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Trump’s “NO COLLUSION” Tweet is getting ratio’d (and why that’s important)

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There’s a silly little phenomenon in social media that doesn’t mean much 99.99% of the time. It occasionally happens to most popular Twitter users from and usually means they riled up a certain element of the internet for some reason. A bad Tweet can get “ratio’d” which means there were more comments than likes. One notable person, President Trump, has never (to my knowledge) been ratio’d. That streak is in danger today with his Tweet pointing out that there’s no collusion on the table in the current Mueller indictments.

Everything the President Tweets will get tons of comments. Most are negative as his detractors will react thought comments on his Tweets while his supporters will like and/or retweet him instead. This may be the first time the negative reactions are more prominent than the reactions of his supporters.

Not a big deal, but…

It was bound to happen at some point. The fact that it’s happening with this Tweet is telling. For Trump to get “ratio’d” means his detractors must come out in full force while his supporters must be less enthusiastic than normal.

The indictments and arrests by Robert Mueller can go in one of two directions. They can point to things that happened during the campaign itself which could put other people in the campaign (or even the President himself) in jeopardy. It could also end here with a minor prize for the investigation but no real connections to campaign activities.

Getting ratio’d indicates that his supporters are fearful of the former. In other words, enough of them fear there really was collusion that will come to light as a result of the investigation which makes them wary of supporting this particular Tweet. Keep in mind that it likely won’t have any bearing on their support for the President himself, but they’re avoiding this topic for now.

Social media has been demonstrated to be a strong predictor of future events. It has also failed miserably from time to time. If it’s correct this time, we may be seeing more come out of the investigation than just financial misdeeds from the past.

Carl is a gaming fanatic, forever stuck on Reddit and all-around lover of food. He writes about cars for several publications and lives in northern California.

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Michael Flynn’s lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

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Michael Flynns lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

The legal team for former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election. This could be a blow for the President and some who are close to him if information gleaned from Flynn points to the Trump campaign, his transition team, or his administration itself.

The NY Times is reporting that four anonymous sources have said the agreement between the two legal teams has been ended from Flynn’s side. It is normal for teams with parallel interests to share information, but when there becomes a conflict of interest, any such sharing is halted. This leaves two likely possibilities: either Flynn is negotiating a deal to cooperate with the investigation or they’re cooperating already.

If it’s the former, there’s a chance the information sharing could be renewed if no deal is struck

Flynn is at the heart of the investigation. It was his actions and the White House’s reactions before and after he resigned that prompted the investigation in the first place. Flynn had lied on more than one occasions about financial interactions he’d had with Russian and Turkish interests. This made him vulnerable to blackmail, according to former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates. After Flynn resigned, the President had a one-on-one meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and allegedly asked him to stop pursuing Flynn. Comey was fired by the President, then leaked a memo detailing the meeting regarding Flynn.

Outcry from many in DC and in the media prompted Mueller’s appointment. Since then, he charged Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Charging or cutting a deal with Flynn would likely be the step prior to pursuing people directly associated with the President.

Further Reading

Flynn moving to cooperate with Mueller in Russia probe: report | TheHill

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361687-flynn-moving-to-cooperate-with-mueller-in-russia-probe-reportThe report comes after NBC News on Wednesday reported that Mueller is looking to question Bijan Kian, an associate of Flynn. Previous reports have suggested that the special counsel already has enough evidence to indict Flynn and his son, who also worked for Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s legal team has insisted recently that Mueller’s probe will end in the coming months, though legal experts have said the investigation is likely to drag on.

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If a female representative was in Joe Barton’s position, would she be considered a victim?

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If a female representative were in Joe Bartons position would she be considered a victim

Let me first state for the record I think it’s a really, really bad idea for anyone to take nude pictures of themselves and send them to anyone other than a spouse (and even then it’s probably ill advised). With that said, I also believe that anyone who chooses to take nude pictures of themselves and send them to anyone who explicitly wants them has that right.

