TT – One Week (only 7 days)

No, I’m not going to count the hours and minutes and seconds… maybe just the hours ;-)

The Trump Transition “TT” at minus 1 week. Just 7 days.

This is the last in the series. The next Trump posting will be about POTUS Trump.

Prior threads in the chain are:

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/tt-2-weeks-and-counting-the-days/

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/tt-only-3-more-weeks/

We skipped 4 due to sloth on my part…

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/tt-minus-5-weeks/

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/tt-minus-6-weeks/

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/tt-minus-7-weeks/

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/tt-minus-8-weeks/

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/hillary-trump-the-election-and-aftermath/

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/democrats-lords-of-chaos-choose-defiance/

We are continuing with the news 4-walling “The Russian Did It!” with the latest breathless chapter looking like a bit of a fraud to me. A “Russian” dossier written in English? Yet processed to look like a multigeneration photo copy? With what, to me, looks like digital artifacts? Really? Sheesh. And they got the name right, but forgot to check that the guy in question had never been to Prague… and his passport showed it (as did the people he was with at the time…)

Did the Russians hack Hillary and the DNC? Certainly. I’d bet hard money on it. I’d also bet the Chinese were in, the NSA knew (or at least recorded the traffic and found it later), the Israelis were “in”, Guicerfer was known to be in and said so, so likely a half dozen other “script kiddies” too. The problem is in placing BLAME for the Wiki-LEAK on Russia. No evidence for that has been shown. It is rank speculation.

Then we have the spectacle of the Mutual Admiration Society Circle Of Jerks handing out medals to each other (and The Big O in a mental materbatory self congratulatory self medalling…) Oh, the myopia… even omphaloskeptics would see further…

Then we have the “treat” of Cold Warriors like McCain of Az. dead set against any possibility of actually declaring peace with Putin and Russia, so putting it into law… Hey, Johhny boy, it’s been 1/4 Century now since the USSR become the FSU… Can’t we please “move along” now? Russia is far less “the enemy” than is Soros and his minions.

Speaking of Soros and minions: Looks like he’s funding the Rent-A-Mob not only to disrupt the august Senators in their examination of A Few Good Men, but they intend to be Brats On Parade (or is it Idiots On Parade?) at the inauguration too. I’d break out the Clue Stick (whack.. whack Whack, Whack WHACK WHACK!!) but it seems they are too dense to ‘catch a clue” when a basket of them are tossed in their faces and arms. But here’s a clue:

Dear Dimocrats and Soros Fellow Travelers: The more you do this crap, the more we detest you and vow to never ever EVER vote for a Democrat again. Ever. I’m one of the “undecided” and the “non-partisan” and the “independent voter” group. You know, the ones who actually decide each election… I voted for Obama in the California Primary against Clinton. I voted for Bernie in the Primary for the same reason. It isn’t like I’m a dyed in the wool Republican… more a Libertarian in the classical sense. So it’s pretty simple. I taught my children to grow up and be adults. Seeing you’all acting with the emotional maturity of a 2 year old and tossing tantrums just, well, makes me think you need a good spanking and no dinner…

Guess WHY we, the Deplorables, elected Trump? To administer that spanking… (and take away the Federal Slush Fund Dinner Trough…) Anything happens to stop that, we are not going away, we are getting even more motivated. You don’t want to see what comes after Trump…

So please, try for just One Whole Week to act like an adult. That’s only 18 years old. I’m sure you can manage it if you really really try hard. Afterwards, you can all have an R&R trip to Colorado… for “herbal therapy”, of course…

With that, let the conversation roll on…

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143 Responses to TT – One Week (only 7 days)

  1. nzrobin says:

    Nice summary. Especially loved the last few paragraphs, commencing ‘Dear Dimocrats …’ They really do appear completely at a loss to understand those who see the world differently from them. Their compasses and mirrors are broken.

  2. Larry Ledwick says:

    E.M. really the rational people of Colorado really don’t want any more of those dim wits to come out here, please send them someplace else for their R&R like – – –
    Oh a walking tour of the Mariannas Trench, or a chance to become one with nature and play in the lava in Hawaii as it cascades into the pacific, or as scuba trip to the bottom of one of the hot pools in Yellow stone to enjoy the multi color waters, and commune with nature or – – – –

  3. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    I voted for Trump in hope of ending 71-years (1945-2016) of lock-step, one-world, tyrannical misrepresentation of the source of nuclear energy that powers the Sun and the cosmos, E = mc^2:

    1. Einstein discovered in 1905
    2. Aston confirmed in 1922
    3. Confused Weizsacker in 1935, and
    4. Frightened world leaders might have hidden from the public, if not recognized by a 19-year old student at the Imperial University of Tokyo on 13 June 1936 who later risked his life to expose the logical error in Dr. Carl von Weizsacker’s definition of “nuclear binding energy” – PAUL KAZUO KURODA:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/TRIBUTE_TO_KURODA.pdf

    [Please ask if you cannot “see” the error in Weizsacker’s definition of “nuclear binding energy” after comparing the left and right sides of Figure 1.]

  4. Larry Ledwick says:

    Seems the British are not happy with their former MI6 agent.

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/the-lefts-failed-assassination-of-maga

  5. gallopingcamel says:

    You have to love the meltdown of the “Main Stream Media” in general and CNN in particular.

    I now watch CNN for the sheer pleasure of witnessing farce. You could not make this stuff up. Russian hookers, golden showers and on and on. Who could have imagined the creativity of the bubonic brains at the DNC?

    I feared that Megyn Kelly, Bill O’Reilly, Brett Baier and the other pinko bed wetters at Fox would force Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity into retirement.

    Instead Kelly has moved to NBC where her fake news will be appreciated. In her place we have Tucker Carlson. I watched him for the first time this evening…….encouraging! One swallow doth not a summer make, so I plan to watch a few more segments before putting him on my list of favorites.

  6. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit more on the protest plans for the Trump inauguration.
    http://canadafreepress.com/article/mayhem-and-leftist-mob-rule

  7. gallopingcamel says:

    Larry provided an interesting link that contained this gem:
    “Today McCain’s nefarious role in ‘Trump Dossier Gate’ is no longer a matter of speculation but hard and cold fact, politicians and diplomats being quicksilver galvanized when it comes to trying to save their own hoary hides.”

    We have a new “Three Amigos”, namely McCain, Graham and Rubio who will do anything they can to undermineTrump and the movement he leads.

    The “Three Amigos” want to lead us but we don’t want to be led by people who are owned by the power elites. They have two options left. Get behind Trump’s populist movement or get crushed by it. Given the ineptitude these three pygmies have displayed in office I am hoping they will choose the second option and thereby make room for better senators.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    @G.C.:

    I like “One swallow does not a tumbler make” ;-) on the rocks, please…

    There’s a very special thing that happens when We The People find a real trustworthy champion… anyone, and I do mean ANY ONE, who tries to slime them is up against a knight in the armor of truth, surrounded by an army of foot soldiers and archers ready to shoot down them and their lies and confident where truth is found. A giant army of volunteers tends to attract more, and a movement becomes unstoppable. “Lead, follow, or get run over”…

    Any attempt at obstruction or sliming becomes a giant beacon of: Here there be targets…

    Unlike the “well, it is better than the alternative, I hope” Milquetoast Candidates, a true leader, with the people to heart, shines, and makes the others look sallow and vile…

    The quicker they learn that, the better for all of us, and them. I can say with certainty that if Trump continues like he has been in the transition, my future political donations will be only to candidates he stamps as “Approved”, and my efforts will be to replace any who gave him grief with those more on the Train… of either party…

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    @nzrobin:

    Glad you liked it.

    IMHO, it is an evil mix of “useful idiots”, hired slime who like to break things, smart but morally corrupt “leadership” cynically using them, and folks with power and money lust.

    @Larry:

    Ok, ok… how about an “all expenses paid” (one way) trip to the Cocaine and Marijuana fields of Colombia… where they can commune with nature and meet their suppliers “up close and personal”…

    The ‘Plans’ look to me like yet another reminder of my need to get my Color Revolution posting done…. It’s the Soros way and it is what they are trying to make happen here.

    i’m pretty sure the MI6 guy was being played by the Russians and fed crap, while they figured if anyone upstream believed it, well that would screw them up (and out the upstream), and if they guffawed at it, the MI6 guy would be screwed. Classical Knight Fork win either way…

  10. p.g.sharrow says:

    The last dying gasp of the far left, the Soros funded machine that expected to waltz into power with the Clintons, will now sputter and die. Their few thousand against hundreds of thousands of real Americans.

    I find it interesting or odd that the National Guard General in charge of security in Washington DC has been ordered, he is “relieved of command” as of the start of the Inauguration. An order from the Obama DOD. What is that about?…pg

  11. John F. Hultquist says:

    A lot of protests and marches involve young folks that have a good time because they have nothing else to do and the target(s) is a vague notion about which just about any sorehead can hand-paint the back of the pizza box their lunch came in.
    This time the target will be the President of the most important country the World has yet seen. The people protesting, apparently, will be from a wide swath of society – if the celebrities and wannabe celebrities actually show up rather than doing MSM sound bites and Tweets.
    Thus, two ideas. One, the protesters will be a muddled mess and disrespect each other. The street action will be messy and startling to many citizens because most never encounter these events. [Oh, there’s a protest downtown – OK, I’ll take the back way home.]
    Second, the POTUS is an important person (even if some dislike the individual) and there will be a 2nd tier of VIP around. Those in the “services” are very hard-nosed and very intolerant relative to the local police of a city just trying to let the protesters have their news time.

    I’ll get a report here and elsewhere after the fact. I won’t be watching.

  12. Zeke says:

    Two can play.

