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December 07, 2018

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daddy

Anyone know if she has kids, or is it just another childless EU ruler to oversee the surrender of Western Civ in Europe?

RattlerGator

AB, these young "kids" down here (guy might be early 30s for all I know) are crazy, crazy representative of this incredible state and what we think of football.

Uncle Silk is the king of our trolls and this year we're able to vent five years of TOTAL FRUSTRATION but really a decade of disappointment, and he is full throttle KILLING our in-state rivals -- especially FSU.

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MM, it's a weird time for me. Next week is the anniversary of my mother's death. Sports gives me some much-needed escapism. Trump's many successes does, too, but it's different because we're in the middle of some necessary "fog of war" confusion. I may have an American Greatness column in the next day or three on this topic.

But the relief I have as a Florida Gators sports fan, to see my team with a competent head coach and staff? Man, it can't be overstated.

FSU has the coach *I* wanted for us, and he's incredibly blowing up in their faces. I'm shocked at how bad it has gone for them.

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Brainiac, *none* of us truly knows just what the heck is going on. I've never seen anything like it . . . but I think the Administration may have given us a recent hint. That will speculation will -- hopefully-- be in my column, if it gets accepted.

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Nonsense, CH, not because I don't support the basic idea but because he's in the pit -- surrounded -- and he needs money for the wall, and he needs to keep delivering incremental kill shots to the Democrats. That's what that criminal justice reform bill is all about. He's strategically peeling off percentage points. That takes tremendous skill and patience.

If the Prez doesn't get what he wants, I don't put it past him to do as you suggest, but the risk would be off-the-charts incredible and he'd have to rely upon a truly unreliable cast of characters. Are you hearing the stupidity about Khashoggi and MbS ??? Why in the hell are we making a big deal about that shiznit? The President was entirely correct with his matter of fact statement. But no, he come the perpetrators talking yang. I could choke the damn life out of some of them.

Captain Hate

Are you hearing the stupidity about Khashoggi and MbS ??? Why in the hell are we making a big deal about that shiznit?

There are some truly bad people in this country. The opposition DJT faces is much worse than what Reagan endured. Which just makes me support him even more. The punks that think they can outlast him and, whether in 2020 or 2024, expect us to go back to bidness as usual are in for a rude awakening; because he's their last best chance for dealing with us the easy way. They won't like the next click up.

MissMarple2

RG,

Boy do I agree with you about Khashoggi! I am wondering if some of the people like Corker and the Washington Post are being paid by the Iranians.

It isn't like there is a groundswell of outrage in this country. I bet you could walk through the mall and not 1 in 50 people would even know what you are talking about if you mentioned his name. Plus, he was Muslim Brotherhood and they are pretty much dedicated to our destruction, so why should any of us care?

Sorry about your mother. May you find peace and distraction in sports this weekend.

Captain Hate

FSU has the coach *I* wanted for us, and he's incredibly blowing up in their faces. I'm shocked at how bad it has gone for them.

They've been worse than I've ever seen them. They're like a JV team wearing varsity unis.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Sometimes it seems to me the GOPe facing Trump is actually worse than the Dems who faced Reagan.

daddy

When the kids were young Momma and I would take the cold months off and head to Hawaii for winter warmth. (That was part of the deal of her agreeing to move to Alaska to make my life easier)

We wound up loving Kawai, and we'd stay in the handful of cabins for retired military on the Barking Sands Naval Station on the beach. Since there were very few humans, much of the 10 mile long strip of military beach was off limits so that the rare monk seals could crawl up unmolested on the beach and rest, and it was cool to sit and watch them. My oldest drew some wonderful pics with pastels that we cherish.

Anyhow, all that said , I bring it up because of this fascinating odd dilemma Monk Seals are now having to deal with---Eel boogers!

Captain Hate

Don't entirely escape, RG; think of some fond memories of your mother and let them bring you comfort.

Narciso79

Iranian Turks qataris note that last link all clients of mercury partners.

He wasnt merely Muslim brotherhood he was for Hamas just four years ago for Islamic state till they started burning Jordanians, which depending which tribe might be kin.

MissMarple2

Time for me to head to bed.

Nytol!

daddy

RG,

Great to hear from you. Hope the pelvic region is going well, and other than hoping my Navy boys clean your Army clocks tomorrow I wish you the best.

Cheers.

RattlerGator

Thanks, CH; I certainly will.

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Time for me to exit, too, but before I do . . . a gentle reminder for JiB and all the other supporters of that junior military service:

One way,

the *only* way,

ALL THE WAY, ARMY !!!

Beat the hell outta those damn squids.

Narciso79

Lol I guess I'll go navy, even though they turned me down years ago.

