Tuesday, October 31, 2017

PC? Not this woman!

I wonder if Fox realized what they were getting when they offered this program hour to Laura Ingraham. Did they think for one second she would espouse political correctness? Look who she had on her show tonight: Pat Buchanan and Robert Spencer! When was the last time you saw either of them on a prime time show? You go, girl!

Trump hands out candy to media kids

Refusing to go away

Today's New York terror attack

A rented van hit at least fifteen people in a New York City terror attack today. At least 8 people dead. The driver is now in custody being treated after police shot him in the leg as he ran through the street carrying two guns. He was in a pickup truck rented from a New Jersey Home Depot! Of course, he shouted out Allahu Akbar. He is described as being of "Middle Eastern descent" and 29-years-old. The incident happened one-half mile from the World Trade Center.

How the Hell does ISIS have a website? YouTube takes down Prager University videos, but ISIS has a website?

There are over a thousand terror suspects being investigated right in the United States.

"I am a man with Downs Syndrome, and my life is worth living!"

"Sadly, across the world a notion is being sold that those Down Syndrome pregnancies will be identified in the womb and those pregnancies will just be terminated. We are a medical gift to society! Research into cancer, Alzheimers, and immune systems disorders. We are an unusually powerful source of happiness. Surely happiness is worth something? Is there really no place for us in the NIH budget? Fund this research! Let's pursue answers, not final solutions! Let's make our goal to be Alzheimers-free, not Down Syndrome-free!"

"Allahu Akbar"

The latest terrorism incident has happened in New York today. Ace's coverage is here.

Prosperity, Safety, Liberty

Laura Ingraham debuts her Fox Show The Ingraham Angle. She cites a long list of Trump's accomplishments already in his first year as president, and asks what is the resistance resisting? The people took their power back on election day and the establishment is mad as hell! This show is going to be about all of the political and legal battles, and how it all affects our families personally. A beautiful opening statement. Good luck Laura!

Trump not forgetting Benghazi


Peter Flaherty writes at The Daily Caller,
More than anything else, the indictments of Paul Manafort and his partner Rick Gates demonstrate the fraudulent nature of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The probe has little to do with Russian interference in last year’s election. Instead, it is calculated to protect Mueller and a cabal within the FBI and Justice Department who covered up crimes by Hillary Clinton because they believed it was likely that she would be elected president.

And once Mueller and then his friend and successor James Comey covered for Hillary, they had to keep covering. There was a reason that Mueller was so available when he was so swiftly appointed Special Counsel in May by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The Comey firing threatened to expose all that these same officials had swept under the rug. Yes, Rosenstein bit the bullet and drafted the memo that was the legal basis for firing Comey, but it would be followed by appointing Mueller.

In July, Comey preemptively exonerated Hillary despite her maintenance of a private email server and mishandling of classified material. By accusing her of being “extremely careless,” he purposely distracted attention from the context of the emails. Hillary and Bill Clinton operated an aggressive shakedown operation of domestic and foreign interests, many of which are unsavory and criminal. Concealing the true nature of the operation was at least part of the Clintons’ motivation for the private server.

The outlines of the Uranium One deal were not a secret. Media outlets like the New York Times reported on the U.S. government approval of a partial sale of the Canadian mining company to Rosatom, a Russian firm, while those who benefitted donated to the Clinton Foundation and paid Bill Clinton $500,000 for a single speech in Moscow.

Then came more detailed reports about how the FBI cracked the case of a major Russian effort to penetrate the North American uranium industry through a host of illegal activities, but somehow the whole matter was slow-walked and kept from U.S. government officials who had to approve the Uranium One deal. Mueller and Comey ultimately supervised the probe.

Meanwhile, the FBI’s email investigation was supervised by now-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who has significant connections to the Clintons through his wife Jill McCabe. Hillary headlined a fundraiser for a group supporting Jill McCabe’s campaign for the Virginia state senate, as first reported in the Wall Street Journal. The National Legal and Policy Center subsequently exposed more Clintonista support, including from then-Clinton Foundation operative Doug Band who wrote a personal check for $50,000.

The plot thickened last week when the bombshell hit that it was Hillary’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee that paid for the Fusion GPS dossier. Reporters were chagrined to realize that they had been lied to repeatedly for months and months. Hillary now claims that the first she heard of it was when the dossier memo was printed by BuzzFeed in January, a likely lie. As long as this “what did Hillary know and when did Hillary know it” question is of no interest to Mueller, his investigation has no credibility whatsoever. But therein lies the dilemma for Mueller. A real probe of Hillary would mean a review of his own actions and those of his colleagues. He’s cornered.

Mueller’s strategy is clear. He has to rescue himself, Comey, McCabe, Rosenstein and others from their complicity in Hillary’s dealings with the Russians. Mueller is creating a diversion by going after Manafort, the lowest of low-hanging fruit. Just about any inquiry into Manafort’s dealings over the years was sure to yield results.

Donald Trump’s demeanor invites assumptions by some about his commitment to democratic values, but it is Hillary and her campaign that colluded with the Russians, paid the hit squad Fusion GPS to manufacture and plant information on her opponent, and hired people to provoke violence at Trump rallies.

The Clintons’ ruthlessness, along with the unwillingness of the nation’s top enforcement officials to stand up to them, has created a Constitutional crisis.

Israel in the news today

In The Morning Rant at Ace of Spades, CBD writes,
Israel must be a really bad place. Worse than North Korea or Iran or Myanmar or Sudan or Venezuela. I mean, they let gays live, and let Arabs vote, and even allow churches and mosques. And worst of all, they have plenty of food, and free speech too! I can see why the world wants to fling poo at them.
Israeli Judo Champion Wins Gold In Abu Dhabi, Which Won't Acknowledge Israel. So He Sings Israeli National Anthem Himself.

When Tal Flicker, the Israeli judo champion, won the gold medal in Abu Dhabi, which refused to play the Israeli national anthem or display the flag of Israel, and played the theme of the International Judo Federation instead, he decided he would protest in the only way left to him: he quietly sang the Israeli national anthem himself.

Those of you who have been to Israel understand that the most fervent desire of most Israelis is to have a good life; peaceful and productive and interesting. The idea that Israel fixates on the "Palestinian problem" is laughable. What they want is security and peace. That the world not only does not recognize this, but actively pursues policies that marginalize a vibrant pluralistic democracy, simply because it is Jewish, makes a mockery of the platitudes often spoken about the Holocaust. They are just pissed that Hitler wasn't more successful.

In other news brought to us by Hank Berrien at The Daily Wire, On Monday afternoon, Israeli Defense Forces destroyed a network of terror tunnels near Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, according to AFP. The Times of Israel reported at least seven terrorists were killed, although other estimates ran as high as 12.

IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus stated: "[The IDF] neutralized a terror tunnel leading into southern Israel from the vicinity of Khan Yunis. The tunnel was detonated from within Israel, close to the security fence. The (IDF's) actions are in light of this grave and unacceptable violation of Israeli sovereignty."

According to Brigadier General Ronen Manelis, the tunnel ran deep into Israeli territory.

On Sunday, Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon announced that there was a tunnel underneath a Gaza school run by the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees. He accused Hamas of using UNRWA facilities as “terror bases” and Gazan children as “human shields,” adding, “Yet another terror tunnel under an UNRWA schoolyard. This is what Hamas rule looks like and this is more proof of the double war crime committed as terror tunnels are built to attack Israelis, while using the children of Gaza as human shields.”

Monday, October 30, 2017

Today's news stories about Kevin Spacey and Paul Manafort

Bookworm has a good analysis of today's news stories about Kevin Spacey and Paul Manafort here.

"They'll never find me in here!"

Tony Podesta tries to intimidate Tucker Carlson

Tucker is not intimidated.

CRONY: Obama-Appointed Judge Seals Fusion GPS Bank Records; Ruling Insulates Obama, Clinton, FBI

A website called TruePundit has been popping up with news stories a lot. Today they have this: CRONY: Obama-Appointed Judge Seals Fusion GPS Bank Records; Ruling Insulates Obama, Clinton, FBI
She donated campaign cash to Barack Obama. After his election, he appointed both her and her husband as judges. Looks like those moves are paying huge dividends.

The federal judge presiding over whether Congress gets to see the bank records behind the Trump Dossier company has placed the financial records under sealed protective order, effectively hiding them from the public and even most lawmakers. Only a select few lawmakers will get to see a select few GPS banking records.
Read more here.

Rush explains what is going on!

Manafort? No, Rush is choosing to focus on the illegal leak of the grand jury Friday to CNN of the fact that someone was going to be indicted today. What was the purpose of leaking the grand jury indictment? To cover up the Clinton involvement in the dossier, which was the news of last week!

