TT – minus 6 Weeks

The Trump Transition “TT” at minus 6 weeks. Well, really more like 5 1/2 as I’ve been on the road and posting a bit disrupted… but close enough for now.

December has 3 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, we’ve had the expected “fail” on legal grounds for the pointless recounts.

Then there is the “Hair on Fire” at the D.O.E. as Trump Transition asks just the right questions:

What they are refusing:

Let the conversing commence!

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96 Responses to TT – minus 6 Weeks

  1. RickA says:

    Here is hoping that Trumps nominees get through confirmation.

    I hear some Senate republicans saying some things which sound like opposition – and it will only take a few to cause some real trouble.

    I would like to see Trump’s nominees take their positions and start to cut back on stupid regulation, and trim the budgets of each department (say 5% per year).

    That would be wonderful to see.

  2. philjourdan says:

    @Gail – Re: Pravda

    It is hilarious and shows they have a sense of humor, but are not very original. Because what it also shows is that FINALLY after 8 years, liberals are not yelling it is Boooosh’s fault! LOL!

  3. Serioso says:

    If you want to learn how the Russians are hacking into American networks, here’s a great article…

  4. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the DOE questionair, it looks to me that the folks behind that memo are experienced business people used to doing due diligence audits of companies prior to merger etc. and they are applying good business practice audit techniques to finding out quickly what all the liabilities, exposures and obligations are. Given Trump’s business background and some of his cabinet appointments he probably has a small army of very experienced auditors, accountants and lawyers queued up and just has given them objective lists to find waste abuse and feather bedding in the Federal Government departments.

    This could be a nasty wake up call to some bureaucrats in the comming weeks and months. Like Currier, Trump is setting the stage for his first term and he wants a quick victory right out of the gate. Like a business take over specialist who cultivates a reputation of making heads roll this questionair looks to establish an expectation of we are only going to ask you once for this info, stone wall us and your whole department gets flushed.

    I just got a copy of Trump’s bookd Art of the Deal yesterday and by the time you are 30 pages into the book you can see his work style and all his recent moves fit that work style perfectly.
    He makes decisions quickly, keeps options open as long as possible (ie does not tell the enemy what and when), and when his gut instinct tells him the time is right he goes all in.

    Interesting story he related about calling a demolition contractor that was bumping up the costs with “extras” for change orders in the original bid. I suspect something similar will happen with Federal departments as he takes office.

    “Steve, I say when I get him, This is Donald Trump. Listen, you’ve got to get your ass moving and get finished. You’re behind, I want you to get personally involved in this.” He starts to give me explanations, but I cut him off. ” I don’t want to know, I just want you to get the job done and get out. And Listen Steve you are killing me on these extras. I don’t want you to deal with Andy any more on the extras,. I want you to deal with me personally. If you try screwing me on this job, you won’t be getting a second chance, I’ll never hire you again.”

  5. Steven Fraser says:

    I hope every businessman reads the NYT account posted as a reply.

  6. Gail Combs says:

    Serioso says:….
    New York Times?? Owned by a MEXICAN billionaire??? The New York Times that WILLFULLY covered up the genocide by Stalin???

    I don’t think so.

    Also WHY the fuss NOW? After all the CHINESE hacked US businesses and even nuclear secrets from Oak Ridge. All this leaker did was show the contempt Hillary and the DNC had for votes and their dishonesty.

    In light of the information transfer to COMMUNIST China right after the massacre in tiananmen square by Bill Clinton and the Chinese military hacking of US military and commercial innovations this is nothing more than a zephyr in a teapot.

    In return for CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS from SANCTIONED China, Bill Clinton transferred USA technology to China so they could catch up with the USA economically and militarily. YET there was never ever a peep from the MSM or Congress about this T R E A S O N!!

    A Synopsis or what Clinton did: Clinton: Chasing the Dragon

    How China Conquered America

    You like the NYT? — Clinton Approves Technology Transfer to China

    Stealing Trade Secrets
    NYT: China’s race for patents

    Bloomberg: Hackers Linked to China’s Army Seen From EU To D.C.

    Report: U.S. vulnerable to Chinese cyber espionage

    November 24, 2008 5:12 PM PST

    China is actively conducting cyber espionage as a warfare strategy and has targeted U.S. government and commercial computers, according to a new report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

    “China’s current cyber operations capability is so advanced, it can engage in forms of cyber warfare so sophisticated that the United States may be unable to counteract or even detect the efforts,” according to the annual report (PDF) delivered to Congress on Thursday.

  7. Gail Combs says:

    More on China and espionage:
    (Most links are too old and now dead)
    SoCal men accused of illegal China export, import

    January 22, 2009

    LOS ANGELES—The owner of a San Bernardino County electronics company was charged with illegally exporting restricted components to China and trafficking in millions of dollars worth of counterfeit Sony and Cisco devices, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

    Michael Ming Zhang, 49, of Rancho Cucamonga was arrested Tuesday on a federal grand jury indictment handed up last week.

    A second businessman, Policarpo Coronado Gamboa, 40, of Foothill Ranch also was arrested. Both made federal court appearances on Tuesday and were released on bond pending arraignment, U.S. attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

    Zhang could face up to 125 years in prison if convicted of all counts and Gamboa could face up to five years, federal authorities said.

    “Mr. Zhang is innocent until proven guilty” and will exercise his full constitutional rights, his newly appointed federal public defender, Thomas Kielty, said in a statement. Kielty said he could not comment further until he had reviewed the evidence against his client.

    A call to Gamboa’s public defender, Kimberly Savo, was not immediately returned.

    Zhang was president and general manager of J.J. Electronics, an importer and exporter of electronic components run out of his home, according to the indictment and an FBI statement . Gamboa owned Sereton Technology Inc., in Foothill Ranch.

    Zhang was accused of exporting more than 200 computer memory devices to China in 2006 and 2008 without the proper export licenses. The items were restricted because they had both civilian and military uses.

    He also was accused of trafficking in at least 4,300 counterfeit Cisco electronic components in 2008. The devices had an estimated retail market value of more than $3.3 million, according to the FBI statement.

    A separate indictment accused Zhang and Gamboa of conspiracy and counterfeit goods trafficking. It contends they tried to sell 3,500 counterfeit Sony Memory Sticks from China in 2007 and 2008.

    3 indicted for illegal export to China space agency


    The Justice Department has charged three men with allegedly conspiring to export carbon-fiber material to the Chinese agency that builds satellites and spacecraft.

    The government says the indictment, returned in federal court in Minnesota, underscores the rise in illegal exports of weapons, military equipment and national security technology to China and Iran. For the past two years, Iran was the top destination for restricted U.S. technology, the Associated Press says.

    Of 145 people or companies charged with illegally exporting restricted technology last year, 43% were shipping to Iran and China. Of those, 74 involved Iran and 23 China. More than 60 defendants were charged with illegal exports to Mexico, mostly weapons.

    This year has seen a 30% increase in violations.

    “Keeping U.S. weapons technology and other restricted materials from falling into the wrong hands — and from being used against our allies, our troops overseas or Americans at home — is a top counterintelligence priority,” Assistant Attorney General Pat Rowan said in a statement.

    Today’s indictment charged Jian Wei Ding, Kok Tong Lim and Ping Cheng with seeking to send carbon-fiber to the China Academy of Space Technology. Besides spacecraft and rockets, carbon fiber is also used to enrich uranium.

    Jian Wei Ding and Kok Tong Lim are residents of Singapore and affiliated with a Singaporean import/export company known as FirmSpace, Pte Ltd. Ping Cheng is a resident of New York and the sole shareholder of Prime Technology Corporation.

    Resources on China
    : The Consequences of Chinese Espionage to International Security: A Cox Report Review

    The 700-page Cox report, released on April 25, should be read in conjunction with the “DCI Statement on Damage Assessment” issued by the Central Intelligence Agency on April 21. While the Cox report was written by a bipartisan congressional committee concerned with American security and commercial interests, the DCI assessment was prepared by an independent panel of senior nuclear and security experts concerned with the damage caused by the espionage.

