TT – minus 7 weeks

The Trump Transition “TT” at minus 7 weeks.

December has 4 weeks, and 3 more in January. Sporadically I’ll put up additional TT posts as any one gets too full to load quickly, or as some event causes me to desire to put a head post up on the topic.

Prior similar threads are:

For this one, the interesting bits are the likely Fail on legal grounds for the pointless recounts in Mi and Pa. That, and this weekend Austria has a vote (IIRC) where an Austrian Trump (i.e. Nationalist Populist) is likely to win, The French vote next week(?) where the present President has given up and said ~”why bother, I’m toast.” and it looks like a choice of “Far Right” or “Very Far Right” (where “right” really just means “Maybe put France before a hoard of invaders?”…) then there is some vote in Italy having to do with banking that might sink the Euro (at least in Italy, but perhaps taking banks down with it across the EU) and of course, NEXIT with a Dutch burr under the saddle. Mr. Soros must be just livid, watching his carefully crafted “take down” of the Western Democracies fall to ruin in one flood of WTF? from the voters…

Then there is Russia. The News Crawler on Fox Biz? had something about a bill working through congress (whos?) to ‘fight Russian influence’ somewhere, somehow.. Since the Russian Government at the moment looks both more sane and more competent than ours (at lest until Jan. 20) I’m not seeing their ‘influence’ as all that much of a risk… Can we let go of the Russian Boogeyman for a while and focus on the real rotten apples of Soros, his spawn, all their Suckups and Sycophants, and the various “foundations” (like “open society foundations”) globally that are actively fomenting violence, turmoil and the fall of governments? There’s a track record in the “Color Revolutions” showing their activity. It’s not a hypothetical.

At any rate, I’ve not got enough for an article on those points, so they’re here as ‘starters’…

Let the conversing commence!

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145 Responses to TT – minus 7 weeks

  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    Soros and his minions are definitely conducting a war against Humanity. Is he the Head Oligarch or just the face in front for the puppet master? Even the Clintons seem to be working for him. The Internet has proved to be the Achilles heel of their attempt to control the narrative of information on political choices put before the general population. The Elite control nearly everything and are still losing the argument.
    We Don’t Need Them! …pgloseing

  2. Ian W says:

    Seven weeks, a determined administration can do a lot of damage through all its compliant agencies in seven weeks. It may be a lot more destructive than the trashing of the Whitehouse by the Clinton Administration on their departure. Let’s hope it can all be unwound.

  3. philjourdan says:

    A comment I made over at Dr. Curry’s blog – the election of Trump has been called many things (from the heralded second coming of Christ, to the first coming of Satan). But one thing I have not seen talked about I think will turn out to be the biggest.

    The final demise of the MSM. Trump did not/will not kill them. They killed themselves. Currently Obama and his main squeeze Merkel are talking about “fake news” sites. Fake News? As in when a site inserts a word not in a quote to discredit the candidate? Those kind of sites? That was CNN. And that is but one of many examples of how the MSM stopped being about news (at least the facade thereof) and became fake news sites.

    Trump may be many things. But stupid is not. Those who love to call him stupid do so because they are not smart themselves. Trump knows what happened. And he has already put the wheels in motion to bypass them. Oh his press secretary will hold press briefings, but Trump will go to the people through alternate media to address the people. Similar to the way Reagan bypassed the press as well (and it was not nearly as hostile then).

    And in bypassing them, he will render them irrelevant. Already many who before did not want to believe the press was totally biased, now accept it as fact. No more can you “cite” a MSM site as a reputable source. If you cannot find the primary source, or an alternate site that has the actual source, the news in the MSM is as questionable as Hillary’s ethics.

    Conservatives have been saying this for a long time. Now even the middle is saying it. The left probably never will (after all, they still try to quote politifact and snopes). But the days of the MSM are over. News will still be there, but it will come from alternate sources. At least that which is acceptable as sources.

    They had a lot of good will built up, but they burned it all in this election in a Pyrrhic defeat. I look to see Trump ignoring them more and more, and for the MSM to become more and more shrill. And the people to ignore them. It has already started. The Carrier decision to stay was a coup of monumental proportions that both the left and MSM are trying to diminish, even when they said it could not be done.

    RIP MSM. It is way over due.

  4. E.M.Smith says:


    Nice write up. I’d heard bits on the TV in the background, but that was a more complete write up.

    Yup, Trump is having his lawyers fight their lawyers and we already know the outcome, the lawyers will win… Ka Ching!


    Yup. The Wikileaks pretty much showed their underwear, stains and all… and It looked blue to me… kinda like a dress… oh, never mind ;-)

    I’ve found that R.T. on fact checking passes almost 100% (marginal bits involving Russia / military actions involving Russia) while CNN gets about 50% and MSNBC is nearly zero. (What does pass is so over hyped as to get an honorary FAIL! from bias / propaganda slant hiding behind facts…)

    Fox is better, but suffers from blending “opinion” into too many shows. Their East Coast Clock means that by the time I’m ready for the news cycle, it’s 2 PM so 5 PM Eastern and they’ve gone into Ra Ra Opinion Land (but I do get to watch the Dead Of Night Parents Sleeping shows like Red Eye fairly early ;-) So Fox mostly is straight, once you figure out what’s opinion… (Though they have ‘guests’ on and set two sides fighting, and then what either side says may be anywhere on the range, with the Democrats often taking liberties… maybe that’s what “American Liberal” means, taking liberties… with the truth ;-)

    But yeah, Trump will issue Tweets to set emotional tone, YouTube Videos for his fireside chats and more substantive policy talks, and toss a bone to the MSM via scripted talking points at pressers…

    Oh, and rallies. He really likes the rallies. The Secret Service hates them, but I think he will sneak in one or two a year as needed…

    I’m really looking forward to his first “Live From The Whitehouse!'” discussion by the fireplace… streamed live by Rightside Broadcasting and nobody else ;-) Maybe “Christmas with The Donald and Milania” next year ;-)

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the nice things about the internet, is physical security concerns for major rallies and their costs (both time and resources) is not a thing to worry about in an online ask me anything virtual community meeting. He could do virtual fire side chats followed by open questions and completely leave the media out in the cold.

  6. David A Anderson says:

    I would love to see Trump to PPPD. Presidential Presented Policy Debates.

    Can you just see one on CAGW, the else.istsforcex to decend, real information presented!

  7. David A Anderson says:

    I would love to see Trump to PPPD. Presidentialy Presented Policy Debates.

    Can you just see one on CAGW, the alarmists forced to debate, real information presented!

  8. David A Anderson says:

    ..and so on for all policy.

  9. I have given up on television news except Lew Dobbs on Fox Business. I have given up on the NFL. No more Kelloggs products like Special “K”.

    We need to vote every day with our wallets and thereby defund leftists. We won’t change their minds but they will be greatly muted.

  10. G. Combs says:

    M Simon,
    I actually went out and bought a couple of Trump books to see where his head was at. What I notice was Trump is willing to look at the data, apply reason and if needed change his mind. That and his success as a CEO made him the most attractive presidential candidate I have seen in my life. Ever notice how all the Pollys are LAWYERS?

    As far as ‘MaryJane’ goes, I expect him to look at the pros and cons. Remember he has been on the ‘other side’ so he will understand the banning of HEMP was all about making people buy nylon. Add the medical uses of ‘MaryJane’ and I think he will at least legalize medical use. He is down on the hard drugs like coke (which has a legal medical form) and I am sure he is well aware of the difference between the addictive drugs and MJ. (I have used it for major back pain once in a while without the side effects I got from codeine.)

    Politically, getting ‘MaryJane’ legalized in his first 200 days will go a LOOOoooong way in locking in the approval of the young crowd. Providing good jobs availability for the 20 to 40 group will also help.

  11. beththeserf says:

    RIP MSM.

    The lemming press,
    – messaging,
    leaping –

  12. Gail Combs says:

    I haven’t been keeping up with the news at Ice Age Now since the presidential elections. I went back to look at the older articles and saw this in the comments.
    New Zealand: Earthquake lifted underwater bed 2 meters.
    (in Portuguese)

    English translation

    …. According to geologists Nicola Litchfield and Pilar Villamo, preliminary observations show that in addition to the sub soil, the slopes also seem to have been displaced. At some points, the bed of the river region shifted by more than 10 meters in the horizontal.

    The earthquake occurred 10 kilometers deep, 46 km north-northeast of Amberley on 13 November 2016. The event reached 7.8 magnitude points and released the same energy as 375 similar atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945, the equivalent to the explosion of 7.5 million tons of TNT.