Mueller's tactic: make life miserable for your perp(s) in hopes that you can squeeze them into giving them something on Trump!

April 2016 Obama's organizing group called Organizing for America gave Fusion GPS $1 million dollars through the same law firm Hillary's money was given to!

Nobody explains things better than Rush!

Have you tried to be free?

Willie Nelson has. Hat tip Flares into Darkness

Manafort the money-laundering swamp creature, No collusion, nothing about hacking the election

Greg: The press were expecting a pony for their birthday, but this is only a goldfish!

Dana: Manafort the money-laundering swamp creature.

Jesse: Andrew McCarthy says none of these charges are a slam dunk! Was Manafort overcharged in order to squeeze him? Manafort was lobbying for the government of Ukraine and then concealed some proceeds from it. Hiding money so he wouldn't have to pay taxes on it (Dana). No collusion, nothing about hacking the election.

Juan: Why would Trump hire Manafort? Jesse: Because Roger Stone recommended him! Dana tries to answer, but Juan rudely interrupts her, as he does every single program!

Juan thinks the biggest thing today was the fact that Trump volunteer George Papadopoulis pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about Russian contacts. Of course, Juan would think that.

Tony Podesta stepped down from the Podesta lobbying firm today. Kimberley: We'll be hearing more about that name.

Greg: Hillary and the DNC paid for information that got Manafort indicted for stuff that's unrelated to the election! Hillary's blame everyone but me tour keeps going!

Hillary makes an impeachment joke. Jesse reminds her that her husband was the last president to be impeached.

The real law of the land!

CBD writes at Ace of Spades,
The arrogant no-nothings over at Time seem to think that changing the paradigm of government -- a paradigm that has resulted in a $20,000,000,000,000 debt and an economic stagnation that has injured the great unwashed in the flyover states -- is an unconscionable attack on our system of government and our way of life. But what they do not understand, in spite of abundant evidence right in front of their smug, latte-sipping faces, is that our system of government is based not on the theoretical knowledge of the elites, but on a formerly robust but now-tattered document called the US Constitution. And any executive action that reduces the influence of our federal government is almost guaranteed to bolster the Constitution: the real law of the land.

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Somewhere today I read that Stephen Paddock's brain is going to be examined at Stanford University. Neo-neocon writes here about another mass shooter whose brain was examined. In addition, she writes here about Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the killers at Columbine High School. Eric and Dylan were convinced they were better than everyone else.

Questions, but no answers!

I watched only the first segment of this show in which Congressman Gowdy answered questions from Chris Wallace. Did Justice or Intelligence agencies rely on the dossier in initiating the counterintelligence investigation or in court filings? If they relied on that dossier and they didn't corroborate or vet it that's gonna be the next thing House Intel will investigate. We've still got a lot of Obama holdovers in the Department of Justice. Or should I say Holderovers?

No one can remember who paid ten million dollars to a law firm to do oppo research! Two issues: memory, and lack of transparency through a law firm.

Is anyone else getting tired of all the excuses?

Nov 8 throngs shouting helplessly to the sky, Remember when the media loved the Russian story? Why are the Russians trying to screw things up in America? Remember when we won that hockey match?

Will any of your close associates be among the Nov 8 throngs shouting helplessly to the sky?

Better to have a successful jerk than a charming failure!

Tyrus believes no one will scream until the cameras are on. Kat believes the person who will enjoy Nov 8 the most will be President Trump.

Remember when the media loved the Russian story?

Greg: Selling uranium to the Russians is like selling pots and pans to Hannibal Lector!

Why are the Russians trying to screw things up in America? Remember when we won that hockey match?

Kat turns to Tyrus and says, "You interrupt me constantly when I am talking!" I have been waiting for someone to do that on either this show, The Five, or Tucker Carlson. Good for Kat!

What could be more fun than jumping off a pile of dirt?

The aspen tells us not to worry about winter; just enjoy the fall!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Entrenched ideologies

At The Conservative Treehouse, Sundance informs us that
A few media reports are all confirming the initial funding for the Fusion GPS opposition research against candidate Donald Trump came from The Washington Free Beacon and the previously undisclosed underwriter for the WFB, billionaire Paul Singer.

...It should also be noted, despite the conflation by the Democrats, the initial commissioned opposition research had nothing to do with the Clinton and DNC contract with Christopher Steele who wrote the ‘Russian Dossier’.

However, in the larger picture, billionaire Paul Singer’s confirmed activity only adds weight to our discussions in 2015 and 2016 about how billionaires influence conservative politics through their purchase of media to drive their ideology and self-interest. If you know the billionaire behind the media enterprise you can predict the policy advocacy of the content therein.

Billionaire Robert Mercer owns Breitbart and originally supported Ted Cruz through the GOP primary.

Billionaire Farris Wilkes owns Daily Wire (Ben Shapiro) and supported Ted Cruz through the GOP primary.

Billionaire Cary Katz owns Conservative Review and CRTV (Mark Levin) and supported Ted Cruz through the GOP primary.

Billionaire Paul Singer owns Washington Free Beacon and supported Marco Rubio through the GOP primary.

In each instance the ideological worldview of the owner establishes the foundational building block for the political policy advancement promoted by the central figureheads within the media organization. If you know the billionaire behind the organization you can predict the direction of the articles written by the media.

Just like Carlos Slim (New York Times), Ted Turner (CNN) and Jeff Bezos (Washington Post), the same entrenched ideology applies to the billionaires and corporate media on the other side of the political spectrum. Sinclair Media (Sara Carter – Circa) and Salem Media (Hot Air, Twitchy, Human Events, Red State, etc.) can all be guaranteed to express a very specific narrow policy and worldview -based on ideology- in each of their publications and broadcasts.

In the 2016 election presidential candidate Donald Trump did not have support from any billionaire or corporate owned media enterprise. When you look at the expressed worldview of the billionaire media and compare it to Trump’s “America First” compass heading you realize why this is not accidental.

Billionaires like Wilbur Ross, Steve Mnuchin, Carl Ican, Steve Wynn, Peter Thiel, Thomas Barrack and Woody Johnson all supported Trump, but they were outside media; and like Trump himself, focused more on the economic side of the policy spectrum.

Billionaires and Billionaire owned corporations, on the right side who own media are engaged more heavily in social transformations, cultural/social issues, religion and foreign policy advocacy for the nation state of Israel.

Billionaires on the right side who don’t purchase media are more focused on business and economics; those are Trump-type billionaires.
Read more here.

What journalists with integrity must go through

At The Hill, Sharyl Attkisson gives a thorough account of what a journalist with integrity must go through in today's media climate.
...An entire industry has been built around companies and operatives that work to get stories placed, discredited or wiped. They obfuscate, confuse and attack. Their targets include ideas they oppose, whistleblowers and advocates who are exposing the truth, journalists uncovering the facts, and news outlets publishing the stories.

...In my two decades as a reporter for CBS News, my stories were often on the receiving end of these efforts. The pharmaceutical industry is probably the most aggressive and persuasive, considering how much media advertising it buys, how much influence it wields within government and how much money it has at its disposal. I’ve written about one of my best CBS executive producers who recounted getting harassed by the network sales department; at issue were my investigations exposing risks of medicine produced by some big pharmaceutical advertisers. More pressure came after off-the-grid conversations and meetings that pharmaceutical lawyers arranged with certain news producers and executives; I wasn’t invited.

...In the last ten years, I’ve talked to many reporters who have complained to me that they believe they’ve had stories improperly changed or killed at CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and in local news.

At a conference for investigative reporters, a small group of us circled up and compared notes. We all agreed it’s getting worse.

...But it seems few want to address the elephant in the room.

In the end, the biggest problem just might be self-censorship. Why waste time on stories that will never air, or stories that will only make your professional life difficult? We come to understand what types of stories “they” want and which “they’ll” kill — “they” referring to that nebulous, changeable group of deciders in the news division or on a specific program.

...A colleague once told me “they don’t pay” him enough to do stories that take on certain powerful interests. Another says he avoids the hassle by sticking mostly to features about animals and weather. “Everybody’s happy” after those stories, he says. “Nobody complains.”

In this way, the propagandists have accomplished their job without lifting a finger. We’ve done it for them.

All of this explains why, when I read or watch the news, I often wonder what parts might have been forced into the story or what material might have been removed.
Read more here.

Her aggressive lint roller habit

Kyle Erf reports at Hard Times,
CLEVELAND — Local goth Stacy “Scheherazade” Kowalski used an entire three-pack of lint rollers in just five days, according to sources within the macabre woman’s “coven.”

The despondent Kowalski has been uncharacteristically open about her aggressive lint roller habit.

