Week 2 of 1 A.T.

Week One is here:

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/week-one-of-1-a-t/

So Trump is going down his list of campaign promises and actually delivering on them! “Professional” Politicians from both sides of the isle are perplexed and have called committee meetings to study this novel behaviour and find out what it is, and what implications it has, and asking the A.G. to deliver an opinion on the legality of it…

Labor Unions have met with President Trump, going in hostile and coming out saying they can support a President who intends to put millions more union workers on the job actually building things (instead of funneling “infrastructure” spending to Millionaire Cronies of Dimocrats and Republicrims in Congress.)

A “pretty little thing” Assistant A.G. tried to get hersef some street cred by doing a legal maneuver on Trump’s Executive Order banning folks from 6 countries with non-functional governments where you can’t vet dog poo as stinky, let alone random people. She forgot to check that Dear President had sent the E.O. to the Presidential Advisory Legal Beagles in the Justice Department who had already opined it was legal and valid. She is now contemplating the niceties of the legal documents you file for unemployment insurance… and in just minutes after “standing up to The Man” too…

Also just now the Senate Republicans, having seen what a Big Dog with Big Teeth and Big… can do, have bravely thrust both hands into their shorts, fumbled around and found a peanut… and are Sure They Too can yap and bite something… so have sucked up the courage to actually use the power they posses to change arcane Senate Rules so that the majority can vote fully qualified candidates out of committee and on to a floor vote. Oh, the bravery! ( /sarc; for the sarc impaired…) Just as long as they don’t start waiving around their newly found Dinky Tinky Winky in public… So two more cabinet member in, Sessions being voted on “soon” as I type.

As an interesting side effect of all the caterwauling and recriminations we are “outing” the RINOs in the House and Senate – nice that. I see Sen. McCain siding with the Democrats way too often… hint hint…

All while the Soros Funded Rent-A-Mob continues to bleat and scream over yesterdays news… Hard to get a consistent movement going when the target-du-jour changes with each du-jour (or sometimes by the hour…) “Try rotating the shield frequency Lt. Perez! We need to stop those Borg NOW!”

I find I’m missing a LOT of “entertainment” venues lately… the News is actually more interesting and with both more action and more interesting plot lines… Reality, who’d a thunk it?

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262 Responses to Week 2 of 1 A.T.

  1. David A Anderson says:

    Yes, quite the cinema is this world.

    How soon to the nuclear option if the confirmation votes are less then 69?

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    I think it’s only 60 to confirm, at present.

    We’ll see if the SCOTUS nomination gets through with 60. As soon as it is stalled for a couple of days, expect to see more “rules changes”.

    The Democrats opened this door under Obama, now the Republicans have learned how to walk through it…

  3. JP Miller says:

    It is all so darn entertaining! And THEY claimed DJT would be the “apprentice.” LOL!

    Can’t wait until the parts that need legislation come into view.

    And, you can bet there’ll be an international crisis of some sort in the coming weeks. Maybe DJT will order a shoot-down of a North Korean missile.

  4. David A Anderson says:

    Yes, 60, fat fingers, small keyboard. (-;

  5. Power Grab says:

    I really wish I could have seen the termination of the legal gal. Now, that’s some “reality TV” I would have wanted to watch!

    I wonder how that went down?

  6. philjourdan says:

    I disagree with one point. The Soros rent-a-mob are not carping about yesterday’s news, but tomorrow’s news. They are demonstrating before they have anything to demonstrate against.

    Either way it is good theater! Why pay a ton of money for snobbish plays like Hamilton when Soros is providing us the theater for free? (to us, he is still paying for it).

  7. Gail Combs says:

    Senate hearings

    The nomination must be on the Executive Calendar for more than one day before it can make it to the Senate floor for consideration.[1] Unanimous consent of the time and date for debate must be agreed upon by all senators.[4] If even one senator does not agree, a hold is placed on the nomination.[4] Once the nomination is considered by the Senate, unlimited debate is allowed until two-thirds of the Senate vote to invoke cloture, closing debate.[1] Following a vote of cloture, the Senate conducts a simple majority vote on whether to confirm, reject or take no action on the nomination.[1] If a nomination is left pending at the end of a Congress, it must be sent back to the president who can then re-submit the nomination to the new Congress.[1] The same procedure holds true with any nominee not considered before the Senate enters a recess of more than 30 days, unless there is unanimous consent to bypass the procedure…

    In total, there are between 1,200 and 1,400 PAS positions that need Senate Confirmation.

    Rest of info here:
    https://ballotpedia.org/Appointment_confirmation_process

  8. John F. Hultquist says:

    Trump’s EO list (not 6) is for 7 countries:
    Iran
    Iraq
    Libya
    Somalia
    Sudan
    Syria
    Yemen

    I see a lot of weeping and protesting of fake news.
    For example, the EO does not ban Muslims – rather, it bans ‘people’ from 7 countries (those were on a list from Obama), with another 36 or so mostly Muslim areas not on the list.

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit more info on the real content of the executive order on immigration.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/terence-p-jeffrey/trumps-foreign-terrorist-order-defends-religious-freedom

  10. Gail Combs says:

    PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS – NOW

    We need to get Jeff Sessions confirmed as Attorney General. And no he is NOT a racist and fought racism in Georgia.

    Snicker, the phone number list is WEBSITE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO MAINTENANCE.

    https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state

    This one seems to be up and running:
    https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

  11. Larry Ledwick says:

    Trump snookers the media on the Gorsuch announcement – how he made the announcement without a leak to the media.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-01/trump-team-kept-gorsuch-secret-with-back-roads-and-military-jet

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    Democrats are upset that the Republicans did not respect their temper tantrum.
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/444472/tom-price-steve-mnuchin-nominations–senate-democratic-boycott

  13. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to above: Science publication says it got it exactly backwards and corrects a study that originally said conservatives were more likely to show signs of psychotic behavior, when the opposite is the correct conclusion of the paper.
    (Well a lot of people have been saying for a long time that their behavior is “just plain crazy”)

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/02/science-experts-say-liberals-not-conservatives-psychotic/

  14. p.g.sharrow says:

    Larry, Do you think that these people are Federal Grant fishing? A change in administration philosophy equals a change in the scientific opinion. 8-)
    Nah! no way a “Scientist” would change his findings for a Buck!…pg

  15. cdquarles says:

    Re voter fraud, here is one such case that I knew of, when it happened: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/09/absentee-ballot-fraud-a-stolen-election-in-greene-county-alabama. [NB that this case was by ‘blacks’ against ‘blacks’.]

  16. Ralph B says:

    Isn’t the 60 votes for breaking a filibuster? The Reid rule took away the filibuster for lower court appointees and cabinet members. I believe Supreme Court appointments only need 51 votes but are subject to filibuster which is what Democrats plan to use to stop the nomination.

    Please correct me if I am wrong.

  17. Glenn999 says:

    I always thought the filibuster had to do with talking nonstop in order to delay something. I didn’t realize filibuster was a killer?

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    The filibuster is just a delay tactic the theory being that you delay long enough to twist some arms and shift the vote, or long enough to get the media to sell your message. You can only talk so long, longest filibuster in history is just over 24 hours.

    http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/tp/Five-Longest-Filibusters.htm

    But there are ways to break the filibuster by changing senate rules. They cannot stop the nomination unless they flip some votes, but that can go both ways, they can only make it painful.

  19. Larry Ledwick says:

    Two can play games with the rules if they have the nerve to play hardball.

    http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/amid-democrat-protestations-senate-gop-goes-nuclear-to-advance-trump-nominees

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ralph B:

    See the quote on rules above from Gail:
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/week-2-of-1-a-t/#comment-78611

    Note the Constitution says the Senate can set any damn rules they like… thus the “Nuclear Option”. NOTHING requires 60 votes, or 2/3 or even 51, but what the Senate chooses.

  21. Ralph B says:

    Yes I read Gail’s post and although it refers to cabinet members further review shows the same process is used for SCOTUS as well. I keep seeing on various news programs the 60 vote requirement which was confusing me.
    As you point out the Senate makes its own rules and can change them with a simple majority…Hatch changed committee rules yesterday by talking to the parlimentarian which is someone I just learned existed today. Which makes things clear as mud as to how the sausage is made.

  22. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. The Trumpista team could fire a warning shot across the MSM bow haha. Using the recent Fake News Act they could tell the FCC to revoke the CNN operating license. Then have the IRS investigate their tax returns and their senior staff tax returns for the last 15 years. If that doesn’t get them to wake up nothing will.

    In a similar fashion they could use the Patriot Act to revoke George Soros citizenship and declare him persona non grata by reason of seditious acts against America.

    That should stop the dimocraps and rabid SJW whining, heh.

    Regards,
    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looking at the coverage of the UC Riots to protest Milo Y. speaking engagement, it struck me how much this resembles the SA in Nazi Germany. Would make a great Meme to find current images of the black block ANTIFA rioters with matching images from the lead up to Kristal Nacht


    Nazi brown shirt SA keeping Jews from entering the University of Vienna


    Robert Spencer in PJ Media: The Brownshirts Are Back. And They’re In Our Universities.


    Nazi book burning on May 10, 1933

    ANTIFA (anti fascist Trump protesters) – the 21’st Century brown shirts, Trump supporters the new Jews.

    I am sure the Reddit kids could do a marvelous little photo comparison on the subject.

  24. Pleasing to see your responses, EM.
    Much confusion, (in the situation, not your comments), but the tendency to justice and commonsense seems to be peeping through! Hope, (not a Strategy?, I think you say), for the future?
    Regards, Ken.

  25. Gail Combs says:

    pearce m. schaudies says @ 2 February 2017 at 3:18 am
    ………………

    All in good time.

    First Trump has to get his cabinet et al. through Congress and allow the Yellow Stream Media and Soros Astroturf plenty of room to completely hang themselves. THEN he can bury the decaying bodies.

    Trump is normally 10 moves ahead so I think he has this covered.

    Here are the first two steps:

    Media Advance New Narrative: “Mean Trump” With Phone Call Leaker in White House

    The Associated Press (AP) is transparently {#1} still upset about their first-question White House press decorum being violated by the vulgarian Spice; and on the heels of the deplorable {#2} decision to allow common-folk in fly-over country to Skype in questions to the daily press briefing (which began today), the AP publishes an account of bad hombre’ Trump talking to the magnanimous defender of all things liberty, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto….

    Thoughts are the ‘leaker’ of the latest news, on the ‘ bad hombre’ phone call to Mexico and hanging up on Australian Turnbull, is probably 4Chan jerking the MSM’s chains again. (Snicker – Trump is known for his practical jokes too…) Australia and Mexico have both denied the report.

    Actually steps #1 and #2 are an inspired way of delivering the final blows to the media. The Urnialists of the Yellow Stream Media are hopping mad that they are no longer treated like royalty condescending to talk to a plebeian US president. They are taking no pains to hide their elitist attitude OR their collusion. This is NOT going down well with most Americans including the more sane members on the left.

    If Trump made other moves against the YSM, then they could cry DISCRIMINATION and gain sympathy. However this way they just show their elitist attitude and are driving people from mild distaste to active hate. People are now looking for ways to cut all funding to the YSM and passing that information around and it shows in lost ratings. People have figured out that cable gives you no choice so it PAYS CNN and others even if they do not watch it. Therefore they are moving to Roku TV.
    https://www.roku.com/roku-tv

    https://www.roku.com/

    The good old FREE MARKET at work….. The best way to go.

  26. Gail Combs says:

    You can help clog up the phone lines and tell CNN what you think.

    CNN is looking for anti-Trump stories on how travel ban has impacted you or your family.
    Call 646-535-9720
    ………..

    How about telling how stories of how TSA has mucked up your life at the airport instead.

    Speaking of which… WHERE THE HECK was the TSA when protestors descended on our Airports???
    Why do little kids and grannies in wheelchairs get full body cavity searches but protestors did not? HMMMmmm?

    Did everyone forget about:
    Jun 28, 2016 – 41 Dead and 239 Injured After Suicide Bombers Blow Themselves Up At Istanbul Airport
    Mar 22, 2016 – Brussels attack: At least 34 dead in suicide blast at airport
    Paris suicide bomber blows himself up in the Comptoir Voltaire cafe on November 13, 2015

    All they need is a crowd of people to kill and airports provide a prime target.

  27. Gail Combs says:

    MORE FAKE NEWS debunked.
    Why Restrict Visa’s From: Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Libya?

    (Via CNN)

    No person accepted to the United States as a refugee, Syrian or otherwise, has been implicated in a major fatal terrorist attack since the Refugee Act of 1980 set up systematic procedures for accepting refugees into the United States, according to an analysis of terrorism immigration risks by the Cato Institute.

    Oh Really? No Refugees implicated in terrorism? Read on…

    Sundance then has a LONG list of all the incidences that we never hear about. The FBI has released data showing 40 refugees have been convicted or implicated in terrorism.

    (Via Rasmussen) Most voters approve of President Trump’s temporary halt to refugees and visitors from several Middle Eastern and African countries until the government can do a better job of keeping out individuals who are terrorist threats. 56% approve, 32% oppose, 10% are undecided.
    From Sundance

    DATA:

    September 2001 through 2014, the U.S. successfully prosecuted 580 individuals for terrorism and terror-related cases.
    Since early 2014, at least 131 individuals were identified as being implicated in terror.
    Across both those groups, at least 40 people initially admitted to the U.S. as refugees later were convicted or implicated in terror cases.
    Among the 580 convicted, 380 were foreign-born.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/22/anatomy-terror-threat-files-shed-light-on-nature-extent-plots-in-us.html?intcmp=hpbt3

    Meanwhile in August 3, 2015
    Obama Would not Release 27 Iraqi Christian Asylum Seekers Held In Detention Here For 6 Months While Continuing To Flood U.S. Cities With Unscreened Muslims From Syria And Somalia. link

    In 2015, Center for Security Policy published an in depth study revealing 51% American Muslims believe the option should exist for Muslims to either appear before a Shariah tribunal or in U.S. courts to resolve legal issues. The same percentage believes the Quran should be the ultimate authority in America (this, while The 10 Commandments are being stripped from any public entity around the country–no tolerance for other faiths/opinions). http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/
    Also “Refugee Resettlement and the Hijra to America” http://www.securefreedom.org/

    And its not just refugees from the Middle East. Thousands have been resettled from China and African nations, as well. One area of vetting that has essentially been ignored is health status as we are seeing cases of polio, TB, mumps, leprosy, measles and chicken pox again in America after we defeated those illnesses. Maybe Julia Dreyfus and Meryl Streep don’t encounter refugees infected with new strains of potentially deadly diseases but our kids in public schools sure do.

  28. Gail Combs says:

    Well, well, well!!! looky here…
    The Google Employee protestors in San Francisco are foreign nationals who work for Google. They are afraid Americans will get their jobs.

    Anti-Trump protesters gather at Google headquarters
    The demonstration was organized by employees, the keynote speaker at Google’s Mountain View headquarters was Soufi Esmaeilzadeh, a product manager on Google Assistant. She is an Iranian-born Canadian citizen who has lived in the U.S. for the past 15 years.

    AND the other half of the story.

    …Alphabet [Google parent company] had worked with the Podesta Group for 12 years, and Bloomberg noted that the timing coincided with a job posting at Google for someone to spearhead “conservative outreach.” However, a person familiar with Alphabet’s relationship with the Podesta Group told Business Insider that the lobbying firm was the one that cut ties because it was asked to do so by Oracle, another big tech client that competes with Google.

    The Podesta Group did not respond to multiple requests for comment….

    Obama hired longtime Googler Megan Smith as White House CTO. Google also hired Obama’s former deputy national security adviser, Caroline Atkinson to run public policy. And Schmidt served on Obama’s science and technology presidential advisory board.

    Schmidt also had ties to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, giving funding to a software company called Groundwork that provided technical services for the campaign. Schmidt was even spotted wearing a “staff” badge at what was supposed to be Clinton’s election night victory party — something that caught the attention of WikiLeaks and conservative media outlets….

    Google is donating $2 million itself and another $2 million from employees to the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups to battle Trump’s immigration ban.
    ……………….

    [NOW WE GET TO THE HEART OF GOOGLE’S CONCERNS –MONEY!]
    Concerns are likely to grow at Google and other large tech companies as the Trump administration considers changes to the H-1B visa program, which allows companies to hire workers from other countries and bring them to the US. As Bloomberg reported, those changes would require companies to prioritize American hires.

    Such an order could severely limit tech companies’ ability to recruit the talent it needs. Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Apple, and just about any other tech company you can think of are consistently among the top sponsors of H-1B visa holders, according to My Visa Jobs.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/google-protests-trump-policies-on-street-but-also-cozy-up-to-republicans-2017-1

    PAID protestors:
    https://www.conservativeoutfitters.com/blogs/news/proof-protesters-are-paid-2-500-to-disrupt-trumps-inauguration

    Then there is CALPIRG who was exposed by Louder with Crowder a few years ago. CALPIRG, MASPIRG et al hire college kids to do organizing and protesting. IIRC the salary was ~$30,000 a year.

    I think this was the Crowder video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R46X3J7ZFuk

  29. David A Anderson says:

    Trump, and the battle for the CIA.
    Recovering control of these organizations is a complicated dangerous and very necessary job.

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/265634/pompeo-and-circumstance-lloyd-billingsley

  30. Gail Combs says:

    David A Anderson,
    That is why President Trump has his OWN PRIVATE SECURITY guarding him. That is why when he slipped out to visit the family of the fallen SEAL, he told no one AND DID NOT USE AIR FORCE ONE.

    There is certainly a fight going on about who is in control and attempts WILL be made to take out Trump. He is well aware of this.

    Luckily I think most of the elitists are now aware that Americans know WHO they are and if Trump is taken out the usual Dog and Pony show is just not going to work this time. The 92 dead future World Leaders at the Norwegian Socialist youth camp was a wee bit of a clue….
    ….

    I have the David Horowitz book on Trump sitting next to me waiting to be read…..

  31. E.M.Smith says:

    hmmm….

    R.T. this morning had a passing comment that Trump was lifting some limited sanctions on the FSB in the context of improving relationships. Yet a Yahoo search found nothing… ( I don’t do Google searches and Safari is not letting me set DuckDuckGo as my default search engine…)

    I’m going to wait a few hours for whatever that news is to percolate then try a broader set of searches; but if R.T. is accurate, it looks like the “Cold War Part Deaux” may be thawing…

    Watch for German / E.U. Empire / USA-Progressives to erupt… if /when the news hits.

  32. E.M.Smith says:

    Fox covering press conference saying it was not easing of sanctions, but “some” FSB purchases? were allowed to complete… so something murky afoot…

  33. philjourdan says:

    Interesting history of the Filibuster rule in the Senate. From the time it was created up until Woodrow Wilson, one senator could filibuster (they did not require the senator to talk, just to threaten to). But the democrats got tired of that during Wilson, so they changed it to 2/3rds were needed to stop it. That was around for about 60 years until Byrd (KKK Kleagle) decided they would never have enough votes, so they changed it during Carter to 60.

    E.M. Is correct. There is nothing in the Constitution about it, nor any law. It is just a rule that can be changed at the whim of the majority. And has been – by democrats.

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    Info on that showed up on twitter a couple hours ago, I will see if I can find it. I did a quick scan of it and it looks like just a routine relaxation of some restrictions (perhaps as a show of good faith to Russia to set the stage for future talks).

  35. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks to be related to this executive order and restrictions of sale of some computer related equipment to the Russian FSB
    https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/Cyber_gl1.pdf

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    Unintended consequences – translation “sometimes we want them to buy doctored equipment or buggy software from us.”??

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/02/politics/treasury-sanctions-russian-intelligence-agency/index.html

  37. E.M.Smith says:

    @PhilJourdan:

    Ah, one of my alma-maters… (Graduate level, teaching credential, etc.)

    When attending their MBA program I was advised that they had some conservatives in the Business College, but that the rest of the school was Very Left Wing. My experience confirmed that. That, BTW, was about 1982, so figure it’s 35 years more Looney Lefty now… and it was pretty bad then. (BTW, it is ‘conservative’ relative to U.C. Santa Cruz or U.C. Berkeley… a visit to the U.C.S.C. campus while picking a place for my Son to attend was “frightening” in the degree to which it was a Socialism Indoctrination Camp from front gate to graduation… he ended up at U.C. Riverside in Orange County that was holding to a “middle of the road” general status, at least in the Business School).

    In any case, the State Colleges and Universities of California were once great institutions, but are now well on their way to being Socialist Certification Camps …

  38. John F. Hultquist says:

    Folks appear to be going off half-cocked. For example, from above
    ” … AND DID NOT USE AIR FORCE ONE …”

    D.C. to Dover AFB is about 85 miles. Air Force 1? That’s a joke.
    They used a helicopter, called Marine 1.
    Marine Helicopter Squadron One has 4 types, I think. I did not see what was used for the Dover trip.
    I’ll also guess it was not the only bird in the air nor unit on the ground for the trip.
    Don’t mess with the Marines.

  39. Jeff says:

    LiberalLogic101 explains the libtard left (HT Citizen817 at CTH):
    Fake news:
    http://liberallogic101.com/2017/02/02/blues-reds-49/

    Wait for it:

    That just burns me up (as soon as I think of it – fits the libtards to a “T”)

    Libs lecture deplorables on “Human Dignity” (Taco Belle):

    There are a whole lot more here:
    http://liberallogic101.com/category/blues-reds/

    And the Science category is great:
    http://liberallogic101.com/category/science/

  40. Jeff says:

    Sorry, got the Fake News link wrong (fake link? die Linke?)

    136th time’s a charm

  41. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 ‏@Cernovich 21 minutes ago

    If you were a victim of violence at the Berkeley riots, DM me. We are reaching out to lawyers for a civil rights lawsuit.

    Memo to leftists, two can play this game.

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 ‏@Cernovich 25 minutes ago

    Civil Rights section of FBI has opened an investigation into mayor @JesseArreguin, for inciting riots and ordering to police to stand down.

  43. R. de Haan says:

    Most impact of Trump in the EU Parliament where Apparatchiks are climbing the curtains while Farage sets them on fire.

  44. Larry Ledwick says:

    Someone in the media finally got to the bottom of this, and it is trivial. The reason the sanctions on Russia were modified is so US companies can sell limited numbers of computer related hardware to the FSB so they can be approved for import into Russia.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-russia-idUSKBN15H244

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:

    Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 ‏@Cernovich 1 hour ago

    Free speech as a cultural value is dead. The feral left, including media and Hollywood, has declared a civil war.

    Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 ‏@Cernovich 1 hour ago

    Whoever is most violent wins. The feral left, media and Hollywood, have adopted that as their slogan. Remember this. They want you dead.