    That leads into the second article
    Geographical coordinates have changed many cities and regions of the country. (In Russian this time)

    Slapped into Google Translate

    Earthquake in New Zealand moved the island

    November 20 8:29
    The largest island of New Zealand – North and South – close to each other 2 meters, according to TASS. How to find in the New Zealand national seismological service “GEONET” huge areas of land budged due to the earthquake, which occurred nearly a week ago. The epicenter of the seismic event, whose magnitude was 7.8, located on the South Island

    Studies using a global positioning system (GPS) shocked the scientists. It turned out that Cape Campbell in the north-eastern tip of the South Island “up” on the meter, and is closer to the North Island of 2 meters with a little. In addition, the geographical coordinates have changed many cities and regions of the country. For example, the New Zealand capital of Wellington “moved” to the north – the shift was about 6 cm in the third largest city of Christchurch shifted by 2 cm towards the north.. The strip on the west side of the island east of the South became 10 cm.

    New Zealand has an interesting and rather dangerous geological position. The country is located at the junction of two lithospheric plates – the Australian and Pacific. The movement of the plates relative to each other results in a high seismic activity. Strong earthquake a week ago accompanied by numerous aftershocks . Sunday experts “GEONET” registered more than 2.8 thousands of aftershocks.

    H/T to Martin Siebert

  13. On vacation in Mexico the only news program in English is CNN so I am enjoying watching their insane attacks on anything related to Donald Trump.

    Then out of the blue a really interesting piece talking about Trump’s legacy. He has not been sworn in yet they are discussing his legacy!

    I did not catch the name of the person being interviewed but he opined that Trump will be the “Most Transformative President Evah”……………even more so than Reagan who never had both the House and the Senate on his side.

    Then there is this:

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    Really interesting post by a guy who specializes in communication and language.
    His analysis is an interesting mixture of some really off the wall crap and some interesting insights. He concludes that Trump is a natural habitual salesman and very skilfully uses language to “sell” himself and his views to his audience. In general I think this is a correct judgment. He goes on to point out the disconnect between the media and Trump supporters and how they interpret his word choices and his deeper subconscious messages in his comments.
    But he also lets his liberal bias color his interpretation of some of Trump’s comments like his second amendment statement re-asserting that it was a call to the 2nd amendment folks to use force.

    I can see that interpretation if you view the 2nd amendment folks as a violent clan that needs to be reigned in but when I heard that statement that is not the conclusion I made because my view of the 2nd amendment “clan” is exactly the opposite of his. By and large they are very strongly for rule of law and proper procedure and exercise extreme reluctance to use force as a solution to problems. If you make a list of all the political attacks and sorted them by liberal vs conservative pro 2nd amendment beliefs the vast majority of assassins and folks who attack political opponents are leftist in belief (thinly disguised totalitarians), where only a very small fraction are on the right and those like Timothy McVeigh were so far to the right, they rounded the horn into the totalitarian left through the back door. The political circle analogy where right wing dictators and socialist dictators are really the same thing just totalitarians, approaching the same oppressive goal from different directions and the libertarians are the opposite side of the circle seeking a live and let live society.

    In any case this is in my opinion worth the read with the above caveats that I think he is very wrong on some things and very correct on others. But worth thinking about his observations on the unconscious power of speech and persuasion (much like Scott Adams and his observations)

  15. G. Combs says:

    He is completely off on the Second Amendment. Congress has NO Constitutional backing to make gun laws. link and link

    “The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

    “I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.” – George Mason, Address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 4, 1788

    That answers both the first and second part. Yes we are completely free to own what ever arms and ammo we wish and 2nd Amendment people would be the people very well versed in the Federalist papers and other pieces of history from that era. They would have the ability to make it clear to Congress, the public and the Supreme Court that the 2nd Amendment did mean the perfect right to bear arms. Violence would only ensue if the US government went completely rogue. (Gun owners are much more civil than lefties.)

    As far as Trump’s language?

    His son calls him a ‘blue collar’ billionaire and he should know since Trump insisted all his kids learn to drive a bulldozer, lay bricks, pound nails and every other aspect of building from his best craftsmen.

    Trump uses the language he has always used to converse with his blue collar employees. He knows that being ‘one of the boys’ means he connects and gets that pride in workmanship he is looking for, that extra ounce that make a really great team. I have seen that ability to ‘connect’ in the best managers I worked for who can take an apathetic failing group and turn them into stellar performers. Call it natural leadership if you will. However the leader has to care and with Trump that caring shines through. That is why no matter what mud the MSM dug up and tossed at Trump, his supporters just shrugged. That is why a reporter said “Trump could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose voters.” (The MSM repeating the story got it wrong per usual.)

    This does not mean Trump can not switch to more high brow speech when the occasion calls for it.

    The other point I think many in the press missed is Trump supporters watched all or nearly all of his rallies via web. (They are now suffering withdrawal and complaining.) This means a continuing conversation. The press is like a teen walking into a lecture on chemistry in the middle of the year and being lost. Trump would introduce a concept and develop it over time to allow his supporters time to get up to speed on what he was thinking.

    And yes, I do not think Trump’s speech was ‘haphazard’ at all. It was just a completely different style and not what anyone would expect from a politician.

  16. Gail Combs says:

    Mitch’s wife, Elaine Chao isn’t going to be happy…

    Today it is unofficially announced that Elaine Chao will be nominated as President Donald Trump’s Transportation Secretary. President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to head the Transportation Department….

    If The Turtle stabs Trump in the back expect all hell to break lose. That nomination is still ‘unofficial’

  17. Suddenly we are talking about second amendment. Here are two short videos that explain the situation. Apologies if I have linked them on earlier threads:

  18. G. Combs says:

    Mad Dog Mattis on Leadership:

  19. G. Combs says:

    ALRIGHT! (fist pump)

    Jill Stein Fails To Provide $1M Surety Bond For Pennsylvania Recount – Election Challenge Collapses…

    Con artist and former Green Party candidate Jill Stein raised fleeced the alt-left moonbats for more than seven million dollars. The financial ruse -as it was announced- was to fund an election recount effort in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

    Now this:
    Pennsylvania – According to legal documents, Jill Stein and her campaign failed to post the $1 million bond needed to challenge the election in Pennsylvania. The court proceeding scheduled for Monday has been canceled….

    And it get’s even better
    Downloadable donation list of foreigners dumping into the @DrJillStein #Recount Fund

  20. G. Combs says:

    Progressives earn Darwin Awards.

    Oakland is a sanctuary city with useless affirmative action women as Mayor, Fire Chief and Police Chief who showed on film exactly how useless they are.
    Alt-Left Oakland Enclave Erupts In Fire – Potentially 40 Killed…

    ….what MSM doesn’t provide is an accurate context or backstory. Such context first begins with noting the location, Oakland California – the epicenter of some of the most recent and violent left-wing political stories. Examples include the Occupy Wall Street ideologues and the last seven years of liberal riots and protests.

    It does not take a deep-dive of research to identify the warehouse was illegal use of a non-residential building to house a communal artistic alt-left group. Accepting reality in no way intends to lessen the sorrow and horrific tragedy; however, there is a particular irony in the outcome of an affiliated enterprise rebuking the very tenets of regulation and safety compliance that are specifically in place to prevent such an outcome.

    According to broadcast interviews many of the missing (presumed dead) housing participants and party attendees are non-U.S. nationals….

    Gleaned from the comments:
    “The building owner had been cited by the city just last month and an investigation into whether the interior of the structure was illegal was underway. Inspectors had tried to get in but had been locked out. Unlike in other cities like NYC they did not use an AXE to gain entrance.

    “They routinely threw parties there to cover the rent expense. I had to call and confirm a family member wasn’t there and found this out.”

    Think amateur wiring and lots of music amps and mix boards. Just imagine the electrical load passing through the tinderbox shown on the place’s website:

    You can spot the candles and fire. People from the area mentioned the probability of lots of grow lights for growing weed.

    The looney, tripping out slumlord who managed the place..he was also very involved with Occupy Oakland: and

    So much for living in La La Land with the Unicorns and Fairies. Sometimes when reality catches up it not only wacks you up side the head, it kills you.

    Near where I lived in Boston: Cambridge Fire: Neighborhood Burned, 10 Alarms Struck

  21. G. Combs says:

    And on an up note Nigel Farage:

    I really love that man!