“I have to roll myself down every 20-30 minutes,” she said. “Wearing black is supposed to present an unending, dark emptiness, but it does the opposite when it comes to dust.”

The constant grooming has taken a financial toll on the young absinthe aficionado. Kowalski compared the price of supplying herself in lint rollers to a “$30-per-month goth tax,” and boasted that her Costco membership paid for itself on lint roller savings alone. The somber 24-year-old did note her lint rolling situation got much worse after adopting her cat, Beelzebub.

“I am constantly cleaning Bub’s hair off my leggings,” she added with a wistful sigh. “Her hair is black, so you wouldn’t expect it to be a problem. But as soon as I step out into that miserable sunlight, the cat hair really makes me look like a person who can’t keep herself together.”

Experts claim such day-to-day hassles are common in the goth community.

“Being goth is a lifestyle of everyday hardships. We undoubtedly put up a veneer of not caring what others think of our appearances, but, truthfully, we spend at least 10% of every day keeping our outfits in order,” said Sir Montgomery Pyrite, editor of the goth lifestyle blog DEATHSTYLE. “If one isn’t fixing a chipped nail or keeping oneself dust-free after a rave in an old abandoned church, one must be busy tracking down a store that still peddles in clove cigarettes. It is not a life for the faint of heart.”

Kowalski, however, plans to simply put up with the situation for the foreseeable future.

“Sure, sometimes I wonder if it’s worth all the effort just so my aesthetic can match the amount of Siouxsie and the Banshees I listen to. But I’m not stopping,” said the black-clad woman. “The extra work doesn’t matter to me.”

“Because nothing matters,” she clarified.

New JFK info, Russia collusion with Democrats, Las Vegas

This Tucker Carlson Tonight is chocked full of important information on the fraudulentTrump dossier, Russia paying the Podesta group, Democrats paying Russia,

Brad Sherman, an annoying California Democrat, tries to divert by insulting Tucker. He refuses to go away, even when Tucker tries to interview a new guest, Byron York.

Tucker interviews a union guy about the Las Vegas security guard.

Gerald Posner and Dr. Badin are interviewed by Tucker regarding the new JFK information.

Who is watching what?

John Podesta and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Denied Knowing Who Paid for the Dossier. Despite the fact that it was them, through their lawyer Marc Elias

Ace of Spades writes,
n Interviews With Congress, John Podesta and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Denied Knowing Who Paid for the Dossier

Despite the fact that it was them, through their lawyer Marc Elias. He quotes CNN:

"Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta and former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz both privately denied to congressional Russia investigators that they had any knowledge about an arrangement to pay for opposition research on President Donald Trump, three sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

The interviews happened before this week's disclosure that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid for the research. Senate investigators may seek to further question the two top Democrats and dig deeper on the origins of the so-called Trump dossier, one of the sources briefed on the matter said.

Their remarks to congressional investigators raise the stakes in their assertion that they knew nothing about the funding because it's against the law to make false statements to Congress."

By the way, this being #FakeNews CNN (and I don't suggest you click), the next sentence is something very much like "Republicans have seized upon this controversy as a way to deflect..." You know -- Republicans are epileptics. Always seizing, seizing, seizing.

Or pouncing.

Shorter CNN: Republicans are seizing on this proven lie to Congress to distract from Democrats' unevidenced claims of lawbreaking.

This gets better. I mentioned earlier that Marc Elias was both Podesta's and the DNC's lawyer -- as well as being the pointman at the law firm that actually laundered Clinton's and the DNC's money to pay Fusion.

But I didn't notice the context in which he served as their lawyer.

Marc Elias, representing both Podesta and Wasserman-Schultz, said nothing as his clients made false statements to Congress about having "no idea" who funded Fusion, and despite himself being in a position to know with certainty. CNN:

"Whether or not this testimony was under oath, it is a crime to provide false testimony to Congress. Elias certainly knew about the funding and its connection to the DNC and Team Hillary, and yet remained silent. He may not have been a witness, but as the attorney representing Podesta -- who served as Hillary's campaign manager -- wouldn’t he have at least leaned over and advised his client not to answer that question? And given that sources close to Hillary Clinton claim she found out about it in January, long before this probe began, wouldn't Podesta have known about it by the time he answered this question?"

CNN is already tipping how they'll play this -- arguing against the White House suggesting that the gag order on the Uranium One informant be lifted.

That is, they're arguing against government transparency.

BTW, Sessions says he's aware of no such suggestion and he was discussing this with the Senate for a while now.

Everyone was colluding with the Russians except Trump

Finally, someone has written something clearly explaining the Steele dossier and Russian collusian. That someone is Mark Steyn.
How to Steele an Election

Christopher Steele, on Her Majesty*'s Secret Service (*Queen Hillary)

From Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes:

"Mostly she was mad - mad that she'd lost and that the country would have to endure a Trump presidency... Hillary kept pointing her finger at Comey and Russia. 'She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,' this person said.

That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn't entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument."

"Mook" is campaign manager Robby of that ilk, and "Podesta" is John, her campaign chairman and, with his brother Tony Podesta, one of the two Podestas who founded the Podesta Group, now under investigation for violating the Foreign Agent Registration Act. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Notice Mr Allen and Miss Parnes' choice of words: Whether or not the election in reality "wasn't entirely on the up-and-up", Messrs Mook and Podesta and the rest of the Clinton team decided to "engineer the case" that it wasn't.

And engineering-wise they did a pretty impressive job, as you'll know if you're one of the impressionable rubes who gets his news from ABC, CBS, NBC or CNN. If the campaign team had worked its precision engineering half as well on the actual campaign, they would have won the election "on the up-and-up" and saved themselves the need for a post-election campaign.

By "Russian hacking" of the election, they mean that some Internet trolls from halfway round the world bought a few fake Facebook ads, half of which weren't seen until after election day. For purposes of comparison, the one hundred grand these trolls spent to "interfere" in the US election works out at less than two per cent of what Hillary paid a high-ranking spy of a foreign power to interfere in the US election ...and post-election.

It started in April 2016, when it became clear that Trump was going to win the Republican nomination. The Hillary campaign and the DNC gave millions of dollars to Marc Elias, a Clinton lawyer, who in turn hired Fusion GPS, who in turn hired former MI6 agent Christopher Steele. Why use Mr Elias as a cutout? Because Hillary and the DNC could then itemize the expense as "legal services" rather than list payments to Mr Steele, which would be in breach of federal law.

Mr Steele used to be head of "the Russia house", to go all John le Carré on you. So he asked his contacts in Moscow to come up with some stuff on Trump, and they responded with some pretty thinnish material that Steele managed to stretch out to a total of about 33 pages. I can tell you, after six years in the fetid craphole of the District of Columbia Superior Court for the Mann vs Steyn case, that the most routine procedural motion therein runs at least three times the length. The most "salacious" (in James Comey's word) assertion of the dossier is that Trump likes getting urinated on by Russian hookers. Having met him, I regard this as most unlikely: He is a germaphobe who resents having to do all the unhygienic gladhanding required in American politics. I find it easier to imagine almost any other Republican bigshot enjoying the erotic frisson of micturition, if only from Chuck Schumer. But judge for yourself: You can read the dossier here.

At which point things took a strange and disturbing turn. Steele's dossier was passed along to the FBI. It seems a reasonable inference, to put it as blandly as possible, that the dossier was used to justify the opening of what the Feds call an "FI" (Full Investigation), which in turn was used to justify a FISA order permitting the FBI to put Trump's associates under surveillance. Indeed, it seems a reasonable inference that the dossier was created and supplied to friendly forces within the bureau in order to provide a pretext for an FI, without which surveillance of the Trump campaign would not be possible.

In October 2016, things took a stranger and more disturbing turn. Steele "reached an agreement with the FBI a few weeks before the election for the Bureau to pay him to continue his work". In other words, the permanent bureaucracy and the ruling party were collaborating to get the goods on their political opponent, by illegally paying a foreign spy to interfere with the election. Why would the most lavishly funded investigative agency on the planet need the services of a British subject and his modest consulting firm? Not just for plausible deniability but also for plausible reliability: Hey, investigating Trump would never have occurred to us, but the former head of the Russia desk at MI6 thought we ought to know about this... Which, in case you haven't noticed, is the precise equivalent of Bush crediting British intelligence as the unimpeachable source for his belief that Saddam Hussein was seeking to acquire yellowcake from Niger.

A month later, Trump did the impossible and won the election. And within twenty-four hours Mook and Podesta had begun "engineering the case" that the election "wasn't entirely on the up-and-up". On November 18th, Andrew Wood, formerly British Ambassador in Moscow, and John McCain, the Senator from Arizona and fierce Never Trumper, met at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia. Sir Andrew told Senator McCain about the dossier and said he'd known Steele when they were both on Her Majesty's service in Russia and that he was a splendid chap, very sound and awfully decent.