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    Look at the legal issues involved when communities, and Universities tolerate violent protests on certain subjects.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444544/berkeley-riots-milo-yiannopoulos-california-mayor-free-speech

  47. H.R. says:

    @Larry re legal issues of riots.

    A – The city (or University) are going to get the pants sued off of them by the injured parties

    ii – I wonder what would happen if rioters with baseball bats tried to attack someone in an area that allows concealed carry? Oh wait… they only riot where concealed carry is not allowed. Nevermind.

  48. R. de Haan says:

    Incredible, the entire One World Governance, Globalist Cockroaches have crawled from under their rocks hitting the streets all over Europe and the UK in protest against Trump without knowing anything about the underlying reasons for Trump to call out a temporary travelban for 7 nations.

    Everything Obama did on this field was accepted without any question.
    Trump however after being demonized by our media from day one had become the boogyman no matter what.
    Prepare for white, sane, hard working refugees from Europe who can no longer bear the epidemic of collective insanity and social economic suicide.
    Madness has become contageous.

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmmm interesting consequence of Trump’s early registration as a candidate for 2020 as far as fund raising.

    http://joeforamerica.com/2017/02/president-trump-just-brilliantly-shut-george-soros-one-signature/

    It also serves notice to politicians who might be thinking of positioning for that year that they will be competing with him for the nomination. That cut down on some posturing for position and opposition over the next 4 years.

  50. Gail Combs says:

    Mike Cernovich BTW is a (part time) lawyer…

    OPEN SEASON???

  51. LG says:

    Melanie Phillips on the Trump media derangement syndrome

    Selective edits and other things …
    http://melaniephillips.com/trump-media-derangement-syndrome-ctd/

  52. Gail Combs says:

    H.R. says: “… The city (or University) are going to get the pants sued off of them by the injured parties…”

    OH YAH!
    Monday, December 26, 2016
    Berkeley College Republicans required to raise up to $10,000 to host Milo Yiannopoulos

    ….According to ASUC President Will Morrow, charging student organizations for security costs is standard practice — other student groups, such as SUPERB, have to pay costs as well. He said when student groups invite a high profile individual to the campus, it is their responsibility to help cover the cost of security.

    “I think it’s important that adequate safety and security concerns are readdressed in preparation for this event given the security and safety concerns that have arisen when Milo Yiannopoulos has spoken at other campuses,” Morrow said…..

    ……

    UC Berkeley Receives $370 Million in Federal Funding, More Than Half Its Budget

    UC Berkeley last year received $370 million in funding from the federal government, underlining the seriousness of President Trump’s threat to withdraw funding following leftist riots at the college yesterday.

    The riots, which were a successful effort to prevent Breitbart Senior Editor MILO from speaking at the university, were condemned by President Donald Trump, who earlier threatened to take away the university’s federal funding….

    ……..

    The left is really going off the deep end.

    Sarah Silverman: Military Can Help Overthrow Trump

    Left-wing actress Sarah Silverman took to social media late Wednesday and called for a military coup against the Trump administration.
    “WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE. ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE,” Silverman wrote to her nearly 10 million Twitter followers.

    Ex-Obama Official Suggests ‘Military Coup’ Against Trump

    In a blog post for Foreign Policy magazine, Rosa Brooks, a former Obama administration official, outlined four ways to “get rid” of President Trump, including declaring him mentally unfit for command or carrying out a military coup.

    Brooks is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, which is funded by billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. She served from 2009-2011 as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as a senior adviser at Obama’s State Department…

  53. E.M.Smith says:

    posted this on the C.Crisis thread as well…looks like we have parallel discussions going on…

    It is important to know that the U.C. Campuses have their own Police Departments. These report to the University ( i.e. Napolitano ultimately in the case of Berzerkly ) and the Board Of Regents is headed up by the Governor ( So ‘moonbeam’ Gov. Jerry Brown).

    The police have contacts in the dorms (i.e. run lots of under covers) and will have known more or less what was likely to happen. That they did NOT surround and arrest the rioters says they were given an order to that effect.

    It is in no way at all NOT directly the responsibility of the U.C. Administration that this riot was allowed to happen and that they then did not immediately arrest the perpetrators. it is by design.

    So, IMHO, Trump is being very accurate in his target of their Federal Funding. (Some news show or other had a talking head claiming the UC was innocent as the rioters were from ‘off campus’… they ARE directly responsible via their ownership of the campus police department.)

    BTW, I know from personal experience during a ‘demonstration’ at a UC campus in the ’70s that the police had under covers in the crowed and were stage managing the ‘fire on the train tracks’ as I (and a buddy) had accidentally infiltrated their on-site ‘huddle’ mid event when they discussed it with reps from the uniformed officers (City and Campus) and the fire department and the other agencies.

  54. Gail Combs says:

    Calexit: Leftists File Papers to Secede, Form New Confederacyn

    The interesting part:

    …Proponents of secession will need 585, 407 valid signatures for their referendum to qualify for the 2018 ballot. An effort to split the state into six separate states failed to qualify in 2016 for lack of signatures.

    Might not fail this time around as northern and eastern californians distance themselves from the nutters on the coast especialy with the water issue at stake.

    October 1, 2016 Get your own water, Oregon timber firm tells California town

    …Water wars

    Bottled-water plants have met with resistance and in some cases protests in a number of places across California, including a Nestlé plant last year in Sacramento. In the water-rich towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta, residents have raised concerns over proposed bottling plants that they say could severely diminish local water supplies….

    Californina WATER…..

    January 28, 2015 Colorado to California: Hands off our water

    …The river provides water to 40 million people in the states of Arizona, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California and Colorado. These seven states also make up one of the driest regions in the nation, dependent on a water flow that is miniscule in comparison to rivers in other parts of the United States.

    Making matters worse, recent droughts throughout the region have reduced the Colorado’s already limited flow and left massive reservoirs like Lake Mead, which sits in Nevada and just over the Arizona border, at record lows.

    Every state gets a predetermined share of the resource, a quantity divided up in 1922 under a federal compact. And while the 1922 Colorado River Compact governs the system….
    Unlike California, Colorado has had more than it needs. In years past, Colorado has allowed Southern California to dip into its surplus, to help stretch its supply. That is about to change.

    Where Does California’s Water Come From?
    Ninety-three percent of Californians rely on publicly supplied water to meet their domestic water needs…

    Using public sources of data, we mapped the surface drinking water sources (rivers, reservoirs, lakes, etc.) for 30 million (80%) of California’s residents and the watersheds that supply water to those sources. We found that California’s drinking water supply system relies on approximately 157 million acres of land spanning 8 states to collect, filter, and deliver water…
    The watersheds that supply drinking water to 80% of California’s resident cover almost 157 million acres and span 8 states (Figure 1).

    …Los Angeles depends on the largest area with contributing watersheds totaling 146 million acres — approximately 1.5 times the size of California. Los Angeles is followed closely by the other southern California cities that get portions of their water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (http://www.mwdh2o.com), which relies on water from both the Colorado River and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Bakersfield, San Jose, Santa Clarita, Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and Fremont obtain water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and an array of other local streams and rivers, each city relying on almost 30 million acres to supply water. Sacramento gets its water from the Sacramento and American Rivers, draining just over 15 million acres…

    San Diego’s watershed, courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

  55. Gail Combs says:

    And then there is ELECTRIC…

    EIA December 19, 2011

    A quarter of California’s electricity comes from outside the state

    Net power flows into California from other Western States accounted for about 67 million megawatthours (MWh), or 25% of California’s total electric supply of 277 million MWh in 2010 (see map). California received—on net basis (power flows into the state minus power flows out of the state)—44 million MWh from the Southwest and 22.5 million MWh from the Northwest in 2010. Interregional power flows elsewhere in the West were much lower…

    And that was BEFORE California started shutting down it’s nuclear plants.

    June 21, 2016 PG&E to close Diablo Canyon, California’s last nuclear power plant

    One of California’s largest energy utilities took a bold step in the 21st century electricity revolution with an agreement to close its last operating nuclear plant and develop more solar, wind and other clean power technologies.

    The decision announced Tuesday by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to close its beleaguered Diablo Canyon nuclear plant within the next decade…

    In May 2013, Dominion Resources Inc., permanently shut down the Kewaunee nuclear plant in Wisconsin…

    A month later, Southern California Edison permanently closed the San Onofre plant after the determining that fixing the new but faulty steam generators would prove too expensive…

    Even after Diablo Canyon closes, Southern California will still get a small percentage of its electricity from Arizona’s Palo Verde nuclear plant….

    Expect the Eco-nuts to go after these Coal plants too….
    2011 California’s Dirty Secret: The Five Coal Plants Supplying Our Electricity

    …If you’re one of the 1.4 million residents of Los Angeles who gets power from the city’s Department of Water and Power, about 40% of your electricity comes from coal.

    But how’s that possible? Here in California, we don’t have much in the way of coal deposits, and no significant coal power plants. But we do have several public utilities that own portions of out-of-state coal power plants, and that entitles them to lots of less-than-clean, coal-fired energy.

    There are five out-of-state coal plants providing power to California, and according to the Sierra Club, two of them — the Four Corners Power Plant and the San Juan Generating Station, both in New Mexico — are the two top mercury-emitting power plants in the United States. Here’s the lineup…

  56. Gail Combs says:

    One of California’s biggest exports is it’s agriculture but that is under attack too.
    11/29/2016 Moo! Cows Targeted in Global Warming Battle: California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm.

    But it doesn’t stop with that insanity.

    August 20, 2009 It’s farmers vs. fish for California water

    … Nobody doubts the economic devastation to the Central Valley. The unemployment rate in agriculture communities ranges from 20 percent to 40 percent, while 250,000 acres of farmland are lying fallow or dying. The region’s agricultural output is expected to decline by between $1 billion and $3 billion this year over last, according to estimates by agricultural and business groups.

    Whether the delta smelt is to blame lies at the heart of the debate. While some blame the fish for the severe reductions in pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, others argue that the region’s three-year drought is primarily to blame….

    Apr 6, 2016 California Punishes it’s Farmers With More Bad Policies

    Year after year, government policies have been aimed squarely at California farmers as if they are the bad guy.

    …One of the greatest advancements in the history of mankind occurred when one region of the world was able to produce such a surplus of food that it was able to send it to less fortunate regions. In doing so, they helped to alleviate food shortages and starvation. For more than 100 years, California farmers have played a key role in that effort. Indeed, not long ago, nine out of the top 10 most productive agricultural counties in America were in California.

    ….California Democrats passed a statewide minimum wage increase. Next up, a bill mandating increased overtime pay for workers. According to many a farmer, you get the distinct impression from the California Democrats that they think farming is bad for the environment – inclusive of claims that cows unacceptably contribute to global warming.

    Keep in mind that the newest increased costs follow years of gross water resources mismanagement. One element of that is to deny California farmers water in favor of a 4-inch bait fish or to permit trillions of gallons to be flushed out to the ocean instead of directing it to farm regions. Less water means higher costs to acquire water. So farmers have turned to digging wells – and yes, California is now set to heavily regulate well-digging and ground water supplies. There is even a plan to reduce, by 1.3 million acres, the amount of farmland in the Central Valley – the very heart of California farm country…

    Looks like the Left in California wants to really embrace their inner Venezuela.

  57. kneel63 says:

    “…outlined four ways to “get rid” of President Trump, including declaring him mentally unfit for command or carrying out a military coup.”

    Oh dear! That might lead to civil war…

  58. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gail:

    My hope would be for a peaceful departure of California from the Union… then all the mountain and valley counties can leave California and rejoin the Union as the State of Jefferson…

    Grew up in the Central Valley farm country. Folks there despise the domination of politics by the San Francisco / L.A. axis. They would just love to have an escape…

    So let California leave, then park a few tanks around SF / LA and invite the rest back in… You can dump about 15 to 20 Million loons and keep the good bits that way… Then put up STRICT border controls!

  59. Gail Combs says:

    E.M
    I certainly agree with you. Also BAN ALL flights in or out Like Obummer’s No Fly Zone. Can even use Obummer’s drones…

    The inner city ferals will wipe out the Pussyfied Progressives in short order once the welfare gives out and then start wiping out each other.

    I think the left thinks the threat to leave the union will some how have the rest of the country beg them for the conditions needed to make them stay. Instead we are laughing at them and hope they leave.

    Tony Heller has up My California Secession Plan

    “It only seems fair to let them go, along with their 55 electoral votes. Think of it as a sanctuary state for accumulated strike-slip stress.”

    Edmonton Al says:
    January 31, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Tell all the CA lefties that the state will secede.
    They will be so happy that, everyone will jump up and down.
    SNAP….
    Beforehand tho… … buy up property on the east side of the San Andreas Fault.
    Then you will have beach front property.

    ME? I am voting for the San Andreas Fault.

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Memo to the Democrats:
    Your temper tantrums are counter productive – stop it!

    https://thefederalistpapers.org/us/breaking-senate-republicans-go-nuclear-again

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:

    Paul Joseph Watson ‏@PrisonPlanet 16 hours ago

    The left is openly inciting civil war with 55 million American gun owners.

    Let that sink in.

  62. Gail Combs says:

    The Federalist papers has some good articles but I think this is my favorite.

    Leftist Hypocrisy on “Civility” BRILLIANTLY Exposed By One Meme

  63. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, I think the idiot Leftists think the UN will step in and ‘rescue’ them. They forget that most of the UN forces come from the USA…

    Or maybe they hope Canada will ride to the rescue via the military Pact. Actually we rather just ship the whole lot to Canada.

  64. Gail Combs says:

    Snicker…

  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    Regarding the legal authority and history of Presidents restricting immigration from time to time.
    https://strongvisa.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/CRS-Pres-Auth-to-Exclude-Aliens.pdf

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    On free speech zones and restrictions on same by college administrations and students, efforts are under way to give a legally enforceable basis for stopping restrictive rules on free speech on campus.

    http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/plan-emerges-to-require-colleges-allow-free-speech/

  67. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter :
    breaking news that 2 or more manager level Secret Service personnel have been fired (forced to resign) and walked out of the building. Details still developing and so far no official comment.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/02/breaking-report-secret-service-managers-fired-escorted-white-house-complex/

  68. Larry Ledwick says:

    Unknown if this is related to above but Female Denver agent who posted on social media that she was not sure she would take a bullet for President Trump has been suspended.

    http://kdvr.com/2017/02/02/top-denver-secret-service-agent-suspended-over-social-media-posts/

  69. Ian W says:

    “Soros-Funded Orgs Behind Violent Anti-Trump Protests Across America”
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/11/soros-funded-orgs-behind-violent-anti-trump-protests-across-america/

    “In the days and weeks since Donald Trump’s historic upset victory over Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Big Money establishment globalists have been in hyper-drive, colluding and scheming to launch a multi-pronged effort to undo the election. Their plan involves multiple operations providing simultaneous “pressure from above and below,” utilizing legal challenges, petitions, media campaigns, and “direct action” street violence.”
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/24732-soros-democracy-alliance-dark-money-and-violence

    “The definition “terrorist organization” includes “a group of two or more individuals, whether organized or not, which engages in, or has a subgroup which engages in terrorism.”
    The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”

    Prima facie

  70. cdquarles says:

    @ EM, re staging protests and having undercover operatives working them: Be aware that this is a very old thing. George Wallace did it, for the TV cameras, at the University of Alabama. Yes, what the news at the time and the subsequent printed reports said about the incident nearly all leave out key information.

  71. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    I think one bit of clue is how the “message” of the protests is keyed to the Campaign Talking Points ( “Muslim Ban” ) and not to fact ( “Obama list temporary halt from dysfunctional countries). IMHO this demonstrates their prep and plan was based on what they expected and not on what happened.

    Like the BLM folks rioting over a criminal being shot and NOT doing anything about a clearly innocent kid (with a toy gun) being shot within seconds by cops from a rolling car. The “story line” was already distributed and they chose not to change horses due to new events…

    To me it all just shouts “Prepared in advance by design”.

    @Ian W:

    Yeah, he has sure stirred up the hornets nest. The good thing is that now they are outing themselves. The other good thing is that at least 1/2 the population is just laughing and pointing and enjoying the show and not buying it any more…

    Oh, and I dearly hope the Trump Admin puts some Lawyerly types onto the Soros organizations as a RICO / Terrorist plot.

    @CD:

    I suspect it goes back even to the Roman Empire… It certainly was used by the British Empire at times.

  72. philjourdan says:

    @Gail – Re: including a Nestlé plant last year

    Nestle To Relocate U.S. Headquarters To Northern Virginia – http://ideastations.org/radio/news/nestle-relocate-us-headquarters-northern-virginia

    They do not have to be told twice.

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    Clarification on above, the folks walked out last night were in the information security group not the secret service.
    From twitter:
    Steve Clemons ‏@SCClemons 45 minutes ago

    I have confirmed that the Chief of Information Security at White House forced to resign. Was error in tagging him as Secret Service. 1/2

    Steve Clemons ‏@SCClemons 44 minutes ago

    Others – not sure how many – attached to White House security/cyber security/info security – resigned last night & escorted out of EEOB

    Appears to be this part of the system:
    https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2016/09/08/announcing-first-federal-chief-information-security-officer

  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter and scott adams:
    Scott Adams ‏@ScottAdamsSays 2h2 hours ago

    The anti-Trump protests are in chaos. The #fakenews biz has turned them into violent clickbait hamsters for $$$. The top 1% wins again.

    The rapid unthinking hatred they are breeding is intentional to break down social restrictions on actions, they are intentionally trying to create a mob mentality.

    The bad news is that once they achieve that no telling what the mob will do and not likely they can control it or even steer it as mob action takes on a logic of its own at the moment.

  75. Gail Combs says:

    The Beserkly President just sank a heck of a lot deeper in the Kimchi and so did the ‘protestors’

    …WSOF welterweight Jake Shields said he couldn’t stand by as masked men beat a Donald Trump supporter during Wednesday’s protests at the University of California, Berkeley.

    “That’s when I had to intervene, because no one is helping the guy, including the police,” Shields told MMAjunkie…..

    Although university officials said several people were arrested after attacking two members of the student group, Shields backed reports of bystanders being attacked with pepper spray and batons. He also claimed police refused to intervene.

    “I went to try to get police assistance, and they said they wouldn’t go in there,” he said. “People were getting attacked and beat up.”

    Shields, 38, had just finished dinner with his girlfriend in the school’s vicinity when he saw a man, wearing a Trump hat and “covered in blood,” being chased through the streets.

    “There were hundreds of them around, with weapons, so I was trying to diffuse the situation with the least amount of effort possible,” he said. “Generally, when you throw a punch, guys back off.”….
    “There were hundreds of people cheering on, ‘Get the Nazi,’ ….
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mma/why-wsof-fighter-jake-shields-stepped-between-a-mob-and-a-trump-supporter/ar-AAmAYAF?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

    These are Black Bloc Thugs. In the past three months they’ve been very visible. They dress in black clothing and ski masks They provoke police, break windows, set fires, smash electrical boxes, spray-paint buildings, and beat the crap out of people.

    This is their handy work at Berkeley

  76. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick,

    Their problem is the rent-a-thugs are a rather small group. The larger group are Pussyfied Progressive Crybabies.

    The other side (Alt-Right) is quiet but are armed and dangerous. They are ex-military, hunters….
    I encountered a group via a friend of a friend several years ago that were using paintball and very creative off-shoots to conduct war games. These were very serious dudes and I would not want to cross them.

    If the Rent-a-Thugs stick to cities with gun bans they will be ‘OK’ otherwise they risk of running into a ‘Pam Geller Nite’

  77. Larry Ledwick says:

    I am so glad to see that President Trump’s administration is exempting interpreters who supported our troops and helping them come into America (the Obama administration seemed to be doing everything they could to block the fine men from coming here after their service to our troops).

  78. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ooops one of the ANTIFA activists who committed assaults has been outed, seems he is an employee of UC Berkeley.

    That whistling sound you hear is assault charges and law suits incoming.

    http://theralphretort.com/uc-berkeley-rioter-exposed-works-university-203017/

  79. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item from Free Beacon on the war in the back rooms of Washington Bureaucracy vs Trump.

    http://freebeacon.com/columns/trump-short-circuits-washington/

  80. E.M.Smith says:

    @OManuel:

    That link is a good one! I really like some of their pictures as political illustration…

  81. Gail Combs says:

    Larry,
    I think what the DC Swamp does not realize is the slumbering Americans have awakened and they fully support Trump.

    The stompy feet, tantrum throwing, violent Progressives are leaving a major distaste in the mouths of normal adults and for once they have an advocate in the DC Swamp. Many are now letting Congress know that they ARE NOT HAPPY with their SERVANTS in DC.

    Like the Bolsheviks (literally meaning “one of the majority”) the Progressives are in fact a minority. Just a very vocal, nasty and tricky minority who want to convince people they are the majority.

    This time that is not working so they are trying civil unrest ====> revolution.

  82. Gail Combs says:

    Good article Oliver,
    Thanks

    With luck more and more people are figuring out we have been conned.

  83. E.M.Smith says:

    For any who haven’t seen it yet, at close of business West Coast time (about 5 PM so about 8 PM Eastern) late this Friday, a court somewhere out west ( IIRC it was in Washington State) ruled that Trump’s Executive Order per immigration pause was “unconstitutional”.

    This means that until over turned or stayed, the law of the land is open borders again.

    Now the 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals is based out of California, and is THE most Progressive (and THE most overturned…) appeals court in the land, but unless they issue a stay, Trump’s E.O. is null until The Supreme Court gets an appeal of their Ruling, that might not happen for a very long time. (Anyone want to take a bet they don’t move fast…)

    The Surpremes are presently split 4 : 4 so this puts added pressure on the Supreme Court nomination process too.

    Now it IS possible for another court to rule the other way, then the Western court ruling diminishes to only applying in their district, but an open door anywhere is an open door everywhere… and that second ruling doesn’t settle things. It just means courts higher up must resolve the disagreement… and that can take a lot of time.

    Which means it punts to asking a higher court to issue a stay for the whole country while it gets sorted out in court. That need not be issued if no court cares to do so.

    Welcome to the world of Political Courts, where pausing immigration of Christians under Obama was fine, but Trump saying “Hang on until we sort this out” for nations with no functional government full of folks who would like to kill us all gets ruled the other way…

    Can you hear the sound of jets warming up globally to fly in thousands for the Super Bowl Sunday… ? One hopes they are only here for the football…

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    It was in Seattle.
    From Twitter:
    Fox News ‏@FoxNews 11 minutes ago

    BREAKING: US Justice Dept. to file emergency stay of Seattle judge’s ruling, White House says

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/03/us-judge-temporarily-blocks-trumps-travel-ban-from-majority-muslim-countries.html

  85. Larry Ledwick says:

    We may be seeing ANTIFA crossing a line that they cannot uncross. They are now taking up the behavior of organized crime and that opens the door for RICO prosecutions and if Soros can be tied to these idiots it could just get all pulled down in one grand collapse.

    http://www.infowars.com/antifa-threatens-young-daughter-of-pro-trump-journalist/

    Petition to as the President to name ANTIFA a domestic terrorism organization.

    https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-declare-antifa-a-terrorist-organization

  86. Larry Ledwick says:

    Using the old axiom of if they claim you are doing something than they surely are doing that thing.