  22. Richard Ilfeld says:

    Of all the salubrious irony in liberal land, none is more fun than watching some of the liberals in LALA Land, especially those who understand that Calexit isn’t happening, rediscovering Federalism. It is delicious to hear one of the useful idiots rediscovering the wisdom of John C Calhoun. His comments on State’s Rights are epic, and is it just a matter of time before he is quoted (plagiarized) by some solon on the left who doesn’t check his sources. When he/she discovers they are mouthing the words of a racist, heads will explode like martians listening to Eddie Arnold or Slim Whitman. On a more serious note, it is encouraging to see the myth that the few blue states remaining are lakes of socialist serenity in a raging ocean of populism. Migration will cement the demographic shifts the left has been predicting. They will win the next popular vote by many millions of votes, all concentrated in four states. As these states (and a few cities) diverge from the cultural and economic norms of the country they will collapse like little Venezualas. The peculiar brand of progressive policies and economic futility being flogged by the Browns and DiBlasios of the world will likely founder when the millions dependent on government in these jurisdictions no longer have enough taxpayers to pay the bills. The rest of the country will not likely make good on debts run up by, in their perceptions, The illegal and the irresponsible.
    There will be many unwindings like Detroit, without the charitable support. I expect serious asset sales — wanna buy the Praesidium or Meigs Field?
    Progressives have always considered confiscation of wealth morally appropriate.What may happen when Silicon Valley is asked to pay for Watts, rather than the rest of us?

  23. Gail Combs says:

    Richard, I was thinking about that.
    By using ‘states rights’ (snort) the Left will LOUDLY stand by their RIGHT to have sanctuary cities. And I am sure that Trump, will stand by his ‘right’ to cut off federal funding…
    Never forget Janet Napolitano as head of Homeland Security decided NOT to spend the money allocated by Congress for building the wall.

    It is tough to find the totals but here are the federal ‘health’ $$$ related by state The funds disbursed to the 50 states and the District of Columbia by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Funding for Higher Education (NCSI seems to be State legislature pushed)
    ranks #1 at $4,700,860,000 (2014)
    Source of R&D Funding — Federal Government is $20,485,000,000
    Funding for Higher Education — Not on board.

    ranks #2 at $2,931,317,000
    Source of R&D Funding — Federal Government is $6,971,000,000
    Funding for Higher Education – At four-year institutions, $5.6 million will be allocated through a performance-based formula for FY16.

    New York
    Rank #3 – $2,817,275,000
    Source of R&D Funding — Federal Government is $6,320,000,000
    Funding for Higher Education – For FY 16, SUNY community colleges will receive $3 million and CUNY community colleges will receive $2 million through the Next Generation NY Job

    Rank #
    Source of R&D Funding — Federal Government
    Funding for Higher Education – For FY 2014-15, $37.3 million in new appropriations for universities was allocated based on performance metrics. For FY 2014-15, $8.9 million in new appropriations for community colleges was allocated based on performance metrics

    This is a good one Sexuality Education, Federal Funding by State “SIECUS – the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States- was founded in 1964 to provide education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health.”

    In Fiscal Year 2010[1], the state of California received:
    Personal Responsibility Education Program funds totaling $6,553,554
    In Fiscal Year 2010, local entities in California received:
    Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative funds totaling $6,832,711
    Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies funds totaling $797,255

    How about we have all male and all female schools (with uniforms) and increase learning and decrease pregnancy instead???

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  25. Ian W says:

    From an article linked by Larry:
    ““Just as Reagan converted the GOP into a conservative party,” said Moore, “Trump has converted the GOP into a populist, America First party.”‎
    (See more at: )

    Notice the semantic sneering – from conservative to a populist party.
    So from the Wiki; “Populism is a political doctrine that stems from a viewpoint of struggle between the populace and a ruling faction. ”

    Seems accurate – now what were the first 3 words of The Constitution again… “WE THE PEOPLE” and that document was written overthrowing the British elite. So what is wrong with populism except if you are one of the sneering elite of course.

  26. Another Ian says:


    Decisions! Decisions!

    Decieded to put it here

  27. Gail Combs says:

    I wish the commenters were aware that Hillary won more votes by illegals and the dead.

    Here is a first hand report:

    I have two first hand experiences to share.
    In 1980, I managed a restaurant in Anaheim, CA. Six of my employees (all non-citizens, four of them undocumented) voted in the election. They were among 200
    strawberry pickers (their day job) registered at the Mall of Orange by democratic registrars. They were picked up at the fields and driven in buses to the mall to register and back on election day to vote. They received $200 per person to vote illegally (a fair amount of money in 1980). I didn’t believe their story until they showed their voter stubs after Election Day. When I tried to report this to Secretary of State March Fong Eu’s office, I was called a racist and told to mind my own business, or legal action could be taken against me!

    When working as a poll volunteer in 1996, we had an unusually large number of people who could neither read or write English, but were registered to vote in our district (the first time anything like this had happened in six elections). When I sent a report on this to the Secretary of State’s office, I was told knowledge was no longer necessary for citizenship (an outright lie at the time). I later found out that there were over 900,00 similar situations in the state that year. This was reported to the Clinton administration, which buried the report. California now has 2.5 million ballots done in a foreign language. I know several who work the polls in California now, and they say the situation is more widespread than ever before.

    I know someone who worked for Rep. Bob Dornan (not a personal favorite), during the infamous Dornan-Loretta Sanchez race in 1994. In that election (origninally showing a victory margin of 12,000 votes), a congressional investigation showed over 8,000 definitely illegal votes by non-citizens. There were an additional 9,500 votes that were probably illegal. The investigation was shut down by Steny Hoyer.

    Illegal aliens instructed how to vote illegally. Dem campaign workers encouraging non-citizens to vote.

    And the dead and doppelganger votes

    Kim Strach, the North Carolina director of elections, has living proof — and some dead proof — otherwise.

    She has identified 35,750 persons who voted in North Carolina sharing a name and birth date with someone who voted in another state in 2012. Another 81 North Carolinians voted after they died. Ghosts have no constitutional rights, not yet, but Barack Obama and the Democrats think rigor mortis need not keep voters from practicing good citizenship. President Obama nevertheless insists on looking the other way when voter fraud lies all about him. Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Houston last week, Mr. Obama criticized “active efforts to deter people from voting.”

    “The idea that you’d purposely try to prevent people from voting?” Mr. Obama asked, and answered: “Un-American.”

    Fraudulent ballots cast cancel valid votes, but only a tiny fraction of 1 percent of the cases cited in the North Carolina audit were referred for investigation and prosecution, as reported by WNCN-TV in Raleigh. The North Carolina figures were compiled as a result of an interstate cross-check effort among 28 states. Such figures show Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-majority North Carolina legislature were right to enact a voter photo-ID law, reduce early voting and end same-day registration. These abuses of Election Day invite fraud.
    The Republican National Lawyers Association last week urged state and local election officials across the country to adopt similar reforms “so there are fewer restrictions in sharing voter registration, voter history and Department of Motor Vehicles data with other states to improve the accuracy of the voter rolls and prevent double-voting.”

    And that doesn’t even get into the voting machine fraud.

  28. Svend Ferdinandsen says:

    It was strange to see how the left (radicals, liberals, younger peoble) were fighting for the establishment in the form of Hillary. Normally they are opposing the establishment and whish to change a lot of things and don’t like regulations. Have they been living too well in the shadow of the government at got too many whishes fullfilled (spoiled kids)? They turned instead to oppose the industri especially fossil fuel, which they could just have refused to use and fighting against hot air.
    Any government need opposition, and now it turned out it came from an unexpected part of the population, a part that normally don’t make many demonstrations.

  29. philjourdan says:


    But yeah, Trump will issue Tweets to set emotional tone, YouTube Videos for his fireside chats and more substantive policy talks, and toss a bone to the MSM via scripted talking points at pressers…

    While many have said candidates in the past have taken advantage of social media, Trump is the first to successfully use it! Much like FDR and his use of the fireside chats (presidents before had used it, just not effectively).

    I suspect presidential campaigns have changed for the future. That is not good or bad. Just a reality.

  30. Larry Ledwick says:

    Classic negotiating tactic, set initial requirements high then attempt to give up as little as possible as you back off.

    I expect Trump to basically freeze out the major Media for a while during the transition process to get their attention then when he takes office and must deal with them, he will have maximum leverage in that they know he can and will go around them if they don’t play fair.