[UPDATE! Steve McIntyre, slayer of hockey sticks, notes that Andrew Wood is not merely a former ambassador but an Associate of Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd (Steele's company).]

One month after the election, on December 9th, McCain met with FBI Director Comey and handed over the dossier. It is not known if Comey replied, "Oh, this old thing? As a matter of fact, we used it as a pretext to get surveillance warrants on Trump. Do you know what it's like to sit through hours of phone transcripts about how 'The Apprentice"s ratings have tanked since they hired that loser Schwarzenegger?"

Do you sense the ground shifting here? At some point someone somewhere might well have genuinely believed they were asking Christopher Steele to find something on Trump that Hillary could use to destroy him in the media and win the election. Mr Steele failed to deliver. This is not necessarily his fault: There may, indeed, be nothing to deliver.

But there was enough of a pseudo-dossier, by the debased standards of the bloated US "intelligence community", to be used as a pretext to get the rubber-stamp FISA court to approve 24/7 surveillance of everyone around Trump - and maybe that would turn up something to destroy him.

But, again, it didn't. Every sentient creature knows that - because everyone understands that if they'd found anything they'd have leaked it.

So once again the worthless dossier was pressed into service, this time to bolster the case that the Russians had stolen the election from Hillary. During the stupid and anachronistic two-and-a-half-month electoral "transition", the outgoing Administration worked round the clock to de-legitimize and cripple their successors. The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, a dismal and deeply compromised individual, told Jim Comey to set up a meeting with Trump and present him with the dossier. Which he did. Supposedly, Comey felt that he needed to disclose to the President the existence of a report of his supposed sexual predilections: So the G-Man briefed the Pee-Man. As I said to Tucker Carlson on Wednesday, it is yet another reasonable inference that the only purpose of this meeting was to enable the leaking of the meeting - and thereby damage the incoming President: The briefing was arranged as cover for the leak thereof.

All this from one dodgy dossier compiled by an MI6 agent with deep ties to FSB operatives in Russia. Has any one foreigner so interfered in a US election as Christopher Steele? Hillary and her chums needed Steele for oppo research. The Deep State needed Steele as a cover for wiretapping the Trump team. The Never Trumpers needed Steele to mire the incoming President and hobble him from the get-go. And the outgoing Administration needed Steele to bolster their narrative that Trump and the Russians had colluded to steal the election. In fact, Trump seems to have fewer "ties" to Russia than almost any other multinational businessman of comparable wealth, and certainly fewer ties than the corrupt Clintons.

Many things can be deduced from this scandal: Robert Mueller should retire, preferably somewhere far, far away. James Comey should be charged, convicted and jailed. So should senior figures in the Clinton campaign. And those large sections of the "intelligence community" that have gone rogue and spend more time subverting their own government than any foreign enemies need to be overhauled from top to toe, or, more likely, put out of business entirely.

Thus Washington's vast wilderness of distorting mirrors: as I told Tucker Carlson, everyone was colluding with the Russians except Trump - Hillary, the DNC, Democrat lawyers, the FBI, all frantically pointing fingers at the only non-colluding guy in the room. No man anywhere has ever been less in need of a "golden shower" than Donald J Trump. He is surrounded on all sides by powerful forces leaking on him incessantly.

Friday, October 27, 2017


"We're Americans. That's what we do!"

At Ace of Spades, Weird Dave is on a roll with a great post. Thanks to Dave, here is one heck of a speech by Oliver North.

Mothers , don't let your sons grow up to work at the car wash!

3% growth again in third quarter, Fusion GPS scandal just beginning

3% growth for the second quarter in a row. Never happened even in any one quarter of Obama's 8 years. Think of where we will be if tax reform and other items before Congress get passed!

Speaking of numbers, Rush's audience is now at 27 million! Kudos to him for sticking with it all these years!

Rush compliments Kim Strassel at the Wall Street Journal for "always having a unique take" on subjects she writes about. She states that the Clinton/DNC funding of the opp research firm Fusion GPS is just the beginning of the scandal to come. The next question is how they used the money. The answers are in their bank records. Next question: what ties to the FBI did Fusion GPS have?

Amnesia, learning more about JFK assassination, Scandal, Halloween

The Russians have a department of sabotage and assassinations!

A British newspaper got a warning of the JFK assassination 25 minutes before JFK was shot!

We were planning to assassinate Castro.

Oswald met with Russian assassination teams in Cuba!

My advice for the producer of this show: Tell cast members to refrain from talking while another person is talking! Same advice for Tucker Carlson's producer!

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has amnesia. She doesn't remember spending millions of dollars on the Steele dossier. The DNC and Hillary campaign colluded with Russia with the FBI's blessing! Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Jesse: You know when a scandal is real when the Left blames Fox News! The story did not originate at Fox. It originated with Peter Schweizer's book Clinton Cash and current reporting by The Hill.

Halloween is Tuesday and the costume PC people are out in full force again this year. Identity politics infects and then divides.

No White House pet

Trivial Pursuits
Guest post by Suzann Darnall

I know there is so much going on that I could write about, but I am opting to write about something fairly trivial ‘cause it is something that actually keeps popping up in social media and other news sources about President Trump and his family. And, it truly is something trivial. Like these news outlets don’t have far more important concerns they could be covering. But, hey, they just keep proving every single day how very trivial they are, right?

As for me, I am allowed to be trivial. I am a stay-home wife who has a small quilting business, a lot of animals, and enjoys writing. I usually cover politics or societal concerns, but occasionally I wander into humor, family, or whatever else might stir my fancy.

I am not a professional who should be covering the news with an eye to informing the public, I am simply the internet equivalent of a wandering minstrel that people can invite into their world momentarily to read what I have to say on a particular subject on a particular day. It is my hope they will gain a new insight, get a laugh, simply enjoy my word play, or maybe even learn something.

But, enough meandering about my role versus real journalists, let’s get back to the truly trivial I am supposed to be covering this go-round. Pets. Specifically the time honored tradition of White House pets. Everyone gasp in amazement now, ‘cause the Trump family does not have a dog or a cat. However will America cope?

Now, I am an animal lover. Have been my entire life. With rare exceptions (due to military moves) I have had animals my whole life. I’ve owned horses, dogs, cats, a guinea pig, hamsters, a gerbil, and fish. Lots and lots of animals across my nearly 6 decades of my own personal pet parade. But, if I have learned anything across those many decades, it is that animals are not for everyone. And, I have also learned that I would prefer people who don’t really love animals not ever get animals.

Not having pets or not being an animal lover does not make someone a bad person. Some of us are animal people, some of us are not. It is a personal preference. Like preferring anything else. We do not consider people good or bad based on color preferences or food preferences, why do we label them based on animal choices? Cat, dog, none? What difference does it make?

Having worked in Great Dane rescue and having adopted a few cats from shelters, I can tell you that I very much prefer a person NOT get an animal than get one and then dispose of it!!! I live in a college town area and there are animals regularly dumped every time a semester ends, just like adoptions go up every time a semester begins. Pets should never be a temporary commitment or a social statement. They should always be a member of the family.

So, I admire the Trumps for not getting a pet, if that is what they prefer. Having a dog or cat in the White House does not make someone a great president. Doing the job correctly makes someone a great president. And, President Trump apparently doesn’t need a pet to do his job. So, far I think he is doing just fine without a furry friend. But, then again, I am not the “real” media, thus perhaps there is a pet-n-presidency link I am missing!!! I don’t think so, though!


Maybe Christians and Jews will be next to be honored!

Saudi Arabia has become the first country to grant citizenship to a robot! Here she is Sophia the android.

“I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship,” Sophia said. ..."I'm always happy to be surrounded by smart people, especially people who also happen to be rich and powerful!" "Humans are very programmable!"

Calling for Mueller to resign

Investors Business Daily's editorial board added its voice to those calling for Robert Mueller to resign.
Russian Scandal: Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a tough job. After all, how can you prove allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials to influence our 2016 presidential election when, from all evidence after a year and a half of investigation, it didn't happen?

Naming Mueller to head the investigation was a huge error. His investigation should be shut down and Mueller sent home.

This week's stunning revelation that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee funded the fake Trump/Putin dossier, filled with outright lies, exaggerations and misleading information, is the final straw.

For it shows that not only were Hillary Clinton, the DNC and her lawyer, Marc Elias, lying when they denied any involvement in the phony dossier, it showed that they — not Trump — were deeply, perhaps criminally, compromised by collusion with Russian officials.

