Month One of Trump

The prior thread is here:

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/week-2-of-1-a-t/

As of now, we have had Flynn hounded out of office for actually doing his job and opening a dialog with what The Left is pushing as our biggest national security threat ever (seems like they never have grasped the concept of “know your enemy”) so he has been encouraged to leave as Trump and Pense got blindsided by The Media and the Democrat Political Assassination Squads.

IMHO letting him go was a mistake as it just feeds the sharks… Better use would be to let them be focused on him and teased by the tempting morsel so close yet unreachable. Now they have tasted blood and want more, so need the next sacrificial body to rend.

Concern Troll Senator McCain was just on CNN expressing “concern” over our having no Security Advisor in the face of all the Soviet Russian Issues. Hey, Johnny, how about not hounding a perfectly good one out of office… then bitching about it. Oh, and getting with the post-cold-war era while you are at it. Russia as Evil Empire is sooo 1970s…

The Soros Sponsored Rent-A-Mob is not in the streets about Russia at the moment, having gotten a nice take-down on that already this week, but instead have gone home so that they can swamp Republican Town Haul Meetings (no, not a typo, they haul in a load of loot from back home donors…) and disrupt and chant in an attempt to get them to turn on Trump. IMHO the best thing to do would be for Bikers For Trump to start showing up en-mass at Republican meetings and just “mingle”… /sarc;

Soros continues to try to push for an American Color Revolution just like the joyous ones he funded and furthered in places like Lybia, Egypt, Ukraine, Syria, etc. etc. Now didn’t they turn out just wonderful places now? Well, if you ignore the deaths, rubble, bombs, wars,… He’s pissed at Putin for catching on and tossing his ass (and his Open Society NGOs asses) out of Russia – along with issuing a Soros International Arrest Warrant. Hey, Don Donald: Want fewer problems? Just recognize the Russian Warrant and swap Soros for Snowden… kind of a ‘win win’… Or heck, just give Putin Soros and let him keep Snowden then he has all the political headaches of both.

Unfortunately, the well oiled Democrats are just loving it rolling in all that Soros money and paid for Rent-A-Mob free disruption staff, so have sold out the nation to the expedience of Kaos… pardon, chaos… and are well on their way to sedition-land. Having zero of anything positive to offer the nation, they are doing the only things they can do: disrupt, have tantrums, character assassinations, complain, cry, fling poo. All the best you can expect from a 3 year old. But hey, it’s $Millions on the line.

The good news is that all that disruption on their part just shows how well on target is POTUS Trump and his Band Of Merry Millionaires as they set about “fixing” (now where is that banding gun…) the government. Dear Donald: Just keep remembering that the more they scream about it, the more we Deplorables know you are in the right place doing the right thing. Don’t let the media bleating wear you down. While they think it horrible (as they are on the wrong end of the bander) we think it makes them much more tasty and tender over time…

Finally, we had the outrageous display of a misogynistic anti-semitic mob attacking a woman and a Jew. Yes, the despicable dimocratic assault on the family of the POTUS in the form of Ivanka. Guess it is open season on women and Jews in the Democratic Party and at Nordstrom’s but I note in passing that Macy’s seems to still have the Ivanka clothing line. Isn’t it interesting how the party that screams “misogynist” and “anti-Semite” the most is quite happy with DOING those things as long as it is to the family of someone they hate. Can we call that a “hate crime”? Pretty please? Near as I can tell, Ivanka is a proponent of women’s issues, leans Democratic, and is in all ways visible “one of their own”. But never mind that, it’s feeding time in the shark tank and cannibalism is fine as long as you hate them first.

It isn’t even a whole month yet…
One wonders what the next 11 months will bring?

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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149 Responses to Month One of Trump

  1. omanuel says:

    After one month, I am pleased with Mr. Trump’s performance and pleased that he is in office as criminal geo-engineering is being exposed:

    http://wakeup-world.com/2017/02/15/exposed-carnegie-science-criminal-climate-engineering-cover-up/

    The Geophysics Sectuon of the US NAS (National Academy of Sciences) apparently established the American Geophysics Union (AGU) after WWII to cover geo-engineering projects after nations and national academies of sciences were united under the UN on 24 OCT 1945.

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Evan McMullin on CNN now pushing the notion that the Trump Whitehouse is in chaos with “nobody in charge” and that there was much too much contact between the Trump campaign and the Russians prior the election. Also pushing the idea that the Intelligence Agencies are legitimately worried about letting Trump have secret intel due to his Russian Connections.

    Looks to me like with Tasty Fried Flynn in their tummy, the Sick Soros Left is putting on the full push for Trump as Russian Traitor and the ‘need’ to ‘remove’ him from office now…

    They are clearly cranking up the rhetoric and the “manufacturing dissent” process…

    Don’t know who Evan McMullin is, but clearly he is one of the preferred tools…

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    Shepard Smith on Fox is running almost exactly the same story as CNN but is interviewing Senator Warner D-Va instead who is doing the same Concern Troll role asking to see Trumps tax returns and again asserting the notion Trump is a Putin stooge… Shepard asking about why there have not been indictments and / or investigations.

    Looks like the shift of Fox to the Left is well underway.

    Oh Well. It will open a niche for actually conservative news services to grow.

    Looks like a full on push now from all YSM (and Fox) to paint “Trump The Traitor” and “Russia The Enemy” into the public mind and set the stage for hounding from office or impeachment. Time will tell if this round of Character Assassination and Concern Trolling sticks or not; but it is clear that The Media are out to hang Trump’s yellow scalp on their wall.

  4. Bobn says:

    The holdovers of Obamas in the WH and State Department are leaking everything, Trump needs to fire everyone and clean house. They will destroy him if this continues. The State is not following Tillerson and is out of control, He should gut the place and rebuild a new Department without all the Liberal, Global agendas.
    The area of most concern is Obama’s army with 250 commanders and office sites. They are poised to respond to any orders and there are over 30,000 of them. This seems like sedition and once again is Soros funded.

  5. Power Grab says:

    Yes. Anyone else remember how Hillary cleaned out the White House Travel Office when Bill Clinton was first elected?

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    Add Puzder Labor Secretary nominee’s scalp to the wall….

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    Evan McMullin is ex CIA and one of the group trying to nuke Trump, he ran against him in Utah as a presidential candidate.

  8. Larry Ledwick says:

    Given federal hiring rules it will be very difficult to fire a lot of those folks, short of closing down departments and then starting new departments or a functional equivalent of that.
    Such as assigning them to a compound in the Arizona desert until they resign.

  9. jim2 says:

    Wait until companies repatriate billions in overseas cash and create many more jobs here. Of course the leftstream media will want to focus on Putin, but gradually, they will have less and less impact as the common man moves to the fore.

  10. John F. Hultquist says:

    Over time, the US has set itself up to fail.
    Once upon a revolution, it was considered proper for a person to become knowledgeable and successful – then devote a period of time helping to run the country. Now if one is successful it is suspect if he or she runs for elected office. Better to go in poor and come out rich. Plenty recent folks in this group.
    Many successful people do not want to totally abandon their possessions and family. Nor do they care to have their locker room banter discussed on a video feed. One has to learn about age 4 to never say or do anything the might offend anyone. I, of course, did not learn that – yet.

    [Currently, I don’t know enough about the FBI, the Russians, and Mike Flynn to comment.]

  11. John F. Hultquist says:

    Larry,
    assigning them to a compound

    Assign them to link hands and for 4 hour shifts during nice weather, stand at the border with Mexico.
    During nasty weather, make that an 8 hour shift.

  12. Power Grab says:

    Refresh my memory – are these departments the ones that were issued assault rifles and gobs of ammo?

  13. A C Osborn says:

    I don’t think that Trump will last another month at this rate.
    With absolutely no MSM on his side and so many Republicans also working against him as well as the various Security depts the pressure will become intolerable.
    I just can’t see him having the time to mount an effective counter attack.

  14. gareth says:

    Hi E.M.
    Agree with pretty much all of what you say **except** I don’t understand the bit about Snowden. Seems to me that he revealed that the “tinfoil hat brigade” actually were right and you all really were being comprehensibly lied to by a “rouge state” of various three letter agencies, spying on you (illegally) 24/7. I’d have thought that you’d be a supporter?
    All the best,
    Gareth

  15. Gail Combs says:

    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.”

    “It wasn’t about sanctions. It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out,” Flynn said. “So that’s what it turned out to be. It was basically, ‘Look, I know this happened. We’ll review everything.’ I never said anything such as, ‘We’re going to review sanctions,’ or anything like that.”
    http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/14/exclusive-defiant-flynn-insists-he-crossed-no-lines-leakers-must-be-prosecuted/#ixzz4YkLfUOSa

    As I showed earlier:
    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?…..

    And Dmitri Alperovitch is a Russian ex-pat who hates Russia.
    Russian Expat Founds CrowdStrike to Guard Against Russian Email Hackers – Who Is Dmitri Alperovitch?

    So Actually it is not looking bad at all since it is well known that Songbird McCain and ‘Miss’ Lindsey Graham are war mongers in the ‘pay’ of George Soros. https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2015/10/13/mccain-and-soros/ AND John McCain funded by Soros since 2001

    Remember that McCain is tied to/originated the Fake Trump’s ‘Golden Shower’ Dossier that was so unbelievable it was laughed out of the water. link McCain and Graham visited Ukraine over New Year’s Eve. A few weeks later, civil war erupted. The UK GROINIAD: John McCain tells Ukraine protesters: ‘We are here to support your just cause’

    On top of that only 6% of Americans believe the MSM and that number is going down.

    Jan 23rd was the day that the FBI cleared Flynn and Trump was officially made aware of the leak.
    http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/report-trumps-national-security-adviser-investigated-for-russia-connections/

    Interesting that Trump/Flynn waited almost three weeks…
    WAITED until Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General
    and WAITED til ~8:00 at night….
    AND the letter was IMMEDIATELY LEAKED…

    18 § 798 of the U.S. Code:
    Whoever knowingly and willfully communicates … or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes … any classified information … obtained by the processes of communication intelligence from the communications of any foreign government … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

    The CIA was caught hacking Senate computers and no one was prosecuted. Brennan was in charge of the CIA when it occurred.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/10/cia-senate-investigation-constitutional-crisis-daniel-jones

    I would not bet on Sessions following Lynch’s lead.

  16. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. “… But hey, it’s $Millions on the line.”
    >>>>>
    Sundance: “The establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election. …..”

    Think of the 10 TRILLION ☪b☭ma saddled tax payers with and the sedition mobs we got in return.

