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MEET CALIFORNIA'S RON PAUL: TOM McCLINTOCK

Like Ron Paul and his son Rand Paul, Tom McClintock is well-informed, speaks fluent conservative, but is just another back-bencher politician operating in his own self-interests … 

My dislike of Tom Cruz came in two stages. One, when I found out that he did not live in Thousand Oaks (California) and apparently used his parent’s home as his official residence – while living in Northern California and collecting his per diem payments. And two, when I wondered why McClintock was backing legislation to allow Indian gaming casinos to self-report tax revenues without audit and prepare their own environmental studies – learning much later that he was the recipient of massive Indian gaming money.

Critic of spending accepts tax-free per diem

State Sen. Tom McClintock, a fierce critic of government spending, has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax-free per diem payments from the state that are meant to help legislators who, unlike McClintock, live far from the capital. The Republican lawmaker said he is entitled to the $170-a-day payments because his legal residence is a family home in his Senate district of Thousand Oaks, where he is registered to vote.

McClintock and his family live year-round in Elk Grove, 14 miles from the state Capitol. He moved to the Sacramento suburb in 1996, when he was elected to the state Assembly, and he bought a five-bedroom, 4,090-square-foot home in 2004. His children attend Elk Grove schools and his wife works at a Baptist church there.

The intent of the payments is to help defray the living costs of lawmakers attending the eight-month legislative session far from their homes.  State records show that McClintock flew at state expense to Southern California 14 times last year for a total of 36 days spent in the district. <Source

California Proposition 94, 95, 96, 97 - Indian Gaming Compacts

What the Casinos get...

  • Casinos get to triple or nearly quadruple their number of slot machines (Pechanga goes from 2,000 to 7,500)
  • Casinos are no longer subject to the California Environmental Quality Act. Any expansion must be backed up by an environmental report that the Indian tribes can conduct themselves.
  • Casinos no longer have to have an impartial auditor count the slot machine revenues; they'll be able to audit them on their own.
  • Casinos will receive a "fail safe" guarantee that punishes the State for permitting non-tribal gambling operations. That is, if an organization other than an Indian tribe receives a clearance to build a gambling establishment, the Indian casino will be allowed to reduce its taxes to the State, or eliminate them altogether.

What the State gets...

  • Casinos will now pay taxes to the State General Fund. Previously, casino taxes were paid to two tribal funds (RSTF and SDF) that the State distributed to smaller tribes, and tribal administrative bodies. The General Fund is spent on all Californians.
  • Casinos will now pay more money than before, almost double than under the current compact agreements. But as mentioned above, the Indian tribes will now get to audit their own revenues for the purpose of deciding how much money goes to the State. Under the current arrangement, an impartial auditor is used. So, it's not exactly clear how much more money California will receive.  <Source>      

Casinos Bet on Bustamante and McClintock

Most of the tribal campaign spending has come from the Pechanga band and three other tribes that control major Southern California casinos. They have bought large chunks of television time -- nearly $3-million worth of ads to run about two weeks -- for ads praising Bustamante or encouraging conservatives to cast their ballots for McClintock.

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians, which operates a sprawling casino on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, paid for $2-million worth of television time last week for commercials on McClintock's behalf. That is more than triple the sum McClintock spent on television and radio spots through Sept. 20, the cutoff date for candidates' last complete campaign finance filings before the election.

McClintock suggested a strong free-market approach to the tribal casino industry, which experts predict could eventually overtake Las Vegas in scope and annual revenue. He said the current state compacts already cover the effect of casinos on the environment and local government services. And federal law prohibits taxing tribal casinos as a general revenue source, he said. <Source>

I drank the Kool-Aid and apparently overlooked the fact that McClintock did little or nothing legislatively for Californians and the fact that he was so unpopular, not only among his colleagues, but among Californians, as to lose California’s Lt. Governor spot although he ran with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

As you can see from this video that is being circulated in California, he is a professional politician, and a hack that belongs on the back benches with the likes of other small-time grifters like Ron and Rand Paul. Articulate voices for conservatism, but ineffective ones.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



TRUMP'S CONVENTION OF MASS DISTRACTION?