Now, let’s talk about Congressman Joe Barton. He’s in a very touchy situation with a nude photo of himself circulating around social media. Many are calling for him to step down, including one of my fellow contributors at NOQ Report:

Congressman Joe Barton apologizes for leaked nude selfies

http://noqreport.com/2017/11/22/congressman-joe-barton-apologizes-leaked-nude-selfies/While there was nothing illegal about the photo itself, there are moral implications. He’s a grown man who was separated at the time and sending nude images supposedly to people who wanted them, but we’re talking about a U.S. Congressman. Shouldn’t the standards for decency be higher?

It is still unclear how the photo got onto social media, who put it there, or whether its posting would constitute revenge porn, which is illegal under Texas law.

The author of the piece above asks whether we should hold a U.S. Congressman to a higher standard of decency? I think we should… as it pertains to representing their constituents and defending the Constitution. As for their private lives, no. If they’re not doing anything illegal or unethical, then they should be allowed to be just as human as anyone else.

I’m adamantly against smoking. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner smoked like a chimney. Does that mean I wanted him to step down because of that poor personal choice? No. I did want him to step down because he was a horrible Speaker, but his personal bad judgment did not affect his ability to represent the people who elected him nor hamper his ability to fulfill his pledge of defense for the Constitution.

All of these calls for Barton to step down are silly. He may be an idiot for doing what he did, but he also may be the victim of a crime:

Joe Barton warned woman not to release explicit photos that are now under police investigation

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2017/11/22/ennis-rep-joe-barton-apologizing-sexually-explicit-photoShe told the newspaper that she did not publish the explicit image, though it’s unclear whether she willingly provided it to someone else.

Barton confirmed late Wednesday that he warned the woman he might seek help from police to ensure that she didn’t expose private photos to retaliate for his ending their relationship, and he believes he’s the victim of a crime from this week’s exposure of the lewd material.

I have never played any of the social justice cards such as the “race card” or the “sexism card,” but this may be a sexist situation. Why? Because if it was a woman who sent a nude image of herself to a man she was having a relationship with and that image was leaked, nobody would be calling for her to step down. Instead, they’d be hunting down the guy who released the image and demanding he be put in jail with Roy Moore, Harvey Weinstein, and Bill Clin… okay, so maybe they wouldn’t go that far.

The point is this: women are not the only victims of sexual misconduct. This seems to be a variation of “revenge porn” which happens to be illegal in the state of Texas. To me, Joe Barton is a moron for sending anyone nude selfies and if he wants to step down out of shame, so be it. He shouldn’t step down out of a sense of guilt. It may be hard to get reelected at this point, but there’s no reason for him to be bullied out by the press or activists.

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Surveillance video shows cartel kidnapping in broad daylight

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Surveillance video shows cartel kidnapping in broad daylight

In the Mexican state of Michoacán, violence and crime are rampant. Despite claims by the government that things are under control, citizens live in constant fear for their lives. Murders, kidnappings, and other acts of violence are perpetrated by the drug cartels daily. They’re so brazen they kidnapped a local business owner in broad daylight in front of surveillance cameras with witnesses just a few years away.

This video, acquired by Breitbart, shows the harrowing moment when two gunmen jump out of a vehicle and throw a man into it.

Further Reading

EXCLUSIVE — WATCH: Mexican Cartel Kidnaps Innocent Victim in Broad Daylight

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/11/22/exclusive-watch-mexican-cartel-kidnaps-innocent-victim-broad-daylight/The gunmen riding in a black crossover vehicle pull up next to him and jump out pointing guns. They force the businessman into the SUV and drive away. The entire kidnapping takes less than 20 seconds.

The kidnapping is one of the many crimes that continue to occur in Michoacan. Despite a record-breaking number of murders, Governor Silvano Aureoles Conejo continues to downplay the security conditions. As Breitbart Texas reports, the state is currently being fought over by members of the Nueva Familia Michoacana and Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG). The two criminal organizations carried out dozens of grizzly executions and dismemberments to leverage control of the port city of Lazaro Cardenas and lucrative drug production territories down-state.

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