In Hillary's case, in 2009 she promised the Russians a "reset," and then over the next two years proceeded to help them build their own mini-Silicon Valley with U.S. funding and expertise, and approved the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian company that controls 20% of U.S.-based uranium supplies, to Russia's state-owned nuclear monopoly, Rosatom.

If that isn't dizzying enough, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her husband former President Bill Clinton, and their Clinton Foundation charity took in millions of dollars from Russian entities and the grateful executives of Uranium One, who were taken over by the deep-pocketed Russians. It was a classic example of illegal pay-for-play, and yet neither President Obama's Justice Department nor his FBI found anything wrong with it.

Fast forward to 2016, and Hillary and the DNC retained Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. Fusion then hired former British spook Christopher Steele, a man who, as former head of the Moscow desk for Britain's MI6 intelligence agency, has deep espionage ties in Russia, to do "research" on Trump. What they got instead was innuendo, half-truths, distortions, exaggerations and just plain gossip — much of it from Russian "sources."

And yet, this phantasmagorical bit of research became the basis for a full-blown investigation of the Trump campaign's supposed ties to Russian officials and their interference in the 2016 presidential election.

With each new revelation in recent weeks, it has become ever clearer that the collusion that took place wasn't on the part of Trump, but Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, who have been playing a double-game with the Russians since at least Obama's first term. That's the real collusion here. Typical of how the progressive left works, they have accused their opponent of the very thing they are guilty of: colluding with a possible enemy.

This is where Robert Mueller comes in. Mueller himself was head of the FBI from 2001 to 2013. But from 2009 to 2013, all sorts of alarms were going off over the apparent influence peddling by Hillary Clinton while serving as secretary of state. The Justice Department, headed by die-hard leftist lawyer and Obama loyalist Eric Holder, did nothing. Nor did Mueller.

Fast forward to 2016. Mueller's successor at the FBI, James Comey, did do something: He paid Fusion GPS, which received funding from Russian sources, for its bogus "research" on Trump. That research also became the basis for the equally bogus investigation headed by Mueller.

Yet, as we said earlier in the week, it's now clear that the real Russian collusion was among Hillary and Bill Clinton, their Clinton Foundation, the DNC, Democratic operatives and bagmen John and Tony Podesta, Fusion GPS and James Comey. Not Trump and his campaign confederates.

When a legal mistake of this magnitude is made, it must be undone. That's just what Congress is doing right now.

In recent days, both houses of Congress have unveiled investigations into the Uranium One deal and possible pay-for-play deals at Hillary Clinton's State Department and her family Clinton Foundation.

Just Thursday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican, called for naming a special counsel for the Uranium One deal and the related financial shenanigans. He's on solid ground here: In a new Rasmussen poll, 51% of likely voters said they believe "it's likely that Bill and Hillary Clinton or their close political associates broke the law in their dealings with Russia."

In the meantime, however, the purely political investigation of Trump led by Mueller since the start of this year has gone nowhere. It should be ended immediately, and not just because they've found nothing or that the original basis for the investigation has been tainted by being funded by the Democrats, FBI and Russians.

We have nothing personal against Mueller, who led the FBI's shift toward counterterrorism in the immediate years after 9/11. But as special counsel, Mueller has conflicts all over the place, including his personal ties to Comey (who was Mueller's favorite to succeed him at the FBI in 2013) and by the fact that he headed the FBI during the time that Hillary was engaged in soliciting donations, selling access to the office of the secretary of state, and officially approving the highly questionable Uranium One deal.

In addition, the very premise of the Russian investigation has been proven faulty, based almost entirely (at least initially) on a politically motivated opposition-research operation run by the Democrats against Trump, and later picked up by the FBI's Comey. Based on this, it's time to let special counsel Robert Mueller go, and dismantle the Russian investigation he leads.

Who better to cover up or eliminate evidence than those who collect and investigate it?

John Milton Peterson writes at Facebook,
I have read over 600 pages so far tonight from the statutory and POTUS ordered release by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Some things really "jump right out" at me and I have made some conclusions about this (for sharing tomorrow), coming from the perspective of former sniper, Army Special Forces soldier, government employee, and intelligence analyst.

...The FBI and CIA had 25 years to prepare for the deadline mandated in the 1992 statute, yet were not ready on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 to fully comply with it. Now they want more time and insist that redactions of some of the remaining files may be warranted.

1 - Major cover up. They never intended for the public to know the whole story.
2 - Many details missing and too much raw data with no analysis. Therefore, we may never get the whole story.
3 - Corruption and cover up existed in connection with the assassination.
4 - Our government was conducting targeted assassinations during the era of the Kennedy presidency.
5 - Despite knowing for 25 years that they were required to declassify and release the documents, the FBI and CIA still keep stalling.
Therefore, the President should:
1 - Order the remainder of the documents released, with zero redactions.
2 - Order an unclassified analysis and conclusions made about the JFK assassination, using modern link analysis and other analytical tool (such ad Palantir Government platform and Analyst Notebook), written in plain English, with graphics, and released to the public.
3 - Authorize a commission on needed reforms of the agencies that still insist on covering up their mistakes.

Did someone say "collusion?"

The Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal recommends that Robert Mueller resign! They write,
It turns out that Russia has sown distrust in the U.S. political system—aided and abetted by the Democratic Party, and perhaps the FBI. This is an about-face from the dominant media narrative of the last year, and it requires a full investigation.

The Washington Post revealed Tuesday that the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee jointly paid for that infamous “dossier” full of Russian disinformation against Donald Trump. They filtered the payments through a U.S. law firm (Perkins Coie), which hired the opposition-research hit men at Fusion GPS. Fusion, in turn, tapped a former British spook, Christopher Steele, to compile the allegations, which are based largely on anonymous, Kremlin-connected sources.

Strip out the middlemen, and it appears that Democrats paid for Russians to compile wild allegations about a U.S. presidential candidate. Did someone say “collusion”?

This news is all the more explosive because the DNC and Clinton campaign hid their role, even amid the media furor after BuzzFeed published the Steele dossier in January. Reporters are now saying that Clinton campaign officials lied to them about their role in the dossier. Current DNC Chair Tom Perez and former Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz deny knowing about the dossier arrangement, but someone must have known.

Perhaps this explains why Congressional Democrats have been keen to protect Fusion from answering dossier questions—disrupting hearings, protesting subpoenas and deriding Republican investigators. Two of Fusion’s cofounders invoked their Fifth Amendment rights last week rather than answer House Intelligence Committee questions, and Fusion filed a federal lawsuit on Friday to block committee subpoenas of its bank records.

The more troubling question is whether the FBI played a role, even if inadvertently, in assisting a Russian disinformation campaign. We know the agency possessed the dossier in 2016, and according to media reports it debated paying Mr. Steele to continue his work in the runup to the election. This occurred while former FBI Director James Comey was ramping up his probe into supposed ties between the Trump campaign and Russians.

Two pertinent questions: Did the dossier trigger the FBI probe of the Trump campaign, and did Mr. Comey or his agents use it as evidence to seek wiretapping approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Trump campaign aides?

Congressional investigators need to focus on the FBI’s role, and House Speaker Paul Ryan was correct Wednesday to insist that the bureau comply with Congress’s document demands “immediately.” Mr. Sessions has recused himself from the Justice Department’s Russia probe, but he and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein can still insist on transparency. Mr. Ryan should also reinstall Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes as lead on the Russia investigation, since it appears the Democratic accusations against him were aimed in part at throwing him off the Fusion trail.

All of this also raises questions about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Fusion news means the FBI’s role in Russia’s election interference must now be investigated—even as the FBI and Justice insist that Mr. Mueller’s probe prevents them from cooperating with Congressional investigators.

Mr. Mueller is a former FBI director, and for years he worked closely with Mr. Comey. It is no slur against Mr. Mueller’s integrity to say that he lacks the critical distance to conduct a credible probe of the bureau he ran for a dozen years. He could best serve the country by resigning to prevent further political turmoil over that conflict of interest.

The American public deserves a full accounting of the scope and nature of Russian meddling in American democracy, and that means following the trail of the Steele dossier as much as it does the meetings of Trump campaign officials.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Wishful thinking?

Lee Harvey Oswald was trained by the CIA!

Sundance reports at The Conservative Treehouse, President Trump released 2,800 pages of JFK files, and yes, Lee Harvey Oswald was trained by the CIA: “Oswald subject was trained, under cover of the office of Naval Intelligence, for Soviet assignments.”

One of the Treehouse commenters writes,
Oh wow, look at this.


Head of teamsters union says “Now that We’ve taken care of President Kennedy, we’ll have no trouble taking over things.”

"He shucked and jived for the liberals."

