Showing posts from 2017

Texas Democrats lose composure when GOP members calls ICE to pick up illegals demonstrating

Washington Times:
Democratic members of the Texas Legislature reportedly assaulted and threatened a Republican colleague over his call to immigration authorities, prompting the GOP lawmaker to say he’d defend himself with deadly force if the Democrats followed through on their threats.

Rep. Matt Rinaldi, Irving Republican, said the altercation began when he called Immigration and Customs Enforcement in response to repeated disruptions of the day’s proceedings by illegal-immigrant demonstrators over a bill targeting sanctuary cities.

According to the account he posted on social media, when Mr. Rinaldi told a group of Democrats on the floor that he had done this, he was “physically assaulted” by Rep. Ramon Romero, Fort Worth Democrat, and other Democrats had to be held back by lawmakers.

Shortly after the widely-seen altercation on the House floor, several Democratic lawmakers held a press conference where they accused Mr. Rinaldi of saying he would “put a bullet in the head” of one of the…

Media overreacts to 'white supremacist' Bernie Sanders supporter

Washington Post:
Attacks like Portland's will keep happening unless we all fight white supremacy
When Ricky Best and Taliesin Namkai-Meche boarded a light-rail train in Portland, Ore., on Friday night, they never could have imagined they wouldn't make it home. As terrible as this event was it is more indicative of a guy with a mental health problem than the dangers of white supremacists.  When it comes to crazy this guy's alleged actions look like a twofer. A white supremacist Bernie Sanders supporter suggests a guy with inner conflicts.

I am against any racist groups including Black Lives Matter whose actions have resulted in even more black on black crime because of its antagonism toward the police.  This guy was seen as a danger before this actions and the liberals in Washington chose not to do anything about it.  They tend to excuse crazy out there.

Hyper ventilating liberals take a deep breath?

LA Times:
Worn-out activists in the age of Trump learn how to breathe in, breathe out, fight on This is just so California.  I think they have started using this technique in their regular calls to others going insane over the idea that many people in this country disagree with them.

Russia is playing the intel leakers

Holman Jenkins:
The Trump-Russia Story Starts Making Sense

The Kremlin seems to have bet big on the willingness of U.S. intelligence agencies to leak.

This also should shed new light on today’s anti-Trump leakers in the intelligence agencies: They may be the real unwitting agents of Russian influence.
It’s times like this we are reminded how personally stupid are many people who make up the media. These leaks need to be investigated—and by Mr. Mueller specifically to the extent that the leaks, as seems more and more likely, indirectly or partly have their origins in Russian manipulation of our own intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

Democrats wanted an independent counsel investigation of Russia’s election meddling. They believed it would lead to evidence of, or at least keep alive the story of, Trump collusion. They may be unpleasantly surprised where it really leads. This makes more sense than many of the leak stories such as the current one about Kushner's seeking…

Appeals court ruling is a show of political bias and not legal thinking

Washington Post:
Appeals court says essentially that Trump is not to be believed. Will the Supreme Court reach the same conclusion?

The president’s lawyers will probably ask the high court this week to overturn the rejection of the travel ban by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. This is an embarrassingly bad decision by the 4th Circuit.

By their standards, the Supreme Court should have overturned Obamacare because both the Democrats and Obama said over and over again that the mandate was not a tax.  That is not to mention the other lies they told about being able to "keep your plan" and "keep your doctor."  The court ignored all of those things and declared it a tax to keep from finding it unconstitutional.

If the Supreme Court is consistent it will slap down this ridiculous decision.

The problem with the Kushner Russian leak story

NY Times:
Reported Talks by Jared Kushner With Russia Would Be ‘Good Thing,’ Trump Official Says Al Drago/The New York TimesPresident Trump and Melania Trump arriving at the White House on Saturday night after a nine-day overseas trip. John F. Kelly, the homeland security secretary, played down reports of a back channel. The president, meanwhile, resumed using Twitter as a weapon. While the Times continues to flog the story about Kushner's interest in a back channel to talk with Russian leaders, increasingly there is no there, there.  US officials have used back channels for communication for decades.

The Times had no problem when John Kerry used back channels to make the bad deal with Iran possible.  Kissinger had a back channel communication ability with the Soviets.

So why does the Times keep pretending that this is a "growing controversy"?  I suspect it is because they think it fits their anti-Trump narrative.  Like most liberals, they are desperate to distract the …

Hybrid dirt bike gives special ops more stealth in approaching the enemy

Popular Science:
The bike is so quiet it even surprised its designer. Dzwill recalls a testing session in the woods where a rider was able to sneak up on him undetected. "He just popped up behind us, like the sound of us walking was enough to completely hide the sound of the motorcycle approaching behind us." As a comparison, they were able to hear a traditional gas-powered dirtbike from almost a mile away.

There are no other stealth features for the SilentHawk other than its quiet engine, but that's still probably enough for the silent professionals that may take it into battle. Traveling undetected is a tremendous advantage, provided the bike itself doesn't end up a encumbrance. Which nods to one of DARPA's goals in asking for new prototypes: reducing the weight, while retaining all the added functionality.

