Imprison Obama For #ObamaGate #Wiretap And Other Horrors – What Did Obama Know, And When Did Obama Know It?

Joy! Americans finally have the battle we needed. Finally, after lots of tactical kisses and hugs of gangster Obama, President Donald J. Trump called out the stink named Barack Obama.

Now, finally, the proxy wars are over. That Trump v. Hillary nonsense is over. Hillary Clinton turned herself into Obama’s bitch, Obama’s whore, the moment she sought to win election as the “Obama Third Term”. Trump went after Hillary. But left mostly unscathed – Obama. Yet it was and is Obama, his works, and his gangster henchmen, that Donald J. Trump must confront and destroy if Trump is ever to Make America Great Again.

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In South Africa after the era of Apartheid there was a “truth commission” to uncover the hidden past. America desperately needs a Truth Commission to investigate the crimes of Barack Obama and his gangster government.

Did you hear the story of the three brothers? This is not a tale from Beadle the Bard heard for the first time by Harry Potter. This is a story mostly ignored by Big Media which requires a Truth Commission to investigate and air fully before the public:

Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.

Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.

Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who was previously the target of a disastrous email hack when she served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.

The brothers are suspected of serious violations, including accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress.

Jamal handled IT for Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who serves on both the intelligence and foreign affairs panels. [snip]

Jamal also worked for Louisiana Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is on the Committee on Homeland Security.

Imran worked for Reps. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, and Jackie Speier, a California Democrat. Both are members of the intelligence committee, and their spokesmen did not respond to TheDCNF’s requests for comment. [snip]

Then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, employed Abid for IT work in 2016. She was a member of House committees dealing with the armed services, oversight, and Benghazi. Duckworth was elected to the Senate in November, 2016. Abid has a prior criminal record and a bankruptcy.

Abid also worked for Rep. Lois Frankel, a Florida Democrat who is member of the foreign affairs committee. [snip]

Abid, Imran and Jamal have all shared a house in Lorton, Virginia, that is owned by Hina R. Alvi. Alvi is a female House IT employee who works for many of the same members as the three brothers, as well as the House Democratic Caucus.

The three brothers have been involved in crimes, “multiple lawsuits”, “multiple mortgages”, and other dubious financial activity. The three Muslim brothers, one of whom is 22 years of age and began work in the House of Representatives when he was 20, somehow survived the supposedly onerous background checks that jobs which involve the national security require.

The three brothers could easily have sold top secret information for cash. Not that they needed it if they were legitimate normal workers. The 20 year old for instance was paid $160,000 a year (three times the average for IT staff). Abid got $161,000 and Imran scored $165,000.

We need a Truth Commission!

It gets worse, the more we look into the Pakistani brothers:

Rogue congressional staffers took $100,000 from an Iraqi politician while they had administrator-level access to the House of Representatives’ computer network, according to court documents examined by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

The money was a loan from Dr. Ali al-Attar, an Iraqi political figure, and was funneled through a company with “impossible”-to-decipher financial transactions that the congressional information technology (IT) staffers controlled. [snip]

Investigators found that congressional information was being copied to an off-site server and they suspect the brothers of improperly accessing information and stealing congressional property. [snip]

Soon after Imran began working for members of Congress, Imran’s and Abid’s wives — Hina Alvi and Natalia Sova — also began receiving congressional paychecks, TheDCNF found. Imran’s employers included two members of the intelligence committee, Indiana Democrat Rep. Andre Carson and California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier.

By 2009, the family was simultaneously managing a full-time car dealership in Virginia, with Abid running day-to-day operations after contributing $250,000 in startup cash. It was called Cars International A, LLC, referred to as “CIA” in court documents.

Imran boasted unusual clout among House Democrats, and was even pictured conversing with former President Bill Clinton. After Rao Abbas, who was owed money by the dealership, threatened to sue amid allegations of deception and theft, Abbas appeared on the congressional payroll and received $250,000 in taxpayer payments.


They attended car auctions during the week while they were supposedly working at the nation’s Capitol for Obama Dimocrats. They did not pay their debts, according to court records, even though their combined salaries added up to over half a million dollars a year.

Did the three brothers leak the DNC emails, not the Russians, as has so often been claimed by Barack Obama thugs who seek to protect their Muslim friends and blame Russia as their favored distraction? Did anyone stop to think that young Muslim brothers, their wives, and assorted Muslim friends, with dubious backgrounds and financial schemes, might be a problem to our national security? We need a Truth Commission.

It was Obama Dimocrats in the House that employed the three Muslim brothers. It is the Obama Dimocrats that thus far Big Media won’t discuss. It is Obama Dimocrats that thus far have escaped investigation. Why did Obama Dimocrats hire these dubious characters? Why did it take Obama Dimocrats so long to fire the three brothers after their activities became known? We need a Truth Commission, there’s a national security swamp to drain:

A MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SECURITY BREACH IN CONGRESS

There’s a national security risk swamp to drain.

Last year, eight members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a demand that their staffers be granted access to top secret classified information.

The signatories to the letter were Andre Carson, Luis Guiterez, Jim Himes, Terri Sewell, Jackie Speier, Mike Quigley, Eric Swalwell and Patrick Murphy. All the signatories were Democrats. Some had a history of attempting to undermine national security.

Two of them have been linked to an emerging security breach.

The office of Andre Carson, the second Muslim in Congress, had employed Imran Awan. As did the offices of Jackie Speier and Debbie Wasserman Schultz; to whom the letter had been addressed.

Imran Awan and his two brothers, Jamal and Abid, are at the center of an investigation that deals with, among other things, allegations of illegal access. [snip]

Jamal was also employed by Cedric Richmond’s office. Richmond sits on the Committee on Homeland Security and on its Terrorism and Cybersecurity subcommittee. He is a ranking member of the latter subcommittee. [snip]

Carson is the second Muslim in Congress and the first Muslim on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and, more critically, is the ranking member on its Emerging Threats Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee.

The Emerging Threats Subcommittee, of which Carson is a ranking member, is responsible for much of counterterrorism oversight. It is the worst possible place for a man with Carson’s credentials. [snip]

Islamists have funded Carson’s career to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. [snip]

Andre Carson shared the stage at a CAIR banquet with Sirraj Wahaj: an unindicted co-conspirator in the World Trade Center bombing who had once declared,” You don’t get involved in politics because it’s the American thing to do. You get involved in politics because politics are a weapon to use in the cause of Islam.” CAIR itself had been named an unindicted co-conspirator in terror finance. [snip]

Why were the Awan brothers, one of whom had a criminal record, even allowed to work in such a sensitive position? How did the personnel suspected in this case pass background checks? And was any classified information compromised as a result of these alleged breaches? [snip]

Congressional Republicans must take the lead in cleaning house. If they cannot do so, President Trump must step in. [snip]

The swamp that allowed Andre Carson and the Awan brothers inappropriate access must be drained.

To distract from the Muslim threats inside the American capital building aided and abetted by Obama Dimocrats every device of distraction has been deployed. Big Media ignores the Muslim Brother-hoods inside the highest level of American government and concocts wild schemes about Russia at every turn. Thanks to the canny and strong President Trump the schemes and plots will only serve to highlight the threats to America.

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Yesterday, Big Media was consumed in outrage because once again President Trump spoke the truth. At first we did not think much of the feigned outrage because the allegations by President Trump are all so obviously true. The only thing that surprised us about what President Trump wrote is why it took so long to state. President Trump finally confronted gangster Barack Obama with what is glaringly true and Big Media went nuts. First there were the President Trump Tweets:

President Donald Trump on Saturday accused Barack Obama of tapping his phones during last year’s White House campaign, charges that his predecessor denied as “simply false.”

I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” Trump wrote on Twitter, without providing evidence of the explosive charge.

How low has President Obama gone to tapp (sic) my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” he wrote in another tweet, referring to the political scandal that toppled president Richard Nixon in 1974. [snip]

The two men initially adopted a cordial tone as Trump took office, though the president has stepped up accusations against Obama in recent weeks, blaming his predecessor for being behind damaging leaks to journalists. [snip]

Trump, who has accused his political foes of conducting “a total witch hunt,” on Saturday directed his Twitter tirade at his Democratic predecessor.

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found,” Trump wrote a day after departing Washington for a weekend getaway at his Mar-a-Lago Florida resort for the fourth time in five weeks.

The president compared the alleged action to Senator Joe McCarthy’s campaign in the 1950s to root out supposed Communists and sympathizers, which was marked by innuendo and abusive investigations.

Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!” Trump said, again providing no proof of Obama’s supposed efforts to seek a court order to spy on the then-candidate.

Big Media pretended to be shocked. But President Trump’s allegations are clearly true. There was surveillance of the Trump campaign which Obama had to know about if not directly approve or initiate.
Trump hater Mark Levin laid out the evidence for why everything President Trump accused gangster Barack Obama of is true:



We recall last summer when Big Media reports about computers in Trump Tower tied to Russian intelligence blasted across the airwaves. The reports collapsed in face of reality. We remember that all too well. Yet somehow Big Media forgot last summer. Fortunately Mark Levin mapped out the timeline:

Levin called Obama’s effort “police state” tactics, and suggested that Obama’s actions, rather than conspiracy theories about alleged Russian interference in the presidential election to help Trump, should be the target of congressional investigation.

Drawing on sources including the New York Times and the Washington Post, Levin described the case against Obama so far, based on what is already publicly known. The following is an expanded version of that case, including events that Levin did not mention specifically but are important to the overall timeline.

1. June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied. [snip]

4. October: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services. [snip]

6. January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As Michael Walsh later notes, and as the New York Times reports, the outgoing Obama administration “expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.” The new powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly or leaked.

7. January: Times report. The New York Times reports, on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties. Other news outlets also report the exisentence of “a multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.

8. February: Mike Flynn scandal. Reports emerge that the FBI intercepted a conversation in 2016 between future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — then a private citizen — and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The intercept supposedly was part of routine spying on the ambassador, not monitoring of the Trump campaign. The FBI transcripts reportedly show the two discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied discussing them. Sally Yates, whom Trump would later fire as acting Attorney General for insubordination, is involved in the investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns over having misled Vice President Mike Pence (perhaps inadvertently) about the content of the conversation.

9. February: Times claims extensive Russian contacts. The New York Times cites “four current and former American officials” in reporting that the Trump campaign had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials. The Trump campaign denies the claims — and the Times admits that there is “no evidence” of coordination between the campaign and the Russians. The White House and some congressional Republicans begin to raise questions about illegal intelligence leaks. [snip]

In summary: the Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government, virtually ensuring that the information, including the conversations of private citizens, would be leaked to the media.

Levin called the effort a “silent coup” by the Obama administration and demanded that it be investigated.

What President Trump wrote in his Tweets is entirely true and unsurprising, no matter what corrupt liars such as James Clapper say.


We recall how this very past week, the New York Times thoroughtly enjoyed Obama’s dirty campaign against President Trump:

New York Times Details How Obama Administration SABOTAGED Trump

In yet another lengthy hit-piece constructed around accusations from unnamed sources, innuendo, and repetition of previous unconfirmed allegations, the New York Times details (and celebrates) the Obama administration deliberately trying to sabotage the incoming president by disseminating intelligence information throughout the federal government, as well as to foreign governments.

In laudatory terms, the Times describes the way in which the outgoing administration “scrambled to spread” potentially damaging information related to possible nefarious contact between Trump and his associates and the Russians, despite having no concrete evidence about the content of any of the alleged contact. [snip]

In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators.

The Times explains that the Obama operatives deliberately attempted to keep the information at “relatively low classification level[s]” by processing the raw intelligence into analyses designed to have “as wide a readership as possible.”

The aim by Obama, via the New York Times was to leak this misinformation to American allies. But even the New York Times admitted there was no evidence of wrongdoing – by Trump.

This was all pretty much accepted conventional wisdom by anyone watching this Russia crap. It was obvious that there was some dirty surveillance of the Trump campaign by Obama using some fairly dirty pretexts to justify undermining an American election. This was all obvious. We recall a few weeks ago the story about Obama scheming to sabotage Trump:

How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency

When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House. [snip]

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action.