Good to hear you're in better health rg.

daddy

Ted sports the new beard!

jim nj

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/07/peak-oil-postponed-again-usgs-identifies-largest-continuous-oil-and-gas-resource-potential-ever-and-its-in-the-permian-basin/

I saw this elsewhere and can't remember if it got posted here.

It's not really a "find" it's a new analysis of how much larger the yield will be with newer technologies.

Dave (in MA)

The latest pearl of wisdom from Crazy Eyes...

"We need to invent technology that’s never even been invented yet” Brilliant
I guess that way you don't run afoul of the US Patent Office.
Narciso79

Someone want to tell her 5he arc reactor isn't real.

daddy

I recall my Pop talking years and years back, when I was too young to understand, how miserable he was when he was on some convoy Navy ship, jammed in with all his Army troops, and being conveyed to North Africa in 1942 and worried the whole time that they were going to be sunk by German Subs and everybody seasick and puking all over the place.

As an Army Officer, he respected the Navy, but he didn't have much use for 'em in practice:)

"An Army At Dawn" did a nice job of educating me on that 1942 US/North AFrica transit.

Narciso79

How did he feel when you joined the navy, although a flier is different than a surface ship.

jim nj

https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2018/12/07/that-makes-it-ok-then-not-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-backpedals-in-a-major-way-after-threatening-donald-trump-jr/?utm_campaign=twitchywidget

Pinandpuller

Taking a break in a Flying J in Sioux Falls before I tackle Somalisota.

No offense, mr hoyden.

Narciso79


I hesitate to wonder what the 7th cover will be:

https://mobile.twitter.com/spignal/status/1070980126010150912

jim nj

via Insty,

http://reason.com/archives/2018/12/07/when-nonviolence-isnt-enough

"Does the right to self-defense apply against agents of the state?"

That's a really interesting question. I remember being told as a child that NJ once had a law on the books that gave an individual the right to resist an illegal arrest. That became problematical over time so they repealed that right. The later thinking being that the court system could examine the arrest and rule on its' legality.

But that raises a question about what equity an individual should get if subjected to an illegal arrest? Is it sufficient that one be set free, or is more owed to that individual? Similarly, what if the agent of the state refuses to make a legal arrest, i. e., Portland Police and anti-fa felons.

Currently, if you were to resist an illegal arrest, you commit another indictable offense, fleeing the scene, or assaulting an officer of the law. So I would advise anyone to just submit to the arrest and get a really good lawyer. But not everyone can afford a good lawyer. So proper redress goes to those that can best finance an attack on a well funded city, county, or state.

daddy

Narciso,

They were quite pleased . They pushed hard to get my older brother into West Point but he successfully resisted, so they gave up micromanaging us by the time I came around, and because younger siblings have the advantage often of learning from observing older sibs experiences, when I went in I went in very enthusiastic because of understanding what was being offered. It's been a great ride ever since and the Old Man had no problems with me going Navy. I was in Corpus Christie in training in 1980 when his WW2 Unit in the 5th Army was having a reunion, so I drove up to San Antonio there wearing my dress whites at his request and it was a gas meeting the last remnants of these guys who had done such amazing stuff from Casablanca to Bertchesgarden between 1942-1945.

An interesting point worth mentioning, that I or none of us who had not lived through the Depression would have recognized. When I joined the Navy I was US Navy Reserve, even though I was active duty. I knew nothing different, but Mom and Dad both knew different, because having gone through the Depression, and Mom's dad having been a WW1 Officer who was not Reserve and who therefore had not gotten riffed during the big post WW1 draw-downs in manpower, and who therefore had a great well paying job during the Great Depression, they immediately recognized I was a Reserve. That was a tentative concern for them. When I made full Lt and full US Navy which meant nothing to me, I shared the promotion documents to them and they realized I had been offered US Navy, no longer US Navy R (Reserve). To me that was a nothing burger, but that was "hallelujah" to them! They were estatic. They were probably more excited about that than me getting my wings, which is a good lesson about what one generation considers extemely important being diffferent than what another generation might consider important.

jim nj

So now you're in jail and the first person who gets to decide if your arrest was legal - is the prosecutor, not a judge. How long do you get before seeing a judge and raising the issue? Throws hands in air.

Is the prosecutor even interested in the legality of the arrest, or is he counseling officers on the proper words to use in the arrest report to negate your argument?

Gentlejim

Any property seizure needs to pass through the courts and be subject to due process protections of the Constitution. Sessions wasn't excited about that bit.

Posted by: henry | December 07, 2018 at 12:14 PM
This, yes!!!

Law enforcement should not EVER be self funding.

If there’s a more direct path to corruption and abuse of power, I can’t imagine what it would be.

Posted by: James D. | December 07, 2018 at 12:56 PM

And this, yes!!!

Back to catch up. Still about 12 hours behind you Chatty Cathys.