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gareth:

    Well, I’m more or less neutral on Snowden. On the one hand, what he did was a tremendous benefit to the people of the USA and needed doing. On the other hand, as an Admin type myself, the most fundamental rule is to never ever harm the client. He harmed the client. I’ve had 100% access to corporate email and all tech secrets at a fortune 100 company. I never ever used any of it in any way that was not the way the client requested.

    So politically, I agree with what he did. As an I.T. Admin, I find it very wrong.

    Were I the guy in charge, I’d likely give him a 5 year sentence to prison, then after the first day, issue a pardon. Recognize what he did was wrong, but for a good result…

    Schitzo? Yup, I’m human too.

    Thus my ambivalent statement in the article of “use him as trade goods” or just “leave him be in Russia”. The first as it is “in the news” and the second as it is probably, IMHO, the best thing to do with him for Trump, and for him.

    @Gail:

    Oh, I was unclear… that was $Millions PER PERSON on the Left…

    8-)

  18. Gail Combs says:

    A few Rasmussen polls
    A January 13 [2016] poll released by Rasmussen Reports shows less than one-third of Americans trust the federal government when it comes to guns.

    The problem is the ‘Deep State’ is playing with fire. Most Americans were NOT happy with the government under the left.

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    ….A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that two-out-of-three Likely U.S. Voters (67%) are angry at the current policies of the federal government, including 38% who are Very Angry. Thirty percent (30%) say they are not angry at these policies, but that includes just nine percent (9%) who are Not At All Angry. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    This is consistent with regular surveying since 2009, and it appears this anger is finally bubbling up in support of outsider presidential candidates like Trump and Bernie Sanders. This anger peaked at 75% in 2010, the year Republicans regained control of a portion of Congress.

    But voters remain even angrier with Congress: 84% feel that way, with 53% who are Very Angry. Only 13% are not angry at Congress, including three percent (3%) who are Not At All Angry. This, too, is in line with surveying for the past several years.

    Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters are still angry at large corporations; 41% are not. This includes 29% who are Very Angry and 12% who are Not At All Angry. These findings also are nearly identical to past surveys….
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/january_2016/most_voters_are_still_angry

    For the last several years only 25% to 35% of voters thought the country was headed in the right direction. (see column on right in article below)

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    Forty-five percent (45%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey for the week ending February 9.

    That’s down a point from the previous week and down two points from the week before that which was the highest level of optimism in over 12 years of regular surveying. By comparison, the weekly finding was in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016….
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/right_direction_wrong_track_feb13

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

    House Intelligence Committee Chair: Leakers of Flynn Call ‘Belong in Jail’

    William Binney, a former highly placed NSA official turned whistleblower, contended in an exclusive interview today that the National Security Agency (NSA) is “absolutely” monitoring the phone calls of President Donald Trump.

  19. Gail Combs says:

    Power Grab says: “Refresh my memory – are these departments the ones that were issued assault rifles and gobs of ammo?”

    Yes, even the Department of Education and the Department of Ag were issued guns and Ammo.

    E.M. — Chuckle, Some ONLY get a million, others get billions.

  20. Gail Combs says:

    Trump, may have peed in his soup, but I am more inclined to think there is a method to his madness.

    Trump has been very very aware that he has major enemies in the Intelligence community.

    So what has happened so far.
    1. They went after Manafort. Trump cut him loose. Now they are going after him again.
    Manafort said:
    “When people say that I was involved in a pro-Putin administration, number one, they don’t understand that Yanukovych and Putin were enemies for most of the four years of his term. Number two, the main accomplishment of Yanukovych was to set the stage for Ukraine to be in Europe, which is pro-American and pro-Western, not pro-Russian.”
    However “Citing anonymous sources, the New York Times reported law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted calls between Manafort and senior Russian intelligence officials last summer.” AHHhhh the usual ‘anon source’ The New York Times of course is owned by the Mexican Carlos Slim.
    Mannafort defending himself:
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/manafort-i-did-not-inadvertently-contact-russians

    2. John McCain, a KNOWN Soros puppet, came up with the Golden Shower Dossier
    McCain Admits He Gave Dossier Containing “Sensitive Information” On Trump To The FBI AND it got laughed at.

    3. The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn

    At this point it goes one of two ways.
    Congress tries to impeach Trump on his ‘Russian Connections’ and chances going down in flames from the back lash by his supporters.

    The White Hats have gathered enough evidence to prove sedition and maybe even treason and most certainly violating 18 U.S. Code § 798 – Disclosure of classified information and Jeff Sessions gathers up a large number of Swamp Critters. OH, and don’t forget that Prime Minister Netanyahu just met with Trump and Isreali Intelligence is most likely better than ours..

  21. Larry Ledwick says:

    don’t forget that Prime Minister Netanyahu just met with Trump and Isreali Intelligence is most likely better than ours..

    And more importantly they are not fans of the progressive left and they would have no legal constraints regarding looking for dirt on US persons.
    It would be a great payback for Netanyahu to burn the Obama deep state cadre.

    Best order some more popcorn! This could go international, with several players having vested interests in breaking the back of the Progressive Left and even some of the Progressive Republicans like McCain.

    I think with Sessions in place Trump will weather this although he might get a few bruises, he plays to win and might get in some pretty good counter punches.

    Remember the rank and file FBI was livid over the Clinton case handling, and they would love to get into the game too if they can find a way.

    This is going to look like Rasputin in Russia or some other notorious palace intrigue before it is all over, and it is literally for the survival of America from the looks of it, which will unlock some doors not usually opened.

  22. llanfar says:

    @Larry
    Given federal hiring rules it will be very difficult to fire a lot of those folks, short of closing down departments and then starting new departments or a functional equivalent of that.
    Such as assigning them to a compound in the Arizona desert until they resign.

    The firing rules 100% from 2 executive orders. All it takes is a pen. …and Gitmo is mostly empty…

  23. Gail Combs says:

    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” ~ William Casey, CIA Director 1981-1987 First staff meeting, 1981

  24. Serioso says:

    A national security advisor who does not know (a) that calls from the USA to Russia are routinely monitored by the security agencies and (b) does not realize security agencies leak floods of information if and when the information is unclassified and suits the purposes of an agency IS UNQUALIFIED to be national security advisor. PERIOD!

  25. Power Grab says:

    I had a lunch meeting with a critter up the food chain the other day. It was supposed to be a “getting to know you” type of thing.

    The main question I was posed was about what I thought was wrong with us (Americans) these days. It was coming from a POV about racial issues, but I addressed it in more general terms. I didn’t come out and SAY, “The MSM are the problem” (which I truly believe), but I said that the main thing I see that is different these days is that our fragmentation stems from there being so many sources of information.

    Back in the day, you could pretty much count on going to work or school and having someone ask you, “So, did you see Carson last night?” And the answer was generally in the affirmative. There were 4 TV stations (3 national and 1 state educational channel). We all generally knew what the rest of us were watching.

    How many thousands of stations are there now? I have never had satellite. I do have basic cable because it’s included in my rent. Even with the 70-or-so stations I have access to, most of the time there is NOTHING on that interests me. Most of the shows are teaching people how to be jerks or criminals. The ones that are supposed to be science are so contaminated with the obligatory CAGW propaganda that I can’t stomach them. I can’t even stomach so-called “local” news shows anymore. I’m not sure I will even watch them on during stormy weather now. They really blew it a few weeks ago when they forecast a monster ice storm. The state shut down preemptively on the basis of that forecast. But only a small part of the state was really immobilized for part of the day. I had big plans that day for an unusual outing, but I just stayed home because of the forecast. Not only that, but shortly thereafter they also featured a transgender person as a so-called “hero” … blah, blah, blah. That’s not what they usually put on. I was surprised that they kept it on for so many days.

    I’ve un-followed almost all of the conventional news sources that I had been following on Twitter and FB. I’ve deleted their apps from my phone, too. The drivel they interrupt my concentration with is so useless that I’m sure it’s not worth the electricity it took to push their messages to my phone.

    I do still take a couple of newspapers (not national) because if I don’t want to read blah-blah-blah, I can turn the page. But I figure if something is really as important as they want you to believe, there should be at least a little article somewhere in print. Other news comes to me from blogs like this. Once in a great while I’ll stumble through one of the major news web sites, but only if my stomach is feeling strong and I’m well rested. ;-)

    Anyway, my bottom line in that lunch meeting was something my dad told me a long time ago. I don’t remember how it came up. It puzzled me when he first said it. He said that sometimes there will be a guy saying, “Let’s you and him fight!”

    I told that to my lunch companion and said that I don’t want to be one of those two parties that’s being urged to beat down or get beat down. I figure that the one doing the urging is the only party that will benefit if it comes to that. I don’t know what it’s going to take to remind people that we are all on the same team, and if we try to set traps to destroy our neighbor, we should expect to go down ourselves.

    It frustrates me to realize that my grandparents were light years ahead of me in savvy and creativity. They were so clever! They were able to change things without getting into a knock-down-drag-out fight with the PTB. The frustration comes from my seeing how little I inherited of those traits!

    I realize there are SURELY insanely powerful entities who want to see the good ol’ U. S. of A. go down in flames of our own making. But Surly Curmudgeons(TM) ought to do their darnedest to see that fight “promoter” ends up hoisted with his own petard.

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Frank Gaffney ‏@frankgaffney 10 minutes ago

    .@BingWest : Most leaks come from the top , not lower level. In Intel, top intel is exempt from polygraph

    (audio pod cast is here)= http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/?powerpress_pinw=205565-podcast2

  27. Power Grab says:

    Re:

    A C Osborn says:
    15 February 2017 at 10:11 pm
    I don’t think that Trump will last another month at this rate.

    I saw a headline yesterday that said that the Wall Street Journal told their writers that if they couldn’t be objective about President Trump, they should leave the paper.

  28. Power Grab says:

    True confessions time:

    I actually take 3 hard-copy newspapers, not 2.

    Someone has to contribute to the paper stocks for recyling, right?

    Yeah well…I also tend to remember things better if I read them on something I can hold in my hands and not have it be scrolling. When I really want to study an article that I find online, I often print a hard copy.

  29. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. It is too bad about General Flynn. I think we’re going to have a problem as a nation. After he resigned there were two articles claiming the NeoCons were getting back in power. That would be terrible. Apparently there are a lot of leftover Obama staff that may be sabotaging Trump. He really needs to clean house haha. Hope and prayer are not really good strategies for significant change. You should have some light artillery and cavalry also haha.

    Anarchism is a political philosophy  that has gotten a lot of bad publicity over the last 300 yrs, and I wonder if you will discuss it in the future.