It’s not much of a leap to see that Obama’s attempts to sabotage President Trump started shortly after President Trump’s glorious victory in November. At the time Barack Obama occupied the White House and it was there the stories about Russia and Trump came to creation:

New York Times: Obama Set Up Anti-Trump Russia Conspiracy Theory

Barack Obama used his remaining days in office to fabricate a Russia conspiracy and NYT spins it as an attempt to get the truth out.

Of course, rather than admit the creation of an anti-Trump Russia conspiracy theory, the New York Times headline claims Obama and his minions “Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking.” Notice that they don’t claim anyone rushed to preserve evidence of such hacking, because then they would have to explain why it disappeared. There was nothing to preserve but allegations. [snip]

In other words, this misinformation campaign wasn’t only from rogue anonymous intelligence bureaucrats. It was from Obama himself—at the same time he was pushing BS clichés about how a “democracy” was able to enact a “peaceful transition of power” he was arranging for the CIA coup.

Barack Obama denies it all in a non-denial denial statement. But the denials are blatantly false. As noted in a comprehensive article at ZeroHedge, the denials fall flat courtesy of Obama’s fratboy Jon Favreau:


According to Favreau, the only thing that Obama is really denying is that he ordered the attack on our elections, but clearly the attack took place. And can anyone doubt that Obama henchmen did what Obama wanted? Of course not. This was a political attack on a presidential campaign orchestrated by the White House.

Barack Obama’s latest non-denial denial denies reality.


There are consequences to what Barack Obama has done for the nation and for the gangsters:

Yes, There Could Be Serious Legal Problems if Obama Admin Involved in Illegal Surveillance [snip]

President Trump recently tweeted claiming that former President Obama wiretapped him during his campaign. One can only imagine how nuts the media would have gone if the roles had been reversed: President Trump wiretapping either Obama or the Clintons, though his DOJ could have authority to do just that given the expansive leaks of intelligence information by Obama and Clinton supporters the last few months. Heck, he could wiretap the media at this point, legally and legitimately, as the sources of these unlawful leaks, for which Obama himself set precedent. Do liberals understand what Pandora’s Box Obama opened up by Obama using the powers of the NSA, CIA and FBI to spy on his political opponents? Even Nixon never did that.

If the stories are correct, Obama or his officials might even face prosecution. [snip]

FISA can only be used for “foreign intelligence information.” Now that sounds broad, but is in fact very limited under the law. The only “foreign intelligence information” allowed as a basis for surveillance is information necessary to protect the United States against actual or potential “grave” “hostile” attack, war-like sabotage or international terror. Second, it can only be used to eavesdrop on conversations where the parties to the conversation are a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power. An agent of a foreign power cannot be a United States person unless they are knowingly involved in criminal espionage. No warrant is allowed on that person unless a FISA court finds probable cause the United States person is knowingly engaged in criminal espionage. Even then, if it involves a United States person, special steps must be taken to “minimize the acquisition and retention, and prohibit the dissemination, of non publicly available information concerning un-consenting United States persons.”

This includes procedures that require they never identify the person, or the conversation, being surveilled, to the public where that information is not evidence of a particular crime. Third, the kind of information sought concerns solely information about a pending or actual attack on the country. That is why the law limits itself to sabotage incidents involving war, not any form or kind of “sabotage,” explicitly limiting itself to those acts identified in section 105 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

This bring us to Watergate-on-Steroids, or #ObamaGate.

That’s a long article well worth reading in its entirety. Bottom line is that even if the surveillance of the Trump campaign in any way was undertaken under legal cover, the danger to Barack Obama and Obama’s gangsters is real. This is especially true once the Sessions team is in place. And… you might not need the Sessions team if this assessment is correct:

Democrats may regret Sessions’ recusal, as his replacement is a mini-Sessions: a long-respected, a-political, highly ethical prosecutor, Dana Boente, whose reputation is well-warranted from his service at the Tax Division, and who won’t be limited by any perceived ties to Trump, given his prior appointment by Obama. Obama himself appeared scared of Boente, as he removed Boente from the successor-to-Sessions position during the lame-duck part of Obama’s presidency, but Trump restored Boente to that role earlier this month. Democrats may get the investigation they wanted, but it may be their own that end up named in the indictment.

Dana Boente rose in the ranks once Obama gangster Sally Yates was fired by President Trump.

Is President Donald J. Trump blameless in all this? No. President Trump does have questions to answer, but not the questions Big Media is asking. President Trump was and is entirely too kind and unforgiving.

President Trump should answer the question as to why the details of the Iran deal have yet to be revealed to the American public:

RELEASE THEM: Obama/Iran Nuke Deal Secrets Are NOT Classified, Just Kept From You

The leaders of the Islamic Republic are frightened. They face an American national security team that knows a lot about them, and, unlike the Obama administration, strongly dislikes them.

General Michael Flynn’s book was an underground hit in Farsi, and the quadrumvirate of Pompeo, Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly show no signs of wanting to pursue the shameful strategic alliance that Obama forged with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. On the contrary, all four stress Iran’s role as chief sponsor of international terror. All four know the ayatollahs are deadly serious when they lead chants of “Death to America.”

The Iranian leaders knew that they could get away with murder as long as Obama was in charge, and that Obama’s administration would protect large parts of the agreements between the two countries. Yet of late, we have heard Iranian officials warning us not to make public the secret elements of the nuclear “deal.” [snip]

We are entitled to ask for the release of the secret arrangements with Iran. If the citizens don’t know what Obama/Kerry/Rhodes/Jarrett agreed to, then the whole “debate” over what Trump should do with regard to Iran is essentially meaningless.

The Iranians don’t want us to know what’s in the secret-but-unclassified documents, and the Obama crowd’s apparent agreement — as usual — with Iran on this issue underlines the importance of making them public.

Recently Secretary of State Tillerson has made moves to get the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal so that might be part of the President Trump plan. Whatever is going on there, Americans deserve to know what Obama did and when Obama did it. We need answers.

We need lots of answers to lots of questions. Perhaps now we will get them thanks to President Trump. President Trump finally understands what he is up against. It is Barack Obama and the leftist totalitarians who seek to destroy America and now finally we might get the questions asked and the answers to those questions answered:

Trump White House Orders Investigation of Alleged Illegal Wiretapping by Obama Administration on Trump Tower

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced Sunday the Trump administration is requesting an investigation into the abuse of power by the Obama administration.

Sean Hannity also has questions:

We need answers.

President Donald J. Trump tried to move forward with his agenda and let Obama wallow in his misery. That was a strategic and tactical mistake. Barack Obama is a cancer on the presidency and on America. President Donald J. Trump must remove the cancer in its entirety.

The Russia nonsense? All the noise about Russia has been a way for Barack Obama to undermine President Trump.

The undisputed facts are that Russia did not influence at all the big primary election fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The undisputed facts are that Hillary Clinton, because of her own personal failures and stupidity, could barely defeat an old socialist coot who wasn’t even a Democrat for the nomination of her party. Recall that Hillary Clinton could barely beat Bernie Sanders because of her defense of Barack Obama even as Bernie Sanders called for “change”. That wasn’t because of Russia. Hillary Clinton could barely defeat Bernie Sanders even though the DNC rigged the election and the debate schedule for her. That wasn’t because of Russia. Hillary Clinton could barely defeat Bernie Sanders even though Big Media helped her at every turn. That wasn’t because of Russia. Hillary Clinton could barely defeat Bernie Sanders even though scumbag Donna Brazile at CNN provided Hillary with questions to be asked at debates. That wasn’t because of Russia. Hells Bells, Hillary Clinton could barely defeat Bernie Sanders even though Bernie Sanders renounced any use of the Wikileaks revelations and those “damned emails”.



It was not because of Russia that Hillary Clinton could barely defeat socialist kook Bernie Sanders – who wasn’t even a damned Democrat running for the Dimocrat Party nomination. Hillary Clinton deserved to lose because 2016 was a change election and Hillary Clinton ran as Obama’s Third Term and ten cent whore.

Weakened by Bernie Sanders and the revelation of rigged DNC corruptions on her behalf Hillary Clinton became the DNC nominee. But Hillary Clinton was debased and trapped. Hillary Clinton could not say what was obvious to all. ObamaCare was a failure in the eyes of the public but Hillary Clinton could not say the obvious and instead it was Bill Clinton who was forced to denounce ObamaCare as “crazy” (then forced to backtrack his comments).

Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election because she rose a lame horse called Obama Third Term. It was a change election. Russia did not make it a change election. It was Obama corruption that made 2016 a change election.

Americans voted for change in 2016. Now the establishment fights back against change led by the corrupt parasite Barack Obama.

Barack Obama spent most of his life lying about his life, works, and allies. Finally the lies are catching up to him.

Thanks to President Donald J. Trump we are well on the way to finally getting the answers we need.

This is a time of great strife, but also great joy.

We citizens are about to get the answers we need if government by, of, and for, the people shall not perish from this earth.

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141 thoughts on “Imprison Obama For #ObamaGate #Wiretap And Other Horrors – What Did Obama Know, And When Did Obama Know It?

  1. For those who need a quick break from politics, try FEUD tonight. The feud between Bette Davis v. Joan Crawford. Lot’s of great actresses in this on. At 10 ET on FX.

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    But bisexual Crawford was mesmerised by her rival and made sexual advances

    Feud is now documented in a new drama with Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange

  2. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/445499/trump-deep-state-battle-fighting-bureaucrats-bitter-democrats-lost

    I don’t think there is any question that the former president was intent on leaving behind landmines. And you are right, the NSA stuff is curious. Normally, when NSA is listening in on a foreigner, they take great care to redact any American involved. The NSA is not supposed to spy on Americans. Here it was the reverse, and there was an obvious attempt as was reported in the New York Times to make sure that this was spread as widely as possible, that it would become a problem for the Trump administration. I wouldn’t call it the “deep state,” it gives it a le Carré feel that there is this ominous enemy of the United States hidden in bureaucracy. What this is, is the revenge of the losers. These are people who wanted to make trouble for an administration of a guy who they thought wasn’t going to win and shouldn’t have won, and to see what happens. That is what I think is going on. To some extent, it has happened in other administrations. But I think it’s more obvious and we are going to get to the bottom of it, because there are going to be a lot of investigations.

  3. My oh my. I can only imagine the names I would been called here if I had made this same statement. 😀

    “Hillary Clinton deserved to lose because 2016 was a change election and Hillary Clinton ran as Obama’s Third Term and ten cent whore

  4. Outris, is was a change election in many ways. 🙂

    A ten cent whore sells herself for very little.

    “Q: What do you call a whore with a runny nose?

    A: Full.”

  5. Outris
    March 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm
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    Admin can say it because it is their blog and they do not enjoy it they way you do. You really should think twice.

  6. Dana Boente may or may not be heading the investigation(s) for which Sessions recused himself. Maryland Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is Trump’s (and probably Sessions’) pick for Deputy Attorney General; his confirmation hearings begin on Tuesday. The Democrats seem to be more afraid of Rosenstein than Boente and will probably attempt to delay the voting; however, he only needs a majority vote for confirmation, thanks to Harry Reid. The person leading the investigation will be determined by when the probe gets started, either before or after Rosenstein’s assumed confirmation.

  7. Rod Rosenstein, the current US Attorney for the District of Maryland, nomination has been blocked for almost 2 months. He was also nominated by Bush in 2000 to be a Federal Judge and that appointment was blocked by the Dems.
    Sounds like the right person to go after Obama thugs.

  8. IMPORTANT!

    LtCol Tony Shafer lays it all out.

    (As does our friend Larry Johnson in the preceding clip)

  9. More from LtCol Schafer: he is a fast thinker in full command of the facts able to give solid answers and reliable predictions.

    Here he addresses the question of whether Obama knew about the illegal surveillance and approved it.

    This video speaks directly to that issue.

    In addition it speaks to the fact that members of the Obama Administration are likely to face indictments under 18 USC.

