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The DOJ-FBI coup attempt against Trump

Daily Wire:
On Wednesday, CNN published text messages between the former second-in-command in FBI counterintelligence, Peter Strzok, and his mistress and co-worker Lisa Page. Strzok was involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, instrumental in helping to launch the investigation into supposed collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, and staffed on the Trump-Russia investigation itself. He was fired by special investigator Robert Mueller after these texts were uncovered.

Now, one of those texts may wound the special investigation beyond repair.

That text is dated August 15, 2016. Strzok texted Page, “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in [deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe’s] office that there's no way he gets elected -- but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40…”

This looks an awful lot like motivation for launching an investigation into Trump in order …

After ISIS defeat the A-10 maybe returning to Afghanistan

Military Times:
America’s beloved A-10 Thunderbolt II ―the “Warthog” ― may be headed back to Afghanistan, Military Times has learned.

A senior Afghan defense official told Military Times that the Afghan government wants the aircraft to return. However, discussions to bring the A-10 to Afghanistan are in early stages, and no decision to bring the aircraft back into theater has been made.

“The discussions of what forces we move to Afghanistan or drawdown from Iraq and Syria are all ongoing,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Lance Bunch, director of U.S. air operations in Afghanistan, told reporters at the Pentagon. “We have not made any decisions at this time to move A-10s, that I know of.”

As operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria wind down, other air assets may be flexed to Afghanistan. In recent months, six additional F-16s and a KC-135 Stratotanker have bolstered U.S. air assets in the country. There are currently 18 F-16s in country, according to a Pentagon official.

A-10s have been vital t…

Dirty dossier firm hired DOJ official's wife to investigate Trump

Fox News:
A co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS acknowledged in a new court document that his company hired the wife of a senior Justice Department official to help investigate then-candidate Donald Trump last year.

The confirmation from Glenn Simpson came in a signed declaration filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and provided a fuller picture of the nature of Nellie Ohr’s work – after Fox News first reported on her connection to Fusion GPS.

Her husband, Bruce Ohr, was demoted at the DOJ last week for concealing his meetings with the same company, which commissioned the anti-Trump “dossier” containing salacious allegations about the now-president. Together, the Fusion connections for Mr. and Mrs. Ohr have raised Republican concerns about objectivity at the Justice Department, and even spurred a call from Trump’s outside counsel for a separate special prosecutor.

Simpson’s statement shows Mrs. Ohr was indeed involved in the Trump research. He said bank …

Keeping talking Kirsten Gillibrand, you are reminding us who you really are

Sarah Rumpf:
Kirsten Gillibrand Won’t Shut Up About Being ‘Silenced’ You remind us that you are an intellectual lightweight liberal who is out of her league.  You are trying to overthrow the will of the votes with unsubstantiated charges.  The President is right to ignore your demands.

You are using the same response as Sen. Warren and the last things Trump are the Republicans would want to do is silence her.  They would prefer to make her the face of the Democrat party so they can run against her.

Does this explain why FBI did not prosecute Clinton's mishandling of classified materials?

NY Times:
Clinton ‘Just Has to Win,’ F.B.I. Officials Texted in 2016
An agent who was removed this summer from the special counsel investigation of the Trump campaign was found to have exchanged text messages in 2016 that described a potential Trump victory as “terrifying.” Other messages criticized the Clinton team and the Obama administration. I think it does.

It also probably partially explains this:

Republicans Plan to Accuse Justice Department of Bias
A chorus of Republicans is questioning the impartiality of the Justice Department and its special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, in an attempt to counter the drumbeat of news about Russian interference in the election. At this point, the FBI and the DOJ have also lost a good bit of the trust of Republicans who see both the Clinton investigation and the Russian interference probe as being unfair.  The idea that the Clinton campaign could indirectly pay Russian intelligence operatives for the dirty dossier that would then be used as a …

Threats aimed at Israel because of Jerusalem not likely to result in action

Tom Rogan:
In recent days, the leaders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard external action force, Hezbollah, and Hamas have all pledged to retake Jerusalem from Israel.

It's not going to happen.

Amidst the growing likelihood of regional war, these threats cannot be considered idle. Working together, Israel's enemies could create havoc in its southern and northern border areas proximate to Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon. In addition, Iran has the missile capabilities to strike deep inside Israeli territory.

Fortunately, however, Israel's capabilities far exceed those of its adversaries.