Narciso79

Wow that was quite a gathering from Casablanca through Sicily or up through marseille

it is striking how policy makers do the same thing drawing down forces after world war 1, 2 then after the cold war.

Narciso79

Oh nothing to see here:

https://mobile.twitter.com/JordanSchachtel/status/1071171464781545472

jim nj

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/are-israels-strikes-on-hezbollahs-tunnels-a-precursor-to-a-bigger-operation/

https://www.timesofisrael.com/experts-dealing-with-hezbollah-tunnels-first-step-before-going-after-missiles/

jim nj

https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2018/12/06/caroline-glick-war-hezbollah-israel/

She also sees the tunnels as an opening gambit.

I'd like to see Hezzbollah taken out in detail. First the tunnels, then the missiles, then every damn Shia in Lebanon.

If we, and others, don't join in, we should at least offer up any bit of targeting data the Israelis need.

jim nj

https://tinyurl.com/yd4ehukp

Interesting article on Alfred Thayer Mahan and how the Japaneses didn't absorb all of the American's supreme naval warfare strategist's lessons.

Pinandpuller

Good morning mr hoyden. Just passing thru Albert Lea. Is that a lesser known Poe poem?

Next stop La Crosse.

If I follow an imaginary line on around the globe from I90 will I end up in Mecca?

Ralph L

Daddy, my mother really wanted my dad to be head of NROTC at UNC when he left OPNAV in '73. She'd had to go to Women's College (now UNC-G), so Chapel Hill had a big allure for her, and we'd have lived around the corner from her cousin Bootsie. I think he tried but the timing was off, or they decided not to move the year before my sister graduated HS.

They decided too late to make me commute for my senior year from the Naval Observatory to Alexandria. He would have been in charge of the VP residence for the Mondales. Instead, he commuted half way to Baltimore to monitor AEGIS contracts for 3 years.

Ralph L

If there’s a more direct path to corruption and abuse of power

I turn away LEO charities, etc. because it feels too close to a shakedown--even more than campaign contributions. Petty of me, but Feelinz!

An acquaintance had a blue line on black sticker with a little heart on it, and I thought it meant he was into S&M.

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Godspeed, Pin!

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From jim nj's Glick 246:

"Iran has also been delivering components for precision guided missiles to Hezbollah through Beirut International Airport. Hezbollah has some 150,000 missiles, all pointed at Israel. Iran has long sought to upgrade Hezbollah’s missile capabilities by providing it with guidance systems that will enable it to conduct pinpoint strikes against Israeli civilian and military targets. As it stands, Hezbollah’s missiles cover all of Israel’s territory."

But Mr Corker and company aren't being played by Iran to cutoff diplomatic ties and advocate regime change in KSA (Graham et al).

This is red hot and not in the news cycle-- at all.

Netanyahu is acting defense minister, met with Pompeo in Brussels to discuss the deteriorating sitch on the Israeli border where Hezbollah has breached territory with tunnels in the Galilee.

God Bless Israel. God Bless America.

Hold onto your butts.

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You have a Bootsie in yer fam too, eh Ralph? We do too. Cousin on Maw's side of the Martinez clan. Maw dint know her real name, along with "Menda", "Ode", "LeeLee", "Cuvo", "Cheeta", Ne-ne", "Buzzy", and "German".

Ralph L

Her sister was Bibbie. I don't think my mother knew her real name. Their father headed VA DoT and got the Commonwealth to build Shirley Highway when NoVA was still rural and everyone thought he was crazy.

Grandma was Trix from age 3 and never used Jennie except on documents. She thought a lifelong friend's real name was Pearl, but it was Margaret.

jim nj

Kev,

Exactly, let's overturn the KSA and ignore the overall strategy. F-ck Erdogan, take out Hezabollah.

hoyden

Just in time for morning pizza...

THE WEEK IN PICTURES: 90S NOSTALGIA EDITION

Pinandpuller

I'm only 2 hrs from Casa de GUS but on the off chance the van full of Amish or Mennonites at the Kwik Trip is a hallucination I'm going to take a power nap. I'm well into WI.

hoyden

PnP, safe journeys. As I fondly remember, Happiness is Woodbridge, VA in my rear-view mirror.

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Those "Slime" covers make for quite a contrast.

hoyden

Parenting done right.

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If them Ami-Mennz were offering you a hit off some screwcap, then it's a safe bet the ceiling in yer ride was also melting, Pin.

Be safe on the homie stretch now.

Captain Hate

Is the prosecutor even interested in the legality of the arrest, or is he counseling officers on the proper words to use in the arrest report to negate your argument?

This is exhibit A in why prosecutors are the weak links in our country. Not to mention deciding which cases move forward and which get tossed.