    Also, when the fur starts to fly, whistleblowers like Admiral Rogers will come forward to cover their own asses.

    Comey asked the Justice Department not to investigate because his agency is the one that sought and obtained the warrant.

    I was told by a person with knowledge that Obama has an army of 34,000 ready to institute violence.

    Today, I was told by someone with a better wire, it is about double that number.

    Therefore the possibility of civil unrest must also be considered in terms of disaster planning.

  10. Over a decade and a half ago, the NSA Four (Bill Binney, Ed Loomis, Tom Drake, and myself), together with HPSCI Senior Staffer Diane Roark pleaded for surveillance that protected the innocent in order to prevent the destruction of individual privacy guaranteed us all by the U.S. Constitution.

    Nobody listened. No one cared. No one took corrective action.

    Today, we see unfolding before our very eyes a Constitutional crisis of monumental proportions, one that threatens the very foundations of our nation’s system of governance.

    People hidden in the bowels of the United States Intelligence Community are leaking classified information taken from the private phone calls of innocent people – people who have not been accused of committing any crime – to the press for purely political reasons, reasons that include an attempt to take down our duly elected administration.

  11. Our current president is like no other. He has achieved that rare feat of being both straightforward and cryptic at the same time. He vowed to curtail Muslim immigration and, immediately on taking office, put the squeeze on the Sudanese. Thank God for that, because if they actually had an airport, Sudanese people would be descending on America like drunken bus tourists at a Vegas Hooters.

    But no sooner than that did he say something about “terrorists” in Sweden, which baffled a lot of people, especially the Swedes, who can’t make a lick of sense of what he’s talking about – and those are the people who invented Ikea.

    I, though, understand Trump’s abstruse elocutions. After all, I’m someone who bothered to listen to Dylan’s epically arcane Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands enough times to realize it was actually about his drummer.

    One of DJT’s oft-repeated campaign promises was a “guaranteed” plan to wipe out the Islamic State within 30 days of taking office. Understandably, he refused to tell anyone exactly what that plan was: “Everyone will take the idea, run with it, and the people will forget where it came from,” he explained. During one presidential debate, though, he tipped his hand slightly: “Whatever happened to the element of surprise, OK? These people have all left. They’ve all left. Douglas MacArthur, George Patton are spinning in their graves at the stupidity of our country.”

    I, for one, am willing to believe my president is a man of action. So I can only assume that, at some point on or around February 20 this year, Trump exterminated Isis. Any subsequent media mention of their nefarious activity is fake news.

    We obviously don’t know exactly how this all went down, because if Trump revealed that intel, someone would steal it, use it to wipe out other terrorist organisations and forget to give him due credit, which would be downright rude.

    So I’ve taken it upon myself to speculate how and where this epic battle to defeat Isis took place, pieced together from bits of information I have gleaned from the news.

    I can’t emphasise enough that this is just spitballing on my part; but I think it probably happened in Sweden. That would explain the mystifying allusion to a lot of terrorists there. Isn’t it possible that the bulk of Isis’ recruits, recently concentrated mostly in Mosul and Raqqa, were systematically beaten back to the outskirts of Stockholm?

    It makes sense. Nobody in Sweden is paying any attention to world events. They’re too busy eyeballing their next-door neighbor’s income-tax statements or watching slow-TV broadcasts of trains chugging through snowbanks. More importantly, in terms of rendering and extracting vital information from captives, Sweden is the ideal place: It openly condones torture, as anyone who has ever listened to ABBA knows.

    Another thing: It’s curious that Trump invoked Patton and McArthur in his purposely veiled strategy – two generals obsessed with vanquishing their enemy by chasing them across vast swaths of a continent. ISIS must have been desperate, churning up the earth in full retreat, tattered, disoriented, pausing only to phone up some department stores in the US, passing themselves off as fashion buyers, demanding Ivanka’s line of haute-couture clothing be dropped. If that’s not the last desperate act of a decimated army, I don’t know what is.

    Then, where exactly was Trump on 20 February? I’ll tell you where: Dining poolside at Mar-a-Lago, watching fellow members swimming in $100 bills like Scrooge McDuck, and probably conducting a fake meeting with cabinet members. The perfect ruse! –
    – While diners within earshot could openly listen in on discussions of what they assumed was top-level national security policy, the real policy was being carried out in the suburbs of Stockholm: Isis was being slaughtered wholesale. That’s a bacchanalian scenario straight out of the Third Reich – although I wouldn’t make the mistake of comparing Trump to Hitler; Hitler managed to get elected without the help of the Russians.

    Whether or not Trump’s achievement will halt the furious rotisserie of dead generals is anybody’s guess. Patton stopped the German army. MacArthur stopped the Koreans. Isis has 160,000 recruits.

    To put this in perspective, there were over 160,000 people at DJT’s inauguration. I’m not playing down the evil of Isis. I’m just saying that the appeal of travelling to a jihadi stronghold to spill the blood of apostates is no more or less appealing than standing in the cold and watching a guy talk about how the country has gone to hell and that he’s going to fix it all then and there. And there you go, it was fixed.

    “Wait a minute,” you’re probably thinking. “Given Trump’s unbridled modesty, surely he would have tweeted this monumental event in ALL CAPS by now?” But you’ve forgotten that Trump’s strategy is two-pronged: not only did he promise to “bomb the shit” out of Isis, he also promised to “take all their oil”. Given the logistical constraints of getting all that oil to America, Trump is probably waiting until the last batch arrives before lording it over all his detractors. I personally look forward to those Isis-brand gas stations opening soon on American street corners.

  12. Lu4PUMA
    March 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm
    Outris
    March 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm
    ——————–
    Admin can say it because it is their blog and they do not enjoy it they way you do. You really should think twice.
    ——-
    Hah! Only 47 minutes until the anticipated response Lu. You win the Kewpie doll. Once again my opinions are subject to your rules.

    Lu, this will be my last response to you because as I expected you took the bait for all to see.

    The chip on your shoulder is such that it makes Quasimodo look positively normal.

    Thanks to those here who have had my back. See ya ’round.

  13. I counter that Hitlary is worse than a ten cent whore! She sold herself to Islam Muslims and Illegals That should settle her in as a PENNY WHORE

  14. I was disappointed, by not surprised, by the minimalist reaction of Krauthammer.

    He claims that this illegal activity was limited to democrat sympathizers within the bureucracy who lost the election.

    If we buy into that explanation, the last vestiges of the republic is lost. Finito. Gone.

    On the other hand, to call it a cabal, which I do to to make it understandable in moral terms is probably a bridge too far.

    Rather, it is an extra constitutional affiliation between key elements of government who are a law unto themselves.

    The Constitutional framework has been gridlocked for years

    But the administrative agencies have been accelerating their agenda, often at the expense of the people.

    This is why we have the financialization of our economy, deregulation, outsourcing, invasion of civil liberties, endless war.

    And until now the people through their elected representatives have been powerless to thwart this system.

    The worst of it is that now the “deep state” is taking over our political process as well by picking the winners and losers.

    The mischief here began in the 1930s with the creation of administrative agencies to whom congress delegated legislative, judicial and executive powers.

    This new construct defied the order of the framers which separated those functions and pitted them against eachother.

    Thereafter, the rise of the military state during world war II, and the national security state thereafter let that weed grow to the point that it has effectively choked off our democracy.

    The Church committee attempted to expose this. However their effort was suspect because it was entirely partisan, and left most of the chips on the table.

    In terms of remedy, I think an indictment of Obama, his henchmen and his fellow travelers in the CIA, NSA, FBI, DIA, and Treasury is a good start.

    But the deeper problem of how to make the deep state responsive to the will of the people and subject to effective congressional oversight will remain.

    Thus to solve the situation going forward that issue must be addressed.

  15. This still live. Terribly unorganized.
    Live Coverage: New Trump Travel Ban


    via @YouTube

  16. I lol’d at this comment. 😀
    +++++++++++===
    Breaking News: In a joint statement, Sen Chuck Schumer and Rep Nancy Pelosi have called for a Congressional Investigation to look into the fact that restaurants in several of the Trump Hotels have been serving Russian caviar since prior to the election. To quote Democratic leadership, “This is starting to smell a little fishy.”

  17. There’s probably a really small audience for this but I cannot resist posting it.Casey had been tweeting profilically (?) against Trump for weeks but shut it down Friday night. Then about this Pittsburgh surgeon who died

    Senator Bob Casey Retweeted
    Our family will always be grateful for Dr. Starzl’s brilliant mind & extraordinary care. We cherished the extra years we had with my father. http://twitter.com/PittsburghPG/status/838712975770923009
    THIS TWEET IS UNAVAILABLE 🙂

    AND

    Senator Bob Casey Retweeted
    One of the many lives saved by Dr. Starzl was Gov. Casey’s. In 1993, Dr. Starzl oversaw his exceedingly rare double transplant surgery. http://twitter.com/PittsburghPG/status/838712975770923009
    This Tweet Is Unavailable. 🙂
    ————–

    and foxy – loved the caviar.

  18. Wether Hillary was always who she is now revieled to be of if she somehow lost her way – there is one service Hillary did for the American people – inadvertently to be sure, but a great service never the less. So Thank You Hillary

    http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/09/10/hillary-clinton-basket-of-deplorables.cnn

    That dilbert guy says when Marine La Pen uses the deplorable card she has already won the election.

    And our own version that brings tears to my eyes and runs through my head for days after hearing it.

  19. Outris
    March 6, 2017 at 10:08 am
    ——————–
    Considering your admission that you have been baiting me, you claim that my post suggesting you think twice somehow proves something is ridiculous. Besides the fact that I was joking, an adult understands the difference between can and should.

    And what assassination would be complete without the gonzosnark that further tries to promote the hate by tuning the “should” to a “can”. Well you both fell into your own trap and you are just nasty.

    Freedom is not free and just because you can do something does not mean you should. I would speak out against you for your hate and your misogyny. Too bad you are more worried about “rules”.

  20. OK, has anyone else seen the story from Daily Mail about CNN spying on the Oval Office? Just when I think these people can’t sink any lower in the swamp, they surprise me.

    I watched Clapper denying that Trump Tower was bugged. Did anyone notice that he did not look up or look his interviewer in the eye?

    I have never heard so much lies and distortions than about this wire tapping. As you see the media spin and obfuscate you know that President Trump has hit a nerve.

    My two cents, I believe that the President has proof and after all the hand ringing and fake tears by the dumb blonde on msnbc, he will hit them with the proof.

    But you expect that nonsense from his haters, but when people like little marco are trotted out with his non answers, it really bothers me.

    By the way, I am deliberately using lower case for some names above.

  21. And please can we stop attacking each other on the blog. You don’t have to agree with everything that is posted by anyone, but the personal attacks demeans not just te person who is being attacked but the attacker also.

    Just agree to disagree.

    We don’t all think alike.

    The one thing we have in common is the hope that President Trump succeeds and make the country great again.

    People will have jobs, good paying jobs again.

    They will begin to feel safe again, nationwide but especially in the inner cities.

    They will have choice in education. People will actually start thinking for themselves and not be spoon fed what they should believe by the media.

  22. I am beginning to have real doubts about Sessions. He’s undoubtedly a good lawyer and a good man, but is he a fighter?

    Because Trump needs fighters.

    During Sessions’s confirmation hearings, the Dems insisted he recuse himself from any investigation of Hillary’s emails or of this Russian nonsense. Why did he cave? His nomination was assured.

    We need to stop reaching across the aisle, trying to play nice with these TRAITORS. Rip their fucking throats out!!!!

    And this Bannon guy is starting to piss me off. Does he have to go around looking like a bum? Is it too much to ask him to shave and put on a suit before he enters the Oval Office? You know, the place where FDR sent over 400,000 brave Americans to their deaths?

    I’m just getting so frustrated. Why does Trump have to do EVERYTHING himself? He needs more fighters like Stephen Miller. In fact, he needs an ARMY of Stephen Millers.

    I miss the excitement and the action of Trump’s first week. Why are his people letting him get bogged down with all these leaks? Why are they walking right into the Dems’ trap? Just tell them they LOST, so they can go FUCK THEMSELVES. Yes, in those words. On national television.