  31. G. Combs says:

    Christmas present for GallopingCamel

  32. H.R. says:

    Soooooo… howz’come it only takes a few hours to get a federal judge to order a recount of Michigan for Jill Stein, but otherwise it takes months to get on the docket?

    I know Justice is blindfolded, but when it comes to progressive issues, I think She peeks under the blindfold just a leeetle bit. I can’t wait for Trump to get started on Judicial appointments.

  33. H.R. says:

    Oopsie! Forgot something.

  34. Gail Combs says:

    Major Announcement From Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN)…

    …RSBN broke new ground in the way political rallies could be broadcast, live-streamed and followed by operating outside the traditional legacy media. Without their diligent efforts we would have been forced to rely on broadcast network coverage of Trump speeches and events.

    RSBN is announcing a new exciting endeavor to create a new media enterprise and they are currently finishing the construction of a new studio….

    I think during the election cycle Trump donated to RSBN so they could buy professional equipment. Once they had the new equipment, they made a point of panning Trump’s YUGE crowds that the leftist MSM refused to acknowledge.

  35. H.R. says:

    I’ve been waiting for some news of the Michigan recount all day.

    A Michigan Appellate Court ordered the Board of Elections to halt the recount. Now we have to see what the Federal Judge or the Michigan Supreme Court has to say.

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    An item which matches up with some of our comments here recently.

  37. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ooops seems that the artificial sweetener Aspartame has a secondary effect that prevents weight loss.

  38. Gail Combs says:

    “hoist with her own petard”
    Detroit Voter Fraud so Extensive Half of Initial Votes Ineligible for Recount…

    …Election laws put into place specifically to protect the fraud, and ensure the manipulative discoveries are never identified, now mean the votes cannot be recounted.

    One-third of precincts in Wayne County could be disqualified from an unprecedented statewide recount of presidential election results because of problems with ballots.

    Michigan’s largest county voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but officials couldn’t reconcile vote totals for 610 of 1,680 precincts during a countywide canvass of vote results late last month.

    Most of those are in heavily Democratic Detroit, where the number of ballots in precinct poll books did not match those of voting machine printout reports in 59 percent of precincts, 392 of 662.

    According to state law, precincts whose poll books don’t match with ballots can’t be recounted. If that happens, original election results stand. link


    I also understand that the ballot boxes/bags have been opened and seals broken make a recount impossible.

    Decisions decisions, How is a federal judge going to handle those problems….

  39. Jason Calley says:

    Hey Gail! “I also understand that the ballot boxes/bags have been opened and seals broken make a recount impossible.”

    An objective look at modern government supports the belief that the US is no longer a true Constitutional Republic. An objective look at modern elections supports the belief that we are not even a truly representative democracy.

  40. Larry Ledwick says:

    A French view on the Trump Transition and China

  41. Paul Hanlon says:


    As an army buddy of mine used to say: Light so many fires around them, they don’t know where to p*ss

  42. Gail Combs says:

    Time Magazine with much snark, snarl and sniping awarded “Trump Person of the Year”

    Time magazine is also encouraging citizens not to pay taxes in order to hurt the Trump presidency:

    A national movement not to pay federal taxes in the future would put Republicans on notice: they do not have the right to impose a hard-right, second-place presidency on a moderate nation every dozen or so years. If the Republicans won’t help amend the Constitution so that America can resume being a democracy, then Democrats, lacking the representation that supporters of a future popular vote-winner ought to have in the executive branch, should not submit to paying taxes to the federal government.”

    WTF??? “resume being a democracy?!?” The USA has ALWAYS been a representative Republic for the exact qualities the Progressives demonstrate.

    I would REALLY REALLY love for someone to bring charges of § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection OR § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy against the whole lot including La Raza, BLM, Muslim brotherhood….

    § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection

    Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

    § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy

    If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

    Above from (wwwdot)


    Change the last number to 7 to read the prior page.

  43. Jeff says:

    Hmmm. It worked against Al Capone….. If the Democrats don’t pay their taxes, we could lock them all up in those bright, shiny FEMA camps they set up for us……

  44. Gail Combs says:

    Jeff, let them get away with it for a couple of years while cleaning out the Judiciary and then slam them with every appropriate law on the books.

  45. Gail Combs says:

    Admiral Michael Rogers, the Director of the NSA (National Security Agency) and U.S. Cyber Command. met with President-Elect Trump quietly shortly after the election.

    Shadow Fight – Angst Within Obama Admin as Intel Community White Hats Align w/ Trump…

    …It has been reported that Admiral Rogers did not inform his “superiors” of the meeting with President-Elect Trump. President Obama is out of the country. Def Sec Ash Carter and DNI Chair James Clapper, both loyalists to President Obama, do not necessarily align with Admiral Rogers (they would also be the “superiors” per se’)….

    (Via Reuters) The heads of the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community have recommended to President Barack Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, be removed from his position, sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday….

    A wee bit of sneakernet?

  46. Ian W says:

    Gail Combs says: 7 December 2016 at 11:45 pm
    Nothing like being told where the ‘virtual’ bodies are buried.

    Sneakernet is a little passe – probably somewhere in the dark cloud with a nice short URL being all that is needed to access a few terabytes.

  47. Gail Combs says:

    I was thinking sneakernet because there would be no connection to the net for the really sensitive stuff.

    Where the Progressive Elite got sloppy is:
    1. Affirmative Action
    2. Appointments based on political favors and not ability
    3. Thinking the ‘Deplorables’ were completely cowed
    4. Thinking they would continue to hold power ‘forever’

    President John F. Kennedy’s executive order allowing federal employees the right to collective bargaining was Executive Order 10988—Employee-Management Cooperation in the Federal Service
    January 17, 1962 link

    Nixon’s Executive Order 11491—Labor-Management Relations in the Federal Service
    October 29, 1969

    Firing Federal employees difficult:
    However laws can always be modified or replaced.

    On the other hand you can always transfer them… The FBI is known for sending agents it wants to get rid of the Fargo North Dakota. Maybe Sarah Palin can recommend a place in the interior of Alaska for an all green energy federal annex.

  48. llanfar says:

    @Gail Or you could sign another executive order vacating those orders.

  49. Jeff says:

    Gail, a newer term would be air-gapped (which reminds me of some of the odd plumbing fixtures I see in older residences here in Germany. But air-gapping is not always secure: here’s a hack from Ars Technica (no sooner here than cracked)

    And from Bruce Schneier of EFF fame (note he specifically excludes TEMPEST)

    And (of course) an xkcd to go with them

    I still like the term sneaker-net (and I still have 5.25″ and even a few 8″ floppies around :) ).

  50. Jeff says:

    Hmmm. The xkcd didn’t link right, maybe this?

  51. G. Combs says:

    llanfar, Trump has already said he will wipe out all of Obummer’s E.O.s I imagine he has a whole list of other E.Os he will negate or replace. I had read some where that an EO was written that allowed the Federal Employees to unionize but I can not find that EO. I also read that 52% OF UNION EMPLOYEES are federal employees and I really think it is time for that to be wiped out. Especially since many unions are international and that means split loyalties.

    The biggest point is passing laws making it easy to fire federal employees. ANY lying, cheating, theft, collusion, nest padding… and they are OUT without any long drawn out processes. They should be just like any other exempt employee — easy to fire.

  52. G. Combs says:

    Trump relegates the old media to birdwatching.

  53. G. Combs says:

    Jeff, given the guy is a spy master, ‘sneaker’ just seems like the correct word.

    Ian, I really like A.J. Strata. He used to comment at WUWT occasionally. Thanks for the pointer since I haven’t been following him.

  54. Gail Combs says:

    WIKI has this to say:

    Executive Order 10988 is a United States presidential executive order issued by President John F. Kennedy on January 17, 1962 that recognized the right of federal employees to collective bargaining. This executive order was a breakthrough for public sector workers, who were not protected under the 1935 Wagner Act.

    Passage of the executive order forestalled the legislative Rhodes-Johnson Union Recognition bill, which would have given more power to federal employee unions, possibly creating a union shop arrangement.[1][2]

    Executive Order 10988 was effectively replaced by President Richard Nixon’s Executive Order 11491 in 1969….

  55. E.M.Smith says:

    Sneaker vs air gap:

    Air gap is a security feature. Sneaker net is a communication process.

    Correct usage reflects that.

    “I delivered the report by sneaker net”
    “Tne USB drive was protected by air gap security”

    Both correct.

    Yes, you can devise a leak via inside manipulation of hardware (the very old school wss morris code via tape position commands) but rate is near worthless, andit is easier to have your insider just duplicate the media.