Who knows which way Trump will blow on any given day, but it always points to self-promotion and enrichment …

 Trompism

It appears that Donald Trump wants to feature celebrities and sports icons at the GOP convention – apparently willing to do anything to distract and misdirect the media from posing those pesky policy issues that go beyond talking points.

Donald Trump’s campaign aides are lining up a slate of iconic sports figures to appear at the national convention in Cleveland next month—including former undisputed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight and NASCAR chief Brian France, people familiar with the planning told Bloomberg Politics.

Talks are in the works with a broad slate of other celebrities and top athletes, so the list of those appearing at the convention will grow, organizers said. <Source>

How stupid is Donald Trump?

In what media universe, does a rational politician cater to aging sports enthusiasts while turning off a large number of women by giving the stage to a convicted rapist and registered sex offender who is willing to say nice things about you?

What the hell has the GOP done by turning their backs on Ted Cruz, the only constitutional conservative in the race with a clean record and a chance to beat Hillary Clinton? Now we face a choice between Hillary and Hillary-Lite.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



OUTRAGEOUS: CORRUPT CLIMATE SCIENTIST "DATA INCREASINGLY UNNECESSARY"

One of the world's most corrupt climate activists, Michael Mann, is, once again, stirring the climate change debate over data.

For those who do not know of Michael Mann, the "inventor" of the now discredited "hockey stick" ...

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Global Warming Bombshell -- A prime piece of evidence linking human activity to climate change turns out to be an artifact of poor mathematics

In the scientific and political debate over global warming, the latest wrong piece may be the hockey stick, the famous plot published by University of Massachusetts geoscientist Michael Mann and colleagues. This plot purports to show that we are now experiencing the warmest climate in a millennium, and that the earth, after remaining cool for centuries during the medieval era, suddenly began to heat up about 100 years ago–just at the time that the burning of coal and oil led to an increase in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide.

Unfortunately, discussion of this plot has been so polluted by political and activist frenzy that it is hard to dig into it to reach the science.

But now a shock: Canadian scientists Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick have uncovered a fundamental mathematical flaw in the computer program that was used to produce the hockey stick. In his original publications of the stick, Mann purported to use a standard method known as principal component analysis, or PCA, to find the dominant features in a set of more than 70 different climate records.

But it wasn't so. McIntyre and McKitrick obtained part of the program that Mann used, and they found serious problems. Not only does the program not do conventional PCA, but it handles data normalization in a way that can only be described as mistaken.

Now comes the real shocker. This improper normalization procedure tends to emphasize any data that do have the hockey stick shape, and to suppress all data that do not. To demonstrate this effect, McIntyre and McKitrick created some meaningless test data that had, on average, no trends. This method of generating random data is called Monte Carlo analysis, after the famous casino, and it is widely used in statistical analysis to test procedures. When McIntyre and McKitrick fed these random data into the Mann procedure, out popped a hockey stick shape! 

[OCS: As we learned from the purloined ClimateGate e-mails, there was an active attempt among activists to subvert and control the peer-reviewed climate journals.]

McIntyre and McKitrick sent their detailed analysis to Nature magazine for publication, and it was extensively refereed. But their paper was finally rejected. In frustration, McIntyre and McKitrick put the entire record of their submission and the referee reports on a Web page for all to see. If you look, you'll see that McIntyre and McKitrick have found numerous other problems with the Mann analysis. I emphasize the bug in their PCA program simply because it is so blatant and so easy to understand.

Some people may complain that McIntyre and McKitrick did not publish their results in a refereed journal. That is true–but not for lack of trying. Moreover, the paper was refereed–and even better, the referee reports are there for us to read. McIntyre and McKitrick's only failure was in not convincing Nature that the paper was important enough to publish. <Source: MIT Technology Review>

Mann Misrepresents the EPA

One of the most important misconduct allegations against Mann – the “amputation” of the Briffa reconstruction in IPCC TAR – was discussed recently by Judy Curry, who, in turn, covered Congressional testimony on the incident by John Christy, who had been a Lead Author of the same IPCC TAR chapter and whose recollections of the incident were both first-hand and vivid.

In one of the major graphics in the IPCC 2001 report, declining values of the Briffa reconstruction were deleted (“amputated” is Christy’s apt term), resulting in the figure giving a much greater rhetorical impression of consistency than really existed. This truncation of data had been known (and severely criticized) at Climate Audit long before Climategate.