Off the shelf, an Alta Motors electric motorcycle weighs 270 pounds. With everything added to the first prototype, including two-wheel drive, the hybrid eng…

Trump says Palestinians lied to him

Israel National News:
President Donald Trump lambasted Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, after the president claims the PA leader deceived him regarding his party’s involvement in anti-Israel incitement.

Trump met with Abbas in the PA-controlled city of Bethlehem last week during his two-day visit to Israel. The two held a joint press conference, at which time the president praised Abbas’ commitment to restarting negotiations with Israel for a final status agreement.

But according to a report by Channel 2 Sunday evening, the closed-door meeting between the president and the PA chairman was anything but cordial.

A US official present during the meeting claims the president expressed outrage with Abbas, yelling at him regarding Abbas’ claims that his Fatah faction was not involved in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement.

“You tricked me in Washington,” the president is said to have yelled at Abbas, referencing the PA leader’s March trip to the US capital.

During his March get-…

Media fails to separate Trump supporters from President

Washington Times:
Despite an onslaught of ridicule from the national media, chiding from their neighbors and repeated public relations flare-ups from the White House, President Trump’s voters remain remarkably loyal to him, pollsters and analysts say.

These voters reject notions that they should regret their vote, saying that their frustration is not with Mr. Trump but with the resistance mounted by Democrats determined to stymie Mr. Trump at every turn.

But they also blame much of the stalled Trump agenda on congressional Republicans — party leaders, hard-line conservatives and moderates whose squabbling caused major problems in the Obamacare repeal effort.
... Liberals in the media still do not comprehend why their attacks didn't work in the election, yet they keep trying the same thing hoping a =for a different results.  Stories in the Washington Post and NY Times are often focused on how they believe Trump policies will hurt these voters, but both have long since lost this aud…

ISIS Philippines attack a continuation of strategy of attacking elsewhere when under pressure

Washington Times:
Western powers and media outlets convulsed in shock at last week’s horrific suicide attack on a pop concert in Britain, but little attention was paid to a surge of violence by the Islamic State on the other side of the world — specifically in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Dozens have died since a Southeast Asian faction of the organization also known as ISIS and ISIL raised its black flag over a key southern Philippine city on Wednesday, the same day that a double suicide bombing since claimed by the terrorist group rocked the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

With terrorism analysts having warned months ago that the Islamic State could surge in the region as it lost territory in the Middle East, U.S. intelligence officials have expressed particular wariness in recent days over the group’s push to hold territory in the southern Philippines.

“ISIS has publicly accepted pledges from various groups in the Philippines and has called on followers in Southeast Asia to go to the…

How ISIS will be defeated

Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Mattis said: “Our strategy right now is to accelerate the campaign against Isis. It is a threat to all civilized nations. And the bottom line is we are going to move in an accelerated and reinforced manner, throw them on their back foot.

“We have already shifted from attrition tactics, where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria, to annihilation tactics where we surround them. Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to North Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa. We’re not going to allow them to do so. We’re going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate.”

Mattis also said efforts against Isis would be “a long fight” and “a fight about ideas”.

“We’re going to shatter their sense of invincibility there in the physical caliphate,” he said. “That’s only one phase of this. Then we have the virtual caliphate, that they use the internet.”

“We have g…

Europe seems to be getting the message that it needs to step up its defense

Washington Post:

Europe can no longer rely on ‘others,’ Merkel says after Trump’s visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who leads Europe’s most powerful economy, declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump. Merkel did not mention the U.S. president but offered a clear repudiation of his leadership after he blasted NATO leaders and refused to commit to the Paris climate accord. She declared that Europe “must take our fate into our own hands.” Europe has been free riding on the US defense umbrella for too long.  Only the Brits have been a strong ally of the major powers.  Smaller powers like Estonia and Poland have done their part, but they are also two of the most threatened by Russia.  Germany has been particularly weak in its defense effort and Merkel seems somewhat petulant about being called on their lack of effort.

Petition at college would take grade points from the top 10 % and give it to bottom 10 %

Red States:
College Students Freak Out After Accidentally Rejecting Socialism ...
The College Fix reports that students were extremely upset when they realized they had accidentally rejected socialism. They called for a “teach-in” at the student union to discuss their feelings on the matter. In the video of this event, students denounce the YAF effort as “inflammatory” and unfair, making light of socioeconomic disparity of campus.
... When it comes to socialism, many students are just unteachable.

What is missing from this sad story is that Palestinian terrorists are responsible for barriers

Washington Post:
For a Palestinian with cancer, Israel was her best hope. But that meant a painful separation.

An Israeli permit gave her access to better medical care in East Jerusalem. But while she praised her doctors, what she wanted most was to go home to her children, who were stuck on the other side of Israel’s separation barrier. While Israelis show compassion for her condition there are limits to access to Israeli areas because the Palestinians have a history of engaging in mass murder attacks before the barrier was put in place and removing it would only open the door to more terrorist attacks.