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h/t again to you jim nj for the "tunnels first then the Hezbollox missiles" article:

i hope Netanyahu and Pompeo are discussing the multi-use cartel tunnels dug under our southern border into the country.

Hezbollox has been harboring in Venezuela for years and infiltrating (allegedly) our pourous southern border.

from the article to get an idea how skilled those cocksuckers are as mole/rats.

"On Tuesday, the IDF said it uncovered the “first of what are sure to be many” cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah, as part of its newly launched Operation Northern Shield. The tunnel was found south of the Israeli town of Metulla along the Lebanese border. The army said it was some 200 meters (650 feet) long, extending some 40 meters (120 feet) into Israeli territory."

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I like that, hoyden.

With our upcoming sojourn into the Kingdom of Sodom and Barbara Boxer for the week leading into New Years, Palm Springs, i'd cross out "Your Child" and insert "Son in Law" (lil ol me!)

:D

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on? :D

Captain Hate

That second picture of Kabbalah in hoyden's link looks like her "Wrong hole, Willie" face.

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Such profound insights into the nature of the Divine. (Ora-lay! Moses! Remind you of anybody?)

https://pjmedia.com/faith/female-pastor-is-melting-down-purity-rings-to-creating-a-golden-vagina/

pagar

Good Morning and Happy Panama Mother's day to the JOM mothers.

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Didja see POTUS passing this note to Hillary during the GHWB ceremony?

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Why the Commie House will scream for Barr to recuse himself from everything as AG:

James D.

Sometimes it seems to me the GOPe facing Trump is actually worse than the Dems who faced Reagan.

I think that’s a fair assessment.

James D.

Morning brag: finished the Saturday NYT crossword straight through in one pass, no mistakes, in 13 minutes and 27 seconds.

henry

Pin, good timing on a nap. Can’t buy beer until 9am anyway.

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I looked for a public link to this VDH article on Herr Mueller-- The Deep State's Hit Man-- and found none. Published in private newsletter.

So, begging indulgence here, i'm posting the whole enchilada. in his customary level of detail Hanson lays out the case against Mueller and his Posse.
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THE DEEP STATE’S HITMAN
Published December 5, 2018 | By Victor Davis Hanson
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Robert Mueller’s legal team may write a damning report on Trump’s ethics, based mostly on flipping minor former business associates of Trump’s and transient campaign officials by threatening them with long prison sentences.

So far, we know that the U.S. government decided to intervene in a political campaign to help one candidate and to smear the other — under the pretext of Russian “collusion.” That would be Obama’s government helping Hillary to smear The Donald.

And so it hired or made use of spies and informants including Hank Greenberg, Stefan Halper, Felix Sater, and others to contact Trump campaign officials to catch them in supposed collusion traps.

It enlisted the help of foreign intelligence agencies, specifically the British and Australians.

It misled FISA courts into granting warrants to spy on Americans and, post factum, threatened long prisons sentences with those surveilled and interviewed.

And as a result, it has so far found no collusion but may well find some misleading statements in hundreds of hours of testimonies from the likes of Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, and perhaps Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone.

Mueller cannot fulfill the hype of the past 18 months, which forecast that the “all-stars,” the “dream-team,” and the Mueller “army” would make short work of the supposedly buffoonish Trump by proving that he colluded with Russia to swing an election.

Collusion, remember, was hyped as doing what the Logan Act, the Emoluments Clause, the 25th Amendment, impeachment, media frenzy, and assassination-chic rhetoric had not.

By indicting a number of minor characters on charges that so far have nothing to do with collusion — for purported crimes mostly committed after the special-counsel appointment — Mueller has emphasized the quantity rather than the quality of indictments.

Mueller was tasked to find collusion (itself not a crime) committed during 2015 and 2016, not to prompt more purported crimes by setting perjury traps, and purported obstruction-of-justice liabilities.

If in May 2017 the frenzied media had known that 18 months later Mueller would end up targeting the provocateur Roger Stone and Inforwars’ Jerome Corsi, it would have been sorely humiliated.

Mueller has already weaponized politics, making a crime out of the tawdry business of opposition research — but only sort of, since his interests in doing so are highly selective.

And so his chief legacy will have little to do with whatever he finds on Donald Trump. Bob Mueller has already established the precedent that there is now no real equality under the law, at least as Americans once understood fair play and blind justice.

Once Mueller deviated from his prime directive of determining whether Donald Trump colluded — sought help from the Russian to win the 2016 election in exchange for the promise of later benefits — and turned to indicting political operatives for supposedly giving false testimonies about political shenanigans and engaging in illegal business practices, lobbying, and tax avoidance, he either knowingly or unknowingly established a precedent that the serial misdeeds of 2016 would be treated unequally under the law.