    I agree with Rush. I just don’t see any fight in these Republlicans. What on earth is wrong with them? Time to take your balls out of your pockets, fellas — if you still have any.

  23. matthew77
    March 6, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    ——-
    Your doubts about Sessions are well founded.

    I was slower than some to pick up on this, but yesterday I had my road to Damascus moment.

    My doubts are best expressed in the form of a question, i.e.

    When you are the chief legal officer in the administration, and-

    When you adversary accuses you personally of things you never did, and-

    When your boss goes out on a limb and tells a hostile press that these charges are unfounded, and you should not recuse-

    But you yield to the pressure of snot nosed junior senators like Franken et al, and-

    Recuse yourself

    Without telling your boss, leaving him twisting in the wind, and

    Leaving an Obamaite in charge of the investigation

    How can you be counted upon for the battle that lies ahead?

    There may come a point in the future when he needs to be replaced by Guliani

    He says he took a poll of his staffers, and simply followed their regulations

    But as we all know, Staffers are not a reliable sounding board on matters such as this

    Rather, they are pass masters at figuring out what the boss wants to do and telling him what he wants to hear

    In this case, the straw that broke the camels back was the unfounded allegations of racism

    He told a confidante that he spent twenty years trying to distance himself from that charge

    By reusing himself, he told the opposition what his Achilles heel is

    Henceforth he cannot be counted upon.

    As for Bannon—he is the gold standard.

    If he wants to look casual or unkept, I could give a flying fuck.

    He speaks for the people, and that is all that counts.

    Haven’t we seen enough of these wedding cake grooms who are simply yes men.

    We have a congress full of those assholes.

  24. I’m just getting so frustrated. Why does Trump have to do EVERYTHING himself? He needs more fighters like Stephen Miller. In fact, he needs an ARMY of Stephen Millers.
    ———-
    Agreed.

  25. Harmia (at 1:53 p.m.), usually these fights only end when we issue one warning, then ban. This is that one and only warning before we take action to stop the boring insults and non-productive destructive distractive, fights.

  26. Senator Bob Casey Retweeted
    One of the many lives saved by Dr. Starzl was Gov. Casey’s.
    ———–
    If Gladstone fell in the Thames and drowned that would be unfortunate.

    If someone reached in and saved him, that would be a tragedy.—Benjamin Disraeli

    By saving the life of Casey, Dr. Starzl has created a tragedy.

    The world would be a better place had he simply let nature do its work.

    Or, he could have hued to the first canon of the Hippocratic Oath:

    First, do no harm.

  27. Recuse yourself

    Without telling your boss, leaving him twisting in the wind, and

    ————

    Agreed. I was going to mention this too. I restrained myself only because I had no proof. It sure looks that way, though.

  28. Harmia
    March 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    OK, has anyone else seen the story from Daily Mail about CNN spying on the Oval Office? Just when I think these people can’t sink any lower in the swamp, they surprise me.

    I watched Clapper denying that Trump Tower was bugged.
    ——
    Get him under oath, and watch is eyes drop (he does this when he lies–which is a tell), and he will say well okay I guess we did bug the place, but we did not do so wittingly.

    The FBI counter espionage group was the party who sought the warrant. A guy I used to work with in the private sector was the number 2 man in charge of Soviet counter espionage in the New York office. We brought him in to solve a major theft problem at JFK–the loss of high value computers by Mafia associates. One of the lost computers belonged to the late Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes, and threatened to do a segment on his program to get back at us. The ex FBI agent was a good man, a patriot, a little on the Joe Friday end, and an Irishman who came to life after a few shots of Jameson Irish whiskey. He solved the problem.

    The way this thing came down, you can be pretty damned sure there was communication between Brennan, Clapper and Comey. There would be encrypted emails. If you could get at those you could prove that Clapper lied about this as well. I am quite sure that the three of them have taken a blood other of silence–omerta. Therefore, the denials they offer cannot be taken seriously.

  29. As for Bannon—he is the gold standard.

    If he wants to look casual or unkept, I could give a flying fuck.

    He speaks for the people, and that is all that counts.

    Haven’t we seen enough of these wedding cake grooms who are simply yes men.

    We have a congress full of those assholes.

    ———

    Good point. I’ll give Bannon the benefit of the doubt. Totally agree that substance is more important than form.

    I guess I was just frustrated because in my mind, I keep comparing Bannon to Gingrich. I see Gingrich as an idea guy and a fighter, like Bannon, but also as someone who is presentable on TV. I just think Trump needs more guys who can go on TV and fight for him. At the moment, I can think of only three: Miller, Gingrich, and Giuliani.

  30. Harmia
    March 6, 2017 at 1:53 pm
    ——————
    Well said. But there is actually an issue here of free speech. My complaint is about the use of gender specific derogatory terms to describe a women political candidates. There are women here doing it as well as men. Debating if they can do it or not is ridiculous because that is up to the moderator who allows it.

    My point is that it is a practice that should be avoided because it harms all women in politics. Women in politics are a under-represented as it is and as a feminist I would like to have more women involved. The use of gender specific derogatory terms to describe a woman politician who has some negative behaviors has the effect of tying the gender to the negative political behavior.

    In 2008 we was a massive onslaught of that negativity used against Hillary to support the selection of Barack Obama by Democratic Superdelagates who were 65% male in a party that was 55% female. The women went 50/50 for Clinton and the male vote was highly biased for Obama, giving him the nomination. By male superdelegates, i.e. the party bosses.

    It is a big problem for women that Hillary could not beat ’em so she joined ’em and may always have been one of ’em or not. She was an epic fail right along with Obama. She let the country down and she let women down. Misleader.

    I think women are absolutely lost right now. Where can you even find a successful role model? Yes, women are dressing up like reproductive organs, wrapping themselves in headscarves made from the American flag, and using gender specific derogatory terms to describe a failed woman politician. Obviously they can. But should they?

  31. Chao is helping President Trump. California kooks yelp:

    http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-brown-grant-letter-20170301-story.html

    Gov. Brown asks Trump to reverse course and let California have rail funds

    Gov. Jerry Brown has asked the Trump administration to reverse itself on a key decision to withhold a $647-million grant for a state passenger rail project, a request that comes two weeks after other California Democrats waded into the fray.

    In a letter this week to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Brown asserted that on its merits the grant is “an open and shut case.”

    The Transportation Department notified the state on Feb. 18 that it was deferring the grant, which is intended to pay for a 50-mile electrical power system that both the Caltrain commuter rail system and the future high-speed rail system would use from San Jose to San Francisco.

    The grant, which normally might move through the federal channels with little notice, became politically charged through its association with the controversial bullet train project.

    All 14 of California’s Republican members of the House asked Chao to hold up the grant until an audit could be conducted of the state’s troubled high-speed rail project’s finances.

    While electrification would allow Caltrain to replace its diesel locomotives with electric trains, it is also a crucial step for the future of the bullet train. The state’s rail authority offered to give $713 million toward the project, money that would be taken out of bond funds earmarked for the bullet train.

    The request by the Republican House members and the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the White House has created a political dynamic that almost nobody had contemplated, certainly not the state’s Democrats.

    Until Trump’s election in November, the state’s Republican delegation lacked any real power to influence federal funding of the bullet train, which they strongly oppose.

    But now the state’s 14 Republican members are exerting considerable power, given that they constitute the third-largest Republican delegation in the House after Texas and Florida. And Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) has established a close relationship with Trump. McCarthy has called the project a boondoggle.

    Obviously, what has happened is a huge curve ball,” said Jim Earp, a longtime supporter of the high-speed rail project and a member of the California Transportation Commission. “I hope calmer head prevail and the funding goes through.”

    It hasn’t helped the state’s case that there is not a single Republican in the Bay Area whose district might benefit from the grant.

    Chao’s decision in mid-February was sharply criticized by many of California’s Democrats, including Sen. Diane Feinstein and Sen. Kamala Harris. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said the Transportation Department was holding the project hostage in an effort to attack the bullet train. The Caltrain goes through her district.

    Their protests appeared to have had no effect, and whether they were even heard is unclear.

    In a handwritten note on the one-page letter that Brown sent this week, he wrote, “Can we discuss this on the phone?”

    Brown’s office declined to say why he asked for the phone call, as opposed to having his staff set up such a call with Chao.

    “By electrifying the line, we can run more trains, cut commute times, save fuel costs, improve air quality, reduce noise and ease traffic congestion,” Brown wrote.

    The letter that disclosed the deferral of the grant said it would have to be part of the future federal budget, meaning it could be stretched until later this year or longer. And if the grant is held up until a high-speed rail audit is done, that would further complicate the timetable, since audits can take years.

    Caltrain had said any significant delays could jeopardize the project and expose it to penalties to firms already under contract. Earlier this week, Caltrain said it had reached an agreement with the contractors, led by Balfour Beatty and Stadler US, to extend the expected start date of project from March 1 to June 30.

    It is not clear that is enough time. The federal budget year does not start until Oct. 1, though the deliberations over spending decisions would normally be made earlier.

    So far, Chao has given no hint whether the grant is dead or may be revived. The audit being sought by the Republicans is based largely on concerns that the project’s cost is beginning to grow sharply.

    In their letter asking for the grant delay, the House members cited a risk assessment by the Federal Railroad Administration, a part of the Transportation Department, that said the cost of just the first segment in the Central Valley could jump by as much as 50%.

    High-speed rail officials have said that the assessment was not a finding and that they don’t agree with the projection. The Times disclosed the existence of the estimate in January.

    Another complicating factor is that the grant was approved by Carolyn Flowers, chief of the Federal Transit Agency, two days before the end of the Obama Administration. Two week later, Flowers took a job at Los Angeles-based Aecom, an engineering firm that will be providing project management services for the electrification project.

    This is an important story on several levels. First, that so-called “bullet train” is anything but. It is a boondoggle of billions, from a slush fund of billions, that does not accomplish what was promised. Further, the cost overruns are enormous.

    It is a story of corruption too. Notice how the Obama thugs approved the grant two days before Obama was booted out. Then the corruption went further as the person who approved he grants of hundreds of millions got a job from a company that would get some of that money.

    It’s a story of a smart move by Trump’s people too. What Chao did was to give President Trump a lot of clout with the corrupt Dims from California. If the Cali Dims want money they will have to approve the money as part of a larger budget which Trump will determine. If they don’t vote for the Trump budget, they don’t get the money at all.

    It’s also a story of what a good business(wo)man does. The “bullet train” boondoggle has been in desperate need of an audit since the idea was proposed. This accomplishes the accountability needs of taxpayers while also saving hundreds of millions at least, potentially tens of billions in just one project.

    Credit to Secretary Chao for playing her cards very well. She is a smart bureaucrat that knows how to use the levers of power to help President Trump MAGA.

  32. The transgender case will be back in several years, but for now:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/supreme-court-scraps-case-transgender-bathroom-rights-143700988–politics.html

    The Supreme Court is returning a transgender teen’s case to a lower court without reaching a decision, leaving in limbo the issue of transgender rights in school settings.

    Monday’s action comes after the Trump administration pulled back federal guidance advising schools to let students use the bathroom of their chosen gender, not biological birth.

    The justices said in a brief order that they have opted not to decide whether federal anti-discrimination law gives high school senior Gavin Grimm the right to use the boys’ bathroom in his Virginia school.

  33. Mike Allen, formerly of Politico, gives his opinion on #ObamaGate:

    https://www.axios.com/towergate-tests-trumps-great-gamble-2302523160.html

    Towergate: Trump’s great gamble

    I have learned that some — though definitely not all — members of President Trump’s inner circle share his belief that the Obama administration tapped his Trump Tower phones in October. And a White House official told me President Trump not only doesn’t regret this weekend’s fracas despite the lack of evidence for his astonishing claim, he is “absolutely convinced” he’ll be vindicated.

    The president just has a great nose for these things,” the official said. “It’s the bureaucratic leaks — the deep state — that bother him most. Even if it turns out not to be true that they surveilled Trump Tower, he will have a very good point to make about the level of sabotage coming from Obama holdovers.”