    Regards,
    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  30. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gail:

    “most likely better”? Oh no. Certainly better…

    We’ve gone more to technical means for such things, they still have an emphasis on human assets… and their human assets are very good.

    ( I once worked with an ex-Mossad guy… the stories he could tell me were impressive. The ones I know about that he didn’t tell me were even more impressive…. note that every Muslim and Arab in the world, more or less, wants to blow them up; yet it rarely happens these days. That already puts them in 6 Sigma land…)

    IMHO we are seeing the 2nd period of an Israeli / Islam war by proxy. Islam has attempted a take-under of the USA via stealth invasion and power position infiltration; doing a decent job of capture of the Democratic power structure. Now Israel and the American Jewry are starting to catch on to that, and Trump is clearly a threat to it so being attacked by it.

    How this works out is going to be interesting to watch. I suspect with the Israeli services “on side” and with Russia willing to toss Trump bits for “good will” (and to sink Putins opposition here) it’s going to be very interesting indeed.

  31. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. Growing up I read a lot of Science Fiction and spy novels. With that background you have to wonder if maybe Flynn was a stalking horse and allowed to be crucified so he can be off the radar and do a lot of things in secret to benefit Trump in that manner haha.

    Regards,
    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  32. omanuel says:

    Yes, E.M. Smith, it is going to be very interesting indeed, trying to reverse seven decades of government deception!

    From my own research carrer and that of my research mentor, the late Professor P.K. Kuroda (1917-2001), it appears the US NAS (National Academy of Sciences) misled the public about the source of energy in cores of heavy atoms, ordinary stars, galaxies, etc after nations and national academies of sciences were united under the UN on 24 OCT 1945:

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

  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting booby trap left by Obama in the intelligence sharing rules.
    https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/02/15/surprise-at-the-end-obama-administration-gave-nsa-broad-new-powers/

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another item from PJ media on the Flynn take down and what it means.
    https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/02/15/the-latest-rundown-on-the-mike-flynn-deep-state-hit-job/

  35. E.M.Smith says:

    @Pearce:

    The BIG problem for Trump is that the entire Progressive / left / Socialist axis hates him and is out to destroy him, his family, and his administration AND the Entrenched / right / NeoCons want him gone so they can get back to business as usual. NONE of them have a shred of moral decency nor put anything off limits and they have about 50 years of entrenching to fill every niche possible. How many farmers, plumbers, and restaurant operators are employed by the Federal Government as management level folks and policy makers?…

    Now figure that about 2010 or maybe earlier the islamists figured out that they can’t destroy Israel as long as the American Jews have influence, so decided to attack America via both demographic swamping and co-opting political power. So far they have succeeded. We’re now at a pivot point, and just when ready for the final push, they got Trumped… Now they are peeved and pushing back as hard as possible too.

    Now season with Soros funding anything he can to take down Nationalism, and the USA being traditionally very nationalistic, and Trump being elected in response to a demand for a Nationalist push; well, that’s just not gonna fly with Soros, so his whole organization set is out to get Trump…

    Standing against it all is just Trump… and a big basket of Deplorables…

    Per Flynn: I don’t think they are that clever…

    @Power Grab:

    I prefer paper too, but when they shrunk the page size, and type font, that was it for me. I also found ever less of it that was actually of interest to me.

    Interesting thesis on information sources. For me, I find that the variety lets me weed the supply better. So what used to be “well, I have to tolerate the bias as there isn’t much choice” is now “gotta go”. Then there is also the drift to polarization. Where PBS used to be balanced with the likes of William F. Buckley, it is now just a hyper-liberal wasteland. Where the BBC was once a trusted and fair reporter, it is now a political mouthpiece. As they polarized, I found other things to read / watch / listen to. This, IMHO, is why when Fox came along as a more traditional bent reporter, it grew like crazy. Now, with internet access to global media, and the traditional sources being flaming left wing biased 24 x 7, it is much easier to just ignore them all. I tend to force myself to watch some amount of it, just to see what they are pushing now.

    So for me, at least, it wasn’t so much that we added so many mostly useless channels, as that the traditional news channels turned into biased infotainment and propaganda pushers and dropped most of the kinds of stuff I valued. Weather reports that talked about how weather forecasting worked with terms like cumulonimbus frontal rain and replaced it with bimbetts in tight tops gushing about “better get a coat tooo daaaayyy!!!”… Since I can find what I want with a quick search, I don’t need to watch their channel, which leaves them only with the folks who like that, rinse and repeat.

    The same force pushing every retailer to be a clothes seller (highest margin cheap product bought by the largest sized buying pool) is pushing every media outlet into pushing the lowest common denominator “news” with the highest ratings (jiggle jiggle… and shouting). So while the media pushes into the most broad chunk of bland, the folks are moving into the the ever more focused on just what they want sources. Thus the gradual decline from a 50% share being good to a 5% share being good… Oh Well.

    So I’m not sure if that supports your thesis or not… but I think it sort of does…

    From the “you and him fight” point: Yeah, there’s a lot of that going on in the world. Lots of folks trying to divide and conquer… some of them supposedly our “allies”…

  36. pg sharrow says:

    If this guys resume is real’
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/15/vice-adm-harward-expected-to-be-named-national-security-adviser-source-says.html
    The intelligence leftists that “Got” General Flynn are going to wish for a redo…pg

  37. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    Harward, a former Navy SEAL and a former deputy commander of CENTCOM, served under Defense Secretary James Mattis, which would make him a good fit on the National Security Council.

    Harward has also served on the National Security Council in the past, under President George W. Bush, and commissioned the National Counter Terrorism Center.

    After retiring from the Navy in 2013, Harward became chief executive officer for defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin in the United Arab Emirates. Trump has recently been in very public negotiations with Lockheed over the cost of its F-35 fighter jet program.

    White House sources describe him as “the toughest guy in
    the SEALs,” and a “real rock.”

    OMG, maybe they’ll think twice next time they decide to go head hunting…

    Nawh… for that they would have to think once first… ;-)

    Navy Seal CENTCOM Commander… that’s like titanium coated nails… with attitude… (properly pronounced – At-Tea-Tude… slowly… with pause for dramatic effect.)

  38. Larry Ledwick says:

    And he is going to have a detail file on every one of the Obama weenies on the NSC and know more about them then they do. I would not want to get crosswise with Mattis and Harward, as a team they will be a tough nut to crack.

  39. Larry Ledwick says:

    A fun little flash back on Democratic efforts to work with Russia to manipulate US election outcomes.

    http://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/763730

  40. Larry Ledwick says:

    A little bit of concern in some quarters over Vice Admiral Harward because he is too well liked by some that opposed Trump. Good thing, bad thing, irrelevant?? Only time will tell on this. His resume says good, but politics makes for some interesting arrangements and we have not heard much personal color on him that indicates which way he would lean if he got conflicting signals from the Republican or Democratic establishment and the new administration.

    My sense is as a former Navy Seal, his allegiance would be unflinchingly for his boss (chain of command) and the mission as defined by President Trump.

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/democrats-never-trumpers-thrilled-prospect-harward-national-security-adviser/

  41. pg sharrow says:

    Don’t know if anyone caught it but,Vice Admiral Harward enlisted in the Navy from high school and was sent to Annapolis By the Navy. That was a big deal! The Navy is only allowed to send 6 men a year from their recruits to Annapolis. All the rest are offspring of politically connected people…pg

  42. philjourdan says:

    Flynn is a pawn. Just another move by Trump to clean the swamp. What you do not see is the actions behind the scenes. Nor will we since the YSM will only have what Trump wants them to see. And the leaks. But Trump has already sprung one trap. THis is another one. With a swamp that extensive, it takes time. And the left does not see it coming because they refuse to see who Trump is.

  43. CoRev says:

    I have 2 thoughts on the current happenings.
    1) 2/15/2017 may turn out to be one of the most important days in Trump’s early administration days. His friendship with Netanyahu will lead to important information sharing, both INTERNAL to the US and outside. What does the Mossad know about the information sharing between the press and Govt officials? What can they find out?
    2) There needs to be a commission established to help draining the swamp. It also needs a leader — Flynn seems just about appropriate.

  44. Gail Combs says:

    ********************************************
    Why the Wall Street Journal Attack on Trump
    ********************************************

    Rupert Murdoch and his best buddy, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal OWN Fox news and the Wall Street Journal.

    Rupert Murdoch is co-chair of one of the most powerful immigration lobbying firms in country, the open borders group, the Partnership for a New American Economy. Murdoch has also stated: “We need to do away with the cap on H-1B visas, which is arbitrary and results in U.S. companies struggling to find the high-skill workers they need to continue growing. “

    The Anti-Trump Network: Fox News Money Flows into Open Borders Group

    As Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 36% and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 37% told The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza back in 2013, Fox News was essential to the Rubio-Schumer effort to expand immigration levels beyond all known historical precedent…

    Murdoch is also partner in the N.J. Company whose oil pipeline was meant to go from Saudi Arabia through Syria. His dislike of Assad, Putin and Trump is thus explained by $$$$$.

    Genies and Genocide: Syria, Israel, Russia and Much Oil

    What do Dick Cheney, James Woolsey, Bill Richardson, Jacob Lord Rothschild, Rupert Murdoch, Larry Summers and Michael Steinhardt have in common? They all are members of the Strategic Advisory Board of a Newark, New Jersey-based oil and gas group with the name, Genie Energy. It’s quite a collection of names.

    Dick Cheney, before becoming George W. Bush’s “shadow president” in 2001, was CEO of the world’s largest oilfield services company, Halliburton, also reported to be a CIA-linked company tied to the Bush family cabal. James Woolsey, a neo-con former CIA Director under Bill Clinton, today sits as the chairman of the neo-con think-tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and is a member of the pro-Likud Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). He was a member of the infamous Project for a New American Century (PNAC), along with Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and a gaggle of neo-cons who later staffed the Bush-Cheney administration. After September 11, 2001 Woolsey referred to the Bush-Cheney War on Terror as “World War IV,” counting the Cold War as World War III. Bill Richardson is a former US Secretary of Energy. Rupert Murdock, owner of major US and UK media including the Wall Street Journal, is the major financier of the neo-conservative Weekly Standard of Bill Kristol, who founded the PNAC. Larry Summers was US Treasury Secretary and drafted the laws that deregulated US banks from the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act, in effect opening the floodgates to the US financial crisis of 2007-2015….

    And Jacob Lord Rothschild is a former business partner of convicted Russian oil oligarch, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Before his arrest Khodorkovsky secretly transferred his shares in Yukos Oil to Rothschild. Rothschild is a part-owner of Genie Energy which in 2013 was granted exclusive oil and gas exploration rights to a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights by the Netanyahu government. In short, it’s quite an eye-popping board….