    2 Million Motorcycles On The Way Washington, DC

  13. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well the issue about the Nat Guard General in DC being instructed to relinquish command at 12:01 apparently came from the Pentagon (Army) in an email (which itself is highly unusual) – I would expect such an order to be hand delivered in hard copy by a senior officer. He will be replace by a Brigadier General so apparently his replacement is known inside the command.

    It will be very interesting to watch this move and the actions of the Army and NG in DC on inauguration day. Does someone have a plan that they think he would not agree to participate in?
    Is this an effort to short stop some sort of action that might already be planned regarding control of protesters or something similar? I guess only time will tell but this has definitely got the old wheels turning trying to scope out what such an order might be given.

    This sounds a little bit banana republic to me, since he apparently is well regarded in DC.
    He serves at the pleasure of the President and was appointed by Bush and retained by Obama 2x, apparently the Trump Transition team made the decision.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/13/head-dc-national-guard-to-step-down-during-inauguration.html
    (view below link in tor browser to avoid a redirect)
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-dc-national-guard-commander-removal-trump-20170113-story.html

    The current Secretary of the Army is Eric Fanning an Obama appointment (only been in place since November 2015 acting — took formal office in May 2016)

    Current senior military officer in the US. is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (Marines)

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley
    Commands held U.S. Army Chief of Staff, United States Army Forces Command ( Fort Bragg, North Carolina) III Corps (Fort Hood, Texas) Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 101st Airborne Division International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, 10th Mountain Division
    2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light)

    With the exception of Eric Fanning none of these look like they are likely to be Obama sycophants.

    Watch and wait I guess – – –

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the European / NATO front the US rotation of troops in eastern Europe is getting underway much to the relief of the Polish.
    US troops were always little more than a speed bump for Soviet forces, but with the much smaller resources of Russia today any significant US force in place puts a major crimp in any plans Russia might have for a Georgia/Ukraine type land grab, although they would have little impact on a serious full on war offensive just like prior to the fall of the Berlin wall. Simply being a trip wire and delay force while other resources were mobilized, perhaps buying 24 hours or so.

    Poland being one of the few NATO nations who are trying to carry their fair share of the load (and giving good support to Operations under Article 5 following 9/11 they have earned a fair claim on a back stop force from the US. in response to recent Russian saber rattling in the buffer states of the old Soviet Union.

    http://www.dw.com/en/us-forces-in-poland-here-to-stay/a-37130731

  15. beththeserf says:

    John F.Hultquist says:

    ‘A lot of protests and marches involving young folks…’

    Say, when you don’t have the advantage of the long, broad view
    of history’s checkered history, kinda’ like in Orwell’s Oceania-
    toss-it-down-the-memory-whole, yer living life with no records,
    nothing to compare to, as though new-born and jest as unaware.
    A serf.

    https://beththeserf.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/268/

  16. M Simon says:

    They have insufficient experience to act like adults for a week.

  17. Gail Combs says:

    “…I find it interesting or odd that the National Guard General in charge of security in Washington DC has been ordered, he is “relieved of command” as of the start of the Inauguration. An order from the Obama DOD. What is that about?…pg”

    It is typical. He is an appointee of the President. Nothing to worry about and all to the good actually since the Trump transition team (and all those generals) will be in charge of security.

  18. Gail Combs says:

    Zeke says:“Two can play.

    2 Million Motorcycles On The Way Washington, DC”

    Zeke is that true? I know that after the violence at a couple southwest Trump rallies the Bikers started protecting rally goers. And I know Trump had reserved a park for Rolling Thunder.

    I can just see it:

    THIS

    Against THIS

  19. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick says: “…He serves at the pleasure of the President and was appointed by Bush and retained by Obama 2x, apparently the Trump Transition team made the decision….”

    Do not forget that Bush == Obama == Clinton == Uniparty Globalists so there was no reason to replace him. Now with all the death threats and threats of riots there is. ESPECIALLY since Obummer has ENCOURAGED destructive behavior and the shooting of cops.

    I certainly would not trust a Bush appointee after Bush announced he was voting for Hillary and the Trump smear report was traced back to the Bush family.

  20. Gail Combs says:

    A bit more information: Mainly on the UK Spy that wrote the Trump Report. The M16 is NOT HAPPY!

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/the-lefts-failed-assassination-of-maga#

  21. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting observation about Obama’s view of law and his progressive goals (ie progressive goals are more important than strict adherence to legal process)
    http://dailysignal.com/2017/01/09/in-revealing-article-obama-puts-progressive-goals-before-due-process

  22. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another organization effort to keep an eye on, January 21–22 event — “The Rise Above Conference” — organized by Lawyers for Good Government.

    Lawyers for Good Government is a new organization of “120,000 lawyers, paralegals, law students and activists” who will hold a conference to “harness, empower and coordinate the unprecedented political energy that has emerged since Donald Trump won the Presidency.” The conference is intended to “convert that momentum” into “legal resistance to the incoming Trump Administration and Republican controlled Congress.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/443847/pbs-liberal-political-activity-public-funding-should-end

  23. M Simon says:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    14 January 2017 at 7:33 am
    Well the issue about the Nat Guard General in DC being instructed to relinquish command at 12:01 apparently came from the Pentagon

    Changing command in the middle of an operation is never a good idea unless unavoidable. I too wonder what it means.

  24. Larry Ledwick says:

    Newt Gingrich on how trump will govern based on his background as an entrepreneurial builder.

    http://dailysignal.com/2017/01/12/trumps-entrepreneurial-approach-threatens-the-washington-establishment-says-newt-gingrich

  25. chris says:

    Veritas release Monday

  26. Jason Calley says:

    Scuttlebutt is that the National Guard General who is leaving the DC assignment as Trump is sworn in is doing so at his own request. The Trump transition team offered him the option of staying on through the transition and the General chose not to do so.

    As for Trump supporters not believing the various accusations being made about him — well, why should anyone believe anything at all that The Powers That Be are saying? The have proven so strongly, so definitively, that they can NEVER be trusted, that only an idiot would give them any credence at all. Zip zero nada. The Clinton Bush McCain Obama power structure will NEVER regain the trust of the average American.

  27. John F. Hultquist says:

    John Lewis of GA, and other Democratic lawmakers have announced plans to skip the inauguration, including Reps. Barbara Lee of California, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Luis Gutierrez of Illinois.

    They should all resign and move to Venezuela where the current government better suits their ideals.

  28. p.g.sharrow says:

    Not sure of the veracity of this:
    Two cashes of guns found near the Potomac River in DC.

    Also Rep. Lewis and other Democrats are NOT going to be present for the Inauguration.

    Trump has reserved a nearby city park for the use of the Bikers that have been providing screening muscle for his rallies…pg

  29. Jason Calley says:

    “John Lewis of GA, and other Democratic lawmakers have announced plans to skip the inauguration, including Reps. Barbara Lee of California, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Luis Gutierrez of Illinois.”

    Talk about burning bridges… They may very well repent at leisure.

  30. From here in Europe, I’ve been pretty amazed at the venom directed at Trump by the media here. There have been articles in praise of what Obama has done, but they don’t mention the doubling of the National Debt that happened during that time. Anything that comes up, proved or not, that is against Trump is pushed really hard, yet the Clinton email problems were Old News in a few hours and there was no explanation given to the public just how stupid that was and how much it screwed up the US interests for years. The Clinton Foundation and the strange links between donations to it and favours from the USA should have been front-page news, yet it wasn’t mentioned. With Obama, it’s somewhat easy to create jobs if you’ve got a lot of money coming in from loans, but somewhat more difficult to bring real prosperity that won’t crash when the creditors get antsy. To get prosperity, you need real jobs that produce things you can sell, and not just make-work in order to give some people an income. I could argue that, if the made-up jobs aren’t producing anything anyway except paperwork, then it’s probably more profitable to just pay the people for doing nothing and let the good ones create their own businesses.

    The actions of people like McCain in trying to bring down Trump before he even reaches office by publishing scuttlebutt are pretty transparent, as is the lack of any real demarcation between Democrat and Republican since they are all conspiring to remove Trump, with the full cooperation of the media.

    I hope Trump has good security and uses bulletproof clothing (it exists and doesn’t look much different than normal cloth), since assassination looks to be a depressingly high probability.

    Had I been a US citizen, I’d have voted for Obama in 2008, but maybe not in 2012 when it had become obvious that the swamps weren’t being cleared and that it was business as usual for the politicians. I think Trump will however do what he’s promised. As others have noted, some sort of connection with organised crime is probably unavoidable if you’re doing business in a big city, but it looks like the only people who have had problems with Trump in the past have likely tried to double-cross him and suffered for it, while those who did honest business have a high opinion of him. He doesn’t however seem to have left a trail of dead bodies behind him.

    Meantime, the dollar is getting stronger and various companies have changed their employment plans and are not moving jobs out of the States. It seem Trump is having a major effect already, and he hasn’t even taken office yet.

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    Minor item on green energy and the military
    http://bigstory.ap.org/47bee7943a1f46b5affcded2001e07de

  32. philjourdan says:

    Seems the British are not happy with their former MI6 agent.

    The problem for the left is the paradigm shift. They expect to manufacture scandals and the MSM to run with them (and that part still works). But the MSM is not the only game in town, and no one believes them anymore! So when the scandal comes out, and the normal players start running with it, the rest of the media points out the fraud and the narrative falls apart. It started in 04 with Rathergate. Yet after 12 years, and even less credibility today, they still have not learned! They truly are the definition of insane. They keep trying the same things over and over and expecting a different result!

    I hope they continue. If only because then we know what they are doing, and that it will fail.

  33. M Simon says:

    Reps. Barbara Lee has some legislation she wants passed. If it passes she will want Trump to sign it. Good luck with that.

    Unless her “get legislation passed” is just a show for the rubes.