    While much of the Cox report was concerned with the prevention of future losses by improving counterintelligence and export controls, the essence of the Cox report is that the People’s Republic of China stole over a period of 20 years, through espionage, “classified design information on the United States’ most advanced thermonuclear weapons.” The report explains what exactly was stolen, from where it was stolen, and how and when it was stolen. The report also predicts how the PRC might use the information to accelerate the improvement of its military force.

    The principal data lost, in the form of nuclear test codes, computer design models and other data forms, were in three critical areas:

    nuclear warhead modernization
    missile guidance and design technology
    electromagnetic weapons technology
    Based on this data, China’s nuclear warhead modernization would most affect U.S. security in three areas:

    Road-mobile ICBM’s
    Submarine-launched ICBMs

    ICBM’s with multiple warheads (MRVs or MIRV’s)
    The missile guidance and design technology that would most affect U.S. security would be the technology permitting China to improve the accuracy of its complete range of missiles which could threaten U.S. troops in Asia, American allies and the North American Continent.

    Finally, the information on electromagnetic weapons could be used to develop space-based weapons to attack satellites or missiles and could be used to threaten American submarines.

    The DCI Damage Assessment noted that China’s principal motivation is to develop survivable long-range missiles that place U.S. and Russian populations at risk in order to prevent intimidation by either country (a second-strike capability). This report recognized that China had obtained weapons design concepts and weaponization features, and that the information did make a significant contribution to China’s second-strike capability. However, it did temper the Cox report somewhat by noting:

    The information obtained was from a variety of sources, including open sources, not just espionage.

    The information was used more to inform and guide China’s weapons development programs than to copy U.S. designs.

  8. Gail Combs says:

    More on Clinton’s BETRAYAL

    Clinton Gave China Chips for Nuclear War

    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003

    Newly declassified documents show that President Bill Clinton personally approved the transfer to China of advanced space technology that can be used for nuclear combat.
    The documents show that in 1996 Clinton approved the export of radiation hardened chip sets to China. The specialized chips are necessary for fighting a nuclear war.

    “Waivers may be granted upon a national interest determination,” states a Commerce Department document titled “U.S. Sanctions on China.”

    “The President has approved a series of satellite related waivers in recent months, most recently in November, 1996 for export of radiation hardened chip sets for a Chinese meteorological satellite,” noted the Commerce Department documents.

    These special computer chips are designed to function while being bombarded by intense radiation. Radiation hardened chips are considered critical for atomic warfare and are required by advanced nuclear tipped missiles.

    Judicial Watch obtained the documents through the Freedom of Information Act, a Washington-based political watchdog group.

    Several documents were withheld from release by the U.S. Commerce Department for commercial and personal privacy exemptions, but none of the documents were withheld for national security reasons. Judicial Watch is expected to appeal the withholdings.

    Decade of Betrayal

    U.S. intelligence sources stated that the newly released documents illustrate the extent to which the Clinton White House placed trade – and trade with China specifically – above national security.

    “In all likelihood we will be glowing in the dark before we discover the true extent of the Clinton decade of betrayal,” stated Rick Fisher, Asian Security Fellow at the Center for Security Policy.

    “If it was indeed intended for a new PRC weather satellite, then it is possible that it was used for their new polar orbit weather satellites. This is significant because the Chinese themselves acknowledge that their polar orbit weather satellites directly contribute to their long-range missile targeting capability. This becomes even more important for their new smaller but more accurate warheads, used on their new DF-31, DF-31A, DF-5 Mod2 and JL-2 missiles. If they encounter significant weather, warhead accuracy degrades, reducing their utility,” stated Fisher.

    “Inasmuch as similar U.S. military weather satellites perform the same missions, the Clinton Administration had to have known they were assisting a PLA strategic military capability,” concluded Fisher.

    In addition, the Chinese military is clearly interested in acquiring advanced radiation hardened computer chips for its strategic nuclear arsenal.

    U.S. Chips for PRC Nukes

    Currently, China has only liquid fueled, long-range missiles, and the majority of them are based inside underground silos. These long-range rockets are reported to be “bore-sighted” – meaning the underground silos are aimed directly at target cities inside the United States.

    The Chinese army is now attempting to shift its strategic nuclear arsenal to a solid-fuel “launch on command” capability. These new missiles are rail- and road-mobile and require sophisticated electronic guidance systems to accurately strike their intended targets.

    As part of this upgrade, the Chinese army is also modifying its nuclear warhead designs to arm new survivable missiles such as the DF-31 and JL-2. Chinese engineers are planning to equip these new missiles with MIRV technology, allowing each missile to carry multiple nuclear warheads.

    Again, the U.S. radiation hardened computer chip technology is a logical addition to the reconfiguration and upgrade of Chinese nuclear weapons.

    Stolen U.S. Chips

    Another critical element of the Clinton-supplied waiver is the fact that it took place during an investigation of Chinese espionage into missing U.S. radiation hardened satellite chips.

    In February 1996, a Chinese Long March rocket carrying a Loral Intelsat satellite failed and crashed on lift-off. The Loral Intelsat payload was badly damaged. The Chinese intended to launch the Loral satellite into deep space as they had been paid to do by Loral CEO Bernard Schwartz.
    However, fate took a twisted path, and so did the Chinese rocket. The Long March rocket failed on launch and crashed into a nearby Chinese village, killing over 200 innocent civilians. The failure of the Long March allowed the U.S. to recover the sealed satellite guidance box, which revealed the control board of radiation-hardened chips was missing.
    The missing board from the Loral Intelsat satellite is no mystery. It quickly became obvious that Chinese engineers removed the special electronics and kept the board for examination. The stolen Loral electronics consist of radiation hardened, encrypted telemetry chips, stored in a secure flight control box similar to those found on airliners. The NSA changed all U.S. satellite codes as a result of the stolen Loral chips, costing American taxpayers millions of dollars.

    1996 Illegal Campaign Donations

    Another factor involved in the November 1996 waiver issued by then-President Clinton is the fact that illegal money entered the U.S. elections from the Chinese army. The money was donated to the DNC from a variety of sources including convicted Chinagate figures John Huang, Charlie “Yah-Lin” Trie and Johnny Chung.
    The 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign readily accepted much of the money from the Chinese army sources without question, and in some cases took these donations in cash. The allegations of Chinese espionage and illegal campaign donations were never investigated properly.

    The successful effort by China to obtain U.S. microchip technology included espionage, sabotage and perhaps bribery. The red intelligence windfall freed the Chinese army to more accurately target American cities with atomic weapons using advanced U.S technology.
    The legacy that President Clinton left for the 21st century is a modern Chinese army equipped for global nuclear war.

    And the MSM and CONGRESS is whimpering about a leak of DNC emails??? You just can’t make up a farce like this!

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the climate front reaction to the proposed head of EPA continues to show that the AGW team did not catch a clue from the election.

  10. Bobn says:

    Trump needs to fire the top 50 DOE people and then reask the question. If he still gets blocks repeat the procedure until he gets the answers. He should do the same with the EPA. Make an example that stone-walling will not be tolerated.
    Trump will soon cut 1.7 Billion out of NASA’s budget on climate change. There is still 28 Billion to cut in research in the budget. Most colleges have research grants, he needs to replace them with something meaningful.

  11. Gail Combs says:

    Bobn, I think the DOE people are still in de Nile and think Hillary Clinton will come galloping up to save the day via the Electoral College or intervention by Obummer and Congress.

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    Reuters is running this story that the EPA survey was “unauthorized action by an individual” not part of the transition team process. So you then have to ask, was it a provocation to scare the climate folks, a legitimate over zealous employee of the transition team, a fabrication by the left or legitimate by they are trying to discredit it by pushing the story it was unauthorized.

    Sometimes I wish I had a program for this show, it is hard to keep straight who is doing what to whom.