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

    With that background it should not be a surprise that the Wall Street Journal leads today with a headline: “Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns”

    The Office of The Director of National Intelligence responds link

    So, the Intelligence Community has ZERO problem with an unknown communist muslim associate of ’60s bomber Bill Ayers who was raised outside this country despite the still fresh 9/11 attack.

    The Intelligence Community has no problem with a sloppy incompetent (to be kind) or treasonous Pay-to-Play Sec of State with ties to Saul Alinsky. and is funded by the funders of ISIS.

    BUT, the Intelligence Community run screaming because Americans didn’t swallow their garbage about Iraq or Russia and elect a well known American businessman who wants to protect our country and NOT promote a totalitarian world government.

    OK, Got it.

    Time to burn down Foggy Bottom and start over.

  45. Gail Combs says:

    This is a good video of an interview with a lawyer who was inside the US Department of Justice.

    There’s An Alt-Left, And It’s Trying To Make America Ungovernable [VIDEO] (It should be Ctrl-Left since the Left is all about the complete control of every aspect of your life and thoughts.)

    I hope Trump listens to him. Unfortunately the refusal of Congress to approve Trump’s Cabinet is slowing Trump down and making it very difficult for him to deal with the swamp creatures at this point in time.

    Meanwhile it is time to make notes of WHO the obstructionist are and plan a take down.

    It is interesting that this lawyer has STACKS of papers showing that illegals non-citizens and the dead voted in the US elections. He names my state, North Carolina, as one of the states with a big problem. No wonder the Obummer Admin struck down our voter ID and as a result we got a Democrat for Gov. thanks to very fishy ballots with only Hillary and the democratic Gov marked. (The ballot was mixed up enough that it took about 10 to 15 minutes to read and fill out even with notes.)

  46. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick says:…

    As a former Navy Seal, I doubt he is happy about SEAL Team 6…. How the Taliban got their hands on modern US missiles

  47. Power Grab says:

    Re: [EM] Thus the gradual decline from a 50% share being good to a 5% share being good…

    OK. I will be happy if I know they can tell I’ve abandoned them.

    I reckon if I were in gummint, I would want things to develop just as they have: ever more channels and ever greater surveillance, so you can tell who fancies which forms of treason, crime, whatever.

    Is it my imagination, or do the cops seem to be able to capture the perps a lot quicker now? It couldn’t be all those free phones, could it? ;-)

  48. Larry Ledwick says:

    Dick Morris’s take on the current push back from the intelligence community against the Trump Administration.

    video= http://www.dickmorris.com/rogue-spooks-enemy-within-lunch-alert/

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    Judicial watch 5 minute video on “soft coup” against Trump and journalists.
    video= https://youtu.be/RV1UOEUantI

    [Reply: I added a space between the = and the URL so it would be active… -E.M.Smith ]

  50. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gail:

    I fail to see how an article about Hillary to Qatar to Rebels has anything to do with Seal Team 6. Seems a bit sloppy on the title to me… Perhaps “Any arms given to Islam goes to all of Islam” would be more accurate…

    @Power Grab:

    Well, I don’t know that they have caught clue about “why”. They may just think they are having more competition from cable…

    FWIW, I have satellite (for now…) My assessment of it is increasingly dismal.

    The spouse and I regularly take the circuit through all the channels on offer. Then realize “there is nothing on”. Much of the time we end up on one of a very few stations, often old movies or old series. Every scrap of the unreal “reality TV” goes to the dumper as waste. Ditto the “rant and shout” format “talk shows”. We don’t give a tinkers damn about what “stars” are doing in their private lives or what they push politically, so another big tranche to the pit. Most of the comedy shows have become political snark shows, so not funny and not watched. SNL, Samantha Bee, Daily Show and many many more.

    In the end, it mostly ends up being TCM and AMC for classic (i.e. good and entertaining) movies, I do the news channel cycle, and then Blue Bloods, Big Bang Theory, Bones and NCIS are about it.

    Now we have the BIG package. Not absolutely everything, but a very large chunk. With HBO added and without the sports package. So it isn’t like I’m on Basic Cable and can’t find anything. Why no sports package? Between ESPN leaning left, the NFL “take a knee and I’m outa here”, and then Hockey being poorly covered, it just doesn’t have anything of interest to me any more. I’d rather drop $10 on the local minor league team and have a real night of it… more entertaining too.

    We’ve decided that we will be better served with buying DVDs / Blue Ray of series and movies we like, and having something like Netflix or SlingTV for the rest. 9/10 of the series offered on the TV are reruns anyway so it isn’t a hardship. I’ve already covered my choice of news feeds moving to Internet TV. We can buy somewhere around 10 sets of series or movies DVDs per month with our present cost basis, and could not watch that many if we tried. So we’re going to join the “cord cutters” (even though it is a wireless feed ;-) in April of 2018 when the present contract expires. ( I have until then to get a good internet TV setup built and choose a new Internet Only feed provider…)

    Now maybe it is helpful to intelligence agencies to look at things like satellite feeds or reports from set-top boxes of what folks watch, but I doubt it. Internet habits are more useful. For over the air local digital, they don’t get any info. From my Sat. Dish, they get no info ( i have refused to connect the phone line they wanted hooked up… as we don’t have a land line ;-) and “has the big package” is pretty useless. Even if they DID get it, how do you interpret someone watching CNN? Liberal Left looking for confirmation bias news? Or Right Wingnut ranting at the TV? Or just “something went bump in the night, what was it?”. I watch FOX, RT, MSNBC, and CNN with occasional BBC. What political bias is that? ( “News junkie” isn’t a political bias ;-)

    There are similar problems with looking at internet browsing habits. I read news from online newspapers all over the world. Whatever an internet search turns up. My apparent “political bias” will be set by any of 3 different search engines on any one day, PLUS all the links folks put in interesting articles on other sites. Good luck interpreting that. Now, was I PRO or ANTI those articles that got my interest? Or just curious? Or got sucked in by “click bait”? Now add use of VPNs and TOR and adjust for “the neighbor kid hacking the WiFi” or “what is a WiFi Password?” and trying to tag folks via the aggregate internet traffic gets murky. ( I regularly browse nominally “right wing” sites when visiting a very “left wing” relative and using their WiFi while the spouses talk… and my kid’s friends used our WiFi while over here and did who knows what…) Anyone trying to characterize ME by what goes over my wire is going to get a heck of a headache.

    Now tagging it from an individuals phone, that is more useful… which is why I have a dumb flip phone…

  51. cdquarles says:

    With respect to Iraq, there’s a lot more to that story. Much of which the YSM *never* reported correctly. Sadly, some of what I know can’t be said …. and yes, like George Wallace, what “everyone” knows is mostly not so.

  52. Power Grab says:

    There is one little kids’ channel that isn’t too offensive. It’s not full of PC nonsense and the commercials aren’t all about meds…and the computer-generated animation is good enough to be interesting. So for background noise, it’s not too bad. Then there are still my many shelves of VHS tapes and DVDs. Not into Blue Ray yet. Don’t have HD TV. I’m still using people’s cheapo cast-offs when they got their flatscreens. ;-)

  53. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    Well, ok, since you outed first…

    I’ve got 2 sets, both old non-HD format. (NTSC? whatever uses RCA plugs ;-) We’ve got a mix of DVD, VHS and yes, even Beta Max… but no Blue-Ray (yet). The “todo” for TV is get something HDTV and with a digital receiver built in, than add internet feed to it. Sometime way after that is looking at Blue Ray ( IF I’m lucky, they will move on to the next format by then and I can skip buying Yet Another Copy of everything in a one of the formats ;-)

    Open Issues are how to assure any TV with internet feed ONLY receives data and sends NOTHING out… (may require customized internal firewall and a bandaid over any camera…) and how to assure it gets RCA in from the Beta and VHS and old DVD players… (Maybe I’ll just build a digital video player out of a Pi and load everything into it scraping the old media… )

    At any rate, that’s why it is going to take me until 4/2018 to get it all done…

  54. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. “…Perhaps “Any arms given to Islam goes to all of Islam” would be more accurate…”

    No it is specifically US arms that went to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    Members of SEAL Team 6 were killed in Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed they downed the helicopter with rocket fire. link

    The key part missing is one of the returning soldiers stationed in Afghanistan who made a comment either here or at Tony Heller’s or possibly else where. He said after Hillary became Sec of State all of a sudden the casualties went up and the Taliban now had the ability to shoot down helicopters that up until that time could give cover fire without risk. Once they figured out there was a leak they quit telling the State Department what they were doing until AFTER the mission and they no longer had the problem with the ambushes.

    I really wish I had kept a copy of that comment plus the link. Unfortunately I ran across it before the ramifications of Hillary’s wide open computer and ‘Pay-for-Play’ became obvious to me.

  55. Gail Combs says:

    DARN!
    “President Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, has turned down the offer, sources familiar with Harward’s decision said on Thursday.

    Harward was offered the job after Michael Flynn was fired by Trump on Monday for misleading Vice President Mike Pence over his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

    Two sources familiar with the decision said Harward turned down the job in part because he wanted to bring in his own team.

    That put him at odds with Trump, who had told Flynn’s deputy, K.T. McFarland, that she could stay”
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-harward-idUSKBN15V2Z7

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    Rush and his commentary on President Trump’s news conference today.

    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/02/16/trump-triumphs-over-press/

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    Important Federal Court decision on deportation of non-citizens who vote in Federal Elections.

    http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/breaking-federal-appeals-court-makes-huge-decision-on-voter-fraud

  58. Gail Combs says:

    OUCH…. Talk about great timing!
    WikiLeaks Drops Bombshell Report Exposing CIA Involvement In 2012 French Election…

    To go with this is a interesting take on the Flynn situation from Ron Bassilian’s 2018 campaign for CA’s 37th Congressional District. Is the Flynn resignation a sting?

    It is the consolidation of a series of tweets from thomaswictor(dot)com

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    Open letter to Hollywood from a fellow actor Robert John Davi son of legal Italian immigrants.

    ijr.com/2017/02/803007-hollywood-actors-open-letter-to-hypocrite-elites-over-open-borders-speeches-ends-with-oscars-challenge/

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm interesting idea on that sting theory.

    Very common in business to find someone who is leaking business plans etc. to give each of the suspects slightly different documents and see which version comes out – bingo!

    Then just walk the chain of custody of that version of the story and bag the whole grape vine in one shot.

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another reason the Intelligence community has its pants in a wad.
    They might have to survive a due diligence review from an outsider with strong connections to Trump.

