The comet 46P/Wirtanen (bluish/green smudge):
Searching for 46P/Wirtanen (December 9, 2018)
Former San Antonio, Texas Mayor and HUD Secretary (in the Obama Administration) Julián Castro (D) has formed a 2020 presidential campaign exploratory committee.
Growing up in Texas, America wasn’t just my home, my country. It was also a promise — a promise that my family could have a better life.
My grandmother, Victoria, came here when she was seven years old. She never made it past the fourth grade, but she taught her family the value of hard work. Cleaning other people’s houses, taking care of their kids, cooking their food. It wasn’t an easy life. It was her gift to her daughter. And eventually, to my brother and me.
My mom, Rosie — she’s the strongest person I’ve ever known. First in our family to graduate from college. One of the first Chicanas in the history of San Antonio to run for city council. And a single mom. Teaching my brother and me that if you want to make a change in your life, in your community, you don’t wait. You work. “Make your future happen,” she’d say to us.
So we did. My brother and I went to San Antonio public schools, then college, then law school. Two generations after my grandmother arrived here with nothing, my brother was a Member of Congress and I served in President Obama’s cabinet.
That’s America for you. This is a place where dreams can become real.
No matter where we’re from, we’re united by the same daily needs — a good job, a good education for our kids, good health care, an affordable place to live. The need to be acknowledged for our contributions, not for our gender or who we love. We all hope our children have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. We all hope they can worry about their studies, not their safety.
So, I’m taking a lesson from my mother — if we want to see a change in this country, we don’t wait. We work. We make our future happen.
I’ve spent the last several years traveling around America and listening to people’s concerns. Mothers from Arizona, college students in Iowa, teachers in Florida. It doesn’t matter where we come from — we want the same things. We want to do right by our families. We want America to keep its promises. And I believe we can.
I believe we can make a promise to the next generations: that if you do the work to go to college, you should graduate without a mountain of debt.
I believe we can make a promise to our seniors: that you can count on a life of dignity after you’ve spent your life providing for your family.
I believe we can make a promise to our planet: that it will still be here for our children’s children’s children to enjoy.
I believe we can make a promise to people with black and brown skin, people who wear turbans and hijabs and yarmulkes, that you can walk down the street in your community — in any community — and feel safe.
I believe we can make a promise to all Americans: If you’re sick, you can go to the doctor. If you work hard, your kids can get ahead.
And I believe we can make a promise to immigrants who spend a lifetime imagining how it will feel the day they arrive in America: We have room for you. We welcome you. Our destinies are united.
Americans are ready to climb out of this darkness. We’re ready to keep our promises. And we’re not going to wait — we’re going to work.
That’s why I am exploring a candidacy for President of the United States in 2020. I’ll be talking with folks over the next several weeks and will make an announcement about my plans on January 12, 2019 here in Texas.
I never thought, when I was growing up on the west side of San Antonio, that I would be speaking to you about this today.
My name is Julián Castro and I know the promise of America.
You think Julián Castro isn’t familiar with Iowa? The date that photo was taken at the Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa was on September 15, 2013. 2013.
And he found them.
From a filing yesterday by the Special Counsel:
“…By publicly presenting this false narrative, the defendant deliberately shifted the timeline of what had occurred in the hopes of limiting the investigations into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election—an issue of heightened national interest.
The defendant’s false statements obscured the fact that the Moscow Project was a lucrative business opportunity that sought, and likely required, the assistance of the Russian government. If the project was completed, the Company could have received hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian sources in licensing fees and other revenues. The fact that Cohen continued to work on the project and discuss it with Individual 1 well into the campaign was material to the ongoing congressional and SCO investigations, particularly because it occurred at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the U.S. presidential election. Similarly, it was material that Cohen, during the campaign, had a substantive telephone call about the project with an assistant to the press secretary for the President of Russia.
The defendant’s false statements to Congress began in approximately late August 2017, when he submitted his written statement about the Moscow Project to SSCI and HPSCI. His false statements continued through his oral testimony before the committees in October 2017. And when Cohen first met with the SCO in August 2018, he repeated many of his prior false statements about the circumstances of the Moscow Project.1 Only when the defendant met with the SCO a second time on September 12, 2018—after he had pled guilty in United States v. Cohen, 18-cr-602…”
Page 3, Case 1:18-cr-00850-WHP Document 15 Filed 12/07/18 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – The Special Counsel’s Office
Individual 1 is Donald Trump (r).
“…the defendant provided a detailed account of his involvement and the involvement of others in the Moscow Project, and also corrected the record concerning his outreach to the Russian government during the week of the United Nations General Assembly. The defendant also provided information about attempts by other Russian nationals to reach the campaign. For example, in or around November 2015, Cohen received the contact information for, and spoke with, a Russian national who claimed to be a ‘trusted person’ in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign ‘political synergy’ and ‘synergy on a government level.’ The defendant recalled that this person repeatedly proposed a meeting between Individual 1 and the President of Russia. The person told Cohen that such a meeting could have a “phenomenal” impact ‘not only in political but in a business dimension as well,’ referring to the Moscow Project, because there is ‘no bigger warranty in any project than consent of [the President of Russia]’…”
Page 5, Case 1:18-cr-00850-WHP Document 15 Filed 12/07/18 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – The Special Counsel’s Office
Cheap grifters, all of them.
There’s a sense of…panic (December 7, 2018)
Enjoy this brief moment of Zen… (December 7, 2018)
Think again, Skippy (December 7, 2018)
Skippy, via Twitter this evening:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Totally clears the President. Thank you!
5:00 PM – 7 Dec 2018
Obviously has reading comprehension issues. Filed earlier today:
“…In January 2017, Cohen formally left the Company and began holding himself out as the ‘personal attorney’ to Individual-1, who at that point had become the President of the United States…”
Page 3, Case 1:18-cr-00602-WHP Document 27 Filed 12/07/18, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
“…4. Cohen’s Illegal Campaign Contributions
On approximately June 16, 2015, Individual-1, for whom Cohen worked at the time, began an ultimately successful campaign for President of the United States. Cohen had no formal title with the campaign, but had a campaign email address, and, at various times advised the campaign, including on matters of interest to the press. Cohen also made media appearances as a surrogate and supporter of Individual-1. (PSR ¶ 39). During the campaign, Cohen played a central role in two similar schemes to purchase the rights to stories – each from women who claimed to have had an affair with Individual-1 – so as to suppress the stories and thereby prevent them from influencing the election. With respect to both payments, Cohen acted with the intent to influence the 2016 presidential election. Cohen coordinated his actions with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments. (PSR ¶ 51). In particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1. (PSR ¶¶ 41, 45). As a result of Cohen’s actions, neither woman spoke to the press prior to the election. (PSR ¶ 51)…”
Page 13, Case 1:18-cr-00602-WHP Document 27 Filed 12/07/18 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
Bradley P. Moss @BradMossEsq
Flynn ratted out Trump. He told all.
That’s your headline.
7:44 PM – 4 Dec 2018
From the Addendum to Government’s Memorandum in Aid of Sentencing for Michael Flynn (r) from the Special Counsel:
Somebody is going to jail.
Pass the popcorn.