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    I was hoping this would happen, Jill Stein’s recount effort exposed major voter fraud in Detroit.

  57. Gail Combs says:

    Jill Stein’s recount effort exposed major voter fraud in Detroit.
    Larry, it is making the rounds of the Alt-News sites but do not expect the Government propaganda sites to carry the news.

    On the other hand the people who read the Alt-News sites were already well away that the ‘system is rigged’

  58. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes but now you have good probable cause to begin measures to control vote packing and other voter fraud, like comparing voter participation lists in other states to see if the same person voted in more than one jurisdiction in a given election. It is a journey started with but a single step.

    Random audits of voter precincts after the vote would go a long way to crimping this sort of activity.

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another interesting item on vote security, seems DHS tried to penetrate the firewall Georgia’s voting system even though Georgia had not asked for or authorized any security assistance from Home Land Security.

  60. Gail Combs says:

    Interesting analysis of trump labor secretary pick:

    Pay special note to the two laws that make it impossible to obey both.

  61. Gail Combs says:

    Also some interesting comments on Russia refusing Syrian RapeUgees starting HERE

    Puzder is/was CEO of Hardees my favorite burger joint. And he does have a sense of humor. We were at the Hardees in TN(?) and the ads on the wall were hillarious.
    “If our burgers tasted like theirs, we wouldn’t bring it to your table either!”

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    A couple of items from twitter:
    It looks like both the Democrats and the Never Trump folks are refusing to examine why Trump won, and have not learned much at all from this election cycle.

    Mike Cernovich
    🇺🇸 Retweeted
    🐝Buzz ‏@HillBuzz 7 minutes ago

    This fake news thing is going to blow up in Dems’ faces: they are ceding the argument that you can’t trust what you see on TV or in papers

    Tucker Carlson ‏@TuckerCarlson 4 minutes ago

    .@Sultanknish’s 5 lessons for Republicans from @realDonaldTrump’s win –TCT #Tucker @FoxNews

    On face book a very liberal friend of mine tried to make a post about Theconservativetreehouse being a fake news site and facebook would not let him make the post flagging it themselves as a fake news site.

    A few minutes later I successfully posted a comment on the same facebook thread with an actual link to theconservativetreehouse with no issues and no warning from FB. It appears facebook is using an adaptive algorithm so that folks on the left will get a warning banner regarding alternate conservative web pages but users like myself who follow some conservative sites have no problem with posting a link to the same site.

    By doing it that way it becomes a stealth black list as the only people seeing the warning will not be likely to find it a problem that their access to that information is being filtered. He did not say if there was a way to click through the warning and carry on though.

  63. Gail Combs says:

    President-elect Donald Trump stopped in Ohio to meet with victims of the OSU terrorist attack, their families and the first responders. Obummer? Somewhere on a golf course…

    Does anyone else ever remember a President-elect holding a thank you tour of rallies after the election?

  64. Gail Combs says:

    I am very happy to hear the Democrats and the Never Trump RINOs have not figured out why Trump won. It means they will continue missing the mark and hemoraging support.

  65. H.R. says:

    “Does anyone else ever remember a President-elect holding a thank you tour of rallies after the election?”

    No. It may be a first, but don’t quote me.

    Hillary is doing the traditional thank you/fund raiser for her mega-donors. Nothing unusual there… except she LOST! I’m sure she’s in for an interesting evening. You can stuff donors as full of filet and lobster as you’d like, but they still will want to see a return on their investment. I’m sure the list of attendees compared to the list of her million-dollar donors will reveal who’s taking a write-off and who’s still being taken for a ride.

  66. H.R. says:

    @Gail ^^^^^^^^ (too many Cheese-it crumbs under the ‘G’ key would be my guess.)

  67. Another Ian says:
  68. Gail Combs says:

    Good explanation of the conflicting labor/immigration laws that make hiring illegals MANDATORY for business.

    Why Donald Trump, and American Workers, Need Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor

  69. David A Anderson says:

    Do readers want to win public support for rational enviromental policy?

    The loony left cannot stand the light. Public Policy Debates would gain massive audience and FORCE the left to real debate instead of MSM talking points!

    PLEASE contact the Trump Transition Team and request Policy debates.

    Presedential Public Policy Debates (PPPD) on CAGW and other issues like immigration with people like Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and David Horowitz debating whomever the left wants to send to embarrass.

    Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming debate would be excellent. The left CANNOT win those debates. So PLEASE email the Trump Transition Team to set these up.
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  70. Gail Combs says:

    Larry you will really love this story…

    Rex Brocki says:

    Don’t forget the “order next higher assembly” scam.

    Funny war story:

    During my misspent youth as a member of Uncle Sugar’s Air Farce (the USAF), one of the common things we saw in the ordering of parts to repair the airplanes was that if we needed just, say, the mounting screws for a generator, CONgress would have gone through our supply manuals and inserted the dreaded words “order next higher assembly,” forcing us to replace a perfectly good generator because it was “more economical” to replace the whole mess (complete horse manure, of course… obviously the generator manufacturer had friends in CONgress).

    Even worse, DIFFERENT CONgressional committees would go through the supply rules at different times and make multiple insertions so that you would try ordering screws and wind up receiving a whole airborne electronics rack! We of course found workarounds (a different gadget might use the same mounting screws, for example, which you could still safely order). However, since these workarounds were all “off the record,” there was no way to officially promulgate them across the service: the transport (MAC) bases only knew the workarounds for transport aircraft parts, fighter bases (TAC) only knew the shortcuts for fighter parts, etc..

    One fine day, a B52 bomber landed at the transport base I worked at and had a problem with their compass. Since I had been a “pipeline instructor” (a student who did extremely well and was retained by the training base as a temporary instructor) at tech school, I knew how to repair Avionics systems on the BUFF (“Big Ugly Flying Blanker”), and was stuck with the job. HOWEVER, I had never ordered parts for B52’s, merely diagnosed and repaired them.

    When I went out to the plane, I discovered that the problem was in the “flux valve transmitter.” Explaining exactly what such a transmitter is would be beyond the scope of this story, but just suffice it to say that it’s the little piece of wirewound magic, roughly the shape of a Frisbee and about a third the size, which detects Earth’s magnetic field and sends this info to the computers on board the aircraft. Since it senses such small magnetic fields, the device is located all the way out at the end of a wingtip, as far from all the electronics on board as possible, and is held in by non-magnetic screws. Some moron had used ordinary steel screws, which were throwing the transmitter’s readings out of alignment.
    So I naively went back inside and ordered 28 non-magnetic screws.

    CONgress had inserted so many “order higher assembly” orders that do you know what showed up several weeks later? A WING. A complete-except-for-engines WING, one each, for a B52’s use of, costing over a million$, if I remember right… and they wanted my little butt to go out there and sign for it.

    I didn’t, of course. Instead, I went to the end of it, pretending to inspect it, removed the 28 screws I needed… and turned the whole wing back in as non-serviceable! (I’m still laughing about it 30 years later).

    So beware the infamous “order higher assembly.”

  71. Gail Combs says:

    Another Ian says: “…And the comments!”

    What the heck is Biden doing in Canada? Making a run for it?

  72. Jeff says:

    He’s just *cough* Biden his time :)

  73. Gail Combs says:

    Hee Hee Hee….

  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting map of twitter followers and their natural associations across political topics.

    The one observation I would make to this is that although the Trump supporters have very little in the way of common links to Hillary supporters by the very nature of the pervasive progressive media even though an isolated group on twitter they could not avoid being exposed to the progressive message. On the opposite side for the same reason Hillary supporters who did not maintain any cross group connections on twitter were almost totally divorced from any contrary opinion due to the demonization of the conservative alternate media.

  75. Gail Combs says:

    They missed TWO VERY big points.

    First, Trump supporters are so angry at the Lying Media that they refuse to support it in any way. Many, at least on ConservativeTreeHouse, have cancelled subscriptions and cut the cable to ‘Starve the Beast’

    Second Progressives have gone so far as refusing to have Thanksgiving dinner with relatives, including parents who voted Trump. Some are refusing to allow Trump supporting grandparents to see their children. Many have ‘unfriended’ people on facebook over supporting Trump vs Hillary.

    We did not see this level of within family hatred when Obama won so I can only assume Progressives are much more rigid and unforgiving. Conservatives are expected to sit there and take the abuse silently, but like most bullies, Progressives can certainly dish it out but they can’t take it when they lose.

