May 22, 2018

Dan Bongino: It Was Brennan

—Ace of Spades

Lee Smith pointed the finger at Brennan in February as being the first mover of the Russia Hoax. That would have made a nice journalistic coup for the Weekly Standard, if they hadn't had fired him soon after he submitted a piece about Fusion GPS that might have been a journalistic coup for them.

Brennan has himself previously taken credit for initiating the inquiry. While on Meet the Press, Brennan suggested that the British sent their intelligence on to the FBI, in his May testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he indicated it came from him directly.

"I was aware," Brennan said in May, "of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether or not those individuals were cooperating with the Russians, either in a witting or unwitting fashion, and it served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion-cooperation occurred."

Brennan continued: "I wanted to make sure that every information and bit of intelligence that we had was shared with the bureau [FBI] so that they could take it. It was well beyond my mandate as director of CIA to follow on any of those leads that involved U.S. persons. But I made sure that anything that was involving U.S. persons, including anything involving the individuals involved in the Trump campaign, was shared with the bureau."

In other words, the FBI investigation didn't start when the Australians, according to the Times--or the Brits, according to Brennan’s most recent version of the story--contacted the FBI after the Papadopoulos-Downer meeting. No, it started when the director of the CIA decided to start an investigation, when Brennan passed on information and intelligence to the FBI, and signaled that the bureau better act on it.

It's cute that some Conservative Geniuses still believe the ever-shifting stories of when and why this investigation started. Hey, they've only changed the story three times already, but sure, go ahead believing their fourth version.

Now here's Dan Bongino:



Trump is quoting Bongino on Twitter. He adds this to the quotes:



As Richard Fernandez notes, America hasn't had to deal with the consequences of a failed coup before. (Perhaps with Aaron Burr, but he didn't have the power that Obama and Brennan do.)

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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Senator Feinstein has an inflated sense of her own intelligence and importance, and most of all her ability to sway public opinion. When she spouts "facts" that upon close examination disprove her point, it exposes the conceit that our politicians are in any way intellectually impressive. On the contrary, most of them are mendacious, grasping, gutter-dwelling scum.

One would assume that with so many guns we would have an astronomical murder rate, and that is what the senile old fool from California wants you to believe. But it isn't actually true! I know...shocking.
Map: Here are countries with the world's highest murder rates

...most of the top countries with the highest homicide rates are in Africa and Latin America. The homicide rates, defined as the number of deaths by homicide per 100,000 people, of the top 20 countries are showed in the chart below. The US was ranked 107 out of 218 countries, according to data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Mexico's murder rate is four times that of ours (and does anyone trust their numbers?), and Mexico has incredibly strict gun control laws. To be fair to Mexico, they use other weapons too. Which brings up an interesting question: is gun murder worse than knife murder or machete murder or club murder or fists-and-feet murder?

As for that "epidemic" she is spouting about? Really? Because gun violence has been decreasing for a generation in this country. And the number of school shootings is also suspect. They tend to count two gang-bangers killing each other on a school playground at 3:00am as a school shooting. So what did the harpy get right? Well, the United States does have about 4% of the world's population!

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The House Maid
William McGregor Paxton

[Hat Tip: Bluebell]

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The Morning Report 5/22/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Top story is one that is continuing from last night, a group of masked gunmen brandishing AK-47s opened fire on a crowd of young people in Marseille. There are reports that a pitched gun battle occurred with gendarmes shortly afterwards and that there may be a hostage. Considering there is no right to bear arms in France, I would like to ask Camera Hogg, Shaved Guevara et al what law(s) are not on the books in France that would have prevented this from happening? I'm sure London Mayor Sadiq Khan will derogate us for missing the obvious - we need common sense mask control. Prayers for the victims, but I guess the Left is sick and tired of that as well.

Moving on to the Mueller Witch Hunt and the Deep State coup against the President and the citizenry who elected him, more and more evidence is stripping away the onion to reveal what we had all surmised, that John Brennan engineered the entire Russian collusion myth via the fabricated dossier and a spy - or spies as Michael Caputo is alleging - within the campaign to sabotage the campaign. But since Hillary's loss, which they gambled would never happen, the plan now is to attempt to destroy the Trump presidency in order to save their hides from being exposed. This too has failed and sooner or later, we will indeed learn that while Brennan engineered this whole thing, it was Obama who gave the order to do it. He needed Hillary in not just to cover up the crime but to preserve his eight years of poisonous ruin and seal the fate of the Republic.

This entire thing just boggles the mind on many levels. We are living through an historic and terrifying phase of our nation's history. But the thing to remember, as Ace alluded to yesterday evening in citing Richard Fernandez's piece at PJ Media, and Clinton Pollster Mark Penn's essay, all of this just didn't happen overnight. It took years, decades to corrupt an entire Federal Bureaucracy to such an extent as to make this possible. A couple of things that I think are worthy of keeping in mind; first on a granular level, as the Agitprop Media reveals names and details, they are doing this not out of journalistic integrity; they are doing this intentionally as a means to shield their political allies/fellow travelers.

The real criminals/masterminds will never be exposed, not by them anyway. And that means Obama and Clinton. Speaking of the Bollard that Ate the Pavement, see the links about Awan and Rush's take on all of this vis a vis her servers, but I digress. Along with Mark Levin openly calling for the vacating of everything that has come out of Mueller's "investigation," keeping in mind everything I have just noted, take a look at that link about the 1996 election. Forgetting Bob Dole as a candidate and his personality, how many candidates r even elections has the Deep State sabotaged if not thrown in the past 50 or more years? Richard Fernandez in his piece at PJ Media is spot on. We are at the phase of this where it's for all the marbles, baby. And even if the President does come out on top, will vermin like Comey, Clapper, Brennan and their deputies let alone Obama and Clinton actually face imprisonment let alone even be indicted?

Along with the complete polarization of the populace vis a vis cultural rot, demographic changes (natural and otherwise [mostly otherwise]), and the anti-American indoctrination that has poisoned the minds of at least two generations of children - and continuing - taking all of the above into consideration, I really don't see how we can continue as a group of united states. Without a set of common values and ideals, and now without the rule of law to punish the wicked and criminal no matter who they are, and especially those we elect to the highest offices in the land, it's over.

On that cheerful note, let us continue, shall we? In Amnesty news, Steve King has introduced a bill to punish elected officials who aid and abet illegal aliens avoid deportations; five years in jail. And that made the inspiration for this bill (and its namesake, heh!) Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff react in a generally not nice way. Meh. Considering the leadership in Congress, I doubt this has a chance. In any case the President is not backing down on his use of the mild and understated adjective of "animals" to describe MS-13 and has released a fact sheet that highlights the raison d'etre for that appellation.