Russian Collusion
The 13 Russian nationals whom Mueller symbolically indicted will not come to the U.S. to face trial, and they will certainly not be extradited, a fact known by Mueller.

Yet Christopher Steele, a British subject and de facto unregistered foreign agent, is eminently indictable and extraditable.

He was paid through two firewalls (Fusion GPS and Perkins Coie) by Hillary Clinton to tap Russian sources to compile a smear dossier on her opponent, with the intent of warping the U.S. election — a classic example of foreign-agent interference in an American campaign.

If we were to take away that one purchased document, then the FISA court warrants, the informants, and all the CIA, FBI, and DOJ machinations would likely have disappeared or never arisen.

Obama-administration officials Bruce Ohr (whose wife worked on the dossier) at Justice, James Comey at the FBI, and John Brennan at the CIA all in some manner colluded with Steele, either directly or indirectly, to monitor the Trump campaign and then to seed the dossier among government agencies and courts, both to ensure its leakage and to brand it with a stamp of official seriousness, warranting investigations and media sensationalism.

Speaking of FBI informants, quite a different one has testified that Putin’s Russia had sent millions of dollars to a U.S. lobbying firm, in hopes of persuading Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use her influence with federal officials to close the so-called Rosatom Uranium One deal.

At roughly the same time, Bill Clinton was given a lucrative half-million-dollar fee for speaking in Moscow, while millions of dollars from Uranium One investors had poured into the Clinton Foundation — which after Clinton’s 2016 defeat has seen its contributions precipitously decline.

In another related matter of Russian collusion, Barack Obama in a hot-mic exchange with then–Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, in March 2012, eight months before Obama’s reelection, asked Medvedev to give Putin the assurance that if Putin would give Obama “space” during his reelection campaign, then Obama in turn would have “more flexibility” on issues such as missile defense “after my election.”

That quid pro quo was clarified six months later when an unusually quiet Putin darkly announced to the world that any deployment of U.S.-led NATO missile-defense systems would be targeted against Russia in a Romney administration — as compared with the actions in supposedly less bellicose Obama presidency.

And after expressing no interest in interfering in an American election, Putin clearly made it evident that he preferred an Obama victory.

Most observers now laugh off this entire sordid incident. But in the present climate, if Donald Trump had been caught in a similar hot-mic exchange with a top Russian official, and had Putin later expressed the idea that he preferred a Trump presidency to a Democrat one, and had U.S.-led missile-defense efforts abruptly stalled in Eastern Europe, then Robert Mueller would be hot on Trump’s trail — given that such an overt quid pro quo, benefiting a candidate’s reelection campaign, is far more explicit than anything Mueller’s 18-month investigation has yet turned up.

Perjury and False Testimony
Bruce Ohr filed a false federal disclosure affidavit, in that he did not reveal, as required, that his wife was employed by Fusion GPS to work on the Steele dossier. Nor did he disclose that after the election he had been in contact with Steele, offering his help in the effort to find proof of collusion.

James Comey, along with Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, and Sally Yates, at various times submitted requests to a FISA court that deliberately never disclosed that their chief evidence for such surveillance was:

1) paid for by Hillary Clinton (instead, the applications claimed vaguely that it was a product of generic opposition research, likely and by design confusing its Republican-primary origins with its maturity under Clinton auspices),

2) used as a circular source for news accounts produced in turn to establish its fides,

3) unsubstantiated and either not fact-checked or found to be impossible to verify,

4) compiled by an author already dismissed by the FBI as a unreliable asset.

Either Andrew McCabe or James Comey has likely perjured himself; or both may have. Their conflicting testimonies about leaking information to the media, and the relative importance of the Steele dossier for FISA court warrants, cannot be reconciled.

Comey deliberately leaked memos of presidential conversations to a friend in the media; these memos were classified as secret or confidential and perhaps in at least one case actually contained classified info. His intent, according to his own testimony, was to alter the nature of a Department of Justice investigation by having a special counsel appointed.

A short time later Robert Mueller, a friend and former working associate of Comey’s, was appointed as the special counsel.

John Brennan has never fully or honestly explained his conversations with Senator Harry Reid concerning the Steele dossier, or Reid’s purported version that Brennan was briefing Reid in order to make sure that such intelligence — leaked widely — would be seeded with the FBI.

And the FBI has never explained whether, at the height of a presidential campaign, it hired informants to be inserted into the Trump campaign or to associate with minor Trump officials in order to draw them out about the Steele dossier or set perjury traps for them.

Brennan has never faced consequences for admittedly lying under oath to Congress about collateral drone damage and surveillance of Senate staff computers; James Clapper likewise admittedly lied to Congress about NSA surveillance and faced no consequences.

Has any administration ever had its two top intelligence officials admit to lying under oath on matters of national policy and security, and with impunity to a congressional committee?