    Robert Reich blames Breitbart New and the right wing for the Berkeley riots, talking about how “military” the rioters were. In the intelligence community they say never believe the Russians did something until the formally deny it. In the case of the Progressives, the corillary is to assume the Progressives are doing what they blame the right wing for doing.

    http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/clinton-official-ties-breitbart-to-riots-against-own-editor/

  87. A C Osborn says:

    EM, I am not sure that this is the correct post to add this, or whether it should be in the Tips one.
    The BBC News program last night showed the most terrifying Software I have yet seen.
    It allows Face & Voice Synch between an individual and a computer generated object.
    It means that you will no longer be able to believe anything that you see on TV regarding statements made by anyone.
    They had Ex President Bush saying all sorts of things as an examp-le.

  88. Gail Combs says:

    AC Osborn,
    Infowars (YUCK) had that up about six months ago. It is sort of like Photoshop for the voice.
    ………………….

    One of the problems the Uni-Party Progressives Globalists have is thinking they would be in the Catbird seat forever more. This means they have put in place ‘Laws’ like the Patriot Act meant to control the US population and the NSA data collection.

    Now those same types of laws can bit THEM in the arse.

    Here is one little goody Feb. 13, 2015 – Exec. Order No. 13691
    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-20/pdf/2015-03714.pdf

    …President Obama unveiled a new executive order this week designed to improve information sharing on cyber threats between government and private sector.

    The order, “Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing,” calls for dealing with what the president said in a speech was a “cyber arms race” underway since the first digital attacks began in 1980s.

    Tech industry executives responded cautiously to the government program and urged government to provide greater legal protections for the intelligence-sharing effort.

    A careful reading of the order indicated the administration is looking for ways to induce the private sector into providing more information to government …
    http://flashcritic.com/obama-cyber-security-initiative-met-skepticism-private-sector/

    I linked to that report since the blog is about Cyber threats.

    …The Executive Order is focused on the widespread establishment of ISAOs and the mechanisms by which they function and interact with the government. It directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (the “Secretary”) to “strongly” encourage the formation of ISAOs,[5] which may be organized on any number of bases (including in response to specific emerging cybersecurity threats), spanning both public and private sectors, and formed as for-profit or nonprofit entities.[6] The Executive Order directs the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (“NCCIC”) to continuously coordinate with ISAOs regarding information sharing related to cybersecurity risks and threats, responses to incidents and strengthening information security systems.[7]

    The Executive Order also directs the Secretary to empower a nongovernmental organization to serve as the ISAO Standards Organization (“SO”),[8] which will be tasked with identifying a “common set of voluntary standards or guidelines for the creation and functioning of ISAOs.”[9] To be selected, the SO must demonstrate that it can engage the broad range of organizations that might participate in the cybersecurity threat information sharing network and those parties who might share information in support of their customers. The standards to be promulgated by the SO will broadly address the baseline capabilities and requirements that ISAOs established under the Executive Order should possess, including contractual and operations related arrangements and privacy protections such as minimization.[10] ….
    http://www.whitecase.com/publications/article/president-obama-issues-executive-order-cybersecurity-information-sharing

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    A last minute EO by Obummer. He expanded Reagan’s Executive Order 12333. Under Executive Order 12333 as it previously existed, NSA analysts had to provide justification for why they need access to that data.
    Reagan’s Executive Order 12333.
    https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/codification/executive-order/12333.html

    In virtually its last gasp, the Obama administration has quietly given the National Security Agency wider powers to share intercepted surveillance data with 16 other government agencies, including the FBI, DEA and CIA, before applying privacy protections.

    Intelligence officials and the Justice Department finalized new regulations for sharing satellite transmissions, phone calls, emails and other online communications swept up abroad by the National Security Agency with 16 agencies that fall under the Office of National Intelligence.

    “In the past, there were strict limits on the NSA’s dissemination of this data to domestic law enforcement agencies,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said about the new rules released on Thursday, according to AP. “The new regulations eviscerate those limits.”

    The new rules allow the NSA, with its large information gathering practices, largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws, to share its raw data with other agencies including the Treasury Department, FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and the CIA.
    Previously US intelligence agencies could only get data after the NSA filtered it to remove irrelevant names and personal information.

    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/obama-just-quietly-gave-16-govt-agencies-access-nsa-data-us-citizens/#tVfRd0Az5jV3FMwt.99

    The Groiniad: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/12/obama-us-intelligence-greater-access-warrantless-data-foreign-targets

    NSA: https://nsa.gov1.info/data/

    Note that NO ONE gives the blasted number of that Obummer E.O.!!! When I find the darn thing I will post a link. Obummer wrote a ton of EO just in 2017!

    In the mean time IF that EO exists, it means no warrant is needed to suck up data on the violent Astroturfers.

  89. Gail Combs says:

    Good grief Obama used his pen! He formed a ton of Commissions and Councils.

    This is a nice site with the E.O.s by president. you can click on summary or click on full E.O.
    https://www.hsdl.org/?collection&id=2482&pid=bo

    Here are the ones I think may apply to surveillance.

    The below is ALL quoted from the above source:
    Executive Order 13718: Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity
    Hide summary     Open resource [pdf]     (open full abstract)
    “[I]n order to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections at all levels of Government, business, and society, to protect privacy, to ensure public safety and economic and national security, and to empower Americans to take better control of their digital security, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Establishment. There is established within the Department of Commerce the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (Commission). Sec. 2. Membership. (a) The Commission shall be composed of not more than 12 members appointed by the President. The members of the Commission may include those with knowledge about or experience in cybersecurity, the digital economy, national security and law enforcement, corporate governance, risk management, information technology (IT), privacy, identity management, Internet governance and standards, government administration, digital and social media, communications, or any other area determined by the President to be of value to the Commission. […] Sec. 3. Mission and Work. The Commission will make detailed recommendations to strengthen cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors while protecting privacy, ensuring public safety and economic and national security, fostering discovery and development of new technical solutions, and bolstering partnerships between Federal, State, and local government and the private sector in the development, promotion, and use of cybersecurity technologies, policies, and best practices. The Commission’s recommendations should address actions that can be taken over the next decade to accomplish these goals.”

    Executive Order 13702: Creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative
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    “In order to maximize the benefits of HPC [high-performance computing] for economic competitiveness and scientific discovery, the United States Government must create a coordinated Federal strategy in HPC research, development, and deployment. Investment in HPC has contributed substantially to national economic prosperity and rapidly accelerated scientific discovery. Creating and deploying technology at the leading edge is vital to advancing my Administration’s priorities and spurring innovation. Accordingly, this order establishes the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI). The NSCI is a whole-of-government effort designed to create a cohesive, multi-agency strategic vision and Federal investment strategy, executed in collaboration with industry and academia, to maximize the benefits of HPC for the United States.”

    Executive Order 13691: Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing
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    “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. In order to address cyber threats to public health and safety, national security, and economic security of the United States, private companies, nonprofit organizations, executive departments and agencies (agencies), and other entities must be able to share information related to cybersecurity risks and incidents and collaborate to respond in as close to real time as possible. Organizations engaged in the sharing of information related to cybersecurity risks and incidents play an invaluable role in the collective cybersecurity of the United States. The purpose of this order is to encourage the voluntary formation of such organizations, to establish mechanisms to continually improve the capabilities and functions of these organizations, and to better allow these organizations to partner with the Federal Government on a voluntary basis. Such information sharing must be conducted in a manner that protects the privacy and civil liberties of individuals, that preserves business confidentiality, that safeguards the information being shared, and that protects the ability of the Government to detect, investigate, prevent, and respond to cyber threats to the public health and safety, national security, and economic security of the United States. This order builds upon the foundation established by Executive Order 13636 of February 12, 2013 (Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity), and Presidential Policy Directive-21 (PPD-21) of February 12, 2013 (Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience).”

    Executive Order 13688: Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition
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    “For decades, the Federal Government has provided equipment to State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies (LEAs) through excess equipment transfers (including GSA donations), asset forfeiture programs, and Federal grants. These programs have assisted LEAs as they carry out their critical missions to keep the American people safe. The equipment acquired by LEAs through these programs includes administrative equipment, such as office furniture and computers. But it also includes military and military-styled equipment, firearms, and tactical vehicles provided by the Federal Government, including property covered under 22 CFR [Code of Federal Regulations] part 121 and 15 CFR part 774 (collectively, ”controlled equipment”). The Federal Government must ensure that careful attention is paid to standardizing procedures governing its provision of controlled equipment and funds for controlled equipment to LEAs. Moreover, more must be done to ensure that LEAs have proper training regarding the appropriate use of controlled equipment, including training on the protection of civil rights and civil liberties, and are aware of their obligations under Federal nondiscrimination laws when accepting such equipment. To this end, executive departments and agencies (agencies) must better coordinate their efforts to operate and oversee these programs.”

    Executive Order 13694: Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities
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    “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the increasing prevalence and severity of malicious cyber-enabled activities originating from, or directed by persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with this threat.” The Executive Order includes ten Sections, which have been summarized as follows: (Section 1) A list of cyber-crimes that will result in freezing or “blocking” the perpetrator’s assets; (2) Prohibits providing assistance to perpetrators whose property has been blocked; (3) Prohibits any transfer of assets to or from perpetrators whose property has been blocked; (4) This Executive Order (EO) applies to citizens, immigrants, non-immigrants, and any aliens or any persons with assets in the U.S. that meet the criteria listed in Section 1; (5) Prohibits conspiring to circumvent this legislation; (6) Definines terms used in the EO; (7) Perpetrators will have their assets blocked immediately, and with no prior notice; (8) Authorizes the Secretary of Treasury to take or delegate the action of blocking assets; (9) Requires the Secretary of Treasury to file reports to Congress; and (10) Legislative clarifications.

    Executive Order 13636: Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
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    “Repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure demonstrate the need for improved cybersecurity. The cyber threat to critical infrastructure continues to grow and represents one of the most serious national security challenges we must confront. The national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of the Nation’s critical infrastructure in the face of such threats. It is the policy of the United States to enhance the security and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure and to maintain a cyber environment that encourages efficiency, innovation, and economic prosperity while promoting safety, security, business confidentiality, privacy, and civil liberties. We can achieve these goals through a partnership with the owners and operators of critical infrastructure to improve cybersecurity information sharing and collaboratively develop and implement risk-based standards.”

    Executive Order 13629: Establishing the White House Homeland Security Partnership Council
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    “Section 1. Policy. The purpose of this order is to maximize the Federal Government’s ability to develop local partnerships in the United States to support homeland security priorities. Partnerships are collaborative working relationships in which the goals, structure, and roles and responsibilities of the relationships are mutually determined. Collaboration enables the Federal Government and its partners to use resources more efficiently, build on one another’s expertise, drive innovation, engage in collective action, broaden investments to achieve shared goals, and improve performance. Partnerships enhance our ability to address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources. The National Security Strategy emphasizes the importance of partnerships, underscoring that to keep our Nation safe ”we must tap the ingenuity outside government through strategic partnerships with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and community-based organizations. Such partnerships are critical to U.S. success at home and abroad, and we will support them through enhanced opportunities for engagement, coordination, transparency, and information sharing.” This approach recognizes that, given the complexities and range of challenges, we must institutionalize an all-of-Nation effort to address the evolving threats to the United States.”

  90. Gail Combs says:

    Here are some interesting E.Os
    This means you cant fire deadwood easily:
    Executive Order 13678: Conversion Authority for Criminal Investigators (Special Agents) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
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    “I find that conditions of good administration (specifically, the need to make the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Department of Justice (ATF), competitive in recruiting high quality special agents by giving the ATF an authority held by other Federal law enforcement agencies) make necessary an exception to the competitive examination rules for appointment to certain positions in the Federal civil service. Criminal Investigators of the ATF, who have been appointed under Schedule B, and who have completed 3 years of fully satisfactory service, may be converted non-competitively to career appointments if they meet qualifications and other requirements established by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.”

    Afghanistan and Pakistan have VERY high muslim populations…
    Executive Order 13656: Establishment of Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategic Partnership Office and Amendment to Executive Order 12163
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    “There is established within the Department of State, in accordance with section 3161 of title 5, United States Code, a temporary organization to be known as the Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategic Partnership Office (APSPO). […] The purpose of the APSPO shall be to perform the specific project of supporting executive departments and agencies (agencies) in facilitating a strategic partnership between the U.S. Government and the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan, promoting further security and stabilization, and transitioning to a normalized diplomatic presence in both countries..”

  91. Gail Combs says:

    President Trump can have lots of fun with these!

    Executive Order 13639: Establishment of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration
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    “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote the efficient administration of Federal elections and to improve the experience of all voters, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Establishment. There is established the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (Commission). Sec. 2. Membership. (a) The Commission shall be composed of not more than nine members appointed by the President. The members shall be drawn from among distinguished individuals with knowledge about or experience in the administration of State or local elections, as well as representatives of successful customer service-oriented businesses, and any other individuals with knowledge or experience determined by the President to be of value to the Commission. (b) The President shall designate two members of the Commission to serve as Co-Chairs. Sec. 3. Mission. (a) The Commission shall identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to promote the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay, and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots, such as members of the military, overseas voters, voters with disabilities, and voters with limited English proficiency.”

    (This is part of Agenda 21 BTW.)
    Executive Order 13602: Establishing a White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities
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    “Cities, towns, and regions across our Nation continue to face difficult economic challenges. Enhancing current Federal assistance is helping to lift communities out of distress. To allow the Federal Government to better partner with these local communities to build local capacity to address economic issues, and to support comprehensive planning and regional collaboration, my Administration established the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) pilot initiative. By partnering with cities and regions to augment their vision for stability and economic growth, the SC2 was designed to help communities strengthen their capacity to create jobs and more competitive business climates, and implement locally driven community and regional planning approaches that lead to sustained economic growth, as well as ensure that Federal assistance is more efficiently provided and used. This order improves the way the Federal Government engages with and supports local communities by better aligning resources and coordinating efforts across executive departments and agencies (agencies) so that communities across the country have access to comprehensive, localized technical assistance and planning resources to develop and implement their economic vision and strategies.”

    Executive Order 13581: Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations [Like Soros??]
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    This Executive Order finds that “significant transnational criminal organizations, such as those listed in the Annex to this order, have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems. Such organizations are becoming increasingly sophisticated and dangerous to the United States; they are increasingly entrenched in the operations of foreign governments and the international financial system, thereby weakening democratic institutions, degrading the rule of law, and undermining economic markets. These organizations facilitate and aggravate violent civil conflicts and increasingly facilitate the activities of other dangerous persons.” These organizations are considered an “extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States”. President Obama declares a national emergency to deal with the threat of these organizations and order that “All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person.”

    These are goodies relating to CAGW and Agenda 21/Globalism:

    Executive Order 13609: Promoting International Regulatory Cooperation
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    “Executive Order 13563 of January 18, 2011 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review), states that our regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation. In an increasingly global economy, international regulatory cooperation, consistent with domestic law and prerogatives and U.S. trade policy, can be an important means of promoting the goals of Executive Order 13563. The regulatory approaches taken by foreign governments may differ from those taken by U.S. regulatory agencies to address similar issues. In some cases, the differences between the regulatory approaches of U.S. agencies and those of their foreign counterparts might not be necessary and might impair the ability of American businesses to export and compete internationally. In meeting shared challenges involving health, safety, labor, security, environmental, and other issues, international regulatory cooperation can identify approaches that are at least as protective as those that are or would be adopted in the absence of such cooperation. International regulatory cooperation can also reduce, eliminate, or prevent unnecessary differences in regulatory requirements.”

    Executive Order 13600: Establishing the President’s Global Development Council
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    This Executive Order “help[s] protect national security and further American economic, humanitarian, and strategic interests in the world, it is the policy of the Federal Government to promote and elevate development as a core pillar of American power and chart a course for development, diplomacy, and defense to reinforce and complement one another. As stated in the 2010 National Security Strategy and the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, the successful pursuit of development is essential to advancing our national security objectives: security, prosperity, respect for universal values, and a just and sustainable international order. The effectiveness of this development policy will depend in large measure on how we engage with partners, beneficiaries of our development assistance, and stakeholders. We will use evidence-based decision-making in all areas of U.S. development policy and programs, and we commit to foster development expertise and learning worldwide.”

    Executive Order 13705: Designating the International Renewable Energy Agency as a Public International Organization Entitled To Enjoy Certain Privileges, Exemptions, and Immunities
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    Executive Order 13705 states that the, ” […] laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and having found that the International Renewable Energy Agency is a public international organization in which the United States participates within the meaning of the International Organizations Immunities Act, I hereby designate the International Renewable Energy Agency as a public international organization entitled to enjoy the privileges, exemptions, and immunities provided by the International Organizations Immunities Act. This designation is not intended to abridge in any respect privileges, exemptions, or immunities that such organization otherwise may have acquired or may acquire by law. ”

    Executive Order 13693: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade
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    “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. Executive departments and agencies (agencies) have been among our Nation’s leaders as the United States works to build a clean energy economy that will sustain our prosperity and the health of our people and our environment for generations to come. Federal leadership in energy, environmental water, fleet, buildings, and acquisition management will continue to drive national greenhouse gas reductions and support preparations for the impacts of climate change. Through a combination of more efficient Federal operations such as those outlined in this Executive Order (order), we have the opportunity to reduce agency direct greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent over the next decade while at the same time fostering innovation, reducing spending, and strengthening the communities in which our Federal facilities operate. It therefore continues to be the policy of the United States that agencies shall increase efficiency and improve their environmental performance. Improved environmental performance will help us protect our planet for future generations and save taxpayer dollars through avoided energy costs and increased efficiency, while also making Federal facilities more resilient. To improve environmental performance and Federal sustainability, priority should first be placed on reducing energy use and cost, then on finding renewable or alternative energy solutions.”

    Executive Order 13689: Enhancing Coordination of National Efforts in the Arctic
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    From Section 1, Policy: “The Arctic has critical long-term strategic, ecological, cultural, and economic value, and it is imperative that we continue to protect our national interests in the region, which include: national defense; sovereign rights and responsibilities; maritime safety; energy and economic benefits; environmental stewardship; promotion of science and research; and preservation of the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea as reflected in international law. […] As the Arctic has changed, the number of Federal working groups created to address the growing strategic importance and accessibility of this critical region has increased. Although these groups have made significant progress and achieved important milestones, managing the broad range of interagency activity in the Arctic requires coordinated planning by the Federal Government, with input by partners and stakeholders, to facilitate Federal, State, local, and Alaska Native tribal government and similar Alaska Native organization, as well as private and nonprofit sector, efforts in the Arctic.”

    Executive Order 13677: Climate-Resilient International Development
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    “The world must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the most dangerous consequences of climate change. Even with increased efforts to curb these emissions, we must prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The adverse impacts of climate change, including sealevel rise, increases in temperatures, more frequent extreme precipitation and heat events, more severe droughts, and increased wildfire activity, along with other impacts of greenhouse gas emissions, such as ocean acidification, threaten to roll back decades of progress in reducing poverty and improving economic growth in vulnerable countries, compromise the effectiveness and resilience of U.S. development assistance, degrade security, and risk intranational and international conflict over resources.”

    Executive Order 13653: Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
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    Executive Order (EO) 13653 discusses the necessity to prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change. This order was ammended on December 16, 2014 by EO 13683, link: [http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-16/pdf/2014-29625.pdf]. EO 13653 addresses necessary policy changes; it discusses investments in federal programs that will support the development of preparatory action; it talks about the need to provide a network of information in regards to climate change related events and the tools needed to do so; and the need for advanced planning in predicting storms and other natural disasters.

    Executive Order 13626: Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration
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    “Executive Order 13554 of October 5, 2010, was issued after the blowout and explosion of the mobile offshore drilling unit ‘Deepwater Horizon’ that occurred on April 20, 2010, and resulted in the largest oil spill in U.S. history (Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill). Executive Order 13554 recognized the Gulf Coast as a national treasure and addressed the longstanding ecological decline of that region, which was compounded by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In doing so, Executive Order 13554 established a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (Task Force) to coordinate intergovernmental efforts, planning, and the exchange of information in order to better implement Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration and facilitate appropriate accountability and support throughout the restoration process. Since the implementation of Executive Order 13554, the Federal Government’s Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration planning efforts have advanced significantly. The Task Force’s Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy (Strategy), created with input from Federal, State, tribal, and local governments, and thousands of involved citizens and organizations across the region, serves as a comprehensive restoration plan for addressing ecological concerns in the Gulf of Mexico. In light of the release of the Strategy, the ongoing work of the Natural Resource Damage Trustee Council (Trustee Council) under the Oil Pollution Act, and the recent passage of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) (title I, subtitle F of Public Law 112–141), this order affirms the Federal Government’s Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration efforts and realigns responsibilities to ensure the most effective governmental planning and coordination to reach these goals.”

  92. Gail Combs says:

    SAY,WHAT??? Can anyone translate this? My eyes are crossing trying to read the bureaucrateze.
    Executive Order 13618: Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions
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    “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions. Survivable, resilient, enduring, and effective communications, both domestic and international, are essential to enable the executive branch to communicate within itself and with: the legislative and judicial branches; State, local, territorial, and tribal governments; private sector entities; and the public, allies, and other nations. Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies, and improve national resilience. The views of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public must inform the development of national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications policies, programs, and capabilities. Sec. 2. Executive Office Responsibilities. Sec. 2.1. Policy coordination, guidance, dispute resolution, and periodic in-progress reviews for the functions described and assigned herein shall be provided through the interagency process established in Presidential Policy Directive-1 of February 13, 2009 (Organization of the National Security Council System) (PPD–1). Sec. 2.2. The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) shall: (a) issue an annual memorandum to the NS/EP Communications Executive Committee (established in section 3 of this order) highlighting national priorities for Executive Committee analyses, studies, research, and development regarding NS/EP communications; (b) advise the President on the prioritization of radio spectrum and wired communications that support NS/EP functions; and (c) have access to all appropriate information related to the test, exercise, evaluation, and readiness of the capabilities of all existing and planned NS/EP communications systems, networks, and facilities to meet all executive branch NS/EP requirements.”