  34. Jason Calley says:

    Hey Simon! The anti-Trump media slant is so strong here in the US that even people who don’t normally pay much attention have remarked on it. I thought for a while that after the election the media might ease off on the propaganda — but they are still rabid about it. The scary part is that the propaganda is clearly coordinated among most of the broadcasters. It is not like several broadcasters just analyzed the situation and came to similar views. They are clearly coordinated and often use the exact same phrasing, the exact same innuendo, the same verbal slurs in their reports. The anti-Trump reports are driven by an agenda and that agenda is centralized somewhere.

  35. j martin says:

    The US debt is 20 trillion which is $167k per tax payer. Total personal debt is also nearly 20 trillion. Then there are unfunded pensions. How is it possible for this to be paid. I guess it isn’t possible. Can the US sustain never ending ever growing debt ? The US gov could steal everyone’s bank account perhaps ?

    Trump intends to have a border tax which will presumably impact the balance of payments. I don’t know if that reduces the national debt. It should usefully impact the aggressively expansionist China.

    I’m not convinced his tax changes will bring growth, can but wait and see. I think they will widen the gap between rich and poor, stifling growth, because people won’t be able to afford to buy things. I think he needs to do whatever they did in the thirties or forties to deal with the gap between rich and poor.

  36. @p.g.,
    “I find it interesting or odd that the National Guard General in charge of security in Washington DC has been ordered, he is “relieved of command” as of the start of the Inauguration. An order from the Obama DOD. What is that about?”

    How did “Protesters” with KKK costumes get a live TV moment during the Jeff Sessions hearings? Somehow the airtight security became porous.

    My guess is that General Shwarz has been replaced by someone who will make the security in Washington porous on January 20. Just another example of childishness by Obama. It will backfire on someone……let’s hope the media gets it right for once.

  37. @Chiefio,
    “{There’s a very special thing that happens when We The People find a real trustworthy champion… anyone, and I do mean ANY ONE, who tries to slime them is up against a knight in the armor of truth, surrounded by an army of foot soldiers and archers ready to shoot down them and their lies and confident where truth is found. A giant army of volunteers tends to attract more, and a movement becomes unstoppable. “Lead, follow, or get run over”…”

    This little movie clip seems relevant:

  38. R. de Haan says:

    According this legal evaluation of a US birth certificate, there are no deplorables in the US among its citizens.

  39. j martin says:

    I read somewhere that Marine Le Pen’s party could not get a loan from the banks in Russia and was looking for loans elsewhere. Presumably that impacts her chances of winning. Though Trump did it on a shoestring, perhaps she can as well. I wonder if there are any enlightened internet polls that might point to an upset in mainstream polling in France. The French MSM are predicting a Fillon victory, but is there anyone predicting a Le Pen victory ?

  40. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think he needs to do whatever they did in the thirties or forties to deal with the gap between rich and poor.

    You mean have a huge crash that lasts for a decade (great depression) followed by the biggest war in human history, to bomb all our industrial competitors to rubble so we had 20 years of uncontested manufacturing dominance.

    They are working on it, just have not quite got all the details worked out yet, coming soon to an economy near you.

    Can the US sustain never ending ever growing debt ? The US gov could steal everyone’s bank account perhaps ?

    They have been stealing our bank accounts for the last 40-50 years. A dollar today is only worth only 13% of what it was worth in 1965. If you had money in a savings account over that period most of it vaporized due to inflation (even over the years when they actually paid a worth while interest on savings).

    Today the interest on savings accounts do not even cover the cost of gasoline to go to the drive through to pull out your money.

  41. Jason – here in France Le Pen has scored well on the knock-out phase, when people feel free to register a protest vote. When it comes to the final vote between two, so far the French have not protested but instead tried to take the best choice of the two and tend towards conservative. Other parties have ganged together and divided up the country between them, and have not fielded candidates in some places so that the choice is between the FN and *another one* rather than split the non-FN vote and allow the FN to get in.

    It does look like this time that Le Pen may have gauged things right and moved her message enough to gain a majority. Hollande is widely regarded as a total failure, and whereas normally a sitting President would be a shoo-in for candidature for a second term, he “decided to not stand” which means he was pushed out. It’s not that likely that Valls will get in, either. Polls are saying Le Pen will get to the final play-off, but that Fillon will win. But then polls said that Brexit wouldn’t happen and that Trump wouldn’t even be a candidate, let alone win. Maybe the same sort of error with the polls in France, since although quite a few bad things have not been publicised, things like the Nice attack and the Paris attack couldn’t be kept quiet. I feel there is a good chance Le Pen will be elected this time, which may not be the best thing for me but would be good for the French. It would in any case be hard to be a worse choice than Hollande was, but he got in since Sarkozy’s peccadillos (both personal and in business) got a bit too public. At least with Le Pen they’ll know she’s sincere and will try to do a good job for the French – strangely enough a parallel with Trump.

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    NYT article on Trump’s recent appointments, trumpeting the fact that they disagree with him.
    Only fools and sycophants walk in lock step with their boss.
    Minor detail most of the disagreements they tout are misinterpretations of Trump’s remarks.
    He did not say NATO was worthless and should be abolished he said it needed a re-think and the US needed to examine its roll in the aliance and what it is getting for its investment, and that the other countries need to quit playing the US as a sugar daddy get serious about paying their fair share and putting some of their troops on the line too. That is not at all inconsistent with what Mattis is saying.

    Trump’s shot across the bow to the European countries about NATO members who are not paying their fair share, has already had results, as several countries in the EU are rethinking their defense status, and making moves to make NATO viable again and not wholly dependent on the US to be an effective military alliance.

    The only countries who take the NATO mission seriously right now are the eastern European countries like Poland, Estonia, and Latvia (and to some extent Ukraine) as they scramble to get a proper defense establishment in place so Russia does not see them as children to snatch candy from and make it clear that there would be a price to pay if Russia continues to press to retake the old Soviet buffer states.

    Putin is like a dog if you leave meat on the table and turn your back he will grab it. Don’t tempt him with easy picking and no effective response and he won’t mess with you. He respects non-aggressive strength and a demonstrated will to use it if necessary.

    Trump has explicitly stated he wants his appointees to be themselves and express their own views not to merely echo what they think he wants to hear.

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    Appears the story about the NG General in DC was not reported fairly by Washington Post (surprise).

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/01/fake-news-wapo-not-tell-whole-story-dc-national-guard-chiefs-resignation-video/

  44. Alexander K says:

    Here in NZ, our Foreign Minister has cast his lot with Kerry and Obama in promoting an anti-Israel resolution in the UN. This has caused huge questioning of the governing National Party and party members are being fobbed off with cut-and-paste anodyne BS if they dare question their MPs.
    The Brexi\Trump moment is coming to most of the Western democracies, it seems.
    We are watching the current US situation with utter fascination.

  45. Zeke says:

    @Gail
    Hi Gail,
    The two million “Bikers for Trump” rally is planned — and permitted I assume, since there will be a Half-time Inauguration Rally at a local park.

    I say “permitted” because in 2013 the two million bikers were not given a permit to attend a 9/11 event, while 1 Million Mus11ms were.

    I know some people do not like videos on threads so I did not leave the ref.. To really appreciate the rumbling that two million bikes generates, you can watch a video of vast numbers of bikers arriving in DC in the past. It is a beautiful sound!

    The town where I grew up had quite a few bikers. Very rough bunch but very outspoken and also many are veterans. There are Christian bikers too that fly colors.

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    Clinton foundation closing but media not saying much about it – seems you can’t sell influence if you have no influence to sell.

  47. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile Gucifer 2.0 posting about how he hacked DNC and the fake government story line about who did it. Also implies he expects the Obama administration to push out more bogus story lines in its last week in power.

    http://wearechange.org/infamous-hacker-guccifer-2-hints-future-leaks/

  48. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    All these manoeverings by Democrats and msm etc reminds me of the bit towrds the end of Len Dighton’s “Bomber” where a pilot is trying to do a copybook spin recovery in a Lancaster with half a wing shot off

  49. Gail Combs says:

    From the ConservativeTreeHouse.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Reports from Russia – http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2206.htm – Putin Orders Combat Alert After SVR Warns of CIA Plot to Assassinate President-Elect Trump (and blame Russia) – and this firing of the Commander of the DC National Guard effective at 12:01 PM on Inauguration Day (just as Trump is being inaugurated) – I don’t care what WAPO says, this is NOT “standard procedure” and although the Trump Transition Team did not want to change commanders mid-stream, the Army pushed for his replacement, so they have accepted his resignation – now I know why. OathKeepers just posted this on FB an hour ago:

    “The DC National Guard will have 2,700 service members on the street that will primarily be tasked with containment of protest groups should events turn sour. Their commanding general will be relieved at the moment Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States. Prior to the order for his removal, this commanding general organized the import of some 5,000 additional guardsmen from various states to assist with his mission of riot containment. Is appears that this action to bring in additional guard members has been cancelled in conjunction with his dismissal from command. The deputy commander is a career spook.”
    https://www.oathkeepers.org/navyjack-presidential-inauguration-not-donald-j-trump/
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Hopefully it is just rumours flying around, though I would not put it past Obummer and his childish suck-ups.

    We saw the same type of rumours for the RNC.

  50. Gail Combs says:

    Glad the S. O. B quit….
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/01/fake-news-wapo-not-tell-whole-story-dc-national-guard-chiefs-resignation-video/

    I guess being black matters more to him than being an American.

  51. Gail Combs says:

    NBC NEWS STORY: John Lewis: ‘I Don’t See Trump as a Legitimate President’

    RESPONSE:

    *****************************************
    Donald J. Trump
    @ realDonaldTrump

    Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing
    and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and
    falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather
    than falsely complaining about the election results.
    All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!

    *****************************************
    Donald J. Trump
    @ realDonaldTrump

    Congressman John Lewis should finally focus
    on the burning and crime infested inner-cities
    of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!