    Those facts help explain Trump’s high-stakes decision to ask Congress to add Obama abuse of “executive branch investigative powers” to its Russia investigation. For Trump spokespeople, it’s a handy punt: Now they don’t have to defend or explain Trump’s tweets, and just refer questioners to Congress.

    But the risk is that there’ll be a day of reckoning — perhaps after documents are subpoenaed and testimony demanded — when a Republican Congress embarrasses the White House by saying the president was flat wrong when he accused his predecessor of a crime.

    Towergate is a fascinating test of Trump’s great gamble that he can do the job of president in a totally new way: largely improvisational, driven by whims, moods and obsessions; thinly staffed, like his campaign, and with poorly enforced process, not taking advantage of the massive safety net available to him; heavily reliant on family; and unconstrained by manners, rituals or precedent.

    FBI Director Comey reportedly turned on Trump and asked the Justice Department to reject the tapping claim. And Sen. Marco Rubio expressed skepticism on Sunday shows.

    But some well-known Republicans are willing to wage the debate on Trump’s terms. One establishment grandee asked in an email: Did Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch “approve this??? That is the big Q” — skipping over whether “this” is real.

    A Democratic theory is that if Trump believes problematic transcripts of recorded calls with Russians may dribble or gush out, why not discredit them in advance as a political dirty trick? Then when they emerge, you can say “Aha!” rather than being on the defensive.

    But a Republican close to the White House said that’s overthinking it: That “view is quite plausible. But I do not believe they are playing chess. I think they are playing Trivial Pursuit.”

  34. foxyladi14
    March 6, 2017 at 11:27 am
    Wbboei What do you think about this?

    http://strata-sphere.com/blog/index.php/archives/21934
    —–
    Well, first of all, I think you are the best . .

    This article moves the discussion light years forward from my analysis

    It is a long article, but I hope everyone reads it.

    I will see if I can summarize it in a few paragraphs, for those who won’t.

  35. This one is from the NeverTrump former Red State owner, Fat Erick the red Erickson:

    http://theresurgent.com/the-unbelievable-timeline-of-leaks-relating-to-donald-trump-and-russia/

    The Unbelievable Timeline of Leaks Relating to Donald Trump and Russia

    See if you notice a pattern here.

    July 21, 2016: Donald J. Trump becomes the Republican nominee for President.

    July 29, 2016: The Washington Post and other media outlets begin speculating that Trump and the Russians are in cahoots. This comes after both Trump’s nomination and his public, on camera, not via a backchannel or intermediary encouragement that the Russians leak Clinton’s emails.

    November 8, 2016: Donald J. Trump is elected President of the United States.

    November 10, 2016: News reports suggest there were contacts with the Russians.

    December 16, 2016: The FBI suddenly backs the CIA assessment that Russia tried to influence the American election.

    December 19, 2016: The Electoral College meets and votes to make Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States.

    December 20, 2016: News about Trump and his Russian connections suddenly diminishes after the Electoral College meets.

    December 30, 2016: Days before Congress meets to count the Electoral College votes, suddenly there is more speculation by left-leaning reporters.

    January 3, 2017: Congress convenes and counts the Electoral College votes, making the President’s election official.

    January 10, 2017: As Washington gears up for the inauguration, suddenly the Russian story is back.

    January 20, 2017: Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

    January 21, 2017: The Russia story moves out of the headlines. Though it will continue to percolate and generate stories here and there, it does not have momentum until…

    February 28, 2017: President Trump gives a very well received address to the United States Congress.

    March 2, 2017: Democrats accuse Attorney General Jeff Sessions of lying about his communications with the Russian Ambassador.

    After each and every major event advancing Donald Trump’s presidency, there is another leak to the media about Russia from within the intelligence community. In the run up to the Electoral College; in the run up to the inauguration; and in the aftermath of President Trump’s speech to Congress — each time he has positive headlines someone leaks information about Russia to the press.

    That looks an awful lot like someone or some group is trying to delegitimize his Presidency through rumor and allegation.

  36. NeverTrump Fat Erick the red Erickson, brings up one startling fact: It was the Obama thugs who set up the meeting between Jeff Sessions and the Russian Ambassador:

    http://theresurgent.com/obama-administration-officials-set-up-jeff-sessions-meeting-with-the-russian-ambassador/

    Obama Administration Officials Set Up Jeff Sessions’ Meeting With the Russian Ambassador

    We now have the details on Jeff Sessions’ first meeting with the Russian ambassador in 2016. It turns out the Senator spoke to the Russian ambassador on the invitation of the Obama Administration. Fox News reports:

    The first came at a conference on “Global Partners in Diplomacy,” where Sessions was the keynote speaker. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, The Heritage Foundation, and several other organizations, it was held in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.

    The conference was an educational program for ambassadors invited by the Obama State Department to observe the convention. The Obama State Department handled all of the coordination with ambassadors and their staff, of which there were about 100 at the conference.

    Apparently, after Sessions finished speaking, a small group of ambassadors—including the Russian ambassador—approached the senator as he left the stage and thanked him for his remarks. That’s the first “meeting.” And it’s hardly an occasion—much less a venue—in when a conspiracy to “interfere” with the November election could be hatched.

    So wait a minute — the Obama Administration set this up and the New York Times reports it is Obama administration staffers who are working to push out all the Russia information being used against Donald Trump and his administration.

    Coincidence?

  37. I have learned that some — though definitely not all — members of President Trump’s inner circle share his belief that the Obama administration tapped his Trump Tower phones in October.
    ——–
    Trump needs to fire those who don’t believe it. They are either stupid, or weak-kneed, or both.

    And a White House official told me President Trump not only doesn’t regret this weekend’s fracas despite the lack of evidence for his astonishing claim, he is “absolutely convinced” he’ll be vindicated.
    ———
    I’m sure he’s correct. That’s why he travels around the world in a jet with his name painted on the side of it, while the rest of us fly coach.

    Those facts help explain Trump’s high-stakes decision to ask Congress to add Obama abuse of “executive branch investigative powers” to its Russia investigation. For Trump spokespeople, it’s a handy punt: Now they don’t have to defend or explain Trump’s tweets, and just refer questioners to Congress.
    ———-
    I hope Trump keeps tweeting. He shouldn’t rely on these nervous nellies to show any backbone.

    But the risk is that there’ll be a day of reckoning — perhaps after documents are subpoenaed and testimony demanded — when a Republican Congress embarrasses the White House by saying the president was flat wrong when he accused his predecessor of a crime.
    ———–
    We already know who they will be: McCain, Graham, Rubio, Chaffetz — the usual towers of jello. Who gives a fuck?

    Towergate is a fascinating test of Trump’s great gamble that he can do the job of president in a totally new way: largely improvisational, driven by whims, moods and obsessions; thinly staffed, like his campaign, and with poorly enforced process, not taking advantage of the massive safety net available to him; heavily reliant on family; and unconstrained by manners, rituals or precedent.
    ————
    Yeah. It’s called “running a business”, and yeah, it really does work. Just ask any of the millions of Americans who have real jobs.

    FBI Director Comey reportedly turned on Trump and asked the Justice Department to reject the tapping claim. And Sen. Marco Rubio expressed skepticism on Sunday shows.
    ———–
    What a surprise.

    But some well-known Republicans are willing to wage the debate on Trump’s terms. One establishment grandee asked in an email: Did Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch “approve this??? That is the big Q” — skipping over whether “this” is real.
    ————
    Wow! Buy that man a jockstrap!

    A Democratic theory is that if Trump believes problematic transcripts of recorded calls with Russians may dribble or gush out, why not discredit them in advance as a political dirty trick? Then when they emerge, you can say “Aha!” rather than being on the defensive.
    ————
    I have a better idea. Some GOPer with balls could get on TV and say, “Does anyone actually have ANY evidence that Trump did ANYTHING wrong vis a vis Russia? If so, whup it out. If not, SHUT THE FUCK UP AND DO YOUR JOBS.

  38. I can’t watch anything with Susan Sarandon anymore. A good actress but complete loon . Unfortunately I can separate her acting from her disgraceful political views.

  39. wbboei
    March 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Senator Bob Casey Retweeted
    One of the many lives saved by Dr. Starzl was Gov. Casey’s.
    ———–
    If Gladstone fell in the Thames and drowned that would be unfortunate.
    If someone reached in and saved him, that would be a tragedy.—Benjamin Disraeli
    ….
    =====================
    Pure gold.

  40. A while back Big Pink posted an article postulating that the left would attack President Trump for years. Some wisdom from a sometimes NeverTrump AceOfSpades who thinks it will be more like eight years of madness and suggests people take a chill pill instead of their constant anger and frustration:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/368725.php

    And I would like to tell everyone reading: Please do not give in to it. Do not let their sickness become your sickness.

    When they panic, do not let their panic cause you agitation.

    It’s normal that that should happen — that’s how panics and mass hysterias spread, one infected person spreading the disease through pheremones and weird, alarming psychic energy to the next — but try to insulate yourself from it, and keep telling yourself, “This is their hysteria, they are trying to spread it because crazy people resent the sane and want everyone to share their delusions, to validate those delusions. Their claims meant little to me when they were speaking them to me in a much more rational, lucid state of mind; they should mean even less now they’re firing all their fear synapses at once like some kind of broke-brain radio tower.”

    Tune out when you fear you’re being infected. Get off the internet, turn off the tv, and do something more productive, like reading, or, if worse comes to worse, your actual job.

    Quarantine your mind from the infected. I don’t mean insulate yourself from news — I mean insulate yourself from the welter of crazy paranoiac emotions flowing from these sad nutters. The news will still be posted six hours after the Babbling Breakfast Club’s daily 8am to 12pm freak-out, when you can digest it in a calm state without all the screaming.

    Not every take needs to be a Hot Take, and certainly not every thought has to be had in an atmosphere of mental pandemonium.

    Men and women think best in the quiet and stillness. Many writers and religious thinkers advocated doing their work at night, when there was the least noise and bustle.

    These freak-outs are going to be daily. A friend of mine posited “this should be over in a month and a half,” but I don’t agree — I think it will be going on for eight years.

    Yeah — eight.

    That’s gonna take some adjustment on our parts if we want to keep our calm and bliss intact.

    Let not your mellow be harshed.

    They are making noise and pounding the table precisely because they don’t have the facts and proof they are sure is just around the corner. If they had the facts, they’d’ve already been leaked.

  41. wbboei
    March 6, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    ———————-
    I like Sessions. I think he is a fighter, but not a brawler. I think he is just the thing to temper Trump and keep him from picking too many fights. I think Trump would brawl until he dropped, and then where would we be?

    I think Sessions is evading a distraction so he can stay on target and cut off the leaking info and money to the obamacrats.

    Let Trump be Trump and Sessions be Sessions.

  42. I cannot summarize the article foxy posted any better than the writer did.

    It is superb.

    This Faveau is a third rate bullshit artist.

    He wants the issue to turn on whether Obama “ordered” the surveillance.

    That is a red herring, and young pervert knows it.

    He knows that only a FISA court can issue a FISA warrant, ergo he is trying to mislead the reader.

    What he does not want you to know is that the agent who sought that authority the second time, lied to the FISA court.

    If you were that FISA judge, you would be hardpressed not to think of yourself as a fool.

    But that is the extent of the FISA court’s responsibility, and needless to say it is not actionable.

    What is actionable is the lying agent.

    And what is also actionable are the Brennan, Clapper and Comey, who committed high crimes and misdemeanors.

    You may recall, for six months I have been writing about putting a fork in Brennan who is a wicked individual.

    What is also actionable is Obama and his staffers because they abused the national security apparatus to spy on US citizens with no evidence of terrorist activity to support a FISA warrant.

    In addition, they were award of, collected, retained and distributed the fruits of a poisonous tree to media sources and other agencies in violation of the law.

    And ultimately, messiah obama committed the crime of sedition.

  43. http://www.theamericanmirror.com/ag-loretta-lynch-issues-plea-protesting-blood-death-streets/

    Are the elements of the former Obama administration orchestrating another civil war?