  76. A C Osborn says:

    Look out guys, the Hitlery recounts didn’t work, so now it is Obama’s turn and this could be much more serious.

    He will declare a mis-election after these guys do his bidding.

  77. Larry Ledwick says:

    I avoid actually hitting links on the traditional media if possible, and wait for summary info to show up on a conservative site. If necessary to actually see what is in the link I will go there via the link from the conservative site so it will show up in their metrics.

  78. G. Combs says:

    Censorship at reddit and even lawbreaking by CEO (see embedded video)


    A C Osborn,
    That is what I am afraid of.

    Now we get:

    Why Are Media Outlets Still Citing Discredited ‘Fake News’ Blacklist?

    It is a wee bit late for the truth to come out with Congress ALREADY passing a law…

  79. E.M.Smith says:

    I guess I need to work up a DIY recipe for bypassing filter sites like goggles and faceplant…
    OK, starter list, Onion / TOR, VPNs, private DNS, list of unbiased upstream DNS and darkweb DNS, Darkweb intro, DIY Cloud servers and friend sharing… yeah, that’s a good start… oh. And that P2P search engine along with DIY site scraping and private search server for selected sites…

  80. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this does not look good.

    @StefanMolyneux We’ve been f*ked. (Senate Passes Major Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill as Part of NDAA)

  81. E.M.Smith says:


    Hopefully it will evaporate in reconcilliation…. last thing we need is a Department Of Truth and Wrong Think…

  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to above Obama administration is pushing the Russia did it meme pretty hard and dangling the idea that the intelligence community has proof that Russia was trying to elect Trump.

    As has been observed here, almost all hacking activity passes through Russia or adjacent former Soviet buffer states so that creates a handy probable cause case even if there is no other evidence.

    Personally I am inclined to reserve judgement at this time, and just watch who is most energetic at pushing this meme, especially establishment Republicans.

    “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
    ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “You will know your friends by their enemies”

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Mike Cernovich
    🇺🇸 Retweeted
    realDeal ‏@NoMoreRomney 7 minutes ago

    realDeal Retweeted Washington Post

    So secret that it was conveniently leaked to every news outlet at the very same time the Portman-Murphy Act was passed 🙄

    Washington Post Verified account

    Breaking: Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win the White House

  84. Graeme No.3 says:

    Since Russia saw Hilary as a dangerous psychotic I could believe they preferred Trump, but if they were any help to him is “unproven” (old scottish legal term meaning “close, but no banana” to prosecutors.)

  85. Gail Combs says:

    From Tony Heller:

    Please Sign This Petition And Pass It On

    Chris Suprun lied to obtain his position as Texas elector, and is attempting to violate the civil rights of 60 million people. He needs to be removed and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for civil rights violations.

    Gateway Pundit: BUSTED! Texas Rogue Electoral Delegate Chris Suprun Is Linked to far left Van Jones, Think Progress (Updated)

    Suprun signed a pledge last summer to support the Republican nominee.
    He lied….

    Megaphone Strategies was founded by far left activist Van Jones.
    It’s mission is “to use use PR as a tool to diversify progressive movements.”

    ….So this so-called conservative is using a far left company founded by Van Jones as a PR firm? You just can’t make this stuff up!

    Do Republicans even vet their electoral college members?
    Good grief! …

  86. J Martin says:

    The Russia stole the election thing is surely aimed at influencing just a small group of the population, 538 people to do “the right thing” and appoint Clinton as potus.

    How the consequences of that play out is anybody’s guess.

  87. Cyberzombie says:

    @Another Ian Excellent WUWT post.

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    The tide is shifting in Congress, they have given up on appeasing Obama and are turning their back on his agenda and trying to anticipate Trump’s term. Makes you wonder what might have been said between Trump and some of the leaders in Congress during his recent meetings?

    It appears they see which way the wind is going to blow and are setting sails to run with the wind.

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    For future reference as folks yammer on about “The Russian’s did it” from unnamed CIA sources.
    Leaks from government are always intended to serve an agenda, the question that needs to be asked and answered is who’s agenda is the leak serving?

    This game is much more complicated than it appears on the surface, as we have seen historically with Vietnam, Central America, and the Middle east. The cover story is often the exact opposite of the truth.

    Sometimes that is a legitimate deception to serve proper and reasonable national ends.

    Sometimes it is not.

  90. A C Osborn says:

    Gail, this morning the BBC News program was running with the “Russians hacked the US Election Process” as if it was a fact cast in stone.
    Just like Brexit would lose and HRC would win they are still spinning fake News for all they are worth.

    This is a major push by Obama and HRC’s cohorts.

  91. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here is an item from Teen Vogue where they are pushing the meme that it is Trump who is the one gas lighting the public with fake news line. It is trying to delegitimize everything Trump says and taking as gospel all things major media, and selling the fake news list concept.

  92. Ian W says:

    The same people were running a story from the same source that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was due to a video. That story was invented by the CIA to avoid any impact on the election with Obama vs Romney. Unfortunately, the CIA is as politicized as the IRS.
    As Ambassador Bolton pointed out today the Russians are professionals they would not leave evidence behind that they had been hacking into computers. However, someone who wanted it to look like it was Russian hacking _would_ leave such evidence.

  93. Gail Combs says:

    The top dog at the CIA is a political appointee, just like Comey of the FBI is. Do we need to know anything else?

    President Obama today nominated John Brennan as the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Brennan, a 25-year veteran of the CIA, has served as President Obama’s Advisor for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security since 2009. Jan 7, 2013

    CIA’s Brennan admits voting for Communist Party in 1976

    Skuttlebutt is Brennan converted to Islam …
    Growing evidence that CIA’s John Brennan is a Wahhabist convert

    …opted to take the oath on a copy of the U.S. Constitution, not on the bible as every past CIA director, Christian and Jewish, had done. Brennan is also the highest-ranking U.S. official to have ever visited the Islamic holy city of Mecca, a privilege reserved only for pious Muslims and special guests of the Saudi King, who also serves as the “Guardian of the Two Shrines of Mecca and Medina.”

    It Was John Brennan Himself Who Halted LEO Training on Islam, Jihad

    John Brennan is the person who — after U.S. Muslim groups demanded he do so – “purged” all mention of Islam and jihad from law enforcement counter-terror training materials in 2011.

    A chief reason that the Islamic State’s “global reach” has not been reduced is because the U.S. has failed to identify, confront, and oppose the ideology that has enabled it to amass “a large cadre of Western fighters.” That ideology has spread unchecked in the U.S. in large part because Brennan didn’t think it was worth teaching law enforcement about it….

    October 2015 Wikileaks Publishes CIA Director John Brennan Emails

    …The material presumably was taken in a compromise of Brennan’s email account by a hacker who told The New York Post he is a high school student protesting American foreign policy. The hacker claimed he posed as a Verizon employee and tricked another employee into revealing Brennan’s personal information.

    Brennan was seeking a security clearance while applying for a job as White House counterterrorism adviser. It was not immediately clear whether any national security information was compromised in the release of the clearance application….

    Every time someone brings up CIA said Russian hackers remind them that the CIA director John Brennan got hacked by a high school student.

  94. Larry Ledwick says:

    Worth remembering that Brennan was in charge when the CIA hacked the Senates computers to dig in to the detention and interrogation program. That indicates he has a long history of being willing to use CIA resources for political ends.

    I suspect we may be seeing the side effects of an internal struggle between various intelligence agency components (ie FBI vs CIA vs NSA etc.)
    The really important question is who is pulling the strings on who?

  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    E.M. you will like this a logical map of the internet in 1973. (when you could actually find the end of the internet.)

  96. Gail Combs says:

    Most of the denisons of the DC swamp are lawyers and career politicians with ZERO main street/ real world experience.

    George McGovern three decades ago summed up why many voted for Trump.
    George McGovern On Why Politicians Who Haven’t Built A Business Are Bad At Regulating

    In 1988, I invested most of the earnings from this lecture circuit acquiring the leasehold on Connecticut’s Stratford Inn. Hotels, inns and restaurants have always held a special fascination for me. The Stratford Inn promised the realization of a longtime dream to own a combination hotel, restaurant and public conference facility — complete with an experienced manager and staff.

    In retrospect, I wish I had known more about the hazards and difficulties of such a business, especially during a recession of the kind that hit New England just as I was acquiring the inn’s 43-year leasehold. I also wish that during the years I was in public office, I had had this firsthand experience about the difficulties business people face every day. That knowledge would have made me a better U.S. senator and a more understanding presidential contender.