On the political front, as Keith "X" Ellison prances about in a blonde wig (any imam Morons in the house can tell me if that's kosher?), the DNC coffers are sucking fumes and the great Bernardo Sandersnista, who will lead the youthful masses in raising the red banner above the White House once he has a lie-down and an Ensure, has an organizing arm that is falling to pieces. A Democrat wife-beater won't say if he's still beating his wife and won't step aside, and 114 conservatives in the House are backing Jim Jordan in a bid for Speaker of the House. And yet, the schmuck who lost the West Virginia GOP primary is going to go third party. Putz.

Internationally, speaking of stolen elections, Venezuela. More than just hintng at a goal of regime change, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is promising the toughest sanctions ever against Iran while the Euro-peons are promising to stab us in the back over them (a day ending in 'Y"). And while the Chi-Coms have seemingly flinched over tariffs, the US is negotiating with them about the Chinese telecom company EZE. In related news, while alarming reports of the PLA Navy being twice the size of the US Navy by 2030, we also see have a link to China's lifting of its "one child" policy, indicating it knows that it too is facing a crisis with low birth rates.

Moving around the horn, is Justice Kennedy staying or going, Kamala-Toe talks out the side of her mouth about the death penalty, the problem with schools is not lack of money, an interesting take on cronyism in Michigan and finally the nail in the coffin for Netflix.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (5/21/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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*****


The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

Among the biggest obstacles to educating children in many ghetto schools are disruptive students whose antics, threats and violence can make education virtually impossible. If only 10 percent of the students are this way, that sacrifices the education of the other 90 percent.

The idea that Eric Holder, or anybody else, can sit in Washington and determine how many disciplinary actions against individual students are warranted or unwarranted in schools across the length and breadth of this country would be laughable if it were not so tragic. Thomas Sowell


Quote II

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Quote III

“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.” John Green

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Tater Tut: It's Offensive to Claim I'm an Anti-Trump Democrat

—Ace of Spades

Via Ed Driscoll of Instapundit, CNN's Tater is claiming he's not on either side of the political aisle.

Does Brian Stelter even listen to himself talk? The same man who compared Donald Trump to "authoritarian" "strongmen" is now "offended by the idea that top White House aide Kellyanne Conway sees the CNN journalist as an anti-Trump Democrat. While talking about Russia on Sunday's Reliable Sources, Conway referred to "people on your side of the aisle."

Stelter huffed, "I'm not on a side of an aisle. That's an offensive remark." Conway pounced: "Well, tell America. Did you vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? How did your wife vote? Tell America."

The media wants to lie to your face about fundamental things and then demand that you believe everything they say.

Hello, they lied.

That's Our Tater! Tater's too stupid to be any good at lying.

Also, I heard that there might be some news broken on Tucker Carlson's show tonight.

Eh, it looks like he's just debating a Democrat who claims he has "proof" of collusion. Seems like theater, but not news.


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Derek Hunter: I Used to be Skeptical of the Existence of a "Deep State." I'm All Out of Skepticism Now.

—Ace of Spades

Extraordinary claims require extraodinary proofs.

We now have extraordinary proofs.

The Deep State Is Real, And Much Bigger Than You Know

I used to be a doubter who would cringe, just a little, at any mention of "the deep state." I admit it, it all seemed a little far-fetched to me that there was this cabal of careerists conspiring from within the government to harm President Donald Trump when I first heard it. I never doubted there were individuals doing it, but a wide net of conspirators seemed like something out of a bad movie more than anything that could actually happen in the United States.

I was wrong, very wrong, the deep state is real. But there is much more than just this small group of powerful people working toward a common goal, there is an entire infrastructure created by the left not only to destroy Trump, but to indoctrinate unsuspecting Americans into their agenda.

As the curtain is pulled back on the Obama administration's unprecedented efforts to spy on the Trump campaign, there is a good possibility many of the perpetrators could face criminal charges, or at least should. But it's important to understand that liberals didn’t just create this out of the blue in 2016, it's the culmination of everything they've worked toward for decades.

The infrastructure they used to spy on the Trump campaign was something inherently governmental, simply planting a mole in the campaign couldn't tap phones or access emails. But the ability to cover up that fact requires a level of media complicity that takes time to create.

Getting the desired message out is only part of the battle, it has to be believed by a significant percentage of the public for it to really matter. Conditioning the public to be receptive to that message, without questioning how it came about or why they should care required subtle indoctrination over a lifetime.

As it stands, liberals have that infrastructure in place, they had that support system ready to go. And, not to get all Scooby-Doo on you, they would've gotten away with it were it not for the existence of conservative media.

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None of this is by accident, and it didn’t start on November 8, 2016, it just sprang into action. Nearly every aspect of life, to one degree or another, has been or is ready to be weaponized against anyone who dares to stand up to the liberal agenda. And none have stood up to it in a more threatening way than Donald Trump.

But the clock is ticking, the fuse is burning down low.

Derek's got a book coming out called Outrage, Inc.: How the Liberal Mob Ruined Science, Journalism, and Hollywood, available June 19th. I just got an advanced copy and will be reading it soon.

Andrew C. McCarthy has also seen the light on the Deep State. Months and months ago, he was largely taking the line that the Armed Wing of the Democratic Party was just a bunch of great ethical heroes who should be trusted in their judgment.

Since then, he has been a steadfast critic of Mueller and the Russia Narrative. He constantly points out that the special counsel law requires the factual statement of an actual crime to be investigated, which Rosenstein and Mueller have completely ignored, instead basing their authority -- lawlessly -- on the premise of a counterintelligence investigation.

But the Special Counsel law says that a crime must be named. You can't evade that requirement by just saying "It's a counterintelligence operation." A Special Counsel cannot be appointed to conduct such an investigation.

Chuck Grassley has picked up on that, and is now demanding that Wray and Rosenstein explain what part of what law they rely on for the proposition that a Special Counsel can be appointed in absence of a named crime:

he regulations authorizing the appointment of a special counsel state that the Attorney General (or Acting Attorney General) may appoint a special counsel "when he or she determinations that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted." The Appointment Order proscribes the Special Counsel's jurisdiction by citing specifically "the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017." In his March 20 testimony, former Director Comey referred to "the investigation" as a counterintelligence investigation -- not a criminal investigation.

Please explain which portion of which regulation authorizes the appointment of a Special Counsel to conduct a counterintelligence investigation.

That letter also has some other "bombshells" in it, btw:



McCarthy also wrote a good column recently comparing the kids-glove treatment of Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, who obviously lied to the FBI -- Hillary claiming she didn't know what (C) meant in a classified report (hint: It stands for "confidential"), and Cheryl Mills claiming she didn't know about Hillary's secret server, despite ample evidence that she did, compared to the Squeeze Their Family Members and Threaten Them With Jail pressure put on former Trump associates.

You can either read that, and/or read Hot Air's John Sexton's take on it.

More:



The reference to the "spy" seeking a job in the Trump campaign is from Axios.