Both Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills likely lied to FBI investigators about the extent of their knowledge of Clinton’s private email server. In Orwellian fashion, FBI investigator Peter Strzok claimed that Abedin and Mills were not truthful to the federal investigators, while he concluded that General Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national-security adviser, had been.

Yet Flynn was targeted for giving false information to federal officials, while Abedin and Mills never were. Of course, Clinton herself lied when she insisted that she had transmitted no classified information over the server, and she destroyed over 30,000 emails Congress had subpoenaed — all without any criminal liability.

Obstruction of Justice and Conflicts of Interests
Bruce Ohr, while a Justice official, was negotiating with Fusion GPS on a variety of matters, while his spouse was employed by Fusion founder Glenn Simpson to research the Steele dossier.

Glenn Simpson deliberately misled a congressional investigation about his post-election efforts to collect anti-Trump information, and he sought to disguise the fact that he was actively operating with donors and activists to smear the Trump team during their transition to the White House.

No one has ever seriously investigated the activities of Daniel Jones, who worked for Fusion GPS and was apparently a former FBI agent and staff investigator for Senator Dianne Feinstein, and who as a freelancer received millions of dollars from anti-Trump donors (reportedly Silicon Valley activists and George Soros) and, after Trump was president, in March 2017, met with FBI officials to share information gathered by his Penn Quarter Group designed to harm the Trump presidency.

Andrew McCabe’s spouse was a recipient of huge contributions from a Clinton-affiliated super PAC for her 2016 candidacy in Virginia, and not much later her husband was tasked to exercise key oversight in the Clinton email scandal.

Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel, signed a dubious FISA warrant request. Such surveillance was apparently useful to his appointee Robert Mueller’s ability to issue indictments against some minor Trump officials.

Was Mueller ever going to examine whether Rosenstein improperly helped produce a FISA court warrant that was central to Mueller’s own investigation?

The Podesta brothers had long had ties with Russian business interests approximating Paul Manafort’s own Russian connections, and John Podesta occupied a key role in Hillary Clinton’s reelection bid (analogous to Manafort’s in the Trump campaign) — with the difference that he was never fired but played an increasingly important role in Clinton’s campaign efforts.

Leaking and Improper Transfer of Classified Information
In addition to the leaking by the FBI’s two top officials, James Comey and Andrew McCabe, we know that several top Obama officials requested the unmasking of names of U.S. citizens swept up in FISA surveillance. And some names then found their way into the media cycles before the election and during the presidential transition.

In the voluminous text correspondence between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, there is also reference to a planned joint “media leak strategy with DOJ” to smear Carter Page. Again, no one has been charged with the deliberate leaking of government documents and communications to the media for the expressed intent of harming a presidential campaign and transition.

CNN, relying on government and congressional officials’ leaks, falsely reported a number of damaging Trump stories:

That transition official Anthony Scaramucci had colluded with a Russian financial official about easing sanctions;

That Donald Trump knew in advance of a meeting that his son had agreed to with a Russian operator;

That Trump Jr. knew in advance of the contents of the WikiLeaks Podesta trove;

And that James Comey would testify to Congress that he never had assured Trump he was not under investigation.

These were all fake news stories, prompting retractions or resignations, and they came from deliberate government leaks floated to harm the Trump administration — in the manner later outlined in a September 5, 2018 op-ed by a Trump-administration official who admitted to actively impeding, with other veritable saboteurs, the actions of the president, in the belief that many of the “resistance” like him in the executive branch had a moral duty to thwart the actions of a duly elected president.

One-Eyed Jacks
In sum, a group of Obama-administration officials and appointees in 2016 colluded with Clinton-campaign personnel to ensure that Donald Trump would not be elected in 2016 and, later, to make sure that his transition and early presidency would fail or be aborted.

Such officials took great risks (some 25 FBI and DOJ officials subsequently retired or were fired or reassigned) in working with foreign interests such as Christopher Steele and by extension his Russian sources to break U.S. laws and to attempt to warp an election — in the belief that there was almost no chance that Trump would be elected.

In a Clinton presidency, their beyond-the-call-of-duty insurance work would be rewarded rather than punished.

These efforts failed to stop Trump from winning, and they did not derail his transition. Yet deliberate leaking to the media of the now-stale Steele dossier, “research” from FBI informants planted among minor Trump campaign officials, and improperly warranted government surveillance of former Trump-related officials created a media frenzy, out of which a fired James Comey helped engineer a new lever against Trump: the special-counsel investigation.

In the subsequent 18 months, Robert Mueller assembled a highly partisan team of lawyers and investigators that included a number of Clinton donors; lawyers who had represented either the Clinton Foundation, a Clinton aide, or an Obama official; and rank anti-Trump partisans such as Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.