For a start, it would be nearly impossible for an Iranian-led alliance to invade Israeli territory and reach Jerusalem. The Israeli Defense Forces retain a dominant position in being able to block all lines of approach to Jerusalem. At the same time, because of dramatically improved relations between Israel, Egypt, and Jordan, any attack on Jerusalem would have to come from Lebanese or Syrian territ…

Democrat run Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accused of falsifying data to make a case against Texas company

Washington Free Beacon:
A former employee of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is calling for an investigation after accusing managers of falsifying documents to impose fines on a payday lender.

Cassandra Jackson, a former CFPB examiner in the southeast division, sent a letter last week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions also accusing managers of "widespread racism and gender discrimination."

Jackson said her superiors at the CFPB asked her to falsify documents during her investigation into a Texas-based payday lending company, Ace Cash Express.

"During the course of this examination, I was asked to change, remove, and otherwise falsify documents connected with this examination," Jackson said.

Jackson said she was asked to remove document evidence proving Ace Cash Express was complying with CFPB rules and to write a report including findings she knew to be "false and fabricated."

"I was specifically told to cite Ace Cash Express for a violation…

Who knew?--Women enjoy flirting with men too

D.C. McAllister:

Can We Be Honest About Women?

Here’s a little secret we have to say out loud: Women love the sexual interplay they experience with men, and they relish men desiring their beauty. What some men are finding is that there are limits to how much they can get away with and the woman is in charge of that decision.

Text between FBI agent and agency lawyer are pretty damning

Washington Examiner:
The Justice Department provided congressional committees with hundreds of text messages between Peter Strzok — the agent on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team who was demoted for critical messages about President Trump — and his alleged mistress Lisa Page, a lawyer also assigned to the probe.

Those text messages were obtained by the Washington Examiner, and show extreme political opinions shared about the two dating back to 2015.

One message from Page to Strzok is a link to a story about Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, with the text “What an utter idiot.”

In Nov. 2015, Page said she hopes House Speaker Paul Ryan “falls and crashes in a blaze of glory,” to which Strzok replied: “Yes, And me too. At some point the Rep party needs to pull their head out of their *ss. Shows no sign of occurring any time soon.”

“Martin O’Malley’s a freak show,” Strzok messaged Page in Jan. 2016, a reference to the former governor of Maryland who ran a brief campaign for …

Donald Trump, Jr. seeks an investigation of leaks by Democrats on the House Intelligence committee

Washington Examiner:
Donald Trump Jr. requested the House Intelligence Committee launch an investigation concerning leaks during and after his private meeting with the committee last week.

Trump Jr.’s attorney, Alan Futerfas, submitted a letter Tuesday to Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, addressing comments made by three California Democratic members of the panel: Rep. Adam Schiff, the panel's ranking member, and Reps. Jackie Speier and Eric Swalwell.

The letter alleges that members and staffers started “selectively leaking information” ahead of the meeting’s conclusion, according to multiple media reports.

Trump Jr. met with the panel as part of its Russia interference inquiry.

Schiff told reporters after the hearing that Trump Jr. did not discuss details related to a July phone call with President Trump after the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting that occurred in June 2015, where members of the Trump campaign had been told ahead of time they would receive damaging information a…

Wind and solar energy companies push for tax breaks for their inefficient production

Washington Times:
It’s become a national leader in wind-power generation, but in deep-red, oil-rich Texas, many conservatives still turn a skeptical eye toward renewable energy — despite growth numbers that dwarf virtually every other sector of the economy.

For Jeff Clark, who heads The Wind Coalition in Texas, the fact that political posturing often seems to overrule hard data can be mind-boggling.

“As soon as I say, ‘Oh, by the way, it’s clean and it doesn’t contribute to climate change,’ I’ve just lost half my audience. The joke is, Would you love me more if I was dirtier?” said Mr. Clark, offering a tongue-in-cheek take on the immediate instinct of many Republicans to promote only fossil fuels.

As Republican leaders in Washington craft a once-in-a-generation tax reform bill that they say will spur unprecedented economic growth, critics contend that Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and in the White House are missing a key chance to promote wind and solar power.

In recent years, the e…

Russian hacker tells court FSB him ordered to hack Clinton's emails

Times:
A Russian hacker has told a court in Moscow that he was ordered by Kremlin spymasters to steal emails linked to Hillary Clinton.

Konstantin Kozlovsky is on trial accused of being part of Lurk, a group accused of stealing 3 billion roubles (£38 million) from banks by infecting computer systems with malware.