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IG Report Expected to Fault FBI Leadership For Sitting on Email Investigation in 2016

—Ace of Spades

Apparently the AP has a "glimpse" of the report. I guess it leaked. This link is actually to FoxNews.

The report is said to criticize Comey and, get this, Andrew McCabe for sitting on information about the Hillary emails discovered on the pedophile Anthony Weiner's laptop, and waiting a month to get a warrant to examine them.

A highly anticipated report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog reportedly is expected to hit FBI leaders for moving too slowly to review a batch of Hillary Clinton emails discovered toward the end of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Offering a glimpse at the contents of the closely held inspector general review, The Associated Press cited people familiar with the findings in reporting Monday that the investigation would criticize the bureau for its handling of that incident.

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Some FBI officials, like then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, knew as early as September 2016 of the emails, but the bureau did not obtain a warrant to review them until the following month.

The IG report, which is examining a broad range of FBI actions during the email investigation, is expected to criticize officials, including Comey, for not moving fast enough to examine the email trove and for a weeks long delay in getting a warrant, sources told the AP.

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There are suspicions about whether there was an effort to delay pursuing those Clinton files. The Washington Post first reported in January that Horowitz was investigating whether McCabe wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the presidential election.

Ironically, given that Comey was just set to say that nothing new was in that trove of emails, despite finding them on the unsecure computer of a known sexter and pedophile who was, therefore, highly susceptible to kompromat himself, McCabe could have avoided any impact on the election had he acted promptly and whitewashed it sooner, when it first came to his attention.

I actually don't think it had a big impact on the election -- remember, Comey once again cleared her, as is his habit/as was his orders, almost immediately after announcing a brief re-opening of the case.

However, if it had any impact on the election, obviously there would have been less impact if McCabe and Comey had investigated the Sexter's Stash of Emails when they became known to them in September, instead of delaying it until October.

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Trump Demands Rosenstein, Wray Investigate Any "Irregularities" in "Tactics" Used by the DOJ Against the Trump Campaign

—Ace of Spades

This seems to be a clarification of his original order: He doesn't just want a report on crimes, but on irregularities, deviations in protocol or accepted practices which may not be criminal but nevertheless are a deviation from routine.

Oh, and he also wants to review this allegedly too-dangerous-to-be-revealed-to-Congress information himself. (Or rather, by his Chief of Staff John Kelly.)


A friend points out that the White House put this out immediately itself, instead of waiting for Rosenstein or his pals to start leaking their version of it.

I have to make a point about the Deep State simultaneously leaking all biographical details necessary to identify the spy as Stefan Halper (or someone who just happens to share every key biographical detail with Stefan Halper) while also claiming that to leak his name would put a trusted undercover NOC in grave danger.

The leaks are either authorized by someone high up at Justice -- someone on the level of Rosenstein or even Sessions -- spat out to give a Modified Limited Hang-Out to friendly media forces, or they are unauthorized, and therefore criminal, leaks.

I hope Trump told Rosenstein and FBI Director Wray the following:

Either these leaks are authorized or unauthorized.

If they are authorized leaks, then you are simultaneously telling me the name is too sensitive to release, while releasing information to your media friends that all but confirm the name. In which case, you are liars, and you are protecting this name not to defend national security but to stop further inquiry (such as asking when Halper was asked to begin spying, and who asked him to spy, and on what authority or pretext), and I therefore demand your resignations by tomorrow morning.

If they are unauthorized leaks, then, by your own claims, someone has leaked out dangerous information that can literally result in the death of a highly confidential NOC operator, in which case I want you to open a full and fulsome investigation to find these leakers of sensitive NatSec information, and then prosecute them, and then jail them.

If you are not doing that already, then you are liars regarding the sensitivity of this name, and this probably was an authorized leak (or at least a tolerated leak), and in that case, I want your resignations by tomorrow morning.

This name cannot be so serious a natsec secret that the Top-Secret-clearance House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee cannot have it, and yet simultaneously so LOL No Big Deal that high ranking DOJ sources can leak everything about this guy except his name to the Washington Post, the New York Times, and CNN.

These contradictory claims amount to a lie -- there is a lie somewhere in here, on one end or the other, or maybe on both ends, and the officials at the DOJ refusing to give Congress information about this spy are therefore lying to both Congress and the President they ostensibly served and therefore should be fired for cause.




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Former Clinton Pollster Mark Penn: To Save the Republic, Robert Mueller and the Deep State Must be Stopped and Defeated

—Ace of Spades

A sensible opinion, coming from a completely unexpected speaker.

The "deep state" is in a deep state of desperation. With little time left before the Justice Department inspector general's report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mueller having failed to bring down Donald Trump after a year of trying, they know a reckoning is coming.

At this point, there is little doubt that the highest echelons of the FBI and the Justice Department broke their own rules to end the Hillary Clinton "matter," but we can expect the inspector general to document what was done or, more pointedly, not done. It is hard to see how a yearlong investigation of this won't come down hard on former FBI Director James Comey and perhaps even former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who definitely wasn't playing mahjong in a secret "no aides allowed" meeting with former President Clinton on a Phoenix airport tarmac.

No seriously, this is coming from Bill Clinton's former pollster.


With this report on the way and congressional investigators beginning to zero in on the lack of hard, verified evidence for starting the Trump probe, current and former intelligence and Justice Department officials are dumping everything they can think of to save their reputations.

But it is backfiring. They started by telling the story of Alexander Downer, an Australian diplomat, as having remembered a bar conversation with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. But how did the FBI know they should talk to him? That's left out of their narrative. Downer's signature appears on a $25 million contribution to the Clinton Foundation. You don't need much imagination to figure that he was close with Clinton Foundation operatives who relayed information to the State Department, which then called the FBI to complete the loop. This wasn't intelligence. It was likely opposition research from the start.

Note that Bill Clinton's former pollster is more skeptical of the Deep State's current story than alleged Bad Boy of Conservatism Ben Shapiro.

In no way would a fourth-hand report from a Maltese professor justify wholesale targeting of four or five members of the Trump campaign. It took Christopher Steele, with his funding concealed through false campaign filings, to be incredibly successful at creating a vast echo chamber around his unverified, fanciful dossier, bouncing it back and forth between the press and the FBI so it appeared that there were multiple sources all coming to the same conclusion.

Time and time again, investigators came up empty. Even several sting operations with an FBI spy we just learned about failed to produce a DeLorean-like video with cash on the table. But rather than close the probe, the deep state just expanded it. All they had were a few isolated contacts with Russians and absolutely nothing related to Trump himself, yet they pressed forward. Egged on by Steele, they simply believed Trump and his team must be dirty. They just needed to dig deep enough.

Mark Penn concludes that stopping Mueller isn't about party or politics or any particular president, but necessary to preserve the normal functioning of democracy itself.

Obviously, worth the read.