Their task was to investigate the charges of Russian collusion as planted by those in government and Christopher Steele and his abettors.

Such skullduggery poses the question of whether Mueller’s investigation has been simply derailed by partisanship.

Or has it effectively served as a deliberate distraction from the felonious behavior of dozens of Obama-administration and Clinton-campaign officials — all determined to ensure, by any means necessary, that Trump would never be president?

The answer to that question is Yes. Robert Mueller is not a legitimate Special Prosecutor – he’s the Deep State’s Hitman, the leader of a gang of criminals and partisans, accusing others of criminality and partisanship.

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

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James D: Congratulations. I'm afraid of you. :D

Kev

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Later on then. Bizzy Saturday here. Makin hay. :D

Pinandpuller

Once more unto I90 dear friends, once more.

Captain Hate

The last time I read the Weakly Substandard was when they ran a puff piece on the "integrity" of Mueller. Until that point I held out hope that their NeverTrump fever would break, but that article proved to me the patient was terminal. Good diagnosis in retrospect. To hell with them.a

clarice

MM, Knowing how hard it is for you to do shopping and lugging stuff home in this weather, let me introduce jet.com a delivery serviced which offers just about everything delivered to your door at competitive pricing. Here's their pet food selection:https://jet.com/c/pet-supplies/dog-supplies/11000026?&experienceId=23

peter

good on you, James D. Haven't done the daily NYT crossword in years. Do they still vary from day to day in difficulty, gradually getting harder or easier (I forget which) as the week goes on. I'm hooked on the "Spelling Bee" which appears in the magazine (ragazine) section of the Sunday Slimes.

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1056082/paris-protests-riots-gilets-jaunes-emmanuel-macron-tax-reform

Buckeye

last night CH wrote:

There are some truly bad people in this country. The opposition DJT faces is much worse than what Reagan endured. Which just makes me support him even more. The punks that think they can outlast him and, whether in 2020 or 2024, expect us to go back to bidness as usual are in for a rude awakening; because he's their last best chance for dealing with us the easy way. They won't like the next click up.

And daddy wrote:

An interesting point worth mentioning, that I or none of us who had not lived through the Depression would have recognized. When I joined the Navy I was US Navy Reserve, even though I was active duty. I knew nothing different, but Mom and Dad both knew different, because having gone through the Depression, and Mom's dad having been a WW1 Officer who was not Reserve and who therefore had not gotten riffed during the big post WW1 draw-downs in manpower, and who therefore had a great well paying job during the Great Depression, they immediately recognized I was a Reserve. That was a tentative concern for them. When I made full Lt and full US Navy which meant nothing to me, I shared the promotion documents to them and they realized I had been offered US Navy, no longer US Navy R (Reserve). To me that was a nothing burger, but that was "hallelujah" to them! They were estatic. They were probably more excited about that than me getting my wings, which is a good lesson about what one generation considers extemely important being diffferent than what another generation might consider important.

The current generation of snowflakes have mostly been insulated from the reality that the world can turn ugly and hostile in a heartbeat.

It is easy to be a libtard under the current circumstances.

They haven't had to fight in a war.

They haven't had to stand in a soup line.

They haven't seen "No Help Wanted" signs in all the store windows.

I don't know how many boomers have a real sense of how bad things could be, but I do. My mother's father died in 1931 when she was 4 and she went through a hellish childhood where survival was the daily challenge. She didn't mince any words while we we growing up about being prepared to take advantage of the opportunities available and the need to live within your means.

Not sure many younger people, except for immigrants, have a clue.

Another Great Depression and everything that people think they are "entitled" to will quickly disappear.

Snowflakes will melt in a hurry.

These history lessons are far more important than focusing on the grievance flavor of the day.

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https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/are-liberals-prepared-for-no-collusion

Captain Hate

The Depression was a defining moment for my parent's generation. My father spoke about it in "you don't want this to ever happen" terms of soul sapping despair.

The worst boomers have experienced is the stagflation started by Landslide Lyndon and made worse by Nixon, Ford and Carter until Reagan did the hard work to eradicate it. It was bad but nothing like the Depression.

The subsequent generations have been spared both of them. In both cases they were created and prolonged by terrible policies.

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https://www.bizpacreview.com/2018/12/07/huge-story-new-report-suggests-deep-state-effort-at-work-to-rein-in-president-trump-700522

James D.

Do they still vary from day to day in difficulty, gradually getting harder or easier (I forget which) as the week goes on. I'm hooked on the "Spelling Bee" which appears in the magazine (ragazine) section of the Sunday Slimes.

Yes, they do. Monday is easiest, Saturday is hardest. Sunday is more like a Wednesday difficulty, but bigger and usually with some sort of gimmick or theme to throw you a curve.