  13. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Bobn, unfortunately Federal Civil Service rules are almost as bullet proof as professor tenure. It is very very difficult to just arbitrarily fire people without grounds for cause. Reagan got away with it on the Air Controllers because of the safety issue and shutting down an essential function.

    It is usually easier to use a more indirect route, like placing hiring freezes on a department and then cut all their activity budgets to the bone and just let the dry and wither on the vine until they quit of their own accord.

    The normal method takes about 2-3 years where they start keeping book on every little rule infraction or failure to perform, or give them tasks they are sure to fail at, then fire for non-performance.

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    That climate survey also could be a way to put out an open letter of questions that should be asked by someone who knows where the bodies are buried, to get some of those items included in the agenda down the road.

  15. Gail Combs says:

    Another way to clean out the deadwood very very fast is to start bringing criminal charges against some of the bureaucrats.

    You can start with: Destruction of GOVERNMENT PROPERTY.

    1666. Destruction Of Government Property — 18 U.S.C. § 1361

    Section 1361 protects “any property” of the United States or an agency or department thereof, or any property being manufactured or constructed for the United States or an agency or department thereof, from willful depredation or attempted depredation. “Depredation” has been characterized as the act of plundering, robbing, pillaging or laying waste….

    This section prohibits actual physical damage or destruction of both real and personal property, but mere adverse possession of that property without physical harm is insufficient to violate the law….

    The penalties for violations of this section are tied to the extent of the property damage. As amended on September 13, 1994, if the damage exceeds $100, the defendant is subject to a fine of up to $250,000, ten years imprisonment, or both….. When property damage does not exceed $100, the offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $100,000, one year imprisonment, or both. See 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559(a), 3571.

    Even if the data is not there I would think a look at the computers would show data has been destroyed.

    Heck go after Lois Lerner among others.

    There is a heck of a lot of low hanging fruit for an honest Attorney General and a grand jury to go after.

    Ever notice how Chris Christie (former U.S. Attorney for New Jersey) and Rudy Giuliani ( U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York) have gone missing….

    Remember NSA director Michael Rogers visiting Trump without permission while Obummer was out of town… And prior to that according to The Wall Street Journal: Pentagon, Intelligence Chiefs Push to Oust NSA Director

    Remember Mike Rogers is the guy who is head of the Domestic Surveillance National Data Warehouse

    And last you have Dr. Steve Pieczenik: U.S. Intelligence Waging Coup Against Corrupt Clintons

    If I was a bureaucrat in DC….

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    Nice summary of the election interference issue – (hint everybody does it and always has)

  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    The topic/scandal that will not die?
    News conference by Sheriff Arpaio to get the results of his full investigation into the authenticity of the White House provided copy of Obama’s birth certificate on the public record. I suspect like the killing of Lincoln they will still be talking about this 100 years from now.

  18. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, I consider the big problem for Obummer to be his ADOPTION by Lolo Soetoro. That would make him Indonesian ESPECIALLY if he went to school on a scholarship for foreign students. Just like Ted Cruz, he would have had to have given up his dual citizenship at age 18. I think this is why his college records are sealed.

  19. H.R. says:

    ” I think this is why his college records are sealed.”

    I always thought it was because Obama’s (“the smartest man evah!”) grades were only marginally better than Al Gore’s. But I think your guess is probably closer to the truth.

  20. Serioso says:

    I want to thank Gail Combs for her comments in re the New York Times and the link I provided. Your refusal to read anything that the Times publishes liberates me from ever having to read anything you post, and for that I am grateful. Dialog requires a minimal measure of respect for the opinions of others; it is apparent you cannot muster any respect whatsoever for the New York Times. And, to boot, you are long-winded well beyond the point of tedium. It’s not so much that your arguments are unconvincing: They poison the atmosphere and defy common decency. The New York Times should be part of your daily diet, and the diet of everyone else who follows this blog. Until you understand how reporters in the premier MSM do their jobs you will understand little about how the world works. Farewell, Gail Combs. I am happy to be rid of your influence!

  21. p.g.sharrow says:

    @ Serioso; Don’t go away mad,
    ..JUST GO AWAY !!
    you are just a disrespectful troll…pg

  22. Paul Hanlon says:


    Yes, you should thank Gail for her comments, as I do now, because her research is exemplary. I don’t know where she finds the time to sift through the chaff so that we get the wheat.

    The fact that PE Trump insisted on the full transcript being made public, which the NYT complied with in order to get the interview, tells you all you need to know about just how bad that publication is. The election is over. Donald Trump won. Get over it and move on with your life.

    The source of the DNC leak was most likely an insider, just like the Climategate emails. Probably a Sanders supporter, sore at the way the election was taken from “his guy”, or shock horror, maybe he actually had scruples about the way the DNC handled the contest.

    Wikileaks have repeatedly said that their source was not Russian. And the way access was got to Podesta’s email doesn’t suggest Russian either. And anyway, the only reason the emails saw the light of day at all was because they showed some really nasty goings-on in Clinton-ville.

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    Ok, just to be open minded, I read the whole very very very long NYT article. IMHO, it is an extraordinary work, artfully blending rank speculation, rampant non-sequitur, and some real background. IMHO, was a waste of time.

    Huge pictures, only tangentially related to the text (seemingly pulledfrom stock photo sellers).

    Long wandering reciation of detail to imply thorough diging and research, yet mostly recitation of non relevant details.

    In the end, it basically ASSUMES Russia did the hack, based on “duke” codes used. Like ONLY Russia can get them…


  24. Judy F. says:

    I got an email from an old friend today. I have known for a long time that he is a liberal. I really don’t care what a person’s politics are, until they tell me what mine should be. His note today: ” I can’t seem to find enough tinsel to camouflage the prospect of living under the regime of a con-man rapist courtesy of the religious right who were happy to put their morals on hold to secure their agenda for returning to the stone ages and hand carte blanche to the wealthy”.

    I wrote back that if he really thought that was why Trump got elected then he was just a sanctimonious a**hole. I told him that there had been no economic recovery; the national debt had doubled; I was paying $12,000 a year for health insurance with a $6,500 deductible and was not able to go to the doctor’s office where I had been a patient for 43 years; I didn’t want men in the bathroom with me; Hillary had played fast and loose with government intelligence and wanted money for political favors; I was tired of being called a racist, homophobe, bitter clinger deplorable and I had yet to see anyone in flyover country hunting muslims in the streets. I said that I was tired of being lectured to by liberal elites and was tired of a president who could find his way around a golf course but couldn’t find his way to stop politicizing everything.

    He is an intelligent man, but can not even imagine that there might be other viewpoints. And I didn’t even touch on many of the other reasons I voted for Trump.

    Perhaps I overdid the sanctimonious part…

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    Naw… looks right to me ;-)

  26. Gail Combs says:

    Judy F.,
    I find it amazing how we are supposed to shut up and put up with an occupier of the White House who has done everything he can to divide this country and trash it but when we, in fly over country, say ENOUGH! We do not want to join a totalitarian communist world government, the brainwashed left throw riots, temper tantrums and even try to over turn the election in any manner they can.

    What the thick headed on the left can not get through their skulls is that this election is about whether the USA will be run by global corporate business interests (Clinton) vs a USA run by Americans FOR Americans (Trump). AND if they would ever bother to quit emoting and actually THINK and RESEARCH it would be pretty darn clear they are FOR a return to serfdom.

    Actually it is pretty funny that the Occupy Wall Street Crowd is supporting the Wall Street Puppet because they are so brain dead.


    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution… democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. Communist China is the best model. — Christiana Figueres, disciple of Al Gore, and Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention

    At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism…

    Trans Pacific Partnership
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement allows an international Tribunal to TRUMP THE US SUPREME COURT. Also once signed it can use ANY treaty signed by the USA to bring the USA up before that Tribunal to challenge US laws.