However, the incident came into an entirely new light with the release of the Climategate emails, which showed that senior IPCC officials had been concerned that the Briffa reconstruction (with its late 20th century decline) would “dilute the message” and that Mann was equally worried that showing the Briffa reconstruction would give “fodder to the skeptics”.

Christy gave the following damning summary of Mann’s conduct as IPCC TAR Lead Author:

Regarding the Hockey Stick of IPCC 2001 evidence now indicates, in my view, that an IPCC Lead Author working with a small cohort of scientists, misrepresented the temperature record of the past 1000 years by (a) promoting his own result as the best estimate, (b) neglecting studies that contradicted his, and (c) amputating another’s result so as to eliminate conflicting data and limit any serious attempt to expose the real uncertainties of these data.

Christy left out a further fundamental problem in the amputation: there was no disclosure of the amputation in the IPCC 2001 report itself.

The impropriety of deleting adverse data in an IPCC graphic was easily understood in the broader world of brokers, accountants, lawyers and fund managers and one on which there was negligible sympathy for excuses. Not only did this appear to be misconduct as far as the public was concerned, the deletion of adverse data in the IPCC graphic appeared to be an act of “omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record” – one of the definitions (“falsification”) of academic misconduct in the NSF and other academic misconduct codes. <Source>

Cleared by the same self-protective University that investigated and ignored the long-running Sandusky sexual molestation case ...

In February 2010, the Pennsylvania State University released an Inquiry Report that investigated any 'Climategate' emails involving Dr Michael Mann, a Professor of Penn State's Department of Meteorology. They found that "there exists no credible evidence that Dr. Mann had or has ever engaged in, or participated in, directly or indirectly, any actions with an intent to suppress or to falsify data". On "Mike's Nature trick", they concluded "The so-called “trick”1 was nothing more than a statistical method used to bring two or more different kinds of data sets together in a legitimate fashion by a technique that has been reviewed by a broad array of peers in the field."

Of course, the investigation was a joke: allegedly making up answers to questions nobody asked ...

Point 1. Penn State President Spanier is quoted as saying:

“I know they’ve taken the time and spent hundreds of hours studying documents and interviewing people and looking at issues from all sides,” Spanier said.

The only interviews mentioned in the report (aside from Mann) are with Gerry North and Donald Kennedy, editor of Science. [Since they are required to provide a transcript or summary of all interviews, I presume that the Inquiry did not carry out any other interviews.] What does Donald Kennedy know about the matter? These two hardly constitute “looking at issues from all sides”. [A CA reader observed below that “North [at a Rice University event] admitted that he had not read any of the EAU e-mails and did not even know that software files were included in the release.”] They didn’t even talk to Wegman. Contrary to Spanier’s claim, they did not make the slightest effort to talk to any critic or even neutral observer.

Point 2. The Penn State Committee stated:

The so-called “trick” was nothing more than a statistical method used to bring two or more different kinds of data sets together in a legitimate fashion by a technique that has been reviewed by a broad array of peers in the field.

This is untrue on a variety of levels. The “trick” is not a “legitimate” statistical method; its essence is the failure to show adverse data. See Climate Audit here or the DailyMail here. Did they do any investigation of the “trick”? They don’t even seem to have read the relevant Climate Audit post – only realclimate. Read more of the refutations.

Now, Mann is back at it: forget the data and those pesky climate models ... 

Michael Mann, scientist: Data ‘increasingly unnecessary’ because ‘we can see climate change’

Leading climate doomsayer Michael Mann recently downplayed the importance of climate-change science, telling Democrats that data and models “increasingly are unnecessary” because the impact is obvious.

“Fundamentally, I’m a climate scientist and have spent much of my career with my head buried in climate-model output and observational climate data trying to tease out the signal of human-caused climate change,” Mr. Mann told the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee at a hearing.

“What is disconcerting to me and so many of my colleagues is that these tools that we’ve spent years developing increasingly are unnecessary because we can see climate change, the impacts of climate change, now, playing out in real time, on our television screens, in the 24-hour news cycle,” he said.

Mr. Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State, spoke before the committee June 17 in Phoenix, Arizona.