Richard Fernandez has previously written that we are now experiencing what we had long avoided in America -- a deadly fight of a King vs. another King (the current president versus the Deep State embeds of the previous president), and that this fight may change America forever.

He now elaborates on that idea, as he watches two scorpions with a death-grip on each other trying to kill each other before the other kills first.

The Deep State understands that either they must find some claim that Trump is a criminal, or else they'll be prosecuted for their own rampant criminal acts.

The invaluable timeline of the investigations compiled by Sharyl Attkisson seems to confirm what Lee Smith of Tablet Magazine has already suggested: that the roots of domestic spying predated the Trump candidacy. He notes that "Obama officials vastly expand[ed] their searches through NSA database for Americans and the content of their communications. In 2013, there were 9,600 searches involving 195 Americans. But in 2016, there are 30,355 searches of 5,288 Americans."


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On January 20, 2017, "Fifteen minutes after Trump becomes president, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice emails memo to herself purporting to summarize the Jan. 5 Oval Office meeting with President Obama and other top officials. She states that Obama instructed the group to investigate 'by the book' and asked them to be mindful whether there were certain things that “could not be fully shared with the incoming administration."

In response to Trump's demand, Rod Rosenstein has asked the DOJ inspector general to review the possible infiltration of the Trump campaign. The hunters have themselves become the hunted. For better or worse, two major American political factions are trying to jail each other. The outcome of their struggle may determine not only who occupies the White House, but what future role the intelligence agencies play in public life.


The specifics of the individual accusations may be fake, but the struggle over the control of the bureaucracy is frighteningly real. Concern over the independence of powerful bureaucracies has long been paramount for a reason. The biggest problem with weaponizing intelligence agencies is it CREATES a pathway for the foreign takeover of the system. If a once hostile power takes over the White House and that president corrupts the agencies, an unfettered secret police will have the ability to remain in power indefinitely.

That seems to have been Obama's plan all along.

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Three O'Clock High: Trump Summons Wray and Rosenstein to White House; Will Discuss His Demand for Investigation Into Spying and Release of Information About Spying Efforts

—Ace of Spades

Showdown? The meeting's scheduled for three pm Eastern.

President Trump will meet with top Justice, FBI and intelligence officials Monday to discuss congressional requests for information on the investigation into Russian collusion, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The meeting comes a day after Trump demanded that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI improperly infiltrated his campaign for president in 2016.

The president has been urging his administration to turn over information to congressional Republicans demanding the identity of sources in the probe. Law enforcement and intelligence officials have resisted, saying it could compromise their investigation and imperil covert sources.

In the Oval Office Monday, Trump will meet with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Sanders said.

PJMedia's Morning Briefing says Trump should declassify the documents on his own authority instead of asking underlings to do it.

Trump is getting bad advice. He should not have asked the DOJ, a subject of the investigation, to investigate itself. With all the DOJ stonewalling and slow-walking of documents to comply with congressional oversight, there's no doubt a mountain of bad behavior is being covered up. What Trump should have done, and can still do, is DECLASSIFY ALL THE DOCUMENTS in question. He has the power to do this and after the documents are declassified, then we can look at further steps depending on what they reveal.

Maybe that will be discussed -- giving these guys one last chance to make their case why a name we already know, and which the DOJ pretty much gave to the Washington Post and New York Times, cannot be openly mentioned.

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OUT: Trump's a Liar and Lunatic For Saying Obama and Brennan Spied on Him
IN: Of Course Obama and Brennan Spied on Trump; It Would Have Been Dangerous NOT To!

—Ace of Spades

Yes, this is what I imagined you would say next.



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Blowjob Queen Nina Burleigh Calls Dana Loesch "Fat"

—Ace of Spades

#FakeNews from Newsweek, as usual.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"So, if you can believe the latest Rasmussen poll numbers, President Trump's approval rating is 50%. Now here is a curious thing. With all the viciously and relentlessly negative media coverage that Trump has received since his election, the deliberate non-coverage of anything positive he has done and the magnification of his every last miniscule fault and mistake, and you'd expect his job approval rating to be in the low 20's or maybe even the teens. That's obviously what the MSM would like to see, anyway. And yet it's at 50%. That's kind of amazing. Especially when you contrast this with all the fawning, dripping, slobbering coverage given to Obama, the constant fluffing, primping, pimping, and boosting, the forced applause given to his dubious achievements and the aggressive ignoring of his manifold failures, and yet his approval rating was 50% or below for most of the time he was in office. One can only speculate what this country would be like if the MSM had covered Obama like they're covering Trump, and Trump like they covered Obama."




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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Calling Of St. Matthew
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The Morning Report 5/21/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Monday again and yet again we're forced to deal with the aftermath of another school shooting; two actually. Not to diminish the tragedy that befell the victims, their families and friends, but horrible as it is, in the cold light of day it is a local crime story. Nothing more, nothing less. Unfortunately, the Democrat-Left-Media complex has yet another opportunity to trample on the barely cold bodies of the victims to use them as props in their bid to disarm the millions of law-abiding, responsible and decent gun owners by demonizing them and the NRA as the cause of the carnage. Yet again.

Any sane, rational and logical examination of the facts surrounding this case and every case like this, especially over the course of the past 20-50 years when Democrat-Leftist social policy was ramped up in every corner of our society, would reveal that that was 99 44/100% no relation to what happened. I hinted (well more than a hint, really) at the cause when I said 20-50 years of Democrat-Left social policy. The destruction of the nuclear family, the dissolution of morality, the rise of radical feminism and the concomitant demonization of the male gender, the dismantling of the traditional social order, the abandonment of ethics, morality and individual responsibility and the war on Judeo-Christianity (which are all part of the overall scheme to create a populace of dumbed-down compliant sheeple) have in no small part played a significant role in probably every single school shooting incident in the aforementioned time span. And yet its guns; fully automatic, semi automatic, manually automatic, with bump stocks, muzzle brakes, disc brakes chainsaws and scary pop-up things that go pew-pew-pew and give the cognoscenti a case of the willies. Worse, it's us bitter clingers who refuse to give them up.

Meh. What more can I say that has not been said before and that you all don't know? At least this time, the Democrat-Socialist-Media complex is more and more open about it. That's fine with me, especially with the midterms just five months away and the Dems energizing the base with this - that would be ours not theirs. You all go right ahead and run on this as well as impeachment, raising taxes, defending Hamas and MS-13 because of their "spark of divinity" which evidently does not exist in an unborn child. By the way, you'll be pleased to know that Hillary Clinton has publicly announced to the Democrat party that she ain't going anywhere, so there's your mouthpiece. And take Camera Hogg along for the ride.