A transcript of a hearing in his trial which was posted on his Facebook page records Mr Kozlovsky, 29, saying: “I fulfilled various tasks under the direction of employees of the FSB [the secret service] in particular the hacking of the US Democratic National Committee [DNC] and the electronic messages of Hillary Clinton, as well as breaking in to very serious US military enterprises.”

Almost 20,000 emails were stolen from the DNC and published by Wikileaks in July last year. The messages suggested that the committee had tried to undermine the campaign of Bernie Sanders, Mrs Clinton’s rival to run as Democratic candidate in the US presidential election. Wikileaks later publish…

Possible recount in Alabama senate race

The Hill:
Alabama Republican Roy Moore is refusing to concede in Tuesday's special Senate election, which has been called for Democrat Doug Jones.

Moore and his campaign are holding out hope as the final ballots are cast in case the margin dips to 0.5 percent or below, triggering an automatic recount.

It's unclear whether that will come to pass, as Jones led Moore by 1.5 percent into late Tuesday night. But it's clear that no winner will be certified until at least Christmas.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told reporters during an impromptu Tuesday night press conference in his state capitol office that the state will direct counties to count provisional ballots, absentee ballots and military ballots.

Those final numbers will be due to Merrill's office by Dec. 22, after which the results will be certified sometime between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3 of next year.

If the final numbers show a tight enough margin, the state's recount provision is automatically trigger…

Cooking fire for homeless caused fire near Los Angelos

LA Times:
The fire that destroyed six homes and damaged a dozen others in Bel-Air last week was caused by a cooking fire at a nearby homeless encampment, Los Angeles fire officials said Tuesday.

For a “number of years,” homeless people had been living in a camp along Sepulveda Boulevard where it passes under the 405 Freeway, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Peter Sanders said.

Investigators who inspected the encampment found evidence that people had been cooking and sleeping in the area but did not find anyone there, Sanders said. The department has no suspects, he said.

Los Angeles has been struggling in recent years with a major uptick in the homeless population, with encampments spreading out from downtown L.A. into neighborhoods across the city. A report in May put the homeless population in Los Angeles County at 58,000, a 23% increase over the last year.

The count found that the homeless population in the West L.A. service area — which included the Bel-Air and Brentwood neig…

Mueller refuses to answer question about who prepared the FISA warrant on Trump officials

Glenn Reynolds:
SO I JUST HAD AN INTERESTING EMAIL EXCHANGE WITH THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S PRESS OFFICE: Me: I’m hearing from a source that Lisa Page was involved in approving Peter Strzok’s warrant requests to the FISC and possibly elsewhere. Can you confirm or deny if this was the case? And please tell me what her job title and function are in your office. Thanks.Them (via spokesman Joshua Stueve): Lisa Page, who was an attorney on detail to the Special Counsel’s office, returned to the FBI’s Office of the General Counsel in mid-July.Me again: Thank you but that doesn’t answer my question. What role did Lisa Page have in the handling of warrant applications, and in particular those involving Peter Strzok?Them again: I’ll decline to comment further.Well, then.
Page, remember, is the FBI lawyer with whom Strzok was having an extramarital affair and exchanging anti-Trump texts. Perhaps someone with more resources than I will be able to get to the bottom of this. (Bumped). John Hinderaker puts the…

Hostile media thinks THEY are under attack

Newsbusters:
As Monday’s throwdown in the White House press room made clear, relations between the President and the press corps are as bad as they have ever been during the Trump administration.

Most journalists seem to put the blame on the administration’s criticisms of the press, with CNN’s Chris Cilizza saying Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ condemnations were “disheartening” and made him “angry.” A couple of weeks ago, disgraced ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather called the President’s attacks on the news media “disappointing.

“If you look over the arc of history,” Rather lectured MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle in late November, “presidents who have been very hostile to the press have not wound up very good in terms of having their likeness carved into Mt. Rushmore or anything approaching that....You know that old cliche, if you’re in a hole, stop digging. In terms of his press relations, he just keeps digging.”

This week, Rather repeated his complaint to the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart. “A …

Many got it wrong in Syria by tying Assad to ISIS

Max Abrahms and John Glaser:
The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. In 2014, the extremist group seemed to make substantial inroads in achieving its stated goal of a caliphate. It boasted tens of thousands of fighters and territorial control over an area roughly the size of South Korea. By almost every metric, Islamic State has collapsed in its Syria stronghold, as well as in Iraq. As a former foreign fighter recently admitted, “It’s over: there is no more Daesh left,” using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

The rollback of Islamic State must come as a shock to the chorus of journalists and analysts who spent years insisting that such progress would never happen without toppling the regime of Bashar Assad — which is, of course, still standing. A cavalcade of opinion makers long averred that Islamic State would thrive in Syria so long as Assad ruled because the Syrian Arab Army was part of the same disease.