Don Surber takes on National Review.
The headline in National Review read: "Conservatives Should Disavow, Not Embrace, Roy Moore."

The subheadline explained: "The Republican nominee for Alabama Senate threatens to provide conservatism’s critics with precisely the caricature they crave."

Well, heaven forbid we should give the enemy "the caricature they crave."

Let's just give Democrats another Senate seat instead.

Sure, no problem.

Just let Democrats pick our candidates.

National Review is more worried about a freaking caricature than actual accomplishments.

Moore is a tough conservative jurist who will be a reliable vote to repeal Obamacare, reform taxes, improve the military, and appoint sane judges -- all the things that National Review ostensibly supports.

But the reality is National Review itself is more interested in style than substance. The magazine's staff is quite proud of Bill Buckley fighting Ayn Rand and the John Birch Society.

Liberals laughed at him all the way. Buckley's purge helped cost Republicans the Senate for 22 years, and the House for 40 years.

During that time all the Great Society programs passed. A half-century later, Medicaid is destroying state budgets as they struggle to raise matching money. No one dares rein in the spending because the hospitals and doctors will scream. You want to know why health care costs $3 trillion a year? Start with Medicaid. And Medicare. There's a trillion bucks a year right there.


Bill Buckley was a zero. Beneath his intellectual facade was a loser. He shucked and jived for the liberals.

Moore isn't perfect? So what?
Read more here.

Covering tracks, comical eruption of pathetic desperation on November 8

Jesse: Why was the whistleblower gagged by Obama?

Dana makes an interesting observation: the majority of Americans now get the majority of their news from social media!

I think it is amazing that, given the lifestyle he has led, he has never had a drink of alcohol. His brother Fred's fate surely influenced him mightily.

Greg worries about the demonization of opioids. So does Juan. Dana thanks her parents for leading her into fulfilling endeavors so that she didn't need to say yes to drugs.

Newsweek says thousands of citizens plan to celebrate the one year anniversary of Trump's election by screaming helplessly to the sky on November 8 at nine locations! Jesse plans to attend one of the events and hand out pacifiers. He thinks the Democrats should change their mascot from a donkey to a baby. Kimberley blames the media for brainwashing their viewers. Dana asked why don't they do a national day of service?

A batch of classified documents on the assassination of JFK could be released tonight. On 2027 the Robert Kennedy wiretaps of Martin Luther King are scheduled to be released. Greg pointed out, "We don't even know what happened in Vegas!" He envisions a day when we can all have our own personal drone so that there will never be any mysteries about what happened to a person.

Speaking of Vegas, why did Jesus Campos mysteriously leave the country just days after the attack? The killer's house was broken into. Who would have the guts to do that?

The difference an election makes

Ace reports,
Trump's DOJ Reaches Money Settlement With Tea Party Groups Illegally Targeted by Obama's IRS
Read the statement by Attorney General Sessions here.

An empty pantsuit

"Hillary and the Democrat National Committee bought the crap that was turned into intelligence that was used by the intelligence agencies to try to take out Donald Trump!" Newsbusters calculates that the cable media has spent 1000 minutes on Trump Russia collusion, and only 20 seconds on Hillary Russia collusion! People who get their news from CNN or MSNBC or ABC or NBC or CBS still don't know about the Hillary Russia collusion!

Rush believes that media hacks like Chuck Todd wish that Rush would go away, so they could turn the Republican party into a bunch of Flakes and Corkers! What is happening is that the Flakes and Corkers are admitting that they don't have what it takes to fight people like Hillary Clinton. Trump is draining the swamp!

How could it be that the smartest woman in the world was so ignorant of everything going on around her? She didn't know about her husband raping Juanita Broaddrick, her husband having an affair with Gennifer Flowers, an intern prancing around the oval office, cattle futures deal, Whitewater, the server, her emails on the server, Benghazi, the Russians, the dossier!

Clinton campaign hires a law firm to hire sleazeballs. Now you have attorney-client privilege! That's how you protect yourself from ever being tagged as funding the activity of the sleazeballs!

New direction!

President Trump has ordered the State Department to shut off funding for “ineffective” United Nations programs

Dave Boyer reports in the Washington Times,
Vice President Mike Pence announced Wednesday night that President Trump has ordered the State Department to shut off funding for “ineffective” United Nations programs to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East, saying the administration will take over those efforts directly.

“From this day forward, America will provide support directly to persecuted communities through USAID,” Mr. Pence said at the In Defense of Christians annual solidarity dinner in Washington. “We will no longer rely on the United Nations alone to assist persecuted Christians and minorities in the wake of genocide and the atrocities of terrorist groups.”
Read more here.

Our institutions are thoroughly corrupt

JJ Sefton writes today at Ace of Spades,
Good morning kids. Well, the dam seems ready to burst wide open about what we all knew or minimally suspected for quite some time; that the real criminals in this country are with the institutional Left, the Democrat party, the Deep State Bureaucracy and the Media-Cultural-Academia Complex. And sitting on top of that toxic heap of corruption are the Clintons, Obama and their minions who have corrupted everything they could get their paws on since, minimally, January 20th, 1993. The other part of the axis of evil would be the money; not just what could be looted from the Treasury (legislatively and otherwise) but by truly twisted individuals such as George Soros, Tom Steyer, and others with deep pockets and shallow morality.

The most disturbing and dangerous part of all of this is the fact that it is now evident that the institutions we presume are independent of politics, law enforcement and intelligence, are thoroughly corrupt and committed to the globalist-leftist agenda of preserving, protecting and defending the 100 years slow-motion putsch to overthrow the United States as founded. Whatever your personal opinion of the President may be, his election threw a giant orange monkey wrench into all of that, and in so doing has exposed the rot that is tearing apart our most sacred institutions, ideals, culture, and identity.

I suppose we can all sort of grumble and be cynical that no way in hell the major players in all of this will ever see the inside of a prison cell, let alone sit in the dock - and I too am resigned to that more than likely outcome. But if we can just look to the long arc of history, maybe all of this is a turning point. Maybe it is the few first steps on a thousand mile, the multi-generational road back. In any case, so many crucial institutions that led us to where we are have been so thoroughly corrupted it will take decades to cleanse them, specifically academia which is where all of this comes from. 45+ years of brainwashing several generations of American minds has led to the rejection of free speech, the purging of monuments, the erasure of history and national self-loathing, to the extent that violence from bike locks to the head to gunfire at softball games and open-air concerts is seen as justified and even necessary.

And yet, here we are. With everything arrayed against our President and us, they have not been able to beat us. In fact just the opposite; the media is looked upon as at best a joke and at worst abject liars, the sham GOP is being dismantled despite the money and influence of billionaire cronies at the CoC, and the Democrat party is now so far to the left (and in a civil war within itself even more brutal than the GOP) that it's phony image of centrism/compassion has been exploded. Yet beyond us and the base who are, as they say, "woke," the one-third of the nation that is or was too stupid or apathetic to care is slowly being shown the truth, and are not happy about what they are seeing.

For now, let's just enjoy the show day by day as the cockroaches scurry to find cover when the kitchen light of truth is flipped on.
Read more here.

Proving the opposite

Mark Steyn: "Everyone is colluding with Russia except Trump!"

Questions for the FBI

Tucker asks, "Why did the FBI use our tax dollars to pay a sleazy foreigner to dig up dirt on Donald Trump? Why won't the FBI answer questions from Congress? If they are not accountable to the people we elected, who are these federal agents with guns accountable to? The FBI has 35,000 employees. Why do they have to pay someone else to do their investigations? The FBI sacrificed its all-important political independence by outsourcing work to Cloudsource, which was working for the Democratic Party!"

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dem collusion with Russia, Trump DOJ should declassify & disclose FISA app, Tomorrow President Trump begins the process of releasing previously secret documents about the assassination of JFK.

Sean Davis tweets, The Mueller probe is based entirely on two things: a dossier created by Dem collusion w/ Russia, and illegal leaks by James Comey.

Andrew McCarthy tweets: To repeat: Trump DOJ should declassify & disclose FISA app to show what representations were made to court about source of dossier claims.

Tomorrow President Trump begins the process of releasing previously secret documents about the assassination of JFK. Peter Baker and Scott Shane report at The New York Times,
...The documents have either never been disclosed or been made public only in redacted form, and are due to be released by the National Archives and Records Administration on Thursday under a law passed in 1992 after the Oliver Stone movie “JFK” stoked interest in Kennedy-related conspiracies. The last of the documents were required to be released 25 years after the law was signed, but the incumbent president, in this case Mr. Trump, can order some withheld in response to concerns by the intelligence agencies. White House officials said he had not made up his mind whether to do so.