    He goes on to talk about how all sorts of crazy regulations, that may have appeared to make sense to the politicians passing them, were actually serving to create a huge headache for businesses — often because whoever is writing the laws has no idea what they’re talking about:

    In short, “one-size-fits-all” rules for business ignore the reality of the marketplace. And setting thresholds for regulatory guidelines at artificial levels — e.g., 50 employees or more, $500,000 in sales — takes no account of other realities, such as profit margins, labor intensive vs. capital intensive businesses, and local market economics.

    The problem we face as legislators is: Where do we set the bar so that it is not too high to clear? I don’t have the answer. I do know that we need to start raising these questions more often.

    When we talk about Washington DC (and other governments) passing regulations that impact how entrepreneurs and innovators build great new companies, this is the kind of thing that we’re worried about. The vast majority of elected officials really have no idea. They pass rules and regulations that sound good and are meant to serve a good purpose, but they rarely take into account the consequences of the regulations they pass or how they’ll impact how companies act. This is not to say that there shouldn’t be regulations, but that regulators need (a) a much better understanding of business and (b) they need to be aware that the impact of regulations can be stifling. I’ve never understood why every piece of legislation that will impact companies doesn’t come with specific metrics to determine if it’s a success and a mandatory review period / sunset provision, in which an independent board is tasked with determining if the law accomplished what it set out to do, and if there were any costly side effects or unintended consequences….

  97. E.M.Smith says:


    Nice graph… reminded me that my experience dates from the start of the internet…

    Missing from the chart is UCD. In 72 we used leased lines to other campuses (some on that chart).

    It was a private “tie line” system for phones and data. I remember hearing discussions about joining “the DARPA network” and restrictions on it due to military needs (booted off if mil traffic had an emergency, for one). IIRC, it was about 74 or 75 that the direct link happened and we didn’t need the intercampus link to get to the DARPA sites… or the 300 baud Haziltine with acoustic coupler and tie line…

    So even then folks were building improvized connections between systems… probably why I’m not bothered by talk of internet censorship. I know the internet is just a concept built on top of individual computers and private wires… if it becomes oppressive, I can just do again what I’ve done a half dozen times before… (the first Apple Computer internet connection was set up by my group, via a leased line to Olivetti down the street and part payment for their leased line to their upstream…. we had run via modem to them for a couple of months? while the leased line and router went in… I still have some modems in the garage…

    It is near trivial to make a darknet inside the internet facilities. Every VPN with private DNS servers is basically one (of very limited service and occupants).

  98. Larry Ledwick says:

    The climate meddling AGW advocates are at it again — “lets inject calcium carbonate into the upper atmosphere to cool the earth.”

  99. Gail Combs says:

    “The climate meddling AGW advocates are at it again….”

    They should be aware the peasants have a nasty habit of burning at the stake those messing with the weather. This is an especially bad time to be trumpeting that crap in the news.

    Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) + Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO)

  100. Gail Combs says:

    The more recent graphs from Climate4You

  101. Gail Combs says:

    If the Climate$You graphs are correct, it looks like AMO is still at the top of it’s cycle and the PDO is heading back up. +PDO and +AMO = major drought like in the dust bowl era….

  102. G. Combs says:

    Paul Joseph Watson has a nice 7 min vid:

    The Truth About Russia ‘Hacking the Election’
    “The left is willing to risk civil war in America & nuclear war with Russia because they’re butt-hurt about losing.
    They’re now conspiring with rogue elements of the CIA to initiate an internal coup in the U.S. and overthrow a democratically elected president.
    Let that sink in.”

    He does have a way with words and gets his point across in a compact manner.

  103. Ian W says:

    @ G. Combs says: 13 December 2016 at 8:29 am

    I get the distinct impression that there is something that the Democrats are desperate to hide that may become apparent to the incoming administration. So they are making themselves look increasingly stupid in their more extreme activities to prevent transition. I would think that the Podesta brothers have enough dirty laundry in ‘helping Russia’ that they would not want to go down the current ‘Trump is friends with Russia’ conspiracy path. The fact that they are willing to risk all shows something more than Trump Derangement Syndrome is at play.

  104. Ian W says:

    A hole in the Democrat conspiracy theory??

    “On Sunday, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, said he has met the person who gave the DNC emails and it was not the Russians. “I know who leaked them,” Murray told The Guardian. “I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things.”

  105. A C Osborn says:

    Phase 3 of the Russian hack Fake News.

    This will likely be the last roll of the dice before Obama tries to negate the election if it doesn’t work.

  106. A C Osborn says:

    He who laughs last laughs the loudest. 162 more votes for the Donald than the original count ROFL.

  107. Gail Combs says:

    Hilarious comment in the Pravada article:

    Latest revelation from CIA: Putin caused extermination of the dinosaurs, participated in assassination of Caesar!

    The US intelligence agency CIA, known world-wide for its precise and rarely false predictions, has found evidence that Putin is responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. These hints are deemed so clear that they can be used as proof in the non-fake news in the mainstream press. Specifically, they reveal that it was Russian hackers that leaked the previously hacked herbivore pasture grounds to the carnivores via the Mesozoic revelation platform “Dino-Leaks,” whereupon they gobbled them all up. After that, the carnivores became big and fat. Those who did not burst then starved, because they had eaten their own nutritional base. The many dinosaur explosions are also the reason why scientists have mistakenly assumed up to now that a meteorite ushered in the end of the dinosaurs.

    AMR will continue to report on the crimes of the Russian Supervillain. Tomorrow you will read on our pages how he murdered Kennedy and in the Roman Senate slipped Brutus the knife that he used to murder Julius Caesar.

    Liberals Polled on the Street [Also[ Believe Donald Trump Jr. Killed a Triceratops

  108. Gail Combs says:

    I am confused… Senator Rob Portman reports a bill in the senate as passed but (wwwDOT)… lists it as sent to committee.

    NOTE: All these bills in the Senate and in Congress aimed at Russia hacking are OLD, that is they were started this spring well before Trump was nominated and they are bipartisan. (There are several related bills.) It looks like the Russia Hacking/Fake News meme was setup by the Congress and Senate well before Hillary started using it.

    Who voted in Congress: FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL
    6 republicans voted against and 24 democrats. 390 voted for the bill.

    H.R. 6393: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017


    (Sec. 501) This title establishes an executive branch interagency committee to counter active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence over peoples and governments (with the role of the Russian Federation hidden or not acknowledged publicly) through front groups, covert broadcasting, media manipulation, disinformation or forgeries, funding agents of influence, incitement, offensive counterintelligence, assassinations, or terrorist acts. The committee shall expose falsehoods, agents of influence, corruption, human rights abuses, terrorism, and assassinations carried out by the security services or political elites of the Russian Federation or their proxies…

    In the Senate:
    S. 3017: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
    Sponsor: Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC] (I Really Really Hate that S.O.B. He also sponsored the Food Safety Modernization Act.)

    TITLE V—Matters relating to foreign countries

    Sec. 501. Committee to counter active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence over peoples and governments.

    Sec. 502. Limitation on travel of accredited diplomats of the Russian Federation in the United States from their diplomatic post.

    This has not passed as far as I can tell. However there is a Senate resolution: S. 2692: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 that did pass. link Although (wwwDOT)… lists it as “Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.” this spring, 03/16/2016, as the last action.

    Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016

    This bill expresses the sense of Congress that:

    foreign governments, including the governments of the Russian Federation and China, use disinformation and other propaganda tools to undermine the national security objectives of the United States and key allies and partners; the U.S. government should develop a comprehensive strategy to counter foreign disinformation and propaganda and assert leadership in developing a fact-based strategic narrative; and an important element of this strategy should be to promote an independent press in countries that are vulnerable to foreign disinformation. The Department of State shall establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response to:

    lead and coordinate the collection and analysis of information on foreign government information warfare efforts; establish a framework for the integration of critical data and analysis on foreign propaganda and disinformation efforts into the development of national strategy; and develop and synchronize government initiatives to expose and counter foreign information operations directed against U.S. national security interests and advance fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests. When selecting participants for U.S. educational and cultural exchange programs, special consideration shall be given to students and community leaders from populations and countries deemed vulnerable to foreign propaganda and disinformation campaigns.

    The related bill in Congress is H.R. 5181
    Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 — Sponsor, Adam Kinzinger, Representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district – Republican

    Also listed as not passed.

    A gizzillion similar bills listed

  109. Jason Calley says:

    Hey Ian! “I get the distinct impression that there is something that the Democrats are desperate to hide that may become apparent to the incoming administration.”