    Remember international law sees no difference between an executive agreement, a congressional agreement or an actual Constitutional treaty. This means ALL those agreements that Clinton, Obama and the Bushs have signed in the last decades WITHOUT Congressional approval are suddenly in play. The TPP is the key that turns on a mostly dormant set of interlocking treaties designed to remove US sovereignty.

    With a Clinton appointed Supreme Court there will be no hope of over turning the decisions of that Corporate appointed Tribunal.
    Trans-Pacific Partnership Synopsis FROM THE US GOVERNMENT


    ….TPP Parties aim to have these disputes resolved through impartial, unbiased panels. … Panels will consider requests from non-governmental entities located in the territory of any disputing Party to provide written views regarding the dispute to panels during dispute settlement proceedings. [A sop to the ignorant left.]

    Panels will be composed of three international trade and subject matter experts independent of the disputing Parties, with procedures available to ensure that a panel can be composed even if a Party fails to appoint a panelist within a set period of time. These panelists will be subject to a code of conduct to ensure the integrity of the dispute settlement mechanism.

    To maximize compliance, the Dispute Settlement chapter allows for the use of trade retaliation (e.g., suspension of benefits), if a Party found not to have complied with its obligations fails to bring itself into compliance with its obligations. Before use of trade retaliation, a Party found in violation can negotiate or arbitrate a reasonable period of time in which to remedy the breach….

    So much for a review of US law by the US Supreme Court. The international Corporations are given the last say on any and all US laws.

    The Groniad says this about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement:

    Leading arbitration lawyer, George Kahale (chairman of Curtis, Mallet-Provost, Colt & Mosie LLP, an international law firm) says there are critical loopholes in the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s investment chapter that leave Australia wide open:

    “….an MFN clause is tantamount to a classic wipeout move. It would enable foreign corporations from TPP states to make a claim against Australia based on the ISDS provisions in any other trade deal Australia has signed, no matter which country it was signed with. That means it does not matter how carefully the TPP is drafted: foreign investors can cherrypick another treaty Australia has signed, and sue the Australian government based on the provisions included in that treaty…..”

    Do not forget the international corporations are CONTROLLED by financial institutions. For example most of the Monsanto stock is owned by pensions and mutual funds but it is Mr Johnson who votes the stock owned by the Fidelity/Magellan fund stable not YOU.

    The article Financial Core of the Transnational Corporate Class lists the top financial companies AND the officers running these corporations.

    …In this study, we decided to identify in detail the people on the boards of directors of the top ten asset management firms and the top ten most centralized corporations in the world. Because of overlaps, there is a total of thirteen firms, which collectively have 161 directors on their boards. We think that this group of 161 individuals represents the financial core of the world’s transnational capitalist class. They collectively manage $23.91 trillion in funds and operate in nearly every country in the world. They are the center of the financial capital that powers the global economic system. Western governments and international policy bodies work in the interests of this financial core to protect the free flow of capital investment anywhere in the world…
    A 2011 University of Zurich study completed by Stefania Vitali, James B. Glattfelder, and Stefano Battiston at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology reported that a small group of companies—mainly banks—wields huge power over the global economy. Applying mathematical models—usually used to model natural systems—to the transnational corporations in the world economy, the study found that 147 companies controlled some 40 percent of the world’s wealth.

    These are a selection from the top thirty five:

    Vanguard, Fidelity — owned by the Johnson family, JPMorgan (Think Morgan/Rockefellers), Credit Suisse, HSBC (Think Comey of the FBI) Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Prudential, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs (Think wife of Ted Cruz)

    Clinton emails — bank speeches

    These are the people that Hillary Clinton gave her secret BANK speeches to.

    For example:

    *Hillary Clinton Said Her Dream Is A Hemispheric Common Market, With Open Trade And Open Markets. *

    “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.” [05162013 Remarks to Banco Itau.doc, p. 28]

    *Hillary Clinton Said We Have To Have A Concerted Plan To Increase Trade; We Have To Resist Protectionism And Other Kinds Of Barriers To Trade. *“Secondly, I think we have to have a concerted plan to increase trade already under the current circumstances, you know, that Inter-American Development Bank figure is pretty surprising. There is so much more we can do, there is a lot of low hanging fruit but businesses on both sides have to make it a priority and it’s not for governments to do but governments can either make it easy or make it hard and we have to resist, protectionism, other kinds of barriers to market access and to trade and I would like to see this get much more attention and be not just a policy for a year under president X or president Y but a consistent one.” [05162013 Remarks to Banco Itau.doc, p. 32]

    Banco Itau. is a Brazilian bank
    Lloyd Craig Blankfein, who often introduced Hillary is the CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs. He assumed this position upon the May 2006 nomination of former CEO Henry Paulson to United States Secretary of the Treasury.

    *Clinton Said That The Blame Placed On The United States Banking System For The Crisis “Could Have Been Avoided In Terms Of Both Misunderstanding And Really Politicizing What Happened.”*
    “That was one of the reasons that I started traveling in February of ’09, so people could, you know, literally yell at me for the United States and our banking system causing this everywhere. Now, that’s an oversimplification we know, but it was the conventional wisdom…. And I think that everybody was desperately trying to fend off the worst effects institutionally, governmentally, and there just wasn’t that opportunity to try to sort this out, and that came later.” [Goldman Sachs AIMS Alternative Investments Symposium, 10/24/13]

    Don’t forget Bill Clinton signed the five banking bills that CAUSED the 2008 Foreclosuregate.

    *Clinton: “Even If It May Not Be 100 Percent True, If The Perception Is That Somehow The Game Is Rigged, That Should Be A Problem For All Of Us.” *
    “Now, it’s important to recognize the vital role that the financial markets play in our economy and that so many of you are contributing to. To function effectively those markets and the men and women who shape them have to command trust and confidence, because we all rely on the market’s transparency and integrity. So even if it may not be 100 percent true, if the perception is that somehow the game is rigged, that should be a problem for all of us, and we have to be willing to make that absolutely clear. And if there are issues, if there’s wrongdoing, people have to be held accountable and we have to try to deter future bad behavior, because the public trust is at the core of both a free market economy and a democracy.” [Clinton Remarks to Deutsche Bank, 10/7/14]

    File dump

  27. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Judy F.
    I have had a few similar “lectures” from folks on Facebook. I always operated on the assumption that most of the folks I know, those you would class as friendly acquaintances (ie not really close friends but you would be comfortable asking them to help you with some personal things and would be glad to help them move or something similar) were generally on the same page even if their politics were a bit different.

    It assumed that even though you knew they had a different political perspective that they basically observed the world in a similar way that you do. Had roughly the same memories of recent history and events. It seems that the gulf between different people’s perceptions of the world is much larger than I ever imagined. Even folks that I considered intelligent and thoughtful people can in a very literal sense have no clue what you believe, think, observe or feel about events that you both have lived through. In a way I find it shocking that they can read into your actions motives that are so absolutely opposite of your true intentions. The power of projection is quite surprising.

    I have recently been quite surprised to find some of these folks were really off in some parallel reality and obviously do not occupy the same universe that I do.(maybe they really are in a parallel universe and we only interact where those parallel universes briefly touch. Perhaps it in the long run is a good thing that the internet facilitates folks unmasking their true feelings – things that they would never say to your face come easily at a keyboard and you learn that they really are not the person you thought they were, often having a really totalitarian world view (if only they had power) and a mean streak that is usually masked by social conventions.

    The power of perceptual filters we construct based on our personal view points are much stronger than I had considered possible even with people that I thought I generally got along well with.

  28. Gail Combs says:

    Note that Serioso completely misses the points I tried to make since this mess surfaced.

    1. I do not give a rat’s ass WHO is behind the leaks. It is the information leaked that mattered. THE RUSSIANS DID IT! has zero bearing on the information and is just a diversion from the meat the MSM refuses to look into.

    2. The decision to target Russia and run the ‘Fake News’ meme was made MONTHS before the leaks were made public and MONTHS before Trump got the GOP nomination. (Bills in Congress in March of 2016 had Russia/fake news text)

    3. Assange pretty much told us that Seth Rich, who worked for the DNC, who was the source of the DNC leaks. Seth was murdered right after the leak. SURPRISE!