More on the Dossier

At The Corner, Andrew McCarthy writes,
As Rich noted last night, we have learned finally, courtesy of the Washington Post, that Fusion GPS, the research firm that produced the notorious “Trump Dossier,” was funded by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Of course, the Clinton campaign and the DNC always want layers of deniability and obfuscation – and let’s note that it has served them well – so they hire lawyers to do the icky stuff rather than doing it directly. Then, when the you-know-what hits the fan, outfits like Fusion GPS try to claim that they can’t share critical information with investigators because of (among other things) attorney-client confidentiality concerns.

Here, the Clinton campaign and the DNC retained the law firm of Perkins Coie; in turn, one of its partners, Marc E. Elias, retained Fusion GPS. We don’t know how much Fusion GPS was paid, but the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid $9.1 million to Perkins Coie during the 2016 campaign (i.e., between mid-2015 and late 2016).

A friend draws my attention to an intriguing coincidence.

In its capacity as attorney for the DNC, Perkins Coie – through another of its partners, Michael Sussman – is also the law firm that retained CrowdStrike, the cyber security outfit, upon learning in April 2016 that the DNC’s servers had been hacked.

Interesting: Despite the patent importance of the physical server system to the FBI and Intelligence-Community investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Bureau never examined the DNC servers. Evidently, the DNC declined to cooperate to that degree, and the Obama Justice Department decided not to issue a subpoena to demand that the servers be turned over (just like the Obama Justice Department decided not to issue subpoenas to demand the surrender of critical physical evidence in the Clinton e-mails investigation).

Instead, the conclusion that Russia is responsible for the invasion of the DNC servers rests on the forensic analysis conducted by CrowdStrike. Rather than do its own investigation, the FBI relied on a contractor retained by the DNC’s lawyers.

The most significant pressing question about the so-called Trump Dossier is whether it was used by the FBI and the Obama Justice Department to get a warrant from the FISA court to conduct national-security surveillance on people connected to the Trump campaign. As I have previously pointed out, this would not be as scandalous as it sounds if (a) the Justice Department had a good faith basis to believe the people the Bureau wanted to surveil were acting as agents of Russia, and (b) the FBI first corroborated whatever information it took from the dossier before presenting it to the FISA court.

But it certainly is interesting that we are once again, in a case involving alleged Russian espionage, reviewing a situation in which the FBI relied on a contractor retained by the DNC’s and the Clinton campaign’s lawyers at Perkins Coie.

Clearing up some facts about the Russian Steele dossier

Mollie Hemingway posts at The Federalist ten important things about the Russian Steele dossier.
1) Russian officials were sources of key claims in dossier

2) No, the Russian dossier was not initially funded by Republicans

3) The dossier is chock full of discredited information

4) The dossier was used as a basis for wiretaps on American citizens

5) The FBI also paid for the dossier

6) Dossier publisher Fusion GPS works with shady outfits

7) Fusion GPS’ ties to media are problematic

8) Jim Comey personally briefed Trump on the dossier, shortly before CNN reported it

9) Mueller investigation spurred by dossier and illegal leaks from intelligence operatives about Trump

10) The Steele dossier was a Clinton/DNC-funded operation supported by the FBI and influenced heavily by Russian operatives in the Kremlin
Go here to read how Mollie fleshes out each of these points.

New information re: Las Vegas shootings case

ABC News is reporting that
A laptop computer recovered from the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was missing its hard drive, depriving investigators of a potential key source of information on why he killed and maimed so many people, ABC News has learned.

Paddock is believed to have removed the hard drive before fatally shooting himself, and the missing device has not yet been recovered, sources told ABC News.

Ace of Spades speculates,
The obvious explanation is that there was a second person in the room who left after Paddock killed himself or who killed Paddock himself, and then fled.

Now, there are other possibilities. Maybe Paddock got rid of the hard drive some time before, but then why keep the computer?

And even if he did get rid of the hard drive himself -- if he was planning on killing himself, what was he protecting? What was on that hard drive?

On Laura Loomer's Twitter site we learn more. Paddock's brother Bruce has been arrested by a joint FBI and LAPD task force on charges of child pornography. More? Tucker Carlson is reporting that security guard Jesus Campos (not a licensed security guard) left for Mexico in a rental car (bullet in leg).

Bill Clinton took 26 trips on the "Lolita Express"

Douglas Ernst reports at The Washington Times,
An investigation into official flight records of financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s “Lolita Express” are once again dragging former President Bill Clinton into the national spotlight.

Flight logs obtained by Gawker in January 2015 put Mr. Clinton on the billionaire’s infamous jet more than a dozen times — sometimes with a woman whom federal prosecutors suspect of procuring underage sex victims for Mr. Epstein. Fox News reported Friday that records show Mr. Clinton declined Secret Service protection on at least five flights.

The network’s investigation reveals Mr. Clinton flew on the Boeing 727 “Lolita Express” 26 times, more than doubling the previously reported 11 trips.

“Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile. Why would a former president associate with a man like that?” said Conchita Sarnoff of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, Fox reported. Ms. Sarnoff also authored a book on Mr. Epstein titled “TrafficKing.”

Mr. Epstein was arrested in 2005 and signed a plea agreement in 2007 with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, accepting a single charge of soliciting prostitution. He agreed to a 30-month sentence, registered as a “Tier 1” sex offender with the U.S. Virgin Islands and paid dozens of young girls under a federal statute providing for compensation to victims of child sexual abuse.

A Clinton spokesperson did not return the network’s emails requesting comment. Martin Weinberg, Mr. Epstein’s attorney, declined multiple inquiries into the flights.
Fox News said that the U.S. Secret Service declined to answer multiple Freedom of Information Act requests on the trips.

"Made Up Drivel!"

Did you know that Buzzfeed is a unit of NBC Universal? Buzzfeed is the place that published the spurious, false "dossier" on Trump collusion with Russia. The Director of the CIA during the Obama administration said this was the basis for his investigation of the Trump team. We now know that the Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee paid for the "made up drivel!" The CIA treated it as legitimate intelligence!

Political boomerang!

Kimberley: Political boomerang on the Democrats (Fusion GPS).

Greg: "Kirony" = The irony is that karma brought the whole Russia story back to Hillary and the Democrats!

Jesse: "Let's look at the numbers. Hillary took $145 million dollars from Russians. The Podesta group took $30 million, the Trump team zero!"

Me: How much are Democrats paying Juan Williams?

One similarity to Watergate: Nixon and Hillary both had their elections in the bag, but chose to do things like breaking in at the Watergate and funding Fusion GPS anyway!

Jeff Flake. Greg: Is that his real name?

"American foreign policy is already in an undeniable trajectory of restoration, and much credit is due to the advice and conduct of Trump’s three generals."

Victor Davis Hanson writes at The Corner,
Recently there have been a number of quite different critiques from all political sides of Trump’s generals (Kelly/McMaster/Mattis), and also from a variety of angles (too narrow experience, an unhealthy overdose of military thinking, a “sellout” for working for the likes of Trump, etc.). While it is hard to know who exactly is to be praised or faulted for Trump’s foreign policy (e.g., Secretary of State Tillerson and, of course, Trump himself), the record is so far pretty clear — and pretty good.

Prune away the rumors of cabinet shake-ups, “adult in the room” melodramas, tweets, fake-news accounts, and inter-cabinet spats, and we are left with a once-ascendant ISIS now shattered and in full retreat; a new honesty about NATO and its funding; an unsustainable Iran deal now on hold and sent to the Senate where as a treaty it belonged; honesty in describing the threat of both radical Islamic terrorism and Iranian hegemony; greater security on the southern border; a restored relationship with Israel and the Gulf States, and an improving one with Jordan and Egypt as well; a workable and constitutional immigration scrutiny of would-be entrants from war-torn Middle East countries; a growing deterrent stance toward Russia and China rather than the rhetoric of “reset” and the “Asian pivot”; an active and growing allied response to the North Korean threat; the beginnings of an all-out effort on missile defense (rather than the prior open-mic presidential promises of a “flexible” post-reelection efforts to curb it in Eastern Europe); a determination to rebuild the military (slowly, given the still far too large annual deficits); some recent incremental progress in Afghanistan due to new rules of engagement; the real red line that Assad cannot use WMD against civilians; a far more adult stance toward U.N. hypocrisies; improved autonomy abroad through increasing energy independence and trading in natural gas; an out from a Paris climate accord whose goals the U.S. meets anyway through free-market solutions — and the emerging outlines of a comprehensive doctrine of “principled realism” that restores deterrence.