    *****************************************

    COUNTER RESPONSE:

    *****************************************
    Democratic Party
    ✔ @DNC
    John Lewis is our hero and he symbolizes everything
    we stand for as Americans and as the Democratic Party.

    —@donnabrazile #DNCForum

    *****************************************

    (Remember it was Donna Brazile who gave Hillary Clinton questions the moderator would ask in advance of a debate with Bernie Sanders.)
    ……………….

    T. Booker Washington wrote:
    ” There is another class of colored people who makes a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hard ships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they can make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs, partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

    This describes the blacks in the democrat party. Lewis, Brazile and the rest of the Black Caucus are, per the Progressives Playbook, grabbing the glory of REPUBLICAN Martin Luther King to cover their slime, hoping blacks do not notice. They have done NOTHING to help the inner cities. Instead they have encouraged BLM whose real goal is to undermines any real advance. The BLM who riots, who destroys, who kills cops and thereby ENCOURAGES racial divide.

    Alynsky’s tactics are ultimately about bullying. Remember he learned them from the Mafia. Trump is using the only counter-measure that is successful against bullying. Stand up and call it out for what it is. The Democrats are using the only counter to that, again learned from the Mafia, VIOLENCE. However, now they do not have Obama’s InJustice Dept. covering for them and allowing the violence to go unchecked. All that is left is the Fake News to try to twist the lawful check on violence as ‘racism’ and that dog just don’t hunt anymore.

    Washington Post (aka CIA Disinfo paper) It’s time to retire the tainted term ‘fake news’
    Sorry, MSM, you coined it and now WE get to use it.

  52. Gail Combs says:

    feralcatsblog @ ConservativeTreeHouse had a good description of the RACE CARD.

    The Race Card is the most rapid-fire, all purpose, over used and abused, ad hominem and vapid weapon of smear, mass deception, diversion and greed ever conceived by man.

    It is a weapon under which the most wild eyed and feeble minds are severely crouched and can be played with the greatest of ease by even the most reason and integrity challenged, and in fact, was designed especially for use by them. It is void of justice. It is void of liberty. It needs no footing in rationality. It resembles a witch hunt and is, in plain and clear fact, similar to a lynching. At times it is the last refuge of hate filled, money and power hungry scoundrels and at other times the first as they attempt to mass murder intellect, justice and freedom of speech. It has no expiration date. It doesn’t even appear to have a half life. There are those who theorize that it may continue to exist indefinitely in some form even after time itself has come to an end.

  53. Gail Combs says:

    Some zingers from Dinesh D’Souza. —
    If you have not seen his Hillary’s America: The Secret History Of The Democratic Party do so. In my town it played for a couple of days but without the internet we would have never known. There was ZERO ads for the movie even in the movie theatre.

    *****************************************
    Dinesh D’Souza
    ✔ @DineshDSouza
    John Lewis is not a “legend”–he was a minor player in the
    civil rights movement who became a nasty, bitter old man

    *****************************************

    *****************************************
    Dinesh D’Souza
    ✔ @DineshDSouza
    My point about Rosa Parks is that, as with so many other Democrats,
    her reputation is absurdly inflated compared to what she actually did

    *****************************************
    The real story on Rosa Parks: It was not Rosa Parks that originally sat in the front of the bus. It was a 15 year old pregnant girl named Claudette Colvin. The Black community felt an unwed 15 year old would not look good for the Black community to get sympathy, plus her skin color was much darker than Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks was staged AFTER Caludette Colvin was arrested for sitting in the White section of the bus. However we never hear about that do we? link Rosa Parks “tired seamstress” bit is also misleading. She was the secretary of the president of the NAACP. Basically she was part of an orchestrated sting operation on a known racist bus driver. She was there to create an incident. Sound familiar? More on Rosa Parks : http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/02/the_communists_and_rosa_parks.html

    H/T to Dinesh D’Souza and the commenters @ CTH who opened my eyes to this theater staged by the Commies.

  54. Gail Combs says:

    The American media has finally dropped all pretense of being professional journalists reporting pertinent, provable, and accurate facts to the American people.

    “the dance of the living dead” — Rodney Dangerfield

    **************The MassMedia Dance Macabre.***************

    White House Correspondents Association Circles Echo-Chamber Wagons Against Trump Administration

    The White House Correspondents Association held a closed-door Town Hall event last Thursday to unite behind a singular ideological political narrative.

    According to published reports of the event [via CNN ] the Association’s prevailing theme was a rallying call there must be “unity” against the Trump administration.

    […]  Mason, a reporter at Reuters, has been emphasizing press corps “unity” in the six months he has been president, and he said that it was a theme of Thursday’s annual meeting.
    He said he defined “unity” as “not allowing the divisions of the press corps to be exploited.”

    Can you say anti-competitive collusion??? It is about time the media cartel was investigated for monopolistic practices don’t you think?

    Society of Professional Journalists
    Sundance gives a list of suggestions, and since Trump’s people follow CTH, I expect they will be looked at. Another suggest is at least have all the White House Press Corps journalists belong to and adhere to the code of ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
    https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

    I think I like these guys! Who’d a thunk HONEST ETHICAL JOURNALISM!

    Drug testing is already being floated for White House press corps:
    http://pagesix.com/2017/01/13/drug-testing-floated-for-white-house-press-corps/

    The Trump Administration May Evict the Press from the White House
    “They are the opposition party,” a senior official says.
    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a52301/trump-evict-press-white-house/

    Perhaps, President Trump should replace CNN with The National Enquirer. The Enquirer actually gets news correct more times than CNN does after all. Mike Walker is an old school investigative reporter not an overwrought commie educated ‘journalist’ Mike is the author of the 2005 book, Rather Dumb: A Top Tabloid Reporter Tells CBS How to Do News. Walker also co-wrote the #1 New York Times best-selling book about the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Private Diary of a Life Interrupted (1994)

    BEST COMMENTS:

    BlackKnightRides says:
    Trump’s first Presser: “I can’t begin to describe how much America appreciates those of you who’ve banded together in UNITY. To convey my full support of your unity, you will pick ONE of your group to represent the others at each future Press Event. Congratulations.”

    An Excellent suggestion from Katherine McCoun says:

    I would like to see ordinary people in the audience along with the official press. Maybe sit the visitors behind the press but give the non press, regular people a chance to ask real questions. I’ll bet there would be some interesting questions about the policies being rolled out or new things being done and often better questions than the press is throwing out.

    Unfortunately allowing regular people in could present a real danger or a 3 ring circus since the far left would take immediate advantage. Instead, to allow all to participate, have the questions submitted in writing, either by mail, on the President’s web page, twitter or facebook. Make answering THOSE questions the first 1/2 of the presser. Heck you could even have the decent questions tossed into a box and have Trump draw them at random.

  55. LG says:

    @Simon Derricutt:

    “although quite a few bad things have not been publicised”

    Would you care to elaborate (perhaps with links to local stories)?
    BFMTV/iTele/EUROPE1/LCI/France24 can be freely streamed from this side of the Atlantic yet one senses a heavy dose of political correctness and self-censorship in there reportages.

  56. Gail Combs says:

    The Commenters at CTH are on a roll, I have been laughing all morning. This one is too good not to share. Who knows, maybe Trump will go for it. {:>D

    Ghostrider says:
    Here is a magnificent, winning idea:

    A friend of mine came across an excellent way for President Elect Trump to make a deal with his former political opponent and adversary, Hillary Clinton. In the spirit of true bipartisanship, Trump should offer her a choice of either being prosecuted by his new DOJ Attorney General for recklessly breaking federal laws as Sec of State relating to her private server and email scandals or…
    Accept the role of Ambassador to Libya and be stationed full time at the Consulate in Benghazi. If things don’t work out there for her as planned, well, at that point, what difference would it make?

    Now I have to clean off my screen…

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Gail Combs says:
    15 January 2017 at 2:05 am
    From the ConservativeTreeHouse.

    Regarding the link embedded in this entry, from whatdoesitmean and Sorcha Faal, that has all the earmarks of Russian disinformation playing on a core of stitched together actual events to construct a false narrative.
    I would not give it any credibility other than asking Cui Bono and trying to figure out what it is intended to misdirect attention from.

  58. LG – sorry, there were odd bits in the (relatively) local news from Toulouse and in Pau, which are about 2 hours and 1 hour away. I didn’t bookmark the links at the time but just remembered that things happened. In both it was more in the way of no-go areas and policing problems. For me at the time, it was more relief that I hadn’t gone to the cities but instead came into the sticks, where traditional values still hold. Next time I see such an event, I’ll bookmark it.

  59. cdquarles says:

    @ Gail, that American Thinker article is interesting. So that’s how they swayed black Americans, particularly those familiar with the different histories that Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass represented.

    [By the way, they still lie about George Wallace. Those who lived it are dying off, Why was he so hated by the uniparty of the day? Wallace was not a segregationist. He played one on TV because 1. his predecessor was one and 2. getting elected required using the lingo of the day. (Think PC today and Jim Crow back then.) Wallace wanted to lead Alabama away from that sordid past, but on Alabama’s terms, not those of the ‘new’ Left. Wallace was a ‘States Rights’ guy in a state with the motto: “We Dare to Defend our Rights”. Sure, that got misused.]

    Quiz, when was the University of Alabama desegregated? Hint, not when you think going by current mythology.

  60. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, Sorcha Faal I consider a complete liar.

  61. cdquarles says:

    Heh, I like this: “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
    ― George Orwell, and this: “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”
    ― George Orwell, and this: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
    ― George Orwell, so where is that newspaper one. Argh, ah, here it is: Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. George Orwell
    Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/georgeorwe159437.html. Hmm, I wonder why I couldn’t easily pull that one up on great reads.

  62. Gail Combs says:

    cdquarles, I figure that most of what we are told is a lie or at least warped. Makes it really tough to figure stuff out. That is why I liked RightSide all they did was record the rallies with little if any commentary. I hope Trump continues to use them.