  93. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Gail Combs says:
    4 February 2017 at 2:19 pm
    SAY,WHAT??? Can anyone translate this?

    It appears to be relatively benign as stated. In short, it says that National Security/Emergency Preparedness Communications are of very high priority for government to function in an emergency.

    This is not new, we were talking about this back in the 1980’s as part of effective major emergency response after the Loma Prieta earth quake and Hurricane Andrew.

    It goes on to say that those methods of communications which are critical, must be durable survivable and able to transfer data in near real time. (ie information on an approaching tornado is useless if it cannot get to the affected jurisdictions in a timely manner so they can take protective actions).

    It goes on and I quote:

    Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies, and improve national resilience.

    This is not a new observation just an explicit statement of the obvious could be a simple statement of the obvious or a subtle nod of the head to new technology threats like EMP and cyber attack preparedness. (ie. the design must be survivable under all reasonably conceivable circumstances which would include EMP, cyber, catastrophic weather events [blizzard, hurricane, tornado etc.])
    This is just good emergency practice, nothing shocking here, except that we have done so little about this over the last few decades. It was an identified vulnerability 30-40 years ago.

    Then it goes on and says that Office of Science and Technology Policy should publish a report annually that identifies issues and priorities on these requirements.

    Unstated but implicit in the above, is that there always has been and always will be efforts and plans some of which are classified, regarding how our key communications systems can best be utilized and protected during times of major emergency (by major emergency think nuclear attack) these plans try to anticipate failure modes and pre-plan solutions to those failures to preserve critical communication functions. A classic example of this is the Emergency Broadcast System, dating back to the old CONELRAD Radio frequencies on the broad cast AM radio band which they planned to broadcast emergency messages to the public in time of emergency in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CONELRAD

    Modern equivalents of this are showing up on newer technologies, such as the modern Red Alert system on cell phones where they send out area wide text messages to everyone’s cell phone advising them of emergencies like a terrorist event or hazardous material spill etc. The Emergency Alert System with its two tone alerts on weather radio is the successor to the old CONELRAD/EBS systems for the nation wide general or regional alert function.

    In the area of modern technology current emergency preparedness guide lines for the public urging them to send text messages rather than make voice calls during major emergencies because they have much lower demand on the system. Massive spikes in cell phone traffic right after events like earth quakes or the 9/11 attacks can effectively take down the cell phone system as it is suddenly saturated with many times the normal traffic levels. It only takes a fraction of a second to send an SMS text message versus the couple minutes it takes to make a voice call communicating the same minimal message that a son or daughter is okay and they are going to stay at a friends house for example.

    What is not stated here and probably classified is what plans are already in place or under development for management of key civil communication systems like cell phone service, cable TV systems, and digital internet systems in time of national emergencies such as a nuclear attack or EMP event.
    It is safe to say there are plans on the management of those systems to facilitate emergency communications but it has been 25 years since I was privy to that info and some of it at that time was classified and or extremely confidential.

  94. Gail Combs says:

    Thanks Larry,
    I did not have the context/knowledge to make heads or tails of what they were talking about.

  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    It appears twitter is messing with Trump supportive tweets cooking what appears in comments.

    View story at Medium.com

  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the new administration is in the process of ironing out a few kinks in their internal processes.
    Not a big surprise, folks have to sort out the pecking order and spheres of influence in any new organization.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2017/02/04/the-white-house-cabinet-battle-over-trumps-immigration-ban/

  97. LG says:

    POTUS listens to POTUS and POTUS:

  98. E.M.Smith says:

    It would seem that ANTIFA is “Anti Fascists” who use Fascist tactics to advance a Socialist agenda just like the original Fascists of Italy… (only difference seems to be an aversion to Nationalism…)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antifaschistische_Aktion

    Somehow not surprised…

  99. E.M.Smith says:

    not sure who metapedia are, but the seem to have a more accurate description of the Berkeley Antifa thugs:
    http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Antifa

    Antifa

    Antifa (from anti-fascism) is a term commonly used to describe often criminal and violent groups which attack organizations and individuals claimed to be “fascist” or “racist”. Many openly admit that the goal is to deny their opponents freedom of expression and organization by using intimidation and violence.

    Their targets may not even be race realists or nationalists but simply be critical of the mass immigration. They only attack Whites, never non-Whites, even non-Whites supporting non-White nationalism. Groups such as Muslims wanting to implement sharia laws are ignored. There are numerous examples of antifa by mistake criminally attacking wrong targets.

    Many of these groups refer to themselves as “Anti-Fascist Action” in the respective language of the countries they operate in. They usually claim to be social anarchists or Trotskyists. The social anarchist variants are usually loosely organized networks of largely independent groups.

    More covert motivations may include thrill-seeking from committing crimes and non-Whites supporting their own perceived group interests by trying to prevent Whites from supporting White interests.

    Their criminal activities are very often misrepresented by and covered-up by politically correct mainstream mass media which often ignore that the groups often even openly (but anonymously) state their criminal intentions and brag about committed crimes.

    There are often associations with other forms of far left criminality such as criminal pro-illegal immigration activism, criminal animal rights activism, criminal environmental activism, criminal squatting activism, criminal pro-abortion activism, and other variants (similarly often misrepresented and covered-up by the mainstream media).

    Another association is with various “anti-racist” surveillance organizations/papers where criminal antifa activists may work, gain surveillance information needed for crimes, and/or receive other forms of support.

    Non-White participants may have associations with organizations supporting the interests of non-Whites and which would be labelled as “White supremacist” if instead being pro-White organizations.

  100. Larry Ledwick says:

    “gotnews” publishes a list of the names of the riot participants in DC. during the inauguration riots.

    http://gotnews.com/breaking-heres-full-list-231-people-arrested-inauguration-riots-dc/

  101. M Simon says:

    David A Anderson says:
    2 February 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Trump, and the battle for the CIA.

    Horowitz is a useful idiot. He supports drug prohibition. And the The Trillion Dollar A Year Scam supports:…..

  102. M Simon says:

    Re: Bezerkeley – I wrote this for amusement. And in a sense it is true.

    https://www.spartareport.com/2017/02/mario-savio-hero-of-the-right/

  103. M Simon says:

    http://classicalvalues.com/2017/02/it-is-not-a-real-fight-it-is-60s-nostalgia/

    We had better music. Better issues. And bigger riots. Because all that remains to do these days is for the most part odds and ends. And they know it. That explains why the demonstrations are not well attended. There is very little moral force behind them.

  104. E.M.Smith says:

    @M Simon:

    Nicely written.

  105. M Simon says:

    E.M.Smith,

    Thanks!

  106. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not so funny article on Judge Robart and his injunction hearing.
    http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/that-travel-ban-lifting-judge-said-what/

  107. Larry Ledwick says:

    California is busy digging a hole for themselves, and they aren’t smart enough to toss the dirt out of the hole. They are completely blind to the consequences of their actions.

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/california-dems-pass-bill-to-freeze-out-ice-passes-committee

  108. David A Anderson says:

    M. Simon says
    “Horowitz is a useful idiot. He supports drug prohibition. And the The Trillion Dollar A Year Scam supports:…..”

    Sorry, but one issue does not a man make. His writing is sincere, often brilliant.

  109. Larry Ledwick says:

    And this is why you impose import tariffs and restrictions on strategic materials and keep critical suppliers in the game, if nothing else just to keep some knowledgeable people in the pipe line if you have to ramp up local production. You also try really hard to avoid sole source procurement of critical materials.

    This is also why we used to have strategic stock piles of certain materials so we were not vulnerable to strategic commodity blackmail.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/02/03/chinas-secret-trump-card-could-beijing-deprive-our-military-critical-defense-components.html

    Of course this could also launch a REE prospecting boom and we might just find we have ample supplies right under our feet, like we did with uranium in the 1950’s. (or develop the technology to harvest asteroids rich in REE.)

  110. M Simon says:

    David A Anderson says:
    5 February 2017 at 6:21 am

    Why yes. He is sincere. Which makes him all the more useful.

    We have known how all this works for quite some time:

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

    There is no excuse for him to be an idiot. There is in fact no excuse for anyone to be an idiot on the subject. We had Alcohol Prohibition didn’t we? We know how it works.

    It is Socialism. Price supports for criminals and terrorists.

    Worse. It supports the very CIA he complains about. If he does not know that he is not competent to be commenting on the subject. Or he is a useful idiot. Or much worse – he is owned.

  111. M Simon says:

    rare earth elements (REE)

    Industry has developed some workarounds. Why? The embargo/high prices sparked innovation.

  112. Another Ian says:

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2017/02/your-moral-and-405.html

    And links – particularly the second IMO

  113. David A Anderson says:

    Horowitz is an extremely educated, talented writer with great courage. Check out his website, ” Discover the Networks”

    Calling him a useful idiot over one issue is to degrade a courageous man’s brilliant work to counter the left.

  114. Gail Combs says:

    Larry says “….Of course this could also launch a REE prospecting boom and we might just find we have ample supplies right under our feet….”

    We certainly do but the progressive do not want us to develop them…
    June 16, 2015 Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust:
    Forget the hype. In the global rush for energy-critical elements, our region can’t compete.

    One word -REGULATIONS!

    …On paper at least, the Western half of the United States has rich deposits of these elements, and given that global demand for ECEs is generally rising, communities from Alaska to Wyoming to Texas are filled with the hope that a new mining boom is just around the corner. Among politicians and executives concerned with domestic mineral resources, the same facts have led to two broad strains of thought. One is optimistic –– innovation-focused, investor-oriented and extensively (and too often ingenuously) championed by the tech media…..

    Dispassionate assessment, however, reveals a bleak picture. Several of the most-hyped newcomers to American ECE extraction have quietly closed up shop in recent months, and many others — including Mountain Pass — are confronting skeptical investors and uncertain futures. Over the past five years, numerous nations have brought new ECE supplies to market, eliminating most threats of monopoly control. (The brief Chinese monopoly on rare-earth elements has long since been broken.) Mining industry analysts see little evidence that the market will fuel a burst of American ECE production, and little reason to believe that one could or should be ignited through policy.

    In short, a new American mining boom is nowhere in the cards, and the global nature of ECE production means that neither Silicon Valley nor Washington, D.C., can do much to change that….

    In 1997, federal and state authorities brought legal action against Molycorp. (Environmentally, rare-earth mining is generally low-impact. Extraction is chemical, not thermal — no fuel-hungry furnaces — and the chemicals involved are easily neutralized or contained: common acids and bases, water and oils. The chief concern is the trace amounts of mildly radioactive elements that occur in all rare-earth deposits. Modern best practices contain these effectively, and Westernized nations and, increasingly, the Chinese government enforce these practices…..

  115. Gail Combs says:

    David A Anderson, Simon.

    I would reserve judgement on legalizing hard drugs until looking at the Brits flooding China with opium and the results.

    Mary Jane is something else entirely.

  116. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    5 February 2017 at 4:45 pm

    We have a much more modern example. Portugal. And if you don’t like that look at Switzerland.

    Dr. Lonny Shavelson found that 70% of female heroin addicts had been sexually assaulted in childhood. – When you face that it really doesn’t look like we have a Drug Problem. It looks like we have a PTSD problem. Or more correctly – a child abuse problem.

    And China? Opium Wars? Look at American alcohol consumption during the early years. People take drugs when their lives are hard. When life gets easier the interest in getting blotto declines. Except for people with PTSD.

    Here is a hint if you want to understand drugs.

    People in chronic pain chronically take pain relievers.

    Now tell me – what is the morality of warring on people in pain? And to think we once prided ourselves on being a Christian country. Funny enough it is the Christians who are leading the war on abused children. Then throw in war veterans to add some spice to the mix. Just swell. Or swill. Depending.

    Well OK. due to avoiding the evidence and government propaganda a lot of people think Drugs cause Drug Addiction. There is no evidence for that. None. Zero. Because if Drugs cause addiction we should have 30 million (or more) drug “addicts” rather than the million or so actual hard core opiate users.

    And then there is genetics. Only 20% have the long term PTSD genes. So we are making war on people with a genetic “problem”. Except it is only a problem with Prohibition.

  117. E.M.Smith says:

    Per “rare earth” metals:

    They are not really rare though the original rock type where they were discover was rare.

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2010/09/25/are-rare-earths-rare/

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/two-rare-earth-stories/

    There is a huge deposit in California, made unavailable for political reasons, for example. Then there are the monzanite sands of the Carolinas…

    Yes, the pointless panic is over the Thorium found with the other minerals, treated as toxic radioactive waste here, that isn’t really a risk at all (beaches from the Carolinas to Florida, among others, full of it). The correct solution would be to use it as fuel (even in our present reactors…) but that runs headlong into the Alt-Greens Paranoia about anything with the word “nuclear” in it… (Remember when the MRI scan was called “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance” NMR but forced into a name change by rampant stupid?)

    Oh Well… Chinese isn’t a very hard language to learn and I like the food…. the hard part is picking the dialect you like, but Peking is doing that for us now…

  118. E.M.Smith says:

    @M. Simon:

    In support of your thesis: I seem to be the non-adictive type. Despite having tried cocaine, and being on strong pain killers post ear surgery several times (when I learned the meaning of “exquisite” as a pain type) and despite a traumatic early social life (town bullies and their abuse); I can simply walk away from almost any drug. The only exception so far being caffeine that requires a taper off of 200 mg per day per week.

    While I like the feeling from opioid drugs, and had plenty prescribed, I typically have a half bottle left when no longer needed. As expiration date arrives, I’ll sometime try it recreationally, but just don’t care when it runs out (and more often just dump it). So give me free access to “addictive drugs” and they sit in the fridge for a couple of years until aged out… or used for emergency issues like that toothache Sunday Midnight… I’m sure my dentist appreciates the consideration of waiting to Monday morning…

    Yet I’ve met folks who took a hit of something and fell in love with it, then started the spiral down. FWIW, they seemed the less emotionally centered folks even before the first hit. Clue? Trauma early? IMHO, a medical, not a legal, problem in any case.

  119. M Simon says:

    David A Anderson says:
    5 February 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Courage in attacking the left while supporting the Deep State is not an improvement.

    Yes. He writes well. And he exposes the tyranny of the left. So what? Where is his equal fervor in attacking the tyranny of the right?

    IMO Horowitz has changed teams. He has not changed his mind set.

    “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” — Thomas Jefferson (supposedly – I have not done a deep check)

    A government agency that favors the empowerment of criminals for its own profit is no friend of humanity. Or the American people. If Horowitz is silent on the matter I will assume he is in league with them. The same thing is happening to Breitbart. They have been running more than a few articles supporting Prohibition. And we know how Prohibition works. It is a price support mechanism for criminals.

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

    And you didn’t need Milton to explain it. A cursory look at Alcohol Prohibition is all that is required.

    When did the right lose its mind and decide that supporting criminals was in the American interest? When did they come to the conclusion that the Deep State is preferable to liberty? Of course they don’t talk that way. But they do act that way. And more than a few fail to notice.

  120. p.g.sharrow says:

    There is no shortage of raw materials to be mined, just a massive excess of bureaucrats standing in the way. The most important input for wealth creation is ENERGY. With dependable inexpensive energy all other things are possible, including a clean environment. Americas have proved that this is possible if allowed. Only the roadblocks thrown up by a bureaucracy controlled by the far left has limited utilization of local resources…pg

  121. Gail Combs says:

    Escalating….
    Targeted Attack On At Least Seven Indianapolis Area Officer’s Homes In One Night

    …Squad cars that were parked in front of homes had their windows broken and their tires were slashed. Alarmingly, those whose cars weren’t home still had vandalism done to their property, including graffiti on their garage doors. The graffiti included “F**k WPD (Whitestown Police Department).” At this time only police officer’s homes are believed to be the target….

  122. Another Ian says:

    Daily Caller;

    Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.

    Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

    Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2017/02/the-russians-ma.html#comments

  123. Gail Combs says:

    M Simon says:

    Hate to tell you Simon, most women have been attacked at one time or another. They just do not talk about it. Most people have been bullied too. It is part of being a herd animal. As children, ,peers are GOING to challenge and fight for position and older kids are often going to bully younger.

    That’s life.

    My general opinion has been make drugs legal and those who have addictive personalities will take themselves out of the gene pool. However that means we also have to go for non-intervention.

  124. cdquarles says:

    A thing here, Gail, is that ‘addiction’ doesn’t mean what far too many thinks it means. Like homosexuality, drug addiction exists but is rare. We’re talking, at most, a true number estimate at 1% at most. [I also have my doubts about some claims made against Britain and the Opium Wars, given that there are lots of plants that produce opium naturally (some are quite common here in the Southeastern US) and China has long grown these. The bottom line is that ‘drugs’ should never have been made illegal. Criminalizing commerce means that criminals will be the ones engaged in it. Consider this: “Outlawing guns means that only outlaws will have them.”, so our efforts should be cultural disapproval of public intoxication and reserve criminal laws to things that are criminal, such as negligent homicide. Simple sales, use and possession should not have *ever* been made criminal. Again, we should focus on public intoxication and limit laws to the most narrowly limited and specific instances of demonstrable harms.

  125. Gail Combs says:

    cdquarles says….
    That makes sense. I have never been a fan of making drugs illegal except for antibiotics. I hesitated only because I had recently read about the British East Indies Company, opium and China.

    I know opiates (used for injuries) and Mary Jane have zero addictive affect on me….

    Just don’t get between me and a piece of chocolate. 😂

  126. Larry Ledwick says:

    Note to Robert Reich: The same connect the dots process points at you and your partners in crime for setting up the situation, by having your consigliere (George Soros) give the green light to the black bloc anarchists he controls.

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/02/05/yiannopoulos-bannon-trump-plot-control-american-universities

    Thursday night on CNN, I said “I wouldn’t bet against” that possibility.

    Which just tags you as the source of the rumor you are now trying to feed. We have seen this movie before! The black bloc thugs and rent-an-a**hole crews were talking about this online long before Milo made his comment.

    This thread was posted 15 days ago, (10 days before Berkeley) they are debating if they should bring guns to their black bloc protests! Note that it is just dripping with classic socialist revolutionary talking points and jargon. These are not free speech advocates they are Bolsheviks trying to start a war between the masses and the government.

    Note the reference to the John Brown Gun Club!
    http://multi.lectical.net/content/rednecks_guns_and_other_anti_racist_stories_and_strategies

    These weasels are trying to seed a violent socialist anarchist revolution in America, just add BLM and other similar groups and stir the pot when tensions are high.

  127. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting summary of what is happening in the streets from Mike Cernovich.

    https://www.dangerandplay.com/2017/02/02/how-to-create-a-fascist-dictatorship/

  128. Gail Combs says:

    One of Mike Cernovich’s commenters mentioned this
    https://status451.com/2017/01/20/days-of-rage/ The 1970’s Days of Rage.
    “People have completely forgotten that in 1972 we had over nineteen hundred domestic bombings in the United States.” — Max Noel, FBI (ret.)

  129. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    5 February 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Hate to tell you Simon, most women have been attacked at one time or another.

    Sexually assaulted in childhood?

    But there is probably some truth to your point. PTSD rates are higher for women than men.

    The trouble is we have very few studies that make the connection between, trauma, genetics, drug use, and PTSD. But if you read any site discussing the basics of PTSD you will find drug abuse/addiction as a symptom.

    Why aren’t the dots being connected? Suppose we called it “A War On Abused Children” instead of a “Drug War”? It might not sell so well.

    PTSD explains what we call “addiction” much better than “Drugs cause addiction”.

    The trouble of course is that for most people immersed in the government propaganda it is quite difficult to be objective about the subject. Drugs do make people stupid. And it is by design. Some day the whole sordid mess will be written about objectively. But we are probably decades from that.

    In the mean time my commentary and the literature supporting my comments is probably the best you can do.

  130. Larry Ledwick says:

    And in the internal resistance in government file we have this:
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/06/federal-workers-turn-to-secret-messaging-to-oppose-trump-policies-nominees.html

    I think I will just keep my comments and observations on this one to myself.

  131. Gail Combs says:

    M. Simon… “Sexually assaulted in childhood? “

    Yes. I was and a half dozen of my closest women friends were too. It is A LOT more prevalent than people think since most girls say nothing.

  132. Gail Combs says:

    I was not aware of this going on at the Bezerkley Riots.

    … They were already hurling burning clumps of rubber at people which can maim and severely injure a person. Also they were throwing baggies full of bleach at people’s faces to blind them… MoniQueMoniCat

    (She lives in Italy)

  133. Larry Ledwick says:

    An item on bogus news stories the major media have run since the election. Lists 16 stories which were “fake news”.

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/02/06/16-fake-news-stories-reporters-have-run-since-trump-won/

  134. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Gail Combs says: 6 February 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I have seen no other mention of this anywhere, although I have seen at least one video clip of someone throwing water in someones face. I would take this with a grain of salt until corroborated by other sources.

  135. Gail Combs says:

    Good advice for countering from BLADE

  136. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, could be from Correct the Record Trolls trying to stir up trouble and MoniQueMoniCat fell for it.

    In the same thread Guyver1 warns:

    WARNING- they are now also doing it in the flesh.
    Here in Jacksonville, Florida, they are hanging out outside gas stations, out of the cashier’s line of sight.
    I have run into them 3 times at 2 different locations in the last 5 days, 3 different humanoids.
    Same exact story and M.O. every time. Late at night. They start with “Excuse me, do you know where the closest bus stop is?”
    If you ignore them or say “No”, they act offended. Then, when you come out of the store, they start raining insults on you, they accuse you of being ‘a liberal’, and a ‘fake veteran’, then they claim to be real veterans and Trump supporters. Same lines all three times- a memorized script. This is organized.
    Really obvious bird dogging. They are trying to get people to hate us.
    I have warned every store I stop at about this, and that it is costing them customers (one of them had noticed a steep decrease in customers at night already- now they know why), and have encouraged them to check outside every once in a while, and to call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office if they see one of these creeps trying to hide to one side of the door.
    I already had fun with one of the creeps. Whipped out my retired military ID, then told him “Now show me yours, you fake!”
    Boom!!! Bark, bark, bark, woof, woof, woof, total meltdown!!! And no ID!!!
    Got in my car, and as I rolled by him I yelled “Nice try, commie boy, but no cigar!”, while giving him the finger.
    He did not handle it too well, it was hilarious.
    They love to dish it out- but they can’t take it!!!

    sunnydaze responses:

    Interesting. Was at a home where an electrician came in, pretending to be a Trump supporting Nazi.

    Called the company on him.

    At this point, unless it is someone know you can’t tell, because there is so much gaslighting going on.

  137. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting story on the gas station scam.