    4. Former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, said he has met the person who gave the DNC emails to Assange and it was not the Russians. “As Julian Assange has made crystal clear, the leaks did not come from the Russians. As I have explained countless times, they are not hacks, they are insider leaks – there is a major difference between the two,”

    5. Like Comey and Loretta Lynch, CIA Director John Brennan is a POLITICAL appointee who voted the Communist Party in 1980. CIA Director Brennan: Wrong On ISIS, Benghazi, Caliphate so why would we think a POLITICAL HACK is correct about Russia esp. when other officials in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the FBI have pushed back against the claim? One, Dr. Steve Pieczenik former U.S. intelligence and Asst. Sec. of State, as spokes person, said the rank and file who were upset about a possible Clinton presidency and leaked information to Assange. This is not surprising since Clinton is an intelligence operative’s nightmare. Not only did she have use an ILLEGAL wide open hackable private server for State Dept business, Clinton left classified documents in hotel rooms and cabs in China, Russia and elsewhere.

    6. Podesta answered a phishing scam type email giving the hackers access to his emails. Nothing sophisticated about that at all. Just stupidity on the part of Podesta who answered the phishing email DESPITE his security people telling him not to.

    7. ‘Anonymous’ hackers have been targeting the DNC in Youtubes because they were Bernie supporters and angry at the DNC.

    8. Soros and therefore Clinton had already targeted Russia so Russia made a great scapegoat. Russia has an international warrant out for Soros and Soros was behind the uprising and overthrow of the elected government in the Ukraine.

    9. As E.M. said a Russian server is what hackers use to break their trail. This is why the Climategate e-mail leak lead to Russia and then the trail stopped.

    There is a heck of a lot of information out there saying Russia is pretty far down the list of possible leakers and as E.M. said above the NYT article was the usual misdirection propaganda.

    This is for all the Progressives still tossing tantrums:

  29. Gail Combs says:

    The whole Dog and Pony Show is all about throwing mud on Russia and Trump and not about informing the public. With enough mud tossed on Russia, Trump would have a tough time selling good relations with Russia.

    TPTB DOES NOT want Trump and Russia to get together and wipe out ISIS!

    WHY? — The petro-dollar (Oil from middle east sold only in US dollars)
    1. The reason for the Iraq war was Saddam Hussein’s 2000 decision to price Iraqi oil in Euros instead of dollars. In 2011 Gaddafi planned to sell Libyan oil in a currency backed by gold so he too was assassinated. Remember 9/11 was staged by SAUDIS yet they were not targeted by the USA. This is why.

    2. The Tamar gas field was discovered in Qatar (2009) & Qatar wanted to build a pipeline through Syria to sell the gas in the European market. Assad rejected the Qatar proposal because they wanted to protect their Russian ally who is Europe’s top supplier of petroleum.

    3. Qatar leveraged its ongoing relationship with H. Clinton by cashing in on the many millions of dollars in bribes it gave over the years. . H. Clinton as Sec State used the CIA to fund an operation called the “Free Syrian Army” to overthrow Assad which lead to ISIS & Refugee Crisis.

    4. In March 2012 Iran announced it was going to use a basket of currencies to price its oil rather than dollars. Obummer sent John Kerry to negotiate the Iran Deal. The Iran deal put the Middle East in jeopardy of Nukes from Iran & allows the USA to blackmailed Gulf States into pricing their oil with dollars in return for protection.

    The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she signed an “ethics agreement” to NOT do that.

    (Stolen from Hector Morenco although I already knew most of this.)

  30. E.M.Smith says:

    Per the topic of “Russian Hackers”:

    The “evidence” all rests on two points.
    An IP address trail that goes to Russia.
    The “Duke” fingerprints.

    As noted above, you can get code to duplicate the “duke” hacks. Once an exploit is “in the wild”, it rapidly spreads to Everyone. Folks reverse engineer it and then use it themselves. Especially for older exploits like “Miniduke”. Defense response times must be measured in days (preferably hours) to prevent hacks once a “Zero Day” is seen. For the Miniduke et. al. we’re talking years since they first popped up. This isn’t some new secret sauce Russia Only Exploit, it is old hat everyone can do it if they want to take the time to copy it “useful to look like someone else” level of hack.

    Second, landing in Russia. It is absolutely essential when doing a hack to pass through at least one non-cooperating legal entity (i.e. government from ‘the other side’). You want those log files to be unavailable via any legal process. As Africa has few sites to use, and will toss you under a buss for a tiny bribe, it isn’t very useful. The EU / North America cluster is fairly well legally integrated (Oz and Kiwi’s too). Using China is putting yourself at risk, and a PITA as they have a lot of effort on their own walls. Pretty soon you notice that Russia likes having all that loverly information flowing through their network where they can get a ‘first peek’ at it, so they have nice open file dump sites and places you can bounce off of easily. So LOTS of folks try to route their ‘next to last’ isolation jump through Russia.

    Now, someone with a ‘next to last’ hop through Russia, using OLD Russian fingerprint hacks, and then shoving their stuff at Wikileaks simply does NOT say Russia to me. It says “poser” using Russian facilities as a break point. Now yes, it could be Russia, but unlikely. They tend to hold information close to the vest and use it in back room deals. And, most importantly, if you are a Russian Hacker, you want your ‘next to last’ stop and break in the chain of attribution to be Not Russia.

    This is just SOP in hacking. You NEVER EVER want the ‘break point’ to be in your own country. Never EVER.

    Hell, I’ve used a Romanian VPN just to watch videos blocked in my local. Were I going to read an “unapproved fake news site”, I’d also route it via Romania or similar. Why leave bread crumbs leading back to me? Further, if doing a hack, I’d have a carefully crafted ‘cover story’ where I’d plant mis-direction evidence to point at someone else somewhere else. That, too, is SOP. It’s your basic Magic Act. The MISDIRECTION so folks don’t notice the other hand doing the job…

    There are only two approaches to a decent hack: 1) Leave ZERO evidence. Fairly hard to do, and if you fail, folks are after your trail fast. 2) Leave misleading evidence. Easy to do, and tends to put folks off the right trail long enough for it to fade away.

    Especially in the age of intrusion detection systems, IP loggers, network traffic analyzers, etc. etc. by the time you’ve figured out all the things you need to wipe, it’s too late to do the wiping. MUCH easier to just craft your cover and misdirection, VPN to somewhere with a legal break, and go for it.

    Now, the final point:

    Once again we have the “same story same places” effect with the “Russia Did It!” and “Fake News” pushes. That just shouts “coordinated story and DNC Party Line”. We already know those folks are “lying for effect”. Similarly, the FBI investigates crimes and wants the real perp, the CIA indulges in dirty tricks, misdirection, and false flags with plausible deniable covers. Gee, FBI says “no evidence to Russian Government” while the CIA (under Obama direct control) says “Um, the Russian Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!”. I’ll take the Sheriff in the Jeep over the professional dirty tricks folks…

    THE fundamental point that the DNC, Obamanites, Clintonistas, Globalist Cabal, MSM et. al. have missed (or just can’t accept) is that they blew their cover already. Going “all in” on the Bums Rush to push Clinton showed them to be an integrated pack of liers for effect. ANYTHING they say will be looked at by me first with the #1 question being “How will this, as a lie, benefit TPTB on The Left?”. Way down the list will be “Maybe this has some truth in it.”.

    A good reputation once lost is very hard to restore.
    A proven lier is never trusted again. Perhaps accepted, with verification, but never trusted.

    “The Russians Did It” is not going to fly.

  31. philjourdan says:

    Bobn – The purpose of the question was to identify those that are going to sabotage the next leader of the agency –

    And in that, it worked very well.

  32. Gail Combs says:

    Now this is an interesting story, especially for those who voted Gary Johnson.