His comment drew hoots from climate skeptics, including the website Greenie Watch, which posted his comment under the headline, “‘Scientist’ Michael Mann says there is no need for statistics: You can just SEE global warming.”  The platform committee’s 15 members include Bill McKibben, head of the climate-change activist group 350.org.

Source: Michael Mann, climate scientist: Data 'increasingly unnecessary' because 'we can see climate change' - Washington Times

Bottom line ...

Once again a climate activist loon is affecting climate policy and convincing the progressive socialist democrats to use erroneous assumptions and data to drive their political agenda on climate policy. Corruption breeds more corruption. I cannot wait for the resolution of Michael Mann's defamation lawsuit against writer Mark Steyn to reveal the lengths to which Mann has tortured, truncated, and teased climate data to produce the result he needs to vindicate his view of climate science.

Meanwhile for the rest of us, let us hope that the crooked politicians do not use crooked data in making public policy. But, then again, when has that ever stopped them?

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



CAN YOU TRUST PAUL RYAN AND HIS ESTABLISHMENT CRONIES?

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Another dubious fundraising pitch from Paul Ryan …

  1. So Ted Cruz sent you an email. The very same Ted Cruz that you failed to endorse even though he is the only constitutional conservative in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
  2. But, then again, you appear to be every much a creature of the crony capitalist establishment in the mold of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell – not a good sign for conservatives.
  3. It is said that you have presidential aspirations, so who knows where this money might wind up or who it might really support.
  4. How the hell can I believe anyone who simply hands a blank check to the progressive socialist democrats after telling everyone about stopping their outrageous and out of control spending.
  5. The FEC (Federal Election Commission) is a reporting and monitoring agency, it doesn’t care how much money is raised or what your goals might be. Most of the money is coming from the big special interests who are buying access in the very same way Hillary Clinton allegedly sold access. Are you telling me the big checks from Adelson and others are not conditioned on the restrictions over internet gaming and Indian gaming ventures?

Screw you Paul Ryan …

Senator Ted Cruz emailed yesterday. 

Now I’m emailing too - because that’s how important this is.

After new developments last week showing Hillary Clinton working with Nancy Pelosi to win back Congress, it’s never been more important for us to fight back than right now.

We must stop Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi - but that’s only possible if you step up right now.

Stephen -- Our mid-year FEC deadline is 2 days away, and we only need 1,223 more gifts to hit our goal. Will you stand with me and pitch in $25 right now?

ALL GIFTS DOUBLE-MATCHED

Pitch in $25 Immediately >>>
Pitch in $50 Immediately >>>

Pitch in $100 Immediately >>>
Pitch in $250 Immediately >>>

Can I count on you to step up?’'

https://secure.speakerryan.com/june-eoq/

Thank you,

Speaker Paul D. Ryan

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Bottom line …

I never thought I would see the day when the leadership of the GOP capitulated to the establishment RINOs and put forth a deeply disturbed and distressing candidate like Donald Trump. It is almost as the GOP believes that anybody but Hillary can win and is willing to bet the House and Senate on their corrupt political choices.

I re-registered as a Republican to vote for Ted Cruz in the primary cycle and am re-registering as an independent. I have had it with the venal, blood-sucking vampires at the RNC who shot themselves in the foot because they ONLY talked about a Reagan conservative, but really did not want the reforms that might challenge their power, prestige, and profits.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



DEMOCRATS BENGHAZI WHITEWASH REPORT: PROTECTING MISS HILLARY

The minority progressive socialist democrats who sit on the Trey Gowdy’s House Select Committee on Benghazi have released their version of the Benghazi report in advance of the majority’s report for the sole purpose of discrediting the Majority report and protecting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from being held responsible for their cowardly actions.