    Former Attorney General issued a video on behalf of Senate Democrats urging Americans to resist in the time of “fear and uncertainty for so many people.”

    Lynch lamented “our rights being assailed, being trampled on and even being rolled back,” according to the hostage-like video.

    She said it’s required “work” to “achieve the ideals of our Founding Fathers.”

    “It has been people, individuals who have banded together, ordinary people who simply saw what needed to be done and came together and supported those ideals who have made the difference.

    “They’ve marched, they’ve bled and yes, some of them died. This is hard. Every good thing is. We have done this before. We can do this again.”

    The video ends with the Senate Democrats logo and website address.

    Get back home Loretta, your mama’s waiting for you, wearing her high-heel shoes and her low-neck sweater.

  44. I think he is a fighter,
    ——–
    He left his boss high and dry.

    Because of the personal insults.

    His boss needed to know before hand that Sessions would recuse himself.

    Had he known, the word I get is he would have asked him to wait a week so he could

    Appoint a loyalist to take over the investigation

    When you are part of a team, you have got to follow the leader.

    And if you must deviate, you owe it to your boss to tell him before hand.

    Otherwise the overall strategy gets compromised.

  45. Get back home Loretta, your mama’s waiting for you, wearing her high-heel shoes and her low-neck sweater.
    ———-
    see 57 sec. mark:

    These statements amount to sedition.

  46. wbboei
    March 6, 2017 at 6:45 pm
    —————-
    The reports are conflicting about whether Sessions or Trumps “staff” screwed up the timing.

  47. Lu4PUMA
    March 6, 2017 at 7:08 pm
    ——
    I am not talking about timing of the announcement.

    I am talking about Sessions failure to advise Trump in advance of his decision to recuse himself.

  48. Trump was on Air Force One when Sessions recused himself and was livid… so I hear.
    I like Sessions , but I don’t understand him not talking to Trump first. This is a team guys and TRUMP is #1, no matter how independent the AG is suppose to be.

  49. wbboei
    March 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm
    —————
    My impression of what I have heard is that Trumps “staff” was advised and that Trump was angry at them.

  50. Btw…where is brennan…he seems to have gone silent…

    ************************

    Imho…hillary prostitued herself…so I don’t see a problem with the word whore

    If it were a man behaving as she did…I…we…could say the same thing…

    In the 21st century…we have now declared all sexes, inc one gender that decides to be another…it is open season on one & all…and if a woman decides to get into the game that requires almost a survival of the fittest…then that woman should know what comes with the territory

    When I hear hillary whining about a double standard running as a woman…I want to say, then why did you take the easy and cowardly way out…and instead of running as your own person…you decided to walk in O’s shadow and be O3…and you had no trouble using your husband’s term to define and benefit yourself. ..
    Hillary wasted her last big opportunity and has only herself to blame…she was lazy and boring…not inspiring

    Bottom line…she was usually MIA..and lost the of the average common sense person

  51. S,

    Whore is not such a gender specific term when speaking of politicians, as that seems to be the predominant business of too many of them.

  52. Trumpcare emerges:

    A breakdown of core aspects removed from the existing law (courtesy of Axios):

    All Obamacare taxes
    All Obamacare subsidies, including its premium tax credit
    Individual, employer mandate penalties
    “Cadillac tax”
    No longer will limit the tax break for employer-sponsored health coverage
    No payments to insurers for cost-sharing reductions
    Selling insurance across state lines (can’t be done in the “reconciliation” bill)
    Medical malpractice reform (can’t be done in the “reconciliation” bill)

    What is being added:

    Pre-existing condition coverage
    Continuous coverage — 30 percent penalty if people don’t keep themselves insured
    Special fund to help states set up “high-risk” pools, fix their insurance markets, or help low-income patients
    Enrollment in expanded Medicaid will be frozen
    Current enrollees can stay until 2020, and keep getting extra federal funds, until they leave the program on their own
    Medicaid will change to “per capita caps” (funding limits for each person) in fiscal year 2020
    A new, refundable tax credit will be available in 2020 to help people buy health insurance
    Covers five age groups — starts at $2,000 for people in their 20s, increases to $4,000 for people in their 60s
    It’s not means tested, but phased out for upper-income people (starting at $75,000 for individuals, $150,000 for families)
    Insurers can charge older customers five times as much as young adults

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-06/house-republicans-release-plan-repeal-and-replace-obamacare-key-highlights

  53. Robert Barnes: ‘Ludicrous’ to Claim Obama Never Spied on Americans When He ‘Drone-Bombed American Citizens Around the World’

    “The allegations that Trump raises are allegations that derive directly from what the newspapers have reported – the Guardian, BBC, Heat Street, the New York Times, the Washington Post, where they all talk about there being an interagency panel of people who were involved in an investigation, who purportedly requested and obtained various means of intercepting phone calls,” Barnes explained.

    “So there have been competing stories, and on Sunday, they got even more complicated, as both Clapper and Comey denied any knowledge of any wiretapping presence,” he continued. “Their denials went a little further than Obama’s himself, where all he said was that he himself didn’t personally order something – which was a rather absurd cop-out because the president doesn’t directly order things of that nature. His surrogates or delegates do.”

    “The issue goes right to: why, at any time, was anybody’s phone calls being intercepted that were on the Trump team, that are American citizens?” he said. “The various news stories that are out, including one by Andrew McCarthy, who recounts them for the National Review, there’s just no legal grounds for any of that surveillance to be taking place. There’s no legal grounds for any of those calls to be intercepted.”

    “If it happens that the manner and method of interception was something that you couldn’t physically do that, then what you’re supposed to do is to scrub the information and delete it from the record. In fact, an ex-CIA officer wrote an article for American Conservative documenting that that was always the protocol and procedure, whenever they were involved in an intelligence-gathering investigation. Yet apparently here, according to published reports, what they actually did is they went and they not only kept the information, didn’t scrub it or delete it, they deliberately went back and saved it, and then shared it with a bunch of other people who had no authority to ever look at it,” said Barnes.

    “FISA is very particular about this,” he noted. “It requires protection of any innocent American’s information that ever may be gathered through this process. You have to not only scrub it and delete it; you cannot disseminate it to people. You can’t identify the individual that’s being sourced in the investigation. And the failure to follow FISA’s strict procedures is actually a crime. FISA section 1809 of Title 50 makes it a criminal penalty to either gather the information outside of FISA’s procedures or to disseminate it outside of FISA’s procedures.”

    So President Trump is correct that it appears that’s what took place here, based on published reports, headlines in the New York Times that use the words ‘intercepted calls’ involving Trump advisers who are American citizens. It raises very serious issues, and he’s absolutely right to raise them,” Barnes said.

    “The fact that he didn’t deny the existence of the wiretap, did not deny his awareness of it, did not deny his approval of it, and then made clearly materially false or misleading statements about his engagement and involvement with surveillance of American citizens – and this coming on top of Clapper committing perjury previously before Congress that led to Ed Snowden becoming Ed Snowden…I mean, Ed Snowden probably never becomes Ed Snowden if Clapper doesn’t commit perjury, and then, Obama’s reaction to Clapper’s perjury was to promote him, rather than to demote him, about spying on American citizens,” said Barnes.

    After playing a recording of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper flatly denying the existence of any FISA court order relating to Trump Tower, Marlow asked, “Do we care what this guy says? He’s a known liar.”

    “I think that is problematic about Clapper in particular. He’d be the least likely guy you would want to put up as a credible source for the administration,” Barnes replied. “But what he really also did at the same time was that he gutted the sort of defense that Obama could have had. Because here you have these stories that come out about intercepted calls, and Clapper goes on TV and says there’s actually no legal grounds for any intercepted calls to be taking place, at least not through the FISA authority, which is exactly what was being cited as the reason it was done.”

    “Actually, Clapper’s answer raises even more questions. Either (a) Clapper’s lying, which is always possible, or (b) Clapper is being truthful, which means all these intercepted calls were done entirely illegally and off the books, or (c) it was done through the Department of Justice in some entirely different manner that would put Obama right in the middle of it,” he said.

    “In other words, if it wasn’t done as some sort of national security matter, but was simply done in some sort of disguised investigation that was a politically motivated means of monitoring your adversaries,” Barnes elaborated. “So he ended up opening more Pandora’s Box than he closed it.”

    To give you an idea of how rare that is, if that did occur, is that the last 35,000-plus requests for the FISA court to issue a warrant, it’s only been denied 12 prior times, to public knowledge,” he noted.

    It’s not just the political motivation that would be impermissible or inappropriate because it would be First Amendment punitive use, misuse of the search warrant authority. But it actually violates what warrant authority they could ever obtain in the first place, under both the First and Fourth Amendments, and under the FISA law itself,” he said.

    Barnes said the reported request from FBI Director James Comey for the Justice Department to refute Trump’s wiretapping accusation was “an interesting set of statements.”

    “There were three different interpretations of Comey and Clapper combined coming out and saying that,” he suggested. “One interpretation was that they were not being fully forthcoming and that it was a message to their underlings that they were not going to be the ones to take the fall if any such activity took place, and that those underlings could take Hillary-style actions in terms of whatever evidence may remain of that.”

    “One little-noted story last week was that Trump put out a requirement that everybody connected to the story keep all information,” he noted. “He did this before he did his tweets, but his motivation may have been to actually prove and document this illicit activity took place.”

    “The second interpretation of what Clapper and Comey did is that they were both kept in the dark – that you had a sort of a rogue operation of people, including Sally Yates at the Department of Justice, who circumvented both Comey and Clapper in order to engage in this sort of illicit personal surveillance,” he continued.

    “I’ve been on the opposite side of Sally Yates in cases where she was at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta,” Barnes revealed. “If you were going to pick an unethical, corrupt prosecutor, she’d be at the top of the list. She tried to help railroad a family there, in a case I dealt with over ten years.”

    “The third possibility is that this was just unlawful surveillance,” he concluded. “I’ve had a lot of cases like that, especially under the Obama administration. It became too frequent and too regular that you had agents that were just doing illegal surveillance, without ever notifying their supervisors, without ever obtaining judicial authority, without ever doing it legally at all. And so you may have had an operation that was a true Deep State kind of operation, that was just doing unlawful surveillance.”

  54. One of DJT’s oft-repeated campaign promises was a “guaranteed” plan to wipe out the Islamic State within 30 days of taking office.

    jeswezey, your comment goes on to say that maybe he got them all wiped out by Feb 20, and is waiting to tell us. I don’t think he said he would wipe them out in 30 days – I think he said he asked his people to come up with a plan within 30 days….

    And they can’t be wiped out, because they’re not only in Sweden. And I only learned this recently but they’re in the southern Philipines. They just beheaded a 15 y/o there for listening to “western music”….

  55. Well, it’s still the beginning of the team working together. These things can be learning moments. Maybe Sessions (and all others) will now know to talk to Trump first…

  56. Lynch lamented “our rights being assailed, being trampled on and even being rolled back,” according to the hostage-like video.

    I just don’t know what she and others like her are smoking. I do notice, however, that they always make these very general accusations, and never cite specific things he is doing to “assail, trample, and roll back” our rights….

  57. Bottom line…she was usually MIA..and lost the trust of the average common sense person

    S, I agree. Remember 2008, she was the energizer bunny. I remember Obama taking at least 3 vacations during the primary campaigning, and she didn’t take any. She was always meeting with the people, and I’m sure that helped us think she would be our voice.

    This time around, she really was MIA. When she did emerge, it was to have high-stakes fundraisers with the elites. She did very few meetups with regular people. And the only big events she had “with the people” that I recall were in the last week, when she had several celebrities each time to pull the crowds in.

  58. my 10:31 EST comment that is under moderation –

    When I say that ISIS can’t be defeated, I didn’t mean *ever*, I meant, it’s can’t be true that they are *already* defeated….

  59. Admin @ 4:27 PM:

    Robert Osborne will be difficult to replace; he was one of those people whose job perfectly meshed with his passions and it clearly showed in his film introductions, interviews, and writings.