    Quite frankly the US intelligence community has never been spectacular except in their technical skills. The Soviet Union, Cuba and others are much better at the nitty gritty of spy craft and similar stuff, and have much stronger agent stables and deeper sleeper networks. Our intelligence organizations are relatively young compared to France and Britain etc. It started out run by a bunch of hot shot Ivy League types who shot themselves in the foot a lot during WWII.

    Almost very agent they dropped into Europe was turned by the Germans or killed ( the British did the same to Germany as well ).

    There were a few spectacular successes like Garbo in the run up to D day but lots of muffed punts too. Garbo was run by the British but only by accident, because the agent was ignored by them when he first attempted to get their attention so he became a German agent then approached them to turn double.

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    Per this item the Justice Dept is high on the list of possible leakers.

    http://circa.com/politics/doj-also-target-of-president-trumps-call-for-investigations-into-leaks

  63. G. Combs says:

    Speaking of the Flynn affair, ‘Russian Sanctions’ and the Logan Act….
    Russian hackers prank phone call to senator McCain [video]

    It leaves no doubt about McCain’s involvement in the Russian-Ukraine mess. He is negotiating with a foreign government (or thinks he is) WITHOUT permission from the president. I wish someone would arrest the SOB for this.

    Maxine Waters (D-CA) told reporters she wants Donald Trump impeached. She had the
    same prank played on Democrat Maxine Waters same negotiating with a foreign government, same impeachable offense.

    In United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp. (1936), Justice Sutherland wrote in the majority opinion:

    [T]he President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. He makes treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate; but he alone negotiates. Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude, and Congress itself is powerless to invade it.

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting observation about the Flynn affair. Not too sure of this source but it does raise some interesting questions.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3525536/posts

    I am not so sure this would be considered an illegal wire tap since a foreign person was involved, and such calls are legal to monitor even if a US person is on the call. What is almost certainly illegal is outing the identity of the US Person if there are not sufficient grounds to file charges.

    But the main point stands that this phone call happened during the Obama administration and if anything improper was found the mud would be on his shoes or his people, not the Trump appointees and administration.

    It would be funny if this “scandal” turned out to bite the Obama administration rather than Trump.

  65. Gail Combs says:

    Larry,
    I noticed something interesting this weekend. At the flea market the large veggie stand run by Hispanics was cut in half and the guys and older women were all gone. The only ones left were a young woman and a couple of teens. That flea market is called ‘Little Mexico’ because of the large # of Mexicans and it has been hit by ICE before.

  66. Gail Combs says:

    Someone was asking about Obama training an informal ‘army’

    A possible answer link

  67. Gail Combs says:

    Serioso says: “A national security advisor who does not know (a) that calls from the USA to Russia are routinely monitored by the security agencies and (b) does not realize security agencies leak floods of information if and when the information is unclassified and suits the purposes of an agency IS UNQUALIFIED to be national security advisor. PERIOD!”

    Unless of course it was a trap to flush out the leakers….

  68. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gail: Oh, I see.. I took the not happy with 6 as implying the “because they were the source” rather than “because they were hurt as targets”… my bad…

    @All:

    Per the Flynn flam: I doubt it is a sting, but it would be interesting to see him brought back after some more phishing, just to watch the sprinklers come on in the Press Room from all the hairdos bursting into flames… ;-)

  69. David A )Anderson says:

    Regarding voter fraud, would it not be relatvy trivial to only allow legal citizens on voter rolls? I suppose all 1.5 to 3 plus million illegals guilty of voter fraud would then be eligible for Trumps deportation of criminal illegals. No wonder the left will fight this with all they have.

  70. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gail:

    Your “army” link is to an odd duck sort of place. Quite extreme language and looks like they think a Civil War is starting any hour now. Maybe it is the peculiar condition of California Silicon Valley Suburbs, but the biggest sense of “risk” here is that perhaps Amazon won’t deliver same day…

    From my POV, those folks are a tiny bit past the “do not enter – danger zone” sign on the sanity road of life… We’ll find out if it is them, or me, that’s a bit daft when the SHTF or nothing happens.

    @Serioso / Gail:

    I was going to just ignore the whole Flynn Flam but since you two are starting to engage on it:

    IMHO the most likely explanation is just that Flynn was making pro-forma “Hi, this is who I am, are you my counterpart in {read name of country from list}? Pleased to meet you.” calls. Maybe on the Russian one the counterpart said “Yes, Name is Lavrov (or whatever). Tell me, should worry about sanctions?” Now at that time, you can’t just say “Oh, look at the time, got to go.” as that can sour 4 years of future. Instead you make “happy talk” like “Well, we have a new team starting in a few weeks, why don’t we not worry about {whatever it was you said} until then, OK?” and move on to the next name on the list.

    Briefing your boss, there isn’t much in that which looks very important to suck up his time. “Contacting my peers to find proper lines of communication” is about all I’d want to hear as his boss.

    Then it all gets blown up to crazy talk land.

    IMHO Flynn is guilty of being a normal person starting a new job, nothing more. Then everyone goes ape shit over a “Hi, my name is Flynn” phone call and what was likely just a “put off till later” standard answer to everything.

    Such mundane stuff is the usual way of reality. Intrigue rarely need be involved.

    His only “sin” was in leaving his boss hung out to dry (accidentally, IMHO) by not seeing the potential for this to be warped and distorted into an attack and not bothering to realize a standard “delay line” could be interpreted as “don’t react to the sanctions, we will remove them” when it wasn’t. So didn’t brief. So is the sacrifice on the altar of News…

    “Failure to see the stupid in others and react to it before manifest” has bitten me more than once, so maybe I’m being too forgiving… I’d love to see the leaked transcript of the actual call, but haven’t cared enough to sink time into finding it on line. Oh Well.

    In both cases (innocent but omitted to warn of rampant stupid in others vs did negotiate on / discuss about sanctions), I really don’t see anything in it worthy of a resignation. At most a stern finger waggle and make him fetch my coffee for a week… Then again, I’m not a hypersensitive political animal… just a boss used to cat-herding programmers…

  71. David A )Anderson says:

    Not certain we know exactly what communication method Flynn was using. Was a transcript ever released? Was this ” unclassified” If so who determined that?

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    The FBI has both transcripts and recordings but they have not been “officially” released as they technically compromise means and methods. (ie we had the capability to monitor that particular communication method – perhaps that is obvious to the other side perhaps not).

    Someone or other in the media did get transcripts or at least excerpts / summaries but there is a split of opinion, Obama folks think there is a smoking gun but the FBI did not see anything that was illegal.

    As in most firings I suspect the real cause was an accumulation of several incidents / events that led Trump to believe that Flynn would not work out in the long run or at this moment defending him was not good strategy. He might have been told something like – I need to cut you loose to get control over this narrative but will have something for you in the future perhaps and off book trouble shooter etc.

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is a pretty good summary of what I think is going on too.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/15/exclusive-how-the-nations-spooks-played-the-game-kill-mike-flynn/

    [Reply: Unfortunately, has an annoying pop-up that doesn’t go away on a reload and greys out the whole page until you click it. Since clicking a popup activates who-knows-what code, I don’t click them, not even the ‘close-me’ X box. So guess I’ll never know what is in it. -E.M.Smith ]

  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Gail:
    Your “army” link is to an odd duck sort of place. Quite extreme language and looks like they think a Civil War is starting any hour now.

    John M is one who clearly operates in the “be prepared for the worst case” scenario mode, but he makes a lot of valid points about the weaknesses and poorly thought out plans of many who think things are coming apart.

    We have to recognize that a SHTF type situation can take on many scenarios, sometimes shifting from one to another very very quickly.

    One scenario is like “The troubles” in Ireland were you have an on going low intensity hit and run civil war between two factions and some authority group tries to keep things under control.

    You can have major spasms of near all out riot like the Rodney King riots or Watts riots in CA where some trigger event pushes one small region into a brief but violent period of anarchy and rioting, which eventually burns itself out. Or you have the organized operations of small radical groups like the Symbionese Liberation Army robbing banks and kidnapping. If they had gotten just a little more traction so that they spawned spin off groups, that could have rapidly progressed into open armed rebellion in that area with the right critical mass of events and provocations.

    Or you can have a progression like in Ukraine where it starts with street riots and then rather quickly progresses to open warfare (in that case between nation states), but the same can happen with large population groups, especially if there is a general break down in governmental control.

    Then you get things like the mass killings in Africa where mobs with machetes try to systematically exterminate their opposing group, or organized warfare like you had in Rhodesia as the white farmers were butchered in their homesteads and driven out of the country.

    All those scenarios could play out over small areas depending on local conditions. His central theme is that when it does hit the fan in your area, it will be fast, it will be violent and it will not conform to your expectations unless you ditch normalcy bias and recognize how these things have gone down historically in other areas of the world. Each such situation is unique but most share major elements, whether it is Bosnia or persistent economic collapse and the resulting street violence in Argentina where small gangs take over an entire neighborhood by raiding one house, and using it as a base to systematically loot the whole neighborhood over a few days time, none of those scenarios fit most preparedness groups preconceptions.

    It does not matter if it is geographically localized if you are in the middle of it, you have to deal with what ever the local scenario development is.

    He just tries to get people to examine their unspoken assumptions and examine what is possible not what they think is probable. There are several other trainers like him that take their military experience in third world hot spots and try to get preparedness types to toss out all the (as he says) “tacticool” crap and get real about what actually happens when a government totally fails in its major functions like happened in Iraq, Bosnia/Serbia and other major collapse situations.

    The major built up cities like Chicago, New York etc. are absolutely unsustainable if they are cut off from outside services and supplies. If that were to happen the inner violent street gangs would become the local governments and set up warlord fiefdoms until some one strong enough to rein them in showed up.

    Could that happen in the US ( did the folks in Bosnia, Serbia, Syria, or Stalingrad think they would be living in basements and fighting house to house a year before it happened?) It may not be likely but it is possible.

    A guy I used to work with served in Vietnam and talked about filling out Sitrep (situation reports) and sending them up to higher command, he always used to irritate the crap out of higher authorities because he did not adhere to the all is roses view they wanted promoted. He always began his Enemies Capability paragraph by stating they could attack in force. As shown by the Tet Offensive and other similar offensives the VC had proven over and over that they could magically appear anywhere in the country in sufficient force to threaten entire villages or well supported fire bases then melt away into an empty jungle. As a good NCO he had to always recognize that capability. Then he got to the MLCA (most likely course of action) and MDCA (most dangerous course of action) summaries of what the enemy could do and make adjustments for both.