    The Daily 202: Ayn Rand-acolyte Donald Trump stacks his cabinet with fellow objectivists

    (Lots of snide asides but I was very happy to see Trump met with John A. Allison IV)

    I love this remark: “Roark, the character Trump says he identifies with, rapes a woman in “The Fountainhead,” for example.” This is about the most famous paragraph of Rand’s writings Rand says of that paragraph, “If that was rape it was rape by engraved invitation.”

    See: link for an indepth analysis that the reporter is incapable of understanding.

  33. philjourdan says:

    @Serioso – your refusal means you knowingly are spreading fake news.

    Just like the rest of the MSM.

  34. philjourdan says:

    You should have told him that Trump SAVED us from the rapist – as that is Bill, not Donald. And then told him that facts should not get in the way of his hatred.

  35. G. Combs says:

    Some interesting videos. As you know Dr Ben Carson was taped for HUD.

    This is probably the program the following men were discussing with President-Elect Trump.

    1. Pastor Darrell Scott and football stars Jim Brown and Ray Lewis after meeting at trump tower (4 min)

    Clips of Jim Brown interview with CNN about the meeting. OUCH! So much for the usual Progressive divide and conquer.

    2. (3 min)

    3. (2 min)

    5. Pastor Darrell Scott, the third guy at Trump towers at the Cleveland rally (9 min)

    One can understand why the Progressives are going completely bonkers over a Trump election after watching those vids. Esp. Jim Brown who WAS a Hillary supporter.

  36. philjourdan says:

    I did a hack (ok just a practical joke) where I worked in the early 90s (we were early Internet adopters – Education), where I fooled a second engineer into believing it was a third engineer, but the finger prints of the hack were for the second engineer! While management was scolding everyone about doing those type of things, with special emphasis on those 2, the third engineer finally figured out it was me because I was laughing hysterically the whole time!

    And that was 25 years ago. He had no proof it was me other than I was the one laughing the most.

  37. Serioso says:

    Chief, the investigations by the US intelligence services hardly limited themselves to looking at IP addresses. I think you read the New York Times article too hastily. Consider the following paragraphs that, it appears, you missed:

    “Attribution, as the skill of identifying a cyberattacker is known, is more art than science. It is often impossible to name an attacker with absolute certainty. But over time, by accumulating a reference library of hacking techniques and targets, it is possible to spot repeat offenders. Fancy Bear, for instance, has gone after military and political targets in Ukraine and Georgia, and at NATO installations.That largely rules out cybercriminals and most countries, Mr. Alperovitch said. “There’s no plausible actor that has an interest in all those victims other than Russia,” he said. Another clue: The Russian hacking groups tended to be active during working hours in the Moscow time zone.”

    “Cyberresearchers found other clues pointing to Russia. Microsoft Word documents posted by Guccifer 2.0 had been edited by someone calling himself, in Russian, Felix Edmundovich — an obvious nom de guerre honoring the founder of the Soviet secret police, Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky. Bad links in the texts were marked by warnings in Russian, generated by what was clearly a Russian-language version of Word.”

  38. David A Anderson says:

    Which adds up to zero evidence of a Russian state sponsored__

  39. Larry Ledwick says:

    Could easily be intentional bread crumbs pointing at an obvious fall guy to distract folks doing the investigation.

    Also tools copied from hackers often have comments and other tell tales buried in the code, but that does not mean the current user put them there, they might be just due to clumsy cut and paste use of someones code to avoid having to code it yourself.

    Smart hackers would intentionally put those clues there to throw off the investigation. Personally I think Israel has more reason to hack and take down the DNC than Russia does, because Obama actually overtly interfered in their last election and he did it openly.

  40. Gail Combs says:

    Newt has a really great presentation about Trump. Newt is a Historian and has a really good sense of humor. He grabs you and keeps you interested.

  41. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have always liked Newt his background as a historian gives him a unique ability to analize events and see the step changes in society that others miss. Great thumbnail sketch of why Trump is different and why he won the election.

    As he said this is a long term social movement starting with the Contract with America the Tea Party and now Trump. The grass roots conservatives have been planting seeds for a crop yet to be harvested for years one local elected office at a time. This like the leftist movement that came out of Vietnam time frame will take decades to bear fruit but it is a 1000 mile journey taken one step at a time.

  42. G. Combs says:

    I am really glad Newt jumped on the Trump train. He is an awesome speaker. As you said, as a historian he sees the context. Note how he mentions that Trump is a move away from the FDR New Deal crap we have been saddled with for close to a century.

  43. G. Combs says:

    BREAKING: All 10 Election Hacks Inside the US in Georgia Have Been Tracked to DHS — NOT RUSSIA

    ….Georgia’s secretary of State Brian Kemp penned a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, asking the director if he was aware that DHS had attempted to hack into the server hosting the state’s voter registration database, and if so, why was DHS doing so. Today it was revealed that not only did DHS attempt to penetrate GA’s firewall once, but it had in fact attempted to do so a total of 10 times.
    With the official narrative coming from the Obama administration, indeed, the president himself, that the Russians stand guilty of hacking the presidential election of 2016, many are left scratching their heads in disbelief that the only government found to be hacking a state election systems, thus far, is DHS….


    Not that the MSM will ever report this.

  44. G. Combs says:

    This is an interesting look at the infighting at the State Department that the Democrats have already started and the possible steps Trump can take.

  45. G. Combs says:

    Well I munged up that pointer… Here it is Congressional Democrats Send “Beware of Trump” Warning Letter To State Department Bureaucrats – Set Up Direct Portal To Report Activity

    And another one :

    NSA Whistleblower Destroys Obama’s Russia Narrative – “Hard Evidence Points To An Inside Leak, Not Hacking”

    A group of retired senior intelligence officials, including the NSA whistleblower William Binney (former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA), have posted an open letter on that destroys the Obama administration’s “Russian hacking” narrative. Within the letter, Binney argues that, thanks to the NSA’s “extensive domestic data-collection network,” any data removed remotely from Hillary Clinton or DNC servers would have passed over fiber networks and therefore would have been captured by the NSA who could have then analyzed packet data to determine the origination point and destination address of those packets. As Binney further notes, the only way the leaks could have avoided NSA detection is if they were never passed over fiber networks but rather downloaded to a thumb drive by someone with internal access to servers.…..

  46. M Simon says:

    How Left/Right is being used against us. The Left/Right divide is really City/Country. A natural divide. One that has been in evidence for thousands of years.

    Two Ecologies

  47. M Simon says:

    How the CIA has been subverting America.

    The Trillion Dollar A Year Scam

  48. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    15 December 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I had suspected Donal Trump had libertarian leanings maybe as far back as May 2016. I had no idea it went so deep.

  49. G. Combs says:

    As tweeded by Scott Adams
    “Russian hackers are better than we thought. They stole Clinton’s emails from the NSA, put them on Huma’s laptop, and pinned [it] on Weiner.”
    And as the guy above said — All without leaving a trace.

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  51. M Simon says:

    A discussion of the road over the cliff. For Democrats.

    Facebook plans to flag “fake news”. i.e. the stories you should pay more attention to.

    Evidently they never heard of the Streisand Effect.

  52. Jeff says:

    To paraphrase an old hit from Barbra, “memories… fill the corners of my disks”…
    (OK, doesn’t quite have that certain “ring” to it)…

  53. E.M.Smith says:


    I note in passing your continued resort to the device of asserting error or low competence….

    No, I did not miss it, nor read it too fast, nor fail to grasp it nor…

    Note where if says “more art”? I’ve done this for a living for years. More of my life than I care to count. They have nothing that fingers the perp. Giving an action profile a name doesn’t make it a person nor pin a location.

    BTW, when hacking, I work Moscow hours… you don’t hack into Washington servers during Washington hours when everyone is watching. If your exit node is in Brazil, you work Brazil hours. If Japan, Japan hours. Hide your traffic in their normal volume, and arrive at Washington when folks have gone home…

    It is utter foolishness to just believe what is said by TLAs.