    Mike Cernovitch and (UGH) Alex Jones also give a different view of what is happening so at least you get to see what the media has hidden.

    This election has been a real eye opener.

  63. Gail Combs says:

    OUCH!
    Zero Hedge Fund: Russian Foreign Ministry: “Obama Still Has A Few Days Left To Destroy The World”

    …. the best comments to date belongs to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova. “If ‘Russian hackers’ hacked anything in America, there were two things: Obama’s brain, and, of course, the report about ‘Russian hackers,'” she wrote on Facebook.

    Zakharova charged that “Obama and his illiterate foreign policy team have dealt a crushing blow to America’s prestige and leadership” and described his administration as “a bunch of geopolitical losers, enraged and shortsighted.” Zakharova concluded that Obama’s administration still has a few days left to “destroy the world.”
    * * *

    With thousands of US troops entering Poland last week “in the largest deployment since the Cold War”, it’s probably wise not to tempt him.

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    John Schindler ‏@20committee 2 minutes ago

    I know you’re as #shocked as I am that Eichenwald reported BOGINT on Trump yet again.

    . . . . . John Schindler ‏@20committee 3 minutes ago

    . . . . . Looks increasingly like the Estonian espionage coup, catching Trump reps meeting w/RIS in Europe, is bogus. Didn’t happen. More info soon.

  65. Gail Combs says:

    WARNING!!! Put drinks down and swallow before opening.

    Zero Hedge Fund: ReTuRN oF THe STaTiST FaSCioNiSTaS…

  66. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    15 January 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Why yes. Drug testing for journalists. Just what is needed. Another government program Because Big Brother does not spend enough time watching.

  67. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    15 January 2017 at 11:11 pm

    “Put drinks down and swallow before opening.”

    And don’t have eaten or plan on eating.

  68. Aron says:

    If you want to have a gander at some interesting research on Hillary and the Clinton Foundation, check out George Webb’s Youtube site. Starting at “Day 62” will give you a good enough perspective. Deep rabbit hole.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/georgwebb/videos

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    I figured we had seen just about all the insanity we were going to see from the Hollywood types on Trump but I think this sets a new benchmark for off the wall.

    Well I guess when your career has pretty well dried up, you will do most anything to get some media buzz going if you are in Hollywood.

    http://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2017/01/15/is-tom-arnold-afraid-hell-be-assassinated-over-what-he-knows-about-donald-trump/

  70. M Simon says:

    Trump is on the assassination watch list. Blame the usual suspects.

    http://classicalvalues.com/2017/01/there-will-be-consequences/

  71. Gail Combs says:

    M Simon says: “… Drug testing for journalists…..” AND the other suggestion made, ALL government employees like our elected offal.

    You want to see drug laws get repealed FAST, just make them apply to our Overlords too. Congress and other law makers should never ever be allowed to exempt themselves and their buddies from the laws that apply to the ‘little people’

    By the By, I was reporting a story not something I necessarily agree with. This is called noting and discussing things out in the public domain.

    However if I as a worker or an operator of a moving vehicle am subject to drug tests, then the Presstitudes sure as heck SHOULD BE! Again it is a method to get repeal of a nasty law.

  72. Gail Combs says:

    A pithy comment on the last couple of weeks.
    Bye-Bye Barack: Loser Fights For Legacy

    Ilana Mercer is the libertarian author of “… The Trump Revolution is the first libertarian defense of the Trump Process. Mercer, being as much an enemy of neoconservative Republicans as she is of leftist Democrats, treats audiences of all political persuasions to a work that is above suspicion. The Trump Revolution is especially suited for libertarian and conservative-leaning Trump skeptics. Mercer, a paleolibertarian—i.e. a libertarian who doesn’t live in a pseudo-Platonic dream world of abstractions—is as concrete as can be within her opening statement, appropriately subtitled: ‘Welcome to the Post-Constitutional Jungle.’ As Mercer reminds us, in a post-Constitutional jungle, ‘a liberty-lover’s best hope is to see the legacy of the dictator who went before overturned for a period of time.’ Over the span of 252 pages, with an astuteness that escapes most contemporary popular writers whose partisanship binds them to stock phrases and crusty categories, Mercer reveals once more her originality as an analyst to ‘deconstruct’ how Trump has waged a campaign against sacred cows … ‘progressive’ and ‘conservative’ alike.—JACK KERWICK, Ph.D., ethicist, political philosopher, columnist at Townhall.com & FrontPage Magazine, author, The American Offensive: Dispatches from the Front.”….

    Mercer is no fan of Obama or The ‘W’ who came before him, but she thinks that ‘Trump is likely the best Americans can hope for.’ She’s ‘not necessarily for the policies of Trump, but for the process of Trump.’ This, in itself, is the most interesting of her arguments in a well-constructed book of essays that builds the case for that process. … [I]t is a testament to Mercer’s muscular writing and clever reasoning that I was able to read her book in a single sitting. That is a compliment in and of itself.—CHRIS MATTHEW SCIABARRA, Ph.D., author of Total Freedom: Toward A Dialectical Libertarianism….”
    link

  73. philjourdan says:

    Now? Well, I suspect that outside the politicized top layer the bulk of the professional staff in the Agencies would be pro-Trump and anti-Wish-Washer-in-Chief… so would “make the right noises” and have scheduling issues until 20 January, then have a party … Also Trump will be known as a trustworthy man to the Mafia (having kept up his end of construction deals and shared the wealth…) so they will be out of any deal (figuring they have a gravy train of infrastructure projects coming..)

    In short, I think Trump will be fine, as long as he is a bit cautious for a week..

    Do not forget Lynette Squeaky Fromme. Or Sara Jane Moore. There are a lot of those running around now, especially in the halls of academia.

  74. llanfar says:

    Repeal the executive orders allowing government employees to unionize and he’s free to fire-at-will…

  75. A C Osborn says:

    Another Ian says:
    16 January 2017 at 10:31 am
    Here is some support for Pruitt.
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/01/16/open-letter-to-the-president-elect-supporting-scott-pruitt-for-epa-administrator/

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    I hope Trump takes a look at this after inauguration day.

    http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2017/01/03/what-could-possibly-go-wrong/

  77. Gail Combs says:

    On the Tom Arnold twitter threat — http://www.infowars.com/adobe-creates-voice-photoshop/

    Looks like Adobe created a way to doctor voice the way photoshop let’s you do the ‘vanishing commissar’

  78. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter the anti-Trump Protesters have left a bunch of their info wide open, and it has been snagged by @midnightride20

    Their preplanned “spontaneous chants”

    Changing it up… how about a list of places that National Action Network uses to bus people to protests? BRB. Posting emails next (20 min)

    MidnightRide
    🐸 ‏@midnightride20 28m28 minutes ago

    How about we see the radicals that are part of this sick movement? The dumb asses left selfies wide open! #maga 2/X

    Clear connection between Bill Ayers, Imam Ayub Abdul Baki and “Refuse Fascism” (one group involved in DisruptJ20)

    MidnightRide
    🐸 ‏@midnightride20 44 minutes ago

    Keep in mind all of this came from their web server so its ROCK SOLID PROOF. Some dumb ass dev on their team doesn’t know their shit. #MAGA



    A lot more on @Midnightride20 twitter and I am sure others will start poking around too.

  79. Larry Ledwick says:

    Who is behind this project? Right from their website

  80. A C Osborn says:

    Larry, does that exceed the normal Freedom of Speech and move in to Incitement to Riot or other illegalities?
    I hope that info gets passed on to the Biker Boys.

  81. Gail Combs says:

    More WIKILEAKS…

    WikiLeaks: Clinton Bribed 6 Republicans To ‘Destroy Trump’

    The email, sent in July of this year, describes how funds were being diverted from Clinton’s campaign to the Super PACS of Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and John Kasich….

    Other emails that surfaced but do not refer to anything other than title…

    Such as:

    “He is on board, will retract the invitation to speak. Eyes only.”

    This email was dated days before Speaker of the House Paul Ryan withdrew the invitation to Donald Trump to speak at an event in Wisconsin. Even though we do not have the ‘smoking gun’ to say it was him, no other logical conclusion can be assumed.

    Other emails hint at the money being moved to Republican elected officials in the House and Senate. For instance FEC reports shows that two large donations from PACS and private sources ln early October went to John McCain right after he attacked Trump publicly criticized Trump. That happened shortly after a slew of emails concerning moving money to support one candidate and move support from another.

    Shortly thereafter, his challenger in this tight race, Kirkpatrick, lost several key donors and money and support lessened from the DNC and the DSCC in the last few weeks of the race. The thing to note is that McCain is one of the lead sponsors of a committee to investigate any Russian influence into the election.

    Senator Lindsay Graham, another outspoken critic of Donald Trump and briefly candidate for President from July to December also it seems received help from the Clintons. An email that simply states, “Cleared the road for him in 2020,” could mean that there will be no strong or supported Democrat in the South Carolina Senate race when Graham is up for re-election.

    As with McCain, Graham has publicly called for a look into the Russian influence in the election.….

    These, in particular, all share a common bond, however: Trump humiliated them on stage in front of hundreds of millions of people around the world. This is more than just politics or conscientious objecting, this was revenge.

    Not just revenge. This is out and out treason…..

    Just as Caesar was stabbed in the back by men he thought were his allies, Trump is facing the same treachery.

    In the coming days and months, without our help and diligence, President Trump may also be gasping…..”Et Tu, Paul?”

  82. Gail Combs says:

    The article Larry mentioned, Why California’s Silly Secession Scheme Can’t Succeed, had an interesting statistic.
    “… a third of America’s deadbeats live in California now. It’s already well on its way to becoming America’s dead weight….”

