made a criminal referral to the Justice Department about Mr. Prince, saying he lied about the circumstances of his meeting with a Russian banker in the Seychelles in January 2017.  Care to make any bets about whether Prince will ever be convicted?

Keep your eyes on this ball, my friends.


A day late and a dollar short, but still …

On Tuesday, in a 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Judith Rogers wrote in an opinion joined by Judge Thomas Griffith that the House of Representatives may see redacted passages in the public version of the Mueller report that was issued, heavily redacted, in April of last year.  Said Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi …

“This ruling is an unequivocal rejection of the President’s insistence that he is above the law and his blanket refusal to cooperate with Congressional requests for information. It is also another rebuke of Attorney General Barr’s brazen efforts to prevent evidence of Presidential wrongdoing from being uncovered, which the Courts continue to challenge. … Yet again, the Courts have resoundingly reaffirmed Congress’s authority to expose the truth for the American people.”

In her opinion, Judge Rogers wrote …

“The courts cannot tell the House how to conduct its impeachment investigation or what lines of inquiry to pursue, or how to prosecute its case before the Senate. The constitutional text confirms that a Senate impeachment trial is a judicial proceeding. The term ‘judicial proceeding’ has long and repeatedly been interpreted broadly.”

This follows on the heels of last week’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton that  excoriated Attorney General Bill Barr for distorting the findings of the Mueller Report before its redacted release to the public, saying …

“The Court cannot reconcile certain public representations made by Attorney General Barr with the findings in the Mueller Report. The inconsistencies between Attorney General Barr’s statements, made at a time when the public did not have access to the redacted version of the Mueller Report to assess the veracity of his statements, and portions of the redacted version of the Mueller Report that conflict with those statements cause the Court to seriously question whether Attorney General Barr made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse about the Mueller Report in favor of President Trump [emphasis added] despite certain findings in the redacted version of the Mueller Report to the contrary.”

Too bad these rulings weren’t handed down back when the House was still conducting its impeachment hearings and before the U.S. Senate thumbed their noses at We the People and at the U.S. Constitution.  But, better late than never.  And, there is no law that says there cannot be yet another impeachment, if it is deemed right and proper.  Leave that door open, folks …


Okay, folks … that’s the news that didn’t make the headlines this week.  Let us now return to the center of gravity …

16 thoughts on “What You May Have Missed

  1. Rumour, maybe, but I read somewhere DeVos has declared war on public education, wanting to shut down all places of learning that do not teach the biblical history of the world, from kindergarten right up to universities. Can anyone be so reactive to truth?
    Unfortunately, yes, it is possible. Normally I would have disregarded such conspiracies, but in the era of Trump, I’m not so sure it is just a rumour.

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    • Well, she’s never been a fan of public schools, and has long promoted ‘charter’ schools, or private schools that accept government vouchers for certain kids. But, i hardly think she would be able to do what you say under the current Constitution that plainly calls for separation between church and state. However, if Trump gets another term … all bets are off.

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  2. Jill, this Prince is the benefactor of budetary and political sleight of hand. America had to reduce its presence (boots on the ground) and had to hide spending for troop support, so our elected officials resorted to contract labor. Now, I am sure the vast majority of these contractors are well-trained and came out of the military. BUT, they are removed from significant government oversight. Prince turned this into a wealthy business.

    Let me compare it to a client of mine who had to cut staff. They would fire people to reduce head count, then hire them back as contract employees. Here is a real exemplar. A staff member was let go making $80,000, but as a contract employee made over $200,000 doing the same job. This was supposed to be a cost cutting measure. This was not a lone example. I think of this when I see the military contract work. We are spending a lot more to save money. No wonder Prince donates to his Golden Goose. Keith

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    • Yes, from what little I read, he is making a bundle and not being particularly honest in the process. All this spying, hacking, lying and secrecy that has become a part of our political system disgusts and discourages me.

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    • You can say that again! The media here has been pretty good to acknowledge that Trump is unfit to deal with this crisis and that everything he’s done has been wrong, but still his 40% followers think he’s doing it all just right. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  3. Ah well, this might not be about Dear Betsy but at least she gets a dishonourable mention and maybe more than that in the future if proof should be found.Nobody likes to play fair or nice any more do they? I totally agree with you that the finding from the US Court of Appeals is a little late arriving. If Barr now complies and hands over an unredacted copy of the Mueller report then it could just possibly be Game On again with Nancy Pelosi. I think it a good idea to hit Trump while he’s down.
    Cwtch

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    • I suspect that “Dear Betsy” is involved in at least some of this and hopefully the truth will come out soon. I’ll keep my ear to the ground. I hear rumblings that Barr/Trump will be taking their case for secrecy to a higher court, ie., the Supreme Court. Makes you wonder … if there is nothing to hide, then why go to so much trouble to hide it?
      Cwtch

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