    So one starts from the facts, then slowly build a painting, BUT until the Perp Walk, it is only your best fantasy, to be tossed out when more fact arrives or a better fantasy, NEVER trusted as truth. Were this a valid reporting of status, it woukd have way more weasel words. “We think”, ” evidence suggests”, “perhaps”… and some discussion of sock puppets, redirection relays, tracebacks through multiple hops, etc etc.

    To assert fact of Russia is just spitshine on a hope.

    With that said: Sure, it could be Russia. It could also be ANYONE in Anonymous, or any of a dozen good guys I know, or some folks at the NSA just loving how they fooled the CIA. About the only thing I can say with certainty about “who” is that it wasn’t me. I’ve been too busy with other stuff.

  54. M Simon says:

    Serioso says:
    15 December 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Podesta has admitted the facts of the emails. i.e. Democrat corruption and lying.

    I’m SURE the Russians made him do it. Perhaps he was unwise and took a bribe. Or maybe his boss did and gave him a cut.

    Maybe she didn’t stay bought and now the Russians are getting their revenge.

    Or maybe something else.

  55. H.R. says:

    Tweren’t me.

    Soooo… it’s not E.M. and it’s not H.R. but we can’t rule out Seth Rich, since he won’t answer any questions.

  56. Gail Combs says:

    Tony Heller has some interesting new info: Obama Admits There Was No Russian Hack

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    I recall some of these items that were published at the time of the Israeli elections, but the major media have black holed any mentions of the efforts by our government to influence Israeli elections, because they expose the hypocrisy of the current administration when it condemns other governments for possibly trying to influence ours. This article provides some research hooks that will make it easier for anyone wanting to refresh their memory of those actions.

    This is also the reason I would be far more likely to believe an Israeli connection to the leaks DNC leaks than the Russians, as they would have a legitimate motive for payback in kind.

  58. Larry Ledwick says:

    Little flash back of history here.

    The media has been intentionally manipulating public opinion for a very long time. I think it would be fair to say we have entered a new period of Muckraking journalism, and need to point that out as an important observation of the media.

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    A different view on the “Russia did it” meme of hacking the Presidential election.
    Someone is finally going public that a hacker can use misdirection to hide the true origin of a hack, by passing it through multiple servers to make it look like it came from someplace other than the real origin.

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    The slow march toward the abolition of cash and use of negative interest rates in Europe.

  61. Gail Combs says:

    Assassination of Russian Ambassador

    Daily Mail

    Putin on killing…

    Bull Durham says:
    December 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    If you get a chance there are documentaries on his history in power. One is a 4 part set called “The President” Or “President”. You see him in severe crises of the nation and how he behaves, real time, no acting. He’s handpicked by fellow FSB, ex-KGB for his intellect and personality and character. It comes through in these historic moments.
    He and Trump should get things done if they meet long enough and frequently.

    video: (2hr 30 min)

    As expected:

  62. Gail Combs says:

    9 dead, 50 injured, Berlin

    We really do need Trump and Putin on good terms so they can wipe out the nests of vipers.

  63. Gail Combs says:

    Well MORE electors defected from Hillary than Trump so far. 4 defected in the state of Washington!

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting Mike Cernovitch video of his experience at the RNC and the DNC conventions

  65. Gail Combs says:

    ALLRIIiiight, I moved to the correct state!
    “On their way to cast their votes today, North Carolina electors marched united behind a banner that said “Thank you President-elect Donald J Trump. Make American Great Again” while singing God Bless America!”

  66. Gail Combs says:

    So far four in Washington state and one in Maine voted for Trump. One in CO. and One in Minn. that TRIED to vote Bernie , but were denied. Two in Texas voted Kasick and Rand Paul.

    So all the ruckus ended with seven turncoats AGAINST Hillary and none FOR Hillary. Bet that never makes the MSM.

    Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas tweeted: ‘This charade is over. A bill is already filed to make these commitments binding. I look forward to signing it & ending this circus.’

  67. Larry Ledwick says:

    An interesting side note to this election is it might create the standing to void the laws in some states to legally bind electors to the winner of the state.

    A case can be made that the “faithless electors” were doing exactly what the founders intended, and that the state laws binding electors violate the intent of the constitutional provision which sets up the electoral college.

    Like the filibuster in congress it has a function that is useful to resist government by stampede. Take for example if their came out after the popular election that some horrific corruption allowed a candidate to win that election but by the time of the electoral college vote there is massive buyers remorse about that outcome. As intended it would be the proper function of the electoral college voters to take that into consideration at the time they cast their votes.

    In this case without the binding laws Hillary would have likely lost more votes than she did.

    Just saying, as a manner of principle, to be consistent with the intent of the founders of the nation you should not oppose electors who choose to use their best judgement and vote their conscience since that was precisely the reason the electoral college was set up.

  68. Gail Combs says:

    Add one more vote for Bernie in Hawaii so that makes eight turncoats AGAINST Hillary. (snicker)

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    Presidential Daily Briefing Trump vs Obama

    I tend to think that the last paragraph nails it, as an experienced manager right now Trump knows that is transition process is the most important time investment he can make, get behind the 8 ball here and you get buried in BS once you are inaugurated. He also like most managers will operate by exception, will attend the first few full briefings starting a couple days ahead of the inauguration to get fully up to speed on the minutia then make decisions on how he wants to handle it, but likely given his tendency to be going 100 mph all the time he will go with a briefing that says “what has changed since yesterday”. I understand it that he already has the VPE attending them all now and will ask the VP to act as a filter until he takes office.

  70. Gail Combs says:

    Trump reserved an entire park for his ‘honor guard’ Rolling Thunder.

    After the Soros funded goon squads beat the crap out of his supporters at a couple of rallies, retired vets and LEOs on motorcycles showed up at Trump rallies to do the job that the democrat mayors prevented the police from doing.

    Of course you have to go to a biker blog to find that out. The Progressive Propaganda Media would never cover it.

    From Biker Digital:

    Spokeswoman from Rolling Thunder Nancy Regg said the group had invited Mr. Trump to appear. They did not, however, extend an invitation to Hillary Clinton or Senator Bernie Sanders, she said….

    Mr. Trump’s supporters include a group called “Bikers for Trump,” which has more than 46,000 “likes” on Facebook. Speaking on Sunday, Mr. Trump told the crowd of seeing large numbers of bikers at his campaign events.

    “I said, ‘What are they all doing here?’ and my people would say, ‘They’re here to protect you, Mr. Trump,’” he said. “It’s an amazing thing. And I want to tell you, some of these people are tough.”

    But when he shakes their hands, “there is love, and it’s an incredible feeling, and that’s why I wanted to be with you today,” he said…

    I do not think the Snow Flakes are any match for Rolling Thunder, no matter who the paid agitators are.

    8 Things You May Not Know About Rolling Thunder

  71. Gail Combs says:

    Tony Heller has a new article up Global Warming’s Impact On The Electoral College

    IF the Warmist Hysteria was true:

    On both coasts we would see:

    And that would reverse most of this:

    Map by county showing Dem (blue) vs Repub (red):

    Gee, that is almost enough to make we really want GoreBull Warming of the LEAP variety!

  72. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    20 December 2016 at 12:46 pm

    retired vets and LEOs on motorcycles showed up at Trump rallies to do the job that the democrat mayors prevented the police from doing.

    Rolling Thunder – they are outlaw bikers in the main.

    In my youth I used to hang out with that type. I recognize them when I see them. Retired vets? Lots of vets in biker gangs. LEOs? Some to be sure – but not a lot.

    What most people don’t know is that the psychology of police “gangs” and outlaw gangs is the same.

    Trump can assume the biker mentality when he needs to. That is a good thing in a President.

  73. Gail Combs says:

    As an Agnostic married to an Atheist I am passing it on since we both believe this is a Christian nation and believe in the morality that Christian Churches and Jewish Synagogues teach:
    (bold mine)

    Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year, which prompted Ben Stein, to say, on CBS Sunday Morning:

    My confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

    It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a nativity scene, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

    I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

    Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
    In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

    Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her ‘How could God let something like this happen?’ (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?’