    Ought to be strongly correlated with Obama Centric areas (as that is where that side concentrates, so things like college towns…) which oddly means they will mostly be annoying each other and at most confirming their own stupid biases in each other.

    Unlikely to see this in places like, oh, Langley or Fort Hood… or even Dallas…

    It will be interesting to see what happens when a few clowns doing that kind of stupid human trick get arrested and then their real background gets advertised…

    Assuming it is all true…

  138. Larry Ledwick says:

    Gail: Embedded in the comments on your link is this video on ANTIFA and gives a good outline of who they are and what they believe.

    Video on ANTIFA and Blackbloc groups

  139. Gail Combs says:

    33 minute Video giving the backstory of antifa, the types of anarchists, and their tactics, including blackbloc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPvN5o2aRNs

    WikiLeaks has 112 results
    https://search.wikileaks.org/?q=antifa
    …………………

    Seems Trump did have a less than ‘nice’ talk with Turnbull.

    Also President Trump is Right to be Angry at Australian PM

    …Obama arranged to take in large numbers of illegal, mostly Muslim migrants, that Australia did not want. The deal was made after an election in which voters had very explicitly rejected that position….

    Washington Post: …”during his call with Turnbull, Trump said the Obama administration’s agreement to take in 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention center was “the worst deal ever,” and accused the country of seeking to send the “next Boston bombers” to the United States”….

    Andrew Bolt at Australia’s Herald Sun…. “This political disaster was always on the cards from the moment Turnbull announced, on November 13 last year, that he’d signed a deal with then US president Barack Obama to take our boat people detained on Nauru and Manus Island.

    That was very dumb because just five days earlier Trump had been unexpectedly elected the next president, having campaigned hard against exactly this kind of thing.”

    Trump is angry. And he’s right to be angry.

    Crooks and Liars: After Trump Bashes Australia’s PM, Sen. McCain Makes Nice

    Sen. John McCain made his own call to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and said, “I called Australia’s Ambassador to the United States this morning to express my unwavering support for the U.S.- Australia alliance.”

    John McCain
    ✔ @SenJohnMcCain

    #Australia is 1 of US’s oldest friends & allies – called Aus Amb to US to express my unwavering support for alliance

    Is McCain trying to tick Trump off, or just be the shadow sane government until the Trump insanity is removed from office?

    On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that Trump had a friction-filled phone call with Australia’s PM, complaining about refugees and bragging about his electoral victory; then abruptly hung up after only twenty-five minutes….

    Trump responded that “he was “going to get killed” politically and accused Australia of seeking to export the “next Boston bombers.”

    Isn’t that lovely?

    Senator John McCain then took the initiative to undermine and embarrass Trump by releasing a statement of support for Australia…

    Nice to know which side of the Aisle Songbird McCain squats. The Progressives love him.

    Is The Songbird AGAIN in violation of the Logan Act?

    http://americanfreepress.net/no-time-like-present-for-1799-act/?print=print
    Enacted on January 30, 1799, the Logan Act forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments having a dispute with the U.S., to prevent undermining the government’s position. The Act is named after George Logan, whose unauthorized negotiations with France in 1798 spurred the legislation, which was signed into law by President John Adams and last amended in 1994, which made a violation a felony.

    THE LOGAN ACT

    953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.

    Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

    This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

    The article continues with

    Speaking of the Trilats, they’re meeting in Seoul, South Korea this spring—coming out of their Washington meeting in 2014 where this newspaper was the only media in attendance.

    Containing Russia was a key 2014 TC topic, according to a special report leaked during the meeting; and at Bilderberg 2014 in Denmark, one of the topics listed on the group’s as-usual superficial press release was Ukraine, indicating coordination between two groups that both have TC founder David Rockefeller as a member—the same David Rockefeller who worked with Trilateralist co-founder and former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski to hand-pick Jimmy Carter for the White House from behind the scenes. Brzezinski held that security post for Carter himself.

  140. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, great minds think alike… Seems we cross posted.

    I have seen a couple of other videos that guy has made. He is interesting.

  141. Gail Combs says:

    All this crap could backfire. People are getting pretty tired of the temper tantrums and high cost of education. As one guy said

    ….University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) it was going to cost me around $25,000 a year even though I am a state resident and they receive millions in state and federal taxpayer money. Now compare that to the tuition of for a local private university in my town that is about $27,000 a year and they receive $0 in taxpayer funds.

    I think it’s clear that if the savings of a taxpayer funded school is a paltry $2,000 a year then they don’t really need taxpayer funds in the first place. link

    Lecturers are NOT getting the money, instead the EXTREMELY WELL PAID university bureaucracy is increasing by leaps and bounds. Administrators Ate My Tuition: Want to get college costs in line? Start by cutting the overgrown management ranks.

    Confessions of a College Professor: Rants and raves about the mess of higher education in the United States

    Nov 12, 2011 US college grads’ salaries in steep decline

    According to analysis from economist Michael Mandel, the average wages of US college grads have experienced sharp declines in the last decade. On the other hand, college keeps getting more expensive, and the collection of student loans has become much more aggressive. Sounds like a recipe for disaster…

    Recent college grads are so badly educated, that a decade ago I stopped hiring anyone under 35 as lab techs. They were completely useless. I rather spend the time training an older high school grad. preferably one out of the military.

  142. Larry Ledwick says:

    A discussion of the Democratic efforts to stall/stop the emergency immigration of Vietnamese refugees in 1975 as Vietnam collapsed and fell to the Communists.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/29/flashback-when-liberal-democrats-opposed-refugees-and-even-orphans/

  143. LG says:

    Soros Fund Execs Funded Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John McCain, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham in 2016

    Name	Office	Total Contributions
    Clinton, Hillary (D) 	Pres 	$22,400
    Lowey, Nita M (D-NY) 	House 	$15,800
    Feingold, Russ (D-WI) 	Senate 	$13,500
    Kander, Jason (D-MO) 	Senate 	$11,100
    Bennet, Michael F (D-CO) 	Senate 	$10,800
    Duckworth, Tammy (D-IL) 	House 	$10,800
    Hassan, Maggie (D-NH) 	Senate 	$10,800
    McGinty, Katie (D-PA) 	Senate 	$10,800
    Ryan, Paul (R-WI) 	House 	$10,800
    Schumer, Charles E (D-NY) 	Senate 	$10,800
    Teachout, Zephyr (D-NY) 	House 	$10,800
    Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT) 	Senate 	$8,100
    Maloney, Sean Patrick (D-NY) 	House 	$8,100
    Throne-Holst, Anna (D-NY) 	House 	$8,100
    Ellison, Keith (D-MN) 	House 	$5,400
    Harris, Kamala D (D-CA) 	Senate 	$5,400
    Leahy, Patrick (D-VT) 	Senate 	$5,400
    Masto, Catherine Cortez (D-NV) 	Senate 	$5,400
    Murphy, Patrick (D-FL) 	House 	$5,400
    Ross, Deborah (D-NC) 	Senate 	$5,400
    Strickland, Ted (D-OH) 	Senate 	$5,400
    Nadler, Jerrold (D-NY) 	House 	$5,200
    Kaine, Tim (D-VA) 	Senate 	$3,700
    Graham, Lindsey (R-SC) 	Senate 	$3,500
    Applegate, Douglas L (D-CA) 	House 	$2,700
    Bush, Jeb (R) 	Pres 	$2,700
    Caforio, Bryan (D-CA) 	House 	$2,700
    Carroll, Morgan (D-CO) 	House 	$2,700
    Crist, Charlie (D-FL) 	House 	$2,700
    Derrick, Mike (D-NY) 	House 	$2,700
    Hartman, Christina (D-PA) 	House 	$2,700
    Kasich, John (R) 	Pres 	$2,700
    Kihuen, Ruben (D-NV) 	House 	$2,700
    Mowrer, Jim (D-IA) 	House 	$2,700
    Murray, Patty (D-WA) 	Senate 	$2,700
    Myers, Kim (D-NY) 	House 	$2,700
    Rubio, Marco (R-FL) 	Senate 	$2,700
    Santarsiero, Steve (D-PA) 	House 	$2,700
    Shea-Porter, Carol (D-NH) 	House 	$2,700
    Vernon, Monica (D-IA) 	House 	$2,700
    Boehner, John (R-OH) 	House 	$2,600
    Engel, Eliot L (D-NY) 	House 	$2,500
    Heck, Joe (R-NV) 	House 	$2,500
    Lieu, Ted (D-CA) 	House 	$2,500
    McCain, John (R-AZ) 	Senate 	$2,500
    Meng, Grace (D-NY) 	House 	$2,500
    Royce, Ed (R-CA) 	House 	$2,500
    Adams, Alma (D-NC) 	House 	$1,000
    Becerra, Xavier (D-CA) 	House 	$1,000
    Coleman, Bonnie (D-NJ) 	House 	$1,000
    Curbelo, Carlos (R-FL) 	House 	$1,000
    Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) 	Senate 	$1,000
    Johnson, Ron (R-WI) 	Senate 	$1,000
    Rodgers, Cathy McMorris (R-WA) 	House 	$1,000
    Van Hollen, Chris (D-MD) 	House 	$1,000
    Williams, Clyde (D-NY) 	House 	$1,000
    Canova, Tim (D-FL) 	House 	$500
    Donovan, Dan (R-NY) 	House 	$300
    
  144. E.M.Smith says:

    @LG:

    What an interesting list….

    Nice way to get an idea who isn’t fully “on side”…

  145. Larry Ledwick says:

    How to win the war against Radical Islamic Jihad

    http://nypost.com/2017/02/04/flynns-plan-to-beat-radical-islam-starts-with-schools-and-social-media/

    He leaves out one aspect of this. Before he can execute this strategy, he needs to create a foot hold in American culture that makes it possible to talk about this topic rationally. To do that he will need to conduct a campaign inside America to delegitimize the cult of apology for Islam no matter what they do. This includes delegitimizing the Hollywood propaganda machine that enforces the social stigma of demonizing telling the truth about Islam and confronting the Muslim Brotherhood propaganda about Islamophobia (a term they (Muslim Brotherhood) invented to demonize those who would tell the truth about their radical interpretation of Islam.)

    Hollywood and the left leaning IT giants will not take kindly to that offensive against their propaganda campaign, and will go all in to destroy Trump.

  146. David A says:

    Regarding “How to win the war against Radical Islamic Jihad”
    This, like CAGW, like many issues, is why I think Presidential sponsored debates are likely the best way to reach the undecided. The general public is so ignorant of many critical issues, and Presidential sponsored debates would have very high viewership.

  147. Gail Combs says:

    Um, Yeah,.. About Those Latest Media Polls…

    ….For many people the November 8th, 2016 election was the culmination of many years of difficult effort. This intensely challenging endeavor to awaken a nation and expose the media deception surrounding us was begun by ordinary Americans long before Donald Trump announced his candidacy.

    In 2008 truth-tellers were labeled “bitter clingers“; in 2009 they were “extremists“; in 2010 “racists“; in 2011 “whack-o-birds“; in 2012 “hobbits” and “crazies“; in 2013 “right-wing nuts“; in 2014 “slope heads in flyover country“; in 2015 we were “nativists“; and in 2016 our labeling culminated as -amid other things- “a basket of deplorables”….

    And in 2017 we are now called Fascists and Nazis. The worst Ad Homs they can think of.

    …However, through all of the name calling and ridicule we remained what we always were, simply “Americans”….

    …there is a very important detail which must be forever stitched into the binding of our republic to ensure it is never again forgotten….

    THE MEDIA POLLSTERS DIDN’T GET IT WRONG – Their pollsters did not work from the wrong data set, or begin their analysis with the wrong assumptions. The media pollsters, consultants and professional political class did not work from incorrect baselines…..

    The professional media polling agents knew exactly what the truth was.

    They lied and manipulated their data in a concerted effort to intentionally falsify reality.

    There must be no doubt, EVER, in the mind of any political observer as to what took place within the expressed and broadcasted polling which fueled over two years of broadcast news, and drove massive anxiety amid the consuming audience – The media, all of the corporate media, intentionally lied….

    ARIZONA POLL NONSENSE — NOTE Trump WON Arizona.

    The MEDIA continues to lie telling us that Americans hate Trump and he is ‘illegitimate.’

    This is another LIE.
    Rasmussen Reports — Friday, February 03, 2017 Most voters think President Trump agrees with them and will put America first on the world stage unlike his predecessor.
    May 09, 2016 — 60% Favor Foreign Policy That Puts America First

  148. Gail Combs says:

    The BIG LIE has always been the favorite of Communists and other Totalitarians.

    Bolshevik for example meant “one of the majority” however they were NOT the majority. They were just a lot more violent.

    Bolshevik manuevers, peace with Germany and the royal family in early 1918

    In January 1918, the long-awaited Constituent Assembly convened. Those supporting Lenin and the Bolsheviks were a minority in the Assembly… The Bolsheviks were still trying to extend their control to areas distant from the capital. In February, the Bolsheviks won a majority of the votes in the provincial capital of Archangel, where Allied ships were docked, while elsewhere in the province they won only 22 percent of the vote against 63 percent for the moderate Socialist Revolutionaries…. Through January and February, armed detachments of workers and poor peasants continued to confiscate food that farmers had stored, with armed clashes occurring between resisting farmers and the requisition teams. The Bolsheviks distributed food only to those who supported the Soviets… In Estonia, where Bolsheviks had won only 35 percent of the vote, Russia’s Bolsheviks were supporting their fellow Estonian Bolsheviks trying to establish rule by force. And in Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, a force of Bolsheviks from Petrograd arrived by train and drove an anti-Bolshevik regime from power

    ….. The democrats/progressives also have about 1/3 of the vote. And now they have resorted not only to lying but to violence. The question then becomes what do the progressive politicians hope to gain by setting up civil unrest? Make no mistake the set-up is deliberate starting as far back as FDR’s New Deal; LBJ’s Great Society and Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965; Carter’s new Department of Education which allowed Bilingual Education; Clinton’s export of US manufacturing jobs; Obama’s virulent Racism and with the help of the Globalist Bush boys the import of Islam and the resulting Patriot Act and targeting of AMERICANS, not Jihadists.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    “Lenin and Trotsky allowed the Creel Committee to use Russia as a platform for its propagandizing. All the while the communists were observing the Americans, gathering assessment data. The cynical veterans of decades of underground revolutionary espionage activities observed the Americans and marveled at how naïve them Americans really were.

    Many Americans left Russia after diplomatic service or service in the Creel Committee with a clear-eyed understanding of what the Bolsheviks were all about. However, many Americans left Russia in thrall to the communists.

    One who observed and understood was the Creel Committee foreign educational section member, and future dean of Teachers College, William R. Russell. He was in Russia soon after the Bolsheviks seized power and spent considerable time there, working on Creel propaganda against the Germans, for the Bolsheviks, and later against the Bolsheviks. Russell described how he saw the communist tradecraft:

    The way they worked their way to the seizure of power was as follows: Talk about peace, talk about social equality, especially among those most oppressed. Talk about organization of labor, and penetrate into every labor union. Talk on soapboxes. Publish pamphlets and papers. Orate and harangue. Play on envy. Arouse jealousy. Separate class from class. Try to break down the democratic processes from within. Accustom the people to picketing, strikes, mass meetings. Constantly attack the leaders in every way possible so that the people will lose confidence. Then in time of national peril, during a war, on the occasion of a great disaster, or of a general strike, walk into the capital and seize the power. A well-organized minority can work wonders.

    Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness and Destroyed America by Kent Clizbe

    Trump, with his talks to Black leaders, Union Leaders, corporations, small business and ‘Fly-Over Country’ is upsetting the carefully laid plans of over a century. Therefore expect the ‘Willing Accomplices’ in the MSM, Academia and Hollwood to fight like the cornered rats they are.

  149. philjourdan says:

    @Gail

    “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote the efficient administration of Federal elections

    And this idiot was a “Constitutional” Scholar? There are NO, repeat NO federal elections! All elections are STATE!

    We should change his name to Dave. What a moron.

  150. Gail Combs says:

    So a necessary ingredient for a Communist Revolution is Civil Unrest. What better way to instigate that unrest than to import into the USA a group that HATES OUR GUTS, and distribute them through out the USA. To get away with this it is necessary to

    (1) LIE about the dangers from the group you are importing to the general population. ✔
    (2) Stir up hatred of the USA within that group. ✔
    (3) Make sure the militant group is not vetted or tracked. ✔

    Just for the record. Islam/Sharia Law as a factor in USA politics is rather new.

    Prior to 1965 there were only 100,000 to 150,000 Muslims living in the United States. Pew Research estimates that there were about 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States in 2015. (Only 1% of our population) From 2001 to 2013, the decade AFTER 9/11 the U.S. admitted more than 1.5 million lawful permanent residents from majority Muslims nations to the U.S. Under Bush II, right after 9/11 the Immigrant Quota for Muslims DOUBLED! Yet we Americans were subjected to TSA and the Patriot Act.

    Despite the Yellow Stream medias lies, Foreign-Born Islamists from Trump’s banned nations HAVE committed acts of Terrorism.

    Why Restrict Visa’s From: Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Libya?…

    (Via CNN) No person accepted to the United States as a refugee, Syrian or otherwise, has been implicated in a major fatal terrorist attack since the Refugee Act of 1980 set up systematic procedures for accepting refugees into the United States, according to an analysis of terrorism immigration risks by the Cato Institute.

    Oh Really? No Refugees implicated in terrorism? Read on…

    List of Foreign-Born Islamists Charged With or Convicted of Crimes in US “…Although Liberals continue to hold onto the idea that refugees from war-torn Syria pose no significant national security risk to the United States, the facts tell a different story. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, has identified at least 26 instances in which foreign-born individuals inside the U.S. were charged with or convicted of terrorism in the last year or so….”

    Muslim Immigrants in the United States — 2002

    ….By the time of the landmark 1965 change in the immigration law, about 100,000 to 150,000 Muslims lived in the United States.

    That 1965 legislation imitated the third wave of immigration, which continues to the present. Opening the doors to immigrants from the entire world, it put a premium more on skills and family ties than on provenance. Indeed, with time, making the U.S. population more diverse became a goal in itself, as symbolized by the lotteries, starting in 1989, which gave a chance to anyone around the world to come to the United States with his immediate family.

    Accordingly, the numbers of Muslim immigrants began to increase rapidly starting in the late 1960s. Recent analysis completed by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that, among countries with large Muslim populations, Pakistan is by far the leading sending country of immigrants over the last decade, followed by Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt….

    Islamists have particular importance, for they harbor religious and political ambitions that are in a potential collision course with the majority population.

    Islamists arrive in the United States despising the country and all it represents, intending to make converts, exploit the freedoms and rights granted them, and build a movement that will effect basic changes in the country’s way of life and its government. The superpower status of the United States makes it especially attractive to those who wish to change the world order; what better place to start? Islamists do not accept the United States as it is but want to change it into a majority Muslim country where the Qur’an replaces the Constitution. “Our plan is, we are going to conquer America,” is how a missionary put it already in the 1920s.4 His latter-day successors are no less ambitious. They have two alternate strategies, non-violent (i.e., conversion of the Christian majority) and violent (i.e., jihad), to accomplish this….

    They aspire to achieve four general goals:

    * Win special privileges for Islam (e.g., call for the creation of a White House Muslim advisory board);

    * Intimidate and silence the opponents of militant Islam (e.g., have death edicts brought down on them, as happened to co-author Khalid Durán);

    * Raise funds for, apologize for, and otherwise forward the cause of militant Islamic groups abroad, including those that engage in violence (e.g., the Holy Land Foundation, closed down for raising money “used to support the Hamas terror organization.”);17 and

    * Sanitize militant Islam (e.g., promote the notion that jihad is not warfare but a form of moral self-improvement).

    Which brings us to the subject of terrorism: Since the November 1990 assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane by an Egyptian, the immigrant Muslim community has been associated with a great number of violent incidents — all these even before the atrocities on September 11, 2001.18 In its long history of immigration, the United States has never encountered so violent-prone and radicalized a community as the Muslims who have arrived since 1965…..

  151. Gail Combs says:

    David A says: “Regarding “How to win the war against Radical Islamic Jihad”
    This, like CAGW, like many issues, is why I think Presidential sponsored debates are likely the best way to reach the undecided…..”

    There are a couple things Trump is already doing.

    First is President Donald Trump’s ‘weekly address’ which have been renamed YOUR Weekly Address. He keeps these to under ~five minutes. The Progressives hate it that he uses short words, short sentences and breaks things down into simple messages. This really crimps their ability to spin the stuff he says. He even goes to the trouble to explain each of his EO in simple terms so the general public can understand.

    Second, President Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers the daily press briefing. Starting in 1999, Spicer was a U.S. Navy Reserve a public affairs officer with the rank of Commander. He received a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College… (See WIKI for rest) Spicer in other words is no pushover.

    What is interesting is the changes in how the press briefings are now handled. Spicer goes all around the room in answering questions from the back of the room to sidelines. This is so the big 6 DO NOT get to control the questions. Alternate media is given the first question at times and Spicer is answering questions from local reporters from differ towns via Skype.

    Here is a linkto a video of the 2/3 press briefing. You can see the suppressed anger of the YSM Urinalists at their loss of control of the narrative.

    There is also Trump’s Twitter and Facebook accounts which reaches millions DIRECTLY not to mention the Reddit Kids and 4Chan.

    In other words Trump is really undermining the YSMs wall of lies in many ways.

    Never forget only 6% of Americans now believe the YSM and Turns out folks prefer Home & Garden programing over CNN

    On top of that corporations that attacked Trump have suffered and their stock prices have dropped.

    Although Trump seems to be moving fast he still has to wait for the Senate Confirmations (over 1000 spots need Senate confirmation if I understand it correctly)

    Once Trump has his government firmly in place he can really start moving…

  152. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article on how quick the fear reaction is to people you consider to be “out group”. He discusses how the amygdala responds so fast that there is not even time for conscious evaluation
    (less than 30 milliseconds), yet he does not mention that we are hard wired that way for a reason.

    It exists as a survival function because in tribal world it can be lethal not to recognize someone in another tribe (or street gang, or political ideology like black bloc thugs) as “outgroup” and a potential threat to you.

    His benign view presupposes a totally non-aggressive environment where the worst thing that happens if you misidentify someone is you offend them or you are embarrassed by your lack of affinity.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/07/trump-liberals-hate-brain-amygdala-neuroscience.

  153. David A says:

    @ Gail, yes and thanks. Had not seen the Spicer press link. (a hoot)

    However my view is that people are more capable (have greater attention spans as well) of understanding issues like CAGW and Islamic extremism then given credit for. I think the nation would turn out in very large numbers to witness CAGW or immigration debated, and large numbers would be shocked to find the left dominated. Richard Lindzen on the failure of the atmosphere to reflect the theory, Christopher Monckton on the fake consensus, and the model failures, Chris Christy on the satellite record, and more on the model failures, Pielke on the failure of predicted disaster increase, Craig Idso on the benefits of CO2, the non-problem of “acid oceans”.