    The Daily Caller article linked above states:

    …More revealing is the fact that, in 2007, before the onset of the recession, California’s 1.2 million recipients of traditional welfare comprised about 28 percent of the nation’s total welfare caseload in a state with 12 percent of the nation’s population. In 2013, California had a full third of America’s welfare cases, 33 percent.

    SNAP use is an entirely different matter. In six years, the number of people in the U.S. enrolled in SNAP skyrocketed 80 percent or 21,167,521 people. By comparison SNAP use in California spiked 103 percent for a total of 2,110,846 people….

    GEE, and Californicate wants to CHALLENGE Trump about the removal of illegals???

    Obummer (and others) have already set the precedence:

    The Obama administration is considering whether North Carolina’s new law on gay and transgender rights makes the state ineligible for billions of dollars in federal aid for schools, highways and housing, officials said Friday.

    Cutting off any federal money — or even simply threatening to do so — would put major new pressure on North Carolina to repeal the law, which eliminated local protections for gay and transgender people and restricted which bathrooms transgender people can use. A loss of federal money could send the state into a budget crisis and jeopardize services that are central to daily life.

    HOTAIR gets into wether or not Obummer could do that.

    …The first question which likely comes to mind for many observers is… can they do that? Can Washington just cut off federal funding to which the state would otherwise be entitled? Well, the answer is a somewhat qualified “yes” in most cases, but there are a number of complicating factors. The starting point is to say that they can, but that’s because all of the funding in question is largely extra-legislative in nature, controlled by departments of the Executive branch after the funding is initially approved by Congress. And both education and transportation funding have been used (or at least threatened or attempted to be used) as weapons against the states in the past to ensure compliance with dictates from Washington.

    Last year, the Department of Education threatened to withhold school funding for New Jersey if they refused to comply with requirements set up in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) program. That was hardly the first time, since those funds are regularly used as blackmail. But the key feature to note here is the program in question was most definitely related to the school system in the state. Fair or not, the argument could be made that New Jersey’s actions were impacting the system directly related to the federal department dishing out the cash.

    There have been several times when the Department of Transportation either threatened to withhold or actually withheld highway bill funds from states….

    No wonder the Progressives are dirtying their diapers at the thought of a president Trump! How can Californicate have a Commie state if they have Other People’s Money cut off.

  83. Gail Combs says:

    The Reddit Kids have some good insight.
    Why is Hollywood (in particular) freaking out so badly over Trump?

    One of the points the Left forgot was the next generation often rejects the values/ideals of their parents at least for a time and explores new ideas. If those new ideas make better sense then those are the ideas they will adhere to. The internet has made this exploration a lot easier for the younger set.

  84. llanfar says:

    @Gail That Reddit post was definitely worth the read.

  85. Gail Combs says:

    (The number is up to 49 now)

    EVERY SINGLE PERSON on the list of those who are Flipping a finger at The Rule of Law in Our Country, and NOT attending the Inauguration of President TRUMP #45, was a SUPER DELEGATE who voted for HILLARY CLINTON:
    Delegate-State-Position
    Raúl Grijalva AZ Rep.
    Barbara Lee CA Rep.
    Jared Huffman CA Rep.
    Judy Chu CA Rep.
    Lucille Roybal-Allard CA Rep.
    Mark DeSaulnier CA Rep.
    Mark Takano CA Rep.
    Maxine Waters CA Rep.
    Ted Lieu CA Rep.
    John Lewis GA Rep.
    Luis Gutiérrez IL Rep.
    John Yarmuth KY Rep.
    Katherine Clark MA Rep.
    John Conyers MI Rep.
    Keith Ellison MN Rep.
    William Lacy Clay, Jr. MO Rep.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman NJ Rep.
    Jerrold Nadler NY Rep.
    José E. Serrano NY Rep.
    Nydia Velázquez NY Rep.
    Yvette Clarke NY Rep.
    Marcia Fudge OH Rep.
    Earl Blumenauer OR Rep.
    Kurt Schrader OR Rep.
    Al Green TX Rep.
    Don Beyer VA Rep.
    Mark Pocan WI Rep.
    The only two exceptions are the newly elected:
    Adriano Espaillat NY Rep NEW-Replaced Rangel
    Pramila Jayapal WA Rep NEW-Replaced McDermott
    Their predecessors were SUPER DELEGATES who voted for Hillary. BTW, each of these two newbies made history as they were immigrants elected to Congress. SHAME.ON.THEM!
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/donald-trump-inauguration-boycott-democrats-whip-list
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Democratic_Party_superdelegates,_2016

  86. Larry Ledwick says:

    Obama just commuted the sentence for Chelsa Manning she/he will be released on May 17 instead of serving out the original 35 year sentence for leaking Army documents to Wikileaks.

    Hmmm I wonder if one President can countermand another Presidents sentence commutation/pardon???

    This is going to be interesting Wikileaks was the devil when they were releasing documents on HRC but releasing classified military info in time of war, – oh that is not a problem.

  87. Larry Ledwick says:

    And from Twitter:

    CBS Evening News Verified account
    ‏@CBSEveningNews

    President Obama has also pardoned Gen. James Cartwright who was charged with making false statements to the FBI

    Get out of jail free cards – right here,- – – get your get out of jail free card right here!

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    Quick consolidated article on the paid protester issue for the inauguration, including why the efforts to label it a fake news story given how many cities the ads are appearing in etc.

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/paid-protesters-pretending-to-be-the-grassroots

  89. Gail Combs says:

    Will The Real Russian Agent Please Stand Up?
    http://www.trevorloudon.com/2017/01/will-the-real-russian-agent-please-stand-up/

    John Lewis really really didn’t want to bring attention to this…..

  90. Power Grab says:

    “Hostile work environment” – I’m going to have to remember to use that phrase.

    An otherwise pleasant coworker is ramping up the ridicule again as we get close to the inauguration.

    Our HR person, as it turns out, had a major emotional meltdown when HRC lost. I didn’t even see her for days after the election. I thought she had other stuff going on (husband has major health issues, for instance), until she had returned to work and someone asked about her emotional state when her candidate lost.

    I don’t think I would get a fair hearing if I told her that the coworker makes me feel like I’m in a hostile work environment when he says tacky stuff about Trump. I’m not even a flaming conservative (is there such a thing?), and never try to rub others’ nose in the poo that their side causes.

    I always try to extract myself from interactions with the coworker when the tacky comments start. But I made a comment about how Trump’s people aren’t the ones who break store windows and burn stuff (…or kill people…?) when they don’t get their way. Coworker says “How do you know they’re not?”

    So what’s going on? Is there a meme out there that conservatives are the ones who are tearing stuff and threatening to tear up more stuff? Or is that some of the fake news stuff that the liberals pretenders can’t help concocting? (I just figure “pretenders gonna pretend”…to coin a phrase.)

    I have no trouble believing that the hired protestors have nothing better to do since they’re probably unemployed ne’er-do-wells anyway. What kind of idiot believes it works the other way?

  91. Larry Ledwick says:

    Is there a meme out there that conservatives are the ones who are tearing stuff and threatening to tear up more stuff? Or is that some of the fake news stuff that the liberals pretenders can’t help concocting?

    Remember all those fake hate crimes (guy burns down own church after painting a Trump/racist comment on it)?
    Well the mainstream media publishes those events when they happen but never publish that they are staged events by the Progressives, so the folks in the echo chamber never hear that they are fabricated provocations and assume that it is the Trump folks who are the violent ones.

    The initial charge (bogus) sticks in their mind and is a sort of pre-suasion seed to put that spin on any stray news they hear about racist of violent actions. They “assume” it is a Trump supporter as a starting position. Throw in a little projection (they are the ones who keep saying folks should be locked up for denying climate change or put in concentration camps if they oppose abortion etc.) and you have a preconditioned population who until they get beat up by one of their own will never believe your assertion that the conservatives are the peaceful ones who intentionally avoid conflict in those situations.

  92. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    16 January 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for that. But I think you are mistaken. The press is in bed with the Deep State. And the Deep State needs their Trillion Dollar A Year Scam.

    It is one of the reasons I think Brennan was so outspoken with Trump. Just a warning to keep his hands off “Our Thing”. You might know the Italian version better. Cosa Nostra.

  93. M Simon says:

    sabretoothed says:
    18 January 2017 at 1:07 am

    Yes. Omega 3s are brain food. They are precursors for endocannabinoids.

  94. M Simon says:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    17 January 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I’m not too displeased with that one. The FBI handles domestic surveillance. Our version of the KGB. Deep State all the way.

  95. Another Ian says:

    Re

    M Simon says:
    18 January 2017 at 8:07 am

    “It is one of the reasons I think Brennan was so outspoken with Trump. Just a warning to keep his hands off “Our Thing”.”

    http://pickeringpost.com/story/a-trump-victory-may-have-been-more-important-than-we-first-thought/6817

  96. M Simon says:

    Well. The Trillion Dollar a Year Scam is getting legs:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-17/heres-why-americas-drug-war-has-been-epic-failure

    The opening mentions the trillion dollars. Heh.

  97. Gail Combs says:

    Another Ian says on 18 January 2017 at 9:52 am

    We knew Obummer would leave dog turds littering the landscape. We expected it and there has been a lot of research done in the blog-o-sphere on how to counter it. That article is just another example of Pre-Suasion. (H/T Larry) The left WANTS us to think there is no hope so we do not even try.

    What that article misses is the WIDE AWAKE Trump supporters filled with ‘COLD ANGER’ that has been festering for a decade or more. Now that the Deplorables have tasted blood, don’t expect them to go back to sleep. The left has been the ‘squeeky wheel’ because they are professionally organized astroturf and the elected offal are well aware of that. NOW they no longer have a comatose electorate to deal with but a mama grizzly that just woke up…. And now they are coming for their Congress Critters in packs….

    The defeat of Eric Cantor is an example of that COLD ANGER at work. Cold Anger when evidenced is more severe because it is more strategic. Eric Cantor, the Brexit and Donald Trump might aide your understanding….