    I hope they don’t give the permanent replacement job to Ben “Young Turk” Mankiewicz; like JBStonesFan, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to separate actors, musicians, and media personalities from their political views. Wish it hadn’t come to this for me, but it has. Besides, Mankiewicz is too dour for that job.

  60. I’m so sad Robert Osborne died. I haven’t seen him for awhile. A few years back, they added one of the Young Turks to introduce shows. They changed the stage to look more urban, and I missed the classiness that Robert Osborne and his stage brought. Luckily, he was still around at that time, just not introducing all the shows. But he was a class act, and knew so much about movies.

  61. They must have used a telescopic camera to get those pictures in the White House window. I guess they’re going to have to close the curtains whenever they are meeting. Ridiculous.

  62. I really like that French video up above. I like how they wove in the other countries that are also trying to fight off globalism. I imagine that song is their national anthem, and it’s a great song for a national anthem. I have no idea what they’re saying in French, but you can just feel the national pride and strength in the music.

  63. I had lunch with a former Secretary of the Navy in 2012.

    He told me they originally thought Brennan was a good guy, but was later proven wrong.

    He did not elaborate further, and I did not pursue it because there were other things I wanted to discuss with him.

    But I have said many times in the last five years that John Brennan is a bad man.

    I have even gone so far as to hope Brennan would end up where the belongs, a nice long stretch at Leavenworth

    Now, that may well happen, lord willing and the creek don’t rise.

    The only thing we do not know is whether the fruits of the poisonous tree were shared with that raving maniac McCain and his underage boyfriend Lindsey Graham.

    ————–

  64. lorac
    March 6, 2017 at 11:48 pm
    —–
    This is the French national anthem

    aka The Song of Marseilles

    It was the marching song of Napoleon’s troops

    And it envisioned not merely a war of the armies

    But a total and complete war of all people

    Edith Piaf (the little sparrow) had a big hit with this song

    But this one is may favorite

    And they will play it again Sam, when Le Pen wins this summer

    And we will join the French in saying viva la France

    (And certain death to globalists!)

  65. There was a TCM introducer who was the brother of Rosemary Clooney and the uncle of George Clooney. Now I can’t remember if it was Robert Osborne, or someone before him at TCM. In looking on the net, it doesn’t seem to have been Robert Osborne. Now I have no idea what I am remembering lol I used to watch AMC, too, before they started having commercials. Maybe it was someone on that station. But they were never as good as TCM, because they had too many westerns and war movies for my taste. I’m not even sure it’s an old movie station anymore.

    Oh my goodness. He was gay – and he’d been with his current partner for 20 years. I had no idea.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/robert-osborne-goodbye-afterparty-article-1

  66. OK, I had to solve my own mystery

    It was Nick Clooney, brother of Rosemary, and father – not uncle – of George Clooney

    …. 1994, after a short stint as a news anchor for NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, New York,[5] resurfaced nationally in television as a host and researcher for the cable channel American Movie Classics, where he introduced and presented backgrounds of classic movies,

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

  67. Mike Marks, we fear the worst.

    The passing of Robert Osborne is an ill wind for TCM. Already they frequently add films of fairly recent vintage to the lineup because of the possibility those films will attract a younger demographic. People who watch TCM are not watching it because they are of a more senior age. Many young people who love film watch the channel to see the classics. For our tastes, we wish they would air more silent films even though that is a very difficult medium for many to watch… but that seems to us a good reason for the existence of TCM.

    As to the “young Turk” Mankiewicz he is now the best TCM moderator. Mankiewicz comes from a long line of Dem operators like his father Frank and he tends to keep that aspect of his history toned down although with Osborne gone Ben might become more political. We are damning with faint praise here. Ben has some good qualities. Ben does have a good knowledge of Hollywood and films and often peppers his commentary with Osborne style insights. Ben is nowhere near as knowledgeable nor charming as Osborne but considering the rest of the crew, he is a star.

    Why do we think Ben Mankiewicz is now the best at TCM? A few months ago they aired the excellent film Gunga Din. That is simply a brilliant film, full of adventure, exotic (India) landscapes and history, and features some remarkable actors/personalities at their peak (Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.!!!). After the film we hoped for a lucid analysis about how “modern” a film it is, as it presages the Indiana Jones films and features clever dialog/humor and many perils overcome at the last minute. Instead we got some dumbass Latina who should be run off the planet.

    Imagine, a brilliant film which set us to thinking about Rudyard Kipling and all the actors and the movies they appeared in (the son of the cult leader, played by Jewish actor Abner Biberman, is also the gangster Italian “immigrant” Louie in His Girl Friday for instance) and how thoroughly modern a film it is – and then the disgusting commentary we got from that dunce Latina.

    Dunce Latina commented that Gunga Din made in 1939-1940 was an example of white people playing people of color in films. Her example was Sam Jaffe who plays Gunga Din, a Jewish man playing an Indian lower caste servant. If we ever see that Dunce Latina we will choke her. A brilliant film and she makes a politically correct observation which was so stupid and vapid and which entirely missed the genius of the film. We fear that Dunce Latina and other idiots will now move in and ruin TCM.

    As to separation of artists from their work, we still do. But we understand those who don’t and who increasingly are alienated by the activism of today’s “artists/actors”. We think Vanessa Redgrave is one of the great actresses even though we deplore her political views. We side with Zubin Mehta when he played Wagner in Israel, finally breaking the unofficial embargo on that great music. Rudyard Kipling is considered an imperialist racist these days and many historical figures are now under attack for the views they held in their time. If we avoided those whose political behavior we deplore we would not have much to absorb. We do boycott some artists/authors/writers but hesitate to do so based on political views. However we do find ourselves not watching entire channels (NBC) or political websites and many writers because they don’t really have much to offer.

    We hope politics does not intrude on TCM but doubt our hopes are anything but in vain.

    Rest in peace Robert Osborne, we will miss you more than you could ever suspect.


    So I’ll meet ’im later on
    At the place where ’e is gone—
    Where it’s always double drill and no canteen.
    ’E’ll be squattin’ on the coals
    Givin’ drink to poor damned souls,
    An’ I’ll get a swig in hell from Gunga Din!

    Yes, Din! Din! Din!
    You Lazarushian-leather Gunga Din!
    Though I’ve belted you and flayed you,
    By the livin’ Gawd that made you,
    You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!

    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/46783

  68. The depth of stupidity of media, globalists, Hillary, and the Obama clown mob is exposed and the aftereffects are playing out. Russia hacked the election is in tatters as is the Trump is Putin’s stooge meme. Death by a thousand national security leaks has circled back on them and they can’t deny it enough or use adequate weasel words. All hands on deck to cover Obama skinny ass. Loretta Lynch daydreaming that she is a civil rights legend asking for riots to keep her dumb self out of jail. The problem with using the media to take out your rival is that they are so stupid they regurgitate everything you say which then can be used to trace leakers and they get their story mixed up with logic by a bunch of dumb rich “extra” kids parked to save the family fortune is too much to ask. And lying lawfare in FISA courts bites you. President Trump knows NOT to use the media. And sedition is a dangerous game with many, many other crimes leading up to it. The Resistance is really The Boobs.

    Richard Fernandez compared President Trump’s fightback via a tweet to a knife fight. It was launched out of the blue seemingly very early on a Saturday morning like a crazy man in the rarefied and fake civility of the swamp. Very direct and aimed at Obama. I see it as a bludgeon before the indolent and spoiled roll out of bed with the usual weekend hangover. And Trump used a baseball bat. No surrogates involved which Obama uses for dirty work unless he has the upper hand. Mano y mano. Trump beat him like he is a coward layabout bum. And with a kill shot tweet. Now they don’t know what Trump knows. Or who is on whose side. And the media may have an inkling that everything being leaked is a head fake and they are going to look even more like chumps. While the moronic Jarrett/Obama were playing “eleventy” dimensional chess Trump is playing Jenga. With a baseball bat. Lucky Trump.

  69. gonzotx
    March 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm
    Soylent green comes to mind…

    Had to look that one up. Reminds me of the old Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man”.

  70. The second EO rolled out with the media still fixated on Tweet-Gate about Obama’s Russia-Gate. The media is like a barge and cannot change directions without a tug boat shoving it around. Tillerson and Sessions came out and told their respective agencies and departments how it is going to be. After the spectacular tweet (the new town crier and perhaps tornado siren rolled into one) the talkie class were consumed with covering Obama’s butt so the beginnings of a new immigration policy that cuts off the gravy train to Democrats, GOPe, globalists, big crooked business, socialist city-states grant thefts, etc went under-reported. Only a few open border type Dems seemed to notice. The Save Obama’s Ass campaign was still in tunnel visioned full battle mode.

    Hindsight is 20/20 and it looks like the first EO may have been a beta test in the guise (or maybe not) of a cluster-fuck. New stupid president doesn’t know what he is doing to poor immigrants who are now butthurt and dumb civil servants can’t handle it! It exposed problems and who and how and why the opponents of any change in immigration open border policy would react. It showed that federal agents at airports and borders would be overwhelmed by the mobs coming into the country with lawyers on speed dial. It exposed that the State Department freaks who rubberstamp visas would keep on doing it unless their jobs are threatened. It exposed the agenda of the tech industry in that they would go straight to bought courts in their own region to fight for H1B’s even if they are not the subject of the EO to try to prevent any policy shifts from even beginning. It showed the immigration lawyer and industry game plan to use courts, sad media stories, and that the public doesn’t give a crap about immigrants being inconvenienced or their feelings hurt but instead they kind of like it. And it exposed dopey judges who are more concerned with what their cocktail party buddies think than the rule of law. The first EO wasn’t ready but they threw it out there to beta test whether that was their intention or not. And they learned, analyzed, and fixed it. Then a YUGE diversion right before roll-out that killed two birds with one tweet. Why it is like opening a new resort or hotel or televisions show. Who knew? LOL.

  71. Is this worth a comment block here? IDK. My gut feeling is secure. My command of facts about ObamaGate are not.

    Why Dems will regret a probe into Russian election hacking 3/6/17. John Crudele
    “…One of the reasons I predicted Hillary would lose was that the Russians had hacked her e-mails — along with those of some other Democratic Party higher-ups.
    A very reliable source told me that the Russians did it, through a proxy and — this is the important part — that the National Security Agency had hacked the Russians while the Russians were hacking Hillary.
    So, everything the Russians have, the NSA also has. And, as I said back then, the NSA offered those hacked e-mails — including Hillary’s — to the FBI, which declined the offer….”
    http://nypost.com/2017/03/06/why-dems-will-regret-a-probe-into-russian-election-hacking/

  72. Have to say Trumpcare, the more I hear, this is not what he campaigned on IMHO. No competition across state lines, insurance will cost 30% more if dropped ( and we thought the fine was bad)

  73. gonzotx
    March 7, 2017 at 10:25 am
    Wbb,
    You’ll especially like this video tweet, Andrea being escorted out of a WH room.

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/837872474213732352
    —–
    Well . . . what can I tell you?

    She always brightens my day.

    Especially when they have to drag her out of the oval office.

    While she is speaking truth to power, just as long as his name is not Obama.

    For him, Andrea is a pom pom girl.

    Have you noticed the change in syntax?

    Some questions are designed to elicit factual answers.

    Others are rhetorical—like when do you expect to have your subodinate in place–which is of course up to the dims.

    And some are have you stopped beating your wife questions, any way you answer it you lose.

    Questions like what do these budget cuts say about your commitment to diplomacy?

    The best answer to that is we are committed to quality not quantity.

    And by the way Andrea, you are beautiful when you are angry.

  74. gonzotx
    March 7, 2017 at 11:07 am
    Have to say Trumpcare,
    ——–
    Sounds more like Ryan care to me. Ryan is in bed with the insurance industry. He is their puppet. He is not loyal to this country, in my opinion. Or, if he is, I see no evidence of it. Reward his donors, cut entitlements, that is his agenda. That is why Trump will veto that legislation. He owes donors, especially Ryan’s donors, exactly nothing.