John Bolton, former United Nations ambassador under George W. Bus…

Source for CNN's false story on Donald Trump, Jr. and Wikileaks?

James Freeman:
Is CNN Protecting Adam Schiff?

Journalists continue to air his fact-free allegations without requiring evidence. CNN wasn't the only media outlet that ran with the same fals story about the timing of a message to Trump.  It is reasonable to suspect someone like Schiff as disclosing this and suspicion would probably place another Democrat on the committeee with giving the false story.  It looks like CNN got sucked in by Shiff's continuing claim that he can't actually show them the evidence that he has seen. 

They would be wise to demand that he show them the actual documents in the future.

Is it any wonder that Trump is suspicious of the intel agencies?

Byron York:
Former top spy rethinks: Maybe we shouldn't have attacked a new president

...
"Let's put ourselves in Donald Trump's shoes," Morell said to Glasser. "So what does he see? Right? He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden … criticizing him and his policies. Right? And he would rightfully have said, 'Huh, what's going on with the intelligence guys?'"

"And then he sees a former acting director and deputy director of CIA criticizing him and endorsing his opponent," Morell continued. "And then he gets his first intelligence briefing, after becoming the Republican nominee, and within 24 to 48 hours, there are leaks out of that that are critical of him and his then-national security adviser Mike Flynn."

"And so, this stuff starts to build, right? And he must have said to himself, 'What is it with these intelligence guys? Are they political?'"

The answer to that was sim…

The fake news business is playing into Trump's strong suit

Victor Davis Hanson:
The most effective way for the media to have refuted Donald Trump’s 24/7 accusations of “fake news” would have been to publish disinterested, factually based accounts of his presidency. The Trump record should have been set straight through logic and evidence.

So one would think after a year of disseminating fake news aimed at Donald Trump (Melania Trump was leaving the White House; Donald Trump had removed the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the West Wing; Trump planned to send troops into Mexico, etc.) that Washington and New York journalists would be especially scrupulous in their reporting to avoid substantiating one of Trump’s favorite refrains.

Instead, either blinded by real hatred or hyper-partisanship or both, much of the media has redoubled their reporting of rumor and fictions as facts—at least if they empower preconceived and useful bias against Trump. But after the year-long tit-for-tat with the president, the media has earned less public support i…

Trump increased the operational tempo of drone strikes against al Qaeda in Yemen

Real Clear Defense:
Since taking office, Trump has been particularly focused on targeting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a major affiliate of the al-Qaeda network that operates primarily in Yemen and is a significant threat to the West. The Trump administration has escalated strike activity and walked back Obama era policies that restricted military and CIA operations in Yemen. As his first year in office comes to an end, it’s worth looking back at the president’s strike activity as a marker for what’s to come under, as well as after, his administration. How Trump dictates operations against AQAP will hold lasting consequences for future counterterrorism policies, regional stability, and the evolution of al-Qaeda’s threat to the U.S.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula became the terrorist network’s successor after the 9/11 attack forced its central leadership into hiding and out of Southwest Asia. The move was intended to refocus efforts on the Middle East and ensure opera…

Democrats pushing Franken out because he is inconvenient to their need to attack Trump

NY Times Op-Ed:
I’m Not Convinced Franken Should Quit By ZEPHYR TEACHOUT Congress needs a new process for investigating harassment complaints. It seems to me that Franken thought his unwanted fondling was funny.  In at least a couple of pictures, you see him doing it with a grin on his face and a look that tries to put those watching in on the "joke."   In one picture the woman is asleep.  In another, the woman is laughing as if she also is in on the joke.

Democrats do not want to be seen as hypocrites when they attack Trump for what some think is similar activity if it actually happened.  It is also convenient that there is a Democrat governor who could appoint another Democrat to replace Francken. 

Bob Menedez has been accused of having sex with underaged prostitutes and also been charged with corruption, but there have been no calls for him to resign. I suspect that is because for now, New Jersey has a Republican governor who would appoint his replacement.  His case might …

Media ties to Democrats hard to ignore

Erick Erickson:
A few years ago I gave a talk in Texas on the incestuousness between the Democratic Party and the media. One of the slides noted that Jay Carney of Time magazine left the magazine to go work for Vice President Joe Biden and then on to be White House press secretary. When Carney left Biden's office, he was replaced by Shailagh Murray, who went in from the Washington Post. In turn, she was married to Neil King who worked for the Wall Street Journal.