Moving along to the Mueller Witch Hunt, that is now become more and more part of the effort to cover up the truly blockbuster revelations that the Obama DoJ and intelligence services were involved as far back as the 2016 primaries to covertly spy on the Trump Presidential Campaign to derail it and then post election to use whatever information - factual or fabricated - to remove him from office or cripple his agenda. And I hope and pray that someone like Rudy Giuliani who is no dope is just yanking Mueller's and the MFM's collective chain about PDT sitting down for an interview. The whole rotten thing is crumbling from within, faster and faster with each passing day so don't interrupt while your enemies are shooting themselves in the face.

On the political front, while Nancy Palsi does her "Norman, coordinate!" schtick, Hillary orders another round for the room, John Kerry smears PDT and America in Abu Dhabi and Keith "X" Ellison is stiffing Dem candidates, Jim Jordan may be trying to make a play for House Speaker. I can't see him winning considering the numbers and forces arrayed against him. But here's hoping. He's solid.

Meanwhile, talk of a trade war with China is quieting down as the Chi-Coms have evidently blinked and agreed to allow even more US imports into their country. And as the Administration prepares for the upcoming summit with Whoa, Fat!, they are also ramping up pressure on the Mullah's in Iran. A couple of good links on that regime vis a vis will it be around to celebrate its 40th anniversary as well as how does it stack up against the Climate-Changing Money-Changing-Shapeshifters in Jerusalem should a shooting war break out.

Meanwhile, as Mahmoud Abbas does his third Fred Sanford impression in a week, parents even here in the Leftist paradise of New York City were outraged at a moment of silence at a city school for the Gaza "victims," the son of a Boston police captain pleaded guilty to plotting an ISIS attack and one year ago, Islamist terror expert Robert Spencer was poisoned in Iceland before a lecture and yet there have been no arrests, unexpectedly (sarc).

Going quickly around the horn, PDT's quietly shaping the judiciary, a CBS poll shows a large majority of Americans credit the President for the economic boom (and that could be a harbinger for November) and reflections on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Overnight Open Thread (05-20-2018 )

—CBD

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If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace.
-- Lord John Russell
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that collossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
-- Samuel Butler
I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,
And I have seen the eternal footman hold my coat, and snicker,
And in short, I was afraid.
-- Thomas Stearns Eliot

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Weekend Gun Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Food Thread: Sheep, Organic Chemistry And Marbles

—CBD

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Herb-crusted rack of lamb is one of those foods that I will eat whenever I can, but it is ridiculously expensive in restaurants, and so easy to make at home that I rarely (read: never) order it anymore. I saw it on the menu last night at a French restaurant in Manhattan. It was something like $48, which is just silly. I can go to Costco and buy excellent quality Australian lamb and make enough for six people for $48.

Sear the rack. Coat it with an herb mixture. Roast in a medium oven with a temperature probe set to your preferred doneness.

See? I told you it was easy. Just don't serve it with mint jelly, which is worse than serving French Toast with syrup.

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Trump: I'm Ordering the DOJ to Investigate Whether Obama Ordered Spying for Political Purposes

—Ace of Spades




Greenwald notes, as many others have, that the DOJ is simultaneously leaking all the biographical details needed to identify Stefan Halper, while claiming that it would endanger his life to identify him:

Last night, both the Washington Post and New York Times -- whose reporters, like pretty much everyone in Washington, knew exactly who the FBI informant is -- published articles that, while deferring to the FBI's demands by not naming him, provided so many details about him that it made it extremely easy to know exactly who it is. The NYT described the FBI informant as "an American academic who teaches in Britain" and who "made contact late that summer with” George Papadopoulos and "also met repeatedly in the ensuing months with the other aide, Carter Page." The Post similarly called him "a retired American professor" who met with Page "at a symposium about the White House race held at a British university."

In contrast to the picture purposely painted by the DOJ and its allies that this informant was some of sort super-secret, high-level, covert intelligence asset, the NYT described him as what he actually is: "the informant is well known in Washington circles, having served in previous Republican administrations and as a source of information for the C.I.A. in past years."

Despite how "well known" he is in Washington, and despite publishing so many details about him that anyone with Google would be able to instantly know his name, the Post and the NYT nonetheless bizarrely refused to identity him, with the Post justifying its decision that it "is not reporting his name following warnings from U.S. intelligence officials that exposing him could endanger him or his contacts." The NYT was less melodramatic about it, citing a general policy: the NYT "has learned the source"s identity but typically does not name informants to preserve their safety," it said.

In other words, both the NYT and the Post chose to provide so many details about the FBI informant that everyone would know exactly who it was, while coyly pretending that they were obeying FBI demands not to name him. How does that make sense? Either these newspapers believe the FBI's grave warnings that national security and lives would be endangered if it were known who they used as their informant (in which case those papers should not publish any details that would make his exposure likely), or they believe that the FBI (as usual) was just invoking false national security justifications to hide information it unjustly wants to keep from the public (in which case the newspapers should name him).



Update: The left's new rules, as summarized by Adirondack Patriot:

It's all academic because this is how the left thinks:

1. It is illegal to defeat a Democrat.

2. Anything we do to stop an illegal act is legal and a morally necessary.

3. The only way a Democrat can lose is if someone (in this case, Donald Trump) did something illegal, such as collude with Russians, because no Republican is qualified to legally defeat a Democrat.

4. Everything we do to stop Trump is legal, regardless of the law.

Ben Shapiro, Deep State Defender.



Correction: Red-faced embarrassment -- I got the timeline screwed up here myself. I conflated Misfud's mention of the emails with Halper's (Halper's mention was several months later).

The timeline goes something like this:

April 2016: MISFUD, not Halper, mentions the Russians hacking the emails to Papadoplous

May 2016: Papadoplous mentions this to Downer (the Australian diplomat)

September 2016: Halper asks Papadopolous about the emails (Papadopolous says he doesn't know anything)

I confused the dates and who it was (Misfud, Halper) doing the talking.

I still don't see how mentioning the emails to anyone could be grounds to begin an investigation -- everyone was speculating about the idea that Russians had the emails for months; it was one of the reasons people said Clinton should be indicted -- and I'd like Ben Shapiro to explain that to me.

If talking about the Russians having Hillary's emails is grounds for an official counterintelligence investigation, then the NSA should have been monitoring me and this blog as well. And pretty much everyone I knew.

Who knows, maybe they were/are.

But my jibe about the timeline was all wrong. I'm the one who had to do more research into the specific timeline here.

I also suspect that when all is done we'll find out that Misfud was actually involved in this "investigation," but that's not in evidence yet. It's just my private supposition.

Oh: The FBI has repeatedly lied about the origins of this "investigation." First it was sparked by the Steele Dossier. When the highly dubious and partisan nature of the document was revealed, they edited their story to claim it all originated with this Papadopolous mention of the emails to Downer.

With the FBI and DOJ crabwalking and changing their stories, why should anyone have any faith in their current claims?

Who can say what the FBI's current claim actually is? Have they made an official statement, or does it continue to be put out via not-under-oath leaks to the media?