  75. I think the wimpy Republicans got scared at their home meetings and are caving in the Obamacare. This really is not going to solve anything and it shifts the cost to the elderly really, many of whom are the least able to pay for increase.

    Oh well, I still want Medicare for all, Maybe we could do that if we didn’t have to police the world on our dime.

  76. Mormaer
    March 7, 2017 at 5:44 am
    ———
    Nice!

    The question for Obama is not did you order surveillance.

    The question for Obama is the old Watergate question, what did you know and when did you know it?

    This time, there is no door 3–I leaned about it in the newspaper.

    For here there is a paper trail, Trump has control of it, and it leads directly to the big media messiah.

    That paper trail proves that he could not have not known.

    It proves that he knew, and instead of stopping it, knowing it was illegal, he let it go forward.

    Perhaps this will be enough to give him and Jarret adjoining cells at Leavenworth.

    With only a transgender bathroom to separate them.

  77. For so many in deep state, this presents a PRISONERS DILEMMA.

    If everyone keeps their mouth shut we may all go free.

    But if one of us confesses and blames the others, those who were involved and failed to come forward

    Will hang by the yardarm, with no clemency.

    Therefore, how confident am I that everyone who knows about this violation of the law

    Some of whom I know, and others I do not know

    Will keep their mouth shut

    Because one set of loose lips by someone I don’t even know can sink my ship

    I think the odds favor disclosure, and gutspilling.

    What they may do is try to proffer a get out of jail free card through an attorney.

    But time is not on their side.

  78. I thought that was discourteous of the Secretary of State to ignore Andrea.

    She needs to step up her game.

    If she were to streak though the oval office.

    That might get his attention.

    But would it induce him to answer her have you stopped beating your wife questions

    Not likely.

    But hey Andrea, when it fourth down and you are six points down you have got to be innovative.

    Maybe Greenspan should empty that bucket of ice water over her head, again

    Cryotherapy to mitigate the effects of aging has been known to work.

    Just ask Ted Williams corpse.

  79. Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic is a good description of Trumps Obamacare.
    What next, a four foot wall at the border?

  80. “If everyone keeps their mouth shut we may all go free.”
    *****
    Even more pressure for someone(s) to spill the beans is that the “paper” trail is in the hands of the “victims” of the criminal activity.

  81. CIA lost contol of cyber weapon tools, this is equivalent to nuclear proliferation, a foreign enemy could now have the power to bring down our infrastructure and mask another country footprint doing it. This isn’t just an exposure of the CIA cyber capabilities, but also a warning of their negligence.

    https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/page_17072568.html
    It’s literally like a manual on How to Communicate Online As a Normal Human Being.

    This is from an article about the Wikileaks, not the Wikileaks themselves.

    The CIA’s Remote Devices Branch’s UMBRAGE group collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation.
    With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the “fingerprints” of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from.

    http://thewholestory.news/whats-in-wikileaks-vault-7-cia-hacking-tools/4/#ixzz4aeKn2OLc
    Shows they are more than capable of “creating” the “Russian Hacks” that we keep hearing about from the Left…
    Has the CIA been the one behind all of this all along?

  82. Richard Fernandez understands the seriousness of this matter.

    If Obama had not left the booby traps he did, moved back into Washington, and arranged an army of 70,000 ner do wells across the country to engage in the kind of bloody acts of civil disobedience he did in the campaign, then a measure response, e.g. shooting Brennan and Clapper might have been appropriate. But this is sedition. And the only appropriate response to sedition is to quash it, at the top. In the play Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony did precisely what Trump is doing–he went for the throats of the traitors, and like Obama those traitors were men at the top. It represents a mortal threat to Obama because he does not control the apparatus of power any longer, his allies are worried about their own ass, and there is a paper trail that leads directly to his door. The civil unrest he is almost certain to release when he realizes he is cornered will not help him, nor will it help the country. In every war, the cost to combatants is greater than they initially expect. But as John Quincy Adams said when he sent US Marines to deal with Arab pirates on the Barbary Coast, peace is better than war, but war is better than tribute.

    This escalation represents a real threat to Obama.

    Suddenly everything is out of control.

    Nobody would have minded much if Trump had gone after one of Obama’s henchmen — which is probably what was expected — but none can foresee how an exchange of blades between principals will end. It is safe to say, however, that unless the combatants disengage, someone will get hurt.

    It will be a terrible moment for American political civility when a king lies on the political floor. The whole point of a peaceful transition of power is to prevent a clash between kings. Yet the very tragedy the electoral process is intended to prevent is happening before our eyes.

  83. Gatewaypundit

    Attorney General Lynch Signed Off on ALL FISA Applications to WireTap Trump

    Jim Hoft Mar 7th, 2017 8:32 am 215 Comments

    Guest post by Joe Hoft

    The FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance) Court is in the news this weekend after President Trump tweeted that former President Obama had petitioned a court twice in order to wire tap current President Trump when he was running for office.

    In his first tweet President Trump tweeted:

    Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

    He next tweeted:

    Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!

    The FISA Court was put in place in 1978 when Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA):

    The Court sits in Washington D.C., and is composed of eleven federal district court judges who are designated by the Chief Justice of the United States. Each judge serves for a maximum of seven years and their terms are staggered to ensure continuity on the Court. By statute, the judges must be drawn from at least seven of the United States judicial circuits, and three of the judges must reside within 20 miles of the District of Columbia. Judges typically sit for one week at a time, on a rotating basis.

    Pursuant to FISA, the Court entertains applications submitted by the United States Government for approval of electronic surveillance, physical search, and other investigative actions for foreign intelligence purposes. Most of the Court’s work is conducted ex parte as required by statute, and due to the need to protect classified national security information.

    Every single judge on the FISA Court as of today was appointed during Obama’s Presidency!

    Five of the current eleven judges on the court are scheduled to be on the court for President Trump’s entire first term with six of the judges’ terms expiring before January 2021. Seven of the judges are scheduled into the year 2020.

    Current Chief Justice John Roberts has been in his role since 2005 and therefore he has appointed all the judges to the FISA court. Judge Roberts is famous for supporting Obamacare in two radical positions, one of which Justice Antonin Scalia, in his withering dissent, refered to as “applesauce”. Knowing this, it is concerning that Judge Roberts also is responsible for the makeup of the current FISA court.

    Only two in over 10,000 applications were turned down by the FISA Court.
    According to ABC News:

    More than a thousand applications for electronic surveillance, all signed by the attorney general, are submitted each year, and the vast majority are approved. From 2009 to 2015, for example, more than 10,700 applications for electronic surveillance were submitted, and only one was denied in its entirety, according to annual reports sent to Congress. Another one was denied in part, and 17 were withdrawn by the government.

    According to ABC, all applications to the FISA Court were signed off on by the Attorney General and therefore if any applications were processed in the past year, they were signed off on by Loretta Lynch. This means that Lynch signed off on any requests for wire tapping President Donald Trump during the Presidential race. This is disheartening knowing that she released a video over the weekend calling for the need for more marching, blood and death on the streets. This also means that she chose not to investigate the Clinton Foundation for illegal activities but rather signed an application to wire tap President Trump.

    Finally, another very disturbing fact about the wire tapping request of President Trump is that the FISA Court turned down President Obama’s Administration’s first request to wire tap President Trump that was evidently signed off on by Attorney General Lynch. With only two applications denied out of 10,700 from 2009 through 2015, the fact that the Obama Administration’s application was denied by the FISA Court is very disturbing. The odds of this happening were 0.02%.

    The Obama Presidency is now arguably the most corrupt in US history.

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  84. gonzotx
    March 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I think the wimpy Republicans got scared at their home meetings and are caving in the Obamacare.

    My guess is that President Trump let Ryan make the opening bid. It won’t look anything like this when it is all over with if they want him to sign it. Just a guess. And jettisoned parts will all be Ryan’s.

  85. The other point is Trump is very much a knife fighter of the Helena Texas kind, i.e.

    Helena Texas was the birthplace of the so-called “Helena Duel”, in which the left hands of two opponents are tied together with buckskin and each fighter is given a knife with a three-inch blade—too short to reach a vital organ or cause a single fatal stab. After the combatants are whirled around a few times, they slash away at each other until one bleeds to death from the accumulation of cuts and stabs. Crowds of spectators would view this gory, gruesome spectacle and even bet on the outcome.

    Obama, on the other hand, is no knife fighter.

    He hires it done.

    And here he is confronted with a situation which is mano a mano and he is outmanned and out knifed.

  86. “The whole point of a peaceful transition of power is to prevent a clash between kings.”
    *****
    Obama/Hillary/MSM thought that they were oh so clever and when they changed the rules of the political game. Now they are shitting themselves because Trump changed the game from Politics to Sedition. The fun times of Special Snowflake reporters, consultants, Georgetown cocktail parties. etc. has changed to lawyers, Grand Juries, prosecutors, incarceration.

  87. Admiral Rogers was apparently the one who tipped off Trump.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_S._Rogers

    There is no indication that he was a Trump supporter.

    On the contrary, he was director of the NSA for Obama.

    However there is every indication that he did not want to get caught in the switches.

    Of being a target, having to lawyer up, being labeled a traitor, losing his pension, going to jail, etc.

    When you are a senior military officer, and you have knowledge of sedition against the lawful government of the United States.

    You are duty bound to come forward.

    Anything less will be seen as complicity.

  88. I suspect the Rogers revelation is what sent Brennan underground.

    I am 100% certain that he has lawyered up.

    I am equally sure that he has hired a body guard.

    For those pulling the proverbial strings he is the classic example

    Of the man who knew too much.

  89. Brennan’s hysterical reaction to Rogers meeting with Trump, his joining the duet with Clapper demanding Rogers be relieved, and to Trump’s decision to replace him with Mike Rogers who will figure out where Brennan buried the bodies—that hysteria by Brennan shows what a prosecutor would call:

    Knowledge of Guilt

    Which is then used to rebut defendant’s denials.

  90. Mormaer:

    I always look forward to reading your informative and well-written comments. Lucky us.

  91. Admin @ 3:27 am:

    Gunga Din is indeed a great film; fortunately, I have never seen the Latina hostess that you speak so highly of.

    A few years ago, Osborne was completely off TCM for several months; the claim was that he was taking a vacation, but he had clearly lost a lot of weight and seemed to be having health issues. I think that Ben Mankiewicz was brought in about that time as a backup. I was aware that he came from movie industry lineage and he did offer some interesting insights. Realizing that no one was going to approach the high bar set by Osborne, I thought Ben would eventually be a decent replacement host, even with his unsmiling demeanor.

    On Election Night this past November, Mankiewicz participated in the Young Turks panel coverage (I hadn’t previously been aware that he was a part of that group). As the tide turned that night, the whole panel (including Ben) turned into the typical Trump-bashing lame-brains that we see everywhere else. From that night on, I haven’t been able to watch Ben’s TCM hostings; I just can’t help it.

    For me, I can still separate a celebrity’s work from his/her political views as long as they keep those views somewhat under control and don’t continually make public fools of themselves. Can anyone now watch an Ashley Judd movie in the same way as they would have before her ridiculous Women’s March rant? For those who can, I salute you.

    As for the future of TCM, I don’t really know how much control Osborne had over the programming. Only time will tell, I guess.

  92. I can’t listen to Madonna on the radio, Ashley Judds of course, Barbra Streisand, Lena Dunham, Martin Sheen, Kimmbel…a few others

  93. WOW! This is really interesting. NYU. Someone restaged parts of the second debate between Trump and Clinton and changed genders. They actually memorized the lines and gestures of the candidates and then had the debates played while they practiced. T
    hey have done two performances and the comments from people watching were surprising. Someone said they found Hillary punchable as a man and smiling through the debates. They couldn’t find in the man what they admired in Hillary. The simplicity of what Trump said during the debate was easier coming from a woman. People were very surprised by what happened when they reversed the genders for the debate and some said they could now understand why people voted for Trump. Great article.

    What if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Had Swapped Genders?
    A restaging of the presidential debates with an actress playing Trump and an actor playing Clinton yielded surprising results.

    https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2017/march/trump-clinton-debates-gender-reversal.html

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