Neil contacted me. He took issue with my implication that he couldn't be fair in his coverage of Washington given his marriage. While I don't dispute that he covered Washington with an even hand, I thought and still think that it was indicative of his world view and how stories might be shaped that he more likely than not leaned left and was married to Joe Biden's press secretary. So it is somewhat funny to me to note he left the Wall Street Journal and went to work for Fusion GPS, which is now in the news as t…

Another media story attacking Flynn falls apart

Politico:
A former business associate of Michael Flynn told lawmakers that phone records contradict an anonymous whistleblower's allegation that the ex-national security adviser sent an Inauguration Day text declaring a controversial Middle East nuclear energy deal "good to go," according to a letter released Monday.

In an account provided to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in June — but made public only last week — the whistleblower said Alex Copson, a top official at ACU Strategic Partners, bragged on Inauguration Day about his relationship with Flynn, at one point flipping around his phone to reveal the text about the deal to build nuclear plants across the Middle East.

The whistleblower also said Copson said sanctions against Russia would be "ripped up" to make room for the deal.

But in a letter to Cummings dated Friday, Thomas Cochran, a top ACU official, said the whistleblower's account was inaccurate, attaching AT&T phone records that he said show C…

Democrats conspire to keep their collusion with FBI and DOJ to attack Trump campaign secret

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/12/09/nunes_fbidoj_officials_have_become_so_dirty_who_is_watching_the_watchmen_who_is_investigating_these_people.html

Deven Nunes was cleared by the House Ethics committee of charges that he released classified information.  The charges fit a pattern of abuse by former Obama officials and Democrats who want to keep secret their unmasking of Trump campaign officials and other aspects of their using the intelligence agencies and the FBI to spy on political opponents.

US on track to be world's largest LNG exporter in next 10 years

Houston Chronicle:
In 2011, Cheniere Energy was a little-known company with big ambitions when it signed an $8 billion contract that would transform the U.S. into an exporter of liquefied natural gas after decades of relying on foreign suppliers.

Five years later, just days before the Houston company shipped its first LNG cargo, another big deal gave a jolt to nascent U.S. industry. Royal Dutch Shell bought Cheniere customer BG Gas for $50 billion, a move that made Shell the world's largest international LNG producer and marketer and allied it with this nation's biggest LNG exporter. Shell remains Cheniere's best customer, buying almost half the production of Cheniere's massive Sabine Pass LNG terminal.

These two events have helped bring the United States to a tipping point, as LNG exports, mostly out of Texas and Louisiana, grow quickly. The Energy Department projects that LNG production capacity will quadruple by the end of 2019, making the nation the largest source …

The inside story on Fusion GPS and the DOJ connection

Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump “dossier” had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed: The official’s wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.

Contacted by Fox News, investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year. The precise nature of Mrs. Ohr’s duties – including whether she worked on the dossier – remains unclear but a review of her published works available online reveals Mrs. Ohr has written extensively on Russia-related subjects. HPSCI staff confirmed to Fox News that she was paid by Fusion GPS through the summer and fall of 2016.

Fusion GPS has attracted scrutiny because Republican lawmakers have spent the better part …

Firm that hired Brit spy to collude with Russians on the dirty dossier paid for by Democrats is a story

Washington Post:
‘Journalism for rent’: Inside the secretive firm behind the Trump dossier

Hundreds of internal documents obtained by The Washington Post reveal how Fusion GPS, a firm led by former journalists, has used investigative reporting techniques and media connections to advance the interests of an eclectic range of clients on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley and in the nation’s capital. What I don't get is why so many journalists are still taken in by the fraudulent dossier.  They do not seem to see the big scandal is the Democrats colluding with Russians through the use of a foreign spy in order to get the FBI to spy on their political opponent.

I suspect the reason they don't see it for what it is is they still desperately want to help the Democrats engineer a coup against the President.  That also explains why so many of them have published stories that turn out to be untrue and they all do it at Trump expense.  There are no mistakes going the other way.

They are true…

Bomber was upset about ISIS losing the war

NY Times:
New York Bomber Was Retaliating for Attacks on ISIS
A 27-year-old man detonated a pipe bomb in a corridor between two of Manhattan’s busiest subway stations, injuring only four but inciting chaos for thousands.The suspect told investigators that he chose the location because of its Christmas-themed posters, recalling ISIS strikes against holiday markets in Europe. He admits he is a religious bigot who wants to hurt Christians.  Is he really wondering why the US has been attacking ISIS?  He seems to have the simpleton logic of a radical Islamist. 