Using this sob story as an excuse to attack the wall is an open attempt to get empathy for a hostile neighbor who supports mass murder attacks on Israel through grants of money to the murderers and their families.  Stop using a passive aggressive narrative to gain empathy for mass murderers.  This woman is an unfortunate victim of Palestinian terror that keeps her away from her family…

Burying the lead on back channel to Russia story

NY Times:
Kushner Is Said to Have Discussed a Secret Channel to Talk to Russia
A back channel between Jared Kushner, a White House adviser, and Moscow was proposed to discuss Syria, but never pursued, in the weeks before Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. So why is the following story the lead at the Times?
Trump Returns to Crisis Over Kushner as White House Tries to Contain It Stephen Crowley/The New York TimesPresident Trump with his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, at the White House in March. President Trump arrived home Saturday to face reports that his son-in-law is under scrutiny in inquiries into possible ties between Russia and associates of Mr. Trump. It appears that the facts don't fit the narrative of collusion with the Russians, but the media is rolling out the story to continue its efforts to distract the administration and put it on the defensive.  The alleged meeting to discuss the proposed back-channel was also well after the election.  The facts that have…

Why is the mainstream media routinely ignoring the illegal collection of data on Americans by NSA?

Andrew McCarthy:
During the Obama years, the National Security Agency intentionally and routinely intercepted and reviewed communications of American citizens in violation of the Constitution and of court-ordered guidelines implemented pursuant to federal law.

The unlawful surveillance appears to have been a massive abuse of the government’s foreign-intelligence-collection authority, carried out for the purpose of monitoring the communications of Americans in the United States. While aware that it was going on for an extensive period of time, the administration failed to disclose its unlawful surveillance of Americans until late October 2016, when the administration was winding down and the NSA needed to meet a court deadline in order to renew various surveillance authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The administration’s stonewalling about the scope of the violation induced an exasperated Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to accuse the NSA of “an …

FBI warned Britain about Manchester mass murderer

Daily Mail:
UK security chiefs were warned in January that Salman Abedi was planning an attack in Britain, it was claimed last night.

According to a security source, the FBI told MI5 that Abedi was part of a North African Islamic State cell plotting to strike a political target in the UK.

The information came from a US investigation into Abedi and his links to terrorist groups in Libya. The Mail on Sunday has also been told that US security services put him on a terror watch list – used by agents to identify key suspects – in 2016.

The shocking claim piles further pressure on MI5 to reveal when and how it became aware of Abedi, and why UK spies decided he did not pose a significant threat to British security.
... It would appear that US intelligence was also responsible for finding many of his associates in Libya.  It makes the UK's upset about the release of bomber's name all the more curious since the FBI knew about who he is before the police started the roundup.

Property tax rebellion in Texas

Texas Public Policy Foundation:

A new poll is spotlighting the fact that property taxes in Texas are out of control, and Texans consider lower property taxes a top Legislative priority.

The desire to lessen the burden of big government is nothing new. Another UT/Texas Tribune poll taken in 2015 showed that 54 percent of those polled were “dissatisfied with property taxes” and for good reason. Currently Texans pay the sixth highest property tax nationwide and according to Politifact Texas.
... The schools are the big consumer of property taxes and they appear to have little restraint on their ability to tax and spend.  Some of their expenditures appear frivolous.   In the recent legislative session, these same schools have fought tooth and nail to prevent parents from having school choice even when they are keeping kids in failing schools.

Will DOJ prosecute the leakers inside the White House?

Reports: At Least Three Anti-Trump Leakers Identified, Referred to Proper Authorities, Expected to Be Fired Soon The leakers are believed to be holdovers from the Obama administration who deliberately leaked the material to hurt the Trump administration.

I am just curious as to why they are waiting for Trump to fire them in person.

Another Washington Post scoop appears suspect

Daily Mail:

Jared Kushner reportedly proposed a back-channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat to 'discuss strategy in Syria'. Evidence of a desire for back-channel, talks is not evidence of collusion or any other crime.  The Obama administration had back-channel talks with Iran before their bad deal was struck.  This is looking more and more like a media in search of an excuse to support a coup attempt against the Trump administration.

The Russian probe sounds like a Stalinist operation looking for a crime to get a political enemy

Trump should add Alan Dershowitz to his legal team.  There is no crime and no evidence of one to justify an investigation.

Why hasn't the US designated Muslim Brotherhood terrorists?

Saudi Arabia declares Muslim Brotherhood 'terrorist group' Obviously, the claim that the US would alienate Muslims if it declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization is not true.  And, the Saudis are not the only Muslim nation who has mad ethe same finding.

While some have claimed that al Qaeda's roots are Whabbism, in fact, their roots go back to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and one of the co-founders of al Qaeda is also Egyptian.  The Egyptian government has also outlawed them so why hasn't the US?