Of course, the world is in crisis and scary, current U.S. assets and means do not match our strategic obligations, responsibilities, and would-be agendas, and rhetorically the administration often seems at cross-purposes, but nevertheless American foreign policy is already in an undeniable trajectory of restoration, and much credit is due to the advice and conduct of Trump’s three generals.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

You must have a license for that!

A man was arrested for selling his own farts in jars, without even having a vending license. The man was caught by the authorities, which asked him if he had permission, and the man couldn’t answer.

“He was selling farts from different foods, and with different ages. With around 150 jars, he was selling farts as old as one week”, said the police man Gary Cockburn.

Every jar had around 30% fart and 70% air, although he didn’t clarify that to his buyers.

“The man didn’t have permission to sell those farts, so we seized them”, Cockburn stated.

He used to sell about 90 jars per day, and many people are mad because now they can’t have their sweet, delicious farts.

Furthermore, many people are considering to make this for a living.
This sounds like an Onion story, don't you think? It's not.

The dance of intimacy

How did this guy get past Capitol security?

Amber Athey reports for The Daily Caller,
A protester managed to breach security at the Capitol Building Tuesday as President Donald Trump arrived for a lunch with Republican Senators to talk tax reform.

...The protester, who some reporters have identified as Ryan Clayton — the president of Americans Take Action — began yelling from within the press gaggle before throwing Russian flags on the floor as Trump passed.

“Trump is treason,” Clayton yelled. “This is not about tax reform!”
Read more here.


Is the tide turning?

Was Einstein a big tipper?

Jonah Mandel reports at Yahoo News,
Jerusalem (AFP) - A note that Albert Einstein gave to a courier in Tokyo briefly describing his theory on happy living sold at auction in Jerusalem on Tuesday for $1.56 million (1.33 million euros), the auction house said.

The winning bid for the note far exceeded the pre-auction estimate of between $5,000 and $8,000, according to the website of Winner's auction house.

"It was an all-time record for an auction of a document in Israel," Winner's spokesman Meni Chadad told AFP.

The buyer was a European who wished to remain anonymous, he said.

The note, on Imperial Hotel Tokyo stationery, says in German that "a quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest."
Read more here.

This might become a problem

hat tip Craig Schmuckatelli

"Goodwill Ambassador"

This charming man has been appointed by the UN to be "Goodwill Ambassador" for the World Health Organization. What do you know about Robert Mugabi, and what does this appointment tell you about the UN? Mark Steyn offers his insights here.

Congressional investigations and attempts to divert, Conspiracy theories, PC policing of children's Halloween costumes

Nunes: Was there an FBI or DOJ investigation of the Uranium One deal? If so, why was Congress not informed?

Another Congressional probe announced today: DOJ's handling of Clinton emails.

Gutfeld: I would say a distraction would be like bombing a country to divert from a sex scandal! Remember?

Should Trump release all the information about the JFK assassination? How about Roswell UFOs?

Magazines like Redbook are playing PC police with children's Halloween costumes.

I recently saw some blog demeaning Dana Perino, calling her Princess Perino. I don't get it. I like her, and I don't think she acts like a princess at all. What say you?

Satirical blogger gets exclusive interview with Harvey Weinstein

Satirical blogger Manhattan Infidel, who would never eat pizza without consent, is a puritanical rube, but he still got this exclusive interview with Harvey Weinstein.

Abuse of power

Andrew Klavan believes Bill O'Reilly owes his faithful followers more than just saying I paid women off to protect my children from bad publicity. He wants O'Reilly to release women from NonDisclosure Agreements.
That won't happen.

Prosecute? That depends on whether they are investigating a Democrat or a Republican!

Peter Berkowitz reports in the Wall Street Journal,
News broke last week about possible Russian wrongdoing in the U.S., and it didn’t involve the Trump campaign. The Hill reported that in 2009 the FBI “gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.”

The FBI kept that information from Congress and the public, the Hill reported, even as Hillary Clinton’s State Department in 2010 approved a deal that transferred control of more than 20% of America’s uranium supply to a Russian company. The Hill also reported the FBI had documents showing that during this period Russia engineered the transmission of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.

The FBI director at the time: Robert Mueller, now special counsel in charge of investigating “Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and related matters.” The revelations can only heighten anxieties about Mr. Mueller, the FBI and the rule of law.

The special counsel’s open-ended mandate covers not only “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” but also “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

Because Mr. Mueller has interpreted his mandate expansively, his effort may become the most politically disruptive federal investigation of our young century—more than the FBI’s investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s private email server and mishandling of classified information, more than Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation into the 2003 disclosure of CIA employee Valerie Plame’s identity.

All three investigations have one important characteristic in common: James Comey, Mr. Mueller’s successor as FBI director, played a dubious role in each.

In December 2003, after Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the Plame matter, then-Deputy Attorney General Comey named Mr. Fitzgerald—a close friend who was godfather to one of Mr. Comey’s children—as special counsel to head the Justice Department’s “investigation into the alleged unauthorized disclosure” of Ms. Plame’s employment.

Unknown to the public then, and still not widely known, that potential crime had already been solved. By early fall 2003, the CIA had determined that revealing Ms. Plame’s identity caused no injury to national security, while the FBI knew it was not a White House official—as many Democrats and liberal pundits ardently believed—but rather Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage who was columnist Robert Novak’s source for the original Plame story.

Mr. Fitzgerald declined to prosecute Mr. Armitage, but he played hardball with the Bush White House. Over several years, Mr. Fitzgerald inflicted severe damage by feeding the false accusation that the president had lied the nation into the Iraq war. The only criminal charges he prosecuted were generated by his investigation. He won a 2007 conviction of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, for obstruction of justice, false statements and perjury. The conviction was based on small inconsistencies Mr. Fitzgerald discovered in (or created from) more than 20 hours of Mr. Libby’s FBI interrogation and grand-jury testimony. Star prosecution witness Judith Miller wrote in her 2015 memoir that Mr. Fitzgerald had withheld crucial information and manipulated her memory, inducing her to testify falsely against Mr. Libby.

In contrast, then-FBI Director Comey played softball with the 2015-16 Hillary Clinton investigation. Despite the gravity of the matter—military service members can be court-martialed and discharged for sending classified information on nonsecure systems—Mr. Comey mostly avoided issuing subpoenas and cooperated with the Obama Justice Department in obscuring the investigation’s criminal character. He permitted Mrs. Clinton and her team to destroy evidence and granted generous immunity deals to her advisers. He drafted a statement exonerating Mrs. Clinton months before the FBI interviewed her. And his FBI neither recorded the interview nor compelled her to answer questions under oath.

In addition, in a July 2016 press conference, Mr. Comey usurped the authority of Justice Department prosecutors by publicly exonerating Mrs. Clinton. In the process, he confused the pertinent legal issue by asserting she did not intend to violate the law. But intent wasn’t a necessary condition for a crime. Federal law criminalizes “gross negligence” in mishandling classified information. By Mr. Comey’s own account, Mrs. Clinton had been “extremely careless.”

With Mr. Trump, by contrast, Mr. Comey is playing hardball even after leaving government. In May, shortly after President Trump fired him, Mr. Comey—possibly in conflict with FBI policy—leaked notes of an Oval Office meeting with the president. His purpose, Mr. Comey publicly acknowledged, was to “prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

Mr. Mueller is playing hardball too. Unlike the Clinton investigation into narrowly defined allegations, his mandate authorizes pursuit of unspecified crimes. That invites casting a wide net, which Mr. Mueller has done, exploring conduct that long predated the 2016 presidential campaign. He has assembled a huge team that includes, in addition to FBI agents, 16 seasoned prosecutors, at least seven of whom have contributed money to Democratic candidates. He might have extended his investigation to Mr. Trump’s business interests. And he is working with agents from the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation unit, raising the possibility that he has obtained Mr. Trump’s tax returns.

Mr. Mueller has adopted scorched-earth tactics in pursuit of Paul Manafort, who ran Trump’s presidential campaign from June to August 2016. The special counsel’s team has reached back more than a decade into Mr. Manafort’s financial affairs and conducted a predawn, guns-drawn raid on his home on a day he was scheduled to testify before Congress as a cooperating witness.

One crucial difference distinguishes the probe of Mrs. Clinton from the two Comey-instigated special-counsel investigations of Republican administrations. Mr. Fitzgerald’s multiyear investigation of the Bush administration and Mr. Mueller’s ever-widening scrutiny of the Trump campaign exhibit a tenacious and nearly unconstrained search for persons and crimes to prosecute. In contrast, Mr. Comey’s investigation of Mrs. Clinton reflects a determination not to prosecute systematic and obvious unlawful conduct.

Both excesses threaten the rule of law—but the dogged search for persons and crimes to prosecute poses the graver threat to constitutional government.