The guy got into the US as part of a chain migration deal, which makes the administrations case against that type of immigration.   He should have been questioned about his position on Sharia law which might have revealed the dangers he posed to US citizens. 

I feel sorry for New Yorkers whose political leaders support an open borders agenda which endangers citizens.

Tax cut plan will actually boost revenue by $300 billion

Washington Times:
The Treasury Department said Monday that the Senate-approved tax reform plan would pay for itself and more, actually boosting revenue by $300 billion over 10 years.

The one-page analysis by Treasury counters a congressional forecast that the tax cuts would add about $1 trillion in deficits over the next decade.

Treasury said the legislation, which cuts corporate and individual taxes, would result in $1.8 trillion in additional tax revenue over a decade by spurring stronger economic growth. Subtracting tax cuts of $1.5 trillion from the measure under current law, the administration said, adds up to a gain.

“The administration has been focused on tax reform and broader economic policies to stimulate growth, which will generate significant long-term revenue for the government,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

Treasury’s analysis forecasts annual economic growth of at least 2.9 percent, higher than the 2.2 percent estimates used by the congressional Joint Committe…

There is strong evidence of bias in the Mueller probe

James Robbins:
Suspend Robert Mueller's politically tainted investigation into Russia-Trump collusion

It is dangerous to subject the office of the president to a gravely biased probe undertaken with a reckless spirit. An investigation that is not seen as legitimate will not be accepted by a large portion of the country which could lead to a breakdown in trust of the government.   At this point, any hopes that the Democrats had that Trump would just quit if they resisted his Presidency have been dashed. 

It is also pretty clear that they have not been able to produce any evidence of collusion with the Russians. 

It looks like their latest scheme is to push a sexual harassment case which looks pretty farfetched at this point, but they are willing to sacrifice some of their own if that is what it takes to get Trump out of office. 

So far, It looks like Trump's policies are working and that has to be demoralizing for the Democrats too.

Headline of the day nails Democrat hypocrisy

Jack Cashill:
No One Ever Drowned in Roy Moore's Car

In 1990, when liberal journalists still had some sense of obligation to the truth, Michael Kelly wrote the following for GQ:
As [Carla] Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound [Sen. Ted] Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken. Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on [Sen. Chris] Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. With Gaviglio on Dodd's lap, Kennedy jumps on top and begins rubbing his genital area against hers, supporting his weight on the arms of the chair. As he is doing this, Loh enters the room. She and Gaviglio both scream, drawing one or two dishwashers. Startled, Kennedy leaps up. He laughs. Bruised, shaken and angry over what she considered a sexual assault, Gaviglio runs from the room. The incident above…

Scotland making tidal power productive?

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Seeker:
A company in Scotland on Thursday announced it set the world record for producing electricity from the natural undulation of the ocean in the latest advance for a clean power source that’s still in its infancy.

Tidal power uses massive, submerged turbines that function as underwater windmills to produce electricity, pivoting into the current and spinning as the tide goes in and out.

The technology takes advantage of the daily shift in sea levels caused by the gravitational pull of the moon, sun, and rotation of Earth, which can make tidal energy more predictable than wind or solar. Because water is over 800 times more dense than air, tidal energy rotors can also be significantly more compact than those used for wind turbines, which have diameters up to 300 feet.

The company, Atlantis Resources Limited, produced over 700 megawatt hours in August at its flagship underwater MeyGen production site, located in the Pentland Firth, a strait that separates the Orkney Islands from Caith…

Possible pipe bomb terror attack in New York City

NY Times:
Blast Empties Busy New York Transit Hub; Suspect Is Held
Two of Manhattan’s busiest subway stations were evacuated after an explosion at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue.One suspect is in custody, the police said. Police have not released the ethnic origin and religious affiliation of the suspect at this time.  I suspect they are trying to follow leads to others who may have been involved in the bombing.

The NY Post reports that the suspect is of Bangladeshi origin and possibly associated with ISIS.  Bangladesh is a Muslim majority country,

Iraqi cleric urges Shia militia to return their weapons to the Iraqi military

AP:
An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric on Monday urged his fighters to hand state-issued weapons back to the government, following Iraq’s declaration of victory against the Islamic State group.

In a speech broadcast on Iraqi television, Muqtada al-Sadr also called on his forces to hand over some territory to other branches of Iraq’s security forces, but said his men would continue to guard a holy Shiite shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad.