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The Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect: A Wikipedia Corollary

—CBD

When I was a wee lad, cutting my conservative teeth baiting hippies and fighting with communists on the streets of Berkeley, I lived in student cooperative housing. Since placement was based on seniority, I lived for the first two years in the least desirable and largest place, called Barrington Hall. It has been closed for years; a result off awful management on the part of the socialist organization that ran it, and dumb ass college students being allowed to do pretty much whatever they wanted.

In its defense, I met a lot of very interesting and intelligent people there, one of whom is a dear friend. And there was also a lot of free sex and nudity and punk rock and booze and all sorts of other stuff that appealed to the less high-minded part of my psyche. Anyway, I wanted to look up one of my acquaintances from Barrington, so I started poking around the internet, and discovered that there is a Wiki page devoted to it. As I read it I was immediately reminded of this:

“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the "wet streets cause rain" stories. Paper's full of them.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”
-- Michael Crichton

I am as guilty as many of turning to the easy research of Wikipedia for many things. And while I am aware of its crowd-sourced nature, and its political bent, and most of all its famous inaccuracies, it is an effortless and lazy shortcut.

But the absolute drivel written about a place in which I lived for two years was astounding. Dates were wrong, events were reported badly, or ignored or made up from whole cloth. And this is not an overtly political topic, one that I assumed would have some passing familiarity with the truth! It was an amazing experience, having the world's portable encyclopedia revealed to be completely full of shit.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-20-2018

—OregonMuse

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Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Oh, and we've got a new category of readers, escaped oafs and oafettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, and publishing by people who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these hideous-looking pants, which look like an explosion in a hippie factory.


Pic Note

Jake tells me:

Hope this photo size isn't too large. I took photos of the individual shelves then stitched them together. It drives me nuts to see someone's personal library and not able to read the book titles.

I know the library pic looks tiny, but click on it, and you'll see how yuuuge, classy, and luxurious it is. You can, indeed, read every title on Jake's shelves.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

Something that is BOMBYLIOUS is buzzing like a bee.

Usage: Muhammad Ali bombyliously defeated George Foreman.

Bonus:

A MUCK-ROBIN is a child who deliberately enjoys annoying or disturbing adults.

Yes, but isn't that a description of pretty much every child?

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EMT 5/20/18

—krakatoa

How many EMT would a woodchuck chuck?

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Saturday Night Open Thread (5/19/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 05-19-2018 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

Number Five

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So, here I am with the next installment of "Let's go through my personal top ten movies of all time because it's all about me!"

Moving chronologically after Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.


The Seventies

In terms of the 1970s of American cinema, in my opinion, the most imposing individual was Francis Ford Coppola. Beyond his own creative output, which was obviously significant, he helped foster some of the most prominent filmmakers of the generation with relationships from mentor to collaborator with people like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Paul Schrader. He was at the center of the new movement of American cinema that we're still seeing the effects of today (most are still making movies, although generally just not at the same level of quality as when they first started).

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But back in the seventies, Coppola was king. From '72 to '79, he made four movies. All four were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. He won for two of them (The Conversation's loss was to his own The Godfather Part II). The second loss was to Apocalypse Now, which lost to Kramer vs. Kramer Now, I do really like Kramer vs. Kramer, but it's nothing compared to the mad odyssey into the depths of the jungle that is Apocalypse Now.


A Difficulty

With the other movies on my list, I had little difficulty explaining to myself why I loved them individually. The disparate parts of each film assembled so easily together into something often beautiful that I found the experience of writing about them easy. Apocalypse Now is very different. I really see it as a work of genuine madness. Coppola went into the jungle and lost his mind on the way out, the perfect mirror of the main character's journey, and I really do feel like the movie captures that amazingly well.

But then that leads to the question: How does madness lead to great art? How do you read an art born of madness?

I think the only way to really approach it in an abstract sense. Its effect on the viewer as he watches it. There are arguments that all art should be approached that way, but I do personally feel that formal structural and character based approaches are important to both creating and taking in art, but Apocalypse Now largely forbears any formal approach. Long story short, this post is going to be messy. Let's roll!


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Chess Thread 05-19-2018

—OregonMuse

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Spock Plays Chess


As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.


Easier Problem - White To Play (672)


Hint: Win material with a pin


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good afternoon. Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Sit back and relax!

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Saturday Gardening Thread: A Moss Rose by Any Other Name . . . [KT]

—Open Blogger

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From Patch Farmstead:

A clone of this very old rose has been planted everywhere I've been. I don't know how old the mom plant is but older than me, was at my grandpa's house.

What a great way to preserve a legacy.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: Radical Chic [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Serving your mid-day open thread needs

Tom Wolfe died this week. I guess I knew him best kind of through general circulation of phrases from his work, rather than from reading his work myself. I certainly knew about that party at Lenny's, but didn't know much about the guy who described it. He was called a pioneer of "The New Journalism," which was not exactly the post-new journalism we have today. Before New Journalism was a thing, he wrote about classic cars.

I heard a few comments on his book The Right Stuff on NPR, sort of by accident. They were rather admiring, for NPR.

There's a piece about him up at Chicago Boyz called The Last Realist. It includes a long video discussion between him and William F. Buckley. Don't make TV like that no more.

Wolfe championed a literary style that was part journalism, part acerbic effervescence. Few (if any) recent writers were better able to craft stories by such vivid portrayals of particular people in particular places at particular times.

By the way, don't miss Sgt. Mom's Revolutionary War piece right below it, The Worst Day At Work, Ever.

A lot of history packed into that short piece. Fun to read.

But back to Wolfe:

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Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Please enjoy!)


Good morning Horde. Let's take a look at a few things that didn't get too much attention here at the AoSHQ this past week. Feel free to discuss these items or something else in this open thread.


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EMT 5/19/18

—krakatoa

Peak victim culture.

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Invasion ONT

—WeirdDave

No, not the 1985 Chuck Norris flick.

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The Art Of The Deal

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Glenn Beck: I'm Totally on the MAGA Train Now or Something

—Ace of Spades

Eh.

Even if I accept him as sincere, which I don't know that I do (he has described himself as a "rodeo clown" in the past to suggest that the claims he makes on his show aren't to be taken seriously), his judgment has been shown to be very faulty.

Which is sort of important in an analyst. They're supposed to get the big things right -- or else, why bother? Who consults an expert known for getting big things completely wrong?

And getting them angrily, rantishly wrong? For two years?

So whatever, nice to have you aboard, but I don't think I'm going to let you near the locomotive or listen to your suggestions about how to run the train better.

You can sit in one of those cars near the back where the peasants have their chickens aboard as luggage.

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Was It All a Set-Up, From the Very Start?

—Ace of Spades

First, let's check in with Kim Strassel.

Was Trump's Campaign 'Set Up'?