The Obama administration tried to hack US election

Paul Sperry:
New revelations have surfaced that the Obama administration abused intelligence during the election by launching a massive domestic-spy campaign that included snooping on Trump officials.

The irony is mind-boggling: Targeting political opposition is long a technique of police states like Russia, which Team Obama has loudly condemned for allegedly using its own intelligence agencies to hack into our election.

The revelations, as well as testimony this week from former Obama intel officials, show the extent to which the Obama administration politicized and weaponized intelligence against Americans.

Thanks to Circa News, we now know the National Security Agency under President Barack Obama routinely violated privacy protections while snooping through foreign intercepts involving US citizens — and failed to disclose the breaches, prompting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court a month before the election to rebuke administration officials.

The story concerns what’s know…

Syrian war effort has created shortage of Russian bombs

War is Boring:
An air campaign requires a sprawling, complicated supply chain. Fire enough missiles and drop enough bombs, which require a heavy investment in materials and chemicals, and there will come a point when the logistics trail starts to strain.

Nearly 20 months into Russia’s intervention in Syria’s civil war, the strain is starting to show.

Russia has heavily relied on air power to support Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad. At times, the Russian air force has dropped bombs at a faster pace than the United States in Syria, benefiting from significantly shorter flight times, and being hampered by the need to rely on a greater number of unguided bombs.

The results include the deaths of more than 9,000 people including 4,000 civilians from the start of the campaign through September 2016, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group.

Every bomb contains chemicals, and every rocket requires a propellant to send it from a plane or helicopter’s p…

Turkish despot Erdogan frightened by NBA player

Washington Post:
Turkey reportedly seeks arrest of NBA center who criticized Erdogan

A Turkish judge issued an arrest warrant for the Oklahoma Thunder’s Enes Kanter over allegations that he is a part of a “terror group,” according to reports. Kanter, a native of Turkey, has accused the government there of “human rights abuses.” I think Kanter is too busy making a good living as a basketball player to join with a "terror group."  He also appears to be a sane critic of Erdogan's despotic regime.  In fact, the arrest warrant helps make the case against Erdogan's tyranny of his own people.

Democrats losing control of their activists?

NY Times:
Liberals Wanted a Fight in Montana. Democratic Leaders Saw a Lost Cause.
Tension between party leaders who will not compete for unlikely seats and an energized base loath to concede anything to Republicans risks demoralizing activists. Well, at least the Democrat leaders have not sicced the IRS on them the way they did Tea Party activist upset with the Obama administration. But the Democrat activists have made some to the same mistakes as the Tea Party groups did pushing candidates without a broad appeal to voters in a general election.  Perhaps they will learn that not everyone shares their dismay at losing to Trump.

This appears to be the sum total of Russian 'interference' in 2016 election

What has been talked about the most are the schemes to reveal internal emails of the DNC and John Podesta which showed how the Democrat primary had been rigged for Hillary Clinton.  Lately another element has been added.

The Comey press conference announcing that he would not seek an indictment for Hillary Clinton's violation of the law regarding her home brew server and her mishandling of classified material was apparently triggered by a Russian disinformation campaign tied to Bill Clinton's meeting with AG Lynch on her airplane.

The latest reports indicate that Comey knew the Russian material was false but did not know how to discredit it without burning sources so the news conference announcing his decision was an attempt to discredit the Russian scam.

If this story is true, it appears the Russians in all three instances took advantage of Democrat miscues.  The emails were not disinformation.  They were what the Democrats were actually saying to each other.  Bill Clinton&#…

Saudi company investing billions in Texas refinery

Fuel Fix:
Saudi Arabia’s Motiva Enterprises said it plans to spend billions of dollars more to expand its Port Arthur Refinery — already North America’s largest — and grow more in the petrochemical and refining sectors.

Motiva, which finalized its divorce from Royal Dutch Shell in the beginning of May, said it plans to spend close to $18 billion in the U.S., largely along the Gulf Coast, within the next five years.

Although scant on details, this comes after Motiva already expanded the Port Arthur Refinery in recent years. Motiva emphasized it will continue to expand its crown jewel asset in Texas near the Louisiana border.

Motiva, which operated as a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Shell for nearly 20 years, is now purely a Saudi venture with a growing headquarters in downtown Houston. The Motiva growth is intended as part of an overall Saudi strategy to diversify its global footprint, including substantial growth in Texas.
Likewise, Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Basic Industries C…

Houston is # 1 destination city for U-Haul trucks for 8th year in row

Houston Chronicle:
Houston is still the No. 1 destination city in the U.S., according to U-Haul, but the city's appeal slipped a little in 2016.

The number of arrivals slipped 3.4 percent last year compared with 2015, the company said Friday. It was the eighth consecutive year that Houston was the busiest U.S. market for incoming U-Haul trucks.

"Houston is growing by leaps and bounds," Jerry Lunn, president of U-Haul Co. of Gulf Coast Texas, said in a news release. "In the last year, I've seen countless skyscrapers and condos being built."
... In the past, many of the U-Haul trucks have been coming from California and places like Illinois.