    All the recent juvenile antics of the Progressives since the win by Trump has just added more people to the ranks of dedicated Deplorables..

    Never forget this map because believe me our elected offal haven’t. We just need to keep reminding them WE put them in office and WE can kick their butts right back out.

  98. Gail Combs says:

    Trump is already countering some of the Pre-Suasion.

  99. Gail Combs says:

    “The whole world is laughing at these clowns boycotting the inaugural. It’s like watching Monty Python Flying Circus.

    Get the rumor started — If you all resign in protest, you will become heroes!
    They’ll think it was their idea and run away with it (run-away! run-away!).”
    – H/T sharpshorts

  100. Gail Combs says:

    Seems the Deplorables are becoming vocal…

    Give it time says:
    January 17, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    The fact that these “news” outlets have the nerve to even try this again is repugnant. Side story; today I was sitting at a stop light and a local nbc affiliate news van pulled up next to me (maybe going up to the Reagan Library). I rolled my window down and started shouting “you lie you lie you lie” that light could not turn green fast enough.

    It is time for us to get factual and vocal.

    ROTFLMAO….
    The yelling “you lie” at the MSM is really getting under their skin. But don’t expect them to report it.

  101. llanfar says:

    From my cousin – need to get him to start contributing to this site…

    Making the rounds internally — whether you agree or not, several questions arise:

    • As a U.S. citizen, do you condone covert activities, often via significant and controversial means, performed nominally in the name of the USA by non-state/NGO actors, occuring without the informed consent of the citizenry?

    • What is the necessary nature/fine line of “intelligence ops?”

    • Constitutionally, do the individual U.S. governmental agencies work for themselves, or the Executive? (President)

    • What about covert U.S. involvement in foreign entanglements/affairs/regime change?

    • What is the nature of an act of war against another sovereign nation, and what is Congress’ specifically proscribed role in such?

    • Can you articulate/debate/argue each above point, Constitutionally? Morally?

    Abolish the CIA
    CIA Director Warns Trump To Watch What He Says, Be Careful On Russia

  102. Jeff says:

    Trevor Loudon (and Breitbart) are also covering a story about Soros-sponsored snowflake disruption of Trump’s Inauguration, and Project Veritas’s video about it as well. Fits well with the article Gail inked to. Somewhere I saw mentioned $2500.00 per month retainer, $100.00 per hour “working rate” when at demos, etc. So much for minimum wage…
    http://www.trevorloudon.com/2017/01/communist-radicals-gearing-up-for-the-inauguration-go-hard-and-chain-the-trains-video/#more-40591

    Can’t wait for Swamp Thing to get drained and shipped off. Send the snowflakes to warmer climes, say Venezuela or North Korea, where they’ll be welcome.

  103. Jeff says:

    Maybe showing my age here, but back in my day, chain-train was a kind of mainframe printer (later version was the HP2619, but it was small compared to some of the big iron).

    If the Disrupt group is stupid enough to do this, a lot of people could get hurt, or worse. Again, they have no concept of reality (or engineering, or math, or physics) [from the linked article]:

    The blockade plan allegedly included stopping the D.C. Metro, according to an audio recording:
    So we figured out this, um, the trains pull up, one person is going to lock one end of a chain to an edge, and on the other end of the chain the end of the car, so on and so forth, done. It takes 15 seconds and everyone can leave and literally it can’t go anywhere at that point, its anchored. And you can use a really thin chain — you don’t need a heavy chain — that would require like a bolt cutter to undo, basically to shut down that line … Metro Center, Gallery Place, and L’Enfant Plaza, they are all close enough to walk to and that’s every single line in the city.

  104. Gail Combs says:

    ” And you can use a really thin chain — you don’t need a heavy chain….”

    Are they kidding???

    I have SNAPPED chains with my dually and it doesn’t have the type of diesel engine a train has.

    If the chain does hold there is going to be damage done to the station and/or train.

    If someone is killed these idiots are up for terrorist type murder charges.

  105. Jeff says:

    @Gail – yep, the snowflakes tend to be Liberal (Watermelon) arts majors (no offense to REAL artists),
    with no sense of engineering (cf Greens, etc.). And if/when a chain breaks, or worse, fragments, there will be pieces flying or whipping around everywhere. The whole article I linked has a list of the perp organizations behind this.

    It seems the “changing of the (National) Guard” is more important than at first apparent. Wonder if the soon-to-be-former head was part of the insurrection, if only tacitly? It almost seems as if they want a civil war, or perhaps the “Ø” still wants martial law…

  106. Larry Ledwick says:

    No one every confused these folks for Mechanical engineer majors or physics majors. I too have broken rather large chains with a poorly planned pull with a 4×4, there are some nasty pictures on line of folks who have broken tow straps and launched a 2# hook or shackle through the back window of their Jeep sometimes with fatal results. Anyone with in the whip arc of those chains would be at risk or being sliced in half if the chain fails under load.

    These guys have spent too much time watching cartoons and don’t realize Wiley Coyote always looses.

  107. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Mike Cernovich
    🇺🇸 Retweeted
    James O’Keefe ‏@JamesOKeefeIII 14h14 hours ago

    My sources inside DisruptJ20 are telling me they have basically given up and are paranoid. “Just show up Friday” #DisruptJ20Exposed

  108. philjourdan says:

    @Gail

    I have to tag Ghost rider’s comment! Pure poetry!

  109. Gail Combs says:

    According to Washington Post now nearly 60 Demon-Rat whiners skipping Trump’s inauguration
    link

    I would love to see every single one of these whiners get YANKED from every Congressional Committee they are on.

    The individual parties in Congress make standing committee assignments before the parties put the final assignments up to a vote on the floor of the U.S. House or U.S. Senate. The composition of each committee is a ratio of each chamber for the majority and the minority parties. Members go through a party process to determine assignment of each committee….
    https://www.reference.com/government-politics/committee-assignments-made-congress-fdb1ebbb30a24fd

    Time to get on the Phone again and TELL your Congress offal you want ADULTS and not whiny brats on all the committees.

    And we thought the insanity would end with kicking Obummer out of the White House and having the Senate and House as well as the President all Reboolicans.

  110. Larry Ledwick says:

    Tucker Carlson discredits bogus group “Demand Protest” which said they were paying for protesters.
    It looks like every out of work carnival barker, shady salesman and con artist in the country is jumping on the anti-trump movement trying to skim some money off of the gullible.

    http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/01/17/tucker-carlson-slams-hoax-protester-group-dom-tullipso-demand-protests-manning

  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just a reminder – perhaps this needs to be repeated to some of the folks freaked out by Trump winning the election:

    “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” – Obama to House #GOP Whip Cantor, 23 Jan 2009

  112. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item on Russia and their self image.

    https://euvsdisinfo.eu/be-afraid/

    If you live in a country which at a deep level believes that you must be feared to be respected, then don’t be surprised if that country does things that make other countries fearful.

    (ie invasion of Georgia, annexing Crimea, slow motion border war in Ukraine, positioning nuclear capable intermediate range missiles close to the boarder to Eastern European states to put NATO at risk, provocative action in Syria, using Syria to field test new weapons systems – first combat use of Russian Cruise missiles, first combat carrier deployment by Russia in Syria conflict, confrontations of US ships with mock combat runs by fighter jets, buzzing US and NATO surveillance planes. )

    For over 100 years Russia (Soviet Union) operated from the perspective it is better to be feared than to be liked, that approach to “diplomacy” has become part of the Russian social character. (or perhaps always was part of their national character).

  113. H.R. says:

    It’s about that time for Obama to bid farewell and I was thinking about his legacy, in particular his being known as “the first black President.”

    For a President that was to be the post-racial-America Unifier-in- Chief; the United States has never had a ‘black’ President. Obama is the first half-white President in U.S. history.

    I’m somewhat resentful of the fact that anyone who disagreed with Obama’s policies was labeled a racist by the Yellow Stream Media (H/T SteveInCO, CTH) and the YSM were just assuming that is was white racism against a “black President.”

    However, I’d like it to be known that every Obama policy or action on which this grouchy geezer disagreed with President Obama, said disagreements were only and solely directed at the white half of the President. White criticizing white is obviously not racism and I will forever reject any implication or direct charges of racism against Obama by the YSM.

    (OK, OK. I’ve always had a bug up my behind about children of black/white parents always being called ‘black.’ I have two nephews that are half-white, not that I think of them that way, but I do see and resent that most others in the public at large automatically see them as ‘black.’)

  114. Gail Combs says:

    H.R. says: ……
    You (and everyone else) need to look at black as just a color/descriptor like blond or brunette or redhead. PERIOD.

    MY black girls are three shetland ponies and my blond girls are 4 palomino shetlands. The rest are ‘white’ (technically a grey) and the chestnuts and bays and pintos and appys and… (I like having all different colors {:>D )

    As long as people put up a fuss about descriptors, now morphing into hysteria about He/She and a gazillion ITs we play right into the hands of those who want to manipulate us. I for one am darn fed up with the manipulation! For years I put ‘other’ when asked about race and I think I will use NOYB for sex from now on.

  115. p.g.sharrow says:

    @HR, you argue that president Obama is half white,a notion that I have also followed. A few days ago Gail brought up his connection with SUBUD and an Indonesian cult leader and my mind stuck together all the information that has been published. WAIT! Barrack H. Obama jr is not the son of that American woman. He is the son of the Indonesian cult leader and Barrack Obama’s sister. He was born in Kenya just like his grandmother said and sent to America to be raised by his aunt’s family. There is no observable family similarity between Obama jr and His “American” family. There is a great deal resemblance to both the Kenyan and Indonesian ones. A minor RNA/DNA test would tell. Just another strange possibility in this trail of the Great Deceiver. ..pg

  116. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gail:

    Instead of MOYB, just put “Yes”, or “often” ;-)

    @H.R.:

    Yeah, bugs me too. Especially since some of my favorite persons are half-n-half… First started with Lena Horn, then moved on to Whitney Houston and now Halle Barry and… IMHO it’s a very nice mix… Folks often forget about Hybrid Vigor when thinking of humans.