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

  75. M Simon says:

    I’m betting both Flynn and the Russian Ambassador knew they were being monitored. So the question is – why did they do it? Didn’t Flynn know the motives and methods of his opposition? If he did know motives and methods – he is up to something. Fire him. If he didn’t? He is incompetent. Fire him.

  76. llanfar says:

    If you can get past Alex Jones being more annoying than I’ve seen him in awhile (note to Alex: STOP INTERRUPTING!), there’s this: Alex Jones & Steve Pieczenik discuss General Flynn’s resignation

  77. LG says:

    A collection of Articles on Voter and Vote Frauds from the Washington Times.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/old-dominion-university/

  78. Gail Combs says:

    Thanks Larry,
    I do not think we should ever think the USA is somehow immune.

    Here are some connect the dots that get added to all the ‘Hate Trump’ “not my President’ crap from the YSM.

    “We must be ready to employ trickery, deceit, law-breaking, withholding and concealing truth… We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.” —Vladimir Lenin
    That quote from the Soviet Union’s first leader captures the entire essence of the Left’s strategy. No matter what the issue, no matter what the facts, the Left advances a relentless, hate-filled narrative that America is irredeemably evil and must be destroyed as soon as possible. The BLM movement is only the latest but perhaps most dangerous variant on this divisive theme….

    From: Reds Exploiting Blacks: The Roots of Black Lives Matter
    nice synopsis of follow the money and follow the ideology.

    #1. Top leadership connection — DeRay Mckesson, the Black Lives Matter leader lives in a house supplied by Soros Open Society board member and inciting to kill

    …in August of 2015, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told the many gathered in Miami at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, that he was looking for “10,000 fearless men” to “rise up and kill those who kill us; stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!” His speech, captured on video (video is in the article), shows him telling those there:

    I’m looking for 10,000 in the midst of a million. Ten thousand fearless men who say death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny. Death is sweeter than continuing to live and bury our children while the white folks give our killers hamburgers. Death is sweeter than watching us slaughter each other to the joy of a 400-year-old enemy. Death is sweeter. The Quran teaches persecution is worse than slaughter. Then it says retaliation is prescribed in matters of the slain. Retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breasts of those whose children have been slain. So if the federal government won’t intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us; stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!”

    Al Sharpton has characterized law enforcement officers in this country as racist and evil, as reported by Breitbart News in December 2014. He helped lead the false narratives of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “I Can’t Breathe” after Michael Brown and Eric Garner were shot and killed by police officers. Sharpton was blamed after the two New York Police Department officers were ambushed and assassinated on December 20, 2014 as they sat in their squad car….
    War on Police: Father of Executed Dallas Cop Sues BLM, Soros

    #2. Well funded Black Lives Matters — Hacked Soros Memo: $650,000 to Black Lives Matter and Kellogg Foundation Provided Nearly $1 Million to Support Black Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter cashes in with $100 million from liberal foundations “That funding comes in addition to more than $33 million in grants to the Black Lives Matter movement from top Democratic Party donor George Soros through his Open Society Foundations, as well as grant-making from the Center for American Progress….”

    CONTINUED

  79. Gail Combs says:

    #3. Training and arms
    2007 — Islamberg not the only radical Muslim compound flourishing in North America: Radical Muslim paramilitary compounds flourishing across the United States

    …Islamberg is an al Fuqra house. “Fuqra has had a disturbing U.S. presence for more than 20 years.” (The weekly Standard, March 18, 2002). “Today, half a dozen Fuqra residential compounds in rural hamlets across the country shelter hundreds of members, some of whom, according to intelligence sources, have been trained in the use of weapons and explosives in Pakistan.”….

    “Sheikh Gilani has rubbed shoulders at international terrorist confabs with gunslingers from Hamas and Hezbollah, their mullah backers, and Osama bin Laden. And he has trained fighters for the battlefields of Kashmir, Chechnya and Bosnia.” (the weekly Standard).

    Dropping in on radical Muslim paramilitary compounds isn’t good for your health. Two bloggers who posted the plucky Williams’ Islamberg story had their lives threatened.

    Most infidels, including even the local undertaker, are denied access to compounds such as Islamberg….

    As far as is known, Gilani launched his first U.S. operation without interference from any authority back in 1980. By the 1990s, Fuqra’s communes were being touted as havens where Muslim converts–many of them inner-city blacks, sometimes recruited in prison–could find new direction for their lives.

    Why aren’t people reading about these flourishing compounds in their hometown newspapers? Does it require too much work for the mainstream media, or do politically correct times keep the topic taboo?

    You’d think that these compounds would be a priority for Homeland Security, but they aren’t. One of the letters to Williams via CFP was from a member of Homeland Security asking for more information!

    Here Are the 190 US Cities Obama Selected to Dump Muslim “Refugees”

    POLL: Third of Syrian Refugees ISIS Sympathizers, 13 Percent Support

    France to Shut Down up to 160 Mosques: Raids reveal large stashes of weapons and ammunition

    And that does not get into clerics from Saudi Arabia coming to the USA to man the Mosques or the people sent from the USA to the middle east or Pakistan to be trained, or the South American Drug cartels, La Raza and Hezbollah, Iran connection. You know the people Mexico gives a three day safe passage to as they head to the USA.

    We are fooling ourselves if we think the USA is as safe as it was in the 1950s.

  80. M Simon says:

    CoRev says:
    16 February 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I had similar thoughts about DJT and the Mossad.

  81. M Simon says:

    llanfar says:
    17 February 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Re:Steve Pieczenik

    Any spook who has not denounced Prohibition is not on our side. The same goes for Alex Jones.

  82. llanfar says:

    Alex needs to watch a bunch of Stefan Molyneux to learn how to get out of the way of the guest.

    Reminds me of a project I was on where four of us developers got into a heated discussion. It ended abruptly when I was talking over somebody and he just walked away. I later asked him why he did that and he said that if people weren’t willing to listen to him he had other work to do. A good lesson on letting people complete their thoughts from a curmudgeon.

  83. Gail Combs says:

    M Simon says: “I may have to revise my attitude towards Jones.”

    Jones may be hype (an understatement) but he does unearth some good nuggets.

    IIRC, I think it may have been from Dr Brown @ Duke, someone pointed out the War on Drugs was to give the Federal bureaucracy, created during Prohibition, something else to do after Prohibition was struck down. Can’t just FIRE them now can we???

    And of course Drugs are a really great money maker for the Federal Government.

  84. Gail Combs says:

    llanfar says…
    One of the reasons blogs are so great. You do not get the ‘talking over’ problem. You can also skip the childish crap you get in some comment sections or if you are lucky the mods strip out those type of comments.

  85. E.M.Smith says:

    @M. Simon:

    There is also the choice of:

    He didn’t do anything illegal but it got used for a propaganda war anyway and now he is hung out to dry for being socially nice on a phone call to a foreign ambassador.

    It wouldn’t be the first time a pawn was sacrificed for a king… or even a knight for a queen…

    As has been said many times: The folks who have access to the transcript think nothing illegal happened. His “crime” was in thinking what he said was insignificant, so not warning VPOTUS.

    So only a read of the transcript (that is only available to those with high clearance, or Media Friends Of The DNC…).

    Yes, my “bias” is to give the benefit of the doubt until there is evidence to the contrary. Many times I’ve had complaints about a staff member evaporate on close inspection… One was myself.

    Sidebar story:

    As Director of I.T. at a high tech start-up, I attended the staff meetings of the Engineering Department. I’d been hired about a month (maybe 2?) before due to that department being a mess and with a bad reputation. I’d gotten some things more under control, and part of that was attending folks staff meetings. Well….

    Manager of an Engineering group starts in answering to V.P. Eng. why he couldn’t meet his deadline and it was the old “The I.T. Dog Ate My Homework” approach. FOO was broken and I couldn’t get anyone to fix it from I.T.

    I asked “Did you call the help line?”. Him: “You haven’t published the number”. Me: “It is H.E.L.P. on your office phone, as it has been for the last 2 years and is in your hire package.” Me: “Did you escalate to the on call?” Him: “Couldn’t reach them.” Me: “That’s odd, as I’ve had this duty phone (place cell phone on table – they were a new thing then in the time of pagers) on me for 24 x 7 of the last 2 weeks and it never rang. Him (starting to look rattled): “But but you haven’t published the number, how could I call it.” Me: “When you call the H.E.L.P. line it presents a menu with #9 as the call emergency help option, that then rings this phone. Just how hard did you try to reach the I.T. staff on call?” Him: ….. a few shades of pink as the V.P. gave him a stare down and the assembled group realized “The I.T. Dog Ate My Homework” was not going to work again…

    With absolutely the entire Engineering Staff aware of the help line, they could not claim ignorance. I had instituted the “on call phone” 2 weeks before, and told my staff it would rotate every week, but just to show them it wasn’t that bad, I would start off by carrying it for 3 weeks. Well, having me directly answer the hotline escalation was so effective that I told my staff I was changing the duty carry. They would all give me their cell / pager numbers, and I would carry the duty phone. I carried it 24 x 7 for the next 2 years…

    The point: There are a LOT of innocent behaviours that get blown up to “end of life as we know it” in the telling. It is best to NOT believe the worst from complaints – most of the time they have much more sellers puff or ulterior motive than fact and reality. Very swift and effective investigation of all complaints along with public (polite) repudiation when needed and very swift fix and respond to the AwShit when a real one happens tends to quite the waters pretty effectively.

    So I’d be more inclined to think Flynn had lived up to his reputation for “sharp elbows”, one too many “issues” landing in the lap of his boss… and was let go over that, with nothing wrong in his contact with the Russians, than to believe the alternative story.

  86. Larry Ledwick says:

    Food for thought about the internal power struggle in our government between the elected leaders and the professional bureaucrats.

    http://freebeacon.com/columns/rules-united-states/

  87. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    17 February 2017 at 4:02 pm

    “someone pointed out the War on Drugs was to give the Federal bureaucracy, created during Prohibition, something else to do after Prohibition was struck down”

    That was the cannabis part of the war and it was instigated by Harry Anslinger. A former Alcohol Prohibition agent. It was not for Prohibition Agents generally. It was just for him. Although he may have picked up more than a few former Prohibition agents.

    Cannabis Prohibition began in 1937. So it took him 4 years to restart his Government career.

  88. philjourdan says:

    Sometime way after that is looking at Blue Ray

    Several years ago, I went shopping for a blueray for my wife. I had not been keeping up with it, so went to Best buy to get it (it was for Christmas). The salesman tried to upsell me, but what he did was make me realize I had no clue about what was available, so I went home and did some research.