    Perhaps mostly Democrats, but certainly all the RINOs as well. If the Dems and the Repubs act together to pass self-serving laws, why wouldn’t they work together to break the laws?

  110. p.g.sharrow says:

    The term RINO, Republican In Name Only, was coined to describe Democrats that registered as Republicans to insure democratic control of political outcomes. Usually as the Republican representives for vote counting and polling judges. If you want to control these things it helps if your “RINOs” will be willing helpers…pg

  111. Gail Combs says:

    On that idiot in Texas declaring he will not cast his electoral vote for Trump.

  112. Gail Combs says:

    Many just call them the Uni-Party.

    Once you realize their collective goal is the destruction of a free middle class and the installation of a totalitarian government masquerading as a toothless ‘pseudo-democracy’ like the EU, everything falls into place.

    Our biggest problem is US voters just can not believe our government is that corrupt and evil.

    The chief problem of American political life for a long time has been how to make the two congressional parties more national and international. The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so the that American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.

    Quote from Tragedy and Hope, 1966 by Carroll Quigley, member of Council on Foreign Relations, mentor to Bill Clinton.

    The Rockefeller File by Gary Allen
    Published June 28th 1976

    “The master planners devised the strategy of a merger – a Great Merger – among nations.

    But before such a merger can be consummated, and the United States becomes just another province in a New World Order, there must at least be the semblance of parity among the senior partners in the deal. How does one make the nations of the world more nearly equal?

    The Insiders determined that a two-prong approach was needed; use American money and know-how to build up your competitors, while at the same time use every devious strategy you can devise to weaken and impoverish this country. [See Chasing the Dragon: Clinton’s China Policy for how Clinton implemented this plan. ] The goal is not to bankrupt the United States. Rather, it is to reduce our productive might, and therefore our standard of living, to the meager subsistence level of the socialized nations of the world.

    The plan is not to bring the standard of living in less developed countries up to our level, but to bring ours down to meet theirs coming up… It is your standard of living which must be sacrificed on the altar of the New World Order….

    Much of the spade work for setting up this ploy is being done by Henry Kissinger, who was a personal employee of Nelson Rockefeller for a decade before Rocky placed him in the Nixon Administration….

    These two old pieces were validated by Pascal Lamy former World Trade Organization Director-General. He indicates that an European Union like super state has been the goal since the 1930s.
    The world is headed toward greater degrees of globalization — deeper integration, wider cooperation and greater sharing of responsibilities. To govern this globalized world, writes World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy, existing institutions will need to be reformed to ensure they work together optimally.

    Pascal Lamy: Whither Globalization?

    In the same way, climate change negotiations are not just about the global environment but global economics as well — the way that technology, costs and growth are to be distributed and shared…
    Can we balance the need for a sustainable planet with the need to provide billions with decent living standards? Can we do that without questioning radically the Western way of life? …

    Countries claim the right to use national resources as they see fit. But the byproduct can be greenhouse gases or disappearing fish stocks or raw material shortages — which impact the interconnected world we share….

    This raises a final challenge: How to provide global leadership? Mobilizing collective purpose is more difficult when we no longer face one common enemy, but thousands of complex problems
    The reality is that, so far, we have largely failed to articulate a clear and compelling vision of why a new global order matters — and where the world should be headed….

    All had lived through the chaos of the 1930s …including the defeated powers, agreed that the road to peace lay with building a new international order — and an approach to international relations that questioned the Westphalian, sacrosanct principle of sovereignty — rooted in freedom, openness, prosperity and interdependence.

  113. Larry Ledwick says:

    More info on Detroit vote tallies, 37% of the voting machines tabulated more votes than accounted for in the voter registration books.

  114. Gail Combs says:

    Speaking of our corrupt and evil government, It seems it was the USA that promoted Communism.

    The Bolshevik Revolution
    In 1913 Paul Warburg a German (Jewish) Banker installed a Central Bank in the USA with the help of certain members of the Senate.
    (In 1895, Warburg married Nina J. Loeb, daughter of Solomon Loeb, founder of the New York investment firm of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. and became a director of the Council on Foreign Relations at its founding in 1921. He was appointment to the Federal Reserve Board in 1914 and from 1921 to 1926 he was a member of the advisory council of Federal Reserve Board, and president 1924–26. )

    1915-17 – Jacob Schiff of the New York investment firm of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. spearheaded the funding of the Bolshevik Revolution. Max Warburg, Paul’s brother arranged for safe passage for L e n in , his entourage and the funding across Europe to Russia. link and link

    President Woodrow Wilson was the fairy godmother who provided Trotsky with a passport
    to return to Russia to “carry forward” the revolution. This American passport was
    accompanied by a Russian entry permit and a British transit visa. Jennings C. Wise, in
    Woodrow Wilson: Disciple of Revolution, makes the pertinent comment, “Historians must
    never forget that Woodrow Wilson, despite the efforts of the British police, made it possible
    for Leon Trotsky to enter Russia with an American passport.”

    T r o t s k y was in NYC working as a journalist in a Russian paper.

    President Wilson facilitated Trotsky’s passage to Russia at the same time careful State Department bureaucrats, concerned about such revolutionaries entering Russia, were unilaterally attempting to tighten up passport procedures. The Stockholm legation cabled the State Department on June 13, 1917, just after Trotsky crossed the Finnish-Russian border, “Legation confidentially informed Russian, English and French passport offices at Russian frontier, Tornea, considerably worried by passage of suspicious persons bearing American passports. “-

    That is pretty well known to most. However I was startled to find out that the CIA of the USA also helped put Mao into control in China!

    New York Times: Secret Papers About China Are Released by the C.I.A.

    Western Support for Communism: CFR, OSS, Soviets and Asia

    Given what we now see happening with the Middle East, I do not find it impossible.

    …The reality is that the internationalist communists and the transnationalist westerns have much in common–enough in common that Antonio Gramsci, the famed Italian communist who argued that the reds should become capitalists to destroy the West, argued that they could join. The goal, therefore, has always been a “third way” that combined the supposed best of both worlds, and embodied in what we see in modern China, which David Rockefeller has praised. The convergence is the longterm goal, and the aid given in the past by the West was to bring the communists and Soviets to power, just as the aid was given to the radical Muslims and terrorists. The parallels are exactly the same, in fact, between the Cold War and the War on Terror.

  115. H.R. says:

    Here’s a little something to add to your shortcuts; a countdown clock until the inauguration.

  116. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm looks like all those jobs lost at IBM when I got laid off in 2008 will be coming back. Maybe the accountants have finally figuring out that they were losing money on the deal.

  117. H.R. says:

    ooooo… Good news about IBM, Larry. I had not run across that. Thanks.

    You’ve posted a lot of links about early U.S. support of the Red Revolution, but the link on Wilson’s direct aid to L e n in was interesting. He had a personal hand in the revolution.

    Had not heard about the China business, either. But what was interesting to me is, if Gail has been digging around communist ‘origins’ so much and for quite some time, why is she finding this China info now? Were the info guardians getting sloppy because it was ‘in the bag’ this election and the end for the U.S, was in sight? It does seem the globalists have been getting bolder the past couple of years. Is it because you’re getting better because you’re trying new ways in your search? It’s just interesting to me that nuggets keep turning up even though I know you’ve been doing a lot of searching. Thanks.

  118. llanfar says:

    @Larry Excellent timing indeed. I joined IBM (Watson Health) in August…you can thank me now ;) (and no, it’s not because I screwed things up enough to require bringing on more local talent).

  119. E.M.Smith says:

    It is critically important to remember that in the 20s and 30s the American Progressives were fellow travelers with the “3rd Way Socialists” of Fascist Italy and initially with National Socialist Germany. Wilson et. al. celebrated the advances of both in Europe and wanted to implement much of the same here (in many cases succeding). It was only W.W.II that changed the praise to scorn.

    Now they think enough time has past they can try again, thus the casting National Socialism as “right wing” and resurecting the term “Progressive” (that post W.W.II was so tarnished American Progressive Socialists stole the name Liberal…)

    So yes, the USA promoted things and people like Trotsky and others mentioned above. For the simple reason that American Progressives were from the same cloth. And in power.

  120. Another Ian says:

    llanfar says:
    14 December 2016 at 3:59 am

    Your legacy?

    Click to access 338.pdf

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    The Trump Transition Thread continues here:

    (@ Another Ian: One can only hope so! But I suspect I’m at most a footnote to it ;-)

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