Egypt strikes terrorist camps in Libya following mass murder of Christians

Egyptian forces have struck "terrorist training camps" in retaliation for an attack on Coptic Christians, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said.

State media say six strikes hit the town of Derna in neighbouring Libya.

Gunmen earlier attacked a bus carrying worshippers in central Egypt, killing at least 28 people and wounding 25 others.

President Sisi said he would "not hesitate to strike terrorist camps anywhere".

Announcing the strike in a TV speech late on Friday, he promised to "protect our people from the evil".

Countries supporting terrorism should be punished, he said, as he appealed to US President Donald Trump for help.

Military sources told Reuters news agency that the militants targeted in Libya had been involved in the attack on Egyptian Christians earlier in the day.

Although no group immediately said it was behind the attack, Islamic State (IS) militants have targeted Copts several times in recent months.
... If these terrorists were indeed, th…

The left's public lynching of Mike Flynn

Eli Lake:
Trump's Allies, Convicted of High Crimes Without a Trial

Maybe Flynn committed treason. But so far no one has presented any evidence, just innuendo. That's not justice. I suspect this is wrapped up in their obvious hatred of President Trump and Flynn is just collateral damage in their coup attempt against the President.

G-7 seeks to keep US in economic suicide pack

NY Times:
World Leaders Press Skeptical Trump to Stay in Climate Pact
Negotiators for America’s partners in the Group of 7 intensified pressure on the United States not to pull out of the 2015 climate agreement. Spending trillions on dubious science that can't even rely on its own projections in order to achieve results that are nearly worthless seems to be popular among the leftist governments of the world.  Until they can demonstrate that "climate change" is not just communism by a different name, they should not expect wide acceptance of their flawed theories.

Manchester terror attack follows the Obama-Clinton fiasco in Libya

NY Post Editorial:
The hunt for the terror network behind the Manchester attack is now focusing on Libya, where bomber Salman Abedi’s father and brother were arrested Thursday and from which Abedi himself had only recently returned.

That’s hardly surprising: South Manchester is home to one of the world’s largest Libyan expatriate communities, which in recent years has become a prime recruiting ground for young jihadists.

And Libya itself is the base for an ISIS external-operations wing tasked with plotting terrorist attacks in Europe. Indeed, since the fall of Moammar Khadafy, Libya has become a haven for Islamist terrorist groups.

Such is the result of Barack Obama’s failed policy — which he so confidently announced would prove smarter than his predecessor’s mistakes in Iraq, only to be proved horribly wrong.

Obama (with a huge push from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) effectively brought about regime change in Libya, while avoiding the kind of occupation that proved so dead…

Persecution of Christians continues in Muslim world

Washington Post:
Gunmen in Egypt kill 23 in attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians

It was the latest attack on the embattled Christian minority which has been increasingly targeted by militants from the Islamic State. This is not government sponsored persecution, but that of Islamic religious bigots who are intolerant of anyone who rejects their version of Islam.

Rumors of war in Korea

Business Insider:
The US is preparing to attack North Korea, according to Geopolitical Futures founder George Friedman — setting the stage for a difficult, messy war with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Speaking Monday to a rapt audience at the 2017 Strategic Investment Conference in Orlando, Friedman said that while it was unlikely the US would take action before President Donald Trump returns home at the weekend, North Korea's actions appeared to have "offered the US no alternative" to a clash.

According to Geopolitical Futures analysis, evidence is mounting that the enmity between the two is escalating to a point where war is inevitable.

Friedman said that on May 20, the USS Carl Vinson supercarrier and USS Ronald Reagan were both within striking distance of North Korea.

Additionally, more than 100 F-16 aircraft are conducting daily exercises in the area, a tactic that foreshadowed the beginning of Desert Storm in 1991.

F-35 aircraft have also been deployed to …

The myth of 'white privelege'

Daily Wire:
Filmmaker Ami Horowitz has put forth a fantastic video that completely dismantles the left-wing myth of white privilege by using the Left's own words against them.

The video begins with Horowitz interviewing a number of white people at a so-called "White Privilege Conference" in Kansas City, Missouri, and asking them if they believe that every white person is a beneficiary of white privilege. The white leftists say yes, with one lady saying that she feels "super guilty all the time." In fact, a number of the white leftists Horowitz interviewed claimed that all whites in America are racist.

Then Horowitz asked the same people if it was "wrong to judge people collectively." They all answered yes, seemingly unaware of the obvious contradiction that Horowitz caught them in.

When Horowitz proceeded to ask them how white privilege benefited them that day, none of them were able to give a coherent answer except one who said he "sat in my roo…

The FBI leakers

Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties

The FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents that undercut the bureau’s public assurances about how carefully it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks.

For instance, a ruling declassified this month by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) chronicles nearly 10 pages listing hundreds of violations of the FBI’s privacy-protecting minimization rules that occurred on Comey’s watch.