It is sufficient to say that the following seven critical questions questions were not answered against a background of Administration interference, some say obstruction, with the investigation …

  1. What was the nature and purpose of the compound and annex, and were they used to facilitate illegal gun-running to al Qaeda terrorists without congressional approval?
  2. Where was the President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States during the prolonged attack on the State Department/CIA compound? We know that he was not in the Oval Office, nor was he in the White House Situation Room. We know he flew to Las Vegas the next day for a fundraiser, but nothing else is known.
  3. On that day, who was actually in charge of our military command and who might have given the order for American troops to “stand down” even though those troops were mere hours away during a prolonged attack?
  4. Why was the FBI late to the scene and failed to find critical evidence that was picked up by reporters who simply walked through the compound?
  5. Why was Hillary Clinton’s daughter sent an email containing the true nature of the attack and yet the President, the Secretary of States, and our Ambassador to the United Nations lied to the American people repeatedly?
  6. Why was the autopsy of Ambassador Stevens classified and not made available to the public, even when allegations of anal rape while alive were made by credible sources?
  7. Did President Obama outsource the entire Libya operation to Hillary Clinton and is she ultimately responsible for the death of four Americans and the wounding of others?

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Executive Summary


[My comments are in bracketed blue italics.]

The Democratic Members of the Benghazi Select Committee submit this report in honor of the memories of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty; the other extraordinary heroes in Benghazi and Tripoli who risked life and limb to help their fellow Americans; and the men and women of the Defense Department, State Department, and Intelligence Community who serve the United States every day around the world.

[This report dishonors the memories of those who lost their lives, were injured, and those who lost their careers over the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. To pretend otherwise is to engage in Orwellian political speech where up is down, black is white, and good is evil.]

We deeply regret that this report is not bipartisan. In May, we asked Chairman Trey Gowdy to work with us on a joint report with conclusions we could all agree on, followed by areas on which we may disagree. We also offered to provide him with a draft of our report in advance. But Chairman Gowdy mocked our request as “mildly amusing.”

[The minority members, rabid partisans seeking to protect the Obama Administration at any cost originally told us to move along, there is nothing to see here. At every turn, they obstructed the work of the committee and, in many cases, refused to participate in the process except to put forth disinformation that served no purpose other than to confuse and conflate the issues at hand. What they deeply regret is that they could not hide the truth, only delay its appearance.]

We are issuing our own report today because, after spending more than two years and $7 million in taxpayer funds in one of the longest and most partisan congressional investigations in history, it is long past time for the Select Committee to conclude its work. Despite our repeated requests over the last several months, Republicans have refused to provide us with a draft of their report—or even a basic outline—making it impossible for us to provide input and obvious that we are being shut out of the process until the last possible moment.

[It took two years because the Obama Administration and key public officials stonewalled the committee by refusing to provide witnesses and documents in a timely manner. Often requiring a subpoena which mocked the Administration’s promises of full and complete cooperation. As for $7 million, over $100 million has gone missing and remains unaccountable in various Administration activities. Most elected officials would declare that $7 million was not even worth convening a committee to oversee its expenditure.

As for the Republicans not releasing a copy of their report, it is precisely for the reason that this report was release: to discredit and deflect the findings of the committee.]

Our overarching conclusion is that the evidence obtained by the Select Committee
confirms the core findings already issued by many previous investigations into the attacks in Benghazi. Although the Select Committee obtained additional details that provide context and granularity, these details do not fundamentally alter the previous conclusions.

[In essence, the minority is saying “nothing to see here, move along.” Don’t even waste your time reading “their” report.]

Section I of our report begins by highlighting the bravery of our first responders on the
night of the attacks. U.S. personnel in Benghazi and Tripoli conducted themselves with
extraordinary courage and heroism and at grave personal risk to defend and rescue their fellow Americans. Our report provides poignant new details about how their actions saved lives.

[What about the CIA officer who originally denied permission for his men to rescue the stricken Americans under attack. Forcing them to disobey direct orders and attempt a rescue. What about the leaders of quick reaction teams who were immediately removed from command under suspicious circumstances? It also believed that someone in the State Department was seeking military assistance, but only if the responders were in civilian clothes and used local vehicles. Something was definitely being covered up at the highest levels.]

Our report makes 21 findings based on the evidence we obtained, and it debunks many
conspiracy theories about the attacks. In general, the report finds:

The Defense Department could not have done anything differently on the night of the
attacks that would have saved the lives of the four brave Americans killed in
Benghazi, and although the military’s global posture prevented it from responding
more quickly that night, improvements were made years ago.

[This is a lie! The Commanders In Extremis Force was at the ready, but was ordered not to intervene. What about the offer of assistance from nearby British special forces? Where were the people who were paid to protect the compound and why weren’t the punished for their desertion?]