At some point, the Russia investigation became political. How early was it?

By Kimberley A. Strassel
May 17, 2018 7:06 p.m. ET

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, where he provided a potentially explosive hint at what's driving his demand to see documents related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Trump-Russia probe. "If the campaign was somehow set up," he told the hosts, "I think that would be a problem."

Or an understatement. Mr. Nunes is still getting stiff-armed by the Justice Department over his subpoena, but this week his efforts did force the stunning admission that the FBI had indeed spied on the Trump campaign. This came in the form of a Thursday New York Times apologia in which government "officials" acknowledged that the bureau had used "at least one" human "informant" to spy on both Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. The Times slipped this mind-bending fact into the middle of an otherwise glowing profile of the noble bureau--and dismissed it as no big deal.

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She notes that in March 2016, Comey claimed there were "counterintelligence" concerns with some Trump personnel, probably referring to both Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who had just joined the Trump campaign.

And lo and behold:

Sometime in April, the law firm Perkins Coie (on behalf the Clinton campaign) hired Fusion GPS, and Fusion turned its attention to Trump-Russia connections. The job of any good swamp operator is to gin up a fatal October surprise for the opposition candidate. And what could be more devastating than to paint a picture of Trump-Russia collusion that would provoke a full-fledged FBI investigation?

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The question Mr. Nunes's committee seems to be investigating is what other moments--if any--were engineered in the spring, summer or fall of 2016 to cast suspicion on Team Trump..

I would remind everyone that Hillary Clinton had an FBI criminal investigation on her -- oh, I mean a "matter" -- and she was desperate for a Narrative Changers where she could say "Oh, well the FBI is investigating Trump, too!"

And Comey, of course, complied.

Now, as far as the "set up," what she's surely referring to is the strange and sudden interest of people connected with the CIA and MI-6 in becoming pals with fringe players like Carter Page, George Papadopolous, and a third unnamed Trump staffer.

Some of these people even told George Papadopolous things like "The Russians have Hillary's emails." Maybe to encourage him to reach out to the Russians; maybe to get him to mention that fact to an Australian diplomat.

But there's another possible "set-up," too.

Chuck Ross reports on the connections between the man who accompanied the Russian lawyer/Fusion GPS client Natalia Veselnitskya to the the Trump Tower meeting and... Hillary Clinton, if you can believe such a thing.

Remember, Veselnitskya was initially denied a visa to come to the US. Probably because she's a known Russian intelligence operator.

And yet someone in the State Department that Hillary Clinton had only recently departed from re-reviewed the matter and issued this known Russian operator a visa.

Now why would Hillary Clinton's friends in the State Department grant a visa to a known Russian agent after lower-level people had denied it for cause?

Let's take a look at how Veselnitskya might have rated that kind of pull in the State Department:

The Russian-American lobbyist who attended the infamous Trump Tower meeting had contacts with members of Hillary Clinton's inner circle and knew Clinton herself, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017.

"I knew [Clinton]; I knew some people who worked on her campaign," the lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, told the Senate Judiciary Committee in closed-door testimony on Nov. 14.

A transcript of the testimony was released along with other meeting attendees on May 16.


Akhmetshin, a former Soviet military intelligence officer, also said his attorney, Edward Lieberman, knows Clinton well. Lieberman's late wife, Evelyn Lieberman, was a close confidante of Clinton's. At one point, Akhmetshin said he was not a fan of President Donald Trump's family.

The revelation of Akhmetshin's Clinton links are significant because he has been portrayed as a possible conspirator in a collusion scheme between Trump's campaign and Russian government.

If it's illegal for Trump Jr. to meet with Akhmetshin, why is it not illegal for Clinton to meet with him? He says he "knows" her; that means they've met.

For what purpose?

To talk about yoga routines and planning her daughter's wedding? You know, the usual code for Illegal Schemes?

Could it be that this Soviet military intelligence officer was helping Clinton in her scheme to set up Trump's associates?

No one knows for certain but the answer is Yes Definitely Of Course.

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—Ace of Spades



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Suspect in Santa Fe Shooting Has Trenchcoat Adorned With Symbols of Imperial Japanese Kamikazes, Baphomet (a Devil), Cthulhu, the Soviet Hammer and Sickle, and the German Wehrmacht Iron Cross

—Ace of Spades

Hmmm... I wonder which of those the media will play up: the Satanist or Communist symbols, or the Iron Cross?

It's a mystery to me. Could go either way!!!

BTW, although the Iron Cross was used by Nazis as a decoration in war, it is actually older and dates to King Freiderich Wilhelm III. It was a Prussian symbol, and later a decoration of the German Empire in World War One. (Hence, the WWI biplanes sporting it.)

There is no such ambiguity of meaning in the case of the Communist hammer and sickle or the devil Baphomet.

Baphomet has an interesting history, being the devil the Knights Templar were (likely falsely) accused of worshipping, which resulted in the arrest and torture of the Templars on Friday the 13th of October 1307. Baphomet may be a corruption of "Mahomet," which in turn could be a corruption of Mohammad; it could be that the Templars (who'd spent years in Islamic lands) incorporated some Islamic icons into their religion.

Which would indeed be blasphemous, yet not quite the same as devil-worship.

And I don't buy that anyway. Yeah I know the business about "going native" but...

I've always just thought they probably captured Islamic icons as spoils of war and kept them on display, as a military order might, and this display of the enemy's stolen idols got misreported as them worshiping those idols.

The Wikipedia page notes that the Templars had a couple of reliquaries (containers for the body parts of venerated persons such as saints), which had the bodliy relics -- heads, specifically -- of a couple of Christian saints inside them (yeah, that kind of thing went on a lot back then and wasn't considered heretical or anything). So one theory is that reliquaries for the heads of Christian saints were mistaken for idols of the devil's face.

One could imagine someone easily mistaking something that looks like this or like this for a blasphemous occult object.

That Wikipedia page offers a lot of theories about what "Baphomet" is and how it came to be. A lot of interesting speculation for something I'm pretty sure was either a mistaken interpretation or knowing slander (or a bit of both).

But for Current Year young people, "Baphomet" is almost certainly just taken to be a devil -- if not the Devil -- the goat-headed devil frequently seen in Crowely-era "magick" books and whose horned head is drawn within upside-down pentagrams.

None of that matters; they'll focus on the Iron Cross.

Sorry to go all off on the Templars. I just think there was a lot of #FakeNews about them and a Deep State agents of French king Philippe IV framed them with salacious and unverified dossiers. Might have had something to do with them being very rich, having invented banking and all.

Update: I saw an article claiming the shooter carried an "AR-15-style" weapon -- what's that?

This article says he carried a sawed-off shotgun and pistol. Doesn't mention an AR-15-style weapon.



Maybe he took Joe Biden's advice and "got a shotgun."