Al-Sadr commands one of several mostly Shiite militias that mobilized after IS militants swept across northern and central Iraq in the summer of 2014. The paramilitaries are state-sanctioned and officially under the command of the prime minister, but have their own chains of command.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over IS in a national address on Saturday, after Iraqi forces drove the militants from their last strongholds in the western desert.
... This is somewhat surprising and raises interesting questions about the future of Iran…

Trump is winning and confounding his enemies

David Goldman:
After less than a year in office, President Donald J. Trump has exceeded the expectations of his supporters and confounded his enemies.

Economic growth is accelerating, stock prices are rising, and consumer confidence is soaring. The only distressed asset in the US market is conventional wisdom, which dismissed the former real-estate developer and reality TV star as a blundering amateur.

On the contrary, Trump evinces a shrewdness about American voters better than that of any politician of his generation. Even more importantly, he has the nerve to take risks in order to draw his opponents into battles that he thinks he can win. I can think of no politician with his combination of courage and cunning since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to whom I compared the then president-elect in a December 2016 essay for Standpoint.

In the past week alone:

– The White House shepherded its tax cut bill through the Senate and probably will have reconciled legislation from the House and Sen…

Norks want to talk to US?

Guardian:
North Korea is open to direct talks with the US over their nuclear standoff, according to the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, who said he passed that message to his counterpart, Rex Tillerson, when the two diplomats met in Vienna on Thursday.

There was no immediate response from Tillerson but the official position of the state department is that North Korea would have to show itself to be serious about giving up its nuclear arsenal as part of a comprehensive agreement before a dialogue could begin.

Lavrov conveyed the apparent offer on the day a top UN official, Jeffrey Feltman, met the North Korean foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, in Pyongyang, during the first high-level UN visit to the country for six years. Feltman is an American and a former US diplomat, but the state department stressed he was not in North Korea with any message from Washington.

“We know that North Korea wants above all to talk to the United States about guarantees for its security. We are ready to …

Russia to withdraw troops from Syria

Independent:
Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, Moscow's state news agencies are reporting.

The Russian leader made the announcement at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria's coastal province of Latakia, the heartland of Syrian President Bashar Assad's Alawite minority.

Accompanied by defence minister Sergey Shoygu, Mr Putin said Russian and Syrian armies had achieved their mission to destroy Isis - "one of the most capable groups of international terrorists" - in just over two years.

He said the two countries' forces would respond with power strikes if "terrorists raise their heads" in Syria.
... The defeat os ISIS would never have happened in this time frame if Trump had not taken the shackles off the US military and that of US allies.  Taking the decision making out of the hands of Obama amateurs and putting it in the hands of military professionals led to the quick victory.

Czech leaders says European leaders who oppose Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital are cowards

AFP:
Czech President Milos Zeman on Saturday accused EU states of being "cowards" in their response to his US counterpart Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"The European Union, cowards, are doing all they can so a pro-Palestinian terrorist movement can have supremacy over a pro-Israeli movement," said Zeman, presenting himself as a defender of Israel.

The 73-year-old Zeman, targeting a second term from January and who had Friday said he was happy at Trump's controversial move, made Saturday's comment before delegates attending the congress of the far right Freedom and Direct Democracy party, which opposes immigration and the EU.

Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday in a move that outraged Palestinian leaders, but which was hailed as historic by Israel.

Zeman said he had himself spoken in favour of Prague moving the Czech embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv on a visit four years ago -- a proposal which met …

Democrats are likely to lose in Alabama because they are Democrats

Breitbart:
Flabbergasted: Frank Luntz Shocked As Alabamians Back Roy Moore in Vice News Focus Group It is really an interesting response from the group.  They either do not believe the women or do not believe the alleged conduct was any big deal.  One woman said she dated a 31-year-old man when she was 16.  There is a distrust of women who waited until there was an election to make their claims.

But most of all they do not want to vote for anyone who will vote for Democrat policies.  The distrust of Democrats runs deep in Alabama.

This from the NY Times is not likely to help Democrats:
Liberal Outsiders Pour Into Alabama Senate Race
Ahead of Tuesday’s vote in Alabama, an unlikely battleground state, Democrats are deploying a sprawling, multimillion-dollar get-out-the-vote operation. There is nothing like sending a bunch of liberals from up north to remind Alabama voters what they do not like about Democrats.

Coddling of Palestinians is prolonging the conflict

Daily Mail:

Benjamin Netanyahu made the statement after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron who had criticized Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Palestinians have lost every war they have started against Israel and unfortunately, outsiders keep forcing cease-fires before the Palestinians recognize that their cause is hopeless.  There giving the losers hope has prolonged the conflict.  Once the Palestinians recognize that they have been defeated they will then have to become more realistic in what they will settle for. 

At some point, the rest of the world has to also quit pretending that the Palestinians have some viable claim to Jerusalem.  That claim is absurd.  There is over 3000 years of recorded history that confirms Jerusalem is the capital of…

Media already trying to spin a Democrat loss in Alabama Senate Race

Washington Post:
Why there are no good outcomes for GOP in Alabama

The U.S. Senate race sweeps in everything in the national conversation: President Trump’s standing, the fractured GOP, the Democrats’ hopes for 2018, and above all, the issue of whether political allegiance outweighs credible claims of sexual misconduct. Here is what they are trying to hide.  Democrat policies are so repugnant to Alabama voters that they will not vote for the Democrat candidate regardless of scandalous charges against the GOP candidate. 

Democrats are so distrusted that many voters do not believe the charges against Moore.  In an election like this if the Democrats lose they should reexamine their stands on the issues but they will probably double down on their attacks on the voters.

It is the same underlying problem that Democrats had in 2016 and instead of taking the lessen the Democrats concocted a bogus Russian collusion scandal and co-opted the FBI and intelligence agencies to aid that effort.  Li…

Congressman says collusion charge is totally phony after hearing Donald Trump, Jr. testimony

Washington Times:
Rep. Peter T. King said Sunday it’s difficult to conclude there was any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign based on a recent interview Donald Trump Jr. gave to congressional investigators.

“Nobody listening to that interview could come out of that thinking there was any collusion at all. This is totally phony,” Mr. King, New York Republican, said on Fox News.

Mr. King is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which recently interviewed the younger Mr. Trump as part of its investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
... Democrats are probably too desperate to give up on their phony collusion charges at this point.  I think the bogus leak to CNN that was more than likely by a Democrat Congressman or staffer is a sign of that desperation.

Trump impeaches his media critics

Washington Post:
Trump calls for Post journalist who apologized for inaccurate tweet to be fired

Political reporter David Weigel apologized for a now-deleted tweet that showed many empty seats at the president’s rally Friday in Florida. I suspect Trump is making a point about the media's attempt to help the Democrats with their ill-founded impeachment/coup attempt against him.  Those who are trying to make him lose his job as President should be required to lose their jobs too.

The media has a lot to apologize for in its unfair treatment of Trump.  As the mistakes add up some think there should be a price paid for being so wrong so often.  Weigel's mistake was not as egregious as that of CNN in its recent claim of evidence of collusion with Wikileaks or Brian Ross's story about the Flynn plea deal.

But all three "mistakes" stem from the same mindset.  There are reporters who want to believe anything that makes Trump look bad.  They want it so bad they can taste it…

ISIS in the Philippines created its own Mosul type destruction

Washington Post:
Their city liberated from ISIS-linked attackers, Filipinos still seethe amid distrust and destruction

The heart of Marawi has been bombed and burned beyond recognition, its domed mosques pierced by mortar fire. Many residents are angry at the men who seized their city months ago in a failed bid to establish a caliphate. But they are also angry at the forces that fought those men, namely the Philippine army and its backer, the United States. Marawi is what happens when you have an enemy that says if I can't have the city, no one will have it in its current state.   It is what happened in many of the cities that ISIS seized for its caliphate in Iraq and Syria.  It is what happened to Berlin and other cities in Nazi Germany.  When an enemy force refuses to surrender it leads to more destruction of those it holds hostage.

The upside of this kind of destruction is that people should be less likely to give ISIS supporters safe harbor in their communities.  If they do giv…

Democrats are desperate for a win in an anti-Democrat state

NY Times:
Alabama Politics Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’
The wild and ugly campaign for the Senate between Roy S. Moore and Doug Jones, fraught with incendiary comments and molestation claims, has left even veterans of the state’s politics searching for parallels. Politics took an ugly turn in Alabama after Roy Moore won the primary.  The Washington Post decided to see if it could confirm rumors of Roy Moore dating teen girls when he was in his late 20's.  They found a few who said he did.  He has denied any impropriety and apparently many in Alabama believe him despite what the now late middle-aged women say about events 40 years ago.

The controversy has made it a tighter race than it would have been without it, but if Moore wins it won't be because Alabama voters approve of what he is alleged to have done, despite what some in the media have tried to portray.  It will be because of the low regard Alabama voters have for Democrat policies and those who support them. 

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