I like the Spelling Bee as well. They have a daily one online, too - same format, but you can use 4 letter words, and it's scored on a curve - with an easier set of letters, you might have to score 120 points to reach "Great" lever, but with a harder set, it might only be 50 points.

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Interesting reads on the flash point that was Pearl Harbor:

1. Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor by John Koster.

Link:
https://www.amazon.com/Operation-Snow-Soviet-Triggered-Harbor-ebook/dp/B009KN1RUU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

2. Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government by M. Stanton Evans and Herb Romerstein.

Link:
https://www.amazon.com/Stalins-Secret-Agents-Subversion-Roosevelts/dp/1439147701/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544109206&sr=1-1&keywords=stalin%27s+secret+agent

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8 am EST conference callers are a no-show. :D
Re-schedj for 10am EST.

MOAR coffee? Yes please.

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Trumpian ripple effect?

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/12/06/italy-cuts-illegal-migration-sea-landings-80-per-cent/

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Notice? "illegal MIGRATION." me like.

Another Bob

What if it’s as simple as Trump isn’t what we thought he was?

http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=13049 (from March)

Captain Hate

Yes, Saint Delano was up to his gimp ass in commies and nazi symps like Joseph Kennedy (bad enough to make a booze running mick the ambassador to Great Britain).

Jim Eagle

KK,

Do you ever sleep? Or, are you back east or in Europe?

James D,

In Europe you get the Sunday Times Xword in the Saturday edition of the Internation Herald Tribune. If I had to fly back to SF on a Saturday or Sunday for meetings the next week, I would do it on the plane, then blow my friends mind by doing the "real" Times Magazine Xword in 5 minutes of less, and in ink!

Morning tribe. Go Navy, Beat Army.

Captain Hate

I'm not getting lit up by a bunch of 2A zealots, over and beyond PD, including the requisite Jew haters.

rse

I know there is not high regard for nr here, but this is an excellent commentary on brexit and what may is trying to foist. https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/theresa-mays-centrist-conspiracy-to-undermine-brexit/

Clearly written before yesterday's Scare Tactic 3.0 letter. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/762677/medicines-supply-contingency-plans-letter.pdf

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JiB:

my sleep schedule got revamped 16 days ago.

i'm in the PST zone today.

retire: 730pm

rise: 230am

17 hour day.

henry

Is Paul Ryan a May advisor? That NR thing reads like his House leadership.

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the boatbuilder blog article is 9 months old.

seems Trump has been tacking all over the place and pandering to the NRA while sending sigs he will be part of some kind of bi-partisan bill to enact gun control measures.

we'll see.

Trump fatigue seems to have taken hold in some camps early on.

Captain Hate

So GB and France are likewise telling the Deep State to fuck off and the ruling class is being as obstructing as is barely legal.

henry

Mass arrests of teen protesters in France, aka teaching surrender to the youth (vid at link):

https://twitter.com/adambaldwin/status/1071390325380386817?s=21

Captain Hate

Trump fatigue seems to have taken hold in some camps early on.

I was under no pretense that he was Mr. Perfect, that would be me, but he's been a damn sight better than my most optimistic hopes. If he's not worn out then neither am I.

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

https://www.infowars.com/france-95-of-speed-cameras-in-one-region-destroyed-as-part-of-yellow-vest-protest/

Are respectable people allowed to link InfoWars? :)

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JimNorCal: even busted clocks get their just due, no? :D

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As long as Trump is the only pickle in the jar, it's bound to be difficult for any faction to fork him.

Stick and move. He's fighting EVERYBODY. Let's hope he dont run outta Diet Coke. :D

Catsmeat

Pin, I am glad your JOM haj is going so well!

Husband is off to China this a.m for ten days--he'll conduct and give master classes and see pandas. I hope everything behaves itself there as far as geopolitics go!

Narciso79

Interesting harry dexter white later blacked a critical loan to Chiang's China, just like rubottom and wieland sabotaged batista.

Laughlin Currie another Soviet mole, did organize the flying tigers along with William Pawley another businessman with later Cuban ties.

henry

Trump tweet:

I am pleased to announce my nomination of four-star General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the United States Army – as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing General Joe Dunford, who will be retiring....

....I am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country! Date of transition to be determined.

MissMarple2

A late good morning, all!

I woke early but decided to get some extra sleep, and here I am all discombobulated from the sun being up.

Kevlar Kid, thanks for taking the time to type out that Victor Davis Hanson article. He laid it out pretty well.

daddy, My father was in North Africa with the 5th Army, too. He was a tech sergeant in charge of maintenance. I have some dynamite pictures he took in North Africa, including the British golf course he played with a pal but they had to dodge wreckage of vehicles on some of the holes.

MissMarple2

NEW THREAD!!

Pinandpuller

Dr Savage is breaking down the Otisville story right out of the gate.

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