Another Symbol To Be Ignored:

"Texas shooter wore a bisexual pride heart pin on his hat in a photo from his Instagram account reposted by the Dallas CBS affiliate."
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Here Are the 29 GOP Senators Who Voted Against the Balanced Budget Proposal

—Ace of Spades

Which would balance the budget by 2033 by cutting spending, except for Social Security.

Which sounds pretty conservative, which is why the #FakeNews "conservative" Senators voted against it.

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#Resistance Operator Who Illegally Leaked Michael Cohen's Banking Records Scrambles For an Alibi

—Ace of Spades

Ronan Farrow spoke to the self-claimed "whistleblower" who illegally leaked Michael Cohen's confidential government banking records to the media. The story -- the alibi -- claimed was that these records appeared to be missing and she feared that Trump was trumpishly deleting the evidence.

Um, and yet, she had the evidence in her hands? Yeah that's right -- because the database where she claims the reports were being deleted from was just one place where the records were stored.

So already, this story -- or alibi, because, remember, it's obviously, flagrantly illegal for a government employee to riffle through someone's confidential financial records and leak them to the press to embarrass and harm that person -- is fishy.

But now the story changes again. Because it now appears the records weren't even deleted -- they were simply restricted as far as who could access them.

Gee, why would anyone think to restrict these records? I mean, sure, a member of #LaResistance illegally leaked them, but that's no reason to keep these records out of the hands of mid-level bureaucratic losers, right?

It's possible that a higher-up in the Treasury department restricted access to the records, understanding full well that bureaucrats are now in insurrection against the government that gives them a paycheck. It's also possible that Mueller restricted access, or the US Attorney investigating him, because the records are evidence they're looking into.

Either way, the "Whistleblower" defense -- which already sounded like bullshit to me, a claim made to avoid jail -- seems off the table.

The media made all these claims, right along side their "whistleblower" fellow #Resistance cell member.

And they'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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10 Dead in Texas School Shooting; Explosives Found?

—Ace of Spades

Terrible.

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Thought: Although conservatism argues for a lot of specific policy goals, there has always been a large part of what we call Republicanism that has never been anything more than a reflexive, steadfast defense of vested caste/class interests. We are entering the second year of discovering which "conservatives" have always been motivated primarily by what might be called Ruling Class Republicanism.
Republican-for-CNN-Purposes Amanda Carpenter, A Basic Becky Version of Ana Navarro, Continues to Dazzle
The part of Conservatism, Inc., responsible for promoting and over-promoting "Hot New Conservative Talent" needs to be fired and replaced with monkeys, who would do a better job. If you look at the list of Hot New Conservative Talent who were relentlessly promoted over other more deserving people, and how they've turned out, you quickly see that Conservatism, Inc. has basically spent 15 years training and promoting liberal commentators. I... think CNN can train and promote its own liberal commentators.
The Media Just Can't Quit Its Spin That DOJ Leaks to The Washington Post and New York Times are All Nunes' and Trump's Fault, Somehow
This guy is less covert than I am, for crying out loud. And they're deliberately ignoring the real leakers to fixate on people who did not leak, but who are their political enemies and therefore more convenient targets. Welcome to Valerie Plame 2: The Outing of Someone Who Was Never In
Did I mention this guy worked for the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar -- openly? Do covert agents work for open Intelligence groups? He's a known associate of MI-6 big Richard Dearlove, for crying out loud!
Katie Pavlich: Rosenstein's referral of the spying matter to the IG is inadequate, because the IG cannot interview former government employees, and most of the malefactors here have already departed government.
A more suspicous man than myself might suspect that Rod Rosenstein punted it to the IG for precisely this reason.
Lee Smith Continues Dropping Bombs on the Russia Collusion Hoax
Gee, it's too bad the Weekly Standard fired him almost immediately after he submitted an article about Fusion GPS' role in this fraud. I guess it was just bad timing, and his firing wasn't connected to his investigations into Fusion GPS and the Deep State at all.
Weird: Everyone talked about Red State firing anti-Trump writers, but no one has ever breathed a word about the Weekly Standard purging Larry O'Connor and then Lee Smith. Again, it's probably just a coincidence that those writers weren't on the same page as the cucks running that clownshow.
Chatter: There Will be Some News Made on Tucker Carlson's Show Tonight
More news than we have right now? I'm not sure I believe it!
The Washington Post: If the DOJ Spied on Trump, It Was to Protect Trump, Not Harm Him
Well, when Trump orders the prosecution of Deep State Conspirators, it will also be to protect them, not to harm them
One of the Weekly Standard's Cuckiest Cucks Joins the Leftwing In Claiming That No One Was Talking About The Spy Until Lou Dobbs Mentioned the Controversy on May 12
Funny, I seem to remember a very hinty-hinty-hinty report from Chuck Ross on March 25th, which I then hinted about every couple of weeks... By the way, I didn't get a "tip" about it or anything. I just read the facts presented and drew the hard-to-avoid conclusions... You know, it would be just great if alleged "conservative" reporters would read conservative media on occasion, instead of just the Chinese Telephone Game descriptions of it they get from their leftwing reporter Cocktail Party palz
Clarification: Note that I said one of The Weekly Standard's Cuckiest Cucks. Ahoy, mon Capitan!
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Larry O'Connor: Might Be Time to Admit Trump Was Right About Spying, Huh?
The tall, broad-shouldered Jake Tapper with piercing blue eyes, who is a good man who believes in goodness, still hasn't corrected his claim that Americans were crazy for thinking that Obama's government would spy on anyone (despite Obama's government having spied on lots of people, including journalists, who Jake Tapper tells me are Sacred Priests)
The Deep State has instructed their Media Lackeys to Not Call the Spy a "Spy," But Instead Call Him Only An "Informant." Next Week They'll Demand He Only be Referred to as a "Matter."
See Sean Davis' Tweet, too
Axios Claim: Top Trump Trade Adviser Peter Navarro Recommended Stefan Halper for Trump Campaign Job
Was a he a dupe being used, or did he know what was going on? And -- can we even trust Axios?
Bear in mind, too, that anyone involved in this is going to naturally want to leak other names out to the press, to take focus off themselves
James Clapper Says It's a Good Thing the DOJ and IC Were Also Spying on Trump
Corrected: Clapper didn't spy on Congress. That was his P-I-C Brennan. Clapper just spied on millions of Americans through the metadata capture program and then lied to Congress about it. Thanks to David Harsanyi for clearing that up for me.
Did Pope Innocent II Really Forbid the Use of the Crossbow?
TL;DR version: Yes, but he also forbade the use of any bow against Christians, as well as the sling. He also forbade jousting and tournament fighting (which were more lethal and play-for-keeps in the twelfth century than the later high medieval versions). The idea seemed to be to limit the deaths Christians inflicted on each other so as not to deplete Europe's armies while those armies were needed for the Crusades. But everyone ignored him, of course.
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