The behavior the FBI admitted to a FISA judge just last month ranged from illegally sharing raw intelligence with unauthorized third parties to accessing intercepted attorney-client privileged communications without proper oversight the bureau promised was in place years ago.
... There is much more.

I suspect that this may be one of…

Will FBI finally get serious about catching leakers?

Washington Times:
The diplomatic flap over American officials divulging details of a British terrorism investigation lit a fire Thursday under U.S. investigators of intelligence agency leaks, an issue that had been on a back burner when the primary victim of leaks was President Trump.

After British officials chided the U.S. for disclosing to The New York Times sensitive details of the deadly terrorist bombing in Manchester, Mr. Trump ordered a Justice Department investigation and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress demanded action.

The U.K., one of America’s closest allies and intelligence partners, stopped sharing information with the U.S. about the investigation of the Islamic State-linked bombing, which killed 22 and injured dozens more at an Ariana Grande concert Monday.

Mr. Trump called the leaks “deeply troubling.”

“These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this,” he said in a statement while attending a NATO summit i…

Montana's new congressmen will be coming to Washington to fight for GOP agenda

Washington Times:
Republican Greg Gianforte muscled his way to victory in Montana, overcoming a challenge from Democrat Rob Quist and an election-eve scuffle with a reporter.

that led to a criminal charge being filed against him.

Mr. Gianforte defeated Mr. Quist less than 24 hours after he allegedly body-slammed a reporter from Britain’s Guardian newspaper and police charged him with misdemeanor assault.

The Associated Press called the race for the Republican more than 2½ hours after polls closed at 8 p.m. MDT.

With 83 percent of the precincts counted, Mr. Gianforte led Mr. Quist by a 50.3 percent to 43.9 percent margin. Libertarian Mark Wicks had 5.8 percent of the vote.

“Tonight, Montanans are sending a wake up call to the Washington DC establishment!” Mr. Gianforte said at his election night party. “Montanans said, ‘Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi can’t call the shots here in Montana.’
... Nor can the left wing media that tried to destroy him.  This has to be a big disappointed for the …

Texas cities lead in US growth rate with four of the top five

Daily Mail:
Four of the five fastest-growing cities in the US are found in Texas, as population booms across parts of the south.

The US Census Bureau published a swath of new statistics on Thursday detailing population changes across the country.

Conroe, Texas, a northern Houston suburb, added more residents as a percentage of population last year than any other city, with a jump of 7.8 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Another Texas town came in second, with Frisco - a suburb in Dallas' north - recorded a jump of 6.2 percent.

Rounding of the all-Texas top-three was McKinney - another northern Dallas suburb - with a 5.9 percent increase.

South Carolina squeezed into fourth spot with Greenvile running up a 5.8 percent increase, before it was back to Texas for the fifth spot, with Georgetown - north of Austin - seeing a 5.5 percent jump.

'Overall, cities in the South continue to grow at a faster rate than any other U.S. region,' said demographer Amel Toukabri of the bureau's…

Manchester mass murderer built his own bomb?

The Manchester suicide bomber may have built a second device which is now in the hands of fellow jihadists, police fear.

Officers who raided the home of Salman Abedi discovered a working bomb factory with a huge stash of explosive chemicals and other components.

Security sources now believe that Abedi assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya.

But the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and and distributed them to other British-based extremists.

A security source told the Telegraph: "The worry is there was enough to build two or three bombs and we can't rule that out."

Abedi arrived back in Manchester from Libya on Thursday, travelling via Istanbul and Dusseldorf.

The following day he visited the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester, where he was caught on CCTV buying a Karrimor rucksack.

It is believed he then spent the weekend putting together the main components of the device, inc…

Leaks to media harming US security and relationship with other countries

Washington Post:
Trump asks for U.S. investigation into British bomb probe leaks

British police investigating the Manchester attack have decided to withhold information from the United States in the wake of the leaks. British police chiefs have also criticized the leaks in a highly unusual statement. The US media has been irresponsible about leaks for sometimes and it has gotten worse because many in the media are using them to attack the President while falsely blaming him for the information they are publishing.

There is no excuse for the media publishing the alleged source of intelligence against the ISIS laptop bombs.  There is also no excuse for them publishing the President's phone conversations with foreign leaders in which intelligence information is shared.

They appear to be doing this on the basis of a hypocritical claim that Trump is the irresponsible one, but he did not give them the story. someone else did and they did it to attack the President.

Reporter provokes ire of candidate

Washington Post:
Montana GOP candidate charged after allegedly body-slamming reporter

A Fox News reporter who witnessed the scuffle described Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte throwing the reporter to the ground, grabbing his neck, striking him and exclaiming, “I’m sick and tired of this!" Candidates can usually tell when someone is out to get them and they try to find a more subtle way of dealing with them instead of body slamming them like they might like to do.  The Guardian is a left British paper with a negligible circulation in Montana.  I am sure their reporter was rooting for Gianforte's opponent was looking for a story to help the liberals in their coup attempt against Trump.  I think he was probably successful in that endeavor.