    Remember, the left loses CAGW debates even in front of very leftist college students, the vast majority of which however have never seen such a debate. They would likely tune in by the millions to see their superior Ivory Tower idealism crush the anti-science “ultra right”. I think they would come away shocked and humbled.

    Having David Horowitz, Robert Spencer and some prominent former Muslims debate immigration would very likely produce similar shock in the nations “educated youth”. They would learn that Islam really does preach and legalize Honor killings, wife beating, sedition, legalized rape, FGM, etc… and that it is an intricate part of the legal system in Islamic nations; they would learn that Islamist commit about one 9-11 every month around the world. They would learn about dramatic increase in violent crime in heavily immigrated areas, real no-go zones, etc.

  154. philjourdan says:

    @LG – the list should surprise no one if they have read E.M.’s article on Soros. And it should surprise no one that the name absent that list is the Anti-establishment candidate. Soros is living on borrowed time.

  155. Gail Combs says:

    David A,
    Yes it is a good idea but we will probably have to wait a bit as I said.

    You can make the suggestion direct to the Trump Admin.
    Contact: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

    Trump has two new Twitter accounts and a new White House website:
    PRESIDENT TRUMP – https://twitter.com/POTUS
    WHITE HOUSE – https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse
    White House website – https://www.whitehouse.gov/

  156. Gail Combs says:

    The Islamists actually commit terror attacks every day. The Urinalists in the Yellow Stream Media just don’t bother to report the attacks.

    The following is a compilation of what can be found in the news from around the world and is not an exhaustive list.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Jihad Report
    Jan 28, 2017 –
    Feb 03, 2017
    Attacks 40
    Killed 161
    Injured 121
    Suicide Blasts 4
    Countries 16
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Jihad Report
    January, 2017
    Attacks 201
    Killed 1412
    Injured 1679
    Suicide Blasts 40
    Countries 30
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Islamic Terrorists have carried out MORE THAN 30,258 Attacks since 9/11

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/site/the-list.aspx#

  157. E.M.Smith says:

    CCN is running the audio of the hearing by the 9th Circuit. Talk about sausage making…

  158. Gail Combs says:

    Tony Heller Speaking Today At The Washington State Senate

    The Demon-Rats were NOT happy.

  159. G. Combs says:

    Interesting:
    https://www.oathkeepers.org/navyjack-operation-hypo-action-report/

    David A, Corey sort of addresses what I was saying about Trump and the YSM: (short Vid) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2QSE_DqvpY

  160. Gail Combs says:

    I can’t wait…

  161. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, about the acid in the face….
    It is a known Black Bloc tactic.

    …While the week-long [2012 Democrat] convention ended with minimal disturbances because of the stellar police planning, undercover officers intercepted from anarchists urine-filled eggs, acid-filled Christmas ornaments, and water guns containing urine, all meant to be used against the law enforcement security forces throughout the city….

    A good article from Police Mag. : Understanding The Black Bloc

  162. M Simon says:

    Gail,

    Neither Sessions nor Trump are very fond of the 4th Amendment.

    Trump:
    http://classicalvalues.com/2017/02/man-of-the-people/

    Sessions
    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160607/18190534653/senator-jeff-sessions-looks-to-blast-giant-hole-4th-amendment-emergency-response.shtml

    No worries. We no longer have an evolving Constitution. It is now merely a suggestion. We just need the right Judges to finalize the deal. The Drug War exception to the Constitution should cover any needed modifications. If not other reasons can no doubt be found.

    “A Republic. If you can keep it.”

  163. M Simon says:

    LG says:
    7 February 2017 at 2:57 am

    Those kinds of funds don’t buy ownership (except on very minor issues). What you get for that kind of money is an office visit or two. A consultation.

    If Soros wanted ownership he would set up a PAC.

  164. M Simon says:

    And why is the Drug War exception to the Constitution so important? It only affects dopers after all. Well it sets precedent. And then they can use the precedent to go after the rest of us. We have already seen that with SWATTING. It works the same with the law. Especially with the law.

    You would be amazed at what rights people would give up to fight Drugs. Just about all of them.

    Proof positive that drugs do make people stupid.

  165. Gail Combs says:

    Simon:

    “…if protesters start getting violent, you could expect forceful reactions eventually. And that makes Trump look more like Hitler….
    In the 3rd dimension of persuasion, the protesters need to be proven right, and they will do whatever it takes to make that happen. So you might see the protesters inadvertently create the police state they fear.
    If you are looking for the tells that this dangerous situation is developing, notice how excited/happy the Trump critics seem to be…”
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/156540315831/be-careful-what-you-wish-for-especially-if-it-is
    ALSO: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/156778990841/berkeley-and-hitler

    BUSH: Patriot Act and The NSA warrantless surveillance — 2005

    OBAMA: Indefinite Detention:
    https://www.aclu.org/news/president-obama-signs-indefinite-detention-bill-law

    And while we are at it
    LBJ and his Great Society and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 guaranteeing chaos.
    >>>>>>>>>>

    So now we have a dangerous situation with:
    Millions of people sympathetic to
    La Raza
    Black Lives Matters
    Muslim Brotherhood
    ALL of whom HATE the USA and ordinary Americans.

    Urban Jungles, Cop Killing and now even the homes of cops and their families attacked.
    PAID Rioters with the aim of causing physical harm and destruction of property. (One Trump supporter was forced to kill a rioter.)

    And worst of all we now have a government filled with JUDGES and MAYORS and POLICE all of whom in the infamous words of Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
    ” instructed officers to allow protestors to express themselves and that “we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    THAT is the Current Set-up….

  166. Gail Combs says:

    OK Simon,

    Make a choice:
    1. Allow those Progressive/Commie JUDGES and MAYORS and POLICE to provide cover for the arachno-communists thugs that have killed and destroyed with impunity for the last decade…

    (Black Trump supporter, Robert King Bullock was shot and killed by Chicago protesters) …. AND expect normal law abiding citizens to take finally get fed up and take action AGAINST those thugs, leading to open warfare between the two groups ===> Chaos and the complete breakdown of civil society.

    Don’t think it won’t happen since Soros and his buddies are getting really, really good at staging these ‘Color Revolutions’ With both sides armed to the teeth expect it to be VERY BLOODY and end in the complete destruction of the US and our Constitution.

    2. At this point we have JUDGES (so forget warrants), congress critters, cities and even state(s) openly defying the president so there are really only two options Martial law OR USE the laws already on the books to cut the heads of the D@MN BEAST!
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Simon, go read the the Communist Goals were entered into the 1963 Congressional Record.
    And <a href="http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=8680“How to Tell a Communist, and How to Beat Him” by Dr. William F. Russell (Must Pay)

    A free bit from Inspired Constitution

    Dr. William F. Russell, Dean of Teachers’ College, Columbia University, in an address “How to Tell a Communist, and How to Beat Him,” is one of the many authorities whom we might quote as to the pernicious activity of these groups.

    He says:

    Communist leaders have steadily insisted that Communism cannot live in just one country. Just as we fought to make “the world safe for democracy,” so they are fighting to make the world safe for Communism. They are fighting this fight today. Every country must become Communistic, according to their idea. So they have sent out missionaries. They have supplied them with funds. They have won converts. These converts have been organized into little groups called “cells,” each acting as a unit under the orders of a superior. It is almost a military organization. They attack where there is unemployment. They stir up discontent among those oppressed . . . . They work their way into the unions, where they form compact blocks. They publish and distribute little papers and pamphlets. At the New York Times they pass out one called “Better Times.” At the Presbyterian Hospital it is called “The Medical Worker.” At the College of the City of New York, it is called “Professor, Worker, Student.” At Teachers College it is called “The Educational Vanguard.” These are scurrilous sheets. In one issue I noted twenty-nine errors of fact with a deliberate error of fact in each paragraph. These pamphlets cost money—more than $100 an issue. The idea is to try to entice into their web those generous and public-spirited teachers, preachers, social workers and reformers who know distress and want to do something about it. These Communists [p. 231] know what they are doing. They follow their orders. Particularly they would like to dominate our newspapers, our colleges and our schools. The campaign is much alike all over the world. I have seen the same articles, almost the same pamphlets, in France and England as in the United States.

    You see, when it comes to fighting Communists I am a battle-scarred veteran. But after twenty years I cannot tell one by looking at him. However, only the leaders proclaim their membership. The clever are silent, hidden, anonymous, boring from within. You can only tell a Communist by his ideas.

    Their method of working their way to the seizure of power he describes as follows:

    Talk about peace, talk about social equality, especially among those most oppressed. Talk about organization of labor, and penetrate into every labor union. Talk on soap boxes. Publish pamphlets and papers. Orate and harangue. Play on envy. Arouse jealousy. Separate class from class. Try to break down the democratic processes from within. Accustom the people to picketing, strikes, mass meetings. Constantly attack the leaders in every way possible, so that the people will lose confidence. Then in time of national peril, during a war, on the occasion of a great disaster, or on a general strike, walk into the capital and seize the power. A well-organized minority can work wonders.

    At this point I do not give a rat’s behind about Abortion or ‘the Drug War’ or ANYTHING but the survival of our country as a Constitution Republic with our Constitution intact. Everything else is mere details.

  167. Glenn999 says:

    I have a plan to destroy America
    by Richard D. Lamm

    I have a secret plan to destroy America. If you believe, as many do, that America is too smug, too white bread, too self-satisfied, too rich, let’s destroy America. It is not that hard to do. History shows that nations are more fragile than their citizens think. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and they all fall, and that “an autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.” Here is my plan:

    1. We must first make America a bilingual-bicultural country. History shows, in my opinion, that no nation can survive the tension, conflict and antagonism of two competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. One scholar, Seymour Martin Lipset, put it this way: “The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension and tragedy. Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with its Basques, Bretons and Corsicans.”

    2. I would then invent “multiculturalism” and encourage immigrants to maintain their own culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal: that there are no cultural differences that are important. I would declare it an article of faith that the black and Hispanic dropout rate is only due to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out-of-bounds.

    3. We can make the United States a “Hispanic Quebec” without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently, “The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved, not by tolerance, but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentrically, and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.” I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with a salad bowl metaphor. It is important to insure that we have various cultural sub-groups living in America reinforcing their differences, rather than Americans emphasizing their similarities.

    4. Having done all this, I would make our fastest-growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50 percent dropout rate from school.

    5. I would then get the big foundations and big business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of victimology. I would get all minorities to think their lack of success was all the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population.

    6. I would establish dual citizenship and promote divided loyalties. I would “celebrate diversity.” “Diversity” is a wonderfully seductive word. It stresses differences rather than commonalities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other–that is, when they are not killing each other. A “diverse,” peaceful or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together, and we can take advantage of this myopia.

    Look at the ancient Greeks. Dorf’s “World History” tells us: “The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshiped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic Games in honor of Zeus, and all Greeks venerated the shrine of Apollo at Delphi. A common enemy, Persia, threatened their liberty. Yet, all of these bonds together were not strong enough to overcome two factors … (local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions …)” If we can put the emphasis on the “pluribus,” instead of the “unum,” we can balkanize America as surely as Kosovo.

    7. Then I would place all these subjects off-limits–make it taboo to talk about. I would find a word similar to “heretic” in the 16th century that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like “racist”, “xenophobe” halt argument and conversation. Having made America a bilingual-bicultural country, having established multiculturalism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of “victimology,” I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra –“because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good.” I would make every individual immigrant sympatric and ignore the cumulative impact.

    8. Lastly, I would censor Victor Davis Hanson’s book “Mexifornia” –this book is dangerous; it exposes my plan to destroy America. So please, please–if you feel that America deserves to be destroyed–please, please–don’t buy this book! This guy is on to my plan.

    “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” –Noam Chomsky, American linguist and U.S. media and foreign policy critic.

  168. Larry Ledwick says:

    Report on fraud in the refugee program from a former State Department employee who worked with refugees.

    http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/25-year-state-dept-veteran-exposes-refugee-program-as-fraud/

  169. Gail Combs says:

    Start at 9 min 49 seconds. This is an example of the University professor you are paying a king’s ransom…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5whQyipm8U

    Time to cut ALL funding to Universities.

    From the rest of the video you can see what I mean by ‘escalating’

  170. Gail Combs says:

    Oh, and listen to the woman’s words. They are hilarious given what she is doing. Screaming F… and talking about students learning about human rights, and racism and zenophobia and you let these neo-na$is near here…

    Hey [self delete] what do you think is going to happen to your precious Snowflake students when they enter the work force in a year or two and actually have to deal with REAL HUMANS???

    You just can’t make this stuff up!

  171. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Gail

    It is a known Black Bloc tactic.

    Doesn’t matter if it is a known tactic if there were no reports of it actually happening – that was my point.

  172. G. Combs says:

    Larry,
    After thinking about it, MoniQueMoniCat (Italy) may know of some instances in Europe where acid was thrown because pepper spray is illegal in many countries in Europe. Acid in baggies would be a cheap and easy substitute in that case.

    Stefan Molyneux interviews:
    In the case of Kiara Robles, she was originally told that what she was sprayed with was NOT pepper spray. She was the one talking to the Reporter. This may have been where the reports of acid came from. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thQ-npCxGMQ

    In the case of Katrina, Kiara’s friend you get a much better report since she was not disabled til later. She said the cops hid in the building and did NOTHING while she was pepper sprayed and her husband beaten unconsious. (Broken ribs/bruised liver through kevlar vest.) Note she say there were NO reports on the beating of her husband and the reporters who were interviewing their friend BLAMED them for the violence! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIFYTYNl7ng

    Earlier vid where Stefan first hears of the Berkley Riot and is in despair over loss of civility and free speech. (12 min)

  173. Glenn999 says:

    is it week 3 yet
    winning

  174. E.M.Smith says:

    @Glenn999:

    Week 3 ends tomorrow… I’ve been contemplating going monthly… but then Trump doesn’t slow down…

    I keep thinking eventually the flood of news needs to slow down at some point, then turn on the news and find it hasn’t.

    Winning, riot, WINNING, more riots, WINNING! WINNING!, riots… somebody has to eventually run out of adrenalin or coffee…

  175. Gail Combs says:

    “…Winning, riot, WINNING, more riots, WINNING! WINNING!, riots… somebody has to eventually run out of adrenalin or coffee…”

    Trump’s Staff not Trump. I saw a vid of a news interview of one of Trump’s former campaign staffers. The question was asked when was Trump going to slow down and the answer was never…
    (Now you know why he had to switch campaign staff, he wore them out.)

    The guy needs only three or four hours sleep and hates vacations and dinners out and parties. It is going to be a very entertaining four years.

    Look What Has Happened To CNN’s Jake Tapper in Three Short Months…

    He has gone grey and wrinkled.

  176. M Simon says:

    Trump has figured out how to defeat the crime cartels with executive orders.

    http://classicalvalues.com/2017/02/trump-knows-how-to-stop-crime-in-america/

    So far the orders are secret.

    If Trump is planning to take a law and order approach to the cartels – it is an indication he is owned by the cartels.

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

    ==================

    And Gail, you are being fooled. The problem that looks so TODAY in your mind is at least 5,000 years old.

    The City vs Country divide has been a feature of human politics for 5,000 years or more. Too bad we haven’t figured it out yet.

    Two Ecologies

    A Thermodynamic Explanation Of Politics

    You want to defeat them. Impossible. A better strategy is to figure out a more synergistic combination. Because the forces you object to arise from nature. Good luck defeating that.

  177. M Simon says:

    And because the divide is ecological it is existential. A crack down on leftist politics is a crack down on City Culture. A threat to their lives.

    Just as a crack down on Country Culture it is existential. A threat to Country lives.

    The solution is smaller and more limited government. You have to wonder why it hasn’t been tried before. “A Republic. If you can keep it.”

    Jefferson put his finger on it quite some time ago.

    “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.” – Thomas Jefferson

    To remake America the way Trump supporters would like (I was anti-Hillary) you will have to destroy the cities.

  178. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs,

    Of course you are against the thugs. Who wouldn’t be? Now how did we beat the thugs of the 1920s? More vigorous enforcement? Or something else?

    It is amazing how stupid Americans have become.

    =====

    And Gail, you think I’m in opposition to you. I’m not I accept your position as totally relevant. For its ecological niche. You are stuck in the thinking promoted by your niche. Just as your opposition is similarly stuck.

    There is no way out of that war unless you can take a meta view of the situation. And very few want to give their “opposition” any credit at all.

    ====

    BTW I’m having similar discussions with my lefty friends. And their reaction is similar to yours. “They are of the devil”. And in fact they are correct. For their ecology.

  179. Gail Combs says:

    Simon, you forget I was born in NYC and lived in cities in apartments most of my life except for the last 20 years when I decided to get the hell OUT.

    “You are stuck in the thinking promoted by your niche. Just as your opposition is similarly stuck.”

    No, I lived in the combat zone in Boston with murders behind the apartment building and whores and drug deals in front. My roomie was black, the guys on the first floor (where I got occasional weed) were gay, another apartment had a brother and sister from Africa… I also lived in the inner city in other places. So I have been in that ‘niche’ too.

    I have SEEN the death of Lawrence MA and other cities. I lived in the inner city of Rochester NY before industry was killed and the $$$ dried up and it started to look like Detroit. I remember Rochester when it didn’t HAVE a ‘bad’ neighborhood. BEFORE LBJ’s Great Society tore apart Black families and invented the job title Unwed Mother.

    So don’t tell me that people LIKE the lawlessness and murder rates and hopelessness in democrat controlled cities. They just don’t know anything else and humans are amazingly adaptive.

    So far in Chicago:
    Year to Date
    Shot & Killed: 59
    Shot & Wounded: 313
    Total Shot: 372
    Total Homicides: 62

    Chicago Murder Trend

    This is Detroit in photos link but I say the same thing happen to Lawrence MA in the 18 years I lived in the Boston area since many of my co-workers lived there. Homes and businesses were intentionally burned down because a vacant lot had cheaper taxes and that was 20 years ago. (What the heck my old co-workers stuck with unsaleable homes in that area are going to do I do not know.)

    March 2012 Boston Magazine: Lawrence, MA: City of the Damned: Crime is soaring, schools are failing, government has lost control, and Lawrence, the most godforsaken place in Massachusetts, has never been in worse shape.

  180. Gail Combs says:

    Oh, and Simon
    I am not at all surprised you liberal friends in cities like ‘socialism’
    Whats not to like?
    If you are a Yuppie you get cheap subways and busses and libraries and museums and parks… All paid for by OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY.

    If they are inner city they get section-8 housing, ‘food stamps’ free healthcare… All paid for by OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY.

    And what do I get? The BILL.

    Back in the mid 1980s I kept all my receipts and such figured out how much in taxes I actually paid. It was 64.5%. If you include The Unseen Taxes That You Pay Every Day “… Ronald Reagan commented that there were 151 taxes that went into the price of a loaf of bread, and that those taxes made up more than half of the cost…” Or about 1/2 the price on everything I buy is tax. That is roughly an additional 10 to 17%. Therefore about 75% OR MORE of my wages are taken at the point of a gun and I support another entire family but don’t get any help washing the windows or weeding the garden.

  181. E.M.Smith says:

    @Simon:

    That something has existed a long time neither makes it right nor means we haven’t “figured it out”. I know, for example, that theft and murder have been around for as long as there have been people. I’ve “figure it out” that that isn’t going to change. I still would advocate for rounding up and arresting folks who do those things. Most of law enforcement is “counter to human nature”. That’s sort of the point of it. (We do not need law enforcement to force people to eat or have sexual partners…)

    Per Trump and Drugs: He lost a cherished brother to alcoholism (and IMHO lumps drugs in with it). He knows most of the drugs are provided by criminal enterprises. It is perfectly reasonable for him to start with a take-down of those criminal enterprises. While I would hope he would also allow the legal drug trade, I’m not holding my breath until I get it; and I’d be happy with fewer drug dealers until then.

    When I was a kid, you could buy codeine over the counter. We had, IIRC, all of one drug abuser in our little farm town of 3000, and everyone knew who it was. After making all that illegal, we now have more drug users ( a lot more) and I can’t get effective cough medicine without a prescription. So it isn’t like I’m “pro ban”. Yet as long as it is illegal, we need strong and effective enforcement to keep the criminal element from buying the government (as it has done in Mexico).

    What would I do were I law God? Make growing and use of M.J. legal for anyone over the age of 18, and make it illegal to sell at any time. Anyone who wants it can learn to grow or mooch off a friend. Then strongly enforce the “no selling it” laws. Yes, that has not eliminated prostitution, but it does keep it out of sight most of the time.

  182. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not work safe language in the video linked in this article, but a tell it like it is message to the ultra left, SJWs and their fellow travelers.

    http://constitution.com/group-non-white-trump-supporters-deliver-epic-rant-explaining-liberals-losing/

  183. Gail Combs says:

    snicker…

  184. E.M.Smith says:

    Now if we could just get them to follow through on their promises to leave the country or self immolate when they lose… /sarc;

  185. pg sharrow says:

    Cannabis does not cause crime. The Prohibitionists are the cause.
    Cannabis is non-addictive, being pain free is.
    Cannabis users are not dangerous, Prohibition enforcers are.
    Cannabis is easy to grow ( it is an annual weed) only prohibition makes it valuable.

    The crime is in the Prohibition not the Herb…pg

  186. E.M.Smith says:

    I note in passing that Cannabis is merged with the Hackberry family (Celtis) after genetic sequencing. This raises the interesting possibility of a gene transplant… Not nearly as hard as putting fish genes into plants or bacteria genes into corn (both done) and you could get Magic Hackberries ;-) AND a perennial…

    @PG:

    I always thought it funny that Reefer Madness and similar showed MJ smokers are violent when every one I’d seen was either 1/2 asleep or diggin in the ‘fridge ;-)

    The problem with prohibition is that it drives folks into close contact with criminals (the folks willing to provide, at a price, law be damned) and that leads to all sorts of issues. I’m not talking about somebodies brother-in-law with a grow operation in a yard shed pulling $1200 / month from it. I’m talking about the major drug cartels in Mexico. Those are not nice people…

    I do remember my Dad talking about when it was legal. It was thought of as ‘lower class’ so lots of folks avoided it just on that grounds. It was a widespread weed in the Mid-West. Then it was prohibited, made cool in the process, and a whole generation “tried it”… FWIW, when my Mum was growing up in England, her BFF Mum was an herbalist. Among the things sold from her cart was M.J. for “Melancholy and poor appetite”… works a champ, too. Somehow I don’t remember 1920’s to 1940s England being a drug crazed crime ridden place… (But now I’d not want to visit some parts of Mexico even with an invite and a guard…)

    Oh, and I’m not so sure it must be an annual. When grown in consistent conditions it seems to just keep growing. But maybe I just didn’t wait long enough. Many things grown in the temperate zone as annuals, are biannual or short perennials in the tropics. Even the radish and cabbages are biannual to maturity.