The State Department’s security measures in Benghazi were woefully inadequate as a result of decisions made by officials in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, but
Secretary Clinton never personally denied any requests for additional security in
Benghazi.

[Secretary Clinton, as the head of the State Department, remains responsible for all actions that occurred on her watch. It does not matter if she personally denied the requests for help – which I have a hard time believing that Christopher Stevens did not make to her directly. But, perhaps those emails were deleted or lost? None of these functionaries received lasting punishment for actions that resulted in the death and injury of Americans, and the loss of government property.]

The Intelligence Community’s assessments evolved after the attacks as more
information became available, but they were not influenced by political
considerations.

[It is apparent that someone concocted false and misleading talking points and that while Clinton Daughter Chelsea knew the truth, the Americans were fed a load of bullpucky by the highest elected and appointed officials in the government.]

Administration officials did not make intentionally misleading statements about the attacks, but instead relied on information they were provided at the time under fast moving circumstances.

[This is a bald-faced lie -- proven over the months subsequent to the attack and proof that the Administration has real time evidence of the true nature of the attack and still chose to lie to the American people.]

There are some findings this report does not make. For example, an offensive, anti-
Muslim video sparked protests and anti-American violence in Cairo and throughout the region, but it remains unclear to this day precisely what motivated all of the individuals in Benghazi on the night of the attacks.

[Another lie. It appears that this was a terrorist attack on a lightly-guarded compound known to be involved in providing military-grade weapons to rebel terrorist groups. As such it was a legitimate target and not some random occurrence by dissidents out for a walk with mortars.]

During his interview with the Select Committee just this past March, the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), General David Petraeus, told us: I’m still not absolutely certain what absolutely took place, whether it was a mix of people that are demonstrating with attackers in there, whether this is an organized demonstration to launch an attack, whether—because you’ll recall, there’s a lot of SIGINT [signals intelligence] that we uncovered that very clearly seemed to indicate that there was a protest and it grew out of the protest. … And there is a video of what took place. And they are just basically milling around out there. So if this is an attack, you know, maybe they rehearsed it to look like a protest, but maybe it was actually a mix. And so, again, I’m still not completely set in my own mind of what—and to be candid with you, I am not sure that the amount of scrutiny spent on this has been in the least bit worth it.

[Pure political bafflegab from an Administration official.]

Section II of our report documents the grave abuses that Select Committee Republicans
engaged in during this investigation.

[This section is partisan bullpucky and not worth commenting on.]

Bottom line …

I am of the belief that President Obama outsourced Libya to Hillary Clinton and that an illegal joint State Department/CIA gunrunning operation without congressional approval was accidently uncovered during the attack. And, that help was denied in the belief that this would all blow over and the American people could be fed an alternative scenario that would keep the secret. A secret so explosive that it could result in impeachment of high officials and criminal sanctions worse than those in the Iran-Contra scandal.d

Let us now wait and see what Trey Gowdy and the majority committee members present. I will be majorly surprised and disappointed if this veteran prosecutor failed to uncover elemental truths about what happened in Benghazi. However, there is one inescapable conclusion, Hillary Clinton is unfit to assume any duties of the President of the United States.

And, can someone explain why the name of Donald Trump appears in this report 23 times when he had absolutely nothing to do with the Benghazi situation -- unless this is clear proof of the partisan nature of the Democrat report?

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? TRUMP, SOROS, OBAMA

Authoritarians all, that believe they are above the law …

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Remind you of anyone?

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And for those of you in California and Chicago …

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The more they pretend they are different, the more they appear to be the same. Power-hungry, self-serving, progressives who ruthlessly pursue their own agenda, the people be damned.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



BEFORE YOU CONSIDER THE PROGRESSIVES' IDEAS ON COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM …

ASSIMILATION


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



INSPIRATION KNOWS NO COLOR ...

Elbert Lee Guillory, 72, is an American patriot and here is what he sounds like … 

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



Trump vs. Hillary: "Finger On The Button"

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump have the qualifications to be the President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief. One has demonstrated bad judgment and made our nation vulnerable to espionage; and the other’s temperament and judgment is questionable.