    @Chains n Trains:

    Just incredibly stupid. The train will never even notice. (People on the platform may be chopped in half, but the train will be long gone by then…)

    BTW, I’ve snapped a chain or two too, with light trucks and cars… On one occasion a guy down the stree with a jeep was trying to do a stump pull… first chain broke (dent in tailgate…) second one was way strong (tires smoking on the pavement as they spun…). Stump removed by a few days of digging and chopping…

    Anyone caught trying to chain a train ought to be up on attempted murder charges.

    @Larry:

    My Russia Bias:

    I studied Russian for one quarter. Did poorly due to the alphabet and most of the class seeming to have Russian family at home and looking for an “easy A”… but did get some language and cultural immersion.

    Grew up in the Cold War years, so they were always the “boogie man”.

    Read a LOT of history, where you find Russia isn’t the boogie man…

    Watch R.T. and ponder what is said. Find them more honest in their news segments than the USA MSM.

    With that preamble:

    It is important to view the world from the POV of your adversary to understand them. Look at a globe (not a map…) from the middle of Russia. GIANT borders all around. North is facing Canada (NATO) and the USA (NATO / traditional recent foe). To the Russian East (American West) is again the USA and Canada. To the south, Mongolia is a small buffer to China – historically a major frenemy and sporadic hot war site. Japan was in a minor dust-up against them in W.W.II too… South west is the Muslim Hoard and their historical invasions of south Asia. West is Europe, from which they have had Napoleon, Hitler, Austro-Hungarians and more. They have regularly been invaded from Europe with tens of millions killed. Sometimes to the point of near extinction of the Russian State.

    It isn’t being paranoid when they have been, and still are, out to get you.

    Next up: Ukraine & Crimea: A more mixed bag. A chunk of Russia was given to Ukraine (probably illegally) by Khrushchev (of Ukrainian origin) and this was resented by the native Russians. Crimea was part of it. During the USSR years, Russia proceeded to flood the western states (eastern Europe) with ethnic Russians to try to assure permanent domination. Now Russia is taking back the land (illegally?) given away AND is laying claim to the lands with majority Russian population. One is “fair”, the other less so… yet the people in those areas usually would rather have Russian membership than be a minority (and language minority) in a foreign land. So somewhat “plausible” as a ‘for the people’ reasoning.

    Is it “nice”? Hell no. Is is “legal”? Nope. But is it “right?”… Um….

    Add in that you have regularly been invaded, about once / generation, from The West in Europe and now loads of folks are dumping armies on your Western Border… So is Russia going to just sit and ignore that? A few hundred years of bloody noses and millions dead says “No Way.” Build up as large an army and force as you can and put it in their grill to assure they get the message to stay out of Russia.

    End of POV

    So IMHO Trump is doing “exactly right” with Russia. Saying “Hey, we can be friends. Want to do a deal?” and talking down NATO as a fighting force. When dealing with “rational paranoia” the first thing you do is demonstrate lack of threat.

    @All:

    I’ve read all the other comments too, but don’t have time to comment at the moment…

  117. Larry Ledwick says:
  118. Larry Ledwick says:

    I largely agree with your analysis E.M. but I was mostly pointing out the issue of national character and how it strongly influences what choices are made for national security. The same issues you mention apply to Poland and some of the other Baltic countries. It has been a corridor for armies for 1000 years and also paid a major price for their geolocation and geography which obviously they have no control over just like Russia. Their national character is more along the line of being willing to fight if necessary (Horse Calvary charges against the Blitzkrieg and their defense of Vienna, Polish RAF pilots during the battle of Britain ) but stoic acceptance of defeat if over whelmed. Their character is a bit more on the side of quiet strength rather than confrontational.

    Russia has always been a bit on the bezerker side with respect to confrontations with a willingness to get in the opponents face to make their point. Poland right now has one of the largest armor brigades in Europe for exactly that reason with over 1000 tanks in its inventory.

  119. Power Grab says:

    And doesn’t Russia need a warm water port, especially with the cooling that’s going on these days?

    Oops…
    https://www.gismeteo.ru/news/klimat/22333-chernoe-more-v-bolgarii-zamerzlo-vpervye-za-60-let-video/

    Oops again…
    https://www.gismeteo.ru/news/klimat/22284-kak-evropa-perezhivaet-lyutuyu-zimu-fotoobzor/

  120. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    18 January 2017 at 1:22 pm

    The whole world is laughing at these clowns boycotting the inaugural. It’s like watching Monty Python Flying Circus.

    Just what are they hoping to accomplish? That is no way to make a deal.

  121. H.R. says:

    @Gail – yup, I already think of skin color as only a descriptor. I liked your example of your horses. Every idjit on the planet would see ‘horse’ but but if you asked someone which horse they liked, they would describe the horse by its color. That’s a handy teaching tool. Thanks for that one.

    @p.g. sharrow – African-Indonesian, eh? That makes me go hmmmmm….
    Still it just aggravates me that Obama and the Dems used only Obama’s African heritage while ignoring the the other parts of his lineage.

    @E.M. American melting pot in our family. Older brother married a black woman. Sister married a black man. Son married a Chinese citizen (went through the long slog to become an American citizen). My wife was born in London, England, daughter of a Scottish mother and a West Virginia hillbilly over there during the Korean war.

  122. Gail Combs says:

    H.R., If you are American, chances are you are a mutt. Starting in the north and heading south…
    Danish, German, English, French and Druze. Since I am descended from Alexander Hamilton who knows what else. My aunt, who did the research, would puff that off and my mother’s come back was, Yes, he was a b@$t@rd…. Then there is Great-grandad who ran back to England and had a bunch of kids with a married woman… while still married to Great-grandma. The half-relatives found me on line a few years ago. Aren’t ancestors fun?
    ….

    ON Obummer, I think he is a lot more than 1/2 white. A first cross of African to European is going to give you black skin. It doesn’t get lighter until the second or third cross. Otherwise there would be very few ‘blacks’ left in the USA. And most here really are not that dark. The colonials were a horny lot and the whiter the skin the higher the price so there was a lot of crossing.

    If you see people straight from Kenya or Senegal or other African nations, they are often much darker than American blacks.

  123. Gail Combs says:

    Speaking of Blacks, one of my favorites.

  124. Gail Combs says:

    Now I have to clean my computer screen….

    TWEET:

    Chad Pergram
    ✔ @ChadPergram

    Little known fact: Inauguration of the President is a Jt Session of Congress. Hse will formally gavel in. Senate will not prior to ceremony

    Comment: Ron says: “Trump should overturn Obamacare right there on the steps while all the dumbass democrats are hiding at Starbucks.”

    Oh, my think of all the bills that could get past right then and there with all the crybabies out playing hooky…

  125. Gail Combs says:

    On a lighter note, there was a big flap in the news because Michelle Obama’s designer said refuses to work with Melania Trump…
    photos: Michelle https://twitter.com/blaubok/status/800204939880300544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
    (CAUTION put your drinks down before viewing)

    THANK GOODNESS we now have THIS for a first lady.

  126. Larry Ledwick says:

    From the twitter comments regarding the designer of Michelle’s cloths.

    Dennis ‏@DennisL656 20 Nov 2016

    @blaubok @JewelsinMo Is she the same designer that designs Hillary’s signature Captain Kangaroo line? Because neither one can dress for sh**

  127. Alexander K says:

    Like others here who do not live in the USA, I am considerably vexed that, even here in far away NZ, the mainstream meeja is totally opposed to Trump and still, despite everything about her that has become public knowledge, totally enamoured of Hillary.
    I despair!

  128. Gail Combs says:

    Alexander K, The following article from Zero Hedge might help.

    DEEP STATE: Neither Intelligent Nor Wise, But Definitely Dangerous

    “The 1.1 million square foot Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, once valued at $190 million after being opened in 2005, sold at a foreclosure auction this morning for $100 (yes, not million…just $100).”Also from Zero Hedge

  129. philjourdan says:

    @Larry

    Hmmm I wonder if one President can countermand another Presidents sentence commutation/pardon???

    No. It is absolute. However, there is nothing stopping them from prosecuting on other charges. Often when a case is tried, only the relevant charges are give to the jury, and other charges are put aside (usually due to being of a less severe nature and therefore superfluous given the severity of the initial charges).

  130. philjourdan says:

    A poster over at Joanne Nova asked an interesting question that I had never seen before. So donning my Chiefio cap, I researched it. The question was about Pardons by presidents. And the results were surprising.

    Obama is a piker. His may be more lurid, but they are also few and far between. The king of pardons is – FDR! @3687, which works out to about 307/year. Second, and the holder of the record for most per year, is Wilson at 2480 (310/year). The only other president with more than 2000 is Truman.

    2 presidents had no pardons – but then the names will not surprise historians – William Harrison and Garfield. Of the ones to stick around long enough to pardon anyone, the fewest goes to the father of the country – George Washington – with only 16. The list can be found here – http://www.infoplease.com/us/government/presidential-pardons-1789-present.html

  131. Power Grab says:

    I posted a comment from my newest computer yesterday. It has yet to appear.

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  133. E.M.Smith says:

    @PowerGrab:

    Was in “SPAM” for no reason I can tell. Perhaps because it is a .ru qualifier someone had decided it was “fake news”… In any case, fished it out. (Oh, and I had a power fail last night so wasn’t doing my usual moderation and spam checks but instead was testing my candles and recovery methods…. Sigh.)

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/tt-one-week-only-7-days/#comment-77901

    @All:

    Conversion continuing here:

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/tt-just-24-hours-and-counting/

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