    Bacteria regularly pick up genes from the environment… I wonder if you could blenderize some MJ, feed it to a batch of bacteria, and eventually isolate a “magic strain”… Magic Yogurt would likely sell really really well ;-) My kids put “glow in the dark” genes into some critter in high school, so it isn’t like this is a difficult task only achievable by Ph.D. Biochem…Hmmm…

    You know, if this stuff was legal there’s a whole lot of fun things I’d like to try with it…

  187. Larry Ledwick says:

    More from twitter regarding what happens if the Left keeps pushing to normalize violence

    Mike Cernovich
    🇺🇸 Retweeted
    Ali ‏@ali 12 minutes ago

    Ali Retweeted The Masses Awaken™

    Level of violence we’ll reach when permission has been granted to beat one side and that side must defend and then be proactive, scares me.

    The Masses Awaken™
    ‏@TheMassesAwaken

    .@ali @maggieNYT Too late. Left has swallowed the misinfo, radicalized & regressed back to Marxist form. Weimar street battles coming soon.

    The Masses Awaken™ ‏@TheMassesAwaken 3m3 minutes ago

    @Sysyfus @ali @maggieNYT @Cernovich Blackblock now seems to be getting a hold of guns. But fo they know how to use them effectively? Lol.

    (note to the Right, don’t under estimate your opponents! Unlike most of the conservatives on the Right, the extreme Left has no mental reservations about violence )
    see Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn etc. and others of that ilk from the 1960’s who were perfectly happy to blow folks up with bombs.

    If it comes to that, there will be a transition period where that willingness to commit violence against innocents will favor the Left, it is only after a bloody butchers bill that the body politic of the Right will meet them with equal willingness to “go there”. That old saw about not starting something you are not willing or able to finish, applies to both sides of the equation.

  188. Larry Ledwick says:

    An insiders view of Mike Flynn based on first person association.

    http://observer.com/2016/11/the-mike-flynn-i-know/

  189. pg sharrow says:

    Cannabis is decidedly Annual, The bloom is triggered when lengthening nights ( about 14 hours) causes the plant to bloom it’s self to death in an attempt to make seed.. Once blooming it is very difficult to reverse the plant back to growing. Bright light of 20 or more minutes in the middle of the night can do it If you catch it soon enough. There is a Russian type that has a number of days of life span, 90 plus days.

    As to playing with the plants. Since the election, California is now legal for recreational use, small amount in possession and a few plants. But there are local rules. The Feds are still against and there is still no right to buy or sell, trade or barter.
    If you can grow decent tomatoes, you can grow more of this herb then you and your friends can consume in 2 half barrels out in the garden, about 20 sqft. JUst don’t grow Skunk and annoy the neighbors. There are florals that are pleasent to smell…pg

  190. Gail Combs says:

    As expected the looney left Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just released a unanimous ruling denying President Trump’s motion for a stay of the lower court injunction against President Trump’s Executive Order temporarily suspending Visa’s from seven nations of concern.

    It looks like Obummer’s State Department Left Overs are taking full advantage of these Judicial Hi-jinks:
    Washington Times — 77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries

    The State Department has more than doubled the rate of refugees from Iraq, Syria and other suspect countries in the week since a federal judge’s reprieve, in what analysts said appears to be a push to admit as many people as possible before another court puts the program back on ice.
    A staggering 77 percent of the 1,100 refugees let in since Judge James L. Robart’s Feb. 3 order have been from the seven suspect countries. Nearly a third are from Syria alone — a country that President Trump has ordered be banned altogether from the refugee program. Another 21 percent are from Iraq. By contrast, in the two weeks before Judge Robart’s order, just 9 percent of refugees were from Syria and 6 percent were from Iraq…

    So that is 847 potential terrorists. How many of them have a high potential of becoming terroists?

    A look through the internet…
    Syrian ambassador to India says that over 20% of refugees to Europe may have links to the Islamic State

    SHOCK POLL: Third of Syrian Refugees ISIS Sympathizers, 13 Percent Support
    [Blackwater CEO and former Navy SEAL] Erik Prince: Trump Is Right, ‘There’s No Vetting’ of Syrian Refugees

    “The U.S. government has very little idea where refugees are coming from,” said Prince. “Even the killers of San Bernardino – everything on the woman’s application was a lie. That means the State Department person at the embassy in Islamabad was unable, or unwilling, or too lazy, to actually do a proper job vetting what the reality is of these people. So there’s no vetting, he’s right. And until there’s a proper vetting program in place, we just have to pause.”

    “The world community does not have an inherent right to immigrate to the United States. There has to be some advantage to being an American citizen, in today’s day and age,”

    A State Dept whistleblower backs up what Erik Prince said back in June and exposes the lack of vetting. He basically says they are just taking their word for it and they have been coached on what to say. There is nothing they can check on, so its a roll of the dice.
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/02/whistle-blower-state-department-exposes-refugee-program-complete-fraud/

    Multiple intelligence services around the world estimated that 15-25% of the Muslim population are “radical” According to a 2015 Center for Security Policy poll, 51 percent of American Muslims desire that Islamic Shariah law be made the law of the land. Moreover, nearly 30 percent say that violence is appropriate against Americans who “insult” Islam or its “prophet” Muhammad. (These would be the Muslims who have entered the USA since 1965 and their offspring.)

    Writing in 2015 in Investor’s Business Daily, journalist Paul Sperry noted that “60 percent of Muslim-Americans under 30, …told Pew Research they’re more loyal to Islam than America.”

    And that’s just the tip of the scimitar. Consider these terrifying numbers:
    * 83 percent of Palestinian Muslims, 62 percent of Jordanians and 61 percent of Egyptians approve of jihadist attacks on Americans. World Public Opinion Poll (2009).
    * 1.5 Million British Muslims support the Islamic State, about half their total population. ICM (Mirror) Poll 2015.
    * Two-thirds of Palestinians support the stabbing of Israeli civilians. Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (2015).
    * 45 percent of British Muslims agree that clerics preaching violence against the West represent “mainstream Islam.” BBC Radio (2015).
    * 38 percent of Muslim-Americans say Islamic State (ISIS) beliefs are Islamic or correct. The Polling Company CSP Poll (2015).
    * One-third of British Muslim students support killing for Islam. Center for Social Cohesion (Wikileaks cable).
    * 78 percent of British Muslims support punishing the publishers of Muhammad cartoons. NOP Research.
    * 80 percent of young Dutch Muslims see nothing wrong with holy war against non-believers. Most verbalized support for pro-Islamic State fighters. Motivaction Survey (2014).
    * 68 percent of British Muslims support the arrest and prosecution of anyone who insults Islam. NOP Research.
    * 81 percent of Muslim respondents support the Islamic State (ISIS). Al-Jazeera poll (2015).

    Muhammad taught, and the Quran stresses, that a central tenet of Islam is to convert, enslave or kill the infidel. An infidel is anyone who is not Muslim or, depending on who’s doing the killing, belongs to a different sect of Islam. Those who fall into that elusive, perpetually mute category tagged “moderate Muslim” are also infidels or “idolaters.” They’re bad Muslims and, so, according to the Quran, not Muslims at all. “When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them,” commands Surah 9:5. “Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” Faithful Muslims, true followers of Muhammad, “slay the idolaters wherever [they] find them.”……
    https://counterjihadreport.com/tag/bastille-day-massacre/

    ***************
    So going with the lowest number, of 13%, that is 110 people with a high potential of becoming terroists just allowed to enter the USA with essentially NO VETTING!

    (and Simon wonders why I see the progressive lefts views as not based in reality…)

  191. Gail Combs says:

    There is another catch to all of this.

    WHAT can be done about judges that abuse their office?

    As Rud Istvan, a lawyer said:

    I hold slim hope the 9th will get it right. But at SCOTUS the reversal should be 8-0. Non-resident aliens have NO US constitutional rights. So there is no way Washington State is hurt by Trump denying them rights they never had in the first place. Congress has full power over foreign commerce (e.g. Tourism) and naturalization (e.g. Immigration) via Article 1 section 8. It exercised that power by passing and then amending the immigration and visa law Trump relied on. The section of that law Trump used (8USC1882f) is unequivocal. The elected President was given the plenary power to exclude aliens or groups of aliens on national security grounds in his sole discretion. He has done so for 7 unstable countries where proper background checks for visas and refugees is not possible. He commanded DHS and State to fix the problem in 90 days and report back. Nobody else including Washington state gets a say. Period.
    That this is so black and white is the only reason for slim hope that the worst appellate circuit in the country might get it right this time. Probably not, though.

    What’s more this presidential power has been exercised in the past on more than one occasion. Therefore the only conclusion that can be reached is that these judges acted not as the law directed but as their political beliefs directed. The Progressive left may be applauding this use of the courts as a political weapon but there are major legal ramifications.

    First removal of judges is difficult.
    It can be done via impeachment by Congress. Since that is a lengthy, messy process this was passed 28 U.S. Code § 354 – Action by judicial council

    (B)For article iii judges.—If the conduct of a judge appointed to hold office during good behavior is the subject of the complaint, action by the judicial council under paragraph (1)(C) may include—
    (i)certifying disability of the judge pursuant to the procedures and standards provided under section 372(b); and
    (ii)requesting that the judge voluntarily retire, with the provision that the length of service requirements under section 371 of this title shall not apply….

    1979 — An article on the problem of ‘Judicial Independence’ is a good read if you want a more indepth look at how judges are removed and how the above statue came about.
    Chilling Judicial Independence: A Scarecrow
    “Judge Kaufman recognizes that “[i]f impeachment is designed for occasional use only, there must be some other means of ensuring that judges do not abuse their trust.”

    Of course the difficulty in removing these judges is what the left is counting on. However U.S. law gives ANOTHER recourse or two.

    *************************************************
    What happens if ANY of these 1000+ NEW potential jihadists commit crimes?
    *************************************************

    The minor problem for the judges is this
    1994 — How to Sue a Judge Without Using a Lawyer

    By David C. Grossack, Constitutional Attorney

    …..Although it is almost impossible to recover monetary damages from a judge (unless you can prove he or she acted ultra-vires beyond his or her legal jurisdiction) it is in fact possible to obtain relief in equity against a judge through civil rights actions….

    Ultra vires is a Latin phrase meaning “beyond the powers”. If an act requires legal authority and it is done WITHOUT such authority, it is characterised in law as ultra vires.

    Which brings us to COLOR of the LAW.

    Again what happens if ANY of these 1000+ RapeUgees blows up buildings or opens fire and kills people or rapes a child or whatever? The judges become ‘accessories’ since they are very obviously acting under Color of Law. That is they are using their office to deprive the citizens of the USA protection of the laws of the United States that President Trump was trying to implement.

    This means by abusing their office for political purposes they DO NOT HAVE judicial immunity!

    Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law

    Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.

    For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.

    The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.

    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

    Those judges better hope and pray that those RapeUgees they just allowed into this country stay on their best behavior or they may find themselves sharing a prison cell with them.

  192. cdquarles says:

    The problem with no selling is that you can’t keep people who want to buy from finding a seller, without a police state and even then, they can’t keep contraband out of prisons, including illegal drugs. In my opinion, it is the ‘no selling’ part that leads to black markets and organized crime, by definition. Thus decriminalize this stuff. Prostitution spreads disease, attack it that way. Culturally, attack it through customs and do so on moral grounds (vices are evil, so you can’t get rid of them until you change people; so change people through morals and culture). Drug intoxication, particularly public intoxication, is the harm. Attack it that way.

  193. pg sharrow says:

    The most effective Federal Drug control effort was Nancy Reagan’s ” Just say No”
    It actually resulted in a decrease in numbers of users especially among the younger ones…pg

  194. Larry Ledwick says:

    The one thing that I think people under appreciate about drugs, is the impact of social acceptance.

    One of the reasons you did not have major drug problems back when it was legal was the social acceptability of drugs. Laudanum was a drug problem during its time, as was nitrous oxide (laughing gas) parties, but there was social pressure that it be kept discrete. Likewise house wife alcoholics in the 1960’s were known in the community but generally kept quiet.

    The second issue was a simple matter of logistics. Back then it was very difficult to ship tons of refined drugs internationally, so the need to get a buzz came from the local moon shiner who also had logistic issues. A 1940 Ford or a horse drawn wagon could only carry so much of shine, and all that raw corn and or sugar was tough to transport in large lots quickly and easily.

    As another example China did have a major drug problem thanks to outside interests which did have the logistics to transport a lot of it over large distances, and a culture that accepted Opium use.

    Like smoking in the US. the most effective counter to smoking was social conditioning that it was a repulsive habit. The same is happening with alcohol after the push by MADD to make drunk driving not socially acceptable.

    The supply will always match the demand, but only social acceptance and culture can materially change the demand. Hollywood and the consequences of the 1960’s freedom revolution are as much if not more to blame for the drug problem than prohibition. In areas like Utah where the social pressure of the church pushes back against the drug culture it was much less likely for a young person even start down that road of drug use.

  195. E.M.Smith says:

    I agree that in the long run social methods, not criminality, are best. My concern is over the transition. If you just announce it legal tomorrow, the Mexican cartels will own the whole market then rapidly move to monopoly by force. Somehow that needs prevention. The only way I see is to open legality to distributed producers while maintaining the forced exclusion of the present criminal cartels. After a few years, with income crushed out of existance, they ought to be gone. After that, I see no need for prohibition on growing for sales in larger lots, other than agribusiness and Monsanto gene splicers and tax-to-deather-politicians all wanting dominance…

  196. Gail Combs says:

    I am all for legalizing home grown mary jane (AND HEMP!) while going after the hard drugs.

    Mary Jane is seen by a lot of people as no more harmful than tobacco or alcohol. Hard drugs are not as generally accepted. If MJ is legal it will make a major cut in the hard drug market. Why bother buying hard drugs when you can grow your own cheap?

  197. Larry Ledwick says:

    The left and their long standing penchant for violence during protests.

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/the-left-is-far-more-violent-than-the-right.-i-speak-from-experience

  198. Larry Ledwick says:

    And as the thin veneer of civilization is rubbed away by the violent left we get this:

    http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/trump-supporters-warned-its-time-for-self-defense/

  199. Gail Combs says:

    David Mamet had a famous saying, essentially: …‘in order for genuine liberals to continue their illogical belief systems they have to pretend not to know a lot of things’… By pretending ‘not to know’ there is no guilt, no actual connection to conscience, denial of truth allows easier trespass…” — Sundance CTH

    Unfortunately Jonathon Van Maren hasn’t done his homework on Trump. Instead he listened to/read the Never Trumpers.
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/if-trump-didnt-hate-planned-parenthood-beforehe-does-now

    I do not like the WND article because it is a subtle push towards violence on the right and as EM Smith said, that is EXACTLY what Soros is waiting for. Unfortunately WND and other conservative news is NOT broadcasting that information.

    There used to be 88 news media now there are six main news outlets. These 6 all get their news from Reuters and the Associated Press. Reuters owns the AP. Notice WHO Reuters donated to below.
    Lists of the 6 http://www.rense.com/general90/media.htm

    Perhaps this is why:
    Notice that our ‘regular conservative media’ like Fox News and News Max are Clinton donors. Controlled opposition anyone?

    Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals
    NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation’s records show.
    The donations, which range from the low-thousands to the millions, provide a picture of the media industry’s ties to the Clinton Foundation at a time when one of its most notable personalities, George Stephanopoulos, is under scrutiny for not disclosing his own $75,000 contribution when reporting on the foundation.
    The list also includes mass media groups like Comcast, Time Warner and Viacom, as well a few notable individuals, including Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecom magnate and largest shareholder of The New York Times Company, and James Murdoch, the chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox. Both Slim and Murdoch have given between $1 million to $5 million, respectively.
    Judy Woodruff, the co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, gave $250 to the foundation….

    $1,000,000-$5,000,000
    Carlos Slim [Mexican] – Chairman & CEO of Telmex, largest New York Times shareholder
    James Murdoch – Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox
    Newsmax Media – Florida-based conservative media network
    Thomson Reuters – Owner of the Reuters news service

    $500,000-$1,000,000
    Google
    News Corporation Foundation – Philanthropic arm of former Fox News parent company

    $250,000-$500,000 /
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Publisher
    Richard Mellon Scaife – Owner of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    $100,000-$250,000
    Abigail Disney – Documentary filmmaker
    Bloomberg Philanthropies
    Howard Stringer – Former CBS, CBS News and Sony executive
    Intermountain West Communications Company – Local television affiliate owner (formerly Sunbelt Communications)

    $50,000-$100,000
    Bloomberg L.P.
    Discovery Communications Inc.
    George Stephanopoulos – ABC News chief anchor and chief political correspondent
    Mort Zuckerman – Owner of New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report
    Time Warner Inc. – Owner of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting

    $25,000-$50,000
    AOL
    HBO
    Hollywood Foreign Press Association – Presenters of the Golden Globe Awards
    Viacom

    $10,000-$25,000
    Knight Foundation – Non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting journalism
    Public Radio International
    Turner Broadcasting
    Parent company of CNN
    Twitter

    $5,000-$10,000
    Comcast
    Parent copmany of NBCUniversal
    NBC Universal
    Parent company of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC
    Public Broadcasting Service

    $1,000-$5,000
    Robert Allbritton
    Owner of POLITICO
    $250-$1,000
    AOL Huffington Post Media Group
    Hearst Corporation
    Judy Woodruff
    PBS Newshour co-anchor and managing editor
    The Washington Post Company

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/05/clinton-foundation-donors-include-dozens-of-media-organizations-individuals-207228

    Unbiased??? I do not think so.

  200. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting observation about leaks from the new white house and who is getting attacked as a result.
    The odd point here is who is not getting hit pieces written about them!

    https://www.dangerandplay.com/2017/02/11/where-are-the-reince-priebus-hit-pieces/

  201. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Ahhh! I LOVE “negative space analysis” ;-)

    When mud is flying everywhere, you do NOT want to be the only person in a clean suit…

  202. Jeff says:

    Re Clean suits, anyone remember the pie fight in “The Great Race”??? (RIP Natalie Wood)…

  203. E.M.Smith says:

    I remember it, but could use a refresher viewing of the movie… Wonder if it is on Netflix…

  204. Larry Ledwick says:

    I guess we are technically into week 4 of “The war on Trump” now.

    For what it’s worth from DCwhispers
    http://dcwhispers.com/obama-behind-the-scenes-destroy-trump/

  205. Larry Ledwick says:

    In the drug war we have Mexico going after a drug cartel leader with a helicopter mounted mini gun. There has been discussion that the Mexican government is in a literal war with the drug cartels (or at least with the drug cartels not on their side).

    This is clearly a step in that direction and a message to the others that the govt is putting its foot down.
    http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/10/cartel-capo-killed-in-shootout-with-federal-forces

  206. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter: Regarding the General Flynn debate about if he did or did not inappropriately contact a Russian representative.

  207. Larry Ledwick says:

    Bet you didn’t see this coming!
    Movement for “Make the Middle East Great Again” fans of Donald Trump.

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-02-10/trump-fans-lebanon-want-make-middle-east-great-again

  208. Larry Ledwick says:

    Current rumors are that Vice Admiral Bob Harward is the likely replacement for Gen. Flynn.
    If this wiki page is accurate sounds like a good move and perhaps a step up in qualifications to me.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Harward

  209. A C Osborn says:

    It is disappointing that Trump chose him when he was already compromised. It was inevitable that he would have to go with so much behind the scenes work by the democrats.

  210. Gail Combs says:

    A C Osborn,
    It is tough to find someone with intelligence, street smarts, experience, The stupidity to work FOR the American people (and not FOR filling your pocket) AND with ZERO blemishes.

    To make matters worse, it doesn’t matter if a Democrat is a KNOWN tax evader ( Timothy Geithner), No Problemo, have him apologize for his ‘mistakes’ and make him the head of the treasury. But if a Republican called a woman a ‘Babe’ in a locker room, he MUST be crucified. If he actually TALKED to Russian HE MUST BE SHOT!

    Of course if you are Soros funded Songbird McCain it is perfectly alright to treat with the enemy.

  211. A C Osborn says:

    Gail, yes I know.
    We knew that they would play really dirty, including the Security people releasing information to the press.
    They are really slowing Trump down at the moment after he got off to a flying start.

  212. Gail Combs says:

    What was the ORIGIN of the Mike Flynn ‘scandal’

    CNN – The Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Michael Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians, a person familiar with the matter told CNN

    […] The message was delivered by then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Other top intelligence officials, including James Clapper and John Brennan, were in agreement the White House should be alerted about the concerns.

    Let’s see…
    Acting attorney general Sally Yates issued a memo on Jan. 30, for Justice Department lawyers not to defend President Trump’s perfectly legal hold on people coming from seven terrorist infested countries so he fired her.

    John Brennan is a Muslim who converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia. John Brennan is the person who, after U.S. Muslim groups demanded he do so, “purged” all mention of Islam and jihad from law enforcement counter-terror training materials in 2011.

    The rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) to become a dominant threat was an intelligence failure that, according to Obama, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has already taken responsibility for. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lrIU1s2KDs

    9/11/2015
    The scandal surrounding US intelligence reports on ISIS just hit President Barack Obama’s inner circle.

    James Clapper, America’s top spy, is reportedly in “frequent and unusual contact” with the military officer who is suspected of allowing US reports on ISIS to be altered to fit the administration’s official line,
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/somethings-wrong-isis-intelligence-scandal-132000086.html

    From the looks of it three Anti-America Pro-muslim ☪b☭ma Admin picks.

  213. Larry Ledwick says:

    From the things I am seeing on Twitter it appears that a partisan sub group in the intelligence community has used some of Trump’s campaign and early transition comments about the intelligence community as an excuse (reason) to declare a Rasputinesqe war on the core of his program. They apparently are trying to neuter the Trump agenda by systematically taking down the major loyal Trump program supporters in his team.

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/former-obama-officials-loyalists-waged-campaign-oust-flynn/

    That said Flynn did have some contacts with Russia that bothered some people, especially his contacts and appearences on RT which the traditional intelligence community sees as a wholly owned Russian propaganda arm and possible cover for some of their agents. In their view that “tainted” Flynn. No way for outsiders to determine if this is true or a cover story for palace intrigue.