    I found one that was “smart”, but this one was smarter than usual. It would stream from a file share on your network! So I ripped all the Bluerays (and dvds and VHS) and stored them on a 2tb drive and shared it. I have not been able to find one that does that since, but it sure is nice!

  89. M Simon says:

    E.M.Smith says:
    17 February 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I was not under the impression Flynn did something unlawful. It was how he handled the “meta” part of the event. i.e. – not seeing that it could be used against him. Especially given “the Russians did it” so prevalent for months.

    Note: it has been my impression for over a year (no evidence – just tingles) that a faction of the CIA wants out of the drug business for moral reasons. We understand addiction so much better now and that faction has qualms about going after abused children (the main cause of PTSD and thus “addiction” in the US).

    Now why would I even consider such? Well, I had a Secret clearance once. So I’m fairly certain my comms are monitored more closely than average. And I have been writing………

    I used to get very heavy gut knots (indications that some one was murderously mad at me) every time I wrote a good Drug War article. That hasn’t happened for several years. But it was on going for a decade.

    In my estimation what kept me alive is that I had an audience so any “accident” would be noticed. But not a big enough audience to “matter”. So not worth the effort. I got my result through erosion rather than blasting. I had hoped to be more immediately effective. Probably just as well (for me) that I wasn’t.

  90. M Simon says:

    Also – the way Steve Pieczenik talks in that video – he talks like he is an official Trump regime insider.

  91. Larry Ledwick says:

    Get out the broom. Tillerson is making some sweeping changes in the State Department Surprise!

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/17/politics/tillerson-state-department-shakeup/index.html

  92. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    From your link:

    “They are being shifted now to new assignments,” the aide said, noting that currently the employees do not have a principal official to staff. “The difference now is they are actually doing work. We think the American taxpayer will appreciate that.”

    OW! That’s gonna leave a mark!! “Actually doing work”? How will they ever survive the trauma…

  93. LG says:

    @Gail

    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.

    You might like this video.

  94. Gail Combs says:

    I consider Mike Adams, (along with Alex Jones) on the weird but has some useful stuff category.

    The Left consider him a a “competitor” of InfoWars probably because they are both into health issues. Actually I thought he WAS on the left!

    Anyway seems he is being threatened….
    http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-16-health-ranger-threatened-by-left-wing-media-goons-destroy-alex-jones-or-we-will-destroy-you.html

  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the best ways to effectively fire Federal works is to give them another assignment where they are no longer in the way or are likely to quit on their own, or they are sure to fail then let them go for performance issues.

  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ooooh this is juicy – I wonder
    Senators meet with FBI director for unannounced 2 hour secure meeting.

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/senators-silent-meeting-fbi-director-comey

  97. llanfar says:

    @Larry It’s good that they’re quiet…maybe they’re learning…

  98. M Simon says:

    “We keep hearing there is a plan to restructure but nobody knows what is going on,” one senior career officer said.

    Larry Ledwick supplied the link. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/17/politics/tillerson-state-department-shakeup/index.html

    That is just how I feel.

  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    When you are reorganizing a hostile work force you don’t want people to know what is going on, you want to shock the organizations system with a couple rounds of rapid changes so folks don’t have time to set booby traps or dodge the changes if they are on the list of folks you want to move out of powerful positions to someplace where they have limited ability to do damage to the mission or influence the folks you want to keep.

    If you create enough tension a lot of them will leave on their own accord although that can be dangerous because it is the good ones who are not afraid to find another job.

  100. Gail Combs says:

    LG says… “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.”

    That is what this guy thinks and does a decent explanation. He is a well travelled historian.
    http://www.thomaswictor.com/leakers-beware/

  101. Gail Combs says:

    Dinesh D’Souza will be at Columbia University on Tuesday, February 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET, making the case for President Donald Trump.
    You can watch LIVE by using the registration form at
    http://www.yaf.org/LIVE/ to be notified.

  102. LG says:

    @Gail.
    That’s the third analysis I’ve seen arriving at the same conclusion.
    Using my favorite contribution by Bush Jr to the English language the question is :

    Are DJT’s ennemies misunderestimating him ?

  103. Power Grab says:

    @ EM – Open Issues are how to assure any TV with internet feed ONLY receives data and sends NOTHING out… (may require customized internal firewall and a bandaid over any camera…)

    I know another tech support expert who puts scotch tape over the camera on his laptop. I guess it won’t boot if it doesn’t get any light????

  104. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, we use small spot bandaids over our cameras. The cushion is nice to the lens… and it removes without residue when you want a camera.

    The purpose is to thwart any remote activation of the camera… I also prefer machines without any built in microphones… But they can be muffled with a plastic earplug goo bit between bandaids…

    It doesn’t do anything about booting…

  105. Larry Ledwick says:

    I use a piece of black electricians tape, it also peels off cleanly, but I never use the camera on my one laptop that has one, so both microphones and camera is covered with that black electricians tape.

  106. Gail Combs says:

    AND… the other shoe drops.
    Rex Tillerson fires 7th floor ‘shadow government’

    Americans were stunned to learn of the State Department rogue Shadow Government which operated in secret from the 7th floor. They were behind the corrupt handling of the Clinton documents.

    CBS News announced that Rex Tillerson, the new Secretary of State, fired most of the 7th floor policy makers who so famously called themselves the “shadow government”.

    Policy will be controlled by the White House, not professional diplomats, CBS stated.

    CBS bemoans the loss of the shadow government’s policy-making expertise.

    In October of last year, a NY Post story reported that the coterie of State Department officials who called themselves the “shadow government” controlled the release of the Clinton emails. Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy even offered the FBI a quid pro quo for changing the classification of the Clinton emails….

    Given the illegal leaks leading to Flynn’s firing, it will be very hard to drum up any sympathy for these folks.

  107. M Simon says:

    Re: intel leaks. They are done to sway public opinion.

    That proves public opinion is still important.

    A comforting thought.

  108. David A says:

    The question is, where are the computer records and meta-data that record the communications, goals and actions of these “deep staters”

  109. David A says:

    Usually when people are fired, they are walked out the door by security after being given a few minutes, under observation, to grab their personal affects. I would think that under this senario the released employees would also be monitored for some time, who they contact, what they say. ( Did they play their hand too early?)

  110. Gail Combs says:

    ROTFLMAO…
    Sorry, media — this press conference played very differently with Trump’s supporters

    Far from dead, he [Trump] was positively exuberant. His performance at a marathon press conference was a must-see-tv spectacle as he mixed serious policy talk with stand-up comedy and took repeated pleasure in whacking his favorite pinata, the “dishonest media.”

    It has the usual snarky leftist bits but seems to clue in that Trump’s weapon against the D.C. Swamp is a wide awake and agitating voter base. Trump HAS TO keep his base involved and that is what he is doing. So remember to make those weekly phone calls to the Congressional Swamp critters next week and kick some butt about confirming his cabinet picks..

  111. Gail Combs says:

    Another interesting NY Post story: The rebellion at the EPA is far from over

    …the EPA is an aggressively activist agency. So its “civil servants” have no qualms about getting overtly political, and longstanding tradition be damned.

    Then, too, Trump has vowed to reduce the EPA’s size — which puts comfy EPA jobs at risk. As one union leader said of the agency protests he helped lead: “It’s in our interests to do this.”

    Obviously — but it’s not necessarily in America’s best interests.

    Civil servants are supposed to be nonpolitical, disinterested experts who can professionally execute the orders of their political overseers. Sadly, that’s increasingly not the case — witness the scandalous Obama-era IRS war on Tea Party nonprofits….

    It looks like the Trump Team is not going to be taking that rebellion sitting down either.

    FDA on Ethics: The Hatch Act: Political Activity and the Federal Employee

    In 1939, Congress approved landmark legislation known as the Hatch Act to limit the political activities of Federal employees, employees of the District of Columbia and certain employees of state and local governments. In 1993, legislation was passed that substantially amended the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act Reform Amendments of 1993 permit most Federal employees to take an active part in partisan political management and partisan political campaigns….

    GEE… 1993… The first year Bill Clinton was in office.

    Time to re-instate the Hatch Act and a lot of other laws Clinton scrapped.

  112. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item on the subject of Intelligence staff withholding information from the White House.

    Fred Fleitz is himself a former Intelligence officer. He served in U.S. national security positions for 25 years at the CIA, DIA, Department of State and the House Intelligence Committee staff. During the administration of President George W. Bush, Mr. Fleitz was chief of staff to John Bolton, then Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. During his tenure with the House Intelligence Committee, he was the staff expert on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs and briefed key National Intelligence Estimates on these issues to committee members. He now works with the Center for Security Policy and Frank Gaffney.

    I follow both of them, and 20committee is obviously the “mouth piece” of the “shadow government” group in the intelligence community who think it is their job to slap the President around when he gets uppity and resist efforts to give control of the Government back to the people.

    In this article Fred F. makes very clear reference to John Schindler (@20committee) without mentioning his name. We obviously have a big league cat fight going on in the Intelligence Community, as well as the State Department etc. Maybe there is a reason John Schindler no longer works in Intelligence and got fired from the Naval War College (other than his indiscretions with selfies). He does how ever provide good early warning of the coming moves of this group within the Intelligence Community in his blog and does provide some interesting insights into world affairs as an historian so like RT if you understand his agenda/bias worth paying attention to.

    http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2017/02/16/are-us-intelligence-agencies-withholding-intelligence-from-president-trump/

  113. Larry Ledwick says:

    Side note on immigration and criminals due for deportation walking the streets, now Denver has one of those incidents to add to the tally.

    http://kdvr.com/2017/02/17/suspect-in-light-rail-station-murder-was-wanted-for-possible-deportation/

  114. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item from Free Beacon regarding the current power struggle in government and who really controls the US government.

    http://freebeacon.com/columns/rules-united-states/

  115. Gail Combs says:

    A March in Support of our President, and our Military/Veterans.
    Make America Great Again March Nationwide March 25th
    http://pamelageller.com/2017/02/maga-march.html/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Now I have to clean my monitor off…

  116. Jeff says:

    C ommode
    N ews
    N etwork???

  117. Glenn999 says:

    Been a period of disconcerting occurrences, and something is not sitting right. Dark forces seem to be everywhere and yet Trump smiles. Spy vs Spy?

  118. Gail Combs says:

    THIS is who Trump is battling and why they want Islamic immigration into western nations.
    At “World Government Summit,” Top Globalists Drop The Mask

    …the controversial gathering itself, organized by the Islamic rulers of the UAE and their partners, received very little attention from the U.S. media.

    GEE, I wonder why?