    In light of recent events… terrorist attacks, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.

    Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

    Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.

    Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

    Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

    Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell.

    Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.

    Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

    Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

    Are you laughing yet?

    Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

    Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
    Pass it on if you think it has merit.

    If not, then just discard it…. no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what a bad shape the world is in.

    My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,
    Ben Stein

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  75. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    20 December 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Christianity is not blameless. It helped foist on this country Alcohol Prohibition. An attempt to make us moral by force. And the same with Drug Prohibition.

    Programs like that do more to explain why interest in religion is falling off in this country.

    Persecuting people for their bad habits is not moral – in the Christian sense.

    You will see a further falling off of support for religion in America as this understanding takes hold. —>

    Dr. Lonny Shavelson found that 70% of female heroin addicts had been sexually assaulted in childhood.


    “The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

    Not too long after making that statement he died in a boating accident.


    “Whose interests are served by the drug war? The U.S. government enforces a drug cartel. The major beneficiaries from drug prohibition are the drug lords, who can maintain a cartel that they would be unable to maintain without current government policy.” – – Milton Friedman


    Most criminals were abused in childhood.

    In reference to Most criminals were abused in childhood. When I would discuss family history with my outlaw biker friends, every single one of them who would talk admitted to being abused in childhood. People with PTSD like hanging out together. Why? Because “normals” have no clue.

    It is why pedophiles have such a tough time in prison. And they deserve it.

  76. Gail Combs says:

    TRANSCRIPT of Putin video

    “News came today from Turkey where the ambassador of Russia was cowardly killed, Karlov Andrea Genadievich.

    First of all I would like to give my sincere condolences to the family and friends of our fallen comrade. I request the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to award him posthumous and offer proposals for making a memorial. He died on duty.

    He was a brilliant diplomat, who was widely respected in the country where he was posted. He had a good relationship, both with the Turkish government as well as other political forces. He was respected among them.

    Andrey Genadievich was also a very intelligent and gentle man – kind. I know this first-hand because I knew him personally, and during my last trip to Turkey in the autumn of this year he was accompanying me during the whole trip.
    This murder is clearly a provocation aimed at derailing the normalization of Russo-Turkish relationship, and also the peace in Syria, which is actively promoted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and other countries interested in peace settlement of the Syrian conflict.

    There could only be one response, escalation of war on terror; and the bandits will feel this.

    The Investigative Committee of Russia has already launched an investigation into the murder.

    They are tasked with forming a work group which shall immediately leave for Ankara to take part, along with Turkish partners, an investigation of this crime.

    This agreement has been reached just now in a phone call with the Turkish President. We must know who guided the hand of the killer. We must reinforce the security of the diplomatic missions and consulates of Russia in Turkey.

    Also, we must get guarantees from the Turkish side about the security of Russian diplomatic missions in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. And I request you to present your coordinated offers for strengthening the security measures of Russian diplomatic missions abroad”.

    There was a second Russian Diplomat shot dead yesterday in Moscow.

    Man Detained in Turkey After Firing Shots Outside U.S. Embassy
    Incident comes hours after assassination of Russian ambassador

    I expect to see an escalation now that Obummer is exiting office and Trump has been confirmed as President-elect.

    I sure hope the security around DC is VERY VERY good on Jan 20th.

  77. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    20 December 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Spanking? It just goes to show that Ms. Graham has no clue. Now for 80% of the population that does not have the genetics for PTSD – fine. They will learn from it., For the 20% who do have the genetics – you will be making a social enemy for life (some do reform).

    Like you I do have quite a bit of respect for Christianity. I have no respect for ignorant Christians. And there are more than a few of them about.

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  79. Gail Combs says:

    A recap I made to Sunsettommy about the perversion of the US Constitution. He was commenting that the USA is NOT a Democracy but a Republic and it says that clearly in the Constitution. However as we have all seen the Progressives Propaganda Media has been trying to fix it in the useful idiots heads that this is a democracy and we need to get rid of the electoral College so it functions as a democracy. WAHHhhhh…

    That does not mean a thing to the Progressives. They consider the Constitution a ‘Living Document’ that has to get with the times and they have made sure it does so.

    As I have shown on many occasions they mangled the ‘Commerce Clause’ to mean the federal government can regulate the tomato plant you grow on your back patio and everything else.

    The tenth amendment to the US constitution says:
    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    Dr. Harrison Schmitt (former US Senator (NM), astronaut, geologist, #12 man on the Moon) put it very bluntly

    It is now obvious that Congress got America into a real pickle when it agreed in 1933, as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal, to delegate law-making power to agencies under the control of the President. This unconstitutional and increasingly threatening situation became entrenched with the passage of the 1946 Administrative Procedures Act. APA set up the formal mechanisms for creating regulatory law outside any direct action by Congress.

    The 6th and 11th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 3 Section 2 give US citizens the right to a trial. But the Progressives mangled that too.

    …In contrast to the near-universal support for the civil jury trial in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, modern jurists consider civil jury trial neither “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty,” Palko v. State of Connecticut (1937), nor “fundamental to the American scheme of justice,” Duncan v. Louisiana (1968).!/amendments/7/essays/159/right-to-jury-in-civil-cases

    As Thomas Jefferson put it to Tom Paine in a 1789 letter,
    “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”
    Not the Congress, Not the President and Not the Supreme Court but The People get to judge not only the person BUT THE LAW!
    SEE Jury Nullification

    And the US Supreme Court has Up held ALL of this corruption of our Constitution. That is why Trump’s election is so VERY important. With luck he gets to appoint FOUR Constitutional Originalists like PUBLIUS HULDAH

    Please read her article on why an Article V Convention is so very very dangerous. THIS by the way is why there was the ruckus about the electors. The Progressives want an Article V Convention allowing the ENTIRE Constitution to be rewritten and NOT an Amendment that deals with a single issue.

    This is our next big fight because the RINOs like Mark Levin have been pushing for an Article V Convention and now so are the Progressives. I can not think of anything more dangerous.

  80. Gail Combs says:

    M Simon,
    Thanks, I was planning to respond with more info on your blog but life got a bit complicated.

    On spanking
    Like with any other animal you have to READ the subject and determine WHY the undesired act occurred —pain, distraction, fright, doesn’t understand, OR fighting you for dominance. After that you have to know just how sensitive the animal/child is. For some kids/animals just a stern word/tone of voice is plenty, for others a two X four needs to be applied on a periodic basis. (Are you listening Majic?)

    The concept of discipline/obedience has to be in place by the age of TWO and can normally be done just by using a stern tone or holding the child so he can not do what he was doing. I have used it to great effect on the several dozen youngsters I babysat and also on horses/ponies (tie to a wall) Normally once the idea of who is dominant (not them) sinks in then you have won the war and can use other methods. The kids I baby sat obeyed me much better than their parents BTW. However I played with them and read them stories too. When I babysat outside I got the entire neighborhood no matter where I was…

    Yeah I meant TWO, so after that age spanking can be reserved for the major life threatening wilful disobediences like running into the road or beating the crap out of a sib.

    In equines I reserve the two X four for killing acts such as charging, rearing and striking, kicking and savage biting (not nipping which is entirely different.) Also in extreme cases like Majic who wilfully walks over people on a continuous basis. It is a dominance problem where HE is telling the humans he is dominant and therefore has the right-of-way. If you back out of his way you just lost the entire war. Majic is fourteen and has always won the war so he needs periodic reminders.

    Note ‘spanking’ does not mean a belt or a hair brush on the rear. It can be just a light tap on a hand if the word No doesn’t work, or in the case of an Amish father dealing with a screaming one year old, a light tap with a finger on the cheek followed by lots of cuddling. (Crying OK ear piercing screams Not OK was the message.)

    What it comes down to is you CAN NOT let the child rule the house and there are as many methods as there are families. Progressives are telling us that youngsters are the rulers of our homes, schools and even businesses not us.

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