How Democrats extorted money from some insurance buyers to pay for others

NY Times:
A Clear Message About Those Who Lose in Health Bill
The Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the House’s health bill predicts deeply dysfunctional markets for about one-sixth of the population. What the CBO has unwittingly exposed is how Democrats forced people to subsidize the insurance payments of groups they favored.

The biggest victims of the extortion scheme were people in the individual market who saw their premiums rise exorbitantly by forcing them into coverages they did not want or need.  And, if they did not go along with the extortion they were forced to pay a "penalty/tax" as an incentive to go along with the Democrats' scheme.

This is not how insurance is supposed to work.  The mandates distorted the price structure in order to pay for the favored 23 million.

Russians, like Americans try to influence people close to a leader?

NY Times:
Top Russian Officials Spoke of Ways to Sway Trump Advisers
The conversations focused on Paul Manafort and Michael T. Flynn, according to three current and former American officials.The intelligence was among clues received last summer as the U.S. began examining Russian attempts to disrupt the election. I am sure this is probably true of every administration since the founding of this country.  It is what foreign governments do.  It is certainly not evidence of a crime or even a non-crime like "collusion."  It hardly warrants a special counsel to investigate or the various committees of Congress wasting time on the obvious.  

It is truly remarkable how the media and the Democrats are trying to build a conspiracy theory out of normal interactions with foreign governments.  It is even crazier and more dangerous than the conspiracy theory about a murdered DNC employee and ties to Wikileaks.  This one appears to be a conspiracy theory in the service of a coup attempt aga…

Obama administration facilitated MS-13 illegal immigration into US

Washington Times:
The Obama administration knowingly let in at least 16 admitted MS-13 gang members who arrived at the U.S. as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, a top senator said Wednesday, citing internal documents that showed the teens were shipped to juvenile homes throughout the country.

Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said a whistleblower turned over Customs and Border Protection documents from 2014 detailing the 16 people who were caught crossing the border.

“CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said.

The gang members were part of the surge of UAC, or “unaccompanied alien children,” as the government labels them, who overwhelmed the Obama administration in 2014, leaving Homeland Security struggling to staunch the flow from Central America.

Officials at the time said the children should be treated as refugees fleeing horrific c…

Obama's dirty secret behind its high cost to the individual market participants

Washington Times:
Republican health care plan would slash premiums but leave 23 million Americans uninsured

Score should clear the path for the Senate to take up the bill using budget rules There can be only one logical reason why this is the case.  The Democrats were forcing customers in the individual market to subsidize 23 million other people's healthcare.  The high cost was in effect an additional tax on paying customers that required them to pay more than was necessary in order for them to buy the votes of other people.

I am curious why the Republicans have not yet pointed this out.

Are Democrats engaged in a cover up of Hezballah connected IT scandal?

Daily Caller:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with “consequences” for holding equipment that she says belongs to her in order to build a criminal case against a Pakistani staffer suspected of massive cybersecurity breaches involving funneling sensitive congressional data offsite.

The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation.

The Capitol Police and outside agencies are pursuing Imran Awan, who has run technology for the Florida lawmaker since 2005 and was banned from the House network in February on suspicion of data breaches and theft.

“My understanding is the the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate Members’ equipment when the Member is not under investigation,” Wasserman Schultz said in the annual police budget hearing of t…

British intelligence was warned about the human bomber in Manchester

The Times:
A relative of the Manchester bomber warned the British authorities that he was “dangerous”, it emerged yesterday, amid concerns that chances to stop him were missed.

Salman Abedi’s support for terrorism was reported this year to the security services, and friends had called Britain’s anti-terrorist hotline five years ago with concerns about his views, it was claimed. He was reported for violent statements, including a claim that being a suicide bomber was “OK”.

Intelligence sources have emphasised how difficult it is to assess suspects on the periphery of investigations. Against a backdrop of limited resources, security agencies and police have been deluged with the number of terror suspects and acquaintances they must triage.
... While several family members have also been arrested, apparently the mass murderers mother warned authorities that the young man was dangerous.  Unfortunately, I suspect that British authorities are overwhelmed with such warnings and political cor…

The evidence free assertions of collusion between Russians and Trump camapign

Andrew McCarthy:
Brennan’s story can be summed up as follows: The Russians are insidious, and they plot to manipulate Americans into helping them, wittingly or unwittingly. The Russians interfered with the American election by orchestrating the publication of unflattering information (mainly, Democrat e-mails), hoping either that Donald Trump would win, or that the likely winner, Hillary Clinton, would be badly damaged. While carrying out this plan, Russian operatives reached out to some people who were connected to the Trump campaign. Brennan supposes that the Russians must have attempted to “suborn” those people because . . . well . . . um . . . that’s “what the Russians try to do.” But he can’t say whether they actually did.