    … From the socialist new UN secretary-general and the embattled boss of the International Monetary Fund to national government leaders and tax-funded crony capitalists, over a hundred prominent speakers lectured thousands of attendees on the supposed necessity of globalism, multiculturalism, statism, Big Government, social engineering, “sustainability,” and more…

    Many of the leaders of those outfits actually spoke openly at the summit promoting globalism, Big Government, statism, and other ideas at odds with traditional American liberties, Judeo-Christian values, and the U.S. Constitution.

    The overarching agenda of the summit was on display clearly for all to see. Globalist bigwig Klaus Schwab, for example, the founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum in Davos, told attendees that governments should promote his vision of globalism and a global regulatory regime to deal with real and imagined problems. “We have to unite our national and global efforts to overcome the challenges of nuclear energy and climate change that threaten humanity, we need to promote national identity and global citizenship,” he declared. “The role of governments in shaping the future of their citizens has never been as important as it is today.” Whether governments should be shaping the future of their citizens in the first place was never discussed…

  119. A C Osborn says:

    Gail, that is one of the best write ups of the globalists that I have ever seen.
    A great find to bookmark.

  120. Larry Ledwick says:

    Gail a spin off from your link about Globalism and a One World Government (above) and the One World Summit – led me to this item about “blue zones”

    My God this is scary – it is an effort to push everyone into neat little well controlled zombies who do everything the “approved” way. It is right out of a Sci-Fi horror movie like Logan’s Run.

    https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/21521-us-communities-targeted-for-blue-zone-social-engineering

  121. Gail Combs says:

    Larry,
    I covered something similar a couple years ago.

    3/13/2015
    The report is open for public comment for 45 days:
    http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2015/comments/

    So go tell these would be tyrants what you think of their intrusion into your life!

    The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) came up with the recommendation that America Should Adopt a ‘Plant-Based’ Diet. It recommends taxes on dessert, trained obesity “interventionists” at schools and worksites, and electronic monitoring of how long Americans sit in front of the television or computer. The new Food Safety Modernization Act and Obamacare will be used as the weapons to transform American dietary habits to a more sustainable pattern of eating.

    This load of Bovine Feces is straight out of the mouth of Maurice Strong:

    In 1992, As Chairman Strong told the UN conference at Kyoto…

    “It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class, involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work place air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.”

    The same propaganda was repeated by WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy…

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

    It is being ‘presented as a health issue by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee as the excuse to ram radical changes down the throats of Americans. However it has nothing to do with health. There is certainly a lot of information in the scientific literature that shows humans need meat especially early in life if the brain is to develop fully. For example: Role of red meat in the diet for children and adolescents

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    THIS IS THE NASTY PART!!!
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    On top of that is this article: Hospitals to begin monitoring your credit card purchases to flag ‘unhealthy’ habits

    What you buy at the grocery store, where you live, and even your membership status at the local gym are all subject to a new data collection scheme by the American medical system. Reports indicate that hospitals and doctors’ offices all across the country are now collecting this and other personal information in order to target individuals deemed to have “unhealthy” lifestyle habits that put them at high risk of disease.

    Bloomberg reports that hospital systems in both North and South Carolina as well as Pennsylvania have already begun tracking people’s food-purchasing habits by spying on them through public records and credit card transactions. Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS), which operates some 900 care centers throughout the Carolinas, has teamed up with a data-mining company to compile and track this information for the later purpose of calling “high-risk” folks and urging them to make a change.

    “What we are looking to find are people before they end up in trouble,” stated Michael Dulin, chief clinical officer for analytics and outcomes at CHS, to Bloomberg. “The idea is to use big data and predictive models to think about population health and drill down to the individual levels to find someone running into trouble that we can reach out to and try to help out.”….

    And just to give you the warm fuzzies, Why Is the USDA Buying Submachine Guns with 30-Round Magazines? Are those bullets for our livestock or for us farmers.

  122. Larry Ledwick says:

    It is probably due to their incidental contact with organized crime and drug operations while doing their normal investigative work.

    https://www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/FirearmsMemo.pdf

    Fish and wild life are running into similar incidents with grow plots on public lands.

  123. Larry Ledwick says:

    A counter point to the public campaign that Trump is a puppet of Russia/Putin.
    It is a convenient fake news angle that plays to many agendas but the facts on the ground simply do not support it.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international/320101-vladimir-putins-puppet-strings-on-trump-are-an-illusion

  124. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, I think the ‘ Trump is a puppet of Russia/Putin’ was the usual projection by the left to get ahead of the very real Clinton – Russian uranium deals.

    Projection is a very useful tool of liars and criminals because if they make the accusation first it makes the other party look like they are the ‘me too’ -ing liars and completely dilutes the effect of the truth. (It is a good way of figuring out the guilty party if you have petty theft going on in a group BTW. The guy tossing the first accusations is usually the thief.)

    “From Russia with Money: Hillary Clinton, the Russian Reset, and Cronyism”

    Also Podesta wasn’t exactly squeaky clean either.
    Report: Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Mgr John Podesta Sat on Board of Company that Bagged $35 Million from Putin-Connected Russian Govt Fund

  125. llanfar says:

    Figured it was better in this thread as its genesis is Trump… Cue The Outrage! The Administration Plans To Enforce Existing Laws!

  126. M Simon says:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    19 February 2017 at 5:38 am

    And where are the clandestine farmers growing wheat on government lands?

    It is in fact government policy thus necessitating the arming of as many government agents as possible.

    Do you think it is intentional? /sarc – for those unfamiliar with my style

  127. M Simon says:

    Now all things considered (the Democrats are the anti-Prohibitionist Party – generally) why would Democrats keep Prohibition in place? Eliminating it would eliminate about 10% of Democrats who are rabidly anti-Prohibitionist. And rabidly Democrat.

    This is a very old ploy and both parties do it on issues that help them.

    “The fundamental imperative of any bureaucracy is to grow the problem”, James M. Buchanan, Nobel Economist.

  128. Gail Combs says:

    Great comment
    February 17, 2017 bertdilbert says: “It was all in all a really great week. I was glad to see Trump follow through on the coal miners and somehow he managed to invite the press to a cookout where they served as the marshmallows.” link

  129. M Simon says:

    Better than a reality TV show – or – a little trouble in Sweden.

    http://classicalvalues.com/2017/02/a-little-trouble-in-sweden/

  130. Larry Ledwick says:

    Obama lawyers form group to conduct lawfare against the Trump administration.

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/obama-lawyers-unite-to-launch-legal-attacks-against-trump-administration/

    Fixed his quote he left out the most important part:

    Ian Bassin warned that democracies don’t end quickly. He said they often “decline over a period of years that happen through a series of much smaller steps, [ – but thankfully Trump is pushing back against that deterioration from the Obama administration’s destructive Progressive agenda!]

  131. Larry Ledwick says:

    And as an example :
    The Obama administration did just about everything it could to destroy IT security, because of its clueless “Whizz kid” approach to digital systems. (don’t bother me with proven security guide lines, let’s get creative!)

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/23/obama-revamp-federal-bureaucracy-created-widespread-security-policies-violations-watchdog-says.html

  132. Gail Combs says:

    Seems one of the leakers has now been caught. The Gateway Pundit is usually pretty reliable. (He is also another gay Trump supporter, like Milo.)
    REPORT: White House Deputy Chief of Staff and #NeverTrumper Source of LEAKS

    GotNews reported Sunday that one of the primary sources of the series of leaks that were designed to undermine the Trump Administration and his presidency have been coming from none other than #NeverTrumper Kate Walsh. She is being investigated as one of the primary persons of interest that have been distributing highly confidential information to sources such as The (Failing) New York Times, and others.
    When TGP reached out to GotNews founder, Charles Johnson, for comment on the story he said that it was “100% reliable, I’m unwilling to reveal the primary White House sources, but Walsh was behind the leaks.”…

    There’s also reportedly a trove of e-mails where Katie Walsh and Reince Priebus discuss how to rid themselves of Trump, according to a former #NeverTrump consultant.

    “The president and his allies have been deliberately feeding her fake information in order to find her network,” says a source close to the president’s family. “It’s been going well.”…
    Worth reading the whole article. Katie Walsh is a close buddy of Maggie Habberman, a New York Times reporter who is mentioned as an Asset in a Podesta email.

  133. Gail Combs says:

    On the prospect of the current situation escalating to violence. (Soros Color Revolution)

    (Townhall is NeverTrumpland or was during the election)
    Straightforward From Here To The Left’s Fascist, Maybe Violent, Endgame

    …I recently polled people on Twitter about what they thought of the chances of serious violence in the coming four years, and the results from 6,159 people are alarming.

    “Stop being a nut” got 10%; I was hoping it would get about 95%.
    “We’ll wise up” and find a way out of this crisis, got 13%.
    But “50/50 leftists may try violence” got a stunning 41%,
    while “It’s coming. Gear up” got a terrifying 36%.

    So, 77% of the respondents fear serious violence during Trump’s first term. That’s scary, especially since political warfare is not unprecedented in history…..

    ….the left’s favorite tactic is to deny substantive truth in favor of narrative; what I (and you) actually believe is irrelevant. This infuriating tactic makes reasoned discussion and argument impossible anymore, which itself makes violence more likely since it forecloses the primary method of peacefully resolving disagreements. If you can’t argue, if you can’t even speak, there’s only one way to be heard.…..

    Fanning flames? Maybe or telling it like it is. Either way the poll is ‘alarming’ and he is correct that the Left are not at all interested in discussion, and instead prefer screaming and name calling.

  134. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just a reminder that Obama also excluded media types (what goes around comes around).

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=6156794

  135. Larry Ledwick says:

    A little background and perspective on the story about the “CIA analyst” who quit the CIA rather than support the Trump Administration. Seems the major media did not do their homework and he was very much a political player supporting the Obama Administration and rooting for Clinton in the election (possibly also trying to wiggle a plumb appointment out of her if she had won)

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/03/01/what-every-american-should-know-about-cia-analyst-who-quit-and-blamed-trump.html

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  138. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gail:

    I don’t find the poll “alarming”. I find it heartening and refreshing. That 77% of the “just folks” have clue is a GOOD thing! That over 1/3 are in the “Gear Up” camp means they will have enough to “share” with the 41% in a SHTF moment, again a Good Thing.

    That doesn’t include folks “like me” who are “geared up” but in the 13% of “watchful waiting” and we’ll find a way… ready to change our minds if Antifa keeps it up…

    @Larry:

    Yeah, being highly vocal in backing the wrong horse in a political race can be a ‘career limiting move’… so they bail and blame others…

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