This is the only button these two are qualified to push …

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Presumptive Republican frontrunner Donald Trump responds to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton calling him too dangerous to have his finger on the button. Trump reminded Clinton she is the one who voted to invade Iraq.  

"Do we want [Trump] making those calls -- someone thin-skinned and quick to anger, who lashes out at the smallest criticism? Do we want his finger anywhere near the button?" Clinton said at her major foreign policy address Wednesday.

"I watched Hillary's thing today was which was hard... Crooked Hillary said, 'Oh, Donald Trump, his finger on the button.' I'm the one that didn't want to go into Iraq, folks, and she's the one that stupidly raised her hand to go into Iraq and destabilize the entire Middle East," Trump responded at a campaign event in San Jose, California Thursday night. <Source>

Bottom line …

Never in the history of the United States have we seen such a confluence of confusion, corruption, and contamination in presidential politics.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



THE CHOICE YOU MAKE TODAY MAY LEAD TO A BETTER TOMORROW ... OR NOT (FREE BOOK OFFER)

Life is a series of choices, and the failure to act is every much a choice as deliberate action. Unfortunately, there are those who are perverting the science of behavioral economics to “nudge” American citizens into making choices against their best interests. Notably when it comes to selecting healthcare and supporting ideological policies. Yes, you have the right to decide; but the “catch-22” is that the politicians have the ability to condition the choices being offered. Offering up two unpalatable choices and pretending that choosing between the lesser of two evils is actually an affirmation of your freedom.

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Choice under the progressive socialist democrats and their aisle-hopping RINO (Republican In Name Only) friends …

This is an excerpt from a hacked DNC (Democratic National Committee) document dump … [My comments in bracketed blue italics.]

Healthcare Playbook: Issues and Structure for the 2016 Presidential Campaign by Jon R. Cohen, M.D.  

“However, the presumption that patients would become savvy consumers, shopping for lower price and better quality has not occurred in many markets. In contrast to what the policy experts and economists believed, patient engagement with the healthcare system when they have high deductible plans has been dismal and in some circumstances, their healthcare is actually getting worse.”

[Had commonsense prevailed, the academics and experts would have quickly realized that the great majority of consumers lack the ability to select advantageous telephone and cable plans, let alone medical plans that may have life-threatening consequences. Medicine is as much an art as it is a science – no matter what physician’s associations may claim – and that the majority of consumers are ill-educated in the science, economics, and other subjects required to make informed decisions about healthcare. Truth-be-told, physicians are chosen on the basis of location, insurance acceptance, and the recommendations of other physicians. And, hospitals are chosen by location (under emergency conditions) and the physicians who a licensed to practice at a facility.]

“In a recent poll, 33% of people say that they have put off medical treatment because of price, the highest in the 14 year history of the poll. Instead of embracing the consumer movement, many patients have decided to not spend the money to meet their deductible and have gone without needed healthcare. Patients’ with high deductible health plans (HDHPs) have reduced number of physician office visits, reduced number of prescriptions filled, and lower number of cancer screenings.”

[The idea that there is a “consumer movement” in healthcare is as bogus as saying that patients are able to successfully select their own care providers without any foreknowledge of their own medical conditions. You will notice that the pointy-headed progressive academics often confuse and conflate the purchase of healthcare insurance (as the march toward a single-payer system) rather than the purchase of actual healthcare. People die when they do not receive adequate healthcare as we have witnessed in that other government-run fiasco, the Veterans’ healthcare system.]

In one group of patients with deductibles of over $ 1000, 44% avoided getting necessary care. When patients have engaged, the early data indicates that when they act as consumers, they are making decisions solely based on price as adequate quality data is unavailable. This can be a disastrous decision.”

[This is crazy talk. Are you telling me that a consumer should be given a table of procedures, with costs and general outcomes and then forced to choose adequate healthcare as if they were ordering from a Chinese restaurant? Let’s see, which should I choose: the CT Angiogram scan which costs $5000 (of which Medicare will allow $1456) and a surgical angiogram cost $2800 (of which Medicare will allow $1120) with $1000 physician charge (of which Medicare will allow $865)? Balderdash!]

“Over 50% of people have chosen the cheapest plan off the exchanges with little understanding of the tradeoff they are making relative to the limited network of caregivers and hospitals they have chosen.”