More to the point, Brennan has no idea whether these suspected but unproved Russian entreaties actually worked. When he left the government at the end of President Obama’s term, Brennan said, “I had unresolved questions in my mind as to whether or not the R…

FISA found that Obama used the NSA to spy on Americans

PJ Media:
A new report by Circa News details how the National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely spied on Americans, violating their privacy protections and the agency's own database safeguards. According to a classified internal report reviewed by Circa, more than 5 percent of searches seeking "upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011."

The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later.
The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an “institutional lack of candor” and that the improper searches constituted a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” according to a recently unse…

What does it take to get the media and Democrats to abandon a conpiracy theory about 'Russian collusion'?

Washington Post:
What does it take for Sean Hannity to abandon a conspiracy theory? The theory about who provided DNC emails is not so much a conspiracy as it is a theory with little supporting evidence other than suggestions by the leader of Wikileaks and the disputed claims of a private investigator.  

On the other hand, the Democrats are alleging without any supporting evidence that "the Russians hacked the election" with polls showing 55 percent of Democrats actually believe that the Russians hacked the vote in order to assure Trump's victory.

Democrat politicians alleged without evidence that there was "collusion" between the Trump campaign and the Russians and they are pushing an investigation in search of a crime on which to construct a constitutional coup to depose the President.  Perhaps they hope to create a process crime on which to base their coup.

I think that between Hannity and the Democrats, the Democrats are in the major leagues of unsupported …

Why the 'Dead on Arrival' narrative should be dropped by both sides

NY Times:
Trump’s Budget Is D.O.A. That’s Good News for Trump.
The deep cuts outlined in the $4.1 trillion spending plan would compound the perils facing Republicans. In a democratic republic, the President's proposed budget is the opening bid in a negotiation.  How many people would be able to sell their house if they told the person making an offer that it was "dead on arrival."  Fortunately, most brokers are smarter than that and they attempt to get the parties closer together to a deal that is acceptable to both without getting into the swapping of insults.

The reaction to Trump's budget by the Democrats has been a disgraceful demonstration of the politics of fraud where they accuse the President of making "draconian cuts" when in most cases he is just slowing the increase in spending caused by the bad policy of  automatic increases in spending that are built into the current budget mechanism.  The media has been just as bad.

The average growth of the U…

Manchester bomber in direct contact with ISIS?

NY Times:
Bomber’s Trips to Syria and Libya Suggest Wider Plot
Salman Abedi, who carried out Britain’s deadliest terrorist attack since 2005, had recently traveled to two Islamic State strongholds. Investigators believe he likely got help planning the Manchester bombing.Britain is on the highest level of alert — “critical,” meaning that a further attack “may be imminent.” The Brits continue to arrest suspects in the bombing which also suggests a wider plot.  If the trips to Libya and Syria, both of which have substantial ISIS enclaves,  are interesting, but I still suspect a local bomb maker put his human bomb pack together.  I would like to think it would be difficult to get a bomb vest through customs on a return flight.  The Islamic terrorists do not usually send their bomb makers out to explode on purpose anyway.

Conservatives compare Trump's budget to that of Reagan

Washington Examiner:
Leading fiscal conservatives are showering President Trump's first federal budget proposal with some of their highest praise: comparisons to Ronald Reagan.

"This is the most fiscally conservative budget since Reagan," Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute and editor of Downsizing Government, told the Washington Examiner.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, called it a "very strong budget" and said it's what the 40th president himself would have submitted if he had both a Republican House and Senate. Democrats controlled the House for all eight years of the Reagan administration, one of the reasons conservatives cite for why even Reagan was unable to achieve enduring federal spending cuts.

Norquist then went a step further. "This is a Reaganite, limited-government, anti-waste and anti-duplication budget," he said. "It certainly makes those Republican critics who said that T…

Palestinians would be rewarding the family of the Manchester mass murderer if he was one of theirs

Prime Minister Netanyahu Zings The Palestinians On Manchester Bombing (VIDEO) This tells you something about the sickness at the core f the Palestinian movement.  Remember these are the same people who celebrated the 9-11 attacks on the US until someone pointed out they might lose their US funding.

This is a reflection of the media mindset that prompts unfair reporting on the President

Washington Free Beacon:
Reporters Fall for Fake Document of Trump Making Absurd Demands in Israel

The Twitter account Rogue White House Senior Advisor on Friday shared what it claimed was Trump's demands ahead of a trip to Israel, including roughly a metric ton of sugary and non-kosher junk food.
Some elements of the purported demands were obvious jokes. The demand that microwaves remain unplugged was a mocking reference to White House advisor Kellyanne Conway's bizarre comment that the appliance could be used for spying, and the request for electoral maps to be posted on each walls mocked Trump's tendency to allude to his victory.

Nonetheless, Jerusalem Post journalist Anna Ahronheim saw the image and believed it was legitimate.
Other reporters at the Jerusalem Post, Business Insider, the Nation, NBC News, the Washington Post, and Mother Jones soon shared Ahronheim's tweet.
One of the reporters to retweet Ahronheim was Glenn Kessler, editor of the Washi…