    Flynn apparently has a confrontational personality that grated on many in the intelligence community from his time at DIA

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/10/how-mike-flynn-became-americas-angriest-general-214362

    http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-flynn-right-to-resign-after-russia-revelations/a-37552103

    http://www.dickmorris.com/flynn-victim-obama/

    https://www.rt.com/op-edge/377290-us-michael-flynn-resignation/

    http://observer.com/2017/02/donald-trump-administration-mike-flynn-russian-embassy/

    From twitter
    Gianni Riotta Verified account
    ‏@riotta

    .@DevinNunes : “First it’s Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne @KellyannePolls , then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be @Reince Priebus”

  214. Larry Ledwick says:

    There are obviously some in the intelligence community that think the Trump administration is riddled with Russian agents/sympathizers. Given how deeply we were penetrated by the Soviets during WWII and into the decades after up to at least the 1960’s that is not really unreasonable, as I am sure that the Obama administration was also similarly penetrated given their behavior on some issues and the open sympathy for Marxism/socialism that they and the media demonstrated.

    Unfortunately those of us outside really have no way to know other than watching the long term trend of events and who is left standing when it is all done.

    From twitter:

    Dawn D
    ‏@celestialclocks

    @20committee Or is Flynn the “sacrificial lamb”? Or will Flynn do what he did after Obama fired him? Should fireworks be expected?

    John Schindler ‏@20committee 16 hours ago

    John Schindler Retweeted Dawn D
    Oh, we’re just getting started rooting Russian pawns out of Trump WH. Flynn was no more than a nasty amuse bouche.

    John Schindler (20committe) clearly does not think much of Trump (did not like Hillary either), but sometimes he seems to protest too much (?)

    By his own admission, often agent provocateurs are the ones making the most noise in support of the agenda that they are trying to destroy so in my mind the jury is out on this whole question. It will be weeks – months before we on the street know who is playing who and for what end.

    My gut instinct is that Trump is honestly interested in the welfare and success of traditional American values – – – I cannot make that same statement about all the cars in the Trump train as I am sure there are a lot of carpetbaggers using it to serve their own agenda. Likewise the deepstate owned by globalists and other power players is going to do what serves its interests and might be completely apolitical about who gets stepped on in the process.

  215. Larry Ledwick says:

    Has anyone else noticed the deafening silence from the protesters the last few days?

    Gives me that same feeling you get when the kids are no where in sight and it is too quiet!

  216. Larry Ledwick says:

    This item from The Free Beacon asserts that the agenda against Flynn was for Obama hold overs to cripple the Trump national security team and road block his efforts to redo the Iran Nuclear deal.

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/former-obama-officials-loyalists-waged-campaign-oust-flynn/

  217. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    They have been dispatched to the Republican Open House (or whatever they call it … meet the folks back home… Towne Haul ? ;-) events in each district.

    So each Republican meeting his constituents has had a building packed with shouting belligerents all wanting Trump removed and shouting things like “Do Your Job!” and requesting impeachment and more.

    They seem unable to multi-task, or they have only one thought at a time, or maybe they only have enough Rent-A-Mob for one big event at a time…

  218. Gail Combs says:

    Interesting take on Flynn.
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/02/14/michael-flynn-resigns/comment-page-1/#comments

    Note that his entire resignation letter was immediately leaked to the Urinalists.

    Wouldn’t it be a blast if the whole thing was a trap by Trump and Flynn to catch the top dog leaker inside Intelligence.

  219. llanfar says:

    @Gail That would blow my mind. Machiavelli would be proud.

  220. Larry Ledwick says:

    The plot thickens from twitter:
    Ferik
    ‏@On_Politike

    Folks, looks like @KellyannePolls is out too. POTUS, Real Donald Trump&White House have unfollowed her&she removed POTUS pic from profile

  221. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm perhaps some support of the idea that Flynn was ousted to keep him from revealing secret annexes to the Iran Nuclear deal, we have this warning from Iran?

    http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951125000750

  222. Larry Ledwick says:

    And now we have NYT’s drop of an outline of intelligence agencies investigating communications between Russians (who they allege are connected to Russian Intelligence) an associates of the Trump campaign.

    All anonymously sourced of course.

    The unanswered question is how routine is such intercepts in other administrations (ie Obama and connections to Iran etc.) or any other context info that might show if this is or is not normal behavior for an incoming administration to try to establish a feel for other countries they will be dealing with using any established contacts they might already have access to.

    It will be interesting to watch the play by play of this game of palace intrigue and who leaks what about whom and who is miraculously untouched by these suspicious contacts.

    I’m sure a similar investigation into Chinese contacts with the Clinton’s would be an interesting comparison.

  223. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter two different views of the NYT story. (looks a lot like full contact political games to me)

    Ari Fleischer Verified account
    ‏@AriFleischer

    Why isn’t the headline: “Officials Say No Evidence of Cooperation Betw Trump campaign and Russia”- as story states.

    http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/02/14/leaked-michael-flynn-wiretap-criminal-action-rep-peter-king-says-donald-trump

    Frank Gaffney Retweeted
    Jim Hanson ‏@Uncle_Jimbo 23 minutes ago

    We’re seeing a soft coup
    By the institutional govt/left
    Trying to take down @POTUS

    Time to IG & CI the s**t out of
    Intel agencies & State

    ——————-

    John Schindler ‏@20committee 50 minutes ago
    AND THERE IT IS ====> [referring to the NYT story]

    John Schindler ‏@20committee 47 minutes ago
    John Schindler Retweeted John Schindler
    I can think of several reasons why a POTUS campaign would be in contact with hostile FI services.
    None are legal.

    John Schindler ‏@20committee 46 minutes ago
    John Schindler Retweeted John Schindler
    #NSA spies on RIS. As they spy on us. Everybody but Trump knew this.
    SIGINT strikes again. They’re going down.

    John Schindler ‏@20committee 38 minutes ago
    Putin used Wikileaks & his boy Snowden to hurt #NSA — bad. Now #NSA will sink Vova’s boy Don.
    #Karma, anyone?

    [and what if the persons involved did not know the people they were contacting were intelligence assets – and took their cover identity at face value? ]

  224. E.M.Smith says:

    IMHO, Trump mad a very bad strategic error in letting Flynn go. He put blood in the water and let the sharks taste meat… Instead of being down 46 to zero, they now have it 46 to 7… Touchdown AND Field Goal!

    He would have been better served to have kept Flynn on as the designated target story. Played it out, and put out some fake bits for leakers to break their teeth on. Type up “I resign” letter and send it over (knowing it isn’t real) and then watch for the story to show. Do a “You’re Fired” letter and send it to Flynn a different channel (then watch and wait).

    By letting Flynn take the fall, the sharks are all hungry and on to the next target…

    He needs to think more special forces and less W.W.II. You have a guy isolated and taking incoming, OK, just leave him there and start collecting intel on where the shots are coming from, and what assets need taking out. Put him on the nightly news (so what you are doing covertly gets no coverage). Send in air drops of more munitions and such, heck, start building a fire base around hm … all while collecting intel and planning other battles… BUT, never ever let him be fed to the enemy sharks… blow it all up taking them and him out if it comes to that, but never sacrifice a pawn.

  225. Gail Combs says:

    The targeting of Flynn is part of the process for setting up the impeachment of Trump. Remember Nixon was impeached on ‘cover-up’ and Trump is known for being loyal.

    Michael Moore
    ✔ @MMFlint
    He’s only first to go. One by one they will drop until the so-called president is told “you’re fired.” Up next, Miller & Bannon.

    Lots of information out there.

    Sundance had up this timeline. (Note there was more than one phone call)

    Dec 25th 2016 – Flynn talks to Russian counterpart
    Dec 29th 2016 – Obama announces sanctions on Russia
    Jan 15th 2017 – VP Pence appears on Face the nation.
    Jan 20th 2017 – Inauguration
    Jan 26th 2017 – Sally Yates (acting DOJ) informs President Trump there might be a conflict between VP Pence’s stated TV version (was told by Flynn), and what Intel community communicate to Yates that Flynn actually expressed.
    Jan 27th 2017 – White House counsel begins investigation to discrepancy.
    Unknown date – DOJ/White House Counsel investigation finds no violation of law in Flynn communication content w/ Russia and informs White House.
    Legal issue Removed – Issue is: Did Flynn mislead President, Vice-President, and key White House staff on content of communication.
    Feb 13th 2017 – White House accepts Flynn resignation.

    Why was Flynn’s classified phone call and NAME leaked? Law’s broken?
    There are two options.
    1. Acting attorney general Sally Yates ordered a wire tap on Flynn’s classified phone calls.

    2. The NSA routinely intercepts ALL communications with foreign nationals. This is legal as far as the American party to the phone call is not identified. It then follows that NSA passed along the recording’s to the FBI who opened the investigation into Flynn/Logan Act. If this was the case WHO leaked Gen. Flynn’s identity to the media and broke the law?
    >>>>>>>>>>>>

    Did Flynn bring up ☪b☭ma’s sanctions or was it the Russian who did?
    That Russian did is certainly a likely possibility. What are the chances that the Russian WOULDN’T bring up the sanctions a couple days after they were applied? About zero, I would say. Therefore even if Flynn responded “I can’t discuss the sanctions, that will have to wait until Trump is in the Whitehouse but don’t do anything rash”. It would be recorded. Then the leaker could run with the meme ” ☪b☭ma’s sanctions were discussed” In that case the leaker could tell the Yellow Stream Media that sanctions were discussed while Flynn told Pence that he didn’t discuss the sanctions and both would be correct.

    Since the phone calls were classified, we are in a he (Flynn) said she (Sally Yates) said mode. With the actual phone call with held from the public because it is classified.

    However if this is the case there is an ‘out’ Howie points to.

    …It appears to be true that the President has the legal authority to declassify classified materials however he chooses. This conclusion is supported by dicta in Department of Navy v. Egan, 484 US 518 (1988), and it is consistent with the historical fact that classification and declassification decisions have been made by the President. (On the relevance of historical facts, see Justice Frankfurter’s separate opinion in The Steel Seizure Case.) To be sure, Congress might have the power to limit the President’s power to classify and declassify (though the President is likely to resist any such limitation on constitutional grounds) — but no such limitation appears to be in place….

    But the currently governing order, E.O. 13292 (amending E.O. 12958, as amended), seems to be best read not to limit the President’s own declassification authority. There are some wrinkles here. See in particular section 3.1(b), which notes, “In some exceptional cases, however, the need to protect [classified] information may be outweighed by the public interest in disclosure of the information, and in these cases the information should be declassified.” This section goes on to refer to the decision of the “agency head or the senior agency official,” but the reference should probably be understood in the context of ultimate presidential control of classification and declassification decisions….

    In some exceptional cases, however, the need to protect [classified] information may be outweighed by the public interest in disclosure of the information, and in these cases the information should be declassified.
    http://www.uchicagolaw.typepad.com/faculty/2006/04/presidential_de.html

  226. Gail Combs says:

    Then there is the second goody, a VERY screwy timeline and a MAJOR leak.

    The International Spectator Index tweeted a photocopy of Flynn’s resignation letter @ 8:08 PM – 13 Feb 2017

    Sundance shows the tweet with the following time:

    BREAKING: Michael Flynn’s letter of resignation
    11:08 PM – 13 Feb 2017

    Yet the first response to the story is at 8:11 PM – 13 Feb 2017

    (Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Time so that’s not it.)

    Nettles18 says:

    Reporters said Trump was in the Oval Office until after 11pm working on the draft of Mike Flynn’s resignation letter. The news broke just after 11pm and a screen shot of the letter was tweeted out. Also at the same time, reporters advised that Kellogg had been named in charge for now. I checked the White House website and twitter accounts and nothing was there. How did reporters know this.

    A full hour later, the official statements got released and tweeted

    [ White House Tweet link with copy of letter ]

    The White House
    ✔ @WhiteHouse

    POTUS Trump Names Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as Acting National Security Advisor-Accepts Resignation of Lt. General Michael Flynn
    12:24 AM – 14 Feb 2017

    2,502 2,502 Retweets
    5,501

    I can tell you I saw very angry people on twitter that these leaks continue and they were none to happy hearing the information from the media before it was officially announcement by the White House.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    So WHO the heck IS The International Spectator Index?

    The first up on google is Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. saying “Karim Mezran, Adjunct professor of Middle East Studies, and several other SAIS professors and scholars contributed articles to the IAI’s The International Spectator, Italian Journal of International Affairs’

    The school has three offices:
    Nitze Building
    1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036

    Bologna Center
    via Belmeloro, 11
    40126 Bologna, Italy

    Hopkins-Nanjing Center
    Nanjing University
    162 Shanghai Road
    Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China 210008
    People’s Republic of China

  227. Gail Combs says:

    YEAH, E.M. Trump just gave the Yellow Stream Media a large juicy bone to chew.

    Canadian The Star
    Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence

    U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee.
    [PHOTO]
    [CAPTION]Paul Manafort, then the campaign chairman to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, takes part in an interview before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, last July. Manafort and other associates of Trump are being investigated for having possible ties to Russian officials.

    WASHINGTON—Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former U.S. officials.

    U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.

    The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such co-operation.

    But the intercepts alarmed U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. At one point last summer, Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.

    The officials said the intercepted communications were not limited to Trump campaign officials, and included other associates of Trump. On the Russian side, the contacts also included members of the Russian government outside of the intelligence services, the officials said. All of the current and former officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the continuing investigation is classified
    The officials said one of the advisers picked up on the calls was Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign chairman for several months last year and had worked as a political consultant in Russia and Ukraine. The officials declined to identify the other Trump associates on the calls.

    The call logs and intercepted communications are part of a larger trove of information that the FBI is sifting through as it investigates the links between Trump’s associates and the Russian government….

  228. llanfar says:



    A democrat more interested in saving the USA than harming Trump?

  229. llanfar says:

    @E.M. Please link to (or blog) how to prevent this garbage ‘auto-expand YouTube links as a way to kill mobile browsers’. I tried embedding it in an href this time and it still inlined the video :(

  230. Gail Combs says:

    Oh, and speaking of being in contact with Russian Intel officers, Hubby was in contact with more than one when working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory on seismic discrimination an international project answering the questions:
    1. How do you tell the difference between a bomb test and an Earthquake?
    2. Can you hide a bomb test inside an earthquake?

    He said that by the end of the project, all the geologists agreed with the plate tectonics theory.

    Heck he also knew I A Stone.

  231. llanfar says:

    The possible leaker – from the Still report (mangled YouTube to prevent inline) – https://www. youtube. /watch?v=cma0Uf4HctE .

  232. Gail Combs says:

    llanfar
    I put the video link in a line of text.
    EXAMPLE:
    This is a video you want to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTMxfAkxfQ0

  233. llanfar says:

    So nothing special (no href) – just not on its own line?

  234. G. Combs says:

    llanfar, yes just not on it’s own line. Same goes for pictures.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    More on the Flynn/Fake News from Mike Cernovitch

    …Why then should we trust WaPo when it claims:

    Nine current and former officials, who were in senior positions at multiple agencies at the time of the calls, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

    Let me be frank with you.

    I do not believe these nine sources exist. I believe they are entirely made up.

    The entire foundation for the General Flynn story is WaPo is based on the word of a blogger who works for the same Washington Post that has been busted spreading numerous hoaxes about Russia.

    It’s not that I believe WaPo is biased or slants its coverage.
    My sincerely held belief if[is-sp.] that they make up stories and fabricate sources…

    https://www.dangerandplay.com/2017/02/12/general-flynn-is-in-wapo-is-out-a-letter-to-liberals-about-fake-news/

    Note that this goes along with the statement by Sundance: “…The Washington Post was the originating source of the ‘controversy’/’fiasco’. As previously stated numerous times, The Washington Post is the official leak-outlet for the political arm of the CIA…..”

    Mike comes out with a more recent article What General Flynn’s Resignation Means for America agreeing with E.M. The firing of Flynn over what seems to be a Fake News Story is a tactical error’

  235. Gail Combs says:

    Pure Speculation…

    First the diversion: The RUSSIANS ARE COMING…
    The Intel community and the Yellow Stream Media are trying REAL HARD to convince us Russia is our enemy AND that they ‘hacked’ our election. But if you ignore that you find our REAL enemy is Trojan Horse Immigration.

    The annoying ones are the parasites sucking on our economy. The illegals using up our tax $$$ on schooling, food stamps, law enforcement not to mention the lost of American jobs, depressing of wages and the economic repercussions of exporting US $$ to Mexico. SEE: Why the ‘Local Multiplier Effect’ Always Counts The seditious ones are La Raza, the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR… who make no secret of the fact they want to take over our country either completely or in part and get rid of our Constitution.

    So back to following the dots from the The International Spectator Index leak. The paper connects to The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies with offices in Italy and Washington DC. A main contributor to the paper per the University is Karim Mezran.

    Who else does Karim Mezran write for??? The Atlantic Council!

    And who do we also find at the Atlantic Council??
    Dmitri Alperovitch

    The ENTIRE RUSSIA HACKED THE ELECTION meme depends entirely on Dmitri’s hatred for his former country, Russia!
    New York Times (owned by Mexican Carlos Slim) Election Hacking: Here’s The Evidence Russia Hacked The Democratic National Committee

    CrowdStrike, was called in by the Democratic National Committee to analyze the hack against their computer system last April. With the DNC’s permission, CrowdStrike then posted details of what it had found. Attribution of hackers, whether by intelligence services or private firms, is a particular discipline. Much of it relies on signature methods used by the hackers, specific pieces of code, and distinguishing behavior.

    CrowdStrike’s co-founder, Dmitri Alperovitch, uncovered evidence that two groups of Russian hackers he had named Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, had been behind the DNC hack…..

    Russian Expat Founds CrowdStrike to Guard Against Russian Email Hackers – Who Is Dmitri Alperovitch?

    Why Crowdstrike’s Russian Hacking Story Fell Apart- Say Hello to Fancy Bear

    …In the wake of the JAR-16-20296 dated December 29, 2016 about hacking and influencing the 2016 election, the need for real evidence is clear. The joint report adds nothing substantial to the October 7th report. It relies on proofs provided by the cyber security firm Crowdstrike that is clearly not on par with intelligence findings or evidence. At the top of the report is an “as is” statement showing this.

    The difference between Dmitri Alperovitch’s claims which are reflected in JAR-1620296 and this article is that enough evidence is provided to warrant an investigation of specific parties for the DNC hacks. The real story involves specific anti-American actors that need to be investigated for real crimes.

    For instance, the malware used was an out-dated version just waiting to be found. The one other interesting point is that the Russian malware called Grizzly Steppe is from Ukraine. How did Crowdstrike miss this when it is their business to know?…..

    Just too many Darn coincidences for my taste. Out of 300 plus billion people the same names keep showing up?

  236. Gail Combs says:

    And this one White Hats Within Intel are Working Furiously, But Are You Paying Attention The Yellow Stream Media certainly isn’t.

    […]
    DOT #1 – Venezuela’s Vice President, El Aissami, is called out by the Trump administration for narcotics trafficking:

    Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Venezuelan national Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami) as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking.

    El Aissami is the Executive Vice President of Venezuela. (read more)

    DOT #2 – However, narcotics isn’t El Assimi’s only endeavor. El Aissami is a known operative and agent of Iran and the terrorist group Hezbollah:

    […] For Iran and Hezbollah, Bolivarian continuity in Venezuela is crucial to their ongoing Latin American operations, of which Caracas is a springboard to the rest of the region. For Maduro, Tehran represents a key security guarantee for his regime’s survival.

    That is where El Aissami comes in.

    Despite the Baathist family background — his father headed the Venezuelan branch of the Iraqi Baath Party — and his Lebanese Druze origins, El Aissami seems to prefer the Islamist Shiite revolutionary Hezbollah and Iran over the Baath’s supposedly secular pan-Arabism. (read more)

    DOT #3 – El Aissami has been identified as the mastermind behind the program to give false passports to known terrorist organizations from the mid-east:

    […] the U.S. Intel community has already had eyes on El-Aissami, who has apparent ties to drug traffickers, Iran, and Hezbollah. (The Venezuelan opposition refers to him as the “Narco of Aragua.”) When he was the head of Venezuela’s passport agency, he used that position to issue fake passports and identity documents to questionable Iranians. (read more)

    Several more dots leading back to the reason for the take down of Flynn and Trump’s immigration policies.

    Just think SOON a terrorist coming to a town near you… If he isn’t there already waiting for orders.

  237. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit from the UK on Trump responding to the fire hose leaks from the intelligence community.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4227238/Trump-says-NSA-FBI-illegally-leaking.html

  238. Gail Combs says:

    From Bloomberg The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn

    One White House official with knowledge of the conversations told me that the Russian ambassador raised the sanctions to Flynn and that Flynn responded that the Trump team would be taking office in a few weeks and would review Russia policy and sanctions. That’s neither illegal nor improper.

    The rest is the usual mud slinging with some interesting nuggets about the seriousness of the leaks worth looking at… Eli Lake is a Bloomberg View columnist. He was the senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast

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  240. Larry Ledwick says:

    One other justification is coming out on Flynn’s resignation. At the time this first came out it was highly questionable that his son had a need to know for a clearance.
    From twitter:

    Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper 17 hours ago

    Sr admin official tells @JDiamond1 Flynn also fired bc without telling Transition head Pence he put in for security clearance for his son.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/06/politics/trump-transition-michael-flynn-conspiracy-theories/

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/michael-flynn-resign-son-flynn-jr-responds-234993

    So it appears there (assuming the above are accurate characterizations) some corner cutting going on which fits the characterization that Flynn was a bit of a loose cannon and tended to do things his own way.

    This is not an uncommon characteristic for senior military flag officers who are used to being god within their own command. Leaving your boss out of the loop on important decisions is a good way to get in hot water in any environment (military, government, or private business).

    Now sometimes you need a maverick in a job for a while to kick some doors open, it remains to be seen if that was Trump’s intent and that Flynn has a short term objective in Trumps strategy or he wanted to give him a chance to prove himself but was willing to cut the losses quickly if he was unhappy with the results.

  241. A C Osborn says:

    The anti Trump Republicans are now moving in for the kill, joining the Democrats in asking for a major investigation in to the “Russian” connection.
    It is not looking good.

  242. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters 1h1 hour ago
    Trump offers national security adviser job to Vice Admiral Harward: sources http://reut.rs/2lPRNia

    (most excellent! A Navy seal with actual field experience all over the world is the ideal advisor to Trump about what is practical – possible – and – desirable in security operations)

  243. philjourdan says:

    @Larry

    My gut instinct is that Trump is honestly interested in the welfare and success of traditional American values

    The harder the press tries to smear and create news with Trump, the more convinced your Gut knows more than any of them. They are not peeling away his support. They are solidifying it.

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