[How can people realistically decide on insurance coverage when those hundred-page exclusionary documents are filled with impenetrable language and change from year-to-year? And, as for those “exchanges,” many of them insolvent and heading for bankruptcy, what happens when one is forced by political choices that are preordained to use an unsound exchange?]

When deciding on a provider, do we really want people choosing the “cheapest” provider without understanding the quality of the physician or the quality of their results? Would you want a heart surgeon that charges $1000 less than their competitors to perform your heart surgery without knowing how many patients have died while undergoing surgery under their care?”

[WHO THE HELL IS THIS “WE” and why are we allowing progressive academics who live in a nonexistent theoretical universe and corrupt politicians to make choices that may be life-threatening? If politicians were not corrupt, we would have larger insurance pools competing across artificial state boundaries and the co-pay for negotiated drugs would not see co-pays jump from $10 to $150 for the same generic crème (Clobetasol) overnight due to an FDA ruling.]

Recognizing that patients will now control significant amounts of the healthcare dollars, the market is responding quickly to the consumer movement by providing alternative care venues for direct to consumer delivery of services including pharmacies and large retailers offering direct healthcare services for a variety of conditions.”

[This is the type of political rhetoric put out by the special interests as if the healthcare selection and delivery options were not preconditioned by choices made by out-of-touch academics and corrupt politicians. The idea that the government can manage a healthcare system by dicta is belied by the healthcare provided to Native Americans and America’s service members.]

A reader, Ron Celano, responds with a most generous FREE offer …  

Here is a well-researched, well-written exposition book on Choices. Learn how the erosion of your choices in today’s troubling times is eroding your freedom and making you more vulnerable to catastrophic events beyond your control.

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“Being  able  to  make  informed  choices  based  on facts, not only defines freedom, it gives American citizens the unconstrained right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness as stated in the Declaration of Independence. 

It is not about belonging to any particular political party or about any particular person that holds any kind of government office or about any candidates that might  be running for an office. 

It goes far beyond the petty fighting and smearing that goes on among parties and candidates.  There is a much bigger story in play.

It is about the conditions and dynamics currently occurring in the United States that are
influencing its citizen‘s freedom to make logical choices. 

That is, choices that are going to determine what their everyday lives and futures are going to be like.

It is about a government run by a political establishment that is responsible for passing legislation regarding laws, regulations, trade, appropriations,  treaties,  and  so  on.

Americans have become upset and confused as to why their government has become so dysfunctional and why it refuses to serve the people.”

  • Making Informed Choices
  • Is Choice a Freedom
  • How Choices are Manipulated and Restrict
  • The Story of a Nation
  • The First and Second Amendments to the Constitution
  • Political Correctness
  • The Media
  • Education
  • Jobs and Wages
  • Poverty
  • Redistribution of Wealth
  • Free Enterprise
  • Competition
  • Trade
  • The Food Supply
  • Safety and Security Illegal Immigration Refugees Paternalism
  • Crime
  • Drugs
  • The Grievance Industry
  • Big Government
  • Debt
  • The Federal Reserve
  • The Economy
  • Taxes
  • Health Care
  • Presidential Elections The Establishment Ignorance
  • Fed Up
  • Conclusion

It appears that Ron, a true patriot,  is more interested in making the world a better place than making money, so he has extended a FREE BOOK offer …

From an e-mail from the author after posting a comment on One Citizen Speaking …

I am giving away free copies at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/641907.  At this point I am more concerned about the message than making money, Maybe your readers will be interested.  Just have them enter the coupon code RS63J at checkout.”

Update per the author: Only electronic book copies are FREE, print copies can be obtained at a modest price, and the offer expires on December 31, 2016.

Bottom line …

Grab the book before the offer expires. Read, consider, and discuss the “choices” you are being offered by your government, political parties, politicians, media, employers, and others. It is well worth your time to be one of the informed electorate able to separate fact from fiction and to decide which choices are informed choices or choices conditioned by a false, corrupt, and malignant ideology.

Order now by clicking on the link https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/641907 and entering RS63J at checkout.

-- steve

Disclaimer: I have no relationship with the author and no financial or other participation in the author’s content, or offers.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell